David's message comes as no surprise to the public, simply emphasizing the Conservative Party's latest platform: a collaborative, diplomatic solution with Legoland. However, this back-channeling, secret diplomacy is unconstitutional. Only the President, Prime Minister, and Office of Foreign Affairs have the authority to conduct international relations.
"We hope to collaborate effectively to reduce tension in the minifig world," wrote David. "I believe
that working together diplomatically is the most peaceful and effective solution."
David also revealed that the upcoming elections factored into his party's beliefs, declaring that voters would prefer a lighter-handed approach.
However, instead of cooperating peacefully with David's extended olive branch, Deeds remained true to his terrorist reputation by proceeding to threaten the Republic.
Deeds declared that he was an "invincible" presence in the Empire's government and pronounced international media coverage "disgusting."
"I suggest that this is communicated to the people of the Lego Republic. Do they wish someday to become an enslaved province of the Empire?" he threatened.
Citizens and government employees alike were shocked and horrified at Deeds's words.
"How dare he imply that he would like to 'enslave' our great country! Deeds is offensive and an international criminal," declared Bricksburg citizen Mark Jones.
In an interview with President Bricks and Prime Minister André Leclerc, Office of Foreign Affairs chief Jane Hanover told the media that the Republic's government had "no intention" of negotiating with "terrorists" like Deeds.
"After he threatens our homeland and resists all attempts to work together on the issue, there is no turning around. The Lego Republic will not be influenced or swayed by rogue agents working only for their own gain," Hanover said.
Multiple factions of the government seemed united in condemning Deeds's actions as "unacceptable." Parliamentary leader François Tremblay (iberal Democratic Party) and Elizabeth Fancourt (Socialist Party) issued a joint statement condemning Deeds.
Even David himself seemed to reverse his previous position, claiming that he had been acting in the best interest of the country.
"I sincerely believed that working towards a diplomatic solution with Deeds was the most peaceful way of relieving tension in the international community. I see that this is now not the right way to go, and I fully support the government's efforts," he said.
Whereas previous polls indicated that the population was evenly split on the issue, survey results released this afternoon from the government reveal that this has changed dramatically. A full 89% of citizens support standing strong in the face of Deeds's threats.
President Bricks spoke with the news media today and revealed her feelings on the latest development.
"While I am disappointed with Francis David's illegal decision to pursue unsanctioned diplomatic communications, I am happy that the public is now fully aware of the danger of cooperating with Deeds. The Lego Republic will not cooperate with a terrorist," said Bricks.
Nationalism is rising in the Lego Republic!
Update (8/18/2014): Upon further examination of Lego Republic law, it has been determined that Francis David's actions were not illegal.