By Erickson, reporter for The AG
Her Majesty has submitted a demand to the Great Assembly, Arendelle’s parliament, for an urgent inquiry into possible military assets held by Countess Viola Mundilfari, leader of the Mundilfari clan and owner of the Snow Herald newspaper.
In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, The Arendelle Guardian’s weekend edition, Anna expressed her horror at how a private citizen, no matter their social status or hereditary noble title, possessed enough resources to construct Muspelheim, a highly advanced, modern battleship whose firepower surpassed the entire Arendellian navy’s.
“Why was a terrifying ship of war built without the knowledge of my government or military, with entire regions of land operating as the Countess’s private fiefs separate from my authority? Parliament should demand answers,” Anna told the paper. “How was the countess able to commission Muspelheim with no reports or resistance from our navy? Clearly, her secret assets surpass even my inner court’s greatest fears.”
Anna also expressed her amazement at the ease with which the aristocrat was able to amass what was effectively a private army to match General Mattias’ armed forces at the Battle of the Fjord.
“I know that my forebears bestowed on Vampire Vi’s ancestors the right to form their own knightly order. And it’s also true that the members of the Order of the Rune that we fought on board Muspelheim were older veterans wearing out of date armour. But at this rate, there’s little stopping Vi from reforming the Runic Knights into a truly frightening challenge to the state’s right to self-defence.”
The queen broke her silence several weeks after Viola attempted to force Anna to accept Muspelheim as a tool with which to attack Northuldra and other countries. Anna led a small contingent of soldiers on board the warship to stop Viola, leading to what journalists are calling the Battle of the Fjord, which ended with Elsa’s intervention and the confiscation of Muspelheim.
Despite the countess’s setback, she continues to operate freely and with impunity in Arendellian politics due to deep-rooted, institutional influence. “With all her resources, she effectively owns an extraterritorial domain within my kingdom,” Anna told our paper. “And while we don’t seize the assets of private citizens, serious questions need to be asked about whether some of Vi’s interests run counter to the very functioning of Arendelle as a nation.”
The Snow Herald quickly responded with a barrage of attacks on the palace. It pinned the blame for the armed conflict between Anna and Viola on Arendelle’s parliament for not voting through Viola’s bill, which would have legalised a ground invasion of the enchanted forest: the Mundilfari family’s centuries-old goal.