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by Dormill and Stiura
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Dyson's Second Administration On A Rough Start

Sunday, 10 January 2021

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The Sixth Congress of the United Republics of Dormill and Stiura by the numbers
National Assembly
Total Seats: 265
Dormill and Stiura Forwards: 98 (36.98%)
Republicans United: 24 (9.06%)
Democratic: 67 (25.28%)
Liberal: 24 (9.06%)
Conservative: 28 (10.57%)
Labour: 16 (6.04%)
Non-Partisans: 8 (3.02%)
States-General
Democratic: 60
Republic of Avillon
Republic of Lieurneux
Republic of Dormill
Republic of Ardeda
Republic of Tempel
Republic of Annecy

Dormill and Stiura Forwards (30)
Republic of Kapolder
Republic of New Friesland
Republic of Zwolle

Republicans United (10)
Republic of Eppendorf

Conservative (20)
Republic of Stiura
Republic of Feerwerd

By: Jeremiah Vogel
KAPOLDER - As the Sixth Congress of the United Republics begins this morning with the inauguration of Cedar Dyson into his second and final term in office, it will be helpful for the Doraltic people to get a good feeling for how things look at the start of the next five years. In Congress, the new apportionment for the Assembly seriously changed the dynamic of the election, with Kapolder, Zwolle, and even Ardeda gaining several new seats ripe for the hottest election in the history of the reunited Dormill and Stiura. In the end, Forwards gained ground in the National Assembly, edging ever closer to a true majority but falling short thanks to a surprisingly diverse electorate making their mark in the stronghold of Kapolder, with the President's party ultimately only winning out 54% of the vote. At the same time, tensions within the National Reform Coalition seemed to be at their worst as Republicans United drifted closer to the Conservatives, taking advantage of a Doraltic Right that has grown more populistic and radical in opposition to the growth of Forwards and the Democrats over the past five years. Several of the newly elected Tribunes from this group of Dormill-Stiuraians ran on the message that both the Democratic Party and Dormill and Stiura Forwards were worryingly "liberal" and only concerned with gaining power over upholding traditional Doraltic values, this was used especially in Feerwerd and Eppendorf, where mounting fears over Balniki aggression has been allegedly ignored by the elite political class in Kapolder and Cour Rouge in exchange for worrying about international affairs such as Arvan or Charbagnia.

The Democratic Party also saw a large wave of support in the 2020 election, further sapping the Liberal Party of energy and fully establishing itself as the leading opposition party against Dyson and Forwards. Unlike Republicans United, the Democrats did not tap into left-wing populism, with Presidential candidate Johnathon Färber famously blowing off Labour as "too radical in all the wrong positions to be worth cooperating with" on the campaign trail. Alike to National Reform, this has also seen tensions within the Liberal Unity Coalition reach an all-time high, with politicians and voters across the spectrum using increasingly heated rhetoric against each other in the public forum. Some leaders of the Coalition, especially of Minority Leader, and now Eerste Stadtholder of the States-General Robrecht Lémieux expressing their desire to mend the wounds and come out stronger to create a better Dormill and Stiura. There is one other thing to bear in mind in relation to all of this, however, most of new Tribunes are relatively young, with the average age in this class being 26, the lowest ever in Doraltic history. This age difference may well cause a rift in the leadership of the major parties over the next term as the old guard will eventually be forced to compete against the growing tide of young members seeking their own political ambitions.

Meanwhile, Annecy's Municipal Broadband plan finally began last week after fierce political and legal opposition from the local area, with broad support from the public in several major appearances in local and Republic-level government hearings being instrumental in breaking the misinformation campaign headed by big telecom. However, with the Democrats gaining more ground in Annecy's legislature, the Republicans United-led government failed to accomplish one of its most important legislative agendas. Premier Rolland Séverin described it in 2018 as "a plan to give the people of Annecy the power to rule themselves", the agenda revolved around a goal of devolving the Republic's power to local authorities, which most importantly included the disbanding of the Republic's Police Force and the loosening of laws surrounding municipal incorporation, where at present that power is held by the Republic's legislature and where RU intended to cede a large portion of those powers to the Departments. However, in a stunning vote in the upper house of Annecy's legislature, the Democrats shot down the plan, citing concerns about functionally robbing the Republic of any real authority to maintain order in the predominantly rural landscape that made it up. This defeat is the next in a long line of struggles the Republicans United government had to face, with the upcoming 2022 Premier election seen by most analysts as the final nail in their coffin.

Early last year, the Conservative-led Stiuraian government announced plans to relocate from Veldzitch, the present capital of the Republic, to a new planned city on the Roggeveen River tentatively named the New Stiuraian Capital. Major strides were made throughout 2020, including the purchase of all the necessary land for the city, which is intended to be home to well over 2 million people in the course of the next century, and the initial construction of the city's grid. Contracts for the city's buildings, including the New Stiuraian Capital Complex, are still in progress as designers, architects, and everybody in between continue to compete for such a massive project.

Though progress remains good and the government is confident that they can begin moving government services to the new site as early as 2025, several auxiliary projects have begun to stall thanks to a lack of funding. Thanks mostly in part to initial policies promoted by the Stiuraian government in 2020, the Republic has kept its distance from financing certain parts of the project, with Stiuraian leaders proclaiming that the "free market will be at the forefront" of financing several key projects, leading to a raft of investments from across the Isles from private institutions such as the Bank of Kapolder, Noble Bank, Capital Volakh Bank, TaiBan, and Western Bank, alongside public institutions such as Elebank, the NIDF, and the Doraltic Federal Government. A major shortfall came at the end of November 2020 when public calls to investigate how Stiura was using federal funding allocated to it - which, while constituting the majority of the project's budget for 2020, came with the caveat that it's use was limited to key infrastructure and services, most importantly including provisions for the construction of a new federal highway and high speed rail connection from Veldzitch to the new site - forcing a Congressional investigation and a temporary freeze on federal funds to the project.

With federal funds frozen, construction on key infrastructure of this new city halted on 4 December and has yet to resume, causing tension between Stiura, the Federal Government, and those contracted to work on these projects. Simultaneously, this stall in work has given environmental groups, who are strongly opposed to the New Stiura Capital project, the time to reorganize. Their protesting in major parts of the project have also caused tension as Stiura Police have made several arrests of key protesters in what's being described as a concerted effort to suffocate the protests.

Internationally, President Dyson weighed in on the situation that developed between Roendavar and Balnik over the Faronna Islands. Though he did not go as far as to say either nation has an indisputable claim to the islands during his address on Friday, he did contend that the original Faronna Islands Agreement should be upheld by both parties, urging that the International Court of Justice hear the arguments fairly. In an unrelated coincidence, United Republics Army forces were also performing exercises in the alpine environment of southern Feerwerd over the turn of the month. Such exercises are said to be common and the Army always takes measures to avoid diplomatic incidents with Doraltic neighbors if it just so happens that it exercises relatively near international boundaries.

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by Almorea
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:06 pm
 
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ALMOREA ELECTS A NEW CONGRESS
Almorean Party captures Senate, with 18 out of 33 seats
Federal Party retains Chamber of Represenatives, with 110 out of 204 seats


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The Palace of Congress in Ellsburgh, Federal District, the national capital of Almorea, pictured in September 2020


ELLSBURGH (FBCA)- Almorea elected a new Congress on Friday, returning control of the upper house of the bicameral legislature to the President's liberal party, while the lower house was retained by opposition conservatives.

Voters in all 11 provinces selected 33 members of the Senate, three from each province, and a varying number of congressmen, based on population, to sit in the Chamber of Representatives.

The Almorean Party (AMP), led by President Alasdair Hallowell, won four Senate seats, giving it an 18-15 majority over the Federal Party when the new Congress assembles. The Federalists lost six seats in the Chamber, falling to a 110-93 majority over the AMP, with the Socialist Party holding three seats.

Political implications of the elections

The long-anticipated legislative elections, seen as a referendum on President Hallowell's job performance, were marked by months of intense campaigning across the country. The 59th Congress, which will convene for its first session in February, will be friendlier to the President, with the AMP-held Senate likely enabling him to pursue his domestic and foreign policy goals with greater success.

The new Senate, for example, will have to vote on Hallowell's pick to replace acting Attorney General Joe Avella, his longtime political ally, whose recess appointment will expire with the current legislative session. The President has indicated that he may choose Selaphiel Steele, the special congressional commissioner for organized crime, to replace Avella in early 2021. Additionally, the new Chamber of Representatives will be expected to negotiate the 2021-22 federal budget in the coming spring.

The 2022 presidential election, in which Hallowell will be unable to run for a second term, is sure to attract many politicians in both parties recently elected or re-elected to the 59th Congress. The upcoming session will undoubtedly see grandstanding and attention-grabbing from many senior members of the legislature.

Some powerful senators fall, others survive

The 2020 Senate races saw intense drama in some provinces, as powerful incumbent senators were toppled by challengers or withdrew from re-election.

In Queensland province, Federalist senator Robert Carruthers was defeated by his AMP opponent, 31 year-old feminist blogger Elaine Allard, who will take office in February as the youngest member of the Senate. Sen. Elizabeth Knighton (F-Roonmore), another Federalist from a rural farming province, managed to defeat her well-funded challenger, car alarm magnate Walter Tarnaco, with a 47% plurality of the vote.

In Frasyrland province, in the far north of Almorea, Senate presiding officer Jon Fitzlane chose not to run for re-election in 2020. His seat will be filled next year by Frasyrland governor Robert Janstran (F), who defeated ten challengers to win election in Frasyrland's populous first Senate district. Fitzlane's retirement sets up a fight for the Senate presidium in the spring. Sen. Telesphorus Radford (F-Roonmore), who won re-election, has indicated his plans to seek the prestigious and influential post.

In Baranor province, Sen. Patrick Concannon (A), who was appointed by the governor to fill a vacant seat in 2019, was defeated in the AMP primary by Deputy President Nora Soodalter's cousin, Barry Soodalter, who went on to win the general election.

Sen. Sarah Tolton (F-Gavshin), a first-term senator, was defeated by the AMP candidate, Gavshin transport secretary Julian Arteza, who will become the first Lusophone senator from Gavshin. In New Arvan, powerful Sen. Aloisio Figueirido, an ally of the President with substantial oversight of the Almorean Navy, squeaked by in his re-election with a majority of exactly 50%.

Federal Party finds consolation in Chamber results

Although the Federalists will be blockaded from control of the Senate until at least 2024, party leaders have found a silver lining in their 14-seat majority in the Chamber of Representatives.

Rep. Doug Merriman (F-Talavora), who won re-election, has already announced plans to seek the presidium of the Chamber, a position that would give him authority over the body's procedures and make him third in the line of succession to the presidency. Reps. Lucille Darrange (F-Adashawnee) and Teresa Marbury (F-Culawee) have also indicated bids for the presidium in February 2021.

Whoever wins the Chamber presidium will likely emerge as the de facto leader of the Federal Party, with a strong platform to influence the 2022 presidential race.

Although the AMP captured six Chamber seats from the Federal Party in the agrarian province of Queensland, the Federalists managed to hold onto most of their rural seats in areas like Roonmore and the northern provinces. They also managed to flip one AMP seat in Gray Hills after the incumbent, Rep. Luciano Silva, was convicted of aiding organized crime in October. Although the Federalist vote share was as low as 15% in some parts of Gray Hills, the province where President Hallowell started his political career, provincial assemblyman William Gadelha managed to win the seat with a 66% majority.

The Socialist Party retained the three seats it had won in the 2016 legislative elections, clustered in the Central Talavora electoral district.


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by Corindia
Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:08 pm
 
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CORINDI ELECTIONS 2020

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Marcel Paquet Wins Presidency: Despite previously slightly trailing the Corindi Progressive Party in polls gauging voters' choices in the elections which will determine the President and Senators of Corindia until 2025, Marcel Paquet and the Corindi Worker's party have continued their meteoric rise to the forefront of Corindi politics, a rise which has taken them all the way to the top. The votes that are in show a clear victory for Paquet over current two time President Lindsay Abelló's successor, current Secretary of Diplomacy Reyes d'Cruz, and a likely plurality of congressional seats.

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What This Means: The Corindi Progressive Party's decade long stranglehold on Central Governmental control has come to an end. A flagging economy has allowed populist and far left groups to succesfully question its handling of domestic and foreign affairs, particularly conflicts in Arvan and San Javier, as well as the increasingly expensive MSTO military GDP minimums. The Corindi Worker's Party, a center populist organization with strong support in rural areas, has been particularly critical of these foreign military ties under its new leadership of President-Elect Marcel Paquet, the firebrand Mayor of Gran Lago. Paquet is to be sworn in as President in a month on the 23rd of September, and has promised to act quickly on his campaign promises to leave the MSTO and focus attention on Corindi infrastructure and development. Paquet has yet to give his victory speech.

Senatorial Races: The apportionment of Corindia's proportionally elected senate seats will have also been decided once all votes are in. Although the precise make up of Corindia's 40th congress is still unknown, it is likely to roughly match the proportions of the Presidential vote. Each of the 7 Administrative Regions is assigned 20 senators, as well as 10 elected from within the Hacopare Iza community who almost unanimously back Hacopare Iza Liberation.

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by Corindia
Wed May 20, 2020 1:58 pm
 
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CORINDIA ELECTION 2020

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Election Update: With less than two weeks to go until the June 4th elections which will determine the President and Senators of Corindia until 2025, the race is still in the same dead heat as it has been for roughly a month. Current two time President Lindsay Abelló's successor, current Secretary of Diplomacy Reyes d'Cruz and the CWP's Marcel Paquet have dueled over first place in the polls for weeks with no apparent wavering in the support of either of their potential voters. It appears their campaigns, locked in conflict, have sucked the oxygen out of the room for the other vying parties, with only the CDPC and HIL managing to eke out some space in the charts, and even the former looks anemic compared to its previous days as the bastion of the opposition.


The Race so Far: The Corindi Progressive Party's decade long stranglehold on Central Governmental control has been weakening as a flagging economy has led populist and far left groups to question its handling of domestic and foreign affairs, particularly conflicts in Arvan and San Javier, as well as the increasingly expensive MSTO military GDP minimums. The Corindi Worker's Party, a center populist organization with strong support in rural areas, has been particularly critical of these foreign military ties under its new leadership of Marcel Paquet, the controversial Mayor of Gran Lago. Paquet, along with Lucille Mata of the Green Party and Tom Mateu of the United Labor Front, both far to the left of him, have all come into prominence by questioning the longstanding order of a ruling center-left CPP with the center-right Christian Democratic Party of Corindia leading the opposition.

Currently Paquet and d'Cruz are neck and neck in the polls, although the true leader is difficult to determine due to the Instant Run-Off elections. Contreras has seen his campaign collapse in the previous month, while the two front-runners compete to be the second choice for the host of minor and regional parties that have also put forth candidates today.

Senatorial Races: Corindia's proportionally elected senate seats are also up for grabs in June. Each of the 7 Governing Regions is assigned 20 senators, as well as 10 elected from within the Hacopare Iza community who almost unanimously back Hacopare Iza Liberation.

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by Corindia
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:29 pm
 
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CORINDI ELECTIONS 2020

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Carmo, 12:00 PM CNT: At a noon press conference today, the Corindi Election Committee formally started the 2020 Central Government election season. Although informal campaigns previously existed and organized, these campaigns are now allowed to solicit donations and advertise for the June 4th elections which will determine the President and Senators of Corindia until 2025, as well as a host of local governmental positions. Current two time President Lindsay Abelló has reached his term limit, and his anointed successor, current Secretary of Diplomacy Reyes d'Cruz is a current front-runner, although recent controversies as well as a slowdown of economic growth and job creation have led to his electoral bet being far from a certainty, albeit still a strong possibility.

The Corindi Progressive Party's decade long stranglehold on Central Governmental control has been weakening as a flagging economy has led populist and far left groups to question its handling of domestic and foreign affairs, particularly conflicts in Arvan and San Javier, as well as the increasingly expensive MSTO military GDP minimums. The Corindi Worker's Party, a center populist organization with strong support in rural areas, has been particularly critical of these foreign military ties under its new leadership of Marcel Paquet, the controversial Mayor of Gran Lago. Paquet, along with Lucille Mata of the Green Party and Tom Mateu of the United Labor Front, both far to the left of him, have all come into prominence by questioning the longstanding order of a ruling center-left CPP with the center-right Christian Democratic Party of Corindia leading the opposition.

Currently Paquet and d'Cruz are neck and neck in the polls, although the true leader is difficult to determine due to the Instant Run-Off elections. Contreras has seen his campaign collapse in the previous month, while the two front-runners compete to be the second choice for the host of minor and regional parties that have also put forth candidates today.

Senatorial Races: Campaigns have formally begun for Corindia's proportionally elected senate seats, in which each of the 7 Governing Regions is assigned 20 senators, as well as 10 elected from within the Hacopare Iza community who almost unanimously back Hacopare Iza Liberation. The results mirror the patterns seen in the presidential polling, with the CDPC polling as a strong competitor to the CPP in February.
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Before a CDPC collapse in favor of the rising CWP, with many voters still left unaligned. Although many have been quick to dismiss the CWP's ascent as a temporary novelty, current polling shows that is has convincingly supplanted the CDPC in many of its former strongholds, and is likely to comprise the main resistance to the incumbent party in the upcoming election.

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by Almorea
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:00 pm
 
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JANUARY 17, 2020



Hallowell hosts Aprosia's Hamaném, flipping the diplomatic "on" switch


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President Alasdair Hallowell speaks at the re-opening at the Museum of the Grand Army of the Republic in Ellsburgh on January 14, 2020


ELLSBURGH- President Alasdair Hallowell and the nation's top officials turned out in Ellsburgh today to welcome Aprosian President Alí Hamaném and his delegation for an official state visit, marking the start of new diplomatic ties after decades of cool relations.

Mr. Hallowell, wearing a tightly-pressed suit and red-and-blue tie, was joined on the steps of Carldon Hall by Deputy President Nora Soodalter, Secretary of State Kirk Thurson, and Royce Canseco, the businessman recently elected as Ellsburgh's new mayor. Also accompanying the President were Senate presiding officer Jon Fitzlane (F-Frasyrland), representing Congress, and Navy Secretary Eleanor Speed, representing the armed forces.

Special Security personnel were thick on the ground, and High Street was closed for most of the day, causing snarling traffic congestion throughout the capital.

200 men of the Republican Guard drew up in parade formation when Mr. Hamaném and his delegation, including Aprosian foreign minister Ramán Mandárem, arrived at Carldon Hall. Mr. Hamaném, who is also General Secretary of the socialist nation's ruling Central Committee, shook hands with Mr. Hallowell before the two presidents stood at attention to hear the Almorean and Aprosian anthems played by a brass band.

The two presidents reviewed the troops of the Guard before retiring into the Burgundy Room of Carldon Hall, festooned with Almorean tricolors and the red-and-blue banners of Aprosia, for an hour-long photo op.

Mr. Hallowell and Mr. Hamaném, sitting in the Burgundy Room, hailed the visit as the first step towards a "new era" in Almorean-Aprosian relations. As part of the process of normalization, Mr. Hallowell announced that he would inform the Senate of his nomination of an official ambassador to Aprosia, replacing the interim charge d'affaires currently residing in Dašaród, a step reciprocated by the Aprosian government.

"We'll be sending an ambassador over there. We've got a great choice picked out," Mr. Hallowell told gathered reporters. "It's called turning a page in the history of our two countries. New trade, new everything. You're all gonna like it."

The visit from Aprosia, a socialist nation with a state-controlled economy and few political freedoms, was welcomed by leftist politicians in Almorea, many of them belonging to Mr. Hallowell's Almorean Party (AMP), which controls the executive branch. Sen. Patrick Concannon (A-Baranor) hailed the visit as "a diplomatic triumph[...] a good way to invigorate our foreign outlook in the new decade", while Rep. Dawna Pennie (A-Culawee) praised Mr. Hamaném as "a shrewd, and valuable, friend" and thanked President Hallowell for inviting him.

Sen. Estanislau Carvalho (A-New Arvan), who represents a more conservative province, was more tepid, pointing to "Aprosia's lack of civil rights" as a disincentive to "full cooperation" but still commending Mr. Hallowell for arranging the visit.

The conservative Federal Party, which controls both houses of Congress, stood opposed to the Aprosian visit, with sixteen Federalist senators and 214 representatives signing a letter to Deputy President Soodalter, who is the ceremonial head of Congress, condemning Aprosia as "a communist dictatorship" and criticizing the Hallowell administration for "holding out the hand of friendship to a state where freedom is criminalized". Mrs. Soodalter called the letter "damaging to our diplomacy" and said its authors were "misguided".

The Hallowell administration envisions renewed trade ties with Aprosia, a majority-Islamic nation and a significant military and economic power located in the Southern Sea region. Relations between the countries have been frosty ever since the Ralston administration cut diplomatic ties in 1969, citing "aggressive de-Christianization". An attempt to revive normal contact under the socialist administration of Stephen Carvalho failed in 1978, when Carvalho resigned after being impeached for misuse of public funds. Aprosia was torn by civil war at the time.

Some analysts believe that the re-opening of ties with Aprosia signals Mr. Hallowell's intention to shift the AMP towards the left as the 2020 legislative elections approach. In his annual address to Congress on February 18, which will be broadcast on national television, the President is expected to announce more openly socialist policies, such as extending state control over railways and Almorea's national airline, and repealing debt caps to allow increased federal spending on the Department of Public Assistance and subsidies to farmers.

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by Almorea
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:17 am
 
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JANUARY 2, 2020



Army wields rocket launchers to flatten cartel compound, heralding new strategy


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LAR-160 multiple rocket launchers of the Independent Artillery Battalion attack a fortified cartel compound in Earlscrossing, Gray Hills province, on January 2, 2020


EARLSCROSSING- A fortified cartel compound infamous as a hub of organized crime in Gray Hills province was destroyed today by the Army, heralding a new, aggressive strategy by the Hallowell administration to demolish the criminal syndicates of southern Almorea.

LAR-160 rocket launchers transported by rail from their base in Baranor province, accompanied by two companies of infantry, opened fire at the Earlscrossing "San Fernando" compound shortly after 5:00 AM on Thursday morning, after intelligence analysts spotted a convoy of SUVs entering the compound through its secluded western entrance.

The government had "reliable intelligence" that the leadership of the Gray Hills mob, an organized crime ring that runs violent drug trafficking operations in Gray Hills and New Arvan provinces, was gathering at San Fernando for a meeting. The rocket attack destroyed the compound, collapsing two warehouses and inflicting severe damage on a concrete "bunker" where syndicate leadership was believed to have huddled.

Soldiers, accompanied by heavily-armed local police, moved quickly to occupy the devastated compound. Two soldiers were killed and a third soldier, along with two policemen, were injured during the operation, which rounded up 40 survivors of the rocket attack.

President Alasdair Hallowell appeared outside Carldon Hall for a major press conference at noon Thursday, accompanied by Deputy War Secretary Gen. Ephraim Larsen, special crime commissioner Selaphiel Steele, and Gray HIlls governor Joshua Lourenco to brief reporters on the military operation, dubbed "Operation Swift Justice".

"Swift Justice is only the beginning of the aggressive anti-cartel efforts that this administration will pursue in the New Year," the President said. "Criminals- they're the enemies of the people, really- these enemies of the people should take notice. Our brave military and law enforcement officers will not stop until cartel crime is totally, completely destroyed."

Mr. Hallowell later went off-script during the briefing, asserting that "those rockets really blew them away" and mocking the plight of "screaming, burning" cartel members who died in the attack.

Gen. Larsen, who took the podium after the President's remarks, told reporters that the government has a list of "seven or eight" more suspected compound sites, and that the military would "ruthlessly hit and eliminate" each of these if cartel leaders did not turn themselves into federal officials. The deputy secretary also said that Congress, which reconvenes in two days, would receive briefings on the operation.

The San Fernando strike was the first example in Almorea's history of heavy artillery being deployed to retaliate against organized crime activity. Analysts expect that retribution for the destruction of the compound will be forthcoming, as the Gray Hills mob and other syndicate organizations regroup and respond to federal actions.

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by Almorea
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:14 am
 
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NOVEMBER 4, 2019



Hallowell kicks off 2020 legislative elections with raucous AMP rally


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President Alasdair Hallowell (far left) meets with Gray Hills governor Joshua Lourenco (next from left), New Arvan senator Leonor Martins (center-right), and Queensland representative Steve Holt (far right) in Harmoran, Queensland province, on November 4, 2019


HARMORAN- As debates over deficit spending heat up in the capital, and the Anhslen leader approaches for a state visit, President Alasdair Hallowell managed to slip out and get away from it all.

His destination was Harmoran, a port town in Queensland province, where a delegation of Almorean Party politicians- governors, senators, and representatives from the southern provinces and the Trannsa- waited to meet him.

But Mr. Hallowell did not come as a statesman. Instead, he descended upon Queensland, a traditional Federalist stronghold, to headline a raucous AMP rally that analysts saw as firing the starting gun on the December 2020 congressional elections.

15,000 people packed into the Fortitude Conglomerated Arena to see Mr. Hallowell, wearing a suit and blue tie and draped in a Queensland fabric, tear into his political opponents in energetic and frequently combative language.

The President denounced Queensland governor Jeff Moore (F) as a "total failure" who "can't put his pants on in the morning". He urged Queenslanders to vote Mr. Moore out of office next year and offered Rep. Steve Holt (A), the main contender for the AMP nomination in the race, his "full and total" endorsement.

Mr. Hallowell also railed against what he denounced as "whiners, naysayers, and pessimists" in Congress who oppose his administration's 2020-21 budget plan, which calls for $19 billion in deficit spending to fund a bigger military and expanded welfare agencies. He praised Adashawnee representative Mark Parde (A), his biggest cheerleader in Congress, as "Mark the Shark" and suggested he might be promoted to the Cabinet.

Mr. Hallowell specifically targeted Queensland senator Robert Carruthers (F), calling him a "flop". The President made a rhetorical suggestion that the Queensland Assembly impeach Mr. Carruthers, who was arrested briefly, but not indicted, for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2018. Mr. Hallowell also pointed the finger at the Senate presiding officer, Jon Fitzlane (F-Frasyrland), attacking him as an "obstructionist".

The event was marred by protests outside the arena, where Special Security personnel arrested 27 people.

The President's language is nothing new; since taking office, he has reveled in flinging mud at his opponents, a tactic he perfected during his seven-year career in the Senate. Although Mr. Hallowell is currently stuck at a 33% approval rating among all Almoreans, he enjoys 68% approval among AMP members.

After making a trip to Blackshore, the capital of Queensland province, the President will return to Ellsburgh on Wednesday, where he is expecting a visit by Eleane Gifford, the Prime Minister of Ainslie.

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by Almorea
Fri Oct 25, 2019 3:03 pm
 
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OCTOBER 25, 2019



Soodalter visits Dragão do Mar in foreign debut, as ALDRATO eyes fighter jet


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Deputy President Nora Soodalter meets with members of the media in Fortaleza, Dragão do Mar, on October 25, 2019


FORTALEZA- Deputy President Nora Soodalter made her first foreign trip today, visiting Dragão do Mar, Almorea's neighbor and ally, for bilateral talks with the Marian government.

Mrs. Soodalter, who took office on October 13, visited the Marian capital of Fortaleza and met with Prime Minister Paulo Lacerda, along with Marian defense and diplomatic officials. The Deputy President was accompanied by a variety of Almorean representatives, including Secretary of State Kirk Thurson and Intelligence Director Gen. John Lord.

According to the official State Department summary of the visit, Mrs. Soodalter presented Mr. Lacerda with a letter from President Alasdair Hallowell. The two reviewed soldiers of the Battalion of Royal Guard before sitting down to what was described as a "working lunch". Tomorrow, Mrs. Soodalter will accompany Mr. Lacerda to visit the city Iguatemi in the Marian province of Solaria, which borders the Almorean province of New Arvan.

The Almorean-Marian discussions focused on ALDRATO alliance initiatives, including the multinational development of a fighter jet, known in the planning stage as the "Aquila". Although detailed information on the project has not been made available to the public, the War Department has indicated that prototypes of the fifth-generation jet fighter will enter trials with the Air Force in mid-2020.

The Aquila was also the subject of a phone call between President Hallowell and Mr. Lacerda earlier this month. In November, a team of Almorean design specialists will make a "follow-up" visit to Fortaleza for further technical talks on the project.

Mrs. Soodalter also discussed the Marian concept of a Raedlon "monetary fund" with Mr. Lacerda. The proposal, put forward by Marian representatives, envisions loans made by ALDRATO to struggling nations within the Western Isles. The plan, if established in a concrete agreement by the two governments, is likely to face severe headwinds in Congress.

Potential Almorean observer status in the Association of Luso-Hispanic Nations was also discussed. Almorea has over 1.5 million Marians and 4.9 million Totzkans resident within its borders.

Mrs. Soodalter will return to Ellsburgh on Sunday, accompanied by most of the Almorean diplomatic team except for Secretary Thurson, who will visit Rashadah on October 29.

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October 20, 2019
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Vesuvius, Vancouvia


Vancouvian Congress Passes Bill to Increase Military Budget by 20%


On June 13, the Vancouvian Congress issued a declaration absorbing the Vancouvian Occupation Zone of Charbagnia as Vancouvian Agnion. In the past few months, radicalized anti-Vancouvian groups have directed multiple small scale terrorist actions against the Vancouvian and Agnionese defense forces, as well as civilians, resulting in an estimated 780 casualties. In an effort to curb these and other terrorist activities, including on San Javier and Illa Isle, Congress passed a $5B re-appropriation bill today to increase the Vancouvian National Army and Vancouvian Special Forces budget each by roughly 20% in the coming fiscal year.

Multiple think-tanks and analysts have discovered that this will degrade Vancouvia into a budget deficit for the first time since 2003. Congress has emphasized that a budget deficit is in some sense healthy, and that a limited amount of borrowing will improve monetary availability, cash flows, and investment in the country's infrastructure. Watchdog groups are not as optimistic, citing that an increase in military spending is historically one of the least efficient ways to grow the domestic economy.


Illa Quagmire Continues to Rage On


Illa continues to evade reclamation into Vancouvian control. This week, pro-Vancouvia counter protests in Westilla resulted in a fierce backlash, with paramilitary and police forces loyal to rebel leader Ignacio Campos killing five, injuring dozens, and imprisoning hundreds. This comes after months of relative peace on the island, with Campos seemingly silently gathering influence of the island's economic and military capabilities.

It is estimated that roughly 400,000 of the island's two million residents are loyal to Vancouvia, with another million neutral to either side. Vancouvia has slowly tried to gather support on the island through the use of "information campaigns" including distributing pro-government pamphlets via airdrop and broadcasting Vancouvian media over TV and radio waves. It is also rumored that squads of VSF and VEO may be present on the island, helping to arm and train a partisan force, although Congress has denied these claims.

The general populace has seemed to grow more disinterested with Illa affairs as time has gone on, with one poll finding that only 37% of Vancouvians want the military to retake Illa, down from 45% just three months prior. Still, however, Congress has adamantly denied Campos' government's legitimacy, declaring the rebellion on Illa illegal and treasonous.



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by Athara Magarat
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:38 pm
 
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August 3rd, 2019

90 year vet becomes Mayor of Ghale Gaun





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Ghale Gaun during snowfall


GHALE GAUN, SECOND TAMUWAN HANGATE

A 90 years old veteran of the Imperial War has embarked on a new career in politics after being elected as the Mayor of Ghale Gaun on Friday. This scenic town, which is around 12 km away from Ghan Pokhara, the capital of Second Tamuwan Hangate, lies at an altitude of 2,100 meters.

The new mayor Hari Bahadur Lhenge Kon says that he was inspired by Magarati students protesting against climate change and 'neo-Imperialist actions in Arvan, Charbagnia and Kachee'. "Those kids gave me hope that there are still many people in this country who want to change things."

Binita Tahanagi, a science teacher in Ghale Gaun Secondary School, says that the Imperial War veteran Lhenge Kon is a 'strong character whom everyone respects'.

The man himself however says that this is his chance to atone for his past and to 'make thing right'. At the age of 16, he was drafted into the Nine Gyarong Gun of Imperial Magarati Army. "The year was 1945 when I had just turned 16. The Miklanians, the Svalbardians, the Almoreans, the Noronicans and many other Free Powers had launched their Invasion of Central Argus just four or six months before that. San Montagnans, Tracerans, Domananians and various others in Magarati-occupied areas rebelled as well. Suddenly, every Magarati boy over 16 I knew was in the army. There were those whose parents lied about their son's age to prevent that. But I also remember some naive war-lovers as young as 13 who lied about their age to be enlisted. The situation was desperate. Even girls were being recruited; mostly into the air force and the navy."

"The next four years were awful. What was more awful was that the army recruited us based on the area. All of the boys and men in this town and pretty much entirety of Second Tamuwan Hangate were enlisted into the notorious Nine Gyarong Gun. This was the same Magarati division that had spearheaded invasions into Domanania, San Montagna, Brufali and other nations. The superiors were ruthless. What the foreign media had said about us using poison gas, which I like everyone else had refused to believe till then, turned out to be true. We were treated as expendables. Since entire division was from same geographical region, entire villages would lose their sons in a battle."

Mr Lhenge Kon says that the eruption of the 30th Parallel War and the Kyrazakhstani Revolution showed that "Magaratis still had not learned from their mistakes" mentioning his only son's death during the 30th Parallel War.

"I had moved to Myagdi Island (Tapu Sahar), like many others, to raise my son and to see my grandchildren grow there. But that dream of mine was shattered when my son died in another meaningless war. It was then that I decided to return back to my hometown and do something for it until my last breath. I was depressed at times thinking how quickly this country had forgotten its mistakes and seeing our involvement in these new wars and the rise of law-breaking Magarati companies furthered my anger. But as more and more youths started speaking out against the ills of this government, I started to grow hope again and decided to run for the mayor."
by Vancouvia
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June 13, 2019
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Vancouvian Congress Authorizes Massive Changes in Vancouvian Occupation Zone of Charbagnia


The Vancouvian Occupation Zone in former Charbagnia has undergone a revitalization today, after an early morning policy statement was released by the Vancouvian Congress, which outlined broad strokes changes for the large central-south swath of the country. The following summarizes the changes outlined by Congress:

1. The Vancouvian Occupation Zone will henceforth be renamed as "Vancouvian Agnion" and the residents there living will be known as the "Agnionese"

2. Vancouvian Agnion shall be governed under the laws of Vancouvia as a "Special Region" and shall be governed by a committee of Agnionese appointed by the Vancouvian Congress for two year terms. All Agnionese shall be granted much of the same rights as Vancouvian citizens, but shall not legally be Vancouvian citizens

3. All Agnionese are permitted the right to request relocation rights to the Vancouvian mainland and Vancouvian citizenship. Preference shall be given to those with needed and uncommon skills, and those signing on to the Vancouvian military

4. The border crossings with the neighboring zones shall be closed for a period of thirty days, effective immediately, with some rare exceptions

5. The Vancouvian military shall begin a "prolonged withdrawal" from Agnion, concurrent with the training and deployment of a 10,000+ strong Agnionese Defense Force

6. Vancouvian English shall be the national language, gradually replacing the currently de facto German. The Vancouvian cove shall be the national currency. Vancouvian holidays shall be celebrated alongside former Charbagnian holidays

7. Vancouvian businesses shall be permitted and encouraged to "develop, build, hire, buy, sell, and otherwise conduct commerce" in Agnion


These changes impact the roughly five million former Charbagnians living in Agnion, the most populous zone of former Charbagnia. Locals have already swept to the streets en masse, with both pro and anti-Vancouvian demonstrations underway. Helmwerder, the former capital of greater Charbagnia where roughly 3.2 million citizens reside, has polled largely pro-Vancouvia, in contrast with the more rural areas of the territory. Commentators have speculated that the more highly skilled, richer, English-fluent Helmwerders have a much better opportunity to be approved for Vancouvian citizenship.

Main concerns from the Agnionese are the possible brain-drain resulting from Vancouvian intentions to approve "the best and brightest" for Vancouvian citizenship, the seemingly overt dismantling of Charbagnian culture, and the continued lack of governmental representation. Congress has already addressed the last concern, releasing a statement late this afternoon that a transition to "self-determination and Agnion democracy" will occur within the next four years.

Roughly 5,000 Vancouvian National Army soldiers were deployed to Agnion the preceding week, likely in order to preempt any sort of mass uprising or dissent from the neighboring zones.

It is still unknown whether Vancouvian allies Noronica and Ostehaar were briefed on these radical changes before today. The northern French Republic of Charbagnia is likely to react negatively.



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Special Report: Lessons Learned
Aftermath of the Winter of Discontent and the second San Javier War


By: Jeremiah Vogel
@VforVogel

29 May, KAPOLDER - When President Dyson took the stage last week to announce the end of the “Winter of Discontent”, it certainly felt like a huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of the nation. For nearly six long months, the United Republics had been throwing its military around in whatever conflict it could find with reckless abandon. And now, it is seemingly over as the President withdraws Doraltic forces from San Javier, with the expectation that a peace can be made between Menna Shuli and San Javier now that the pent up anger has been released. In the meantime, it has been made clear that though the Winter of Discontent is over, tensions might still remain.

In the Southern Sea, the French Republic of Charbagnia is struggling to rebuild, all the while it is under threat from the Wellsian Empire, which annexed the Magarati-backed Sultanate of Kachee in the midst of the crisis just off their shores.

At home, gasoline and diesel prices remain inordinately high as a result of the oil shock the war between Menna Shuli and San Javier had created, leading the government to declare a mission to end foreign oil dependence altogether by 2030. However, this has done little to alleviate concerns that Dormill and Stiura has become too dependent on other nations to keep the economy safe and stable, let alone the continued concerns of using Noronnican equipment after fighting a quasi-war over Arvan during the Overlord’s Crisis.

In total, the United Republics has suffered much for what seems so little, and has threatened its relationship with Gael and the Isles to appease the faux democracy that is Menna Shuli. This will undoubtedly be a major sticking point for Cedar Dyson’s opponents in the upcoming election, as we have already seen with Myron Aldenberg, who is the frontrunner in the Democratic Party for Presidential Candidate, who had this to say following Dyson’s announcement last week.

It’s about damn time that Dyson accepted the reality of our situation. He’s led us into more wars in just five years than Favre did in fourty, and has led our economy to ruin according to several reports within his own government. He might be right that his little ‘Winter of Discontent’ is over, but we are not done with fighting his reckless policies both at home and abroad. All the while this was happening, the rest of Gael was seeing some of the best peace in years. The PLF has been crushed almost entirely, and our partners in the Gael Four laugh at us as he was playing commander in Arvan, even more so in San Javier. Ceadar Dyson has been nothing more than a disgrace to the name Doraltic and needs to resign or be impeached because the people have had enough of his bullshit.


Although the Chateau has declined an official response, Cedar took to Twitter following these comments, responding,
The people of UR are well aware of the situation I was faced with. The situation in the Isles had been falling apart for months and none of our allies acted with more than a few words in the League. I wish things didn’t go the way they did but the situation both in Noronica and San Javier demanded our swift response. And like I said, now that peace is on the horizon again, I will be focusing my efforts to the new challenges we face at home as we come closer to the elections.


As the first primaries for the States-General is set to begin on 12 June, speculation has begun as to whether or not President Dyson will earn a second term with mounting pressure from the Liberal Unity Coalition, especially the Democrats.

From a military standpoint, the United Republics Army and Navy had commented on the resounding success of their operations in San Javier, the ability of their soldiers, and the effectiveness of their partners during combined operations. The Army further commented on the efforts of the 9th Airborne Regiment, which was deployed to San Javier moments following the Mennan invasion to take down various drug cartels operating in the Javerian Steppe. In the Army statement, they praised the speed at which 9th Airborne completed their objectives, paving the way for the Marines to land and uproot the criminal element in the Steppe. Whether or not the Javerian Army, severely weakened from its fight with Menna Shuli, is capable of filling the void left over is speculative at best.

Ultimately, Dormill and Stiura’s first foray as a “significant international power” has seen some success abroad; resolving the Arvannan Question and flexing its soft and hard power in San Javier has shown the Isles what the United Republics is capable of. However, this flexing of might could prove disastrous at home, as opponents of the government can point to Alexis Moser or Nicholas Favre and reflect on the actions of President Dyson in the lense of history. At this point, the results from the upcoming primaries will set the tone for the remainder of the election season for 2019.

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by Athara Magarat
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:11 pm
 
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March 4th, 2019

We Wish to Expand Further in Menna Shuli and San Javier: Magarati Companies





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The CEOs of various Magarati companies at a meeting


NEW LIBANG

Chief executive officers of companies based in the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates said jointly in a press conference that they want to expand their businesses further in the nations of Menna Shuli and San Javier. The CEOs further clarified their joint statement to the Libang Herald and other media outlets as follows -

Why Menna Shuli and San Javier?

Hira Bahadur Nagesia, President and CEO of Nagesia-Dhari Limited: It is the wish of everyone in Central Argus to see a stable Central Argus. Compared to other nations, like say Enchanta for example where the entire nation is in disarray due to complications regarding their leader, Menna Shuli and San Javier are very politically stable. In fact, Menna Shuli is one of the most stable countries in the Isles at the moment and the current San Javier government has really done many great things than the ones before. Both Menna Shuli and San Javier are within the Central Argus geographic location, are politically stable as I already mentioned, have rapidly developing infrastructure and possess strong financial sector. All of these make these two countries the ideal partners for our companies.

Does this renewed interest in Menna Shuli, even more so in San Javier, have anything do with the sanctions on Samudera and Thuzbekistan?

Terumi Kusunda, CEO of Bihani Media Corporation: As the CEO of a corporation that also publishes news, I will be blunt and say yes. There is no point in lying that the sanctions by almost the entire Isles, especially the so-called capitalist bastions or arsenals of democracies, against Samudera and Thuzbekistan have hurt our businesses. Trade nowadays is heavily interconnected. Like our friends in Kodo, for example, utilize tin that comes from Samudera to make their popular smartphones. Most of the 80 Magarati companies had their products assembled in Samudera. Necessary items from other nations have to arrive for those assembly plants to work but that is not possible at all with the sanctions. Most Magarati companies, including our entertainment-based Bihani, had huge consumer base in Samudera and Thuzbekistan. Now we seek to shift to businesses into Menna Shuli and San Javier's untapped markets.

Tarisa Hyungi, President and CEO of Athawa Sports: Let's not only blame the sanctions. The businesses also dwindled after the Ilsan government shut down branches of Magarat companies in the Ilse regarding the Lortika situation. Then the situation in Arvan got worse and we had to close our businesses there as well. Some of our friends moved their businesses from Arvan to nearby Lovsk temporarily with hopes of reopening again. Others like Kodo were already ahead of the game and had branches and plants in both Menna Shuli and San Javier since long ago. The rest of us are now following the lead taken by Kodo and a few other Magarati companies.

How will your expansion benefit Menna Shuli and San Javier?

Toran Chhantyal, CEO of CASware: Athara Magarat lacks manpower. This is the reason why almost all of the 80 Magarati companies have their branches and plants elsewhere. In doing this, we hire locally. We provided plenty of employment opportunities in Samudera and some of us still continue doing so there even with the sanctions. Menna Shuli is the most populous nation in the Isles and plenty of Mennans have already benefited from working as our employees. When we expand our businesses, we shall provide even more employment opportunities in Menna Shuli and San Javier.

Hannah Jirel, CEO of Jirium: Athara Magarat is a huge country but devoid of riches. Our country's top export is still food products. We do not have reserves of oil or abundance of valuable metals. Menna Shuli and San Javier are blessed in terms of raw materials that our companies need for making various products. We will provide new export markets to the governments of Menna Shuli and San Javier. We are already working with corporate, political, and economic experts from Menna Shuli and San Javier to make a win-win scenario for all parties involved.

Kumari Kyu, President and CEO of Kyu Construction and Engineering: (laughs) Like Vancouvian companies who had been investing on their railway projects there, we are looking to create both metaphorical and actual bridges that will link everyone involved: the Mennans and Javierans, their governments, various third parties, our government and we the Magarati companies.
by Athara Magarat
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February 18, 2019

Polar Svalbard states MSTO will not renew the Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty anytime soon





NEW LIBANG

The government of Polar Svalbard has stated that it is "too early" and not the "most suitable of times" for Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty to be renewed. The comments are a blow for Jrm Hangma of the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates, who was recently reelected with promises of renewing the Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty.

"The treaty was renewed in 2016 due to pressure from Noronica and Vancouvia. It is quite too early for it to be renewed yet again. We, on the behalf of the Mesder Sea Treaty Organisation (MSTO), explained to the Magarati side calmly that nothing could be scheduled at the moment especially since they are having a national emergency right now." A senior Svalbardian told reporters.

On the other hand, Magarati officials accused the MSTO of using the national emergency, called "Hornet War" by the media, as an excuse to not renew the treaty. "We had been in talks before this crisis started. We agree that now is not the best time for this but Svalbardian and MSTO officials continue to dodge questions about when the appropriate time for renewal is as always."

The original Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty was first signed in 1953 after the Empire of Magarat was defeated by the Free Powers and split into twelve different occupation zones. This treaty enforced that the Magaratis would never declare war, have armed forces or possess weapons of mass destruction. Furthermore, the divided hangates were made puppet states who relied on various Free Powers for their defense. Most historians and political analysts agree that the lack of standing armies for the hangates led to the communist revolutions easily overthrowing the puppet hangs one by one. Furthermore in 1991, the then Hang of Chatha had to call in the San Montagnan army to put down a rebellion in his country due to the limitations imposed by this treaty. This act lead to the disastrous 30th Parallel War.

In 1996, immediately after the end of the 30th Parallel War and the fall of their allies in the United Central Communist Republics (UCCR), the government of the newly formed Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates sought to renew the 1953 Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty and establish diplomatic ties with member nations of the MSTO. This treaty was renewed in 1998 after long discussions and several high-profile meetings. The 1996 renewal provided the Magaratis with 20,000 active standing army, 250 aircraft and 20 naval ships while still forbidding them from declaring war, operating more than one ship exceeding 10,000 tons of displacement and from possessing biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological weapons of mass destruction.

The 2016 renewal spearheaded by Noronnican and Vancouvian pressure on the MSTO added clauses stating that Athara Magarat could now join wars of her allies and utilize her armed forces to launch humanitarian aid and relief operations in conflict zones across the Isles. The Magaratis repaid their debt by joining Noronica's wars in both Arvan and Charbagnia while supporting Vancouvian actions in Illa Ilse and the International District. However, many hard-line and moderate factions within Athara Magarat maintain that the treaty is still highly restrictive and that Athara Magarat would not be able to defend herself against an invasion or unexpected crisis. Continued refusals by the MSTO to renew the treaty has made newer Magarati generation, who are easily swayed by the hard-line factions, more and more anti-MSTO.

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by Dormill and Stiura
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Top Stories: Week of 10 February 2019

By: Ellery Ackerman


10 February

Dormill and Stiura responds to Roendavar - Following a statement by the Roendavarian government that sought to "illegally invalidate the rightful territories of the Swaneeak Atoll", the Presidential Palace delivered a response in the news briefing of 10 February, stating "The stance of the Roendavarian Government to illegally invalidate the rightful territories of the Swaneeak Atoll, including our own, is a gross misstep in their policy. The United Republics actively respects the nature of the Territory of Swaneeak Atoll, and her citizens do not wish to leave their homes that they have lived in for generations. We respect the legality of all other claimants and wish to open a dialogue to resolve any other disputes between the various governments with possessions in Swaneeak."

Arrest of Prime Minister Joshua McIntosh - Early on the morning of 9 February, Joshua McIntosh was arrested in the West Barnsley Industrial Estate of Nolon City on charges of high treason. He was seen at Riverside Police Station at Founder's Park a few minutes later. Reports from the Nolon City Police Department state that he was to stand trial 2 weeks later. Without a central government, it is unknown if the trial will be held then or at another date.

11 February

National Congress to consider San Javier regulations - After it was announced by MEK that 'uhitap Âspu Kashaka had delivered a public statement regarding his health and recent stroke that left him in a coma for several months. He mentioned in his public statement, "Our lack of regulation on Javieran tobacco imports have not only allowed substandard products to infest our market, but have also encouraged a growing criminal market for drugs within Mênna Shuli", placing the blame of his recent stroke and a growing public health crisis squarely on the shoulders of the junta running San Javier. The National Congress, concerned about the possibility of a similar situation arising in Dormill and Stiura, has begun to investigate on similar regulations as the Ministry of Health launches its own separate health examination, targeting the rise of smoking and the use of tobacco products in Dormill and Stiura.

Martial Law in Noronica begins - Following the arrest of former Prime Minister Joshua McIntosh, Overlord Alexander entered Nolon City in a move that was opposed at home and abroad, followed quickly by a declaration of Martial Law on Nolon City, placing now former Prefect of Arvan, Bartholomew Montague, as an interim Prime Minister to run the government now dominated by the Overlord's presence. The National Congress condemned the move by the Overlord, calling him "the greatest tyrant in all Noronnican history" shortly after the declaration. Without Prime Minister McIntosh, the deal made over Arvan was put into jeopardy and risked an escalation of the conflict already fought over the peninsula by the Overlord's loyalists and Dormill-Stiuraian troops.

12 February

Dormill and Stiura to officially recognize the French Republic of Charbagnia - After several month since Operation Swift Resolution, the post-war situation in Charbagnia has significantly calmed down as the allies continue their military occupation. As the fighting in Charbagnia began in earnest almost a year ago, Dormill and Stiura was pulled away by the sudden attacks by the PLF in Orsandia, where originally the 1st Coastal Assault Squadron was to provide assistance in the operation. Since then, the Charbagnian government collapsed and the remaining participants began their occupation, leaving the French Charbagnians alone with no aid. Since then, the have managed to form a new Republic, and has begun rebuilding efforts in earnest. However, for the intervening time, no nation recognized the new government. That was the case until 12 February when the National Congress signed legislation that officially recognized the French Republic of Charbagnia as a sovereign and independent state, with a plan to exchange the first ambassadors in early March once an embassy for both could be established.

13 February

Overlord Assassinated by son of interim PM - In Nolon City, on the evening of the 13th, Overlord Tytus Alexander I had just begun to make a speech on the situation of the country when he was shot twice by Jonathan Montague, son of interim Prime Minister Bartholomew Montague. Montague was subsequently shot by Nolon City Police on the scene, brandishing his gun in the direction of the officers. The Gwynon Times had an obituary on the front page of the 14th's paper, venerating his life's work. The National Congress ordered the flag of the United Republics at the Embassy in Nolon and Nova Laneta to be lowered to half staff in his honor, with President Dyson giving his remarks at a press briefing later on the 14th.

Talks of lifting most Thuzbek Sanctions progressing - The Forum Committee on Foreign Affairs recently finished a debate on lifting the League Resolution condemning Thuzbekistan for its actions in Orsandia and promoting sanctions against the Thuzbeks. The debate ended with the committee voting unanimously to have the Ambassador at the League, Roger Van Adrichem, submit a resolution to repeal his previous one; the committee additionally voted in favour on a bill to lighten most sanctions on Thuzbekistan excluding oil, coal, weapons, and cattle, among others. The aim was to acknowledge that the original mission of the sanction and condemnation had concluded, but that the remaining sanctions were to remain in place to "continue to bring pressure on Thuzbekistan to cease the withdrawl from the Gresswell Island Treaty and other such actions contrary to the peace and stability of the international community.".

15 February

Thuzbekistan withdraws from Gresswell Island Treaty, condemnation to remain - Not a day after the Forum Foreign Affairs Committee announced its intentions to repeal the condemnation of Thuzbekistan, the Thuzbek Parliament unilaterally withdrew from the treaty, citing "Ostehaar's renewed fight against Thuzbekistan and against communists in general, Ainslie's alliance with Ostehaar in the Gael 4 alliance, and the sanctions by both nations" as reasons the island could no longer be considered neutral ground, nullifying the treaty in their eyes. The Presidential Palace, made a statement later that day, saying "Thuzbekistan proves now, as they did in Orsandia, that they cannot be relied upon to act in good faith. It will be our policy to challenge any attempt by any nation to subvert the rule of law. The condemnation against Thuzbekistan will stand, as will the sanctions we already enforce."

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by Thuzbekistan
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:46 pm
 
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Parliament Passes Bill to Withdraw From Gresswell Island Treaty 73-20
2/15/19


Early today, Parliament officially passed a bill to withdraw from the Gresswell Island Treaty. The Vote was 73-20 with the Center Socialist Party and the Islamic Socialist Party joining with the DSP and International Socialists to pass the bill.

The Gresswell Island Treaty was a treaty between Ostehaar, Ainslie, and Thuzbekistan guaranteeing the rights of Ainslie to the Isle while also prohibiting any military or intelligence assets on the island. It was signed in 1965, shortly after the rivalry between Ostehaar and Thuzbekistan began in the latter half of the 20th century. The treaty kept the island out of the very quickly intensifying rivalry and ensured it stayed neutral. Now, Parliament has voted to leave the treaty, nullifying the basic intentions behind it.

On the floor, parliament members cited Ostehaar's renewed fight against Thuzbekistan and against communists in general, Ainslie's alliance with Ostehaar in the Gael 4 alliance, and the sanctions by both nations as reasons the island could no longer be considered neutral ground.

"The clear bias of the cosigners in the treaty show that continuing in good faith is no longer a possibility," Atilla Lütfi, the Vanguard Party chairman said in a statement after the vote. "By withdrawing from this treaty, we are protesting the actions and sanctions of both nations as they worked to dismantle the Thuzbek economy. Their attempt has failed, but their actions will not be forgotten."

The Conservative Party notably said little as it voted unanimously against the bill.

The Treaty will be nullified in Thuzbekistan at midnight tonight.

Prime Minister Cihangir Sends Budget Proposal to Parliament
2-15-19


Just after the bill passed, Prime Minister Cihangir presented his budget proposal to the Finance Committee. Though it is unavailable to public eyes, the budget is expected to contain a large increase in the military budget.

Conservatives have mostly agreed with the increasing of the budget, citing the need to update assets and consider the role of the navy in the Armed Forces.

"We must begin to look at all parts of the armed forces and not simply give the Navy all the new assets," a conservative MP said in a statement for the party, which is still leaderless after the death of Valmacid. "We must consider the role of the army in battle and give more consideration to our logistical abilities."

The TSS Ashluv is rumored to be on the chopping block, but some MPs have stated their support for keeping the maintenance heavy carrier around a bit longer.

"We shouldn't be rid of our only real force projection asset without something to replace it," an International Socialist MP said in an interview. "We should be looking at replacements for sure. But getting rid of it? I think it's hasty and misguided."

The debate regarding the bill will come next week.


President Paul Watson of Brulafi and Prime Minister Cihangir Agree to State Visist
2-15-20


The Prime Minister's office announced a planned state visit to Brulafi, an old UCCR ally that has retained its socialism throughout the near 25 years since the UCCR's collapse. It is scheduled for 2-20-19. On the agenda for discussion is both nations economies, the events in Gael over the last months (including the Orsandian Civil War and the Noronican Crisis), and the possibility of a mutual assistance treaty. The aide also said there would be several sites of historic importance to both nations to be visited.

The meeting comes as Thuzbekistan begins recovering from the recession induced by the attack on its economy last year. As events in Gael once more turn to hostilities as the Noronican crisis continues with Dormill-Stiuraian troops in Arvan and a power change in Noronica, Thuzbekistan is attempting find allies among the turmoil. If successful, the talks could bring more security to Thuzbek markets which have been uncertain in the government's ability to maintain Thuzbekistan's place in the world.

However, some Internationalists believe this is the first step to reforming the UCCR, a goal the party banked on in 2013. It may be a pipe dream, though, as Samudera pulls away from Thuzbekistan amid the failure of Communism in the Orsandian Civil War, and as communist parties in Charbagnia, San Javier, and Illa Isle disintegrate under various circumstances. Regardless, many believe this is a good step for the embattled administration's foreign policy record.

This has been Thuzbek State News.
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Overlord Tytus Dead, Noronica Still In Crisis
2/14/19


Days ago, the Overlord of Noronica was assassinated by Jonathan Montague, a son of the Prefect of Arvan. This came shortly after the government was ultimately defeated in its bid to dethrone him and his declaration of Martial Law. Now, the only power in Noronica is the Federal Assembly.

Today, the Prime Minister Alaattin Cihangir made a statement regarding the situation.

"We could not have predicted how this would end in Noronica," he said this morning. "However, Overlord Tytus was a fair and consistent leader up until these last years. While his passing was with much turmoil, it may be the beginning of a far greater future for Noronica. As always, Thuzbekistan will stand by its friend and continue to carry on relations with the Federal Assembly as it has done since its inception."


The Prime Minister did not comment on the Tweet by Foreign Minister Nalik, which has drawn fire from MPs this morning.

"We are Glad that the Noronican issue seems to be coming to a conclusion and hope for continued stability there for the sake of the worker. However, Overlord Tytus is not a man to be mourned. He became not but a cruel dictator with selfish intentions." #Noronica


The tweet drew ire from the MPs of the Islamic Socialist Party. Emin Vedat chimed in as well, saying that "The tweet was a misguided and unnecessarily inflammatory. It should be removed and Foreign Minister Nalik Apologize to the people of Noronica. We cannot allow such blatantly inflammatory actions by our Foreign Minister to go unnoticed in a time when we must be healing our international relations."

In the meantime, the Noronican Government must now decide its future. For those around the world, it is hoped that the path they pursue is one guided by the worker.

Economy Stabilizing as Sanctions lifted, Unemployed Workers Down to Just 8 Percent.
2/14/19


The Federal Workers Council today announced that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8 Percent, down from 14 percent in December. The news comes as Shipyards and factories reopen and begin working as hard as since the beginning of the sanctions, which have been significantly lessened over the months by nations who no longer saw the need of them after the Orsandian Civil War ended.

In a statement, the FWC Chairman said that "Our System withstood its largest test in 30 years."

"Our system withstood the largest test in 30 years. Even though our unemployment was high, the system established over our decades of trial and error held firm. Workers were kept alive and paid, families stayed fed, and the suffering of the recession was mitigated. This is what the FWC is meant to do! We have a long road ahead of us as we are still seeing some families and workers and clans suffer. But we are proving today that Thuzbek Socialism can withstand the attack of the entire region!"

While the International Socialists responded to the statement with gleeful jokes on the parliament floor, the Islamic Socialist Party Members continued to point out the fact that suffering had not been as mitigated as they said.

"The suffering of the worker was not mitigated," a joint statement between the The Center Socialist Party and the Islamic Socialist Party said. "Workers claims went unpaid, families were left without incomes, and our shelters became full. The Riots in Baslov, Ashlov, and Bashlon evidence that the system failed. When we must resort to force to pacify our people as the government of Baslov did, then our systems have failed."

Some members of the conservative party called for a vote of no confidence in the chamber. However, by law, a vote of no confidence may only originate and be voted for by members of the Vangaurd. While several members of the Islamic Socialist Party have echoed these calls, The Democratic Socialist Party is likely to vote against any call in compliance with the unofficial coalition of the DSP and the International Socialists made in 2014. Thus, a vote of no confidence is unlikely to occur.

However, the calls reflect the growing anger of the people as scandal after scandal overcomes the Cihangir Administration. In one poll by Thuzbek State Polling, more than 50 percent of those polled said that Cihangir had damaged the nation's reputation and power. However, these bad opinions of Cihangir did not necessarily mean a negative opinion of the International Socialists in general, as many still said that they supported the party over alternatives like the Center Socialist party or the Islamic Socialists.

This may change as general elections draw near in July.

Prime Minister Set to Request More Military Spending for FY2019
2/14/19


Prime Minister Cihangir is set to request an increase in the military spending for the "acquisition of newer assets, better logistical assets, and better anti-air defense systems for the mainland." However, a source in the military said that this would be offset by the mothballing of several older, out of date assets that "no longer serve the Thuzbek People as they should."

While it was not directly said by the source, it is rumored that the TSS Ashluv, the flagship of Emin Vedat's reorganization of the military in 1994, would be up for decommissioning. It is a move that has long been called for by the opposition, who said at the time of purchase that the nation's only aircraft carrier was "out of date and limited the capabilities of our fighters" putting them at a considerable disadvantage.

The TSS Ashluv is a STOBAR Carrier, which limits the payload and range of aircraft launched from it and limits those craft to older models of planes. STOBAR stands for "Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery". This means that craft launch under their own power, but are recovered by the carrier in landing. The problems with STOBAR are primarily the limited payload and range that comes with the craft using its own fuel for a short take off. In an age of CATOBAR carriers, this puts pilots at a significant disadvantage if facing other fighters. It also hurts their ability to perform Air to Ground ops in support of Thuzbek units as the limited payload requires them to return for rearmament more quickly than other types.

On top of the disadvantages of STOBAR, the maintenance costs of the carrier are phenomenal due to its age. While it was purchased in 1994, it was made in the late 70's for use in a foreign navy. It was sold as to Thuzbekistan in desperate need of an update which it never received.

The Navy is currently looking at other options to replace the TSS Ashluv.
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TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE UNVEILED
ALDRATO pact announced by Pres. Hallowell and Marian, Totzkan leaders; signatories promise military, diplomatic cooperation


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Soldiers of the Republican Guard parade in front of Carldon Hall during the state visit of Marian Prime Minister Paulo Lacerda and Totzkan President Fransisco Améro to Ellsburgh on January 31, 2019


ELLSBURGH (FBCA)- Almorea has entered into a new alliance with its neighbors- the Totzkan Union and Dragão Do Mar- termed ALDRATO (for ALmorea - DRagão Do Mar - TOtzka).

The Treaty of Ellsburgh, signed yesterday by President Alasdair Hallowell and his Totzkan and Marian counterparts, President Fransisco Améro and recently-inaugurated Prime Minister Paulo Lacerda, was agreed during two days of discussions between the three leaders over "the future security of the North Mesder". President Hallowell hosted Améro and Lacerda in a grand state visit, envisioned since October, that witnessed a military parade and a tour of important historic and cultural sites in the nation's capital.

ALDRATO is a military alliance that includes, among other provisions, frameworks for shared aerospace defense and combined military research and development that will be expanded upon during 2019. President Hallowell is expected to hold the ceremonial presidency of the alliance for a one-year period before handing it off to either the Marian or Totzkan head of state.

In a speech delivered from Carldon Hall after the signing of the treaty, Totzkan President Améro hailed the alliance as a counterweight to the Mesder Sea Treaty Organization and denounced the actions of MSTO members, including Polar Svalbard, as "jingoistic". In his own address, President Hallowell sought to affirm Almorea's commitment to ALDRATO while backing away from Améro's specific language.

"Almorea is a full, committed, and engaged partner in the new pact. We march in lockstep with our allies," the President said. Veering off script, he added, "of course, the turn of the year saw some pretty bad things- dangerous, bad things. I won't call anyone out, though. I wouldn't necessarily use my friend's terminology."

While walking away from the podium, the President turned to nearby reporters and said, in a loud, joking voice, "a force to be reckoned with!" before departing along with his aides.

Secretary of State Kirk Thurson offered a more scripted view of the alliance in a statement issued yesterday during the three leaders' meeting.

"ALDRATO offers potent and effective solutions for military and diplomatic cooperation. It provides security to and promotes self-reliance among our three sister nations, allowing Almorea and its allies to share the burden of mutual defense. It provides a cohesive framework for multilateral, joint engagement with the rest of the world. In the treacherous international waters that we sail in today, ALDRATO is the best possible diplomatic initiative for Almorea and its allies to take. Foreign states whose interests clash with our own, and destabilizing actors, should take notice."

Reactions from Congress have been mixed. In a statement today, the AMP's Senate Lusophone Caucus, composed of the New Arvan senators Aloisio Figueriedo, Leonor Martins, and Estanislau Carvalho and Gray Hills senator Péricles Gonçalves, praised ALDRATO as "a welcome step towards closer integration, in all spheres, with Almorea's Lusophone neighbors." Caucus leader Sen. Gonçalves, who replaced President Hallowell in the Tolldovain district of Gray Hills, broke with his predecessor by praising Totzkan President Améro's attack on the MSTO.

"The President should be more forceful in condemning the MSTO, which poses a grave threat to Totzkan security," said Gonçalves, who is the son of Totzkan immigrants.

Federalists offered a range of reviews, with Sen. Jon Fitzlane (F-Frasyrland), the presiding officer of the Senate, calling the pact "sensible" but warning against "integrating our military capability too closely with that of our allies." Fitzlane indicated that he would tell Federalist senators to vote in favor of the Treaty of Ellsburgh when it is put to the Senate for formal ratification on February 15. Sens. Paul Norton-Griffiths (F-Roonmore) and John Abercrombie (F-Baranor), military veterans with heavy influence on the defense committees, called ALDRATO "a rare step in the right direction for the Hallowell administration", but denounced "tying Almorea to a narrow, anti-MSTO vision of world affairs."

Rep. Virgil Orchard (F-Queensland), the chair of the congressional Joint Defense Committee, offered tepid praise for the alliance, simply saying that it seemed "OK" to him. Rep. Daniel MacKirdie (A-Adashawnee), the congressional liaison to the Joint Defense Secretariat, was extreme in his positive view, telling the FBCA that ALDRATO "is the best foreign policy decision by any administration in decades."

Sources tell the FBCA that, besides the business of signing the Treaty of Ellsburgh, further "high-level and secretive" discussions took place within Carldon Hall between the leaders. The nature of these discussions remains unknown.

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ALDRATO: Améro signs new alliance with Dragão Do Mar and Almorea

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After two days of discussions with President Hallowell and Prime Minister Lacerda over the ‘future security of the North Mesder’ President Améro, along with his Almorean and Marian counterpart, has announced the creation of a new military alliance with our northern and western neighbours. Améro officially signed the Treaty of Ellsburgh, forming the alliance, at 3 PM in Carldon Hall, Almorea. In a joint press conference Améro stated the new 'ALDRATO' alliance will commit the three signatory nations to the mutual defence and security of each other, the funding of the research and construction of new military equipment and ensuring the protection and security of the west Raedlon airspace. It was implied that President Hallowell will assume command of the alliance for the rest of year with leadership then rotating annually between the presidents of Totzka and Almorea and the monarch of Dragão Do Mar. From Carldon Hall President Améro made the following address.

We live in a turbulent era; Illa, Orsandia, Charbagnia and now Arvan all rendered into warzones as a result of Vancouvian imperialism, Thuzbekistani subversion and Noronican expansionism. As we celebrated new year these nations, along with Polar Svalbard's and the rest of MSTO’s jingoistic and trigger-finger diplomatic stances threatened to turn the Central Canal, and with-it northern Argus, into another such war. Cooler heads prevailed that day and many deaths were averted. In such unpredictable times with the wars moving closer to Raedlon’s shores the need for close allies and a strong defensive posture is a must. ALDRATO will provide the security which is so desperately needed in these times. Each of the signatory nations were born as a result of colonialism and imperialism, each suffered great violence in the name of liberty and self-rule and, although our experiences may differ, each of these three nations holds its sovereignty as sacred.

In my time as president I have found the people and the governments of Dragão do Mar and Almorea to be both trustworthy and honourable although our histories may be chequered, the agreements I have made today will, if you forgive the cliché, secure peace and prosperity for all our nations.

The ALDRATO alliance will finally act as a limit on the previously unchecked influence of Alta and their allies in the North Mesder Sea. ALDRATO will allow us the protect our own interests without needing to beg the League for assistance. ALDRATO will allow us to better defend our vulnerable northern coasts. To be succinct, ALDRATO is the future for the defence of Totzka.


While some politicians and journalists have criticised the hawkish language used by the president, the majority of responses have praised the president’s actions as being necessary to secure the Totzka’s position in the international scene. The signing of the Treaty of Ellsburgh has been called the culmination of four decades of gradually improving relations between Totzka and our neighbours. Tensions between Totzka and Dragão Do Mar peaked in the late 1970s and early 1980s following unification of Totzka when the Marian monarch Queen Lisete, allowed members of the exiled Totzkan aristocracy to seek refuge in Dragão do Mar. Totzka and Almorea has likewise suffered historical bad relations which climaxed when both countries invaded one another during the Imperial War. Prior to war the three nations had been involved in almost a decade of sporadic fighting over the balance of power in Raedlon. Understanding and appreciating the historical context of Totzkan-Almorean-Marian relations only further highlights have important the formation of ALDRATO is.
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"No answers" after 17 sailors, 34 civilians killed in tanker explosion


HINNEVALE (APA)- Congress and the public are demanding answers from the Navy after the SFU Grand Union, a Patriot-class frigate, collided with the petroleum tanker Hoare off the coast of Frasyrland province in the eastern Aegean Sea early this morning, causing an explosion that killed 17 sailors and 34 members of the tanker's crew.

The explosion occurred at roughly 0300 hours, 39 miles north of Hinnevale, where the Navy maintains thirteen vessels as part of the Northern Shield Initiative with the Totzkan navy. The Grand Union was engaged in maneuvers shortly before the incident, according to the Navy Press Office. The Hoare was sailing from Achashee, in eastern Roonmore, for Warenne Island, according to records obtained by the APA.

Oil from the stricken tanker spilled into the sea, creating sheets of flame that complicated rescue efforts. Frasyrland provincial officials, as well as auxiliary naval vessels, assisted in evacuating the surviving crew of the Hoare. The Grand Union was able to sail under its own power back to Hinnevale, where it is now undergoing repairs.

The Senate's Naval Affairs Subcommittee, part of the congressional Joint Defense Committee, published a letter to the War Department this afternoon demanding an explanation for the tragedy. The four senators on the subcommittee- chairman Sen. Paul Norton-Griffiths (F-Roonmore), Sen. Lillian Brown (F-Gavshin), ranking member Sen. Aloisio Figueiredo (A-New Arvan), and Sen. William Matzen (A-Adashawnee)- castigated the Navy for its "gross negligence and carelessness".

"This incident represents a shocking and regrettable example of incompetence. For a military vessel equipped with modern radar and detection systems to collide with a civilian ship in this manner is nothing short of disgraceful. We demand an explanation for the deaths of the thirty-four members of the tanker's crew, as well as the seventeen Almorean sailors who lost their lives today."

The families of the sailors killed in the explosion are also clamoring for answers, with one mother anonymously telling the APA that there is "no excuse" for her son's death.

"My boy left home to serve his country, and they killed him. I have no words," she said, visibly emotional. "I hope that Congress will get right to the bottom of it."

Navy Secretary Thomas Jefferies told reporters in Ellsburgh today that he had "no answers as of yet" about the collision, but added that a full investigation has commenced under the auspices of "the Navy and federal and local safety officials".

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January 9th, 2019


PM DORIAS SHOCKS NATION: "I HAVE SEVERE DEPRESSION; INTEND TO STEP DOWN SOON"

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Prime Minister Dorias

Prime Minister Rikard Vulf Dorias announced this afternoon his intention to submit his resignation to President Den Heyes and leave politics for good. "I suffer from a condition known as Major Depressive Disorder," he explained, "and cannot continue serving as Prime Minister any longer." Dorias added that he would remain in office for several more weeks, in order to facilitate an effective transition. "There are many procedures required in this situation, and it is in our national interest to do it as smoothly as possible."

"I have come to terms with the reality of my situation, which had been hindering my ability to work and maintain this office," Dorias stated in a shaky voice. "The past few months have been extremely difficult for me and my family, and have recently led me to this decision. I must apologize to you, the people of Ostehaar, and to my supporters and voters, to whom I owe much gratitude." Dorias led The Labor Party to another victory in the recent general elections two years ago, in February 2017.

The statement comes mere days after the beginning of a campaign, orchestrated and promoted by opposition parties, calling for snap elections. Dorias' main critic, opposition leader Mikahel Si Ardner, appeared in a short viral video last week and attacked the current government. "This administration is weak, inadequate, and paralyzed," Ardner said in the video, "and it has failed to react properly in almost every issue our country faces these days." Other opposition officials called for Dorias' resignation as part of the campaign, blaming him for Ostehaar's current strategic and political muddle.

Senior officials - from within the government as well - claimed that the Prime Minister was under intense pressure lately, mainly due to his office's part in the 'Land Deal' case. Last June had seen a significant break-through in the investigation revolving primarily around the RDF and Ministry of Defense. "High-level officials in Dorias' government were involved in one of the largest frauds in the history of Ostehaar," Ardner said at the time. "Dorias himself would have to answer for that."

Columnist Dr. Dehren Si Braant estimated that the deteriorating situation in Lovsk, coupled with the rising stakes in the efforts against Thuzbekistan, are the real reason for the Prime Minister's discouraged state. "Dorias is a political mastermind and could have successfully navigated through the RDF issue," Si Braant claimed in an interview this evening. "What he is not, is a militaristic hawk. I think that he gradually lost his control over the Oster security establishment lately, and now he has to deal with consequences of actions he did not even push for."

Dr. Si Braant: "[Prime Minister Dorias] was against keeping Lovsk, against interfering in Arvan and San Javier, and against the recent Vancouvian approach, but his agenda was pushed aside by people like Minister of Defense Aarin Dulikh, senior advisor Alex Vulf, and yes, even high-raking officers in the military itself. The one time he supported the 'hawkish' approach - lately in Orsandia - the operation eventually died out and public opinion turned against the intervention as a whole. It devastated him."

According to Ostehaar's Constitution, since Oster voters elect party lists only, and not candidates for Prime Minister - If the Prime Minister resigns, the acting coalition is given 21 days to propose a nominee from among its members, who would complete the term. The President can then either approve or reject the nominee. During that time, or until snap elections are held, the acting Prime Minister is the individual appointed Temar Daaft (Second Head) - currently Minister of Foreign Affairs Elena Brahurer.

>>> Read About Major Depressive Disorder

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by Dormill and Stiura
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United Republics Armed Forces on the move throughout Gael
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By: Ellery Ackerman


Just as New Year's celebrations were wrapping up across the Isles, terrible news erupted from both sides of the United Republics. In the north, the Overlord has started a coup against the government of Noronica, performing airstrikes across southwestern Noronica seemingly in preparation for an invasion from the already loyal Sussex Isle. On early Friday, after further attacks, the State of Pinross declared support for the coup, granting the Overlord and his loyalist forces a way on to the Noronnican mainland.

To respond to this sudden escalation, President Cedar Dyson had sent orders to the First and Second Brigades of the United Republics Army to "secure and protect the Territory of Arvan, and to prevent the Overlord from utilizing the peninsula and its military assets against the legal government of Noronica", he had also sent orders to the Navy, particularly the two Coastal Defense Squadrons, to deploy along the North Coast to "defend the right of navigation in the area of the conflict".

Hours later, the Guangfeng Times managed to report that Prime Minister Willamson and members of his cabinet were taken hostage following a PLF attack on the Royal Quarter of Guangfeng. The United Republics Army 4th Brigade, which was based just outside the city limits, were quickly deployed into the city overnight alongside Guangfeng PD and Orsandian Army units, and are reported to be closing in on the Royal Quarter after encounters with PLF forces throughout.

President Dyson had held a brief address during today's news briefing regarding the situation, where he said
The United Republics will act in a way compliant with International Law to defend not only its own borders, but to protect its allies and partners during these dangerous times. We will do what we can to end this coup in Noronica and end the threat of the PLF in Orsandia as soon as it is possible. We will also work with the League to provide aid to both of these nations as to further prevent tragedy. I will reiterate that the United Republics is not acting unilaterally to respond to these situations, but is acting with our partners and allies in Gael and across the Isles to ensure that these crises do not persist.


More on these stories and more as they develop.

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Is there no end to Vancouvian Neo-Imperalism?

Vancouvia ties the International District to its hips, and then demands the Sawneeak Atoll are her's


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DSN Enzo Van Kapolder FFH-209 sailing by Defense Station West (2017)

By: Cooper Dean

Kapolder - On 15 December, the Vancouvian Congress signed the second "VACES" agreement with the International District Council, the supposed sovereign government of the island that has recently faced an occupation by Vancouvia, extending Vancouvian influence even further in the area. This in addition to recent wargames being conducted between Vancouvia and Ruios, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they desire more influence over Gael as the situation in Noronica further deteriorates. It would be hard to suggest that with these events being so close together, alongside the mass deployment of the Vancouvian Navy to the Mechi Sea for reasons speculated by Vancouvia News Network to "either work to better cutoff trade with Illa Isle or be close enough for necessary operations in the I.D., Arvan, Gresswell Island, or other areas", neither of which bodes well for the nations of Gael, as Arvan is still disputed with the VACES allied Noronica and the United Republics, while recently Thuzbekistan withdrew from the Gresswell Island Treaty, disputing the accepted administration of Ainslie.

Other areas, as mentioned by VNN, also includes the Sawneeak Atoll, a small archipelago just southwest of Raggiz that has been the site of eight competing claims between Noronica, the United Republics, San Montagna, Athara Magrat, Norstham, Negarakita, Masrubia, and Vancouvia. Alongside the ratification of the VACES agreement with the International District, the Vancouvian Congress additionally ratified a proclamation that "the Sawneeak islands are all legal property of Vancouvia", and that it was " willing to negotiate transfers of money or 'other suitable property' in exchange for nations abandoning their "occupations" of the other Sawneeak islands", we reached out to the other claimants' foreign ministries for a response, of which only the Dormill-Stiuraian as responded, stating:
The Vancouvian claim on the Swaneeak Atoll is no more strong than their ability to hold on to Illa Isle. The United Republics does not recognize any claim Vancouvia makes aside only the Pelican Islands, as it has been our policy to respect the other administrations of the remaining islands. If Vancouvia wants to end any dispute over the Islands, declaring that they all belong to Vancouvia is not the place to start.

The United Republics will reiterate the legitimacy of the Territory of Swaneeak Atoll and the Dulung Special Administrative Region, and will be open to a dialogue to settle any further disputes with the other claimants.


South Gael Morning Post will update this story as it develops.
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December 16, 2018
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Vancouvia Strengthens Ties with I.D., Signs VACES Agreement, Takes on Protection of Gael-Argean Area


Vancouvia has strengthened its position in North Argus and Gael overnight with the signing of a VACES alliance with the International District. Citing growing instability and several failing states in the region, the Vancouvian Congress and the I.D. Council signed the agreement at 8:00 PM yesterday night at the Senate Building in Vesuvius at a relatively quiet ceremony.

This marks the second VACES alliance Vancouvia has undertaken, the first of which was with Noronica two years ago. Congress has stated that they are enthusiastic that they are building stronger ties with the region in which Vancouvia has the greatest "cultural and historic ties."

The majority of the Vancouvian navy has moved to the straits surrounding the I.D. Analysts have surmised that their aim is either to work to better cutoff trade with Illa Isle or be close enough for necessary operations in the I.D., Arvan, Gresswell Island, or other areas.





December 16, 2018
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Sawneeak Atoll


Vancouvian Congress Renews Claims on Sawneeak Atoll, States Willingness to "Peacefully Purchase Islands in Dispute"


Virtually right after the announcement of the VACES treaty, Congress announced that they have renewed their position that the Sawneeak islands are all legal property of Vancouvia. Congress also stated that they are willing to negotiate transfers of money or "other suitable property" in exchange for nations abandoning their "occupations" of the other Sawneeak islands.

Vancouvia currently hosts a small base and airfield on two of the smallest isles, the Pelican Isles. Congress gave no reason for the sudden confirmation of Vancouvia's policy towards Sawneeak.

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  • Majority of Illa Islander Residents Refuse to Pay Taxes to Congress
  • Sawneeak Atoll - Why is Vancouvia Claiming This Small Island Chain?
  • VISE Index Down 0.5% Today Amidst Conflicts in Arván and Elsewhere
  • Vancouvian Congress Dismisses Catholic Protestors
  • Is Vancouvian Overextended - Or Are You Just a Government-Hating Kook? Take This Quiz to Know
  • 30,000 Seagulls Were Found Dead off Coast of Greenview Last Year - Why Mercury Poisoning Did Not Hold the Key
  • Should Athara Magarat Peacekeeping Operating be an ARRF Endeavor?
  • Vancouvian Congress "Disappointed" with Athara Magarat Operation, Claim that Magaratis Not Sharing Burden in Fight Against Terrorism
  • Charbagnia - Possible Rail Contract with Northern Azure Suspected
  • Option One Epidemic Finally Addressed as "Amphetamine Treatment and Support Act" Passed by Congress
  • The Illa-Lovsk-Arvan Triangle - Why Many Liberals Are Arguing for the "Emancipation" of All Three
  • Massive Football Stadium in Lexington Outskirts to Begin Construction in 2019
  • Grand Vancouvian Rail Fully "De-Iced" and Operational
  • Winter Robotics "Second-Gen Yukon UAV" Timeline Puts Release by 2022




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