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by Dormill and Stiura
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:30 pm
 
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Faronna Islands go from Hotbed to Flashpoint

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

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Balniki troops preparing for joint exercise with Dovaro in the Faronna Islands

By: Jeremiah Vogel
KAPOLDER - Over the weekend, military forces from the Federation of Balnik and the Doravan Empire assembled in and around the still in dispute Faronna Islands, just off the east coast of Gael and straddled between Balnik and Roendavar, for what was described as "regularly held joint exercises" between the two nations. In accordance with the Cour Rouge-Rustov Agreements, signed in 2002, the United Republics of Dormill and Stiura and the Federation of Balnik agreed to reduce cross-border tensions by being more transparent about the general activities of their militaries, including exercises performed either alone or with international partners. This transparency had, in the past, taken the form of diplomatic missives being passed between each others' militaries some time before the exercises are set to begin or before any public announcement of their commencement. When the Doravan state media company Imperial News Network announced to the Isles of the upcoming February exercises with Balnik, there was an initial shock within the diplomatic sphere of Dormill and Stiura, followed by anger, with President Dyson going as far to say in a Friday Press Briefing:

The mere fact that this exercise was even considered within the disputed area of Faronna was a problem enough for us, but Balnik's refusal to send any advance notice to the United Republics in accordance to the peace is beyond shameful. This is in addition to the presence of Doravo, which is a clear and obvious escalation on the part of this so called "Iron Pact". Their involvement in Gaeltic affairs will not be remembered fondly by my government.


This comes on the heels of weeks of litigation between Roendavar and Balnik in the International Court of Justice, which remains ongoing. In response, President Dyson urged Congress in a letter to begin taking considerations as to dealing with Balnik and Doravo in the future, additionally making a call to the League to open a dialogue on the matter at their next session.

The Dispatch reached out to the governments of both Balnik and Doravo for comments but received no response at publication.
By: Ellery Ackerman
INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT - The Annual Western Isles Gala is one of the biggest events of the early year, marked by some of the best people, outfits, and music the Western Isles can offer. Hosted this year by King i Florin Celion Faunus Eleos Caenalren Iralethias in the Hall of World Peace and featuring all the pageantry natural to Roendavar, the Gala was nothing but beauty from dusk till dawn. Among the attendees were several high-ranking government officials including Segentovan Chief of State Pierre Delacroix, Deputy President Nora Soodalter of Almorea, and Estral Consul Zirilo Arsua alongside international celebrities and other members of high society. One of the biggest moments of the night was President Dyson's second public appearance alongside his new partner, Sylvia Vilar, who exited Griffon One with mirrored white and gold outfits, with Dyson in white and Vilar in pure gold. The pair have been together since last November and have been seen together in public sparingly in the final weeks of the election, with the first true showcase of their affection only coming when his election victory became clear in the early morning hours of 20 December. This marks the second time they are truly in public together after his 10 January inauguration.
By: Cooper Dean
TOULONT - Chief of the General Staff of the Unified National Defence Forces of French Charbagnia (FDNU), Renaud Léon, announced on Monday that the FDNU will begin a program seeking to replace the ad hoc equipment held by the ground forces with a true national stockpile. The program includes small arms, heavy weapons, vehicles such as trucks, APCs, and tanks, and even helicopters. At present, the FDNU has narrowed down a shortlist of competitors which includes Eagle Industries, Hunter Defense Systems, Verhun Defense Systems, and Redseed Manufactories. The program seeks to test all aspects of ground warfare and the ability for multiple systems to interface in a unified command and control scheme. Up until now, the FDNU has relied on equipment either taken from Federal forces during the 2018 Revolution, donations from the League and the ASRF, or those recovered from the ARRF invasion, none of which are presently compatible with the FDNU's plan to create a modern and efficient army. When reached for comments regarding a possible French Charbagnian Air Force or Navy, the Ministry of Defense responded:

At the moment, the core of our concerns and the majority of our resources are directed at refitting the Ground Forces. While we intend to develop Air and Naval forces, we have neither the time nor finances to invest in either while we still try to develop. Until such a time that we can, neither is relevant to our decision-making regarding the ongoing program.


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by Dormill and Stiura
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:58 pm
 
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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 Vancouvia
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October 20, 2019
VNN ~ Vancouvian News Network
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 Ostehaar
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:33 pm
 
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SIX MONTHS OF BRAHURER - NO END TO STAGNATION IN SIGHT

JULY 15 2019 | Guest Columnist Dr. Dehren Si Braant | Porohare, Ostehaar

It has been roughly six months since former Prime Minister Rikard Vulf Dorias unexpectedly resigned from office, boosting his then-deputy's career in an instant. The Labor Party was quick to approach President Den-Heyes with a stable coalition under Elena Brahurer's rule, with a single downside - she would serve as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs simultaneously. That was a hard one to justify, but Den-Heyes was somehow persuaded. Was it a threat of Unleashed Thuzbekistan looming across the sea? Was it the recent blow in a generally unsuccessful intervention in Orsandia (we won, but why did it even come to it)? They sold "stability" and he liked the product. The Opposition was furious. Instead of snap-elections, Osters suddenly got two more years of the brand Dorias' Government - Without the Dorias.

"They didn't stop to think the entire process through or set up some kind of a transition mechanism," said a member of the Labor Party's general committee, on the party's internal discussions of February-March 2019. "[Dorias] just got up one day and informed the [party] leadership that they have three weeks to solve the issue." That same day he announced his intentions publicly and, in practice, imposed a 21-day ultimatum on the coalition to find an interim Prime Minister. Brahurer was the only one among the party seniors that already had a working office, and her good relations with Dorias and his staff certainly helped. "He gave her the government," a now-former Labor party senior reportedly said in closed party discussions during recent months.

Labor Party leaders deny the accusations. "Internal policy disputes within party mechanisms do not affect government activity." The reader would undoubtedly be glad to learn that I actually checked this statement, and it is false. According to sources from within the Labor Party, the February-March series of discussions was so urgent and resource-consuming, that it was given it own title - Gemstone. One goal was, for example, to approve a "baseline agenda" for various political activities. Usually this is done during the weeks or months prior to the elections, but this time the party was not prepared. "Brahurer and many in her staff had to put hours of work into that instead of doing actual government work," one source told FNN. "Important cabinet meetings were delayed because of that."

How important? Two meetings on Thuzbekistan - one on foreign cooperation and one on sanctions status - were postponed from February 7th to April 2nd and then to May 26th because Brahurer had to attend party meetings. A discussion on OCES' planned businesses in Menna Shuli was reportedly postponed four times between March and June because of "requests by the members' offices". Two visits by diplomats from Vancouvia and Polar Svalbard were simply cancelled due to "participants' time constraints"... and guess who was the participants. All were delayed due to "party mechanisms". At this point, I would like remind the reader again that Prime Minister Brahurer is still also Minister Brahurer, who had neglected Ostehaar's Foreign Affairs in recent months. I could not get a response from the Prime Minister's Office on the issue.

I recently spoke with Head of Opposition and New Ostehaar party leader, Mikahel Si Ardner, who lost to Dorias in the 2017 elections and hoped to replace him this year. Si Ardner's attitude towards the nuclear industry and the military got all the headlines in that interview - and rightfully so - but his remarks on the interim government were more insightful. "After spending half-a-year setting her office up, Brahurer is going to spend the next six months on budget discussions until it's approved around March," Si Ardner assessed. Then it's one year to elections, and we all know what that means. "She has to secure and solidify her position in the party and in the administration if she wants any chance of running in 2021," Si Ardner added, "so it's bureaucracy before leadership for the time being."

What About Lovsk? In three months my last column here, Two Years in Lovsk: Opportunities & Trouble, will be celebrating its second birthday. I should probably start working on a Four Years in Lovsk: No More Opportunities & Only Trouble piece. 6 Osters, 26 Oster soldiers, and 45 Lovskians were killed in terrorist attacks across the island since January 2019 - The highest numbers since 2015. 32 Lovskians were arrested for links to terror cells in the past three months alone. Human Rights groups are still denied access to many confrontation zones for security reasons, and many activists are delayed in border crossings and airports if they state their intention to visit the place. Rumor has is that several high-ranking DFO chiefs planned to resign in protest of the government's indecision over Lovsk, but eventually backed down after Dorias' resignation in fear of shaking the system too much.

Looking forward, the interim Government has a few upcoming "tests":

Thuzbekistan. The Orsandian War taught us that the good-old Oster-Thuzbek balance no longer exists. A reality of a missile-developing Thuzbek enemy, pressed by sanctions and economic instability to the wall, is an urgent matter that should be at the highest priority. Brahurer has to jump back to her Foreign Affairs suit and remind the Western Isles that Thuzbekistan is not an Oster problem. Alternatively, she can order an aerial assault on Thuzbek missile sites and R&D facilities. Either way - Now is the time to decide on a course of action.

Charbagnia. June saw the fulfillment of two very different forms of government on that war-torn island - Vancouvian Agnion and French Charbagnia. In a way, the debate on the fate of the "Oster Zone" represents a more important debate on the nature of Ostehaar's use of force in the region. DFO spokesperson Ela Rehner stated in April that the military intended to maintain its infrastructure in Charbagnia, and joint Oster-Vancouvian military tests reportedly took place in May near the border between the two zones. In June, however, a closed government-sponsored conference for Oster industrialists and businessmen reportedly raised an issue of "Investments in a Vancouvian- or Noronnican- Controlled Oster Zone", and OCES engineers stationed in Charbagnia were informed that their contracts might not be extended "in the case of a territorial exchange."

The Land Deal Case. Attorney General Mark Vohlrin is expected to present his final report on the matter in September, 20 months after the beginning of one of the largest investigations into government activities in recent decades. Leading figures in the current government might find themselves under charges.

Brahurer's term as Prime Minister began in sin, stagnated for half-a-year, and its continuation threatens to destabilize the nation. Brahurer would do Ostehaar a great service if she would step down and run as a candidate for Prime Minister.
by Scantarbia
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:32 pm
 
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SNPC'S APLIN STRAIT EXPLORATION

by Alexandra Eleonora, 13 July 2019


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OSTIUM - The conquest of oil never ends. The previous statement is proven by the recent press release from the state’s oil company, SNPC (Scantarbia National Petroleum Company). The company’s CEO, Merlin Agustina, said in a press meeting this Friday (12/07), that the exploration team managed to confirm a previously hypothetical petroleum reserve in international waters of Aplin strait. The team uses a drillship provided by Scantarbian Navy Auxiliaries, SNAS Deep Blue, to perform drilling tests in order to confirm the existence of a petroleum site in the location.

The exploration process itself has been ongoing for 5 months before finally, they not only confirmed the existence of petroleum but also calculated that the petroleum available for extraction in this untapped reserve ranges from 25 billion barrels on its lower estimate to 30 billion barrels on its high-end. This field, named Aplin Strait oilfield, is on SNPC’s top priority for extraction due to its substantial quantity.

Even if Scantarbia’s energy generation doesn’t rely much on fossil fuels, with it only consisting 2% of Scantarbia’s sources of energy, which the majority of it is fulfilled using nuclear energy and the majority of the population currently using electric vehicles, SNPC sees a lot of potential to exploit this newly found petroleum reserve and sell it to other countries which are still depending on oil for their energy generation.

The only problem that needs to be tackled right now is the fact that this reserve sits on international waters and near the territories of Scantarbia’s nearest neighbor, Charbagnia. This acts as a potential flashpoint as soon as Charbagnia government became aware of the petroleum reserve sitting near their country.

In the end, may the exploration and the subsequent extraction lead to a more prosperous Scantarbia and hopefully it doesn’t spark any conflicts in the region.

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by Wellsia
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:30 pm
 
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EALDWIC DAILY NEWS


Greetings people of Ealdwic.

Luckily we live in a nation that values stability and truth, at least that is what we've been lead to believe. The stability part may still exist, but truth, that is a lie bestowed on us by the government. Our leaders have some major explaining to do. Social media has gone viral with pictures from San Javeria showing dead Wellsian soldiers from a place called Constantina. It has been determined that these men are members of the elite 3rd Rifle Brigade, which through our investigation is suppose to be on garrison duty in Kachee, not fighting and dying on foreign soil. The gallant soldiers have been lead into combat beside the Javerians against a coalition of Menna Shuli, Miklania and others. The military advisory board of the Witan has demanded an explanation from Fieldmarshal Fettleworth. While our leaders have betrayed us with the truth, we ask that prayers go out for the men and officers of the 3rd. The latest word we have heard is that many of the troops have been trapped in a prolonged siege at Constantina and how much longer they can hold out has been speculated that there time is short. We will keep the public informed of the conflict, the hearings and how the military will get our boys home.

In other news, and speaking of Kachee, a few days ago a meeting was planed between high ranking diplomats from Wellsia, Athra Magarat, and possibly French Charbagnia concerning the future of Kachee. With the formation of Vancouvian Agnion out of the areas of the former Charbagnia Federation under Vancouvuian occupation has put an end to the talks at the present. To ensure the safety of teh people of Kachee, the Ruling Cabinet has requested that the Kingdom of WEllsia take over the handling of Kachee's external and financial affairs. The Ruling Cabinet will continue to govern Kachee, but now with the assistance of a Wellsian Residential Adviser. The Royal wellsian Army will establish a permanent garrison of both land and air units. A new command of the Royal Wellsian Navy will also be set up which will go under the name of the Far Eastern Command.

Closer to home, across the bay the nation of Enchanta, under the erratic rule of the woman-child Rachel Alpin is collapsing into Civil War between Rachel's goons, pretending to be an army and a terrorist organization that calls themselves Modernist. There is concern in both the Witan and the Folkmoot, not to mention the Royal Palace that the country could collapse into total chaos and anarchy. The Kingdom of Wellsia and the Argive Colonies both have important ties with Enchanta and there has been talk about sending regular units to protect Wellsian interest. The major concern about taking action in Enchanta, is the finding out about the Javerian Affair and the possible trouble that may be rising on the southern border of our colonial holdings in South Argus. This constitutional crisis that is now raging in Menna Shuli has caused major concern both here on Wellsia and in the colonies. The Menna living in Azania and Raphata are divided over the actions of the 'uhitap Apsu Kashaka. Word has reached us that a divided Satep has approved the establishment of a written constitution for Menna Shuli with 64 votes in favor. Military and Colonial Police units in the colonies have been put on high alert as clashes have been reported between traditionalist and unifiers. The Traditionalist feel that any change will lead to the destruction of the Menna society, while the Unifiers fear that the constitution will not go far enough and bane the caste system all together. While some of the clashes betweeen the two groups have been bloody and have even resulted in fatalities, the Police with local military support have been able to keep a lid on the powder keg.

Lastly it has come to this stations notice that a number of regiments, including three of the Guard Regiments have issued a recall of all soldiers on furlough. The question is where will these men be used? Are they going to the relief of our men in San Javeria, to form the garrison of Kachee, to protect our interest in Enchanta, or to reinforce the garrisons in South Argus. WE ask that all keep our military and leaders in their prayers and that all actions are done for the betterment of Wellsia and the colonies.
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Issued by the State| 14th June 2019
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Führer and His Majesty Demand Independent German Republic in Charbagnia

| After a brief meeting with the Führer und Ministerpräsident Adolf von Hersmann, and His Royal Majesty King Wilhelm Micheal I, and then further conferences with members of our great Volk's Rijkstag - the greatest symbol of Saxon True Democracy - the Austrovik government has formulated as campaign for the Germanic peoples of Charbagnia to gain their right to independence under a Germanic, Saxon True Democracy.

| After a short press conference in Auchen, the Rijskminister der Internationalen Angelegenheiten (International Affairs), Konstantin Frick, made this statement outside the Rijksministry building of his department:

    'The Saxon Rijk of Austrovik-Germania, along with the people within her borders, wish to see their German brethren released from foreign control from the imperialist, ignorant and outright arrogant attitude of the occupying overlords to the Germanic peoples who wish to have their own independent state. The Rijk will commit all available time and effort into instigating the proper and moral way to come about the creation of a Germanic, True Democracy, much like the Austrovik Rijk, to allow the Germanic Volk within these wrongly occupied territories to be free, and intermingle with their brethren from our great nation. The Rijksministry der Internationalen Angelegenheiten will issue a demand for a plebiscite to be held for areas of majority-German speakers within the Charbagnian Federation's occupied zones, and also demands that Austrovik Ordnungspolizei officers are permitted into polling stations to keep the peace. The latter is optional, of course, but the Germanic people must have a say.'

Vancouvia Begins Violation of Germanic Rights in "Special Region"

| Just yesterday, the Vancouvian creation of Vancouvian Agnion within the same island of Charbagnia further violated the rights of the German people who, for many-a-year, had lived peacfully. Not only was the occupational and imperialistic overlords here to stay, but the were planning this motion to do with language:

    "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."

| The Führer himself had announced, shortly after receiving the news, that Austrovik-Germania will be exerting increased pressure onto Vancouvia to cease is replacement of the centuries-old German Language within Charbagnia. He also called on the other occupational powers to 'seriously reconsider' the permitting of Vancouvia to enact such culturally devastating changes. Even His Royal Majesty Wilhelm Micheal I released this statement to State Press:

    'It is clear that the Free Lands of Vancouvia are not interested in the protection of Germanic culture and heritage, and only seek to destroy it, and replace it with their own, completely alien culture. This is, to put it mildly, morally incorrect. Germanic peoples' children and grandchildren will be brought up in a Vancouvian "Special Region" where they don't speak even the same language as the parents and grandparents. It is shocking to me that the Vancouvian government even thought this was even remotely acceptable by any means. I trust that the great Führer will enact the real change that is needed, and I call on the poor Germanic souls in "Vancouvian Agnion" to begin peaceful protests to secure a future for the Germanic culture that has existed in Charbagnia for so long.'

| We can assure the Volk of the Saxon Rijk that the State Press has received every ounce of reassurance from the government that the Germanic people in Charbagnia will be protected at any cost.
by Athara Magarat
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:03 am
 
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June 14th, 2019

Vancouvian Agnion?





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The Hang of Khumbuwan (pictured) announced support for Vancouvian Agnion


We all know that the Charbagnian War ended months ago. Magarati neo-imperialists got Kachee as their protectorate of sorts. Almost immediately, the laughably incompetent Magarati government started receiving threats from French Republic of Charbagnia (who have Enemy Number 1 Dormill and Stiura as their sugar daddy). And we all know what happened next for the Magarati paper tigers. In a move that Magarati citizens called "appeasement of Doraltic and Charbagnian aggressors", the Jrm Hangma administration and (former) Sultan Yonghang offered Kachee's merger with French Republic of Charbagnia; provided that the latter treated the former as a special autonomous region. Things were going as expected until good old Wellsia decided to barge in, overthrew Sultan Yonghang in a not-so-covert operation and installed a five-man council that answered to them. Wellsian ships now patrol Kachee and their soldiers flex their sexy muscles as Kachee women stare at them.

While this shit-fuckery was going on for months, someone forgot to tell the Vancouvian Congress that war in Charbagnia was over. Which is why, only yesterday did they announce the formation of Agnion. I cannot imagine what it must have gone for VSF or VNA. Some VNA soldier out there must have been super-pissed. "You are telling us war ended months ago and we have been murdering technically Vancouvian citizens till now? And here I was wondering why we are not seeing any more Noronnican or Magaratis dying from our friendly fires!"

Vancouvia is a modern-day colonialist nation and they are proud of that fact. So proud that they are literally calling their new territory "Vancouvian Agnion" like in the good old days. Imagine Magarati Kachee or now Wellsian Kachee; or Doraltic Charbagnia. Or Svalbardian Wake Atoll. Wait, that's a thing?

And like all good colonizers; the Vancouvians know where to start best that by language imposition. German will no be replaced by Vancouvian English. And Vancouvian Congress announced "prolonged withdrawl" from Agnion all the while sending 5,000 VNA soldiers to curb dissent. Dammit Vancouvian Congressmen and Congresswomen! Pick an option not both!

As for international support for Vancouvian Agnion; it has already started with the Hang of Khumbuwan and the Second Tamuwan Hang declaring Agnion a Vancouvian territory. These two men have been seen together a lot lately. They were also the first among our local buffons to announce support for Polar Svalbard in the Wake Atoll bleepfest. Then and now, they have been ahead of Jrm Hangma in making public statements.

Speaking of Jrm Hangma, what does she even do nowadays? The last time she made a public announcement was declaring national emergency over Hornet War. Before that, the only public statement she made that I remember now is "Illa Islanders are now off the list of Arun Valley Protocol after they were found supporting terrorists and Vancouvian Congress totally did not pressurize us or anything". You say what you say, Hangma. It was just a great coincidence that you and some Vancouvian Congress members announced some railway project and building yet another bridge connecting Magarati mainland and the International District. It was just a great coincidence that Magarati soldiers were in Charbagnia when that announcement was made.
by Vancouvia
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:06 pm
 
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June 13, 2019
VNN ~ Vancouvian News Network
Vancouvian Occupation Zone, Charbagnia


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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by Dormill and Stiura
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International: First Parliament of French Charbagnia to Assemble at month's end
Everything you need to know about the French Charbagnian Government


By: Jean-François Carl
@jfc98

04 June, KAPOLDER - After nearly a year since its founding, the French Republic of Charbagnia is finally set to hold its first ever session of Parliament at the historic Maullon Government Center at the end of June. Up until now, the Republic had been ruled by an ad-hoc coalition of the leaders of the recent revolution against the German-dominated Federation as it sought to establish itself. Although it has many things to do, the leaders of the Republic, including interim President Matthieu Porcher, are confident that this first session will set the stage for the future of the young nation.

Before the Parliament assembles, the President has called for the first general election in the nation, after having come to an agreement with the United Republics on importing the necessary voting equipment and staff to the island in the past month. President Procher has also said in a recent address that he intends to appear before the League of the Western Isles to appeal for membership and to request a peacekeeping force be sent to protect polling stations while a team of League investigators monitor the election.

But first, some background on what the Parliament is to understand how the upcoming election will shape it:

According to the French Charbagnian Constitution, Parliament is divided into two chambers, the lower Forum and the upper Senate. Both chambers are elected from open proportional lists, however, the Forum uses electoral districts to apportion its members while the Senate is elected nationally. Additionally, the Senate is granted the power of purse, giving it a significant amount of power in the Parliament as a whole.

At the moment, the Republic as a government is extremely bare-bones, set up to ensure the security of the nation as a Parliament is established. The current leadership is temporary, though current predictions on the election shows that they will remain in power and build the first proper government of the nation, alongside building the rest of the Constitution with laws established by Parliament during their upcoming three-month long session.

In terms of the political parties of the Republic, there are currently only 5 established overall. They are:

Liberté pour les Gens (Freedom for the People): The political movement that was the catalyst for the Revolution against the Federation, LG is a Republican-orientated party that seeks to build an egalitarian, francophone society. On an economic level, they support gradual privatization of the economy to encourage growth while keeping state control on key industries.

Parti Démocrate Socialiste Populaire (People’s Socialist Democratic Party): The PDSP was present during the Revolution, providing a significant military force to the fight for French liberation in Charbagnia. As a socialist party, they intend to maintain the significant amount of state control in the economy, while additionally collaborating closely with the former UCCR in developing the nation.

Charbagnie Français pour la réconciliation (French Charbagnia for Reconciliation): Formed mostly by the German population of French Charbagnia, Reconciliation is a single-issue party that aims to reunite the Charbagnian Federation and restore territorial integrity.

Parti Fédéraliste (Federalist Party): The Federalist Party is a libertarian party that aligns itself with the Centrists International whose goal is to establish a federal government in French Charbagnia, and to devolve power to the new federal subjects. They additionally want to reunite Charbagnia under a “new and fair Federation”.

Deutsche Nationalpartei (German National Party): A nationalist party based in the south, their specific goal is to advocate for the rights of Germans living in French Charbagnia since the Revolution.


At present, the Forum has 155 seats to fill while the Senate has 80 seats to fill. The Special Electoral Commission has agreed with the parties to utilize party lists for both elections to streamline the voting process, the plan for the following elections is to establish an open list in parallel with a party list, similar to the Doraltic model where people can vote for individual members of a party or for the party as a whole.

Alongside the election for Parliament, the election for the first President of the Republic is also scheduled for the upcoming election. The President is the chief executive of the nation, in control of all the aspects therein. In addition, the President also determines the makeup of the government, having the power to appoint or remove all the ministers of the government, including the Prime Minister.

The election is presently scheduled for 14 June, but is dependent on how quickly the League can move with granting French Charbagnia membership and protecting its elections.

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by Dormill and Stiura
Wed May 29, 2019 9:33 am
 
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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
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:03 pm
 
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March 31st, 2019

Visit Kachee





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Ah...Kachee...


NEW LIBANG

Visit Kachee, Magarat's "Favorite Ex-Boyfriend". No, that title actually goes to San Montagna, you bleeps. And how dare you, Magarat and Kachee are related by blood!

Kachee, home to golden beaches, friendly people and most important of all - bleep tons of oil and gas. Which is why not just the bleeped-up Magarati government, but almost every nation that knows where Kachee is located on map (those silly Svalbardians still searching where Kachee is on the Wake Islands), has stabbed those friendly Kachee people in the bleeping back. Like the most recent case where we promised Kachee to the French Republic of Charbagnia, the lap dogs of our Doraltic friends. You know, in the name of peace and preventing war and all while it is actually about getting ching-chings and other shady deals we do not know of.

Or remember how we let Magarati journalists investigating war crimes during the Noronnican-led Allied Invasion of Charbagnia (where we as so-called pacifists participated under the lousy pretext of our grand ally Noronica calling us to glory) to just die and cover the bleep up? Hey, it was all worth it. Here we are now, with our ambassadors enjoying tea and other drinks with their Doraltic counterparts. Our not-so great country already has plenty of energy on its own and we are pro-nuclear energy (just not mention the shady deals with them Osters to anyone). So we just decided to hand all that bleep ton of oil and gas in Kachee to the highest bidder while also keeping our own political interests in check. You know, the usual Magarati standards of just preaching everyone but giving zero bleeps in reality.

Sadly for us and our Doraltic friends, who have owned us since the First Central Argus War; the Wellsians and the Negarakitans (or Survurnians) got wind of the information on the bleep ton of oil and gas in Kachee. They were quite mad that we did not inform about the lucrative bleep-fest much earlier.

Kachee is the youngest and one of the poorest nation in the Isles. And we helped in the past. Now it is the turn of the Wellsians and the Survurnians to help them. Nah, just kidding. They have been stabbing Kachee in the back like we did. The Wellsians have even supported a five-council that overthrew the Magarati man in the former sultan; in an operation that was totally not carried out with Wellsian support. Now that our bleeped-up deals were exposed, which allowed the Wellsians to enjoy bleeping up Kachee currently, our Dorlatic friends have since then decided to move on to bleeping up San Javier with their buddies in Menna Shuli and the other nations who have decided to join the Javieran bleep-fest.

Visit Kachee, to experience the ruins of colonial era Khas-Kirati and Noronnican bleep-ups and modern-day bleep-ups by Magarati and Wellsian governments with other nations ignoring the sideshow for the bigger bleep-fest in San Javier.
by Ainslie
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:34 am
 
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6th of March, 2019

Garnarah responds to foreign issues in its first session
Kevara, Keverai


After almost a month and a half of uncertainty, the Garnarah, the new legislative assembly of Keverai, convened for its first week.

Part of the agenda was the reform of the highest courts of Keverai and the now-unlikely possibility of a Presidential veto being awarded as part of a constitutional amendment.

There was a speedy vote this morning on a bill which would enable Keveraite power providers to use a transistor at the Mennan border in order to transfer power to its recovering nation. However, what is not entirely decided yet is what remuneration will come about from the actions of these power companies.

With little intervention from the President apart from the delivery of up to two speeches in a week, the Garnarah began to discuss matters abroad on its second day. Many events have been concerning the nation and its constituents according to our polling - everything from hornets to a neighbour declaring war on another.

On the third day, the President and the Leader of the Garnarah (LG) joined forces to deliver concurrent speeches on foreign matters this morning. The President also allowed the legislative assembly to question the Keveraite leader.

In Renaut's speech today, he pleaded for the swift entrance and passing of a bill to tighten border controls.

"We cannot afford to have these hornets disturb the stability that we have enjoyed over the past couple months. It is necessary to pass the bill in its current form and if not amend with haste."


As part of his speech, he also mentioned the issue of Kachee - a currently contested area of Charbagnia in a power struggle.

"On the matter of Kachee, it does not seem right to intervene on this matter - in the way Keverai has done, I'd encourage all sides to believe in the people's inherent right to self-determination. As Keverai has wanted a republic, we look to Kachee to stand their ground and ensure that the government form they want is the one they get."


He also touched on the matter of a Mennan-San Javieran trade dispute in response to a question from a delegate.

"There is no need for an adverse response. What we have here is a simple question of sovereignty and our renewed allies appear to be on the right side of the law. Of course, we will liaise with both sides but at this point it seems a relatively simple point of law.


A left of field question came from one of Renaut's KCDP allies, who enquired about suspicions of Suvurnian intervention in Kachee.

"We have no tangible, substantial evidence of that and if we do get that we will use the channels available to us to level the playing field"


A quick, off the hand comment from a senior Argus Conservatives delegate suggested that Roendavar will soon claim Kachee for nature, with the intent of creating what could be the Southern Sea's largest national park. There is no substantive evidence to back up these claims.

The final question was about Enchanti school shootings. This is what Renaut said to that.

"I send my condolences to the Enchanti people and to those affected but to be brutally frank, the solution to this is clear when you look at the data of other, similar nations who have particularly different policies surrounding firearms."


Pundits have applauded Renaut's move to open up the floor for questions, something he wasn't legally obliged to do. As there is much to discuss for the Garnarah, it is likely that this session will be extended from 7 to 14 days and more speeches are very likely.
by Wellsia
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:09 am
 
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Ealdwic Daily News


OCC: Upon learning that Athara Magarat had made a deal with French Charbagnia (a puppet of Dormill and Stiuria) that the Sultan of Kachee would surrender his Sultanate to French Charbagnia, a member of the Wellsian Office of Ungentlemanly Activity (Wellsian Secret Service) used bribery and blackmail to convince the five man Cabinet to overthrow the Sultan, establish a Republic, and renounce the agreement made by Athara Magarat.

THIS morning it has been learned that men of dignity and pride upon hearing of the cowardly act of their Sultan and his masters in the Federated Hangates of Athara Magarat, have risen up and saved their nation by proclaiming Kachee a free and sovereign Republic. The Sultan in a cowardly and despicable act had intended to turn his country over to the Republic of French Charbagnia. The former Cabinet members of the Sultanate have proclaimed themselves The Pentarchy and will govern the Republic during its time of transition. It is with great pride as a Wellsian to state that the Council has made The Empire of Wellsia the first nation to accept the Republic of Kachee into the brotherhood of sovereign states and will aide and assist them in maintaining their freedom against all who would deny them their rights. Upon the request of the Kachee government a training cadre of Wellsian officers and NCOs will be dispatched to help the free and sovereign Republic of Kachee to build a defense force to protect themselves from the avarice desires of all others. It is also learned that the Imperial Navy has loaned the Republic a squadron of Corvettes to not only protect their coastline, but also those oil fields that fall within Kachee's maritime limits.
As events develop, be sure that the Daily News will be there to ensure the people of Wellsia are kept informed of the glorious actions of the government of the Empire.
Prayers for our leaders and their wisdom in all actions.
by Athara Magarat
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:38 am
 
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March 4th, 2019

The Isles Need to Remember the Battle of Gatadpatigan Sea to Avoid Future Wars: Magaratis





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Victorious Dormill-Stiuraian ships returning home


NEW LIBANG

160 years ago, on this day, a man named Narayan Murmu was promoted to the Admiral of the Gatadpatigan Fleet of Hangate of Jaring's navy. Born in a rural fishing village that is now in San Montagna, Murmu was a diplomatic man of patience and restraint. However, his character would be forever tarnished by the event that would take place just seven days later after his promotion.

On 11th March of the year 1859, Muru's fleet of 7 frigates, 3 corvettes and 2 steamers spotted three Dormill-Stiuraian second-class ships of the line (the Constitution, the Golden Shield and the Union) and the 84-gun Dormill-Stiuraian ship of the line Kapitein Aric Vroomen while on routine patrol of the Gatadpatigan Sea. Dormill-Stiuraian Vice-Admiral Arnaud Hendry insisted that they were on trail of a pirate fleet but were politely told to leave "Santhali waters under Khas-Kirat Empire". Murmu assured that the pirates would be dealt by the Santhali navy. The Dormill-Stiuraians would have likely left Gatadpatigan Sea if not for what was to happen mere moments later.

As late as 17th Century, modern-day Dormill and Stiura's population lived under constant fear of raiders to their north - the Sunuwar Hangate. Since 13th Century till the end of their hangate, the Sunuwars raided Baimjeidian towns every month to capture the natives for the highly profitable North Argus Slave Trade. The Gaelitic hangate relied heavily on this slave trade and its power diminished as nations around the Isles changed their views on human slavery. The Sunuwar Hangate ceased to exist after Dormill and Stiura emerged as a nation-state. To the rapidly growing Dormill-Stiuraians, the Khas-Kirat Empire was reminiscent of their vanquished enemy in every manner. Unlike the Noronnicans who remembered Hangate of Arun Valley as their oldest ally or the Vancouvians who remembered Khas-Kiratis as the people who brought advances in medicine, mathematics, shipbuilding, astronomy and gunpowder; the Dormill-Stiuraian national collective only had images of dreaded Sunuwar raiders, a constituent state of the Khas-Kirat Empire, taking away their family members to be sold as slaves. Relations between these two empires were hostile from the very beginning.

On the other hand, the Khas-Kirat Empire was in practice a loose confederation of various hangates who were always fighting between themselves or against foreign powers. After multiple treaties in the 16th and the 17th Century imposed upon the 12 hangates of mainland Magarat that they could no longer engage in territorial wars, the hangates fought wars for even more petty reasons. When Chatha and Jaring were not fighting against the San Montagnans, they were at each other's throats. Jaring had just been out of yet another war against Chatha. This southeastern hangate prided itself for having the strongest within the Khas-Kirat Empire. They, like most other hangates, saw the Dormill-Stiuraians as an untrustworthy enemy who had annexed Sunuwar Hangate during the turmoil of the Heavenly War of Hangates. An untrustworthy enemy who was now eyeing South Kachee in Charbagnia and neighboring Torom; all the while violating the 1857 Argean Seas Treaty several times in the name of "hunting pirates".

When Murmu offered Hendry's squadron to leave without any incident, the captains under the Santhali admiral were incensed. Captain Sabin Manjhi of the Marang Buru outright labeled his superior a coward who bowed down to untrustworthy Dormill-Stiuraians. The Marang Buru, being the fastest ship present there at that time, advanced quickly within close range of the Dormill-Stiuraian squadron and opened fire on the Constitution, which was near the starboard end of the formation. When the three Dormill-Stuiraian ships returned fire on the Marang Buru, the rest of the Santhali vessels including Murmu's flagship Karma, had no choice but to came to their comrade's aid.

Nearly half an hour later, the Santhalis were in for a surprise when three more Dormill-Stiuraian ships of the line, 2 frigates and 3 steamers entered the battle from the northeast in a triangular formation. Dormill-Stiuraian gunners began to score hits on all Santhali targets. The shells fired by Dormill-Stiuraian guns began setting Santhali ships on fire. Panic-stricken Santhali sailors found firefighting efforts difficult amidst continued fire and almost constant shrapnel. After about 30 minutes of combat, the Santhali frigate Bonga was shot full of holes. The Dormill-Stiuraian ship Rene Perrot then attacked the 44-gun frigate Jaher, which caught fire. Meanwhile, three other Dormill-Stiuraian ships engaged the Santhali frigates Sohrai and Baha, both of which were soon boarded by Dormill-Stiuraian forces. Murmu's flagship Karma exploded and sank along with the corvette Tamak.

By the time the battle came to an end, only the 12-gun steamer Chandra Bahadur, managed to escape while the entire Santhali navy was non-existent due to being either sunk or captured by the Dormill-Stiuraians. Her crew informed the entire Khas-Kirat Empire of the defeat at Gatadpatigan Sea. During the fighting, 370 Dormill-Stiurains were killed and 200 were wounded while three ships the Union, the Golden Shield and the Kapolder were destroyed. The Santhali navy lost about 2,000 men killed and 150 were taken prisoner.

It was a small battle but the consequences were disastrous. The political landscape of the entire Isles was changed forever. Millions of lives were lost and nations destroyed. The naval battle was the immediate cause of the First Central Argus War as the 12 hangates and their allies such as Belle Ilse en Terre and Viceroyality of Rio de Ouro (New Totzka) united as the First Central Argus Coalition to fight the Dormill-Stiuraians and their Triumvirate allies. The Triumvirate's victory in the First Central Argus War led to the Coalition seeking for revenge in the second one. When the third one started, the belligerents were no longer limited to just the Khas-Kirat Empire and Dormill and Stiura or their respective allies. As technology progressed at a rate faster than many could imagine, a new kind of warfare made its way to the Isles. Trenches, automatic guns, total war, were all being invented, theorized, or tested in many nations. Battlefields were littered with the corpses of millions of men, women, and children. And still, the Isles did not learn from the mistakes of the three Great Argus Wars for the Imperial War took place. And even the Imperial War was the not the war that ended all wars in the Isles. The 30th Parallel War and countless other conflicts still happened. Wars still plague the Isles and nothing much has changed.

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Current map of a divided Charbagnia. Click here for larger image.


At the night Admiral Murmu failed to prevent the naval battle at Gatadpatigan Sea from happening, the population of mainland Magarat was roughly around 11 million. Two centuries of multiple wars later today, it is half of that and the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates is still plagued by them. Perhaps it is wrong to blame one man for failing to stop his subordinate from blindly charging at the enemy and triggering the war and reasons for more wars that haunt the Isles forever. One can only wonder if Captain Majhi had been a diplomatic man like his admiral, would the Isles have conflicts wars today? Probably not, for the reasons for the wars were always there and what happened at Gatadpatigan sea that day was just the trigger. But still, one can imagine and hope for a better world.

As days progress, the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates and the Sultanate of Kachee grow more eager to have the latter join the French Republic of Charbagnia. Magaratis today want to atone for their past and seek the best alternative that would be win-win scenario for all. The French Republic of Charbagnia is rapidly militarizing and are supported by Dormill and Stiura, still one of the largest military in the Isles. Athara Magarat as a nation should not envy the military might of the Dormill-Stiuraians or even the Charbagnians. The federation of hangates should not be ashamed that they are handing over Kachee. Instead, Athara Magaratis should be proud that their nation has turned a new leaf and is not repeating what Admiral Murmu failed to do or what Captain Majhi rashly did 160 years ago. Athara Magaratis can only hope that the rest of the Isles also take their lessons from history and try not to repeat those mistakes.
by Athara Magarat
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:15 pm
 
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March 3rd, 2019

Athara Magarat and Kachee ready for the Sultanate to join French Charbagnia





NEW LIBANG

The Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates and the Sultanate of Kachee are both ready for the latter to join the French Republic of Charbagnia; the Magarati Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rim Garbuja, said after returning from the coronation ceremony of King Ivan I Davarius Avarești, the new king of Roendavar.

"We are of the belief that Kachee as an independent state would not be recognized by rest of the Isles. The Magarati government is sure that our plans for Kachee to seek League membership will be shot down after what our Ambassador to the League reported." Mrs Garbuja said in a press conference.

Another way of handling the Kachee situation was by having the Sultanate join the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates. Recent surveys indicated, however, that most Magarati citizens were opposed to the idea.

"The Isles still hate us. We are still the imperialist scums. We are still seen as a terrorist state that goes around funding armed communist or Isles Native insurgents. Annexing Kachee, even if they are the ones who propose it, will just add more fuel to the fire." Engineering student Arvind Senchuri, 19, said when asked by the Herald why he was opposed to the idea of Kachee joining Athara Magarat as the newest hangate. His friend Sang Yonghang agreed with him. "How else does one explain continued refusals by the MSTO to renew the Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty? Why do almost every country in the Isles have a Magarati Plan, including that of our close friends in Domanania to nuke us if we ever do anything wrong? I generally do not agree with Jrm Hangma's administration but handing Kachee to French Republic of Charbagnia is the best solution."

Meanwhile New Libang police officer Milan Tamang, 29, joked. "We will have to rename ourselves as Eunnais Magarat (19 Mgar Lands) if Kachee join us. Everyone will have a headache when that happens."

On the other hand, political analyst Joseph Phagami said that this idea was suggested to prevent a war that Athara Magarat might lose. "Ever since it became independent, the French Republic of Charbagnia has been rapidly militarizing. Both Jrm Hangma and the Kachee Sultan know this. The Sultanate has no army of its own. It relies on Athara Magarat and Noronica for defense. Noronica is not in the best shape at the moment. Athara Magarat itself has one of the weakest military in the Isles as it is bounded by severe limitations of the Magarati Arms Limitation Treaty. The French Republic of Charbagnia has since its existence, professed the desire to unite Charbagnia through any means; including war. If it declares war on Kachee, the Dormill-Stiuraians and most of the Isles will support it as most of them already recognize it while only Athara Magarat and Noronica recognize Kachee. Athara Magarat will not even reach Kachee on time to defend the Sultanate. The war would be over before it starts. I believe the real reason why the Jrm Hangma administration and the Sultan are keen on Kachee joining the French Republic is to prevent a disastrous war."

"Both Athara Magarat and Kachee are ready for talks with our counterparts in Dormill and Stiura and the French Republic of Charbagnia. We are inviting Noronnicans and other interested parties as well for the talks." Mrs Garbuja said. "We are seeking special autonomous status for Kachee within the French Republic of Charbagnia and hope that we can all agree to a peaceful solution."
by Eurania
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:45 pm
 
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Anarchist Alsa Commune falls after failed resistance to APD



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Alsa Commune members clash with police on orders of dissolving the commune


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ALSA, ALSAN REPUBLIC - The autonomous anarchist Alsa Commune, having existed for almost two decades, is finally shut down for good.

The move comes after a warrant was issued by a judge of the city of Alsa directing the DesCon-subsidiary Alsa Police Department (APD) to take control of the community after it was revealed that illicit activities including widespread drug trade, prostitution, and several murders.

Following the issuing of the warrant, a task force of at least one hundred police officers arrived at the commune and announced that the commune was no longer legally authorized and recognized as a independent community, ending the agreement arranged in nineteen years ago in which the city government drafted the commune's powers to self-manage and essentially act independently on a variety of its affairs.

The relationship of the Alsa Commune with the city had been tense ever since its founding. In May 2004, police arrested a suspect that had escaped into the commune, drawing protests near the commune and leading to several arrests. In 2010, seven overdose cases were linked to drug dealing in the commune. Until its dissolution, the Alsa Commune was home to both anarchist gangs as well as freelance writers and dissidents. The commune also boasted a diverse range of demographics, mainly having young, Euranian, Japanese, Khas-Kirati youth as well as other groups.

When the warrant was issued, the Alsa Commune initially announced anger towards it, and its administration, through its social media, attempted to downplay the warrant while trying to debunk its legal power in a series of tweets. The day of the warrant's execution saw the administration post a final message on social media vowing to resist, while urging Euranians to protest in anyway they could.

The process of shut-down was hampered by commune members clashed with police in the tearing down of commune insignia and flags the seizure of commune records. Recorded videos showed commune members charging police, attempting to attack with poles and sticks, and throwing projectiles and setting fires. At least 45 were arrested and taken to jail, while more were later released.

In a statement, the APD referred to the situation as justice, noting the commune's history of criminal activity and sedition. Supporters and former members, meanwhile, have challenged the claim, stating the commune had been overrun and that the "movement of freedom will still live on."

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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 Vibor
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:22 pm
 
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Vibor to confirm Charbagnia Recognition.

Sunday 17th February - report by Josef Swartz

This afternoon, outside the government plaza in Tel Iskabah , Prime Minister Abdiel Kashua announced to the country that Vibor would officially recognise Charbagnia as an independent government and offered the nation 'all necessary help and support to grow'. Prime Minister Kashua expressed his pleasure that the nation of Charbagnia could rise from its past and flourish with a new lease of life.

Vibor would also offer any help or support that Charbagnia needed to strengthen itself within the region. Prime Minister Kashua spoke at length about the need for a country to stand on its own two feet, but there was no shame in getting help to start. Kashua said that Charbagnia only had to ask and Vibor would gladly assist and aid the country as needed.

Prime Minister Kashua also expressed his feelings that other nations should join suit and declare Charbagnia officially, stating that Charbagnia had much to offer the wider world and it would make sense to support the nation from its very beginning. The announcement was met with great enthusiasm from many Viborians, who see Charbagnia as a potential friend given the two nations French connections.

Prime Minister quizzed on Noronica and recent events.

Sunday 17th February - report by Charlie Pasternak

Continuing outside the Government Plaza this afternoon, Prime Minister Kashua was asked on his views regarding Noronica, Alteran Republics and Dormill and Sturia's recent events. While Kashua confirmed that while the very recent events seemed troubling, he was pleased that Noronica had resolved it's problems, albeit resulting in death and devastation. Kashua went on to say that Noronica needed time to readjust to it's new position, but Vibor would look forward to working together sometime in the future.

Kashua also tried to calm fears of worrying government collapses and even conflicts by stating that change was inevitable, countries regularly go through changes, sometimes drastic, which is often for the best and a nation had to adapt to continue thriving.

Prime Minister Kashua ended his Sunday conference by saying that Vibor was committed to it's international partners, regardless of changes and it would continue to support and seek the best solutions to the problems that occur throughout the world.
by Dormill and Stiura
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:49 pm
 
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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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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.
by New Totzka
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:14 pm
 
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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.
by Noronica
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:31 pm
 
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OVERLORD REFUSES ABDICATION AND ISSUES FINAL ULTIMATUM

Laura Déa | Political Editor | Thu 27 Dec
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For many years, Noronica has been a shining example of stability and peace within what can only be called a highly tumultuous region. Noronnicans were united under the same flag and impacted positively on the region, reforming two failed states, Arván and Charbagnia, into prosperous territories that shall stand the test of time for centuries to come. Now, however, we see more division than ever, with two of the country's highest political figures coming to blows. For the first time in decades, many are unsure whether a powder keg shall explode in Argus once more. With tensions running high, the Overlord has tried one last attempt at solving the crisis.

Going against all conceptions of a monarch lounging in luxury, the Overlord of Noronica addressed a gathered assembly of Sessux Islanders, local administrators and journalists in the Prefectorial Conference Hall in Lancaston, wearing casual dress. This shocking display of connection with those standing with him in the hall can only be admired. Many a monarch would not consider 'debasing' themselves by such acts, yet to show that he is indeed the same revolutionary of decades prior, Overlord Tytus displayed something politicians can only dream of. Being a true man of the people.

The address he gave, televised to millions of viewers domestic and foreign, reminded the nation of its tumultuous past, yet also the bright future it constructed for itself. However, it also came with stark warnings and a declaration of a new election.

19th December 1991. The war had ended and we stood victorious, yet without a vision to guide us. We drowned in the murky waters of uncertainty, continuing to flail as we could not find an exit, the surface frozen by fear. Through your pain and suffering, these drove me to take this country from the ashes of the past and remould it into my vision of the future. The future we have lived in has granted us tremendous liberties and we have lounged in the fruit of our labours. My only desire in those dark years was to secure a legacy for this great nation that has bled for us to stand where we are today. I believed that I would expire peacefully in my chambers, with the knowledge that I found Noronica a nation of ash but left it a nation of aspiration. Great people were born from this land, using Noronica's past imperial ambitions to do greatness across the region, and I am thankful that we continue to produce some of the region's great philosophers, philanthropists, scientists, businessmen, artists, authors and engineers even today. Through only being Noronnican, we have helped shape a brighter future for our children to follow suit.

However, the experiment that was Noronica is now on the teetering edge. I do not know what the future holds. That scares me. The Isles, while they have brought us unimaginable tales and peoples, has also brought upon its people great suffering. As an ageing man, I have seen things no human should ever see due to the effects rampant totalitarianism, and now I am faced with the startling realisation that factionalism still exists within my own country, and if we do not act for unity, we shall be divided. I do not pretend to you now that we are in a state of calm. Political ambition and factionalism have led us astray and we must fix our state before it is too late.

It is with this desire for peace that I do not accept the terms laid out before me. I have committed no crime. Let us be reconciled, and return Noronica to what it should be. By Royal Decree, as I have not yet abdicated, I do hereby call for a general election to be held so that a new Assembly and Government may be presented to me for my assent to lead the country. Our democracy is threatened by instability, so let the people decide our future.

This is my response. Not to bow down, but to demand that my country's political power is returned to its people forthwith. If this legal order is not followed through with, I will be forced to ensure the constitutional will of the monarch is enacted.

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The Gwynon Times is proud to be under the patronage of HRH Prince Trystan
by Athara Magarat
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:32 pm
 
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December 18th, 2018

Military travel in International District waters restricted except for Magarati and Vancouvian vessels





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Magarati flagship White Tigress


NEW LIBANG

After the Vancouvian Congress announced the signing of a VACES alliance with the International District in December 16th, the Isles was engulfed in renewed tension. The Dormill-Stiuraian government and President Del'falco of Aruia condemned the Vancouvian "neo-imperialism" while the Svalbardian government announced on the 17th that they would bring in their Mesder Sea Treaty Organisation (MSTO) allies. Now, the Jrm Hangma administration of Athara Magarat, has officially sided with the Vancouvian Congress as southwestern Mechi Sea (water body connected to Argean Sea in north and Gatadpatigan Sea in south and surrounded by the nations of Agadar, Alteran Republics, Athara Magarat, Keipan, Michigonia and the International District) and northwestern Gatadpatigan Sea (water body connected to Mechi Sea in north and Waragatan Sea in southeast and surrounded by the nations of Athara Magarat, Torom, San Montagna and the International District) has been declared off-limits by the Athara Magarati navy for all military vessels save those sporting Magarati or Vancouvian naval flags.

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Athara Magarat navy has deployed its "Half-Platoon Boat 22 swarms" in both Mechi Sea and Gatadpatigan Sea.


The Snow Lion-class destroyer White Tigress, flagship of the Magarati navy, has been deployed to the Gatadpatigan Sea with the Naga-class missile boat Palpa, Blue Karnali and Seto Dharti plus a 100 Half-Platoon Boat 22s. Similarly, another swarm of 100 Half-Platoon Boat 22s have been reported to be covering the southern Mechi Sea and awaiting the arrival of the three Àdnachd-class multirole frigates Dragon Princess, Promise of Humanity and Lost Children of War. These three vessels had seen service in the recent conflict in Charbagnia and are en route to the Argean Sea to enter Port Tambar in Hangate of Arun Valley that touches southern Mechi Sea. Powered by two 780 hp engines, the landing craft has a maximum speed of 42 kt and an economical speed of 30 kt. It can cruise over a distance of 400 miles (643 km) and endure for up to 24 hours. Military analysts says that the presence of the Half-Platoon Boat 22 swarms will likely slow the movements of civilian vessels from other nations as well and make navigation a nightmare for intended targets.

"Vancouvia is our biggest ally on the war against SHOCK. We are ready to do whatever to support them." Jrm Hangma stated to the media and declined to make any further comments. Political analysts say that this goes beyond just the war against SHOCK.

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The shaded region in the map is now off-limits except for Vancouvian and Magarati vessels.


A government spokesman, requesting anonymity, said that the Jrm Hangma administration is officially recognizing "Illa Isle as part of Vancouvia just as Chatha and Jaring (Terra-Nuova) and Unovi are Magarati territories occupied by foreign powers". He also said that the Magarati government was planning of creating another unit like the Deathstalkers; who are an elite counter-terrorist group trained by the Vancouvian Special Forces (VSF). It has been reported that Athara Magarat may be granting another military base to the VSF in the continuing war against SHOCK.

The government official further stated that an Argus-centric railway project led by the Vancouvians was in consideration and the oil found in Dura Hangate (Magarati overseas territory in Sawneeak Atoll) will be exclusively sold to the Vancouvia. "Our nation will be fully run by nuclear energy in 2020 thanks three more nuclear power plants being constructed by Oster Consortium for Energy Solutions (OCES). Hence the oil found in Dura Hangate is better to be sold to nations that need it than us."

He however disputed the rumors that Jrm Hangma administration was considering selling Dura Island and Tandran to the Vancouvian Pelican Islands. "Dura Hangate has been populated by our citizens and is a constituent hangate of our nation. Furthermore, our scientists are studying the unique wildlife there and studying the stars from the powerful telescopes in observatories there. Unlike other claimants, we have a scientific interest and two islands of Dura and Tandran are forever Dura Hangate; as in a constituent state of Athara Magarat. Hence it will not be sold to anyone."
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