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Reathwood President Visits Littolyo

Postby Littolyo » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:42 pm

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2020 December 11
Reathwood President Visits Littolyo

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The Formal State Dining Room at the Littolaestaff set for a state dinner honoring the President of Reathwood on Friday evening.

Arennica—The grand city of Arennica was abuzz on Friday morning, gearing up for the first state visit to Littolyo by the President of Reathwood, Hethin Elvewer.

Mr. Elvewer landed at Arennica International Airport amid scattered showers and was personally received by Secretary of State Leslie Strivers. As they strode down the red carpet leading from the Reathwood plane to a waiting diplomatic vehicle, a Littolyen military band played the Littolyen and Reathwood national anthems as well as President Elvewer’s personal anthem.

Asked for comment by a scrum of reporters, President Elvewer said, ““We in White Bluff find that the strengthening of the Reathwood-Littolyo partnership is not only a beneficial progression, but a natural one. We look keenly forward to working with our continental neighbor in the years to come.”

It was a short flight from White Bluff—which lies just across the western Argean Sea from Littolyo—and while the President’s effects were taken to the State Guesthouse in Littolica, President Elvewer himself was driven to the Littolaestaff, where President Leon Drake greeted him with a warm and hearty handshake before the assembled press.

In remarks that spanned an unexpectedly long twenty-odd minutes (President Drake’s remarks at this point in a state visit are often brief and perfunctory), Mr. Drake expounded on the importance of the historical ties between Littolyo and Reathwood, proclaiming the two nations “perhaps more brothers than neighbors” that are mutually key to each other’s security, prosperity, and culture.

“President Elvewer, it is such a pleasure and an honor to finally be able to welcome you personally to Littolyo. I only wish we had been able to do this sooner,” he concluded.

The two presidents held a meeting on bilateral ties with Secretary Strivers and Saxel Estwald, Reathwood’s ambassador to Littolyo. Afterward, President Elvewer retired for the afternoon to the State Guesthouse, where officials said he worked and rested before this evening’s state dinner in his honor.

Tomorrow, the two presidents will take a horse-drawn carriage tour of Arennica—a Littolyen tradition for visiting heads of state—and participate in more bilateral meetings before President Elvewer returns to Reathwood.

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Politics|Gael: Balnik Formally Announces Faronna Islands Plan
December 12, 2020



In an international meeting held in Rustov dedicated to outlining the future of the Faronna islands, several plans and goals were laid out. In this meeting of which numerous ambassadors and business figures attended, Balnik spokespeople detailed and elaborated on the future of the Faronna Islands, eventually presenting the Faronna Islands Development Plan (FIDP). The FIDP is a long term approach to integrate the Faronna Islands into the Balniki economy through private and state industry as well as populating and developing the islands to become a special economic zone within Balnik. It has been stated that the scope of the occupation has been broadened to include all economic activities, not strictly oil drilling and collection.

Much to the dismay of foreign diplomats and adversaries, unconfirmed reports of lucrative foreign investors are already in the negotiation phases with Baliki government and industrial figureheads. Analysts suspect that this grand and jarring move could escalate tensions between Roendavar and Balnik with the former having already condemned Balnik and is planning on bringing the case of the occupation to the ICJ. Despite these threats and harsh words, Balnik has yet to change its stance on the island, instead doubling down on their plans as evidenced with the FIDP. However, despite the stances taken by both nations, Analysts are sure that the dispute over the islands wont lead to conflict.

The FIDP is the most controversial however as it includes habitation on the islands in the form of three settlements; Eldiragrod which is the sole settlement on Eldira Island, Zaravich, and New Rustov, planned to be the regional capital of the islands. The cities are all planned to be special economic zones to promote more trade, industry, and investment into the Balniki economy. The cities are also the first cities to be planned ever since the communists in Balnik were in power and is being used as an opportunity to show off Balnik's architectural and cultural prowess, the projects being spearheaded by Andre Chernobog's personal architect Romi Devic and his team of engineers.
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Elvewer returns from Littolyo; state visit praised by diplomats

12 December 2020

WHITE BLUFF — President Hethin Elvewer safely returned from the Littolyen capital of Arennica Saturday evening after a state visit to Reathwood's larger neighbor began on Friday. The Republic of Littolyo—a sizeable nation on the northern coast of Argus—has historically maintained a friendly relationship with Reathwood that was reaffirmed during the recent visit. Both Elvewer and Leon Drake, his Littolyen counterpart, expressed positive thoughts on the present and future of Reathwood-Littolyo relations. Drake commented that Reathwood and Littolyo were "perhaps more brothers than neighbors", a remark praised by the Reathwood diplomatic corps during the visit as a gracious summary of the tie between the two countries. Upon returning home, Elvewer spoke with similar fondness, saying in common English to members of the press that "a harmonious partnership has always been the goal of the Republic with regard to Littolyo". With the visit apparently a success, the Reathwood Ambassador to Littolyo, Saxel Estwald, voiced support for the President on social media, as did his staffers and fellow members of the diplomatic corps.

The visit occurred as both countries are debating the ratification of the Western Isles Democratic Alliance treaty, which promises to bring several liberal democracies of the Western Isles into closer political and military alignment. The notion has caused considerable controversy in Reathwood, where a long policy of "armed neutrality" has left much of the ruling wing of politicians skeptical of foreign alliances. A growing portion of the Reathwood intelligentsia and political class, however, contend that accession to the Alliance would improve Reathwood's international standing and thereby prove beneficial to the Republic. President Elvewer, however, disclosed no related discussions that occurred during his visit and continues to provide no definitive stance on the Alliance.


Western Isles Democratic Alliance vote postponed as amendments accumulate

12 December 2020

WHITE BLUFF — The highly controversial vote on Reathwood's prospective ratification of the Western Isles Democratic Alliance treaty has been postponed until any amendments to be affixed to it by other participating powers have been fully settled, said a spokesperson for the national legislature early Saturday morning. With alterations from foreign governments likely to soon be made to the treaty, legislative staffers thought it best to shift the vote to a later date to ensure that the revised document—not the first draft—is the one ratified by the national legislature, so as to forestall any need for a re-ratification process. The advocates of the ratification have been gaining ground in recent days, using the recent presidential state visit to Littolyo as evidence that Reathwood is fit to be a modern power in line with other liberal democracies.

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G.U. POLITICSPublished 12 December 2020

Initial 'New Age' policy package
passes through Congregation with flying
colors. Criticism and praise sweep
through the nation.


Politicians are divided on what to do about the package


By Dianne M. A. Lewis | Good Word


              President Marshall Gardener and the Taxpayers’ party’s ‘New Age’ policy gained a huge victory this Wednesday by having the first part of the policy
              package pass through the Congregation (both houses Altate and Paritate). With the passage of the first part of the package, several changes to the
              Insulan economy will ensue thusly. The first of which is a sharp increase in foreign trade and sharp decrease in all tariffs, with some nations
              receiving a 0% tariff tax on imported goods. The following nations, under new economic policy, will no longer pay a tariff tax on imported goods;
              the Alteran Republic, Wachovia, Nhoor, Martenyika, Reathwood, Havalland, Remodio and Wellsia. The package also does the nation the service of
              allowing for cultural exchanges programs to occur in the nation. This service is only open to nations that meet certain criterias, such as, though not
              exclusively, the following; a predominantly English-speaking or Francophone nation, and no ongoing national plagues.

              The Deputy President, Thomas Garrett, was one of the first to speak out in wide support of the President’s policy,

The President and myself have done everything in our power to make true the campaign promise to open the national economy to the outer world. These old age policies of exclusiveness and isolation do not work in our modern world. The President has done a tremendous job of ensuring its success and enshrining this as a cornerstone of his presidency. His legacy and the continuation of the Insulan economy will be proof thereof.


              The plan, obviously, is not without its dissidents. Homeland party Chairman, Daniel Carpenter, has received widespread national attention in the wake
              of the New Age Policy’s passage. This widespread attention has been due to his inability to accept the policy as law and his refusal to allow for his
              party-mates to vote on its passing. Going so far as to vow to, “ostracize any party member who would vote for the bill”. Carpenter was vocal this
              Wednesday immediately following the first part of the package’s passing,

The President’s goal of establishing a hell-state is succeeded with flying colors. The President seems to forget what our national identity hangs on. The President is an ass who refuses to see the light of day! The President is up there, on high, at the Postunia1 believing he is oh so holier than us. The good people of Insulalia have but one thing to fear and it is he who believes in himself above all others. There is no humility in that man. None.


              With the Chairman [Carpenter]’s words going viral in the national news media, the President’s party-mates rushed to his aid yet again.

              Michelle Savatier (T), 39, Paritator from Hammond2 stood up for the President on TWItter and called party-dissidents and anti-openers
              “xenophobes”. She was immediately met with grave backlash and soon thereafter called her own words “regrettable” and claimed to have prayed
              on her words and deleted her prior tweet.

              Carter Michaelson (T), 44, Paritator from Lowndes3 also stood for the President’s policy and took to TWItter saying;

Like the scripture says, ‘Heed thy neighbor, respect he who hath given unto himself, and do the same’. A true hell-state (1/2) Would ignore even the most basic of scriptures. Mr. Carpenter seems to not even read the scripture he claims to live by.


              This blatant call out against Chairman Carpenter fell on deaf ears from himself and his party mates.


Misses Dianne M. A. Lewis is a writer and editor for The Good Word. Follow her on TWItter: @diannedaily.

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2, a canton of Insulalia.
3, a canton of Insulalia.
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Postby Remodio » Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:19 pm

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Politics - December 12, 2020


Riots Break Out; Tsumbia vel Kliig Speaks Out

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Today, in the capital city of Ioodisiitie, riots broke out protesting the current state of the Remodin Constitution, concerning a section that allows districts to prevent citizens who do not earn a reasonable income from swaying election results. The section can be found in Article 3, Section A, stating that "Districts may restrict voters based on income." Out of the seven Remodin districts, three currently have restrictions based on income: Yruh, Tahala & Luthikma. These districts also happen to be the three most populated. Tahala & Yruh, which Ioodisiitie rests in, prohibits those who make under 106,000 asooti per year from voting. In Luthikma, this number is 80,000.

This provision was added to the constitution to prevent uneducated people in highly populated districts, such as the three mentioned above, from deciding elections, for fear that they could be easily swayed into voting a dictator into office. When the constitution was ratified in 1960, following years of rule under foreign dictatorial leaders, this provision was also added to prevent foreign influence; in an ever-changing world, this provision is still needed today.

However, a group of individuals from one of Ioodisiitie's highly unemployed neighborhoods protested this rule, arguing that this democratic ideal was somehow corrupt and promoted voter suppression. They pointed to other regions, such as Dhakit, that have elected more populist leaders from parties like the Second National Party and the Leaf Party; meanwhile, voters from Tahala, Yruh & Luthikma generally elect members from the Democracy Party, and First National Party, which support freedom of will. The rioters blocked traffic in the city for nearly 3 hours before finally being arrested by the loyal police of Ioodisiitie; a total of 154 individuals were arrested, and one was killed after attempting to de-arm an officer and attack.

Rhumba Tsumbia vel Kliig has dismissed these riots as nothing more than blocks in the democratic process. "These degenerates refuse to get jobs, then complain when they can't afford to vote. No wonder they want to elect the communists, after all, if they got their way, then everyone would get to vote, and soon we'd be dealing with a corrupt dictator. The good citizens of Yruh have always known what is best for our nation, hence why they have enacted the right policy of income restrictions." said vel Kliig in an interview with the Free Remodin.

Other politicians, most notably Tuurn Ropine, the female senator from Dhakit, and head of the Second National Party, have criticized Tsumbia vel Kliig. In a press conference in Briik, Ropine stated that "vel Kliig is nothing more than a coward who refuses to make progress on an issue that blatantly benefits the wealthy elite; he claims to be for the people? What people? The rich assholes at the top? It's time that we repeal this section of the constitution so every Remodin, especially those impoverished, can enjoy the democratic process."

Depending on how the Legislature reacts to this riot, a needed constitutional provision may be in jeopardy.

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Postby New Aapelistan » Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:07 am

Aprosia Daily

— 10th of December, 2020 —
Extraordinary session of the Council of the States; Influenza outbreak prompts response from national and federal authorities





DAŠARÓD, DAŠARÓD CAPITAL REGION, STATE OF MÍNŠEI

The Council of the States held an extraordinary session in the federal capital Dašaród today following news and official information from the Ministry of Health of the State of Mínšei regarding the spread of a new strain of influenza. The Ministry of Health of the State of Mínšei has reported 14 cases within the state’s borders and is engaged in ongoing attempts to chart all of the cases within the borders of the State of Mínšei and the potential cases in other states. So far, the federal Ministry of Health or the respective Ministries of Health of the other Aprosian states have not reported cases elsewhere in Aprosia. The new strain has spread outside Aprosia proper, with health officials in Kianara, Ainslie, reporting cases of the new strain. Ahnslen officials have temporarily closed its border with Aprosia and officials in Keverai have enforced measures, dubbed by the local officials as ‘common sense measures’.

With the new strain of influenza going abroad and the potential of more cases within Aprosia proper, the extraordinary session of the Council of the States was held in order to organize cooperation between the federal and national Ministries of Health to further research and chart the potential additional cases within Aprosia. With all of the 24 cases in Aprosia coming from the city of Dašaród, including the tourists in Ainslie in hospital treatment, both the national Ministry of Health of the State of Mínšei and the federal Ministry of Health are further expanding their operations in the city and nearby rural areas. The State of Mínšei has imposed recommendations of staying home when feeling ill for the duration of symptoms and to avoid travel if possible.

With commutership between the two states commonplace, the State of Dienzíe has imposed similar recommendations for its northern areas bordering the State of Mínšei.




Minister of Foreign Affairs Mandárem; “No international treaty exists for Faronna (Islands)”





DAŠARÓD, DAŠARÓD CAPITAL REGION, STATE OF MÍNŠEI

The Balniki occupation of the Faronna Islands, off the coasts of Roendavar, Balnik and Khoveria, has created tensions between the states of Balnik and Roendavar over the status of the islands. The Balniki occupation, formally announced by the Government of Balnik on 8th of December, comes after the expiration of the Faronna Islands Agreement of 1983 signed between the states. With the expiration of the Balniki signature on June 3rd, 2016, the treaty effectively became null and void.

The former Faronna Islands Agreement was born from a series of talks between the states of Balnik and Roendavar in the 1980s regarding the maritime economic zones between the two states. The agreement solved the situation between the two states regarding their maritime economic zones and made the islands an nature reserve. With the expiration of the Balniki signature 30-years following the signing of the agreement, no new agreement was ever made regarding the status of the islands.

In Wednesday’s Supreme Party Congress of the Aprosian People’s Front, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramán Mandárem was heard proclaiming Aprosia’s stance regarding the Faronna Islands, stating that the Federal Government of Aprosia can only support the moves of the Balniki state as “no international treaty exists for Faronna” and that Aprosia would support the Balniki claims over the islands.

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SEA's Dual Manned Missions "Complete Success in All Ways"
High Winds Lead to One Landing in Areme, Crowds Thrilled


Ioudaia's manned spacecraft successfully practiced docking in orbit over the weekend, and carried out other exercises to prepare for flights to the Western Isles space station. Then earlier today, both Kenomibis and Kenomerodios returned to Earth. Kenomerodios's crew chose to land in Areme to avoid bad weather, and then spoke to crowds who gathered to watch their unexpected landing.

Friday evening, Kenomibis chased Kenomerodios in orbit to set up docking. Both ships located each other on long-range radar, and Kenomibis lowered and then re-raised its orbit to catch up with her sister ship launched hours ahead of her. Once the ships were piloted to within 10 km of each other, their docking systems automatically closed the remaining distance and docked without further human intervention. "Docking was so gentle, that until the locking latches closed, the only way we could tell we were docking was by carefully watching the Kenomerodios through the window," said Kenomibis mission commander Itay ben Soranus Tzalmon after landing.

At 22:53, after verifying that they had an airtight docking connnection, the crews opened the hatches between their ships and shook hands. Both crews spent the night in Kenomerodios' 3m tall extended orbital module, strapped to padded mats lining the module's walls.

After a 7:20 wake-up call, the crews returned to their seats to practice manual docking, with the hatches between the ships being closed at 8:41. They practiced docking twice more, once with each ship acting as space station while the other ship's crew flew their ship to dock with it. Both docking exercises were described as "flawless" by SEA Director Nikola ben Shem.

The crews then spent their Saturday honing their space skills by practicing experiments in a small enclosed environment called a glove box, which allowed them to insert gloved hands into a sealed container to do things otherwise potentially too dangerous to do in space. Mission specialist Gur Kaletor wowed Ioudaian viewers by deliberately striking a match in the glove box to show how differently fire behaves in space.

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A match flame burns in zero gravity in a safe container aboard Kenomerodios Saturday.
Image from SEA live video.


After another night's sleep in space, the four kenomanauts prepared their ships for re-entry and landing. Kenomibis started first, deploying a protective cap around its docking adapter at 8:03, followed by firing its engines starting at 8:14 to shed speed to leave orbit. Kenomibis landed uneventually at Oichallia Air Armada Base at 11:26 beneath its parafoil.

Kenomerodios began its return minutes later, closing the hatch to its orbital module at 11:41. However, a final weather forecast check revealed that the winds high above southern Ioudaia had increased faster than expected, and landing at Oichallia AAB was not recommended, as the wind might carry the ship off course. After a brief discussion with SEA mission control, Kenomerodios mission commander Althea Navat bat Cilla decided to land at the back-up site at Areme Naval Base. The ship touched down at 3:37 on runway 7, rolling to a stop about 200m from the end of the runway.

To the surprise and delight of onlookers who'd gathered at the announcement that Kenomerodios would land in Areme, Althea and Gur walked to the fence beyond the runway's end to speak to them about the mission. Video from witnesses' phones uploaded to social media shows the relaxed crew answering questions, signing autographs, and posing for pictures with people standing outside the fence.

SEA flight controllers were surprised by the crew's decision, but as Director Nikola said, "We chose them and all our kenomanauts to think on their feet and make necessary decisions to respond to new and unexpected conditions. They felt it was an appropriate ending to a mission that was a complete success in all ways, and I find it difficult to disagree with them."
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Recap of the 1st Chancellor Debate
By: Delilah Starr

After a long night the first Chancellor debate, between James G. Whitmore of the Federalist Party and Abraham Moore of the Representative party, has come to a close. Both candidates spoke on many issues from international relations to domestic issues at home. Key issues highlighted were "Separation of Church and State," "International Relations," and "Redefining Essen's History."

With each answer both candidates define the ideology of their respective political parties.

- When asked about "Separation of Church and State in Essena" each candidate gave differing responses.
Abraham Moore of the Representative party said this "In Essena the Christian faith was instilled in us through our colonizers but overtime it slowly ingratiated itself with in the Essenian culture. Though part of our culture we must not forget the people that we represent. The people that we disagree with and the people that are against us. When chosen as a leader, one must act with bipartisanship, not partisanship. So I do believe that in government we must put away our religious eyes and put on eyes that looks for what is bet to the people."

In response James G. Whitmore of the Federalist Party said this "I agree with Mr. Moore that religion is part of the Essenian culture and with any culture we must not shun it. We must embrace it. Our culture shapes us and shapes how we decide. When I vote I do not put away my religious eyes. I use them to support the decisions I have to make. Tough decisions without justification can weigh heavy a person's mind. Think of it like this religion to me is a pillar that is holding the roof of my decision, without the pillar the roof falls. So I do not believe in Separation of Church and State, I believe in doing what is right for the Essenian people."

- The next question asked was about International Relations.
James G. Whitmore of the Federalist Party had this to say about International relations "Allies are important. We must not abandon them. But we must hold them accountable. Some international bodies house nations that have committed many atrocities. For me I cannot vote in good conscience with them. Essenian values of equality and democracy must be show to the universe. If elected Essena will be the nation others will look up to."

Abraham Moore of the Representative party responded saying "Coming together as a community is very important. Cooperation is key. And that is what Essena must do, cooperate and build a better international community. Yes, there are some nations that are not good. But just like a family we must guide them along to a better day and hope that they follow. To be clear I am not exonerating them. I agree with Mr. Whitmore that accountability is important and I plan to follow that. I just feel that my international relations agenda is slightly different for Mr. Whitmore's. If elected I will help build the international community Essena has always wanted to be a part of.

- The last highlight question was about Essena's history and how the incoming administration would define it.
Abraham Moore of the Representative party responded saying "Essena has a rich and grand history. The thing with history is that we must not worship it, we must learn from it. Any great state has it best moments and its worst moments. Things done for the greater good that sometimes would hurt others. Shunning our history is inconceivable. We must look at Essena's history and individually judge each action. Our nation is smart and vigilant to make decisions on their own. My administration will look at Essena history and will elevate all information, it is up to the citizens to decide if the history they see is good or bad."

In response James G. Whitmore of the Federalist Party said this "Essena is a great nation with a rich history. We should not hide how Essena started out. We must show the progression of Essena. Not knowing one's history will doom any person. They cannot learn, they cannot be inspired, they cannot grow. We must show every aspect of Essenian history and make sure the focus is on Essena. All the history that come before us set the road for what Essena is today. We cannot let that road be paved over."

And those were the highlights from the first Chancellor debate. The election for Chancellor is approaching and Essenian from all over are feeling the edge. So Stay tuned for the highlights to the last Chancellor debate and then the elections in November.
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401st Ostehern concluded

DECEMBER 14 2020 | FNN News Desk | Porohare

Two days of Ostehern celebrations across the country, blessed by surprisingly comfortable weather, are coming to an end. Authorities estimate that over a million Osters visited the country's parks, national sites, and urban attractions. For the first time in his term, President Den Heyes could not come to the Aastrehe tehn'temar commemoration event in central Haalban due to his physical situation. Prime Minister Brahurer attended instead.

Yesterday also marked the end of the traditional second-period of mourning over the two Oster soldiers who were killed three years ago in Lovsk, Ostehern 2017. The two families hosted a small gathering with relatives and close friends at the Brukhjmehr residence in Saard. Off in Lovsk, troops stationed across the island had to remain alert due to terror threats, and holiday events were shortened or cancelled.




Brahurer on Balnik's Faronna Islands Plan: "Encourages Hostility"

DECEMBER 14 2020 | FNN security commentator Dina Mahkhjer | Porohare

Prime Minister Elena Brahurer spoke to the press at a government meeting today, and referred to the situation in Faronna Islands following Balnik's announcement of its Faronna Islands Development Plan. The plan was announced less than a week after Balnik suddenly occupied the economic zone, which it used to share with Roendavar since 1983.

"Balnik has been a destabilizing factor in the region for quite a while," Brahurer said. "Their actions against the Roendavarian side in the past year were left without a proper response and they got it as a signal to go ahead and escalate the situation on the ground." She referred to the intrusion of Roendavarian airspace a few months ago and its military mobilization in the past months. "The occupation itself is heavily disputed, so announcing plans to develop the area after the Roendavarians said they would take this to the ICJ - That is intentionally encouraging hostility. Balnik should re-think its strategy," the Prime Minister concluded. Roendavar's government had stated its intention to file a case on the matter on December 9th, a day after Balnik's surprise step.

Officials in Balnik used the nation's energy crisis as an excuse to quickly promote the development of the islands. Some claim that Balnik's failures in nuclear projects was the main reason for this bold move. In 2018 Balnik announced the construction of a new Uranium enrichment plant which should have already started operation, but international sources could not confirm such a plant ever went online. Some rumors put the blame on Oster secret sabotage of the project, orchestrated by the Vaalar. Similar rumors spread in the early 2000's, when a series of incidents delayed Aprosia's nuclear project. Such a campaign, of course, has never been confirmed by any government office.




CEO Frust on OCES' Regional Activities

DECEMBER 14 2020 | Dansj Ande Lihnier | Lindastir

OCES CEO Alen Frust elaborated on some of his corporation's efforts in the next few years during a talk on the matter in Lindastir. Host Lara Kohler confronted Frust on OCES' second "disappointing" annual report - in the words of Sijrahn Si Ardner - which he himself presented a month ago.

"I am not going to deny I find it disappointing as well," Frust said, "but OCES is a dynamic company and minor falls along the way are inevitable. We know how to do the job." Kohler asked to hear about OCES' current major regional projects; his reply is summarized below.

OCES' main focus is currently on a few key operations across The Western Isles:

Construction and equipment of a dual-unit nuclear reactor, as part of Athara Magarat's coal phase-out plan. The first unit went online during 2019 and the second has reached the third stage of construction. "We are actually ahead of planning with the control systems, but behind planning with physical assembly at the site," Frust said.

The Roendavar Deal, which includes assistance in construction of a single power plant in Manzhesta. "We have completed the main vessel and exchangers, and are preparing to install most of the main equipment during the next year."

Operation of several nuclear facilities across Vancouvia, including Illa Isle, through OCES' partial control of Soldotna World Energy. According to Frust, the Vancouvian company's 2018 'Narwhalia Deal' remains an issue between parties. "The [Vancouvian - A.L.] government had its reasons and the partnership included several agreements that cover this," he said, "but we protested some of their procedures and discussions are still ongoing."

And what Frust called "the routine projects", which include assistance and operation of reactors in nations like Verdon, Noronica and Dormill and Stiura; and Uranium mining in Ainslie, Athara Magarat, and other places.

CEO Frust neglected to mention his corporation's role in the production and maintenance of reactors for the Dagordh Class nuclear submarines, made by Hunter Defense Systems in Noronica, and the failure of the destructive and expensive deposit survey in the Argus savannah.



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North Mountain Agrees to Terms


Earlier today, a member of the public relations board for North Mountain Internet addressed the public today regarding the Mokovi Demands.

The demands stated that the company may continue to operate in Mokov if they only hired Mokovi workers, and worked for a more unfair price for the company. The president gave a speech on the subject, reprimanding the Mokovi government and urging North Mountain to cease working with the regimentalist regime. However, the prime minister issued his support for the company to do as it pleased. Well, today it was confirmed that the internet provider would agree to the demands of the regime.

They announced that they will keep a team of 50 Doman workers onboard for the next 8 months to train Mokovi workers how to use their equipment. Once the 8 months are over, the entire branch will be operated by Mokovi workers, with only a few Doman employees to act as representatives of the company. This means that 450 Doman workers will lose their jobs and be transferred back home. It is unclear what is to happen to these workers. The spokesperson refused to comment further on the subject and left a room of reporters as they berated them for more answers.

Following the announcement, there was public outcry. Many were angry that the company would continue to deal with a new government at the expense of Doman jobs. Another group were angry at members of congress for failing to provide meaningful legislation to prevent a company from laying off such a large amount of workers. While there was reasonable amount of anger towards those two entities, most anger seemed to fall on the Mokovi government for its polices. What ever the target, the people of Domanania are upset and don't seem to allow this transgression to pass by.
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DECEMBER 14, 2020



Confusion, alarm after cover-up of unexplained Red Foxrun wildfire

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Wildfires burn the forests near Red Foxrun, Roonmore province, on December 13, 2020, in this photo from the Roonmore Emergency Management Agency.


RED FOXRUN- Confusion reigned across Almorean social media and TV networks on Tuesday morning, after a second night of wildfires in Roonmore province that have prompted an intense, and unexplained, response from the government.

Residents of Red Foxrun, a coal-mining town in southern Roonmore province, were awakened on Sunday night to explosions, described as loud and forceful enough to shake the ground, in the woods to the north of the town boundary line. Multiple people living on the outskirts of Red Foxrun called the ambulance service, complaining of bodily pains and vomiting.

One resident, Michael Tomberg, 83, died yesterday in St. Anne's Hospital, Valesavan, while the condition of two other elderly patients has been described as "critical". No explanation was provided by hospital officials for their illness.

Adding to the confusion, local firefighters were quickly ordered to leave the scene by the Roonmore disaster management agency, which took over responsibility for fighting the blaze until Monday, when personnel of the Air Force Reserve and the Army's 3rd Infantry Brigade arrived with firefighting equipment. Local officials were told to stay away and establish a cordon to prevent any residents or camera crews from coming near the soldiers.

As Monday progressed, federal agents of the Civil Defense Secretariat and the Emergency Public Response Service took up positions along the outskirts of the burning forest, setting up field tents and barricades. The fire continued unabated for much of the day, but Army personnel had apparently managed to contain it by Tuesday morning, when a small group of news photographers were allowed brief access to the site. As of Tuesday afternoon, a no-fly zone was in effect over Red Foxrun, and civilian air traffic has so far been diverted from the area.

Little has been said by the Almorean government about their intense, multi-agency response to the Red Foxrun wildfire. Air Marshal Timothy K. O'Halloran, the commander of Air Force assets in the region, issued a statement Sunday night saying an MRF7 Águila fighter jet had crashed in the forest with live ordinance, causing the explosions reported by residents of the town, but inexplicably retracted the statement just 25 minutes later.

On Monday, Deputy President Nora Soodalter, speaking at a microchip factory in Kingsford, said that an Aguila jet had not been the cause of the Red Foxrun fire. "We assume the fire had natural causes. There may have been a gas explosion," the deputy president told reporters at the factory. "Right now, we are focused on containing the fire and keeping the people of Red Foxrun safe."

Local residents were quick to point out on social media that Red Foxrun's gas lines run south of the town, not north, where the explosions and wildfire occurred. Some users speculated that an Air Force plane had crashed with experimental technology, while others hypothesized about alien UFOs.

Unverified claims that a Magarati spy drone had been shot down by an Almorean plane were denied by the Air Force. "No foreign military aircraft were flying over Almorean territory when the wildfire started," an Air Force spokesman said. "All aircraft are tracked at all times."

Members of Congress called for the administration to release more information about the incident. Sen. Peter Aberson (F-Roonmore) demanded an inquiry into the fire on the Senate floor, citing the death of an elderly Red Foxrun resident. "Somebody has died, and it's time for the authorities to own up to it," Mr. Aberson said.

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G.U. POLITICSPublished 15 December 2020

President Gardener makes loose
alliance with Brooks, vel Kliig and
Elvewer.


Reathwood, Wachovia, Remodio and the Great Union enter a loose alliance of de-isolating states


By Gerald B. E. Woodrow | Good Word


              The New Age Policy. Love it or hate it, it moves as quickly as an agitated mount with President Gardener acting as the sole agitator. Despite all the
              obstacles placed before him, the Viceroy1-turned-President continues to impress his supporters and acts relentlessly in order to deliver on his main
              campaign promise.

              Due to the passage of the initial New Age Policy package, the nation has seen considerable economic reinvigoration. President Gardener going so
              far as to say in, what was likely initially mainly a publicity stunt, that he was going to renovate the old stock exchange building in Wrest2. This
              "publicity stunt" turned out to be entirely truthful. Without Congregational approval and after a short conversation with the present
              Viceroy of Hammond3, Franklin Hallman, he set in motion the renovation effort of the old stock exchange building of Wrest. He called
              the project "Oldstock" and declared it the new name of the building.

              Roaring support was declared universally by his supporters and many who think like him. This addition of a fully-functioning, private stock exchange
              in the nation of Insulalia should have great appeal in the world abroad. Deputy President Garrett declared the project a,

[Great] victory for the people of the Great Union. Never in our history has there been an initial step towards the future economic prosperity of our nation as thus.


              The next step of the Honorable President's great 'New Age' was a new trade doctrine with the nation of Havalland. Due to the vastness of the Great
              Union's oil fields, and Havalland's lack thereof, President Gardener and Leon III of Havalland made movements to encourage increased trade between
              the two powers. The President called this newfound trade influx a[n],

[impressive] step towards an introduction into Havalland markets and an open invitation to Havalland on behalf of our markets.


              Finally, the idea of alliances, official or otherwise, have not been on the agenda for the Great Union in many a century. Though, the idea seems to be
              one of great importance to President Gardener. He's been hard at work, attempting to form a sort of loose alliance of nations attempting to exit
              decades of isolation. President Hethin Elvenwer of Reathwood, Rhumba Tsumbia vel Kliig of Remodio and High Elder Clarence Brooks of Wachovia have
              joined the President by establishing new trade laws, decreasing tariffs and increasing incentives of trade between the four powers. President Gardener
              has made an effort to ensure the security of the alliance and enshrine it as a cornerstone of the government's new trade and commerce policies.


Mister Gerald B. E. Woodrow is a writer and editor for The Good Word. Follow him on TWItter: @gerwoodrow1.

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2, a major city in Insulalia.
3, a canton of Insulalia.
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Grand Ryda Bombed, 22 dead, 184 injured!


This morning, during the 12th Meeting of the Grand Ryda of Mokov, a large explosion rocked Ivanozavodsk, originating from within the Ryda building. The Grand Ryda was convened to determine the Mokovī stance on the Faronna Islands Situation. Deputy Vozhd Grigol Karlonoviç was at the podium, standing in for Vozhd Markeviç, who is currently away dealing with the Kamerov Revolt, was giving the opening remarks of the meeting when the bomb, determined to have been placed on a pillar just behind him, detonated.

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Karlonoviç was instantly killed, along with two guards, and fourteen members of the Grand Ryda in the front row seating. Five more later died from shrapnel received in the blast. A total of 184 Ryda members were injured, with most of them receiving shrapnel wounds and minor to severe burns. Owing to the early time, surrounding government buildings were unoccupied, with no other injuries or deaths resulting from the blast. The SKVD has been able to discover evidence in the parking garage adjacent to the Ryda building linking the New Sons of Mokov, a Tsarist rebel group, to the bombing. It is believed that the intended target of the bomb was Vozhd Markeviç, who has not been available for comment.


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Experts Note a "Great Awakening" of Boatbuilding Industry in Martenyika This Year

With the novel emergence of Lotus Sea Star in Kejara earlier this year, and the return of Kessa-Inshore, economists have noted a so-called "great awaking" of Martenyikan boatbuilding throughout 2020. Lotus Sea Star International opened its first yard in Kejara earlier this year drawing significant attention nationally, especially in eastern Martenyika and the city itself. Even as a newcomer to the industry, Kejara's LSSI has plans for splitting its operations between light civilian, commercial, and military/law enforcement production. Kessa-Inshore is also returning to the ring in late 2020, after shutting down and liquidating years ago. Kessa-Inshore previously dominated light civilian and light commercial boatbuilding, and it hopes to once again provide its services. Like LSSI it hopes to contract with military and/or law enforcement agencies for light vessel designs in the future.
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Parliament approves Western Isles Democratic Union Treaty

Last week, it was Biaten’s membership of the Western Isles Democratic Alliance treaty that was debated, voted on and approved by Parliament. This week, Parliament backs the nation’s membership of the Western Isles Democratic Union. The Treaty, however, faced slightly wider opposition from third parties, with the National Revolution Party voting against because they do not want Biaten to enter the WIDU without public approval in a referendum first. The Democratic Party abstained for the same reason. The Conservative Democrats, however, who continue to promote a mercantile trade policy, voted against the treaty, despite voting in favour of the Alliance treaty.

In the final vote, the National Diet voted 258-190 in favour of the treaty and the Senate voted 48-38 in favour.

In both chambers, the treaty faced criticism from much of the opposition. During the debate in the National Diet on Monday, backbench Communist MP for Newport Norman Winters criticised Article 3, saying that “Article 3 of this agreement will prevent the nationalisation of our own industries. Can the Minister [of Trade] please tell whether the government is in favour of nationalisation or against? Make up your mind!” Minister of Trade Waldemar Carroll responded, saying that “I ask that the Member for Newport read this treaty properly, especially the parts of Article 3 that allows for nationalisation of key utilities. However, I must remind the right honourable member that, unlike his party, we do not support the destructive policy that is the full nationalisation of our economy.”

Both the Western Isles Democratic Alliance and Western Isles Democratic Union agreements are now awaiting approval from the President, who is expected to give it later this week.
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International - December 16, 2020


Tsumbia vel Kliig Announces Visit to Littolyo Following Deal With Insulalia

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After a historic trade agreement with the Great Union of Insulalia, Rhumba Tsumbia vel Kliig announced his plans to extend Remodin diplomacy to Argus. In the press conference, vel Kliig proposed "a good will" strategy with nations, slowly, but cautiously opening up trade and even embassies with other nations. He described this step as an important part of his Project Social plan to improve Remodio.

This will mark the first time since 1999, when former Rhumba Ipuumia Qae visited Nhoor to congratulate then King Armhad IV on thirty years of independence. Even that visit lasted less than a day before Qae returned to Remodio. Ever since the Imperial War, and Remodio's subsequent independence, the nation has remained in a state of isolation in terms of the economy and overall politics, which has led to stagnation of Remodin business and citizens.

But as the world advances, so must Remodio, which was the main platform of vel Kliig when he ran for office in 2012, breaking from the general party platform of the RTBU. "Globalization is inevitable; and so are we." said vel Kliig, known for his gaffes. "We must open ourselves to new possibilities, let our businesses grow, but put Remodio first. We must be cautious."

As such, and as Remodio's sole foreign representative, Tsumbia vel Kliig announced yesterday that Remodio will finally begin trade with the Great Union of Insulalia, nation separated from Remodio by Argus. When asked if there was any other plans moving forward, vel Kliig revealed that he plans to visit The Republic of Littolyo, a nation on the northernmost tip of Argus, known for their kind diplomacy with other nations. He joked about the plane trip, planned for December 20th, saying "Maybe those damned Magarati folk will hurl when they see me."

Politics - December 16, 2020


Legislature Considers Potential Amendment

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Days after riots broke out in the capital city of Ioodiisitie, Lead Speaker of the Legislature, Hupita Lopan of the Democracy Party announced that the Legislature will meet on December 26th to discuss potentially amending the Constitution.

Never before has the Constitution been amended, nor is there an official process in doing so. Lopan argued that this is one of the implied powers of the Legislature, arguing that Section III of Article I allows the Legislature to do so.

In response to Lopan's announcement, Rhumba Tsumbia vel Kliig clarified that "not only is amending the Constitution illegal, it's a clear plot to weaken Remodio and it's democracy."

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Postby Littolyo » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:01 pm

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2020 December 16
Exclusive: Drake Addresses Rumors on Future of Nuclear Arsenal

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Clockwise from left: a Torchbender-class nuclear missile in silo, a nuclear-capable Talon-class bomber over Andersen State, and a Trident-class nuclear submarine in the Southern Sea.

Petna, Andersen—In an extraordinary interview on Wednesday, President Leon Drake addressed head-on the wave of rumors—spurred by leaks from within the Defense Department—that his administration has been engaged in secretive and reportedly tense talks with the military on dramatically downscaling the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Speaking at a forum hosted jointly by a defense policy think tank and the Littolyen Times in Petna, Andersen State, Mr. Drake laid bare his plans for a smaller and more modern nuclear arsenal, even expressing openness to the idea of bringing Littolyo into a “post-nuclear era” in which the nation would rely on alternative modes of deterrence.

When the moderator asked Mr. Drake directly about the alleged discussions with the military, the president responded bluntly.

“That is true,” Mr. Drake replied, eliciting murmurs from the audience and raised eyebrows from his fellow panelists. “We had been planning on keeping this internal until we had a policy ready to roll out, but since everyone is already talking about it, I don’t have a problem telling you: since March, we have been exploring various methods of cost savings and redirection by bringing our nuclear arsenal more into line with today’s strategic goals and needs.”

The president spoke openly about his belief that Littolyo’s large arsenal reflected an outdated conception of security, and that the nation was not getting its money’s worth out of its continuing investment in nuclear weapons. “To be perfectly honest with you, even twenty years ago, we would have been just fine with one third, maybe one quarter the number of weapons we have today.”

While the exact nature of Littolyo’s nuclear arsenal is classified, estimates on the size of its stockpile range from 120 to as many as 205 deployed warheads, with an estimated 260 more in storage. The devices are mounted on both single- and multiple-warhead weapons, which would be delivered via a traditional ‘nuclear triad’ of silo-launched missiles, submarine-launched missiles, and airborne bombs and missiles.

It is this triad—an expansive and expensive setup managed by its own dedicated, and sprawling, military bureaucracy—that was the subject of Mr. Drake’s most intense questioning.

Asked about the more than $3 billion that Littolyo spent maintaining its nuclear arsenal last year, the president scoffed. “Yeah, that,” he said wryly, drawing some laughter from the crowd. “It is a lot, you’re absolutely right, and it gets to the heart of why we are doing this re-evaluation. Whether or not it makes sense to spend 5% of our defense budget on nuclear weapons is a perfectly valid question, but one also has to ask where specifically that money is going.”

As he continued, Mr. Drake was remarkably frank about the current status of his negotiations with the military. “I see a clear path forward on eliminating our silo-based nuclear missiles, which are scheduled to eat up billions in tax dollars over the coming decade but contribute virtually nothing to our defense, because submarine-based missiles—which are more secure—make them totally redundant. We are close to an agreement on that.” In what may be a preview to one of the arguments he could make in building a public case for his position, he added, "I also don't love the idea of having a bunch of nuclear bombs scattered throughout Camreal and Gaba."

“I’ll tell you that I also think we could very conceivably retire our airborne nuclear forces without damaging our national security. Airborne nuclear weapons provide no strategic value that submarine-based weapons don’t, and when it comes to the battlefield use of tactical nuclear weapons against infantry, frankly, many of us can’t fathom a situation in which we would realistically use nuclear weapons that way.”

On this point, however, he did betray more serious disagreement. “I can tell you that there are plenty of folks within the military who don’t agree with me there—and I’ll be the first to admit that they’re the generals and I’m not, although we do certainly have plenty of like-minded generals as well. So it’s very much a topic of active and lively discussion right now.”

Littolyo’s large nuclear arsenal—originally developed at great expense in the 1950s—has long been a thorny political subject nationally, an object of immense pride among some and deep skepticism among others. The cause of a growing nuclear deterrent was championed by successive conservative administrations through the ’70’s and ’80's, while historically receiving somewhere between tepid support and indifference from liberal presidents.

That tradition is credited with contributing to a political stereotype of conservatives as hawkish warmongers and liberals as gun-shy negotiators—a dynamic that Mr. Drake has turned on its head during two years in office in which he branded himself as an unabashed supporter of Littolyen military strength who is still willing to question critical assumptions.

Mr. Drake’s increase of the defense budget and construction of a series of new bases abroad has garnered him considerable political capital among the military and more conservative lawmakers, and he worked prolifically with lawmakers eager to invest heavily in the development of next-generation weapons. But that goodwill may now be put to the test, especially if the president continues to broach the topic of scrapping the nation’s nuclear arsenal altogether—which he did freely in perhaps his most shocking comments of the night.

“Throughout all this, it’s important to keep one key thing in mind: at the end of the day, Littolyo does not need nuclear weapons anymore. I can tell you this with utter confidence. We just don’t.” He went on to cite the nation’s development and refinement of new cutting-edge weapons systems over the last decade, including the vaunted but highly secretive F-ray weapon, as well as the size and sophistication of Littolyo’s conventional forces.

“I can guarantee you that in just five years, Littolyo’s military will make today’s forces look quaint. They will be antique, last-generation. And I say that as no reflection on our men and women in uniform, who are and always will be the best-trained, best-equipped, and most professional fighting force out there. I’m just saying that the equipment, the systems under development right now, are more than enough to ensure Littolyo’s military edge even without nuclear weapons. Hell, just between the Sparrow family of drones and the DEC project alone. So we could take that leap into the post-nuclear era if we wanted to—all we need is the courage.”

The president was referring to a new generation of aerial drones under development by Seari and Bventech, as well as the navy's new "Directed Energy Cruiser" being developed by Destraul Naught.

As the forum wrapped, headlines across the country heralded a sea change in Littolyen security policy, and social media lit up with reactions—both for and against—the president’s comments.

One question regarding the viability of Mr. Drake’s vision for a smaller nuclear force is whether he even has the legal authority to enact it. Broad aspects of the nation’s nuclear arsenal are proscribed by law, and the Senate is responsible for allocating military funding. While some analysts said Mr. Drake could implement his plans by simply declining to spend some of that allocated funding, others expected that any such move would be challenged and ultimately rejected in the courts.

But if it turns out that the president does indeed have that discretion under current law, it is unlikely that the Senate would be able to block him. Said Annabelle Hopkins, a top aide to Vice President Ronnie Rawlins, “The conservative majority in the Senate is already threadbare, and after you factor in the total unity among liberals on reducing the arsenal and the likely support of conservative fiscal hawks, I think you’ll see that Drake will get this done.”
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December 16th, 2020
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Naval Board Announces New Budget


After the annual meeting of the naval board, next years budget was released with the approval of congress.

The new budget outlines the future of the Federation Navy. It opens with a statement delivered by the head of the naval board.

"In our last review of the navy, several observations were made.
  1. That the numerous classes of ships increase the logistics cost and are in need of simplification.
  2. The advancing age of some classes of ships have begun to hold back the capabilities of other ships. It is time we begin to modernize parts of the navy beyond past initiatives.
  3. We lack capabilities in any existing class of ship to successfully complete certain operations, and new ships must be acquired to fill these gaps."

In further detail the new budget calls for the decommissioning of 21 ships by 2025. These ships include the: Vegence Class Frigates, Heaven Class Destroyers, and the Serpent Class Destroyers. The fate of these ships are unknown, but will either be sold off to other nations, or dismantled. A few ships might be used as targets in naval exercises. It is also stated that they Type 40 Patrol boat will be decommissioned by 2030 and replaced by a new patrol boat over time.

Continuing, the budget calls for the commissioning of three new classes of ship, and two additional existing ships. The new ships include the under development Allegiance Class Frigate, a new class of attack submarine, and a new class of patrol boat. The navy calls for 8 Allegiance Frigates, 4 submarines, and 14 new patrol boats to be ordered. The navy also has announced it will be ordering two more Snow Lion-Class Destroyers.

The budget also outlines the continued use of the Glacier Class Cruisers until such time as the ships above have completed construction and have been commissioned. Once those conditions are met, the ship will be decommissioned. The document also outlines the continued use of the W-20 Cruise Missile even after the Glaciers are decommissioned as coastal defense missiles.

The rest of the document outlines the the allocation of $10,875,000,000 to order these vessels over 5 years. It highlights estimations that the decommissioning of ships will save the navy money over the next decade and offset the large cost to build and operate the new ships, effectively reducing the expenditure of the navy as a whole.
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118th Fordwin Long Award bestowed in Fulbright's Cove

17 December 2020

FULBRIGHT'S COVE — The small but historic western sea-town of Fulbright's Cove, the final resting place of Oswin Fulbright (d. 1791)—Reathwood's second President—was the venue for the bestowal of this year's Fordwin Long Award. Since 1903, the Award has been granted annually by the University of Reathwood in commemoration of renowned early-Reathwood poet Fordwin Long, who contributed extensively to national folklore and whose works contain the first written references to the mythical golden drake, whose legendary three hearts inspire the "thriheart" emblem found on Reathwood's flags and national symbols. The Award offers a significant monetary prize to contributors to national poetry, and has historically been a source of literary prestige. Incumbent President Hethin Elvewer, a poet until his entry into national politics, was the Fordwin Long laureate in 1997.

This year, the poet chosen by the University was 31-year-old Ethel Alkmund of the highland village of Rothwater. Alkmund, an alumnus of the University of Reathwood at Hungerford, has been a follower of the traditional school of Reathwood poetry that has produced several epics intertwined heavily with local folklore. Her style, notable in its similarity to Long's in subject and progression but also for its innovations in vocabulary and in the use of distinct kennings, was highly praised in the bestowal ceremony. The ceremony itself was held in Oswin Fulbright's opulent seaside residence at Fulbright's Cove, which has been a museum since it was willed to the University of Reathwood by Fulbright's grandson.


Elvewer hints at shift toward internationalism

18 December 2020

WHITE BLUFF — In a morning summit with diplomatic officials of the Great Union of Insulalia headed by Insulan Ambassador Francois J. L. St. Pierre, President Hethin Elvewer delivered remarks that have been received as hinting towards a progressively internationalist agenda. Elvewer, independent of any political party per presidential tradition, has recently grown to align with the legislature's increasingly internationalist policies. In a distinct contradiction of Reathwood's historic armed neutrality, Elvewer seemed to validate the idea of favoritism towards liberal democracies aligned with Reathwood's policies, keeping with the recent shift in the legislature to apparently support Reathwood's accession to the Western Isles Democratic Alliance, which it continues to discuss and will vote on this weekend. Speaking in common English so as to better facilitate the meeting with St. Pierre, Elvewer labeled Insulalia and other liberal democracies as "places to revere", and extensively discussed preferential trade policies for such states.
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Saturday December 19, 2020
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Defense Spending Increase Bill Expedites WIDA Passage

Parliament approved the Western Isles Democratic Alliance (WIDA) treaty this morning, after weeks of negotiations. An increase to defense spending also passed along with it and appeared to clinch the debates. The treaty is part of an effort to cement relations between Martenyika and other nations in The Western Isles, namely Ioudaia, Littolyo, Biaten, and Domanania.

The WIDA treaty requires the Republic to spend at least 2% of its Gross Domestic Product on defense, a threshold Martenyika had little issue meeting. Martenyika currently spends 3% of its GDP on defense, however parliament also accepted a defense budget increase at the same time as WIDA. This particular boost would increase Martenyika's defense spending from ĸ473 Billion Kej/$2.6 Billion USD to ĸ631 Billion Kej/$3.6 Billion USD for the fiscal year 2021, or from 3% of GDP to 4% of GDP. Critics have questioned the necessity of this defense bill in light of Martenyika exceeding expectations, but proponents argue that increased spending is necessary to cover the new demands of cybersecurity in the modern age. Martenyika has also experienced significant economic growth in 2020, which includes new or existing corporations capable of military contracts. The naval subsidiary of Fabrique Royale Martenyika was recently approached by Domanania involving a contract for shipborne guns.

The Western Isles Democratic Alliance seeks to defend and promote republican-democratic ideals in the Isles, but it is only part of an arrangement. The Martenyikan parliament is also considering the related WIDU (Western Isles Democratic Union) treaty which is focused on economic matters. This agreement is expected to pass in the very near future, before the end of 2020.
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Power Finally Restored to Balshera and Varshala as Backup Systems are repaired, Coal Plant Shut Down
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Hours ago, lights came flickering on across Balshera as the Secondary Power Grid repairs were finally completed, coming close behind Varshala, which was able to restore power yesterday evening. This comes after thirteen days of no power for Millions of Shanzians. Luckily, these days were mild and hospitals and critical infrastructure was brought online in under 24 hours. However, secondary systems are now powering nearly a third of Shanzie with many rural areas without power for the foreseeable future.

Despite promises of an update with a date at which power would be restored, the Ministry of Energy failed to give any notice that power was being restored and, according to the Varshala and Balsheran energy committees, the MoE failed to communicate or make substantial repairs. Instead, they said, the state governments acted quickly and decisively, distributing generators and receiving help from both charities and private companies to get the secondary systems back up and running.

In a rare joint statement following the restoring of power to Balshera, Governor of Al Shera Mohammad Ashni and Sanghoran governor Stojan Andrej thanked many of these charities and companies for their "hard work" and "dedication" in an impossible situation. They then both called for Energy reform from parliament and noted that the cooperation between the often rival states was based on the "experience gained from many failures of the federal government" to act and permanently fix the power grid in Northern Shanzie.

For the Ministry's part, it has only released one statement saying that the Central Main Coal Plant was being completely shut down in fear of the third boiler rupturing. Besides this, the MoE has been virtually silent on its efforts past the first day of the blackout and MPs have taken notice.

"We must drag the Minister of Energy to the People's House and make them answer for not only their inaction, but also their lack of preparedness," Todor Vitomir, leader of the Workers Party of Shanzie, said. "But beyond that, we must pass comprehensive energy and infrastructure bills to ensure that we have a clean, reliable future without the use of Natural Gas or coal."

Debates on whether to invest in a nuclear power plant with foreign aid or whether to find other solutions have raged in Parliament for the last few years, always resulting in stop-gap solutions that barely maintain the current system.

"This simply cannot go on," Dobrilo Miodrag of the Revolutionary Worker's Party said shortly after the WPS's statement. "We have to move forward with green energy, better roads, and better infrastructure over all. The Federal Republic has only failed because it fears the price tag of such ambitious reform. But it is only this high because of the patchwork system of contractors and state government initiatives! Private enterprise, not the Federal Republic, is ultimately at fault for this disaster to begin with and, as always, are demanding to be bailed out from the mess their cost cutting has caused. We must nationalize this sector of the economy and set up a worker run commission on how to complete these projects in the most efficient and cleanest way possible!"

Despite calls from the RWP to reform the system itself, most other party heads have defended the situation, saying that the Leftist coalition headed by the WPS has constantly insisted on too much at once and that, not unwillingness by the majority coalition, is why reforms have not been completed.

"The Left and their coalition has only ever virtue signaled, always offering solutions for which there is no money and never focusing on what is actually feasible," Branislav Vladislav, leader of the Conservative Party of Shanzie, said in a statement released later that day. "If Shanzie cannot independently fund it's own energy grid, then we will never be secure and will always be at the mercy of a foreign power. We must find solutions that Shanzie itself can provide without foreign contractors that represent an attempt to destroy our independence. I speak for both the CPS and the Faith and Reform Party in our coalition when I say that we must never sacrifice our collective independence for the sake of a faster solution."

Prime Minister Radomir Dalibor has not made a statement regarding the issue, but has called an emergency session of parliament to investigate "all routes to a more reliable power grid" and to "devise a national plan on which to act in the case that this occurs again." The order demanded that Parliament meet on Monday to begin negotiations of both items. The negotiations are expected to take some time.

Meanwhile, Balshera and Varshala will run their cities with "rotating blackouts" so as to lessen the load on the power grids now only being run by massive natural gas generators with a 5-6 month lifespan under constant usage. With no date in sight for the Central Main Coal Plant to become operational, Northern Shanzie is set to endure these blackouts out for weeks to come.

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Postby Roendavar » Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:55 am

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VERTHALION URGES TO SUSPEND NEUTRALITY AS RALLY ERUPT IN DOCIARA AND ROENDAVAR CONDEMNS BALNIK FOR FARONNA ISLANDS OCCUPATION
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December 19,2020


DOCIARA- The Verthalion (Hall of the People) has passed a unanimous call to urge the Alaathasmeril to suspend the Iactherinis Decree that enforces absolute neutrality and prevents Roendavar from taking aggressive action against a foreign country after the latter has passed a resolution to condemn the Federation of Balnik for its occupation of the Faronna Islands that has sparked an international dispute that threatens to upend peace not just in Gael, but for the region as well.

It has been almost more than a week since Balniki forces has occupied the Faronna Islands. In an international meeting in Rustov last December 12, 2020, the Federation of Balnik has outlined several goals and plans for the Faronna Islands. This included economic activity, including oil collection, being conducted in the Faronna Islands. However, the most controversial part of the Faronna Islands Development Plan was its plans for habitation which would secure Balniki claim in the Faronna Islands and legitimize their hold over the territory. The FIDP was met with outrage, especially in Roendavar after news has reached the country.

Starting December 13, a rally has gathered in front of the Verthalion calling for the condemnation of Balnik, peaking at 80,000 on December 15. Called the #FreeFaronna Movement, it was started by political activist and social media influencer Aleiria Oreltharmon Iacerines. According to the group's calls, they "see the Faronna Islands Occupation as a reflection of the widening political upheaval in the Western Isles that see authoritarian and fascist states project their power into the free world" and "that the actions of Balnik must be condemned, to the fullest extent, by the international community. While the Roendavarian government has refused to comment on the matter nor support their cause, they have been untouched by the Daciarastai police and have been allowed to occupy Verthaliria Park that surrounds the Verthalion for several days, hinting at a slight approval by the government.

The resolution to condemn Balnik over the country's occupation of the Faronna Islands was put forward by the Roendavarian Thresferiel Aclathas (Roendavarian Democratic Party) led by hard-line Vastarosi representative ei-Fel. Relirion Aferthias Calnethris. In a courtesy speech approved by the Vastarosi Thronai, he launched on a heavy tirade against the Balnik government, calling the occupation a "defilement of Roendavar". While the majority coalition did initially expressed their concern over the condemnation, it passed by an overwhelming majority in the Oerlarinas (Lower Council) of the Alaathasmeril due to the efforts of the RTA, overriding the approval of the monarch and the Thronai.

Andavarian Thronai Caltheirn Therilis Valcaretherion was dismayed of the results and announced his disapproval during a speech after the condemnation was passed, quote "What the RTA has done is made us sign a piece of paper that we have nothing to gain for and everything to go against for. Nothing in the condemnation says what we have to do. This is all hot air.".

After the full speech was broadcasted in the Verthalion, the chamber erupted into chaos and outrage, with the vast majority of the people agreeing with the Andavarian Thronai for far more stricter measures. Therialis of the Youth Arvenis Iorlaen Raltheiren appealed for the Verthalion to pass a call to suspend the Iactherinis Decree, a two century old Imperial Decree that restricts Roendavarian action against foreign countries. Upon hearing of this, the rally outside erupted into cheers that could be heard across the Davaren Avenue by the Alaathasmeril. The call was immediately approved by the Verthalion and transmitted to the Alaathasmeril, which was met with immediate discussions in the chamber once more.

While it is unlikely that the Iactherinis Decree will be suspended, political and legal experts have suggested that the decree only applies to force, not to legal cases and disputes. The Roendavarian government can and will still proceed with the ICJ case against Balnik despite the Iactherinis Decree still in effect, however, suspending it would legitimize it socially and culturally in Roendavar.

i Florin Celion Faunus Eleos Caenelren Iralethias appealed to the Roendavarian people and government to not inflame tensions over the Faronna Islands Dispute. In an interview by the Dociara Arcalis Radio Station, the monarch expressed alarm at the growing friction between the two countries and the obvious lopsided power between the two, with Roendavar, as commented by the monarch, on the losing side if a conflict does break out between the two countries. He also expressed alarm on the current political upheaval in the Alaathesmeria and Verthalion, urging for cooperation between the two governments. The Roendavarian monarch did express hope that it will not have to come to conflict, expressing their approval of a case filed at the International Court of Justice. i Florin Celion Faunus has stated that he has full confidence that Roendavar can win the case against Balnik.

The Roendavarian Lathrenis of Foreign Affairs have already announced to the public that they will be filing a case at the International Court of Justice and that may come to fruition sooner as the ICJ convenes once more to introduce the judges. While the LFA has still not disclosed the defense of the Roendavarian government, it is speculated that they will contest the boundaries drawn by the treaty, however, further information has yet to be released.
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Postby Biaten » Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:39 am

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President approves Alliance Treaties

Earlier this afternoon, the President signed the Western Isles Democratic Alliance and Western Isles Democratic Union Treaties, effectively bringing Biaten into the agreement. This means that, as of today, Biaten will abolish tariffs on imports from all signatory nations, as well as allow any nationals from signatory nations to enter Biaten for 6 months a year without a visa, enter into a military alliance with all signatories and bring Biaten into the many other provisions of the two agreements. President Breitbarth signed both treaties in a public signing. After signing the treaties, Breitbarth spoke, saying that “Today is a historic day for our Republic, for today we abandon our isolation for international cooperation and friendship with nations that share our interests and values of peace and democracy.” The agreements currently await approval from several nations.

Christmas Recess Starts

Another holiday, another break; yesterday, Parliament broke for recess, which is expected to last until Monday 4th January. This recess will allow for MPs and Senators to spend time with their families over the holidays, as well as give the government time to work on plans and policies for next year. There are many issues that surround the government that may be discussed, one of which is the potential nationalisation of Gorilla Limited, which provides electricity to most of Huonia and is the last private energy company in Biaten, that is currently being negotiated by the Ministry of Energy. There is also speculation of a snap election in the Senate which might be called in the new year by the government, although this has not been confirmed by the government.

In the National Diet, the Chancellor made a closing speech before the end of the Parliamentary day.

“I would like to wish all of the honourable members present, as well as the people of this country, a very happy holidays. Christmas is not only a religious festival, but a time for family and community, which are principles that this government holds so dear.”

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(Nykalessos, Ioudaia) After a long, drawn-out, and occasionally angry series of discussions, the Assembly narrowly approved the Western Isles Democratic Alliance by a vote of 63 to 54, with three abstentions. Objections to the treaty were varied, but the difficult discussions in Martenyika last month soured a number of Assembly members on the alliance. Supporters, however, were united in the beliefs that even fraught negotiations were preferable to the lack of treaty, and that Ioudaia would benefit from the Alliance, especially because of its formalization and extension of the existing military arrangements with Domanania.

Assemblyman Ofek Dexios, one of the most outspoken proponents of the Alliance, swayed many members with his passionate arguments in favor. "Discussion is the bread of democracy, and disagreement is its spice. Democracy has ruled Ioudaia for six hundred years, yet this Assembly cannot go three days without disagreemen. It cannot be otherwise, for citizens, for governments, and for alliances.

"The difficulties of anything being set up disappear in the advantages of having it set up, and the strength of an alliance grows with the size of the alliance. An alliance with one country is easy to arrange but weak; one with many countries is difficult to arrange but powerful. Whether we have an alliance or not, we will have discussions of defense matters in the future, as we have had them in the past. And we will have a better-defended future for having an alliance!"

The opponents to the alliance were lead by Assemblylady Eitana bat Koré Shalva, who launched volley after volley of counterarguments, ranging from the practical difficulties of defending an alliance that would stretch from Ioudaia to the Lotus Sea and to Gael, to the petty nature of some of the proposed members' demands, to questions about how much additional military spending an alliance would require. "Every drachma more spent on war is a drachma less spent on Ioudaia. The cost of a single new cruiser is this: high speed rail for Araxia and Neonotia. It is medical research to fight cancer and heart disease for ten years. It is education for our children and financial security for our elderly. And all we get for this 'alliance' is lip-service that other nations might come to our aid if it suits them."

Minister of State Shir bat Hekabe Ushria's behind the scenes discussions with individual Assembly members convinced some fence-sitters. "Shir has advocated for an alliance from the beginning", said Assemblyman Morag Saraf ben Gelon, "but we in Eiresion know her to be fair-minded and looking out for Ioudaia's interests." Shir served on the Eireson City Assembly from 2004 until 2011, when she joined the Ministry of State.

With the Western Isles Democratic Alliance passed, the Six Kings now take up the Western Isles Democratic Union treaty, the Alliance's companion free trade agreement. The Trade Ministry and Ioudaia's businesses are known to be in favor of it, despite the agreement not being everything they wanted. However, Great King Esdras Dorotheos has said little about the agreement, so the vote is uncertain.

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