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Postby Etruria2 » Sun Nov 21, 2021 4:56 pm

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Tribunes launch assault on protests in new policing law
SD and NGOs criticise the bill as a draconian attack on the right to protest
POLITICS by Emilio Farinacci
22 November, 2021

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Interior Minister Gianfranco Galizia presented the law to the Chamber

The Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs has formally tabled its “Policing and Protests law” to the Chamber of Representatives. The law which has been condemned by rights groups introduces draconian measures aimed at “cracking down on violent protest, disruption and agitation.” The law also includes provisions for the Civil Security Service to proscribe protest groups such as FancuFunc and Resistenza Popolare.

The bill which was presented to the Chamber this morning by Interior Minister Gianfraco Galizia would “provide law enforcement the necessary measures to protect life and property.” He referenced the two periods of protests this year as justification, including the anti-Tribune protests in early Summer, which left five people dead and several Tribune offices torched.

He said, “the terror on our streets unleashed periodically by professional left-wing agitators would end, while recognising violence on the right, this law will guarantee peace on our streets.”

The proposed law includes harsher sentences for protesters being in possession of “weapons of violence”, including Molotov cocktails, stones, sharp objects and others. Protests, who will now be searched by police when assembling, will be detected and banned from participating. The National Police Service will be able to arrest individuals suspected of possessing such objects and those found in possession of banned items could face up to four years in prison, if convicted.

The law also prohibits the wearing of masks at pre-registered protests, with protests who hide their identity now being open to arrest and a minimum two-year prison sentence. The minimum is increased if the protester hides their identity while damaging private and or public property and being violent toward police.

Detention time for protesters who are arrested will increase from 12 hours to 48 hours.

The law further provides law enforcement with greater powers to search the homes and businesses of demonstrators if identified as members of “high risk groups”, notably they will be able to do so with a more simple and limited court order.

“By granting the National Police Service the ability to search the homes and premises of individuals who are essentially career agitators, we can remove them from the protest movement before they are able to agitate crowds toward violence” Mr. Galizia said. This would also enable the NPS to search for possible “firebomb factories”, where various “weapons of violence” are produced prior to protests and distributed.

One of the more widely criticised articles of the proposed law is the recognition of “calls for violence” being made on social media as a crime. Social media posts that include calls for violence, through protest or civil action would now be viable evidence in courts of law, removing current view of social media being circumstantial.

The other widely criticised provision is the granting of wiretap powers to the National Police Service, who would under the law, be able to wiretap members of known organised protest groups during times of “social tension.” The evidence collected via wiretapping would now be permissible in court.

The Interior Minister described the law as “a major steppingstone toward guaranteeing law and order, where various groups would see that undermined. It is imperative that the federal government, through law enforcement be given the necessary measures to confront organised disturbances, we cannot have a repeat of 2021.”

Various rights groups and NGOs have lambasted the law as “draconian” and “grotesquely heavy handed”, while the SD has described the bill as “authoritarian and an inherent threat to the right to protest in Etruria.”
Libertas, Etruria’s largest political NGO criticised the bill on social media saying, “this bill represents a significant turn toward authoritarianism, it attacks the right to protest, it attacks free speech and the right to assembly. We criticise violent protest and groups that incite it, but this bill is a greater danger than any protest group.”


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Ocerto, Esmeira: From Flamenco music and the Guitar, to it's linguistic and cultural importance in the Asterias. Esmeira, despite being only the second most populous people of the United Kingdom, it today has made it's mark on the world just as much as it's larger neighbor Luzela. Esmeira, is probably the most culturally diverse of the four Kingdoms of Paretia, it includes more than just the Esmeiran peoples, but also the Tenorians, and the Deguitans. Yearly it attrachs over 18 million visitors, many coming to visit the beaches of Teradad, or the ski slopes of Vallenoche, or the vineyards that are along the Viña River.

Esmeira is historically the third oldest kingdom of Paretia, after Luzela and Vicisa. Founded in 1072 by Rey Hernán I, the kingdom would take over it's smaller neighbors Tenoria and Deguita, and became the largest kingdom on the peninsula for about 200 years. However Luzela would surge in power and the two would end up being rival powers. Luzela and Esmeira would compete in their colonial endeavors in the Asterias, New Esmeira(Today Marchenia) would become a large colony of the kingdom. Eventually conquered in the Paretian War by Luzela it became a part of Paretia. Culturally it's significance helped shape the culture of the entire country. As today it continues to do so.
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Invasión Solar

Esmeira has had a huge impact of Paretian art. After the Tagamic Invasions of the early middle ages, some mostly Irfanic Tagamic and Rahelian peoples settled on the peninsula, many in Esmeira. Their people's influence would create a form of art known as Pareto-Irfanic, or Mudéjar Art. These styles became very prominant in Esmeira, from decorative architecture to artwork, it gave the peninsula a sprinkle of Irfanic style. Many famed artists of Paretia were from the land of Esmeira, including Vicente Sánchez Prados, likely the most famous artist in Paretian history. He perfected the cubist style of art in the early 20th century. Many of his pieces were anti-war, his most well known piece of art, his 1945 Invasión Solar, depicts the invasion and bombing of Paretia by National Solarian Etruria. He painted this piece while in Gaullica as the Solarian War raged.

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Esmeira is home to the Esmeiran guitar, which became popular all across Paretia and the Asterias in the 19th century, is commonly referred to today as the classical guitar. It has a central place is Paretian and Asterian music. The genre of Flamenco, a style of art and music and dance that originates from southern Esmeira. The Flamenco guitar or Esmeiran guitar are both commonly used in this genre, flamenco also includes fashion, such as the flamenco dress, and dance. The baile flamenco, the flamenco dance, is the dance that usually goes along with flamenco music that emphasises emotional intensity and speed. Another genre that originates from Esmeira is the style of paso doble, or double step, it comes from military marches and is also commonly used in a style of dance representing Esmeiran bullfighting. The national anthem of Paretia, Juntos Marcharemos, was written by Esmeiran Miguel Iniguez in 1862 and is in the paso doble style of music.

Esmeiran also influences Paretia's national identity in other forms, Esmeiran food includes jamón. In literature, famous Esmeiran Novelist Jimeno Carazo Santiago and his novel El Caballero Talentoso. In architecture, such as the famous buildings along the Vía Principal in Ocerto. And more. Esmeira has made itself a globally influential people, today it and it's former colonies continue to spread it's spectacle of culture.
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Union forces in Yemet launch first major operation against "APRF" terror group
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POLITICS by Abdullah al-Mosawi
23 November, 2021 | 2. Azar 2343

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Union forces have cut off ARPF terrorists from the outside, trapping them within Aruvu
Forces of the Union have launched their first major offensive operation in support of the Yemeni government near the besieged vital city of Aruvu. Union forces have reportedly cut off terrorist groups in the city from their territory and have now begun to besiege the besiegers.

Our indomitable forces have launched Operation Shimorgh against terrorist forces besieging Aruvu. Led by the 13th Mechanised Brigade, ground troops, aided by warplanes and drones have decimated terrorist units west, north and east of Aruvu. The strategic city of 150,000 people which sits on the north shore of the Gonda River and links by road, the heartlands of Yemet with the northwest and importantly, the port city of Lehir. Aruvu has been under sustained attack from the so-called Andutu Patriotic Resistance Front for several weeks. The fall of Aruvu would sever government lines to the east and endanger Girota.

According to a press release from the Supreme Council of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Union forces attacked ARPF positions from the west, and advanced eastward, to the north of Aruvu before moving southeast of the city to the Gonda River, cutting off terrorists fighting government forces inside the city.

“Ground action together with the efforts of the Air Force have decimated terrorist forces, enabled the Union to encircle and cut off terrorists within Aruvu and protect the city from further terrorist reinforcements. The speed of which our forces moved is impressive, our forces sliced through the terrorists like a blade through butter.

“Our forces are now holding their positions, trapping terrorists inside Aruvu and denying them escape and reinforcement from the north. Now, our forces provide the defenders valuable air and artillery support as they eliminate terrorism within Aruvu.

“If there was to be an event that demonstrated the power and abilities of the Union's sons it is this. It is now expected by the Joint Operations Command in Girota, that Aruvu will purged of terrorists in a matter of days.
“At this time, we have received no reports of casualties, though we urge citizens of the Union to keep our brave sons in their prayers so that this remains the case” the press release stated.

Operation Shimorgh marks the largest operation conducted by Union forces in Yemet to date, with the entire 13th Brigade taking part, approximately 5,980 soldiers, backed by armoured vehicles, helicopters and artillery.
The Union Ministry of National Defence has also released a series of videos showing Union forces engaging with terrorists, both on the ground and from the air.

General Kamshad Shahedzadeh, the commanding officer of Union forces in Yemet issued a statement via the military’s Union Telegraph, “our brave sons under a hail of iron have scattered terrorisms’ thugs. Aruvu and its besiegers are surrounded and trapped against the sacred Gonda River. Together with our brothers in the PNLAY, we will cleanse Aruvu of terrorists. Today, we break the ARPF on the Gonda, and tomorrow, we make way for Lehir.”

Moussa Abdelkarim, our chief correspondent attached the military mission in Yemet followed the 13th Mechanised Brigade during its travels from Girota toward Aruvu, during that time he spoke to several soldiers and officers, all of whom expressed great anticipation to enter battle against varying terrorist groups.

“So many Irfani have been killed or forced to flee their homes, their land. We’re here to stop that and give the Irfani their lives back. It is our duty to be here” one soldier told him.

“When you look at a map, you see Tsabara falling into civil war because of the Atudite coup, now Yemet is in civil war because of Sotirians. Who’s next? Mabifia? Behera? Sohar? How long until these groups try and spark civil war in Zorasan? Better we fight the enemy afar than on our own soil” a sergeant told Abdelkarim.

In a brief off-camera interview with General Shahedzadeh, the veteran commander said, “what drives the individual soldier and pilot in this particular mission? A desire to help protect innocents from terrorism and mass murder. We saw what terrorists in Bahia are capable of when they brutally assaulted Garambura. Sotirians, together with Atudites are causing chaos across Bahia and Tsabara. There is a selfless desire in every soldier of the Union to protect the innocent from this ruthlessness, to see our neighbours safe and secure.

“This selfless drive shields them fear of martyrdom. We are all ready, and that is what will see this terrorist scourge collapse before us” he said further.


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Analysis - Why is Shangea cracking down on LGBT+ rights?
The ban on LGBT+ rights reflects how the Shangean government is mobilising grassroots activism to bolster its position.
Éabha Ó Huigínn reporting from Keisi, Senria
23 November, 2021

The Shangean Legislative Council has recently voted to ban all "homosexual propaganda", effectively criminalising representations of LGBT+ people in Shangea. The banning comes after months of incendiary rhetoric from Shangean politicians from all sides of the political spectrum, with the far-right leader Zhao Xiaojing even claiming the new law is to weak to be effective. Yet the mobilisation of public opinion towards homophobic rhetoric comes less from a top-down then a bottom up process, showing a new aspect to an evermore flexible regime.

During the period of "Normalisation" from January 2017 to March 2021, the Shangean government had largely ensured that LGBT+ activism was restricted alongside all forms of civil society. LGBT+ people have long campaigned against entrenched homophobia in Shangean society, but prior to 2017 the government largely ignored them with LGBT+ Shangeans being seen by state authorities as deviant but essentially harmless. This led to an albeit niche but thriving LGBT+ scene to develop mainly in Rongzhuo and Baiqiao, out of sight of government eyes but moving however incrementally and slowly towards changing societal views towards the LGBT+ community.

Even during the process of Normalisation, homophobic rhetoric by government officials did not increase, with repression of the community mainly focused on its civil activism - a cruel and degrading decision, but not one solely targeted towards the LGBT+ community.

So why now the focus of stoking up homophobia towards the LGBT+ community? Why is it that seemingly every social ill in the country is being blamed on a tiny and relatively low profile community?

For starters, Shangea is gearing up for an election - the first post Normalisation poll - and the government is scrambling for a winning issue. Whilst a victory for the Society for Restoring Benevolence and its allies are in no doubt a tepid economy and failure to improve social programmes has tempered government support. There is malaise with the current administration many of whom have been in office since the mid-2000s and have long since lost popularity. A focus on social issues will ensure stronger public support and allow the government to distract the populace from cost-of-living issues.

The strong negative reaction from Euclean countries - notably the announcement that Caldish pop group DEO would boycott Shangea in protest of the law - is probably a net positive for the regime. Yuan and his allies have drawn legitimacy from pursuing an anti-Euclean policy and fuelling claims of Shangea being "unfairly targeted" for its domestic policies appeals to Yuans nationalist supporters.

Yet the central governments role in the mobilisation of public support for the law has been secondary. It was grassroot organisations - such as the League of Patriotic Families - that were crucial in ensuring the issue gained greater prominence through tirelessly campaigning for the introduction of such a law.

These grassroots groups have only emerged since the conclusion of Normalisation and as such have developed semi-independently from government campaigns that were launched in the Normalisation period. To be clear, the primary reason these groups have gained prominence is because the government has refrained from intervening against them and has given them access to the media to push for their interests. But crucially they are apart from the government.

This indicates a shift in Shangean politics. Rather then launch political campaigns through state resources it appears that the Shangean government is rather furthering its interests through supporting actual activist groups whose goals align with the government. This points to perhaps of a model of mobilising popular support for the regime in a way that encourages sectional interests, thereby permanently preventing the emergence of a big-tent opposition.

But it is also a risky strategy. Whilst the government is confident it can control anti-LGBT+ activism, later groups may be more restive. Only time will tell.
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Finance Minister - Shangea will not deviate from its "growth first" economic strategy in the near future
Discontent within the Economic Strategy Coordination Committee around rising costs of living have been brushed aside by the Financial Ministry despite a commitment for inclusive growth
By Li Rongchung | Baiqiao, Shangea
Date: Nov. 25, 2021

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Minister of Finance and Public Credit Mao Lejiang speaking to members of the ESCC.

RONGZHUO - After a meeting with the Economic Strategy Coordination Committee (ESCC) today Finance Minister Mao Lejiang has downplayed rumours of dramatic shifts in government policy regarding taxation and spending, stating the government was committed to continue placing economic growth at the main priority in fiscal policy.

"Shangea has had the strongest growth amongst major economies for the past decade and we intend to continue that trend for the near future" Mao stated. "Contrary to some premature speculation the Shangean government does not consider itself to have developed from the point where we are ready to make the transition from an economy structured predominantly around production to one mainly based in services. Therefore the economic course we are implementing will remain in the spirit of efforts spearheaded over the last few years".

Mao's comments come after pressure being placed on the Finance Ministry to loosen the purse strings and redirect money away from infrastructure projects towards social services particularly in education and health. The pressure has come from the fact that over the last year inflation has slowly increased causing greater pressure of families regarding the cost of living, particularly those on low incomes. Additionally since 2012 the Shangean government has itself placed "inclusive growth" as one of its main economic cornerstones meaning the government has been increasingly judged on its performance in delivering social services.

Mao has remained unmoved by these arguments, with the Finance Ministry as a whole stating that restraining government spending is crucial for ensuring that growth targets can be met as well as positing that a spending spree would further increase inflation. The Finance Ministry has reiterated that for greater economic growth the government's role as a facilitator of private investment and provider of an efficient economic governance is crucial and that "reckless spending programmes" would damage that effort.

The Finance Ministry has further reiterated that it currently has several policies that seek to address reducing poverty and dealing with higher costs of living. These include a historic house building programme with 10 million new homes slated to be built by 2023 and the continued rollout of new banking schemes that significantly reduce barriers to opening a bank account as well as create local village credit banks to integrate unregulated agricultural activity into the national economy. Mao also stated that the government is on track to complete the implementation of a "non-comprehensive universal healthcare system" by the 2023 deadline, a core project of the current government.

But whilst supporters of inclusive growth may be disappointed by Mao's speech, ultra-liberals may be more disheartened by the governments continued commitment to utilise indicative planning and continue the moratorium on privatisation of significant state-owned assets in place since Mao took office in 2018. Additionally the government has announced it will seek to implement new, more stringent rules to combat tax evasion and financial fraud with the government reportedly compiling a "blacklist" of countries that if one is found to have significant assets in could result in harsher punishments. As such its likely that fiscal conservatism with a reject of market fundamentalism in favour of economic centralisation will continue throughout 2022.
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WITH A GENERAL ELECTION SIX MONTHS AWAY, LIBERTY STRUGGLES AGAINST MAC SUIBHNE'S BUDGET AGENDA


By RÓNÁN Ó DUBHGHAILL

26 November 2021 at 10:05 a.m. EST

Caldia’s largest opposition party, the Liberty Party, is faced with a series of challenges as the party prepares to campaign against the governing Social Democratic Party this coming June.

With the election fast approaching, Liberty has found difficulty materializing its efforts to oppose a new push by the Mac Suibhne government to pass key legislation.

The government is working to push a number of its legislative priorities through in the upcoming budget vote. The PSD has a majority in the legislature, meaning that Liberty and other opposition parties will not be able to block new spending and tax plans.

Despite a plateau in popular support for the government, Mac Suibhne is pushing ahead with key budget priorities. Included would be a fresh round of funding for education, social services, and transportation. To raise new revenues, the government is proposing a tax on millionaires in Caldia.

Finance minister Pádraigín Níc Aodhagain has also indicated that the government is looking to introduce “green taxes”.

“By taxing the sources of climate change, we can raise the funds needed to combat this crisis”.

However, some sources within the PSD say that the proposed taxes, which would in part target industry, are a non-starter before an election.

The Liberty Party is strongly opposed to new taxes and calls for more gradual spending. Leading voices in the party have long bemoaned the end of the 10% flat rate for income taxes. Since taking office in 2019, the Mac Suibhne government has introduced additional income tax brackets.

Despite the party’s opposition and the unpopularity of new taxes among the electorate, Liberty has struggled to materialize its opposition. The party remains without a leader, with Seárlas Bácaeir serving as acting party leader.

Liberty’s situation has made it more and more challenging for opposition parties to rally against Mac Suibhne’s agenda and build public pressure.

The party has struggled to name a successor to Pádraig Mac Piarais, its controversial ex-leader. Mac Piarais resigned in August after his parliamentary caucus moved against him.

Liberty’s senior party officials have been working behind the scenes to change the party’s procedures for electing a new leader. In the past, Liberty elected its leaders through a convention where all current and former elected officials could cast a ballot for leader.

Party leaders are working to change this process. Many ex-officials are out of step with the parliamentary group and the direction the party wants to go, one top Liberty official said.
As a result, party officials are working to change the voting process. Proposed rule changes would only allow current elected officials to cast a ballot for party leader, giving them more influence over the direction of the party.

Liberty has for years struggled with its ideological identity. A fundamentally liberal party, the party has waged internal fights over its style of liberalism. Liberal conservatives have gradually left the party, favoring the National Party.

Acting leader Bácaeir has said that he is hopeful the party rules will be changed in time for the party to launch its general election campaign.

“We are looking ahead” he said. “With June fast approaching, a new leader will give us the momentum to build a campaign to stop this government’s tax and spend spree”.



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Novigrad - Earlier today, two patrol boats of the Lake Min naval squadron were spotted by lake goers crossing over the boundaries between the Ravnian and Bistravian sections of Lake Min. The boats appeared to linger in the Bistravian waters for ten minutes, according to witnesses who observed the incursion, before returning to Ravnian waters.

When asked why the ships had crossed into the Bistravian part of Lake Min, the commander of the Lake Min naval squadron stated: "They [the patrol boats] got turned around on patrol, it's a common thing out on the lake...the boundaries aren't always clear."

Whether these boats simply "got lost" while on patrol, or intentionally entered Bistravian waters is yet to be seen, as no comment has yet been made by naval high command.

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GENERAL CONGRESS TO VOTE ON CONSCRIPTION EXPANSION FOLLOWING PRESIDIUM PROPOSAL.
Over a year after the passing of the controversial 'Conscription Bill', the government is expanding the programme to include vocational training and conscription into the civil service.
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Defence Minister Yaroshenko, a key architect behind the original bill, has stressed that "the concerns of the conscientious objectors" are being addressed.
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Misto Myru, Chistovodia -

Almost a year and a half ago, the Chistovodian General Congress passed the highly controversial 'Conscription Bill' that increased the period of mandatory conscription from twelve months (a year) to eighteen months (a year and a half). It was estimated at the time that the concurrent amount of people under mandatory conscription would increased from around 700,000 to 1,200,000 after the extension was introduced. Such estimates, a year and a half later, have proven to be correct. The current number of individuals undertaking their mandatory conscription as per official government figures is 1,231,887.

When the bill passed it coasted through the Congress with a comfortable majority despite a public outcry at what was perceived to be an infringement of rights or even the extending of an increasingly unpopular policy. At the time the bill proved to be highly controversial amongst the general public. Claims of the resurgence of imperialism, the weaponisation of socialism and the government's desire to reignite conflicts in Asteria Superior were lobbied against Martynenko's administration.

These claims are still made by opponents of the bill, but the government did retract several of its stances in light of the public criticism: Whilst the original bill allowed for conscription into the navy, air force and the medical personnel, an amendment from Premier Cuvillier saw that conscripted individuals could also serve in further non-combat roles to achieve necessary skills in engineering and administration occupations.

Now, in the face of the bill's success and the quietening down of the opposition -- including a highly publicised teachers' strike that caused a dent in Martynenko's personal popularity - the bill has reared its head as Defence Minister Yaroshenko has proposed a revised extension to his own piece of legislation.

Before being proposed to the Congress, the extensions were extensively debated in the Presidium. President Martynenko himself praised the "inclusivity of the proud traditions of pacifism" that the country had harboured, and also expressed his "admiration" at the bill's aim at giving young individuals a guaranteed experience of the life of the civil service -- and a 'foot in the door' -- if they so wished to pursue a career.

The Defence Minister's extension aims on opening the avenues of career one can be conscripted into: opening out the original purpose from military service in combat and non-combat roles to also bring about an influx of new recruits to be trained in the modus operandi of the Workers' State 'extensive civil service'. The ministries that would be open to the programme are currently listed as the health, housing, transport, infrastructure and construction, agriculture and industry.

This variant of the bill has achieved a greater level of popularity than its predecessor; including that many young people are apparently pleased by the option to not have to partake in compulsory military service. However, the bill does mandate provisions for certain levels of physical health and the "maintenance of able-bodies".

The bill is expected to be debated at a meeting of the General Congress on Monday, though current projections indicate a swift passage.


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Oil production is set to be slashed by 65% over the next 24 months (file photo).

Nuvania's two largest oil and gas companies have agreed to slash crude oil production in a bid to extend the life of Nuvania's oil reserves, amid concerns about future sustainability of oil production during an announcement made at a joint press conference in Pietersburg this morning.

The Arucian Oil Company and the Nuwanse Oliematskappy, who combined control 80% of Nuvania's oil and gas production and refining capacity, announced that they would slash crude oil production by 65% over the next two years as part of a broader restructuring process that would also increase the sustainability in which both companies produced and refined crude oil.

AOC spokeswoman Claire Blackwood said that the decision was made because there was a mutual recognition that the current production was unsustainable and that neither company wanted to face the prospect of oil reserves running out within the next five years.
"Our estimates a decade ago were that production would give us another two decades or so before we had to seriously worry about moving beyond domestic production," she said. "However, we hadn't prepared for the demand that came over that period and that meant that the forecasts we had a decade ago were no longer valid."

Blackwood said that reducing production in the short term would reduce revenue and profits, but it would mean that both AOC and NOM could continue to be viable companies over the longer term as both began their restructuring processes.
"Ultimately it will give us some breathing space between now and the time when we have to finally close down domestic production."

Currently oil production is at 911,892 barrels of oil per day, or roughly 332.8 million barrels of oil a year, worth 345 billion shillings (€24.6 billion) in revenue annually. Nuvania also exports 9 million barrels of oil annually, worth 99.5 billion shillings (€7.11 billion) in export revenue annually. NOM spokesperson Nicolaas van den Berg said that if the current production levels were maintained, Nuvania's proven oil reserves of 2.3 billion barrels of oil would be depleted within seven years. He said that the proposed 65% reduction in production would take production down to 319,162 barrels per day, about half of current oil consumption.
"What that means is that we're still going to see profitability going into the long term," he said. "It means that we can continue operating our main refineries and provide thousands of jobs to Nuvanians." He said that with the new production figures, reserves would last much longer, from seven years at current production levels to nearly two decades.

Van den Berg said that NOM would look to "diversify" production in the future and put greater emphasis on the production and export of natural gas, as well as invest in clean fuels such as biodiesel, ethanol, and hydrogen. He said that the eventual phase out of crude oil production was part of the company's Plan 2050, released earlier this year, which outlined NOM's plan to transition away from crude oil production. The proposed reduction in production was part of the plan, but brought forwards due to the reality of unsustainable growth over the last decade.

Blackwood, the spokeswoman for AOC, said that the company had not yet produced its plan to transition away from crude oil production, but said that it was working on a similar plan to that revealed by NOM on the future of the company towards the middle of this century. She said that it was part of the company's overall transition to a producer of more sustainable energy.

Adele Nicholson, an expert on the oil industry, said that the reduction would mean that Nuvania would see production fall below the demand, which currently sits at approximately 253 million barrels of oil a year. She said that it would significantly increase crude oil imports which were more vulnerable to fluctuations in market prices.
"Currently about six and a half percent of oil consumed in Nuvania every year is imported," she said. "With the reduction of production, we could see that increase massively to about sixty percent." Nicholson said that this would have a massive impact on future prices for fuel, particularly petrol and diesel.
"It's going to have a substantial impact on living costs which might mean that we see increased usage of things like public transport or other transport alternatives."

Nicholson also said that provincial government revenues would be impacted as provinces where oil production takes place levy a six percent royalty on the value of the oil and natural gas at the wellhead on all concession holders in the province where production occurs. Last year, these royalties generated 20.7 billion shillings (€1.47 billion) in revenue for provincial governments.

Both AOC and NOM committed to providing island states within the West Arucian Sea with required oil needs, as well as maintaining existing levels with Satavia.



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Premier announces plans to open humanitarian camps for refugees fleeing Yemeti war

Updated / Saturday, 27 Nov 2021 12:57
POLITICS by Prosper Okello


Buholaux - In a statement this morning, Premier Yvonne Mboya announced that The Magadi would begin establishing humanitarian camps. As thousands of civilians prepare to flee fighting in neighboring Yemet, the government is mobilizing to assist those who cross into the country.

“The goal of these camps is to ensure that civilians, including women and girls, from Yemet have a safe place to stay away from the conflict that is consuming their homelands” the premier said.

The government is planning to open at least four camps to support refugees from the Yemeti war. Three of the camps are planned for the Gucha and Kisie provinces, both of which share a border with Yemet.

Funding for the camps would come out of the government’s general funding according to Premier Mboya.

“It is our hope that through continued partnership with the international community that we can find fiscal and material assistance to provide this humanitarian aid” she said.

Many of the finer details of these refugee camps have not yet been shared by the government. Despite this, the government’s plan has been met with support from the Popular Front party and members of the governing Workers’ Party.

“We need to show that our commitment to humanitarian causes is strong” Michél Wasawo, a senior leader with the Popular Front, said.

The governor of the Kisie Province also indicated his support for the national government’s plan.

“We need their support here” Alain Lagum told the press.

The Yemeti war has caused concerns in The Magadi since it began. Fighting in Yemet, one of Bahia’s largest countries, poses a threat to the stability of its neighbors.

The government has faced some criticism from opposition parties over its handling of the crisis. However, new steps to provide humanitarian relief indicate The Magadi’s government is committed to a resolution.

President Ogot is working with partners in the region through the Congress of Bahian States to find a solution to the crisis. Many countries in Bahia, such as Mabifia and Rwizkuru, are planning on intervening across their borders.

“It is through dialogue that we can find peace and prosperity” the president said.

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Gaullican specialists and equipment sent to The Magadi as situation in Yemet worsens.
The Gaullican Senate approved a request from Magadian President Ogot for assistance with strategic concerns over the Yemeti Crisis.
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Verlois, Gaullica - The First Chamber of the Gaullican Senate voted in favour of assisting the nation of The Magadi following a formal request communicated on behalf of the office of President Ogot to the office of President Degar-Abdulrashid.

As per the requirements of Gaullica's constitution, the President brought the request forward to the Senate -- due to the fact that the previous authorisation of military action was specifically contained to ECDTO actions within Tsabara. The First Chamber easily passed the motion with bipartisan support, including support from outside of the government. In recent days, the government had been pressured by Bahian community leaders in the country to take a more decisive action in helping end the 'Yemeti Crisis'

The situation in Yemet has deteriorated quickly in the past month, but finds its origins in Iskinder's suspension of elections over the summer that has begun what some are calling the 'Second Yemeti Civil War'. Recently, The Magadi announced that it would be opening and operating more humanitarian camps for refugees fleeing the Yemeti war.

President Ogot's request came as a partial surprise to many commentators in Gaullican circles. Such requests have not been common in Gaullican history, but as per the President's case in front of the First Chamber it was clear that the request for material and advisers was coming in response to increasing external intervention in the Yemeti Crisis. Similar petitions have been made in favour of directly assisting Yemet, but without the requests of President Iskinder -- or his cooperation -- "Gaullica finds its hands tied in inaction", one Senator told Le Monde. Iskinder has been described as 'distrustful' of Eucleans, having overseen a shift in Yemeti foreign policy towards the Global South.

Of all the Bahian countries once part of the Gaullican Empire; Gaullica maintains closest relations with Garambura and The Magadi. The deployment of resources and equipment to The Magadi will see Gaullica's presence on Coius expand from Tsabara and Garambura to The Magadi as well, in what some critics -- such as members of the SGIO -- are describing as a facade of "compassionate" imperialism.

In spite of this, the government has already confirmed a quick response. "We'll be sending important military equipment necessary for maintenance and repair, instructors, advisers, mechanics and consistent shipments of humanitarian equipment and volunteers to assist with the newly opening refugee centres so generously provided by Premier Mboya", a spokesperson for the office of the President said.

It is yet to be seen how the public will react to such developments. Currently, direct intervention in any conflict is proving to be an unpopular - yet polarising - topic amongst the electorate. However, the government emerged from the revelation of that they had been training elements of the Tsabaran army unscathed -- as the public perceived it to fall under the previous constitutional activation of military action.

Providing relief, however, is popular across the Gaullican spectrum. Even Les Verts, who directly opposed elements of military assistance in Tsabara, have rallied behind the government in ensuring the relief requested by President Ogot will be sent.



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Today political discourse took a nosedive
The Tribunes and Popular Renewal contribute the decline in political discourse as rhetoric turns ever more extreme and violent
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Petar Karic called on people to shoot Tribunes in name of the constitution.

Today was a tough day for political discourse in Etruria, for today saw a Tribune State Councillor call on the Church to spy on “those who don’t attend mass often, I am sure they’re the ones who hate God, the unborn, as much as they hate our fatherland.” Within forty minutes over 300 miles away, a Representative from Popular Renewal called on “those who love freedom to get a gun however they can, find a Tribune and shoot them in the name of the constitution.”

Let’s begin with the Tribune, Girolamo Augustino Petacci, who has represented one of Veratia’s seats since 2016 was speaking to a local branch of the Servitium in Turania when he made the comments calling for the Church to spy on Etrurians who’s mass attendance is rather low. His justification? People who do not attend every week are likely atheists who love abortion and hate Etruria.

He told members of the Servitium, “There is a reality in our country that is hard to ignore. The Tribunes are the party of the Church, we are the party of the Catholic faith, the bedrock upon which our fatherland is built. We are the party of God and Sotirias in this country.

“So really, is it not logical for the Church to do what it can to protect its faithful flock in Etruria and indeed itself against the nihilistic left? They despise everything Sotirias taught us, they hate life, living and the unborn, they hate God and they hate the teachings and commandments.

“What is the best way for this to happen? I would say that the Church keep close watch on those who don’t attend mass often, I am they’re the ones who hate God, the unborn, as much as they hate our fatherland. I think the congregants who do attend every week keep watch, we need to know who hates this country” he said.

Petacci has had a history of trying to weaponise the Church to greater degree than the Tribunes have successfully done so far. In 2019 he called for mass attendance to be a mandatory condition of working in education, and in 2020 called for public character assessments by local priests of aspiring politicians – essentially disbarring non-Catholics from holding public office.

Petacci sits among what is known as the “Apostolic Club”, the more Sotirian Nationalist wing of the Tribune Movement. Since 2020, this wing has seen increasing influence over the party, as President Francesco Carcaterra himself began to rely more upon religious rhetoric and flourishes, notably his “People’s Crusade” and his ending of every speech with “Soli Deo Gloria.”

On the left, we saw Petar Karic, one of the four Representatives elected for Popular Renewal in October, tell a group of students, to shoot Tribunes in name of the constitution. Karic was addressing a meeting of the Socialist Students Group at the University of Dubovica and had already pushed the limits of civil discourse earlier, when he told his audience, “It is truly shocking that it has taken five years for us to realise we’re being governed by functionalists, just because they haven’t shot anyone yet, it does not mean we’re not being led by sexists, racists, homophobes and generally shitty people.”

He went on to say, “The fact that we’re still in this position, is testament to the failure of the mainstream parties. The SD, the Citizens are all frankly unable to recognise the fact that the rules they want to play by have been spat on by the Tribunes.

“You can’t stop functionalism by following procedures, protocols, norms and conventions, that’s absurd. The functionalists exist to trash those very things, so you need to be more forceful. We’re losing our democracy, we’re losing our freedoms, we’re losing our standards of living. And if you want to protect those things, if you want to protect freedom, I say to those who love freedom to get a gun however they can, find a Tribune and shoot them in the name of the constitution”, sadly, his words received cheers and applause from the students.

Karic, who previously served as the leader of the RP in the Novalian state assembly, also once described the Tribunes as the “living and breathing, sentient mass of functionalism’s excrement.”

Political discourse in Etruria has decayed without question since 2013 and the lead up to the EC referendum, but to see one side call on the Church to spy on voters and the other calling on people to assassinate politicians is emblematic of a wider descent of our political class into dangerous rhetoric. There is already a credible link between the President’s call for a “People’s Crusade” and the shooting in Schiuntrave that killed 3 people.


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