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Bisliev Welcomes Zallandt to Coplesti
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Prime Minister Marlijn Zallandt of Beatavic visited Artaska for a state visit on Monday.

COPLESTI- President Emin Bisliev welcomed the Prime Minister of Beatavic Marlijn Zallandt to Coplesti for his first state visit to the nation, rounding out a week that has seen high profile visits from many major international countries. Zallandt and Bisliev met at the front steps of the Red Palace in Coplesti before attending a meeting with delegates from both nations and the SBU, as Artaska's membership draws nearer to the December 1st deadline. Artaska and Beatavic are historical allies and direct neighbors, though relations were strained in the late 90s and early 2000s as a result of the Chezian Wars and a brutal civil war in Beatavic. However, the relationship between the two governments has been on the mends as trade increases and diplomatic ties strengthen.

Bisliev and the Parliament of Artaska committed to sending additional resources to Gran Telea, Beatavic's capital, nearly 3 months after a deadly earthquake and tsunami inundated the region and left thousands dead. Recovery and relief efforts, while massive, have been slow, and Beatavic's government has struggled to maintain a widely constructive effort despite international assistance. However, process has been made in clearing roads and damaged residential areas, which means some residents are returning to the city - a major center for Sotoan Basin Union diplomacy. More than 30 Artaskan citizens died in the earthquake and resulting tsunami.

"Beatavic and the people of Beatavic are great allies," said Bisliev during a joint press conference, turning to shake hands with Zallandt. "Their commitment to the region and their continued progress to recovery after a tumultuous end of the 20th century has seen a resurrection in the 21st. They are truly a great nation and a great ally. We look forward to continuing our relationship together."

There have been discussions of joint military exercises between Beatavic and Artaskan forces to shore up defenses following a series of direct threats made to SBU nations by the regime of Kyriakos Tasoulas in Syraranto. SBU nations have pledged mutual defense if any of them are attacked by the nuclear-equipped nation, specifically if Constantio - the head of the SBU - is attacked. Beatavician forces constitute one of the largest armed forces in the SBU.


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FAULKMAN STEPS DOWN, ADRIAN SARDOU APPOINTED ZIS DIRECTOR

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Adrian Sardou, seen outside the Presidential Mansion in Tofino, the Chief of Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Operations at the ZIS, is Moreau's pick to replace outgoing Director Kirk Faulkman.

TOFINO - In a sudden announcement not previously expected by most in the intelligence community, Director Kirk Faulkman, who had led the Zamastanian Intelligence Service since 2012, resigned in a meeting with President Atticus Moreau, detailing prevailing health issues. In a statement to the press, President Moreau confirmed that a Faulkman-endorsed and confirmed replacement, Counter-Terrorism Chief Adrian Sardou, had accepted the offer to replace him as the Director of the ZIS. Moreau invited Sardou to the Presidential Mansion to confirm the choice, and the announcement was made earlier today.

"I want to thank Director Faulkman for his over 9 years of service," President Moreau said, "and for his undying attention to protecting Zamastanian interests and national security. We are a safer country today because of his efforts. The country owes Director Faulkman a great debt. As for my pick to replace him, Counter-Terrorism Chief Adrian Sardou, he is a good man, intellectual and bright, and Faulkman speaks quite highly of him. He will do a tremendous job."

Adrian Sardou was a field operative in the ZIS in the early 2000s, having been placed on special assignments to root out criminal enterprises internationally and within the domestic reach. He gained notoriaty for an operation which uncovered a string of corrupt Yuaneze officials funneling funds to a black market drug chain that was fueling some aspects of the global opioid epidemic. After a stint in the public sector as a prosecutor, he defended the Department of Justice against lawsuits from clients who sought misappropriation funds. He further became notable for endorsing harsh prison sentences for convicts, something which put him at odds with politicians like President Moreau, who endorsed him for the pick anyways.

"Sardou and I have reasonable disagreements," the President said, "but in the job of national security, I believe bluntness is important. He sticks hard to his beliefs, but in a way that is uncomprimising."

Sardou returned to the agency in early 2021, after a two year hiatus and specifically following the October 2nd Olivar Street bombing in 2020, in which he was injured in the explosion. In his own words, he felt a commitment to return to service and was hand-selected by Kirk Faulkman to lead the Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Operations after the Barona Mall bombing in Lower Tariel in September of this year. Since returning to the ZIS, Sardou has been credited with leading the operations that foiled the Moulins Train Station sarin plot.

"It is an honor to serve in this position at the ZIS," Sardou stated, accepting the position in a formal ceremony. "We have a lot of work to do, but in the interest of national security, no amount of work is ever a worthless expense. I will continue to work vigorously to defend Zamastanian interests domestically and abroad, and I will continue to exercise the ZIS' capabilities to bring justice to those who wish us harm."


AIR FORCE DRONE CRASHES IN JAGINISTAN

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A Toring-1C Black Owl, a state of the art unmaned aerial reconnaissance vehicle, crashed in Western Jaginistan under mysterious circumstances.

HARUYA - The Zamastanian Air Force confirmed that a Toring-1C Black Owl, a highly advanced reconnaissance drone, went down in the mountains of Western Jaginstan late Monday evening. The circumstances surrounding the crash have not been revealed, although the Secretary of the Air Force, Damian Rhodes, confirmed that there were "conflicting circumstances" to the incident and that the Jaginistani military is helping to locate and recover the UAV. It has been reported that there was a late-spring snow storm in the area where the drone crashed, but the air force has not commented on if weather was a factor.

There is speculation that the drone may have been brought down intentionally by militants or armed factions in Western Jaginistan. The particular region is a hot bed for terrorism and conflict, with the al-Fijar network in particular holding substantial control over some remote villages in the region. The nearest major hub is Haruya, which serves as a major Jaginistani government outpost and CCA peacekeeping headquarters. The Air Force confirmed that the drone was performing a routine reconnaissance trip in the Archissman mountain range, which are the highest elevation ranges in Ausiana and additionally have some of the highest peaks in the world.

Planes and drones have crashed in this area before, and though many were due to navigational errors or equipment failures, there have also been shootdowns. The first successful terrorist attack committed by al-Fijar, for instance, occured on March 13th, 1988 when a De Yuaneze passenger plane was shot down, killing all 220 people on board.

Zamastanian forces have been operating as part of a wider peacekeeping coalition in Jaginistan since 2006 after a series of deadly attacks such as the 2005 Ledua train bombings led the international community to institute such an operation at the behest of the democratically elected government of Jaginistan. Al-Fijar was first designated as a terrorist organization in 1999 by the government of Elbresia after a terror attack in Allengin. In 2003, a massive ZIS operation began to capture an al-Fijar operative named Aarif el-Ahsan after he opened fire on the agency's headquarters in Tofino, killing a special agent. El-Ahsan was captured in Jaginistan on August 27th, 2004[1], sending al-Fijar's leadership under Ahmed Babdi into a reactionary operation to commit attacks against the CCA. A-Fijar was officially designated as a terror group by a majority of CCA countries in 2005 following the group's deadliest attack to date - the 2005 Ledua train bombings - and a motion by President Cassious Castovia of Zamastan was issued, seeing signatures by all Security Council members agreeing. Following its attacks in Ledua and the car bombing attacks in Kuye, and in response to its condemnation by Islamic scholars, Al-Fijar provided a justification for the killing of non-combatants/civilians, providing "ample theological justification for killing civilians in almost any imaginable situation."

Among these justifications are that the CCA is leading the world in "waging a War on Islam" so that attacks on CCA member states are a defense of Islam and any treaties and agreements between Muslim majority states and CCA countries that would be violated by attacks are null and void. According to the tract, several conditions allow for the killing of civilians including "retaliation for the war on Islam" which al-Fijar alleges has targeted "Muslim women, children and elderly"; when it is too difficult to distinguish between non-combatants and combatants when attacking an enemy "stronghold" and/or non-combatants remain in enemy territory, killing them is allowed; those who assist the enemy "in deed, word, mind" are eligible for killing, and this includes the general population in democratic countries because civilians can vote in elections that bring enemies of Islam to power; the necessity of killing in the war to protect Islam and Muslims; if the women, children and other protected groups serve as human shields for the enemy; and if the enemy has broken a treaty, killing of civilians is permitted.

The Zamastan State Department subsequently opened bounties on several of the group's senior commanders. Al-Fijar, although designated as a danger to most nation's security, was mostly reserved to their fight with the Jaginistan government. Jaginistan enlisted the help of CCA nations to push back the group in 2006 after Al-Fijar launched a devastating wave of attacks against the capital of Kibul, and Operation Crying Wind was enstated. The operation involved five nations, including Zamastan, Emmiria, Vulkaria, Cadair, and Quetana. The international attention on al-Fijar grew dramatically as a result of the peacekeeping operation, a string of attacks in 2006 in Qolaysia and Sulifa which were against non-Muslim targets, and the 2007 embassy bombing in Chingola, Mulfulira.

As a result of the international peacekeeping operations in Jaginistan, al-Fijar largely had to confine its activities to attacks against the Jaginistan government and coalition forces. From late 2006 until 2011, more than 5,000 Jaginistani civilians and 100 coalition troops were killed in al-Fijar attacks, several of which were mass-casualty events amassing over 100 deaths. Ahmed Babdi was able to coordinate multiple attacks abroad during this period, such as the Courbagne synagogue bombing and the assassination of Alexander von Wiest, but the overall view of the peacekeeping operations was that it was succeeding in keeping al-Fijar contained to a specific region. However, a string of bombings in Amstelvoort, Beatavic in 2012 reinvigorated international attention to the al-Fijar movement in Jaginistan, as well as cells that emerged more prominently in Jiddiya, placing the group's established geographical proximety closer to major Adulan nations diametrically opposed to al-Fijar.

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East Chanchajilla to Remove RAFWC from Terror List
Communist rebels loyal to the former Armbar regime have largely laid down their weapons and integrated back into society.


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President Gideon Boer shows a signed a peace agreement made with RAFWC rebel leaders.

VILANJA - President Gideon Boer stated on Wednesday that East Chanchajilla’s planned removal of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of West Chanchajilla (RAFWC) rebel group from its list of “foreign terrorist organizations” could happen as early as the end of November. The move was first reported by news outlets on Tuesday, the eve of a landmark peace deal between the communist rebels who backed the former W.C. government of Frederick Armbar and East Chanchajilla government that put an end to decades of violence. Since the ceasing of hostilities between the two countries and the inauguration of Juan Diego Barrios, the rebels have largely surrendered and have been appropriated into society.

The RAFWC fought for five decades in an era of devastating political violence in Chanchajilla, carrying out bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and attacks in the name of toppling East Chanchajilla's capitalist government and redistributing wealth to the nation’s poor. It was immensely loyal to the regimes of Parish White and Frederick Armbar. The group signed the peace deal with East Chanchajilla and Paraboca in May, and later took part in a CCA-supervised decommissioning of the last of its accessible weapons. Today, it is designated as a political party, with a guaranteed share, albeit a small share, of seats in West Chanchajilla's new legislature.

Removing the group from the terror list would allow East Chanchajillan and Parabocan officials to work with RAFWC members who are now entering private or political life, President Boer stated. The official also said the administration of the President intends to keep hardliner groups made up of former RAFWC rebels and a second group of ex-rebels that uses a variation of the RAFWC name on the list of “terrorist” organizations.

“It also allows us to target the full tools of the EC government and law enforcement to go after those individuals who did not sign the agreement and remain active in terrorist activities,” the official added.

Despite the May agreement, minor spats of violence continue in several parts of West Chanchajilla where RAFWC dissidents who rejected the peace deal still hold weapons, and where other armed groups and drug traffickers operate.

This week, CCA Secretary-General Katherine von Wettin – on a visit to the central Euronian nation to mark the anniversary of the peace deal – deplored “enemies of peace” and called for “guaranteeing the safety of ex-combatants, social leaders and human rights defenders”.

“We must redouble our efforts to guarantee the sustainability of [reintegration] projects, with technical and financial support, land and housing,” von Wettin said on Tuesday.

Former combatants, victim representatives, the Chanchajillan government and the CCA chief gathered on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), a tribunal set up to adjudicate the worst crimes of the decades long series of conflicts that saw some one million people killed, injured, kidnapped or displaced.

“Our understanding of their pain grows daily in us and fills us with grief and shame,” he said.

Having former RAFWC members on the “terrorism” list prevented American government agencies from collaborating with development projects that include former fighters, such as schemes to remove landmines, or efforts to replace illegal crops like coca leaf

“We insist on apologizing to the victims of our actions during the conflict,” Rodrigo Ondondio, an ex-RAFWC commander, said during the ceremony in Ivora.

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LEITNER MEETS WITH MOREAU
PM Leitner visited Tofino to meet with President Moreau
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Prime Minister Leitner meets with President Moreau in Tofino.


Prime Minister Gabriel Leitner visited Tofino and met with President Atticus Moreau of Zamastan for an official state visit. Although Leitner has visited Tofino on multiple occasions as Prime Minister, this is the first official state visit warranted on non-CCA sanctioned events. CCA General Assembly and Security Council aside, conferences and summits not counted, Leitner met President Moreau at the Presidential Mansion ahead of scheduled meetings at the Shoassau embassy, the Gaviria Park, and Congressional Hall.

"The bond between Zamastan and Shoassau is unbreakable," Leitner stated in a joint press encounter with President Moreau. "We are proud to be their allies and work closely with them in every regard from economy to cultural interaction. I am honored to have been welcomed here today."

Leitner met with Moreau to expand Shoassau's divide of Trade and Infrastructure Development Initiative (TIDI) funding, to develop Shoassau's planned series of new power plants that will primarily focus on nuclear and hydroelectric power to completely erase carbon output by 2035. Shoassau's TIDI fund will also be set to help develop under constructed roads in the nation's more rural areas.

Leitner and his wife, Illiane Debeaux, attended a state dinner with President Moreau and key figures in the government of Zamastan, including the Speaker of the Chamber, Natasha Chastain, and Secretary of State Jessiah Vallotis. Prime Minister Leitner is also slated to give a special address of Congressional Hall, reserved only for prominent foreign heads of state in their visits to Zamastan.

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LIVE: Kurdajar Nuclear Power Plant Begins Construction
The Zalluabedi Government has contracted Drambenburgian and Haduastani companies to build the plant

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KurdajarNPP Co is under construction in Kurdajar, a major city on the Zalluabedi Bay and the nexus of Southern Adula infrastructure hubs along the Albarine Corridor.

President Zayyaan al-Akhtar attended the ground breaking ceremony for a new nuclear power plant being constructed in the coastal city of Kurdajar, which will deemphasize dependency on oil and gas power stations for a renewable and far more powerful source over the coming decades. The plant, which is being overseen by a conglomerate of TTPA-Nuclear Division sources including a prominent Drambenburgian firm contracted to install the reactors, and a plethora of Haduastani laborers and scientists.

"This power plant will be a stepping stone for Zalluabedi future investment in our infrastructure and energy networks," President al-Akhtar said during the opening ceremony. "This is most certainly a key stage in emphasizing our influence in the South Adula range and the Albarinean Corridor."

The Trans-Toyana Prosper Alliance has been working more towards boosting member states infrastructure capabilities, as many of the member states are developing nations. Zalluabed, despite being one of the world's top oil producers, deals with extreme wealth disparity and under developed infrastructure, much of it contributed to a lack of funds and decades of corruption that diverted money away from transportation projects and energy initiatives. However, al-Akhtar's administration is looking to avoid the past history of corruption, and as the nation emerges from several years of civil conflict over the status of Hisrea, the construction of the nuclear plant is slated to be the most important of new projects to reinvent the nation.

Zalluabed runs largely on natural gas and coal facilities, with those sectors consisting of more than 72% of the energy grid. A Drambenburgian-constructed nuclear power plant in Tuim, the only other one in the country, provides about 12% of the nation's consumption of power supply. The current construction of the new plant will double that consumption, and there are plans to construct a third plant near the southern coastal city of Abaronah. The combination of all three plants will constitute just over half of the nation's energy consumption, and other power sources will slowly be leaned off of natural gas and fossil fuels as Zalluabed signed onto the recent agreements made at the Charnesse Climate Accord.

Previously reluctant to sign onto agreements and pledges to curb climate change, President al-Akhtar's plan is to seek "relative carbon neutrality", which means adopting a policy of leaning the nation's energy dependency off of fossil fuels and taking up cleaner methods like nuclear, wind, and solar, but still keeping a status of a major oil producer. Zalluabed is still on track to increase its output to maintain its 5th largest spot for oil producing nations, a status that puts it well within a competitive market.

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JURY GOES TO DELIBERATION IN BRAFEO CASE
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Former-President António Brafeo faces corruption and laundering charges for his role in the Guttesmara scandal, and faces 40 years in prison.


Former-President António Brafeo's case has seen closing arguments and both the defense and prosecution resting their cases. Facing three counts of corruption charges due to intention to cover up his involvement in the Guttesmara scandal, which includes ordering federal authorities to detract charges from close acquaintances, the former-President's case has been sent to the jury who is beginning deliberation.
For two weeks, the prosecution laid out a series of lines indicating that Brafeo knowingly committed wrongdoings to both boost his own financial gain and help his allies and family get lesser sentences. The defense tried to steer it in another direction, painting the former-President as not being aware of the situation, compliant only to what he perceived as fully legal with misappropriation being the fault of his staff and aides.

If found guilty, Brafeo faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, with the possibility for his sentence to be appealed after five years. If found innocent, however, President Brafeo will be allowed to sue for defamation against not only prosecutors and the High Judge Pedro Maliescos of the 2nd District Federal Court, but he will also be allowed to sue the Federal Government itself and several members of his former administration.

President Medeiros, who ran largely on a campaign of anti-corruption, has remained silent on Brafeo's case since entering office. However, she did state that she was up to date with the trial's developments and planned to release a statement when the verdict is announced.

Brafeo was offered the chance to make a statement on the stand, but his lawyers advised him to keep silent.

The jury is looking at over 1000 pages of accumulated financial documents that were utilized as evidence by the prosecution, as well as public statements made by Brafeo when he was in office, witness statements from former officials in his cabinet, and even the President's brother. Guttesmara key officials were subpoenaed to provide the financial dealings of President Brafeo, and the defense attempted to call the subpoena's revelation during the trial worthy of mistrial. That motion was denied by the judge.

While some point to the fact that personal expenditures are not illegal for executive officials in Quetanan government, the issue raised in the case of the former-President is that these funds are believed to have been taken from private accounts not associated with the Brafeo family. Guttesmara officials were found in contempt for manipulating accounts and essentially stealing money from other people through small detachment percentages at a time. Those percentages varied, but all added up in the end to copious amounts. The question for the prosecution now is to convince a jury that Brafeo knowingly did this, while the defense has to ascertain that the president had no knowledge of how these funds came about and to convince the jury that all of his actions in pardoning was constitutional.


MEDEIROS SPARS WITH EMMIRIA AFTER MIGRANT BOAT SINKS
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President Emília Medeiros forcefully denounced Emmirian authorities after a migrant boat originating from Emmiria capsized.

An investigation was underway Thursday morning after at least 34 migrants died when their small boat capsized off the coast of southern Quetana. The boat sank packed with people hoping to complete the long and very dangerous trip to Quetana via the ocean. It's believed that most of the migrants are from Zalluabed, crossed into Emmiria, and then tried leaving from Emmiria by water instead of risking detention at a land crossing. It's a gamble that has claimed dozens of lives this year – and one that more people have taken and continue to take in 2021 than ever before.

The capsize on Wednesday was the biggest single loss of migrant life in waters near Quetana, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, since record keeping began in 2014, according to the Coalition Organization for Migration. It is a journey that only the most desperate people would even consider making on a tiny, overloaded boat. Images taken on Wednesday, before the capsize was discovered by a Quetanan fishing crew, show at least one boat being pushed out to sea as Emmirian police look on.

President Emília Medeiros, who has pushed to reform asylum laws for migrants and refugees, released a statement expressing condolences for the loss of life while placing blame on the Emmirian authorities, saying "Emmiria's government works closely with ours, but this was a major lapse in security and welfare. Instead of housing the refugees, even instead of allowing them to cross into neighboring countries or coordinating asylum with us, they allowed these women and children to drown in the waters of the Toyana. They sat and watched. And this happens often."

The Emmirian government stated that an internal investigation is underway to determine the occurrences of authorities and officers allowing migrants to get on makeshift boats and rafts before heading on the dangerous journey along notoriously choppy waters along Sulifa, Skith, and Quetana.

Men, women and children board inflatable dinghies every day to attempt to cross waters before storm swells set in. Five women and a little girl were among those killed in Wednesday's disaster.

"There were bodies floating in the water, it was very shocking to see," said Quetanan lifeboat rescuer Marqua Devos. "We recovered six people. All dead."

Politicians on both sides of the Strait say people-smugglers are to blame.

"Now is the time for us all to step up, to work together, to do everything we can to break these gangs who are literally getting away with murder," said President Medeiros. Both her government and that of Emmirian President Akram Sulaiman have expressed their horror at the deaths and vowed to cooperate to stop the smugglers. But Quetanan and Emmirian relations have been difficult due to differences amid WEDA and TAFCA, so there's a trust deficit.

Migrant rights groups, meanwhile, say it's the WEDA governments who helped create this crisis – Emmiria, with the brutal conditions in its migrant camps, and Quetana by limiting the legal routes for asylum seekers to enter the country. Combined, they are circumstances that push the most vulnerable people, fleeing war, poverty and famine, to risk it all. More migrant boats were seen leaving the Emmiria coast on Thursday morning.

Five suspected traffickers have been arrested in Emmiria in connection with the sinking on Wednesday, but until the two countries can come up with meaningful solutions to the crisis, the grim reality is that more people will likely lose their lives trying to cross the ocean for what they hope is a better life.




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Flooding in the northern city of Ramrahi has killed hundreds

HISTORIC FLOODING KILLS HUNDREDS ACROSS NORTHERN TASIASTAN
Most of the flooding has occurred along the Takhsh River Basins
Ibrim Akarsja reporting from Jaljur, Tasiastan
27 November, 2021

One-fifth of Tasiastan is still under water after many days of devastating flooding, and as many as 6 million affected people have not yet received any relief, Tasiastan's National Disaster Management Authority stated. CCA Secretary General Katherine von Wettin said Thursday during a tour of the flood zones that the flood disaster is among the worst she's ever seen, characterizing the destruction as more dire than that caused by the tsunamis in Qolaysia and Beatavic earlier this year. Von Wettin urged the international community to send more relief funds to the area; the country now has just Z$93 million of the estimated Z$460 million needed to provide flood relief.

About one in 9 Tasiastanis — 10 million people altogether — have been affected by the flooding, according to estimates from the Tasiastan government. About 1,500 people are feared dead, and at least 2 million are homeless, according to CCA estimates. The country's second-most populous province, Ramrahi, was also one of the worst-hit areas. Relief agencies and the government are still tallying damage to millions of acres of farms.

Now, experts worry about disease spreading. Up to 2.5 million children are at risk for dysentery and other diseases caused by drinking dirty water, warned the CCA. The CCA is also worried that a cholera epidemic could spread, as a few cases have already been detected and many villages have no health care.

President Haajid Swati said the recovery may take billions of dollars in the long term, but so far the CCA is calling for less than half a billion in relief. Fundraising has been sluggish. The country is promised Z$212 million in committed pledges and another Z$140 million in uncommitted pledges has been raised. Zamastan has led the effort, pledging more than Z$70 million.

"These unprecedented floods demand unprecedented assistance," Swati said. "We appreciate deeply the amount of international aid we have received. The flood waves must be matched with waves of global support."

Flood survivors are angry at being left without relief for weeks. Hundreds of Tasiastani flood victims blocked traffic on a major highway today, demanding faster relief and blaming the government for leaving them without aid. "They are throwing packets of food to us like we are dogs. They are making people fight for these packets," protester Talu Mangiani told the TNN. On Friday, hundreds of demonstrators in the Junjal province yelled "down with the government," and burned tires.

Meanwhile, the Tasiastan Foreign Minister Shah Areshi says he worries the flooding may create unwelcome political fallout as well: By displacing populations and destabilizing the basis of the local economy in many settlements, the disaster could be a recruiting boon for insurgents.

"If we do not get the help I am worried," Areshi said. "I am worried because millions would starve. ... People who want to create mischief will get room to step in. And we want to make sure we do not create a vacuum for them to fill."

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HISTORIC CENTRAL AUSIANA FLOODING INUNDATES REGION AND KILLS THOUSANDS

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The population center of Ramrahi was one of the hardest hit flood zones in Tasiastan, near the Barangadesh border.

JALJUR - Historic flooding in the Central Ausianan nations of Tasiastan and Barangadesh has caused widespread destruction and death, with CCA humanitarian estimates putting the death toll at nearly 1,200. Experts believe that the toll will climb as rescue and relief efforts begin to pour into the region. After a long drought in the region, sudden precipitation in the Archismann mountains caused major flash flooding in the Takhsh River Basins, swamping into some of the most densely populated cities on the continent.

The capital and largest city of Tasiastan, Jaljur, with its population of more than 16 million people, was spared the majority of the flooding. While the city did experience higher levels than normal, levees and walls along the Takhsh River were not breached. Further down river, however, especially in the nation's third largest city of Ramrahi (6 million people) was hit with devastating force. The neighboring nation of Barangadesh also saw excessive flooding along river settlements and even in the capital of Daccas. Daccas, also known as Dhakca, is also one of the world's most populated cities with more than 12 million people.

The Zamastanian State Department has called the flooding "one of the worst natural disasters to hit Central Ausiana," with Secretary of State Jessiah Vallotis saying "Zamastan stands behind the people of Central Ausiana and we will provide any and all assistance we can to help alleviate the region's suffering." President Moreau ordered 2,000 Zamastanian troops stationed with CCA peacekeepers in neighboring Pekastan and Jaginistan to travel to Tasiastan to assist in humanitarian and relief efforts.

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The floods were driven by rain. The rainfall anomaly map published by ZSA showed unusually intense monsoon rains attributed to the heat spell which preluded it. On 21 November, the Tasiastan Meteorological Department cautioned that urban and flash flooding could occur from November to January in the north parts of the country. The same department recorded above-average rainfall in the months of October and monitored the flood wave progression. Discharge levels were comparable to those of the floods of 1988, 1995, and 1997. The monsoon rainfall of 2010 over the whole country was the highest since 1994 and the second highest during last 50 years. Much of the water and the speed of the flood's rush was progressed by unstable soil and glacial removal, which many experts are attributing to climate change.

An analysis by the Zamastanian agency assisting relief efforts analyzed conditional instability, moisture flux, and circulation features and the results support a persistent increase in conditional instability during the premonsoon phase, accompanied by increased frequency of heavy rainfall events. The increased convective activity during the premonsoon phase agrees with the projected increase in the intensity of heavy rainfall events over northern Tasiastan. Large-scale circulation analysis reveals an upper-level cyclonic anomaly over and to the west of Tasiastan–a feature empirically associated with weak monsoon. The analysis also suggests that the anomalous circulation is not sporadic but rather is part of a long-term trend that defies the typical linkage of strong monsoons with an anomalous anticyclone in the upper troposphere. Another expert attributed the cause of the exceptional rainfall to "freezing" of the jet stream, a phenomenon that reportedly also caused unprecedented heat waves and wildfires in Constantio earlier this year.

Congressional Hall has approved a relief package of Z$70 million, with President Moreau requesting that number to be doubled. CCA General-Secretary Katherine von Wettin of Drambenburg additionally called on member states to contribute to the relief and humanitarian mission. About one in 9 Tasiastanis — 10 million people altogether — have been affected by the flooding, according to estimates from the Tasiastan government. About 1,500 people are feared dead, and at least 2 million are homeless, according to CCA estimates. The country's second-most populous province, Ramrahi, was also one of the worst-hit areas. Relief agencies and the government are still tallying damage to millions of acres of farms. Now, experts worry about disease spreading. Up to 2.5 million children are at risk for dysentery and other diseases caused by drinking dirty water, warned the CCA. The CCA is also worried that a cholera epidemic could spread, as a few cases have already been detected and many villages have no health care.

The power infrastructure of Tasiastan has also taken a severe blow from the floods, which damaged about 10,000 transmission lines and transformers, feeders and power houses in different flood-hit areas. Flood water inundated Ayan Hydro power. The damage caused a power shortfall of 3.135 gigawatts. Black death diseases (e.g. gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, and skin diseases) due to lack of clean drinking water and sanitation pose a serious new risk to flood victims. The first documented case of cholera have already emerged in the town of Tora, striking fear into millions of stranded flood victims, who were already suffering from gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. Tasiastan and Barangadesh also face a malaria outbreak.

The CCA Peacekeeper Organization reported that unexploded ordnance, such as mines and artillery shells, had been flushed downstream by the floods from areas in Tasiastan's south, the site of violent fighting in the 1990-92 civil war, and scattered in low-lying areas, posing a future risk to returning inhabitants.

Current estimates say that floods submerged 17 million acres (69,000 km2) of Tasiastan's most fertile crop land, may have killed upwards of 200,000 livestock and washed away massive amounts of grain. A major concern was that farmers will be unable to meet the fall deadline for planting new seeds in 2022, which implies a loss of food production in 2022 and potential long term food shortages. The agricultural damage is estimated to be more than 2.9 billion dollars, and included over 700,000 acres (2,800 km2) of lost cotton crops, 200,000 acres (810 km2) of sugar cane and 200,000 acres (810 km2) of rice, in addition to the loss of over 500,000 tonnes of stocked wheat, 300,000 acres (1,200 km2) of animal fodder and the stored grain losses.

President Haajid Swati of Tasiastan said the recovery may take billions of dollars in the long term, but so far the CCA is calling for less than half a billion in relief. Fundraising has been sluggish. The country is promised Z$212 million in committed pledges and another Z$140 million in uncommitted pledges has been raised.

"These unprecedented floods demand unprecedented assistance," Swati said. "We appreciate deeply the amount of international aid we have received. The flood waves must be matched with waves of global support."

TASOULAS REGIME TARGETS REBEL STRONGHOLD OF TIRIKAN

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The nearly two-year long civil war in Syraranto saw a violent assault in its most recent flare-up near the rebel-held stronghold of Tirikan, where the war began in June of 2020.

NORASA - The civil war in Syraranto has seen a series of brutal flare-ups in spasms of violent clashes in the nation's embattled west, as the regime forces of Kyriakos Tasoulas bombard the rebel-held stronghold of Tirikan, which gained notariaty in the summer of 2020 as the starting point of the conflict. The long battle for Syraranto's fifth-largest city, and most prominent of rebel bases, Tirikan, has entered what the Zamastanian State Department says "could be a decisive phase in the future of Western Nortua." Divided between government-controlled east and rebel-held west for the past year, fighting in the city has significantly escalated since rebel districts were encircled in October. There are four, key reasons why the battle of Tirikan is so important.

For one, Tirikan is a key hub in the west of the country, just 30 miles (50km) from the Cylata border. As a result, control of the city delivers more than just prestige. The most important prizes are supply lines. Armies wither without food, fuel, and weapons. In January, the Syraranto government made a breakthrough when air strikes helped it cut the so-called Izaz corridor, a vital rebel conduit that ran south from the town of Oilis down to Tirikan itself. Syraranto forces followed this up by taking high ground over a key road into the rebel-held east of the city, further choking off this lifeline.

When the government seemed to have boxed in its opponents, a rebel counter-attack in a key government-held district of the city suggests that the rebels might not only fight their way out, but even impose a counter-siege on the government-held east. Then, in February, the ceasefire took hold. Fighting stopped. This allowed time for both sides to garner their strength and regroup, and the long peace from Feburary to October resulted in significant build up. A city that for so long seemed likely to stay in the hands of the rebels is now very much in contention.

A second major factor in the battle for Tirikan is that while the strategic contest may be over supply lines, but the biggest stakes are humanitarian. An estimated 250,000-300,000 civilians have been trapped in rebel-held parts of Tirikan since early October. The Syrarantoan government has proved willing to conduct indiscriminate aerial bombings in civilian areas, while rebels have also mounted attacks, largely by artillery, in populated areas. Hospitals have suffered especially badly, compounding the humanitarian crisis. If the rebels build on their gains at the city center by seeking to blockade government-held areas, it could put another half million civilians in a precarious position. The skyrocketing price of food reflects this fear.

The CCA and others have responded coolly to four De Yuaneze-backed "humanitarian corridors" to allow civilians to leave, fearing that these might simply facilitate intensified attacks on those who remain. The rebels' gains now mean that they are even less likely to accept Syraranto regime proposals or respect them if implemented. And as air strikes and artillery strikes increase and western Tirikan comes under more pressure, civilians are likely to bear the brunt. This might eventually affect the Constantio-bound refugee flow.

Thirdly is that the armed opposition in Tirikan includes nearly two dozen factions, grouped into different coalitions. The largest and most powerful of these coalitions is the Free Syraranto Army, which is backed by Artaska and North Icadania. However, another group is Jabhat Aham, which was until mid-2016 known as Jabhat Asra. It is a front for the terrorist group al-Fijar in Syraranto, and changed its name in order to distance itself from its notorious parent organisation, strengthen its alliances with other rebels, and avoid being targeted by CCA counter-terrorism operations, which had agreed to work against it. The fear now is that terror groups, like al-Fijar and its extremist spearhead, are emerging from Syraranto's battles with power and prestige, having once more proven highly effective on the battlefield.

This is a headache for SBU countries, which have backed more moderate but less proficient fighters, but good news for other rebel supporters like Drambenburg and Beleroskov, who have embraced harder-line rebels and even islamists. Meanwhile, Tirikan as a whole is sandwiched between so-called Free State (FS) to the west and government-backed groups to the north-east. These groups have obviously clashed with each other, and both have fought anti-regime rebels like Jabat Aham. If moderate rebels are defeated in Tirikan, terrorist groups might take advantage by seizing new territory. This would alarm and provoke SBU nations, which strongly oppose Tasoulas and Islamist insurgent groups.

The fourth important factor leans completely on the presence of nuclear weapons in Syraranto and Tasoulas' multiple threats made against the Sotoan Basin Union, which garnered international condemnation and multiple announcements of mutual defense if Tasoulas attacks an SBU member state. Zamastan specifically has made the most assertive motions for mutual defense, having moved a carrier group into the Sotoa Sea to monitor the threat. If the regime of Tasoulas retakes Tirikan, it may embolden the regime in its capability to stand for itself, and Tasoulas has proven to take rash and seemingly impulsive decisions following high notes for his government's achievements.

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According to military observers, the Free Syraranto Army in Tirikan has been pushed away from their initial gains, ceding a significant section of the city to regime forces.

NORASA- Constantioan observers monitoring the months-long battle in the rebel stronghold of Tirikan, where the civil war in Syraranto began back in June of 2020, have noted that the regime forces of Kyriakos Tasoulas have made significant gains against the Free Syraranto Army rebel group. These gains include pushing them out of the city centre through extensive artillery bombardment and encirclement tactics, which have limited rebel-control to the westernmost quarter of the nation's fifth-largest city. The pitched battle for Syraranto's oldest city was edging ever closer to its ancient heart on Saturday, with skirmishes flaring near world-renowned landmarks and once impregnable pillars of state control.

Monuments and security buildings stand cheek-by-jowl in Tirikan, a city of huge importance to the Syrarantoan uprising, where a grand, 1,000-year-old citadel stands not far from a much-feared interrogation dungeon. Yesterday jets were bombing the centre of the city, barely a mile away from the citadel. Rebel groups initially claimed that, after two weeks of bitter fighting, the city of almost a half million people and linchpin of regime authority was almost within their reach. However, those hopes have since been dashed. As rebel reinforcements continued to pour in from elsewhere in the country ahead of an expected push early this week, regime troops were also bolstering defences in areas they continue to hold, primarily in the east and centre of the city.

The rebel force of about 6,000 fighters is being countered by a regime force thought to comprise at least double that number as well as large numbers of the loyalist militia, many of whom come from Tirikan and have sworn to defend the city. Rebel forces have advanced from the north-west and were on Saturday trying to dislodge loyalists who were fighting them on the approaches to the Bisabar district. Capturing this would open access roads to the city centre, where the fighting flared on Saturday. It would also, potentially, open a way for rebels, who maintain their firmest foothold in the south-west of the city, to link up with the new arrivals.

Rebel groups say they plan to target the air force intelligence headquarters, among the most feared authorities in Syraranto's extensive security apparatus. Many of the Aleppo-based rebels claim to have spent time in the building's solitary cells and torture rooms.

"We are saving the tank shells we have for when we get access to the Air Force intelligence headquarters," said Aster Karim, from the rebel-held town of Oisin. "We will free the prisoners first, then destroy the building."

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The situation in Syraranto as of November 27th, 2021. Rebel-held territory is in red, regime government territory is in green.


Other fighters said getting a foothold in the heart of the city would be difficult. "It could be another three to six months," said Najd Shmaili, a police captain who defected. Resting in a house on Tirikan's outer limits, Shmaili said: "The loyalists are running the checkpoints. They are tough and they are are nasty and they want revenge for Ben Berri."

Berri, allegedly the chief financier and organiser of the loyalist forces in Tirikan, was captured with his two sons on Wednesday and savagely gunned down following a brief show trial. Video footage of the executions taken on mobile phones is being widely shared among rebel groups now advancing to help defend Tirikan. Some rebel commanders are well aware of the damage the executions have done to their cause. Partly in a bid to rectify the damage, a major from the city of Nippukho, 30km from Tirikan, took the Norasa Federal reporters to meet a group of regime prisoners captured in a battle a fortnight ago. All were housed in a classroom on the top floor of a school.

"We were holding them before the Berri family was caught," said a rebel leader. "And they have been treated like kings ever since they got here."

The prisoners, among them three junior regime officers and a loyalist sergeant, slept on mattresses alongside captured conscripts. All claimed they would return home if freed.

"I just want a solution," said one of the officers. "Stability. Who really thinks about sectarianism here? Who doesn't want a state where people's rights are respected?"

None would answer a question about whether the fall of the regime or its continued rule over Syraranto would make a difference to their lives. And nor would they address a constant refrain among exiled peoples: that neither rebels nor world leaders could safeguard their futures in the power vacuum that it is likely to follow the end of the regime.

"We don't want guarantees," said a second officer. "We just need peace."

Later, the same rebel officer said: "We would swap all of these prisoners for just one of our men. These men would return to the army. All of them."

As next week's showdown looms, fighters in the outskirts of Tirikan are continuing to ready for battle. In the early hours of Saturday, 60 members of the SFA brigade with bandanas and weapons they had captured from the prisoners now in the schoolhouse left for the frontline. Tirikan's much-vaunted wealth is on clear display in many well-to-do streets and its commercial districts still appear to be functioning despite the onslaught.

Syraranto's dictator, Kyriakos Tasoulas, said in a statement during the week that the battle for the city would determine the future of the country.

"That's the first thing he has said that I agree with," the rebel leader said. "It's also very important for the rest of Western Nortua."


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