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Postby Nova Sylva » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:04 pm

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SAXONY INDUCTED INTO SEPTENTRION LEAGUE
Septentrion League officially formed

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Sylvan troops prepare to be airlifted to Saxony


LOS OLIVOS, SOUTH CARMI – A joint press conference with the Septentrion League last night announced an agreement between the League signatories to admit yet another nation into the alliance's fold - the Kingdom of Saxony, nestled between Sylva and Murovanka. This brings the total number of League signatories to six - Sylva, the Organized States, Marnat, Boineburg, Cascadia and now Saxony. Each state reaffirmed their dedication to the charter, which outlines the promise of the nations to not engage in hostile military action against the other, and for all participant nations to defend each other if attacked. It was hinted at during the press conference that the agreement could lead into closer ties between the nations, such as a free-trade agreement or a joint expedition for oil in the Strachan Sea, though this has not been confirmed to be on the agenda of any of the signatories.

SL General Secretary Daniel Calabrese gave a statement before the ceremony, outlining that he "believe[s] that the SL is setting a precedent here. By adding Saxony to the SL it is making a statement - were saying that we will not stand idly by why small nations like Saxony are bullied by larger, more powerful ones such as Murovanka. After what happened in the Sellenland, Sylva - and the rest of the SL - will not stand for additional aggression by Wanka towards its neighbors." He also reaffirmed Sylva's stance that the Sellenland was a violation of Aemen territory, and not an uprising, as Wankan authorities claim. "The Defense Department stands by the intelligence received from both our own assets and reports from the front. Aemen soldiers were fighting against Wankan armored vehicles and aircraft. Many so called 'rebels' were captured with ID cards and dog tags that identified them as active servicemen in the Wankan Army. There is no doubt in my mind - and in anyone in this government's mind - that the Wankans invaded the Sellenland as an act of pure aggression. And we believe they are preparing to do so again, to the Saxons. We will not allow this to happen."

It is no secret that Wanka is mobilizing along the Saxon border. The eastbound highways in the Volksrpebulik have been crowded with military vehicles, training regimens for Wankan soldiers have increased, and reserves are being called up. In addition, a collection of mechanized formations identified as the Wankan First Guards Tank Army have been increasing their state of readiness. Both Sylva and the Organized States how expressed that aggressive action by Wanka towards Saxony will be met with military force. However, the General Secretary did point out that the Wankans could be mobilizing for action against the United Territories, with which tempers have been flaring. If so, the SL would rely on Mozria to intervene, contrary to their traditional isolationist stance.

Ignacio Velasquez contributed to this article.

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Postby Murovanka » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:26 pm

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SONNEBORN WARNS OF IMPENDING INVASION

Tensions flare as Saxony is inducted into SL, military build-up along border

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KRONSTADT- The Foreign Ministry condemned the inclusion of Saxony into the Septentrion League, calling it a “clandestine Sylvan invasion of the People’s Republic” in a statement released yesterday. Talking to journalists in the evening press conference, newly elected chancellor Heinrich Sonneborn warned of “an impending invasion”, following reports and images of Sylvan troops being airlifted into Saxony. In response, he said, his administration had decided to deploy several active duty army divisions toward the Wanko-Saxon border to deter any “damaging of Wankan sovereignty”.

“There is no doubt about it,” said Sonneborn, after being questioned on SL troop movements, “the Septentrion League, lead by the Coalition State, is clearly preparing an invasion of Wanka, a repeat of fifty years ago. It is also a show of force, to intimidate true Saxons and solidify their imperialist grip on Saxony.” The reference was to the Wanko-Sylvan war in the 1960s, whose conclusion lead to the infamous Treaty of Hessen. Wanka was forced to give up Saxony, which has since then been run by a Sylvan-supported dictatorship notorious for its numerous human rights abuses, particularly and almost solely toward ethnic Wankers.

However, the Septentrion League’s General Secretary, Daniel Calabrese, claimed that Sylvan actions and the decision to include Saxony in the SL is defensive in nature, especially in light of the Sellenland insurgency. “After what happened in the Sellenland, Sylva - and the rest of the SL - will not stand for additional aggression by Wanka toward its neighbours.” He also stepped up the rhetoric and reaffirmed the Sylvan view of the conflict, saying that “Wanka invaded the Sellenland” and was preparing to do the same to Saxony.

In response to the Leagues mobilization along the Wanko-Saxon border, Sonneborn also confirmed that five army divisions were to be deployed to the border. To increase readiness of the armed forces, the administration has also authorized the call-up of reserves for large combined-arms training exercises. Answering questions regarding the general large-scale deployments along the Wankan eastern border, Sonneborn said that this “was to send a clear message that further violations of Wankan sovereignty by the UT, whether in the air or on land, would not be tolerated”. This is likely in response to the killing of a Wankan border guard last monday, which was followed by a short exchange of gunfire in which no casualties were recorded on either side. Yesterday, The Ministry of Defense has recorded yet another incursion of a pair of UT fighterbombers into Wankan air space, an unnamed defense official said in a telephone interview, causing the Air Force to scramble fighters to respond. The fighterbombers had returned to UT airspace before contact was established, the official said.

More on the Wankan-United Territories conflict can be found on page 3.
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Postby Erquin » Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:29 am

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Amadar Plastics strike ignites into riot, one factory burned out and 34 injured

Editor: Jerry Keravel


Recently, there have been strikes against the industrial giant, Amadar Plastics, for its "lackluster" worker rights, low wages, and lack of concentration to worker well being. The AP union is trying to put through a bill to nationalize this giant, for "the government will govern our work better than the greedy money craving people of the company", quoted from the Unions leader, Frederick Glouse. The corporation and the union have been battling it out for quite a bit, a month actually. AP is beginning to win over the discussion somehow even in this socialist society, stating that "Private business helps the area more financially then nationalized business, which can be neglected". AP, with its cons, does have a point as a previous iron company that was nationalized, Hog Ironworks, did not get new and more efficient machinery as much as they did when it was still privatized. However, the Union has responded that it "still does not put up for the fact that the corporation is basically enslaving their workers, cutting out pay money and safety measures inorder to pump out more for the corporations owners."

But the court case has been postponed as a recent riot, numbering 213 people, breaking out yesterday has torched out a factory that worked on tires, injuring about 34 out of 50 workers working in the factory itself. All of the tires had burned and melted, making the entire factory into a deadly chamber for gasses. The lack of safe exits and fire extinguishers took its toll as many workers crowding around the 2 exit doors got burned and inhaled dangerous tire smoke. Luckily, they got out alive, leaving the factory ablaze, spewing black smoke over the outskirts of the city. There is still no information regarding if anyone has gotten hurt or poisoned by the poisonous smoke sweeping over the outskirts. More is to come presumably tommorrow as the AP begins to throw blows on the Union, stating immediately after the reopening of the court case that the Union did this to try to "make a point maliciously".
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Postby Allanciantic » Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:51 am

Battenburg Sentinel, serving Allancia since 1691
August 9th, 2015


COPPER MINERS ON STRIKE
CALLS FOR EQUAL WAGES
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Pictured here: Workers in Paradan charge towards police.


On Thursday, copper miners in and around Paradan rioted, marching out onto the street after concerns were raised over workers dying of exhaustion in the shafts. The relationship between worker and employer has habitually been strained in Allancia, but violence of this height is unheard of since the Fascist Revolt of 1883. According to a spokesman of the Hiram Mining Coalition, "We go out of our way to deliver safe and pure resources to our buyers, and that ideal is compromised when our workers are hurt under our employ."
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Leaders of the Miner's and Lumber Unions have historically been quite argumentative, even leading to clashes with the police. However, ever since being ousted from the Reichsrat, they have become more irate than usual. "This is nothing to be concerned about." Said a representative of the Labor Party from the Reichstag. "Everyone gets a little upset sometimes, and we can eventually make these people see reason." The Miner's Union is famous for its involvement in the Fascist Revolt of 1883, where members of the union marched out of mines and refused to work for months on end while the Fasco-Socialist Party wreaked havoc on the nation. After the Fascists were crushed, order was restored, but the union still remains a proponent of worker's rights.


Page A3: Mandor suggests loosening of trade barriers on Jaeroni
Page A5: Steel mill in Kolyma opened, workers pouring from entire region for work
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Postby Nova Sylva » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:52 am

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South Carmi's Water Crisis
An opinion article by Hannah Ramirez, P.h.D.


With its naturally arid landscape, South Carmi has always relied on water piped in from other locations in order to meets its demand. However, a growing population and dwindling supplies are creating a huge water deficiency. Traditional methods of tapping into new surface or groundwater sources have proven to be very detrimental to the environment, leading engineers to search for new sources freshwater. Desalination is a popular option, but it too comes with its own environmental impact. To truly create a sustainable future for Carmi, and Sylva, new conservation technologies and practices must be designed by engineers and adopted by the general public.

Imagine Los Olivos 100 years from now. South Carmisians would like to picture a futuristic and thriving center of the Tuscany Coast. Yet, in current times, a more realistic vision is a barren land, with crumbling buildings and sparsely scattered plants. This bleak outlook on South Carmi’s future is a result of excessive water usage and rapidly shrinking water supplies. The average Sylvan household uses about one acre-foot, or 325,851 gallons, of water per year. While most of this water helps produce crops, factories and power plants utilize some and over forty million thirsty residents consume the rest. Forty million people each using at least 100,000 gallons of water a year require a massive quantity of water. Because this water cannot be found in the region, some is diverted from the Rio Grande or Caliphus Rivers and some is piped from Erquin and North Carmi through a lengthy aqueduct. Even with these outside water sources, South Carmi’s needs are not quenched and water consumption rises every year. As this ever-increasing demand for water continues, engineers attempt to tap into new sources of water for residents. However, due to the detrimental environmental impact that the new water solutions can bring, the only way South Carmi will truly survive another century is by adopting a variety of water conservation practices.

Few know the true extent of the Sylva water crisis because the South Carmi region is replete with green lawns, decorative fountains, and gigantic swimming pools. Driving south of Portsmouth, one can observe the true natural landscape of the region. Between Camp McCarren and Las Colinas lie 50 miles of chaparral - barren, dry land covered in sparse shrubs. In their attempts to turn this naturally arid land into a green paradise, Sylvans use an average of 50% more water than people in the Eastern woodland regions of the country. Because it rains less than 10 inches a year in most southern areas of the state, this water must be taken from elsewhere, particularly the other desert states surrounding Sylva, and Northern Sylva. In fact, while Northern Sylva provides 75% of the state’s water supply, South Carmi uses approximately 75% of Sylva’s water resources. This discrepancy points towards South Carmi’s water problem: too much use with very little inflow.

The mindset of South Carmisians only contributes to the dire situation. This summer, even though many counties in South Carmi issued warnings to take more caution with water consumption, few residents paid heed to these caveats and even fewer areas enforced the imposed water regulations. Although few individuals are aware of the precarious position of this precious resource, estimates by the S.L. suggest that by 2025, humans will use 90% of the available fresh water, and in an area as arid as Sylva, this number could be even higher. If all available fresh water goes to human needs, natural environments and habitats will suffer.

Climate change and outdated infrastructure also pose a threat to Sylva’s water sources. As snow caps and glaciers in the surrounding mountains begin to melt earlier in the year, water quantities from these natural resources will become extremely sparse by mid-spring. By summer and early fall, water needed for crops, pools, and gardens will no longer be available. Evaporation from exposed aqueducts due to an increase in temperature and less frequent rainfall also place greater stress on the region. Furthermore, leaks and disrepair cause aqueducts to lose large quantities of water. With all these contributions to South Carmi’s decreasing supply of water, imagining a solution is intimidating. In order to prevent South Carmi from turning into an empty desert, both the government and citizens are attempting to discover ways to access more water.

Many believe that diverting more water to South Carmi will satiate its need for water. There are small lakes and rivers throughout the state and surrounding states that are untapped and filled with fresh, potable water. Diverting water from these small bodies of water could certainly add hundreds of thousands of gallons to the water supply without taking too much from rural areas dependent upon the source. Although this solution seems feasible and has been attempted many times, the story of Silus Lake testifies as to why this is not a viable solution. Silus Lake, which lies 190miles east of Eagleton, was one of the first locations affected by Los Olivos’ water needs. Streams feeding into Silus Lake were initially diverted toward Los Olivos in the 1940s. Twenty years later, the lake had dropped over thirty feet in depth, increasing the salinity from 50 to 100 grams per liter and reducing the volume of water from 4.5 to 2.2 million acre-feet. This lake was reduced to half its size in a fraction of a human lifetime. The growth of green algae and shrimp, the main food sources for lake life, was greatly reduced, thereby altering the fish and bird populations drastically. As a result of the ecological damage once wreaked upon this area, Silus Lake now serves as a warning against human greed for water. Although Silus Lake has recovered significantly due to increased water regulations, diverting water continues to cause major tensions between various regions both in and out of the state. Diverting water to save South Carmi will only create further problems somewhere else.

A lesser-known freshwater source that could also be considered a solution to the water shortage is groundwater. Groundwater often seems to be a more reliable and less precarious water source because no ecological systems depend directly on groundwater, it self-filters, and it can be accessed in most areas, even deserts. Accessing this resource once was as simple as digging a hole in the ground. However, Sylva already uses groundwater faster than it can recharge. After all, the water that recharges underground aquifers can only move a few feet a month, unlike an open body of water, because groundwater passes through layers of porous soil and sand as it flows. Carmi once contained over 50% of the nations’ groundwater aquifers but now contains less than 20%. If these groundwater aquifers empty much further, the gap left behind can cause cave-ins, devastation to lakes and streams, and increased salinity of new groundwater. In some areas of Sylva, the ground itself has dropped over 50 feet due to the excessive removal of groundwater. In a community perched atop this land, using this natural resource is not an effective solution.

Fortunately, most progressive Sylvan decision makers are aware of the futility of attempting to depend on decreasing fresh water sources. Instead, to provide an increasing population with desired amounts of fresh water, scientists and engineers are focused on producing it from new sources. Although South Carmi lacks potable fresh water, she has an advantageous proximity to the ocean, which holds over 97% of the earth’s water.

Through the method of reverse osmosis, salt water can be pushed through a membrane at high pressure with microscopic pores that allows pure water to pass through but not salt. In fact, the Water 2025, a national water information guide released by the National Bureau of Reclamation concerning the worsening water shortages in the Tuscany Coast, describes desalination through reverse osmosis as the treatment of the future for providing the Coast with water. The fault in this method lies in the waste left behind: salty brine water. Once the water is filtered, the waste drained back into the sea has a salinity level many times more than the natural levels. This increase in salinity kills an abundance of marine life, especially next to the drain, where the brine has not had a chance to be diluted. The closest accessible ocean water can only be filtered so many times before it not only contains very little marine life but also becomes too briny to filter. Diluting this brine with wastewater run off still lacks long-term viability as this process cannot be repeated indefinitely. The high pressures and complex technologies involved make the desalination process very expensive, to the point where Sylva would potentially need to invest one billion dollars a year even before being able to provide water to a majority of the citizens. Because of the significant costs and risks; desalination cannot act as a truly sustainable solution to the water crisis.

The answer to our dwindling water resources lies in the hands of engineers, but not for creating more fresh water. Instead, new and inventive designs for conserving water must be implemented in order to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in South Carmi. Water conservation can be most immediately applied to methods of water transportation. Evaporation from dams, canals, and aqueducts affects millions of acre-feet of water per year.


Covering these water stores and sealing their leaks would contribute to Sylva’s water recovery in a significant way. A better-designed, possibly underground, series of aqueducts could better protect the water that is already diverted to South Carmi. This new infrastructure could be built in conjunction with new rainwater harvesting systems. In both cities and suburbs, roofs cover a large land area, which means that rainwater falls not onto soil where it can pass through to recharge groundwater sources, but goes directly down storm drains and into the ocean. Because a rainstorm can yield over 50,000 liters in an area smaller than a home, applying rainwater harvesting on a large scale could contribute millions of liters of water to the water system. Collected rainwater could be used without further processing for irrigation or other applications where humans do not ingest it.


While protecting and collecting the water that is readily available can go a long way to assisting in the water shortage, a complete solution will ultimately require decreased water consumption, especially in agriculture. Sylva produces more than half of the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts, and consumes about 80% of the water from state water projects to do so. Sustainable water usage, including irrigation methods such as drip irrigation and terraced ground, would ensure that no water is wasted as run-off. With drip irrigation, water would seep directly to the plant roots and in a terraced system, any existing run-off would trickle down to other crops, unlike spray watering, the current most commonly used method. Planting fewer water-dependent crops in arid areas also would greatly assist Sylva’s water solutions. Switching from rice, alfalfa, and peppers, to less water intensive plants, such as fruit trees or wheat, would decrease the water demand while still providing economic value to the region. Genetic engineers also hope to design drought-resistant crops, which would use significantly less water than other crops. Since more than a quarter of all Sylva’s crop acreage contains genetically engineered crops, drought-resistant crops certainly seem possible in the near future.

Nonetheless, agricultural changes alone do not have the power to save Sylva. Individual effort to be progressive and conscious of water usage plays an enormous role in conserving water. In the 1990s, aggressive water conservation programs in urban areas of Sylva led to a decrease of up to 28% of water usage, so the potential to create similar change exists. Simple measures can be taken to reduce water usage each day, even without fancy new technologies. For example, using the toilet more than once before flushing saves over 15 gallons a day; turning off the shower while shampooing or shaving can save over 20 gallons per shower; and laundering only full loads of clothes can save anywhere from 30 to 60 gallons each load. Engineers are also designing low-water usage toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers in order to reduce water consumption while still maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. Other methods of individual conservation include sweeping a driveway instead of hosing it, or going to a car wash, where water is often recycled, instead of washing the car at home. Planting native plants that require less water instead of a water intensive lawn also significantly reduces individual water use. The water-saving possibilities continue – engineering concepts can be applied to almost every human procedure to promote conservation. Industrial refining processes, construction, and transportation can all be reformed by engineers seeking to save water and save Sylva.

As of now, the future of water supplies for South Carmi remains uncertain. The techniques used to meet water needs in the past are not a sustainable option, and while desalination opens up new potential water sources, the environmental and economic costs of that technology need to be further addressed. Nevertheless, hope for a wetter future persists as long as engineers are working on conservation technologies that will lower current consumption and consumers learn to embrace them. Careful water conservation practices will make it possible to imagine another century in sunny South Carmi.

Rewritten from my Junior Capstone report regarding SoCal's water crisis. What magic Find/Replace can yield!


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Postby Murovanka » Tue Aug 11, 2015 6:06 am

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Solving the Wanko-Sylvan Problem


Conflict and general mutual hostility between the two ethnic groups have been all to visible and documented since they manifested into statehood. It is already long past due that this historic schism is laid to rest. Eduard Pön for the Kronstadter Kurier.


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Destroyed Wankan “Tiger”-Panzer in Bad Eisenach

Large-scale Wankan military exercises. Increasingly hostile war of words. Sonneborn and von Preisen warning of the Sylvan military threat, reinforced by the build-up of military assets on the Saxon border. Attacks on ethnic Sylvans, and vice versa. Most recently, the bombing in Würzburg by suspected Sylvan terrorists.

Since the Sellenland insurgency, the tension in central Casaterra has skyrocketed, primarily between Wanka and Sylva. The situation is horrifically similar to the Black War, and neither government is doing anything to stop it. Debates have raged as to whose fault it is for the current crisis, which is revolving around Saxony, a now quasi-independent state. Ask any Wanker, and they will say without hesitation: “The Sylvans, its all their fault.” But to what extent is it their fault? And how can we peacefully settle this issue?

Reconciliation

18th June, 1960. Suddenly, without warning or justification whatsoever, Sylvan troops pour into Wanka and in the brutal following years, destroys its military and is forced to submit itself to the evil Sylvan will in the Treaty of Hessen. This is what the majority of the populace believe, including Meinhof and Sonneborn, the latter who has repeatedly cited this event. But real world events are never purely black and white. Yes, the Sylvans did really invade, just like that. Yes, they forced an extremely harsh peace treaty on Wanka. The question is, why?

The pre-1960 Wankan Empire was no doubt a rising power. Colonies, notably in the far west, had been made and soon Wanka was challenging Sylvan hegemony over Yervhenn. Both sides attempted to wage a secret war on each other to, for the Sylvans, maintain their status as the Number One superpower, and for the Kaiser, to rework the world order. Rebellions in Sylvan colonies were financed by Wanka, while Sylva did the same in Canton. Kidnappings, hijackings and the occasional “incident” between the two navies were commonplace, but rarely reported in the news. Throughout that period, however, the borders between the two nations remained calm and peaceful. There was no sign of any tensions whatsoever, and Sylvans and Wankers crossed it and conducted business in relative harmony.

Yet it all came to a head in November 1959, still an obscure if not unknown event in Wankan history. Off the coast of southern Yervhenn, Sylva decided to enact a “Maritime Defense Zone”. This allowed the Sylvan Navy to monitor and control all shipping passing through the straits, which was vital for the Wankan economy. The Kaiser protested loudly, but that amounted to nothing, so a naval task force was sent into the straits to test its waters. In the resulting duel, six Sylvan ships were either damaged or destroyed, amongst them a battlecruiser. The Kaiserliche Marine lost a frigate and had two cruisers severely damaged (they saw no action during the war). It was the biggest Sylvan naval defeat in history, and it truly shocked the King. Wanka then proceeded to occupy island colonies in the Sidious Ocean which the Sylvans had abandoned, due to Wankan-orchestrated unrest. In the face of what the Sylvans saw as uninterrupted Wankan aggression, they decided to act to neutralize the perceived threat.

This is should be known, but unfortunately, it is not. The history curriculum in our modern public educational system barely touches upon the causes of the war itself. It was not so much a war of evil Sylvan aggression; it was more of a struggle for global hegemony, more specifically Sylvan paranoia, in which Wanka played its part in getting itself destroyed.

Moving on to the Treaty of Hessen, notorious in Wanka for being unnecessarily harsh. Wanka was stripped off its colonies, which weren’t contributing much to the Wankan economy anyway (due to contradictory Wankan colonization policy). And to the most burning issue at the moment: the creation of an independent Saxony. Contrary to popular opinion, it is unlikely that this was only done to destroy the Wankan spirit and honor. Rather, it serves more as a buffer state to protect the Sylvan northwest from Wanka. The other punishments were there to cement Sylvas shaky position as the worlds prime imperial superpower.

As stated before, never are such issues black and white. However, it did happen half a century ago, and it is time that both sides of the conflict reflect and admit past mistakes. This will be a crucial step in ensuring peace and security on the continent. Sylva should apologize for starting the war and recognize that the terms forced upon Wanka were unjust. Sonneborn should stop blaming Sylva for plunging Wanka into the dark ages, and should relax his anti-Sylvan rhetoric and fearmongering. Furthermore, Wankan Sylvans should be protected equally as any other citizen and attempts to create division have to be stopped immediately. This week alone, since the Sylvan terrorist attacks, the Kurier has reported eight occasions of house stormings of the 6th KKK. All efforts need to be made to prevent the alienation of minorities, which isn’t just present on ethnic Sylvans and policies to promote integration into Wankan society. Our education system needs to be reformed to focus more on the teachings of perceived ‘foreign’ cultures and languages (particularly English), in addition to the desegregation of our public schools.

Cooperation instead of Confrontation

Throughout fifteen years of diplomatic relations under Meinhof’s rule, never has there been truly proper cooperation between Wanka and Sylva whether on the diplomatic, economic or security fronts. Essentially, a ‘Cold War’ existed between the two nations after Wanka got back on its feet. On the world stage, it was common to see Wankan and Sylvan diplomats berating each other. The borders remain closed and well-guarded. No significant trade deals have been made which could have significantly benefit both sides. Criminals on both sides fled across to the other nation to escape punishment, and extradition requests were denied often purely to anger the other side. More recently, when Sylva announced its economic warfare policy on the Allied Nations to counter its aggression, urging other nations to join in, Wanka not only refused to but condemned it. And when the Sellenland insurgency began, Sylva actively sought to tarnish its reputation and paint it as an aggressive and unreasonable nation despite complete lack of evidence.

In Meinhofs case, that is due to her longstanding distrust of Sylvans in general (while she actively took to protecting Sylvans living in Wanka). Having been double-crossed and used by Sylvan financiers, while learning of Sylvan soldiers passively watching entire villages getting massacred by the communists, it cannot come as a surprise that she has not been very welcome to the Sylvans. With the unfortunate and terrible assassination attempt which forced the change in leadership, I was hopeful that at least on this front the situation would improve. But on the contrary, chancellor Sonneborn has not hesitated to worsen relations. The dormant Saxony issue was once again brought up, followed by an unprecedented rearmament process.

Now, many have pushed for a much larger military to be actually capable of securing Wanka, amongst them ministers and Volks and Kreistag MPs of Zentrum itself. The reason definitely not economic. By limiting the size of the armed forces and the military-industrial complex Meinhof ensured that Sylva and the other Wankan neighbours wouldn’t regard Wanka as a threat. A more underlying reason was her distrust of the military itself as she had to deal with a coup d’état by her own Guard back in the 90’s and she insisted that by limiting its power the fundamental democratic constitution of Wanka would not be threatened in its most vulnerable years.

The strengthening of the armed forces is long past due, but has come on precisely the wrong time and on the wrong scale. The sudden build-up has only served to heighten fears and has further complicated the Saxony issue, which has now been pulled into the protective umbrella of the Septentrion League. Furthermore, a border confrontation with the United Territories has erupted right out of the blue, a clear sign of the failings of the Sonneborn administrations’ foreign policy.

This seemingly endless confrontations between the two nations, at times seemingly just for the sake of confrontation, has to come to an end. Instead of labeling and reinforcing the view that the two are the worlds foremost geopolitical enemies, the leaders should work towards a greater scope of cooperation on the diplomatic, economic and security fronts which would not only be beneficial to both sides but would also pave the way for a brighter and peaceful future for our coming generations.

The author is a former Wankan foreign minister who served from 2000-2004, and has since his retirement written numerous books on Wankan history, foreign policy and its position on the global stage, amongst them “Ursprünge des Schwarzen Krieges” (“Origins of the Black War”), “Der Wanksche Norden” (“The Wankan North”) and “Erfolge und Fehler der Meinhofschen Aussenpolitik” (“Successes and Mistakes of Meinhofs Foreign Policy”).
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Postby Murovanka » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:16 am

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Erquin, Wanka conclude NAZI-summit

Nations agree on renewed financial deals, security cooperation after weeks of talks


NÜRNBERG- Wanka and Erquin have finalized details on a significant set of trade and financial deals, notably massive loans to Wanka, along with further increased cooperation on security and joint armaments development as detailed under the terms of the Nürnberger Allianz für Zukunftsgerichtete Interregionalkooperation (NAZI). Representatives have pledged to further coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and aid in humanitarian efforts in the impoverished nation of Canton, which has strong links to Wanka.

The full details will be, for security reasons, not be made available to the public but several aspects have been provided to the press. In exchange for loans from the financially well-off Erquin, Wanka has agreed to share and jointly develop its nuclear energy program. A series of naval exercises will be held this coming November in the Gulf of Wanka which will be followed by the establishment of a Maritime Anti-Piracy Section, created to combat the threat of Cantonese pirates which have been hijacking NAZI freighters and oil tankers at an increasing rate. Joint development of a new combat platform, the details of which have been withheld, will also begin early next year. This will, according to an defense official who declined to be named, form the basis of a series of combat vehicles ranging from battle tanks to amphibious assault vehicles to engineering and recovery vehicles.

This is a sign of an improvement in diplomatic relations between both nations. Relations between Wanka and Erquin, the latter a former Wankan province, has recently experienced some fissures with political commentators predicting that the alliance wouldn’t last in the long-term. Erquin had openly responded against Wanka as border clashes with the United Territories broke out, saying that “Erquin will only intervene, as stated under NAZI Article 2, if Wanka is subjected to an invasion and will not assist in offensive operations that violate neighbouring nations territorial integrities” and with that running contrary to the Wankan stance that their territory had been violated. In addition, it has maintained a no-comment”policy regarding the Saxony issue, with the Research Institute of Strategic Studies calling it a “silent disagreement to the bellicose Wankan foreign policy”.
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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES MARITIME EXCLUSION ZONE





FAWNNORTH- Fears rising today amongst government leaders over heightened Septentrion League military activity in and around the Crimson Sea. The President, Ottokar Freddrick highlighted this recent upbeat of military activity by the League as a slippery slope to conflict within the region. Quoted he spoke about the tensions between URRA and SL. "Today we face a
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threat to national security with League forces increasing their military activity in regions near to our waters and soil. It is clear to the board that these activities while not a direct hostility to Achesia, it is convenient that with the current tensions with Murovanka their military forces will be boosted in our home region. For the security of the Achesian people we announce this exclusion zone for our own security. Let it be known this is not bring us into the current conflict, but rather defends Achesia against it.

Recently the Kingdom of Saxony a small nation between Sylva and Murovanka had entered into negotiations with the Septentrion League and was accepted as a member of the alliance. This raised harsh criticism from the Volksrpebulik who called it a clandestine invasion of Murovanka due to the increased troop movements within Saxony. Troubling as the deployment of SL troops to the region, military leaders have already announced that intelligence does no show a direct threat to Achesia. They added today in a press conference after the President that "the exclusion zone is to prevent any such direct threats from happening".

Gregor Green, Achesian National military correspondent however differs in opinion with the Achesian High Command. He says that the movement of SL forces into the region sets the stage for follow on conflicts with Achesia. "its no secret they hate us." he said during our interview last week in Godsport. "SL has always undermined Achesia and her interests. They see us as their direct match and wish to end our successes on the world stage." He pointed to several economic talks between the League and Achesia last year that ended in cold shoulders all around.

The exclusion zone as announced to stretch all the way across the Crimson Sea and is enforced by the Royal Marine. Warships have already been deployed to the area top admirals stated. The exclusion zone is said to bar any warship affiliated with the Septentrion League entering the area marked in red on the map listed on the right. They said nothing of commercial ships
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and that commercial trade would not be interfered with. Gregor Green said that would be the next step. "If tensions were to get more heated in the coming days its my opinion commercial traffic from any country with SL would end in the Crimson Sea. Hopefully we don't get to that point."

It remains to be seen what the outcome of all of this will be but here in Fawnnorth day to day life continues as per usual. "Go about your days without worry people of Achesia, the Board and your military have this covered." President Ottokar Freddrick announced cooly.


Andrea Webber is a writer for the Achesian National-



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Acklius Alexandra Talks to Girls About Pride

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FAWNNORTH- Always in the spotlight and ever so more an epitome of Achesian beauty and womanhood, Acklius Alexandra talked with us today about how she as been talking to numerous young girls around the country about their pride and importance to the Realm.

"I think girls sometimes forget they are the apple of our nation's eye." Alexandra the daughter of the Ackular Julian the XII stated to me during our interview last week in our Fawnnorth press building. "Girls and women are the backbone of this nation, we raise its children, we teach it's morals, we support our men, we really represent the purity of this nation and what it stands for." Alexandra has been an ambassador to young girls lately in making sure they are growing to be the standards of what women should be in Achesian society. She has toured numerous schools giving advise to young girls who couldn't be more excited to see their favorite role model and beauty of Achesia. She has talked to them about always looking their best. "It's important for an Achesian woman to look their best at all times." She expressed. "We are a reflection of the true nature of Achesia and that is an important role to bare."

Achesian society as arguably the most morally society within the region studies have shown. Everyone has their roles in it and the royal family has done an excellent job of upholding these roles constantly. Alexandra has not been afraid to express her views on what women role in society is. "We are the backbone of the home. Our role is to raise the children and teach them our cultural values, there is no more important job than that."

Other more liberal organizations within Septentrion have criticized Alexandra saying her views on women are subjective and backwards. Most of these groups however have been shown to be those organizations that support the prostitution of women and even the support of women not having children or raising families. "Its scary." Alexandra commented when asked about some of Achesia's neighbors in the region. "They don't have the strong values we do. Without strong women like us to raise the children, their offspring are left to be raised by the streets." She cringed as I showed her a picture of an advertisement for women's bathing suits from Sylva. "She's barely clothed, and they call that women's freedom, its more like enslavement of sin." Alexandra was too much of a darling to look at the photo long. She politely smiled as and averted her eyes to her tea before I put it away. "Things like that fighter me for what could happen to our great nation if we let these foreign influences into the lives of young girls. I hope that my life can be an example for them."

She truly is a great model for Achesian girls, and as most interviews with Acklius Alexandra have been going for the past year, I couldn't help but ask her if there were wedding bells in the future. "I don't even know who I would marry." She laughed at the question. She did however express her desire to one day bring little Ackliums and Ackliuses into the world. A day that we are all truly looking forward to.


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SEPTENTRION LEAGUE DECLARES WAR

SL aircraft bombard Hartek reactor, military forces on border with Saxony; Sonneborn retaliates by shelling Saxony, urges populace to prepare for "total war"

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Sylvan Sif-19 shot down over Hessen. Source: DM

KRONSTADT- Septentrion League aircraft bombed the Hartek Defense Installation yesterday morning, which was followed by a coordinated large-scale bombardment by League fighter jets on Wankan military positions and bases, along with numerous towns lying along the Wanko-Saxon border, according to the government. This morning, the Volkstag convened in an emergency seating to declare war on all League states, and shortly thereafter, League states followed suit. Sonneborn, in an televised address to the nation, urged the public to stay calm but told them to be “prepared for the worst”.

The initial strike, which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, was clearly planned to cause maximum damage without directly using a nuclear weapon. The Hartek reactor was struck, and radioactive material quickly leaked out of the complex into the waterways and atmosphere. The government had Schwaben and the surrounding municipalities partially evacuated and the damage is still being assessed, while local authorities have already reported a death toll of 550 and rising. They are being transported, along with Saxon war refugees and evacuees from near the Saxon border to camps further north.

This morning at midnight, the League followed up on the first strike by simultaneously attacking Wankan military and civilian locations as far west as Hessen and Olten. Civilian casualties are expected to be in the thousands, with the western suburbs of Wiesbaden still burning clearly into the morning. However, “Luftstreitkräfte aircraft quickly and effectively defeated this aerial invasion”, according to a MoD official. The Ministry of Defense claimed over 300 enemy aircraft downed, at the cost of only 40 Wankan fighters. “Our pilots have trained hard for this and the results show. The enemy stood no chance.” The air battle continued well into the morning as aircraft cleared Wankan airspace of League fighterbombers and proceeded to strike targets within Saxony. Heavy shelling could be heard by Kurier correspondents on the ground along the Wanko-Saxon border. Dozens of aircraft wreckages, most of them Sylvan and Columbian, have been discovered so far. “We expect up to a hundred surviving enemy pilots in Wanka at the moment. They are well-trained for these situations and are to be considered extremely dangerous. If any are to be discovered, alert the local authorities immediately and proceed with absolute caution.” a MoD statement released this morning read. Further clashes between Wankan and Sylvan forces were reported in the Allgäu, where according to the military League troops have been attempting to gain a foothold.

After passing the declaration of war unanimously in the Volkstag, Wankan chancellor Heinrich Sonneborn appeared on an emergency broadcast to the nation, informing the public that “Sylvan tyranny and imperialism has inevitably arrived… the enemy is on our doorstep, bent on our destruction.” Urging the public to stay calm, he said that “our armed forces have been preparing for this eventuality, and I promise that the enemy will be crushed decisively. We will not give them an inch of our sacred soil, but if they try, we will have tanks in Chandler in no time at all.” Armored vehicles and heavy artillery were reported to be rolling toward the border to reinforce the Wankan western border. Foreign League troops have been deploying to Saxony from the 5th of March, and deployments and League troop movements into Saxony have been reported to have escalated in the past day. On the way in, Sylvan troops of the 7th Airborne Division marched into Leipzig and reportedly brutally butchered an entire municipality on the way, along with militia troops loyal to the Saxon government according to local sources which have declined to be named. Gruesome images of the unprovoked massacre taken by Saxons have emerged on the internet; the Sylvan government, however, claimed that Sylvan troops had been ambushed by their “allied” militiamen.

Follow the news on http://www.kkurier.wk. More information, analysis and images of the Leipzig Massacre can be found on page 4.
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Erquinian troops begin to take positions on Erquinian-Sylvan border in reaction to Sylvan aggression.

Editor: Jerry Keravel


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Erquinian OC-78s of the 6th Mechanized Infantry make way to the border.


About 3 days ago, the president has issued an order explicitly stating that EAF troops will be moved to the E-S Border within the days of Saturday and Tuesday due to "the possibility of Sylva's aggression being transferred to us.". The president is saying that if Sylva wins this battle against Murovanka, it may spell doom for Erquin as the Coalition State may make a political crusade against our country, a Socialist Republic. Border restrictions may begin taking place as troops take refuge in numerous, reactivated FOBs on the border simply built for this purpose. Such restrictions may be a complete background check, cargo inspections, etc. These restrictions, explained by the Ministry of Border Control, will help diffuse League spies from "waltzing in simply with cars full of weapons, clandestine communication equipment, and propaganda.". Espionage would have to be done by helicopter and even then, the air is guarded as well. With this subtle buildup, militias will be vigilante for suspicious individuals entering town all of a sudden with no real ties to Erquin and for unexplained helicopters, planes, boats on beaches, etc.

The navy is in on this aswell, as to be expected. The 1st Defense Group has been formed, with various frigates and destroyers, to provide a helping hand to shorter ranged coast guard boats. The Erquinian ownership of some portions of the sea is large, and half of the time during even peacetime, the coast guard cant patrol those portions with their smaller ships. Now, with mobilization, it makes sense to give the coast guard bigger ships to patrol for positioned combat groups and the like. For the time being, expect to see tanks rolling down your streets and infantry following them in formation.
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Princess Alexandra Speaks Out Against Song From Bashriyya, Calling it "Smutty"

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Pictured: Two Air Stewardesses from Bashriyya, writers and singers of vulgar song.


IMPERIUM- She's at it again folks, the darling of the Realm of Achesia has spoken out against quote "vulgar" habits of other nations around the world. This time at the expense of a small insignificant nation called Bashriyya. If you are not sure where Bashriyya is on a map, well... your not the only one. It took me four hours of research to finally find it in the middle of lands that rarely are mention of any importance, far away from our great civilization.

It seems that in this inhospitable country there are two flight attendants that have written a, less than moral song about their husbands, and instead glorifying what seems to be their despotic dictator, a man named Nashid. Princess Alexandra and I listened to the song together during one of our causal interviews over tea one afternoon, and while trying not to bleed form the ears from the horrible tune of both amateur singers, were flabbergasted at the vulgarity of the lyrics.

"I saw him yesterday on the news,
He said that the world is at a crossroads.
Someone like him is easy to be with at home and with friends,
And now I want someone like Nashid.
Someone like Nashid, full of strength,
Someone like Nashid, who doesn't drink,
Someone like Nashid, who doesn't hurt me,
Someone like Nashid, who won't run away.
Someone like Nashid, not some homo like Golofad"


"Did there mothers not teach them decency?" Alexandra who seemed to blush at the chorus in which they mention physical features of their despot Nashid. And the song did not end there, for endless moments we reviewed this tape and at the end of the song were happy to silence it forever. While sipping her tea for a moment while catching herself after this ordeal Alexandra outlined what she found completely unfortunate about the whole thing.

"You see, in countries like Bashriyya mothers are not raising their daughters to be proper ladies. Its sad that sometimes when I do state visits with my father or brothers, to see how some of these girls act. Its horrifying. Sometimes they speak like this in their every day talk to each other, and its a poor reflection on their culture.

I asked Alexandra what the take away for Achesian girls should be, when hearing such things from other countries.

"I think girls here in Achesia should be proud they are held to a higher standard, while it may seem fun in the moment it really undermines the spirit of our great nation.

More inspirational words form the crown jewel of Achesia, I thank Princess Alexandra for another great interview.


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7th Airborne Division Surrenders

Elite League formation capitulates after being encircled; nearly 2,000 Sylvans captured

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Rocket artillery bombards SL positions near Cottbus

COTTBUS- The 7th Airborne Division (Sylvan) surrendered yesterday morning after Wankan panzer spearheads of the Second Army surrounded and cut off their retreat, according to a Ministry of Defense statement. Just under 2,000 troops under General Lyons entered captivity, including the Sylvan General himself. With the fall of the famed and arguably best and most experienced League division, “the south bank of the Weser has been secured”, an unnamed MOD official reported. This comes after a week of heavy fighting between Wankan and League forces for control of the bridgehead after the Second Army forced a river crossing. According to the official, “over a thousand troops have been killed on our side, but the casualties on the enemy side were far heavier. We have air superiority and much heavier artillery support, and while the enemy fought in a determined manner, they stood little chance against our technology and numbers.”

It follows a string of successes following the capture of the Brahms-Hertz barracks earlier this week and the fall of Zwickau to the Third Army two days ago in which thousands of demoralized Saxon troops were captured. Fierce fighting has also raged in the Allgäu mountains, where the Sylvans had opened a second front seeking to make inroads into the Wankan heartland. Army medical personnel have reported countless incidence of the targeting of civilians by League aircraft which have killed or wounded over ten thousand Wankers since the begin of the conflict, with even a Saxon refugee camp near Nürnberg being bombed, resulting in over five hundred deaths. Fleeing Saxons continue to pour over the border, seeking refuge in Wanka. In a televised speech yesterday Sonneborn vowed to “kick the Sylvans out of Wanka and fight our way to Dresden to end the Sylvan war of aggression.” He said that there was no doubt that Wanka was winning the war, albeit warning that it was necessary for the Wankan people to put in their united effort to end it in Wankas favour. This comes while public discontent in Sylva is on the rise, with numerous celebrities and politicians condemning their government’s jingoistic foreign policy. Worried about the fighting spilling over to their side of the border, the Aemen Foreign Ministry said in a statement that they were deploying troops to the conflict zones, warning that any damaging of sovereignty would be met by force. However, the Kingdom has also urged both sides to come to a negotiating table, although experts say that at the moment, that is far from possible. More on the war on page 2.
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Wankan Fourth Army Surrenders

Three encircled Wankan divisions capitulate after heroically holding out for over a week

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WALLIS- After eight days of intense fighting in difficult conditions, General Zicher, commander of the Fourth Army, ordered the surrender of the Wankan Fourth Army to significantly superior Sylvan forces. Over 20,000 troops were taken into captivity, according to a Ministry of Defense statement. For over a week, the encircled army, consisting of the 23rd, 28th and 29th Divisions, fought a heroic battle against the numerically superior Sylvans, tying down many enemy formations and allowing reinforcements to be brought in. Cut off from their supply lines, the formation “fought until it could possibly fight no more”, holding out until all fuel and ammunition had been used up.

In a televised speech this morning Chancellor Sonneborn praised the “determined last stand” by the Wankan soldiers. “They will go down in history as the men and women who bravely stood up to the Sylvan beast and succumbed only when they had no bullets left to fire, no energy more to stand.” He promised that their efforts would not be wasted, and said that the Wankan military would “swiftly regain the initiative”. The number of prisoners taken has been disputed by the Sylvan military who claimed that 35,000 Wankan soldiers had been captured, in face of a much smaller Sylvan force. Regardless of the number of prisoners taken, military analyst Stefan Hochberg of the Institute for Global Strategic Studies, an independent Wankan-based think tank, has said that the loss of the Fourth Army posed “no problem” to the Wankan war effort.

“On the contrary, the massive numbers tied down by the Fourth before it surrendered, along with the high casualties inflicted on the advancing Sylvans especially in the later stages, in the urban battle for Wallis itself, have extensively helped the Wankan tactical position on the ground.” he said in a Skype interview. “We can expect swift advances on all fronts now from now on as the Sylvan lines are thin and overstretched. However, the Wankans will also be plagued with logistical difficulties and it remains to be seen how the situation will develop.”

Meanwhile, on the Saxon front, the Wankan military has scored a successive series of victories. After Sonneborn announced that he would be more involved in the planning and execution of military operations, the armed forces have seized some 12,000 square kilometers in the past two days, with Wankan forces now having liberated practically half of Saxony. “This Blitzkrieg is solely thanks to Sonneborns’ excellent guidance and understanding of the tactical situation on the ground,” said Minister of Defense Rudolf Hintner in a press conference. “By launching a distractions further east, the Third Army was capable of thrusting into the Cottbus Salient, destroying Sylvan formations there and driving south toward Freital and Meissen, incurring massive casualties on the Sylvan invaders.” He also indicated that Wankan forces were edging closer toward Dresden, the Saxon capital, and hinted that it would be the next target for the armed forces. “We will have to see how the situation develops.” Hintner said.

Tensions between Sylva and Erquin have also skyrocketed. Erquinian and Sylvan artillery duelled for several hours yesterday, with the Sylvan Air Force bombing several Erquinian military targets. Erquin has claimed ten military deaths and fifty civilian deaths as a result of the Sylvan attacks while Sylva has claimed that “hundreds of civilians” had been killed or wounded in the city of Nolivar, which was shelled by Erquin artillery. Both sides blamed the other by starting a mortar attack and firefight along the border, with the Sylvan military also accusing Wanka of using mercenaries to flare up tensions between the two rival nations. Diplomats of both nations however urged for calm and restraint, but it remains to be seen how quiet that front will be with the mobilisation of reserves and National Guard units on both sides of the border.
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Friday, October 16th, 2015


EXPLOSION AT PARADAN CENTRAL SQUARE
350 confirmed dead

On Thursday, an unmarked and unidentified bus in Paradan Central Square unexpectedly caught fire mid transit, and ceased movement. The bus was purportedly empty of any persons save for a driver. After police and firefighters were called to the scene, the lower half of the bus detonated, sending shrapnel and a large fireball into the air and the surrounding areas. The driver is believed to have been killed, although no body has been found. About 240 people were killed by the initial explosion, with 110 more dying from bleeding and smoke inhalation. Due to attack taking place at rush hour, many people were unable to escape the bus's vicinity before it exploded. Forensic teams have found napalm and other incendiaries in the smoke and ash of the fire, suggesting this was a deliberate terrorist attack and not a fluke. The Central Bank reported roughly 300,000 Myvolons worth of damages, although "the cost of life was higher than that of wealth." The Janissaries of the Kievan Province were mobilized to locate any collaborators of the attack and the Oprichnik are purportedly going to be used to hunt down any conspirators associated with the spineless bombing. However, the Janissaries have claimed that the attack may have been instigated by a rogue, and not a terrorist organization. Already, the governor of the Kievan Province said that he will a statement about the incident by Saturday.
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Princess Mariana Christens New Navy Sub

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The Royal Family, from left to right : Princess Mariana, King Silus IX, Queen Catherine, Prince Sebastian, Princess Isabella

MADRIGAL, NORTH CARMI. – Princess Mariana de Carmen christened a Navy submarine at a North Carmi shipyard, taking three whacks to break a bottle of champagne against the hull of the CSS Cloyster and thanking military families for their sacrifice.

"So I want to take a moment to thank you all for everything that you're doing for each other and for this country," she said. "I know these service members, these sailors couldn't do what they do without you."

Mariana also praised the workers at the Madrigal yard and their "particular genius" in building the sub.

The $2.7 billion vessel is the 13th in the Tigershark class of submarines, which can carry out a range of missions including anti-submarine warfare, delivery of special forces and surveillance. The 377-foot submarine will carry a crew of more than 130 and a payload of weapons including torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles.

The Princess called the submarine a "technological wonder."

"It is full of technologies like a photonics mast, full of high-resolution and infrared cameras," she said. "It has the most advanced stealth, sonar and communications systems and enough high-definition screens to put Best Buy out of business."

The first lady previously wrote her initials on a steel plate used in the sub's construction at a keel-laying ceremony last year. She joins predecessors Prince Andres, Princess Isabella and other members of the royal family who have sponsored submarines.

Construction on the submarine began in 2011. It is scheduled for delivery to the Navy later this year.

The crest of the submarine features an outline of the state of Cloyster, a white-tailed deer in honor of the state animal and foliage representing Cloyster forest and mountain life. It also has a banner with the Latin words "Nemo Magis Fortiter," or "none more brave," a line from the province's anthem.

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THE GREAT VALENCIAN LANDGRAB?
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If you invade a nation at the height of its power, the international community protests and promises to defend democracy and all that jazz. But if you invade a country after its been ravaged from coast to coast by a massive natural disaster, its praised and regressed into the back pages of the news. This is the horror of what’s happening today, in Valencia.

As I write this, the situation in Valencia continues to deteriorate. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the largest earthquake to ever hit the country, and under the façade of “humanitarian aid,” the big players of Meridian geopolitics are moving to make a land grab out of Valencia. The Allied Nations, long the dominant bloc of Meridian geopolitics, have already announced plans to send almost thirty thousand troops into Valencia – more of an occupation force than a humanitarian aid mission. The Urulandians already have a full brigade – 3,000 men – in Valencia’s southern province, Barahona. They have expressed plans to at least double that number in the coming weeks.

Kudos to De La Calle’s government, though; the First Minister has less than a thousand men deployed to Valencia around the Cardenas province, primarily around the Puerto Del Oro area, and they are outnumbered nearly four to one by humanitarian aid missionaries. It brings up the question, though – undoubtedly, the Allied Nations and Urulandia alike would like to expand their sphere of influence into Cardenas, and push the Sylvans out. Would it be smart to deploy additional forces to prevent this from happening?

I say no; if we deploy additional forces, we will appear to the Valencian people no different then the AN and Urulandian forces currently invading their country. Currently, many in Valencia are flooding from the Barahona and Varadero provinces into Cardenas, even though it was the most heavily affected by the earthquake. If we deploy more forces, particularly armored ones, we risk betraying the trust of the Valencian people.

But the question rises, why do the AN and Urulandia want control of Valencia anyhow?

The answer’s genesis lies two years ago, when Maracaibo’s largest refinery was burned to the ground. As a result, the world’s oil supply was crippled and nations were forced to sell off or dip into reserves – or in Wanka’s case, invade a country that had some.

Valencia, almost overnight, went from the poor corner of Meridia to the fastest growing economy on the continent, due to the inisght of a few oil moguls from select Casaterran companies, and eventually, Universal Petroleum, when the Maracaibo government bailed it out. Though the Allied Nations’ oil production has recovered, many of Maracaibo’s old customers that switched to buying from Valencia are continuing to do so. If Kerman and the Allies take control of Valencia, they once again control the flow of oil to the entire region.

For the Urulandians, the issue is in more than just oil. For years they have been weary of the Allies’ influence on the continent, and the two have, more or less, been fighting a cold war. For Urulandia, this is a chance to make a power play. By controlling Valencia, they can potentially control the Allies’ vital sea lanes from the Allancian Gulf, and in case of war, shut them down. And by controlling Valencia’s reserves, they can secure a source of oil for themselves instead of having to import it from potenially hostile powers. Sound familiar? It should; that was what happened in a little place called the Sellenland.

The whole Valencia issue, sadly, isn’t about helping its displaced citizens; it’s a game of geopolitical chess, in which two continental powers are using the island as a battleground. Currently the two are moving pieces around the board – we just have to hope that the two don’t start playing.

Carlos San Roman is a graduate of the University of South Carmi and a retired Army second lieutenant. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife, one daughter, and three dogs. He works for the Institute of Strategic Studies, and writes for APJ’s opinion and analysis section in his free time.

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INAUGURAL ‘REGAL GAMES’ KICK OFF IN SOUTH CARMI
Aemen, Sylvan Royal Families in attendance; national, personal friendships budding


The ball dropped in Alonso Sanchez Stadium today as the first annual Regal Games began with an exciting football match between Real Madrid and Erus F.C. The Aemen club team defeated the Sylvans in a hard-fought and entertaining 3-2 victory, with the Sylvan Prince Andres leading the Madrigal team. Approximately ninety-three thousand people were in attendance, just below the stadium’s peak capacity of ninety-five thousand. Many other events are expected over the course of the week-long Regal Games, ranging from formal galas, a military parade, and many sporting competitions that will pit the Sylvan and Aemen athletes against one another.

Both the Sylvan and the Aemen royal families are in attendance, with the notable exception of King Silus IX of Sylva. King Reginald II was given the honors of commencing the event in his absence, which is said to be due to medical complications with gout. Gout, a metabolic disease marked by a painful inflammation of the joints and usually an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood, has been with the King for three years now, and according to many familiar with manner his condition is steadily worsening. His attendance at the Games was not expected, though the two royal families sat in side-by-side open air boxes for the inaugural football game despite his absence. The two families sat largely separate, interacting occasionally, except for Princess Mariana de Carmen, who spent the majority of the game sitting with the Aemen Heir Apparent, Prince Alexander. The two have been spending increasing amounts of time together in the past few months, including a vacation to various places in the Organized States.

The new couple has led many to ask what their future plans may be – and though neither has publicly said anything about marriage, many are suspecting that a proposal and engagement could come soon.

Stately, the Regal Games are proof of a budding national friendship between Sylva and Aemen. Both see the Wankan tyrant Sonneborn as a threat to regional stability, and the loss of the Aemen Sellenland and the Sylvans’ defeat in Saxony justifies these concerns. As for a international partnership, the Sylvans have leased the Port Kemwick naval base to house the Commonwealth’s Crimson Sea Fleet, and the two have both agreed to a non-aggression pact and completely demilitarized the border between the two monarchies. Many in Sylva’s upper echelons of power in the Acropolis are hoping that it can eventually lead to a defensive pact, a promise of the two nations to defend one another in times of war.

The marriage of Princess Mariana and Prince Alexander, if such a thing happened, would certainly be a great step forward in pushing this agenda. However, it is highly unlikely that the relationship of the two is for diplomacy, people close to the Royal

Family say. “They are most definitely in love,” an anonymous spokeswoman said, who claimed to be extremely close to Princess Mariana. “They are in love with each other, but they are also in love with their countries.”

Jonathan Stafford of the Aemen Ministry of Relations contributed to this article.

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The president has begun speaking of seceding from the Nuremberg Alliance for sometime in speechs, deeming the Wankan leadership to be "slightly radical and war mongering". This statement, however, was said during the Sellenland War. Now, with news of overcrowded and unsanitary refugee camps, mass rape and killings of Saxon women and children done by the Wankan armed forces, and the news that Wankan agents were responsible for the Southern DMZ skirmishs, the president has confirmed that he will push to peacefully secede from the alliance. He describes the Wankan leader, Heinrich Sonneborn, as a "mad, compulsive, and dishonorable man who's only goal is to commit homicide of what he see's as blood thirsty Sylvans and Saxons.". He has pushed the envelope, saying the alliance makes a bad example of the German people as a whole and that the Erquinian republic will surely "side with the right side."

Following his numerous speeches, he has lowered financial aid to the Wankans, until now, when he just cut the line entirely a week ago. Ammunition, supplies, etc have had their lines shutdown and are now being brought back to the Erquinian homeland. Meanwhile, the president is lobbying for a conference with the Sylvan government as well as other Septentrion League member diplomats to discuss the absorbing of Erquin into the League. May the best of luck be with our brave and honorable president.
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Postby Aemen » Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:57 am

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PRINCE ALEXANDER AND PRINCESS MARIANA: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE?

The Mirror investigates our next king's potential interest in the Sylvan beauty


They're two families that haven't been the best of friends at times, and that's been proven throughout history. However, at the recent Regal Games in Sylva's South Carmi, the King and his twin sons, Prince Alexander and Prince Tavish, along with his daughter Princess Roseanna, were in attendance alongside the Sylvan royal family, save for King Silus, who was taken ill and unable to open the games. As such, His Majesty King Reginald II opened the games himself to the roars and cheers of Sylvan and Aemen spectators.

Whilst the crowds eyes were on the games, the athletes and the fierce competition for first place, something else was unfolding in the royal boxes as our own Heir Apparent was spending much of his time in the company of Sylva's lovely Princess Mariana. Whilst the King himself never spoke to the young Princess, she was introduced to Princess Roseanna and Prince Tavish after the games.

There were definite signs of affection throughout the day as the games continued. On several occasions the Heir Apparent was spotted holding the Princess's hand. When it came for both families to leave, the Princess was seen holding onto the Prince's arm as the two left their box, exchanging glances at each other filled with smiles and laughter.

We contacted the Royal Office for further comment on our Heir Apparent's love-life though they refused to give anything away, stating “This Office does not involve itself in the personal affairs of members of the Royal Family.” So, no luck there.

If it's true though, it's definitely a boost our Heir Apparent needs in his life. After the death of his mother when he and his twin brother were just five years old, Prince Alexander has only had the care of the legions of private tutors and nannies to look after him until he came of age, joining the Air Force to complete his compulsory service. If anything more came out of it, the closer ties with Sylva, one of Casaterra's leading powers at this time, would definitely be beneficial to Aemen as a whole.

Unlike his brothers and sister, who must seek the approval of the King for any marriage, Prince Alexander is free to choose who he wants to tie the knot with as he is the next in line. Whether or not this will create fractures in the Royal House of Olbridge, only time will tell. For now, all eyes are on the fairytale couple and the impact they will have across their two countries.

An opinion from Emmet Lloyd, the Mirror's royal columnist


It's great to finally see that we might actually be getting on with the Sylvans in this way. Anyone who knows their history will be aware that Olbridge and de Carmen haven't been the best of friends through the ages.

Back when the King's grandfather, King Stephen XI, was in charge, the de Carmens and their allies in Murovanka overran Aemen in the Pan-Septentrion War a few years after it began in 1931. The stress of defeat and the temporary subjugation drove Stephen to abdicate to his son, Reginald I, who most of us know wasn't the best head of state we've ever had.

We all know the King harbours some distrust towards the Sylvans, but he can't be blamed. Like his son, Reginald II's mother died at a young age and he had to live with the consequences of his father's ineffective rule, there were enemies on all sides for our King during his tenure as Prince Daniel, so it's understandable that he'd continue to view any friendship with any country cynically.

But if there really is something going on between Alexander and Mariana, then it's a time for both nations to rejoice, because they're likely to become the world's most famous couple in a very short amount of time and, being as desirable as they are anyway, are likely to handle the pressure of it all incredibly well. For the Prince, his biggest opponent in this is likely to be his Folcwalding cousins, who, as we all know, have a very inward view when it comes to the kingdom.

Personally, I'll be toasting the two of them tonight as I swig a glass of champagne on my wedding anniversary; a royal marriage is just what the doctor ordered for the friendship between Aemen and Sylva.
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PRESIDENT FAT, CHEN OFFICIALS TRADE BARBS IN ESCALATING WAR OF WORDS

Dispute over communists escalates as Canton rebuffs Chen envoy, sends troops to the border

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Cantonese soldiers on patrol near the border with China

XIANGGANG (香港)- Xianggang yesterday refused a Chen diplomatic mission sent to discuss the worsening situation on the two Chinese-speaking nation’s borders, with Cantonese President Chin Tu Fat telling Emporer Weichung to “come off his high horse first” as a condition for negotiations. It comes after a renewed ambush on a Chen border guard near the Cantonese border town of Jinan which claimed the lives of four Chinese soldiers, according to Chen news sources. A video, taken by a Chinese soldier involved in the ambush, showed how allegedly Cantonese soldiers and communist guerrillas fired in tandem at the Chen patrol. The video, which has gone viral, has led to an outcry in the Empire and demands for the Emperor to punish the Fat regime, which is widely seen as harboring the communists, if not supporting them outright. The Chen military has said that the ambush allowed “the Canton-sponsored terrorists to bring in weapons, ammunition and fighters” to reinforce existing communist cells in the western part of the nation.

The Chen military, in response to a series of deadly attacks which took the lives of over a hundred people, has mobilized its reserves and put military forces on the border on high alert, and have warned the population to prepare for war. China has a longstanding, century-old dispute over the sovereignty of Canton, historically a fractured alliance of Chinese states who rebelled against the Dynasty. The Holy Wankan Empire, which then sponsored the secessionists, took control over the region and officially established it as a protectorate, before formally ceding control with the establishment of the Canton Republic in the Treaty of Hessen. China sees the poor, fledgeling nation still as part of its territory, and have made controversial and provocative comments about its status as “part of the Empire”. This has angered the Wankan-supported Fat administration, which has announced the deployment of several brigades of the Canton Armed Forces to the Canton-Chen border. In addition, the Ministry of Defense has ordered that air patrols near Chen airspace would resume, a move likely to trigger harsh response by the Chen government. The two nations have proven to be pretty trigger-happy when forces are massed opposite the border, with the Chen Air Force having downed a Canton jet just last year amongst exchanges of small arms fire along the border.

The situation has continued to escalate despite calls by the international community for calm and restraint. Wankan Foreign Minister Heinrich von Preisen has urged both sides to “sit down and solve the problem at the negotiating table, as equals in the name of peace”. However, with a Chen Duke on a widely publicised visit to Sylva presumed by many as a call for support, Wanka has sped up the delivery of weapons as part of a multibillion-dollar arms deal between it and its Canton ally. This includes lethal strategic medium-range FLAK-9 and FLAK-15 surface to air missile systems which are highly valued by the Canton military, especially with the systems being proven successfully on the Saxon battlefields. With Wankan chancellor Heinrich Sonneborn yesterday putting to rest any speculation of a Wankan military intervention on behalf of Canton in case of a Chinese invasion, the Fat administration has been scrambling to find solutions to compensate for the Canton Armed Forces’ military inferiority toward the Chen military.
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The Zhaohuo Massacre: Cantonese Seperatists Kill Hundreds

Hundreds of Chen civilians DEAD and MAIMED, 9 soldiers KILLED in skirmish

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DONGJING - The village of Zhaohuo was sacked by Cantonese insurgents last night, hoping to provoke further crisis in the Rogue Provinces. Civilians were tortured and humiliated before being executed, and dozens are believed to have been incapacitated.

A patrol of the 81st Cavalry Division spotted insurgents, dressed as Kosan fighters, dragging civilians out of their homes and beating them, and was ordered to moved in and drive off the hostiles. A firefight soon took place, with the insurgents using women and children as living shields.

"We saw bodies, some cut up so badly that you couldn't even recognize them [as] people anymore." recalls Private Lee Chew-kok, who was injured during the engagement. "They were using those still alive as shields, and continued to shoot at the civies while taunting us."

After a brief shootout the gunmen retreated, only to reveal a much larger cognate of Cantonese insurgents hiding in the surrounding forests, who counterattacked and forced the patrol to withdrawal. The terrorists pursued the outnumbered troops for another few kilometers, inflicting casualties on our men.

"When they stopped, only Sergeant Zhu, Private Liao and I were still on our feet ." said Lee.

When aerial drones were sent back to the village at dawn, it was revealed that hundreds of bodies were being butchered and buried in a mass grave. Survivors herded up and led to trucks for unknown reasons.

The Zunwu Emperor gave a speech at the Palace of Administration today at 7 A.M., informing the world of the terrible tragedy. He has declared that martial law will be enforced upon the provinces, and that hostile militias of the region will be wiped out for good.

"Today is the day we bring back order to these provinces, whether through peace or not!" said the Emperor. "No longer will China be lawless, no longer will the crimes of these provinces be tolerated, no longer will we allow our people to live underneath a blanket of fear! We will take action, and these terrorists will pay the full price, plus tax!"

An official was sent to Xianggang, which has been made the de facto HQ of these terrorists, earlier this week to demand a peaceful end to this anarchy, but has instead been turned away with a gun to his head. Since this morning, Navy ships have been blockading the hostile-controlled coastline, and our armies are advancing westward into uncontrolled territory. Air strikes are also being carried out in the region as well. It is expected that the territories will be retaken within a month of fighting.

The Rogue Provinces, a name given to the rebellious territories of our land, consists of the provinces of Dahai, Xishui, Canton, and Huanghe. These provinces have been occupied by the "Republic of Canton", a illegally proclaimed "sovereign" state, for the past century. Backed by Wanka since the Revolution of 1881, the group has been left unchallenged since their initial occupation of Chen soil, and are even recognized supported by some barbarians throughout the east of Septentrion. This terrorist group also operates out of many smaller groups, such as the infamous Red Militia, and seeks to destroy our traditional way of life.

The "Republic" has not only spread their communistic ideals all over the Rogue Provinces, but has also been promoting a "Yue identity", attempting to separate Yue speakers from our common Han heritage. This has led to the classification of non-Yue speakers as subhuman, resulting in the mistreatment of many of their own Han brothers. Last night's massacre was one of many examples of this uncivilized behavior.

"There are many, many more instances of crimes committed by these insurgents against humanity in general." said Professor Yu Fatfuk, a professor of the Human Rights Institution of Tianlan University. "There are many well documented reports of..." Continued on A3
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