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Postby INWU » Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:48 am

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[box][size=230][b]Beetroot Shortage in Tiraspol Threatens Peace[/b][/size]
[size=120][i]Agricultural shortage two weeks before beet festival threatens to reignite tensions between ethnic groups[/i][/size]
[hr][/hr]Vadim Nume for the [i]Tirasol Times[/i] [floatright][size=80]30/04/2018 11:00 pm | Tirasol, Transnistria[/size][/floatright][/box]

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[i]Rotten and gelatinous, this year's beetroot harvest has proven inedible[/i][/align]

Following devastating rains all through last Winter, the nation's five and a half acres of arable land were flooded for a period of nine days, leading to the loss of an estimated twelve pounds of beetroot.

Government officials have remained silent so far, but the question on everyone's minds remains: who will we import beets from in the aftermath of this event? Some support Moldovan beets, while others support acquiring Ukrainian, or even Russian, produce. But these positions are highly politicized, leading some to believe the festival may be in danger for the first time in seventeen millenia of continuous Transnistrian identity.

Armed revolutionary groups in the unrecognized [i]Moldovo-Romanian Republic of Northern Transnistria[/i] have claimed full responsibility for the rains, supposedly caused by bribing meteorologists. The validity of these claims is currently under investigation by the proper authorities.◿
 
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[blocktext][box][color=#0080C0]Natasha[/color] · [size=80][color=gray]01/05/2018 10:31 am[/color][/size]
[size=95]This is terrible news, so sad rn.[/size]
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Postby Ichoria » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:57 pm

Ichorian Journalist Arrested in Anping
Val Hodes was taken into police custody while interviewing villagers about a controversial engineering project on the Qi Plateau.

Lyan Nehoro for the National Courrier
22/09/2018 22:50 | Azhara, Ichoria


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Left: Ichorian journalist and envoy Val Hodes | Right: the Qi Plateau, future site of the Sanctuary of Heaven complex


Ichorian journalist Val Hodes was arrested Friday in southwestern Anping for conducting allegedly illegal interviews.

Hodes, working as a correspondent for the Hijjman newspaper Union News, was taken into police custody while supposedly pursuing information on the Sanctuary of Heaven, the latest of the Heavenly State of Anping's monastic and touristic complexes. Government officials demanded that she hand over the notes and film material she had collected pertaining to the project, particularly interviews with villagers scheduled to be forcefully moved from project lands.

The Ichorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hijjman Foreign Office have both come out in criticism of the arrest, which Minister Andere labeled as "senseless and unjustifiable" earlier this morning. Heavenly State authorities have so far released no public statement.◿



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deepdiver1 · 22/09/2018 07:11 pm
Can't for the life of me understand the gullible idiots who think Anping is some spiritual paradise. It's totalitarian, tyrannic, and Auroran tourists are financing it like sheep.

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Hora_AZ · 22/09/2018 08:40 pm
They're our brothers in the Faith, that's what matters first! Bless the Gods!

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Postby Atlantica » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:54 am

Opinion: A Call for Action Against Anping
Direct Intervention: Possibly the Only Way to End the Anping Nuclear Crisis with Minimal Blood for Zhenia

The Zhenian Herald
2018/09/22 18:22 | Chenhai, Zhenia


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One of the five suspected nuclear facilities in Anping, not that far from the Qi Plateau. First spotted by international media in 2017, it is the pinnacle of the Anpingian nuclear program.


Opinion by Sun Qianlong

Since 1997, the Greater Eastern Union has maintained a strong stance against Anping's nuclear program, imposing economic sanctions against Anping to discontinue its nuclear program and resurrecting the 'International Island Policy' of disconnecting ties with those who maintain international relations with Anping, all of it while avoiding the military option. However, the past twenty years have proven that no matter what Zhenia does, there are only more loopholes for Anping and its nuclear program: just last year, they released a new array of ballistic missiles capable of threatening Chenhai from the Anpingian mainland, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Several intelligence reports are claiming that a nuclear test is imminent, marking the completion of the nation's nuclear program.

The previous administrations has approached the crisis in a rather distant manner, underestimating the loopholes of Zhenian sanctions against Anping and the uselessness of the 'International Island Policy'. Zhenia's naive trust in peace and agreements against a nation it does not recognize has resulted in the near-completion of Anping's nuclear arsenal. The threat is teetering dangerously towards a state in which Zhenia is no longer to exercise its historical claims on Anping and ensure Zhenian superiority diplomatically. Given this desperacy, actions must be taken.

For such reasons, I propose direct actions to halt and dismantle Anping's nuclear program once and for all, both at the Zhenian level and the international level. The former could include anything between a series of air strikes in suspected nuclear facilities, special operation raids, cyberattacks and even a 'preventive war', while the latter would consist of an international committee to investigate the nation's nuclear program and eliminate all nulcear weapons possible. Of course, to justify such actions, the international community must be convinced that the Anpingian nuclear program poses an explicit threat to the very survival and peace of not just Zhenia but the East as a whole. I suggest that this can be made possible through the fact that the past twenty years of indirect action to halt its nuclear program has failed miserably, arriving to the state it is in today.

It is time Anping's nuclear program comes to a halt, once and for all, be it at the hands of Zhenia or the international community. I do not wish to call for war here, but only suggest to get rid of a threat while we still can. I do wish the Government of Zhenia and the international world to remember that direct intervention might be the only way to stop the situation from going sideways.◿

Sun Qianlong was the Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2008 and is currently a Professor at Chenhai National University.



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Christopher Bae, Political Columnist · 2018/09/22 16:22
Vladimir Akulov once said, 'It is always better to take 50 percent of the damage and terminate the threat than to shudder in fear of 100 percent of the threat.' Zhenia and the international community are dangerously approaching the 100 percent of the threat: it is about time preventive actions are taken to stop the completion of Anping's nuclear capability.

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vayonforlife · 2018/09/22 20:19
Seriously, what's your problem? We just have one more nation with a nuclear weapon in the East. You want peace?Zhenia can just acknowledge that nation and make peace with a nuclear power, that's all it has to do.

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Postby Spalla » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:42 am

Zhenian Spallai Military Base Exchange
Spalla has finished building its first military base in abroad for hundreds of troops carrying out waterborne training missions across the border in Zhenia, according to reports.

Viikar Manaan for the South Spalla Post
16/10/2018 11:00 am | Tiir, Spalla


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Camp Cligaan will be the first overseas site for the increasingly active kiith Soban military, coming a year after agreements were made to exchange bases.


Around 1000 troops will be stationed in the base training for waterborne operations the South Spalla Morning Post reported. Spalla has long worried that instability in the heart of their nation could spill over into Zhenia or that it could damage its economic plans for a 21st century Rail and Road project in the wider region. Tiir has been accused of conducting a severe security crackdown on the frontier, but says it is tackling Gaalsien violence. Hundreds have died in the skirmishes near the Wall. The government is particularly worried about possible Mishmarian nationals, including separatist militants from, fighting and training inside Spalla. Spalla is also home to thousands of fighters loyal to the Gaalsien Federation, which has in the past vowed that “blood will flow in rivers” in Spalla.

“Construction of the base has been completed, and Spalla will send at least one battalion of kiith Soban’s elite Green Berets, along with weapons and equipment, to be stationed there and provide training to their Zhenian counterparts, and vice versa,” one source told the paper. The project was considered “costly but worthwhile,” the source said. A Zhenian news agency reported earlier this year that Zhenia would complete their own base near the Khontala Mountains after the two countries agreed to cooperate on fighting terrorism. Photographs purporting to show Zhenian military trucks inside the corridor emerged in late 2016. “A key function of the training base will be to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation and military exchanges between Zhenia and Spalla, which is also part of their efforts to stop separatists from infiltrating the central wastes,” said Kijar Siidim, a military analyst in Tiir. “Spalla is very weak on counterterrorism, and the authorities there are worried about a Gaalsien resurgence, but they can’t do anything about it without help from partner nations.” As the Diamid in Tiir continues to lose ground to a strong Gaalsien insurgency, the Zhenians are also worried militants hiding in the country will threaten its economic ambitions. A report paper last month from the Spallai Council of Foreign Relations said Spalla's fear was of attacks by groups like the Gaalsien on its economic projects in the central region, especially on the rail and roadways that connect the northern and southern regions. Spalla is expected to further strengthen its military presence in the region by eventually sitting down for talks with the Zahenian government about setting up a naval logistics hub in the port area. The port being built is a cornerstone of Spalla's regional plans Spalla hopes it will give it access to the Mid-Gernarmic Ocean. In the meantime there is only a limited naval presence consisting of surface and underwater covert and overt infiltration and exfiltration equipment for small groups of infantry.



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Fliir Sjet · 01/05/2018 10:31 am
If the Soban-Sa wants to drag kiith Soban inter international affairs again, they can go it alone. The last time we were allied with the Zhenian military, they dragged us into a world war. We have enough problems as it is with the Gaalsien.

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Keegan Soban · 01/05/2018 10:31 am
Kiith Soban's alliance increases our nation's prestige, strengthens regional ties and adds modern -- if foreign soldiers in our borders that can help push back the Gaalsi from the Wall.

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Postby Atlantica » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:35 am

1,600 Year Anniversary of the Arkahan Dynasty Celebrated in Takarhan
Before international leaders and representatives, Shah Amir Ra'ad promises "new roads amid changing times" before Shahanshah Amir Ra'ad's Tomb

Zainab Ashraf for the Kasharvan Herald
10/29/2018 07:00 am | Takarhan Kasharvan


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Shah Amir Ra'ad showing up during the historical parade commemorating the 1,600 Year Anniversary of the Arkahan Dynasty


The historical parade commemorating the 1,600th Anniversary of the Arkahan Dynasty - the second dynasty that unified Kasharvan and one of the largest entities in Kasharvani history - was held throughout the nation, but most notably in Takarhan today, with numerous international leaders and representatives invited to witness the historical archive of Kasharvan. The event was held to revisit the historical achievements of Kasharvanians - many of them during the Arkahan Dynasty, but also numeorus other Kasharvani heroes, including Shahanshah Al Ra'ad - while showcasing modern Kasharvan under the rule of Shah Amir Ra'ad, who was crowned Shahanshah last February.

The parade consisted of a historical march from the Imperial Palace, in the central district of Takarhan, to the Tomb of Shahanshah Al Ra'ad in the vicinity of Arkahani ruins. The parade mostly consisted of Kasharvani in Arkahan attire, some of them in the famed Arkahan Cataphract armor. A military parade organized by almost 20,000 personnel from the Imperial Kasharvani Armed Forces, as well as fly-overs by the Imperial Kasharvani Air Force, followed the event, as international leaders and representatives, along with Shah Amir Ra'ad himself, oversaw the parade.

Following the events today, Shah Amir Ra'ad himself came before the audience to deliver his words regarding the historical assets and "the way forward towards prosperity for Kasharvan", clarifying that the Imperial State of Kasharvan as "the legitimate successor to the historical remains and significance of the old Arkahan Dynasty", while also hinting towards radical modernization "in preparation for changing times."

Many international leaders and representatives were present to oversee such a historical event: among them was Zhenian Premier Liu Cheng-Min, who was present for a subsequent summit with Shah Amir Ra'ad. Upon the event, the Premier remarked "the tremendous historical achievements of the Kasharvani people", and expressed confidence in the subsequent summit with the Shah himself. The Zhenian-Kasharvani summit, held in the Imperial Palace, was said to have been about the renegotiation of Kasharvani petroleum exports into Zhenia and the Zhenian arms deal regarding the Imperial Kasharvani Armed Forces.



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Rezah Pelier · 10/29/2018 09:03 am
It's been an honor serving the proud nation of Kasharvan, upon which my blood flows, now for two thousand years! Glory to Kasharvan! Glory to Shah Amir Ra'ad!

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Mohammed Tanzir · 10/29/2018 10:22 am
Does this event really need to be emphasized - the Shah is still an oppressive monarch like every other dictator. We must let the waves of democracy rage upon Kasharvan as well.

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Postby The Eurian Islands » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:13 pm

Opinion of Zhenia Reaches Record High
National opinion of Zhenia reaches all-time high with election just months away

Kynen Lienos for the Eurian Daily Inquirer
09/02/2018 9:00 pm | Deneria, Euria


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The morning skyline in Chenhai, Zhenia's capital city.


A poll released today by the Institute for Eurian International Outreach found that opinion of Zhenia, Euria's largest trading partner, has reached a record high. Zhenia still trails behind the nations of Thrace, Kathia, Ichoria and Hijjma in terms of popularity in Euria, despite their popularity being at an all-time high.

According to the poll 71% of those polled approved of Zhenia, with 19% of those polled holding a negative view and 10% having no strong opinion on the matter. However, only 16% of those polled said they would accept a member of their family marrying a Zhenian. Thrace, the most popular nation among Eurians, had an approval rating of 93% with only 2% of those polled holding a negative view of the country. 96% of those polled said they would accept a member of their family marrying a Thracian.

Zhenia is the largest foreign investor in Euria as well as it's largest trading partner. On top of this it overtook Thrace in 2005 as the most popular destination for Eurian migrants. However, many Eurians still feel an intense cultural and religious connection to Thrace due to the 100s of years of shared history and the key role of Thrace in creating the modern Eurian state.

This poll look good for the Popular Alliance and their Szario Bloc which have been the main proponents of anti-Zhenian nationalism in Euria. The party claims that the Zhenians show no remorse for their annexation and occupation of Euria during the Great War. However, estimates suggest that the country has invested nearly 9 times the cost of the damage from the war into the country between 1988 and 2017.◿

The full top 5 list of approval is as follows:
Thrace (93%)
Kathia (86%)
Ichoria (85%)
Hijjma (79%)
Zhenia (71%)



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ProudEurian99271 · 09/02/2018 9:31 pm
The Zhenians are the reason our country is growing at the rapid pace it is today. All those who hold a grudge against them for the past are idiots. They need to move on!!!

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Postby The Eurian Islands » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:11 am

Szario Bloc Candidate Banned From Running for President
Szario Bloc scrambling to find a new candidate with just three weeks until voting

Valin Delegis for the Eurian Daily Inquirer
17/03/2019 01:57 pm | Deneria, Euria


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The Constitutional Court in Deneria.


This afternoon the Constitutional Court in Deneria ruled that Ravidan Szario, the candidate for the Popular Alliance and Szario Bloc, would not be allowed to run for President. The reason for the ban is due to Mr Szario's conviction for accepting up to $7.5 million in illegal campaign donations and his conviction for falsifying signatures on his petition to run for President in the 2014 election, which was only discovered post-election.

In a statement Szario's sister, Maril Szario, said that "the Constitutional Court is a disgrace to Euria. It has been paid off by wealthy Zhenians to try and destroy the Popular Alliance and it's sister parties in the Szario Bloc. They are afraid that we will put a stop to their exploitation of our nation, which we will do if elected. The Szario Bloc is currently attempting to find a new candidate and they will be announced very soon."

Inside sources within the Popular Alliance say that the ruling has further intensified the parties troubles. Polls are currently showing the party trailing behind both the New 1988 Alliance consisting of the Liberal Party and the Eurian Democratic Party as well as the Workers' Action Party. If they do as the polls predict then they would lose their large majority in the National Assembly and potentially lose more than 100 seats.

With the election scheduled for the 7th of April the future of Euria hangs in the balance. Will Aralon Varakos' so far disastrous Presidency be rescued by the corruption and incompetence of his greatest foes or will the insurgent Workers' Action Party, led by the popular Merion Venize, steal the show?◿



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ZevionForVarakos 2019 #End Szario Corruption · 17/03/2019 02:01 pm
This is the greatest news Eurians have had in a long time. Hopefully the Szario's and their cronies are destroyed and Varakos' plan of hope can finally be implemented.

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EurianMutualist2019 · 17/03/2019 02:06 pm
Both of the major coalitions are corrupt, the New 1988 just do a better job at hiding it. Venize is the only real hope.

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TrueEurian #StopZhenianColonization · 17/03/2019 02:09 pm
The Zhenians really have destroyed every part of our government. They control our judiciary. Vote for the Popular Alliance and National People's Coalition on April 7 to stop their takeover before it's too late.

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