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The King gives an important speech

At a yearly conference today in Warsaw, the King, Cosamar IV Eugastin, gave a short speech. The main topic was the agriculture industries in the Commonwealth, however, he saved an important message until the end. The full transcript is as follows-

"Hello, people of the Commonwealth, as you may know, the amount of wheat, potatoes, and greens that you grow really matters. That is why I am here to thank you for the 4% increase in food production since last spring. It really does help our ever-growing population if there is more food to go around. I hope for another increase for next year. In addition to that, I have made a deal with Plakura Korinsti for an increased agriculture budget. This will help build more farms and fields to help with our goal of feeding every citizen of the Commonwealth. I know, it will increase your taxes, but I'm sure that all of you love paying them. It's for your own good.

Anyway, I have also chosen a new Minister of Defense! Gordon Feyadall has served in our glorious army since he was 19, and he is one of, if not the most, loyal and determined person I have ever met. I'm sure he will be serving us for many more years to come. I'm sure...."

And with that, he departed off of the stand, and let the next person talk.

Check back tomorrow for more updates from the Commonwealth Times, your local, and probably only, news network.

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Large-scale robbery in Krakow

Earlier today, a large-scale robbery happened in downtown Krakow, just a few blocks away from government buildings. Maddened with a recent water shortage around the Capital, caused by a recent drought, a group of nine armed civilians, both men and women, attacked a small convenience store, breaking the main windows, the front door, killing the janitor, and seriously harming both the store clerk and the shop's owner. A group of police were called to the scene, quickly capturing the criminals with minimal injuries, and taking them away to a maximum-security prison.

The mayor of Krakow has both condemned the attack and talked with the Chancellor about toughening up on terrorism and it's supporters.

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Advanced robotics research under way

Realizing the need for an updated military, the Minister of Defense has ordered for research on advanced robotic software to commence. Various items planned for development include better prosthetic arms, GPS helmets, self-driving armored vehicles, and more accurate artillery. In addition to this, versions of many of the items developed will also enter the hands of civilians, helping them with their day-to-day lives.

Also in the works is a massive program to increase the security of the many stores around the Commonwealth. Better surveillance systems, shatterproof glass, and reinforced doors will all be installed. Hopefully, this will reduce the chance of another incident like the one that occurred yesterday from happening.

Check back tomorrow for more updates from the Commonwealth Times, your local, and probably only, news network.

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Blizzard alert in Lithuania

The National Weather Association has warned cities in Eastern Lithuania about a large blizzard entering the Commonwealth from that direction. All cities in the area have been ordered to invoke a temporary curfew, to prevent night-time robberies, and supplies have been sent to the smaller towns, to help them ride out the storm more easily. This is the strongest storm in nearly 60 years to hit the Commonwealth, and from what the N.W.A. is forecasting, it certainly won't be the last. Any flights to and from the area have also been canceled.

The King hopes that minimal casualties occur, and that all supplies in the region are used wisely.

Check back tomorrow for more updates from the Commonwealth Times, your local, and probably only, news network.

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Blizzard passes, many dead revealed

Earlier today, after the blizzard had moved on, many of the towns in it's snow-covered path were heavily damaged. According to the estimates from the N.W.A., the storm had reached a top wind speed of almost 80 miles per hour, leading many to call it a "snow hurricane". Already, over 400 crushed or frozen corpses have been found in the region, and the government has been forced to send in small divisions of the military to both locate survivors and keep robbers from looting the various half-ruins. The Lithuanian regional government has declared a state of emergency, and the shipping of donations from the other nations in the Commonwealth has begun in full force.

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Restoration begins in Eastern Lithuania

Earlier today, the King ordered for the massive project of rebuilding the destroyed section of Eastern Lithuania to officially begin. Hundreds of trucks have begun to be sent to the region, each carrying boxes upon boxes of supplies. In addition to this, all new buildings built in blizzard-prone regions will be forced to use wind-resistant materials, hopefully stopping much of the future damage done by snowstorms.

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Large-scale police chase occurs

At roughly 7:00 AM local time today, a group of 12 armed terrorists stormed the National Institute for Education's office in Warsaw. Approximately 22 civilians died in the attack. First-hand reports say that they were doing it in the name of their extremist ideology, however, it still hasn't been confirmed whether they had any connection to major terror groups. What is known however, is that it took a total of 40 policeman, 17 of which died, to catch these criminals. They will all be sentenced to lengthy interrogation and a private execution.

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Border security enhanced

The Minister of the Exterior, Fardor Komingway, made an important announcement today. Startled by recent events, and learning that the terrorists yesterday were not Commonwealth citizens, he has obtained funds directly from the national treasury to drastically increase border security. A 9-foot fence will be built on the majority of the outer Commonwealth border and the defenses at border checkpoints will be, at the very least, doubled. In addition, security at both airports and naval ports will be both much stricter and more advanced. More detailed visas will also be needed to enter the country. These precautions will all be in place until the threat of terrorism lowers.

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The Commonwealth Times under stricter ownership

Following a few recent stories published by the Commonwealth Times that showed our glorious government as less-then-perfect, the King has taken full ownership of the company, and a new set of staff has been put in place. All previous workers of the Times will be provided with full financial aid and free housing. We promise. In addition to this, all other regional newspapers of the Commonwealth have been merged with the Commonwealth Times to make sure that no false news is being printed. At all.

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Military R&D making great progress

Earlier today, testing for a 3.35 meter tall mech design began in northern Lithuania. From what first-hand witnesses have told the Times, the mech was able to destroy a car with relative ease, shoot fire, and smash through rubble. Other projects shown off at the testing site included a new type of suit able to make the wearer jump slightly higher than normal, light-activated night vision goggles, and improved military-grade shields. In addition, a large artillery piece with a built in targeting system was demonstrated. 

Check back tomorrow for more updates from the Commonwealth Times, your local, and absolutely only, news network.

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Public transportation programs unveiled

The Minister of Transportation, Andrea Selvski, has recently unveiled a plan for a large boost to the public transportation budget of the Commonwealth. She hopes that it will make it easier for Commonwealth citizens to go to and from their daily workplaces. Additionally, it will pave the way for more inter-city transport, such as trains, to be constructed. Approximately 600 more jobs will be made by this budget increase, so it will also allow more people to make a living.

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Wildlife escape from zoo

At 3:40 PM today, an employee at the Krakow National Zoo forgot to reset the park-wide enclosure locks, allowing nearly every animal at the zoo, including lions, tigers, and bears, to escape. The Krakow Police Department has had to temporarily close off several streets to catch the rampant beasts. They have also had to remind the public to not interact with the animals, for they are probably very hungry by now from missing their scheduled dinner. The employee who caused the escape has already been found guilty, and has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for causing widespread panic and "public damages".

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River defenses increased

Over the course of the last few days, a group of rebels calling themselves "The Ironfists" have made several attacks on Government-owned merchant ships in the Commonwealth's rivers. In response to this, the Minister of the Interior has confirmed that he will be expanding the Interior's defense budget to help deal with this threat. In addition, the National Intelligence Agency has been given orders to track down the rebels and restore order to the Commonwealth's interior. We can only hope that their missions are completed soon before more innocent lives are lost.

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Rebels accuse the King and Chancellor

Earlier today, a group of rebels directly supported by the so-called "Ironfists" accused the King, Cosamar IV Eugastin, along with the Chancellor, Plakura Korinsti, of an "abuse of power". After locating where their base of operations was, a group of government agents arrested the entire group and sent them to an undisclosed location in southern Poland. We share our King's and Chancellor's opinions that they have not been "abusing" their power, and are instead trying to make the Commonwealth a better place, one law at a time. Additionally, we question why anyone would think otherwise.

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Castle ruins discovered

Recently, at a construction site in Vilnius, a group of archeologists found the ruins of what seem to be a 16th century castle. From what they could tell, it had at least 4 floors and plenty of internal defenses. Following Commonwealth law, the entire site has been given to the Ministry of Culture, and it's discoverers have been given a hefty reward. Over the next few weeks, the structure will be dug up, moved to another location, and rebuilt, so as to not fully cancel the work being done at the construction site.

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Riga waterfront expansion planned

The mayor of Riga, Alexander Koronosk, has unveiled plans for a large expansion to the waterfront district of his city, hoping to draw in tourism from other regions of the Commonwealth. The project will last approximately 4 months if everything goes to schedule, and will give over a thousand people work while it is in construction. The King applauds this decision, saying that it will hopefully begin the process of expanding some of the Commonwealth's lesser populated cities and more equally distributing the country's population.

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Bunkers under construction

Earlier today, the Chancellor, always wanting to do the best thing for the people of the Commonwealth, has ordered for the construction of numerous bombproof bunkers around the country. Each bunker would hold up to a maximum of 1,000 people, and would both filter water and come with a 15 year supply of food. According to him, these structures would be the best hope for a Commonwealth citizen's survival in-case of nuclear war, if it ever happens, that is.

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Large jailbreak occurs

At roughly noon today, while the employees at Krakow Central Prison were on lunch break, over 300 inmates managed to break out of their cells, most likely due to a fault in the door wiring system. By 1:30 in the afternoon, 30 employees had been killed, and over 100 more seriously injured. Eventually, the Krakow Police had arrived on the scene, re-capturing over 200 of the criminals, but dozens of them are still at large. We ask that all citizens living in or near the Krakow metropolitan area take extra caution until all of the escapees are found and re-captured. It's for your own safety.

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Education budget increased

The King has announced a large increase to the Commonwealth's national education budget, increasing it by almost 17%. The money will go towards higher salaries for teachers, up-to-date appliances in school buildings, and free laptops. In addition, two new classes have been announced for the Commonwealth's universities; Mandarin and Paleontology. Both of the classes will be starting next school year. According to the King, this large increase to the education budget should both make it easier for people to live a better life and get less people to consider a life of crime and terrorism.

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Airship travel reintroduced

Earlier today, the state-run company Commonwealth Air made an official statement of bringing back their famous airship fleet for civilian travel. Originally stopped because of several airship-related crashes, including the famous Bindenhurg Disaster, Commonwealth Air says that recent improvements in blimp-related technology have made them once again safe for passenger use. Each craft, after repairs and remodeling, will carry up to 80 people, and the fleet will start flying again in roughly 2 months.

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Last inmates captured

The Krakow Police Department has announced that they have recaptured the last of the criminals who escaped the Krakow Central Prison three days ago. Roughly 40 of the escapees have been sentenced to a private execution, while the rest will have their sentences extended by up to six months. Additionally, more security systems have been installed around the prison, including an automated door wiring system, backup generators, and "taser cameras". Hopefully, these measures will prevent another large-scale prison break from happening again.

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Trout species under strict protection

After a lengthy review by the Ministry of the Interior revealing the strain put upon Ruthenia's rivers and streams by overfishing, the Eastern Wingfin Trout has been put on the National List of Endangered Species, or N.L.E.S. for short. Any citizen caught fishing one, and not releasing it, will be sentenced for up to three months in prison, along with a hefty fine. The Eastern Wingfin Trout's population is estimated to be currently at under 1,000 wild individuals, but the Ministry of the Interior has begun a program to hasten a population regrowth. We can only hope it goes well.

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New statue under construction

Earlier today, the mayor of Krakow revealed plans for a new statue to be built in the otherwise drab Central Krakow Square. The statue, once completed, would be both 32 meters tall and made out of bronze. In addition, the area around the statue would, according to the plans, be layered with solar panels, both filling the statue's sword with the red light of the eternal revolution and supplying energy to nearby houses. For now, the Chancellor has no major qualms about the project, though he does wish that the mayor had better priorities.

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Sports organization established

Today, the People's Athletic League, or P.A.L. for short, was established by the Chancellor. The P.A.L.'s main purpose will be to sponsor sporting events across the country, however, it will also aid in healthy eating and nutrition programs, building sports fields, and helping athletes recover from injuries. Additionally, it will also represent the Commonwealth during international sporting events. Various high-ranking members of the Commonwealth's public services have already welcomed the P.A.L.'s creation with open arms, welcoming the reduced paperwork and greater government transparency.

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Self-proclaimed "hero" imprisoned

The Warsaw Police Department were, earlier today, able to track down and capture "Gryphon-man", otherwise known as "Jamie Borstow". This self-proclaimed "superhero" had been raiding government-owned stores and offices for several days now, and it is good to see him finally captured. According to his testimony, he had been committing his acts in the name of the "Ironfists", and several agents have already been ordered to see if they have any remaining leadership in hiding. For the time being, Jamie Borstow has been sentenced to 1 year in Warsaw's main prison, along with a fine of 800,000 rubles.

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