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Ironfist base captured

Earlier today, the National Intelligence Agency was able to track down a base of the rebel "Ironfists", and storm it. The structure was located with the help of both several civilian pointers and a series of expert-level interrogations. According to the central government, there were only 12 N.I.A. members killed in the siege, but "Ironfist" casualties are unconfirmed. However, what is known is that several high-ranking members of the "Ironfists" were captured, and, in true Commonwealth fashion, will all be sentenced to some sort of private execution.

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Ecological park created

After noticing declining populations of many of the Commonwealth's native animal species, the Ministry of the Interior has created a several-square-kilometer ecological zone near the administrative borders of Vilnius. Within the park's borders, several subzones will be set up, each resembling one of the country's many distinct biomes. The Ministry of the Interior hopes to use this park to both save endangered species and promote biological interest in the citizens of the Commonwealth.

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Radical "Ironfists" denounced

Earlier today, during a speech, the King officially denounced the radical branch of the "Ironfists", saying that they were a "scourge upon the Commonwealth" and "some of the most despicable people I have ever seen". However, he also mentioned that some of the more reasonable members had made some half-decent points in court, and that "It is true. The Commonwealth has been ignored in international politics for far too long". At the end of the speech, he said that he would try to implement the more "respectable" pieces of "Ironfist" doctrine into Commonwealth politics. We can only hope that this will lead the country into a more prosperous time.

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"Unfair" Andallan news coverage noted

Because of the lack of notable Commonwealth news today, the owner of the Commonwealth Times has taken time out of his day to remark on what he believes to be "unfair" news coverage coming out of the country of @Andalla. He would like to note that while the King ordered for leaders of an "Ironfist"-supported group to be captured, he never ordered for the capturing of the Ironfist's main leaders. He also said that the claims of the Commonwealth Times being "corrupt, Socialist propaganda" were untrue and not based in reality.

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Unradical Ironfists Integrated

Today, the King, after working with several "respectable" Ironfist members, has officially made the Ironfists a government-recognized political group. In exchange, their actions will be heavily monitored by the central government, and any Ironfist radical who reveals themself will be sentenced to, at the very least, 7 months in prison. According to government reports, they have already been given an "assignment" from the King, though it remains to be seen what exactly it is.

In other news, the owner of the Commonwealth Times has asked the public relations officer of the main broadcasting network of @Andalla what exactly they found confusing about yesterday's article.

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Ironfist messages spotted

Throughout today, there have been numerous reports of nationalist, left-wing, pro-Commonwealth posters and images being seen in the country's many towns. Additionally, on the backs of several of the posters was the logo of the government-sponsored Ironfists. When asked about the "strange" occurrences, the King said that "everything is moving along smoothly" and that "there is nothing to worry about". Unlike other recent national activities, very little information on the topic has been directly delivered to the Commonwealth Times from the central government, but we will try to keep you updated as best we can.

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Wind farm constructed

At roughly noon today, the massive wind farm that had been under construction in Western Poland was finally finished and opened. The power produced by it will be delivered to locales in the Polish region of the Commonwealth, mainly in an effort to cut down on the country's CO2 emissions. Residents of Krakow, Warsaw, and Poznan will be fully wired up to the wind farm's supply by the end of the week, but those in smaller cities and towns will have to wait up to a month.

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Serial child rapist captured

Today, we are proud to report that, after several months of hard work, Mikori Josar, otherwise known as the "Kidscourge", was captured by the Riga Police Department. He is known to have raped and mutilated over 40 children over the course of the last several months, sometimes leaving the minor with a cut-off tongue, stabbed eyeballs, or missing fingers. After just an hour in court, he has been sentenced to a private execution, which will occur as quickly as possible. Hopefully, the families of Riga can sleep safer now, knowing that their kids are safe from Mikori's clutches.

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"Barbarian" raids occur

It is truly a sad day for the Commonwealth. Throughout the day, armed soldiers from the unaffiliated clans and kingdoms east of the country attacked and pillaged numerous small villages in the nation's borderlands. Various defense forces have been deployed to the settlements hardest hit, but in many areas they were too late. Over 600 people are thought to have died in the raids. The King has vowed for "revenge" against the so-called "barbarians", and he has given them "one day" to stop the pillaging before a "real" response from the Commonwealth starts.

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Borderland raids continue

Even though the King had given the groups to the East ample warning, 16 more towns have been pillaged today, and the defenses sent to the region have had to stretch thin. Hoping to try to calm the sudden surge of protests, consisting of both Ironfists and Loyalists alike, battalions of soldiers have been ordered to reinforce the border outposts in the East to protect against further raids. The Minister of Defense has stated that if the attacks continue for one more day, then troops will be sent in to "pacify" the "barbarian"-owned territories to prevent further damage from being done.

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Hostile lands invaded

Earlier today, after four more major attacks from the "barbarians", each causing major infrastructure damage and hundreds of deaths, the Minister of Defense ordered for the land directly east of the country to be occupied by the Commonwealth's military. Already, the allied soldiers have seen fierce resistance, however, they, unlike their enemy, have been able to avoid most unnecessary civilian deaths. According to information given to the Commonwealth Times by the central government, the army will continue to advance until all "barbarian" groups who caused the Commonwealth harm are neutralized. We will wait to see how long that takes.

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The troops press on

Throughout the day, as both border guards and allied civilians were injured and killed from continuous "barbarian" raids, the army has made significant progress in securing the hostile land outside of the country's borders. Already, numerous "barbarian" peasants have, under the safety given to them by the military, fled to the safety of the Commonwealth's cities. Additionally, several towns have fully sworn allegiance to both the King and the Chancellor. The military operation is expected to only have to last one more day, and government officials have begun to create plans for the complete annexation of the region involved.

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Annexation process begins

Earlier today, the central government announced that they had officially begun the process of both annexing and integrating the occupied, originally hostile, region into the Commonwealth. The formerly "barbarian" tribes will be able to use their native languages freely, and laws will be put into place protecting them from discrimination. The entire process is expected to take up to a week, maybe longer, but the acquisition, when finished, will surely give the Commonwealth more of a say in international politics.

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King responds to international outrage

At noon today, after getting an actual pile of angry letters from other national leaders saying things like “Ignoring all of the damage that those barbarians caused, that obviously wasn’t a good reason to annex territory.”, “You took over a piece of land in 3-5 days with a two-million-strong military? Impossible.”, and “How dare you annex a land through your news, even though the whole point of an actual, real-life, newspaper is to report on national events, whether those events are military or domestic.”, of course, those weren't the actual messages, but they were, according to the central government, very similar...

Anyway, the King has, after talking with the Chancellor, gathered a list of responses to the pile of angry letters.

His responses have been gathered here, for all to see-

Q: How did you conquer the land so quickly?

A: "Do you really think, with a land force of 1-1.5 million, it would be very hard to conquer a large, somewhat underdeveloped, flat, region? Really?"

Q: Weren't supply lines stretched thin?

A: "Yes, but all Commonwealth soldiers carry at least two day's worth of, admittedly small, meals, along with a bottle of water with a filter. Ammunition was carried in on vehicles."

Q: Why were the villages surrendering to you so quickly?

A:  "When you hold someone at gunpoint, telling them about the much better standard of living in your country, they're most likely going to submit. Besides, as random as this country's day-to-day events can be, at least I got the Ironfists sorted out recently."

Q: Why didn't you report every single little thing that happened, including every military maneuver?

A: "Because honestly, that's somewhat unnecessary. Sure, if you would like, I could tell The Commonwealth Times to send some live cannon-fodder reporters into the war zone next time, but as of now, the area's essentially under a fragile Commonwealth military occupation until annexation starts. I can't go back in time and edit events that already happened. In the future, I promise that more in-depth coverage of military events will occur, and who knows, I might even release some war plans."

Q: Didn't your military conquer the area too easily, even for a million-men army?

A: "If a group of towns and villages are so underdeveloped that they aren't even on the international world map, do you really think that they stand much of a chance against the military of a developed nation with a supposedly "Frightening" economy?"

Q: Won't the annexing and integrating process take longer than a week or two?

A: "Actually, you do make a fair point. The actual process of annexing will only take that amount of time, however, after looking at the most recent estimations, along with surveying the amount of pre-existing infrastructure in the area, the integrating process could take up to six months. In the meantime, houses in pre-developed Commonwealth cities will be provided for the wave of refugees. Additionally, if it were up to me, the person who wrote that at the Times should get punished, but that's out of my control."

Q: What will happen if you don't keep these promises in the future?

A: "Then I can promise you that the articles will be re-written with up-to-date info, and, if it continues, I or the Chancellor might even resign."

Q: How do over 74 million people fit into such a small country?

A: "Come back to me once you've visited Bangladesh."

Q: Is that everything?

A: "For now, yes. I will be sure to answer any future questions, as long as they aren't covered by the above answers."

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Scandal hits police chief

The Chief of the Krakow Police Department has agreed to step down after he was caught in a so-called "scandal". Last night, surveillance cameras caught him making out with the wife of the King's son, and, according to reports from witnesses, he had been doing so for at least the entirety of last week. The King has politely declined to comment, but his son is "outraged" at the "despicable" actions carried out by the police chief. According to the Krakow Police Department, they hadn't known about the Chief's behaviors, but they will take steps to "ensure" that something like this never happens again.

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Occupied region made smaller

After a series of material shortages, along with trying to speed up the annexation process, the soldiers in the far edge of the occupied, formerly hostile, region have been called back to a more defensible location. They have also been ordered to bring any willing "barbarian" peasants and townsfolk to the new border line, mainly to try and keep them safe. With this group of orders, the full integrating process will be sped up by as much as 10%, according to official estimates.

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Tax rate increased

Realizing that the integration process of the occupied region will use up more money than the nation's budgets can allow for, the tax rate across the Commonwealth has been increased. Under the new laws, the income tax rate has been increased 3 percent, to a reasonable 78%, and the sales tax has been increased 2 percent, to a low 52%. Additionally, the money allotted to all pre-existing government programs has not been decreased, so you will still be able to have your free education, hospital trips, and bread.

Please eat bread.

We have too much bread.

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Street racing outlawed

Earlier today, after a tragic accident in a Krakow suburb which resulted in the deaths of 12 people, a nationwide law was passed banning all forms of the "sport" known as "street racing". Any citizen participating in a non-sanctioned racing event will, from now on, be sentenced to a minimum of 4 months in prison, along with a hefty fine. The sport had already been banned in most major Commonwealth cities, and was usually frowned upon in the others, however, most "street racing" events happened at night, enabling their participants to evade social backlash for, well, participating.

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Shelters constructed

Noticing the rapid increase in stray animals across the Commonwealth, especially in the country's larger cities, construction has begun on new animal shelters, made for housing everything from cats to frogs. Along with this, more restrictive neutering laws have been put into place. According to the latest estimates, over a thousand stray animals live just in Krakow, with many more in other Commonwealth cities. Additionally, the Commonwealth Human Society (C.H.S.) would like to remind the general populace that, even though they may seem friendly, stray animals, especially rabid ones, can spread diseases to people they touch.

In other words, don't touch them.

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Book fair scheduled

After the recent revival of several book series in the Commonwealth, including A Series of Disappointing Occurrences, King of the Circlets, and The Border Fables, along with the subsequent resurgence of book sales that followed, a massive book fair has been scheduled in Krakow by the central government. Low-cost transportation will be provided to those that sign up beforehand. According to the Chancellor, this event's main purpose will be to "promote reading and education across the country".

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Minority protections expanded

Earlier today, the King passed a law expanding the Commonwealth's protection of several minority groups, including both LBGT people and the former "barbarian" groups of the East. Under the new law, all washrooms across the country will be unisex, and those who participate in anti-minority discrimination in state-owned businesses, which comprise over 95% of all jobs in the Commonwealth, will be hit with a quick firing and a moderate fine. The Commonwealth Times officially endorses this decision, and hopes to see civil rights in our great country continue to improve.

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Safe food law passed

Another new law has been put into place today, this time relating to food safety. Under this law, the mandatory training period of all restaurant workers has been increased by 25%, less environmentally-damaging plant maintenance methods will be used on farms, and food labels will be more detailed. The new rules, from both yesterday and today, seem to already be receiving mass public acclaim, and many citizens are seeing this as a step in the right direction for Commonwealth politics.

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The Times announces major change

Earlier today, the owner of The Commonwealth Times, hoping for a standard of higher quality within the newspaper, announced that from now on, the Times's central branch, located in Krakow, will only report on a topic if it becomes influential enough within the country. Regional branches of The Commonwealth Times will still be able to freely report on local topics, however. These new practices were put into place after a report from the central government found that the Times had a high rate of employee exhaustion compared to other government-owned businesses.

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An invitation is sent

Earlier today, the King made an official statement in Krakow's central square inviting the president of Prymont, George Duval, to a state visit to the Commonwealth capital of Krakow. If accepted by the Prymontian president, then the series of meetings and talks would last three days.

The official statement can be read below-

"Throughout the past few months, tensions in the region, along with belong surrounded on all sides by potentially hostile countries, have forced the Commonwealth to take drastic measures to ensure the continuation of it's survival, chiefly among them the occupation, and hopefully eventual annexation, of the formerly-"barbarian" controlled territories to the east. However, and partially because of the annexation, we have yet to find any long lasting friends in the region. Today is when that ends. It is now best that we open up official talks with other Argic leaders. The revolutionary nation of Ahrana poses a threat to our nation's wellbeing and independence, so it would be unwise to let their leaders have a greater influence in the Commonwealth. Because of this, the next best choice is Prymont. Using my standing as the King of the Commonwealth, along with it's constituent regions, Poland and Lithuania, I herby invite the Prymontian president, George Duval, to Krakow for a series of high-level talks with me and the Chancellor."

According to the central government, this visit is necessary to ensure the continuation of the Commonwealth's safety and prosperity.

We await to see if and when the talks begin.

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