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    Abstract To save space and keep things all in one place, this will be my OOC thread for my Expansion RPs while also serving as my official claim to the areas. The diligent reader (or lurker) on this forums will note how the multitude of relevant and some tangentially relevant sources below have all been directed towards building up to this RP. This wasn't just put together like: hUrR DUrR GiB mE LOTSA cLAy HuUuUurrrrRRR, the RPs below have been consciously placed (for the most part) to build up support to my claim here. In the following article, I will state my justifications and stake my claims towards an expansion of significant size. This will prove: 1) A case where the player has used a similar expansion and been granted his claim. 2) How this sort of expansion RP is done step-by-step from news posts, escalation, to execution. 3) That the expansion in question has been given visual form by being shown clearly and accurately on a partition of the Region's map. Reiterating, this thread serves to tie in these varied resources and present a coherent OOC claim necessary to legitimise such an expansion--here the player will also respond to relevant points of criticism in defence of his claim and if necessary, make relevant edits to fit community regulations. Summary Iverica wants to expand through a political federation of states (NPCs for this case) which Iverica is already Hegemon over. Iverica's leadership is able to do this because of the following things: A constitutional amendment was made (see: "CA no. 103" below) which contains the foundation for unifying other culturally cohesive "Solidaridad" states. Solidaridad- "Iberic Solidarity", is an ethno-ideological concept which refers to the perceived unity of all Iberic Diaspora states. Degrees of Solidaridad exist--the strongest linking ideologically homogenous states, guaranteeing military or diplomatic mutual-protection. The weakest degree linking ideologically opposed states only through shared ancestry, this degree does not guarantee strong ties or other mutual benefits. All the states concerned in this RP are Solidaridad states of the strongest degree--constitutions are similar, lingua franca (Iverican) is shared, exclusive trade and border agreements usually exist between most. Stagnation of the Satellite States and Rise of Iverican Power- due to Primo Deitorr's pursuit of foreign trade and political-economic manoeuvering, Iverica has seen a rise in industrial output, military protectionism, trade surplus, and technological growth. Satellite states look more favourably on a union with Iverica because of stagnant economies and having the military backing of Iverica's aggressively protectionist policy as well as membership in the Defence treaty "TRIDENT". In short, they want to benefit from Iverica's gains internationally and regionally. Union Under a Common and Grave Cause- To be revealed. This will be demonstrated in an upcoming RP wherein the various states take up arms against a common enemy during a critical period which could make or break the future of the federation. Gameplay Justifications Case: Fleur de Lys' Union Pan-Republicaine [LINK] Fleur de Lys has successfully made a similar expansion via diplomacy/legislation with no outcry from the membership then. It is fair to expect that if there is any opposition to the nature and critical similarities between this RP and FdL's RP, the opponent must carry the burden of proving against the Lysian claim as well. TLDR: No one took issue OOC or released any statements IC on FdL's expansion, therefore if any qualms about critical similarities with the RPs are had, I expect due diligence to be taken. Relevant News Posts and RP Events I have been planning this extensively for a long time (since about Oct-Nov 2017), I have made many posts since this time relevant to the IC justifications of why a state would want to be part of an Iverican Federation, some details how this may be done, and news posts of citizens wanting to do this in the past. Once again, the opposition carries the burden of adequate research on the posts I have worked hard to produce the past half-year. There is no TLDR excuse here, sounds abrasive but it is not too much for me to ask critics to read my content and make citations as necessary. Integration of "Las Islas Ultramares"- evidence that Iverica can integrate a Solidaridad state. Claim [OOC] [LINK] Initial (Ultramariano) Referendum [LINK] First Delay [LINK] Plebiscite [LINK] CA no. 103: Amendment Passes [LINK] Previous Attempts to Integrate & Context of the Expansion RP Involvement and Status in IGOs- supporting points why satellite states want to integrate. [ATARA] [TRIDENT] Cases Proving Iverican Defensive Capability- further supporting points to why satellite states want to integrate. As a Hegemon, Iverica is able to prove that it is willing to decisively use force to protect citizens domestically and internationally. Operations in Afropa - See related articles for escalation and justification of this RP. Operation Paloma- Evacuation of Nationals from Ahranaian Revolution Verde Blockade Economic Prosperity- Iverica is able to prove that it RP'd and news-posted content which justifies a strong economy--further supporting the rationale that satellite states would want to integrate for mutual/self-profit. Proof of Sale 1- Astriedan Proof of Sale 2- Gallambria Proof of Sale 3- Girkmand Following this are some mentions of the KeyPhone and uses of the Apps like Wittier which are inferred to be at least well known in international markets News Post Re: Economy-1 News Post Re: Technological and Infrastructure Growth- 1 News Post Re: Tech and Infrastructure Growth- 2 Supporting this are further less relevant articles on my news agency showing the build-up of other industries and its effect on certain sectors of society. CORE EXPANSION RP: State of the Republic Sets context, stakes, dramatis personae, and ties in above^ points in preparation for CORE RP 2: Iverican Boogaloo the climax of the Expansion RP. Also explains the effects of some of Iverica's prior RPs and explains some of Iverica's plans for the future. CORE EXPANSION RP 2: (UPCOMING) This will conclude the expansion for the most part pending a few addendums to clearly explain some gaps the scenario is bound to have. The additions on the Region's map would then be justified at the conclusion of this RP. OUTLINE OF RELEVANT EXPANSION The four states as pictured: The Free State of Vasqqa (Red), The Duchy of Verde (Green), The Confederate Union of Narva (Blue) and Greater Galicia (Yellow) I plan to either make a long-run RP wherein I will explain how we united under one important cause, or stagger their addition in two stages. SOME IRL CASES OF SIMILAR UNIFICATION Unification of Germany Union of the 13 Colonies- United States of America Unification of Italy --- End
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    LIBERAL PARTY UPSETS 20 YEAR CONSERVATIVE RULE ABP - The Liberal Party wins a stunning electoral victory over the ruling conservative party during the elections held on June 20, 2018. Celebratory Supporters have flooded the streets of Nueva Vega to show support for their winning party. The Victorious liberal party shall now gather together and formally announce the new prime minister of the newly formed Belearean Government. The losing conservative party has held power over the Belearean government in the last 20 years. Arising to power under a platform of self sufficiency, the conservative government has banned most imports and heavily tax the few goods that aren't. They instituted an economic policy of import substitution that lifted millions of Beleareans out of unemployment and into the middle class and supported the growth of many local firms and corporations that stepped up to provide substitutes for the now unavailable foreign goods. However, rising costs of living, wage stagnation, and tax-driven inflation due to the increasingly inefficient, self sufficient economy and sky-high tariffs on imported goods failed to see improvement in the average standard of living. The Newly risen Liberal Party now promises economic and trade policy reforms, Promising that a Belearean economy can find its niche in the global economy without leaving any Belearean behind.
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    Beats from the Saddle: Fulgistan's Underground Hip-Hop Scene by Otryadyn Gyatso If you're Foolish Bandit (and if you are, hi, I'm a big fan), you're probably singing about women, drugs and fast cars. But if you're Big Schwack, the Fulgistani internet sensation, you're dropping lines about Brownies, stallions and banana lean. Big Schwack is one of a number of rap artists in the 'Stan's burgeoning scene, which has seen a rise in popularity online, with some artists enjoying more popularity on the net than they do in their own country. The netizens have termed this new genre "horse-hop", and its rough, guttural style and pulsing, erratic electronic beats distinguish it from other forms of rap. However, Fulgistan has a history of not allowing rap artists to perform in public, despite recent moves to relax government control on media and the arts, meaning that most of these artists have to produce their music either online or perform in secret. Both of my parents are from The 'Stan, but we moved to Gallambria when I was a baby. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to visit my ancestral homeland, I flew into Bogd Gioro to investigate this quasi-legal music movement. The interview with Big Schwack almost didn't happen. He'd been detained by the police on drug charges, and thankfully, after a quick bribe from our producer to the duty officer, we were able to speak with the man himself. He took us to a favorite dive bar in the capital's Bishkek neighborhood, considered by most to be the epicenter of the hip-hop phenomenon. After ordering a couple of Banana Buds for our crew, Big Schwack gave us our interview. V: So, you were just in jail, correct? BS: Yes, the government, they don't like me to perform, so they claim all the...drugs, guns, this, that to suppress me, suppress my art. V: You say that it's not actually because you're a criminal so much as the Communist Party wanting to, to, stop you from performing, is that correct? BS: When you go to [a] bar in Bishkek, like here, you always find rapper, rap crew, whatever, lah. The Communist Party, like you say, they target me, only me, because I speak out against the bad things they do in this country. V: What sort of bad things do you rap about when you perform? BS: I talk about religion, the terrorism, how [the] government is corrupt. They don't like this, so they try [to] put me in prison. V: Have you ever been imprisoned for your music? BS: I have gone to the jail many, many times, many times been arrested, detained, but never have they been able to put me in, ah, prison yet. They will always try, though. Always, always they try to, to lock me up. V: How do you feel about the popularity you and other Fulgistani rap artists have gotten internationally, on the internet? BS: It makes me very, you know, excited to see...all these people around the world enjoy our music. Only I wish that our government, our whole country, could accept us, could enjoy the rap and the horse-hop in [the] same way. V: Thanks, Big Schwack. Anything else you'd like to say? BS: I want to say that, if you read this on the Internet, please go check out my new single, Horse Don't Prance, and also I want to say to the government that we are not [a] threat to the public, we just want [to] perform our music for everyone, so we can all enjoy. Horse-hop forever, man! V: Cheers, BS. Thanks for the interview. It was clear to us now that the rappers were not exactly cultural heroes to the Fulgistani government. But what exactly was the threat they posed? Sure, their music videos showed off gold-plated Brownies and phat blunts, but you'd find the same thing in most nomad communities in the countryside, albeit with less gold and (somehow) more weed. Historically Fulgistan's Communist government had kept a tight lid on subversive music, but since the twenty-teens, that seemed to be relaxing. Why the special (mis)treatment of hip-hop? To find out, we met with Dengdeng Elbegdorz, the man in charge of policing the rowdy Bishkek neighborhood (and not the man we'd earlier bribed, if you were wondering). When asked about crackdowns on rap artists, he said that "the rappers, the horse-hop guys, they say, you know, they are law-abiding, but really when we go to the club or the bar or whatever, always we find the drugs, the unlicensed gun, you know, the contraband. If they do this in public, it encourages disorder and erodes the...social harmony of our country. When the culture, the behavior, of the horse-hop performers is in line with the...the standards of legality, then they will be able to enjoy the freedoms of the other musicians". We spent the next week in Bogd Gioro, but couldn't really locate any other rappers; they all either refused to speak to us or believed us to be government spies. Since the time of our visit, in mid-March, Big Schwack has been arrested again, this time on charges of gang affiliation. However, earlier this month, Secretary for Culture Bayanchur Tekin announced that starting in July, horse-hop artists would be able to apply for public performance permits, which are required to perform in large venues like stadiums and theaters. While currently the rappers are cleared only to perform in restaurants and on the street, this represents a big future step forward in the government's relationship with the artform. Rap artists on ZoundsCloud are already announcing tours in the country, igniting a new wave of online enthusiasm for the wonderful, weird genre that is horse-hop. For VIRTUE News, I've been Otryadyn Gyatso. Salaam.
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    EMMANUEL TORRALBA DECLARED AS GOVERNMENT PM Official portrait of PM Emmanuel Torralba ABP - Liberal Party leader EmmanuelTorralba was declared as the Prime Minister of Beleareas as of June 22, 2018 08:00AM BST. Miguel Torralba's Liberal Party won a stunning major victory over the ruling Conservative Belearean Party. In a quote to the Belearean Times, "The Belearean people have spoken! We shall put an end to the autarkist policies of the previous government that has held back our great nation for the last 2 decades. Beleareas is now open for business!" The Liberal Party has released the details of their new policies: The elimination of all import bans Ending the protectionist tariffs and replacing them with reciprocal tariffs Study the feasibility of participation in international trade organizations Establish bilateral trade treaties
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    One hundred years of AGL To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of AGL todays article is about the history behind AGL, Limonaia's largest news network.s AGL was established by the government on the 22nd of June 1918 to serve as the news outlet of the state. To this day the state owns 30% of AGL shares, but is allowed to run without the government interfering. AGL quickly grew and merged with other non-government owned news agencies notable ones being Limone Volte and Notizie dei lavoratori. Following the coup d'etat by General Luca di Ortello AGL was completely absorbed by the government, and all shares owned by private investors were seized by the state. AGL was mostly used by the Ortello dictatorship to spread propaganda regarding the regime. After the collapse of the Dictatorial Republic of Limonaia and the restoration of the Grand Duke the government sold most of its shares in AGL and re-established its former credibility that had been lost during the Republic. Today AGL has two radio channels, a newspaper and one television channel and reports on news from all over the world as well as local culture, politics, entertainment and so on.
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    Manamana League What started as a bilateral project of the Syndicate State of @Synturia and the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands, over time evolved into one of the largest international cooperations in history. When the two initial nations began digging the Manamana Canal to foster the economies of both nations and to further Technocratic ideas, nobody would have expected that workers from eight ethnically and ideologically different nations would work together in harmony at the site just a few months later. The growing worker's settlement has grown into a vibrant, international melting pot of cultures. Couples form, marriages are contracted and children are born and raised in Manamana. Currently, there are 137.500 men working in Manamana, not including their families and people working in essential services. Now, it is impossible to deny what has happened: a new city has been born out of nothing but friendship and Elegy Superconcrete(TM). So far, the project was under administration of a Synturian-Sunset-Sea-Islandian council. With a real city under its rule, the assembly decided that a bilateral council can no longer represent the voices of eight different national groups. Therefore, the council invites the local representatives of @Andalla, @Mauridiviah, @Asgeirria, @Shffahkia, @Little Flau and @Selayar to a meeting to establish a new organisation to replace the current council: the Manamana League. Workforce distribution at the Manamana Canal construction site. OOC: Whilst this project will certainly foster the economies of all involved nations, please keep in mild that technocratic influences should gain a little popularity in your nations. The project is still intended to serve the cause it was designed to server: spreading technocracy through the world. OOC 2: All numbers stated are interchangable. I put in ten thousand as a base value sind I don't know how fast population at such places grows. It'd be help me out if y'all would tell me how many workers you intend to dispatch to Manamana. Mauridiviah pointed out that the Panama Canal was smaller and built by 75,000 people, so I wouldn't mind cranking the numbers up to 100,000 if nobody would mind. OOC 3: After consulting with most Manamana members, we've cranked the numbers up quite a bit. @Shffahkia calculated that if the Manamana Canal was built around the same time and technological level as the Panama Canal, it would require 133.500 workers. Currently, we're sitting at 137.500, which might already be enough, if you take modern technology into consideration. Feel free to edit your numbers in this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1msBUzgX9JG1K1mbvWva6z8AJXKhVi30zneXU84k6yG4/edit?usp=sharing
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    I am Bergistan, I am new to the Nationstates role playing community, but I hope to have some good times here.
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    BEL-AIRES TO SERVE THREE NEW NATIONAL DESTINATIONS ABP- The Belearean Airlines Bel-Aires, has announce that it shall be serving new flight routes into @Fulgistan, @Mauridiviah, and @Greater Serbia. The Bel-Aires CEO Miguel Granada was quoted "This is explosive news! Once it hits the news papers it will be so the bomb!" during a share holder meeting. Bel-Aires will continue to expand its operations abroad and shall look forward to establishing routes in @Limonaia, @Iverica, @Monvisret and @Sunset Sea Islands for its next round of expansions. Bel-Aires has seen a long period of stagnation after the conservative government of Beleareas imposed an isolationist policy 20 years ago. "Now, with the new Liberal Government, we can look forward to a brighter future!" says Granada.
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    Belearean - Airlines Established in June 2000, Bel-Aires is a passenger airline that is devoted to providing quality and affordable air transport within the Kingdom of Beleareas and other countries around the world. It currently charters domestic flights within the Kingdom between domestic airports and shall expand its operations to foreign destinations upon the finished construction of the San Tonio International Airport and the Rehabilitation of the Nueva Vega International Airport. Routes served All domestic airports in Menorca From Nueva Vega International Airport Bogd Gioro Liberty International, @Fulgistan Wulumuqi International Airport, Fulgistan All Mauridivian International Airports, @Mauridiviah Slobodan Milosevic International, Beograd, Greater Serbia Vojvodina International, @Greater Serbia *Temporarily Halted Toledo Manile Int'l, @Iverica From San Tonio International Airport coming soon From Wulumuqi International Airport, Fulgistan Tellakois, @Adaptus Adthens, Adaptus Gallambrian International Airports @Gallambria
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    Prince Aidan Redmond hopped down from the helicopter as it touched down on the carrier deck. It was an exciting piece of technology, and an import symbol of prestige for the country. He had made sure that his father hadn't screwed up this one thing, especially after having him serve in the Royal Navy for a few years. A dozen or so feet in front of him a middle aged woman in an admiral's naval uniform approach him, walking briskly with confidence. "Your Highness, welcome to the HMS Defiant." The Prince smiled and jogged up to her and hugged her, the admiral going stiff not expecting the embrace, "Admiral Forrest I'm happy to see you, I hope you're taking care of our new ship here." Aidan stopped hugging her and she pulled back a little regaining her composure, "Sadly I don't captain this fine ship, that would be the responsibility of Captain Jason Walker your Highness." "So where is our fine captain Admiral?" Aidan said looking around the deck, "I came here for a tour, might as well have the captain himself show me around." "I left him on the bridge, I had figured you rather me come to greet you." Forrest replied, "We can take you right to him Highness" "Lead the way." Aidan extended his hand toward the bridge, "And please Admiral, no more Highnesses, I was a lieutenant on your ship, makes me uncomfortable." The Admiral looked visibly awkward at the suggestion, considering she had no idea what she was supposed to call him other than that. They continued their walk towards the bridge as the crews moved past them to tend to the Prince's landed helicopter. "My apologies... Prince Aidan I was just following protocol." "Tell you what Admiral, if we are doing anything military related we'll just stick to 'Sir'. And write a memo or something so everyone else knows that, otherwise I'm going to be buried under Highnesses" Forrest chuckled, "I'll keep that in mind sir." ------------------ Both of them entered the bridge, which to Admiral Forrest's surprise was abuzz with activity. In fact nobody stopped to acknowledge the Prince at all. She was about to snap at them all when Aidan raised his hand in front of her, "Is it normally this busy for a shakedown cruise?" Irritated, the Admiral replied curtly, "No sir, this is unacceptable." "Something is wrong." Aidan's voice had tinge of worry in it. He wove his way through the chaos, Admiral in tow and found Captain Walker huddled over a screen with some of his staff. He tapped on the Captain's back, "Captain do you mind?" Angry at being interrupted Walker turned toward the idiot interrupting him, however his anger turned to embarrassment upon seeing the Prince's face. He stood up stock straight with a salute, "You're Highness, my apologies" Everyone in the room stopped and assumed the same position as Captain Walker. Aidan waved his hands in the air, "Go back to work!", he paused, "And just call me sir. The Admiral didn't have time for the memo." The moment he said that everyone rushed back to whatever they had already been doing. Aidan turn back to the Captain and crossed his arms, "Captain what the hell is going on" Walker looked nervously back at the screen for a second before turning back to the Prince, "Sir, we've lost all ground based contact. It started when we were unable to raise the palace to get an update on your ETA. At first we believed it was a fault int he radio system, with the ship being so new. But when we determined that wasn't the case we knew something was wrong. We've managed to gain contact with the rest of the fleet, with the exception of two destroyers that were docked at Selbourne." Aidan looked shocked and was trying to think of the next thing to say when the Admiral spoke up, "What do you think is happening Captain?" "I'm not sure ma'am, but just before you came in we were able to confirm the SBC has stopped transmitting." "The SBC doesn't just stop. It hasn't had an unexpected outage in decades." Aidan said. The Captain nodded, "I understand that sir, but if I had to hazard a guess, I believe someone is trying to take control of the country. Several of our ships have begun receiving new orders, including the Defiant. The marines onboard our ships have been ordered to disembark to join 'peacekeeping activities in the city'. As of now however, none of our ships have complied with the orders." "Christ, I knew he was going to pul something like this." Aidan snapped. "Henry couldn't stay patient could he." Forrest turn to Aidan, "Your brother. You think he's behind all this?" "Oh yes, he's been embezzling for weeks. And I suppose all the schmoozing and boozing the nobility certainly didn't make things worse for him. No wonder he tried to pull this when I was away from the city." A young marine approached visibly excited and nervous, "Um Your Highness, Admiral, Captain. I think we've found something." The trio stared at him for a second and Aidan waved, "Well as much as I appreciate a dramatic entrance, I think it might be best for you to tell us right now." "Oh yes, sorry, I've managed to get contact with the Royal Marine base at Norfolk. Whatever is going on they haven't shifted their orders and have been waiting on you personally to confirm. I think Norfolk might be the best place for us to go." Aidan took a second to look him over and then turned to the other two beside, "Well you heard the Corporal Captain Walker, set a course for Norfolk now. This is probably going to be the best luck we'll get on this sh*tty day. Admiral, get on the radio and tell our ships to head to Norfolk, by the order of Prince Aidan." He turned back to the corporal, "And uh you, do me a favor and keep watch on the telly for the SBC. I want to know what my brother is trying to do publicly."
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    Hello everyone! I've been in and out of this game for a while, been in more than my fair share of Roleplaying Regions. This looks like a really cool place and I'm looking forward to being a part of it!
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    Flag and coat of arms of Limonaia The Grand Duchy of Limonaia Il Granducato di Limonaia (Limonaian) Etymology The name Limonaia is widely believed to have come from the local word for lemons, as the region itself has been known for it's production of lemons for a long time, the country calls itself the "Land of the Lemons" and this is likely where the name it self comes from. Geography Limonaia is a somewhat small country in northern Alharu with a long rugged coastline, followed by gentle hills as well as mountains towards the east. In the northern region of the country the Autonomous region of Boevendal is located, which is directly north of the capital Limone. The nation also posseses the small island of Anaca off the coastline in the Ygros sea. History The beggining of modern Limonaia comes in the form of various citystates on the coast of modern day Limone. These states eventually expanded into the mountains and hills in the surrounding area. Some of these states would expand and become merchant republics with colonies across the seas, while other states grew rich of production of various materials. Eventually the citystates either grew too big or were conquered by neighbouring states thus ending the era of republics, but they did leave a lasting impact on the nation. Most cities were massive production centres in things such as glass, furniture textiles and other wares, which can be reflected in the modern day industrial capacity of the nation. In place of these republics multiple counties and duchies were established who then united in the year of 1694 forming the Grand Duchy of Limonaia for the first time. In the following years recolonisation of previously held territories both accross the seas and expantion into neighbouring lands followed. Eventually proclaiming the Kingdom of Limonaia which would last from 1745 to 1902 when it was abolished in favour of the old "Grand Duchy" following a civil war were much of its colonies and "extra" land was lost to it's neigbours. In the period between 1902 to 1952 Limonaia went through major political reforms where a parliament and other institutions were established pushing the country away from absolutism resulting in the Limonaian constitution being adopted in 1912. However in 1952 the military took power in a coup d'etat establishing a military dictatorship under General Luca di Ortello until his death in 1976 where Vittorio Emanuelle VI was restored as monarch, however with absolute power unlike before the dictatorship. This has however been gradually changed with parliament being reopened in 1993 and the Grand Duke gradually giving the parliement more power. Recently unrest because of this has increased tenfold. Government The Grand duchy of Limonaia is currently a Unitary Parliamentary Semi-Constitutional Monarchy with its current monarch being Grand Duke Vittorio Emanuelle VI. The current Prime Minister of Limonaia is Antonio Guiverdi who assumed office in september 2017 following a controversial refusal by the Grand Duke to accept a liberal victory in the elections, forcing the Liberals to enter a coalition with the Centre-Right party. The parliament of Limonaia has one chamber with 345 seats and has sessions in the capital of Limone. The country has parliamentary elections every four years, as well as separate local elections. Military The armed forces of Limonaia has personnel of around 420,000. The pride of Limonaia is its navy of one aircraft carrier, the ND Palo, twelve frigates, three corvettes, one destroyer and five submarines. The Limonaian army is modern and incorporates roughly 150,000 active personnel. Its equipment ranges from APCs to tanks and SPGs. Economy Limonaia is a heavily industrialized nation with a mixed economy. Some of the largest sectors are the automotive industry, fashion, glass, wine, olives and Lemons. Tourism also contributes to a large portion of jobs and wealth within the country. The country has historically had problems with infrastructure due to its uneven terrain, but has thanks to modern investments established a large railway system, including high speed trains between the largest cities in the country, a project that was finished in spring 2007. Society The country has around 48 million inhabitants in which a majority of 89% are ethnic Limonaians. There is a sizable minority people of Variot origin in Boevendal who are the majority of the population in this province. Most of the population speak Limonaian as their first language, around 93% with Variot being the second most spoken language with about 3% of the population.
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    GFWFA VARINCO "THE PROPER CHOICE" ORDER FORM 34A: OVERSEAS, BULK BUYER: ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ PAYMENT: MAGNAEAN CREDIT, 30,000,000 CONTENTS OF ORDER FOLLOW VARINCO(R) AG-56 'BROWNIE': 1100 VARINCO(R) KGM-84 'PIGEON': 3500 VARINCO(R) PPP-99 'SINTER KLAAS': 6500 VARINCO(R) AFK 'FOOTBALL': 75 VARINCO(R) AGM-68 'CHILI CON CARNE': 200 VARINCO(R) LAW-90 'DOLLHOUSE': 150 VARINCO(R) G-98 FRAGMENTATION GRENADE: 2000 VARINCO(R) G-98 INCENDIARY GRENADE: 500 VARINCO(R) AFM-04 ANTIVEHICULAR MINE: 250 VARINCO (R) AMM-08 ANTI-SHIP MINE: 65 VARINCO (R) GW69 'KITTEN': 105 TO BE DELIVERED NO LATER THAN 10/31/18 BUYER REQUESTS NON-SEQUENTIAL SERIAL NUMBERS AND STANDARD VARINCO PROOF MARKS VARINCO: THE PROPER CHOICE
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    As hosts, the United States were given the honour of being the first act of the night. Their chosen performer, Foolish Bandit, awaited calmly in his backstage dressing room. Unlike some of the other acts, who were likely bricking it at the thought of performing in front of millions while representing their nation to the highest artistic degree, the Afropan-Prymontian was as cool and collected as ever. Singing on a big stage in front of thousands of adorning teenage fans was how he enjoyed spending his weekends; 20,000 audience members, most of whom weren't actually full fans of him, was no big deal. Of course, there was a sizeable portion of Bandit fans that'd snagged tickets and were impatiently awaiting the arrival of their hero. Being one of the bigger acts, FB was able to pull a few strings and allocate himself a part of the tickets, which were sold to fans at discounted prices with a host of Foolish Bandit EurthVision goodies too. Their chants overwhelmed the stadium, echoing through the corridors and faintly phasing through the walls of Bandit's room. Never before had he been given such an opportunity, to represent his country in a way he knew best. Throughout his career, he'd been known as a talent that followed an unorthodox path, wrote his own rules, and lived a life forged only by him. That was enough to warrant plenty of critics, and there'd never been a better time than now to silence them all. On the stage above, hosts Natalie Rødland and Jonas Riis were stationed behind an avantgarde glass podium as bright lights shone down on them from above. Before them sat 20,000 people; music fans, journalists, critics, and people who wanted to find out what all the fuss was about on what would otherwise have been a quiet Monday night. "Ladies and gentlemen, and those watching at home, thank you for joining us tonight on a historic evening for the music world. Tonight, the United States of Prymont will host the world's first EurthVision song contest, bringing together the best talents from across the globe to compete against one another for the ultimate prize." Natalie Rødland, adorning a designer black dress, introduced the show, her bright smile and neat hair providing a friendly, familiar face for the viewers. Fans knew her from starring alongside Foolish Bandit on the hit TV sitcom College. Since then, she's appeared in, written, and directed three movies, alongside featuring in the online-streaming show Rogue. She'd worked her way up through the showbusiness world, and tonight was her night just as much as it was anybody else's. "That's right. Eight of the best musical countries from across the world have sent their superlative singers, dancers, musicians, and performers, to put on one hell of a show for you. Over the next few hours, you'll enjoy entertainment from the likes of Orioni, the Sunset Sea Islands, Shffahkia and, of course, the United States of Prymont. Are you ready?" The crowd roared in agreement in response to Jonas Riis, an up-and-coming Prymontian singer who had recently gone viral with his digitally released song, Just Us Tonight. Hosting EurthVision was his chance to blow up in the music industry, put himself out there, and set himself up for a lifelong career. Suddenly the lights died down, plunging the stage into darkness as Rødland and Riis quickly evacuated. Stagehands removed the podium, replacing it with a standing microphone for the first act of the night. Foolish Bandit emerged into the darkness as smoke machines sent white plumes onto the stage, a single spotlight from above illuminating the centre where the singer positioned himself. He sported a unbuttoned blue @Andallan shirt and colourful floral shorts, painting a fun, happy picture that betrayed the upcoming lyrics of his song. The music started, playing out the gritty introduction as the wall behind him was lit up by a projector, playing a video made to accompany the performance. You and I, you and I, you and I Now it's you and I, you and I On the screen behind him, an attractive young woman donned a bikini on a tropical Sunset Sea Islandian beach. She stood by the calm waves, looking out over the ocean in serene tranquillity. Palm trees swayed lazily in the refreshing breeze, and the camera slowly panned to a shirtless Bandit, stood in the doorway of a straw hut a few metres out into the sea. His gaze met hers, but their expressions remained deadpan. Similarly, Bandit stood motionless on stage, his eyes closed as he held the mic to utter the hook. Pull up in that K3, outfit cost 10G Nobody can top me, better when you're with me Together we are free My place, we can do what you want at your pace Memories of the night we erase, can't go back The video cuts to the next scene, which sees Bandit driving a KAP K3 on the winding mountainous backroads of Liberty Island. The camera is positioned in the back seat, showing Bandit enjoying the driving while the girl hangs her arm out of the window, catching the breeze which sends her hair sprawling behind her. FB remains still before the audience, his eyes open but glazed over as he stares endlessly into the central camera. Acting out on set, we making out, getting some flak Now look at us, they can't catch up, we run the pack Was feeling so alone, gotta cry for a minute Send a text out your way, you be over in a minute I be over in a minute, girl cut me some slack We were destined together, it's the zodiac Two more lights shine bright from above as the smoke begins to subside, revealing a handful of female dancers dressed in skimpy clothing either side of the singer. Their dancing is slow, rhythmic, and fluid, as they match the tune in beautiful harmony. Bandit is now gesticulating with his left hand as his right continues to clutch the microphone, his feet rooted to the spot. Behind him, the movie shows the two arriving at a high rise hotel in the Utopia Resort City, quickly cutting to a musky bedroom barely lit by a dull lamp in the corner. Bandit lays on the bed, staring up at the phone he holds above his face, while the woman emerges from the en-suite in just a towel. She turns her back to the camera and releases the towel just before the shot fades away. I'm putting all these thoughts down on the track I make masterpieces, nah this ain't whack I tour all the globe, I do not fall back The bandit era, people hear her, fear attack Too big for y'all, Noah Marshall Nah we ain't you, we don't play ball I'm waitin' right here to throw the curveball The harder they rise, the harder they fall, In the following scene, the girl watches as Bandit boards a plane at an airport, staring from a window as he takes his seat. He wears headphones and designer clothes, nodding his head slightly to the music he's listening to as her shoulders hang low in defeat. She's lost him to the music, to the life of touring and performing, to his hoardes of fans that demand to meet him. His fame and popularity has risen above laid back holidays on private beaches with a love interest. For now, they're over. Before the audience, Bandit remains in place and the dancers continue their slow, steady routine. As he reaches the line "the harder they rise, the harder they fall," the dancers rush towards him, surrounding him as he removes the microphone from it's stand and raises his free hand in the air. I hate the rise I'm feeling so alone on the tour bus, can't write the chorus Just got you on my mind, can't believe you're taken I write it on paper, my mind is mistaken Ah, damn, forgot the words, so caught up, man I lost the verse Die in the back and the hearse in reverse I ain't going nowhere in the front seat, nah, deceased As he sings "I hate the rise", bright purples, blues, pinks and reds flood the stage, their strobe effects instantly changing the tempo of the dancing as the women perform energetic, precise movements. Their heads whip around in time with the music as Bandit jumps around the stage, his hyper movements once again portraying a false image. The video also changes style, with still images flashing up every second to provide a larger picture; he's writing lyrics in the studio, sitting alone on the tour bus, resting his head in his hands in his dressing room, meeting with journalists for interviews. When the song comes to a pause with "Ah, damn," the dancers freeze in their positions while Bandit comes to a stop, clutching his head and looking down at the floor, before continuing with the song. During this, the lighting had stopped too, before resuming it's crazy, erratic style. I don't act, I just play a lot, I ain't rich, I get paid a lot Wannabe rappers wanna be me So why ain't they singing that Foolish B? My life isn't simple, it's in 3D Nah, man, it ain't easy Crowd goes wild, lost in her smile I ain't seen for a while Got her on speed dial While the lighting and the dancers continue their crazy, sharp movements, Bandit is reduced to walking casually along the stage, nearing the edge to sing to his fans who reach forwards and scream for his touch. He reaches down to meet them, embracing with a couple before returning to the centre of the stage. As for the movie, Bandit is back home in Prymont, and recordings from his 2010 tour at the OstportX Arena play. The crowd is much smaller and don't know the lyrics like they do today, but they're just as enthusiastic, bouncing around and enjoying the performance. Free at last, gonna chase her down man, yeah I try it, yeah I try it And I need you now, so come on now girl, go figure out And my fans all sayin', oh, they going out? Turns out that they fake it, hide out in the public Come and find you, paparazzi hound you, people beggin' Say something, say something Now, Bandit's movements become aggressive, as he slices the air with his hand in time to his rapping. The dancers crowd him once again, their hands invading his body and tugging at his clothing to match the intensity of the song. He makes no effort to shrug them off or move away from them, but doesn't outwardly enjoy it either. When he sings "say something, say something", the lighting subdues and the women rush back into the shadows, leaving Foolish Bandit alone in the single white light that is cast upon him. The video shows Bandit boarding another plane and returning to the Sunset Sea Islands. He rushes through busy streets in the city, racing to the beach where he knows he'll find his girl. You and I, you and I, you and I Now it's you and I, you and I After reuniting the microphone with it's stand, he takes up his first pose of the performance, eyes closed, and sings the last two lines. Behind him, he is shown finding the woman on the beach, bringing her in for an embrace as the two finally have smiles on their faces. Finally, for the ending scene, a selfie that he'd taken with Natalie in the Sunset Sea Islands flashes up just for a split second, before the video ends, leaving Bandit stationary as the outtro of the song plays. As it finishes, the stage returns to darkness for the stagehands to erect the podium and for the hosts to return; when the lights come back on, Bandit is gone. The hosts wait for the raucous, everlasting applause to die down, offering celebrations and congratulations of their own before silence is presented for them. "Well, what a start to the night that was! Will anyone be able to top Foolish Bandit? If you want to show your support at home, please follow the on-screen instructions - or, you can save your vote for later if you prefer another act." "And, of course, all of the national judges will be rating the performance, not only on the song, but also on the stage effects and dancing routines to determine their score. All will be revealed at the end of the night. Now, on to the next nation!"
  15. 7 points
    The Republic of Valacia Etymology The name Valacia was actually lifted from a dead religion, practised by those who had settled the nation many years before the creation of the state as it exists now. The name was the word which was used for “promised land,” and the modern Valacians had the hope that the name would inspire that sort of peaceful existence for themselves. It has yet to pan out that way. Geography Valacia is situated between in the sea between the continents of Argis and Alharu. To the north is the Sakspati Sea, while the Ygros Sea lies to the south. The nation consists of a string of four islands. Valkyria is the national capitol city. Other major cities include: Acendria Gilona Mavala Valoria Velletri Combined, the islands come to roughly 35156.5 km^2, with the island of Valacia, on which the nation's capitol rests, being the largest. History The history of Valacia is one filled with strife and bloodshed, most of it recently internal. The Valacian Democracy, as it exists now, has only existed for about one hundred years since 1919, and is therefore relatively new. It owes its existence to a particularly successful revolution, the last of a long string of such rebellions against the former monarchy of the area, formerly known as the Kingdom of Alleria. After a long and drawn out conflict, the rebels pulled out a victory, and have spent the last hundred years installing a democracy and reconstructing the nation in a way that benefits the people again, though, of course, there are still those who would continue the proud Valacian tradition of rebelling against the reigning powers that be. Government The current President of Valacia is President Alan Pierce, direct descendant of one of the big names of the rebellion that freed Valacia from the rule of the monarchy. He’s the head of the executive branch, and shares power with a senate and a supreme court. Military Because they have never quite been able to root out those that would see the installation of a monarch or an autocrat, the Valacian military is on constant alert. While there are not regular terrorist attacks or open fighting in the streets, it is important for the military to be on alert, keeping an ear to the ground so that when the next group rises, they may be quickly crushed. As a result, the military gets a substantial amount of funding and has a good deal of urban fighting training and experience. Economy Valacia is an oceanic country, and as a result, a lot of their economy is based around the ocean. Fishing is a large industry, as it oceanic commerce. There are also a couple of expeditions looking for offshore drilling locations, but very few have turned up. On land, the predominant industry is still construction, as a lot of Valacians have spent a lot of time rebuilding their nation, but with the relative peace the democratic government has brought, other industries are beginning to experience growth as the construction industry loses places to build. Land reclamation is being experimented with, but many wonder if perhaps it would be more useful to simply start expanding elsewhere. Demographics Valacians share an olive skin tone and commonly have dark hair color. While most of the nation belongs to the loyalist camp, there are those who wish for the return of a strong autocrat, be they a monarch or a dictator. Many wish for the days when the decisions of leadership were not in their hands, and would see the return of an autocrat as a blessing. These beliefs have not managed to gain much traction, but occasionally a group will get a little big for it’s britches and start something. Culture On the whole, the nation is a mix of Greco/Italian ideals. Sailing is a common pastime in Valacia, as is a soccer analogue (which can just be soccer if soccer exists in this world). The arts focus on a variety of themes, but the most common tends to be national identity, reflecting the artist's ideas of whether the current government is one to be lauded or to be replaced.
  16. 7 points
    BELEAREAN ELECTIONS On behalf of the Government of Gallambria, we wish to extend our congratulations to the new Government of Beleareas, and the new Belearean Prime Minister Emmanuel Torralba. With the election of the new Government, came policies that would bring Berealeas to the world stage. Allowing the nation to access international trade, and the international market is a welcoming sign of their coming out of political and economic darkness. Once again, we congratulate Prime Minister Emmanuel Torralba and the new Government, and we hope to work together in the future. /END @Beleareas
  17. 7 points
    June 22, 2018 After lengthy discussions with the governments of the United States of @Prymont and the Federal Republic of @Girkmand, the Iverican committee on the ambitious proposal of a latitudinal Argic canal dubbed the "Canamo Canal" has given its positive research to the Executive Ministry, progressing talks on the project from survey and feasibility to construction planning and logistical planning. If the proposal pushes through on an executive level and is able to allocate private sponsorship, the gateway to easy maritime trade with the Canamo nations should become the veritable future of Mediargic commerce. The gargantuan scale of the project is still under intensive research and discussion by agencies from the three governments expected to be involved in the undertaking, but given the data released by the United States government on the Prymontian News Network, the likely result will be an interconnection of a series of flooded gorges along a mountain depression linking southerly rivers from the Hellenic Rus with a river bend on a strip of uninhabited terra nullis areas. Iverican surveyors from both the Léon Geotechnical Institute and teams from the Exersito's 79th CSS Batallion have completed several surveys of different possible routes the canal may take. The most promising finding being a 96-kilometre long route believed to have been formed by glacial ice movements. According to soil and rock samples taken from the area, the strip is believed to have once been a river flowing from the Mesozoic era until a theorised damming in the Cenozoic-paleocene eras due to landslides from the tectonic instability from the clashing Borean and Vesper plates. As the gorges only form a gapped "tear line" along the route--similar to dotted perforations on a ticket or packet--the survey team expects blasting or excavation along these narrow walls of loose boulders and gravel to be accomplished with relative ease. The Republic of Iverica's own participation in the construction and further development of the canal project is currently pending approval of the tentative Executive Proposal A0300. The Proposal Paper has now entered Executive Ministry Committee for Foreign Infrastructure Development for discussion on allocation of funds, feasibility, and other pre-planning--though with the positive reflection of research papers and the initial surveys, the proposal looks to be meeting little resistance should it succeed in securing private sector bids and sponsorships. --- June 22, 2018 Batteries from the 5a Airevieri Division Artillery Brigade are gearing up for a series of bilateral exercises and retraining with a Training Cadre from 101 Battery, Royal @Gallambrian Army. The exercises are expected to prepare the Airevieri gun and aircrews for the issuing of a new 155mm howitzer, a step up from the ageing 105mm pack-howitzers in widespread service. Taking place over a few weeks around Forta Léon and the Navaerr Valley Taiga, the exercises will not only familiarise the airborne with a new weapon system, but train them for deployment in cold-weather and elevated conditions presented by the Navaerr region--one the units of the Airevieri divisions strive to maintain a constant familiarity with in case of deployment to a Central Argic or Northern Argic front. Capo dei Exersito (Chief of Army) Gen. Javier Vittorio concurred with a statement from a Gallambrian officer: "This training program builds on a long-standing [sic] between the Gallambrian and Iverican Army's. Not only will it improve our inter-force capability, but also will allow both of our Army's to field composite Airborne Artillery gun lines should the need arise," said the Commanding Officer of 101 Battery RA, Major Paul Simmonds DSC. Replying that both goals were held in similar regard by the Republican Armed Service, General Vittorio had this to say: "The Exersito Lideratge maintains a similar interest in maintaining our capability of compatible joint-operations with TRIDENT service branches like the Royal Gallambrian Army. Furthermore, the longstanding reliance of our Exersito on a fast-deployment weapon system--the likes of airborne and light field guns are essential in our never-ending goal to sharpen greater combined arms effectiveness--for support of any operation, amphibious, air, airborne requiring on-call deployment of effective fire support." According to the official statement issued by the Exersito Peninsulares Comando, the exercises will include refresher courses on the following: (1) Movement of howitzer (gun), supplies and equipment by hand. (2) Initial fires of a defensive nature for the protection of rallying and assembly areas. (3) Preparation to support an attack in any direction. (4) Forward observation methods of fire adjustment, including rocket and other rapid methods. While the challenges put forth by the Opposing Force (OP4) units will focus on stressing the coordination and communications of sections and their officers, probing their effectiveness in security, and providing simulated conditions for the Airevieri trainees to respond to--which may include danger-close fire missions using training rounds or laser equipment, a simulated withdrawal under fire and egress, and "scattered" or "bad" drops simulating a disorganised deployment in less than ideal conditions. Join us next week as we cover the unclassified highlights of the exercise. ---
  18. 6 points
    Nation in Europa: https://www.nationstates.net/nation=aluxia Flag: Flag image is located at the top of the factbook Capital name: Galan City Capital location: along a river. Factbook link: Newsroom link: Culture: Not easy to hone down but I would say that it's a mixture of Germany and Russia, probably more of the latter. Climate: Temperate Location History: 1500 years, been in isolation for 1000 years until recently when Emperor Davros XXII opened the Empire's borders. I recognize that I will be given a choice of 2-3 locations but I have spotted an area where there is a bay and 3 major rivers meet in the southeast of Alharu which looks very much like where Aluxia would be located but would be intrigued to see what options are presented. Also, no rush, this is a low priority as there are many others ahead of me.
  19. 6 points
    Echos of stilettos sounding off on the marble flooring, a sound quickly becoming familiar to Ms Stolos, as she once again made her way through the vast halls of the High City. Every time she came, it always looks different. As if the entire interior shifted each day. Those occupying the building seemed to instinctively have a sense of direction. Including the silent, angelic aides, adorned in the whitest of white robes, and almost gliding as they moved, seemed to have an innate knowledge of this vast, and complex inter sanctum. She approached a relatively small archway. Relative to the usually grandeur of the place. She momentarily hesitated, making a quick peer around her. Finally making her way into the archway. Upon entering the room, she was struck with a brilliant light, that blinded her momentarily as she entered. Her eyes adjusted to see two Hypaspists stood either side of her, in their tell tale immaculate gold cloaks, and weaponry. To her front stood Augustus. Stern and serious as ever. She nodded as she approached. "You must have something serious to discuss to be here alone." Ms Stolos began. "What's the agenda today?" Augusts smirked towards her, in his always confident smile. "I see you're adjusting to this well." Ceres smiled back. "It's keeping me in a job!" They both gave a near silent chuckle. Immediately Augustus got to down to the agenda. "We now are closing in on securing our northern and southern borders. Opposition is slight, and our 'liberation' has gone well so far. Fast and efficient. Our task force are operating across the Adlantic now." Augustus noted Ceres' nods of acknowledgement and continued. "This task force, has allowed us a greater level of visibility in the West, that only our cyber operations could give us previously." Ms Stolos' eyes raised. "Ah, you've found something". Augustus nodded. "Indeed. It's no secret that slavery has been on the rise in the region during the Great Lull, and its still increasing today." "Yes, it seems to be a trend." Ceres replied. "Indeed. Well take a look at this." Augustus turned to face a wall. The Light from the room was almost torn from it, so quickly Ceres' eyes struggled to adjust. What now appeared to be a wall lit up in a rectangular section, as images appeared. There was no definitive source to determine where these pictures came from, but they were there, and moving. In incredible clarity, and precision. And almost as if Augusts' thoughts, controlled them. The Image was of a piece of land on the Western Continent of Argis. Just north of the Kezanoi Sea. The image, focused, and zoomed, in, then focused and continued to zoom in. Labels, text and diagrams began to appear, augmenting the image. Now it was obvious to her. @Greater Serbia. "We tracked this convoy leading out of the Serbic state." Augustus exclaimed. The image changed as he spoke. Focusing on a large convoy of vehicles beyond the boarder of the Western nation. "Bound for Derthalen, and other slave states. Not only does this show Derthalen is willing to breach our terms. It shows other nations are prepared to laugh in our face at our actions. We cannot allow this to continue. I ordered an InfoSec operation yesterday. It returned a trove of information. Whilst it is no secret Greater Serbia is a slave state. The extent has only now been realised. Their policies towards the minority peoples known as the Bosniaks is bordering on genocidal. We need to take care of it. I'd like you to lead the diplomatic attempts to stop this. If that fails I will hand this over to the military. For now an ultimatum need to be made clear." Ceres' at this point knew exactly what to do. She nodded. "I'll make the arrangements Augustus." And with that she made her way out. ______________ To: @Greater Serbia From: Grand Consul Ceres Stolos, the Grand Federal Kingdom of Adaptus. CC: G7 Nations of Europa. It has arrived to our attention, that your nation is currently engaging in the practice of slavery, with the exclusive goal to oppress a minority population, to the point we consider your actions verging on genocide. It is with this regard, that I must take these actions. With immediate affect, any trade Adaptus has with your nation is to cease. Further to this, we are in the process of engaging in a trade embargo facilitated by our naval presence in the area. We request, with dignity, that you end this practice of slavery, and oppression levelled at your minority population. We encourage further nations of our region to follow our stead in preserving common decency and restoration of civil liberties to the wider region. Should your nation refuse or fail to comply with these requests, further actions will be taken to assure freedom is granted to Bosniaks within your nation. Sincere Regards, Grand Consul Ceres Stolos.
  20. 6 points
    Office of the Secretary General To: George Duval, President of the United States of @Prymont From: Alexsandra M. L. Core, Secretary General of the Federation of Ahrana President Duval, It is a pleasure to hear from you even with such a delay in the response, I completely understand as running a nation can for sure take up your entire schedule. I am hoping that under my Leadership that our two nation's can become great friends in our realm and help usher in peace in the area. As the actions taken against Ahrana under the Ivanoff Leadership, it is understandable as if I was in your position I would've asked for the same actions to be taken. In the coming days and weeks I have many Diplomatic Meetings and such taking place and I hope to see a Document from my Foreign Ministry stating when you or a Delegation from your country are coming to Ahrana for the first Diplomatic Meeting with this Government. I look forward to the future with your country and mine. With kind regards, Alexsandra M. L. Core
  21. 6 points
    Manuel had ceased drinking water. This was it. He had failed his entire country. He just stared at the cup as that cold as ice lady spoke legalese to him. That was never really his strong suit. Then he realized something. He didn't have to withdraw the proposal, he could promise to re-draft it instead-- and he was given time to do so. He could still save the proposal and show Derthalen that they can't be the kid on the block who always beats the kid with the glasses without the local gang getting involved. Or the police, the police works too. As such, he took just a sip of water (by now he really, really needed to pee) and stood up, preparing to address the assembly: "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Assembly, Chairperson Morra. Mauridiviah will redraft our proposal to address this motion to reconsider. We will try to consult with the Variotan delegation to address any and all concerns they have about our motion and we shall propose it again at the allocated time on June 15th. Thank you." With that and a big smile, Manuel had done it. He hadn't disappointed the patria just yet.
  22. 6 points
    ''Mr. Ivanoff, this court declares you guilty on all counts brought against you. You are hereby sentenced to ninety years imprisonment without the chance of parole. You will be transported to the Piet Reierfer Werklaagher, where you will be assigned a labor task so that you may, for once, serve the community.'' It had not been random chance that Ivanoff had been assigned to the Piet Reierfer Werklaagher. Situated in some of the highest areas of the Klan Reierfer Gebiet, the Piet Reierfer Werklaagher maintained two mines in which convicts toiled and earned a living. For any prisoner outside of the Klan Reierfer Gebiet, the PRW was the worst work camp to get assigned to. Harsh work, high prices and the least amount of facilities had ensured the Werklaagher had gotten a reputation. Of course, high prices was something they could not alter much. The Werklaagher was in an isolated area and with the nearest village being an one-hour drive, one way, generally only one supply truck came each day. If they had leftover capacity, you could buy something. If they didn't, they didn't and you couldn't. Most of the employees were dropped off and picked up with a shuttle, so there wasn't even a large chance of getting a guard to take something along. And now, old Ivanoff could enjoy a life in the mines, earning extra money and the chance of a semi-decent stay in prison only when he mined something worthwhile. He wouldn't starve, he wouldn't be without a bed or without clothes but he also wouldn't be comfortable for the rest of his life. After a while, he would join a group or he'd form a group and perhaps, just perhaps, he would have turned into something like a half-decent pruno maker or a tailor. That is, if he had made it. The drive towards the Piet Reierfer Werklaagher was an easy one for the two correctional officers that had to do it. Sure, the drive took three hours from Reierferplattoterp but due to the long drive, they were free for the rest of the day once they were back. And in reality, the route was pretty scenic so long as one did not have to do it every day. The jagged hills and mountains, the curvy roads, the splattering of a wild goat here and there. Scenic, peaceful, clean air and tranquility. A place where life went by just a bit slower, where the people would leave their doors open so the neighbor could come and take a look at your freshly baked pies while shouting at her kid to come home for dinner. A place where Ivanoff would be horribly maimed and burned barely alive in the vehicle where he found himself in with the two correctional officers. Het Apparath had been notified that the Ahranaian government wouldn't be opposed towards Ivanoff simply vanishing, a relic of the past taken care of. Of course, Het Huisselant was not one of those underdeveloped nations where one could just simply lose a prisoner, where one could shrug one's shoulder and go on with the day without a care. And in reality, there were factions within Het Huisselant itself that would not be opposed to Ivanoff vanishing. Het Apparath itself preferred Ivanoff gone, no longer a threat, no longer a figurehead for extremist Ahranaians to flock to. Karrewasser was fine either way, if Ivanoff stayed in the mines, he would be indirectly fueling the industry and business he hurt through his actions, if he died, justice was still served. And of course, there were Ahranaians living within Het Huisselant that were more than happy to pay or otherwise pledge their support in exchange for knowing that Ivanoff died a violent death. And thus, hands were shaken, deals were made and the plan was set in place. Between the last village and the PRW was one single long stretch of straight road. The correctional officers would watch for a yellow cross on the sign that told them that the PRW was still so-and-so minutes off and park the vehicle. Park the vehicle, get out and just walk away for half an hour. Walk away, you'll get a nice bonus and you will be serving your country to boot. An offer they could have refused but would have just led to them being replaced for route with someone else who would agree. And who would not agree with a nice break, a nice bonus and true-blooded patriotism? Ivanoff had dozed off in the mean time as this was one of the few times he had felt truly safe from some thug coming left or right to beat him up, another person paid to get revenge for someone else. The only thing that woke him up was the sudden brake of the vehicle, his head hitting the iron bars in place in front of him. While he first thought that they might have arrived, the fact that they were on an empty piece of land meant that this was not the case. Not that he had much time to look, however, as a baseball bat smashed through the window next to him and smacked him on his temple, dazing him. When he finally snapped out of it, he found himself on his knees, two men in front of him and one man behind him to ensure he stayed on his knees. One of the men held a laptop with the screen facing Ivanoff, on the screen was the face of death, smiling. The perfectly aligned, whiter than white teeth smiled in a way that could be called wicked yet cheeky. The plump yet not overly so lips on a face that could only be called the perfect mix between orange and bronze. His just-large enough nose that rounded out a pair of perfectly pure chocolate brown eyes that seemed to exude happiness whenever they looked at you. Eyebrows that were as sharp and on point as the bayonets he made without looking overly worked on and silky smooth, classically combed hair situated in a hair style that accentuated his face in a way that made him look much younger than he was. J.D. Karrewasser. Now, Karrewasser wasn't a spiteful man, he really was not. Justice had been served and in reality, Ivanoff on his own would have made Karrewasser more while toiling in the mines than getting killed now. But when the stars align and your Variota-based Ahranaian contacts want to pay you heavily to clean up some loose ends, who would he have been to decline? Especially when Het Apparath is already planning to do the same. And as such, Karrewasser paid Het Apparath for the professionals to do it and get rid of the evidence and acted as the middle man. Acting as the middle man had meant in this case that he was to identify Ivanoff as being Ivanoff so that his Ahranaian contacts were sure the man was done for. ''Het is 'm, ga ji gang.'' It's him, go for it. The laptop was closed and put away in a suitcase as the second man in front of him opened his suitcase. An extendable cattle prod came out of it as the men discussed if it would be enough to make it seem as if Ivanoff had had cardiac arrest. While they could not come to a single conclusion, they all agreed that stabbing it at his heart a couple of times would be enough to do it if it was possible. And if it didn't, Ivanoff would still die from the fire and crash they were planning on either way. If Ivanoff had had any knowledge of Variot, he probably would have been scared. That being said, it was not as if his current predicament wasn't scary without knowing Variot. The last thing Ivanoff heard, before passing out from the cattle prod, was 'soete nagt, prins fan'es ratten' or 'sweet night, prince of the rats'. The cattle prod had not given him cardiac arrest but by the time he woke up again, the flames in the vehicle had burned away his ability to hear anything as it slowly rolled towards the side of the road. His last view, as the heat of the flames licked at his eyes and the limited vision he had disappeared, were the jagged hills and mountains he plunged into. Serene, peaceful, tranquility.
  23. 6 points
    Update 22nd of June: Limone riots Following the recent events outside of the Ducal Palace, the Grand Duke finally accepted an interview with AGL reporter Giovanna Maganiello. Grand Duke Vittorio Emanuele VI The now 81 year old monarch entered the room with a shaking walking stick in his right hand. It is well known that the Duke's health has been declining the past three years. He slowly sits down opposite of Maganiello, while a servant takes his walking stick away. He looks at Maganiello before greeting her, allowing the interview to begin. "What do you think of the protests outside of the palace?" While it is clear that some are dissatisfied with the way Limonaia is run I don't think it's unnatural, I've dealt with several protests like this during my reign and while the magnitude of this one certainly is notable, I believe that the monarchy still holds a favorable view among the majority of the population. "Will you or the government do anything to please the protesters?" While no specific action will be taken to please these protesters in particular I have discussed matters with Prime minister Guiverdi and some quite drastic changes are in place in the following months, but as implied earlier this is not an action related to the protesters. What I can currently tell you is that this "action" has been on the drawing board since January. "What will happen to Felice Pastene?" I will make it clear that his arrest has nothing to do with his position as the leader of PRL and that he will go through the courts as anyone else. It is likely that he will have to renounce his seat in parliament, but such matters will become clear when the legal case against him progresses. "Is there anything else that you'd like to tell the citizens of Limonaia?" Whatever your opinions on me are, big changes are in way for Limonaia, the cogs have just begun to turn. I ask every citizen to do their duty and have faith in me that my decision to go through with this "action" is the right choice.
  24. 6 points
    1. What is your country’s general views on homosexuality? Homosexuality is viewed by most as a sexual perversion and social ill. Some of the younger generation and the elites view homosexuality in a less negative light, but these views are not widespread. Homosexuality is represented by the powerful Church and moralistic State as a destabilising force within society. Homosexual individuals who are not successful in hiding or do not wish to hide their sexuality are often shunned to the margins of society. Conversion therapy is legal and, while not funded by the State, is often promoted by municipal governments and churches. There have been cases where conversion therapy has been administered in lieu of imprisonment for homosexual acts, but celibacy is officially seen as the way for homosexual individuals to lead a law-abiding life. 2. Do your laws protect or discriminate against homosexuals? Please explain how. Homosexual acts, defined under the Law of Social Decency as ranging from hand-holding to sexual intercourse, are illegal and criminalised. It carries a maximum penalty of a 5-year prison sentence, although in practice this is usually only used on political dissidents where an allegation of homosexuality provides a convenient excuse for imprisonment. A bill is being debated in the Consejo which would reduce the maximum punishment to 24 hours in jail, but this is facing fierce opposition from more conservative Deputies, and is generally unpopular within the populace. There exists no legislation prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination, and in practice LGBT people encounter many barriers to employment and accommodation. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships, and certainly no gay adoption. There are no laws against homosexuality itself, and a celibate homosexual person is technically within the law, although will likely still encounter societal discrimination. 3. What is your country’s general views on bisexual individuals? The same as with homosexuals, although the element of sexual perversion is amplified even further. Bisexuality is synonymous with sexual debauchery and polygamy, which is also illegal. Due to this, a bisexual individual not in a heterosexual relationship is likely doing so out of open defiance to the State and wider society. 4. Do your laws protect or discriminate against bisexual individuals? Please explain how. As above, the law criminalises homosexual acts, but not the identity itself. There is no anti-discrimination legislation for bisexual people. 5. What is your country’s general views on transgender individuals? Transgender people are set apart from gays and bisexuals. Not only are they seen as sexually perverted, but also as mentally ill, with many in society holding the belief that their delusion is an act against God. However, public awareness of transgender people is not high, due mostly to the fact they either live in complete secrecy or risk being detained indefinitely in an Institution for the Insane (such as the 520-bed Instituto Correctivo de Turienos, reported to house more than 100 transgender individuals). Cross-dressing is certainly stigmatised, but not to the level of transgender identity, and thus cross-dressing is something some transgender people do practice in privacy. 6. Do your laws protect or discriminate against transgender individuals? Please explain how. Transgender identity itself is explicitly illegal (also under the Law of Social Decency) and can be grounds for indefinite detention in an Institute for the Insane. There is no legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender people. Transgender people who are open and visible about their identity will, at best, be confined to the margins of society, often only able to practice their identity and find employment in the underground LGBT scene. 7. Why does your country take these stances on LGBT individuals? Please explain thoroughly. Homo/bisexuality and transgender identities are seen by much of the population as a sexual perversion, an act against God and the natural world, and are seen by the State at least as a de-stabilising force in society. Because the only openly-LGBT people are either prosecuted or shunned to the edges of society, LGBT identities have also become synonymous with political extremism and dissidence, and LGBT people are therefore seen by the State as a threat. The Tacolic Church in Monvisret is significantly more conservative than the Tacolic Church in the wider world, and since it has been given a prominent position in society by the State, this also greatly influences the views of society. 8. Any more notes on the way the LGBT community is treated in your country? Despite these significant legal and societal barriers, an underground LGBT scene has grown within Monvisret. This has meant that, in practice, most LGBT people are able to live out their identities so long as they only do so within this environment. In particular, the Navaerrean city of Donostia is known for being quite liberal and accomodating to this LGBT scene, although it is also the centre of political dissidence and Navarrean separatism leading to increasing police raids and heavy-handed law enforcement in recent years, putting the LGBT scene in this city within the firing line. Emigration to the more liberal countries in the region is also an option many LGBT Monvis have historically taken.
  25. 6 points
    Processing your application -Residency (NS & Forum): -Application format: -Starter Factbook: -News Articles (3): Now since that is out of the way--some general comments: While I think that the Factbook and News Articles are quite well written, I suggest giving some more background as to how Aluxia and the Naxian Republic have developed in the context of Europa: (other than the following, I find your current content meets the criteria for the application) How are they related to similar Germanics or Slavics like Derthalers, Greater Serbians, Ahranaians, etc.? How did Aluxians and Naxians get to where they are now geographically? *Essentially, where is Aluxia's niche in the lore of Eurth? As isolationist as you may have been, the differing conditions of Eurth would have shaped Aluxia in some way--which brings me to my next suggestion: Planning on Discord While it is optional and not required for a spot on the map, it will be infinitely easier to point you towards relevant community resources and will also make worldbuilding with you rather than parallel to you a lot easier as you can ask members of the community for clarification on everything from historical epochs to ethnography. Getting down to the cartography: Let's take a look at the ethnic regions of Argis--Argis being the only playable continent where a Russo-Germanic culture (as you mentioned in your application) would call home to without some special circumstance. Note that this is a very rough outline. Potato Quality. Looking at the above, let us apply the information from the geography section of your factbook to a "Temperate" climate as you wanted in your application above. So river valleys, mountains, and a coast while also being Slavic-Germanic. That narrows it down significantly. I have outlined two options of reasonable size for a beginning player with all the features requested: Note that rough border estimates like this are subject to change by the region's admin and cartographer. This map as presented above is not a 100% accurate projection of borders in minute detail. Consider with due prudence. Option A: Right between the Slavics and Germanics. Option B: Strongly towards the Slavs (but you did mention leaning further towards a "Russian" culture anyway) with some Germanic neighbours (see: @Girkmand and his minor satellites [not pictured]) --- Feedback from other moderators/admin may be incoming. Please respond with any questions, inputs, or absolute and undying pledge of loyalty other comments. Thanks, Iverica
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