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    Announcement by the IEOC The International Eurth Olympics Committee (IEOC) hereby gives notice that the Eurth Summer Olympics 2019, taking place in the Fulgistani capital of Bogd Gioro, shall be taking place between the dates of June 24th and July 9th. The IEOC requests that all nations who plan to send athletes to the Games must register its intention here and that information will be relayed to our partners in Fulgistan as they complete final work on the facilities and logistics in advance of team arrivals on June 20th. The Olympic Committee is excited to get the games underway in the near future and see who wins the medals in over 20+ events.
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    Ah, I'm currently still fleshing out the ideas behind it. Will make an OOC thread as soon as possible. Sorry for the delay!
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    The Oyusard Olympic Committee hereby gives official notification of its intention to send athletes representing the Matriarchy.
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    Aidan turned around to grab his rifle that he had laid down when he felt a hand on his shoulder. He turned around sharply to see Parker looking at him. "Your Majesty, I need you to stay out of harm's way. I've kept you alive most of today, I don't intend on letting you get hurt now. I'll take care of this." Parker took his hand off of Aidan's shoulder looking directly into his eyes. Aidan reluctantly nodded, he had always been more of a man of action but in this situation running gun ho into a fight felt ridiculous even to him. "Your Majesty, Lord Garth is waiting for you. I would suggest you be with him. There's a lot of scared people who need someone like you right now." Aidan stared at him for a moment, then blinked. He resisted the urge to shake his head while clearing his mind and gave a simple nod. Parker nodded back in return grabbing one of the Seylosian guards and ordering him to escort the king back to the main group. Aidan watched as he ran back towards to the growing group of palace guards and Seylosians to take the fight to the rebels that has stormed the palace. For awhile everything seemed slightly in a blur. He walked past what felt like more than a dozen people rushing past him towards the fight. A fight he felt such an urge to get back to. Eventually though, they made their way over to the main entrance again, the sound of sporadic echoing gunshots behind them. Nobody registered their arrival, mostly wrapped up in their own terror, but almost as soon as he entered the room he heard a familiar voice call out to him, "Aidan! Oh god Aidan are you alright?" Dustin ran up and nearly tackled him, "Oh god I had no idea what was going on. Are you alright?" Aidan embraced him back and took a second taking a look around. He grabbed Dustin holding him tightly and guiding him towards some door close to the main entrance. There was a Seylosian bodyguard nearby who approached him, seeming to warn him off but in his hurry he just waved at him. He heard Dustin speak briefly but he threw the door open and dragged Dustin in. Inside was a some sort of closet, not terribly small but enough to fit all sorts of janitorial supplies. Aidan turned to look at Dustin but didn't make a sound just staring at him. "Aidan, are you alright?" Dustin asked in concern. He could see something was incredibly wrong with the king. Aidan just stood there silently staring at him. Dustin felt Aidan's hand hold his arm hard in a vice grip. He couldn't control his breathing anymore at that point, Aidan started heaving in and out and looked around in a panic, and was grasping onto Dustin for what felt like dear life. He couldn't focus and all he could do was grasp onto his partner, the only thing here that made him feel safe. Dustin at this point was almost panicking himself, but almost immediately understood what was happening. He just grabbed Aidan holding him in his arms. ----------------------- Parker was looking back and forth between the old blueprints that had been found in the room and straight ahead. Him, the bodyguards, and several palace guards were advancing down what felt like an endless series of tunnels under the palace complex. But Parker knew what they were looking for, and the dire consequences if they couldn't secure it before these terrorists could. After awhile of moving forward they could hear voices up ahead, he silently motioned to his group to get ready for the upcoming confrontation. Approaching a corner in the corridor, Parker peaked around and saw a door only a few feet away wide open. Inside several men were hurriedly trying to move large metal crates. He quickly looked back and gave the signal to move, at this point no amount of strategy was going to beat their element of surprise through that open door. Parker and his group of guard rounded the corner, opening fire almost immediately. The closest enemy to the door was cut down quickly while the other scrambled to rally, throwing down their crated and hurriedly trying to get to their weapons. By this point though it was too late, Parker and his guards had already breached the opening laying down fire through the whole room. What terrorists were left were returning fire while trying to retreat. However Parker could see something wrong, even though most of the enemy had decided to return to engage them there was a bright light flickering around the corner where the other exit was. By the time the battle was over, several of his guards were injured and most of the enemy was dead save a few that had been captured. But he had already known what was going to happen. He ran up to the heavy steel door on the other of the room and saw the welding marks. They had sealed it from the other side, and he knew the couldn't pursue them through the hurricane.
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    "...millions upon millions of people have been lining up to account for themselves, their relatives, and their property in front of censors, officials under the auspices of the Praetorate. Reports were filed at hundreds of locations across the Republic from the shores of the Apnex Sea to the heights of the D'Kalla and jungles of Goreb. This activity traditionally occurs every five years and was not suppose to occur until 2020. The Senate moved up the census in light of the recent annexation of Ralatak and Nelvek Provinces and the need to determine the true population of those territories...attention, we are now taking you live to the steps of the Hall of State in Dartha where Perærdæsnen Evran Lovald, the Administrator of the Census (also the chief censor), will announce the new population of our glorious republic..." "...according to population estimates generated by the Census Directorate at the beginning of Zat, Rihan had a population of 23,197,316. The census undertaken between Tasmeen (June) 4th-10th has been completed with all 452 reporting stations across the Provinces of the Republic have delivered their counts by the respective sworn censors of each constituent province. Rihan, with the inclusion of Ralatak and Nelvek, hereby have an official population of 33,442,681. Of this total, 68% are free, 22% are protected peoples and 10% are slaves. In my capacity as Chief Censor, I submit this census to the Senate for its acceptance." "...coinciding with the declaration of the census, Tomus Karpan and Irec Ranor, the respective Governors of the Ralatak and Nelvek Provinces, proclaimed the major cities of their territories: Mereka shall be the chief city of Nelvek alongside the newly-established cities of Tom'reth and Kor'Ren. Penvar will be the capital of Ralatak (formerly the capital of Enolia) while Leras'nev shall replace Duronom." "...Praetor Terix has ordered the mobilization of the 1st and 2nd Legions eastward towards the New Provinces. He said this was being done in part to provide 'further stabilization' in the region and to ensure that 'all procedures are being adhered to.' The Praetor stressed that these coming weeks will be trying times for the Republic as it begins to throughly integrate Ralatak and Nelvek into the larger nation. For added security in and around Brel'Kar, the Praetor has instructed elements of the Praetorian Guard to increase their patrols in both the capital (in coordination with the City Guard) and through the Aihai."
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    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Pension no longer obligatory at 65+ O'POLIS -- Orioni is doddering towards a crisis with its ageing population. By 2025 one in three people are expected to be 65 or older – and legally eligible for retirement. Added to this, a diminishing workforce and an underfunded public-pensions programme don’t bode well for the nation’s economy. But Orioni’s Chairlady Chandra Pristo might have a solution. This week she announced a proposed revision to the country’s labour laws, meaning: that businesses will have a “moral obligation” to help people stay in work after they turn 65 if they want to. Measures include offering aged workers freelance work, supporting their efforts if they want to start their own businesses, or providing funding so that they can work for non-profit organisations. There might be one flaw – Pristo hasn’t drawn up any incentives for businesses themselves. Costly troop transfer to Miiros BALAS, Miiros -- The small island of Balas, in the southernmost reach of the Miirosi archipelago, is bearing a large burden: some 15.000 Orinese military personnel are temporarily staying there. The noise from jets taking off and landing, as well as the contingent of brawny marines, is turning into a source of frustration for residents and local government. But a solution might be on the horizon: Orioni announced this week that 5.000 marines will soon be shipping out from Balas to an undisclosed location. For many Miirosi, though, their departure can’t come quickly enough. Orinese to stay "Cool for the summer" O'POLIS -- The Orioni environment department is ramping up its annual “Cool Breeze” campaign in anticipation of another fiercely hot summer. The initiative by Environment Cllr. Constantine Vogels is designed to cut emissions by tempering the use of air conditioning in offices when temperatures rise. Dress codes are relaxed so that workers can wear lighter clothes, rather than broiling under suits and ties. This year the initiative is moving into department stores with 200 shopping locations joining in. The ministry has also advocated the use of 'green curtains': plants grown on the side of buildings that deflect the sun’s rays. With heatwaves occurring with increasing frequency, keeping citizens cool appears to be a mounting challenge.
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    Larue Sets the Press Free Many journalists, from the head honchos of established news organisations to local internet news bloggers, celebrated as the Federal Senate of the Federative Republic of Shffahkia (Lysian: Sénat Fédéral de la République Fédérative de la Sfakie) passed the Press Emancipation Act of 2019 (Lysian: L'Acte d'Émancipation de la Presse de 2019). This new act held within it several important reforms with the intent of freeing up or "emancipating" Shffahkian press collectives and co-operatives from state supervision and control. This act affects news from your local news channels all the way to Shffahkia's largest news outlet: NSAS. However, it is good to note that companies were not included in the act meaning that news companies both private and public will have to submit their news articles for approval from the appropriate departments, comply with possible government changes to their articles and follow the supplementary State Codex guidelines among other things. With only one in every seven news organisations in Shffahkia being companies, their exclusion from the act will not have great consequences but was most likely a nod to the PNC on the behalf of the LUP. Jeanés Féyeau of the SCUL said that "The Press Emancipation Act is a good first step but it was done half-heartedly. Rights should be expanded, first and foremost, to all and not to some because rights to only some are rights to none." Larue's Deflated Senate At the moment, the Federal Senate is operating normally with 242 senators. With over half of the Senate missing in anticipation for the upcoming elections, people and politicians have begun calling the current Senate "Larue's Deflated Senate." This isn't the first lacklustre Senate in Larue's career as the Senate which would pass the Larue Amendments to the constitution was composed of a record-low one Senator: Senate President and Senator Adélaïde Larue. In the Paranne Reintegration Act, it was specified that new elections would be held to both the Chambre of Representatives (some times referred to as the House of Representatives) and the Federal Senate. The Larue Administration interpreted the need for new elections as election held in collectivities affected by the Reintegration act thus leaving the two states, Piranhahasse and Deux-Rivières, alongside the Special Administrative Region of la Côte d'Argent without elections in the coming months and weeks. Altogether those three collectivities account for some 47% of the entire population of Shffahkia. Alongside that, the interpretation of the Larue Administration affects Shffahko-Limonaians disproportionately with the majority of Shffahko-Limonaians living in those collectivities. This move has been widely criticised by the SCUL with the PNC staying quiet on the matter most likely because they benefit inadvertently. In order to get new senators in, old senators would have to leave. Again choosing on who stays was the responsibility of the Union President, Larue. A popularity contest of sorts resulted with the most loyal senators being chosen to remain in the Senate. Senators showing disdain or simply not being on board enough were also unlikely to be allowed to stay. Unlike with the Chambre of Representatives, Larue did not consult or negotiate with the PNC leaving her and the LUP with a 242-seat lead into the coming elections. The History of NSAS La Nacia Sciiga Agentejo de Sffahkia (Lysian: Agence de Presse Nationale de la Sfakie, Anglish: The National News Agency of Shffahki) or NSAS was officially started in 1977 by the then Premier-Dirigeant Nikolao Kondukanto's administration as the official mouthpiece of the Esperantist regime. NSAS was formed from the previously existing Nouvelles Nationales (National News) press agency which in term was the mouthpiece of the Shffahkian government during the Monin administration. The line of government mouthpiece news organisations goes as far as 1897 but what makes NSAS different is that the Kondukanto administration allowed a relatively large scale of press freedom even allowing criticisms to an extent given they had to be in Esperanto. Instead of being a source of countless articles on how great everything was then as many propaganda newspapers were, NSAS openly reported on both the good and bad and the reasons behind them. NSAS was a tool of transparency which was previously unseen in the totalitarian state. The New NSAS With the Press Emancipation Act, NSAS is no longer under the Ministry of Communication. Instead, NSAS is now an independent government-funded news organisation. What this means in practice is that NSAS journalists no longer have to send their articles and wait for approval from the government. With this change of status, NSAS will also change its logo to reflect its new status. "This marks the beginning of a new period of journalistic freedom in Shffahkia. Although the changes aren't the most optimal, we are on the right track. Changes unthinkable a few years ago are taking place regardless of how minute they might be, the steps taken today contribute to the freedom and progress of the future." said Sean Buonepaese, the chief-director in charge of NSAS.
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