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    Home | Orioni | World | Business | Tech | Science | Culture | Health | Sports Visit Orioni: top 5 destinations you must experience O'POLIS -- From the beaches of Amilaki, to the chaos of Zuidhaven, alongside the history, culture and jungles, there is just so much to see in Orioni. There is no question about it, Orioni is one of our absolute favourite countries to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere tropical, relaxed and has amazing food, you'll find it hard to pick somewhere more idyllic and relaxed. Whether you are staying in a tranquil Oriental beach villa, or a hotel suite in a high-rise Zuidhaven hotel, there are plenty of possibilities for everyone. The country is home to a variety of landscapes and climates. You can find crystal clear blue waters and blinding white sand running around the edge like Dimeti and Deseti, just two of its many spectacular islands. If you want something different you can experience the bustling chaos of Zuidhaven, or climb up into the cooler mountains in the northeast. Here you will find peaceful jungles, rich spirituality and picturesque views. Wherever you go, you will find yourself charmed by the ancient and mysterious culture, the delicious food and the welcoming locals. If you've been to Orioni a few times, you'll have created a routine for yourself. Fly into O'polis or Zuidhaven and stay for a few days. After that, it is off to a dreamy beach getaway. With so much to offer it can be hard to narrow things down. With that in mind, here are our top five destinations in Orioni that you have to visit. 1 O'polis Even if your plans for Orioni mainly involve frolicking on a beach and eating as much biryani and spiedini as humanly possible, you'll probably spend at least a day or two in O'polis. There are plenty of things to see and do in the capital, but the Imperial Palace should be at the top of your list. This is the number one sightseeing attraction in the city, and it's staggering in both historical significance and craftsmanship. 2 Zuidhaven Orioni's bustling 2nd city can be overwhelming at first. It is a hive of activity and its chaos is all part of its charm. The sights, sounds and smells that assault your senses will also inspire your curiosity. Each street will bring something new and alien to try to understand. It makes the perfect introduction to the country and southeast Europa as a whole. For history buffs and photography enthusiasts, a favourite stop is the ruins of Hierapolis. The ruins of this old city still stand proud despite enduring centuries of battle and exposure to the elements. It offers many lovely photo opportunities. 3 Deseti Deseti is Orioni's largest island, and also one of its most well-established island resorts. The island is popular with everyone from backpackers and stag parties, to rich and discerning EOS diplomats looking for 5-star luxury. Just like all the other islands in Orioni, it has unreal beaches fringed with swaying palm trees, and these are Deseti's main attraction. You will undoubtedly find it a peaceful place to relax after the commotion of Zuidhaven, but it is certainly no backwater either. There are also opportunities to get to know the local culture on the island, with the Sahini monastery being a great place to start. There are a wide variety of places to stay on the island, and luxury retreats offer some of the best villas in Deseti. 4 Dimeti The name Dimeti refers to a chain of barrier islands, and the largest island in particular. It is a much smaller place than some of Orioni's other beach destinations. If you're not looking for a party, Dimeti is a great option. There are plenty of attractions in the Amilaki region, but the main one is diving along the Weledi Gulf. The waters are teeming with colourful fish, as well as coral reefs and turtles and the landscape is so unique with little islands popping up everywhere. 5 Adansi If you finally decide you have had enough of the beach, head up to Adansi to see a completely different side of the country. The city is located in the mountainous Kidusi province, and it is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to see what the area has to offer. Mountain walks, mysterious hill tribes and ancient temples are just some of the things to do around Adansi. Elephant rides are a popular activity here, although the practice is sometimes ethically questionable. You'll love visiting the elephant sanctuaries, transplanted from the Kingdom of @Koku, which allow visitors to appreciate these magnificent creatures while providing them with a safe and loving environment at the same time. (OOC: I was planning my own summer holiday. But the options in 20202 are rather limit with fluctuating quarantaine rules and travel restrictions. So wondering about fictional travel proved an easy alternative.)
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    June 6 | 1643 Hours Hilocani, Northeast Alvernia The most powerful man in Alvernia stood with his hands in his pockets in the middle of an intersection, eyes squinting as the sun beat down on the city. A cool breeze swept through, bringing a number of different objects and litter with it. Looking around in a circle, the Lunex observed looted stores with broken windows boarded up with rough planks, cars overturned, charred or burning, with concrete and transportable barriers acting as remnants of the violent riots. It brought tears to his eyes. Shameful. He could almost hear his father’s voice and instinctively flinched, but nothing followed. His wife came over from behind him and put a hand on his shoulder and squeezed it. “Relax your jaw, dear.” Marzeni became conscious of his clenching and relaxed it, a dull ache on his teeth setting in. The man sighed wearily before leaning into the woman’s embrace, silently sobbing as he continued to look over the wreckage. A shameful display of authority indeed, leading to disaster like this. * * * Sneaking up behind the house, the man knocked on the small window that was near the ground seven times in an asymmetric, odd rhythm. Knock knock. Knock. Knock. Knock knock knock. Looking through the window pane, the couple saw a man sitting in a plastic chair pull a cord above him, turning on a single dim bulb, a rifle in his other hand. He simply nodded at the couple in front of him and turned the lights back off, returning the basement to darkness before opening the window. The couple slipped themselves through, falling some 10 feet before landing on a mattress. Pitch black, they navigated their way with ease, having done this uncountable times before. Although curfew was just instated last week, they had been meeting in secret anyways. After all, the same few dozen people entering the same house several times a week and sometimes exiting with duffel bags and satchels would mark the house and anyone who enters it as incredibly suspicious. Especially if said people were also Marenai in a Salvian neighborhood. Making their way to the back room of the basement, the pair took great care in avoiding the numerous arms and explosives lining the hallway. Even though they were well packaged, homemade explosives were still homemade explosives - not to be trusted on that much. Opening a door at the end of the hallway, they entered a room in the very back of the basement, its windows blocked and another dim lightbulb on the ceiling the sole point of illumination. All it lit was a metal table, several chairs pushed aside to make room for the people - about six - working at it in an assembly line, crafting some sort of bomb. The pair greeted the workers before pulling up seats to the table, unpacking their bags filled with supplies. An older Marenai, possibly in his fifties or sixties, sat on the opposite side of them and spoke up. “Tamar, Aria.” The two looked up, still unpacking their bags without looking. “Yes?” “You missed this since we were separated, but Marco was arrested.” The man continued to focus on whatever he was tinkering with as he told the pair the news. “He got too close to them, man. We were telling him to-” he was cut off by the man guarding the window entering, shotgun in hand. Holding his pointer finger to his lips, he whispered, “THEY’RE OUTSIDE.” The group quickly and silently packed everything on the table and hid it in cardboard boxes scattered throughout the room. Grabbing guns, they all spread out, hiding, the pair positioning themselves to another window, this one closest to the forest behind the home. A moment passed. Several more then, before loud thuds and thundering footsteps announced the breaching of the house. Clutching the weapon tighter, Tamar gently pushed Aria away from him towards the wall. Risking a peep, he heard the footsteps come down the basement and ducked back down. A couple of people had made it out of the room and were somewhere else in the basement but most of the group was stuck in the room they were in. The group heard a muffled, “Freeze!” before a series of gunshots and screams echoed throughout the basement, then silence. Tamar squeezed his eyes before opening them and dragging Aria towards the window. Someone whispered, “Tamar what the f*ck are you doing?” “Getting the hell out of here, what do you think?” “What? There’s no way they don’t have the neighborhood surrounded!” “I’ll take my f*cking chances while I can.” Footsteps thudded louder as Tamar rotated the handle that slowly opened the window. Two more series of gunshots, then total silence. He counted 6 of them in this room, meaning the other three had slipped out. And were now dead. Shaking his head and squatting slightly, he cupped his hands, motioning the others towards him. “Well? Let’s go!” When they crept over, taking careful care not to hit anything on the ground, he whispered to them, “When you get out, run for the woods.” Tamar had boosted four of them out before he turned to the last man, who simply sat at a chair facing the door, a pistol on the table in front of him. He began to load it with a single bullet as Tamar just observed silently. “You coming?” The man at the table sat motionless, then replied, “No.” Cocking the pistol, he pointed it at one of the cardboard boxes to his left. “You need to go. Keep the mission, Tamar.” Tamar tried to protest, but all he could do was open his mouth and close it again. He nodded, tears rolling down his cheek, “I won’t let you down, tama*.” With that, Tamar hoisted himself up and out of the house. Aria was crouched by the window and reached to Tamar for help, who took it. “Is he-?” “Just go.” The two began to run as silently as they could and upon happening by a foxhole Tamar slid in it, grabbing Aria and bringing her down. He stared at the house and listened intently. The sounds could still be heard at the distance, some 250 feet away. The door banging open and the officer’s yell were faint, but the gunshot was unmistakable. As was the deafening explosion that followed. Tamar, on his stomach, pressed his head against the hard dirt before carefully standing and pulling Aria with him, away from the fire and sirens that now filled the air, tears streaming down his face. *Tama: Salvian-Marenai word for father * * * June 6th | 2133 Hours Deopolis, Salvia Bianchi slapped the paper down on the desk and jammed his forefinger on the paper. “Bingo. The proof you need.” Saulius slid his reading glasses on and picked up the paper, a conversion between the President of Alvernia and de Wohine, the latter being the person who had recorded the conversation and sent it to the Salvian intelligence agency. Bianchi had highlighted the most pertinent section: Saulius returned his gaze to Bianchi, arms crossed for a moment before he threw them up in a shrug. “I don’t know, Pat, seems to me like Marzeni plans on uniting the Salvians; more importantly, he wants to unite the Salvians at the expense of us.” Saulius took a breath in and pointed at Bianchi. “Alright, first off, don’t call me Pat. Second,” Saulius began motioning with his hand towards the paper in his hand, “this, this doesn’t tell us anything, alright?” “Oh cut the shit, it does too.” “Look, the point is that I’m still not convinced. And neither is my cabinet. We aren’t gonna budge until we’ve exhausted everything else.” Bianchi rolled his eyes and began to protest before being shushed by Saulius. “Gio, what the hell do you think is gonna happen if they’re able to link the deaths to us? McCoy was right, we’re in no position to pull this off.” The president sighed. “We’ll… keep this as a last resort. I don’t want to escalate anything - Marzeni’s done nothing in relation to us publicly.” Bianchi slightly shook his head, “That’ll change soon, I can guarantee it.” Saulius shrugged. “You’re dismissed, Gio. Get some sleep tonight.”
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    To: Diplomatic outreach, EOS Headquarters, Deseti island, @Orioni From: Yumi Kochi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Serene Kingdom of Esonice On the behalf of the people of Esonice and his grand serenity, Serene Prince Sanomi. We are glad to announce that we are indeed interested in accepting the invitation of becoming a member given to our nation to join the Entente of Oriental States (EOS). Many of us believe it will be not only to our great benefit - but also to the benefit of fellow member nations of the EOS. We are hoping; if the EOS does accept the Esonian nation into its family; it will create many new economic opportunities for fellow members and Esonice to invest, help develop and grow each other's nations and allow the people from across the EOS to reap the benefits of the alliance bringing Esonice in. And also allow a greater understanding of each of our cultures - allowing for cultural exchange and a taste of what other cultures have to offer to each other. We are greatly hoping that Esonice will be able to bring a plethora of our brightest minds to the table, to accelerate scientific advancement in the alliance as well. We are also positive that our neighbourhood in our part of the wurld will be more connected with each other, allowing for friendly relations and cooperation among other diplomatic opportunities. Esonians welcome the EOS with open arms to its doors. And we wish all the best for the future following this historic occasion. Yours sincerely, minister Yumi Kochi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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    @Wellsy Congratulations Jon! Enjoy your lovely 39th birthday.
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    Teopac of Finance: The Metals of Azlo Skulls Aluminium, an often forgotten yet important metal for the modern era. From phone cases to air planes to weapons of war, the light yet durable metal has found it’s way into almost every sector of the modern economy. However, not many people know where it comes from. “From the ground!” Metztlican CEOs say, with a cheeky smile and dazzling white teeth. “Processed through electrolysis!” Metztlican scientists say, wearing their platinum watches and golden rings. “Sourced from the mountains!” Ambassadors say, wearing freshly cleaned suits. In truth, the Aluminium sector of Metztlitlaca is possibly one of the worst cases of human rights abuse in the region as forced prison labour is most often used, imported criminals charged with Second and First Case Class crimes (robbery, murder, advocation of violence, etc.) from southern calpuyauh and dominions. Although physical punishments are not (legally) used, the death rate within the mines is appallingly high at 917.6 per 100,000 per year (~0.92%) which is often chalked up to poor management and negligence. Many of the more minor mining accidents that do occur, however, are covered up so the number itself may be significantly more or less then what is known. The Aluminium Sector – along with other low density metal mining and extraction sectors – is considered one of if not the most corrupt in all of Metztlitlaca and often takes bribes from international and intranational individuals and companies. High concentrated deposits of Aluminium and Titanium were only first discovered in Metztlitlaca in 1998 within the Tapatepetli Mountains and made full use of in the mid 00s, but since then has grown to become a powerful player in the trade and processing of Aluminium and other low-density metals such as Titanium and Magnesium. Currently Metztlitlaca controls 40% of Aluminium trade, producing 14.28 Million Metric Tons (MMT) of Aluminium annually, out of the global 35.69 MMT. Most of Metztlican Aluminium is mined from Bauxite in the eastern half of the Tapatepetli Mountains in the Metztlican and Acolican Dominions and then sound southwards to be processed in what Metztlicans nickname “Xinizjixomiz” aka “Cities of Metals” as the towns who take in Aluminium, Titanium, and Magnesium from the mountains to be processed often have their entire local economies related to and dependant on the processing plants. Similarly, Metztlitlaca controls ~65% of the Magnesium trade and 10% of the Titanium trade. Most of Metztlitlaca uses the Bayer Process for processing Bauxite into Aluminium. The bauxite is blended and ground down into a uniform powder and then mixed with sodium hydroxide at a high temperature. The mixture slurry is then treated through a vessel at high pressure, which dissolves the aluminium hydroxide product in bauxite. After this, the leftover slurry is at a higher temperature then its boiling point, resulting in a gas. It is then cooled by removing the steam as the pressure of the vessel is reduced. The bauxite residue is separated from the solution and discarded. The solution, free of solids, is seeded with crystals of aluminium hydroxide; this causes said aluminium hydroxide to decompose into aluminium hydroxide. After half of aluminium has precipitated, the mixture is sent to classifiers. Small crystals of aluminium hydroxide are collected to serve as seeding agents; coarse particles are converted to aluminium oxide by heating; excess solution is removed by evaporation, purified, and recycled. Titanium extraction uses the Kroll Process with Titanium TetraChloride and Magnesium the Silicothermic Reduction Pidgeon Process using Silicon and Magnesium Oxide. Your average Acolican Metljix Aluminium Processing Plant at the coastline near Seylosian Kaseka. Unlike many of the other sectors of the Metztlican economy, the mining industry is open up to international companies with relatively lax restrictions. Most international companies are focused on the processing of aluminium and/or cheap manufacturing of goods. In total 65 of the Wurld’s 105 Aluminium Processing Plants (APPs) are found in Metztlitlaca (not counting recycling plants). Metztlican Companies own 25 of the APPs split between Ālomino (11) and Metljix (14). Fulgistan, a very close trading partner of Metztlitlaca, has 15 APPs controlled by their state companies. Numerous Limonaian companies hold 9 APPs with Sunset Sea Island’s Sunset Aluminium Group Co. maintaining all 6 of the SSI aluminium plants. [Seylosian Company] controls 4. Similarly the Kaimanu Mining Company, with it’s headquarters in Salvia, own 4. The Tagmatine company of Arhomaniki-Oureintiniki Exoryxi Alouminiou (AOEA) owns two processing plants near the Acolica coast. Ālomino sells aluminium at $2,200 per metric ton (PMT) to foreign nations. Metljix sells at $2,100 per metric ton (PMT) also to foreign nations. Companies that work inside of Metztlitlalio have to provide a set profit for Metztlitlaca dependant on current economic treaties, resulting in Metljix consistently providing the cheapest aluminium exports out of the country. Countries who own processing plants in Metztlitlaca must pay a fixed profit share per metric ton (FPSPMT). Limonaia-based companies ● $400 FPSPMT LAANN-based companies (based in the Alharu Native Nations Aluminium Agreement (ANNAA)) ● $500 FPSPMT Seylosian-based companies (based in the Kaseka 2014 Non-ferrous Metals Agreement) ● $800 FPSPMT SSI-based companies ● $900 FPSPMT Salvian-based companies ● $1,000 FPSPMT Tasgmatium-based companies ● $1,000 FPSPMT Titaniometl sells Titanium at $11,000 PMT to foreign nations. The titanium industry within Metztlitlaca is far less competitive with fewer companies – most of which are Metztlican or LAANN based – and not as large as the aluminium industry. One major non-LAANN foreign company in the titanium sector is Kaimanu Mining Company of Salvia, which holds significant amounts of shares in numerous titanium plants and even owns two processing plants in the Tapelt Dominion. Kaimanu Titanium Plant on the coast of the Tapelt Dominion, near the Yatotla Dominion border. All-in-all, the low-density metals industry of Metztlitlaca fuels it’s economy towards industrialisation and eventual modernisation but at the same time leaves piles of skulls on it’s tracks. The CEOs, Scientists, and Ambassadors consider it a necessary evil of Metztlitlaca, and perhaps it is, perhaps it isn’t. Only the future knows, and the future does not say. But until then, the metals that produce Azlo skulls will continue to be wrought from the ground and shovled into the growing economic machine of south Palu...
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    A compilation of all wiki articles related to Salvia. Most are incomplete or not created yet but will be sometime in the future. Salvia History Establishments Friulian Kingdom (predecessor kingdom, 11th-7th century BC) First Salvian Imperium (greatest Salvian empire pre-modern era, 7th century BC-2nd century AD) Second Salvian Imperium (first Salvian Christian empire, 3rd-7th century) Third Salvian Imperium (short-lived pagan empire, 7th century) Medieval kingdoms: Kingdom of Alvernia, Republic of Demetae, Kingdom of Lavitta, Confederation of Rassena Divine Imperium (monarchical rule, 13th-18th century) Dynasties Gaullis Del Monte United Provinces of Salvia (revolutionary government that overthrew monarch, 1706-1709) Events Great Aroman Migration Crusades Lycean (Eulycea) Metzli (Metz, duh) Yellow Empire (Fulgistan) Coronation of Joseph I - marks creation of Sanctum Salvae Imperium Catholicum Magnaere Progresient - Salvian Renaissance Trinity Massacre - sparked People's War People's War People St. Liosous, missionary and saint who brought Christianity to Marenesia King Joseph I, creator of the Sanctum Salvae Imperium Catholicum King Gaetno II, last king of the Gaullis dynasty Lord Flavio Burgellio, leader of the Alharun Crusade against the Yellow Empire, first del Monte king of Salvia Jacob Bern - leader of democratic movement, first president of the Divine Republic Leo Angelo - leader of democratic movement, second president of the Divine Republic Bergio Valla - notable lawyer and reformer, ninth president of the Divine Republic Geography Places Cities Deopolis Sedala Sicani Islands Straits of Sicani Politics Provinces Legislature Concilio Populi Concilio Clerici Executive President of Salvia Vice President of Salvia Parties TauPorista - "conservatives", center-right Ductaha - "progressives", center Economy People Religion Salvian Catholicism Catholic Church Demographics Population Ethnic groups Culture Public holidays Art Cinema Cuisine Cultural icons Identity Literature Media Music Sport Symbols Theatre
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