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      Trade and Finance Minister: ‘Salvian Economic League’ Likely After Positive Initial Discussions

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      :pic: The minister held a press conference with journalists this morning shortly before noon

      The Minister of Trade and Finance Leo Conway spoke to the media earlier this morning to disclose a potential deal being discussed by Salvia’s immediate neighbors.  He told reporters that he felt “confident” that “some sort of ‘Salvian economic league’” will be formed in the coming year.

      The deal intends to form a trading bloc with Salvia and several other neighboring nations, including Alvernia, Tanemum, and Kitea, with calls among Salvians for reunification with the formermost nation.  

      Some Salvian nationalists have pushed the deal so as to promote unity amongst the Salvian people.  “Salvian unification starts with small steps,” Ductaha Concilio representative Jacob Moltisako was quoted as saying after Conway’s discussions with journalists.  “This economic deal is one such step that will promote overall Salvian unity.”

      The Trade and Finance Minister declined to state whether the aim of this economic deal was to promote unity, insisting the focus of it was economic.

      “Forming an economic bloc with our neighbors will help Salvia immensely economically by allowing us to negotiate better trade deals and promote economic growth,” he would state, “the focus is on our economy, not political unification with our neighbors.”

      Conway explained to reporters that the talks, which were reportedly held in October, were only preliminary, initial discussions and were largely “just a proposal for some sort of framework,” however the talks were still “very successful and promising.”

      Despite the minister’s cautions of the deal being in the very early stages, he also emphasized his confidence in the deal’s future success.  The market seemed to mirror Conway’s confidence, with stocks jumping shortly after the lunch break following the press conference.

      President Saulius, when asked to comment, said the deal would grow Salvia’s “booming economy” even further, “profoundly meeting the needs of the Salvian economy.”  He also praised the negotiators for their work in “securing Salvia’s economic success.”

      Salvian unification has been at the forefront of Salvian politics since 2019 and has only grown in prominence since.  Many nationalists greeted the news with excitement and optimism.

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      ArhomaneiaGalahindeia Spat sees No Sign of Abating

      Although it has bubbled below the surface for some weeks, the diplomatic argument between the Megas Agios Basileia and the Eniaio Synkrotima appears to be on the cusp of erupting again. There are rumours, unconfirmed as they are, that the only reason that the situation quietened down was due to the fact that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion did not pick up on the refusal of Proedros Yiu Amistacia, the head of state of Galahindeia @Galahinda, to apologise for their actions. This was because the reply to Arhomaneia's request was not returned through diplomatic channels, but during a press conference in the aftermath of a fashion show. Perhaps adding to the confusion, the Arhomaiki government did not publicly call for an apology, but felt that one given privately by the Proedros would suffice, thereby diffusing the argument and allowing the barbariki leader to not lose face to their own nation.

      However, it now appears that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has now issued a call for a public apology through diplomatic channels to the Proedros, although with the caveat that it can be given as a private individual, rather than as the Galahindiki head of state. It is thought that is to make the apology more palatable and to make sure that the situation does not spiral further. It remains to be seen whether Amistacia will take that step – if their previous actions are anything to go by, then the likelihood of that is minimal. Precisely what, then, the Arhomaiki government will do is unknown. The likelihood is that the relations between the two nations will continue to cool, although it does not seem that they could possibly get much worse than they currently are. However, due to the fact that this is not likely to turn into an open conflict, the worse the situation will get will possibly be a withdrawal of diplomatic representation by Arhomaneia and Galahinda, rather than any sanctions or embargoes. Who will blink first and take that step is, as yet, unknown.

      His All-Holiness, Kosmas I Arkhiepiskopos ton Europatorion and Katholikos Patriarkhes was approached by the Arhomaiki Alfa Tileoptikou Diktyou for comments on the statements made by Proedros Amistacia during the press conference. When asked about whether the Proedros resembled a 'champion of the arts', his All-Holiness said this: “Whilst 'art' itself is a remarkably broad topic, the definition and perception of which changes from individual to individual, what was performed on that video was intentionally provocative, in every sense of the word apart from that which implies making one think more deeply about a topic. It was nothing more than mindless, artless pornography.”

      It is a remarkably harsh statement by His All-Holiness, who has, in the seventeen years since he was installed as the Katholikos Patriarkhes, striven to act in a more accepting manner and heal the rifts that have developed between the various branches of Christianity over the past two thousand years. It shows the anger that has developed within the Oecamenical Church at the actions of the Galahindoi. It is felt by the Church that its open door policy towards foreign film crews for documentary purposes was abused for ends that mocked and insulted our shared faith. It is reported that the Church looked into retaining a law firm in Cascadia in order to investigate the possibility of a suit against Alyiah Arotica and Yiu Amistacia, although this has not been confirmed, either officially or unofficially.

      Perhaps the most surprising thing about the press conference, however, was the appearance of what seems to be military uniforms, manufactured by MYNE. This is the company that Yiu Amistacia represents on the Corporate Board, the governing body of the Eniaío Synkrotima. Whilst the Proedros themselves said that it was an attempt to break into the market of uniforms for other nations' militaries, rumours have flown that it is actually the start of the formation of a Galahindiki armed force, beyond the privatised security bodies that they currently possess. How this might shift the balance of power in the Adlantic Ocean is unknown. It seems that the diplomatic spat between Arhomaneia and Galahindeia may well have been manufactured by the Proedros to provide a reason for a military to be built in the island nation. It is unknown how the other corporations based on the island might react to this.

       

      Dairy Farmer Support Draws Further Criticism

      The plight of small, independent dairy farmers has become one of the major issues in the farming sector in recent years. As dairy farming is arguably one of the most polluting forms of farming, through the very nature of the cows themselves, it has born the brunt of the attempts of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion at making Arhomaiki farming more ecologically friendly. Cows themselves are a massive producer of methane, one of the major contributing gases to the greenhouse effect. However, Arhomaneia is a nation that similarly consumes a significant amount of dairy products – not just the milk in the tea that keeps the nation running, but the cheese in the sandwiches of the average working people that run our country. An increase in price of milk or cheese has always been unpopular, which has led the dairy farms themselves down the trap that they are currently in.

      The Arhomaiki consumer is very resistant to the change in the price of dairy products, especially in the aftermath of the Long War, when rationing was slowly reduced. Beef has always remained something of a perceived luxury, with mutton being the main meat consumed in Arhomaneia. Even this has declined in recent years, as meat alternatives become more popular year on year. However, what does not seem to change is the fact that dairy products have always been seen as an everyday necessity. Even as the ABK subsidies arable farmers to reduce the size of their fields and replant hedgerows, which were torn up to increase the size of those fields as the mechanisation of farming intensified during and after the Long War, dairy farmers have not been able to access similar funds to try to reduce their own costs. There are options for mechanisation and even computer-guided milking methods that enable the cows themselves to choose the times that they are milked, but the ABK has seemingly turned a blind eye to these options.

      Instead, the majority of dairy farmers are stuck with utilising the machinery of their parents and grandparents – often literally. Whilst the ABK’s options are still open, the two that are gaining the most traction are either subsidising the diary farmers or offering a minimum pricing. Neither of these are precisely desirable, and both have the issue of pushing the cost on to either the consumer or the state. And both of them ultimately favour the large concerns that have been springing up in recent years. Perhaps it is merely a coincidence that two of the biggest farming concerns are owned by the Zemarkhoi and the Kommenoi, two families that need very little introduction. Whilst these families have always shown that they have the best interests of the Megas Agios Basileia at heart, any policy that directly subsidies the cost of diary products or enforces a minimum pricing will benefit those great families more than any other.

      It was posed by this paper to the Logothesion tou Paroikonikou that the two favoured methods for farmers to either recoup or reduce the costs imposed on them by the ABK would favour those two families and the large concerns over the the small farmer. These same small farmers have seen their costs increase in recent years, especially as the ABK has put into place taxes on diesel and machinery that they are unlikely or unable to be able to deal with, at least in the short-term. What was especially raised was the potential for corruption, as both the Zemarkhoi and the Kommenoi families remain linked to the inner workings of the Arhomaiki government. Megas Logothetissa Andrea Khakonakissa herself penned an answer.

      “The Logothesion tou Paroikonikou recognises that there is the perception that any subsidisation or relief given to farmers, whether arable or livestock, will benefit some over others, especially those who have more than most. That is not our intention. Our intention is to make sure that the Arhomaiki farmer, who has long been the backbone of our nation, is not forced out of business by either competition by large-scale combines, foreign imports or the fact that our wurld needs protection from human-influenced climatic events.”

      The Megas Logothetissa denied the inference that the ABK's policies were unfairly benefiting those connected to the Arhomaiki government and that the eventual policy decision was going to make sure that the ordinary farmer was not going to lose out, either due to the environmental policies enacted by the government or due to any price changes of their products that might be forced on them by the supermarkets.

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      Shadowy AI service transforms women's photos into fake nudes
      Rogue Salamite soldier could be released from prison


      'Make fantasy a reality' : Shadowy AI service transforms women's photos into fake nudes

      An artificial-intelligence service freely available on the web has been used to transform more than 100,000 women's images into nude photos without the women's knowledge or consent, triggering fears of a new wave of damaging "deepfakes" that could be used for harassment or blackmail.

      Users of the automated service can anonymously submit a photo of a clothed woman and receive an altered version with the clothing removed. The AI technology, trained on large databased of actual nude photographs, can generate fakes with seemingly lifelike accuracy, matching skin tone and swapping in breasts and genitalia where clothes once were.

      The women's faces remain clearly visible, and no labels are appended to the images to mark them as fake. Some of the original images show girls younger than 18.

      News of the service's widespread ability to create "deepfakes" is not new, after Prime Minister Nadia Burnett took office, the Gallambrian Federal Police investigated members of the far-right Marenai nationalist party, MarenaiFirst, after it was revealed that member's of the party were distributing "deepfakes" of Prime Minister Burnett in an effort to discredit her.


      Rogue Salamite solider who killed three Gallambrian servicemen could be released in Bashan peace talks

      A rogue Salamite soldier who shot dead three Gallambrian servicemen could be freed from prison as part of a Gallambrian peace deal with Arbet 'Aswad.

       Private Michael Adams, Lance Bombardier Robert Manning, and Sergeant Stephen Wright, were murdered by a Sharab-Bashani soldier, Mushtaaq al-Masood, who was later captured and sentenced to life imprisonment.

      After seven years in jail, al-Masood may soon be released as part of a prisoner swap deal being orchestrated by the Hartog administration.

      The move has drawn the criticism of Prime Minister Nadia Burnett.

      "Al-Masood was responsible for murdering three Gallambrians and our position is he should never be released," she said.

      "It is a matter that I've written to the Governor and Chief Minister of the Bashan about, We do no believe his release adds to peace in the region."

      Al-Masood's potential freedom has also enraged Sergeant Wright's widow, Susan, who says pressure should be applied on the Bashani government.

      "Don't let it happen - it's that simple," she said.

      "Letting a murderer out like that. We've got to consider about continuing on helping them"

      The Bashan's government has since signed off on the release of prisoners, including Al-Masood, at the request of Arbet 'Aswad in exchange for peace talks.

       

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      Hello and welcome to the Ahranaian Federal Press Network, the leading news agency brining you all government affairs of the Ahranaian Government and the International Realm. I am Steven Austin Olsen, the leading news anchor for the AFP, joined with Natasha Nilsson my co-anchor. On todays edition of the AFP we will cover the new Constitution, the Act of Human Rights and the announcement from the Federal Procurators Office. All here on Ahranaian Federal Press Network.

       

      Today the country woke up to see that the Federal Government published the new constitution in the public domain, and it has most certainly cause a lot of commotion among the other Press Networks and most certainly at home. My kids have gone none stop asking me about the Constitution and I cant speak for Natasha and her family but I am almost certain that all Ahranaians are most certainly in a motion of shock and awe. 

      Well I must say Steven that my family are in the same state on trying to figure all of this out as well, some of the stuff that is written in the constitution is very complex to some people and it leaves a lot of room for the Parliament and the Federal Government a lot of room to expand on in the future. However i think we here at the Ahranaian Federal Press Network may able to get some people at home to understand some of the basics. What do you say Steven?

      Most definitely Natasha, this new constitution outlines what most constitutions should and have done in the past, but what this one has done differently is the Executive is structured in a manner that we have never seen before, for the first time the History of a United Ahrana we have a duel Monarchy. The Monarchs have been granted sweeping authority by this Constitution but from what we have been told by the members of Government the Office of Chancellor is the one who will be running the show so to speak.

      Yes Steven that is correct, in fact the role of the Monarchs are more ceremonial with powers invested to them by the Constitution but as history has shown us. It is that the monarchy always invests those powers into the Head of Government as it is their responsibility to form the Government and run the country in the name of the Monarchy. So when it comes down to it the powers the monarchy are entrusted with will be used in reserve and only when necessary.

      However Steven the most strange and newest thing to everyone is the Act of Fundamental Human Rights of the People, this is something completely new to everyone inside the realm and it goes to show exactly how much the government is investing into this new structure and government. For the first time in our history we have been given almost a Declaration of basic human rights and freedoms that we have been given by previous governments but this time they cannot infringe on these rights without breaking the law.

      Yes indeed that is correct Natasha, the government has promised us that unlike the times in the past when our rights have been swept under the door in the name of security of the state; this time they are trying to uphold what has been taken away time after time. This time they are saying we acknowledge what has happened several times in the past and we admit it is wrong. Now they are trying to make a promise to uphold our basic rights as citizens and humans alike. They are not just entitling these rights to us Ahranaians but to those who come to this country in a hope of making a better life or fleeing persecutions or whatever it may be. They are telling us that no matter who we are, we all have these basic rights and that by far is the best thing anyone in a Government of this country has ever done and its the first time ever its been done.

       

      Now on other terms the Office of the Federal Procurator which for those at home who do not know what the or who the procurator is, the Attorney General of the Realm and Federal Government. This office has released a statement with documentation which has stated the following:

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      20 October 2020, Tuesday 1200AST

      Office of the Procurator Second Floor Justice Ministry

       

      After several months of deliberation under the Ahranaian Federations Ministry of Justice the then Office of Attorney General had the intent to open up a trial against other members of the Ivanoff Era of those who had committed crimes against humanity and the people that were committed during the period dubbed The Revolution Era. The former Office under the Former Government had been working on getting details together to bring together a formal indictment against the following people listed below.

      This new government being the successor to all previous government before it holds the responsibility of ensuring that the indictment that was ready to be motioned and filed with the Federations Court be carried out under the Royal Government. It is the will of this Office, the Office of Procurator of the United Kingdom of Ahrana, that these people be brought forward on the charges of Crimes Against Humanity, the Intent to committed genocide on several counts, and the intent to undermined the former Government of the Federation and the possible intent to undermined the Royal Government of today The following listed will be brought forward on these charges. The following are to be trialed by the court of law:

      - Alexander Luka, Colonel of the Militia of Tatani

      -Anastasia Victoria Pederson, Captain of the Secret Police Unit #302 Tatani Division

      -Alica Lisa Hanson, Sub-Commander of the Secret Police Unit #004 Moskovo Division

      -Lukas Nikioloavic Stephans, Lieutenant of the Secret Police Unit #098 Ahran Division

      -Alexander Peterson, Action Commanding Officer of the Tata Rifle Infantry Unit

      -Viktor Purshenko, General of the Death Squad of Peterburi

      -Alexsander Mishia Lukshenko, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Special Policing Authority

      -Natasha Alexsandra Henson, Master Sergeant of the Secret Police Unit #004 Moskovo Division

      -Stephan Lukas Allum, Captain of the Militia Lockiee Division

      -Scott Anker, Commander of the Peoples' Revolutionary Army Special Forces Division

       

      These people have been arrested as of 1000AST this morning by the commands of this Office, a trial headed by the Supreme Court Judge backed by two other Judges given the circumstance of the charges. These people will face the Judges on the 22 October 2020 at 0900AST to be given their court date and allowed to motion for a trial by peers. Once this motion has been filed the Judges will set a Court date for the accused and reasonable actions will be taken to ensure a fair and free trial for the accused.

      Thank you, 

      Stephan Jacobson

      Federal Procurator for the United Kingdom of Ahrana 

       

      Steven I will say this, this trial is a continuation of the Ivanoff Trial which was promised by the Core Government. It has taken two governments to prepare for this trail and neither have been able to come foreword till now. I do believe this shall be interesting.

      That is agreed Natasha. However this concludes the end of todays segment of Ahranaian Federal Press Network. Thank you for joining us today and do have a great day. Good Bye.

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      BREAKING: Ductaha Governor Kano Wehiako to Challenge President Saulius in 2021 Election

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      :pic: Wehiako announced his candidacy during a rally with supporters

       

      Kano Wehiako, the Ductaha governor of the northeastern Agrianna region, has officially entered the 2021 Salvian Election to challenge incumbent president Patrick Saulius, a TauPorista.

      A notable progressive leader, Wehiako previously served 11 years as a representative in the Concilio before being elected to the governorship in 2012.  At 53 years old, he is one of the youngest high-ranking Ductaha leaders and is seen by many as the bridge between the young and old on the political landscape.  

      Wehiako is only one of two Marenai on the progressive wing and is also the only Marenai pagan in the Concilio, although this has been mostly described by himself as “more of a cultural practice” rather than a religious one.  Still, it has greatly influenced his beliefs on several key issues that progressives will look to use against Saulius, notably Church corruption and instability, education, management of overseas territories, and ethnic relations.  

      Despite being over 92% Catholic, much of Salvia has felt disillusioned by the corruption and conspiracy scandal that rocked the Church last December.  “The people in charge - some of the most important people in Salvia - were inches away from a unruly coup that they had no knowledge on,” the candidate would say in an interview just yesterday, “how can we trust these people with our education and our laws?  What does that say to the rest of the wurld?”  He has also been extremely critical of the Church’s handling of the case and the use of corporal punishment against those who committed religious crimes.  “Oh, and let’s not forget the rancid corruption that racks that institution,” Wehiako would add.

      The new candidate has also sought to gain Marenai support by pointing out Saulius’s failure to fulfill promises he granted them last election cycle.  Marenai support for Saulius has also dwindled following the Cussian Humanitarian Crisis, where there were isolated reports of Marenai land being confiscated so as to settle the new Cussian refugees.  The Saulius administration has since denied the allegations that the land was confiscated, instead insisting the land was purchased after the landowners willingly came to them.

      Wehiako has yet to announce a running mate but potential candidates for the job have already been proposed, including Minority Leader Anna Ferrero.  

      Saulius greeted the news by saying that Wehiako is “a good guy who I like and respect a lot” although he was “worried with some of his rhetoric.”  The two were briefly former colleagues in the Concilio before Saulius himself was elected governor and resigned from his post as representative in 2002.

      While other parties in the Concilio Populi often have candidates that also join the race, this election has seen reports surface that suggests the other minor parties of the Concilio will elect to endorse a candidate instead of have one run.

       

       

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      President Saulius and Alvernian President Marco Marzeni Meet At ‘Salvian Summit’

       

      Salvia’s Patrick Saulius and Alvernia’s Marco Marzeni met in the border town of Zahabo in what many have termed a “Salvian Summit”.  The two are the leaders of the most prominent Salvian nations, both of which happen to have a growing wave of Salvian nationalism sweeping their countries.

      Calls for a meeting were first echoed by Marzeni earlier this year and Saulius surprised many when he accepted the proposal and proposed one last month.  Seen by most as a moderate, a meeting with someone seen as radical and borderline authoritarian drew both surprise, criticism, and praise.  Despite that, Saulius carried on with the meeting and invited Tanemum’s own Salvian leader Mikaere Hohepo, who declined the offer.

      The summit kicked off with a welcome party for the Alvernian president before the leaders and accompanying aides left for the nearby Eretinio Villa, a popular vacation spot for Saulius and his family.  The summit lasted three days, and was a combination of diplomatic talks, political campaigning, and leisure.

      “It’s a great day to be a Salvian,” Marzeni would say in a speech during the welcoming event.  “We’re planning some very great things, absolutely tremendous stuff for the Salvian people.”  Besides talks about further economic and military cooperation, a potential ‘Salvian union’ or similar political bloc was also discussed, similar to Europa’s Entente of Oriental States.

      Both leaders were questioned frequently on the topic of unification with the other, and while both refused to give a direct answer, many hold that the two seemed more open and welcoming to the idea then any of their predecessors.

      Analysis - what’s it all mean, and what’s the big deal?

      A common Salvian identity has linked Salvia and Alvernia since the 5th century, but the latter has often been a hotspot for rebellions throughout the history of Salvia.  Despite their Salvian heritage, Alvernia has fostered a regional culture throughout its history that was so different it’s hard to group them with either the Marenai or the Salvians - they’re simply just Alvernian.  This has also been the case for all Salvian majority countries; they all share a common heritage, but culturally, they’re more akin to next-door neighbors than family members.  

      Yet this is changing, and has been for several decades at least.

      As technology paved the way for increased communication, an interconnected Salvian identity has fostered.  “First through the telegram, then the telephone, then the radio and finally the television and beyond, this change slowly shifted from a gradual recognition of their shared heritage to the nationalism we see today,” says Jean Deioko, a professor at Trinity University.

      “Before, Alvernia and Salvia were only politically unified, and to go back in time and even suggest the two should be culturally together - well, that just might warrant a beating.”

      Public opinion among Salvians has swung towards a positive position for unification with other Salvian states, despite being largely seen as negative just a century before, in the early 1900s.  While many have dismissed the election of a few radical progressives that call for unification as overindulgent enthusiasm, it nevertheless shows a trend that can not be ignored.  This is an idea that many Concilio members have picked up on, doing anything to be a bit more patriotic while campaigning, to inviting discussion about the topic during town halls and other related events, to even promising referendums on the issue if elected.

      The rising support among Salvians, however, is not reflected at all among ethnic Marenai in either Salvia or Alvernia.  It will likely lead to heated debates and infighting between conservatives as Salvian TauPoristas begin to favor the idea at the expense of their Marenai Party allies.  

      The issue of unification has surfaced as a 2021 frontrunner issue, with much uncertainty surrounding how it will play out in the coming years.

       

       

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      BREAKING: First Major Step Towards Constitutional Convention Enacted By Concilio Populi

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      :pic: Progressive representatives have been calling for a constitutional convention since the beginning of anti-Church protests in December 2019

       

      Notable progressive representatives, such as Minority Leader Anna Ferrero, jointly introduced a bill to the Concilio Populi last week that would enact Article 32 of the Salvian Constitution, which is the article that specifies the calling of a constitutional convention.  Passed yesterday, the bill authors have specified the convention is to remove the pope from his position as Head of State of Salvia and pave the way for unification with other Salvian states by introducing procedures to allow foreign states to join the Salvian republic.  This follows increasing support among Salvian nationalists for unification with other Salvian states, most notably Alvernia.

      Despite calls from radical Ductahas to also amend or remove the Concilio Clerici, this was intentionally left out of the bill as almost all representatives, including a majority of progressives, opposed this addition.

      Facing reelection in June 2021, many TauPoristas jumped ship and joined the progressives in pushing the proposal forward as the Church crisis and reunification remain hot-button issues in Salvian politics.  Hardline conservatives, including all Marenai, opposed the measure, although the bill still passed 147-64.

      Despite the passage, the constitutional convention is yet to be called until 8 out of 12 Salvian regional legislatures accept the measure.  If this happens, the convention will meet for an indefinite period of time until the president, both Concilios, and eight of twelve regional legislatures once again approve the new amendments.

      President Saulius has tried to enact a balanced response, accepting the results without question but warning the Concilio in a speech that, "amending the Constitution is a very, very delicate thing."

      Candidate Wehiako has made no comments so far, although fellow Marenai, especially on the right, have bitterly attacked the measures as a potential assault on their rights. 

      Analysis - so what’s next?

      Enthusiasm was the prevalent feeling for progressives as a bill they’ve been seeking to pass since January of this year was passed just last afternoon.  On the opposite side, cautious optimism was the order of the day for many moderates, and for hardline conservatives or Marenai, a dismal day indeed.

      There is no real clean split for both of these issues - Church power and Salvian unification - among Salvia voters.  Political scientists throughout the nation are trying to puzzle the pieces together so as to predict the 2021 elections but never before have been so stumped as now.  Party lines have been found to be entirely useless when trying to separate voters into what they feel on these issues.  Age and socioeconomic factors are largely worthless as well.

      “Never before have we been more puzzled - ever,” a quick sit down with Mark Bonahiko, professor of political science at the University of Sicania, revealed.  “And that’s no exaggeration.”  Even Salvian unification, which would seemingly be popular for everyone except the Marenai, is facing fierce opposition from many Salvians, while there are even some in the Marenai camp who have seen their positions on the issue relax.  “It’s a mess.”

      Much uncertainty surrounds the next moves for all sides and even the passage of this bill leaves no assurance on the table for Salvian nationalists.

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      20th October 2020, Tuesday | 2nd Edition |Moskovo Press Building, 402 Main Street

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      The Constitution of the Third United Kingdom is Published, Human Rights? Why this Constitution has a Human Rights Bill attached to the Constitution | Coronation of the Monarchs

       

       

      The Government publishes the new Constitution with Human Rights attached...

      Article written by, Jacob Daniel Smith

      On the 19th of October this year at Midnight the Federal Government published the Constitution of the Third United Kingdom of Ahrana making it accessible to the public. After we were informed by the Office of the Chancellor that the publication was in fact authentic we took a read over the new Constitution and found several things stood out from the entire Constitution and from the Constitutions from the past, this new Constitution has a Human Rights Section attached to the Constitution.

      As we look back in history of Ahrana, no constitution has contained such a section regarding specifically Human Rights and Rights of the People. We asked ourselves what does this mean and why is this government publishing something like this, something we have never seen in our history. Our sources inside the government now free to talk about the Constitution and the new Government have been quoted saying this, 

      "Many people will find this new Constitution and the government that will follow it to be very strange as it is going beyond what many in the past have not dared. This Government is attempting to challenge the very basis that we believed made Ahrana unique when in fact what made us unique was how backwards in the words of Democracy we truly were. This Government truly wants to move out of the past and into the future and what a better way of doing it then by declaring the Kingdom respects the Rights of not just the Citizens of the Realm but the very thing called humanity. This constitution declares humanity as important as the government itself." -Member of Parliament, John V. A. Luk

      When we were told the Government was changing not many people envisioned something like this, thereby overshooting our complete expectations we have. Some people say this is just a front and is a coverup and that the government will not hold true to these principles, however if you read the Constitution and its Fundamental Human Rights of the People Act you see that any violation is met with criminality. What's this mean you ask? Well if the government infringes on any of these rights and any article in the Act is breached then those responsible will be held accountable and will face criminal charges.

      The Act also lays out the idea of not allowing capital punishment. In the article it specifies that the need for capital punishment is to only be used in extreme cases deemed acceptable by law. What law is this referring to? Well we have a answer for just that. The Parliament has announced it is looking into specifying the area of Capital Punishment and when this has been decided they will publish it the same way as the constitution. 

      While this Act of Fundamental Human Rights of the People is a new idea to us Ahranaians the other strange thing is the clear specification of the powers of the Executive and in particular the Monarchs. The Monarchs have sweeping authority but it seems from the wording that the Chancellor will wield most of this authority with the Monarchs asking the Government to form in their names instead of forming the government themselves.

      Truly the question that has been asked around the office is, what does this mean for the new Ahrana and how long will this government last this time?

       

      Federal Government sets the Coronation Date...

      Article by, Alexis Victoria Francis

      The Federal Government released a brief statement this morning with the official dates of the Coronation of the Monarchs which is to take place exactly five days from now on the 25th of October 2020 at the National Cathedral in Moskovo. It has been said that the ceremony will follow much of the old tradition with the new Oaths to be said with the pledge from the monarchs.

      The Government has said that unlike the past ceremonies this one will be less grandiose as compared to the very last coronation that the Second United Kingdom had held for the late Goustov XVII, however the Military Ceremony will not change along with the celebration in the People's Square in downtown Moskovo. Yet, like the day the President took office the people are invited to their square to celebrate with the Monarchs themselves. Unlike the past the after party will not be limited to royals and government officials only its open to everyone. 

      The Bishop of Moskovo has expressed his sincere delight that the nation has resorted back to what it was always supposed to be, a United Kingdom of the people who make up the Realm of Ahrana.

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    • House of Governors Enacts War Bonds Act

      Today the House of Governors passed the War Bonds act, only the second of its kind in Seylosian history. The last such institution of financial measures such as these was created during the wars over Alharu which Seylos had become directly involved in. From sources within the Monarchy we have learned that this situation has become exceptionally draining. For the moment popular support lies with assisting the Cerisers but opinion polls dropped from nearly 70% to 59% after the attack on Liechnenfax. Many in government are worried about Seylos's continued involved in what several parties consider a failed island state. However most party heads by themselves continue to support the effort citing the need for Seylos to be a stabilizing influence in the region.

      The War Bonds Act, from senior staffers in the House of Governors, is designed to fill in the significant budget shortfalls when it comes to the garrison and overall military operations in Ceris. Senior military officials have spoken as to how unprepared the Seylosian military was for an all out offensive in the region even with allied nation support. So far the King himself has remained silent on the issues though an official spokesperson for The Monarchy has commented that "The War Bonds act will ensure continued funding for our humanitarian and military defense efforts in Ceris, the King believes that this is of the utmost importance and fully endorses the House of Governors in its efforts."

      King Enacts Military Expansion

      The King, on top of the announcement from the House of Governors, has announced a massive expansion of the Seylosian military given the current circumstances. Across all branches, and additional twenty thousand personnel and ten thousand emergency soldiers are to be recruited and trained to meet the needs of the current crisis. The twenty thousand regular military volunteers would follow the same strict guidelines, training, and educational requirements as every soldier currently serving within the military at this moment. However the additional ten thousand emergency soldiers would not be restricted in the same way.

      Representative Katherine Bailey voiced her concern over the emergency declaration, "While I am confident in the training and moral steadfastness of Seylosian personnel I am skeptical that a force raised with only combat training could perform their duties to the same humanitarian standards that our servicemen and woman currently do. Any lax requirements allowed could create significant issues for Seylos in the future and tarnish our international reputation as a force for good on Eurth."

      In a rare statement, King Aidan himself took the microphone to directly address such concerns, "Though I regret having to pass such measures, It comes as no surprise to the people of Seylos that we are far from the strongest military power. We must rise to meet the difficulties of the modern world. However I want all Seylosian to be assured that I do not take the measures alone. I have consulted with the House of Governors and I more importantly seek your input on this as well. A King cannot rule without the support of his constituents, and I promise to not leave you out of this process. However I believe that right now these measures are necessary. Each emergency act soldier will be trained in the same combat and sensitivity training as any Regular. And they are still required to meet academic standards as set by the Emergency Act of 1958.."

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      Hello and welcome to todays edition of 'Ahrana Today' Where we bring the News to the People of Ahrana, on todays edition we will cover the breaking news in the capital today at the joint session of Parliament. We will now go live to the Houses of Parliament where Georgy Shriv is at live;

      Ah thank you Johnathan and Alexsandra, right so today we are getting a announcement from the Federal Government about the recent meetings held with all of the Federal Government. If you look to the podium you will see that all of the Federal Executive including the High Representatives for Xara and Thralhaven are here as well with all Republics Premiers as well. So in other words this has included every member of Government which can mean only one thing, a huge shuffle or re-organization. Currently there are only three empty seats at the podium and one is for the Federal President, the other for the Director of Intelligence and the other we are not sure at the moment. We are awaiting these three to make their way to the podium so the Joint Session may start. We ask a few Members of Parliament if they knew what was going on but they seemed determined not to talk to us.......Ah here we go the announcement was made that the President will now take the podium.

      Good morning Members of Parliament, Members of the Executive, members of the Press Networks and members of the Judicial. Today is a very important day for this Government and the People that elected it, on this day we right a wrong that was done by a tyrannical dictator that kill hundreds. Today we fix what was done, today History will be re-written in more ways than one.

      As of 13 of October this Federal Government and Judicial Justices agreed on what was called Constitutional Proposal Ratification. At the end of the day the vote was unanimous to push the proposal forward for signature by two people who would be needed to make this New Constitution work, as of yesterday at 1200AST the Constitution was signed and witnessed by the entire Judicial Justices, Federal Executive Government and was declared ratified by the notary of the Federal Government. As of yesterday the Imperial Throne has been re-established, with the re-establishment of the Imperial Houses of Chayka and Florence declared the sole Successors to the Second United Kingdom of Ahrana. As of Yesterday the Office of Federal President was renamed to Office of the Federal Monarchs.

      The Third United Kingdom of Ahrana is headed by two Monarchs, Queen Aleksandra II of Chayka and Sigrid A. A. V. Florence-Goring of Florence. The Office of Chancellor and State Councilor and the other Federal Executive Offices still exist, this transition is a mere lateral transfer from one Constitution to another Constitution. Everyone who currently holds a Governmental Posting will stay in Office for the Four Year transitional period after which the People will Vote in a Fair and Free Election on the Houses of Parliament to determined the leaders of the Federal Executive Government. 

      Thank you all for coming and have a great day.

      Well that was certainly interesting and unexpected on my half, as of today welcome to the Third Imperial United Kingdom of Ahrana Johnathon and Alexsandra.

       

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      Imperial Agriculture and Research Ministry announced that researchers from Division 4, were to credit for the development of a trait that helps growers make the most of their available water.

      The Agrisure® trait helps corn flourish at the Imperial Advanced Agricultures Science Facility (IAASF-P), Prathen. Scientists continue to identify new Agrisure genes that offer growers a practical option to meet water challenges.

      The number one factor affecting crop growth and development is weather, according to Thar'ak Vek, Ph.D., professor of plant physiology at University of Agriculture Studies. Of all the factors limiting yield, weather is unlike any other; It is out of anyone’s control.

      Being at the mercy of the weather causes a kind of stress very familiar to those close to the world of agriculture. Hura Ki'Selis, Ph.D., principal research scientist at IAASF-P, is one of those people.

      Drought hurts people, Ki'Selis says. It stresses families and diminishes the health of farmers through additional physical and psychological stress.

      Before Agrisure® technology was developed, the corn industry relied on traditional breeding techniques to identify drought tolerant corn hybrids, often at the expense of yield. Ki'Selis contributed to the work spearheaded by a team of researchers, including Dima Ya'Xenor, Ph.D., this team saw an opportunity; and instead of the challenge overwhelming them, they asked how they could overcome it. They found the answer through biotechnology and a lot of teamwork. Water optimization technology is a key focus for Imperial Agriculture Research and Development. 

      Leveraging the Power of Technology

      By the early 1980s, the team set its target: Create a fully catalogued bank of corn’s genetic makeup. It would prove to be an extremely difficult challenge from a research perspective. But it was also a specific one, as it gave the group a viable objective to develop a scientific approach.

      The human genome consists of around two point nine billion base pairs. Comparatively, the corn genome has two billion. In other words, corn is complicated. Because of this complexity, the passion, dedication and creativity of the research divisions behind the exploration of corn’s germplasm were essential. Each of the fifty-thousand genes present in corn has multiple variances and alleles. The process to discover which of those fifty-thousand genes both respond to and affect drought tolerance is a puzzle, requiring patience, and expertise. While this was occuring, other support teams were running computer code, comparing the gene database to the performance database searching for parallels and connections.

      At the time Agrisure® research and discovery began, the ability to use phenomic technology to create native traits was also brand new. There were other technologies on the market at the time, namely genetically modified (GM) traits that sought to help with drought resistance. However, because there are thousands of genes in corn that control water retention and are impacted by drought, a GM solution proved too simple; it would not provide the improved metabolic performance that this level of complexity demanded. The team had to think bigger.

      Research into impactful technologies that bring a new level of performance to crops requires a stringent dedication to continuous improvement. It requires a belief, from top to bottom within an organization, that putting time, money and resources into a project that could radically change the agricultural landscape is well worth the investment.

      A Competitive Edge

      Over the next decade, Imperial research scientists labored, collaborating extensively with breeders, molecular biologists, mathematicians, geneticists, plant physiologists, farmers, academics and marketers to isolate and breed for the correct genes that brought Agrisure® to life.

      It wasn’t until the first hybrids performed well under drought stress compared with non-hybrids in a test field that they realized the work they were doing was actually going to make an impact.

      In the midst of thousands of corn genome tests and cornfield tests, it was a dynamic organizational chassis that paved the way for imperial researchers to develop Agrisure® technology. There have been other attempts, but Division 4 and its support teams learned to mine its strengths; an extensive germplasm, technological capabilities and a collaborative environment; to gain a competitive edge and provide hybrids with the most advanced genes and trait stacks available today.

      Using technology and collaboration, Division 4 streamlined a methodology to enhance what nature already designed with Agrisure®, an innovative product that protects genetic yield potential in both drought and perfect weather.

      Agrisure® hybrids provide consistency of performance and the ability to help growers manage variability across microclimates. Growers can plant these hybrids on corn-on-corn acres and less productive acres—even sandy ground—and visibly notice a difference compared to non-traited hybrids. This variability far exceeds what scientists thought possible for the technology ten years ago.

      Raising the Bar

      It is now more than six years since Division 4 was able to distribute this product as Wave I alleles. Both Wave II and Wave III alleles have been developed since, each representing a step change in the ability of the Imperial Agriculture and Research Ministry to discover and stack drought-tolerance genes into commercial products and in technology’s ability to enable faster, more comprehensive results. The IARM remains dedicated to the continued exploration and research to identify even more genes that impact drought tolerance, continuing to set the standard and raise the bar in the market for water-optimizing hybrids.

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      Tonight's Headlines:

      "Celebrating the life of the Mad Archpriest."
      "Hedonist Nation flirts with fire."

       

      Today marks the 500th anniversary of the historic crowning of Archpriest Axayac, first to hold the name, also known as The Mad Archpriest "Latocawauh o'Wāwuip". He began his rule at the age of seventeen in 1520, ruling over the glorious Crescent Empire "Inetztlīk" until 1575 when he died of old age at 72, ruling for 55 long years. Many cities bear his name in honour, such as Xaxayac of the Chalica Dominion or Īnaxayac Lhom of the Metztlica Dominion. This great man's works have impacted the cultures of southern Palu as much as the Great Founder Archpriest Tapilchuacotl and Archpriestess Letzitlioho, yet his name is seldom taught to the children of our nation despite forwarding the biological and geographical sciences of the region and his excellent mastery of politics. Therefore here at Truths of Metztli we have decided to dedicate the front page for the rest of this week to the life of Archpriest Axayac, where he came from, who he was, and what he has done for The State.

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                   Painting of the Axayac the Mad
                                       1535

      Sadly much of Archpriest Axayac's childhood is shrouded in mystery and the unknown, perhaps by his own request. What is known, however, is that he was born under the name of Anoxtl to a wealthy aristocratic family in the capital which allowed him to have some of the best education in the empire. His spark for his eventual obsession of biology and the natural world around him most likely came from his personal tutor, Inētecon of the Welanic tribe, who was the previous emperor's botanist for several years before being replaced then took up the role of tutoring young aristocrats. Axayac has been quoted stating that if it was not for Inētecon's enthusiasm, he would not of tried to enter the competition for the next Archpriest. This particular event is well known for having almost all of the challenges and trials take place in or near rivers. With his victory, Axayac chose to have his name be changed from Anoxtl to Axayac , meaning Face of Water in Azlo.

      Axayac had inherited an empire that was sliding down into obscurity as the great golden age of the Crescent Empire had begun to stagnate, so most of his time in the courts were spent shoving other aristocrats and generals to perform their duties, always dangling carrots and whacking with sticks to get business moving within the empire. He maintained links of equal trade with the other powers of Alharu and the Northern Continents to ensure their support of his rule. Archpriest Axayac had attempted numerous wars against western barbaric tribes of Mesothalassa and pushing the borders of civilisation westward. His most notable achievement in combat was the reaching of the northern coast of the Palu Peninsula and successfully subjugating the territory of Iskaisuyu. The full extent of his conquests and triumphs can be found here as a book currently being written by our wonderful historians, along with a biography in development by the same writers in collaboration with the always wonderful Wēcatoc Priesthood.

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       Artistic Rendering of the 2nd Battle of Iskaisuyu
                               Painted in 1921

      Now onto why this great leader was given the epithet "o'Wāwuip", meaning "of someone mad". When Axayac was not busy leading armies for the empire or keeping his council and aristocrats in check, he could be found in his gardens and zoos at his temple in southern Chalica. Whilst there, Axayac took notice on how interbreeding certain plants or animals together who were known to be immediate family members often produced defective offspring more often then those who were bred with non-relatives. Nowadays we know this due to something called "genetics" which act as temple scriptures for our bodies to be built and maintained properly, but in his times such knowledge was not known so he came up with his own idea that when two or more Teyoiliti ("souls") have children, the children will have a Teyoiliti incapable of producing more children with the original Teyoiliti. After testing his theory on birds and sloths in his zoos, he proposed and passed a law that no one can have romantic relationships within their own Calpoyauh (commune/extended family). He also believed that this rule also held true to the world, trying to prevent rivers near his temple and the capital city that came from similar terrains from merging, similar forests from mixing, etc. The Archpriest was also stated to be "stricken with constant fear" by his aristocrats of the Wēcatoc prophecy of the destruction of the 6th world, demanding to always be told of any forest or bush fires in his empire and often made great journeys to these locations to oversee what was being done to stop them.  Eventually many came to the conclusion that he had gone mad with some sort of curse, and he was declared "o'Wāwuip"His odd behaviour never directly impacted his rule as an Archpriest, however, so he was never deposed by his councils and aristocrats. Numerous small journals and scripts by Axayac also show a deep understanding of geographic landscapes and formations, and also speculation on 'fire rain' that caused rapid eroding of rocks, which we now know of as 'acid rain' caused by toxins and smoke in the air. Scanned documents of the journals can be found in the same place as the books above (link).

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       Picture of what remains of Archpriest Axayac's home temple in
        the province of Welanic, Chalica. Now a popular local tourist
                                              destination.
                                          January 3rd, 2020

      Eventually Archpriest Axayac died on the 12th of November, 1575, at the age of 72 from a failing heart and old age. He was buried at his home temple, and his body later transported to the Temple of Archpriests several months later. Since then his skeleton has been laid to rest in a tomb at the Archpriests Temple alongside the many other great Archpriests and leaders of The State. His legacy may not be remembered as much as other Archpriests of the time, but his contributions were significant and potentially saved lives with his active smothering of wild fires and advancement in what we know as genetics and geography. May his Teyoiliti possess something great in the modern times, or be close at Coyoxāwauh's side.

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      Tensions rise in the Adlantic as the infamous heathenistic of Calahindā continue their assault upon Alometlaca's pride. Historically, Calahindā has been only a nuisance on the cyber-stage of Eurth with their infamously epileptic songs and poor fashion sense. As of recent, however, the island nation has begun an unrelenting petty attack upon the historically calm and collective Alometlaca who our great state has had relatively calm relations with. The conflict began just over a month ago with the publication of the song "Eat It!" by Alyiah Arotica, involving an uncanny look alike of the Alometlaca's leader on a leash, being held by Calahindān leader Yiu Amistacia. This was no doubt in the mind of the heathen leader's mind that this was as much of a political move then just your 'traditional' Cala Genre stage performances. Since then, the Cala leader Amistacia has given an official statement of no more than the words "Die mad about it.". 

      As of this month, there has been no official statement by the Alometlacan government on the issue beyond rumours of talks between Tagmatium and Calahindā's master, the Kingdom of Sēlos.

      Due to the explicit nature of the "Eat It!" stage performances, no pictures will be provided of the music video. However an image of a Cathedral similar to the church the Calahindāns recreated for their footage will be put below, which was vetted beforehand with Alometlacan advisors.. We here at Truths of Metztli, recognising some of our less flattering articles in the past, at least try to be respectful to those of different cultures and religions in the modern era.

       

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      The Leading Newspaper in Ahrana

      12 October 2020, Monday | 1st Edition | Moskovo Press Building, 402 Main Street

      Headlines:

      Government Meets in Peterburi for Talks, The High Representative for Xara arrives to the Xaraian Consulate, Talks of the new Government.

       

      Government Meets in Peterburi at the Security Council Building

      The entire Federal Government including the High Representatives for Xara ad Thralhaven have met in Peterburi at the Security Council Building in the Regional Capital for important Governmental Talks. For some time now there have been roomers that the Government of Ahrana has been preparing to transition the Executive to a different format, of course this would be a peaceful transformation with very little changing from what we have been told. The Government has been meeting at the Presidential Palace with the President form some weeks now since her last Public Announcement in the Halls of Parliament. 

      Many people have speculated what exactly is next for the Country of Ahrana, within the last several years many things have happened and many things have come and gone. One thing is for sure, we have noticed that for one the slight old faction has started to gain more power. Now many will think what is the Old Faction that is a term we have not heard in Ahranaian Politics. The Old Faction is the old guard or the old Monarchial Guard, they have recently seen an increase in collaboration with the entire Government including the far left political organizations. 

      The Old Guard is Headed by Gustov Allen Lukas Gorbs who is a former Royal Colonel from the old Imperial Guards of the Mishia Household. Many have stated he has been the sole proponent for a Monarchial Government since the opening up of the Political System. Every where we have looked with Peaceful demonstrators and Political Meetings we have seen Mr. Gorbs there in the front making the speeches to the crowds. Gorbs spent several months in a harsh prison for no support General Ivanoff under the Revolution and the Socialist Federation. He was only released Two months after Secretary-General Core took office. Since then he has been at the forefront of this movement for Re-establishment of the legal Government of Ahrana, the Monarchy of the Imperial Households.

      What would happen if the Monarchal Government is re-established? Well one this we know for sure is the Imperial Household is dying out and only Two legitimist Households have true Claims to the Imperial Throne. The current Federal President is of the House of Florence which is directly descended from the House of Mishia by blood, The former Queen, Queen Aleksandra, is of the Chayka Household which to is a direct descendent of the House of Mishia by blood. What and who would take control of the Government and which house would rein till the end of times? Well that currently is unknown at this time, when we have asked the Members of the Security Council they have looked at us stern and stated, "We are not at liberty to discuss that in open public let alone even attempt to explain that to you. If it was on the table we still would not be able to tell you due to the Statute of Secrecy we take when undergoing these talks. What you have been told by of Press Secretaries is what we have agreed to disclose.." So you can see that no one not even the High Representatives of Xara and Thralhaven will discuss and of those ideas with us. So it leaves us wondering is this what they have been meeting about all along? We wont know till the President makes her announcement in a few days time.

      High Representatives of Xara and Thralhaven are meeting with each respected Consulates

      No one has really been told why other than the Security Council Meetings why exactly the High Representatives of the two Autonomous Republics are in Moskovo and at their Respective Consulates here in the Capital. It was noticed last Thursday that the High Representative of Xara was seen going from the Palace of Parliament all day then was noticed at the Consulate. When we called the Consulate the Station Master refused to acknowledge or comment of this sighting. 

      On Saturday last week the High Representative of Thralhaven was also seen at the Palace of Parliament and the Thralhaven Consulate as well. Much to our surprise the Station Master also refused to acknowledge or comment of this sighting as well.

      Whatever Parliament and the Security Council are discussing its involving all parts of the Federal Government and no one is being left out in the meetings. We walked into the Xaraian Consulate and we noticed the amount of Staff inside the building running from side to side of the building. We attempted to ask one of the workers where the Station Master was but we were asked to leave the building. When we left the building the Station Master showed up and asked us to come to him. After briefly talking to the Station Master we were asked to leave and to come back at Noon.

      We returned at Noon to find the Station Master waiting for us, he agreed with the Blessing of the Federal Government to answer a few questions as long as they did not retain to any sensitive information.

      We asked Station Master Jonnan Alexander the following,

      Q: Why exactly was the Consulate in a state of ciaos and disaster yesterday?

      A: Well to answer that I will have to be very cryptic here okay? So currently this Consulate and the Thralhaven Consulate are preparing for a change that will alter a few things in our daily workings. What that is I am not at Liberty to give and answer to and or even talk about.

      Q: Does this change have to do with the meetings the Security Council and Parliament have been having behind closed doors?

      A: Well once again that is really something I cannot talk about but I can give a cryptic answer like I have done before. Currently the change is still being discussed at the Federal and Republican Level, what it is about I cannot give you information on. Just know that in a few days time the President will call a Joint Session of Parliament and will announce what has been going on then.

      We had several other questions for the Station Master but each question we asked was given a cryptic answer due to the sensitive nature of the actual answer. Like before we will have to wait for the President to call a Joint Session just so we can find out.

      Talks of New Government?

      So this edition has pretty much circulated around the Security Council Meeting and the Parliamentary Meetings and yet one of the major things we have been hearing from our sources is that a big Governmental Change is coming. Yet, we are not entirely sure on exactly what this means. We can speculate all we want but the facts from what we have been given by the Press Secretaries we can conclude it may in fact be a New Government. Why? We have the slightest idea on why true be told.

      This Federal Government is still a new Government that has had its faces of troubles that have shaken it to the core. Why the President would allow a change is unknown at this time. Since the President had gained power we have seen an increase of legislation to allow the Presidential Office more and more Authority over the whole Federal Government and Republican Levels as well. Could this be the Presidents way of holding onto power longer than her term allows or is this truly for the good of the Nation?

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      Fits and starts

      Several earlier launch attempts by the Ministry of Space Exploration and Research (MSER) appeared to fail despite the claims otherwise, according to its opponents within the royal court. The rocket technology involves HIA missile designs.

      The first launch attempt involved a two-stage rocket named Yspyccytun (Pronounced: "AE-see-peae-ku-kuae-teoon" - Ambassador), with a dummy satellite, Aug. 17, 2008. The rocket failed shortly after liftoff, according to observing analysts from House Yasri Velven, a noted minor house that is firmly entrenched in the study of space and its exploration, and also critical of the MSER.

      Confirmed success finally came with the launch of the Yspyccytun-2 rocket Feb. 3, 2009. That rocket placed an GPS satellite weighing some 27 kilograms into low Eurth orbit. The cube-shaped satellite is almost 40 centimeters on each side.

      Another launch, this past Feb. 2, involved an Aqbmunan (Pronounced: "AHq-baemoonahn") sounding rocket designed to climb just 100 kilometers. The sounding rocket — a rocket designed to collect data rather than transport cargo — had a living payload consisting of two turtles, a worm and a rat that parachuted back down to safety. 

      MSER had played up the event by launching the rocket from the back of a military truck rather than one of the ministry's four designated space launch sites. MSER Head Research Officer, Tarius Y'Kar, oversaw the launch.

      MSER announced it will launch its 27 meters long Bruaheq (Pronounced: "BAE-raooah-haeayq") rocket, which has a liquid fuel propulsion system capable of carrying more than 100 kg to an altitude of almost 500 km on October 22nd.

      The Bruaheq rocket can carry a new generation of satellites such as the Myhdanh (Pronounced: "Mae-ha-deahn-ha") cube satellite, which measures almost 50 cm on each side and weighs between 60-75 kg depending on ability and usage.

      The Myhdanh is a communications and observatory system. More focused on the primary, it is utilized by mostly the border defense systems to accurately monitor the area defined between the Imperium and the GHET.

      Behind the MSER rocketry

      MSER's launch vehicles rely heavily upon HIA rocket or missile designs, which are in turn often derived from the latter's combat systems, analysts say. Direct evidence of assistance, education and hardware transfer from HIA to the MSER space (industries) has been witnessed on large scale within the legionary industrial infrastructure.

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      Recent financial developments;

      HIC&I (Haruspex International Communications and Internet) has bought iCALL's telecommunications assets in Kaldana and the Northern Territories, both companies announced in a joint statement Monday.

      "By the end of the year, all iCall cellular customers will be completely serviced by HIC&I. iCALL will discontinue cellular operations, including store and website operations," iCALL stated in an email to customers.

      The acquisition leaves Kaldana and the Northern Territories with the three main telecom competitors – HIC&I, Katai International and CAW (Colonial Air Waves) – all competing for the mobile phone market and fast internet for homes, offices and classrooms.

      HIC&I did not disclose the price tag of the acquisition and the number of customers that will be transferring over from iCALL to HIC&I.

      HIC&I has been in business for thirty-five years and iCALL for twenty years.

      HIC&I will acquire iCALL's wireless network, Integrated Digital Enhanced Network, also known as IDEN, and customer base.

      "As a result of the acquisition, HIC&I and iCALL subscribers will enjoy enhanced services and expanded wireless broadband experience in the Colonial and Northern Territories at no additional cost," the companies stated.

      HIC&I and iCALL share a dedication to keeping the communities of our operation connected to the world with leading-edge technology. The acquisition will allow us to continue with our improvements to our network coverage and data capabilities in the colonial and northern territories,” stated Jizan Oehlerk, CEO of HIC&I.

      Clao Yunhek, CFO of iCALL, said, "Upon completion of the customer migration, iCALL customers will start to reap the benefits of HIC&I's advanced network and innovative capabilities, and will further enjoy the advances of HIC&I network upon rollout."

      The deal was signed on Sept 29th.

      On Oct. 1, all iCALL postpaid and prepaid subscribers will began a transition to HIC&I over a period of ninety days. During this transition, iCALL will continue to operate its network and retail locations. IDEN services will continue uninterrupted, as well.

      "With the transfer to HIC&I, iCALL subscribers will continue to enjoy existing services and offerings," according to the joint statement.

      Subscribers’ phone numbers will remain the same and subscribers will be advised if a SIM card replacement is required.

      Ulan Advanced Internet Communications (UAIC) is the parent company of HIC&I.

      In September 2018, HIC&I announced Perya City-State's largest mobile operator, Thalassa Telecom, made a thirty million investment into HIC&I.

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      Godless Nation mocks God's own Nation

      Leader of Galahindeia appears in video attacking religion and culture

      In a move that was considered surprising, the head of state of Galahindeia, Yiu Amistacia, appeared in a music video that mocked not only our ancient and glorious nation, but our faith as well. At the moment, it appears that the barbaros is refusing to even acknowledge that what they have done is an insult to our nation and our people, but that it was an unprovoked attack as well. So far, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has responded by asking for an explanation for the Proedros' actions. It is understood that a reply was sent by Amistacia, although the ABK has not commented on what it contained, it seems that it was not considered to be satisfactory. So far, the relations between Arhomaneia and Galahindeia seem to be in a downward spiral, one that can only be prevented from worsening by the Proedros doing the right thing by apologising to our nation.

      Galahindeia (@Galahinda) is a nation that contrasts significantly with our holy nation. It is a nation that prides itself as the epitome of taste and prides itself on being at the forefront of fashion but is in fact little more than a manufacturer of cheap tat and an oppressor of its own people. It spins a lie that it is somehow much more important than it actually is, although this has long since ceased to be the case. It is located on a convenient shipping route for voyages between Europa and the New Wurld but has stopped to be being utilised as a supply or fuelling point. Because of this, it attempts to shout louder than all others, in a weak and pointless effort to bring itself back to relevance. This is likely why that the Proedros Amistacia has chosen to target our nation, as by attacking the foremost nation on Eurth, they might turn the rest of the wurld's attention back to it.

      Early explorers, travelling from Europa to the New Wurld, thought the island of Galahindeia could be the remains of mythical Adlantis, sunk beneath the waves due to falling out of favour with false gods. Perhaps it would be better if such a cataclysm struck the island again, washing away its sins and allowing the people of the island freedom from the hyper-capitalist kleptocracy that governs their lives. Most of the inhabitants suffer extreme exploitation and poverty, not unlike the kind that blights the island of Ceris, whilst the elite live in figurative and literal ivory towers, far away from the miserable conditions of their citizens. Once, it had been a functional nation, part of the family of nations of Eurth but it was taken over by a cabal of greedy corporations, who have since then conspired to prevent their people from rising once again. They also likely strive to drive faith from the island, knowing that it would eclipse the soulless commercialism that dominates Galahindeia otherwise.

      There seems to be internal discord, too – there are rumours in diplomatic circles that the Galahindiki Ambassador before the Leopard Throne, Vyktoria Parker, has handed in her resignation over the actions of her own government. This, however, has not been confirmed either by the Skrinion ton Barbaron or the Logothesion ton Barbaron, nor the Galahindiki government. Apokrisiarios Parker has long represented her nation and is known to have provided exemplary service, which seems to have been poorly repaid by the actions of the Proedros. Certainly, it demonstrates the mercurial nature of the current regime, which does more to harm themselves – especially by sabotaging relations with one of their largest neighbours.

      Certainly, it seems that the corporate regime fears backlash. The Proedros hosted a fashion show, in a typically frivolous display of waste, but the theme appeared to be military-based. Likely, this is the government of the God-forsaken island attempting to normalise a behind-the-scenes armed build-up, as they fear righteous retribution from Arhomaneia. At the moment, Galahindeia has little more than a privatised police force to defend its borders. Likely, they would cut and run at the first sign of trouble, since they are hardly likely to be driven by pride in their own nation, unlike the Exkerkitos Arhomanos, our armed forces.

      However, it is to hoped that the Galahindiki see sense and force their foolish leader to apologise to Arhomaneia and realise that their money obsessed culture is naught but a pale shadow when compared to our holy and ancient nation. The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion has attempted to salvage the situation several times now, so it seems that it is entirely up to Galahindeia to take the next step.

       

      Minimum Price for Dairy Produce Proposed

      Farmers groups are in favour, consumer groups are not

      In recent years, diary farmers, especially in the north of our nation, have seen a severe decrease in profits, which was has not been helped by the unusually harsh and long winter that hit the Occident. This meant that diary farmers were forced to keep their cattle in their winter quarters for much longer than normal, and in turn meant that they were not able to be put out to graze. This has forced many farmers to buy in more winter fodder for their animals, cutting into what profits that they do make. This has been worsened due to the low prices that they are increasingly forced to take from their main buyers, the large supermarket chains. These companies try to entice customers to them by offering low prices, which they then force onto their suppliers.

      The farmers themselves have protested this, and the Arhomaiki Enosi Agroton, Farmers' Union, has often petitioned the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion to step in. Until now, the government has refused to give anything other than statements recognising the plight of the dairy farmers. However, the impact of the harsh winter weather has meant that the Logothesion tou Paroikonikou has felt that it has to take steps to try to improve the situation that the farmers are facing. Reportedly, Megas Logothetissa Andrea Khakonakissa, is considering several options to put before Kommodos III, in Christ the God, faithful Agios Basileos kai Autokrator ton Arhomaion.

      One of the options is to start to issue subsidies to allow the farmers to operate, despite the low prices being offered by their main customers. It is also perhaps the least favoured option, it seems, as it would merely shift the shortfall in farmers' incomes onto the state itself, not addressing the actual problem. This would then threaten a rise in taxes, as ongoing international crises have meant that our government's spending has increased past the levels of recent years. Another one is to institute a system of minimum pricing, meaning that the farmers themselves are paid a fair price for the milk and cheese that they produce. This, however, has its own detractors.

      Stamatios Konstansopoulos, a spokesperson of the Omada Katalnaloton, the Consumer Group, had this to say when asked by this paper on the subject of a minimum pricing system: “Whilst the situation facing the diary farmers is certainly one that needs addressing, this would do little more than pass the cost on to the shopper. It wouldalso mean that businesses such as restaurants, not just shops and supermarkets, would have to increase their own prices.”

      At least one supermarket has indicated that it might start to look into sourcing milk from abroad if the government does put into place a minimum pricing system. It would, however, be shameful for an Arhomaiki company to turn to barbariki farmers over ones from our own nation. It would be directly benefiting putting our money into foreign hands, which is almost intolerable. In all likelihood, the Logothesion tou Kommerkiarionikou would react by increasing tariffs on imported dairy products to make sure that Arhomaiki diary products are bought by companies based without our nation. This would likely cause something of a tit-for-tat scuffle in the rest of northern Europa, as other nations may respond by raising tariffs of their own. However, as Arhomaneia remains the single biggest market in the Occident, is unlikely that other nations would risk souring any trade relationship with our nation.

      However, any attempt at a minimum price or state support does not seem to address the issue of the reason why dairy farmers find themselves suffering so much. Falling prices and rising costs are what is driving many of the smaller and family owned farms out of business, and these failing farms are often bought out by large-scale combines that are more easily able to bear the costs involved in farming. Some of the costs are due to the green drive of Kommodos' regime, may God forever guide him, and not just because of the government's emphasis on animal welfare and reducing the direct environmental impact of diary farming, which is one of the more polluting farming practices.

      A drive towards increased use of biofuel has seen levies and taxes go up on ordinary diesel, as well as farming machinery that uses it. Small, family-owned farms do not have the spare capital to invest in brand new equipment that runs on biofuel and so are forced to utilise their older machinery, even as replacements cease to be available and the fuel increases in price. Perhaps the Megas Logothetissa Khakonakissa can see another way forward and help our farmers, not through artificial means like state subsidies or minimum pricing.

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                                                                                                    - Lotus Sun Network- 

                                                                              Revive and Reform Indostan's heart                              - Jingem Gheo

       


      Yesterday Prime Minister Jin Tzu and his cabinet met with the Emperor and his royal court at Ishvara palace to discuss and pass a series of reforms and revisions that the National Congress of Indostan have created. These reforms and revisions are to be the first of many to be enacted as part of 'Project Ātman', a project that the National Congress, as well as the Emperor, have begun with the goal of making Indostan into Indirìhya again. 

      For those who do not understand, Indostan was the name that the Sultanate of the North gave to the land after seeing that civilization here had stemmed from the river Indrì which ran through the sultanate's territory. The name was taken by the Yeller Empire and placed on the maps, spreading far and wide the name of the land that the people never agreed on. The Sultanate would collapse after the people grew in anger at the unfair treatment of the non-Muslims but the name 'Indostan' remained. Now that will change, once the project officially begins the name Indirìhya will replace Indostan on every document in the nation and Indostan only being referred to in a historical sense.

      The second step of the project will be to revive the nation's religious roots. The government will be funding the construction of religious and philosophical buildings and restoring damaged ones as long as they are from the following faiths/ways of life: Svānism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shenxianjiao, Taoism and Rishyasism. The Government has stated that they have nothing against Islam and other faiths as many of the royal family and Congress members are Muslim or other faiths themselves, they just feel as though they need to focus on the nation's faiths Pre-Sultanate period due to the Dàahivén Emperor's grandfather and great grandfather focusing on Islam as the nation's major religion. The Government has already decided which structures to starts with restoring, one being the Tawang Monastery which although not having huge amounts of damage, still needs to be rebuilt in some areas according to the government.

      spacer.png - Tawang Monastery which was  founded by Merek Lama Lodre Gyamsto in 1680-81 

      The other structure is one that was destroyed by invaders hundreds of years ago, Ram Mandir. This legendary temple will be reconstructed according to the descriptions of when it still stood and will take some 5 years to complete.

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      - A CGI of what Ram Mandir most likely looked like when it still stood.

      Whilst these buildings are being restored or constructed, the education system at schools will be slightly changed. Traditionally, Schools teach children the official language of Indrìhēn as well as the province language in which they are in. However, this will begin to change with the project's enactment. Primary schools will keep the same structure but once children enter secondary school, the province language will be dropped as a mandatory subject and be made part of the optional languages. Just like before, students are required are to chose at least 1 extra language to study, which in term allows them to continue studying their province language if they so desire but, schools will encourage them to study a new language which will help them in later life regardless of if they go abroad or not. To add to this, 5 new languages will be added to the optional choices at secondary school, these being: Sanskrit, Devanagari, Hindustani, Traditional Tamil and Tibbatee. The idea of these being added is to simply educate children about the roots of most languages spoken in Indirìhya. 

      Furthermore, schools will have dedicated times a year where the children are taught to be open-minded, accepting, honourable and caring. In these so-called "bright days" they will also cover philosophy from around the world and see how it can help them become better people and make our nation better.

       

      Another part of the project is to streamline the economy and make sure there is no money being spent in unnecessary areas. After a large investigation took place within the last 6 years it was found that the government was spending money on issues which could be solved by the people and the market. A new law will be passed that states that if a person is financially able to, they will be required to donate 2.5% of their accumulated wealth a year to charity and a smaller 1% which will be split between international aid and other areas which can help decrease the government's spending and involvement in certain aspects of life. To add to the set of new economic laws, gambling will be made illegal and enforced within the next 3 years as it is considered immoral by the government to waste money when you could use it instead to better the state and yourself. Automobiles will also see restrictions on where they can go to help with CO2 emissions, certain parts of cities will go under construction to replace roads with walk paths, bicycle lanes, tram lines and set rickshaw lanes. This part of the project will be very expensive and long, the government and Emperor have asked that the willing people be ready to donate to help better the cities and continue making our nation great. 

      That is not all that the project will involve itself in. Part of the project's goal will be to place some laws on social order which will help keep a civilized society. Although children and adults are reminded in their respected learning/workspaces that you should not sexualize the other gender and instead be more accepting, laws will be placed on how a person can dress whilst in public. Many experts have pointed out that puberty can cause both males and females to sexualize another even if they don't intend to, so people will not be allowed to wear over-prerogative clothing whilst in public under what will be called "The Common Decency Act". According to the same sector of this project, smoking will also be made illegal in all type 1 locations, schools will teach children about the dangers of smoking, addicts will be encouraged to join the many institutes to help them come off it and the age in which you can buy and smoke will be increased to 21 which will also be enforced where possible.

      There will be more to this project but as of now this is all we know will happen, the project is yet to start and is still open for the people's input so we can all help make our motherland proud. We here at the Lotus Sun Network are eager for this project to start as it will have a volunteer side where people can be directly involved in the construction site of the projects. 

      We hope you are a good time wherever you are reading this and we thank you for your time.

      Jai Indirìhya.

       

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      More green spaces in the blue delta

      Two flamingoesZUIDHAVEN -- A group of Zuidhaven residents has launched a campaign that aims to protect the city’s ever-shrinking number of green spaces and wildlife habitats. Called Biodiversity in the Delta, the movement will bring together urban planners, environmental experts and law students to push policies that safeguard flamingo populations and the city’s parks, forests and mudflats. If successful it will enhance Zuidhaven’s green credentials – and its character.

      Flamingos wading against a backdrop of the city skyline is a sight that has come to define Orioni’s largest metropolis; it should be celebrated and protected accordingly. Other cities take note: protecting the natural assets that make your patch special is always a worthy cause. And if it means that a few trees are saved from the bulldozer, that can only be a good thing.

      Energy change is in the air

      O'POLIS -- Earlier this week the Imperial Council unveiled a roadmap to increase offshore wind-energy production. Due to be launched formally in October, it’s the first such strategy from the Rezovi-government and it aims to boost electricity generated by wind power ten-fold within the next 3 years. The plan’s success will hinge on a co-operative rollout from governments and energy providers that will need to ensure that there’s plenty of space between wind farms: if they are too close, the airflow to turbines can be hindered, dramatically reducing power production.

      Although such understandings will be key, stakeholders are hopeful that the initiative will run smoothly. According to Orioni's energy councillor Elisa Solna, even countries that aren’t hugely ambitious about cutting emissions are still interested in investing in renewables. Here’s hoping that the winds don’t change.

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    • Esonice’s culinary gem - Mitsuji sweets!

      Article sponsored by Babucha's Special Confections, Viro Kora teahouse and Tiger Express 

       

      In collaboration with the Esonice-wide beloved teahouse brand Babucha’s Special Confections. We are glad to help further popularise Esonice’s tasty culinary arts to all the international food lovers out there! Today’s article is about the mouth-watering Mitsuji sweets! A very sought after dessert in any Esonian home that comes in many shapes, sizes, and tastes! But before you go looking, here is some stuff to know about Mitsuji sweets and their relevance to Esonian culture!

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      ~Mitsuji sweets getting prepared and served to customers in a Viro Kora Teahouse in Maimedo~

      Mitsuji sweets - also known as Namitsuji (Nature's sweet candy) or Esonian sweet candy in Anglish, are a delicious confectionary candy. Very often served alongside tea during supper or tea ceremonies. They were given the name “Mitsuji” with the combination of the word miyo meaning sweet (taken from the word miyoto meaning honey); and tsuji, meaning confection or candy. Mitsuji were first created during the High Hirugo Period of Esonian history between 1000-1260 A.D being originally made from fruit and sweet bean pastes taking the forms of cubes and often took days to dry. They were meant to be the representation of nature and the natural elements, and became a regular offering by Arikai priests to the ari such as the wekari of the sun, and wekari of the mun. Including some ari such as the ari of love and the ari of nature. Because of this, Mitsuji weren’t considered popular by the wider Esonian society and were considered too tedious to make, and only useful for spiritual purposes. But that slowly started changing as the Late Hirugo Period came in the 15th century. 

       

      During the 1400s many have realised that Mitsuji during its preparation were very mouldable and could be combined with other ingredients such as honey and chocolate. People started to experiment what they were able to make with Mitsuji, and soon enough, the creation of Mitsuji became an artistic expression and an artisan creation. People moulded Mitsuji into many shapes, those of flowers and leaves soon becoming the most common. This caused Mitsuji to soar in popularity among regular people; but especially the upper classes who started having Mitsuji as part of tea ceremonies offered on porcelain plates. Soon making them an integral and undetachable part of tea ceremonies in Esonice as a result.

       

      As time went on into the 16th and 17th centuries, Mitsuji continued to change and grow in the hearts of many, especially with the normalisation of sugar in Esonian cuisine. Sugar revolutionised Mitsuji sweets, allowing them to become the size of an average muffin and allowed for wider possibilities of taste and shape, and also made the time of making Mitsuji last from a few days to only a few hours. The 17th century also is when Mitsuji became associated with love and soon the July time Suchi-Koshin festival (Sun and Mun festival)!
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      ~Mitsuji being made in Babucha's Special Confectionary teahouse branch in Vikitsu~

      In the Suchi-Koshin festival

      Ah the San and Mun festival, a truly magical time during the year. And a time when boxes of Mitsuji come flying onto your doorstep or flowing down the river in hordes, that is not a joke mind you. The reason behind this perceived weirdness by foreigners of nicely packed Mitsuji gently drifting down hundreds of river streams in Esonice is because of another similar tradition within the Suchi-Koshin festival. But before that, let's talk about how Mitsuji became part of this nationally adored love festival. 

       

      Because of Mitsuji’s original association with the wekari of the San and Mun and their child, ari of love and joy, they tied nicely into the love legend of how the sky and space were created, and day and night harmonised. Many have got the idea that if they asked priests at the shrines of the ari of love and joy to give their blessing to their Mitsuji, it would mean that their special someone would have their love strengthened and rejuvenated towards them. It slowly started becoming a popular tradition every year for the San and Mun festival, so much so special handmade boxes started being made and letters to go with them. And since Mitsuji were expensive and still pretty tedious to make, even without the artistic part to them, it signified to the other the wealth and power the person had to provide to their spouse or soon to be one.

       

      Gifting Mitsuji during the San and Mun festival soon became a common tradition of the festival during the 19th century. It also inspired people to once again experiment with the shape of Mitsuji, making elaborate hearts and symbols of love. It was also the time Mitsuji in shapes of animal faces started becoming common and popularised. 

       

      During the 20th century, people finally joined Mitsuji with the San and Mun festival’s most vital and important tradition, flower and shell crowns, that are sent flowing down the rivers of the nation in hopes of soulmates finding them, and symbolising the love between the San and Mun wekari. People soon started sending boxes of Mitsuji down the waters of Esonice alongside their crowns in hope that if their soulmate received both it would guarantee an eternity with them as the Mitsuji were blessed by the ari of love and joy himself. This forever settled Mitsuji sweets place within the festival, and continues to this very day on every July 27th of every year. 

      Other than the Suchi-Koshin festival, in the late 20th and 21st century it also became highly popular to shape Mitsuji into popular Esomation and gaming characters and many other cute stuff!


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      ~A box of homemade Mitsuji prepared for being gifted on the San and Mun festival~

      We at Katara hope that this was an insightful and educational article for you and many others! We are proud that we are able to spread love and awareness for Esonian culture. And wishing that one day,  you'll come visit our wonderful nation and experience all the wonderful sides of what Esonice has to offer and inspire within! And who knows, maybe you'll learn how to make Mitsuji sweets yourself?


      But as always, if you visit our dear reader, you will 
      witness the unforgettable 

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      The Capital Paper

      "LAANN Survey Team states The Capital is 'Woefully Underprepared' for natural disasters."
      "City of Takukoraki in protest over recent Wildlife Protection Bill."
      "Fabiano Acciai to be tried in Metztlican Courts"

      LAANN Survey Team states The Capital is 'Woefully Underprepared' for natural disasters.
      Since early 2020, LAANN-based Seismologists and Geologists have partnered up with the Metztlican National Geography Priesthood to study the recent tremor-patterns in Altepetl Tekaken as well as producing a comprehensive list of major population centres and their current preparation for potential disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes from the Tapatepetli Mountains as well as large storms and tsunamis from Marenesia. Their research has found that although major coastal cities have the necessary infrastructure, cities further up north have astonishingly underequipped relief systems and proper infrastructure in case of a natural disaster, with the Capital specifically outlined as "woefully underprepared". Many have pinned the increasing slums around Altepetl Tekaken as the main reason for why the city as a whole is classified as underprepared, however those within the LAANN survey team and the MNGP have also put criticism to some of the recently constructed skyscrapers at the heart of the city.

      The MNGP has sent a proposition to the Teopac of Collective Intent and the Metztlica Dominion Government for potential solutions and ways to prepare the city's infrastructure and people against potential disasters. A minister from the Teopac of Collective Intent had been recorded stating that "The safety of the people of Metztlitlaca are our highest priority and these shocking reports are being given our top priority.". When asking for his view on the matter, a Fulgistani Seismologist had been reported on saying "Flooding, earthquakes and mudslides are responsible for hundreds of deaths and millions of tonnes of ruined crops in Alharu annually, take this ████ seriously".

       

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      An Oyusard and Metztlican Geologists near the peak of Saint John, named in 1947. Picture provided by Metztlican National Geography Priesthood.

       

       

      City of Takukoraki in protest over recent Wildlife Protection Bill.
      Last night, protestors and wildlife activists have begun to crop up in the streets of the city of Takukoraki within the Eastern Dominion after a new bill was passed in the Eastern Dominion Government near midnight on the 9th. The bill was reduce the area for conservation and protection by 12% - primarily in the western rainforests of the Lakautolo - and for the new land to be put under 'managed logging'. This would result in several thousand squared kilometres of rainforest to be legally logged by national and private companies and be partially used for farmland, although the land cannot be repurposed into urban structures such as factories and planned cities. Many Lakautolons have been actively against the bill as it would further reduce the natural wildlife and diversity of the rainforests, and that the system used for determining what counts as managed logging is 'corrupt' and 'incompetent'. So far the Eastern Dominion Government has not made an official statement on the matter outside of the deployment of riot police in case protests turn violent.

      Due to Metztlitlacan photography laws, photos of the protest cannot be shown.

       

      Fabiano Acciai to be tried in Metztlican Courts
      Fabiano Acciai, who in late May of this year murdered Otaxo Moyauh and injured two others whilst on the transnational Montagna Express, has begun his trial in his hometown Jā O'icxoitlim within Metztlitlaca. Due to the act of murder and multiple cases of assault, if found guilty, Fabiano Acciai will be either sentenced to life in prison with no chances of parole for the first twenty years.

      Due to Metztlitlacan photography laws, photos of the court process cannot be shown until the trial is complete.

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      HIA under authorization from General Kommersant of the Imperial Defense Ministry plans to deploy three LMS-07 batteries on the border with Tagmatium and two with the former territory of Adaptus. HIA will reportedly send one LMS-07 battery per year, with all five expected to reach full service with the HIL by 2024.

      “The disbalance with Tagmatium and neighboring countries will be eliminated after the LMS-07's assume the main role of protecting Haru airspace,” the sources were quoted as saying. “The LMS-07's will act as a deterrent against any flyovers that do not constitute civilian traffic by a would be aggressor and or a neighboring nation.”

      The LMS-07 gives the Haru military the ability to shoot down aircraft and missiles at unprecedented ranges.

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      Trade News:

      In August, the Sovereign Imperium's largest oil producer, Egios, and its partners closed a $13 billion purchase of Kaldana’s second largest private oil refiner, Triax Oil. It is a deal that represents the largest foreign investment in the colonies, and one that provides the Imperium with a foothold in the growing market.

      A month later, a colonial oil company agreed to buy a minority stake in Egios, an indication of the deepening economic ties between the growing autonomous colonial holding and the Imperium.

      These are timely developments for the Imperium’s economy, as it edges from recession to recovery following the past few years of low prices for oil, its most important export.

      With growth projected to be around 1.8 percent in the period 2020 – 2021, our nation is not out of the woods yet. If the economy is to continue building momentum, we as the Imperium will need to look at further expanding its export markets – beyond its traditional trading partners of an internal nature with the city-states, to those of the Occident, and those of the independent nations beyond it.

      The country could benefit greatly from deepening trade ties with new, dynamic markets – chief among them Tagmatium.

      Nevertheless, the Imperium’s current level of exports to both countries is far below potential. The share of the Imperium’s exports to the city-states is barely four percent, the Occident reaches in or around nine percent, while for Kaldana it is currently holding at eighteen percent. Analysis suggests that the Imperium could potentially increase merchandise exports to Kaldana by around twenty-four to twenty-six percent of its actual exports.

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      Leader of Galahindeia insults Arhomaneia

      A song and music video was released by the Galahindiki musician, Aliyah Arotica, who is known for the crude content of her music and as a result is one of the foreign artists most often banned by the Logothesion ton Deeseon, the Ministry for Information. Her music is considered to be too vulgar and not fit for Arhomaioi to listen to by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, and therefore prevented from both being bought in Arhomaneia or played by radio or television stations based in our nation. Whether this manner of censorship is actually effective, either in its methods or intent, is not a question for this paper today.

      Ordinarily, the Logothesion ton Deeseon would pronounce a song, television programme, book or film banned, and that would more or less be the end of it. Sometimes, the act of banning an item of media garners it more attention. However, the recent single by Aliyah Arotica, whose name this paper is prevented from reproducing, has caught a significant amount of attention for other reasons – namely, that it was filmed within a church, features a relatively obscure slur against Arhomaioi and the music video features an actor masquerading as the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator as well as the head of state of the island nation of Galahindeia (@Galahinda) , Yiu Amistacia.

      At first, it was unknown whether it was genuinely the Chairman, or Proedros, of the island nation, or just another actor. It was quite quickly confirmed that it was the Galahindiki leader and this has rapidly precipitated a diplomatic crisis between Arhomaneia and Galahindeia. This is almost the only outcome that could be expected – only very rarely do heads of state genuinely quarrel with or insult those of other nations, and often only during the context of open warfare between those nations. That Amistacia chooses to do so whilst relations between the two nations are at an all time high is certainly surprising.

      The actions of the Proedros appear to have caught the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion completely off guard. As soon as the appearance of the Proedros was verified, a meeting of the Agios Basilikon Vestiarion was called by Agios Basileos Kommodos III, may Christ guide him, in order to formulate a response. This paper understands that a request for the Ambassador Before the Leopard Throne from Galahindeia, Vyktoria Parker, to meet with the Megas Logothetes ton Barbaron and explain the situation has been issued. As the actions of the Proedros so caught the Arhomaiki government by surprise, it is almost unknown as to how the Galahindiki will react – it would be difficult for their government to disavow the actions of their own head of state but anything other than a full apology for Proedros' appearance in the video will seriously damage the relations between our nation and Galahindeia.

      The music video was also filmed under false pretences within a church, which was readily admitted to by Aliyah Arotica, who also espoused views that could only be described as “heretical”. This will certainly anger the more conservative elements of the Ecumenical Church, and likely even those members who are more liberal. Already there are reports of a crowd of monks gathering outside the embassy of Galahindeia in order to protest the filming in a church in such a manner, the lewdness of the song and the presence of Amistacia in the video. There has been no official statement from the Church but the leadership is reported to be incensed. A knock-on effect of this will likely be that there is much more suspicion towards any foreigners who wish to film within ecclesiastical buildings and properties in the future, something that will undoubtedly cost foreign nations a glimpse into our ancient church.

      At the moment, it remains to be seen what the lasting damage to relations between Galahindeia and the Megas Agios Basileia will be, if any. If the Proedros does release a full and sincere apology for their actions, then the likelihood will be that the event can be smoothed over and relations can return to normal. However, from what can be judged from the Proedros' personality and the fact that their standing within the backstabbing wurld of Galahindiki internal politics, this seems very unlikely. Backing down like that would mean that the Proedros will lose face and weaken their own position. It seems likely that, instead, they will double down on their stance and further destabilise relations between the two nations. Precisely what the next move of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion will be after that is uncertain. There is the potential that the Enomenon Regaseia tou Seilosiou (@Seylos) could well be dragged into the spat, as Seiloseia guarantees Galahindeia's sovereignty, as well as being a close ally of Arhomaneia.

       

      Basilikoaeroporeia to Replace Strategic Bomber

      In a move that threatens to re-start the simmering arms race in Europa, the Logothesion tou Stratiotikou has announced that it intends to procure a replacement for the Hefaistos strategic bomber. The aircraft itself was retired in EK7518 (AD2010), five years after it was last flown in anger during the Civil War. However, by that point it was long obsolete, having first taking to the skies in EK7471 (AD1963) and issued to bomber units of the Basilikoaeroporeia not long afterwards. By the time of the Civil War, most of the fleet was in a state of disrepair and in order to get two squadrons airworthy enough to carry out sorties against the rebel forces, most of the rest of the fleet was cannibalised for parts. The bombers were then instrumental in turning back the traitors' desperate charge to seize the capital and topple the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, but due to their obsolescence, the aircraft and their crews suffered heavy casualties.

      Since then, the Basilikoaeroporeia has made do without any heavy bombers. It is known that the Protodoux Noumerian Triantafylimnos, the highest ranking officer in the air force, has been lobbying for a replacement for the Hefaistos in recent years. This is likely because the Basilikoploimon has cemented its role as the main method of force projection for the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion, as seen in the recent conflicts undertaken by Arhomaneia, especially Ceris. However, the Protodoux is reported to have been emphasising the fact that deploying aircraft carriers and their supporting vessels is significantly more expensive than aircraft would be when deployed in a force projection role. Although it is unknown as to whether this argument was persuasive with the Logothesion tou Stratiotikou, but it seems that the government has started to set the wheels in motion for a replacement for the Hefaistos.

      This planned new bomber is to be cutting edge and to incorporate many new technologies but it has been suggested by military experts spoken to by the Kidemonas that the aeronautics and armaments industries of Arhomaneia lack the expertise necessary to bring such a task to completion. Although several prototypes have been produced since the introduction of the Hefaistos, including several of the so-called “flying wing” configuration, the Hefaistos was the last aircraft of its size that became a production model. Many of the engineers and designers that worked on these projects have long since retired or even died. The same experts expect that Arhomaneia will turn towards a foreign power to help develop the project.

      In all likelihood, it seems likely to be a member of TRIDENT, likely either the Enomenes Politeies tes Prymonteias (@Prymont) or the Demokrateia ton Iberikon (@Iverica) . The former has an impressive aeronautics industry for a nation of its size whilst the latter has a history of cooperation on military projects with Arhomaneia, although the last time it was a joint intermediate cartridge, nowhere near the scale of a strategic bomber.

      It was rumoured that the Hefaistos was developed in tandem with a nuclear weapons programme, which was confirmed to exist under the Navarkhokrateia but was likely to have started during the reign of Leon III Theonikos. Ultimately, the programme never came to fruition but it likely did help Arhomaneia with its civil nuclear power advancements. It could be that this replacement for the Hefaistos is a subtle herald of that programme being restarted, although Kommodos III has always maintained a stance against nuclear weaponry.

      It will remain to be seen how the other Europan or Eurthican nations will react to the development of a new strategic bomber by Arhomaneia. It is likely that other TRIDENT nations will look favourably on the project, especially if it is a cooperation between our nation and one or more full members of the alliance. The Omorfoautokrateia ton Orhionion could well see it as a threat, especially since relations between Arhomaneia and Orhioneia have been cool at best over the last two decades. As well as the Orhioniki, the Gharoiki will possibly receive the news poorly. Relations between Gharon and Arhomaneia have improved since Kira'Karn became the Exousiokratorissa, although they remain nowhere near the cordial level under the late Sa'Karn.

      There is certainly a risk that it will mean other nations will attempt to either develop their own bombers or start developing countermeasures. This could well mean that Eurth once again enters into the fragile state that it saw during the late EK7510s, when Europa was dominated by several opposing alliances. A number of brushfire wars and armed crises took place between the alliances, which ended up precipitating that Great Europan Collapse. Even though there are certainly good reasons for the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion to seek an overdue replacement for the Hefaistos, it may result in increasing tensions across Eurth. At the moment, we have been lucky to have not seen a war between any of the existing power blocs but a new bomber might start a spiral of events that leads towards it.

      May God guide the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator.

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      Getting the show on the rails

      TrainNORDHAVEN -- Later this year the State Railway of Orioni will take delivery of a high-speed train constructed by the Cristinese manufacturer Locomotiva Bizantina. The leporhundo means greyhound in @Cristina's second official language, Esperanto. It can travel at up to 220 km/h and has been designed for comfort. It will initially service the O'polis-Nordhaven line along the Owara canal. Overall, the project will include a 58 km section of existing rail line and 436 km of a new high-speed rail route. The new route will feature 18km of elevated track and 8km of underground track. In a later phase, it will also connect with Sirius and Perseus. Once completed, the high-speed rail network will provide connections between the densely populated cities in the Irisha and Wereki regions.

      Green light for urban redevelopment in Gruis

      GRUIS -- The city council of Gruis (Crus) has given the go-ahead to New West. This vast redevelopment project is anticipated to transform a huge swathe of neglected land into gleaming homes, parks and offices. The Φ3.1 Billion development will be the biggest of its kind in Orioni and is expected to create about 100.000 new jobs in the Gruis metropolitan areas. It’s been a long time coming: since the idea was first floated in 2010 it has suffered from a series of setbacks, with plans repeatedly being rejected by city hall. Now that the developer Western District has struck a deal with the city, construction is expected to start in 2020. Construction will take about 5 years to complete – so that’s roughly half the amount of time it took the city to deliberate on the plans.

      Beach tourism takes a backseat

      MAR YAHOSN -- In theory, come Summer, Orinese beaches should become the textbook backdrop for a bit of what Occidental foreigners call il dolce far niente: the "sweet doing nothing". But this most chilled-out of settings has proved far from drama-free this summer. For starters, business hasn’t been buoyant over the past few months: be it the Azure refugee crisis or a few instances of freakishly bad weather, the number of tourists on Orinese shores has decreased by 5 per cent compared to last year. Then came the news in June that swimming was temporarily forbidden on several beaches on the Weledi Gulf. The reason? A very unappealing above-the-limit level of wastewater in the water.

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      City of Trinity Holds Referendum on Name Change, 68% in Favor - Mayor Announces Name Change to be Immediate

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      The city of Trinity in northeast Salvia has conducted a referendum on changing the name of the city to one that “reflects the city's more secular nature.”

      Ductaha Mayor Christopher Bergilini promised the city during the Church protests in May that he’d hold a referendum on several measures to distance itself from the Salvian Catholic Church, one of these being the name of the city, which is a reference to the Trinitine teaching of the Catholic Church.

      The doctrine is also referenced in the national motto of Salvia and has been a recent point of contention between urban nationalist progressives and conservatives.  Marenai conservatives have especially come to the defense of the non-secular names, with some fearing that ethnic Salvians wish to rename cities, establishments, and other symbols to exclude ethnic Marenai.

      Nationalist progressive organizations have called for the name to be changed since 2015 but have not gained much traction until the Church protests began in December 2019.  The most popular proposal would switch the name to “Gaullo”, a name that reflects its status as home of the historic Gaullis dynasty which includes many notable monarchs that guided Salvia towards the most powerful it has ever been.  For this reason, many have begun associating the dynasty with Salvian nationalism, for it was also these monarchs who unified Alvernia, Salvia, Tanemum, and the Sicani Islands into one kingdom.

      The ballot had two questions, both followed by yes or no answers; one question was, “Are you in favor of changing the name of the city?”  The second question asked, “If you answered yes, are you in favor of adopting the name ‘Gaullo’ for the city?”  93.5% of those who answered ‘yes’, or 63.8% of voters, also voted ‘yes’.  Turnout was estimated at 66%.

      The Salvian city has a sizable Marenai minority comprising 20% of the city’s population, more than double the national percentage.  The vote was mostly divided by ethnic and political ties: based on exit polling, over 90% of the Marenai base, of which most are members of the conservative Marenai Party, voted “no”.  Salvians were divided 83-17, which roughly corresponds to the ratio of conservatives to progressives in the city.

      Following the results, Mayor Bergilini made a speech at the City Hall pledging to voters that the results would be enacted immediately.  “The people have spoken - they wish to change the name of our great city to better reflect our values and diversity,” Bergilini would say.

      Trinity is one of the most diverse cities in Salvia.  Besides its Marenai base, the city also has the largest immigration population and the lowest percentage of Salvian Catholics, who make up only 71% of the city.  That’s compared to a national percentage of 92%.

      Reactions were mixed throughout Salvia.  While some criticized the move for being anti-Marenai, anti-Catholic measures, many nationalist, progressive Salvians lauded the mayor and people of Trinity.  President Marco Marzeni of Alvernia himself acknowledged the vote, saying it “promoted healthy Salvian nationalism” for the people of Trinity and Salvia as a whole.

      The City Council had declared the referendum to be binding and a council vote will not be needed to pass it.

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      350 Years Ago, Today: President Saulius Celebrates Law That Changed Ethnic Relations in Salvia

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      :pic: The original copy of the decree is preserved and on display in the National Museum of the Divine Imperium

      President Patrick Saulius visited the National Museum of the Divine Imperium in the southern town of Sedala to commemorate the 350 year anniversary of the signing of the Sedala Concord, which extended all rights and privileges of Salvian subjects to ethnically Marenai people and removed any and all laws that went against the decree.

      Signed by King Leo IV, the royal decree brought along the end of centuries long persecution and discrimination of the Marenai people in the territory of the empire.  While Marenai people consisted of around 40% of the population of the nation, they were barred from positions of power, segregated into ghettos, and subject to harsher penalties than their Salvian counterparts.

      While it certainly did not completely end Salvian oppression of ethnic Marenai, the decree marked the beginning of Marenai acceptance on the mainland.

      Much of the deep seated hatred and despise of Marenai stemmed from cultural and religious differences with the Salvian ethnicity, which arose in the peninsula following the Great Aroman Migration in the 2nd century AD.  Many of these anti-Marenai laws originated from the Second Imperium and were carried over to the medieval kingdoms of Salvia and, eventually, the Divine Imperium.

      Saulius, most of the cabinet, and several high ranking Concilio leaders attended the celebration, with Majority Leader Representative Michael Tuhoro, a Marenai himself, leading the ceremony and with Saulius himself giving a speech on the matter.

      During the speech, Saulius called for all Salvians to “wipe away the mistakes of our ancestors and welcome all people to Salvia.”  The ceremony also included a public display of the original copy of the Sedala Concord, which has been preserved at the museum since its inception in 1819.

      Block parties and celebrations were also observed throughout the nation as Marenai and Salvian families came together to both celebrate the decree and remember those who suffered persecution.  Areas with large Marenai minorities or majorities saw large cultural celebrations and parades.

      The celebration comes amidst heightened ethnic tensions in neighboring Alvernia, which was once a part of the empire and has since seemingly regressed as human rights groups have campaigned against the current administration for its treatment of its ethnic Marenai.  While tensions remain high in the neighboring state, President Marzeni has evidently shifted tones in the last couple of months, going so far as to reverse his decision on the four teens who murdered a young Marenai boy in April and convicting them of first-degree murder.

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      Ministry of the Interior: Gaullo-Era Natalist Policies ‘A Huge Success' Amidst Concilio Renewal Vote

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      :pic: Aquhate was interviewed by several reporters in a press conference Thursday

      Minister of the Interior Renato Aquhate discussed Gaullo-Era natalist policies with reporters in a press conference yesterday as questions were raised in the Concilio Populi as to whether to retain them or not.

      The policies, which include tax rebates for families with more than two children, further investment in childcare services and education, and paid maternity and paternity leave, have cost the Salvian government over a billion dollars since its introduction in 2002.  

      The policies were first introduced by President Kahalo Gaullo in an effort to combat dropping fertility rates, which was in decline since the 70s as more women entered the workforce and economic decline meant younger couples were less confident in being able to afford becoming a family.  The decline carried over into the 21st century and was one of the major problems of Gaullo’s administration, alongside domestic disputes and allegations of corruption.

      Economic success under Adajio and Saulius alongside these natalist policies has led to an increase in the fertility rate, from 1.7 children per woman in 2000 to 2.0 in 2010, with current estimates for 2020 being somewhere around 2.25 or 2.3.  The apparent success of the policies has led to several representatives questioning the need for such policies, with a bill coming up to vote in the Concilio yesterday.  

      After the vote, Aquhate came out to reporters and spoke on the policies, saying they were “a huge success” and would prove “incredibly beneficial to Salvia, as they already have been.”  

      When questioned about the cost, Aquhate was quoted as saying, “We are in the midst of Salvia’s greatest economic expansion since the Industrial Revolution.  We’re confident we can afford the money this has cost, not even counting the numerous benefits this gives us.”  Aquhate even suggested further increasing investment in education and childcare services as a result of increased government revenue.

      The Concilio Populi voted to maintain the policies with a comfortable 171-43 in favor of keeping the policies, setting another 5 year goal for 2025.

       

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      Mark Hana - NSBN economic correspondent 

      Youth employment and participation rates seem to support Aquhate’s claims of benefits, with increases in both categories from previous years.  Unemployment amongst youth in particular has seen great improvement, declining from 16.1% in 2010 to just 9.6% in July 2020. 

      While this itself was not caused by these policies, the straight number of employed youth - around 1.6 million - is certainly larger than if the policies had not been in effect as the youth population has increased.  An increase in employed youth means both more taxable money and increased consumer spending, paying back some of the expenses incurred by natalist policies. As these youth become older and find higher paying and more permanent jobs, it is hoped that the government will turn a sort of profit over the years while maintaining a healthy Salvian populace.

      It is also hoped that the increase in education will result in a more intelligent generation of engineers, scientists, and the like that could further propel Salvia towards success.  While that is just speculation, as of 2020, the policies have so far accomplished the goals of President Gaullo.

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      Since June 2003, a 30-year national program for the removal of asbestos and asbestos-containing products has been in force. Despite this, however, there is little significant progress.

      Asbestos toxicity has been known for over one hundred years and its import and to Grenesia and circulation on Grenesian market have been forbidden since 1997. However, eternit seems to have lived up to its name - buildings with asbestos insulation and coverings are still in use.

      In a report from four years ago the Supreme Audit Office shows that the National Asbestos Removal Program for the years 2010 - 2033 has not fulfilled its role.The removal rate is negligible and the amount of asbestos that is left remains unknown. The Office estimates that, at the current rate, it will take 200 years to eliminate asbestos-containing products.

      Local governments have also taken matters in their own hands and deal with the removal of this harmful substance. For example, citizens of Gervazno, Mnikhovo, and Bialy Sad who partake in the local removal program will be fully refunded for the disposal and treatment of items containing carcinogenic material. Appropriate programs are also implemented in Meskov. However, the scale of such operations is often insignificant, as only 1200 square metres of asbestos have been removed in these municipalities.

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