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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 

      Edited by Esonice
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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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      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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      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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      Repeal Efforts Begin Circulation

      25 July 2020

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      Late last night, after almost a week of fighting between residents of Mastikan and South Eskeocha, employees of Eskeocha Timber have drafted a proposal to repeal the Monument of Heritage Status of the Eskeok National Rainforest.  This comes on the tail end of many riots and disruptions of peace in the city of Jenifer, including residents of multiple boroughs.  Over the past two days, police have begun forcibly removing all residents of South Eskeocha from the Mastikan city, drawing condemnation from all other boroughs in the region aside from White Tip and Mastikan itself.  Upon completion of the proposal, which would both remove the Eskeok National Rainforest's heritage status and, as an effort of compromise, limit police power to remove an Eskeochan citizen from any borough, is expected to be under debate today by the Mastikan Borough board for submission to the Frontier Coalition.  It is believed this proposal will pass with great ease.

      Should the proposal to remove the rainforest's status pass into the coalition, whether or not this writing will be approved by the coalition is unclear.  The original vote, occurring one week ago, passed with a vote of 17 - 15 in a close decision.  In order for a repeal to be approved, at least 20 of the 32 coalition representatives must vote yes to the proposal.  It is expected that the original 15 voters against the changing of the rainforest's status will vote for this new proposal, and eight different other representatives have expressed concern after the violence, making their opinions unknown.

      Many citizens are concerned should the repeal pass through the coalition - it is strongly believed this will escalate fighting and create a divide in Eskeocha that has never existed before.  Huren Okonowanok, the Eskeocha Tribe Leader, has begun consideration of reaching out to other nations with native groups for support or advice.  

      Following the development of this proposal, we will provide you with more information. The status of the coalition proposals can be found on our website, nationalpost.esk .

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      Fighting Breaks Out in the South

      21 July 2020

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      Tensions have begun to rise today in southern Eskeocha as fighting has begun between the boroughs of Mastikan and South Eskeocha. On the border of the two boroughs and of the Eskeok National Rainforest, many citizens of the two boroughs began brawling violently, leaving twenty-two people severely injured. No one was killed in the fighting. The fighting lasted for almost an hour and a half, as police were hesitant to break anyone up using firearms, as they feared it could lead to citizens beginning to use their hunting weapons for this cause in the future. This is not the first incident of violence as a result of the new lumber laws, as riots broke out in Jenifer a short time ago.

      Furious over the recent matters involving the restriction of harvesting lumber in the Eskeok National Rainforest, the two boroughs have been targeting each other for the past two weeks politically and in the media, and to this point, the issue has expanded further, becoming a matter of government involvement in the boroughs. Several boroughs including Cranarie Passage South, Passage’s End, and Abasol Bay have declared their support for South Eskeocha, believing the government should play a larger role in national politics, while Harinak, White Tip, and Tokoway have shown support for Mastikan and believe that governing power should remain primarily in the hands of the boroughs. This has increased a political divide in the nation, causing many to fear that the country may introduce political parties for the first time in its 55 year history.

      Frontier Captain Milo Yuskwag spoke publicly on the matter, stating, “We in the capital condemn the violence we have seen from our brothers and sisters. This is an irresponsible reaction to our lawmaking and shines a bad light on our nation in the eyes of world leaders. We ask that this fighting stops, and that you reconsider how you chose to protest, perhaps by choosing more peaceful means. We do pray for the healing of those who were injured. As well, when the frontier board intervenes, we do it with reason. I believe heartily in the power being relegated to the boroughs, but sometimes national response is necessary.” Citizens of Mastikan appeared unhappy with the response and have begun to claim the Frontier Captain and his board are usurping their power.

      As the story continues, we will come to you with more information. The timeline of events of the Rainforest Riots can be found on our website, nationalpost.esk .

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      Violence Rises in the Southern Boroughs

      20 July 2020

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      Rioting broke out in the city of Jenifer in early hours this morning by employees of the Jenifer Lumber Supply Co. and Eskeocha Timber. Three people were killed in the event, a rare occurrence for Eskeocha. The disturbance is believed to be in direct response to the Frontier Coalition’s passing of the proposal to declare the Eskeok National Rainforest a national monument of heritage, preventing it from being used as a source for timber by lumber supply companies. The two companies whose employees were greatly involved in the riot are significantly impacted by this new law, as the borough board of Mastikan had dispensed permits to multiple companies including these two to begin cutting down wood in the forest in October of last year.

      Borough Captain Tomas Carapacho of Mastikan released a statement on the riot from the Borough seat in Mastikan city, declaring, “The events of this morning are very unfortunate. Here at the borough seat, the hearts of the board go out to the families of those who passed. We do not condone riots or senseless violence in Mastikan, yet we must also recognize the cause for which these men and women are speaking up. This decision by the Frontier Coalition to prevent our borough from harvesting timber is an infringement on our rights as a borough. Our nation’s charter of confederacy gives explicit rights to the boroughs to govern their land, and this right has been violated. We will not rest until we have been returned our right to collect our lumber where we choose.”

      South Eskeocha Borough Captain Elder Morokok responded, condemning the statements of Carapacho, calling them “Uninformed” and “Promoting violence and unrest in our nation.” Borough Captain Edder Ediani of Cranarie Passage South and Eskeocha Frontier Captain Milo Yuskwag have yet to respond.

      Updates on the story, including arrest information and the identities of the three deceased will be found on our website, nationalpost.esk.

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      Newest Proposal Passes Coalition

      19 July 2020

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      A decision has been made today regarding the national status of the Eskeok National Rainforest located in southern Eskeocha.

      For the past year, a debate has arisen regarding the rights of locals to use trees from the rainforest as a source of local lumber. The harvesting of Eskeok Rainforest trees began last November, when natives of the borough Mastikan began cutting down trees in the eastern sections of the rainforest. This upset many natives and environmental rights supporters, prompting action by the Mastikan borough board. A decision was made in a split vote, 12-10, to allow the use of lumber from the rainforest as a local lumber source, passing in January of this year. South Eskeocha and Cranarie Passage South, two other boroughs that share portions of the rainforest, disputed this decision by Mastikan, claiming Mastikan has no right to make the decision without consultation with the other boroughs since they also share territory. Mastikan disagreed with this claim, stating that each borough is responsible for their own region of the forest.

      With no eminent solution to the rainforest dispute, as it has grown to be called, South Eskeocha submitted a proposal to the Frontier Coalition, Eskeocha’s national governing body, to declare the rainforest a national monument of heritage. Proposals on this level are infrequent, with only approximately twelve sent to the coalition annually, as Eskeocha’s main governance is delegated to the boroughs. This proposal remained on the floor for six months, lasting from February to July, when, at 4:46pm today, a law was officially passed recognizing the Eskeok National Rainforest as a Monument of Heritage, joining the ranks of the Ontok Glacier and Mt. Caskada.

      Updates on the story, including details of the proposal and information on Monuments of Heritage will be found on our website, nationalpost.esk .

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      Logothesion ton Agelon investigates the Isthmos Kanalos

      Environmental Impact of the Canal Questioned

      The Istmos Kanalos is one of the greatest feats of Arhomaiki engineering ever carried out. Whilst the ancients were able to build the roads that allowed the soldiery of our nation to conquer much of the known wurld and constructed the aqueducts that meant our cities could flourish in a way unimagined by the barbaroi that surround our countries and our lands, it is the great canal that joins the Ragas Thalassa, the Raga Sea, and the Kolpos tes Stratonis, the Bay of Stratonis, that surmounts any of these glorious works of the past. Its completion at the start of the reign of his Aroman Majesty, Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator has been a vast boost to the economy of our nation. Although it has meant that some of the traffic that used to the call at the ports at the north-eastern end of the Ragas Thalassa now bypass them, the long way around the northern coast of the Occident is no longer as economically viable, opening up a huge amount of trade from southern Europa.

      But it has not been without its costs, and not just to the Arhomaiki ports in the south of our nation. From the start, there were worries that a route that joined the Ragas Thalassa and the seas of central Europa would have an adverse environmental impact. At the time, it was suggested that there ought to be locks fitted to the canal, to control the flow of water through it, even though the geography of the isthmus meant that the locks were not necessary for travelling through it. The idea behind these was to prevent the water of the seas mixing and preventing any invasive species from going from one to the other. This, however, was mooted by the order of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. The locks would impede the flow of trade as they impeded the flow of water, and the idea of stopping ships and putting them in dry docks to scrub their hulls clean of any flora and fauna would annihilate any economic and strategic advantage given by the canal.

      In order to counterbalance any damage done to God's Eurth, the Logothesion ton Agelon, the Ministry for the Environment, was ordered to monitor any changes and keep tabs on the progress of invasive species through the canal. At the time, it was rather naively hoped that the constant passage of ships through the canal would entirely disrupt the movement of any animals. As a precautionary measure, it seems almost comical in its woeful under-preparation. However, the new Megas Logothetes ton Agelon, Presbyteros Paulos Narses, has announced that a large-scale survey will take place of both the northern Ragas Thalassa and the Kolpos tes Stratonis in order to check the extent of the movement of invasive species. This will be in conjunction with Panepistímion ton Petrion, the Hekademion and, surprisingly, the University of Canastota in the Enomenes Politeies tes Prymonteias, the United States of @Prymont.

      The Logothesion ton Agelon has defended its inclusion of a barbariki institution because of their expertise in undertaking oceanographic and wildlife survey, and that the knowledge gained and shared here will help with the protection of the environment across Eurth. The Prymontiki are known for their keen awareness of the impact that human activity has on the wurld, especially since any rise in global temperature will affect their country more than many others. Much of the country lies within the Argic Circle.

      “Although we are much separated by both faith and distance, the Prymontiki are motivated by the same drive to preserve the environment as the Arhomaioi,” said a statement released by the Logothesion ton Agelon. “Seeking cooperation and tapping into the expertise that they can provide is not something that we can allow to pass us by.”

      Initial studies have been reportedly carried out to establish the extent of potential contamination between the two bodies of water. The Logothesion ton Agelon has remained tight-lipped about the amount of individual animals and the number of species that been found. There have been unconfirmed reports from fishermen that the Lavrakoi that are usually caught in the Kolpos tes Stratonis are diminishing, being replaced by Koiloi, a fish much more common in the Ragas Thalassa. This, in turn, has forced the beginnings of a change in how the local fishing industry operates. God willing, the survey that will be undertaken will be able to shed more light on the matter.

       

      Arhoma hosts Conference on Arhoma

      Potentially seditious meeting monitored by the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion

      The city of Arhoma is the centre of our nation, the ancient and symbolic capital of our nation, which is the chosen nation of God on Eurth. As everyone knows, the Arhomaiki civilisation is the guiding light of Eurth, both spiritually and politically. All other nations look towards us and what we have achieved. Even now, all barbaroi regard us as the model to base their nations on. This can be seen in such things as the famous Manille Arsenal in Iberikeia (@Iverica) drawing on Arhomaiki architecture, as well as many other political and administrative buildings across wurld.

      It should not be surprising then that there are those Arhomaioi who wish to see a return to the past or move to a future different to the one that God has chosen for us. Last week, a conference was held in our ancient capital to discuss the future of our civilisation and what shape that might take. A range of different speakers attended, including academics, politicians and historians. The conference was not condoned by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion and no-one from the government is known to have attended. It was at least partially funded by Isaakios Niketas, the former Proedros and leader of Nea Demokrateia, so the possibility of subversive aims of the conference should not be surprising. This is the reason why the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion, the secret police, were carefully monitoring the conference. This was so that if there were any attempts to undermine the holy rule of the Agios Basileos kai Autokrator, they could be nipped in the bud.

      Niketas himself stated that the conference was nothing more than a meeting of like-minded individuals, keen to promote cooperation between the nations of Europa that claim Arhomaiki heritage, as well as to pool ideas on how to promote peace between the nations. Nationals from Adaptos (@Adaptus), Sporseia, Euandreia and Salbeia (@Salvia) are known to have attended and given speeches and seminars, as well as some individuals from the breakaway province of the Hexanesa. It demonstrates the enlightened rule of His Aroman Majesty that the visitors from that province were not arrested as traitors. Agios Basileos Kommodos respected the promise of his predecessor, Theodosios VI, who allowed the Hexanesanoi to visit Arhomaneia without fear of arrest for treason. It is no more than what they so richly deserve, however.

      One of the main speakers of the conference was a past leader of the Hexanesa, Ioannes Hegesinos, an ex-leader of the rogue province, who has advocated Arhomaiki cooperation in the past. Whilst Hegesinos was leading figure in a nest of traitors, he saw that a strong Arome is something that can be a force for good. He supports the intervention by Adaptos and Arhomaneia in the New Wurld, stating that it helps make our planet a safer place. His speech was reportedly on that theme, that Arhomaneia has a duty to help guide the rest of the wurld towards peace, working in cooperation with all other nations.

      Other speakers promoted closer economic cooperation between the five nations, or an expansion of the agreement between Arhomaneia and Adaptos. Trade between our nation and our closest neighbour and ally is frictionless and includes an alignment of standards and regulations. It isn't currently thought by the Logothesion tou Kommerkiarionikou, the Ministry for Trade, that an expansion of the agreement would be economically advantageous for the Megas Agios Basileia, especially since the south-eastern two nations have been through some chaotic times that see no sign of abating. It also remains to be seen whether Salbeia should truly be considered as a descendent of our great civilisation, considering their geographic distance and insistence on heresy.

      The Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is supposedly frustrated with the fact that Praifektos Orbanos, Khristoforos Florentios, allowed the conference to go ahead. It is understood that the Praifektos Orbanos would have been aware of the conference and what it entailed, knowing it was controversial, but still gave it the go ahead. It can only be hoped that he is praying for forgiveness for his actions. Likely, this is part of his misguided plan to seemingly secularise our ancient capital and bring it in line with the capitals of the barbaroi, as if that is something that is laudable. His actions in allowing a fashion show to go ahead was criticised by the Patriarkhes of Tzankheia but was greeted by silence by the Patriarkhes of Arhoma.

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      Pope Gregory XVII: 'Second Inquisition to Take Place' to Root Out Conspiracy and Corruption

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      :pic: The pope announced the Church's plans in a speech Tuesday afternoon

      The pope of the Salvian Church, Pope Gregory XVII, announced plans to complete the investigations into corruption started by Cardinal Mark D'Angelo in November of last year.  The pope has dubbed it as the “Second Inquisition” with “widespread efforts and a large amount of resources” required to fulfill his goals.

      The speech, given Tuesday to numerous members of the press and the Magnissimum Comitium Cardinalicium (MCC), intended to lay out the plans of the Church in tackling internal corruption and to make the process “as transparent as possible.”

      Strong-worded in certain areas, the pope took no time in acknowledging the “deep problem” of conspiracy and corruption in the Church, adding that he was “appalled and horrified”  by some of the conduct he had witnessed as a cardinal.  He went on to say that he was “further horrified by the extent this conspiracy had infiltrated the Church and how close it could’ve come to succeeding.”

      The investigations had previously been halted for the papal election that took place in March, but not before disenfranchising some 35 cardinals from voting in the papal election as they were under investigation.  While the conspiracy investigations resumed in April, further investigation beyond the 35 cardinals were not taken as the MCC intended to “wait for His Holiness’ planning and decisions”, which the pope had been working on since his election.

      Besides the four priests, bishop, and three cardinals previously arrested, the MCC announced that 19 of the 35 cardinals had been fully investigated, with 13 being found guilty and receiving corporal punishment in the form of 15 years in jail.  The 6 found innocent had any positions or duties they had fully restored and each of them fully accepted the papal election, per the Papal Dicastery for Communications.

      Gregory’s Tacolic counterpart, Pope Hilarius XIX, praised the plans put forth and stated publicly that he’d be willing to provide “any and all aid” needed to complete the investigation.  

      Numerous independent groups, from watchdogs to Catholics, have reacted positively to the news, apparently holding on to the hope that Gregory is able to deliver on his promises and eradicate corruption and conspiracy within the Salvian Catholic Church.

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      Magnissimum Comitium Cardinalicium Announces Partial Investigation Results

       

      The Magnissimum Comitium Cardinalicium has concluded some of its investigations on the 35 cardinals that were disenfranchised for the papal election.  Of the thirty-five, nineteen cases have been concluded, with 13 being guilty of various degrees of corruption and conspiracy against the Church, operating within the bounds of the group originally uncovered as a result of investigations conducted in February 2019.  Those found guilty have been defrocked and, after receiving permission from the Saulius executive, have recieved corporal punishment and are now sentenced to 15 years in prison.

      The 6 found innocent have had all privileges, duties, and positions restored, their names cleared of any misdeed.  All six, despite being wrongfully denied the right to vote in the papal election, have accepted the results.  

      His Holiness Pope Gregory XVII is to announce further plans to combat corruption and conspiracy later today.

       

      Written on this day, the Seventh of July, Year of Our Lord 2020

       

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      Oil companies lobby for government to consider boundary review

      POINT KANAMOI - Leading oil companies in the Prymontian Rus have joined forces and written to the government to request that they formally review the northern border. Prime Oil, Husky Energy and SF Energy have been utilising the rich oil and natural gas deposits in Point Kanamoi which borders the Canamo Sea, but are unable to utilise further generous deposits in the northern lands due to the lack of an official territorial claim. The existing Prymontian Russian borders prevent resource exploitation throughout the entirety of the Canamo Bay, and it's understood that executives of the energy companies are keen to interrogate the inland sea just north of the Prymontian Rus as well.

      The letter, written initially to the Commissariat of Energy, has received an official response from the Commissariat of Internal Affairs. Matthew Sergeyev has promised to review the situation in close cooperation with his Energy counterpart Eugene Matveyev, but has made no further comments and declined to elaborate when probed by PNN. Expanding a nation's borders is not as simple as proclaiming sovereignty over a slice of land anymore, and matters are worsened by the fact that the crumbling, twisted Germanic Staat maintains a questionable claim over the area in question.

      Drilling activities in Point Kanamoi have been a driving factor in bringing down fuel and energy prices in the Prymontian Rus and the United States since 2018, and the benefits have also been seen across Argis with cheap energy being sold throughout the Canamo neighbourhood while @Iverica maintains a presence in energy collection. While the United States continues to push renewable solutions such as wind and solar energy and promotes greener lifestyles, the Prymontian Rus continues to rely on traditional methods of power as it regains its place on the wurld stage.

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      Prymontian Rus Sarov Army opens doors to female soldiers

      CAMP KEDROVY - Women and equality supporters across the country are rejoicing after the government introduced a landmark act allowing females to serve in the Prymontian Rus Sarov Army. The Armed Forces Equality Act was passed by Leopold Evdokimov, the Commissariat of Defence in a bid to increase numbers of the army. Five hundred soldiers have already been deployed to Estaria as part of the coalition PRUSPET project with the United States and a further two thousand have been earmarked for future deployment. With the Canamo Canal still requiring patrols and Circle of Death pockets continuing to pop up in the southern regions, a greater military is required to protect the nation.

      β100 million has already been set aside for the construction of segregated barracks, unique training regimes, and to fast-track proficient soldiers into commanding positions. It's understood that women will be able to serve in the same ranks as men and will be seen as genuine equals by law, although the reality in such a male-dominated sector is yet to be seen. Women will also be free from the compulsory two years of service required by men when they turn 18. It's not sure why this is, but it has caused unrest amongst certain male equality groups who claim that if women are seeking equality, they must adhere to the same set of rules as men.

      While the act only applies to the army, it's understood that similar motions are being forwarded for the navy and air force if there's enough interest to justify such expansions. Equality campaigners have praised the government for implementing the decision directly rather than allowing it to be congested through parliament, and now urge the government to take further steps and ensure equality across the entirety of the Prymontian Rus' armed forces.

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      Women have previously served in the Sarov Resistance Army, albeit in an unrecognised capacity.

       

      New Pokrovsk high-rise housing estate approved

      POKROVSK - The war torn city of Pokrovsk is on the rise, and is set to receive a significant boost from the government after plans were approved to construct a new housing estate consisting of six high-rise apartment blocks. Much of the city's architecture was brought to the ground during the war against the Circle of Death in 2018 - Pokrovsk was the centre of several scuffles between coalition forces and the terrorists and saw tens of thousands of civilian deaths. After his election success in 2018, Premier Iskander Yegerov promised to resurrect Pokrovsk from the ashes, and is now following through on his pledge.

      Plans were revealed earlier in the week to construct a group of six tower blocks, each housing 217 flats. The blocks will soar almost 100 metres into the sky, offering prime views of the revival of Pokrovsk and what is earmarked to be an area of mass development as the Prymontian Rus itself rises from the ashes. The estate will cost an estimated β240 million, with a further β40 million set aside for leisure and retail units. The towers will introduce a more modern standard of living for Pokrovsk residents while also taking up very little land compared to standard terraced housing. Preliminary work has already begun on the site, and the first building is expected to be complete in 2023.

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      Visit Orioni: top 5 destinations you must experience

      Adventures in OrioniO'POLIS -- From the beaches of Amilaki, to the chaos of Zuidhaven, alongside the history, culture and jungles, there is just so much to see in Orioni. There is no question about it, Orioni is one of our absolute favourite countries to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere tropical, relaxed and has amazing food, you'll find it hard to pick somewhere more idyllic and relaxed. Whether you are staying in a tranquil Oriental beach villa, or a hotel suite in a high-rise Zuidhaven hotel, there are plenty of possibilities for everyone.

      The country is home to a variety of landscapes and climates. You can find crystal clear blue waters and blinding white sand running around the edge like Dimeti and Deseti, just two of its many spectacular islands. If you want something different you can experience the bustling chaos of Zuidhaven, or climb up into the cooler mountains in the northeast. Here you will find peaceful jungles, rich spirituality and picturesque views. Wherever you go, you will find yourself charmed by the ancient and mysterious culture, the delicious food and the welcoming locals.

      If you've been to Orioni a few times, you'll have created a routine for yourself. Fly into O'polis or Zuidhaven and stay for a few days. After that, it is off to a dreamy beach getaway. With so much to offer it can be hard to narrow things down. With that in mind, here are our top five destinations in Orioni that you have to visit.

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      O'polis

      Even if your plans for Orioni mainly involve frolicking on a beach and eating as much biryani and spiedini as humanly possible, you'll probably spend at least a day or two in O'polis. There are plenty of things to see and do in the capital, but the Imperial Palace should be at the top of your list. This is the number one sightseeing attraction in the city, and it's staggering in both historical significance and craftsmanship.

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      Zuidhaven

      Orioni's bustling 2nd city can be overwhelming at first. It is a hive of activity and its chaos is all part of its charm. The sights, sounds and smells that assault your senses will also inspire your curiosity. Each street will bring something new and alien to try to understand. It makes the perfect introduction to the country and southeast Europa as a whole. For history buffs and photography enthusiasts, a favourite stop is the ruins of Hierapolis. The ruins of this old city still stand proud despite enduring centuries of battle and exposure to the elements.  It offers many lovely photo opportunities.

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      Deseti

      Deseti is Orioni's largest island, and also one of its most well-established island resorts. The island is popular with everyone from backpackers and stag parties, to rich and discerning EOS diplomats looking for 5-star luxury. Just like all the other islands in Orioni, it has unreal beaches fringed with swaying palm trees, and these are Deseti's main attraction. You will undoubtedly find it a peaceful place to relax after the commotion of Zuidhaven, but it is certainly no backwater either. There are also opportunities to get to know the local culture on the island, with the Sahini monastery being a great place to start. There are a wide variety of places to stay on the island, and luxury retreats offer some of the best villas in Deseti.

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      Dimeti

      The name Dimeti refers to a chain of barrier islands, and the largest island in particular. It is a much smaller place than some of Orioni's other beach destinations. If you're not looking for a party, Dimeti is a great option. There are plenty of attractions in the Amilaki region, but the main one is diving along the Weledi Gulf. The waters are teeming with colourful fish, as well as coral reefs and turtles and the landscape is so unique with little islands popping up everywhere.

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      Adansi

      If you finally decide you have had enough of the beach, head up to Adansi to see a completely different side of the country. The city is located in the mountainous Kidusi province, and it is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to see what the area has to offer. Mountain walks, mysterious hill tribes and ancient temples are just some of the things to do around Adansi. Elephant rides are a popular activity here, although the practice is sometimes ethically questionable. You'll love visiting the elephant sanctuaries, transplanted from the Kingdom of @Koku, which allow visitors to appreciate these magnificent creatures while providing them with a safe and loving environment at the same time.

      (OOC: I was planning my own summer holiday. But the options in 20202 are rather limit with fluctuating quarantaine rules and travel restrictions. So wondering about fictional travel proved an easy alternative.)

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      Since January this year, 3 ships have met accidents on the lateral Northern Argic Passage; a risky, narrow, but efficient shipping lane that connects the North Oriental Ocean and the Adlantic Ocean. Just last week on the 26th of June, the MV Explorator, a ship registered to a commercial freight company in Mannarsto, Narva, met an accident when it collided with a substantial piece of the summer ice floes just 50 kilometres away from the coast of Nanuvat, an indigenous territory in the northeastern Argic coast that has yet to be recognised by the international community. A breach in her hull left the civilian ship slowly listing for hours until it eventually capsized. It took 9 hours before the nearest fishermen could reach the Explorator's lifeboats, one of which deployed improperly, resulting in the death of 1 crewman. The accident is still under investigation by Mannarsto authorities. This, among some other incidents, has prompted the Armada Iverica to consider old plans proposed in 2005, the deployment of a permanent and peaceful sea-service mission to the polar peripheries in the Argic northeast.

       

      Prompting has come from the awareness among maritime stakeholders and the general public. In the 25th of April, an illegally operating Nanuvat whaler was sunk when it struck a low berg, about 120 kilometres east from what would be the MV Explorator accident site. The whalers were unable to raise assistance in their boat's radio and all but one perished in the freezing waters. The incident made headlines across Northern Argis and raised a two-fold concern over maritime safety and wildlife protection in the region. The passage has few emergency infrastructures and the ports to seek assistance from are few, far-between, and usually under-equipped. But as the route saves thousands of kilometres worth of fuel and supplies compared to a Mediargic transit, many businesses and priority freight continue to cruise the Northern Argic Passage. Given the staunch determination to maintain the route, the Iverican government is now considering the option of establishing a facility to assist ships, protect wildlife, conduct emergency response, provide a base of operations for vital infrastructure building, and host supply and relief efforts to communities and vessels that may become iced-in during the brutal Polar winters.

       

      Sidelined for modernisation priorities in 2005, the plan dubbed "The Polar Service Initiative", is currently being re-examined by the Armada Almirantasgo and Executive Ministry Praesidio. Press release from Corregidor sheds some light on the tentative Polar Service's mission:

       

      "The Armada Polar Service is to provide humanitarian aid by lending skills and emergency assistance to distressed ships and communities. It is to provide safe berthing, fuelling, and victuals to any civilian vessel passing through their area of operation. It is to accomplish this by establishing vital and environmentally considerate facilities in uninhabited territories and with the permissions of regional entities. Such facilities shall be staffed by essential and skilled Armada personnel and shall remain unarmed but for self-defence; they are to be restricted from carrying missiles, large calibre guns, or offensive electronic warfare systems. The facilities will be open for observation and visitation by the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA) inspectors. The Armada is to cooperate closely with the government of the United States of @Prymont , which maintains state interest in the region. 

       

      Though many questions are abound--regarding location, exceptions, and execution, what is known is mainly speculation. There is some statement basis for the Iverican government to cooperate with indigenous authorities and some loopholes in vague and fragmented local maritime laws to situate stations in international waters. Some sites have been speculated as likely choices, the most curious of which is a former Helleno-Russian naval base located in far-northeastern Argis and abandoned since the Second Argic War. Some have also pointed to the Armada's wide inventory of prefabricated modular infrastructure, developed for the Islandero Operations and extensive naval logistics capability to aid in the quick deployment of a polar aid station.

       

      Should such an undertaking follow-through, the northern ports of the Iberic Federated Commonwealth are likely to see new or expanded opportunities arise in Eastern Argis and Northern Europa.

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      Checking wastewater pollution in Mar province

      39a6a7f661fbfc9ab2d0c6eecae861f4edcae229MAR YAHOSN -- The Weledi Gulf Tourism Cooperative (WGTC) has called for addressing the pollution caused by wastewater in the Weledi Gulf and the Dimeti Barrier Islands. The Cooperative raised the issue of wastewater from tour boats and tourism activities. Pollution caused by discharges from vessels remains a challenge despite many regulatory efforts taken by provincial authorities.

      The Dimeti Barrier Islands in northern Orioni are made up of 67 islands that span 250 square kilometres in length along the northern edge of Mar province in the Amilaki region. The largest island, called Dimeti, has roughly 9.000 inhabitants, with an additional 3.000 people living on floating fishing villages off the coast. The island is the adventure-tourism capital of Orioni, with places to mountain bike, rock climb, hike, and more. In 2019 around 750 tourism boats operated in Weledi Gulf, including over 200 vessels that anchored overnight.

      In April and May, the WGTC invited two international experts to evaluate the sustainable tourism management and environmental protection in the bay. The experts concluded that the gulf wasn't threatened by pollution. Nonetheless, they did express concern over growing tourism numbers and ineffective waste management, concluding it would pose a significant threat. Both experts also hoped the province would soon announce the standards for wastewater systems.

      Mr Gideta Yelemi, the Provincial Director of Environment, said the department has asked the Council of the Environment to set national wastewater treatment standards that could be adopted by 2020. Mr Yelemi added that: "All boat owners understand the impact on the environment of untreated wastewater from cruise ships. They support the initiative to instal treatment systems on vessels."

      During a recent workshop with stakeholders from business circles and the provincial government, the Zuidhaven Institute of Technology (ZIT) presented several technology and management solutions to alleviate wastewater pollution in the area. The solutions are aimed at helping tour boat owners comply with stricter regulations: either having built-in treatment systems or using external treatment services.

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      Rezovi: "EOS cornerstone of neighbourhood security"

      VideoconferenceO'POLIS -- During a private video conference with leaders of the Entente of Oriental States (EOS) on Tuesday, Chairlady Awidefale Rezovi emphasised the importance of partnerships that support the growth of security, stability and prosperity in the Oriental neighbourhood.

      "These past decades we have seen how effective our cooperation is," Rezovi was quoted by spokespeople as saying. "I am humbled by how the EOS countries are helping each other. And more can be done. For example, by developing digital solutions to enable easier communication between our residents," she added.

      The chairlady highlighted the situation in Bainbridge Islands is an important example for both external and internal threats. "Defusing the pirate menace will increase security of the entire region. There can be no stability and prosperity without security," Rezovi said.

      In her statement, the chairlady also emphasised the fight against disinformation. "In recent years, we have seen the impact of disinfo and propaganda become ever more dangerous," Rezovi said. According to her, frozen conflicts, like the rivalry with New Wurld blocs or inter-Europan spats, cannot be forgotten either.

      Rezovi said that there are several opportunities to support the EOS, especially in the field of science and technology. "Our exchange of mutual talent is growing quite fast since the STEM grants were introduced. And we still have a long way to go in integrating our newest partners into the common market," she said.

      The chairlady said that the EOS have made progress in implementing its goals set in recent years. These objectives are divided into areas of economic development and market opportunities, strengthening institutions and good governance, and the environment and climate change. They include the Antargic Strategy, Responsibility to Protect, proposed observer status, and intervention in Bainbridge Islands.

      "These objectives have a positive impact on the daily lives of people in the EOS countries. We will continue to move forward and agree on concrete actions for the coming years," Rezovi said, affirming Orioni's readiness to contribute to improving the standard of living of residents of EOS countries.

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      Efforts to Revitalise Southern Port Begin

      The port city of Dymafos has often been considered the jewel on Ragas Thalassia, the Raga Sea, and one of the cradles of Christianity. It is an ancient city, at the crossroads of the Occident and Amutia, and grown rich on trade. It was long a centre of Arhomaiki power, and before that a capital of the ancient Euandrid Empire, one of the successor states of the Boy-King. The Patriarkhes still guides his flock from his palace that overlooks the harbour and regularly leads services not just in the cathedral, but from even the smallest chapels. His Holiness, Theodorankos IV, has also been keen on building cross-denominational bridges with the Orthodox Church, the Diarchic Church and smaller, New Wurld denominations, all who have small congregations in the ancient centre of our God-given, shared faith – even if perhaps the other churches have strayed somewhat from that light.

      The tourist and pilgrim trade has somewhat dried up in recent years, but the peace and stability that Agios Basileos Kommodos III brought to Europa has meant that it has slowly begun to improve. It has been hoped by the Anthypathoieon tou Dymafou, the mayoral government of the city, that the recent trade deal with the Agios Katholikon Autokrateia (@Salvia) and Demokrateia ton Iberikon (@Iverica) will see an increase in foreign tourists. This has been coupled with similar drives with the nations surrounding Arhomaneia and they slowly seem to bearing fruit. Some of the churches and chapels within the city are ancient, dating to the early days of and contain some of the oldest relics still in existence and have always drawn crowds of barbaroi.

      Dymafos was a major port for thousands of years and it is this aspect that the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion wishes to revitalise. The construction of the Isthmos Kanalos, the Isthmus Canal, was almost a deathblow to the port, as shipping started to bypass the port almost entirely. But it had been declining for many years beforehand. It was starting to not be able to keep up with the larger and larger container ships that are being used across Eurth, as underinvestment meant that the facilities were not available for them. This started to become a cyclical situation – as fewer and fewer ships came, it was argued that the decline meant that it wasn't worth expanding the port. Trade had started to be diverted either to our nearest neighbours, Sporseia and Souberina (@Suverina) and from there overland to southern Arhomaneia, or shipping companies found themselves constrained by the port facilities available to them. The other routes, overland via Adaptos (@Adaptus) or around the north of the Occident make significantly less economic sense.

      Now, ever larger container ships are swinging the argument back the other way. Whilst the width of the canal was designed with the Protathlites tou Christou aircraft carriers in mind, the new generation of so-called “mega container ships”, such as the Orhioniki-flagged UNEX Arenigwade approaches that constraint. It might not be a leap of the imagination to suggest that the next generation might even surpass the 60m width of these giants. Making the canal wider to accommodate these vast ships is likely to be, at the very least, exorbitantly expensive and significantly disruptive. Both of these are reasons why the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is unlikely to consider this as an option. Instead, breathing life back into the port of Dymafos and enabling it to take these giant vessels is likely the significantly cheaper route.

      Oddly, the Patriarcheion tou Dymafou is thought to be one of the main lobbyists for the expansion of the port facilities. To an extent, the well-being of the Patriarcheion is linked to the port – the port is one of the largest employers in the city and its workers keep much of the rest of the local economy afloat. His Holiness is known to be very concerned about the happiness of his flock and feels that a revitalisation of the port would lead to more work for the ex-dockers that form a large part of the unemployed in Dymafos. As well as the happiness of the inhabitants, the Patriarcheion is also one of the main providers of welfare within the unemployed, providing food banks to the poor, amongst other services. Although no one from the Patriarcheion would comment on the matter when asked, it can be imagined that these are likely a drain on the resources of the Church and lightening that burden is something that is being aimed for.

      But, of course, a modern port would likely mean automation, a trend that has been sweeping across much of Europa and Eurth – many ports in our own Megas Agios Basileia are even embracing it, although it is argued that they have little choice in the matter. An automated port, in some ways necessary for the quick turnaround expected these days, would mean that less dockworkers would be needed for its smooth running. Which, in turn, would do little to alleviate the the issues of unemployment in the southern city.

       

      List of Banned Works Scaled Back

      Although Arhomaneia doesn't usually wish to advertise it to the rest of the wurld, the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion maintains a list of banned literature. Much of this is heretical writings, often from many centuries ago, and is kept away from the general population to make sure that none of them are led from God's light by long dead heresiarchs. It is known that the Katholikon Patriarcheion in Europatorion keeps a vast library of these forbidden texts to make sure that if any of these heresies rear their head again, the Aroman Church can tackle them and bring any false believers back into Christ's arms. It is closely guarded to make sure the knowledge contained within does not fall into the wrong hands, as the wurld is often fertile ground for wrong-thinking.

      The Logothesion ton Deeseon, the Ministry for Information, also keeps a list of banned material, in order to aid the Church in keeping the souls of the Arhomaioi safe, as is to be expected of a government headed by God's representative on Eurth. Much of it is foreign in origin, as can only be expected. It is usually pornographic or lewd, or is considered to hold ideology or ideas that are damaging to the Megas Agios Basileia, God's chosen nation on Eurth. For example, much of the writings of Mark Karls are banned, due to the fact that it promotes revolution against God-ordained regimes such as that of the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion. Similarly, the perverted writings of the infamous Lysian, the Marchis de Masan, remain entirely prohibited for an Arhomaios or even barbaroi to possess within Arhomaneia, although it is unknown why anyone of sound mind would do so. It is one of the duties of the Esoteriki Epitheorisi Pliroforion to police this list and make sure that no one is in danger of being led astray.

      That some such books, or even other media, need to be kept out of the hands of some individuals is self-evident. Arhomaneia isn't the only nation to do this on the Occident, or even Eurth. Megas Vourlinton (@Great Burlington), for example, maintains stricter controls on access to the internet than our own nation, something which appears to be at odds with the country's brand of unfettered capitalism.

      However, recently the Logothesion ton Deeseon has deemed it fit to release some of the books and films on the proscribed list. Amongst these was a work of epic fantasy, Arkhontas ton Dakhtylidion, by Ioannes Hermeneutopoulos, an otherwise noted scholar and academic. It was banned during the reign of Theodosios VI after a period of popularity lasting from when it was published in EK7464 (AD1956). At the time, it was proscribed due to its supposed depiction of angels, as well as being about an earlier iteration of the wurld, but it has now been deemed to not go against any teachings of the Church. Similarly, the ever-popular film series, La Guerra de las Galaxias, was banned under the Navarkhokrateia for showing a militaristic regime being overthrown by an armed insurrection – something that the military dictatorship wanted to discourage. Although some suggest that the Logothesion needn't have bothered with unbanning the three prequels.

      It is mainly fictional works that have been de-listed by the Logothesion ton Deeseon, as it is now felt that it is justifiable to say that it is obvious that no one could reasonably assume that these are attempts to subvert correct Christian thought. A full list of unbanned media is available on the website of the Logothesion.

      This move by the Agios Basilikon Kounsistorion is not entirely unprecedented in Arhomaiki history, as the Navarkhokrateia in its early years saw almost a liberalisation of films and media, partially as a way of distracting from the seizure of power from the elected, and therefore chosen by God, Agios Basileos Konstantios V. It could be that this is a move by Kommodos III, by the Grace of Christ the God, Agios Basileos kai Autokrator to show that his stated attempts to reform the Synkletos is not just an isolated event and that he truly is trying to move Arhomaneia into the new century after many years of treading the same path.

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