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.