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  1. Larue Sets the Press Free Many journalists, from the head honchos of established news organisations to local internet news bloggers, celebrated as the Federal Senate of the Federative Republic of Shffahkia (Lysian: Sénat Fédéral de la République Fédérative de la Sfakie) passed the Press Emancipation Act of 2019 (Lysian: L'Acte d'Émancipation de la Presse de 2019). This new act held within it several important reforms with the intent of freeing up or "emancipating" Shffahkian press collectives and co-operatives from state supervision and control. This act affects news from your local news channels all the way to Shffahkia's largest news outlet: NSAS. However, it is good to note that companies were not included in the act meaning that news companies both private and public will have to submit their news articles for approval from the appropriate departments, comply with possible government changes to their articles and follow the supplementary State Codex guidelines among other things. With only one in every seven news organisations in Shffahkia being companies, their exclusion from the act will not have great consequences but was most likely a nod to the PNC on the behalf of the LUP. Jeanés Féyeau of the SCUL said that "The Press Emancipation Act is a good first step but it was done half-heartedly. Rights should be expanded, first and foremost, to all and not to some because rights to only some are rights to none." Larue's Deflated Senate At the moment, the Federal Senate is operating normally with 242 senators. With over half of the Senate missing in anticipation for the upcoming elections, people and politicians have begun calling the current Senate "Larue's Deflated Senate." This isn't the first lacklustre Senate in Larue's career as the Senate which would pass the Larue Amendments to the constitution was composed of a record-low one Senator: Senate President and Senator Adélaïde Larue. In the Paranne Reintegration Act, it was specified that new elections would be held to both the Chambre of Representatives (some times referred to as the House of Representatives) and the Federal Senate. The Larue Administration interpreted the need for new elections as election held in collectivities affected by the Reintegration act thus leaving the two states, Piranhahasse and Deux-Rivières, alongside the Special Administrative Region of la Côte d'Argent without elections in the coming months and weeks. Altogether those three collectivities account for some 47% of the entire population of Shffahkia. Alongside that, the interpretation of the Larue Administration affects Shffahko-Limonaians disproportionately with the majority of Shffahko-Limonaians living in those collectivities. This move has been widely criticised by the SCUL with the PNC staying quiet on the matter most likely because they benefit inadvertently. In order to get new senators in, old senators would have to leave. Again choosing on who stays was the responsibility of the Union President, Larue. A popularity contest of sorts resulted with the most loyal senators being chosen to remain in the Senate. Senators showing disdain or simply not being on board enough were also unlikely to be allowed to stay. Unlike with the Chambre of Representatives, Larue did not consult or negotiate with the PNC leaving her and the LUP with a 242-seat lead into the coming elections. The History of NSAS La Nacia Sciiga Agentejo de Sffahkia (Lysian: Agence de Presse Nationale de la Sfakie, Anglish: The National News Agency of Shffahki) or NSAS was officially started in 1977 by the then Premier-Dirigeant Nikolao Kondukanto's administration as the official mouthpiece of the Esperantist regime. NSAS was formed from the previously existing Nouvelles Nationales (National News) press agency which in term was the mouthpiece of the Shffahkian government during the Monin administration. The line of government mouthpiece news organisations goes as far as 1897 but what makes NSAS different is that the Kondukanto administration allowed a relatively large scale of press freedom even allowing criticisms to an extent given they had to be in Esperanto. Instead of being a source of countless articles on how great everything was then as many propaganda newspapers were, NSAS openly reported on both the good and bad and the reasons behind them. NSAS was a tool of transparency which was previously unseen in the totalitarian state. The New NSAS With the Press Emancipation Act, NSAS is no longer under the Ministry of Communication. Instead, NSAS is now an independent government-funded news organisation. What this means in practice is that NSAS journalists no longer have to send their articles and wait for approval from the government. With this change of status, NSAS will also change its logo to reflect its new status. "This marks the beginning of a new period of journalistic freedom in Shffahkia. Although the changes aren't the most optimal, we are on the right track. Changes unthinkable a few years ago are taking place regardless of how minute they might be, the steps taken today contribute to the freedom and progress of the future." said Sean Buonepaese, the chief-director in charge of NSAS.
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  3. Salutations again fellow Europan internauts! or Eurthlings! Since our last dive to the past and present of the Vertibird, the myth, the legend, the Neo-Enclave, much has happened in our own community. With our involuntary move to a new NS region, I thought it'd be a good time to switch the ol' detective hat to a lab coat and introduce Vertiorthinology, the study of the elusive Vertibird or Vertineonithe. As it stands Eurth has two Vertiorthinologists: I and @Orioni who've done some research on this truly interesting, for the lack of a better word, specimen. Last time I and Meeda (Bri) took a deep dive into the past and present of the Neo-Enclave but what we left out was the story of what happened in Europa. The reason why I left it out is that there were some posts we couldn't find as well as we didn't have much insight into the administrative process behind the ban. Surprisingly enough the two regions, Lovus Lodicum and The Radiant, were more transparent in their banning process, whilst much of the banning process and communication with the Neo-Enclave in Europa happened in Discord and off the forums. With all this said, simply know that the admins and mods are the ones privy to the full story whilst I collected this information by going through each of his posts I could find. Every, single, one This time, to bring the knowledge and wisdom of old Europa to new Eurth, your resident vertiornithologist scoured the forums and discords to get the full story of the Neo-Enclave's time in Europa. But nothing is complete which is why I ask for other Vertiorthinologists for aid on this quest to compile all available data on this truly interesting individual; I managed to collect a total of 110 forum posts from his total of 148 posts. There are still posts at large! If you find them, please let me know. At the end of some days, I've added some moments of glamour form discord as segments. These segments are called Meanwhile, in the Discord chats For older community members, enjoy this trip down memory lane For newer members, enjoy this case study on what not to do Get comfy because, without further delay, here are the Vertibirdman's Misadventures in Europa And they are long 22nd of October 2018 - Vertibird Begins A seemingly normal day, nothing out of the ordinary until a nuclear test is announced... TWICE! An explosive introduction to the community to be sure. During the same day, the Neo-enclave attempts to make contact with @Orioni Meanwhile, in the discord chats: Suits, Ships and Vertibirds 23rd of October 2018 - The Bombardment Europa is treated to its first true taste of nuclear Enclavite fallout: The history of the Neo-Enclave is revealed in the Academy. The First batch of Enclave "news" pours out: A 1000m Golden-lipped statue is announced First ever crown commentary from the Neo-Enclave is given News reporter John Harvey makes his debut As a result of the wild and rebellious reporting of John Harvey, @Orioni replies to him in his newsroom bringing the hammer of justice down on him Bargaining is the 3rd stage of grief The day isn't over, yet as the vertibird-loving nation faces its first internal crisis However, It wasn't only Enclavite news that was affected as @PyeMcGowan's Newsroom received one of Neo-Enclaves one-sentence zingers. The 23rd of October was a busy day but it was not yet over as a major diplomatic scuffle began when @Orioni responded to the Enclavites leading to outrage from the queen herself Conlangs 101 Thus ends October 23rd the first surge of activity on the forums Meanwhile, in the discord chats: T I L T R O T O R S and The Surveillance state The Enclave also seems to have been confused as to which stats we use in Europa 24th of October 2018 - The Dark Vertibird On October the 24th, Europa is once more under heavy bombardment starting from Enclavite news Donalia gives a speech Red Alert Enter the Oil Rig In between the news, Enclave announces his ambitions to join Derthalen's Feats of Strength and to host it the next year with the queen herself in attendance No exosuits are allowed though The cheers and aws of exosuit-wearing sportsmen are interrupted by the ongoing civil war as reported by John Hervey Well, that was some fast and effective artillery Linguists are trying to figure out what exactly that last post was trying to say. Enclavite English is known for being the most incoherent Europan language A deal is struck between the Neo-Enclave and @PyeMcGowan for uranium. Almas, take notes! Let's hope none were bitten by a radioactive Vertibird. Lastly, we are treated to a more in-depth look at the Neo-Enclave as he provides his first factbook to the dismay of others Here we learn that the enclave gets its name from the Latin word for crow and that he traces his routs all the way to Ahrome According to Eurth's resident Latin expert, @Mauridiviah, Corvus means raven and not crow Yet another look at the Enclavite language: Veni Vedi Veci which is most likely related to the Latin Veni Vidi Vici Conlangs 101 Meanwhile, in the discord chats: Who is thy Enemy, O Vertibrd? 25th of October 2018 - The Vertibird Rises Never a dull moment in the Enclavite newsroom especially with a civil war, Fascism and assassination attempts The civil war is ended lasting a total of 2 days, record speed Details on how the war was ended you ask? Fear not! Giving us this news is Piper Hellen of Public Occurrences... I mean Enclave News! Whoever said the Enclave News weren't equal opportunity employers was wrong Those Exclave forces subjected these poor citizens to cruelties almost as great as the ones the Enclave will subject the Europan community to. We can sympathise with the Jews, Homosexuals and slaves of the Exclave Having saved the Jews, Homosexuals, slaves and other Exclave victims, the Neo-Enclave sets out to save the souls of his nation at the Council of Deopolis Will Enclavite souls be saved from eternal fallout damnation? Only the pope knows for sure. Thoughts and prayers though Meanwhile, in the discord chats: Scott Enclave vs. The Weurld @Prymont summarizes the situation thus far very well 26th of October 2018 - The Bombardment Dies Down The 26th of October was a day of last strikes. The 4-day forum post bombardment Europa was subjected to dies down with only a single post about the civil war. Given it had several sentences within it. Perhaps the Neo-Enclave used up his sentence limit on this one post instead of rationing them out for several Good thing the monarchy wasn't overed. Julius had a tough child being one of many man children of his father Bob Vladimir What would we do without ol' Harvey bringing us the true stories of people being forced into loyalty? Meanwhile, in the discord chats: The Amazing Taxitilesisisies 27th of October 2018 - The Silence The humming of Vertibirds was nowhere to be heard, no Exclave atrocities were reported The first true wave of the Neo-Enclave was over The only piece of Enclavite info came from @Alenveil's Factbook The RCS pact was an economic alliance between the Neo-Enclave, @Alenveil and @PyeMcGowan but turns out that the Enclave had tricked the two revealing it to also be a military alliance. The two subsequently left leaving only the Neo-Enclave who refused to leave. Thanks to @PyeMcGowan for providing the IIwiki page Yet in the discord chats, it was a different story Meanwhile, in the discord chats: A Pry of Many Names 28th of Spooktober 2018 - The Walking Enclave In the last days of Spooktober, the Enclave is shocked as a zombie apocalypse pops up and the Neo-Enclave attempts to call for a coalition to fight the Necroa virus! Thank God for Vertibirds! At first, people laughed but now with vertibirds above the Enclavite sky, while the Enclavites below turn to zombies, people are still laughing 29th of Spooktober 2018 - Of Vertibirds and Zombies The Neo-Enclave, facing the zombie menace, puts his money where his Vertibirds are The Enclave and his vertibirds also make an appearance in @Alenveil's newsroom 30th of Spooktober 2018 - The New World Blues First, the Neo-Enclave responds to @Alenveil sending in flamethrower mounted Vertibirds, nothing could go wrong Most importantly, this is the day the Neo-Enclave makes the request to officially join Europa on the map The request really isn't anything we haven't seen before. It just quite clearly shows the extent to which his nation is based on Fallout. 31st of Spooktober 2018 - The Ban According to @Orioni, Enclave received his first forum ban on this day. There's a significant period of inactivity on the forums so it is most likely true. 5th of November 2018 - Enclave: Resurrection The question on everyone's minds: What is Enclave going to do as his first actions returning from exile? The answer: prosecute a llama for aiding in a terrorist attack Alongside that, The Neo-Enclave introduced the "E-1 Pheonix" Nothing noteworthy except that a part of the oil comes from PyeMacGowan Meanwhile, in the discord chats: One Flew Over The Vertibird's Nest 6th of November 2018 - The Calm Before The Vertistorm The 6th of November was a calm day; the Neo-Enclave posted only once on the forums as a continuation of his previous "E-1 Pheonix" Meanwhile, in the discord chats: Shame 7th of November 2018 - The First Gusts The day was seemingly a part of the calm before the storm The only updates we received from our friend, Enclave, was him making civilian and luxury Vertibirds What else could have been expecting? Meanwhile, in the discord chats: Taste of Fame 8th of November 2018 - Leave of Absence The Neo-Enclave leaves the discord if only he had stayed away Europa would've been spared its second Vertibird storm 40th of Spooktober 2018 - The Storm Begins This far we hadn't seen that much activity from the Enclave since his debut bombardments Only if we had known that he was preparing to light the forums on fire Enter the Autumn Terror For those uninitiated, the Myster in the Dolch See was a Halloween special Enclave wasn't allowed to participate and thus he made his own The community lit ablaze The reaction to best summarize the situation came from @North Dniester Instead of picking a fight and angering a single person, the Neo-Enclave picked a fight with the entire community What makes the situation even more entertaining is the fact that he brings up non-solutions to solve the problems brought up by others such as the skeletons. Perhaps the closest thing the Neo-Enclave comes to that resembles a proper defence is this The inexperience of the Neo-Enclave is on full showcase here And just as the storm seemed to only worsen, @PyeMcGowan swoops in and saves the day What about the actual Autumn Terror itself? Surprisingly enough it is one of the few glimpses we see the Neo-Enclave RP:ing with someone. It's good to note that the RP (as short as it is) is some 71% Enclave. More on that later. More salient is his writing style. He writes little but erratically giving his stories a fast pace for all the wrong reasons The 40th of Spooktober ends as he uploads the Enclavite national anthem to the forums Thus winds down the Spooktober special, yet the discord chats were privy to its own shenanigans Meanwhile, in the discord chats: I Got 99 Pryblems but a Lack of Hospital Ships Ain't One The Neo-Enclcave completed @Seylos' army survey 10th of November 2018 - The Godmod Incident There was a general sense of malaise in the air. People were wary of what might come next after having seen Enclave's Autumn Terror Who was going to be hit next? The answer was @North Dniester who was having a civil war at the time until the Vertibird nation attacked A quick thanks to @Tagmatium Rules for unintentionally conserving this piece of Enclavite RP for the future generations Tag also replied explaining that he was godmoding and then pointing him to the right alleys 11th of November 2018 - Formula V A silent day in the forums, yet in the discord, Europa's resident mathematician, @Sunset Sea Islands, cracked the formula of the Neo-Enclave Alongside this major mathematical achievement, Europa's two musical talents, @Orioni and @North Dniester showed their contributions The Ster-Spanked Vertibird was named by @Mauridiviah 12th of November 2018 - Open Borders, Open Crime The Neo-Enclave tried to participate once more in the RP prompting @North Dniester to give my favourite response to him thus far And he was being nice! Just think what this lad could've done if he wasn't It was only a matter of time before I was to have my first experience with the Neo-Enclave. In this case, it was an OOC thread about the old Shffahkian royal family It began innocent enough with him offering the most elite one could get However, as @Mauridiviah made their suggestion, the Vertibird tried to strike but @Mauridiviah was no prey Enter the open borders argument with @Mauridiviah and @North Dniester representing common sense Professor @North Dniester gives a small lesson on English spelling What had begun as a post about a royal family had turned into a debate, if you can even call it that, about open borders and border security in the 1840s Later on, the Neo-Enclave had an epiphany The whole debacle ended with @Prymont This is when I had my encounter with the dangerous Vertibird, but I lived to tell the tale 14th of November 2018 - Go Beat Enclave The Neo-Enclave applies for the Eurth Rally Event After applying to the Rally event, Queen Donalia is off to @Queno-Kona for diplomatic talks Also worth mentioning is the tags the Neo-Enclave wrote What might the Queen have in store for this meeting? Besides the normal Vertibird stuff, we also get to see the flawless polite diplomatic skills of Donalia 15th of November 2018 - The Last Harley A busy day in Europa and the second bombardment The 15th of November is the last we ever hear of John Harley I'm sure his disappearance was felt throughout the region that day as Enclavite news would see its last ever post Journalism would never be the same in Europa F But don't be sad, for this post is partly about how a former terrorist who turned their life around and now lives in the palace itself A true from-rags-to-riches tale Yes, I am, of course, talking about the llama Back in the talks with @Queno-Konawe see that the queen is as inquisitive as ever We are introduced to a new character in the Neo-Enclave roster: Jerome Besides this, the rest of the thread is your everyday diplomatic talks where Enclave wants to have @Queno-Kona produce tanks and artillery with Enclavite materials. Next, the Neo-Enclave has a quick visit in the Designing National History thread by @Tikva but ultimately doesn't affect the discussion. Finally, the Neo-Enclave and @Morheim have diplomatic talks This thread is a good example of good RP and "bad" RP colliding 16th of November - Jorge and The Two Georges The day's activity happened as a continuation of the diplomatic talks We are introduced to the Enclavite faith 21th of November - The Last Diplomat The Neo-Enclave's last IC diplomatic interaction 26th of November - Total Enarchy We are introduced to Enclavite political parties And boy does the Neo-Enclave ever have quite the divided political scene A deeper look into what makes the Neo-Enclave tick but perhaps more salient is the flag of the Enclave People's Party with not one, not two but three star elements Everyone's favourite llama-drafting Enclavite terrorist, Gaius Cornelius, makes an appearance in Most Wanted Fugitives 27th of November - The Last Day and O's New Boots The last day the Neo-Enclave uploaded anything to the forums had come One of the last acts of the Neo-Enclave was to suggest an international... except for monarchs Ironically enough the last post the Neo-Enclave would ever make in Europa would be a request for help By then, it was too little too late and the Neo-Enclave would no longer post on the forums F Meanwhile in the discord chats: It's Booting Time The Neo-Enclave had run out of time There was no more prolonging or escaping it; @Orioni had brought the boot Thus the Misadventures of the Vertibirdman in Europa has come to an end. For a month Europa had been the scene of the Neo-Enclave's RP but not anymore Instead of being banned in dishonour, the Neo-Enclave took his own way out Yet as much as he had been a thorn in the side of all Europans, he had also become something greater, an endearing idea and the case study for what not to do Today The Neo-Enclave is immortalized in the IIwiki alongside his favourite form of transport, The Vertibird A quick trip to the Meme Museum reveals that his memory is forever edged in the memes of the community All returned to normal And when the League of Conservative Nations approached Europa with the interregional football cup, what name did the Europans pick to represent excitement, spirit, sisu and determination? To whom did Europa turn to represent all these admirable aspects? I present to you The Valiant Vertibirds Eurth's Champions The End
  4. Paranne Communitarians Refuse the LUP Following the end of bipartisan talks held between the Lyso-Unionist Party (LUP) and the New Collectivists Party (PNC), Jeanés Féyeau the chairman of the Social Communitarian Union League (SCUL) declared that he and others from the party will not accept the offer made by Larue's LUP pertaining to a possible coalition. The SCUL was the second largest party in Paranne that promoted the interests of the liberal left. Having lost both the parliamentary and presidential races in 2012 and 2016 respectively, SCUL found itself excluded from the reintegration talks held between Union President Larue and President Dutoit. Dutoit's FROCON (Lysian: Front Conservateur) or Conservative Front merged with the Lysonist wing of the Collectivist Party to form the Lyso-Unionist Party with SCUL being left out from any significant positions within the new party. Much like with the reintegration talks, SCUL was left out from the bipartisan talks between the LUP and the PNC. So when the LUP approached the SCUL with a coalition offer, Jeanés Féyeau declined it with little hesitation giving allegations of unfair tactics. Communitarianism emerged as a political ideology in the late 1800s even before Collectivism made its mark in Shffahkian politics. While Chevalier was composing his original works, Communitarians were a prominent force attempting to reform the Chevotet Dictatorship from within. Communitarianism traces its roots to the Progressives League, a political organisation which existed in the First Shffahko-Republic until its dissolution in 1898 by then President Émilien Chevotet. The Progressives League was the party to break the duopoly held by the Constitutional Equilibrium League (CEL) and the Free Emancipation Coalition (FEC) ever since the proclamation of the first Shffahko-Republic. Pierre-Marie Gallois, the creator of the PL, was previously a prominent Emancipationist until coming to the conclusion that both the Emancipationists and Constitutionalists had grown corrupt. Forming his own party, Gallois pulled in many leftists to his new party which advocated for free education and an 8-hour workday. Originally not deemed a threat by the two political giants at the time, Gallois began an aggressive campaign reaching to the common man and the down-trodden for votes. Gallois' Progressives Party came close to a landslide victory in the Senate elections of 1886. Despite the PL not having a majority in the Senate, Gallois was able to successfully run for president in 1896. As president, Gallois attempted to fix many of the issues plaguing the republic at the top of which was rampant corruption and unimaginable income inequality. His attempts would only remain as such when he and his party were deposed from power in a military coup headed by Émilien Chevotet. After the coup d'état, the Progressives League was abolished. Gallois was a pacifist who promoted non-compliance as a means of resistance which in practice allowed Chevotet to depose him without any issues. Many Progressives flocked under the banner of Communitarianism. Under the Chevotet dictatorship, Communitarians attempted to reform the Second Shffahko-Republic promoting democracy and social welfare programs. However, due to the extreme right nature of Shffahkian politics at the time, Communitarians were rarely able to pass any meaningful legislation. Many Communitarians became frustrated at the situation and became radicalized joining either the Syndicalists and Collectivists. The Communitarian Party did not fight alongside the Collectivists during the Shffahkian civil war choosing instead vying for peace. Under the Dictatorship of Duncan Delacroix, Communitarians slowly began to form the Communitarian wing of the Collectivist Party. During the Consolidation Period, the Collectivist Party had three sides, referred to as wings, which debated over the issues of the time. The three wings composing the Collectivist Party were the Syndicalist wing, the Communitarian wing and the hardline Collectivist wing. The Communitarian wing often switched sides depending on the issues because Communitarians wanted to end the Syndicalist economy whilst still siding with the Syndicalists on many civil issues seeing the hardline Collectivists as too radical. Following the death of Delacroix, Communitarians failed to fill the power vacuum. As a result, the Syndicalist Monin faction and their supporters seized power. After the Esperantist coup which saw the rise of Nikolao Kondukanto, Communitarians left the Collectivist Party in droves and formed the Free Communitarian Front (FCF). The FCF orchestrated the independence of Paranne in 1978 with the support of many defectors from the Shaffahkian army most notably General McGaughenne who became the first president of Paranne. Communitarianism was most prominent in Paranne following its independence to the 1990s. The current Communitarian party, the SCUL, was formed after the so-called Conservative Exodus in the 1990s where several conservative members left the party over fiscal concerns which differed from the party line. The SCUL was voted out of power following the 1994 Recession. The hard austerity measures taken by the SCUL were widely unpopular which allowed the FROCON under Dutoit to rise to popularity. Dutoit's Free-Market policies eased the recession by freeing up state resources. Instead of allowing companies, collectives and co-operatives to fall during the recession, Dutoit supported them mostly through loans from other Shffahko-states. Communitarians Enter the Ring The SCUL accordion to Féyeau shall run as its own independent party alongside the LUP and PNC in the coming Chambre of Representatives (Lysian: Chambres des Répresentants) elections. Instead of all collectivities having elections, the states of Piranhahasse, Côte d'Argent and Deux-Rivières are without elections meaning that 38 seats in the chamber will not be up for change (21 PNC and 17 LUP seats). This move has been widely criticised by the SCUL as sidestepping democracy. The reason why the LUP agreed to give the PNC an advantage in the Chamber elections is the state of Piranhahasse. All collectivities have the freedom to choose in which manner they elect members to the chamber. Piranhahasse, as the largest state, has the most representative seats (25) which are selected through a first-past-the-post voting system. This would mean that the party to gain most votes would gain all 25 seats. Chamber elections have always been close calls in Piranhahasse and required a lot of resources. By not having elections in these three states, the LUP and PNC are splitting the number of seats in Piranhahasse (17 to LUP and 8 to PNC) and not costly competing which normally wouldn't be possible. With the Communitarians' refusal to join the LUP, the next question is: where will they compete? The SCUL by most predictions will have the most luck in former Paranne states with the exception of Port-de-Lys. Historically the SCUL has always had great influence in West Catherine and the newly integrated part of Mines Générales. Depending on the success of the Communitarians, they have the possibility to divide the Chamber into three. However, with both the LUP and PNC having seats in advance it is extremely unlikely that the SCUL actually gain a majority. The New Political Scene According to political analyst André Azaïs, Larue's offer of a coalition was an attempt to gather as much support from the newly-reintegrated collectivities as possible for the chamber elections and Senate elections. However, with Dutoit's more right-leaning supporter base, this proved unsuccessful. At the moment the LUP is a centrist party leaning towards the conservative right. Unlike both the PNC and SCUL, the LUP doesn't have a clear party line in terms of economic policy. Larue herself has said that the normalisation of Shffahkia will require free markets in some form. This is enough for most to classify the party as right especially in Shffahkia, yet Larue's own policies are very left-leaning. The party's main agenda is the unification of all Shffahko-states but beyond that, the party hasn't decided on an economic strategy deciding to rely on Larue. Opposing Capitalism in any form is the PNC. Under Jean Vou and Igor Quint, the PNC has taken harsh stances on Larue's policies. Especially critical of the Aurelian League, the PNC sees cooperation with Rihan and Kirvina to be dangerous to Shffahkia both internally and externally. In lieu of the Aurelian League, the PNC sees cooperation with ICEB countries to be more beneficial to Shffahkia. The PNC has also announced its support for the Mercier Research Base operated jointly by two universities from Shffahkia and Fulgistan respectively. Differences inside the party have risen as well. Jean Vou sees cooperation with Larue as necessary while Quint claims it to be a deal with the devil. The newest party to hit the political scene, the Social Communitarian Union League has wasted no time in announcing its criticisms of both the LUP and PNC. The chairman of the SCUL, Jeanés Féyeau, had this to say over his party: "The SCUL is the party first and foremost for civil rights and democracy. It is for these reasons that cooperation with the LUP or PNC is impossible. Both parties have shown that they regard democracy, not as an end, but as a means to one. Until full democracy and political freedom are allowed, the SCUL shall not sign deals with devils or dictators."
  5. Lysonism brought to test - Catherine flag change put on ballot The Electoral Committee of the Collectivity of Catherine (Le Comité Électoral da Collectivité da Catherine) or CECC declared on a press release that a proposed flag change would make its way to the Catherine ballot on the upcoming State Elections officially referred to as the Collectivities Elections. Catherine is the second largest state of Shffahkia by population with some 30 million inhabitants which is only surpassed by the most populous Shffahkian Collectivity, Piranhahasse. Together Catherine and Piranhahasse are home to roughly half of all Shffahkians. Despite its prominent position in Shffahkian politics, it has been overshadowed regularly by the larger state of Piranhahasse in the past. The situation, however, has changed with the Reintegration of Paranne. As a part of the reintegration act, the Collectivity of Catherine received a significant amount of land increasing its political influence, especially when taking into consideration the relative wealth located in the new southern parts of Catherine. Yet with this new land, came new residents. Residents who do not see the current collectivity flag as representative of the state. In fact, the current flag is the same as the emblem of the Catherine branch of the now-abolished Collectivist Party. Residents wishing to change the flag began collecting signatures from other residents in order to get the attention of the CECC. After a month of collecting signatures amounting to some 800 000 Catherinians signing the petition, the CECC officially took the flag change to its agenda. There are several ways in which change can be sought at the state level. One of them is putting the proposed change to the collectivity ballot and letting residents of state decide for themselves. If residents choose to opt for a flag change, it is the legal responsibility of the elected official such as the state's general assembly and the Governor to see the change through regardless of their own opinions. Catherine is considered the most "Lysian" state in Shffahkia. Historically Catherine has been the home for most Lyso-Shffahkian movements such as the OAL (Organisation Aurélienne da Lysophonie). Catherine was also the birthplace of Classical Lysonism in Shffahkia which is the forerunner of the current form of Lyso-Collectivism pursued by Union President Larue and her party, the Lyso-Unionist Party (LUP). The Lyso-Shffahkian Tricolour The Lyso-Shffahkian Tricolor refers to the grey, white and red flag that originated in the late eighteenth century to represent Lyso-Shffahkians. The tricolour was first used by the Southern Lysian Society of Shffahkia (Société Lysienne du sud de la Sfakie) in the form of a cockade to represent the society in the administrative assembly of the Catherine Colony. The tricolour remained in relative anonymity until the Flag Scuffles (Les Bagarres du Drapeau) during which the Lyso-Shffahkian tricolour was adopted by the Lysonists as their choice for the Shffahkian flag. The Flag Scuffles was a period of time situated at the beginning of the reign of Emperor Eustace I revolving around the question of which symbols would be chosen to represent the newly-independent empire. The Early Shffahkian Empire was in many ways different and almost unrecognisable from the Shffahkia of today. Shffahkian Society was split between the Lysians to the south and the Limonaians to the north. Compared to today's Shffahkia, Limonaians in the Early Empire were far more influential and in some cases more influential than their Lysian counterparts. Northern Shffahkia had grown wealthy as a result of trade with the expansive Limonaian Colonial Empire. The Lysians, on the other hand, didn't have an expansive colonial empire to conduct trade that would have been equally profitable. Limonaian influence in Shffahkia during the early empire was so great that the first Shffahkian national anthem was written entirely in Limonaian and during the first imperial address, the Emperor began his speech in Limonaian. The north's still-strong connection to the Limonaian Empire, especially in economic terms, worried many Lysians as only a decade or so before Shffahkia was almost entirely Lysian. Lysonism as a political ideology became increasingly popular among the Lysian aristocracy who sought to protect their culture and language from Limonaian influence. Lysonism largely aimed towards the prevention of the spread of the Limonaian language and culture inside Shffahkia. Although originally only popular in the south, internal immigration from Catherine to the other states led to the spread of Lysonism, especially towards western settlements. In time Shffahko-Limonaian immigration towards the west would outgrow Lyso-Shffahkian immigration in volume, however, areas such as West Catharine and Eustathe had already enacted Lysonist policies which caused much of the Lysonisation of the Shffahko-Limonaians seen in the nineteenth century. Despite internal immigration from Catherine playing an integral part in the spread of lysonism, it was further helped by the territorial reforms enacted by Eustace I. Seeing the divide between Shffahko-Lysians and Shffahko-Limonaians, Eustace I decided to remedy the situation by combining several culturally Lysian and Limonaian territories into singular states. This would leave Shffahkia with only one primarily Limonaian state which greatly diminished the influence of Shffahko-Limonaians and eased the spread of Lysonism. Finally, the improvement of ties between Shffahkia and Limonaia led to more Shffahko-Lysians taking part in Limonaian trade which lessened the economic power and importance of the Limonaian aristocracy. Soon almost completely Lysian cities such as Port-au-Roi and Port-de-Lys became just as rich if not more so than their Limonaian counterparts. The slow decrease of cultural Limonaian influence led to the rise of Lysonism. So much so that in a few decades policies of Lysonisation were being enacted on the national level. The first republic, which formed after the fall of the empire, would go on to adopt the Lyso-Shffahkian tricolour as the national flag but at that point, most Shffahko-Limonaians and immigrants had already been Lysonised so far that Limonaian had almost completely disappeared from Shffahkia with only the north as a Shffahko-Limonaian region. The disappearance of the Limonaian language from the majority of Shffahkia was considered a cultural necessity in the state of Catherine. It is the vigour at which Catherinian politicians pursued Lysonisation policies which garnered them and Catherine itself a reputation of racism and xenophobia. This same racism and xenophobia became attached to the Lyso-Shffahkian tricolour which would lead to its ban during the Collectivist Revolution. The CECC came to the decision that the new flag would be either a previously used flag or a completely new flag. Alongside the two change options, voters can also choose to keep the old flag. The old flag which voters have the option to revive is the original Catherine Flower Flag (Drapeau de la Fleur Catherine). Originally used in the mid-nineteenth century following the creation of the First Republic. The flag in question is considered offensive by many as it's the flag under which many forced lysonisation policies took place. Under the original flag, Lysonisation was a fact of life. Speaking any other language in public spaces was a finable offence, and spreading books were required by law to be exclusively be printed in Lysian. Many Shffahkian university students took to the streets to protest against it. The counter-flag protest pointed out that the extensive Lysonisation policies paved the way for the Esperantist and their final revolution. The protests remained peaceful with some police officers deployed to oversee the demonstrations. The protests were among the only technically illegal demonstrations that were not met with an immediate response of violence from the state as has been the norm before. The second alternative is a version of the Catherine Flower Flag made by Ouilliame d'Éire. The flag has a traditional white background with the Lyso-Shffahkian tricolour below the Catherine Flower. The redesign hasn't garnered much popularity because some see it as disgraceful to the original flag whilst others see it as another symbol for the infamous Lysonisation only slightly altered. The response on the government's part has been inaction. Union President Larue stated "... I do not see it [The original flower flag] as a racist symbol as it is more a symbol for Catherine. Catherinians are famously proud of their culture, while I understand this, it is important to note that Catherine and Shffahkia as a whole have changed - we have constitutional guards to prevent such things from happening again. Whether or not it is chosen as the flag is for Catherinians to choose for themselves... " Previous Administrations have not been so accepting of change but many feel that Larue's openness to the flag change is going too far. "Allowing open discussion about history is a whole thing entirely from allowing the bringing of symbols of cultural oppression into the mainstream." remarked an anonymous protester when interviewed about the reason why they were out on the streets.
  6. Salutations, I only now remembered that it might be good for me to make a request for the expansion. I thought it'd be good to have my expansion ideas and requests be neatly packed into one thread. The expansion itself having been RP'd in Tel Est Notre Destin and to be better explained in the newsroom (NSAS) with the upcoming elections and such. I'll be recounting the story of Paranne and its regions through bits of information that'll be in my news posts as I can more confidently write those. Paranne being the land mass marked with purple on this expertly crafted map. I also made a map of Paranne and of Shffahkia after the expansion in the expansion topic itself. But here it is on the canon Europa map. P.S. Cali shall henceforth be called Dasdaine but that is way in the future of things.
  7. On the topic of the next meeting, I'd like to share some thoughts I have at the moment. They might be spoilers for what's to come, but I think it salient for them to be on the OOC thread. Nonetheless, here's a spoiler for those who want to keep the surprise in. I am somewhat hesitant about my presence and actions in the meeting for a few reasons at the top of which is that I'm relatively new. There are still some things I might miss or not understand. So, me taking a somewhat central-ish role in the scramble might be unwished upon and such. It's never fun when predetermined plans get messed up by a new nation just popping into existence. If that's the case then just say so and I'll bugger off. Nevertheless, those were my bare-bones plans at the moment which I thought were good to inform some people of.
  8. Shffahkia


    "That place sure was dead." Said Mathis to his partner, Antoinette. "I thought it was rather charming, the peacefulness." She replies holding her young two-year-old son, Édvrard. Antoinette de Lihigahasse is a Shffahkian artist. She got bored painting the same tropical backdrop of West Catherine. Wanting a break from it, she told Mathis that she needed a vacation. It was then that she found out that Mathis has never been outside of Shffahkia instead of having been concentrated on his career in the construction industry. It was a stroke of luck as she found out that Mathis had accumulated enough travel points to take the entire family of three to an all-expenses-paid vacation all the way to Europa. The family travelled in Magnaeus even dropping a visit to Cristina. Feeling reinvigorated and having gained her inspiration back, it was time for them to return home. The plane trip from Europa to Seylos was excruciating for the young Édvrard and he didn't shy away from expressing it every minute of every hour of the plane trip. "The pros of travelling to Magnés? The flag is a plus." Mathis said holding Édvrard in his hands. "Shouldn't you save the dad jokes for when they can actually understand them?" Antoinette says giving a begrudging smile. "It's never too early to accustom a child to paternal humour. One of us has to do it. Where to next? Did our connecting flight go through Oyus or Rihan?" Mathis asks smiling. "Well, first of all, we need to get to Fulgistan and from there we'll figure where to go." "I guess the plan can't go wrong if there isn't one." "The plan will go wrong if we can't navigate this maze and get to our flight. I'll see if there's anyone who can help us." Making her way through the masses of people, she stops a lady and asks for advice. The stranger gives her advice her native accent making Antoinette feeling very self-conscious about her own Anglish skills. Quickly thanking her with a fast handshake she makes her way back to her family exhausted from sprinting through what seemed like half the airport. She takes Édvrard to her hands leaving the luggage to Mathis' hands. "To gate B 39... or was it 39B? Ughs we're gonna be late at this rate!" Finally entering the aeroplane headed to Fulgistan, Antoinette sees as the chatter and smiles of the passengers turns to silence and worried expressions seeing the young Édvrard entering. Antoinette gives off a nervous smile hoping things will be different from the previous flight. "He doesn't like the change in air pressure." He says to a couple sitting in front of them on the plane. At the beginning even as the plane is being filled Édvrard beings to cry his lungs out. Antoinette sees as passengers turn back to see the source of the unbearable noise. However, as if an answer from fate, he stops. Antoinette and Mathis breathe a collective sigh of relief. Finally, Édvrard's sleeping like a baby and on a plain nonetheless. This calls for a celebration! Mathis proclaims attempting ordering an alcoholic beverage in Anglish.
  9. Shffahkian Supreme Court to Overrule "Absolute Abolition" Ruling The Shffahkian Supreme Court officially called "The Supreme Court of the Collectivities of the Federative Republic of Shffahkia" (Lycian: La Cour Suprême des Collectivités da République Fédérative da Sfakie) overruled the Absolute Abolition ruling. Officially called the Absolute Abolition of Religion in Shffahkia ruling, it was the ruling given by the CSCRFS in 1947 on various laws banning religious organisations, religious clothing and religious practices. The ruling defined that all and any religious symbolism, cultural, artistic or otherwise, are banned from public spaces and government-operated organisations. Laws against religion were already put in place since the 1910s. However, religious symbols and imagery were allowed in special circumstances for cultural and artistic reasons. Following the efforts of Duncan Delacroix, Premier-Dirigeant of the Collectivist Republic of Shffahkia (1912-1958), the Shffahkian Supreme Court extended the interpretation of already-existing legislation to include an absolute ban of all forms of religion in the Collectivist Republic which became referred to as Absolut Abolition or Abolition Absolute. The ruling required the removing or remodelling of an estimated 439 711 religious symbols in the state of Piranhahasse alone. The Absolute Abolition also affected states or Collectivities which meant several state symbols and even the flags of Piranhahasse and the Silver Coast had to be changed to no longer bear any religious symbols leading to the modern day flags of the two states. The Silver cross and the red background symbolizing the Shffahkian Empire were replaced with the Aurelian Lily and a dark blue background symbolizing the Collectivist Republic of Shffahkia. Surprisingly the Limonaian tricolour was allowed to remain in the flag to reflect its history as a Limonaian colony. The Flag of Piranhahasse had its cross turned to a gold-red ray pattern. The flag changes saw minor protests mostly in Piranhahasse as the cross flag was a beloved symbol of the state. The Future of Religion in Shffahkia? Despite the repeal of Absolute Abolishment, Religion as well as practising any religion in Shffahkia that is not endorsed by the state through any organisation not approved by the government of Shffahkia remains a crime. It is estimated that some 26% of Shffahkians still practice some form of religious worship but only an estimated one-third of religious ceremonies and happenings are done through the appropriate channels making the majority of religious worship in the country illegal. Unfortunately, the current model of limited religious acceptance is a compromise that pleases no one. Anti-religion groups aim to stop the reintegration of religion into Shffahkian culture claiming that despite there being a legal way to practice religion, the majority of religious worshipers choose to break the law showing extreme disregard to the rules and foundations of the Shffahkian state. At the same time, religious organisations and cultural revivalist movements claim that church and state should be separated and all religious worship be allowed in Shffahkia instead of making churches subservient to civil servants in the government. Over 107 Years of Religious Oppression, Why Now? The open public disdain has slowly been replaced by a general sense of apathy. Religion is commonly viewed with apathy by the majority of Shffahkians as many different polls show. Contributing to the hate of religion is the openly discriminatory policies of the government against many religious practitioners and propaganda aimed towards them. Although you cannot be trialled on the basis of your beliefs in Shffahkia as stated in the Shffahkian constitution, religious worshipers on average receive sentences one-fourth longer than non-religious worshippers. Political analysists trace the decision to repeal Absolut Abolition to two points: the ORCEPS and the upcoming elections. ORCEPS (Lycian: Organisation pour la Rennaisance Culturelle des Espace Publique en Sfakie, Limonaian: Organizzazione per la Rinascite Culturale di Spazi Publici in Sfachia) is a cultural revivalist movement based in Port-de-Paix, Côte d'Argent that aims to reintroduce many cultural symbols banned as a result of similar legislation. The latest addition to the Supreme Court, Ouilla Barbetta is a member of ORCEPS and the main voice behind the decision to overrule Absolute Abolition. There are many similar organizations and movements so why did ORCEPS become chosen in particular to have its voice heard? Political analyst, André Azaïs gave the following comment: "ORCEPS is a very safe choice as they don't advocate for religion itself. Instead, they advocate for the return of historic Shffahkian symbols. In essence, it's the continuation of the current compromise and most likely an attempt to draw in more support from that 26% but at the same time not upset the more revolutionist parts of the LUP. President Larue, despite having expressed great disdain towards religion in her old party days, has had a revalitvely lax policy on religion. For example, no churches have been demolished during her administration."
  10. Salutations, fellow Europan internauts! The Neo-Enclave was a nation which, for the short time they spent in Europa, surely made their mark. It is why I thought of making this thread to provide the full story outside Europa proper. This Vertibird-exporting monarchy became infamous in a surprisingly short amount of time. Due to the astounding speed at which his entrance and subsequent parting unravelled in, it was easy to miss out on everything that had happened. I found myself wondering where the Vertibird's-the-word man had gone and thus I entered into the rabbit's hole. This thread is to shed light on the situation that unravelled here in Europa by telling the story of the main character himself. All information was taken from public forums and RMBs. Much like the slogan of the Pirate Party: Knowledge is Power and Power belongs to the people (Kunskap är makt och makten tillhör folket). What is the past of the Neo-Enclave? Was he a villain who attempted to take over a region or a victim of circumstance? Let's start digging and see what lies behind the Vertibird exterior. The Europan section of the story is pretty self-explanatory and well-known. It doesn't play a large role in the story except for the fact that it's his third known expulsion. The story begins where it ends: in The Republic of Northern Powers, the last-known place of residence of the Neo-Enclave. The latest activity in the region, as of posting this, was seven days ago. What's important is that the RNP has a forum called Northernfree where this all truly begins. The forum consists mostly of topics and posts made by the Neo-Enclave for worldbuilding. However, one thread in particular sticks out, for it is a collaborative work of two people, not one. In fact, reading it wasn't completely my own pleasure, rather I read through the 404-page thread with my associate Meeda through discord. Together we embarked upon the journey through time and space with Captain Bellinger and Queen Donalia. But enough with the story. After having read the story, we decided to search for more information. First, we attempted to rummage through the discord of the RNP to no avail. Only later we decided to seek info about this Odinburgh as he seems to be the only RP:er, I’ve seen that can create a story with Neo-Enclave. We didn’t have to look far for Odinburgh as he had put up a message in the RMB of the RNP. From here we were lead to Novus Lucidum where we began to snoop around. And where there is smoke… We looked into Odinburgh and other nations such as the Greater New Jes Islands with their cockroach people but ultimately came up with nothing of interest. Yet once we entered the forum, smoke arose: The thread in question was put on holding due to a then-going trial. By the fact that he doesn’t have much activity in the forum, it can be wagered that he was ejected. But why? What is this trial held in this regions own subforum? To find out I had to go undercover and infiltrate their forum. In other words, I had to register as a member. After my registration, it was time for a quick trip to the ministry of justice to see their only case: The trial was straight-forward. First Neo-Enclave presented their case (Names of IRL people and places were redacted): What was “the incident” and which region is he talking about? We get an answer to one of those questions from Castonisia who replies to Neo-Enclave’s defence. Not everyone, however, was against him: Later on in the discussion: Does that sound familiar? But more importantly, we got two keywords: The Radiant and the Incident. Before I went forward I decided to look into the RMB and search Neo-Enclave’s messages to see if there were any mentions to the trial or Europa: Although getting only one half of the conversation paints a one-sided picture, I saw it as nothing special and concluded that he had been banned from the region. It was time to look into “the incident” and The Radiant. Upon first inspection, it quickly noticed that Castonisia and Odinburgh were featured on The Radiant Chronicle - Vol. 2.2 - July 7, 2018. This meant that they knew Neo-Enclave before the Novus Lucidum. Thus we enter the forums of The Radiant. It was a pretty normal forum. Nothing out of the ordinary really. And then I find Enclave. It is clear that here as well Enclave is struggling to cooperate. A look into the RMB’s history shows the mark he left in The Radiant. His actions inevitably led to his first known ejection in May 2018. Is this the full story of the Neo-Enclave? In the three regions we’ve seen him in he’s been ejected each time for seemingly the reasons of breaking RP rules and having multiple WA nations. This was confirmed by a source from the Novus Lucidum discord server. It is noted in his ejection decree that his second nation was called Straona. It is also note-worthy that Enclave pleaded innocent in his trial in Novus Ludicum of having multiple nations. Instead claiming that the two used similar software in their high school. Finally, I would like to set things straight somewhere on the sexuality spectrum. My initial hypothesis was that the Neo-Enclave was also a nation called Ronter who had been found out to have multiple WA nations (two others: Darklarit and Gueyever) in the Radiant. This fitted the description of the incident in his trial in Novus Ludicum. However, after looking through their respective RP’s, I cannot claim them being the same. Ronter’s legacy in The Radiant seems far more salient. On top of that, Ronter was excommunicated and not simply banned. Ronter’s excommunication happened two years before anything with Enclave ever popped up which disproves the connection between the two even more. This is the story of the story behind the Vetirbirdman. A story of being ejected thrice from different regions each time for similar reasons. But is there hope? Today he resides in the RNP where he wrote a collaborative semi-coherent Star Wars-themed RP with another person. I for one choose see this as the beginning of improvement, as the start of a better RP career. Only time knows where our Vertibird will fly, but I and Meeda will be rooting for him all the way from The Radiant to the Republic of Northern Powers. Ti Yi Yayyyy
  11. You know what the art institutes and the crime syndicates have in common in Shffahkia? They're both damn good at framing.
  12. (Except me, I've been off mine for a while now and I feel amazing)
  13. It's going to be very nice seeing the mods play some Plague Inc. Eurth Version.
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