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  1. New Years Celebrations Light the Night Sky Arriving late but not last to the new year 2020 is Shffahkia lighting many of its cities with the splendor of the firework to celebrate the new year as well as to look back at previous decades. Alone in Port-Réel, Shffahkians numbering in the millions have gone out to the streets to herald in the new year. As is typical for the event, many Shffahkian hospitals and emergency response units are on high alert as every new year they're flooded with injuries caused by fireworks or related activities. The more environmentally conscious are hoping this will be the last year when fireworks are fired with some calling for the ban of fireworks saying that they are a public nuisance as well as unnecessarily damaging for the environment. Some states such as Minière have already banned fireworks while states such as Piranhahasse allow them to be fired during New Years celebrations with them normally being illegal. On a brighter note, Union President Adélaïde Larue gave her first New Years Address to the nation. Surprisingly she decided to give the speech in Port-Réel as opposed to Shffahkiaville, the official capital. "... 261 years ago in this city Shffahkia declared its independence, 218 years ago in the same city the Shffahkian Empire was announced to the world and in this very city 117 years ago the Collectivist Revolution first took place. Now for the first time in 40 years, Shffahkians and Parannais celebrate the New Year together under one flag once more in this great city. It has been and still is a hard time. For the first time since 1979, Shffahkia can look towards the future with optimism and hope... Our work is not done; there is still much to be done, yet on this one day we can look back at the accomplishments of not only Shffahkia but humanity as a whole. World hunger and poverty is down, more people are getting educated than ever before... However, not all is good news as the climate crisis grips Eurth ever tighter. I believe there is reason for hope, for no task is too monumental for the human race to overcome..." the Union President said during her speech welcoming 2020 with surprising optimism.
  2. Amamihe Wins Heated Senate Presidential Race Massimo Amamihe from the Nuova Alternativa party has won the heated Senate presidential race with 21,24% of the vote or 11,52 million votes. Despite the inconvenient timing, a total of 51 886 325 Shffahkians participated in the election which is most likely due to harsh mandatory voting laws in Shffahkia. Many voters, when asked, said they were relieved to have gotten their duty done with so they may continue with their holiday affairs. Some voters expressed disappointment over the timing of the elections as normally national election days are holidays in Shffahkia but because these elections were held so close to Christmas, no extra holiday was given. Senate President Amamihe celebrated his victory in Port-Réel, the largest city in Shffahkia where he campaigned successfully beating both the LUP's Dutoit and the Syndicalists' Desfleusses. In his victory speech, Amamihe pledged to "uphold the integrity of the Senate and to protect the Senate from inappropriate outside influence." This was rather bluntly aimed at Union President Larue who has shown little interest in the upkeep of independence between the four legislatures of Shffahkia. He also stressed the importance of political co-operation between parties both new and old. Amamihe also claimed that his party, Nuova Alternativa, has greatly suffered from electoral injustice resulting in a rather disappointing outcome of only getting 67 seats in the Senate. Despite his party's poor performance, Amamihe promises to form a functioning coalition to uphold his electoral promises. The heated presidential Senate race resulted in a close call with Amamihe only winning by 1,68 million votes against Dutoit and Desfleusses. In total some 27 million Shffahkians chose to vote for the president of the Senate instead of local candidates. These votes came overwhelmingly from more densely populated urban areas in Shffahkia. Normally the third candidate steps down from the race before election day, but this time going into the elections, it was hard to predict who that ought to have been because polling nation-wide showed the three candidates being neck and neck. In the end Dutoit was successfully able to reap considerable support from Paranne states and the south, while Amamihe reigned supreme in the north and did great in the largest state: Pranhahasse pushing the competition away. Desfleusses' campaign became focused in Minière, Catherine and Piranhahasse, three wildly diverse states, and although her Syndicalist economic policy worked well in Miniere, she was unable to break the LUP's stranglehold on the south and lost significantly to Amamihe's inclusive unionism in Piranhahasse leading to her taking third place in the race. Both Dutoit and Desfleusses congratulated Amamihe over his victory. Dutoit said that this was a moment of humility and reflection for him and his supporters hinting at certain necessary changes that need to be done within the Lyso-Unionist Party. On the other hand, Desfleusses claimed that her support was a great show of force and counted it as a victory since her party, The Syndicalists ,received almost double the number of votes as the SCUL from which they seceded. "Despite our loss, many doors and windows still remain open for our great party." Desfleusses claimed in her speech. Although the LUP lost the presidential race and with it wasted some 10 million votes, Larue's party tied with the Social Communitarian Union League getting 107 seats from the total of 513. Unfortunately this will not be nearly enough for Larue to pass constitutional reform without the consent of other parties. The SCUL ran a small presidential campaign but backed off when polling showed their candidate to be lagging behind considerably as Féyeau, the party leader and its most known member, is the President of the Chambre of Representatives and thereby could not run to the Senate. Although the two former juggernauts of Shffahkian politics still gained the most seats, their support has waned so much so that support from other parties is increasingly necessary which is something the LUP has been particularly opposed to. Considering the results of all other parties, one was able to achieve an incredible result from their voters which was the Kvar Steloj movement. On average the SCUL needed over 50 000 votes to gain one seat in the Senate while Kvar Steloj politicians only needed to gain 39 000 votes. Their performance was so good compared to their total votes that a federal inquiry by the Police Politique was held into the movement over suspected electoral fraud which delayed the publishing of results by five days. The federal inquiry concluded that there was no evidence to support electoral fraud and that it was merely a case of a well-run political campaign that targeted rural areas more effectively than any other party. Joĉjo Rossi, head of Kvar Steloj, claimed that this was proof that Esperantists and Esperanto are still greatly supported in Shffahkia. The two 'losing' parties in terms of votes to seats were Nuova Alternativa and The Syndicalists although receiving the most and third most votes respectively. The Syndicalists party can still count itself among the four largest parties. This is mostly due to great rural support especially from the Minière state and Desfleusses great bid for the presidency. The party that got off not so well is Nuova Alternativa that, although received the most votes, finds itself being the fourth smallest party. Winning the Senate president race means that NA and Amamihe have the first chance to form a coalition within the Senate, however because of Nuova Alternativa's low number of seats in the Senate, it will be unlikely that larger parties such as the LUP or Kvar Steloj will agree to join a coalition led by a smaller party. A Party Collectively Divided Released on Christmas With the end of the Collectivist Party, many politicians have chosen either to retire or to continue their careers in different parties but one former politician in particular, André Azaïs, has chosen a completely different route. Deciding to end his days in public service, he has turned towards the book industry and has written several books on Shffahkian politics especially between 1970 and 2018 when he was an insider in the Collectivist Party. His latest book: A Party Collectively Divided (Un Parti Divisé Collectivement) looks into why the Collectivist Party fell which in his book was due to a failure in ideological discipline. What marks Azaïs as different from other political writers in Shffahkia is his surprising transparency. Azaïs openly admits in his various works to have participated in corruption thereby offering a never-before-seen look into the inner workings of the Collectivist Party. For many Shffahkians the deep-rooted corruption within the Collectivist Party is a big surprise. Criticisms over Azaïs own political views often pop up whenever his name comes up as he has clearly said to be against democracy and is an unapologetic supporter of more controversial Shffahkian historical figures such as the former union president Nikolao Kondukanto. The central thesis of A Party Collectively Divided is that following the death of Duncan Delacroix in the late 1950s, the Monin family dynasty that succeeded him failed to uphold ideological unity within the party which directly led to its end in 2018. "Unlike in many other one-party states such as in Fulgistan, the Collectivist Party in Shffahkia didn't hold up veneer of unity, instead allowing itself to be actively shown as divided and thereby showing its dysfunctionality to the public. This would inevitably lead to the wider democratization of Shffahkia in the 1970s. Which in turn led to the break-up of Shffahkia and, inevitably, led to the end of the Collectivist Party itself. Today Shffahkia finds itself dealing with the consequences of a failed one-party system. Its political institutions and its elections were never meant for a multi-party system and thus many problems and failures in Shffahkia can be traced to the failure of the Collectivist Party." reads the book's short introduction. Critics of the book are calling it Collectivist historical revisionism as the book claims that a half-hearted and apathetic push towards democracy was forced upon the Monin family dynasty in Shffahkia because of their failure to uphold ideological discipline within the Collectivist Party. The current historical consensus in Shffahkia is that the democratization of Shffahkia was purposely initiated by the Monin political dynasty as it was in line with their vision for a re-syndicalized Shffahkia. What fewer historians are contesting is Azaïs' claims over just how corrupt the party actually was since the Collectivist Party was quite experienced with hiding its own corruption from the public. One shocking claim in the book is that in 1999 party insiders orchestrated a fire inside a movie theater killing 11 innocent people all to hide the political assassination of Élias Serrari, a political activist. "Political dissent inside the party was tolerated, yet dissent from outside the party threatening its existence was brutally suppressed and expertly hidden. The party was on a clear course towards extinction from within despite its capabilities of eliminating threats from without." Azaïs claims in his book. One mystery surrounding the book also is its release date as releasing the book on Christmas day is most likely not the most profitable move for the writer.
  3. Political Division - No End in Sight Political division keeps hitting hard as major parties in Shffahkia prove incapable of holding their internal factions within themselves leading to various exoduses of different interest groups. It all began in mid November when the PNC (New Collectivists' Party) experienced severe drain when many of its prominent northern members decided to leave and start Alziamo! (Let's raise!), a political party aiming exclusively for the Northern Cristinophone voters. Alziamo!'s successful secession inspired many varying groups in different parties to secede and create parties of their own. From this debacle a total of five new major parties have risen in popularity enough to challenge the LUP's, the PNC's and the SCUL's perceived triopoly over Shffahkian politics. The party that started it all, Alziamo!, born from the hard-line right-wingers of the PNC who were disappointed in the overall direction their party was going. Out of all the parties in Shffahkia, Alziamo! is the only one to support privatization and to fully campaign for the legalization of religion. The party's campaign motto is Libertà Adesso! (Liberty Now!). The party's leadership believes that the values of the very first Shffahkian settlers who were from various religious minorities have long since been forgotten and that the Shffahkian public especially the northern cristinophones need to be reminded of the origins of their country thereby Libertarianism is the name of the party's central ideology. Although originally facing great backlash, Alziamo! found its supporter base in the state of Côte d'Argent. Emboldened by the success and partly created as a counter-reaction to Alziamo!, The Syndicalists is a political party primarily based on the re-syndicalisation of Shffahkia. As President Larue has clamped down on national and other major syndicates, many Shffahkian Syndicalists felt that the SCUL was more in favor of creating a Capitalist welfare state rather than a Syndicalist one. This led to the creation of The Syndicalists to protect existing syndicates and to hopefully create new ones by Syndicalist members from the SCUL and PNC. Out of all the newly-emerged parties The Syndicalists has been the most successful rallying the most supporters under its cry of 'Protect Our Workers!' Even the more conservative numbers predict The Syndicalists to overtake the PNC as Shffahkia's third-largest party. Ending in second place in terms of popularity of the five new parties is Nuova Alternativa a northern-focused unionist party. Resulting from the LUP's reluctance to adapt its party plan to accommodate the northern demands, Nuova Alternativa is formed from previous cristophone unionist politicians who've begun to feel that the LUP and other major parties are not inclusive enough. Alongside the SCUL, Alziamo! and The Syndicalists, Nuova Alternativa is the fourth party to support the adaptation of Cristinese as an official language. Nuova Alternativa also supports unification with the state of Éleigne, while most Lyso-Unionists look towards Dasdaine, as well as the full membership of Shffahkia in the Dominion of Limonaian States. The party's rallying cry is its name: A New Alternative for Shffahkia. As northern Shffahkians finally seemed to get the representation they've needed, many Esperantists decided that it was high time for them to do the same. And thus the Esperantist Coalition was formed, however disagreements over democracy and the legacy of the Collectivist Party led to the Esperantist Coalition to split in half. The pro-democracy half became the Kvar Steloj (four stars) movement. The four stars in its name and symbol are the four stars of Piranhahasse, Shffahkia's largest state that represent the four largest people groups making up the states population: Lysians, Limonaians, Touxouloutmans and Faramountese. The party's motto is Harm a Man, Harm Mankind. Kvar Steloj seeks to rally people behind itself with its green and inclusive policies all the while supporting Esperanto as the fair Lingua Franca of Shffahkia and the world. If you think democracy seems fickle and unsuitable, then you might choose La Fronto the other party to come out of the fall of the Esperantist Coalition. Staunchly critical of democracy and wishing to re-establish the collectivist party, La Fronto is formed from hardliner Collectivists that were in power during Nikolao Kondukanto's presidency and some fringe members who left The Syndicalists. La Fronto is perhaps the most anti-Larue party out there claiming that Larue has been systematically getting rid of hardliner collectivists by forcing them out of politics via blackmail or violence among other means. Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Democracy, La Fronto's motto is 'Shffahkia is dying and democracy is to blame!' La Fronto seems to be destined to the fringes of Shffahkian politics alongside parties like Alziamo! since few will want to work with them in the Senate or elsewhere. As new parties fall and succeed, many doubt if political unity in Shffahkia is even possible with so many different groups and agendas. Politicians Decry Senatorial Election Process As the Senate elections come ever closer, politicians from all parties have begun to criticize the election process saying it puts too much on the voter. In Shffahkia, unlike in many other countries where elections to their legislatures are done through districts or constituencies, senators are picked to the Senate not in small local elections but in one large national election where all of the some thousand candidates are put in a scramble for votes where the 513 candidates who receive the most people are granted seats while 97 runner-ups are put aside as spare 'senators' who would take/receive the seat if a senator were to die or be kicked out. Alongside this ineffective system of allocating seats is the race for the Senate presidency as Larue will be stepping down from the position since she will not campaign to stay in the Senate. The President of the Federal Senate is a senator with special powers over the Senate. These range from minor powers such as deciding on which extra personnel are allowed to the Senate room to the ability to remove any senator from the Senate and pass emergency legislation through the Senate. The very powers President Larue used herself to gain her position as Union President. The Senate president is chosen in the same election as all the other senators. Simply put the senator to gain most votes becomes the senator with the most influence. Because the Senate president is the closest position Shffahkia has to a democratically elected leader, it is considered that the Senate president is the leader with the mandate of the people which is one of the reasons Larue uses to justify her position. In every election to the Senate, Shffahkians are forced to decide between voting for their local candidate or their preferred presidential candidate. This leads to a situation where millions of votes are taken up by the very top. In 2013, Larue won the election to the Senate with some 10 million votes, yet she only needed 4 million to secure the presidency. This led to a situation where the president of the Federal Senate was a party outsider while most senators were party insiders with many votes being wasted. The worst of this system was seen in 1984 when the lowest threshold to get to the senate was a meager 98 votes because the top 5 candidates hoarded more than a third of all votes. Parties have to decide, therefore, whether to aim for the presidency or to aim for the maximum amount of seats. Shffahkia has some 61 million eligible voters. Of these 52 million are expected to vote. Usually some two-thirds of Shffahkians vote for their local candidates while one-third vote for the presidential candidates. This means that some 17,3 million voters decide who the president is. And these 17,3 million are made of mostly Lyso-Shffahkians because Shffahko-Limonaians, and other minorities are often more concerned with getting representation in the Senate than choosing its president. However, this year one Nuova Alternativa candidate is trying to change this by tapping into the northern vote. Massimo Amamihe Surges in Popularity Of the eight major parties running in the Senate elections, only three parties have serious candidates that stand an actual chance of gaining enough votes to win. One of these is surprisingly Massimo Amamihe from Nuova Alternativa running on promises of inclusive unity. Parties such as Kvar Steloj have no chance to gain the presidency and don't even pretend they do. Thus they have not put forth candidates and are focusing on getting the maximum amount of seats. Amamihe is a former Minister of the Treasury having served in the Collective of Ministers whose members are not democratically elected. Despite having no senatorial or electoral experience, Amamihe has been able to energize his campaign to target communities which the LUP has seemingly turned their back on. His critics are saying that by targeting these communities, he is weakening the effect they can have in the Senate. Amamihe is setting himself up as a true alternative to the LUP's Dutoit even having his campaign motto (Con Te, Per Te, Per La Sfachia) be in Cristinese rather than Lysian which translates to: With You, For You, For Shffahkia. Although Amamihe's main appeal is towards northern Shffahkians and people in Piranhahasse, many Lyso-Shffahkians have also claimed to support him finding him inspirational. Even managing to get Nuova Alternativa to support his campaign was a small miracle as the party was originally reluctant to use resources on a perceived suicide campaign. The risk is paying off as some other major parties like the SCUL and PNC are not putting forth serious candidates. The LUP to Chase the Parannais Vote The LUP draws its support greatly from the Lysian south, however to win the Senate presidency and to have a secure number of senators, the south isn't nearly enough. For this reason, the LUP has brought out its secret weapon: the former president of the Republic of Paranne, Émeric Dutoit. The LUP has declined significantly in popularity in Paranne with the SCUL controlling most state legislatures there, however Émeric Dutoit remains as popular as ever being the president to oversee great economic and political prosperity for Paranne. The LUP is wishing to use the former president's fame to entice Paranne voters to support the party once more. Even Féyeau from the SCUL that was the party of opposition in the last days of the Republic of Paranne hasn't achieved nearly as much support personally. Critics of the LUP's Paranne Plan say that it has the possibility of limiting the amount of seats the party could ultimately gain. President Larue has even campaigned for Dutoit saying in a cmpaign speech: 'Don't forget what you did for me, I ask you to carry Émeric, in this election, this year, reject cynicism and reject fear.' Dutoit's motto for his campaign is 'For a united Shffahkia' (Pour une Sfakie unie). If Dutoit were to win the presidency, the LUP would with no doubt have little resistance when passing constitutional reform. Whether Dutoit's fame in Paranne is enough to gather him the support he needs to get the Senate presidency will remain to be seen. Defleusses- The Candidate for Economic Sensibility Coming in close third place, is the head of The Syndicalists, Anne Desfleusses, who is the only presidential candidate who is also the head of their party. Before Amamihe's surge in popularity, many thought it was going to be Desfleusses vs Dutoit. As opposed to the LUP, The Syndicalists have made steps to accommodate northern voters by adopting Cristinese as an official party language. Desfleusses is setting herself as the candidate for sensible economic policy who is out there to protect the workers of Shffahkia. She is a staunch supporter of national syndicates and has vowed to do everything in her power to create more of them. This is in stark contrast to President Larue who has reduced national syndicates in favor of smaller local syndicates. Desfleusses isn't against Shffahkian reunification, however she does not want the reunification of Shffahkia to happen at the expense of its workers' rights. Desfleusses also intends to extend UBI in Shffahkia to the federal level. Her biggest controversial point is her near-unwavering support for the Shffahkian drug industry. Desfleusses has a history of filibustering any bill attempting to pass reform in the Shffahkian drug industry. The motto of her campaign is the same as her party's: 'Protect our workers!' She is also very keen to point out that she is a different type of Syndicalist ready to take Syndicalism to the 21st century newer and improved. Most polls have the three candidates extremely close especially after Amamihe's surprising rise meaning that for the time being, it is anyone's game.
  4. Calcuotta Breaks Filibuster Record SCUL politician, Andro Colcuatta (right), broke the record for the longest filibuster in Shffahkian history after talking for a total of 37 hours when attempting to block the LUP's constitutional reform from passing into law. The collective efforts of both the SCUL and the PNC were successful as the almost three-day-long Chambre of Representatives hearing concluded with the formal withdrawal of the constitutional reform bill and in the announcement of new Senate elections. Following the ending of the hearing, many politicians were seen asleep in their own seats. The day was a great victory for the two allied parties when President Larue herself came to the Chambre trying to sway the Chambre towards her cause to no avail. President Larue even gave a speech during the filibuster saying: '... Democracy is not a light switch, you cannot simply turn on democracy without having the proper institutions to support it. Shffahkia has been a One-Party state for over a hundred years, repairing the damage done by the Collectivist Party to Shffahkian democracy needs to take center stage...' Larue's speech was considered by many in the Chambre to be passing the blame and condescending. It was also considered extremely inappropriate that a member not elected to the Chambre would try and affect Cahmbre proceedings. The LUP holds around a third of the seats in the Chambre, normally this wouldn't be enough to pass constitutional reform but with unanimous Senate support, the Chambre could only postpone the inevitable. What PNC and SCUL politicians called the 'Darkest Hour of Democracy' ended when mounting pressure in the form of protests forced the Larue administration to give up on postponing the Senate elections. Following her defeat, President Larue said that: '... Shffahkia is ill-prepared for yet another election. There's no doubt that the stubborn decision made by the SCUL and PNC will have grave repercussions on our democracy and political system in the end harming our unity rather than strengthening it.' Parties Reveal Electoral Platform With the announcement of another round of elections to the Senate much to the dismay of the LUP, the parties have revealed their electoral platforms. The LUP (Lyso-Unionist Party) has set out the reunification of all Shffahko-states in Aurelia as its main goal. Economically the LUP is considered center-right in Shffahkia, however, in most other countries the party would be identified as a left-leaning centrist party. The party can count among its successes the Paranne Reintegration Act as well as the relatively deradicalizing reforms made in the country. The SCUL (Social Communitarian Union League) is considered the main opposition party defining many of its policies in defiance of the LUP's anti-democratic actions. Economically the party is firmly left. The SCUL was the party in opposition when the then President Dutoit and President Larue negotiated the Paranne Act but since then has it has regained much of its support in Paranne and was the most successful party in the previous Chambre Elections. The PNC (Parti des Nouveaux Collectivistes) is the least popular party but has managed to make a surprising turnaround in the Shffahko-Limonaian north. Politically and economically rather undefined, the PNC has found success in the north mostly because out of all the parties, it is considered the most "Limonaian" with over 70% of the party membership being Shffahko-Limonaians. Current polls shows that support for each party can be vaguely defined in geographic and demographic terms with the staunchly Lysian south sporting the LUP with the state of Catherine serving as the party's greatest source of support, the Limonaian north supporting the PNC with the Silver Coast State serving as the party's homeland and former Paranne areas especially West-Catherine serving as the SCUL's strongest point which is especially surprising as the state had previously been strongly held by President Dutoit's Conservative Front prior to 2019. Both the SCUL and PNC plan on challenging the LUP's hold on the south while the LUP under Larue seems to be going on the defensive centering its campaigns in the south. Most notably the LUP isn't planning on challenging the SCUL's hold on West-Catherine while the SCUL is setting itself up to campaign in the south. LUP politicians in the west have criticized "Larue's self-defeatist" electoral platform with some going on private campaigns, yet without broad party support its unlikely they'll find much success. The Larue administration has also agreed to let several international democracy-watch organizations to oversee the Senate elections. The December elections would mark the first time these organizations have been allowed to legally oversee Shffahkian elections. The Supreme Court Overrules Land Reclamation As Larue faced a seemingly monumental defeat in the Chambre, the president has also faced a defeat in the court room as the Shffahkian Supreme Court has ruled any possible land reclamation unconstitutional deciding that the constitution does not grant the federal government the right to grant land from one state to any non-federal political entity without the state's consent. This ruling means that the Máako'obméek'tan which is not considered a federal political entity cannot be granted land from one state without the state's say-so. The Máako'obméek'tan protested the decision, however President Larue assured that her administration will work towards another solution hinting towards federal tax intensives as well as federal funds. The so-called Carrot Plan was originally proposed by the Collective of Ministers. In the plan, states would receive federal funds and/or tax intensives to establish new Touxouloutman reserves in theory using the carrot instead of the stick. Although the federal government is very supportive of land reclamation, state governments are exceptionally opposed to it. The Carrot Plan was originally rejected because it required voluntary action beginning from the state rather than the Touxouloutma themselves.
  5. First of all, as the nation that is most likely the most affected by this (see the CAP), I am more amazed than appalled as running that many nations with that level of quality has to take some real dedication. Then again, I am hugely disappointed as many plans shall be thrown to the landfills. I also need to get this off my chest: Personally, how I think the proper way to proceed is to simply scrap everything. I think it's best to just remove everything and go on our merry way. It also has a hint of poetic justice that a player who tried to have such a sizable mark on the RP via multiple nations, in the end would have none. Also effectively being the sole Aurelian nation (until Kirvina comes back), I'd like that my request be taken especially into consideration. The biggest consequence will be the Aurelian League which I would suggest be made into a historical RP around the same time as the European Common Market or Mercosur. This should be further expanded upon once Aurelia has some active members. In my opinion simply removing Rihan completely is a far better option than having some lifeless NPC which would: 1. Show the region's inability to move past the issue 2. Drag around a bloated-corpse of a nation that will ultimately just take up space That is all. Best wishes, Shhfahkia
  6. Union President Larue Refuses Senate Elections Union President Adélaïde Larue faces backlash over her decision to not hold Senate Elections before enacting constitutional reforms. As a result, the SCUL and PNC have both cut ties with the LUP and are refusing to cooperate with the party until Senate elections are held. Both the PNC's Vou and the SCUL's Féyeau have decried the decision as 'a slap in the face of democracy'. Union President and LUP Chairperson Larue defended her decision claiming that 'a proper stage must be set for a Senate election'. Politically, the LUP has much to gain since the party under Larue controls three of the four legislatures of Shffahkia with only the Chamber of Representatives being controlled by a SCUL-PNC coalition. Constitutional reform alongside a Touxouloutma Parliament and Senate elections is one of the four promises made in the Paranne Reintegration act. Specifically the reforms were meant to lessen the power of the Union President which the LUP naturally wants to do as little as possible. On the other side, both the PNC and SCUL are determined to take away many powers from the position. Recent polling conducted by the Port-Réel Intrigue found that 31% of Shffahkians would vote for the SCUL (Social Communitarian Union League) and 15% would vote for the PNC (Parti des Nouveaux Collectivistes) if elections would be held. 27% said that they would vote for the LUP (Lyso-Unionist Party) which is significantly less than previous polls have shown. Another 25% said that they wouldn't vote, and 2% said that they would cats a protest ballot. In late 2018, Larue successfully won the majority in the Senate and following the Paranne Reintegration act, half of the Senate as chosen by Larue herself was emptied for elections which left only the LUP as the only political party in the Senate. Communitarians and New Collectivist claim that Larue is postponing the elections for political gain thereby leaving other political parties out of the decision-making process. To this the Lyso-Unionists often reply by saying that the LUP has given the two parties every chance to participate but they've refused every time. The LUP's also lacks a unified view on the power of the Union President. Supporters of Larue are pursuing minimal change. These people are often called Laruists. More moderate politicians such as Émeric Dutoit are looking to lessen the Union President's powers by reintroducing the checks and balances that were removed through the Larue Amendments. Compared to the SCUL's and PNC's demands, even the most moderate Lyso-Unionist seems like a hard-line authoritarian. Larue's decision to postpone the elections and still to keep passing legislature through the Senate has sparked many protests and demonstrations. This has also had the unexpected side-effect of increasing voter turnout as seen in the Chamber elections where some 77% of Shffahkia's voter population voted. Traditionally Shffahkia has had a very low voter turnout which has lingered around 40%. It's thought that the SCUL is the party benefiting the most out the increase. Shffahkian Council to Censor Censorship The Shffahkian Council (Lysian: Conseil Sfakien) issued a new set of censorial directives which decreed the imminent take down of most censored and propagandized media. The directive itself is the first censorial directive given after the passage of the Press Emancipation Act of 2019. Council President Louque Admie claimed that the intent behind the directive is to rid Shffahkia for good of historical revisionism and general censorship by removing media spreading these harmful ideas. Critics of the directive say that the censorship of old censorship is still censorship and that the true way to finally rid Shffahkia of these harmful elements is for the state to stop interfering. These criticisms are often met with surprised and dumbfounded faces when presented to the Council. The Council's position alongside the position of the Union President has, under recent times, come under scrutiny. The Council has been criticized harshly for the most undemocratic legislature in Shffahkia. Its defenders claim that the Council is a balancing force between the legislatures of Shffahkia. But even Council supporters agree that it can be removed from reality at times. The New Touxouloutma Parliament Announced The Touxouloutma Parliament, despite the PNC and SCUL leaving negotiations, has been announced. Officially it will be known as the Máako'obméek'tan roughly meaning 'Land Collectivity'. However, this new Legislative body has gotten many states worried because among its powers it can reclaim land for the Touxouloutma with the agreement of the Shffahkian Council and the Union President. As the first official declaration of the Máako'obméek'tan, it declared that it is in full negotiations with both the Union President and Council on the first round of land reclamation. Land reclaimed by the Máako'obméek'tan will be be a separate legal entity from the state or territory governed by the parliament itself. The Máako'obméek'tan can also ignore certain laws passed by the Shffahkian Senate and Chamber. Criticism over the Máako'obméek'tan arose when it was found out that it will not be a democratically elected legislation. Instead Touxouloutma politicians will be appointed by the Máako'obméek'tan itself or the Union President amounting to yet another expansion of presidential authority. Following the declaration of the Máako'obméek'tan, the Touxouloutma flag was hung outside the Shffahkian Senate and other governmental bodies.
  7. Á: The Kingdom of @Seylos DE: The Federative Republic of Shffahkia To our venerable peers in the Dolch See, the recent passage of salient events both near and far has indeed been noticed to say the least. Due to the notable presence of Shffahko-Éireann within Shffahkia, our administration has been especially keen to keep an eye on the inheritance of the Kingdom of Éire, with which the Federative Republic of Shffahkia has had special relations, into Seylos Proper. Thus we are especially glad to hear that the Kingdom of Seylos is interested within the upkeep of such relations. The recent instability within Rihan as well as the war and violence commenced in the name thereof has awakened concerns not only in Aurelia but also the wider world. We see that the summit meeting proposed will serve as an excellent opportunity to create open dialogue and exchange between our two nations in great scope which has not been seen before. It is first and foremost with great hope for such dialogue to be opened between the Shffahko-Éireann and Éireann Proper that I, as the acting President of the Union of the Federative Republic of Shffahkia, accept your invitation to the Loughrea summit meeting.
  8. Technocrats Arrested as Investigations Enter Next Stages Shffahkian technocrats have recently been in the news by the dozen but not for the normal reasons of championing for reasonable economic austerity or proposing for the 19th time the creation of online voting methods. This time the technocratic wing of the Lyso-Uinionist Party (Lysian: Aile technocratic du Parti Lyso-Unioniste) is on the news for the arrests many of its members. Most notably the leader of the Technocratic Wing of the LUP, Jécron Alladevelli, was arrested from his Port-de-Paix residence for receiving funds from a foreign nation which is strictly illegal in Shffahkia by people in positions of political power punishable from life-imprisonment to death. Alladevelli's arrest is one from a total of 32 arrests done on the basis of an on-going investigation called: Opération Dentrifice (Operation Toothpaste). The name for the investigation comes from its beginning when a dental health business was revealed to have been laundering monetary resources for the Technocratic Wing. Even though the investigations being of major importance and having caused quite the public outrage, the federal government has officially redacted the nation responsible citing national security concerns. Despite the government's attempts, many political experts have pointed to the @Sunset Sea Islands as the most likely culprit. Many might be confused as to why the Shffahkian federal government would try to hide the identity of an intruding foreign power. But when put in the context that a diplomatic visit is being negotiated between the @Sunset Sea Islands and Shffahkia, it makes some sense to keep the outrage diverted as to avoid any damage to a bridge that has not even been built yet. The diplomatic rapprochement of the SSI and Shffahkia makes a lot of sense in many cases. Both nations agree on much economically and diplomatically, and agreement in environmental affairs is also extremely common as the two nations have some of the most extensive environmental protection laws. These developments with the Technocratic Wing have brought to question the place of Technocracy within Shffahkia. Politically, Collectivism has always been in support of technocracy. The Collectivist Party (1892-2019) was throughout its existence highly technocratic with 92% of party members in positions of power in 1983 being engineers. Even today technocracy forms important wings in both the LUP and the SCUL (Social Communitarian Union League). The Collective of Ministers, one of the four legislatures of Shffahkia, is formed of almost completely technocrats. In spite of this, the public image of technocracy has taken a hit. It remains to be seen if this pushes the SCUL and the LUP to begin downplaying the role of technocracy in each party. Emani Dignatelle's Failed Escape Yet another case of a cross-dressing prison escape has occurred this time in Ouilliamsbourg Federal Penitentiary with Emani Dignatelli attempting to escape from prison by dressing up as his teenage daughter and using his daughters papers to leave. Then later the daughter in question would have informed the guards that she lost her papers and would've been let out. This plan didn't work as Dignatelle was discovered almost instantly after having shown his daughters papers. Although not officially confirmed, many believe that this escape attempt was inspired by the escape of Ranal Vivien with one key difference: quality. Not simply contempt with wearing a wig, lipstick and women's clothes, Dignatelle had a wig, tight jeans, cartoon T-shirt and a face mask either sent or smuggled to him in the prison. Also unlike Vivien, Dignatelle has been sentenced to life-imprisonment for being a prominent figure in a criminal gang operation in Quaouaoua formerly known as the l'État aux Bonshommes. Unfortunately for Dignatelle's daughter, she might be charged for aiding and abetting in a prison escape attempt which can carry a 3 to 5 year prison sentence. This failed escape attempt has brought to light once more the prison system of Shffahkia this time with an actual positive improvement: guards have become more apt at recognizing cross-dressers leaving and entering their prison. Euchéne Colt Breaks Own Record - Wins Gold Olympic runner, Euchéne Colt, has once more broken the world record, his own, in the 100 meter dash taking home the gold with a time of 9.58 beating his previous record of 9.69 which he set by breaking his first 100-meter-dash record of 9.72 overtaking the previous champion Esefe O'Well. Euchéne Colt often simply called Chén or Colt is one of the most well-known Shffahko-Faramountese people. Another famous Shffahko-Faramountese person is the President of Shffahkia herself, Adélaïde Larue, who is the third female president and second Shffahko-Faramountese head of state after the previously deposed Nikolao Kondukanto. Originally the Shffahko-Faramountese were brought to Shffahkia as a part of the Limonaian and Lysian slave trades from the 1500s. The Shffahko-Faramountese community accounts from some 11% of the population of Shffahkia meaning that around 9,34 million people in Shffahkia are of Faramountese ancestry. Colt wasn't the only one bringing home gold as later Shffahkian Olympic athlete, Dinni Odognais won the 50 km gold medal with a total time of 3h 53m 58s. Overall, the Olympics have been closely followed by the Shffahkian public with notable enthusiasm. Sex Workers Flood to the CAP in Search of Wealth As the first talks over the division of the Central Aurelian Passage (CAP) are set to begin, the Shffahkian military occupiers have encountered an unexpected problem. The amount of military personnel stationed in the Central Aurelian Passage has been described as immoderate, overkill and superabundant. Almost all living and food expenses are covered by the Shffahkian military which leaves a large number soldiers with a considerable sum of disposable income. A portion of this income has been spent on sex work which has created a situation where demand is high and supply is low. This, in turn, motivated sex workers from nearby areas to take their business to the CAP. The situation has escalated to the point that sex workers from all around are making their way to the CAP because the price soldiers are willing to pay are extremely high by industry standards. Sex work is entirely legal in Shffahkia provided one has a licence for it which can be received by providing proof of the lack of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Cutting soldiers' pay was considered an option to curve this situation but was rejected. The only solution thus far to have been used is to check the workers' permits which had led to many misunderstandings. One disgruntled hotel owner said: "First they turn my three-star hotel into a brothel, and now they're asking if I'm a prostitute!"
  9. Greetings and Salutations, As @Rihan and I ignite the Aurelian continent into a blaze of glory as border negotiations go, you know, I thought this ought to be a good time to give a little update on the plan. Firstly, what border? After extensive analysis by a team of top-notch investigators, it was found out that there would be a rather odd blank spot between me and Rihan following our expansions. This area presents a great opportunity to flesh out Rihanssu-Shffahkian history and define the limits of where one ends and the other begins. As such, I made a map for a newspost combining the various pre-existing maps from the two. Now moving onto some more farther off matters we have the North where the situation will change due to @Selayar's expansion and thus I point thee to this map I made a good while ago also for a newspost. In the map I had marked the portion depicting northern Aurelia as Completely Limonaian. I'll leave it to Selayar to decide whether they want the Limonaian treatment or not. But as for the time being it's bye bye Buona Speranza and to the fat camp with Profondità Verdi. Finally the south, I must admit that the southern states really don't have as much thought put into them as the northern ones as they were mostly made to flesh out my history with Kirvina but with the whole two states of southern Aurelia having gone inactive, I am letting 'em go as with Kirvina's activity, disappeared my interest in the south. Goodbye Lunahasse, Soleilhasse and Téhasse plus Liliumnie. I had planned it to be a possible Mexico-ish place with possible Iverican colonies. I even made this Eurth Mexican flag: Boevendaal? What's that? On an even more final note, a dessert would be pretty sweet to have in Aurelia and the area south of Shffahkia and east of the Paranne mountains could be an interesting place to put one down. But that's neither here nor there. Anyway that's the current situation with my expansion plans. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk
  10. Ranal Vivien Caught After Great Escape Following the end of June, the Éleigne Federal Penitentiary experienced a true modern-day prison escape when inmate number 98471 or Ranal Vivien went missing after a conjugal visit with his wife. Vivien was sentenced from 12 to 40 years in prison for his part in a prominent Port-de-Lys cocaine ring originally to the Pesciville Penitentiary, however after bad behavior and inappropriate conduct he was moved to the infamous Éleigne Federal Penitentiary. Éleigne FP is colloquially simply known as Monmort coming from Mont Mort (Mount Death) for having the worst inmate death rate in Shffahkia with 42% of all inmates dying in the prison. During his conjugal visit, Ranal Vivien had his wife bring him a wig and women's clothes. After having applied some of his wife's make-up, Vivien simply walked out from the facility. He would later be found by a bus stopped by a police officer and swiftly arrested. This escape isn't the first controversy Éleigne FP has faced. Earlier in 2018, the horrific death of Jaïr Taulle galvanized many to action, yet the facility was kept running. Now even more tension is set on both local and federal politicians alike to close the facility down. Larue to Man the Central Aurelian Passage Following an administration press release, Senate and Union President Larue declared that the Federative Republic of Shffahkia would man the Central Aurelian Passage in response to rising tensions within the region itself and instability in the surrounding area.Initially Larue was heavily against military occupation, however, in order prevent the rise of local militias and tensions, Larue saw it necessary to bring order to the region. According to the administration, the forces are meant to keep the peace in the area preventing instability from nearby regions from seeping in. Controversially a census will also be held to provide a clear picture of the area so proper plans can be made. Although the occupation was claimed to have been made in good faith towards neighboring Rihan and that the census be made to help in future negotiations, political experts say that by occupying the area militarily and by preforming a census which is an action usually done by local authorities, Shffahkia is setting itself in an advantageous positions when negotiations will be held. A larger criticism is that Shffahkia is undermining the Aurelian League by indirectly conducting military actions against another member. This point is greatly contested by Larue who said "A short-term military occupation is better than a decade-long border conflict..." Abraham Pignatelli Wins Court Case Famous Salvian Televangelist, Abraham Pignatelli won a high-profile court case regarding televangelism in Shffahkia after having his shows taken down and blocked in the country. After finding this out, Pignatelli sued the Shffahkian Department of Media claiming that they had no reason to shut the show down. The Media Department claimed that Pignatelli's show was an attempt at religious conversion which is illegal in Shffahkia. Pignatelli claimed in his case that his show was entertainment and thereby not an attempt of religious conversion. Pignatelli's case was helped by a Temps' poll of Shffahkian donors to Pignatelli which found out that the majority of donations (65%) were given because they found the emission entertaining, while only under 10% of donors did so because of religious reasons. The court then ruled in the favor of Pignatelli legalizing religious television. This decision is seen as the second step from the repeal of absolute abolition in reintroducing religion more into Shffahkia despite religion still being outlawed. Pignatelli said "This is a great step towards the right and holy light of the lord with more Shffahkians being able to plant that seed of faith to save their soul in life and death."
  11. Jean Vou Introduces the New New Collectivists' Party Following the catastrophic defeat the PNC (Lysian: Parti des Nouveaux Collectivistes) saw in the Chambre elections, party chairman Jean Vou has announced his new changes to the party which have already caused many hardliner Collectivists such as Igor Quint to leave the party. The change in question refers to the complete reshaping of the party from a far left conservative political group into a directly democratic political alliance. "The political parties of old are on the decline and in the future our political groupings will not be defined as left or right but as democratic and clandestine," Jean Vou said during the press release. The term directly democratic political alliance means that the decision making process of the PNC will be completely transparent and democratic with party members debating and voting on issues and how the PNC ought to handle them. The solution with the most votes will be the solution the PNC will seek. Among the first issues to be debated and voted upon is the PNC-LUP coalition in the Chambre of Representatives. Political analysts are calling this Vou's all-or-nothing gamble as the PNC attempts to reform and jump off the political spectrum in a similar fashion to the LUP. Despite PNC chairman Vou's old age, he is reforming the PNC into the most tech savvy political party as debate and voting will not only happen in party meetings, instead any registered and confirmed member can use their membership ID at www.pnc.sf to follow live-streamed meetings, debate and vote online on the site. The PNC website will also serve as a storage for all official meetings, chat logs and desicions taken by the broader membership. Will these reforms revolutionize Shffahkian politics with untold transparency and democratic prowess or is this a desperate gamble taken by a party with one foot in the grave? This all remains to be seen. King Aidan Named Temps' Person of the Year The Seylosian Monarch, King Aidan Redmond, has been named Person of the year 2019 by the weekly Port-Réel magazine TEMPS. The prestigious Port-Réel publication chooses each year a person of specific interest or importance be it a politician, celebrity or business person. Often these choices are made as a response to one event of notable salience as decided by the publication with aid from its staff of expert journalists and political experts. This year the one to be named was the Absolute Monarch of @Seylos: the seemingly insuperable King Aidan. Many expected the young royal to have been named person of the year in 2018 for his reforms in the country, however the Thalahassan Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed took the nomination for that year. On the cover is a translated quote from King Aidan's 2018 August speech saying "... monarchy cannot be everywhere all the time... " The speech was given to announce the commencement of the organizing of new democratic processes in the country under the authority of the crown. Alongside this, political power traditionally held by nobles has seen a staggering decrease at the beginning of the new king's reign. The new king is so popular that the disenfranchised populace of the Duchy of Éire is glad to welcome him as their new monarch after him having inherited the Duchy. Certainly the reign of this Seylosian monarch has been among the most promising on Eurth. The Kingdom of Seylos is a massively influential country in the Dolch See which is an important trade passage. Under King Aidan, Seylos has taken a harsh stance in the Enolian War condemning @Rihan and signed a Seylo-Galllambrian cooperation agreement showing that King Aidan is a serious force in international politics not afraid to stand for the rights of nations and the betterment of scientific research. "Despite this immensely promising beginning of King Aidan's reign, the Kingdom of Seylos still remains an absolute monarchy and it still remains to be seen how far King Aidan will take the democratization of Seylos as a country. Historically, Seylosian monarchs have been competent leaders, yet the late King Stuart has proven that this is not the case at all times. Whether King Aidan is willing to part with the absolute power granted by the crown to secure the country from another Stuart and give democracy more of a say in Seylosian matters will be a central point in the young monarch's reign." reads a more critical part of the article. Limonaian becomes second mandatory language As newly graduated High School students give their first university applications in, the Chambre of Representatives passed the Limonaian Baccalauréat Bill with the Collective of Ministers and the Federal Senate. The bill officially changes the structure of the Baccalauréat Général or matriculation exams. Previously, Shffahkian high school students have had to complete matriculation exams in Lysian, a humanistic science and two from the three options of Anglish, Esperanto or Long Maths in order to receive the Diplôme de Baccalauréat Général. For Limonaian speakers, the matriculation exam had compulsory Lysian alongside Anglish with optional Esperanto. In fact Shffahko-Limonaian universities have their own Laurea in place of the Baccalauréat général which is equal to the Baccalauréat Général The new changes give Shffahko-Lysian students a fourth choice: Limonaian. Limonaian can now be taken instead of Esperanto or Anglish. Limonaian has been a popular matriculation exam subject as universities value the language.
  12. The SCUL Wins Almost Every State, The LUP Left Picking Up the Scraps Following the Chambre of Representatives Elections on May 31st, the SCUL has achieved a decisive victory winning almost every state while the LUP consistently came second with the PNC winning only one seat. Jeanés Féyeau called the occasion "... a triumph of the many in a corrupt system of the few..." The SCUL was able to achieve never-before-seen success due to two main campaigning points, most political analysts say. The first one is the open criticism of the current administration and especially of the decision to leave almost half of all Shffahkians without a voice in these elections. The PNC had made an agreement with the LUP not to criticize the current administration in exchange for retaining some of their sears in the Chambre. However, this led to them losing almost all traditionally Collectivist seats. "Shffahkians are laying Collectivism to rest in favour of the Communitarian dream." said one enthusiastic representative. Second, is the SCUL's plans to make Shffahkia a unitary state. Recent NSAS polling revealed that a surprising number of Shffahkians would prefer a unitary state model instead of the current federal model. This is due to the fact that the term "States' Rights" has become seen as a cop-out to avoid issues instead of a valid argument in the public's eye. Of the total 43 seats up for elections, the SCUL (orange) took a whopping 28 or some 65%, the LUP (blue) took 14 (33%) adding to their total of 31 or 38% of the Chambre and the PNC (red) managed to score only one seat leaving them with a total of 22 or 27% of all seats in the Chambre. With the SCUL's victory, the worst-case scenario for both the PNC and LUP has come to fruition. It is clear that the parties need to adjust their policies and party lines. Doing this could lead to the early fall of the coalition between these two parties. The PNC Chairman, Jean Vou, made a statement saying "We have heard the people's voice and it is evident that the party must undergo a substantial change, this I promise to see through..." LUP Chairperson and Union President, Larue, has yet to make a statement. With this tremendous victory, Féyeau has successfully shown that the Communitarians are a political force to be reckoned with splitting the Chambre into almost even slices of three and putting the LUP and the PNC under immense strain as a consequence. It remains to be seen if this success will be repeated in the future or if this will become a fluke. Oyus and Shffahkia lead in Enolian Refugee Aid Following the end of the Enolian War, over 70 000 Enolians are estimated to have fled from the war into neighbouring nations. The sudden outflow of refugees has put the immigration systems of many Aurelian nations to the test. From this crisis, the nations of Shffahkia and @Oyus have risen to international acclaim as a result of their actions in dealing with the outflow of refugees. According to conservative estimates, Shffahkia will bear the brunt of the crisis as it has committed to accepting over 47 000 of the estimated 70 000 refugees with Oyus accepting 5 000 and other Shffahko-states such as Dasdaine and Élénore Verte committing to accepting some 10 000 refugees each without taking into account the number of Enolians repatriating into Enolia. The brunt of the relief efforts for the refugees have been taken on by Shffahkia, yet Oyus has provided both crucial funding and logistical support. The committee for Enolian refugee relief said in a statement that "... The support provided by our Oyusard comrades has been invaluable in the handling of this Crisis...Were it not for them, our efforts would've been for nought..." Despite Oyusard aid, the Enolian refugees have started a potential border crisis of sorts between @Rihan and Shffahkia in the area called the Central Aurelian Passage. Historically the Central Aurelian Passage has been a point of contention between the two republics with both sides claiming the area. The trouble in the area began in the late 1800s when the Shffahkian Empire under Eustache I began encouraging settlement in the area leading to three wars being fought over sparsely populated jungle. As Enolia and Paranne became independent respectively the question about who owns the area was not solved leading to Paranne and Enolia employing various tactics of gaining influence in the area from building roads to hiring local militias and gangs to destroy said roads. When Enolia was entangled in a war with Rihan, Parannais Lyso-Unionists, most prominent of which was the former president of Paranne Émeric Dutoit, pressured Larue and her administration to increase influence in the region and to even send in the army. Union President Larue, for her part, refused to send soldiers into the area opting to send civil servants to aid refugees thereby increasing the Shffahkian grip on the area. It is crucial for the future of the Aurelian League that Rihan and Shffahkia find common ground. Larue Calls For LUP Openness Following the results of the election and the end of the Enolian war, Union President and LUP Chairperson Laure took to social media to announce her plans to "... open a constructive and free dialogue between the LUP and its supporters..." The goal of this new open dialogue is to redefine the LUP as a Collectivist Party that is not situated on the left or the right. "The Lyso-Unionist Party is not on the left or right, it is ahead." Larue said during her televised and live-streamed speech. According to professional political analyst, André Azaïs, Larue is branding the LUP as a Neo-Collectivist party. Neo-Collectivism refers to the political ideology that advocates for the greater collective good as opposed to individual freedom or anarchy regardless of political affiliation. "The solution that works best for most people is the solution the LUP will advocate." Larue claimed in her speech. Whether the rebranding of the LUP as post left and right will work or not will remain to be seen but for many party members and politically engaged Shffahkians, this has proven an opportune moment to put their ideas into the party's thinktank. Critics say that Neo-Collectivism is an undefined ideology on par with Technocracy for its emptiness and vagueness. Despite this initial criticism, Larue's speech received mostly positive attention as it called for a more open exchange of ideas inside her party even encouraging her own peers to openly criticize the administration. Étherale Cryptocurrency Experiences Boom Following the so-called Crypto Crash that happened with Dawcoin from @PyeMcGowan, the Dasdaine Cryptocurrency Étherale or simply Etherale is experiencing a crypto boom. After an initial loss in value totalling 150 International Dollars, Etherale bounced back relatively quickly and now has doubled its value. at the moment one Etherale coin is worth over I$500 making it the second most valuable cryptocurrency. It is unsure where such a boost in crypto confidence came from but the Dasdaine based Cryptocurrency is riding high as a result. Étherale is popularly used to make everyday purchases in its home country of Dasdaine and in recent years is becoming ever more popular in Shffahkia aswell especially in online shopping despite the government warning about the instability of cryptocurrencies. Just as the Shffahkian government was about to get its textbook case of Crypto failure, Etherale exploded in value. Étherale creator Joséph Dubois said that "Etherale, it'll change the world, mes doudes, it's the new technology of tomorrow today as well as the super extra luxury cryptocurrency. All these economists and government officials can say what they want but at the end of the day you cannot defeat the pure power of lux Etherale has."
  13. Off the top of my head, I'd suggest reverting to the first time Derthalen left before Rhodellia joined which was, if I remember correctly, a mod-controlled Derth that would've been possibly divided into zones of occupation between AFMS members.
  14. Féyeau's Criticism Backfires SCUL chairman Féyeau criticized the LUP harshly after it released its list of people who will be on the Touxoulotma Parliament Committee because only one from the forty or so members of the committee was actually of Touxouloutma heritage and this one person didn't even speak Touxouloutma. However, what is interesting about this is the fact that few people actually seemed to care as no large public outcry came of this unlike with some other issues. The reason behind this is the public apathy in Shffahkia towards the Touxouloutma. Due to extensive lysonisation policies in the mid-1800s, many Touxouloutmans were "converted" into either Lyso-Shffahkian or Shffahko-Limonaian culture. A large reason behind this was a large-scale Touxouloutma migration inside Shffahkia where many Touxouloutmans migrated to cities leaving the countryside. Of the 14 or so million Touxouloutmans, only some 5 million primarily identify as Touxouloutman. It is because of this lack of a truly distinct Touxouloutma identity and the general apathy felt towards the Touxouloutma why Paranne was unable to ever form a Touxouloutma parliament itself. Union President and LUP chairperson Larue said that the committee is still in its planning phase and that its membership is still subject to change. Still, an apathetic Shffahkian public has got many worried over the future prospects of a Touxouloutma parliament. Chambre of Representatives Elections What Goes onto the Ballot? With the Chambre elections only a week away, it is more important than ever to have a look at what is going on the collectivities' ballots. The Chambre elections are actually two separate elections held on the same day: the election to the Chambre of Representatives and the election to each collectivities' own legislatures. In general, Shffahkians vote for three things: their representatives in the Chambre, their own collectivity legislators who will govern the collectivity, and other issues/concerns that have made it to the ballot such as the Catherine flag change which ignited a small controversy. Although the votes on the issues and controversies aren't binding to legislators, it is required that the matter will be handled by the elected legislators in some manner. These votes are referred to as third-tier votes. So what third-tier votes have made their way into collectivities ballots? The most popular third-tier vote is the so-called Nature Rights vote that seeks to provide natural phenomena such as rivers and forests legal rights much like how a corporation has legal rights. Already in place in Deux-Rivières and Piranhahsse, this new piece of legislation has proven very effective in terms of environmental protection. It is suspected that natural phenomena will be granted rights on the federal level if enough states adopt such legislation. Another prevalent theme seems to be the changing of flags or names. Catherine, West Catherina and Port-de-Lys are all planning on changing their collectivity flags. The reason for this is that each of these states have become larger as a result of the Paranne Reintegration act and thus want more representative flags. On the other hand, the collectivities of Mines Générales and the Goodman State (l'État aux Bonshommes) have for a long time wished to change their names as names such as General Mines and Goodman State aren't that descriptive of these states anymore. The Goodman state is looking to change its name to its Touxouloutma name of Quaouaoua, while Mines Générales will be choosing between its Touxouloutma name of Janaab-Pakal and its Éireann name of Dbra Oinn (Pronounced: 'dehvehrah win'). Yet another issue making its way to many collectivities' ballots is the Touxouloutma Parliament. This vote's intention is to scout out which states would be willing to host the parliament and possibly even willing to adopt Touxouloutma at the state level. Currently, the most likely choice is looking to be the Goodman State that has the largest proportional population of Shffahko-Touxouloutmans although numerically both Mines Générales and West Catherine boast a larger Touxouloutma population. The Goodman State and Eustathe will be looking to decriminalize all drugs if their population shows enough support for it in these elections. At the same time, Port-de-Lys will also be looking to restore the votes of many criminals through its own third-tier vote. Finally, Catherinians have begun a trend of church marriages which isn't surprising as Catherine is the state with the most married couples. The vote would make church marriages official. However, the ceremony needs to still be overseen by a judge or some other qualified person as priest-conducted marriages aren't seen as valid in Shffahkia.
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