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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The Mountains to the west of Shffahkia proper are called Paranne Mts.
  5. Union President Gives Shffahkian Stance in Dolch See Conflict Recently Union President Larue has been under immense pressure from both political friend and foe to announce unanimous support for the Dolch See War as declared by AFMS. The Union President declared that she would not be announcing the Shffahkian stance preferring to stay mute which sparked a wave of protests. Demographically Shffahkia is in almost unanimous support. 30 to 40 million Shffahkians identify as Shffahko-Limonaian. 28 million Shffahko-Éireanns live in Shffahkia which is larger than the number of Éreanns living in Éire proper. Add to all this Shffahkia's membership in ICEB and it is no surprise that Union President Larue has been pressured by the PNC and even her own party alongside many communities to announce Shffahkian support. However, not willing to give way completely under pressure, Larue didn't declare her support for war, but for peace. Shffahkia will officially be joining nations such as @Sunset Sea Islands and @Rihan in support for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Although an unpopular move, the Senate, Cambre, Collective, or the Council are unable to do anything about it as decision-making power on foreign policy lays exclusively in the hands of the Union President. Paranne Reintegration Act Explained As of late Shffahkian news has been by a select few topics at the top of which is the Paranne Reintegration Act of 2019 (Lysian: Acte da Reintégration da République da Paranne à la République Fédérative da Sfakie). It can be very easy to miss out on exactly what the Larue Administration promised in this "deal" to the Parannais government in exchange for unification. NSAS hired renowned political analyst André Azaïs to read through the over 1 000-page document and to pick out the most important parts. 1. Political Changes Beginning with changes to the political structures of Shffahkia, the integration of the Parannais government and elected representatives into the four legislatures of Shffahkia. The Larue Administration has already appointed the majority of already-existing Parannais ministers and representatives into the Shffahkian Council and the Collective of Ministers at the behest of former president Émeric Dutoit, while Parannais representatives to the Senate and Chambre will be elected through elections. 2. Constitutional Changes Second, are the changes to be made to the Shffahkian constitution. In essence, these changes will limit the powers of the role of Union President as defined in the Larue Amendments which quite literally make the Union President stand above the law. In the act, the removal of the Larue Amendment, as well as several changes which will make the constitution resemble more the original constitution of the first Shffahko-Republic are specified to be passed after the Senate and Chambre elections. 3. Economic Changes Paranne and Shffahkia proper were close trading partners as both of them had similar economic structures. But unlike Shffahkia which still carries on a semi-archaic Syndicalist economic policy, Paranne had embraced State Capitalism as its choice. As a result, Paranne saw much in terms of economic growth and improvement reaching yearly growth rates almost as high as Dasdaine's. In the reintegration act, it is specified that Shffahkia will officially adopt a State Capitalist economic policy while still retaining some aspects of its former economy. What this will look like to the everyday Shffahkian, is that more economic freedom and economic chances will arise. This part has been heavily criticized by the PNC. 4. A Touxouloutma Parliament The easiest part to miss in the whole act is that Shffahkia agrees to the formation of a Touxouloutma parliament. The Touxouloutma are the natives in Shffahkia that today number between 14 to 16 million. A Touxouloutma parliament would become the representative body for the people of Touxouloutma heritage. It would act as an institution of cultural autonomy for the indigenous Touxouloutma people officially becoming the fifth legislature in Shffahkia. This is the part which some in Larue's LUP heavily disagree with saying that it promotes separation instead of unification which is the acts original purpose.
  6. Chambre of Representatives Debate Breaks Record Following the broadcasting of the Chambre of Representatives election, Shffahkian TV stations and streaming services recorded a record number of live viewers to the debates. With over 35,4 million Shffahkians tuning in to watch the live debate, the Chambre of Representatives broke all earlier records topping the previous record held by the Monin-Kondukanto debate in 1968 with a landslide. One major reason its success is the sheer fact that it is the first open political debate in Shffahkia since 1898. For 121 years political debates have either been sidestepped or been heavily scripted and subsequently censored. It is no surprise that when the first truly open political debate was announced that it would draw in a large audience. The second major reason is the heated back and forth which was observed between sitting Union President Larue and SCUL chairman Féyeau. Despite the PNC also being present at the debate, the spotlight was very much centred towards Larue and Féyeau. Not content with only answering questions, Féyeau took to the stage and used the opportunity to criticise and question the sitting Union President which was unprecedented. Here are some notable moments from the debate as picked by the NSAS News Crew. "Union President Larue, one of the major concerns some Shffahkians have with the Paranne Reintegration Act is the further implementations of Capitalist policies it applies. As a consequence, we've seen an increase in the number of companies established in Shffahkia. How far right are you willing to go with your economic policies and will these policies discourage the formation of collectives and co-operatives in the future?" "In order to normalize Shffahkia, some degree of economic freedom and by association right-leaning policies are necessary. I do not have the intention of favouring companies over collectives or co-operatives, for I intend to create an environment where the three can co-exist. The fact is not all economic activity can be done through collectives or co-operatives. With my policies, I will cut down on needless support for collectives and co-operatives and in their place establish state-owned companies which can do the job more efficiently... ... I will reiterate, I simply wish to cut down on needless spending by introducing companies where necessary." ... "SCUL Chairman Féyeau, as it stands Shffahkia has two official languages, Lysian and Esperanto, yet there is a significant amount of Limonaian speakers the number of which some estimates put all the way to 30 million and some 4 million Touxouloutma speakers without representation on the national level. Would you seek to implement Limonaian and/or Touxouloutma as a language on the national level?" "The SCUL has had within its party agenda the inclusion of all groups of society into governance since 1994. This hasn't changed. In Paranne, I promised the SCUL would fight to have Touxouloutma be a recognized language. I intend to keep this promise. Not only that, I extend this promise to the Shffahko-Limonaians. The Fact that over 34 million Shffahkians do not have their native language represented in governance while Esperanto is still paraded as an official language (talk about needless spending) is made even more unacceptable when taking into consideration that these very same people are having their votes suppressed in the current administration's attempt to interfere with democracy." Larue then proceeded to respond to Féyeau before the announcer could start speaking. "Firstly, no one has done more for democracy in this country than I. Before the Reintegration Act, Shffahkia had just recently held elections. The Shffahkian people then made their choice. Having needless elections when the choice is clear is only going to cause instability. Need I remind you of the time when 9 elections were held in only 6 months as a move by the Monin family to disrupt democracy? Secondly, I do not see the implementation of Limonaian or Touxouloutma on the national level as necessary especially when some states have already adopted Limonaian as a state language. The decision to enforce Limonaian or Touxouloutma needs to be left to the states. As for Esperanto, my administration has taken steps to lessen its influence but it is good to note that several universities and communities still use Esperanto as their go-to language." "Democracy doesn't cause instability, it is those who oppose it that do." Féyeau replied. ... "Moving on! Union President Larue, recently the @Sunset Sea Islands' government criticized the Republic of @Rihan and the State of @Kipan over the legalization of commercial whaling. What is your stance on the issue?" "The legalization of commercial whaling is yet another monument to the avarice of nations. I have nothing but the utmost praise towards the SSI for speaking on behalf of environmental concerns. However, the Shffahkian position is different. For the Aurelian project to become a success, I see it salient to focus on encouragement instead of discouragement, to unify instead of separate. But with such actions from the Kipanese and Rihanssu governments, it is ever more salient to observe whether Aurelian unity is used for the betterment of Aurelia or the destruction of its lands and seas and to be on our guard. This also presents a situation where our two nations may find even more common ground such as in the Manamana." ... "Finally, SCUL Chairman Féyeau, tensions in the Dolch See have finally culminated in the declaration of war from AFMS. You've stated earlier that you feel a great sense of worry for the Derthaler people. What do you mean by that?" "Unlike some other crises, this one has been brought on by unimaginable acts of barbarity from, not the every-day Derthaler citizen, but their oppressive 'nobility' that has kept alive the practice of slavery into the 21st century. Good to note that one of the nations building the Aurelian Project is one which does not see its own citizens as equals. But that's beside the point. A war will be fought in the Dolch See, it is most likely that AFMS will be victorious but what will happen then? Will they exact vengeance upon a people for the deeds or their morally corrupt oppressors and divide? Or will they rebuild, civilize, or in the words of the Union President herself, normalize and unite Derthalen? This is why I feel worried about the every-day Dethaler citizen, not their corrupt nobility." ... Sean Noël Wins Qualifiers A third reason why the debate was watched by so many is that it was followed by the Shffahkian Eurthvision Qualifying Finals. Compared to the debate's 35,4 million Shffahkians, the national qualifiers pulled over 48 million live spectators. Accounting for other Shffahko-states such as Dasdaine and Théhasse, the total goes to almost 150 million. Shffahkian musician, Sean Noël, won the national qualifiers and was chosen to represent Shffahkia in the upcoming Eurthvision competition in Variota. Sean Noël's winning ticket was his song "We Didn't Light the Pyre" which light the crowd ablaze. Sean Noël was born in the late 1940s into Delacroix's Collectivist Shffahkia. His musical career would begin in the late 1960s when he went to a concert by the popular Die Käfer band and was inspired to pursue a career in music. Noël wrote his signature song "Clavichord Fellow" which even to this day is the final song in almost all his concerts. Clavichord Fellow was written in 1973 with the Break-Up of Shffahkia looming in the backdrop. The song united an ever-increasingly politically divided Shffahkia with Dasdaine already having declared independence. Songs like Clavichord Fellow formed the so-called Shffahkian music sphere which referred to countries where Shffahko-state artists such as Sean Noël were popular. Now with the passing of the Paranne Reintegration Act, Sean Noël has once more become a Shffahkian citizen after a 40-year middle period
  7. Nation Name: La République Fédérative de la Sfakie - Federacia Respubliko Sfako Official Broadcaster: La Nationale Télévisée Song title: We didn't light the Pyre Artist(s) Name(s): Sean Noël Tune: We didn't start the fire (Instrumental) Lyrics: PyeMcGowan, Dina Diva, Red Ahrana, Harvey Ramston, South Adisi, [Giliano] Saleri, Nadia Burnett Tumbleweed, Bourlington, Icebreakers, Computer's on North Dniester, South Dniester, Adélaïde Larue Mongol-Swedes, A-Bomb, Sugar from the SSI, Mount Makapu Kondukanto, King Albert and I, the Pitcher in the Pie Saale Shower, Varico, Seylos' got a new king Diego Polo, Alenveil, Desiderata goodbye We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre No, we didn't start it but we're trying to end it Odin Thorvin, Moskovo, Howitzer and Drag'novich Charna Pisto, Mario Corona, ICEB's Bloc King Tomasso, Marco Palo, Arturo Carabobo, Alaghon Mat Troi Lan's long gone, Almas got an almanack Ensten, Jean Olivier, Kipan's got a winning team Space Rocket, Euro-pans, Bogdo Gioro, Argenland Boevendaal, Porto Rosso, Cristina, Krusken Nabérrie, Matteo Terrone, trouble in the Dolch See We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre No, we didn't start it but we're trying to end it Ravenrock, Ranjekaart, Crist-Mantella, Neuva Vega Vetok, Ide Jima, Intreinor, Canal on the Canamo Ayalon, Rekamgil, Thalahassa Football Ratnapura matricide, Children of Little Flau Tagmatika, Kirvina, Mosignor, Limonaia Mafia Holy Hops, Saipuo, Verde is a go-go PROGRS, Gao He Ping, Theresa and Joni Eurofuhrer, Citulo, Valacians in the Ygros We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre No, we didn't start it but we're trying to end it Aberdeen, Matana, Whalers in Aurelian Land Aulon, Manille, Motrhal Bay Invasion Al-Karim in Aluxia, Tagmatine Ahromamania New Hill, Jean Vou, Pierre Panza beats Sa Hara Saint Paul's, Mathon Terix, Llaltan Politician Sex Prince Simon, blown away, what else do I have to say? We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre No, we didn't start it but we're trying to end it Euthanasia, Manamana, Bourlignton back again Slave shock, Verde Block, Albertgate, Skunk Rock Grikmand, Kipan, Palladine, Sayfis in the airline Almas' in Takhar, Enolia's troubles with Rihan Routa Della Fortuna, flight 371, heavy royal suicide Foreign debt, Homeless Sects, coke, crack, Laughing Men Syringes on the sea floor, Derthalen's under feudal law Bull and Bolder Fruit Wars, I can take it no more We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre Yet when all is gone It'll just blaze on, and on, and on, and on... We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre No, we didn't start it but we're trying to end it We didn't light the pyre It's been always blazing since Eurth's been turning We didn't light the pyre No, we didn't start it but we're trying to end it ...
  8. Oh, for some reason I, falsely, remembered that Enolia was that river to their east. You win this round!
  9. 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.
  10. Memers are readying for the upcoming war
  11. 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
  12. 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."
  13. 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.
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