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New TV tower erected in Sunset City

 

After three years of construction the enormous new Sunset City Television Tower dominates the skyline of the capital. The high-tech communication array provides TV and radio access for the Sunset City metropolitan area as well as free WLAN in the city centre. Amongst the first visitors of the panorama floor were King Tomasso I. and Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve.

 

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Meanwhile the rest of the royal family prepares for their trip to Magnaeus, following the invitation of President Sophie Gerber to attend a diplomatic ball.

 

To celebrate the completion of the new Sunset City Television Tower SSI NEWS, the news channel of your choice, has updated its design.

 

Tune in next time for more breaking news from the Sunset Sea Islands and all over the world!

 

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Private company poses threat to the national space exploration agency (SSISEC)

 

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To the joy of space nerds all over the world famous entrepreneur and sci-fi fan Jebediah Kehrman published footage of the next rocket build by his company SpaceY. The Eagle is scheduled to bring several satellites into orbit in late summer. This is the first time in history a privately owned company seriously poses a threat to the monopoly of the national space agency, the SSISEC (Sunset Sea Islands Space Exploration Agency). Meanwhile it seems that the space and aeronautics agency of Fleur de Lys is interested in collaborating with the Sunset Sea Islandian organisations,. Space enthusiasts wish for an international mission to space to emerge from these approaches. Fleur de Lys does not seem to care wether their business partners will be privately owned companies, national agencies or both.

 

Staircase Apostles buy plot of land on eastern Sunset Island

 

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The previously unknown catholic fringe group "Staircase Apostles" have purchased an extensive plot of land in a sparsely populated area in the eastern part of Sunset Island. The transaction provoked attention because it is unknown how the relatively small religious community managed to afford the land, which is worth about twelve million Sols. The leader of the church reacted with anger to the initiated investigation. The Staircase Apostles have registered rising application rates.

 

Mysterious masked men appear all over the nation

 

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The Sunset Sea Islandian police has registered numerous calls from worried citizens reporting strange individuals wearing masks in public. The anonymous persons do not seem to pose any threat at the moment. They seem to behave normally except for their white masks with a symbol on them, which resembles the letters "XD" rotated by ninety degrees. Because of the resemblance of the symbol to a smiley the group has been dubbed "The Laughing Men". Even though the police receive between twenty and one hundred phone calls about sightings per day, the mysterious men have yet to be caught on tape. The speculations about the identity of the group range from terrorists over cultists to an incredibly well thought out advertisement campaign.

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BREAKING NEWS: TERRORIST ATTACK IN SUNSET CITY - STOCK EXCHANGE COLLAPSED

 

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In the early morning hours on the 13th of June a large detonation occurred in central Sunset City. The explosion was soon declared a terrorist attack. A hijacked bus filled with explosives blew up and critically damaged the Sunset City Stock Exchange. Hundreds of people died because of the explosions and the subsequent collapse of the high rise building. This incident is already considered the worst terrorist attack in the history of the Sunset Sea Islands. According to the search and rescue service of the Sunset City Police Department dozens may be still trapped beneath the debris. Chances to save their lives are slim due to the massive amount of said debris which buried the workers of the Stock Exchange. This attack might not be on a national scale, but way larger. According to our correspondents from Great Burlington an almost identical terrorist attack destroyed the historical Saint Justin Stock Exchange building and killing several hundred Burlingtonians. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve declared the state of emergency mere minutes ago. In the same speech she mentioned that she will contact Jacob Rees-Mogg, Prime Minister of Great Burlington, immediately to discuss the further course of actions.

 

Ministry of the Interior uses terrorist attack to justify introduction of crime prevention system

 

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Two months ago the Ministry of the Interior presented a new crime prevention system dubbed Synapse. The system which combines tighter video surveillance, face tracking and identification algorithms, pattern recognition and machine learning, was made to decrease crime rates severely by predicting future crimes. Due to privacy laws the system was rejected. Now, after the terrorist attack on the Stock Exchange the Ministry of the Interior used the declared state of emergency to forcefully introduce the system. All surveillance cameras in Sunset City are now directly connected to the enormous server systems AI. To protect the tower of the Ministry of Interior from potential followup terrorist attacks the building is being protected by high-tech tanks and armed police drones. Privacy activists are expressing their disapproval through the internet.

 

Violent attacks against religious groups

 

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Several dozens of far-right hooligans have tried to break into a sacral building. The right-wing extremists claim that the members of the religious community are responsible for the terrorist attacks. Luckily the police arrived quickly and could stop the mob from lynching the innocent people. The police has dispatched security corps to protect sacral buildings all over Sunset City. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve has condemned the "disgusting acts of violence".

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Memorial to commemorate victims of stock exchange attacks erected

 

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It seems that the Sunset Sea Islands have calmed down after the recent terrorist attacks on the Sunset City Stock Exchange, which took the lives of hundreds and injured several dozens more. Even though our wounds have healed, they have left a scar. The names of all of the people who have lost their lives in the terrorist attacks have been engraved in a giant monument which stands where the stock exchange once was. In her speech during the opening ceremony Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve gave her thanks to the citizens and the government of Youtabonia, who have helped both physically and financially to overcome this national crisis as fast as possible. A statue to the Youtabonian helpers is to be erected soon as well. Mauve also mourned the deaths of several hundred Burlingtonians, who have lost their lives in a similar attack. Strangely enough, a connection between both attacks has yet to be found. No clue of an affiliation with the perpetrators of the Saint Justin Attacks has been uncovered. Besides the dramatic loss of life the largest consequence for the Sunset Sea Islands is the tightened grip of the Ministry of the Interior on the nation. Using the state of emergency the MoI has expanded it's powers. The laws, which were passed in a hurry, have enforced the MoI's authorities even after the state of emergency has been lifted. Conspiracy theories claim that Minister of Interior Maria Tumbleweed has been pulling the strings behind the terrorist attacks.

 

New projects of the Ministry of the Interior

 

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The new legislations passed during the state of emergency following the recent terrorist attacks have not only increased the power of the Ministry of the Interior, but also it's budget. Billions of Sols have already been spent on the new Synapse Crime Prevention System. Nevertheless the Ministry continues to update their equipment. Besides the enormous AI and the patrolling police drones the Ministry has also unveiled their plans for autonomous spider tanks. The small, but heavily armed, smart tanks are are supposed to support special ops in their fight against crime. Footage of an unarmed prototype has been presented to the government.

Meanwhile the Ministry has also started funding car manufacturers focussing on autonomous cars, for example Jebediah Kehrman's ALVA. Their goal is to connect the traffic lights and controls to the Synapse System as well. By bringing more autonomous cars onto the streets of the Sunset Sea Islands and connecting them with the Synapse System the Ministry wants to increase safety levels throughout the nation. Spending in both law enforcement and public transport has been increased severely.

Police drones still guard the building of the Ministry of the Interior tightly. "Now Sunset City not only has a castle, but also a fortress." said a columnist of the Sunset City Post.

 

Breakthrough in psychology research

 

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Although the technology is still in development, the Institute for Applied Sciences in Asimov, Sunset Island, has presented early forms of scanners, which can assess the mental states of individuals. This technology could be used to detect mental disorders or criminal intents. As expected, the seemingly omnipotent Ministry of Interior has taken a keen interest in the new developments and taken control over the research. "These scanners will become the eyes of the Synapse System." said Maria Tumbleweed, Minister of the Interior.

 

Haven't heard about VRSNs? Ask your children.

 

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A new development in the field of virtual reality has finally made the technology attractive for a broader audience. SOCIETY, the first Virtual Reality Social Network lets users create an avatar and an individual area in a virtual world in which they can chat and interact with other users through the internet. The popularity of the network has caused an unexpected rush on VR headsets. The sudden popularity of the systems, which have been formerly only relevant for hardcore gamers, has caused a substantial price drop. Manufacturers have doubled their production as this might mark the start of a new virtual revolution. The accompanying growth of the Sunset Sea Islandian IT industry has boosted the nation onto a new level of technological advancement and economical strength.

 

With the recent technological advancements, for example the autonomous military and civilian vehicles, psychological scans, virtual reality and most notably the Synapse System the Sunset Sea Islands have taken an enormous leap into the future. What has only been dreamt of by sci-fi enthusiasts might become reality in the next few days.

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Internet providers nationalised

 

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During a heated debate the parliament barely passed a legislation to nationalise all major internet providers of the Sunset Sea Islands. The government guarantees free high speed internet access throughout the nation for every citizen. Initial download and upload speed tests show an increase in both in comparison to the conditions before the new law. Although the government does not seem to be interested in censoring content on the internet, net activists still are suspicious of the situation. Political commentators say that the nationalisation happened under pressure of the Ministry of the Interior. Wether this is the next step to increase the range of the Synapse System or not, no initial drawbacks have been detected for the average citizen. At least Sunset Sea Islandians don't have to worry about paying their internet bills anymore, since the internet access is financed through tax money. Also, the debate about net neutrality should be solved for now.

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Parliament resumes work after two-week summer break

 

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During the last two weeks all of the 512 members of the Sunset Sea Islandian parliament could enjoy their yearly vacations. The usually busy MPs could relax on domestic beaches, travel across the globe or spend time with their families. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve stated on her social media profiles that she went to the remote village she was born in to visit her family. "It was really nice not having to rise at five in the morning for a change. Now I have lots of energy for the next year of legislations, debates and diplomacy!" Dr. Mauve will surely need all of that energy to tackle the tasks that lie immediately ahead. The parliament has to solve problems which have appeared over the course of the last fourteen days. What seems like a short while for the everyday citizen is enough time for hundreds of issues to accumulate.

 

New provocations from the Holy Empire of Derthalen

 

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Even though the Sunset Sea Islandian government tries to befriend as many nations as possible, some are more willing to engage in peaceful diplomacy than others. One of those is the Holy Empire of Derthalen, which rejects the good intentions time and time again. During a public speech in central Heinrichstadt, the capital of Derthalen, Emperor H. J. Fleischmann described the Sunset Sea Islands as "pathetic and defenceless" and stated that Derthalen would be able to conquer the Sunset Sea Islands in less than a day. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve reacted calmly to those provocations, as always. "Most nations have learned that conflict and aggression is not a sustainable way of interacting with others. Some still have to learn this lesson."

 

Trade agreements with Prymont improve relations and economies

 

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During the last years diplomatic relations between the United States of Prymont and the Sunset Sea Islands have improved steadily. Today George Duval, the president of Prymont, and Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve signed a bilateral trade agreement. Economists in both nations are very pleased with the contract and predict measurable economic growth as a direct consequence of the deal. Not only the economic cooperation with Prymont has flourished recently, the friendship between the citizens of both nations grows stronger every day. Prymont has become a popular tourist destination for Sunset Sea Islandians who seek snow and ice and the amount of Prymontian Tourists in Sunset Sea Islandian resorts has increased as well.

 

Imperial warships guard trade routes in Sunset Sea Islandian waters

 

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The Empire of Orioni, the closest international partner of the Sunset Sea Islands, has expressed concerns according the safety of shipping lanes between both nations. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve agreed to permit Imperial warships of Orioni to guard the shipping lanes even in Sunset Sea Islandian waters. Experts speculate that the major reason for the new safety concerns of the Empire are the nation's ongoing problems with pirates. Some say that the aggressive stance of the Holy Empire of Derthalen angered the other Empire. Dispatching Imperial warships to the Sunset Sea Islands is supposed to show that Orioni will not tolerate Derthalen's aggression and that they have our back.

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BREAKING NEWS: GUNMAN KILLS THREE IN SUNSET CITY

 

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Earlier today an armed individual shot and killed three civilians in central Sunset City. Witnesses say that the seemingly psychically unstable man suddenly pulled out a gun and started shooting into the crowd. The gunman was immediately shot by a nearby police man. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve expressed her grief and assured the families of the victims her support. Meanwhile the calls for a complete criminalisation of gun ownership increase. To prevent similar incidents in the future only policemen and other officials shall be allowed to carry firearms. This would also mean the complete abolition of gun clubs and similar organisations. Legislation is expected to pass during the next couple of days.

 

Crime punishments increased

 

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Even though such horrible incidents like the triple-shooting occur from time to time, the Sunset Sea Islands are amongst the nations with the lowest crime rate in Europa. The parliament decided to raise punishments for all kinds of crimes. Monetary fees and prison sentence lengths have been increased overall. A possible explanation for this dramatical change in penal code is that the population is not used to crimes and thereby affected stronger by them. In nations with high crime rates the population is used to crime, which has become a part of everyday life.

 

Small-scale anti-crown movements

 

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During the last few weeks small demonstrations have occurred in city centres. The relatively small groups of people, usually about one hundred to 250 citizens, demonstrate against the monarchy in the Sunset Sea Islands. King Tomasso I. was asked about these demonstrants during an interview. He said that he is deeply sorry that these citizens are so unsatisfied with the current situation in the Sunset Sea Islands. He expressed his sympathy and said that he understands that people might dislike monarchies in the twenty-first century. King Tomasso I. invited the leaders of those demonstrations to a dinner in the Royal Castle to discuss the current situation. The popularity of the Sunset Sea Islandian Royals is at a constantly high rate.

 

Ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags

 

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Environmentalists all over the Sunset Sea Islands rejoice after the production and distribution of classical plastic bags was banned in the nation following a freshly-passed legislation. Now only biodegradable plastic bags are allowed to be used in the Sunset Sea Islands. Non-degrading plastic bags have harmed the environment for decades, especially oceanic forms of life have suffered greatly because of plastic waste in the sea. With this new law the Sunset Sea Islands hope to be an example to other nations in Europa to combat climate change and the destruction of the environment.

 

Hermit crabs display signs of intelligence

 

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During a recent study, whose results were just made public, a team of zoologists, biologists and sociologists found out that hermit crabs behave in ways that can be attributed to intelligence. The researchers found out that the social interactions between hermit crabs resemble groups of human children. Science geeks and animal friends all over the nation are fascinated with the results of the study. Hardline "animal rescuers" have demanded human rights and citizenship to be bestowed upon hermit crabs. The lead scientist of the project tries to calm the situation down. "The crabs are clever and they have social structures. That does not mean that they are humans in shells."

 

Tea time trendy again

 

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To finish this newscast off on a light tone, it seems like an old tradition has made a comeback with the Sunset Sea Islandian youth. Several tea salons have appeared throughout the nation during the last few months. The trendy shops are filled with young people, talking, working and enjoying their free time over a cup of tea. Older generations are amused that something as old-fashioned as drinking tea is suddenly popular with young people. "I am happy to see youngsters enjoying a nice cup of tea with their friends in the afternoon." says Steve Michaels, a tea shop owner. "Everybody needs to relax from time to time, especially in these fast-paced times."

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BREAKING NEWS: DERTHALENER WARSHIPS IN SSI WATERS CAUSE DIPLOMATIC CRISIS

 

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The Imperial fleet of Orioni, which is currently securing trade routes between the SSI and the Beautiful Empire, informed the Sunset Sea Islandian government that they have spotted warships of the Holy Empire of Derthalen in Sunset Sea Islandian waters. The government was shocked, as this is a violation of the Sunset Sea Islandian waters and no naval exercise or similar manoeuvres were planned. Communication was established rapidly. According to the latest news, the warships were dispatched to protect the Sunset Sea Islands from a foreign invasion." It seems that the Derthalener government thought that the Sunset Sea Island were currently being invaded by Orioni. Even though the conflict was resolved fairly quickly, several national and international voices have condemned the intrusion into Sunset Sea Islandian waters. Except for the Sunset Sea Islands, the nations of Fleur de Lys, Cristina and Prymont reacted with shock and disbelief. Why Derthalen dispatched warships before informing anyone remains unknown. This crisis is the next incident in a row of events that have put a strain on the relations between the SSI and Derthalen.

 

Sunset Sea Islands Self-Defence Force (SSISDF) introduced

 

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Several decades after the abolition of the national army the Sunset Sea Islands once more have a military organisation. The newly introduced self-defence force consists entirely of volunteers and professional soldiers. The SSISDF has registered between fifteen and twenty thousand applications. Extensive training is needed to make the SDF able to operate. The organisation is being viewed with suspicion by most of the citizens since pacifism is deeply rooted in Sunset Sea Islandian education and culture. The future tasks of the SDF are search-and-rescue operations as well as border patrols. According to speculations the introduction of the self-defence force are a consequence of the recently worsening relations with the Holy Empire of Derthalen.

 

The largest radio telescope in the world built in the SSI

 

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After several years of work, the largest radio telescope in the world has been completed in the Sunset Sea Islands. The enormous dish with a 500m diameter was built in a meteorite crater on Bastion Island. The construction consumed enormous amounts of resources and money but the scientific advancements which the construction will bring to the nation are well worth it. The installation of this dish is the next step of the Sunset Sea Islands to become a global scientific powerhouse. The construction is able to detect cosmic radiation. This state-of-the-art machine already is the pride and joy of the Sunset Sea Islandian astronomists. Severe environmental regulations had to be maintained during the construction works. During the last years, the Sunset Sea Islands have invested enormous amounts of money to increase its scientific capabilities.

 

Public outcry stops privatisation of beaches

 

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After plans were published to privatise Sunset Sea Islandian beaches on Sunset Island, several thousand people have met on said beaches to protest against the plans. The public outcry was so strong that the government cancelled the plans completely. "Why do you think tourists and locals enjoy our nation so much? Because of our tropical environment of course! Privatising beaches would be the most stupid thing to do!" said an organiser of the protests. According to the private cooperation, which was interested in acquiring the rights to the beaches, one of the major reasons for the plans was the trash visitors leave on the beach. The protesters managed to organise a small army of volunteers to keep the beaches clean from now on through the internet. About 150 citizens want to clean the beaches once every two days completely. During the protests, the hashtags #KeepOurBeachesFree and #BeachCleaningArmy went viral. One of the major concerns of the protesters was that the potential owners might start charging fees for visitors.

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AI summit to be held in the Sunset Sea Islands

 

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Following a recent provocation by Derthalen a new international political debate has started. The Holy Empire criticised and even insulted the application of the Synapse System in the Sunset Sea Islands, as well as the advances of the nation in the scientific field of artificial intelligence. Derthalen called for an international summit to be held on this topic. After a written discussion between leaders of several nations, the decision was made to discuss the matter in the Sunset Sea Islands, the nation from which the reason for this discussion originated. Leaders of the United States of Prymont, the Republic of Fleur de Lys, the Free Port of Cristina and the Holy Empire of Derthalen will meet with Minister of the Interior Maria Tumbleweed to discuss the matters over the course of the next week. The leaders of all nations except Derthalen have applauded Sunset Sea Islandian advancements. During the discussion relations between Derthalen and Fleur de Lys suffered dramatically, so controversy is to be expected.

 

Aeronautic business with Fleur de Lys

 

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Currently, Sunset Sea Islandian Minister of Transport Um Li Tung is meeting up with Lysian DC de A?rospatiale R?my Georges Pierre Ferr? to discuss a business agreement between the two friendly nations. According to government information, the Sunset Sea Islands are interested in purchasing and pre-ordering five of the Lysian high tech supersonic planes. These planes are supposed to create high-speed connections between the Sunset Sea Islands, the Empire of Orioni, the United States of Prymont, and Fleur de Lys itself. As it appears, the Republic of Fleur de Lys is also interested in importing Sunset Sea Islandian uranium, which would further improve economic relations between the two nations. The Republic of Fleur de Lys is heavily relying on nuclear power to provide its seven million inhabitants with electricity and heat. After the recent trade agreements with Prymont, these discussions with Fleur de Lys lead to stronger economies on both sides of the deal and are the next step towards a global community which is growing together more and more.

 

Huamnitarian Aid for Kualoa

 

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The small island nation of Kualoa has been hit by a typhoon dubbed Aletta. The tropical storm has caused severe damage throughout the island chain. The economically weak Kualoa has asked for international help and received a huge amount of help in hours. Several nations have already dispatched helpers and the Sunset Sea Islands follow up. Goods in the worth of several million Sols and funds, as well as hundreds of voluntary helpers, have been sent to Kualoa. A major contributor from the Sunset Sea Islands is the newly founded Self Defence Force, which has dispatched trained professionals which help with saving trapped Kualoans, rescuing citizens in despair and rebuilding Kualoan infrastructure, as well as constructing emergency accommodations.

 

Several new Sunset Sea Islandian embassies opened throughout the world

 

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During the last few weeks, the Sunset Sea Islands have opened new embassies in several nations. Diplomatical relations have been strengthened by these facilities with St. Francoisbourg, Girkmand, Kualoa, Hybrok, Cavunia, Andalla and the Eurof?hrer. The tightening relations with many world nations show that the Sunset Sea Islands are a well-working member of the international community and that diplomacy is indeed the way to go to ensure a peaceful future. Other embassies are expected to be introduced during the next weeks and months as well.

 

Garbage collectors catch mafia members disposing of a corpse

 

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What sounds like a weird episode of CSI: Sunset City became reality during the early morning hours in a back alley of the capital. A team of garbage collectors noticed a group of shady men throwing a large plastic bag into a bio-waste container. "We went towards the men to ask them why they were throwing non-degradable plastic into a container for biological waste, but the moment they saw us they ran away. We checked the container and noticed that they threw a human body in there. Of course, we called the police immediately." The Sunset City police department rushed to the scene and managed to catch the perpetrators thanks to smart surveillance footage analysis by the Synapse System. As it turns out, the men were members of the Porto Rosso mafia clan, who were disposing of a dead snitch. All men are expecting to be convicted of murder or complicity.

 

New school year about to start

 

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Starting tomorrow, students throughout the Sunset Sea Islands will have to start going to school again. To the sorrow of school children, six weeks of summer holidays are about to come to an end. Once again the nation is faced with a shortage of trained personnel. The number of young, new teachers is decreasing from year to year. The Ministry of Education is considering introducing financial benefits for teachers to make the unpopular profession more attractive, such as tax cuts and discounts. Although the state of the education system could be improved with more active teachers, the average intelligence of Sunset Sea Islandian citizens continues to rise. Scores of school children increase from year to year.

 

Government-run dating site introduced

 

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A curious website has been opened yesterday. As the name suggests, the service MatchMaker.ssi is a dating site, but this one differs greatly from the rest of similar websites. This page is officially run by the government of the Sunset Sea Islands. The service is meant to be an experiment to test census data as well as the increasing capabilities of the Synapse System. Curiously, the amount of positive feedback is stunning. According to users of the website, they really feel like they have met the partner of their dreams. The algorithm analyses census data of users and compares it with others. This small application shows, that the Synapse System. is usable in different fields of action. Currently, the system controls CCTV systems, the road signals and supports the police in investigations. It seems like the reach of the system will be increased over the course of the next few months and years. Maria Tumbleweed will defend the Synapse System. during the coming international AI summit.

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Trans-Continental Science Initiative

 

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Earlier today members of the governments of Prymont, Magnaeus, Fleur de Lys and the Sunset Sea Islands have announced the foundation of the Trans-Continental Science Initiative (TCSI/ ISTC, Initiative Scientifique Trans-Continentale). The goals of this new international organisation are the protection and exploration of the Antargican continent, reducing global warming, protecting the environment, venturing into space and, most of all, advancing the scientific development of the human race.

 

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Whilst some of the TCSI's goals are still nowhere near achievement, the scientists from the four nations have already started working on their first project: a permanently inhabited base on Antargis. To support this massive undertaking new international trade deals had to be negotiated, for example with the Free Port of Cristina. Supplies are shipped from continental Europa to the SSI, and from our nation to an island off the coast of Antargis. An administrative base has been constructed there to control the work on the continent of Antargis.

The whole international community watches the actions of the newly founded initiative closely, since never before in history have nations on three different continents worked so closely together to further the advancement of the human race.

 

Andallan ship Kirsten M?ller sank

 

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A horrible tragedy has occurred recently, which caused the death of several Sunset Sea Islandians, Andallans, Casharis and Kualoans. An Andallan cargo ship sank after being hit by a derelict wave whilst en route from Holtrup, Andalla, to Porto Libertad. A Sunset Sea Islandian cargo vessel has noticed the Kirsten M?ller's disappearance and notified authorities. Akagi Masazumi, the captain of the M/V Star Oceans, managed to save several survivors. The Sunset Sea Islands have pledged to help Andalla to learn how exactly the ship sank. The government will provide the families of the three Sunset Sea Islandians, who have lost their lives, with financial and psychological support. Akagi Masazumi, the heroic captain, has been awarded the Sunset Sea Islandian Medal of Honour.

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Scramble for Antargis: Conference on EOS Island

 

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The board of the Initiative Scientifique Trans-Continentale reacted with shock to claims presented by EOS founding member, Orioni. The Entente of Oriental States has claimed vast areas of the Antargican continent, including areas under the protection of ISTC member states. The plans of EOS were met with international critique and a conference was issued almost immediately. Several international leaders will gather on EOS Island to discuss the fate of the southernmost continent. Prime Minister Dr. Lydia Mauve, who will be attending the conference, seeks the path of compromise, as always:

 

The goals of the Entente and the ISTC are not that different. We may disagree on certain aspects, we have the same goals in the end: scientific advancement and, most of all, a safe and protected Antargis. We will have to come to an agreement with the Entente regarding the claims of the continent, its administration, protection and utilisation. I am confident that we will find a solution that satisfies every party. The people of EOS are intelligent and I believe strongly that they are just as interested in prosperous cooperation as we are.

 

Trade deals with the Free Port of Cristina

 

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During the preparations for the scientific exploration of Antargis, the Sunset Sea Islands have reached out to the Free Port of Cristina, alongside the other ISTC member states. What began as a project to improve Cristinian infrastructure to grant Magnaeus and Fleur de Lys access to the ocean, has turned into a seed of flourishing business relations. After a few days of negotiations, a new trade deal has been created between the SSI and Cristina. The SSI have accepted a lucrative deal for exporting uranium to power Cristina's only nuclear power plant, information technology, naval vessels and, for Cristinians, exotic foodstuffs.

The Free Port of Cristina is heavily reliant on foreign trade since it declared its independence from the nation of Mantella, which does not recognise Cristina's sovereignty tries to sabotage the nation's integrity.

 

Launch of SUMATRA

 

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Sumatra, the SUaloan Maritime ATmospheric Radar Administration, has been introduced today. The joint programme between the island nations of Kualoa, Andalla and the Sunset Sea Islands is supposed to create an early detection system against natural catastrophes, such as typhoon Aletta, which has laid waste upon Kualoa recently. Currently, the system only operates on data from buoys in the ocean and Sunset Sea Islandian weather satellites, but there are plans to launch special SUMATRA-specific satellites from the SSI Space Exploration Centre. Most of the funding for the international programme is being provided by the SSI, because of the comparably weaker Andallan and the still recovering Kualoan economies. A Sunset Sea Islandian spokesperson of SUMATRA said: "Yes, the SSI provide the vast majority of funds for this project. But the money we invest into SUMATRA does not only benefit us, it saves the lives of people, who are less fortunate than we are. We should all be grateful to have found such nice partners as Andalla and Kualoa and we should be happy to help."

The Synapse system has been tasked with analysing all SUMATRA data to make weather predictions and early disaster detection more accurate.

Cooperation between SUMATRA and Orioni's system, MIDAS, is possible, but yet unannounced.

 

Foundation of the Socialist Resistance

 

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Several smaller, socialist or even communist parties have announced their merger into a new party, the freshly founded Socialist Resistance (SocRes). According to calculations, the party would gain around 3.5% of votes if there was an election this Sunday. During the last months socialist and borderline communist ideologies have been growing in popularity. Especially young people become more and more interested in this political system, which has long been declared failed. According to some analysts, the SocRes actually stands a chance of getting into parliament during the next elections. The formation of a larger party might enable them to pass the threshold of 5% of votes and, by that, to gain seats in the Sunset Sea Islandian parliament.

 

The undercover prohibition

 

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Laws regarding the consumption of drugs have been always harsh in the Sunset Sea Islands. In no other nation in the world is alcohol so expensive like in the SSI. Thanks to the vast distance between the SSI and its neighbour states alcohol trafficking becomes nearly impossible and authorities can crack down on lawbreakers easily. Now, the regulations according to the purchase of alcoholic beverages have been tightened once more. The costs of such drinks has doubled over night as a consequence of the newly passed law. A citizen we interviewed in central Sunset City describes the situation as follows: "What has been happening in the Sunset Sea Islands is an undercover prohibition. The government is not prohibiting alcohol, it is just making it so ridiculously expensive, that no one will be able to afford it anymore."

The Ministry of Health applauds the new legislation. According to analysts at the Synapse System, the crime rate has dropped noticeably every time new alcohol laws have been passed. Simulations predict the overall crime rate to hit an all time low during the next few weeks.

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WITH THIS THE NATION-WIDE EMERGENCY BROADCASTS END.

Our thoughts are with those who have lost their lives in the '17 Sorrows. May their deaths not have been in vain.

We will overcome. Long live the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands !

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Forgot the logo, lol.
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The Sunset Sea Islands welcome 2018

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Thousands have gathered in front of the new Sunset Sea Islandian governmental building to witness the magnificent firework show welcoming the new year. And truly, it was a sight to behold. From the countdown and light show on the giant screens on the sides of the building to the thousands of individual rockets being fired from all sides of the building, everything was awe-inspiring. The shapes and patterns that were formed by the multi-coloured rockets made all observers tilt their heads upwards continuously for almost five minutes.

The wonderful show did not only celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, but also the rebirth of the Sunset Sea Islands. After a year of numerous catastrophes, the Sunset Sea Islands face the future head-on and with lifted spirits.

This magnificent event was the most expensive fireworks show ever in the history of the nation and possibly, the world.

Largest company merger in history

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Exactly at midnight the largest company of the Sunset Sea Islands, Elegy Corporation, acquired the complete rights to two other companies on the SSI's top 5 list: Asimov R&D and Future Technologies. This merger has broken multiple records. It has been the largest corporation merger in history, it created a mega-corporation of previously unimaginable size and the stocks of Elegy Corp. are now the most expensive in the stock market.

With this, Elegy Corp., which has previously focussed on bioengineering, organic prosthetics and genetical modification of crops, has expanded into the fields of information technology, mechanical engineering and robotics.

Elegy Corp. is now the sole supplier of devices and technology to the Synapse System, as it has acquired all previous component suppliers with this merger.

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Scannable codes on the rise

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With the popularity of smart glasses and highly advanced portable pocket-sized computers surging, scannable codes have been appearing more and more in all forms of media. Virtually every advertisement or poster features a code in a corner for passer-bys to scan. By doing so, the user can access websites and other valuable information.

Lately, however, this technology has found new usages. The government started using QR codes to hotlink to official documents or websites and Synapse-approved signature codes have been legitimised as an official way of confirming your identity.

Furthermore, users of smart glasses can use the included camera to scan codes including news articles and instead of reading them, the software assistant will read them out to the user.

With new, highly advanced technologies like this on the rise, changes in traditional media are to be expected.

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Construction of the first city on Solitude Island begins

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The Ministry of Urban Development has given the starting shot for the first city to ever be constructed on the barren shore of Solitude Island. Tenma will be constructed on the northeastern shore of the smallest of the four main islands of the SSI to serve as a hub for trade ships arriving from and departing for the Manamana Canal and as a site for the more pollutant industries of the nation.

Furthermore, the completely pre-designed city will solve several housing problems both on Solitude Island and on Sunset Island. Both the staff of the national mines on Solitude Island and the scientists from the Sunset Sea Islands Space Exploration Centre will be able to find a new, nice home afar from but in reach of their workplaces. Also, thanks to the increased mining activities caused by the ramping up production of Elegy Corporation's super-concrete, additional workers will be resettled to the new city upon completion. This will also ease the shortage of living space in the metropolitan area of Sunset City.

In cooperation with the Sunset Sea Islandian government, major domestic corporations, led by Elegy Corporation, will also be funding the construction of the city heavily, as it will be the home of many of their employees. Naturally, Elegy's super-concrete will be the material of choice for the construction of the new city, as the cheap and quickly hardening material will make the construction of the city comparably quick and financially manageable. Furthermore, as the raw materials necessary for the concrete are being mined on the island, a large concrete factory will also be constructed in proximity to the city.

As Tenma is supposed to become the SSI's gateway to the direct route to @Synturia , it will also be the home of branch offices of several Synturian corporations, which are focussing on automation.

Although the island is mostly barren, environmental regulations will still have to be fulfilled. Nevertheless, the desolate island is a better place for the dirtier industries of the SSI than the other three, lush main islands.

Both the Ministry of Urban Development and the Sunset Sea Islandian government are confident, that project Tenma will be a great success.

Manamana settlement grows

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As more and more workers arrive at the construction site of the Manamana Canal, the settlement has been growing at an astonishing rate. About three thousand workers, half of which being @Synturian, the other half being citizens of the SSI, are living around the centre of the operation by now. To maintain the lives of what starts to resemble a small village, both Synturian and Sunset Sea Islandian authorities have opened hospitals and other infrastructural services. Cases have been reported of citizens from both nations moving to the site to open up shops and other services to make the lives of the construction workers more pleasant.

The construction of the "stair-like" canal has opened up the possibility to construct a hydroelectric power plant to cover the growing power demand of both the construction site and the expanding settlement. "There is no need to worry about damaging the local environment by constructing the power plant, as the construction of the canal is already doing so. Whether we build the plant or not will not have a large impact on the scale of damage we are already causing. Nevertheless, we are constantly working on minimizing the impact on the local wildlife." a representative of the project told us.

Furthermore, as several hundred workers have asked whether their families may move with them to the site, the question arose, whether local schools would have to be constructed in the settlement and whether Synturian and Sunset Sea Islandian children should visit the same schools. A joint Virtual Reality meeting of the boards of educations of both nations has been called in to discuss the situation.

Elegy signs contract to construct forts in @Asgeirria

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Following a business deal with the Republic of Asgeirria, Elegy Corporation has agreed to construct several super-concrete fortifications on Asgeirrian territory. As the nation is currently involved in armed conflict with its smaller neighbours, the nation searched for foreign companies to reinforce the infrastructure in their core provinces. This deal is a direct consequence of Elegy recently opening a commercial embassy in Asgeirria, nevertheless, there have already been several protests against the project in the streets of the Sunset Sea Islands. Several hundreds of political activists have shown their anger on the streets, as the pacifistic population of the Radiant Republic condemns the warlike conflicts Asgeirria is involved in. However, as Elegy is a privately owned company and as there are no laws prohibiting business with nations involved in warfare, the deal is legal. The protesters are demanding sanctions against Asgeirria, however, even if the government would introduce sanctions now, it would be too late to cancel the construction of the forts.

Elegy is expecting high profits from the deal with Asgeirria.

Pilot project: free food for every SSI citizen

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An interesting pilot project has been started in the central district of Sunset City. After showing their citizen IDs, every citizen registered in the district has the right to receive a package of healthy and nutrient-rich ingredients once a week free of charge. By doing so the government wants to motivate the citizens to cook at home instead of consuming unhealthy fast food. Furthermore, the pilot project might be a step towards a more just and equal society in which citizens won't have to worry about basic subsistence. Right now the project is only running in one district to see how high the demand for the project is. Depending on the results of the test phase a national implementation of the system is possible.

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First step of Manamana ship lift "stairs"

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The Manamana Canal will go down in history as one of the most complex structures of our time. Not only is the digging of the new waterway an extremely difficult and work-intensive task, but it is only one of the many parts of the Manamana Canal project. Our correspondents in Manamana transmitted the following footage showing the almost completed "first step" in the stair-like chain of ship lifts that will carry the passing ships up and down the canal. It is hard to imagine that this complex construction will only be the first of many. Truly, this mammoth project is a shining example of human ingenuity, materialised by the combined efforts of workers, scientists and engineers from @Synturia and the Sunset Sea Islands. The numbers of workers and their families are growing in the meantime with additional questions of national authority arising. Representatives of both nations are to meet to discuss the matter. Rumours are rising that the settlements around the Manamana Canal construction site will be put under a common authority by creating a semi-autonomous, transnational city. These rumours have yet to be declined or confirmed.

Construction of Tenma progressing smoothly

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Even though the project Tenma is not as complex or costly as the Manamana Canal, the construction of the first city on Solitude Island, Tenma, is progressing smoothly and impressively. An observer commented that "the residential buildings spring up like mushrooms out of moist forest soil during monsoon". Furthermore, the weather is just perfect for the construction effort. The clear blue skies and temperatures in the upper twenties are improving the working conditions as the super concrete is drying at a fast rate, resulting in shortened construction times. Naturally, the construction sites put a lot of effort in providing the workers with a lot of fresh drinking water to prevent workers from collapsing in the bright, equatorial light of the sun. Even though Tenma will be the northernmost city of the Sunset Sea Island, it will be just barely south of the equator.

Walmington-On-Sea: leftover funds donated to @Gallambria for quake-proof buildings

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With Gallambrian authorities initiating a massive infrastructural initiative to make Walmington-On-Sea the "world's most quake-safe city" following the horrific earthquake which hit the city, the government of the Sunset Sea Islands has decided to donate the leftover funds from the international aid effort to the project. According to the foreign office of the Sunset Sea Islands, the resources are meant to be used to fund research on and construction of earthquake-proof buildings. Elegy Corporation has got wind of a perfect business opportunity to sell their super concrete at reduced prizes but in large quantities to Gallambria to increase the speed of the recovery work and the future construction efforts. We will have to wait and see whether Gallambria accepts the offer or not, but in the name of international friendship and cooperation, we sincerely hope so.

Pilot project: high demand for free ingredients

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Following the initiation of a pilot project last week which gives every citizen of the SSI registered in a test area in Sunset City a free ration of ingredients, mostly vegetables, fruits and spices, the organisers report the first week as a huge success. The demand for the service is way higher than expected which pleases the authorities greatly. According to the head of the project, a necessary milestone has been reached so that the project can be expanded to the central Sunset City districts next month. Although the population of this area will be a multiple of the current test area, the pilot project will be able to fit the needs of this area if the share of people who collect the free rations remains mostly the same, according to the authorities. The organisers of the pilot project hope that the free rations will teach the urban Sunset Sea Islandians how to eat healthily and how to cook, as many people are using heavily processed foods as their primary source of nutrients.

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