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HOLBERG "SHOCKED, CONFUSED AND DISAPPOINTED" AT PL KING'S "RESPONSE"

By: Adam Forslund | March 23, 2018


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:pic: An aerial photo of a patch of land within what is now @Poland-Lithuania's alleged newly-annexed "barbarian region".

ARKHAVN - Yesterday, Polish-Lithuanian national news provider the Commonwealth Times released an article on the Polish-Lithuanian king, Cosamar IV Eugastin, answering several questions from "angry letters" that were allegedly sent to the Polish-Lithuanian government from other governments. The letters allegedly questioned the validity of Poland-Lithuania's claimed "annexation" of "barbarian lands".

MA Sylvia Holberg has once again stepped into the spotlight, commenting on the recent article. Others have followed suit, including a short word by President Johansen.

"Earlier my secretary handed me a transcription of the Commonwealth Times' article, and I really don't know what's going to happen next," she said in a statement. "It got me shocked, confused and disappointed, all at the same time. I've never felt that really strong sensation since the report on that group of nude children dancing to 'This is the Greatest Shoe' in the Arkhavn Metro."

"First off. It makes no use whatsoever of any formal language; it looks as if it were a transcription of a normal conversation," said Holberg. "And then there's this whole backstory on the 'angry letters'. These are heads of government you're talking about here! Do you know that they have to make sure their messages to other leaders are kept polite and ethical? And you tell me that those questions sounded 'very similar' to what really was said? I am even further disappointed at the way the King responds to these inquiries. Again, heads of government have to make sure their messages are polite and ethical, but he answers them back in a near-arrogant manner? Also, what do you mean by 'annexing land through your news'? That part really confused me."

"I don't intend to insult or offend anyone. I'm just really shocked, from the way the article was written and the way the King replies. What has happened to dignity and formality? Please, bring them back," she continued.

"I remember reading a previous article on the King taking over the Commonwealth Times, but now he says he doesn't even have control over who to punish," she said in a later interview. "Also, what's Bangladesh? After a quick search I really couldn't find out what 'Bangladesh' is. My apologies if there's something I don't know. But what is it, maybe where is it, and how is it connected to 74 million people? I'd imagine it's a high-density city center or something? Actually, in the first place, how did 74 million people get into the wilderness despite being next to Poland-Lithuania? That's a lot of castaways."

Following Holberg's statement, President Johansen released a few comments on the issue: "I am appalled by this report. I can assure you that I would never comment on an issue in such a negative manner. Nor do I believe that other national leaders, say Primo Deitorr, would say anything like that. We ought to say our words in a more polite and respectful way."

Both Holberg and Johansen's comments have received minimal disapproval, with a majority of the public seemingly maintaining a neutral or agreeing stance at the statements.

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OOC: Minimal formatting for now, am doing this on mobile. Apologies.


EXERCISE ATGEIR "POSTPONED DUE TO CANAMO THREAT"

By: Sven Dahlssen | April 9, 2018


TRIDENT naval exercise "ATGEIR" has been postponed indefinitely due to the "threat of @Ahranaian aggression in the Canamo", said ACN Chief of Staff Admiral Alexander Børge in a public announcement.

The Socialist Federation has recently released a number of reports regarding the deployment of several warships from the Canamo to the Mediargic, to constitute a new Ahranaian fleet in the area. Responses from @Prymont have been increasingly worried.

According to Børge, Exercise ATGEIR will resume when the situation in the Canamo is stable and under control.

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BENDTSEN TO AHRANA: "KEEP XARA CLEAN"

By: Nichole Cederström | April 11, 2018


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:pic: The newly-constructed Kathrine Hermansen Joint Research Base near Yfjölav, managed by the Andallan Wilderness Institute (AWI) and the @Ahranaian Sub-Ministry of Land and Geography. It houses the headquarters of the Andallan Xara Research Mission (AXARM). It was named after Kathrine Hermansen, the first Andallan researcher who gave up her life in the long search for Yfjölav.

ARKHAVN - "It is our duty, as the ancient inhabitants of Xara, to keep it clean," said Foreign Minister Alexander Bendtsen in a public statement. "Xara is a historical jewel; an important, game-changing discovery. We must preserve it, not plunder it."

Foreign Minister Bendtsen released the statement after alleged Ahranaian oppression of the Xaraians caught attention. Following the discovery of Yfjölav, several teams were sent by the Ahranaian military to survey and secure the area. However, according to several @Prymontian sources, most notably President George Duval, the Ahranaian expeditionary forces oppressed the native Xaraians in order to stop them from an uprising.

Foreign Minister Bendtsen also expressed his opinions against Ahranaian plans to colonize Xara. "Respect the land," he said. "Xara is the land of our ancestors, from where our two peoples originated; we must not show any ingratitude towards her."

According to a report by researcher Inge Dalgaard, the native Xaraians have created a rudimentary governmental system, thus classifying Xara as an unrecognized state. Despite this, the Ahranaian government claims the Xaraians have requested help from Ahrana.

 Social scientists fear that the Xaraians will continue to be exposed to modern ways of life, effectively destroying their unique culture. Science Minister Steffen Thrane called Xara a "disaster", saying that the curious Xaraians would throw away their ways of life and instead assimilate into the Ahranaian culture.

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ADJISI PLANE SHOT DOWN, NO SURVIVORS

By: Önde Larsson | April 29, 2018


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ADISJI

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The aircraft carrying world-famous DJ Thorbjørn Bergquist, better known by his stage name Adisji, was shot down over the wilderness west of @Ahrana on April 27. 

Adjisi's personal business jet, a Skandinavisk D-55 registered D-ADYC, was en route to Canastota, @Prymont from Kimberly, @Girkmand for his 2018 Argis tour. At around 11 PM local time, it disappeared from the radar. Details gathered from the aircraft's last conversation with Moskovo Center ATC revealed that the plane was most likely hit by a surface-to-air missile of unknown origin and exploded, killing everyone on board. Ahranaian authorities acted quickly to inform the Andallan Civil Air Safety Administration (ACASA) and Adisji's manager, Martin Rehn.

The incident was initially kept quiet, with the upcoming Adisji concert in Canastota being postponed indefinitely due to his aircraft being "temporarily unable" to reach Canastota. At 2 PM on April 28, Martin Rehn publicly announced the tragic  incident and the passing of Bergquist. "It is with unfathomable difficulty for us to inform you that our beloved Adisji is now at peace. The Bergquist family is deeply grieved by the tragic loss of Adisji, and we request everyone to honor their period of mourning. We gladly welcome your support and prayers for the family he left behind. No further statements will be made until the family recovers."

Shortly after Rehn's statement, the Andallan Civil Air Safety Administration (ACASA) released a number of details regarding the incident. The incident remains under investigation, as several investigators departed for Ahrana to search for the wreckage site. The origin of the missile is still currently unknown, and has been placed as one of the top priorities of the investigation.

Numerous celebrities and fellow DJs have expressed their condolences, including Andallan-@Iverican singer Ruru Manille, Julia Anne San Juan, Tore Bruer, DJ R-Bro, Jessica Nordstedt, and Suveraene. At 5 PM AST on April 28, midnight in Canastota, fans lit candles and laid flowers next to a large picture of Adisji at the OstportX Arena, where he was scheduled to perform. Similar events occurred at other Adisji concert locations.

After sending his condolences to Adisji's family and all his fans via Wittier, DJ R-Bro announced that he would be working with Adisji's record label, Aesta Records, to produce a cover of his most popular song, When It's All Over. All proceeds of the song would be donated to Bergquist's immediate family.

When It's All Over, Adisji's most successful song, enjoyed widespread success within the first few weeks of its release in July 2013. The song peaked at #1 in 8 countries, while entering into the top 10 of 12 more, becoming the most successful Andallan song since Jessica Nordstedt's Don't Stop Us Now in 2008. The song held the position of #1 on the Hitlisten Top 40 for 10 weeks.


OOC: Here's a neat coincidence. The person I used for Thorbjørn Bergquist is Dutch-Filipino DJ Laidback Luke, a good friend of Avicii and one of his early mentors.

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ATTENTION: Following, a bit of a... violent reaction, I've revised the previous post. Now, Adisji's plane gets shot down over the wilderness, presumably by a terrorist group.

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STU SINGERS PERFORM AT THE CAPE ARKHAVN

By: Sigurd Hanssen | September 30, 2018


:pic: The award-winning ensemble performed several Christmas songs at The Cape Hotel Arkhavn earlier.

ARKHAVN - The STU Singers, an internationally-recognized choral group from the University of Saint Thorbjorn or Sankt Thorbjorns Universitet, performed the classic Andallan Christmas song "De Jultraaer er Skinner" ("The Christmas Trees Are Shining") at the lobby of The Cape Hotel Arkhavn earlier. Other songs were also performed, culminating with "Hør, Du Hører Engel Sang" ("Listen to the Angles Singing").

The performance was deliberately scheduled to take place on the last day of September. The 30th of September is often colloquially referred to as "Andallan Christmas Eve" as Christmas ("Jul") festivities often begin as early as October.

In cooperation with the STU Singers, The Cape Hotel had its Christmas decorations set up already by October 28, a week before most businesses begin Christmas preparations.

The performance is the first in a series of benefit performances featuring local and international Christmas classics. The series is entitled "Et Barn, En Jul" ("One Child, One Christmas"), as all proceedings will be donated to rural impoverished families with young children.

"The realization that there still are children who cannot celebrate Jul is truly... painful. That was the strongest driving force behind the creation of this performance," said the STU Singers' conductor Helen Lauritsen. "With Et Barn, En Jul, we at STU are hoping to allow every Andallan child, rich or poor, to celebrate a meaningful Christmas this year."

Throughout the Jul season from October to January, the STU Singers will be performing in malls, hotel lobbies and airports around the country.

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AL AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCES "VIOLENT SHAKING"

By: David Thomassen | October 23, 2018


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:pic: The aircraft, an Aamotech Slankstråle, photographed at @Variota's Kaptein A.H.Ferrefaaier International Airport in 2017.

ARKHAVN - Andallan Airways flight AL6, a 10-hour daily flight between Meda, @Orioni and Arkhavn, experienced "violent shaking" while descending towards Ivan Petersen International Airport earlier.

The aircraft landed safely at 10:33 AM, with no injuries reported.

"We were about to land, then the aircraft began to shake," said passenger Oliver Clemmenssen. "At first I thought it was just turbulence, but it grew stronger, until you could really hear everything shaking."

The shaking, which was caused by wake turbulence from a previous arrival, lasted about 15 seconds. According to passengers, the cabin was shaking violently, but later reports indicated no damage to the cabin.

"Wake turbulence is not unusual on aircraft," said pilot Eli Hartmann, who was in charge of AL6 at the time. "It occurs when an aircraft creates a disturbance in the wind, causing the aircraft behind it to shake."

According to AT's resident aviation correspondent Stefan Flugdahl, "the tip of the wing may form invisible vortexes as it moves through the air. Usually these vortexes just fade away, but sometimes these vortexes may hit the aircraft flying behind. This happens when the wind is strong enough to create larger vortexes, or the aircraft fly too close to each other."

Following the incident, Andallan Airways released a statement on Wittier apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the incident.

The aircraft involved was a @Prymontian-built Aamotech Slankstråle, registered A-ALSH. It was delivered brand-new to Andallan Airways on 5 January 2008 and has been serving continuously with the airline for 10.8 years.

Preceding AL6 was KAir Flight 1 (KH1), the airline's flagship service between Saipuo and Arkhavn, which is also operated by an Aamotech Slankstråle.

Both aircraft landed safely, with no damages or passenger injuries reported.


OOC: Aamotech doesn't really have model designators (none that I know of), so if ever any clarification is needed - the AL aircraft was a 777-300ER, while the KAir one was a 777-300.

OOC (2): Yes, I'll be using BA for Andallan Airways. The tail pattern is identical to the Andallan flag.

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      Gripen Artilerieselskab A/S is a manufacturer of heavy guns and artillery, including naval artillery, field artillery and tank guns. It has been the dominant manufacturer of naval guns in Andalla since the early 1800s. Its headquarters are located in Askanger, near the Askanger Steel Yard. The company was founded in 1788 after businessman Gjermund Hatlestad purchased one of the artillery factories in the Askanger Steel Yard. Though it was unsuccessful, Hatlestad acquired more factories with the money he was earning from his other businesses and eventually grew the company to become a major producer of naval artillery.
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    • Murdercubism is now an officially recognised religion Alphonse von Wallenstein, 09 December 2018 15:12 A young "kommando" devotee of the Murder Cube paying his respects at the Prince Willem Armoury Museum In 2004, artist Norm Alfred unveiled a masterpiece at the Prince Willem Armoury Museum, Gottesberg. He envisioned his “magnum opus” - hundreds of discarded firearms sculpted into a giant cube - to be the creation of art through the destruction of weapons, a powerful and lasting monument to peace. But as old wisdom tells us, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Alfred certainly saw beauty in his work. It’s a fantastic work of art, after all. However, to the wider Rhodellian internet community, it was beautiful in a different, more grizzly way. The exhibit opened to the general public without much fanfare. But, within weeks, hundreds of visitors were suddenly flocking to see it. These beholders weren’t the daisy-chaining, “kumbaya”-singing hippies Alfred had expected. Instead, his art piece had become the unlikely pilgrimage site of many thousands of young Rhodellian netizens wielding gas masks and old surplus rifles (jokingly referred to as “nuggets”). Each would kneel to the great monolith, offering tributes ranging from cans of Chef Boyardee to “milk for the cornflakes”. Together they would chant “Ave nex alea” and "Cheeki breeki" among other tongue-in-cheek slogans . They saw no symbol of peace, but a tribute to death and destruction. To them, this was their almighty monolith: The Murder Cube. Every year, dozens of thousands of young Rhodellians embark on pilgrimages to the Murder Cube. Pilgrims come from all walks of life. They range from students wishing for the best marks on their school marksmanship exams, to conscripts entering national service after college, to boots praying for success as professional soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors. Increased traffic to the Prince Willem Armoury Museum has led to the Murder Cube being moved to bigger rooms (twice), road improvements being constructed all over the local area, and a bustling local tourist industry capitalising on the year-wide influx of pilgrims. None of this shows any sign of slowing down.  What might have started out as an in-joke from some shady corner of the internet has grown into a staple of Rhodellian popular culture. As of December 6, 2018, 14 years after its creation, the glorious Murder Cube had ascended to new heights transcending that of cyberspace. A new addition appeared on the Department of State’s roster of officially recognised religions: Murdercubism. News of this grew viral across many social media platforms, with many struggling to believe that worship of the Murder Cube was now, unironically, eligible to be recorded on legal documents. The majority of responses are positive thus far with many Rhodellians internet communities celebrating this development as a cultural victory. On the other hand, many other netizens felt more skeptical, stating that “the joke went too far” and that Murdercubism’s recent recognition as a valid religion was a "letdown to the many other smaller and unrecognised cultures present in a truly rich and diverse Rhodellian nation”.  Regardless of Murdercubism's official status, countless young devotees will continue to embark on grand pilgrimages just to see their monolith and praise its glorious name wherever they may be. It seems that the Murder Cube, Rhodellia’s unofficial patron deity, is here to stay.
    • Vardin El Al hadn't canceled flights to Aluxia's capital since the civil war had erupted. Four Shai operatives had been assigned to make their way to the territory held by the Free Aluxian Army and to provide their 'services.' The plane had landed at Vardin's modest airport - it didn't see many flights daily. On their plane alone, there were only a handful of people - exactly 10. Some in the airline business would say that operating such flights were unsustainable but the Government mandated the company continue its schedule on an illusion of confidence in the current Imperial throne and to 'be prepared for further activity' should the need be required. The head of the operation was an experienced agent by the name Raphael Bauman, who had shown talent in basic training to be given an opportunity to serve his country in the reconnaissance squad of the elite 1st Golani Division of the Army. Following several successful operations, the nation's intelligence bureau, the Shai, heard of his talents and had him brought off the front lines and to work from the shadows. His instructions were quite explicit: connect with the Free Army by whatever means. It wasn't the first time his superiors had given him no guidance whatsoever. The Aluxian officials glanced at his passport with considerable care. Clearly, there were tensions and they were not as much to do with the war as it was from where he was coming from, let alone his own appearance. Despite this, the Aluxian inspectors had bigger fish to catch than cause an incident with him and so let him on his way. He emerged from the terminal building and witnessed the first hints of concern in Vardin. Soldiers were everywhere. From the building entrance to the gates of the entire airport. The reigning monarch didn't take anything for granted. He may have controlled the capital but fighting a civil war in this day in age was far different than if it had occurred at the turn of the last century, or even further back in time. Due to the war, travelers were light and there was all but one car waiting out front - it was for him and his colleagues. "Your friend Uri sent me to collect you," said the driver. Raphael nodded and nodded to his fellow operatives and all got into the car. Just as they exited the airport, they were halted by soldiers. "Where are you going?" asked the commanding soldier. "Tikva Mission, Embassy Quarter." The squad of soldiers eyed them and returned their gaze to the driver. "These two trucks of men will escort you," the commanding officer said. The driver nodded and turned back to his passengers. "Paranoia over rebel attack," he said, "has them all on edge." Bauman didn't respond and thought to himself particularly because the rebels were hundreds of miles away and wherein no position to assault the capital anytime soon.  The now-convoy of vehicles made their way towards the center of the capital. Driving through the suburban ring and into the center, soldiers were ever-present. "Martial law is in effect," said one loudspeaker they drove past. "Please comply with all regulations." The driver remarked, "it's been like this for nearly two weeks. Won't be changing anytime soon." Soon enough the vehicles reached the barricaded Embassy Quarter where hundreds of Aluxians were arguing with soldiers and law enforcement personnel to get through - all of whom wanted to escape the country and the chaos unfolding. Their escort peeled away and returned to the airport while their car slipped through the gates and approached the Mission. Ambassador Asimov was waiting for them outside. "Brothers and sisters, I am happy to hear that you made it," he announced as the group of four got out. "We have much to talk about it, Bauman," the ambassador paused, "I have a gift for you in the basement, I will have Aram bring it up." The group of five moved to Uri's study to begin their meeting. Idle chit-chat while Aram brought Raphael's 'gift' upstairs. He placed it on the table in front of them, "thank you, you are dismissed." He took his leave. "Now, let's get right to the chance. We do not have long. You might have gotten into Vardin, getting out of it is incredibly difficult," he paused before continuing. "I have some items that may aid your mission including a rough sketch of the Vardin sewers compiled by some...contacts I have within the Imperial Security units here. I recommend you use it to guide yourselves through to the outskirts of the city. I have some burner phones with pre-paid cards for inter-team communications. I have also placed in a small directory of essential numbers. Do not lose it under any circumstances. Eat it if you must, but memorize first." "Along with the standard gear you'd probably need. I've also managed to sneak you a few weapons that I purchased on the 'grey' market. Ammo is also included. Be careful with your supply. I am aware of your brief mission getting in contact with the FAA. It is much too challenging to go straight across the country where the fighting is stewing. Instead, there is another location that may be far easier to liaise with them. Make your way north to Chukba. I hear they are making a push there in the very near future." The ambassador scanned the room. "Any questions?" "What about the 10 million Shekels we're contributing," said one of the four operatives. "I've already taken care of it. Do not worry about it. You have more important things that concerning yourself with the disbursement of dark money." Seeing no other inquiries, he concluded his conversation with the group, "stay here in the embassy this evening, and make your way to the sewer grate in the back of the compound after midnight. You have to be out of the sewers by sunrise." Each operative shook his hand and got up. Raphael was the last to stand up and shake Uri's hand. He was pulled in closer. "You have to hurry and get to Chukba. I haven't heard from Kuzha Yosef Khaimov and Mikel Levitin in five days." Bauman nodded. "We'll find out what's going on." Uri escorted him out to his colleagues. "Feel free to use the third-floor guest rooms to prepare."
    • The Kirvinska counterpart to the Rihannsu and Shffahkian plans of expansion on Aurelia, Blood in the Snow, takes the form of the unfortunate meddling and panache that could come from only one man: a young son of an old Duke's Musketeer, set out to a border province on word of a possible commission. The hot-blooded energy of his youth drives him to actions that any other man would have ignored, and through a series of unfortunate duels, the status of the Cagora valley is suddenly thrown into jeopardy. The once self-sustaining river valley, robbed of its leadership, is driven into the arms of its former overlord- the newly ascendant Kirvina, bolstered by its new status as a member of a powerful League- the Aurelian League. Blood in the Snow plays out in five acts, the first introducing the young man driving its events and the unfortunate mission which took him to Cagora to begin with. It is not an eventline which directly affects most of you out there, but is simply a narrative adventure for your literary pleasure, and should be treated as such: a window into the flair and flamboyance of a culture long gone. Through it one may hear the stories of things lost to the past- duels, noble love, and ultimately the fate of a Duchy. I am open to take any questions about it, the way and timeframe in which it will be completed, and the nature of the political climate surrounding it. Barring any changes, the current completion date for this expansion will be MARCH 1, 2019. The layout of the Cagora river valley is placed below for your convenience. Moderators Involved: @Sunset Sea Islands Players Involved: @Rihan @Shffahkia List to be updated at leisure.
    • @Orioni, I have taken some time to think about the map placement and this is probably the best option as I can justify the Samarran Valley right on the southern border. Plus even if Cashar is 'dormant' no harm in at least having someone share a border with. If this is the ultimate placement, then placement of cities remain except that Harel is at the confluence of the river and the sea, Katzilya is to its right, and Adora further to the right a third of the way to the eastern edge. Ayalon would be placed inland, rather central on the image above. I think adding any other cities to this plot would make it too busy. Let me know if there is anything else you need.
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