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February 12, 2018- 1230 IST

-Iverican registered cruise ship boarded by Circle of Death cell--1,000 passengers at risk

 

Sakspati Cape, International Waters- Early this morning, local maritime authorities were shocked to receive a distress call from a cruise ship passing the Sakspati Cape. Coming from the civilian cruise ship, Dona Parass, the call stated that the vessel was being boarded from multiple fast-moving skiffs.

The details are as of now, unclear. But according to the distress call, it can be ascertained that the pirates are armed with automatic weaponry and have every intention of taking hostages and plunder.

According to a source in Corregidor Maritime Command, the Armada has scrambled its closest task unit to investigate, and hopefully, resolve the issue without loss of life.

As of now, INBC will be monitoring the appropriate channels regularly for any updates. I'm Anita Gamboa, for Iverica One.

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DONA PARASS HOSTAGE SITUATION ENDS IN FIREFIGHT- 12 PASSENGERS SLAIN

February 14, 2018

 

-12 Passengers, 2 Navy, 30 Hijackers dead in hostage rescue operation

Sakspati Cape, International Waters- Early this morning, members of the Armada Special Operations Command launched a large operation for the rescue of the remaining passengers of the Dona Parass cruise ship which had been hijacked by a large Circle of Death cell just yesterday.

The hijackers had immediately claimed their affiliation with the Hellenic Russian, now international, terrorist organisation. Sources in Corregidor Maritime Command (CMC) have claimed that the hijackers had attempted to run the Dona Parass aground on a nearby reef, so that their ground accomplices could proceed to move hostages and plunder from the cruise ship. However, our source also claims that this plan was thwarted by an Armada Redentor class Littoral Combat Ship, the VRI Sant Tomas (LCS-018) which had intercepted the hijacked ship as she bore down on the reef.

Officer in charge of the hostage rescue operation, Comandante Gregorio Segovia, of the Armada Special Boat Unit (SBU), reportedly forced the operation underway 4 hours earlier than originally planned, citing the possibility of greater loss of hostage lives due to the "daring interception made by the Sant Tomas". This decision, however, came at a cost. The details are yet to be confirmed by Corregidor, but as of now, we can ascertain that the early launch of the operation had caught support assets like aerial reconnaissance and Republican Marine Corps (RMC), unable to respond in time.

In the ensuing chaos, 2 SBU operators were killed by hostile fire and 3 more were seriously injured in what can only be speculated from amateur videography as a gas explosion from amidships--which claimed 9 of the total civilian casualties.

As Corregidor has yet to release the complete data on the mission, INBC cannot yet confirm the exact events which have just taken place on the Dona Parass, though NGOs and medical units have released some data able to paint a figure of the results. The hijackers had purportedly numbered just shy of 200 men, 30 of which were killed, another 50 injured, while the rest were able to flee on skiffs used for the initial boarding. 12 Civilians were killed, with another 20 injured by stray fire, shrapnel, or burns from the gas explosion. CMC has also yet to release the status of the 3 wounded Armada personnel.

More on this as follows.


 

MUTUAL EMBASSIES WITH GALLAMBRIA

February 21, 2018

In a short Palá conference today, Primo Franso Deitorr included a statement expressing the Republic's intention to expand diplomatic ties with the Kingdom of @Gallambria . According to Primo Deitorr's statement;

"Iverican-Gallambrian ties have been strengthened in the wake of the recent tragedies befalling Walmington On Sea. Noting that the Kingdom has not only recognised our openness to cooperation in the recent months, allowing our diplomatic parties a formal embassy, as well as recognising the efforts of our valiant civil servicepersons working to create a safer Walmington On Sea--it is only natural that we likewise provide mutual establishment for the Gallambrian delegations. I am proud to announce that the Republic will be opening the diplomatic district to a Gallambrian Embassy. We are confident that this establishment will only prove to cement our relations for future endeavours and further aid in solidarity against any mutual tribulations that may come."

When questioned about the possibility of future joint-projects with the Kingdom, Primo Deitorr suggested that the Republic would be "open to any joint military exercises, or any mutual infrastructure development that His Majesty Albert II or the Gallambrian Parliament, might be likewise inclined to".

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MARCH 25, 2018

 

"Thank you for that update, Isabel"

Now to conclude today's headlines we have a short report, this time about the domestic energy grid and a surprising innovation that seeks to change the playing field of Iverican nuclear energy.

It has been years since the controversial Léon Nuclear Power Plant (LNPP) was suspended indefinitely. Since it's mothballing over three decades prior, one could say that future of the project looked bleak.

Despite employing over 500 construction personnel and over 218 skilled labours and nuclear professionals, the projects eventually fell through, owing to a plethora of reasons involving the danger of a uranium-cycle reactor with the seismic instability of the already ground-broken site--something pushed by Léon Power Solutions Llc., in an attempt to take advantage of the growing demands of the production haven known as the "Léon River Valley". Ultimately the judiciary forced a probe, and in 1982, the project was moth-balled on "indefinite suspension".

At the centre of the promised multitude of jobs, and the potential for Iverican growth--was the development of Iverica's first nuclear reactor--a uranium fuel cycle unit that prospectively would have closed down nearly a dozen coal-fired facilities while still meeting the demands of the Léon power grid, a move touted by environmentalists and nuclear-power proponents alike as a "win-win".

These days the LNPP has become an entity at the heart of many false promises and election bids, with many leaders over the years proposing to reconsider development and open up Iverica's second largest production facility to a scale to meet global demands. But as always, cooler heads seemed to prevail, lobbying in firm protest to the potential nuclear disaster likely to follow opening a nuclear reactor on a less-than-ideal plot of real estate.

But with the forays into what has been dubbed "Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors" (LFTR), a technology proposed in the 1970's but only now making headway into the realm of execution. According to a paper published in the peer-reviewed University of Intreimor Journal, LFTR is a fission reaction based reactor that uses the fission reaction to heat what is essentially a saline liquid to transfer heat to power turbines and to cool the reactor at the same time as it is redirected in the cycle. According to the same researchers, LFTR is safer, especially for the circumstances affecting the LNPP, as it no longer uses pressurised steam to power turbines--which has been ruled by the Ministry of Energy to be the most notable malfunction in the sequence of many nuclear incidents.

According to a recent statement made by Mattias Pluton--current CEO of Toledo Heavy Industries (THI), which acquired Léon Power Solutions in 1991, "Company development teams are working closely with professionals at the Léon Technical Institute to produce a viable solution that can effectively and safely revitalise a long-time dream for many Ivericans". 

INBC News Outro Plays

That just about wraps up today's stories, join us again tomorrow for news first,  I'm Joaquin Valero for INBC's Iverica One, good day.

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OOC: Props to @Variota for the Thorium idea.

So that was an experimental take on my news format, transitioning from article style to news report style following @Andalla 's recommendation. Not sure if I liked this one, seemed to take up too much real estate on the post. We shall see if I'll adopt it again. 

 

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Good afternoon civios, for today's afternoon headlines--we dive straight in taking a look at new developments in the power grid pipeline: the Léon Nuclear Power Plant, is it finally feasible?

Later, we bring you updates on this year's favourite political topic: Integration, is the Ultramares Referendum the beginning of a snowball? And if so, what is in store for the diaspora states?

 To conclude the noontime headlines, we take a look at FOREL's rather generous donation to the Programming and software development courses--and what this could mean for the future of the Iverican job market.

-For INBC's Iverica One, this is Joaquin Valero


 

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June 9, 2018

 

Kicking off our first story of the afternoon, we have a spotlight on a rather large issue once thought dead. It has recently resurfaced--owing to a research programme that is making waves in the power industry and academe as well. This takes off directly from our March coverage of the issue.

Looking at the changes since the last report months ago, a key breakthrough in the project which had then been generously funded by a grant from Toledo Heavy Industries was one which in fact did not involve Thoriumand the focal Liquid-Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTR) reactor technology. According to the project leader at Léon Technical Institute (LTI)--the body spearheading the research--a development in May of this year had caught public interest: a new aseismic reactor chamber design, one which proved more resilient than existing prototypes tested by the León Power Solutions company. According to the same source, the development was almost an afterthought in the overall project, but turned out to be particularly capable of handling the seismic safety rating of the Léon Industrial Valley.

The Ministry of Energy has since taken increasing interest in the reactor design and even proposed funding for further development of other aseismic modules. Analysts and observers say that with Ministry funding and shifts in focus, the LTI may be saved from a disappointing and lacklustre future in developing Thorium--as recent prototypes open to public review had been depressingly low in net yield and reliant on extremely expensive hardware.

Meanwhile, spokespersons at the Ministry of Energy say that they are optimistic that the "happy accident" could, in fact, revive hopes of more proven and easier to construct Uranium reactors. Looking back to decades-old plans and reports by the Ministry, the project certainly appeals by 3rd party view--as the Ministry had long maintained the fuel stockpile and land property for alternate pitches for variants of the LNPP.

Perhaps now with a safety reassuring measure such as the aseismic reactor could pave the way for state and public approval, the future for a Nuclear-powered--yet safe--Iverica is possible. With the mitigation of the previously feared threat of catastrophe by earthquake damage, it looks as if the last great hurdle for proponents of Iverican Nuclear Energy has been overcome. All that remains is a patent for the design and more importantly--a successful pitch to redress and reopen the LNPP.

 

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OOC: TLDR--Thorium research was somewhat successful, but was not yielding enough and too slow. Instead, they made a better reactor which overcame a previous shortcoming in the old design so now Iverica is pushing to implement upgrades to the old uranium reactor and finally open it.


 

Now, unfortunately, that is all the time we have this afternoon for the LNPP. Join us tonight for a documentary explaining Throium development and the new Aseismic reactor.

We'll be back with our second story after a quick break.

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June 9, 2018

 

Now for our final story this afternoon, we bring you an overview of a recent generous donation made by Fortis Electronics Llc. (FOREL), Iverica's consumer electronics and software super-company through its leadership of several technology consortiums.

Yesterday on June 8th, FOREL released a statement on their social media platforms announcing their initial deposit of Ꝟ10,000,000 out of a final sum of more than Ꝟ100 Million in staggered scholarship programmes for various state and private universities, high schools, and technical institutes around Iverica.

According to their statement, FOREL aims to promote the growth of computer-related jobs in Iverica, building off of state plans to increase the Information Technology and Software Development sectors by the 2020's. According to several economic pundits, FOREL is also taking advantage of the Deitorr administration's Decada 20 Economic plan, one which also happens to change the demographic landscape of Iverican jobs by transitioning workers from the Manufacturing Industry to technology-centric industries. Further incentivising this donation, the same sources claim that it is confirmation that the Public-Private Partnership Office (P3O) is indeed planning to launch a "Blue-Sky Funding" Plan for computer science and technology--though this is yet to be confirmed by more trusted sources.

Benefitting schools like the University of Intreimor, the Altaria Institute of Technology, and the Toledo Science and Engineering High School, claim that the large donation and appeals of the programmes are set to bolster student populations as early as next semester. Currently, school administrators are struggling to reorganise systems in the wake of the news, renting several temporary class buildings outside of their city areas not only to fit the projected growth but also, they say, to bring the benefits to less fortunate communities as well.

Just as well, a large portion of the donation is set to benefit children in rural areas as well, having up to 15% of its total allocation to be dedicated towards better transportation for primary and high school aged children in state science schools in the far-flung ruralities like the Navaerr River Valleys.

 

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OOC: TLDR-- wooo science. schools. education. Yeah! Go Science! and Jobs too! F*ck Yeah!


 

And that concludes our report for this afternoon. As always, remember to join us through our Wittier @IvericaOne and our other online channels. Thank you for watching Iverica and have a good afternoon!

*INBC News Outro Plays

 

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July 10, 2018

 

"Good morning Civios, Joaquin Valero here. Today, to give us a better explanation of this speciality coverage, we have retired Contra-Almirante turned INBC correspondent, Eusevio Cruss to discuss the details. To you sir."

"Yes, good day Joaquin. Yesterday, a joint-review sat to discuss the progress of the military modernisation initiative titled "RAS-2020", designated as Republic Act- no. 2310 when it was passed in September of the year 2000--which is notably responsible for the massive budget increase towards research and development allotments. The hearing consisted of representatives from both the Camrá Committee for Military Development and the Oficina dei Industria Militar and was overseen by both Capo-General Macharius and Minister of Defence, Ricardo Ibanes.

According to the report by our other correspondent on the story, Andrei Rectos, the review was adjourned under a generally positive note, though there were a number of issues left in the recess. Inspector-General of the RAS noted that while the 4 out of 5 milestones had already been accomplished as of July 2018, several of the projects from the confidential "Palladium Project" were lagging behind.

Regarding progress, the RAS's Oficia dei Technicia and the Oficina dei Industria reported that Milestones including the "Streamline Milestone" which applies its namesake to protective kit, munitions, and weapon system parts and tools had been successfully applied to cover over 80% of all branches of the RAS--the committee findings claim that this transition will see a reduction of inventory upkeep costs by up to 5.5% by 2020 and 15% by 2025 while also streamlining replaceable parts, production, and simplifying training across weapon systems. Big changes for this milestone include the successful phase-out of older small arms systems and the 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm in favour of the new 7x43mm "universal intermediate" cartridge. Others still, like the "Carrier Milestone" include the retrofit of the carriers VRI República and VRI Deiargon with newer classified anti-missile and defensive suites, which are promised to yield better integration with the @Prymont ian-Iverican WARD satellites, guidance, and tracking networks--the milestone also prepares both capital ships for the fitting of a shipboard uranium reactor, something said to be "in the closing stages of development".

Now it was all smiles and success, the Inspector-General also noted that several projects of "Milestone 5" otherwise known as the hushed "Palladium Project" were over budget, one specific project, over-budget in excess of 130% of its original allowance. While the nature of many projects are awaiting an official release by Corregidor High Command, the RAS Public-Relations Office have given some general information on the sub-programmes within Palladium.

One of these projects is known as C4I+--which is hinted to be a sort of closed-network data sharing technology for command and control, allowing a greater dimension of sharing battlespace information from tactical theatres all the way to strategic theatres. According to the latest report, C4I+ is already in partial circulation--a notable example being with the UC-42-A2's sold to the Royal @Gallambrian Armed Forces. Further developments include the Phaethon delivery system--said to be one of the most over-budget and least developed, promising deployment of satellites to supplement WARD and other intelligence agencies. Then there's the Future Frigate programme--nearing completion after joint-development with the Kingdom @Gallambria through the consortium, Argis-Marenesia Maritime Industries--which promises to bolster the support capabilities within Carrier Strike Groups while also providing a platform which may be customised for more independent or WARD-supporting action utilising the MIMiK system.

Capping it off, it looks as if most of the Milestone 5 projects are still obscure and their progress hasn't really been brought to light. While we can expect probable completion by 2020 or 2021, it's safe to expect the RAS and her private partners to fully utilise the additional 1.5% of GDP that is going into these programmes. Now, the RAS has promised that the military budget will return to its nominal 4.5% of GDP by 2025, owing to their claims that the projects will not drastically increase upkeep due to offsetting projects and the nation's own economic growth, it would be prudent to expect that this optimistic estimate may not be fully realised."

"Alllllright. Wow. That was uhm. Long. Well that's all the time we have for this story. Join us next time!" 

 

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OOC: Yes, this is deliberately meant to be boring. I hope you also did not read it and hope that it confused the little titties off of you. And yes, there will be an RP about the details of this programme and it should be up to standards for detail and MT realism. Don't worry, everything here will be MT and pretty much existing as a solid working thing with some basic but logical changes if any. Of course, it will await the publishing of the actual RP for scrutiny

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Just 6 months ago, riots wracked the streets of Vasqqan cities like Vermeo and Vilvau. Today, it seems that normalcy has reasserted itself and people go about their daily lives in peace. All around the Iberosphere, there is cautious, tentative possibility of calm that has followed a year of uncertainty. Now that the Federated Commonwealth has been established, life can continue as normal.

Or can it?

In the months that followed the Federal Referendum last November, groups which composed the minority "Anti-Fed" bloc of political parties around the Argic-Alharun Iberic states have not ceased their defiant but steadily weakening efforts at protesting the move to Federalise. Today, they make up less than 5% of the voting public across the Iberosphere, mostly country hidalgos and minor politicians--making up a class of rural public intellectuals with a soap box in liberal, libertarian, and ethnically-focused political parties. Though their fight continues; after speaking with several party leaders and activists, IvericaOne thought to shed some light on their point of view.

The questions are "why" and "how". What motivates their resistance and how do they see their goals being met?

*Random Interview clips*

By and large, the outcry comes from fears over the loss of minority cultures, the economic oversight neglecting small businesses, and the plan to put in place equilateral, standardised measures on peoples that differ widely in purchasing power. Other fears are based on the "what if" possibility of small Narvic enclaves with autonomous local laws becoming disenfranchised further with the establishment of a Federal government over their already disinterested national governments. Others still question the delay in the electoral processes the Federalisation has caused. In Iverica, the Primeal Election has been delayed by one year, the Parliament having given Primo Deitorr an extension of powers due to the circumstances of the Federal Process--something that has not gone unquestioned and uncriticised by staunch constitutionalists. The administration has since come under heavy fire from its own supporters and its detractors in response to the Parliamentary ruling.

In response the Federal Coalition had made the following promises:

  • That cultural enclaves would retain a speaking position in the form of an Assembly in the Federal Council.
  • That concessions would be made to keep small business competetive through financial packages and tax excemptions until such time they adapt.
  • And that the electoral processes will be resumed as obligated by the consitution once the Federal Council becomes operational by 2021.

Whether the Anti-Fed can accept these promises, depends on how the coalition handles its charter and executes its programmes. It will not be an easy task. The total cost of the FedCom's establishment will require a greater budget than it had been alotted in 2019. Amidst these social concerns, the Anti-Fed has also capitalised on the assertions that the coalition may either need to slash budgets in defence and foreign aid, may need to inflate the Iverican Velle, or may need to start a loan with a foreign bank.

Whatever the coalition leaders decide to do now, will determine its first impressions with the public and the future of any Anti-Fed movements.

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The times have changed. Once again, the people of the Islas Ultramares, the Federated Commonwealth's smallest autonomous state, are faced with economic uncertainty. For many decades, the Ultramarianos have eked out a living by exporting fish and manning Icebreakers that ploughed the routes between the Canamo and the Narvic Seas. But now, with the sunny prospects of the Canamo Canal melting the future necessity of those Icebreakers, Ultramariano icebreaker holding companies are looking downsize.


Faced with a future unemployment crisis, the Ultramariano government has encouraged employment at military facilities owned by the Republic of Iverica. There are 4 such facilities on the island and the Iverican government has slowly been making preparations to expand their size and capabilities. Among these facilities are a satellite tracking station, a deepwater port with submarine tenders, an airbase, and a Western Argis Aerospace Defence Command (WARD) site. Since 2019, NGOs have reported that the deepwater naval base has almost doubled its covered docks--likely related to the Armada Iverica's increased submarine presence globally. All of these bases have been slowly accepting more and more workers for general staffing--sanitation, food preparation, supply management, and other jobs. But that isn't enough according to estimates. The Ultramarianos will need to have 1,500 more job positions by 2022 in keeping with its population growth and shrinking fishing and icebreaking industry. 


After an appeal to the FedCom's Economic Council, some project proposals have been tendered and pitched to private banks; an expanded civilian satellite facility has already secured investors, survey work is underway in search of oil and natural gas deposits, and some potential mining prospects are being considered.
If all goes well, the Ultramares might finally have a future outside of Tuna and Crabs.

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Since January this year, 3 ships have met accidents on the lateral Northern Argic Passage; a risky, narrow, but efficient shipping lane that connects the North Oriental Ocean and the Adlantic Ocean. Just last week on the 26th of June, the MV Explorator, a ship registered to a commercial freight company in Mannarsto, Narva, met an accident when it collided with a substantial piece of the summer ice floes just 50 kilometres away from the coast of Nanuvat, an indigenous territory in the northeastern Argic coast that has yet to be recognised by the international community. A breach in her hull left the civilian ship slowly listing for hours until it eventually capsized. It took 9 hours before the nearest fishermen could reach the Explorator's lifeboats, one of which deployed improperly, resulting in the death of 1 crewman. The accident is still under investigation by Mannarsto authorities. This, among some other incidents, has prompted the Armada Iverica to consider old plans proposed in 2005, the deployment of a permanent and peaceful sea-service mission to the polar peripheries in the Argic northeast.

 

Prompting has come from the awareness among maritime stakeholders and the general public. In the 25th of April, an illegally operating Nanuvat whaler was sunk when it struck a low berg, about 120 kilometres east from what would be the MV Explorator accident site. The whalers were unable to raise assistance in their boat's radio and all but one perished in the freezing waters. The incident made headlines across Northern Argis and raised a two-fold concern over maritime safety and wildlife protection in the region. The passage has few emergency infrastructures and the ports to seek assistance from are few, far-between, and usually under-equipped. But as the route saves thousands of kilometres worth of fuel and supplies compared to a Mediargic transit, many businesses and priority freight continue to cruise the Northern Argic Passage. Given the staunch determination to maintain the route, the Iverican government is now considering the option of establishing a facility to assist ships, protect wildlife, conduct emergency response, provide a base of operations for vital infrastructure building, and host supply and relief efforts to communities and vessels that may become iced-in during the brutal Polar winters.

 

Sidelined for modernisation priorities in 2005, the plan dubbed "The Polar Service Initiative", is currently being re-examined by the Armada Almirantasgo and Executive Ministry Praesidio. Press release from Corregidor sheds some light on the tentative Polar Service's mission:

 

"The Armada Polar Service is to provide humanitarian aid by lending skills and emergency assistance to distressed ships and communities. It is to provide safe berthing, fuelling, and victuals to any civilian vessel passing through their area of operation. It is to accomplish this by establishing vital and environmentally considerate facilities in uninhabited territories and with the permissions of regional entities. Such facilities shall be staffed by essential and skilled Armada personnel and shall remain unarmed but for self-defence; they are to be restricted from carrying missiles, large calibre guns, or offensive electronic warfare systems. The facilities will be open for observation and visitation by the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association (ATARA) inspectors. The Armada is to cooperate closely with the government of the United States of @Prymont , which maintains state interest in the region. 

 

Though many questions are abound--regarding location, exceptions, and execution, what is known is mainly speculation. There is some statement basis for the Iverican government to cooperate with indigenous authorities and some loopholes in vague and fragmented local maritime laws to situate stations in international waters. Some sites have been speculated as likely choices, the most curious of which is a former Helleno-Russian naval base located in far-northeastern Argis and abandoned since the Second Argic War. Some have also pointed to the Armada's wide inventory of prefabricated modular infrastructure, developed for the Islandero Operations and extensive naval logistics capability to aid in the quick deployment of a polar aid station.

 

Should such an undertaking follow-through, the northern ports of the Iberic Federated Commonwealth are likely to see new or expanded opportunities arise in Eastern Argis and Northern Europa.

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