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Have you ever gotten that feeling that something bad is about to go down? The way that it sinks to your stomach, makes you feel as if a stone has been dropped in your stomach. Or, in some cases, as if you're hungry even if you've already had something to eat. That tingling feeling in the back of your skull, tingling and tingling because you know that something is happening but you haven't the foggiest idea what. You can't explain it, maybe it's a guardian angel watching you, maybe it's the ghost of your prankster Uncle Ted who decided to mess with you because he has little less to do in the afterlife. Those feelings, ever had them? Yes? Good. Our unfortunate gangster, used car salesman and drug pusher Nikolai Radomir felt them too, this very evening.

As with any other day, Nikolai didn't cook. Of course, he didn't, he was the man of the relations, the provider, the boss. No respectable crime boss cooks, cooking crime bosses was something for those pansy Europans or Variotans. Nor did his wife, a petite 20-something barely-legal trophy wife whose ass-length bought-on-the-cheap fake hair extensions almost seemed to want to ignite in flames when around heat and whom, if you stripped her down to her natural self, would lose about half of her body weight in fake hair, fake nails, fake eyelashes, make-up and what not. If someone would ever release a cheap knockoff of an Essex barbie, it was almost guaranteed that this doll would look like Nikolai's wife.

With his wife being primarily interested in Nikolai's large amount of money and his readily available supply of narcotics, it was obvious that they didn't eat in their gaudy mansion. Who eats dinner in their home? Plebs! Not a wealthy and powerful crime lord like Nikolai, he ate at the best Lukan restaurant that served Lukan cuisine. Nikolai wasn't a man of genuine tastes and as such had always disliked the Variotan cuisine that many of the upscale restaurants in Lukinagrad served. Luckily for him, restaurants were also a great way to launder money so Nikolai had simply made his own upscale restaurant.

And now, he was seated on a table in the middle of the restaurant, depicting his status as if he was the sun around which the planets revolve. A table for four, although only him and his wife were seated. His two children, his daughter of twenty and his son of sixteen, were late. They were always late, the fools. They never wanted to drive with their father and presumably rightfully so as Nikolai himself also loved a sniff or two once or twice and then went on a speeding rampage that had, thankfully, never led to a deadly end.

Downing his fourth shot of LuVodka, he felt his phone vibrate. Hoping that it was his son, calling him to let him know they were parking, he saw that it was his daughter instead that had called him. She almost never called him as she drove and didn't like breaking the rules as much as her father did. Swiping it to accept, Nikolai tried speaking until he heard her.

''Papa, papa!''
You could hear a hand being held over her mouth to keep her from shouting further. 

''Don't give them anything, dad!''

A young man's voice could be heard in the background now, presumably the son of the aforementioned Nikolai Radimir. The panicked cry-scream of the young woman and the defiance of the young man was replaced with a deep male voice.

''Are you Nikolai Radimir?''
''What the f*ck is this?''
''ARE. YOU. NIKOLAI. RADIMIR. FULL. f*ckING. STOP. Answer the question.''
''I am.''

Bang!

''Aaah! They shot Svetlana! Sveti noooo!''

Bang!

''You're next.'' click

The click that Nikolai heard at that moment was one of the softest and yet hardest sounds he'd ever hear. His cocaine and alcohol-fueled brain went on a rampage and the only way he could act out was in anger, anger at the insolence of the murderers, anger at his incompetence to protect his children, anger at the tarnishing of his position as a crime lord. The table that he had sat on received a quick and harsh punishment from his fists but didn't break as it was made out of solid wood nor did Nikolai feel the pain that was associated with punching such a table with your bare knuckles. Some would have figured Nikolai to be a stupid and somewhat courageous man, one who would have collected all his men and went on a rampage to avenge his children. Het Apparath had known better, Nikolai was almost as smart as he was cowardly. Why waste your own time and risk your life when you can simply send your men away?

And that was what he did. From the restaurant, he raced straight home to his mansion with his security trying to keep up with him. His resolve was even further set in stone to avenge his children when he saw the wreck of the car that they had driven, burned out completely just a mere kilometer or two from his mansion. If these murderers were bold enough to grab his children just barely a stone's throw from his base of operations, then he would be bold enough to cut off all their fingers and toes as the starting torture for when he caught them. Nikolai was so filled with anger that he never even saw the men in wait surrounding the hills of his mansion. Not that the chance would have been high for him to spot them even when he wasn't angry as Nikolai was a simple gangster, one without military training or any training at all.

Thus, he made the fatal decision to send out all but a crew of his most 'loyal' men to find out who did it before retreating to his personal office to mourn alone. His wife was glad for this, as it meant an easy night with a bath, some cocaine and having the bed all to herself. While she was attractive, at least in the eyes of some men, she wasn't exactly known for her empathy.

Thanks to the lack of an adequate amount of security, the team from Het Apparath could sneak in without issues. Some might call this a great accomplishment but then again, drug-fueled gangsters weren't exactly known for their security measures. Either way, the team was now in. And like any good team of Het Apparath, they knew exactly what to do in order to pull off the surgical strike in such a way that the Radomirci would turn over to the Dimitrovskici. Nikolai was to be made a symbol, something to fear to turn into. His wife, while not being an accomplice and simply being there at the wrong time, was also to be cleaned up.

The wife was easiest. As she sank into her tub, headphones plugged into a nearby stereo and window open, an agent of Het Apparath scrawled through the open window. With her head turned to the door instead of the window and music blasting, she never saw or heard anything. While he could have simply held her underwater and be done with it, the agent decided to have a little fun and took out his lighter. Her cheap hair extensions caught on fire quicker than even cheaper polyester hit by fireworks. However, thanks to her love for cocaine and the fact that she was almost bald if she didn't have the extensions, she only began feeling it when the entire extension was caught on fire. Without thinking, she pulled her head down into the water with such a force that she pushed the nearby stereo into the bath, hitting her square on the head and electrocuting her.

Nikolai was harder but barely. With his office containing only one window and no way out of the mansion beyond that window or moving through it, the plan had been to throw him out of it and grab him along. The agent assigned to him first had to wait until the few remaining security guys had moved towards the front of the house. Naturally, they would as the only genuine entrance to the mansion was a large gate with the perimeter protected with a thick stone wall. Once they had, it was as simple as climbing up and putting yourself in such a position that allowed to pull a person out of the window. Well, simple... Nothing about it was relatively simple but for Het Apparath and/or serial cheaters that were often almost caught, this was part of the normal workday.

A tap on the window sufficed to lure Nikolai, who opened the window to see what had happened and was promptly thrown down unto the grass below. Knocked unconscious, Nikolai was quickly dragged along to a third agent that was waiting with a car nearby. The next morning, Nikolai would be found in front of his, then burning, mansion with his mangled body crucified on a cross made from scrap metal. Each body part had been detached from the torso before getting pinned onto the scrap metal cross and his head, with nails through his eyes, had its mouth held open by a roll of paper on which his various crimes stood and the politicians that he had supported with it.

Times were changing in Lukinagrad.

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Prime Minister Vladimir Ivanov resigns, Radomir murder-scandal involvement claims another; Courts and Military take control!

 

Today, standing on the steps of the Grand City Hall in the historic center of Lukinagrad, Prime Minister Vladimir Ivanov of the Partija za Podobruvanje na Lukinagrad (Party for the Betterment of Lukinagrad) declared that he would resign after widespread discontent among the people. While large-scale protests that not yet begun, the general consensus among citizens was and remains that the situation was one that could not continue on. Prime Minister Ivanov was one of the many names mentioned in the Radomir murder-scandal and one of the primary participants, both as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lukinagrad and in his position as party leader of the PPL. While it remains unknown if Ivanov will be indicted, radical vigilantes among citizens in the economically-slumping rural and industrial areas have called for his trial or his head, a call that has been encouraged by the Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata (Brothers of Justice Party) and it's extremist leader Gjorge Aleksandrov.

The Radomir murder-scandal, which saw disgraced businessman and crime lord Nikolai Radomir, his family and his accomplices murdered in gruesome and brutal ways, remains on everyone's mind. While the act itself would have been enough to shake Lukinagrad, the information that was released after the murders ensured for the fall of the current government and cabinet. Initial reports stated that Radomir was found with a list of names in his mouth, although the list lacked any evidence and was unable to be confirmed until anonymous figures dropped off documents that were able to be easily confirmed at Radio Televizija Lukinagradska. These documents, seemingly from Radomir's accountant Aleksander Arsov, contained dates, payoffs and strategy papers. Remains belonging to Arsov were found in the smoldering remains of the Radomir mansion.

The first person to be indicted was Minister of Industry Nestorov, who was revealed to have taken regular bribes in order to prevent the opening of the automotive industry to foreign corporations. This allowed Radomir to buy and sell more second-hand cars, through which he smuggled narcotics, as only the upper class was able to import foreign cars due to the costs. Nestorov, the leader of the Socijalni Konzervativci (Social Conservatives), was caught attempting to flee over the border in his car, a trunk filled with Lukan Dinar and a motor that stopped and didn't want to start again. Ironically, Nestorov's automobile was a luxury second hand one from Radomir's business. He is currently under the surveillance of the Lukan military awaiting his trial for treason, taking bribes and fraud.

With Prime Minister Ivanov resigning and very little politicians of the two reigning parties maintaining a clean slate, the cabinet has been left insufficiently capable to continue on. As such, the three High Judges of Lukinagrad have asked the Lukan military to aid them in temporarily taking over control of the nation while elections are prepared. General Vasily Lukashenko has been selected as the face of this temporary government. While elections are being prepared, no date for the said election has been mentioned as of yet due to the new government needing to take control and settle things first. All eight parties in Lukinagrad have shown their intention to run in the coming election, although it is yet unknown if the PPL and SK are allowed to run or will be disbanded due to their heinous and grievous crimes against the Lukan people.


 

Current parties in Lukinagrad:

Left-wing:

  • Socijalistite za Nova Idnina (Socialists for a New Future) - Received eight percent of the vote last election
  • Agrarnata Reformska Partija (Agrarian Reform Party) - Received ten percent of the vote last election

Center:

  • Partija za Podobruvanje na Lukinagrad (Party for the Betterment of Lukinagrad) - Received thirty percent of the vote last election - Possibility to get disbanded
  • Socijalni Konzervativci (Social Conservatives) - Received twenty-five percent of the vote last election - Possibility to get disbanded
  • Lukinagrad Napred (Lukinagrad Forward) - Received five percent of the vote last election

Right-wing:

  • Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata (Brothers of Justice Party) - Received three percent of the vote last election - Extremists
  • Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti (Union of Variotan Immigrants) - Received seven percent of the vote last election
  • Narodna Revolucija (People's Revolution) - Received twelve percent of the vote last election
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Preliminary notes on the Lukan Parliamentary Elections and Events surrounding it - Code 1-LST-18 - Agent W12-33 

Pre-Election:

  • Operative R.D. proved inventive and effective, available, able and willing to pull strings beyond the current capabilities of Het Apparath within the Lukan state. Agent notes that most of these strings are due to growing up in the same general neighborhood, instilling a sense of loyalty among them. 
  • Providing the operative with firearms in a criminal environment used to knifes was a risk but one that paid off due to the large amount of military training within operative's group. Analysts state that chances were large that groups outside of Het Apparath's control would have imported black market firearms within 6 to 12 months to retaliate against N. Radomir's expansion plans, we have now managed to keep that isolated to groups under our control..
  • Operative R.D. remained loyal to Het Apparath, whether this is due to greed, the possibility of additional power or threats of death is not known. Respect for the chain of command due to military training and career may be part of this.
  • N. Radomir's removal was violent but accurate. Agents involved in this operation are to be commended. The aftermath, handled by Operative R.D. and his group, erased traces of said operation. The loss of eighteen lives was within operational parameters and proved vital in regards to paving the way for N. Radomir's group to fold into Operative R.D.'s group.
  • Media, including governmental ones, were quick to jump on the evidence and anonymous tips given. This, regretfully, removed any options towards blackmailing influential Lukan politicians but did speed up the Lukan justice system and ensured elections.
  • Takeover by the military and the justice system was not the optimal option but was included in the analyses by other bureaus. Operative R.D. proved resourceful through pulling aforementioned strings, has shown secondary connections to one of five Lukan judges. This agent advises to seek out current filth or fabricate or stage new filth in order to ensure primary connections to said judges.
  • Takeover proved useful for establishment of trade node. Operative R.D. and his group have managed to quickly turn around N. Radomir's facilities for themselves. Increase in counterfeit cigarettes and stolen goods within Het Huisselant has been deemed minor and acceptable. Analyses shows that some domestic importers of said goods may be used at a later date.
  • Minor economic uncertainty in friendly area ensured rapid supply of cocaine towards trade node at prices lower than domestic production. The supply was able to quickly be turned into usable funds and remains available, if at random times and random amounts.
  • Addendum to previous point: This agent advises the usage of trade node and supply from friendly area to naturally subsidize programs aimed at increasing markets in areas deemed negative. Bureau 69 may be of additional help in this regard.
  • Political parties P.B.P. and S.N.I. deemed risk for post-election period due to large amounts of anti-Variotan elements. P.B.P. seems unwilling to change due to general anti-foreigner stance, S.N.I. holds belief that Het Huisselant is hostile to their socialistic ideology. Analyses shows that inserting a Walensian or Neo-Walensian puppet party may steal enough vote from the P.B.P. to disable them from being a threat. S.N.I. will have to be dealt with through political means.
  • Operative R.D. moved on his own and pulled strings to enable the removal of negatively corrupt politicians that were incarcerated. This proves limited usefulness of the P.B.P. party members, if only within the Lukan incarceration system. This removal ensured the disbanding of political parties P.P.L. and S.K. and ensured a large amount of undecided voters able to manipulate through campaigning. 
  • Justice system and military leadership had talks in regards to establishing authoritarian regime. Military leadership declined then attempted to establish one among their own. Infighting and anonymous hints given to military intelligence in regards to the criminal element within the nation not accepting such an ending ensured the end of their plan. This agent advises the removal of certain members of the military leadership once control is set over the area.

Lukan campaigning:

  • Chaos in political system due to removal of P.P.L. and S.K. political parties led to formation of a political bloc. The Podobra Idnina (A Better Future) bloc formed between the L.N., S.V.I. and N.R. political parties on a platform based on lowering taxes, nationalizing and improving the cigarette manufacturing industry with funds from privatizing others and increasing ties with Het Huisselant, which remains the biggest importer and exporter for the Lukan nation.
  • G. Aleksandrov of the P.B.P. got arrested for fighting with S.N.I. extremists. This worked advantageously as G. Aleksandrov maintains a charismatic personality, his short term imprisonment ensured his removal from the election campaign on a personal front.
  • S.N.I. leaders attempted to condemn the fighting of their extremist members. Through the clever manipulation of social media and blogs by agents of Het Apparath as well as general condemnation by all other political parties, in an attempt to steer voters away from P.B.P. and S.N.I., this backfired on S.N.I. and made it seem as if they approved of the violence. Additionally, they lost the support of their extremist members for not supporting their actions.
  • A.R.P. made it known that they would be willing to work with the Podobra Idnina bloc if funds were provided for the modernization of the agricultural sector. Members loyal and/or friendly within S.V.I. state that this offer will be accepted by the Podobra Idnina bloc and have been advised to indeed do so, as it increases the ability to push through reforms needed for the end goal of this operation.
  • A.R.P. campaign mainly focused on the rural areas, where their support was already large, and the canned goods industry, which relies heavily on the rural areas. Analyses of the events and support shown towards the Podobra Idnina bloc leads this agent to believe that the A.R.P. will play a secondary and harmless role in post-election Lukinagrad.
  • S.N.I. campaign was an all-round one focusing on receiving votes from leftists previously part of S.K. and P.P.L.. Due to previously named incident, this generally failed with many of the leftists deciding to vote A.R.P. or L.N..
  • L.N. campaign attempted and succeeded at convincing many of the centrist voters that they were, in fact, the way forward. Thanks to the formation of the Podobra Idnina bloc, the party was able to use resources of the others and vice versa.
  • S.V.I. campaign focused on Lukinagrad city dwellers and the few Variotans living in the rural areas. While originally a catch-all party for Variotan immigrants, S.V.I. has slowly turned itself into a party following and adapting center-right and right-wing ideas from Variotan parties such as the Laagher Party. This has allowed them to grab some centrist votes as well as the votes of the moderate right-wing voters of the S.K. and P.P.L.
  • N.R. campaign focused on industrial workers, less moderate right-wing voters of the S.K. and P.P.L. and those disenfranchised by the actions of P.B.P.. Due to the relatively poor state of the industrial capacity of the Lukan state, this campaign went well. However, due to the position of the N.R. between the S.V.I. and the P.B.P. and N.R. already having a solid voting base within the industries of the Lukan state, the effects of this campaign were somewhat dampened.
  • Some sections of the Lukan justice system and the Lukan military declared support for the Podobra Idnina bloc. Operative R.D. was able to provide information in regards to the support of said sections of the military in the form of taped conversations with said operative's ties within the Lukan military. Due to the failed attempt at establishing an authoritarian military government, these sections have now decided to throw their support behind the political bloc in the hope of furthering their own careers in post-election Lukinagrad. This agent advises caution in regards to these sections as they have proven themselves to be pragmatic at a dangerous level.

Lukan Elections:

  • For the sake of ease, this agent has combined all voting districts into three general ones namely Lukinagrad West, Lukinagrad East and Lukan Rural Areas. The total amount of possible voters count 210.000, an equivalent of sixty percent of the population.

Lukan Rural Areas

The Lukan Rural Areas make up the smallest amount of voters, holding just above one-fifth of the Lukan populace. The Rural Areas primarily maintain agricultural businesses, although the canned goods industry also maintains its factories in this area. Voters (45.000) within this area are generally extremely loyal to the A.R.P. although a small amount of voters go for the S.V.I., generally due to ethnic reasons. S.K. and P.P.L. parties previously found some voters in this area, albeit far less so than in Lukinagrad the city.

Voter turnout:
90% - 40.500

Votes (rounded):
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 30.500
Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti - 4.000
Lukinagrad Napred - 3.000
Narodna Revolucija - 1.500
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 1.000
Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata - 500

Actions taken:
No actions taken. Voting turnout and voter preferences remained similar to what was estimated.

Lukinagrad West

For simplicity's sake, Lukinagrad was divided into two voting sections for these notes. The western part (75.000 voters) is the lesser populated of the two and generally the richer part. Variotans in the 90s and beyond mostly moved into this section of the city and started their restaurants and other businesses. West is the pretty part of town, luring in day trippers and other tourists with its pretty sights and buildings while East is the working part. S.V.I. always found a large section of its votes here as did S.K. and P.P.L. whereas A.R.P. and P.B.P. saw almost none.

Voter turnout:
95% - 71.250

Votes (rounded):
Lukinagrad Napred - 30.000
Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti - 25.000
Narodna Revolucija - 9.000
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 6.000
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 1.000
Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata - 250

Actions taken:
Operative R.D.'s group ensured that some P.B.P. and S.N.I. extremist members were kept from the voting booth by playing these two groups against each other. Analyses beforehand shows that said members were intending to influence the elections themselves.

Lukinagrad East:

For simplicity's sake, Lukinagrad was divided into two voting sections for these notes. The eastern part (90.000 voters) is the larger populated of the two and generally the poorer part. The east contains the factories fabricating cigarettes and the LuVodka distilleries, the shipping docks as well as a multitude of regular shops, lowbrow bars and other such businesses regular folks need. Laborers work in the factories and distilleries, dockworkers move the goods and other workers either toil in the shops and businesses here or commute to the western part of the city. Due to a large amount of lower class citizens, S.N.I., P.B.P. and N.R. generally saw a large amount of votes here whereas A.R.P. and S.V.I. saw little.

Voter turnout:
85% - 76.500

Votes (rounded):
Lukinagrad Napred - 30.000
Narodna Revolucija - 21.750
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 11.500
Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti - 6.500
Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata - 5.000
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 1.750

Actions taken:
Operative R.D.'s group persuaded friendly anti-P.B.P. and anti-S.N.I. vote counters to lose some of the ballots, thus ensuring that the influence of these two parties remain within the reasonable spectrum of expectations. Estimated voting ballots lost is 2.500, an amount small enough to not arouse suspicions while enabling a reasonable amount of influence on this voting district.

Final count and election ending:

Voter turnout:
89.6% - 188.250

Votes required for a seat:
3.765

Votes (rounded):
Lukinagrad Napred - 63.000
Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti - 35.500
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 33.250
Narodna Revolucija - 32.250
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 18.500
Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata - 5.750

Seats granted (first round):
Lukinagrad Napred - 16 (2.760)
Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti - 9 (1.615)
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 8 (3.130)
Narodna Revolucija - 8 (2.130)
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 4 (3.440)
Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata - 1 (1.985)
Total: 46 seats

Seats granted (second round):
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 1
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 1
Lukinagrad Napred - 1
Narodna Revolucija - 1
Total: 4 seats

Seats granted (total):
Lukinagrad Napred - 17
Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti - 9
Agrarnata Reformska Partija - 9
Narodna Revolucija - 9
Socijalistite za Nova Idnina - 5
Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata - 1

Government formed:
Podobra Idnina bloc government with tacit Agrarnata Reformska Partija support, 35 seats (44 incl. A.R.P.). With Lukinagrad Napred lacking politicians experienced enough to take on the position of Prime Minister and Narodna Revolucija politicians not being deemed 'likable' enough for the position, the choice has fallen on the Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti party leader Wiktor Nicolai fan Lukansestatt. With an extremely comfortable majority, the government was formed quickly and instated by the Lukan justice system and the military, ending the temporary rule by said sections of the Lukan society. Both Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt and his government remain adamant about keeping to the campaign promises, stating that they 'are not just wanted by the people but needed, these changes and promises will ensure a Lukinagrad that we can proudly pass on to our children and their children' and that 'closer relations with Het Huisselant are the best option in this case as they remain the largest and majority trade partner of this nation, a position that we can use in our endeavor to improve upon the nation'.

Special actions deemed needed by this agent:
None. The choice of fan Lukansestatt as the Prime Minister of the new government is better than we had expected. Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt has previously shown great respect and loyalty towards his homeland. This is presumably tied to the fact that the fan Lukansestatt family is one of the oldest and richest Variotan families in Lukinagrad, deemed rich even by Variotan standards, and remains extremely proud of that fact and their heritage. While this agent deems the Narodna Revolucija, Socijalistite za Nova Idnina and Partija na Braḱata na Pravdata to be against far going efforts towards unification of the Lukan state within the federal framework of Het Huisselant, attempts will be successful due to Lukinagrad Napred and Sojuz na Vartotanski Imigranti, both deemed in favor, having a slim majority of the vote with or without support from the Agrarnata Reformska Partija.

Operative R.D. has been notified of the need to throw several of his group members under the bus for the sake of raising approval for the current government and, primarily, Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt. Influence within RTL and the possibility of a nearing privatization of RTL will ensure that Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt will be seen as the main member and figurehead of the government during these times, enabling a higher approval and a more fluid transition towards unification when the time comes.

This agent advises the establishment of special funds to ensure the ability of the government and/or Het Apparath-backed businesses to purchase important Lukan businesses whenever possible. According to analyses by Bureau 68, many of the businesses are profitable but aging and are suffering from a lack of capital. These issues, while existing, are not of such a magnitude that they need to be avoided. Taking over the three main industries will ensure increased amounts of cigarettes, alcohol and canned goods will enable that prices for these goods remain within acceptable levels and increase wealth levels within both the Lukan state and Het Huisselant. Additionally, the purchase and control of these industries will allow for a quicker pace towards unification if the need arises for heavy handed and aggressive tactics, as we can threaten to pull them out of Lukinagrad. 

- Agent W12-33

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Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt: 'Start of this joint venture will ensure increased self-reliance'

In his first public address, Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt declared the official foundation of the Lukinagrad Munitions Corporation. The LMC will become a joint venture between the government of our fair Democratic State and the Geemeiner Fereinigung fan Waafen Fabrikatie Asosiasjies 'Varinco', generally better known only by Varinco, of Het Huisselant Variota. While locations are still being searched for, current plans for the Lukinagrad Munitions Corporation include the hiring of fifty workers to manufacture ammunition for the Lukan Armed Forces among others.

This foundation includes the signing of a contract that enforces the Lukinagrad Munitions Corporation as the first and foremost supplier of munitions for the Lukan Armed Forces. In case of demand turning out higher than expected, the Lukinagrad Munitions Corporation is allowed the right to purchase ammunition required to fulfill orders of the Lukan Armed Forces at cost from GFWFA Varinco. Part of the plans of the Podobra Idnina political bloc, the establishment of the munitions manufacturer will enable the economy to remain strong and increase ties with nearby friendly nations. The underused railroad system will see additional usage as raw materials will be brought in from surrounding nations. While the amount of improvement remains unknown, Prime Minister fan Lukansestatt had this to say:

''This is truly a good day. With the establishment of a true and non-corrupt government at the head of our Democratic State, things can finally improve on a level that is beneficial to all within the nation. Already, we have received and accepted a generous offer from one of the largest and most well known corporations of Alharu and, I dare say, the world. When this government was selected by the votes of the people, we made it clear that we would do what we have promised and I believe that this counts as the first step of showing that the future of Lukinagrad is bright.

Not since the days of King Branko III has the Lukan military been supplied by its own men and women. With the foundation of the Lukinagrad Munitions Corporation, we have returned to the days of our former glory in regards to the supply of our brave soldiers.This joint venture will ensure all of its workers receive solid positions in the workforce as the rising tension in the world allows for a steady market. The conditions for this deal are fair and the benefits we seek to have with this have been deemed realistic and achievable in nature.

While we have had our rocky times throughout history, it is clear to this government that the businesses and government of Het Huisselant are some of the best around and our best option towards revitalizing the nation. No person ever wants to admit that he cannot improve on his own but as it stands, everyone needs a hand at some point in life. I, for one, am looking longingly towards the future and the closer relations between our fine Democratic State and Het Huisselant, through business and hopefully diplomacy.''

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Repeal of Automotive Recycling Act applauded by citizens as affordable vehicles enter Lukinagrad

The recent repeal of the controversial Automotive Recycling Act has finally turned reality for the citizens of Lukinagrad as a vessel filled with Altvarna Automotive vehicles arrived in the Lukinagrad harbor today. This first shipment, consisting of Altvarna Miwaggie models, will be one of many according to Hugo Nallerplat-Lantboer, CEO of Altvarna Automotive. Nallerplat-Lantboer was present at the celebratory opening of the first Altvarna dealership in Lukinagrad, where he could be seen happily discussing business with the owner of said dealership, Romeo Dimitrovski.

Mr. Dimitrovski, a locally well-liked legitimate businessman having made his money through import and export, declared to Radio Televizija Lukinagradska that the repeal of the ARA was the best thing to happen to the citizens of Lukinagrad in regards to quality of life, stating that there was a severe need for new vehicles in the nation as years of government interference have depleted the amount of viable automotive vehicles to a figure that required replenishment in order to keep citizens mobile and happy. He additionally noted that while the ARA did not prevent the importation of second-hand vehicles, the person with a near-monopoly on said importation had other interests than importing quality vehicles. That person was, to no surprise for many within the nation, the extremely dead crime lord Nikolai Radomir that had used his connections to the previous governments to ensure the continuation of this near-monopoly.

Whether the entry of Altvarna Automotive will see additional car marques enter the Lukinagrad market is the question. While Altvarna Automotive has ties to the Prymontian KAG Group, which includes a large percentage of the world's automotive production and sales, many of the products by the KAG Group remain outside of the purchasing possibilities for Lukan citizens due to their listed costs. Additionally, there remains the issue with non-commercial vehicles such as tractors, trucks and specialist vehicles. Mr. Dimitrovski was quick to note a solution for this problem:

''The way I see it, there is a great party available and willing to offer the Lukan market the non-commercial vehicles that we need. That party is already increasing their economic position within this nation and I am sure that, if given the choice, they will jump on this. The party that I am referring to is, of course, the Geemeiner Fereinigung fan Waafen Fabrikatie Asosiasjies 'Varinco'. From my time in the Lukan Armed Forces I still remember that we used a lot of their equipment and it is both durable and easy in its maintenance. There is no reason why we cannot end up around the table with them and go: Listen, we need trucks, we need this, we need that. What can we work out?

I have already sent out feelers among my import and export connections to see if the interest is there within Varinco. If there is, I am sure that there will be no issue towards getting said needed vehicles here within a reasonable amount of time. The Variotans have shown themselves willing and fast-working business partners and there is no reason to expect them to be any different in this endeavor. All in all, I am just glad that the fan Lukansestatt government has opened up its arms towards fair business practices and has genuinely gone ahead on their campaign promises to improve the lives of the regular Lukan citizens. Under the Ivanov government, this had never been possible.'' 

 

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