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The NSAS, or in Esperanto: Nacia Sciiga Agentejo de Sffahkia and in French: Agence Nationale de Presse de Sffahkia, is the only allowed state-run news agency of Sffahkia. NSAS is your best (only) choice when choosing a source of news on the Final Revolution. The NSAS reports the truth as it is defined in the State Codex. 

 

"La NSAS estos la nacia novaĵagentejo kaj kiel tia estos la sola agentejo, kiu rajtas krei amaskomunikilaron, kiu en naturo similas novaĵojn." -Niĉjo Parlanto

"La novaĵagentejo, kiu plu semos la semojn de la fina revolucio en la mensoj de la popolo de Sffahkia. Novaĵagento libera de la koruptaj influoj, kiuj malhelpas la finan revolucion kaj ĝiajn finajn verojn." -Nikolao Kondukanto

The NSAS is located in Nova Urbo where it functions to unite all of Sffahkia. The NSAS insures that all Sffahkians receive the same news regardless of social status. 

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Déjà vu Jam vidita

Today, the government announced that new amendments to the Unu revolucio, unu Sffahkia, Unu lingvo -act of 1999 (One revolution, one Sffahkia, one language). Previously the use of French, the former second national language, was banned in public and around children born after 2000. This meant that French was not allowed to be spoken in schools, libraries or forests. However, the current government has made amendments to this law which bans French altogether. Previously used French expressions such as Déjà vu Jam Vidita will be replaced completely by their Esperanto equivalents such as Jam vidita.

The 1980's was a time of radical change to the society of Sffahkia as the successful Final Revolution had begun to shape the country and its society. It was during this time that the belief thought that the post-revolution society should be accompanied by one language. During this period Sffahkia had two official languages: French and Esperanto. Even before this, during the years of the civil war War of the People 1950 - 1968, Swedish and German were banned languages as they were minority languages spoken by Sffahkians in the southern parts that supported the Libre État -party tools of the capitalist bourgeoisie and enemies of the people. In 1972, after rigorous testing, it was found that no Sffahkian could speak or understand German. Swedish was proclaimed a dead language of Sffahkia by 1979. After the two minority languages were snuffed out and destroyed, only French and Esperanto remained as approved languages since all other languages were banned in 1982. 

As Sffahkia rids itself from its corrupted past and steps into a bright future, the world stands and awaits as Sffahkia and its people show the fruits of the Final Revolution of the people. The government has started taking back previously given language licences. The only legal way to know a foreign language is to go through the processes of acquiring a language licence which grants the permission to use a foreign language. Teachers and historians are having their language licences taken away as the state has translated all of the history of Sffahkia into Esperanto, thereby eliminating the need for teachers and historians to know a foreign language. Today an ever-diminishing number of Sffahkians poses a language licence. This exclusive group consists of diplomats, translators and the NSAS staff.

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"Por vere krei socion laŭ la vidado de la Fina Revolucio de la Homoj, ni devas elradikigi la lingvan baro, kiun la kolonianoj de Sfakia donis al ni tiel longe. Unu revolucio unu Sffakia unu lingvo!" (In order to truly create a society in line with the vision of the Final Revolution of the People, we must eradicate the language barrier that the colonizers of Sffahkia gave us so long ago. One revolution one Sffahkia One language!) -Nikolao Kondukanto

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"Hodiaŭ la longa vojo al unuigita Sfakia komenciĝas, kiel ni kuraĝe forigas nin de la kruĉoj de neegaleco, la iloj de la burĝaro kaj malamikoj de la popolo starigis sur ni por plibonigi siajn privatajn intertraktojn." (Today the long road towards a unified Sfakia begins as we bravely rid ourselves of the shackles of inequality the tools of the bourgeoisie and enemies of the people have set upon us to further their private interets.) -Niĉjo Parlanto

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53e12866-a085-4539-ae02-b08655539a50?t=1510751056841Sffahkia in shock after school fiasco

Sffahkians today awakened to a fiasco of the greatest proportions as a 6-year-old school girl was caught red handed with a red coloring crayon in Malnova Arbara Vilaĝo Kindergarten. This red coloring crayon was not accounted for in the kindergarten's crayon pool which means it was private property and, therefore, strictly illegal. What made the situation a crisis, however, was when asked to lend the crayon the girl said "Le crayon, c'est le mien!" (The crayon is mine). All languages besides the state approved Esperanto are strictly forbidden in all spaces especially  schools. 

What makes this fiasco even worse -though this getting any worse might be inconceivable at first- is the fact that the girl was born in 2012 which means she shouldn't legally be allowed to know French as is stated in the Unu revolucio, unu Sffahkia, unu lingvo -act of 1999 where children born in and after 2000 are not allowed to be exposed to any other language than Esperanto. This means the girl's parents have taught her French thus putting the future generations of Sffahkia in danger.

After the police searched the house where the girl lived, they found several items not registered or accounted for in local collective pools such as pens, toys, a power drill and even three extra cabbages. Normally a child speaking a banned language would only result in a 9 month re-education sentence to the parents and child, however, the child being born in 2012 and her possessing private property, make this a seriously violation of the basic principles of the Final Revolution of the people. The parents of the child have been brought to court and accused for a plethora crimes which include:

  • disregarding the collective
  • working to enhance private interests on the expense of the collective
  • treason
  • owning private property
  • corrupting the future generation of Sffahkia
  • endangering the Final Revolution of the People
  • endangering the future generations of Sffahkia
  • teaching a banned language
  • speaking a banned language near a child born in/after 2000
  • speaking a banned language without a language licence
  • disregarding the government
  • threatening national security
  • corrupting with influence
  • and many more

These serious charges have called for immediate action. The child and her two brothers were immediately taken into state custody away from the parents. The three siblings are to be separated and sent to three different towns where they will go through a 9 month re-education period insuring that they have not been corrupted by their parents and the toxic atmosphere they have created for their children. 

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Late during Wednesday saw the beginning of the trial of Aminda and Quento Bonahomo the parents of the infamous crayon child. They were put on trial for such offenses such as owning private property, treason, disregarding the collective and many others after their child born after 2000 spoke French in a public school and possessed private property. These charges were seen as extremely serious by all officials and for these reasons the trial was made public. The court, however, was not ready for what was to come.

Even before the trial started problems arose as a large number of citizens wanted to spectate the proceedings. Such a large number, in fact, that they didn't have room for everyone and many were left outside the court. Court officials knew it would be a high publicity case but they were simply not ready for so many people.
When the proceedings began, Mr and Mme Bonahomo gave their starting statements in French:

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«Nous admettons à tout ce qu'on nous reproche. Ce que nous avons fait, c'est enseigner à nos enfants notre culture, notre langue et notre histoire et non celles imposées par l'État. Nous croyons qu'il est fondamentalement immoral de détruire l'histoire et la culture. Notre culture et notre langue sont des choses nous n'abannerions jamais. Ce sont nos droits comme individuels à enseigner nos enfants en la façon que nous considérons propre.»


 

After their beginning statements, the pair was informed that their sentences will be lengthened, if they continue speaking French. Despite the warnings the pair continued to only speak French. When the guards came to take away the pair they were stopped by citizens observing the court. Soon a chant of Notre culture, notre droit filled the room.

The Judge then made a decision to continue the proceedings but switched to French himself. In a short period all except the state accuser, whose role it was to represent the state, spoke French. The trial ended after three hours of proceedings. The verdict was guilty. Soon after, the crowd of onlookers turned in to a demonstration against the government. The demonstration ended, however, when Mr and Mme Bonahomo stepped into a police vehicle ready to be taken to detainment to await their transfer to a labor camp. They told the protesters that despite what they believed to be an unjust sentence, they've still been sentenced nonetheless and would act according to it. 

At this moment Mr and Mme Bonahomo are awaiting their transfer to a labor camp to serve out their sentence. Hope still remains as many supporters of the pair say that the verdict is invalid due to the proceedings being in French and not in an approved language. Others believe the verdict to be just because the state accuser used Esperanto throughout the proceedings and the judge was still a judged approved by the state. As the court proceedings end, another legal battle commences as to the validity of the verdict which will remain to be seen.

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3155505_3_9799_lors-du-referendum-en-alsace-organise-le-7_4506aa4819e9790e8e4c0ab284d3efd8.jpgShffahkia to hold referendum

In the light of the court demonstration, the senate has began a referendum to change the leadership. On the ballot citizens may vote either Jes/oui or Ne/non to the change of leadership. Running against Nikolao Kondukanto, the leader, is Taillefer Vigier also known as the iron-works politician who made his name as being a strong supporter of French culture within Shffahkia. If elected, he promises to instigate French as the only national language, drop language bans and end Shffahkia's policy of Isolationism.

The main critique Nikolao Kondukanto is being faced with is his uncompromising stance on societal change and development whilst his opponent, Taillefer Vigier, has been accused of turning his back on the revolution. Despite the accusations he has for long been a force to be reckoned with in the Collectivist-Socialist party of Shffahkia.

Whether Shffahkia shall see a new leader is up to the people. The future seems more uncertain than ever as the very revolution itself hangs in the balance. 

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Referendum Results in!

The Weekend referendum held on Saturday and Sunday to decide upon the new leader of Shffahkia has come to a close and votes have been counted. The referendum was a result of the Senate giving a vote of no confidence to Nikolao Kondukanto after a school fiasco turned into nationwide demonstrations against his proposed new culture and new language. Opposing him was Taillefer Vigier, a member of the science committee of Shffahkia who is also known as the iron-works politician due to his background as a worker in the iron industry. He ran a large campaign against Kondukanto attacking his policies and criticizing him for his zero tolerance -policy against criticism.

The referendum showed that 78% voted in favor of a change in leadership and 16% voting in favor of keeping the current leader. 6% abstained from voting on the referendum.

Taillefer Vigier made great promises during his inauguration such as introducing a national currency, ending Isolationism and revisiting many of the pointless and oppressive laws introduced by Kondukanto in his 25 years in office. 

The reason why this article is so short is because upon inauguration, Taillefer Vigier has officially discontinued the NSAS. This is from the whole NSAS team saying "it has been a blast bringing you government propaganda, we wish you the best and stay inside as the weather forecast is sunny with a chance of rain."

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The Larue Amendment to the Delacroix Constitution

Following the June Referendum, the government of the Federative Republic of Shffahkia has experienced a grinding halt due to Nikolao Kondukanto contesting the June Referendum which officially removed him from office. However, on June 7th, Nikaloa Kondukanto was able to gather the support of the Conseil Sfakien (Shffahkian Council; one of the four assemblies/chambers of the Shffahkian government which oversees that the principles of Collectivism are followed in everyday governance) which officially condemned the referendum, thereby removing Taillefier Vigier from office after only a week as the new Premier-Dirigeant. Although Vigier was displaced, the Conseil Sfakien did not allow Kundukanto to retake his old position. 

Nikolao Kondukanto contested the referendum officially on June 6th claiming it was too inaccurate and orchestrated in such a short time: only 4 days, and that the referendum was overall illegitimate due to only 13% of Shffahkians actually voting because of a lack of voting booths. 

With the referendum contested, the four assemblies of the Shffahkian government officially chose sides. The Conseil Sfakien officially remained neutral, whilst the Collectif des Ministres sided with Nikolao Kondukanto, and the Chambre des Représentants sided against him. The Sénat Fédéral (Federal Senate) was split and was not able to chose side. This led to Shffahkia's government grinding to a halt. For most nation, this wouldn't be as big of a problem, but due to the interconnectedness of everything to the government in Shffahkia, its consequences were felt throughout the country: schools were closed, access to electricity almost vanished from the largest cities and food shipments to excluded villages were cancelled which almost led to a small famine. 

On August 9th, Adélaïde Larue officially disbanded the Federal Senate, one of the few powers the president has in Shffahkia. She then proceeded to pass the "Suspend the Delacroix Constitution Act" and with only one vote, which was her own, suspended the constitution made by the creator of the first Collectivist country. With no Premier-Dirigeant to resist the Act, the three other assemblies were powerless to stop it. 

The Delacroix Constitution is considered the source of legitimacy of the government, the justification for their actions, and by suspending it, Larue suspended law itself in the country. For the next week until August 16th, Shffahkia was officially in martial law. On August the 17th, however, the Larue Amendment was officially introduced and passed by the senate, and because it was unanimous with 100% of the Federal Senate supporting it, no other assembly could stop it. The official vote count was: one in favor, zero against. The Larue Amendment had but one effect: it combined the roles of Premier-Dirigeant and Présdient into one role: Président. 

As the acting president, Larue officially replaced Taillifier Vigier as the official leader of Shffahkia who can now act with impunity. She then proceeded to replace many members in all four assemblies until her supporters composed the majority in all of them. After August 17th, many of Nikolao Kondukanto's policies were removed the most infamous of which were the Esperanto Policies. 

On August 21st, the situation had stabilized and Lysian was reintroduced as the sole official language of Shffahkia. For many this situation still remains almost inconceivable as it was thought that no one could make amendments to the Delacroix Constitution. After all, it was considered the corner stone of Shffahkia and the very document that gives the government its authority. More inconceivable is the fact that the few power checks Nikolao Kondukanto and Duncan Delacroix had no longer apply to Larue. 

It still remains to be seen which direction Larue will take Shffahkia with her unchecked power but she has been able to get the government working again which means that it is time for life to return to normal for the time being. 

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Mind your language! - Surveille ton langauge!

Départemang de Journalismusse - Département de Journalisme

Ils veullent trois vés de saffe. - Ils veullent trois verres de jus.

Vouce as délé le doké ? - Tu as partagé le toit ? (une expression)

L'amiko mien a raté le lérnéil. - Mon ami a raté l'école.These are all examples of spoken Shffahkian Lysian. Officially, however, Shffahkians are encouraged to speak standard Lysian and to avoid these Shffahkisms which are often considered improper speech. 

Although Lysian is the official language of Shffahkia, Shffahkian Lysian is often considered its own version of Lysian, and in the most extreme cases, its own language due to its unique pronunciation and vocabulary. During the first 100 or so years of Lysian rule in Shffahkia, Shffahkian Lysian was mostly the same as Lysian spoken in the late 1700's. 

The first differences in Shffahkian Lysian popped up during the Great Exchange, a period of vast change in Shffahkian Lysian as Shffahkian Creole alongside Alemannic influences began to appear in everyday speech between 1808-1860. Form there onward, Lysian Shffahkian would diverge further from standard Lysian. 

Easily spotted differences are words that are spelled differently. These are called accepted alternative spellings in Shffahkia; they are mostly the use of -ang instead of -ent at the ends of certain words, such as bâtimang, and the use of k insead of qu, i.e. Sfakie not Sfaquie. Essentially, these boil down into a minimal effort to distinguish Shffahkian Lysian from standard Lysian in the 1800's although standard Lysian is often preferred in academic circles. The only exception is Shffahkia which must always be written with a k. 

The pronoun "vouce" is often used in place of tu as a way to speak in a more friendly manner as tu is rarely used. Vouce has its roots in the migrant communities of Shffahkia; it popped up into wide use in the 1800's.

From Shffahkian Creole, we get words such as doké (toit), vé (verre), pémis (permis), liv (livre) and lalinne (lune du monde). Shffahkian Creole was originally spoken by the slave populace of Shffahkia but it spread, so much so that it influenced Shffahkian Lysian grammar most notably with possessive pronouns and prepositions. Whilst people normally say "mon chat" for my cat, it is common to say "chat mien" in Shffahkia which is grammatically incorrect. It originates from Shffahkian Creole where possessive pronouns become after nouns. Over time, it made its way to the everyday language. Yet another feature of Shffahkian Creole is "da" the feminine version of de which is considered incorrect speech but used widely in Shffahkia.

Alemannic influences can be spotted from words such as Saffe/Zaf (jus), Delander/Déler (partager), Flaïsse (porc/bœuf), Flaske/Flasque (Bouteille), Arbrelaine (cotton), gata (rue) and journalismusse (journalisme) 

The third biggest influence would be Esperanto mostly between 1996 and 2010. Many Lysian words became replaced by Esperanto equivalents during the reign of Nikolao Kondukanto such as lérnéil (école), Faïrestingiste (pompier), voio (chemin, rue, moyen), auto (voiture), brune (marron), amiko (ami/amie), mirinde (agréable), foregiste (une pensée oubliée, utilisé comme le verbe oublier) and many more. 

These are but a few examples of Shffahkian Lysian. There are also words that don't originate from any foreign influence such as favelle and chemisette. In today's Shffahkia, where classes have become futile, you can often tell from which class someone comes from based on their accent. If they speak proper Lysian and avoid using special vocabulary, they might be from the old upper class, and if they speak using many creole words, they might come from the lower classes. 

There have been several suggestions about instituting Shffahkian Lysian as the national language but due to its large diversity, most official business in Shffahkia is conducted in proper Lysian. Despite that, Shffahkian Lysian is still spoken in everyday speech by around 86% of the population. Whether or not Shffahkian Lysian will ever receive recognition that doesn't classify it as incorrect remains very unlikely in the current political atmosphere. 

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President Larue's speech censored

On Sunday 23.9.2018, President Larue gave a speech during the second September government discussions. The government discussions are public discussions where members of the national congress, Shffahkia's tetracameral legislature, discuss public of the direction of Shffahkia. The government discussions are usually ended by the Premier-Dirigeant's speech, however, due to recent political changes, the president of the union has been the one to finish these discussions. 

The president set several goals to the government that differed from the political norm at the top of which would be ending Isolationism, opening Shffahkian society and moving the nation towards a more liberal direction. According to the Shffahkian council (Conseil Sfakien) these points were against the principles of Collectivism, and therefore, had to be censored. Despite receiving applause and praise throughout the country, Larue's speech has been censored an almost all public formats. 

The reason why Larue's speech was censored despite her holding the final say on almost all matters of state is the Shffahkian Council. The Shffahkian Council is responsible for the overseeing of the implementation of  Collectivism in Shffahkia. The council has on multiple occasion shown dissatisfaction towards Larue and her new government and has also rejected many of her administration's attempts on reform. This face-off between the president and the council shows that the two have vastly different views on Collectivism. This difference can be explained by Larue's rapid rise to power which has left many members of the "old guard" unprepared.

How ever change might be coming as and agreed-upon date has been set for the next Senate elections. Within the Larue Amendments, the Senate was granted to use the highest power in the country under the president. This means that if President Larue manages to fill the Senate with enough supporters to get a five to six vote passed, she can appoint new members to the Shffahkian Council which would give her control of two of the four chambers.

The censorship directed towards Larue's supporters has revealed a divide within Shffahkia. With the absence of Nikolao Kondukanto who didn't allow political disagreement, Shffahkia is divided into those who believe in Larue's liberal interpretation of Collectivism and to those who support conservative Collectivism.

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Jaspar Lemaigre & Guillemin Favre Put on Forced Retirement

On Saturday 6th September, two long-time MCC's (Ministres du conseil  collectiviste) saw their political carriers officially end as the president forcibly retired them from the Collectivist Council citing their age as a major concern. The two MCC's in question are Guillemin Favre and Jaspar Lemaigre, both boasting political careers that have lasted well over 50 years.

How?

The President of the Union (PU) has, alongside the President of the Council (PC) and the President of the Chamber of Representatives (PDR), the power to forcibly retire any citizen from a state position if they believe their age to be a serious concern to either their health or their ability to conduct state affairs. The retired has the right to complain and may redirect the issue to a magistrate, coroner or to a higher court depending on the situation. 

Guillemin Favre, in fact, decided to complain about his forced retirement. In response, a committee will be formed from the CM (Collectif des Ministres) which will decide to either overrule Larue's decision or to sustain it. The committee will have a public hearing on this subject next Monday on 8th of September beginning from 4:00 (approx. 10 am) until 6:25 (approx. 3 pm). Many political analysts say that even if Favre is able to show a medical certificate that proves his continued ability to work, the Committee is unlikely to rule in favor of a politicians already in his 90's.

Who are these two MCC's?

First, Guillemin Favre was one of the most influential men on the Collectivist Council being credited as the man who "collectivized" the current Shffahkian education system. This feat alone earned him much praise and criticism. His supporters highlight that the current system has effectively eliminated illiteracy and improved test scores nation-wide. His critics, which include the current president herself, lambaste his system saying it focuses more on indoctrination than actual education. Whether or not your an opponent or a proponent of the Favre-style education system, he has still been in some kind office since the 1960's being a part of the wave of young politicians known as the Young 60's. Favre's career zenith was his education reform, however, his staunch support of Nikolao Kondukanto even after hes removal from office is seen as the nadir of his political career. Nevertheless, Guillemin Favre isn't going down without a fight. Although initially withholding much of his criticism of the current president, his forced retirement has made him decide to open the flood gates as he has begun a serious campaign against the "despot of the Senate" demanding her immediate resigning. 

Secondly, Jaspar Lemaigre was a more quiet public figure never truly distinguishing himself from the rest. His most memorable feat is that he was a part of the Collective Agricultural Committee (CAC) between 1990 and 2003 where he helped optimize Shffahkia's agricultural sector with the implementation of technological innovations en masse. Contrary to his fellow soon-to-be retiree, Jaspar Lemaigre stated that he harbours no ill will against the president in office and that he awaits a sunny retirement from state affairs. Despite not being as vocal about his opposition of Larue, Jaspar Lemaigre has worked against Liberal policies in general all throughout his career.

What does this mean for the future?

Guillemin Favre and Jaspar Lemaigre might have gone down in different ways but they both were staunch opponents of Larue. Most notably Guillemin Favre was a central opponent of Larue using the Collective Council to block many of her attempts at reform. Many say that they were retired for purely age-related reasons, yet some raise suspicion on whether or not it was intentional. With Favre and Lemaigre gone, the Collectivist Council has two more empty seats to be filled and two less Larue-opposed ministers.

Which ever version you believe, the fact is that the Collectivist Council, officially the Shffahkian Council, has two more open seats to be filled once the Senate elections are held. Members of the Collectivist Council or MCC's are appointed by the President  of the Union and approved by one of the three other legislatures of Shffahkia: The Federal Senate (SF), The Collective of Ministers (CM) or The Chamber of Representatives (CR). This means that if the current president can manage to fill one of these legislatures with sympathetic voters, they can effectively affect the most important legislature of the Collectivist republic adding more pressure and importance to the coming Senate elections. 

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    • BREAKING: President Duval announces snap general election for late November; first Prymontian Rus elections due November 2nd NEW HALSHAM, COURTMARSH - President George Duval has confirmed that, amidst the rumours of the past few days, the United States will be holding a snap general election on November 30th. This will come as a surprise to few, as rumours and hints have been circulating since September that pressure within Courtmarsh House has been building for a new parliament. The public are holding Duval to account for the failure to meet election promises: lower military spending, reduce unemployment, increase public services spending, and stabilise the chaotic political situation of central Argis. Politicians are also unhappy with Duval, as the National Party are now being accused of rigging the historic July 2017 elections to hand themselves an overwhelming majority. Prymont's five main political parties have been given just under six weeks to prepare and publish their election campaigns. The National Party confirmed that Duval will be their President if their campaign is successful, and despite their declining support figures, they are still the party to beat. The People's Party, a centre-right conservative group headed by Felix Frey, are believed to be the biggest threat to the National's majority, as they appeal to the public by promoting capitalism and promising the generation of thousands of jobs. The United Prymont Future Party, another centre-left organisation much like the Nationals, are believed to be a slightly riskier alternative, as they promise to reverse the recent tax increases and lower the cost of living. PNN will provide detailed coverage of the lead-up to election day. In addition to this news, the President has also revealed that the newly formed Prymontian Rus will have their own general election on November 2nd, after months of trouble and turmoil. The USP humanitarian groups have been successful in quelling the disputes of the land, and have sought enough former and new politicians to create a varied political landscape. The National Party-backed Iskander Yegerov, of the National Rus Party, is a firm favourite for voters and fellow politicians alike to win the Premiership.  This news has not been met without trouble in the United States, as voters have gathered on the streets of New Halsham to protest Prymont's involvement in the new country. Many believe that the National Party are using the former Hellenic Rus state to gain further political control over central Argis, and to channel funds into boosting the United States' military capabilities. However, the 'takeover' of the country can be a positive investment, as engineers have already started work on the Canamo Canal in newly purchased southern lands bordering the Mediargic Sea, which will massively improve maritime trade with the area and propel local economies into significant wealth. 
      President Duval photographed shortly after announcing the snap general election.   Ostport state government shows plans for β3 billion 5-year renovation plan CANASTOTA, OSTPORT - In an annual state government public consultation, the Ostport state government have revealed a staggering three billion Prynd renovation and upgrade plan for the next five years. Ostport's considerable growth since the creation of the United States has been hard to ignore, and Canastota has long been the most populous city in the country. Many companies are now choosing to locate their headquarters in the state's capital, such as massive economic benefactors the Kaldestad Aamot Group, the Northern Bank of Ostport financial giant, and alpine equipment specialists Koren. It is also understood that the completion of the Canamo Canal in late 2019 will bring great trade benefits to Canastota, the docks of which are already receiving β300m for upgrades to handle the added capacity. This monumental amount of money for one state will be going to several good public causes. Public transport will be the recipient of approximately half of this capital, to invest in new transport hubs, rail and bus routes, modern equipment, and new job roles. Hospitals in the state will also receive funding to ease staff restraints and modernise equipment, while money will also go to supporting families who have lost jobs through the demise of the fishing industry as well as reorganising public services such as unemployment schemes, homelessness reduction plans, and charities chosen by the public. The plan is the brainchild of Jasper Revheim, a critical figure in Ostportian politics since the 2017 elections. Revheim represents the National Party, and hopes that this scheme will support his chances of reelection in November.
      High speed trains like these, pictured in Canastota's Sparby Station as part of the Canastota-New Halsham Line, will become common with the new funding.   Kaldestad Aamot Group purchases Central Canastota Sports Stadium KAP STADIUM, OSTPORT - The Central Canastota Sports Stadium was constructed in 1995 to bring sports in the United States to a global stage. It is the current home of the Prymontian Yetis, the country's national football team, as well as the Canastota Sharks, one of the top teams in the domestic league. Over the years, the CCSS has also hosted music concerts, rugby matches, and boxing events, showcasing the diversity of the arena. The Prymontian Football Association, the governing body of football in the United States, also calls the stadium it's home.  In 2012 the stadium underwent expensive renovations to bring it up to date with modern standards and equipment, as well as providing a higher seating capacity and providing space within the stadium grounds for public shopping areas to provide an additional source of income. In 2017, the stadium went up for sale, as the National Party sought to generate revenue and eliminate unnecessary expenditure. Today, a new owner has been found in the Kaldestad Aamot Group, one of the largest companies in the US.  The stadium has been renamed to the KAP Stadium, promoting the largest brand within the KAG, and CEO Erik Bruun has revealed plans to create a 'greater sports complex'. These plans include a superdome for domed sports and exhibition events, a velodrome, an aquatics centre, and an indoor karting circuit. The cost of purchasing the stadium and surrounding land is yet to be disclosed, but it is believed that the Group will be spending billions in the coming years to create the world standard in sporting complexes. 
      A CGI rendition of the planned superdome.   Prymontian Yetis top the standings in the Argic & Northern Alharun Football Association Cup CANASTOTA, OSTPORT - The ANAFA League Cup began on the 10th of October, with ten of the best teams from the two continents playing for glory. The Prymontian Yetis were successful in qualifying for the Cup, and drew in a friendly against Limonaia before the league commenced. In the first game, the Yetis beat @Soreana by 3 goals to 1, placing them atop the standings with the Limonaians. The second round of matches were held on the 20th, and Prymont were victorious once more, beating @Limonaia 2-1 to improve upon their previous draw. This win kept the Yetis at the top of the table, joined only in points by @Variota. Thus far, the Yetis have scored the most goals in the tournament, and have the greatest positive goal difference. The team couldn't have gotten off to a better start, and are receiving great praise from supporters, but pundits are yet to be complacent with their position. In years gone by, the Yetis have shown glimmers of hope, only to be shot down shortly after by poor plays, inadequate players, and failing leadership. Team manager Nojus Fauskanger assembled a mixed squad of promising youths and experienced veterans for the 2018 @Orioni World Cup, and while the team exited that tournament in the group stages, many applauded their performance. Now, with weak links out and new players in, the Yetis are showing stronger than ever, and many are confident that they will go on to the quarter finals in December. Others are adamant that it is only a matter of time before the team return to their old ways of failure and demise, but captain Vincent Borge hopes to silence those critics. "Our team has played brilliantly so far, and we've changed our training methods and squad rotation to ensure that we're always at our best. We've got some amazing players on board this year, and it's now the start of something great for Prymont's national football scene." The Yetis will next play @Seylos on the 24th of October.
      Team manager Nojus Fauskanger barks his orders from the sidelines, during the Prymont-Soreana match
         
    • Transport Ministry, Dartha "...of course, we'll give regular updates to the Senate as requested...thank you Senator Charvanek...and a good day to you too," and he hung up the phone. Miro Tumel had just been promoted to Chief Engineer, the immediate subordinate to the Minister, two weeks earlier after his predecessor was removed from his position due to a major disagreement with a powerful Jaridan senator. The identity of this politician was never divulged but he suspected that it was his newfound senatorial backer, Livana Charvanek. Now wasn't the time to contemplate this and rather to put his skills to work on getting the high-speed railway project off the ground. Up until today, Yhfillain, the more notable face of the Ministry, had been charged almost exclusively on operating the public transport system - the commuter railways of the three major cities, the intercity bus network, and the various riverbus services along the major waterways and along the coast of the Apnex Sea. Now, this body had been ordered to be responsible for the planning and construction of a high-speed line between the capital, Dartha, and the third-largest (yet second-most important) city, Peldred to the southeast in the Chetris Province. This was a completely foreign territory for the Ministry. He knew that the Senate wanted quick results to show the masses that they were addressing their concerns. He adjusted himself in his desk chair and pressed a buzzer on his intercom. "Elvia, can you come in here please?" he asked. She was his secretary, equally attractive and unemotional in her work. "Yes sir," she inquired, getting her pad at the ready to take down his instructions. "I want you to work with Jeran and Ulik in preparing a contract posting for an engineering and design consultant to help us with the high-speed project." She nodded in acknowledgment. "Both of them already have all the details from me as to what is required of our eventual contractor," he said pausing for a moment. "And one other thing," he began, Elvia was attentive, "Senator Chavarnek and I are supposed to meet every week, can you work with her aide and set it up." Elvia began skimming his calendar as he was saying this. "I'll get on it right away. Anything else sir?" she inquired. "Not now," he responded. "That will be all." She nodded once more and left the room. After she was out of the office, he picked up his phone and called Almor. "My friend, how are you...and the children...good, good. I am sure you heard the latest over Tlaru Aihrifv Rheilhhu...you have? Then I don't have to go over the entire story with you...is it possible for you to arrange a meeting between me, the Mayor (Maiori) of Peldred, Cildan; and Chetris Governor (Jahærenen) Lakol? Thank you. Call me on my cellphone the moment you have that three-way conversation confirmed...we'll talk again soon, have a good day..."
    • OOC: The ANAFA Cup now has a wiki page here: http://iiwiki.com/wiki/ANAFA_League_Cup_2018. I will be updating this page weekly with the scores and standings.
    • OOC: The SATAMFC Cup now has a wiki page here: http://iiwiki.com/wiki/SATAMFC_League_Cup_2018. I will be updating this page weekly with the scores and standings.
    • "...sounding second alarm at Via Zannoni 3381, fire has spread from vehicle to nearby housing..." "...additional units requested at Via Renauld 477 for domestic disturbance, neighbor reports argument regarding footballing..." "Turn that off." "...all available units in area, respond immediately to Embassy of Asgeirria, diplomatic quarter, this is an officer needs help call..." "...10-16, 10-16, respond immediately for support to Via Rocca de Baldi 88, fire unit reports being under attack by hooligans..." "I SAID TURN THAT RADIO OFF." Senior Inspector Prisco Vigliotti bellowed the order at the driver of the police bus, who finally switched off the dispatch radio. Vigliotti did not even bother to mutter a thank you before turning back to his platoon of riot officers. "We are thirty seconds out. Remember: no deadly force. This is the eighth game in ten years that we haven't lost. The president does not want this success undermined by bloodshed." The field officer of the Faramontese Paramilitary Police had barely finished that last statement when the bus suddenly lurched to a stop, nearly throwing the man -- the equivalent of a captain in the army -- to the ground. "I can't get any closer," the driver said, "there's fire trucks in the way." "Amateurs," Vigliotti remarked with contempt, eyeing the firefighting vehicles, before turning back to his men. "Alright, then. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR. DISEMBARK, NOW. MOVE!" The thirty paramilitaries onboard jumped to their feet and quickly exited the vehicle through its three doors, forming up on the pavement outside. They found a scene of utter chaos. The local and national police had been trying to keep order near Terrome Stadium, but clearly, that effort had failed. Injured policemen were sitting everywhere, being helped by firefighters and paramedics. Up ahead, Vigliotti could see that some firefighters and other volunteers were helping to maintain the police's haphazard riot line. The acrid smell of smoke and the sound of sirens filled the air, but above all else, it was the noise of the crowd -- the screaming, the breaking glass, the brawling -- that stood out.  "Well," Vigliotti said to no one in particular, staring past the police line at mob of several thousand Faramontese football fans violently celebrating their team's narrow escape of defeat, "it would appear we have our work cut out for us."
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