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On the Faramanian Dictator's Birthday

If you are listening to this broadcast, do not adjust your radio. This is Radio Free Faramount, a service of the People's Republic of Faramount in affiliation with Radio Free Eurth.

Matteo Terrone celebrated his ninety-second birthday yesterday. This was his fifty-fifth birthday since he illegally and violently seizing control of the country in 1963. To those of you still living under his tyrannical rule, we can only bring you the best of news -- the end is surely near. His short speech paled in comparison to his droning addresses of the past, making it clear that his health continues to decline. Soon, we will be rid of the butcher of our people. We are confident that when he dies, the Republic of Faramount will be restored.

The true leader of Faramount -- Prime Minister Sofia Savio -- pledged a "new era of resistance to this illegal regime" upon Terrone's death. "We have always fought for the freedom of the Faramanian people, but with Terrone's death, we will have a new opportunity to restore liberty in Faramount. The United Revolutionary Armed Forces of Faramount are biding their time, awaiting the opportunity to undertake new offensives once the present regime collapses. When the time comes, our soldiers will fill the streets, joined by people loyal to the true government of Faramount."

For Radio Free Faramount, I'm Marco Gesualdi. Stay strong, Faramount. 

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World Unites Against Derthalen

Good evening. This is Radio Free Faramount, a service of the People's Republic of Faramount in affiliation with Radio Free Eurth.

The People's Republic of Faramount has declared war upon the Holy Empire of Derthalen, joining a growing international coalition committed to toppling the cult-like despotic theocracy. The conflict arose several months ago, when Derthaler pirates attacked Seylosian shipping with the tacit support of the Derthalen government. The Holy Empire has long incited its population to unprovoked violence against outsiders, and for decades, the Derthaler people's aggression has simply been tolerated. But at long last, the international community has stepped up, and is now committed to holding the leaders of Derthalen to account. The People's Republic joined the coalition today, supporting its long-time ally, Fulgistan.

Most experts expect the coalition to achieve quick victory against Derthalen. Coalition nations including Seylos, Fulgistan, and Limonaia have vastly greater air and sea assets than the theocracy, which is reliant largely upon a conscript army. There are hopes that many of the Holy Empire's subjects will surrender rather than defend such an irrational, aggressive regime. But only time will tell. In a moment, we will have an interview with Prime Minister Sofia Savio regarding her decision to support Fulgistan in this conflict. For Radio Free Eurth, I'm Marco Gesualdi. Stay tuned.

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On Visiting the Sunset Sea Islands

If there was one word to describe the recent history of the Sunset Sea Islands, it would have to be "change". With the staggering amount of upheaval the nation has gone through, sometimes it is hard to realise that what feels like decades has been two years at best. Every day, the Sunset Sea Islands slide down a dystopian rabbithole a little bit more. If we look back just two years, we see a thriving tourist paradise, world-famous for its beautiful beaches and welcoming nature. In stark contrast to every other aspect of life in the SSI, the tourism sector has probably changed the least. The government knows exactly how vital tourism is to the national economy, which is why new incentives to boost this branch of the industry are continuously conceived. New methodes of cost-prevention lower the price of holidays in the equatorial archipelago and the visitor numbers to the world's most popular tourist destination continue to climb. Even the lovechild of the regime, the Synapse System, has been scaled back significantly in tourist destinations and resort cities.

Nevertheless, no matter how much the government tries to butter tourists up, you have to remember one crucial thing: holidays in the Sunset Sea Islands mean holidays in a surveillance state.

Quietly and without much media attention, the Radiant "Republic" has expanded security checks on people entering the nation, might they be tourists or businesspeople. Whilst the process has been streamlined to make immigration as frictionless as possible, security checks now do not only concern your physical baggage, but your digital one as well.

Like every other tourist destination, the Sunset Sea Islands want as many tourists as possible to leave as much money as possible in the nation, therefore, the tourism industry is not afraid to invest into state-of-the-art 21st century technology. Everything is designed to be as convenient as possible: by scanning a QR code or holding your smartphone against a NFC sensor you can pay virtually everywhere. In restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, souvenir shops, the list goes on and on. However, there is a catch to this: to do so, you need a tourist ValID account.

To those of you who might have forgotten, ValID is a government identification system that has been introduced before the technocratic revolution. It links every passport to a digital profile which makes it easy to create accounts for online services, to pay for services and to register at various institutions. What seems like the ultimate convenience in the digital world of the 21st century is nothing more than another tool of mass surveillance.

Naturally, most tourists gladly install the application on their phones. It is widely advertised and nothing is stopping you from deinstalling the programme once you leave the nation. However, as you might have guessed, providing tourist information, navigation and payment services are not the only thing the app does.

Without granting the application access to all the authorities over your device it desires, the app doesn't work. And what does it do once it gets them? It starts scanning. It reads out your messages, your calendar entries, your phone logs and address books, all in search of what the government calls "counterprogressive material" or connections to people the regime might consider dangerous individuals. Whether or not these tourist ValID accounts are temporary or permanent could not be determined so far either.

In a similarily cloak-and-dagger legislation, airport personnel have been authorised to read out the storage of your electronical devices when passing through security checks, all to prevent individuals from smuggling "counterprogressive materials" into the nation. If the guards find such material, for example information about cyber security or privacy, on your devices, you are faced with three choices: delete the files, leave your device at the airport until your return home, or fly right back home.

Even though these worrying developments bring tears to the eyes of those who remember the old tourist paradise of the Sunset Sea Islands, we at RFSSI don't expect to see any change in consumer behaviour. The beautiful environment of the archipelago and the ever-expanding tourist industry with its deals and incentives will continue to pull visitors from all around the globe. Most tourists won't even notice how the national government spies on them, and we don't blame them. When was the last time any of us have read the terms and conditions of any app we've installed on our mobile phones? Will this pirate radio broadcast somewhere in the new world have any influence on the situation? We doubt it. Nevertheless, this is another in a long row of steps the Radiant Republic has taken towards a totalitarian surveillance state.

So the next time you're going for a vacation in the Sunset Sea Islands, it might be worth investing in a NFC-blocking phone case.

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