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    • By Andalla
      Skandinavisk Aircraft Manufacturing, officially Skandinavisk Flygproducent A/S, is an Andallan manufacturer of civil and military aircraft and is the largest aircraft manufacturer in Thalassa . It is also one of Andalla's largest employers, with 48,915 employees by the end of FY 2016. Skandinavisk's corporate headquarters and main office are located along Marius Norgard Boulevard in Enshavn, with major facilities scattered across Andalla. The company is led by CEO Peter Olstad, the grandson of the company's founder, Markus Olstad.
      Skandinavisk was founded in 1918 as Olstad Flygmotoren A/S, a producer of aircraft engines based in the town of Skandinavisk.
      Following its success within the Thalassan market, Skandinavisk has since then expanded its scope of operations far across the world. The following is a list of all major Skandinavisk subsidiaries.
      Skandinaverica, 78%-owned subsidiary manufacturing aircraft exclusively sold in @Iverica Skandinavisk Europa, manufacturer and distributor of Skandinavisk aircraft in Europa, headquartered in Nordhaven, @Orioni Skandinavisk Argis, manufacturer and distributor of Skandinavisk aircraft in Argis, headquartered in Canastota, @Prymont Olstad Aircraft Engines, manufacturer of turbofan and turbojet engines. Descendant of the original company, Olstad Flygmotoren. Flygmotor, 23%-owned subsidiary, manufacturer of turboprop and propeller aircraft engines.
    • By Andalla
      Link to the RP thread, "From Skies to Safety".
      Seeing as the RP will soon begin to revolve around an international aviation agreement, and that my actual goal is to get as many nations to participate, planning with other nations is essential for this one. As far as I'm concerned the agreement would be identical to the ICAO, and will also set up the predecessor for a similar organization which will be part of the under-construction Europa UN. I will gladly welcome any comments; I'm rather inexperienced and also can't write so well so any help will be gladly appreciated.
      Right now we're only beginning. The year is 1948. Thanks to a small band of corrupt Deltannian airport officials, a loophole was found in the Andallan and Deltannian aviation regulations - one that would take away the rights of operation for Andallan aircraft, or, in this situation, one that would convince Andallan airlines to bribe these corrupt officials to continue allowing them to operate. As Deltannia is an important stop along the route from Andalla to Europa (aircraft at that time still couldn't cross the Oriental Ocean), the issue gains much attention and Andallan aviation officials work to standardize regulations with Deltannia.
      At one point as the two nations begin work to standardizing regulations, somebody has a lightbulb moment: "Why can't we get the whole world to standardize along with us?" At first most higher officials are skeptical about the idea but are soon convinced. Using Andalla's well-developed diplomatic connections thanks to trade, more nations are invited to join the agreement - effectively forming the very first international air safety organization.
      I don't want to have to force anyone to join, so I'll keep it voluntary. There will come a point where I will post an invitation to the nations of the world regarding the agreement, and it will be up to you to send a reply on the thread. To retain as much appeal as possible I'll try to stay away from any legalese - only using specific terms for clarification or when really needed. I won't even attempt posting the actual words of the agreement, nor even outlining it. We have the IRL ICAO documents for that.
      Well, then... Why join, you say? What benefits would such an agreement have to offer?
      In short, everything "aviation" today is what it has to offer. Airports are built according to standardized instructions, aircraft are built with safety regulations and other certain requirements, airlines operate on a set of rules, pilots are certified, communication is standardized, everything. Aviation is a very vague and exploitable yet extremely vital industry in connecting the world. Therefore it's essential to set up these regulations, or the world would be a mess. Surely each nation would set up its own sort of regulations, but there's no denying the fact that there will be nations with more lenient rules, and, perhaps, those with no rules whatsoever.
      Alright, alright. Here comes the sad part - what you'd have to do if you were a part of this agreement. And since nobody actually cares about what their nation is doing IC, I'll name the OOC matters, those that may need you to change your writing or story a bit:
      Proper Conventions. This one's more of a "reminder" than an actual requirement - observe proper conventions when referring to any aviation-related topics, and in general, any topic. Allow me to say, however: You are forgiven. Everybody makes mistakes and you don't need to be forced to correct each one, especially when it's only minor. And, of course, it's not like I or anyone will be mad at you making a mistake; in most cases I'd even offer to help. But if you're part of this agreement, you shouldn't have a runway called "Runway Tango" or "Runway President Donald J. Trump" or "Runway 999" or anything like that. Runways are named according to their heading (direction) divided by 10. For example, a runway heading 270 degrees would be called "Runway 27". It's for easy identification as it only consists of two numbers (and sometimes a letter, in special situations) and also gives pilots an idea of where they will end up if they use that runway.
      Overflight. Aviation is just as politically complicated as any other nation-connecting thingy is. Being a part of this agreement, you are expected to allow fellow members the right of operating within your territory (with permission, of course). There are some special exceptions such as some nations being banned from other nations' airspaces, or safety issues, and the like. But just because you found out this guy you have never talked to on Discord apparently passes through your airspace in some flights doesn't mean you now have the right to shoot them all down. Without an IC basis, everyone in the agreement is expected to allow everyone else to pass peacefully.
      Airport Codes. Wow, there's more?! Thankfully, this is the last one since the above two were actually quite vague and ended up covering everything I wanted to cover. So the last one is airport codes - simply assigning 4-letter codes to your airports or aerodromes. If you've seen a detailed description of an airport you may have seen a 4-letter code that is assigned by ICAO. Some examples are KLAX for LAX, VHHH for Hong Kong, and RPLL for Manila. You may notice that airports close to each other tend to bear the same first letter, and airports in the same country tend to bear the same first two letters. ICAO assigns a one-letter code to each of the world's major geographic regions, the second letter is for a specific country in that region, and the last two are up to the nation to decide. An example is RPLL for Manila: "R" for Southeast Asia, "RP" for the Philippines which is located in Southeast Asia, and "LL" as the two-letter code for Manila. Do note that cities with more than one airport (for example London with London City and Heathrow) will almost always have two separate codes, unless the city's only airport was demolished and moved to another location (Hong Kong - VHHH used to be at Kai Tak but was moved to Chek Lap Kok; since it's the only airport there the code was simply transferred).
      Now that was long. And it was only supposed to be about random 4-letter codes. What exactly do you have to do about it? Well, once the organization is established I'll be assigning the first two letters to every participating nation; it's up to you to determine the last two for each of your airports. Of course you don't have to name each one; the busiest will do. Anyway a country's airport will probably be needed at least once in RP during an international event. It's just for formality's sake. If you opt not to then you actually don't need to make the code.
      I'll leave it at that; I realized it was getting long. So here you go, that's basically everything you need to know about it. The name? We'll decide soon, but not now. Remember, I'm open to any comments that may arise since I need all the help I can get. Looking forward to your nation's participation!
      P.S. When will we reach the part in RP where your nation will actually be needed? Give it a month, perhaps. No big deal. Unfortunately I have a life away from Europa too, and to make matters worse this life is overloaded with schoolwork 😭
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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."