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More arrangements have been made between the Democratic Republic of Dniester and the People's Republic of Bulgenstaz to further expand offshore oil rigs close to Bulgenstaz. The goal of these deals is to secure oil production to fuel new naval expansion for both Bulgenstaz and Dniester. This agreements should hopefully secure economic development within Bulgenstaz, and potentially open future sources of revenue in state expansion of iron mines to the south in Petrovoskow.

Concerns for the environmental impact of fossil fuels have been primarily ignored, with the Bulgen Rouge stating, "Our country relies primarily on nuclear power from Dniester, we cannot stop other countries from using oil, so it is in our best interest to utilize this fuel for export."

Whether the increase in oil production will increase foreign trade, or if the new reserves will be used for military is yet to be seen, but most likely they will be used for both.

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Death of Governor Calls Honor Duels into Question

Yesterday Governor Dvoesky of Nyeminsk was killed in a legal Honor Duel. This shook the nation, and calls into question the limit of what some believe to be "an outdated policy" which "has no place in Bulgenstazi law." The governor had endorsed the duel, which had been designated by the Nyeminsk Court after Karay He Volvov charged a defamation suit.

The issue is primarily over the death of Governor Dvoesky, which had not been specified in the Writ of Challenge. Currently He Volvov is free of any charges over what some believe is "government endorsed murder." The wife of the late Governor, Krysya Dvoesky, has already made a legal case which will rapidly move to the People's Supreme Court. While it is difficult to say right now, He Volvov's Honor Duel will most likely be upheld by the conservative majority, but there is still the possibility of Mrs. Dvoesky winning the suit and changing the precedent for all future Honor Duels.

Regardless of the outcome, BLNN mourns the loss of Governor Dvoesky and wishes both sides good fortunes in the upcoming trial.

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Dam Burst Floods Dnestov

The Vietrow Dam in the Let Desvow river collapsed in a massive flood of the agricultural section which led to the loss of at least 1000 lives yesterday. This tragedy has been blamed on neglectful maintenance of key infrastructure in the Okrug. While the Dnestov council has expressed their despair for the tragedy, Governor Vol Nyuet has yet to comment.

As the confirmed dead continue to rise, the flooding has been halted, though the crisis will impact this years harvest and probably many to come. Estimated damages are in the millions of Khourts, though fortunately the nearby Let Desvow nuclear reactor had not been significantly impacted by the flooding. As a region with significant agricultural importance to Bulgenstaz, it can be expected to see food prices increase, especially within the Dnestov Okrug.

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Above: Kompung Let Vietrow has been all but destroyed by flooding. Large deposits of formerly undisturbed sediment has suffocated much of the plant life which would have survived a natural flood.

Concerns Raised Over Increasing Tensions in PyeMcGowan

In the far north of Eurth, tensions are on the rise: it seems PyeMcGowian and Theodorian tensions have hit a new climax. Reports claim links between Theodoria and recent Andersonian terror attacks within PyeMcGowan. What this could mean for the future of relations between the two nations is difficult to say, though many speculate direct conflict is inevitable at the current pace of escalation. We to the south can only hope the two Argic nations can find some way to come to some peaceful agreement, and maintain peace in the Auriad.

Investigations of Theodorian links to the Kushnik Láo Bratva have so far turned up nothing. Bulgenstazi criminologists doubt there any significant motives for Theodorian operatives to be linked to local crime: Bulgenstaz has limited relationship with PyeMcGowan, and there is little strategic value in Bulgenstazi terrorism for Theodoria. Regardless, the search for a link continues.

While the Bulgenstazi government has expressed it's disgust at the Theodorian-linked terrorism, they have also announced there will be no form of Bulgenstazi participation should a major conflict break out.

Our hearts go out to the families of those families damaged by recent hostile acts in PyeMcGowan, and the thousands of Bulgenstazi effected by the Vietrow Dam flooding.

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Bulgenstazi People's Economic Coalition Formed by a Bill

Much to the surprise and concern of the National People's Coalition, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Bulgen Rouge have merged into coalition in order to secure the support necessary to surpass the NPC. This being only days before the Bulgenstazi election. The impact that this will have on the future of Bulgenstaz's politics is evident, as the Bulgen Rouge has never formed a coalition until now. With the election around the corner, a compromise was made to pass a bill which had otherwise been blocked by the Bulgen Rouge. The deal was made so as to ensure the Bulgen Rouge had their pick for the coalition leader, Tamar Gregov. The "People's Economic Outreach Program" is the name of the bill and its impact on the Bulgenstazi economy are surprisingly large.

The People's Economic Outreach Program had been drafted by the Liberal Democratic Party as a plan to encourage international businesses to invest their industry into Bulgenstaz. The policy allows severely reduced labor restrictions to appeal to the applying companies, so long as they meet a set minimum wage for employees, and set maximum work hours of 10 hours per day for up to seven days per week. Environmental regulations for foreign companies are also lowered for an initial "grace period" of five years, though apparently these companies will be required to comply with the far stricter national standards after the period. The entire goal of this bill was to "integrate rural communities through the potential of new work opportunities" claims Tamar Gregov, the appointed head of the coalition. "Our goal with the passing of this bill is to expand the work opportunities of undeveloped regions of Bulgenstaz in a more cost-effective way than the "Rural Development and Integration Act" would have accomplished alone."

This move has already created a significant outcry among the NPC who sees this as "a direct attack against the state-owned enterprises of Bulgenstaz." Will this new economic bill will be too much for national industry to compete with? It is hard to say as of right now. Regardless, this turn has been a shocking one, and it would appear that the election could very well be taken by the BPEC.

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