Broadcasts from the Crescent
Broadcasts from the Crescent is the newspaper thread for the Dominions of Metztlitlaca and will be split mainly into 3 newspapers. The first newspaper and will be the most commonly used is the Capital Paper. Founded in 1843 by the Archpriest at the time, the Capital Paper is a nationally run corporation managed directly by the Teopac of Finance and the Teopac of Culture and Religious Life. When the Unified Republic of Palu first came to power after colonialism, the Capital Paper was renamed to the Palu Papers and then used to propagate propaganda across the nation. The Limonaian Republic after used the Palu Paper under the same name as their own propaganda company. The Kingdoms of Metztlica and Acolica attempted to shut down the Palu Papers due to it's controversial history, but was eventually allowed to continue to exist as long as they returned to their initial branding of the Capital Paper and remained a nationalised company. Although the Capital Paper declares itself to be politically and culturally neutral it's perspective on stories are often bias towards the government and the economy. The Capital Paper is also one of the few Newspaper companies which repeatedly addresses global issues as well as major headlines from other nations, giving it some rather powerful political influence over the public.
The second newspaper is the Truths of Metztli, a more culturally right-wing newspaper that primarily sells in the Azlo and Faloki communities with a strong bias towards LAANN and Metztli Nationalist and against Il Domineo and the greater wurld community. Although Truths of Metztli has the economic capabilities to go out to other nations and report on major headlines, besides LAANN they rarely talk about the wurld outside of Metztlitlaca. Despite their name, take what they say with a grain of salt. The Truths of Metztli is relatively new, only beginning to print in 1999 but has soared in popularity within the Faloki and Azlo due to it's anti-oppressor attitude and anti-globalist ideology (not counting LAANN, of course). Several times in the 2000s and 2010s the Teopac of Culture and Religious Life took the Truths of Metztli to court over perceived hate speeches. In the end the Truths of Metztli prevailed as they never explicitly broke any laws pertaining towards hate speech.
Lastly is the Vocal Voice, a culturally and economically left-wing company that often works alongside the Teopac of Finance. Founded in 1948 the Vocal Voice was initially the national newspaper of the South Palu Confederation but was shut down once the Limonaian Republic annexed the nation. In 1988 the Vocal Voice was re-established with the help of the Teopac of Finance 40 years after it's initial closure. The Vocal Voice is most prominent in the Yatotlan, Tapelt, Pekatekan, and Xinmetztli Dominions due to leaning more towards left-liberal then the rest of the nation. Nowadays however, the Vocal Voice is known for it's more scandalous and less-than-mature writing compared to the more passionately written Truths of Metztli or logically typed Capital Paper. The Vocal Voice is far more secular then it's two competitors, and rarely reports on religion/faith-based news stories unless said news story impacts the whole nation greatly. The Vocal Voice may not fact check as much as the Capital Paper, and so it can come off as just as bias as the Truths of Metztli - albeit in a completely different direction.
One thing you might notice about all three logos is that none of them possess any text, as iconography is far more important to the Metztlitlacans then text due to the numerous national languages within the country - most of which blend into one another at tribal and ethnic borders - resulting in a bureaucratic nightmare for any company. If text is used, it usually printed in Standardised Naxua, the Yatotlan Dialect of Cristinese, and the Faloki Dialect of Huang all written in the Aroman alphabet along with Standard Anglish and the Salxa Dialect of Salvian in the Acolica Dominion; Tapelt Naxua if in the northern half of the Yatotla Dominion and Tapelt Dominion; and Pekatekan and Anglish in the Pekateka Dominion. Therefore the easiest thing to do is to have a recognisable logo if your company exists beyond your local community.
Heiheguo (/heiːhɣgwoː/ ʜᴀʏ-hoo-gwoh; Huang: 黑河国; pinyin: Hēihé guó; literally: 'Black River State'), officially the Holy State of Heihe (Huang: 黑河圣国; pinyin: Hēihé shèng guó; literally: 'Holy State of the Black River'), is a country in Western Alharu. Heiheguo is bordered by [NPC nation] to the North-east and across the Tiauhai Sea lies Selayar. The country covers a land area of (placeholder) square kilometers (placeholder square miles) and had an estimated population of (placeholder) in 2018. Heiheguo is the [placeholder] most populous nation in Alharu and the [placeholder number] most populous nation in the wurld. The country is comprised of 11 major districts, called governorates, and 67 minor districts, called regions.
Heiheguo is considered a small power in Alharu and wurldwide. This is mainly due to its inability to properly take advantage of the land it claims outside of the Heihe river. This lack of useable land is the leading factor as to Heiheguo's stagnant low-income economy and population. Heiheguo is a member state of the League of Alharu and Aurelian Native Nations.
The Anglish spelling "Heiheguo" is a aromanizatation of the nation's common name in Simplified Huang (黑河国). It is also sometimes refered to as "Heiheshenguo", the aromanization of the nation's official name (黑河圣国). Both of these names come from the Heiheren name for the river system the country surrounds, Heihe (Huang: 黑河; literally: Black River). Despite the Huang name for the river including the word "river", it is commonly referred as the "Heihe river" in Anglish.
The name "Heiheguo" is thought to originally have been an endonym given by the nations of the Yellow Empire. What the Heiheren originally called themselves is currently unknown.
The first recorded instance of a civilization on the Heie river was in 2500 BCE, believing to have come from the East across the Alharun Desert.
Around 2000 BCE, the two Kingdoms of Lower and Higher Heiheguo were united under (placeholder name).
Sometime in 1200 BCE, the Heihe Kingdom completely collapsed. The cause is currently unknown, but this collapse may have lead to the loss of the original Heiheren language.
2000s to present
In the early 2011, Heiheguo had an election for the President of Heiheguo. Chen Jiang won for a third term, being blessed by the Shengren Hei Jingyi in early 2012.
In 2012, Heiheguo officially joined LAANN as a full member-state.
In 2018, a census was held across the nation, leading to a more accurate understanding of the demographics of the country.
Heiheguo's territory lies primarily between latitudes 17° and 23°N, and longitudes 90° and 104°W (temporary numbers). To the South is the Tiauhai coast. Due to the extreme aridity of Heiheguo's climate, population centers are concentrated along the narrow Heihe valley and delta, meaning that about 99% of the population uses about 10% of the total land area. 98% of Heiheren live on 8% of the territory (temporary numbers).
Heiheren has an unusually hot, sunny and dry climate. Average high temperatures are high in the South but very to extremely high in the rest of the country during summer. The cooler Tiauhai winds consistently blow over the Southern sea coast, which helps to get more moderated temperatures, especially at the height of the summertime. The deserts to the North-West of bring dusts that blows in during the Spring or early Summer. The dust brings daytime temperatures over 38°C (°F) and sometimes over 48°C (°F) in the interior, while the relative humidity can drop to 5% or even less. The absolute highest temperatures in Heiheguo occur when the desert dust blows. The weather is always sunny and clear in Heiheguo. It is one of the least cloudy and least rainy regions on Eurth.
Government and politics
Heiheguo is a Theocratic Presidential State. What this means exactly is that Heiheguo has a Shengren, or Holy leader, who is the HoS, and a President, who is the HoG. While the President is democratically elected, the Shengren is always a descendant or relative of the Shengren before him.
Government positions are exclusive to males only, with the exclusion of the Mayor of cities or towns.
The Holy Heihe Defense Forces consist of the Land Forces, the Naval Forces and the Air Force. The Heihe Guard and State Peacekeeper Force operate as parts of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (placeholder name) in peacetime, though they can be subordinated to the Navy and (placeholder) Commands respectively in wartime, during which they both act as garrisons to keep the peace. The Chief of Defense of Heiheguo is appointed by the President and approved by the Shengren, though the President can vote for himself. The Chief of Defense is responsible for matters of national security and the adequate preparation of the armed forces to defend the country. However, the authority to declare war rests on the Shengren and the President, though the latter must have the approval of the former.
Law enforcement and crime
The law of Heiheguo is enforced by the State Peacekeeper Force, also known as the SPF. They are in charge of both ensuring lawbreakers are caught and imprisoned, and ensuring the safety of the Heiheren government. Those who speak out against the government or a decision made by a government official have been known to be arrested and, later, executed under the justification of "domestic terrorism".
Other common crimes include: loitering, burglary, rape, assault and battery, and child abuse.
Freedom of the press
The Heiheren government is quite strict on what is and what isn't allowed to be talked about in the media. For example, while the reports on domestic terrorists are allowed to be released to the public, no news agency is allowed to give a negative opinion or spin on the incident. Similarly, no news article must ever portray the government or any of the officials in a negative light.
Heiheguo is involved in LAANN as a member-state.
Heiheguo is divided into 11 governorates. The governorates are further divided into regions. The regions contain towns and villages. Each governorate has a capital, sometimes carrying the same name as the governorate.
The population of Heiheguo is predominantly Heiheren, with a small percentage claiming other nationalities.
Religion in Heiheguo is mandated by the State. The religion itself seems to be similar to the ancient Heiheren religion of the Heihe Kingdom, though with very minor changes.
The center of the Heiheren religion is the river their nation is built around. The water itself is considered holy to them.
IIWiki Article Heihe Knowledge
From Sleep to Sugar Rush
In a sleepy farming town in the valleys of Juraba Province, a great divide has been struck between the local community of Viroveli and the loved chocolate company ‘Kao-Kao’; who has desired to build massive cacao plantations in the area. Kao-Kao on the 27th of March purchased large tracts of land with the approval of the local authorities of the town - stating that the company has the intention of creating new jobs and helping with the development of the town, also trying to attract cityfolk to come live and work in the town. “This place needs a shake up” one passionate Kao-Kao representative has stated to EWT journalists. “We've been looking at the rundown places like Viroveli in Juraba for quite awhile, and the potential they are wasting” he continued telling the media.
After local farmers and businesses heard of Kao-Kao moving in and their plans for the small community, they went up in arms. Demanding the local authorities to retake “their land” and protect local business, despite Kao-Kao reassuring them that they had no intention of hurting local business with their venture. The local council received several letters of complaints from farmers, local business owners and families that were going to be affected by this decision - But the local authorities remained silent on the matter and told the dissenting townsfolk that their potential losses shall be relieved and given new homes if needed.
EWT journalists at Viroveli asked the local authorities why they took up the offer. One local representative told the media that it's for the greater benefit of the town to allow companies like Kao-Kao to come and help with employment. “We believe a lot of good will come out of this agreement” he told the media. “It will add new income to the town and allow us to join the wider economy” he continued.
The decision enraged local businesses and farmers being very unhappy with the decision, resulting in a start of an aggressive town-wide activist campaign against Kao-Kao on the 3rd of April. EWT interviewed some business owners, farmers and affected families, asking them for their opinions on the matter and why they are doing this campaign against Kao-Kao. Many said that ‘“this was blatant gentrification of the town”, explaining to the media that this threatened many residents incomes and businesses; also continuing to say that with the town’s council and Kao-Kao’s intention of bringing in cityfolk, it threatened the local culture and Viroveli’s way of life; despite once again Kao-Kao reassuring that they had no such plans.
The campaign against Kao-Kao managed to garner support from other angry residents who wanted to protect the town from what they called “predatory’ conglomerates” like Kao-Kao. A recent poll on the 11th of April by the known Esonian research and data firm ‘Esostatics’ showed that approximately 67% of the 15,483 residents interviewed agreed that Kao-Kao should leave the town. While 23% said they don’t know while 20% actively encouraged Kao-Kao to build the plantations and help the town prosper. With this data collected, the hostile leaders of the anti-Kao-Kao campaign gave the local council an ultimatum stating, to either comply with resident demands or face protests.
However, the local authorities stood their ground and continued to assure everyone that Kao-Kao was going to stay and help the town grow and prosper; calling the group out as ignorant and refusing to change and modernise for the betterment of the town. Kao-Kao was thankful with this decision, but the enraged residents weren’t. EWT once again interviewed residents after the decision, with many falling to conspiracy calling the local council as “corrupt”’ and believed that “shady business was going on behind the scenes” with little evidence.
On the 16th of April big protests sparked on the streets, marching towards Kao-Kao’s farmlands that were still under preparation with new infrastructure being under construction. This halted the town’s productivity and many innocent residents not involved in this also became affected by the disturbance. Police were called upon to keep peace during the protests, but things were escalating. A counter-protest was organised only a day later against the anti-Kao-kao protestors, mostly made up of young people who supported the company. But unfortunately even though the police’s best efforts to maintain calm, conflict broke out. An enraged farmer from the anti-Kao-Kao protest threw a molotov cocktail at the construction site which caused a tragic explosion killing 12 construction workers.
The event shocked many across the nation after it was reported by media outlets for the whole nation to see, and this formerly local event became a focus of national attention. Violence persisted after the horrible explosion with the hostile anti-Kao-Kao protestors and counter protestors fighting against each other, blaming each other over what happened and how it could have been prevented. Local authorities became divided over the matter and a few town representatives came out against Kao-Kao saying “it was the reason for causing such disruption to the town’s peace”. But many still supported Kao-Kao and continued calling out the violence. Juraban authorities have also been called upon to help deal with the issue and potentially calling in rioting police to end the protests.
As of the 21st of April, the protests are still ongoing and Juraban authorities still are thinking about the solution to the issues in Viroveli. Some have said on the internet that the situation in Viroveli is “representative of many similar problems other towns and villages” are facing over “gentrification” and the “invasion of city culture into the countryside”, but little supported evidence suggests that.