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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Capital Paper

"Murder on the Montagna Express"

Last night at 1am, two men were wounded and another man killed by a man wielding a knife whilst on the Third Montagna Express. The perpetrator, Fabiano Acciai, was caught stabbing two men on the train as it was entering the Pōcatep mountain tunnel at 1:02 AM. A man by the name of Otaxo Moyauh attempted to apprehend Fabiano Acciai but was stabbed in the chest. By the time the train had exit the tunnel, the security guards onboard were able to restrict and disarm Fabiano Acciai until the train reached the nearest station - Tihua station - to be arrested. One of the first men stabbed is currently in critical condition in hospital with the other only suffering a minor injury. Sadly, Otaxo Moyauh had died from blood loss before the emergency services could arrive to the Tihua station. Whilst Fabiano Acciai awaits trial, it is unknown which country he will be tried in as the Montagna Express' had passed the border into the Kingdom of @Eulycea when arriving at the Tihua station and arrested. However, the murder and assaults had occurred within Metztlitlaca territory, with Acciai himself coming from Metztlitlaca from the town of Jā O'icxoitlim in the northern reaches of the Tapelt Dominion. The train is maintained by the Montagna Company situated in Eulycea.

 

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Third Montagna Express leaving the Dominion of Xinmetztli, picture provided by the Montagna Company.

 

Fabiano Acciai stated he attacked the two men due an ongoing cartel war in the northern Calpullalis of the Tapelt Dominion, with the other two men part of a rival cartel group. Acciai also stated that he "had no intention of killing Otaxo Moyuah". No illegal drugs or similar contraband was found on Acciai upon his arrest.

The first Montagna Express first made it's treacherous 518 kilometre long journey from Xinatlahuimiz to the Elycean capital of Brisa over the Tapatepetli Mountain Range in 1904 after thirty years of construction. The railway was first designed to carry light cargo from the colony of Mezzalunia controlled by the then Limonaian Empire over to the Kingdom of Eulycea to cut down travel time significantly. With the formation of the Unified Republic of Palu and then subsequently the Soul Palu Confederation the first Montagna Express was decommissioned and the railway closed. The Montagna railway's tunnels were often used by anti-fascist liberators from the early 60s up to the mid 70s as their bases of operations, with the famous Mountain Top Headquarters of the Cuatlacuil Armed Forces made into the highest museum in Metztlitlaca in 1981 at four and a half kilometres from sea level. The railway was reopened in 1988 with two trains running the railway. The Second Montagna Express was similar in size to the original with five carriages, four being passenger and the fifth a restaurant and bar. The Third Montagna was significantly smaller and only runs on the off-season when tourism is significantly lower.

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