Recent articles on the rising tensions in the southern boroughs
Newest Proposal Passes Coalition
19 July 2020
A decision has been made today regarding the national status of the Eskeok National Rainforest located in southern Eskeocha.
For the past year, a debate has arisen regarding the rights of locals to use trees from the rainforest as a source of local lumber. The harvesting of Eskeok Rainforest trees began last November, when natives of the borough Mastikan began cutting down trees in the eastern sections of the rainforest. This upset many natives and environmental rights supporters, prompting action by the Mastikan borough board. A decision was made in a split vote, 12-10, to allow the use of lumber from the rainforest as a local lumber source, passing in January of this year. South Eskeocha and Cranarie Passage South, two other boroughs that share portions of the rainforest, disputed this decision by Mastikan, claiming Mastikan has no right to make the decision without consultation with the other boroughs since they also share territory. Mastikan disagreed with this claim, stating that each borough is responsible for their own region of the forest.
With no eminent solution to the rainforest dispute, as it has grown to be called, South Eskeocha submitted a proposal to the Frontier Coalition, Eskeocha’s national governing body, to declare the rainforest a national monument of heritage. Proposals on this level are infrequent, with only approximately twelve sent to the coalition annually, as Eskeocha’s main governance is delegated to the boroughs. This proposal remained on the floor for six months, lasting from February to July, when, at 4:46pm today, a law was officially passed recognizing the Eskeok National Rainforest as a Monument of Heritage, joining the ranks of the Ontok Glacier and Mt. Caskada.
Updates on the story, including details of the proposal and information on Monuments of Heritage will be found on our website, nationalpost.esk .
Violence Rises in the Southern Boroughs
20 July 2020
Rioting broke out in the city of Jenifer in early hours this morning by employees of the Jenifer Lumber Supply Co. and Eskeocha Timber. Three people were killed in the event, a rare occurrence for Eskeocha. The disturbance is believed to be in direct response to the Frontier Coalition’s passing of the proposal to declare the Eskeok National Rainforest a national monument of heritage, preventing it from being used as a source for timber by lumber supply companies. The two companies whose employees were greatly involved in the riot are significantly impacted by this new law, as the borough board of Mastikan had dispensed permits to multiple companies including these two to begin cutting down wood in the forest in October of last year.
Borough Captain Tomas Carapacho of Mastikan released a statement on the riot from the Borough seat in Mastikan city, declaring, “The events of this morning are very unfortunate. Here at the borough seat, the hearts of the board go out to the families of those who passed. We do not condone riots or senseless violence in Mastikan, yet we must also recognize the cause for which these men and women are speaking up. This decision by the Frontier Coalition to prevent our borough from harvesting timber is an infringement on our rights as a borough. Our nation’s charter of confederacy gives explicit rights to the boroughs to govern their land, and this right has been violated. We will not rest until we have been returned our right to collect our lumber where we choose.”
South Eskeocha Borough Captain Elder Morokok responded, condemning the statements of Carapacho, calling them “Uninformed” and “Promoting violence and unrest in our nation.” Borough Captain Edder Ediani of Cranarie Passage South and Eskeocha Frontier Captain Milo Yuskwag have yet to respond.
Updates on the story, including arrest information and the identities of the three deceased will be found on our website, nationalpost.esk.
Fighting Breaks Out in the South
21 July 2020
Tensions have begun to rise today in southern Eskeocha as fighting has begun between the boroughs of Mastikan and South Eskeocha. On the border of the two boroughs and of the Eskeok National Rainforest, many citizens of the two nations began brawling violently, leaving twenty-two people severely injured. No one was killed in the fighting. The fighting lasted for almost an hour and a half, as police were hesitant to break anyone up using firearms, as they feared it could lead to citizens beginning to use their hunting weapons for this cause in the future. This is not the first incident of violence as a result of the new lumber laws, as riots broke out in Jenifer a short time ago.
Furious over the recent matters involving the restriction of harvesting lumber in the Eskeok National Rainforest, the two boroughs have been targeting each other for the past two weeks politically and in the media, and to this point, the issue has expanded further, becoming a matter of government involvement in the boroughs. Several boroughs including Cranarie Passage South, Passage’s End, and Abasol Bay have declared their support for South Eskeocha, believing the government should play a larger role in national politics, while Harinak, White Tip, and Tokoway have shown support for Mastikan and believe that governing power should remain primarily in the hands of the boroughs. This has increased a political divide in the nation, causing many to fear that the country may introduce political parties for the first time in its 55 year history.
Frontier Captain Milo Yuskwag spoke publicly on the matter, stating, “We in the capital condemn the violence we have seen from our brothers and sisters. This is an irresponsible reaction to our lawmaking and shines a bad light on our nation in the eyes of world leaders. We ask that this fighting stops, and that you reconsider how you chose to protest, perhaps by choosing more peaceful means. We do pray for the healing of those who were injured. As well, when the frontier board intervenes, we do it with reason. I believe heartily in the power being relegated to the boroughs, but sometimes national response is necessary.” Citizens of Mastikan appeared unhappy with the response and have begun to claim the Frontier Captain and his board are usurping their power.
As the story continues, we will come to you with more information. The timeline of events of the Rainforest Riots can be found on our website, nationalpost.esk .
Aven Cordaka is a senior reporter for the Eskeocha National Post. He was raised in Abasol, and attended Cranarie University where he received his degree in Communications. Aven has been writing for the National Post for 4 years. His previous works can be seen at nationalpost.esk/avencordaka/articles .
NEWS » HEIHEGUO
26 charged with domestic terrorism, Shengren Hei Jingyi approves death penalty sentencing.
President Chen Jiang applauds the State Peacekeepers for their excellent work in detaining these dangerous enemies of the State.
LI SHUN | 28 APRIL 2020
The 26 men have been detained and sentenced to death by the Shengren, Hei Jingyi.
At 8:00 AM today, the State Peacekeeper Force (SPF) released a report detailing the crimes of 26 terrorists, and said that they are now under custody and awaiting sentences. The sentences came just 4 hours later at 12:05 PM, as another report was released, with Shengren Hei Jingyi's stamp of approval to sentence all 26 men to death by hanging.
While the charges for each criminal deviated slightly, all of them were charged with slandering the State and plotting the upheaval of society. The SPF says in their report that all of these men were conspiring to overthrow the President, the Shengren, and dismantle the entire government.
In a press conference later in the day at 6:30 PM, Li Feng, a spokesperson of the SPF, revealed that the men were apprehended late last night. He also revealed that these criminals have been under surveillance for several weeks now, and they are confident that they have captured all of the conspirators.
We reached out to President Chen Jiang to get his thoughts about the crimes and sentencing of these terrorists. This is what he had to say on the subject:
"These recent attacks towards the government is also an attack on Heiheguo itself. Our way of life is being attacked here. The detainment of these criminals fills me with relief. As for the sentencing, it will be a greater mercy for these men move on to their next life than to rot in a cell."
The families and close friends of these men are currently under investigation for aiding in their conspiracy. We will keep you updated with any further developments in this story.
SOURCE: CHEN JIANG, SPF REPORT 28042020-07.1, SPF CONFERENCE 28042020-01
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.