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  1. First international football friendly of the season held between United States & Prymontian Rus The first international football friendly of the season has been held at the KAP Stadium, where 60,000 spectators enjoyed a fierce rivalry between the United States and the Prymontian Rus. While the two counties maintain strong political ties, relations on the pitch are far worse. The Hellenic Rus was historically a derby opponent for Prymont and this has not changed under the country's new government. The stadium was sold out weeks ahead of the match as fans predicted a close game. First Half: 5: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target. 11: Prymont is shown a yellow card. 12: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target. 18: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target. 19: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target. 20: Prymontian Rus takes a shot. That's off target. 32: Prymontian Rus is shown a yellow card. Second Half: 48: Prymont takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 58: Prymontian Rus takes a shot. That's off target. 68: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target. 75: Prymont scores! The scorer was (9). 76: Prymontian Rus takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. 80: Prymont scores! The scorer was (2). 88: Prymontian Rus takes a shot. It's on target, but saved. The game was billed to be a big one for the Prymontian Rus. The new government, keen to show their country off as a cultural hotspot, had recently invested hundreds of millions of Kopeks into a new stadium, which is yet to be completed. Critics note that their squad is still lacking, and interim manager Lazarus Abdulov has told reporters that the country is crucially lacking a solid grassroots scene. Nevertheless, the side retains a handful of competent players from days gone by, including defenders Zuyev and Lazarev and the keen striker Vagin, all of whom are playing in the all-star lineup as the team hope to embarass their Canamo neighbours. On the other side of the pitch, Nojus Fauskanger has given a selection of young, unproven players a chance to show their worth; however, pundits believe this is an opportunity to rest star playres and prevent injury against a notoriously aggressive Russian team. The competition started with a rapid pace as Prymont went on the offensive. A squabble in the Russian penalty box during a corner saw midfielder Liam Vatle receive a yellow card, having pulled the shirt of Constantine Yusupov. A slurry of off-target shots followed before the Prymontian Rus finally gained possession and turned the game around. As the half-hour mark slipped by, Prymont regained possession and upped the ante. While attempting to work his way through the formidable Russian defence, Magnus Herheim was downed by an outrageous slide tackle that saw Malik Zuyev receive a yellow card and a cocophony of boos from the home crowd. With both teams treading carefully due to bookings, the remainder of the first half was uneventful, and both sides returned to their changing rooms to receive direction from their managers. Such a young and inexperienced squad clearly wasn't working for Prymont, as was proven by a slow start to the second half. The two stars of the squad, striker Ollie Sæther and right winger Fillip Roth, were brought on in place of Harvard Solli and Natan Andersen respectively at the 70th minute. Instantly this gave the side the boost they needed, with Sæther netting the first goal of the game just five minutes later. An unsuccessful counter attack was launched by the Prymontian Rus, before a corner was awarded and Benjamin Hamre headed the ball in to take his side 2-0 up. With Liam Vatle substituted for CDM Morten Torgersen, Prymont maintained a heavy defence for the rest of the game, securing their lead and earning themselves a rapturous applause from their fans. While the Prymontian team celebrated their win, their rivals were heavily criticised. Abdulov came under particular scrutiny for failing to make a single substitution throughout the entire game, and for neglecting to motivate and inspire his squad in what was an important derby match. Both sides are expected to participate in the upcoming Argic tournament to qualify for the 2022 UENA Wurld Cup, although the chances of a Russian victory are looking rather slim. OOC: This is a taste of what to expect for the upcoming Wurld Cup qualifier tournaments. Just the results will be posted, while participating teams can RP their side of the story.
  2. It would do, but since yourself and Orioni are due to be busy in August, perhaps the Europan tournament can be set back to September.
  3. Thanks for bringing this up, it's good to read over some ideas. As I've already told you on Discord, it's in hand with staff and we already have a couple of solutions we're looking towards. We'll let the community know once we're getting somewhere. As I'm sure you'll understand, it's a big task to implement a globally recognised standard currency that we then have to work with to make retrospective amendments, include it in new guidance so newcomers are aware of it, and ensure it's fit for purpose.
  4. Correct, the regional tournaments are for August, the Wurld Cup will be next year. Not quite. Each nation would have their own team, but typically there's one continent per tournament - see the Euros IRL, they include European teams exclusively. Since our continents are not full, we may have to group continents together, so Cashar may be playing against Alharun and Aurelian teams for example.
  5. Football's coming home, and that's reminded me that we're coming up on the 2022 Wurld Cup. Last time out, the victors were the Sunset Sea Islands. Since they can't host the tournament for obvious reasons, I figure we can open it up for applications like they do IRL. Additionally, we can replicate the continental tournaments as qualifiers - or, if there aren't enough nations, it can be a sort of warm-up tournament. By my reading of the map, Argis is the only continent with enough active players to host a tournament - the rest of you lot would have to group up. Yuck. I'm happy to take the lead on Argis, and I understand @Oyus has an interest in handling things too, so between the both of us we can figure out the qualifiers stage and prepare for the 2022 Wurld Cup. I suppose this post is just putting the feelers out - seeing who's interested and who would participate. We can use a match generator for the fixtures, we have lineup builders, and kit designers. Calendar: Now - July 18: gauging interest, menial behind-the-scenes planning July 19 - end of July: tournament planning & buildup August: tournaments start & finish For now, we can see where we're at with active participants so we can see which continents need grouping together to have enough teams. Let's get ready for a summer of football!
  6. Major western ports to receive funding in preparation for the Canamo Canal Once a mere pipedream, construction of the Canamo Canal began in summer 2018 in the Prymontian Rus, to forge a pathway between the Canamo and Mediargic seas. The aim was to reduce the strain of maritime traffic using the treacherous Argic Ocean, particularly in winter months, during which the exaggerated tidal conditions have shipwrecked countless vessels. Such a canal would ensure the safety of ships travelling from the Canamo area to the rest of the wurld, alongside boosting the Prymontian Russian economy and cementing the United States as a maritime wurld leader. Unfortunately, the project has been plagued with financial shortfalls, environmental legal battles, and labour shortages. While neither Prymontian nor Russian governments are willing to disclose exact figures, the budget of the canal is said to have been vastly underestimated, and experts predict that at least β10 billion has been spent so far. With such massive investment and little economic benefit to show for it, taxpayers are rightly unhappy and are criticising the canal, labelling it just that - an expensive pipedream. In June 2018, shortly before construction began, the US government announced that the two largest docks in the country, Canastota and Rock Island, would receive funding boosts in an effort to improve coastal capabilities. Canastota was set to receive β300 million, while Rock Island would be expected to raise double that through business tax increases by the end of 2019. Freedom of information requests revealed that the Port of Canastota Authority had received their entire amount, which had been spent on quay wall restorations and maintenance of flood defences, while the Rock Island City Council had only raised β35 million by spring 2020. With work on the canal continuing, as ministers request external funding from ATARA members, the government has once again revisited the issue of dock renovations. The Canamo Canal Home Improvement Fund has since been launched, promising β5 billion to the five biggest ports on the west coast. Rock Island are guaranteed one fifth of the pie, and have reportedly already received a quarter of their slice. Minister of Business Louise Berkeli said that the improvements were necessary if the canal was to be a success. "We appreciate that we've already spent a large chunk of taxpayer money on the canal, but further expense is needed to make this project work. We're looking at raising money from outside investments to continue the development and construction of the canal while we focus on improving things at home. The Canamo Canal Home Improvement Fund will target the derelict and disused heartlands of our docks, areas that have been abandoned and disregarded for decades, and will promote and encourage investment into better facilities. We're looking at office buildings, factories, expanding capacity, and of course, remembering and restoring heritage buildings that hold such a special place in our country's maritime history. This money will prepare our ports for the significant increases of traffic that the canal will bring, and as we investigate free trade zones, we are showing that we're a forward thinking, proactive government that wants to be one step ahead of the game."
  7. If this is an IC objection, could you make the point in the IC thread? So far there hasn't been any participant voicing concerns against one nation managing one zone. That would depend on Variota and Girkmand (not including Eurofuhrer since they're not on the map) applying to the TCSI. I'm happy to incorporate Girkmand as their NPC manager, but this is something Variota would need to do - if they agreed with it. Additionally, I don't see why we should include the Aurelian League in something they've not participated in.
  8. Hi @Orioni, Sorry to be the one dragging the RP behind once again. I do intend on getting things cleared up fairly quickly. I assume you purposely left zone management out in your latest IC response. Your proposal here to maintain 7 zones isn't acceptable IMO. We have Salvia, Variota, Seylos, SSI, Girkmand, FdL, Miiros, and Prymont (plus TCSI if we count that as a separate entity) who are wanting zones. 9 into 5 doesn't go. I imagine Miiros would share with Orioni, and I'm happy to conglomerate Girkmand into Prymont's share. We can get rid of FdL and have SSI pull out due to their recent troubles. If we allow the TCSI its own zone where the Simon Station is, we finally get 5 into 5. But I feel that's rather unfair. OOC, you've had the advantage of essentially running the 2nd summit yourself and making up your own rules. Now we have to deal with that, and rightfully so it's done through RP, but there is opposition from Prymont, Salvia, and Seylos against Orioni/EOS. I appreciate you've already agreed to remove EOS and replace it with a civilian entity, but you'll still hold the vast majority of land in the continent which doesn't sit well with me. The TCSI already have a base on the continent - Orioni does not. Prymont has committed to building a seed / gene bank on the continent - Orioni has offered to contribute, but this would be the first time they're setting foot on the continent and they're not the only contributors. Prymont is also taking a lead in the organisation with a permanent HQ. What has Orioni done, other than take advantage of an OOC situation in which nobody participated in the 2nd summit, to deserve such a huge slice of the pie? If zone management is the thing we trip up on, I'd be happy for it to be the hill Prymont dies on. A new organisation can be made that opposes ARTHA and promises equality and cooperation on the continent, which so far, Orioni hasn't done. Is this up for negotiation or are you steadfast in this stance?
  9. Felix Frey, Prime Minister of the United States of Prymont Felix Frey, a career politician, was elected as Prime Minister of the United States on February 2 2019, representing the centre-right People's Party. His public service career began upon his election as a parish councillor in the sleepy suburban village he resided in, just outside the city of Rock Island. He stood for election as a city councillor three years later and oversaw a successful stint that remedied the local housing crisis and cracked down on antisocial behaviour. After completing the maxiumum ten-year tenure he switched his sights to parliament, where he was voted in as MP for Rock Island North. He has held this position since 2005 and has become a symbol of the area's conservatism. After the party's unsuccessful election campaign in 2017 he became party leader, replacing Petter Werner, and in 2019 became Prime Minister. Since his inauguration he has overseen the continued development of the Canamo Canal, the region's largest infrastructure project to date, and has also helped to ease tensions and strengthen political ties with the Prymontian Russian government.
  10. Mr Alenader of @DPR Velaheria, We thank you for your letter regarding establishing diplomatic ties between the United States and the Democratic People's Republic. Like yourselves, our goal is to promote peace and prosperity throughout our great continent, and in order to achieve this aim it's important to maintain healthy relations with a variety of nations. While the United States is aware of the various eccentricities of Velaheria, we would like to accept your offer, and would like to establish diplomatic missions between the United States and Velaheria. Furthermore, on behalf of the Commissariat of Foreign Affairs, this agreement would also include the Prymontian Rus. Your invitation of Prymontian journalists to Velaheria is rather intriguing, but I fear that any peculiarities would be whitewashed in favour of portraying an ideal land. While I'm acutely aware of the importance of maintaining favourable outward appearances, the United States would not like to entertain any ongoings that would reflect badly on itself. As such, for the time being, I believe it best that this offer is shelved. Nevertheless, I applaud your country's efforts to reach out to the wurld community, and as a panel member of the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, would like to encourage you to apply to the organisation, whether that be as an observer or a full member. Perhaps a membership in such a prestigious group would assist Velaheria in refining its inner workings, and would do wonders to improve its wurldwide image. Your friend, Julian Nordeng Minister of Foreign Affairs
  11. Once the thread's up and running I'd be more than happy for you to get involved to make sure Mokhavia's interests don't go unheard.
  12. Oh how the tables turned... I'd like to revisit this thread and revitalise it now I'm active in the community again. Phase 1: Southern Prymontian Rus This reserved land south of the Prymontian Rus is currently being treated as a natural part of the country. The expansion is taking part through several threads, namely Project Canamo and the Canamo Canal. Project Canamo incorporates the Prymontian Rus Sarov Army eradicating any remaining pockets of the Circle of Death in the south, while the Canamo Canal is self-explanatory. The aim is to complete Phase 1 by winter 2021 at the very latest. Phase 2: Veskoniemi The original plan to create a Thiccmont spreading eastwards has been abandoned due to the introduction of new nations in that area. However, I still like the idea of states applying to join the US, and as such would like to expand through more peaceful means with Veskoniemi. This !Finnish state was first referenced here, and hasn't been mentioned since. I'd like to start working on this to consolidate Prymont's position on the eastern Canamo coast and to create a land border with Ahrana. Veskoniemi will hold a referendum applying to join the United States after seeing the success Prymont has enjoyed since 1995 with TRIDENT, ATARA, WARD and the likes. I aim to have this started ASAP and finished no later than January 2022. Phase 3: Northern Prymontian Rus Eventually I'd like to stretch PryRus from the Mediargic to the Argic and this would achieve that. Not only would it grant PryRus access to oil fields in the north, but it would fully cement Prymont's place in the Canamo political landscape. This is a future RP and would likely take place in 2022, through either land purchases or a military takeover of some uninhabited NPC territory. Tagging @Ahrana, @Ateenia and @Mokhavia for input.
  13. I'll throw in my two cents: Based on this edit posted by @Mokhavia on the Discord... ... then I'd be ok with the breakaway state since it doesn't interfere too much with my future expansion plans. Ultimately it does depend on @Ahrana due to the connecting borders.
  14. Rettenmyr Stock Exchange suffers worst downfall in history after the Ishijima takeover of the @Sunset Sea Islands Almost every stock floated on the RSE faced enormous losses over the 4 day period between April 20-23. The wurld awoke on Tuesday morning to the shocking news that the Sunset Sea Islands' First Speaker Gao He Ping, as well as his entire cabinet, had been placed under house arrest. Colonel Ishijima was placed in command of the nation and immediately enacted a nationwide curfew, alongside effectively blotting out the country to the outside wurld. Stock exchanges in @Iverica and @Seylos have suffered, and now Prymont joins that list as the Rettenmyr Stock Exchange marks its worst week on record. The RSE was founded in 1995 upon the founding of the United States, and closed on Friday down 6.8%. The exchange fell a total of 22.4% throughout the entire week, with analysts calling the demise the "Ishijima effect". While SSI stocks understandably plummeted, Prymontian companies were a victim of the loss of a substantial trading partner. The United States has long enjoyed a fruitful trading relationship with the Thalassan superpower; most notably in 2017, the Synapse surveillance system was trialled in Canastota. The plug on that project was pulled months later after three men were killed despite the presence of the Synapse Crime Prevention System. Nevertheless, relations between the two countries prospered, but further economic prosperity has now been plunged into uncertainty. Both retail and institutional traders have faced substantial losses and experts predict a bear market, in which share prices will continue to suffer, is on the horizon. Some traders have leapt at the opportunity to swipe up stock at a heavily discounted price, with hundreds of billions of Prynds being wiped off the total market cap of the RSE. Analysts are unsure of whether the market will recover after such an unexpected and unprecedented downturn, and fear that this may have greater implications for Prymont if retail investors have lost significant investments. The federal Bank of Prymont responded by slashing interest rates from 3% to just 0.5% in a bid to inject liquidity into the economy to prevent further losses. Minister of the Exchequer Omar Admam is "monitoring the situation closely, and working with banks and financial institutions across the United States to ensure that honest, hardworking Prymontians do not suffer from events that were completely out of their control."
  15. Just a couple of quick notes: I agree with @Metztlitlaca's proposal for Asgeirria, in keeping the lore mostly the same and NPCing the nation. Despite his shortcomings in realism he was a big player in some RPs and keeping the nation on the map would help with continuity. As for the Thalassan islands, I'd like to see where it's proposed that they're moved to.
  16. Foreign Minister Julian Nordeng was in his element as the convoy of KAP K7's cruised effortlessly along the highway before cutting off and diving through the culturally rich streets and alleys of Porto Altaria's old city. They'd left behind the open expanse of the motorway, now engulfed in the claustrophobia of the narrow flagstone roads. Ancient Iverican buildings guarded the route towards the ATARA HQ, proudly displaying their heritage for all to see. Julian admired the craftsmanship of the olden days from behind the tinted glass, settled into the luxurious sculpted leather seat with a glass of bubbly idly suspended between his fingers. Lionel Stenberg wondered where he'd picked that up from and how he hadn't already necked it, but his fears were more concentrated on the convoy snaking its way through such tight streets. One wrong move and there'd be a ludicrous repair bill, as well as a sodden and miserable foreign minister. The cars pulled up outside the now-converted Hotel Tricontinentale, the flawlessly attired ushers guiding the delegates in through the doors and towards the lobby. Nordeng managed to escape their clutches and made a beeline straight for the press, eager to make some headlines and focus the conversation on how great Prymont is. Of course, the Canamo Canal would be a large topic of debate within the chambers as the United States desperately sought external investment to support its largest infrastructure project in a decade. The fact that they'd evaded bankruptcy for so long took many critics by surprise, but now the bailiffs were knocking and Nordeng had been sent overseas to rally support and dip into the pockets of the fat cats of the new wurld. "Today will be a great day not only for Prymont, but for canals," he spoke with confidence and a devilish smirk, "perhaps not the Manamana, but us folk up north know how to get things done." The reporters were left with a wink as Nordeng strutted towards the lobby feeling like an A-list celebrity, while Stenberg followed in close pursuit, hoping his superior hadn't once again made a great fool of himself. Having fallen behind the rest of the group due to Julian's endless filibustering, a skill he'd expertly refined in the Prymontian political chambers and found difficult to leave behind, the consort of Prymontians were hurried along to the conference room. Nordeng's protests to take it slowly and admire the artwork fell on deaf ears as he was almost pushed through the heavy oak doors and shown to his seat. He flicked through the dossier laid before him, taking great interest in the pages detailing the Canamo Canal despite being the most knowledgeable person in the room on the topic, before hurriedly leafing through the remainder of the book to refresh his mind. Once the delegates were settled Ms Tomas-Morra began speaking, and Nordeng was all ears. "I'd like to say-" Julian began, leaning into his microphone before being quickly intercepted by Lionel from the sidelines. "You have to press that button there, you see? Did you read the briefing?" Stenberg scolded Nordeng in front of his peers like a disappointed parent would do to their misbehaving child before peeling back to his seat at the edge of the room. With a huff, Nordeng pressed a button on his microphone, informing the clerk of his desire to speak and attracting the attention of the delegates. "As I was saying, I'd like to speak in favour of the ATARA Bank of Development. The United States knows firsthand how mutual financial collaboration can lead to a brighter future. A significant factor of the union of the states in 1995 was greater economic power as a collective opposed to individual states, and we've since seen Prymont emerge onto the global stage as a strong, effective nation despite its smaller population and somewhat disadvantageous location. We've gone from strength to strength, taking on projects that would've crippled the individual states but have been possible through the pooling of resources and capital. If anything, the US is living proof that financial collaboration on such a scale can work, and that's something I'm quite proud of." "There are some things I'd like to address however. I think it's important to determine how projects will be financed; more specifically, how we determine which projects to finance. Working as a group will grant us a lot of capital, there's no doubt about that, but this money is finite and we cannot bankroll each and every idea proposed to us. I presume proposals will be voted on, and if so would that be through the usual ATARA assembly or through the ABD independently? This then begs the question of voting rights - does every member have an equal vote, or would votes be weighted based on contributions to the bank, economic power, so on and so forth?" Nordeng paused for a moment, taking a sip of his glass that was filled with water rather than alcohol, before continuing. "This segues nicely into contributions. I understand that the ABD will hold its capital in foreign exchange reserves, but it would also be unreasonable to expect members to physically deliver their entire pledge at once. It's useful to have the capital on hand at home, and so I'd like to suggest the addition of special drawing rights. These would be tokens, if you will, held by the ABD that entitle them to X amount of currency from a member. Special drawing rights would hold the same weight as reserve assets, but would be easier for members that perhaps struggle to build foreign exchange reserves." "My last point for now is the physical location of the ABD. Would it be here in this wonderful hotel, or would the nature of the bank necessitate its own headquarters? I imagine that, considering the ABD would be involved in trading which is a minefield in its own right, that a separate building would be useful. This leads us to where that building is; Iverica holds the overall HQ, so while it would make sense to keep everything centralised, perhaps that would be placing too much power on one member?"
  17. Prime Minister Felix Frey addresses concerns in @Sunset Sea Islands After the shocking news that broke in the early hours of the morning regarding a seemingly hostile takeover of the Sunset Sea Islands' government, Prime Minister Felix Frey has spoken to the nation in an attempt to calm fears and bring Prymontians home safely. "I, like many of you, awoke to the disturbing news this morning of the apprehension of the members of the current Sunset Sea Islands High Council, and the introduction of the interim government headed by Colonel Ishijima. The Foreign Office were quick to release a dispatch stating our stance on these events, and today I wish to bring you further information regarding the work we're doing. "The safety of Prymontian nationals is paramount. We've been working closely with the Prymontian flag carrier Montair to utilise their fleet in bringing Prymontians home. I understand that this is a troubling time for many of you who may have friends and relatives currently in the Sunset Sea Islands, and that's why I'm relieved to announce that 6,482 Prymontians have already returned home safely. Any Prymontians still in the country will be home within two days - that is a guarantee. "We have also recalled our foreign diplomats from the country, and we're attempting to establish communication lines with both the Gao He Ping government and the transitional Ishijima government to determine what steps we take next. This is a troubling time for global affairs considering the economic and political scope of the Sunset Sea Islands, and maintaining peace and prosperity is of utmost importance. "USP Navy vessels have been dispatched alongside TRIDENT partners to Andalla, where they will remain stationed for the foreseeable future as we observe the military status of the nation. The aims of the Ishijima government are yet to be determined, and so we're working in synergy with our TRIDENT allies, as we've trained to do, to ensure the tricontinental area remains peaceful. Navy medical ships are also docking at dedicated ports in the country to collect seabound travelers whose boats are not yet ready to make the journey home. "I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our friends in @Iverica, who have worked tirelessly to communicate with and relay messages from those within the Sunset Sea Islands, and have acted as a first port of call. With their quick thinking and desicive action, the Ishijima interim government have allocated ports, airports, and temporary accommodations for stranded tourists, visitors and workers of all nationalities, and have guaranteed their indefinite operation to allow a swift exit. Not only that, but compensation for those working abroad will be issued accordingly for those workers affected by the introduction of this government, and we continue to work with Prymontian businesses in bringing people and assets home. Without the assistance of the Ivericans, this would be a much more difficult situation to navigate. "Finally, I would like to stress that the United States is eager to work with the Sunset Sea Islands in maintaining the smooth operation of a democratic, fair, and open government. The Sunset Sea Islanders are a valuable friend and ally of the United States, and while the current outlook is bleak, we will press on with our traditional Prymontian grit and ensure that these events do not affect the geopolitical climate in Thalassa, but also the wurld." PNN will continue to bring you updates regarding the United States' response to the events as the situation develops.
  18. I f*cking hate this RP.
  19. Kaldestad Aamot Group announce plans to split Aamotech Aerospace amid sale talks Lucy Aamot, Aamotech CEO and KAG board member, confirmed the news after speculation arose in the media recently regarding leaked internal documents. Aamotech Aerospace merged with KAP Cars in January 2018, forming the Kaldestad Aamot Group after the airplane manufacturers lost government funding and announced record losses. At the time it was believed that Erik Bruun, current KAG CEO & executive chairman could turn the company around. It's been no secret that Aamotech has been bleeding money for over a decade, and the grounding of their supersonic Nålestråle jet over safety concerns was feared to be the final nail in the coffin. Nevertheless, the company pressed on with significant military orders from @Iverica, @Seylos and @Variota. Earlier this year, PNN received confidential internal documents detailing a potential split of Aamotech's manufacturing interests, meaning their commercial operations would be separated from their military fleet. Furthermore, the aerospace wurld was rife with rumours of an Aamotech sale due to the losses the company has amassed. Now, Lucy Aamot has confirmed that the company will be split into three. Aamotech Aerospace will continue commercial operations, while the military units will be divided between Aamotech Reconnaissance and Aamotech Light. While at first it may seem confusing that the military operations have been separated between themselves, it's now understood that this has been done deliberately in preparation of a sale. According to the leaked documents, Bruun is keen to trim down Aamotech to pay creditors, fund R&D of future commercial units, and get the Nålestråle back in the sky. For now KAG retains its ownership of the three Aamotech entities, but it's suspected that further news regarding a sale will trickle out of the company. One of Montair's six Nålestråle's, which have been grounded by the airline for 12 months, and by KAG as a whole for 10.
  20. Prymont

    Doom of Ceris

    It was safe to say that PRUSPET had been a disaster. The mission had started with a dream, imagined by a Foreign Minister whose aspirational eyes were larger than his stomach. Julian Nordeng had seen the success of Prymont’s involvement in the Hellenic Rus and the subsequent turnaround of a crumbling nation, if mass poverty, political corruption, dangerously high substance abuse rates, and a whole host of other failings could be deemed a success. The United States’ standing in the wurld had been significantly boosted by the introduction and revitalisation of the Prymontian Rus, and Estaria was seen as an opportunity to do it again. Fabian Thorvaldsen, a military veteran and the incumbent Defence Minister, had been the poor soul that’d fallen for Nordeng’s trap. There was surplus in the foreign aid budget, there was a precedent in Prymont making things right with the Hellenic Rus, and now there were thousands of additional troops to employ across the Canamo. It was deemed a risky maneuver, but surely it was a risk worth taking? Thorvaldsen had earned himself a stable career through logical, thoughtful decisions based on facts and certainties. It was about time he did something out of the ordinary, and perhaps made a name for himself. The Prymontian Rus - United States of Prymont Estaria Taskforce was soon formed, and the help of the Ivericans had been enlisted in a surveillance, reconnaissance, and off-shore support role. Nordeng and Thorvaldsen happily sent 1500 Prymontians and 500 Russians on their merry way to Estaria, oblivious to the dark fate to which they were doomed. PRUSPET had planned on providing humanitarian aid and rebuilding infrastructure while securing the nation’s borders against the Sentists and arranging meetings with the fleeing dictatorship to hand over power. Upon making landfall in Estaria, the organisation immediately recognised that they’d underestimated the depth of the struggles that the Estarian people had been forced to endure. Mass starvation ran rampant amongst the overcrowded state. Public infrastructure had been completely dissolved as the dictatorship sought to rid the country of any wealth before they made their escape. The populace had been without clean water for months; gas and electricity prices were soaring as demand rose while utility companies declared bankruptcy; companies were scarpering the ever-worsening mess, resulting in astronomical unemployment rates. The government’s response to people having no money was to print more money, further adding to the heap of shit that was the foundation of Estaria. The Sentists were just another problem to deal with, and no solution presented itself. PRUSPET was overwhelmed and struggled to make a difference. As the months dragged on, millions of Prynds were sent to extinguish the fire, but only added to the flames. That number soon grew to billions as the threat of the Sentists worsened. PRUSPET were unable to make contact with the dictatorship, and even a visit from Julian Nordeng was unsuccessful in bringing them out of their hiding holes. It was also the first time that Nordeng had experienced firsthand how much of a lost cause Estaria was. No amount of money could save that country. It would be best to let it burn to the ground, and come back to try and make something out of the ashes. But that wouldn’t do. They’d spent too much and made too many promises - leaving without a result would guarantee Nordeng and Thorvaldsen facing the firing line upon their return home. As the situation worsened, the domestic press clamped down hard on the government. Nordeng couldn’t go through an interview without being asked what he was doing in Estaria, when things would change for the better, and how much money was being spent. Prime Minister Felix Frey even tried to distance himself from the subject, claiming that his party had nothing to do with the mess, leaving his coalition partners to finish what they’d started on their own. Meanwhile, Iskander Yegerov and his cronies in the Prymontian Rus were also demanding answers. When would his Sarov boys come back home? How many had died? Would there be reparations? Why had they trusted the Prymontians in the first place? At present, the outlook was worsening day by day. The PRUSPET coalition had suffered heavy losses, and despite having already sent 100 soldiers home, less than 1000 would be returning. Even the Ivericans were struggling against the Sentists. Similarities could be drawn between them and the Circle of Death with their ruthlessness and unpredictability, and PRUSPET had been naive to believe this would be a similar battle. Back in the Hellenic Rus they had everything going their way; they were close to home, they had covert intelligence networks deeply embedded throughout the country, they had a seemingly ever-growing money tree to shake, and a considerably weaker enemy. Estaria had been a different story; thousands of miles away from Prymont, unfamiliar territory, and a larger, fiercer opponent. Thorvaldsen knew that the end was near. Not only was it time to pull PRUSPET out of Estaria, but it would likely be the end of his political career. He’d made the fatal error of trusting Julian Nordeng and had paid the price. Even then, it was proving near impossible to withdraw his forces. The Sentists had all but surrounded the PRUSPET-Iverica alliance, forcing them to their knees and laying them across the guillotine. All that remained was to unleash the blade and end their suffering, but before that happened, those pesky Ivericans had one last trick up their sleeve.
  21. Hello neighbour! I've a few things to comment on, which we'll keep on the forums for transparency. I went ahead and calculated your area on Google Eurth which comes out at roughly 301,886km2, which is well within the bracket for 2 Land Area points. Now, we do have an issue regarding your climate and capital location. Firstly, your climate is entirely subarctic. This means long, very cold winters and short, cool summers. The southern and western parts of Prymont are classified as 'humid continental', which has the four distinct seasons and is generally more liveable than subarctic. The vast majority (>95%) of my population resides in this climate. This brings me to the next point of your capital location. I don't think it's at all realistic to place a capital that far north. My capital Rettenmyr is in the south of the country. If you take a look at Norway, Finland, Sweden, or Iceland, you'll see that their capitals are also southerly. Furthermore, the Argic Ocean is frozen for most of the year and requires an icebreaking fleet after a string of incidents. Perhaps this isn't clear judging just by the map, but having a capital city located on the coast of a frozen ocean is rather unusual. To combat these issues, I'd suggest having your capital as far south as possible, as well as the majority of your population. Having a country survive in a subarctic climate isn't unrealistic, but it won't be easy. This isn't anything personal - as your neighbour I'd want you to do well and have a good time in Eurth. I've learned myself over the past 4 years that having a country this far north has few benefits. It's worth seriously considering if this is what you're looking for.
  22. 0742h IST | 15 March, 2021 Altaria International Airport Porto Altaria, Iverica An Aamotech Slankståle landed gently on the runway, proudly bearing the Prymontian flag on the fin as it taxied to it's parking spot. Within the cabin, Julian Nordeng donned a pair of darkened sunglasses as he prepared to disembark into the bright Iverican spring sunlight. The spotlight would shine brightly on the Foreign Minister and ATARA delegate today and for the duration of the Assembly as he fought to repair his crumbling reputation. He was accompanied by his trusty sidekick Lionel Stenberg, a permanent fixture in his support staff and a man he considered a friend rather than a colleague, as well as a slurry of aides and accomplices. His mind raced as he descended the staircase and touched down onto the tarmac. While he was here to debate a host of varied topics, his presence in Iverica would be closely scrutinised by his cabinet and the media alike as he sought to quell the public unrest at the disaster in Estaria. To put it succinctly, PRUSPET had been a flop. The project was supposed to propel him to the forefront of global politics as a force to be reckoned with, but instead exposed him as a shoddy cowboy builder of a politician. While troops were dying thousands of miles away from home and taxpayer money was being effectively burned in an effort to stop them from dying as much, Nordeng had been parading the press rounds, touting Estaria as the next Prymontian Rus. Unfortunately for him, he'd have to face reality eventually, but perhaps he could preemptively slap a plaster over the Estarian-shaped wound in his career by fixing another problem. The Canamo Canal was seen as another waste of public funds. The project was behind schedule, over budget, and at risk of collapsing altogether if significant funding wasn't secured imminently. The taxpayer couldn't be relied on to prop up the project anymore, unless Nordeng wanted to burn his career prospects alongside their money, and so he had to look elsewhere. An answer had soon been found in ATARA; not only could capital be secured from the development bank, but there was now the proposition of directly selling shares in the Canamo Canal Company. If Nordeng could persuade other attendees to bankroll another Prymontian pipedream, he'd be in the money - literally and figuratively - and could fly home with a success story for once. As he entered the terminal, all of his worries vanished. He'd set his sights upon Chairperson Ms Tomas-Morra, a true sight for sore eyes. He should've been at home fixing the Estaria mess, but had persuaded the Prime Minister to allow him to take control of Prymontian representation in ATARA to settle the masses and show them that it wasn't just their money that was being pissed up a wall - he could quite easily do the same with funding from other ATARA members too. While there was important business at hand, it was another opportunity to meet with Desdemona, a professional politician who had not reciprocated his jokes and advances in the slightest. Even with the stakes as high as they were, Nordeng was not afraid of finding the fun in his business trips. After all, what was there to foreign affairs if you couldn't fly to exotic countries, eat good food, and chat up the locals at the taxpayer's expense? Pleasantries were eagerly exchanged with the welcoming host and comments were passed about her stylish attire before Julian was abrasively hurried along by Lionel, whose face had turned bright red with embarrassment. In true Nordeng fashion he'd left himself woefully unprepared, and found his team a quiet corner in the lounge to press on with their preparations while they awaited the arrivals of the remaining delegates.
  23. After studying the room and deciding that nobody else wanted to support or discredit either side, Minister Remmen rose from his seat and gathered his notes as he prepared to speak. He was thankful for the presence of the Salvians and their support of his argument - while it was in black and white that military organisations were to be prohibited from the continent, he was of the belief that the Orionese would fight tooth and nail to maintain an EOS presence on the continent. Having an ally to stand with him and fight his corner gave him the breathing room he needed to get his elbows out. "Thank you both, Mr Wayanor and Dr Varazzo. Mr Wayanor, I am afraid that I simply cannot support any military presence in Antargis, whether that be as an observer or otherwise. I've already pointed out to you multiple times the rules within the signed treaty that you'd be breaking. I've given you the opportunity to redefine the EOS to fit within the treaty, an opportunity which has been ignored. As it stands, I would be betraying the people of Prymont as their Minister of Energy & the Environment by breaking a treaty that we hold so sacred. Perhaps you do not care for our democracy, but I do." A brief pause allowed him to finish off his glass of water and mentally prepare for his next statement. Going against a country such as Orioni was no mean feat, especially when Remmen was representing a significantly less important state as Prymont was, but his determination to uphold the values that his nation held dearly overwhelmed his fears of prodding an angry bear. "Perhaps nobody else present feels as strongly about the issue as Dr Varazzo and myself do, but it is something that needs to be settled before we can progress and make any real steps forward. Granted, the EOS have not overstepped any lines and acted in bad faith as of yet, but permitting a military organisation access to Antargis would invalidate the very treaty that we've signed and worked so hard to uphold. It would bring the treaty's credibility into significant doubt if we continued to allow the EOS free reign over Antargis while refusing other military organisations the same. Dr Varazzo raises a very good point in introducing TRIDENT to the continent, but that's something I'm not going to do. I refuse to stoop to such levels. There is no place for pettiness in preserving and protecting our final untouched frontier. Granted, there is a place for Orioni, but not for EOS."
  24. TRIDENT doesn't need an active attack to come into play. As we saw with the Verde Blockade, Ahrana was just repositioning its naval fleet to Vulgus Supra in a move that was frowned upon by Prymont. Anything that occurs in the tricontinental area that could disturb the peace will be seen as an active threat by the treaty and could well trigger a response. However, the Verde fiasco was more of an attempt to keep Ahrana in check in the central Argic political scene - if Anglia were to arrive in the far east of Argis as proposed, I can imagine there'd be less of an initial threat perceived by TRIDENT. Prymont is only one part of the organisation though so I'd be keen to hear the opinion of the others - this is the exact reason the treaty was made. Edit: adding on to the above, obviously Anglia will be looking to land in more than just Argis, which would spread TRIDENT forces thin and render them far less effective. While still a real probability, retaliation from the treaty would be less impactful I imagine.
  25. Wish granted! You can now look 5 minutes into the future. What a talent! Unfortunately, you've traded off your ability to look into the past and lose every memory that you cherished. You no longer remember who you are, or those close to you. Despite being able to predict it, your family decided that you'd gone nutty and put you in a psychiatric hospital, where your only solace came from the warm, tight embrace of the straightjacket. I wish that my GameStop shares made me a billionaire.
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