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  1. Transparency Bill Fails to become Law! by Kristel Schefer 2017 July 30 The transparency bill being pushed by Chancellor Ernst Krenz has failed to become law, with it being rejected by the People's Council by a single vote. This marks the first time in the history of the Socialist Federal Republic that a bill proposed by the Chancellor has failed to become law. This unprecedented move has shaken many political analysts, who have no idea how to interpret this. The bill itself would have made many government records previously kept under seal public knowledge. This includes the debate records of the People's Congress, several low-level administrative decisions by the Chancellor, along with several other measures. None of the measures would have affected the military, whose entire operations would have remained classified for national security reasons. Chancellor Ernst Krenz said the law would increase government accountability to the people, and said it would help bring the government closer to the people. The Chancellor said that while he was disappointed in the failure of the law, he would continue to make administrative changes from his authority as Chancellor. He pledged to implement regulations within his own administration that would make some of his own activities part of the public record, and called on other government organizations to do the same. Gunther Switzer, who opposed the law, praised the failure of the bill, saying that it would save the socialist revolution. "Today is the day we preserved the revolution!" he said "I'm very sorry to the Chancellor, but a bad law is a bad law. The people and workers have won a great victory on this day." Chancellor Ernst Krenz said he disagreed, and would be proposing more laws to the People's Congress next month. He declined to specify what exactly would be in those laws.
  2. It was a bright and sunny day. With perfect visibility and calm winds, you couldn't possibly have a better day for a flight. And yet, for the crew and passengers of Voltan Airways Flight 444, something went wrong. Could it be a mechanical failure? Or, perhaps, something much more nefarious... Or at least, that's how the opening sequence would go if this was an episode of Air Crash Investigations (Mayday, if you're American). THE IDEA So, there's a cult in Volta that was formed after the government began relaxing the suppression of religion. This cult would be a cult of the well educated, targeting new university graduates, in particular those who under the old communist system could have expected a cushy government-assigned job and while they certainly could still go for one, with the emergence of non-government worker co-ops there'd actually be a non-government job market. Not everyone might be able to compete in this new job market, so the less fortunate talent would be targeted by the cult for recruitment. This would give them a huge amount of scientific expertise, and once you consider the rest of their beliefs make them dangerous... very very dangerous. To be blunt, they are a doomsday cult. But they don't think the apocalypse is a bad thing. Rather, they see it as an opportunity... for them and their followers. They believe that Volta will be invaded by a foreign power, and in the process of defending itself be completely destroyed. Like, think Germany and Japan after WW2 levels of destroyed. And, from the ruins of that, they believe they'd be able to get enough followers for them to gain power in Volta and establish a theocratic state, thereby "saving" the Voltan people. So, they'd want to trigger this apocalyptic war, and would be gathering materials to do it. Obviously, traditional guns and explosives would be a bit out of reach for them, so they'd need to find other weapons. And with their knowledge, they would not shy away from chemical warfare. THE ATTACK Voltan Airways Flight 444 would be flying from [cityName] (should be a city in a foreign country with friendly relations to Volta) to Vien. Unbeknownst to the crew, there are 4 or 5 members of this cult on the plane. Each one of them snuck on with liquid sarin. This sarin would be hidden in containers of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cologne, perfume, and other toiletries that fall under the 3.4 oz (100 ml) limit. This would get past airport security as airport security screening doesn't check the contents of these containers. Trust me, I've traveled by plane many times to a variety of countries and I've never seen the contents of those 100ml liquids be checked, not even once. If such checks to occur, it must be extremely rare. The flight would have to fly above the airspace of [countryName] (should be a country hostile to Volta but where it makes sense to have to travel above their airspace). Shortly before entering the airspace, these people would start intentionally spilling and dispersing the liquid sarin. Since sarin is the most volatile of nerve agents it will quickly evaporate into the air. What's more is that it will quickly be dispersed throughout the cabin by the planes internal pressurization systems. When a pilot goes back to check on what's going on in the cabin, they'd let the gas into the cockpit. After declaring a PANPAN, and later quickly upgrading it to a MAYDAY, the aircraft would become unresponsive to all radio communications. It also would not react at all to anything, simply flying in a straight line as the autopilot maintains it's course towards [countryName]. Nothing would get any sort of response, it wouldn't even rock it's wings when intercepted by fighter jets. Depending on how much of a threat [countryName] perceives this to be, the aircraft could even be presumed to have been hijacked and shot down before any terrorist attack can happen. This is the harshest of measure, and has never happened in real life, but it is a measure that all countries (rl anyway, I assume it's the same ic) reserve the right to do in such an extremely unusual situation. This is exactly what the cult wants. They want the plane to be shot down, and then for Volta to be blamed for harboring terrorists. They want this to ruin Volta diplomatically. In fact, they want it to cause a war, since they believe it will be their holy apocalypse that will bring them salvation. THE RP The RP would happen in 2 part. The first part is the flight, where I would RP with whoever is in control of the other countries airspace until either the plane is shot down by fighters or runs out of fuel and crashes. The second part is the actual investigation, where I would RP the Voltan Committee for Aviation Safety (which would want to investigate because, well, it's a Voltan plane run by a Voltan airline with a Voltan crew), and other people would investigate their own aviation safety authorities (think NTSB in America or AAIB in the UK). Once the cause is determined, it would turn into a criminal investigation and hunt for members of the cult. At this point I'd also RP the cult as it tries to hide its involvement and escalate things into a full scale war against Volta through various disinformation campaigns. So, that's the gist of my idea. It was partly inspired by Aum Shinrikyo's Tokyo subway attack, and partly by Helios Airways Flight 522. Who's interested? If anyone's interested, any ideas as to which countries could be involved in this? And finally, does anyone else here have any questions?
  3. FROM: Rosa Braun, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Federal Republic of Volta TO: EOS and its member states CLASSIFICATION: Secret - limit distribution, need-to-know only. After much discussion within the Socialist Federal Republic of Volta, albeit with much hesitation, the Socialist Federal Republic has come to the conclusion that due to continuing Anglian aggression our best course of action would be to seek defensive partnerships with other countries. To that end, we would like to inquire as to whether or not EOS would be open to such an arrangement. Our government would like to stress that we are NOT seeking membership in your organization, but we are seeking cooperation when dealing with the very unique and specific threat that Anglia presents the wurld. The proposed cooperation would be mutual, as Anglia presents an equal threat to Volta as it does to EOS member states. We would like to inquire as to whether or not your organization would be interested in such an arrangement, and potentially begin negotiations to precisely what the details of such a partnership would be. Additionally, we would like to request that, until such negotiations formally begin, this matter be treated as classified and this information only be distributed on a need-to-know basis.
  4. Further Reforms Become Law! by Kristel Schefer 2017 July 15 The further reforms proposed by Chancellor Ernst Krenz have been implemented by the People's Congress, by a margin even narrower than the previous reforms. The new reforms, which deal with the media and would make it easier for Voltans to start their own media operations, proved controversial among the Communist Party. The legislation passed with only 54% of support in the People's Council and People's Assembly respectively, the lowest margin in the history of the Socialist Federal Republic. Chancellor Ernst Krenz welcomed the law, saying that while news stations such as Die Volta-Bericht and Voltisch Rundfunk provide important reporting on national events, it was essential to allow the people to express themselves and report on their own condition. "Our government must truly and accurately know the goings on of our country." he said "These reforms will better allow our people to have their voice heard, not only by the government but by all within the nation." However, Gunther Switzer, who opposed the bill in the People's Congress, claimed the measure weakened Volta. "This measure opens the country up to reactionary elements." he said "However, I am certain that the Chancellor will see the flaws and correct them." Chancellor Ernst Krenz rebutted these allegations, stating that there already were measures in place to prevent such exploitation. "There are limits on foreign interference in our media, measures to ensure Voltan media are owned by Voltans, among others." he said "I am sure that further tweaks will need to be made as things are implemented, but this reform will overall be a net positive for the country." Chancellor Ernst Krenz proposes transparency bill by Kristel Schefer 2017 July 15 Chancellor Ernst Krenz has proposed a formal government transparency bill to the People's Congress, stating that it was necessary to fight against corruption. This measure, which the Chancellor says is part of a larger attempt to combat corruption within the government, is necessary to ensure that the government follows the rules it sets on itself. This proposal comes after a period of unusual transparency from the government. This transparency so far includes allowing lawmakers to comment to the media on laws passed, an increasing openness to interactions with the press, among a few other measures. Much of these changes have been occurring from rule changes within the government, but the Chancellor says he wants to formalize these changes into law. Whether the bill will pass the People's Congress remains unclear, with various Communist Party officials declining to comment. Gunther Switzer, when asked if he supported the measures, declined to comment. However, Gunther did verbally attack our reporters, and in particular myself, stating that we are "risking the entire socialist system" with our "biased" reporting.
  5. Noi Sistem partially adopted! by Kristel Schefer 2017 June 30 The reform proposals from Chancellor Ernst Krenz have been partially adopted by the People's Congress. Unusually, the legislation only passed with 61% support in the People's Assembly and People's Council respectively. Most legislation passes the People's Congress unanimously, and this represented the first time in the history of the Socialist Federal Republic that the People's Congress was not unified in a legislative proposal. However, the legislation still passed the People's Congress, and is now law. Chancellor Ernst Krenz praised the passage of the bill, claiming it would help move Volta forward as a country. "This is the first step in the creation of a new Volta!" he said "I promise to implement the reforms passed by the People's Congress as soon as possible." In an unusual move, Gunther Switzer criticized the bill, calling it a departure from the "communist orthodoxy" and warned that it threatened to "bring Volta closer to capitalism". Ernst Krenz dismissed these claims, saying "So long as these co-operatives remain entirely worker-owned, there is no threat to the socialist system". Chancellor Ernst Krenz proposes further reforms! by Kristel Schefer 2017 June 30 Chancellor Ernst Krenz has proposed further reforms to Voltan laws, this time proposing a series of reforms to deal with the media. The new proposals would change the way media is licensed in Volta significantly, making it far easier for new networks to start operations. The proposals include: Greatly reducing the fees for applying for a license. Allowing individuals to operate as independent reporters, should they choose to. Allowing the formation of worker-owned media companies, provided they follow regulations passed by the People's Congress. Allowing foreign media companies to operate within Volta, provided that they are able to get a license and comply with all applicable regulations to get that license. These new regulations would apply to print, TV, radio, and digital media. It is a great departure from previous policy, which saw all official media be owned by the government. However, Ernst Krenz said these measures were necessary to make Volta a more open society. "These revised regulations would allow Volta to operate far more openly than it has before." he said "These regulations will in no way threaten the socialist order, but will allow all Voltan comrades to explore what it means to be socialist." Crucially, the regulations still leave in place bans on certain activity, including calling for secession, calling for the overthrow of the government, and calling for the end to the socialist system.
  6. From: Rosa Braun, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Federal Republic of Volta To: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Stedorian People's Republic The Voltan government will always welcome closer relations with our socialist brothers and sisters. To this end, we will welcome a Stedorian ambassador and embassy within our country. Should Stedoria see it acceptable as well, our government would also like to name an ambassador to @Stedoria and establish an embassy in your nation. Closer relations can only bring peace and prosperity to our two countries. We also welcome recognition of our government as the legal and legitimate government of our country, and shall not forget Stedoria's actions in doing so. Though our government has also quickly recognized yours in an act of comradery. Volta shall welcome any and all future cooperation. In particular, with Anglia's recent acts of aggression in this region, we are in need of as many friends as we can get. Your governments open arms will not be forgotten. Rosa Braun, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  7. Volta would be interested in something like this, but I should probably bring up two caveats when it comes to Voltan participation in this. First: they would have issues if there are too many trade restrictions. As I have Volta set up right now, it would have just begun reforms in 2017, and while I haven't finished RP'ing it I'm imagining the human rights situation would have drastically improved since then. Before 2017, Volta would have been very much authoritarian (and back then it would have been more "socialist" in the Stalinist mold). As such, and due to discussions I've had with Velaheria on discord, it's likely that Volta and Velaheria would have had friendly relations, including the export of weapons and other military goods (particularly during Velaheria's revolution, probably not as prominent now, unless Velaheria wants it to still be prominent). Volta probably wouldn't be willing to give up a traditional trading partner solely due to their authoritarian tendencies just yet, even if Volta is moving away from authoritarianism. Probably would be more open to it in a few years, but not right now. Second: Volta doesn't really celebrate it's Dolch heritage. They more celebrate their Mischling heritage, with the Mischlings being a mixed-race ethnicity that emerged from the Tlaloc people and lower-class Dolch settlers intermixing. The Dolch kind of got a bad rep when they treated the Mischlings and Tlaloc very bad (enslaving the Tlaloc, refusing to give the Mischlings equal treatment, banning the Voltan language, etc). So if this is a "look, we're all Dolch!" club, Volta would, shall we say, be less interested.
  8. Volta Kanāl Behø̄d Volta Canal Authority The Volta Canal Authority was established in 1952 by the Socialist Federal Republic of Volta with the goal of managing the construction of the Volta Canal. Upon completion of the canal our duties shifted to operating and maintaining the canal, as well as the safety of all traversing the canal, and everything related thereto. The Volta Canal Authority also manages the canal transit fees, and all transit fees should be paid to the Volta Canal Authority. All inquiries regarding normal access to the Volta Canal should be made here, including statements regarding what will be sent through the canal on a regular basis. In addition, any party wishing to aid in expansion of the canal should also place their inquiries here. Inquiries regarding exemptions from transit fees should be made to the Voltan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as it is beyond our authority to provide exemptions from transit fees to anyone. However, we will document which countries do have such exemptions to access to the canal here. Nations exempt from transit fees: Esonice (per the Esonice-Volta Trade Agreement) Sunset Sea Islands
  9. Just for the record, SFR Volta wasn't declared established as a nation until 1923, and didn't completely kick out the old government from Volta until Jan 1924.
  10. Seeing as nobody has objected yet, I shall get a little more specific with my proposals. Volta Canal is the new name Again, I'm okay with any name as long as it's not "Manamana", so anyone who has a better idea for a name is welcome to suggest it. Canal constructed during the communist government, with construction starting in 1952 and ending in 1962. Construction was heavily pushed by the Voltan Navy, with the primary goal being military, but that wouldn't be the publicly stated reason. Since the public reason would be civilian, the Voltan government would be open to foreign funding for construction. SSI could be a potential funder (assuming they recognize the communist government at this point in time), and they could've been given free-access to the canal in exchange for the construction funding. Location of the canal should be something similar to this linked image. Now I do have one major question for @Metztlitlacaand maybe anyone else who is an expert in geography. What is the difference in water levels between the two rivers the canal is connecting? I ask because the Voltan navy would want as little locks as possible in the canal to try make it faster to pass through the canal. The easiest would be to have the water levels be identical and thus negate the need for a locks, and this is what the Voltan navy would push for. But would that be feasible in that area? For the record, there probably would be a minimum of two locks even if the rivers are identical in water level height, just to prevent one river from completely draining into the other. Does anyone have any objections? In particular, team Aurelia (already tagged Metz, @Anatea, @Shffahkia, @Kirvina)? And also anyone who participated in the Manamana Canal rp as well?
  11. Chancellor Ernst Krenz proposes reforms, calls it the "Noi Sistem" by Kristel Schefer 2017 June 13 Chancellor Ernst Krenz has introduced the first in series of reform proposals to the People's Congress, which he said he hoped the People's Congress would implement as soon as possible. The reforms, he states, were intended to reinvigorate the economy, which he stated was falling behind figures. With these reforms, his stated goals were to establish a stronger presence of workers in the economy. The reforms proposed specifically dealt with the structure of various businesses in the economy and what roll the government would play in it. Specific proposals include: Allowing the establishment of worker-owned cooperatives to function alongside state-owned industry in some economic sectors. Not all industries would be opened up to this, with worker-owned cooperatives not being allowed in economic sectors deemed "essential to national security". Chancellor Ernst Krenz specifically named the military, arms, aviation, and rail industries as examples of industries that fall into this category. The gradual transition of state-owned companies into worker-owned cooperatives in some non-essential economic sectors. For example, the Shipe Bicycle Company, which produces all bicycles in Volta, is proposed to be turned into a worker-owned cooperative Allowing workers to find work outside of the National Employment Program, which currently assigns every worker their job, should they choose to and if they can find suitable employment in a worker-owned cooperative. It is important to note that enrollment in the National Employment Program will still be mandatory, and the crime of social parasitism will remain. However, the definition of social parasitism is proposed to be changed from leading an "anti-social and parasitic way of life" to "refusal to work in any and all manners, even after being offered employment by social programs." The proposed new definition also states that "creatives, including but not limited to authors, poets, playwrights, independent journalists" and other creative occupations are to be considered "suitable work" provided that they either able to survive off of their work or are have "suitable other arrangements so they are not a burden upon others, even if it is somethings such as part-time work". In his speech introducing these reforms, Ernst Krenz also called upon the Communist Party to consider adopting a new constitution for Volta. He stated that there were "structural changes" necessary to the government of Volta in order to be able to better answer to the needs of the people.
  12. Ernst Krenz elected Chancellor of Volta! by Lorenz Bachmeier 2017 June 6 In a surprisingly narrow vote, the People's Congress has elected Ernst Krenz to be the Chancellor of Volta. Ernst Krenz, having the endorsement of the Communist Party, won the joint session of the People's Congress by two votes. The vote was notable not only for the fact that it was the first time since Willi Erbert was elected that someone was challenging the candidate endorsed by the Communist Party, but it was also the first time in Voltan history that the vote for Chancellor was so narrow. Ernst Krenz accepted the position in a speech to the People's Congress, in which he praised the revolution and promised to bring prosperity to Volta. "Today is a day that Volta starts to walk a new path!" he said "A path of prosperity, a path of openness, a path that the revolution has been bringing us towards for decades! Our great country has grown under communism, and it will keep growing!" In his speech, Ernst also offered reconciliation with Gunther Switzer. "I understand that this whole race has been quite divisive for everyone involved." said Ernst "As a gesture of good will, I would like to offer Gunther my respect for running a valiant campaign and standing up for what he believed in. This race has divided us, but I hope that we can bring the party together once more and continue down the path of prosperity." Gunther accepted his defeat in a separate speech to the People's Congress. "It was a narrow vote, but in the end I have lost." said Gunther "I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. However, now is not the time to dwell on what could have been. We must look to the future so that Volta's revolution can continue to prosper. To that end, I shall return to my duties in the Politburo and assist Comrade Ernst in any way that I can." Ernst Krenz will be sworn in on July 4, after which he will formally assume the powers of Chancellor.
  13. Volta would be interested in participating as well!
  14. So, the title has the basic question, but let me give some more background info. Basically, when Volta first gained independence from Shffahkia it was a capitalist democracy. However, when the first President Eugen Rathenau realized that ramming through every legislation he wanted no matter what would piss off the opposition to the point where they'd start using everything they could to obstruct his agenda in a mere attempt to get him to compromise, he did a self-coup and deleted the "democracy" part of that government type. Then he started implementing all the reforms he pleased that made working life really hard for the average Tlaloc and Mischling (to be fair to him, he genuinely would have believed that what he was doing would be for the good of the country due to a number of racist beliefs he had but that's a discussion for another time). After Eugen dies, some of his successors make token attempts to recover the popularity he had. But it's too late, there's a communist rebellion, and the communists win. The communists declare the establishment of the Socialist Federal Republic of Volta, while the leadership of the political parties that existed before flee and establish the Voltan government-in-exile (still officially the Voltan Democratic Republic, using the same old flag and coat of arms, and even the same anthem albeit with 2 verses omitted). Relevant history iiwiki articles for those who want more details: https://iiwiki.us/wiki/History_of_Volta#Shffahkian rule (the period from Shffahkian rule onwards is the most relevant) https://iiwiki.us/wiki/1876_Voltan_coup_d'état https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Voltan_Democratic_Republic Articles on the Voltan Civil War and Voltan government-in-exile have not been made yet, though eventually they will be. So the question I'm asking is simple. Would your country recognize the Socialist Federal Republic of Volta? If not, would your country recognize the Voltan government-in-exile instead? To those that recognize the Voltan government-in-exile, to what degree would this recognition go? Would your country offer any support to the government-in-exile (financial support, allowing them to operate embassies, recognizing passports and other identity documents issued by them, etc)? Just as a side note, discussions I've had so far says that the government-in-exile would at least have initially been based in @San Castellino, but seeing the history of that country I wouldn't be surprised if the government-in-exile started there but relocated after the San Castellino Civil War got a bit too much for them. Not sure if they would've had anywhere to go though. Any ideas/volunteers?
  15. Communist Party endorses Ernst Krenz for Chancellor by Lorenz Bachmeier 2017 May 30 After the latest Party Congress, the Communist Party of Volta has endorsed Ernst Krenz to be the next Chancellor of Volta. This special session of the Party Congress was called after the death of former Chancellor Franz Ulbricht, and is the first Party Congress in which two competing candidates were vying for the endorsement. Ernst Krenz is now one step closer to becoming Chancellor. However, Gunther Switzer has said that he will not withdraw his candidacy in spite of the fact that he failed to win the endorsement of his party. He stated that he wanted to ensure that Volta was not "turned astray" from the path of the socialist revolution. "The revolution must not be undone, and we must resist reactionary forces at all times." he said in a statement to media. "I'm sure that Comrade Ernst means well, but we should not take any chances with the future of our nation." It remains to be seen which one of the two will become Chancellor. The People's Congress is set to vote on the issue next week, and whoever the People's Congress chooses will become the next Chancellor.
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