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One hundred years of AGL

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of AGL todays article is about the history behind AGL, Limonaia's largest news network.s

AGL was established by the government on the 22nd of June 1918 to serve as the news outlet of the state. To this day the state owns 30% of AGL shares, but is allowed to run without the government interfering. AGL quickly grew and merged with other non-government owned news agencies notable ones being Limone Volte and Notizie dei lavoratori. Following the coup d'etat by General Luca di Ortello AGL was completely absorbed by the government, and all shares owned by private investors were seized by the state. AGL was mostly used by the Ortello dictatorship to spread propaganda regarding the regime. After the collapse of the Dictatorial Republic of Limonaia and the restoration of the Grand Duke the government sold most of its shares in AGL and re-established its former credibility that had been lost during the Republic.

Today AGL has two radio channels, a newspaper and one television channel and reports on news from all over the world as well as local culture, politics, entertainment and so on.

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Today Mayor Antonio Moretti of Sermerio announced that the city would finally retire it's fleet of Hydrofoil ferries that have serviced the metropolitan area of Sermerio. It has not been made clear what will replace the hydrofoils, which currently help commuters in and around Sermerio. And according to Mayor Moretti this is exactly what the city council is discussing at the moment, and that the Hydrofoils will remain in service until the replacement has been fully integrated.

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Today a protest in front of the Ducal palace turned violent, forcing riot police to take control of the situation. The Protest was against Grand Duke Vittorio Emanuele and his unwillingness to give up power to the parliament and cabinet since the start of his reign. The police reports that ten people were injured in the chaos excluding one policeman, 32 people were arrested during the protest for various reasons, one of them being Felice Pastene leader of Partito Repubblicano di Limonaia.

A spokesperson for PRL tells us that Felice Pastene was unjustly arrested by the government due to his views on the Grand Duke, and that he is confident that he will be released shortly as he has allegedly committed no crime. The local police on the other hand says that Pastene was caught rousing the crowd to attack the police and threw a bottle at an officer, leading to his arrest.

The Grand Duke himself has not yet come with a statement to the current situation in the capital, and has denied AGL any comments. Expect to be notified as the situation unfolds further.

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Update 22nd of June: Limone riots

Following the recent events outside of the Ducal Palace, the Grand Duke finally accepted an interview with AGL reporter Giovanna Maganiello.


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Grand Duke Vittorio Emanuele VI

The now 81 year old monarch entered the room with a shaking walking stick in his right hand. It is well known that the Duke's health has been declining the past three years. He slowly sits down opposite of Maganiello, while a servant takes his walking stick away. He looks at Maganiello before greeting her, allowing the interview to begin.


"What do you think of the protests outside of the palace?"

While it is clear that some are dissatisfied with the way Limonaia is run I don't think it's unnatural, I've dealt with several protests like this during my reign and while the magnitude of this one certainly is notable, I believe that the monarchy still holds a favorable view among the majority of the population.

"Will you or the government do anything to please the protesters?"

While no specific action will be taken to please these protesters in particular I have discussed matters with Prime minister Guiverdi and some quite drastic changes are in place in the following months, but as implied earlier this is not an action related to the protesters. What I can currently tell you is that this "action" has been on the drawing board  since January.

"What will happen to Felice Pastene?"

I will make it clear that his arrest has nothing to do with his position as the leader of PRL and that he will go through the courts as anyone else. It is likely that he will have to renounce his seat in parliament, but such matters will become clear when the legal case against him progresses.

"Is there anything else that you'd like to tell the citizens of Limonaia?"

Whatever your opinions on me are, big changes are in way for Limonaia, the cogs have just begun to turn. I ask every citizen to do their duty and have faith in me that my decision to go through with this "action" is the right choice.

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Following the arrest of Felice Pastene, the leader of Partito Repubblicano di Limonaia which is Limonaia's third largest political party, an emergency party meeting was held appointing Luigi Salmoiraghi as its new leader, effective immediately. Salmoiraghi, is a prominent critic of Pastene's more "direct" way of opposing the monarchy and is therefore more likely to pursue a more diplomatic approach to achieve his party's goals. The arrest of Pastene is likely what "proved" to the leadership of PRL that Salmoiraghi's more gentle approach could benefit the party, although this will only be proven with time.

When interviewed Salmoiraghi said that while sad to see his predecessor go in such a fashion, he is happy to have been selected by his party, and hopes to be worthy of the trust put in him by his fellow party members. When it comes to the future of the party he said that while shook up by this event the party is doing fine, and has also seen a rise in the latest polls from 14% to 17% which he hopes will last or even improve in the coming local elections in 2019.

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Anaca: The Jewel of The Ygros Sea

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It's a well known fact that the Island of Anaca is one of the more popular tourist destinations to visit in Limonaia, closely followed by Citulo and the surrounding countryside. We at AGL Travel will none the less give you some information, and recommendations when travelling to this beautiful island.

When planning your trip to Anaca the easiest way to get to the island is by sea. There are daily ferries from Limone and Sermerio, however as Sermerio is closer it is adviced you fly to Sermerio and take the boat to Anaca from there. Another option is to fly to Anaca, but as there are no runways on the island, you have to use a seaplane to get there. Companies operating seaplanes can be found in all of Limonaia's coastal cities.

The two most common places to arrive in Anaca are the two largest cities, Piccolo and Arnella both shown bellow:

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Arnella Marina and Castle

Arnella is the largest city on the island and is perfect for a mixed holiday. The city hosts a beautiful old town, plenty of museums and the famed Arnella fortress overlooking the core of the city. The city also features nice beaches a few kilometers outside of city limits, and you can easily reach other parts of the island using the bus service which is quite inexpensive. Another major draw to Arnella is the vibrant nightlife in it's many restaurants, bars and cafe's some of which even have approval from the Ducal family.

Arnella is also where most boat trips go both due to it being the largest city on the island, and it's central location on the island allowing for easy access to the rest of the island.

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Piccola bay

Piccola is another major location on the island. It is smaller and calmer than Arnella, and can offer great nature views, as well as great locations for scuba diving nearby. The area is also great when it comes to beaches, featuring a large beach in the middle of the bay. The town itself is quite small, but is quite cozy and has a fair number of places to eat, hotels and other amenities that you might need. The location is perhaps highly recommended for people that like nature.

Thank you for reading this issue of AGL Travel, be sure to check us out next time when we take a look at Regione del Celino!

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Tonight Grand Duke Vittorio Emanuele VI of Limonaia passed away in the Ducal Palace. The Duke's health has in the past year been under constant debate, and we now have reports confirming that his cause of death was lung cancer, caused by his smoking habits. A period of National Mourning has been declared by the government lasting thirty days, by the end of which the coronation of Hereditary Grand Duchess Margherita Desiderata is to take place.

Not all are sad to see the Duke's passing though. In several major Limonaian cities, celebrations and even riots have taken place early this morning with the local police attempting to control the situation. Prime Minister Antonio Guiverdi comments: "This blatant display of disrespect for the monarchy and the Grand Duke is truly a sad sight to see. No matter your opinions on him, he is dead now, please do your best to respect who he was, and make place for his replacement"

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Celino: A Calmer Limonaia

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Medil Valley, Celino

Celino is a region located in the south-western corner of Limonaia, east of lake Cascate. It is well known as one of the prime locations to visit in Limonaia due to it's marvelous valleys and mountains. Dotted with both beautiful nature as well as castles and other historical buildings, Celino is certainly worth the visit.

Contrary to our last report on Anaca, Celino is easily accessible, as the biggest city, Citulo has an international airport, and it is also connected to other major Limonaian cities by high-speed rail. It is highly recommended to rent a car during your visit, as a lot of the major sights are found in quite far off places and so on. If you decide not to you can always take the bus or train to the larger places, or be prepared for some walking. The roads in the area are of decent quality, but can be quite narrow for a non-Limonaian driver so caution is advised both in the cities as well as in the countryside.

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Part of Citulo, Celino

Citulo, the largest city is a place you sort of have to pass through during your trip, both because of it's practical location for travel further into the region as well as the many historical sights that can be seen inside of the city. It's the smallest Limonaian city with an international airport, but it's still quite the large city with a population of six hundred thousand. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful in the city, but it can be a bit expensive, as the city itself has gotten quite used to the high amount of tourists. It's still possible to find reasonably priced accommodation in the city, and food is not a problem at all.

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Piazzo San Ubaldo

When it comes to historical buildings, most are centered around Citulo, with Piazzo San Ubaldo being the epicentre. Famous sites are the San Ubaldo Cathedral, Celini Ducal Palace, Regional Culture Museum, the Leccio Factory Museum and the cable car to Adamello, which are all located within or around Citulo itself.

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Peak of Genuardo and it's Ski Slope

Thank you for reading this issue of AGL Travel, be sure to check us out next time when we take a look at Regione del Cascate and lake Pozzillio!

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Limonaian Parliament accepts Soreanan border proposal

Early this morning the Limonaian Parliament voted on yesterday's proposal by @Soreana to allow for free movement between our borders. As it stands the Parliament has agreed to the Soreanan proposal, but has decided to pospone the implementation of this until after the Limonaian elections finish on September 15th, thus leaving it to be implemented on September 22nd.

Polls for September are out

The September poll is now out and as it stands there is much reason to view the upcoming election as a big deal, the results show that Limonaian politics are currently polarizing with popularity for both Red, or Partito Rosso and the nationalist Sovereign League, or Lega Sovrana on the rise. Results can be viewed in detail below.

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Following the smashing victory of the Reds and Labour on september 15th the final government has now finally been established, the Reds managed to bump their seats up from 42 to the current 85 seats. The current government is comprised of the Reds and Labour, with support from the Republican and Green parties, toppeling Guiverdi's government. Giuliano Saleri, the leader of the red party has assumed the role of PM and was earlier today sworn into office in the Ducal Palace. This election marks an historic event as it is the first time since before the 1952 coup that a party other than the Conservative party has held the PM, which is by many viewed as a chance for Limonaia to change back to how it was before the Dictatorial Republic of di Ortello.

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Prime Minister Giuliano Saleri

Prime Minister Saleri has stated that changes will come gradually, and that the party will take care to retain the democratic principles so recently established in the country, as well as to work to change the conditions of current Limonaian workers. "The current status of companies in Limonaia are horrible, even for a capitalist society. Many of our companies treat their employees poorly, use extortion and bribes to keep things favourable for them, and their reach doesn't stop here, just look at what our people are doing to poorer nations such as @Faramount." Said Saleri when asked about his government's focus from now on.

While most positions in the government are yet to be determined, Samuele Meneghin however as the leader of the Labour party has already received the position as Minister of Finance, and is expected to make rapid changes in the upcoming 2019 budget. Some people on the right fear a total nationalisation of some industries which has been denied by Meneghin and Saleri with the following statement. "While we'd like to, our main focus right now is to establish a system that treats our workers in an ok fashion, welfare, labour unions that sort of thing." Where Limonaia goes from now on might be hard to predict, but many are hopeful.

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Bomb Threat at Prime Minister's residence

Early this morning an anonymous call warned Limone Police about a possible bomb in the residence of Prime Minister Guiliano Saleri. The PM was swiftly evacuated and has temporarily been relocated to a secure location, while police search the residence. So far no bomb has been found and police suspect it to be a false threat, and efforts to track down the caller are currently underway.
This isn't the first time threats have been made on the PM since he entered office last september, but recently problems with security have increased drastically, which has led to an until now unforeseen amount of personnel deployed to protect the PM.

Police stopped a would be shooter last week as Saleri entered parliament, the man arrested being a member of Lega Sovrana which has sparked an ongoing investigation in the party's leadership which has so far been inconclusive. Lega Sovrana, Limonaia's second largest party after the election in september is currently the leading party in the opposition to the Centre-Left coalition.

Restoration of D.Smg Impavida

D.Smg Impavida, a submarine that was recently recovered after being underwater for around seventy years in relatively nice condition will now be restored before being placed in the Sermerio Maritime Museum. If the restoration is successful visitors will be able to walk in the old submarine which will be placed in a dry dock. The Impavida served the Limonaian navy from 1938 to 1948 when it was sunk close to Anaca, and will give visitors a view of the conditions the crew had to go through in that era. The Duchess is personally funding the restoration, which is set to be complete in 2-3 years.

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D.Smg Impavida in 1941

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