Colonial Edict Approved by Council of Nine
An edict has been filed through the Council of the Nine, that would make Kaldana a processing trade, distribution, and fulfillment center, a boost for the colonial holding.
According to low council speaker Jikari Hallas, the sponsor of Edict 2118-35/A/4, Kaldana’s proximity to several other nations makes the colonial holding an ideal destination for industries such as a processing trade and distribution, transformation or fulfillment center.
Not only would businesses in those industries be beneficial in stimulating the colony’s economy, but they would also help create more jobs for its inhabitants while aiding economic boosting.
Under the edict, processing trade companies would essentially import materials with the intent of assembling or transforming them locally, with at least 50 percent of the work done on Kaldana, and then exporting them to buyers off-colony, with the attraction of labeling the goods as “Made in Kaldana, SIMH” as the enticing factor.
As for distribution, transformation, or fulfillment centers, Jikari says Kaldana’s proximity to the region benefits potential tariffs and timelines, thus allowing the goods to be imported, stored, processed and shipped from the Imperium proper.
However, the costs of labor or logistics may be a concern for potential investors. Thus, Jikari said there is a need to create viable incentives to attract these types of industries to Kaldana. He said the Qualifying Certificate program offered by the Kaldana Economic Development Authority (KEDA) is an ideal tool that can be offered to potential investors.
Under the edict, a distribution, transformation or fulfillment center is described as a warehouse or specialized building which is stocked with products to be redistributed to consumers off-colony, and shall be the processing function of the order completion structure. They shall also be able to provide services such as product mixing, cross-docking, and packaging.
Security forces on Wednesday captured the commander of a militant group in the township of Faide, formerly a suburb of now capitol Kaldana, namesake city of the colony, eliminating a leading figure in the long-running anti-Communist insurgency amid a recent surge of violence in the disputed territory.
Riyaz Naikoo, the leader of the Zharrian Peoples Party (ZPP), was captured in a joint operation by Kaldana Security-Self Defense Forces (KSSDF) and Tagnik Zun forces, according to a senior security official in Faide who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. Naikoo's capture was also confirmed on social media by a police official and a member of the colonial administrative council.
Zharrian Peoples Party (ZPP) is the largest surviving group, composed of whatever survived over the decades in the former territory of Zharr, a region claimed by the Sovereign Imperium of Machina Haruspex. For three decades, militants in the Haru-controlled portion have fought to become independent, though this movement and this reasoning has become less and less important as the colonial citizenry has expressed in numerous polls and voting on edicts.
However in 2014, a near unanimous vote by the registered citizenry of the colony voted on an edict to reject the calls of this independent movement, with a large portion of the citizenry calling an end to violence and to the disruption of livelihood, one that has vastly improved since the colony's founding.
In 2015, the Colonial Administrative Council (KCAC) designated Zharrian Peoples Party (ZPP), a terrorist organization. This was seen in a positive light by the citizenry, and while not unanimous as the previous vote, was well within the upper 80% of the population.
Formerly a math teacher, Naikoo joined the militancy in 2012 to fight the Haru's "brutal occupation" of Zharr, he said in an interview with local reporters. He somewhat gained a following on social media and sometimes came out of hiding to deliver fiery speeches at funerals of fellow militants, yet is most identified as being more of a voice to violence rather then being capable of it.
Colonial authorities said that Naikoo played a key role in the killings of several police officers and the murders of sixteen migrant workers last fall, one of which was a pregnant woman with a pipe bomb. This was a day of mourning in the colonial holding territory and citizenry demand he be brought to justice. His capture is "extremely important" and will lead to a "loss of morale among the terrorist leadership," Kina Vek'Driar, Prata Khana of the 3rd Kaldana Security-Self Defense Forces (KSSDF), view with Kaldana Colonial Television.
Naikoo reportedly became the leader of Zharrian Peoples Party (ZPP) months after the killing of Ghat Husir, another high-profile militant, in 2016. Husir's funeral was attended by a few dozen people, most of which were identified as extend family.