The National Courier
The Ministry of Finance suspected of corruption.
The Royal Security Agency has has concluded in their latest report that they found links, linking some of the staff in Ministry of Finance, to bribes and corruption. Such suspicions became apparent when the government started noticing more and more of the actual revenue disappearing from the expected revenue. The Konráðið, under the guidance of the Divine Queen Ena Kalinka, have instructed the RSA to focus more resources on tracking down the corrupt officials in the ministry, noting that corruption and bribery is heavily condemned in the government and such criminals will be hunted down.
The Minister of Finance Karl Jötunhöll, Deputy Minister Frida Sökölheim and Secretary of Revenue Brenda Björk, have all been arrested under the suspicion of corruption and incompetence. The RSA reports that the Deputy Minister Frida Sökölheim infact was part of the corruption conspiracy, after she made a clear confession, when being interrogated. The confession also gave light to new evidence suspecting to more people being part of the corruption, however the names are not yet revealed. It is however apparent that all three people arrested, are part of the corruption. The Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of Revenue have been relieved from the Ministry and are awaiting court trial which is planned next Tuesday.
The Queen Ena Kalinka has openly announced that she regrets her failure to catch this sooner and that she will do everything in her power to catch and arrest each and every one, part of the corruption conspiracy. She quotes. "I apologize for my inability to track down the root of the weakening economy sooner and i regret that many fellow Ateenians had to suffer for my inability, but i promise, i will personaly see to it, that this problem is solved and that the corruption in our government shall be rooted out and eradicated. Corruption in the government is a crime that i cannot forgive, i cannot forgive the people that would abuse their office and instead of improving the life of all Ateenians, use their power to only improve their back pockets. May these conspirators seek forgivness from the gods, because they will get non from me. I promise you my dear sons and daughters, that i fight a battle every day to give you a better tomorrow, a better future, a better government. All i ask from you is patience."
In recent days it has become apparent that the royal government has increased their focus on rooting out corruption from all government institutions, which has been becoming more and more corrupt since the death of Divine Queen Aslaug Kalinka, 7 years ago.
January 24th, 2018 | Yanul 24id, 2018
MINE COLLAPSE KILLS 12 | MEINÄDASUKUBAM DEIDON 12
Largentinöp, Alzi Autonomous Region
On Monday, a silver mine located within the small town of Largentinöp in the Alzi Autonomous Region was the site of a devastating and deadly cave-in.
Shortly after the end of the mineworkers' lunch break at noon, as miners made their way back to new sections of the mine being dug out, the newly dug area of mine suddenly and without warning collapsed, leaving some trapped whilst others were feared to be dead. Immediately after the mine section's collapse, miners and local authorities were quick to launch a digging rescue operation in order to save the trapped miners. Despite their quick response to the collapse, it was unfortunately not enough for all miners. 6 miners were rescued owing to the town's hasty but organised response, though 12 deceased miners have so far been dug up, and 3 more are missing; it is presumed by local authorities that the 3 missing men are likely also dead.
The town's mayor, Francua d'Alĉi, has officially declared a period of 3 days mourning in response to the catastrophe and the Alzi Autonomous Region's parliament has officially passed a motion declaring tomorrow to be a day of mourning for those lost in the collapse. Those confirmed dead so far in the collapse are predominantly young Alzi men. Families of those deceased highlight the enormous new financial burden that has been placed upon them, as miners within Largentinöp are the primary breadwinners within their families, as the town's women either do not work or paid too little to survive. So far, the local response to the government's response to the disaster have been generally unfavorable, with many claiming that the government has not guaranteed any support to affected workers, and that this disaster only highlight the poor living and working conditions of Alzi's miners.
Opposition leaders and civil rights activists have slammed the government's response, declaring their response to be completely inadequate. Talvon Malsäg of the Veitacedikapartet has claimed that the government's failure to act show the real priorities of the NPLS.
Alzi politicians have also cited that the disaster shows what they claim to be increasing neglect of the Alzi people by the federal government, which they claim has been increasing substantially in recent years.
The Federal government and NPLS have pushed back against these claims though, citing that they have announced planned legislation for emergency cash payments to the families of deceased miners, and have promised to enact future legislation that would stipulate more stringent safety inspections of mines at more recent intervals.
Stedoria's mines have long been criticized by safety activists and workers' rights activists for what they claim are poor working conditions and poor pay, and have long been fighting for improvements to made to Stedoria's mining industry. Although many are relieved with the government's promise to improve working and safety conditions, many are also critical with the government, stating their disappointment in the government for waiting until such a disaster would occur until making any significant changes to how Stedoria's mines are operated. Rumors of a miners' strike is quickly spreading across Stedoria's mining towns, cities, and villages, though experts state that the likelihood of such strikes occurring is low due to the general disorganisation of Stedoria's mining unions, though expert believe that many mines are planning to increase safety checks themselves in order to prevent localised strikes from forming.
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