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President Van Roose pardons 5 businessmen for criminal charges.

Pritchett House, Labrador. Today the Pritchett House Press Secretary, Edward Knope, announced that President Van Roose has officially pardoned 5 notable businessmen, each with ties to the United Party and the government. The most notable being Robert Kronstadt, a billionaire party donor, currently incarcerated in Crownsland awaiting trial on charges of selling weapons on the black market, though he has claimed that the actions were committed by the then CFO John Newton, who has since left the country. The others who have been bestowed a pardon are Simon Redman, the former director of NEMO, the National Emergency Management Organisation, who was accused in 2017 of embezzling funds from a private real estate venture, Marc Gissard, a former state senator from Severn, who was convicted on corruption charges in March 2020, Calvin Ritter, an art dealer, charged of theft in 2017, and Daniel McGovern, a former bureaucrat working in DoFA, who allegedly sold state secrets in 2018.

It is unknown why the President decided to grant these pardons at this time, perhaps to gain support for the United Party nomination, though she is loosing support within the party, as multiple up and comers take the spotlight. Senator Francis Montrose from Radnor, who is only 41, a year above the minimum age for the office, has gained key supporters within the party, and will be a challenge for the President to overcome if she is to gain the nomination. Should she be chosen, she would be the first female candidate from a major party nominated for the office of President, intact she was also only the second female vice presidential candidate when she ran alongside Pierre Monroe in 2016. Earlier this week it was revealed that the Hackl weapons company had donated to the President’s campaign, however Senator Montrose has gained support from numerous congresspeople, including the Majority leader, Martha Wright. Currently the President is polling at 41% among the United Party, with Montrose at only 28%, however that has increased from 14% before November 22nd.

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Senator arrested on murder charges.

Deveraux. Senator William DeForte of the Liberal Party was arrested today at his home in Chevrot on the charge of murdering 27 year old journalist, Julianne Atkins. Atkins was found having been run over on a street in the south of the city after a long day at work. She was assigned by the Briselle Post to look into the infamous organisation, IPAIA. Senator DeForte, a rising star within the liberal party, was somewhat known to be involved in certain circles connected to IPAIA through the 2017 data breach. Though Senator DeForte was not thought to have been involved with IPAIA, he was interviewed by Atkins on the 18th of January, to be asked about his connection to people listed in the data breach, however the recording of the interview has disappeared, along with most of Atkins writings. However one piece of paper was found in her jacket when her body was found that had ‘MG Hotel Deforte?’ written on it. This is believed to be a reference to the Montgisard Hotel scandal that took place in 2011. At the time DeForte was working for DP and, according to company records, was on an international business trip at the time of the scandal.

DeForte was arrested after detectives saw his car on CCTV footage of the area, speeding away from the site of her body. However DeForte claims that his car was stolen the day of the death, though he hadn’t yet registered it missing. DeForte is expected to be tried in March at the Devereaux state court, though evidence is mounting against him. The Governor of Devereaux, Marc Hansen, has announced that a temporary replacement will be found to replace DeForte until a special election in March.


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Conover-DBN merger approved by Judge.

Alberta. A state judge has approved the purchase of DBN, the nations second largest television network, by the conglomerate Conover. In recent years numerous media outlets have been bought or merged into larger corporations, particularly from the extraction and energy industries. Last September DNN had around a third of its shares bought by DP (Delamarian Petroleum). The act gained criticism from both other press groups as well as anti-monopolistic groups such as the Leaugue for fair business, which claims that the expansion of large corporations such as Conover will prevent small businesses from succeeding. The Secretary for Business, Henry Leckhampstead, told reporters today that there was no need for the government to interfere at this time, though some limits to the sizes of corporations attempting to merge may be implemented when necessary. DBN Chairman, Richard Hayes, said today “We are excited about our recent partnership with Conover, however we will not let this affect our award winning journalism in any unsavoury ways”. Conover first announced that it would be attempting to ‘merge’ with DBN in December, however it faced legal problems when Conover Senior Vice President, Dom Johnson, was accused of insider trading, as he allegedly organised the purchase of stock at point when the price was excepted to fall.

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President Van Roose reduces oil exports, enacts the DSPR Act.

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Labrador. Following recent events in the oil industry, President Van Roose has reduced the nation’s oil exports by 75%, though Delamaria doesn’t export much oil, the National Energy Council advised that the government reduce sales to international buyers. Instead the Delamarian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Act has been enacted, allowing the government to use funds in the DSPR fund to purchase petroleum and other fuels. Also announced was the allocation of funds to construct the Calendon Port facility, a proposed part of the DSPR network, pending since 2018. The DSPR currently has capacity for 89 million barrels, with the Calendon site expected to hold a further 43 Million barrels. The DSPR fund currently has around £32 Billion, having been accumulated, and never used, since 1952. However the Calendon site is expected to cost around £430 Million, including the pipeline to the rest of the DSPR network.

Pritchett House Press Secretary, Edward Knope, said today “This move is being made to secure Delamarians position, as the economy, especially in the oil and energy sector, faces volatility. These projects will create thousands of new jobs in construction, transport and maintenance, and will hopefully prevent an oil crisis”. Economic analysts agree that these measures will help protect Delamaria from a future oil shortage, as the nation slowly transitions into a green energy economy.

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Oil tanker explosion in Dolch Sea damages DNS ship.

Dolch Sea. In the early hours of this morning the Oil tanker, Conover Bodmonton, was destroyed causing an explosion that incinerated a DNS speed boat and damaged the DNS Carlisle. Current speculation is that Ceriser Sentists orchestrated the attack, which as of this time has claimed the lives of at least 7 crew members. The crew of the Bodmonton however is still unaccounted for. The Department of Defence has issued a statement saying that no crew members could be seen aboard the tanker, which lead to an investigation by the Carlisle’s captain, James Davidson, who was injured in the blast, but is recovering well aboard the DNS Rhodeport. 
 

DNS spokesperson, Mathias Edwards, said that a memorial commemoration would take place on Thursday, as the remains of the sailors are brought back from the scene. The Carlisle was expected to rendezvous with the Bodmonton at around 4 this morning, as it was entering a region known for attacks. The tanker was heading to Delamaria by order of the DSPR act, in which the Conover corporation was paid an undisclosed amount to return the vessel to Delamaria and sell its oil to the government. A National Defence Council meeting will be held today, chaired by the President, in order to determine what course of action is best at this time. DBC senior analyst, Don Tellinson, predicts that this will be used as an excuse to increase Delamarians naval presence in the Dolch Sea, which has been lacking in recent years. It is also expected that increased air patrols will take place to help root out the Sentist threat.

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President Van Roose addresses nation, declares ‘war’ on Sentism.

Labrador. Today at 20:35, President Van Roose addressed the nation. The speech was regarding the recent Sentist attack on the DNS Carlisle, which took place yesterday. Since then DSS sources have confirmed that Sentists were most likely behind the attack, and the President has alerted the military. In the address the President called for a “global coalition to defeat sentism”, as the terrorists have recently gained the attention of the international community. She also called for unity both at home and abroad as we face a new threat, and stated “As the leader of this nation, I cannot and should not rest until the safety of every citizen of this nation is guaranteed.” She later stated “This reckless and indiscriminate approach taken by the Sentists put each and every one of us at risk, through no fault of our own”. 
 

Today Pritchett House welcomed a large gathering of members of congress, military leaders, contractors and lobbyists, in a move thought to encourage support for the administration’s decision to go to ‘war’. DBC polling  prior to the speech put public opinion at 35% in favour of a large military operation, whilst current polls put it somewhere between 54-65%. Though some in the liberal party have claimed that this is merely an excuse to begin an endless conflict, many, on both sides of the aisle, have praised the President on her stance, and vow support for a future conflict. 
 

Since the speech stock prices, primarily in the weapons, contracting and energy industries, have rocketed, with Kronstadt heading from £243.44 this morning, to almost £450 this evening. This is primarily due to the corporations agreements and contracts to supply the government and military, as well as its deep connections with the government and those inside of it. The President is expected to hold a press conference tomorrow at 13:20, along with Defence secretary Ingram and General Frankfort. The conference will be broadcast live on DBC News and DBC 2 at that time.

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