“Attention all employees, attention all employees. Please remember to have your ID pass visible at all times. Vostrom Incorporated will not be held liable for any injuries caused by security staff in the event of an unknown person in the building. Thank you.” Bill Nostrom flinched slightly at the sound of the tannoy system. The speaker was so close to the hard plastic bench he was perched on it was as if the brisk authoritative voice was shouting directly into his ear. Instinctively checking that his ID tag was on his person, (it was, as always, clipped firmly to the breast pocket of his cheap suit), Bill continued fiddling with his tie and waiting for the clock on the wall to strike 3. It was currently sitting at 2:58, and the second hand seemed intent on travelling as slowly as possible.
Bill had a meeting with the head of the regional marketing director, Duncan Hertzmann. Mr Hertzmann was a kindly old man, with a touch of senility giving his personality a bizarre mix of politeness and bluntness. Being called into his office usually meant bad news. Hertzmann considered himself a good bearer of bad news, a fact his yes men have been too spineless to refute. Outside the floor to ceiling windows, afternoon traffic roared and horns blared. Bill would sell his left leg to be in one of those cars right now, racing far far away from Nowhere City out into the leafy green forests. The blonde secretary interrupted his wistful daydreams, startling Bill. She had been sitting still for so long, flipping through a magazine, she may as well have become part of the furniture. “Mr Hertzmann will see you now,” she stated, with all the emotion of the automated tannoy. Bill straightened his tie, and stepped through the imposing wooden door.
Instantly his nose was assaulted by the pungent reek of cigars. Hertzmann’s office, although situated in the non-smoking portion of the 15th floor, always reeked of cigars, the stench having long embedded itself into the wooden furniture and shag carpet. “Ah, Bob! How’re you doing?” Bill had long ago given up trying to correct Hertzmann. He only bothered remembering the name of the movers and shakers in his department. This reminder only served to cause Bill’s stomach to drop further into despair. “Very good, sir. Thank you for asking.” Bill took a seat in the plush leather chair opposite Hertzmann, doing his best to inhale as infrequently as possible. “That’s great. Bob, that’s great.” Hertzmann’s expression told Bill that the old man hadn’t heard a word he’d said. “Now, I’ve brought you here to discuss your statistics. This quarter, you completed… 1657 sales, with a total pickup rate of 94.98 percent. Now how’s that look, Bob?” Bill gave Hertzmann a quizzical look. “I don’t understand, sir. Last I checked, my pickup rate was 96.60?” Hertzmann returned Bill’s look with a smile one gives when explaining something to a small child, or someone who is very dense. “One of your clients, a Mr Wendell, went bankrupt earlier this morning. His purchase has been cancelled. Now I know what you’re going to say. ‘Mr Hertzmann, that’s out of my hands! What could I have done?’ That’s not the attitude we like here at Vostrom. Be a go-getter, Bob! Nothing’s ‘Out of your hands.’ If you’re going to think like that, you may as well move to Fulgistan!” Hertzmann erupted into a wheezing chuckle. Bill’s face remained a stoic mask, not betraying his internal anger and confusion. The old man’s ramblings made little sense to him. Hertzmann’s cheery voice temporarily distracted him from the autoclave of emotions in his gut. “Now normally, this would be a dismissal. But, I like you, Bob. You’ve got a second chance.” The fire of rage in his gut was quenched slightly by the cool water of relief. “But of course, there’ll be a reduction in your pay. Standard for a breach of contract. Oh, and a new policy. Your medical subscription will be dropped from gold to silver. Still, better than nothing, right?” Bill’s heart dropped instantly. “But… but sir, I’m diabetic! What about my insulin? Silver won’t get me enough for the full month!” Hertzmann rose slowly to his feet, letting out the sigh all men do after a certain age when rising from a chair. Placing one arm around Bill’s shoulder, he led him to the door. Hertzmann’s gold watch felt like it weighed a tonne on Bill’s shoulder, and the ticking was deafeningly loud. “Now now Bob, what did I just say? Be a go-getter! I don’t want excuses, I want results. Let this serve as a motivator! Tell you what, if you can square your stats back up, I'll see what I can do to get you that gold again. No promises though, Bob.” Before Bill knew it, he was back in the waiting room. “Go get em, Bobby!” Hertzmann exclaimed optimistically, then slammed shut the ornate wooden door.
By DPR Velaheria
Bastaria, VCNA| 27th April, 2020
Electrical towers and networks to be upgraded and extended in the Southern province of Vörsa--
The Province of Vörsa, a major supplier of food and grains to the Central Granaries, is an important province, both economically and socially, but unfortunately it faces chronic power outages due to unfavourable conditions and outdated infrastructure, and has continued for a long time, i.e for nearly 2 years, until yesterday, when the Deputy chairman of the Red Brigade of the Central Beareu of The Democratic Republic of Velaheria, Mr.Röbert Fjörd, himself was sent by the party to organise the extension, repair and upgrading of the electrical networks in the province.
He said to the native people present there that, the networks would be repaired as soon as possible and the extension of the networks would start from the next week, The Current Situation would also be made less severe by upgrading the power grids which would increase the power outputs and would reduce chronic blackouts by 60%, The Extension and upgrades, would be made by keeping the party's decision of lowering power blackouts and increasing civillian power sourcing all across Vörsa in mind.
Irrigation systems would also be upgraded to increase the total area of land irrigated by the irrigation pumps, which would in turn increase the amount of grains cultivated in that area in the following years.
April 20th 2021 - Region of Palyashia
SERIAL KILLER IN PALYASHIA & ONGOING APSANA CONFLICT |
СЕРЯЛАВ ОМЕРЕР ПАЛЯШУЛУСДУ & САЯАХЙИВ КОНФЛИКТ АПШАНАН
Since the last two months a series of disapearences and a few murders of Apsan minorities within the city of Argashina and the surounding area of Palyashia have occured.
This isn't the first time such a thing has occured, It's suspected that an ultra-nationalist Palyashi male is responcible for all the cases, Police aren't sure who that may be, but a few suspects are being put under investigation, if you are an Apsan in the Argashinä municipality of Palyashia, the authoroties suggest you arm yourself with a pocket knife when going out at late hours and/or going to self defence classes and if posible travle in gorups.
A total of 30 people of Apsan decent have gone mising and at least 5 were found dead in the past 2 months, most victims seem to be females of age 20-30 and elderly people who live alone or in poor neighborhoods. Dead bodies where found in Maçar river neer the city, Police have been send on patrols a month ago, but only rebelious teenagers were found neer the river. From the information gathered by the authoroties, the Victims don't seem to be related to any crime organization or in any sort of blood feud, but all of them had at least one Apsan parent.
4 other disapearences were reported in the neighboring municipality of Gëldere, the Ministar of Defence, Yuis Eşçince, has sent armed patrol squads from the military to help police in both municipalities, which may seem extreme to some, the parliament says they are trying to keep racial crimes to a minimum so their are acting almost imidietly.
There is at least 1 person involved, though some eye-witnesses say they've seen a group of 3-4 men doing suspicious activities in areas of reported cases.
Sadly the law enforcement within the municipality is weak compared to other regions, as was noted before, if you are of Apsan decent, get armed and/or go to self defence classes and try to travle in groups.
It has been reported that some worried residents have taken matters within their own hands and have set up traps for the coulprits, and groups of people have been going out on hunts for them too.
Police say the groups going out would be fined if seen, but they won't discourage it.
There are still reports of mild genocide on the border between Mokhavia and the self proclaimed 'Republic of Apsana', the Government has sent armed forces convoys to support the law enforcment in the borderlands and prefent more crime. Currently the general situation with the 'Republic of Apsana' is on a standby, anti-Apsan crimes have seen a major rise in the past month, the Prime Minister and President of Apsana are scheduling peace talks in the next months. Meanwhile the governers of the borderlands are ashamed of their people. Not much else has been released on the issue.
You can help the anti Apsan segregation by donating to charity groups like "Save Apsaruli" and "Save the Apsa"!