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30.03.2021

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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.

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07.04.2021

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More conspirators arrested.

The RSA has discovered more leads leading to new suspects part of the corruption conspiracy in the Ministry of Finance. The new evidence suggests that, the assistant secretary of revenue department, Bjorn Gunnarsson and deputy minister of commerce Helle Brennadóttir are also part of the corruption and have been arrested and their court hearing is in 3 days. Because one of the suspects is in ministry of commerce, the RSA suggests that this corruption spreads further then the ministry of finance and has put the ministry of commerce in the watchlist aswell.

The Divine Queen Ena Kalinka was suprised when she heard that this corruption is not limited to only 1 ministry but 2 or more, Because of that, the queen has begun considering the reformation of the ministries, meaning that all ministers and civil servants of all ministries and departments could be fired in the coming weeks and replaced with fresh and more capable ministers and civil servants. The Queen has not yet made the decision but is considering it, the Konráðið has asked her not to make such a rash decision, fearing this may push Ateenia into further economic depression.

 

 

Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of Revenue sentenced.

The Minister of Finance Karl Jötunhöll, Deputy Minister Frida Sökölheim and Secretary of Revenue Brenda Björk have been sentenced by the Supreme Court and have been found guilty of bribery, conspiracy, forgery and fraud. The Supreme court has sentenced all of them to life in imprisonment with no parole. After the judge made his judgement, Frida Sökölheim asked the judge for reconsideration, that she be allowed to devote her life to the gods for the rest of the life in one of the temples dedicated to the gods. The judge, having no choice, had to accept the request and reconsidered under the guidance of the queen and the gods, to sentence Frida Sökölheim to priesthood and that she be handed over to the priests of the Unheim Temple where she shall be put through the dangerous trials to becoming a priest.

The Queen stated that Frida while being incapable of serving the people and the kingdom directly, can now serve the people and the kingdom through serving the gods in the Unheim Temple or be doomed forever by the wrath of the gods that will follow her for the rest of her life and afterlife.

 

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14.04.2021

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Conspirators arrested and more conspirators revealed.

The Supreme Court has found both Bjorn Gunnarsson and Helle Brennadóttir guilty of bribery and conspiracy and sentenced Helle Brennadóttir to 25 years in imprisonment. Bjorn Gunnarsson has agreed to reveal all the members of the conspiracy he knows of, under the condition that the Supreme Court grants him shorter prison sentence. The Supreme Court agreed to his terms and sentenced him to only 15 years of imprisonment, but not before he was sent to be interrogated by the RSA which lasted for a few hours until all info was extracted from him and he was sent to prison.

The Interrogation has revealed 6 more conspirators in the ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of the Interior. The Conspirators were quickly arrested and interrogated, this time revealing no new links to more conspirators. As such the RSA has concluded that every member of the conspiracy has been caught and their investigation concluded.
The Court sentencing on these 6 conspirators will begin next Monday.

The Divine Queen stated that she is happy that the last of the rotten ministers and civil servants, have been caught and arrested. She has confirmed that Konráðið has already begun selecting replacement ministers for those three ministries and that the effects of this improvement will not take long to appear. The Queen has also confirmed that such corruption will not be permitted to exist in the government as long as she lives.

The Government stated that such fast and efficient work from the Royal Security Agency has not gone unnoticed and that the investigators that participated in this investigation, will be invited to the Royal Palace for a feast with the queen this Saturday. 

 

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15.06.2021 AD

11.03.1949 AJB

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Preparations for Miðnóttleysa festival begin.

People all around Ateenia have begun preparing for Miðnóttleysa festival that is only 7 days away and like always, lasts untill the 20th of Sólmánður. Like always, the government asks that people would get overboard with the purchasing of alcohol and food.

The Queen herself has begun preparing for the festival as evident by the number of trucks, full of sacrificial animals, logs. food and alcohol, entering the Royal Palace. It is expected that many Ateenians can celebrate Miðnóttleysa next to the Royal Palace this year aswell, just like all the previous years and like always, all people of Ateenia are welcomed to the party, the queen is hosting. Almost all the buisnesses will be closed on the duration of the festival like always and every worker shall be one way or the other, celebrating Miðnóttleys whether on duty or off duty. The emergency workers will traditionaly set up their tents in those festivals to keep doing their job while also partaking in the celebration.

Last year, most of the Ateenian streets and roads were empty with almost everyone partaking in the festival. The festival was also the direct cause for the increased birth rate in Lífsmánður when tens of thousands of new children were born. The Midsummer festival has also sometimes been called the festival of life or the festival of love due to many new couples forming and many pregnancies happening during the Miðnóttleysa. The primary purpouse of this festival is still to make sacrifice to the gods and to party in the name of the gods so that good fortune and fertility may be granted to all of Ateenia. Some say that the allfather Vrjoln and many other gods also took part of the festival, this year it is hoped that the festival will be even greater so that the gods may attend once again. Unfortunatly last years Miðnóttleysa festival was also the reason of death for hundreds of people that either died of drowning, overdrinking or other accidents, 1 death also occured because of fighting, however the killer was cleared of charges due to both parties being consenting to the fighting and too drunk. This year the government advises to take better care in making sure that fights end before anyone gets killed and that no one fights unless they are absolutely certain that they can hold their own. The Queen wants to remind Ateenians that its better to admit defeat in a fight rather then to fight untill you die. 

The Queen will give the festivals opening speech in the 18th of Sólmánður (22nd of June) when the festival will begin.

 

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25.06.2021 AD

21.03.1949 AJB

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Miðnóttleysa festival has concluded.

This year's Miðnóttleysa festival has concluded, lasting from 18th to 20th of Sólmánður, with a turnout of over 3 million people from all over Ateenia having attended the festival at one point or the other. Many of the bonfire sites were overloaded with crowd with most sites having up to 3000-4000 people at their most populated parts of the day. Thousands of sacrifices were made to the god Ungor who is the god of prosperity, peace, forests and wildlife, aswell as to the goddess Ungrilla who is the goddess of love, sex, fertility, beauty, parties and nature so that both of them may grant the Ateenians good fortune and plentiful harvest and children. In the first evening, the chickens and rabbits were sacrificed, in the 2nd evening, the pigs and goats were sacrificed and in the 3rd, the cattle as was tradition. In honour of Ungrilla, people danced, had sex and partied both nights but as is custom, children were not allowed in the areas during night so they were sent home. Overall the festival concluded well with less deaths and injuries then last year but unfortunatly 21 people still lost their lives and 81 injuries still had to be treated. The people were happy with this year's midsummer and some even felt like it outdid the previous festival saying, most likely thanks to more bands playing better music then last year aswell as better food. Emergency incidents were relativly low with only 5 sites almost igniting past the bonfire, however thanks to many firefighters being present and still on duty while taking part of the festival, they were able to stop those fires before they became too great, aswell as only 71 arrests were made by the law enforcement however 53 of them were pardoned due to the festival being the time of letting themselves free and the 53 of them not being guilty of any serious crimes.

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The "Aar" bonfire

The most popular bonfire area was yet again the "Aar" bonfire located near the Athahöll Palace (in Ateenian just Athahöll) just outside of Atha that had over 5000 attendants, some of whom were invited by the Queen. The Festival began with the Queen's opening speech which was short.
"My belowed Ateenians! Today marks the 18th day of Sólmánður which as you all know is the day of Miðnóttleysa festival, the day where we begin partying and making sacrifices to the gods and begin yelling out Ungor's and Ungrilla's name for good fortune, fertility and good harvest so that we may survive yet another year. As all the years before, I wish you good luck and have fun for saddness is forbidden for the next 2 days. Now may the horns mark the start of the festival and let the party begin."

It is known that the Queen Ena Kalinka herself took part of the festival both day and night so there are suspicions whether the queen might have an heir soon or not and whether she found herself a husband or not. Alongside the Queen, the Empress Kira'Karn Elemmiire of @Haruspex and her wife Ayn Gende Elemmiire were also seen accompanying the queen and at some point, even taken part of the festival even if they do not actualy belive in the Ateenian gods.

The Queen of Love for the "Aar" site this year was a girl from Atha named Ilga Astridottir who was 17 years old and was first to walk away from the dancing crow with a mate to make love. After her, many followed. Last year's Queen of Love was a girl from a little village of Trehöll named Silga Olidottir who was 23 years old.

At the end of Miðnóttleysa festival, the participants used a knife to cut a wound on their arm to leave their party spirit behind to the goddess Ungrilla as their sacrifice, like all the years before and after that the festival was officialy over and the people returned to their daily lives, some with their new partners, some with their old partners and the few who were unlucky enough, alone. The Queen herself after the event returned home without a partner but not alone. She went back to the palace with the Empress of Haruspex and her wife to discuss matters that the royal house has not yet announced, so it is only a guess what they may be discussing over. Some suspect that Ateenians might hear alot more about the country Haruspex in the future.

 

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01.07.2021 AD

27.03.1949 AJB

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Kira'Karn state visit to Ateenia comes to a conclusion.

The state visit by the Empress Kira'Karn Elemmiire of the Sovereign Imperium of Haruspex, comes to a conclusion, after 12 days of being a guest in Ateenia and the Heimstrell palace where she and the Queen of Ateenia Ena Kalinka discussed important and not so important topics about both their nations, their houses and themselves.

The primary topic between the 2 was about the shared blood link of the 2 dynasties through the blood of the legendary Ateenian king, Jorling that once unified the jarls of Ateenia under his divine rule that brought the Kingdom of Ateenia into being. The shared blood link was discovered in 2001 when the historians discovered mentions of Jorlings 4th son who's existance wasnt certain before due to his name in the Jorlings Saga having been lost to time through the ages. It was discovered that Jorling's son Knorr Jorlingsson led a raiding party east that lost its way and was never heard of again. It was assumed he died in sea at the time but evidence in Haruspex suspect that he and his raiding party found their way to Europa, where they crashed and were forced to stay. Evidence suggests that they lived together with the natives of the area at the time and eventualy Knorr Jorlingsson Kalinka's son, Ivar Knorrsson Kalinka came to form the Empire of Haruspex after the succesful unification of them and the natives in the area. Through out ages, Knorr's bloodline split from Kalinka and became a whole new dynasty, the same dynasty that the empress of today's Haruspex is apart of.

Through that historical record, Empress Kira and Queen Ena are certain that they are related, allbeit the blood link is 19 centuries old they still consider eachother blood relatives. This discovery alone has been the driving force of the increased relations between Ateenia and Haruspex in the recent years.

The Queen states that they were also discussing on increased trade with the Empress and that they managed to come to an agreement that all tariffs between the 2 countries be lowered by 35%, meaning that when this new law comes into effect in the 89th of Sólmánður (1st of September) this year, the lower prices of goods would encourage the companies of either country to increase trade and presence on both countries while the government owned companies would also be required to increase their exports and imports between the 2.

Empress Kira'Karn Elemmiire of Haruspex left yesterday but before she left, she and the Queen Ena made their last handshake and Ena gave a brief speech about the importance visit to the people which ended with this sentence. "Our brothers and sisters are coming home!"
It is uncertain what she meant by that but it is speculated that we might start hearing more about Haruspex real soon.

The Fleet that escorted Kira'Karn departed yesterday evening around 7pm and was escorted by 2 Ateenian corvettes to the international waters where the Ateenian ships turned around to head back to the port and Haruspex fleet continued on East, back to Haruspex.

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22.07.2021 AD

48.03.1949 AJB

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Decision to decrease RSA funding, overruled by the Queen.

This morning the Konráðið gathered to vote on a decision they have been discussing for the past 2 weeks now. They voted on whether or not to decrease the spending on the KÖ, also known as the Royal Security Agency or the RSA. It was brought up due to some Jarls not being content with their work and thinking they are an useless money sink in this time of economic hardship in the Kingdom of Ateenia, some even pointing out that they are nothing more then bunch of corrupt officials trying to secure their hold over the government stating that the arrest of the previous Minister of Finance and deputy ministers from both ministry of finance, ministry of commerce and ministry of Interior were falsely accused and the evidence of their conspiracy was planted by the RSA. Most Jarls called such claims outrageous but still agreed that the spending on RSA is better used elsewhere instead.

The Jarls eventualy voted on the matter and reached a decision, with 13 out of 23 Jarls voting for the defunding of the RSA and 9 against, 1 did not vote due to being impartial in this matter. With the bill passed, the bill was sent to the Queen to sign into effect as was expected by the Jarls, however the Queen decided to not pass the decision and instead decided to veto it. She stated that this budget change is outrageous with the Kingdom of Ateenia being plagued by corruption and stated that the fact that some Jarls want the RSA weakened, brings concern that should be investigated by the RSA further. She stated that instead of decreasing the funding, the Konráðið should be voting on increasing the budget instead to fight corruption harder in hopes of eventualy bringing all those that are hurting Ateenia with their corruption, to their knees.

The Queen herself has made another decision on this matter and decided that the budget of RSA should infact be increased by 6% so that they may continue their fight stronger then ever. The Director of RSA, Olga Geldadóttir, applauded the Queens decision and stated that she is grateful for the Queens continued understanding and support on what the Agency is doing to help fix the kingdom.

The Konráðið has voiced discontent with the Queens decision to overrule them and some even stated that if she does not let Konráðið pass the decisions they vote on, then what is the point of it existing in the first place. Jarl Knut Olferr was outraged by the veto so much that he threatened that if the RSA does not stop arresting whomever they please after planting fake evidence, then the RSA will not be allowed in the Jarldom of Mosiheimr. The Queen responded to the threat that if Jarl Knut only rules over Mosiheimr because his house has sworn to serve House Kalinka and the Kingdom of Ateenia and that he does not have the right to ban the Kingdoms agencies from his lands. 

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20.08.2021 AD

77.03.1949 AJB

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Queen Ena to visit Prathen

Queen Ena has announced her upcoming visit to Prathen in the Haruspex Imperium, to discuss further relations between the 2 countries. She not elaborate more but made it clear that this trip is purely for the benefit of the kingdom and not her personal vacation. She will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Torvi Helgidóttir who will fly with her on The Royal Dragon. The plane is scheduled to take off from the Jorling International Airport in Atha tonight at 23:07, when it will begin its long flight to The Haruspex Imperium's capital Prathen. There the queen will take a car convoy to the imperial palace where she shall meet the Haru empress Kira'Karn Elemmiire.

 

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It is unknown what exactly the queen is going there to discuss other that that it will improve the relations between the 2 great countries. 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Torvi Helgidóttir stated that she is happy to accompany the queen on this trip, stating that this gives her an opportunity to assist the Queen to forge stronger relations with the Sovereign Imperium of Haruspex that will strenghten Ateenia's position on the wurld stage. 

Not everyone in the government is so optimistic about this trip with some of the jarls stating that this is just some overly advertised vacation trip or that she will go there to weaken Ateenian sovereignty for some selfish desire to befriend her so called long lost relative even if it means selling Ateenia out to their overly expansive Empire.

The Unheim Temple has expressed their disappointment on the fact that no priests of the temple were invited, they pointed out that they expect the 4th core policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be followed both today and in the future for they consider it an insult to the gods every time the government respects any foreigners false religion out of courtesy.

The Queen has made no reply to these comments and is proceeding with the preparations for the flight.

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22.09.2021 AD

18.04.1949 AJB

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Jarl Knut's backdoor deals uncovered.

The RSA has uncovered evidence about Jarl Knut's involvement in the corruption conspiracy that has been extensivly plaguing the government of Ateenia for years. It was discovered that there were multiple undocumented incomes and spending's in the Jarldom of Mosiheimr treasury, one of them being a undocumented transfer of money from the Ministry of Finance to the treasury of Mosiheimr of a sum of 110 million Krónas. It is yet unknown why the money was transfered but the RSA promises to find out soon.

The RSA contacted the local police not long after to arrest the guilty jarl, however the local police refused to arrest the jarl, saying that they will not arrest a jarl over a false accusation from untrustworthy agency. As such the RSA contacted the Queen not soon after and an emergency meeting of Konráðið was called.

When the emergency meeting started, the evidence was presented before any discussion even began and the Queen proceeded to accuse the Jarl of treason and ask why this transfer was made. The jarl responded that the evidence is forged and felt insulted by, what he called, false accusations. He proceeded to state that this is yet another example of the RSA planting false evidence to cause havoc in Ateenia and disunite the kingdom. Queen Ena was having non of it and demanded to know why the transfer was made once again before being interrupted by Jarl Kari Skunhild who took a stand on the side of Jarl Knut, voicing her concerns about how easily a jarl can be framed. She revealed her trust towards Jarl Knut and said that she does not believe a loyal jarl like Knut would ever work against the kingdom for he would sooner die then hurt the beating heart of the Kingdom of Ateenia that has protected and guided the lives of every Ateenian for thousands of years in the guidance of the gods. She backed her statement with pictures of Jarl Knut leading the men and women of Ateenia to battle against those that would harm her in the Kingdoms restoration war and told the queen that Jarl Knut shed blood and tears for the kingdom long before her royal majesty was even born. Before Jarl Kari could finish Jarl Calder stood up and presented a few stories about how he fought side by side with Jarl Knut and saw first hand how the man would even condemn his soul if it meant that Ateenia would continue on. 

Queen Ena, after having patiently heard the Jarls out continued, "It is all very interesting and honourable indeed and I thank you both for this great service but the evidence is clear, whatever the reason for this transfer, Jarl Knut is involved in whatever conspiracy is going on in my kingdom and I will have non of it, your past glories do not make you immune to the laws and I must ask Jarl Knut of House Olferr to go with the RSA to be interrogated and arrested for this illegal act..." before the queen could finish, Jarls Kari, Calder and a few other Jarls stood up and called it an outrage. They asked the queen to stop ignoring them and to stop this madness, followed by all of them agreeing that if the Queen wants to arrest Knut for something the RSA is framing him, she better arrest them too for they will not stand and watch as the loyal Jarl that has given so much for the kingdom be mistreated like that. They warned the queen that she should get more solid evidence before even daring to speak about Jarl Knut like that again. 

The Queen did not follow up with this and called the meeting over and told the Jarls to all go home. She was then reported whispering to the Director of the RSA to dig more deeply into it but was interrupted by Jarl Knut saying, "oh and from now on, these filthy spies of the RSA are now barred from Jarldom of Mosiheimr!" before slamming the door behind him.

Later that evening, Jarl Knut followed through with his statement and evicted the RSA from his Jarldom and demanded that the RSA department of Mosiheimr be closed by Friday.

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29.09.2021 AD

25.04.1949 AJB

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More Jarldoms to ban RSA

After the Jarldom of Mosiheimr banned the Royal Security Agency from its lands last Friday, more jarls have begun standing up against the queen to ban the RSA from investigating or even basing in their jarldoms. Among Mosiheimr, the list of Jarldoms that have banned the RSA include 4 other jarldoms, those being the jarldom of Áinlandi, jarldom of Úlfan, jarldom of Jorklandi and the jarldom of Yönnur. Queen Ena responded to the bans with a statement that every jarl that goes against the Queens interest and the interest of Ateenia is nothing more then a traitor and will pay for their treason, threatening other jarls from following this act of treason. In response to the queens threat, Jarl Calder of the jarldom of Grundvik made a warning to the queen that it is not treason to evict those that would harm Ateenia and that it is every Jarls and even the Queens moral duty as an Ateenian to rid the kingdom from these snakes. Followed by the response, Jarl Calder made an announcement that the RSA will be banned from the jarldom of Grundvik by the 39th of Dauðamánður making him the 6th Jarl in Ateenia to evict the Royal Security Agency.

The RSA has up until now, been silent about its displease of getting evicted from the jarldoms, however the Herraleik of the RSA, Rayen Karoladóttir, told the queen and the Konráðið that she will not tolerate disruption in her work and has assured the jarls that the RSA has not provided any falsified evidence or claims nor will it ever start. She continued that the RSA has served the kingdom loyaly for over 300 years, stopping anyone that wishes to harm her and has been the queens truthful eyes, ears and hands throughout its existance, followed by statement that the Royal Security Agency has special clearance to operate all across Ateenia and the right to carry out any operations approved by the monarch since its foundation, to prevent their investigations is to prevent the will of the Queen and god Jorling to be carried out and thus committing treason against the gods and the kingdom. Rayen ended with the promise that she will make no more retreats and that the RSA will continue its investigation into the conspiracy and will not be stopped by the bans from the jarldoms to follow links to wherever they may lead.

Non of the Jarls in question have made any further comment on the matter, however it is confirmed that the presence of both the Herraleik and all of the Jarls in the next Konráðið meeting, in the 31st of this month, has been requested by the queen. She asked that the evictions be lifted atleast untill the Konráðið meeting has concluded so that further compromise could be found in that day. The Jarls have not responded to the queens request yet and it is unknown whether they will even attend the meeting.

The event has also brought rise to a small protest in many of the jarldoms with the protestors voicing their concern with their jarls treason against the queen, so far, neither the local jarls nor the queen have neither supported nor dispersed the protests however there have been small instances where some protestors were met by the police giving them warnings to discontinue the protests.

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03.12.2021 AD

91.04.1949 AJB

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Nýttár Hátíð begins as the year comes to a close.

The festival of Nýttár Hátíð begins as the year 1949 comes to a close and 1950 will begin. Preparations for the festival have taken place for over 2 weeks now and as the night draws closer, the preparations end and the festival begins. As always when the sun sets, the festival begins to transition from the previous year to the next and as the sun rises, the festival will be over and the year 1950 will begin. As always, the festival will begin with a feast that people mostly have been holding at their homes with their families, where traditionally fish, sheep and chicken is served alongside rye bread, waffle cookies with coffee aswell as alcoholic drinks like mead and ale there to settle the thirst. In recent days, many new additions have come to the feast tables but the traditional cuisine remains popular around Ateenia. Many tables will often be filled with songs and stories of the old and when the people are full, the real festival begins as the people gather outside and take part in singing, dancing and enjoying the scenery of others doing the same. For the entirety of the night, the streets will be filled with song and music aswell as dancing as people move both in parades and stand in the more open areas of their respective towns or cities with torches in their hands as their cities get lit up with torches rather then street lights. It is also why it is tradition to turn the lights off in the cities so that only the torches may show the light.

Later into the night, the people will gather to the story tellers who shall reenact and tell the story of Ateenia's first king, Jorling Vrjolnsson Kalinka, from the day of his birth to the day of his death, telling how Vrjoln fell in love with his mother Lida, that resulted in her giving birth to Jorling that grew up as a farmer and as a warrior, how his mother was executed by the local jarl Horling that led Jorling onto his destiny of uniting Ateenia, it began as Jorling took revenge on Horling through a duel and won and because Horling did not have an heir, Jorling came to take his throne and become the Jarl. telling old stories on Jorlings great raids aswell as his battles that led him to uniting Ateenia through conquest, marriage and diplomacy and when no Ateenian jarl could oppose him no longer, they swore loyalty to Jorlings dynasty and through that formed the kingdom of Ateenia that has now existed for over 1900 years. As the night draws closer to the morning and people get tired of partying, the time of offerings to both god Jorling, to thank him for founding and fathering the kingdom of Ateenia and thus uniting its people, and goddess Ásair, the goddess of time so that she may bring forth the new year.

When the sun starts to rise once more to begin the new year, the time of rest begins as people return to their homes and take rest for the rest of the day while the seer and seeresses begin their ritual to sit in a circle of candles and directly thank Jorling and Ásair in the people's names aswell as listen to their guiding and ask for them to grant them the power to talk to the gods for another year.

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On other news:

  • Preparations for the Miðskammdegi festival are to begin after the Nýttár Hátíð festival.
  • Varnar considers calling in the reserves as tensions grow on the western border.
  • Princess Tyra to marry Prince Benjamin of Zaxar
  • Demand for electric lines grows as citizens of Kliþorp gather infront of their Shöfðingi's house in protest.
  • The music band Sögumaður releases their now song "Nótt" for their album "Guðirnir"
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The National Courier

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21.12.2021 AD

18.01.1950 AJB

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Miðskammdegi has begun as the darkest day has begun.

As the sky is dominated by Estrid once more, with Vrjoln shining his light in the south, the northern lands have entered their darkest days. Today is one of the few days when midday and midnight are equally dark and indistinguishable from eachother. It is this that time of year when the god of darkness and mischief, Myrkrið is most active, playing tricks to people's eyes and ears, while his wife Nótt shows the calming beauty of the darkness of the night.

As all the years before, this year is no different, the Miðskammdegi holiday is observed for the next 10 days, as the people honor all those that have left the realm of the living. As is tradition, in the first day a candle is lit for every family member or friend you have lost. It is believed that the souls of the dead can see the candle, lit in their name and for the 10 days of the holiday, will be able to visit their candle, where they will be able to hear the living. During this period, the living can communicate with the dead but only the living can talk. People use this time, often to say their last goodbyes to their loved ones if they didn't have the chance to do so in life.

Up until the 10th day, the holiday will pass quietly and will often be uneventful, but it is the 10th day, when people party and feast in the dead's name and make offerings to the gods, so that their own lives and the lives of their offspring may last for years. In the morning of the 10th day, the morning feast will begin, where people will eat, drink, dance and sing with the dead. The Feasting and partying lasts until the late evening and last words are given to the dead, who are preparing to return to the realm of the dead. When the last day of Miðskammdegi nears it's end, the candles are put out, the candles of a relative sometimes with blood to renew and strengthen the eternal bond between blood relatives, thus ending the holiday and returning to normal life.

 

 

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On other news:

  • Shöfðingi of Kliþorp promises electric lines by late Lífsmánður.
  • Konráðið demands reform in the RSA from the Queen.
  • 32 year old Ahranian mountain climber, found dead at the Midgor mountains.
  • Over 4000 households without power in Osarvik yesterday.

 

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03.05.2022 AD

60.02.1950 AJB

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First Haruspex soldiers arrive in Ateenia

For the past couple of weeks, the first Haruspex troops have been arriving to Ateenia and have started setting up their bases across Ateenia, with many being stationed in existing Varnar bases and others being tasked with setting up temporary Haru bases in the jarldoms of Osarvik, Atha, Grundvik and Konallandi, as permitted by the queen. This however has recieved heavy backlash from Konráðið and even heavier disapproval from the jarls Calder of house Hrein, Astrid of house Tofi and Sigmund of house Olafsson, for it is their jarldoms that have to accept the presence of a foreign army. Jarl Calder went even as far as to call Ena a foreign puppet and the death of Ateenia, to which the queen made no comments. While the queen left the Konráðið room shortly after explaining the situation, her brother Harald entered in her stead, where he discussed things with the jarls that remains unknown for now. 

The Queen has ensured the people of Ateenia that the Haru troops are there for Ateenian interests and shall be tasked with fighting communist influence in the region, both in Ateenia and abroad. In recent interviews, the minister of defense has given subtle but clear hints of increased involvement in the current Baltican civil war in the near future, which is expected to involve the Ateenian and Haru militaries. Ministry of Defense has also announced that a join military exercise will be held soon, between the Varnar of Ateenia and the 1st Legion Renor Vlos of Haruspex at a date which has yet not been decided. As for now, the disembarking of the legionnaires of the Imperium of Haruspex continues in the Osarvik port, with the port being under heavy security for the past 2 weeks.

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On other news:

  • First powerlines are being set up in Kliþorp and the town is expected to have full electricity coverage by the end of the month.
  • Grundvik dockyards considers scrapping the unfinished Aslaug Class corvette which was originally built for Baltica, but abandoned after the start of the civil war.
  • 17 people arrested in Osarvik, after throwing stones and eggs at the military convoy passing through the city this morning.
  • Unheim temple to have another housing block begin construction at 27th of Dauðamánður, which is expected to increase the housing capacity of the temple by 420 people.

 

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