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Ernst Krenz announces candidacy for Chancellor
by Lorenz Bachmeier
2017 May 20


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Ernst Krenz in his latest party photo.

Ernst Krenz, Minister of the Interior and Chairman of the Young Revolutionary Guard, has announced his candidacy for Chancellor of Volta. His announcement was quite unconventional, coming at a speech he gave to the Young Revolutionary Guard where he revealed that he had exceeded the 45 necessary endorsements from the People's Congress to qualify. As such, his name will be up for consideration both during the next Party Congress and the next meeting of the People's Council.

Ernst Krenz has a long history as Minister of the Interior, faithfully working to implement the policies of former Chancellor Franz Ulbricht. An entire generation of Young Revolutionaries have been inspired by his efforts. Previously he was the Mayor of Vien, and one of the most popular at that. Under his leadership the capital city was able to grow and provide more for the workers. His wise leadership in the city is admired by many in Vien.

Ernst Krenz spoke about his vision for the country in his speech to the Young Revolutionary Guard.

"Our country is great, the genius of socialism has allowed us to develop our working class into one of the greatest in the wurld." he said in his speech "However, we could be doing so much more to make our country greater."

He went on to promise that Volta could follow an even greater path, under the wise leadership of the Communist Party, and through the genius that is socialism.

"The road to pure communism is a long one," he said "but it is one that we must undertake, and it is one that I am capable of and more than willing to lead us down."

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Gunther Switzer announces candidacy for Chancellor
by Lorenz Bachmeier
2017 May 21


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Gunther Switzer as he appeared in his latest party photo.

Gunther Switzer, the Minister of Defense, has announced his candidacy for Chancellor of Volta. His announcement was much more traditional than that of Ernst Krenz, and came today at the meeting of the People's Council, where he gained more than endorsements to qualify. The announcement was made today at 13:00 Voltan Standard Time. This would be the first time in Voltan history since the death of Hans Krenz that more than one person was a candidate for Chancellor. It will be up to the People's Council to decide who will be the next Chancellor.

Gunther Switzer has long served our country, ensuring that our forces are always ready to defend the revolution from foreign aggressors. He has presided over the Voltan People's Armed Forces, defending our grand country from any threat it could face, as well as the Office of State Security, which has been working tirelessly to hunt down foreign spies who seek to undermine the revolution.

In his speech announcing his candidacy, Gunther promised to continue Franz Ulbricht's policies.

"Comrade Franz has led us down a prosperous path." he said "Our technology industry is the envy of the wurld! To stray from it would be madness."

Gunther also had some choice words for Ernst and his supporters.

"I know Comrade Ernst Krenz only means well, and I understand his desire to continue his grandfathers work." he said "However, now is not the time for division within the party! Our country has lasted this long because of the unity that we have had, united behind the Communist Party we are strong! If the Communist Party itself is divided, that will weaken us severely."

The Communist Party of Volta has yet to announce which candidate it is going to endorse, but is expected to do so during the next Party Congress that will take place later this week.

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Communist Party endorses Ernst Krenz for Chancellor
by Lorenz Bachmeier
2017 May 30


After the latest Party Congress, the Communist Party of Volta has endorsed Ernst Krenz to be the next Chancellor of Volta. This special session of the Party Congress was called after the death of former Chancellor Franz Ulbricht, and is the first Party Congress in which two competing candidates were vying for the endorsement. Ernst Krenz is now one step closer to becoming Chancellor.

However, Gunther Switzer has said that he will not withdraw his candidacy in spite of the fact that he failed to win the endorsement of his party. He stated that he wanted to ensure that Volta was not "turned astray" from the path of the socialist revolution.

"The revolution must not be undone, and we must resist reactionary forces at all times." he said in a statement to media. "I'm sure that Comrade Ernst means well, but we should not take any chances with the future of our nation."

It remains to be seen which one of the two will become Chancellor. The People's Congress is set to vote on the issue next week, and whoever the People's Congress chooses will become the next Chancellor.

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Ernst Krenz elected Chancellor of Volta!
by Lorenz Bachmeier
2017 June 6


In a surprisingly narrow vote, the People's Congress has elected Ernst Krenz to be the Chancellor of Volta. Ernst Krenz, having the endorsement of the Communist Party, won the joint session of the People's Congress by two votes. The vote was notable not only for the fact that it was the first time since Willi Erbert was elected that someone was challenging the candidate endorsed by the Communist Party, but it was also the first time in Voltan history that the vote for Chancellor was so narrow.

Ernst Krenz accepted the position in a speech to the People's Congress, in which he praised the revolution and promised to bring prosperity to Volta.

"Today is a day that Volta starts to walk a new path!" he said "A path of prosperity, a path of openness, a path that the revolution has been bringing us towards for decades! Our great country has grown under communism, and it will keep growing!"

In his speech, Ernst also offered reconciliation with Gunther Switzer.

"I understand that this whole race has been quite divisive for everyone involved." said Ernst "As a gesture of good will, I would like to offer Gunther my respect for running a valiant campaign and standing up for what he believed in. This race has divided us, but I hope that we can bring the party together once more and continue down the path of prosperity."

Gunther accepted his defeat in a separate speech to the People's Congress.

"It was a narrow vote, but in the end I have lost." said Gunther "I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. However, now is not the time to dwell on what could have been. We must look to the future so that Volta's revolution can continue to prosper. To that end, I shall return to my duties in the Politburo and assist Comrade Ernst in any way that I can."

Ernst Krenz will be sworn in on July 4, after which he will formally assume the powers of Chancellor.

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Chancellor Ernst Krenz proposes reforms, calls it the "Noi Sistem"
by Kristel Schefer
2017 June 13


Chancellor Ernst Krenz has introduced the first in series of reform proposals to the People's Congress, which he said he hoped the People's Congress would implement as soon as possible. The reforms, he states, were intended to reinvigorate the economy, which he stated was falling behind figures. With these reforms, his stated goals were to establish a stronger presence of workers in the economy.

The reforms proposed specifically dealt with the structure of various businesses in the economy and what roll the government would play in it. Specific proposals include:

  • Allowing the establishment of worker-owned cooperatives to function alongside state-owned industry in some economic sectors.
    • Not all industries would be opened up to this, with worker-owned cooperatives not being allowed in economic sectors deemed "essential to national security". Chancellor Ernst Krenz specifically named the military, arms, aviation, and rail industries as examples of industries that fall into this category.
  • The gradual transition of state-owned companies into worker-owned cooperatives in some non-essential economic sectors. For example, the Shipe Bicycle Company, which produces all bicycles in Volta, is proposed to be turned into a worker-owned cooperative
  • Allowing workers to find work outside of the National Employment Program, which currently assigns every worker their job, should they choose to and if they can find suitable employment in a worker-owned cooperative.

It is important to note that enrollment in the National Employment Program will still be mandatory, and the crime of social parasitism will remain. However, the definition of social parasitism is proposed to be changed from leading an "anti-social and parasitic way of life" to "refusal to work in any and all manners, even after being offered employment by social programs." The proposed new definition also states that "creatives, including but not limited to authors, poets, playwrights, independent journalists" and other creative occupations are to be considered "suitable work" provided that they either able to survive off of their work or are have "suitable other arrangements so they are not a burden upon others, even if it is somethings such as part-time work".

In his speech introducing these reforms, Ernst Krenz also called upon the Communist Party to consider adopting a new constitution for Volta. He stated that there were "structural changes" necessary to the government of Volta in order to be able to better answer to the needs of the people.

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Noi Sistem partially adopted!
by Kristel Schefer
2017 June 30


The reform proposals from Chancellor Ernst Krenz have been partially adopted by the People's Congress. Unusually, the legislation only passed with 61% support in the People's Assembly and People's Council respectively. Most legislation passes the People's Congress unanimously, and this represented the first time in the history of the Socialist Federal Republic that the People's Congress was not unified in a legislative proposal. However, the legislation still passed the People's Congress, and is now law.

Chancellor Ernst Krenz praised the passage of the bill, claiming it would help move Volta forward as a country.

"This is the first step in the creation of a new Volta!" he said "I promise to implement the reforms passed by the People's Congress as soon as possible."

In an unusual move, Gunther Switzer criticized the bill, calling it a departure from the "communist orthodoxy" and warned that it threatened to "bring Volta closer to capitalism".

Ernst Krenz dismissed these claims, saying "So long as these co-operatives remain entirely worker-owned, there is no threat to the socialist system".


Chancellor Ernst Krenz proposes further reforms!
by Kristel Schefer
2017 June 30


Chancellor Ernst Krenz has proposed further reforms to Voltan laws, this time proposing a series of reforms to deal with the media. The new proposals would change the way media is licensed in Volta significantly, making it far easier for new networks to start operations.

The proposals include:

  • Greatly reducing the fees for applying for a license.
  • Allowing individuals to operate as independent reporters, should they choose to.
  • Allowing the formation of worker-owned media companies, provided they follow regulations passed by the People's Congress.
  • Allowing foreign media companies to operate within Volta, provided that they are able to get a license and comply with all applicable regulations to get that license.

These new regulations would apply to print, TV, radio, and digital media. It is a great departure from previous policy, which saw all official media be owned by the government. However, Ernst Krenz said these measures were necessary to make Volta a more open society.

"These revised regulations would allow Volta to operate far more openly than it has before." he said "These regulations will in no way threaten the socialist order, but will allow all Voltan comrades to explore what it means to be socialist."

Crucially, the regulations still leave in place bans on certain activity, including calling for secession, calling for the overthrow of the government, and calling for the end to the socialist system.

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Further Reforms Become Law!
by Kristel Schefer
2017 July 15


The further reforms proposed by Chancellor Ernst Krenz have been implemented by the People's Congress, by a margin even narrower than the previous reforms. The new reforms, which deal with the media and would make it easier for Voltans to start their own media operations, proved controversial among the Communist Party. The legislation passed with only 54% of support in the People's Council and People's Assembly respectively, the lowest margin in the history of the Socialist Federal Republic.

Chancellor Ernst Krenz welcomed the law, saying that while news stations such as Die Volta-Bericht and Voltisch Rundfunk provide important reporting on national events, it was essential to allow the people to express themselves and report on their own condition.

"Our government must truly and accurately know the goings on of our country." he said "These reforms will better allow our people to have their voice heard, not only by the government but by all within the nation."

However, Gunther Switzer, who opposed the bill in the People's Congress, claimed the measure weakened Volta.

"This measure opens the country up to reactionary elements." he said "However, I am certain that the Chancellor will see the flaws and correct them."

Chancellor Ernst Krenz rebutted these allegations, stating that there already were measures in place to prevent such exploitation.

"There are limits on foreign interference in our media, measures to ensure Voltan media are owned by Voltans, among others." he said "I am sure that further tweaks will need to be made as things are implemented, but this reform will overall be a net positive for the country."


Chancellor Ernst Krenz proposes transparency bill
by Kristel Schefer
2017 July 15


Chancellor Ernst Krenz has proposed a formal government transparency bill to the People's Congress, stating that it was necessary to fight against corruption. This measure, which the Chancellor says is part of a larger attempt to combat corruption within the government, is necessary to ensure that the government follows the rules it sets on itself.

This proposal comes after a period of unusual transparency from the government. This transparency so far includes allowing lawmakers to comment to the media on laws passed, an increasing openness to interactions with the press, among a few other measures. Much of these changes have been occurring from rule changes within the government, but the Chancellor says he wants to formalize these changes into law.

Whether the bill will pass the People's Congress remains unclear, with various Communist Party officials declining to comment. Gunther Switzer, when asked if he supported the measures, declined to comment.

However, Gunther did verbally attack our reporters, and in particular myself, stating that we are "risking the entire socialist system" with our "biased" reporting.

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Transparency Bill Fails to become Law!
by Kristel Schefer
2017 July 30


The transparency bill being pushed by Chancellor Ernst Krenz has failed to become law, with it being rejected by the People's Council by a single vote. This marks the first time in the history of the Socialist Federal Republic that a bill proposed by the Chancellor has failed to become law. This unprecedented move has shaken many political analysts, who have no idea how to interpret this.

The bill itself would have made many government records previously kept under seal public knowledge. This includes the debate records of the People's Congress, several low-level administrative decisions by the Chancellor, along with several other measures. None of the measures would have affected the military, whose entire operations would have remained classified for national security reasons. Chancellor Ernst Krenz said the law would increase government accountability to the people, and said it would help bring the government closer to the people.

The Chancellor said that while he was disappointed in the failure of the law, he would continue to make administrative changes from his authority as Chancellor. He pledged to implement regulations within his own administration that would make some of his own activities part of the public record, and called on other government organizations to do the same.

Gunther Switzer, who opposed the law, praised the failure of the bill, saying that it would save the socialist revolution.

"Today is the day we preserved the revolution!" he said "I'm very sorry to the Chancellor, but a bad law is a bad law. The people and workers have won a great victory on this day."

Chancellor Ernst Krenz said he disagreed, and would be proposing more laws to the People's Congress next month. He declined to specify what exactly would be in those laws.

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