By Costa Madora
Bienvenidos al portal oficial del Ministero Exteriores de Kosta Madora. Estamos abiertos de 8:00-19:00 de lunes a sábado, cerrados los domingos y festivos.
Aceptamos todas las solicitudes de nuevos pasaportes, tarjetas de identificación y realizamos nuestros negocios a bordo en representación de nuestro gran estado de Kosta Madora.
Nos podemos encontrar en el ala oeste del Palacio Ribono (Casa de Ministros) en 3 Avenida Abeto.
El actual Ministro de Exteriores es Luther Guthrie, asistido por la Secretaria Exteriores Ingrid Bordewijk.
Welcome to the official portal for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Madora. We are open 8:00-19:00 on Mon-Sat, closed on Sundays and holidays.
We accept all requests for new passports, identification cards and conduct our business aboard representing our great state of Costa Madora.
We can be found at the west wing of Ribono Palace (House of Ministers) at 3 Spruce Avenue.
The current Minister of Foreign Affairs is Luther Guthrie, assisted by Foreign Secretary Ingrid Bordewijk.
New Government Power Project Getting the Green Light
Just this Friday, the Zaxar Ministry of Finance released an official statement giving authorization for the construction of the Fravon Gorge Dam just outside of the city of Beliere in southwestern Zaxar. This project was originally proposed in late 2018 and has been on hold ever since until the local authorities could "properly and thoroughly asses the ecological and humanitarian impacts of the dam." This delay led to large-scale protests in Beliere as electricity prices began to climb and smoke from coal powered electricity plants choked the air. Protestors were seen to be carrying banners saying "do your dam job" during marches in early 2020, shortly after air quality in the city reached a record low.
Today however, protestors and citizens alike rejoice as Emperor William signed off on the project after receiving a positive environmental report from the leading biological and geological researchers assigned to the project planning. This contract for the project is with the large Zaxar hydropower company Blue Fields and signed for an undisclosed amount of money.
Government economists have estimated that this dam will provide enough electricity and fresh drinking water for the entire city of Beliere which is set to finally end years of coal dependency in the region. Blue Fields has also stated that they will be employing more than 10,000 local workers throughout the construction process which will almost certainly spark a new economic boom in the region as most of the workers there are currently employed in the agriculture or timber industries.
Fair trade groups and environmental groups from across Greater Zaxar have declared their support for the project as it will cut the nations dependency on foreign coal imports significantly and is considered one of the first steps towards the illusive net-zero carbon goal set by the Emperor back in 2010. The most support for the project however, comes from the citizens of Beliere. Whether conservative, liberal, libertarian, or green, nearly every group has something to gain from this project.
The project currently has no set completion date although the Emperor has said that it should be done within five years if safety allows. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates and analysis on this project.
Genetically "Better" Crops Growing on the Sarthus
Recently, one of our reporters traveled to the banks of the Sarthus River, right into the historical breadbasket of Greater Zaxar, and what she found there was farming that was far more modern than that which was practiced there twenty years ago, and, far more controversial.
Across the Zaxar side of the Sarthus River Basin, a new kind of crop is being planted. It may look like the same old corn and wheat that has been grown here for thousands of years, but these plants have something special about them, engineered DNA. Produced by domestic companies, Inovant and Glanoag, with help from foreign biotech companies, these plants are proven to yield nearly twice as much crop while being more water and nutrient efficient.
These crop have been widely adopted by farmers who have been desperate for more efficient crops due to the labor shortage caused by the war, which limits the amount of land that can be farmed and harvested. With these new high levels of productivity, many farmers speculate that they may be able to begin exporting once again. Already, shipments of corn and wheat from Zaxar have been seen cruising down the Sarthus River destined for markets across Aurelia.
Not all are happy with this however. Some environmental groups have protested the use of genetically engineered crops due to the possibility of them becoming an invasive species in local ecosystems. Both Inovant and Glanoag have released statements declaring these worries to be unfounded and assuring the public that all genetically engineered plants have been made sterile to prevent them from spreading beyond farms. Anti-monopoly groups have warned that the sterilization of crops will give the biotech companies too much power over the food supply and push smaller farmers out of business. The companies, however, assured that they will remain competitors and keep prices reasonable, this remains to be seen.
Mine Collapse in Niyol
On Wednesday, a large lithium mine in Niyol suffered from a sudden and unexpected collapse. The collapse occurred in a tunnel two miles below the surface and was likely caused by water damage to the structural systems of the unfinished tunnel, according to Geolithia, the company who operates the mine.
Fortunately no one was killed or injured in the collapse but some workers have gone strike over the relaxed safety regulations in place in the mines. Company officials have stated that the safety of their employees in their number one priority and that they are currently looking into better ways to monitor the safety of the mines.
Government officials are monitoring the strikes closely and have stated that they are prepared to break up the unions if the strikes last any longer than one week. This government interest in the mines in nothing new, as the lithium deposits of Niyol are considered to be the single most important factor to the modernization and economic growth of the country as a whole during this new era of lithium batteries.
The Lithium Miners Union has stated that it only intends to strike until the safety of the mines are improved but many fear that they intend to try and leverage better ages at the same time.
We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.
Khanikstan Foreign Affairs Office
The People's Republic of Khanikstan has opened its borders for diplomatic relations for the first time in its short history. All foreign policy changes and diplomatic outreach or comments by other nations will be posted here. Any questions regarding The Khanikstan Communist Parties current policies that may effect diplomatic relations with Khanikstan can be asked here.
Head of State: Hamad Khan
Minister of Foreign Relations: Jamaal Haswan