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    Post by Eurasia on Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:44 pm

    EURASIA VOTES AGAINST TARAJANI LEADERSHIP IN THE SECURITY COUNCIL
    Peacekeeping operations continue in Planita

    Sextus Rajoy, Eurasian Ambassador to the UNE


    The Eurasian delegation to the Security Council was ordered to vote "No" on the amendment to the Planitan peacekeeping operation that would establish the Tarajani Government as the leaders of the operations. The Government cited numerous reasons for the decision, the principal among them being that a more neutral candidate for leadership would be prefered. Ambassador Rajoy said: "While Eurasia supports the efforts of the Security Council to pass a Resolution aimed at stabilizing the legitimate government of President Walker in Planita, we do not feel that the nation of New Tarajan is the proper choice for leadership of the operations. While we recognize that they are geographically close to Planita and are 'concerned' for their border, we maintain that a more neutral choice for leadership is required. We have suggested to the Security Council that the Esamir Department of Defense be given the authority to stabilize Planita, but the Tarajani delegation seems unhappy with this request. Until a more viable candidate presents themselves, Eurasia will not support the amendment."

    EURASIA AND NEW-ZEALAND TO HOLD JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE?

    The Foreign Ministry announced today that Premier Robledo and the Prime Minister of New-Zealand will be holding a joint press conference in the near future to discuss, among other things, a possible Eurasian-New-Zealand Defense Agreement and the issue of Anonymous, which has been under attack from the Tarajani and other Royalist Governments for some time since the still unidentified breach of military communications earlier this month. Both Eurasia and New-Zealand have come out in defense of Anonymous, saying that the infiltration which resulted in a Eurasian invasion into New-Zealand was simply out of Anonymous' capabilities. SECURS has remained adamant though that Anonymous was behind the attack, and has even gone as far as to attack an Anonymous safehouse in Arveyres. While Eurasia has not gone as far as offering members of the organization positions in the Ministry of National Security, as New-Zealand has done, they have granted the members temporary asylum to prevent their arrest by SECURS forces.
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    Post by Vajorr on Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:38 pm

    CIVIL CONFLICT CONTINUES
    Armed Forces Moves In, Heavy Fighting In North and South.
    MONROVIA - A round of air strikes battered the city of Allica today as military forces were given the green light to move in. Completing the mobilization all military units, the President ordered an attack immediately. At this time, there are reports of heavy gunfire and explosions in the cities of Plano, Allica, Aurora, and Garland.

    All military units are at Armed Level 2, signaling full-scale conventional warfare nationwide. All naval vessels including the First Fleet have been deployed to coasts of the danger zones and are currently being used as staging points for cruise missiles strikes and air strikes. Planitan air forces are currently bombarding on suspected rebel hideouts with precision strikes while  attempting to avoid civilian targets. Land forces are currently moving to rebel strongholds where they will coordinate with the United Nations peacekeeping forces. The President in a speech approved the military escalation, in a speech to Parliament, he stated that, “I regret this forceful actions forces us attack our own citizens. However I feel I have no alternative to prevent the fall of our country.

    The military support relieved Heavy CORE forces who sustained serious casualties and setbacks by attempting to restore order. All CORE forces are withdrawing from the fronts and are returning to secure military bases in Liberia. Many units have sustained losses and need to be reconstructed. Any CORE units that have not sustained a detrimental amount of damage have been reassigned for general security. As this is original purpose for CORE units, this has been gladly welcomed.    

    Federal Gov. Expresses Impatience Over UN Plan
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    Grey is active combat areas
    MONTERREY - The Federal Government is growing impatient after the Eurasian delegation voted against the Tarjani Amendment for a peacekeeping force in the region. Further complicating and delaying talks, there is no end of the deal in sight. After two weeks of talks with no progress, President Walker’s spoke up. In a speech inside Parliament, Mr. Walker stated, “We commend all parties in their thoughtful actions to protect an ally. As we have allies with both Royalists and Republican states, we can only feel grateful for their support. However we know that we have differences but we must not allow it to obstruct our goals. New Tarajan, while we are grateful for your support we agree with Eurasia in choosing a more neutral nation. However we must face the facts which states that time is of the essence. I propose that New Tarajan will remain leader as a practical solution. But the Planitan Government will be able to choose the leader of the force and change it if necessary.
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    Post by New-Zealand on Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:08 pm

    PM, Core Cabinet and NZDF Commander-in-Chief in Eurasia? 


    The Prime Minister, his core cabinet (Ministers in charge of Defence, Immigration, Trade and Foreign Affairs) and the NZDF Commander-in-chief have all left this morning on a NZDF 747 (Pictured above) headed for the Socialist Commonwealth of Europe and Asia, Urbem Sol to be specific. It is believed that the Prime Minister and his closest coworkers are headed to Urbem Sol in preparation for the much anticipated joint press conference.

    So far the government has kept the topic of the joint conference secret, but it is expected to one of the key defining moments of recent NZ history. The press conference itself will be broadcasted live on TV courtesy of TVNZ and multiple radio stations have already indicated their intention to do the same. Expected viewership is in the hundreds of millions, one rivaling that of the General Election coverage and, unsurprisingly, the Rugby World Cup finals. 

    So far all info we have on the conference is pure speculation, but the presence of the core cabinet indicates that they two nations will be negotiating some very close ties between the two nations. The last time the core cabinet accompanied the PM to another country was during the negotiations for the famed NZ-Tarajani Closer Economic and Social Relations agreement, one that is now responsible for one of the worlds largest trade and immigration routes, second only to the Tarajani-Antanares relations. However, the inclusion of the NZDF Commander-in-chief, who has so far never left the country for official purposes in his term, indicates that there will also be a significant military aspect to this agreement.
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    Post by Eurasia on Sun Apr 05, 2015 4:04 am

    PREMIER ROBLEDO AND PM LYTLE HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE
    Much awaited press conference to discuss the future of NZ-Eurasia relations.

    Premier Robledo at the conference.

    Urbem Sol
    The atmosphere in the capital was frenetic as the people crowded around TV's and radios to watch the joint press conference between the Eurasian and Kiwi Governments, which has been much anticipated around the world. The Premier began the conference, speaking in front of the assembled press corps and flanked by the cabinet ministers of Eurasia and New-Zealand.

    "Good morning to everyone. I would like to begin by thanking Prime Minister Lytle for coming to Eurasia, as well as his cabinet ministers. They, my cabinet, and I had a productive meeting to finalize the details of an agreement that has been in the works for quite some time. It became apparent after the incident a few weeks ago that Eurasia and New-Zealand, while maintaining smaller treaties here and there, do not really have any major treaty between each other, despite being some of the closest allies in the world. Therefore, we endeavored to draft an agreement which would formalize many of the agreements already made between our two nations. Over the past few days, Prime Minister Lytle and I, along with our cabinets, have written an agreement which will not only increase trade and immigration between our two nations, but will also be the largest defensive agreement in recent history.

    First, the military aspects of the agreement. As more or less the entire world knows, the Eurasian military recently entered New-Zealand on what was thought to be a military insurrection in the New-Zealand government. Obviously, that was not the case, but it presented us with a unique issue. Years ago, both our predecessors had agreed to come to each other's aid in a time of domestic unrest, but the agreement was merely verbal and was never written down. This treaty would codify the agreement that, should either New-Zealand or Eurasia enter into armed conflict with a hostile entity, the other will come to its aid.

    The agreement two will establish the historic Eurasia and New Zealand Army Corps, or ENZAC, which will be a military pact between our two nations allowing for greater cooperation and joint deployment. In other words, wherever ENZAC goes, Eurasia and New-Zealand go. This pact will also allow for joint research projects for our militaries, joint training, and even shared bases throughout each other's countries. ENZAC is essentially the culmination of a succession of treaties and informal agreements between Eurasia and New-Zealand, and will serve to tighten our relations as allies and neighbors. The agreement will also apply to the navy, where the Eurasian and Kiwi navies will operate together to defend each other's shores and trade routes, as well as on foreign deployments such as in Planita. So too will it apply to the border guards. Where previously, on the border, Eurasia and New-Zealand operated separate, if friendly, guard outposts, now they will operate together to ensure cohesion and further efficacy.

    At this time, I would like to allow Prime Minister Lytle to speak on the economic and migratory aspects of the treaty. Questions will be answered at the end. Thank you."
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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:49 am

    NEWS FROM ANTANARES


    The Planitia's mess


    With the prolongation of the debates into the Security Council about who must be the leader of the peacekeeping forces destined to take a primary role in the Planitia's crisis, the forces of Antanares continue their fights in the south of the country, near the border, to maintain the order in the territory of the allied country. For now, considering the lack of a leadership in the general organization, the federal forces, with the remnant CORE loyalists, took defensive positions around the main cities, launching several strikes against the main logistical positions of the rebels to avoid eventually counter-attacks. With new forces disposed near the border, to avoid any attack into the Antanaresian territory, the Federation would continue to support the CORE forcesn and President Walker.
    The naval blockade continue, with controls to the ships that arrive in the area of fight to avoid the smuggles to deliver eventually weapons in the area. Mechs and planes continue their guerrilla against the rebels positions, with the support of special forces and long range artillery. Main objectives of the strikes are the radar positions of the enemy, deposits and command structures. SAOIRSE, also, continue its investigations to found and eliminate the local rebel leaders, after the recent elimination of one of them in the south area, a commander named "Black Puma", hunted and killed with a drone.
    In every case, and the analysts are sure of this, without a precisely command structures a real counter-attack against the rebels, only with the actual forces, would be impracticable. With too much nations on the territory of Planitia, with every one of them with different goals and purposes, the possibilities to organize an efficient coalition without the support of the UNE become impossible. Antanares, in the case of a failure of the international diplomacy, would encounter two possibilities: retire all the troops or send more vehicles and men, to enter in a real conflict against all the rebels and helps with more than funds, special forces and supplies Walker, considered in the rooms of the government the only opportune choice for the future of Planitia.


    A moral dilemma


    The trial of the young couple of hackers of Anonymous would be held in the next week and the debate around how the government must judge and eventually what kind of magistrate must take the problem is actually on the first pages of all the main journals of the country. Ernest Demeter, one of the most tenacious supporter for a simple pecuniary amends to confer to the two young, commented the actual situation "I think the debate is really important. It is important that, even in a country like Antanares, where, normally, the people support the legal system, we confront the ideals and the ideas of everyone, trying to do the right choice. We can't kill two young persons, only because they follow an idea. We did not apply the death penalty from ten years and we want to start now? With two young souls? No. We must defend their right to live and understand that, sometimes, we must follow the justice, not the law".
    The question that born around the death penalty and the trial is not just a normal case. The Council did not express an opinion about the situation and most of the people wait for a choice from His Highness, that would of course influence the entire situation and, in case, save the life of the couple. For a lot of people the trial was of course a political way for some elements of the Bruma to send a message, with different social and political forces ready to use all their power to influence how this trial would end.
    SAOIRSE and AFS, at the same time, continue their hunt against the elements of Anonymous in Antanares. After another strike against an illegal server on the territory of Targahar, the AFS blocked a series of sharing sites and forums online used from Anonymous like virtual exchange places.
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    Post by Duresia on Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:31 am

    Crown Prince Heinrik in Arvyeres?

    Two days ago : A private jet of the royal family left the airport in Montsilvanu with Crown Prince Heinrik on board, according to eye witnesses it was spotted landing in Saraha, Arveyres with the Crown Prince on board. The rumor spread quickly around Duresia with many people wondering, what is our head of state up to?

    One day ago : it's confirmed that Heinrik was seen together with Princess Laurentine of Arveyres in a restaurant in Saraha, later accompanying her on a walk around the city. Could it be that Crown Prince Heinrik was there for romantic reasons?

    A picture, though of bad quality, was taken of Laurentine and Heinrik in Saraha

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    Post by Vajorr on Sun Apr 05, 2015 11:58 am

    PLANITAN GOVERNMENT STALLS
    Lack of Command Structure, Resources Hampers Fight. Republicans Declare a New Nation.
    Government Questions President's Capability.

    A Government medium tank burning after being hit with a RPG.

    MONROVIA - The President was hammered by questions by Parliament today over the Government’s lack of progress in retaking the country as many offensives have stalled or have been reversed. It has been about a week since military forces have gone on the offensive and have little to show for. While air strikes have been immensely successful in taking out the leadership, ground forces have taken casualties. Constant bombings, ambushes, and rioting by sympathizers demoralized and destroyed Planitan forces attempting to restore government control. Even with Antanaresian military support, the Government expects no major progress within the next month.

    In the month long civil unrest, the rebels on both sides continue to establish footholds in the country. In the south, the Republicans declared a new nation, independent from the Federated Republics, simply named the ‘Republic of Planita.’ The self-declared nation is already operating somewhat like a real nation as it is attempting to draft its constitution. The ‘Republic’ appears to enjoy popularity as celebrations have been rumored. In the north, while no state government have fallen, the fighting is more intense. A spate of car bombings across Planita directly linked to the terrorists in the north. At least 100 people have been killed since the bombings began three weeks ago.

    The President was questioned about the reality that was stated above. In a statement to Parliament, he stated “Our forces are doing the best they can to restore order to the states that have been taken by these rebels. While our forces have not performed to the best of their ability, I believe they are still capable to win.” On the subject of the Republic of Planita, he stated, “We will not recognize any government set up by these rebels. The only true Government is the one I am head of and no one else.” His speech did little to reassure Deputies and Councilmembers who see a naive President attempting to act big. “I regret voting for his appointment.” says Deputy Maren Walker, which is worth mentioning is not related to the President. “While I hold Mr. Walker in high regards, I believe that he does not have the experience to handle such a large crisis.” Indeed it is rumored that the President may be voted down by and replaced with a more competent official. However he is a Democratic Left member, whose coalition controls more than eighty percent of the National Assembly. With those odds it is rather unlikely such a dismissal would take place as a two-thirds majority vote of the National Assembly is needed. However tough times can sway opinions.
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    Post by New-Zealand on Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:18 pm

    NZ-Eurasia Press Conference



    After a brief lunch break Andre Lytle, leader of the Labour Party, head of the Socialist Coalition and Prime Minister of the Social Democracy, took too the podium to deliver his follow on speech to that of the Eurasian Premier.

    "Eurasians and fellow New-Zealanders, today will go down in history as one of the defining moments of our generation. Starting with the formation of the ENZAC forces, a feat which far surpasses all other military pacts in recent history. Today we witness the formation of a monumental formall alliance between two of the worlds most powerful nations. Premier Robledo has already covered the key facts of the military agreement, fitting for the head of arguably the worlds most powerful standing military. However I am here to, along with members of my core cabinet, cover the social and economical aspects of this alliance. Fitting, if I may say so myself, for the leaders of a nation that punches well above it's weight on the global market. Now, I could stand here and take credit for this agreement. However, I was merely here to oversee the talks, and most of the hard yards were carried out by my core cabinet, and I would like to extend my gratitude, and that of the nations, to them.

    Now, onto business. Firstly, I will go over the economic aspect of the NZ-Eurasia Closer Relations Agreement, or NECRA for short... we probably should have worked on a better acronym... Anyhow, back to the task at hand. The economic portion of the agreement spans some 90 odd pages, but I will try my best to shorten it down to a minute or two worth of talking. For most part, the agreement will seek to greatly increase the economic activity between these two nations, starting with the construction of the NZ-Eurasia Super Highway. The governments of Eurasia and that of the Social Democracy have  extended their borders into the no mans land between the two nations and now share a border somewhere in the mountain ranges. I'm sure Bazza's there hammering in the signs now *crowd laughs*. So this new highway will be a 8 lane ribbon of tarmac that will go from Mayview on the west coast of New-Zealand, through the major NZ cities including Milton, Auckland and Grand Haven, all the way to the Eurasian capitol of Ubem Sol on the far east coast of Eurasia. Extending an approximate 6,700 KM and costing 72 Billion NZD split evenly between the two nations. The highway will take 6 months to build and 3 years to finish. This is because the first 6 months will be spend on connecting the two nations highway networks, then the remaining time will be taken to transform the chosen highway segments into a super highway by expanding them to make them 8 lanes wide at the minimum. However, within 6 months the Super Highway will be opened and is expected to play a crucial role in the economic co-operation of the two nations. The highway is expected to generate at least 4 trillion dollars of economic activity for each nation. Furthermore, we will be reducing border restriction drastically and as a result we do not expect their to be any delays in transit along the highway due to custom processing or whatever the immigration officers call it these days.

    Apart from this, markets will be opened significantly, and restrictions will be dropped accross the board. Companies will be given the opportunity to co-operate with each other in depth. For example, Chrysler Heavy Industries has already indicated they plan to work closely with Eurasian Mirtech (Sorry if I got that name wrong) on future military vehicles and equipment.

    Lastly, onto the Social Aspects. Immigration between the two nations will be relaxed heavily, and all Eurasian citizens no have the right to work and reside within the Social Democracy, likewise for Kiwi's wishing to go to Eurasia. As long as the citizen in question is of good character, which means no convicted criminals, they simply have to buy a plane ticket or get in their car and drive/fly to the other nation. Upon arrival at the other nation, possession of the other nations passport (citizenship) grants the person in question immediate residency, they will reside under the Special Category Visa. This means you can stay and work in the other nation for as long as you please. If you reside in the other nation for over 2 years, you will then become eligible for a Permanent Residency Visa, meaning you will for all intents and purposes be a full resident of the other nation, and after 5 years of that you can become a citizen. Simple right? On top of this, students from either nation will be considered domestic students when studying in either nation, so no more extremely high international fees. You'll even be eligible for government assisted student loans. Oh, and I forgot, most of you will be wondering what the difference between Permanent Residency and the Special Catagory Visa is. Well, if you are under the special category visa you are ineligible for any government assistance apart from public healthcare. So no unemployment benefit, accommodation supplementation etc. After 2 years you automatically transfer over to PR and become eligible for all those.

    Now, many of you rich fat cats out there are probably thinking, well hey now, NZ has a way lower tax rate than Eurasia, I'll just move there and pay less tax. WRONG! You will pay tax on each dollar depending on where it was earnt. So if you operate a business or work in Eurasia, your tax is going to the Eurasian government at Eurasian rates. NZ is no tax haven and you best remember it."


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    NZ Economy Surges Following Press Conference



    The NZ Stock Markets have surged in response to the much awaited NZ-Eurasian joint press conference. Firstly, the announcement of the Super Highway, which is expected to generate upwards of $4 Trillion NZDs in GDP for each nation. The Highway will be 6 lanes each side for most of the highway. Like that shown above (on the right), on each side there will be 3 lanes for cars/private transport, 2 lanes for trucks and other cargo/commercial transport and 1 lane for buses and other forms of public transport. Of course, in peak traffic the split of traffic within the highways may be reallocated, and the new "divisions" will be displayed using overhead boards.

    As well, as the super highway, KiwiRail has announced that they plan to work with the Eurasian Rail Agencies to connect the nations respective rail networks. For the center part of the highway, where it crosses the recently claimed desert and mountain range, there will be two rail lines headed either way. One "slow" lane and one "fast" lane each. Thus, the Social Democracy and the United Commonwealths will be joined by Air, Road, Rail and Sea. All the four modern forms of transport.

    In anticipation of this valuable connection between the two superpowers, the NZX Stock Market has surged forward with the ANZ Banking Group (Allied New-Zealand Banks) upping the expected GDP growth another 2% to a impressive 5.3%, meaning the Social Democracy can expect it's GDP to cross $100 Trillion NZD's this year (Divide By 10 Rule).
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    Post by New Tarajan on Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:32 am

    State visit in Antanares: PM Van Houden announces "historical cooperation" program between the two countries ---- State visit in Antanares: Duresia still to announce its participation to Tarajani-Antanaresian cooperation programs ---- Civil war in Planita: peace talks to be hosted in Horatstadt, "everything is ready", House Rumi spokesperson ---- One dead and two missing in bus incident near Hogeberg, police ---- Eindhoven Stock Exchange Indexes: AFIX +9.0% ; FIX +3.5% ; NTIA +4.0% ---- Would you like to know more? More updates and insights on www.ntko.co.tj

    A NEW ERA OF COOPERATION
    New Tarajan and Antanares launching a new wave of international partnership

    Velikogovolka.
    It was an acknowledged fact that the visit paid by Prime Minister Carl Van Houden in Velikogovolka, together with his colleague of Duresia, was not a common one: the sudden developments on the international stage, with the rise of the so-called Terran Movement, the problems with Anonymous and international terrorism, the crisis in New Atanea, the civil war in Planita, and all their consequences made clear the need for a stronger partnership between the most powerful royalist countries of the world, which share also the honor/burden to be top military and economic powers.
    After weeks of negotiations, cultural and political visits, conferences and balls, finally some of the results of the visit has been revealed.
    In a press conference held from the Palace of the Bruma, Prime Minister Van Houden announced that "New Tarajan and Antanares have decided to further strengthen their alliance and partnership to unprecedented levels."
    Since the two countries are already bound to the Treaty of Brotherood, probably the strongest agreement ever made by two States, the statement came as a surprise.
    Van Houden listed carefully the new initiatives which the two neighbours decided to undertake, and which will touch all the most important issues.

    The infrastructure projects:
    Maglev trains


    The exterior of an AVelTrans train.

    "New Tarajan and Antanares will give new life to strategically-relevant and technologically advanced infrastructure projects." Van Houden said: "As such, our top priority in the field is the strengthening of the contacts between our two countries."
    The result is the beginning of the construction of the most advanced railroad of the world: the Astana-Velikogovolka Transnational Magnetic Levitation Railroad (AVelTrans for short) will be the first transnational railroad designed for magnetic levitation (maglev) trains and the longest one as well.


    First-class wagon of an AVelTrans train.

    A masterpiece of technology, and a tribute to the scientific and technical achievements of both countries, the new AVelTrans will make possible the movement of around 100.000 passengers per day between the two capital cities with a maximum speed of 500 km/h (310 mph). The passengers will also enjoy the most sophisticated and elegant comforts desirable, with special wagons specifically designed for high-level customers and equipped with sofas, bars, and so on.
    But also the common passegner will enjoy high-definition TV screens, integrated computers, and many more comforts.
    In few words, the AVelTrans will simply change forever the way people moves from a city to another.
    Although the first line will simply connect Astana to Velikogovolka (and Eindhoven, which is on the way), further lines are being designed: little by little, the system will connect every major city of Antanares, New Tarajan, Sdudeti-Karabak and North Ajania, creating the most advanced and efficient infrastructure web of the world.


    A "common" wagon of the AVelTrans.

    A new life for space exploration

    "New Tarajan has always been admired for its aerospace industry" continued Prime Minister Van Houden: "But if there is a country on this world which really could be labelled as a nation of space explorers, that's Antanares."
    Thus "the combination of these two forces could only make possible the most incredible advances in space exploration in the years to come."
    The Tarajani and Antanaresian space agencies will indeed begin a new project of strict cooperation and active collaboration at practically every level.
    Particular care has been given to the further programs of human space exploration: since years, Antanares has prepared itself to take the first human to Mars. And, now, New Tarajan will join this epic enterprise.
    It will do it through the new railgun technology: Antanaresian and Tarajani scientists and engineers are indeed at work, in order to make it possible the use of this incredible technology as a way to easily bring from earth to space ships and other critical components for the space travel.
    The Mass Driver Launcher (MDL), will be a critical step forward in the direction of human exploration of the Solar System. Its construction has been implemented as an integral part of the refit program of the Eindhoven Space Port, which will now be shared by both Tarajani and Antanaresian authorities.
    Tarajani astronauts will prepare themselves to join their Antanaresian colleagues in the exciting adventure toward Mars, while scientistis and engineers will work together to create a new propulsion framework for the exploration vessels, thanks to the progresses made by the Tarajani Propulsion & Machinery Progress (PMP) program. The program itself will now be revived, and shared between the two countries, also in conjuction with other development projects in other fields (shipping, car manufacturing, military aerospace).
    Also unmanned space exploration will be revamped: new, advanced probes will be designed to explore and chart the asteroid belts near our planet, and the most extreme regions of our system. A new space observatory satellite will be soon brought into orbit: its aim will be to analyze the presence of dark matter inside and outside our galaxy.


    Concept of the new SLS Tarajani launcher.

    Tarajani finance and Antanaresian industries

    Another important field of action is the economic one: "We are devoted into increasing the economic links between our countries, two of the most powerful economies of the world" PM Van Houden said.
    How? It's simple: "New Tarajan needs new markets for its financial sector. Antanares needs more money for its industry."
    The decision of New-Zealand to join the "Terran Movement" has made impossible for New Tarajan to keep the trade and financial relationship between the two countries back at previous levels.
    This practically meant that Tarajani capitals needed a new place were to be re-routed: and Antanares is a logical choice. The government of Velikogovolka is trying to further increase its presence in the world economy, and Antanares is already probably the No.1 manufacturer of the world.
    An extremely stable country, an historical ally, a military, economic and political superpower: the Tarajani financial sector, the most powerful of the world, could not have hoped for a better partner.
    While the main banks and financial firms of the Kingdom still wish to expand their activities in Eurasia, New-Zealand and other countries formally belonging to the UPS, Antanares offer to them the best way to invest their capitals without fears and risks.
    The New Tarajan Investment Authority (NTIA) will open the path, with targeted investments projects which will give the ground for the bigger operations of the partners of the International Business Group (IBG).
    From there, the path will be finally open for billions of Prands to come into the hands of Antanaresian entrepeneurs.


    Eindhoven, symbol of the power of the Tarajani economy.

    But New Tarajan and Antanares also wished to avoid further risks of a new economic and financial crisis. After the failure of the International Eindhoven Confernece on Global Economy, strongly supported by New Tarajan, Astana decided to change its strategy.
    Thus, avoiding big, but unsuccesfull international meetings, new financial regulatory instutions will be designed through bilateral and multilateral agreements.
    And this is exactly what the Tarajani and Antanaresian governments decided to do: the new economic partnership between the two States will be also formalized with the birth of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Tarajani-Antanaresian Development Bank (TarAnBank), which will provide technical consulting and assistance to governments, also helping the regulation of the system and avoiding new systemical crisis.
    The IMF will have its seat in Antanares, while the TarAnBank will have its headquarters in Eindhoven, the economical and financial heart of New Tarajan (and, thus, probably the financial heart of the world), after an offer specifically made by the authorities of the Grand Duchy.


    Military and security cooperation:
    periodic drills, trainings and exchanges

    "The world is changing fast: new threats are rising against our security, our way of life, our own lives. We need to address all these threats if we really wish to keep living as free men and women."
    These are the words used by PM Van Houden as the introduction to the announcement regarding the new cooperation between New Tarajan and Antanares in the field of security, a field in which both countries share common strategic interests and a long-standing partnership.
    OMNI Enforcer and the Antanaresian military will create a new framework, under the aegis of the USC, for a series of periodic military drills and joint training exercises. In the words of a spokesperson of the Ministry of the Military: "Tarajani and Antanaresian officers and soldiers will critically improve their abilities to work together, fight together, and help each other on the field."
    Standardized communication lines, equipment and weapons (New Tarajan already uses Antanaresian-produced personal weapons), along with new procedures, will greatly improve the capabilities of the two militaries to act in strong coordination on the most critical situations.
    Links will be strengthened also between intelligence and police agencies: the key-word is "fight the terror".
    "New Tarajan and Antanares will not tolerate any kind of threat against the safety of their citizens, their privacy, their rights to freedom." Van Houden said.
    As such, the two countries will increase cooperation in fighting against the major terrorist threats of the moment, including Anonymous.
    Informations will be shared, prisoners exchanged: the RHIELD already confirmed that, after a full-fledged interrogation, the Antanaresian citizen belonging to Anonymous and captured during a strike against an heaven of the terrorist group, has been already given to the ARROW Enforcer.
    Exchange programs will also be established between the military academies of the two countries.
    New Tarajan will also increase its provision of Rafale-Nariman fighter jets to Antanares (which adopted the model as the spearhead of its air force).


    A Dassault Rafale-Nariman.

    Cultural programs:
    university exchanges and academic initiatives

    There is another field where New Tarajan and Antanares have a lot to share: culture.
    In the words of Prime Minister Van Houden: "Our countries share a common cultural and historical ground which would be, in my opinion, a crime to neglect, while it could be a powerful boost for us to come to new levels of mutual understanding and friendship."
    The two governments agreed in starting a new international exchange program for university student (Tarajani-Antanaresian Exchange, TARANEX), which will allow students from both countries to live as their colleagues in the most prestigious universities of New Tarajan and Antanares. Double-degree programs will be negotiated soon between the universities, while new academic initiatives will be launched in the framework of the new inter-governmental Committe for Cultural Exchange and Development (CoCED).


    The main building of the Royal Tarajani University (KTU) of Astana.

    HISTORICAL SYMPOSIUM TO BEGIN WORKS IN PARIS

    Meanwhile, a new important cultural and academic initative has come to life.
    Under the auspices of the Tarajani, Arveyran, Antanaresian and Duresian governments, professors and scholars from all over these four countries (true hearts of the global cultural and intellectual activities) have gathered in Paris for the first round of the International Congress of Historical and Archaeological Studies.
    The Congress will be a periodic initiative (to be held around every three years), distributed in many "rounds", each hosted by one of the countries which participate to it.
    Many are the themes which will ba handled with by the most prestigious and brilliant historians of the world: from the legacy of Antanaresian chivalry in the development of the aristocratic way of life in Tarajan to the study of the evidences of early influence between Jahanism and Electranism, passing through the most recent discoveries in Ajanic archaeology, and many more.
    Particular interest will probably see the intervention of Prof. Albert Van Gert of the Merlberg Royal Academy of History, and his Antanaresian colleague Prof. Helène Abencourt, which will present their recent discoveries in the field of ancient Arveyran manuscripts. Also, they will probably announce at the Congress the star of their new archaeological expedition in Meisjegronden.


    A page of the Shahnama, one of the most ancient mythological books of the Ajanic Empire. Courtesy of the Imperial Library of the Royal Palace.

    HORATSTADT TO HOST PEACE TALKS ON PLANITA

    During the conference in Velikogovolka, PM Van Houden also announced that "New Tarajan will host the official peace talks between the Planitan government and the rebel factions, in order to find a quick and satisfying solution for the civil war plaguing the country."
    The talks will be hosted in Horatstadt, capital city of the Principality of Horat, after the House Rumi, governing it, offered the city as possible seat.
    It's no surprise that New Tarajan has been chosen in the role of mediator: since the very beginning of the war, Astana has done its best to effectively help the government of President Walker, demonstrating its strict neutrality in the fight between republican and royalist extremists, despite allegations of the contrary unusefully brought by some other countries.
    It was also the decision of Astana to address the Security Council to find a solution, and to establish the first UNE peacekeeping mission, the UNPKP, while also sending its diplomats to mediate with the royalist factions, thanks to the strong prestige it enjoys among them.
    Now, the Tarajani Government will have to broke a definite deal: a mission of the utmost importance for New Tarajan, due the unprecedented proximity of the crisis to its borders (already demonstrated by the influx of thousands of refugees escaping from the war, and finding an heaven in the camps established by the Tarajani Red Cross and the authorities of the local States).
    The talks will also be the test-ground for Van Houden diplomatic skills, something he didn't have the possibility to demonstrate yet, in spite of the great number of international crisis occurred since his appointment as Prime Minister.


    A view of Horatstadt.


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    NZD Falters Following Tarajani Announcement


    Following the Tarajani press conference, in which PM Van Houden all but confirmed that NZ-Tarajani trade would take a dive, the NZD and the NZX Share Markets both stagnated. NZ-Tarajani trade is crucial for both nations involved, and that of the global market, and any indications of bad relations between the two nations almost always results in economic instability. While the drop in the dollar may also be a result of this mornings International Oil Trading Group auction going for a significantly higher price than last month, setting in stone the rise in the global oil price, the faltering of the NZX, in which all of the Top 20 companies (Tier 1 Companies) and majority of the high ranking Top 100 (Tier 2) companies all trade in some significant manner with New Tarajan. While the promise of greatly increased NZ-Eurasian relations keeps the market from receding, even the Finance Minister has admitted that the NZ and Eurasian economies aren't a match made in heaven. She was quoted this morning stating :

    "Ill be honest. NZ and Eurasia are great partners militarily, and defence wise, we're a perfect match. I expect great things from the ENZAC forces and our future co-operation both on the battlefront and on the research fields. That said, Economically, we aren't that great. NZ is a very liberal market, and we do great in international trade. That said, Eurasia, is a more closed off market. Sure, they're willing to trade with us, but at the end of the day, there is only so much you can do with a Socialist Market. New Tarajan was a completely open market, and we were perfect matches. Either way, we're still dedicated to trading with New Tarajan, and I hope we can continue to maintain close economic relations with them. In the mean time, Eurasia is still a large market, and I look forward to the future ahead with them. Our economy is in a very good place right now, and if we can keep up the momentum the world is quite literally our oyster."


    Oil Crisis Hits New-Zealand

    The systematic rise in global oil prices for the past year has finally started to pinch the pockets of New-Zealanders. Courtesy of the nations world leading Automobile Industry, the nation is a heavy consumer of oil, and boasts one of the worlds highest car per person ratios and likewise, one of the worlds highest oil consumption ratios. In response to rising oil prices the government recently passed a "Sustainable Future" bill that will attempt to ensure a stable supply of "fuel" for the nation. The public have already indicated that they do not intend to ever give up their cars in favour of public transport, and when the government has spent so much money on the road network and often finds itself being propped up by its mostly state owned automotive sector, it looks like cars are to stay in NZ for a long time to come.

    The government has followed in the footsteps of many foreign superpowers and is now mandating the use of ethanol, AKA Biofuel, in it's petrols. All cars manufactured since the 50s are capable of E10 (10% ethanol), and all cars manufactured locally in the past decade (and most manufactured globally) are capable of E85 (85% ethanol). The government intends for all fuel stations to be equipped and capable of offering E85 by the end of the year, and government assistance is provided to gas stations to ensure they can afford to install the extra pumps and tanks. In addition, the government will begin "sustainable drilling" in order to reduce its dependence of foreign nations for its oil supply, and if all goes to plan, the nation should be energy independent by the end of the decade. As for the longevity of the initiative, by current estimations we should have the ability to supply E85 as "affordable" prices for the next century. However, by then it is highly likely we will have moved on to using Pure Biofuel in our cars.

    The use of Biofuels has been met with minor opposition from humanitarian organisations, many claiming the food should be used to feed poorer nations, not fuelling our cars. The response of the public is quite clear though. We'll be keeping our cars thanks.
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    TRANSEURASIA RELEASES DETAILS ON THE SUPER RAILWAY
    Details include the functionality of the railway.


    TransEurasia released a statement today concerning the new railway that will be constructed between Eurasia and New-Zealand, which will connect the Asticus Peninsula to New-Zealand via rail, as well as connecting mainland Eurasia (a bit of a misnomer, as mainland Eurasia is an island) to New-Zealand. They went in to further detail on the information released by their counterpart, KiwiRails, that the railway will be two lanes, one fast and one slow. The fast lane will be largely passenger transport, which will move civilians to and from the two countries, and will be operated in the Eurasian portion by the TransEurasia subsidiary CFI, which is the premier luxury train corporation in Eurasia. The fast lane will also transport small amounts of delicate freight, but will focus mainly on passengers. The slow lane, conversely, will focus on the transportation of freight and cargo, and will be called "slow" as it will not utilize the maglev technology of the fast lane, mainly due to safety concerns regarding the heavier nature of the cargo.

    The fast lane cars will utilize, as mentioned above, magnetic levitation technology to allow for them to move as quickly and smoothly as possible. The trains will be divided into four areas, or "sections". The first section will be "premier", or first class, and each first class cabin will be an entire train car, which will have a room for sleeping, a small conference room for business meetings, a wet bar, complimentary service, a HD Plasma screen TV, and a optional panoramic view provided by one way see through walls. The second section will be the "business" section, which will be smaller and less expensive than the premier section, and will feature HD plasma TV's, luxurious seating, and optional conference rooms if the necessity arises. Third will be the "standard" section, which will be normal seating with complimentary food and drink, as well as HD Plasma TV's. The fourth will not be available for the general public, as it is reserved for cargo and luggage.

    The slow lane cars will be the standard freight cars mandated by the National Railway Authority, and will be able to transport vast amounts of goods between Eurasia and New-Zealand, and will not use the maglev technology. While it would allow for the quicker transportation of goods, the NRA explicitly bans the use of maglev technology for commercial transportation of non-persons, as it is dangerous with the increased size and weight of the cars.

    OIL SHORTAGE NOT AS PROFOUND IN EURASIA

    The Ministry of Energy announced that Eurasia was not suffering from an oil shortage, unlike New-Zealand, mainly due to the adoption of clean energy and biofuels. Eurasian law banned the commercial use of fossil fuels in Eurasia in 1989 ECE, and all Eurasian cars now either function on electricity or biofuel. Eurasia still maintains an emergency petroleum reserve, but has been unwilling for some time to touch it or do anything with it. The main use of oil now is via the military, who still uses fossil fuels for heavy weaponry and machinery. The Ministry went on to say that current Eurasian reserves are sufficient for a prolonged deficiency, but added that "This is only for the current level of military activity.", meaning that increased military activity could mean a shortage of oil in the future. That said, currently Eurasia is not being affected by the shortage.

    EXPERIMENTAL GAUSS CANNON PROVES SUCCESSFUL, MOVES TO MASS PRODUCTION

    The MAC Gun as used in Atanea.

    The military recently finished a series of tests on the experimental Gauss cannon, or as it is more commonly known MAC gun (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon), and the systems will now be mass produced to be put on Eurasian battle ships. The cannons, which fire a massive ferric tungsten shell down a magnetic assembly barrel, proved hugely successful in both Planita and Atanea, and the navy hopes that they will be on every battleship within ten years. "These systems are hugely successful against other ships and land based targets." one admiral said. The cannon operates by activating a set of electromagnets in a barrel, pulling the solid tungsten mass forward, and then switching off and activating the next set, propelling the mass to massive speeds with enormous kinetic energy. The military also plans to upgrade Eurasian coastal defenses to use only the MAC guns, which will render Eurasia possibly the safest in the world.

    The Gauss Rifle

    The experiments and prototypes also involved the smaller Gauss rifle, which is essentially a MAC gun on a miniature scale. The system is hugely effective at penetrating armor, much more so than standard rocket launchers. The military recently unveiled the latest anti-armor weaponry, but these will also be implemented in small numbers and will gradually scale out the current rocket launchers. The Gauss Rifle also heralds the change from gunpowder based technology to more advanced, simpler weaponry that will allow greater adaptability.


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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:14 am

    NEWS FROM ANTANARES


    Antanares and the new agreement with New Tarajan


    "We are really proud of what we are doing now" said to the journalists the Councilor for Economical Affairs, Countess Lorraine Vladikof, during a brief out of the Crystal Palace of Velikogovolka and after the interview released from the representative of New Tarajan "Antanares will continue to improve its technology and the life of its citizens and an agreement like this with New Tarajan will benefits to all the population. With the creation of our new railway we will do one of the most beautiful and important works in all the human history and we are proud of be part of it. With also the new agreements on the space research we will reach, surely, new goals and achievements, faster than previously expected. We will do great things, that is sure"


    Continue the implementation of laser tech


    After the recent diffusion of the new projects of the rifle destined to the armed forces of Antanares, most of them with incorporated the magnetic accelerated technology on a small scale, most of the people were curious to know how the tech will be implemented, if it will be implemented, in the armed forces. According to a note of the Ministry of Defense, the magnetic accelerated technology is considered "not necessary", it is write into an internal note "In bigger weapons. We understand the positions of some nations about the use of this technology in cannons, but the laser technology, for us, continue to be the best way to implement speed and power into a single shot".

    Effectively, most of the new weapons of the vehicles and the ships of the ARROW and DRAGON Enforcer are laser weapons, considered faster than the projectile weapons, more accurate and, most of the time, less powerful. Especially in the naval combat, with a lot of various system at the same time installed on a ship for the combat, the actually philosophy of the Academy in Antanares follow the principle of the speed. Weapons are smaller than the past, maintaining a decent power, but are a lot faster than most of the enemies. The laser, used both in defense and in the attack, grant a power not indifferent without sacrifice the speed. Missiles, drones and eventually standard cannon that will implement the magnetic accelerating system of the new-generation rifle, will grant a complete series of weapons useful for all the possible scenarios.

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    PEACE TALKS TO BEGIN
    All Forces Accepts Tarajani Peace Talks
    MONROVIA - A silence drifted across the front today as all forces announced that they are accepting a Planitan peace measure. Announced by loudspeaker, broadcast, or by word of mouth, an immediate ceasefire was declared by the high command on all sides. As of now, a tentative peace has taken hold of the country with many civilians taking advantage of. However with the level of tensions in the country it is not known how long will it last.

    It is not immediately clear how the measure was achieved. Heavy fighting between Republicans in the south and Royalists in the north has killed hundreds and displaced thousands. Indeed a Government report stated at the current rate of fighting there would no major progress for another three weeks. An anonymous government official stated that secret talks between the three sides began about a month ago when moderates Republicans approached the Government. They stated that while they wanted independence they believed it should be done in a non-violent manner. The Republicans stated that they have the leader’s ear and could possibly influence him. Without the knowledge of the President, the Deputies and the Republicans secretly made a temporary agreement. After it was complete it was proposed to the President and the rebel leaders. At first Mr. Walker was angry that the Deputies acted without his authorization, and refused to see it. Finally after convincing he accepted it as well as the rebel leader. Meanwhile the Royalists were much easier as they have great trust in New Tarajan and quickly accepted the proposal.

    The Federal Government is to be represented by Chief Diplomat Patrick Smith, a veteran member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has seen many crises and this is just another. Representing the Republicans is Angela Mark, part of the government of the Self-declared Republic of Planita. Representing the Royalists will be Nigel Farage a member of the Popular Front.
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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:38 am

    NEWS FROM ANTANARES


    Stopped operations in south of Planitia


    The forces of Antanares stopped their operations in the south of Antanares after the start of the peace talks in New Tarajan. The forces of Antanares, a nation that is now observer of the peace conference, according to the ceasefire declared from most of the parties, stopped their current operations, returning in their defensive areas and reinforcing their bases, in case of a disaster at the peace takl. THE 9th Expedition Fleet continue with its blockade of all the weapons that are directed to the south area of Planitia, to avoid an eventually resupply of weapons and ammo from the rebels. The ARROW Enforcers present in the territory will maintain, according to a note of the command, a defensive stance, during the peace talks, maintaining the positions conquered during the last week of fights.
    The forces of Antanares, that had collaborate actively with the CORE Forces to eliminate the threat of the rebels, conquered several strategic point during the last week of fight, thank to the intervention of mechs and massive air forces in the region, that covered the land operations and the special forces deployed behind the enemy line.
    For now, in every case, the gun are silent and everyone wait for what would exit from the peace talks.

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    THE BIRTH OF AUOLIUS


    Absjörn, Auolius. In the beginning, there was Auolius, a tiny, polluted, civil-war torn nation. It is bleached from existence from its former Hitler-Style government. The people left the war-raging nation, on ships. Many civilians were killed, murdered, and captured by the infamous Capitol. The mighty 16 ships sailed across the endless ocean. Many died of starvation, malaria, and scurvy. Until, one man spotted land. It was a archipelago, with a massive landmass to the west. They decided to land there, and explore the rest. The Auolesians decided to build a massive city, called Absjorn.

    Policies were introduced. Military was on the rise. And corporations rule about half the economy.

    This is our story.
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    Post by New Atanea on Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:31 am

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    NEXT UP: MARS!
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    New Atanean economy hits record high --- "Financial growth never been better" experts say --- "New Atanea has decided to remain neutral for an intended duration, despite the recent actions of our colleagues" Atanean President comments. --- "We're looking to improve our relations with SECURS soon, mostly for the benefits I admit but also for the good of our peoples" Minister of Defense remarks during interview. --- 87% of Atanea's population approves of MEP (Martian Expeditionary Program), 6% against and 7% N/A. --- Atanea wants to be an empire? Populace grows patriotic and historical traditions becoming popular, analysis finds.


    FARANA (The Federal Astronomical Research Agency of New Atanea) has recently announced it’s approval to launch a programme that essentially involves sending an expedition in order to establish a colony and Terra-formation facility on Mars with the goal to make the neighboring planet’s environment hospitable for humans and ultimately open up new possibilities for mankind. The colonists would reach Mars with a space-rocket nicknamed “Setil” that utilizes the latest technological innovations recently developed and tested in Atanea. One of these technologies would include a set of plasma engines, which would reduce the estimated voyage duration of 4 years for standard engines down to just 5-6 months.

    Atanea grows weary of Zach neighbour, opinion ratings hit all-time low. --- "Start breeding", President announces. Atanea capable of holding ten times its population. --- Civilians and politicians alike want to strengthen ties with Illidian neighbors, Planita, Antanares, Tarajan. "We were once rivals but also best friends, why shouldn't we be that again?" Foreign Minister says. --- Government becoming increasingly positive of re-establishing relationship with SECURS, question UPS membership.

    What is being said?

    Journalists have attempted to get an interview from certain political figures but due to the secrecy surrounding the programme only a few have agreed to such, some of which being the Director of FARANA (Mavasi Byaletse), the Principal of the Drets Academy of Scientific Studies (Iliv Gajies) and Atanean Minister of Finance (Élanere Laurent).

    “Atanea has been through alot the past years and now that it has become a new nation I think that our current agenda [the Martian Expeditionary Program] will serve best for Atanea as a fresh start”, said FARANA Director Mavasi.
    “Already have we begun seeing other nations looking towards Mars and Atanea is not an exception as we’re ranked among Esamir’s leading nations, thus we should be an idol for lesser but growing countries in all aspects, including space exploration”, Iliv of the Drets Scientific Academy commented. “The national GDP has experienced the fastest growth in all of its history, so much that it’s even surpassing that of our ally Eurasia. So we’re left with more cash than we need in the government budget. We asked eachother, what should we do with it? That was decided in a meeting between the Atanean ministers, we believed it would both significantly advance our nation’s technological capacity and capabilities AND contribute notable increase in patriotism within the country. It is costly, in fact, it’s costlier than any war we’ve gone through, excluding the liberation of Atanosia. But our economy has more than quadrupled ever since the end of Snow’s regime and exceeded the economy of Atanosia so not only can we afford this, it won’t deplete the budget enough to be count as considerable” National Minister of Finance remarked during an interview.

    What is the colony like?


    The colony will be able to sustain itself with a few subsidies from Atanea from time to time. In the colony will be a compact solar panel farm, a plantation to grow its own food, water would be supplied from nearby glaciers etc. The colonists will initially reside in a small colony the size of a typical apartment but they will be taking construction parts with them used to slowly construct a proper,much bigger and sturdier colony able to hold at least 38 colonists but it would require 4 additional supplies provided by the government, delivered by unmanned rockets notably larger than the original rocket.

    What is Terraforming?


    Terraforming is the process of transforming a hostile environment into one suitable for human life. Being that Mars is the most Earth-like planet, it is the best candidate for terraforming. Once just the subject of science fiction novels, it is now becoming a viable research area. The famed astronomer and Pulitzer prize winner, Carl Sagan, says that there is enormous promise in the search for ancient life on Mars. If life was once sustainable on Mars, it is important to know what caused Mars to evolve into the cold and lifeless planet it is today. With this knowledge, we can terraform Mars by reversing the process.

    FARANA scientists believe that it is technologically possible at the present time to create considerable global climate changes, allowing humans to live on Mars. But this will not be by any means an easy task. Raising the atmospheric pressure and surface temperature alone could be achieved in a few decades. This research has strong environmental implications for Earth. What researchers are trying to do involves global warming, a sort of greenhouse effect on the cold planet Mars. Scientists may be able to test their hypotheses about global warming in their attempts to elevate Mars' surface temperature. Likewise, once theories, they may be applied to our own planet in an attempt to reverse environmental damage done by pollution and deforestation.


    Transforming Mars will be a long and complicated process. But this is exactly the type of subject that interests space researchers like Kristavan Alvez of FARANA Enia Research Center. First, greenhouse gases, like chlorofluorocarbons that contribute to the growing ozone layer on Earth, will be released into the atmosphere. This traps the heat from the Sun and raises the surface temperature by an average of 4 degrees Celsius. In order to achieve this, factories would manufacture chlorofluorocarbons derived from the air and soil. A single factory would require the power equivalent of a large nuclear power plant. The increasing temperature would vaporize some of the carbon dioxide in the south polar cap. Introducing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would produce additional warming, melting more of the polar cap until it has been vaporized completely. This would produce an average temperature rise of 70 degrees Celsius. With the temperature this high, ice will start melting, providing the water needed to sustain life. This water would raise the atmospheric pressure to the equivalent of some mountaintops. While this would be a survivable level, it may still require the use of an oxygen mask. The next step, which may take up to several centuries, would be to plant trees that thrive on carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.


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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:13 am

    NEWS FROM ANTANARES


    Iridium arrived on Mars


    The ASS Iridium, the first officially space ship of the Federation is, at the end, arrived on Mars, the Red Planet of the Solar system. The ship is arrived around the 7 am of Velikogovolka, with one hundred people on bard that will substitute the current crew of the Mars Research Base Camp, named "Red Wing". The base will be expanded with new research modules, transported from the Iridium, and will be, for the next two years, the home of the crew. According to a communique of the ASEA, the space agency of Antanares, the Iridium will return at home in seventh months, landing in the main spaceport located in Cape Wolf.
    The Red Wing Base Camp is the first human settlement located outside the Earth orbit and one of the most important steps for the human exploration of the space. The base, connected to the Earth thanks to a special probes system, continue, thanks to a little army of robots and drone, the exploration of the red planet and the studies about the planet. ASEA, into a recent communique, after the recent declaration of the space agency of New Atenea to start a work of terraforming of the planet, said "It is, of course, an interesting plan. But we don't approve the intention of our colleagues. Mars is a different world than the Earth and there will be, in the space, a lot of planets like the Earth. The statistic doesn't lie. We don't think start a project of terraforming of the Red Planet, to create another little Earth, is a good idea. We think the humanity, entering into a new phase of its develop, most consider that, sometimes, it is not the galaxy that must adapt to us, but we must adapt to our galaxy. Mars is a good planet, rich of occasion of research and study and we intend to preserve its integrity". In the communique the ASEA continues "We don't have any kind of exclusive right on the Red Planet, nobody can have a sort of exclusive right on the entire planet. We hope only that nobody will try to repear our errors did during our long history on the Earth".
    According to the communique, the Iridium will return to the Earth in the February of the next year, taking to the Earth again the first 30 men and women that were on the Red Planet. The voyage of the Iridium will be follow with attention from ASEA, considering the occasion of the ship to study the famous Baldwin Comet, a celestial object that pass inside the Solar System every thirty years. The Iridium will do a little modification of the course to send a probe to the comet and make some photographs.

    According to ASEA and to the Department of Research of the Federal Government, the mission on Mars will continue with a continue change, about every two years, of the crew of the Red Wing Base Camp. The camp will continue to make researches and studies about the possibilities of develop of the Red Planet, considering that ASEA is preparing a new mission with the collaboration of New Tarajan and that also will expand the camp with more modules. For now, almost, one hundred people, for the space organization, are really a good achievement. According to the director of ASEA, the space agency will continue to support the Red Planet's mission and probably will follow the dream of the construction of a first space colony, probably into the L3 Lagrange Point of the Earth - Moon system.

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    EURASIA ON MARS
    Research base to be transitioned into full time colony.

    The Imperial Government announced today an exciting new program to begin the colonization and terraformation of the red planet nearest to us, which will transition the current research station, IES-01, into an actual colony for Eurasian citizens and scientists. The ICA Season of Plenty arrived on Mars with the supplies and workers needed to transition the station, which at maximum can support about thirty people. With the transition completely finished, the station will be able to support around 150 people. The station will be mostly self-sufficient, but resupply missions will arrive to allow for luxury goods such as new clothes or other non-essentials. The station's power will come from solar panels during the day and an emergency fusion generator if needed. Plans have been made for geothermal power, but this has not been implemented yet. The resupply shuttles will also bring habitation modules for more colonists to live in, and which will be added to the station.

    The Imperial Colonization Authority (ICA), which is responsible for all colonization, will directly oversee the venture, alongside the Imperial Aeronautic and Space Administration (IASA), held a press conference on the matter, with ICA Commissioner Commodus Fortuitus saying "We are extremely excited to announce this colonization project. We hope that, with the eventual terraforming and habitats built, we can turn Mars from a hostile world into a livable home for humanity. The current upgrades have actually been ongoing in secret for some time, and they are almost done. We plan to have the habitats fully inhabited by the beginning of summer this year, and they will be continually expanded by resupply ships. This project is expected to cost the Imperial Treasury around $30 billion pesetas, but we are confident we will receive more than a return on investment when the planet is capable of supporting factories to terraform it."

    The station as it currently is. Expansion will allow for more residetns.
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    Post by Vajorr on Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:52 am

    RECORD LOW CONFIDENCE IN PRESIDENT
    Polls Finds Less Than One-Fourth Of Planita Has Confidence In President. Assembly Rumored to Hold Hearing.
    MONROVIA - A poll conducted by a major media corporation showed “damning results” by the Scott Government. A poll found that only twenty-one percent of Planita approves of the current President, Mr. Scott and particularly his handling of the Planitan crisis. The President’s policies, or lack of policies, has been extremely irate to most of the populace surveyed. It should to be noted that only about half of the populace was surveyed as the other half remain in outside of their influence. This comes as the Federal Government is attempting to hold together an increasingly fracturing country while its fate is being decided outside of Planita.

    Conducted by the government owned Federal Communication Corporation, the survey was conducted over a one week period. The bombshell report rocked an already unstable government fraught with indecisiveness. In a statement, the President stated that, “We are doing our best to work and stabilize the Planitan State to the best of our ability.” Patience is wearing thin however, especially within the Assembly. “We believe the President is not capable to handle the current crisis,” said Deputy Maren Walker, “He has proved his over and over again in these past few months.” A similar sentiment is echoed by some Republican rebels. In the peace conference in New Tarajan, the Republican delegate said, “We will concede to abandoning our requests for separate states only if the Walker Government is dissolved and a constitutional convention is called.” The delegate was quoted as saying that Mr. Walker is incompetent.

    The Assembly is rumored that it will been hearings on the subject for the dismissal of the President. According to the Treaty of Monrovia, the Assembly needs to muster at least twenty deputies to sponsor such a dismissal. If it does in fact pass, it would need a two-thirds majority for the dismissal of the President to be complete. However the Assembly vigorously denies such a vote is taking place. Our sources however, say the opposite.  


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    Post by New-Zealand on Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:49 pm

    BREAKING NEWS : NZ TO JOIN SPACE RACE



    (3D Plan diagram of the above ground section of the colony. Consists of Solar Power Generation stations, air exchange systems and industrial battery packs)



    (The NZSA Flag)


    The Social Democracy has announced that it will be the most recent to join the space race, joining other nations in colonising mars. The project will be undertaken by the recently resurrected NZSA (New-Zealand Space Administration). The NZSA will be following the actions of Atanea, Antanares and Eurasia in taking on this endeavor to colonies mars. Atanea was the first to launch their endeavor (2 months ago today), followed almost immediately by Antanares. Eurasia was the third to launch their operation, and The Social Democracy is the fourth, launching their mission today. 

    Funding for the mission will come mainly from the government, pledging in excess of $400 Bn to the mission, with an initial upfront investment of $150 Bn NZDs. On top of this, the NZSA has been given the green light to take corporate funding (in the form of sponsorship, presumably for advertising purposes). The Chrysler Group has already pledged a $2 Bn sponsorship (almost 1/4 of their advertising budget), with many other private sector companies joining in. Overall, the NZSA has secured approximately another $60Bn in sponsorship and donations from private sector companies and members of the general public. In exchange all these companies get to be "officially endorsed by the NZSA", a big marketing bonus for companies operating within the Social Democracy, where patriotism is held close to the hearts of the public. Furthermore, companies can file these sponsorship's as tax exempt under the claim of "community service". 


    Now, onto the mission itself. Whilst the other nations are attempting a more conventional approach, placing bases in the surface, either as massive metal buildings, large greenhouses, or individual buildings connected by covered walkways. While these plans are more straight forward, we are yet to understand the effects of the atmosphere, such as if it is capable of blocking out harmful radiation. Furthermore, apart from the fierce sand storms, which themselves are a problem, we have little to no understanding of the intricate environmental and weather patterns of the planet. As a result, the NZSA will be taking a completely different approach to the colony. The entire complex will be situated underground, like a massive underground shopping mall. This way, the colony will remain completely unaffected by the sand storms, solar radiation and any other ground side complications. By being underground, the complex will be in a stable isolated system, and the internal environment will be completely in our control. 

    Lighting in the complex will be done by some specially designed lights, will will release UV, vitamin D, and essentially stimulate the sunlight experienced on earth. Water will be artificially purified and recirculated, with emergency Hydrogen and Oxygen tanks which can be used to produce water in emergencies. However, most water will have to be reused, with replacements being brought from earth on transports. The air inside the complex will also be artificially recirculated, however there will be massive "Gas Exchange" systems ground side which will undertake large scale artificial photosynthesis, which will gradually replace circulated air with newly created air. Allowing the complex to expand underground and not have to import air form earth, but instead new air can be created to fill the extra space. 

    Geographically, the colony will be place relatively close to the Eurasian facility, allowing the two to co-operate together. The NZSA already announced they hope to work closely with the Eurasian Space Administration. The Eurasian facility is already being inhabited, and the NZSA facility is expected to begin construction immediately. Laborers working on the facility will be housed ground side, and will be able to move underground once the tunnel boring machines have excavated the area. All in all, the NZSA facility will be operational within 6 months and completed in 2 years. 

    Who will be building the facility? Right now the New-Zealand Corrections Department has announced a deal with the NZSA that means all low risk criminals will be allowed to take time off their sentence if they agree to work on the construction for no pay. While some are likening this to slave labor, the government has simply called it "work experience for rehabilitation" and already over 100 inmates have applied for the opportunity. Of course in order to be accepted, they inmate must pose no risk to the general public and not be convicted for highly violent crimes.
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    Post by Eurasia on Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:40 am

    LATEST SHUTTLE TO MARS LAUNCHED

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    The launch of the latest colony ship to mars, the ICA Arcadia, launched today from Solipsa to make its way to Mars, carrying new colonists and workers for the colony project. The station will also carry much needed rovers and other transportation vehicles to ferry colonists quickly around the facility, a well as certain necessary components such as pneumatic doors and other essential machinery that will allow the colony to become self-sufficient. Most importantly, the ship will bring much needed geothermal generators to sustain the colony. The IES-01, which has been codenamed Messis, or "Harvest", in Eurasian, has been currently operating off of nuclear power which, although reliable, is not a long term solution, mainly due to the need to continually remove waste. Thus, the geothermal generators will tap into the Martian core for power, allowing the station to more than meet its energy needs. Shielding will also be installed in the event that there is an electromagnetic storm that the Martian atmosphere is unable to successfully block, or to protect against solar radiation while the terraforming activities commence. While the station itself is produced from high-grade Titanium and lead, the new protections are a preventative measure designed to avert possible situations.

    Plans for terraforming are also being discussed in Urbem Sol. The director of the Imperial Ministry for Space Exploration, or MSE, spoke before the Senate today to lay out the plans for terraforming the red planet. "Our plans are to build factories on the planet that produce greenhouse gases which, although dangerous on Earth, will help rebuild the Martian atmosphere and make it habitable for humans." The plan laid out would allow for factories to be built that either produced solely greenhouse gases or produced them as a byproduct of other manufacturing processes. The MSE will allow corporations to bid on being able to set up shop first, so to speak. The initial design of the factories would allow them to operate continuously via shifts of workers, and the Imperial Ministry for the Economy has announced they will grant subsidies to build the factories, as doing so is likely to be rather expensive. The Consul also expressed support for the terraforming, calling it "A noble goal for mankind."

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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:25 am

    NEWS FROM ANTANARES


    What army does in Planitia?


    With the peace meeting that continue in New Tarajan between the different forces on the field, the troops of Antanares, that were deployed since the start of the conflict in the south of Planitia, maintain their positions and with for something. After the declaration of the truce between the rebels and the government, the troops stopped all the main attack, completing their operation before taking a defensive stance. Nobody, really, thought the truce with the rebels could resist. But, for now, it stand. After little skirmishes between the two forces on the field, the forces of either the side maintaining their positions. The 8th and the 9th Battle Group, composed primary from mechs and light helicopters, excellent in rapid operations, took the control of the hills in the south of Planitia, covering the works of the engineers behind the line, occupied with the reparations of the main infrastructures in the territory under antanaresian control.

    Will be Mars green or red?


    Following the first Mars mission of Antanares, some nations developed their personal space missions for the colonization of the Red Planet. With the Iriudim on its way for the Earth for the second time and with a base of one hundred colonists, composed from ten different modules and with several rovers and robot all on the surface of the planet, Antanares is probably on the first line for the mission of exploration of the twin planet of the Earth. The base, self-sufficient thanks to a fusion power generator and with a series of greenhouses for the food supplies, is one of the most advanced project of Antanares, that will be linked with the Project Artemis, a project launched one month ago that would lead Antanares to another important step: the construction of a space colony, located on the L5 Lagrange Point between Earth and Moon.
    But, with the space agency dedicated to both the projects, a difficult debate rises from the ASEA: Mars must be terraformed or not? ASEA conducted all the missions on Mars with the main goal to doesn't modify the planet, with the idea that every planets that could be found in the galaxy must be preserved, considering its peculiarities that, with a terraforming operation, will be lost, inevitably. Until on the Red Planet the only nation present was Antanares, the problem didn't presented but with the entrance of new nations on the hunt for the Red Planet and with all the intention of try to change the face of it, scientists are really worried.

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    Post by Zackalantis on Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:14 pm

    UKZ SPEAKS AGAINST SPACE RACE


    The UKZ Parliament has been In budget session and just as the debate on the Research and Development ministry was to begin the MPs raised concerns and questions regarding the zack stance in the already active space race.
    The government made it's stance very clear through the minister of Science and Technology.

    The colonisation of the final frontier is immoral. It is supposed to be free of human presence. Yes our curiosity will send us there for research. But we cannot aim to colonize.
    The UKZ has the resources and technical know how to achieve something like this, just like other members of the international community. However we also have moral knowledge. Something that these countries lack.
    What is the point of space colonisation other than a display of power?
    My ministry will work in close collaboration with with the ministry of external affairs will put a stop to the colonisation of mars or any other planet or natural satellite.
    Also we are proud to announce that the Zack Agency of Space Research (ZASR) will soon be launching UKZ's first satellite to mars.


    This statement on the floor of the house made it very clear that the UKZ stands against the space race and colonisation of Mars.

    The Ministry of External affairs hinted that it might bring up the issue at the SECURS Council of Ministers Summit to be hosted in UKZ.

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    Post by New Atanea on Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:24 am

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    Messenger Mars-Rocket

    This morning, FARANA launched the Messenger rocked aimed for Mars carrying 5 individuals whom will construct the first Atanean colony on the red planet, including the base for a terraformation facility. The news of the launch instantly reached the front pages on all the local newspapers as well as foreign but the first ones to celebrate this milestone were the staff of FARANA, evidently with a bottle of champagne.
    UPS rating in Atanea hits all-time low, 68% against continued membership. --- Relations interests shift to Illidia, "We need to look towards our neighbors for partnership" Financial expert says. --- Atanea to pay its debts? GDP soon strong enough to pay off debts for liberation of Atanosia. --- More space-exploration in the future? Moons around Jupiter and Saturn may hold life Scientists say, possible expedition in search of such. --- Government considering new attempt at royalist constitution for Atanea, "Republican movement forced 'democracy' down our throat" President Aléandre comments.
    The journey to Mars is expected to take approximately 6 months thanks to the considerable propulsion provided by its plasma-engines. Once the crew reaches their destination on the equator it will begin setting up the first colonial module, afterwards they will begin general studies of the environment. “At the moment, conditions will remain uncertain but for the time being we can simply enjoy the rest of the day and everyone can look out for updates on the mission which are expected soon” commented Director of FARANA in an interview. But not everyone has been positive about the mission, some speculate that the plasma engines haven’t been tested properly and might put the crew at a risk and there’s also the hostile climate of the red planet which may pose a constant threat to colonists. Despite all that, Ataneans are optimistic and predict the mission to go as smoothly as possible.


    Secret Conference Between NT and NA?


    Rumors have recently been spreading about unofficial diplomatic talks going on between New Tarajan and New Atanea. Though no-one really knows what the talks may be about, some theorize that they are trying to relax political disputes due to their differences and others say that New Atanea may well plan on joining the Illidian union founded by Planita, Antanares and New Tarajan following a decline of the Atanean public’s opinion towards UPS. There is no knowledge of what may be being discussed about in the talks but rumors will always be rumors, so none can tell for sure.

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