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    Post by Zackalantis on Sun May 28, 2017 6:22 pm

    FRABJOUS TUESDAY OBSERVANCES KICK OFF
    Roghtanganistine community observes holiest time of the year

    Frabjous Day commemorates the day Roghtang the holiest prophet of the Lord Omegus was made immortal and make a goddess and queen of the heavens after she endured four challenges placed before her by Omegus. The faithful commemorate these four challenges on Mondays before Frabjous Day.

    The first Monday commemorates her challenge with the elements when fire and water from heaven tried to burn and drown her, the second commemorates her temptation by the evil one, the third remembers her sentencing to exile in the wilderness and the fourth- her death by execution by being shot by arrows.

    VERUCA FRIDAY

    Commemorates the day when Omegus created the earth and took his place as king of the heavens. In the life of Roghtang it marks the day she defied exile and waited outside the Viscos city gates and entered it the next day.

    VISCOS SATURDAY

    Roghtang enters Viscos in defiance of the exile sentence passed against her by the courts. Here she gives her last sermon and then she is arrested. Her trial is unfairly carried out the next day and she is sentenced to death.

    CRUS MONDAY

    Crus is the old word for death, and the mode of execution popular at that time. The victim is tied to a specially designed post and is shot with arrows. This was her last challenge- Death.

    FRABJOUS DAY

    Services start at 5 am before the sun rises and the service begins with the holy fire coming back into public view since Friday evening when it was hidden from public view. The fire is the living embodiment of Roghtang. The fire is brought out just before sunrise as it is believed that the light of the sun will not shine unless the fire of roghtang blazes.

    The service also begins with the offering of Roghtang's funeral sacrifice which is then transformed into a thanksgiving offering once the proclomation of Roghtang's new life is announced.

    Frabjous Day is celebrated by decorating a pole with lights and flowers to symbolize the pillar of fire that broke the seal to her grave.

    FRABJOUS POLE AT NEW VISCOS- SEAT OF POWER OF THE ROGHTANISTINE FAITH

    Roghtanganistines make up a minority in UKZ, but the origins of Roghtanism find its roots in the Zack state of Relion. Roghtang is believed to have been born and lived here. Cair paravel house also set up a Frabjous pole outside on the lawns. Roghtanism is also present in several neighbouring nations like New Tarajan.



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    Post by Achaian Morea on Tue May 30, 2017 5:28 am


    FORMER ACHAIAN DIOCESES OFFICIALLY REORGANIZED
    Montferrati, Morean Officials Create Transitional Government

    Raitia, Achaian Norda: More than a week after Montferrati troops entered the city of Raitia, the namesake of the Achaian-ruled diocese of which it was the capital, Montferrati and Achaian officials meeting together in this city have agreed on the complete reorganization of the Achaian-held territories in Norda, and have established a transitional government capable of meeting the demands of the Nordan population while still retaining Achaian authority in the region. According to today’s announcement, made jointly by the Achaian and Montferrati officials in Raitia, the previously-named “dioceses” of Norda will retain their current political borders and regional capitals, but will be freed of the religious element of the previous Achaian administration, which had been entirely led and staffed by the Achaian Church and its handpicked representatives. “While we are aware that His Majesty Sultan Ioannis [IX Kallergis] fully intended to Christianize this region of Esamir, we are equally aware that His Anointed Majesty was initially unaware of the full effect of this ambition on the people of Norda,” said Minister Apostolos Douras, who has been named Megas Logothetis for the term of his stay in Raitia by the authority of Sultana Aikaterini. “By the time His Majesty became aware of the objectionable nature of the Achaian Church’s government in Norda, it was too late to dislodge that organization’s hold on the area without inviting a revolt among the devout people of Morea, as well as further unwarranted disruptions by the Church to His Anointed Majesty’s attempts to rebuild Morea’s relationship with non-Christian partners such as New Tarajan. Her Majesty Sultana Aikaterini has accomplished what His Majesty Sultan Ioannis could not, but only because the adoration of our Church has cooled in the wake of His Majesty’s assassination. The Lord provides, but His mercy does not always come without cost.”

    “We are hopeful that the damage done by religious intolerance in this region can be reversed in short order,” said Minister Hermann Badoer of the Duchy of Montferrat. “Bishop Gavriil has a lot to answer for, as soon as we find him.”

    Bishop Gavriil Ekklisias, handpicked for his post in Raitia by Bishop Akakios IV Doukas of Mystras, ruled these Achaian Dioceses from their establishment until the takeover by Montferrati military forces just over a week ago. Both he and his sponsor Bishop Akakios escaped capture by unknown means, and their current whereabouts are a mystery. Bishop Akakios in particular has made many enemies throughout the world in his time as primate of the Achaian Church, and is now officially wanted not just by Achaian and Montferrati authorities, but also by the Tarajani government in relation to insults he issued against that nation, its monarch, and its people. Tarajani authorities have promised to deliver Bishop Akakios to Achaian justice should they be the ones to capture him. Today Sultana Aikaterini officially acknowledged the Tarajani warrant with a promise of close cooperation between Nafplio and Astana until the bishop is found and brought to justice. In the meantime, investigations continue as to the disappearance not just of the two bishops and a significant portion of Bishop Gavriil’s governing cabal from Raitia, but also the disappearance of the Achaian Church’s security personnel in the area, most of whom are believed to have fled in the face of superior Monferrati firepower upon the entry of the latter into Achaian Norda. Logothetis Douras briefly touched on this point as well: “We will guarantee the safety and security of Achaian Norda, with the able assistance of the Duchy of Montferrat and the Nordans themselves. We are coming to know the full truth of the Achaian Church’s time in this place, and we wish to assure every Nordan, within and without our borders, that the crimes that were perpetrated here will not be repeated. The Achaian Church in Morea will be questioned, undoubtedly, but in Norda everyone may be sure it will never return. We will find those who caused all of this pain, and we will bring them to justice.”




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    Post by Arveyres on Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:54 pm

    LOCAL PLANTS ARE VERY HAPPY



    The crops seen above are very happy, they are from Central Asturias

    Due to a higher than average rainfall this season, local crops in the Asturias and Alhambra crop belt are thriving in recent news. Local farmers are excited with the new rainy season as they hope for a higher turn out than the drier season of the last few years. Many expect that the near-drought in Asturias and Alhambra is finally over and that farmers can relieve their reliance on fresh-water resources.
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    Post by Zackalantis on Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:52 am

    HALF CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED IN CAIR PARAVEL HOUSE TOO


    Half Christmas is a gag holiday that has been made popular by popular culture and TV Shows in the UKZ with many Zacks using the day as a reason to get drunk at the pub or throw pool parties to beat the heat.

    This year for the first time Cair Paravel House will host a barbeque on the lawns to celebrate Half Christmas. Several celebrities and TV personalities will attend the event along with even the several important government ministers and even the speaker of the house. Alcohol will be served.

    This celebration is a showcase of the party culture of the UKZ and the apathy Zacks have for Eurasian threats of war.

    Even the religious use this day to remmeber the importance and significance of Christmas.

    Wishing all our readers a Very Merry Half Christmas.

    THE GREAT ZACK MONSOON


    The annual Monsoon has been delayed with rains on and off in several southern areas of the UKZ. While Scotland is reporting sleet and heavy torrential rain.

    The Monsoons are the most important season for the UKZ as a nation that is largely dependent on agriculture for its economic prosperity so the stock markets and the government will be looking closely at the monsoon season. There is risk of famine and draught if the rains are innadequate.

    For the past two years the UKZ has seen excellent monsoons and it has actually helped the economic boom the UKZ is experiencing.
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    CHANCELLOR CHARPENTIER DELIVERS ANNUAL ADDRESS


    Besançon, Marquette--Joseph Charpentier, Chancellor of Marquette, has delivered his annual speech addressing the people of Marquette on topics ranging from a multi-billion dollar network of high speed trains, to the 12-month analysis of economic performance, to his plans for re-allocation of spending for the last two years of his term. Annual addresses are typically private events, with the Chancellor delivering his speech in the chambers of the Senate and broadcast for the rest of the country to view at home. However, due to the abundance of highly contentious topics, Charpentier decided to deliver his address on the Capitol steps for the general public to attend.

    For the majority of the last year, the Senate has been embroiled in highly controversial negotiations over a proposed network of high speed trains that would connect most major cities in the country, with a price tag of nearly $22bn. Among the most avid supporters of the proposal is Charpentier himself, who claims that increased connectivity would prove invaluable for interstate commerce. No single party currently holds the majority in the Marquetien Senate, which is not uncommon, but has led to much gridlock. The Unionist Bloc, who are largely in favor of the project, has thus far failed to convince many members of the body to move forward with it. Charpentier's own support of the project has drawn much criticism from members of his own ranks, as the Independence Party has preached for years of the importance of maintaining an iron fist around the nation's pursestrings.

    Many supporters of the Conservative Bloc (which includes the Independence Party) make the claim that the implications of undertaking such a large project at once could be unfavorable on the economy. Proponents of the proposal claim that the long-run opportunities it would make possible outweigh the potential short-term consequences.

    Government spending has been at an all-time low since 2013 when Charpentier began his six-year term. Taxes, in turn, have been allowed to remain at record lows, even for Marquetien standards. In his speech, Charpentier laid out his two-year budget plan for his final years in office. As one of the largest economies in Esamir and a choice location for wealthy foreigners to hide cash, corporate income tax rates and capital gains taxes will remain relatively low. However, he plans to roll out over the next six years a new tax code that would gradually implement a progressive tax code that would give the federal government more breathing room.

    Several notable Marquetien economists have raised concerns over the future of the economy if interest rates remain low. While the chancellor claimed he was not able to speak to the future of interests rates at this time, he assured the people that he has been engaged in talks with the chair of the Marquetien National Bank, Fedorico Baste, over the possibility of raising rates in the near future.

    As Charpentier's term enters its final stretch, his straying from party lines shows a pragmatic side that has largely been unseen since his days as a senator. Willingness to shun the Independence Party's resolute aversion to government spending is welcome by many Marquetiens who have been calling for greater involvement of the federal government in public works and welfare. Intense gridlock has been crippling the government since 2013 and forced Charpentier to dissolve the Senate two years in a row, in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, one-third of the seats of elected members in the Senate were up for re-election, and only slightly lessened the problem. The Marquetien public are sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting what will be one of the most contested Senate races in recent history.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:23 am

    CoS ruling ELCNT victory
    The Court: the religious ban must be repelled


    Palace Van Souten, seat of the Court of the Seven.

    Astana.
    Months ago, when, in the midst of the political storm caused by the TSDP draft of a law banning "religious influence in politics", the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Tarajan decided to challenge the same law in court, few thought the move would have had any possible following.
    The law had just been approved by both the Diet and the Landsraad, with strong support from the government, and King Friederick Wilhelm, who had never fully expressed his personal opinions about it, had signed it, as required for any law to be brought into full effect, despite the protests of fringes of the political world and harsh criticism from outside actors, including long-lasting allies and partners of the Kingdom, not to mention the long struggle against Bishop Akakios of Morea.
    Now, months after those events, the news shocked everybody: the Court of the Seven, the supreme court of the Kingdom, announced its ruling, accepting the request of the ELCNT and officially declaring the law to be "unacceptable under Tarajani principles of law and in contradiction with them."
    In its ruling the Court (which is composed by seven members, appointed by the King among the most prestigious law experts of the Kingdom, and which can rule upon matters of constitutionality and the interpretation of laws) fully explained the reasons behind the sentence: "Although we understand the motives of this law, and find them commendable, since it aimed to reduce religiously-motivated violence inside and outside the political world" the ruling said "Its existence is in complete contraddiction with the fundamental principles upon which the laws of our Kingdom are based, since they clearly postulate the freedom of religion and thought of all Tarajani citizens."
    "To forbid a citizen serving in the highest of functions, that of representative in the Royal Diet, to express his or her own opinion, because deemed as religiously-biased, is an unacceptable violation of those principles."
    As a result, the Court has now ordered the law to be repelled, hoping that "the Diet, and the political world it represents, will find a better way to resolve the problems arising from religiously-motivated violence."
    In the Tarajani system, however, a ruling of the Court has no automatic effect: the law must be submitted again to the King, who has to accept the judgement and, thus, officially repeal the law as for his powers. Although there's no official obligation for the King to do so, never in the history of the Kingdom a sovereign refused to acknowledge the decision of the supreme Court.
    However, the duty of King Friederick Wilhelm is far from being easy: the law was the highest political bid of the TSDP in the recent years, and its repeal would have enormous political costs for the socialists; the support given to it by an incredibly-divided Blue Party (it must be reminded that the law strong emphasis against Christians was never fully digested by the liberals, being it a more traditional flag for the conservatives), also, seriously threatens the tenure of the government, particularly considering how Prime Minister De Witte-Beulen expressed his support for the draft. Even the Landsraad will not be left unscathed by this: the Major Houses fully supported the law, and actively fought for its approval, even pressing the King and the Diet, and their reaction to this news is a dangerous unknown. In a few words, a new political hurricane is hovering over New Tarajan, and could strike anytime soon. If and how this will happen it all depends now on the ability of the main actors of the Tarajani political scene, and on how King Friederick Wilhelm will stand in front of the possibility to have a new political crisis so soon after the fall of Prime Minister Van Aardenne-Gliefen, which only miraculously did not lead to a break up of the liberal Blue Party, and to eventually put himself in direct contrast with the Landsraad.
    Meanwhile, a first wave of comments it's coming: representatives of the conservative Regeneratije Partij already attacked the Court decision, deeming it as "irresponsible" considering the recent acts of violence by Christian groups, which was the most visible cause for the draft itself; few members of the Blue Party who voted against it in the Diet, however, cautiously expressed their will to accept "as provided by our laws, this ruling, and to act accordingly." No official statement has yet officially been released by the Palace of Government or Palace Van Geldern.
    Nor did the ELCNT speak yet. Although one thing is clear: archbishop Bugenhagen, primate of Astana and main promoter of the decision to challenge the law to the Court of the Seven (and not to a State-level court has many suggested) could be very proud and satisfied. His bid was fully repaid.
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    Post by Zackalantis on Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:20 pm

    FRABJOUS SEASON COMES TO CLOSE
    New Viscos Independence Day


    New Viscos- The seat of power of the Roghtanganistine Faith celebrated its Independence Day. It historically marks the end of Telmarine rule in the region and establishment of the Holy Relionite Empire. The day is now used to commemorate the last day of the 6 week long Frabjous celebrations which commemorates the Immortality of Prophet Roghtang.

    Several international leaders were also present including Prime Minister of UKZ and the ambassadors of the royal household of New Tarajan, Sdudeti Karabak and North Ajania. (The religious head of the roghtanganistine faith- The Manalsu is also from New Tarajan).

    Service began at 9 am on the Temple Grounds with the worship of the holy flame and then the lighting of the sacrificial offering.

    THE GREAT ZACK MONSOON
    Monsoons Hit the Mainland Late


    The Monsoons hit the mainland UKZ late, but they are finally here. The nation has seen the lowest average rainfall for June in years and this could spell bad news for the agricultre sector of the nation.
    While the nation will now count on the July rains to make up for the loss of rainfall, Lacostasia has been getting excess rainfall. There is rampant flooding on the island and the Zack navy is carrying out rescue operations.

    Meanwhile the onset of the monsoons will promote tourism in some parts of the UKZ. Tourism is the second largest sector of the Zack economy. While Goa will see almost no tourism as the beaches (main attraction) will see rough tides and dangerous conditions, Omsk with its beautiful back waters, Mikum with its hiking trails and Scotland with its rolling highlands and East Plain's flowering plains will see a boom in its tourism.

    The monsoons are very important to the Zack economy and the fluctuations in the monsoons could reflect in the stock markets as well.
    The UKZ puts all its economic success based on the quality of the monsoons.

    Due to the delayed rains, we might see a slow down in the Zack economy in the days to come.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:00 am

    CAPITAL HIT BY PROTESTS
    Opposing rallies are taking the streets of Astana and other cities while the country's waiting for King's decision


    Astana.
    Fourteen injured and four arrests. This is the result of the protests which erupted in Astana yesterday afternoon, as stated by a spokesperson of the Metropolitan Gendarmerie. The protests exploded after the announcement that the Court of the Seven, Tarajani supreme court, decided to welcome the appeal made by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Tarajan (ELCNT) against the Anti-Religious Interference Law recently passed through the legislative process and signed by the King.
    As expected, the Court's ruling, which defined the law as "unacceptable under Tarajani principles of law and in contradiction with them", re-ignited the long-lasting religious contrasts existing under the surface of Tarajani politics. A country deeply divided along religious lines (between the Western States, with a Jahanist or even non-believer majorities, and the Eastern States, with stronger Christian minorities, sometimes even majorities; or between those still skeptics about Christian loyalties to the Monarchy and to the Tarajani liberal regime and those, instead, strongly advocating a complete religious liberalization) now finds itself facing the possibility of a repeal of one of its most controversial laws, which touched a very delicate issue, such as the influence of religion in politics.
    The law, already hotly contested, particularly at the State level, was authored by TSDP members, with the open support of a majority of the governing Blue Party and even, after the Morean crisis, of the government itself and a majority of the Landsraad.
    As a result, its possible repeal is creating a true storm over the Kingdom, and many have taken the streets, both in Astana and other major cities, in order to protest their indignation against the ruling (deemed as an "attack against Tarajani freedom") or, at the contrary, their support for the repeal of a "legislative unjustice". Although the rallies have been mainly peaceful, clashes became almost unavoidable when the two sides met each other, as in the case of Astana, where both rallies met not far from Palace Van Souten, seat of the Court of the Seven. The police had an hard way of handling with the protesters, and as a result three cars were burned, and there were injured and arrests.
    The situation is now slowly coming under control, as in other cities, although more rallies have been announced in Eindhoven, Witteberg, and Bergenstadt.
    The whole Kingdom is waiting to see what the King will do now, although only few expect that the sovereign would really risk not to accept the repeal (which would be an unprecedented move in Tarajani history).

    Political reactions mounting about prospective repeal

    Meanwhile, political reactions are beginning to surface from all directions. After the first comments released by members of the conservative Regeneratije Partij (RP), opposing the ruling, now it is the turn of the governing Blue Party of Prime Minister De Witte-Beulen.
    "The Court's decision must be respected" a party's spokesperson said "Although the Diet will have to address again the issues arising from this repeal." An ambigious position, clearly defined in order not to dissatisfy both the moderate and radical currents inside the party. More uncompromising comments came from few Blue representatives belonging to the radicals: "This decision is absurd" they said during an interview "Compromising months of delicate legislative work, aimed at protecting our citizens from harming interference...did the judges already forgot what happened in Witteberg? Or in Heinrichstadt?" a reference to the most recent cases of religiously-motivated controversies and violence (in Heinrichstadt, the local County Diet was burned to the ground by protesters during an anti-abortion rally).
    On the same line most of the TSDP, which now risks of seeing its political power greatly diminished by the Court's decision. A repeal of the law, indeed, would mean a serious setback for the socialist reprisal in the Diet after years of consensus fall.
    The far right Republikeinse Vrijheid (Republican Freedom, or RV) approved the ruling, which they labelled as "just another attempt by the monarchical institutions of attacking the rights of thousands of Tarajani citizens".
    But it is on the State level that the situation is getting more and more messy. Beginning into the Landsraad, where the Major Houses are divided on the issue (as they were during the legislative process), between Western Houses (generally in favour of the law) and Eastern Houses (generally against it). Yesterday afternoon, in the aftermath of the protests, during a session of the Landsraad Albrecht IV Van Adelaar, Duke of Drachten, publicly announced that, under his personal suggestion, the Ducal Diet has halted the process of reception of the law (every federal law must be accepted into local State law to have full effects into State territories), which was already meeting with strong resistance; same decision was announced immediately after by Karl Ludwig VI Van Haasen, Duke of Bergen. The decision of two of the largest States of the Kingdom to openly refuse the law even before the King's intervention is a strong political signal, which was not well received by all other Landsraad members, such as Philippe IV Van Aardenne, Count of Gravan, who defined them as "irresponsible behavior" (strong words in the usually more calm Landsraad). However, perhapes it is significant that, to bridge the opinions of both sides, it was Marcel V De Witte, Count of Witteberg and cousin of the Prime Minister, who intervened.
    Now everybody's waiting: when the King will return from Vieneskel, and his meeting with House of Vergara, the decision will be his to take. And it will be a tough one.
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    SENATE ELECTIONS HEAT UP

    Besançon, Marquette — The 2017 Senate Elections in Marquette are officially underway, and campaigning across the nation’s 68 districts that are contested this year has become increasingly competitive. Gridlock in Besançon has thus far crippled the first four years of Chancellor Joseph Charpentier’s six-year mandate, and his Independence Party is anxious to snatch more seats in order to win a definitive majority for the Conservative Coalition. With public opinion so much in favor of the multi-billion dollar train network championed by the Unionist Coalition, the conservatives have not faced such a difficult election in decades. Of the 27 seats the Independence Party must defend this year, 15 are in the traditionally left-leaning principalities of Cordevar and Miléna, which will no doubt prove to be some of the toughest battles of the year.

    Political analysts are also paying close attention to the performance of the Social Advancement of Marquetien Workers Party (SAMWP). SAMWP’s entrance into national politics in the 2013 elections upset the balance of the coalitions, and their refusal to compromise on their party agenda and join a coalition is seen as the number one reason the senate has been so dreadfully inefficient in recent years. Their refusal to compromise also forced Charpentier to dissolve the senate two years in a row in 2014 and 2015 after months of counterproductive debate was only wasting government resources, as the Independence and Unionist Coalitions on their own only hold about 47% of seats each. The 2016 and 2017 sessions got off to shaky starts, but ultimately Unionists and Conservatives were able to set aside some of their differences to pass a budget and other critical pieces of legislation necessary for basic functioning of the government.

    Public sentiment in Marquette appears to be shifting increasingly in the anti-establishment direction, which could spell disaster for both Unionists and Conservatives, whose affiliate parties, the Greens and Democratic Unionists respectively, are poised to take the lead. However, Marquetien politics have historically favored traditional parties, so any drastic shift in the senate is considered highly unlikely by political analysts. Either way, Marquetiens will certainly have a lot to consider when hitting the polls on August 1.
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    SULTANA RALLIES MIGRANTS WITH NEW HOMELAND: ORIENTO
    Calls for Resettlement to Area Indicated by Bishop Gavriil

    Nafplio, Morea: After days of waiting, Sultana Aikaterini II Baumbach-Kallergis has announced the Sultanate of Morea’s official response to claims that Bishops Akakios IV Doukas and Gavriil Ekklisias are creating a new ‘Achaian homeland’ in distant Oriento: invite foreigners to live there first. From her residence in Nafplio, Sultana Aikaterini called on the large number of still-rootless refugees that have come to Morea in search of a new home to take to the road once again, and act as the Sultanate’s official representatives in Oriento, in the Far East of Esamir. This comes after Bishop Gavriil released a video message to news outlets in the Duchy of Montferrat declaring that Achaians unhappy with Sultana Aikaterini’s rule could find a new home outside of their monarch’s authority.

    “The people of Morea, Achaian and non, are subject to our authority above all others’ save God’s,” Sultana Aikaterini said in today’s announcement. “So too are all Achaians, in Morea and out of it, equally subject, even if they should fly to far Oriento. Our Church in Morea has learned the folly of agitating against the rightful rule of the Lord’s anointed monarch, though only after we suffered bitterly in the teaching; but prelates outside of these lands seek still to harass us, and lead our people astray. By our will, those who desire to do the most good for Morea and the whole Sultanate shall accompany those who wish us naught but evil. By their vigilance, the criminals who yet lay claim to bishoprics whose names they have sullied may finally be brought to justice.”

    The vast majority of international refugees now residing in Morea do not adhere to the Achaian Church, and have come to Morea as a land of last resort as a result of the upheavals that have clouded Esamir throughout the past two years. Cursory observations make clear that they have never truly felt at home here, even under the more tolerant authority of Sultana Aikaterini in the wake of the Church’s reform. The Sultana believes that many such refugees, accompanied by various Makarian military units from Montferrat, would be pleased to abandon Morea in favor of territory with no prominent Christian heritage—and would have a vested interest in preventing Church leaders, especially the notorious Bishop Akakios, from turning that territory into another Achaian diocese on the lines of Raitia, Liguria, and Aimilia, which suffered serious harm by the order of the Achaian Church until Montferrati and Sultanate civil servants replaced the ecclesiastical hierarchy in Raitia by force of Montferrati arms. It is clear from Bishop Gavriil’s earlier announcement that this very plan currently motivates his thought, and that without intervention there may soon be another Christian theocracy lording over a non-Christian native populace.

    Sultana Aikaterini made clear today that she will not accept that outcome. “Akakios is a wanted man,” she said. “If he is in Oriento, our people will find him and return him to Morea to answer those questions that have long surrounded him, relating to Norda and to our Royal Father”—a reference to still-unanswered concerns that Bishop Akakios’s sermons and influence brought about the assassination of Sultan Ioannis IX earlier this year. “Even if he is not present in that place,” the Sultana added, “we will not permit any Achaian to accept this man’s authority, nor will we allow the Church that has so lately been the cause of so much pain to inflict still more injury on the rest of this world. We, appointed by God for this duty, rule over the Achaians. Let the prelates remember that before their folly leads them to the ultimate disaster.”

    The Sultana did not detail when or how she would provide for the transport of so many migrants to Oriento. Nonetheless, sources close to the Sultana assure the Monitor that plans are firmly in place to achieve this goal.




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    Post by New Tarajan on Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:08 am

    KING FRIEDERICK WILHELM GIVES HIS SIGNATURE
    It's official: the Anti-Religious Interference Law has been repealed


    King Friederick Wilhelm and Queen Beatrice entering Palace Van Telmar-Sigmaringen-Hurris, before the joint Diet-Landsraad session.

    Astana.
    After weeks of waiting, during which the whole Kingdom saw demonstrations and rallies rising in almost all States, finally King Friederick Wilhelm has taken his decision. Speaking from the Royal Palace, where the Royal House just came back from Vieneskel few days ago, a spokesperson of House Van Vinkel yesterday confirmed that "His Royal Majesty has just signed the official repeal of the Anti-Religious Interference Law, thereby accepting the judgement of the Court of the Seven."
    Thus, the much contrasted law which prohibited many forms of public display of religion, and which causes much turmoil in the whole country, is no more.
    The news came as no surprise for many, although still there was a palpable anxiety in both the political world and the public opinion about the King's decision: never in Tarajani history did a sovereign refuse the judgement of the Court of the Seven, which works as supreme court of the Kingdom; a decision in this sense by King Friederick Wilhelm II, so careful to respect Tarajani juridical principles, would have been a clear contradition to the liberal policies enacted by himself during his reign.
    However, the signature and consequent repeal come with a price: the Landsraad is still divided, mainly on the geographical West-East line, between those in favour of the law and those against it, and to the former the news will come as no pleasure; the Diet is similarly, although somewhat less, divided, with the ruling Blue Party on the verge of internal collapse, and the Right on the war path. The tenure of the government itself was at risk before the signature, but a careful diplomacy carried on by the King during the last weeks helped avoiding the disaster: through direct consultations with representatives of all political sides at the Royal Palace, discussions and debates inside and outside the Council, meetings with prominent Landsraad members, King Friederick Wilhelm almost made a miracle. The whole issue testifies of the great political skills of the King, and of his full commitment toward the Liberal Project.


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    St. John Cathedral, Astana.

    His position has been further confirmed when, today morning, he spoke in front of both the Landsraad and the Diet, gathered in joint session for the occasion: "This is no time for further crises" he said "This is the time to act, strongly and decisively, for the well being of all our citizens."
    King Friederick Wilhelm stated that "it was not easy for me to sign the repeal. Not because I doubted the work made by our excellent judges, but because I knew too well of the political meaning of that act, and of its reflexes in the political world. But I did it, nonetheless: because that was my duty, as a King. Now, it is your duty, as members of the legislative assemblies, and of the most noble and honourable aristocracy, to find a solution to the problems that this repeal will undoubtedly arise."
    An clear invite to keep calm, working for the good of the Kingdom's citizens. But the King himself decided to give the example: "After careful consideration and debate with the Council of my ministers, I have decided to form a special Committee, made of the representatives of all religions professed by our citizens, that will have the specific goal of advising these assemblies, the government, and myself, on all matters regarding faith and religion."
    "It is time to move forward, toward a stronger and more united country." he concluded.
    Members of the Committee are already being selected, and it is clear that a formal invitation to join it has been extended also to Archbishop Bugenhagen, head of the ELCNT.
    And in the wake of religious liberalization now inaugurated by the King, there've also been interesting developments for the ELCNT itself: King Friederick Wilhelm, indeed, confirmed that by his own decision he had granted to the Lutheran Church the full possession of some of the churchers which were confiscated in the XVII century, following the abolition of Christianity in the Kingdom, and which were still part of House Van Vinkel's patrimony; among them, St. John, former cathedral, which, the King's hopes, will return to its former role. The King also invited the Houses of the Landsraad to do the same, although the decision is fully discretionary.
    Both King's decisions already encountered the favour and full approval of the Council of Elders, the assembly of the most revered Jahanist sages.
    Where this new policy will lead the Kingdom is too far to be seen. However, while discontent is rising among various fringes of anti-religious extremists, and also inside the political world and even some environments of the law enforcement agencies, it is clear that most of the population is appreciating this new position in favour of full individual freedom, something the Tarajani people has always strongly cherished.
    The King made clear that "religiously-motivated violence will never be tolerated, as any other kind of violence" but that the best way to avoid it "is to work together, and to respect each other, in the true spirit of Tarajani liberalism." Words which will help appease the opposition inside the Landsraad (mainly motivated by fear of violent repercussions, such as the events in Gravan). It is to be seen if it will work also for the Diet.
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    GREEN PARTY RIDES WAVE TO STUNNING VICTORY

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    Besançon, Marquette--In a victory that reverberated through the political establishment of Marquette, the Green Party has successfully displaced the Conservative Bloc as the largest party in the senate. Capitalizing on the growing discontent with the conservatives' over-zealous refusal to spend money, the electorate has chosen the Greens as the middle way, promising to increase spending on protecting the pristine natural environment while keeping taxes relatively low so as not to hurt Marquette's colossal economy. The results of this election signal the continuation of a shift in Marquetien politics that started four years ago whereby the establishment is slowly losing ground to parties that tout new, big ideas on how to keep Marquette ahead.

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    CHOI RESIGNS AS PRIME MINISTER, RETIREMENT FROM POLITICS



    Prime Minister Choi issuing her motion to resign from her post as the Prime Minister.

    After relative incompetence with the handling of the Sunset Tango Crisis, the leader of the Green Party Giancarlo Galliano has called for sitting Prime Minister Victoria Choi to step down from her post in favor of new elections. Following Choi's return from the Far West to console the people of the rising tensions in the region, Choi was met with steep disapproval and general discontent among the people and the party with which she is the leader, the Arveyran Christian Union, who won a majority of provinces in the 2016 elections, while not winning the popular vote. Choi agreed to snap elections following a motion of no confidence and has since stepped down from her position as Prime Minister. The acting Prime Minister is the former Prime Minister Giancarlo Galliano, the leader of the Green Party. Following the success of the Green Party in the Marquetien Party, it is expected that Galliano will run for a second time and it is speculated that the Green Party will win the majority of the seats in the Senate.


    SUNSET TANGO CRISIS UNDER CONTROL

    Following joint cooperation by primarily Marquette and Arveyres, the oil spill has been largely contained in the lower Sea of Latia. Fisheries and coastal cities have seen permanent damage along with local environments. This disaster is expected to cause a plummet in the economies of all the Eastern Provinces and it is expected to see a worldwide rise in fish and fish-related products. The collective provinces of Upper Cordoba, Lower Cordoba, and Extremadura have not sought reparations from the MarPeC.

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