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    Post by New Tarajan on Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:13 am

    New Tarajan welcomes Pres. Cranson's election "hoping for increased cooperation and friendship", official ---- States General begins discussion over new bill on Meisjegronden, Overseas Territories ---- Protests continue in Groenestadt, Meisjegronden's cities, as States General begins debate on new bill ---- New high-speed trains to be put into service after SouthEastern Railways loan request accepted, group spokesperson said ---- Three houses burned down after explosion in Myriavel: three dead and four wounded ---- Eindhoven Stock Exchange Indexes: AFIX +0.6% ; FIX -0.4% ; NTIA +3.4% ---- Would you like to know more? More updates and insights on www.ntko.co.tj

    MASS PROTESTS IN GROENESTADT AS STATES GENERAL DISCUSS NEW BILL

    Astana.
    The States General of the Kingomd have just begun the official debate about the new bill recently submitted by the government. The proposal, personally announced by Grand Pensionary De Witte-Beulen last week as a way to put an end to the long political crisis which gripped the Kingdom after the death of Landsraad Lord President Prince Maximiliam Van Sondenburg, is intended at radically changing the political and administrative structure of Tarajani overseas territories, and particularly Meisjegronden.
    Despite its merits, the proposal already aroused vehement criticism from many sides: first of all, the Major Houses of the western half of the Kingdom already subtly affirmed their intention to look very closely at any possible development and to be quite skeptics about the bill itself; not openly-declared obstructionism, then, but neither a positive opening. The Eastern Houses expressed also some doubts in the first Landsraad session this morning, though they welcomed the proposal as "overall positive, though possibilities for improvement exist, and must be not overlooked." as stated by Duchess Wilhelmine V Van Adelaar during her intervention at Palace Van Geldern.
    While the discussion is, for the moment, far more calm than was at first expected, there are many unknown factors which could come into play to radically shift the balance: particularly, it is still to be seen what the role of the Royal Governors (i.e. those representing the Royal States, and thus the King, inside the Landsraad) will be, since the King, in full compliance with Tarajani legislative customs, has not expressed his opinion on the matter. However, never before the opinion of the King mattered more: if passed, the bill would de iure deprive House Van Vinkel of its high sovereignity over the overseas territories and Meisjegronden, instead linking it to the Crown.
    In the meanwhile, people in Meisjegronden are already clearly expressing what their position on the issue is: starting with today, massive protests have been organized in Groenestadt, capital of the archipelago, and other major cities, with the clear intent of putting pressure on the States General to approve the bill. Moreover, the local Landsraad, in a special session (significantly not chaired by the Governor-General) released a statement calling for "immediate approval" of the bill "in order to give Meisjegronden and the other Overseas Territories a new role in the structure of this Kingdom, to which their people had contributed to much in the past, and still contribute today." No comment has come from the other Territories at the moment.
    Protests have kept a very peaceful character until now, but the situation is extremely tense. Rumors point toward a possible decision by the Governor-General to declare martial law in Groenestadt and the other affected cities in order to quell the protests; however, such a decision would have unpredictable, and possibly very dangerous, consequences.

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    Is the King loosing power?

    What's happening to the King's power in New Tarajan? That's the question analysts and politicians alike are asking these last days, and that's a question which is hard to answer at the moment.
    A year-long political deadlock inside a part of the States General resurrected the spectre, once thought dead, of a severe fracture between the western and eastern halves of mainland Tarajan, a deadlock which King Friederick Wilhelm, though not scrimping energies and efforts, was unable to resolve without accepting one or the other's sides requests. In this case, the Eastern Houses obtained what they asked for, a Lord President coming from their own ranks. However, apparently it was the King who paid the highest price. With the Western Houses now looking at him more suspiciously and less fond of his policies (as the absence of some prominent representatives during the inaugural celebration at Palace Van Geldern testified), the Eastern Houses are far from being aligned to those same policies, and indeed they are showing no signs of regret at asking for the approval of a bill which, if made into law, would actually weaken the position of House Van Vinkel inside the States General.
    Ironically also, the Eastern part of the Kingdom, and the Overseas Territories overall, have always been the less keen into accepting the so-called Liberal Project inaugurated by Friederick Wilhelm after his accession to power and the 2010's attempted coup; thus, the King effectively undermined his own policies in order, possibly, to avoid a larger fracture which could have determined a more serious crisis for the Kingdom. Now he faces the distinct possibilities of loosing a substantial part of his control over the Overseas Territories, being forced to re-negotiate with Meisjegronden and the other former colonies in order to gain their adherence to his own project for the Kingdom; and there's no negotiation without bargain.
    His position is made more precarious by the sudden, unexpected, ambiguity shown by Grand Pensionary De Witte-Beulen: once thought to be more or less a creature of the King himself, as the successor to Duke Van Aardenne-Gliefen after he was forced to resign, and thus with less control over the States General, he instead showed an unprecedented freedom of will and action, and a strong capacity of re-compacting the Blue Party under his flag even after the dèbacle of the Anti-Religious Discrimination Law (first approved and signed by the King, but later repealed by the sovereign himself). Inside the Diet, the TSDP doesn't hide its preferences for a compromised solution of the issue (despite some sympathies toward the King), while the Republikeinse Partij is just preparing itself for what many of its members see as the showdown with the King.
    However, Friederick Wilhelm is not devoid of allies either: inside the Landsraad, both Western and Eastern Houses still show favour for him, personally, and his policies, and the Lord President itself could be a powerful and authoritative mediator with his eastern allies. In the Diet, the KTCP of Count Carl Van Houden is firmly supporting the King on all issues, and it is to be expected that its role in the States General will be critical. Finally, the King can still exercise his power both through his own constitutional privileges (though this is unlikely if we look at Friederick Wilhelm's precedent decisions) and the Royal Governors: the latters, in particular, are mostly members of branches of House Van Vinkel itself, and thus doubly-linked to the King and his interests.
    What will the King do, then? It is hard to predict. Friederick Wilhelm has shown an unprecedented respect for Tarajani constitutional procedures, and it is unlikely that he will break with it just now. What is more likely, is that he will ponder, possibly using this crisis as an opportunity to attempt a restructure of the Kingdom toward his liberal goals. Whether he will succeed, though, and whether he will be able to do that without sacrificing the Monarchy's power, it is even harder to predict.
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    Post by Eurasia on Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:00 am

    Strange aircraft spotted over Arbor Felix Aerodrome, likely just usual secret military experiment. ----- Massive explosion in red light district in Lugdunum believed to have been caused by sewage backup. ----- Emperor Augustus falls of balcony at winter villa, lands in snow bank. ----- Eurasian ambassador to UKZ hit with "impressive" amount of raw eggs after going shopping. ----- Train from Arveyres to Ravenna derails; ensuing yogurt floods kill 50. ----- Former President Garagoogagongagen of New Zealand feeling under-the-weather; Ministry of the Realm unusually silent but "giddy." ----- Magnus Portus police discover identity of "Christian-Baby Defiler," give him keys to city. ----- Discovery of mass grave in hinterlands outside Cossea deemed "unsurprising" by Police. ----- Eurasian Fleets inspectors inspecting allegations of "butt stuff" on ships. ----- Visiting Eurasian dignitaries to Arveyres slip on something slippery, Arveyran officials call it "stair lubricant." ----- Ministry of Culture bans sale of trees being used for "Christmastime festivities" for "safety reasons;" spokesman says, "They can cause a lot of fires, you know." ----- Want more?Blow it out your ass we've got staff cuts coming and I'm pretty sure I'm on the chopping block Visit www.eurasianews.co/eu!

    WHAT IS THE MINISTRY OF THE REALM?
    An in-depth analysis of Eurasia's most shadowy ministry.

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    The seal of the Ministry of the Realm. Its origin is unknown, but it has remained unchanged since the 1000s.

    Editor's note: this investigative article relies on deep sources within the Ministry of the Realm. For their own security their names will not be mentioned.

    Just what, or who, is the Ministry of the Realm?

    Known officially as the Ministry of the Frumentarii, the Ministry of the Real is Eurasia's most obscure imperial department. While few know much about the Ministry, it likely knows quite a bit about them. Operating as Eurasia's secret police and intelligence agency, the Ministry has an ancient origin, and perhaps an even more arcane purpose. The Ministry's Prime Minister is always shrouded in mystery, speaking rarely before the public and selected by the Senate in a secret, closed-doors session. It's operatives dot the Empire, so much so that insiders quip "there's one in every city." It spans the globe in its intelligence gathering operations, infiltrating foreign governments, private organizations, underground resistance and terrorist cells, and even royal courts. Though never proven, it has assassinated foreign diplomats, politicians, and even private citizens. Around the world and even in Eurasia, the mere mention of the Frumentarii sends chills down peoples' spines. But, truly, what is the Ministry of the Realm?

    The Frumentarii first came to being over 1500-years-ago, in the reign of the Emperor Hadrian I. They operated as grain tax collectors, spanning the Empire to enforce the tax law. Yet, as the years passed, they evolved from taxmen into a spies for the Emperor. Being that they were everywhere in the Empire, they were privy to many secrets, and the Emperors began to rely on them for information. Gradually, they began to take on a military purpose, until in 1615 they were officially formed into their own Ministry, separate from the Ministry of War and the Ministry of the Treasury. Thenceforth they were an amalgamation of an intelligence agency and a secret police, combining the guiles of spycraft with the shadowy presence of a Gestapo. Nothing escaped their watchful gaze, and they were an emperor's most powerful tool.

    Today, the Ministry of the Realm is ubiquitous. Most Eurasians have met a frumentarius, even if they don't know it. Unlike the Penitus Oculatus, the Maiorist religious police who often harass Christians and Muslims, they are empowered to do whatever is necessary to protect the Empire. It isn't an understatement to say that they are wholly above the law. If the Emperor is the law, and the law is sacred, so too are the Frumentarii.
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    Prime Minister of the Realm Gnaeus Domitius Calvinus.

    But, who exactly governs the Ministry? Unequivocally, the Emperor of Eurasia. Yet, on a day-to-day basis, it is the Prime Minister of the Realm. Since 2004, it has been Gnaeus Domitius Calvinus, a career operative in the Ministry and a veteran spymaster. It is rumored Calvinus, as a Colonel in the Ministry, engineered the collapse of the Khanate of Fire and the murder of Queen Leo. When the Privy Council meets, he is there. When the Emperor makes crucial decisions, he is at the table. When a foreign leader dies, he knows before the Emperor.

    Beneath the Prime Minister are nine bureaus, known as curia. Each has a specific and unique function that separates it from the others. They are, First Curiate (foreign espionage and sabotage), Second Curiate (Counterintelligence), Third Curiate (military counterintelligence, working with Military Intelligence), Fourth Curiate (Internal security), Fifth Curiate (economic counterintelligence and industrial security), Sixth Curiate (surveillance), Seventh Curiate (cryptology), Eighth Curiate (guarding of critical government installations and politicians), Ninth Curiate (Cybersecurity), Tenth Curiate (maintenance of Imperial functions), Nox Curiate (unknown function, likely the curiate responsible for actions such as Operation Mariposa, Juventus' Blossom, and others), Ageronan Curiate (special operations).
    Each of the curia are headed by a Curator, who reports to the Prime Minister.
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    Tarajani politician Pim Fortuyn shortly after Frumentarii operatives detonated a bomb beneath the podium at which he was speaking. He collapsed seconds after the image was taken and died on the way to the hospital.

    It is easy to describe the structure of the Ministry of the Realm, although perhaps not entirely. However, it is harder to describe what these curia do and what consequences their actions have on the world and the Empire. It has long been suspected that the Frumentarii are responsible for a number of assassinations and covert operations throughout the world. The poisoning of Cornelius Snow after the Atanean War was likely perpetrated by frumentarii operatives. The death of Queen Leo after the Khanate Intervention. The hacking of the Eindhoven Stock Exchange in 2017, the meddling in the New Zealand Presidential Election in 2016, all proven to have been the direct result of the Ministry of the Realm. The poisoning of anti-Eurasian Tarajani politician Pim Fortuyn in 1983 was most likely perpetrated by the Frumentarii at Emperor Justinius' behest. The murder of Eurasian Christian activist Michael Vangeldersma in 2009, who was tortured, beaten, then thrown off a bridge. All definitively perpetrated by the Ministry of the Realm.

    While operating covertly, the Frumentarii are not above gruesome displays to send a message. Where subterfuge fails to be effective, they will stage horrific displays to hammer their message home. In Ostium, where the Provincial Government brutally represses the native population, the Frumentarii once kidnapped a vocal Muslim cleric and left him crucified, upside down, in his town square. During the Invasion of New Zealand, the Frumentarii went house-to-house in the occupied districts, snatching resistance sympathizers or even their families and leaving them hanged and beaten outside their front doors, the message, "I supported the resistance and now I rot" scrawled in red ink on stone tablets hung 'round their necks. In 2003, uniformed Frumentarii entered a dissident church in Mosa Trajectum, arrested the parishioners, and tied the priest to the alter before setting the church aflame
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    Three Frumentarii guard a courtroom during the trial of Queen Leo.

    It is with good cause they are feared and respected. The mere mention of the Frumentarii in dissident circles makes blood run cold. If a Christian or Muslim family disappears overnight, Eurasians look to each other and say, "Frumentarii venerunt;" the Frumentarii came. If a foreign journalist is walking the street and is pulled into an unmarked car, Eurasians ignore it and go about their days. To law-abiding Eurasians, Duresians, Arveyrans, and Marquettians, the Frumentarii poses little threat to them. Ask any Eurasian, and they will say, in hushed tones, "they only ever come for them, you know." Arveyrans will shrug and mutter, "you shouldn't talk about that, not here." A Duresian might respond, "you're new around here if you're asking a question like that." A Eurasian driving to work may see the black-uniformed, armed men outside a house and take a different route. But ask a New Zealander, or an Aloian, and you elicit emotions of anger and fear. Many New Zealanders will angrily remark, "they took my uncle in the invasion. They shot him in the street." A Zackalanti woman may whisper, "they're got eyes everywhere. Don't talk to me again." An Aloian will avert their gaze and hurriedly walk away.

    When interviewed, one New Zealander policeman said, "They are the Devil incarnate." A Christian man from Gaiatar Alata merely replied, "don't ask me that! It's too dangerous!" As if to prove his point, he was found dead three days later, drowned in the baptismal font of his church.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:46 am

    Garagen's assassination: "Tarajani authorities acknowledge deal with killer, may open new horizons for defense against further attacks", Minister of Homeland Security and Justice said ---- Garagen's assassination: New-Zealand strikes deal with alleged killer in exchange for intelligence info on Frumentarii ---- New RP pamphlet published in Astana, distributed in all major cities ---- OMNI meeting & Trident Juncture: follow developments live on NTKO Channel 3 ---- Would you like to know more? More news and updates on www.ntko.co.tj

    THE REPUBLICAN MANIFESTO
    New pamphlet published by RP intellectual circles

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    A view of Astana New District; on the left, the headquarters of the Royal Police Services Agency (or KKP).

    Astana.
    With an international crisis looming over the world, and a domestic political storm inbound as debate in the States General on the new bill altering the political and administrative asset of the overseas territories becomes hotter, now a new piece of the puzzle has come into play.
    just as the first snow began to fall on Astana, members of the Republikeinse Partij have released their first, official, pamphlet, not unsurprisingly called Republikeinse Manifesto (Republican Manifesto). It is the first time since the birth of the party, founded by former Chief of Staff Baron Van Oerstaeden in the aftermath of his failed coup of 2010, that the Republicans propose a coherent and firmly grounded, political and, in a sense, philosophical, programme.
    The Manifesto, signed by RP members in the States General, together with some known and less-known names of the academic world, and other members of the civil society, heralds a radical transformation of Tarajani politics, calling for a return to the ancient system which ensured and enshrined Tarajani virtue.
    "Our glorious country has been founded on the sacrifices and the blood of the Great Houses reunited in the Landsraad. That system of aristocratic republicanism has allowed our ancestors to build the country we now live in! It gave us prosperity, freedom, security: still, we have renounced to it in favour of tyranny, the indiscriminate and unchecked rule of a single House, of a single King." the Manifesto states at the very beginning.
    It continues through an historical analysis (in the opinion of its authors) of what really happened in the Kingdom during the last two centuries: "Wasn't the first revolution the result of the cowardly plot of a king against our aristocracy, against the Landsraad? And what was the result? A decade and more of wars, suffering, tyranny. Wasn't the second revolution the result of the exasperation of the people against the monarchical institution, exploited by the communists in their favor? And who paid the price for that? The people itself! And the aristocracy. How many members of the noble Houses suffered and died? How many lives did the civil war, launched by a ruthless autocrat, claim? And what that autocrat did, just after taking back power, if not establishing an even more ruthless and oppressing regime?"
    Also, nowadays New Tarajan suffers from "a declining international position and reputation, insecurity all along our borders, spreading immorality and disrespect for our freedoms, and neverending political crises."
    The solution proposed by the Manifesto's authors is pretty straightforward: "To give back power to the body it belongs to, the Landsraad; to the people who really guaranteed and cared for the Tarajani people, the Noble Houses. The lands of Tarajan deserve to be governed by a wise, benevolent, aristocratic Republic, as it was before House Van Vinkel violently destroyed it."
    No comment concerning the manifesto has been released by the authorities, and there is no certainty about whether the federal police or the Korps Koninklijke politiediensten (KKP, the federal coordination and overseeing agency) will pursue any investigation on the matter. A timid reaction, in a Kingdom  used to see even the slightest attack against the monarchy be considered a crime (during the reign of Conrad III over four thousands people were convicted; under Conrad IV the number fell to a less impressive, but not less substantial, six hundreds). It is true that such a behavior conforms well with the course given by King Friederick Wilhelm, but some believe that the true reason behind it is the fear that a stronger reaction could ignite the volatile political situation in the States General and among the public opinion, not to mention that rumors are spreading about a possible support to republican positions as expressed in the manifesto coming from a few Landsraad Houses. A very, very dangerous precedent.
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    Post by Great Empire of Ireland on Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:29 pm

    Once A National Hero, Theodore Garrett Booted from Office

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    It doesn't seem all that long ago that Theodore Garrett massively expanded the Conservative Party's Majority in the 2015 election. In fact his party went from 329/650 seats to 492/710 seats at that election. But a lot has changed since then. Garrett's Conservative Party voted to end mandatory maternity leave in 2016 despite massive outcry from mothers all over the nation. Later that year it repealed a law legalizing abortion and proceeded to put harsh punishments on those who perform and get abortions. The Governments response? A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Officer said "It's very simple. We want our country's mothers to have children to carry on the next generation of our leaders. But a mother can not expect a workplace to work around her schedule because she decided to have kids and as for abortions if a mother can't afford a child they shouldn't have sex. Unprotected sexual activity has consequences."

    In 2017 the government changed the legal rights of gay couples to marry to legal right to a civil union saying "A marriage is a sacred thing and must be between a man and a woman. We aren't homophobic but we are trying to protect a vital institution." But later that year they proceeded to legalize polygamy.

    Garrett's Conservatives brought back the death penalty and torture in 2018. Things which the prohibition of had been championed by former leaders as bringing Ireland into the 21st century. It gutted funding to Education, Infrastructure and Healthcare saying "These are things the government should limit its control over." An in December of 2018 the straw broke the camels back as Parliament voted 400-300 to ban immigration. Prime Minister Garrett said "The world is falling apart and we can not let people from these sh*thole countries going to war come here and ruin our nation." Mass protests were held in the streets and the two largest opposition parties, Labour and Irish Socialists formed into one party, the United Party, with the aims to take down Garrett at the next general election. The King fired the Prime Minister and dissolved Parliament nearly 2 years before it was supposed to be dissolved. He called a general election for January 16th, 2019. The election saw a humiliating defeat for the Conservative Party as they lost 265 seats with many top Conservatives including the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister being defeated. Matthew Adair, leader of the United Party, spoke after his party gained control of Parliament.

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    "The people have spoken and have voted for change. It could not be clearer that this was a rejection of hatred, bigotry, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, and failed leadership. Never before in the history of Ireland have people defeated an incumbent government by this much. From 123 seats before the election we gained 310 seats. We only needed 203. We defeated the Conservative and the Irish National Party. Hope won tonight. When we take office on Friday we will begin the process of reversing the hurtful Tory policies that have plagued this nation for years.

    No one is saying this will be an easy task. But it is a necessary task. We have to legalize abortion, bring back maternity leave, legalize gay marriage, put a hate crimes law on the books, we must revitalize healthcare to make it a right for all who live here, we must repair our roads and bridges and seek to build more, we must foster scientific innovation so we can advance humanity as a whole and put Ireland back on the map, we must reform education from the disaster the Conservatives left it in because every child deserves a world class education, we must end the death penalty and torture they have no place in a modern society. We must reopen our borders, our arms, and our hearts to the world and let everyone know you can come here and be welcome. If you work hard, play by the rules, love this nation, and seek to do no harm then you have the right to call your self an Irishman or Irishwomen. We have to stand with our allies around the world against the aggression of ancient foes. This is what our government, the people's government, will be about. I am ready to get to work. Thank you!"


    PARTY MAKEUP
    The United Party of Ireland: 437 Seats out of 710(+310)
    Conservative Party: 227 Seats out of 710(-265)
    Liberal Democrats: 46 Seats(+15)
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    Post by New Tarajan on Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:19 am

    TARAJANI ARISTOCRACY CONVENES AT THE ROYAL PALACE

    Astana.
    While the world is engulfed by war, King Friederick Wilhelm has decided to resume an ancient Tarajani tradition, the so-called 'Eersteronde' (literally, 'First Round'): a sort of propitiatory celebration, originating from the warring times of the XVI century, when Tarajani (then still Antanaresian) knights and nobles used to gather in order to meet one last time before an impending war would definitely divide them. A tradition which survived the test of time, though heavily transformed, until the XIX century (the last one having been celebrated in 1859, at the dawn of the Second Ashari War).
    Now, King Friederick Wilhelm, with a surprising, even shocking, move, has resurrected the old practice. As a result, all Tarajani aristocracy (which is, those members of it not yet involved directly into military operations) is gathering at the Royal Palace for a night-long ball. Nobles belonging to both Major and Minor Houses will be present.
    The program for the evening includes a performance of the Royal Ballet Company at the Royal Palace Theatre, a dinner, and then a true and proper ball, though the King insisted in keeping the overall thing on a more sober level than usual for Tarajani aristocratic gatherings.
    Moreover, doubts and suspicions are arising that behind such a sibaritic façade may lie a different purpose: indeed, such a gathering of Tarajani aristocracy in a single place would mean that the King, possibly for the first time after last year political crisis hit the Kingdom, would have the chance to speak with every single member of it outside of the more formal framework of Palace Van Geldern. And perhaps it is no coincidence that no Landsraad member will be missing the celebrations, and that Marquis Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel will play a prominent role in them (according to unconfirmed rumors).
    Whatever is happening or is going to happen, it is clear that King Friederick Wilhelm has decided to act, after months of uncertainties, tensions, and even blatant violations of protocol (such as the decision of the Prince of Horat not to participate to the gala offered by the new Lord President of the Landsraad, and direct rival), and after a self-imposed quasi-silence in order to limit as much as possible his interference in the Tarajani political process, a true test of the sustainability of his Liberal Project. The war with Eurasia is just the last input he needed to overcome any possible extant doubt about the need for action, for the sake of House Van Vinkel and whole Kingdom.

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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:50 am

    NEWS IN THE FEDERATION

    Sessadraina hosts the bi-annual of architecture

    While the world seems in fire for the parodistic and nationalistic behavior of Eurasia, Antanares continues to live as always. While the forces of the ARROW continues in their efforts of fight for the good, Sessadraina, the eastern capital of the Federation, hosts the bi-annual of architecture. The palaces and the villas of the "City with two thousands channels" are welcoming artists, experts, critics and people simply curious about the new tendencies and discoveries in the field of urban and architectural studies.
    Famous architects from all over the world are reuniting themselves in the City Hall of Sessadraina, Palace of the Doge, where there will be in the afternoon the inauguration of the event. Will follow in the next two weeks a series of events, meetings, showrooms and even study sessions with the major experts, private and public, in architecture. But, for the first time in the Bi-Annual of Sessadraina, part of the event will be dedicated to the City Social Planning. "We have the technologies and the knowledge to build our city not only answering to the classical needs, but with the idea of plan a city for their inhabitants, predicting their development and assuming a certain evolution of the daily life. We can predict how life will turn thanks to a certain technology and respond, before its development, creating our city to be adjustable to the new technology evolution. The goal of this Bi-Annual" said Marco Centroni, head of the Faculty of Architecture of University of Sessadraina "Fa Coscari" and responsible for the organization of the event "Is to demonstrate how we can develop, plan and construct the cities of the future, keeping in mind how the world is changing and will change again. Drones, autonomous machines, a super-developed third sector, will definitely change how a city can be thought. Not less important, more advanced technologies in the field of construction allow us to think differently to how we construct the city itself. Wood, which was totally excluded in the 20th centuries from our city, will return thanks to our ability to improve its strength, mixed with glass and new metal alloy, less polluting even in the assembly lines. We are really drawing the line between the old concept of city as assembly of building and city as assembly of technology".

    During the Bi-Annual several companies from all the world and Antanares will promote, during their individual showrooms and sessions, new technologies that are all centered on the concept of a green, interactive and interconnected cities. The trends, for now, all point out to the direction of a new kind of network between the private structures and house and the network of public services. We will see what the companies will release from their hat during the next two weeks.

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    Post by New-Zealand on Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:34 pm

    Shock and Anger Over Eurasian Internment Camps
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    Shock, disbelief, anger. These are all words New-Zealanders around the nation are using to describe their feelings following this morning shocking leaked photos from somewhere in Maxwell. As part of Cranson's war effort the President has allegedly signed off on an executive order that has seen thousands of New-Zealanders of Eurasian birth being relocated to an internment camp somewhere in the Langlang desert. While the allied forces fight a brutal war of attrition pushing Eurasian forces back towards their capitol, on the homefront the civilian population is reeling from the shock of these damning reports. The office of the President has refused to respond, and with congress and the senate given limited powers during this state of war many are beginning to grow concerned over Cranson's unchecked power. Furthermore reports are coming in that protesters in Grand Haven opposing the alleged internment camps were swiftly silenced and arrested by military police. Thankfully, for now the media still remains free and able to report on the topic, and we will continue to do so as more information comes to light.
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    Post by Aloia on Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:01 am

    Church bombing in Georgiou, triggering city-wide chaos.


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    GEORGIOU, Attica -- Aloians are in a state of shock, as a double-bomb attack has struck Georgiou's St. Ansgar's Basilica. The attack has reportedly killed just over 50 church-goers and sent close to 200 people to hospitals. The attack consisted to two explosions: the first during the service, killing many of the faithful, and a second bomb exploding as paramedics and police rushed in to help, killing more.

    The attacker has been identified as Anthony Claudius, a member of the local Mos Maiorist Temple and son of a Eurasian immigrant. Protestors and infuriated Aloians have already started gathering around the temple and outside the Eurasian consulate. Hate crimes against Eurasian Aloians (and anyone with Eurasian-sounding names) have been on the rise, triggering the local government to encourage the people to be calm. This has triggered the populace to also begin targeting local government buildings, including the Georgiou city hall and the Attica Assembly House.

    Attica's governor has declared a state of emergency as the city falls into chaos. Georgiou's blood banks are desperately needing donations as their blood stores are running out. Home Guard troops have been called in from all over Anacostia to help try to control the city.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:04 am

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    BOMBS HIT GOVERNMENT SEATS AS MASS INSURRECTION OPENS IN ASTANA
    Emergency state declared all over the Kingdom

    Astana.
    The citizens of Astana may have been thought at Eurasian bombs, at first. But the truth was far worse: as the capital city was waking up, a mass insurrection was already beginning to attack Palace Van Geldern, Palace Van Telmar-Sigmaringen-Hurris, the Palace of Government, and the Royal Palace itself, in what authorities have immediately labelled as "the most serious, concerted, attack against our Kingdom ever made since the Civil War."
    The rebels, who belong to a loose coalition of communists, anarchists, and (at least accordingly to unconfirmed sources) to some extreme fringes of the Republican Party, apparently have not been scared by the martial law already declared last week all over the northern States, in response to Eurasian attacks against the UKZ. They marched against the symbols of Tarajani government and royal and aristocratic power, with flags calling for the "death of the oppressors" and the "instauration of the proletariat freedom", or even more radically "the end of Oppression". Vague slogans, but with more concrete requests, such as the abolition of the monarchy, of the Landsraad, and the call for new elections, together with the end of "imperialist war"; but also for concrete actions: bombs were launched against soldiers and policemen stationing near the targeted buildings, and soon the situation escalated into a full-scale urban guerrilla.

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    An anarchist insurgent proudly claiming victory near a burned police car.

    Conrad III Avenue and the surrounding district, which connect the Royal Palace area with the New District, and host a number of aristocratic residences, have been particularly attacked as well. Both Palace De Witte and Palace Van Gendt have been burned, while three others have been pillaged. Attacks against the personnel living there and normal citizens who were caught on the path have also been reported.
    The police and the military have immediately intervened, while other forces are being called from the neighbouring States: contingents from the Principality of Horat are entering the New District right now. However, the situation is still critical: while the outskirts of the city are safe, the same cannot be said for the centre. The Royal Palace is still surrounded by insurgents, thought sources from inside confirm that the Royal Family is safe, protected by the Royal Guards.
    Those members of the Landsraad who were in the capital at the beginning of the insurrection have found refuge in the Pasargade, the RHIELD headquarters not far from Astana. From there, and in the lack of direct contact with the King, Lord President Grand Duke Wilhelm V Van Ceytal has issued a call for "the unity of all Tarajani in the face of this new threat which, I give you my word of honour, will be crashed without hesitation." The call was strongly support by Supreme Marshal Duke Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel, who has announced a press conference to be held soon in order to give the point about the current situation.
    The situation in the rest of the Kingdom is, at least at the moment, quiet. Though acts of vandalism have bene reported in some cities and towns, they seem to be the work of isolated sympathizers. A bit different what is happening in Meisjegronden: as soon as the news reached the archipelago, a crowd has gathered in front of the Viceroy Palace in Groenestadt, however keeping a peaceful behavior. Apparently, the Viceroy is now talking with representatives from the protesters, together with members of the local Landsraad and Diet, in order to assess that situation.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:57 am

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    SUPREME MARSHAL TO THE ROYAL PALACE AS AUTHORITIES RESTORE ORDER IN ASTANA

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    The Mahvar Zyiar hovering over Astana.

    Astana.
    The sound from the engines of the Mahavash Zyiar, the flagship of the massive RHIELD's skycarriers, may be frightening sometimes; but this time, the huge silhouette hovering over Astana has been a pleasant surprise for many citizens.
    And unpleasant, for some others.
    Following its mandate to protect the Kingdom and the Monarchy particularly against all threats, the RHIELD has joined the efforts by the Federal and Astana police, and the local and national military, to put down the mass insurrection brought to the capital by a loose coalition of anarchists, communists, and republican extremists early yesterday morning.
    As a result, the Mahvash Zyiar has been tasked with patrolling the skies over the Ajanic citadel and the Royal Palace, while the organization's special teams coordinated with the Marechausseé in order to identify, located, and arrest the prominent leaders of the insurrection.
    The central districts, including Conrad III Avenue, which was overtaken by the insurgents yesterday, have been restored to order. Supreme Marshal Duke Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel, who spearheaded and coordinated the effort, has reached the Royal Palace this afternoon, greeted by King Friederick Wilhelm and Queen Beatrix, together with a crowd of citizens, glad to be have been freed by the nightmare of night-long pillaging and burnings.
    Neither the police or the military have released official figures about the numbers of the insurgents, and of those already arrested. At the moment, sporadic guerrilla fighting is still reported in some peripheral areas of the central districts, and not far from the Palace of Government in the New District, but authorities assure that the situation is under control. From the office of the Burgrave of Astana also came the first data about the damages inflicted by the insurrection, which are estimated at amounting about twenty millions Prands. However, a clear estimate is still hard to make.
    Fifteen dead have been confirmed, five of whom among the police forces, while two were soldiers of the 15th Armored Brigade, stationed in Astana since the martial law came into effect; the rest are from the insurgents. However, Astana hospitals have reported at least two hundreds wounded, some of them in critical conditions, both among the insurgents and normal citizens who were caught in the way.

    The King's intervention and speech

    Duke Leopold Conrad may have been greeted as an hero, by it is the King who have received the greatest show of gratitude by the citizens. And for a reason.
    Trapped inside the Royal Palace by the insurgents, King Friederick Wilhelm have personally shown himself repeatedly in front of the Royal Guard members who were protecting the complex, personally ordering to open the doors to all the citizens in need, and even speaking to crowds of insurgents, try to convince them to withdraw; in any case, refusing any request for evacuating the palace. Such determination in the front of danger have reminded to many the deeds of the King's grandfather, Conrad III, who personally fought in the frontlines with his soldiers during the civil war.
    Finally speaking in front of the crowd and to journalists, with Supreme Marshal Duke Leopold Conrad, Lord President Grand Duke Wilhelm V Van Ceytal, and the President of the Diet Edmund Schaepman all at his side, King Friederick Wilhelm made today his first official speech after the insurrection.
    "This has been the most dramatic attack against our country and our throne since the civil war" he said, echoing what already the Lord President said yesterday: "All of us must be grateful for the efforts undertaken by the brave men and women of our police and armed forces in dealing with this threat swiftly and in restoring the safety of innocent Tarajani citizens."

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    King Friederick Wilhelm delivering his speech.

    "To those who believed it was enough to stage a general pillage to shake our nation, and to bring back terror in our hearts, we stand firm." he said, immediately receiving a long applause by the crowd: "But we have to think about what happened. To meditate about the causes of such a rage. A fire is started by a little flame. Even this insurrection have roots which have to be dealt with in order to avoid such a thing to happen again."
    "Petty political rivalries, obstructionism, lack of transparency. These are a few of the issues which need to be addressed. And the time to do this is now." the King said.
    He announced that, in order to safeguard the safety of the Kingdom in a time a war such as this, the government will now be chaired by Supreme Marshal Leopold Conrad, after Grand Pensionary De Witte-Beulen have resigned early this morning, landing at Astana International Airport on board the Samangan.
    The Supreme Marshal, now Grand Pensionary, however, will have a precise mandate: "To lead New Tarajan out of this war upholding our honour and that of our allies. To ensure the safety of our citizens. And to prepare the draft of a new constitution for the Kingdom."
    An announcement which has caught everyone by surprise. New Tarajan never had an official constitution. After the civil war, and with the restoration of the Monarchy, Conrad III issued the Declaration of Regeneration, a set of very general guidelines and principles, but never a true constitutional chart.
    Clearly, times have changed; and so have the needs of the country.
    Asked by a journalist about the specific content of the constitution, the King answered: "We need to ensure that all our citizens rights and duties are duly recognized and respected. That the relation between the Great Houses of the Landsraad be from now on kept inside a well-defined, widely known, legal and political framework. And that our Oversea Territories may finally see their rights recognized, and their self-determination acknowledged."
    Unprecedented words, which have generated a wave of enthusiasm all over the Kingdom. In all major cities rallies have been organized, hailing the King as "the new father of the Kingdom", "protector of the Tarajani", and so on.

    An analysis of the situation

    To better grasp the situation, we have decided to interview one of the most prominent scholar in the field of political science, Prof. Baldouin Kuyper. Class 1944 (just the year of the restoration), Prof. Kuyper is Dean of the Koninklijke Tarajani Universiteit of Astana, reknown as the greatest expert in the Kingdom's domestic policy and history.
    Prof. Kuyper, this mass insurrection have caught everyone by surprise. Almost everyone, at least.
    "Exactly. Almost everyone. But the ferments were already visible all around us. It was only a matter of time."
    Why?
    "In truth, King Friederick Wilhelm already answered to this question. But we may deepen the analysis, of course: the Kingdom has suffered more than one year of political deadlock after the death of Prince Maximilian Van Sondenburg, around the issue of the election of a new Lord President. However, everyone knows that, behind that issue, other interests and concerns were hiding. It was the trigger for a final crisis between the Major Houses, something what was already boiling since decades; perhaps, even since the restoration itself. Anarchists and communists have just perceived this to be the signal of the final decline of the political regime created by Conrad III."
    How so?
    "The Eastern States have always thought to have been 'left behind' after the restoration. They have kept their loyalty to the Crown during the civil war, suffering the consequences from this choice. Still, and despite the sincere efforts of Conrad III, they have never seen the same economic prosperity, and rise in political importance, of their Western neighbours. By deciding to go on their own for a new Lord President, they were sending the signal that they had had enough. A dangerous signal. Moreover, the issue of Meisjegronden's status was already on the table..."
    This is indeed a very important issue. Former Grand Pensionary De Witte-Beulen had announced a plan to resolve it...
    "Yes, but now he is out of power."
    So is this the beginning of new unrest there? Even though the archipelago kept quiet during the insurrection?
    "The Meisjegrondeans are not fools. Their political leaders are all members of the local Landsraad, and they know very well how the Kingdom works. They have decided to keep calm and waiting. They have no reason to go against the Crown: they enjoy the immediacy to the King, though mediated by the figure of the Viceroy. Also, the Orbital Elevator is probably the hugest projects ever undertaken in the whole world, and has brought to Meisjegronden an immense wealth, and a promise of more to come. Finally, what would have been the alternative? With the war against the Eurasians, an open revolt would have meant to call for Eurasian forces to land. And nobody would ever consider the Eurasians as credible liberators."
    Will this new constitution address all these issues?
    "It will try, at least. That's only natural. King Friederick Wilhelm has decided to make an unprecedented step in Tarajani history by issuing a constitutional mandate for the government. And the fact that he announced this while standing beside to the Lord President and the President of the Diet was a cleary message to the audience, that the decision is his, but that it has been taken after consultation also with the representatives of the people and of the aristocracy. The intent is clear: to find a definitive solution to the Kingdom's political problems. This means all problems."
    Sounds like a huge task...
    "It is, beyond doubt. But it is a necessary one. This is the natural following of the path which King Friederick Wilhelm inaugurated since almost a decade, what journalists have liked to label 'The Liberal Project'. It is a way to address all the issues left open by Conrad III's Declaration and to give a more solid ground for New Tarajan to develop upon."
    But the insurrection may have convinced the King that his plans are unfeasible...
    "Quite the contrary. It signalled that they are more needed than ever. And also gave the King the necessary leverage to undertake it so near a political crisis and in the middle of a war..."
    How is that possible?
    "The insurrection was targeted against the whole spectrum of Tarajani government and aristocracy. Nobody was spared. This means that everyone has been scared. The aristocracy is not made of fools. They have run this country for centuries, in opposition or in alliance with the Crown. They understood the message."
    And the King apparently enjoys renewed popularity among the citizens.
    "Among everyone, to tell the truth. For the citizens, he showed courage and self-confidence, and upheld his own duties. For the aristocracy, he is the best guarantee that the constitutional path will respect their privileges and prerogatives, ensuring a neutral and unbiased stance. In a sense, it eliminated from the equation the fact that it has been the King who appointed Wilhelm V, and so an Easterner, as new Lord President. An act which have alienated him the favour of some Western Houses. At least until now. And all this despite the procedure followed right now is not the one a constitution would allow: De Witte-Beulen has clearly been convinced to resign, but he had lost the King's favour since his proposal on Meisjegronden and other Oversea Territories."
    What will happen now?
    "Future is hard to predict. And we have to take the war into account as well. The recent bombings against Antanares mean that the threat is closer than ever. And an attack against Velikogovolka, no matter how exaggerated by Eurasian propaganda, is an act of defiance against an historical ally which cannot go unanswered. So, the war will likely be at the forefront of this government's and the King's concerns. But it is possible that we are seeing the beginning of a new era for the Kingdom. While other countries fall into chaos and disarray, we Tarajani are being lead by the King toward a stronger and more participated liberalism."
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    Post by New Tarajan on Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:12 am

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    THE KING ANNOUNCES THE CONSTITUTION
    Official speech held in front of the States General

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    King Friederick Wilhelm II.

    Astana.
    The war may be not over yet officially, but the Kingdom of New Tarajan is already moving forward. And it does so in the strongest, clearest way possible. This morning, with the whole country watching through cameras, King Friederick Wilhelm II delivered a speech in front of the States General, summoned for the occasion at Palace Van Telmar-Sigmaringen-Hurris.
    The speech comes after the Special Constitutional Committee, instituted by the King himself and ad-interim Grand Pensionary the Duke of Coevorden, has delivered the final results of its work to the sovereign.
    "Each country, being large or small, has to face equally the winds of history. Change is the essential process of our universe. But change must not be mindless nor careless. And it always has to look to our past for inspiration, and for avoiding the mistakes of our forefathers." these are the words the King used to begin his speech.
    "After decades of cruel tyranny, of suffering and death at the hands of the fetish of revolution, my grandfather believed that, in order to ensure nothing like that would happen again to our Kingdom and our citizens, the solution would have been to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors. And he thought to find these mistakes in the release of the constitutional chart that King Sigismund Heinrich III issued in 1841. We cannot blame him for believing so. And we will all be grateful for how he was able to lead our Kingdom into a renewed era of peace, prosperity, reconstruction." he said.
    "However, time has passed, and it is our duty to move forward as well. This is something that goes well beyond the borders of New Tarajan. Look at the world, at how it was ravaged by wars in such a small span of time. How many lives have been claimed already? How much suffering, and destruction, have befell once prosperous countries? How long treachery has insidiated them? Make no mistake, this is also our fault, mine and yours alike. For too long the Kingdom of New Tarajan has been stuck into political obstructionism and in-fighting; for too long we have been forced to adopt ambiguous policies which went against both of our own interest, and that of the whole world. It is time for this to change, once and for all. This is, first and foremost, what this new Chart means."
    "It is not our duty, here and now, to read you the Chart that Our Majesty intend to deliver, based on the tireless and careful work of men and women of proved expertise and virtue. But it is our duty to state clearly what our priorities have been, in this elaboration: first, a clear framework for the relation between the States of our Kingdom, the noble Houses of the Landsraad, and the our citizen's representatives in the Diet; second, full independence for all the Oversea Territories under the aegis and protection of our Crown; third, the removal of any barrier to religious and spiritual freedom, and namely the renounciation to Jahanism as our official State religion; fourth, a new law establishing the rules and requisites for the election and formation of governments, that would strike a balance between representativeness and the need for stability; fifth, the guarantee of equal political freedoms for all our citizens, including those who, until now, have been forced to leave their true political feelings hidden to the public for fear of reprisal; sixth, the guarantee of liberty for all the States of our Kingdom."
    The King then announced  the procedure through which the Constitutional Chart will be approved: first, all the States of the Kingdom will have to ratify it; second, the full text will be released to the public in all cities and towns of the country. At that time, the King also announced, the States General will be dissolved, together with the ad-interimg cabinet led by the Duke of Coevorden, and new elections will start. At the same time, a referendum will be held in Meisjegronden in order for it to choose whether to obtain full independence under House Van Vinkel, as the other Oversea Territories, or to become integral part of the Kingdom as three different States, each corresponding to one of the largest islands of the archipelago. The result of the referendum will have to be then discussed and eventually ratified by the Landsraad of Meisjegronden to put into effect.
    While the full text will reveal more about the details of this new constitutional arrangement, a few things are already clear: this is a chart strongly willed by the King himself, as is demonstrated both by the fact that it was him who opted to put forward the idea together with the Duke of Coevorden, and that it perfectly mirrors the direction his policies had since his enthronement in 2009, and particularly those enacted after 2010. Friederick Wilhelm clearly has found out that an official arrangement will be the best guarantee against any possible attack against his vision of a New Tarajan free from the authocratic and reactionary policies of his grandfathers, but at the same time stable and not shaken at its very ground, the alliance between the Crown and the aristocracy. It is no secret that the King has been greatly disappointed, if not overtly worried, by the long period of political crisis which followed the death of Prince Maximilian Van Sondenburg last year, and even more by the reckless attempts of Grand Pensionary De Witte-Beulen to solve the crisis by greatly weakening the Royal House itself. At the same time, the King has made no mystery about the recent war against Eurasia, which he has seen as the greatest failure of Tarajani politics in recent years.
    Addressing the States General about the direction the new cabinet, once elected under the new constitution, will have to follow in order to solve the most serious issues affecting the Kingdom, indeed, Friederick Wilhelm began exactly by mentioning Tarajani foreign policy: "It is beyond doubt that we have failed in our attempt at bringing more peace and stability into the world" he said "and this must lead to a full reconsideration of our stance. We must ensure that never again our Kingdom will be drawn in a war we did not want nor envisaged, as a puppet into the hands of treacherous people. Never again the life and blood of our soldiers will be wasted in vain. This means that, first of all, the peace negotiations with Eurasia will have to make a point about avoiding, with all necessary means, a repeating of what has happened; and that our allies will be closely scrutinized before dragging ourselves into the meanders of their power-politics. New Tarajan has prospered in neutrality and peace, and we must ensure that this will still be possible."
    At the same time, however, the new Cabinet will also have to look inside the Kingdom's borders: "The ministers will need to address growing economic stagnation and inequality, to restore the government's budget stability, to enhance the development and maintenance of our infrastructures, to stimulate a new, sustainable growth in all sectors of society."
    An overall ambitious program. It will be seen whether the King will find a political force with enough strength to carry it on.
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    Post by UK of Zackalantis on Mon May 20, 2019 11:41 am

    THE165th UKZ DAY TURNS INTO VICTORY CELBRATIONS

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    With chief guests from across the OMNI, the UKZ carried out its annual UKZ Day Parade in Cair Paravel along King's Road (Rajpath). The parade which was scheduled to be cancelled was back on track as the war ended at the start of the month.

    The parade begins with the Prime Minister laying the wreath to the memorial of the immortal soldier at UKZ Gate, this time he leads the UKZ in paying tribute to all the men and women who laid down their lives for the protection of the free OMNI way of life.
    This was followed by military contingents marching, different tableaux from across the presidencies of the UKZ and dance performances as well.

    For the first time in many years, Her Majesty was also present in Cair Paravel to receive the salute. It is usually a tradition for the Provost to take the salute on behalf of the crown.

    Celebrations across the UKZ are also taking place with street parties and fireworks scheduled tonight.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:29 am

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    ASTOUNDING VICTORY
    The Duke of Coevorden-led party coalition achieves outstanding electoral victory



    Astana.
    With the war against Eurasia (at least apparently) over, New Tarajan has finally seen the first elections under the provisions of the new constitutional chart issued by King Friederick Wilhelm. The results, released this morning by the press office of the States General, did surprise some, but were more than expected by others: the party coalition led by the Duke of Coevorden, and Supreme Marshal of the Kingdom, Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel, has achieved the outstanding result of 60% of the total amount of votes. An unprecedented result, even when considering that the coalition comprised a traditional political juggernaut such as the KTCP (which, collecting the legacy of the old White Party, and then of the Regeneratie Partij, made up the main opposition force to the dominant Blue Party during the past two legislatures) and the newly-founded Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, or SGP, the first political party of Christian inspiration in Tarajani history, which comprised under its wing many of those Diet members disillusioned by some of the religious policies undertaken by former Grand Pensionary De Witte-Beulen.
    The defeat for the liberal Blue Party, and even for the left, almost completely absorbed into the TSDP, could not be more evident: achieving a 15% and 18% of votes respectively, they both saw their numbers inside the Diet falling drastically. Moreover, they found themselves uncomfortably close to the numbers of the republicans (RP) who, despite allegations of support for the Astana riots during the war, have been able to distance themselves from the most radical extremists in order to save their political legitimacy (and avoid the exclusion from the political arena tout court under the charge of treason).


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    The Duke and Duchess of Coevorden, showing themselves from the balcony of Charbagh Palace after their arrival.


    The reasons for the crushing defear suffered by the liberals and the socialists are many: the increasingly-strained relationship between the Blue Party and its leader, De Witte-Beulen, on one side, and the King on the other have surely contributed. Nobody can forget that the former Grand Pensionary lost his position under direct orders of the King himself. His diplomatic policy has been also a factor, with many believing it has been one of the reason leading New Tarajan into a war that proved costly, bloody and, which is worse, stained by treason. Though it is unfair to attribute to the Margrave of Beulen all the responsibility for what can be rightly be seen as a débacle for Tarajani diplomacy as it has been undertaken for years, despite the military victory, his position has quickly become untenable in front of public opinion (and it is just ironical to note that his immediate predecessor, Duke Van Aardenne-Gliefen, lost his position for another conflict involving New-Zealand). Concerning domestic policies, the heated debate and open dissent sparked by the religious policies of the government (represented chiefly by its support for the infamous TSDP-proposed Anti-Religious Interference Law, or ARIL), its inability to overcome the political deadlock inside the Landsraad without indirectly eroding the power of the Crown, and the unwillingness to cope with the economic consequences of constant political uncertainty and infight, all conspired to shape an environment hostile to a new liberal-led executive. The Astana riots were only the final element of the puzzle.
    On this background, it is easier to understand the increasing popularity of the Duke of Coevorden, the man who had crushed the riots, re-establishing order in the capital, and led the Kingdom to its final victory against Eurasia, at the same time managing to keep the delicate balance inside the Landsraad and even guiding, together with the King, the transition toward a constitutional regime.


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    The Duke of Coevorden in his military uniform as Supreme Marshal of the Kingdom.


    But who is the Duke of Coevorden, the man who is going to lead one of the world superpowers?
    Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel-Coevorden, fifth Duke of Coevorden, is the older cousin of King Friederick Wilhelm, Grand Duke Conrad, and Princess Elise Angelique, and head of the collateral Van Vinkel-Coevorden branch of House Van Vinkel, son of Ludwig Maximilian Van Vinkel (brother of King Conrad IV) and of Orianne Van de Meester. Married to Hildegarde Helene Van Adelaar, and thus with strong links with both the Eastern and the Western Houses, he pursued the military career since the very beginning, keeping himself aside from the political world. With the rank Generaal-majoor, he was among those military officers that opposed the attempted military coup of 2010 against then-Marquis and Grand Pensionary Conrad Van Vinkel, led by then-Chief of Staff Baron Heinrich Van Oerstaedt. Deeply respected among the military sphere, he earned the rank of Luitenant-generaal two years ago; and with this rank he personally led the operations to free Astana from the rebels who were sacking it a few months ago.
    Described by those who surround him as calm, methodical, and extremely patient, the man was however able to capture since the very beginning the feelings of the people, earning an outstanding popularity among the Tarajani public opinion: avoiding the sensational claims and statements of his predecessors, he earned a reputation for a man "who get the job done", well in line with his military background.
    With such a strenght (not to mention the favour of his cousin the King), it has been relatively easy for him to secure the leadership of the KTCP after Count Carl Van Houden accepted to step back, and to lead his coalition to victory.
    The political platform on which he built his outstanding electoral success is relatively simple, and it is marked by a sense of continuity with what he managed already to achieve in the past few months: the implementation of all points of the constitutional chart; the need to keep the Kingdom well ordered and stable, far from the threat of any extremism; economic and infrastructural renewal; the intervention of the government should any new dangerous deadlock arise inside the Landsraad; the full support for the Monarchy. International relations, a topic traditionally very important in Tarajani elections, had their fair share of treatment: definitive end of the war through an official peace treaty, which should include the partial de-militarization of Eurasia and the creation of a safe-zone along its borders, and the independence of Arveyres; a complete re-shape of Tarajani international obligations, particularly those under OMNI, possibly through a re-structuring of the alliance itself toward a stronger integration with Antanares and Zackalantis, with the possible exclusion of New-Zealand; a stronger protection of Tarajani interests in the world and particularly along the sea line of communications.
    A program which is already arising contrasting reactions, beginning with the Landsraad (whose members are partly concerned about the possibility of having to face a less well-disposed and less complacent Council) and finishing with some parts of the Diet. While many have hailed the Duke as a sort of messiah coming to bring order and stability to a Kingdom plagued by political uncertainty, others did not miss the chance to point toward the dangers that his kind of charismatic leadership may entail for the tenure of what is, after all, a relatively fragile democratic and liberal regime, particularly in the case Friederick Wilhelm should prove to be unable (or unwilling) to sustain the process of freeing New Tarajan from the last remnants of the past autocracy of his predecessors on the throne. The new constitution, while being a progress in this sense, is also sufficiently ambiguous to leave the King ample margin to maneuver: that, indirectly, means a larger space for his newest creature, his cousin.
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    Post by UK of Zackalantis on Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:55 pm

    THE FESTIVAL OF DEMOCRACY BEGINS

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    After the war, calls for an early general election were mounting, with the government saying that they will seriously consider it. After the impressive victory for the Zack National Congress (ZNC) in the first presidency election this year after the war in Trivandrum where they won 30 out of 45 seats beating the Zack Labour Party and ousting them from power, the ruling ZNC filled with confidence and backed by opinion polls that show them increasing their current slim majority of 283/557 seats in the People's Assembly (lower house) to a projection of 300, the Prime Minister has called for an election a year before parliament's term ends. He has stated that he will not be serving as Prime Minister if his party wins the elections and has left it to his party to look for a new leader.

    Her Majesty has dissolved parliament and he remains interim Prime Minister. The Election commission has declared a model code of conduct that prevents the Prime Minister from bringing about royal declarations (laws that are passed without Parliament vote and expire 6 months after signing failing parliament approval). Voting through a preferential voting system and result day has been set for the 18th of August 2019. This is the first general election where citizens of Commonwealth Association nations who have been living in UKZ for a minimum of 1 year will also be able to vote.
    This was also the longest-serving parliament with it completing 3 years out of its total 4, since 2009 where the Zack Monarchy Party broke up while still in government 3 years into its term to be replaced by the Liberals in 2012 (which lasted only 2 years)

    Foreign Policy along with healthcare, environment and infrastructure development are set to play a major role in this election.

    The fore-runners are the ruling Zack National Congress (ZNC), the Zack Conservative Party (CON), the Zack Liberal Party (LIB) and the Zack People's Party(ZPP).

    The ZNC is a centre-left party. They are fairly socially liberal but believe in letting the presidencies have a free hand in deciding social issues like marriage equality, abortion etc.
    The last time they were in power before the 2016 election was from 2001-2005 with A Borthwick and 2005-2009 with Moises Aries as Prime Minister.
    They have chief ministers in 6 out of the 32 presidencies. They support a change in UKZ's roles and responsibilities towards OMNI, but they lack a united OMNI policy with several MPs and Councilors (members of the upper house) openly opposing the Prime Minister's status quo OMNI stance.

    The CON is the right-leaning party of the UKZ. Focussed on re-establishing a more traditional UKZ again with more powers to the monarchy with even certain extreme members advocating the scrapping of the secularism laws of the country making the UKZ a Roman Catholic Christian nation. These extreme views, while not openly subscribed to by the party leadership has done enough to isolate it from non-catholic dominated presidencies like Relion, Bombay, Cawnpore, Daman and Bisvada. The last time they were in power was in 2014, where Reginald Potter's minority government fell in a year to be replaced by the Liberals Najib Razak government. They have chief ministers in 7 out of 32 presidencies were the second largest party in parliament with 190/557 seats. They are pro leave OMNI and have promised to initiate Z-exit if voted to power.

    The LIB is the left-leaning party. With 62/557 seats in the last parliament, they were the third largest party. They have chief ministers in 8 of 32 presidencies and their last government was under the leadership of Justin Trudeau who took over from Liberal PM Razak (2015-2016)after he resigned due to illness, Mr. Trudeau's government lasted 6 months with the ZNC withdrawing support from the minority Liberal government and was replaced following a general election by the ZNC's current PM Shashi Tharoor.
    The LIBs support UKZ membership with OMNI, but pushes for reconsideration and re-negotiation of UKZ's duties to OMNI allies. It will push for raising taxes on the wealthy and cut the budget to defence and increase it for education, welfare, healthcare, tourism, and environmental protection.

    The ZPP, once a major party has now reduced itself to only 11/557 seats in the last parliament and taking on a more Hindu nationalist stance has curtailed its presence to the southern UKZ presidencies (often called the Indian Presidencies, with majority Hindu populations). They have only 3 chief ministers out 32 presidencies. The last government they had was in 1997 under the leadership of Jyoti Basu and he lost the election to the ZNC's A Borthwick in 2001.
    The ZPP has made no statement on OMNI, but their main focus tends to be largely communal- Indian Presidencies for Hindus alone. Their controversial leader Mr M Mudi has called Roghtanistines and Christians to move back to North UKZ. The party is set to do fairly poorly as out of the 7 Indian presidencies, only 3 have Hindu majorities.

    The battle for the 41st People's Assembly has just begun, it's going to be a short but fairly gruelling campaign.
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    Post by Eurasia on Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:18 am

    RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACTIVISTS SHUT DOWN JULIUM
    Thousands of Christians and Muslims block traffic throughout the city; leaders gather on the Via Cephorana and marched on the Marinian Square.

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    The Marinian Square, full of demonstrators.

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    In a shocking display which has ground a busy city to a halt, tens of thousands of Christian and Muslim activists descended on the Empire's capital. Gathering spontaneously on the Via Cephorana, they marched directly to the Marinian Square outside the Imperial Palace. Led by Fr. Iohannes von Buelow, of Aloian descent, the crowd held signs and banners reading "We demand equal rights," "Augustus is a tyrant," and "Abolish the Penitus Occulatus."

    The growing crowd listed a number of demands, including demanding to speak with His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Augustus, as well as the Curator of the Penitus Occulatus, Marcus Juventius Laterensis, whose resignation was also demanded. Fr. von Buelow read a speech in the square, saying "[t]he cruelties of Imperator Augustus' regime are innumerable, and as Eurasians we demand equal treatment under the law. For 2000 years, the Penitus Occulatus has raided our churches, demolished our businesses, and denied us the rights granted us under Imperial law. That ends today."

    The Julium police responded with a cordon around the protesters, but where unable to prevent the protest from occurring. The Urban Prefect, Virginia Raetina, issued a statement saying the protesters had not applied for a permit to march in advance, and that the gathering was technically illegal. Police have been attempting to force the crowd from the Marinian Square with varying success, and have been deploying Long Range Acoustic Devices, pepper spray, and tear gas.

    The Praetorian Guard have massively increased their visible presence surrounding the Imperial Palace, where His Imperial Majesty is believed to be in residence. While no statement has been issued, the Ministry of Imperial Relations released a statement saying that, in light of the unlawful assembly and a perceived threat to the safety of His Imperial Majesty, the Praetorian Guard may employ lethal force without the customary verbal warning to any who breach the Imperial Palace grounds.
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    Post by UK of Zackalantis on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:42 pm

    UKZ ELECTS ITS 41ST PARLIAMENT
    ZACK NATIONAL CONGRESS SINGLE LARGEST PARTY

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    6 Weeks after former PM Shashi Tharoor called for an early general election, voters across the UKZ headed to the polls and in a preferential voting system elected their representatives to the 41st People's Assembly (Lower House) of the Zack Parliament. The house has a total of 557 seats and a party needs 279 seats to reach majority and form a government.

    The Zack National Congress (ZNC) who had an absolute majority in the 40th People's Assembly has come out as the single largest party with 44 seats short of a majority, with the Zack Liberal Party (LIB) coming out as the second-largest party and will sit in opposition.
    The results along with the swings in seats are as follows:
    ZNC= 235 (-48)
    LIB=131 (+110)
    CON= 80 (-110)
    ZPP= 11 (+/- 0)

    Going into the elections, opinion polls suggested that the ZNC would increase its majority and the Conservative Party (CON) would be the second largest party, however, the results left the ZNC with 44 seats short of a majority and the CON reducing their seats by 110 and the LIB coming out as the second largest party with an increase in 110 seats.
    ZNC's party president- Theresa May has accepted the Queen's invitation to form a government in her name. PM May and her coalition of regional parties face their floor test this monday following which the Provost of Cair Paravel will administer to her the oath of office.
    Theresa May will be the 31st Prime Minister of the constitutional monarchy and the 5th female prime minister (the first being elected in 1925, and the last being elected in 1997). However, her premiership has already gotten off to a rocky start isolating both her liberal as well as more conservative voters. She has taken support from a coalition of Ceylon political parties called the United for Lanka Coalition (ULC) which seeks independence from the UKZ, as well as the Welsh National Party (WNP) which has been pushing for the establishment of their own constitution and autonomy from the central government of the UKZ- This will likely put the ZNC on the bad side of its more conservative voters.

    Liberal voters of the ZNC are also concerned as the ZNC has taken support from two religious parties- The Christian Democrats (CHR) and the Relionite People's Party (REL).

    The ZNC+ Coalition has a total of 288 Seats
    ZNC= 235
    WNP= 12
    REL= 8
    CHR= 5
    GRN= 6
    ULC=18
    AZHP= 1
    INDEPENDENTS= 3

    The CON leader, Boris Johnson has resigned following the dismal performance of his party but has warned that the ZNC and LIB are essentially the same party and that no good will come with them having such a great number of seats in parliament. He encouraged right wing MPs in parliament to make sure the voice of the right is heard.

    LIB leader, Jeremy Corbyn has said that he is happy to sit in the opposition and hold the government to account. He emphasised that the main difference between the ZNC and his party was that LIBs had a policy and are not flimsy centrists like the May leadership.

    ZPP leader and chief minister of the presidency of Daman, has refused to resign, however, an impeachment notice has been issued to him by gravely concerned ZPP party members as their party slowly dies out of mainstream zack politics.

    But these results bring uncertainty and an unstable coalition, which does not give hope to an electorate that was looking forward to the first government that might be able to complete its full 4-year term since the government of Lloy Seinfeld in 2009.
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    Post by New Tarajan on Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:36 am

    NEW TARAJAN CELEBRATES BIRTH OF JAHAN AMIDST RENEWED POLITICAL STABILITY

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    Members of the Royal Horse Guard parading in front of the Royal Palace for the celebrations.

    Astana.
    It's that time of the year again. The Kingdom of New Tarajan today celebrates the Told-e Jahan, the Birth of Jahan, one of the most sacred festivities of the Ajanic calendar. With the whole Kingdom intent in celebrating, and the Tarajani aristocracy once again convening for the traditional banquet and Royal Ball, what is mostly surprising is how the atmosphere and mood inside the capital (and not only the capital) has changed compared to last year's celebrations.
    For the first time in years, the Kingdom of the Sun enjoys a widespread perception of peace and stability: with external wars finally ended (despite an international environment still full of possible dangerous escalations) and domestic strife apparently stopped under the firm leadership of the new government led by Supreme Marshal and Grand Pensionary, the Duke of Coevorden, Leopold Conrad Van Vinkel. Many, both inside and outside the Kingdom's borders, have interpreted the decision by the Landsraad to break with traditional State protocol by offering a special banquet at Palace Van Geldern to both the King and the Grand Pensionary yesterday evening as a clear signal toward a definitive political appeasament by the most powerful legislative body of the Kingdom; the fact that all Diet members were equally invited allowed for an unprecedented show of unity of all Tarajani governmental branches for the first time since the inauguration of Friederick Wilhelm's reign almost ten years ago.
    Today's ball at the Royal Palace equally showed an impressive picture of unity, stability, and the re-establishment of a firm position also on the international level, with all ambassadors accredited at the Royal Court invited to join with their staff.
    With the Landsraad and the Diet expected to go back to work in January on the approval of the new financial bill promoted by the government, a bill that, although not yet fully disclosed in its details, seems to promise a drastic change in Tarajani domestic expenditure, such renewed political unity and stability may be much needed.
    Meanwhile, the Kingdom enjoys them, and an equally renewed economic prosperity, by remembering the birth of the mythological founder of the ancient Ajanic Empire by an array of different means: fireworks over the Ajanic Citadel of Astana, the Lighting of the Fire ceremony in the ruins of Muraz (a celebration always officed by the King himself, who is still considered as the religious head of the Jahanists), the traditional lunch.
    Waiting, for the challenges of a new year ahead.
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    Post by Eurasia on Sun Mar 15, 2020 4:42 am

    SENATOR RAISES QUESTIONS OVER SPOLETIUM EXCLUSION ZONE
    Nearly three decades after the accident, Sen. Spurius Carvilius Ruga of Spoletium demands answers from Ministry of War.


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    In what is sure to be a contentious debate, Sen. Spurius Carvilius Ruga of Spoletium has demanded the Senate establish a commission to investigate the Spoletium Disaster. The two-term Senator, who serves on the Assembly for Taxation, has called the Ministry of War's explanation of the disaster inadequate, and demands to know why the Zone of Alienation is still forbidden to civilians and to provincial researchers.

    "More than thirty-years-later, academic researchers are still prohibited from investigating the exclusion zone and the remains of the nuclear plant." said Carvilius Ruga, speaking before a stunned Senate. "The Ministry of War has not been honest regarding what is present in the Zone; the people of Spoletium, and indeed the Empire, deserve an explanation."

    The Spoletium Exclusion Zone, known officially as the Zone of Alienation, was established in 1984 following the reactor disaster at the Spoletium nuclear plant. The disaster, which killed forty-one plant workers and severely irradiated over 200 square kilometers of Tolbiacum, precipitated a massive shift in Eurasian nuclear energy. RBMK-type reactors were hurriedly replaced, and containment facilities for the new reactor designs were refitted to be safer. The resulting clean up, which included the forced relocation of some 200,000, as well as the destruction of nearly 4,000 villages, was one of the costliest disasters to ever befall the Empire.

    Sen. Carvilius Ruga's assertions of dishonesty on the part of the Ministry of War are not entirely unfounded. There are many critics who question why the War Ministry continues to operate the Zone instead of the Ministry of Civil Defense, who is the usual entity charged with responding to disasters on the Imperial scale. Questions too have been asked regarding why the War Ministry continues to prevent civilian access to the zone, and why studies as to the plant itself have never been made public.

    The Ministry of War did issue a terse comment on the Senator's actions, stating only that "[t]he zone remains dangerous to human life; meddling in the Ministry's protection of Tolbiacum from radioactive contamination borders on espionage."
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    Post by Federation of Antanares on Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:03 am

    Opposite of corruption?


    Velikogovolka.
    Three hours ago, the special branch of the FSB (Federal Security Bureau) involved in anti-smuggling operations, arrested Lorenza Matterhorn, leader of the left-wing party “Powers”. According to the vice-director of the FSB Miguel Cabrera, the thirty-eight years old woman was arrested due to new proofs discovered recently during the activity of the federal agency against two crime syndicate operating in the east part of the Federation.
    We always had problems following the operation of two major syndicate based in Sessadraina” said Cabrera “Always seemed like they were two, or three, steps ahead of us. These kinds of criminal organizations always have local contacts, sometimes is just a matter of how big the contact is. In this case, apparently, miss Matterhorn was the big contact”. The vice-director of FSB declined to answer to any other question about how the FSB was able to overcome, this time, the syndicates and find the proofs of the political contacts in one of the main opposition party of Antanares. He also declined to answer to the actual location of miss Matterhorn and her assistant, both detained.

    The news brought the most different reactions. Exponents of “Powers” in the Bruma declared that they will immediately ask for a public hearing of the head of the Federal Security Bureau. “Citizens need to know what is happening” said Hector Valdestan, now in-pectora leader of the left party “FSB raided the home of Lorenza and her assistant in the night, with methods more near a police state than the ones of a democracy. Which proofs the FSB had? How they obtained it? Also, it is very coincidental that the arrest happened a pair of weeks after Lorenza expressed her anger toward the Crown”.

    “We are proud of our security officers” said Enrique De Letta, head of the government “And I was assured from the FSB that they’re doing exactly what their mandate command them: assure that the law is respected in every corner of the Federation and in every office. The arrest of Lorenza Matterhorn is surely something very … as we can put it, explosive. Very rarely leaders of a political party were arrested for such crimes in Antanares. The FSB showed me part of the proofs they collected in the past months in their investigations against the crime syndicates of Sessadraina. For what I saw, they had very consistent clues about the link between Matterhorn, local actors in Sessadraina and members of the syndicates This is of course sensitive material which disclosure must be timed to avoid any repercussion on on-going investigations”.

    No comment was also released from the Royal Palace and the Shadow Council, which silence, for some, could means even a silent guilt. The arrest of Matterhorn of course is a strike to the opposition party “Powers”. Without their leader, it will difficult to reconcile the different souls of a party famous for its internal divisions.
    What will happen to the once great left party of the Federation? And, most important, what these arrests means for the democracy of Antanares?

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    Post by Marquette on Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:47 pm

    Terrorists strike in heart of nation's capital: Live updates

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    Besançon, Marquette --

    16:49: The nation's capital is reeling as a massive explosion tore through the underground subway station Avenida Carla Bruni in the center of the city during the evening rush hour at approximately 16:43. The explosion occurred as hundreds of commuters exited a train and made their way towards the station's exit. Emergency services were on the scene within minutes. More details to follow.

    17:02: Reports are coming in that a second explosion has occurred in Besançon, this time on a red line train headed towards the Lo Rota station in the north of the city.

    17:29: A third attack has been confirmed in downtown Besançon near the Plazzo di lo Senato. It appears that two individuals have opened fire a mere three blocks from the Senate building, which is also near several other government ministry offices.

    17:35: Another explosion has occurred near the nation's capital, this time in a commuter bus in the wealthy suburb of Rony-sur-Broix. It is not yet known how many casualties there have been so far today. All public transportation systems in the city have been halted, and local police forces are on high alert throughout the country in anticipation of related attacks, as it appears these are part of a larger trend today. Chancellor Charpentier is expected to speak momentarily.

    17:59: Chancellor Joseph Charpentier has delivered an address to the nation calling for national unity and imploring Marquetiens not to panic. He has vowed to open an investigation into the attacks immediately, and stated that he is already working with several senators in order to draft an emergency resolution.
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    Post by Marquette on Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:34 am

    Far-left paramilitary blamed for Besançon attacks

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    Besançon, Marquette -- After a speedy investigation that lasted a mere five days, the Marquetien military and its affiliated intelligence agency have blamed the infamous far-left paramilitary group known as the People's Will for the quadruple terror attack that rocked the nation's capital earlier this week. In a press conference at the Chancellery Palace, Joseph Charpentier vowed that such an attack amounts to a declaration of war on a peaceful people, and that both the perpetrators and those who aided them in making this attack possible will be brought to justice. Mr. Charpentier visited the families of the victims and also attended a vigil on the steps of the Senate.

    When probed about possible motives, he declared that investigators are still working hard to determine a precise motive, but added that they can say with almost absolute certainty that it was the People's Will who perpetrated the attacks. He then went on to mention that the far left has been increasingly active since 2013 when the Socialist Union gained two seats in the Senate – the first time any Socialist party had done so for more than 50 years, since the dissolution of the former Democratic Socialist Party. He said that the intelligence community has been closely watching for extremist attacks in Marquette, as there are, "many deranged, leftist societies out there that would love to have a part in the fall of the Marquetien constitutional monarchy, which has been one of the most stable governments for the last three centuries."

    Much of the country is still on lockdown and events are canceled as local governments across the nation look for further guidance from the central government on what is to come next. It is unclear to what extent the People's Will has a presence in Marquette – if at all – or what potential retaliation might come from the eventual arrest of those involved in planning and carrying out the attacks.
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    Post by Marquette on Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:33 am

    Whistleblower claims the government has lied about who is to blame, opposition threatens motion of no confidence

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    The headquarters of Marquette's Unified Intelligence Agency , located in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

    A whistleblower from the Marquetien intelligence community, whose name has yet to be released to the public for fear of their safety, has leaked a report to the press in which they warn the public that its government has lied about who is really to blame for the recent terror attacks in the nation's capital that killed 64 and injured hundreds more. The report, which first appeared in the Besançon Financial Herald, describes how leaders in the Military Intelligence Agency were quick to rush to a conclusion that the far-left People's Will paramilitary was behind the terror attacks earlier this month, despite the fact that they were going off very little substantial evidence.

    The whistleblower recounts being told to "shut up" by superiors when they attempted to draw attention to the fact that due diligence had not been done in the investigation, and that many more questions should have been answered before releasing a final conclusion to the public. According to the whistleblower, as well as several other anonymous reports that are in the process of being confirmed, much of the evidence that had been uncovered seemed to point to the involvement of an organization called the Order of Violet, a far-right organization that has a presence in several countries and which advocates for absolute monarchy and racial segregation.

    Many in Marquette are outraged at the fact that their government has possibly lied to them again about being involved in shady practices. Just last year, thousands took to the streets across the country to protest the country's alleged involvement in Operation Mariposa, the infamous Eurasian campaign of human experimentation, as well as to demand drastic changes to the structure of the nation's government, which is notoriously elitist. Several newspapers have published findings that the Chancellor himself has funneled millions of reals to the Violetists in the last few years, and anonymous sources within the military have confirmed that several arms shipments from the Empire of Eurasia have either gone missing or been mysteriously re-allocated within the last year, but refused to elaborate.

    These developments have further fueled the discontent that has been growing in the past few years over Chancellor Charpentier's cozying up to Julium. Even within the Chancellor's own party, the new developments are making some question his leadership. The Independence Party was founded in the early 20th century on the platform that Marquette is better off on its own and should limit its reliance on and cooperation with foreign governments, and the recent uncertainty has caused many within the party to voice concerns over the direction the party is headed. Marquetiens are fiercely proud of their independence, and while the economy has experienced massive growth in the wake of several recent economic agreements with the Empire, citizens are growing increasingly nervous that their government has been compromised by a foreign power.

    Spooked by the deteriorating situation, Arveyran officials have made the decision to temporarily restrict movement across its border with Marquette, as well as to indefinitely cancel all high-speed rail lines that form the backbone of the Ornazzia-Pajara-Barranquilla corridor, one of the busiest and most porous border crossings in the world. Severe disruptions are also anticipated in the Fuerteventura metropolitan area, where many residents commute to the nearby Arveyran city of Arevalo for work.

    In light of the recent revelations, opposition leaders backed by several members of the Chancellor's conservative coalition have threatened a no-confidence vote if their concerns are not addressed in a timely manner. Mazzimo Serro, leader of the Unionist Party, which is the primary party in the left-wing bloc, told reporters today that, "The last seven years have been fraught with concerns over Charpentier's ties to Julium, and the time has come for a referendum on his leadership in the form of a national election." In response to this, senators from the New National Movement, the far-right junior party in the conservative coalition, declared their support for the Chancellor's actions, and implored the voters to remember the benefits that Marquette has enjoyed as a result of its closer ties to the Empire.
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    Post by Arveyres on Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:07 pm

    GREAT NORTHERN BORDER CLOSES

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    Private motor vehicles and lorries are being redirected to turn around at a northern border crossing point on the Arvo-Marquetien border near the city of Geneva.

    AREVALO, VALENCIA, ARVEYRES == In the wake of recent terrorist attacks and developments within the internal government of Arveyres, the provinces of Region II which include those that border Marquette, have been ordered to close the border to all motor vehicle and train traffic. All non-essential flights going to and scheduled to leave from Metropolitan Besançon, Metropolitan Fuerteventura, and Metropolitan Ornazzia-Pajara via the national Arveyran Airline (ArvAir) have been postponed. In order to increase security in border towns, a curfew of 20:00 has been instituted in all cities within 50 kilometers of the border. This includes major transit and commerce hubs, including Arevalo, a commuter suburb of Fuerteventura and provincial capital of Valencia.
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    Post by Eurasia on Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:36 am

    MARITIME CONFLICT WITH ZAPORZHINIA GROWS VIOLENT
    Eurasian warships fired on and sank a Zaporzhinian fishing vessel which ignored repeated hails, sources say.

    NORTH SEA
    The maritime border conflict between the Empire and Zaporzhinia became violent today, with Eurasian warships sinking a Zaporzhinian fishing vessel which strayed into Eurasian waters. A spokesman for the Ministry of War stated that the vessel, a light-tonnage fishing barge, entered crossed the maritime border into Eurasian waters at 06:21 this morning, prompting an immediate response from Imperial naval assets in the area. The HIMS Summanus responded to the incursion, and at 06:58 fired one Fuscina anti-ship missile at the vessel, which sank on impact.

    The Ministry of War stated that the vessel ignored repeated semaphoric and radio hails from the Eurasian warship, which stated "Unknown vessel, you have entered Eurasian territorial waters. Divert from your course immediately or you will be fired upon." The vessel ignored these broadcasts, and continued to move deeper into Eurasian waters. Sources within the Ministry of War stated, unofficially, that when impacted by the missile the fishing barge detonated in an explosion that was far larger than what would be expected from a vessel of its tonnage. It is unknown how many casualties resulted from the sinking, but the HIMS Summanus did not recover any survivors nor any bodies.

    This incident comes as part of a larger maritime conflict between the Empire and Zaporzhinia, both of whom dispute the seafaring borders between the two countries. Eurasia claims the border is two nautical miles west of where Zaporzhinia claims it to be.

    MINISTRY OF WAR: MARQUETIEN ARMS SHIPMENTS WERE DIVERTED
    Commenting on a developing story in Besançon, Ministry of War confirms arms shipments to the Marquetien military were diverted elsewhere.

    JULIUM
    Speaking before a hushed press corps, spokesman for the Ministry of War Decius Albinus Ferratus stated that arms shipments destined for the Marquetien military were diverted to unknown groups. This developing story in Marquette, possibly linked to the terrorist attacks which froze the nation earlier this week, threw another wrench into the efforts of the Chancellor of Marquette.

    "Misriah Armories issues trackers to every shipment of arms they produce, in accordance with Imperial policy," Albinus Ferratus said, in response to a question from a reporter. "The trackers have now been disabled, but data from Misriah indicates they reached their intended destination at Marquette military installations, but where then moved elsewhere. We lost track of them when they entered the civilian highway." When asked by The Julium Times if they had been moved by the military, the spokesman was uncertain.

    "Satellites were repositioned to provide aerial surveillance, but it appeared to us that they had been loaded onto civilian freight vehicles." When pressed as to the contents of the shipments, Albinus Ferratus was unable to specifically describe them, but did offer some clarifications. "As per our agreement with Marquette, the Ministry is unable to comment as to the exact contents of the shipments. We can confirm, however, that they included requested small arms and explosives."

    The Ministry has since offered its assistance in locating the missing armaments. Speaking on behalf of both the Ministry and Misriah Armories, an unidentified source stated, "It isn't particularly our policy to have weapons stamped '[m]ade in Eurasia' just vanishing."
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    Charpentier concedes to hold snap elections

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    Besançon, Marquette -- In an unprecedented move, Marquetien Chancellor Joseph Chapentier has conceded to the growing calls for him to hold snap elections, or else face a vote of no confidence. This is the first time a Marquetien chancellor has faced such opposition since the early 1970's, when there were four chancellors in four years amid the disastrous guerrilla war with communist insurgents in the mountainous regions of northern Marquette. There will be a campaign period of four weeks before Marquetiens head to the polls to vote for their preferred party to represent them in the senate. The decision to hold fresh elections comes as senators had just returned to the nation's capital last week to begin the Spring legislative session. Following the vote, legislators and their staff left the city in order to attend party conferences and begin campaigning across the country.

    Voters and analysts are paying close attention to what changes are made to party platforms compared to the general elections of 2017. The Socialist Union, which surprised everyone in 2017 when it picked up 6 seats, is expected to gain additional seats as it takes advantage of a sudden surge in support amidst the backdrop of discontent at the elitist and regressive status quo regime. The Unionist Party is expected to continue to lose seats as the leftwing coalition is further influenced by the progressive parties. Several senators from the leftwing coalition have already begun campaigning by pointing out Mr. Charpentier's repeated involvement in corrupt acts, and appealing to the growing demand for change in how the country is run at the national level. One fifth of senators never have to face election, either inheriting their seat by virtue of belonging to a princely family or being appointed by aristocratic organizations. This fact has led to much criticism in recent years as activists claim that the presence of the nobility in what is supposed to be a democratic body has stifled progress, as senators may fear retribution from those whose generational wealth and power make them seem invincible. There has been a growing clamor for reforms to the legislative process in the country. Demands range from simply doing away with the 36 non-elected seats while retaining a constitutional monarch as a figurehead for international relations, to completely abolishing the monarchy and demanding their wealth be redistributed to the citizens who have often been treated as their playthings.

    When asked about what he thought of potential reforms, conservative senator Count Pierre de Tocqueville claimed that it was much ado about nothing. "We have had a robust system of shared government for centuries, and it has always resulted in fair representation for all stakeholders. Those who would see the stability of the country sacrificed for their fringe beliefs will surely answer to the Divines for this."

    Neither King Frédéric IV nor any of the nine regional princes could be reached for comment at this time.

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