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    National Committee for Justice and the Rejuvenation of Socialism
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    The refusal of the Yiddish State to open up the border with the People's Republic of Istokgrad is nothing short of holding the newly founded state and its people hostage in a ploy to end its successful secession by the Chagny-controlled Banja Luka regime. We urge the ruling elites in Amstov to reconsider their stubborn stance and rather choose the path of thaw than the path of aggression and conflict. We believe it to be best if the respective governments of both Istokgrad and Trivodnia would turn to the negotiating table and settle the various disputes they might have. A normalization of the relations between the two countries and a stabile Germania would be best for all. Indeed such a normalization would be able to undo the refugee crisis that is rapidly developing in Trivodnia.

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    National Syndicalist Union wins elections. Parliament is without overall control
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    The first truly free elections Varinia had since Lena Rees was elected in 1950 have taken place the last weekend in the country and have resulted in a series of surprises and premieres. For the first time in the Varinian democratic history no party has managed to win enough seats in the Royal Assembly to have a super majority even if the legislative laws in Varinia state that a party that has at least 40% of the votes, the "Electoral Grant" gives them 50% of the seats. Even so, need to create a coalition is not new for the world's democratic systems and it wouldn't prove to be a problem for the Varinians too, even if it is a premiere and the laws were made so that this situation would be avoided at all costs.

    What also proved to be a surprise is the fact that the most successful party in those elections wasn't the Catholic Party, as it was believed to be, but the National Syndicalist Union. Winning 32% of the votes, the National Syndicalists dominated the elections, followed by another successful new entry in politics, the Socialist Party, which took 29% of the votes, the Catholic Party with 12% , The Liberal Union with 8%, The Christian Democratic Party with 7%, The Prometheist People's Union with 5%, The Yiddish National Party with 4% and the Celtic Union with 3%.

    The news regarding the victory of the National Syndicalist Union have been received with surprise but for Ulrike Freudenberger, an AP Editor and a political analyst from Varinia, it was common knowledge: "Prometheism is a result of the Varinian society. It brought the society to new heights of development and for the Varinians, the fact that it was popular in the international scene, made it a huge deal. The Varinians draw a line between the pre-Prometheist "old regime" and their current state. The whole idea of turning one's back against Prometheism is improbable. It came to sever criticism, during the years, but since 1920, Prometheism has managed to become an icon of modernism and has evolved. It is no longer the radical form of social democracy that appeared in 1920, that presented itself as something between the Kadikistani revolution and typical social democracy. By now it has evolved and matured and now it may be completely different from it's original version, with the obsession for progressism and futurism, civic nationalism and a new series of economic models which differ from Party to Party. In the end, the iconography that has been created around Prometheism is that of progress. Now, regarding the National Syndicalists, it must be said that during the tenure of Lena Rees as Chancellor, as much as she is criticized for being authoritarian and sometimes outright fascistic in her policies, Varinia was a nation that was vying for dominion over the Gothic Sea with Kadikistan and was the center of culture in the Northern Hemisphere. It was a regional power that was supporting other countries and foreign parties through the Prometheist Brotherhood. This all came down when Rees was assassinated and the Prometheist People's Party split in two. The ones who kept the original name of the party declared that prometheism had to return to it's roots or being a social democratic movement, while the others, who wished to continue the policies of Lena Rees have taken the name of the National Syndicalist Union. The people still show hope for those days to return and did this by doing in mirror what the Catholics do. The Church hates the sin, not the sinner, the Varinians it seems, love the sin and hate the sinner, for they have voted for Prometheism, but without prometheists. The fact that the National Syndicalists managed to win many votes isn't a surprise, as the omnipresence of Prometheism in the Varinian society makes it clear that they will be a strong contender for years to come in politics, and the fact that the Prometheist People's Union has been so weak it is mostly because it's voting base split in two. The anti-communist half that hated them for entering a coalition with the communists during the days of the third republic, while the other half of them went to Sabine Schenider and her Socialists."

    The Socialist Party has been created as a split from the Communist Workers' Party, jokingly called the legal half of the party, while the supporters of Roman Becker went with him to Calidia and rejoined the Party of the Left, sometimes now called by the Varinian public as the Illegalists. The charismatic figure of Sabine Schneider as the only communist leader ready to work for the Varinian people in the days of Kadikistani dominion and the reforms she brought in the communist regime, made her a popular politician. She has been accused of treason for her relationship with Roman Becker and the communists and her illegal activity in the Party of the Left, but she was acquitted and have been granted the right to participate in the Varinian political life as long as she and her party respect the constitutional status quo and will activate as vectors of the interests of the Varinian people, not of foreigners.

    The Chairman of the National Syndicalist Union, Hermeneric Ulfing, declared that the government headed by him will work for keeping the peace in the Gothic region and will promote the creation of economic and cultural ties. He called his approach to external policies as a principled form of realpolitik, in which Varinia will make efforts to be a moderate and stable actor in the international scene while not letting it's own interests down. Asked by the journalists what does he think of the Northern Status Quo Treaty and the new economical ties between Varinia and Kadikistan, Chairman Ulfing declared that as long as the interests of nations are intertwined, peace will prevail.
     
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    We congratulate the National Syndicalist Union and Hermeneric Ulfing with the victory in the Varinian elections, and wish him all the wisdom he will need to form a coalition government. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation with Varinia.

    Rudolph Kögler, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor
     
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    Shoot-out between criminal gangs leaves several dead
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    A violent dispute between rival criminal gangs has left six dead and two wounded in the Trivodnian port-city of Kretyn.

    Local police were called to an abandoned warehouse after reports of gunfire in the early hours of the morning, where they discovered the deceased and wounded, as well as a large cache of weapons and illegal drugs.

    Law enforcement agencies in Trivodnia believe the unrest in Kadikistan and civil war in [MENTION=2168]Novo Srbja[/MENTION] has given criminal enterprises greater access to arms, leading to fresh conflict over influence and territory.

    The chaos following the palace coup in Ivar also enabled heroin and other opiates from [MENTION=1]Kashtan[/MENTION] to smuggled in greater quantity across Kadikistan and into Trivodnia and [MENTION=1998]Ruthenia-Galicia[/MENTION], where it is then transported to markets like [MENTION=18]Eiffelland[/MENTION], which recently announced a major narcotics bust.

    While the identities of those present have yet to be believed, many in Kretyn are already blaming rival factions of the so-called 'Yiddish mafia' - a loose, informal network of Yiddish-speaking smugglers that operates across the Three Seas region. The mafia reportedly traces origins in the 1920s, trafficking people and goods into the newly independent Free State, using hidden mountain passages and waterways to avoid the stringent border controls with [MENTION=83]Kadikistan[/MENTION]. Others say its history dates back to the 1800s, emerging out of Jewish cultural and self-help associations.

    Charities and human rights organisations have also accused Yiddish criminals of exploiting Kadikistani and Srbjan refugees, charging them extortionate fees to escape violence and then robbing and torturing them when they fail to pay.

    A number of Trivodnian politicians and trade unionists have been accused of having ties to the 'Yiddish mafia', although no-one has ever been successfully prosecuted.

    Kretyn's police departments did not respond to further requests for comment on the shootings, but sources told Affiliated Press off-the-record they were not ruling out involvement by Kadikistani gangsters or even rogue Gunnish clansmen ( [MENTION=72]Capitollium[/MENTION] ) in the killings.
     
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    Office of the Justiciar, Consolidated Police Services Bureau
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    Gunnland's three police agencies will fully cooperate with international police efforts to investigate smuggling operations in the Three Seas region as well as in the Narrow Straits. Leaders in all seven clans are cooperating fully with our investigation efforts. Human trafficking remains our paramount concern, but we remain alert for illegal arms smuggling and the trade in diamorphine.

    We shall ensure that Interpol databases are updated with our most recent dossiers on smugglers, drug traffickers, and other international criminal organizations.

    Joseph MacMenna
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    Journalist Arrested in Connection with Royal Disappearance
    AP Ayr

    Last night a troop of Guards arrested a journalist, Stephen K. Lynn, at the AP bureau offices in Ayr. Mr. Lynn had just returned from Trivodnia and Eiffelland, and was investigating the recent news of Princess Julian's disappearance. Windows were smashed and several typewriters were broken during the arrest. There were no serious injuries, however.

    The Guard confiscated the only manuscript of the Lynn story. However, notes and conversations with colleagues suggest that the journalist was preparing to challenge the official story that Princess Julian had been visiting universities in Eiffelland, before returning to the country of her own will. He and his colleagues appeared to believe that the princess was brought, possibly against her will, to a hiding place in the port city of Kretyn. He was working with Yiddish journalists to uncover whether the Gunnish princess's re-appearance was linked to a 23 July gunfight that left six people dead.

    Journalists enjoy wide freedom in the semi-autonomous County of Arundel, and arrests of journalists are rare in the region. The Earl of Arundel's Mounted Police have lodged an official protest, claiming that the National Guard engaged in a breach of jurisdiction by arresting Lynn. An official joint statement from the Parliament and Countess of Arundel read, "Mr. Lynn is an Arundalian who, to our knowledge, broke no laws of the County or of Gunnland. Our countrymen should remember that freedom of the press is cherished in Arundel. Should he wish, Mr. Lynn will be defended by the County's public advocates."

    It is unknown whether Lynn and his colleagues had found any evidence related to the identity of Princess Julian's kidnappers.


    NOTE: Perhaps of interest to [MENTION=125]Trivodnia[/MENTION].
     
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    We are concerned about the arrestment of the AP journalist Mr. Lynn. If he committed a crime, we fully understand his arrestment. However, the damage inflicted upon the AP office was unnecessary according to us.

    Rudolph Kögler, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor
     
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    In the recent news article, "Journalist Arrested in Connection with Royal Disappearance," the Affiliated Press never contacted the National Guard for comment. Guardsmen did not arrest Stephen K Lynn. The Guard does not operate in the County of Arundel except where cases of national interest are concerned. The Kingdom of Gunnland respects comital law regarding press freedoms. We have no reason to believe that any law enforcement officers were involved in the attack against Mr. Lynn.

    In the name of the king, I ask the AP Bureau to issue a retraction of the story.

    HRH Julian, princesse du sang, has filed a civil lawsuit against Stephen K Lynn for defamation in the Inn of Advocates. The nature of the accusations from both parties had led me to declare this a case of national interest, which will be investigated by the Enqueter of Gunnland, Padraig B Smith. If no settlement can be reached, Julian Regis Filia v. Lynn will be argued before the Thing.

    We take the violent episode at the AP Bureau in Ayr very seriously. At the moment, we are investigating the attack upon Mr. Lynn as a case of vigilantism. This is a separate criminal investigation of the Consolidated Services, to be overseen by my office, in close coordination with the Earl of Arundel's Mounted Police.

    Joseph MacMenna
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    [MENTION=18]Eiffelland[/MENTION]
     
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    We thank Justiciar of Gunnland Joseph McMenna for clarifying the matter. We will follow the events with interest.

    Rudolph Kögler, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor
     
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    Ruling Party Splits in Windhaven Recall Attempt
    AP Ayr

    The ruling party in Gunnland's parliament, Integrity, is attempting to remove one of its most powerful members. A spokesman from Prime Minister James G. Gallagher confirmed that the party is gathering signatures to recall Matthew O. Stolmand, MT-Windhaven, the head of the Home Office who represents the country's capital in the Gunnish parliament, the Thing. No further comment was given.

    Only about 9,000 signatures, equal to 10% of the votes cast in the previous election, will be required to trigger a special election. Mr. Stolmand will be permitted to run in this election, where he will have a challenger nominated by Integrity. But the opposition sees an attempt to take a seat from the divided ruling party. "This is our chance," said Theo G. Larkin, MT-Dalmyre, "the Liberal Party will run a candidate with the full support of our Covenant allies."

    Stolmand is widely seen as a popular moderate, even liberal, figure in a party that is taking a right-wing populist turn. He publicly criticized the investigation into the assault on AP journalist Stephen K. Lynn as "lackluster" and "disappointing." Sources within the Thing say he has blocked Integrity's attempts to curtail autonomy, freedom of the press, and market freedom in the semi-autonomous County of Arundel. Most importantly, many think, he has hinted his displeasure with the power and influence of the Church in Gunnish politics and especially Integrity.

    Others disagree that it is about displeasure with Stolmand. "Our country is in a kind of paralysis right now," said Walter Matthew MT-Marian 4, a special university representative in Windhaven. "The thegns can't elect a monarch. It's no secret that Prime Minister Gallagher wants to retire, but he can't until we have a king. Or a queen. We are a country in search of a leader."

    Integrity may indeed wish to replace Stolmand with a kind of de facto national leader. It is no secret that important figures in Integrity like Chief Ambrose Cameron, Duke of Sutherland, and Chief Robert Gunn, Duke of Clyth, are extremely frustrated with other clan chiefs blocking an election of the very young Prince Joachas or very aged Queen Mother Cherra to the Stone Chair. "There's a lack of real leadership in this generation," Lord Commander Gunn said at an Integrity rally in Seaguard earlier this summer, "a lack of the charisma that my cousin King David had, or the fire of my cousin Duke [of Tayr] William [G. Wilson]. Windhaven is full of quiet thinking types and clever schemers."

    Even if the popular Stolmand is replaced by another Integrity politician, rather than a Liberal challenger, it is unclear that the party has any rising stars fit for the task.
     
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    Gunnish Women Win Suffrage As Special Election Becomes Acrimonious

    Some Gunnishwomen Win Vote, For Now, And Dare to Cry "Slavery!"
    AP Ayr

    In a surprise decision, the Inn of Advocates, the Thing's legal advisory and police oversight body tasked with interpreting laws in special situations, ruled that married Gunnish women are permitted to cast their households' votes. The brief ruling reads, "The law gives one vote to each household, but does not stipulate that male heads of household cast this vote. There is no legal principle behind the custom that males cast households' votes." The Thing will take a formal vote on the ruling in its next session.

    Very few Gunnishwomen had the franchise prior to the Inn's ruling. Previously, men cast votes on behalf of their households. Very few unmarried women are in the occupations with voting rights, which include soldiers and other government employees, as well as professionals like doctors, lawyers, and (in some jurisdictions) unionized workers in designated industries. The main exception is the semi-autonomous County of Arundel, where women can cast household votes by a 1920 treaty, where nurses and teachers are permitted to vote, and where women rank as members of the normally enfranchised professions.

    This means that many women in Windhaven will be able to cast votes in a special by-election, which gives new life to John K. Skylaw's radical liberal campaign that has put women's rights issues front and center. "We demand more than votes for married women," Mr. Skylaw said in response to the ruling, "Unmarried women live in slavery in this city."

    Abolition of wardship is the most radical of Skylaw's demands. Women who seek jobs in the cities, as well as educational and work opportunities, sign one-year contracts to work as wards in the household of an adult male "warder." A contract initially transfers money to the woman's family, and later to her warder of the previous year. The Working Ladies' Association (WLA) is a complex contract market, where prices fluctuate based on performances.

    The wardship system is the product of progressive 19th century laws against kidnapping, or "women-stealing," rampant among Gunnish clans at the time. The WLA introduced one-year contracts, and oversight to prevent the exploitation of domestic servants, first in Windhaven and later in other cities. Anti-prostitution laws that prevent unmarried and non-ward women from living in some cities with men who are not their relatives, or owning certain kinds of real estate themselves, have made wardship the only option for women who move to the cities for economic or educational opportunities.

    Critics claim the wardship system leads to exploitation, and also that it dissuades the university from building dormitories and including women on an equal basis, or the government from publicly funding women's athletics. Windhaven's married women, who are some of the fiercest critics of wardship, may be able to tip the balance on election day.
     
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    Reemergence of Pan-Scanianism in Varinia
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    Hermeneric Ulfing, the Chancellor of Varinia has stated in an extraordinary press conference that the old projects of political, military and economic union with the High Kingdom of Ivernia must be brought back to life. In the press conference, the Chancellor condemned Calidia, Kadikistan and Serenierre for exporting communism outside their borders, going as far as threatening the existence of the Northern Status Quo Treaty, after the victories of the communists in Borovanger. As a response, he declared that the threat of political terrorism is as high as ever in the country and as a response to that the secret services doing as much effort as possible to keep the state together.

    "We must be sincere and state the truth. Varinia is under a state of siege. As much as I would like to trust the communists in respecting the Northern Status Quo Treaty, it is clear that they cannot be trusted. The Calidians, even if they are economically dependent on the Kadikistani, they are still ready to kill each other to bring back marxism-feudalism. They have no discipline and no respect. Borovanger is but an example of what would happen when communists are allowed to do anything they want and civilized nations prefer to shrug off the responsibilities of containing it," declared Hermeneric Ulfing.

    The government of Varinia proposed a series of joint economic and military programs with the High Kingdom of Ivernia. The military programs which also include a potential expeditionary force to help the Imperial Army in Milesia, are violating the Status Quo Treaty, which prohibits Varinia to enter any sort of military alliances. The programs have been put together since 1953 when the first ideas of a supranational union between Ivernia and Varinia started appearing. The Scanian Union, as the program is named, calls for the opening of the borders between Ivernia and Varinia and the pegging of the Krone and the Or to each other on a 1:1 ratio.
     
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    We fully understand that Varinia wants to secure itself and seeks for partners. However, although Eiffelland is not a signatory to the Northern Status Quo Treaty for geographic reasons, we are concerned about the fact that the Government of Varinia are planning to violate said treaty because of the precedent it creates. We strongly advice the Government of Varinia to start negotiations with the other signatories of the Northern Status Quo Treaty to amend this treaty so that Varinia can join defensive alliances without violating the treaty. We would fully support such an amendment to this treaty.

    Rudolph Kögler, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor
     
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    BREAKING: Trivodnia faces snap election
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    Trivodnia will go to the polls two years earlier than planned after Chancellor Alexander Kahnemann dissolved the National Assembly and called for a snap general election.

    Chancellor Kahnemann has faced repeated criticism for his handling of [MENTION=83]Kadikistan[/MENTION], including from many in his own party the Social Democratic Alliance, and many suspect he will try and use this campaign to shore up his authority.

    Infrastructure is likely to be at the centre of this election, with Trivodnia having secured over half a billion in state backed loans from [MENTION=18]Eiffelland[/MENTION] and [MENTION=1774]Pelasgia[/MENTION] to fund new projects.

    Opposition parties however are likely to try and focus campaigning on constitutional issues, with devolution a key priority.

    The Krasnislavian National Party and Jewish Homeland Union want separate Krasnislavian and Jewish states formed, which would share only a mutual foreign policy and joint armed forces.

    Less extreme is the Yiddish People's Party, which is pushing for greater powers for Jewish majority and rural areas, as well as constitutional recognition of Judaism.

    The Social Democrats have insisted they will not alter the Free State's unitary structure or secular constitution.

    Commentators inside Trivodnia expect the Social Democrats to win, as it is the only party that has support in both the Krasnislavian and Jewish communities. They also benefit from the way constituency boundaries are drawn, which are expected to be 'demographically balanced' where possible, limiting opportunities for ethnically based parties.

    Trivodnia's National Assembly has 600 seats, making it one of the largest legislatures in the world, although it is unique in lacking a revisory upper chamber.
     
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    Communists Gain Momentum Across Pridnestrova, Protests in Several Cities Turn Violent

    Thousands of frustrated workers led by radical Pridnestrovan Workers' Party leader Petru Rosca gathered in the country's largest cities in a show of unity against what they consider a corrupt and inefficiently run government that has led the economy into its worst slump in decades. In response to the lagging economy, many businesses began mass layoffs and cutbacks that have put a massive strain on the already impoverished working class, which has little to no government protection. Several of these protests escalated into violence today as police clashed with scores of disgruntled workers who are upset by the recent economic downturn and subsequent cutbacks by businesses owners. These riots are ongoing, but the Pridnestrovan government urges citizens that the situation is under control, and to remain calm. We'll monitor the situation for any updates.
     
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    Trivodnian Supreme Court upholds party bans
    AP Amstov

    The Jewish Democratic Workers' Party, Pan-Slavian League and Srbjan Orthodox Union remain banned organisations after the Supreme Court of Trivodnia dismissed an emergency appeal.

    Lawyers acting on behalf of the three parties argued the ban was unconstitutional, and that they should be allowed to stand in the snap general election.

    But the Supreme Court disagreed, and upheld an earlier ruling secured by the Office of the Supreme Prosecutor.

    The Supreme Prosecutor argued in both cases the Jewish Democratic Workers' Party was in service of a hostile foreign power, @Kadikistan, and that the Pan-Slavian League and Srbjan Orthodox Union were guilty of inciting racial and religious hatred.

    All three parties reject the accusations and claim the ban violates their right to free assembly and speech.

    A second appeal has been rejected by the Supreme Court. The parties' supporters are planning separate protests in response, which could end in them being arrested, although local police have previously taken a lenient approach in similar incidents.
     
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