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Sylvanian Navy Confirms Downing of Justosia Fighter
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After rumor and speculation of the downing of a Justosian fighter 500 miles north east of Gironia, Vanguardia on May 14, the Sylvanian Navy has finally confirmed the report. The Sylvanian Navy informed local media in Charleroi that its carrier group in the area had been approached by two Justosian fighters on what Sylvania claims was an attack vector. Sylvanian fighters were dispatched and engaged the Justosian fighters, destroying one, while the other retreated after avoiding the missile fired at it. Sylvanian officials have stated that after the downing of an Ambrosian fighter, no risks could be taken and that the Justosian fighters could have been a prelude to a larger attack. No word has come out of Justosia following the downing of their fighter. The only public statement so far from President Breckenridge was a cryptic reassurance of Sylvania's commitment to "take all necessary measures in support of freedom and in defense of peace in the South Silk Sea."
 

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The Empire of Azraq calls for an immediate de-escalation of tensions in the Silk Sea Region following the downing of two fighter craft and makes an open offer to all parties involved in the current dispute to attend mediation talks in the imperial capital Jugol that will be personally hosted by His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah.
 
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Prince Dalmar 'unlikely' to return to Azraq soon
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The Dawamalian prince who caused a minor international controversy by marrying a Gunnish noblewoman is unlikely to visit his native Azraq anytime soon his close friends say, as the reigning Emperor Tiirka Illlah tightens his grip on domestic politics.

Prince Dalmar of Haradhera, widely considered the second most influential imperial family, had considered return to Azraq to host a wedding for his new wife Countess MacLeod after marrying in a private ceremony in Gunnland.

The idea provoked outrage in both Azraq and Gunnland. Inter-faith marriages are frowned upon in both countries, as is converting to another religion.

Sources close to Prince Dalmar insist he is still a practicing Hajari Muslim, a minority sect that believes one of the Prophet Muhammad's son's deaths was faked and his descendants are in fact true heirs to to the title of Caliph.

The same sources say recent events in Azraqi politics, such as the Emperor's increasing involvement in domestic affairs and foreign policy and mass arrests of politicians and activists, had also discouraged him. "Dalmar fears Boqor Tiirka Illah will emerge a tyrant," says one confidant.

Friends reject rumours he is seeking a more influential role in imperial politics in the Northern Tiburan Empire, formed of Gunnland, Elven and the rump Grand Duchy of Burgundy. "He wants to become a real Gunnishman," claims one.
 
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Dante Valeggio Found Guilty
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After four days of trial, Retalian citizen Dante Valeggio has been found guilty of the rape of four Asterian minors, one adult, and conspiracy to conduct international sex trafficking. The public prosecutor detailed the interdiction of Valeggio's water craft on the Reman Sea, where authorities say they rescued two victims intended for sex trafficking.

Using genetic evidence, authorities connected Valeggio to a string of sex crimes across the city of Carcosa, convincing a panel of lay and professional judges of his guilt. The panel ruled unanimously on the matter and sentenced Valeggio, aged 43, to a total of 155 years in prison, with option for parole after serving 70.

The Minister of Justice has stated that the evidence collected implicates two Furlanie and a Serenien citizens, and that his office had already supplied the relevant authorities in those nations with evidence to move forward. "It is critical that we combat the international exploitation and trafficking of individuals, especially children. I expect our partners to take action on this matter."

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Carcosan Judges Protest President's Call for Confederate Court Action
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President Dio Dal Sol, unsatisfied with the findings of the Carcosan courts on the matter of Valeggio, has called on the Supreme Confederate Court to take action and impose the death penalty. The five member panel, whose Justices are appointed by the Socialist Republics of Asteria, maintains the authority of final review. However, since the establishment of the Confederacy in 1961, the high court has only used the power four times on cases where the death penalty was applicable by Confederate law. Two of those cases saw the sentencing reduced, while two cases saw the death penalty imposed.

Carcosan justices have put forward an open letter to the high court protesting what they see as an attempt by the President to influence the decision making process of the body. The letter notes that Valeggio was found guilty and tried in a manner consistent with Carcosan customs, and that as a case that falls solely within Carcosan jurisdiction, lies outside of the authority of the other Socialist Republics.

"A court of professional and lay judges, having reviewed the crime at hand, have delivered the punishment of the Carcosan people," the letter closes.

Carcosa, the wealthiest and largest city of Asteria, has strong trade relations with other Reman nations, and some market analysts have suggested the tempered punishment may have been a move designed to placate foreign national concerns and mitigate impacts to Carcosa's burgeoning tourism industry.
 

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Bodies of 2 Carcosan Boys Discovered by Authorities as High Court Remands Valeggio for Retrial
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Confederal Security Bureau agents announced that they had discovered the body of Sidore Parnas, age 7, who was believed to have been abducted by Dante Valeggio while returning home from school by bus. Authorities also announced that Parnas was discovered along with the remains of another boy, as yet unidentified, but believed to be of Kadashi descent.

The Kadashi ethnic minority are the most populous minority in Asteria, and retain a traditional culture that sometimes leaves them outside of the law and exposed to exploitative practices.

Sidore Parnas' mother, Alaria Parnas, told AP that if Valeggio was responsible for the murder of her boy, anything less than capital punishment would be a grave injustice. Valeggio's adult victim has likewise requested that the high court consider imposing the death penalty for his crimes in conspiring to involve children in international sex trafficking. The court revealed that the woman had been attacked while interfering in an interaction between Valeggio and a number of school children.

On recommendation from the CSB, and following an appeal by Valeggio's victims, the Supreme Confederate Court has remanded the case for retrial, pending final collection and preparation of arguments by the Confederacy's public prosecutor. Valeggio's case is now the fifth on record where the high court has exercised authority over a lesser court to redecide a case. Valeggio has been arraigned on new charges including two counts of premeditated murder.

Carcosan authorities have protested the action by the Supreme Confederate Court, citing it as unnecessary. "The case of Sidore Parnas, should they link Valeggio to the crime, should be enough to warrant capital punishment. Flouting Confederal power over a constituent Republic is an unnecessary and gross abuse of the powers bestowed to the body by the Articles of Revolution."
 

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Murmurs in Vrijpoort Political Elite Cast Doubt on Eventual DDI Membership
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Senior Minister Melinda Weldaad's victory in the Nedernesian general election earlier this year gave great hope to the many friends of Post Delegationism in the global financial centre. Post Delegationism has been supported vocally by many in the Nedernesian business community as the next logical step for the world's most open and competitive market. The People's Action Party that governed the country for decades preferred to maintain a friendly distance from the DDI despite extremely close relations with Pohjanmaa, a DDI member.

Weldaad's Equity and Prosperity Party, which has a PD-supporting faction, was able to put together a strong coalition with the Jewish Alliance and Next Gen Ned. Neither of those two junior coalition partners support the ideals of Post Delegationism and are likely to be very reluctant to enter into a military alliance. With DDI navies encircling Justosia and planes falling out of the sky, some Senators in the coalition have become increasingly vocal about their doubts.

Jules Hatheway, a Next Gen Ned Senator, spoke on a Radio Television Nedernesia morning talk show today: 'Why should we join them? Sure, they are a group of countries that Nedernesia gets along with and trades well with and it should be left at that. Joining them would entangle us in conflict. It's pretty obvious that despite what they claim they are just bullies when they surround Justosia with aircraft carriers. Is Justosia a fantastic member of the international community? Hell no! But they are all bark and no bite. But you know something about dogs? They become extremely dangerous and unpredictable when backed into a corner.'

Eliahu ben Shaul Berman, a Jewish Alliance Senator, was on an evening television programme earlier this week: 'The DDI has outstanding ideals and is certainly a stabilising force in the world, up until about a few weeks ago. I honestly do not comprehend their strategy. I mean, if the Justosians had actually sunken a ship for no good reason, cut off trade routes to vessels, done something tangible, then sure, stern diplomacy and possibly an armed response would be warranted. What I see here is simple bait and switching. It really makes me think. I supported membership in the DDI for years. Since my early days as a senator I wanted Nedernesia to join the security umbrella. Now I'm not so sure. And I'll tell you what, a lot of other Jewish Alliance senators, I won't name names, they are thinking the same thing.'

Meanwhile a University of Vrijpoort poll conducted over last weekend showed 48% of Nedernesian citizens and permanent residents against DDI membership, 39% in favour and 13% unsure.

Melinda Weldaad's office refused to comment. A source close to the Senior Minister's Office told the Associated Press that Nedernesia 'has been waiting for months for the DDI to approach with further cooperation opportunities or discussions on future possibilities. At the moment no such diplomatic approaches have been made.'

Nedernesia remains a potentially difficult issue for the DDI due to the Nedernesian Question; an old agreement wherewith Pohjanmaa guarantees Nedernesian security with a defence treaty, leaving an unanswered question of whether or not the entire DDI would be obligated to come to the aid of Nedernesia if attacked, or if only Pohjanmaa would be required to do so.
 

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Supreme Court Sentences Valeggio to Death
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Following more than a week of criticism for remanding the Valeggio case to the high court, the Supreme Confederate Court ruled unanimously to sentence Valeggio to death by gunshot for his crimes, including the rape and murder of two boys, the rape of four more children, and one adult, and a conspiracy attempting to involve more Asterian children in international sex trafficking.

An appeals process is now laid out before Valeggio, with the typical death row prisoner enduring between five to seven years before execution, although some prisoners have waited as long as 30 years. Executions must be conducted within 6 months of the final appeal. Capital punishment in Asteria is single shot delivered with a handgun under the ear to the brain stem. Executions are performed in secret: nobody is informed beforehand, including the condemned. On average, Asteria executes 2 prisoners annually, with Valeggio being the third foreign national to be sentenced as such. The Ministry of Justice confirmed that, should Valeggio not be acquitted or have his sentence commuted through appeals, his body would be handed back to the Eiffelloretalian government and returned to his family.

Carcosan officials have complained about the actions of President Dal Sol, and called for the removal of the Carcosan Justice for his complicity in the retrial. The Carcosan Justice, Lucio Garza, stated that while the involvement of the Executive was unnecessary, it did not significantly sway the actions of the Court, which carried the Carcosan courts' previous verdict and condemned Valeggio to death for his involvement in the double murder of two schoolboys.

The Eiffelloretalian government has disavowed Valeggio, and the Confederate Security Bureau has announced that they have shared the findings of their investigation with their counterparts in Trier to review, and additional evidence to investigate any associations Valeggio may have had in conspiring to traffic minors for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The Asterian Foreign Ministry has thanked the Eiffelloretalian government for their discretion, and hopes bilateral cooperation can reduce future risks.

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Rumours persist that Serenierre planning a Gallian alliance
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Recently, privileged sources in the political elite in the Serenien capital have alluded to the strong likelihood of Serenierre pursuing a strong push for a Gallian alliance designed to counter the rising tide of Kadikistani influence and to bolster the role of Gallian sovereignty. This comes as the Government of Auraria has categorically stated that it was not aware of any such arrangement in the pipeline. Although high level sources continue to indicate that the Serenien Government is continuing to plan the alliance it has sought for decades.
 

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Hesperia marks 51st anniversary of May Revolution
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Celebrations took place this weekend in Hesperia to mark fifty-one years since the events of Trinta di Mei (Thirtieth of May). Known as the May Revolution, these are universally regarded as a watershed in the Occidental country’s modern history.

An official commemoration took place in front of the Popular Junta Building on the Square of the Twenty-two, in central Aliança. Some 8,000 servicemen and women, as well as representatives of civil society groups, paraded before a crowd of at least 50,000. They were reviewed by the assembled Directory, as well as prominent parliamentarians, the chiefs of staff of the military and police forces, high justices and other dignitaries and guests, from both Hesperia and abroad.

President of the Directory Torcuato T. Croes addressed the assembled crowd and troops before the annual parade’s beginning. In his speech, Croes, who came to power following a landslide election victory last November, focused on the spontaneous occupations of farms and factories by self-organising workers and peasants during the Revolution. He placed these in a longer tradition of social struggle stretching back to Tula, the leader of a slave revolt during the Hesperian Revolution of 1799. ‘The only difference between the slaveowner and Rio Blanco is the means of oppression,’ Croes declared.

Rio Blanco is the mining corporation at the centre of the events that preceded 30 May 1969. In what became known as the Siman Sanger (Bloody Week), a 100-day miners’ strike was put down with deadly force by Rio Blanco’s private security. Twenty-two ringleaders of the strike were summarily executed and hundreds more miners were injured. This provoked the uprising in the nearby city of Cas Còrá that began the May Revolution.

Croes’s comments immediately provoked controversy in Hesperia. Previous presidents rarely linked the complicated legacy of slavery to the events of May and June 1969 in their Trinta di Mei addresses, or to worker-employer relations today, preferring to focus on the Revolution’s leaders and their political programme of créolitude, or national unity through racial and cultural blending. A Partido Còrá spokesperson accused Croes of ‘dangerous demagoguery that inflames racial tensions and represents a risk to Hesperian democracy.’

Following the parade’s end, the assembled dignitaries laid wreaths at the National Memorial to the Revolutionary Dead, in front of the Popular Junta, in honour of the victims of May-June 1969. Afterwards, the public were allowed to lay flowers, producing a sea of carnations before the Memorial.

Besides the official events, popular celebrations took place throughout the country and deep into the night. A kind of second carnival, these festivities include float parades and dances, during which police turn a blind eye to violations of the ban on public drunkenness. Eighty-two revellers were arrested in the port city of San Agostin following a huge public brawl in a churchyard in the barrio of Castro Bieu. Eleven men and one woman died across Hesperia, all due to stabbings with broken bottles.
 

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Government in exile for Bourgogne established in Bréves
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Yesterday, Premier Elisabeth Martinique of Serenierre held an unexpected press conference wherein she announced that the destruction of the nation state of Bourgogne at the hands of the Kingdom of Elben and the "Burgundian People's Republic" was tantamount to the destruction of Gallian heritage. In a press conference which was open for questions to reporters, Premier Martinique spoke at length about the crimes of the newly installed Leninovist regime in western Bourgogne and highlighted the many crimes against Catholics, Neustrians, and Burgundian nationalists.

Premier Martinique stated that the silence of the world was unconscionable and history would be unkind to the silent nations of the world. She criticized the Organisation of Democratic States (ODS) for failing to take note of the barbarity taking place in northern Gallia and alleged that the alliance was a sham. Throughout the press conference, Madame Martinique did not refer to the ODS by name and insisted on referring to it as the "the odious alliance" - a play on words with the acronym.

Following the general disapproval and inaction, Premier Martinique announced that she would be allowing representatives of the Burgundian community in Serenierre to establish a Government in Exile in Bréves, a large city on the border between Bourgogne and Serenierre. She stated that the Serenien Government could not recognise hostile non-Gallian forces as representatives of the Burgundian people and called on the world to take notice of the matters taking place in Bourgogne.
 

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Dalraida City of Falkeld gears up for a week of Pro-choice and LGBT rights marches
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One of the most hardcore Conservative Catholic country in the world also has a habit of hosting one of largest Liberal protests. In tradition of the failed Liberal uprising, each year many people from the Spirit of 69 movement, a underground movement that seeks Democratic and social reforms within PFD, hold marches in Falkeld

The group protests during the late 90s to the end of the 2000s were met with a end of a wooden truncheon and mass arrests by the Federal Militsiya. Things have changed for the better slightly when a sympathetic Mayor named Daidh Loudain being elected in 2015 but even then with President R.R Maclellan's tight control of the country, a openly homophobic and misogynistic self titled "Defender of The Faith".

There was only so much Mayor Daidh Loudain can do with him mostly requesting the Federal Militsiya to hold back and ordering the city's militia to police the events instead. This stopped the beatings and the tear gas but the Federal Militsiya changed tactic of using undercover officers to arrest the most vocal leaders during the marches. Most who have been arrested in the last five years have reported that they been held for days to be tortured and then only to be dumb in middle of the wilderness to die.

The Spirit of 69 movement itself is supported by various foreign private individuals and state entities, well the support provides much needed resources which the movement won't be able to survive without and even helping members to escape through the international Rainbow Railway network.

It also had the movement labelled as a reactionary group that is a front for what the Federal government calls the "Neo-Liberal international Financial Capitalist Order." A catch all term for any opposition to the extreme authoritarian government.

We have spoke to many members of the underground who have stated that this year going to be different they can feel it in the air.

In light of Sìle Smios's self-immolation outside Falkeld City Hall on the 29 of May. Aged nineteen she was a member of the underground, people from within have told us she had been suffering greatly since her torture last year by the Federal Militsiya.

Her death came to surprised to them but not the method with no official records we can find. From our own research we have found from 1991 at least fifteen people have killed themselves by setting themselves on fire. What some might find controversial the Spirit of 69 movement promotes the act of self-immolation as a last resort. With a member anonymously saying;

"They try to control our reproductive organs and who we can love. If a member of our group is backed into a corner and can't find a escape, we suggest they do destroy themselves because at end of the day if we can't control our own bodies neither should the state."

With reports of Federal Armed Forces troops erecting barb wire and checkpoints across the city, many liberals members of the intentional community hope the Spirit of 69 movement is unharmed in the next week.
 
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Serenien Govt. perturbed by White Rose Movement, as demonstration enters 3rd day
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News reports in Serenierre have shown that the demonstration started by Ms. Athenais Diderot outside the Aurarian Embassy three days ago has now spread to other cities as well and small demonstrations in favour of Gallian unity have been held across the country in some form or the other. Villesen, itself, is quiet as the demonstration outside the Aurarian Embassy has been deemed to be a routine matter for which the Police Commissioner of Villesen has been the face, as opposed to higher officials in the Politburo.

However sources close to the centres of power in the Marxist-Serazinist country believe that the Central Government is perturbed by the demonstrations which have provided an opportunity for Ms. Diderot, a former member of the ruling Martinique Bloc to break ranks from the ruling coalition within the Communist Party of Serenierre to form her own Bloc. One of the key features of the Serenien ideology is that despite maintaining a one-party state, the strength of intra party democracy is such that the country for all intents and purposes functions as a de facto parliamentary democracy within the ideological spectrum of Serazinism which ranges from economic liberalism to christian democracy to hard-line Marxism. However, this focus on internal dynamism in the Party has frequently allowed for the creation and ideological resettlement every so often, as the blocs within the Party centre around the personalities which form them and members of the Party gravitate towards one or the other, never formally being registered members of any entity other than the Communist Party.

While such changes were common throughout the period following Generalisimo Serazin's death, the process had become more static since the 1990s, a period which saw the rise of the current generation of Serenien leaders, all of whom are now at various points of middle age. According to the grape vine, the powers that be are concerned that the self proclaimed White Rose Movement is going to unsettle the current dynamic of political leadership within the Party.
 

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Mayor Daidh Loudain confirms three dead after firefight between Federal Troops and unknown gunman
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Three dead and many injured after a gunman fired at troops using a crowd of protesters as human shields, Federal troops fired back in response luckily killing no one but the gunman ended up killing three bystanders and has escaped. Mayor of Falkeld, Daidh Loudain has said in a press conference.

"I am deeply sadden by the violence that took three innocent lives in the city I love of all places.
I am feared to say that hostile reactionary elements are now running amok around this city."


After he saying that, he said that the control of city was being handed over to Colonel Daniel Cearrach of the Federal Militsiya, after that the Colonel spoke for rest of press conference saying this;

"They are in our homes, walking our streets, in our workplaces and now hide behind people in order to use them for human shields, it sickens me. That is why I am enforcing a emergency lock-down of the city in order to drive out them once and for all. Only thing allowed in is essential supplies. They shall be a curfew in effect by midnight, the curfew shall be enforced between six in the evening till six in the morning till further notice. Anyone caught out in these times shall be arrested on the stop to be then taken in for questioning."

The press conference ended with AP International being escorted to a hotel, after being informed all foreign press shall be evacuated from the city first thing in the morning and requested not to leave the hotel unless told to or face being arrested for breaking the curfew.

With the authorities trying to evacuate the media and the city centre closed off to everyone being where the shooting took place. AP International doesn't really know what is happening or what happened, all the international press know is the statements given to them by the city government have contradicted the little eyewitnesses reports they could gather since many didn't want to talk.

Many of the eyewitness were saying no gunman was seen in the crowd of a hundred people that marched towards the city hall,who then were attacked by federal troops after being ordered to leave the area. Also some people have told AP gunshots were coming from the troops while others suggested someone opened fire from the crowd when they moved in to clear the area.

The Federal government is only giving off a wall of silence on the matter, alongside the President's twatter account allegedly hacked yesterday, himself not seen in the public in a week alongside the First Secretary too busy doing PR damage control in the aftermath.

The country looks like a ship with no captain at the helm.
 
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Nedernesia: Collapsed Temporary Worker Dormitory in April Earthquake Failed 2015 Buildings Inspection
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The earthquake and tsunami that struck Nedernesia in April destroyed countless structures across the archipelago, but mostly in small rural coastal communities. Vrijpoort's strict building codes have required all structures to be able to withstand significant earthquakes since the early 1970s, allowing towering skyscrapers to rise above Batavië Harbour. Yet some older buildings did collapse in Vrijpoort in April, most notably the Groene Hart temporary worker's dormitory in the Vrijpoort East district.

Temporary workers, commonly known as Tempos in Nedernesia, hail from across Europe and typically work in lower-skilled labour jobs such as in construction and sanitation. Anyone can fly to Vrijpoort and whilst visiting on a Social Pass apply for jobs. Many of the tempos simply buy a plane ticket, land in Vrijpoort and either apply for jobs themselves or go to a staffing agency. The Temporary Pass is valid for three years and can be extended indefinitely, but cannot be easily converted to permanent residency, unlike the Employment Pass.

Tempos work long days and are paid much less than the average Nedernesian, but earn much more than they would at home. As most tempos want to save as much money as possible and send remittances back to their families,
most choose to live in dormitory housing provided by their employers at heavily subsidised rents. It is not uncommon for eight adult males to share sleeping quarters with communal toilets and kitchens on each floor of a dormitory.

The Groene Hart dormitory was constructed in 1977 as Vrijpoort was expanding eastwards along the southern coast of Batavië Island. At the time many Azraqi and Hesperian tempos came to build the skyline that is now iconic of the city. At only 10 storeys tall the dormitory did not have to be constructed in the same earthquake resistant manner as taller structures but did still need to adhere to general building codes.

When the dormitory completely collapsed in April there were few survivors found in the rubble. Over 600 tempos perished in the Groene Hart collapse, making it the single deadliest site of the April 2020 Earthquake. With it now becoming known that the building did not pass its last inspection in 2015, family members and district councillors are calling for an independent royal inquiry into how the building was allowed to continue housing workers despite not having safety inspection clearance.

Both the owner of the building, Groene Hart Woningen B.V.* and the Vrijpoort Directorate of Building Safety would be called to testify if such a royal inquiry were to be held. Organisers of the Remember the tempos! movement formally filed a petition for a royal inquiry this afternoon at the Vrijpoort Southeast magistrate's court.

The incident has outraged many in the city who feel as though tempos and other disadvantaged workers were put in harms way so that companies and their wealthy owners could avoid expensive building upgrades. It has opened up further discourse in the city about the plight of the working class who face long hours, gruelling work and low pay. Some are calling for the creation of a minimum wage - a development the business community and government have long argued against.

Protest marches have been called for this weekend to begin at the site of the collapsed Groene Hart dormitory, which has since been cleared and sits as an empty lot, all the way to the Nedernesian Senate in the CBD; an 11 kilometre walk. Vrijpoort Local Police have approved the planned route for the march and will provide the requisite road blocking and escorts.

*Green Hart Flats, Pty Ltd (private non-listed company)
 

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Fishing boats lost at sea as Cyclone Minerva sends South Thaumantic & Perle Sea in turmoil
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As Cyclone Minerva gets ever closer to the Serenien mainland, reports are emerging from Serenien news outlets that several large fishing vessels have stopped responding as conditions in the South Thaumantic worsen. Authorities at the Port of Brèves have issued protocols for the immediate return to harbour of all vessels in the area.

The Government of the Province of Coubron-Menegal has declined to comment or release the names of the sailors aboard the ship alleged to have been lost at sea. The situation is currently developing and we shall continue reporting on the matter as more information is available.
 
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Drug experts fear Communist 'narco-corridor' in Gallo-Germania
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A largely uninterrupted supply chain of illegal drugs stretching from Kashtan and Kadikistan through to Polesia, Crotobaltislavonia and the Burgundian People's Republic could result in a spike of crime, addiction and early deaths across Gallo-Germania warn drug experts, as the Rurikgrad Pact strengthens its grip on Crotobaltislavonia.

The communist alliance is heavily involved in the manufacturing and distribution of banned substances, with the Crotobaltislavonian syndikats, Kadikistani mafia and Polesian mishpochas typically working hand in hand with their country's government.

For Polesia in particular, the sale of illicit drugs, along with counterfeit consumer goods, has been an important source of foreign currency, with the small communist state largely cut off from the world economy.

However with global tensions rising once more and an exodus of companies leaving Kadikistan's Special Economic Zones as a result, which are important sources of foreign investment and currency for the communist superpower, law enforcement officials fear the Rurikgrad Pact will ramp up criminal activity in response.

"Drugs do two things for the commies: make money and cause problems for their enemies," explains a Gunnish intelligence officer.

The relatively progressive laws of some Gallo-Germanian countries, particularly regarding 'softer' drugs like cannabis, has led Rurikgrad Pact-based suppliers focus on 'harder' drugs that are more addictive and damaging health-wise.

One such example is Blud, an umbrella term for a number of synthetic opiates and research chemicals, sometimes sold together as a mix, often with lethal consequences.

Once limited to Crotobaltislavonia's gypsy communities, Blud has become the substance of choice for many of Gallo-Germania's hard drug users thanks to its intense high, inexpensiveness and availability.

Crotobaltislavonia's short-lived pivot away from Kadikistan saw the flow of Blud start to dry up. But with Banja Luka now firmly in the communist camp with a new Marxist-Leninovist government, many in Gallo-Germania's intelligence and policing agencies fear a surge in supply of Blud and other drugs.

"Illegal drugs aren't just a money maker for the Rurikgrad Pact, they are a weapon within the alliance's arsenal," says a high ranking Eiffellander police officer.
 

Tarusa

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Confederate Fleet Arrives in Reman Sea
AP Lars

The Naval port of Lars is seeing the arrival of more surface vessels and submarines of the Confederate Navy as elements of its 2nd Fleet has reached the territorial waters of Etruria. The vessels join the few vessels of the 1st fleet that arrived a little over a week ago bringing a significant presence to the Reman Sea in commitment to a show of solidarity to Confederate allies in the region.

With tensions in the region at a high with the coup in Crotobaltislavonia and the failed attempt by communist loyalists to carry out a follow-up coup in Pelasgia following its failure to sign the Treaty of Spesse, which brought Furlanie and Gallia further into the sphere of Ivars influence the large deployment was not to be seen as unexpected. The ships are expected to assist allied naval vessels with patrols in the Reman and Long Sea in the coming days and weeks and the length of deployment has yet to be publicly announced, however it is anticipated that there will remain a permanent Confederate Naval presence in the region for years to come to compliment the rest of the armed forces deployed on land in Gallo-Germania.
 

Implaria

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Mass protests and riots shut down country
AP Westport

Following the assassination of socialist candidate for President James Strickland, thousands if not millions of his followers have taken to the streets in anger. From Westport to Implarian City people reacted to the news with spontaneous protests that have effectively shut down public life in the Implarian Federation. Riots and looting were reported from major cities, but even minor towns and rural areas have seen outbursts of violence.

Neither the Social Democratic Party nor any other leftist organization had called for the protests. In fact, the socialist leadership seems to be in a collective state of shock over the violent death of their hopeful first president to be. But while socialist officials struggle with the question now on everyones mind - "quo vadis?" - first calls for revolution have spread from anonymous sources, while leaflets have appeared on the protests suggesting an involvement of the Implarian government in the murder of James Strickland.

President Hart adressed the nation earlier today in a brief press conference following a violent night of protest. "Please return to your homes and stay calm," the president urged Stricklands supporters, asking for time to figure out how to proceed. "Justice will be served," the President promised, "I have faith in our hard working police force."

First voices from the senate meanwhile call for a postponement of the election that was planned for january.
 

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Elbaron could seek new human trafficking deal
AP Elbaron

Recent announcements by the government of Elbaron that it finds its coastal guard poorly equipped for guaranteeing perfect coverage of all outgoing vessels due to necessary budget cuts to invest into education have widely been received as an attempt by the government of the coastal state to receive money from abroad in exchange for keeping immigrants out of the norther continent.

Starting in the middle of November, a noticeable drop in the number of patrols and in the quality of the patrol patterns has been noticed by independent observers, with Elbarone vessels seemingly ignoring migrant vessels passing through their area of jurisdiction unchallenged.

Last decade, there was a similar period where Elbaron had relaxed border controls, meaning thousands of new migrants arrived on northern shores. Controls were efficiently reestablished after the government had secured guarantees for foreign investment into its agricultural sector.
 
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