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Whatever he did as a government member in the national-syndicalist regime, Interim-Chancellor Bohmer saw on time that things had to change, and facilitated the transition to democracy the people of Ostmark wanted. We remember Interim-Chancellor Bohmer as the man who led Ostmark to democracy and freedom, and hope that the Ostmarkers will remember him in the same way. We pray for Interim-Chancellor Bohmer. Our condolences to his wife, children and other family members, as well as to the people of Ostmark.

Albrecht von Hadamar-Loorburg, King of Eiffelland
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*Kanzler Walter Eidman fades in on the screen. He is sitting behind his desk at the Palast der Republik in Wien.*

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Fellow Citizens,

It is with pride and joy that i speak to you, for the first time, from the office of the Chancellorship in the Palace of the Republic, here in Wien. I would like to start my speech by expressing the most heartfelt gratitude to the millions who participated in the first free and democratic elections since the fall of the regime. This historic election must not be mistaken for the victory of a single political party or a single candidate. It is a victory that belongs to the entire National Community, as it writes a new page in the history of our people and our Republic.

A lecture on our recent past would be superfluous. We all know where we come from. We all know what we suffered during the years of National-Syndicalism, but we also know how much we suffered during the Days of Sorrow. We must learn from our mistakes, and it is also vital to not fall into a spiral of eternal hatred and resentment.

We will stand united, as one people
, irrespective of our ideological and political differences, against the challenges that await us in the future. I will always stress this point, for i believe the union of our national forces will bring about the material and moral progress of our nation and, with that, an improvement of the quality of life for the people.

Unity is the key to our success.

When i spoke to Interim Kanzler Bohmer shortly before his death, he asked me to make a promise. That promise was to always work for the people, in the interest of people, and to prevent dark forces from taking over this country again. I will not express an opinion on his adherence to National-Syndicalism, which is fairly well known, but we must also accept the fact that despite his role in the regime, none of this would be possible hadn't Interim Kanzler Bohmer call this election and allow the people to participate in the nation-making and nation-building process we are all now part of. Herr Bohmer will not be remembered as the right hand of a dictator, but as the man who, in the end, recollected himself and allowed our nation to progress, and to free itself from the ghosts and the demons of the past. A dark past we must now forget, so that we may move forward.

Past rivalries, past adherences to National-Syndicalism, will not obstruct the participation to public and political life. Provided we will all join forces in the new democratic spirit of our renewed Republic, our future can only be bright and prosperous, so that our children and our children's children will live a life full of joy, happiness, and most importantly, in freedom. Our Republic is a precious little diamond, that we are all equally required to defend and protect from the dangers coming from without, but also from within.

My administration will strive for a stronger, renwed and dynamic international cooperation. My first thoughts go to our neighbors in the Kingdom of Eiffelland. Our southern neighbors have always supported our nation and our people, even during the darkest days. Even tho our nations fly different flags, we are both inherently part of the same community, the German community and we now finally share common values as never before. The spirit of cooperation and friendship between Ostmark and Eiffeland is a guarantee of peace and stability, in Germania and Europe, and i am eager to cooperate with Chancellor Rheinfeld as soon as possible. Once again, Ostmark salutes Eiffelland as a fully fledged member of the community of free and democratic nations of Europe.

To our East, the Tarusan Tsardom has indeed expressed perplexity and sometimes hostility towards our cause, due to the recent events here in our homeland. But i will not hold any grudge, and i will not seek any form of retaliation. The borders will stay open, trade will not be halted. In fact i will seek a renewed and stronger political and economic cooperation, in the form of trade deals and agreements, to further develope the relationship beween Ostmark and our eastern neighbor.

The past cannot be undone, but we can still write the future.

The Republic of Ostmark will work, with all the nations of Europe, to secure a future of peace and cooperation. Ostmark will also support all agencies and international institutions that strive for an ever stronger international cooperation, and will seek membership into said institutions to contribute to peace, democracy and freedom.

Compatriots,


What we have accomplished will be remembered by future generations. Europe will remember the pride and strenght and courage of a people, the people of Ostmark, who refused to give up to uncertainty and despair, and rebuilt their nation when everything seemed hopeless and lost.

No! Ostmark is not lost!

We will succeed and, togheter, we will rise from the ashes and the ruins of our dark past.


*Kanzler Walter Eidman fades off the screen, replaced by a propaganda video accompanied by the national anthem of the Republic of Ostmark*

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We look forward to cooperating with our brother nation in the northeast, and to lead us to a prosperous future. I commend Chancellor Eidman for his wise words. I have all the confidence that he will lead Ostmark to a brighter future. Eiffelland will do what it can do to help with that.

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES ECONOMIC SYSTEM REFORM
"We will encourage private and foreign investments in our economy, to create more added value" said Kanzler Walter Eidman

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By Heinrich Obenaus

WIEN (Ostmark) - With 74 votes against 26, the National Assembly approved the long awaited reform of the economic system, completing the transition from a central planned economy to free market. The Centre Party and the Christian Democratic Union have also supported the reform, upon the approval by the Social Democratic Party majority to introduce amendments that will further promote private and foreign investments in the near future. The National People's Party led by Karl Dietrich, however, accused Chancellor Eidman of "selling the country to foreign capitalist lobbies" in "the same way Chancellor Kohler sold our people to international loan sharks" sparking protests from the seats of the SPDO.

With the approval of the reform, citizens will now be allowed to carry out private economic activities without requiring the ministerial authorisations. Chancellor Eidman also reassured workers of state owned factories and companies that "The government will do everything in its powers to protect jobs and occupation, but will also provide workers with further training, so that they may find a new occupation and new opportunities in one of the many sectors of the economy that will soon witness a booming growth". According to the text of the reform approved by the National Assembly, foreign companies that will open subsidiaries or production facilities in Ostmark will benefit of a 75% tax discount for the years 2021-2022.

In an interview with Die Republik, Kanzler Eidman also stated that OMW might become the subsidiary of an Eiffellander company to "modernize its production facilities and shift the production to more modern and environment-friendly vehicles" said Eidman "Our priority is to restart the private sector of the economy and make good use of the countless opportunities the future is offering us" he concluded.
 

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We are indeed interested in investing in OMW and making it a profitable Ostmarker company. Let it be clear that we fully understand that OMW employs a lot of Ostmarkers, directly and indirectly. When we invest in OMW, we will make sure that this company continues to fulfil the role it has fulfilled for many Ostmarker families. Indeed, achieving and maintaining profitability is key to that, but we will make sure that the days of sorrow will not return.
 

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OSTMARK, THREE MONTHS LATER
A reportage from the streets of Wien highlights the cultural and political upheaval as Ostmark struggles to forget its past, in a dichotomy with social tensions on one side, and economic development and transition on the other side.

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By Alexander Besselman

WIEN (Ostmark) - Not far from Republikplatz, formerly known as Volksrepublikplatz, a group of hardline nostalgics of the Grasser regime has since the 18th of December, the day of the fall of National-Syndicalism, occupied an abandoned flat in Ludwigstrasse and created a self-governing community known by the inhabitants of Wien as Schwarze Front Kollektiv, or Black Front Collective. The age of its members vary from eighteen to fifty years old, but it is clear that the majority of the squatters in the building are either teenagers or very young adults.

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Adelie, a nineteen years old girl from Wien, has no doubts: "The fall of National-Syndicalism will only bring endemic poverty, unemployment and disparty in Ostmark. We are unconditionally loyal to our Wise and Eternal Leader Horst Paul Grasser and we will never surrender our ideals to the false gods of capitalism and globalism. We will rise again under the guidance and light of the Hammer and Sword banner". I was sincerely surprised by the fanatism displayed by Adelie and her Black Front kameraden. It seemed, sometimes, that those young boys and girls were completely detached from the reality of Wien and Ostmark as a whole, a city and country that is rapidly changing and trying to leave its recent past behind.

Not far from the building, riot squads of Wien's Staatspolizei are constantly monitoring the situation but so far have refrained from storming the building "To preserve the peace and avoid an unnecessary escalation of violence" says Unteroffizier Rufold Muller, who seemed to be the man in charge of the State Police riot squads posted on both entrances of the street "They have been brainwashed by two years of constant propaganda and 'mass events' in stadiums, schools, rallies of the National-Syndikalistische Volkspartei.." he said, with a note of resentment and compassion in his voice "It's not their fault, really. They were the first victims of the economic crisis when youth unemployment had reached 70%, and now they are the victims of fanatism and propaganda, it's very sad.. but what can we do".

When asked if they have caused significant issue during their stay, Unteroffizier Muller nodded "Yes.. well.. they attempted to occupy nearby streets and we were forced to push them back into Ludwigstrasse. As long as they stay there and we stay here, there should be no issues. Nobody lives there anyway, everyone else has moved to avoid troubles". Muller looked sad sometimes, powerless, but it seemed clear to me that he still hoped to convince them to desist, eventually, rather than use force to put an end of the illegal occupation of the building.

Meanwhile, no far from Ludwigstrasse, Wien's inhabitants are successfully moving over and leaving the ghosts of their past behind. It is now very common to see western cars as the numbers of OMW-19s sold, or scrapped for metal and other electronic components, increase on a daily basis. With new and better paying jobs slowly but steadily offering Ostmarkians new opportunities, thousands are moving to the capital city, eager to get their share of the free market and the countless opportunities offered by the transition from a central planned economy to a free market capitalist system. During my reportage i met Franz, 52, a car dealer from Trier, Eiffelland "Well, this is basically one of the biggest scores in my career as a businessman" he said, with a big smile on his face "You see, there are almost one million people in this city and each one of them wants to drive anything but an OMW-19. They want big, modern looking cars, this is a fact. They see my cars as a symbol of prestige and wealth" he continued "Of course the prices have been adjusted but sales are growing every week, it's like they've been waiting for years to get their hands on them" he concluded.


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Many businessmen like Franz have spotted the opportunities as multinationals and other major companies are racing to acquire their share of customers. Some economic analysts suggested Ostmark could potentially become an international hub for car manufacturers thanks to the combination of its lower-than-average wages and the highly specialized workforce. Most Ostmarkians worked in vehicles and heavy machinery manufacturing, with metalworks and mining also playing important roles in the economy. That said, Ostmarkian workers are mostly trained and capable of switching roles and operate a large number of equipments, as opposed to third world countries where workforces are either unskilled or untrained to perform tasks in advanced production facilities. The government presided by Kanzler Walter Eidman has smelled the opportunities and wisely granted tax cuts and other benefits to both foreign and national private companies that will invest and create jobs and subsidiaries or build production facilities in Ostmark.

In the outskirts of Wien, like an oasis in the desert, an iconic building has survived the storm almost unscathed. You will not be surprised if i say it's Eastern Lights. Formerly owned by the Youth League of the National-Syndicalist People's Party, the popular club has been recently acquired by popular Ostwave producer Mark Adelberg, AKA Laserwehr, whose mission is "To continue the legacy of the Temple of the Ostwave sound". Thousands of young boys and girls fill the dancefloors of Eastern Lights Dance&Dinner Club three times a week in the same way crowds run to the shelter at the sound of an air raid siren. Within the walls of Eastern Lights there are no political affiliations, no social differences, no prejudice. "It is exactly as it is supposed to be" said Mark "Here at Eastern Lights we promote our way of life. We worship the Goddess Ostwave and her Apostoles Fun and Entertainment." he said with sarcasm "Jokes aside, as an Ostmarkian i am aware of the political and social tensions but i also have faith in a better future. I am quite optimistic. I will do my part and continue to provide this safe space filled with revolving mirror balls and neon lights for all those who are eager to forget their troubles and daily issues, even if for just only one night".



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At the end of my daily tour across the streets of Wien, i've reached the conclusion that the cultural and political transition will probably take more time than expected. Overall, the sentiment expressed by the persons i had a talk with was mostly positive and optimistic. I must, unfortunately, reiterate one of the statements i made not too long ago: Ostmark is still not ready to forget Horst Grasser and the legacy of the Volksrepublik Ostmark. Hopefully, the ghosts of the past will be exorcised and our great, little country will finally move over.
 
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We look forward to facilitating investments by Serbovian businesses into the growing and reforming economic sector of Ostmark, and to establishing partnerships that will benefit both Ostmarkian and Serbovian peoples. To that end, the newly reopened Serbovian embassy in Wien will be expanded by the founding of a separate trade representation which will work to assist in the establishment Serbovian-Ostmarkian business ties. Significant interest has already been expressed by several major Serbovian corporations.

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We will invest in Ostmark for the production of household equipment.



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We have come to an agreement with OMW. We will invest to convert this factory for the production of the Darner Solano and the Darner Alisio.
 

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"AUF WIEDERSEHEN, VOLKSREPUBLIK!"
"Goodbye, People's Republic!" is the new masterpiece of John Aldberg

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By Heinrich Obenaus

WIEN (Ostmark) - Movie director John Aldberg, author of Brother Wars: The Massacre of Tuchersfeld, a movie that tells the story of the 1871 Eiffellander-Ostmarkian One Day War, has unveiled his new project this morning during a press conference. His new movie titled "Auf Wiedersehen, Volksrepublik!" is the story of Lukas, an ordinary ostmarkian boy who recalls his experiences during the two years of the National-Syndicalist regime presided by Volkskanzler Grasser and everyday'slife in the People's Republic of Ostmark.

"The movie does not glorify Grasser and the Volksrepublik. Instead, it portrays the ordinary life of an ostmarkian boy during the two years that permanently changed the history, society and culture of our nation" said the movie director "Lukas, a 23 years old boy, has been dreaming about a future of democracy and freedom as much as the majority of his family, his friends, his acquaintances. But he was also aware that in order to survive, he had to give up some of his ideals for the sake of serenity and peace, given his 'rebellious' mindset" he added.

In the movie Lukas is often confronted by the Volkspolizei and the State Security Service. He works at Ostmarkische Motoren Werke and he recalls his meetings with an at the time unknown and disheartened welder called Horst Grasser. The two form a special bond, a strong friendship, that soon becomes stagnant and dangerous when Horst reveals his totalitarian and radical political platform "My movie wants to be a warning for the youth of Ostmark who feel attracted and captured by populist demagogues and radical political agendas that offer quick and easy solutions to complicated and complex issues" continued Aldberg "But the overall message is: do not despair, do not surrender to oppression and apathy, because freedom always triumphs in the end. The good guys always win" he concluded.
 

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INTERVIEW WITH KANZLER WALTER EIDMAN
On the political and economic transition of Ostmark and long term plans.

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By Heinrich Obenaus

Heinrich Obenaus: Good morning Chancellor Eidman, it is a pleasure to finally meet you.

Walter Eidman: Good morning Herr Obenaus, the pleasure is mine.

Heinrich Obenaus: Let's start with the first question. It's been three months since the fall of the National-Syndicalist regime presided by Horst and Andrea Grasser. What was your reaction when former Interim Volkskanzler Ludwig Bohmer tendered his resignations and called democratic elections?

Walter Eidman: That night i was in Volksrepublikplatz with other members of the SDPO to witness the turn of events. All of us were quite surprised by the initiative taken by Interim Voklskanzler Bohmer. The fall of the regime and the dissolution of the People's Republic of Ostmark was a completely unexpected scenario and we had realized, after that announcement, that democracy was truly making a come back, thus marking the end of the two years under National-Syndicalist rule.

Heinrich Obenaus: What was your reaction and your party colleagues reaction when the People's Defense Force hoisted the flag of the Republic of Ostmark?

Walter Eidman: I've tried my best to hold my tears, and so did my SDPO colleagues. The majority of the people bursted in celebrations of joy and happiness, some simply stood there and looked around as if they were part of a movie, of a tale. I felt like i was becoming part of history, and so were the tens of thousands of people who had gathered in Volksrepublikplatz that night to ask Interim Volkskanzler Bohmer more democracy and freedom.

Heinrich Obenaus: Why do you think Bohmer ordered the Volkspolizei and the Volkswehr to return to the barracks, instead of simply quelling the protest and dispersing the crowd?

Walter Eidman: I think Bohmer that day had realized that the days of National-Syndicalism were over, that Ostmark needed to change to fit in the modern era, an era in which National-Syndicalism, and Socialism in general, were de fact losing their logical and rational place. The times had already changed, and Bohmer made good use of the pragmatism he was known for, to accept the changes and aknowledge them for the sake of the people, the country and its integrity.

Heinrich Obenaus: And then the SDPO won the elections, seizing a majority of the parliament.

Walter Eidman: Yes, but it wasn't a victory of a candidate or a political party. That victory, the victory of the SDPO in the elections, is a victory that belongs to the entire national community. It wasn't only the end of the National-Syndicalist era, but also the beginning of a new age of democracy and freedom, of economic development and renewed international cooperation.

Heinrich Obenaus: Speaking of international cooperation, many countries and multinational companies are showing growing interest in the opportunities offered by the transition from central planning to free market. Do you think a return to the free market will also re-enable the downsides of globalization to bring us back to the Days of Sorrow?

Walter Eidman: Not if politics work in the interest of the people an in the interest of the nation. The government has, for example, monitored the talks between OMW and Darner Werke A.G. to make sure the aquisition of OMW by Darner protected jobs. In the end, the agreement will actually increase the production capabilities of OMW facilities, thus creating new jobs and new opportunities. In all cases, Darner has guaranteed to protect jobs and the importance of OMW for the economic tissue of Ostmark. We trust Darner because it is an Eiffellander company and we have trust in the Kingdom of @Eiffelland and its people, including its businessmen.

Heinrich Obenaus: Thev @United Republics recently announced Ostmark will receive $15 billion per year, for 15 years, to help Ostmark develope energy diversification and independence. How will your government make use of this large ammount of money in the long term?

Walter Eidman: Our government will always support the necessary transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources because we believe it has its logical and rational place in the future. It isn't an easy transition, by my administration is fully committed to push the green agenda as one of its top priorities, along with sustainable economic development. We will also support and take part to all international efforts to spread this agenda. Speaking of the funds, which will be erogated by the URTHAS, will be invested to develop clean, renewable energy sources in Ostmark. Our long term goal is to have Ostmark rely on at least 75% clean and renewable energy within the next 10 years. We are aware it is an extremely complex task, but our experts are already studying long term and realiable projects to successfully achieve this goal, step by step. Solar energy, hydroelectric energy, investments to convert coal and oil power plants for the use of biofuels or other sources of energy, a comprehensive agenda to study incentives for the production and purchase of electric and natural gas vehicles is also in the making. Ostmark has many unexploited sources of hydroelectric power, even tho two our of five dams are already providing enough power to support nearby mountain communities. We expect to restore and upgrade all existing five dams and enable them to produce energy, doubling their current capacity by the end of the year. We will also enact new laws to reduce the production of waste, encourage recycling of plastic, metal and food waste to produce biofuels, we will give incentives to companies that will switch to more environment-friendly production processes and will effectively reduce their emissions in the atmosphere.

Heinrich Obenaus: This sounds like a very ambitious plan for a small nation like Ostmark.

Walter Eidman: So was the return to democracy, but we did it. Didn't we? I am aware that given the current state of the economy it seems irrealistic and superfluous to write down 10-years plans. But as soon as we start them, the sooner we will achieve the goals we set. In my opinion, economic development and transition to renewable and sustainable sources of energy are both complementary to each other. There can't be true development if we continue to support a mentality that is effectively killing our environment and, with that, the future of our children. I am confident that Ostmark will one day spearhead the transition and set an example in terms of environment-friendly economic and industrial policies. A green future will coincide with a free future. Not just for Ostmark, but for Europe.

Heinrich Obenaus: Thank your for time Herr Eidman.

Walter Eidman: It's been a pleasure.
 

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WIEN'S STOCK MARKET SOAR 12% ON FRIDAY AMID DARNER WERKER A.G., FRANKBANK ANNOUNCEMENTS, POSITIVE SENTIMENT.
Ostmarkische Motoren Werke shares lead the national stock market as Eiffelland's Darner confirms plan to produce models Solano and Alisio in Wien's production facilities. FrankBank announces the opening of over one hundred branches in Ostmark, sparking positive sentiments and unprecedented daily gains.

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WIEN (Ostmark) - It's official. @Eiffelland 's car manufacturer based in Rottweil, Darner Werke A.G., has confirmed rumors about the production of Darner Solano and Darner Alisio in Wien's OMW production facilities. The announcement sparked a buying frenzy in Wien's stock market as investors rushed to acquire OMW shares amid a positive sentiment and trust of investors in Ostmark's automotive market.

@Holy Frankish Empire 's FrankBank, one of the major banks in Germania, has also announced the opening of over one hundred branches in Ostmark, with the aim of creating a full subsidiary known as OstBank within the next five years, prompting more investors to renew their trust in the positive outcome of the economic transition, and the generally positive market sentiments generated by the quick and successful democratic transition of Ostmark.

Friday Wien's stock market gained an astonishing 12% in an "unprecedented demonstration of investors' trust and confidence" said an economic analyst "In what we can now officially consider as Wien's market best one-day gain in the last decade" he added. The analyst suggested that "The successful political and economic transition, Chancellor Eidman's decision to grant incentives and tax cuts to private investments and the plans announced by major foreign companies to acquire a share of Ostmark's automotive, households, communications and banking sectors, have created the perfect recipe to halt Ostmark's economic stagnation and spark the beginning of game-changing positive trend of growth and development" he concluded.
 
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