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FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1994, FIRST QUARTER GDP GROWTH IS ESTIMATED AT +0.9%
Long considered a failed state by economic analysts and buried under the ruins of a default, Ostmark is slowly reemerging from a catastrophic decade.

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By Alexander Besselman

WIEN (Ostmark) - Macroeconomic data released today by the Ministry of Industry and Economic Development leaves no doubts: the economic stagnation that engulfed Ostmark's economy since the catastrophic default in 2014 has been officialy declared "over" and replaced by an "astonishing first quarter projection, estimated at 0.9% growth of the national Gross Domestic Product in the first three months of 2021" making it the "best first quarter since 1994". Since the mid 90's Ostmark's economy has been characterized by prolonged stagnation, followed by inconsistent and sporadic growth followed by recessions which culminated with the default of the national economy between 2013 and 2014.

Considered by analysts as the "most catastrophic and irreversible collapse of a national economy in modern history" and studied by economics students all over Europe for its peculiarities, Ostmark's default has left permanent scars in society, culture and politics, opening deep fractures in the socio-political tissue, eventually leading up to the rise of Horst Grasser and the National-Syndicalist People's Party in late 2018.

"Ostmark's 2014 default is by all accounts the most devastating, the most catastrophic economic crisis in modern history" says economist and analyst Rupert Baumer "It not only resulted in an economic recession characterized by typical effects such as unemployment and and industrial crisis, but also in the collapse of the political, social and cultural institutions of the nation." he continued "Even emergency services were literally unable to respond due to a shortage of fuel, and personnel basically working for no pay, because money had lost its value with hyperinflation engulfing the internal market, with the Central Bankunable to print new currency. It's almost as if Ostmark lived a near-death experience, and somehow managed to survive, paying a very high price in the short and long term"

"The consequences of the default are still visible today in society and culture"
continued Herr Baumer "Frugality and recycling in Ostmark is a very important virtue and value not for a mere 'green' stance of the government or the population, but due to a collective memory that recalls times in which simple meals, medicines and new clothes were not granted commodities, but luxuries only a few could actually afford. Today's data confirm a modest 0.9 growth in the first quarter. It might not sound too good if compared to other economies in the region, but for a nation like Ostmark, with it troubled history, this growth represents a true miracle that i think will be studied by future generations of economists and analysts, including myself of course. Hopefully, the trend will continue for 2021 and 2022" he concluded.
 

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PANIC ON THE AUTOBAHN AS BEER TRUCK ROLLS OVER NEAR LUDWIGSTADT
The driver, uninjured, delivered over thirty barrels of beer with his bare hands to resupply the local Freikorpsfest.

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By Heinrich Obenaus

LUDWGISTADT AM SEE (Ostmark) - Earlier this morning a truck loaded with over three thousand liters of Ostmarkian beer coming from Wilhelmstadt has been involved in an accident on the Autobahn while on its way to resupply Ludwigstad am See's Freikorpsfest. Alerted by authorities, the Mayor rushed to the scene to verify the integrity of the load. Thankfully at least one thousand liters of beer have been recovered by the fire brigade and were quickly delivered to the Freikorpsfest, escorted by a motorcycle of the Staatspolizei "Oh, and the driver is ok by the way, he just ran off with a beer barrel" added Mayor Hans Rutter.

The driver, a 23 years old man from Wien, heroically crawled out of the truck's cabin with little or no injures "It's just a scratch" said the man infront of the cameras of Ostmarkischen Fernsehen "I've lost control of the steering wheel, i think the road was slippery in that spot" said the driver "But I must go, i have a mission to complete" he concluded before rushing away from the area, holding a beer barrel over his head. Reports from eyewitnesses confirm that the young man delivered, over the morning, over thirty barrels of beer using his bare hands, before he collapsed infront of the building where the annual Freikorpsfest will be hosted, and was then rescued by an ambulance dispatched by the the local hospital.

"I will find out that driver's name and make him an honorary citizen of Ludwgistadt am See. These heroic acts give us hope during such troubled times. We hope he will show up at the Freikorpsfest as soon as he recovers, where he will be offered an unlimited ammount of the same beer he almost died for" added the Mayor of Ludwigstadt am See during a press conference at the city hall.
 

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Smirk of a random Eiffellandian: "So 'thankfully the beer was rescued, and oh, by the way, the driver is OK'. Priorities, priorities."

Another random Eiffellandian: "Well, this is a bit tougher than running 42 km after having won the battle of Marathon."

OOC: :lol::lol::banana::dance:
 

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LUDWIGSTADT AM SEE CELEBRATES FREIKORPSFEST 2021
"All's well that ends well" said Mayor Rutter.


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By Heinrich Obenaus

LUDWIGSTADT AM SEE (Ostmark) - Despite initial difficulties caused by an accident on the Autobahn which threatened to cut the supply of beer, the mountain community of Ludwigstadt am See opened the annual Free Corps Festival with the traditional Freikorps Parade. The Freikorps, an ancient Ostmarkian tradition, appeared in the mid 15th century and consisted of volunteers who formed the bulk of the local militia, in times when mountain communities were too isolated and cut from the rest of the Duchy, and later Kingdom of Ostmark to expect any reinforcement in case of attack. The Freikorps also preserved their traditions in a span of almost six centuries, but also kept pace with military technological and tactical advancements, becoming an efficient and professional military force of veteran line infantry batallions, or Freikorpsgrenadier Bataillonen, in the mid 18th century.

Traditionally, after having served in a foreign war, the Freikorps returned to Ostmark and celebrated with a non-stop three days festival, usually held in their hometowns, during which Freikorps mercenaries challenged each other in shooting competitions, which are still held up to this day, albeit with bb guns. Today the Free Corps are cultural associations that aim to preserve ancient Ostmarkian traditions and promote local culture. After the traditional "welcome home parade", the members of the Freikorp and the citizenry, aswell as thousands of tourists, march in column to the Freikorpshall where they spend the next three days drinking beer and eating wurstels.
 
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25 INJURED AND 1457 INTOXICATED IN LUDWIGSTADT AS FREIKORPSFEST COMES TO AN END
"This is an astonishing success" said Mayor Hans Rutter after a 10 hours alcohol-induced coma.

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By Heinrich Obenaus

LUDWIGSTADT AM SEE (Ostmark) - Ludwigstadt's Mayor Hans Rutter has no doubts "The Ludwigstadt am See Freikorpsfest 2021 is an astonishing, unprecedented success. We beat last year's record of 18 injured and 985 intoxications" said Herr Rutter infront of Ludwigstadt am See's hospital. According to eyewitnesses the mayor collapsed approximately at 4AM this morning after almost ten liters of beer, and was transported by an ambulance to the local emergency room, where the medical personnel performed a gastric lavage.

At least 25 people have been injured in the three days traditional festival of the mountain community "Official data released this morning confirm that 13 people tripped over during the parade, 8 fell off a table in the festival hall, 4 lost consciousness and collapsed on the ground, including Mayor Hans Rutter. 1457 have been diagnosed alcohol intoxication, but none of them required hospitalization. None of the injuries reported were serious, and all patients have been sent home this morning. And, most importantly, over twenty thousand liters of beer have been consumed. All these numbers confirm that Ludwigstadt am See's Freikorpsfest 2021 has been a success." said a spokesperson of Ludwigstadt's city hall during a press conference.
 

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Random Eiffellandian: "The Ostmarkers definitely overclass us in the amount of alcohol they drink. This reduces even Carnival and the Oktoberfest to an afternoon party of teetotalers."
 
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