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    "CELEBRATION OF CHRIST" TO RETURN TO SOLIS
    After a Long Debate, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception's Annual Christmas Celebration Returns to it's Home in Solis

    [SOLIS] A time-honored tradition seeks to make a requite in good faith as Archbishop Alfonso Sandino met with the Commissioners of the Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Cultural Preservation to make the case for once again hosting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception’s annual Christmas celebration on the Plaza de la República. The celebration dates well before the First Republic and into the time of the Aurarian Kings.

    The Plaza de la República was constructed during a time when Auraria was far more concerned with form rather than function – as if such a period ever really ended. Many of Solis’s most famous structures were constructed during this period as a tangible display of the wealth and power of the Aurarian Monarchy. The Plaza itself was constructed to house a Royal Garden in front of a newer, bigger palace. The garden was never installed and the newer, bigger place never housed a King as in 1819 the very concept was done away with.

    It was in the Plaza that the revolutionaries first waved the purple, gold, and black tricolor and proclaimed the Republic. It was in the Plaza that the first Constitution was officially proposed to the public. Today the Plaza remains a popular, relaxing public gathering space connecting the Museo Nacional (old Palace) and the Aurarian National Court. It’s also the site of the execution of King Alejandro IV and King Alejandro V – a fourteen-year-old boy who ruled for all of twenty minutes before the Calderón Line ceased to exist.

    In spite of that bloody affair, the Plaza has hosted the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception’s Christmas Celebration for hundreds of years – the largest such celebration in the country. It would see thousands of the faithful arriving from all corners of the country to take part. The Caudillo, in 1997, made it a point to never miss a ceremony and ensured that the Archbishop was seated next to him, front and center, each year.

    The Old Regime’s policy of linking its authority to that of the Church has undoubtedly caused controversy that continues today. It wasn’t any surprise then that the location of the celebration – which ended in 2012 during the Revolution and only resumed in 2014 after the peace – was moved to outside the city. Archbishop Alfonso Sandino, however, made it a point to return the celebration to its historic home in the Plaza.

    “This is a celebration of God and the story of the savior’s birth,” he said in a letter to President Ordenes “Our past cannot change but our futures remain to be seen. I have no doubt that the faithful display of Jesus Christ’s story will only serve as a benefit to the healing our country so desperately needs.”

    In general, the Plaza can be reserved for any sort of public demonstration as per the guidelines issued by the Department of Cultural Preservation – which oversees the maintenance of the grounds. Applications are voted on by the Grounds Commission, made up of members selected by the Department Director, the Minister of the Interior, and even one from the President himself. The secular nature of the country, however, has drawn controversy from the Church’s application.

    “When it became public that the Cathedral intended to resume the tradition, the Commission received over three hundreds requests to reserve the Plaza for a variety of celebrations on the same day,” said Commissioner Rodrigo Vasquez “Many of them were protests to Christianity, one of them was a…well, alternative lifestyle celebration and others were even more ridiculous.”

    Nevertheless, with the controversy surrounding the decision remaining, President Sebastian Ordenes weighed in on his own “Letter of Recommendation” to the Commission on the matter. In the letter, President Ordenes stressed no particular power of his own to compel the Commission one way or another but stated “This country needs to heal and part of that is celebrating who we are, who we all are, and we must consistently be fair and impartial to that.”

    The public vote concluding by a thing 5-4 margin (most votes are almost always 9-0), the Cathedral’s request was approved and the celebration will once more resume on the Plaza’s grounds.

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    CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL DELIVERS OPINION ON TAURITANIAN LABOR DISPUTES
    The Council Rejected Tauritania's Legal Reasoning for Vacant Factory Seizure, Opening Doors for Republic Intervention

    [TAURITANIA] In the months preceding the Liberation, the Caudillo’s regime cracked down on a number of operations within the Province of Tauritania – arguably the most outspokenly opposed government to the Caudillo. The crackdowns, all occurring before the infamous Saturday Massacre, often included factories being seized by the State or ordered to cease operations. Thousands of workers across the Province lost their salaries and had their lives ruined by these decisions. Now, that the war has ended, the factories that were not considered vital to the war effort still remained vacant with chains guarding their entrances.

    On October 12, 2016 Carlos Reyes Mendoza decided enough was enough and marched up with a collection of two hundred of his former workers and cut off the lock chaining the entrance to a textile factory in Penedèz. They went right in, restarted the factory, and declared themselves the owners of it. Using their own savings and gathering funds wherever they could, they purchased the necessary materials and began refining textiles for market. In no time at all, they began making money which was evenly distributed amongst all those who were working the factory. For many, in fact, the money exceeded their prior wages. This started a mini revolution of workers marching into their old factories and restarting them across Tauritania.

    In early 2017, with the advocation of the National Federation of Labor, the Parliament of Tauritania approved enabling legislation that provided legal protections for these workers – citing that the factories were “abandoned and vacant” and that, essentially, the workers “squatters’ rights” the equipment.

    Understandably, this erupted into a controversial legal fight that made its way to the Constitutional Council in Solis. The National Court proposed legislation to address the matter, which would essentially turn the properties back to their respective owners. The National Federation of Labor, with Tauritanian allies in the Court, fiercely opposed the legislation and decreed it an “overstep at the hands of Solis.”

    In August, President Bartolome Ordenes requested that the Constitutional Council deliver to the Court and him an opinion on the constitutionality of the measures making their way through the Court as well as the actual worker-run factories themselves. Early this morning the Council delivered their opinion.

    The Council stated that “due to the uncertain nature of the armed conflict, the actions of Caudillo Basurto, and the tenuous road to transition to the Second Republic, it can be assumed that many questions need be answered about returned property. It should not be reasoned that due to prolonged absence or vacancy that property is surrendered. We reject the Parliament of Tauritania’s decision that any property is able to be seized by those who happen upon it.”

    The Council further elaborated that, on the matter of the National Court’s ability to intervene, that it can only intervene in matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the Republic. Such as, if a factory owner is based outside of Tauritania, the matter then crosses Provincial-borders and automatically is within the realm of the National Court for regulation.

    “The Constitutional Council reiterates that it is not commenting on the political or moral argument behind the National Court’s decision, merely the constitutional authority to do so. In the parameters set, it is the opinion of the Council that the National Court is well within its power to regulate and intervene in such matters.”

    The National Federation of Labor immediately released a statement rejecting the Council’s opinion, stating: “The Council is incorrect to label these factories are property of anyone but the workers themselves. The either forced seizure or shut down by the Caudillo constitutes a change of ownership to the Caudillo, which no longer exists. These factories belong to no one but those who work them.”

    President Ordenes thanked the Council for its opinion and stressed the need to come to an agreement before the need for the Republic’s intervention. It is reported that the President has met with Tauritanian Prime Minister Aristide Sunyer to address the issue personally.

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    MODERNITY'S FORGOTTEN: PORTRAITS OF AURARINE LIFE
    Part I: The Rural Community

    [ASPARRENA] Historically, it would seem, Auraria has struggled to maintain strong economic growth. Repeatedly, the country sinks into periods where the economy is projected to grow at only 1.25% which does not bode well for investors both domestic and abroad. The economic crisis affects people in the country in very different ways and communities are responding with new and innovative tactics to combat the country’s woes.

    Take, for example, the town of Asparrena in the northern hills of Timavo Province. The town has a population of just 130 and in almost all ways represents both the joys and the drawbacks of life in the Aurarian countryside. The economic challenges faced by the giants of Solis, Tauritania, or Navales often capture the news more frequently but the struggles here are no more or less critical.

    Asparrena made headlines in the region when in the summer of 2019 the Commune Council put out an application for an individual to run the town bar and grocery store and in exchange they would not pay rent for either property or their home in the town. The Council selected Eduardo Amador to take up the task.

    “The fact of the matter is,” says Mayor Anastasio Moralez “without a decent bar in the village – nobody would see anybody. Social capital is just as important as anything else.”

    “A town without a bar is a terrible thing,” agrees Alfonso Ruiz, who at the age of 80 was born in and “intends to die in” the town of Asparrena. Ruiz said that locals in the town had the options of either staying at home with their families or walking around in the village’s endless fields of greenery but neither provided much opportunity for social interaction. The commune’s decision, then, to open the bar was seen as a necessary “public good.” The owner, Eduardo Amador, agrees with the sentiment but has his own feelings on the situation.

    “Every morning I open this bar to the same patrons. Five regulars in the mornings, several people strolling by throughout the day, and perhaps a busy night when the weather is nice. The cups of coffee and chupitos that people order simply aren’t making the money I need to keep it going,” Amador told La Prensa Libre “I am saddened that so many people in this town see the necessity of the bar but aren’t willing to spend the money to keep it.”

    Amador noted that the bottles on the shelves or the heating bill for the space don’t come cheap, even if the rent is free.

    “I’m not an entrepreneur, but I trust my neighbors,” says 74-year-old, lifelong Samaniego resident Hector Balderas. The town of Samaniego, located along the southeastern coast boasts a humble population of 83 and has experienced similar problems when its bar closed down last year. “People just didn’t see one another, it was a sad thing.”

    Samaniego used his savings to purchase the closed door bar and created a “self-service” bar where he trusts the patrons to pay for the food and beverages themselves. Every month the bar brings in an exceptionally humble 40 pasetas in province, but Samaniego says “the money isn’t a factor, it’s the community atmosphere. Without it, I would hardly see anyone.”

    Studies back up Samaniego’s point as well. Recently, the University of Navales released a survey that revealed seven out of ten Aurarians “never” visit a museum or a library, whereas one in five go to a bar, restaurant, or café daily. In a given week, 60% say they visit these establishments to meet family or friends. This social trend is hardly new and was a facet of the old and current economies.

    Given that over the last decade; cinemas, bookshops, theaters, museums, among other things have all seen a decline in attendance, the bar/restaurant scene remains a key facet of Aurarian social life and likely will for the foreseeable future. It is all the more important than to promote these establishments, especially in the areas hardest hit by the bad economic times.

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    JURZANI-AURARIANS CELEBRATE DEATH OF THE "BUTCHER"
    Thousands of Jurzani Take to the Streets to Celebrate Kadikistani First Secretary Moravscik's Death

    [SOLIS] The Kadikistani Communist Workers’ Party today announced the death of First Secretary Sergej Moravscik on the eve of the country’s 30th All-Union Party Congress. The announcement prompted kind words from world leaders across the planet, honoring the accomplishments of First Secretary Moravscik. However, to some demographics, the news of his death sparked quite a joy.

    First Secretary Moravscik, in the mid-1950s, was placed in charge of a program officially known as the “Jurzani Relocation and Assimilation Program.” To the Jurzani, it was known as a genocide unprecedented in their people’s history. The program naturally received a significant amount of resistance from the Jurzani, which Moravscik made a point of quashing in a brutality that only the Kadikistani can effectively pull down. Entire towns were destroyed, the Jurzani were declared enemies of Maxist-Leninovism, and hundreds of thousands of ethnic Jurzani people were pulled from their homes and exported to labor camps, usually in the frigid and inhospitable far north of the country. To the Kadikistani, the “Jurzani Question” is resolved. To the Jurzani, the genocide committed against them remains one of the worst tragedies in European history, forgotten by the masses of the globe.

    To the thousands of Jurzani who fled their homeland and received asylum in Auraria, they made great strides not to forget their troubled pasts. Today thousands of Jurzani people and sympathizers to their cause took to the streets waving the flag of the former Islamic Republic and celebrating the death of the First Secretary, a man they remember as “the Butcher.”

    Jurzani-Aurarians across the country made note to protest any demonstrations in support of the First Secretary by burning the Kadikistani flag and hanging dolls with images of his face stapled to them. Aside from several fist fights and arrests made, no significant outburst of violence was reported.

    While the First Republic condemned in the highest order the actions of the Kadikistani Government at the time, the Second Republic directed the Ambassador to Kadikistan to send “the Republic’s regards.”

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    MODERNITY'S FORGOTTEN: PORTRAITS OF AURARINE LIFE
    Part II: The Rail Towns

    [SOLIS] From the first time a rail spike was implanted into the ground, the train became a staple of Aurarine existence and held a commanding presence over the nation’s fascination. The original rail builders, a collection of private companies whose founders carved out impressive fortunes, followed a historic adage that “All Roads Lead to Tibur” – with the exception, in this case, of Tibur being Solis. The idea was simple, that Solis could be accessed from any part of the country and any part of the country could access Solis.

    In 1851, Gregorio Marañón constructed the Avenida de las Angeles Station in Solis for the primary purpose of serving as the principle hub of all rail traffic coming in and out of Solis. Adela, as it has come to be called, has since grown to a massive station serving more than 110 million passengers a year – 90 million of those serving solely on local commuter rails coming in and out of the city.

    Aurarine politicians have rallied around the railways for as long as anyone can remember. So much in fact that the FNT, one of the largest political players and by far the largest labor union, was formed after advocating for the creation of the Aurarian Railway Administration (Administración Ferroviaria Aurariano, AFA) – a state-owned enterprise tasked with administering virtually all of the country’s railways and nationalizing the remaining private industries. You can tell the successfulness of the AFA in its mission by asking members of the FNT they’re role in its creation. See if any of them proudly, or even openly, admit to it.

    In recent years, Auraria’s investments in high speed rail transformed the rail network. You’re now able to get from the far corners of the country in a much faster, cheaper way than by other means of transportation. By any metric, rail travel in Auraria is only set to rise and the revenue of the AFA has long supported government programs elsewhere. With every success story, it seems, there’s a failure nobody speaks about. Here then, comes the story of the failing Aurarine Rail Town.

    “I’ve negotiated with the AFA for years,” says Yolanda Martinez of the small village of Celadas “We have no running water, no telephone line, they’ve cut us off.”

    Celadas is a small village that was originally built in the 1950s as a service center for a train line from Tauritania into Solis. At its height, the village had more than 1,200 residents and its own general stores, bars, hospitals, parks, and even cinemas – all owned by the rail company. Private rail companies had an almost fatherly approach to these rail towns – highly protective, but authoritarian in their approach. These villages were meticulously planned by the companies but often times the jobs were so stable and consistent and the cost of living so cheap, they’d attract workers from across the country.

    Today the town of Celadas has 45 residents. Most of the village is abandoned homes falling into disrepair. The end of Celadas came in 2005 when the AFA officially shut down the rail line for which the town had been built in favor of a newer, higher speed line located kilometers away.

    Celadas is only thirty kilometers away from Solis – a city with a metro area of more than six million. It, like more than fifty other rail towns that still have occupants, has no other reason to exist than the train lines that no longer run through.

    “We were used to the sound of the train,” Yolanda says “My father told me for every train that came through it was the sound of a full belly every night. Now, I cannot get used to the silence, there’s something unsettling about it.”

    Residents of Celadas, and other towns like it, have done their best with the situation they have. They’ve turned some buildings into senior centers, cultural centers, or museums dedicated to the railways of old. Since virtually all of the buildings are owned, and therefore the responsibility, by AFA they are limited on what they can do.

    “The AFA saw money elsewhere and cut us off from the world in the process,” Yolanda said.

    Celadas is, to some extent, a tourist town nowadays. It’s not uncommon for weekend adventurers to come to the town to photograph it. It is, in a sense, unique in that it represents an “old way” of living hard to see in other places of the country. For residents like Yolanda, the “tourists” won’t make up for the old ways and many wonder what sort of futures they face in the new modernity.

    The AFA did not return our calls for comment.

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    PRESIDENT ORDENES CONVENES “2020 GALLIAN SUMMIT”
    Navales’ famous Palace of the Honored Hosts Representatives from Almost all of Gallia

    [NAVALES] The City of Navales was in uproar today as representatives from every Gallian nation, except the Grand Duchy of Lars, arrived at the famous Palace of the Honored to take part in what Marisela Palace has described as a “ground breaking achievement in foreign policy.” Since taking office in 2016, President Ordenes has worked to repair Auraria’s image across Gallia and to ensure that what happened to Auraria cannot happen to any other nation on the continent.

    The President directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to send out invitations to every country located in Gallia. All, except the Grand Duchy of Lars, accepted the request to hold a summit to discuss the affairs of the continent. Interestingly, while the President’s request and the subsequent press releases concerning it called for broader unity, nations from Germania are notably left out - with the notable exception of the Kingdom of Eiffelland-Retalia. On an equally touchy subject, representatives from the Burgundian People’s Republic, but not from the Grand Duchy of Bourgogne loyal to Chagny. The subjection of recognition has remained controversial in the National Court, however this implicit move by the President shows his stance on the issue.

    The Summit will now be host to countries with centuries of history, and conflict. It’s always considered an interesting time when Eiffelland-Retalia and Serenierre are in the same room. An ancient rivalry between Madurja and Auraria has permeated since the foundation of Auraria up until today. Perhaps most compelling is the Grand Duchy of Furlaine, who remained close to the Regime of Caudillo Basurto and stands as one of the most right-wing nations in a continent veering toward left-wing politics. Of course, the controversy of the Burgundian People’s Republic is well known. All in all, to be present at the Summit is certainly a sight to behold.

    President Ordenes has sold the Summit as an attempt to facilitate a permanent arena of discussion between the continent’s countries. He believes that the abrupt overthrow of the Aurarine Republic in 1997 and the bloody war in Bourgogne all stem from the complete lack of a communication system. If such an entity existed, Ordenes proposes, coordinated and rapid reactions to severe crises can end them more quickly with less loss of life or economic turmoil.

    A lot of the rhetoric around the Summit has been quite flowery and outlining a lot of high ambitions for a continent notorious for conflict. Nevertheless, perhaps this will be different.

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    NATIONAL COURT TO VOTE ON NEW FLAG
    The Aurarian Tricolor Gets a Face Lift


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    [SOLIS] After sending out a call to the citizens of the country to submit proposals for a new flag to "symbolize the new era of the Second Republic," the Ministry of Culture and Sport reported that it had received more than 2,000 submissions from across the country.

    The National Court's resolution stipulated solely that the new flag had to, in some way, embody the colors of Purple, Gold, and a new Red - replacing the historic and traditional black color on the flag Originally, the black on the Aurarian tricolor was introduced during the Revolution in 1819 to symbolize the history of the country and all that Aurarians have overcome. Whereas the gold represents the country's wealth and prosperity and the purple is representative of the country itself. It isn't coincidence that purple is also the color of Catamarca and Solis' flag, both adopted due to the affiliation with Tiburan nobility that the color represents. The new red color is supposed to symbolize the blood spilled by all Aurarians - past, present, and future - to guarantee the liberties and freedoms of the Republic.

    The proposed flag, submitted by Lydia Vazquez of Palencia, follows a tricolor, but with a twist. The story, as Lydia wrote, goes that the "blood of those who sacrifice allows the country to prosper (prosperity represented by the first yellow stripe, the country by the purple stripe) which then allows for an endless period of growth and a prosperous future. On the flag is a revamped version of the Great Seal of the Republic, maintaining the Herculean Lions but now on a red, gold, and purple backdrop. Surrounding it is a white wreath which is to represent peace. At the bottom of the wreath is a diamond that controls the traditional tricolor.

    "It's a fine gesture," says Delegate Miguel Ruiz of the People's Republican Party "I think there are bigger issues for the National Court to address, and I am bothered by the association that the color red has with other movements in the world."

    The new flag will go before the National Court tomorrow where it is expected to pass in a fairly uncontroversial vote.

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    PRESIDENT ORDENES REVERSES COURSE
    President Announces that Auraria “Will Not Seek Membership” in the ODS


    [SOLIS] “The negotiations behind closed doors have left me speechless,” decrees Leader Miguel Paz of the People’s Republican Party “It reminds me of the sort of politics the Caudillo’s men thrived on.”

    The Delegate’s announcement comes after a sudden order from the Consul’s Office pulled discussion on Auraria’s membership in the Organization of Democratic States. Shortly following the Consul’s order, the Office of the President issued an official statement that the Republic “Will not seek membership in the Organization of Democratic States, at this time.” The announcement came as a reversal of many speculated were interests from the Ordenes Administration on entry into the organization. For a while there have been rumors circulating in Solis that the President and Consul Valera were seeking “untraditional” support outside of the unsteady, fragmented governing coalition that Consul Valera has carefully stewarded over the years.

    While the President’s Office has not publicly endorsed the idea of entering the organization, in any capacity, it is fairly known that such a move was the President’s intention. However, the mandate of a mutual defense agreement would almost inevitably insure that the National Court would reject any sort of effort for the Republic to obtain full membership. Further complicating the situation is the ODS’s decision to allow Pelasgia, Furlaine, and Justosia into the organization as observer states.

    “These countries certainly don’t align with the ideals set forth from Lars, Eiffelland, or to a lesser extent the Johnston Isles,” says leader Miguel Paz “It was one thing when we were negotiating with those three but now we’re looking at the inclusion of countries with a history of militarism as is the case with Pelasgia, incoherent, baffling, and militant foreign policy from Justosia - who’s domestic policy is almost entirely based on the whim of a self-proclaimed Emperor, and worst of all: the Grand Duchy of Furlaine, given its history with democracy in our country.”

    Indeed, the announcement of Furlaine’s acceptance as an observer state prompted the leaders of the National Federation of Labor - the unsteady ally of the Government which has traditionally carried it over the 50% margin on votes - announced it would oppose membership into the ODS. In addition to these problems, the rapid growth of the ODS and its anti-communist message has immediately put it at odds with the Rurikgrad Pact and set the stage for conflict.

    The uphill battle the Government faced with any hope of passing any degree of membership in the ODS has seemingly become too complicated with the President’s announcement that the Administration would not pursue any effort for membership. Certainly, his announcement avoids the prospect of a legislative defeat that could potentially set off a vote of no confidence in the government - for the second time since 2016.

    Nevertheless, with tensions between the Rurikgrad Pact and the ODS growing and the DDI doubling down on building strong defenses - where does this leave the Republic with a goal of neutrality in a world where neutrality is an increasingly fleeting concept?

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    Office of the Foreign Minister
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    Avalon
    February 4, 2020
    12:35 PM Justosian Time

    One cannot help but be genuinely concerned about our mother country's governmental state. Do you simply not get IHN? Or are you stuck in a time loop? Can't be either. As your government has already formally acknowledged the coronation of Emperatriz Annabella Sofia Francisco I & her new center leaning direction.

    Justosia has been a leading voice for soft power in the ODS. Auraria tries to pass itself off as this unassailable bastion of democracy, liberty, & peace. There are nations in Europe who know better. We are one of them. We pray your government ceases being so overconfident in its diplomatic trespasses. Viva Justosia.

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    5 February, 2020
    The Honorable Sergio Montez
    Foreign Minister
    The Continental Empire of Justosia
    Avalon, Justosia

    Dear Minister Montez,


    Crass speech and insults, even in the new era of Emperatriz Annabella Sofia Francisco I, remain a cornerstone of Justosian foreign policy. One is forced to wonder how an observer state can be seen as a leading voice of an organization that it is not does not obtain full membership with.

    The Republic is optimistic about the Emperatriz's reign, while still hesitant to see the broad and extensive executive powers vested into the hereditary, unelected position and how the Justosian Monarchy influences its democracy. In the addition, the Republic does not forget the Continental Empire's former, extreme hostility towards the Republic and others going so far as to make baseless claims that the Republic had assisted in a coup against the Emperatriz's husband.

    Progress in Justosia is a fact, and undeniable. However, there remains much to be seen. Are the reforms introduced by the Emperatriz symbolic of a systemic shift in the Justosian political structure or do they exist solely as long as the unelected executive wields her office.

    Time will tell.


    All the best,

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    Foreign Ministry
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    Avalon
    February 5, 2020
    1:20 AM Justosian Time
    Secured Communique

    Your Excellency,

    We believe a detente in regards towards this part of our past is in order. As we both know about mutual hostilities. Especially where those submarines that invaded our waters came from. For starters.

    Relations between our nations is strained due to our history & diametric ideological opposition. We are hopeful that might yet change with the current goings on of your administration. For now, distance is to be kept. Apologies for the relative informality. The Foreign Minister has left for the night. Viva Justosia.

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    We welcome the Aurarian decision to not seek membership in the Organisation of Democratic States. We reiterate that the strength of Gallia lies in uniting across our spectrums of political ideology and uniting for the benefit of the wider Gallian continent. We call on the Aurarian Government to explore the possibility of establishing a robust alliance in Gallia for Gallian interests and sovereignty to be safeguarded.
     
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    Nespresyan FNT Chairwoman: Capitalism Shouldn't Guide the Aurarian Recovery
    Labor Tensions Continue to Rise in Nespresya in light of Government In-Action


    [Talamanca, Nespresya] Nespresya Province, located west of Tauritania and considered to be one of the “Tauritanian Provinces” where the majority of the population speaks and culturally aligns with the Tauritanians as opposed to Catamarcans, is one of the hardest hit in the crackdowns of the Regime in the last days. The Province was littered with labor strikes – all lead by the National Federation of Labor (Federación Nacional del Trabajo, FNT) – over unfair working conditions and missing wages. Today, the Province is a hot bed of labor tension over the collectivization of factories that were forcibly taken by the Regime and subsequently abandoned.

    A common trend across Auraria, but particularly in the Tauritanian Provinces, has been for the workers of these abandoned factories to break the chains on the fences surrounding them and restart operations and managing all aspects of production collectively in a democratic process. Some called it a remarkable development in democracy while others decreed it as an illegal seizure of someone else’s property. The National Court, however, seems decidedly uncertain on what to call or how to respond. This has been a focal point of tension between the Government, which is dominated by the Aurarian Party for Worker’s Unification (Partido Aurariano para el Unifiación Obrera, PAUO) and the aligned FNT. Notably, the FNT agreed to caucus and support the PAUO when interests aligned – such as electing Elena Valera as Consul – but refused to formally join in a coalition government. As a result, Auraria has a minority government and an FNT that eagerly reminds the leadership of that fact. Unlike the PAUO, the FNT is by far the largest trade union in Auraria – representing millions of workers across a varied amount of professions. Annually, the FNT hosts conventions to nominate candidates to all levels of Aurarian office with the sole goal of constantly representing the interests of the Aurarian Worker.

    In the past, Consul Valera and President Ordenes have voiced support for the seizure of these factories, under certain conditions with varying vagueness depending on the depth of questioning. On the other hand, the FNT has remained fervently supportive and is growing increasingly impatient with the Government’s inability or unwillingness to act.

    The debate today took a new turn when Nespresya Province FNT Chairwoman Ariadna Vilarasau, in an interview with the Talamanca Times stated that “Capitalism shouldn’t Guide the Aurarian Recovery.” This is the first time that someone in a position of leadership has taken a side on the long-questioned adherence the FNT has to capitalism or communism.

    “I speak for myself,” she later clarified “but it’s apparent in Nespresya that capitalism doesn’t work. Most of these factories have been abandoned for years and those who worked them left to starve. Now, that these factories are profitable again -which mind you, the decisions on what to do with the profits are made democratically – all these fat cats are coming out of the Capital to reclaim their ‘stolen property.’ This isn’t about Capitalism, Communism, or Post-Delegationism, it’s about doing what is right by working families.”

    News in Brief…
    (International Affairs) – President Ordenes stated that Auraria is interested in preserving neutrality and cordial relations between the nations of the Rurikgrad Pact and Organization of Democratic States.
    (LGBT News) – Aurarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it will now offer a third gender option, “X”, on all Aurarian issued passports and ease the process for members of the transgender community to change gender markers. Several Provinces have instituted options to do the same, but this represents the first nation-wide recognition of more than two genders on official government documents.
    (Solis) – Consul Elena Valera dismisses any proposals to increase the nation’s military budget, stating that “every amount spent on bombs is a missed opportunity to provide a child with a better future.”

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    The Tergest Investments Bank has recently gained some capital and has a steady income coming from a successful investment in Entre Rìos.
    Reading your article was very useful to me and my colleagues, we think this could be an opportunity for capitalism to show its good side and help heal a community.
    We want to give our availability for a financing to the owners of some of the closed industries, so to help restart the production and giving back dignity to the local residents.
    I ask you can report our proposal to the interested parties.

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    BREAKING: Johnstonian King Trusty Among the Dead in Tormes Avalanche

    [Navales, Tormes] Today, the Aurarian Government confirmed that three individuals have died in a tragic avalanche on the west side of the Andavias Mountain with an additional thirty estimated skiers still missing. Shockingly, among the dead is King Trusty of the Confederated State of the Johnston Isle.

    Yesterday morning, officials from Tormes Province confirmed that a large avalanche occurred on the west side of the Andavias Mountain within the Adriannes Mountain chain that forms the northern border with Serenierre and the Burgundian People’s Republic – which is normally served by the Andavias Ski Resort which sits toward the base of the mountain. The Resort immediately reported the avalanche to the Tormes Civil Guard. What was particularly jarring was how quickly the National Republican Guard moved into the rescue operation in what could only have been described as an extremely unordinary and peculiar move.

    Rumors had been swirling for some time that King Trusty of the Confederated State of the Johnston Isle had been vacationing in the vicinity of the resort but there was no confirmation, until today, that the Johnstonian King was there.

    Needless to say, the Republican Guard – a branch of the Aurarian Military specifically tasked with executive protection, primarily the President of the Republic – has in the past involved itself in rescue operations during times of national emergency, usually by request of the local jurisdiction with the blessing of the President. However, in this instance, as soon as news of the avalanche hit the air, the Republican Guard was ordered by President Ordenes to immediately move in and coordinate the rescue operation.

    “As it would be in any situation,” a spokesman of the Republican Guard stated “climbing the side of a mountain – especially on unstable ground in the wake of an avalanche – provides extraordinary challenges. The particular slope that His Majesty, King Trusty, and the other missing were on was known for its challenging geography which complicated rescue efforts.”

    The Republican Guard stated that the King’s age, and the hours of exposure to harsh elements, meant that a success rescue operation would be extremely daunting. Upon further questioning, the Guard confirmed that the whereabouts and exact schedule of King Trusty were kept private and that President Ordenes had ordered the Guard to assist with proper Johnstonian authorities to ensure his safety while in the country.

    Teniente General Fernando David Suárez, the highest-ranking officer of the Republican Guard, personally offered his resignation to the President stating that “failure to accomplish the mission of the President and failure to ensure the safety and health of those under our watch is unbefitting of the Guard and confirms my unworthiness of the position.” Marisela Palace has yet to comment on the President’s acceptance or rejection of the resignation.

    Foreign Minister Alicdes Cabello issued a statement from the Foreign Ministry confirming that the Johnstonian Embassy in Solis was informed of the King’s passing prior to making any news of it public. They agreed that the two entities would work together to ensure that the remains of the King were properly returned to the Isle to be put to rest.

    President Ordenes ordered all Aurarian flags to fly at half-mast as the country mourns the lost and hopes for the safety of the missing.

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    Editorial: Reconstructing the State through Redefining Nationalism
    By: His Excellency Bartolome Ordenes, President of the Republic

    In August of 2015, only a month after the Caudillo had been arrested and the Regime had officially ended, a Provisional Government was organized and began the arduous process of democratization. It was just shy of five years ago that the modifier “First Republic” entered the political discourse to describe the historical period of 1819 – 1997 as the “Second Republic” would come to describe 2015 to the present with 1997 – 2014 being considered something entirely different, an aberration.

    As had been done in 1819, the Aurarian State – as defined as the political entity which governed these territories – had been destroyed and in its place a new one needed to be built. Dissimilarly to 1819, the Provisional Government had to suffer under the task of reconstructing the State without the vigor of the Aurarian Nation that would evolve from the Aurarian Revolution. We had the labor of dismantling a corrupted version of Nationalism – prevalent in other areas of the world – while restoring what it means to be a part of the Aurarian Nation.

    Historians often agree that the first emergence of the Aurarian State can be traced to the unification of Catamarca and Tauritania in 1521 through the marriage of King Matteo II and Queen Maria of Tauritania. From that period until 1819, save for a few instances, the Aurarian State was defined and ruled by the first-born males of the Calderon Family. Significantly, the Calderon Family over the course of 298 years skillfully intertwined the diverse histories of the people living under their rule to convince them they all had a common ancestor and common culture – which they most certainly did not. This combined culture then expanded from Gallia to Westernesse, Himyar, and Oceania as Auraria constructed one of the largest empires in history. “Aurarian” became synonymous with Catamarcan, but never did the Catamarcan Nation become so strong that it universally defined our people.

    Indeed, Auraria historically has been a collection of four large nations: Catamarcans, Tauritanians, Calaecians, and Aradnians. Each of these four groups have their own distinct language, their own distinct cultures, their own varying holidays, their own mythologies and shared experiences. Undoubtedly the near familial bond shared by those four groups certainly creates a nation for the four, even if their formal states ceased to exist sometime before 1521 in place of the new Aurarian State. All of these groups eventually would grow to learn Catamarcan, celebrate Catamarcan customs, holidays, traditions, and mythologies in such an integral way that the Catamarcan nation would evolve to form the basis of what the Aurarian Nation should be. I ask, then, was it successful? To call someone an Aurarian during this period is less historically accurate and more just convenience in a history textbook. Auraria, before 1819, was a union of four nations under one state that was almost exclusively within the power of a single family that ruled as its King. Then, what happened in 1819 when that King was removed?

    The period from 1819 to 1827 is called the “Aurarian Revolution” and that name is accurate for two main reasons. This revolution replaced the power structures of the Monarchy with a sovereign populace united under a new, agreed upon set of ideals which would form the Aurarian Nation. That new nation sought to dismantle the antiquated structures of the state and in its place construct a new one which all powerful and authority derived not from a birthright but by the consent of the nation itself. The Aurarian Nation is not defined by a unified history, culture, language, or religion but rather a set of distinct values outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Values.

    All men and women are born and remain free and equal. The goal of any political association is the conservation of the natural and irrevocable rights of liberty, safety, and resistance to oppression. The principle of any sovereignty resides entirely within the nation. No body nor individual can exert authority which does not emanate expressly from the nation. The law must be the expression of the nation’s will.

    The above, just several excerpts of the values laid out, spell out the foundation of the Aurarian Nation. It was the demagogical rhetoric that took advantage of a poor economic condition for the masses and an unchecked political elite rampant with corruption that twisted the idea of Aurarian Nationalism to mean distinct cultural traditions that excluded many and created division.

    For seventeen years it had been taught that the nation is defined by our language, our history, our religion, our customs, our mythologies. It had been taught that this was uniform and that deviation from it was alien to Auraria. This in turn sew dissent, it created distrust, it sparked a fierce perversion of nationalism that changed from the celebration of our differences to an inherent belief in the supremacy of one difference from another.

    This “Second Republic,” the third Aurarian State since the Unification of Catamarca and Tauritania, will not succeed if the perverted sense of nationalism defined by the Regime continues to permeate in the Aurarian psyche. The Aurarian Nation, our Nationalism, is an adherence to the values of this Republic as defined by the revolutionaries in 1819 – not the tyrants of 1997. It is defined by celebrating our unique heritage of Catamarcan, Tauritanian, Calecian, and Aradnian – but understanding that Aurarian comes first. To forget that, is to forget who we are and what our nation represents.

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    AURARIA, BEIRA AGREE TO REINSTITUTE OPEN BORDER
    President Ordenes, Prime Minister da Silva Meet in Penina to Reauthorize the 1965 Ruiz-Almeda Treaty


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    The Famous Granos Grãos Café, where the Beiran-Aurarian Border passes directly through as marked by "BE" and "AU"
    [PENINA, BEIRA] In 2013, as demonstrations against the Caudillo began to intensify along the border regions of the country – particularly Tauritania, Arandie, and Valdacabra – the Regime announced a departure from a nearly fifty-year-old policy that existed between Auraria and Beira: the open border. The policy in Auraria was known as “Los Puentes Gemelos” or the Twin Bridges, referring to how the border resembles two strips of land separated by the Lake. It stood as a long-standing agreement between the two countries that you could pass along the border freely with no check points or customs checkpoints.

    To Ribamar and Solis, the policy stood as a tangible display of comradery between the two nations. The borders were marked only by signs that read “AURARIA” and “BEIRA” on the reverse, depending what direction you were facing. The largely rural border alleviated the stresses on both governments to increase security elsewhere and allowed for an unprecedented economic boom in the region as travel became easy and unrestricted. Apart from the occasional jurisdiction debate with criminals fleeing across the border or maritime disputes, the two nations committed to cooperate and “Los Puentes Gemelos” persisted.

    Despite the good produced economically, the policy had a deeply personal impact on the Arandian populations living in the region. For centuries, the Arandians of Auraria’s southeast faced the challenge of having their community bisected by an international border, creating families legally bound to Auraria or Beira while personally only identifying with the unofficial Arandie State. While the border between the two countries had always been relaxed, even before the 1965 Treaty, crossings presented legal challenges if done improperly. When the treaty lifted those restrictions, thousands of Arandians felt reunited with their relatives and a bond grew as history and culture surpassed the international boundary. Over time, border towns began to grow and develop irrespective of the country’s borders. Several border towns simply began designating lines within their city streets to show what side was Auraria or Beira. This is particularly striking in the Beiran city of Penina where the outskirts of the city often fall within the territory of Auraria. Unfortunately, it was that exact sense of reunification that drew the gaze of the Regime.

    As the Regime’s consolidated power within Solis in its final days to hang onto power over the country, it was strongly believed that Beiran Arandians were taking advantage of the open border to supply revolutionary groups with ammunition to support the militias that were rising against the Caudillo. While they possessed little ability to enforce it, the Caudillo ordered that the border immediately be closed and deployed soldiers to enforce the order. The Arandians called it the “okupazioa” or occupation. As with other parts of the nation, the Caudillo was unable to suppress revolts and ultimately, he fled Solis before being captured, tried, and executed by the Provisional Government in 2015.

    For the last several years, as border towns returned to normal and commerce returned, the Aurarian Government under the Presidency of Bartolome Ordenes, has not addressed the situation along the border beyond rescinding the Caudillo’s order – as President Ordenes has done to virtually all of the Caudillo’s orders. That was, until, today. President Ordenes met with Beiran Prime Minister Pedro da Silva to formally renew the 1965 Ruiz-Almeda Treaty to reinstitute the “Los Puentes Gemelos” policy of an open border.

    “I only lament that it has taken us so long to get here,” President Ordenes said at a joint press conference “this is a return to normalcy and a resumption of the special relationship our countries share. I could not be more proud to reauthorize this treaty.”

    Similar sentiments were shared by the Beiran Prime Minister before the two visited the famous Granos Grãos Café, built directly – by mistake – through the international border. In Penina, the street markings go directly through the middle of the café. The mistake has turned it into a large tourist attraction. The President and Prime Minister enjoyed a cup of coffee, Ordenes ordering from the Beiran end and the Prime Minister from the reverse, while discussing the resumption of regular commerce between the two countries.

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    MODERNITY'S FORGOTTEN: PORTRAITS OF AURARINE LIFE
    Part 3: Greater Solis and the Battle of Poverty

    [SOLIS] – For the steep price of 1,000 pasetas – on the low end – you can enter one of Solis’s grandest galas – La Gala Solisina. The Gala is an annual fundraising dinner to support the city’s many government-run Community Service Centers to help the poor. It was started in 1948 but has grown to be seen as the jewel of Solis’s social order – drawing some of the country’s most prominent celebrities and powerful individuals. The key defining feature of the Gala is the extravagant costumes attendees wear to pay respect to both modern and traditional – or, shall we say Royal – fashion in the circles of Solis. The costumes’ explosion of color and extravagance paint a picture of the Solisian high-life that was careful curated over centuries – but it also shows how the city’s striking inequality has grown.

    The Aurarian Government opened Community-Service Centers to across almost every municipality across the country to serve as both a triage center to assist the poor throughout the country and to act as a community gathering post – if one was not available. The centers were an embodiment of the Civil Society of Auraria’s belief that the Government’s responsibility is to care for the most vulnerable. Private charity or good will donations, while common in other countries, are seen as an oddity in Auraria. However, as one can imagine, over the years the Centers’ cost and burden on public funds has grown and as a result the Government has begun to fail to keep up with the demands of the center. No place in the country is this more striking than Solis.

    The Constituent Community of Greater Solis, which represents the larger region of the city, is home to nearly 19% of Auraria’s population and 30% of its GDP. It is unquestionably the wealthiest region in all of the Republic and opportunities are growing, however it is quickly becoming the country’s most unequal. A new study completed by the University of Navales shows that the city’s gentrification and growing poverty have contributed to a substantial growth in the city’s inequality since the early 2000s.

    “The usual line of thought in Auraria is that poverty is primarily a rural issue, as if the cities are always better off,” says economist Rosario Espinosa “but we find that more often than not it is the urban hearts of the country that experience the highest poverty.”

    Solis is strikingly segregated on the basis of wealth. Half of the wealthiest households (the top 10) live in just 26 of the 1,276 comarcas of Greater Solis. In addition, between 1999 and 2018, housing prices in Solis have more than tripled. This results in the city’s poor crystalizing in certain areas of the city as mobility goes down significantly. Social Housing, long seen as a stepping stone for the country’s poor to enter private renting or even home ownership, has increasingly become a more permanent condition.

    Nevertheless, young professionals are moving back into Solis at high numbers but often settling in poorer areas of the city, resulting in rapid gentrification that is making it even more difficult for the poor residents to keep up with the increasing costs. Several of Solis’s poorer comarcas have seen housing prices rise 14% - not because the residents there are making more money, it’s because wealthier populations are moving in.

    The gentrification across the comarcas is not uniform, either. The populations moving in tend to move to only the areas where access to Solis at large, parks, the river, or the wealthier areas is easier. The result is a recreation on a neighborhood level the same gentrification that the city at large is facing. The result is that wealthy areas are getting wealthier while poor areas are getting poorer.

    The conversation on economic hardships needs to be considered a systemic inequality within communities as opposed to broad comparisons between urban, rural, or semi-rural areas. The situation in Solis may be the most striking, but it is not unique. Tauritania, Navales, Arraste, and Coronado are all facing similar problems.

    The question, becomes: Is the Republic prepared / willing / able to recommit itself to providing for the country’s poor or is it time to reconsider the arrangement with private partnerships for the benefit of all?

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