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Silk Sea Crisis 'big test' for Imperial-backed new government


JUGOL - Opposition politicians have called on the new government to act decisively and de-escalate the situation in the Silk Sea in the first parliamentary session in nearly two years, after at least two warplanes were shot down by rival forces near Justosia.

The Pan-Hasremotic People's League (PHPL), the newly formed majority party, had hoped to use the opening session to set out ambitious spending plans but the brewing conflict in the Silk Sea forced a change of topic. Instead extra patrols around the Pillars of Nearchus and Azraqi Spice Isles, together with an offer to host mediating talks in Jugol, ended being the League's first major announcements as governing party.

Opposition members in the Council of Youth, the lower chamber of the Imperial Parliament, questioned whether the extra activity by the Azraqi military would inflame tensions and demanded greater action to minimise the risk of conflict.

Justice Party leader Mulatu Birru, recently released from prison after being accused of having links to banned terror oganisations, said failure to prevent war would be "black stain" on Azraqi foreign policy.

The government has made clear Azraq will remain neutral in any conflict, despite us having a treaty of friendship and trade agreement with the Continental Empire of Justosia, which allegedly shot down an Ambrosian fighter jet. Sylvania, another Westernesse nation, has since claimed it shot down a Justosian aircraft in response.

His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah also made a personal televised appeal for peace and offered to host private talks in one the imperial palaces.

One member of the PHPL, which was formed after the Emperor brokered deal between the long dominant Party of Principles and number of other smaller parties, admitted the crisis represented a "big test" for your new administration.

"All eyes are on us and the Emperor," he said, "there is a lot of pressure."​
 
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We agree with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Boqor Tiirka Illah that it is essential to prevent an eventual war between Sylvania, Ambrosia and Justosia. Such a war will only know loosers and no winners. We call upon the governments of Sylvania, Ambrosia and Justosia to accept the invitation by the Emperor to discuss their disputes out at the negotiation table.

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NEWSFLASH: Opposition parties condemn Azraqi security cooperation with Nedernesia
Opposition lawmakers have demanded a parliamentary vote on Azraqi support for Nedernesian military operations in the Dune Sea Dominion, which will see the empire grant docking rights and overland passage to Nedernesian forces.​
Mulatu Birru, leader of the Shamo People's Liberation Front, said Azraq should not enable "white imperialism" and instead be working towards an independent Dune Sea state.​
Justice Party chief Hika Qiltu warned intervention would turn "gangsterism into warfare" and risk multiple conflicts occuring at once, with the Silk Sea Crisis still unresolved as mediation talks prepare to take place in Jugol.​
A government spokesman said military action initiated by the government only had to be approved by the Emperor, not parliament.​
 

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The Shamo People's Liberation Front should take note that while 20 per cent of Nedernesia's population is indeed made up of white ethnic Nedernesians, the remaining 80 per cent are a menagerie of different ethnicities from all over the world who have in the past and still in the present have migrated and continue to migrate to Nedernesia where better opportunity awaits them. Far from 'white imperialism', Nedernesian security operations in the Dune Sea are focused on halting bloodshed from violent gangs and the new and dangerous Hames. It is also worth mentioning that these gangs peddle drugs and traffic young humans for exploitation. 'Gangsterism' has already turned into warfare as these gangs use military grade weaponry and tactics to terrorise the local population.

Nedernesia will not stand idly by and will defend all innocent people under its purvey. We look forward to cooperating more closely with Azraq to help prevent the spread of this scourge elsewhere within Himyar.
 

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Central bank rules out any action before Jugol summit and new Budget
The Imperial Monetary Authority has said it will not consider any stimulus until after mediation talks in Jugol have concluded and the new government has presented its first budget.​
The announcement follows several days of negative trading on global stock exchanges after two fighter jets were shot down near Justosia leading to fears of a major conflict.​
Azraqi markets have been particularly hard hit by the change in investor sentiment, with bourses in Jugol, Gabood and Haradhera all seeing steep losses. The Azraqi dahab (Ɖ) has also lost value compared to most major currencies while yields on Azraqi sovereign bonds have widened.​
However in a press conference just held now the Chairman of the Imperial Monetary Authority aw Tahiil Diric Bashir said markets would normalise and recent events were "short term panic driven reactions".​
Chairman Tahiil was also upbeat on the outcome on upcoming mediation talks in Jugol, noting His Imperial Majesty Emperor Tiirka Illah had successfully negotiated a settlement for Loago.​
However, should conflict break out between Justosia and Ambrosia, Pohjanmaa and Sylvania, the the head of the IMA ruled out any changes to monetary policy without seeing the new government's spending plans first. "Monetary and fiscal policy must work hand in hand," he said.​
Chairman Tahiil said Azraq's exposure to the Justosian economy was "minimal" but warned any war would seriously damage global maritime trade.​
 
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Government to double defence spending
Ahead of the formal Budget, which is expected after the Jugol peace summit, the government has promised to invest massively into upgrading and expanding the Azraqi military.​
Garad-Wasiir Mohammed Yusuf Kahyre pledged to double defence spending by the end of the parliament to four percent of GDP, or approximately €M20 billion. The increase would the largest in modern Azraqi history.​
The Prime Minister said the increased spending would take place regardless of the outcome of mediation talks in Jugol. "The world around us has proven to be violent and uncertain," aw Mohammed Yusuf Kahyre told the Imperial Parliament, although said he expected a positive outcome from the conference, which has been personally led by His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah.​
The additional spending would be funded through a mix of borrowing, extra revenue from higher commodity prices and budgets earmarked for other ministries if necessary, according to the Garad-Wasiir.​
The funding was due to be included in the government's first budget, which has been delayed until after the Jugol talks have concluded. On top of the extra military spending, €M100 billion for social and transport infrastructure is expected too.​
However aw Mohammed Yusuf Kahyre said the defence announcement was brought forward in response to recent tensions although stressed Azraq still desired peace and the focus was in improving "defensive capabilities".​
 
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NEWSFLASH: Delegates arrive for Jugol peace summit
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the first representatives of nations attending mediation talks in Jugol had arrived after officials from Ambrosia, Pohjanmaa and Sylvania were spotted in the imperial capital.​
"Foreign dignitaries are currently present in Jugol and we ask they are treated with the traditional respect and hospitality that Azraqi culture teaches we must show all our guests," a spokesman said in response to a request from ABC.​
No delegates from Justosia are believed to be in Jugol but multiple Azraqi sources say the Justosian Empress is due to announce the envoys who will be attending on her behalf any day noe.​
The Northern Tiburan Empire, which has colonial possessions in the Silk Sea region, has requested to send observers who are expected to arrive shortly.​
 
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36 lawmakers and activists to be prosecuted under anti-terror laws
JUGOL - After mass pre-dawn raids that saw hundreds of opposition politicians, affiliates and supporters detained as part of a large-scale counter-terror operation, 36 opposition politicians and affiliated activists are to be prosecuted under national security legislation.​
The 12 politicians facing prosecution include elected representatives from the Movement for the Poor and Dispossessed and Shamo People's Liberation Front, with the remaining 24 prosecuted belonging to movements closely linked to both parties.​
All 36 are accused of having links to the Nethian Revolutionary Association, which recently renamed itself to the Himyari People's Union and declared "war" on the majority of Himyari governments.​
Most of those detained by the Imperial Gendarmerie were released without any changes, leading to claims of "political motivated arrests" to strengthen the new Pan-Hasremotic People's League single party administration in its first days by disrupting opposition forces.​
The MPD and SPLF have already said they will defend their accused members, and pledged to work with the organisations whose members also facing prosecution.​
The Imperial Gendarmerie said the arrests were based on "credible evidence... of an imminent attack" and a "pan-Himyari Nethian supremacist terrorist network" and did not rule out further arrests, including of those previously detained.​
While their Junior Council members are going through the judicial process, the MPD and SPLF will be able to nominate stand-in representatives until court proceedings are concluded. If a member is found guilty, a by election will be held.​
Both parties have criticised the arrests, slamming them as "baseless".​
 
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Propontis, 31 May 2020
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To whom it may concern,

The Pelasgian Empire expresses its support of the efforts of the Empire of Azraq to suppress the terrorist group known as the Nethian Revolutionary Association, and its successor, the Himyari People's Union. Pelasgia is currently committed to policing operations in South Himyar against these groups, and has witnessed the carnage wrecked by these ethnic supremacists on innocent civilians first hand. Pelasgia is ready to offer any necessary support to our Azraqi partners in their battle against these terror groups.

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Divisions on how to spend €M100bn infrastructure programme
The are growing gaps both within the Pan Hasremotic People's League and His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah on how to best use the planned €M100bn spending spree, as concerns grow over the Empire's rising national debt.
While full details are expected in the formal Budget, due after the Jugol peace summit, investment is expected to focus on the military, transport infrastructure, healthcare and education.
The exact split of spending is still unknown but debate is apparently raging over what areas should be prioritised and to what level the investment will be funded by additional borrowing.
"Excessive debt was the downfall of the first Azraqi empire," notes one member of the Imperial Convention, which represents Azraq's ruling families.
There is also growing opposition to the Emperor's plan for a coastal high speed rail line connected Gabood to the Holy Twin cities via the Dawamali coastal cities. Under proposals set out by His Imperial Majesty lady year, a later second branch would connect Gabood to Jugol and the Shamo hinterland.
A number of private independent analyses of the plans suggest the project would be hugely expensive, with delays and over spending likely, and only bring minimal economic benefits.
Many would prefer to invest in upgrading Azraq's existing road and rail infrastructure, or in new schools and healthcare as well as building up the military. "High speed rail connecting Gabood to the Holy Cities would be Himyar's fastest white elephant," says one PHPL lawmaker.
The result of peace talks in Jugol to avert war in the Silk Sea and Implarian will likely have the biggest influence on how the money is spent however. "Should conflict break out pressure will be to build up Azraq's own defences... A positive outcome would see civilian projects prioritised," says another League politician.
 
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The Azraqi Empire's role in promoting peace and international cooperation should serve as an example to us all. The Hesperian Republic seconds these efforts, and hopes to see the principles of Azraqi neutrality and independence adopted more widely, especially within Himyar, where such large populations sadly still suffer under foreign domination.
 
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Opposition parties demand Dune Sea decolonisation
In a rare display of unity, lawmakers from across opposition parties in the Junior Council unanimously passed a motion calling on the government to object to the Dune Sea Dominion becoming a Nedernesian protectorate and insist on timetable to independence. A separate motion - again tabled by opposition lawmakers - condemning the attacks by HAMES but calling for an end to Azraqi security cooperation with Nedernesia failed to secure anywhere near as many votes.​
Academics say east Himyar should be separate continent
Leading academics from universities in Azraq and Natalia have said eastern Himyar should be considered its own continent, separate to western Himyar. The existence of a single Himyari continent has long been disputed by both human geographers and geologists, given the physical divide caused by the Seas of Wadjet and Buto.​
Additional forces deployed to Dune Sea border
The Ministry of War and Ministry of the Interior have announced extra units from the Azraqi Imperial Army, Border Guard and Gendarmerie will be stationed close to the border with the Dune Sea Dominion in response to recent terror attacks. The Azraqi military has been escorting Nedernesian forces to the Dune Sea, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated Azraqi soldiers will only enter the Dune Sea if invited by Sandhavn or Vrijoort.​
 
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Office of Mademoiselle Athenais Diderot || People's Deputy for Bonfleur-Ouest
I echo the sentiments of my Azraqi friends when they call for the decolonization of the Dune Sea. As a leader of the newly established Diderot Bloc in the Commissariat of People's Deputies, I shall formally table a resolution in our chamber to denounce Nedernesien imperialism in Himyar. The notion of colonies in the modern era is a blight on the reputation of all countries and I believe all countries should focus on the liberation of humanity from the chains of oppression. For too long, the Serenien Government under Premier Martinique has played it safe on the question of Himyari sovereignty and I say that we must focus on injustice across the world and not merely Gallia.
 

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Mademoiselle Diderot should take note of the facts: the Dune Sea was abandoned by its former coloniser, Pohjanmaa, in the early 1990s and left without functional services or government. Nedernesia individuals and businesses, having for many years been active in the Dune Sea, stepped up since the 1990s and began heavily investing in the territory brining much needed jobs, services, products and tax revenue. The people of the Dune Sea voted in a free and fair referendum this April with over 60 per cent voting in favour of protectorate status, which will provide economic stability and national security.

The Dune Sea is one of the poorest places on earth with extremely high unemployment, incredibly weak infrastructure, low literacy rates, a shoddy education system and is rife with violent terrorist groups and gangs that murder innocent people just to make a quick guilder.

Nedernesia wishes to see the Dune Sea become a prosperous, safe and stable country. At the moment it is not in a viable state to become fully independent. However, it has full autonomy on domestic matters with only defense and external trade regulated by Nedernesia. That said, the Dune Sea Diet may request assistance from Nedernesia in other areas, which we are doing to help them fight a wave of terrorism threatening the entire land.

The only injustices occurring in the Dune Sea are those committed by the murderous terrorists of Hames and its affiliates. Mademoiselle Diderot is welcome to travel to the Dune Sea herself to see how serious the situation is and see how Nedernesia is not only helping, but is warmly welcomed by the vast majority of people in the Dune Sea. Perhaps then she would calm and change her irresponsible rhetoric.

The invitation to visit is an open one. We will be happy to greet her here at any time. Please bring your own bullet proof vest.
 

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CONFEDERATION OF MONTEDORO
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The Nedernesian Government has worked hard in difficult circumstances and we believe the problems of the Dune Sea would be much worse in the absence of a Nedernesian contingent.

Guiseppe Renzi
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NEWSFLASH: Imperial household confirms successful peace talks
After hours of speculation that a peace deal had been agreed between the Continental Empire of Justosia and 'DDI+' - Democratic Defence Initiative members the Anti-State, Pohjanmaa, Sylvania plus Ambrosia - an official spokesperson for the Ivory Throne confirmed that an agreement had been reached that was acceptable to his parties.​
"His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah gives his sincere thanks and praise to the assembled delegates for reaching a compromise that would have resulted in needless bloodshed and risked plunging not just the Implarian-Silk Sea region into crisis, but the whole crisis," read a statement from an Imperial spokesman.​
The spokesman said the parties would be staying to enjoy an international banquet prepared by the Emperor's own chefs while Azraqi diplomats were working to create a formal treaty encapsulating what all parties had agreed to in writing to be signed.​
The spokesman said Azraq had also agreed to host regular forums for dialogue between Justosia and the DDI+ and contribute materially and financially to observer missions to ensure the treaty was being adhered to.​
 

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Celebrations in Gabood, Jugol, other major cities after peace deal
Crowds gathered in the streets after weekend prayers to celebrate news of an agreement between Justosia and the DDI+ nations after Azraqi held peace talks personally led by His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah. The capital Jugol, Gabood and the other large Dawamali city-states saw the largest gatherings.​
Opposition parties demand hard-line decolonisation stance on Dune Sea, Nzadiland, Far Southern Territories
Opposition lawmakers reaffirmed their opposition to Nedernesian protectorate status for the Fund Sea Dominion and also demanded immediate total independence for the Pelasgian Far South Territories, Nzadiland ,and an end to foreign interference in the three countries. Azraq has yet to comment publicly on the brewing civil war in Nzadiland but official sources say the Emperor is considering to host peace talks after the success of the Justosia- DDI+ summit.​
Disaster aid offered to cyclone-destroyed Serenierre
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has publicly .pledged material and financial support to the cyclone-stricken Confederation of Serrenierre and the imperial families along with many religious charities are planning fundraising initiatives to help those affected by the natural disaster..​
 

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EXCLUSIVE: PHPL politicians want focus on education, healthcare, housing
Lawmakers from the Pan-Hasremotic People's League want the promised €M100bn spending package to be directed into social infrastructure such as schools, medical facilities and new housing, instead military modernisation and transport infrastructure, which appear to be preferred focus of PHPL leadership and his Imperial Majesty Emperor Tiirka Illah.
Some PHPL politicians feel they will lose support and legitimacy of they don't tackle issues like rural illiteracy, limited health provision and prevalence of slum housing.
"We have not a party in power through a democratic vote... We are an elite creation.. Poorer Azraqi voters are more active than before, we cannot ignore them," said a PHPL Junior Council member.
While the PHPL members pushing for a rethinking of the €M100bm investment have ruled out working with opposition parties, they claim to have enough supporters to scupper current spending plans.
"The last real government was voted in to deliver change, many of us know we have to as well," added another PHPL councillor.
Meanwhile, a different set of PHPL councillors are concerned by the size of the scale of the €M100bn promise, which is close to 20% of Azraq's GDP.
"Debt has been our downfall before and used tool by foreigners to interfere in Azraqi affairs," warned one PHPL councillor.
The exact details of the package will be revealed in next month's Budget, but government sources said the funding would be a mix of additional revenues from higher commodity prices, investment from the sovereign wealth, private commitments from the imperial families and extra borrowing.
The €100bn would also be spread over a number of parliaments and be supported by reforms to grow and diversify Azraq's economy the sources added.
Nor did they rule out some some commitment to investing in social infrastructure.
 
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