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OOC: Eiffelland has a lot of newspapers, mostly on a regional basis. Newspapers sold nationally are the Spiegel des Tages, the Trierer Zeitung, the Weissenfelser Rundschau, the Kölner Zeitung, the Bremer Allgemeine (all centrist), the Weltblick (conservative and rightwing), the Volkszeitung (leftwing), the Wahrheit (communist) and Schau! (tabloid).
Radiosenders are the Eiffellandfunk (news sender on the short wave; state-owned), Radio Eiffelland (three senders, one news, one modern music, one classic music; state-owned), regional senders per province (all state-owned, and all consisting of a news sender, a modern music sender and a classic music sender), and a few non-state-owned broadcasters.
There is a law that guarantees the independence of the state-owned broadcasters. The government has no legal ways to determine what these senders should broadcast, apart from occasional speeches by government members.
 

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What will it be on the Eiffellandian railroads? Diesel or electricity?

Steam power catapulted us into a new era 100 years ago. Nowadays steam power is more and more replaced. The only place where it still plays a major role, apart from the industry and power plants, is on the railroads, but also there alternatives are available. But then the big question: Will it be diesel, or will it be electricity? Eiffelland's most important train builder, Magirus-Deutz, doesn't know it yet. It developed a complete line of electric locomotives and trainsets, but also a line of diesel locomotives and trainsets. What fails, is a diesel locomotive that reaches top speeds of 150 km/h, like the electric MDE 150. On the other hand, the fastest train Magirus-Deutz currently produces is a diesel trainset: The MDTD 200.
The Eiffelländische Bahn doesn't know it, either. On the one hand, it electrified parts of the network in the east. On the other hand, it buys diesel trains as well.
Today there was a press conference at the headquarters of the Eiffelländische Bahn. During that press conference, it was indicated that the major railroads will be electrified, but that the smaller lines in remote areas will be served by diesel trains.
 
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Executioner and aides report themselves ill and resign
Shockwave through Eiffelland's judicial system: Innocent man executed


On 15 March 1911, Siegfried F.'s life ended in the Strafgefängnis Kleinbeeren. He was executed for the robbery and murder of Friedrich Zablonski and his family in 1910. The funny thing was, however, that the prey was never found, nor evidence that showed that F. had already sold the prey. Another funny thing was, that the wounds of the Zablonski family had been inflicted by a right-handed person, while F was left-handed, a thing that was pointed at by F.'s barrister but pushed aside by the public prosecutor and the judges. F. himself always denied that he was the culprit. He indicated that he was with Karl Erbprinz von Weidenbach, the at that time 16 year old eldest son of the Fürst of Weidenbach. But Karl Erbprinz von Weidenbach was out of the country; his father put him on a boarding school abroad a few days after the robbery of the Zablonski family. The Fürst of Weidenbach denied on his son's behalf that there was any friendship between his son and F., who was gardener at the Fürst's estate. It should indeed be said, that it is rare that the heir of a Fürst would seriously befriend himself with one of his father's gardener, so this argument was pushed aside by the public prosecutor and the judges as well. The remaining evidence was considered too overwhelming, not only by the Kreisgericht, but also by the Fürstentumsgericht and the Reichsgerichtshof. A plea for pardon to the King failed as well, but it has to be said that King Lothar hardly pardoned any people who had been sentenced to death. Siegfried F. was 24 when his life ended on the guillotine.
One month ago, Marianne Felsenbach-Zablonski, Friedrich Zablonski's sister, discovered a chandelier in an antique shop that was stolen during the robbery of her brother. She warned the police, which started an inquiry. The police managed to trace the chandelier back to the antique seller who bought it back in 1911. This antique seller managed to indicate that he did not buy the chandelier from Siegfried F., but from somebody else.
Another development was the arrestment of Karl Erbprinz von Weidenbach for homosexual intercourse. He was interrogated again about the night of the Zablonski robbery, and confirmed that F. was with him during the night of the robbery. The Fürst caught them napping while they were making love. F. was fired and immediately removed from the estate. The Erbprinz was sent to a boarding school out of the country. So F. could never have committed the robbery. The reassessment of other evidence also made clear that F. was not the culprit. Another thing that became clear is that the real culprit cannot be found any more, so the Zablonski murder case will remain unsolved.
Karl Erbprinz von Weidenbach was released after his statements. Given the way the prohibition of homosexual intercourse has been phrased in the law, a conviction for homosexual intercourse can only take place when penetration can be proven, and that was not possible in this case.
As soon as the executioner and his aides heard that they had executed an innocent man, they immediately reported themselves ill and resigned. Minister of Justice Julius Böttcher ordered an investigation why this could go so wrong: "Mistakes can be made, but this mistake had horrible consequences. We must know why this happened, so that we can learn from it." He also announced a moratorium on executions.
Also the role of the Fürst of Weidenbach is under discussion: He lied to the police and the court about the whereabouts of his son and F. during the night of the robbery, which means that he hode important information that could have saved F.'s life and could have led to the arrestment of the real culprit. The Fürst is facing a charge with obstruction of justice, something that was unheard of in Eiffelland, and unthinkable before the Velvet Revolution of 1913.
The Zablonski case has given extra fire to the discussion about the death penalty. It was already a development that more and more judges refused to impose the death penalty, but this development is likely to accelerate. It is also expected that the public prosecutors will demand the death penalty less and less, which is also a development that started earlier. On the other hand, especially the far right and the strongly religious groups in the country are advocating to keep the death penalty in place. Meanwhile Chancellor Jung's political party, the Christiandemocratic CDV, has made a turn in this debate: It wants to abolish the death penalty. With its coalition partner, the Sociodemocratic SPE, and the liberal-democratic LDP, there is a clear majority for not only abolishing the death penalty but also taking up a prohibition of the death penalty in the constitution (which has been a wish of the SPE and the LDP since the beginning of the century).
Then one question remains: What to do with the people currently on death row? There are currently five persons facing the death penalty, but without an executioner, their executions are not likely to take place very soon, and maybe even never—who will apply for the job of executioner in the light of an abolishment of the death penalty? Circles around the Regent indicate that he wants to pardon them and convert their punishments to life imprisonment. It is also rumoured that the 16 year old Heir to the Throne Count Philipp is against the death penalty, and that he will pardon all people sentenced to death during his reign and convert their punishments to life imprisonment.
 
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