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Wounded by a historic defeat, the Pelasgian Left attempts to reinvent itself
Propontis, 17 June 2021 | Artemios Efthimiou

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(Photo from PERT World Propontis): The new Pelasgian federal parliament building just beside Nymphaion lakeshore, whose style combines elements of traditional Propontine and Modernist architecture
The June 11 election left the Pelasgian Left with a clear message: Vatatzidis is not enough. Though Pelasgian voters were excited to oust President Vatatzidis and to restore full democratic governance to the country, they trusted the centre-right (the faction that once put Vatatzidis into power) to do this much more than they trusted the Pelasgian Left. This is not due to the centre-right's own inherent trustworthiness or success; it is due to the Pelasgian Left's own division and lack of touch with the voting public. Centered in major coastal urban centres and composed of upper middle class cadres, the parties of the Pelasgian mainstream left are woefully out of touch with the voting public of an industrial, rural, and deeply traditional society. For instance, both major Pelasgian political parties support legalizing same-sex marriage and relaxing divorce laws; however, most Pelasgians reject this proposal. Indeed, a recent poll found that 72% of Pelasgians are actively against such a measure. Most of these people were concentrated in the lower and middle class--the traditional target of the Left's platforms. Indeed, most Pelasgians also disagree with the Left's proposal for "socially responsible subsidies"--that is, the granting of public funds to companies meeting the Left's policy goals, instead of enacting regulations. Most Pelasgians view this as an ineffective measure to promote social agendas that have little to do with working class concerns, or with advancing secularism in a relatively clerical society. Moreover, the Pelasgian Left lacks the support of corporations that back such initiatives elsewhere in Europe; indeed, during a survey of the powerful Pelasgian Enrepreneurs and Industrialists' Association (PESEV), 92% of respondents said they viewed a left-wing victory unfavourably. This figure was even higher among the Pelasgian Shipowners' Association--96%.
As such, the Pelasgian Left has its work cut out for it, if it hopes to win an election. First of all, the most important aspect of any reform proposal would be party unity. As Pelasgia employs a mixed electoral system, which grants around half of the Common Parliament's seats based on single-member constituencies, division into smaller parties splits the Left's vote to the benefit of the Right, particularly the powerful Constitutional Democratic Party. To remedy this issue, the largest left-wing Pelasgian party, the Radical Leftists and Labour Union, met with the certain delegates of the co-governing Social Democratic Party, and the more fringe Internationalist Communist Party (DKKP) to discuss a merger. Whereas the DKKP rejected a merger outright, certain Social Democrats favoured the move, as did many Union politicians. The second sticking point of such a cooperation, however, is the issue of platform; admittedly, radical left-wing policies and social progressivism are unpopular in Pelasgia. However, in an industrial society, traditional labour issues are quite popular. Both factions agreed that labour reform and workers' rights would thus have to form the core of any platform, placing any new party somewhere in between social democracy and light democratic socialism. Likewise, secularism, the main issue separating the Left from the Christian Democratic Right, would have to come up. Whereas Pelasgia is a deeply religious society and the seat of no less than two Patriarchates, many Pelasgians, especially younger ones, find themselves alienated by the Orthodox Church's retrograde teachings and its open interference in politics. The latest flirt between Church officials and the Vatatzidis Administration only strengthened this trend. A broadly secularist but not anti-religious platform could earn the Pelasgian Left strong support among the youth, and even among many older Pelasgians, who remain privately Christian without wishing for the ecclesiastical hierarchy to meddle in secular matters--and for the State to meddle in matters of Faith, as has often been the case in Caesaropapist Pelasgia.
Though talks between the Social Democrats and the Union have not yet produced a definitive merger or even a joint platform, they have set the foundations for a new, young, popular and responsive (if not populist), and--most of all--electorally viable Pelasgian Left. As many of the more socially elite and social rather than economically left-wing cadres of the parties oppose this new basis, however, only time will tell whether the Pelasgian Left will adapt to the times. For now, Pelasgians are stuck with a dominant centre-right, a shattered left whose most historic party is in coalition with the centre-right, and a Church that openly collaborates with the right-wing establishment to suppress left-wing electoral turnout, all the while cashing in on its political clout to extract various concessions, including State acceptance of land claims and compensation requests. If the Pelasgian Left is to make any significant wins, the upcoming elections for the local governments of the twelve Republics will act as a litmus test.

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Natalian, Eiffellandian Gov'ts to Nymphaion: The Foreign Minister of Eiffelland and the State President of Natal are reportedly set to visit the new federal capital of Nymphaion in the coming days. Pelasgian and foreign commentators have noted the importance of the visit, as a Germanian liberal democratic foreign minister and a Himyari Head of State are the first foreign minister and Head of State to visit the new Pelasgian capital, respectively. Many see this as a sign of Pelasgia's realignment with the liberal democratic world, and of its commitment to Himyari solidarity and independence.
Pelasgian Nationals evacuated from Pannonia: The Union Government has confirmed the evacuation of Pelasgian nationals and their dependents from Kipest and other regions of Pannonia following violent clashes and an uncertain regime change in that country. Reports also indicate the presence of Pelasgian diplomats in Bourdignie to set up a diplomatic mission, which could point to a coming recognition of that country's independence by the United Republics. The Ministry of National Defence has also confirmed the return of all Pelasgian military assets and personnel from that war-torn Germanian country.

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Theological Tensions Within the Orthodox Church Turn Political
Propontis, 21 June 2021 | Fr. Evaretos Fieldstone

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(Photo from YDP Propontis): The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Andrew, which serves as the seat of the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Pelasgian federal capital of Nymphaion

Theological disputes within the Orthodox Church have started to take on a political character as the Patriarchates of Edessa and Propontis drift further apart. The Patriarch of Edessa, Michael VIII, has openly criticised Ecumenical Patriarch Dionysius VIII of seeking to introduce "protestant thinking" into Pelasgia. The dispute apparently arises from a pamphlet published by the Ecumenical Patriarch's protégé, Metropolitan Archbishop Lucas of Nymphaion, which critics claim introduces several Calvinist dogmas into Orthodox thought. The pamphlet, titled Southern Confession of the Christian Faith, was neither condemned nor suppressed by the Ecumenical Patriarch, despite demands to that effect by more conservative elements of the Church. Whereas the Ecumenical Patriarch has also not endorsed the publication, he stated that he finds nothing in it that would "offend the present thought of the Great Church of Christ in Propontis, such that it could be placed outside the ongoing theological debate of the Church". Patriarch Michael disagrees, and has summoned a Council of all Bishops under Edessine jurisdiction, in order to evaluate charges of potential heresy against the Ecumenical Patriarch. The elevation of Metropolitan Lucas to a the throne of the new federal capital points to the Ecumenical Patriarch's determination to double down on his support for the pamphlet's publication. To make matters more complicated, the increasing interfaith dialogue initiatives with foreign Churches of protestant confessions on the part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have raised eyebrows in Edessa and other conservative centres, in the more rural, inland Pelasgian heartland.

As the matter draws more and more attention within the deeply religious society of the United Pelasgian Republics, political factions have started to take sides. On the one hand, market liberals and libertarians, including much of the political right and even the powerful Association of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the influential Pelasgian Shipowners' Association have come out in favour of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Archbishopric of Nymphaion. The view underlying these considerations is that the more protestant view of theology would offer support for the economic liberalization that these segments favour, which is often impeded by the collectivism and statism that the dominant Orthodox faith has ingrained into Pelasgian society. Unsurprisingly, it is the urban centres of the wealthy coastal areas that mostly accord with this view, in contrast with the more rural and traditional inland areas of "Deep" Pelasgia. There, the Edessine Patriarchate's views, backed by statist politicians of the working-class left and various Christian Left-oriented unions and labour organisations support the traditional Orthodox views, which accord with expanded state power and social intervention. The matter has reached the Common Parliament of the Pelasgian Republics, where politicians from both sides of the aisle have offered contrasting views. Notably, this dispute threatens the unity of the coalition government, which consists of the right-wing, market-liberal Constitutional Democratic Party, and the centre-left, Christian left Social Democratic party. For now, the Prime Minister assures Pelasgians of the government's unity, while the President has refused to offer commentary on the matter.

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Federal Police Raid Tyrasian Weapons Caches: The Pelasgian Federal Police (OMAS) have launched a series of raids into the mountainous areas and villages of Tyrasia, in order to seize illegal weapons caches that remain there from the region's recent insurgency. The Tyrasian insurgents voluntarily abandoned their struggle and disarmed following the enactment of the new Pelasgian Constitution earlier this summer; however, some holdouts refused to do so, preferring to "wait and see". Federal authorities considered this unacceptable and dangerous to public order and state unity, and therefore moved to seize the arms of such holdouts in the early morning hours.
Aircraft Carrier Makes Maiden Voyage Through Straits: PP Pigasos, Pelasgia's first aircraft carrier in the post-Meridian Sea War era, has made its maiden voyage through the Propontine Straits, an announcement by the Ministry of National Defence read. The ship, which was originally built as a helicopter carrier, was undergoing works at the Pelasgian Shipyards drydock in Daphne, a port suburb of Propontis, in order to accomodate a catapult and carrier-based Fallwind aircraft of Eiffellandian origin. Named after a Pelasgian dreadnought that humbled the Imperial Frankish Navy during the Meridian Sea War, the ship has raised concerns by critics of Pelasgia's remilitarisation, and praise by nationalist circles in Nymphaion.

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Domestic Retention of Mercenary Firms Draw Scrutiny
Propontis, 21 June 2021 | Georgios Alexiou

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(Photo from PERT Propontis): Two General Security S.A. contractors observe an unknown freighter while providing anti-piracy security services for merchant ships off the Horn of Himyar

The apparent use of private military and security companies within Pelasgia has sparked a debate over the size and role of those firms. Earlier this week, leaked reports alleged that several Pelasgian corporate conglomerates had retained the services of General Security S.A. and Aegis Defence Solutions Ltd., two major private military contractor firms. Both firms are headquartered in Pelasgia and are chartered under federal law, but they operate across Europe, having gained reputation for efficiency and discretion, as well as ruthlessness; more importantly, the two companies are the size of a small army, often operating more advanced systems, such as armoured vehicles and helicopters. Drawing their ranks from former Pelasgian military and security forces personnel, GenSec and Aegis, as they are commonly known, have become staples of shipping lane anti-piracy security and international oil, mining, and industrial security in less stable parts of the world. However, their domestic use would constitute a dangerous transformation into a private police or paramilitary force. Though domestic law limits the kinds of equipment and forces that such firms can use within Pelasgia, their overall character makes even limited internal deployment problematic. The firms themselves are not oblivious to this, and often choose to operate at home using more civilian, private security-like subsidiaries, such as Athena Security Solutions EPE. The direct contracting of GenSec and Aegis points to more concerning developments.

Moreover, so do the clients contracting out these firms: municipal and regional government authorities of major coastal cities, such as Propontis, Thermi, and Evosmos; as well as several major corporate conglomerates, including practically every board member of the power Pelasgian Industrialists and Entrepreneurs' Association (SEVP) and the Pelasgian Shipowners' Association (SEP). Recent days have seen moderate to large-scale clashes between labour unions and other Christian left-wing groups against pro-religious reform burghers' associations, as the influential Pelasgian Orthodox Church undergoes an internal struggle between the pro-reform Ecumenical Patriarchate of Propontis and Archbishopric of Nymphaion, and the traditionalist Patriarchate of Edessa. Given that religion is often political in Pelasgia, this clash has taken on the character of a culture war between statists and anti-statists, between interventionists and libertarians, between traditionalists and modernists, and, most importantly, between coastal urban and rural inland Pelasgians. The Union Government has so far tried to strike a fine balance between the two sides, but as local and regional governments, up to the Republic level, start taking positions for or against one side, and as the political left and right enter the fray within the Common Parliament, the powers that be in the Federal City of Nymphaion might soon be forced to take a side. President Aristarchos Akolouthos advertised himself as a conciliatory moderate in the wake of Marshal Leon Vatatzidis' near impeachment and resignation--now Pelasgia will have to see just how realistic this presentation given by him and the rest of the traditional Pelasgian political class is.
If the new Union Government fails to pacify Pelasgia's domestic struggles, it might well prove itself inferior to the quasi-dictatorship that it replaced.

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Panthermaïkos Prasinos Defeats Borussia Weissenfels: Panthermaïkos Prasinos AS FC, the football team of Thermi, Pelasgia's second largest city, rose to the top of Group 1 of the Eucalyptus Cup following its 6-2 win against Borussia Weissenfels (EIF) in Phase 2 of the championship. Following Asteras Evosmou FC's poor showing and Edessaïkos AS FC's bare victory against VfB Karlshöhe (BOU), the Thermiot team now carries the hopes of all Pelasgians in the cup. Though only Thermi won the game, most Pelasgian establishments and homes were dyed green after the team's namesake colour yesterday--even Propontis, Thermi's historic rival, joined in supporting the team.
Pelasgian Marines, Navy Prepare for Peacekeeping Operations: The Pelasgian Marine Corps, which is a branch of the Pelasgian Naval Forces, and the Pelasgian Navy more broadly, are reportedly undertaking drills and preparations for overseas peacekeeping operations. Footage released by the Pelasgian military's official social media accounts show Pelasgian troops engaging in riot drills and using equipment marked with European Federation insignia, while the Navy is alleged to be assembling a flotilla to transport peacekeeping forces across the sea. Many in Nymphaion see the Pannonian Conflict as a legitimate chance for the post-Meridian Sea War Pelasgian military to get real experience with long-term overseas operations, in addition to boosting its domestic and international image.

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Political Assassinations Lead to Violent Scuffles in Propontis, Other Cities
Propontis, 29 June 2021 | Iakovos Markou

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(Photo from PERT Propontis): Propontis riot police officers offer aid to a protestor injured by a Molotov cocktail in the violent clashes in downtown Propontis

The three high profile political assassinations that took place over the last 48 hours have deeply shaken Pelasgian society and political life, leading to a stream of spontaneous protests in a plethora of Pelasgian cities. Many of these protests soon turned into riots and violent clashes as tempers flared between pro-religious reform and traditionalist Orthodox Pelasgians, with casualty estimates at 17 dead and upwards of 400 injured, including several police officers. Despite repeated warnings and even threats to use armed force, millions of Pelasgians have taken to the streets across the major urban centres of the country. Their grievance? For pro-reform believers, it is the double murder of President A. Akolouthos and Metropolitan Archbishop Lucas of Nymphaion by a rogue police officer during a meeting to discuss the government's highly controversial (even within the governing party) secularism law, which would enforce state religious neutrality and the separation of Church and State. The blood of the two men had barely dried when the traditionalists got their own reason to protest: the Patriarch of Edessa, Michael VIII, one of the Christian world's most important religious leaders and an avowed traditionalist, was shot by Federal Police (OMAS) officers as he was heading to the PERT office of the city of Edessa, to call for calm and to condemn the murder of Mr. Akolouthos and the Metropolitan of Nymphaion. Alas, his message was already too late; by the time OMAS got around to arresting the officer responsible--all of whom claim that they shot the Patriarch as he tried to flee, despite the illegality of such an act--working-class religious Pelasgians had already flooded the streets of major cities and towns to demand justice.
With many analysts considering the country to be veering toward civil strife, the Federal Government is paralyzed, its own governing forces being divided along pro-secularism and anti-secularism, and traditionalist and reformist lines. In the meantime, the Sacred League, the powerful civil society group alliance at the forefront of the traditionalist camp, and the Pelasgian business world, which largely supports the reformist position, are calling on their supporters not to back down. Already, the Sacred League has called for a massive march through Vasileon Avenue, Propontis' busiest thoroughfare, which passes by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and continues on to the headquarters of the Pelasgian Association Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (SEVP), one of the reformist camp's primary backers. The business world has responded by deploying private military security groups to guard the pro-reform Ecumenical Patriarch and SEVP HQ, with the local government of the Propontine Republic refusing to take action against such a measure due to its pro-business stance. Many, however, fear a massacre. As such, there have been calls for the Federal Government to use its emergency powers to ban the march and deploy National Guard units to separate the two factions. Nevertheless, as Nymphaion still reels from the recent murder of the country's President, and as the coalition government increasingly descends into factional infighting over his successor, it is unclear whether Prime Minister and Acting President Spyridon Armenopoulos, until now a low-profile career politician and judicial technocrat, is able--or willing--to take such radical measures. As families decorate the coffins of those killed in this week's clashes with the striped flag of Pelasgia, it seems likely that the country's future may well hold many more such tragedies.

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Eiffelland Shows Solidarity Over Assassinations: The Government of Eiffelland has announced its intention for its diplomatic missions and government buildings' flags to fly at half a mast following the recent wave of political killings in Pelasgia, as a sign of solidarity. The Pelasgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. P. Kassiopoulos, thanked his Eiffellandian colleague, with whom he recently had a productive meeting, and vowed that this sign of solidarity would not be forgotten.
Heat Wave Over Northern Pelasgia: The National Meteorological Service of Pelasgia (EMYP) has warned of a coming heat wave reaching up to 40 degrees celsius through the end of the week. The alert covers all of northern Pelasgia. Republic and Federal authorities are responding by expanding shelters for homeless people, and by issuing new readiness instructions to citizens and tourists.

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United Pel. Reps | Min. of the Interior | Gen. Sec. of Civil Defence
EMERGENCY BROADCASTING SYSTEM
***Priority Comm. | 1 July 2021 | 06:32 (GMT+2)***

*** Current broadcasting across all frequencies is interrupted for an emergency message from the General Secretariat of Civil Defence under the Authority of the Ministry of the Interior of the United Pelasgian Republics. The present message is to be relayed to all electronic devices with transponding or internet capabilities within Pelasgia's territory, and sovereign air space and waters. PLEASE HOLD. ***

[A man wearing a military uniform with the insignia of a General appears on the screen. He is sitting behind the desk of the President of Pelasgia, with a large portrait of the late President I. Notaras behind him, and the flags of Pelasgia and the National Defence General Staff to his side. A tab at the bottom of the screen identifies him as "General Ioannes M. Kantakouzenos, Chief of the General Staff of National Defence - Head of the Provisional National Salvation Government".]

"People of Pelasgia,

"As of 6:00 AM today, the Armed Forces have taken over the government of the country, due to a manifest threat against public order and national unity, which the civilian authorities of Pelasgia had proven themselves incapable of containing. The Armed Forces have acted to carry out the primary duty: the protection of the Pelasgian nation and of its territorial and social integrity. Until such a time as the Armed Forces are satisfied that Pelasgia can return to normal civilian administration, the Common Parliament will remain dissolved. The independence of the judiciary and the central bank shall be maintained throughout this period.

"Be advised that, immediately and without undue delay, both the so-called "Sacred Union" and all mercenary bands in the employ of the Pelasgian Entrepreneurs and Industrialists' Association are suppressed and declared to be outside the law. Any members of these bodies who refuse to disarm and dissolve themselves shall be fired upon without warning. Furthermore, be advised that the local governments have been relieved of their duties, in order to safeguard the unity and effective territorial control of the Pelasgian State.

"The Pelasgian State shall safeguard the primacy of the Great Church of Christ and of the traditional Orthodox Dogma, without, however, violating the freedom of religion of Pelasgians. To this end, the Ecumenical Patriarch is hereby removed from his position; his duties shall be exercised by the Grand Holy Synod until such at time as the Pelasgian State elects his successor.

"Further orders will soon follow. Long live Pelasgia!"

[Static.]

Please note that broadcasting on this frequency and all frequencies has been taken over the Armed Forces Information Service (YPEN). Please hold for further updates.

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Transitional Military Council Unveils Constitution, Plans Elections
Propontis, 17 July 2021 | Artemios Efthimiou

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(Photo from PERT Propontis): Tanks of the 1st Armoured Division withdraw from Propontis as the provisional military government prepares for a transition to civilian government

Nearly a month after intervening to restore order in a Pelasgia on the brink of civil war and with a civil power incapable of controlling its society's centrifugal tendencies, the Pelasgian General Staff's transitional civilian persona, the Provisional National Salvation Government (PNSG), has announced its intent to transition back to civilian government. Nonetheless, most analysts expect the Pelasgian military to continue to play a role in the country's politics through an oversight role, primarily due to low public confidence in the ability of the country's new liberal democratic authorities to keep the peace between rival religious and political groups. The new Constitution promulgated and publicized by PNSG in anticipation of elections has only served to reinforce this impression. The document, titled "Political Constitution of the Pelasgian State" rejects previous federal and traditional stately nomenclature, referring to Pelasgia only as Politeia (Πολιτεία), a word equivalent to the Latin Res Publica in its classical meaning and which is sometimes rendered as "Commonwealth", "State" or "Republic", though it lacks a direct Engelsh equivalent. A radical document, by the standards of Pelasgia's political history, the Constitution explicitly names the Armed Forces as its guardian and places the loyalty of servicemen in the Constitution of Pelasgia and not in its public officials. Moreover, the Constitution empowers the Armed Forces to intervene to protect the country's basic law, if need be.
Furthermore, the Constitution declares Pelasgia to be "one, indivisible, secular, and popular," affirming the separation of Church and State and Popular Sovereignty--two long-standing issues of controversy in Pelasgian politics. The Orthodox Church's privileges are not guaranteed in this new document, nor are its ancient rights affirmed--a notable departure from previous Pelasgian constitutional documents. Indeed, even the traditional preamble dedicating the Constitution to the Holy Trinity is absent. Instead, the document merely recognizes Pelasgian Orthodoxy as the country's dominant faith, a provision explained to allow for ceremonial distinctions such as Orthodox chaplains in the army and religious holidays, without making Pelasgia a religious state. The Constitution proudly proclaims freedom of religion and conscience, and bans any state funding of religious services and institutions except in certain very limited cases. Likewise, the Constitution does away with federalism and complicated multi-cameral systems of government which have long characterised Pelasgian politics. The Common Parliament's bicameral character is abolished, and the whole body is subsumed into the Boule of Representatives, which now holds sole authority as the elected representative of the Pelasgian Nation. It is this body names the President for two five-year terms. The President is to serve as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, may veto parliamentary laws, and may appoint cabinet ministers. Nevertheless, Pelasgia's system of government is meant to be semi-presidential and almost parliamentary, meaning that the President ought to largely govern through a Prime Minister who is a member of and accountable to the Boule. Apart from residual powers over foreign affairs, defence, and certain other matters, most everyday governance is to fall to the Council of Ministers or "Cabinet".

A notable trend of this Constitution, which mimics that of previous basic laws, is to strengthen the independence of the judiciary. The three Supreme Courts (the Supreme Court of Cassation, the Constitutional Court, and the Council of State) have seen further guarantees on the security of tenure of their members and almost complete independence in their nomination of judges and presecutors for lower courts. The members of the three Supreme Courts are still named by the Boule and they still retire at the age of 70 by law; nonetheless, it is the courts, especially, the Constitutional Court, which are deemed to have the final say on constitutional and legal matters within the civil power. This allows them to act as the guarantor of constitutional order--and, if need be, to invoke the help of the Armed Forces to restore constitutional normalcy. As the Constitution has been proclaimed it is already considered to be in effect, though the first Boule of Representatives to emerge from the coming elections will likely vote on it for the sake of legitimacy. The election date has not yet been announced, the widespread preparations point to sometime before the end of the summer. For now, Pelasgians are content to see military vehicles and personnel slowly withdraw from the cities, with the large-scale troubles that plagued the country a month before completely pacified.

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Court to hear monastery land dispute: Chrysokorphi Monastery's long standing dispute with the residents of the town of Polykastro in northern Pelasgia is to be submitted to the courts following a petition to that effect by the town's mayor, Mr. Charalambos Xinos. Mr. Xinos noted that the Monastery is invoking medieval imperial and feudal decrees of doubtful accuracy and legal effect to claim valuable lands on the municipality's western end. Until now, the Monastery has invoked an old Pelasgian legal ban on challenging the acquired rights and privileges of the Orthodox Church; however, with that law's abolition by the new Constitution, the path is finally open for the courts to resolve the dispute.
Pampelasgian Games to be held normally: The Pampelasgian Games, a near three-thousand-year-old series of athletic competitions held between rival Pelasgian cities and regions in the town of Diospolis in northern Pelasgia are to be held near the end of the summer without interruption, according to the authorities. Planned to take place during the week of August 15, the games include running races, javelin throw, discus throw, and long jump events, boxing and wrestling, horse racing, swimming, and certain other traditional sports. The National Athletic Committee and the Standing Pampelasgian Games Committee have reported neither delays nor issues in planning the games, and have rejected any religiously-motivated opposition to the "pagan" event, citing its importance to Pelasgian national continuity, which led to the Games' formal reintroduction in 1897.

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Military-backed party wins elections with minimal opposition
Propontis, 2 August 2021 | Artemios Efthimiou

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(Photo from PERT Propontis): The main entrance to the new Pelasgian Parliament Building in Nymphaion

The newly-created National Popular Party (ELAK) has captured most seats of the Pelasgian Boule of Representatives following the country's third general election in the span of a single year--and the only one organized by the transitional military junta that has ruled Pelasgia since July. ELAK captured 448 out of 527 seats in the Boule, gaining an 85% super-majority over the country's unicameral legislature and its most powerful organ of government. By contrast, the opposition forces, which coalesced into the National Democratic Coalition (EDIS) only gathered 79 seats, being reduced to a largely token opposition force.

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The Boule of Representatives of Pelasgia (teal signifies ELAK seats; azure represents EDIS seats)

ELAK largely represents the transitional military government's ideology: secularism, unitary government, democratic oversight over broadcasting, civil society and academia, judicial independence, a mixed economy to address the growing concerns of Pelasgia's young urban working class, and overarching reform of Pelasgian society and institutions. Among ELAK's ranks, one can find both younger politicians from previous parties as well as officials of the transitional government, leading to average age of 48 years for senior ELAK figures--quite far below the 72 year average of the legislature that preceded military intervention. EDIS, by contrast, is an amalgam of establishment parties opposing any change of the previous regime; whether it be in religion, society, economy, and political structure, EDIS wants Pelasgia to remain as it was 10 years ago. Many would call this unrealistic at the very least, though that would not stop those with a stake in keeping things the same from trying their best to do so. At any rate, this crushing defeat offers EDIS no real chance to impede ELAK's agenda.

The emergent majority in Nymphaion has already unveiled a series of high-profile appointments: first and foremost, the party has indicated its parliamentary leader, Porphyrios Angelopoulos, as the upcoming Prime Minister of Pelasgia. Moreover, the five-year presidency is likely to be handed to General Ioannes Kantakouzenos, the current Acting President. Georgios Kalantzis is likely to take over from Panagiotis Kassiopoulos in the Foreign Ministry, while the Justice Ministry is likely to be handed to Theodoros Merkouris--another former military officer. Finally, Nikolaos Angelides of Military Intelligence has been named as the likely head of the Interior Ministry, which controls Pelasgia's policing and internal administration. Finally, ELAK has reportedly circulated a pre-drafted a list of high-level judicial appoinments, including replacements for several retiring judges on the country's three high courts--some of them retired due to old age, and others elected to do so due to changes in the country's constitutional order.

Other News
Gendarmerie enforces court order against monastery: Orchomenus Province Gendarmerie Command has announced that its officers enforced a court order against Chrysokorphi Monastery following a default judgment against it by a local civil court to the benefit of nearby Polykastro Municipality. Chrysokorphi and Polykastro were disputing ownership rights over a resource-rich parcel of land occupied by one of the Monastery's satellite structures. The Monastery had refused to recognise the court's authority over it and had tried to incite local supporters to block enforcement of the decision; however, the National Gendarmerie reported that there was no violent opposition to its seizure of the building.
Pampelasgian Games: Propontis, Thermi, Thapsacus leading: Propontis and Thermi, the two largest Pelasgian cities, are currently tied for the most victories in this year's Pampelasgian Games, following yesterday's archery events. An unlikely up-runner has taken shape in the form of the southern regional capital of Thapsacus. Much to the surprise of most people in Pampelasgion--the games' traditional seat--the Thapsacians scored well in not just running and throwing events, but even in swimming and wrestling games, which their city has not traditional been known for. Proud Thapsacians have started to decorate the doors and fences of the winning athletes' homes with olive branches and laurels, awaiting their proud co-citizens return home.

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The Kingdom of Oesgália recognizes the proceedings and certification of the Pelasgian State's recent democratic expression with great comfort. If only the rest of the world would observe with reverence what is taking place in Pelasgia, a progenitor to so much of European heritage and thought, where secularism and affirmations of the public popular will over societal institutions are being heard and acted upon.

Leaders of the upcoming elected and appointed regime are welcome to the shores of Oesgália as soon as they desire.
 

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We are happy to see that the situation in Pelasgia has calmed down. We look forward to cooperating with the new government of Pelasgia, a country we have strong historic ties and friendship with, historic ties and friendship that were sealed with our Treaty of Amity.

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Major Headlines - 16 August 2021 | PERT Propontis
Government initiates large-scale anti-trust, nationalisation programme
The Government of Pelasgia has announced its intent to proceed with a large-scale anti-trust and nationalisation programme to break up the "company systems"--that is, the large, multi-sector corporate conglomerates that dominate the Pelasgian economy. According to the programme, many of the conglomerates would be broken up into smaller, sector-specific companies. For instance, Pegasos, the largest of the corporate groups, would see its household goods, industrial, banking and financial, and shipping branches separated into distinct companies. Some closely cooperating companies would also be forced to merge, in order to enable public authorities to better regulate and supervise them. Other conglomerate divisions are to be wholly nationalized--this mainly includes strategic industries, such as the arms industry and related industrial activities (like automobile and aerospace manufacturing). Such companies are not only of crucial national importance but are often monopolies and oligopolies with close links to and significant funding from the State, making their nationalisation a rational next step to ensure proper public oversight. Two major companies to result from such nationalisations and mergers are the National Motor Company (EVO) and the Defence Industries Group (AVO). Further details as to the policy are to be revealed as the week progresses.

Petition to rename capital submitted to Presidency
Certain citizens of Nymphaion, Pelasgia's new capital city, have petitioned the Government to rename the city. Currently, Nymphaion owes its name to that of a classical and medieval Pelasgian city on whose foundations it stands; however, many residents prefer the more common names Petralona or Asproupolis (sometimes rendered as Aspropol in Engelsh), which have been used for the locale in everyday Pelasgian speech since at least the 14th century. Others have recommended names with a political meaning, such as Ioannoupolis, named after the late President Ioannes Notaras. The petitioned has gathered enough signatures to be considered by the Presidency of the State, which is obligated to give an answer thereto by the end of the month.

Navy commissions second aircraft carrier
The Pelasgian Navy has commissioned its second Pigasos-class aircraft carrier, the PP Phoenix. "Named after a mythical Pelasgian beast and a semi-legendary Pelasgian warship from the Meridian Sea War, the Phoenix is supposed to represent the rebirth of Pelasgian naval power and security," a statement by the Pelasgian Admiralty reads. The Phoenix crossed the Propontine Straits under escort after undergoing upgrades to equip it with a catapult at the Daphni Shipyards, near Propontis, and it is due for Pelasgia's Basilisk Sea naval headquarters by the end of the day. The Pelasgian Navy has welcomed the newly commissioned ship with honours, including a christening ceremony attended by the Ecumenical Patriarch and the President of the State, and the ship's new crew is reportedly excited to serve aboard one of the two leading ships of Pelasgia's navy.
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