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It fills us with sadness to hear about His Imperial Majesty Emperor Theodore VIII Vatatzes's death. The Sovereign Family of Tirolstein mourns with my sister's family-in-law. The flags at Hofburg Bichl will be flown half-mast with a black banner until the day after the funeral.

Also on behalf of Fürst Karl IX von Görisburg and Crown-Prince Pippin von Görisburg,

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We are happy to see that the dispute regarding the succession to the Pelasgian Throne has been settled in a peaceful manner. May His Imperial Majesty Alexios VII Vatatzes's reign be prosperous. We look forward to a successful cooperation between Pelasgia and the Rheinbund.

On behalf of all the sovereign families of the Rheinbund, its national government and national parliament, the governments and parliaments of its memberstates, and its people,

Philipp von Homburg-Gosta, König des Rheinbundes
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O PROPONTIOS LOGOTHETIS NEWSPAPER CO., EST. 1923 | ONLINE ENGELLSH EDITION | PELASGIA'S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD
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Emperor appoints coalition gov't, nullifying left-wing electoral victory
Propontis, 21 September 2022 | The Editorial Board

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The Throne Room of the Great Palace, where new premiers are typically received
Source: Propontis News Agency

In one of his first acts as Pelasgia's new Emperor, His Imperial Majesty Alexios VII Vatatzes demonstrated how much power the Sublime Throne still wields within the country's constitutional monarchic system of government. Following the death of the previous monarch, H.M. Emperor Theodore VIII Vatatzes, the Boule of Representatives was dissolved for a snap election, as required by long-established precedent. This was also admittedly required by the enactment of a series of constitutional reforms touching upon the legislature (particularly the Senate) on Friday, as part of the agreement that preceded the Emperor's accession to the Throne, which had been previously stalled by the Senate through its ancient power of validating imperial enthronements. In the election that followed, the left, led by the big-tent coalition party that is the Socialist Workers' Party of Pelasgia (SEKP) obtained the largest percentage, at around 32.7% of ballots cast. [...]

However, the Sublime Throne declined to consider SEKP's bid for the premiership, instead turning to a coalition of the three runner-up parties from that election: the national conservative National and Imperial Party (KEB, with 31.7%), the Christian-democratic Popular Orthodox Party (LOK, with 12.9%) and the conservative-liberal National Liberal Union (EEF, with 9.8%). [...] Together, the three parties hold 326 seats, giving them a slight buffer just above the 301 threshold needed for a majority in the 600-seat Boule of Representatives. These three parties, whose coalition has been dubbed the National Coalition, are the successors of the main old right-wing parties (the KSD and the IKN), as well as, to a lesser extent, the moderate liberal NPK. Setting aside their differences, the trio have agreed to collaborate to keep radical liberals and the socialist left out of power. Notably, it was not KEB leader and former PM Philippos Andreades whom the parties chose as their PM, but his former Justice Minister and current LOK leader, Mr. Kontantinos E. Raptis, leaving the vice-premiership and Foreign Ministry to Mr. Andreades. [...]

This development represents a shift in the Pelasgian political landscape, as the centre and the right have now come together to hold back the left, instead of the an all-out conflict between the three, which was the previous historical norm. This, in part, represents the openness of the right, and its main political backer, the Throne, to gradual liberal reform to accomodate the commercial and political interests of an increasingly ascendant bourgeoisie, as well as the growing electoral, economic and social power and influence of the urban populace, as Pelasgia continues on its path toward full urbanisation and modernisation. [...] The three parties' joint platform statement arguably represents of a recognition of this reality, as the trio aim to reform the Empire's system so as to provide a greater role for the State, alongside the Church, in the provision of social services to disadvantaged urban social layers, all the while ensuring the economic and social development occur along lines that do not radically depart from traditional social norms and culture. [...]


New Senate holds first session following major reform
Propontis, 21 September 2022 | Odysseus Deliborias

In a historic first session, the Senators of the newly reformed upper house of the Pelasgian Koinoboule (parliament), gradually came to grips with their new, expanded tasks, following the first major change to the makeup and the function of their body in centuries. Jointly supervised by Empress-Consort Hildegard and the infant Grand Despot Theodore due to the Emperor's being occupied with government formation talks, the new Presiding Magistrate of the Senate, former long-time Foreign Minister Count Theophrastos Palaiologos, presided over the session, swearing in a total number of Senators more than double that of the chamber's pre-reform size. [...]

Apart from the traditional constituencies that have historically made up the Senate—that is, the nobility, the high clergy and a host of senior civil and military officials of government (usually but not always retired), who hold their seats either by descent or ex officio—several new groups were now present in the expanded upper house. Among these, one could find delegates dispatched by the administrations of Pelasgia's Themes (that is, the highest-level administrative regions of the country), as well as elected representatives of various functional constituencies, such as major industrial and business sectors, as well as labour, social classes and a plethora of other segments of society. [...] The Senate's ranks have swollen so much as a result of this reform that the body now has to sit in the large chamber typically reserved for special, ceremonial sessions such as the Enthronement of a new Sovereign, reserving its old chamber for committee functions. [...]


Previous government's police, nationality law reforms adopted
Propontis, 21 September 2022 | Tiverios Roussopoulos

The newly sworn in government of Prime Minister Konstantinos E. Raptis has elected to adopt the reforms of the policing system and the nationality law previously proposed by the government of Mr. Philippos Andreades. The two comprehensive reform acts had been approved by the Boule but remained in limbo following the death of the late Emperor, which forced the legislature to dissolve itself while awaiting the enthronement of a new Emperor. Following the investiture of Emperor Alexios VII Vatatzes, the reconvened lower house of the Koinoboule, the Empire's bicameral legislature, was faced with the dilemma of readopting the two bills within a period of thirty days or allowing them to lapse. Under the direction of the PM, the house majority of the National Coalition chose to re-adopt the two bills, forwarding to the Senate for amendment proposals and approval, with an eventual clear path to the desk of the Emperor for assent. [...]

The Law respecting Policing (C. 285 of the Imperial Code) has been amended to clearly delineate the duties of the Imperial Police, Gendarmerie and Harbour Corps (coastguard). Per this reform, the Imperial Police would handle almost all day-to-day policing across the country, abolishing the Gendarmerie's jurisdiction over rural areas and small towns. [...] The Gendarmerie would instead take over more dangerous internal security and specialised policing duties, such as counter-terrorism, gang crime, border security and riot control, in addition to supporting the Imperial Police where and as required. [...] Finally, the Harbour Corps would retain its exclusive jurisdiction over maritime policing and coast guard duties, but it would hold concurrent jurisdiction over ports themselves with the Police and Gendarmerie. To enable cross-branch cooperation, a joint headquarters is to be established under the Interior Ministry's auspices, similar to the Joint General Staff of the Defence Ministry.

With respect to Law respecting Nationality (C. 106 of the Imperial Code), the government has enacted two major reforms: first, the requirement for new citizens to adopt the state religion has been abolished, explicitly guaranteeing freedom of religion for new Pelasgians. Second, the naturalisation process has been clarified, specifying a clear residency or national service period, along with criteria for new citizens. [...] This is in addition to codifying several sparse reforms enacted over the years, such as the ban on dual citizenship, and the special regime of diaspora Pelasgians abroad. [...]
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Government unveils educational, healthcare reform proposals
Propontis, 24 September 2022 | The Editorial Board

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The Imperial School of Jurisprudence within the Propontis University campus
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Less than a week after being sworn in, the conservative coalition government of Prime Minister Konstantinos E. Raptes has unveiled its much-anticipated reform programme, with a view to securing a state takeover of major social services from the Church and other non-governmental institutions. Chief among these reform proposals are the twin bills tabled before the Koinoboule, Pelasgia's bicameral legislature, on Friday. According to these bills, the government seeks to take over primary, secondary and tertiary education, leaving the Church only a secondary role through participation on the National Educational Committee, which, among other things, draft's the country's curriculum. Moreover, the government will determine the curriculum of all schools, including private, minority and ecclesiastical schools, in order to ensure common standards. Schools will be divided into general schools (i.e., those whose graduates aim to take the National University Admission Exam), and specialised schools, such as art, music, gymnastics, trade, military and other such purpose-run educational institutions. General schools themselves will be further divided into grammar schools (for more academically gifted students) and intermediate schools. [...] Whereas the distinction between boys' and girl's schools will be retained, the government will experiment with gender-integrated schooling through several pilot initiatives. [...]

With regard to healthcare and other social services, the government seeks likewise to wrestle control away from the religious ecclesiarchy and into the hands of state institutions. Most hospitals will be taken over by the government, and the national health insurance plan will be expanded to cover the general population. Private hospitals and private health insurance will both be allowed, but the government-run alternatives will remain available to those who cannot afford or do not wish to pay for the private options. Among these private institutions will be select religious hospitals and certain minority institutions (such as the Jewish General Hospital of Hierosolyma). Furthermore, as with education, the Church will retain a certain role in the formulation of policy and the provision of services, but overall administration and the regulatory framework governing healthcare and social services will lie with the state. [...] Apart from healthcare, other social services contemplated to be transferred to government control include the operation of orphanages, welfare centres, homeless shelters, rehabilitation clinics, food banks and foster homes, to name a few. Notably, whereas private charitable institutions of these kinds will be allowed to persist, the state will take over primary provision of these services, in addition to funding and regulating private institutions. [...]

The proposals have caused wide debate, with supporters championing them as a necessary step to bring Pelasgia into modernity and to reform the Imperial system so that it might be preserved. Conversely, detractors either paint the reforms as not thorough enough or as too radical—and while many religious groups and minority organisations have voiced backlash against the government's proposals, the official Church hierarchy has notably been largely silent on the matter. Many analysts perceive this as a sign that the Orthodox Church might have understood the necessity of reform in order to avoid total revolution, given the impasse at which the provision of social services currently lies in Pelasgia, compared to other countries of such size. [...]


Central Himyari President thanks Pelasgia after truce with Reds
Kalamba City, 24 September 2022 | Themistokles Akribos (International Correspondent)

Central Himyari President Andrew Kinuani made a public statement thanking the Empire for its contribution to peace, stability and development in the country, following the conclusion of a peace agreement between the Communist Party of Central Himyar (CPCH) and the Government of Central Himyar. The CPCH had been engaged in a decades-long insurgency against the authorities of the Central Himyari Republic, a conflict which had seen many atrocities and much destruction caused by both rebel forces and the troops of the official government, particularly under the dictatorship of the late President Joseph Kisani. Following Mr. Kisani's ouster by an abortive coup elements within the military, the new, democratically-elected government of Central Himyar initiated talks with the CPCH, with the help of Pelasgian mediators. [...]

Despite the evidently great role played by negotiating teams and good will on both sides, Mr. Kinuani's success was to a great part owed to the support of Propontis, a fact which he did not neglect to mention in his message. As Himyar's largest economy, Pelasgia comfortably sent billions in aid to the war-torn, impoverished nation, kick-starting economic development and rapid growth that gave the new democratic regime much-needed popular support. Additionally, the Empire maintained a 6,000-strong peacekeeping force in Central Himyar, training local police and military troops (often themselves equipped with Pelasgian materiel). Though never formally acknowledged by Propontis, it is widely speculated that this force and its commander, General Leontios Sideris, effectively "run" the Central Himyar counter-insurgency campaign for the better part of two years, scoring some important victories against the CPCH and forcing its leadership to negotiate in good faith. [...]

General Sideris himself was invited back to Propontis, where he is to be decorated by the Emperor himself, to replace the aging Sebastokrator Ioulios Laskaris as the Marshal of Pelasgia. [...]


General Free Trade Agreement with the Rheinbund concluded
Propontis, 24 September 2022 | Ioannes Hagiogeorgites (via Propontis News Agency)

Pelasgia and the @Rheinbund have concluded a General Free Trade Agreement, according an joint statement released by the two countries' Foreign Ministries. Foreign Minister Philippos Andreades, who replaced Count Theophrastos Palaiologos in his long-time role, visited Fehrbellin earlier this week in his first trip outside Pelasgia in his new capacity. The visit was seen by many as a way of showing thanks for the great outpouring of support offered by the Rheinish authorities and people following the death of the late Pelasgian Sovereign and the interregnum that followed, in addition to underscoring the close historical and current links between the two countries, including the near-decade long marriage of new Emperor Alexios VII Vatatzes to the Rheinish noblewoman and Pelasgian Empress Consort Hildegard von Görisburg, a native of Tirolstein. [...]

According to the agreement, the two countries have agreed to waive most tariff and non-tariff trade barriers between them, with specific provisions for certain goods, services and industries. [...] As part of this agreement, the Rheinbund will now have access to Pelasgian oil at a premium, sub-market price (due to the waiving of various duties and taxes, as well as administrative costs), while the Pelasgians will benefit from the construction of a microchip industry in Pelasgia as a joint project between Rathenau Gruppe and the Pegasus Conglomerate. [...] Additional provisions within the agreement provide for cultural exchanges between the two countries to boost cultural links, which are already strong given that pupils in the two nations learn each other's official language in school. [...]
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