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  1. Pelasgia

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    Following defeat in Supreme Court, Emperor dissolves Senate and calls election
    Propontis, 25 July 2019 | Diogenes Papanikolis

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    A guard of honour composed of men of the Pelasgian Imperial Guard stands outside the Grand Palace of Propontis during a ceremony

    Following the publication of the Supreme Court's much awaited decision on the Emperor's invocation of the Imperial Veto against the appointment of Senator Konstantinos Markopoulos to the Presiding Magistracy of the Senate's lower house, the Emperor has chosen to dissolve the Senate and call elections anew. The Court's judgment effectively ruled that the Emperor's attempt to veto the appointment of the staunchly Nationalist Senator to the speaker-like position was unconstitutional and invalid, as it treded onto the Senate's distinct power over the appointment of its own officers and the government of its internal matters; an attempt to invoke the well-known "Peace and Prosperity" clause, which grants the Throne extraordinary powers to legislate and act in violation of the Separation of Power between branches of government and levels of federal authority was also rejected by the courts, since the Chief Justice, who wrote the majority opinion, found that there was emergency in Pelasgia at the present moment to justify such an intervention by the Throne. Having been squarely defeated and seen the Imperial Veto limited extensively by the highest court in the land, the Throne of Saint George would be forced to accept the appointment of Senator Markopoulos to the Presiding Magistracy of the Legislative Council. Instead, the Emperor has dissolved the Senate using the powers granted to him in Part III of the Constitution, and has called a snap general election, to take place by the end of the month.

    The government itself has essentially lost its original source of confidence, the Constitutionalist Coalition between the Nationalists and the Loyalists, and so most analysts agree that, had the Emperor not dissolved the legislature of his own accord, the Protokathedros would have asked him to do so not long after today. As such, most Constitutional Law experts agree that the Emperor did not violate Constitutional Conventions in dissolving the Senate prematurely, even if he did not consult the Protokathedros before doing so. Of course, the current Protokathedros and the Throne might not remain very close in the immediate future; Lord Athanasios I. Politikos-Rangaves' Nationalist faction has split from the Constitutionalist Coalition to reform the Nationalist Party under the name "New Party of Pelasgian Nationalists" (Neon Komma Pelasgon Ethnikophronon, NKPE) officially translated as New Nationalist Party of Pelasgia. The New Nationalist Party is not the only successor of the now-defunct Constitutionalists, as it competes with the reformed People's Party of Pelasgia (Laïkon Komma Pelasgias, LKP), led by former Sakellarios and current Secretary of State Georgios Grammatikos. The opposition has also dissolved the United Opposition (IA), and split into smaller parties once more, drawing some Senators of the former Constitutionalist Coalition; the new parties include the Liberal-Democratic Coalition (Ph.D.S.), the Social Solidarity Party (KKA) and the National Phalanx (E.Ph.).

    Though the NKPE and the LKP seem poised to regain their former positions as the first and second dominant party, respectively, the DKKP has surprised many political analysts by managing to take the third position in many recent polls. Having recently reformed and rebranded itself as the Workers' (or Labour) Party of Pelasgia (Pelasgikon Ergatikon Komma, PEK), the Empire's largest Marxist party has achieved renewed popularity with the working class by a campaign to provide help and win over the hearts and minds of the growing urban class of Pelasgia's newly industrialised or increasingly industrialised urban centres. Many consider this a great success, attributing it to the new style of leadership brought by recently elected General Secretary Konstantinos Iordanides. In any case, the two major parties will likely continue to avoid any coalition with the PEK/DKKP, and the will seek coalitions with the Liberal-Democratic Coalition and/or the National Phalanx, in case of either's victory without securing a minority. THe currently leading Nationalists might pursue such a coalition even if the win a majority, to offset the destabilising effects of the collapse of their alliance with the Loyalists, and restore stability to the Pelasgian political scene by replacing one coalition with another.

    At the same time, the Grand Palace seems increasingly silent and isolated, as this confrontation with the Senate might very well prove the Laskarid Dynasty's final political undoing. Some more radical Nationalist Senators have discussed impeaching the Emperor (since the position of Emperor is appointed by the Senate, albeit largely as a formality for centuries now with the sole exception of the 1957 Laskarid Restoration); it was, after all, the Senate that restored the Laskarids to the Purple by appointing Attalos I Laskaris-Komnenos as Emperor following the fall of the Komnenian Dynasty in 1957. However, such a move would cause a constitutional crisis, and permanently expell the Laskarids from formal power, should the Senate decide to refuse to appoint the Diadochos as Emperor, and instead choose a candidate of its own. Some have even suggested abolishing the office, a move contemplated by more hardline Senatorial circles in the circle with the Throne twice in recent memory: for a short time during the 1957 Interregnum, and formally during the illegitimate and ultimately aborted proclamation of a Second Pelasgian Republic during the National Schism. "No matter how this crisis is concluded, it will shape the political landscape of the New Pelasgia and settle the Nationalist-Loyalist split (and the Senatorial-Imperial power struggle for Sovereignty) once and for all," says Prokopios Kalimarmarides, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Imperial University of Propontis, who specialises in Constitutional Law. His words are echoed by an increasing percentage of Pelasgia's politicians.

    In other news
    ☞ (National) – Parades held by soldiers, students and patriotic associations to celebrate the anniversary of the Recapture of Propontis by the Nymphaian Empire from the Catholic Crusaders on 25 July 1261. Despite ongoing political disputes, tens of millions of Pelasgians came together, in main streets, public squares, ports and churches across the Empire, to mark the historic event which sealed the liberation of Pelasgia from the foreign armies of the heretical Crusaders. In Propontis, the Imperial Armed Forces gave a grand land, air and sea parade, presided over by the Emperor, with 25-gun salutes from both the highest hill and the harbour of the Imperial capital.
    ☞ (Science) – Pelasgian whailers in the Southern Thaumatic Ocean, south of Himyar, uncover remains of peculiar species of shark. Species reportedly belongs to the Somniosidae ("sleeper sharks") and has an extremely long life-span, given that the current specimen's age, which is estimated at around 300 years, along with flesh which is toxic for human consumption. Remains of a second specimen were reportedly found inside a dead killer whale. The sharks are expected the live at extreme depth, given that their occurrence is very rare, according to marine biologists, to whom the specimens have been transferred for study. In January, Pelasgian whaling crews also discovered the remains of a massive squid inside a dead whale, which bore large scratch marks. The incidents have led to increasing Pelasgian public and scientific interest in the largely unexplored and sparsely inhabited Southern Thaumatic Ocean.
    ☞ (National) – Mayor of Chrysoupolis and Metropolitan Prefect of Propontis sign agreement to integrate Chrysoupolis as the fourth Constituent Deme of the Metropolis of Propontis, after Christopolis, Pyrgos and Hagios Simeon. The city, located across from Propontis proper, has historically been closely linked and recently increasingly integrated with the sprawling Imperial capital, leading many to consider a suburb, sister-city or extension of Propontis. Chrysoupolis has been connected physically to Propontis since the late 19th century, and modern bridge and underwater connections have largely bridged the gap between the two cities. With the Imperial Senate and the Throne buying land in the area, along with much of the Empire's elite, many speculate that it may serve as a new capital district within the capital city, housing a new Palace, Senate House, and government quarter, alongside the already extant and growing New Senatorial District.
    ☞ (Economy) – Pelasgian Petroleum A.E. resumes drilling near Makrian Isles in the Long Sea, despite protests by environmental groups and advocates for the islands' continued stateless status. The Imperial Government has supported the move by extending the deployment of a naval detachment near the isles, and the temporary presence of a small marine unit on the islands, in a move to reinforce Pelasgia's centuries' old claim to the largely uninhabited islands. Though mostly unclaimed up until recently, the islands have been discovered to house major reserves of fossil fuels, and the Empire has seen fit to assert its centuries' old dormant claim, which has remained from when Pelasgia relinquished control over most of the Exarchate of the West, a relinquishment which excluded the islands in question.
     
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    Elections: Nationalists triumph, Socialists reclaim third spot - Emperor to abdicate?
    Propontis, 29 July 2019 | Lambros Papadopoulos

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    A sealed ballot within a ballot box at a public school serving as an election centre in Propontis

    After hours of waiting, the results from Sunday's legislative election finally reached most Pelasgians via the online elections portal of the Secretariat of Internal Affairs, which was watched closely by numerous Pelasgian and European media outlets. The result, which closely followed exit polls, was hardly surprising to anyone who had been monitoring the Pelasgian political scene in recent weeks: the Nationalists, through the New National Party of Pelasgia (NKEP) claimed a stunning victory with 43% of the vote, earning 676 seats in the Senate's lower house, the Legislative Council. The Nationalists' former partners, the People's Party of Pelasgia (LKP), followed with 24% of the vote or 376 seats, coming clearly second, albeit by a wide margin. The Workers' Socialist Party of Pelasgia or Socialist Labour Party of Pelasgia (ESKP), formerly the DKKP, came third, regaining its status as a major political force with 12% of the vote, or 188 seats. The smaller parties emerging from the dissolution of the Constitutionalist Coalition and the United Opposition trailed behind; the Liberal Democratic Coalition claimed 8% of the vote with 126 seats, the Social Solidarity Party and the National Phalanx claimed 6% or 94 seats each, and around 1% or 16 seats went to independent candidates.

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    New makeup of the Legislative Council

    The Provincial Council, the Senate's upper chamber, was more consolidated around the three major parties. 61% of seats (or 42 seats) went to the Nationalists, 28% of seats (or 19 seats) to the Loyalists, 5% of seats (or 4 seats) to the Labour Socialists, 4% of the seats (or 2 seats) to the Liberal Democrats, and 1% (or 1 seat) to an independent Senator. The Nationalists' alliance with the Themes and Metropolitan Demes in delegating powers through the 2019 Agreement of the Grand Council of the Empire, along with promises of potentially formalising this as a new era of Pelasgian federalism, unseen since the era of the 1972 Constitution, earned the NKEP the great majority of delegates from provincial electors and governments, with a clear majority in the Provincial Council. However, the Nationalists still lack a majority in the Legislative Council, which is responsible with selecting the Protokathedros. Thus, they will likely be forced into a coalition; the Nationalists' old Liberal allies of the Liberal Democratic Coalition, and potentially even the National Phalanx, would likely form this new alliance. However, the Workers' Socialist Party, recently rejuvenated under the leadership of General Secretary K. Iordanides, has ruled out any coalition with any party of the "bourgeois establishment".

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    New makeup of the Provincial Council

    For their part, the Nationalists, led by Lord I. A. Politikos-Rangaves, have proclaimed their desire to form a government anew, and have already begun the process to rescind the Emperor's appointment to the post of Autokrator (or Imperator). Though over centuries the office has acquired a de facto semi-hereditary character, it still a de jure Senate-appointed Office of State, a fact which the Senate has defended staunchly against the Throne's best efforts over millennia, as evidenced by the fact that Pelasgian Emperors still have to be appointed by the Senate on the day of their Coronation, and that the Senate's Presiding Magistrate attends the separate Coronation ceremony to officialise it. The Emperor would still retain a series of other titles, but he would be deprived of many of his most important powers, such as the power to act as Commander in Chief of the Empire's armies and fleets, and would lose much prestige. Moreover, an Emperor reigning without the title of Imperator would likely lead to a Constitutional crisis. Many Loyalist circles in the capital are already discussing the potential of the Emperor's abdication in favour of the Diadochos (Heir-Apparent) to avoid such a crisis.

    In other news
    ☞ (National) – Despite receiving hundreds of Burgundian refugees, the Empire has so far refused to comment on the Burgundian Refugee Initiative, preferring to maintain and independent and more controlled policy on the Burgundian crisis. By contrast, Pelasgia has been far more accepting of fellow Himyaris fleeing danger from Loago and Cabaon. Many activists have called for more Burgundians to be accepted, though the deep seated divide between the Catholics and the Orthodox, which has only grown this year, has made many Pelasgians skeptical of accepting more Burgundians, according to polls.
    ☞ (Athletics) – Pampelasgian Games reach their final round with contestants competing in various swimming events off the coast of the Pelagision Theme in the Pelasgian (or White/Silver) Archipelago. The islander cities of the Archipelago have traditionally been particularly strong in this sport, as have the coastal cities of Old Pelasgia, though the Lycaonians and Kyphts are fielding some promising contestants this year. Most analysts expert either Eresos or Sindos to take the olive wreath.
    ☞ (Economy) – As global European markets slow down over war in Gallo-Germania and fears of greater conflict in the area, as well as Engell pressures on Nedernesia, Himyari markets seem to be increasingly regarded as targets for safe and stable investments. The Pelasgian Chamber of Commerce has invited its partners in Natal">@Natal and Azraq">@Azraq to form a Himyari Chamber of Commerce, to better coordinate trade and investments in the Ebony Continent in light of increased economic activity.
     
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    Senate refuses to appoint new Emperor, Regency Council appointed instead - Throne to be abolished?
    Propontis, 31 July 2019 | Lambros Papadopoulos

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    The old Privy Council building where the new Regency Council has established its temporary seat

    In a surprise move, the Imperial Senate has voted to neither appoint the Diadochos Ioannes Laskaris to the Throne of Saint George, nor to make Sevastokrator Laonikos Laskaris-Tivyros his Regent. In the Pelasgian Constitution, the Emperor has the power to nominate his successor, but the Senate still has to confirm the appointments, since Imperialdom is an Office of State appointed by the Senate. In practice, this is almost always done, which has led to a constitutional convention that the Emperor's nominations are binding. However, the Senate has broken with this convention, overriding it using its powers outlined in the written Constitution, to refuse the Emperor's recommendations. This has left the Throne of Saint George temporarily vacant, as the Senate has so far not considered any alternative candidates for the Imperial Purple. Instead, a Regency Council has been appointed, headed by a Triumvirate composed of Ecumenical Patriarch Neophytos X, Field Marshal Epameinondas Vatatzopoulos, and Megas Doux Theodoros Eressiotis. The Council will act as the Empire's collective head of state and fulfill the Emperor's duties during the current interregnum.

    However, many in Propontis are discussing the possibility of the abolition of the Throne of Saint George, and the proclamation of a Republic. The Nationalists secured a renewed mandate to govern, joining forces with the Liberal Democrats and the Social Solidarity Party to form a coalition government, headed by Nationalist leader and current Protokathedros Lord Athanasios I. Politikos-Rangaves. The new coalition secured a vote of confidence from the vast majority of the Legislative Council and Provincial Council, being supported by all Senators save for those belonging to the People's Party. With this renewed mandate, the Nationalist-dominated government has called representatives of the Provinces to the Capital, to discuss the possibility of solidifying the delegation of powers outlined in the 2019 Devolution Agreement as a federal arrangement. Such a change would require an important Constitutional amendment, and many speculate that the Nationalists would use this opportunity to solicit the Provinces' support for the formation of a Federal Republic, and the abolition of the Imperial office.

    For its part, the House of Laskaris has retreated to the island of Prinkeponesos, across the Propontine Straits. The Emperor has abdicated all his offices and powers, and it is the Emperor's uncle, the Sevastokrator Laonikos Laskaris-Tivyros, who has taken over the leadership of the Loyalist cause. Some sources close to the Imperial family have even claimed that the former Emperor might be thinking of leaving the country and going on self-imposed exile to Eiffelland, in a further effort to diffuse the situation and placate the powerful Senatorial faction. However, it might already be too late to bury the hatchet, as the Throne's attempted showdown over the appointment of the Legislative Council's Presiding Magistrate seems to have reignited the Senate's will to end the Throne-Senate dispute over sovereignty once and for all. The Sevastokrator, who is partially descended from the fallen House of Baganov of Kadikistan, flew in to Propontis early on Monday to attempt to salvage the situation. Whatever the outcome, the result will be purely political; the nation no longer has both the energy and the will to shed blood over the Imperial-Senatorial divide.

    In other news
    ☞ (Science) – Students at the Imperial Polytechnic of Propontis unveil design of reusable satellite launch platform, including missile with reusable parts. Project earns Imperial Award for Scientific Excellence, with the Pelasgian Space Society expressing interest in the design. Imperial Polytechnic officials contact partners in Clarenthia">@Clarenthia and @Eiffelland over potential cooperation to improve such designs, as pan-European efforts to advance sustainable space exploration continue.
    ☞ (National) – Waves of tourists begin flocking to the isles of the Archipelago and the coastal cities of Old Pelasgia as preparations for the celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary begin. The festival, which is among the most important in Orthodox Christianity and is regarded as the "Easter of Summertime", is celebrated annually on the 15th of August. Tourists and pilgrims from every end of the world come of the Pelasgian islands and cities, as well as the Holy Land, to witness the impressive traditional ceremonies marking the event.
    ☞ (Business) – Pelasgian whaling companies and shipping companies meet with representatives of the Government to discuss security questions, following attempt by activists to board and ram at least two Pelasgian commercial whaling ships near the Sea of Buto-Southern Thaumatic Ocean area. Government rules out dispatching Pelasgian military forces to the area, but agrees to allow Pelasgian companies operating in the region, such as the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company, to better equip and expand their security detachments, and to prosecute such attackers more harshly in the future.
     
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    On behalf of the technical universities of Trier and Altburg, as well as all the Eiffelloretalian companies active in astronomy and space travel (among others Rathenau Militärausrüstung and Raimer und Rathenau Flugzeugwerke), we would like to phrase our interest in cooperating with the Imperial Polytechnic in Propontis and the Pelasgian Space Society in order to improve the techniques to make space travel more sustainable.


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    TO: All members of the Imperial Family of Pelasgia

    We wish to voice our sincerest commiseration in your current situation. Should you indeed consider to go into exile, you will be more than welcome in Eiffelland-Retalia.

    Friedrich von Dietz-Hadamar, Prince-Regent of Eiffelland-Retalia
    Roland Rheinfeld, Chancellor
     
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    While the Empire of Azraq does not normally take to commenting on the internal affairs of other countries, we would like to note to the Pelasgian people that monarchy is the most natural form of organisation in society and politics and to see the Throne of St. George, the head of a great if often rival ancient civilisation to ours, be abolished would be a crime against history and humanity.
     
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    We here at the CASEA are happy to congratulate the students of the Imperial Polytechnic of Propontis for their contributions to the human goal of advancing sustainable, affordable, and efficient space travel. CASEA is prepared to assist Imperial Polytechnic in advancing the designs of their systems with the above goals in mind.
     
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    Senate votes to abolish office of Emperor, proclaims Constituent Assembly
    Propontis, 5 August 2019 | Kleon Nikitaras

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    The Vice-President of the Government and Secretary of External Affairs, Mr. Emmanouīl Avgīros, addresses the new Constituent Assembly in the now vacant Throne Room of the Grand Palace of Propontis

    In a surprise move, the Senate has voted to officially abolish the office of Emperor and to proclaim and Constituent Assembly, composed of both of its houses, for the creation of a new, Republican Constitution. The event had been hintd at by many political circles and experts in Propontis for days following the victory of the Nationalists and their allies against the Loyalist People's Party in the slap election called by the Throne following the Senate's victory in an important court dispute. The vote to abolish the Imperial office saw all parties save for the People's Party voting in favour in both the Legislative Council and Provincial Council. The proposed Constitutional Amendment thus cleared both houses of the Senate with 1194 out of 1570 and 49 out of 68 seats, respectively, gathering the requisite supermajority. In a stunning move of protest, the People's Party Senators reportedly left the Senate after the vote, whereas the the remaining Senators, even including the Labour Socialists, loudly applauded and cheered in a deeply emotionally charged atmosphere.

    "Now is the time for the New Pelasgia to rise from the ashes of the Old. The Pelasgian people shall no longer bow to despots and tyrants, but shall enjoy the same freedoms cherished by some many of our brothers in Europe: the freedom to make our own destiny, the freedom to be our own masters, the freedom to treat our leaders as our representatives and not as our lords. Pelasgia has finally returned to her democratic roots, and Southern Tibur to its Republican tradition," the Protokathedros, Athanasios I. Politikos-Rangaves, said before the Senate in his remarks following the vote. The Senate then voted by an equally large majority to form a Constituent Assembly, in order to formulate and enact a new Republican constitution, based on the principles of Federalism, Representative Government and the Separation of Powers. In the meantime, the Regency Council has been reformed into the Council of State to act as the provisional collective Head of State of Pelasgia, being headed by a Triumvirate. In an effort to preserve national unity, the Regency Council has invited the current head of the Laskarid faction, Admiral Laonikos Laskaris-Tivyraios to its ranks, to aid the country in its Constitutional transition.

    During the transition, Pelasgia shall be known under the interim title of "Federative State of Pelasgia", and the Throne Council shall continue its functions normally as the Council of Ministers of the Government of Pelasgia, being headed by the same Protokathedros. For its part, the Loyalist faction has done little to contest these moves, acquiescing to the immense popular support for the Senatorial faction. Indeed, the Imperial family and household, followed by the Varangian Guards, has fled the country in self-imposed exile. The destroyer PNS (formerly HIMPS) Nibarus has escorted the Imperial family off the island of Prinkeponesos, to an Eiffellandian vessel which has taken the former Pelasgian Imperials to @Eiffelland . Though the Nibarus' crew was certainly respectful and sentimental, the Armed Forces were among the most staunch supporters of the Republican cause, with thousands of officers gathering in a square outside the Imperial Grand Palace, where the Constituent Assembly has now taken its seat in a symbolic move, to celebrate, with a few hundred removing Imperial monograms from their uniforms. According to all accounts, the transition has been rather peaceful and civilised, without any violence or intimidation being noted by any international or domestic observers.

    In other news
    ☞ (Science) – Following willingness by both Eiffellandian and Clarenthian partners, Imperial Polytechnic and Pelasgian Space Society launch programme to produce proposed sustainable space launch platforms for future use, inviting partners to work together and offering to share designs and research information.
    ☞ (National) – Pampelasgian games conclude with major victory for the Makrians and Iolcians in the swimming competitions, gathering six olive branches. Strong showing from several other cities, including unexpected second place by Thermians. Event's end marked by traditional ceremonies, which were broadcasted live by EIR, Pelasgia's national broadcaster. Some Orthodox activists protest against traditional games, lambasting the games as a "pagan ritual".
    ☞ (Local) – An earthquake reportedly shook both Nymphaion and Propontis earlier today. As the earthquake was relatively short and of low frequency and strength, no injuries or damage was reported. However, the entrance to the Marble Cave on Prinkeponesos, which according to popular legend houses the remains of Emperor Valentian the Great, was sealed off after the quake cased large rocks over the cave's entrance to collapse.
     
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    I congratulate the Pelasgian people wholeheartedly to this wise step and commend them on their way towards democracy, rule of law and socialism. I embark upon my upcoming tour with the good knowledge that I will visit a Pelasgian nation freed from the shackles of monarchic power and am looking forward to inspiring further confidence in republican values with my presence.

    Donna Trumm
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    Receiving these news from the Pelasgian Empire, we reaffirm to the new regime our willingness to enter into unconditional negotiations regarding the status of Jerusalem and the Holy Land to find a lasting solution to a problem that has been dividing our peoples for too long.

    Just as the Pelasgian people having chosen a new direction for their state, as is their sovereign right, we seek to exercise this same sovereign right as a people, as recognized by the World Permanent Conference, in hopes of becoming good neighbors to the Pelasgians in our own state and leave behind the struggles of the past that keep dividing us.

    Samuel Goldbaum
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    Federative State of Pelasgia
    Secretariat of External Affairs
    Public Statement

    ΑΣ 4034/2019 | Unclassified | Normal
    Propontis, 6 August 2019

    To whom it may concern,

    The Holy City of Hierosolyma and the region of Philistaea continue to be the sovereign territory of Pelasgia and will remain so. The inhabitants of Philistaea are the only people with a right to that land, and those people are Pelasgians. Philistaea is not separate from Pelasgia; it is part of it. Philistaeans are not a separate group from the Pelasgians; they are full members of the Pelasgian Nation, with all the rights, privileges and obligations that that entails.

    Pelasgia persists in its refusal to recognise the illegitimate and terroristic ideology of Zionism, and its false claims to our sovereign territory, which has, in the past, shed the blood of thousands of innocent Pelasgians, many among them Jews. Pelasgia persists in refusing to recognise the existence of a Jewish "nation", noting that Judaism is a religion, to which members of many different ethnicities and nations adhere, speaking a plethora of different languages. In Pelasgia's case, at least three distinct ethnic groups, including the indegenous Karaite Jews of Philistaea, consider themselves Jewish, but they do not consider themselves to be of the same ethnicity. Moreover, all their official and civil society bodies continue to affirm that they are members of the Pelsgian Nation, and not any other nation, rejecting the concept of a Jewish "nation".

    Finally, Pelasgia continues to refuse to recognise and participate in the World Permanent Conference, since that conference admits non-state entities as its members on an equal footing with Sovereign States, and is thus incapable of serving as a legitimate medium for the world's countries to discuss and resolve their disputes and issues. Moreover, the recognition of the Jewish "nation" and the "World Zionist Congress" by the World Permanent Conference is insignificant and meaningless, given that the Conference in question has very limited membership, does not have any authority to grant the status of "nation" upon any so claimed body in customary or conventional international law, and has not seen any meaningful political activity since its largely-abortive establishment.

    Philistaea is Pelasgia. Philisteans are Pelasgians. Hierosolyma is Pelasgia. These points are non-negotiable, neither by this Pelasgian administration nor by any future administration, according to our Constitution, Laws and fundamental duties to our Nation.

    Signed and sealed,

    Emmanouīl Avgīros
    Secretary of External Affairs
    Senator ex officio
     
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    Constituent Assembly approves new Federal, Republican Constitution
    Propontis, 8 August 2019 | Kleon Nikitaras

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    A view of the now-vacant New Grand Palace constructed at Chrysoupolis by the former Emperor as part of the project to transfer the government quarter across the Propontine Straits; the Constituent Assembly has used the Palace for its tasks

    The Constituent Assembly of Pelasgia has voted on and adopted a series of important amendments to the Constitution by a wide majority, with all delegates except those of the conservative People's Party voting in support. The new constitution has formalised the abolition of the Pelasgian Empire and founded the Federative Republic of Pelasgia in its stead. Pelasgia has thus been reformed into a federal state which is composed of 21 Federal Subjects and 3 Federal Territories. The 22 Federal Subjects are equal members of the federation, though they fall under five (5) different types with varying degrees of autonomy. These include:


    - Federal Cities (major cities of national importance that are governed as separate Federal Subjects with equal autonomy to an Eparchy): Propontis, Cassandris, Hierosolyma
    - Eparchies (the most basic of Federal Subjects, with autonomy largely centering on local matters, education and healthcare; consist of areas with majority ethnic Pelasgian populations): Optimatoi, Pelagision, Archipelagion, Thalassinoi, Euxenoi, Alexandrinon, Pedinon, Dytikon, Lycaones, Neapolitikon, Kibyrrhaioton
    - Nomes (the equivalent of Eparchies in Memphis; the distinction is purely symbolic): Souchoton, Rhakotaion
    - Paramethories (traditional border regions; similar to Eparchies but more militarised): Voukellarion, Thapson, Makrinon
    - Autonomous Polities (highly autonomous regions with a historically significant and distinct indegenous population, which persists to a certain degree): Elimeioton, Hieron

    These Federal Subjects are sovereign in their domains of power, and largelly deal with all matters not left to the Federal Government by the Constitution. They are equal, despite their varying degrees of autonomy; the Federal Territories, by contrast, are directly administered by the Federal Government and are not considered Federal Subjects. These include the Sovereign Base Areas of Dioskouridou Island and Cape Saint Nicholas, and the Exarchate of Makrian Isles. The Federal Government remains tasked with all matters of national, inter-subject, federal and international importance, including diplomacy, defence, fiscal policy, international and inter-subject infrastructure, immigration and citizenship, customs, federal taxation, criminal law, admiralty law, ports, railways and airports, satellites, to name but a few. All local matters of the Federal Subjects are left to their own care, notably including healthcare, education, local policing, licences, civil law, local infastructure, and local resources. The Federal Subjects will also be organised into seven (7) Federal Districts (Central Pelasgia, Archipelago, Kyphtic Memphis, Hiberia, Peramis, Philistaea, Lycaonia) for adminsitrative purposes, though these Federal Districts will not be a level of federalism or administration, but more akin to census and fiscal regions.

    The Federal Government is to be composed to three branches: the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The Legislature is to be composed of the Koinovoulion or Common Parliament, which is itself devided into the Boule of Representatives and the Federal Senate. The Boule is to be the lower house, and is to be elected directly by all eligible electors, and the Federal Senate is to be the upper house, composed of two representatives from each Federal Subject, regardless of population or size. The approval of both houses will be required for the proposed bill to go through, though only the lower house will be able to introduce legislation. The Federal Senate will be able to accept, reject or propose amendements to Boule bills and remand them to the lower house for reconsideration. Both houses will be elected with five-year terms, and eligible electors will include all adult Pelasgians who have completed their National Service and are net taxpayers rather than net tax-beneficiaries; the Framers of the Constitution referred to this using the famous Nationalist saying "only those who toil and fight for the Pelasgian land have rights upon it."

    The executive is to be composed of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. The Council of State is to act as the collective Head of State of Pelasgia, to avoid the centralisation of executive power in the hands of one man, which the Framers considered as highly corrupting, as showcased during the Imperial period. The Council of State will take over all powers formerly bestowed to the Emperor in the Imperial Constitution. The Council will be headed by a President (Proedros) who will preside over its sessions, along with 22 other members (one from each Federal Subject). The Council will be appointed by the Federal Senate in a special session following its election every five years; each Federal Subject shall be free to choose in its own Constitution how its Federal Senators shall vote in this election. The Council of State shall then appoint the Council of Ministers, with the approval of the Common Parliament. The Council of Ministers, headed by the President (Protokathedros) of the Council of Ministers, shall operate as the Government or Cabinet of Pelasgia, with the Protokathedros being Pelasgia's Head of Government.

    Finally, the judiciary will remain largelly unchanged, with the Supreme Court of Judicature standing at its top, composed and appointed in much the same manner as before. However, a third tier of Administrative Courts, called the District Courts (or Eparchic Courts in Pelasgian) have been created; these will deal with all administrative cases within the Federal Subjects, and their decisions will be appealed to the Adminsitrative Courts of First Instance. The Adminsitrative Courts of First Instance (which were previously the lowest administrative courts) will act as courts of first instance only for administrative cases involving the Federal Government, or for cases between the Federal Government and one or more Federal Subject, or cases between two or more Federal Subjects. The Administrative Courts of Appeal will hear appeals from these courts in turn. Moreover, the composition and established of all civil, criminal and administrative courts below the Courts of First Instance will be left to the Federal Subjects (i.e. the Courts of Magistrature, the Courts of the Peace, and the District Courts). The Courts of First Instance, Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court will remain under Federal Control. Both levels of government will also retain the power to establish statutory courts (i.e. courts other than those of inherent jurisdiction outlined in the written constitution) and adminsitrative tribunals.

    The Constitution has also provided for new national symbols to be enacted, and has reaffirmed the Pelasgian Bill of Fundamental Rights, found in Part II of the Constitution. Notably, the Constitution reaffirms the right of any person whose Fundamental Rights have been infringed to sue any level and body of government, codifying decades' worth of Pelasgian jurisprudence in black-letter law. Nevertheless, the Constitution has also de facto codified Nationalism as Pelasgia's new state ideology, recognising Stanard Modern Pelasgian as the new and sole formal language of Pelasgia, the Pelasgian Nation as the only nation in Pelasgia, and the Pelasgian Orthodox Church as Pelasgia's national religion. The Orthodox Church has been remitted to the control of the Council of State, though it has been granted greater autonomy in exchange for greater separation from public affairs. Linguistic and spelling reform has also been discussed, and the Constitution has made room for it by not specifying what precise form of Pelasgian "Standard Modern Pelasgian" refers to.

    The Constitution, widely supported by the members of the Constituent Assembly, is both revolutionary and conservative. Only time will tell how it will serve the new Federative Republic of Pelasgia.

    In other news
    ☞ (National) – Federal Fire Corps and Armed Forces suffessfully put out wildfires in the Euxenoi and Pelagision Eparchies, while fires still raging in the Pedinon Eparchy. Fire Corps commander confident Pedinon wildfires will be contained by the end of the week, as wildfire season reaches its peak. Air Force deploys large planes in effort to assist firefighting units, as wildfires leave 200 displaced, 40 missing, and 3 civilians and 6 firemen dead. Protokathedros and Minister of the Interior watching developments closely, accoridng to Federal Government sources.
    ☞ (National) – Association of Jewish Communities of Pelasgia and Council of Karaite Jews hold large protest against Zionism, Jewish "Nationalism" and movements to separate Philistaea from Pelasgia. Using the slogans "Hierosolyma is as Pelasgian as Propontis", "Our only nation is the Pelasgian Nation" and "Down with Zionism and Terrorism" the protesters peacefully marched through central Propontis and Hierosolyma, passing by the Touzenite diplomatic mission. The march ended following a ceremony with speeches by Pelasgian Jewish leaders next to the statue of Brigadier General Mardochaios Adamides, a widely popular and revered Pelasgian Jewish officer who fought in the Augusto-Septemvriana.
    ☞ (Himyari Affairs) – Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company starts new recruitment campaign for settlement, celebrating milestone of upwards of twenty thousand settlers. The Propontios Logothetis spoke with many of the adventerous young Pelasgians seeking to start life anew or make a name for themselves in the Far South. From doctors, engineers and lawyers to farmers, workers and soldiers, the new frontiersmen of the Far South are united by a vision of hope for the future and love for freedom and creative hardship.
     
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    We recognise the Federative Republic of Pelasgia. The Imperial Family will be more than welcome in Eiffelland. Prince-Regent Friedrich has bought a large villa in Trier-Dahlem for the Imperial Family. It is a very large villa with a large garden.

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    The deposition of the Augustus of the south concerns us deeply, and we fear, portends ill for the project of unifying all Christians under the banner of Christ and his Tiburian Church, which is our deepest hope.

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    People's Commissariat for External Affairs
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    The Kadikistani Union does not wish to comment on the recent institutional changes in the former Pelasgian Empire. We will withhold recognition of the Federative Republic until we are assured of the continued existence of the Status Quo Treaty between our two fine nations. We will monitor the situation closely.

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    Federative Republic of Pelasgia
    Ministry of External Affairs
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    ΑΣ 4037/2019 | Unclassified | Normal
    Propontis, 9 August 2019

    To the attention of Mr. Petar Kujundzic, People's Commissar for External Affairs.

    Dear sir,

    The Federative Republic of Pelasgia considers itself to be the sole legitimate successor of the Pelasgian Empire. As outlined in the Constitution of the Federative Republic, Pelasgia retains and promises to abide by and exercise all obligations, duties, privileges and rights incumbent upon its predecessor, the Pelasgian Empire, unless the necessary legal steps are taken to renounce any thereof.

    The Federative Republic of Pelasgia has no intention to renounce the Status Quo Treaty. Nor does the Federative Republic intend to denounce any of other its current Treaties in the foreseeable future.

    Signed and sealed,

    Emmanouīl Avgīros
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    August 12, 2019
    The Honorable Emmanouīl Avgīros
    Minister of External Affairs
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    Propontis, Pelasgia

    Dear Minister Avgīros,

    The news of a peaceful abolishment of a Monarch has always been welcomed by the Commonwealth of Clarenthia. To hear that the Emperor of the Pelasgian Empire is no more and instead a Republic was to rise in its place came to Palmerton with great delight. The potential for a prosperous future for the Pelasgian people has never been closer to realization.

    Democracies, while the best form of government with which a nation can organize itself, remain violate and unstable if not taken care of properly. Given the Pelasgian Empire's past of handing power to an elite few, the Commonwealth is concerned about the prospects of the Federative Republic in this, its infant stages. Therefore, the Commonwealth will make itself available to assist the new republic in any way that we can. Certainly, the growth of a democracy as large as Pelasgia on the Himyari continent will send a powerful message to the globe of the antiquated and barbaric notion that sovereignty is bestowed in one individual by nature of their birth.

    Palmerton will eagerly look toward elections in Pelasgia with this new democratic government and we stand ready to assist in that process.


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    Election results: Nationalists lead in both Boule and Senate, but will require coalition for majority
    Propontis, 14 August 2019 | Kleon Nikitaras

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    Pelasgian voters choose from among a variety of ballots in an election centre in northern Propontis

    The Pelasgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (YpEs) has released the official results of the elections called to fill the seats of the new Common Parliament last week. The elections were called to fill the 44 seats of the Federal Senate and the 525 seats of the Boule of Representatives, and were supervised by a newly-created nonpartisan National Election Committee, with branches in every riding and election centre, to ensure the fairness and impartiality of the democratic process. Observers and journalists from a number of foreign countries, such as Clarenthia">@Clarenthia , were also allowed to monitor the elections. Election results have been posted in print as well as online, with the new easily accessible online government portal called "Diavgeia" (meaning "Transparency") displaying detailed results for every riding, Federal Subject, Federal District and the Nation as a whole.

    In both houses of the Common Parliament, the New Nationalist Party of Pelasgia (NKEP) has scored a significant victory, holding the plurality of seats by a wide margin (the Nationalists attained a majority in the Federal Senate but fell sort of it in the Boule of Representatives, a development which will probably force them into another coalition). In the lower house of the legislature, the Boule of Representatives, the Nationalists attained 43% of the vote, granting them 227 seats. The Nationalists' main rivals, the People's Party of Pelasgia (LKP) attained 24% of the vote, with 126 seats, retaining a strong presence despite coming second by quite a wide margin. The Socialist Workers' Party of Pelasgia (SEKP), the successor of the DKKP, attained 13% of the vote, earning 68 seats as the third largest faction in the Boule. Several smaller parties, which will likely play the valuable role of mediator and kingmaker, also surpassed the 3% threshold to enter the Boule. More specifically, the Liberal Democratic Coalition claimed 8% of the vote with 42 seats, and the Social Solidarity Party and the National Phalanx claimed 6% or 31 seats each.

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    Visualised makeup of the Boule of Representatives

    In the upper house, the Federal Senate, fewer parties were present. This is due to the nature of the Senate, which only grants each Federal Subject two Senators; though it is up to each Federal Subject to choose the method of election of its Senators in its own Constitution, most either choose a first-past-the-post system to avoid numerous election cycles. This earned the Nationalists a clear majority in the Senate, though their two biggest rivals, the People's Party and the Socialist Workers' Party, also earned a considerable number of seats, displacing the smaller parties that made it into the Boule. More specifically, 27 seats (well above the 22 needed for a majority) went to the New Nationalist Party, 12 seats to the People's Party, 3 seats to the Socialist Workers' Party, and 2 seats to the Liberal Democrats. Of course, given that the Federal Senate is meant to act as a chamber of sober second thought and reconsideration, a decreased number of factions and a clear majority might facilitate its workings.

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    Visualised makeup of the Federal Senate

    The New Nationalist Party has celebrated this victory as a renewed mandate to govern and to continue its republican and modernising reform agenda, while the People's Party seems to have conceded that the Republican system has won over most Pelasgians, at least for the time being. Voter turnout was the highest in a decade, at a landmark 82.3%, showcasing renewed Pelasgian public interest in politics and the democratic process. That being said, the Nationalists will still have to pursue a coalition, a fact which might prove healthy for the development of Pelasgian democracy after almost three decades of interruptions and Crown interference, according to many political analysts. The centre-right Liberal Democratic Coalition and the centre-left Social Solidarity Party are presented as the most likely candidates for this coalition.

    Once the Federal Senate elects the Council of State, Pelasgia's collective Head of State, in the coming days, the three parties will be able to form a new government. The current Pelasgian caretaker cabinet, staffed by long-time politicians and headed by Athanasios I. Politikos-Rangaves, is expected to be replaced by completely new political personalities. The leader of the Nationalists, Eustratios Kontaxis will likely be the new Pelasgian Protokathedros (or Chairman) of the Council of Ministers, heading the new government coalition.

    In other news
    ☞ (National) – Regional elections in all 22 Federal Subjects of Pelasgia have been dominated by the Nationalists, with some Loyalist holdouts in southern Philistaea, Euxenia and southern Kyphtic Memphis. Eparchs, Nomarchs, Federal City Governors, Paramethoric Governors and Autonomous Polity Premiers to meet by the end of September in the first Grand Council of the Federation to discuss matters of common interest and inter-Federal Subject relations, with representatives of the Federal Government of Pelasgia also attending.
    ☞ (National) – His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Neophytos X of Propontis, leaves Propontis to go on a tour of the monastic communities of the Artasian (or Silver) Mountains in inland Pelasgia. Religious circles in Propontis have noted the increasing pressure put on the Ecumenical Patriarch to alter his staunchly Loyalist and anti-Republican tone by the new authorities in Propontis. Some expect the Patriarch's resignation in the face of the new election results.
    ☞ (Himyari Affairs) – Interim Pelasgian Minister of State for Far Southern Affairs, Ignatios Tiveriou, refuses to discuss any new potential restrictions on Pelasgian whaling in the seas south of Himyar, following a protest by environmentalist group during a joint press conference with representatives of the Pelasgian Chamber of Commerce and the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company. Pelasgian law enforcement reportedly blocked an attempt by protesters, some of them foreign, to board and block the departure of a newly launched Pelasgian whaling vessel near Berenice Arsinoica, in the Souchoton Nome.
     
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    New Council of State elected, new Council of Ministers nominated
    Propontis, 17 August 2019 | Kleon Nikitaras

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    The Council of State in session, with the attendance of all 22 Councilors and the President of the Council, discussing the new

    The collective Head of State of the Federative Republic of Pelasgia, the Council of State of Pelasgia has been officially elected by the Federal Senate of Pelasgia, in accordance with the Constitution. Each Federal Subject of Pelasgia is entitled to two Federal Senators, who vote for their Federal Subject's member of the Council of State after each Pelasgian Federal Election, as directed by the Constitution of their respective Federal Subject. The Councilors, in turn, vote for the President of the Council, who has the tie-breaking 23rd vote and generally coordinates the Council's workings. Following yesterday's election, the Council of State of Pelasgia is thus made up:

    • President of the Council of State: Admiral of the Navy Theodoros Eressiotis
    • Member of the Council for the Federal City of Propontis: Herakles Delvinakiotis
    • Member of the Council for the Federal City of Cassandris: Georgios Zervoudakis
    • Member of the Council for the Federal City of Hierosolyma: Elias Panagiotopoulos
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Optimatoi: Ioannes Laimopoulos
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Pelagision: Theodoros Menegas
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Archipelagion: Tiverios Protopapadakis
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Thalassinoi: Antonios Antoniou
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Euxenoi: Stylianos Saraphidis
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Alexandrinon: Leon Metaxas
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Pedinon: Lambros Chrysochoïdis
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Dytikon: Ioannes Apostolou
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Lycaones: Chrysostomos Theophilou
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Neapolitikon: Nikolaos Kavalaris
    • Member of the Council for the Eparchy of Kibyrrhaioton: Grigorios Thalassinos
    • Member of the Council for the Nome of Souchoton: Ptolemaios Arkoudaris
    • Member of the Council for the Nome of Rhakotaion: Inaros Zarakoudis
    • Member of the Council for the Paramethory of Voukellarion: Romylios Eutaxias
    • Member of the Council for the Paramethory of Thapson: Nikodimos Lechonitis
    • Member of the Council for the Paramethory of Makrinon: Klearchos Lambakis
    • Member of the Council for the Autonomous Polity of Elimeioton: Anthimos Velissariou
    • Member of the Council for the Autonomous Polity of Hieron: Sophianos Christopoulos
    The new Council of State was sworn in before the Federal Senate in a formal ceremony, being blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Propontis. The President and the rest of the Council thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch and Field Marshal Epameinondas Vatatzopoulos, who made up the transitional triumvirate along with the council new President before the election, for their services to the Republic. The Council of State then nominated a new Council of Ministers to take over the Government of Pelasgia. The proposal was supported unanimously by the Councilors of State and was forwarded to the Common Parliament, both of whose houses (the Federal Senate and Boule of Representatives) will need to support it for the new Government to be sworn in. The proposed Council of Ministers is thus made up:
    • The Chairmanship (Protokathedria) of the Council under Eustratios Kontaxis
    • The Vice-Chairmanship of the Council under Sophokles Dragonas
    • The Ministry of State for Governmental Affairs under Spyridon Grammatikos
    • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Sophokles Dragonas
    • The Ministry of Internal Affairs under Angelos Voularis
    • The Ministry of Finance under Emmanouil Malvasiotis
    • The Ministry of National Defence under Field Marshal Epameinondas Vatatzopoulos
    • The Ministry of Justice under Valentios Axarianos
    • The Ministry of the Economy under Dimitrios Diamantis
    • The Ministry of Health under Nikolaos Sismanidis
    • The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy under Andreas Michalopoulos
    • The Ministry of National Education and Research under Dexippos Sarris
    • The Ministry of State for Religious Affairs under His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Neophytos X of Propontis
    • The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport under Eustathios Andreou
    • The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources under Athanasios Marianopoulos
    • The Ministry of Culture and Sports under Odysseas Philimonos
    • The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries under Aristeidis Sophokleous
    • The Ministry of Agriculture under Dimitrios Prasas
    • The Ministry of State for Himyari Affairs under Thomas Papadimitriou
    • The Ministry of State for Far Southern Affairs under Georgios Grigoriadis
    • The Ministry of State for Federal Territories Leon Merkourios
    Finally, the Council of State appointed the Envoys of the Republic to the seven Federal Districts, commonly known as the Federal Envoys, whose job is to liaison between the Federal Government and the governments of the Federal Subjects of each Federal District, as well as the institutions and bodies of the two levels of government, and to ensure local compliance with Federal law and the Constitution of the Republic. The inaugural holders of the new positions are the following:
    • Envoy of the Republic to Central Pelasgia: Kleandros Papanikolaou
    • Envoy of the Republic to the Archipelago: Ioannes Makrinos
    • Envoy of the Republic to Kyphtic Memphis: Petros Artemiou
    • Envoy of the Republic to Haydis: Marios Ragavianos
    • Envoy of the Republic to Peramis: Lambros Propontios
    • Envoy of the Republic to Philistaea: Christos Neapolitis
    • Envoy of the Republic to Lycaonia: Stergios Aristotelous
    Following an easy confirmation on Monday, given the majority of the Coalition parties in both houses of the Common Parliament, the new Government of Pelasgia is expected to start work in the coming week. At the same time, the Council of State and the Federal Envoys, as well as most local governments of twnty-two Federal Subjects of Pelasgia are expected to start their work from today.

    In other news
    ☞ (National) – Pelasgian Coalition of Labour Associations (PSES) to hold its 101st annual congress in the Propontine port district of Pyrgos to celebrate organised labour advocacy and discuss issues concerning the Pelasgian workers of both blue and white collar professions in the 21st century. PSES Secretariat invites incoming Minister of Labour and Social Policy to a discussion to formulate a joint plan of action for labour reform and social policy. Ministry has so far not responded to the invitation, nor to requests for comment.
    ☞ (National) – Plans to erect a monument on the site of the Battle of the Phrygos River unveiled by officials of the Ministry of Culture and Sport for the one-year anniversary of the end of the National Schism. The Battle of the Phrygos river was the bloodiest and also the last major battle of the Pelasgian National Schism, securing Pelasgian Nationalist (or "Bluecoat") victory over the Southern Tiburan Loyalists (or "Goldcoats") in Philistaea and opening the road to Hierosolyma, the last major Loyalist stronghold in the Empire. The battle cost both sides 40,000 dead, wounded, missing, deserters and prisoners, sealing the outcome of the conflict in a literal river of blood.
    ☞ (Defence) – New Pelasgian Armed Forces swear formal oath to the Republic in grand ceremonies in military camps and facilities across the Empire and its international military bases. Officers and servicemen of the Pelasgian Army, Pelasgian Navy and Pelasgian Air Force presented with new uniforms and insignia which are expected to replace the older Imperial regalia by the end of the next fiscal year, with changes mostly minor to cut down on production and alteration costs and ensure continuity and morale. Pelasgian Republican Guard formally replace now-defunct Varangian Guard and Imperial Guard units as Pelasgia's ceremonial guards units in grand ceremony at Propontis.
     
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    We congratulate the Pelasgian peoples on the election of their new government. We welcome the constitutional modernity expressed by the Constituent Assembly and look forward to a new era of cooperation between our two republics - one Federal and the other Serazinist.

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