The Colonial Estates reject Notion No. 55, which would have seen greater regional devolution and the establishment of autonomous financial administration at the General District levels. Tuar leaders walk out in protest.
General Governor Lafayette announced this morning that he would be immediately hospitalized for urgent surgery of an abdominal tumor discovered last week during a routine checkup. Vice Governor Malye is to assume temporary leadership over the central government.
That protests in several cities continue. From inside St. Amelia Hospital, General Governor Lafayette urged national unity and a compromise within the Estates. >>Whatever solutions we must come up with to overcome this moment of national discordance, we must come up with it through the tried and true legal process<<, the national leader urged.
Gold Rush: With new mining permissions given to individuals and businesses, a veritable gold rush towards the interior of Elbaron has begun. Many recently unemployed urban poor as well as adventurers from abroad have started to make their way towards recently established mining towns such as Amelie and Sans,with corporations and service providers not far behind. The current batch of licenses is valid through the end of the decade.
Vice Governor Malye has called upon the Francophone community to take measures to strengthen cohesion. In a televised discussion panel on the recent unrest, not in small part motivated by a perceived bias towards Francophone hegemony, the acting head of government has urged a meeting among the French-speaking countries in the world to discuss a stronger integration of cultural policy, economic development initiatives and to push for French as a language of commerce and science. >>Our nationalities are different, but we share a common Francophone root, which we should preserve, cherish and boldly present to the world<<, Malye appeared. Malye, who is himself half-Tuar, previously served as Minister of Culture in the Amiens administration.
The Coast Guard announced that several ships have slipped through their control and have made their way towards northern coasts. According to a spokesperson, it is presumed that the ships carry economic refugees from the hinterlands. The Coast Guard said that while the event was unfortunate, it was both the result of a lack of funding as well as integration with northern naval authorities, and that only by fixing these issues could the influx of illegal immigration towards northern countries be effectively controlled.
The Elbarone government will join CSEAC, a newly created economic bloc of northern countries, as an observing member, Vice Governor Malye announced during a press briefer this morning. Intrinsically linked and dependent on reliable commerce from the more tightly integrated and highly developed economies of the northern mainlands, Elbarone voices being heard in the halls of the body would strengthen the economic stability of our state according to the Vice Governor. The Vice Governor also hinted at the possibility of potentially raising the issue of economic immigration movements towards northern countries and how a comprehensive accord with Elbaron might be a cornerstone in curtailing said movements.
More and more youth are discovering "online gaming", according to a recent study. In particular, the sight of young citizens hanging around bus and train stops around the country, looking at their phones while engaging in the game "CubeCraft Online" is a familiar sight to many a puzzled citizen. According to the Ministry of Education, limited exposure to such programs might actually be beneficial and train the cognitive and social skills of our youth. >>Like everything however, measured usage is the key: Just like a glass of wine is enjoyable and a crate is a problem, neglecting homework over online games will not lead to academic success<<, the report concludes.
The Colonial Estates said that they would be willing to sit down with Tuar leaders to revisit the issues that were raised in the rejected Notion No. 55. The Colonial Estates emphasized that internal peace is crucial for Elbaron's ambitions of being a reliable business partner for foreign investment in its area.
After surgery, Governor Lafayette has been moved out of the ICU and into a regular hospital room, where he will undergo further checkups and monitoring. Should no further complications arise, he is expected to be released by Monday. The Governor thanked the people of Elbaron for their support in this time of personal distress and vowed to return to the helm of the nation with a renewed sense of purpose and dutiful service to the common good.
Rumors of a Papal visit: Local news have reported that there are speculations within the clergy of the Tiburan Catholic Church that the Pope would be conducting a spontaneous visit in Elbaron soon, which would be a pleasant surprise to the faithful throughout the country. While particularly the Tuar mostly follow various Islamic sects, the majority of the urban population profess Catholic faith.
Several would-be pirates have been arrested by raids on warehouse safe houses near the coast in the last week. After an anonymous tip was given to the Elbarone Coast Guard, a network of criminals was uncovered and tracked for several months, before authorities struck over the last few days. Contraband worth millions of Florent, various illegal weapons and internal documents were seized in 7 locations. 60 individuals have been arrested in connection with the raids, investigation of potential oversea connections is ongoing.
The Commonwealth Central Government congratulates the Elbarone Cost Guard on conducting a successful operation against these pirates and hope that no Elbarone products were seized by these criminals. International cooperation against organized crime is essential and should be on the agenda of all responsible European states.
The Elbarone Legion is in talk with several potential suppliers, hoping to secure a contract for a new service rifle. With the specific requirements of Elbaron requiring the rifle to be operational with ideal characteristics in arid desert environments, the Legion will be testing all candidates against live conditions in the Elbarone desert. Compatibility with existing ammunition will be another factor that will weight heavily into the decision making progress. While Elbaron has developed some firearms in the past, they have mostly been derived from foreign models, as the armament industry in the country does not maintain enough production facilities for autonomous armament post independence.
The government will seek to establish a close working relationship with the new government in Ostmark as soon as possible, according to Governor Lafayette. According to him, maintaining stability in Germania and good relationships with northern governments is the top priority of Elbaron, which is directly affected by the security situation in the area and shares tight economic links to one of the centers of global commerce. The ongoing collapse of socialism will accelerate the beginning of a new era of global cooperation according to the Governor, and Elbaron hopes to be a productive member of the emerging status quo.
On behalf of Mijatovic Arms we would like to put forward the
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for consideration by the Elbarone Legion in its search of a new standard service rifle. The AM-17 is currently being adopted by the Serbovian Army as its new standard issue service rifle, and has also been acquired by the North Thrakia Security Corps for selected high-readiness and special operations units.
Currently, the weapon is being made available in 7,62x39mm and 6,5x39mm calibers, but the conversion of an export variant into a caliber desired by the Elbarone military can be arranged upon request.
The Colonial Estates have enacted a comprehensive package of measures after the lynch killing of Francophone settlers by a radical religious extremists in tribal settlement grounds. While the settlers in questions had occupied a group of previously abandoned Tuar farmsteads without permission, the government has condemned their killing as a heinous unilateral case of vigilante justice.
Among other countermeasures, the Legion will assume the duties of a peacetime police force in designated “areas of high tension” with a high percentage of community ethnic tensions, essentially subjecting several settlements to martial law.