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    The Far Southern Herald is the sole newspaper of record of the Far Southern territories of Himyar currently controlled by the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company (PSHC). The newspaper is published both online and in print, and is owned by Far Southern Press Holdings, a subsidiary of the PSHC. The newspaper is published daily in Pelasgian, and weekly in various other languages. For more information, please visit www.fsherald.com/en/
     
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    Waves of settlers from across Europe flock to the Far South
    Port Neolcus, 16 August 2019 | Lambros Georgopoulos

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    The model community of Phournoi, a small settlement south of Port Neolcus, which has received several hundred settlers in recent months, being the poster-child of an international settler recruitment drive by the PSHC

    With over thirty thousand registered settlers and many more independent settlers, the Far South is being transformed into a new frontier of the civilised world. The Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company (PSHC) which is the main driver behind the Far Southern Settlement Initiative, has reported thousands of monthly settlers taking the trip to start life anew in the Far South. This is on top of many others who already spend several months a year in the Territories for work, research or other reasons, despite being domiciled elsewhere. The Company is reporting that the rates of settlement are increasing constantly, as is the diversity of the settlers' backgrounds and origins.

    The most important source of settlers by far is the Federative Republic of Pelasgia whose ever-growing population and overpopulation concerns are driving many young Pelasgians southwards. Indeed, many of the recently abolished Empire's former colonists in Tephanon are among the leading pioneers of the new Far Southern frontier, as are the traditionally adventurous and sea-driven men and women of the Archipelago. The former played a pivotal role in the founding of Antiperama, across from the Natalian port of Blackmere, and the latter established Nea Makri, named after the Archipelagian isle of Makri. Indeed, as the Pelasgian economy is the main source of revenue for the Company, which is itself based in Pelasgia, it would make sense that the Pelasgian would be the most enthusiastic about this endeavour. Certainly, the Pelasgian Ministry of State for Far Southern Affairs has only encouraged Pelasgians who cannot find work and a stable domicile in the homeland to take the long trip south, both economically and with all sorts of advertising campaigns.

    Even outside of Pelasgia, however, some have shown interest in moving to the Far South. The PSHC noted in a recent press report that some applicants from Gallo-Germania (particularly the Slavic countries), Toyou and southern Westernesse had expressed their interest, following a PSHC campaign to attract more international applicants. Whether they will meet the settlement requirements as easily as Pelasgian candidates remains to be seen, though the Company is certainly determined to attract a more diverse pool of settlers, so much so that a particular programme aimed at attracting Burgundian refugees has been established. The Burgundian Refugee Far Southern Resettlement Programme has already drawn the interest of a few dozen Burgundian asylum applicants in Pelasgia, while many more highly skilled and qualified Burgundians seeking to flee the chaos of war in their homeland are expected to seek a new beginning in the Far South.

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    Newly built residential housing units in Fort Antipas

    The stories, skills and ambitions of the settlers are many and varied. A significant segment of the settler population is inclined towards the agricultural and maritime trades, as well as natural resource extraction, given that these are the primary industries of Southern Himyar at the current moment. Furthermore, the presence of several ports and untapped natural resources, and the promise of free, fertile land for every new settler is only strengthening this drive. Nevertheless, many others have skills more akin to urban living, such as scientific specialisations, medical and legal training and clerical professions, aptitudes which the Company and its subsidiaries are in great need of to organise the local economy and government. Merchants, entrepreneurs and traders of all kinds equally flock to the Far South's few but growing ports, hoping to tap into the expanding sea lanes and growing industry of the area; just recently, the PSHC boasted the creation of the largest industrial whaling facility in Himyar at Port Neolcus, surpassing even those of homeland Pelasgia.

    Moreover, Private Military Contractors and security specialists have headed the increasing demand for their services in the largely lawless and stateless Far South, receiving considerable commissions from both the PSHC, other companies operating in the region, and even the local settler communities for their services. Whereas in many other corners of Europe such soldiers and policemen for hire are shunned or even criminalised, in the Far South their services are direly needed, and nobody thinks ill of the man guarding their home or ship merely because they are paid to do so; the Far South is free of the safety net of the state, as well as its repressive laws. It is therefore only natural that, given the prohibition of slavery in the territories by the PSHC, all men and women are compensated for their services, save for those they voluntarily offer to other members of their newly established but growing communities.

    To all those who seek a new life of freedom, adventure and limitless bounty across the world, look no further: the Far South calls upon you today!

    In other news
    ☞ (Port Neolcus) – Rumors of high-level talks between the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company and the Government of Pelasgia regarding the potential settlement of penal colonists in the Far South. Neither side confirms or denies reports, while analysts highlight the suitability of the Far South as a reception ground for Pelasgian dissidents and lesser criminal currently sentenced to internal exile on the Archipelago's more isolated islands. Unconfirmed PSHC sources stress that the Company is seeking tight vetting of any such penal colonists, to weed out violent criminals and dangerous individuals while allowing the rehabilitation of lesser offenders and dissidents.
    ☞ (Antiperama) – Exploration party from Antiperama reportedly comes in contact with previously unknown tribe of Natives inhabiting the area further inland from the Black Straits. Natives reportedly speak a Kintu dialect partly influenced by languages of Natalian aborigines, indicating some contact between the two coasts of the Sea of Buto over the past millennia. Company linguists and international colleagues attached to the mission note some Kéké influences both linguistically and culturally, possibly indicative of previous or proximate Kéké presence in the region. Gifts exchanged and contact peaceful according to PSHC sources.
    ☞ (Fort Antipas) – Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company contractors and engineers unveil plans for small regional airport to service the region, largely consisting of an airfield and helicopter field. Airport intended to facilitate quick liaison and medical transport for emergencies and other extraordinary situations until a proper airport can be built for the Company territories. Company sources also note progress on construction of paved road link between Port Neolcus and Fort Antipas. Project, dubbed Highway 1, is aimed at linking all registered settlements on the island of Arktos by the end of the calendar year.
     
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    Deal between PSHC and Pelasgian Government to double settler population by end of month
    Port Neolcus, 26 August 2019 | Lambros Georgopoulos

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    The large passenger ship PEN Zephyros departs Trapezon heading south for Port Neolcus, carrying 5,421 new colonists from Pelasgia

    A new series of agreements between the government of the Federative Republic of Pelasgia and the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company (PSHC) are scheduled to birth a new influx of tens of thousands of settlers to the Far South, with the Far Southern Territories' population being scheduled to double by the end of the summer, with the arrival of over 30,000 new settlers. The initial wave of settlers will mostly be composed of indebted persons seeking to pay their debts through work and penal exiles (who are limited to nonviolent offenders and political offenders), arriving through a dozen of oceanic cruise liners chartered by the PSHC and the Government of Pelasgia. The vast majority of the settlers will arrive to Port Neolcus for processing, initial accommodation and initial integration sessions, though they will be sent to their new residences and work locations across the Far Southern Territories by the end of September. Overall, the new settler wave will be composed landless and unemployed persons, debtors unable to pay their debts and penal exiles, to reinforce the new waves of voluntary independent settlers and accelerate the development of Southern Himyar. The settler wave does not have a definite end period or cap of settlers, and is expected to bring in between 15,000 and 30,000 settlers per month, averaging at 20,000, by the end of the current year. To cope with this inflow, the PSHC has recruited more workers geared towards integration and social services, as well as construction workers to accelerate housing and infrastructure developments.

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    PEN Ariadne and PEN Thalassoula docked at Port Neolcus

    A PSHC spokesman stated that the colonies currently have a shortage of population compared to available amenities and housing, due to months of construction in anticipation of new settlers, so it would be a while until the colonies' current capacity was reached. In the meantime, construction of new housing units and the importation of partially or wholly prefabricated structures will continue. The PSHC estimates have also factored for many agricultural settlers' constructing their own houses and communities, with varying degrees of PSHC assistance. As the new wave of settlers is at least 50% agricultural in its makeup, it will help with settling the vast uninhabited expanses of the Far Southern inland, in addition to building up a solid, independent food base for the colonies' future population. Though agricultural will have to be individual for now, the PSHC wants to develop cooperatives and modernised, mechanised agricultural conglomerates in the colonies as soon as possible, to maximise output and population growth. In addition to its contract with General Security S.a., the PSHC has established its own Corporate Police to provide policing for the colonies as an equivalent to a civilian police force; the force will be organised at the colony level. This would free up PSHC private military contractors from having to police the colonists, allowing them to solely focus on protecting the colony from external threats, such as pirates. Recently, the PSHC opened its first International Revenue Branch offices in Fort Antipas, Port Neolcus, Antiperama and Nea Makri, to act as de facto customs and excise stations, expanding its state-like apparatus in the area.

    With negotiations between the region's natives and the PSHC regarding permanent relations, trade and mutual recognition still ongoing, the new influx of settlers may serve as a powerful bargaining chip for the Company, giving it a solid population base which will gradually outnumber the local indigenous tribes, making it impossible for them to destroy the colony if relations ever sour between the natives and the colonists. So far, however, the Company has promoted the viewpoint that the greater influx of colonists will allow it to better provide the natives with modern amenities of the civilised society, such as medicine.

    In other news
    ☞ (Fort Antipas) – Fort Antipas Airport "Southern Star" opens its doors to flights from Southern Himyar and Pelasgia, following competition of initial construction. The new airport is limited to a single, relatively small terminal and a few airfield and helicopter landing areas, meant to accommodate the small amount of traffic and emergency flights. Construction on a larger, permanent airport continues and is set to continue until the end of the year; once completed, the new airport will be able to receive and send international flights. Right now, only Pelasgian Airways and Archipelago Air have flights to the Far South, though the PSHC hopes to attract more traffic once the permanent airport is completed. Plans for a Far Southern airline have also been aired, though minor demand has not so far justified such a development.
    ☞ (Port Neolcus) – PSHC Security Detachment ships and helicopter render aid to freighter from Natal">@Natal which was caught in heavy seas. Though the freighter ultimately survived, there were fears it would sink, with at least four sailors going overboard and considerable damage by a storm that created rogue waves in a nearby region. The four men in the water were rescued by a Security Detachment helicopter and taken to port Neolcus, where the ship was escorted and allowed to dock to undergo repairs and wait out the storm. Once the storm had passed, the ship and its reunited crew continued their course upwards, through the Black Straits and to the Sea of Buto. The Far Southern Merchant Marine Organisation has noted the increasing severity of storms in the Far South and the southern hemisphere in general during its winters.
     
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    Kéké and Kintu Kings, PSHC sign Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Protection in Fort Antipas
    Port Neolcus, 2 September 2019 | Solon Antoniou

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    The Board of Executives of the PSHC next to the Kintu and Kéké Monarchs following the Treaty's signing at the new Northern Kintu High Commission in Fort Antipas

    The leading Executives of the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company (PSHC) and four Kintu and Kéké Monarchs of the Far South signed a Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Protection earlier today at Fort Antipas, the capital of the PSHC Territories. On the one hand, the Company was represented by Georgios Antipas (Governor & Executive Chairman), Photios Neolkeos (CEO) and Aristarchos Makrinos (Chief Security Officer). On the other hand, the Indigenous Peoples of the Far South were represented by King Moshoeshoe III of the Northern Kintu Kingdom and his wife, Queen Senate, King Sobhuza I of the Southern Kintu Kingdom, King Sa IV of the Islands Kéké, and King Vatua II of the Highlands Kéké. The signing ceremony took place at the new Northern Kintu High Commission in Fort Antipas, which is to act as the permanent representative mission of the Northern Kintu Nation to the PSHC Administration. All of the signatory Nations have established their own High Commissions in Fort Antipas, and have received a PSHC High Commission in their seat of power, following the mutual formal recognition of the signatory parties, as per the Treaty. This system of de facto diplomacy is meant to enable rapid communication, planning coordination and conflict resolution between the signatory parties, as their relationship evolves.

    The Treaty of Fort Antipas, as it is to be called for brevity, touches upon a great number of topics, fully outlining the basis for bilateral relations between the PSHC and the Aboriginal Peoples of the settled territories. The first part of the Treaty provides for mutual recognition of the PSHC Administration and the Kingdoms as sovereign equals, with power over their own territory, and explicitly forbids any settler from taking or buying any Indigenous land without an explicit agreement between the PSHC and the Kingdom or Kingdoms interested in the form of a new Land Treaty. The Treaty contains, in Schedule I, a detailed list of agreements on land cessions and land title recognitions for current settlement and development patterns, as well as compensation by the Company for any natives or settlers potentially prejudiced by this Schedule. The Treaty then provides a list of services that the Company is obliged to render to the Kingdoms; these include the construction of hospitals and the provision of medical expertise and medicine, the provision of modern education and the construction of Western schools and higher institutes of learning based on Pelasgian standards, the construction of infrastructure and cooperation to develop the Far South's economy and jointly extract and profit from its resources. Moreover, the Company is tasked with providing protection the Kingdoms from external threats, as well as any internal threats or emergencies where the Kingdoms ask for aid. Finally, the Company is tasked with the international representation of the Kingdoms.

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    A company of PSHC Indigenous Troops being drilled at Fort Antipas

    In exchange for this long list of considerably valuable services, the Company will be allowed to settle a set of quite expansive designated areas, and to potentially purchase further lands included in Schedule II of the Treaty at a later date from the Kingdoms. Moreover, the Kingdoms will become the Protectorates of the Company and will pay a certain fee to the Company to enable it to provide support to them, largely coming from their resource extraction profits. It ought to be noted that the Kingdoms, as independent Nations, are exempt from any and all PSHC taxes, duties and other fees, this payment being a transfer of funds between Governments and not a tax. Furthermore, the Company will be allowed to recruit and field personnel and employees from the Kingdoms' populations, both for civilian roles and for its military, without any prejudice to their status in the Kingdoms, and with equal pay, benefits and rights to PSHC subjects employed in the same roles. The PSHC already employs thousands of Kintu and Kéké in a variety of roles, such as translators, surveyors, guides, workers and Private Military and Security Contractors. Based on this Treaty, the Company has begun the process to raise an additional 5,000 professional Indigenous Troops, to form the backbone of its army, which is now largely comprised of three-regiment sized formations of PMCs. The Company already employs 20,000 Indigenous Troops, but they were -up until recently- treated as external contractors with varying standards due to legal reasons. With the new Treaty in effect, the Company hopes to equip and drill these men to the standards of its own forces, fully integrating them in its army.

    The Treaty was warmly received by the Territories' populace, though some independent settlers were disgruntled at their having to reduce to relocate their claims; the Company hopes that compensation payments will calm such settlers down. Equally, the established political class and a great part of the populace in the Kingdoms welcomed the Treaty and the modernising benefits it would bring, though an increasingly vocal minority appear disgruntled with the Treaty, rejecting their Kingdoms' reduction to Protectorates of a foreign power. The Kéké, who were the original inhabitants of the Far South before the Kintu Invasions, are much more supportive and the Treaty and Company, hoping that it will bring an end to centuries of aggressive Kintu incursions into their lands. They are thus much more enthusiastic and willing to sign up for the PSHC's offered positions as contractors and even as soldiers. The Kintu, on the other hand, are much more skeptical of the Treaty; before the PSHC's appearance, they used to be the dominant force in the region, and were in the process of vassalising the Kéké. The Northern Kintu Kingdom was once the dominant power in the region, a fact which is not lost on the Company, which tried to placate the Kingdom by signing the Treaty in its High Commission and giving it symbolical precedence over the other Kingdoms (even if the Treaty treats all Protectorates as theoretically equal). Right now, a Standing Protectorates Commission has been formed by the PSHC Administration to constantly communicate with the Kingdoms and resolve any issues as they arise. Special Missions of the Commission, staffed by both settlers and indigenous Far Southerners have been formed to supervise the enforcement of the Treaty on the ground, starting with surveying the land boundaries of Schedule I.

    In other news
    ☞ (Fort Antipas) – PSHC successfully lobbies the Government of Pelasgia to allow a delegation from the Far Southern Territories, including representatives of the Indigenous Kingdoms, to be attached to the Pelasgian delegation at the International Open Forum. The Company also hopes for such a delegation to be attached to the Pelasgian delegation at the World Permanent Conference, though success on that front (given the Forum's permanent character and the Republic's own aversion to non-state presence) has been more limited. Ultimately, the PSHC Administration hopes to open representative offices internationally, to represent the Far South and its economic interests across Europe.
    ☞ (Port Neolcus) – New group of settlers dispatched to establish port town on the eastern coast of the island, to accommodate influx of new wave of settlers. Town to originally focus of whaling and maritime extraction, though mining and industry expected to form increasing part of its revenue as it undergoes development. Settling mission to be also dispatched to the isles northeast of Fort Antipas with similar goal in mind, given reports of oil reserves in that sector. Company estimates upwards of 30,000 new settlers (with some reports of even 40-60,000) to come in the new month, due to the new Settlement Treaty with Pelasgia and the renewed International Settlement Initiative.
    ☞ (International) – PSHC delegation in Propontis meets with representatives of international refugee agencies and groups to discuss reception of thousands of refugees into the Far South. Though several hundred Burgundian refugees have settled in the Far South, these remain individual cases of voluntary relocation of refugees who had sought asylum in Pelasgia, rather than a concentrated effort to resettle Burgundian refugees straight to the Far South from refugee camps. The PSHC delegation also met with representatives of Far Eastern communities in Propontis, some of whom consider relocating to the Far South.
     
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    The Nethian Revolutionary Association
    Sangano reNetan Revapanduki
    Umbutho wokuhlaziya iNetiani
    Inhlangano Yezinguquko yeNethia

    Freedom's, Liberty's and Dignity's Regards,

    In the name of the peoples of the whole of Himyar, the Nethian Revolutionary Association asks the Kintu and Keke Kings to stop the madness of signing the Treaty of Enslavement, Oppression and Destruction of Port Antipas, as it is a document which destroys the future of their peoples, cultures and religion, the very moral fabric of their centuries long societies.

    Let it be known, that this is a historical day in which the old elites of the Keke and Kintu have turned against their people, as they sold their future to the Pelasgian imperialists and colonialists, who are now using their lands as dumpsters, 'settling' all sorts of undesirables that they don't have a need for in the own homeland. Let this be known as the day in which the proud Western Nethian that has created great empires, and cities, cultures and religions and works of arts that have survived for thousands of years, has died and was replaced with the weak Far Southron who has elected by is own doing to become a second class citizen in his own lands. The old Omukama (King) of the Western Benue people, once imposing as much respect as the Rozvi Emperor of old, now raising his top hat respectfully as any Pelasgian passes in front of him.

    It is a new age, but it isn't necessarily bad, as it may represent the necessary shock that will make the Kintu and Keke observe the generalised corruption of their royal elites and how big the rift between them and the people really is. For this, we condemn the kings and queens that prefer to spend their evenings as fancy balls with Pelasgian authorities, people whom have made backstabbing a national sport, rather than their own righteous people; at the same time, we are are ready to tell the people, it may not be yet Uhuru, but it is close.

    For this, the Nethian Revolutionary Association calls all righteous Benue peoples in the region to begin a territory-wide strike, to block all economical activity in protest against both their royalty and of the Pelasgian imperialism. The NRA will provide aid where necessary to keep the strike going as long as possible. At the same time we call for a boycott of any Pelasgian goods or activity in the islands and the highlands. Schooling organised in the Pelasgian way will only teach the kinds how to be subservient second class citizens, infrastructure, built by the Pelasgians has first the scope of advancing their imperialist ambitions and only afterwards, tangentially do anything for the natives too. We call for the defence of the lands against this invasion, for we see this state sponsored colonisation of 30,000 people per month as being nothing more than an invasion with the end goal, the extermination of the native people. We call for resistance! We call for revolution! We call for independence!

    Power to the People!
    Amandla Awethu!
    Amandla Kubantu!
    Simba Kuvanhu!

    Signed
    The Western Himyar Section of the NRA
     
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    Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company
    Far Southern Territorial Executive Bureau
    Department for International Relations

    Fort Antipas, 2 September 2019
    Public Statement (A1)

    To whom it may concern,

    The Nethian Revolutionary Association has already made it abundantly clear that it seeks to reduce the Far South to a smoldering ruin of chaos and terror, as it has done elsewhere in Himyar. Alas, their thinly veiled attempts at subverting our country and inciting revolts are bound to fail.

    The people of the Far South, indigenous and settler alike, recognise that the Treaty of Fort Antipas is fundamentally just and good: it is a civilised, peaceful, negotiated agreement between equal, sovereign parties, none of whom surrendered their sovereignty in any part of the Treaty. In exchange for the right to settle the Far South not only with Pelasgians but with suitable applicants from across Europe, as well as refugees from places such as Burgundy, the Company will aid the Indigenous Far Southerners in modernising their education, medicine, infrastructure and economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.

    The radicals of the NRA would rather see Kintu and Kéké die of easily preventable disease than accept a foreign helping hand. The radicals of the NRA would rather see generations of Kintu and Kéké live uneducated and in squalor, rather than accept foreign education and developmental aid. The radicals of the NRA are no different from any other bigot and xenophobe across Europe, for they hate and fear that which is foreign because of a misguided paranoia and superiority complex. This they do while completely ignoring all the good that other peoples across Europe have to offer to the Kintu and Kéké.

    This vitriolic hatred has become most apparent in the mannerisms of the NRA, which has decried the settlers of the Far South as "undesirables". Are the poor and the landless seeking a new future "undesirables"? Are political refugees from Pelasgia and war refugees from Burgundy "undesirables"? Are educated and skilled workers from every corner of Europe "undesirables"? Yet again, the NRA reveals itself as deranged and base as the most repugnant of Western racists.

    The Far Southern settlers have no desire to oppress the Indigenous Kintu and Kéké. We have recognised their sovereignty, respected their land and other rights, offered them employment, goods and aid, and sought to live side by side with them. Already, tens if not hundreds of marriages between Kintu and Kéké and settlers have been recorded. The people of the Far South, settler and Aboriginal alike, do not share the NRA's hatred. We share a vision for peace, progress, humanism and prosperity. And we will advance in spite of the NRA.

    The NRA's call to a general strike will fall on deaf ears. The people of the Far South know better than to listen to the likes of bigots, for many have fled them to the Far South already.

    Signed and sealed,

    Antinoos Taphaniotis
    Director for International Relations
    FST Executive Bureau, PSHC
     
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    NRA Insurgents wreck havoc in Highland Kéké Protectorate, King asks for Pelasgian protection
    Port Neolcus, 21 September 2019 | Solon Antoniou

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    A Military Policeman of the Highland Kéké Protectorate stands on guard amidst the ruins of the Kéké village of Lak (Photo: VOA Press Agency)

    Alarm has spread across the Kingdom of the Highland Kéké, a Protectorate in the Pelasgian Far Southern Territories, following a string of NRA attacks and activities culminating in the destruction of the Kéké village of Lak. The Nethian Revolutionary Association, a militant Nethian-supremacist group which has been declared a terror group by multiple countries, including its native Natal, has recently announced its intention to 'free' the Far Southern Territories from their current regime, which is supported by the representatives of the settlers and the indigenous peoples alike. Earlier this year, the NRA denounced the Treaty of Fort Antipas, which formalised the Protectorate status of the Kintu and Kéké Kingdoms in exchange for considerable concessions, modernisation contributions and payments from the Pelasgian Crown, and called for a general strike. Its call, however, fell on deaf ears, as the largely independent economy of the indigenous peoples only interacts with the settlers in the resource-extraction sector, a business which is highly profitable for settlers and Aboriginals alike, and which requires the cooperation of both to operate.

    The NRA's raid on Lak resulted in the slaughter of almost all of its 2,000 inhabitants, all of them indigenous Kéké, as well as the torching of their fields and property, and the slaughter of their livestock. According to representatives of the local Kéké, incidents of looting, torture and sexual violence perpetrated by the insurgents were also reported. The King of the Highland Kéké has responded by deploying the Protectorate's Army; however, the Pelasgian-trained and equipped force remains relatively small and is still undergoing drilling by Pelasgian advisors, limiting its effectiveness. Though all four of the Protectorates' Monarchs are bound to uphold the Treaty, which guarantees perpetual peace between them, the Southern and Northern Kantu Kingdoms are occupied with internal problems, freeing up the limited forces of the Islands' Kéké alone to support their fellow Kéké. The Kantu Kingdoms have been plagued by internal unrest, as many Kantu have joined the NRA's call, seeing the Treaty as depriving them of their dominance over the region and unfairly putting them on equal futting with the Kéké. The Kéké, by contrast, have largely accepted the Treaty, hoping it will protect them from the Kantu.

    With this impasse in mind, the Highland Kéké High Commissioner at Fort Antipas formally asked the Pelasgian High Commissioner for the intervention of the Empire's forces to keep the peace and prevent another de facto Kintu-Kék[FONT=Times New Roman]é[/FONT] War from starting. The Pelasgian Crown is reluctant to intervene in the Far South, given that the Protectorates are still formally independent realms, and fearing that a direct intervention might give the appearance of an annexation of the indigenous' peoples independent countries. However, the Pelasgian Southern Himyari Company has already mobilised its own considerable private military forces, the Company Security Forces (EDA), which consist of both professional forces-for-hire from the rest of Europe and of local recruits drilled and equipped by the Company. The Imperial Far Southern Constabulary (APAN), the paramilitary gendarmerie-like law enforcement agency of the Pelasgian Crown in the Territories has also joined in the fray. The Crown has mobilised the Colonial Militias and its small forces of Regulars in the region, though a larger intervention may be required to keep the peace. Otherwise, the NRA's Insurgency might very well degenerate into a civil war along ethnic lines between the local Nethian aborigines, with the Pelasgian Crown relegated to merely watching and trying to pacify the two sides.


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    ☞ (Unorganised Territories) – Attempted NRA incursion into the Tusgai Lands ends in a massacre as the indigenous Tusgai and hundreds of Independent Settlers join forces to repel the attack from the Southern Kantu lands. Speculation of potential alliance between the Tusgai and the Independent Settlers grows following the leaking of a PSHC report confirming the existence of a meeting between representatives of the Independent Settlers' Council of Independent Demes and several Shamans of the Highland and Steppe Tusgai. The report states that the alliance might be directed against potential Nethian incursions right now, but might later be aimed at the PSHC and Pelasgian Crown as well, which the Tusgai and the Independent Settlers view with equal suspicion.
    ☞ (Port Neolcus) – Port Neolcus International Airport fully completed by PSHC crews and contractors, opening the largest city of the Far South to international flights. The relatively small, one-terminal airport has been designed to be easily expanded as the Colony's population grows. PSHC Settlement Bureau specialists claim that the new airport could speed up settlement efforts, with anothe thirty thousand settlers expected to have settled in the Far South by the end of October. The first flight to the new airport is Pelasgian Airways 245 from Berenice Arsinoica, expected tomorrow, and first flight from the airport is Pelasgian Airways 247 to Berenice Arsinoica.
    ☞ (International) – Pelasgia issues international warrants for the arrest of the NRA's leadership, following the massacre at Lak. The over thirty persons sought by Pelasgian presecutors are accused of war crimes and other crimes against humanity. However, the whereabouts of the accused persons (many of whom were last seen in Natal) are unknown, as is the willingness of their native authorities to extradite them in the face of the NRA's considerable political clout in Nethian Himyar. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Empire of Pelasgia has vowed to seek the extradition of the militants at every international forum, hoping to bring the perpetrators of the Lak Massacre to justice.
     
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