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  1. Nedernesië

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    Metro Council Approves Nedernesian Sky Force's Use of Airport

    Sandhavn- The Metro Council of Sandhavn voted today in favour of allowing the Nedernesian Sky Force to make use of the airport with 67 in favour, 30 against and three abstentions. The city's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kabelo Mbonambi, is expected to sign the bill later this afternoon with the first Nedernesian Sky Force aircraft expected to arrive overnight.

    The debate was opened up during the summer when International Development Nedernesia (IDN), a Nedernesian government agency, was unable to meet food and supply deliveries solely with civilian aircraft charters. IDN requested permission from the Sandhavn Metropolitan Authority to make use of Royal Nedernesian Sky Force cargo aircraft. The request was approved, but on a case by case basis, meaning that all deliveries via Royal Nedernesian Sky Force aircraft had to receive individual approvals - a cumbersome and lengthy process.

    It will not just be cargo planes making use of our desert airport, however. Griffin multi-purpose fighter jets and at least one aerial refuelling tanker are also expected to be based here. Chief Executive Mbonambi had argued in September that 'with the region not totally stable, especially with recent events in Nzadiland, our vulnerable city and surrounding area need a guarantee of protection. Our Nedernesian friends can help us rest a bit more easily'.

    Sandhavn's economy relies heavily on products and jobs from Nedernesian companies. Many Nedernesian citizens live in Sandhavn and operate businesses and factories here. A booming tourist industry, focused on the powder sand beaches and the desert safaris, also sees hundreds of thousands of Nedernesian tourists visiting our southern half of the Dune Sea each year. KLM Airways, the Nedernesian national carrier, has increased the number of daily flights from Vrijpoort to Sandhavn from one to two, with three daily flights during the northern hemisphere's winter, when many Nedernesians fly south to escape the bleak Scanian winter. There have even been rumours that KLM may be toying with the idea to start a long-haul budget airline that could cater to tourists from other countries that want to visit Sandhavn.


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    » Metro Police is struggling to battle gangs in northern city outskirts and has called on Metro Council to find a long-term solution to the pourous 'Northern Demarcation Line' that acts as Sandhavn's de facto line of control for the Southern Dune Sea. Checkpoints along the only two paved roads and other unpaved desert pistes are 'wholely inadequate' for stopping the smuggling of guns and drugs from elsewhere in Himyar to Sandhavn.

    » Sassa is on the brink of insolvency and asks Metro Council for bailout 'lest hundreds of thousands starve'. Sassa (Sandhavn Social Security Agency), which provides the impoverished majority of Sandhavn and the Southern Dune Sea with basic monthly grants for food and housing, is bankrupt and will reportedly not be able to post electronic transfers and dispense cash grants in November. 60% of Sandhavn and Southern Dune Sea citizens rely on Sassa grants to feed themselves and their families and pay rent, among other uses. In 2011 Sassa received a 20 billion Nedernesian Guilder bailout from Metro Council, which controversially took money from a transport infrastructure fund. Chief Executive Mbonambi has made public his propensity towards not repeating such events, but is facing pressure from councillors to think of the plight of the masses. Sassa senior staff were seen entering the offices of International Development Nedernesia in central Sandhavn this morning, possibly to ask the Nedernesian aid and development agency for funding.

    » Three Sandhaveners were denied entry into Salen last week as their passports were deemed insufficient. 'Southern Dune Sea Special Region' passports are special passports issued by Hälsingia-Wendowskie, but do not grant the same residency, working and travel rights as a true citizen of Hälsingia-Wendowskie. While many nations recognise the passport, almost all require stringent visa applications and some countries, like Salen, simply do not recognise them. Nedernesia is one of the only countries that does not require visas for Southern Dune Sea citizens (Nedernesia doesn't require visas for any nationality) and a significiant Southern Dune Sea diaspora lives in Vrijpoort - Nedernesia's embattled Senior Minister, Bas Duinman, counts himself as offspring of Southern Dune Sea diaspora immigrants.
     
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    Himyari Development Bank to be Launched in Sandhavn

    Sandhavn- A new development bank that will focus on poverty alleviation, infrastructure development and long-term sustainable growth across the Himyari continent will be launched in January 2020 with its headquarters in Sandhavn, Dune Sea. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Sandhavn Chief Executive Kabelo Mbonambi and the Nedernesian High Commissioner Thulani Sulu.

    Starting capital of 20 billion nedernesian guilders (approx. 2.5 bln Euromarks) has been pledged by the Commonwealth of Nedernesia, with half of that amount to be earmarked for projects in The Dune Sea. Chief Executive Mbonambi together with the Government of Nedernesia will be looking for other financial backers of the development bank, whether governments or private firms/investors. Projects will be monitored and evaluated by third-party evaluation agencies to ensure that the funds are working as intended and strict anti-corruption measures will also be put in place.

    There are some strings attached, however. The HDB will only release funds after scrutinising plans and receiving solid assurances written into contracts that the monies will be used for projects benefiting the public good. Any signs of abuse of funds would result in a project being frozen and further tranches being halted.

    An independent council of economists, business leaders and financiers will select a managing director of the development bank before the year's end. The leader will have to be vetted and approved of via a simple majority vote of all HDB members, of which currently there are two: Nedernesia and The Dune Sea. Highly qualified applicants with a background in economics and/or public policy are encouraged to apply through the executive search firm Robert Full at robert-full.ne.


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    » Metro Police has accepted an offer from the Nedernesian RCMP to send 150 officers to Sandhavn to help train police in counter-gang measures and other urban policing tactics. The training is free and will last for one year with the RCMP footing the bill. There are also rumours that Sandhavn Metro Police is in talks to receive heavily discounted firearms via the RCMP and a 'goodwill' grant for Metro Police to purchase Natalian automobiles for the city's struggling police force.

    » Sassa negotiates bailout with IDN and funds have already arrived. The Sandhavn Social Security Agency has received 2 billion nedernesian guilders from International Development Nedernesia as a 'friendship grant' and a further 10 billion guilders with a subsidised 3% interest loan. The funds will be used to issue monthly grants to Dune Sea citizens for their housing vouchers, food credits and other social services. Nearly 80% of Dune Sea residents rely on monthly Sassa grants to get through the month.

    » Chief Executive Mbonambi calls for change to country's status and wants The Dune Sea to officially become a protectorate of Nedernesia with full autonomy for domestic affairs. With the country suffering economically, certain roles of the state have been struggling, such as national defense and policing. 'The Nedernesians have been with us for decades through thick and thin, generously supporting our development and growth. Their former senior minister was born here. We use their currency. Their businesses provide us with jobs. Their aid feeds and teaches our children. Let us seriously consider relieving ourselves of the burden of national defense and national policing so that we can focus on other issues such as our continued economic development and prosperity'. Straw polls show roughly 62% of Dune Sea citizens in support of some sort of protectorate status, which would require a national referendum. Some have voiced criticism of the idea warning of neo-colonisation, which Mbonambi calls 'rubbish'. The City Council has no tabled bill to suggest a referendum on Nedernesian protectorate status, but a debate on the matter is likely to take place before year's end.
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    HSH Prince Lamberti Concludes Successful Tour of Dune Sea

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    Sandhavn- His Serene Highness Prince Lamberti of the Commonwealth of Nedernesia has completed a one-week long tour of the Dune Sea after arriving in Sandhavn earlier this month. The Prince is a frequent visitor of the Dune Sea in a private capacity as the royal family owns a significant estate that they holiday in during the northern winter. This trip, however, was his first official visit as head of state of Nedernesia.

    The purpose of the tour was twofold: to allow the local Dune Sea authorities to showcase recent improvements in infrastructure and service deliveries and to drum up support for a referendum later this year that could ask Dune Sea locals how they want their political future to look like.

    Although officially a Pohjanmaan overseas territory, the Scanian country long ago abandoned basic government services in the Dune Sea. Since the early 1990s, droves of Nedernesian companies, large and small, have opened up operations in the Dune Sea, attracted to cheap labour and the nearby untapped markets of wider Himyar. Corporate Nedernesia has been responsible for almost all tax revenue in the territory, which is run out of Sandhavn by the locally elected Sandhavn Metropolitan Council.

    In recent years the Nedernesian government has been taking a more direct role in the affairs of the Dune Sea. It issued a number of grants and low interest loans to the territory and lent expertise for a number of critical infrastructure projects such as roads, electrical grid lines and substations, water treatment facilities, the expansion of the Sandhavn Port and the modernisation of the Sandhavn airport.

    Late last year the Sandhavn Metropolitan Council voted to allowed the Royal Nedernesian Expeditionary Force to permanently station aircraft and troops from the Sky Force and this has ince expanded to a a small number of Ground Force troops as well as constant port visits by ships of the Royal Nedernesian Admiralty.

    Recently there has been some criticism voiced in the region over supposed colonial treatment of the local Dune Sea population by the Nedernesians. HSH Prince Lamberti, known for being an unusually outspoken monarch, responded to questions at a press conference halfway through his trip:

    'Colonists? Sorry, mate, but when a local government, duly elected by its own people, asks us for help so that people can have clean drinking water and electricity, is that now called colonialism? When they ask for help securing their porous borders and internal gangs smuggling drugs, weapons and people, are we supposed to not send in help? When Nedernesian companies came here 30 years ago to invest, build, create jobs, pay local taxes...this is colonialism? I'm afraid those fools propagating such utter falsehoods have the wrong C-word. It's called capitalism, mate. Capitalism! Nedernesians hail from all over the world and when another people welcome us, we will stand by them through thick and thin!'

    The Prince and royal escort flew back to Vrijpoort aboard the government's KLM Airways-branded 747 Gans jetliner after the aircraft made a low ceremonial pass over the city to the cheers of many in the streets.

    Other Headlines
    » Sassa to receive more from Budget 2020, which will help service debts and provide for citizens. The Sandhavn Social Security Agency last year received a grant and a subsidised loan from International Development Nedernesua just days before the account were expected to be empty. To help avoid a similar situation in future, the Sandhavn Metropolitan Council is devoting more funds to the Sassa budget.

    » Chief Executive Mbonambi wants protectorate referendum by summer and says the Sandhavn Metropolitan Council will have plenty of time to debate the pros and cons. Becoming a protectorate of Nedernesia and officially dropping the overseas territory status from Pohjanmaa would be a huge political step for the Dune Sea. Many argue that this would provide massive funding, huge amounts of foreign investment as well as increased security. Others are concerned about local independence. Mbonambi has said that his plan for a Nedernesian protectorate status would ensure full local autonomy and budget control. His government is currently revising a final draft for public review later this month.

    » Small towns on the border with Nobatia experienced unexpected power cuts earlier this month when the neighbouring country's power provider initiated 'load shedding', or rolling blackouts, due to lack of power generation capacity. Some towns on the border with Nobatia import power and rely on Nobatian infrastructure for their electricity consumption. Eskom, the Nedernesian energy company that handles power generation and distribution in the Dune Sea, said that it wants to ensure all Dune Sea towns and settlements have reliable power sources from a domestic source. Currently, however, Eskom's priority is to get all human settlements connected to power. Those that already have it, even if unreliable, will have to wait for significant changes.
     

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