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60 JAHRE!
60 YEARS!

THE REPUBLIC OF OSTMARK CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY!

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WIEN (Ostmark) - Hundreds of soldiers and tens of vehicles of the Landwehr marched in Republikplatz accompained by traditional ostmarkian military music this morning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Republik Ostmark, established in June 1959 after the abdication of King Ludwig IV. Chancellor Walter Eidman presided the grand parade in Wien and praised the efforts and dedication of the women and men of the Territorial Defense Force "To protect and defend the integrity and sovereignty of the republic and the rights and values of the Constitution" said the Kanzler during a speech "Our Republic" he continued "Is a shining diamond of freedom and democratic values in a world where neither freedom, nor democracy, are that common or granted".

"Our values are not amendable" said Eidman "Our strenght, our dedication and our tenacy allowed our Republic, Ostmark our dear fatherland, to continue to exist and survive the countless challenges of history. Our strenght also allowed us to free ourselves from the chains of totalitarism and oppression, from which we recollected by re-establishing our old democratic republic, for which today we are celebrating its birthday. Long live the Republic of Ostmark!" he concluded.

Many foreign heads of states and government have been invited to the celebration: Chancellor Rheinfeld of the Kingdom of @Eiffelland , President José Constanza of the Republic of @San Jose , President Walter Langley of @The Federation , President Hulm of the Republic of @Remion , First Minister Louis du Pont of the @Holy Frankish Empire , the representatives of the State of @Touzen amongst many other representatives as a testament to the good will of Chancellor Eidman to pursue a policy of international cooperation in the interest of global peace and development.
 

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*Kanzler Walter Eidman fades in on the screen. He is sitting behind his desk at the Palast der Republik in Wien.*

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"Dear Citizens,

Many questions have been left unanswered since the fall of the regime, but it is now time to redirect our efforts and energies to a more productive spirit of cooperation and national reconciliation, and exorcize the demons of our past to project this country towards a bright future of peace, freedom, democracy and prosperity.

As an old friend always used to tell me: revenge is a fool's game. Harted, anger and resentment will only consume our souls in times when we will all be required to put into display our strong spirit and freedom-powered initiative. This new Ostmark, our new Ostmark, is a preciuos little diamond we are all required to defend and to protect against pitfalls from within, and from without, like a child who needs guidance and teaching, and needs and has the right to be defended against those who wish to cause him any harm.

I will continue to be everyone's Chancellor and i will do all my best to mark a strong line between the past and the future. Our new Ostmark sees neither oppressors nor oppressed, it sees no dictators, it sees no repression, but only genuine and positive initiative in the renewed democratic spirit of national cooperation to bring about the moral and material and cultural progress of the nation.

Our Republic will emerge as a beacon of hope and freedom in a world full of uncertainty and violence, and I have therefor decided to open the borders of the Republic to aslyum seekers from Pannonia. This decision comes into effect from this moment onward. In cooperation with the Ostmarkian Red Cross and the authorities of the Federal Republic of Pannonia, we seek to open humanitarian corridors so that the innocent victims of war may be given a chance to start a new life in peace and democracy here in Ostmark, our dear Fatherland.

Fellow Ostmarkians,

It is only up to us to make the best of our new democratic nation, but i have faith and confidence in the immense strenght and spirit of our people, who have overcome many other unprecedented challenges in their recent history. The time has now come for us to show Europe that Ostmark will not turn a blind eye infront of the suffering of the poor.

We will rise from the ruins.

Germania will rise from the ruins."


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ALMOST 500 MISSING AFTER WILHELMSTADT'S FREIKORPSFEST
Staatspolizei sources "They will come back, one day"

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WILHELMSTADT (Ostmark) - Vice Mayor Ernst Hofmann has no explanation for the disappearance of half of the town's population, including Mayor Alexander Jung "All i remember is that we were dancing and drinking in the Festhalle, during the celebration of the local freikorpsfest." said Vice Mayor Hofmann "When i woke up in the alley behind the town hall later in the morning, i walked into my office. It took me about three hours to realize that the building was empty. Nobody had showed up to work that day and i said: fine, that's normal after a Freikorpsfest. So i left the town hall and walked to Mayor Jung's house. He was not home. I've tried to reach him on the phone, to no avail. So i kept walking and walking across the half-deserted town and met some of our citizens who were also wondering where their relatives and friends went. It was so freaky and surreal".

Staatspolizei sources confirm that almost 500 individuals, half of Wilhelmstadt's population, have simply disappeared "We have no idea where they went, nobody remembers anything from last night. Even those who managed to walk back to home, provided it was their home, have no explanation for this unprecedented situation." said a spokesperson of Wilhelmstadt's State Police constabulary "But they will come back, one day.." he added.

From Wien, Search and Rescue teams of the Fire Brigade have been dispatched to the remote mountain community of Wilhelmstadt to search nearby woods and mountain paths "We found some traces such as beer bottles, underwears, car keys, Freikorps hats.. a cow.. but where the people went is a complete mistery. Our rescue dogs are following trails in all directions. We are also searching the area with a helicopter, so far with no results". Wilhelmstadt's Staatspolizei exhorted all citizens to call 112 if they notice a large group of supposedly drunk individuals dressed with 18th-19th century line infantry uniforms
 

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OSTMARK, 9 MONTHS LATER
A new positive sentiment and confidence in the future is fueling Ostmark's economic miracle

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By Alexander Besselman

WIEN (Ostmark) - The streets of Wien, the capital of the Republic of Ostmark, are bustling with busy commuters and businessmen who clog the city centre as they attempt to reach their workplaces in the financial district near Republikplatz. Infront of the Palast der Republik, flocks of young men and women are walking up the stairs of the stock exchange where billions of OstMarks in stocks and futures are traded on a daily basis, confirming the confidence of the markets in the successful economic transition that has almost reached its final stage. The new Ostmark that has emerged from the fall of the National-Syndicalist regime and the reform of the central planned economic system has so far shined both in growth and stability, offering new opportunities for Ostmarkian workers and foreign investors alike.

The overall climate of political and economic stability has triggered what Ostmarkian financial analysts have recently described as "a miracle", considering the extremely negative rating of the country's economy in the past decade, which was often labeled as a "failed sate" by economists and analysts across Europe. Far from being a failed state, Ostmark's skilled and educated workforce has successfully readapted to a free market economy, in which skills and knowledge are a guarantee to success also, but not only, thanks to the moderate approach to privatizations adopted by Chancellor Walter Eidman and the parliamentary majority held by the Social Democratic Party of Ostmark. Eidman has more tha once vowed to implement "A system in which private economic initiative does not conflict with the rights of the workers and the right to live a honourable existence."

"So far, this approach has produced positive and tangible effects"
says Frank Meyer, economics professor at Wien's State University "Thousands of Ostmarkians are selling their old OMW-19 for scrap, and buying new cars manufactured by OMW-Darner in the production facilities of Wien, thus adding orders and therfor profit for Ostmarkische Motoren Werke which is considered as a company of strategic industrial and national interest" he added "While it is true that Ostmark's GDP per capita is way far from the average of countries like the Kingdom of Eiffelland or The Federation, there seems to be a fair distribution of wealth which guarantees basic services and also allows consumers to inject more money into the economy, contributing to economic growth and development in a loop that so far has been fueling itself for the past six months".

Professor Meyer also highlighted the social and political "pacification" after the troubled months that followed the collapse of the regime. "Initially" said the Professor "Uncertainty initially served as a catalyst for political instability and economic stagnation, but i believe the policy of 'forget and forgive' promoted by the Eidman administration in regards to the former National-Syndicalist nomenklatura has succesfully allowed Ostmark to finally leave its past behind and focus on the present and the future. As of today, Ostmark is indeed one of the most politically, economically and socially stable and peaceful countries of Germania and possibly of Europe" he concluded.
 
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