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ReutersNewsBreak: Christian opposition leader gunned down in Eitat

EITAT (Reuters): A van full of masked gunmen opened fired late Wednesday on a Catholic Church in the western city of Eitat as services ended, killing a prominent Christian opposition leader, his wife, and 19 other people, party officials have told Reuters. Emergency officials say more than 21 bullets were removed from the body of Malouf Khouri, a former mayor who head the small Democratic Catholic Assembly party, and that it appears he was the intended target.

Khouri, who's party was align with the dominant Revolutionary Democratic Party for decades, broke with the clerics earlier this year and denounce the rule of the Supreme Leader. Party officials say that militants from the pro-government Bahj militia had warned he was a target for assassination.

There have also been reports of series of explosions at Eitat's Saint James' University, though Reuters is unable to confirm them at this time.
 

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Twin Bombings in Languedoc capital prompt Queen to impose direct rule in Province

CARCASSONNE (Reuters): With much of the Provincial Government of Languedoc incapacitated, The Queen of Belmont, yesterday, issued a declaration to impose direct rule on the province, effective immediately. Soon after, The Queen, after consulting with the Premier, imposed emergency in Carcassonne and placed the rest of the province in a curfew. The Palace also moved fast in deploying two Ranger regiments (6,000) in the province. With the government and the ISE investigating the whole attack, the Queen has ordered compensation to be paid and has pledged 10 million Francs for a fund to aid survivors. The ISE, according to sources, is investigating if foreign elements were involved in the attack and it is suspected that the APM has retaliated against the ISE's attempts to destroy their presence in South Belmont. The Ministry of the Interior has, so far, released no statement and has been silent over the issue, only saying that the ministry was working solely on determining who caused the attacks and bringing them to justice.
 
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Refugees flee to Alexandria as fighting intensifies on mainlaind

ALEXANDRIA (Reuters): Thousands of refugees have fled to the island Alexandria province in recent weeks, prompting a warning from the province's leaders that a serious humanitarian crisis is imminent unless international aid groups step. About thirty miles off Wazistan's western coast, Alexandria province has become a safe haven for terrified refugees hoping to flee the war-ravaged mainland, where ethnic militias have risen up against the mostly Shiite Persian-dominated government in Ijad.

Alexandria province, home to an estimated five million people, is one of the country's most diverse regions. Independent analysts say the province is roughly split down the middle between Christians and Muslims.

Since fighting erupted, opposition officials say the province's government has largely acted autonomously from Ijad, though provincial leaders say they remain "loyal" to central government.

The wave of refugees have prompted warnings from experts that the province's infrastructure is being stretched to its limits. In Alexandria city, the provincial capital, the mayor recently held a press conference warning that emergency services would no longer be able to provide the necessary support to an estimated 10,000 that have settled in and around the city unless new humanitarian support arrives.
 
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Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of Anbat

It is obvious that the budding humanitarian crisis in Wazistan necessitates further international attention.

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Mr. Mikheil Khoury,
Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of Anbat
 
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Rebels inch closer to Ijad as rebels seize Gaza

GAZA (Reuters): A coalition of Sunni Islamist rebel factions have seized control of Gaza, a port city 90 miles west of Ijad, meeting little resistance following the government's decision to re-deploy troops stationed in the region to other hotbeds. Opposition sources say the Islamists from Asnar al-Mashadi, a radical off-shoot of the banned Muslim Brotherhood political movement, seized the city late Saturday after taking control of several neighboring villages.

"It's clear that Asnar al-Mashadi is in control of the city," says one opposition official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Eyewitnesses have since reported heavy gunfire in the center of the city as rebels attempt to impose order after a dozen businesses were ransacked by hundreds of looters looking for food and basic necessities.

The fall of Gaza, where the ruling Revolutionary Democratic Party held its annual congress just a year ago, would mark the second major city to fall to the rebels in the last week. Late last week, it was reported that Kurdish rebels had seized control of the Sine, the largest city in the southeast.

In Ijad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Mahmoud Esfandiari reportedly held talks with President Jawad Ibrahim Massoud and his top security team to discuss the fall of Gaza and determine their response. Opposition sources say the collapse will likely prompt new questions within the clerical establishment over the government's handling of the rebellion and long-term survival of the government itself.
 
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Archduchy ends its membership in the AGE

DALERNA (Reuters): Today Prime Minister Nikolay Raev with Deputy Prime Minister Rodolphe Devereaux announced that Austurland was ending its membership with the Alliance for Greater Europe. Austurland was one of the founding members of the alliance following the Great War and was a contributer on all AGE military exercises. But the recent situation for the AGE has been not well.

"Overall lack of participation and activity of the alliance and its members has been detrimental to the AGE and it may not recover. The stagnation of the AGE in bringing in new members and working to advance the goals of its memberstates has hurt. Austurland has attempted in bringing back the alliance, but the nation of Austurland couldn't bare the burden alone. Therefore, we find it is in the best interests of the Archduchy to indefinatly end our membership in the AGE. I hope that we will maintain relations with the AGE members, who we have worked well with in the past, but now we must do what we believe is best for our country." state PM Raev at the press conference.

Due to the ending of Austurland's membership, present AGE Secretary-General Alvar Ortendhal was forced to resign from the top alliance post. The AGE charter stipulates that the AGE head has to be from a memberstate and with Austurland no longer being a member Mr. Ortendhal no longer qualifies.
 

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14 killed in vendetta attack in central Hajr

AL A'RAF (Reuters): 14 people were killed and dozens wounded in an firefight lasting hours in a mountainous region of the Sultanate of Hajr today, local sources tell Reuters. The gunfight is the latest in a long series of confrontations between two rival Arab clans in the Hemera Mountains, which run through central Hajr.

A blood feud has existed between the Al Anaqir and Al Doraydi families for a great number of years. The two clans, some of the most prestigious and powerful in all of the Hemera Mountains, have, according to some estimates, been at each other's throats for over six centuries. In the past decade alone, over 200 people have died as a result of escalating retaliatory violence between the two families.

The latest attack reportedly occurred as part of a raid on a mountaintop housing complex (a qasr, or castle) belonging to the Al Anaqir by the Al Doraydi in the early hours of Monday April 5. The situation rapidly escalated into a gunfight that lasted five hours, with the Al Doraydi eventually retreating when elements of the Royal Gendarmerie arrived. Local authorities say 7 members of the Al Anaqir were left dead, as opposed to 5 of the Al Doraydi.

According to eyewitnesses, the Al Doraydi carried out their raid in retaliation of a perceived insult to one of their number by a member of the Al Anaqir last week, when reportedly, Sheikh Hussein ibn Said al-Doraydi, who heads one of the most important septs of his clan, was slighted by three members of the Al Anaqir when the latter ostensibly spat at al-Doraydi's goat as they passed him in the town of Umm Qaltum. The three of the Al Anaqir were then chased out of the village by an enraged mob headed by Hussein al-Doraydi.

The Al Doraydi-Al Anaqir vendetta is perhaps the most infamous of Hajri blood feuds. Legend has it that the blood feud started somewhere in the 15th century when a member of the Al Anaqir clan found camel dung belonging to an animal of the Al Doraydi on his property, which prompted him to brutally murder the offending Al Doraydi clansman with an axe. Thousands have died in bloody confrontations between the two clans and their allies and clients in the Hemera Mountains during the 20th century alone.

Blood feuds and honor killings are a regular occurrence in the mountains of Hajr, where tribal identity is still strong and the central government in Al A'raf traditionally gives the local tribes and clans free rein. The problem is exacerbated by the almost universal possession of firearms in the region. The overwhelmingly rural Hemera Mountains, with their rugged topography, make it difficult for law enforcement to act against the violence as well.
 

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Parliament "OKs" Belmontien application for Associate Membership into the EDF

PARIS (Reuters): The Kingdom of Belmont has long been known for its refusal to join the EDF, like its Francophone allies have done, but in January, soon after becoming Premier, Shahrazad Martinique managed to get Belmont inducted into the EDF's PfS program, a big step forward in Belmont-EDF ties. Now, a few months later and with a stronger grip on Parliament, Premier Martinique has managed to create consensus among her coalition partners of the Liberal Democratic Alliance and has gotten the go-ahead from the more weary members of her coalition partners to apply for Associate Membership into the EDF.

The Queen, previously, also constituted a task-force to look into the benefits of Belmont joining the EDF. That task-force concluded that EDF membership would be ideal for Belmont's economy and would be mutually beneficial to Belmont and to the economies of the other EDF member states. In February, the Premier's own LDA created a Parliamentary committee which came to a similar conclusion. Throughout the process, more right-wing elements in Belmont have opposed the Belmontien integration into the EDF and have seen any such move as "surrendering our independence".

Premier Martinique and her government have ignored the opposition from the right and have continued to push forward with the major foreign policy initiative and many polls suggest majority of Belmontiens support Mme. Shahrazad's position on EDF integration. The media in Belmont also is quite supportive of the endeavor and only some conservative outlets have stated their reservations on the matter, albeit in a rather muted way.
 

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Defense & Economic Aid Package drafted for Abruzicstan

Sjadnbrdo (Reuters):The Militant Republic of Životinje has reached a milestone of Foreign Policy, drafting an economic and defense aid package to provide a focused burst of investment in to the Southern European nation of Abruzicstan, as it looks to pacify a fledgling insurgency.

A civil crisis in Abruzicstan, which now includes nearly 10,000 Airmen and Air Troopers from Životinje, threatened to destabalize the Abruzzi landscape in to anarchy. Today, Commanding Officers in the Ziv Area of Operations have declared a "substansial, but not total victory" over the rebellion in Abruzicstan.

The Captains Council, Životinje's spending apparatus, appealed for several hundred million in economic aid which if accepted by Abruzicstan: would provide food, shelter, additional water supplies, and backup power lines in the short term. Then an army of industry experts following in the long term, who will spearhead modernization of remote regions in Southern Abruzicstan that many cite as the 'Origin of Rebellion'.

"Europe, specifically the Council of Nations, has failed to give Abruzicstan the tools it needs to facilitate a secure environment for its citizens." Herald for the Union Bojnik Konavle said, "We are going to assure that Abruzicstan meets and exceeds the standards of democracy, self-defense, and a fundamentally strong economy".

Strategists in Sjadnbrdo have long feared manipulation of energy prices by major players in the oil game, and intend to strengthen what assets Abruzicstan theoretically commands in the energy market, be they the potential for oil and nuclear or others such as hydro and solar in the right places.

Privately Hired experts in law enforcement, and Non-Commissioned Officers volunteering to train the Abruzzi Militia and Guard elements have recieved a notable majority of this aid package. Životinje have ambitious plans to construct a temporary Forward Operations Base (FOB) to facilitate the flow of investors and industrial experts to secure housing and amenities. A secondary installation, one Contingency Operations Base, will consist of weapons and simulation ranges for joint training operations between Ziv Forces and Abruzzi Soldiers in need of modern tactical training.
 

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State Department calls for CoN action over Wazistan; offers troops

REUTERS (Telor City): The Teloran State Department has called for the Council of Nations to take 'urgent' action over the deteriorating situation in Wazistan, saying that chaos in that country threatened 'international peace and security with the impact of an extremely large state suffering extreme weakness'. The Teloran government has expressed its' belief that the people of Wazistan should be allowed to settle their own form of government, but that the international community should step in to restore law and order before any such selection process can effectively take place.

Though not yet a member of the Council, Telora has said that the Council has a duty to all states to ensure that Wazistan does not fail. The State Department said that Wazistan's recent withdrawal from the Council had been 'carefully considered' but said that the Council had a duty to 'international society as a whole' to help ensure international peace and security through stabilising any endangered state, even those outside the Council.

The State Department said that it was willing to work with the Council and the various factions within Wazistan to build up an agreement for the entry of such a force, stating that 'mutual consent is critical on this sensitive issue'. They also said that Telora would be prepared to commit at least one battalion, just over 1,000 troops, to any peacekeeping force sent to Wazistan.
 

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Young Communist League’s leader calls for Sinese diplomats’ execution

KILKILA (Reuters): A prominent Vangalan Communist Party official today the told the Young Communist League, the party youth wing, that representatives of the Sinhai Union in Vangala should detained and ‘executed’ at a large rally marking Vangalan New Year. Subrato Praminik, Chairman of the Young Communist League, likened the ruling Unity Front to ‘terrorists’ and claimed that Sinhai Defence Force personnel were ‘press-ganged dacoits [bandits] and murderers’. Praminik, nicknamed ‘Bagha Subrato’ (Subrato the Tiger), is a well-known firebrand with radical views and has made similar controversial statements in the past, once suggesting Franconia should be tried for ‘crimes against humanity’ for actions during the colonial era.

The People’s Republic of Vangala and the Sinhai Union do not maintain formal diplomatic relations, with Vangala refusing to recognise the Unity Front as the legitimate government of the Sinhai Union. However, both keep representatives in each others’ capitals. Ties between the two nations have deteriorated since the sinking of a Vangalan vessel.

Eyewitnesses in Kilkila have said that the National Police have increased their presence around the Sinese compound. The Young Communist League has stormed embassy compounds, with the Wazistani embassy recently invaded in a recent march. Opposition meetings and foreign factories have also been raided by the Young Communist League. Vangala’s Communist Party has yet to release an official statement about Subrato Praminik’s comments or the status of Sinese officials currently in the country.

While Subrato Praminik’s remarks have not been endorsed or repeated by the Vangalan leadership, many fear with Carentania, Vangala’s ally, deploying corvettes near Sinese waters and Vangalan ships likely to join them, his comments may enflame the situation further. A bomb attack in the Sinhai Union has also heightened fears, with some suspecting it was ordered by Vangala’s intelligence services in retaliation for the killing and capture of Vangalan sailors.
 

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I wish to express my deepest concern at the deepening crisis between Vangala and the Sinhai Union. The fierce rhetoric and assertive posturing risks a violent confrontation that would benefit neither state in the long run. I therefore wish to offer a three-point plan to the two parties:

  1. A TDF scientific vessel, with international observers on board, will proceed to the site of the sunken vessel to survey the wreck and provide a full assessment of the cargo.
  2. The Blue Cross will be given access to the Vangalan sailors, to provide an independent assessment of their health to allay any international fears.
  3. Telora will host diplomats from Vangala and Sinhai for talks on how to amicably and honourably resolve this crisis and restore stability.

I hope that both Vangala and Sinhai take this chance to mend relations, so as to help secure peace for their peoples and wider Europe.

President Gustav Brännare
Federal Republic of Telora
 

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The People's Republic of Vangala will recover the wreckage and the bodies of the murdered sailors and continue to demand the unconditional, safe and immediate return of those being held captive. The Vangalan nation has committed no crime or wrong here and has nothing to negotiate about.
 
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Violence flares in Ijad as Opposition leader calls for reconciliation

IJAD (Reuters): In brief remarks to reporters before departing Yassin International Airport for medical treatment abroad in neighboring Frescania, Wazi opposition leader Jamal Bishara urged his fellow countrymen to put aside past difference and move towards national reconciliation, warning that failure to do so could relegate a new generation of Wazis to violence and bloodshed. However, hours after his departure, two bomb blasts rocked eastern sector of the capital while clashes between the Tanzim and allied Islamist militant group left dozens injuried.

A spokesman for Asnar al-Mashadi, a radical Sunni Islamist offshoot of the mainstream Muslim Brotherhood, says the fighting erupted after the Tanzim tried to expel its fighters from a security building they head captured days earlier, despite claims of an agreement that left the east under their control.

A Tanzim commander in Ijad denied such claims, saying gunmen from al-Mashadi had opened fired first on a Tanzim convoy that had been making its way to the southern sector of the city, which they control.

International diplomats based in Ijad have told Reuters the recent spat of attacks between the militant factions will likely damp the prospects of short-term stability in this war-ravaged country, which they partial blame on the failure of the anti-government movement to formulate a "governing plan" in the wake of Ayatollah Mahmoud Esfandiari's fall.

Highlighting the frustration among over the political stalemate since Esfandiari's departure, the country's main opposition party has warned it would withdraw it support for militant groups if an interim government was not formed soon. In a stern statement released by its politburo, the Wazistan Islamic National Movement called the recent wave of fighting among the militant groups "deeply troubling" and called for the construction of a new interim government "within a reasonable time frame" to being the process of reconstruction.
 

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Zivs Criticize Belmont in Abruzicstan

SJADNBRDO (Reuters): Completing an interview to commemorate the 1818 victory over the Kingdom of Miedzymorze, Sindikat Maresal Huszar also had much to say about 'Coalition' functions in Abruzicstan. He echoed early criticism against Belmontien Military Leaders from Ziv Officers fighting the Abruzzi Insurgency from the ground, who claim that Belmont was incapable of being a strong partner with Zivotinje, or even engaging the enemy in combat.

Huszar's comments seek to fuel the flame of words between Belmont and Zivotinje that have tested neutrality and cooperation in Abruzicstan.

"Premier Martinique and the Mistress 'Officer' in command over Belmontien paper soldiers are incapable of guiding Abruzicstan to liberty, only enslavement to the francophone colonial presense," Huszar told Patriot Air Waves (PAW) in a recorded interview from a Sjadnbrdo broadcast this week.

"Even without EDF meddling, Abruzicstan is prone to Communist assault. Our presence there has to be a protective one, so no harm will come to the rising Republic from Chieti." Huszar remarked the Blue Union was not just there defeat the insurgency, but to prevent "predatory" nations such as Belmont from filling voids created by insurgents with the "globalist disease".

"This Administration believes that liberty in Abruzicstan is a signature for all down trodden peoples to believe in. More necessary for the world's security then the Belmontien Paleo-Kingdoms purse, and we need to forcefully assure the former prevails," said Maresal Huszar, currently facing repercussions from failed regional relations.

"This is going to be about sovereignty in Abruzicstan, as protected by the Union, but with persistence in pressuring Abruzzi Forces to defend themselves. Belmont wishes to build a modern Air Base for private usage by Imperial forces, while you'll notice that Životinje has only constructed temporary Contingency Operation Bases to use in training Abruzzi National Guardsmen and Police."

Herald for the Union, Bojnik Konavle, sparked these flames with Paris recently by accusing Western European countries and officials of nation-building and neo-colonization, in comments the Premier in Belmont called "most unwelcome" and utterly false.

Huszar reminded Abruzicstan that there is a "Clear as day difference between becoming an ally, and not a Puppet" and that President Loddi had to see that his government is for the people of Abruzicstan, and not by the "Belmontien Elite".

Tensions between Životinje and Belmont come at an already dangerous time, when the Union Army plans to deploy an Engineer and Artillery Brigade to Sinhai for training exercises this Spring. Several sources from within the Union Army report that there is a motion to alter Southeastern Deployment towards Abruzicstan instead.

"I am considering several requests from Air Corps, Union Army, and Zaktrupa Commanders at this time" said Huszar, "But Army Engineer and Artillery Brigades are mobilized for deployment already, not to mention a strategic compliment to our Air Corps, and Air Trooper Infantry presence in Abruzicstan already".

"These are Zivs, not Belmontien, sacrificing blood and sweat to train the Abruzzi Military and Police to meet their own security needs. The Kingdom would rather construct personal Air Bases then actually give anything back to Abruzicstan".
 

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EDF FINANCE MINISTERS AGREE ON FORMING INTERNATIONAL BANK

Following lower-level talks between the EDF ministries of finance, the finance ministers of all nations with a seat on the council, which also included Belmont as the EDF’s recent addition to the associate member fold, have agreed on forming an international bank to facilitate the management of monetary and finance market issues. A spokesman for the Secretary General explained, “The core members of the European Defense Federation thereby acknowledge the issues of the financial and monetary markets have become more difficult and complicated than before.”
The bank, which will be called Bank für europäischen Zahlungsausgleich – Bank of European Settlements (BEZ), will have its headquarters in Nuremberg, while two branch offices will be opened in Radilo and Mayaland. According to the stipulations of the agreement on the founding of the bank, the membership is open to any willing state’s central bank and/or monetary authority, provided the applicant is invited by a majority vote of the general assembly of shareholders. Each member-states’ central bank will have to purchase 200k shares à 5000 Taler at minimum, but may acquire more. The registered capital of the BEZ is set at 4,000,000 shares à 5000 Taler, which equals 20bn Taler. Thus each subsequently joining state will contribute 1bn Taler capital surplus, at least.
The founding members’ shares in the registered capital are as following:

Belmont = 4bn Taler
Eiffelland = 3bn Taler
Franken = 4bn Taler
Guiana = 1.5bn Taler
Lorraine = 2.0bn Taler
Mayaland = 4bn Taler
Montelimar = 4bn Taler
Radilo = 3.5bn Taler
Wiese = 3.25bn Taler

Total = 29.25bn Taler ~ 23.4bn Euro
(9.25bn surplus above minimum capitalization)

Legally the Bank für europäischen Zahlungsausgleich will operate as a special-form cooperative under Franconian private law (eingetragene Genossenschaft). This means the cooperative members, i.e. the central banks, have one vote each. This is regardless of EDF membership, as especially emphasized in the company founding charter. Its three top bodies will be the general assembly (shareholders), the board of supervisors (elected by the general assembly for three years) and the management board (hired and/or fired by the supervisors). The designated chairman of the board of supervisors is the head of the Guianan national bank, George Thurgood, whereas the candidates for the bank’s general director and his directors are kept quite secret.

The first state apart from the alliance's very core to join this bank after its set up will be the Grand Duchy of Aquitania, which is in loose association with the EDF as a third tier member under the current membership system.

Report issued by Ministry of the Treasury
in cooperation with
The Bank of European Settlements
Radilan Third Republic ~ BEZ​

Al:se Rubr:que, MT
Aloise Rubrique, Minister of the Treasury
 

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Vangala restricts access to Twåtter

KILKILA (Reuteurs) - The Vangalan authorities have blocked the popular social networking and microblogging website Twåtter. The site allows users to send text-based messages known as 'twåts' that are delivered to subscribers or 'followers'. Twåtter reportedly became inaccessible to Vangalans after several prominent Vangalan opposition leaders registered and began criticising the ruling Communist Party.

Neither Twåtter or Vangala's Ministry of Media and Information have commented on the website becoming blocked. Internet censorship is routine in the People's Republic, with anti-government sites regularly shutdown and their operators harassed or imprisoned. Earlier in the year Kilkila launched the 'Internet Safety and Security Campaign' and the People's Assembly passed the 'Comprehensive Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism Prevention Act' that created dozens of new offences and has led to an online crackdown.

Currently other social networking sites remainly available in Vangala, although there are reports of infiltration by Communist Party activists and the intelligence services to monitor dissidents and post propaganda.
 

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'Red Shirt' Protest Turns Violent

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PAK NAM PRAN (Reuters), protesters dressed uniformly in red retaliated against Sinese police today as authorities initiated efforts to disperse crowds that have taken to the streets in this strategic location. Pak Nam Pran represents the Sinese Defense Forces primary thoroughfare of supplies from the south for forces participating in the northern Summer counter-insurgency campaign.

Red shirts comprise a large majority of workers that maintain vital jobs such as railroad employees and water purification plant technicians. With Red Shirts initiating a city-wide strike, the government will be hard pressed to continue supplying it's northern forces.

In an attempt to force the workers to return to their duties, Pak Nam Pran police suited in riot gear attempted to disperse the crowd, which has stayed on the streets for over 24 hours despite not maintaining proper authorization to assemble. Protesters violently attacked police, hurling bricks and molotov cocktails into the police. Police were forced to withdraw after taking casualties in order to avoid unnecessary civilian deaths. The government is now seeking to negotiate with Red Shirt representatives in the hopes a deal can be struck that would allow the SDF to continue operations in the north.
 

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Sinese Defense Force Raids Weapons Caches

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SDF troopers apprehend suspected insurgents after a skirmish outside a weapons cache early Thursday morning.

SAI YOK (Reuters), Sinese Defense Force officials announced Thursday that several raids in the night prior had met with success; with over three cache's of weapons being discovered. As of yet, they have not stated which faction controlled the cache's or released information concerning the contents of the cache's.

The Sinhai Union has seen mounting violence in Sai Yok in recent months, compelling the SDF to push for a counter-insurgency campaign. Today marks the fourth day of the campaign, one that is expected to be running for several months. The head of the SDF, OL Arkhan, stated that "Our job is to defend Sinhai against any that would make her their enemy. If that's what the insurgents and militia's want to do, then they are our enemies, regardless of their nationality."

The SDF campaign has not gone without impediments, though, with eight soldiers having received wounds during the last day of raids in three skirmishes with insurgents. However, the SDF has stated that it believes the insurgents are 'holding back' given the low volume of attacks the SDF has received in the opening days of its campaign.

"We may be hunting them," stated an anonymous SDF official, "but we are in their territory now, and in the end we'll be the ones waiting to see when they attack in force."
 

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Belmont conducts naval wargames

Nord-Pas (REUTERS): All along the north Belmont coast, for two and a half weeks, naval guns and missiles boomed and echoed as the Navy Royale conducted the first war games since the early 1990s. Now armed with highly advanced technology, a new doctrine and a larger than ever budget, the Navy simulated conditions where amphibious landings were made and ground defense neutralized.

Since joining the EDF, Belmont's own doctrine has been changed dramatically. Faced with not a single threat on its borders, the armed forces have moved quick to adapt to a more expeditionary and active institution. Their purchase sprees fueled by the booming Belmontien economy, the armed forces of Belmont are, at present, one of the most technologically advanced forces in the world. The Government has also accommodated the armed forces handsomely and Premier Shahrazad Martinique's government rose the defense budget to 3.12% of the GDP.

In the coming months, the army and air-force are also expected to test their new weaponry and in September a joint exercise is planned. Though much of the details remain classified, the Defense Ministry has promised that in subsequent exercises the civilian population will not be inconvenienced with the sound of guns.
 
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