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Providing daily news in Lower Natal since 1835 and Federation wide since 1908- 1 Dollar - 5th of May 2021
State Premiers come to Camp Hill for Federal Summit

The Federal Summit, taking place every year in the first week of May is in full swing, with all the State Premiers visiting the Capital District to meet with the State President, the right honourable Liam Savage, and the Chief Minister, the right honourable Brad Ross, and the rest of the cabinet. The summits have been organised on a yearly basis since 1908, when the Acts of the Union were signed and the Union of Natal came to be in its current, modern form, and act as a way to keep up the cooperation between the federal and state governments, so that there will be no legalistic or budgetary blockages in their developments and organisation and set up of new projects. Between 1970 and 1980, at the height of the Natalian Bush War, the Loda Chiefdom boycotted the Federal Summit as a response to what they saw as a lack of support from the central government in fighting the Rhinos, leaving only the Impi units in its defence, as much of the Union Defence Force was mobilised in the other states.

This year's Federal Summit is centred on the need to modernise and expand the nation's infrastructure, as many of the Premiers of the inland states are accusing the government in the past decades of investing in an unbalanced manner, centring much of the development on the coastal areas of Lower Natal, Upper Natal, Parow and to a lesser extent the Rozvi. Premier Dumile Gola of the Mbunda State has called for the development of motorways that connect the eastern fringes of the nation with the coast in a bid to aid the transportation and exchange of goods within the country and provide avenues for economic growth in the inland communities too.

The Summit also offers a premiere, as it brings to the table of discussion not only the development of the States, but for the first time, also campaigns to tackle corruption within the state apparatus, be it the central one based in Camp Hill, or the regional ones. This comes as part of the greater Anti-Corruption Campaign called by the Hippos, which have brought them considerable support from the electorate in the past voting rounds. To this end, Chief Minister Brad Ross has created the Federal Anti-Corruption Service, which will be tied with the Court of Cassation and Justice of Camp Hill and the Harton Tribunal and will concentrate in prosecuting acts of corruption within the government and administration.

"As always, the Union stands together and the Federal Summit is always the best image to show that the administrators of the nation are cooperating and working together for its betterment and for its development. There have been controversies and petty rivalries in the past, but we are past them and now are working together to see this nation shine again. The development of infrastructure will be put in the forefront in the next development cycle and we will also expand the anti-corruption campaign to the far fringes of the nation, so that the people can see that state clerks are there to serve and do their duty, not act as local satraps," stated Chief Minister Brad Ross.

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SOLIDARITY WITH JOSEPANIA:
Himyari Sun, Natal's biggest governmental aid organisation, will be offering support to the government of Josepania, sending a team of volunteer architects and workers, together with supplies for the building of cheap bur durable social housing. The team will be led by Unathi kaMnotho, the architect that led the systematisation process of the township of Pearl, transforming one of Harton's densest slums into an up and coming suburb.

PREPARATIONS FOR JACARANDA: The Ministry of Youth and Sports is hard at work together with the Ministry of Culture and the Rugby Union of Natal, for the preparation of the 2021 edition of the Jacaranda Cup, with team submissions opening very soon. The Malcolm Marx Stadium, owned by the Harton Oryxes has been fully refurbished in the past year and will be ready to return to action for the Cup.
 

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The Natalian Broadcasting Corporation

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You are tuned to the General Overseas Service of the NBC. This is the Natalian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcasting from Harton, Lower , Federation of the
June Blackburn: Goooooooood Mooooooooorning, Haaaaaaaaaaaartooooooooon! It is six in the morning, the sun is barely showing it's face behind Lion's Mount, shadowing the city and to be fair, I could already feel that this will be a bad day in traffic. I literally spent half an hour on Sunset Road, as it's in the middle of a refurbishment and it gets asphalt poured on it these days. Hopefully it will be lekker in a week or so. You are listening to June's Rising, your favourite morning show, with the best host in the whole southern hemisphere. I've got for you some good times to set your morning in motion, offering you good music and some news and your chance to listen to the voice of the people. We will begin with a great song that I start to love and will continue later.
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June Blackburn: We are back, you are listening to June's Rising, so, rise and shine, Harton! Those are the major news of the morning.
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The final report for Federal Summit has been fully published and it increased the faith the people and investors have in the government as the State governments stand in complete accord behind the policies of the Federal Government and will offer their support in creating the regional branches of the National Anti-Corruption Service, with many seeing this as a huge success for the Savage-Ross governing duo and for the Hippos in general. The NACS will provide a specialised department which will prosecute issues and instances of corruption within the nation, ranging from petty corruption, such as bribes asked by clerks to to grand corruption, such as influence trafficking. The promise of the development of the M8 motorway, which will link the cities of Balaka, Chama and Port Salima with the coast has made the governments of the Mbunda State and the Loda Chiefdom to fully support the federal government's campaign.
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The crisis in Pannonia gets out of hand, with two proclaimed separatist republics and now a city that fully proclaimed its own allegiance to the Republic of Remion. The government of Natal has not fully issued comments in direct response to the crisis, but has stated that the Union will be always supporting the rule of law and the right of peoples to self determinate, which as of yet it is seen as being in opposition to the government of Zoltan Kovacs and his policies in Kispest. The Western Himyari Airlines, Natal's flag carrier, has announced that it will join the rising number of airlines avoiding the Pannonian skies as the situation is seen as too hot for safe passenger traffic. Furthermore, the WHA, which used Kispest as a hub for their Gallo-Germanian traffic, have announced that they will leave Kispest and will relocate their hub to Trier. The decision comes after the reduction in passenger numbers the hub has seen, mixed with a rise in airport taxes and now the recent crisis. It is believed that the move might cost WHA up to 25 million Natalian Dollars, but it will be beneficial in the long run.
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The right honourable Lily-Rose Lewis, Minister of Social Affairs, has visited the Abbey immigration centre and has called out the bad conditions many refugees and immigrants have to wait and live for months on end until the Natalian authorities fully process them and offers them residency permits. The minister also noticed that many of the immigrants and refugees come Al-Margab, Elbaron and Hajr, but the majority come from the Noks Free State. Known for her acidic statements and her efforts as a social warrior, Lily-Rose Lewis used this to call out again for the end of the mandates and colonialism in Himyar and for the emancipation of the nation-states in their aftermath.
June Blackburn: Those was the morning news. You are listening to the General Overseas Service of the NBC, this is June's Rising, with your host, June Blackburn. Lekker lekker morning in Harton, with about 17 degrees, and showers expected in the afternoon. In Camp Hill and Parow, and across the Wine Country we can already see the cloud covering the skies, but in the north, clear skies are expected for the next two days. I will leave you with a music pause, to get you past the hour and I will see you in just a few minutes.
 

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As elections approach, both the Hippos and Hyenas expect victory

  • Tight race in this years election doesn't give a clear image on victor
  • The Anti-Corruption Campaign is the Hippos' trump card
  • Hyenas push for social justice and inequality issues
This year's general elections, both for the position of State President but also for the Parliament, show that the race between the Hippos and the Hyenas will be tighter than ever, as both parties push forward what is seen as the nucleus of their policies in the hopes of gaining enough support to win both the executive and the legislative.
The Hippos, led by the Liam Savage and Brad Ross duo, is pushing its centrist agenda in economics, offering state incentives towards the campaign to diversify the economy, while also allowing many corporations to function freely and slowly opening up the economy towards free trade. The recent Federal Summit has been seen by them as a victory as they can push for their Anti-Corruption Campaign in all the states of the Union. Some critics have seen this campaign as a populist move which tries to paint all the non-Hippo politicians as corrupt as a way to offer the Progressive Federal Party (Hippos) more support from the people which feel they have been wronged by corruption or that the state doesn't run as its maximum potential efficiency.
On the other side, the Hyenas are headed by Percy Emmet Kachipande and Yonela Ashleigh Dalasile, both of them experienced politicians which have made themselves known during the time they have both headed the Loda Chiefdom's administration and have moved 5 years ago into Federal Politics. They have pushed again the Mzuzu Declaration into the forefront of the party politics of the Himyari National Congress (Hyenas). The Declaration, signed 3 years ago by the ex-Chairman of the party, Luke Mtoto, represents a call to the democratic socialist roots of the Hyenas, calling for a new way of doing politics where human rights, social justice and solidarity prevails.
The Mzuzu Declaration has been seen successful as since its proclamation, in the states governed by the Hyenas, such as the Rozvi Kingdom, the Mbunda State, the Loda Chiefdom and the New Republic, the number of collective farms designed after the Rozvian Homesteads have increased, bringing a rise of the active workforce in the states, especially in agriculture, with a slight reduction in inequality being observed. The education department too has been seen as successful as the hot meal program in the school aids the parents too in lightening the pressure on their budgets and for some pushing them to keep the children in school.
Even so, social policies of the Hippos have been seen as efficient too, probably the greatest campaigns to improve the quality of life in the world being done by the Hippo government of Lower Natal and the Harton City Corporation, as it managed to systematize and clear off the shanty towns in the townships of Pearl and Abbey, effectively rebuilding the two settlements acting as suburbs of the Harton metropolis, offering their citizens decent housing, utilities and with an increased police presence, safety.
The polls are showing that for the race of the presidency, Dalasile is slightly in front of Savage, with about 50.7% of the support, while the latter sitting at 49.3%. For the legislative election, it is estimated that the Hyenas might have a slight advantage in the lower house seats, but the Hippos might win the states, should the Engaruka Paramountcy keep a Hippo representation and the State of Key turn from Hyena to Hippo.
Even so, the campaign goes on at full steam, both parties knowing that with such a close race, every opportunity must be used and no mistakes must be done. All party leaders are as of yet ignoring the polls showing a clear victor, as they know they can't be trusted in such a case. The Hippos are supported by the Independent Group (Zebras), while the Hyenas by the Socialist Party (Jackals) and the Mwari Union (Giraffes). The Communist Party of Western Himyar (Ferrets) have called for the boycott of the election.
OTHER NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT: Cedarwood prepares for the most glamorous ceremony in the world as it prepares for the awarding of the Golden Lion Awards, celebrating the best movies, actors and directors in Natal and the world. Eva Black, the 4th wife of the Rozvian king is seen as a favourite to win the award for the best actress, for her role in the NATFLICK distributed movie "Queen of the Savannah".
PANNONIA: Tensions are ready to errupt in an all out war in Pannonia after the brazen Kovacs government starts to wage a war against its own people, using Tarusan mercenaries. Kispest has the support of the Tsardom of Tarusa and the Pelasgian Union, while a growing coalition is forming in support of the Zarans and the Pannonian Franks, made out of Natal, Remion, the Federation of Westernesse and Josepania.
 

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Official results are in: Hyenas manage a historical double win
  • Yonela Ashleigh Dalasile defeats Liam Savage for the presidential race
  • Percy Emmet Kachipande to become Chief Minister after defeating Bradley Ross
  • National Assembly under Hyena majority. Draw in the National Council
The Federal Electoral Bureau has published the final results after counting the votes in the general election in the Union that has taken place last Sunday. With ballots being cast in three different ways, the classical voting section, by mail and electronically through the e-gov Inkundla system, more than 27 million ballots had to be counted, making this year's election one of Natal's most important, with a record breaking turnout of over 85% percent.
The main electoral battle was fought for the office of State President, the most powerful position in the nation, between the head of the Himyari National Congress, Yonela Ashley Dalasile, nicknamed by the hostile press as the Hyena Matriarch, and by the chairman of the Federal Progressive Party, Liam Savage, known as the Old Hippo. While the polls have shown very close results, in the final tally, Dalasile managed to win 51.2% of the valid votes, while Savage took 48.8%. In the numbers were bigger for the Hyenas in the Rozvi Kingdom, the Loda Chiefdom, the Engaruka Paramountcy and, very important, in the Greater Harton Metropolitan Area, where more than a third of the nation's population lives. YAD is the 3rd woman to become state president of Natal after Adrianne Stone and Demetria Unathi Vavi. She is the first to come from the Hyena party, the previous ones being Hippos.
In the legislative elections, the party loyalty lines have managed to keep themselves up with few exceptions. The Green Wall around the borders of the Rozvi Kingdom is continuing to collapse, as support for the Hyenas begins to trickle from the Kingdom into the adjacent countries in the Upper Natal Republic, the New Republic and the Mbunda State. Much of the rural areas on the coast, in the Upper and Lower Natal Republics, and most of the Langfield Free State have remained green strongholds, voting for the Hippos, while the Rozvi, Loda, Engaruka and Key regions have kept their traditional Hyena-blue affiliations. A surprise is the how besides Harton, which is known as a centre-left and progressive stronghold, there have also been suburbs in and around Blackmere and Parow, the 2nd and 3rd largest urban agglomerations in the nation, which have switched from the Hippos to the Hyenas.
With this, the Hyenas have managed to gain a majority in the National Assembly, gaining 440 out of the 850 seats, with the Hippos winning the remaining 410. On the other side, in the National Council, where each state brings 20 representatives, offering an equal voice to each region, a draw has been declared, each party managing to secure 100 seats.
"We are very happy with this victory and thank the people of Natal for their support and votes. We will do our best to not let them down and we will return the national politics back to the days where the common man was the centre piece of policies. The Hyenas have adhered a few years ago to the Mzuzu Declaration, where we have put forward human rights, human dignity and social justice, and the time has come again, to see all those goals be implemented in our country," stated the right honourable Yonela Ashleigh Dalasile, president-elect of Natal.
OTHER NEWS
ENTERTAINMENT: The Golden Lion Awards have been granted in a glamorous ceremony at the Robert Stone Theatre in Cedarwood, Harton. Celebrating the best in the Natalian film industry, the Golden Lions are awarded yearly. For his role in The Legacy's Dreamer, Jon Holt has won the Golden Lion for the best actor in a lead role. The movie also won the Golden Lions for best direction, best soundtrack, best script and the best actors in supporting roles. Eva Black, for her role in The Queen of the Savannah has managed to win the Golden Lion for the best actress in a lead role.
TRANSPORTATION: The Ministry of Transport has announced that starting next Monday, operations will commence under a normal schedule on the Parow-Harton-Blackmere mainline, with Shosholoza Meyl serviced high speed trains managing to travel the 1100 kilometre long trip in only 6 hours, compared to the pre-refurbishment times, which were topping 16 to 18 hours.
 

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Our congratulations to Mrs. Dalasile for her victory in the presidential election. Also our congratulations to the Hyenas for their victory in the elections. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation with the new government of Natal.

Roland Rheinfeld, Chancellor
 

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Heavy rains end drought period and extinguish wildfires
  • Heavy rains in Harton County and the Silver Valley
  • Drought that started in March officially ends, as reservoirs are filled again
  • Wildfires in South Natal extinguished by heavy downpour
The long drought that has affected important swaths of south and central Natal, especially along the east coast and the south west has ended as heavy downpour has caused floods in Harton County and the Silver Valley. Nearly 2 inches of rain water have fallen per square metre in certain areas, with violent showers reported in certain areas. The rains have extinguished wildfires along the Eastern Coast, which only two weeks ago were threatening the suburbs of San Juan.
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Natalian authorities, namely the Fire Service, Ambulance and even the Water administration have been mobilised in case of any problems arising with the heavy downpours, but as of yet, the damage has been minimal and there have been no reports of human casualties.
Until this week's rains, the Roadrunner government of President Brad Ross have ordered the rationing of water, especially in irrigating lawns and parks by both private citizens and also city and county councils, while it also recommended taking only short showers rather than baths, in an effort to reduce water consumption, especially when the areas of the Glenn and Azure Reservoirs, which supply the Great Harton Area with water have seen no rains since early March. With this week's weather, the government has officially suspended the Water Conservation Act, with everything expected to return to normal, especially as the rainy weather is expected to continue for the next two weeks.
The very long drought has affected much of South Natal and has provided the perfect environment for wildfires, with the Fire Service being continuously mobilised in much of the south east, especially in Cebolla, Taos and Culebra Counties, where the very arid and desert environment brought on hazardous conditions. The worst wildfire erupted on the outskirts of San Juan three weeks ago, when the area was subjected to a particularly violent dry thunderstorm. Firefighters from allover the nation had to be mobilised to ensure that the wave of destruction won't reach the outskirts of Rancho Solano suburb of San Juan. The heavy downpour has finally brought an end to quite a hellish mission for the Natalian firefighters, which were preparing to even evacuate the neighbourhood, but in the end the move proved to be unnecessary.
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Plant Milk as popular as Cow Milk: A report of the National Food Administration Service has shown that many Natalians take their vegetarian and vegan lifestyles quite seriously, as consumption of milk from animal sources such as cow, sheep or goats has been on a descending trend, with oat, coconut and almond milk on the rise. The recent report has shown that the consumption of plant milk has reached new heights, as the total quantity of plant milk (oat, rice, coconut and almond) consumed this year in Natal has just reached the same levels of cow milk consumed in the nation. As of yet, milk and dairies of animal products still are more popular than their plant based equivalents, as the previous comparison does not take into consideration the consumption of sheep and goat milk.
 

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Green Roadrunners write history as they appoint first female candidate
  • The Greens are known to be the most radical and progressive faction of the Roadrunner Party
  • Both Roadrunners and Bobcats prepare for the incoming general election
  • Pundits concerned that events in Gallo-Germania might influence Natalian election
The Roadrunner party has finally managed to appoint their main candidate for the presidential election. After nearly a monthlong delay, with three "presidentiables" (potential candidates for the presidential elections), the Roadrunners have decided to appoint Olivia Harper Poole as their main candidate for the presidential election. The decision did not come without drama, as the Social Democrats tried to put pressure on the other factions to put Brad Ross for a 2nd term as president, but in the end, he decided to take a step down and be 2nd running mate, going for the position of Vice President, a position that is currently held by the aging Liam Savage, whom has announced his desire to retire from politics.

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While the Bobcat Party uses a typical internal party election that brings together all the factions within it to vote for their main candidate, the Roadrunners have a unique system that has directorial elements, with each faction alternating in appointing the candidates for the presidential election. In the last election, it was the turn of the Internationalist Socialist Roadrunners to appoint a candidate, but after quite a dramatic internal strife, they have caved in to the pressure coming from the Social Democratic Roadrunners and decided to abandon appointing their own candidate, going instead with the Social Democratic duo made out of Brad Ross and Liam Savage. The delay in appointing the candidates comes from the fact that even in this electoral cycle, the Social Democrats tried to impose their own candidates and have the Green appoint one of their own liking, leading to a quite intense internal fight.

All this has shown how strong the Social Democratic wing of the party really is, as it manages to impose its own will upon the others too, but recent events within the microcosm of the party are showing how much the popularity of the factions within the multi-tendency left wing Roadrunner Party, which can be further generalised as representing the left-wing, progressive and social liberal strata of Natal is going through a real shift. When the Roadrunners came first to power in the 1948 elections, which has since been known as the Roadrunner Revolution, as it started a whole shift in the Natalian social and economical system from a laissez faire capitalism towards a social welfare system, they won the election with the ticket of the Internationalist Socialists. That victory was part of a generalised red tide in the western hemisphere, with the Grand Archipelagic Republic of San Jose and the Cayabocani Nation being proclaimed around the same time. Since then, the Roadrunners have slowly shifted away from radical socialism, with the Social Democrats taking over the party in the late 70s and early 80s, dominating it until today. Many see now the appointment of Olivia Harper Poole as a new chapter in Roadrunner history, with the Greens starting to take over. The conflict between the Greens and the Social Democrats have currently been resolved as it has been agreed for Harper Poole and Ross to run together as mates, with the former as president and the latter as vice president.

Both the Roadrunners and the Bobcats are preparing for the general elections, with the latter, currently in opposition hoping to win the legislative and presidential elections with the hopes of distancing Natal from the socialist nations of Cayabocan and San Jose and turn it towards what they call 'active neutrality', a foreign affairs policy where Natal would approach all foreign nations equally irrespective of their political positions, actions on the world stage or human rights policies. The Bobcats are also attacking the Roadrunner administration for encumbering the administration with too much state intervention and regulation, something that they called a hotbed for corruption. Hopeful that they can win this next election, three weeks ago they have elected Ashton Lawson as their presidentiable, who will run together with the politics veteran Malachi Molina, as his veep.

Lawson, currently a Senator for Blackmere-Fortitude Valley, is fairly young, in his early 40s and has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Commission for Gallo-Germania during the Bobcat administration of President George Green, between 2012 and 2014, and has represented Blackmere's Fortitude Valley District as a senator since 1999. His running mate, Malachi Molina is a veteran in Natalian politics, as he has even been interim president for 2 years during the 80s, and then vice president for 3 terms in the 90s and early 2000s. On the other side, the Roadrunners are going with Olivia Harper Poole, who is only 31 years old and should she win, she would be not only the first female president of Natal, but also its youngest. Harper Poole is currently a Senator for Harton's Wakerley District, a position that she has won in the previous elections, back in 2017.

Analysts were pooling the Bobcasts as currently having the lead, but the events in Gallo-Germania might represent a tipping point for the Roadrunners, as the whole violent episode of Pannonia's breakdown might push many Natalians to be against the "active neutrality" policy the Bobcats push for, as many polls have shown that Natalians seen the Tarusan Empire and its absolutistic political system as a threat.

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PRESIDENT ROSS BAPTISES FERRY: The port of San Juan has been bustling with people this morning as president Brad Ross, has arrived in San Juan to oversee the reparations after the tropical storm that has hit the eastern coast. The local authorities have used this opportunity to invite the president to baptise the locally made ferry that has been specially designed to connect the city of San Juan and Palmira, the capital of the Grand Archipelagic Republic of San Jose. Named "Solidarity Builder", the ferry will be the first from a class bearing the same name, ordered by Cantignian Sealines corporation, with 4 more to be built by the San Juan Shipyards, designed to connect San Juan with ports in San Jose and Cayabocan.
 
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