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The Unified Electorates of Ainslie

The Unified Electorates of
Ainslie (ANE)
Reformed Constitutional Republic
Unified Electorates of Ainslie (English) / Unilectare Ahnerai (Ahnslen)


FAST FACTS
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  • Capital: LinkArnton (4.2 Million)

  • Largest City: Arborai (4.3 Million)

  • Population: 26,324,933

  • Official Language: Ahnslen, English

  • Head of State: Judicial-General Joseph Shirazi/Prime Minister Eleane Gifford

  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Eleane Gifford

  • Establishment (Unification) Day: June 27, 1867

  • Currency: Ahnsens

  • GDP (nominal): 789 Billion IAD (Isles Accounting Dollar)

  • GDP (nominal) per capita: 29,800 IAD

  • Average Income Tax Rate: 45%

  • Timezone: UTC +8 (In Norlands, Arlanah and Dallama), UTC +9 (In Wesland, Burnett and Manning)

  • Drives on the: left

  • Internet TLD: .an


OVERVIEW
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See also: Ainslie - Canon and Collaboration

Ainslie (pronounced ['ɐn.ʂɭɘ]), officially the Unified Electorates of Ainslie, is a reformed constitutional republic situated along the peninsula which forms the northeastern corner of continental Gael. It shares land borders with Verdon to the northeast and Orsandia to the northwest and maintains maritime borders with Ostehaar to the north, Aruia to the west and Roendavar to the east. The capital of Ainslie is Arnton in the nation’s east and the largest city is Arborai along the northwestern coast. There are six subdivisions, known as electorates, in Ainslie - Wesland, Norlands, Dallama, Arlanah, Burnett and Manning .

The native people are known broadly as the Ahnslen people modern day but in fact have a long history on the land and were very much varied before cultural and genetic convergence began. Following contact with european powers, the nation unified and morphed into a liberal democracy which sought to correct the shortfallings of the modern western state by using beliefs that are intrinsically endemic to Ainslie. This led to Ainslie becoming a precarious balance between social democratic values similar to that of Europe and an endemic authoritarian strand of communitarianist values with both of these being bound by a constitution with power biased towards the nation’s courts.

Ainslie has one of the largest economies in Gael and in The Western Isles. It ranks highly in economic development, quality of life and sustainable development metrics. It is a member of the Gael Four, the League of The Western Isles and the Association for Culture, Economics and Science of The Isles. The population of 26 million is somewhat urbanised, being concentrated on the southern coast near Mandara and the central north in the electorate of Wesland.


ETYMOLOGY
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The name Ainslie has arisen from the anglicisation of the demonym of its people - 'Ahnslen', reportedly by the same linguists who formed the Ahnslen language. The name entered popular usage in the 1850s and folklore believes that the difference between the "Ah" and the "Ai" comes up to the linguists not being able to find spelling to represent the "Ah" that was aesthetically pleasing - Arnslie was apparently the only other candidate to Ainslie, according to these stories. However, this is compounded in mystery and confusion given that the word Ahnslens use to describe their lands is 'Ahnerai'.

Informal names for the nation include "The animal's den", "the place over the mountains" and "Plateau Country" with "the sticks" being a derogatory albeit common way to describe the nation.


TIMELINE
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See also: Ahnslen History

Ainslie's history revolves around notions of what good governance is and how it interacts with its culture. High spirited periods occur whilst there are also reflective times of great loss and disintegration. The nation's history explains its mdoerate, if not internally contradictory beliefs and behaviours. There are times of outward and inward thinking. Ainslie's conservative and liberal foundations underpin society today and are important to understanding the modern socially democratic yet authoritarian Ainslie, with all its contradictions, passion, vibrancy and diversity.

  • 4,000BC - The local Ipachi, who settled along the fertile east of Ainslie, were driven off their land by a broad Proto-Nyssic group today referred to as the Karaiki-Novonen. The Ipachi then moved towards the southern coastline, a less hospitable place for human life due to higher rainfall and susceptibility to flooding.

  • 100AD - The Karaiki-Novonen culture begins to split, due to a significant period of being geographically apart - three distinct groups emerge, the Rensi of the centre, the Rathai of the east and the Welling of the north.

  • 1100AD -1400AD - The ‘Great Wars of the Centre’ occur, where the Rensi and Welling go to war for territory near modern-day Highland Ridge.

  • 1450s - Rathai begin to be more amicable with the Rensi, with their cultures merging as the former learns the language of the latter. Even more Merenese leave (those Ipachi who remained after multiple exoduses), fearing persecution from the now Rathai-Rensi majority.

  • 1488AD - Welling install “Seaside Courts”, an early form of meritocratic government in Northern Ainslie.

  • 1503AD - Charles Tarand, leader of the Rensi, forms a council of confidants which he calls the “High Council”.

  • 1507AD - Tarand peacefully incorporates the Rathai into the High Council, declaring the Rathai and Rensi to now be ‘Arnish’.

  • 1612AD - With assistance from the French, the Wellinians form the Norland Trading Company and take up Catholicism as their major religion.

  • 1632AD - Protestants reaches the shores of Ainslie, particularly in the lands of the Arnish High Council where take up of the belief are high.

  • 1653AD - Thomas Burnett and Andrew Manning become consecutive leaders of the Arnish High Council and initiate forty years of Judeo-Christian social reform in their territories.

  • 1693AD - Despite the social reforms and inward looking governance, Irachi and Rathai groups become disenfranchised and rebel.

  • 1768AD - Samuel Wallis surveys eastern Ainslie and attempts to set up a trading colony but becomes an impromptu mediator between what the bitter and warring city-states of the coast and tablelands. He begins to instill many of the early democratic ideas that the Arnish would hold. He and his crew are also credited with introducing cricket and standardised time into the lands of Eastern Ainslie.

  • 1841AD - Jonathan Kareena becomes leader of Dalai, the most powerful city in East Ainslie and the former capital of the High Council.

  • 1842AD - The Ahnslen language is establshed and begins being taught in schools.

  • 1845AD - Kareena forms an alliance with modern-day Hauton and Hendrik, forming the Coalition of the Northern Belt.

  • 1851AD - The Ahnslen language begins to take hold on its people, with street signs in Arnton written entirely in the new language.

  • 1847AD - Plans for a city to symbolise the power of the new coalition are drawn, with modern-day Arnton starting to come into being.

  • 1858 - Arnton achieves city status following a program of extensive relocation.

  • 1861 - Arlanah (then known as Lower Verdon) votes in an early form of a democratic referendum to join Ainslie’s unification efforts, rejecting the ongoing rule of the Kingdom of Verdon. The campaigners appoint James (Jarne) Arlanah to oversee the territory’s entrance into the Coalition.

  • 1864 - The Wellinians become friendly with the Coalition and forge an alliance.

  • 1865 - Emboldened by the successful integration of Arlanah into the CNB and the alliance with Wellinia, discussions and plans for a unified Ahnslen state begin. Early advisors, using missionaries as contacts, educate themselves on European democratic principles and ideologies. They seek to find a middle ground between these successful ideologies and native beliefs.

  • 1866 - Through mutual trading contacts, the Wellinians ‘rediscover’ Keverai as its present state. Outraged Wellinian leaders’ heads are cooled by Kareena who ensures a peaceful inclusion of the state.

  • 1867 - Jonathan Kareena succesfully united Wellinia, Keverai, the Irachi lands and the Arnish city-states into a unified Ahnslen sovereign, beginning a zeitgeist across all the territories with the exception of the south.

  • 1869 - Surveyors begin to better explore the rugged northeast of Ainslie, with Arthur Kianara and William Blaxland discovering a far quicker route to the eastern coast from Arnton via the Wesland Ranges. The discovery catalyses the growth of Port Blaxland and creates the settlement of Kianara.

  • 1872 - The new Ahnslen Constitution comes until full force with Enere Gosren elected as Prime Minister after two caretakers and the first Judicial Council being sworn in.

  • 1927-1931 - A significant drought makes way for severe bushfires across the east of Ainslie, threatening much of the nation’s export infrastructure. Then PM Sturt then implements the “Second, Third and Fourth” resorts plan, prompting the rapid development of major ports around Ainslie.

  • 1957 - Despite the bushfire threat, Arnton residents overwhelmingly support and usher in the “Green Arnton” project, which is completed five years later.

  • 1967 - Ainslie and Thuzbekistan sign an agreement to ensure the security of Gresswell Island and maintain its place under the governance of the Ahnslen sovereign.

  • 1978 - The national currency, the Ahnsen, is floated.

  • 1984 - Former PM Joel Gisbourne initiates an extensive program of deregulation and privatisation, scaring investors and causing a recession. This leads to Gisbourne being the first and only Prime Minister to be ejected by the Judicial Council.

  • 1988 - Archer Condor, the first leader of the Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth and Development, rises to power and halts or mitigates many of Gisbourne’s policies before establishing microeconomic reform. This coincides with the rapid growth of a denomination based on Pentecostal thought, who identify as Whindist. This new religious group share common beliefs with ACEGAD and maintain an uneasy cultural alliance.

  • 1994 - Then PM Senten Tullan apologises to the Ahnslen people for the intergenerational neglect of native languages.

  • 2003 - Ainslie intervenes in a dispute between Ostehaar and Thuzbekistan, easing tensions after the ‘Scare of 2003’

  • 2017 - Ainslie signs Mandara Accord, forming the G4


GEOGRAPHY
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Geography of Ainslie
  • Continent: Gael

  • Region: Southeast

  • Borders: Verdon, Orsandia

  • Climate: Cfb (highland and standard), Cfa and Csa.


See also: Ahnslen Geography

Ainslie shares land borders with Orsandia to the northwest and with Verdon along the north of the nation. Its large coastline allows for it to have a large exclusive economic zone which runs from Sapphire Bay to the Blaxland straight. Ainslie’s highest point is at Mount Arline (2,830m/7,808ft above sea level) in the Wesland Ranges near the nation’s northeastern extreme. The northernmost point of Ainslie is known as Morrie Point which is in Norlands, with the easternmost point being Collere’s Peninsula north of Port Blaxland and the southernmost being Cape Kedah, south of Rathane. Ainslie is predominately low-medium elevation plateau, with forests in the north and southeast, a semi-arid area in the central west and rugged scrubland in the west.

The climate of Ainslie is largely influenced by elevation and its proximity to major water bodies. Much of Ainslie has a maritime oceanic or highland Cfb climate which transition into humid subtropical (Cfa) climates in the lower areas of the nation. However, there is a small hot-summer Mediterranean climate zone along the southern coast near Mandara. Ainslie is experiencing increased temperature extremes both on the cool and warm sides, an impact likely linked to climate change.

Ainslie has had a long history of environmental policy, stemming from the fact that much of its people have ancestry which makes them at least sixth generation Ahnslens. The first major environmental policy implemented was the Green Arnton project, an urban renewal project in the 1950s, with the Beyond Arnton (1987) project seeking to replicate its success in other areas. A carbon tax was introduced in 2000 and a renewable energy research and implementation program was existent in the nation from as early as 1993. A fuel excise remains and many environmental protection taxes and fines reroute money back into the Department of the Environment.


GOVERNMENT
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Government of Ainslie
  • Form: Reformed Constitutional Republic

  • Prime Minister: The Honourable Eleane Gifford

  • Judicial-General: The Esteemed Joseph Shirazi

  • Ruling Party: Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth
    and Development (ACEGAD)


See also: Ahnslen Government and Politics

Ainslie is a reformed constitutional republic, with Judicial-General Joseph Shirazi and Prime Minister Eleane Gifford acting as dual heads of state with specific executive roles assigned to them by the constitution. Whilst the Prime Minister acts in a manner quite congruent with Westminster-style democracies, the position is elected in a similar fashion to that of a President and many of the parliamentary duties they have can be deferred to the Deputy Prime Minister. The Judicial Council act as the constitutional and legal guardians of the state and have a wide range of capabilities to enforce and maintain commonly respectable standards and policy positions in Ainslie.

The Federal Government of Ainslie can be seperated into three often coexisting and overlapping branches:

  • Legislature - A democratically elected house, known as the Parlai, with a Prime Minister who is elected by the people leading the ruling party.

  • Executive - The Judicial General, the Prime Minister and their most important officials.

  • Judiciary - The Judicial Council and the Collective Court of Ainslie alongside other lesser courts.

In the Ahnslen Senate, known locally as the Parlai, there are 115 senators whom are elected to represent one electoral divisions each. These electoral divisions are created in proportion to the average population of Ainslie, with each area meant to roughly represent one-one hundred and fifteenth of Ainslie. Elections at every level must happen at least every four years but may be hastened with the approval of the Judicial Council.

However, the Government operates in a loosely federal manner. Matters that cannot be addressed by the Parlai on a constitutional basis or that have a political will to be referred to a more subdivision-level legislature will be discussed by the Electoral Council. The Electoral Council acts as a quasi subdivisional governing authority when in reality it primarily is a forum of dialogue between the six different electorates who may adopt legislation together simultaneously. In practice, subdivisions are governed by a democratically elected Governor with local government (city councils, regional councils, shire councils etc) strengthened to the point that ideologically aligned mayors may act as a de facto Minister to the head of a subdivision.

Ainslie employs the preferential voting system for all three levels of government, with voting compulsory for all citizens 21 years and over. Citizens aged 15+ may be added to the electoral vote vote if they have passed the Political Knowledge Test (PKT). The party who wins the most electoral divisions forms Government in the Parlai either in coalition or in majority. Parties often, but not necessarily, have to endorse a particular candidate for Prime Minister who is elected on the basis of a direct vote by the people. If there is no clear majority vote for a Prime Minister after all preferences are exhausted, the Judicial Council may appoint the first or second place candidate. Whilst addressing the power of the Judicial Council, it is also worthy of note that they can unilaterally dissolve Parliament or a Prime Minister, forcing an impending election immediately.

Politics
There are three major political parties in Ainslie:

  • ACEGAD - The current ruling party in Ainslie, the Ahnslen Centrists for Economic Growth and Development are a centre-right, economically progressive yet socially conservative party which balances an agenda of sustainable development and economic growth, holding a steadfast commitment to national stability.

  • Ahnited (Ahnslens United) - A party formed out of defectors of what was previously the largest left wing party. It also draws upon a minor leftist party and the small Christian Democrats Party. It envisions a socially progressive Ainslie and approves of a more direct role of Government in economic markets.

  • STP - A party which merges the themes of innovation, sustainable development and environmentalism. It is devoted to fostering social and scientific innovation in order to overcome future challenges - namely the sustaining of an internationally competitive economy and addressing climate change. When a coalition is called upon to form Government, the STP will normally side with ACEGAD in a long standing convention which gains them significant power in the Environmental and Science sectors of the Executive.

On the 15th of July 2019, Norlander Eleane Gifford successfully won the Federal General Election, becoming the Prime Minister and forming a majority ACEGAD Government.

Electorates
Ainslie has six electorates - Wesland (WLD), Arlanah (AL), Norlands (NLD), Manning (MN), Burnett (BN) and Dallama (DL). Ainslie maintains one de facto autonomous overseas territory - Gresswell Island.

In Ainslie, federal laws supercede that of electorates, regardless of whether the electorates are unified in their laws or not on the matter. However, long-standing precedent often prevents this situation from occuring as electoral and federal levels often stay within their legislative agendas.

Electorates are led by a Governor and prominent mayors. The six Governors of Ainslie form the electoral council, where discussions and voting takes place in an opt-in process, allowing subdivisions to simultaneously implement legislation or individual electorates to refuse it and instead abide by the status quo.

The parties which currently represent each electorate are as follows:

Foreign Affairs and Military
See also: Ainslie in an International World

Ahnslen foreign policy consists of a trifecta of ensuring responsible governance that centres itself on notions of national sovereignty and ‘Responsibility to Protect’, a commitment to multilateralism and a robust judiciary-centric de-escalatory approach to conflict. The nation actively crosses ideological lines in its diplomatic relationships, reflective of the often confused Ahnslen worldview which meddles between conservatism, liberalism and social democratic values.

The nation is committed to strengthening neighbouring nations and those vulnerable to de-escalation in order to create a strong, interconnected global community with a commitment to the international rules-based order and ultimately the rule of law. The nation signed the Kirsdof Agreement in April of 2017, making Ainslie a founding member of The Western Isles Climate Response Council. The nation was also integral in founding the Gael Four Commission and regularly participates in the Association of Culture, Economics and Science in the Isles and the League of The Western Isles, albeit in a jaded manner.

A passionate supporter and defender of careful, responsible and future-thinking governments, the nation supports a moderate if not compromising approach to large international issues such as liberalisation and globalisation. Ainslie has no active mutual defence agreements but maintains two overseas bases and hosts a Vancouvian base. Ainslie is a strong believer in multilateralism yet does not shy away from unilateral force if seen appropriate or ideal to prevent further de-escalation. Ainslie intertwines foreign affairs and defence capabilities, with a combination of humanitarianism and conservative operates a core tenet of Ahnslen foreign policy. The nation spends 4.6% of its GDP on Defence.

Ainslie's armed forces are comprised of four branches: the Ahnslen Regional Stability Force (ARSF), the Ahnslen Army (AHNARM), the Ahnslen Navy (AHNAV) and the Ahnslen Air Force (AHNAF). These form the Combined Ahnslen Defence Force (CADF), which has 52,000 active personnel and 26,300 reservists.


ECONOMY
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Economy of Ainslie
  • Nominal GDPpc: $28,300 IAD

  • Average tax rate: 45%

  • Major Industries: Professional Services, Pharmaceutical Production,
    Agriculture and Natural Gas.

See also: Ahnslen Economy

Ainslie is a developed nation which generates much of its wealth from the quaternary industry backed up by strong secondary industries. Ainslie's major industries involve Classic Professional and Neo-Professional Services, Pharmaceutical Production, Agriculture, Natural Gas. The Ahnsen is the currency of the sovereign and is the only legal tender in the nation. A rearrangement in Ainslie's economy through limited government intervention has resulted in a more stable economy less effected by international markets.

Arnton and Hauton are commonly rated as some of the most liveable cities in the world, followed closely by Mandara. Since 2007, inflation has been kept at a stable 2-3% and interest rates have been steady at around 5%. Healthcare and Medical Services comprises of 23% of the total GDP and Professional Services at 18%. Ainslie is also a large wine exporter, particularly in cool climate variations.


DEMOGRAPHICS
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The majority of citizens in Ainslie identify as Ahnslen, the umbrella term for the indigenous Arnish and Welling peoples. Additionally, there is a large Ipachi community, mostly due to migration from Samudera but also due to the various settlements along the southern coast.

The most common ancestries in Ainslie are Ahnslen (62%), Ipachi (14%), Verdonian (6%) and Oster (4%). Ainslie's population has been steadily increasing since unification in 1867, spurred on by the high quality of life offered by the nation. Most immigrants are skilled and calls for the immigration quota to be increased have not been implemented into law. By 2020, the Ahnslen population is projected to be around 28 million. In 2015, 6.3% of Ahnslens were born overseas and 11% had at least one overseas-born parent.
In contrast to the trends in many economically advanced nations, Ainslie does not have an ageing population, but rather has a stable distribution between the age brackets.

Largest Cities in Ainslie

Rank

Name

Electorate

Population

1

Arborai

Norlands

4,324,200

2

LinkArnton

Wesland

4,200,101

3

Port Blaxland

Wesland

1,542,453

4

Mandara

Dallama

1,500,265

5

Hauton

Wesland

930,425

6

Watarah

Burnett

584,214

7

Anertah

Arlanah

400,210

8

Rathane

Manning

212,000

9

Highland Ridge

Wesland

123,410

10

Badara

Arlanah

54,493

Language
Ainslie has two official languages, Ahnslen and English. Ahnslen is promoted as a language for the society, one that is used in public spheres. English, however, to allow other nations to communicate with the nation, is the language used for official documents and in the international domain. Most, if not all Ahnslens are at least bilingual in these two languages.

According to the 2015 census, Ahnslen is the only language spoken at home for nearly 90% of the population. When asked what language is used at their educational institutions (when relevant) respondents chose English at a rate of 81%. Due to Ainslie's immigration policies, other languages being spoken at home are quite rare.

Religion
Ainslie has no state religion. This is protected by statue, but also through the theological law of the majority religion in the nation. These two reasons effectively prohibit the government from making any law to discriminate or support a certain religion. In the 2015 census, 71% of Ahnslens were recorded as being Whindist, with the next most popular belief systems being being Protestantism (13%), Catholicism (2%). The rest of the population either identified themselves as having a different religion or no religion.

Since the unification of Ainslie set up the foundation for a Christian faith to thrive in Ainslie, and then the great inquisition of the Church of Ainslie, Whindism has grown to be the major religion in Ainslie. Whindin Churches are active in their political and social beliefs, standing up for what they do not believe in but also respecting the government. Churches have played a central role in welfare for decades and do not fulfil an educational role, due to legislation banning them from doing so. For much of Ainslie's history, traditionalist Christian churches were the largest religious denominations. In the 20th century, these churches experienced a large drop in numbers. The strongest reason for this was the establishment and expansion of Whindism. Ainslie has one of the highest levels of religious adherence in the world. In 2015, 73% of Ahnslens attended church on a weekly basis.

Health
Ainslie has one of the highest life expectancies in the region, and have the highest rates of skin cancer in the region. A government funded program, known as the Unified Health Fund (UHF), is funded by an income tax surcharge which is set at 2%. The federal government oversees most hospitals and oversees a pharmaceutical subsidy program.

Education
School attendance is compulsory in all six electorates with home schooling only being used in exceptional circumstances. Electorates oversee their respective education departments, although the Electoral Council has implemented many standardisation measures promoted by the federal government. Students are required to attend school between the ages of 5-6 and 16-17. Students must continue schooling into Year 12 (17-18 years old) if they cannot obtain a full time job or further education.

The nation has a 99% literacy rate, with the nation scoring particularly high in language and humanities. University fees are subsidised by the state and there are no private universities - although specialised private colleges are prevalent in the nation.


CULTURE
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See Also: Ahnslen Culture

Ahnslen culture is a blend of traditional culture and modern, western culture. The fusion of this creates a distinctive culture based on themes which do not align with western culture as well as the adoption of others. Ahnslen culture is also influenced by the French and the English, who had a lasting impact on the nation after contact with the natives historically.

Arts and Media
Ahnslen literature, music and other art forms originate out of a sentiment of isolation, one where man and nature have a close bond in order to mutually survive. This has resulted in a recent trend in nature photography, as well as continued literature satirising Ainslie's differences to the rest of the western world as well as the isolation and 'bondage' to nature that the nation experiences.

Ainslie has no public broadcasters, but rather provides funding and becomes a shareholder in private institutions. This is most visible in Arendai, which the government has a 34% stake in. There are many pay tv services and numerous non for profit television and radio stations. Each Electoral Capital has at least one daily newspaper, with many regions having at least one weekly newspaper.

Sport
About 30% of Ahnslens regularly participate in sporting activities. Whether they play sport or not, they often hold it in a positive light - especially the 'national sport' Cricket, and its rival Soccer. The early adoption of a domestic 20 over per side cricket tournament solidified the fan base in the nation and the decision to have junior leagues for both T20 and test cricket have recently increased participation rates. Cricket is the major sport in all electorates but Arlanah and Norlands, who generally prefer soccer.

About 30% of Ahnslens over the age of 15 regularly participate in sporting activities. Ahnslens, regardless of whether they play sport or not, tend to hold it in a positive light and are normally interested in it. Ainslie has two major sports, Cricket and Soccer. The Ainslie Cricket Federation (ACF) was able to generate high numbers in their junior leagues due to a switch from a more test cricket style game, to a twenty twenty format. Cricket is the major sport in all electorates but Arlanah and Norlands, who primarily play soccer.

Ainslie commonly hosts international sporting competitions such as the AWICC T20 Cricket Championship and the Isles Premier League (IPL) Soccer Competition.


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