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Tristar Message

"Perhaps it is too late for the world to change course. Perhaps we are headed towards a darkness that will cover the world. The darkness isn't physical, but a manifestation in the collective minds. People push for freedom but are undermined by the collective Judas. Those who believe in peace are the ones that find peace. Those who thrive in war are the ones who will thrust the world into a chaotic time. Sadly, the warmongers are in power.

America has its hands around the globe, pulling strings from behind the curtain. They may not be the lead actor, but are the director of the entire play. The sun is rising once again over the Pacific and it is only a matter of time before the rays shine down to the Earth once again. Continent to continent, powers will rise and clash. People will be killed needlessly, or taken from their homes. War is coming, but it doesn't have to. Take the warmongers out of office and strive to fix the problems diplomatically instead of with needless bloodshed. You have the tools, now, you must do the work. You are not alone. We are Tristar. We are watching."

Board of War - Encrypted Orders

The Board of War has authorized the re-deployment of CSG-3 to the port cities of Boli (Khabarovsk) and Haishanwei (Vladivostok).

CSG-3, comprised of a fleet of 1 carrier, 1 cruiser, 3 destroyers, 2 submarines, and other vessels, will perform live fire exercises in the Sea of Okhotsk to assess their abilities in the Arctic North. 2 Dolgorukiy class submarines from the 2nd Vladivostok Submarine Battlegroup and 2 Incheon-class frigates from Strike Group Wakkanai will also be re-deployed temporarily to the region, wherein they will partake in those exercises as well. They will last for 3 months.

The Board of War has also released a new white paper, dictating new naval policy:

  • Over the past year there have been numerous studies, conducted by the Board of War, that have explored what the future fleet should look like.

  • Two consistent conclusions emerge from this body of work: firstly, a greater combination of manned and unmanned systems should be used to ensure operational integrity - secondly, we must increase our sailor-to-vessel ratios, and lastly, the Navy must get to work ​now​ to build more ships, to think forward, and innovate to remain competitive.

  • The Navy must get to work ​now​ to build more ships, and to think forward as we go. To remain competitive, we must start today and we must improve faster.

  • There is broad agreement that the current security environment is more complex and increasingly competitive. The pace is quickening everywhere. As recent military reforms have made clear, more and more of our challenges are multi-domain, trans-regional, and multi-functional. This exponential and complex dynamic is playing out on the seas. As the world’s population rises, more of it is moving to the coasts.

  • The number of ships in the Navy’s fleet determines where we can be, and being there is a key to naval power. You cannot fight with nothing.

  • The Navy must be larger in order to continue to provide timely options for the military in terms of naval combat. It must also expand to ensure that all platforms are accompanied by adequate stocks of repair parts, maintenance programs, and sufficient numbers of trained people to stay capable in the long run.

  • We must be able to operate in the blue sea outside the range of shore attacks, where there is primarily fleet-on-fleet action. Moving closer to land, the Navy must be effective in the intermediate seas, where long-range shore-based missiles contribute to the threat, and in the littoral zones where the variety and density of fire are more intense. In each zone, the Navy must be able to operate with sufficient numbers of the right kinds of capabilities to attack, deceive, and defend against adversary missiles, submarines, and cyber and electronic attack.

  • Our future fleet will need to be larger and more capable than what we have today. We will continue to rely on undersea superiority to guarantee a survivable leg of strategic policy, as well as manned and unmanned submersibles that can penetrate deep inside most reconnaissance networks to perform a number of missions.

    As such, the Board of War's Naval Department has put forward orders for the following vessels, with a total cost of $8.6 billion USD:

    • Installation of anechoic tiles on all Type 094A and Type 093 nuclear submarines, to reduce noise by 15%;

    • The construction of 2 Type 039B AIP attack submarines;

    • The construction of 2 Type 094 nuclear ballistic missile submarines;

    • The construction of 4 Type 055 guided missile destroyers;

    • The construction of 9 Type 052D guided missile destroyers;

    • The construction of 10 Type 054A frigates.

A need to recoup the losses of materiel and vessels from the recent Southern Rebellion is vital. It is time for us to regain the edge. The Board of War will also open recruitment for an additional 12,000 sailors, with the aim of increasing total manpower in the force by 20% within the decade.

REVEALED: COUNTRYSIDE TO RECEIVE ALMOST NOTHING FOR ARTS
~ OBBC News

Documents in the hands of OBBC News reveal that the Department of State for Culture systematically rejected applications for financial support from groups and individuals located in the countryside, so that they could "preserve" such funds for more urban competitors. In total, only five per cent of the approved applications for money came from "non-urbanised areas". The Cities of Westminster and Amsterdam received the most funds, with almost thirty eight per cent of the money going to these two places alone.

Thousands of documents, including many correspondence messages, came at the disposal of OBBC News through an anonymous source. The documents reveal that Sir Aarong Langton MP, the minister responsible for the arts, pressured application review commissions not to approve "too many" applications from "areas which contribute to the demographical figures relatively scarcely". The main reason provided in these documents, is that the minister sought to "uphold the various branches of the arts and their institutions with which we have co-operated so successfully in the past, and which positively affect relatively many people in the country".

Rural arts communities say they feel "thoroughly let down by the minister", because during talks with the Department they were "manipulated in such a way that we felt we had secured our fair share of the budget for once". For decades now, the average arts budget per person in a city is at least three times as high as someone living in a rural part of Orange-Bourgogne.

The Rural Arts Community (RAC) said that "It is finally time to stop this utter discrimination amongst Orange-Bourgognians. Does Westminster really believe that their fellow countrymen do not have a desire for a bit of entertainment? We demand a review of all applications. At least fifty per cent of those approved should come from the countryside henceforth".

The Department issued an official response to the RAC, saying that "those groups or individuals that feel the Government descriminated against them, can appeal the decision that they would not receive the requested financial support. The Department will form an independent commission to review all appeals next month.

When asked about this issue, the Prime Minister responded that he was "very sorry to those affected". He also said it was "right for Sir Aaron to apologise" and that he will speak with him about the matter before the end of the week. For now though, the minister can keep his post: "So that he can redeem himself by showing he can learn from his mistakes and set them right".

Novaya rossiyskaya imperiya and Central America Federation

Donau-Bundesreich wrote:Ministerium für Staatsicherheit, Budapest

The Ministry of State Security for the Danubian Confederation is in chaos after an unknown source in the Hellenes League leaked what they claimed were real plans from within the ICC core for how the world would be divided should a war break out between the ICC and its rivals across the globe. While the organization has refused to comment on the validity of the leak due to security reasons, they do claim that the release of these plans is a large threat to the security of the alliance and its members and will be working closely with the Ministry for the ICC and the Hellenic Government in an investigation as to how such plans were released so the culprits can be brought to justice.

OFFICE OF THE ARCHON
PUBLIC RESPONSE

Our office is working with the Ministry of War, EYP and other agencies to look into who may have have been involved with this development. The validity of the leak is being looked into as well. We are concerned about the implications of this leak from the group "Concerned citizens of the East and are actively looking into the group as a whole. The national security risks involved in this leak are tremendous, while the validity of the map is questionable, the effort to destabilize The Hellenic Government and the region as a whole is a danger to our citizens and to the efforts of the ICC.

We are working closely with the ICC President to trace this issue. Any information found will be shared with all ICC members, especially Danubia.

The Hellenes League wrote:Ministry of Foreign Relations
Regional Outreach Office: Asia and the Pacific

In the spirit of good will, we formally are reaching out to the following nations:

Eulumia
Vashnal
Pangluan
Lanfang-
Da Qing Empire

The citizens of these various nations and are own share similar outlooks on life, on personal fiscal development, and the development of the economies and the ability to compete on a regional basis and to share the global stage. For to long, relations have been informal. Our government and its leaders believe that the opening and maintaining of positive relations is necessary to achieve a global peace. With the opening of relations, it can begin greater shares of trade, and other forms of exchange such as the cultural one. These group of nations have much to offer to not only the Hellenic people, but to all people of the world.

The Ministry of Foreign relations is prepared to nominate ambassadors to these nations, and we are ready to accept ambassadors to our nation in return. We reach out not just as global partners, but as a nation that shares a portion of the continent that is Asia.

On behalf of the Basileus of the Hellenic League, Nikolaus Atredai

Alexander Metraw
Archon of the Hellenic League

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS
OFFICE OF THE BASILEUS

Once More we reach out to the following nations to establish fruitful, diplomatic contact. While with Pangluan we do have official contact with them in the ICC, our efforts to establish more permanent and direct contact with the Asian nations.

Eulumia
Vashnal
Pangluan
Lanfang-
Da Qing Empire

The establishment of formal relations with offices and embassies in the particular countries mentioned will be of benefit to all parties involved. We especially look forward to working with Da Qing Empire and Eulumia in the areas of economic and research in various areas such as climate change and medicine. A cultural exchange would also be in the works. State visits and meetings to normalize relations would also be of interest.

We look forward to the responses when they are received.

The Hellenes League wrote:MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS
OFFICE OF THE BASILEUS

Once More we reach out to the following nations to establish fruitful, diplomatic contact. While with Pangluan we do have official contact with them in the ICC, our efforts to establish more permanent and direct contact with the Asian nations.

Eulumia
Vashnal
Pangluan
Lanfang-
Da Qing Empire

The establishment of formal relations with offices and embassies in the particular countries mentioned will be of benefit to all parties involved. We especially look forward to working with Da Qing Empire and Eulumia in the areas of economic and research in various areas such as climate change and medicine. A cultural exchange would also be in the works. State visits and meetings to normalize relations would also be of interest.

We look forward to the responses when they are received.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lanfang

The Government of Lanfang accepts The Hellenes League offer of formal diplomatic ties. We nominate Dr. John Tai Wai-kwok as ambassador and representative of Lanfang. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would be happy to arrange a state visit or other forms of formal cooperation in the near future.

Hon. Chandran Ashant MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs

To: Ministry of Foreign Relations of The Hellenes League
From: Department of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Subject: Re:Exchange of Missions
Classification: Public

On behalf of the Government of Japan, we accept the offer that has been put forward to us to establish formal diplomatic ties. Our department nominates and will appoint Kawada Tsunesaburo (川田恒三郎) as ambassador to The Hellenes League. Mr. Kawada served as mayor of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. He has been appointed to your nation due to his studies in Hellenic history. Mr. Kawada will leave once he is given the go-ahead.

We will be awaiting for the appointment of an ambassador to our nation. We will welcome them into Japan with open arms. We are glad that you have chosen to establish relations with our nation!

[signed]

Jinnouchi Tokaji (神之内トカイ),
Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Japan

Board of Rites

To The Hellenes League, we offer Ambassador Ahn Young-Jip as ambassador to establish formal diplomatic ties.

To Pangluan, we offer Donavon S. Sung as ambassador to establish formal diplomatic ties.

The Board of Rites would be glad to facilitate exchanges of ideas, culture, and/or research between both countries.

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In other news, the Board of Rites has formally enacted a travel ban on the Viceroyalty of North Chosun.

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official statement – New policy in relation to Civilian War
~ No. 13 Downing Street

The Prime Minister’s Office hereby gives notice to all that are interested, specially all citizens across the United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne that, after having held extensive talks across Whitehall and abroad, several policies have been altered and new policies have been adopted by the Government in relation to the aftermath of the Civilian War and the reconciliation following thereafter.

The Prime Minister, alongside the Minister of Reconciliation and several others, will make these new and updated policies public next week. Media outlets from across the globe are invited to attend and will be provided with an opportunity to ask questions if they want to.

The spokespersons for internal affairs and justice of all parliamentary parties will be informed prior to the press conference in strict confidence. Before the new policies will be implemented, both Houses of Parliament will also have the opportunity to fully debate and vote on the new course of the Government.

[Signed]

Arend Steenwijk
PM’s Official Spokesman

LIVE: Press conference on Civilian War aftermath policies
~ No. 13 Downing Street

At exactly eight o’clock in the evening, the door of ‘Number 13’ opens and the Prime Minister, Arthur of Avalon MP, steps out of the house to proceed to the stand placed there by his Press Office to address the nation. As he makes his way towards the stand, the flashes of dozens of cameras and clicking of an even greater number of photographers can be seen and heard.

Immediately after the Official Spokesman made the announcement that policies with regards to the Civilian War and its aftermath had been altered, political tensions rose to a temporary maxim. The eyes of almost the entire nation were fixed upon the Prime Minister, who was aware of that very fact.

The Rt. Hon. Arthur of Avalon MP (Prime Minister): “The Civilian War has left our United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne scarred and divided. Yet we are all happy that it is finally over. I promise to every single one of our citizens and all others around the world that I will restore the honour of our nation, and bring peace and stability back once more.

It is therefore that I can announce to the world at large in general and to the people of our country in particular, that I will later this evening instruct the Secretary of State for Justice (The Rt. Hon. Sir Mark Pembroke MP) to lay before the Lower House of Parliament a Clemency Bill, which intends to grant amnesty to all those who were involved in crimes during the Civilian War.

The Clemency Act, if passed, will not allow criminals to profit from their actions. Their cases will still be looked into by the relevant authorities and they may still be tried in court. However, if convicted of a crime, they will not be punishable but with an imprisonment of up to one month.

I understand and realise that this may cause distress to some of those watching or listening. That is why the Government has decided to make specific exceptions in which this Act will not apply. They include the murder of unarmed civilians and prisoners of war. It will also include any offence against someone who was visibly under the age of eighteen that did not constitute an imminent severe danger to his or her surroundings.

The Clemency Bill will provide amnesty for both sides of the conflict; it will favour neither my own party nor the opposition parties. This is a policy through which the wounds, which have for a significant amount of time been kept bleeding, may be bound up and healed. We have to put an end to our collective suffering, and come together as one single united nation once more.

This Government believes that it should lead by example, and therefore I will also announce that I will direct the Government Chief Whip and our Party Chairman to establish a commission examining and scrutinising the conduct of each and every single Member of Parliament of our party who served during or after the Civilian War. If the commission finds that crimes were committed by any of our said MPs, they will be expelled from our party. I encourage all other parties to do the same.

Finally, to ease the burden and suffering from those who have lost a loved relative, we will make funds available for financial compensations. The Government knows that the value of life is immeasurable and invaluable, but we hope that we can help everyone to get through these difficult times. The maximum amount for compensation is set at Fl. 15,000 per household, though if only more distant relatives have survived, they too will receive a percentage of that sum. Those who think that they have a claim should write to the Minister of Reconciliaton, providing either a death certificate from the local coroner, or a medical report. If the allotted funds prove to be insufficient to compensate all who have a valid claim, this Government promises to provide the necessary extra money. Of course, this compensation will be additional to the funds already set up to compensate for material losses or damages.

Before I will answer questions from the media, let me conclude with these words: as a nation, we are capable to determine our own destiny and future. It is therefore our duty to shape the best and brightest future that we can imagine and we can only do so by working together. It is my sincere hope and pleasure, to help shape that nation we are all longing for, and I will do my utmost to make it become reality. Thank you.”

As the Prime Minister completed his speech, he looked to the Minister of Reconciliation, The Rt. Hon. Nicholas d’Angennes, to give a more detailed insight in what would be the contents of the Clemency Bill.

[To be continued.]

To: The Office of His Royal Majesty, the King of Orange-Bourgogne
From: The Office of Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress of Infiny
SUBJECT: State Visit
ENCRYPTION: Normal

Your Royal Majesty,

It has been long overdue for me to visit your wonderful nation. The staunch ties between the Imperial Federation and the United Kingdom have not been forgotten in Mogadishu - your support to our realm and the actions of your son will make us forever indebted to your nation. I am most glad that your position in your nation is once again secure, and that the United Kingdom has survived the dreadful civil war as a stronger nation.

To reinforce our ties, I believe it might be suitable to organize a state visit. I would love to visit Westminster and speak with you personally on further cooperation and friendly initiatives. This meeting shall be entirely at your convenience, of course.

Most sincerely,

On behalf of Empress Valeria II of Infiny, Lady of Zanzibar
Ms. Sapho Valchey
Senior Private Secretary to the Empress

Post self-deleted by Vektes.

Military Enterprises

The Board of War has officially authorised the Qing Army to engage in capitalist enterprise, after closed door discussions have yielded productive results. These enterprises will be staffed by reservists or off-duty personnel, and will be able to contribute to local economies in which said enterprises are located within.

The Army has backed a state-promoted system of agriculture, which allowed the combination of military service and agricultural employment. Soldiers will be assigned to plots of land which they were to farm, while the tools and equipment required will be purchased from commercial vendors and distributed to the Army. The military plots of land will then farm and distribute its harvest amongst nearby military units, reducing the reliance of soldiers on external supply networks and utilising a massive and efficient agriculture base to support the Army.

The Board of War has also extended the scheme to civilian communities, with it functioning as a de facto social security measure that aims to guarantee the work for the rural populace. The military enterprises will provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment per year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work, such as planting, sowing, harvesting, herding, and so on. Due to the recent floods in North Chosun, 30% of households there have faced some degree of daily food insecurity - the Board has pledged to donate 40% of its annual harvest to food banks, charitable organisations, and to low income families that suffer from daily insecurity. In addition to monetary compensation, military enterprises that hire civilians for work can also compensate its workers with food.

The first of these military plantation enterprises will debut in the island of Sakhalin. Later on, it is expected that more of these plantations will spring up across the country, such as in North Chosun, South Chosun, and Outer Manchuria.

Board of Works

The Board of Works has announced it would make plans to construct a $120 million QSP solar park complex in the Sonid Left Banner, as the country aims to increase its energy security and use public works as a means to curb joblessness.

As part of a drive to become 100% energy sufficient, the plan was unveiled last week and was granted funding by the Board of Works. Approximately 35.8% of electricity comes from renewable energy, primarily hydropower power, although the Qing's excessive reliance on fossil fuels may leave it vulnerable in the event of an economic shock. Studies have shown that it is technically feasible to provide 100% of the electricity demand by renewable power without risking with shortages in energy supply. The global full-scale adoption of renewable energy will provide the Qing with long-term strategic benefits, as it can lessen dependence on foreign natural gas, oil, and coal.

The new Solar Park, named the Sonid Left Banner Solar Park, will provide energy in the nearby area via use of high efficiency transmission lines. It will consist of 50,000 state-of-the-art solar panels, and is capable of generating 4 MWh of electricity per year. Construction is set to begin next month following a groundbreaking ceremony, and it will be completed in 3 years.

JNN: Nationalization of Mitsubishi Heavy

Under Executive Order 13-11006, after approval from the Congress of Japan, militaristic portions of Mitsubishi Heavy have been nationalized under the Government of Japan. The portion that was nationalized will become Mitsubishi Senso Sangyo (Mitsubishi War Industries). President Akiya, on this executive order, stated:

"The nationalization isn't to take out some of the power corporations hold, but is to lower costs. When Mitsubishi Heavy manufactured tanks for us, some of the extra cost came from the fact that we were asking a company with which we signed a contract with. Now, with Mitsubishi War Industries, we can lower some of the costs while still producing top quality vehicles and equipment."

Any new plans that might have been made for military equipment are classified and were not available to be released due to security concerns. While this nationalization of the now Mitsubishi War Industries was met with open arms by the Department of Defense, some representatives and senators voiced concerns that nationalization of one company may lead to another and continue on as a "domino effect". They warn this could steer Japan towards a socialist society, possibly giving the People's Party of Japan an edge in the next few elections. President Akiya has shot down these claims which she calls "outdated western beliefs".

Infiny wrote:To: The Office of His Royal Majesty, the King of Orange-Bourgogne
From: The Office of Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress of Infiny
SUBJECT: State Visit
ENCRYPTION: Normal

Your Royal Majesty,

It has been long overdue for me to visit your wonderful nation. The staunch ties between the Imperial Federation and the United Kingdom have not been forgotten in Mogadishu - your support to our realm and the actions of your son will make us forever indebted to your nation. I am most glad that your position in your nation is once again secure, and that the United Kingdom has survived the dreadful civil war as a stronger nation.

To reinforce our ties, I believe it might be suitable to organize a state visit. I would love to visit Westminster and speak with you personally on further cooperation and friendly initiatives. This meeting shall be entirely at your convenience, of course.

Most sincerely,

On behalf of Empress Valeria II of Infiny, Lady of Zanzibar
Ms. Sapho Valchey
Senior Private Secretary to the Empress

Official correspondence
To: Office of Her Imperial Majesty The Empress of Infiny
From: The Royal Household, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: State visit
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL

To the Senior Private Secretary to the Empress.

Dear miss Valchey,

On behalf of His Majesty and the Household, and with the permission from the Department of State for External Affairs, I first of all welcome your most recent recognition of our special relationship. The Household and the Department agree with yourself and Her Imperial Majesty that a state visit between our two heads of state would be a positive and prosperous event, especially after the recent end of the Civilian War.

However, due to the economic impact of the aforesaid conflict, the Department also deems it inappropriate for the Royal House to be involved in too elaborate feasts, where the remainder of the country is struggling to cope with their situations.

Formal state visits to the United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne are known to be extravagant events, usually lasting over several days. In fact, they are so exclusive that they are normally only held twice every year. The Department for External Affairs thinks it inappropriate if His Majesty were to be seen as living lavishly in this period of time. On the other hand, however, we too are conscious of the fact that an event like this could bolster a positive spirit and unity within the nation.

It is for these reasons, that His Majesty and the Principal Secretary of State for External Affairs have concluded the following proposal: that the visit will formally still be a state visit, but that it will last for a bit shorter and that the events be relatively modest in comparison with previous state visits. Of course, these measures have nothing to do whatsoever with the person of Her Imperial Majesty, or any political or diplomatic event between the United Kingdom and the Imperial Federation for that matter.

If this proposal could be deemed acceptable by the Office of Her Imperial Majesty, we would be very happy to receive and host her, her family, and her fellow Infinyians in the near future.

[Signed]

Also on behalf of the Lord Chamberlain of the Household:
Brigadier Sir Gilbert Chester KCB
Master of the Ceremonies | Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps

[Countersigned]

His Excellency The Rt. Hon. James Courtenay MP
Secretary of State for External Affairs

Part 1 of 3

Guatemala FDMZ Central Federation

President El'snake is currently making a trip to the FDMZ and make promises to the public that he'll rid the nation of said zone ,As he was walking with his guards and zone commander a male in his 20s catch the guards attention as they near the area the man is located they moved themselves between the president and their target

"You're a tyanrit DIE!"

The man pulls out a gun and fires 5 times hitting a guard that threw himself into the path and the other guards gun down the attacker

"WE NEED PICK UP NOW STOCKER 1!"

as number one kicks the gun out of the man's hand the others focus on the president safety and they're wounded comrade ,When the evac helicopter arrived they got both carge and president in and signal the pilots to leave as FMPs storm the area

"Mr.President we have a problem and a idea on who"

Number 3 shows the president the weapon a UOS standard issued

"I'm authorizing a search and kill order notified FSIAOT"

The guards do so as they leave the Guatemala airspace

Reconciliation Speech – Nicholas d’Angennes
~ No. 13 Downing Street

The Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas d’Angennes (Minister of Reconciliation): “Ladies and gentlemen, before I ask the Press Secretary to call you so that we may hear and address your questions, I would like to give some further details about the contents of the Bill.

First of all, we will introduce it as a proper Bill of Parliament, that is to say, we seek the approval of both Houses of Parliament. However, as you may already know, the act of granting mercy, of which amnesty if legally but a variation, is in fact a royal prerogative. This means that the Government could in theory advise His Majesty to grant such amnesty as we think fit. Although the legal possibilities, due to the political nature and widespread effect that this Bill would have, the Government has chosen to lay it before Parliament first. If Parliament rejects it, we will consider our options through the Department of the Attorney-General and other legal experts.

The Clemency Act, if passed, will first of all free all prisoners presently still in custody after having been convicted for crimes which are covered by the Act if they were committed during the Civilian War for political reasons. Persons that have already been exiled under the regulations in place before the passage of this Bill will at that point be allowed to return, though neither of these groups of people will receive financial compensation.

I now come to the core of the contents of the Bill. All persons having committed a criminal offence during the Civilian War due to political reasons or due to political pressure, will be granted amnesty. This means that the courts may only sentence the convict with imprisonment of up to one month. The Crown Prosecution Service may still conduct investigations after complaints, and they may still bring a suspect in front of a court of law. This Act will not affect civil cases. If the crime is alleged to be committed against a person under the age of eighteen, and that minor did not pose an imminent threat to his or her immediate surroundings, that crime is exempt from this Act and thus the ordinary procedures are followed. This means that in such a case, the convict could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Clemency Bill will furthermore not apply to non-politically motivated crimes during the Civilian War, such as bribery.

Criminal offences which are commonly defined as war crimes will also not be affected by this Bill. These include the infliction of harm or even loss of life upon prisoners of war, acts of torture, and the usage of weapons of mass destruction.

Finally, the Bill also regulates that convicts will no longer be eligible to occupy a public office for the duration of at least five years. Thank you for your attention.”

The Press Officer: “Ladies and gentlemen, we now come to the second part of this press conference, in which you may ask questions to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Reconciliation. A maximum of three questions may be asked. First up is OBBC News’s Paul Attenborough.”

[To be continued.]

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official correspondence
To: Office of Her Imperial Majesty The Empress of Infiny
From: The Royal Household, Orange-Bourgogne
Subject: State visit
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL

To the Senior Private Secretary to the Empress.

Dear miss Valchey,

On behalf of His Majesty and the Household, and with the permission from the Department of State for External Affairs, I first of all welcome your most recent recognition of our special relationship. The Household and the Department agree with yourself and Her Imperial Majesty that a state visit between our two heads of state would be a positive and prosperous event, especially after the recent end of the Civilian War.

However, due to the economic impact of the aforesaid conflict, the Department also deems it inappropriate for the Royal House to be involved in too elaborate feasts, where the remainder of the country is struggling to cope with their situations.

Formal state visits to the United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne are known to be extravagant events, usually lasting over several days. In fact, they are so exclusive that they are normally only held twice every year. The Department for External Affairs thinks it inappropriate if His Majesty were to be seen as living lavishly in this period of time. On the other hand, however, we too are conscious of the fact that an event like this could bolster a positive spirit and unity within the nation.

It is for these reasons, that His Majesty and the Principal Secretary of State for External Affairs have concluded the following proposal: that the visit will formally still be a state visit, but that it will last for a bit shorter and that the events be relatively modest in comparison with previous state visits. Of course, these measures have nothing to do whatsoever with the person of Her Imperial Majesty, or any political or diplomatic event between the United Kingdom and the Imperial Federation for that matter.

If this proposal could be deemed acceptable by the Office of Her Imperial Majesty, we would be very happy to receive and host her, her family, and her fellow Infinyians in the near future.

[Signed]

Also on behalf of the Lord Chamberlain of the Household:
Brigadier Sir Gilbert Chester KCB
Master of the Ceremonies | Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps

[Countersigned]

His Excellency The Rt. Hon. James Courtenay MP
Secretary of State for External Affairs

To: The Royal Household, Orange-Bourgogne
From: The Office of Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress of Infiny
Subject: State visit
Encryption: Normal

Dear Sir Chester,

I thank you for your response. How very noble of department and his Majesty to be solidary with the state of the nation. Truly very commendable, it shows the royal grace of the United Kingdom in all it's splendor.

Your proposal is most acceptable. We certainly do not consider the smaller scale as reflecting the ties between the Imperial Federation and the United Kingdom, and thus it is gladly accepted. If possible, the visit could be organized between the 7th and 9th of October. If not, the Imperial Federation would be happy to schedule for an alternative day.

Most sincerely,

On behalf of Empress Valeria II of Infiny, Lady of Zanzibar
Ms. Sapho Valchey
Senior Private Secretary to the Empress

Addressing Regional Disparities in Research

The Qing is a country with highly diverse levels of development, with its southern regions showing a much higher level of industrialization and scientific development than the northern ones. However, this has also caused significant regional disparities in terms of science and technology. Regions such as South Chosun, the Capital, and other major cities are a significant source of research output. These areas' scientific productivity is higher than the national average, a differential which has been widening in recent years.

In a bid to inspire success for universities in other regions, the Board of Works has proposed to implement a new funding system for state universities. Future institutions will be allocated a fixed share of the state's sales tax revenue as their annual budgets, and have full autonomy as to the use they make of this revenue. The Board has made plans to extend the scope of research projects to other states, in a bid to help scientists from these regions catch up to their southern neighbours, as well as endow more educational institutes across the country.

The Board of Rites has set up a commission for scientific integrity to promote transparency, autonomy and accountability of scientific research in the country. In addition, a governmental fund of $10 billion QSP will be divested towards endowing various institutes across the country to achieve technological and research parity in various scientific fields. Another 500 $6 million QSP research grants will be released to small-sized research teams to the north of the country who may not be fully covered by the endowment fund.

Petrogradsky Prospekt, Vyborg, Romanovskaya

A march took place organised by the Romanovan LGBT Network on Petrogradsky Prospekt today, campaigning for the social acceptance and protection of rights of LGBT people within the Principality. This follows a debate in the Imperial Duma regarding a bill on the banning the distribution of depictions of "non-traditional" relationships to minors. The bill was put forward by opposition deputy Vsevolod Yevstigneyev, who argues that homosexual relationships are an "abomination" and "incompatible with Romanovan culture". The bill will be voted on Monday 5th October.

A spokesperson for the Romanovan LGBT Network said that this was an attempt to restrict the freedom of expression of LGBT people in Romanovskaya. He added the bill was "unconstitutional" and is merely a ploy by the far-right to "whip up homophobia" in the nation. The Government looks set to vote against the bill but it remains another example of the difficulty this sensitive issue causes Romanovan society.

Homosexuality was not legalised in Romanovskaya until 1993 and since then further progress with regards to LGBT rights has been non-existant. While public support for LGBT rights peaked in the early 2000s, in recent years growing conservatism has seen the subject become more controversial. Last year a poll showed Romanovans remained divided on the issue, with 47% of people agreeing that gays and lesbians should enjoy the same rights as other citizens, while 43% disagreed (a rise from 39% in 2013). A poll last month showed just 7% of Romanovans in favour of same-sex marriage, with 87% opposed to the idea.

Novaya rossiyskaya imperiya and Central America Federation

BREAKING NEWS
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North Bulgarian and Hellenic Military forces clashed earlier today in the Pčinja District, claimed by the North Bulgarian government, while the Hellenic Government also claims the district. An estimated 300 North Bulgarian Soldiers clashed with Hellenic Forces, exchanging fire and artillery. The Hellenic Military states 12 are dead, 15 wounded. The North Bulgarian media estimates 40 are dead and dozens injured.

North Bulgaria and The Hellenic League have competed over the district since the early 1970's, leading to political and military incidents. This new event comes on the heels of previous clashes along the North Bulgarian Border.

A statement from the Archon and Hellenic Ministry of War reads "The encroachment of North Bulgarian forces into the district poses a serious threat to the stability of Eastern Europe. For so many years the North Bulgarians have illegally challenged the right of the Hellenic Government over the area and its people. This new violence will not stand we will push out and repel any invading forces. We remain committed to the safety and security of Eastern Europe."

The Hellenic Army has called up 1,000 reserve units and another 2,000 units to the area from the 2nd Army Group. It is clear to all involved that the skirmish is spiraling out of control. nations such as Donau-Bundesreich, Republic of Prussia (Schizodia) and the USSR (Novaya rossiyskaya imperiya) will react to the ongoing skirmish.

Question of the Week

What are some major minority groups in your nation? How are they treated?

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Eulumia has no one clear ethnic majority within its borders, as a matter of fact, it has well over one thousand (1,000+) different ethnic groups living across its over its twenty two thousand (22,000+) islands. Every ethnic group is granted the same equal rights under the Eulumian Constitution and any sort of discrimination or hate crimes based upon ethnicity are strictly illegal with punishments being severe. Due to Eulumia's sheer diversity, no two spots in the nation look the same physically or culturally, leading to a wide variety of customs, cuisines, fashions, regional languages, and even holidays.

Eulumia wrote:Question of the Week

What are some major minority groups in your nation? How are they treated?

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Eulumia has no one clear ethnic majority within its borders, as a matter of fact, it has well over one thousand (1,000+) different ethnic groups living across its over its twenty two thousand (22,000+) islands. Every ethnic group is granted the same equal rights under the Eulumian Constitution and any sort of discrimination or hate crimes based upon ethnicity are strictly illegal with punishments being severe. Due to Eulumia's sheer diversity, no two spots in the nation look the same physically or culturally, leading to a wide variety of customs, cuisines, fashions, regional languages, and even holidays.

OOC: Russians are by far the largest ethnic group in Romanovskaya making up 84% of the population. The largest ethnic minority are Ukrainians. Their decendents were brought to help populate the region from 1898-1917 following the deportation of Finns and Karelians. About 8% of Romanovans have Ukrainian heritage.

Finns are the next largest ethnic group, representing about 4% of the population. When the principality was first established, many Finns were evicted from their homes and deported to Finland. Finns were denied citizenship and the rights that go with it until 1918 when any Finns willing to fight against the Bolsheviks would be guaranteed Romanovan citizenship and have their homes returned. Today, Finns enjoy the same rights as Russians and Ukrainians.

Karelians are the final noteworthy minority in Romanovskaya, making up about 2% of the population. Like Finns, their were denied citizenship but unlike Finns, they continued to be discriminated well into the 20th century. It wasn't until 1968 that Karelians could become Romanovan citizens and 1974 before they were given equal rights. Due to this late progress, many Karelians left the principality, with this trend continuing to the present day despite efforts to integrate the Karelian minority into Romanovan society by recent governments.

TOUMPA, THESSALONIKI
Republic of Macednia

In the ongoing effort to revitalize and bring the Hellenic League into a new era, we are proud to announce a major new project. A new stadium for PAOK FC in Toumpa. PAOK FC is a proud club with a long history, and a member of the Hellenic Super League.

The new stadium includes surrounding neighborhood revitalization and to bring hundreds of new, good paying jobs. The new stadium will be designed to fit over 41,000 supporters and will be apart of the new moments of glory that the club will bring to Toumpa.

construction will be mixed with public and private money at a cost of $2.5 billion, with construction starting in 3 months (12 RL days) and expected to last 2 years (104 RL days). The old stadium will be demolished shortly after the new stadium is finished. In its place a new area of residential housing, office space and a market is planned utilizing green and renewable resources such as urban farming and the use of solar.

We are excited for this project, and the region as a whole as we push forward to not only revitalize Macedonia, but the Hellenic League as a whole.

https://asarchitects.gr/projects-item/paok-fc-new-stadium-toumpa-thessaloniki-greece/

Flood waters recede, recovery efforts hampered by clogged roads

The flood waters brought on by Hurricane Thomas have now receded enough that further recovery efforts can begin. However, some areas are still hard to reach due to both failed levees and debri that clogs roadways. The death toll has risen a further 500 due to the high flood waters and the failure of several old leeves during the storm. Those that lost their lives were unable to seek higher ground due to the sudden levee failures occurring at night and an Federal inquiry has been launched so to uncover why the levees failed and why the measures put in place to warn people also failed. At least 50 bodies have been recovered so far but one bright side to the disaster is the story of a sailboat that managed to ride out the storm with it's crew of 7 still onboard only to be washed ashore, coming to a rest upright at least 4 miles inland. The family onboard was unharmed but was obviously shaken by their ordeal. Marital Law is still in effect in New Orleans and Mobile as both cities were subject to heavy storm surge and flooding.

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