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Austin City Councils approves expansion of capital metro

After a lengthy review process, the City Council of Austin has approved the Capital Metro Expansion Project dubbed Project Connect, which will upgrade and add to the city's major transit stations. Slated to cost 10 Billion Dollars, the work on the new expansion is expected to begin later this month and will take at least 5 years to complete barring any delays. As a part of the plan, Capital Metro would add two light rail lines, one bus rapid transit line, and one commuter rail line to the already existing Red Line, which will also undergo major improvements. The proposal also calls for general investments to all routes, a transit tunnel through the downtown area, a fully-electric bus and train fleet, and new park and ride areas throughout the service area.The lines to be upgrade and expand follow in detail:

The Blue Line would operate on a 15-mile (24 km) stretch of light rail with 20 stations, running through downtown from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, providing service along East Riverside Drive, then travel across Lady Bird Lake to the Austin Convention Center and west on 4th Street to Republic Square (the city's central transportation hub). The line continues north along Guadalupe Street to U.S. 183 and North Lamar Boulevard. The Blue Line will provide key service to the Texas State Capitol complex and The University of Texas at Austin campus. The blue line will run at a frequency of every 10 minutes, but that frequency can be increased for special events if needed. On parts of the route where two light rail lines share the same tracks, trains will arrive every 5 minutes.

The Orange Line, planned to be approximately 21 miles (34 km) with 22 stations, will link North and South Austin. running from Tech Ridge to Slaughter along the North Lamar Boulevard and Guadalupe Street, connecting the UT campus and downtown before crossing Lady Bird Lake and heading south along South Congress Avenue to Slaughter Lane, running a very similar route as the current MetroRapid Route 801. The Orange Line will share most of its route with the Blue Line as it passes through downtown. The orange line will run at a frequency of every 10 minutes, but that frequency can be increased for special events if needed.

The MetroRail Green Line is a proposed 27-mile (43 km) corridor traveling from downtown Austin to eastern Travis County and into Bastrop County, connecting Manor, Texas with downtown Austin by commuter rail. With new transit hubs and Park & Rides, the Green Line would operate along Capital Metro’s existing freight line between Austin and Manor, with a possible future terminus at Elgin, connecting suburban residents to central Austin. The Green Line will interline with the Red Line between Downtown and Plaza Saltillo stations, where it will then split off, with the Red Line heading north and the Green Line heading east. The envisions the Gold Line as light rail that would operate for approximately 9.5 miles (15.3 km) connecting 15 stations from Austin Community College's Highland campus along Airport Boulevard and Red River Street into downtown, across the river and through SoCo (South Congress), a popular neighborhood south of the Colorado River. Along its route, the Gold Line would service UT Austin's main campus to the east, easing access to sports events, given the line's close proximity to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and new Moody Center.

Capital Metro's Red Line is a commuter rail service linking downtown Austin to residential neighborhoods in East Austin, the Domain, Research Park, Cedar Park, and Leander. Currently under construction is the future Downtown station, which will connect commuters with the downtown area, giving commuters and visitors direct access to the Austin Convention Center. Multiple upgrades to the red line are proposed by Project Connect. Two new stations are being planned, at McKalla place (adjacent to the new Austin FC soccer stadium), and at the Broadmoor development. These new stations would replace the existing Kramer Station. The installation of Positive Train Control was completed last month. Additionally, once the new Downtown station is complete, the red line will run every 15 minutes, doubling its current frequency and capacity. If Project Connect is completed in line with it's vision, the red line will be electrified, and station platforms will be extended to accommodate 2-unit trains.

Project Connect also proposes a 1.6-mile (2.6 km) transit tunnel underneath the Downtown area, which would serve the orange, blue, and (eventually) gold light rail lines. The tunnel would run under Guadalupe street from Cesar Chavez street to at least 14th street, as well as under 4th street from Guadalupe to Trinity street. If the project is eventually built out to its full plan, another tunnel would be dug under Trinity street from Cesar Chavez street to 14th street to serve the gold line. The plan proposes multiple underground stations for the light rail lines, at locations including Republic Square, Downtown Station, Government Center, Trinity, and Capitol East. The underground stations will vary in size, with Republic Square or Downtown Station being the largest, and all other stations being smaller. Large stations such as Republic Square will have 3 levels/floors (sorted from shallowest to deepest): A level containing a food court, mezzanine with a performance stage for local music, and pedestrian tunnels to provide access to other buildings in Downtown, a middle level containing small shops and restaurants, public restrooms, and seating, and the deepest level containing the platform for boarding trains. All underground stations will be fully climate-controlled, and will utilize technologies such as Platform Screen Doors on the platform level to assist with climate control and enhance passenger safety.

As part of the Project Connect plan, Capital Metro envisions a fully-electric bus and train fleet. The goal is to completely electrify the fleet of around 400 buses and trains by 2040, and the agency has already purchased 12 electric buses. In 2018, 3 bus manufacturers, Proterra, New Flyer, and BYD, lent electric test buses to Capital Metro for a pilot testing program. The agency ultimately chose Proterra for the purchase of their first 2 electric buses, later increasing that number to 6 buses. The first 2 Proterra buses arrived in late 2019, and the next 4 arrived in the summer of 2020. In 2019, Capital Metro approved a contract with New Flyer for the purchase of 6 Xcelsior electric buses. The order includes four 40-foot and two 60-foot buses, and these buses were delivered in the summer of 2020. The agency chose New Flyer for the second order of buses because they offered the 60-foot option, which Proterra does not offer. Capital Metro also chose to buy from two different manufacturers to help compare the performance of each company's buses and inform decisions on larger contracts in the future.

Capital Metro broke ground in 2019 on a new electric bus charging facility at their North Operations yard on Burnet Road. The facility will have the capacity to charge and maintain 200 electric buses, and will be highly automated.

The orange, blue, and gold light rail lines will run on electricity, unlike the current red line, which uses diesel-electric trains. CapMetro is looking into various options for powering the light rail vehicles, such as a traditional catenary system, using battery-powered trains with quick-charging technology at stations (such as Kinkisharyo's e-Brid technology), and Alstom's APS Ground-Level Power Supply system. The existing red line will also be electrified.

Neighborhood circulator buses will connect transit areas to the surrounding community. According to the proposal, there will be 15 new neighborhood zones for this first/last mile connection service while for last mile connections, Capital Metro proposes an electric bike fleet at transit hubs as well as rental/payment integration in the CapMetro mobile application. In addition to new services, Capital Metro is also proposing nine new park and rides throughout the region. These locations will be located at the following:

RM 620/RM 2222 (Connects to MetroExpress, Circulator)

Loop 360/RM 2222 (Connects to MetroExpress, Circulator)

Airport Blvd/Koenig Ln (Connects to Red Line, Gold Line)

U.S. 183/U.S. 290 (Connects to MetroExpress)

Decker Ln/Loyola Ln (Connects to Expo MetroRapid Line)

E. Riverside Drive/Ben White Boulevard (Connects to Blue Line)

McKinney Falls Pkwy/William Cannon Dr. (Connects to Pleasant Valley MetroRapid Line)

E. Slaughter Ln/Vertex Blvd (Connects to Pleasant Valley MetroRapid Line)

Mopac Expressway/La Crosse Blvd (Connects to MetroExpress)

Duma wrote:CNINR complex, about 170 km northwest of Chengdu.

Two black sedans are parked in the hangar of the small airport where a twin-engine plane rolls and stops in front. From there comes a man, very young and casually dressed. Yes, he looks around and then heads for the cars. Leaning on the hood of one of the two cars there is a woman who goes up to him and shakes his hand "welcome Tom, I'm Isabelle Chang, director of the complex"
"My pleasure" replies Tom.

After introducing themselves, they get into the car and leave.
After a ten-minute journey and numerous security checkpoints, they arrive near a large cube-shaped building.
"Here is The Cube, the government research center for the study and design of new energy sources" Isabelle tells Tom
"Wonderful" the boy exclaims.
"Well in a while you will be able to see the prototype live, what do you think? Says the woman smiling.
"I couldn't wait," she replies smiling.

Shortly after the two people are walking along a very illuminated corridor that seems to never end, suddenly the director opens a door and another corridor appears, this time circular and less illuminated, on the other side there is a long window, the two approach them and in front of them a strange orange structure appears with large pipes and cables running all around it.
"Here's the prototype," Isabelle tells Tom.

“That's the first known thorium reactor, it's in the final stage of its construction,” says a voice behind Isabelle and Tom.
The two turn around and behind them is a man in an orange overalls, like those of all the workers.
"He is the Superintendent of the project," says the director to the boy next to him
The man turns to the boy "And you should be Tom Han, son of Hou Han, the billionaire and main financier of this project, right?"
"It's me" says the boy shaking his hand.
"He is here to gain experience, he studies nuclear physics at Zhejiang University"
"I also studied there" says the Superintendent "But now what do you say to go and have a closer look at the prototype?"
"Here we go!" the boy answers

Shortly thereafter, all three don their orange overalls and go down the stairs to enter the site.
"This thorium reactor is among the first in the world, it has a very advanced technology, but the real advantage is precisely Thorium, which, unlike Uranium, is easier to find and much easier to dispose of, with only one ton of thorium can produce 1000 megawatts of energy "
"It's fantastic, and at what point is this prototype?" asks the boy very interested in the matter
"And in a good development phase, in 5 months (20 days IRL) the first official test should take place, some key components are still missing to put it into operation"
Finally the group arrives at the construction site and the Superintendent shows how it is made and how it works.

At the same time a few floors above a worker walks away from the line of his companions who return to work after the break, he locks himself in the bathroom and takes out his phone, dials a number and calls "Well, I heard that will arrive in more or less in two weeks "
On the other hand, "Great job, you can go back to base, we need to prepare"

A few hours later the Secretary for Energy and Resources has called a press conference, in which he officially announces the project and declares that any external help can be useful for this project which should have common interests for a more sustainable future.
It also announced that construction of the first Thorium nuclear power plant is expected to start within 4 years (208 days IRL)

[OCC: I am referring in particular to the Asian Union nations, however I could also accept aid from other nations]

Eulumia
Far Eastern Union of Soviet Republics
Vashnal

The People's Media Agency/人民媒社/인민미디어대행사/ピープルズメディアエージェンシー/Агентство народных СМИ

TOKYO — The recent conclusion of the Tokyo Summit, and the consequent ratification of the Asian Union, has cast it into a state of existence. Asia shall stand proudly and with strength once more!

With the announcement of its founding, The Northern University Territory (NUT) is an unincorporated area located near the city of Bandar Seri Begawan in Eulumia. It is administered directly by the AU, and landowners pay their property taxes directly to the AU. The NUT hosts a science and educational park, which is a joint effort by all AU member nations to construct a world-class, self-contained educational 'city'. This 'city' contains the campuses of various universities, including the FEUSSR's CAIST, Chae Kum-sok National University, and Shuntian University, among other world-class universities from Eulumia, Vashnal, and Duma. These institutions are all contained within 126.07 squared kilometres* of land, which includes fields, forests, and mountains, making it the largest contiguous college campus in the world. Designated portions are open to the public for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and other outdoor activities. The NUT contains over 8,000 buildings which belong to their respective campuses, all of which can accommodate 40,000 students.

In addition to educational institutions, the NUT is also home to the Asian Science and Technology Division of the AU (ASTD), which operates a network of 30 laboratories and research facilities in the area. The NUT hosts an additional science park with an area of 330,000 square metres, all of which marketed for high-technology enterprises. It is designed to accommodate companies of all sizes and stages of development and to promote interaction and innovation at both local and global level, serving as a digital technology community which can accommodate over 1,000 digital and technology companies. So far, the FEUSSR has pledged $1 billion USP tentatively to fund the construction of the NUT campus, with further funding expected in the future from other AU member states.

Some planned facilities within the NUT include the VOLTA Supercomputer Lab, a collection of 10 supercomputers** with a LINPACK benchmark rating of 93 petaflops, as well as an experimental tokamak reactor***. The Department of Energy has said that work on Project Artificial Sun (codename: HELIOS) - the experimental tokamak reactor - is due to begin in 2 years, with the reactor itself to be based on the experimental HL-2M design. Being the AU's largest and most advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device, the HL-2M is hoped to be a way to potentially unlock a powerful clean energy source. HELIOS is expected to be fully completed in 10 years or less, with the DoE planning to release more comprehensive details on the nature of the project once initial planning is complete in a year.

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* https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/802429771178442762/803542887932493864/Untitled.png
** https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunway_TaihuLight
*** https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a34875771/china-turns-on-artificial-sun-nuclear-fusion-reactor/

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official statement — Events in the FEUSSR

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reciprocated such measures, as we severely condemn the UKOB for its unwise course of actions.

The UKOB may wish to portray itself as a "hero" for standing up to a "rogue nation" that commits so-called "heinous crimes on its own people", but the fact remains that the people involved were all criminals - all guilty of treason and assaulting a body of government, which undoubtedly carries capital or other severe sentences anywhere else in the world. Why the sudden special treatment? Of course, the FEUSSR expects our imperialist counterpart to disregard reason in its interactions with the state, and instead impress upon us their own ideals of 'justice' - ideas which we vehemently reject and do not want.

We invite Mr James Courtenay to perhaps inspect the site of the Wanshoutai Hall Assault in person, or examine the visual footage and evidence. Perhaps he should console the families of the fallen at Kalgan. Maybe the UKOB should gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand before they butt in with their buzzword cries of "heinous crimes" and "tyranny". It is the state's duty to punish the accursed criminals who dare assault innocents. That is justice. Instead, the UKOB might have us pardon these terrorising radicals in the name of 'freedom'. This does nothing but show us that they know little of the happenings inside the FEUSSR. The UKOB's insistence that we manage our internal affairs to their likings and standards, rather than to that of our constituents, shows the world London's true face. They proclaim to be a lover of democracy, yet they shun it when the people cry for justice. The people cry for blood. Will the UKOB be so hegemonic as to deny them that?

The proper judicial authorities have called for such a sentencing. Therefore it shall be carried out to the detail. May we further remind the UKOB that it would be unwise to further provoke nations around the world.

The 4th royal germanic reich

SOZIALISMUS!

Thursday Jan 7:00
-Socialist and Syndicalist protests in multiple cities in the reich today only 2 turned violent in Hannover with 10 Residental Mixed Buildings were burned down and 7 stores were looted, and 2 factories also damaged and on fire at the moment. The Police and Law enforcement has been deployed. Most protester hold large support for Matthias Hoelder, a socialist technocrat, 10 people were killed in the protests so far. The Protests and Riots are in control at the moment.

Thursday Jan 10:00
More people join the protests, about 2,000 people are protesting all over the nation, Nazi Rioters attack the socialist protesters
protest clashes kill 50 people all over the nation, Nazi Rioters burn a City council building in Giessen, Anti Nazi and Democratic Protesters clash with both of the other riots killing 5 more people. The Palierment declares a state of emergency and sets a cerfew for 6PM, any violence protest will be met with force. The Nation Badeuria is advised to close borders until everything is under control.

Terre de inge inferni

The Hellenes League wrote:Ministry of War

Having received approval from the Hellenic Parliament, we are offering for sale the following:

300 M60A3 “Patton” MBT: $210,000 per unit (IMK 1,743,000)

300 M48A3 “Patton” MBT: $125,000 per unit (IMK 1,037,500)

Petropovloski

We would be interested in creating a small ground army, we would be grateful if the Hellenic League would assist in such a feat. We would be good for the money, and seek a greater alliance with your government and her personal interests. We appreciate your time, your hospitable attitude on the continent and we look forward to hearing back from your government.

Premier M. Svenska Petra

Israelostine wrote:hi guys !, how the region work ?

OOC:

Hi, welcome to Geopolity! We're alternate history, realistic, roleplay region.

We dont really use the RMB for casual talk, so head over to our Regional Discord Channel (link in the regional description above) where you can meet our community and ask all the questions you like, or you can send a telegram to anyone belonging to the Regional Administration (also listed above).

You can also read our Regional Index which has a bunch of information about the region, including our Regional Map, Rules, FAQ and more! It also contains the Application which you'll need to fill out and publish in a factbook in order to become an official member of our community and start roleplaying!

Thanks!

Well, I'll be on my way!

*Leaves a Note on the room that was given*
"Thank you Furstia for helping a wandering traveler! I wish you and your region well for
your kindness to someone you don't know! Well wishes! ~EL

Eulumia, Donau-Bundesreich, Central America Federation, The 4th royal germanic reich, and 1 otherTerre de inge inferni

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official statement — Marathan remarks
~ Department of State for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne

To the Government of the Maratha-Empire,

As you might have noticed from our policies since the latter half of the last century, the United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne does no longer favour any kind of imperialism. We find it ironic and hypocritical that you accuse the Avalon-regime of imperialism while your own nation is known as an Empire.

The Government does not deny that several atrocities were committed in the past, because they undoubtably were. However, that era is now gone by and we would like to keep it in the past. Our Government is willing to discuss ways in which we can compensate those who directly suffered from inhumane crimes caused by Orange-Bourgognians. What we will not do on the other hand, is "compensate" those who have not directly been affected at our watch.

Where it concerns the royal regalia of Orange-Bourgogne, they will not be returned. They are not only embedded in the history of your Empire, but in our nation as well. Relics looked after by the Orange-Bourgognian Museum and other similar institutions will be dealt with by these private bodies.

Regarding your proposal to settle the dispute through the involvement of the United Assembly of Nations, Orange-Bourgogne is not a Member-State to the UAN, and as such we have no intention to resolve our disagreement on this matter in this manner — especially when we take into consideration the recent negligence of and disrespectful behaviour towards our own interests by that international organisation.

Finally, we do not give in threats of economic and other sanctions. Of course we urge you to refrain from imposing them, but we will not hesitate to issue countermeasures if so thought necessary.

[Signed]

The Rt. Hon. (Rupert Carrington) The Baron of Claremont
Minister of State of External Conflicts

Office of the Archon

The weak argument posed by the government of Orange-Bourgogne, and is attached to a long list of weak excuses that the United Kingdom has issued in the past.

The United Kingdom must realize in its own history it has subjugated countless people of different races and creeds and not only worked to conquer them, economically or otherwise, but also actively worked to siphon resources and riches from those lands.

Maratha-Empire happens to be one of those lands who suffered at the hands of old imperialism.

While history must be respected and and observed, the people should also be respected and observed.

Alternate german democratic republic

Ministerium für Staatssicherheitpartially prevents bomb attack on the Palast der Republik, NeoDDR banned as terrorists

The Palast der Republik doesn't just serve as the seat of both Parliaments of the DDR but is also an important cultural centre in Berlin, with it containing two large auditoria, art galleries, a theatre, 13 restaurants, a bowling alley, a post office, and a discotheque and more.

With the importance of the "Palace of the Republic", it was only a matter of time until it would become the target of those that disagree with the values of those that build it. So the Ministry for State Security fell into a panic when an experimental Software designed to find dangerous activity on the internet reported an obscure chat board where some users seemed to plan to blow the Palast der Republik up. After following investigations, some of the Users were identified as members of the "NeoDDR" rebel group. The Palast der Republik was subsequently searched, and several well-hidden primitive time bombs were found. The bombs, all set to explode a few days later, where professionally disarmed and on the day of the explosion, the Palast der Republik was quietly closed. Despite the State Security's attempts, several unfound bombs still exploded and caused an unknown amount of damage to the building.

Still, on the same day, the "NeoDDR" was declared a terrorist organisation and was banned. The identified members from the chat board have been arrested. After they protested the "NeoDDR" ban, several conservative politicians have been taken into custody while possible ties to the organisation are being investigated. The Palast der Republik remains closed, and the surrounding area has been evacuated and put into lockdown. At the same time, it is inspected if the explosions caused damage to the 5000 tons of sprayed asbestos used during the construction to make the building fireproof. The Government has announced that once the inspection is complete, the Palast der Republik will be refurbished and the asbestos will be removed.

Duma wrote:“That's the first known thorium reactor, it's in the final stage of its construction,” says a voice behind Isabelle and Tom.
The two turn around and behind them is a man in an orange overalls, like those of all the workers.
"He is the Superintendent of the project," says the director to the boy next to him
The man turns to the boy "And you should be Tom Han, son of Hou Han, the billionaire and main financier of this project, right?"
"It's me" says the boy shaking his hand.
"He is here to gain experience, he studies nuclear physics at Zhejiang University"
"I also studied there" says the Superintendent "But now what do you say to go and have a closer look at the prototype?"
"Here we go!" the boy answers

Shortly thereafter, all three don their orange overalls and go down the stairs to enter the site.
"This thorium reactor is among the first in the world, it has a very advanced technology, but the real advantage is precisely Thorium, which, unlike Uranium, is easier to find and much easier to dispose of, with only one ton of thorium can produce 1000 megawatts of energy "
"It's fantastic, and at what point is this prototype?" asks the boy very interested in the matter
"And in a good development phase, in 5 months (20 days IRL) the first official test should take place, some key components are still missing to put it into operation"
Finally the group arrives at the construction site and the Superintendent shows how it is made and how it works.

At the same time a few floors above a worker walks away from the line of his companions who return to work after the break, he locks himself in the bathroom and takes out his phone, dials a number and calls "Well, I heard that will arrive in more or less in two weeks "
On the other hand, "Great job, you can go back to base, we need to prepare"

A few hours later the Secretary for Energy and Resources has called a press conference, in which he officially announces the project and declares that any external help can be useful for this project which should have common interests for a more sustainable future.
It also announced that construction of the first Thorium nuclear power plant is expected to start within 4 years (208 days IRL)

Message from the Ministry of Infrastructure

Minister Fatema Yousef of The Republic of Dhan sends a message to the scientific board in charge of the Thorium reactor project. It reads as follows, "As another nation in the Asian continent that has technologies and interests in the pursuit of more sustainable nuclear power, it is within our interest to help you on this project. As such, we would like to send 200 million Baleers (10 Million USD) with further funding if results are made. We would like to send a group of scientists and engineers from our Academic System of government as well as a group of Dhanian construction workers so that we may better understand how to implement this kind of technology in our own nation. We do hope that this may lead to a more cooperative relationship between us in Asia. We await your acknowledgement."

Signed: Minister Fatema Yousef

Maratha-Empire wrote:Delhi:

Message to the UAN and Orange-Bourgogne

Imperialism is a stain that caused and causes pain to hundreds of million of people across the world. Our nation, the Maratha-Empire, was a victim of such imperialism at the hands of the British. Our lands were sacked, our treasures stolen, our people tortured and murdered. Today, those same imperialist powers talk of friendship and democracy. Yet they fail to see the irony of their actions. They imposed themselves onto others for their selfish economic gain.

The British Museum and the British Royal Jewels may be symbols of pride to the British people but they are symbols of subjugation, theft and destruction to billions across the world. The majority of artifacts from the Museum and the Royal Jewels were stolen and plundered during centuries of exploitation of the British Empire. We request an UAN meeting to resolve this and to repatriate the artifacts that belong to us.

If the government of Orange-Bourgogne refuses, our nation will be forced to impose severe economic sanctions and the complete ban of any British ship in our ports and waters. We invite our friends in the government of Eulumia to join our efforts as they too have been severely affected by such imperialism.

Statement of the Foreign Office of the Imperial Federation

A culture cannot exists without its past. A culture that has its past dislocated from it, is a lost culture. Throughout the centuries, European powers have taken the cultural valuables of many millions of peoples throughout the world, that they subsequently displayed as 'exotic.' To them, the artificats had no inherent meaning. But to the peoples from whom they were stolen, they meant a lot. They were part of an identity, a sense of home, which in itself can never be valued through monetary means.

As the artefacts remained on display in European museums, it is not more than natural that new stakeholders have emerged. Despite relying on theft and cultural appropriation, museums have started financially relying on the artefacts. Recognizing both the unfairness and the complexity of the situation, it is only reasonable that international talks begin to find the most workable and most fair solution that could exist. The fact that nations might not be part of certain international bodies is irrelevant to the cause of global justice. A refusal from every colonial power to openly discuss the issue is little more than an acceptance and a renewed commitment to cultural imperialism, which in this world can no longer exist.

The Imperial Federation wholeheartedly supports the initiative of the Maratha-Empire and the proposal sponsored by CCCP- and Donau-Bundesreich, for the creation of a meeting of the United Assembly of Nations, to which each colonizer, including Orange-Bourgogne despite not being a member, should morally feel obliged to attend.

[signed]

Mr. Dusan Volin
Infinian Representative to the United Assembly of Nations

Mr. Leigh Avidan
Infinian Minister of Science, Culture, and Education

The People's Media Agency/人民媒社/인민미디어대행사/ピープルズメディアエージェンシー/Агентство народных СМИ

SHUNTIAN — The Old Summer Palace

With the cry to arms from the nations of Infiny, Maratha-Empire, CCCP-, Donau-Bundesreich, The Hellenes League, and others, the people of the FEUSSR call upon the Asian Union to resolutely act against the UKOB at this time to ensure the repatriation of our treasures, countless of which have been stolen, plundered, and looted by the British.

The British Museum is nothing more than a museum of cheap steals. Britain is the world's largest art thief, having bullied and killed its way to attaining these treasures. Let is not forget the Elgin Marbles. The Rosetta Stone. The Benin Bronzes. All are stolen objects being protected by the watchful eye of the British government. But are we to be pushovers in letting such injustices slide? Are we to be soft? No!

On October 18 1860, Lord Elgin, the British High Commissioner, ordered the destruction of the Old Summer Palace. It took the British 3 days to burn down the Palace, and only 13 buildings survived the onslaught intact. In the words of Charles George Gordon, who was then a captain in the Royal Engineers and part of the 1860 Anglo-French expeditionary force, the British destroyed the Palace "in a vandal-like manner". The most magnificent pieces of art were burnt. The British looters then ransacked our stores of porcelain, casting bronze vessels which dated back to the Shang, Zhou and Han dynasties into the flames, and then ran off like a band of robbers. The attitudes of the UKOB can be summed up to several lines written by Victor Hugo, as "two robbers breaking into a museum. One has looted, the other has burnt. There is a theft and two thieves." The Europeans look and proclaim themselves to be the civilized ones, and for us the Asians as barbarians. Look and see, ladies and gentlemen, for this is what civilization has done to barbarism.

Do not forget about the Boxer Rebellion of 1900! The British Legation, upon mercilessly killing the ravaging their way through the innocent populace of the country, held loot auctions every afternoon and proclaimed, "Looting on the part of British troops was carried out in the most orderly manner." Looting in an "orderly manner"? The only thing orderly about the British is the consistency in which they steal and plunder treasures with impunity! This Western 'civilization' of ours, so highly regarded by the world, is merely a veneer over savagery.

Hear hear, to all peoples of the world, we must have what is rightfully ours returned. The British reject these calls as "these artefacts have been part of their history." If they want everything that is part of their history, they should take the millions of dead they have killed, and prop them up in the Royal Albert Hall!

We join the other nations of the world in our fight to repatriate what is rightfully ours. Most notably - damages for the burning of the Old Summer Palace, and a complete return of the stolen pieces of loot that came from it.

If the British truly believe in the 'rule of law', they will abide and do this - the right thing.

    ~Huang Duzhen, Editorial

The People's Media Agency/人民媒社/인민미디어대행사/ピープルズメディアエージェンシー/Агентство народных СМИ

SHUNTIAN — The Department of Labour has ruled that by setting tight delivery times, levying fines for delays and even suggesting routes in violation of traffic rules, local delivery platforms risk incurring punitive measures for encouraging couriers to speed dangerously.

Figures from the Shencheng city government show that in the first half of the year, delivery and takeaway couriers were on average involved in 13 traffic accidents and 13 injuries every week, which have killed 5 in these 6 months. Meanwhile, a survey of more than 1,000 delivery drivers found that 70% cited traffic safety as the biggest challenge in the job. The People's Media Agency recently conducted an investigation, which found the cause of such dangers as the algorithms behind delivery apps. These apps set tight delivery times, levy fines for delays, and suggest routes in violation of traffic rules, all of which contribute to enhanced traffic risk. In essence, said platforms exchange courier safety for time.

Another concern was that these delivery platforms make use of a large, cheap pool of labour and evade the costs of regular employers. By outsourcing drivers and signing contracts with third-party outsourcing agencies, said companies evade the costs of regular employment. Food delivery services such as Ele.me and Meituan have 7,000,000 couriers between them, but the sector is barely regulated. Only very recently did the FEUSSR government add “online order delivery workers” to a list of recognised occupations.

With strikes in the delivery sector increasing over the past two years, the Department of Labour has directly intervened after a case of self-immolation due to unpaid wages. The DoL has compelled and encouraged couriers to organise into unions, while conducting audits into various Human Resources companies to which couriers are outsourced from. The Department of Transit has also weighed in, saying that suggesting illicit traffic routes is illegal, and companies in violation of said rules could be liable for a $500,000 USP fine per infraction.

The DoL has also ruled that food delivery companies must contribute to their food delivery worker's pension plans, contributing a minimum of 15% of a worker's monthly wages to their pension plans for the duration of their employment.

The Department of Labour of the FEUSSR continues to reaffirm its commitment to "advancing the worker's agenda nationwide", and continues to work towards the success of the working class as a core component of the ideology of Mogpyo-Juche.

Donau-Bundesreich wrote:Peoples Ministry of External Affairs
Volksministerium für Außenangelegenheiten/Népek Külügyminisztériuma

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Diplomatic Reshuffle Announcement

Following recent events in Danubia, i have been appointed as the new peoples minister of external affairs and have been placed in charge of reforming and streamlining the diplomatic service. After a thorough review, Danubia has announced a total reshuffle of our diplomatic service; and will be recalling all current ambassadors and appointing new candidates in their place.

It is hoped that introducing new blood into our diplomatic service will help modernise and streamline Danubian diplomatic efforts, allowing our nation to better promote itself on the world stage and form closer, more mutually benefical bonds with our fellow nation-states. A list of new appointments has been published below:

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- Krogis: Violeta Boroi

- Labyrnna: Emma Morgenstern

- Orange-Bourgogne: Karlo Jaković

- The 4th royal germanic reich: Michael Schuster

- Badeuria: Sandra Kosanović

- Alternate german democratic republic: Viktor Bachmann

- Holy Roman Republica: Sonia Moldovanu

- CCCP-: Juhász Beatrix

- The Hellenes League: Maria Neumann

- Uralia-: Lara Ostojić

- The Republic of Dhan: Karla Perić

- Far Eastern Union of Soviet Republics: Szőke Diána

- Southwest China: Jónás Richárd

- Duma: Gita Kučerová

- Vashnal: Bálint Hajnalka

- Eulumia: Bogdán Alexander

- Esserix: Toni Kuhar

- Furstia: Lukács Benedek

- Infiny: Vasile Moldovanu

- Tumolia: Milan Tesarik

- -Greater Canada-: Melina von Stroheim

- Imperial Eagle: Alexander Hass

- Central America Federation: Petr Poláček

- Aozhou: Saša Leskovar

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Signed,

Comrade Tom Weichselbraun

Volksvorsitzender des Diplomatischen Dienstes
Volksminister für Außenhandel und Investitionen

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(OOC: could people also send over their own ambassadors name so i can update the factbook, thanks :p

The Roman government will be sending former general Giovanni Mario as ambassador to Danubia to expand our dialogue to the other countries in the world

The Ministry of the Interior
Bureau of Cultural Remembrance
Letter to the Museum of the United Kingdom of Orange-Bourgogne (The British Museum)
CC: International Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization (IESCO)

The Parthenon Marbles beginning in 1801 began to be removed by a team lead by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin.

They were successful in the effort to remove it but the legality of it is not just questionable, but nonexistent. The Earl of Elgin looted the Parthenon Marble in an effort of showcasing nationalist dominance over a people, and cultural superiority, both of which the United Kingdom does not possess.

The Parthenon Marbles must be returned to Athens. The United Kingdom has possessed them for to long. IESCO and the Museum of the Parthenon are prepared to accept the Marbles, and have already set up a space for them to be returned home.

We look forward to your cooperation on the matter at hand.

Office of the Archon
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On December 3rd, 1944, Soldiers from Orange-Bourgogne did the unthinkable. With orders from the government, lead by Winston Churchill, soldiers opened fired on a crowd of Hellenic Citizens who were at the time chanting “Viva Churchill” in support of the allied effort to assist in removing fascist forces from Hellas and the greater Balkans.

28 Hellenic citizens died. Most of them were young boys and girls who had their lives taken away too soon. To this day no formal apology has been issued by the government of the United Kingdom. This slaughter was done to prevent communism from spreading. Preventing a political ideology from spreading by murdering people is no way to go about the world.

We demand that the United Kingdom acknowledge it’s history and not only apologize for the murder of Hellenic Citizens, but also acknowledge the role that Winston Churchill played. Furthermore we also demand reparations be paid to families of the victims to a tune of $30 million (IMK 249,000,000)

While the United Kingdom deserves a “thank you” for the role it played in removing the evil axis from Hellas, it does not deserve all the credit. Arguably it does not deserve any credit. The resistance here in Hellas had the major role in removing the threat. When kicked to the curb and our ribs bruised and bodies battered we knew had to get back up. And get back up we did.

So I now challenge the U.K. Government to do the right thing and acknowledge it’s wrong doings. The past is in the past but it cannot be left alone any longer.

Official Statement from the Department of State

Following a request from both Congress and President Dawes, the State Department wishes to make a request of the Government of Orange-Bourgogne regarding several objects looted from Washington during the Burning of Washington in the War of 1812. These objects are limited in numbers but include two paintings taken from the Capitol before it was burned, a grandfather clock stolen from the White House and the official government receipt book of President Madison. This is not a pressing demand but would of course go a long way to further relations between our two nations. In return, the Union shall return a royal standard taken as loot during the Burning of Parliament in Toronto, though of course the Royal Monarch is not Head of State of Canada anymore.

Government of Canada requests stuff from Orange-Bourgogne

The Canadian Government has requested stuff be returned to the Canadian Government and Canadian First Nation Tribes that were stolen by Orange-Bourgogne. We request the following: All Native American artifacts which will be returned to their respective tribes, All Native American artifacts from Trinidad and Tobago, Louis XIV Coins, all coins from Canada made prior to 1770, all medals from Canada made prior to 1770, all prints made prior to 1770, and all artifacts from ships that were sunk in Canadian Waters.

Ministry of War
Internal update

The HAI Dory Drone prototype has been completed roughly one month ahead of schedule due to a streamlined process that included the HF-X team at Hermes Aerospace Systems.

Testing will begin which will last two months (8 RL days)
The testing will include maneuvering and weapons use utilizing the various weapons.

Once testing has been completed an order for 30 drones is to be placed for IMK 99,600,000 ($12mn) for a total of IMK 2,988,000,000 ($360mn) with a construction timeline after testing ends at 5 months (20 RL days)

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Central America Federation and Terre de inge inferni

Bombardier-Textron

Bombardier-Textron has decided to work on a project for the Canadian Government designing the Bell 360 Invictus. It will be a future attack reconnaissance helicopter. It will take 3 years to complete.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_360_Invictus

Imperial Eagle wrote:Department of Defense Internal Memo

Following a recent meeting about replacement attack helicopters, it has been agreed that a new design will be build to replace older models of the AH-64 Apache in combat roles. Much like the Apache, it will be designed primarily for anti-tank warfare missions but have secondary air-to-air combat capability as well and be built with a lighter-weight, more agile airframe with less emphasis on armor and have a crew of 2. A prototype will be ready within a year at best following a design study and testing will will last a further two years before mass production begins. Total cost will be no more than 600 Million but room will be left in the budget in the event of cost over-runs.

(to be based off the following: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAIC_Z-10)

Department of Defense Internal Memo

First test flight of new YAH-70 has shown that engine thrust does fall within safe levels but vibrations could cause issues with onboard systems. Further testing will be conducted before issues are fully known and fixed. Stealth features have shown promise in lowering radar cross-sections until visible with the naked eye or other optics and heat signature falls within acceptable levels. Efforts to lower it further will be undertaken as testing and design goes on. Also, it has been decided that work is to begin on a new tiltrotor drone design to be used in recon and attack. A design period of one year will take place followed by two years of testing barring any delays.

(to be based off the following: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_V-247_Vigilant)

-Greater Canada- wrote:Bombardier-Textron

Bombardier-Textron has decided to work on a project for the Canadian Government designing the Bell 360 Invictus. It will be a future attack reconnaissance helicopter.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_360_Invictus

Department of Defense Request to Canadian Defense Ministry

We would be interested in working with on your new attack helicopter design as it would be able to complement existing and future attack helicopter designs in use by the Union Army and Marine Corps. In return, we invite you take part in the design and testing of a future tiltrotor UAV we will begin work on here shortly.

Imperial Eagle wrote:Department of Defense Internal Memo

Following a recent meeting about replacement attack helicopters, it has been agreed that a new design will be build to replace older models of the AH-64 Apache in combat roles. Much like the Apache, it will be designed primarily for anti-tank warfare missions but have secondary air-to-air combat capability as well and be built with a lighter-weight, more agile airframe with less emphasis on armor and have a crew of 2. A prototype will be ready within a year at best following a design study and testing will will last a further two years before mass production begins. Total cost will be no more than 600 Million but room will be left in the budget in the event of cost over-runs.

(to be based off the following: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAIC_Z-10)

OOC: Bro...couldn't you just have bought the Z-10 from me?

The People's Media Agency/人民媒社/인민미디어대행사/ピープルズメディアエージェンシー/Агентство народных СМИ

KUM-SOK CITY — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which also oversees immigration affairs, has said that routes for migrants and immigrants would be opened up further, as the FEUSSR stresses the importance of "strategic openness" to the outside world as part of its foreign policy directive.

Immigration to the FEUSSR has remained low due to restrictive immigration policies, but influxes of immigrants in recent years has been on the rise, prompting the FEUSSR to reconsider its stance on immigration. To better cater to the welfare of foreign economic migrants, the MFA has revamped the EPS (Employment Permit System) that was used to help SMEs bring in migrant workers, formally adopting the EMS (Economic Migration System) into force. The EMS addresses many of the EPS' flaws - most notably, migrant workers who enter the FEUSSR through the EMS are not legally tied to their employer and can freely change places of work within reason. Migrants can also freely extend their stay once their EMS expires without employer consent. Furthermore, migrants from the EMS are privy to entertain labour rights shared by other domestic workers, such as the right to organise, and are also allowed to bring up to 3 dependent family members as a social support network. The 3 family members can also search for work under the EMS system, in a bid to allow for more financial and social mobility for workers across the world.

Citizenship has also been loosened to accommodate for more immigrants. Previously, citizenship was limited only to birth within the FEUSSR, or if foreign nationals were naturalised as immediate family members of FEUSSR citizens or as permanent residents within the FEUSSR. Now, citizenship can be doled out via jus sanguinis (if either parent is a citizen of the FEUSSR), jus soli (if the person in question was born within the FEUSSR's sovereign territory), naturalisation, or through "spilled blood". The last option covers foreign nationals who voluntarily engage in national service for the FEUSSR for 6 years, which can include enlistment or entry into the PSF, PDF, MNP-NAD, or firefighting service. Any national who gets wounded while performing national service for the FEUSSR can also immediately apply to be a citizen of the Far East, invoking "citizenship through spilled blood" - a concept not too dissimilar with that of the French Foreign Legion.

Naturalisation can also occur for migrants and their families, if they continually work or reside within the FEUSSR for a period of 7 years or more. It is also expected that they be of good conduct, have a legal domicile within the FEUSSR, and are capable of supporting themselves financially. Furthermore, people with traced ancestry/ethnic lineage to the FEUSSR's constituent territories can also receive a fast-tracked naturalisation process if they continually work or reside within the FEUSSR for a period of 3 years or more.

The 4th royal germanic reich

Leistung!
Friday 6:30AM
The Riots have been contained 100 people are aressted most nazis, The Januaray Revolution has failed for the socialists, technocrats, and Nazis. Finally Germany can rest in peace, the damaged streets are getting reconstructed and the leaders of the attempted coup will be trailed.

Germany Buys....

After a negotiation with multipule businessmen in canada Germany buys, 50 RQ-7 Shadows, 30 Textron AirLand Scorpions, 20 Landing Craft Air Cushion, 100 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles, 80 Bell AH-1Z Vipers, altogether it costs 5.43 billion germany agrees to pay one billion each year for the price. Also Volkswagen buys the electric car company Electra Meccanica and starts mass producing a secret car that will be benifital for the world.

Far Eastern Union of Soviet Republics wrote:The People's Media Agency/人民媒社/인민미디어대행사/ピープルズメディアエージェンシー/Агентство народных СМИ

SHUNTIAN — The Old Summer Palace

With the cry to arms from the nations of Infiny, Maratha-Empire, CCCP-, Donau-Bundesreich, The Hellenes League, and others, the people of the FEUSSR call upon the Asian Union to resolutely act against the UKOB at this time to ensure the repatriation of our treasures, countless of which have been stolen, plundered, and looted by the British.

The British Museum is nothing more than a museum of cheap steals. Britain is the world's largest art thief, having bullied and killed its way to attaining these treasures. Let is not forget the Elgin Marbles. The Rosetta Stone. The Benin Bronzes. All are stolen objects being protected by the watchful eye of the British government. But are we to be pushovers in letting such injustices slide? Are we to be soft? No!

On October 18 1860, Lord Elgin, the British High Commissioner, ordered the destruction of the Old Summer Palace. It took the British 3 days to burn down the Palace, and only 13 buildings survived the onslaught intact. In the words of Charles George Gordon, who was then a captain in the Royal Engineers and part of the 1860 Anglo-French expeditionary force, the British destroyed the Palace "in a vandal-like manner". The most magnificent pieces of art were burnt. The British looters then ransacked our stores of porcelain, casting bronze vessels which dated back to the Shang, Zhou and Han dynasties into the flames, and then ran off like a band of robbers. The attitudes of the UKOB can be summed up to several lines written by Victor Hugo, as "two robbers breaking into a museum. One has looted, the other has burnt. There is a theft and two thieves." The Europeans look and proclaim themselves to be the civilized ones, and for us the Asians as barbarians. Look and see, ladies and gentlemen, for this is what civilization has done to barbarism.

Do not forget about the Boxer Rebellion of 1900! The British Legation, upon mercilessly killing the ravaging their way through the innocent populace of the country, held loot auctions every afternoon and proclaimed, "Looting on the part of British troops was carried out in the most orderly manner." Looting in an "orderly manner"? The only thing orderly about the British is the consistency in which they steal and plunder treasures with impunity! This Western 'civilization' of ours, so highly regarded by the world, is merely a veneer over savagery.

Hear hear, to all peoples of the world, we must have what is rightfully ours returned. The British reject these calls as "these artefacts have been part of their history." If they want everything that is part of their history, they should take the millions of dead they have killed, and prop them up in the Royal Albert Hall!

We join the other nations of the world in our fight to repatriate what is rightfully ours. Most notably - damages for the burning of the Old Summer Palace, and a complete return of the stolen pieces of loot that came from it.

If the British truly believe in the 'rule of law', they will abide and do this - the right thing.

    ~Huang Duzhen, Editorial

~ Message from the Office of the President of the Republic ~

Given the recent events involving Orange-Bourgogne and Maratha-Empire for the return of artifacts stolen by the OB government to the empire hundreds of years ago, the Republic of Duma announces that it will not take part in any embargo, or any possible measure against UKOB and not will sanction any merchandise of that government.
"As much as it may be a statement that some governments will not like, we have a" debt "to UKOB, it is the country that after the Second World War helped our nation to recover and become what it is now," said President Zat.
~ end of message ~

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Message from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

To: foreign ministry of Orange-Bourgogne
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maratha-Empire
foreign minister of Donau-Bundesreich
Foreign minister of The Hellenes League
Foreign minister of Far Eastern Union of Soviet Republics

However, we are willing to welcome the delegations of the two countries to Wuhan to find a peaceful solution that satisfies both sides.
All countries interested in the matter are also invited.

Best regards

Signed: Bai Zhelan

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