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The Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector in The Geopolitical Roleplay Region
World Census special forces intercepted crates of smuggled weapons to determine which nations have the largest arms industry.
As a region, The Geopolitical Roleplay Region is ranked 7,028th in the world for Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector.
|1.||The United Arab Federation of Gregorreich||Capitalist Paradise||“It has been a long time, O my weapon!”|
|2.||The Constitutional Monarchy of New Byzantinum||Iron Fist Consumerists||“Free are our wings”|
|3.||The Empire of Great Romaion||Iron Fist Consumerists||“One Empire, One Ruler, One Faith”|
|4.||The Socialist People's Republic of South East Asian States||New York Times Democracy||“นักปฏิวัติ เราไม่เคยกลัวตาย”|
|5.||The United States of Tircana||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“We Will Endure”|
|6.||The Federation of Serbia-and-Montenegro||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Theirs we don't want, ours we don't give”|
|7.||The TGRR Founding Account of New Vashnal||Democratic Socialists||“For the people, by the people.”|
|8.||The Commonwealth of Canadian Dominion||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“From Sea to Sea”|
|9.||The Kingdom of Stormaktstiden||Left-Leaning College State||“För Sverige – i tiden”|
|10.||The People's Republic of Zhonghua Minzu Gongheguo||Libertarian Police State||“Serve the People”|
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- : The Peaceful Realm of Hundredstar departed this region for Melayu Archipelago.
- : Germanischestaaten ceased to exist.
- : The United States of Tircana arrived from The Order of the Grey Wardens.
- : Indian commonwealth ceased to exist.
- : The Peaceful Realm of Hundredstar arrived from Balder.
- : The Constitutional Monarchy of New Byzantinum arrived from Lazarus.
- : The Federal Republic of Yugoslavian Federation B ceased to exist.
- : The cccp- ceased to exist.
- : The Sort of a Country of Somalia of The Great Expanses departed this region for Greater Middle East.
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How to succeed in Sweden: five tips for international residents
Brought to you by Local, Sweden's English news report channel
From the unwritten social rules to the dramatic seasonal differences, there’s a lot to adjust to when you move to Sweden.
Here, in partnership with Stockholm University, and by drawing on some of its world class research, The Local looks at five ways you can make your new life a little easier.
1. Get out in the sunlight to protect your health
Summer is finally here and it’s not just the warmer weather that brings a welcome change if you live in Sweden. After the darkness of winter, the long hours of daylight also mean you can spend evenings outside, topping up your vitamin D through sun exposure.
Vitamin D deficiency can leave you feeling tired, lacking in energy, and even with symptoms of depression. It has also been linked with various chronic diseases.
One 2015 study found that up to half the Swedish population may suffer from a lack of vitamin D in the winter months. More recent research involving Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute and the Karolinska Institute found that people born outside Europe are far more likely to lack vitamin D than European-born Swedish residents.
You really do need to make the most of the Swedish summer while it lasts – just be careful not to burn!
2. Never give people a reason to gossip about you!
Around one in five residents of Sweden were born abroad. But don’t be fooled into thinking the country doesn’t have its own distinct social rules. A recent international study, led by Kimmo Eriksson at Stockholm University’s Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution, looked at how different countries treat people who break social norms.
More than 20,000 people in 57 countries were asked how they would respond to incidents such as someone taking too much of a group resource or listening to music on headphones at a funeral.
So, how will Swedes treat you if they consider you a norm-breaker? Simple: they’ll gossip about you behind your back. Other studies have already found that gossip can be highly effective in upholding social norms.
But Swedes view physical confrontation or completely avoiding the person in question (which gain wide support in countries such as Algeria and Indonesia) as inappropriate, according to the new research.
So, now you’ve been warned: observing Swedish social rules could help ensure you aren’t the subject of gossip that might do lasting harm to your reputation.
3. Job hunting: embrace informality and cut that CV
Finding a job in Sweden proves a major challenge for many newcomers, including the partners of international people who move for work. It’s important to adjust your approach to match Swedish business culture, which is more informal than in many countries. Job applications should reflect the local culture.
For example, you may just open an email with ‘Hej’ and the first name of the person you’re applying to, if you know it. Be sure to also keep your CV short – one page if you can, two at the most – if you want a Swedish hiring manager’s attention.
If you have solid Swedish skills, doing an application and interview in Swedish could be a real advantage. But well-written English is more likely to make a positive first impression than Swedish that’s full of errors.
Not sure where to start? Look out for mentorship programmes for newcomers, such as the City of Stockholm’s Stockholmsmentor.
4. Enjoy some guilt-free weekend lie-ins
Are you constantly tired? Well, here’s some good news. If you just can’t get enough sleep during the week, you should know that sleeping longer at the weekend to compensate is good for you!
That was the conclusion of a study by Torbjörn Åkerstedt, professor emeritus at Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute, involving data from more than 40,000 people in Sweden.
He says people who sleep less on weekdays but longer at weekends have lower mortality than people who sleep for either shorter or longer spells every night of the week.
“Possibly, long weekend sleep may compensate for short weekday sleep,” says Professor Åkerstedt.
5. Just forget about small talk
Do you like talking with strangers in a queue? Or at bus stops? Besides the pandemic, you now have another reason not to bother: you live in Sweden and the locals are really not so keen on small talk.
Don’t worry, they’re friendly enough once you know them. But many Swedes just see no point in chatting with strangers. Perhaps you can spend the time you’ll save working out how to cut down your CV?
If avoiding small talk remains totally foreign to you, maybe you need to study more about Swedish society and everyday life to understand the roots of the country’s culture.
3 taikonauts launched to space
The PRC has successfully launched the country's first crewed mission to its new space station.
The Shenzhou 12 mission launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center from a Long March 2F carrier rocket, which will send three taikonauts to the Tianhe core module of the Tiangong space station. The three will spend their three months onboard the module testing the core module and its various systems; assembling spacesuits and performing spacewalks; perform experiments; and monitor their personal health.
The new Shenzhou 12 launch leaves eight more launches needed to build the country's new space station, which will be completed relatively soon by the end of next year. The first and second liftoffs sent the core module and a cargo craft into space. Two of these launches will involve the attachment of spacelab modules Wentian and Mengtian onto either side of the core module to form a T-shaped outpost. Three more resupply flights and three more crewed missions will take place in the future. On May, the country also landed its first-ever Mars rover, and the CNSA continues to operate a rover on the far side of the Moon.
The SNSA wishes to congratulate it's counterparts in the PRC on their successful launch and hopes that the team from Stockholm was of help in the planning of the mission and we have high hopes for manned missions as well. Should such a mission be done in the near future, it mark the first time a Swedish national has slipped the surly bonds of Earth and displayed the National Flag in orbit of our homeworld.
The monetary authorities of the PRC and TSPR have announced the successful linkage of WeChat Pay and Bangkok Bank's PromptPay real-time retail payment systems. The first of its kind globally, the linkage is the culmination of extensive collaboration between various stakeholders, including monetary authorities, Bangkok Bank and Tencent, and participating banks.
Customers of participating banks in both countries will be able to transfer funds of up to $5,130 RMB or 25,000 baht daily across the two countries, using just a mobile number. The payment system will not require any form of paperwork or the filing out of information, permitting funds to flow seamlessly and securely between customers’ accounts. Transactions can be completed in mere seconds or minutes, providing a clear competitive advantage to other forms of payment.
There will be no fees for the use of the WeChat/PromptPay cross-border payment system. Both companies in charge of the payment systems will install add-ons which will make both systems compatible with one another through a 'system jump' - for instance, a WeChat Pay user can transfer payments in Chiang Rai by opening the app and performing the transaction; the transaction will 'jump' to PromptPay, which will complete the transaction in local currency.
This new payment linkage is a key collaboration under the Pattaya Accords financial connectivity, which would help citizens from both nations facilitate faster, cheaper, more inclusive and more transparent cross-border payment arrangements. This new payment linkage collaboration will include more participants in the future as transfer limits will incrementally increase by $500 RMB, or 2436 baht each year. With the rise of the digital economy, individuals and businesses in the region will be able to take advantage of simple, swift, and secure cross-border payment options offered by modern wireless technology.
This move will continue to promote innovation in cross-border payments and infrastructure, and help strengthen financial integration for the sustained well-being of the Pattaya Accords.
Tai People's Congress Mandates New Public Holidays
Two so-called 'flexible holidays' have been mandated starting next year for all registered full and part-time workers across the nation, as well as in foreign interests owned by the state government, in a unanimous vote by the Tai People's Congress and approved shortly thereafter by the Politburo. Workers will be entitled to two full days of paid leave, to be taken in accordance with the schedules of their religious and cultural holidays. The measures have been primarily aimed towards the Tai Muslim minority, providing them with the option to take days off for the celebration of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, respectively. The holidays are also expected to benefit other religious minorities, such as the Christians, who will also be theoretically able to take days off for the celebration of Christmas, which does not enjoy official TCP recognition.
The move comes amid serious deliberation within the People's Congress of the establishment of an autonomous area in the province of Satun, modeled after existing autonomous areas provided to mountain minorities such as the Mon and the Karen. The plan would serve as the forerunner to a potential future expansion of the proposed Tai Malay Autonomous Area to the provinces of the deep south, which are at present afflicted by severe insurgencies following Taksin-era atrocities. The move also follows TCP's previous attempts to mend the rift following the May Coup, from increased welfare benefits to the deep south, as well as the arrest and prosecution of the TPLA staff responsible and complicit in the crimes.
TSPR to Commence Digitalization
Having fallen behind in the advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution thanks in large part to a governmental mistrust of Western communications technology, as well as a past lack of willingness to turn to Chinese suppliers thanks to ideological disagreements, the TSPR has unveiled this week the first centralized digitalization roadmap for the Republic, a large and very ambitious project to model Tai digitalization efforts on that of the PRC in order to promote further PA integration. The largest component of the plan so far appears to be the planned move to full cashless payment and online markets by 2028, with the government pledging up to several billion dollars to help small businesses switch either to an online platform or a cashless mode of payment smoothly, as well as to implement cashless payment in SOEs and troubleshoot any issues that may arise or reveal itself in the future.
Governmental services are also set to go online, with efficient processing systems to sort through documents and complaints to be developed in lieu of overworked bureaucrats and interns, with the breakdown of fees and staff involved to be available online. The increased transparency and elimination of middlemen where possible within the bureaucratic system that will stem from the digitalization will also be a direct attack on smaller-scale cases of corruption and incompetence within the government. The increased flow of funds and information via digital means will doubtlessly paint the TSPR as a larger target, and to safeguard the nation the Ministry of Justice is set to establish a cyber-crimes division. The TPLA will also reportedly expand their cyber-warfare capabilities to handle and intercept external threats, and possibly collaborate with the PLA's own cyber forces.
Consumption Voucher Scheme Launched
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has announced the Consumption Voucher Scheme will be formally opened for registration to the public.
The Consumption Voucher Scheme provides successful registrars with electronic consumption vouchers that have a total value of $5,000 HKD in 5 instalments. Registration is limited to holders of permanent identity cards who may register either online, in person, or with forms that can be dropped down to designated drop boxes at 560 collection points, including post offices, and designated brank branches during office hours. Vouchers will be distributed 3 weeks after their eligibility is confirmed. The CVS is also means-tested, and priority is given to those who make less than $60,000 USP per annum.
The disbursement of the $5,000 HKD electronic consumption vouchers hopes to encourage the public, particularly low-income demographics, to spend in local retail, catering, and service sectors. The CVS will also help local small-and-medium merchants explore potential business opportunities by adopting electronic payments. Upon disbursal, members of the public may choose one of the designated stored value facilities, namely Alipay, WeChat Pay, Octopus, and TapNGo that best fits themselves to receive the electronic vouchers. The value of the vouchers will be directly injected into the public's designated stored value facility account.
The consumption vouchers all expire within 2 years of issuance. They can be used to pay for a wide range of commodities and services, including:
Payments to the Government (e.g. taxes, fines, licence fees, tunnel fees, parking meters)
Payments to public utilities (i.e. payments for water, electricity and gas)
Payments to public organisations (e.g. payments to hospitals)
Education expenses (i.e. payments to tutors, schools, universities)
Purchase of financial products or services (e.g. insurance)
Direct purchases from merchants (i.e: online purchases, in-person mobile payments)
Person to person payments
Encashment for the remaining balance upon expiry
Bundespräsident Gerwulf Vonnegut Steps Down from Re-Election
Bundespräsident Vonnegut has announced that he will not be running for re-election in the coming Bundespräsident elections. SPD minister Agneth Haas will take his position for the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands' candidate in the election. If Minister Haas wins, she will become the first female Bundespräsident. Other candidates that will run against her are Aksel Althaus from the Alternative für Deutschland, Parsifal Gantzmann from Die Grünen, Engelbert Vogel from the Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschland, and Svenja Eichel from Volt Deutschland. It is unclear as to how the public feels about Minister Haas, but a clear frontrunner besides the SPD is Parsifal Gantzmann from Die Grünen.
Today the Montreal peace treaty has been ratified into the existence and with this the long civil war has ended and reconstruction has begun and with the help of The Democratic Republic of Yemen and there contractors, Canada will grow and start in repairing all Canadian industrial Centers.
Canadian citizens are celebrating in the streets and with the end of the civil war Canadian hockey players have started popping up and playing in the street and on ice happy that this war is over
Macau SAR to inaugurate stock exchange by next year
The Government of the Macau SAR has made a plan to inaugurate the city's local stock exchange by next year, as part of a wider plan to diversify its economy and promote development in the financial sector.
The Macau SAR is one of the world’s largest gaming centres, which has led to a boom in the prevalence of local service sectors, such as real estate, hotels and restaurants, and retail. However, this over reliance on a gaming industry-dominated economy makes it vulnerable to external changes, which could potentially threaten the livelihood of local citizens. This highlights the importance of economy’s diversification and the priority of the development of a financial services structure capable of increasing capital flows between the East and West. The city's status as a free port with zero customs duties, coupled with its advantageous tax system, means that it is poised to play an active part in the internationalisation of financial flows within the Greater Bay Area.
The SAR government has earmarked a piece of land on which it would build the Macanese Stock Exchange trading hall (abbreviated as MSEX), which would also allow the city to serve as an effective bridge of economic and trade relations between the PRC and the Lusophone world. A preliminary panel of directors and officials has been appointed to oversee the setup for the MSEX, with their first priority being the drafting of rules to ensure a comfortable investment environment for Lusophone and Asian investors. Other priorities of the panel include the creation of a corresponding ancillary regulatory framework to establish market confidence.
The MSEX will be unique in that it will be Asia's first tri-currency stock exchange. Under this system, local and international investors will be able to buy, sell, and trade securities denominated in three currencies: the Renminbi (RMB), Macanese Pataca (MOP), and the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). Currency conversions will be done on a spot exchange rate to ensure there is minimal differences in currency value.
Canadian 5 year plan
As economists of the country gather, the draw up a 5 year plan and will soon reach out to other countries and start trade up to start fixing the amount of the Canadian dollar. With the trade for things to rebuild to Canada they shall start with the province of Manitoba, Alberta, and Ontario in the first phase of the rebuilding process.
Military and Police rebuilding
As the civil war ended the military and it’s high command has been destroyed and that the start of the rebuilding of the ground forces will start in the coming weeks. The New Cmp (Canadian Mounted Police) will start there new office’s in the Calgary area, with this remaking of the Rcmp the people will be hesitant to accepting them but the PM (Prime Minister) will make a speech in the coming weeks to make sure the people trust this new police force.