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A Special Edition Force Flyer is out, concerning our exit from SCUT.


Today at 12 AM EST, voting to leave the Supreme Commonwealth of United Territories (SCUT) ended. With 13 votes for leaving and 1 abstaining from voting, Force has left SCUT. What prompted all this, you may ask. It was 1 month and 5 days ago that we became serious about leaving SCUT. This was prompted by a key moment that happened when Morriband, Emperor of SCUT, ordered the Force Military to cease and desist and operate as a part of the SCUT Armed Forces, the CDF. This is exactly what they said: "As of 2018, the Force military will operate primarily as a part of the CDF. All operations will be conducted through the SCUT chain of command, with @Ingloniania [TNK] being the current CDF Commander." This prompted anger throughout the region. Mainly though, this anger happened within the Cabinet who seeing our independent military being commanded by an external figure had reason to be annoyed. It must be recognized that Force had two separate military groups, The Force (our armed forces) and the CDF Portion who served SCUT. That same day, the Cabinet held a vote on whether to hold a referendum to leave SCUT or not. That vote resulted in 6 votes for holding a referendum. That vote happened to occur the day prior to Prime Minister elections, so the referendum was delayed from starting until the elections finished. To ensure that all members of Force were informed about SCUT the referendum consisted of 3 stages. First there was the debate session where citizens had the chance to voice the things they believed were good about SCUT and the things they found unsatisfactory about SCUT. Then a planning session was held to plan out exactly what must happen for us to leave SCUT and finally the voting session was held. The main objections to staying in SCUT were that it was falsely portrayed as a democracy when it actually functioned much like a dictatorship, the organization had switched from being a defender to basically being a raider as it started taking advantage of regions with an executive World Assembly Delegate and raiding them, and that constant interference in our own regional affairs was unacceptable. The one point brought up for staying in SCUT was that simply abandoning it would be irresponsible and potentially reckless. Regardless, the referendum resulted in an almost unanimous vote to leave SCUT. The question that has been raised now is, what's next? Many had previously suggested creating an alternative to SCUT that would be democratic, respect the sovereignty of the regions within it, and be a defender organization dedicated to keeping small regions safe from raiders. As it happens, such an alternative had already been created a few months prior. This alternative is called the PAR (Pact for Aligned Regions) and currently has two members including Force and a smaller region, the Marist Federated States. Unlike SCUT, this alternative would allow amendments to its constitution, allow elections for its leader, and not interfere with the signatories' sovereignty. Though this alternative exists, it is still very inactive and it is uncertain whether it will actually work. What we have found though is that Force as a region is strong and has no need to be part of an alliance organization. However, what Force has to give to other regions is much greater and is why we continue to pursue such treaties.

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After much conflict Europe and North America are once again at peace, Joshustania has announced embassies with Carpathia and North America, protesters are against embassies in Carpathia. Serbia and Montenegro wants embassies with Covvia, the United Kingdom, and Fordana. Milosevic wants to improve Serbia and Montenegro's international reputation by allowing tourists to tour the country on their own without guides. They will however still have to comply with Serbo Montenegrin rules and guidelines. Today, at exactly 1:00 PM, during a speech, Jol Markis leader of Kasria called all Chircomians "Disgusting uncivilized people." Most Kasrian have a liking to Chircoma for many reasons, and many petitions have arisin to remove him from power. However, some Kasrians due agree with what he said, even though it is the minority. Kasria is split now over this.

Recipe of the Day

Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Kale Caesar salad

1 CPK Frozen Pizza (I suggest Five Cheese & Tomato)
Kale Caesar salad:
Chopped Kale
1 pound large shrimp, deveined & peeled
salt & pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed
Greek Caesar Dressing:
2 (5.3-oz) containers Non-Fat Greek Yogurts
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest from ½ lemon
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
½ tsp. anchovy paste, or more as needed
½ tsp. salt, or more as needed
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. milk, or more as needed
Baked Sweet Potato Fries:
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks
salt & pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed
Sriracha Mayo Dipping Sauce:
¼ cup light mayonnaise
Sriracha, to taste

Preheat oven to temperature required for the California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza. Bake as directed.
Meanwhile, mix together the Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and zest, anchovy paste, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce in a blender or food processor. Add in milk a little at a time until thickness desired. Taste and add seasonings as desired. Set aside.
Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt & pepper. Place them on one side of a sheet pan in one layer.
Once the pizza is finished, pull from oven and keep warm.
Turn the oven temperature up to 425º F and bake sweet potatoes for 18-20 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove from oven.
Meanwhile, toss shrimp with olive oil and salt & pepper and place on the opposite side of the sheet pan with the sweet potatoes. Turn the oven to the broil setting and place back in the oven. Broil the sweet potatoes and shrimp until the shrimp are opaque and the sweet potatoes are toasted.
Mix together the mayo and Sriracha and serve alongside the sweet potato fries.
Toss the kale with the homemade Caesar salad dressing. Top with shrimp and add croutons and shredded parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with a slice of pizza and enjoy!

Quote of the Day

Fordana wrote:Lol did your leader really just insult Chricoma?

The west doesn’t like you, now the East likely won’t like you


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This is week two of our three-part debate series on Globalization. this week we're debating Social Globalization. Social Globalization is the spreading of ideas, through literature,music, culture, etc to other countries.

Some view it positively, looking at the ever expanding array of books, music, and art as a good thing. Others view it negatively, viewing it a loss to one's national culture.

What do you think? Come to the Worldly Debate Region to vote and post to your heart's content. Good luck!

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Anyone want some fresh baked cookies?

Bringing you the latest news from The New Mappers Union !

In this issue:

    A new Constitution !

    Possible military alliance !

    The Mapper's Army !

    Long live the RP !

    'External Analysis' : A new panel here !

A new Constitution is coming !

A new year comes with new changes, one of them is our Constitution. The Founder called for an immediate new Constitution. Interestingly, President Litttt called for one some days earlier.

Democratic Empire of Romania said:

No, I wasn't called by Litttt to announce this, I took that decision. We had more explicite rules here and I thought it was the time.

Two drafts arrived and were discussed on the RMB these days, along with the Charter.

Democratic Empire of Romania said:

It is a guideline to mandate how the society of our region shall be governed like. It can't be changed even by me.

The change was positively met. Currently, there is a poll to decide the next Constitution, with it ending after 2 weeks.

New nations !

We want to welcome Ghost Division, United Planetary Nations and Delaroose along with us !

Possible military alliance and regional Army !

Into an interview, the Overseer hinted to the creation of a new military alliance and a regional Army:

Administrational Office of TNMU said:

There are some quite unpeaceful times now. Two well-known regions were occupied, a great one left SCUT and there's the CCD. We shall need to take measures to securize our territory.

And we shall have one, as we have some WA nations, but we still need more ! It would be a great thing for us ! Also, the Charter calls us to defend and liberate others !


A new panel !

I've created an new panel in The Union Times. Here, I will talk about the most recent changes in NationStates, trying to determine their consequences.

CIS rejects merger : Hidden effects

Council of Islamic States' decision was debated in the last number, but they have a lot more effects.
First of all, they refused the 'crown' of being the lead Islamic region. They even said there shall be more greater Islamic regions, not one. They show a remarkable democratic thinking. But why ? Because one region would influence the others, while more would create more views. At least for now, the CIS refuses to lead the Islamic NS.

Force leaves SCUT : Opportunity for us

SCUT left its ideals. They called the military operations of all its member regions to be directed by SCUT. But you may think: Would you like to be protected by the greatest military, but is loyal to someone else, or by your weaker, but still loyal to you, army ?
That what SCUT faces now. We shall take this opportunity to build-up OUR military alliance !

NOTE: Journalist CVs are accepted !

EDITORS:Republic of Mesoamerica

The Union Times is the property of Republic of Mesoamerica and The New Mappers Union. Do not copy or re-post without permission.

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Waited so long for it.

Can anyone share news here?

This is the last week of our three-part debate series on Globalization. This week we're debating Economic Globalization. Economic Globalization is the spreading of goods/services, labour, and capital to other countries.

Some view it positively, seeing it as a war deterent. a way to lower prices, among other things. Others view it negatively, seeing it as becoming economically dependent on other countries, a detriment to the health of workers, among other things.

What do you think? Come to the Worldly Debate Region to vote and post to your heart's content. Good luckworldly debate region


Covviad-Carpathian Cold War?


Today, a woman by the name of Emma Rockwell representing the Covviad Senate made a speech "Hello, my name is Emma Rockwell of the Covviad Senate representing the Kethesda district and on the behalf of the entire Covviad senate. Prime Minister Mietuzevitch has returned from CK with dreadful news. CK's ambitions it seems has not changed since Mikruk has left power. I repeat quote on quote, " after my return, it seems the situation in the east has only worsened". Even today, our former adversary Serbia and Montengro seems to see that the sun on the Carpathian empire has darkened with hatred. They use fear tactics to scare our citizens and scare there own. Nobody is safe as long as CK keeps up with choosing there own leaders. They are not a democracy. The pose a threat to democracies. The Kethesda district of Covvia has scene violence on our border. Violence justified by CK. Violence twisted into LIES by the Carpathian government. INNOCENT LIVES WERE LOST!" Emma Rockwell is calling for war against Carpathia.

Relations between Serbia and Montenegro and Carpatho Kemmerer are bad aswell. When the leaders of both leaders had a yelling argument. It seems now everyone is against Carpathia.

Prime Minister Liruovin of Chricoma still very much supports Carpatho Kemmerer.

Recipe of the Day

Sunshine Muffins

2 cups flour
¾ cup sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup apple, peeled and grated
½ cup chopped nuts, optional
¼ cup coconut, optional
coarse sugar, for topping, optional

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, oil and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Mix well with wooden spoon.
Fold in remaining ingredients: carrots, apple, nuts and coconut.
Scoop into 12 regular-sized greased muffin tins and sprinkle a little coarse sugar on top of each muffin.
Bake for 18-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. ENJOY!!

Quote of the Day

Carpatho Kemmerer wrote:

Feminism.. Hahaha

Comic of the Day

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