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NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The General Nafyite Popolkalifo of LeskyaNew York Times Democracy“I hear a keen call of your roads, O Desert!”
2.The People's Republic of AressnaDemocratic Socialists“Proletari de zheke strani, osebe zhete!”
3.The Artherianisches Reich of The United Artherian FederationInoffensive Centrist Democracy“Nur die Harten kommen in den garden”
4.The Tenth Republic of Hiram LandLiberal Democratic Socialists“Unidas et Hyrama”
5.The Yellow Kingdom of Nation of HangukLiberal Democratic Socialists“Let the land be enlightened.”
6.The Republic of MedoyniaDemocratic Socialists“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”
7.The Democratic States of ToinDemocratic Socialists“Quia pax omnis”
8.The Kievan Russ Republic of ValkiirDemocratic Socialists“We are Many, we are one”
9.The Republic of Nanako IslandNew York Times Democracy“Peace, Wisdom, Respect”
10.The United States of CalicambriaLeft-Leaning College State“E pluribus unum”
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    SYBIRANS REMEMBER THE VIOLENCE THAT BEFELL THE PRN

      Young and old laid roses upon the Martyrdom Monument in the Magadań City Square, less than 300 metres from the University of Magadań, where hundreds of students defied the martial law imposed by the Balwierzska administration of the then-ruling Party of National Development.

      Tanks smashed through the university's gates, and National Guard troops emptied the campus.

      "You don't take part in an uprising to die," said President Lech Skowron, previously the student leader who stood in front of the gates alongside dozens of his peers, "You take part to live, and for others to live."

      The university has historically been a cradle of civil disobedience in the name of liberal democracy, having also been instrumental in the 2004 October Magadań protests which spread following PRN forcing university president Dominik Kaszuba to abolish the university's policy of asylum; then-President Majewski falsely argued that organised criminals and illegal immigrants had taken advantage of the policy and used campus grounds as a safe haven from which to attack the police, sell drugs, and recruit new criminals.

      Marchers occupied the Main Avenue surrounding the campus in a peaceful presentation in remembrance of the 2020 Sybrian Spring, reminding people that freedom is never to be taken for granted.

      One couple took their newborn son to the march. "We were brought here by our parents, and we are bringing our children," said the mother, "It's important to remember that we need to change everything about the society we're living in right now; not just here, but in the whole world."

      The march also stopped in front of the embassies of Calicambria and Hiram Land, as a reminder that the 30-year-long regime of PRN survived so long largely due to the support of the two nations, and collapsed simultaneously when their support was withdrawn.

    GOVT PUMPS 700m ZŁOTY INTO CLEANING UP WATERWAYS

      The Government has put out a raft of proposals for consultation, to stop the degradation of waterways and make them swimmable, and in many cases, drinkable once again.

      Currently, about 94 per cent of rivers in urban areas and 82 per cent of rivers in pastoral areas are not swimmable, for at least 6 months every year.

      On Thursday, Environmental Minister Dawid Staszowski released a package of reforms that set higher health standards at swimming spots, with rules for urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams and putting controls on "higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feedlots."

      The proposals included requirements to improve freshwater by setting higher standards for swimability spots within five years and ordering local councils to further manage and reduce, E. coli levels and implement stricter restrictions. The reforms aim to ensure there is faster council planning and will require mandatory and enforceable farm environment plans.

      "The Government is delivering on its commitment to clean up our waterways with a new package that will create jobs and save lives," said said the minister.

      The primary sector and other groups will be financially assisted with the implementation of the new clean water standards through a 700 million zł fund that will create jobs in riparian and wetland planting, removing sediments and other initiatives to prevent farm runoff from entering waterways.

      "Sybirans want to go down to their local swimming spot in summer and be able to put their head under without getting crook," Dawid Staszowski said. "Cleaning our waterways will secure the future of our meat, dairy and other primary exports and ensure they continue to earn higher prices overseas. It makes both economic and environmental sense."

    OŁA TO REMAIN IN LOCKDOWN UNTIL NEXT WEEK, AS FLEEING RESIDENTS ARRESTED

      The city of Oła will remain at full lockdown for another week, until 11.59 pm on September 21, Premier Kaplan has announced.

      The government has made an in-principle decision that Oła will move to partial lockdown at that time.

      Partial lockdown will remain in place for the rest of Sybira for another week, and the Presidency will review these settings on Monday next week.

      The announcement follows news that a couple from Oła who fled the city’s lockdown to go to Magadań over the weekend may face prosecution. Police have confirmed they located the Ołans overnight on Monday and that the two have been taken into custody.

      Senior Sergeant Dąbrowski told our reporters that he was unable to make any further comments on the specifics of the couple's visit – such as why they were there, and where they had been – because the matter was under investigation and police might prosecute.

Svenskarige wrote:Hi, may I claim Sweden on the map? I do see someone already has, but it seems like they have more than enough land already and I would really appreciate being able to RP :)

Wy don't you talk to me directly. that would be the polite way to handle things.

Valkiir wrote:Wy don't you talk to me directly. that would be the polite way to handle things.

Too many similar shades of green on the map, couldn't tell who claimed Sweden :)

Prawda - the newspaper of the Revolution
PRESIDENT SKOWRON TO ATTEND RESSIAN VISIT
Magadań, Sybira

    The Chair-President of the Sybirak Commonwealth Lech Skowron is set to travel to the Republic in the next week, to meet with the People's Government. During his tour, he will visit the People's Congress Building, where he will address the Deputies, delivering a speech on the development of the Commonwealth under the new Government in Magadań. Skowron is set to inspect the armed forces on Bornholm, including a tour of the Ressian base and historical fortifications. He will then tour Ressian factories and power plants, alongside the Premier and Spravatar, and attend a conference on the history of Ressian central planning, its future, and economic forum. Also on the schedule is a visit to Bratislava, where he will attend an event commemorating a century since the beginning of the Ressian Revolution. He will finish the state visit by meeting with leaders of the National Sybiran Catholic Church in Aressna, where as Vozhd of that Church he will inspect the grounds, and is set to preside over the opening of a new church. He has vowed to attend Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biastok, a Roman Catholic Church on his final day in Aressna.

    Skowron has been President of the sister country since his election to the position in March. He is a member of the Self-Defence Social Movement, a popular revolutionary movement who were involved in the events of last year's Sybiran Spring, where the despot Anna Balwierzska was deposed by the people. The People's Republic was the first nation in the UFoN to recognise the new democratic Commonwealth, and Garrisons deployed to the area for the War in Russia were instrumental in the success of the revolution. President Skowron is a young dashing figure in the politics of Sybira, announcing his support for the repair of Resso-Sybirak relations, and a continued partnership following the victories of the Sybirak Spring. The Ressian people are ecstatic to welcome the President to his first visit of Aressna.

SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL OBSERVED IN US, RESSIANS PAY THEIR RESPECTS
New York, The United States of Calicambria

    The 20th anniversary of the tragic 11/9 attacks was observed by the US President Gonzalez, visiting the sites of the plane crashes, and paying his respects. The day was to be named a federal holiday from next year. On the day, twenty years ago, thousands of men and women perished as Islamic fundamentalists hijacked passenger planes, crashing them into the World Trade Centre, and other government buildings. The first identified victim, Friar Mychal Judge, was a Catholic Franciscan chaplain for the FDNY, and Ressians remember the Ressian Pope, John Paul II met with his family at the Friar's funeral. Scores of Ressians perished on that day too, and the words of Premier Loseva Aleksandrovna in 2003 ring true as we bow our heads in rememberance on this solemn day:

    'The American people were betrayed this day. They were betrayed by the egregious acts of terrorists. Of the civilians who died, none were made to pay more than those who had no say in the perpetual War the Americans wage in the Middle East. Thousands perished in the towers, and were avenged by the deaths of millions more of our brothers and sisters in Arabia and beyond. Each year the Americans remember this tragedy, and each year we are reminded the hurt then, and the hurt which followed. Today is the day which lives on, mocking those who died. Today is a day never to forget.'

    The President of the People's Congress lay a wreath at a memorial to the victims in the Revolutionary Square on Witsal Hill in Katowice. He delivered a solemn speech on the victims, and the continuing bond between the often uneasy nations of Calicambria and Aressna. He will meet with families of the victims alongside the Spravatar of the State Council tomorrow.

London Daily Herald
September 19, 2021 | Ł2.50

Waiting lists for subsidized housing balloon

    LONDON -- Stories of families waiting for 7 years to get a subsidized apartment or couples waiting 3 years to move up only 1 place on the waitlist are increasingly the norm, rather than the exception, in Angladen's most populous cities. In London, the Mayor's Office for Housing reports an average wait time of 7.5 years to receive a subsidized apartment. In Montréal, the Municipal Housing Authority reports an average wait time of 6 years to receive a subsidized apartment. In Öland, the wait time is 9 years. A similar story is told in the rest of Angladen's major cities.

    These wait times are untenable for many of Angladen's new adults who are entering the workforce agains the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has forced many to resort to other options for housing such as moving back home with their parents, subletting rooms (and even closets), or turning to sleeping in their vehicle. Lucas Mancinetti, a 23-year old software engineer who graduated from the University of London last May, is living in a subletted room in the suburb of Pickering, a 40-minute train ride from his workplace in Central London: "I put my name into the [Mayor's Office for Housing] waitlist when I entered university. I've been checking my spot on the waitlist almost everyday, but it's almost like it's come to a standstill."

    Mancinetti's sentiments are echoed by many of Angladen's young professionals and recent university graduates. The Ministry of Social Affairs, which works with municipalities to manage housing programs and administers national housing subsidies, has attempted to alleviate the shortage of subsidized housing by investing funds to purchase existing housing stock while streamlining new builds. However, the focus that municipalities spend in ensuring subsidized housing, unlike public housing in countries like the United States, doesn't become dilapidated or in a state of neglect means that they have substantially less funds to engage in new builds or even just purchasing existing non-subsidized housing stock.

    However, there is hope to be had: the city of Maidenhead, capital of Avalon, has announced an ambitious program to subsidize all housing indirectly by increasing the national Housing Allowance subsidy to match what subsidized housing normally would cost for all eligible residents. Instead of having to purchase and maintain housing stock, the city of Maidenhead would make payments to residents to match what subsidized housing otherwise would cost for them. It removes the necessity for the municipality to purchase and maintain new housing stock to meet demand while ensuring that housing is affordable for its population.

    Despite Maidenhead having set an example, no other cities in Angladen have followed suit. On that note, the Mayor of Öland has indicated interest in bringing such a program to their city. In addition, current Prime Minister Léo Trudeau has praised the plan, along with the respective party leaders of the Conservative Party and the Labor Party. Regardless of the results of the upcoming general election, it is clear that whichever party forms the next government will be looking to tackle this housing crisis.

Elections Office warns voters of long lines at in-person polling places, encourages postal and virtual voting

    CARDIFF -- In a public announcement outside the Elections Office's headquarters in Cardiff, Chief Elections Officer George Thibaut asked voters to expect long lines at polling places if casting a ballot in-person on Election Day. Full remarks:

    "Good morning everyone. With Election Day tomorrow, the Elections Office remains understaffed at our in-person polling operations. While this has impeded our ability to open every polling place that existed during the previous general election, it has not impeded our ability to protect every Angladien's right to cast a secret ballot. On this note, I ask all Angladien voters to expect longer lines than usual at their assigned polling place. If possible, I also encourage Angladiens to return their postal ballot if they haven't already or cast a virtual ballot instead. On behalf of the Elections Office, I apologize for this situation. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we ensure that this election is free, fair, and secure."

    The opposition parties have criticized the Government for failing to fully staff and open polling places though it should be noted that the Elections Office is an independent office, free of political interference. Labor Leader Kristina Moulin called for the Government to extend polling hours on Election Day while Conservative Leader John O'Toole has called for voters to send in complaints to the Auditing & Transparency Office regarding the situation.

    Polls open tomorrow at 6 AM local time and close 9 PM local time. Postal ballots must be postmarked by or on Election Day and the deadline to cast a virtual ballot is midnight tonight since no virtual ballots can be cast on Election Day. The London Daily Herald will be providing live updates on the election on our website.

Angladen's universities becoming more popular internationally, local students feel the pressure

    ST. ANDREW'S -- At St. Andrew's University, one of Angladen's ten royally-chartered universities (royal universities), the international student population has more than doubled since 2015--from around 2,500 in 2015 to over 5,500 at the start of this academic year. In a scenario not unique to this prestigious institution, many other Angladien universities have seen similar, meteoric increases. While many applaud the diversity and unique perspectives that international students bring to campuses in Angladen, many others are also worried about the prospects of local students being offered a place at universities in their own country.

    University admissions in Angladen are handled by a centralized authority: AUCA (Angladen's University & College Application). Secondary school students in Year 12 submit a single application to up to 8 colleges and/or universities in Angladen. Applications are reviewed based on a points system with points assigned to factors such as A-Levels, O-Levels, teacher recommendations, etc. However, with a limit on just 8 universities against a backdrop of increasingly competitive spots, many students and their parents fear that they may not be offered a place at any univesity.

    A Year 12 student in Surrey, ON, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the London Daily Herald that "it is hard for a local student to get an offer from a university in Angladen, because we are held to significantly higher standards than many international applicants."

    Most, if not all, colleges and universities in Angladen require local students to have completed A-Levels in three to four subjects related to their planned course of study. A-Levels are internationally prominent for their demanding and rigorous course of study that culminate in a national examination that emphasizes fluency in the subject. However, students in the United States (Calicambria) only need to be on track to graduate from high school and attain SAT scores above 1200 for most colleges and universities in Angladen to be considered for admission. This differential in eligibility requirements puts local applicants often at a disadvantage since they must attain a greater number of points based on their A-Level marks than international applicants do on comparable examinations.

    In addition, it is important to note that international students are responsible for tuition fees which do not apply to local students. While the fees are indeed negligible compared to those in the United States and other countries, they do provide universities with an additional source of funding beyond the national and provincial governments.

    The same Year 12 student added that "international students should continue to be welcomed into Angladen, and they absolutely add a lot to the multiculturalism and diversity of our communities, but it is questionable that local students must be held to higher standards and deprioritized due to tuition."

    The student's sentiments are further echoed by many advocates for a more equitable university admissions process in Angladen. Universities in Angladen have advantaged white students in the admissions and academic process as it is white students who perform the highest on A-Level examinations due to greater access to opportunities in schooling compared to non-white students who are restricted to schools with less opportunities.

    The Director of EquitableUni, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on helping historically disadvantaged groups navigate the university admissions process, said "while international students are not the direct cause of the inequities experienced by many historically disadvantaged Angladien groups in the university admissions process, the increased competition arising from universities wanting to additional tuition payments by filling places with international students has further disadvantaged groups that are already disadvantaged."

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[OOC: Maidenhead is IRL St. John's and Avalon is IRL Newfoundland. Öland is a Stockholm-inspired city that is located on the eastern tip of Anticosti Island which has been RP developed and is connected to the mainland through bridges/tunnels that hop over RP created islands. The Labor Party is the centre-left party; Moderates is the centre/big-tent party; Conservative Party is the centre-right party. However, it should be noted that since Angladen is the my most idealistic vision for a country (but with problems to keep it realistic), the entire country is a centre-left country.]

Svenskarige wrote:Too many similar shades of green on the map, couldn't tell who claimed Sweden :)

Ah :D That's alright :) sorry if I was a bit salty with ya.

How can I help ya get settled in? I could turn Sweden over to your control. I have Finland which is cool with me :D

If you take over Sweden would you like to become a Member of A commonwealth with Valkiir ? You have full control, we have Free trade between our nations and Mutual Defense.

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GOVT PUMPS 700m ZŁOTY INTO CLEANING UP WATERWAYS

    The Government has put out a raft of proposals for consultation, to stop the degradation of waterways and make them swimmable, and in many cases, drinkable once again.

    Currently, about 94 per cent of rivers in urban areas and 82 per cent of rivers in pastoral areas are not swimmable, for at least 6 months every year.

    On Thursday, Environmental Minister Dawid Staszowski released a package of reforms that set higher health standards at swimming spots, with rules for urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams and putting controls on "higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feedlots."

    The proposals included requirements to improve freshwater by setting higher standards for swimability spots within five years and ordering local councils to further manage and reduce, E. coli levels and implement stricter restrictions. The reforms aim to ensure there is faster council planning and will require mandatory and enforceable farm environment plans.

    "The Government is delivering on its commitment to clean up our waterways with a new package that will create jobs and save lives," said said the minister.

    The primary sector and other groups will be financially assisted with the implementation of the new clean water standards through a 700 million zł fund that will create jobs in riparian and wetland planting, removing sediments and other initiatives to prevent farm runoff from entering waterways.

    "Sybirans want to go down to their local swimming spot in summer and be able to put their head under without getting crook," Dawid Staszowski said. "Cleaning our waterways will secure the future of our meat, dairy and other primary exports and ensure they continue to earn higher prices overseas. It makes both economic and environmental sense."
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Valkiir offers the Use of sea And river skimmers to gather and Concentrate wastes in Your waterways. They are operated by the Maritime Assistance Command ( coast Guard) and civilian organizations. We can make three ocean-going skimmers, and ten river skimmers available as a Grant from our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The patents for these Vessels are open source and can be produced by any nation or company. so we can also assist in setting up manufacturing and operational facilities for your own skimmers.

Valkiir wrote:Valkiir offers the Use of sea And river skimmers to gather and Concentrate wastes in Your waterways. They are operated by the Maritime Assistance Command ( coast Guard) and civilian organizations. We can make three ocean-going skimmers, and ten river skimmers available as a Grant from our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The patents for these Vessels are open source and can be produced by any nation or company. so we can also assist in setting up manufacturing and operational facilities for your own skimmers.

While the offer is highly appreciated, we find that such assistance is unnecessary for the current scope of the waterway cleanup project and budget. If Valkiir truly desires to aid us in our efforts, we would much rather prefer investment into our infrastructure and industry production standards.

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Skowron arrives in Sátomölk for NRR State Visit
Sátomölk, Aressna

    Amidst political turmoil within the Sejm of the Republic, just as the Self-Defence Social Movement manages to avoid yet another vote-of-confidence, President Lech Skowron has come to Aressna with one clear message: Friends once more.

    Ryszard Artz, our Sátomölk correspondent, has long anticipated such a move by the new government. "Russia Alexandria is, is just barely recovered from its wars, Calicambria has been, you know, loudly rejected by the Sybiran people as an ally, whereas Aressna is very amenable towards another attempt at Prometheanism."

    This will be the very first state visit of the young president, after just a few months in office. Skowron will be looking to Aressna to reaffirm its commitment to supporting the new administration on the foreign stage.

    "This is a very important time for Sybira to push closer relations towards Aressna," says Artz, "because Russia, the US, Artheria, these still pose threats towards Sybiran stability and sovereignty."

    With Skowron's first state visit beginning, we can expect the usual flurry of trade and diplomatic agreements seeking to begin the first steps of integration of the two countries, which both will surely benefit from. But as Sybira is still unrepresented at the UFoN Parliament, it is likely that discussions regarding Sybiran ascension to the UFN and the appointment of ambassadors and delegates to the forum.

    Sybiran diplomats and Ressian officials will be hoping that the spectacle of two Slavic nations holding a state visit after decades of non-recognition will in itself be a stabilising influence.

Urszula Folta
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Sybira wrote:While the offer is highly appreciated, we find that such assistance is unnecessary for the current scope of the waterway cleanup project and budget. If Valkiir truly desires to aid us in our efforts, we would much rather prefer investment into our infrastructure and industry production standards.

Investment infrastructure and industry production standards are Something we would be happy to make. If the government of Sybira would ake a list of suggested investments we will see to it that those suggestions are passed on to the appropriate organizations and Ministers.

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