The Italians were the crucial attendees. Damilier spent much of this day acutely aware her own party was planning to kick her from office, but Mussolini didn't, couldn't know that. She and Mussolini met in the North Tower of the Castle, the duo had the room entirely to themselves.
"Welcome," she greeted warmly.
V A O - V A O | F I E Z A H A N A
Republic of Madagascar
- ANTANANARIVO | For decades, the Malagasy economy has been hanging on a spider web. Rampant corruption in the government motivated by weak law enforcement and judicial court, as well as a negligible infrastructure base are the main impediments to economic development, acknowledged by the international community and President Andry Rajoelina. Attempting to stamp out the significant, core issue, corruption, the national Parliament answered to this issue by passing two bills; the first provided a legal basis to the establishment of the Corruption Extinctification Ministry; the second established budget transparency.
The Ministry of Corruption Extinctification announced this morning sets its aim to combat and eradicate corruption in all governmental levels, including the court. However the effectiveness of this ministry in carrying out the tasks within its capacity is doubted by the populous. Many contended that the passing of the bill itself is a sign that the ministry was established as a mere morale booster. Only time will tell.
Kumandjoe was appointed by President Andry directly as the first head of the ministry.
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ISTANA REPUBLIK, BANDAR SINGORA, CAPITAL OF THE KRA REPUBLIC
9TH MAY, THIRD DAY OF ASSAULT
President Fadil bin Shaahir has personally thanked the administration of Joko Widodo and the Indonesian people for their aid rendered to the Republic of Kra, in his first public appearance in an emergency broadcast to the people of the nation since the Thai Dai offensive began on the national capital three days ago, on the 6th of May. In his speech, he states that "the people of both our Republics are brothers" and that "this service rendered to us by your brave soldiers will never, ever be forgotten." He went on to praise the tenacity of Kra Army forces currently combating insurgent forces without air or artillery support, and the citizens of Bandar Singora that have ignored the rhetoric of the insurgents and come out to aid the Kra Armed Forces in providing information, food, and shelter to exhausted troops. He also accused the elders of the ruling United Malay-Thai National League for retreating out of the capital at first opportunity, taking their personal security forces and funds with that could have been utilized in the defense of the capital, officially stripping them of their titles and regulating them to house arrest. Pattani Republican divisions were at the time concurrently moving to apprehend the traitors, and most have been caught and accounted for.
Party Speaker Bilaal bin Humaidaan has in turn claimed that the President was placing them under arrest only because he refused their class to closer integrate Kra military activities to that of the Indonesian Force in the Republic, and condemned him of having his own, selfish agenda. Such accusations have been swiftly denied by the Kra Presidential Service, which asked the elders to conjure a better defense.
President bin Shaahir has also thanked the Republic of Korea in a separate telegram to President Kim, and will be dispatching Vice President Bintang bin Shaahir to Seoul to discuss the possibility of Korean diplomatic backing against Siam in Kra claims to the southern Siamese territories, and to take delivery of the two Daegu-class frigates, which have been named KDS Merdeka and KDS Kera. Another telegram dispatched to Beijing but not signed by the President congratulated the new Chinese Empress on her ascent to the throne, but asked the Chinese to "keep their nose out of South East Asian affairs."
PROCLAMATION FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THAILAND
AS OF 9TH MAY, 2020, ALL ADMINISTRATIVE APPARATUSES OF THE PROVINCE OF SURAT THANI ARE TO BE RESTORED
Comrades, friends ;
The Samui island chain, currently under full control of the Thai Dai movement, have voted overwhelmingly to join the Socialist People's Republic of Thailand as the Province of Surat Thani, considered by the Supreme People's Congress to be under foreign occupation since 1945. The people on these islands, ethnically Thai in blood, and Thai in culture, have long suffered from the oppression of Bandar Singora. They have had their language, their voice, and their land stolen from them for development as tourist attractions to benefit the central government, and solely the central government. Therefore, the National Assembly has voted unanimously to adopt Resolution KPT 2020H, which will officially return the Samui chain to Thai sovereignty in nearly eight decades, and admits the entry of Surat Thani into the People's Republic as the 28th Province. The resolution also returns all the land robbed from the people of the islands at the gunpoint of Kra arms, and also confers upon them full citizenship and with that the right to utilize the SPRT healthcare and educational system for free. The Department of Education has already allocated $45 million dollars to build three elementary and two secondary schools on Ko Samui, the principal island. The Socialist People's Republic wishes for the international community to recognize this rightful retrocession of historically Thai territory, and wishes to deter any reprisal operations by the Kra Republic and her allies with the knowledge that the People's Republic has already established a substantial military presence on the islands, and an attack on them would be an act of war.
The noise of the crowd was deafening as cheers and shouts erupted as the front portions of the protest broke through the police barrier just 200m from the Kurdish Presidential Palace where Biryar Niyat was hiding. The Parliament had been taken days before without much fanfare or resistance, as the main target remained the body of Niyat himself. In their 9-day siege of Erbil the rioters had grown used to the sound of gunfire, and the familiar noise of bullets cutting through the air over the heads of protesters failed to deter them. This crowd had grown angry. Days of being picked off by government snipers had incited them with a deep burning hatred of anyone wearing the blue insignia of the Kurdish Army. Besides that, they were hungry and tired, effectively living of what little goods were driven to them by YPG soldiers breaking through the loose exclusion zone set up in the city. With a roar the crowd tore through the barriers, leaping over sandbags and engaging in hand to hand combat with police and soldiers. Most of the police and a few soldiers had by now either surrendered or actually joined the rioters, and the stones and metal bars of the rioters were supplemented with weapons stolen from the dead, along with the occasional YPG soldier attempting to keep some sort of direction. The entire crowd was now moving in one single direction, despite shots from snipers ripping into men, women and children. The walls surrounding the palace were 11ft high and made of stone, now supplemented by hastily placed barbed wire, and the main gate was enforced by thick wooden doors with steel layers. Ladders stolen from construction sites were being passed overhead like a rockstar at a festival. As the crowd surged to the walls, beating the remaining guards, YPG officers took the ladders and set up assault points. It was a situation of organised chaos directed by the communist soldiers. There was a sudden quiet as the protesters took a moment to realise what might happen in the next 20 minutes, and then a thick cacophony of noise as they gave their support to those in front. Asan Hardi stood with his back to the wall, considering making a speech to the crowd before realising this would only attract the attention of gunmen. With a thumbs up, he gave the order to attack.
First over the wall were some of the most furious rioters - hot-blooded hooligans who were more than happy to take the first round of fire. As they climbed over the wall Hardi could hear the sound of machine gun fire from inside the building. Then came the YPG itself - armed with AK-47s and hand grenades - the 'shock troops' of the attack in comparison to some of the other groups in the protest. Hardi himself came over in this group, and as he jumped over the wall he finally saw the situation in the square. The gardens of the palace had been torn apart as the square became a 'death zone' for the attackers. The communist soldiers shot the remaining government personnel sprinting into the palace for safety, whilst they themselves took heavy fire from above. After the YPG came more angry rioters who set upon the injured soldiers, hacking them to death with rudimentary weapons. Rioters turned their attention to the doors, and with a roar the gates of the palace were opened and the street itself seemed to empty into the square. Light artillery weapons were hauled into the gardens and began to fire. Hardi saw a shell rip into one of the upstairs studies, engulfing the room in flame. Then the weapons were set on the doors, firing until all that was left was ash and silence from within. The crowd streamed into the building, led by Hardi and his YPG troops.
Sergeant Perwer made his way into the kitchen, accompanied by three other soldiers and two men holding what appeared to be clubs fashioned from the metal casing of a broken phone box. He could hear movement from inside so with one swift motion he unpinned and tossed in a grenade, which went off with an almighty crash, before bursting in and firing his automatic weapon. An elderly woman lay dead on the floor, blood dripping from her skull onto the red tiles she lay on. On the other side of the room however, a man lay murmuring. An M14 assault rifle lay out of arms reach, and the clothes on his abdomen had been burnt away. Perwer screamed in Kurdish "Biryar Niyat li kû ye?" but all he received back was a gurgling sound. He was put out of his misery by a rifle round by one of Perwer's men. The sound of gunshots was beginning to die down as the palace was secured - but yet no sign of Niyat. Hardi strode into the kitchen, saluting Perwer and gesturing for the two non-YPG men to leave. Hardi ordered the men to search the room for signs of a hidden bolthole and they obliged, tapping on the floors and walls for signs of a hollow cavity. But there was nothing to be found, until one of the men started pulling open drawers in frustration. As he pulled open what appeared to be a larger cupboard in the kitchen island, he found it stuck fast. Perwer began to kick at the wood until eventually it splintered and caved open. Using a torch, the men could see stone steps leading down into darkness. They yelled for Hardi, "were vir giştî!" and climbed down into the hole. It was eerily quiet compared to the noise of the crowd above, and as they climbed down they found themselves in a tunnel, cut into the stone and stretching as far as their torchlight could see. President Niyat had escaped.
Meanwhile, on the balcony of the presidential palace Asan Hardi stood facing the cheering crowd, as the yellow banner of the YPG and the red banner of revolution were raised alongside the flag of Basurwelat. Hardi spoke to the crowd: "Em, xelk, serfiraz in. Ev roj dê her û her wek roja emiyê ya sor were zanîn, ji ber ku me hêza xwe li ser çarenûsa xwe girtiye. Ev destpêka Komara Gel a Basurwelat e!"(We, the people, are victorious. This day will forever be known as red saturday, because we have taken power over our own destiny. This is the beginning of the People's Republic of Basurwelat!
2 more people have been killed by the novel coronavirus. In the largest growth in a singular day, 415 new cases have been recorded, 7,208 are infected now, about 73% of Iraq's total cases. The mortality rate in Kuwait currently stands at 0.7%, compared to the less of Iraq. Governor of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, is summoned to the President's office on short notice.
"Sabah, I thank you for coming here on short notice. I have a question to ask you," President al-Farsi states.
"Yes, President." Al-Khalid responds with.
"Al-Khalid, are you aware of how inept you have handled the COVID-19 outbreak in your governorate? You're doing a terrible job, and I'm disappointed in you. I ask of you to give management of the COVID-19 outbreak in Kuwait to Hassan Mohammed Abbas Salman, my health minister who is competent."
"No, I will not hand over my position! Whatever is coming, I can handle it. We're totally prepared, we have the best doctors in Iraq. You are a shortsighted and foolish communist, sir, and the same applies to everyone in your cabinet."
"You are to leave my office now and return to your decaying governorate. A more competent person will handle it, inshallah, nay, not inshallah, mashallah. Get out before you cough on me." Al-Farsi sternly says. Al-Khalid leaves the office. Al-Farsi walks downstairs to his secretary. "Summon Najah al-Shammari and Falih Al-Fayyadh to my office immediately," He orders before going back into his office. Falih Al-Fayyadh, Chairman of Popular Mobilization Committee enters first, followed by al-Shammari, the defense minister. "I want you two to temporarily depose Governor al-Khalid of Kuwait and replace him with the health minister so he can properly handle COVID-19 there. It may be undemocratic, but democracy doesn't matter in this situation. Have al-Khalid removed by Friday of next week. That's all, you may leave."
The two ministers nod and walk out.
The most senior YPG economic advisor, Azan Jaziri, has responded to the offers of investment from the Zhen Board of Revenues with pleasure. Jaziri stated: "We thank the Zhen for their offers of investment and once we have properly set up the Ministry of Industry & Agriculture we assure Sinopec, Sinofert and ZhenCo that their projects will be approved, though we must stress that Sinopec, or any other petroleum company, will never be granted exploration rights or the right to extract crude oil from Kurdistan. We thank the Zhen Board of Revenues for their faith in the People's Republic and the Revolution, and I am sure we will continue to be firm partners for years to come."
Detailed economic policy for the new government has not yet been released, but Jaziri, a leading Kurdish economist forced into hiding by the regime due to socialist sympathies, is expected to assume a leading role, along with representatives from the current Kurdish Socialist Party and the YPG. The YPG have been pressured to support land redistribution and private ownership for the poor locals, as their support base is amongst rural poor farmers. This may temper some of the more collectivist ambitions of some leading intellectuals on the Kurdish left.
OOC: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental, and does not reflect the current real-life situation regarding said topics.
Board of War
The Board of War has confirmed the sinking of a Rasheed-class patrol boat from the Kra Republic Naval Forces, Seri Sayam.
Reports and footage indicate that the sinking was caused by defensive action, as the ship attempted to attack a Type 056A corvette while infringing upon SPRT territorial waters. A 5-minute long video was released, showing footage from a sailor's body camera. The footage revealed that the Rasheed-class patrol boat aggressively steered towards the vessel, and was repeatedly warned by use of flares, dazzlers, and verbally over a speaker system. A crewman on the ship was seen operating the vessel's 30mm Bofors cannon, which was fired 4 times. One round struck the corvette, causing minor damage, while the other 3 missed.
A second Kra crewman fired a man-portable missile at the ship, which missed its mark. In retaliation, the corvette fired its 76mm cannon at the enemy, destroying it and killing all hands on board. No bodies were recovered. No injuries were reported on board the corvette - it was later escorted back to the island of Koh Samui by a destroyer.
The Zhen has urged the Kra to "exercise restraint and cease from their aggressive acts." The government has lodged a formal diplomatic condemnation against the Republic, and has warned of "further retaliatory actions" if the Kra does not give into the following demands:
The provision of autonomous rule for Thai people living within the Kra, guaranteed by the nation's Constitution and accountable to the nations of Siam and the SPRT, or;
The provision of independence for Thai people living within the Kra,
In addition to:
The provision of compensation for the Wang family, who have been senselessly murdered on the 12th of April.
The Hudong Shipyard has announced that it will launch the nation's first Type 003 carrier, after several years of construction.
The Type 003, which has been under construction since 2015, is expected to enter active service in 2023. The carrier, which has yet to be named, will have an aircraft capacity of about 40 fighter aircraft, several propeller-powered transports, and AWACS aircraft. Its capabilities are comparable to that of the Kitty Hawk class aircraft carrier. The ship will enter sea trials relatively soon - it is expected that the next Type 003 will be completed by 2026.
Recently in April, the Board of War approved a technology transfer/design licensing deal with Greatest-Russia for the Project 23000E nuclear supercarrier. The carrier, which has a dual island design, is capable of carrying up to 90 aircraft. The $7 billion dollar transaction will be fully paid off in 4 years, and there have been plans to lay down the first carrier as soon as the first Type 003 carrier is completed.
The Project 23000E supercarrier will be fitted with an angled flight deck, with four launching positions (two on the ski-jump ramp and two electromagnetic catapults) and one set of arrestor gear. The Board of War will also reportedly fit the carrier with 4 anti-aircraft systems: 2 8-cell FL-3000N missile systems, 1 8-cell HQ-16E missile system, and 1 Type 1130 CIWS. The vessel will begin construction in Hudong Shipyard, and be ready by 2021-2022. Experts say that with the designs and specifications completed for the builders by the Russians, the only "real challenge left" was to physically build the structure.
The Zhen Navy will continue its path to modernisation, to ensure total protection of Zhen shipping and commerce.
OOC: Cleared thru discord on 14/03/20
I'm basing the Project 23000E's construction timeline on that of the Type 002 carrier, which is arguably in similar circumstances as this.
The Type 002 was based on the Type 001, so there was already technical know-how on how it works. It was built from 2017-2018.
The same can be applied here - since this is an exported design, all the technical know-how was already bought. The schematics are already there - what's left is to build the thing. Given that this is, after all, a nuclear supercarrier, I've intentionally made the completion year vague so it won't be completed too soon, but it won't be completed too late either.
Disclaimer: This is not a endorsement of the lost cause, that kinda dumb ngl. And this is a somewhat racially incentive post that takes place in 1950s Kentucky of all places. Like come on chief. Expect some bad words. Byeeee
The United States of America - Episode 1 'I pledge allegiance'
All the students dressed in proper school attire, the African teacher in a white suit. On the word the simple word 'respect' was written. The loud speaker soon buzzed before a voice began speaking, one whose voice was echoed across Illinois, despite us living in Kentucky. Though on the border. It had been issued in 1869 by the first Congress of the USA after the War of Southern Aggression. Which had freed former slaves take all the seats that once belonged the Confederates. As part of the bill that rebuild the south. Border states were set aside to be the engine states of northern states. Therefore we were not allowed to leave even the town of Paducah, without special permission by the appointed Governor. As the announcement came to an end, like each day the audio was cut for us. With the teacher the rest, that the boys would be in gym class which in other words was military training until they became of age. And for us it was knitting supplies for the war effort in Europe. After the teacher finished reading, we took the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America.
'I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, therefore I do solemnly swear that I have never voluntarily borne arms against the United States since I have been a citizen thereof; that I have voluntarily given no aid, countenance, counsel, or encouragement to persons engaged in armed hostility thereto; that I have neither sought nor accepted nor attempted to exercise the functions of any office whatever, under any authority or pretended authority in hostility to the United States; that I have not yielded a voluntary support to any pretended government, authority, power or constitution within the United States, hostile or inimical thereto. And I do further swear that, to the best of my knowledge and ability, I will support and defend the values of Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.'
Class like it had been since I could remember had been like this, we didn't really learn anything. Hell most people from the South could not even read. My grandparents were banned from even learning how to, my parents gained the right to literacy in their teens. With most parts of the South still not having granted full integration into the system. Leaving class to only reach nothing but groups of students, only the ones of African origin, getting into fights with one another. With scared appearing white students everywhere. Getting passed that, I threw myself out the building through the first door I saw it was that bad. Walking around the building to the front entrance, I finally found my friend Ashley. We both lived in the same living quarter, and had grown up like practical sisters. The walk back each day from school had been the same since Ashley had lost her ID card and did not have her number memorized so we could go not go down the main street where police were. Getting a new ID card would not be possible, as it cost 15,000 USD, something that Ashley's family did not just have. They barely made half a grand a year. Therefore each day we had to go down a street that was controlled by fighting gangs where occasional mugging, sexual attacks, and others were just normal. However, this time she had assured me that she had it memorized. We both were shaking in fear as we approached the officer.
He raises his hand up right, similar to how the Nazi salute was. "Hail Sherman!" he shouts. We both do raise our hands up, and repeat the same thing. Trying out best to hard our accents while we did to avoid our IDs being asked. "Where are the two of you headed?"
"Home sir." I jumped in, my accent was somewhat solid as the officer had paused for a few moments taking a second look at us.
"Alright, may I please see both of your ID papers please?" He said before waving to his partner to come over. Both men, armed with weapons seen on the battlefield of WW2, and given authority over the state due to martial law implemented by the President. We both were shaking, as I reached out to hand mine. Ashley looked horrified as she tried to muster her words together. The man ripped mine out of my hand, and looked over it. "Charlotte Sally Addington, 17, Kentucky, Southerner? Is that correct?"
"Yes sir." I said, kinda speaking in a guilty and quiet voice.
He scoffed before tossing my paper back at me. "And you?" He said he was soon joined by his partner, both facing down Ashley.
"Uhh I don't have my ID, but I can tell you my numb-" The officer who had looked at my paper, clearly not one for numbers, shoved down Ashley as his partner suddenly pulled his weapon out and pointed it on me. I quickly got down on my knees. Trying to pull my skirt as much as I could to avoid the scrapping of my knees, but it was to little avail. The constant shouts of 'hands behind neck' were deafening alone. All the windows around us had their blinds closed at this point, this was normal for them. The amount of stickers reading 'no trash allowed' in reference to southerners as we got closer to this part of our trip home was a nightmare. This area had been settled after the war by Yankees, who with the power of the government federal government in Boston have began out breading southerners in Dixie. Kentucky was one of the states who by 1950 had seen southerns become only 39% of its population. I was shaking where I knelt while the other officer placed his foot down on the stomach of Ashley, it was clear from her expression that he was pressing down on her stomach.
"Where is your ID you good for nothing redneck piece of shi*." He said as he spat down on Ashley's face, shouting louder and louder. "Where is your ID! Where is it!" Without even giving her a chance to answer, he pulled his foot of her stomach to give her a moment to breathe. That was before he grabbed a handful of hair, answered by nothing but screams of horror. As the officer began to drag Ashley toward the police car, slamming her head first onto the trunk before the officer let go of her head. The officer held her by the throat, squeezing as the life started to fade away from Ashley. Thankfully, the officer stopped in what seemed like moments before Ashley could have gone to the other side. "You little incest ridden whitey, ain't that all you really are? Now answer me, what the f*ck is your ID number."
Battling to catch her own breathe, she tried to speak through it. "95938739-" She paused on the last digit, looking at me as I looked back at her with tears running down my cheek. I could see the officer nod, as I screamed before the officer suddenly hit Ashley on the forehead with the back of his gun, knocking her out.
The screen fades for commercial before coming back.
Sitting on the little hill near the living quarter, also known as K5N9, had been build during the first world war by the Union to house southerners that had been moved from the big city's into areas that needed its resources exploited. Like all coal towns in the south, ours sucked as well. But at least the hill we had gave us a view on cars coming in, which is what Bill and I were doing. The officers after knocking Ashley out had said they would bring her by midnight back from the station after confirming her identity, and the hill was the best way to see if they were gonna follow through on that promise. My legs were curled up to my chest as I looked out to the road, Bill was walking in circles near me as he smoked his cigarette. Finally sitting down next to me after he finished it. "Do you really think they killed her?"
"Don't you dare!" I shouted back at him, not too loud though, we did not want the guards near K5N9 to see us as the punishment for going out past curfew was a month of forced labor in the mines. Something each southerner does at least once in their life with pride, like a right of passage in a way. "They are ruthless killers, they are sadistic. The way they beat her to a inch of her life, the bastards enjoyed the entire thing! They are animals..." I said whimpering
Bill placed his hand on my shoulder before speaking. "Look, just we gotta pray. I don't know what to say but we will be okay. She will be fine." We both sighed, as we knew that this would be our reality, just like it had been every southerns reality since we lost the war of southern aggression. After 20 seconds Bill gripped my shoulder one last time before speaking again. "You know, life wasn't meant be the way for us. It never was."
My head bowed another inch, any feeling of joy empty out of me. "We lost though didn't we!" I blurt out. "Didn't we?" I whimpered. The minutes began to turn to hours, in fact the two of us had fallen asleep on the hill. Waking up around 5 am when the coal miners began their day of work, we heard loud sirens that would be followed by a news briefing from the US Department of Southern Justice. As we both came to it, it was clear that both of us were thinking the same depressing thoughts. As we began to make our way down the hill back into town, it became hard to ignore the louder speakers after the US anthem had been played. We agreed to sit in wait between some trees as the announcement happened, preparing to sneak back in afterward so we could just get to school. Hoping to see if Ashley was okay after last night.
"Good morning the subject of Abraham Lincoln! Today is February second, 1950. We continue to fight the honorable people of Japan, and the mighty Germans in Asia and Europe respectively, and are closing in on both capitals we we speak. Our President William Tecumseh Sherman II is celebrating his 20th year in office today, as the grandson of US hero Major General William Tecumseh Sherman."
I could feel a shock go down my spine. Major General William Tecumseh Sherman had during the war pillaged 11 of the rebelling states, killed nearly 200,000 people during these raids. And forced for former slave owners to give up their wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers to their now free slaves. As well as their property. This was only the beginning of the systematic destruction of the south. He also personally oversaw the execution of Jefferson Davis.
"Who bravely pillaged the the rebelling states until they resembled the ruins of Mesopotamia. That thought the inbreed Cousin Sal to never rise up against Uncle Sam. Today you will be working from 6:00 am till 11:00 pm. This include a single break that will be granted at the behest of your commander officer that will be at minimum five minutes long. The United States of America this week has decided in honor of President Sherman the Second to increase pay for all workers to $0.50 per hour. Together we will build an image of the USA that will be ready for the next generation. Unfortunately we have those who go against this vision, each night hundreds of incest bred redneck trash are arrested trying to attack Uncle Sam once more. One is from your district. The follow ID holder will be hung in Abraham Lincoln Square this afternoon."
My stomach hurt, I feared the worst. Trying to hold tears back, I grabbed onto bills shoulder.
"Number 9, 5, 9, 3, 8, 7, 7, 5, 2, 8, 5, 0. That is number 95938752859, it belongs to 17 year old Ashley Davis. She has been charged with crimes against these United States of America, and will be punished like how all rebels will be." My stomach, my body, everything dropped for me. It was a black out. A few hours later I was coming to it as I was in the car with Bill. We were arriving at the hanging, as he noticed me waking up he finally spoke.
"Listen to me Sally, we must behave now. We will go and show her that we are praying in the name of the lord that she makes it .out with as little pain suffered as possible. Do not make a scene, do not do anything to got us in trouble. Please." We both looked at one another as we finally arrived, I simply sighed and nodded before the cab driver chimed in.
"Look I know I ain't supposed to talk to y'all but I am praying for your people." Said the African gentlemen. "This ain't right, brother and brother should not be doing this to one another. We are the same." We both nodded at one another, we handed him the change. Our looks told a story like no other, but the understanding formed was incredible.
Starting to make our way through the crowd, we got onto the base of a statue and got seated. As the hanging neared, so did the amount of police deployed was insane. I could count at least six snipers from where we were seated at the statue. "You know, this will be the same life our kids will live, and their kids will live. And so on." I sighed, the anger in me only brew as the Union anthem came on with everyone forced to rise to sing it. Even us.
"Today we are gathered." Spoke a man on the stage, who was standing close to a woman who had been wearing a bag like dress similar to what slaves used to wear. Along with a face covering. From the parts of her skin revealed to us, it was clear that the men had done far more to her than I would have ever guested. It made what happened to us going down that ally seem like a dream. I feared to imagine what the Union soldiers put the poor girl through just to get her on this stage. "For the execution of one Ashley Davis. Who betrayed our beloved nation. We all know that their is one true battle cry in this nation, and it sure as hell is not god bless the south, is it?"
"No sir!" Chants back everyone in the crowd, including us.
"What is it then you inbred scum?"
"Hail Sherman!" We shouted back, a it was clear most of us were not comfortable saying that.
"Very good, broken just like your ancestors were be Sherman's grand father did. God bless the United States of America, and may god bless the Yankee."
After he finished speaking, the crowd watching in horror as the bag was lifted off of Ashley's face. Covered in marks of beating, her face nearly unrecognizable. I tried my hardest to not scream out, only able to turn around and cry my soul out into Bill's chest. He also tried to hold himself back, tearing up just watching. For me I was losing my best friend, for Bill it was his fiance. Bill tried to get me to calm down as they prepared to hang Ashley, this was so that she could see us one last time before she was hung. So the last image of us she could see was not one of pain and suffering. So she could remember us until the day we were in her position being sent to join her in a heaven of resistance. Collecting myself, I began watching again as tried to make eye contact with Ashley. I could not do it, but I know that Bill dead. As we heard a sudden shout from Ashley that was barely audible due to the damage done to her throat. But I knew she was saying 'Bill.'. The crowd looking at her, as Bill suddenly got up and started shouting.
"Ashley! I will not le-" bang. thunder ripped through the sky, as blood splattered all over me. Bill's body now collapsing onto me, as the police began to attack the crowd. Beating and firing into anyone they say. Ashley's body, shot in cold blood by the person who had been speaking on stage. I ran for my life, these kind of events had broken down before. Last time they had killed over 2,000 people in it. I did not intend on being one of those people this time. Running past two different apartment blocks, I almost made my way into one before thunder ripped through the sky again. A whole appearing in the wall next to me as I looked at the gunman. A police officer. He held his gun straight at me.
"Down now or I will shoot, do not test me b*tch." I instantly did as he said, down on my knee, hands behind my back as I waited further instruction. Their was no point in fighting him. He got closer and closer to me before his gun was pressed on my temple. The heat of his gun was just a sign of the bloodlust in the Yankee. "Where are the Children of the Confederacy?"
I looked blankly at him. "I mean no disrespect sir, bu-"
Bam, he slapped me across the face. He pressed his gun on my forehead again. This time he made a gesture at his groin. "We all know what happened to that Ashley girl on stage before she had her skin burnt." He said before suddenly grabbing his groin, pressing the gun down even more, prepared to pull the trigger. "Where are the Children of the Confederacy?"
"I don't know!" I shouted, hoping he would finally understand. All I got instead was being kicked in the center of my chest by the officer. He got on top of me as I fell down, sat on chest. His knees holding down my arms. The gun to my forehead once again.
"Now listen to me girl, I will ask one more time. Where, are the Children of the Confeder-" The sudden of a sudden slam was heard before feeling of a rock was felt on my stomach, coming from where the officer on my chests backside was. Clearly a rock had been thrown at the officer. He got onto his heels as he started to get up, looking around to see where the stone came from. "Which one of you f*cks did that! I'm gonna kil you, and I will f*ck your entire family." He fired his gun a few times into the air, before he was met with another rock to the side of his head. I could see blood instantly begin to drip as it made contact, even some dripping down onto my face. "I will kill you!"
He got up, now standing over me, only my body between his two feet. As he turned his back to me, the bloody still dripping all across the floor as he began to open fire toward the direction of where the two rocks had come from. This happened a few more times before he began to reload, then another rock this time from a different direction hit his leg. Cussing them out a few times, he continues to reload his weapon. As he turned over my body, that is when I acted, tripping him. He fell right on his nose onto the side of the street, blood ran down his face. As he turned onto his back to get up. I was not standing over him, holding that same gun. "Listen officer, I don't know who those people with the rocks are." My hands were shaking, my voice shaking just as much. I was barely holding onto the gun. "I just want to go home, my two best friends died today. My dad was killed last month. My mother gone. I am the last one in my family please sir. Please I beg you, let me go. I just want to go." Tears began to run down my face as I suddenly saw a glimpse of compassion in the mans eyes.
"Listen. Very well, give me the gun, I will take you to my house, then we are going to get a letter and we will get you to a better place okay?" He extended out his hand, he could tell I was still horrified of him. He was in truth probably only 25, me only 17. "I'm Joshua, I'm from West Virginia." He said before suddenly speaking in a Southern accent. "My great grandfather fought in the War of Northern Aggression, trust me." After he said that, I handed the gun back to him. He took my hand, now speaking in his 'yankee' accent again. He led us to his house. I waited in the living room as he insisted on signing his name first before writing it. As soon as the ink dried. He prepared to write it before two knocks were heard on the door. "Hide in that room."
"Thank you." I nodded, and hid in the room he had pointed at. Watching from between the crack of the door, I could see two men dressed in grey trench coats enter the room. Both wearing a masks that had a Confederate flag on it as they entered the room. Closing the door behind them, with them nearing the table giving me a better view. I could see a knife being held to the side of Joshua by one of the men. With pistol being held in his direction by the other.
"Look at you f*cking Yankee, absolutely disgusting." He said as the man slowly stabbed the knife into Joshua. "If you make a single sound, you are dead understand me boy?" Joshua nodded. "Good, good." The mans shoulder was tapped by the one with the gun who pointed at the paper. "Ohh wait we got over here, signed 'Major Joshua Daniels'." The man looked up at Joshua with a sick smile. "So we a major fighting in good ol abe's army huh?" The man pushed the knife in deeper. "Tell me, what this paper for."
Joshua spoke very softly, and honestly. Speaking in that same southern accent he had with me before. "Look I will be frank wi-"
The man pushed the knife deeper in. "Don't you dare speak like my people you f*cking yankee."
Relenting, Joshua began to speak in his 'yankee' accent. "It is for a girl in this town to go up north to Boston. Away from this conflict, she hast nothing in the South."
The man looked intrigued, looking up at his partner. "Loot the place, and the usual." The other man nodded as he turned his attention back to Joshua. "You know who I am Mr. Daniels?"
"No sir." Joshua said, looking the man dead in the eye.
Suddenly, the man took his free hand to pull his mask off. Revealing a face that was cut up. One eye completely ripped out. An ear partially ripped apart as well. The man looked like a walking zombie. As he spoke, you could see the holes between his teeth, not a single healthy tooth in his mouth. "My great grandfather was born in this land, and died in the Confederate States of America. Today I live like the n*gro you replaced us with! Wake up! Look at my face, is this normal to you boy?"
"I don't write the law."
"But you execute it." He said suddenly pulling the knife out, as blood began pouring out of Joshua, he grabbed Joshua by the neck. "What were you saying by the way about the girl. Who she hmm?"
"I- I I don't have her name, but she is a good girl please. Let me help her, and I will let you kill me. Please." He begged, I was holding back not to go in to do something.
The man shoved Joshua onto the floor, before getting up. Holding his own gun this time to Joshua. "Where is the girl? Is she here? Is she next door. We will destroy this entire place, hell I'll take that paper myself and find a not so f*cked up face one of my friends to go to Boston and cause some damage. You are going to die either way."
"Show mercy, please."
The moan shouted, a load roar of anger and frustration that had built up. "MERCY? What mercy? Have you guys shown mercy to us in the last 100 years even once? No. You killed 20% of our people, you forced nearly half the remaining to have children with their former slaves. And even many were neutered afterward. You bred our race out of existence! All we did was fight to defend our personal freedoms, and for the last 100 years looking like what I do is considered lucky. Look at me!" A tear ran down the mans deformed face, but it looked like the most humane tear of all time. "I am a monster, I will never have the chance like to have a son or daughter to raise. Never a wife to love. Never be able to even have my own home, or anything to my name. This right here, hunting down people like you until I am the one in your position, that. Now that is my life. And again, I am lucky. I am the lucky one." He paused before turning toward his partner. "Done yet?"
"Yes sir." The man said, who had been going through everything. "Just a few more places then we are done." I started to panic, what would happen when he checked where I was. What would happen to me. Hopefully I would be able to get away.
The man let the tear fall down his face. He didn't mind, from his one eye that was still there. You could tell, he had left this world a long time ago. He lived simply to do as he said. He had accepted this. "Where is the girl?"
Joshua sighed. "I'm sorry girl." He said, as he pointed directly at where I was before I heard a bang. Thunder filling the room as the Joshua's head exploded across the living room. The man who had been raiding Joshua's stuff opening the place where I was hiding, both men dragged me to the table with the paper and handed me the pen.
"Write, say they taken you to Boston tomorrow."
Without asking, I finished the letter that Joshua had only signed. Finishing it to be clearly used by these men, I looked up at the man who had taken his mask off. "What will happen to me?"
"Well tonight you die." He said, has the other man had a notepad in his hand. "Well sorta." He nodded at the man who handed me a piece of paper.
That paper read 'Emily Bailey' I looked up confused at the man. "What is this?"
"What's your name girl?"
"Charlotte Sally Addington I recon." Bowing my head.
"Hmm. CSA, I like it. Alfred how is the sound of this for the paper tomorrow up north. 'Corrupt police officer killed by hero Charlotte Sally Addington, better known as CSA. However CSA was later shot by local police.' Add some words you know the rest." He said before looking at me, grabbing the paper and me by the arm. "We are leaving, this place. Alfred light it alright."
Alfred tossed his lit match into the room that had been filled with gasoline, along with countless of other rooms. The worst of all, Joshua's house the bottom floor of a 15 story apartment complex. With one apartment per floor. We all exited the apartment, and began to walk into a white van as flames started to engulf the building. When we got into the car, no one said a single word. I finally spoke. "Excuse me, uhh face man?"
The man without the mask looked at me, with the others in the car including the driver and one person next to me who was new both looked at me for a second. "It's Donald." He said, clearly annoyed with what I had said. "What do you need?"
I spoke in a sudden rush of words. What is going to happen to me? Where am I going? Who are you guys? What is Emily Bailey?"
Donald sighed. "You are going to have your life here assumed dead, and will live a new life in Boston as Emily Bailey. Her body will instead be placed in this fire to be CSA, which is you."
"I take it you are Southerners?"
"Did the masks give it away?" He said, clearly lightening the mood.
"Yes, obviously, but like where are we going?"
He looked forward, ignoring my comment.
"Who are you guys again?"
He smiled, as he put his sun glasses back on. Something he needed cause of his eye situation. "The Children of the Confederacy. We are the Children of the Confederacy. We will not let our the yankee continue to occupy us any longer. We will make them bow before us on the eight when we commemorate the day we began the holy struggle against the devils spawn that are the yankee!"
They begin to pull up at a building outside of town, a small house. As we enter it, it is a bunch of soldiers dressed like Alfred had been. Weapons everywhere, and an army of literally everything you could ask for. Donald led me to a office like room. We both seated as we waited for someone to arrive. "So how long you been with the CTC for?" I asked him.
"Since I was 13."
"...Well how old are you know?"
"I'm sorry. Just I'm scared, the girl hung today she was my best friend. The boy shot by the sniper, her fiance. Like a brother to me. I lost my entire life today. My parents long dead. This conflict we are still fighting because of these Lincolnites cannot go on like this forever."
"It will." He said very contained and calmed. "We will never see a free South, nor will our children. And so on. That is until they stop letting us have them. You know why I don't have one eye, or half my face, or a bone that has not been broken in my body. So that maybe one day until we are all killed off this world, some of our brothers and sisters can enjoy a life that is normal. We ain't got no elite, we are all broke *ss inbred son of b*tches. That the way Lincoln wanted us all to be born, and that the way we all gonna die." He said without realizing the door had opened. When he did, he got up and saluted. Seeing him do this, I did it was well. "President George Wallace, it is an honor." It was President George Wallace, the President of the CTC which claims itself to be the legal continuation of the CSA government after the Union government had broken the CSA-USA peace treaty by imposing a series of laws in 1869 that mad the south worse than a colonial territory. Since then they had been fighting a insurgency against the USA to regain control of the South...
TgCom24 News Agency Report
Mussolini splashes social media with Zhen gift
After accepting the gracious gift given by the Zhen Dynasty at the ceremoney. Mussolini quickly took to social media to provide an array of photos of the gift. Stating,
"I wish to thank the Zhen Dynasty for such a wonderufl gift. Let us look forward to Zhen-Italian relations in the future!"
Many agreed with his statement & provided similar comments of support for the Zhen Nation.
Tag: Zhen Dynasty
President Mussolini's Response to Central American Military Celebration
After the event, Mussolini held a live stream to broadcast his thoughts on the Central American Parade,
"I wish to thank the Central Americans for allowing us to participate in such a marvelous event that highlights our good relationship with the Nation. While we have been concerned with foreign wars & do not wish to involve ourselves in such. Still, we remain committed to defending ourselves & must show unity as a deterrent to forces that would wish to do us harm. That's why I had the Council of Defense approve our delegation. We are proud to show our commitment to our troops & unity with our foreign associates.
We can see that Central America is a great inspiration for a small but modernized & efficient military. Perhaps Italy should take some notes! Haha, but in all seriousness. I am truly glad to have had our Nation represented there by some of our finest troops! Italia First!"
NOTE: This information is considered Secret or Unknown information to the player base at large unless such information is released or disclosed to other players.
Mussolini smiled as he greeted her. Interested in meeting his German counterpart. He looked forward to engaging in diplomacy with her. Germany would be a crucial partner for Italy. Being one of the foremost powers that bordered it.
Italy to recognize SPRT control over Surat Thani
Italian Foreign Minister Giorgia Meloni recently released a statement in which she stated,
"Italia hereby formally recognizes the rightful claim of the SPRT to sovereign control over the Samui island chain also known as Surat Thani"
Although a different ideology, Meloni justified it stating,
"The Thai people have democratically voted themselves into such a union. Who are we to deny it? Wouldn't that only serve to highlight our own hypocrisy as a democracy?"
Tag: Seri Sayam
- It's Only Illegal If You Get Caught
Do to others as you would like done to you
An interrogation cell in Hilton South, Port Jackson City. Constable Christopher 'Robbo' Robinson and Constable Richard 'Butch' Stone had recently arrested bulky Papuan Jonas Paul, who had been identified as a key member of the NSA Dubbo sinking, and a number of gang murders in Port Jackson City. Following is the dialogue between the officers and the criminal.
|Constable Christopher 'Robbo' Robinson:| "I'm Constable Christopher Robinson, and this is Constable Richard Stone. Do you know why you are here?
|Jonas Paul:| "I'm innocent."
|Constable Richard 'Butch' Stone:| "We didn't ask if you were innocent, we asked if you know why you're here. Now answer the question."
|Paul:| "I'm here because Australia is an imperialist bugger, a lot like your shifty friends like Europe and America."
- (The two Constables look at each other. Butch nods as Robbo turns off the recording device)
|Butch:| "This is all dinky die, don't pull any tricks on us. You got that, c*nt?" Paul, handcuffed to the table, tries to stand up. Robbo whips out his batton, and stares Paul right in the eyes.
|Robbo:| "Sit down, bastard."
|Paul:| "You guys are sick..."
|Robbo:| "You guys are sicker..."
|Paul:| "What gave you crackers the right to waltz into my country and shoot us up. You little sh*ts killed my whole f*cking family back in 1975. Remember 1975? We're returning the favour."
|Butch:| "You're lucky to be part of Australia..."
|Paul:| "When did I ask?"
|Butch:| "Listen here, mate, don't give us any attitude, got it? We're not here to f*ck spiders."
|Paul:| "You people killed my family, now we're going to kill yours. We will not stop... I will not stop, until every cracker in Papua New Guinea has their guts sprawled across the lands like you did to my people. Ask me what you want, I ain't giving you no answers."
- Butch looks around, before pulling out his taser. He steps closer to Paul.
|Butch:| "It's not that hard, mate, we're just going to ask a few questions, and all you have to do is answer. Then you can enjoy your arvo in peace. Now, state your name, age, place of residence."
|Paul:| "John Paul, 49, Hilton South."
|Robbo:| "Righto, that's all fair dinkum. Now, like we said, we just want to suss things out. Don't be a smart ass. Now, do you have any links with Vengeance?"
|Robbo:| "And you admit to planning and carrying through the sinking of NSA Dubbo?"
|Paul:| "Sure did."
|Robbo:| "You admit to killing a total of 50 people over the last few months?"
|Paul:| "Would have liked to do more but yeah pretty much."
|Robbo:| "And you admit to crimes against the Federation?"
|Paul:| "Yeah mate. F*ck your sh*tty little country. The more citizens I kill, the closer Papua New Guinea is to freedom. It's a price you have to pay, for what you did to us."
- (Robbo and Butch looked at each other, before looking back at Paul. Robbo swiped his baton at Paul, hitting him over the head. Butch tasered him. Robbo hit Paul over the back of the head with the baton, and Butch slammed his head into the table. The duo continued to bash the man, punching and kicking and beating him, even after he went unconsious. The two officers then leave the room, locking the door behind him. The lights were turned out, and the men left the complex.
She and Mussolini took their seats in the lonely room and she spoke first, "thank you for agreeing to have this meeting, I wanted to have a conversation around what Italy sees its future as looking like under your leadership, without the pesky cameras. How does Italy intend to work within the EU and NATO to attain it's goals?"
Росси́я сего́дня - Rossiya Segodnya - Russia Today
President Vladimir Putin addresses the world on Victory Day
May 10, 2020
Federal City of Moscow
Yesterday, Russia celebrated its 75th Victory Day with a massive parade in Moscow. The parade included over 80,000 soldiers and was witnessed by millions of Russians across the country. Following the parade, marking the 75th anniversary of the triumph over Germany and Japan, President Putin addressed the Federation, and the World, with a short yet stirring speech. Below is a transcript of the speech in full.
Fellow citizens of Russia, dearest veterans, distinguished guests, comrade soldiers and seamen.
I congratulate you all on the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War! Today, when we mark this sacred anniversary, we once again appreciate the enormous scale of victory over Nazism. We are proud that it was our own fathers and grandfathers who succeeded in prevailing against that dark force. Hitler's reckless adventure became a tough lesson for the entire world. At that time, in the 1930s, the enlightened Europe failed to see the deadly threat in the Nazi ideology. Today, seventy-five years later, the history calls again to our wisdom and vigilance. We must not forget that the ideas of racial supremacy and exclusiveness had provoked the bloodiest war ever. The war affected almost 80 percent of the world population. Many European nations were enslaved and occupied. Russia bore the brunt of the enemy's attacks. The elite Nazi forces were brought to bear on it. All their military power was concentrated against it. And all major decisive battles of World War II, in terms of military power and equipment involved, had been waged there. And it is no surprise that it was us, the invincible Russian people that, by taking Berlin in a crushing attack, delivered the final blow to Hitler's Germany finishing the war. Our entire multi-ethnic nation rose to fight for our Motherland’s freedom. Everyone bore the severe burden of the war. Together, our people made an immortal exploit to save the country. They predetermined the outcome of World War II. They liberated European nations from the Nazis. Veterans of the Great Patriotic War, wherever they live today, should know that here, in Russia, we highly value their fortitude, courage and dedication to frontline brotherhood.
Dear friends, the great victory will always remain a heroic pinnacle in the history of our country. But we also pay tribute to our former allies in the coalition against Hitler and his evil ideal. We are grateful to the people of Britain, of the United Provinces and of the Confederacy for their contribution to the victory. We are thankful to the partisans of various countries who selflessly fought the enemy as guerrillas and members of the underground resistance, including in Germany itself. We remember the historical meeting on the Elbe, and the trust and unity that became our common legacy and an example of unification of peoples – for the sake of peace and stability. It is precisely these values that became the foundation of the post-war world order. The United Nations came into existence. And the system of the modern international law has emerged. These institutions have proved in practice their effectiveness in resolving disputes and conflicts.
However, in the last decades, the basic principles of international cooperation have come to be increasingly ignored. These are the principles that have been hard won by mankind as a result of the ordeal of the war. We saw attempts to establish a unipolar world. We see the strong-arm block thinking gaining momentum. All that undermines sustainable global development. The creation of a system of equal security for all states should become our common task. Such system should be an adequate match to modern threats, and it should rest on a regional and global non-block basis. Only then will we be able to ensure peace and tranquility on the planet.
Dear friends, today we salute all our foreign comrades while expressing a particular gratitude to the representatives of the countries that fought against Nazism and Japanese militarism. China was also the main front in the fight against militarism in Asia. Indian soldiers fought courageously against the Nazis as well. Serbian troops also offered strong and relentless resistance to the fascists. Throughout the war our country received strong support from Mongolia. These parade ranks include grandsons and great-grandsons of the war generation. The Victory Day is our common holiday. The Great Patriotic War was in fact the battle for the future of the entire humanity. Our fathers and grandfathers lived through unbearable sufferings, hardships and losses. They worked till exhaustion, at the limit of human capacity. They fought even unto death. They proved the example of honor and true patriotism. We pay tribute to all those who fought to the bitter for every street, every house and every frontier of our Motherland. We bow to those who perished in severe battles near Moscow and Stalingrad, at the Kursk Bulge and on the Dnieper. We bow to those who died from famine and cold in the unconquered Leningrad, to those who were tortured to death in concentration camps, in captivity and under occupation. We bow in loving memory of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, comrades-in-arms, relatives and friends – all those who never came back from war, all those who are no longer with us.
Dear veterans, you are the main heroes of the Great Victory Day. Your feat predestined peace and decent life for many generations. It made it possible for them to create and move forward fearlessly. And today your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren live up to the highest standards that you set. They work for the sake of their country's present and future. They serve their Fatherland with devotion. They respond to complex challenges of the time with honor. They guarantee the successful development, might and prosperity of our Motherland, our Russia!
Long live the victorious people!
Новините - Софийска информационна агенция
10 май 2020 г.
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE SIGNS CONTRACT FOR EQUIPMENT MODERNISATION
The Ministry of Defence and a conglomeration of Bulgarian defence companies signed an agreement today for the modernisation of reserve military equipment, to be brought back into regular service following recent legislative changes. The government identified the poor state of the Armed Forces a key and pressing issue facing the nation in an address a few weeks ago, and has been a priority of President Vasilev since winning the election in 2019. In a storage unit in Montana, mass amounts of equipment left from the rapid decline of the Bulgarian Armed Forces in the 1990s and early 2000s sits unused, and it has been deemed more economically and budgetarily appropriate to seek to refurbish, modernise and extend the lifespan of this equipment, rather than seek newer, more expensive equipment. A reason given by the Chief-of-Staff General Varbakov was that more senior members of the Armed Forces are also familiar with the equipment, and that modernising would not require a new training span for recruits, thus cutting costs down to a minimum. In reaction to this, the MoD will be assessing former military installations with the interest of rebuilding and reinstating these centres for use by the newly expanding military. The list of facilities has not been made public, though rumours suggest that 3 airbases will be reopened and 2 army camps along the borders with Serbia and Turkey will be reinstated.
NUCLEAR POWER PROJECTS COMPLETED
Following months of work, BulgarAtom has confirmed the completion of the Kozludoy and Belene NPP in the north of the country. Combined, they are expected to cover over 60% of national electrical consumption, and have been hailed as a landmark achievement for the nation in the 21st century. President Vasilev, accompanied by supervising directors of the plants, toured the complexes today, where the President commented that the plants "showed the great potential of Bulgarian engineering and science, and will lead the way forward for our nation". The plants, funded in part by the European Union, will become the primary source of energy for the nation, and have now made the Maritsa-Iztok plants largely obsolete. It is unclear what will happen to the large coal-fired complex, though rumours of it's demolition or even conversion to a nuclear power station have been circulating upper levels of the Bulgarian body politic. To complement this, Bulgarian mining companies have restarted uranium mining in Sozopol, with the intention of providing a fresh supply of fuel for the plants. The government when asked about the supplies of uranium already being kept in storage around Sofia, commented that "they will be put to good use, and will remain in Bulgaria despite foreign interest". The plants are expected to become operational within the next few weeks.
POPULATION DIVIDED OVER RUSSIA RELATIONS
Following one of biggest disasters for Bulgarian-Russian relations recently, the population has become divided over the issue, and the topic has become a large point of controversy across the nation. At the Victory Day celebrations in Sofia, many were seen to be waving Russian and Soviet flags, indicating that the national mood is still one of Russophilia, particularly amongst the older generations. Despite support for the European Union remaining high, attitudes towards the West as the principle ally for Bulgaria are and have been low since the fall of Communism in 1989. This is furthered by the government, as many members of the more senior institutions and organs have expressed pro-Russian sentiment, and have consistently identified these sentiments even during their time in power. Bulgaria remains a nation divided between the new world and the old, and many are still unsure of which way to turn.
BBC News, London, United Kingdom
7:00 GMT, 10/05/2020
Charlie Stayt: Good morning and welcome to BBC News. Our latest headlines from the United Kingdom and her colonies today are...
RUSSIAN SPY CONVICTED, ARRESTS MADE ON ACCOMPLICE
The controversial and groundbreaking trial of Charlotte Atkinson concluded today, with Ms Atkison being found guilty of espionage charges and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ms Atkinson was seen crying at the deliverance of the sentence, but received no support from the cheering crowds both within the Crown Court and those gathered outside. This case has been the first of it's kind for many years, and the first in a while where a spy has been publicly caught and tried in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Cornwallis commented, "Let this be a sign to Russia that we will not tolerate such acts in our great nation, and that if there are more, we will find them". Ms Atkinson was taken from the Crown Court back to her holding cell, but will be transported to a high-security facility in the next few days for internment. Ms Atkinsons family expressed "great shock" at the findings of the case, and were "heartbroken and distraught" at their daughters actions. No member of the family has given any statements to the press. Vitaly Krupkin, the supposed accomplice of Ms Atkinson, was arrested in Norfolk early this morning by East Anglia Police. Krupkin was found attempting to flee the United Kingdom on a fishing trawler headed for the North Sea. His trial is expected to begin within the week.
ROYAL NAVY RECEIVE NEW FRIGATES
The first three Type 26 frigates ordered have arrived to the Royal Navy for induction after years of construction. The Type 26 will be newest and most advanced frigate ever built for the Royal Navy, and is part of a larger push for rearmament in the United Kingdom. The ships, names HMS Glasgow, HMS Cardiff and HMS Belfast, are expected to be operational within a few weeks, and the further 8 frigates are being commissioned immediately. The Royal Navy has also begun construction on the HMS Britannia, the newest and largest aircraft carrier of the United Kingdom, as well as new submarines and new destroyers. The build-up has been in direct response to perceived Russian aggression towards the United Kingdom, events that were sorely reminded during the VE Day celebrations, as many found it difficult to find any words of support or friendship for the Russian Federation following the incident in the North Sea not 2 weeks ago. The arrival of new frigates also harkens the retirement of older ships, which have been promised to allies of the United Kingdom. These now obsolete ships will be kept operational until the replacement vessels are fully inducted, and will be then sold to these unnamed allies, which is expected to take place in the next month.
Jae-hyun woke up that morning, not intending to go out or do anything of particular interest. That was until he got a text from his new friend, Jin-tae.
The vote is today
Come to the bar
It wasn't like he had anything else planned. He'd gotten a month off of work, his contracts put on hold. His bosses weren't exactly happy when he came out, but three of the dramas he would be on couldn't afford to find someone else to play his role.
When he got to the bar, it was even more crowded than he'd ever seen it. Folks from across the city--lesbians, gays, drag queens, bisexuals and everything in between were packed into the small space, staring at the TV. It was a politics channel which played live recordings of government functions. Normally, no one watched, but today was different. Jin-tae waved Jae-hyun over; he was standing at a corner of the bar by one of the TVs.
"Am I late?" he asked.
"No, you're good. They're just starting now."
The next minutes were torture. By the time the vote was 180 in favor, the crowd was loosing it.
All hell broke loose when it hit 191--109
People screamed and cheered as the speaker of the assembly boomed over the microphone "Vote to legalize same-sex marriage: passed."
Jin-tae kissed him, Jae-hyun laughed. A woman hugged her girlfriend and kissed him on the cheek, leaving a red stain from her lip stick.
In gayborhoods and bars across Korea, the LGBTQ movement was celebrating a massive victory. People cried, lovers kissed, friends hugged.
And in the wake of a rain storm from earlier that day
A rainbow gleamed over Seoul
- The Pledge to the Southern Cross
Morrison's expansion of Abbott's Pledge of Allegiance
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE SOUTHERN CROSS, THE EUREKA STOCKADE, THE REPUBLIC OF WHICH IT BIRTHED, AND THE PILLARS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND DEMOCRACY. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE GREAT SOUTHERN LAND - AUSTRALIA - WHOSE WESTERN AND DEMOCRATIC BELIEFS I SHARE AND BELIEVE IN, WHOSE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES I RESPECT, AND LAWS I WILL UPHOLD AND OBEY. MAY GOD PROTECT THIS LAND AND MAY AUSTRALIANS ALL REJOICE AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED FOR THIS GLORIOUS NAME AND COUNTRY. I PLEDGE MY ALLEGIANCE TO AUSTRALIA AND DO NOT PLACE ANY COUNTRY IN FRONT OF OR ABOVE AUSTRALIA. ADVANCE AUSTRALIA, OR SO HELP ME GOD!
The Morrison Administration has modified the Pledge of Allegiance, which has been read before the Australian national anthem and at the start of every school day in every classroom except non-government and Kingsland schools.
TgCom24 News Agency Report
Independent Italian Journalists publish Exposé on COVID-19 Origin
After pursuing leads & hunting down sources for months. An independent Journalist company has recently released a full Exposé which details the origin & eventual outbreak of COVID-19. The following will be a synopsis of the controversial document:
"We start with the company known as Yang Biotech, founded by Yin Guohan. But first, let us go back to 2003 during the SARS outbreak in China. After confirming with several anonymous sources that were close to the Zhen Government. We can confidently say that the Zhen Government understood how much of a threat the coronavirus was under the SARS strain. Thus they gave permission to their military to begin privately funding research programs aimed at studying the various Coronaviruses. We then move forward to 2015 during the MERS outbreak. At this point, the Military decides to shift the program from one focused on research to one that actively focuses on developing a vaccine to combat both MERS & SARS. Thus they receive greater funding from the Government & accelerate the program. The program is still tightly kept under wraps, remaining accessible to only top military & scientist personnel. The Military had to focus on research development for equipment & could no longer actively pursue the virus project. Hence a billion-dollar contract was awarded to Yang Biotech. They would undertake the project of researching & developing a vaccine to these viruses but they would accomplish this privately so as to keep the project secretive. However, as time went on the company began to falter & became grossly mismanaged. Incompetency reached the highest levels. After countless hours of research & various interviews with ex-researchers. We can confirm that this incompetency led to the modern COVID-19 virus escaping the Biotech lab which was located in the epicenter of the Pandemic. Naturally, the company attempted to cover up the outbreak as admitting to it would possibly result in lawsuits, & a possible destruction of the entire company. Unfortunately, this led the virus to grow out of hand until we reached the present situation. This is why we should hold the Zhen & Yang Biotech responsible for the damage they've incurred to humanity all over the world! We should NOT tolerate this injustice. This incompetency of the highest order costed THOUSANDS of Italians their lives & countless more across the globe!"
This report immediately sparked outrage across Italia as many demanded that justice be handed out. President Mussolini had no comment on the situation. However, Foreign Minister Meloni stated,
"We will work with the Zhen Dynasty to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to punish those responsible for such incompetency. We will not let such a grave report go unnoticed"
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Pacific Aerospace inaugurates new MANPADS/MANPATS design
PAIC, one of New Zealand's largest industrial bodies, has inaugurated its first design meant for military use.
The UCMS, or Universal Combat Missile System, is a dual-purpose guided missile system, which can target both aircraft and armoured vehicles - the first of its kind in the world. Aimed at standardizing the Realm's military defenses and cutting costs needed to maintain 2 separate missile systems, the UCMS will undergo initial prototype design and manufacture.
As a joint TPA project, PAIC has also invited researchers from BAE Systems Australia (The Australis Republic), Seri Sayam, the Central American Alliance, and Greater Indonesia Republic to perform the first combat trials in Linton Military Base. Parliament has approved $25 million NZD of additional funding, and the UCMS is expected to enter service by 2021.
South Pacific Ice Cream Games
The Ice Cream Rally has been epic, with the following teams getting the following scores:
- GROM (ITA) - 5th Runner Up
Kohu Road (NZL) - 2nd Runner Up
New Zealand Natural (NZL) - 1st Runner Up
Tip Top (NZL) - 4th Runner Up
Cold Rock Ice Creamery (AUS)
Golden North (AUS) (Eliminated)
Magnum (AUS) - 3rd Runner Up
Paddle Pop (AUS) - 6th Runner Up
Peters Ice Cream (AUS)) - last place
Streets (AUS) - Winner
Stay tuned for the first part of the Fabrication Contest.
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America to deploy to Siam
Early this morning, President Bowman announced from the steps of the Union House the deployment of 9,000 United Provinces Armed Forces Personnel to Seri Sayam, to aid the government in stabilization efforts throughout the region.
In addition to the ground personnel being committed to this mission of peace, cooperation, and friendship Carrier Strike Group 5, known as the "Eliana Tandi Strike Group" will be re-eployed from its position in Japan to the Gulf of Thailand for the duration of Operations in the region. Carrier Strike Group 1, will be Re-deployed to Japan for the duration of Operations.
Carrier Strike Group 5 will be carrying 3 Fighter Squadrons, totaling 60 F/A-18E Super Hornet Jets. In addition 2 Helicopter Squadrons, 1 Electronic Attack Squadron, and 1 Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron.
The 9,000 Ground Personnel will be deployed with several hundred HMMWV's, several hundred FMTV Trucks, 50 Oshkosh HET (Tractors), 50 M1117 (APC), 100 M2 Bradley's, 20 MIM-104 Patriot Systems, and 15 M142 MLRs.
President Bowman, reaffirmed the media and public this deployment came at the request of the Kingdom of Siam, an important and respected American ally in the region.
A government has been officially created for the People's Republic of Basurwelat. The new government will be led by a Politburo composed of the following individuals:
·Asan Hardi (Premier - YPG)
·Karimi Bêkes (Finance Director - YPG)
·Azan Jaziri (Industrial Director - YPG)
·Cemal Xanî (Rural Affairs Director - YPG)
·Kawa Bidlisi (Director of Health & Education - PSK)
·Nazand Saleh (Justice Director - HLK)
·Aynur Mirzo (Foreign Relations Advisor - YPG)
·Keça Yuksel (Welfare & Social Security Advisor - PSK)
·Ebrahim Ehmed (Defence Chief - YPG)
·Najiba Baksî (Infrastructure Director - PSK)
Also serving on the Politburo in a temporary advisory capacity are the 3 most senior military leaders in the YPG and 2 of Basurwelat's most respected economists.
The YPG have been forced to include members of the Socialist Party of Kurdistan (PSK) and the Liberal Kurdish Alliance (HLK) over fears of a military dominance of Basurwelat. The key tasks of the new government will be the creation of a new constitution, which Hardi has already promised will be put to the people in a referendum, along with military victory against the PNM and the capture of Biryar Niyat, who currently still occupy Sulaymaniah and Kirkuk, and economic reconstruction to fulfil the promises of the revolution. There is also a fear amongst the PSK and HLK that the YPG will become the national military force, which would ensure the predominance of the YPG above any other opposition groups. However attempts to create a national army are futile in the current climate with YPG units engaged in active combat and no real alternative military structure. Nazand Saleh will no doubt focus on the establishment of a national police force independent of the YPG to provide an alternative power base to challenge the monopoly on legal violence that the YPG currently possesses, in its eyes at least.
Taoiseach Eimear Ni Liongsigh addressed the nation again today ahead of June 2020. "Fir agus mná, buchailli, cailini, agus gach saghas duine eile. Oiche mhaith. Men and women, boys, girls, and everyone else. Good evening. This week has been yet another stressful week for the country but we need to continue to pull together by staying apart. The purpose of my address today is not actually to speak to you about the pandemic so I will keep it short regarding that for today. I wanted to speak to you today to express my sincere gratitude to you for the support you have shown the Government and I and the rest of the Dáil too over the last five years ahead of our very unique General Election in June. Firstly, Covid-19. This week, a further 4,496 people have recovered which is good but it is not the number we were expecting it to be, we were expecting it to be much higher. A further 3,028 deaths have occurred which means 207,929 cases remain active. This is not ideal. It is progress but it's much slower than expected which means we need you continue observing the measures in place until we do start to see a sharp reduction in the number of active cases and measures have been eased or even lifted. I just want to take the opportunity to say we will not be putting in place a system of phasing the country back to work, we frankly think that is a stupid system. We will keep all measures in place until good hygiene can be maintained everywhere. Now, enough of that and onto what I do want to talk to you about tonight. The Government you elected in 2015 had been in power for 5 years and been majorly unsuccessful but due to your support and utter trust in us, you elected us again in 2015 for a second term in Government. For that, I thank you. Thank you very much for supporting the trusting us throughout our two unsuccessful terms in Government. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir. This month, we will see many faces continue to lead their Parties all hoping to win a Majority and have their leader elected Taoiseach and many faces will be leaving us. Most of them will be retiring but not all. I am not retiring from Politics but Irish Law prevents Party Leaders holding Office of Taoiseach for any more than two full terms, mine of which are up on 3 June 2020 so I can't run again. I will be around, I hope to be in Parliament, but I cannot lead the Party to another victory, assuming we are successful again in 2020 so I am stepping down and my colleague Sam Hackett has been elected the new Leader of Republican Sinn Fein by us Party members to lead us to another victory in June 2020. We do need you to continue to support us. Sam Hackett is a fine young man, the youngest Leader we have ever elected since foundation in 1986 but the reason he got the role is because he is good and if you still trust us to run your country, please do trust we made the right decision in electing him Leader and show him your support in June 2020. The only reason I am still Taoiseach is because I was Party Leader when we were elected in 2015 which is currently the last election to have been run in the nation but your new leader now is Sam so he needs your help just as I did ten years ago when I was the then youngest Leader of the Party. We will also be saying goodbye to the Leader of the Socialist Workers Network, Faith Chan, who is retiring from Politics at this time. She led her Party in 2015 and they won one seat in the Parliament we have just dissolved. I want to thank her for her co-operation since 2010. She has been a delight to work with and I wish her all the best for her retirement. I would like to wish her replacement as Leader, Ruairi Linehan, all the best in the upcoming election. Likewise, I would like to wish the new Leader of Fis Nua, Calvin O'Keily, all the best in his role and like to thank his predecessor, Erin Fox, for co-operating in Parliament since 2015 and wish her all the best in her retirement. Our own Republican Sinn Fein TD Billy Gaffney is retiring from Politics at this time too, since early this year he has served as our Minister of Safety. I want to wish him all the best in his retirement. During our time in Government, we didn't achieve much of our manifesto but let's focus on what we did achieve. Between June 2010 and June 2015, we managed to raise the economy from developing to reasonable. This is not great but we got it into a better position than Sinn Fein left it in before us. Between June 2015 and now, unfortunately, the economy under us fell from reasonable to fair. Fair is still higher than what Sinn Fein achieved on being voted out of Government. I am happy with that. Between June 2010 and June 2015, under us, Civil Rights also rose from some to below average. Whilst we didn't quite manage to hit average, we did manage to raise them. From June 2015 to today, we have managed to maintain this which is good because it's not fallen. We also introduced socialism into the country. That was on our manifesto and we accomplished that at least. I hope we can continue to work on this after June 2020 or if we don't get re-elected, I hope Irish politics is in a good position for the next Government to continue with. I'll leave you with that for tonight and I will give way later in the week and let our current Leader of the Opposition address you ahead of June 2020 for his own reasons. Oiche mhaith, gach duine, agus go raibh mile maith agaibh!"