Yamaz Independence Referendum Act fails to pass for 3rd time this year

(Campech, June 17th) – The Yamaz Independence Referendum Act of June 2017 has been vetoed by Prime Minister Fredrick Montclair, after intense controversy in the Parliament, where the 5 votes needed to pass the act were only cobbled together after intense debate and protests.  The bill stated that an Independence referendum would be held on July 1st in Yamaz, where voters would be given 3 options. These options would be “Remain a province of Terwen”, “Become an autonomous province of Terwen”, and “Become an independent nation separate from Terwen”.  The bill was introduced on June 5th, only 2 months after the Yamaz Independence Referendum Act of April 2017 failed to pass the Parliament.

The Yamaz Province of Terwen has historically had a major independence movement due to its 90% Native Terwanian population.  During Terwen’s original colonization, the native Terwanians were pushed into the Serion Desert south of the main fertile region of Terwen.  When Terwen originally became independent in 1809, Native Terwanians were banned from travelling north of the Sevier Line, named after Prime Minister Martin Sevier who ordered the ban.

The Sevier Line created the Yamaz Native Terwanian Territory, which was the only area where natives were permitted to permanently live, and it also caused the famed “Wall of Racism” to be built along the Sevier Line that made it very difficult for Native Terwanians to travel north of the line. The drought of 1821 caused an estimated 250,000 Native Terwanians to die due to lack of fertile land available.  In 1847, during the Terwanian Social Reform period (1845- 1857), the Sevier Line was deemed unconstitutional by the Terwanian Supreme Court, and natives were permitted to travel or reside anywhere in Terwen.  However, the Native Terwanian population was heavily segregated from the rest of the population.  An estimated 700,000 natives were kidnapped into slavery and served at plantations with no rights or freedoms.  In 1896, after the controversial election of 1895, where the new Prime Minister’s Vice Minister was assassinated,

Prime Minister Austin Del Rio ordered slavery to become illegal, and while several separatist movements arose, no provinces suceeded or refused to obey the law.

For the next 37 years, the Natives and the rest of the population coexisted, albeit segregated, and nothing major happened.  Then, the Communist Revolution of 1932 happened.  The democratic government was overthrown, and communists established strict control over the country.  During the communist rule, Supreme Leader Joseph Sabinas authorized the Native Extermination Project, where the military blockaded any natives from leaving the Yamaz Native Territory, and strategically stopped all food and supply shipments.  During the communist rule, an estimated 2.3 million Native Terwanians died.

In 1941, the communist government was overthrown, and a democratic government was installed similar to the old government.  The new government, under the legendary Prime Minister Salinez Askof immediately ceased the Native Extermination Project, and additionally passed legislation to end Native segregation, and let the Yamaz Native Territory become a province.

Since then, the Yamaz Province has several times asked for independence or autonomy, but has never had enough support to hold an independence referendum until 2007, when an independence referendum was held, and the majority of votes ended up being “Remain a province of Terwen”, at 56%.  Over the next 9 years, polling results from major news outlets showed that the percent of people wanting independence stayed steady at about 60%.  The main reason for only a 60% majority wanting independence was due to the rising tensions and eventual civil war in Takaria, where many feared that insurgents in Takaria could invade Yamaz if the Terwanian military was not present to protect Yamaz.

However, when the Takarian civil war ended in late 2016, the amount of people wanting independence in Yamaz jumped to 85%.  For the past several months, 3 bills had been introduced for an independence referendum, but the first two times the bill failed to pass the Parliment, and even when the newest one successfully passed Parliment, the Prime Minister, who had voiced his fierce opposition to Yamaz independence, vetoed the bill, and Parliment was unable to gather the 7 out of 9 votes needed to overturn the veto.

Yamaz Governor Sardek Kuiaso expressed his deep disappointment for the prime minister’s veto in a press conference today, stating, “The Prime Minister’s refusal to support the independence referendum shows the continuing injustice against the Native Terwanian people and the over cautiousness of the Parliment.  I hope that eventually, we will be able to hold an independence referendum so that the Yamaz people have a chance to speak for themselves.”

It is currently unknown when the next independence referendum act will be introduced in the Terwanian Parliment or House of Representatives, but inside sources have clued to the Yamaz Governer considering authorizing a referendum himself without the federal government’s consent.

 

 

Řots Government investigating membership of the Archanta Nations Organisation

(Nekkar, 16 June 2017) – The government is currently investigating the possibility for Řots to join the Archanta Nations Organisation. This was confirmed by foreign affairs minister Bāpēr Irve Ulař. “The ANO offers many attractive features such as their purpose to maintain peace on the continent of Archanta, and the facilitation of regulations concerning aspects of trade, industry, transportation, and security”, she said. “Most current member states of ANO are however located on the northern part of Archanta, Neo Delta being an important exception. It therefore remains to be seen how Řots and the ANO will be able to overcome the distance in order to implement e.g. the peace instruments and I have to confess that our membership of the South-West Astrasian Economic Alliance may already cover a lot of the economic aspects of ANO. We will enter talks however with an open mind.”

Founded in 1985, the ANO is a mainly political organisation that attemps to facilitate transnational decision-making and multilateral dialogue in Archanta. Currently it has ten member states, including Abunadi, the Ardisphere, and Neo Delta.

PWN Politics: The first Freedemian Presidential Debate, newest polling shows Nelzer rapidly gaining on Incumbents Rosenthal and Houser

QUENTINSBURGH- On June 10th, Quentins State International University hosted the first official Freedemian Presidential Debate. The 6 official candidates discussed their plans and qualifications for the office.

President Angela Rosenthal, VP Patrick Houser, and Katherine Nelzer all had strong showings in the debate. Coming strong, they talked about their qualifications and their ideas, trying to show why they were the best to lead Freedemia into the future.

Rosenthal faltered a bit on infrastructure and healthcare, as moderator Cynthia Powell pointed out that SRAFRA, the bill that transferred excess funding from the military and campaigns to education, healthcare, and infrastructure, was actually written by former Vice President Tom Morganson, and that almost every single one of the healthcare bills she mentioned had been championed by current VP Patrick Houser. However, she did make a strong argument for how her leadership has helped carry Freedemia for the past 4 years, to a point that while 4 years ago 78% of Freedemians said the country was “recovering”, a recent poll with the same question showed 92% said the country was “moving forward”.

Houser used that as a launching point to talk about his plans for infrastructure, saying that he thinks the ideas in the green infrastructure plan could help move the country into the future even more and place Freedemia alongside other countries who have championed going green and smart city technology already. He laid out his plan, which included large investments in modern solutions for renewable energy such as wind turbines, water turbines off the coast, solar farms, more desalination plants, and lining motorways with solar panels and wind turbines. He also pushed for growing the technology scene in Freedemia, backing up Nelzer’s plan for nationwide wi-fi, smart city technology, and incentivizing the tech industry. On a security standpoint, Houser proposed legislation that holds media sources more responsible for inaccurate reporting, especially where investigations or national security interests are involved.

Nelzer laid out technology and infrastructure plans very similar to that proposed by Houser, but emphasized cyber-security as her primary focus. Nelzer believes that Freedemia is one of the most likely worldwide to be a victim of a large cyber-attack, due to its large and growing global footprint, minimal military action, and lackluster national cyber-security protections. Her primary focus was national security, in shifting a large amount of military focus to cyber-security, as some Freedemian businesses had recently been targeted. Nelzer believes that the Freedemian government is currently one of the most vulnerable in the world, and argues that in this modern age they can’t afford to remain unprotected.

The other three struggled a bit to prove they weren’t one-issue candidates.

Economist Derrick Barson did the best job of this out of the three, talking about how he, like Houser, believes that infrastructure and technology is key, but wants it to be done by private companies in an effort to shrink the government and further grow the economy. Both VP Houser and Nelzer said they would be open to the concept of public-private partnerships to fulfill the infrastructure and technology plans. His explanation on why he thinks the government should be much more lenient on victimless crimes was met with doubt, but understanding.

Actor Craig Schluderman struggled a bit more. He succeeded in showing the merit to his reasoning behind wanting to cut foreign relations with countries blatantly known for human rights violations, and spoke clearly on why labor reform was needed in the rice and mining industries. However, he failed to show much understanding of other issues, including a lack of plans for infrastructure and only minimal ideas for healthcare. He did push for continuing to make higher education more accessible by opening more four-year campuses and community colleges, but this is something already started by SRAFRA and pushed by both Rosenthal and Houser already.

Vandover Mayor Lily Mae Clarington had the worst showing of the night. Her initial statement about nudism and body image was somewhat inspiring, but her rant about the “evils of the clothing industry” became more of a tirade than an explanation. Her plans to cut the military by 85% in the name of pacifism drew immediate fire from both President Rosenthal and Nelzer. Rosenthal pointed out that she only cut military funding because there was so much excess from past overfunding that the extra money was better off going somewhere else as long as Freedemia’s military was only for defense purposes, and that the military was not hurt or shrunk by her cuts. Nelzer argued that now, with Freedemia on the global stage and progressing rapidly, would be the absolute worst time to cut the military, as defense would be needed even more as Freedemia became a more alluring target. She reiterated her earlier plan to shift the military’s focus on cyber-security defense while maintaining a healthy combat defense.

Clarington continued her downward spiral as she started talking about censorship and nude tourism. VP Houser pointed out that while he agreed with some of Clarington’s views on censorship, the benefits of nudist tourism, and on the clothing industry, that Freedemia had much bigger things to tackle that should fall way higher on the priority list of a presidential candidate. Rosenthal chimed in agreeing, stating that she herself is a part-time nudist, but that “simply being a nudist isn’t what it takes to be a president”. Clarington then tried to change the subject to talk about infrastructure, only to get shot down by Houser again, who pointed out that while Clarington claims to also be “pro-infrastructure” and has cited some needs in her home state of Reeds, she has absolutely no plans on how Freedemia should move forward infrastructure-wise.

The debate did seem to have a large impact on the polling numbers. In a recent PWN poll from June 11th-June 14th, Rosenthal stayed about steady at 29%, retaining her lead. Houser stayed about steady at 27% and would retain second place. However, Nelzer saw a huge jump from the debate, and now sits, still in third, at 26.5% of the vote. Barson retained 4th place, but dropped to 8% of the vote. Schulderman came in fifth with 6.5% of the vote, and Clarington would drop to only 2% of the vote, still largely from her home city of Vandover. About 0.7% said other, and about 0.3% still wrote in former vice president Marco Nelson, who is not running. It appears most of the growth in the “other” category came from people who originally chose Schulderman or Clarington. Many of Barson’s voters went to Nelzer, believing she understood the merits of privatization as the CEO of TweetBook.

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M5.1 earthquake strikes the Seralia Division; Construction workers killed, two seriously injured at future Bluesage resort site

Sayanahi, Seralia Prefecture (Sakura News Center, Belphenia State Television) – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook parts of the state of the Seralia Division Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning, at around 7:18am local time, the Belphenia Geological Agency recorded a magnitude 5.1 earthquake with a depth of 5.2 miles (8.3 kilometers) centered along the Jubasha Fault Zone in northern Bluesage Prefecture, and the effects were also felt in Varella, Shishuko Town, Seraphina City, and Yaelian Prefecture.

With the shaking stopped, samurai and pirate guilds announced that in the resort town of Mukabushe, Bluesage Prefecture, buildings, houses, and a number of stores sustained minor to moderate damage in the area.

The tremor also triggered a water main break near Satoko’s Anime Cosplay Store at the intersection of Seralia Division Route 56 and Central Miruka Avenue, prompting local authorities to evacuate tourists, shoppers, and visitors from the Seralia Division’s popular electric district in Sayanahi, Seralia Prefecture. Sayanahi Police have also evacuated shoppers from Satoko’s Anime Cosplay Store as rushing waters floods the anime cosplay store.

In Seralia City, The Shūmokā Tunnel connecting the Seralia Division state capital to Minami Sayanahi was closed to traffic due to a part of a cladding of the northbound tunnel ceiling fell off at around 7:19am but fortunately missed cars were driven through.

In Varella, Bluesage Prefecture, five construction workers were killed and two were seriously injured when a steel beam plummeted six stories down, followed by a crane collapse killing a crane operator during the earthquake at the Makono Highlands Hotel and Resorts construction site, officials said.

Most residents in Varella, Jubasha, and Mukabushe temporarily lost power for three hours. At around 10:45am local time, power was restored.

The Seralia Division Ministry of Infrastructure said that there are no reports of damage to major expressways, bridges, or other infrastructure.

Man dies after accidentally walking onto Line 2 Subway Tracks near Family Monument

QUENTINSBURGH- A young man in Quentinsburgh passed this morning in a tragic accident after walking onto at-grade express subway tracks near the Family Monument metro station and getting hit by a line 2 metro train.

Jared Leederman and some of his friends were hanging out near the bridge over Henry Stream on Fredrick Street when they went to walk down to the stream. Jared’s other friends’ said they had crossed over the tracks before and never had any problems. However, this time Jared made the mistake of walking out right as the line 2X express train was leaving the tunnel, hitting Jared.

The 2 and 2X come out of the downtown tunnel in that area and travel across ground level on a short stretch of track before going up on the elevated structure that it runs on for the rest of the line. QUARTA announced plans to fence in the area around where the train leaves the tunnel. Currently it is surrounded by a short railing, warning signs, and vegetation.

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The Line 2 did continue running, though line 2X express trains would be slowly redirected onto local tracks, causing delays. Delays are expected to continue through this evening, with all trains stopping at the Family Monument station.

PWN would like to remind everyone, when it comes to metro and railroad tracks, stay off and stay safe.

VP Patrick Houser plans to “not hold back” in 2018 Freedemian presidential election, will not endorse President Angela Rosenthal

In a PWN interview yesterday on Wake Up, Freedemia!, vice president Patrick Houser said he plans to “not hold back” in his campaign for president, and that he thinks he’s a good candidate with good ideas that can give President Rosenthal a run for her money. He announced he will not be asking supporters who voted for Rosenthal before to vote for her again, respectfully adding that he’s running to win.

Traditionally, since in Freedemia, the runner up in an election becomes the vice president, a president and vice president who got along and wanted to keep the administration set up the same way will more or less endorse each other, usually encouraging people who voted for the vice president originally to vote for him or her again, and same for the president. This generally works if Freedemians are happy with both the president and the vice president. Many expected Houser to do the same, as Rosenthal-Houser has been one of the most highly esteemed administrations in recent Freedemian history.

Houser wanted to make it clear that he respects Rosenthal greatly and enjoys being her vice president. “I really trust and support President Rosenthal. I don’t want this to be construed as meaning anything different. But I have a lot of my own ideas as well, and I think I’d be in the best position to implement them if I was in the office myself.”

Patrick Houser was originally a newscaster for FFRA 10 News, Progress World Network’s Franklinsburgh affiliate, until running in 2016 as an underdog candidate for vice president when Tom Morganton resigned due to his daughter developing cancer (today she is doing well and the cancer is now in remission). Houser came from behind with a grassroots movement and would edge out former vice president Marco Nelson for the position. Now, as Vice President, Houser has been the source of a lot of big ideas in the Rosenthal administration, while President Rosenthal was more the steady handed leader that implemented them.

It is very possible that Houser becomes president and Rosenthal is runner up and becomes vice president. This has happened once before, with Andrew Ames and Sarah Gerbertson. Ames had been president with Gerbertson as vice president, but things like Gerbertson’s commitment to going green and advocating for barechested equality and reducing censorship of non-offensive images gained her enough supporters to push her above Ames in the election, making Gerbertson president and Ames vice president. Houser is only trailing Rosenthal by 2%, and there are still several months leading up to the election.

Zenergy revives classic scroller Alice Cadd in new exclusive game for the ZeeBoy Platinum

Back in the days of the ZeeBox, MegamerGames dominated home consoles and Zenergy dominated the handheld market. It was almost a given in Freedemia until the release of the GoGamer that if you owned a handheld, it was probably a ZeeBoy. Zenergy later would get knocked out by MegamerGames’ newer and better handhelds, ending with the ZeeBoy Silver, and wouldn’t return until the ZeeBoy Platinum earlier this year. However, the ZeeBoy had its share of good games, though a lot of them were largely forgotten in the shadows of MegamerGames’ Snapster the Turtle and Zoball. One of those characters is coming back for the first time since 1998.

Megamer had just hit it big with Snapster the Turtle, one of the world’s most well-known gaming icons today. But at the time, Zenergy had a character from their own scroller that was perhaps the second best well known, a young girl named Alice Cadd.

Alice Cadd in Wonder World was Alice’s debut on the ZeeBoy, and served as Zenergy’s direct answer to Snapster.  As the story goes, Alice was a young orphaned girl living in Dicia. Upon saving an old woman she was told that her mother was still alive, but that she had been trapped in the wild lands of Wonder World by the evil Tortoisia (many believe that Tortoisia was actually meant to be a jab at Snapster the Turtle himself!). Alice sets out to save her mother, armed with a very strong poke. Like Snapster in his games, Alice did have a couple gadgets of her own, including a scooter, a glider, and a submarine, but she had to buy them using coins collected in the levels. Alice Cadd was notorious for the dice-based miniboss battles, where Alice would have to guess the number the boss would roll to win. (The actual boss battles would improve in game 3, Tortoisia’s Revenge, where the number the boss rolled would instead represent a move they would do, that Alice would have to be ready to fend against.)

The ZeeBoy would see 2 sequels, Alice Cadd in the Magic Fortress, and Alice Cadd 3- Tortoisia’s Revenge. Alice even got a racing game to compete with SnapsterCart by MegamerGames, called CaddCar Racing for the ZeeBoy 2.  However, the last Alice Cadd game (though the plot wasn’t actually related to the original 3 games), Alice Cadd in Karate Kate Land, would come out on the ZeeBoy 2 in 1998. The ZeeBoy Silver saw no new Alice Cadd games, though it did get a rerelease of the original 3 games with slightly improved graphics (32 bit instead of 8 bit).

The new game, Alice Cadd 4- A Dicey Situation brings Alice Cadd back for the first time in years. Zenergy plans to use the newer 32-bit graphics from the ZeeBoy Silver’s rerelease of the original trilogy. The game will be a ZeeBoy Platinum exclusive, and is one of the first games for the ZBP that actually threatens to have an impact on competitor MegamerGames. Zenergy is reportedly working on a 3D Alice Cadd game as well, with some isometric levels alongside more fully 3D experiences. That game is expected for the New Year’s shopping season next year.