Political Fallout From Sudestian Plebiscite

Auleus – On the 29th of May the results of the Sudestian Independence Plebiscite were announced:

Leaving the Confederation: 53.2%

Remaining in the Confederation: 45.5%

Invalid: 1.3%

Although the Plebiscite voted in favour of leaving the confederation, Chancellor Finley Muller refused to pass it into law, because of this the Sudestian Independence Movement withdrew support of his government, with Justine Jozefo stating “The Conservatives have once again stood in front of democratic progress” . This statement eluding to the fact that universal suffrage was not granted in Auleus until 1933 by Thomas Hillser. Until that point voting was restricted to the male aristocracy, however universal suffrage had been granted in the more liberal Sudestia in 1890.

After this the Conservatives lacked a majority, trying to negotiate a coalition with the National Front, this angered the moderate Democratic Centrists, who withdraw from the confidence and supply agreement and tried to form a government with the Socialists.

On the 31st of May a government consisting of the Socialist Party, Democratic Centrist Alliance, Republic Party and Sudestian Independence Movement was formed. LC Oscar II appointed Ben Holman as Chancellor on the 1st of June, this coalition only lasted 3 days though with Democratic Centrists withdrawing on the 3rd after negotiating terms with the National Front.

Finley Muller had deposed by the Conservatives by this point, replaced with deputy party leader Hayley von Kempf. A government consisting of the Conservatives and Democratic Centrists with the support of the National Front was formed.

Hayley von Kempf was appointed Chancellor on the 4th of June.

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Poll on Sudestian Independence

Auleus – Today the Aulean National has announced the results of a poll conducted on Sudestian independence within Sudestia. The results are as follows:

 

Leaving the Confederation: 60.2%

 

Remaining in the Confederation: 35.9%

 

Other: 3.9%

 

The victory in this poll has been a major boost for the leave camp; because of the poll the movement has received the backing of the Aulean National. Justine Jozefo said, “Today the people of Sudestia have shown the way they feel in the independence debate”. Yesterday Channel 4 broadcasted a programme about the Hillser period in Sudestia called ‘’Hillser’s Sudestia’’ this further flaming the support for independence. ‘’Hillser’s Sudestia’’ was a documentary about life in Sudestia during the Hillser regime, a large amount of the documentary was spent on the prosecution of separatists.

 

William von Fernly was elected leader of the Confederal Front the main organisation wanting Sudestia to remain. Despite this victory for the leave vote is still predicted.

Selection tests for 2018 Apex Mathletics to be held on 20 April

SINGKANGIA– The selection tests for joining Team Singkangia 2.0 (Mathletics) will be held on 20 April 2018, 3.00pm, at the Takapei College of Technology and Design (TCTD). The Singkangian Team will be participating in the 2018 Apex Mathletics event and will be playing against the Gobrassian Team Cannons on 21 July 2018. Besides the 2018 Apex Mathletics event, the team will be participating in the 2018 Apex Enginnerathon, with details yet to be confirmed.

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Applicants can sign up for the tests at http://www.tctd.edu.sk/2018ApexGames by 13 April, 5.00pm. More information about the format and topics for the test can be found on the website itself. Sample questions with answers will be provided at a later date. Other details, such as rules and regulations, can be also found there.

The tests will be evaluated by a board of experts from local and overseas. All applicants will know their results of the test by 17 April via email. Successful applicants will then undergo training and preparation for the 2018 Apex Mathletics provided by TCTD. The training course has been heavily subsidised by the government and all successful applicants do not need to pay for the training.

For other queries, contact the TCTD via email at tctd@moe.edu.sk.

Information regarding the Apex Games for Singkareans will be released by Team Singkangia 2.0 on the OGN News Centre.

 

 

 

 

Sudestian independence plebiscite to be held

AULEUS – Today a spokesperson for the Leader of the Confederation has announced that the Plebiscite (Sudestian Independence) Act 2018 has past. The spokesperson also stated that the plebiscite would take place in April. Current polls predict an overwhelming independence victory, with the states of Johnsburg-Wedfry, Fevevia and Aestra likely to join them.

As the Sudestian parliament lacks a meaningful opposition to independence, the remain campaign may lack unity. The leave campaign has significant leadership, with the Premier of Sudestia, Justine Jozefo being the likely candidate for leader.

When asked for comment on the situation the Aulean Chancellor Finley Muller, he said ‘The people of Sudestia will democratically choose whether they wish to remain a part of the confederation’. Muller has attempted to deny Margrave Poppo’s claims that the confederation is undemocratic, he also tried to distance himself from Thomas Hillser who persecuted Sudestian separatists, despite the fact one of founders of his own party was Hillser’s son.

The Leader of the Confederation Oscar II has so far remained silent on the matter, which has been used by the republicans to increase support for themselves.

The plebiscite is scheduled to be held in late April.

King of Řots at parliamentary session on 15 March; traffic in Kotōlets and Nekkar to be suspended

(Nekkar, 23 February 2017)King Verteř V Storm will attend a session of the parliament of Řots on 1 Třeesip (15 March), prime minister Vervets Bekřa Nureet himself announced today. Those who watched members of the government and parliament up close in the last week, may have suspected that something important and/or unusual was going on, as everybody seemed far more stressed and busy than normal. The last time a head of state of Řots attended a session of parliament was by King Dot XIII Tora in 3405 (= 1929), so almost ninety years ago; his successor Dot XIV Vāsterets and his successors kept themselves out of state politics altogether, with modernity arriving too rapidly for them as of the ’30s (= the ‘50s of the 20th century).

The King’s decision to attend a parliamentary session is all the more surprising because of his age: the current monarch is probably in his late 80s and succeeded his brother King Bēserets Sot (3438 – 3492 = 1961 – 2016) only two years ago. As the prime minister announced, the King’s health is in a fragile state, so any unexpected surprise should be avoided at all cost and the Codex should be followed to the letter: the 1200 year old set of rules that determine the lives of the Royal Family and most of the nobility, and which prevents any change, causing them to form a society within the society of Řots that has been living in isolation and according to medieval tradition until present day.

The visit will also require a change of schedule for inhabitants of both the royal capital of Kotōlets, the civil capital of Nekkar, and some roads between the two: as the royal family and most of the nobility are still living by the Codex, the King and his entourage are most likely not used to the existence of e.g. cars, which means that car driving will be temporarily suspended along the route the Royal Carriage will take. The Carriage will not take the highways, but rather follow the ‘scenic’ road via Tarřebo, Ōřlemup, and Vulipo. The King will spend a week in Nekkar and stay in the Merbu-Kevigu Palas in the suburb of Merp and receive guests there; he will get out only to attend the parliamentary session on the 15th. The prime minister announced that security in Nekkar will be heavily increased during that week, but citizens should not be hindered in their daily activities. In any case, citizens of Nekkar will have a day off on the 15th.

The King’s attendance of parliament also requires that its members as well as the members of the government who attend the session, need to dress up in formal attire as prescribed by the Codex. All persons in Řots who end up in a position of importance have one set made for these eventualities, but in practice, nobody ever needs to wear it and clothes are often acquired second hand from previous politicians if their sizes are more or less the same. Politicians who discover that their formal dress doesn’t fit, now have less than three weeks to make the necessary changes to their clothing.

The conduction of the parliamentary session itself will also be different than usual: speaking or asking questions in the Řosu Git (‘House of Řots’, Řots’s house of parliament) has to be done according to strict formulas so it may take longer to discuss certain topics: a general old-fashioned literary way of speaking is required, mentioning the King all the time, referring to oneself in the third person, and avoiding the suggestion that anyone but the King may have taken any decision, e.g. the minister of Housing could say: ‘By His Majesty’s Leave, His Minister of Housing and Regional Planning humbly informs the Honorable Speaker of this House that …’ instead of the more usual ‘Mr Speaker, I have decided that …’ Many politicians who are expected to speak in the Řosu Git that day will need to practice using this formal way of speaking even in spontaneous replies.

Although many are looking forward to having their first ever glimpse of a Řots monarch, there has been criticism about all the fuss that this royal surprise visit will entail. According to some, Nekkar will be struck by a week of chaos, and if the King plans to schedule more of these surprise visits, some things need to be changed – but this would essentially mean a modification of the Codex, which although not impossible, seems very unlikely.

Poppo wants out of the Confederation

AULEUS– Margrave Poppo of Sudestia has announced that Sudestia will endeavour to regain its independence, in a press conference he said the Confederation is ‘undemocratic’ and ‘occupying Sudestia’. A petition has been announced to convince the national government to allow for a plebiscite on Sudestian independence. Commentators have predicted that Chancellor Muller will approve the plebiscite due to the alliance between the Sudestian Independence Party and Conservative Party of Auleus. Although backlash is to be expected from the hardline Krelisians within the Conservative Party, this group is getting smaller by the year and is insignificant. The data from early polls appears to indicate a desire for Sudestian independence within the state, and desire in neighbouring states to join the recreated nation as well. Although a plebiscite would unlikely be binding, it is still likely to be passed by both parliaments.

Singkangian Prime Minister involvement of rape is faked, says editor-in-chief

SINGKANGIA– Prime Minister Keng Tong Li refute claims that he was involved in a wide-range of inappropriate behaviour from groping, sexual assault and even rape. This comes after a fake news report was released yesterday, with details of a fictional rape concerning him and a minor, supported by a video featuring him at the scene of the ‘crime’. PM Tong Li said, in his official statement, that he had no involvement in the video, and added that it is faked.

The fake news was released on the fake ‘Singkangian Times’ website, where the paper’s colour scheme and logo was used to make it look convincing.

The newspaper said that they were only notified of the fake website and news when a reader emailed to the newspaper, asking questions concerning the article.  “It was very believable, especially if you weren’t aware of the tiny details for example that articles do not usually end with the reporter’s name and date,” said the editor-in-chief of the paper, Song Ong, explained.

The police said that there could be a political motive behind the news report and the video, to tarnish the PM’s reputation before the upcoming 2018 general election in Singkangia. The police also confirmed that the PM has no involvement with the ‘crime’, as at the time of the ‘crime’ the PM was having an official meeting with his officials. The subject matter of the meeting, however, is not disclosed due to official reasons.

“This is not the first time fake news was released on the Internet for political reasons. Last year, a fake news was released saying that the government is planning to demolish rental flats and replace with executive flats, affecting many from the low-income group,” said Police Lieutenant Zhua Syong. “This requires a thorough investigation though. We can’t assume anything just yet.”

The website was forced to shut down, and the police are tracking down the creators of the website. The other opposition members denied any involvement behind the creation of the website and its contents.

The PM is expected to give a speech tomorrow addressing fake news in Singkangia, and what the government is getting ready to do to address it. Meanwhile, the government also urged caution to all Singkareans against fake news by checking the URL of the news website and also report any fake news to the editors in chief so that it will be removed.