Ulethoskeptics Rally in Tasa Valley, Draw Thousands

AMITYE, MAURETIA (TeleMaura News Ingerish) – Preliminary campaigning has begun in some key constituencies across Mauretia, as the parliamentary session comes to a close early next year. Nearly four thousand people gathered at Keyen Chemical Company’s amphitheater in Amitye yesterday with hopes that their voices will be heard in Qolna Mauretana. “Why is it that only some on the Island understand what we want?” asked liberal–publican Assemblian Adil Ferbuge (MPM-Anditasa) in his keynote address. “We want our jobs protected! We don’t want all our corporations moving across li tabrea!” This reference to the loss of 1,700 manufacturing jobs in Anditasa to a fellow EUOIA member last month received among the loudest cheers of the rally. “We don’t want to be losing ground to other nations,” Aṭanazyu bon-Bakar said. “Why does the Island think the rest of Uletha is more important [than us]?”

The official attendance at the rally was 3,956. It is believed that this figure includes the nearly seventy media members that covered the event. It is the largest political rally this year with a nonpartisan Ulethoskeptic leaning. Although Queen Gabriela was not in attendance, her presence was often felt. Her most recent confecio, which declared that she believed in doing what is best for Mauretia first, was a frequent rallying cry. La Eloiṭeva‘s public policy realignment has buoyed her already lofty approval rating, as evidenced by the words of speakers and public attendees alike.

QP Locar Bertun (MF-Iola Essa), however, surprised many by attending the event. A self-proclaimed ‘Uletho-moderate,’ she spoke immediately before the keynote address by Mr. Ferbuge. She praised the role that Mauretia plays in the EUOIA but equally emphasized caution. “A prosperous Mauretia can make for a prosperous Uletha—not the other way around.” After the rally, she projected excitement. “The people are inspired,” she said. “They are worried about unchecked globalization, and they are want to see some real changes to policy.”

Ms. Bertun’s appearance sent shockwaves through Labor (MF) this morning, with many critical. “[Ms. Bertun] should not be pandering to isolationists,” decried Qoncilioi shadow leader Kefas Brietia (MF-Banasa). “She may be a soft Ulethoskeptic, but she has no business being there. They do not see the bigger picture of prosperity in the new global economy.” Even so, Ms. Bertun sees plenty of reason for her appearance. Amitye and the industrial midlands of the Tasa Valley have long been a MF stronghold, but the party suffered surprise losses to the MDX and MPM in the last election. In an interview with teleMaura this morning, Ms. Bertun attributed those losses to her party not hearing the fears of the workers. “I reject isolationism, but the people view [us] as pro-Uletha at their expense,” she remarked. “The MDX and MPM preyed on their fears. We need to prove to them… that we are balanced on this issue and respect their economic interests.”

Mr. Ferbuge took exception to the idea that the MDX and MPM are isolationist. “We want integration to be in the broader fabric of Mauretia,” he said. “Our nation has long been international in its viewpoint. We just want to protect our people first. That is the responsibility of government. I believe Ms. Bertun would agree with this sentiment.”

BREAKING NEWS- Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels attack at Woolbridge bus station, Temporary Freedemian embassy in Woolport with synthetic bia-bia poison

WOOLBRIDGE, WOOL COUNTY, WOOLONIA – Within a month of a statement from President Ferdinand Sealy warning against complacency in the war with the Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels, two attacks occurred in Wool County that reminded the nation that they were still at war.

The Central Woolbridge Transit Center in Woolbridge and the Freedemian embassy in Woolport were stormed within hours of each other, poison darts flying. At the Freedemian embassy the perpetraters were immediately tranquilized and taken into custody. One ambassador was injured, but was only grazed by the dart and survived after being bused to a nearby hospital. Eight died at the scene at the Central Woolbridge Transit Center, 7 by poison darts and one who ran into traffic trying to get to safety.

The damage from the attacks was minimized by a newly established bia bia antidote that acts as fast as the poison (helping save the Freedemian ambassador), as well as the fact that it appeared the synthetic poison was not as potent as the natural poison from the bia bia plant.

Names of the victims have not yet been released. The nation of Woolonia, as well as ally Freedemia who has been targeted for their ties to Woolonia, are both on high alert.

President Sealy released a brief statement talking about the concerns of the WTR having synthetic poisons at their disposal and the fact that all Freedemians and Woolonians need to be ready for anything and never let their guards down. He also said that he had a very important announcement to make at a later time.

The attack with synthetic poisons marks another departure from the WTR’s normally strictly traditionalist means of warfare, which has many in Woolonia concerned that a larger attack could be imminent.

President Sealy warns against complacency in fight against Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels

PASTUREVILLE, PASTURE COUNTY, WOOLONIA– President Ferdinand Sealy of Woolonia was in Pastureville early this morning to give a speech about the current state of the Second Woolonian Civil War.

Pastureville had been one of the areas hit hardest at the start of the war. The Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels’ primary stronghold is the Pastureville Highlands, which is a large rural area outside of the city that includes the city of Sabara. Rebels had pushed in as far as the Pastureville City Limits before Woolonian forces successfully pushed back.

Things have been relatively quiet since Operation Firewolf back in October, when Woolonian forces and drones successfully took out every known stash of bia bia poison and bia bia plants in the nation, a poison that the Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels generally use as their primary weapon. As a whole, the war appears to have died down. There have been no attacks since Operation Firewolf, no statements have come from the WTR, and no further incidents have been noted, in Woolonia nor in ally Freedemia, whom the WTR also declared war on back in July. Some have even gone so far as to celebrate the “end” of the war. However, in his speech, President Sealy explicitly warned against complacency, and reminded the nation that the threat is just as real today as it was at the beginning of the war.

“By all standards and indications, we are still at war. Technically, our ally Freedemia is still under imminent threat of war. The minute that we become complacent, the second that we step back and say “Well, I guess we won!”, the very moment we let our guard down, is the moment they’ll attack.  This isn’t over!!! The Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels still have control of most of the Pastureville Highlands. Sabara is still a stronghold. Autoroute 56 is still closed. Government security is still at an all time high. And our ally Freedemia has still had war declared on them for the first time in history. Government officials and civilians have been killed. Freedemian politicians have had failed assassination attempts against them. We have not reached a resolution. We may have won this battle, but if we become complacent now and forget what’s at stake, we will lose this war.”

It has yet to be shown whether Woolonians will heed President Sealy’s message.

Pasaliapolis Intl. Airport to be closed, Study says

Pasaliapolis,Pasalia

A study commissioned by the government shows what local residents have been fighting for decades long. The new study was done after local emission measurements have shown constant both noise and air pollution in areas adjacent to the airport. PJFI has been often known as one of the tightest and crowded airports of any large international acting city. With planes being put on holding loop over the city, pollution has been present ever since the opening of it in 1961. ,,With official documents now proving our concerns this is a huge success for us” a local man said. Another nearby business owner voiced his concerns too: ,,This is horrible news for us. If the green-socialist eco freaks get their plans through in government and it will be relocated I can only imagine how this would hurt our business.” A study conducted in the early 1990s showed the cost of a potential upgrade of Futuria Airport, demoliton and developing of the current space occupied, at an estimated 28bn PSD. ,,We could do it, (…), although it’d be a massive project. We all know the current situation is not only bad but terrible. Current capacity is ridicously low and the pollution is also adding up to the problem”, a spokeswoman of the mayors office said.  If the project were to be launched next year, it could be finished by 2023. Airport relocations have already been done in other countries.

QUARTA beta-testing Stop Request buttons at bus stops serving multiple routes

QUENTINSBURGH, FREEDEMIA– Bus riders waiting at stops home to multiple routes may see a new feature coming within the next month. QUARTA, with the help of Trenchent company Trannovation Solutions, LLC., is rolling out Stop Request buttons to bus stops across the city.

This is being done primarily with the idea of saving time and making bus service more efficient. Currently, if there’s someone waiting at a bus stop home to multiple routes, every bus has to slow down, just in case the person at the stop wanted that particular route. This leads to a lot of lost time- many times, the individual is waiting for a particular bus, but every bus in between still has to slow down and pull towards the bus stop, just in case.

The idea behind Trannovation’s StopRequest Kiosk, a post designed to match the design of the QUARTA bus stops and with a button to request each route, is that the rider can request which bus they need from the bus stop ahead of time. This means only the route requested by the rider will have to slow down and pull over.

To use an example, let’s say Jimmy is waiting at a bus stop home to routes A, B, and C. Jimmy wants to get on route C. Currently, Jimmy would just wait at the stop visible to the drivers of approaching buses, and they would automatically slow down and pull to the side. While Jimmy can wave them off, signifying he doesn’t need that route, by that point the buses have already reduced speed and got ready to pull over and stop. If Jimmy’s route C comes after routes A and B, then riders on those buses lost time that the bus used to slow down. While this seems like only a little bit, when that happens ten to twenty times along the route, it adds up.

However, with the new StopRequest Kiosks, Jimmy can directly select “Route C” from the bus stop, signifying that you want only the C bus to stop, freeing up routes A and B to skip the stop entirely unless someone is getting off. This means that coupled with new dedicated bus priority lanes, routes A and B can literally pass the stops full speed (unless someone is getting off) without pulling over, because they know that Jimmy is waiting for Route C. This could make a huge difference in timing and efficiency of each route. Little tweaks like that can help the QUARTA bus system run far more efficiently.

While QUARTA’s QLine Metro has become exceedingly more efficient in the past few years, QUARTA’s bus network has lagged behind. Along major corridors like Capitol Blvd West, many have crowded onto the subways because of the long commute times on the local bus. This has greatly improved with the creation of bus priority lanes, (lanes where only buses and cars immediately turning right are allowed) but it still needs large improvements to be an efficient and appealing alternative for commuters.

QUARTA hopes to have the entire system fitted with the first phase of these stop request buttons (on most major lines/corridors) by February, and the whole system if the test period is successful by June 2017. Trannovation is also rolling out this new system in Trenchent and San Grande as part of Lake Area Rapid Transit (LART), and Laneston and Vandover’s VAULT (Vandover and Urban Laneston Transit) is supposed to start testing in January 2017. Trannovation is also working on an app version that allows individuals to request a bus to stop from their phones or mobile devices. However, the app is still in development and is not being publicly tested. Employees of QUARTA and LART will have a chance to test out the first version of the app come mid 2017.

Rice farmers, processing mills race against time before cooler weather arrives in Yamikonatsu’s harvest season

Yamikonatsu, Larigothiel (Sakura News Center) – One of Belphenia’s main farming towns are gearing up to harvest and ship rice out of Larigothiel and to cities across the Theocratic People’s Kingdom of Belphenia, rice farmers in Yamikonatsu are racing against time to harvest and ship rice out of the village and into Belphenia’s main rice processing plants in Greridia and Nantoka City, before cooler weather arrives in this year’s harvest season.

The state government of the Mikasatshu Division recruited at least 15 truck companies, and 10 guilds and factions to help harvest every rice field in the Yamikonatsu area under the guidance of the Larigothiel Prefecture leader and Guild Master Junko Tamashiya, and Mikasatshi Division’s state leader Shun Momieru, to race against time to end this year’s harvest season for Yamikonatsu.

The Mikasatshu Division state government said that “the year’s harvest season is the greatest opportunity for rice farmers, shipping companies, and consumers across Belphenia, and by then, it will be an economic boost for the rice industry for the Belphenian economic system yet”.

The rice farmers reported that in the past month, the rice is ready for harvest when the grain turned yellow and started to drop. The water is then drained from the rice paddies to make way for the farmers to start harvesting across the Yamikonatsu area.

Akame Ryunashi, a local rice farmer and resident of Yamikonatsu, was very satisfied when she was notified by the Yamikonatsu Rice Farmers Association that her sister’s rice restaurant in Shovelmage City will get a new shipment of rice once the products are already processed and shipped from Greridia. The agency also said that the rice products will be shipped to her father’s grocery store in Spray, and to her cousin’s rice truck in Akashiya, Sakura Prefecture. Another farmer, Takoshi Mizuyama, said that he wants to have his own rice shipped to Meredy Prefecture instead of Yalobusha due to not coming to an agreement with Jubania Trucking drivers from Erzanna Prefecture.

In Yalobusha, rice processing mills across Greridia are preparing to acquire shipments of harvested rice from Yamikonatsu to begin processing. The harvested rice is then processed through sorting machines that clean the kernels and remove foreign matter. The processing continues, and eventually, the rice is enriched. Under Belphenian law, all rice products must undergo quality testing under the guidelines of the Belphenia Food Quality Council.

In Yamiberii County, Larigothiel, rice farmers still struggle to create new rice paddies in the hamlet of Hayashi, five years after the Volkman period ended. Yuki Minoshi, a village chief of Hayashi said that he already requested the state government’s help to boost the town’s economic system despite the after effects of the Volkman period. “I already saw what Yamikonatsu boosted their economic system in that town, but Hayashi is in desperate need for help, five years after the terrible, Volkman era we lived in. Since this is the Moka era, we must make Hayashi grow. But we shouldn’t fail, just like we did fail to make this town grow in the Clear Heart period.” Minoshi said.

Local residents in Hayashi also struggle to create new rice paddies along Larigothiel Prefecture Road 101, when they encountered bad soil called the Momikumi clay at the Yamiberii-Sukima county line, and when the farmers got back to Hayashi, they plan to wait until winter is over, and by then, to create three new rice paddies along Central Avenue in the spring.

This morning, rice farmers in Yamekoi worked to Great Heart’s religious music from a nearby sword naming ceremony where Reiko Beard, the ceremonial leader of Belphenia and the governing body of Great Heart observing the naming of Yamekoi’s village chief Setsuko Araragi’s katana, “Emina”, but one woman is missing. Two days ago, Erza Beard, Prime Minister of Belphenia, had an opportunity to travel to Yamikonatsu with Deputy Prime Minister Masahide Shiroma for her first time to help direct local farmers load the harvested rice into semi trucks, before she and Shiroma returns to Yamekoi to attend the observance of today’s sword naming ceremony in the afternoon.

The rice harvest season for Yamikonatsu will end on October 31 when a local shikashime of Great Heart, or a representative of Larigothiel Prefecture or the state of Mikasatshu Division uses the horagai to signal the end of this year’s harvest season.

Roadway improvements along urban NW Freedemian Coast progressing steadily

VANDOVER, FREEDEMIA– Drivers today were able to drive for the first time on the new Vandover East Thruway. The freeway, also known as Unionway 308, connects from U-208 to U-108 and creates a new north-south freeway through central Vandover while creating a strong alternative for through traffic going to Laneston or Nature.

The project is part of a larger set of improvements to thru roadways along the northwestern Freedemian coast to ease traffic on the stretch of Unionway 4 between Laneston and Quentinsburgh. Several other projects are underway, including the widening and improving of parts of M-82 through Mathersboro, M-13 up through Haroldsborough and Fort Elwood, and southern Dansels Road (now M-23B) through southern Vandover. Improvements to M-23 (Laneston Lake Pkwy) in Laneston and Vandover are also underway.

One portion of the bigger project, the construction of the M-282 just east of Mathersboro, is nearing completion. The freeway will connect the U-204 directly to the M-82 to improve access to Mathersboro and create a stronger alternative to Unionway 4. The freeway then continues to provide a better connection to the relatively new Walter Sanderson International Airport.

The overall project, known as the Secondary Coastal Corridor, is a partnership between the Quentins Department of Transportation, the Reeds Department of Transportation, and the Freedemian Department of Transportation (since the project crosses state lines). While the overall goal of the Freedemian government is to continue to improve transit alternatives (such as the MetroWest Commuter Rail and Greenleaf Bus Lines) the need for alternative automobile routes along the most urban part of the nation was large enough that even the commuter options weren’t enough to fix the problem alone.

The project also has renewed interest in enacting tolls on U-4 between Laneston and Quentinsburgh, as there will not only be several viable commuter options, but a new roadway alternative as well. The Freedemian National Legislature is supposed to meet later this week to make a final decision, a meeting which originally wasn’t supposed to happen until January. A recent vote done during the Monday general elections passed with 68% in favor of the tolls as long as an effort was made to improve alternative routes.

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A diagram showing the current bottleneck situation (U-4 corridor in red, current alternatives in yellow-brown) and the alternative that the Freedemian Department of Transportation (and state departments) are trying to create with current projects. The area highlighted in green is undergoing new construction and road improvements. The green line indicates the corridor that they hope drivers will start to use as an alternative when complete.