Volkman Leads Opinion Polls

ST. JOHN’S CITY- North Vienna Governor Charles Volkman is leading national opinion polls for leadership of the new Vienna government. With elections less than a week away, Viennites are rallying behind Volkman and the Vienna Socialist Party. The Governor is widely popular in North Vienna for his leadership and infrastructure and social services investments.

Volkman’s popularity in Vienna could raise tensions with Belphenia and Drevet. Belphenia has been calling for Volkman’s resignation since his lineage to notorious dictator Sasuke Volkman was made public. However, Governor Volkman has strongly rebuffed Belphenia’s demands, much to the support of Vienna.

Elections are to be held on July 1.

Villa Constitución bid for Geolympiad withdrawn

Villa Constitución, DF – With only days remaining before the beginning of the voting phase for the selection of the 2016 Summer Geolympiad, the city of Villa Constitución, Ardisphere, has withdrawn its proposal from the International Geolympiad Selection Committee.

The proposal had been seen from the start as problematic, given the city had already taken on the task of hosting football’s 2016 Archanta Cup, and some had accused the city and Distrito Federal governments of being unserious about the proposal, merely using it as a means to boost investment in large infrastructure projects.

Everyone’s worst suspicions were essentially confirmed when it was revealed that the president of the Ardispherian Geolympiad Committee, Aníbal Del Giacco, had been receiving kickbacks from several construction companies which, in turn, had received contracts for stadium and facility construction and upgrade projects. Severo Pecoraro, the current governor of the Distrito Federal, had gone on record several months ago as saying that VC didn’t need another giant commitment, right now, as it struggles with several desperately needed transportation infrastructure projects as well as the upcoming Archanta Cup. Del Giacco, however, had accused the District’s governor of trying to score political points, given Del Giacco’s own evident political ambitions as well as his strong relationship with Godofredo Fong Freire, current governor of Departamento Occidental and the Partido Federal’s current nominee for the presidency.

In fact, this emerging scandal has impacted the presidential race, now entering its final weeks ahead of the August 2nd balloting. Fong Freire has been running an already lagging challenge against the incumbent, Montserrat Nowak de Chang, but nevertheless had been viewed as a still-plausible spoiler in the presidential race due to the presence of a strong third-party challenger on Nowak’s left flank from the Green Party’s Ximena Ata, the iconoclastic but hugely popular current mayor of Caracol, DS. In the wake of the announcement by the federal prosecutor’s office of the charges against Del Giacco and several other officials on Thursday, poll numbers for the Partido Federal plunged further, propelling Fong Freire into third place, hinting at a possibly unprecedented setback for the Federales, who have taken either first or second place in every presidential election since the party’s founding in the 1850’s.

Nowak declined to comment on the withdrawal, opting to remove herself from the fray of the scandal. One commentator suggested that this was clearly a wise move, given the fact that members of her own Partido Socialista have also been implicated in the kickbacks scandal.

Ata, however, took the offensive, scoring points against both the establishment parties and summarizing, “Estos hechos nos demuestran, una y otra vez, lo necesario que es una nueva trayectoria en nuestra política ardesférica.” [“These facts show us, again and again, how necessary a new path is our Ardispherian politics.”]

Karolia to build fifth nuclear power station

Säntjana, SA: In a dramatic week for the Karolian government, a preliminary bill approving the construction of a new nuclear power plant near Vasireii has been passed in the Riikskogu, sparking rumours of a crisis in the ruling coalition.

The controversial proposal passed with a very narrow margin: twelve votes in the Assembly of Members and just five votes in the Electors’ Assembly. Karolia has embarked on a program of moving towards energy self-sufficiency, but the ruling coalition has up to now proposed renewable sources of power and commenced the construction of offshore wind farms. The proposed new plant would generate enough power to fulfill the energy needs of the country’s second most populous state, around 1,5 million people, for 30 years.

The levels of rebellion in parliament have been widely viewed as damaging to the unity of the current administration under Labour Party Chancellor Taani Sapaarv, who hold only a narrow majority. The Karolian Green Party, part of the government coalition, were the main opposition to the proposal and managed to attract cross-party support to their position. A pledge to continue with construction of offshore wind and tidal plants and electrification of railway lines was not enough to sway their position.  However, many in the centre-conservative opposition block did vote in favour of the plant, with the backing of the business community.

Critics say that the government has been influenced by the nuclear lobby and that the short-term benefits of nuclear power are outweighed by the problems of waste, safety and the lifespan of the plants. However, the government has pointed to arguments of those in favour, namely the impact of wind farms on the landscape, the level of power and efficiency of nuclear reactors and the 100% safety record of Karolian nuclear plants.  They also predict that the plants will have cheaper construction costs than renewable options at a time of fiscal scrutiny in the country.

The passing of the bill does not make it certain that the new power station will be constructed as there are subsequent bills and legal proceeding that make take several years to clear. However, the immediate political impact will be worrying for the Sapaarv administration. The entire representation of two government parties and a significant proportion of the remainder voted against the Chancellor. The independent House of Electors approved the bill only after intense lobbying and concessions in the preceding weeks.

It remains to be seen if Sapaarv can restore unity to the coalition. If the Green Party were to pull out of the coalition the government would be unable to retain a majority and would almost certainly need to negotiate with the Liberal Party to have any hope of staying in power. Many commentators think the situation would inevitably result in a general election, with an unpredictable outcome, claiming that Opposition leader Jens Naeväst would find it equally difficult to secure a majority as things stand.

Karolians know they will go to the polls less than a year from today to choose the next government. However today’s events have fuelled speculation that the government is close to collapse and the election may be mere weeks away.

W. Khemwet Mupbag, former AN Deputy Chief Secretary, dead of heart failure, age 66

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Mupbag as a panelist at last year’s Aid2020 International Aid Conference

KHAIWOONW. Khemwet Mupbag, 66, former Deputy Chief Secretary of the Assembly of Nations, died yesterday at his condominium in the Orchid Gardens area of central Khaiwoon. The cause of death was heart failure.

Mupbag, born in 1949 to Khaiwoonese parents living in Gobrassanya, was known as a talented young lawyer, a respected diplomat, Khaiwoon’s Ambassador to the Ardisphere (1989-1992) and Ambassador to the Assembly of Nations (1992-1999). In 1999 he served briefly as Khaiwoon’s foreign minister, before returning to St. Richards to fill the position of AN Director-General of Organizational Affairs.

In 2002 he was elected by the Assembly to the office of Deputy Chief Secretary, the second-highest post in the organization, serving a full six-year term through 2008. During this time he championed initiatives to reform the AN and improve its effectiveness, particularly in the field of international aid. When his AN term ended he returned to Khaiwoon, where he was appointed chairman of the Khaiwoon International Aid Fund, helping to raise and allocate funding for international aid projects worldwide. He also taught an advanced seminar at the University of Khaiwoon.

Khaiwoonese President Bukhwa Naikhet described Mupbag as “one of the greatest ‘world citizens’ of our time” and Prime Minister Munbap Y. W. Pertynoo said that Mupbag’s contributions to global peace and prosperity “will never be forgotten.”

In St. Richards, the flags outside the Assembly of Nations were lowered to half mast, and a moment of silence was observed in the Assembly chamber. A memorial service will be held in Khaiwoon next weekend at the Khaiwoon International Center, with many foreign dignitaries expected to attend.

Mupbag’s sister, Omwap Mupbag-Henderson, released a statement to the media revealing that Mupbag had been diagnosed with a fatal heart condition in 1979, and had never expected to live past the age of 40.

More info from Woolonia-Freedemia-Belphenia meeting

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Woolonia has settled on new ways to move forward with their country.

The area in western Woolonia known as Maydien County will be officially the Territory of Maydien in the very near future. Freedemia and Woolonia both intend to recognize Maydien as an independent territory.

Maydien County and the rest of Woolonia had always had relatively different climates and cultures. Woolonian leaders wanted to take the time to formally say that there were no hard feelings between the countries, and that Woolonia will be happy to continue working closely.

The countries also agreed to begin to improve road infrastructure across Woolonia and the Territory of Maydien. An improved motorway network will eventually run through Woolonia and connecting into Maydien. One improvement was already underway, the improvements on then Hwy-8, now Motorway-128 between Motorway-8 and New Wooley. Freedemia will be helping with financial and work support.

Government Infrastructure, such as an area for embassies, an executive mansion, and government buildings are in the planning stages for New Wooley. Other cities, like Centerport, are also in planning for future development. There also plans to facilitate growth in the areas between major cities, as well.

Financially, the sheep-based economy is also going to continue branching out. As Freedemia becomes more reliant on Woolonian sheep and goat products and Belphenia switches to Woolonian wool products, Woolonia is in a good position to enter the international economy.

Politically, Woolonia plans to continue being a strong constitutional Democratic Republic. As for foreign policy, Woolonia is going to be more open and friendly with/towards other countries than it has been in the past, especially as it further stabilizes.

These are just some of the biggest steps and points touched on in the meeting.

Remaking of Pamyung-pang, Pyingshum, Republic of Kojo

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After 6 years of planning and negotiation, today the first block of flats was torn down in Pamyung-pang, a part of the city long-known for being crime-ridden as well as choking in traffick. As a result, it was decided 6 years ago by the Pyingshum City Planning Authority (Pyingshum-sur Kūshuē Kyanfā, PKK) to completely start off from scratch and step by step resettle 120,000 of the around 450,000 inhabitans in the highly subsardized, closely to the city centre located area, and implement a new road system to releave stress, while also renovating many of the dilpidated blocks that had been erected in the 70’s.

One of the old blocks, now being rebuilt One of the old blocks, now being rebuilt

The goal is to connect Pamyung directly to the circular motorway, via a large, raised roundabout in a central location with access to an own whort motorway as an extension of the G 5 leading north-west to the airport, which would intersect with the circular motorway G 1. Also the area around the old Pyinshum Stadium and its metro station will be redesigned.

Critics complain that so far, there are no plans for an even better direct metro-access in the quarter’s centre, beside an intense bus system.

Residents were promised to all be able to relocate to the quarter again after the renovation is finished.