Andrew Carmichael’s approval ratings rise after passing of Graham F.R.A.B.I. Act

GRAHAM CITY- Even in the midst of facing corruption charges, Graham Executive Andrew Carmichael saw his approval ratings rise for the first time in years. He recently passed a bill known as the Graham Funding Allocation and Business Incentive Act, or the Graham FRABI Act, that is meant to help Graham City recover from its current state.

The bill has been praised by analysts to be the strongest recovery bill in Graham City’s history, (though even more is expected to come from Diane Wooten-Whitaker if she is elected to replace Carmichael) and many saw this as the first good thing to ever come from Carmichael’s desk. 

In the days since the passing of the FRABI Act, Carmichael went from 4% approval and 83% disapproval to 34% approval and only 31% disapproval. The remaining 32% seemed shocked and wanted to see if Carmichael could stay consistent.

It even pushed many others to push for Carmichael to be allowed back into the election. A poll done with only Diane Wooten-Whitaker against Grady Walton put Wooten-Whitaker at 73% and Walton at 21%. However, the same poll done with Carmichael allowed back in the race showed Wooten-Whitaker at 61%, Walton at 20%, and Carmichael at 18%.

Grady Walton’s campaign filed complaints about the government’s statement that they would reconsider banning Carmichael from running again.

“We know who this man is. We’ve gone nowhere for the past six years under his leadership. Why in the world should we give him another chance just because he finally did one thing right? This could just be some stunt to get re-elected. He did it two years ago, why should we trust him now? He has PROVEN himself to be corrupt. Letting him run again would be a huge mistake.”

Carmichael made his own statement, who made it clear that this wasn’t about being re-elected.

“At this point, it’s not about me trying to run for reelection. I’ve made that mistake before. This time, it’s about serving the people I represent as Executive today. I mean it. Whether or not I am able to run for reelection, I will use the amount of time I have in this office to help the people of this fair state. They deserve better than what they’ve been getting from me. I’m going to give them better as long as I can, and I trust both Wooten-Whitaker and Walton to do the same if they do replace me.”

Most people are just hoping that either way, Carmichael is truly trying to do better and make a leading positive difference either way.

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Party members vote to rename WSA Party to New Woolonian Socialist Party to differentiate from past actions

NEW WOOLEY- Members of the Woolonian Socialist Association Party meeting at the annual WSA Convention voted today to change their name and logo to better represent their current beliefs.

From the 1910s into the early 1980s, the WSA Party controlled all of Woolonian politics. The country was entirely dominated by the single party, often called a “pseudo-democratic dictatorship” by outsiders and opponents. Parties chose their president, and with the WSA having control of almost all funding and generally all of Parliament, leaders Weldin Hurdell and Marlo Chesnov were nearly unopposed, other than by the early Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels and a few pro-democracy movements.

However, stances have changed greatly since the days of Hurdell and the fall of the Chesnov regime. The party has lost almost all seats in Parliament, and have embraced modern Woolonian democratic socialism. Their platform today could be better compared to other modern countries’ socialism than to the oppressive communistic background they were known for. In 2002, the party even put in a plank into their platform denouncing the past actions of the party and expelling everyone who was responsible or who sympathized with the “horrible actions” they had once committed.

(Those expelled tried to make a new party known as the Woolonian Order Alliance, but failed miserably. Many would later be charged for their links to the Chesnov administration when the modern government enforced “Woolonian Reconstruction” legislation and started legal action against the former regime.)

The party now advocates for a more socialist system, but with democratic leanings. Stances include more government funding for and oversight of the sheep industry, universal healthcare, government-given retirement funding and welfare, and national systems for education and transportation.

However, many still avoid voting for the party or supporting the party due to the remaining stigma from the regimes of Hurdell and Chasnov. Some aren’t very educated about the changes that have happened within the party.

“I’m a member of the Christian Shepherd Party,” one voter told PWN shortly before the convention. “I do not agree with the stances of the WSA and I wouldn’t vote for them. However, I do know that this isn’t the same party that ran oppressive regimes back in the 1900s.  People need to understand that the party has changed. I feel like if they were to change their image, people would have a better idea.”

Today, the party finally made the move to change that image. As of today, the party is now the New Woolonian Socialist Party, with slogans “Democratic Socialism for a New Woolonia” and “For the People, not the Party”. Every choice the party has made during this week long convention was to change the image of the party and reassure the people that the party has changed, their stances have changed, and members actually care about the people they want to serve.

Study and poll shows that Freedemian, Freedemian Centrist Parties would dominate politics today if not banned

FRANKLINSBURGH- A new poll shows what could have been of Freedemian politics if Amendment 13 under President Sean Bond hadn’t banned them. The poll compared platforms from today’s voters to those of yesterday’s parties.

Analyst Annabelle Sarahson, who has a Master’s in Political Science, says she believes from the data that modern Freedemian politics would be dominated by three major parties if not for Amendment 13.

“It seems like there would be three major parties today if they weren’t banned. I’d say that there would be the Freedemian Centrist Party, the Freedemian Party, and a newer “Liberal Party” to account for the leftward shift we’ve seen recently in our nation. We saw some of what I mean with the Liberal Party with PLAG, the People’s Liberal Activist Group, when it was found to be an implied political party. The Conservative Party likely would have collapsed into the Freedemian Centrist Party due to their sharing of many views.”

In 2016, Freedemians as a whole agree on a lot of things. More than 90% of Freedemians are pacifists. Most identify as Christians. Most approve of nudism/naturism, public nudity protections and barechested equality provisions. Most are supportive of medical marijuana but against legalizing recreational marijuana. Most see the importance of going green. Most see the importance of government programs. Most want the country to move away from auto travel in exchange for public transit.

However, the details make all the difference.

Sarahson says that the political battles seen today would align most with a scenario with the Freedemian Party versus the Freedemian Centrist Party, with influence from the “Liberal Party” pushing further left.

“Both the Freedemian Party and the Freedemian Centrists would agree on medical marijuana, while the Liberal Party would be pushing for total legalization. Likewise, both the Freedemian Party and the Freedemian Centrists would support nudist rights and barechested equality, but only the Liberal Party would be fighting for a complete ban of dress codes and clothing requirements. Both the Freedemian Party and the Freedemian Centrists would support some censorship when it came to words and things that could be seen as offensive,  but the Liberal Party would want no censorship at all. The Liberal Party wouldn’t be a big player in elections, but they would help influence policy. We basically see the same thing today minus the parties- most centrist Freedemians agree on things and dominate politics, but other groups help push things a bit further left.”

“The differences between the Freedemian Party and the Freedemian Centrist Party are that Freedemian Party members believe strongly in the use of federal power, federal funding, and global alliances and connections. The Freedemian Centrist Party would only approve of use of federal power or funding when needed, and would disapprove of global alliances for concern of being dragged into conflicts. We see this very exchange before us today, as groups debate whether federal power is reaching too far with the Graham City Crisis, or whether ties with Woolonia open us up to getting dragged into a conflict. Smaller debates over priorities (transportation, healthcare, going green, etc) also fall along these lines.”

“Having a strong federal government over the smaller governments is actually an idea the Freedemian Party would have taken from Doofism and the Tri-State Party where the federal government retains all power over local government.”

“The Conservative Party, or the remnants of it, would not be an active player, but would remain a huge part of the foreign policy aspects of the Freedemian and Freedemian Centrist Parties. Pacifism and minimal alliances was originally a Conservative Party stance, as was responsible spending. These would almost certainly have become large parts of the Freedemian Centrist Party platform.”

“The data collected shows that about 53% of Freedemians have beliefs that line up with the Freedemian Centrist Party’s platforms. It appears that if parties still existed, the Freedemian Centrists would dominate politics. Many others, about 40%, would be more Freedemian Party, including President Angela Rosenthal.”

“But it is interesting to see how many stances nearly universally accepted now didn’t come until recently. While naturism and nudism were always accepted, as was barechested equality, universal protection under the law for public nudity didn’t come until President Kenderson. At the time Kenderson made his executive order, it was hugely controversial, and many were shocked at the idea of allowing people to go naked in public anywhere. Now, with Amendment 30, public nudity is literally protected under our constitution.”

“I honestly don’t think these shifts would have been as possible if political parties would have remained in power. None of the remaining major parties back in 1955 (Freedemian, Freedemian Centrists, Conservative) would have embraced something as extreme as legalizing all public nudity. Even the left leaning Freedemian Party at the time just wanted to get rid of all “indecent exposure” laws. The Freedemian Centrist Party was for allowing nudity at all parks and beaches, but never embraced public nudity in public places like theaters, stores, restaurants, or schools. The Conservative Party seemed to think naturism and nudism were fine, but should be isolated to beaches, parks, and private backyards. Today, almost all Freedemians support Amendment 30, protecting all public nudity and non-sexual exposure and protecting the right to expression through the choice to go naked, as long as it’s not linked to a lewd act. The policy being enforced nationwide is “indecent behavior”, where indecent actions, not nudity or exposure, are punishable by law.”

“Having political parties banned has made it possible for individual politicians and individual citizens to have their own stances on issues, without being confined to a party platform. Someone may agree with some stances but disagree with others that normally would be associated together because they aren’t confined to a set of ideas. Every voter is an independent free to make their own political choices, which I believe helped Freedemia thrive.”

“I do believe banning political parties under Amendment 13 was the right decision. I’m glad President Sean Bond signed it all those years ago. However, it is interesting to see what Freedemian politics might have looked like if parties still existed.”

While political parties aren’t coming back anytime soon, if ever, the influence they had is still greatly affecting Freedemian politics today. However, the lack of parties has also had a large impact, allowing voters and politicians to have more diverse stances on different hot topics.

Controversial Belphenian pop singer apologizes to warriors, families of victims of the Battle of Shirahoshi for “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day”

Jellal (Belphenia State Television, Angel News Channel, News 9 Erzaleria) – Araki Isono, the controversial Belphenian pop singer who sang the “Resurgence of a Fateful Day” that offended warriors, families, and victims of the Battle of Shirahoshi, apologized on state media Thursday and deleted the controversial music video off the radio and the Internet.

“Please let me to apologize to the public as I write this letter. As you all aware, since February 2016, “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day” have offended many samurai, pirates, and the people of Belphenia. After I found out that the song was offensive, I was deeply saddened. I want to apologize to the people that I am very sorry I made you all feel offended, and I didn’t mean to create a music video and song about the scene where Saenna sees a pirate, or samurai hugging a Volkman supporter beside the Shirahoshi River in Hinahi. I had to delete the music video off from social media, and called the record companies to destroy all physical copies, and delete all digital content of the controversial song. I want to show more respect to the veterans and families of victims of the Battle of Shirahoshi by not creating a song that offended them. Please forgive me…”, Isono apologized on social media and she broke down to tears while visiting her cousins in Jellal, Icebarrow.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, the samurai in Icebarrow took the protests to the streets of Jellal demanding Isono to apologize to the Battle of Shirahoshi warriors and families for portraying a fictional girl named Saenna and singing the offensive lyrics in the music video. In Shovelmage Prefecture, residents wants “The Resurgence of a Fateful Day” to be pulled from Belphenian airwaves.

The song and music video was banned in Maydien for “promoting grave disrespect to the Belphenian factions, in which the warriors are samurai and pirates who liberated the theocratic and strong nation from the scourges of Sasuke Volkman”, said Princess Gertrude of Maydien on social media on May 3, 2016. “We wish Araki Isono should now consider apologizing to the veterans, families, and victims of the Battle of Shirahoshi and have the record companies to pull the controversial song of from all Belphenian airwaves”, she added.

On May 10, 2016, protesters at EWGN-FM and ENMI-FM in Erzaleria turned violent after residents complained about the controversial song being played on the two stations at the same time in Nami. Some protesters blocked Trafalgar Road and Trans-Erzaleria Road 157, demanding Isono to apologize to the public, according to News 9 Erzaleria. Jonathan Dolie, a radio station host at ENMI-FM, said on the radio that “the Resurgence of a Fateful Day should be pulled from airwaves, and we are sorry for the offensive song we played earlier.”

The media regulation agencies in Belphenia, Erzaleria, and Maydien are working on preventative measures to help the music industry to avoid using such offensive content involving content depicting Sasuke Volkman and his regime in music videos and tracks in both physical and digital copies in the music industry. The samurai and pirates, and families of victims of the Battle of Shirahoshi are planning to forgive Isono and her record companies in Belphenia for their wrongdoings.

Andrew Carmichael apologizes publicly for misconduct, announces Graham Funding Reallocation and Business Incentive Act

GRAHAM CITY- Graham State Executive Andrew Carmichael publicly apologized today for recent actions and bad leadership and presented new ideas to help the state thrive.

At a press conference in a park in Downtown Creeklyn, Carmichael directly apologized to Diane Wooten-Whitaker for his distasteful attacks on her awkwardness and her bladder mishap during her bid for vice president. He also apologized to constituents for his immaturity and his attitude in recent months, and to voters for not having done his job to the best of his ability.

Carmichael announced and explained a new bill known as the Graham Funding Reallocation and Business Incentive Act, or the Graham F.R.A.B.I Act.

Under the program, businesses who dedicate at least 2 million Freedins to the Graham recovery process or expand/relocate in Graham City creating at least 500 jobs get a five year corporate tax break. The hope is that such policies create incentives for companies to expand. However, the city’s wealthiest individuals, including Carmichael himself, would see large personal tax increases. The plan would have to be approved by the federal government, but most are pleasantly surprised by the smart bill and its potential.

“Honestly, I’m shocked, but this bill could make huge short term progress for Graham. And this bill’s coming from the same man who seemed to focus on projects helping the wealthy. This definitely shows why Carmichael was elected in the first place, the fact that he really can do a good job helping everyone”, President Rosenthal stated in an interview.

Carmichael also said that for the next ten years, tax revenue from high-income high-profit businesses in Graham City itself (the borough) and in nearby Perryville, both of which are doing far better than the poorer parts of the city, would be redirected into the rebuilding process in the impoverished boroughs, particularly the transportation. Cheaper land prices with improved transportation, he explained, often bring new developments that help the community thrive.

Carmichael also reallocated project money from developments in the well-off areas in Graham City and put it towards fixing the Graham City Port (in hopes of becoming a trade hub again) and into repairing and maintaining MGTA subway lines and running buses (including many temporary bus lines to make up for the demolished elevated subway lines).

Analyst John Dennerson from PWN Politics was surprised at the common sense solutions in the bill. “Assuming these plans were to go into action this week, as long as Carmichael’s replacement doesn’t repeal them, which is unlikely anyway, this could make a large difference for Graham City in the near future. Coupled with President Rosenthal’s New Start Deal programs helping the city recover, we could see massive improvement in just five to ten years. If Diane Wooten-Whitaker is elected to replace Carmichael, her plans for education and tourism added in would basically create the strongest recovery plan I’ve ever seen in situations like this.”

If this action grows Carmichael’s approval ratings, Diane Wooten-Whitaker would actually be the one to gain from it- While she is fighting to improve things in Graham, and is running against Carmichael, her policies line up a lot with the F.R.A.B.I. Act, and she has been much less disapproving and much less vocal against Carmichael than her opponent Grady Walton.

Former Graham Mayor Barbara Clint to run for vacant seat in House of Populus

GRAHAM CITY- Former Graham City Mayor Barbara Clint announced earlier today that she will be running for Graham state’s newly vacant Poplator seat in a district serving most of Graham City. Yesterday, the Freedemian Department of Justice announced investigations into two Representatives and one Poplator besides the original Andrew Carmichael investigation. The seats belonging to Representative Victoria Sellers, Representative Michael F. Harris and Poplator Kevin Smeeth are now open as they face an investigation over possible corruption charges.

However, even for an empty seat and currently running unopposed, Barbara Clint has a big fight ahead of her in her bid for the position. Clint was largely considered a big part of the city and state leaders that allowed Graham City to drop to where it is today. She herself faced corruption charges back in 2009, though all charges were dropped. Often seen as snobbish and unattached, Clint was blamed by many for not doing enough to help the issue. Clint’s approval ratings around the time she lost the mayoral election in 2014 were almost as bad as Andrew Carmichael’s approval ratings are now. Clint had 11% approval, while Carmichael has 7%. Clint’s largest difference is that while she didn’t do nearly enough to prevent or reverse the Graham City Crisis, Carmichael appeared to have deliberately let the city go to shambles, while Clint simply had her priorities in the wrong order.

However, Clint appears to be trying to create a new image and start over. Her campaign slogan shows just how hard she’s trying to do that- Campaign ads show the slogan “Barbara Clint. Once part of the problem, Now part of the solution.” Clint made a speech in a rundown neighborhood in Prince, an area she admittedly never would have gone to willingly as mayor, pleading her case. “In this time since I lost reelection, I’ve been talking to people from all different backgrounds here about the real problems this city is facing. I’ll never forget it. A couple weeks before I lost reelection in 2014, a young woman told me she had lost faith in me after realizing how detached I was from problems people like her face. She told me about how all I cared about was myself and my own personal interests. It really made me think. And it made me want to change that. I think I have succeeded.”

Clint also explained that now that she better understands the real issues, and cares enough to do something about it, that her background in business and formerly stingy ways would actually be helpful for figuring out the financial aspects, while her ties to other wealthy influential individuals would help her bridge the gap between the average resident and the wealthy few.

Clint stood by her endorsement of Andrew Carmichael for state Executive, despite looming corruption charges, but clarified her reasoning. “I’ve been friends with Andrew for much of my life. I’ve actually talked to him about the serious issues this city is facing recently, trying to open his eyes. I know him well enough to vouch that underneath his rough exterior, he’s a good man. Blocking him from running for reelection for political reasons honestly makes him look like a terrible person. He’s become the scapegoat for huge amounts of problems that started long before he was even elected. I feel like he could have done more. But even I could have done more as mayor. I have strongly encouraged him to do more while he can as state executive between now and October before he falsely goes down in history as ‘the man who ruined Graham’. I think he’s really starting to listen. I think we’ll see some positive action from him these next few days. He should be allowed to run. Even if he loses the election, it shows faith in democracy and the belief that people can do better.”

Executive candidate Diane Wooten-Whitaker, running to replace Carmichael, seemed skeptical, but optimistic about Clint. “This seems like a different person from the corrupt seeming Mayor Clint I knew before. She really does sound like she cares. She makes good points, and while I’d like to wait and see who runs against her, I think we should give her a chance.”

Wooten-Whitaker’s opponent Grady Walton was much less supportive. “WHAT?? Why in the world should we let one of the very people who contributed to the issue back into office when the door is open to finally change things? No way. I’m not buying it.”

When asked about whether Carmichael should be let back into the race, Wooten-Whitaker and Walton once again gave different answers. Wooten-Whitaker said that while she didn’t trust Carmichael, she trusted the voters to not re-elect him, and was not opposed to allowing him to run, at least until he is formally charged. Walton stated that the federal government was doing the right thing not allowing him to run, and that if he is charged be should be banned from any future political participation.

About 24% of voters in the district, including Creeklyn, Prince, and Knox, currently say they’d support Barbara Clint. However, about 26% of voters say they’re waiting for a better option, and 49% are just not sure this early. Clint would need to tap into that 49% to have a strong chance at winning. She has a chance, but only time will tell if she can take advantage of it.

Belphenia remembers 5th anniversary of the Battle of Shirahoshi

Jasmine City, Jasmine Prefecture (Belphenia State Television, Sakura News Center, Angel News Channel) – With Reiko Beard, First Leader of Belphenia and Prime Minister Erza Beard, Luisa Drain and her family, and the samurai and the Guilds of Belphenia used the horagai beside National Route 73 (The Battle of Shirahoshi Warriors Memorial Highway, BR 73) and bowed their heads during the moment of silence as Belphenia marks the fifth anniversary of the Battle of Shirahoshi, the historic war against supporters of the nation’s late dictator, Sasuke Volkman on Wednesday at 6:56am local time, the moment the first stage of the war began.

In Remiville, Deputy Prime Minister Masahide Shiroma gave a speech at the Ryushime Samurai District to the Knights of the Eraede and the Sword of the Neredgers, and many local guilds and factions. Sakura Kurmochi also gave a 70-minute speech honoring the warriors who are still living to this day, and to honor those who sacrificed or lost their lives in the Battle of Shirahoshi to redeem Belphenia from the Volkman regime.

At 6:56am, the Sapphire Swan Flag was raised at half-mast in the city of Hinahi, Edaleria at an area where the main war began. Shortly after 7:00am local time, the memorial ceremonies began, attended by the samurai, pirates, the Guilds of Belphenia, the Government of Belphenia, and the governing body of Great Heart.

On May 11, 2016, the theocratic, and determined nation looked to the future during the current Moka period while remembering the past.

Recruiting the Guilds of Belphenia

Five years ago after the events of the April 5th massacre in Remiville and the works of the Liberate Belphenia Guild that led to the dethronement of Sasuke Volkman, the Volkman regime weakened suddenly when many Belphenians learned the truth about the dictator’s cult of personality and his war crimes through radio broadcasts and on the then state media-Belphenia Central News Authority. When the old government lost control of ruling Belphenia, Belphenia was restored to democracy.

Between April 20th and May 1st, 2011, the Knights of the Eraede, the Sword of the Neredgers, and the Drain Family were concerned about the remaining Volkman supporters may likely regain control of Belphenia under another dictatorship. In Zerish, South Belphenia (now Erzanna Prefecture), samurai Becky Dearden formed the Burning Horizon Guild on April 27 to create the new Belphenian government that will become the Clear Heart period’s Government of Belphenia. The samurai from the Greridia shogunate warned Dearden that her attempts to form the new Belphenian government would likely be impossible to establish due to remnants of the Volkman regime still ruling most parts of Belphenia.

On April 30, samurai Hajime and Luisa Drain formed the Zerephine Clan to bring the remnants of the Volkman regime down, and used email services to recruit the samurai and pirates across Belphenia without being seen by Volkman’s supporters. In the Jasmine Mountains, the Drain Family recruited more samurai to the area, but it was not enough for Luisa Drain to accomplish and she became the faction’s new leader. When Volkman’s forces left Calumet City, Sutton Province (now Heartfilia Prefecture) for Sutton City (now Zerephine City), she and the Guilds of Belphenia plotted invasions, raids, and seizures in cities where the still-active Volkman regime govern. She wrote this on a piece of paper just in case if Sasuke Volkman finds the paper saying: “Sasuke Volkman, the People’s Republic of Belphenia has had enough of you. Leave this country and never come back.”

On May 1, the Drain Family recruited Belphenia’s most strongest guilds: The Knights of the Eraede, and the Sword of the Neredgers, from Northwest Belphenia. The total amount of recruited samurai has risen to 510, and on May 5, it rose to 14,022 on the day when Sasuke Volkman was expelled (and excommunicated) from Great Heart, then 21,396, and finally, 45,882. Luke Drain, an Erzanna samurai, approached to the Drain Family and provided assistance in gathering swords, supplies, clothing, and motor vehicles for the samurai and the Guilds of Belphenia. On the early morning of May 11, 826 pirates from the Glesa region were recruited.

Two years that changed Belphenia

At 6:56am local time, the first stage of the war began when the samurai invaded the Volkman Gardens in Horizon City and overthrew the local Volkman regime. The first battle took place at Sasuke Volkman’s residence where 233 Volkman supporters were executed, but 198 samurai were killed in the process. One pirate, Hiro Rokanima, renamed Horizon City to Calumet City, telling the Volkman supporters that a new government will now rule the city and Belphenia under theocracy. Between June and December 2011, the second stage took place with pirates helping the samurai take back many villages including Nihonia along the Shirahoshi River and killed 924 Volkman supporters. But the war took the life of Eriko Enoki, the late Sword of the Neredgers’ guild master on January 7, 2012. The third stage followed when Volkman’s military forces tried to invade the city of Zeref. Local factions quickly executed 106 Volkman supporters and seized 70 military tanks, 14 trucks, four vans, two buses, and one car. On March 15, 2012, the village of Hinahi became the epicenter of the main battle where 32,436 Volkman supporters and 29,998 samurai and pirates were killed, that the Drain Family had to recruit 25,000 more samurai when they learned the fate of those factions killed in that stage.

In the fourth stage of the war, pirates near the Mirasako-kawa Wilderness took down 21 Volkman-controlled military bases using cannons equipped on their ships, killing 1,055 Volkman soldiers. In Ackerman, access to the Port of Sutton City (now Port of Zerephine) and the mouth of the Shirahoshi River in South Belphenia Province (now Xanthe Prefecture) were blocked. In the final stage of the war, samurai Sakura Kurmochi defeated all 65 members of the entire Edeiwyn Clan, and became the first Belphenian samurai ever to defeat the most dangerous pirate, Sumi Kuroda, on July 23, 2013 in Zerish. On July 30, 2013, Kurmochi executed the last Volkman supporter who ruled over the city of Akashiya, Lisa Nitamori. After the war ended, the samurai and the Guilds of Belphenia became victorious. The final death toll from the Battle of Shirahoshi were 32,581 dead including the samurai, pirates, police, firefighters, and paramedics. 98,239 people were injured, 303 missing, 199 were rescued, and 55 were unaccounted for. The war resulted in 377,244,095 Moka Pieces in damages.

Belphenia today

In the current post-Volkman period, freedom was restored since the dethronement of Sasuke Volkman on April 19, 2011. Furthermore, there were many changes in the Laws of Belphenia that includes a strict law on naming weapons of any form, including swords, armor, and firearms to have names, and sword-naming ceremonies conducted by Great Heart became mandatory for everyone living in Belphenia. Future leaders engaging to rule over Belphenia under dictatorships were outlawed, airport security was tightened by the Belphenia Imperial Guard Corps and the Homeland Security Guild, and all government, guild and samurai premises are now monitored by guards and law enforcement.

Since July 2011, Belphenia’s traffic laws changed when traffic now primarily drives on the left, and in special cities, traffic now drives on the right. In October 2013, provinces on the political map became prefectures and were renamed by the Guilds of Belphenia.

In December 2015, the Sapphire Swan Flag was retired as Belphenia’s official national flag and was replaced by the current Endless Wind Flag for the Moka Period. In addition, the government appoints the nation’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Masahide Shiroma.

In May 2016, the culture of the samurai prospered since the Arata Heart period. That evolved to the current Tadashinori Culture during Reiko Beard’s reign in the Moka period, and prospered after more than 500 years since the Sarashimari Culture.