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.




Embassies officially available in Terwen

CAMPECH – After years of problems, embassy spots are officially available in Campech.

For the past 76 years, embassies have been limited to a small, cramped office building in Downtown Campech.  The building, formerly named Embassy Centre, was built in 1941 right after Terwen’s current government was formed, has 12 floors where countries were crammed in because of no available space for embassies in Campech.  The building has been continually deteriorating structurally and has no offices available.  There was so little space left in the building that some countries literally shared an office.

The need for a new embassy area became very apparent 5 months  ago when a fire caused the top 2 floors of the building to become completely unusable.  The fire started when one of the building’s servers overheated and exploded because of its lackluster cooling room.  The fire proceeded to completely destroy the server room, and then cause the floor it was on, Floor 12, to have to be completely evacuated because of the damaged asbestos making the air toxic and lead pipes melting from the fire.  The fire then went down to Floor 11 before it was finally put out.  Even though no one died in the fire, it ruined a major database and several country’s embassies.

Campech Officials had already been negotiating with the neighborhood of Greenwich to replace the historic area of North Greenwich with a dedicated embassy area, but as has happened many times over in the past, the neighborhood refused as all the other neighborhoods of Campech had.

However, because of the Embassy Centre fire and questionable structural condition of it,  the Prime Minister of Terwen issued an executive order demanding the construction of dedicated embassy areas in North Greenwich.  People living in the houses that would have to be destroyed were given vouchers that allowed them to buy a house or condo in Campech for 75% off, or wait until a condo building built in the location of the old Embassy Centre Building was complete, in which they would be given the condo for free.

Construction on this embassy area started one month later with the destruction of many old houses in North Greenwich, even as protesters blocked the path of many construction vehicles.  The construction carried on for 4 months until the embassy area was ready.

“I am very fortunate to see a true embassy area finally opening in Campech.  Campech finally has a safe, spacious embassy area that will show Terwen’s importance and strength.” said Prime Minister Fredrick Montclair in a press conference today.

With embassies available, guidelines for embassy construction have been released.  These embassies may take 1/4, 1/2, or one whole block depending on how substantial the relations between that country and Terwen are, and must be located in the spaces marked “Available Embassy Area.”  Countries who build an embassy must send a PM to iBallasticwolf2 about it, but do not need permission to build an embassy as long as they follow the guidelines.

The old Embassy Centre Building will be demolished in 2 months after the countries using it have moved out.  A new condominium tower 20 floors high will be built in the current location of Embassy Centre.

Hurricane Obodo could hit Farax

MARIORA- Hurricane Obodo, currently in the ocean north of Farax, could hit Quphellas. Weather reports suggest that the Level 3 Hurricane Obodo is heading southeast, from it’s current location northwest of Farax. If the reports are right, the hurricane would follow a similar path that devasting Hurricane Carly followed in 2009.

When Hurricane Carly hit the northern Quphellas coastline in May of 2009, it caused massive damage to Mariora and the eastern Fremont-Monhiel Metro Area. The level 5 hurricane had damaged thousands of buildings and displaced thousands of residents. It also damaged infrastructure, such as making Wetland Road, which had been the route for FR 100 at the time, useless. The road is still being repaired today. The hurricane also damaged Froiengamean Air Army Base, which caused the base to close down for 3 months.

Farax National Weather Serive (FNWS) director Wesley Graham released this statement on Friday morning.

“Weather reports from FNWS has suggested that Hurricane Obodo could hit the northern Quphellas coastline within several days. The Hurricane is a level 3 and could cause damage to the Mariora and FM Metro areas.”

Hurricane Obodo path

The possible path of Hurricane Obodo shown here.

Residents of northern Quphellas have been advised to evacuate the Mariora Metro area if possible. It is highly recommended that any citizen in the area who cannot evacuate should not go outside, and that they should stay in their basement or bathroom inside their residence since those are the safest parts of a typical house. Residents who live in a multi-story building or a trailer are recommended to go to a Hurricane Shelter.



17 college students confirmed dead in riot over Farax recognizing Goytakanya as an independent nation

FREMONT- 17 college students from Fremont University have been confirmed dead today after Fremont Police shot bullets and tear gas into a protest group protesting Farax’s decision to recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation. A crowd of about 2,000 protested occupied and blocked Henry J. Simmons Boulevard in downtown Fremont. “This is a horrible incident, my heart goes out to all those who lost their lives in this. It is sad this conflict has to happen.” Prime Minister Marvin Tumbon released this statement.

The riot occurred when about 2,000 citizens and college students decided to attempt to repeal Farax’s decision to recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation. “Goytakanya is too small to be able to have a steady economy or be worth investing in, it can only survive if it is part of Suvuma,” Matthew Ross, one of the protesters who survived, states. Farax has been divided over whether to recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation and many are opposed. On November 12th, when Farax officially recognized Goytakanya as an independent nation and promised trade and assistance to the country, people opposed to it were outraged. “Here we are, wanting to give military assistance and trade to a country with people who we don’t even know. For all we know these people could be terriosts!” states Mary Rodghan, the leader of the group, Goytakanya United, a Farax-based association opposed to letting Goytakanya be independent.

The members of Goytakanya United including Mary Roghan where even more outraged yesterday when the Farax Government released this statement. “We are accepting Goytakanyan refugees and we have created direct flights to Bhagurah in light of the Goytakanyan refugee situation the world is currently facing.” Goytakanya United has worked day and night to convince politicians in the Farax Parliament to repeal Farax’s decision to recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation and stop giving assistance to Goytakanya. Most of the politicians have not responded but some of them have. Theodore C. Yuwen states. “There’s is no point to repealing Farax’s decision. Goytakanya has been chained to Suvuma too long and deserves to be free. Let Goytakanya be free to make it’s own decisions. People like you are only trying to hold Goytakanyta back and let Suvuma hurt innocent Goytakanyans.”

The shooting also sheds light on the problem of police cruelty in Fremont. The Fremont Police Ministry has gained more power over the years and has became more aggressive with that power. “Fremont policemen have been shooting more and more people as they gain more and more power,” says Ron Venton, a journalist for The Fremont Times. Many people have been outraged by these incidents, such as the near-killing of 11-year-old Tom Graden last month. This has also raised the question of police being racist. “I have observed that Fremont policemen have been punishing poorer residents of Fremont for more minor things compared to letting higher income Fremont residents go without as much punishment,” says Ron Venton. Additionally Fremont has higher arrest rates than cities such as Tuphenas with similar urban nature. Many Tarheil residents have petitioned online to pass province legislature requiring the enforcement of the current rule that Tarheil police are not allowed to use discrimination in their policing decisions. Opponents to this petition state, “How would you enforce this? You can’t enforce what a policeman thinks and it would be too expensive anyway!”

Many people hope that the violence in the Goytakanyan conflict can stop before it escalates into something worse, like a war.

Farax officially recognizes Goytakanya as an independent nation

MONHIEL- After several months of controversy and indecision, Farax Prime Minister Marvin Tumbon and the Farax Parliament has officially passed a resolution making Farax recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation.

Concerns mainly from Faraxan Conservatives surrounded the Suvumese Government considering it still recognizes Goytakanya as part of its territory. However, Farax has no relations with Suvuma has no relations with Suvuma at all. There are no flights, trade routes, or embassies. Considering these circumstances, Prime Minister Marvin Tumbon releases this statement. “Most countries don’t recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation because Suvuma is a fear mongering nation. They threaten to cut ties with countries that recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation.”

Tumbon hopes that Farax’s recognition of Goytakanya will help resolve the conflict faster. He has made it clear that the country still recognizes Suvuma as an independent nation as he released this statement today. “We do not want conflict over this decision. The reason we made this decision is for peace, not war.”

Farax is likely to create direct flights and trade routes with Goytakanya in the near future, as well as allow Goytakanya to build an embassy in Farax. Farax also has approved to participate in military conflicts between Goytakanya and Suvuma so they can defend Goytakanya. Farax is accepting certain Neo Deltan and Goytakanyan Refugees if such is required.

It seems that Farax is now the 14th nation to recognize Goytakanya as an independent nation.

WXFI News- Port of Tuphenas open after reconstruction

TUPHENAS- After 4 years of construction, the Port of Tuphenas (POT) has officially opened. “This is a great accomplishment, it will drive the economy of Valiant through the roof,” said Alexander Bershefer, governer of the Valiant Province. The Valiant Province had been in a low point in its economy due to the POT closing to be reconstructed. Imports and exports had grinded to a halt in Valiant since POT was Valiant’s only port. Unemployment rates skyrocketed. Experts say that Valiant will expirence a 5% growth in its economy and Farax will receive a 2% growth.

The new POT will be able to hire about 155,000 new workers. “This will give incredible job oppurtunities to unemployed residents of the Tuphenas Metro Area,” says Janice Evans, the mayor of Tuphenas. The port will not only open up job oppurtunities in the port but also in the corporate sector as well. When the port closed in 2011 it caused many corporations to plument in value which caused layoffs. Since the POT has reopened corporations should boost in value causing new employees to be hired. “Job opportunities are everywhere in the Tuphenas area, this is a huge booster for Valiant’s and all of Farax’s economy,” says Alexander Bershefer.

POT will now be accepting requests by all countries for a reservation of a POT office building. The POT will allow a country to buy 1 office in the port. Each country will be allowed to have imports and exports coming in and out of the POT for themselves. If a country wants to reserve an office in the POT please message iBallasticwolf2 about it and which office the country would like to reserve.

WXFI News- MW 66 corridor begins construction.

DANVILLE- The groundbreaking ceremony has been held at the PR 145/MW 45 interchange for the construction of a new cloverstack interchange for the MW 66 corridor. The project also includes widening PR 145 (Now Future MW 66) to 6 lanes between the new interchange and MW 138. The new roadway will be up to modern motorway standards as well as the old trumpet interchange being removed.

Currently construction is being done around the new Future MW 66/MW 45 interchange. Jersey barriers will be made where the new alignment crosses the old alingment so people don’t go into the construction zone. Motorists can expect delays at the interchange sight. The speed limit has been lowered from 70 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour around the construction zone additionally. Construction is expected to be complete in 2020. Phase 1 of construction will focus on the new alignment and non-flyover ramps to the interchange. Phase 1 is expected to be complete in 2017 and will also eliminate the old non-flyover ramps at the interchange. Phase 2 of construction will be making a new cloverleaf ramp from Future MW 66 westbound to MW 45 southbound, adding an overpass for westbound Future MW 66, and building a flyover ramp from MW 45 southbound to Future MW 66 eastbound. Phase 2 will be complete in 2018. The final phase of construction, phase 3 will widen Future MW 66 from MW 138 to the MW 45/Future MW 66 interchange. Construction will complete in 2020.

FMT has also considered widening Future MW 66 from MW 138 to Verity Parkway (This also includes an alignment change to shift the motorway east-west instead of north-south to Verity parkway.) to 4 lanes in each direction with auxilary lanes. The furthest most left lane in each direction may be a High Occupancy Toll Lane funded with a Private-Public Partnership to help with the current funding problem facing this expansion. Envirmentalists and citizens have voiced concerns over the impacts of widening the road as an endangered species of bird have one quarter of their nest’s located around the project study area. FMT also wants to add a dedicated interchange to the Danville subway with the recent expansion of it being constructed. Some people say that the interchange would cost millions of credits and have a low volume that could be handled with the existing interchange at PR 88. Some opposers have created a “Comprimise plan” for this. The plan would have the road being widened only to 6 lanes with no auxilary and no tolled aspect. Many people who oppose the FMT plan support the Comprimise Plan. Currently FMT is studying both plans and deciding on which one will work the best.