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.
The year 2016 is heading straight toward its end and everyone is anticipating the celebrations. It has again been a year full of joy and sadness in this country and world. What are we looking for in 2017? 2017 marks the year in which PM Marshall will again run for the job. We will look forward to the new plans of high speed transit the DOT will present in May. We at PNB are really excited about the renovation of our headquarters being finished. In case you and your family will want to enjoy the festivities down at the oceanside in Pasaliapolis please note that the PPD has announced the ban of fireworks near the New Zoological Garden. This is to improve the health of its animals and we will all understand that. Furthermore don’t be surprised to see police blocking downtown streets with trucks and armored vehicles. This is to ensure upmost safety. Please be prepared to let police search your bags for any forbidden items like firecrackers or glass bottles. The Bank of Pasalia has announced to keep its observation deck open this year. The deck was closed last year after a fatal incident involving two men happened. The fireworks will begin at midnight and are expected to last about 30 minutes. CRT will run at increased frequency and offer free shuttles buses from stations into neighborhoods to disencourage drunk driving. Police will conduct breathalyzer tests until noon of Jan 1. PNB will broadcast the celebrations from major cities like Latina, Quentinsburgh, St. Richards and many more. PNB will be here for you again on Jan 2 and Have a happy and safe 2017!
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.
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.
People on the streets are full of anticipation for Pasalia Day! Major streets in almost every town around the country are closed to traffic and filled with stands selling delicious food, fine alcohol for every adult and of course lots and lots of fun rides and more for the kids. The average reader from abroad might search online and wonder what Pasalia Day is all about? It’s the story of how this Nation struggled to decide: which day is gonna be celebrated? The Independence Declaration? The signing of the Constitution? The last ingerish ship leaving the shores? Well, luckily for our ancestors King Robert of Pasalia decided that his birthday should from now on, that was in 1848, serve as the National Day for Pasalia. And when he passed away it was decided to leave it like that. But! Pasalia Day is more than just getting drunk and screaming the anthem, no, what a disaster this would be, its about acting good and working hard, about being aware that Freedom is precious and many people elsewhere can’t enjoy it, that opression can never be tolerated and luckily for us we can enjoy this small, but in no way irrelevant country in peace and the only things we must fear are season 8 of ,Imma edit dat out!’ and having to honestly answer your wife. So, Go ahead Pasalia! Spend that day good, get some rest tomorrow and then keep working for a better future!
His Majesty is gonna hold a speech on TV later this evening at 8pm.
For PNB this was Ronald McKing
Freedemia issues more peaceful statement of defense after considering declaring war, other options
QUENTINSBURGH- Early Monday morning, Freedemia issued a “statement of defense” against the Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels after a long period of deliberation on how to respond to the WTR’s recent declaration of war.
President Angela Rosenthal explained that the declaration was a pacifist alternative to a declaration of war, while also making provision for defense. “This statement of defense makes two things clear, that Freedemia will protect itself however necessary against ANY and ALL attacks from the WTR or anyone else, and that we will stay true to our values and will never initiate any attacks or conflicts by offensive military action.”
Operation Dropwolf successful, major WTR stronghold overthrown with minimal losses
PASTUREVILLE- Woolonian forces struck a large blow against the Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels over the weekend. Operation Dropwolf was a huge success, with drone strikes taking out the largest known rebel stronghold near Sabara and some troops going in to regain control.
“We took out an entire stronghold with minimal losses,” President Ferdinand Sealy said to a chorus of cheering. “We have crippled the strongest part of the WTR network with less than twenty injured, ten enemy deaths, no losses, and most amazing of all, NO CIVILIAN DEATHS! That’s almost unheard of for an operation this big!!”
While Woolonia is not necessarily a pacifist society, they, like Freedemia, strongly value the sanctity of human life, and even in military operations attempt to minimize loss of life on all sides. Approximately 64 WTR Rebels were taken prisoner, with several willing to talk to the Woolonian government. It appears about four others got away.
“If we can keep this progress going, our nation could be back at peace by November!!” Sealy exclaimed in excitement when asked about what this meant for the Second Woolonian Civil War.
President Sealy did ask that the nation pause in a moment of silence for the enemy lives lost during the operation. “However misled, these men and woman were our brothers and sisters.”
QUENTINSBURGH- After yesterday’s declaration of war on Freedemia by the Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels, the people of Freedemia have been in an unusual state of crisis and unrest, with little knowledge of what this means for the country.
Earlier today, President Angela Rosenthal declared a state of national emergency, while explaining that she and the legislature were still trying to decide how to best respond to the declaration.
“While we try to figure out how to best respond to this, I’m declaring this a state of national emergency. However, stay calm. There is no need to be alarmed. At this moment there is no imminent threat to our nation. We need to stand together and trust God to work this situation out. The best thing you can do right now is stay calm and pray.” Rosenthal appeared visibly shaken, but seemed to be trying to help the rest of the nation stay calm.
Despite extreme concerns by many in the pacifist society, many believe there is really no reason to fear.
“The good thing in this situation is that this is not a large superpower declaring war on us. This is simply a rebel force with practically no presence in our nation. The damage they can do to Freedemia is minimal,” PWN military analyst Samuel Pender told PWN Evening News.
Nonetheless, many fear that this marks a shift in the country’s pacifist history and culture.
“I don’t blame Woolonia, nor do I blame President Rosenthal,” one mother from Quentinsburgh told us. “But my concern is that if we don’t respond properly, this could be the first blemish on our country’s dedication to pacifism. But at the same time, we can’t put anyone at risk by not acting… I don’t know what we’re supposed to do. We’re between a rock and a hard place…”
“For the first time in my life, I may actually go from being ‘reserves’ to ‘combat’,” one man stationed at Fort Franklin Military Base stated. “I just hope we stick to defensive duty and aren’t forced to deploy any units. Maybe an air strike would be the most effective, but I still don’t like the idea of resorting to that to solve this…”
Woolonia, on the other hand, seems to have an intricate plan involving air strikes, limited ground forces and an increased intelligence network. However, perhaps wisely, they haven’t publicly released any details.
“While we want to be transparent, we can’t risk giving away too much information about our tactics,” President Ferdinand Sealy explained in a recent (but very brief) press conference.
As more information comes in, stay tuned to PWN for the latest.