Řots Government approves construction of new international airport near Nekkar

(Nekkar, 7 July 2017) – The government of Řots has approved the contruction of a new international airport near the capital, Nekkar. This was announced by traffic minister Gerben Arva Larin this morning. The new airport will replace the existing one, which has been considered too small and out of date. “The facilities at the current airport are not of this time anymore”, the minister said. “Expanding and modernising it at its present location is not possible according to experts, so the government decided to select another site and build a new airport from scratch.”

This new site will be in the province of Māp, east of the towns of Īssikem and Sorteka approximately 35 kilometers from the city centre of Nekkar, where an area will be ‘cut out’ and added as an exclave to the province of Nekkar. The new airport should attract commercial, business, and cargo flights and will include a large business area; the government intends to promote Nekkar as an alternative international hub.

Nude drunk elite party surprises visitors of commercial centre of Bakiřvē Ots (Řots)

(Kavatořre (Řots), 1 July 2017) – A number of late night shoppers in the commercial centre of Bakiřvē Ots, in the Ēzentep district of Kavatořre near the village of Nī Tek Prusu Loko and the SAF border were awkwardly surprised last night when several dozens of partying people entered the premises – without any clothes on. Shocked passers-by called the police, who arrived shortly afterwards. It turned out to be a mixture of lower nobility and several upper class persons whose party had started at the nearby Kīvi estate earlier in the evening.

“For the sake of their privacy the police won’t mention the names of those involved, although we suspect that several pictures may pop up at social media in the next couple of hours”, a spokeswoman of the police told the press. “I can mention however that among the guests of Lord Kīvi were noted local politicians, a few captains of industry and several members of the nobility whose identities we are in the process of varifying – which, as you know, is complicated.

“The cause of this problem has been identified as an alcoholic substance that causes almost instant drunkenness and makes you feel hot so that one’s first instinct is to undress. The effect may take several hours to wear off. We questioned the assistants of a noble woman who is suspected of having brought several bottles to the party and is the only one whom we encountered still dressed.”

The noble woman was reveiled (by herself) to be Maro Tōr, the Duchess of Kartori. She is one of the few members of the higher nobility that hasn’t retreated in their castles and estates since the middle ages to live by the Codex of Řots, a set of laws and protocols that over time has made governing the country so impossible that common citizens started to form their own modern society, now almost twohundred years ago. The Duchess is often seen in high society situations and generally tends to behave oddly.

The Duchess denies having anything to do with it this time however. “Of course I didn’t bring these bottles of … what was it called? Shputs? Shlurp? … to the party? How could I? I wasn’t even aware that these nice people would react like this if they drank it! The person who sold them to me only told me that those who consumed it would have a great time!”

Řots Government investigating membership of the Archanta Nations Organisation

(Nekkar, 16 June 2017) – The government is currently investigating the possibility for Řots to join the Archanta Nations Organisation. This was confirmed by foreign affairs minister Bāpēr Irve Ulař. “The ANO offers many attractive features such as their purpose to maintain peace on the continent of Archanta, and the facilitation of regulations concerning aspects of trade, industry, transportation, and security”, she said. “Most current member states of ANO are however located on the northern part of Archanta, Neo Delta being an important exception. It therefore remains to be seen how Řots and the ANO will be able to overcome the distance in order to implement e.g. the peace instruments and I have to confess that our membership of the South-West Astrasian Economic Alliance may already cover a lot of the economic aspects of ANO. We will enter talks however with an open mind.”

Founded in 1985, the ANO is a mainly political organisation that attemps to facilitate transnational decision-making and multilateral dialogue in Archanta. Currently it has ten member states, including Abunadi, the Ardisphere, and Neo Delta.

Victory for Animal Rights: Zoos forbidden in all over Neo Delta

MALOJDEH – More than two decades after the government listened to the protests of the population of Neo Delta and closed its last zoo, the country has now made it official: zoos are forbidden anywhere within the nation. Activists have argued that the end of zoos is an important step to end humanity’s dominion over all other creatures.

Penguins in Frago, south Neo Delta. Source: Pixabay.
Penguins in Frago, south Neo Delta. Source: Pixabay.

In a recent interview, the Minister of the Environment, Arta Luje-Oteh has said that “a country shouldn’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any manner unless it is to save their lives and help endangered species” and she explained that people must fight for animal rights the same way we fight for human rights.

When the last zoo was closed, back in 1988, captive animals that couldn’t be released into the wild were cared for in rescue centers and sanctuaries throughout Neo Delta.

Several arrests in Ārakkar after police find large amounts of drugs hidden in fake turtlefruit shells

(Ārakkar, 27 February 2016) – In what has been the largests drugs related operation in Řots to date the police found a ‘huge amount of drugs’ worth several hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of Řots Varks hidden in 97 boxes containing mostly fake turtlefruit shells yesterday morning. A few real turtle fruits had been added in case of a superficial controle, but the police were tipped and went through the cargo more thoroughly than expected.

The five persons that were supposed to collect the boxes were held and are currently in police custody. In the course of the day, the police raided several buildings in downtown Ārakkar and the neighbouring village of Valkar, during which 26 more suspects were arrested. It is said that Bidevi Koras Avēt, the Ārakkar alderman responsible for local economy and trade is among them, but the police said that they couldn’t deny nor confirm that as the investigation is still ongoing.

The police told the press that the drugs were intended for the South-East Astrasian market. “Drugs from Tarephia have been finding their way through our country for years, but in the last three to five years we noted a sudden traffic increase. With today’s catch we administered a severe blow to the drug scenes both in Řots, in our neighbouring countries and hopefully in the countries of origin as well”, a spokesman of the police said.

The “Turtlefruit Scandal”, as it is already called, may have consequences for more people. “In order to maintain such an enormous clandestine operation, people in high places have had to be involved”, Vase Belōr Galati, the chief commissioner of the national police, said today in a televised interview. In the next couple of days, the police will be expanding their investigation to other cities as well, especially the capitals of Nekkar and Kotōlets and the southern harbour of Kiřtemon. “It is important that we put a stop to this as quickly as possible”, the chief commissioner said.

Turtlefruits, especially the so called “Freedemian” variant, are a quite popular exotic fruit in Řots and the most important fruit that is imported from the Tarephian continent.

Climate change “exposed” on a global stage at AN with unconventional speech, may affect politics worldwide

A chaotic series of events at the Assembly of Nations today underlined the political inertia of the establishment in dealing with climate change. With the continuing construction of new power plants, motorways and the unregulated growth of global trade, the world is failing to achieve its carbon emission targets. In spite of increasing warnings from the scientific community that a 2 degree rise in global temperature is now pretty much inevitable, there has been little chance for minority voices to be heard. While the global community focuses on market growth, the vast bulk of the populus seems unconcerned with international relations and environmental issues, except when they relate to sport. A surprise speech at the AN this morning may have changed that.

Freedemian-born Brittney Sandrea (30), well known for her support of the renegade Anarchist organisation Telkhug Ēkdŭn and now a representative of that organisation at the AN, was scheduled to give a 30 minute speech on the effects of climate change on small island nations. Ms. Sandrea rose from her seat at the back of the Assembly hall and made her way to the front. Standing 5’11’’ and with long, blonde hair, not to mention the fact that she is a representative for an anarchist group, Ms. Sandrea is not a typical AN bureaucrat; in the male-dominated chamber, all eyes followed her closely. Taking her place at the podium, Ms. Sandrea spoke briefly about the unconventional route that had led her into politics. She then proceeded to outline the effects of increasing global temperatures. Here, her speech deviated from the norm. For each cause of climate change Ms. Sandrea removed an item of clothing. Having started wearing a skirt, jacket and flat shoes it was not long before she was down to bra and panties. Uproar in the chamber followed. And at this point, Ms. Sandrea had only underlined the causes of 1 degree of climate change. Finally, removing first her bra and then her panties, a now nude Ms. Sandrea, while being confronted by two burly security guards, got further into her points, as the confused guards tried to figure out what to do. “Think about it, people! I’m standing here naked in the middle of the AN and I’m not the least bit cold. In fact, I’m still hot!! It wouldn’t have been like this ten years ago. See for yourself. It’s okay.”

For a short moment, the confusion and uproar actually stopped, as they realized the strength of her point. For a second, some representatives even seemed like they were about to get undressed along with her, including Commonia’s Dan Iikjm and Freedemia’s Eliza Bellworth. However, they soon realized what was happening, and began once again to protest against the strange event. Ms. Sandrea finally shouted: ‘you can debate and argue all you want, but the world is getting too hot! If you want to actually make a stand against climate change, then strip! Do something that will actually make people care!’ She was then forcibly dragged from the chamber and is currently thought either to be under in detention in a local police station or to have been taken back to the Telkhug Ēkdŭn embassy in the city. Footage of the speech has gone viral around the world. For the first time in a while, it seems like climate change is back on the global agenda.

In Freedemia, response to the speech may actually affect the election for vice president. Newscaster Patrick Houser, currently in third but only behind by a few percents, is the only candidate which has made going green a priority. Houser is already gaining fast, and Nelson and Redsten are slowly dropping. If Freedemian people really value going green, Freedemia’s vice presidential election could end up showing it.

Řots’s King Bēserets Sot died; younger brother crowned King Verteř V Storm

(Kotōlets/Nekkar, 14 February 2016) – His Most Serene and August Majesty Bēserets Sot, Lord and King of the Lands of Řots and Emissary of the Four Gods, has died last Thursday in the company of his closest relatives, who subsequently crowned the King’s younger brother as the new king Verteř V Storm. This was announced by prime minister Vervets Bekřa Nureet this morning. The prime minister declared that tomorrow will be a day of morning and the day after tomorrow will be a day of celebration.

It remains to be seen how long the new King will last; according to sources surrounding the prime minister’s office, King Verteř V Storm is old and fragile and experts say that if the situation regarding his succession would have been clear, he would have refused to succeed – meaning that it is not at all sure that the new crown prince or crown princess will be up to the task. The prime minister mentioned that he hasn’t met the new King himself after the former King’s death and the other members of the court didn’t want to answer any question regarding the future of the monarchy of Řots. “It is rather annoying”, he said; “now there is a new King, but the uncertainty surrounding the succession remains.” Since the prime minister, as the highest government official, is the only one who will be accepted by the royal court as a conversation partner, he fears that he will have to spend a lot of time trying to obtain information from the royal court. For this reason he announced the appointment of Nevenet Gerve Bonet (f) as state secretary for general affairs, who will join the government as the prime minister’s assistent.

Bořranda Upel Avarts, the leader of the leftist Parti Breřēts Sunisugudats (‘Party for Shared Possession’), criticised the government for being ‘held hostage’ by the obsolete institution of the monarchy. “What exactly are these people doing for our country, apart from keeping the government occupied with unimportant constitutional issues? The country has to be governed but instead the prime minister has to appoint an assistent to do the governing for him because he has to dedicate his precious time to a secretive old hermit. This is simply unacceptable!”