King of Řots at parliamentary session on 15 March; traffic in Kotōlets and Nekkar to be suspended

(Nekkar, 23 February 2017)King Verteř V Storm will attend a session of the parliament of Řots on 1 Třeesip (15 March), prime minister Vervets Bekřa Nureet himself announced today. Those who watched members of the government and parliament up close in the last week, may have suspected that something important and/or unusual was going on, as everybody seemed far more stressed and busy than normal. The last time a head of state of Řots attended a session of parliament was by King Dot XIII Tora in 3405 (= 1929), so almost ninety years ago; his successor Dot XIV Vāsterets and his successors kept themselves out of state politics altogether, with modernity arriving too rapidly for them as of the ’30s (= the ‘50s of the 20th century).

The King’s decision to attend a parliamentary session is all the more surprising because of his age: the current monarch is probably in his late 80s and succeeded his brother King Bēserets Sot (3438 – 3492 = 1961 – 2016) only two years ago. As the prime minister announced, the King’s health is in a fragile state, so any unexpected surprise should be avoided at all cost and the Codex should be followed to the letter: the 1200 year old set of rules that determine the lives of the Royal Family and most of the nobility, and which prevents any change, causing them to form a society within the society of Řots that has been living in isolation and according to medieval tradition until present day.

The visit will also require a change of schedule for inhabitants of both the royal capital of Kotōlets, the civil capital of Nekkar, and some roads between the two: as the royal family and most of the nobility are still living by the Codex, the King and his entourage are most likely not used to the existence of e.g. cars, which means that car driving will be temporarily suspended along the route the Royal Carriage will take. The Carriage will not take the highways, but rather follow the ‘scenic’ road via Tarřebo, Ōřlemup, and Vulipo. The King will spend a week in Nekkar and stay in the Merbu-Kevigu Palas in the suburb of Merp and receive guests there; he will get out only to attend the parliamentary session on the 15th. The prime minister announced that security in Nekkar will be heavily increased during that week, but citizens should not be hindered in their daily activities. In any case, citizens of Nekkar will have a day off on the 15th.

The King’s attendance of parliament also requires that its members as well as the members of the government who attend the session, need to dress up in formal attire as prescribed by the Codex. All persons in Řots who end up in a position of importance have one set made for these eventualities, but in practice, nobody ever needs to wear it and clothes are often acquired second hand from previous politicians if their sizes are more or less the same. Politicians who discover that their formal dress doesn’t fit, now have less than three weeks to make the necessary changes to their clothing.

The conduction of the parliamentary session itself will also be different than usual: speaking or asking questions in the Řosu Git (‘House of Řots’, Řots’s house of parliament) has to be done according to strict formulas so it may take longer to discuss certain topics: a general old-fashioned literary way of speaking is required, mentioning the King all the time, referring to oneself in the third person, and avoiding the suggestion that anyone but the King may have taken any decision, e.g. the minister of Housing could say: ‘By His Majesty’s Leave, His Minister of Housing and Regional Planning humbly informs the Honorable Speaker of this House that …’ instead of the more usual ‘Mr Speaker, I have decided that …’ Many politicians who are expected to speak in the Řosu Git that day will need to practice using this formal way of speaking even in spontaneous replies.

Although many are looking forward to having their first ever glimpse of a Řots monarch, there has been criticism about all the fuss that this royal surprise visit will entail. According to some, Nekkar will be struck by a week of chaos, and if the King plans to schedule more of these surprise visits, some things need to be changed – but this would essentially mean a modification of the Codex, which although not impossible, seems very unlikely.


Singkangia to continue restructuring economy, investing in infrastructure in 2018, says PM Keng

SINGKANGIA– Amid an uncertain external environment, Singkangia must press on with plans to restructure its economy and invest in its infrastructure in 2018, Prime Minister Keng Tong Li said in his New Year message on Sunday (December 31).

“This includes continuing to implement Industry Transformation Maps, and using the UpSkills programme to inculcate lifelong learning and help workers to adapt and grow in new jobs,” the Prime Minister added.

As for infrastructure, the government is looking into plans to improve rail reliability and expanding the SKUD (Singkangian Underground) system, Major infrastructure projects in the pipeline includes a possible Changke Airport Terminal 5, developing the southern islands and a possible high-speed rail link to Rose City via Wintania.

“All these are essential investments in our future. They require time and resources, and will stretch way beyond this term of Government. We have to plan well ahead for them,” he said.

“We also have plans to also improve our defences against internal and external threats, such as piracy in the Gulf (of Archanta) and neo-communism extremism in our borders, so that we will also be well protected in the coming years ahead.”

PM Keng also stressed the importance of racial harmony in Singkangia, which is also vital for Singkangia’s progress and productivity.

Singkangian Prime Minister involvement of rape is faked, says editor-in-chief

SINGKANGIA– Prime Minister Keng Tong Li refute claims that he was involved in a wide-range of inappropriate behaviour from groping, sexual assault and even rape. This comes after a fake news report was released yesterday, with details of a fictional rape concerning him and a minor, supported by a video featuring him at the scene of the ‘crime’. PM Tong Li said, in his official statement, that he had no involvement in the video, and added that it is faked.

The fake news was released on the fake ‘Singkangian Times’ website, where the paper’s colour scheme and logo was used to make it look convincing.

The newspaper said that they were only notified of the fake website and news when a reader emailed to the newspaper, asking questions concerning the article.  “It was very believable, especially if you weren’t aware of the tiny details for example that articles do not usually end with the reporter’s name and date,” said the editor-in-chief of the paper, Song Ong, explained.

The police said that there could be a political motive behind the news report and the video, to tarnish the PM’s reputation before the upcoming 2018 general election in Singkangia. The police also confirmed that the PM has no involvement with the ‘crime’, as at the time of the ‘crime’ the PM was having an official meeting with his officials. The subject matter of the meeting, however, is not disclosed due to official reasons.

“This is not the first time fake news was released on the Internet for political reasons. Last year, a fake news was released saying that the government is planning to demolish rental flats and replace with executive flats, affecting many from the low-income group,” said Police Lieutenant Zhua Syong. “This requires a thorough investigation though. We can’t assume anything just yet.”

The website was forced to shut down, and the police are tracking down the creators of the website. The other opposition members denied any involvement behind the creation of the website and its contents.

The PM is expected to give a speech tomorrow addressing fake news in Singkangia, and what the government is getting ready to do to address it. Meanwhile, the government also urged caution to all Singkareans against fake news by checking the URL of the news website and also report any fake news to the editors in chief so that it will be removed.







Access to T4 Changke International Airport

SINGKANGIA– The following is a guide on how to access the Terminal 4 of the airport which opens on 25 December, Christmas Day.

By Car:

Parking is available at Terminal 4 Carpark near the terminal. To drive to the terminal, take the Terminal 4 Link, a tunnel linking from the roundabout to the terminal.

Visitors are advised to go to the airport’s website to read up about the parking charges.

By Taxi/Private Hire:

Visitors can take a taxi there, but are advised to ask taxi drivers to drop them off (or pick up) at the departure hall instead of the arrival hall, as the road to the arrival section is still under construction. We aplogise for the inconvenience caused.

By Bus:

There will be extension to the current bus services. The information will be released near the opening date. There will also be complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus services from the Terminal 2 Arrival Area or from Terminal 1 which directly goes to the terminal.


The SKUD station for the terminal is still closed pending maintenance and signalling works. Visitors still can take the SKUD to Changke Airport SKUD Station and take a shuttle bus to the terminal.

We wish all visitors Merry Christmas and for an enjoyable time at Changke Airport T4.

Official guide released with permission from the Changke Aiport Board (CAB). A digital PDF poster will be posted on the airport’s official website.




Christmas Treat at Changke

SINGKANGIA– Terminal 4 of Changke International Airport will be opened on Christmas Day, December 25. Visitors can have a sneak peek into the airport terminal before operations commences next May, offering a glimpse of what the terminal will offer to future passengers.

Under a new concept of “Fast And Seamless Travel” (FAST),  it will see options such as self-service check-in, automated bag drop, immigration clearance and boarding being rolled out extensively in the new building.  ‘The technology will eliminate the need for manual identity checks by staff”, said Chariman of the Changke Airport Board (CAB) Fredrick Ho. “It enables processes and checks for departures to be automatic . Productivity will be improved as check-in staff can be redeployed for other roles. For our passengers, it will mean shorter queues and greater flexibility to check-in at their own convenience using the self-service check-in options, enhancing their airport experience.”

“I am happy to say that the terminal is completed ahead of schedule”, said Minister for Infrastructure and Development (MID) Jienqi Lang. “We expected delays due to obstacles, but fortunately these obstacles are overcome and we managed to give our citizens a nice Christmas treat. The terminal is unique not just because it is built on a separate island, but it is the first terminal to fully use the FAST concept. Other terminals are underway implementing this. This terminal is one of the stepping stones to lead Singkangia into a tech-savy nation.”

He added that ‘final touches’ are on the way, so that everything in the airport will run smoothly. The terminal is expected to raise Changke Airport’s total passenger capacity to 82 million per annum when the terminal began full operations. “The terminal is also said to be the largest yet, about T1 and T3 combined together, but still smaller than the upcoming Terminal 5, or Changke Airport II (CAII), which is still under planning stage”, said the Minister.

Visitors can access the terminal via a shuttle bus from any of the three terminals, or take a car through the Terminal 4 Link. The terminal will have an addition SKUD (SingKangian UnDerground) station by itself, which will open on the same day the airport starts operations, but not on Christmas Day. Visitors are allowed on the public area, but the transit terminal is still out of bounds.



Developing the Southern Islands a must-Minister for Infrastructure and Development says

SINGKANGIA- Minister for Infrastructure and Development Jienqi Lang said that developing the southern islands of Singkangia is neccessary to boost the tourism revenue of Singkangia. This comes after protests were made by the public over the past few days that the developments will destroy the natural habitats on these islands.

The Ministry issued an announcement on Friday that the Ministry is looking into plans to develop the islands, which include Pulau Semula Jadi, Pulau Hujung, Pulau Laut Jama and Pulau Semula Jadi Kechil. These islands were located about 21 Kilometres east of Yikechen and 8 Kilometres southeast of Mariana, Singkangia.

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The objectives, the Ministry said, are to improve Singkangia’s tourist revenue. Singkangia’s economy has not been good lately, with tourist numbers coming into Singkangia falling since the last quarter of last year and the government is trying to look into other ways to help improve the economy and keep Singkangia attractive, such as investing into new infrastructure.

However, this announcement was not welcomed by many Singkareans, particuarly to the NGO Semula Jadi Preservation Scoiety. They said that the developments will destroy the natural habitat, and did not want a repeated incident which happened when five islands were reclaimed to form Keppong Island, which today houses Mergan oil refineries, damaging natural habitats and forcing many people, who lived on those islands, to lose their homes.

The government said that the development plans of the islands has not been finalised, and the Ministry is undergoing a study to see whether the developments are feasible. The government said it also understand the trade-offs, and trying to minimise the risks. The government is willing to also work with other stakeholders to help with the developments.



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.