Wiwaxia’s The Unspeakable Distance of the Stars wins 2016 Golden Delta Film Festival

EZAJUN – 23 films from 21 countries around the world were selected for the 2016 Golden Delta Film Festival, that took place in Ezajun, Neo Delta, last December. Since the nominations were announced, in the beginning of that same month, The Unspeakble Distance of the Starsthe science fiction comedy-drama from Wiwaxia, made headlines, gathering the most nominations for the festival. When the results were announced, in a ceremony with stars from the cinema world, all the expectations were comfirmed and the Wiwaxian film received 3 awards: best film, best actress, and best screenplay. Hyansen so Felwe (The Troubles of Peace) from Kojo, got two awards, including best director.

One of the stars of the night was Karolina Klimešová, from Drabantia, who won the award for best supporting actrees: ‘I just don’t know what to say. Such a surprise! Thank you!’, said Klimešová during her speech at the ceremony. The best song category was one of the most difficult to predict and went for the film Hermano Mathías, from Balonis. Mike Dawning, from the Pasalian film Where Are You, My Brother? gave one of the most emotional speeches of the night. Other highlights were the best documentary, A Long Way From Bhagurah, from Lallemend, and the acclaimed Hopponese film, 顎に矢印 (Arrow to Chin), that won best animation.

See the comple list of winners below or click here.

2016 winners

2016 winners

President Sealy warns against complacency in fight against Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels

PASTUREVILLE, PASTURE COUNTY, WOOLONIA– President Ferdinand Sealy of Woolonia was in Pastureville early this morning to give a speech about the current state of the Second Woolonian Civil War.

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.

One month after typhoon in Iucan, Brugas – Neo Delta gets ready for the Isle & City Games

TAIAGO – After more than one month of the passage of the Typhoon Nakoe through the city of Iucan, in the Brugas archipelago (Neo Delta), which has brought destruction to the city and other areas of the islands, efforts are being taken in order to rebuild the most affected places and  get the archipelago ready to host the next edition of the Isle & City Games.

Although Iucan is not expected to host ny sport events (the closest event shall take place in Danipa), the area is well-known for the Jolia Beach and the Janni Dunes, which attract thousands of tourists every year. Most of the events of the Isle and City Games will take place in Taiago, the capital of Brugas, in the newly build Athletic Village. The region was not greatly affected by the typhoon. Even so, the organization of the games decided to hold the beginning of the event.

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Flooding and damaged areas of Iucan – Brugas.

Some areas of Iucan still suffer with eventual floods during rainy periods. The government of Brugas started a campaign to gather money and resources parts of Iucan. It is expected that more six months will be needed to Iucan look like it was before the typhoon.

 

Typhoon Nakoe to hit Iucan and other cities in Brugas, Neo Delta

DANIPA – Typhoon Nakoe is expected to make landfall near the city of Iucan in the Danipa Island next Friday night (local time).

The Taiago Climate Observatory said that Nakoe was the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale until this morning, but it is expected to lose strengh as it hit the Brugas archipelago. Winds could reach 93 mph as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Typhoon Nakoe approaching the Brugas Archipelago.

More than 76 milimeters of rain is expected in the region of north Danipa and the Reme Islands.

In Iucan, thousands of citzens evacuated the eastern part of the city, which must be hit by strong winds and heavy  waves in the Iucan Beach. Hundreds of people took refuge in government shelters across the city. Cities of Danipa, Fluka, Tedema and Reme are also in alert. More than 20 flights to and from Danipa might be canceled. In Iucan, bus and tram services will be suspended on Friday evening.

Authorities expect Nakoe to weaken to a tropical storm but still to produced heavy rain in areas north Danipa, mainly in Iucan.

 

Freedemia issues “Statement of Defense” against WTR, Woolonian drones make first successful blow against Rebel forces

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.”

Freedemia in crisis in wake of WTR’s declaration of war

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.

BREAKING NEWS- Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels declare war on Woolonia, Freedemia for supporting Woolonian Government

BREAKING NEWS- PASTUREVILLE– At 12:13pm Freedemian Standard Time today, the Woolonian Traditionalist Rebels released a statement declaring war on the Woolonian government and the Freedemian government or their support of Woolonia.

“To the Woolonian Government- We gave you plenty of warning. You had ample opportunity to meet our demands peacefully. You chose to declare war. War it will be. The cause of traditionalism will victorious over your modern society. And to the government of Freedemia- you have been the largest supporters of the traitorous Woolonian establishment since the first civil war. You had freedom to choose either side. You choose wrong. You are as much of a threat to our traditionalist lifestyles as the Woolonian government. You will also regret your choices in this matter. Take this as a declaration of war, on the Woolonian establishment, its Freedemian support, and other allies of the traitorous government you hold so dear.”

The WTR did not say any specifics about the unnamed “other allies”.

For the pacifist nation of Freedemia, this is the first time war has ever been declared on them. President Angela Rosenthal, while attempting to stay calm, called the news a “national crisis” and the Freedemian National Legislature will convene this evening in an emergency session and time of prayer. It is unclear at this time how Freedemia plans to respond to the declaration of war.

Woolonian President Ferdinand Sealy said he is prepared for anything that they throw at Woolonia and were expecting actions along those lines. However, he expressed extreme sadness that his Freedemian allies were drawn into the situation.

“I want the WTR to understand that Woolonia is not scared of them. We are ready. And we will win. But I also want them to understand that Freedemia and their leaders don’t deserve to be brought into this. When they allied with us, they did so for the overall best interest of all Woolonians. Leave them out of this.”

For more information as it comes in, stay tuned to PWN News for the latest.