Franklin’s Supermarket announces closure of all international locations, but All-n-One locations will not be affected

QUENTINSBURGH, FREEDEMIA: Franklin’s LLC’s  CEO Kenn Franklin III announced today that the company will be shutting down all international locations of Franklin’s Supermarket, citing attempts to take the supermarket model international a near universal failure compared to the success of sister hypermarket All-n-One.

“Our All-n-One stores have been nearly universally successful, even competing against major mainstays in other countries, similar to how Mariana’s Gigante competes with All-n-One in Freedemia. And the All-n-One stores are still expanding. All-n-One has been a bigger success than we ever would have imagined when we experimented with the original All-mart back in 1983.”

“Franklin’s… hasn’t seen the same success. On any scale. The only country Franklin’s has been truly successful in is Freedemia. Several countries have had all locations shut down, and at this point we’re left with like two or three locations in Khaiwoon. It’s economically pointless to keep going down this path when it’s clear that the Franklin’s model has internationally been a giant failure.”

As of January 2018, all Franklin’s locations outside of Freedemia will be closed down, and no future locations will be opened outside of Freedemia.

All-n-One will continue to maintain all existing international locations and take opportunities to expand internationally, with part of the hope being that the Urban Market and Community Market formats may help reach areas that the Franklin’s model originally targeted (and failed to succeed in).

“We hope that as All-n-One’s smaller models like All-n-One Urban Market become more mainstream worldwide, that maybe we’ll see more success with All-n-One expanding to certain target areas than we have with Franklin’s.”

 

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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.

 

 

M5.1 earthquake strikes the Seralia Division; Construction workers killed, two seriously injured at future Bluesage resort site

Sayanahi, Seralia Prefecture (Sakura News Center, Belphenia State Television) – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook parts of the state of the Seralia Division Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning, at around 7:18am local time, the Belphenia Geological Agency recorded a magnitude 5.1 earthquake with a depth of 5.2 miles (8.3 kilometers) centered along the Jubasha Fault Zone in northern Bluesage Prefecture, and the effects were also felt in Varella, Shishuko Town, Seraphina City, and Yaelian Prefecture.

With the shaking stopped, samurai and pirate guilds announced that in the resort town of Mukabushe, Bluesage Prefecture, buildings, houses, and a number of stores sustained minor to moderate damage in the area.

The tremor also triggered a water main break near Satoko’s Anime Cosplay Store at the intersection of Seralia Division Route 56 and Central Miruka Avenue, prompting local authorities to evacuate tourists, shoppers, and visitors from the Seralia Division’s popular electric district in Sayanahi, Seralia Prefecture. Sayanahi Police have also evacuated shoppers from Satoko’s Anime Cosplay Store as rushing waters floods the anime cosplay store.

In Seralia City, The Shūmokā Tunnel connecting the Seralia Division state capital to Minami Sayanahi was closed to traffic due to a part of a cladding of the northbound tunnel ceiling fell off at around 7:19am but fortunately missed cars were driven through.

In Varella, Bluesage Prefecture, five construction workers were killed and two were seriously injured when a steel beam plummeted six stories down, followed by a crane collapse killing a crane operator during the earthquake at the Makono Highlands Hotel and Resorts construction site, officials said.

Most residents in Varella, Jubasha, and Mukabushe temporarily lost power for three hours. At around 10:45am local time, power was restored.

The Seralia Division Ministry of Infrastructure said that there are no reports of damage to major expressways, bridges, or other infrastructure.

Zenergy revives classic scroller Alice Cadd in new exclusive game for the ZeeBoy Platinum

Back in the days of the ZeeBox, MegamerGames dominated home consoles and Zenergy dominated the handheld market. It was almost a given in Freedemia until the release of the GoGamer that if you owned a handheld, it was probably a ZeeBoy. Zenergy later would get knocked out by MegamerGames’ newer and better handhelds, ending with the ZeeBoy Silver, and wouldn’t return until the ZeeBoy Platinum earlier this year. However, the ZeeBoy had its share of good games, though a lot of them were largely forgotten in the shadows of MegamerGames’ Snapster the Turtle and Zoball. One of those characters is coming back for the first time since 1998.

Megamer had just hit it big with Snapster the Turtle, one of the world’s most well-known gaming icons today. But at the time, Zenergy had a character from their own scroller that was perhaps the second best well known, a young girl named Alice Cadd.

Alice Cadd in Wonder World was Alice’s debut on the ZeeBoy, and served as Zenergy’s direct answer to Snapster.  As the story goes, Alice was a young orphaned girl living in Dicia. Upon saving an old woman she was told that her mother was still alive, but that she had been trapped in the wild lands of Wonder World by the evil Tortoisia (many believe that Tortoisia was actually meant to be a jab at Snapster the Turtle himself!). Alice sets out to save her mother, armed with a very strong poke. Like Snapster in his games, Alice did have a couple gadgets of her own, including a scooter, a glider, and a submarine, but she had to buy them using coins collected in the levels. Alice Cadd was notorious for the dice-based miniboss battles, where Alice would have to guess the number the boss would roll to win. (The actual boss battles would improve in game 3, Tortoisia’s Revenge, where the number the boss rolled would instead represent a move they would do, that Alice would have to be ready to fend against.)

The ZeeBoy would see 2 sequels, Alice Cadd in the Magic Fortress, and Alice Cadd 3- Tortoisia’s Revenge. Alice even got a racing game to compete with SnapsterCart by MegamerGames, called CaddCar Racing for the ZeeBoy 2.  However, the last Alice Cadd game (though the plot wasn’t actually related to the original 3 games), Alice Cadd in Karate Kate Land, would come out on the ZeeBoy 2 in 1998. The ZeeBoy Silver saw no new Alice Cadd games, though it did get a rerelease of the original 3 games with slightly improved graphics (32 bit instead of 8 bit).

The new game, Alice Cadd 4- A Dicey Situation brings Alice Cadd back for the first time in years. Zenergy plans to use the newer 32-bit graphics from the ZeeBoy Silver’s rerelease of the original trilogy. The game will be a ZeeBoy Platinum exclusive, and is one of the first games for the ZBP that actually threatens to have an impact on competitor MegamerGames. Zenergy is reportedly working on a 3D Alice Cadd game as well, with some isometric levels alongside more fully 3D experiences. That game is expected for the New Year’s shopping season next year.

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.

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.