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Orange-Bourgogne wrote:BREAKING: EXPELLED MP SUES SENATOR
~ OBBC News

The Royal Courts of Justice have confirmed that Mrs Geraldine Johnson MP lodged a formal complaint with the Crown Court of Westminster, suing Union Senator Daniel Hooker(Imperial Eagle).

In a statement issued just minutes ago, the MP's legal team says that '[Senator Hooker] is guilty of tort and a criminal offence because he defamed Mrs Johnson. More specific, he is -in our views- guilty of slander by using the words "schoolyard bully" to describe her. Under the a statue which dates back to 1275, it is a misdemeanour to "say anything to others about someone which would be apt to make the average citizen think worse of the latter". However, the same is considered to be a felony when it concerns a "Magnate of the Realm".'

Our legal team told us that the crime could lead to an imprisonment of up to five years, and an additional fine of Fl. 500,000.

Following standard procedure when a foreign citizen is accused of a felony, the Department of State for Judicial Affairs will contact the Union Government to ask them to extradite Senator Hooker in due course for his case.

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Official correspondence
To: R.L. Dawes, President of the Union (Imperial Eagle)
From: His Majesty's Embassy at Washington D.C., The Union
Subject: Extradition request
Encryption: PRIVATE

To whom it may concern, Greeting!

By command of the Crown Prosecution Service, so authorised by the Department of State for Judicial Affairs, I, Patrick Hodges, His Majesty's Ambassador to the Union, forward the Extradition Warrant affixed to this document.

[Signed]

His Excellency Patrick Hogdes
His Majesty's Ambassador

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Extradition Warrant

The Crown Prosecution Service requests that

HOOKER, Daniel

be arrested and surrendered to the Crown Court of Westminster, to face trial on the accusation of slander.

[Signed]

Dr Edward Coke KC
Prosecution Barrister

Joint Statement by Congress and the White House
Private

As Senator Hooker is protected by both the Constitution of the Union and International Law regarding diplomatic immunity, as such, he cannot be extradited to stand trail, a trial which can be viewed as frivolous by this government. However, should Mrs. Johnson so wish it, she may pursue such a case within the legal confines of Federal Law in the borders of the Union but her request that he be arrested per say due to a law which as no legal standing within the confines of the Union is hereby rejected. Again, she is welcomed to pursue this matter in a court of law in the Union if she so wishes but the Senator will not be extradited.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Water & Coast Management

Working in conjunction with local and state governments, as well as private institutions, in particular Origin Energy, a 2 (104 RP days) year long cleanup process will commence of the coasts of the Republic.

This will focus on trash cleanup, and implementing new technology to make communities along the coast more effective in maintaining the coasts and operating as clean as possible.

Starting in 1 (52 RP days) year, all single use plastics in the republic will be banned, and companies will be fined if found utilizing single use plastics.

Citizens are encouraged to purchase multi-use water bottles and water filters. Citizens will be encouraged to do this by utilizing any refund they get after filing taxes.

This project is part of a larger effort by the government to push The Martí Republic into a greener, cleaner, and economically vibrant future.

Imperial Eagle wrote:Joint Statement by Congress and the White House
Private

As Senator Hooker is protected by both the Constitution of the Union and International Law regarding diplomatic immunity, as such, he cannot be extradited to stand trail, a trial which can be viewed as frivolous by this government. However, should Mrs. Johnson so wish it, she may pursue such a case within the legal confines of Federal Law in the borders of the Union but her request that he be arrested per say due to a law which as no legal standing within the confines of the Union is hereby rejected. Again, she is welcomed to pursue this matter in a court of law in the Union if she so wishes but the Senator will not be extradited.

Official correspondence
To: R.L. Dawes, President of the Union (Imperial Eagle)
From: His Majesty's Embassy at Washington D.C., The Union
Subject: Extradition request
Encryption: PRIVATE

To whom it may concern, Greeting!

By the Government of Orange-Bourgogne, I am ordered to forward the following message in relation to the extradition of Mister Daniel Hooker, Senator of the Union Congress.

"The Department of State for Judicial Affairs regrets the decision taken by the Union administration not to extradite Mr Hooker, as requested per our Extradition Warrant. It is not, of course, for us here and now to look into the merits of the case. That will be done by the Crown Court in Westminster and the Jury.

As the case is already under review by the Crown Court, it cannot be started anew at a Union Court, for then Mrs Johnson would face the issue of possibly violating the ne bis in idem principle. Therefore, we also confirm that the case will proceed at the said Crown Court, and that it will not be referred to a Union court or tribunal.

Another reason for this decision, is that Mr Hooker allegedly broke Orange-Bourgognian law, and therefore, the Orange-Bourgognian courts have jurisdiction rather than the Union courts. The fact that the alleged victim of the possible crime is a citizen of Orange-Bourgogne is also a key factor.

Under international law, it is well-known and established practice that but Heads of State and diplomats enjoy immunity (or their representatives in official instances). This does, however, not include members of the legislature. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations specifies that besides the aforementioned only "diplomatic agents" and "members of the administrative and technical staff" of missions can be given diplomatic immunity. Even family members do not, legally, have the right to said immunity, though they are treated as if they would. Therefore, we request you to provide us with the basis on which Mr Hooker can claim diplomatic immunity.

But even if Mr Hooker were able to claim diplomatic immunity, it is also the convention that this is waived in case of a criminal prosecution. We therefore ask you to review your decision not to extradite Mr Hooker to Orange-Bourgogne, a state with an outstanding court system and which is world famous for upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of the innocent against wrong-doers.

The case will go ahead, of that there can be no question. If Mr Hooker will not be extradited, the Crown Court is obligated by statute law to continue with the case in absentia by appointing a Defence Barrister for him. If he then would get convicted by the Jury and the Judge, he is in danger of immediate arrest as soon as he sets foot on Orange-Bourgognian ground, airplanes, or ships. We will also request other states to extradite Mr Hooker in such a case. However, I re-iterate that this will only be the procedures followed if Mr Hooker is to be found guilty.

[Signed]

The Rt. Hon. Nick Winterfell PC MP
Secretary of State for Judicial Affairs"

As instructed by the Secretary of State for Judicial Affairs, we once more request that Mr Daniel Hooker, Senator of the Union Congress, be arrested and surrendered to the Crown Court of Westminster, to face trial upon the accusation of slander and tort.

[Signed]

His Excellency Patrick Hodges
His Majesty's Ambassador to the Union

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Edit: grammar correction.

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official correspondence
To: R.L. Dawes, President of the Union (Imperial Eagle)
From: His Majesty's Embassy at Washington D.C., The Union
Subject: Extradition request
Encryption: PRIVATE

To whom it may concern, Greeting!

By the Government of Orange-Bourgogne, I am ordered to forward the following message in relation to the extradition of Mister Daniel Hooker, Senator of the Union Congress.

"The Department of State for Judicial Affairs regrets the decision taken by the Union administration not to extradite Mr Hooker, as requested per our Extradition Warrant. It is not, of course, for us here and now to look into the merits of the case. That will be done by the Crown Court in Westminster and the Jury.

As the case is already under review by the Crown Court, it cannot be started anew at a Union Court, for then Mrs Johnson would face the issue of possibly violating the ne bis in idem principle. Therefore, we also confirm that the case will proceed at the said Crown Court, and that it will not be referred to a Union court or tribunal.

Another reason for this decision, is that Mr Hooker allegedly broke Orange-Bourgognian law, and therefore, the Orange-Bourgognian courts have jurisdiction rather than the Union courts. The fact that the alleged victim of the possible crime is a citizen of Orange-Bourgogne is also a key factor.

Under international law, it is well-known and established practice that but Heads of State and diplomats enjoy immunity (or their representatives in official instances). This does, however, not include members of the legislature. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations specifies that besides the aforementioned only "diplomatic agents" and "members of the administrative and technical staff" of missions can be given diplomatic immunity. Even family members do not, legally, have the right to said immunity, though they are treated as if they would. Therefore, we request you to provide us with the basis on which Mr Hooker can claim diplomatic immunity.

But even if Mr Hooker were able to claim diplomatic immunity, it is also the convention that this is waived in case of a criminal prosecution. We therefore ask you to review your decision not to extradite Mr Hooker to Orange-Bourgogne, a state with an outstanding court system and which is world famous for upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of the innocent against wrong-doers.

The case will go ahead, of that there can be no question. If Mr Hooker will not be extradited, the Crown Court is obligated by statute law to continue with the case in absentia by appointing a Defence Barrister for him. If he then would get convicted by the Jury and the Judge, he is in danger of immediate arrest as soon as he sets foot on Orange-Bourgognian ground, airplanes, or ships. We will also request other states to extradite Mr Hooker in such a case. However, I re-iterate that this will only be the procedures followed if Mr Hooker is to be found guilty.

[Signed]

The Rt. Hon. Nick Winterfell PC MP
Secretary of State for Judicial Affairs"

As instructed by the Secretary of State for Judicial Affairs, we once more request that Mr Daniel Hooker, Senator of the Union Congress, be arrested and surrendered to the Crown Court of Westminster, to face trial upon the accusation of slander and tort.

[Signed]

His Excellency Patrick Hodges
His Majesty's Ambassador to the Union

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Edit: grammar correction.

Reply from the Office of the President of the Union and Congress

Again, we must reject this request due the fact that in of common law, Senator Hooker can only be tried per say in a Union Court of Law without fear of arrest. However, Senator Hooker has stated that though he will not appear in this current dispute, he has directed his lawyer to take over the case and as such, his lawyer will appear in court to handle the case. If this is not agreeable to Mrs. Johnson then there is nothing more that can be done as in our eyes, Senator Hooker has broken no law worthy of being arrested for.

RTEN News

Republic City's hiring phase is drawing to a close. With two weeks left of the hiring process, the government, construction workers, and surrounding areas are gearing up for a long construction period. The planned finishing date is in thirty years and two weeks. President Madaki has stated that he hopes it can go faster while still holding the same integrity, but doesn't mind waiting up to five years after the scheduled construction. Skepticism is still present, but President Madaki and other PR persons have assured the people of West Africa that the city will be open to any and all who wish to come to it.

A wreck occurred on the Faidherbe Bridge in St. Louis, Senegal, West Africa. The wreck involved five vehicles. The wreck was caused by a stalled car that was struck by a motorist that wasn't paying close attention. The other vehicles were too close behind to safely stop. A total of 4 were severely injured, 2 were mildly injured, and 1 person died. This wreck occurred last night, but the bridge has now reopened both directions of traffic.

President Madaki spoke in Parakou, Benin, West Africa yesterday on the lowering of medical costs. President Madaki stated that in order for medical costs to lower, West Afrikaners would have to pay a slightly increased tax. The end goal of the whole thing would be to end private insurance and to make sure that any taxpayer can receive medical care. The idea was met with some backlash, but President Madaki believes that this needs to happen as West Africa has one of the highest medical rates on the continent (only counting strictly African nations).

Finally, Dakar is gearing up for the upcoming EXPO V. Areas are being set aside for the races and races are being planned out. Parts of the main stage can be seen already in downtown Dakar, a few months ahead of the event. President Madaki plans to speak at the event, but the exact time has not been disclosed with any public sources.

Imperial Eagle wrote:Reply from the Office of the President of the Union and Congress

Again, we must reject this request due the fact that in of common law, Senator Hooker can only be tried per say in a Union Court of Law without fear of arrest. However, Senator Hooker has stated that though he will not appear in this current dispute, he has directed his lawyer to take over the case and as such, his lawyer will appear in court to handle the case. If this is not agreeable to Mrs. Johnson then there is nothing more that can be done as in our eyes, Senator Hooker has broken no law worthy of being arrested for.

Official correspondence
To: Office of the President | Union Congress (Imperial Eagle)
From: His Majesty's Embassy at Washington D.C., The Union
Subject: Mr Hooker's case
Encryption: PRIVATE

To whom it may concern, Greeting!

After consultation with the relevant offices and persons, the Government asked me to forward the following response to your latest statement regarding the case of Mr Hooker (Union Senator):

"To say that Mr Hooker, under the common law system of the Union can only be tried in a Union Court of Law without fear of arrest may be true within the Union, but we have to take a different view in this particular case for the reason that this is not a common law case. It is in fact a criminal case, though it encompasses elements of a tort which would ordinarily fall under the common law indeed. We also regret to see that you did not forward any legal ground in international law which would affirm the claimed diplomatic immunity of Mr Hooker. From this, it also follows that Mr Hooker will have the Crown Prosecution Service as his opponent in court, rather than Mrs Johnson.

Furthermore, we much regret the decision of Mr Hooker not to be personally present during his trial.

With regards to the legal team assembled by Mr Hooker for his defence, we must inform you that under statute law, only a member of the Orange-Bourgognian Bar [commonly called a "barrister"] has the right of audience in a Crown Court. This means that only (s)he can represent the client in court. However, we acknowledge that this unique case with its distinct international character requires an equally unique procedure.

To go straight to the solution provided, the Crown Court and the Department of State for Judicial Affairs have agreed that, in order to allow members of Mr Hooker's legal team to speak in front of the Court and Jury, they will be treated as if they were appointed an "expert", alongside their additional function as solicitor. This effectively makes them similar to a witness, though they will not have to "testify" under oath.

As we said in our earlier correspondence, the Crown Court is obligated by statute law to appoint an Orange-Bourgognian Defence Barrister for Mr Hooker, as (s)he is the only one with a legal right of audience to appear on behalf of Mr Hooker. The Judge who made the appointment will not be involved in this particular trial at any further stage. The appointed barrister is Mrs Marjorie Westbourne KC. She will initiate a private communication with Mr Hooker's team in the Union.

[Signed]

For the Secretary of State for Judicial Affairs:
Her Excellency The Rt. Hon. Kaitlyn Maguire PC MP
Secretary of State for External Affairs"

The Embassy hopes that these measures will sufficiently accommodate Mr Hooker and the Union administration as to the further handling of this case. If the need arises, we are of course willing to assist in any way possible.

[Signed]

His Excellency Patrick Hodges
His Majesty's Ambassador to the Union

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Official correspondence
To: Office of the President | Union Congress (Imperial Eagle)
From: His Majesty's Embassy at Washington D.C., The Union
Subject: Mr Hooker's case
Encryption: PRIVATE

To whom it may concern, Greeting!

After consultation with the relevant offices and persons, the Government asked me to forward the following response to your latest statement regarding the case of Mr Hooker (Union Senator):

"To say that Mr Hooker, under the common law system of the Union can only be tried in a Union Court of Law without fear of arrest may be true within the Union, but we have to take a different view in this particular case for the reason that this is not a common law case. It is in fact a criminal case, though it encompasses elements of a tort which would ordinarily fall under the common law indeed. We also regret to see that you did not forward any legal ground in international law which would affirm the claimed diplomatic immunity of Mr Hooker. From this, it also follows that Mr Hooker will have the Crown Prosecution Service as his opponent in court, rather than Mrs Johnson.

Furthermore, we much regret the decision of Mr Hooker not to be personally present during his trial.

With regards to the legal team assembled by Mr Hooker for his defence, we must inform you that under statute law, only a member of the Orange-Bourgognian Bar [commonly called a "barrister"] has the right of audience in a Crown Court. This means that only (s)he can represent the client in court. However, we acknowledge that this unique case with its distinct international character requires an equally unique procedure.

To go straight to the solution provided, the Crown Court and the Department of State for Judicial Affairs have agreed that, in order to allow members of Mr Hooker's legal team to speak in front of the Court and Jury, they will be treated as if they were appointed an "expert", alongside their additional function as solicitor. This effectively makes them similar to a witness, though they will not have to "testify" under oath.

As we said in our earlier correspondence, the Crown Court is obligated by statute law to appoint an Orange-Bourgognian Defence Barrister for Mr Hooker, as (s)he is the only one with a legal right of audience to appear on behalf of Mr Hooker. The Judge who made the appointment will not be involved in this particular trial at any further stage. The appointed barrister is Mrs Marjorie Westbourne KC. She will initiate a private communication with Mr Hooker's team in the Union.

[Signed]

For the Secretary of State for Judicial Affairs:
Her Excellency The Rt. Hon. Kaitlyn Maguire PC MP
Secretary of State for External Affairs"

The Embassy hopes that these measures will sufficiently accommodate Mr Hooker and the Union administration as to the further handling of this case. If the need arises, we are of course willing to assist in any way possible.

[Signed]

His Excellency Patrick Hodges
His Majesty's Ambassador to the Union

This arrangement is much better than the one mentioned before and Senator Hooker's legal team will be more than happy to get in contact with both Mrs. Westbourne and Mrs. Johnson at any time they are free.

West African-Infinian Talks

President Enitan Madaki of West Africa lands in Mogadishu in preparations for talks with leaders of Infiny. He awaits confirmation that he can continue to the desired meeting place. President Madaki is escorted by Chief of Security Sohna Jawo, Director of Foreign Affairs Ablanjaye Danso, and Vice President Adama Sene.

Western Afrika wrote:West African-Infinian Talks

President Enitan Madaki of West Africa lands in Mogadishu in preparations for talks with leaders of Infiny. He awaits confirmation that he can continue to the desired meeting place. President Madaki is escorted by Chief of Security Sohna Jawo, Director of Foreign Affairs Ablanjaye Danso, and Vice President Adama Sene.

OOC: I'm so sorry, I forgot this appointment. My sincere apologies.

IC:

Confirmations have been given to his excellency the President of West Africa, as well as for the Chief of Security, the Director of Foreign Affairs and the Vice President. They will be escorted to the Prime Minister's residence immediately.

Lena Cyseia: Your excellencies, allow me to kindly welcome you to Infiny. It is wonderful to see that you have all arrived in good health, and I'm excited to see where the talks we are about to have may lead us. I would also like to introduce you to Ms. Xitan Minenko, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. As for these talks, there are several issues that I would like to address, including trade, internal development, and foreign affairs. While you take your seats and as the necessary refreshments are put at hand, please tell me about any particular matters we need to discuss. It is an Infinian custom of politeness to have our guests initiate the talks, so please, go ahead.

Infiny wrote:OOC: I'm so sorry, I forgot this appointment. My sincere apologies.

IC:

Confirmations have been given to his excellency the President of West Africa, as well as for the Chief of Security, the Director of Foreign Affairs and the Vice President. They will be escorted to the Prime Minister's residence immediately.

Lena Cyseia: Your excellencies, allow me to kindly welcome you to Infiny. It is wonderful to see that you have all arrived in good health, and I'm excited to see where the talks we are about to have may lead us. I would also like to introduce you to Ms. Xitan Minenko, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. As for these talks, there are several issues that I would like to address, including trade, internal development, and foreign affairs. While you take your seats and as the necessary refreshments are put at hand, please tell me about any particular matters we need to discuss. It is an Infinian custom of politeness to have our guests initiate the talks, so please, go ahead.

All four representatives of West Africa sit down in the chairs provided as they are handed drinks.

Enitan Madaki:Thank you, Ms. Cyseia. Now, there are a few things we'd like to discuss. Some more foreign than others, and some are just opinions that we wish to gather. I'll start with the trade between our nations. I understand that the transition between the time of kings and queens in West Africa to the time of democracy burned some bridges, or distanced other nations. While I'll leave the specifics to our Department of Trade, I'd like to know how Infiny would stand on a new trade deal. The next thing I'd like to bring up is the clear construction of a new city in West Africa, one which is planned to become the new capital. Besides being the new capital, however, we also wish for it to be a multi-national city. We have a building planned that would house meetings like this, and multinational organizations such as the ISA and other things. We were wondering if Infiny would like to contribute in any way possible to the building of the city. Furstia was supposed to help with nuclear power for the city, but recent events have possibly strained relations and pushed aside their offer.

RTEN News

Earlier today, with an outstanding approval vote, a law was passed that stated that any jury for any court will be chosen at random the day before the court. It also states that any jury member can be let go prior to the hearing if any bias, or bribing was suspected. This is an attempt at making every court case more fair.

President Madaki, along with Vice President Adama Sene and Director Danso, landed in Mogadishu, Infiny earlier today. This is the first visit since the changing of regimes in West Africa. President Madaki stated that he wishes to mend any wounds caused by the civil war that occurred before the establishment of the Democratic-Republic of West Africa. As Infiny was one of the strongest allies of West Africa, Madaki feels a closer connection is needed with the nation.

Finally, the federal legal drinking age has been lowered from the age of 21, to the age of 18. Along with this, the minimum age to enroll in the military is has been increased from 15 to 18. Any members of the military that are younger than 18 will not be discharged, but any applicants that are under the age of 18 that haven't been accepted must reapply at the age of 18. The change also now allows females to join the West African military.

Western Afrika wrote:All four representatives of West Africa sit down in the chairs provided as they are handed drinks.

Enitan Madaki:Thank you, Ms. Cyseia. Now, there are a few things we'd like to discuss. Some more foreign than others, and some are just opinions that we wish to gather. I'll start with the trade between our nations. I understand that the transition between the time of kings and queens in West Africa to the time of democracy burned some bridges, or distanced other nations. While I'll leave the specifics to our Department of Trade, I'd like to know how Infiny would stand on a new trade deal. The next thing I'd like to bring up is the clear construction of a new city in West Africa, one which is planned to become the new capital. Besides being the new capital, however, we also wish for it to be a multi-national city. We have a building planned that would house meetings like this, and multinational organizations such as the ISA and other things. We were wondering if Infiny would like to contribute in any way possible to the building of the city. Furstia was supposed to help with nuclear power for the city, but recent events have possibly strained relations and pushed aside their offer.

Lena Cyseia: Allow me to first address the matter of trade. The Infinian point of view is that tariff reduction, and perhaps in the near future even tariff removal, is desirable, as long as it benefits the people of Infiny. As Prime Minister of Infiny, I'm concerned for the people of this nation, but I'm quite certain the same thing goes for your relation to the West African people. Therefore, we would like to research the possibilities of a trade which focuses on improving our populations' lives, rather than that of those with big money. On the subject of the West African city, I believe that was the same as the one with the Qing investors, correct? It is certainly a commendable initiative. We would be honored to aid in the energy supply of the city, perhaps through renewable energy sources? We have extensive programs for energy conservation, and we could naturally share this with the new capital.

Department of Energy

The 2 MSR reactors are on schedule with construction.

As a result of these 2 reactors being installed, the Department has put together a Nuclear Energy Regulatory Bureau. It will be the responsibility of the bureau to work with Origin Energy to ensure they comply with any and all standards for national and international regulations.

This bureau will ensure safety and effectiveness overall of any nuclear power plants in the country.

WESTMINSTER CITY, Orange-Bourgogne

Prince Dmitri Rostislavich Romanoff lands at the airport on Westminster City to attend a meeting with members of the opposition of the Orange-Bourgogne parliament. He steps into a hired car and is chauffeured to the meeting place in the middle of the city. Once he arrives at his destination, his door is opened by his chauffeur and he steps out and immediately into the building.

Inside, he is greeted by the man who invited him, Arthur of Avalon. "Pleasure to finally meet you in person. I am very excited to get our meeting under way and discuss the free market and the role of new technology and how it fits into the economic model for the future."

Romanovskaya wrote:WESTMINSTER CITY, Orange-Bourgogne

Prince Dmitri Rostislavich Romanoff lands at the airport on Westminster City to attend a meeting with members of the opposition of the Orange-Bourgogne parliament. He steps into a hired car and is chauffeured to the meeting place in the middle of the city. Once he arrives at his destination, his door is opened by his chauffeur and he steps out and immediately into the building.

Inside, he is greeted by the man who invited him, Arthur of Avalon. "Pleasure to finally meet you in person. I am very excited to get our meeting under way and discuss the free market and the role of new technology and how it fits into the economic model for the future."

Informal technology & economy meeting
~ Westminster City, Orange-Bourgogne

Arthur of Avalon MP (Leader of the Opposition, Regnum Unitum): "The pleasure is all mine, Your Highness. I am most honoured by your willingness to come to Orange-Bourgogne for this meeting."

Mr Avalon greeted Prince Dmitri Rostislavich Romanoff from Romanovskaya by shaking hands firmly as they spoke to each other.

"Welcome to my private residence here in the city", said the Leader of the Opposition to Prince Dmitri. They went inside and introduced the prince to the other attendants: Mr Frederick Lloyd MP (Shadow Economic Affairs Secretary), Mrs Emily Godwinson (Deputy Party Chair), and Edward Seymour, one of Arthur's close friends.

A table was prepared in advance and contained a number of drinks to choose from, as well as delicacies to accompany them. After Mr Avalon had introduced all attendees to each other, the Prince was invited to take a seat at the head of the table, so that all could face him directly. After a couple minutes of talking about minor issues, the Leader of the Opposition was the first to ask a more serious question.

Arthur of Avalon MP: "Your Highness, in your interview you talk about the seemingly decline of policies in favour of personal liberties and freedom. Obviously, here we face a severe situation with the Inclusive Society Act. What do you think will change terms again, and make our shared ideals more popular in both our nations?"

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Edit: made the tag work properly.

Central mursia

Alexandria honours the anniversary of the revolution, monarchists remarkably silent
As politics stays relatively stagnant on major reforms, the city itself instead revels in the celebration of the end of the monarchy, and the liberalisation of politics. Parades and celebrations make Alexandria on this day very lively, and although other cities and towns also celebrate this day, Alexandria always has the most extravagant celebration. Noticeably, the monarchists have not staged any rallys to protest this celebration, and instead are letting it go by before going back to protesting. In other news, the Suez Canal has had some technical difficulties in the last few weeks, but government spokesmen have said that it is nothing to be concerned about.

Hurricane Daniels approaching Puerto Rico, expected to make landfall next week

A recently formed tropical storm in the Central Atlantic has reach hurricane status after the National Weather Service issued alert for much of the eastern Seaboard. The first place the hurricane is expected to make landfall is Puerto Rico before heading towards the Bahamas and Florida and moving up the East Coast. Those in the path of the hurricane are advised to seek higher ground or move further inland. In the case of the Bahamas, a warning has been sent to the Weather Service's counterpart in Orange-Bourgogne with other alerts sent to nations in the path of the storm should it change course on it's way to the Caribbean regions. FEMA and National Guard units have been activated to handle those displaced by the hurricane and prevented looting during and after Hurricane Daniels passes by.

The Trial of Senator Hooker [1]
~ Crown Court of Westminster, Orange-Bourgogne

At the Crown Court of Westminster, a trial in absentia will be held against Mr Daniel Hooker, who is a Member of the Union Senate.

Judge Maria Blackstone: “Welcome everyone. We are here today to consider the case of the Crown Prosecution Service, in the name of misses Geraldine Johnson, against mister Daniel Hooker from the Union (Imperial Eagle). I see that on behalf of the CPS Dr Edward Coke has arrived, and that Mrs Marjorie Westbourne is here to represent Mr Hooker, together with several aides from the Union. Mister Coke, could you please tell the Court and the Jury what the suspect is accused of?”

Dr Edward Coke KC: “Of course, My Lady. Mr Hooker is suspected to have committed defamation through slander in relation to Mrs Johnson, by using the words ‘These kinds of things you would expect from countries in the Middle East, Asia and perhaps the Balkans.’ and ‘You should be ashamed ourselves for engaging in such a thing when you have been elected to better the lives of your people, not stoop to the level of a schoolyard bully in a brawl.’

Judge Maria Blackstone: “How does your client wish to plead, misses Westbourne?”

Mrs Marjorie Westbourne KC: “Not guilty, My Lady.”

Judge Maria Blackstone: “In such a case, please proceed, Doctor Coke.”

Dr Edward Coke KC: “My Lady. Mr Hooker used these words during a campaign in a local town hall. We find it disturbing to hear that a Senator of the Union Congress says such things about a Member of Parliament from another nation. The words are used to describe Mrs Johnson without actually naming her, which is in our opinion an act of disguised cowardice. If you try to insult another person, have at least the guts to tell the person your views in his or her face.

By comparing Mrs Johnson’s actions to those of politicians in the Middle East, they refer to her as violent. By comparing her to a politician from the Balkans, they try to portray Mrs Johnson to be corrupt. Of course, she is neither violent nor corrupt. Therefore the accusations made by Mr Hooker about Mrs Johnson are false and they thus constitute slander.

By describing Mrs Johnson, an well-regarded Member of the Lower House of Parliament, as a bully, it is not unreasonable to think that the ordinary voter would think worse of her. Not only did he damage the reputation of her, but he potentially influenced the outcome of the next election. People who do not follow the news regularly, could have thought based on the accusations that Mrs Johnson is a violent, dishonest politician, something which we would like to refute in principle.

On the point of evidence, there could harshly be any doubt. Mr Hooker made these comments in a public sphere on camera. It has to be said that a Senator, or any senior politician in whatever nation, should know better. In fact, Mr Hooker did not claim to be innocent – he instead claimed undeserved diplomatic immunity instead, knowing full-well that he has no right to such a protection in this case.

The Crown Prosecution Service is confident that the accusations can be lawfully proven, and, considering all circumstances in this particular case, requests that this court sentences the said mister Daniel Hooker to a prison sentence of two weeks and a fine of five thousand Florines.”

Judge Maria Blackstone: “Misses Westbourne, may we hear your response, please?”

Mrs Marjorie Westbourne KC: “My Lady. In our opinion, there are a number of points that do not make too much sense in the arguments forwarded by the prosecution barrister. While it is clear and true that my client used the said words, they in no way constitute slander or another form of defamation. In order to convict of slander, a person, in this case that happens to be Mr Hooker, must tell something to any other person, in this case his audience, which make the ordinary person think less of the person talked about.

First of all, calling someone a ‘bully’, especially after that person threw a shoe in the direction of a colleague, I think is not that far away from the truth. But even then, the question remains: do people think less of Mrs Johnson than they used to do? The prosecution does not provide credible evidence to support that proposition. We fear that the damage was done by Mrs Johnson herself, when she, you know, threw a shoe at her colleague and started a fight in the workplace.

Secondly, the prosecution claims that Mrs Johnson would not be violent, but her actions in Parliament seems to indicate to the contrary instead. For example, Hansard* reveals to us that Mrs Johnson on multiple occasions referred to other members as, and I quote, ‘a lunatic’, ‘a person with clear mental illnesses’ and even the ‘most harmful decease to humans in politics’. On at least three occasions during the last Parliament, the Speaker had to order Mrs Johnson to ‘cool down or leave the Chamber’. So I think that it is clear Mrs Johnson is, indeed, violent.

Yet even if the general population does think less of Mrs Johnson because of Mr Hooker’s statement, then we are of the opinion still, that he is not guilty of slander. Mrs Johnson is a public figure, like Mr Hooker. Both are professional debaters and from time to time, use controversial language. This means that they should understand to be subjected to the critique of others in the said public sphere.”

Dr Edward Coke KC: “But as a Member of Parliament, it is the privilege of Mrs Johnson not to be talked to in a manner like that of Mr Hooker did. In fact, that makes us believe that this is not just an ordinary slander case, but a case of scandalum magnatum.”

Mrs Marjorie Westbourne KC: “Scandalum magnatum can only be claimed by peers, prelates, and great officers of state. As misses Geraldine Johnson is neither a peeress, prelate, or great officer of state, she cannot claim this especial privilege.

As the legal requirements for slander and defamation have not been sufficiently met in our view, we ask you to rule that Mr Hooker is innocent.”

Judge Maria Blackstone: “Is there anyone from the Union who would like to add something to this?”

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* = Hansard is the organisation responsible for the transcripts and official records of Parliamentary debates.

Infiny wrote:Lena Cyseia: Allow me to first address the matter of trade. The Infinian point of view is that tariff reduction, and perhaps in the near future even tariff removal, is desirable, as long as it benefits the people of Infiny. As Prime Minister of Infiny, I'm concerned for the people of this nation, but I'm quite certain the same thing goes for your relation to the West African people. Therefore, we would like to research the possibilities of a trade which focuses on improving our populations' lives, rather than that of those with big money. On the subject of the West African city, I believe that was the same as the one with the Qing investors, correct? It is certainly a commendable initiative. We would be honored to aid in the energy supply of the city, perhaps through renewable energy sources? We have extensive programs for energy conservation, and we could naturally share this with the new capital.

Enitan Madaki: That is correct. With Furstia not being a top-runner due to recent events that have unfolded, the energy part of the project, the project being the new capital, was falling behind. Perhaps we can arrange a meeting with the right officials that know more about that stuff than us, and we can go from there. As for the tariffs you talked about, I would also like to see into them being lowered and maybe even their removal. For both sides, I think that would be very beneficial. We could also start introducing the same amount of trade our nations have seen in the past, maybe even more, but that will come with time.

International Security Alliance

The ISA has voted and has decided to change Furstia Status to a State Sponser of Terrorism and condemn Furstia for the following actions:

Supplying a terrorist organization called Al-Kaeda and helping Al-Kaeda attack Greater Australia with a dirty bomb and supplying the dirty bomb to Al-Kaeda.

Department of Treasury

Australian Economy has been entering out of the recession. We have seen improvements in economic activity since the economic decline

Department of Defense

The Australian Navy will be conducting a joint training drill with the Imperial Eagle Navy in International Waters right outside of Furstia Waters. The Joint Training Drill will not enter Furstia Waters at all.

The Australian Ships in the Joint Training Drill will be the:

1 ANS Australia Class Amphibious Assault Ship

2 ANS Queensland Class Assault Submarines

1 ANS Tasmania Class Ballistic Submarine

2 Anthony M. Synnot Class Guided Missile Crusier

6 John A. Collins Class Guided Missile Destroyers

1 Safeguard Class Ship

1 Impeccable Class Surveillance Ship

1 Tugboat

Department of Defense

The DoD has signed a deal with Origin Energy to develop and install clean energy solutions across several bases of operation, including all training facilities.

The DoD buildings in Havana and Santo Domingo will also be fitted with clean energy solutions.

Such solutions will include utilizing wind and solar tech. The estimated cost will be $50 million for install, with an upkeep cost annually being close to $2 million.

This is part of a larger goal of bringing the country further into the future.

Orange-Bourgogne wrote:Informal technology & economy meeting
~ Westminster City, Orange-Bourgogne

Arthur of Avalon MP (Leader of the Opposition, Regnum Unitum): "The pleasure is all mine, Your Highness. I am most honoured by your willingness to come to Orange-Bourgogne for this meeting."

Mr Avalon greeted Prince Dmitri Rostislavich Romanoff from Romanovskaya by shaking hands firmly as they spoke to each other.

"Welcome to my private residence here in the city", said the Leader of the Opposition to Prince Dmitri. They went inside and introduced the prince to the other attendants: Mr Frederick Lloyd MP (Shadow Economic Affairs Secretary), Mrs Emily Godwinson (Deputy Party Chair), and Edward Seymour, one of Arthur's close friends.

A table was prepared in advance and contained a number of drinks to choose from, as well as delicacies to accompany them. After Mr Avalon had introduced all attendees to each other, the Prince was invited to take a seat at the head of the table, so that all could face him directly. After a couple minutes of talking about minor issues, the Leader of the Opposition was the first to ask a more serious question.

Arthur of Avalon MP: "Your Highness, in your interview you talk about the seemingly decline of policies in favour of personal liberties and freedom. Obviously, here we face a severe situation with the Inclusive Society Act. What do you think will change terms again, and make our shared ideals more popular in both our nations?"

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INFORMAL TECHNOLOGY & ECONOMY MEETING, WESTMINSTER CITY, Orange-Bourgogne

Prince Dmitri greets the other guests in attendance and then takes his seat at the head of the table. The Prince listens to Arthur of Avalon and ponders for a moment as he thinks of his response.

Prince Dmitri: Well let me first of all thank you once more for the kind invitation here today it is a privilege to be with you all today. As for your question, I cannot comment too much on the act you speak of as while I am somewhat familiar with the goals of the act, I am lacking the knowledge on the details.

I think today, we are living in a world where the role of the nation state is changing. Where as before it was a question what one could do for their country, it is now a case of what your country can do for you. This is something that ourselves with libertarian ideals can really champion. It is my belief now that nation states should be run more like service companies, competing peacefully of course, to give the citizens, or customers in this scenario, a number of choices. One is accepting a system of government that offers a bad service at a high price, change the government, or simply emigrate. If the current government here offer a bad service, as the Inclusive Society Act would appear to be an example of bad service, then the democratic will of the people should be heard.

So, for the tide to turn the other way, people like yourselves who represent the alternative, need to show you can offer something better for either the same cost, or less by reducing taxation. The idea from the current government that reducing personal liberties and freedom will help protect minorities is simply a flawed idea that will more than likely lead to more friction than actually reduce it. Now, in Romanovskaya we have a system of self determination at the local level and direct democracy which helps to protect minorities. It is an example where the answer to protecting minorities is not by stifling freedom, but giving minorities the freedom to decide their own destiny. Whether something similar could work here, I don't know. That would be something your party could consider.

Red.DOT

Red.DOT, a small 100-person studio headquartered in Dalian, has released its debut video game, "Victory!", for consumers. Currently, the game is available on VR, PC and console, and can be directly purchased and installed from the Red.DOT website.

"Chinese-made video games and musical artists are almost unheard of outside Asia," a spokesperson for the video game studio Red.DOT stated. "We are hoping to redress this."

"Victory!" is a hyper-realistic first-person combat game, with a dedicated single-player or a multiplayer campaign. Players are able to play as Chinese soldiers at different times in history, as they engage in military campaigns across Asia. Some of the military events depicted in the singleplayer campaign include:

    The Han–Xiongnu War
    An Lushan Rebellion
    The Mongol Conquest of China
    The Ming Conquest of China
    The Qing Conquest of China
    The First Sino-Japanese War
    The War of Resistance (2nd Sino-Japanese War)

It is expected to cost up to 90 hours of actual gameplay to complete just one of the military campaigns.

The multiplayer function will be pushed out and is expected to depict older events such as the Han-Xiongnu Wars, the Rebellion of the Seven States, Qin's wars of unification, or the War of the Three Kingdoms. It is expected that multiplayer servers be able to host up to 60 players at once, with weapons, armour and gear based on historical equivalents.

It deviates from the norm, in that some servers can host 3 or 4 opposing factions, instead of the normal amount of 2 opposing teams many video games tend to abide by.

Game-modes vary from "Capture the Flag/Capture the Point", "Team Deathmatch", "PvE", "Free-For-All", or "Protect Someone".

Its hyper-realistic nature has also been stressed; with actual soldiers performing motion capture for combat moves. Hitboxes on individual character strictly adhere to the character's physical shape, and actual injuries (such as sprains, leg breaks, lesions, burns, or slashes) can be simulated upon a successful hit by an enemy, or when one damage oneself. Weapon reloads are said to be "authentic, based on old warrior manuals about weapons operation". The absence of a crosshair and any form of health bar on the UI has been said by reviewers to allow for "full immersion without anything blocking your view," with instructions and such retrievable through the player inventory.

Other real-world mechanics such as rest, medical treatment (in the form of traditional Chinese medicine) and the 'fog of war' are also simulated in both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, with many initial testers attributing to its difficulty as "what makes it fun and challenging for expert gamers".

"Victory!" will be made available in European, Oceanian and American markets tomorrow.

AL WALIYAH NEWS AGENCY

Ministry of Justice announces new changes to Sharia in the legal system

The Ministry of Justice today announced in a statement from Minister of Justice Abdullatif bin Farhan Al-Ghassib’s office today that after collaboration with the Kingdom’s ulama as well as the King and Crown Prince, new changes were being made to the system of Sharia in-place within the Kingdom, specifically in regards to Hudood crimes.

Under the current system, the following are regarded as Hudood:
- War against God (Hirabah) and Corruption on Earth (Mofsed-e-filarz). Defined in the Penal Code as Terrorism, Murder, and Rape. Punished with the death penalty without appeal.
- Rebellion (Baghi, Baghat). Sedition is a capital offense and is punishable by death, though appeal to the King is possible.
- Apostasy (Riddah, ردة or Irtidad, ارتداد), leaving Islam for another religion or for atheism, is considered a grave crime against the Islamic state and society and prescribe the death penalty for male apostates. In practice, the sentence is usually revocation of citizenship by the government, and giving the offender 72 hours to leave the country.
- Some types of theft (Sariqa, السرقة). Punished with amputation of left hand or 10 years in prison.
- Sodomy/Homosexuality. Male sodomy or homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Expats are deported. A second conviction mandates life in prison.
- Illicit sexual intercourse (Zina (الزنا). Includes pre-marital sex and extra-marital sex. The official sentence for it is flogging, however this is not practiced. Instead hefty fines and deportation are faced in cases of consensual intercourse.
- Unfounded accusation of Zina (Qadhf, القذف), punished by 80 lashes, however by practice commuted to fines and possible deportation.
- Drinking alcohol (Shurb al-Khamr). Drinking alcohol is fined. Drinking in public is punishable by up to five years in prison. As of 2016, alcohol is allowed in private homes, hotels, and restaurants for those ages 21+.

The Ministry announced that under the new system, Sariqa was being removed due to all time lows in theft throughout the Kingdom. While prisoners were previously given the choice of amputation of the left hand or 10 years in prison, theft will now face a standardized sentence of 8 years.

In addition, zina or illicit sexual intercourse (extra and pre-marital) which carried an official sentence of flogging (no longer carried out as of 2003), would now be officially mandated to result in fines or deportation for foreigners, which had been the common practice since 2003. The same changes were applied to Qadhf, or unfounded accusation of zina.

The law regarding Sodomy was also being changed, from a previous 14 year sentence to a 7 year sentence or deportation in the case of foreigners. A second conviction will no longer mandate a life sentence, instead a 14 year sentence.

The Ministry further announced that changes were forthcoming in regards to Riddah, or apostasy, in the coming months. Sedition, as well as terrorism, murder, and rape would remain subject to the death penalty and have no changes forthcoming.

Diadochi wrote:

The Ministry of Justice today announced in a statement from Minister of Justice Abdullatif bin Farhan Al-Ghassib’s office today that after collaboration with the Kingdom’s ulama as well as the King and Crown Prince, new changes were being made to the system of Sharia in-place within the Kingdom, specifically in regards to Hudood crimes.

Under the current system, the following are regarded as Hudood:
- War against God (Hirabah) and Corruption on Earth (Mofsed-e-filarz). Defined in the Penal Code as Terrorism, Murder, and Rape. Punished with the death penalty without appeal.
- Rebellion (Baghi, Baghat). Sedition is a capital offense and is punishable by death, though appeal to the King is possible.
- Apostasy (Riddah, ردة or Irtidad, ارتداد), leaving Islam for another religion or for atheism, is considered a grave crime against the Islamic state and society and prescribe the death penalty for male apostates. In practice, the sentence is usually revocation of citizenship by the government, and giving the offender 72 hours to leave the country.
- Some types of theft (Sariqa, السرقة). Punished with amputation of left hand or 10 years in prison.
- Sodomy/Homosexuality. Male sodomy or homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Expats are deported. A second conviction mandates life in prison.
- Illicit sexual intercourse (Zina (الزنا). Includes pre-marital sex and extra-marital sex. The official sentence for it is flogging, however this is not practiced. Instead hefty fines and deportation are faced in cases of consensual intercourse.
- Unfounded accusation of Zina (Qadhf, القذف), punished by 80 lashes, however by practice commuted to fines and possible deportation.
- Drinking alcohol (Shurb al-Khamr). Drinking alcohol is fined. Drinking in public is punishable by up to five years in prison. As of 2016, alcohol is allowed in private homes, hotels, and restaurants for those ages 21+.

The Ministry announced that under the new system, Sariqa was being removed due to all time lows in theft throughout the Kingdom. While prisoners were previously given the choice of amputation of the left hand or 10 years in prison, theft will now face a standardized sentence of 8 years.

In addition, zina or illicit sexual intercourse (extra and pre-marital) which carried an official sentence of flogging (no longer carried out as of 2003), would now be officially mandated to result in fines or deportation for foreigners, which had been the common practice since 2003. The same changes were applied to Qadhf, or unfounded accusation of zina.

The law regarding Sodomy was also being changed, from a previous 14 year sentence to a 7 year sentence or deportation in the case of foreigners. A second conviction will no longer mandate a life sentence, instead a 14 year sentence.

The Ministry further announced that changes were forthcoming in regards to Riddah, or apostasy, in the coming months. Sedition, as well as terrorism, murder, and rape would remain subject to the death penalty and have no changes forthcoming.

Official statement - Emirati punishments policy update
~ Department of State for External Affairs, Orange-Bourgogne

The Department for External Affairs, in co-operation with the Department for Judicial Affairs, would like to make the following statement concerning the recently announced update of the policy concerning the punishments of various criminal offences in Diadochi.

His Majesty's Government welcomes the relaxation of many of these crimes, in particular those of removing body parts and capital punishment. However, we cannot but stress that the punishments still in place remain most severe in a number of cases.

In the cases where capital punishment has not been lifted, the Government cannot otherwise but to condemn the Emirati administration of leaving it in place. As we are a profound champion of human rights, we believe that the right to live is most essential and fundamental.

Another punishment that we particularly frown upon, is that of taking citizenship away. Doing such a thing can have profound consequences for the subjects of it.

The Government does furthermore issue an official travel warning for unmarried couples seeking to spend their holiday in Diadochi, and urges those couples to familiarise themselves closely with the local laws of the territories that they seek to visit.

[Signed]

Her Excellency Kaitlyn Maguire PC MP
Secretary of State for External Affairs

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