Imperial Palace, Mogadishu-Xamara
As the President arrives alongside the Empress and the Prime Minister, they are greeted by the Imperial Palace Guard, who take them into a secure meeting room. There, the Empress quickly jumps to the point of the meeting.
'I hope you enjoyed that small journey through the heart of the capital itself, your Excellency. Did you know that officially, the capital's name of Mogadishu-Xamarais a combination of Mogadishu, the name for the old town in the heart of the city, and Xamara, everything surrounding it? Mogadishu always has had a bit of a special status in Infiny, not unlike your own home, correct?
Nonetheless, let's focus on what has to be discussed, that is, the future between our relations. Personally, I am looking for a future in which the Imperial Federation and the United States cooperate more closely than ever before. The world situation not only allows this - but mandates it - I feel like an oppressive ideology has swept through the world in recent years, and our response, us being the free nations of the earth, has been disorganized. I think it should involve cooperation in the fields of science, economy, our citizens, and above all, military matters. Before I continue, I would love to hear your vision.
To: The Royal Household, Orange-Bourgogne
From: The Empress of Infiny, Valeria II, Lady of Zanzibar
Subject:: RE: Congratulations and invitation
Your Excellencies, Your Royal Highness,
I sincerely thank you for your kind words and wishes. They will certainly reinforce the strong ties that already exist between the Imperial Federation and the United Kingdom. Especially in the face of uncertainty that the earth currently faces, it is vital that we recognize mutual trust. As such, it should be clear that I completely agree with your commitment to reaffirm the strong bond between our states and our peoples, and I'm honored to receive an invitation to a state visit at Londinium Palace, which I naturally accept.
I am equally looking forward to be meeting with you and Prince Edmund, which whom I and many Infinians share a most special connection. I am positive that this state visit will greatly benefit the relations that already are so very strong between our realms, and will brighten the future between our states.
Empress of Infiny, Lady of Zanzibar
Ms. Xitan Minenko
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dawes would nod her head in agreement before speaking
"The subjects you have brought up are the same one that I and several members of the federal government Defense Department have spoken about over the last year and a half. In regards to matters of science and economy, I feel that both our nations would benefit from working closely, as the Union is a major leader in new breakthroughs but also seeks to aid other nations reach those same breakthroughs. Sec. Miller told me once that there isn't much point in making such advancements if only one nation benefits from them."
In the office of the Basileus
Basileus Nikolaus: “How many offices do they hold?“
Archon Alexander Metraw: “The Byzantine Workers Party holds offices in 20 different cities currently around Byzantium. They hold the offices of the mayors of those cities, and local councils.”
Nikolaus: “What’s the end goal?”
Alexander: “The party platform is ultimately autonomy, and a re-establishment of the Byzantine Empire, built around strict Christian principles.”
Nikolaus: “The good news I suppose is that we know who they are, and where they are at. Get the intelligence community to dig deep. Get a full list together. Ramp up security on the canal.”
Alexander: “Anything else sir?”
Nikolaus: “Do not lose our grip.”
Board of Revenues
The Board of Revenues will be collaborating with various tech companies across the country as it aims to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into the State's banking system.
Part of the plan is to use the power of Big Data and AI to transform the way banks manage the risk of lending to small to medium sized business enterprises, as well as enable lenders and creditors to better monitor how those loans are actually used. The Bank of the Board of Revenues, the Qing's central bank, will be rolling out pilot AI technology to automate and accelerate how operational performances for borrowers is tracked, as well as helping borrowers spot potential problems earlier. The integration of these technologies can also be used to ensure that loans actually support businesses and livelihoods, instead of having the money be funnelled to real estate or financial market speculation by borrowers.
The Board of Revenues has also authorized financial technology (fintech) companies to distribute relief funds to small to medium-sized business enterprises, as the government aims to ensure that critical financial aid gets to small firms. Currently, such small firms comprise up to 90% of all the nation's companies - ensuring that such businesses receive support will absolutely be critical to economic recovery. Previously, the Qing government had released plans for a monumental path to economic recovery following the Southern Rebellion, as part of the government's economic recovery plan.
The scale of fintech companies’ networks allows them to reach the small and micro businesses that may be ignored by banks, which are focused on loaning to larger borrowers. Said company's wealth of data, and strength in AI-driven risk management and user-friendly platforms, can also be useful due to their ability to process and deliver loans to the right recipients at speed.
After a long test run, it is found that this program was successful, and continues to be successful.
The main point of the program had been to drive hunger down in poorer neighborhoods, with hunger being described as inadequate access to food, or inadequate access to food with good nutritional value.
Those rates dropped by almost 25% in poorer neighborhoods surrounding the 10 test sites.
These locations will be expanded to 25 more locations across the Athens Metropolitan area. The government in Byzantium has also opted in for the program, with 25 sites of their own to be set up over the coming months.
We will be working with supply chains to identify additional areas of concern across the country, and gain greater access to food items for the “neighborhood fridge” initiative
The “Urban Farming in Aegean Islands” project has come to a conclusion: that it is indeed useful in the islands with its growing population, and it shows huge promise in various climates across Hellas.
During this research phase, 3 small towers around 30 feet tall were constructed based on designs submitted by architectural firms working with universities and the ministry of agriculture.
These small towers constructed on the islands of Naxos and Lesbos produced enough agricultural goods to sustain several restaurants and hotels, and hundreds of families on the islands.
The Ministry, based on these findings, is moving forward with constructing 20 more Urban Farms across the Aegean’s, with supporting infrastructure. These designs will be based on the surrounding aesthetics of the islands that they will be on so that they blend in, but also serve their main functional purpose.
Part of this initiative is that they will operate on solar and wind energy, with getting close to 100% energy independence as possible to reduce the carbon output.
It’s expected that this initiative will take an additional 2 years to complete and $350 million.
Phase 4 of the Strait Project begins with new construction of earthquake resistant residential constructions, schools, and shopping centers along the new waterway. This will help facilitate the long term growth that the canal will induce in the surrounding area.
On the side of the Black Sea, close to the Byzantine Airport, a large cargo port is also being constructed, being part of the initial phase 2 of this project in regards to support buildings and and infrastructure.
A large part of the infrastructure project is integrating railways and highways to support movement of people and cargo. This phase ran a higher cost, with the government pumping in an additional $2 billion (total cost of project now being $25 billion). Portions of the money went to existing high speed rail way systems to upgrade and expand them in anticipation of being integrated as part of the new strait infrastructure system.
BID will provide additional updates over the weeks to come.
In about 2 weeks time (2 days IRL), the leader of the nation, Wukrä Neiüm, will give an important speech about the Republics future and it's future army, like new modern Ureeš produced machine guns(wich may not be produced for another half a year), and it's infrastructure, And much more.
The Land of the Rising Son - Part 1
Empress Akiiyo sat in the main garden surrounded by governmental officials who were talking amongst themselves about current affairs in Japan and the rest of the world. The talking stopped when Empress Akiiyo spoke. "I would like everyone to leave for now. I wish to be alone." she said. This request was met with a chorus of "Yes, Empress". As everyone walked away from the garden, the guard proceeded to leave. "Gaurdsman, you stay. I wish to speak with you." she said. The guardsman nodded. "Yes, Empress." he said.
She patted the ground next to her, telling the guard to sit next to her. The guard complied and did so. "How are you liking your job?" she asked. "I... I enjoy being an Imperial Guard, your majesty." he answered, slightly confused. Empress Akiiyo looked at him. "You don't seem confident in that answer." she noted. He shook his head, then nodded. "I do genuinely enjoy being an Imperial Guard. The question just caught me off guard, Empress." he admitted. Empress Akiiyo smiled at him. "You do not need to use formalities at this time, guardsman. Also, it is surprising that an Imperial Gaurd could be caught off his guard." she said with a slight chuckle. "Do you enjoy it for the sake of enjoyment, or because your freedom depends on it?" she asked with the chuckle hanging on her voice.
The gaurd thought for a moment. "Genuine enjoyment, your- s-sorry." he answered. She chuckled again. "Apologies aren't needed, either." she said. "Anyway, I am glad to hear you have found something you genuinely enjoy. I wished to speak with you because I am granting you your freedom. Since my father is no longer Meishu, and dead, his plan to use you as a weapon won't go through. You may remain a gaurd if that is what you choose. However, if you choose to remain a gaurd, you will not be guarding the Chrysanthemum Throne and the garden when I am present." she explained. He looked at Empress Akiiyo in confusion. "I wish to remain a gaurd, but what will I be doing?" he asked. She smiled at him once again. "You'll be my personal gaurd. You'll protect me all hours of the day. However, your sleep schedule will change according to mine." she said. A shocked expression flashed across his face.
"This is... different." he said. Empress Akiiyo nodded at him. "Yes, it is. A change for you considering your previous duties. I haven't appointed a personal gaurd since the tragic passing of my father's gaurd." she said. "I am honored, Empress." he said, holding his left fist to his chest. Empress Akiiyo looked around the garden and so did the gaurd.
"When I was younger, I use to come here all the time. My mother and I would sit in this spot and look at the garden. It was so beautiful then with all the different plants and trees. Once she passed, the garden withered away from the consciousness of my father. He let this garden die. Only recently have I had this garden redone." she explained. The guard remained silent to let her speak. "I didn't want to be the next Meishu. My father made my brother and I fight, and since I believed my life was on the line, I made sure I won. Knowing my father, I couldn't back down once he knew I won. He said my brother was banished for losing to me, but I found out that he believed that was too weak of a punishment. He had his only son killed. Despite not wanting to be Empress, I will stand as Empress until my time comes. It's the best I can do in both the honor of my brother and this nation. My father would have brought it to ruins and planned to turn against America to side with North China. That would've been our downfall. He was stopped before it was possible, gladly." she said, finishing her statement and looking at the gaurd who stared back at her.
They looked into each others eyes. "I'm nearly eighteen. Despite my intelligence and understanding of strategies, history, and other various things, I feel I'm not to be Empress. This doesn't mean I will abdicate the position, though. I just wished to tell another person. I keep up a facade to make sure no one sees my doubts, but it's tiring. Hopefully, the doubts will subside with time. Hopefully, you'll listen to all my thoughts that I wish to share with only you?" she finished, returning her gaze to him as it wandered off while she was talking. He nodded, and she nodded back as well. "Anything, Empress." he said. She smiled at the final formality. They rose from the ground and he escorted her from the garden back into the palace.
Valeria: Secretary Miller's words are generous and truthful. I am glad that these sentiments of cooperation also exist in the Union, and I think we would be forming an excellent partnership. The future I envision between our nations contains cooperation on three main points, being science, free exchange of people and products, and close military cooperation. Allow me to briefly elaborate on each area;
- The Imperial Federation and the United States have some of the largest democratic populations and free economies in the world. If we encourage such initiatives like tariff reduction, student exchange, and complete visa-free travel, we can streamline our exchanges to the benefit of both our nations, and in doing so, we not only strengthen ourself, but we buy from a fellow democratic nation, which will use the profit to do right, and not for the self-gain of a ruling class in a grotesque autocracy.
- Technologically, the brightest minds of the United States will surely benefit from knowledge in the Imperial Federation, and vice versa. The unique geography here in Infiny allows for geological research unavailable anywhere on earth, much like the United States has some of the world's most stunning biodiversity. I'm potentially exploring more research on Antarctica and space to further our understanding of the universe around us.
- Militarily, we can't help but recognize the existential threat that a totalitarian ideology poses and seeks to impose. Its attempted expansion is inherent in its nature, and we have to always be ready for any kind of assault or attempt to spread its ideology at the expense of our free citizens. The Imperial Federation is not ready. We are looking to build up our naval capabilities, mainly our battleships, battlecruisers, submarines, and potentially even aircraft carriers, as well as increase our shipyard capability. For this, we strongly need American funds and expertise. A strong Infinian ally will allow the United States to project its freedom not only in the Atlantic and the Pacific, but we can also guard the Indian Ocean from this Orwellian nightmare.
security has been posted in sectors of the Guatemala demilitarized zone as tensions rise
Members of FPD and some of the Arny Military police are being station in the GDMZ as tension between sector government officials and the population continue to rise the president ensures the Federation that members being deployed are using none combat or lethal equipment
Dawes reviewed most o the items mentioned before placing the document down and nodding her head in agreement
"I can agree to everything you've mentioned. As major leader in shipbuilding, the Union can help you build up your navy strength and also your own shipyards as well. This would you to easily repair and replace any losses you suffer while also building up your own maritime trade shipping. The same applies to all the other points you've mentioned. I think I can swing it through Congress with ease as they would see the benefits as well."
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
Maj. General Irving Morrell watched as the Grant finished the last batch of testing before it stopped several yards away from him. As he walked towards, the crew of the tank started to climb out from their assigned spots and noticed him approaching. Waving off their salutes, he spoke to the tank commander, a young Lieutenant
"Well Lt. Marks, how does she handle? Is she good for service?"
The Lieutenant, a newly minted officer from West point, had a smirk on his face as he replied
"Sir, begging your pardon for speaking plainly but the beauty.." patting the side of the turret as he faced Morrell "Would run circles around the old Glasgow, no doubt about it. She's better armed, faster and offers more protection than the older models. Plus with all the latest sensors and the new HUD in the Commander's Cupola, I could shoot the a** off a flea at 5 miles without killing it. Hell, I could likely give a haircut to some poor SOB at the same range."
Morrell, laughing a bit at the candor the young Lieutenant was showing, changed tactics
"So you feel the Grant is ready for full-scale production or are the any issues you and your crew haven't found yet?"
Lt. Marks shook his head before replying
"I'd like to say it's more than ready Sir but I want to make sure we've uncovered all the issues so I'd say another month or so and she'll be ready to go into production."
Morrell nodded in agreement
"That's exactly what I want to hear Lieutenant. Better to be sure we get everything uncovered instead of finding out the hard way in battle. take at least 3 months to finish up Lt. Marks and then we can go from there."
Marks saluted as he stood up from the turret
"Yes Sir General. I'll get right on it after chow if need be"
Morrell returned the salute as the crew left to go to the mess hall, still lightly chuckling to himself
Danubian National News Network
PRESIDENT STAUFFER ACKNOWLEDGES SACKING OF BOSNIA
In a TV interview earlier today, President Emilie Stauffer became the first Danubian Leader in history to acknowledge the sacking of Bosnia, a prolonged period of genocide and settlement in Bosnia occurring in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, involving the forced displacement and slavery of hundreds of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and the colonization of former Bosnian lands by Austrian Germans, Hungarians and a local Slavic collaborationist regime which had largely governed the region until the end of the second world war. Even today, Bosnian Muslims remain an endangered culture in Bosnia and were never able to recover to their former population.
In the interview with the A Szabadság news cooperative in Budapest, President Stauffer extended a complete apology on behalf of Danubia to the Bosnian Muslim Community and promised that under her administraion and the socialist unity party, there would be no repeat of the centuries of crimes, genocide and oppression committed by the former government from Austria-Hungary to the "United Empires". She Promised that she would work with the Leadership of the South Slavian Socialist Republic to introduce new protections to the Bosnian Muslim community as well as ensure them representation in the government of the JSSR.
Historically, the Danubian Government has been extremely defensive on this issue and has been repeatably known to deny the existence of this genocide despite both internal and international pressure against this policy. With this in mind the acknowledgement of this genocide by the socialist unity party is a landmark event in what appears to be a series of social reforms launched by stauffer, who as a professor of social sciences at the University of Vienna was consistently and frequently involved in many different movements of this nature.
The move has been praised by many across the Danubian South as President Stauffer continues to push her policy of creating a new Danubia that could truly call itself a confederation of equals, compared to the Austro-Hungarian dominated politics of the past; where the interests of regions such as the south would be cast aside in order to appeal to the more influential electorate of the developed North. With the JSSR now building itself around key Stauffer Ally and former mayor of Split, Kende Boldizar, many citizens of the south look forward to their future under the new administration.
Formal Request for diplomatic and Economic Relations
The President Joan B. Kennedy and Economic ministers, with the encouragement of leading agriculture and mining Industry leaders, have discussed and shown interest in establishing greater international trade and diplomatic relations with, Russia Novaya Rossiyskaya Imperiya, Donau-Bundesreich and Infiny, trade talks have been requested as follows;
We wish to establish trade agreements with your dignified nation, in agriculture and other industries to provide greater supply security and establish further diplomatic and economic talks in due course. Therefore upon request for a suitable date, we shall hold talks in the nations capital of Santiago or rather by means of transparency a location deemed suitable to your discretion. We look forward to working with your business and/or economic leaders in due course with kind regards.
As follows we wish to establish diplomatic missions in your nation if deemed necessary and if so will go about establishing this in due course.
We await your response:
Yours comradely, George Garcia, Minister of Foreign Trade
Valeria: Most excellent, your Excellency, I'm overjoyed to hear that you share much of my vision. There is one additional thing I should mention before we end this great meeting. In our opposition to the autocrats, we've found that it's little use to organize ourselves through alliances or leagues, they are most efficient at tearing those apart. I believe it is optimal that we formalize the agreement without any particular name, more of a shared commitment. That way, it will be much harder to organize for them. They can't organize efficiently against something that is not immediately clear to the naked eye!
We welcome your request to establish a favorable trade deal for both our nations and we are certainly willing to send a delegation over to Santiago to discuss the specifics. As for your request to establish diplomatic relations, we gladly comply with it, and we would like to send Mr. Lyonya Stapech as the Infinian ambassador to Anzoania. We are looking forward to receiving the Anzoanian ambassador to Infiny in Mogadishu, as well.
Ms. Xitan Minenko
Infinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Roshchino, Vyborgsky District, Romanovskaya
Dozens of journalists stood waiting at the Romanovan-Soviet border in Roshchino today for the highly anticipated summit between the Romanov and Soviet foreign ministries. At 9:55am, the Soviet motorcade arrives at the border. Romanovan Border Guards opened the gates and allowed the motorcade through. Security as very high, to protect both the Romanovan and Soviet delegations. The motorcade drove up to a large house close to the border where the summit was to be held.
Romanovan Foreign Minister, Viktor Volkov, stood at the top of the steps of the entrance to the house. As the Soviet foreign minister stepped out of his car, Volkov made his way down the steps to greet him. The two men shook ands and exchanged some words. Photographers surrounded the two men as they then walked to the top of the stairs together. Once at the top they turned and shook hands once more, posing for photographs to document this historic moment.
The two men and a number of officials make their way inside the house. The house itself is decorated with ornate furniture, most of it dating from the 19th century. The delegations take their seats at the old dining room. A large, long oak table simply decorated with a Soviet and Romanovan flag is placed in the middle. The delegations take their seats, sitting facing each other.
Viktor Volkov: Minister Sokolov, I wish to formally welcome you and your staff here to Romanovskaya. I am sure you will agree that a meeting of this nature is long overdue. In fact you may or may not be aware, but you are the first Soviet minister to visit Romanovskaya in any official capacity and for that we thank and congratulate you.
~~ Министерство иностранных дел СССР ~~
Title: Soviet-Anzoanian Summit
Moscow — The letter from the Anzoanian Government was seen by many in the Foreign Ministry as a great opportunity to create a new friendship in South America and establish important economic ties that are mutually beneficial to the peoples of both countries. A response was sent right away.
~~Official Correspondence of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ~~
To: George Garcia, Minister of Foreign Trade of Anzoania
From: Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Subject: Soviet-Anzoanian Summit
Honorable Minister Garcia,
We are humbled and elated to receive your letter for the establishment of trade and further diplomatic relations. As we look forward to growing our economy and working with other nations across the world to improve the living standards of the many, we see your letter as the perfect opportunity to accomplish this and even more. The Kremlin believes that strong economic ties among our nations would be hugely beneficial: We both sit at areas of the world where agriculture and mining can provide the ticket to that economic development billions dream of. Likewise, our locations in the world make us uniquely vulnerable to the negative impacts of global warming. Cooperation in creating a new model of economic development and growth that is friendly with the environment is of the utmost importance. We hope that we can further discuss this when our delegations meet in Santiago.
To further strengthen our bilateral relations, we graciously accept your invitation to further solidify our diplomatic ties through the establishment of embassies. Our Foreign Ministry will find a suitable location in the Diplomatic Quarter of Moscow, at your discretion, so that Anzoania can open an embassy. We would like to humbly request if a Soviet embassy is also allowed to be established in Santiago. If allowed, we will appoint Dr. Visily Grachev as our ambassador to your nation.
Minister of Foreign Relations
The speech by Wukrä Neiüm was cut short a week ago, beacuse the leader of the republic had to go and visit a hospital for kids. He did not want to be late saying "If i don't show up on time, i would be seen as a promise breaker, and a horrible leader". This is the first time this has been mentioned, tough the leader did go to the childrens hospital in Seäse. Now the update on the Weapon. The development of Ureeš produced Experimental guns(being called The G.EX for now) will start production in a year or even less. Being a modern machine gun, this gun will be light, whit modern tecgnologyes.
Friguent updates each week.
Article by The Daily Kiwi
The Taradrusian Navy dispatched a large team of Researchers,Scientists and Naval Experts aboard the HMATS Tangaroa into the Tasman sea off the coast of New Plymouth this past weekend. The sudden operation was only just revealed to the public however researchers and Taradrusian scientists have been calling for such an investigation for years. The research involved trying to find further information on the enormous sea shelf Albus Taradrus and local Oceania islands lay on.
The Team mostly consisted of professors and lead researchers from Auckland University, alongside some of the best researchers in the nation and world. The team was dispatched to learn more not only about the contents of the shelf, but its movements and how rising sea levels are affecting it. The Auckland based research group previously drilled deep into the continental sized shelf, revealing it had been rising over the last 50 million years, alluding to the possibility that over the course of millions of years, the area would start to reveal more islands. The group also used the time to collect information on how the warming waters and how rising sea levels are changing reefs,weather patterns,and the local sea life.
About 93% of the shelf is submerged yet only a few thousand meters (around 1-2 miles) are underwater. The area is considered the largest microcontinent, with an estimated area of 1.9 million square miles. Understanding this area could vastly alter Albus Taradruses EEZ borders and the definition of international waters. The area consists of pockets of underground resources such as copper,nickel,iron and cobalt as well as crude oil and if eligible it could bring new economic openings for the small country. However the chance for a large scale mining operation is unlikely due to the prominent eco-friendly populace and government. If the Constitution Partes can revive its former glory, it's possible the laws set by the Green Partes could be redacted.
The Auckland based research group has not released any public information on the tests done and the findings. However, it is rumored they will release a large statement on their findings in the coming weeks, and address possible concerns abroad and within the government. This landmark study is important in Albus Taradrus understanding their homeland, the resources under them, and the possibility for expanding mining operations in the Tasman Sea and South Pacific.
Radio-Television Lanfang News
Presidential Election Nominations Begin
While the election itself is months away, campaigns have begun springing up amongst some parties in Lanfang as the nation gears up for the upcoming Presidential election in less than 6 months.
So far, the Democratic Labour Party has announced the Hon. Fawz Salmaan, East List MP and Minister of Science and Technology as it’s candidate for President, listing his technical expertise and the need to represent Lanfang’s minorities in the nation’s highest office. Likewise, the Constitutional Democratic Party has announced Wanjin List MP, former CDP leader, and Minister of Business, Innovation, and Enterprise Suriya Gajesh as it’s candidate. Both candidates have announced that they plan to resign from the Cabinet in the coming weeks, as they agreed it would be inappropriate to be running against each other while both participating in the Government.
The only other party to announce a candidate at this point in the Lanfang Green Party, which announced it’s co-leader, Wanjin City-based environmental activist Asmika Aaryan, as it’s candidate.
While nominations are still pending from the Lanfang Nationalist Party, New People’s Party, Lanfang Communist Party, and Islamic People’s Party, there has been much speculation that Shadow Home Minister (and former Foreign Minister) Sanjay Prasad Kamesh is the favorite for the LNP nomination.
While the presidency itself is a largely ceremonial role in the Westminister executive model, the president can nonetheless play an important role in coalition forming in hung parliaments and represents the nation abroad at ceremonial functions.
Incumbent President Michael Chiam Teck of the Lanfang Nationalist Party is unable to run for re-election as he has reached his two-term limit.