by Max Barry

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Region: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

Telhárr Nasjonal

Resurgent KNLA
Following the peace brought to the Karthspiri nation following the great war, the KNLA, the vicious guerilla group who for many years terrorised the people of our new nation, were considered largely neutralised; weakened greatly by their casualties in that very war and stripped of real ideological cause following Karthspiri independence. However, the tragic events in the early hours of this morning have proven such an assumption to be deeply naive. In the early hours of one of the dark, cold mornings which dominate the winters of our nation - on a high, snow-clogged Karthspiri road in Karpatrije Oblast - several loud explosions, followed by gunfire, were reported by local villagers to German troops in the area.

Dispatched by local officers, a search party was dispatched by the local German Command to investigate such reports; returning a grim and detailed account of butchered German soldiers - pinned into disadvantageous positions by felled trees and cowardly KNLA ambush tactics. Slightly further up the road a horse, the muscles of its legs torn by machine gun fire, was found in a pool of its own blood. Its rider, a guerrilla soldier of the KNLA dressed in nomadic-style combat armour, was found underneath; blood coating his sword and a rifle still warm in his hand despite the freezing Carpathian winter temperatures.

The increased activity of the KNLA has, naturally, sparked fear in many isolated Karthspiri communities with Arteron Terai, today, ordering a speech be dispatched to all communities promising to "starve the KNLA of all support, domestic or otherwise, and ensure the names of its fighters live on only in records of execution."
Education Reforms
Traditionally, the duty of Education within Karthspire, either as its own entity or as part of another nation, has been, predominantly, the domain of the Orthodox Church. The Church would provide all peasants with a basic education in maths and english for men but cooking and textiles for women; granting scholarships to those deemed intelligent enough to study further. Such a system has, massively, stifled educational development and the economic specialisation of the Karthspiri peasantry.

For a nation with barely 20% of its population inhabiting cities and with little incentive for more to re-locate their, the Church will still remain in reaching out to all people and promoting future growth which will not only fuel social development and urbanisation but economic growth and stability. Recognising this, the Terai Government has proposed an expansion of the existing education framework; a system of a basic primary education, followed by either a military, industrial or academic secondary education and, finally, University for those deemed to be talented enough. The creation of such a system on a national level is to be financed in-half by the church and in-half by the state; something agreed upon by the Head of the Orthodox Church in Karthspire. The schools themselves will be controlled by the Church but their organisation and curriculum will be subject to the state with some exceptions in-cases of religious education.
A new nation, a new army
Following the dismantling of the Karthspiri state several centuries ago, Karthspiri have never had an army of their own; forming important components in the armies of their occupiers as skilled horsemen and disciplined line-infantry. However, as a new and independent state, it has been decided that a new Karthspiri Army must be formed and, more importantly, domestically supplied. The announcement of the creation of a new Karthspiri Army by Chief Commissar Arteron Terai has been greeted with excitement up and down the nation.

To prepare for this, the state has already allocated much of this year's budget to the manufacturing of weapons and armour for the new Army; breathing life into the battered Karthspiri economy and returning the people to work. Such equipment is to be based on designs of equipment left behind by retreating Russian Forces with the possibility of imports from Germany left open to speculation.