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Region: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

Selected articles from Namjyut, April and June 1950

Mining Industry to Expand Horizons Abroad, Lumber Industry to Expand in Onnam - Mon 10 Apr 1950

    Namjyut's companies have started to look abroad for expansion of its mining operations. Mining companies have started to survey and buy up mineral rights in countries like Zhigao. Industry experts agree that with era of nuclear power approaching, Namjyut's industrial resources could prove to be successful in setting up abroad, providing jobs and revenue for both the host country and the company. Minerals needed for Namjyut's continuously growing industry like bauxite, luxury products like jadeite, and for prospective industries like uranium are being surveyed for potential in other countries.

    Prefects in the the country's southern Onnam circuits are lobbying concerns that with the expansion of Namjyut mining interest abroad, interest in mining in Onnam will diminish. Though the prefects are citing untapped potential in its undeveloped areas, many Namjyut companies are skeptical of setting up mines in the thick-forested jungles of Onnam. Such unwillingness to survey in difficult areas has left primary industry concentrated in Gwongsai and Gwongdung, much to the detriment of Onnam's own industrial base. To remedy this, the local governments of Onnam have started to encourage the growth of logging within its prefectures. The Military Affairs Bureau and the Civil Directorate have stated concerns regarding deforestation in Onnam, citing its importance in the demarcation of the border between Namjyut and German-occupied Siam along the mountain range. The matter is being debated.

TV License and TV Manufacturing Subsidies Introduced by Imperial Government - Tues 20 Jun 1950

    The Imperial Government has introduced a television (TV) license as well as subsidies for TV manufacturing. The Civil Advisory, recognizing the growing interest in TV by its neighbors, brought up the issue in May when Tibet announced its effort to bring national news to TV. In order to fund Namjyut's TV efforts, the regular TV license for TV receiver owners has been established, with proceeds going to continued rollout of broadcasting networks and its TV programs. Subsidies for the manufacture of TV equipment have been introduced to kickstart the industry for the international market.

    The Government's new TV policies are projected to expand Namjyut's industrial exports in the Asia-Pacific region, given growing interest in TV among its neighbors. The Rural Electricity Bureau is undertaking efforts to expand the national broadcasting network to isolated rural areas. Namjyut Chartered Broadcasting (NCB) has expressed interest in expanding the variety of programs available to viewers, including the famous Gung'on (公案小说) stories of Judge Baau (包青天) in TV format.

    Some in the Civil Advisory have called to restrict entities allowed to broadcast on the national TV network to only NCB, citing moral concerns over unmonitored TV broadcasts. Opponents of this proposition say that such policy would be unnecessarily authoritarian. Over this issue, the Imperial Government is hoped to move towards a compromise.

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