by Max Barry

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Region: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

THE EAGLE SCREAM
1950 - October - 16
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| NATIONAL |
SENATE APPROVES NORTH AFRICAN COLONISATION

    The Senate has voted to approve a proposal by Aeserys Nymirios Sikaron to establish Ephyral colonies at settlements of rebel tributary communities in all North African provinces. The African Revolt, overlapping with the Great War against Russia, was concluded the year following Ephyra's victory alongside its allies against Russia, as more forces could be brought to bear against the revolt. Provincial communities that had remained loyal received elevations in status to Lykosians, as well as expansion of territories into the traitorous zones.

    The local elites and leaders of the rebel communities were executed during the Prosecutions that took place alongside Pontic courts with regards to Armenian traitors, although are not officially counted as amongst the same process. Their estates and properties were confiscated and immediate families enslaved, alongside a significant portion of the population. However, rich territory with good settlement remained undesignated following these trials, with the proposal of Senator Sikaron having been previously rejected for lack of clarity. The renewed proposal designates a number of sites primarily along the coast but also inland fertile areas to become citizen colonies, and to permit Ephyral citizens preservation of status upon relocation. Whilst proposing his motion, Senator Sikaron argued how the presence of "decent, honest citizens" would help to civilise the rest of the population.

    The motion is to be put before the citizens' vote via tribal assembly, and is expected to pass strongly as the Senate received strong criticism from multiple local councils for denying citizens and particularly war veterans the ability to reap real reward for their efforts and sacrifices.

| INTERNATIONAL |
CERMAN NUCLEAR OBJECTIVES REVEALED

    President Callahan of Cerma addressed fellow ATCO powers and consequentially the world alike with his plans regarding the appliation of nuclear capabilities towards industry and energy, but most notably to other states in regards to military. The President made an open confirmation of a desire to see nuclear weapons become conventional and normal for the Cerman military, though did not indicate their likelihood of deployment in any hypothetical war scenario, leaving powers without such capabilities at a loss to whether the Cerman government or military endorses any first strike scenario against perceived hostile powers.

    The Cerman neighbour and ally Ascoobis, whilst offering no principled objection, made remarks about how close Cerman nuclear testing was to their borders. Representatives expressed concern about the potential health impacts this might have on unsuspecting and unaware citizens of the nation. The Tibetan government by contrast has emphasised a desire to see nuclear energy applied only for peaceful purposes, although has made no demand for the Cerman government to abandon its military plans.

    Ephyra has yet to offer comment on the situation. Without its own nuclear arsenal to boast of, and with the energy supply of Ephyra dependent on locally produced coal, oil, and gas, the government of Ephyra has so far provided no public perception of whether the move by Cerma is well-received or not. Though bilateral interests between Ephyra and Cerma have grown over observations of cultural similarities in certain aspects, and similar national objectives, these are no guarantee of friendly relations.

    It is also known if Cerma considers Ephyra a potential target for any military action, let alone nuclear. Whilst the Great War against Russia provided both nations with a common foe and similar interests, no accord of friendship or alliance was ever brokered. This might leave some in the government more suspicious of Cerman world intentions than others, and prolong deliberation on how best to respond.

GERMAN CULTURE SHOCK

    A citizen of Ephyra has described to The Eagle Scream his immediate confusion after being confronted in a German hotel by its staff following reports of sexual activity from his room. The citizen - who wished to remain unnamed - went on holiday to the city of Wien, taking his sister-wife with him on the visit. Checking into a local hotel, the citizen and his wife spent the night only to be confronted the next morning by the hotel manager, who was responding to concerns by staff about hearing intimate relations in the room that was booked by a man and a woman identified as being siblings.

    Though the citizen explained to the manager that his sister was also his wife and queried whether the exercise of marital intimacy was of objection to the hotel, the manager took issue with the blood relation of the citizen's wife, requesting that they cease to perform any intimate acts during their stay.

    Ephyral marital customs are regarded as issue-causing in the law of other nations, many of which have proscriptions against sexual relations between those of close blood proximity (with the law varying from country to country). However, by Ephyral law and tradition many siblings are also spouses, and enter another country as spouses on holiday. The concept of whether a brother and sister are permitted intimacy whilst on holiday in other countries, given their official spousal relationship, is certainly going to prove more and more bothersome for foreign powers as Ephyral-to-Western tourism continues to grow year by year.

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