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Indian Naval Buildup

Noticing the current Instability in the Indian Ocean, it have become important to reestablished law and order on the seas, hence a landmark decision have been taken to expand the Current Indian Navy.

The Navy will ramp up/Fast Track construct or start projects on the following

Submarines

3 Arihant Class Nuclear Powered Ballestic Missile Submarines (Under Construction)

3 S5 Class Nuclear Powered Ballestic Missile Submarines (Planned)

6 Project 75 Alpha Nuclear Powered Attack Submarines (Planned)

2 Kalvari Class Attack Submarines (Under Construction)

6 Project 75I Class Attack Submarines (Planned)

Surface Ships

INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier (Under Sea Trails)

INS Vishal Aircraft Carrier (Planned)

4 LPDs (Planned)

6 High Speed Landing Crafts (Planned)

3 Visakhapatnam Class Destroyers (Under Construction)

7 Nilgiri Class Frigates (Under Construction)

4 Talwar Class Frigates (Under Construction)

16 ASW-SWC Corvettes (Under Construction)

6 Next Generation Missile Corvettes (Planned)

12 Mine Countermeasure ships (Planned)

4 GRSE Class Survey Ships (Under Construction)

Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) (In designing phase)

Naval Multi-Role Helicopter (Planned)

111 LUHs (In procurement paperwork)

Search along the Yemeni Coast, 3rd July, 2022

"It's been over a day since the start of a co-operative patrol of the Gulf of Aden between the Republic of Lower Nubia and the Republic of India (Indusians). The Republic has left a singular P1022, LNS Allaqi, to observe shipping near the island of Socotra. After which the remaining Nubian vessels and relevant Indian vessels heading north of Socotra on Friday night, travelling a distance of 400 km's to the port of Ghaydah, on the Yemeni coast, the Republic then began patrolling the coast south of the port town before travelling west at a slow speed with the LNS Ben Amer followed at a distance of 15 km's by the LNS Omar. Simultaneously the Republic of India has remained close to the port town to observe vessels within and entering or leaving the cities harbour; attempting to match vessels with accounts from previosu raids - often these port towns would have swathes of small fishing boats but primary reports discuss several vessels up to 20 metres in length.

At an average distance of 4 km's from the coast, a safe range, both the Republic's have not found verifiable matches between the vessels around Ghaydah and those that had conducted systematic raids on international shipping in the gulf. Both parties are to meet again at the mouth of the Wadi al Masilah to begin additional reconnaissance near the port of Mukallah. The Republic would radio for the LNS Allaqi to move north too to patrol near Ghaydah, in the absence of the primary force, while the LNS Omar is to move south-east towards the Sultanate of Kankundo for refuelling."

Kankundo National News, 2022.

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a Ship has just been spotted near the coast of Kankundo,
leaving all the officers on the ship to sink down
to the abandoned abyss, Only 1 tugboat has arrived on
the scene, but the ship can go horribly wrong, leaving
the ship sinking in the abyss.

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You can see my factbook about it here.

The Ship which has been nicknamed "Mediella" Has just been spotted near the coast of A'knhnam Bay,
Kankundo. The Unhabitable ship is filled with ocean water down to the first deck, while the engine exploded
months ago due to many years of abomination.
The general leader of the cruise line messaged with:

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"This worthless ship has been abandoned for years, after it collided with a rock near the coast
of Kankundo 6 years ago, But now i have realized that it has begun to sink starboard after
Unbelievable Flooding.", It has since got bought by the Kankundo government,
and realized that wasent enough.

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The Steamship's Sinking has been spreaded across bits of Kankundo, realized that it has sunk.
Given of the economic improvement, The company has to buy tugboats to rise the ship
for €35,000,000. They declined the treaty, leaving the ship sinking for good.

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- Kankundo

Read factbook

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- Kankundo

Kankundo wrote:Kankundo National News, 2022.

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a Ship has just been spotted near the coast of Kankundo,
leaving all the officers on the ship to sink down
to the abandoned abyss, Only 1 tugboat has arrived on
the scene, but the ship can go horribly wrong, leaving
the ship sinking in the abyss.

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You can see my factbook about it here.

The Ship which has been nicknamed "Mediella" Has just been spotted near the coast of A'knhnam Bay,
Kankundo. The Unhabitable ship is filled with ocean water down to the first deck, while the engine exploded
months ago due to many years of abomination.
The general leader of the cruise line messaged with:

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"This worthless ship has been abandoned for years, after it collided with a rock near the coast
of Kankundo 6 years ago, But now i have realized that it has begun to sink starboard after
Unbelievable Flooding.", It has since got bought by the Kankundo government,
and realized that wasent enough.

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The Steamship's Sinking has been spreaded across bits of Kankundo, realized that it has sunk.
Given of the economic improvement, The company has to buy tugboats to rise the ship
for €35,000,000. They declined the treaty, leaving the ship sinking for good.

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- Kankundo

Read factbook

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- Kankundo

May the souls of those who died on the ship find peace.

Anti Piracy Operations in Mallaca Strait

Indian Navy have dispatched INS Mysore (Delhi Class Destroyer), INS Satpura (Shivalik Class Frigate) and INS Kulish (Kora Class Corvette) for counter piracy operations in the Mallaca Strait. Port Blair will act as the resupply point where INS Kulish is already based (The other two ships are based in Visakhapatnam.) We request nations in the region to cooperate and make sure that piracy is not present in the region which is a important route for commerce and travel for the entire world.

Mesothallania wrote:Title: A Nude Day, a Nude Awakening…; Your Stuff Is Forfeit; Ebony Pride; Fun in the Sun; Sandbagging
Nation(s): United States of Mesothallania
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022 (irl Gregorian Calendar)

The Issue:
Internet news sites and online communities are abuzz over supposed leaked nude images and videos of the President that surfaced online this morning. Amateur photo-manipulation experts have concluded that these are fakes, but the files have already spread across the internet like wildfire.

The Debate:
Victoria Wilson, a country singer, advocated for making photo-manipulation illegal; Kirby Streisand, a censorship advocate, proposed government intervention to automatically take down any unauthorized image, name usage, “or even a likeness of a person” without their permission; Boyson Dubois, a satirist and online columnist, claimed that celebrities and politicians should “give up their expectations of privacy”.

The Verdict:
A new law regarding photo-manipulation has been implemented, which includes the need for consent for photo-manipulating another person.

The Talking Point:
Fashion magazine covers finally display realistic body images following photo-manipulation becoming illegal.

Recent Headlines:
School Fete Huge Success
Clothing Retailers Look Forward To Bumper Season
I’m No Hero, Says Heroic Mesothallanian
Assault Figures Punch Through Historical Lows

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Law Enforcement, Food Quality, Niceness, Tourism, Compassion, Inclusiveness, Pacifism, Authoritarianism, Taxation, Safety, Ideological Radicality, Social Conservatism, Government Size, Lifespan, Human Development Index
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Employment, Industry: Fishing, Intelligence, Average Disposable Income, Civil Rights, Crime, Charmlessness, Nudity, Industry: Retail

The Issue:
Property rights advocates and drug law reformers are up in arms this week. In the largest criminal asset forfeiture in Mesothallania’s history, the immense mansion of prominent citizen Alvin Woofsdale was seized after his nephew was arrested for dealing drugs.

The Debate:
Alvin Wolfsdale claims forfeiture is a barbaric, medieval practice and called for outlawing the practice; Kumar Small, Wolfsdale’s neighbor, advocated to make it easier for law enforcement to seize drug dealers’ stuff; Mud Davidson, state representative of Wolfsdale’s district, petitioned to create a new Investigatory and Oversight Committee.

The Verdict:
The laws concerning asset forfeiture will be reviewed and amended as needed.

The Talking Point:
Mesothallanian police have to pay out of their own pockets for bulletproof vests.

Recent Headlines:
Consumer Confidence Grows After Government Backs Business
Conservative Groups Demand Government Response On Crime
International Body Praises Mesothallanian Development
Aristocrats Welcome Rising Income Inequality

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Economy, Economic Freedom, Average Disposable Income, Industry: Fishing, Weaponization, Wealth Gaps, Average Income, Economic Output, Food Quality, Crime, Charmlessness, Niceness, Compassion, Employment, Human Development Index, Lifespan, Obesity
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Pacifism, Safety, Government Size, Taxation, Ideological Radicality, Income Equality, Authoritarianism, Tourism, Law Enforcement, Corruption

The Issue:
Mesothallania imports large quantities of hardwoods from all around the world. However, environmentalists are coming out of the woodwork with evidence that foreign logging operations are non-sustainable, leading to large-scale deforestation.

The Debate:
Daenerys Dlamini, environmentalist, proposed lowering demand and limiting supply by placing high tariffs on foreign timber unless it comes from sustainable tree farms; Inigo LeCarré, exporter, requested subsidizing the furnishing industry.

The Verdict:
[The hearing for this debate is classified.]

The Talking Point:
Everybody’s got wood.

Recent Headlines:
Flush With Cash? Our Shopping Guide Inside
Economic Growth Exceeds Forecasts
Big Business Applauds Government Support
Socialists Welcome Increased Public Spending

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Business Subsidization, Economy, Industry: Furniture Restoration, Average Income, Economic Output, Average Disposable Income, Industry: Fishing, Economic Freedom, Eco-Friendliness, Human Development Index, Wealth Gaps, Food Quality, Lifespan, Charmlessness, Crime, Taxation, Employment, Government Size, Obesity
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Pacifism, Tourism, Environmental Beauty, Ideological Radicality, Income Equality, Authoritarianism

The Issue:
A neighboring nation has gone on a tourism promotion overdrive, with spectacular advertising that is bound to attract visitors in their droves. Worried by the likely fall in foreign arrivals, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has suggested an area of Mesothallania be marked for development.

The Debate:
‘Acksaw ‘Arry, tourist, proposed building up the working-class areas; Robert Holdsworth-Wellington, aristocrat, suggested building more country clubs; Shelia Billabong, surfer, advocated to build shark nets to promote beach tourism; Chuck Butch III, rancher, advocated for rural tourism; Helga Krapps, Frau, yodeled for increased winter tourism; an unnamed hipster talked about sustainable ecotourism; Ali Roberts, local grump, called to ban tourism all-together.

The Verdict:
The government has decided to invest in working-class areas as it seems there is some tourist demand for those kinds of areas.

The Talking Point:
The “Sing-A-Long with the President” album is a popular souvenir.

Recent Headlines:
Mesothallanian Parents Concerned About Youth Employment
Tax On Children’s Lemonade Stands Overzealous, Parents Protest
Popular Sitcom To End
Government More Helpful Than Ever Before

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Welfare, Business Subsidization, Economy, Food Quality, Economic Output, Average Income, Industry: Beverage Sales, Industry: Fishing, Average Disposable Income, Tourism, Culture, Human Development Index, Taxation, Lifespan, Government Size, Intelligence, Pacifism, Obesity
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Employment, Crime, Weather, Charmlessness

The Issue:
A small island has vanished into the sea, farmland was flooded when a river burst its banks, and whole villages have been near-submerged by rising waters. The reason for these floods? Sand mining: billions of tonnes of sand and gravel extracted from rivers, lakes and coastlines.

The Debate:
Matthew Mountsermon, aid to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, declared that the modernization of Mesothallania cannot be stopped; Sherlock Cobblepot, aid to the Secretary of the Interior, countered Mr. Mountsermon; Apu Juran, local manual laborer, proposed using domestic hills and mountains for rubble material; Emma Räikkönen, local scientist, proposed using sand from inland deserts as a substitute.

The Verdict:
Emma Räikkönen will receive funding to experiment with desert sand as a building material.

The Talking Point:
Residents of houses built on a foundation of wishful thinking are prone to an odd sinking feeling.

Recent Headlines:
Mesothallanian Parents Concerned About Youth Employment
Our Forecast: It’s All Good
Trout Farming: How To Get Started
National Parks Proving Popular

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Business Subsidization, Economy, Industry: Fishing, Taxation, Average Income, Economic Output, Weather, Human Development Index, Lifespan, Government Size, Environmental Beauty, Tourism
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Obesity, Employment, Average Disposable Income, Food Quality, Intelligence, Scientific Advancement

Title: The Start of Kankundo and Mesothallanian Relations; Amendment 1
Nation(s): Sultanate of Kankundo; United States of Mesothallania
Date: Saturday, July 2, 2022 (irl Gregorian Calendar)

An amendment containing three clauses that were forgotten to be added has been agreed upon and signed. [OOC: It can be found under the Treaty’s dispatch.]

That’s kinda sus, I wish I can see amogus 😳😏

Little Andaman Development

Government of India have announced a 10 Billion USD project to develop a 166.1 sq km of area into a city. The purpose of the project is to promote development in the Islands and act as a convenient stopping point for shipping. The project also aims to provide jobs to the local population which would increase the island's income and also keep people away from Piracy in the future.

Just finished a new factbook : Gavierian Super League 👇

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Crisis in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in the recent years have been having a rough time, as a protectorate of India, it have faced a decade long civil war, a broken economical policy, poorly planned going green policy, poor economical management and recent unrest which have scared away tourists. The current PM and President who are relatives have been ruling for decades thanks to political arm wrestling and the civil war been used to rally people around them. But this have all changed after the economy finally crashed, as a result people don't even have enough money to buy food, fuel, water, anything. The crisis was been seen coming but no action was taken. As a Protectorate of India, India have started to send aid in the form of Food, fuel and medical supply but large scale protests have broken out across the nation, the biggest one been in Colombo where thousands marched to the Parliament and where brutally beaten by the Police, leaving 2 Dead. What ensued was violence in the city between Protesters and the Police, eventually the Sri Lankan Army was called in who restored order but tensions are very high, in the northern province of Sri Lanka, some 20,000 people left for Tamil Nadu in India. The crisis is getting worse.

(Note: Making a Dispatch on Sri Lanka Protectorate, gonna take time)

Dramatic Actions

The futher protests have led to the situation to worsen, hence using this Opportunity, President Ram Athula and Prime Minister Ramesh Athuna declared National Emergency and using it to their advantage, have deployed the Sri Lankan Military to "Keep Law and Order". This however is basically done to prevent protests, those who brave to stand against the odds are suppressed with several thousands arrested and several fleeing to Mainland India where they hope to seek safety. As a result Tamil Nadu is been filled with refugees with camps been set up and Local and State Government trying to keep the situation under control. Indian Aid is still going into Sri Lanka but reports of the Sri Lankan Military distrupting the flow from Ports and Airports are reported, in an attempt to starve anti government areas into submitting.

Open Source Intelligence

Open Source Intelligence have began to report a Increase in Sri Lankan Military activity across the nation in a effort to Curb the Protests, over 100 are been claimed to be killed and over a thousand injured and not to mention thousands been arrested. It also came to notice that Indian Activity around Sri Lanka also increased with Indian ISR Aircrafts making several rounds near to Sri Lanka and Indian Naval Ships also made nearby passes around Sri Lanka and Sulur Airbase saw a increase in Air Activity and Ground Activity in Ajmer, Agra, Hyderabad, Sagar and Jhansi. It is not clear what the intensions but experts say that its likely Intelligence Gathering on Sri Lankan Military.

Search along the Yemeni Coast, 4th July, 2022

With the rendezvous of the Nubian and Indian (Indusians) anti-piracy fleet at the mouth of the Wadi al Masilah, new searches west along the Yemeni coast were to begin from the Masilah mouth and then end 100km's west of the port of Mukallah, near the village of Balhaf. The Republic of India, with her more armed and capable vessels are to maintain two observation's, one at the port of Mukallah (INS Kochi and INS Tabar), and one at the smaller port of Ash Shihr (INS Teg), and then systematically catalogue vessels in these ports in an identical process as done at Ghaydah. Meanwhile the LNS Ben Amer would travel west, maintaining an average distance of 3km's from the coast, making observations of potential pirate mooring points, while travelling to the new rendezvous port 5 km's south of Balhaf - once there they would begin cataloguing vessels in the harbour of the small town.

Once completed the LNS Ben Amer would radio to their Indian counterparts near the port of Mukallah to then also head west to Balhaf, to then begin another day of reconnaissance west to the largest Yemeni port, Aden.

Due to the increased number of vessels matching the descriptions of pirate vessels near the port of Makullah, additional time has been allotted for observation, for which, it is likely the travel to Aden will not begin until the start of the 5th July. Numerous vessels, considerably larger than those at Ghaydah, do meet the criterion for further investigation and additional allocation of the fleets resources to maintain a presence near the port, the LNS Allaqi, as well as INS Teg, are to remain near Makullah.

The LNS Allaqi, now having spent an additional day watching Ghaydah, is to move west to Mukallah to patrol the waters near the port city alongside INS Teg.

The LNS Omar, at this point is finished refuelling in the Port of Bosasao, under the Sultanate of Kankundo, and is to return north to meet the remaining Nubian and Indian forces before entering near to the port of Aden.

Increase in Naval Forces

Open Source Intelligence experts pointed out that the Indian Navy's INS Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group is out in the seas with INS Vikramaditya Aircraft Carrier, INS Kolkata and INS Chennai of Kolkata Class Destroyers, INS Talwar and INS Trishul of Talwar Class Frigates. It was also noted that INS Jalashwa (Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock) along with INS Gharial (Magar Class Landing Ship Tank) and INS Airavat (Shardul Class Landing Ship Tank) are also out in the seas with INS Rava (Rajput Class Destroyer) and INS Shivalik (Shivalik Class Frigate) as escorts. Experts believe that the Amphibious Group possibly could carry a entire Battalion for Beach Landings.

Ultimatum

India was surprised by the current Instability in Sri Lanka and how it is been handled, while Sri Lanka is only a Protectorate of India, Lawmakers in New Delhi have fears that Sri Lanka might become too unstable and bite back India. Indian Military planners bought out old plans from early 2000s which planned a invasion of Sri Lanka incase it ever fell to a foreign nation, the plans were modified for fhe current situation. First issues already came as there were no Indian Armed Forces present on the island as according to the agreement between India and Sri Lanka were India will not station soldiers in Sri Lanka unless Sri Lanka asks or give permission.

After hours of redesigning Invasion Plans, India Finnally asked the Athunas to resign and hold fresh elections. To the surpise of New Delhi they rejected to resign, stating that Sri Lanka needs them despite their disastrous policies.

Early Phase

After the rejection of the Ultimatum, Indian Armed Forces launched Operation Lanka. INS Vikramaditya's Mig-29s struck Bandaranaike International Airport, striking the Sri Lankan Air Force assests there, ignoring the Civilian Airport side and the runway to prevent collateral damage. Tricomalee Naval Base was struck with 5 BrahMos Cruise Missiles launched from INS Rajput.

909 Indian Paratroopers from 50th Parachute Brigade dropped from 10 Il-76s over the fields near Jaffna International Airport from where Indian Paratroopers launched a Assault into the airport itself. A Battalion from 91st Brigade of 54th Division landed with 10 BMP-2s and 4 T-90S Bhismas to establish a Beachhead. The Paratroopers and Naval Infantry are been supported by 16 HAL Tejas and 18 Su-30MKIs who are operating from Tamil Nadu while Indian Naval Air Arm Mig-29Ks are now put on Anti Ship Duties and Fleet Air Defense.

Battle of Jaffna

Indian Forces managed to seize the airport and flew and landed in more reinforcements, bringing the strength to 3 Brigade Worth of Soldiers. Indian Forces quickly overrun the Jaffna Peninsula as Sri Lankan Army is speard thin trying to keep the population under control. Jaffna City itself is contested as Indian Forces clear out every building in the city. India reports 28 KIA and 49 WIA. RUMINT is been spread that Indian Forces might be planning an another landing.

I respect this region!Hi all!

But I have a question. How can you become a citizen and have the territory of Argentina on the map?

Bombardment of pirate hideout in the niger delta

The Navy has found the main pirate cove and sends a message to the nations waters their in for permission to destroy the pirates but before theres a response they give the pirates a 16 inch pounding from the battleship. Complete destruction of 25 pirate vessels and almost 150 killed or wounded with many missing. It will set back pirste operations for months. The loot at the cove was missing when the coast guard and reporters showed up but it seems that the navy has no record of any loot despite massive chests of gold being found below deck by investigative reporters before they were made to walk the plank.
Clearly the navy has become unruly and shall be disciplined.

Trideset Prvi Hercegovka Krajisnici wrote:Bombardment of pirate hideout in the niger delta

The Navy has found the main pirate cove and sends a message to the nations waters their in for permission to destroy the pirates but before theres a response they give the pirates a 16 inch pounding from the battleship. Complete destruction of 25 pirate vessels and almost 150 killed or wounded with many missing. It will set back pirste operations for months. The loot at the cove was missing when the coast guard and reporters showed up but it seems that the navy has no record of any loot despite massive chests of gold being found below deck by investigative reporters before they were made to walk the plank.
Clearly the navy has become unruly and shall be disciplined.

How can I help?

United States of the Argentina wrote:How can I help?

India and lower nubia and i are hunting for pirates
If you know any then tell us where they are

Trideset Prvi Hercegovka Krajisnici wrote:India and lower nubia and i are hunting for pirates
If you know any then tell us where they are

I need a map of the whereabouts of the pirates.

United States of the Argentina wrote:I respect this region!Hi all!

Hujambo! Welcome to Africa!

United States of the Argentina wrote:But I have a question. How can you become a citizen and have the territory of Argentina on the map?

This dispatch is for citizenship.

🏛️ Regional Citizenship 🏛️


Hujambo! In compliance with Executive Declaration #002: "Declaration on Building a Better Democracy", Africa will be rolling out regional citizenship.

What is Citizenship?

Citizenship is a way of familiarising Nations with the culture, history, and rules of the region - it is not a requirement for roleplaying, but it will help nations know some of the Regional Message Board Rules. The test is intended to help people learn about the region, it's not supposed to be demanding or tough - but helpful.

Citizenship is also designed to come with current and future benefits, current benefits include being able to claim a space on the map, through the application here. Future benefits as outlined in the Declaration on Building a Better Democracy, include the ability to vote, and the ability to hold Admin offices.

General Information

1. The form is hosted through Google Docs, and will require you to be signed into a Google Account - if this is not possible for you, please telegram Lower Nubia & Mombombu.

2. If you do not have a google account, please telegram Mombombu and Lower Nubia, and we can provide a telegram copy of the questions.

3. You can move back and forth between sections and questions - to see what remains to be answered click next and it will be highlighted in red.

4. Your answers to the Form, and whether they are right or wrong, are not shown at the end - you will be telegrammed your results through Nationstates.

5. The test can be recompleted multiple times, but you will need to wait for it to be manually reviewed by an Admin before trying again (this is to stop spam) - you will be telegrammed through Nationstates on when you can try again.

6. Almost all the answers to the test are available in the Africa region; either through the region's factbooks, or World Factbook Entry - so please read them!


Regularly asked questions through telegram will have their answers added to the above list.


Please click below to start the test!

If you have any trouble with getting the form to work, please telegram Lower Nubia and Mombombu.

Read dispatch

If you then fill out this application and have citizenship, I’ll add you to the map.

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South Gavierland News
Protests have sprung up across the Philipos Special Administrative District demanding the resignation of the city's current Chief Executive , Prokopis Kusi , and his government after he was exposed by an independent news outlet , Krísímos , for embezzlement of state funds amounting to 740 million Florans . The City Police Service have been called in to prevent the situation from turning chaotic as he and his government refuses to heed to the demands of the residents.

Title: Nudists Demand Time In Sun; Broadband Going To The Birds?; US Dollars, Drugs, And Rock’n’Roll
Nation(s): United States of Mesothallania
Date: Monday, July 4, 2022 (irl Gregorian Calendar)

The Issue:
A loose coalition of sartorially-challenged individuals known as “Let It All Hang Out” has called on the government to relax public nudity laws.

The Debate:
Dána Marquez, protester, called to repeal “the puritanical laws that make public nudity a crime”; Jack Silva, sociology professor, advocated to make nudity compulsory; Minerva Bennett, accountant, pointed out that people can be nude in the privacy of their own homes.

The Verdict:
Though there are some designated areas where nudity laws are relaxed, public nudity overall will still seen as indecent.

The Talking Point:
Nudity is frowned upon.

Recent Headlines:
Conservative Groups Toast Rising Morality
Citizens Smile, Cheer Government Officials
Clothing Retailers Look Forward To Bumper Season
Family Groups Applaud Return Of Decency

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Authoritarianism, Ideological Radicality, Social Conservatism, Pacifism
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Tourism, Intelligence, Civil Rights, Nudity

The Issue:
An IT firm organized an unusual race between a carrier pigeon toting a flash drive and Mesothallania’s fastest internet provider. The bird easily beat the internet, prompting a debate about internet speeds.

The Debate:
Tracy Long, popular online vlogger, petitioned to connect all of Mesothallania with fiber optics; Auguste Sharp, aid to the Secretary of the Treasury, scoffed that the internet providers should handle the issue themselves; Cary Bautista, amateur birdwatcher, proposed switching to “bird-based broadband”.

The Verdict:
Broadband infrastructure will receive an overhaul and funding.

The Talking Point:
Consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.

Recent Headlines:
Financial Planners Advise More Retirement Planning
Trout Farming: How To Get Started
International Body Praises Mesothallanian Development
Government Officials “Just Wanted To Help”, Coroner Says

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Scientific Advancement, Industry: Information Technology, Business Subsidization, Economy, Average Income, Economic Output, Industry: Fishing, Average Disposable Income, Human Development Index, Lifespan, Taxation, Government Size, Food Quality, Intelligence, Employment
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
[nothing]

The Issue:
A group of surprisingly hip and mellow businessmen have meandered to propose Bald Eaglefest, a celebration of music, dance and good times that will incidentally make them a truckload of money. They see Mesothallania not only as the new stomping grounds for this annual music festival, but also as a place that could be seen as being friendly to festival culture in general, welcoming the dread-locked (and sometimes nude) bear-dancing nomads, with their mind-altering substances, groovy music and economy-stimulating disposable incomes.

The Debate:
Sue-Ann Black, lead guitarist of Grateful Floyd, aimed to convince for the festival to be held; Aragorn Hadfield, local grump, wanted to “say no to drugs, drug music, and young people”; Gene Nimoy, substance-abuse counsellor, proposed for the police to monitor the festival, an anti-drug awareness campaign, and some consultation work to minimize local disruption and environmental impact.

The Verdict:
Mr. Nimoy’s suggestions have been taken into consideration.

The Talking Point:
The sanitized and dull music festivals of Mesothallania are famed for their reasonable volume levels.

Recent Headlines:
Flush With Cash? Our Shopping Guide Inside
National Parks Proving Popular
Trout Farming: How To Get Started
Tourism Industry Braces For Influx

Trends Expected to Rise (in no particular order):
Industry: Retail, Food Quality, Eco-Friendliness, Tourism, Law Enforcement, Public Education, Scientific Advancement, Political Apathy, Culture, Intelligence, Economic Freedom, Taxation, Government Size, Economy, Wealth Gaps, Environmental Beauty, Safety, Average Income, Economic Output, Pacifism, Industry: Fishing, Human Development Index, Lifespan
Trends Expected to Fall (in no particular order):
Employment, Income Equality, Ideological Radicality, Authoritarianism, Average Disposable Income, Crime, Weather, Patriotism, Charmlessness

Title: Dissolution of the Illegitimate Ta-Kemet Rebel Forces Free Territory
Nation(s): Constitutional Monarchy of Ta-Kemet Ancient Egypt; United States of Mesothallania
Date: Monday, July 4, 2022 (irl Gregorian Calendar)

It seems that the time spent waiting for a response from the rebel supporters occupying Siwa and the surrounding area has paid off. It seems the lack of force from the United States, the will to negotiate first, the pamphlets airdropped two weeks ago, convincing ex- rebel supporters from Hurghada, and the end of the Arab Civil Conflict in the Arab Socialist Jamahiriya of Cobra Sahara have finally lead to peace in the area. The following points are among the most important, summarized:

1. The leadership will stand trial in a military court of law presided over the United States of Mesothallania and a civilian court of law presided over the Constitutional Monarchy of Ta-Kemet Ancient Egypt, in that order.
2. The innocent civilians will be freely allowed to relocate according to the Egyptian-Mesothallanian treaty; however, qualified citizens may petition to receive dual-citizenship. Rebel supporters will undergo scrutinous procedures to see if they are able to receive Mesothallanian citizenship, but will not be guaranteed safety if they are denied; if they do not face punishment as a whole in Ta-Kemet Ancient Egypt for their actions in a trial by the very citizens they held hostage, then they will be able to go through the citizenship process once more.
3. The rebel supporters will admit that the Ta-Kemet Rebel Forces Free Territory was illegally declared and dissolve it immediately.
4. Because the US did not show force against the rebel supporters, some ex-rebel supporters will go to the faction in Cairo to try to get them to lay down their arms and enter peace negotiations with the Constitutional Monarchy of Ta-Kemet Ancient Egypt and the United States of Mesothallania. Should the ex-rebel supporters from Hurghada wish to, they will aid in this cause.

[OOC: The Siwa rebels are no more. If there are questions, etc. about the terms of the agreement, USM knows what the post intended to say.]

It’s a glorious day for the United States of Mesothallania because there are no more rebels nor rebel supporters from the Arab Civil Conflict within Mesothallanian territory, but it’s not over yet, as troops are still on guard while the Cairo rebel supporters are still operating.

Recognizing the danger some civilians faced in Siwa and the surrounding areas, the Constitutional Monarchy of Ta-Kemet Ancient Egypt has asked the United States of Mesothallania to aid locals, particularly women, by teaching them self-defense; the United States has agreed to help with this education and will do so until the end of this [irl] year.

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