Ministry of Defence - Announcement
Following the previously mentioned talks and contract negotiations with Saab Kockums AB corporation, the MoD is pleased to announce that an agreement on terms of a contract for the “Orka” project has been reached. On behalf of the government of Intermarium the contract was signed by Minister of Defence Kazimierz Lisiewiecz, who applauded the results of the negotiations and said he is looking forward to future cooperation with Saab Kockums AB corporation.
According to the terms of the contract, Intermarium will acquire a total of 4 diesel-electric submarines of the Orka class, based on the oceanic segment of the A26 class fitted with a Mark 4 Stirling air-independent propulsion (AIP) system, for a total price of $1.890 billion ($472,5 million per unit). The vessels will be built and launched in the Saab Kockums AB dockyards and later moved to Intermarium's Gdynia shipyards for finishing works. In Gdynia shipyards the ships are to be tested, outfitted and armed and ultimately commissioned for the use by Intermarium's Navy. The first batch of two ships is to be supplied in Q4 2021 (126 RL days; December 6, 2019), while the other two ships will be delivered by Q2 2022 (151 RL days; December 31, 2019). Once operational and ready for deployment, the Orka class submarines will replace the aging Kobben and Kilo class submarines that are in service with the Intermarium's Navy as of now. Crew training and other services are included in the contract and Intermarium's navy officers will be gradually and continually educated and trained on the use of the new ships starting in early 2020.
National Strike Day 2: Even stronger
~ OBBC News
While three million demonstrators gathered to take part in the 3-day-long National Strike against the Inclusive Society Act on its first day yesterday, that number has been blown away by the estimate for the second day of the National Strike. In total, it is said that more than seven million people participated in one of the many protests nationwide.
The largest of these protests was held in Westminster City, where approximately two and a half million people turned up to demonstrate. Despite the vigorous opposition to the Inclusive Society Act, the demonstrators remained remarkably calm. There were a few minor incidents of damaged properties, but the number of arrests did not exceed one hundred, a police official told us.
On the other hand, the police was taking all potential threats to order and calmness extremely serious. They too turned out in relatively great numbers. All leaves have been cancelled for officers in Westminster City as well as Birmingham, the Internal Affairs Secretary announced yesterday after the numbers of protestors were made public.
One demonstration in Amsterdam was cancelled, because the police had been anonymously informed that one of the groups who sought to attend the event would bring firearms to the scene. Social media footage shows that the police did not hold back there and demanded with violence that the people went back, using batons and horses.
Prime Minister Nichola Pankhurst MP herself did not pay much attention to the demonstrations: she is on a temporary leave to her countryside home to “recover from the busy parliamentary work” for a few days. It is expected that she will return to Westminster the day after the National Strike ends, a source told us.
The Westminster City Stock Exchange (WCSE) lost some of its value, but economists say that the fall was “expected and is relatively mild so far”. One argument for this is potentially the now ever more visible opposition to the Inclusive Society Act, and the hope it brings to investors that the Government will eventually come to sense and repeal the Act, even though so far no indication has been given that such a thing will happen. In fact, Mr John Brand MP (Vox Populi) announced that a counter-demonstration will be organised tomorrow in Amsterdam to show the support there is in favour of the Act. The police has already been informed and will make sure that the two groups will not be able to directly face off each other, as that might cause an outburst of violence if the talks get angry...
We are pleased to announce an exciting merger with Origin Energy based out of -Greater Australia-. Origin Energy is a leader in not only oil and natural gas products in Australia, but is extensively funding renewable energy sources.
Origin Energy and CUPET have decided to rename the company simply to Origin Energy’s name, and will remain headquartered in Sydney, and all current executive management will remain in place, however the CEO, CFO and COO positions have been opened up. A new position, Chief Renewable Energy Officer, or CREO, will be created to highlight the future of this industry, and that Origin will become a global leader in this field.
Havana will play home to a secondary operational headquarters for Origin Energy, with CUPET being rebranded.
Origin Energy will be investing in Australia and New Zealand, Across the Martí Republic, and will be working with business partners in the United States to invest and expand.
Origin Energy is the future.
National News Broadcasting Corporation of Viertoise
Earlier today, at approximately 1:30pm Eastern Time, a car bomb was detonated in downtown Eagotsville, in the (Prince) Edward Island Special Autonomous Region. Five people have been injured by the explosion, and two of them are in critical condition.
A separatist movement based in the region known as the PEIF (Prince Edward Island Fusiliers) has released a statement accepting responsibility for the bombing, stating that their "attacks will not cease until Prince Edward Island is free from French control."
A statement from the Government of The Martí Republic
We are shocked by the violence occurring in the Prince Edward Island Special Autonomous Region of Viertoise.
The PEIF is a dangerous group, and we do hope that peace will return to the region.
Until this happens, travel is prohibited to the region of Prince Edward Island, and advice caution to Martín Citizens in Viertoise.
The President’s Office
President Marcos Pérez “You know this will cost us a billion dollars. Not metaphorically by the way.”
Chief of Staff Cristian Armenta “The American’s have ships. Labyrnna has ships, hell Furstia has an aircraft carrier and you basically called them out on national television last week.”
Commander Sebastian Montoya “Not to mention we are in a region that has dealt with Neo-Nazi uprisings not to long ago.”
Pres. Pérez “They mostly dealt with those uprisings, and 2 of those countries are allies. Furstia and Viertoise are nations I will agree the western world will have to deal with at some point, I’ll concede.”
CoS Armenta “Let’s get a cost estimate on purchasing and maintaining an aircraft carrier, or at least a fleet of amphibious assault ships.”
President Pérez ponders, with the thought of the next election on his mind
Pres. Pérez “Alright. Let’s get the estimate from the Americans. I’ll have the State Department and Defense Department reach out. We will get cost estimates for an aircraft carrier or a fleet of amphibious assault ships. And a rock I can beat you both with.”
The State Department
Message to The Levantine People
Maria Corrale has been appointed by President Marcos Pérez and confirmed by the Senate, to be the Martí Republic ambassador to your government and people.
It is our hope that we can find ideals that we share and grow in friendship.
In a separate message, President Marcos Pérez is planning on visiting Jerusalem for personal matters regarding religious pilgrimage with his wife and kids, intending to visit the church of the Holy Sepulchre and other Christian Holy sites in and around Jerusalem. He will be accompanied by various staff members, and guards.
In the President’s Office sits a group of men, one of them the president, the others are CEOs of major companies from across the Republic
President Pérez “Fellas, I am impressed with your growth and expansion over the past month. When I first heard about the acquisitions, especially the ones made in the U.S., I was ecstatic.[/b]
CEO of B&R Marine Group Sandra Oliva “Mr. President, I think I can say for all of us that we are excited as well. With this growth we can not only re-invest in our own companies, but into our nation’s economy as well. Already my company is writing up plans for distribution centers on the island of Cuba and Hispaniola, and we are working with other companies to make these high tech. In total we are looking at around 1,000 jobs, with many more to be made.”
CEO of Cortez Coach Group Marcos Cortez “I’m especially excited about our acquisition of G5 Outdoor Supplies and Feed out of Florida. They have a wide range of products and we do plan to open up G5 Feed distribution down here to work in conjunction with the agriculture industry. Our acquisition of RV dealers across the country is simply business, but it’s going to allow us to sell more units that we manufacture as well. We are going to be shipping these units out to the new dealers over the next several weeks. The first ones to see Cortez Coach Brand units will be in Florida.”
Pres. Pérez “Incredible. but why now? Why not before?”
CEO of Origin Energy Ana Saiz “Simply put Mr. President, current internal projects say that the Martín Economy is going to grow, especially based on renewable energy and growth in other sectors. With re-investment, this country can grow stronger as well.”
Pres. Pérez “I’m sure you’re all looking forward to Q3 GDP growth announcements as well. Congratulations all, and I look forward to working together more.”
To: The Government of Central mursia; The Government of Marti Republic; The Government of Russoslava; The Government of Viertoise.
From: Foreign Office of The Principality of Romanovskaya
Subject: Establishing Formal Diplomatic Relations.
To whom it may concern,
I have been instructed by Her Serene Highness' government to reach out to you in the spirit of friendship with the intentions of establishing formal diplomatic relations. We pride ourselves on working with the international community in a constructive manner for our own development as a nation and helping others to develop. The establishmest of diplomatic relations will be mutually beneficial to our respective citizens, helping to ensure their safety while visiting each others nations.
Should you accept this invitation, I personally will immediately set about appointing a suitable ambassador to represent Romanovskaya in your nation. I look forward to welcoming your chosen ambassador to Romanovskaya and working with them.
Foreign Secretary of The Principality of Romanovskaya
To: Foreign Office of The Principality of Romanovskaya
From: Viertoisean Ministry of International Affairs
Subject: Formal diplomatic relations
We are truly honoured by your invitation, and would be pleased to have reprensatitives of your Principality establish an embassy in Port Espoir.
We have chosen to nominate Samuel Picard as our ambassador to the Principality of Romanovskaya.
All the best,
Minister of Viertoisean International Affairs
Tesla unveils new car concept
Tesla announced today that after years of looking into new technology regarding new and improved hydrogen extraction, it has unveiled it's latest product, the Tesla Hydro. Powered by both hydrogen fuel cells and electric batteries, the Tesla Hydro is reported that be able to travel 300 miles on the electric batteries before needing a recharge while it can travel an added 300 miles on the hydrogen fuel cells before need refueled. Slated for release next year, the Tesla Hydro has a slated price tag of between 30 to 50 thousand dollars while larger models such as trucks and the new semi line coming into production will cost anywhere between 50 to 80 thousand dollars. The first models are to be released early next year, more than likely around spring.
Ottoman Broadcast Network
Committee of Union and Progress win Ottoman Elections
In the first ever fully democratic Ottoman elections for Grand Vizier and the Ottoman Assembly, the Committee of Union and Progress won an astonishing 370 seats out of 1000. The Freedom and Accord Party came in second place with 280 seats, followed by the People's Development Party with 140 seats. The Nationalist Movement Party came in third with 91 seats. Next the Islamic Justice Party with 69 seats,the Anatolian Labour Party with 50 seats. Gökhan Cihan Paşa is now set to be sworn in as the nations new Grand Vizier who is awaiting his invite by Sultana Aysun the First to form government, he has already announced that his party (Committee of Union and Progress) will be forming a coalition with the Nationalist Movement Party. This is set to be a new era in Ottoman history, one of democracy and equality with elected officials and the royalty.
National News Broadcasting Corporation of Viertoise
An increased police presence within major towns and cities in the (Prince) Edward Island Special Autonomous Region has seemed to fail to deter further separatist terror attacks.
Last evening, at around 11:20pm, a small improvised bomb was detonated in a restroom at a music venue in downtown Eagotsville. The blast claimed the lives of 3 people, injuring 5 more.
Shortly after, at 1:12am, a letter bomb went off inside the Central Prince Edward Island Police Headquarters, injuring 2 officers.
The Prince Edward Island Fusiliers (PEIF), a dissident separatist paramilitary, quickly released a statement this morning, accepting responsibility for each of the bombings. "Prince Edward Island will soon be free of unlawful Quebecois control, and our armed campaign will continue until more autonomy is granted to our region."
The Ministry of Interior Security of Viertoise has officially classified the PEIF as a terrorist organisation, the first time they have used the label for a domestic threat.
The Ministry of Interior Security and the Department of National Defence of Viertoise are now working to coordinate a deployment of 220 Viertoisean National Army troops to the island to assist local police forces, and provide extra security at Viertoisean government buildings and other potential targets of the PEIF.
Dear Mr. Leblanc,
I wish to thank you for your swift response to our invitation to establish formal diplomatic relations. We are most pleased that your government has approved of our invitation and we look forward to receiving Mr. Samuel Picard in Vyborg. I will contact the Office of the Sovereign in order to make an appointment for Mr. Picard to present his credentials to Her Serene Highness Princess Zephyrine I.
I have appointed, with the approval of the government and Her Serene Highness Princess Zephyrine I, Ms. Alyona Alogrina to represent the Principality of Romanovskaya in Viertoise. We hold the utmost confidence that Ms. Alogrina will be able to perform her duties to a more than satisfactory level.
Foreign Secretary of the Principality of Romanovskaya
National Strike Day 3: Innocence lost, patience is up
~ OBBC News
On the final day of the National Strike, things have turned for the worse. Approximately five million people participated in the Province of England alone, and another five million are said to have been involved in other protests across Orange-Bourgogne.
With no sign from the Government that the Inclusive Society Act will be repealed, or indeed that any change whatsoever will be made to it, the protestors were much more aggressive today when compared with the previous days. For example, slurs were sprayed on homes and businesses, and threats were made by both sides.
More than 70 people, including about 15 police officers, were injured in clashes in a suburb of Birmingham today as extremist demonstrators fought with riot police during an anti-Inclusive Society Act march attended by more than 25.000 people.
The injured from this particular clash in Birmingham were transported to a nearby hospital. In the meantime, officers confiscated five petrol bombs, numerous tear gas bombs, and sticks. The protestors wanted to march past the local government’s head office, but the police created an exclusion zone to keep them away. Violence broke out when some of the protestors tried to break the cordon. Our reporter said that the march began largely peaceful until a section of the group pushed forward in an attempt to break the police lines to reach the government buildings. Riot police reinforcements moved in to hold the line, but within minutes it turned into a violent and ugly confrontation.
Despite police charges, minority protesters’ groups held their ground. Mounted officers were deployed, as the streets virtually became a battlefield. Stewards tried to restore order, but were overwhelmed by the demonstrators who continued the fight. Marchers at the end were unaware what happened at the front, and remained relatively calm and well-behaved. Some rioters on the other hand even taunted the police. They were met with tactical movements by the officers who tried to break up the protestors into smaller groups. Most rioters wore masks and scarfs to avoid identification.
Two hours after the fighting began, the marchers finally began heading to a playing field for a rally. There the tensions calmed down, and later the protestors began to return home.
We are pleased to announce we will be constructing a factory outside of Port-de-paix, Haiti. This factory will serve as a photovoltaic and battery factory, as well as a R&D station for Origin. The factory is planned to be 950,000 sq feet, will be designed to be earthquake proof, will be optimized with the most up to date tech on fireproofing materials, and will operate on net-zero energy, being fully powered by wind and solar. Construction on this project is slated to begin end of August, and slated to be finished within 2 years (104 RL DAYS)
EXPO IV: Paris - OPENING
The opening sequence plays on the broadcast stations. "Welcome, everyone, to Paris! I'm your host, Elmia Mejía. I'm proud to introduce and open EXPO IV! This is the first time EXPO has been held in Europe, and it certainly won't be the last. Coming from Tokyo, EXPO III, can Eraus keep their title? We'll find out in this EXPO! All we know is that whoever wins will go to Dakar, West Africa to fight to keep their title as EXPO Champion! Now that that's out of the way, I'm pleased to introduce, the creator of EXPO, Michael Clearfield!" said the host. As she stepped away, she handed the microphone to Michael.
He stepped forward to a cheering audience. "That's what I like to hear! Now, this is the fourth time we're doing this. If this is anything like the others, this one will be better than the last! Now, unlike the other ones, I'm not going to spoil anything. All I will say is that we have big plans coming up. Later today, we'll have someone from the nation speak and then we'll kick this off with a concert and fireworks! Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to EXPO!" he exclaimed.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had issued a code red travel warning on the Prince Edward Island Autonomous Region of Viertoise due to terrorist activities. This means all travel to the island is heavily discouraged.
The Gramuntarian government has expressed its concern about the situation and hopes that a peaceful solution can be reached quickly.
To: Foreign Minister Dakota Johnson of Quyelle
From: Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al Subaai
Dear Foreign Minister,
It is our pleasure to receive Robert Schwarzkopf as representative of your nation here in Jeddah. His Majesty has likewise named Khaled Salem Al-Muhairi as ambassador to Quyelle.
Sheikh Thani bin Ahmed Al-Subaai
Minister of Foreign Affairs
The United Emirates of Diadochi
Warning from the Infinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Similarly to its Gramuntarian counterpart, the Imperial Federation issues a travel warning to the autonomous region of Prince Edward Island of Viertoise due to the recent affairs.
We are confident that this travel warning will not be considered a negative step in the relations between our nations, but merely as a pragmatic necessity. We hope the situation will be resolved soon.
To: Shekhar Tanui, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infiny.
From: Council of the European Free Trade Organisation.
Subject: Re: Re: Entry into the EFTO as a non-European partner.
The Council wishes to thank you for your question. To clarify, this deal is only between Infiny and the EFTO. It does not extend to any trade partners of the EFTO as the EFTO has no jurisdiction over these nations/organisations.
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ORGANISATION
Following approval from the delegates from each member states, the EFTO can confirm it has signed trade agreements with Infiny and The Rexist Rijk. The delegates expressed much positivity about these respective trade deals, showing that the EFTO is an attractive trade bloc not just for European nations, but to non-European nations also. It is another step on the journey to strengthening the economic development of Europe and its trade partners.
The trade agreements will commence with immediate effect.
The main tasks of the Organisation are threefold:
• Maintaining and developing the EFTO Convention, which regulates economic relations between the EFTO States.
• Developing closer economic integration between member states
• Developing EFTO’s worldwide network of free trade agreements.
Member and Observer States
GDP per capita
July 12, 2019
July 30, 2019
Nathan de Rothschild
May 26, 2019
$34,495 (EFTO average)
Official Trade Partners of the EFTO
Trade Deal Signed
GDP per capita
August 5, 2019
August 5, 2019
EXPO IV: Paris - Week 1 of 5 - Circuit Races (3)
Week one of EXPO IV pits all the nations against each other with circuits around Labyrnna. Each nation had to race three races during the week. The results of the races are below:
With the races out of the way, we can see where the nations stand, and see who is currently in line for the EXPO Championship!
First: Eraus - 25 points
Second: Furstia - 21 points
Third: Infiny - 20 points
Fourth: Labyrnna - 18 points
Fifth: Belagia - 17 points
Fifth: Western Afrika - 17 points
Seventh: The Rexist Rijk - 14 points
Eighth: Romanovskaya - 12 points
Ninth: Imperial Eagle - 11 points
Tenth: Intermarium Union - 10 points
Currently, Eraus remains at the top of the board. Their grip on their championship will not be broken easily! We still have so much more to come with EXPO IV: Paris!
Royalty hold rally in Alexandria, police watch on
As the government passes the Cradle to Grave bill with diversion of Oil funds to finance the initative, Alexandria is gripped by a rally held by Princess Helen Veranos, the last remaining royal from the royal family. In the 70's, Mursia was still ruled by a Royal family and although most of the world liberalised, the Veranos's still ruled absolutely but the peace was kept when the old Anax Theodore ruled benevolently, but in 1968 his son Anax Cyrus rose to the throne. He stamped his authority by rounding up opponents and democrats who opposed his rule, claiming he was appointed by god to rule. His reign lasted 6 years, until his tyranny was too much to bear and the palace was stormed by University militants with the Anax and his two sons killed in the fighting in the palace. The university militants took the reins of the country in an unusual revolution as the military leaders family were in the palace, meaning they had the unique opportunity to craft a new country with the Athenian Democracy system. However, that system has come to an end and the entire royal family wasn't wiped out. An uncle of the royal family survived the revolution, dying in 2010 but leaving behind a daughter who claims the throne. Helen Veranos has held rallys in Alexandria today claiming that the position of Archon is rightfully her's, as she wants to instate a constitutional monarchy. She claims to have been overlooked in the creation of a new constitution, in which she was held in custody by militiary forces during the attempted coup, for "her own safety" but she claims it was to stop her making a claim to the crown. Helen Veranos is 22, educated in Politics at Oxford and has been rallying support in parts of the country. Alexandria has been historically a royalist hotbed, and the Senate and Police watch on as she stokes unrest through the recently healing country