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Welcome to the Greater Middle East!

The Greater Middle East is a role-playing community that started out primarily focused on the Middle East, but has since grown and evolved to include the rest of the world as well.


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Embassies: Arab League, The Embassy, The Great Universe, Historia Novorum, The Illuminati, The Arab League Congress, International sovereignty pact, Turkic Union, Bus Stop, CISB, Portugal, Commonwealth of Liberty, Imperial Fatherland, Alternatus Historia, World Conference, The Coalition of Democratic Nations, and 132 others.Union Mundial, The Bar on the corner of every region, The 1st Entente, nasunia, Official European Union, The New Mappers Union, Island Of Union, Iveagh, Lardyland, Monarchist and Democratic Alliance, India, Yurdan, Altay, Union of Justice, The New Horizon, The Dawn of Unity, Association of Islamic Nations, South pacific gyre, The Universal Order of Nations, The Srivijayan Consortium, Urana Firma, Democritus, Union of Nationalists, Janus, New World Union, The Global Roleplay Region, Novus Lucidum, The Democratic Union, The Democratika, The Democratic Republic, New West Indies, Union of Allied States, Vereinigt Stehen Wir, Conch Kingdom, Emery, Machtpolitik, The Democratic Republic of Freedom, Saarland, Bharat, Invicta, Africa, The Greater Korean Republic, Sunalaya, Latinoamerica Libre, The Glorious Nations of Iwaku, Lasagna, Montrandecs Neighbours, Coalition of Authoritarian Nations, 404 Not Found, Purgatory, Iranian Islamic Republic, Chicken overlords, Free Market Federation, Elvarya, Rejuvenia, The Reich, The Grand New Republic, Diamond City, Lezra, Roleplay Central, Lega Atlantica, United States of Femdom, Fredonia, Samoa, The World Rearranged, Ethiopia, United World Nations, Enadia, United States of America, Turkiye, United Arab Emirates, Mongolia, The Roleplay Entente, Independent Nations, Wanderlust, The Alterran Republic, Azure Watester Federation, The Allied Republic, Deutschland, Organization of United Sovereign States, Alt Earth Roleplay, Eridos, Union of Lardy Nations, Abydos, Virtuous Nations, Thaecia, Salem, United Christian Empires of the West, Baraistan, The New Union, New Uhta, The Democratic Commonwealth, Krillin, The Global Democratic Union, Danube Union, The Border Commune, 1904, Cape of Good Hope, Philippines, The Roleplay Chessboard, Commonwealth of Mankind, Colonya, Swagvania, Pax Britannia, Mythos, Nation of Earth, Independent United Nations, Naraka, Oneid, The south India, Pollonian Union, Confederacy of Rhine, The Monarchy alliance, Region Name, The Confederation of Nations, Land of Prosperity, Tarkin, United League of Nations, Citillan alliance, Zentari, Krasnaya, Hiyamashu, Empire of Great Britain, New Coalition of Nations, Universal Pact, The League of Conservative Nations, C P D P, Slavers Bay, Dantorum, Lorania, The Writing Nook, and First World Order.

Construction of embassies with International Council of Sovereigns has commenced. Completion expected .

Construction of embassies with Montealba has commenced. Completion expected .

Construction of embassies with New Democratic Union has commenced. Completion expected .

Construction of embassies with The outlawed nations has commenced. Completion expected .

Tags: Enormous, Human-Only, Map, Modern Tech, Role Player, and Serious.

Regional Power: Moderate

Greater Middle East contains 236 nations, the 64th most in the world.

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As a region, Greater Middle East is ranked 7,882nd in the world for Largest Insurance Industry.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The United Arab Republic of Abu ArabiaPsychotic Dictatorship“أعظم أمة هي الأمة العربية”
2.The Community of The Turkic CouncilCapitalizt“Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States”
3.The Pacific Empire of Grand-CaliforniaFather Knows Best State“Eureka!”
4.The United States of The Greater IranCorporate Bordello“Freedom, Motherland and Unity”
5.The Republic of Ok andRight-wing Utopia“Ok and?”
6.The Denmark-Norway of New ScotviaNew York Times Democracy“Denmark”
7.The Democratic Republic of Kinshasa RepublicCapitalist Paradise“Unity and Freedom”
8.The Federal Republic of Islamic Republic of IraqMoralistic Democracy“God is Great | الله أكبر”
9.The Republic of Costa SantalesCapitalist Paradise“Dios y Republica”
10.The Empire of RusalyaskaRight-wing Utopia“Съ нами Богъ!”
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Whaling industry thriving in Greenland
July 14, 2020

Whales. These mighty behemoths are the largest animals ever known to exist on earth. Although their hulking bodies store tremendous amounts of fat, meat and oil, whaling is now a banned practice almost everywhere in the world. However, this is not the case in the Republic of Greenland. Greenland is both the #1 producer and the #1 consumer of whale meat per capita worldwide. Over 1000 whales are slaughtered per month from August to October. Minke whales, a least-concern species, account for over 80% of these. The resources flooding the market as a result of this is considered to be a contributing factor of Greenlandic economic prosperity, helping the country achieve self-reliance.

Although fishing is a much larger industry, whaling does make a sizeable contribution to Greenland's economy. While some areas in the southernmost region of Greenland are conducive to agriculture, and while fish, shrimp, seals, cattle, chickens and other animals are also readily available, whaling still helps Greenland in the fight against economic recession. The whaling industry is both entirely private and entirely localized, and is therefore cheap. Whaling is a traditional way of obtaining food in Inuit culture. It also coincides well with traditional Greenlandic values of independence and individualism.

Greenland is not the only area on earth that is not party to the whaling convention. Japan, however, employs whaling mainly for cultural purposes. Greenland’s reliance is more a matter of survival. Greenland’s economy has suffered because of the whaling convention, because most foreign nations have banned the importation of whale meat. Still, it is likely that the practice will continue to survive, and thrive, in Greenland for years to come.

    Celebration of Bastille Day

Chancellor Angela Merkel has made her way to Paris for Bastille Day in celebration of the French Republic; not only to watch the parade but also to meet with her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. Merkel is expected to bring up European cooperation, as well as grievances with Bosnia and the issues that occurred in Egypt. Alongside these, Merkel is expected to discuss the possibility of an Israeli membership into NATO. Which Germany supports on the grounds of Mediterranean security and stability. Berlin has been in discussion with Jerusalem, and Germany will be formally taking the stance of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Department of Foreign Affairs also has stated that they seek a two state solution that stands on equal grounds; but also Germany or any other state was in a position to deny Israel the political legitimacy is was owed by the UN and its neighbors who have constantly questioned and threatened its security.

Germany will be formally initiating its defensive increasement programme, where the German Defense Forces are set to take on more task and a bigger role in the defense of Europe after the events that took place in Bosnia. Berlin also intends in playing a much larger role in mitigating conflict in the region between several states. As Bosnia has been the center of regional conflict in recent weeks, Germany is attempting to open dialogue between Europe and Sarajevo as to ensure that no conflict arise in the future. Although there have been resistance as expected, Germany will be taking proper measures as to ensure that there is some form of peace between Bosnia and its neighbors; no matter how unstable. Berlin has stated the current situation of a potential economic turmoil in the Balkan due to belligerence from its countries is unacceptable, and is detrimental to the growth of the region and Europe as a whole.
As a part of its defensive increasement programme; Germany will also be working in strengthening the defensive capabilities of its neighbors. Primarily through a Good-will donation mission, where Germany is expected to donate equipment to many EU members. Though this Good-will donation is only meant for smaller European economies, and are not intended for major economies. Although certain countries are to be an exception, primarily those in the East and the Balkans; countries such as Poland, Greece and Finland qualify for a Good-will donation despite not being small economies.

News from the United States

United States Government exercises harsh measurements against Venezuela

Recently, as President Trump flew off to France to participate in Bastille Day. He released statements on social media indicating the tough stance of the U.S. Government on Venezuela & Allies as seen below:

"Just finished talking with select members of the Government. U.S. is gonna make sure the illegitimate Dictator in Venezuela feels some pressure!"

"Apparently Venezuela has friends coming in boats. I'm sure they won't mind the Navy showing off U.S. power!"

This was then corresponded by several articles from Fox News. In the articles, they explained that the U.S. Government would be placing new sanctions on several unnamed companies who were found to still be trading with the Government. These entities were not named & not identified whether they were domestic or foreign. However, one thing was for certain. U.S. relations with Iran continued their icy drift. After news arrived to the U.S. of Iranian Oil Tankers docking within the port of Caracas to supposedly joyous crowds (the authenticity of which has been rebuked by President Trump & several news outlets like Fox).

Secretary of Defense, Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis, announced that the U.S. would ensure that the Maduro Regime continued to be ostracized. But he did not elaborate much further. Tucker Carlson, a famous personality at Fox, addressed the situation. He stated,

"I believe the South Americans, if you can even call them that, or Venezuelans as they call themselves. Are biding their time. Soon President Trump will show them the might of the United States. The Amazing Land of Freedom! They will feel the wrath of the White, Red & Blue!"

This view reflected much of the Conservative populace in America, even drawing support from the Hispanic Community within the U.S. wherein several figures came out to denounce Maduro on social media.

NOTE: This information is considered Unknown information to the player base at large unless such information is released or disclosed to other players.
A directive from the Secretary of Defense,

"The U.S. Navy is to deploy a number of ships (leaving it vague for now as I haven't finished military FB to account for stats & stuff) to begin intercepting any more foreign ships arriving to Venezuela. Currently, we believe the Iranians are the only foreign entity operating within the Region (leaving whether to destroy them or simply turn them away as blank since need to coordinate this further)"

Tag: Verapazuela / Afsharid Persia / Central American Alliance

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Danish Times

July 15th, 2020

Northern Highway project announced, northernmost in Europe.

    | Oslo - The northern areas of Denmark, are some of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, with temperature often plummeting beyond zero degrees. Narvik, one of the most populous in the region, was also an important naval harbor for the Danish Northern Fleet, and was also the site of the famous Battle of Narvik between British, Danish and German forces. The small yet strategic town holds the Iron Ore Line, a railway networks which connects to Sweden, and was used to import ore overseas. Today, the rail exists as a tourist attraction, and remnants of the German occupations could still be seen, such as the missing line approximately 10km outside of Narvik, which was destroyed by Danish paratroopers in 1943 during Operation Polar. While the areas are mostly inhabited, the government had made plans to build a highway line, stretching from Bodo to all the way to Vadso. Its main challenges would be the terrain. The northern areas are characterised as mountainous, and fjords also blocks any form of a straight path. In total, it would roughly be 807km long, although real calculations would suggest the number might be higher due to the mountainous terrain.

    The Danish National Highway Company, in charge of most highways in the country, was appointed by the government itself to spearhead this project. The new highway would be connected to the Central Line, which began in Trondheim and ends in Bodo. Upon completion, the new northern highway would complete the Norwegian highway lines, which would boost interconnectivity within the Norwegian provinces. Already 10,600 workers volunteered, making it one of the largest project ever conducted on Danish history, second only to the construction of the Oslo-Narvik rail line in 1856. The queen herself, made a surprising appearence yesterday in Bodo, citing her support for the construction of the line. In any case, the highway is expected to finish by atleast 2024 or 2025, depending on climatic situation. It would also be the northernmost highway in Europe, and possibly the most extreme considering the heavy terrain which exists in every corner of the highway.


July 14th, 2020

President İsmet İnönü: 'If only we could have retained the Kongo in the Lausanne.'

Kongo

‎14 Temmuz 2020

Cumhurbaşkanı İsmet İnönü: ''Keşke Kongo'yu Lozan'da koruyabilseydik.'

KONGO

Türkongolu aviator Abdul Mehmet in Ottoman Air Force, 1914 / Presidential Ottoman Archives

The history of the Turkish Kongo, and the Türkongolu (Turkonglese)

INTERNATIONAL– It was in the 1500s that Ottoman explores first arrived in the Kongo, in what was then known as Tchiowa, now known as Tiçiğua. An early port city that would become the capital of the Ottoman Empire's expeditions in the region, later the area that would be come known as the Turkish Congo would be settled by Turks from Anatolia. Mostly in the coastal regions of Tiçiğua though. The Ottoman Empire's

Despite their parents having worked low skilled jobs, the first generation of Turks born on American soil benefited greatly from the Turkish boom in 1969. The rise of the Turks from the bottom of the social class, to the middle class in a single generation has resulted in the Turkish community being one of the most integrated into American society. With Turkish-American also having one of the highest turnout in any American community, with a 2016 poll showing that 85% of eligible Turkish-Americans voted that year. By the early 2000s over four million Americans held dual citizenship with Turkey, with the number of those who have Turkish genetics the United States expected to be anywhere from 5-12 million. Korea is one of the few nations outside of the 'west' to have a large Turkish community, with the largest Turkish community in East Asia. With over 50,000 Turks calling Korea home due to the two nations 'blue visa' policy between each other. Japan and China both have reported anywhere from 8,000-30,000 Turks respectively. The Kongo also holds the second largest Turkish Diaspora, after the United States with nearly 900,00 Turks. Most living in the Kongo since colonial times, other either mixed Turkish-Kongolese, or recent migrants.

From the early 1950s, till the 1980s mass Turkish migration was seen to the Untied States. This left many jobs in Turkey abandoned, causing for Turkey to open itself up to immigration from nations like the Congo, Korea, Iran, and regions of the Turkic World that at the time were still occupied by the Soviets. Most of these positions though were filled by the Türkongolu, who today number around 3.6 million in Turkey. With anywhere from 6-8 million living back in the Kongo.

The Türkongolu refer to those of mixed Ottoman and Konogolese background that lived in the Kongo up until the Ottoman loss of the Congo in 1918 to the French. Though today the term more widely refers to all of mixed African and Turkish ancestry. Nearly one million Turks live in the Kongo, most in the city of Tiçiğua which has been described as 'Africa's İzmir'. Tiçiğua to this day is the top tourist destination for Turks visiting Africa, as not only is the Turkish Manat the preferred currency in the region. The native language of many in the region known as 'Turkish Kongo' is Türkongolu, it is a mixture of 1800s Ottoman with heavy influences from the French language due to French rule from 1918-1960. Until the late 50s the Türkongolu was written in the old Ottoman script, but would switch to the Latin alphabet like Turkish had in a few decades prior. Most Türkongolu who live in the Kongo tend to speak Turkongolese, Turkish, French or English, and a fourth language of their tribe. Turkongolese is mostly understood in Turkey, with with most provinces even offering services in Turkongolese. Especially in the major cities.

In the Kongo today many compare the nations different colonial rules, many always hailing the works the Ottomans had done to preserve the local culture. As well advance the local communities, with the actions of the French from 1918-1960 according to many Kongolese set the nation back 'decades'. Many in the nation believing that if the French had not 'raped the Kongo for its own benefit' that the Turkish Kongo by itself would be on par with the nations of Europe. Though at home success did not come till the 1970s, many found success in Turkey as early as World War One.

The most famous Türkongolu in history has been Abdul Mehmet, born in 1883 in İzmir as the child of a mixed family that had migrated to the motherland in the early 1870s. He would attend one of the Ottoman Naval Academies known as 'Haddehâne Mektebi', before he would join the navy. Marrying a Turkish woman in 1911 named Hatice, he would settle in İstanbul, but in 1914 he would once again join the Ottoman Armed Forces to fight for the Empire. Though this time he had been asked to join the newly founded Air Force, reaching the rank of Yüzbaşı (Captain). Recognized by most in the world today as the first black fighter pilot, joining Sabiha Gökçen (the first female fighter pilot) as another Turk leading the world in firsts in aviation. Abdul Mehmet would also fight in the Turkish War of Independence in the Turkish Air Force, though he would retire from the Armed Forces after the victory of the Mustafa Kemal and the Turks in the War of Independence. After retiring he would serve as an advisor to the Eternal President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from 1925-1938, and would be an advisor to every President till 1961 when he retired due to old age.

Today the story of Abdul Mehmet is thought across schools in Turkey, as well as the Kongo, of what Turkey represents to the world. A land of hope and opportunity for all, when the ideals of the Turkish spirit is embraced of course.

How Salih Enveroğlu changed Turkish Football forever

Salih Enveroğlu appears at Galatasaray's Champions League game in London 2013 / TRT Sports

FOOTBALL – It was in 2011 that Salih Enveroğlu acquired his first football team in the form of Galatasaray, at the time not many knew what to expect. Galatasaray had not become Champions in Turkey since 2004, and were on the verge of regulation to the second division for the first time in history. The team in economic ruin, with millions of Dollars owed in debt. The era's Galatasaray President Adnan Polat sold the team to Salih Enveroğlu for a price of only 80 million USD, though he would have to spend over 40 million USD to wipe the teams debt alone. By the end of the 2011-2012 season nearly 300 million USD had been spent on the team. Since then nearly five billion Manat's (3.5 billion USD) have been spent on the team, including a new stadium, new training facility, and in players. In the 2019-2020 season Galatasaray would go onto win the UEFA Champions League, as well as the subsequent UEFA Super Cup. Raising both trophy's in its own stadium.

Since then seven Turkish teams have been purchased by companies, all foreign. It was first in 2014 that Samsung purchased İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor, renaming the team to Samsung Başakşehir F.K., the team would go onto win the 2017-2018 Super Lig itself. Winning the Turkish Cup in 2014-2015, and 2017-2018. Coming in second in the Super Lig this year, only four points behind the Champions Galatasaray. In 2017 Osmanlıspor would be purchased by BMW, and since then has become a notable power in the Turkish Cup, even knocking out Galatasaray in the semi finals of the 2017-2018 Turkish Cup.

Gustave Baran, a French millionaire of Kurdish descent, announced he was purchasing Diyarbakırspor in 2018. That year the team would Turkish player of Kurdish descent Eren Derdiyok from Galatasaray, this signing go would result in the team selling over 20 million jerseys of with Derdiyok's name on it across the world. Selling more jerseys than any other team that season in Turkey, coming in third behind Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe.

Over the last few weeks multiple companies have announced their purchase of Turkish Clubs. First it was Yum! Brands who announced the purchase of Göztepe S.K., coming a few weeks after the company had announced it would be expanding the operations of all its fast food chains to Turkey. Including Taco Bell, which has been a favorite of the Turkish Diaspora in the United States. Meanwhile Fenerbahçe, who in the past had been extremely critical of Galatasaray 'selling out', was sold to the British Sloan Group. Something that has been met with mix reaction by fans, but many have been hopeful given what it did for Galatasaray over the last decade.

Most interesting Beşiktaş, which has been known as a team of the working class, announced it had been purchased by Huawei. Though most expecting backlash from Beşiktaş fans, most have embraced the Huawei purchase of the team. Even #Beşiktaşİşçispor (BeşiktaşWorkerSport) trending on Beşiktaş fan pages. A sign of optimism across all the league as the worlds eyes seem to grow ever increasingly on the Turkish League. Most recently rumors have been surfacing that the Shah of Iran is interesting in purchasing Trabzonspor, with the Shah's Twitter page following the team earlier today.

Many accredit this sudden investment in the Turkish League on two separate factors. First being the success of Galatasaray on the European Stage, especially as it won the Champions League this year. Which partially has been correct, but the second and largest reason has been the emphasis put on Enveroğlu into the league. Currently the Super Lig is available in every single country that operates Enver TV in, with most games being televised live and on demand as well on Enver TV. It has made the league accessible to markets never before accessed, with the foreign market now making up nearly 40% of revenue in recent years. With Turkish League expected now expected to be worth 85.2 billion Manat (60 billion USD) by the end of the 2020-2021 season, many wonder what will be next in the Turkish League as it continues to be Europe's fastest growing league.



Enver University welcome video in Mandarin / Enver TV
Enver University's foreign students outnumber Turkish students

İSTANBUL – Since its establishment in 1969 a business school in İstanbul's Başakşehir district, the school as seen massive change. It was a first of its kind system, with all four years at the institutions either being offered in English, French, or Turkish. In Turkey most schools offer all four years in a foreign language, but never before had a single school offered three different languages across all departments. With the schools overall expansion, and foreign communities in Turkey. The first expansion to the school came in 1989 when it announced that it would begin offering all four years in Korean. In 2003 all four years began to be offered for the first time in German, and in 2016 Farsi joined the list of languages offered across all four years in every department. The University continues to offer two years of preparation for any student who wish to learn a new language, students who do not meet requirements for Turkish are required to take Turkish lessons for two of their four years. Most recently Enver University announced its biggest language expansion in 2018 which would go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year, this would include all four years at Enver University now being offered in Arabic and Mandarin. Each department having its own campus in across the district of Başakşehir, all connected by the University's metro system, With each language having its own building on that departments campus. The Universities rich bilingual history, as well as its extremely competitive price of 50,000 Manat (34k USD) over four years for foreign students has made it extremely attractive over the last two decades. With Arabic and Mandarin now added, an additional estimated 30,000 new foreign students being accepted for both languages departments respectively this year this has give Enver University the largest foreign student population than any other school in Turkey.

Now the school set to begin the 2020-2021 school yeah with 525,000 total students, foreign students now make are 66% (350,200) of those students, with Turkish students making up the remainder. However Turkish continues to be the second most preferred language of study at the University behind English. Followed by Korean, and French. Most recently Farsi overtook German as the most studied in language at the University, with German still close behind. The newly added Mandarin and Arabic sections of the University now make up 11% of the student base.

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      【 ENVER SARAYI, ISTANBUL, TURKEY 】
      THE SHAH'S CONVOY ARRIVES AT THE ESTATE AND IS GREETED BY THE STAFF AND SECURITY PERSONNEL, WHO LEAD HIM INSIDE THE PALACE. ONCE INSIDE, THE SHAH ACCOMPANIED BY HIS FEMALE BODYGUARDS, IS LED UP AN ELEVATOR ONTO THE ESTAT'S BALCONY. ON THE BALCONY, SALİH ENVEROĞLU AWAITED SMOKING A HOOKAH. THE SHAH TOOK A FEW STEPS TOWARD HIS OLD FRIEND, WHILE SIGNALING FOR HIS BODYGUARDS TO STAY POSTED NEAR THE BALCONY ENTRANCE.

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Salih, my brother! How are you doing man?" |

    | Salih puts down the hose of the hookah, rising to his feet to face his old friend. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Selam brother! High on life as always, to chetori?" |

    | The Shah walks over and embraces Salih. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Not too bad, can't complain when you're the Pivot of the Universe and the Light of the Aryans." |

    | He chuckles and looks around the boat. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Moving up in the world I see..." |

    | Salih chuckles to himself. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Forbes did list me what, the fifth richest man in the world?" |

    | He motions to the throne-like seats that had been set up for the two, the hookah sets both wrapped in gold as well. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Still smoke?" |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Yeah something like that. Of course qardaş." |

    | He slouches onto the throne-like seat and takes a puff of hookah while looking out onto the Bosporus. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Looks like paradise, but it's lacking something...." |

    | Salih sits down as well, and signals for one of the servants to come over. The Shah gazes around, and stops his gaze at his female bodyguards. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Ah yes, that's what it is. It could use more women! Especially Turkmen women, mashallah....." |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "It's too early for Turkmen women" |

    | He chuckles. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "But I'll have some sent to your room tonight." |

    | He whispers something to his servant before taking a puff from the hookah. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "You know me too well." |

    | The Shah grins as he blows out another puff from his hookah. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "So Ardeshir, I heard from the anchovy news that you want to enter the football business?" |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Yes, Turkish football has garnered my intrigue lately. What better place to make my mark than on a historic team such as Trabzonspor? If they're open to selling that is....." |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Ahh, so it is true." |

    | Salih takes a puff from the hookah as the 'Old İstanbul' is visible from the balcony. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "They probably would be. After all Fener was just sold to the British, Chinese just bought Beşiktaş, Americans just bought Göztepe, and the French bought Diyarbakır. If you want to move into Turkish Football, now is the perfect time." |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Indeed it is. I've already had my secretary get in contact with Trabzonspor officials. We will meet with their club officials in Trabzon later this week to finalize the deal. But enough about me, what's new with you?" |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Been travelling a whole lot more than I would want to, but thanks to the Olympics I can stay here in İstanbul for at least a week. Spending more time with the wife and such you know." |

    | He pauses. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "You have not met the Queen of Lyonhall yet have you?" |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "I have not myself, but my father has. It's for the best honestly, I don't think I'd be able to tolerate that old camel of a woman for more than five minutes. It's a miracle that hag is still alive!" |

    | Salih can't help but laugh. He takes a sip from the tea before speaking again. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Well tomorrow after İstanbul, you know after the opening ceremony, the Queen and King of England are coming for dinner with Ceyda and I." |

    | Ardeshir smirks. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Not exactly what I had in mind when I said this place needed more women, but good luck nonetheless." |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "I'm a married man Ardeshir, some of us had to grow up" |

    | Salih takes another puff from his hookah. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Though I have always been curious, given the position of power you are in as the Shah. Why keep up the partying bachelor life style for all these years, instead of settling down and relaxing for once." |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "I will eventually. The nation needs a strong Empress, and frankly, I need an heir. But that day my friend, is still yet to come. Why settle for one woman now, when I can have as many as I want? But who knows, maybe I will meet my Queen soon. It's all in the hands of Allah." |

    | Salih points to the Hagia Sophia before taking another puff from his hookah. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Like the house of Allah before us." |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Indeed, a lovely sight. That reminds me, I believe we have some unfinished paperwork to attend to regarding our business venture in Qeshm" |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "It's been what eight years, what nearly 100 billion dollars later and you bring it up now?" |

    | Ardeshir laughs and pulls a pen out of his pocket. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "We're both busy men, but it had to be done eventually." |

    | Salih nods, grinning as he signals for one of his servants to bring his pen and papers of the agreement. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "And tell them to bring drinks too, we can't finalize an agreement without a proper toast." |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Of course, my bad." |

    | Another servant enters with drinks. The Shah signs the papers and takes a drink from the servant's tray. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Here's to Qeshm becoming the jewel of the Persian Gulf, and more importantly, to our ever lasting friendship!" |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Cheers, baradar!" |

    | The two bump their glasses and drink. After finishing his drink, the Shah gets up and straightens his suit. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "Well, it's been great, but I think it's time I retired to my room and got some rest." |

    | Salih nods and calls for another servant to show the Shah to his room. The Shah and the servant walk toward the balcony entrance. Once the Shah reaches the entrance, he turns back. |

    | ARDESHIR AFSHAR | "I'll be expecting those Turkmen women soon Salih. Better stay true to your word!" |

    | Salih laughs. |

    | SALİH ENVEROĞLU | "Estagfirullah, of course. They are on the way as we speak." |

    | The Shah and his bodyguards disappear into the elevator, as Salih returns to his seat and continues to smoke his hookah while gazing out onto the Bosporus.... |

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Opposition questions budget changes to UK police during Chancellor's speech

On Monday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered a speech to the House of Commons, detailing the Government's plan to provide more funding for law enforcement in the United Kingdom. Sunak, who is seen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's most powerful political ally, delivered his plan to give additional funding to law enforcement to "tackle serious crime" and "end the crime epidemic in Britain's major cities." The Chancellor emphasized the Prime Minister's position that the Government would have a tough policy on crime, especially violent ones such as stabbings, robberies, shootings, and other major crimes. Sunak went on to say that the additional funding would go toward the recruitment of some 5,000 additional police officers across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Funding would also go toward the National Crime Agency to support local police forces in combating organized crime and tackle the crisis.

Keir Starmer, the leader of the Opposition questioned why the government wanted to focus on "serious crime" rather than pushing for the enforcement of UK laws in general. "Is the central government planning to push for selective enforce the laws of the land?" Mr. Starmer asked following Sunak's speech, adding whether the Prime Minister planned to push for his "conservative conspiracy theories" describing how UK police agencies were going after "hateful persons such as Tommy Robinson or Mark Meechan, who the Prime Minister has supported in the past."
In response to the question, Mr. Sunak explained that the Government was providing funding to agencies across the UK in general, with the primary focus being that it be used for recruitment and upgrades.

"This Government's plan is to end the wave of crime across the board in Britain. Our plan facilitates this by increasing funding to struggling departments such as the London Metropolitan Police." The Chancellor explained, adding that previous governments had stripped funding from police, "sparking a crisis that we need to solve."

The government's full funding plan for the police will see an additional £2 billion spent on law enforcement. These funds will go primarily for recruitment, upgrades to police equipment, better training, and extra benefits for police officers working in especially dangerous areas. According to the government, this is the first phase of a plan to overhaul UK police, in order to "increase safety across the country."

Khabarovsk Oblast Municipal District, 1955 hours
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An aged black automobile travelled slowly down the main street of Khabarovsk’s administrative square. The sun still hung low in the sky, all the warmth had been drained from it now and the stale grey of dusk had rolled in over the city. The government officials and Party functionaries that had milled around noisily on their way back home only minutes ago were long gone by now. The streets had emptied of cars, the distant droning of engines and the shouting of bureaucrats at bars blocks away were the only reminders of life.

The black car stopped, its engine coughing black fumes for a brief moment. Two men stepped out, dressed in tanned overalls and thick leather jackboots. Both men were of identical size and build, their faces obscured by surgical masks and cloth caps drawn down over their eyes. They made their way in silence to the wide double doors of the regional Soviet building, nodding to the interior ministry guard who nodded in response and held open the door. The two men entered, the guard rushed off down a nearby corridor, his thick-soled boots loudly reverberating across the entrance hall. Most of the lights had been turned off by now, leaving the hall bathed in the same stale light as outside. The two men ascended the central marble staircase, finding themselves before another double door. One of them knocked.

A young female secretary answered the door, her stockings bunched halfway down her legs.

“Good evening ma’am, my colleague and I represent the Committee for State Security. We’ve a few questions for your… boss. Is Governor Furgal here?” One of the men asked politely, taking his cap off to look her in the eyes. She flushed red for a moment as she caught his tone, before collecting herself.

“State Security? What do you whores want with me?” Segey Furgal called out from the next room. He sidled out into view, his shirt untucked and jacket tied around his waist.

“We just want to ask a few questions. Would you mind if we use your office?” The other man said calmly. Furgal sighed and opened the far door to his office. The two agents walked over. One slowly but firmly grabbed Furgal’s wrists and yanked him forward, tying his arms together with a zip tie. The governor shrieked and started to struggle desperately, kicking the air and twisting his shoulders. The other agent took out a black plastic bag and pulled it over the man’s head. The young secretary shook in horror, her mouth open in a noiseless scream as she backed into a corner of the room.

“Sergey Furgal, you are under arrest for two counts of murder, one of attempted murder, three counts of embezzlement of public funds and six of corruption.” The agent clinging to Furgal’s wrists said loudly, his voice not revealing any emotion. The two men pushed and dragged Furgal out of the room and down the stairs. A single high-pitched scream went on all the way down, muffled by the bag. The scream was joined by more emanating from somewhere beneath the ground.

The Interior Ministry guard rushed up to the agents with their prisoner. He handed one of the men a plastic case, filled with videotapes. The agent dropped the case to the ground and crushed it with his boot.

Night had fallen outside. Six unmarked trucks were parked silently in the square. Dozens of black-clad soldiers stood by them, their faces covered by surgical masks and tight-fitted helmets, most clinging to loaded rifles. Their breast pockets were emblazoned with a number:

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RT | Question More

Regional Governor Arrested After Decade Long Investigation by KGB and Militsiya

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Sergey Furgal, Governor of the Khabarovsk region in the Eurasian far-East, was arrested last night following a tipoff from one of his staff. Furgal’s connections to the Mafia prior to his entrance to politics have long been suspected by his allies and opponents alike, however the extent of his involvement in their activities has long gone unsubstantiated. In the last week however, that has changed significantly. A senior member of the Governor’s staff, who claimed to have been a close relation of Furgal’s, reported to a local Militsiya department that Furgal had held several unexplained and unauthorized meetings in the previous week with a man known to the Interior Ministry as a significant figure in the region’s organized crime. Since then almost 25 million rubles haves seemingly been siphoned from local government accounts.

Interviews with currently imprisoned Mafia members have confirmed that this individual was involved in assisting Furgal in the assisination of at least 4 businessmen and AUPF party members between 2004 and 2007. Six other individuals were arrested on the same day as Furgal in connection with these charges.

Furgal’s trial is likely to occur next month at the latest. Chief of Khabarovsk region Militsiya has been recorded as claiming: “The best [Furgal] can hope for is hard labour for the rest of his life, maybe he’d find fulfillment that way.”

The decision to arrest Furgal has not been without controversy. The Governor was elected in 2018 in what has been described as a protest vote from both the far-left and far-right. The bravado and charisma expressed by Furgal earned him consistent popularity during the 2018 Fareastern District election campaigns, granting the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) its second governorship and first majority in an Oblast Soviet. However, his performance has waned since the election season, with approval ratings dropping from nearly 70% in late 2018 to less than 40%. His arrest has led LDP leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a long-time political rival of President Putin, to accuse the AUPF of a: “Flippant, tyrannical and barbaric disregard of Russia’s democratic institutions”. Zhirinovsky went on to threaten the resignation of the party as a whole out of “disgrace with the state’s attacks on me and my colleagues”.

The Liberal Democratic Party rose to prominence in the aftermath of Mikhail Gorbachev’s New Union Treaty and the 1992 recession. The party has a focus on revanchavistic imperialism, the restoration of the Russian Empire, the elevation of the Russian ethnicity and the Russian Orthodox Church above all other races and faiths of the Union. Zhirinovsky’s charisma, belligerence and consistently outrageous political attitudes attracted many who were left jobless by privatization and nostalgic for the distant past. Since Putin’s ascension to the Presidency in 2003, Zhirinovsky has repeatedly referred to himself as “The Nevsky to Putin’s Stalin” (though he declined to comment when asked what this meant). While the party’s popularity has declined since the mid-90s, it remains a significant opposition organization and is often categorized as a far-right counterpart to the Eurasian Communist Party.

President Putin spoke briefly to a reporter from the TASS news agency early today, stating: “While I have a great deal of respect for Mr Zhirinovsky, his comments are ironic for a man whose views run so contrary to the Eurasian constitution. I’ve read it myself; the evidence against Furgal was too much for District law enforcement to ignore. I know this is rather overstated, but Zhirinovsky’s so called Imperial nostalgia is far more in line with the fascists of Europe and America than anything this civilization has produced”.
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2020 İstanbul Opening Ceremony

Over 100,000 packed the Atatürk Olympic Stadium (also known as Atatürk-Ali Sami Yen Stadium), the side of the stadium facing the old city slightly curved. Allowing for the cities historic landmarks to act as scenery within the stadium. The football pitch the stadium is known for covered with a massive LED stage, with a circular path going around it for the Parade of Nations and opening ceremony. On the LED stage, the countdown finally begins at 00:59, with each second that drops only growing the anticipation. As the numbers reach the final 10, they fade out as a text reading 'In memory of the Eternal President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk' appears. Including a picture of the Eternal President. Both fade out as the final numbers on the countdown are visible again, only momentary with a few seconds left. Over 20,000 fireworks proceed to light up the İstanbul skyline as the countdown finally reaches zero, the stadium itself going dark as those taking part in the opening ceremony move into place. Thousands break into a frenzy of applause in the stadium, millions across the city cheering at the sight of the fireworks. Afterward promo package for the Olympics plays, including a scene showing multiple children from across the world during the video coming across the spirits of Turkic mythological figures. Asena, the wolf, guiding them out of a seemingly dark cave into the clear plains of Anatolia.

The lights finally coming back up in the stadium, the LED stagedisplaying a field, very reminiscent to the plains of the steppes. In the center stands a man by himself, holding a dombra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dombra) and dressed in traditional Turkic garb. Beginning to play the dombra, each movement of its strings speeding up as similarly dressed in traditional Turkic garb, though on horseback, start doing rounds around the track. A total of 16 men, each holding up one of the flags of the 16 Great Turkic Empires, their garb similar to that of the nations flag they are holding. Soon the the field, the same children are seen following (whatever this https://i.imgur.com/2JQBm8u.png is called, but as a wolf). The children watch as others dressed in similar nomadic garb join the man in the center, taking part in the choreographed display as thousands of actors begin to fill the LED stage. The music begins to change from the traditional nomadic style as drums beat, Ottoman Drums only found on the Mehter Teams, the Mehter team soon become visible as a boat is dragged onto the LED stage. Recreating Fatih Sultan Mehmet's order to have the Ottomans carry boats over land during the siege of İstanbul in 1453. The Mehter team begins making its way off the boat, as those wearing traditional garb slowly start to board the boat, with now those dressed in Ottoman era garb coming off the boat in their place. Those on the stage soon bring an end to the performance, allowing for those in attendance to applaud as they reached the break in the part.

The camera's pan over to the viewing deck set up with all the world leaders. Including heads of states ranging from President Trump, the Queen Elizabeth II, Ardeshir Shah, and much more. Almost every nations being represented by their head of state at the ceremony. The announcer begins to speak saying 'Please welcome the President of the Turkish Republic, Meral Akşener' (first in French, then English, then Turkish). Cheers break out once more as the opening ceremony now resumes.

Back on the field, everyone was now in place. The ceremony continues, the Mehter band beginning to play the theme 'Senden daha güzel' on their Mehter sets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bfkyXtuIXk). Thousands more fill the stage in a performance of pure athletic ability, and the utmost choreography. Though the mood does change in the display as the garb of the people begin to modernize, symbolizing the change of time. Reaching the early 1910s before hundreds wearing 'western uniforms' (1910s British, Italian, French, Greek) fill the stage. The Turks previously on the stage no longer, as their 'western' counterparts continue the choreography, but at a much slower pace. Symbolizing the occupation of İstanbul from 1918-1923 after WW1. This time a replica of the 'Bandırma' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Band%C4%B1rma), is seen entering the stage. Coming out of it thousands dressed in now modern Turkish garb, once again filling up the stage, the city liberated. As the Olympic theme now continues but in its modern form. Those dressed in western, ottoman, and nomadic garb also filling up the stage for the section of the opening ceremony. Finally they reach the end as fireworks once again light up the sky. The Mehter band begins to play an orchestral variation of 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXZMIC-Z-XA'.

Once again the speaker comes on the microphone, speaking his message first in French before repeating it in English and Turkish. Welcoming eight different athletes, all previously competing for the Turkish Olympic Team in the past. Winning multiple gold metals for the country. They march toward a massive flagpole, carrying a Turkish flag in between them. At the flagpole await multiple men dressed in military garb to honor those fighting in Bosnia, as they connect the flag to the pole. The speaker, once again in the same order of languages, asks everyone to rise for the Turkish Anthem (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y75Km7dlt94).

After the anthem, each national team began to make its entrance. Including Greece who went on first, due to Olympic tradition, despite starting with Y in the Turkish alphabet. Afterward Afghanistan made its way onto the stage, followed by Iran who was met by a relatively warm reaction. Following Iran it was the Germans, then the Americans who were also met by a warm reaction. The list would go on through the A's until Azerbaijan was reached, the first Turkic country. The LED stage even displaying the Turkic Council flag along side Azerbaijan's name on the stage. Loud cheers filling the stadium during the announcement for their team. Going into the B's the Bosnian team, waving the Unity Flag was met with a very warm reception from Turks. Many opting to simply do the military salute, as a sign of respect for those fighting in Bosnia right now. Bulgaria, though not being a Turkic Council member, would receive a fairly warm reaction given its Turkic roots. Nothing notable happened till the letter F when Palestine entered the stage, receiving a very mixed reaction of cheers and boos from Turkish fans. Israel received a similar mixed reaction later in the night. The other Turkic states would also receive relatively warm reactions, the Korean Empire received the most positive reaction for non-Turkic teams, followed by the Kongo. Another country starting with the letter K, this time Canada (Kanada in Turkish) caused mixed reactions from the crowd, but one of surprise turning into praise as the Canadian Olympic Team took a knee against racial justice in the face of the recent black face scandal rocking their Prime Minister. Finally the list of nations would come to an end with Turkey, the host nation, making its arrival on the stage to a load ovation from the crowd. Chants of 'Türkiye' filling the stadium when they do, fireworks going off across the city as well. Something organized by the cities mayor, not the Olympic organizers. Following this the teams would once again make their way off the stage for the final part of the opening ceremony, which comprised of Turkish musicians preforming songs, more preferences about Turkish culture, and so forth. This would all conclude with a speech from the President of the International Olympic Committee, and then President Meral Akşener welcoming the world to İstanbul for the 2020 Olympics.

OOC: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental, and does not reflect the current real-life situation regarding said topics.

Pushback against Colonial Neutralisation Law

There has been some pushback against the Colonial Neutralisation Law, especially in the city of Loong Kong, which has happened to be the most affected.

As several street names and locations were renamed to remove the names of their colonial predecessors, thousands demonstrated in Keying Park to call for the restoration of the original names. This was met by a counter-protest, which had argued in favour of the Neutralisation Law.

Demonstrators had voiced concerns that "such a move would wipe the city's heritage", citing how these locations were named after important figures in the city's history, and that "the Zhen should not be ashamed of the city's colonial past". The counter-protestors said that "such a move was important to make it clear that the city's new integration with the Zhen symbolized independence from the West", and that "using British names were a sign of Zhen submission and repression under a foreign regime".

Both sides had submitted petitions endorsing their respective positions up to the city government, which has stated that it would decide on a ruling. However, it is unlikely that the ruling will change anything, as the CNL was a federally-enacted law which can only be overturned by the Supreme Court.

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