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Parliamentary election date set for 16th June (5th April 2019)
Communist Party announces Presidential candidate after poorly attended conference (10th April 2019)
Noguera urges Lauchenoirians: do not travel to Kerlile. (16th April 2019)
Parents on Aeluria arrested over illegal homeschooling (17th April 2019)
Lauchenoiria First demands female presidential candidates release childhood information. (25th May 2019)
Lauchenoirians comment on presence of Shuellian aid workers (27th May 2019)
Opinion polls predict huge losses for both Liberals and Communists (30th May 2019)
Male presidential candidates release childhood information in solidarity with female counterparts (4th June 2019)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance hold rally attended by 5,000 in Buttercity (5th June 2019)
Annual Pride parade takes place in Buttercity (8th June 2019)
Social Democrats plummet in opinion polls after leader makes pro-Kerlile comments (8th June 2019)
One week until election day: voters make priorities known (9th June 2019)
Doberman accuses Laurens of being a Kerlian agent (10th June 2019)
Liberal Party pledge increased funding for mental health services following increase in demand (11th June 2019)
One year on: Annatown still recovering as anniversary of first battle takes place (12th June 2019)
Restaurant in Usera fined after ‘banning’ communists from the premises (12th June 2019)
New constitution: what will it look like? (13th June 2019)
Two days until election: presidential candidate statements (14th June 2019)
Communist Party plummets in polls following shock revelations about leader Javier Flynn (15th June 2019)
2019 Parliamentary & Presidential Elections: Results (16th June 2019)
Liberals in coalition talks with various parties – Greens and Conservatives compete for place in government (22nd June 2019)
Unemployment rate in southern Lauchenoiria at record high (28th June 2019)
Presidential Election: Results (Second Round) (30th June 2019)
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New coalition is formed: Josephine Alvarez takes office as Prime Minister (6th July 2019)
Date set for vote on new constitution (11th July 2019)
Lauchenoiria refuses to extradite Xiomeran citizens wanted for running media operation (18th July 2019)
New constitution passes in parliament with no opposition (19th July 2019)
Doberman angry at being branded a ‘fascist’ by KICC host (20th July 2019)
Lauchenoiria rejects Kerlian extradition request (21st July 2019)
Government criticised for refusing to extradite Kerlian murderer (24th July 2019)
TRC verdicts and sentences announced (25th July 2019)
Rise in anti-Kerlian hate crime recorded (28th July 2019)
Lauchenoirian Parliament to debate amendment to extradition law (1st Aug 2019)
Extradition law amended – but no decision on Eddington made (1st Aug 2019)
Population drops in Lauchenoiria as emigration rises (2nd Aug 2019)
Eddington extradition: Marwick decision likely to be appealed (4th Aug 2019)
Alvarez accuses Doberman of ‘hypocrisy’ after Kerlile comments (6th Aug 2019)
Shuell requests extradition of aid worker (6th Aug 2019)
Extradition crisis: Lauchenoiria refuses asylum claim of Shuellian national (7th Aug 2019)
Extradition crisis: taskforce moves cases forward of Shuellian, Xiomerans (8th Aug 2019)
Alvarez urges ‘trade war’ countries to seek solution quickly (8th Aug 2019)
Extradition crisis: Marwick under fire for decision on Shuellian (8th Aug 2019)
Extradition crisis: Bloch appeal hearing begins, Xiomeran cases dropped (9th Aug 2019)
Extradition crisis: protests in Buttercity as decision on Shuellian finalised (12th Aug 2019)
Green leader Lucie Scott calls for investigation into extradition taskforce (13th Aug 2019)
Jasmine Eddington to be released after successful appeal (14th Aug 2019)
Eddington to be extradited to Sanctaria (15th Aug 2019)
Aelurian parents fined for illegal homeschooling (15th Aug 2019)
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Concerns over Eddington plane disappearance (18th Aug 2019)
Eddington plane found with no survivors (19th Aug 2019)
Xiomeran journalists charged with attempted arson over embassy attack (22nd Aug 2019)
Alvarez calls Xiomeran trade boycott “childish”, vows not to respond (24th Aug 2019)
Protests outside Xiomeran embassy over Manauia Island development plans (28th Aug 2019)
Élia Agramunt to replace Javier Flynn as leader of the Communist Party (30th Aug 2019)
17 Lauchenoirians among dead in Zamastan earthquake (1st Sept 2019)
Alvarez welcomes talk of trade with Anglia-Saxia, announcing plans for further trade deals (6th Sept 2019)
Two week environmental protest begins in Buttercity (8th Sept 2019)
Xiomeran Emperor shot and remains in hospital (9th Sept 2019)
Two arrests at environmental protests as banner draped across Xiomeran embassy (11th Sept 2019)
Young Liberals at odds with parent party over support for climate protests (13th Sept 2019)
Alvarez to meet with President Brown of LOM during Lauchenoiria visit (18th Sept 2019)
Police criticised after multiple arrests at environmental protests (20th Sept 2019)
Mass climate change protests take place across Lauchenoiria (21st Sept 2019)
Three Lauchenoirians arrested in Xiomera over climate protests (24th Sept 2019)
Protesters block entrance to Xiomeran Embassy as attendance at weekly protest doubles (25th Sept 2019)
Government issues advisory to citizens travelling to Xiomera (1st Oct 2019)
Emperor Topilpopoca of Xiomera passes away (4th Oct 2019)
Agramunt expels Chaher ministers from Communist Party (8th Oct 2019)

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Parliamentary election date set for 16th June
5th April 2019

Interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera confirmed today, after discussions with Sanctaria, that the date of Lauchenoiria’s parliamentary elections has finally been set for the 16th June 2019, along with the first round of presidential elections due this year.

The elections were originally scheduled for 2018, but were postponed by Suleman Chaher during the civil war. Within the Haven Accords which ended the war, a provision was made that new elections would take place to the Lauchenoirian parliament when the Guarantor (Sanctaria) was “satisfied there is no threat to [the election’s] fairness and security”.

The announcement was welcomed by the leaders of all the main political parties, some of whom have been impatient in waiting for an election date. “Now we can finally move on from the destruction of the war, and show the world that Lauchenoiria is still democratic,” said Lucie Scott, leader of the Green Party, who had been in coalition with Laura Moore’s Liberals before the war.

Opinion polls give no clear answer to who will come out top in the election – but one interesting trend is that both the main parties – the Liberals and the Communists – have dropped considerably in the polls since the war. Voters appear to blame these two parties for the conflict, and are turning to smaller parties in search of something new. It is considered unlikely that any two parties will be able to form a coalition, and a larger coalition is expected.

Several new political parties have emerged since the conflict – notably the Pacifist Party and the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance. The LDA are a centrist party, who present themselves as an alternative to the Liberal party who would “never risk the security of Lauchenoirian citizens as Laura Moore did”. Their platform is broadly similar to that of the Liberal Party, but they advocate more safeguards against further conflict, and claim the Liberals ‘hurt’ Lauchenoiria in the war and do not deserve further power.

The Pacifist Party is exactly what it says on the tin – they oppose war. They want a clause in the new constitution forbidding the Federation of Lauchenoiria from going to war under any circumstances. They also want to reduce the military budget to zero, and focus on maintaining positive diplomatic relations with “all nations” in the hopes of averting further conflict. Many say this is an extreme position to take, but the polls show that it is gaining increased support as time goes on.

Also on the rise, and with a real chance of gaining its first representation at a national level, is the Partido Anarquista de Yervia, a pro-independence anarchist party in Yervia province. They have existed for decades on the fringe, but support for them in the city of Usera has spiked since the war. Usera was under Resistance control for most of the war, but was occupied by Kerlile in August.

The election is likely to be one of the most interesting in recent history, coming so soon after the end of a war that devastated the nation. The elections are viewed as a chance for Lauchenoirians to prove to the world that they can come together and rebuild after the civil war, and to prove that democracy is intact in Lauchenoiria.

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Communist Party announces Presidential candidate after poorly attended conference
10th April 2019

The Communist Party today announced that Ruben Page is to be their candidate in June’s presidential election. The party also confirmed that Javier Flynn would be remaining as the leader of the parliamentary party, in a surprising and controversial move.

Ruben Page is a former First Minister of Fleura Province, from 2008 until 2016 when the Liberals gained power in the province. He then became a member of the national parliament following a by-election in Elfwood and quickly became the Communist Party’s spokesperson on domestic affairs. Unlike other many high-ranking Communists, Page did not serve in Suleman Chaher’s cabinet, which makes him a popular choice in a party trying to distance themselves from that regime.

The announcement that Javier Flynn would be remaining as leader was met with shock from the party, and came about after his rival Beatrice Young dropped out of the party’s internal election. Flynn was leader of the parliamentary party before he was ousted to make way for Suleman Chaher following last year’s coup d’état. He was Chaher’s health minister, which many saw as an attempt to side-line the rival of the aspiring dictator. Nevertheless, the choice of someone who served in Chaher’s cabinet is going to be seen as highly controversial.

All this was announced at the poorly attended Communist Party conference, with numbers attending reaching only half of their pre-war average. This reflects the trend of many members leaving the party over the actions of the Chaher-Clarke regime, and the clear evidence that support for the Communists has been dropping since the end of the war. It remains to be seen how this will affect the elections. The party has been quick to reassure the electorate that they are supportive of democracy, but many still harbour suspicions that they retain the authoritarian tendencies of Chaher.

The Communists are the third party to announce their candidate – after Lauchenoiria First, and the Social Democratic Party. The far-right Lauchenoiria First announced that their controversial leader, Paul Doberman, would be their presidential candidate. This news comes as no shock, however will be unwelcome news for many who have been targets of Doberman’s frequent rants both online and at rallies, including Kerlian refugees and Lurites.

The SDP announced several days ago that their candidate would be Daniela Penn. Penn is relatively unknown, however has the advantage of a clean record free of scandal. She has been a member of parliament for Annatown since 2010, and has very high approval ratings amongst her constituents. She narrowly escaped imprisonment by the Chaher regime in their second wave of political arrests, by fleeing temporarily to Conternia. She is considered a safe candidate, but will need to do more to get her name known.

It is expected that in the next few weeks, the rest of the parties will announce their candidates, launch manifestos and begin the short campaign for June’s elections. With the rapid changes in the opinion polls since the civil war, it is still all to play for.

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Noguera urges Lauchenoirians: do not travel to Kerlile.
16th April 2019

Following an announcement by the Council of Kerlile that the totalitarian matriarchy would be easing restrictions on tourists, interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera has expressed doubt in Kerlile’s motivations, and has urged Lauchenoirians to refrain from visiting their northern neighbour.

“Kerlile is known for arresting tourists for minor crimes, and we have no proof this will change. Travelling to Kerlile is dangerous, and the advice of the government remains to avoid all travel to Kerlile under any circumstances,” Noguera told the Lauchenoirian Guardian.

While Lauchenoirian citizens are not forbidden from visiting Kerlile, it is greatly discouraged, and any Lauchenoirian travelling to the Matriarchy is urged to register with the Lauchenoirian embassy. Foreigners arrested in Kerlile are often denied consular assistance or a lawyer until 2-14 days after their initial arrest.

In 2010, three Lauchenoirian students visiting Kerlile were arrested for spreading “patriarchal propaganda” to Kerlian citizens after they had conversations with Kerlians in which they criticised the Kerlian government. All three women remain in Kerlian custody, serving a 20-year sentence. Attempts by the Lauchenoirian government to have the students returned were unsuccessful. The Kerlians claim the trio were attempting to encourage insurrection.

Leader of the Feminist Party, Katherine Wright, however, stated: “In spite of the propaganda put out by Noguera’s government, and Moore’s before the war, many Lauchenoirians travel to Kerlile without incident. The announcement by Councillor Georgiou is a welcome one, as the lifting of the gender restriction means even more people can now see for themselves that Kerlile is not the nightmare our government wants us to believe.”

During the civil war, a number of Lauchenoirian citizens were forcibly taken to Kerlile as prisoners of war, and released shortly after the signing of the Haven Accords. Many of those returned reported torture and mistreatment. A number of prisoners died as a result of being denied necessary medical attention, and some were executed.

In 2017, 234 Lauchenoirian citizens visited Kerlile. Three were arrested, but later released without charge. Lauchenoirian citizens were forbidden from travelling to Kerlile by the Kerlian government for the purposes of tourism between May and November 2018, as a result of the war. No Lauchenoirians have been arrested in Kerlile since the conclusion of the war.

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Parents on Aeluria arrested over illegal homeschooling
17th April 2019

A couple have been arrested on the island of Aeluria for illegally home-schooling their three children for ‘religious reasons’. The children, aged 5, 7 and 11 had never been enrolled in school. The situation came to the attention of the authorities after the 11-year-old girl attempted to run away from home and was found alone in the woods by a farmer.

Home-schooling is legal in Lauchenoiria only with a permit. Religion is not an accepted reason for a permit to be granted. Permits are generally only granted if: the child lives over two hours travel time from the nearest school, the child has a disability which makes attending school difficult or detrimental to their health, or the child has had proven adverse experiences in school which would make it damaging for them to continue to attend.

The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lived in a rural property with no immediate neighbours. It is reported that the children were forbidden from leaving the property unaccompanied, and that they were not allowed to socialise with other children outside of the religious services. They attended a Lurite congregation in a village 20km from their home, where they supposedly used false names.

The Confederation of Village Lurites, CVL, issued a statement condemning the couple, saying: “community is a big part of Lurian, and this family locking their children away is not in keeping with the Lurian religion. We unequivocally condemn any unlawful activity carried out in the name of religion, and regardless of disagreements on educational policy with the central government, behaving in this manner is unacceptable.”

There were no signs that physical violence was used on the children, however the 11-year-old reported that she ran because her parents refused to allow a doctor to examine her brother, who was sick at the time. The three children have now been placed with a foster family on the island, and enrolled in a local school.

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Lauchenoiria First demands female presidential candidates release childhood information.
25th May 2019

Paul Doberman, the leader of Lauchenoiria First, has called on all female presidential candidates to ‘prove’ they are really Lauchenoirian by releasing birth certificates, childhood photos and school reports, in order to “ensure nobody like Clarke ever gets near power again”.

Last year it was revealed that Prime Minister Charissa Clarke, the successor to Suleman Chaher who was behind the coup which started the civil war, was in fact a Kerlian sleeper agent, trained during childhood to infiltrate Lauchenoiria as part of the so-called ‘Aurora Programme’. Clarke has not admitted to this charge, however refused to return to Lauchenoiria after the conclusion of the peace talks in Haven, Sanctaria.

Doberman, the controversial leader of far-right Lauchenoiria First, has accused numerous female politicians of being ‘Auroras’ since the conclusion of the war, including Liberal leader Josephine Alvarez - who is married to a Kerlian, Councillor Jennifer Hale. Alvarez, who was held prisoner in Kerlile for a month in August, has refuted the allegations.

Feminist Party leader, Katherine Wright, has called Doberman’s accusations a “misogynistic witch hunt, designed to deter women from participating in politics and strengthen the patriarchy”. She claims that Doberman is using Kerlile as an excuse to do “what he has always wanted to”.

The government of Kerlile deny the existence of a sleeper agent programme. They issued a statement in response to Doberman’s accusations:
“The Aurora Programme is a measure to improve the lives of orphans in Kerlile. It has nothing to do with espionage and the information on the USB stick presented in Haven is misleading and inaccurate”.

Doberman has stated that if Lauchenoiria elects a female president who cannot ‘prove’ she is not a Kerlian agent, his party will refuse to accept the results of the election. This sentiment was echoed in a statement released by the extremist anti-feminist group Men Against Kerlian Influence (MAKI) who claim Kerlile is behind modern feminism and are ‘destroying’ traditional values.

The Lauchenoirian government issued a statement reminding voters that the elections will be fair and free, as guaranteed by Sanctaria, and that all parties have previously agreed to accept the results.

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Lauchenoirians comment on presence of Shuellian aid workers
27th May 2019

In February, the provisional government, headed by Keitha Noguera, accepted an offer by the Incorporated States of Shuell to send aid workers to Lauchenoiria to help in the rebuilding effort following last year’s civil war. Shuell is an authoritarian, capitalist dictatorship in the north of the IDU, which did not get involved in last year’s war. The autocratic nature of the country makes Shuell controversial in Lauchenoiria, and as such is seen by many as a curious choice of country to accept aid from.

The Lauchenoirian Guardian spoke to Lauchenoirians from each of the provinces to see what their opinions of the Shuellian aid workers present in the country are. Opinions ranged from grateful recipients of aid to conspiracy theorists alleging a ‘stealth invasion’. The decision remains controversial, which is an unwelcome development for a government meant to encourage unity across the country.

An Aelurian independence campaigner

Elijah Yates, who campaigned for Aelurian independence in last month’s referendum, is one of the many who have benefitted from Shuellian aid. Since the blockade of the island during the war, many areas on the island have continued to suffer from shortages due to backlogs and bureaucracy, and Shuellian food packages have benefitted many, especially in the small village of Carala, home to Yates’ family.

Interviewer: How has Shuellian aid helped you?

“My village has been struggling to get deliveries of food and medicine. It’s isolated, and during the war a lot of the roads were damaged. A lot of the companies that delivered stuff before the war have gone out of business, and we’re being missed off a lot of the supply lists. People were having to travel for miles to get food, and most of us can’t afford fuel for our cars any longer, because almost everyone has lost their job and the fuel taxes are so high. When the Shuellians arrived and began distributing food packages I can honestly say it probably saved the lives of half the village.”

So, would you say you’re grateful to Shuell?

“That’s an understatement! I know some people have criticised Prime Minister Noguera for her decision, and I can’t say I approve of their authoritarianism, but at the end of the day, if Lauchenoiria isn’t capable of caring for her people without help, they should take any help they can get. It’s a shame, because before the war things were good here.”

What do you think of the Shuellian food packages?

“At first it was quite strange – did you know Shuellians eat moss? I was a bit wary at first, but I got used to it. It’s actually really nutritious. Of course, it’s a big difference from the stuff I was eating before the war. It’s a big adjustment. A lot of people feel embarrassed for relying on aid now, especially people who were pretty well off before the war. And though the food is healthy, it’s hardly luxurious.”

What is your overall opinion of Shuell?

“Well, as a supporter of democracy I can’t say I approve of everything they do, [nervous laughter] but I honestly think the country has been unfairly demonised in the media. The Shuellians I’ve interacted with seemed like perfectly normal people, not cold, unfeeling monsters as they’re often depicted on TV. They supported Aelurian independence last month, which naturally gives me a more favourable opinion of them, but I really hope that even though we voted No, Lauchenoiria and Shuell can have better relations in the future.”

A Communist in Melissa

While Melissa Province saw little fighting in the war, parts of Melissa City were destroyed in various terror attacks, which leaked documents later showed were black-ops sponsored by the Conternian state. Even though the government of Conternia responsible has been removed from power, Lauchenoiria has since increased security along the border in Melissa Province, and Conternian citizens living in the province have reported vastly increased rates of xenophobic abuse. There has been little need for Shuellian aid in the province – which has come as a relief to members of the Communist Party resident in the province.

Aidan Olson was a supporter of Chaher’s government in the war, and is an active member of the Communist Party. He strongly objected to Noguera’s acceptance of Shuellian assistance, going so far as to organise a protest at his university. The protest was poorly attended, but that hasn’t stopped Olson from continuing to object to Shuell’s presence.

Why do you dislike Shuell so much?

“If I was Shuellian, all else equal, I’d probably be dead because of my political opinions. Or at the very least rotting in some prison. Shuell is the very opposite of a fair and free society. People are persecuted for what they think, and I find it repulsive. I don’t believe that Lauchenoiria should have anything to do with such a nation. They find the principles of fairness and economic equality abhorrent. I could never support allowing such an authoritarian nation to ‘help’ us.”

Is it not true that you supported Chaher in the war? Was his government not authoritarian also?

“I do believe that Suleman Chaher could have found a better way, yes, but he was responding to a grave threat to this nation – Laura Moore being influenced by foreign forces into holding that capitalism referendum, the result of which was not accurate. There were many electoral irregularities and we’re expected to believe that Moore is the perfect democrat? Given Shuell’s irrational hatred of both communism and democracy, I’m willing to bet they were one of the parties involved in fixing the referendum.”

The rumours that the referendum was ‘fixed’ have been debunked before. What makes you think Shuell was involved?

“If the shoe fits. Naturally, all the capitalist countries wanted Lauchenoiria to join them. I don’t think just a single country had Moore on their payroll, I’m not that much of a conspiracy theorist. I’m willing to believe that Moore was unaware of how she was being manipulated, I don’t think she deliberately committed treason. But I do believe we need to have an investigation, and I don’t trust Shuell at all. Why would they stay out of the war when they claim to hate communism so much? And why now would they offer aid, in a move that seems very out of character for the dictatorship? I can’t discount the fact they might have an ulterior motive.”

A Kerlian refugee in Fleura

Fleura Province, home to the capital of Lauchenoiria, Buttercity, is the most populous province of Lauchenoiria. Bordered on the north by Kerlile, it is also home to the majority of Kerlian refugees who fled the matriarchal dictatorship. Tasha Rockwood came to Lauchenoiria at the age of seven with her father and two older brothers, fleeing the Kerlian civil war in the 1990s. Much to the horror of her brothers, Rockwood joined the Feminist Party, seen as a Kerlian front by many.

What is your opinion of the Shuellian aid workers?

“This is the second war I’ve lived through. In the first, in Kerlile, I was only a child, but what I remember most of all is that nobody came to help us. We had no choice but to leave our country because the alternative was dying. I’m glad that someone is helping the Lauchenoirians who need it now, but I just wish it wasn’t Shuell.”

Why do you wish it was someone else?

“Shuell is a dictatorship, and dictatorships never do this stuff out of the goodness of their hearts. There is an ulterior motive. It’s the same with Kerlile too, of course. People say that because I’m in the Feminist Party that I have to support the Kerlian regime, but that’s not true. Kerlile has some good things – their position on women’s rights is far ahead of any other country, but that doesn’t make up for their crimes. I’m in the Feminist Party because I support improving women’s rights in this country within a democratic framework. I could never support a dictatorship – be it Kerlile, Shuell or any other.”

What do you think Shuell’s ‘ulterior motive’ is?

“I don’t know. Probably the usual – spreading influence, making sure Lauchenoiria is in their debt so we’re under their control. It’s funny – of all the countries that invaded us last year, none of them has nearly so much influence now as those who stayed out of the war. Neutrality reaps rewards, it seems. That’s what makes Shuell so dangerous in my opinion – they’re clever. We could end up under their thumb before we knew it was a risk.”

Would you rather Lauchenoiria had refused their aid?

“No, I wouldn’t. Whatever the risks, it’s better to have people here to help. Nobody should be going hungry, suffering or dying because the government were too proud to accept help. Lauchenoiria is struggling right now. It’s painful to see, since this country made me so welcome and gave me so many opportunities I wouldn’t have had in Kerlile, but it is. Whatever the risks, I’m grateful to the Shuellians for their help.”

A construction worker in Costeno

Costeno province was the site of the first battle involving foreign forces on Lauchenoirian soil. On the 13th June, the day after the Resistance attacked Annatown, Skodenian troops landed in the city of Summersea. Costeno province is also the location of Carville, the city which was under the control of four separate powers during the war. Much of Carville was destroyed in the war.

Tyler Foster lived in Carville during the war, and described the experience as ‘hell’. At the end of the war he joined Lauchenoiria First – the controversial far-right party led by Paul Doberman. He works in construction, and has managed to find a lot of work rebuilding the many buildings destroyed by the war.

What is your opinion of the Shuellian aid workers in Lauchenoiria?

“It’s typical – get foreigners in to solve a problem caused by foreigners. First foreigners interfere in that referendum and use it to start a war, then they invade our country, and to add insult to injury it’s a foreign government that stops the war! Kerlile, LOM, Sanctaria, Shuell – they’re all the same! They say this is ‘foreign aid’ but we all know what that means – it’s just a stealth invasion.”

Are you saying you believe Shuell intends to invade Lauchenoiria?

“Yes I am. They’re already doing it. Slipping themselves into our country under the guise of aid workers. They’re probably all trained and one day they’ll turn, take our cities and then take over our country. We’ll all become second class citizens in our own country, and if we don’t cooperate with the Shuellians they’ll kill us. The worst part? People like Noguera are allowing this to happen. They don’t care! The Shuellians have probably paid her to sell out her country.”

Have you actually spoken to any Shuellians?

“I tried confronting a couple, but the police escorted me away. They’re trying to cover it up, they won’t let us speak to the invaders! Worst part? A couple of Sanctarian peacekeepers were watching too. Can Lauchenoiria do nothing for itself any longer? They come here, taking our jobs and trying to control our country. Paul Doberman is the only one willing to stand up for Lauchenoirians! It’s all gone downhill since they started letting any old Kerlian over the border.”

What is your opinion of Shuell in general?

“Well, if they’d stick to their own country, they have the right idea in many ways. Communists should be arrested. They’re a threat to everyone. The Lauchenoirian government are too liberal. They let people do whatever they want and it leads to moral degeneracy and the destruction of our culture. But Shuell is not Lauchenoiria, and the only reason they need authoritarianism is because their people clearly need to be kept in line. Shuell has a lot of problems – they should focus on that instead of interfering here.”

A pacifist on Butterfly Island

Butterfly Island was the only province left completely untouched by the civil war. It was the wealthiest province of Lauchenoiria before the war, and remains so now to an even greater extent. There has been no need for Shuellian aid on the island, in fact most Butterfly Islanders continue their lives as if nothing happened.

Mimi Martinez lives in a three-storey house on the island with her boyfriend and three cats. The property is a stark contrast to the village of Elijah Yates on Aeluria, where they are going days without electricity at times. She’s pregnant, and has joined the new Pacifist Party because she says she wants her child to grow up in a world with no war.

What do you think about the Shuellian aid workers in parts of Lauchenoiria?

“I’m really happy that someone is helping the unfortunate people living in such areas! My heart just broke during the war, it was so horrible watching something like that unfold in this country. Jon and I, we spent the whole time absolutely terrified it would come here too. I didn’t much like the Chaher government, I’m not a big fan of communism, but I was really devastated that Laura Moore was willing to start a war instead of seeking international mediation!”

Does it bother you that Shuell is hardly pacifist themselves?

“Well, of course I don’t approve of their militaristic culture, but it’s up to Shuell how to govern their own country. Lauchenoiria should not be commenting on other countries’ systems of government. Such actions are provocative and only lead to bad things. Look at what happened when Chaher decided to anger Skoden and Laeral! It’s important that we focus on improving Lauchenoiria. One day there will be no more wars, and then there will be no need for any country to have a large military.”

Some would call that view idealistic. Are you not compromising on your ideology if you fail to condemn Shuell’s militaristic ways?

“Well of course it is! We need to have ideals in order to progress. Our ideals light the beacon, and compromise is how we find the path towards it. Both have a place in finding our way to the future. We have to work together, and refusing to compromise is how wars start in the first place. Of course I won’t approve of everything Shuell does, but I do approve of their willingness to help our country rebuild from a terrible war, one I hope never repeats itself in the future.”

An anarchist in Yervia

Sidney Connors is one of the candidates for the Anarchist Party of Yervia, more commonly known as PAY, the acronym for their Spanish-language name. She lives in the city of Usera, which spent much of the war under Resistance control, followed by a month-long Kerlian occupation – much to the horror of all residents. Many residents of Usera are now receiving Shuellian aid, but Shuell remains very controversial in the city.

The interview with Ms Connors was carried out in Spanish due to the general policy of PAY members to refuse to speak English ‘until the rights of Spanish speakers are recognised by the central government’. The central government insists that the English and Spanish languages have equal recognition under Lauchenoirian law.

What is your opinion of Shuell?

“Shuell is the embodiment of everything I dislike. Their entire culture seems based around obedience of the state, whereas I want to see the state abolished. I refuse to take anything they’re handing out. I would rather starve. I spent the entire Kerlian occupation in a jail cell because I wouldn’t cooperate with them. They treated us horrendously but I wouldn’t give in. Well, I won’t cooperate with Shuell either.”

You understand that Shuell is not an occupying power here?

“Yet. I know how this ends! Lauchenoiria would last all of five minutes if Shuell decided to invade us. And with a presence already established in the country, it would be easy for them. Sure, they can’t do anything now but they will. All states want to expand, it’s in their nature. It’s why they need to be broken up. We need to tell the Shuellians to leave now, while we still can!”

What about all the people being helped by Shuellian aid?

“They can be helped better by their community. We don’t need outside interference if we look after our own. I’m not saying that I dislike foreigners or anything, I’ve no problem with immigrants, but the fact is it’s the people who live in an area that know what it needs best. That’s regardless of whether they were born there, of course. It’s Lauchenoirians that know what Lauchenoirians need after the war. Shuell can provide some assistance but it will never be as effective.”

Many Lauchenoirian communities, however, don’t have the resources needed to ‘help their own’, as you suggest.

“That’s because of mismanagement of resources by the state. We wouldn’t have such problems if the central government didn’t take our resources and export them at inflated prices. We wouldn’t have such problems if people like Suleman Chaher and Laura Moore didn’t think they had the right to play games with human lives. Shuell is just the same. It’s all a game to them. They don’t want to help people, they just want to gain advantage. Laura Moore, Suleman Chaher, Keitha Noguera, Edwin Sloan… they’re all the same. We’re just pawns on a chessboard to them.”

A teacher in Ecanta

Ecanta province, home to the city of Annatown, the site of several battles in the war, is a politically diverse province. There is no such thing as a ‘safe seat’ in Ecanta, with votes fluctuating wildly between elections. Kyle Ramsay is a teacher who once voted Communist – but he is now a member of the Liberal Party, and claims he ‘deeply regrets’ his former far-left views.

Have you had many interactions with Shuellians?

“Yes. My house was destroyed in the war by the Gonhogians. I’m living in one of the old apartments the government are putting displaced people in, but it’s not great. There’s a reason they were empty – it’s pretty substandard. We’ve got barely anything, and we can’t afford to buy stuff. So, I’ve been relying on the Shuellian aid packages. I don’t like it, and I can’t stand eating that Yvesta moss but it is what it is.”

How have your interactions with the Shuellians gone?

“Pretty positive. I’m grateful to them. I’m sure it would’ve gone a lot more badly though, if they’d known I used to be a communist! I’m keeping that one well under wraps. I’m ashamed of it, if I’m honest. It was a phase at university that lasted a little too long. I was already having my doubts about communism before the war but after Chaher’s coup, that really just cemented it. I was furious. I voted No in the capitalism referendum but I respected the result, unlike Chaher. I supported Laura Moore’s actions in the war – she had integrity, unlike most other people.”

So, do you approve of the Shuellian position on communists?

“I wouldn’t go that far. They’re a bit heavy-handed. I don’t approve of the authoritarianism aspect at all. I find it abhorrent, really, the idea of locking people up for their opinions. That’s why I was so angry at Chaher. I wish I’d done more to object to it, but I was frightened. In fairness, if I had objected I don’t know if I’d be alive right now. It’s a very scary thought. And that’s why I just can’t approve of Shuell, even if I’m grateful for their help.”

A grandmother in Ulinaria

Ulinaria province was the most Resistance-friendly throughout the civil war. The city of Elopolis fell into the Resistance’s hands without much of a fight, through the clever strategy of the former First Minister of the province, also a veteran, Victoria Juarez. This left the city fairly untouched and with a remarkably low casualty rate. It was in the rural areas of the province that the war hit hardest. The east of the province was plagued by Kerlians launching small attacks throughout the war.

Kitty Browne had lived all her life on a farm in eastern Ulinaria until the war hit. Her son was in the army, and his wife was in Buttercity when war broke out. She was caring for her grandchildren when war broke out. She now uses a wheelchair, and relies on aid in the small home the government gave her after the farm was burned down by the Kerlians.

How has Shuellian aid helped you?

“It has probably saved the lives of my grandchildren. They’re too young to work, and I’m too old. We have no money; my son never came back from the war and his wife vanished. We don’t know what happened to her. The Kerlians came to the farm, they wanted to set some kind of trap. When I refused to help them, they shot me in the leg and burned the place down. I’d lived there my whole life, it was devastating. I lost everything in the war. Lauchenoiria can’t… they can’t help everyone. The economy is a mess. The politicians are too busy arguing amongst themselves to care about the people. We needed outside help, and I’m glad Shuell is here.”

What is your opinion of Shuell?

“They have the right idea about communists, I tell you. We let ours run rampant and look what happened. Communism is such a destructive ideology, we’ve allowed them to have a say for too long. It’s time it was consigned to the history books. That said, I do still support democracy, I’m not advocating that we lock them up or anything! Shuell is a little too authoritarian for my tastes. I just simply think that a party that has caused this country nothing but harm shouldn’t be allowed to keep existing.”

So, do you have any objections at all to the presence of Shuellian aid workers?

“None at all! I think it’s excellent, it shows signs that Shuell is improving. They’re trying to do good, that’s the first step towards reform and getting rid of some of their… less savoury elements. This is good for both countries. I find it painful to accept handouts – I’ve worked hard my whole life, and this feels wrong to me. But the communists and Kerlians took everything from me, and the Shuellians have helped. All of Lauchenoiria should be thankful to Shuell.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri May 31, 2019 2:59 am

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Opinion polls predict huge losses for both Liberals and Communists
30th May 2019

A new opinion poll released today shows that the Liberal Party and the Communist Party, the two largest parties since 1993, are set to lose a large amount of their support and their seats in Parliament. This will come as a massive shock to Josephine Alvarez and Javier Flynn’s parties as the elections approach in several weeks’ time.

Vote share by party
Liberal Party: 22.3% (-11.8)
Communist Party: 14.7% (-16.2)
Green Party: 13.5% (-0.7)
Conservative Party: 13.3% (+4.0)
Left Alliance: 10.0% (+9.5)
Lauchenoiria First: 8.3% (+6.5)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 7.2% (+7.2)
Pacifist Party: 3.3% (+3.3)
Feminist Party: 3.2% (+0.6)
Social Democratic Party: 3.1% (-2.7)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (+0.7)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-0.1)

Predicted seats by party
Liberal Party: 26 (-16)
Communist Party: 18 (-19)
Green Party: 16 (-2)
Conservative Party: 15 (+5)
Left Alliance: 11 (+11)
Lauchenoiria First: 9 (+8)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 8 (+8)
Pacifist Party: 5 (+5)
Feminist Party: 4 (+2)
Social Democratic Party: 4 (-2)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 2 (+2)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 2 (-2)

The fall in support for the main two parties is attributed by most to their role in last year’s civil war. The Communists were blamed for the coup attempt, and the Liberals for failing to prevent a war. Controversial Liberal former Prime Minister Laura Moore, blamed by many for starting the war, has been notably absent from the media, however this has failed to stall the party’s decline.

The poll also predicts a major increase for the Left Alliance, who are predicted to win 11 seats, despite being completely wiped out in the 2014 election. The Left Alliance have presented themselves during the campaign as an alternative to the Communist Party who remained neutral in the war, did not support Chaher’s coup, and are opposed to authoritarianism.

Two new parties, the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance (LDA), and the Pacifist Party, both of whom were created following the 2018 civil war, are also set to gain seats. The LDA have been described as a populist party of the centre. They support broadly similar policies to the Liberals, however consider themselves anti-establishment, unlike Alvarez’s party. The Pacifist Party’s main policy is to prevent another war by cutting military spending and ensuring positive relations with other nations.

The Aelurian Independence Party (AIP) will also be disappointed in this result – they’re set to lose half their seats after their remarkable performance in 2014 where they managed to win a record 74% of the vote on Aeluria following a series of policies by the central government which greatly damaged the island’s economy in the run-up to that election.

Meanwhile the Anarchist Party of Yervia is set to gain two seats, for the first time in history. The left-wing party have existed since the 1970s, however have failed to gain representation at a national level. The sudden rise in support is attributed to the anarchists’ involvement in Resistance-controlled Usera during the civil war.

With these figures, it appears unlikely that any single, or even any pair of political parties will manage to form a government. Given the number of parties unwilling to work with the Communists, these figures would make it impossible for them to be part of the government. All parties have also ruled out working with Lauchenoiria First.

Elections are due to take place on the 16th June.

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Male presidential candidates release childhood information in solidarity with female counterparts
4th June 2019

Male presidential candidates and other politicians have released birth certificates and childhood photographs following calls by supporters of Lauchenoiria First and others who demanded detailed information and childhood photographs from female candidates in order to ‘prove they are not a Kerlian sleeper agent’.

Male candidates today released such information, including birth certificates, school reports and childhood photographs in solidarity with their female counterparts, calling the demands by Lauchenoiria First supporters ‘paranoid and sexist’. This included incumbent president Rogelio Paloma, who is standing as an independent candidate in the election.

Last year it was revealed that Prime Minister Charissa Clarke, the successor to Suleman Chaher who was behind the coup which started the civil war, was in fact a Kerlian sleeper agent, trained during childhood to infiltrate Lauchenoiria as part of the so-called ‘Aurora Programme’. Clarke has not admitted to this charge, however refused to return to Lauchenoiria after the conclusion of the peace talks in Haven, Sanctaria.

Among those who released information are: incumbent President Rogelio Paloma, Left Alliance presidential candidate Ruaridh Nicolson, and Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance (LDA) presidential candidate Alex Marwick. The latter will be known to supporters of the Lauchenoirian Resistance during the civil war as the man behind a series of clandestine anti-Chaher broadcasts throughout the conflict. The trio were accompanied by a number of male parliamentary candidates, and the leader of the Aelurian Independence Party (AIP), Nazario Macías.

Amina Sampson, Feminist Party presidential candidate, publicly thanked the men for their solidarity, calling Paul Doberman a “classic misogynist, who is using Kerlile as an excuse to cast doubt upon the ability of women to lead”. She has called upon Lauchenoirians to reject his rhetoric. Last week, the Feminist Party released documents detailing their funding in full, in order to prove they were not funded by Kerlile. This, plus a backlash among women to Doberman’s comments, is said to have contributed to their surprising rise in the polls despite the Kerlian invasion last year.

Parliamentary election voting intentions, 04/06/19 (change from previous poll on 30/05/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 23.3% (+1.0)
Communist Party: 16.1% (+1.4)
Green Party: 14.4% (+0.9)
Conservative Party: 14.1% (+0.8)
Left Alliance: 8.1% (-1.9)
Lauchenoiria First: 7.3% (-0.9)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 6.1% (-1.1)
Pacifist Party: 3.7% (+0.4)
Feminist Party: 3.1% (-0.1)
Social Democratic Party: 2.6% (-0.5)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance hold rally attended by 5,000 in Buttercity
5th June 2019

A rally by the newest political party in Lauchenoiria, the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance (LDA), this evening in Buttercity was attended by 5,000 – a much greater number than predicted. The LDA are a classically liberal political party, supporting civil liberties and economic freedom. The party was founded following the war by Alex Marwick, their current presidential candidate.

Marwick was known amongst supporters of the Lauchenoirian Resistance during last year’s civil war as the man behind a series of popular anti-communist broadcasts, which had been outlawed by the Chaher-Clarke regime. At the end of the war, he founded the LDA, claiming the Liberal Party had ‘betrayed’ the people by getting involved in the war in the first place, which led to many deaths and the destruction of large parts of southern Lauchenoiria.

At today’s rally, Marwick addressed the crowd, promising a ‘new Lauchenoiria’ if his party is elected. He listed a number of policies – including speeding up the transition to a fully capitalist economy and ensuring a clean split from any remnants of the old communist regime. He promised increased protections for LGBT+ citizens from discrimination, and assured voters that his party would make another war unlikely.

He also addressed the war in his speech – and made several comments regarding controversial former Prime Minister Laura Moore.

“Laura Moore is well-meaning, and I believe her actions during the war were taken because of her desire to help protect the people of Lauchenoiria. That said, she was misguided, and in the end possibly did more hurt than good. The war should never have been allowed to happen, and we must ensure something similar never happens again.”

Marwick is expected to compete for votes among Lauchenoirians in the centre with Liberal presidential candidate Nina Pond, who was Laura Moore’s health secretary before the war. The LDA are currently in 7th place in opinion polls, and are on track to win 8 seats in the federal parliament.

Parliamentary voting intention, 05/06/19 (change from previous poll on 04/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 23.1% (-0.2)
Communist Party: 16.1% (-)
Green Party: 14.5% (+0.1)
Conservative Party: 13.9% (-0.2)
Left Alliance: 8.0% (-0.1)
Lauchenoiria First: 7.4% (+0.1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 6.5% (+0.4)
Pacifist Party: 3.6% (+0.1)
Feminist Party: 2.9% (-0.2)
Social Democratic Party: 2.6% (-)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:01 pm

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Annual Pride parade takes place in Buttercity
8th June 2019

The annual LGBT+ Pride celebration took place in Buttercity today – following a cancellation last year due to the political crisis at the time. Thousands marched in the parade, which set off at 11:00 local time, which was followed by speeches and a celebration in Butterfly Park in the north of the city.

Speakers at the event included transgender rights activist Kai O’Malley, who is leading a campaign calling for legal recognition of non-binary genders and Jasper Atkins, an environmental campaigner and gay rights activist. Notably absent was Josephine Alvarez, who had been a fixture at Buttercity Pride since 2012. As the highest-profile lesbian politician in Lauchenoiria, many expected her to give a speech.

Groups attending the parade ranged from the Student Asexual & Aromantic Network, to a group of gay male Kerlian refugees who had to flee the matriarchal dictatorship, in which lesbian relationships are legal but the rights of gay men are frequently not recognised. A group of self-proclaimed ‘gender critical’ feminists, who do not support transgender rights, were denied entry to the parade.

Attendance was slightly lower than in 2017, and there was a notable increase in security, with police concerned the event could spark clashes between political opponents, in light of upcoming elections and the events of last year. A counter-protest held by a coalition of religious groups was attended by only 40 people and was kept away from the parade.

Celebrations in Butterfly Park are expected to continue until late at night, with under-18s being denied entry to the festivities from 8pm onwards. There is also an alternative event being held in a community hall in the south of the city which will not involve alcohol or loud music.

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Social Democrats plummet in opinion polls after leader makes pro-Kerlile comments
8th June 2019

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) have plummeted in the polls after their leader, Cassidy Laurens, was caught on camera on Thursday saying that matriarchal dictatorship Kerlile had the ‘right idea’ when it comes to women’s rights.

Laurens made the comment following a speech to supporters in a café in Summersea, not realising her microphone was still turned on. She was visiting the city, which was partially destroyed during last year’s civil war, to visit groups of Lauchenoirians made homeless by the war and living in temporary accommodation.

Her speech was centred on the need for the government to focus on helping those who had lost family, their homes or their livelihoods during the war. It also mentioned the presence of Shuellian aid workers in the city, where she thanked Shuell for their assistance – but also expressed concerns about, and disapproval of, the authoritarian nature of their government.

Local tabloid newspaper, Summersea Today, picked up the recording in which Laurens is heard saying “say what you like about Kerlile, they’ve got the right idea about women’s rights”, going on to refer to a comment made by a male journalist about her appearance after her speech.

SDP presidential candidate Daniela Penn distanced herself from the comments, saying that she and the SDP “do not and never will support a regime as cruel as that in Kerlile”. An opinion poll conducted in the last two days shows the SDP on track to lose all their seats in the election.

Also today, incumbent President Rogelio Paloma announced that if re-elected, he would seek to strengthen relations with countries Lauchenoiria has traditionally not had very strong relationships with through seeking trade deals. It is thought that these nations would include Zamastan and Shuell. Paloma has ruled out any trade deal with Kerlile.

Parliamentary voting intention, 08/06/19 (change from previous poll on 05/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 23.8% (+0.7)
Communist Party: 16.3% (+0.2)
Green Party: 14.6% (+0.1)
Conservative Party: 13.9% (-)
Left Alliance: 8.1% (+0.1)
Lauchenoiria First: 7.6% (+0.2)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 6.4% (-0.1)
Pacifist Party: 3.8% (+0.2)
Feminist Party: 2.8% (-0.1)
Social Democratic Party: 1.1% (-1.5)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 1.0% (+0.1)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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One week until election day: voters make priorities known
9th June 2019

Next week’s election is seen by many as a chance for Lauchenoiria to finally move on from the divisions caused by last year’s civil war. The elections were originally scheduled for August 2018, however were cancelled by Suleman Chaher’s government during the war. These elections are unusual in that voters have vastly different priorities to those listed in elections that took place before the conflict. Opinion polls show that military spending is now one of the top 3 issues, with migration and gun control also up high in fifth and sixth place respectively – all issues that had never been priorities for Lauchenoirians before.

Top 5 issues for Lauchenoirians:
1. The economy
2. Military spending
3. The environment
4. The constitution
5. Migration

The economy

Economic issues are the priority for many Lauchenoirians in the aftermath of the war. The war itself was caused by the dispute between capitalists and communists over the economic system, while the war in turn had a detrimental effect on the Lauchenoirian economy. The number of Lauchenoirians living in poverty has trebled since the war, a result of the destruction of many homes and workplaces across southern Lauchenoiria.

The wealth gap between the richest and poorest in Lauchenoiria has increased, with wealth incomes remaining stable while poor incomes have dropped massively. Many people made homeless in cities such as Summersea and Annatown have had to rely on foreign aid to feed themselves, as non-existent incomes and food shortages combined have pushed up food prices to completely unaffordable rates.

The Communist Party and the Left Alliance both blame these issues on capitalism. They say that a return to the communist system of pre-1993 Lauchenoiria would wipe out the wealth gap and give the poorest Lauchenoirians better chances. Most of the other parties are widely opposed to this stance, arguing that the current situation was in fact caused by the communists, in their attempt to grab power last year.

The Conservative Party have advocated for necessary austerity to cut down on government spending and try to reduce the debts owed by Lauchenoiria to other countries, most notably Sanctaria. The Liberal Party and the LDA, the two centrist political parties, also broadly support this course of action. Lauchenoiria First also supports this policy – their manifesto is largely focused on ways to decrease foreign influence in Lauchenoiria, which includes reducing the national debt. This is in contrast to the SDP and the Feminist Party support increasing government spending to stimulate the economy and assist in the rebuilding effort following the war, regardless of that effect on the budget deficit.

Military spending

Before last year’s war, Lauchenoiria was historically pacifist and had avoided getting involved in international conflicts, even during the communist period. Military spending had always been comparatively low, especially following 1993, and had reached a record low in 2018 before the war.

Many now argue the war, and accompanying invasions by multiple foreign powers, is proof that this was bad policy. Others, meanwhile, argue in favour of cutting spending further, to try and prevent another war becoming possible, and re-commit Lauchenoiria to pacifist policies.

The Liberal Party and the SDP both support keeping military spending at or close to current levels. This policy is relatively unpopular amongst Lauchenoirians, most of whom have strong opinions in favour of increasing or decreasing spending. Both parties are projected to lose seats, and it is thought this may be a contributing factor.

Parties in favour of increasing spending include ideological opponents, the Communist and Conservative parties, along with the Feminist Party and Lauchenoiria First. The Feminist Party has surprised people by taking this position, which is a contrast with their policy in previous elections. They say that the war has shown that Lauchenoiria is in a weak position and greatly needs better defences.

The Pacifist Party, naturally, support cutting military spending – although they are the only party seeking to reduce it to zero. They are joined by the Greens, who argue that we should be seeking peaceful solutions, and that war is not the answer. Also in favour of decreasing military spending are the Left Alliance and the LDA, who seem to be aiming to win votes from Communists and Liberals respectively who were disappointed in the two main parties’ roles in the war.

The environment

Environmental issues have been at the forefront of Lauchenoirian politics throughout this decade. The Green Party were the junior coalition partners in the government overthrown by Suleman Chaher last year, and reached historic levels of support in 2014.

Most political parties in Lauchenoiria support environmental legislation, with the Green Party calling it their number one priority. The Liberals and the Pacifists also have environmental issues as a priority, while the Communists and Conservatives are less concerned, but still support legislation. The only party who are opposed to environmental legislation is Lauchenoiria First – whose leader, Paul Doberman, is a known climate change denier.

The constitution

The Haven Accords which ended the war instructed the provisional government to draft a new constitution for Lauchenoiria – something former Prime Minister Laura Moore’s side had advocated for in peace talks. The previous constitution, suspended by President MacKenzie in June 2018, was written in 1952 by the Communist regime, which Moore argued lacked sufficient protections to prevent another attempted coup in the future.

The new constitution will be the first thing the newly elected parliament will vote on – and Lauchenoirians have been following the drafting process closely. It is expected that the new constitution will include greater protections against an event like that which enabled Suleman Chaher to take power in 2018.

Migration

Lauchenoiria has traditionally been very welcoming of immigrants, however in recent years a number of political parties have been campaigning to change that. There is also a secondary issue in the category of migration – that of emigration. Lauchenoiria’s population has been steadily dropping for years, and since the war, the rate has only increased. In the past year, many countries have welcomed Lauchenoirian refugees fleeing the conflict and its aftermath, to a mixed response at home.

Four parties that oppose immigration – interestingly, the two leftmost and rightmost parties. The Communist Party and the Left Alliance both want greater immigration restrictions, as well as the Conservatives and Lauchenoiria First. The two left-wing parties say they want to stabilise the population, and prevent subversive foreign elements, especially from Kerlile, entering the country. Lauchenoiria First wants to completely ban all immigration – including sending Kerlian refugees back.

The Liberals, Communists and Lauchenoiria First – three parties who do not often agree – all believe Lauchenoiria should be taking measures to discourage emigration, too. Lauchenoiria First have repeatedly said it is ‘offensive’ that countries such as Laeral and Gnejs have deemed Lauchenoiria dangerous enough that they are accepting Lauchenoirian refugees. While the Liberals and Communists have not gone so far, it is clear they find the situation somewhat distasteful.

Parliamentary voting intention, 09/06/19 (change from previous poll on 08/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 23.6% (-0.2)
Communist Party: 16.3% (-)
Green Party: 14.8% (+0.2)
Conservative Party: 14.2% (+0.3)
Left Alliance: 8.2% (+0.1)
Lauchenoiria First: 7.6% (-)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 6.3% (-0.1)
Pacifist Party: 4.0% (+0.2)
Feminist Party: 2.7% (-0.1)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-0.1)
Social Democratic Party: 0.8% (-0.3)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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Doberman accuses Laurens of being a Kerlian agent
10th June 2019

Lauchenoiria First leader Paul Doberman has accused SDP leader Cassidy Laurens of being a Kerlian agent, following pro-Kerlile comments made by Laurens. At a meeting of SDP supporters on Thursday, Laurens was caught on microphone saying “say what you like about Kerlile, they’ve got the right idea about women’s rights”.

Laurens has since apologised for the ‘insensitive’ comments, saying that it was an attempt at a private joke with her aide, and she is sorry for any offence caused. Her party’s position in the polls has slipped massively since the incident, with some projections suggesting they will lose all their seats in the federal parliament.

Doberman today accused Laurens during a press conference of being an agent of the Kerlian state, saying: “she’s probably like Charissa Clarke – one of those Auroras, sent here to destabilise the government and take us over in the name of the Matriarchy.”

The so-called Aurora programme, the existence of which was revealed in leaked documents at the peace talks in Haven, Sanctaria, has been the cause of much debate in Lauchenoiria since the war. It is an alleged training programme for Kerlian sleeper agents, of which former Prime Minister Charissa Clarke was one. Lauchenoirians fear another infiltration, and Doberman has been urging for more measures to be taken to prevent one.

Laurens has denied the allegations, calling them ‘laughable’, and urging Lauchenoirians to ignore the far-right politician. She has refused to release her birth certificate and further documents from her childhood, as Doberman and supporters called on all female party leaders and presidential candidates to do.

SDP presidential candidate Daniela Penn, who distanced herself from Laurens’ comments on Thursday, said today: “not every female politician is a Kerlian sleeper agent, but Doberman’s accusations are proof that sexism is alive in this country and needs to be tackled. I have faith that Cassidy Laurens has the best interests of Lauchenoiria at heart.”

Parliamentary voting intention, 10/06/19 (change from previous poll on 09/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 23.4% (-0.2)
Communist Party: 16.4% (+0.1)
Green Party: 14.9% (+0.1)
Conservative Party: 14.5% (+0.3)
Left Alliance: 8.4% (+0.2)
Lauchenoiria First: 7.6% (-)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 6.0% (-0.3)
Pacifist Party: 3.9% (-0.1)
Feminist Party: 2.6% (-0.1)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-)
Social Democratic Party: 0.8% (-)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:09 am

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Liberal Party pledge increased funding for mental health services following increase in demand
11th June 2019

The Liberal Party today pledged to increase the health budget, with much of the money earmarked for mental health services. Demand for mental health care has increased rapidly since last year’s civil war, with waiting lists to see a counsellor in all major cities. Use of antidepressants has also risen over the last 12 months.

Liberal Party leader Josephine Alvarez announced in a speech today that if she is the next Prime Minister, then mental health will be a priority for her government. She said: “too many people are currently suffering from poor mental health, waiting to access support that is all too often difficult or impossible to find due to a lack of resources. If elected, ensuring adequate mental healthcare across the country will be a priority for my government.”

A campaign run by the pre-war Liberal-Green coalition had aimed to increase awareness of mental health conditions, and improving mental health care has been a long-standing commitment of the Liberal Party, however this is the first election in which they have named it one of their major priorities. Presidential candidate Nina Pond also talked about mental health today, mentioning the importance of seeking help in a video posted to various social media platforms.

Demand for counselling has increased rapidly since the conclusion of last year’s civil war, especially among those living in the areas most affected. These areas are also the least likely to have readily accessible resources, due to the destruction caused by the war. The estimated waiting time for counselling in Annatown is presently 14 months – and rising.

The Liaville Times reported last month that there was a shortage of antidepressants on Aeluria, as the number of people on the island on prescription antidepressants has increased by 114% since April 2018. The rising cost of mental health treatment has had a detrimental effect on the budget of the national health service. The Liberals’ commitment will be welcome news to health professionals, who have been asking for increased funding.

Parliamentary voting intention, 11/06/19 (change from previous poll on 10/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 24.9% (+1.5)
Communist Party: 16.3% (-0.2)
Conservative Party: 15.2% (+0.7)
Green Party: 15.0% (+0.1)
Left Alliance: 8.6% (+0.2)
Lauchenoiria First: 6.6% (-1.0)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 5.5% (-0.5)
Pacifist Party: 3.5% (-0.4)
Feminist Party: 2.3% (-0.3)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-)
Social Democratic Party: 0.7% (-0.1)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:24 am

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One year on: Annatown still recovering as anniversary of first battle takes place
12th June 2019

One year ago, in the city of Annatown in Ecanta province, the Lauchenoirian Resistance managed to capture the city from forces loyal to Chaher’s government. Thus, the first battle of the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War began. Led by Sonja Viratnen-Alvarez, now known to be Councillor Jennifer Hale of Kerlile using a false name, the group took control of the city in a matter of hours. Resistance control in Annatown didn’t last long – the city fell to Gonhogian troops three days later.

Most are agreed – the moment the Resistance attacked Annatown was the moment all hope of a peaceful solution was lost. Until that moment a year ago today, many across Lauchenoiria were still optimistic that armed conflict could be avoided. From that day on, however, the conflict escalated quickly, with Skodenian, Kerlian and Gonhogian troops all arriving on Lauchenoirian soil within days of each other.

Many Lauchenoirians have criticised the decision of the leaders of the Lauchenoirian Resistance to take this move instead of negotiating a peaceful solution. However, at the time, President Leanna Walker lay in a hospital bed in Laeral, unable to negotiate anything. Prime Minister Laura Moore was in hiding from Chaher’s forces in a location unknown at the time – which has since been revealed to be somewhere in the Fleurian Forest.

The third major figure in the Lauchenoirian Resistance, Jennifer Hale, aka Sonja Viratnen-Alvarez, was the main person in charge of the military side of the organisation’s affairs. Opponents of Laura Moore have claimed that Moore and Hale discussed the Annatown operation in advance. According to Moore, Hale made the unilateral decision to attack Annatown, without consulting her. Hale has yet to confirm or deny this.

Some anti-Kerlile groups believe that Hale was working at the behest of her government, ensuring armed conflict broke out, which gave Kerlile the excuse to invade Lauchenoiria. The Kerlian forces were invited to the country by Suleman Chaher – however, his defence secretary and, later, successor, Charissa Clarke was a Kerlian agent, which was revealed later. Anti-Kerlile groups believe that this was a conspiracy to allow Kerlile to take control of Lauchenoiria. Hale has denied these allegations, insisting that she genuinely supported the anti-Chaher cause, and had had no contact with her homeland since she left in 1998 aged 17.

One year on, the city of Annatown is far from recovering. Between the first battle, the Gonhogian attack, and a later attack by Coalition forces, much of the city was destroyed. There are a number of displaced individuals living in temporary accommodation in the city. Foreign aid workers from Shuell are present in the city, distributing rations to those unable to feed themselves. Food prices in Annatown are high, as shortages across Lauchenoiria continue, and many who lost their homes and livelihoods struggle to afford it.

Whatever the causes of the war, the effects are still being seen all across Lauchenoiria, and in Annatown more than most places. As elections approach on Sunday, the effort to rebuild what was destroyed in the war is at the forefront of voters’ minds, not just in Annatown but across the country.

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Restaurant in Usera fined after ‘banning’ communists from the premises
12th June 2019

Ten Toes Restaurant in Usera has been fined 500,000 Gold Cookies after being sued by a couple denied service in the restaurant because they were wearing Communist Party badges. In an incident which took place in November, the couple were told, upon arrival at Ten Toes, that communists were ‘banned’ from the restaurant and turned away.

A court in Usera heard from Joe and Teresa Loop, who had booked a table for a party and were ‘distraught’ at the disruption to their plans. The owners, Kathleen Young and Cristopher Talbot of the restaurant argued that it was their right to deny service to the couple, as communists caused Mr Talbot to become ‘distressed’ and caused him undue suffering. Mr Talbot was imprisoned during last year’s civil war by the Chaher regime, which was propped up by the Communist Party.

Under Lauchenoirian law it is illegal to discriminate against customers because of their race, gender, religion, disability status and other characteristics – however the law does not explicitly state whether this protection extends to discrimination on the basis of political opinions or memberships.

The court ruled today that anti-discrimination protections do extend to political affiliations in this circumstance, and that Ten Toes was in violation of the law when refusing service to Mr and Mrs Loop because of their political affiliations. This verdict comes as an increasing number of businesses across Lauchenoiria have been openly hostile to communists – businesses which will now have to be careful not to violate anti-discrimination laws.

Ms Young said of the verdict: “my partner Cristopher was severely mistreated when in the custody of the communist regime. They allowed Kerlian soldiers to interrogate him, and he has PTSD as a result. Requiring us to serve people who supported such a regime is cruel, and detrimental to his mental health. We will be appealing this verdict.”

Communist Party presidential candidate Ruben Page commented on the verdict, saying: “Pleased to see the courts agree – discriminating against communists is wrong, and should be illegal across all of Lauchenoiria! We want equality for Lauchenoirian citizens – the capitalism experiment has failed. Lauchenoirians are starving as a result of this failed system. Only communism will allow Lauchenoiria to thrive!”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:56 pm

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New constitution: what will it look like?
13th June 2019

Last year’s civil war ended upon the signing of the Haven Accords in Sanctaria. Amongst other things, the Accords mandated the drafting of a new constitution, to be passed by the new parliament following elections. The elections are scheduled for Sunday, and it is expected that a vote on the new constitution will take place shortly after.

The previous constitution, originally written in 1952, was heavily criticised by opponents of communism as it had been written by the communist regime following their revolution and the nine-day first civil war in that year. It was heavily amended in 1993, to allow non-communist political parties and limited private enterprise.

It remained controversial, however, due to it limiting the size of the federal parliament to 120 MPs – which many say is an attempt to favour the Communist party, encouraging voters to stick to larger parties so their votes have more influence. It is known the Communist Party has always favoured keeping the number of representatives low. The 1952 constitution has also been widely criticised, especially on Aeluria and in Yervia, for favouring the federal government over those of the provinces.

The current draft of the constitution, which is broadly expected to pass without much further alteration, would increase the size of the federal parliament to 360 MPs. It would keep the current system of proportional representation on a provincial level, trebling the number of representatives for each province. This sparked controversy, as smaller provinces such as Aeluria have been overrepresented, but after much deliberation it was agreed that the distribution of representatives would not be altered. The new constitution will mandate that elections for each level of government must take place at least every four years.

The new constitution also grants provinces more powers and rights. The powers devolved to Aeluria before their independence referendum will be granted to other provinces as well – something popular in Yervia but controversial on Aeluria. However, interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera, herself a former leader of the Aelurian Independence Party, supported the measure which went a long way to allaying any Aelurian fears that they would be once again side-lined.

Electoral processes and devolution were the most controversial aspects of the new constitution, and took the longest to be agreed by all parties. Other aspects were almost universally agreed – including enshrining the rights of groups such as ethnic minorities, disabled people and members of the LGBT+ community in the new constitution.

The prohibition of all tobacco products and other recreational drugs has also been removed from the constitution – though it is expected the federal parliament will pass other legislation to keep such things illegal, at least for the time being. This was a key demand of Aeluria, along with the removal of the clause prohibiting religious schooling. The specific reference to schooling was indeed removed, but the commitment to secular government remains, ensuring state-funded schools remain free from religion, but permitting the formation of religious private schools.

The new constitution is the product of months of debate and discussion, and aims to heal the divisions in Lauchenoiria which were the cause of the war and the cause of so much suffering. Interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera said on the subject: “this is the beginning of a new chapter in Lauchenoiria, and I hope one where we can all come together and move on from the things that have divided us in the past. I hope this new constitution will mark a new era of cooperation in Lauchenoirian politics, and that we can finally put the war behind us.”

Parliamentary voting intention, 13/06/19 (change from previous poll on 11/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 25.2% (+0.3)
Communist Party: 16.1% (-0.2)
Conservative Party: 15.7% (+0.5)
Green Party: 15.7% (+0.7)
Left Alliance: 8.8% (+0.2)
Lauchenoiria First: 6.2% (-0.4)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 5.2% (-0.3)
Pacifist Party: 3.6% (+0.1)
Feminist Party: 1.8% (-0.5)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-)
Social Democratic Party: 0.6% (-0.1)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:24 pm

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Two days until election: presidential candidate statements
14th June 2019

The first round of the presidential election is due to take place on Sunday. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will progress to the second round, scheduled for two weeks later, the 30th June.

With the first round upcoming, the Lauchenoirian Guardian has asked each presidential candidate for a statement. Those statements have been reproduced below, in a random order. There are 11 candidates on the ballot.

Alex Marwick (LDA): Lauchenoiria is divided. That’s the fact of the matter. We are less divided than we were a year ago, which is hardly surprising given that a year ago, we were in the midst of a civil war. But we still have a long way to go to heal the divisions that were the cause of that conflict. Everyone knows what side I took in that war – the side of democracy. That’s what matters most to me. Democracy. In democracy, all sides should be listened to and considered, and that’s that the LDA is doing. We are listening to the people, we develop our policies based on what the people want, and if I am elected president, I will endeavour to listen to the people before every decision I make. For too long, governments have ignored the will of the people, playing their games and breaking their promises. If elected, I will ensure that never happens again! The government should represent the people, and the people should have the power!

Alexis Armitage (Green): Lauchenoiria is a beautiful country. We have gorgeous green forests and bright blue lakes and sunshine all year round. And yet this lovely environment has been damaged greatly recently. Even before the war, pollution and deforestation wreaked havoc not just in our country, but across the world. Animals are becoming extinct at an alarming rate, as people jet off on ever-cheaper vacations to even more far-flung destinations. People take cars when there is perfectly good public transport. Climate change is real. It is the biggest issue facing mankind today, and yet people prioritise the economy, waste resources by going to war, and destroy the future of our children to gain advantage in the present. Of course this isn’t the only issue, and throughout this campaign I have discussed a multitude of pressing issues, but I am of the opinion that climate change is the most important issue. If elected, I will ensure it is my priority, even as we face and tackle all the other issues facing Lauchenoiria today.

Ruben Page (Communist): Everywhere you go, everyone you meet has an opinion on communism. Many blame communists for the war. Is this accurate? No, of course not! The war was caused by Kerlians, who manipulated and hurt communists just the same as our opponents. Communism has been unfairly demonised recently, used as a scapegoat by Laura Moore’s Liberals – and make no mistake, Moore is still holding the reins. But what is communism really? Simple – it’s a system where everyone can be equal. Where the rich no longer get richer off the backs of the poor, and where the proletariat are no longer ground down for the benefit of the bourgeoisie. We have a problem in Lauchenoiria today. The rich lie in their mansions on Butterfly Island while people work a hundred hours a week in Summersea and still can’t afford to eat! It’s wrong! A communist government would change that, and if elected president I will ensure that nobody goes without food while the wealthy waste resources and contribute nothing.

Daniela Penn (SDP): The war divided us all, but now it is time to move forward. The devastating impact of the war has been felt most harshly by communities in the south of Lauchenoiria, and it is there that we must focus our rebuilding efforts. The next government has a responsibility to help all those living in terrible conditions brought on by the war. If elected, I will ensure that no Lauchenoirian is left behind, that the necessary support is in place so that if an individual falls on hard times they can count on support from Lauchenoiria, rather than needing aid from nations like Shuell, Laeral and Zamastan as they do currently. We are of course thankful for the support, but we need to work to make sure it is not necessary in the future, and my party aims to do that.

Alberto Causer (Conservative): The left blame all of Lauchenoiria’s problems on others – in the case of the war, they blame Kerlile. But the facts do not support this. The left has been in power in Lauchenoiria since 1952, first through the communists and later the centre-left Liberal-Green coalition. And what has come of this? War, starvation and misery. The left claim they look out for the working classes, but their policies wreck the economy and drive down wages. If in power my party, the Conservative Party, would prioritise growing the economy. We would seek trade deals with other nations, and aim to improve Lauchenoiria’s standing on the world stage, so we can finally put the dark days of communism behind us. With a growing economy, wages will grow and no more will Lauchenoirians live in the kind of poverty we currently see in Costeno province. If elected president, the economy will be my priority, as will ensuring that all traces of the communist regime are consigned to history. Land, confiscated by the communists and neglected, will be sold. Companies will be allowed to operate freely, without the billions of regulations that seek to minimise their profits. Lauchenoiria will finally move on from its troubled past. If you want a strong economy, and a final end to communism, vote Conservative.

Tamera Power (Pacifist): Lauchenoiria is still recovering from the devastating war of last year. For too long, people have lived under the threat of conflict. Wars rage across the world all the time – in 2018 there was the war here, the Gladysynthia crisis in the south, and the ongoing war in Iustos. People live in fear, and people die, and the world keeps on turning. But it doesn’t have to be this way. For too long a large military has been seen as a necessity by many nations. Peace has seemed like an impossible dream. There is another way. In coming together after this conflict, Lauchenoiria has the opportunity to lead the way in telling the world: no more. No longer will we stand all the lives being lost in armed conflicts. No longer will we continue playing this game, building ever-larger militaries and ever more advanced weapons. We have the chance to change things for the better, to work towards world peace. It takes a brave nation to say no, we will not spend all our time fighting. I implore all Lauchenoirians to vote for peace, to vote Pacifist.

Paul Doberman (Lauchenoiria First): My opponents talk of trade deals. Of the environment, of rebuilding after the war. But they forget a basic fact of life: without safety and security, everything you build can easily be torn down. Everyone talks of moving on from the war, but without addressing the underlying cause, one day it will all happen again. And that cause? Kerlile. We allowed a Kerlian spy to become Prime Minister. If she hadn’t been caught, we would all now be living under the rule of their misandrist Council. Men would be arrested for breathing, and anyone who criticised them would be tortured. We cannot decide which issues to prioritise until we tackle this threat. The Kerlian threat is greater than any harm so-called ‘global warming’ could cause to this country. With the threat of Kerlian occupation looming over us, our economy can never grow as people live in fear. We need to prevent Kerlian infiltration. Everyone knows now that Kerlile has sent hundreds of sleeper agents to various IDU countries! Everyone should be seeking them out and hunting them down! We need thorough background checks on female politicians to make sure! We must never allow the Kerlians access to our government – after all, can any of you say with certainty that Nina Pond or Alexis Armitage is not a Kerlian? If one of them is the next president, I fear for this country, I really do. We need to take a stand, stop allowing foreign spies to infiltrate our government, and put Lauchenoiria first!

Nina Pond (Liberal): My party, the Liberal Party, is responsible for the end of communism in Lauchenoiria. It was a Liberal-led government who held the capitalism referendum, in which 62.3% of Lauchenoirians decided it was time to consign communism to the history books. It was a Liberal president, the late Leanna Walker, who signed into law the Private Sector Legalisation Act in 2017. Polls have shown that since 2017, an increasing amount of Lauchenoirians support these measures. So, in May of last year, the Communist Party backed an illegal coup, because they knew they would never gain power democratically again. It was Communists who allowed the Kerlians to manipulate them, and yet they seek to place the blame for the war on Laura Moore. The Liberal Party has always had, and will always have, the best interests of Lauchenoirians at heart. The Liberal-led government before the war had made great progress in helping Lauchenoiria move forward and put the communist regime behind us. Though the war has delayed our progress, if elected I will aim to ensure that we continue to move forward, into a bright future with equality of opportunity for everyone, and a real chance for Lauchenoirians to succeed.

Rogelio Paloma (Independent): Throughout this campaign, there has been a preoccupation with the causes of the war. The communists blame the capitalists, and the capitalists blame the communists. The far-right blames Kerlile, and the feminists blame men. And all throughout Lauchenoiria, the people sigh and wish that people would move on and tackle the issues that actually matter. The war is in the past. What matters now is how we move forward. The divisions in this country need to be healed, not exacerbated by trying to assign blame for a complex event that was caused by many factors. If elected president I will aim to work with all parties, to find the best way forward that is supported by the majority of Lauchenoirians. Compromise is key when trying to heal divisions and move forward together. Lauchenoiria is divided, but it is my hope that it will one day be united again. We need to support those who lost everything in the war, focus on rebuilding our country and rebuilding our relationships with the international community. Those will be my priorities if elected.

Anima Sampson (Feminist): Women’s rights have come a long way in the last century. In almost all democracies, women now have the right to vote. Many countries have had female leaders, including Lauchenoiria. But the sad fact is, though we’ve made progress, we are not finished. Women are still in the minority in parliament, still make up less than 20% of CEOs of major corporations in this country. And now, we are viewed with suspicion by the far-right: accused of being Kerlian spies based purely on our gender! Women’s rights have nothing to do with Kerlile – if anything, women living under their cruel regime have less rights than in Lauchenoiria, thanks to their totalitarian system. We believe in democracy, in fairness for all, and in real opportunities for women. Pregnancy should no longer force women to fall behind in the workplace, limiting their options. Gender-based discrimination should be fully investigated and stopped. Nobody should ever fall behind in life because of something they can’t change – be that gender, race, sexuality or anything else.

Ruaridh Nicolson (Left Alliance): Socialism is possible within a democratic framework. For too long the authoritarian policies of the Communist Party have unfairly demonised the left in Lauchenoiria. Socialism and communism are about the equality of everyone, not about giving the government ever-greater power. The Left Alliance is committed to introducing a socialist economy, while ensuring the people retain the power. With the high rates of poverty in Lauchenoiria, it is clear that the current system isn’t working, and that we need to change something. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer under capitalism, but the answer is not increasing authoritarianism. The Communist Party have betrayed the people of Lauchenoiria in their actions last year, but that is not a reason for Lauchenoirians to turn their back on left-wing politics, which will help the people most at need.

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Communist Party plummets in polls following shock revelations about leader Javier Flynn
15th June 2019

On the eve of the election, the Communist Party has plummeted to fourth place, a shocking turn of events for what was until this decade the largest party in Lauchenoiria. This shock change in fortunes for the party comes after leaked emails show that leader Javier Flynn had an affair with former Prime Minister Charissa Clarke – now known to be a Kerlian sleeper agent.

The emails, which show exchanges of a romantic nature between Flynn and Clarke, were leaked by right-wing activist group Men Against Kerlian Influence (MAKI), an anti-feminist group who claim Kerlile is behind modern feminism, and blame the matriarchal country for destroying traditional values. A spokesman for MAKI said: “these emails are proof that Flynn may have been influenced by Kerlile, and cannot be trusted”.

The exchanges between Clarke and Flynn took place between November 2017 and February 2018, shortly before the events which caused last year’s civil war. The leaked emails include romantic letters, and arrangements to meet – referring to keeping the affair secret from Flynn’s wife, Jocelyn. Flynn has declined to comment on the allegations. The police are investigating the leak.

These revelations coming to light on the eve of the election is unfortunate for the Communists, which many people claim was done on purpose by MAKI, a group which is vehemently opposed to left-wing policies. It has also proved damaging for the Feminist Party, who have dropped two points in the polls and now are unlikely to win any seats. The Feminist Party has long been considered a Kerlian front, though no proof has ever been found.

Far-right Lauchenoiria First leader Paul Doberman said of the revelations: “Kerlian influence in Lauchenoiria is far too widespread. Far too many high-profile politicians in this country are in bed with the Kerlians – though normally only metaphorically. Anima Sampson and Katherine Wright [Feminist Party presidential candidate and party leader respectively] are both bankrolled by the matriarchy’s corrupt Council. For all we know, Cassidy Laurens [SDP leader] is a Kerlian, just like Clarke! We must stop allowing Kerlians into Lauchenoiria!”

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) is still set to lose all their seats after leader Cassidy Laurens was caught on microphone making pro-Kerlile comments last week. The Feminist Party was originally set to gain seats; however, their support has gradually drained away. With the expected fall of the Communists on the horizon, it is clear that any connection to Kerlile spells political death for any politician and any party.

Parliamentary voting intention, 15/06/19 (change from previous poll on 13/06/19 shown)
Liberal Party: 25.9% (+0.7)
Conservative Party: 17.1% (+1.4)
Green Party: 16.3% (+0.6)
Communist Party: 12.2% (-3.9)
Left Alliance: 10.1% (+1.3)
Lauchenoiria First: 6.7% (+0.5)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 5.3% (+0.1)
Pacifist Party: 4.0% (+0.4)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (-)
Feminist Party: 0.8% (-1.0)
Social Democratic Party: 0.5% (-0.1)
Aelurian Independence Party (AIP): 0.1% (-)

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2019 Parliamentary & Presidential Elections: Results
16th June 2019

Parliamentary Results

The following indicates the percentage of votes received nationally by each party, and the number of seats allocated to each. The seats are allocated via proportional representation on a provincial level.

Party: percentage (percentage change), seats (seat change)
Liberal Party: 25.6% (-8.5), 31 (-11)
Conservative Party: 17.5% (+8.2), 21 (+11)
Green Party: 15.9% (+1.7), 20 (+2)
Communist Party: 12.7% (-18.2), 15 (-22)
Left Alliance: 9.9% (+9.2), 12 (+12)
Lauchenoiria First: 6.6% (+4.8), 7 (+6)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance: 5.3% (+5.3), 6 (+6)
Pacifist Party: 3.8% (+3.8), 4 (+4)
Anarchist Party of Yervia: 0.9% (+0.7), 2 (+2)
Aelurian Independence Party: 0.1% (-0.2), 2 (-2)
Feminist Party: 0.7% (-1.9), 0 (-2)
Social Democratic Party: 0.6% (-5.2), 0 (-6)

Presidential Election

The following indicates the percentage of votes won by each presidential candidate in the first round of the election.

Alexis Armitage, Green Party – 14.5%
Alberto Causer, Conservative Party – 18.1%
Paul Doberman, Lauchenoiria First – 6.8%
Alex Marwick, Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 16.9%
Ruben Page, Communist Party – 11.9%
Rogelio Paloma – 10.6%
Daniela Penn, Social Democratic Party – 0.3%
Nina Pond, Liberal Party – 16.8%
Tamera Power, Pacifist Party – 2.5%
Ruaridh Nicolson, Left Alliance – 1.0%
Anima Sampson, Feminist Party – 0.6%

The candidates advancing to the second round will be Conservative Party candidate Alberto Causer and Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance candidate Alex Marwick.

Analysis

It was a terrible night for the Communist Party, as predicted. The party lost well over 50% of their seats in the Federal Parliament, being pushed into a mere fourth place, behind the Conservatives and the Greens. Their presidential candidate finished in fifth place. With the only party willing to work with the Communists being the Left Alliance, it is all but certain that they will not play any part in the next government.

While the Liberals remained the largest party, they still lost a considerable number of seats, and will need to work with multiple parties if they wish to form a government. The real winners of the night were the Conservative Party, pushing into second place from their previous fourth. The Conservative Party had previously expressed a willingness to work with the Liberals, which is one possible future coalition. The other choice for the Liberals is to work with the Greens, only one seat behind the Conservatives – or, indeed, both together. However, any coalition excluding one of these parties would need at least two further parties.

The Social Democratic Party and the Feminist Party were wiped out, likely for broadly the same reason – suspected Kerlian ties. Suspicion of Kerlile has risen greatly since the war, owing to Charissa Clarke’s secret Kerlian identity. It is unlikely the SDP will recover from their leader Cassidy Laurens’ blunder any time soon.

Other winners are the Left Alliance, winning 12 seats in place of their previous zero. They aimed to attract Communist voters disillusioned with their party’s role in last year’s war, or disagreeing with the more authoritarian aspects of the Communists’ manifesto. This strategy appears to have been broadly successful – although the increase in Left Alliance votes does not account for all the drain from the Communists. Evidence suggests that support for capitalism is on the rise in Lauchenoiria.

Two regional parties now have representation in the Federal Parliament – the Aelurian Independence Party (AIP), and the pro-independence and pro-Spanish language Partido Anarquista de Yervia (Anarchist Party of Yervia, PAY). The AIP lost half their seats, possibly owing to their failed bid at independence in March of this year, or possibly due to their lack of presence during this year’s election campaign. Meanwhile, PAY gained their first representation. It will be interesting to see how the unconventional party behaves in parliament.

Controversial far-right party Lauchenoiria First managed to greatly increase its representation, which will come as a disappointment to many – especially immigrants, who Lauchenoiria First has been especially hostile to. Two new parties, the LDA and the Pacifist Party, have also managed to gain representation, and Alex Marwick of the LDA made it through to the second round of the presidential election, which will come as a shock to many. It is clear that the war has changed the shape of Lauchenoirian politics considerably.

The results of the presidential election will also be shocking to many. The success of incumbent president Rogelio Paloma will come as a surprise to some, and will be entirely expected by others. Independent candidates have historically not done very well in Lauchenoiria – but anyone familiar with the popularity of Paloma will be unsurprised. The incumbent president was a compromise candidate initially, and yet somehow manages to please Lauchenoirians across the political spectrum.

Liberal Party candidate Nina Pond very narrowly lost out on a spot in the second round to her LDA rival Alex Marwick, a fellow centrist. Marwick was a popular figure during the civil war, and is better known amongst the general public compared to Nina Pond. With the two so close ideologically, many Liberal voters appear to have opted to support Marwick. This will be a great disappointment to her and to the Liberal Party, who were hoping to a return of the Liberal domination of the executive branch of government that was in place before the war, under President Walker. With such a close result, it will be especially disappointing for Ms Pond.

The second round of the election will see Alberto Causer face off against Alex Marwick, and will take place on the 30th June.

Federal Parliament representatives by province:

Aeluria – 5 representatives:
Aelurian Independence Party – 2 (-2)
Conservative Party – 1 (+1)
Left Alliance – 1 (+1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 1 (+1)
Communist Party – 0 (-1)

Butterfly Island – 9 representatives:
Conservative Party – 3 (+1)
Green Party – 3 (-)
Liberal Party – 2 (-1)
Pacifist Party – 1 (+1)
Communist Party – 0 (-1)

Costeno – 18 representatives:
Liberal Party – 5 (-2)
Green Party – 3 (-)
Conservative Party – 2 (+2)
Communist Party – 2 (-4)
Left Alliance – 2 (+2)
Pacifist Party – 2 (+2)
Lauchenoiria First – 1 (+1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 1 (+1)
Social Democratic Party – 0 (-2)

Ecanta – 10 representatives
Liberal Party – 2 (-1)
Conservative Party – 2 (+1)
Left Alliance – 2 (+2)
Green Party – 1 (-)
Communist Party – 1 (-3)
Lauchenoiria First – 1 (+1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 1 (+1)
Social Democratic Party – 0 (-1)

Fleura – 27 representatives:
Liberal Party – 10 (-2)
Communist Party – 5 (-4)
Conservative Party – 4 (+2)
Left Alliance – 3 (+3)
Green Party – 2 (-)
Lauchenoiria First – 2 (+1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 1 (+1)
Feminist Party – 0 (-1)

Melissa – 21 representatives:
Liberal Party – 5 (-2)
Conservative Party – 5 (+1)
Green Party – 4 (+1)
Communist Party – 3 (-3)
Left Alliance – 2 (+2)
Lauchenoiria First – 1 (+1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 1 (+1)
Feminist Party – 0 (-1)

Ulinaria – 11 representatives:
Liberal Party – 3 (-1)
Conservative Party – 2 (+1)
Green Party – 2 (-)
Communist Party – 1 (-3)
Lauchenoiria First – 1 (+1)
Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 1 (+1)
Pacifist Party – 1 (+1)

Yervia – 19 representatives:
Green Party – 5 (+1)
Liberal Party– 4 (-2)
Communist Party – 3 (-3)
Conservative Party – 2 (+2)
Left Alliance – 2 (+2)
Anarchist Party of Yervia – 2 (+2)
Lauchenoiria First – 1 (+1)
Social Democratic Party – 0 (-3)

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:57 pm

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Liberals in coalition talks with various parties – Greens and Conservatives compete for place in government
22nd June 2019

Various parties have been in coalition talks with the Liberal Party about forming a coalition, after the Liberals came top in the parliamentary elections. The elections on the 16th June left no party – or, indeed, no two parties – able to form a government alone. It is all but certain that the next Prime Minister of Lauchenoiria will be Liberal leader Josephine Alvarez, but the form the new government will take is uncertain.

Conservative Party leader Thomas Averforth and Green Party leader Lucie Scott, have both been seen meeting with Alvarez every day since the election. No coalition can form without the support of one (or both) of these parties. Scott has said it is ‘unlikely’ the Greens would work with the Conservatives, but has not ruled it out completely. If the three largest parties were to work together, they would have 72/120 seats, a workable majority.

The leaders of the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance (LDA), Pacifist Party and the Left Alliance have also all been seen meeting with Alvarez. Lauchenoiria First and the Anarchist Party of Yervia have ruled out participating in any coalition – although all other parties had ruled out working with Lauchenoiria First themselves. The Left Alliance has ruled out working with the Conservatives, and vice-versa.

Considering the meetings taking place, there are four potential coalitions: A Liberal-Conservative-Green coalition combining the largest three parties and leaving the Communists as the official opposition; a Liberal-Conservative-LDA-Pacifist coalition with 62 seats, a Liberal-Green-LDA-Pacifist coalition with 61 seats, or a Liberal-Green-Left Alliance coalition with 63.

A coalition comprised of the largest three parties would be unexpected, and it is uncertain what agreements would be required to make this work. The Conservatives aim to represent business interests, while the Greens have often been opposed to many of the activities of businesses, asking for greater regulations and higher taxes to protect the environment. For such a coalition to work, it is likely both parties would have to compromise greatly – something it is unlikely they will be willing to do.

A coalition comprised of the Liberals, Conservatives, LDA and Pacifists would be the most right-wing government in Lauchenoiria since the 1940s. After decades of communist dictatorship, and years more of left-wing rule, few alive in Lauchenoiria today have seen a government on the right of the political spectrum. Business interests in Lauchenoiria are very excited at the prospect of this government – except, of course, the arms manufacturing industry. The Pacifists have publicly stated that their only two conditions for entering into a coalition are cuts to military spending and greater regulation of the arms industry.

Exchanging the Conservatives for the Green Party in the above combination cause a drastic shift in the priorities of the government. Businesses would not be as friendly to such a coalition – the Greens demand greater environmental regulations, and insist that any government they are part of sets a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2025. This has been a key demand of environmental activists, however would likely damage the Lauchenoirian economy even further at a time when it is especially weak.

Anti-communist groups fear the prospect of a Liberal-Green-Left Alliance coalition, which is the least likely option of the bunch. The economics of the Liberal Party and the Left Alliance are very incompatible, and it seems unlikely the two could ever reconcile to form a coalition. The meeting of Left Alliance leader Damian Andrés and Josephine Alvarez came as a shock, and it is still viewed unlikely that anything will come of it. Such a coalition would spell an end to any hope of a trade deal with Shuell – which has been hinted at by both Alvarez and Averforth as something Lauchenoiria is aiming for.

It is uncertain which coalition will eventually be formed, with some suggesting Alvarez is waiting to see the result of the second round of the presidential election, in which the Conservative and LDA candidates will fight it out in an unprecedented contest. This will be the first time since before the 1952 Communist revolution that the Prime Minister and President have been members of different political parties, and will require a new way of working.

After the formation of a coalition, the first priority of the new government will be to schedule a vote in parliament on the new Lauchenoirian constitution. It is a time of unprecedented change in Lauchenoiria, and whatever flavour the new government takes, it will bring forward a new era in Lauchenoirian politics.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:07 pm

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Unemployment rate in southern Lauchenoiria at record high
28th June 2019

Unemployment in the southern provinces of Costeno, Ecanta and Ulinaria is at a record high, following job shortages caused by last year’s civil war. Thousands of individuals who were resident in the cities of Summersea, Carville and Annatown at the time of the war remain displaced, homeless or living in temporary accommodation arranged by the government.

In cases where accommodation is available, many Lauchenoirians are struggling to afford to rent or buy, as a result of high unemployment. While temporary accommodation for displaced individuals is available from the government for free, it has been reported that this is often overcrowded due to excessively high demand.

Oscar Aparicio is a resident of Summersea who lost his job in a plastic recycling plant after it was destroyed during last year’s civil war. Aparicio is uncertain which of the many armies who passed through Summersea was responsible for the destruction, but it does not matter to him, as he blames all the sides of the war equally.

“The Communists tell us that Laura Moore was a traitor and that’s why they had to go to war. Laura Moore tells us she was protecting democracy. All the other nations involved say they were defending an ally. I doubt any of them are the whole truth, and even if they are, it wasn’t worth it. All of Lauchenoiria continues to suffer because of the mistakes they made.”

Aparicio is living with his wife, three children and his elderly mother in a small apartment in temporary accommodation given to the family by the government after his home was destroyed during fighting between Laeralian and Gonhogian forces last July. He says it is inadequate, there are only two small bedrooms between six people and they are relying on food from foreign aid organisations as none of the family has been able to find work.

Residents of the southern provinces are hopeful that aid packages provided by Laeral, Zamastan and Shuell will assist in the rebuilding of parts of the country destroyed by the war, and will lead to a revitalisation of the economy and thus greater employment opportunities. The rebuilding of houses and businesses is already underway, but people are concerned that without more jobs they will be unable to afford to move out of the temporary accommodation even if better options are theoretically available.

Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance presidential candidate Alex Marwick addressed the situation during a speech in Annatown yesterday evening, saying: “it is important that we stand by the communities which were hardest hit by the war, providing support for every individual who lost their livelihood during the war until such time they no longer need it. We cannot turn our backs on anyone in this country, especially at the time they need help the most.”

His opponent, Conservative candidate Alberto Causer, has also pledged to support those affected by the war, and has stated the importance of improving the economic situation in Lauchenoiria: “with a stronger economy, we will have more job opportunities across Lauchenoiria. We must focus on improving the state of the economy, which has suffered greatly following the conflict. We must do everything in our power to ensure we have a full recovery from last year’s war.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:04 pm

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Presidential Election: Results (Second Round)
30th June 2019

The following indicates the percentage of votes won by each candidate in the second round of the presidential election:

Alberto Causer, Conservative Party – 35.8%
Alex Marwick, Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance – 64.2%

Alex Marwick of the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance will be the new President of Lauchenoiria after an unprecedented election that has shaken the landscape of Lauchenoirian politics. At 29, Marwick will be the youngest-ever President, and as a member of the LDA will be the first president from outside of the main parties. With 64.2% of the vote, he has won in a landslide that will come as unexpected to many.

Many Communist Party and Left Alliance supporters were disappointed that what some see as the two most pro-capitalism candidates reached the second round. Some supporters of the Communists boycotted the second round of the election, however their leader Javier Flynn was seen going to vote, as was their failed presidential candidate Ruben Page. Turnout was down slightly on the first round; however, this cannot necessarily be attributed to the Communists.

Mr Marwick, a popular figure among those who supported the Lauchenoirian Resistance during last year’s war, thanked his supporters in a speech, promising to do his best to unite Lauchenoiria and help the country to come together and move forward in the wake of last year’s civil war. He reiterated his pledge to seek more trade deals with other nations, and to ensure that no Lauchenoirian is left behind as the country moves forward.

Liberal leader, and probable next Prime Minister, Josephine Alvarez congratulated Mr Marwick, saying that she looked forward to working with him in the future. The Liberals’ own presidential candidate Nina Pond narrowly lost out on a place in the second round by 0.1%. Alvarez continues to meet with leaders of other parties in an attempt to form a coalition following the parliamentary elections two weeks ago.

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New coalition is formed: Josephine Alvarez takes office as Prime Minister
6th July 2019

The Liberal Party have agreed to form a coalition with the Conservative Party, the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance and the Pacifist Party. Altogether that gives the new coalition 62 representatives out of 120, a slim majority. The new government will be the most pro-capitalism government in Lauchenoiria since the 1952 communist revolution.

The Lauchenoirian Parliament today voted to approve the new government, which consists of ministers from all four parties and will be headed by Liberal leader Josephine Alvarez as Prime Minister. In what will come as a surprise to many, the Pacifist Party, whose leader Samantha Clavell is the new Minister for Culture and the Arts, have managed to secure a place in government after their very first election.

The coalition agreement includes a pledge to remove various restrictions on private business which are still in place from the communist era as soon as possible. Also, the coalition has agreed to freeze military spending at current levels – a compromise between the pro-cuts Pacifists and the Conservatives who wished to increase it.

The LGBT+ community have been celebrating the new government, as Alvarez will be the first openly gay Prime Minister of Lauchenoiria. The coalition agreement has also promised a consultation on reforming gender recognition law to discuss the possible recognition of non-binary genders, something which trans rights campaigners have long called for.

Green Party leader Lucie Scott said today that she was ‘disappointed’ her party was not included in the coalition, however has pledged to ‘hold the new government to account to the best of our ability’. She has also promised to put pressure on the government to increase environmental regulations and to treat climate change as an emergency.

President-elect Alex Marwick today met with the new Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez to discuss scheduling a vote on the new constitution. The new constitution will be the first thing passed by the new parliament, as stipulated in the Haven Accords which ended last year’s civil war. The vote is expected to take place within the next two weeks.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:42 pm

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Date set for vote on new constitution
11th July 2019

The Federal Parliament of Lauchenoiria has set a date for the final vote on adopting a new constitution, which has been drafted over the last ten months since the conclusion of last year’s civil war. The Haven Accords, which ended the war, mandated that a new constitution be drafted and put to vote in a new national parliament following elections.

The new parliament, elected last month, will vote on the adoption of the new constitution on Friday 18th July 2019. It is expected to be an almost unanimous vote in favour – although the two Anarchist Party of Yervia representatives are expected to abstain due to their opposition to the ‘concept’ of a constitution.

The new constitution is expected to treble the number of representatives in the Federal Parliament, as well as giving provinces more power, enshrining the rights of minorities and removing the constitutional prohibition of tobacco and recreational drugs (although further legislation is planned to keep these things illegal for the time being).

The constitution has been agreed by all major parties, including all parties represented in the Federal Parliament except the Anarchist Party of Yervia. The Feminist Party and the Social Democratic Party, both of whom lost all seats in June’s election, have also publicly supported the new constitution.

All eight provincial authorities have also publicly supported the constitution, with even First Minister of Aeluria Nazario Macías, who supports Aelurian independence, claiming that the new constitution is a much fairer deal for Aeluria. Provinces have long sought greater powers from the central government, and it is expected this change in particular will be welcomed by many across the country.

The previous constitution, written by the Communist Party after the 1952 Communist Revolution, has provoked much controversy, even after it was heavily amended in 1993. Many had criticised it for being designed to keep the Communists in power. It was suspended by President Kieran MacKenzie last year at the request of Prime Minister Suleman Chaher, and has remained suspended since.

The adoption of a new constitution will spell the final end to a conflict which tore Lauchenoiria apart, led to the deaths of thousands of people, and fundamentally changed the country. The after-effects of the war are still present in all aspects of Lauchenoirian life, and many hope that the new constitution will lead to the country finally being able to move forward completely.

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