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XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:42 am

The Empire of Xiomera presents a face of stability, order and prosperity to the international community through its official news service, the Xiomeran Imperial News (XIN). XIN presents the official, government sanctioned news approved by the Emperor and his council of experts (ihuicatl). It also provides editorial commentary that often serves as an indirect way for the Xiomeran government to tell (or warn) the international community what it's thinking.

Xiomera is not a monolithic society, however, as much as the government would like to convince everyone that it is. In 2016, disaffected former XIN journalists, democracy activists, and social activists banded together to start a rival news service they called XUN (Xiomeran Underground News). For three years, they operated XUN as a way of telling what they labeled "the true Xiomeran story", as an alternative to XIN, which they derided as a propaganda mouthpiece for the government. And for three years, the government more or less tolerated XUN. It was allowed to operate as a poorly kept open secret in the form of several decentralized "cells", operating out of countries such as Laeral, Lauchenoiria and Zamastan. These "cells" were coordinated by the XUN "headquarters", located in the capital of the Necatli tribal domain, Nezahualpilli. This was done with the consent of the leader of the Necatli tribe, tlatoani Chicaliztli, who had his own issues with the government in Tlālacuetztla and protected XUN.

But in 2019, the government of Xiomera decided it was done playing nice with a group of journalists they saw as a threat to Xiomeran social harmony and a source of potential harm. After the Necatli leader Chicaliztli was forced out by a power play of the Emperor's, the new Necatli leader, tlatoani Noxochicotzin, cooperated with the Emperor and shut XUN down by raiding its office in Nezahualpilli and arresting everyone connected to the office there. The Xiomeran government also tried to have the XUN journalists operating abroad arrested. When none of the nations involved would honor the Xiomerans' arrest warrants, the government turned to a technological solution: implementing Project Tilmahcoatl, a program to monitor Xiomeran television, radio, mobile phones and the Internet and block any unwanted media at the source.

The government thought that would be the end of XUN. And it was. But the journalists and activists abroad who survived the government's purge of the media didn't plan to go away quietly. They started over, with the creation of an independent media source they renamed HNN: the Huenyan News Network. Taking its name from the island of Huenya, the land where Xiomerans are just one of four tribes, their new goal wasn't to change the Empire, but to rid the world of it. No longer pledging allegiance to the Xiomeran Empire, they consider themselves citizens of a land of their dreams, a future united Huenya where the Xiomeran Empire is just a bad memory.
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Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:02 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 28, Xatl Techalotl, 2019

Democracy movements "anti-Xiomeran", Emperor declares

Tlālacuetztla - In a speech to graduating cadets at the Imperial Military Academy, Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca denounced recent stirrings of so-called "democracy" movements in Xiomera as "being totally incompatible with Xiomeran values", and vowed to continue government efforts to eliminate such movements.

"Democracy is often touted as being the best, the most effective, and the most beneficial way to run a society and a nation. But Xiomera is clear evidence that is not always the case," the Emperor declared. "Our system of Xiomeran Meritocracy, crafted by the wise Empress Camaxtica almost 200 years ago, has brought Xiomera unparalleled stability, prosperity and success. It ended the constant fighting between the four tribes of Huenya, it ended the tyrannical rule of warlords, it brought us into the modern age. It ensured that individuals of supreme merit, talent and drive are the ones who lead, as they should. We are not plagued by the rule of elites, by nepotism or corruption, or by strange systems that use chracteristics like birth, gender, race or class to place the unqualified in power. We have seen what so-called 'democracy' brings other lands - chaos, unrest, violence, and rule by the unfit. We will never, never, never allow Xiomera to follow that same insane path," the Emperor added, to thunderous applause from the gathered cadets. "Xiomera is blessedly free of the mob rule, the rule by popularity contest calling itself 'elections', the unrest and strife that plague other lands. We will never allow our golden land of Xiomera, the cradle of the legacy of the Huenyan tribes, to ever be destroyed by such anti-Xiomeran ideas," the Emperor added.

The Emperor's remarks were in response to a tiny, disaffected group of people within Xiomeran society who blame the government and the society, rather than their own shortcomings, lack of ability, or drive, for their relatively low position in Xiomeran society. Such groups have been pressing the Imperial Government to make so-called "reforms", but if the Emperor's words are any indication, Xiomera will instead continue to follow the path that has brought it great success for two centuries.

While the Emperor's remarks were intended mainly for domestic consumption, some officials expressed concern that his remarks could be seen as commentary on recent regional events many Xiomerans attribute to the "evils of democracy", such as the recent civil war in Lauchenoiria or the unrest in Kerlile's matriarchial system. Secretary for International Affairs Huitzilhuani was quick to assure reporters that the Emperor's remarks "were only meant in a general sense".

Government to seek trade, diplomatic relations

Acalan, Necatli Tribal Region - At the inauguration of a newly opened port and trading center in the Necatli tribal region today, Xiomeran Secretary for Trade and Economic Relations Tlanextia announced that the Imperial Government will soon seek to initiate expanded trade and diplomatic ties with its neighbors in the region.

"Xiomera is prosperous, but cannot remain prosperous in isolation," the Secretary said. "To that end, we must improve our connections with the wider world," she said, adding that the government will soon actively begin soliciting expanded ties with other nations. Of particular interest to the Government are high-tech partnerships, research partnerships, and deals to help develop some of the more isolated and underdeveloped parts of Xiomera, such as the Necatli tribal region.

Secretary Tlanextia dismissed concerns about Xiomera possibly being at a disadvantage against larger regional economies if it loosens the reins on trade as "cowardice".

"The great Emperor Achcauhyotl wisely said it thusly: 'Competition is everything, everything is competition.' Xiomera is strong, and will only grow stronger as we test ourselves against the world. We can compete with anyone, and we will do so. To pursue any other course is to invite one's stagnation and death," Secretary Tlanextia said.

While most Xiomerans are excited about the prospects that increased trade and diplomacy could bring, the notoriously isolationist Necatli have expressed concern about further economic initiatives in their region. However, the Government believes that all Xiomeran tribal regions must be on the same economic footing, and that the Necatli cannot continue to live in isolation from the rest of Xiomera, or from the world, for that matter.
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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:50 am

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The Emperor has no clothes - and also no decency
Attacks on democratic movements are a distraction

In his recent speech to the future fascists graduating cadets at the Imperial Military Academy, Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca had a senior moment when he decided to go off on those of us (such as your friendly neighborhood revolutionaries here at XUN) who want to bring democracy and something resembling actual freedom to Xiomera.

In his usual fashion (combining bellicose rhetoric, worship of the sanitized and family-friendly version of Xiomera's awful history, and complete misunderstanding of what people actually want), the Emperor declared that democracy is anti-Xiomeran, and that the much-vaunted "Xiomeran Meritocracy" foisted upon us by the bloody-handed oppressor Camaxtica almost 200 years ago) is the only way our country will continue to be governed. He decided to throw in his usual dash of fearmongering, using recent regional events as fodder for the tiresome old claim that bringing democracy to Xiomera will lead inevitably to civil strife, a return to tribal warfare, and our demise.

In other words, more of the same babble from ol' Topil, who has been singing this same broken record for two decades now as Emperor, just as his predecessors did. But it's all crap, quite frankly. It serves only one purpose: to uphold and maintain the power structure created by Xiomeran tribal elites to rule over us all, and to enshrine the hateful philosophy of "meritocracy" and "competition" that has governed us since the creation of the Xiomeran empire.

Democracy is so fervently opposed by Topilpopoca and the elites in our government and society precisely because they do recognize it as an existential threat - not to Xiomera, merely to their version of it. If democracy did end up bringing about the end of a hateful system that tells 20% of XIomera's population that the reason they get to starve and suffer their whole lives in a Tlālacuetztla slum like Etalhua instead of living the cushy life in the hills of Montelin is because they weren't "good enough" and that it's their own fault - that would be a good thing, not a bad one.

Hands off Necatli!
Necatlizin mobilize to prevent government plans

Despite pressure from the Imperial government, the Necatli tribe is once again mobilizing to prevent Xiomeran plans to forcibly "open up" their tribal domain to the outside world.

The current tlatoani of the Necatli, Chicaliztli, has declared that he remains opposed to plans to create new economic centers in the Necatli tribal domain, and is especially opposed to any foreign investment.

"So-called development in our lands has only served the historic purpose of siphoning our wealth and resources off to Tlālacuetztla, with little gain for us here," Chicaliztli declared. "It also represents yet another example of the Xiomeran-dominated government not respecting Necatli wishes for our lands to be left alone. We remain opposed to these plans and will work to resist them."

Tlatoani Chicaliztli and all other Necatli leaders were pointedly absent from the opening of the so-called trade center in Acalan recently, a clear message to the central government that their imposition is not wanted or needed in self-sufficient Necatli lands.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:55 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 1, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Cautious praise for recent regional leadership changes
Editorial

In brief letters to the newly selected leaders of both nations, Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca, the Great Council of Xiomera and the ilhuilihuitl and ihuicatl of Xiomera formally congratulated incoming President of Kerlile Rebecca Arnott and incoming President of Lauchenoiria Alex Marwick on their assumption of executive authority in their respective nations.

The phrase “assumption of executive authority” was explicitly used to avoid the word “election” - a word that, in Xiomera at least, is fraught with the scent of unwanted rabble-rousing against the system of government mandated by the Xiuhtonal which has served the Huenyan Empire well for centuries. While the Emperor and his great and trusted advisors and cabinet members saw fit to welcome their new colleagues in the realm of national leaders, that welcome is naturally conveyed with certain expectations by the Palace of Flowers and the Obsidian Throne.

In the case of Kerlile, while the Huenyan Empire no doubt welcomes the emergence of a more logical system of leadership in that matriarchal land, it remains to be seen just how far the new leader Arnott will be able to take them. Systems of leadership that elevate one characteristic (such as gender) above all others as the sole criterion for leadership merit have always been viewed with extreme skepticism by Xiomerans. It is not even the fact that a specific gender was elevated above others. Women have not suffered from the strange curse of being held back by men in Xiomera, as they oddly are in other countries, ever since the esteemed and honored Empress Camaxtica definitively showed all Xiomerans, for all time, just what a woman could do. Xiomerans understand why Kerlile’s rulers felt the need to elevate women in a world where that gender is so often not elevated. But the matriarchal system of that land has always rubbed Xiomerans, who believe in merit above all else, the wrong way to an extent. Tlālacuetztla will undoubtedly hope that a new leadership in Kerlile will move that nation more towards a system of governance in which merit, rather than one’s gender, determines who rules and who has rights, just as it is in Xiomera.

In the case of Lauchenoiria, there will undoubtedly be quite a bit of skepticism of the government of incoming President Marwick. A major cause of Marwick’s has been the advancement of democracy - and we have no desire to see that advance one bit in Xiomera, thank you very much. However, Marwick’s pledges to increase trade with other countries no doubt will raise hope in the corridors of the palace. Increasing foreign trade is the signature goal of the Emperor’s current term. If Lauchenoiria can keep its quest to promote democracy within its own borders, and keep their relations with us strictly to trade, there is potential for a bright future in relations between the two nations. However, it must always be remembered that the Huenyan Empire of Xiomera will never sell its values or its sovereignty for a few cheap quetzals.

Only time will tell if the recent changes of leadership in these nations will bring about closer ties. The doors of the Palace of Flowers, and of Xiomera, will undoubtedly be open to such ties, as long as respect for Xiomera is maintained by those who step across the threshold.

Push to remove Tlatoani Chicaliztli begins

Nezahualpilli - A group of Necatli leaders dissatisfied with the refusal of Tlatoani Chicaliztli to embrace recent Imperial trade initiatives for the Necatli tribal domain have begun a push to convene the ihuicatl of Necatli early and remove the Tlatoani from power.

The normal cycle of assessment and appointment of leaders is not due for another two years, but some Necatli are upset that the leader of the Necatli has vowed to resist the trade and development initiatives planned for the region. “We are the poorest and most backwards region in Xiomera, and it’s precisely because of the stubborn resistance to change that is embodied in Chicaliztli. Every other part of Huenya has advanced, and it’s time we did the same,” Noxochicotzin, the Mayor of the Necatli capital Nezahualpilli, said in announcing his intent to try to convince the ihuicatl to remove Chicaliztli.

For his part, Tlatoani Chicaliztli described the nascent effort to remove him from office as a “plot fueled by those all too willing to sell Necatli land and traditions cheaply, as servants and traitors often do”. Tlatoani Chicaliztli also accused Xiomeran business interests and even the Emperor as being behind the sudden push to remove him from office, a statement that Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca dismissed as “too absurd to make sense even if one is drunk”.

“His mismanagement of his role, and his mismanagement of Necatli, are the reason his tribe are seeking to remove him. That is the only reason. But it is reason enough,” the Emperor said, refusing to discuss “insane conspiracy theories” any further.
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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:27 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 8, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Secretary of Tribal Relations to mediate Necatli dispute

Nezahualpilli - Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli has been dispatched to the Necatli capital to try to mediate the growing dispute between Tlatoani Chicaliztli and a group of dissident Necatli seeking to remove him from power.

Secretary Iccauhyotli described his mission as "our effort to bring Chicaliztli and Noxochicotzin to the table together and see if there is a way to resolve their dispute without having to summon the Necatli ihuicatl early." An early vote on who should lead the Necatli tribe "will only cause disruption where none is needed," the Secretary added, expressing his hope the two sides will come to a compromise.

Neither side has expressed such confidence, however, Tlatoani Chicaliztli warned that "we will not allow Iccauhyotli, or anyone else from the Palace of Flowers, to pressure us into making decisions which are bad for our tribe." Mayor Noxochicotzin, for his part, said that "the intervention of the Secretary is welcome" but expressed doubt that the Tlatoani or his followers will accept a compromise. Mayor Noxochicotzin warned that his side will not accept any resolution that does not lead to "greater economic opportunities and development for the Necatli people."

The current push to recall Tlatoani Chicaliztli began when he vowed to oppose a series of planned economic development programs issued by the Emperor for the Necatli tribal domain.
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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:58 am

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Government intervention in Necatli: the plot thickens

Nezahualpilli - The announcement that the government is sending Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli to "mediate" the fight over Necatli economic sovereignty is just another sign that the government plans to "convince" the Necatli to allow uncontrolled and unwanted economic development in their domain "for their own good".

To cover the fact that they are already intervening in Necatli with their plans to create supposed "economic development opportunities" (really just plans to start selling Necatli resources and infrastructure to foreigners and greedy Xiomerans), the government is sending Secretary Iccauhyotli to mediate a dispute they caused. If the wishes of the Necatli were respected, and the unwanted development plans dropped, there would be no dispute in the first place, after all.

But there's money to be made, and if the leaders in Tlālacuetztla like anything more than the sound of their own voices, it's the sound of coins clinking into their piggy banks. Their useful puppet, Mayor Noxochicotzin, has now stirred up this mess even further, with his bid to force out Tlatoani Chicaliztli due to supposed outrage over his resistance to the development plans. The not-so-good mayor has been gunning for the Tlatoani's spot for a while now; this just gives him a convenient pretext to try to force his longtime rival out of power.

When the interests of the greedy and the power hungry merge, only bad things happen. But the intervention of the Secretariat of Tribal Relations, the agency that is supposed to protect the interests of the other tribes, will surely prevent harm, right?

Wrong. Iccauhyotli has never been particularly eager to challenge the Emperor or the rest of the Emperor's cabinet, and there is no reason to believe this will be an exception. Iccauhyotli will undoubtedly try to pressure Chicaliztli to accept the designs the Emperor has on his domain "for their own good". He will pretend to intervene with Noxochicotzin for appearance's sake, and when Chicaliztli refuses to surrender, the Secretary will throw up his hands and say "well, we tried". The stage will then be set for the usurpation of Necatli power for Imperial visions of quetzals falling like rain into the coffers of the Imperial treasury.

The only thing we can hope for at this point is that the ihuicatl of Necatli will not fall victim to greed or to being duped, and will choose to keep Tlatoani Chicaliztli exactly where he is now - as the leader of his tribe.
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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:14 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 14, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Corruption probe yields swift justice

Two cases of public corruption have ended, with swift punishment for those who would abuse their positions of authority.

In the first case, a claim of bribery within the Xiomeran Civil Service in Teoxihuicoatl has led to the conviction of the director of the local Cihuatzin office, a Grade XS-15 official named Cakulha. The official was investigated by the Xiomeran Imperial Police and the Cihuatzin Inspector-General’s Office in a joint operation, after complaints were made to the Inspector-General that Cakulha was demanding bribes in exchange for posts within the Civil Service. A lengthy and extensive sting operation amassed enough evidence to prove Cakulha’s guilt. After being found guilty, Cakulha has been stripped of his position and sentenced to execution for violation of Imperial anti-corruption laws. In addition, all of Cakulha’s assets will be seized by the Empire. The accused had appealed his case to the tlaxitlán (appeal court) of Xiomera tribal domain, after that domain’s teccalli (trial court) found him guilty. The tlaxitlán, however, found no grounds to overturn the previous ruling. Cakulha tried to appeal his sentence to the Emperor and the cihuacoatl of Xiomera, but was denied a hearing.

Five Civil Service appointees who were proven to have provided Cakulha bribes in exchange for their jobs have been stripped of their positions, forced to surrender their assets to the Empire, and barred from ever holding any kind of government office in perpetuity. Their appeals have likewise been denied.

In the second case, from the Tepiltzin tribal domain, an officer of the Xiomeran Imperial Police has been found guilty of official oppression and abuse of power by the Tepiltzin courts. Yaotl, a sergeant with the XIP based in the small village of Metlcoātl, was accused of demanding bribes in exchange for various favors. He was also accused of denying local residents access to local amenities, such as parks and public spaces, unless he was paid to “provide security”. An internal XIP investigation sparked by locals’ complaints led to his eventual arrest. As a result of his conviction, Yaotl will be fired from the XIP, will be fined in the amount of 10,000 quetzals, and will be barred from holding any government office ever again. Yaotl was also sentenced to six months in jail. Yaotl was likewise denied a hearing from the Emperor and cihuacoatl.

“Corruption within the ranks of those who hold public office in Xiomera is a direct assault on the public trust in their servants,” Secretary of Justice Cētlalhui declared in announcing the results of the cases. “We have absolutely zero tolerance for those who would abuse their privilege to serve the Empire and its people. Let this be a warning to anyone else even thinking of engaging in such corrupt acts. The price for such crimes is always more than you will want to pay,” Cētlalhui added.

No progress in discussions in Necatli, early vote likely to be called

Despite lengthy negotiations between the two sides in the ongoing Necatli tribal dispute, Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli announced that no progress has been made.

“Neither side has moved from their demands, and there is not much more in the way of mediation that we can do. Regrettably, unless one side or the other has a sudden change of heart, we will have to end our attempts at mediation and allow the Necatli to resolve this matter on their own,” Iccauhyotli said in a brief press conference outside the Necatli tribal council hall.

With no sign that Tlatoani Chicaliztli, the Necatli tribal leader, will back down from his refusal to allow several Imperial trade and development projects to begin in the Necatli domain, it is widely expected that his chief opponent, Mayor Noxochicotzin of Nezahualpilli, will amass enough votes to call for an early vote for tlatoani by the end of the week.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:43 am

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Cultures deferred: tribes assert right to their heritage

In the Itotemoc village of Qayara, a quiet revolution has begun.

A small building on the outskirts of the village, painted in bright colors by local children, hardly looks like the den of revolutionaries. But in this small building, change is in the wind, echoed in the words of its occupants.

Ñusta, an Itotemoc elder, leads the room in repeated lessons of the Itotemoc dialect of Huenyan. The Itotemoc dialect of Huenyan had almost gone extinct, driven into the shadows by Imperial mandates to speak only the Xiomeran version of the Huenyan language. But a new movement of Itotemoc activists, determined to keep their culture alive and help their fellow Itotemoc rediscover their lost heritage, have begun opening schools and cultural centers in defiance of official Xiomeran curriculum and cultural propaganda.

“When I was a child, it was forbidden to speak Itotemoc. Our teachers would hit us with sticks if we did not speak perfect Xiomeran at all times,” Ñusta, who is now in her seventies, recalls of her youth attending Imperial schools in Qayara. “We were also only taught the stories of how Xiomera created the Empire, about Xiomeran leaders, about their culture. Nothing of our past, or of our own culture, was ever allowed,” Ñusta said.

In a classroom next to where Ñusta teaches the language of her Itotemoc ancestors to a new generation, another class studies Itotemoc history. Today, a group of Itotemoc youth are learning about the great Itotemoc leader Nenexahual, whose rebellion in 1486 helped the Itotemoc briefly regain independence from Tlālacuetztla before the Empire regained control. “We were never taught about leaders like Nenexahual in school,” Huayta, the young man teaching the class, said. “If we were taught about our own leaders or heroes at all, it was always in brief and dismissive ways,” Huayta said. “But the true history of our people is out there, and we have a right to learn about it and to teach it.”

The Itotemoc aren’t the only ones engaging in this quiet revolution against Imperial propaganda masquerading as education. In the Tepiltzin tribal domain, the ruling council just approved the creation of a Tepiltzin studies curriculum to be implemented in their schools, despite Imperial opposition. In the Necatli tribal domain, several schools have completely tossed out the Imperial mandated curriculum in favor of one that teaches history from the Necatli point of view, and seeks to revive the Necatli culture.

All of this is necessary due to the acts of the Empire itself. When the Empire was first created, Xiomeran rulers repeatedly did everything they could to eliminate any trace of the language, culture and learning of the other three tribes. The goal was to eliminate even the memory that there was ever anything other than the Xiomeran Empire, with Xiomerans ruling it.

The creators of this cultural genocide came very close to achieving their goal. But in secret, devoted activists kept the cultures and heritage of the other tribes alive, often paying the price for it by sitting in jail, or even with their lives. Their sacrifice has managed to keep the spark of the other tribes’ heritage alive. And today, activists young and old alike are fanning that spark into a new flame that is lighting their domains with a new appreciation and awareness of their own heritage and their unique roles in the history of Huenya.

In previous eras, previous Imperial rulers have responded to such efforts by shutting them down, through subtle means such as propaganda and counter-education, and through more aggressive means such as imprisoning activists and shutting down Itotemoc, Necatli and Tepiltzin cultural centers and organizations. It is unclear if the current leadership under Emperor Topilpopoca will respond in a similar fashion. The past history of this Emperor is not promising; when he first became Emperor, in 2001, he ordered a series of actions to curtail cultural activities in the tribal domains. And today, his government is considering a demand by Secretary of Education Etalmac to do so again.

If the Emperor is wise, he will not repeat his mistake in 2001 again in 2019. Times have changed, and the other three tribes will not simply accept continued attempts by the Empire to sweep their culture, history, language and heritage under a pretty golden rug woven in Tlālacuetztla. Topilpopoca has always said that his greatest concern is maintaining the stability of the Empire. That can only happen if everyone in the Empire feels like they’re part of the Xiomeran story.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:37 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 17, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Government gives Laeral overture cautious consideration

The Imperial government is "seriously considering" seeking expanded trade relations with Laeral, in the wake of a recent announcement by that country's Trade Minister that they would be interested in seeking closer trade ties with the Empire.

Trade Minister Raoul Chen stated in a Laeral government committee meeting that their goal would be to open relations with Xiomera, along with other nations such as Shuell and Kerlile, "in order to pursue mutually beneficial trade". This was met with cautious optimism by Secretary for Trade and Economic Relations Tlanextia. "We would be most interested in pursuing mutually beneficial trade and diplomatic relations with Laeral, as we indeed are with all nations of the IDU," the Secretary said. "We believe there is much our nations can offer each other."

She added, however, that any expanded trade between Xiomera and any other nation would be contingent on it being "mutually respectful as well as mutually beneficial." While the Secretary did not elaborate, it is believed that this was in response to a later statement from Minister Chen that expanded trade "will allow for ideas of democracy, human rights, and Laeralian values to enter these nations." Trade relations between Xiomera and the outside world have historically been contingent upon it remaining a strictly business affair, without impacting the social harmony of the Empire. But with the Emperor and other tribal leaders eagerly seeking to rev up the already humming Xiomeran economy, it is highly likely that some minor accomodation will be made to appease foreign concerns about human rights in order to facilitate trade.

In a related story, Secretary Tlanextia confirmed that the government is also considering extending a trade package and offer of investment to Lauchenoiria, in a bid to deepen relations as well as to help that nation recover from its recent civil war. That, too, is likely contingent on whether or not the Marwick administration is willing to work with a nation that does not wish to be part of any democratic crusade.

Extradition sought for "pirate" media outlet accused

The Secretariat of Justice has sent arrest warrant "red notices" to the nations of Zamastan, Laeral and Lauchenoiria, requesting the "detention and speedy extradition" of Xiomeran citizens believed to be behind the operations of the "pirate" media outlet XUN.

"The ongoing investigation by the Xiomeran Imperial Police and the Directorate of Media Review has determined that several of the individuals behind this subversive operation are currently hiding in your jurisdiction. The operations of this unapproved 'pirate' media operation are responsible for continuing disruption to social harmony and cohesion, as well as blatant misrepresentation of facts and manipulation of coverage to try to turn the Xiomeran people against their duly chosen government representatives," Secretary of Justice Cētlalhui said in a letter attached to the arrest warrants. "We urge that you detain these individuals and deliver them to the appropriate Xiomeran authorities as quickly as possible, as their actions will cause grave harm to the Xiomeran people if left unhindered," the letter added.

XIP officers delivered warrants linked to five Xiomeran citizens in Laeral, four in Zamastan, and two in Lauchenoiria. Since the Empire has no extradition treaties with any of those nations, Justice officials acknowledged it is unlikely that the governments in question will honor the warrants. It is hoped, however, that the formal notice will result in the governments in question taking some form of action to prevent XUN from using their countries as safe havens to continue to spread an anti-Xiomeran message. While no mention has been made of any kind of punitive measures should the nations in question ignore the warrants, it is unknown what other leverage Xiomera may have, if any, in the matter.

Shakeup in Necatli: Chicaliztli out as Tlatoani

After a twelve-hour marathon session of the Necatli ihuicatl marked by six failed attempts to call a vote, opponents of the sitting tribal leader Chicaliztli were finally able to force a vote, which led to his removal as tlatoani of the Necatli tribe.

In a vote of 350 to 140, with six absences and four abstentions, the ihuicatl voted to replace Chicaliztli with Noxochicotzin, his chief rival and architect of the bid to change leaders. Noxochicotzin had charged that Chicaliztli was hindering attempts to develop the Necatli tribal domain due to his personal rivalry with the Emperor, as well as his "disloyal anti-Imperial attitude". The supporters of Chicaliztli argued that he was standing up for the independence of the Necatli from Imperial interference, as well as trying to preserve their unique status as the least developed and most rural region of Xiomera. The vote finally turned on the resentment many of Chicaliztli's opponents felt about the relatively poor Necatli economy and a poverty rate considerably higher than the rest of Xiomera.

Noxochicotzin will take over the office of tlatoani immediately, and has already planned to meet with Imperial officials to jump-start plans to boost Necatli development.
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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:34 am

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Extradite This, Cētlalhui

In an entirely predictable and typically authoritarian move, Secretary of Injustice Cētlalhui has sent arrest warrants to the nations where XUN is currently based: Laeral, Lauchenoiria and Zamastan. Their goal: to get us arrested, and to get XUN shut down. It apparently wasn't enough to chase us out of the country we love, away from our families, our homes and our fellow Huenyans. (And yes, we say Huenyans, not Xiomerans, because that's what we are. Well, except for those of us who are ethnic Xiomerans, but we're still Huenyans too.)

We are more bemused than afraid, at this point. Democratic nations typically have no interest in sucking up to autocrats like Emperor Topilpopoca and his band of mini-autocrats in Tlālacuetztla. Laeral and Zamastan are known for their love of freedom. The Lauchenoirians just fought a civil war to make sure they'd have freedom. If the Emperor thinks these are the kind of people who will either be swayed by the wealth at his command, or afraid of his uniformed goons, we think he had best get used to disappointment.

But even if we are wrong, we are not afraid. If the wealth at the Emperor's command, and the roaring engine of a Xiomeran economy powered by heartless competition and greed, does sway the hearts of our hosts, or if the fear of Xiomeran armies changes their minds, we'll find another place to go, and continue to fight for a future where Huenya, the golden land of our hearts, vanquishes the dark beast that is the Xiomeran Empire. And if it turns out there is no safe haven left, we will return to Xiomera and meet our fate, whatever it may be.

But if Cētlalhui really wants to try and extradite us, all of us at XUN have a finger to raise to him, and it's not the ring finger of the Emperor that he's used to kissing.

Foreign media? Yes please

(The following is a transcript of part of the XUN segment Roundtable of Rhetoric, a popular discussion show on the network.)

ITONAN (host of the show): And we're back from the mandatory paying-the-bills commercial break...I know that last commercial was for that Fishy Chips snack, but take it from me: they taste like old sweaty socks. Don't eat them. And hey, speaking of old and sweaty, did you all catch Secretary Tlanextia babbling about wanting trade to be "mutually respectful"...in other words, none of that popular foreign media trying to influence our culture?

TEUICO (retired star ōllamalitzli player): Oh yeah. That's stupid.

MAZANYA (once popular but now semi-retired Xiomeran pop singer): How so? Isn't our culture good enough?

TEUICO: Oh please. Seriously, Xiomeran TV and movies stink. How many docudramas of the Warring States era or telenovels of Camaxtica's reign do we really need to see? Or, Mixcoatl save us, another idiotic show like Tank Full Of Business Pirahnas or What Made You Think You Had Talent? Or yet another military parade or a photo op of the Emperor opening a farm or something....Xiomeran TV is enough to make you want to throw your TV out the window. If Laeral, or literally anyone else, wants to send us something to watch that's actually interesting and not insufferably predictable, I'm all for it.

MAZANYA: Hey, I happen to like What Made You Think You Had Talent?

TEUICO: That's because someone made you think you have talent. You don't, and neither does almost anyone else on Xiomeran TV or in music or movies.

MAZANYA: As I recall, I made quite a bit more money than you did playing with balls.

TEUICO: So? You haven't had a hit in so long that they're starting to measure your record sales the same way they measure continental drift.

ITONAN: Okay, before this goes even further off the rails, maybe we can hear from our other guest. Tiyaxi, wanna jump in here? Please?

TIYAXI (retired professor of media studies at Tlālacuetztla Polytechnic): As raucous as this discussion has been, it does lead to an interesting point. What does the government fear so much about letting in cultural products from other countries? Are they just afraid that Xiomerans will turn away from our own cultural products to embrace the foreign ones and thus hurt the Xiomeran economy and culture? If so, that seems to run contrary to the ethos of "competition is everything and everything is competition" that is always being touted in Xiomera. We're always told that we can compete in anything with anyone in the world - well, I say, prove it. Let other countries send us their best products, including media ones, and we'll see how well we stack up, won't we? But I think the government is really afraid that the competition it'll lose in the long run is for Xiomeran hearts and minds. If our people see how other people in other countries live, and how they are governed, and compare it to Xiomera, which way will they choose? It speaks, in my mind, of an inherent insecurity at the heart of our ruling class. They don't seem confident themselves that they'll win that fight for hearts and minds. That speaks volumes to me.

TEUICO: In other words, "competition is everything if we know we'll win?"

TIYAXI: Exactly.

TEUICO: Not very sporting, that. I agree with the professor, bring on the foreign cultural products, please. Hey Mazanya, they might even give you a part in some foreign movie or something. The people in other countries probably don't know how boring your music is yet. You might have a shot.

MAZANYA: Bite me, ball boy.

ITONAN: And on that note, it's time for another commercial break. Please, not those damn fish chips again.

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Post by Xiomera » Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:02 am

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Government drops warrant requests

The Secretariat of Justice announced today that it was suspending its request for extradition of several individuals wanted for operating an unapproved and un-reviewed "pirate" media operation. Warrants had been sent to Laeral, Lauchenoiria and Zamastan requesting that the suspects be handed over, but after those nations refused the warrants, the Secretariat decided not to pursue the matter further "in the interest of maintaining positive diplomatic relations". The Secretariat did note, however, that anyone connected with XUN or other unauthorized media outlets is still in violation of Xiomeran law, and subject to detention and prosecution if Xiomeran authorities are able to apprehend them. "The applicable Orders in Council issued by the Great Council of Xiomera, to wit: the Order of Media Review issued in 1989, and the Order Preserving Social Harmony issued in 1971, are still applicable to these individuals. As such, these individuals suspected of violating the Orders are still wanted, and the Xiomeran Imperial Police will still seek to apprehend them at the earliest possible opportunity," a SoJ spokesperson said.

In other matters related to the Secretariat of Justice, it was announced by the same spokesperson that the current Secretary of Justice, Cētlalhui, will be resigning at the end of the month for "personal reasons." The Secretary will reportedly resign "to pursue other career opportunities, but he is thanked for his service to the Empire," the SoJ spokesperson stated. The current Undersecretary of Justice, Cuicanan, will replace Cētlalhui at the beginning of the new month.

Order in Council barring "constitutions" issued

The Great Council of Xiomera issued a new Order in Council today, with the Emperor's approval, barring the promulgation of a so-called "constitution" in Xiomera.

The Order of Perpetual Maintenance of Harmonious Structure, handed down by the Council, specifically bars the formation of a so-called "democratic" government, foreign-style "elections", or the writing of a "constitution". The existing Imperial structure of governance, which has served the Empire well and efficiently for centuries, is to be maintained "to continue to strive for a better future for the Xiomeran people while protecting our sovereignty and our culture," the Order states in its preamble.

While the Great Council and the Emperor have publicly opposed the goals of so-called "democracy" activists in Xiomera for years, no reason was given for this formally being put into writing and mandated by Xiomeran law at this specific moment. Sources within the Palace of Flowers have speculated that this is an Imperial response to the recent passage of a new constitution in Lauchenoria, to ensure that activists seeking unwisely to dismantle the current well-balanced system of Xiomeran government and society do not get similar ideas about trying to do the same in the Empire.

Economic initiatives: trade missions to be pursued

The Secretariat of Trade and Economic Relations has sent trade representatives to several nations in the IDU, seeking to open trade missions and to offer an opportunity to invest in a "free trade zone" about to open in the Necatli port city of Acalan.

Trade representatives have reportedly been dispatched to Zamastan, Laeral, Lauchenoiria and Libertas Omnium Maximus to see if those governments are amenable to expanding trade relations with the Empire. It is also reported that the government has contacted the government of Kerlile, requesting permission to send a representative there as well. If this round of what is being termed a "trade rush" is successful, the Secretariat will reportedly seek to extend trade offers to other nations as well. "We want to see how receptive other nations are to trading with us, and hopefully this first round will be a successful foundation for even greater future efforts," Secretary Tlanextia told reporters as she arrived at Empress Camaxtica International Airport in Tlālacuetztla to see her trade emissaries off.

The biggest prize that the trade negotiators reportedly plan to offer other countries is preferred access to the massive new "free trade zone" in Acalan. With top-notch infrastructure geared towards business and industry, "green" energy powering its facilities, and the ability to handle anything from industrial complexes to high-tech office campuses, Acalan Free Trade Center is ready to receive the world. In addition, the zone provides ready access to the Acalan port, as well as a high-speed rail line capable of handling both freight and passenger traffic from Acalan to the Necatli capital of Nezahualpilli, and from there to Tlālacuetztla and the port at Huitzitaca. Many Xiomeran companies have begun locating operations in the zone, and it is hoped by the Secretariat of Trade that foreigners will find it equally attractive, bringing welcome investment to Xiomera.

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Post by Xiomera » Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:33 am

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(XUN show Roundtable of Rhetoric evening broadcast)

ITONAN (host): And we're back. Once again, I apologize to Xiomeran Snack Food Products Conglomerate, makers of the very fine snack Fishy Chips *cough*, for any untoward statements I may have made towards their product which does not taste like old gym socks at all-

(A loud series of Huenyan curse words from the producer offstage is heard)

ITONAN: Okay, okay, I'll stop! Quit shouting so many curse words, there's kids watching this show. They can't be expected to learn to curse properly if you shout the curse words so quickly or so close together. Anyway....our topic of discussion tonight is that this show, and XUN, lives! Thanks to the wonderful people of Lauchenoiria, Laeral, and Zamastan (where we're broadcasting from now, and eat that, Cētlalhui), we are still not in jail, and we are still on the air!

TLALNAN (Xiomeran social justice activist): Yeah, eat that, Cētlalhui, wherever your fascist self is tonight. Probably trying to see how many bottles of booze he can down, lamenting the loss of his precious career.

IUICAPAN (another activist): It is kind of a shame how Cētlalhui took the fall, though. The government would've been in love with the guy, had his plan worked.

ITONAN: But, thankfully, because the countries we're based out of value freedom and justice more than empty threats or dirty quetzals, the plan didn't work. And I can't muster up even a little sympathy for Cētlalhui. He chose to work for a repressive system - he chose to excel and work hard to climb to the top of such a system! He's one of the bad guys, Iuicapan. Don't waste your sympathy on him.

IUICAPAN: But you know what happens now. He'll lose everything, end up homeless, his family on the streets -

TLALNAN: Oh please. His wife will dump him and marry some other up-and-coming fascist bastard, his family will be fine since they're good little cogs in the machine. As for Cētlalhui, screw him. I hope he does lose everything. The jerk wanted to put us all in jail, Iuicapan!

IUICAPAN: I know, but -

(Suddenly, the broadcast begins to flicker, and stutter, before going black; people watching via webcast notice the site abruptly freezes and crashes the browser. Blackout.)

---

(Several hours later, XUN News broadcast:)

CUIXTLI (anchorwoman): It's official, ladies and gentlemen. If you happen to live in a country whose name doesn't start with X and end with A, you can still see and hear me. But for everyone in Xiomera, it's a blackout. We have confirmed from multiple sources that we can no longer be seen, via any media source, anywhere in Xiomera.

Our broadcasts and our internet connections to Xiomera appear to be blocked from within Xiomera itself. This is undoubtedly due to government intervention, but we cannot even begin to confirm how it's being done. The sheer scale of the blackout is insane - it appears that the government is devoting significant resources to making sure we have no presence in our own homeland at all.

Even as I speak, XIP officers are at our offices in Nezahualpilli, about to shut this studio down. It looks like it will be up to our comrades abroad to keep XUN going. Good luck....for us here in Xiomera, it's over. We have unconfirmed reports that the government has also sent the XIP to detain executives from companies that had been sponsoring us. No more Fishy Chips for anyone, I guess. No big loss there, though. (The anchorwoman gives a slight laugh that turns into a soft sob)

The government had been giving us considerable leeway, but I guess that's over now. We knew someday we'd exhaust their patience, but...oh damn.

This will probably be my last signoff for a while. For my friends outside of Xiomera, keep XUN going. Don't let the world see only the side of Xiomera the government wants to show you.

(As Xiomeran Imperial Police enter the studio and walk into view of the cameras, the broadcast ends abruptly)

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:00 am

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When the rule of law doesn't matter, nothing else matters either
Editorial

The recent refusal of the government of Lauchenoiria to extradite a known murderer and serial killer, Jasmine Eddington, back to the nation of Kerlile is a feckless and troubling event. But it is not surprising, given the pattern of such behavior already displayed by the new Lauchenoirian government. After all, the same feckless administration recently refused to honor a duly issued and lawful Xiomeran warrant for individuals known to be engaging in activities meant to disrupt Xiomeran society and cause sedition and possibly even violence in our own country. Apparently, moralistic grandstanding for the sake of "democracy" (i.e. paternalistic assessment of other sovereign nations and their chosen political systems) is more important than anything else, even protecting one's own citizens from a murderer.

XIN had chosen to remain relatively silent on the XUN warrant affair, until now. But with the latest refusal to honor a duly issued warrant by a sovereign government simply because certain nations view their own systems as superior, and thus capable of ignoring the laws and sovereignty of other nations due to their self-appointed judgement that other sovereign nations are "wrong", we feel compelled to speak out. Not just for the sake of Xiomera, but for all nations, and for the very concept of the rule of law.

We respect and honor the government of Kerlile for trying to do the right thing, in the right way, by sending a warrant they naturally thought would be a no-brainer to their neighbor. After all, what sane nation would want a serial killer in their midst? But as we in Xiomera could have warned Kerlile's government, Foreign Minister Sandra Pavía and the government of Lauchenoiria clearly believe that they, because of their "superior political system," have the right to veto other nations' laws and even their sovereignty with the stroke of a pen. Pavía isn't alone, either, in this paternalistic arrogance. Other nations, as Xiomera has seen all too well from recent experience, clearly also believe they can ignore other nations' laws and justice systems if they are different from their own, because "they're wrong" and "we're better".

This is a dangerous exercise. If Lauchenoiria, Laeral, Zamastan or other nations can just ignore warrants from Xiomera, Kerlile or nations like ours because of their arrogant assessment of the values of societies and nations they have no understanding of, what then requires any nation to uphold the rule of law at all? Why should Xiomera or Kerlile honor a warrant from Lauchenoiria, or any other nation that refuses to accept the right of sovereign states such as Kerlile or Xiomera to pass laws that suit their nations and societies, and chooses to enforce them, as any truly sovereign land has an inherent right to do? If everyone refuses to accept the validity of legal documents, or to help their neighbors uphold the rule of law, the entire concept of the law is endangered. If someone can, for example, kill thirteen children and and then escape justice just by crossing a border, then what does the law matter at all? (Even more so when certain nations are trying to prevent people from using falsehoods and the power of the media to destabilize and destroy a centuries old society of over 20 million people, but what do we Xiomerans know....it's only our country, after all.)

Diminishing the rule of law, and the ability of institutions within societies and nations to enforce their own laws causes immense harm within nations as well. When the law doesn't matter, and cannot be enforced, people lose respect for it, and for the institutions that maintain social order. This leads to destruction. We would expect the Lauchenoirians to understand this, as well as any of the nations who recently participated in their recent social unrest. After all, it was someone deciding to usurp and circumvent the laws of Lauchenoiria (Suleman Chaher) that led to that conflict. It's worth noting that stable nations where people have a respect for the law, and have social institutions strong enough to enforce it, don't tend to have civil wars. Xiomera, for example, hasn't had a serious civil conflict since the year 1850. But as the "democracies" would tell you, we are clearly inferior, so again, what do we know?

The time for this sort of arrogant interference in the affairs of other societies must come to an end. The Huenyan Empire of Xiomera calls upon all nations to cease the harmful practice of refusing to honor lawful warrants, on behalf of nations such as Xiomera and Kerlile who have the same right to enforce their laws as any other free nation does. If this is too much to ask, perhaps the paternalistic powers of the IDU would consent to allow us to send all of our criminals to their countries, as they clearly think they know how to handle them better than we do. No matter what happens, however, the Huenyan Empire of Xiomera will not fiddle while Rome burns, as some governments seem content to do with criminals in their midst. We will continue to stand guard and uphold our laws to protect all of our citizens and all other people on our soil, and count ourselves fortunate to live in a land that doesn't put politics above the safety of people.

Democracy in a different image
Editorial

Xiomera is often labeled by some nations as an "autocracy" or a "dictatorship". We do not have "elections" or "presidents" or "legislatures" as they do, so clearly, we must be some dystopian hellhole where Tyrant McTyrantface rules with an iron fist and steel shoes, right?

This is another form of paternalistic arrogance issuing from the halls of nations that see fit to judge other nations based on whether or not they are run in the same exact way as the judging nation is. It is an assumption born out of arrogance and, far worse, ignorance.

Some nations choose "presidents" or "prime ministers", as well as "legislatures", from "elections" held on a periodic schedule where the people get to vote on their leaders. They also usually have the ability to recall those leaders if desired. That's a "democracy", we're told in Xiomera. Fair enough. We think we've got the concept.

In Xiomera, "ihuicatl" (representative bodies of 500 different fields of endeavor covering scientific, educational, philosophical, religious, social and cultural matters) are chosen by the people who are part of those fields of endeavor. (For you "democratic nation" types, think of it in much the same way that your trade or labor unions choose their leaders.) The "ihuicatl" then gather on a periodic schedule (six years, for Xiomera) and hold a "vote" on who the leaders of their tribal domain should be. The tribal leaders "elected" by the "ihuicatl" then choose who should be Emperor of Xiomera (also for six years). And those leaders, even the Emperor, can be "recalled" sooner if desired.

So....one system ("democracy") has a group of people who choose leaders every so often and can recall them at will. The Xiomeran system, which is so awful by contrast....has groups of people who choose leaders every so often, and can recall them at will.

Well....now we can see why we are so awful and so different from and inferior to you, great democracies! Thank you so much for clearing that up!

(Editor's note: that was sarcasm, we do not think we're inferior, and certainly don't think we're wrong or evil. Maybe if other nations actually learned more about us, they wouldn't either.)

Happy Society app/software to be updated, become mandatory

The Happy Society app, which has previously been offered by the Imperial government as a free downloadable app and software for computers, smartphones and tablets, will become mandatory for all device and computer manufacturers to include on new devices for sale in Xiomera, per a recent memorandum from the Secretariat of Security.

Happy Society is an app (and software for computers) which allows Xiomeran citizens to perform a number of functions, such as requesting government services, obtaining documents, and sending messages to officials. It also allows Xiomeran citizens to report suspected or known violations of the law for investigation. It also allows Xiomerans quick access to their social credit score (as well as their actual credit score), with helpful tips on how to increase both scores.

The latest update of the Happy Society app will also be pushed to all existing smartphones, tablet devices and computers in Xiomera capable of running the software in an over the air software update. This is a mandatory update and all devices moving forward will be required to have the app installed, in what is described as "an efficiency program to ensure all Xiomerans can contact their government easily and effectively" by the Secretariat of Security.

Older devices, "rooted" or "jailbroken" devices and those otherwise unable to run the new app due to incompatibility will be "bricked", or unable to operate, as of the first of the month, the date when the new app is pushed to devices and mandatory for all new devices. Citizens and noncitizens resident in Xiomera can take their soon-to-be-inoperable devices to the nearest XioMarket or Orange Tech device store for a free upgrade to a new device.

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Post by Xiomera » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:26 am

(Intro screen appears, showing various scenes of Xiomeran citizens, countryside and cities and ending with the Xiomeran flag flying over the Palace of Flowers as the Xiomeran national anthem plays)

"Good evening, and welcome to the XIN International News in English. Today is the 30th of July, 2019 (Atl 30, Xatl Tohtli, 2019). I'm Xōacaci, and here are the top news stories in Xiomera and the wider world of interest.

In Tlālacuetztla today, the incoming Secretary of Justice, Cuicanan, announced that charges have been brought against seventeen individuals accused of violating the Order of Media Review and the Order Preserving Social Harmony. The individuals are believed to be the masterminds behind the anti-Xiomeran "pirate" media outlet calling itself XUN. They were arrested on the 20th of July in a joint operation by the Nezahualpilli Municipal Police, Necatli Tribal Police and the Imperial Police. Here is what the new Secretary of Justice had to say about the arrests."

(The scene shifts to show Cuicanan, a blocky man with a shaved head, as he leans towards a microphone held by a XIN reporter; the light glints off of the Xiomeran flag on the lapel of his immaculate gray suit as he leans forward)

"As your new Secretary of Justice, Xiomerans, let me assure you that we will show zero tolerance for the machinations of those who would seek to destroy our social harmony or disrupt our great nation. For those who insist on manipulating the power of the media to spread lies and encourage dissent and unrest, the only future for them is in a jail cell. However, for those who genuinely repent for their crimes against Xiomeran society, and promise to commit no further acts of social violence, Xiomera is a forgiving and loving homeland. For those who are contemplating such acts here in Xiomera, please reconsider. Xiomera is our mother, our father, our homeland. One should seek to harm it no more than one would seek to harm one's own parents. And for those Xiomerans who have fled outside of Xiomera to commit such violence against our society, renounce your past acts and come home. Why condemn yourself to a life far away from home, never seeing your beloved homeland and your friends and loved ones ever again? Xiomera loves you and wants you to come back home, to become part of our great and happy society again. All can be forgiven, after appropriate repentance and repaying of dues to society. You can come home again; do not let your past destroy your future."

(The scene shifts back to the anchorwoman, Xōacaci, who flashes perfectly white teeth in a broad smile, tilting her head towards the camera.)

"That is a very generous offer from the new Secretary of Justice, and it sounds like those hiding abroad from the long arm of Xiomeran law would be wise indeed to take it. Now to the world of diplomacy. Secretary for International Affairs Huitzilhuani has announced that the Xiomeran government, in cooperation with several Xiomeran businesses, has decided to extend an offer of assistance to the nation of Lauchenoiria to help that country recover from its recent civil war. The plan would involve a combination of direct financial assistance, such as grants and loans, along with new business investment and commercial partnerships. The plan would focus on areas of Lauchenoiria most badly affected by the war, such as southern Lauchenoiria, with the goal of strengthening business ties between the two countries and helping speed up recovery and create local jobs. Secretary Huitzilhuani had this to say."

(Secretary Huitzilhuani appears on screen, her photogenic good looks making her recognizable quickly)

"Trade is the lifeblood of nations, and it is no secret that the best antidote to strife and unhappiness is prosperity. When your needs are all met, and your worries about survival eased, you can focus on the things that lead to happiness. We have seen that for ourselves in Xiomera. While we have had our disagreements with the government of Lauchenoiria recently, we have no quarrel with the Lauchenoirian people and no desire to see them suffer. It is our hope that our governments can move past our current issues and find a way to help the Lauchenoirian people together. We are prepared to send representatives to Lauchenoiria to discuss our proposal with their government at their convenience."

(The anchorwoman returns to the screen)

"Secretary Huitzilhuani added that in addition to the offer extended to Lauchenoiria, her Secretariat, at the Emperor's direction, will seek to pursue closer ties with nations such as Shuell, Gonhog and Kerlile, who have similarities to Xiomera. Such a potential coalition could represent a new era in the affairs of the region, she said, adding that the Secretariat has already made a formal approach to Kerlile and will now do the same for Shuell and Gonhog. The government has reportedly sent representatives to those two nations, hoping to begin establishing formal ties.

Now to the world of sports. In a shock announcement, it was confirmed today that Xiomera will not be participating in the upcoming IDU Olympics. The government has forbidden Xiomeran participation, on the grounds that certain governments have recently shown Xiomera disrespect on the international stage. Secretary of Culture and Preservation of Xiomeran Values Maxtla, whose Secretariat handles matters concerning Xiomeran national athletics, had this to say."

(The scene shifts to the home of Xiomeran National Athletics, the massive Stadium of September 1850 in downtown Tlālacuetztla, named in honor of the date when the Empress Camaxtica defeated the final resistance to her reign. Maxtla, a powerfully built woman with her hair in a bun and a decidedly unamused expression, is speaking to a XIN reporter as if each word is causing her physical pain)

"Due to the disrespectful actions of certain governments towards the government and people of Xiomera, it is not possible for us to participate in an event with those nations that supposedly embodies fellowship and mutual respect in competition. Therefore, by order of the Emperor, Xiomera will not be sending any athletes to the IDU Olympics. That is all I have to say. No questions."

(Maxtla abruptly turns and walks inside the Stadium, and the scene shifts back to the anchorwoman)

"It is unfortunate that Xiomera will not be participating in the IDU Olympics, but a justifiable position by the Emperor considering the grave insult dealt to our country in recent events. That's the international news for this hour. Please stay tuned for local and regional news, and weather at 45 after the hour."

(title scrolls and the anthem plays again)

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:31 am

(For people in Xiomera, the following broadcast would be very difficult to receive, intermittent and spotty at best; receiving it willingly could also earn someone the unwanted attention of the Xiomeran Imperial Police. For people outside of Xiomera, the broadcast would still be limited, given the truncated and now limited resources of those making it. But for anyone listening, it would be akin to a declaration of independence, and the beginning of a new era.)

"Hello to the world, those of you still able to see this, anyway. I am Itonan, formerly the host of a silly talk show on XUN. That show is no more. Neither is XUN. And I think the time for silliness has passed, also."

"As you may know, XUN stopped broadcasting on the 20th of July. We were cut off by the descent of what can only be described as a total crackdown by the Xiomeran government. Our office in Nezahualpilli was raided, and everyone was arrested. The new Secretary of Justice, Cuicanan, just announced that as if it's something to be proud of. He says that the government is protecting our society, that we're dangerous."

(The camera pans around the room, showing three people, all in their twenties, at various computers or control panels. All of them look tired, and nervous. The camera then pans back to Itonan, who looks exhausted and pale.)

"Do we look dangerous to you? We're just a bunch of people who had a piddly little shoestring media operation. Students, social activists, reporters. Not murderers, or thieves, or anything like that. So what's the Xiomeran government so scared of? What about us required armed police to break down doors, storm into a studio and drag people out in handcuffs? What about us is so dangerous that the Xiomeran government is even now still pressuring other nations to round us up and send us back to a country where we only have jail cells waiting for us?"

"What is so dangerous about us that the government has to expend millions of quetzals, and hundreds of police and intelligence types, to shut us down? We received documents recently that prove the government and the corporation ISTC are working together to enforce the censorship that is shutting us down in Xiomera itself. We also received technical documents recently that show that the 'Happy Society' app, which the government claims is just an app for government services, is actually an integral part of this censorship engine. This app actively monitors what people are doing on their computers, phones, tablets and other devices and reports it to the government. It also is key to blocking unwanted media sources from Xiomera itself. We are still trying to figure out how; we don't have the resources or people that a megacorp like ISTC has, after all. But we know the government and the private sector are now working together to keep independent voices in Xiomera silent."

"The Xiomeran government has declared war on its own people, war on the truth, and war on anyone from Xiomera who dares to tell the truth. And they think they've won. Their arrogance makes that clear. The new Secretary of Justice says we should just give up and come home, and after a few years under house arrest or in a Xiomeran prison, we can 'prove' to them that we should be allowed to live in our own homeland. We have something to say in response: you may have hit us hard, but you didn't knock us out. And in time, you're really going to regret that."

(Itonan stands up, holding a Xiomeran government-issued identity card in his hand. With his other hand, he picks up a lighter.)

"If the Xiomeran Empire declares war on us, we declare war on it in turn."

(Itonan lights the government identity card, holding it up so the camera clearly shows it burning.)

"All of us that once worked for XUN, today, in the sight of all who can see this broadcast, renounce our citizenship in the Xiomeran Empire."

(The camera pans around again, showing that everyone else has set their own government identity cards on fire as well, holding them up for the camera.)

"Today, we instead claim our real citizenship. Four tribes make up the land of Huenya. At one time, all four of them lived together, before the Xiomeran tribe conquered the rest and created an Empire in their name. In this room, and in the other countries where we still have a safe haven, we are Itotemoc, Necatli, Tepiltzin, and yes, Xiomeran. But none of us will, ever again, claim to be citizens of an Empire that despises us and despises the truth. Today, we claim our true legacy. We are Huenyans. And XUN may be dead, but from its ashes, the Huenyan News Network will rise. We will tell the truth about what's really happening in Huenya, no matter how much the Xiomeran government tries to stop us. We will make the rest of the world see the real ugliness behind the pretty picture the Imperial government portrays. We will fight to bring the truth to the people stuck behind the technological iron curtain that the government has put up. And we will work to bring about the day that this network can freely speak to a Huenyan nation, where the four tribes of our homeland live together in a free and democratic society."

"HNN is here. And we're not going anywhere. So stay tuned."

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:04 pm

(A dramatic musical score plays while the words "XIN News Update" flash onto the screen, with a superimposed image of the Xiomeran flag)

"Good afternoon, I am Zōzal, and this is a news update.

In a defiant press conference, Secretary of Justice Cuicanan denounced the recently announced decision by the government of Zamastan to grant asylum to the four fugitives currently hiding in that country. The four were previously wanted on charges related to media crimes, but are now charged with treason as well after calling for the overthrow of the government. The Secretary of Justice did not mince words."

(scene shifts to show a clearly furious Cuicanan in front of a podium with the Xiomeran seal on it)

"This latest insult to common sense, where nations laud and provide shelter to criminals, is asinine. Do these countries blithely allow people to break their own laws without repercussions? Of course not. So why do they shelter criminals from other lands? First Lauchenoiria, now Zamastan. It is as if the world has gone insane. Perhaps we should ignore their requests for law enforcement cooperation as well!

I also find the paternalistic and condescending attitude of these nations about what laws other nations should enforce to be quite insulting as well, frankly. Every nation that is sane exercises control over what gets distributed in media. You wouldn't let someone post videos showing children how to jump off cliffs, for example. Maybe they do allow that sort of thing in Zamastan, they certainly seem feckless enough with this nonsense. And I thought it was cute that their news outlets said they 'haven't sanctioned us yet' for having the nerve to enforce our own laws like free people. We should be the ones sanctioning them, or at least boycotting their trade, for such blatantly unfriendly acts!"

(scene shifts back to the newsroom)

"Other officials were quick to distance the government from Secretary Cuicanan's call for a boycott or sanctions, with a spokesperson for the Secretariat of Trade confirming that the government will not encourage a boycott and will continue trade initiatives. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the Xiomeran people will respond to this latest insult to Xiomeran honor. They may well decide to respond with their quetzals and see if countries like Shuell and Kerlile have things to buy without moralizing attached.

That was your XIN News Update for this hour. Up next, stay tuned for everyone's favorite game show, Pyramid of Misfortune."

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:37 am

XIN
Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 4, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Protests against sanctions roil Xiomeran cities

Protests against the Zamastanian government and business interests have broken out in several cities across Xiomera, in the wake of Zamastanian President Anya Bishop slapping the Empire with a series of unprovoked trade sanctions.

The sanctions placed tariffs on luxury goods and vehicles, and also suspended export of beverages and non-perishable food products. While the sanctions are expected to have a negligible effect on the self-sufficient Xiomeran economy, they have stoked anger at what Xiomeran citizens view as an attempt by a foreign state to impose its will on the Empire.

Municipal and tribal police, backed by Imperial Police, have had to respond in force to a series of incidents over the past three days:

- In Tlālacuetztla, angry citizens have attacked several Zamastanian-owned businesses, shattering windows and forcing their closure. Tlālacuetztla Municipal Police have had to place a cordon around many of these businesses to prevent further violence and to protect the shopkeepers.

- Also in Tlālacuetztla, a group of Xiomeran military veterans held a protest in which President Bishop was burned in effigy. Zamastanian products and goods were also burned, and citizens were urged to boycott all Zamastanian products "in the defense of the Xiomeran nation."

- In Huitzitaca and Acalan, dockworkers have gone on strike and refused to unload cargo ships carrying Zamastanian goods. Truck drivers in multiple cities are also refusing to transport Zamastanian goods; truckers in Ahuilizhual even went so far as to dump truckloads of Zamastanian produce onto the roadside, leaving it to rot.

- In Mizcayotl and Ixxiuitl, protests similar to the ones in Tlālacuetztla broke out shortly after the ones in the capital. Municipal and tribal police had to declare a curfew in the downtown areas of both cities to make the protests subside.

- In Nezahualpilli, clashes broke out after anti-Xiomeran elements supporting the sanctions and protesting the shutdown of the pirate network XUN tried to hold an unauthorized gathering in the center of the city. Groups of angry Xiomeran students, Patriotic Youth Corps members, military veterans and other citizens responded by attacking the anti-Xiomeran protest, and the resulting anti-social violence only came to an end when Imperial Police backed by a contingent of the Nezahualpilli garrison of the Xiomeran Civil Guard imposed a mandatory and immediate 24-hour curfew on the city. 45 anti-Xiomeran protesters were arrested.

While protests have been ended for the moment by decisive and effective action by the peoples' shield that is Xiomeran law enforcement, public anger is clearly seething at what many view as an unwarranted attack on Xiomera.

Cuicanan, Tepilcayotl rally boycott supporters in Tlālacuetztla

Secretary of Justice Cuicanan and Secretary of Security Tepilcayotl led a rally in the Xiomeran capital, denouncing the Zamastanian sanctions and repeating Cuicanan's earlier call for a boycott of Zamastanian trade.

"The laws, values and beliefs of Xiomerans are decided in Tlālacuetztla, not in Tofino. Anya Bishop and the government of Zamastan have no right to harbor criminals seeking to harm our nation, and they certainly have no right to tell us what laws we should have or enforce in our own country," Secretary Cuicanan declared to a large crowd. "People like the Zamastanians preach tolerance and understanding, yet in the same breath tell other lands what is right and wrong. And if you don't comply with their idea of how you should run your own country, they try to destroy your economy. It is imperialism and we will not stand for it," he added.

Secretary Tepilcayotl echoed the statements of his colleague, telling the crowd "The Huenyan Empire of Xiomera is a sovereign nation, and we have been so for over six centuries, back when Zamastan was just someone else's colony. Who are they to dictate to us? No one. We will enforce our laws, we will protect our social harmony and our unique culture, we will defend our sovereignty, and we will not answer to foreign dictates," Tepilcayotl said. "If they think they will break us, we suggest that President Bishop and her coterie of imperialists study history. The Xiomerans have never broken at the blade of others, and while the day may come someday when our resolve fails and our strength breaks, I will personally be damned if today is that day, and I know you feel the same way," the Security Secretary added, stirring up a series of determined and angry chants from the crowd.

While the government has not formally announced a response to the Zamastanian sanctions, the Emperor and the Great Council are reportedly studying a series of potential responses. A spokesperson for the Palace of Flowers confirmed that there will be an announcement shortly.

Immigration to Xiomera increases, government report notes

Despite recent anti-Xiomeran stances taken around the region, the Directorate of Immigration, Naturalization and Inculcation of Citizenship Values (DINIC) has reported a significant increase in immigration to Xiomera as compared to this time last year. "For the first two quarters of 2019, we have had 39,936 immigrants to Xiomera in all categories. This compares to the 27,246 immigrants to Xiomera we had for this time period last year," DINIC director Ichnolli stated in her quarterly report to the Great Council.

The DINIC report cited the strong Xiomeran economy, coupled with aggressive recruitment of skilled immigrants by the government and the Xiomeran business sector, as a major reason for the growth. The report also noted that other nations that have been struggling have had an increase in people seeking the brighter shores of Huenya, and the brighter future and better life that are possible in Xiomera for the hardworking and talented of all nationalities and backgrounds.

Secretary of Security Tepilcayotl, whose Secretariat oversees DINIC, said that the reason people come to Xiomera is clear. "Despite conspiracies against us, the Xiomeran Empire remains a stable, harmonious, ever-advancing and growing nation. A good life is not only possible here, it is probable. People are naturally drawn to that," the Secretary said. Tepilcayotl went on to mention a recent article in the Lauchenoirian Guardian in which a recent Lauchenoirian immigrant to Xiomera was quoted: "Why would I support democracy anyway? It is a system that naturally leads to conflict." The immigrant went on to cite democracy as a cause of the recent civil war in his home country, a point that the Security Secretary has been making frequently in defense of the Xiomeran system.

"You cannot have prosperity without stability. Xiomera is stable, and therefore prosperous. As more and more people realize that you don't need to be a democracy to give your citizens a good life, Xiomera will only continue to grow," the Secretary added.

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:26 am

(While not as graphically slick - or as easy to find or see - as the ubiquitous XIN, the new Huenyan News Network is still broadcasting from Zamastan, Laeral and Lauchenoiria, and clearly trying to make up for lost time. A new intro scene, featuring its own dramatic music, shows a previously-unseen flag. Bright blue, with four lines crossed to form a diamond with a jaguar in the middle of a white center, waves as the tagline reads: HNN News.)

"Good morning, to the free nations of the IDU, and to the corners of Huenya where the Xiomeran government's invasive censorship hasn't blocked us! I am Itonan, and this is the new HNN News. Despite the machinations of the rats skulking around the corridors of the Palace of Flowers, we are still here, and we are still broadcasting the truth to all those who can see it - and all those willing to see it.

Before we begin, you may have noticed we are no longer using the Xiomeran imperial flag in our graphics. Not being Xiomeran citizens anymore, by our choosing, it also made sense for us to abandon the flag of our oppressors. The flag we now use is the flag of One Huenya, the movement that will, in time, overthrow the Empire and replace it with a truly free nation. Let this azure flag of freedom fly in the faces of the Imperial oppressors, and the sheep who follow them.

We want to begin this broadcast by once again thanking the nations of Laeral, Lauchenoiria and especially Zamastan for allowing us to continue to operate despite the intense pressure of the unjust and illegitimate Xiomeran government. It's good to see nations standing up for freedom and justice - even at a price, as the brewing trade dispute between Zamastan and the Tlālacuetztla Tyrants demonstrates. We are proud to stand with Zamastan as it tries to do the right thing for the people of Huenya - even when our own supposed government won't.

We would also urge our fellow Huenyans not to buy the lies and the machinations of the government. They are trying to portray this as a battle to protect the sovereignty and the independence of Xiomeran people - this is a rank fiction. It is all about preserving an unjust system that denies the heritage and history of the other three tribes of Huenya, demands lockstep obedience, works its people to the bone under the guise of 'meritocracy', and lets them die in the streets if they 'fail'. It is also, just like everything else back home, carefully orchestrated. HNN has obtained video from the scene of several of the so-called 'spontaneous patriotic protests' showing that thugs in the Patriotic Youth Corps, Xiomeran Students' Association, Xiomeran Servicepersons and Protectors Association, and the Good Citizens League were the ones leading the attacks on Zamastanian businesses and the theatrically produced 'patriotic outrage' at the recent sanctions. Unfortunately, this typical government manipulation of public opinion has paid off, as many people have bought into it and are joining these government orchestrated riots. This has turned the government's production of 'We Love Xiomera Outrage Theater' into an all too real, and ugly, moment in our history.

We know the obvious reason for this. The government needs to turn the attention of its citizens away from the ugliness of repression, and the ugliness of everyday life in the Xiomeran Empire. Finding a foreign boogeyman is perfectly suited for this, and it works all too well, as recent events demonstrate. But let's look at the bigger picture. On the face of it, the government's iron-fisted grip on power is as secure as ever. Why, then, the need for all this?

In two years, the Emperor Topilpopoca, along with the rest of the leaders of Xiomera, will face the Great Selection. The choosing of who our leaders are, every six years, by elitist councils of so-called 'experts' who the government claims are just as fair and democratic as real elections. (We know that's llama crap, but let's look past that for now.) Emperor Topilpopoca has ruled since 2001, and isn't getting any younger. Every Selection, the Emperor comes closer to the inevitable period when he will be seen as too old, too feeble, or too weak to keep his seat on the Obsidian Throne. There are plenty of people who want his job. The former Justice Secretary, Cētlalhui, was rumored to be gunning for the throne before Topilpopoca tossed him out on his ass - excuse me, before Cētlalhui 'retired'. The current Justice Secretary, Cuicanan, is also believed to be a strong contender for the throne, as is the current Secretary of International Affairs, Huitzilhuani. And of course, as they do every six years, the other tlatoani are likely to challenge Topilpopoca for his hot seat on the throne. Noxochicotzin, the new Necatli tlatoani who Topilpopoca engineered to replace Chicaliztli, is now believed to be likely to try to take the throne from Topilpopoca as well, in a delicious irony to befall the scheming old lizard of an Emperor.

So, all of this violence and outrage boils down to the mission of protecting the political career and neck of one old man who is too stubborn to relinquish the grip on power he's held for decades, too scared to let his country change, and too greedy to walk away from the cushy life in the Palace of Flowers. We at HNN say we should solve Topilpopoca's problem for him early - and drag his ancient ass out of the Palace of Flowers by his hair. Huenyans, rise up and make it so! We can end this tyranny at any time. We just have to have the courage to do it, and bring a better future to our centuries-oppressed homeland. There is no other time. That time is now."

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:02 am

XIN
Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 6, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Emperor speaks for first time on trade dispute, anti-Xiomeran media

In his first public statement since the announcement that Zamastan had leveled sanctions against Xiomera and had since threatened to devalue its currency to punish Xiomera for having the temerity to expect to enforce its own laws, the Emperor flatly refused to even consider backing down.

"Xiomerans do not respond to threats," Topilpopoca declared to a large crowd gathered to hear him speak in Zalcatlhua Plaza in the center of Tlālacuetztla. "We did not ask for this. We did not start this. And we still have not even responded in kind - we have not leveled sanctions on Zamastan, nor made impertinent and imperialistic demands on their government, as they have to us. We have tried to actually be reasonable in this matter. But still, the threats and demands from Tofino continue. I say this very clearly to Anya Bishop, and to the government of Zamastan - Xiomerans will never bow to your arrogant demands. Xiomera is strong and will survive, no matter what sanctions you levy or currency manipulations you engage in or other dirty economic tricks you may try. If you will not trade with us, then begone, and good riddance. Others always will. And even if they don't, the industrious and inventive Xiomeran people will triumph. No matter what you do, Xiomera will prevail," the Emperor added, to thunderous applause.

While no formal announcement was made in the Emperor's speech, the Secretariat of Trade confirmed that unless Zamastan withdraws its recent tariffs on Xiomeran goods within ten days, reciprocal tariffs will be introduced on Zamastanian goods and products imported to Xiomera.

In a related matter, the Emperor dismissed the recent broadcast by the foreign-supported anti-Xiomeran media outlet HNN as "lies and insane conspiracy rantings by people who failed so badly in Xiomeran society that now they attack it like demented children, with foreign money in their pockets and foreign lies on their tongues." The Emperor responded to the recent HNN declaration that "the time is now" for political change in Xiomera by saying "the time is never for their treasonous garbage."

The Secretariat of Justice has formally lain treason charges upon the anti-Xiomeran traitors operating HNN for their agitation for political violence in Xiomera.

Government pledges to protect foreign nationals

In a sign of its benevolence, the Xiomeran Government pledged to protect Zamastanian nationals in Xiomera from coming to any harm as a result of the recent political and trade dispute caused by Zamastan.

"We are not animals. We will take all necessary steps to ensure that all Zamastanian nationals in Xiomera are protected from harm," Secretary of Security Tepilcayotl said, adding that Xiomeran law enforcement had been placed on around-the-clock alert to ensure that no further violence occurs and that Zamastanians in Xiomera can either remain in the country safely, or leave if desired. The Secretary further confirmed that if the Zamastanian government wished to evacuate any of their citizens from Xiomera, that they would be allowed to do so without hindrance.

While the earlier protests and attacks on Zamastanian-owned businesses have subsided in the wake of a firm police response, the boycott of Zamastanian goods and the refusal of transport workers to transport those goods or unload them from ships are reportedly continuing.

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:02 am

XIN
Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 7, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Emperor: "We will not bow to foreign aggression"

In a terse response from the Palace of Flowers to increased Zamastanian trade sanctions, the Emperor today ordered a reciprocal freeze on any assets of the Zamastanian government in Xiomera, as well as any associated entities. The Xiomeran government will also immediately implement reciprocal tariffs to match any and all Zamastanian tariffs against Xiomera, as well as immediate reciprocal embargoes for any implemented by Zamastan.

"We were prepared to give the Zamastanian government time to come to its senses and choose to de-escalate their aggressive and unprovoked attacks upon the Xiomeran economy. However, the dramatic escalation in Zamastanian trade aggression, combined with their recent decision to sanction our friends in Kerlile as well, have left us no choice but to implement these reciprocal actions," the Emperor said. Topilpopoca added that this was "a dark day for reasonable and amicable conduct between nations" but that Xiomera would not back down. "We said we would not bow to foreign aggression, from Zamastan or anyone else. We meant what we said," the Emperor added.

In an attempt to give Zamastan a chance to reconsider its actions, the Xiomeran government had given their neighbor ten days as a cooling-off period to reverse course, or at least open discussions, before the implementation of reciprocal sanctions by the Empire. But with the recent escalations, the Emperor said, Xiomera "must act in the defense of itself, and its friends in the region" by terminating that cooling-off period and implementing sanctions immediately. Even now, however, the Emperor said, Xiomera is still prepared to act in a responsible manner, and will drop all sanctions or restrictions on Zamastanian trade if that nation does the same for Xiomeran trade, as well as its penalties aimed at Kerlile.

When asked by a reporter if he intended to respond to the Zamastanian President, Anya Bishop, calling him a puppet, the Emperor had this to say: "Such childish insults are beneath the dignity of heads of state. I will not trade schoolyard jibes with a mere civil servant who is pushing this aggression to look tough because she knows she is losing in her re-election bid and is willing to put her political career over the lives and well-being of both her people and ours. I have said what I need to say. I need not say any more. I have spoken, and so has the Huenyan Empire of Xiomera. It is up to the Zamastanians now what direction this matter takes."

Xiomera, Kerlile set to form closer ties

The Secretariat of Trade confirmed today that the Empire is finalizing a trade deal with the Matriarchy of Kerlile. The landmark trade deal will allow Xiomera access to Kerlian raw materials, in exchange for exports of trade goods and petroleum products.

"This deal is a wonderful example of what can happen when nations approach each other in the right way," the Secretariat of Trade said in a statement quoting Emperor Topilpopoca in announcing the trade deal. "President Arnott and the Kerlian government have been extremely fair and positive to deal with, and we are overjoyed to enter this partnership with them. Together, Kerlile and Xiomera will make each other stronger through cooperation and mutually respectful exchange," he added in his statement.

In a matter related to the trade deal, the Secretariat of Trade also announced that Kerlile will be granted Preferred Trading Partner (PTP) status by the Xiomeran government. PTP status grants the nation in question the best possible trade terms with the Empire: zero tariffs, no import quotas, and no trade barriers of any kind. Kerlile is the first nation to be granted this preferred status by the Xiomeran government.

The government of Xiomera also formally denounced the recent violation of the sovereignty of Kerlile by the government of Trive. "The Trivian actions are just another example of nations cavalierly disregarding the sovereignty of their neighbors. These attempts to harm and disrupt other countries must cease," Secretary of International Affairs Huitzilhuani said. The Secretary confirmed that the Empire will mirror current Kerlian sanctions on Trive until such time as Trive's government agrees to cease efforts to disrupt Kerlian society.

In a related announcement, Secretary of Defense Xochiqui confirmed that the Empire will begin supplying Kerlile with defensive assistance as part of the trade deal between the two nations. Xiomeran missile systems, along with other armaments, will be supplied to Kerlile, along with Xiomeran advisors for training the Kerlian military on the proper usage of Xiomeran defensive technology. Xiomera will also assist Kerlile with implementation of a Kerlian version of Happy Society, the comprehensive Xiomeran government program for monitoring and controlling television, radio, SMS/text, instant messaging, web, and Internet communications and contacts. Xiomera's Information Security Technology Corporation (ISTC), which set up Happy Society in Xiomera, will be contracted by the Xiomeran government to help Kerlile set up its domestic version of the program.

Xiomera offers trade incentives to other IDU nations

In response to the aggressive and unprovoked economic attacks by the nation of Zamastan, the Secretariat of Trade announced today that the Xiomeran goverment is prepared to negotiate trade deals with other IDU nations "who are capable of civilized trade conduct," Secretary of Trade Tlanextia said.

"We are prepared to offer generous trade incentives, up to and including PTP status, to other IDU nations that are willing to trade with Xiomera on a mutually respectful and just basis. Xiomera trades with the world, and we are a fair trading partner to those who are fair to us. Xiomera has much to offer other nations, and we hope that our other neighbors will consider the benefits of reasonable diplomatic and trade exchange," Tlanextia said.

Xiomeran trade officials are openly admitting that the current goal of the Secretariat of Trade is to replace Zamastanian trade entirely with trade from other nations unless Zamastanian sanctions are lifted, as Zamastan "has clearly proven to be an irresponsible trading partner".

In a related note, Xiomeran diplomats are also reportedly quietly approaching their counterparts in other IDU nations, urging them to push Zamastan to end its sanctions regime, or at least enter discussions with Xiomeran officials, before regional economies are seriously impacted by the growing dispute. However, Xiomera reportedly is not prepared to make any concessions which will require changes to the Xiomeran political system or Xiomeran laws. "In essence, we are prepared to return to the status quo before all this unpleasantness and throwing around of sanctions began. But that is as far as we are prepared to go," a Trade Secretariat spokesperson said.

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:53 am

XIN
Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition (final)
Atl 7, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Xiomeran ambassador to participate in Sanctaria meeting

The Secretariat for International Affairs confirmed today that Ambassador Xōch'tlāl, the Xiomeran Ambassador to Sanctaria, will participate in a meeting with the ambassadors from Zamastan, Kerlile and Trive to be held in Sanctaria.

Sanctarian Trade Secretary Julia Griffin reportedly asked Sanctarian Chancellor Charlene Hendry to summon the ambassadors due to Sanctarian concerns about the ongoing trade dispute between Zamastan, Xiomera and Kerlile. While sharing those concerns and expressing a willingness to negotiate, Xiomeran officials reiterated that the Empire will not be pressured into acting against the best interests of its people, nor in a way that compromises Xiomera's political system or social harmony.

"We are always happy to talk - we've been trying not to escalate this all along," Secretary for International Affairs Huitzilhuani said. "However, we must respectfully disagree with the assertion made in Sanctarian media that we have been capricious, or prone to escalate without warning. It is only fair to point out that Zamastan placed sanctions first, then threatened a currency devaluation, then increased sanctions, then added Kerlile to sanctions, before we did anything at all. Xiomera is really trying to be a responsible partner in the region, and should not be seen in such a negative way," Secretary Huitzilhuani said. "Nevertheless, Xiomera is more than willing to do whatever we can to avoid further unnecessary unpleasantness and restore normalcy to regional relations and the regional economy."

Per the Secretariat of State, Ambassador Xōch'tlāl will be committed to listening fairly and in a respectful way to all parties in the discussion in Sanctaria, while still protecting the interests of the Xiomeran people.

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Re: XIN vs. HNN: Dueling Xiomeran Media

Post by Xiomera » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:18 pm

XIN
Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 8, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Terrorist attack on Xiomeran Embassy

The Xiomeran Embassy in the Lauchenoirian capital, Buttercity, was the subject of a cowardly terrorist attack early this morning.

The attack, which damaged property in an attempted firebombing, was unsuccessful due to the ineptitude of the terrorists and the quick action of the brave ASI agents assigned to guard the embassy. No injuries were reported, and the Embassy quickly resumed normal operations under heightened security.

The attack was conducted by two dissident traitors currently taking refuge in Lauchenoiria, officials confirmed.

In addition to the previous charges against them, the two individuals calling themselves journalists, Tlixō and Xōne, are now wanted for terrorism charges for their attack earlier today on the Xiomeran Embassy in Lauchenoiria. New warrants for their extradition have been submitted to Lauchenoirian authorities.

"The attempted firebombing of an embassy is clear proof of the violent and malevolent nature of these individuals. In light of these new events, we hope the Lauchenoirian government will reconsider its previous unwise refusal to extradite these individuals to Xiomera," Secretary of Justice Cuicanan said. The Secretary added that this terrorist act "shows that all of these so-called reporters are just violent separatists hiding behind the guise of journalism."

"These individuals are clearly growing more aggressive, violent and radicalized as time goes on. Any nation harboring them should consider the risk that providing such terrorists a safe haven poses to their own people, and reconsider granting them sanctuary," the Secretary added. "Giving a snake a home doesn't guarantee the snake won't bite you."

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Post by Xiomera » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:26 pm

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 8, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Government accepts Lauchenoirian decision

While expressing continued concern at the "flippant dismissal" of the Xiomeran justice system, the Sectetariat of Justice has accepted the decision by Lauchenoiria to decline to extradite two terrorist suspects. The Xiomeran government has made it clear, however, that it expects the Lauchenoirian authorities to ensure that the terrorists "commit no further terrorist acts against Xiomerans" and "deliver an appropriate punishment" to the two, in a diplomatic note sent by the Secretariat of International Affairs.

"If the Lauchenoirian authorities are so eager to deal with this terrorist issue, we are more than content to let them, provided that they actually do something for once," a spokesperson for the Sectetariat of International Affairs said. "We do expect that the Lauchenoirians will ensure that these two pose no further threat of violence to Xiomeran interests," the spokesperson said, adding that the Xiomeran government still reserved the right to take unspecified actions to protect Xiomerans abroad if needed.

The Secretariat of Justice was quick to note that the decision concerning the fugitives in Lauchenoiria does not change the status of the fugitives in Laeral or Zamastan; active warrants for treason and violation of multiple media regulation laws remain in place for all of them.

In a related note, the government is reportedly considering withdrawing from the World Assembly due to the restrictions its various mandates place on Xiomeran freedom of action. No formal decision has been made yet.

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Post by Xiomera » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:59 am

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Atl 11, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Government to consider Manauia Preserve proposal

Since 1893, Manauia Island off the west coast of the main island of Huenya has been a protected nature preserve, and home to a small indigenous community known as the Teyatia. Development has been forbidden on the island, and the number of visitors strictly limited to 2000 per year. However, due to rising pressure caused by crowding in the Chipahua Valley and elsewhere in Xiomera, the government may decide to change the status of the Manauia Preserve.

“The Tlālacuetztla-Huitzitaca metropolitan area, and the Chipahua Valley in general, are running out of open land,” Secretary of Infrastructure, Development and Planning Ueman said in a report to the Emperor and the Great Council. “We are seeing similar issues in other metropolitan areas around Xiomera, but the problem is especially acute in the Chipahua Valley. We have simply grown too much, both in population and in density,” Ueman said, warning that unless a new location for growth is found, the Tlālacuetztla-Huitzitaca Urban Planning Authority may need to consider radical solutions such as draining Lake Ehehuani or filling in the famous canals and gardens around the capital to build more buildings and infrastructure. Housing has been cited as a particularly pressing concern, as both home prices and rent skyrocket in the capital area and new construction is limited due to a lack of available land.

“Bearing this in mind, we have a large and almost totally undeveloped piece of prime land sitting right off our west coast, which we have allowed to go unused for centuries. This is simply wasteful,” Secretary Ueman said. His proposal calls for ending the autonomous status of the Teyatia, closing the Manauia Preserve, and opening Manauia Island for full scale development. “We could solve the overcrowding problems in at least five Xiomeran cities, and provide a huge boost to our economy, with the stroke of a pen by utilizing Manauia properly. There may even be undiscovered sources of much-needed raw resources on Manauia that we can use to fuel our economy and generate prosperity,” the Secretary said. “We could also develop the island for tourism as well.”

While the Council and the Emperor have not yet taken up the proposal concerning Manauia, some are already rising in opposition. Secretary of the Environment Etalpalli and Secretary of Scientific Development and Advancement Cozamalotl have both expressed concern that widespread development on Manauia Island could cause “significant harm” to Xiomeran biodiversity. Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli, meanwhile, has warned that ending the autonomous status of the Teyatia people could cause “irreversible harm” to their culture and damage tribal relations. These concerns have been echoed by tribal rights groups and Teyatia advocates, as well as scientific and environmental groups, who have all pledged to seek recourse in the courts to stop the Manauia proposal. As any court challenge would eventually have to be decided by Emperor Topilpopoca and Cihuacoatl Nopalliztli in the end, however, it remains to be seen what may end up happening with the Manauia proposal.

ASI shakeup due to embassy attack

In response to the “stunning incompetence” displayed on security during the recent attack by terrorists on the Xiomeran Embassy in Lauchenoiria, six ASI agents have been demoted and reassigned, according to the Secretariat of Security.

Six ASI agents who previously worked security at the embassy have been demoted one rank each and reassigned to various remote and unimportant security posts elsewhere. The ASI agent-in-charge in Buttercity, who is responsible for the performance of ASI agents there, has also been demoted and reassigned. The Xiomeran ambassador in Lauchenoiria, Chēmā, has also reportedly been given a reprimand and warned that further security lapses at the embassy will result in “career reassessment”. The Secretariat’s decision came in response to what it deemed to be “a lax and entirely un-Xiomeran culture of nonchalance and lack of concern when it came to security matters” that had been allowed to develop among embassy staff.

“We expect our security people to keep our facilities secure,” Secretary of Security Tepilcayotl said in announcing the decisions. “We take security extremely seriously, and if we have people on our team who can’t get the job done, we’ll get rid of them and find people who can get the job done, every single time.”
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Atl 14, Xatl Papalotl, 2019

Emperor praises Kerlile reform proposal

In his daily address to the nation, Emperor Topilpopoca praised a proposal for prison reform in Kerlile. The reform bill proposed by Councillor Carmen Robinson would make major changes to the Kerlian detention system. The most noteworthy include ending involuntary labor in prisons, shutting down all detention facilities in the Restricted Region permanently, and improving access to healthcare for prisoners.

In his remarks, the Emperor praised Councillor Robinson and President Rebecca Arnott for “making changes that will bring a more reasonable and humane system of detention to Kerlile”.

“Such decisions should show other nations in the region that Kerlile is serious about reform and deserves a chance to make up for its past,” the Emperor said. “It seems that many nations still have a negative impression about Kerlile without reference to current facts. That is unfortunate,” the Emperor added, noting that Xiomera is the only nation in the region to have made significant approaches to Kerlile since the Arnott government took power.

“If you want change, you have to engage - that is the simple fact. Ignoring nations that are trying to change for the better only convinces them that there is no point to change,” the Emperor said to conclude his remarks on the reforms, adding that “Xiomerans can relate to this problem all too well, given recent events concerning our nation” and would continue to positively engage with the government in Kerlile for that reason.

Stocks struggle on exchange due to trade dispute; businesses urge end

For the fifth straight day, the Tezmox Stock Exchange in Tlālacuetztla has reported losses due to the ongoing trade dispute involving the Empire. The Tezmox closed the day yesterday at 7,851.58, the fifth straight day of closing below 8000. This marks a record low for the year. Multiple major companies such as Coltec Automotive (CAC), Mizhua Corporation (MZA), Lohuā Licā Companies (LLA) and Matlate Technicar (MTC) have all noted steady drops due to uncertainty about trade.

The Xiomeran Business Association, while careful not to assign blame for the situation, has issued a statement encouraging all sides - including the Xiomeran government - to take “all possible steps” to alleviate the situation promptly.

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