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Post by Xiomera » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:47 am

Xiomeran "whitewash of history" movie banned

President Matōchmizalo signed an executive order today banning the showing of the Xiomeran movie Quiauhticue: Rise of an Empire anywhere in Milintica.

The movie, produced by the Xiomeran film studio Huallotli Studios, purports to show the "the life and rise to power of the first Xiomeran Emperor, Quiauhticue". The President denounced the movie, calling it a "blatant whitewash of the cruel history behind the creation of the Xiomeran Empire".

"This movie, which was privately viewed by myself and several other Milintican officials, is nothing more than lies wrapped in half-truths and buried under the glorification of a murderous tyrant," the President declared in a speech to the Representative Assembly. "The movie conveniently leaves out how Quiauhticue took advantage of a horrifying plague that devastated his neighbors, refused them aid, watched their people suffer and die, and then set about conquering them when they were at their weakest to build his Empire."

The President continued: "This ridiculous movie claims to be historically accurate, yet only portrays Quiauhticue as a 'great leader' who 'defeated barbarism' and 'laid the foundation for the Xiomeran Empire'. What a pack of lies this movie is! It doesn't show at all accurately how Quiauhticue built his Empire on the bones of those he conquered, how he nearly destroyed the other three tribes of Huenya, or how his actions led to the creation of the evil Empire that still exists and still represses the people of Huenya today. To allow such rank falsehoods to be displayed before the people of Milintica, the descendants of those who were forced to flee Quiauhticue's violent conquest, would be the greatest insult and we will not subject our people to such an indignity," the President said, to rousing applause from the Assembly.

The President was also highly critical of the portrayal of Shen involvement in the early days of the Empire's formation, specifically the portrayal of Cao Quin, the Shen general who aided Quiauhticue during his conquest of Huenya. The Shen Empire of the time provided Quiauhticue with troops and weapons to make his conquest even easier, in what President Matōchmizalo labeled "blatant foreign interference and intervention which devastated the Huenyan people, and changed the destiny of an entire land, just so the Shen could have a convenient vassal running the so-called Xiomeran Empire for the enrichment and benefit of an even more evil Empire." President Matōchmizalo declared that "Cao Quin was a colonialist and Quiauhticue was his opportunistic puppet."

In a non-binding resolution of support, the Assembly voted 125-3, with one abstention and one absence, to back the President's decision to ban the Xiomeran propaganda film.

Government denounces "intervention" in Vulkaria

The Representative Assembly also issued another non-binding resolution today, denouncing the intervention in Vulkaria by a so-called 'coalition' of foreign powers. "Foreign powers have been 'intervening' - but let's call it what it really is, interfering - in Vulkaria for decades now. Has it ended the violence? Has it brought lasting peace? Of course not, because you can't end a cycle of violence with yet more violence," Linpā, MPP Representative for Matōn District and the author of the resolution, said in her speech to the Assembly. "The best thing foreign powers could do is try to figure out why Vulkaria keeps becoming a cauldron of terrorism and violence seemingly every few years, and work to resolve those root causes, rather than just keep occupying other peoples' lands and killing people."

Representative Linpā added that "naturally we do not support terrorism, or terrorists, or violence," but added that "we also cannot forget that one country's terrorist is another country's desperate people left with no other means to fight for themselves in the face of overwhelming state power, and foreign power." The Representative added that Milinticans "should know what that is like, being once refugees ourselves from a repressive and violent regime."

The non-binding resolution declares that the Government of Milintica, and its people, will not support foreign interventions such as the one in Vulkaria, and will instead seek to encourage dialogue as a means of resolving conflicts around the IDU. The resolution passed by a vote of 119-10, with one absence and with all members of the PAP and MFR parties voting against the resolution, and all other parties voting in favor.

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Post by Xiomera » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:42 am

President blasts Xiomeran travel restrictions

In his daily speech to the nation today, President Matōchmizalo harshly criticized the Xiomeran government for announcing travel restrictions aimed at people potentially carrying the AD14 Adenovirus strain which has recently emerged.

"I suppose that we shouldn't be surprised that an evil empire that was founded on the bones of those suffering and dying from a horrendous plague would turn its backs on those who are sick now, and slam its doors shut to those in need. But we are surprised nonetheless. In six centuries, the Xiomeran Empire has not evolved at all. It is still a compassionless, cruel land," the President said. "Perhaps now people will see that the recent charm offensive by Empress Yauhmi and the Xiomeran regime for the smoke and mirrors that it is. When people needed their help, this supposedly benevolent Empress turned her backs on them."

President Matōchmizalo confirmed that Milintica will not change its immigration or entry procedures, and will continue to allow people to enter the country freely. "If people turn up here who are sick, we will help them. That is the Milintican way," the President declared.

The announcement that the borders will remain open was met with mostly praise from other Milinticans. Some, however, have questioned how the Democratic Republic, which is struggling with poverty and a highly burdened public health system, can absorb the risk posed by the AD14 Adenovirus. "President Matōchmizalo has no right to expose thousands of our people to this danger," Ikei Enoka, premier of the Paora Alliance Party, declared in a speech urging the government to bar entry to those carrying the virus. Members of the Milintica Isolationist Party have reportedly threatened to form their own "immigration security" teams to bar anyone potentially sick from entering the country, in what some have seen as a direct challenge to the President and the security forces.

Government issues bid for investment

Prime Minister Tupai Tapihana announced that the government is issuing a formal invitation to the nations of the world to invest in Milintica. "We are a growing nation, with a well-educated and industrious workforce, abundant natural resources, and a great deal of potential," the Prime Minister said. "While we have been relatively isolated from the world until recently, we hope that other nations will see us as a valuable potential partner."

Prime Minister Tapihana said that the government is willing to consider incentives and tax breaks in return for foreign investment.

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Post by Xiomera » Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:25 am

Security forces clash with MIP, PAP at airport

National Guard soldiers and Border Security personnel were involved in a clash today with a group of Milintica Isolationist Party and Paora Alliance Party members at Independence Airport in the capital, Huānoch. The clash occurred when a group of MIP and PAP members, some of them armed, attempted to force their way into the immigration screening area of the airport.

“The MIP and PAP members tried to enter the immigration screening area by force in an attempt to block overseas arrivals from the country, after we denied them entry,” Iuhtlāchna, commander of the Border Security Force, told the media today. “They were then ejected by the Border Security Force personnel on site, with help from the National Guard contingent that guards the airport.” Iuhtlāchna stated that five members of the security forces suffered injuries, some serious enough to require hospitalization. 25 MIP and PAP members were arrested at the airport, with seven of them taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. Six members of the group that attempted to storm the airport are still being sought by security forces after they escaped from the airport during the chaos.

“This incident at the airport is a blatant example of fear destroying peoples’ rational minds,” President Matōchmizalo told the media in a speech from Haven House, the presidential residence, following the incident. The MIP and PAP members were following through on a threat made earlier to deny entry to people arriving in Milintica from other countries, in the wake of fears over the AD14 Adenovirus. “We will not let xenophobic and idiotic mobs overrun the rule of law and our responsibility to the international community.” The President has reportedly ordered the National Guard to summon reserve troops to ensure ports of entry, such as the airport, are protected from similar incidents in the future.

For their part, the MIP and PAP defended their activists’ actions, saying that they “are just trying to protect the people of Milintica, which the government is unwilling to do as it curries favor with foreigners for their money.” Ikei Enoka, the premier of the PAP, said that his party would continue to challenge the government if they saw fit. “We are free people and we have the right to protest and act when the government is wrong,” Enoka said.

Meanwhile, the leader of the MIP, Cizama, issued a similar threat and also warned that the MIP “would not accept” its members being in custody. Members of the MIP “citizen committees”, the armed wing of the MIP, have clashed with the government in the past, and many Milinticans fear that more unrest could be imminent.

Prime Minister Tupai Tapihana called for calm, and asked both the government and citizens to refrain from any further provocative actions. “Violence is never the answer. Let’s reason with each other and work together, rather than fanning flames of unrest,” the Prime Minister said. He also added that Milintica “cannot continue on an unstable path” if it seeks to gain foreign investment, seen as key to reviving Milintica’s moribund economy. Tapihana had planned to submit proposals to the recently created Global Development Investment Bank to try to jumpstart the economy, but those plans are now on hold with the current unrest.

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Post by Xiomera » Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:41 pm

Airport raid activists released

The government has brokered a deal with the Milintica Isolationist Party to release party activists who were being detained after an attempt to block foreign arrivals at Independence Airport.

The push to make a deal began after yesterday's session of the Representative Assembly degenerated into a chaotic scene. When the majority of the Assembly voted to end debate over a proposed law to create "free speech zones" at public locations such as airports, and subsequently approved the measure, a group of MIP and PAP representatives attempted to take over the podium. The legislators were angered that the measure would restrict protests like the one at Independence Airport to specified areas, and levy heavier penalties against anyone violating the law. When the MIP and PAP representatives stormed the podium, several fights broke out between them and MPP legislators who had supported the new law. National Guard officers had to restore order within the Assembly chamber, and the Assembly session was ended early.

In the wake of the incident at the Assembly, Prime Minister Tupai Tapihana acted as a go-between and negotiated a deal between President Matōchmizalo and MIP leader Cizama to allow the detained activists to be released on bail. The activists had previously been denied bail due to being deemed a "national security risk" by the President. President Matōchmizalo was quick to stress that the activists are still facing charges and will be expected to report to trial "like any other accused criminals". If they do not, new warrants will be issued for their arrest.

Prime Minister Tapihana praised the deal as a way to avert further unrest or violence. But some politicians were not happy with the deal. Linpā, MPP Representative for Matōn District, said that President Matōchmizalo "caved in" to pressure from the MIP. "We should not be making deals with a tiny minority of violent fools. They should still be in prison, and their colleagues in the Assembly who started a fight after trying to illegally take over the Assembly should be too."

The President, for his part, said the release of the activists "is a sign of patience, not weakness" on the part of his government, but warned that his patience "is not unlimited" and warned the MIP against further violence.

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Post by Xiomera » Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:33 am

AD14 adenovirus cases found in Huānoch

Three AD14 Adenovirus cases have been reported in the Milintican capital, Huānoch, officials with the Ministry of Health and Human Services reported today.

The three cases are all workers at Independence Airport, Health Minister Ramarie Nepe told reporters. The health ministry is “concerned” that the three workers may have contracted the adenovirus through contact with a foreign visitor or visitors who entered Milintica through the airport. Teams of health ministry workers and security personnel are attempting to trace possible sources of contact, and find anyone else who may be in need of quarantine or treatment, Nepe said.

Opponents of President Matōchmizalo seized on the report as evidence that his policy of not closing the nation’s borders to visitors from countries where the virus has emerged has unnecessarily endangered the Milintican people. Thirty-five political leaders, including some from the President’s own MPP party, have signed a resolution calling for him to close the borders. The resolution also called for the government to quarantine all foreign visitors who have entered the country since the virus first emerged on an international level. The resolution cites concerns that Milintica’s health services, which struggle with chronic underfunding, are not capable of handling a major illness outbreak.

Despite these concerns, the President and the Health Minister have both assured the public that the recent victims of AD14 in Milintica “do not constitute any kind of epidemic” and that the situation is well under control.

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Post by Xiomera » Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:58 pm

153 new AD14 cases reported in Milintica

Experts warn situation spiraling, claim government coverup

153 new cases of the AD14 Adenovirus have emerged in cities around Milintica, with the first deaths from the illness being reported by authorities.

The latest reports of AD14 began in the capital, Huānoch, but have now spread to the cities of Cēnoli, Mi'hua, Pilxo, Tahana and Ie Keeti as well. Medical personnel are reporting that hospitals in cities outside of the capital are beginning to become overwhelmed by the rapidly increasing number of cases. Three deaths have also now been reported by authorities. One of the deceased, an Independence Airport restaurant worker, was one of the first to be quarantined for the virus. The other two are residents of Cēnoli and Ie Keeti, whose connection to the original set of quarantined individuals is not clear. Authorities also have not yet been able to locate the foreign visitor (or visitors) who may have first introduced the virus to Milintica.

In response to the sudden spike in cases, Health Minister Ramarie Nepe has ordered that all districts in Capital Region and Northwest Region are to be restricted - no one will be allowed to enter or leave until further notice. Public gatherings or assemblies are also suspended indefinitely.

While the newly announced expansion of restrictions has been welcomed, opposition officials have still blasted the government for its slow response to the crisis. “A quarantine should have been set up much sooner, travel restrictions should have been enforced much sooner. This is beginning to get out of control because of the government’s lack of preparedness and slowness to acknowledge a problem,” Waiano Rara, a MPP legislator from Ie Keeti district, told the Voice of the People. Rara is the leader of a growing chorus of politicians within President Matōchmizalo‘s own MPP party demanding that the President either address the AD14 outbreak more decisively and effectively, or step down.

Health experts are also warning that the health services are not up to the AD14 challenge, and criticizing the Health Minister and the President for their “inexplicable” decision to not close the borders, or set up testing at ports of entry, to insulate Milintica from AD14. “This government, in the interest of making a political point about how ‘welcoming’ Milintica is to the world, completely ignored its own advisors and the medical community, and ignored basic practice and common sense about how to address an outbreak,” Dr. Makareta Teira, an infectious disease specialist with the National University Hospital System, said. “We may end up paying the price for this negligence.”

The President and Health Minister Nepe have not made any public comment about the latest surge in AD14 cases, but a statement from the government said that the government is actively seeking solutions to address the problem.

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Post by Xiomera » Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:48 pm

Milintica to consider diplomatic relations with Xiomera

Aid offered by Xiomerans causes change in position

Prime Minister Tupai Tapihana announced that he has reached agreement with President Matōchmizalo on accepting an offer from the Xiomeran Empire to send a diplomatic team to discuss establishing diplomatic relations. If diplomatic relations are established, it would be a complete transformation of the relationship between the two countries.

The Prime Minister confirmed rumors that aid sent from Xiomera helped Milintica bring its recent outbreak of the AD14 Adenovirus under control, "saving thousands of lives". The aid was reportedly sent secretly by Empress Yauhmi and the Xiomeran government, out of fears that an open offer of aid would be rejected by Milintican hardliners opposed to any form of rapprochement between the two countries.

"The aid generously provided by Empress Yauhmi prevented a total collapse of our country. When you take that assistance, coupled with the sweeping reforms being implemented by the Empress, it is clear that Xiomera is changing, and our view of Xiomera should also change," the Prime Minister said. A diplomatic team from Xiomera is expected to arrive in Milintica within the next few days. The Prime Minister described the move as "a way for Milintica to resolve its crippling isolation, and be able to join the wider international community."

"We will not gain anything by continuing this quixotic stance against the Xiomerans. If they had wanted to occupy us, they've had centuries to do it. Now is the time for us to abandon age-old fears, paranoia and hatred, and try to make things work," the Prime Minister said.

The change in position has not been commented on by President Matōchmizalo or his office. While the Prime Minister's office is responsible for international relations, "the President would have had to sign off on this for Prime Minister Tupihana to have enough support to implement such a huge change in direction," an anonymous source in Haven House said.

Milintica's government has described the Xiomeran Empire as the greatest threat to Milintica's independence and security for centuries. The nation's Constitution even includes such language in its preamble. While there is no formal law preventing diplomatic relations between the two countries, it has long been understood as a practical unwritten law. The major political parties in Milintica, such as the MPP, PPM and GPM, have thrown their cautious support behind the proposal. However, more radical parties, such as the PAP, MFR and MIP have already rejected any possibility of diplomatic relations with Xiomera. A session of the Representative Assembly had to be halted after the representatives of the minor parties took over the dais as a protest against the Xiomerans and refused to allow anyone to speak. Leaders of the MIP and MFR have also warned that they will protest the arrival of the Xiomeran delegation, and called for a general strike and for protests to block the streets on the day of the Xiomeran delegation's arrival.

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Post by Xiomera » Sun May 24, 2020 8:54 am

President denounces new Xiomeran regime

"Veiled threat" on Xiomeran media scorned, government in exile backed

In a blistering address to the nation today, President Matōchmizalo denounced the installation of a new Emperor in Xiomera, and reaffirmed that his administration will continue to support the Xiomeran government in exile currently based in Laeral.

"Like many Xiomerans, as was amply demonstrated by the shouts of angry citizens at his own so-called coronation, we refuse to recognize the usurper Xochiuhue as the legitimate Emperor of Xiomera. We further denounce those who have co-opted and subverted the religious, political, social and moral elements of Huenyan society to force this unwanted usurper onto the Obsidian Throne," the President declared to a mix of Milintican and foreign media at an unscheduled press conference at Haven House.

A clearly angry President also poured scorn on a "veiled threat" delivered against the Democratic Republic in Xiomeran media yesterday. The military junta that deposed Empress Yauhmi had not commented at all on the Milintican rejection of their coup, and the new false Emperor had likewise declined to discuss Milintica at all. However, during a recent newscast on Xiomera's XIN network discussing foreign reactions to the installation of a new Emperor, a map of Catica displayed on the newscast labeled Milintica as "Far Western Xiomera", rather than its legitimate title as a sovereign nation. The deliberate erasure of the Democratic Republic from the map, and its relabeling as part of Xiomera, have been interpreted by Milinticans as a threat to the Democratic Republic due to its outspoken opposition to the coup in Xiomera.

"If these type of veiled threats are meant to warn us to be silent, or to change our stance, they have failed, and will fail. The idiotic braying donkeys in Tlālacuetztla who have promulgated this illegal and immoral coup are having enough trouble even keeping their own country under their thumb. They would be well-advised not to cast their greedy criminal eyes onto the Democratic Republic. Their avarice, in this case, far exceeds their actual capabilities," the President warned. "We will not bow to any foreign hand, especially that of the thieves who have sought to steal an entire country from its rightful people."

As a blunt counter to the map displayed on the XIN newscast, the President had a map of the Xiomeran Empire propped up next to him as he spoke. The map labeled the areas currently out of Xiomeran government control, such as the Necatli lands, Manauia Island and the city of Chuaztlapoc as "Free Huenya". The rest of the country was labeled "The Xiomeran Empire, For Now (until Xochiuhue is overthrown)".

In response to the threat to Milintican sovereignty, Milinticans of all backgrounds have begun holding rallies throughout the country declaring their willingness to fight "any invader, any time, anywhere" to protect the independence of the Democratic Republic. Armed citizens' groups, as well as the Milintican defense forces, have been ordered to stand ready to mobilize at 24 hours' notice in the event of an invasion.

Envoy sent to Laeralsford

As a further rejection of Xiomeran nationalist imperialism, the Milintican government has sent an envoy to Laeralsford to meet with Xiomeran Crown Prince Texōccoatl. Rua Karauria, the former Milintican president, is reportedly leaving retirement to take up the role of the Milintican liaison with the Xiomeran government in exile.

"We will provide all possible support to the government in exile to help free the people of Huenya and put an end to the tyranny of this usurpation," Karauria said to the media as she left for Laeralsford today. "We will offer our country as a safe haven to anyone seeking escape from the reach of Xochiuhue, and for anyone seeking to restore the legitimate government of Xiomera to power." The former president also had a message for Xochiuhue and the junta supporting him. "You may think we are a weak and poor country. And, perhaps we are. But even the humble ant can sting the absolute hell out of you if you threaten it. You have threatened the Milintican people and their independence. We will not stand for it. The ants are coming for you. We shall see if you can bear the sting."

Smoking banned in public throughout Milintica

With all the furor over the Xiomeran threat, one could be forgiven for overlooking the rest of the political events in the country. However, a major milestone was celebrated today by health advocates; a nationwide ban on smoking, vaping and use of other tobacco products in all public places has passed the Representative Assembly. The new law passed by a margin of 110-18-2, and was signed by the President today. "This is a huge step forward in guaranteeing the health of the Milintican people, lowering the burden on our national health service, and improving our environment," Health Minister Ramarie Nepe told the media after the law passed the Assembly.

Health advocates have long sought the passage of a nationwide tobacco products ban, and celebrated the new law. Some, however, are critical of the law, pointing out that the loss of tobacco product-related sales could potentially harm small businesses as well as firms that used to manufacture and import cigarettes and other tobacco products. "Our economy is already badly struggling as it is, and now the idealists in the Assembly have just put another nail in its coffin," Yarechel, a MIP representative from Amoxpin who was the most vocal opponent of the tobacco ban, said after the bill passed.

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Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:26 pm

"Volunteer" act passes easily in Assembly

In response to a recent statement from the unrecognized Xiomeran Emperor, Xochiuhue, warning other nations not to send 'volunteers' to Xiomera, the Representative Assembly easily passed a measure authorizing Milinticans to do just that.

The measure, the Fighting Usurpers in Xiomera for Our Complete Halt to Imperialism Act (or FU XOCHI Act), passed with the first unanimous vote in the history of the Assembly. One representative from Wairarapa, Himi Ngata (GPM), even appeared in the Assembly Chamber to cast his vote despite having a severe case of food poisoning. "130 Milinticans just told the tyrants of the world that we do not answer to them, and for that, I am extremely proud," Ngata said before immediately leaving to return home.

The measure, while not officially committing Milintica to any military action, does authorize Milintican citizens to "follow their conscience" in relation to the coup in Xiomera. It also allows both Milintican citizens and foreign nationals to form "resistance" groups for the benefit of the Xiomeran people, as well as raising funds and acquiring "needed supplies". In addition, it authorizes asylum for any Xiomeran national seeking to escape the country due to the coup there.

The measure formalizes what had been, up to now, an unofficial agreement by the Democratic Republic to allow the country to serve as a base for formal organizing against the coup regime in Xiomera.

VOP to begin providing coverage to Xiomeran exile government

In a related story, the Voice of the People, Milintica's official news source, has reached an agreement with the Xiomeran government in exile to begin carrying news stories, updates and bulletins about the resistance to the Xiomeran coup. All VOP outlets, broadcast and online, will begin carrying coverage provided by the government in exile, as well as VOP's own coverage concerning the coup. This will be carried in a new segment as part of VOP News broadcasts at 8am, noon, 5pm and 10pm Milintican time.

The first broadcast, taking place today, shows video smuggled out of the city of Xochiatipan, the latest city in Xiomera to rebel against the rule of the usurper Emperor. The coverage shows that while the Xiomeran security forces were able to suppress the protest in that city, it was not without considerable effort. Nyree Moa reports: "Multiple Xiomeran law enforcement and military units, backed by paramilitary elements of the so-called 'citizens' groups' such as the Good Citizens' League, had to be used to break up the protests in Xochiatipan. While not as widespread or as violent as the infamous protests in August of 1977 in Xochiatipan, it was clear from the scene that this was no simple walk in the park for the Xiomeran authorities. Tear gas and rubber bullets were used extensively and without restraint, and baton charges as well. Despite all this, it took several hours for the authorities to get the city center completely back under control again."

Meanwhile, from his headquarters in Laeralsford, the defacto legitimate Xiomeran leader Crown Prince Texōccoatl addressed the violence in Xochiatipan, as well as recent statements made by the usurper Xochiuhue. Imantzitl reports: "The Crown Prince had this to say about the violence in Xochiatipan: 'It is clear that, in increasing numbers and in increasing volume, the people of Xiomera are demanding that the false Emperor step down, disband his illegitimate government, and restore the rightful authorities to power. The time for that to remain a voluntary choice on his part is rapidly running out.' Texōccoatl added that 'the people, and their voice, will not be ignored.'

The Crown Prince was also asked about the accusation made by the usurper Emperor that he was 'cowardly hiding in Laeral' with a simple statement of his own: 'Don't worry, Xochiuhue, you'll face me soon enough.' While the situation seems balanced against the exile government at the moment, the Crown Prince is clearly confident of victory in the long run."


And in the last part of the segment, Calxochitli reports that the denunciations of the Xiomeran usurper regime against 'foreign interference' in Xiomera aren't what they seem: "Several Xiomeran and international sources have analyzed video from Xiomeran operations in Necuatexi and Acalan, the sites of two harsh examples of the usurper regime suppressing local residents of the Necatli ethnic group. Multiple sources have confirmed to VOP that these scenes show Xiomeran security forces being assisted by foreign mercenaries, specifically the Shuellian mercenary group Watchtower. So, if the Emperor Xochiuhue is so opposed to foreign interference in his country, why is he hiring foreign mercenaries to suppress his own people? That's the question many are now asking."

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Post by Xiomera » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:59 am

Climate change rallies take place around country

As part of a series of climate change protests occurring in multiple countries, the Green Party of Milintica hosted the Lauchenoirian environmentalist group Watchdogs of Our Earth in simultaneous rallies occurring in several cities around the Democratic Republic today. Events were staged in the capital Huānoch, as well as the cities of Wairarapa, Utlamec, Ōmaru and Kōputaroa. Events included speeches, musical performances, and demonstrations of eco-friendly practices and technologies.

"We are honored to host the activists of WOE and join them in the fight to save our environment and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change," Kahutea Tahana, chairwoman of the Environmental Committee of the GPM, said. "As a country that includes several small islands that are endangered by rising sea levels, Milintica is keenly aware of the importance of this fight, and will not only join other countries to ensure change around the world, but will take steps to do better here as well."

The Milintican government adopted a series of measures to increase sustainable and eco-friendly development, as well as environmental protection and renewal, in 2018. However, the limited budget of the Milintican government, coupled with the extreme poverty in many parts of the country, has made reaching the high goals of the 2018 program difficult. President Matōchmizalo has pledged to redouble the nation's efforts to meet the program goals.

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Post by Xiomera » Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:34 am

Minority parties in Assembly question Xiomeran involvement
MFR, PAP, MIP demand government "gain more concessions" from Xiomeran government in exile

While the Milintican government's support of the Xiomeran government in exile, and its deal with Crown Prince Texōccoatl, have the support of most Milinticans, minority parties in the Representative Assembly have begun pushing President Matōchmizalo and Prime Minister Tupai Tapihana to demand "greater concessions" from the exile government in exchange for Milintican support.

"We are risking this conflict being brought to our own shores, should Emperor Xochiuhue win this civil war in Xiomera," Ikei Enoka, the premier of the Paora Alliance Party, told reporters before today's Assembly session. "If we are going to subject our country to the risk of Xiomeran hostility - for a conflict Milinticans, and the Paora especially, are not even part of really - we should be getting more from the Crown Prince's government." Enoka said that he wants the President and Prime Minister to demand greater trade concessions from the exile government of Xiomera, should they prevail in the conflict brewing there. Enoka said that Milintica should also seek unspecified "compensation" from the exile Xiomeran government once the government of Xochiuhue is overthrown.

The chairman of the Milintica Isolationist Party, Cizama, echoed Enoka's sentiments. Cizama said that Milintica "should be rewarded a lot more than we currently are from the government in exile" for its support, especially given the previously hostile relationship between the two countries. Cizama said that he wanted to see greater trade concessions as well, coupled with compensation to the families of those descended from those Milinticans who were originally exiled from Xiomera in 1387. Cizama said that he also wanted to see military aid to Milintica from Xiomera as compensation.

The Chairman of the Movement for Return party, Tachitle, said that he "wants the same demands as the MIP, but also wants our right to return to Xiomera, and our right to have the land and assets that Xiomerans stole from our ancestors returned to us, to also be explicitly part of any deal for continued support of the Crown Prince and the Empress". The MFR have long demanded a "right to return" to ancestral lands in western Huenya as a precondition for any lasting ties with the Xiomerans.

The three minority party leaders said that they plan to demand a meeting with the President and the Prime Minister "as soon as possible" to discuss their demands. They have pledged to raise the issue in the Representative Assembly if their demands are not met. President Matōchmizalo has previously described such demands as "nonstarters" and that he "will not haggle for money or have Milinticans present themselves as if they were mercenaries."

"Milinticans believe in fighting for what is right, not for what fills our pockets," the President said flatly when asked by reporters about the latest statements from the MIP, PAP and MFR.

Milintica to attend climate conference in Lauchenoiria

A Milintican delegation, led by Minister of the Environment Piki Herangi and Green Party of Milintica Environmental Committee Chairwoman Kahutea Tahana, arrived today in Elopolis to attend an international conference dedicated to discussing solutions to climate change.

"We are excited by the opportunity to bring these serious issues to the world's attention, and to discuss solutions with other nations," Herangi told reporters as the Milintican delegation arrived. The Minister said that the Milintican delegation plans to seek help from other nations in implementing the government's ambitions 2018 plan to combat climate change, as well as to push action on issues related to sea rise, an issue beginning to affect outlying Milintican islands.

VOP's Voice of Xiomera coverage

With the unexpected emergence of Empress Yauhmi, having escaped from prison, dominating recent headlines, one might be forgiven for overlooking the other events taking place in Xiomera. But despite the best efforts of the current Xiomeran government to hide behind its cyber-firewall, our sources have managed to get the following stories to you:

Xiomeran universities "no-go" zones: Multiple Xiomeran universities have reportedly become "no-go" zones for local and Imperial police, as angry students have taken control of their campuses in protest against the government. Protests have broken out at 85 Xiomeran universities at last count, and the number is growing, according to an ad-hoc group of dissident students who have been fighting the government, and their "official" students' group known as the XSA, for control of the campuses. Increasing numbers of Imperial soldiers are having to be deployed to try to bring the fractious campuses back under government control.

Xiomeran hospitals "refused to treat" ASI, government forces: In the cities of Xochiatipan, Oacalco, Ixtlán and Tacuitapa, Imperial military medics and security personnel had to be brought in to take over medical facilities when their staff went on strike and refused to treat security forces who were combating protests in those cities, a report from several sources claimed. Five hospitals and seven emergency clinics in those cities are now reportedly being run by the government directly, and at least 75 medical personnel were detained, the reports claimed.

Xiomeran economy "on life support": The Xiomeran economy, despite the insistent proclamations of the government of Emperor Xochiuhue, is "on a rapid downward spiral" as a result of the trade war brewing between Xiomera and the nations opposed to the junta, inside reports claim.

"The Xiomeran economy is highly dependent on international trade. Due to the current situation, trade with our largest trading partners, Legionas and Eiria, has been reduced to almost nothing. Trade between Xiomera and the greater IDU is also facing a steep dropoff, as many nations are tightening the screws on the junta regime," Tlaxochuepo, a professor from Tlālacuetztla Polytechnic University who is currently in exile in Laeral, told VOP. "While the regime is trying to hide the numbers as best they can, and trying to present an image of strength and self-reliance, the numbers simply don't lie. Trade between Xiomera and its East Caxcana neighbors has been cut by 90% since Eiria and Xiomera slapped dueling sanctions on each other. Trade between Xiomera and the rest of the IDU is down by at least 50%. This is a monumental disaster for the Xiomeran economy, no matter how the junta tries to fudge the numbers."

Tlaxochuepo stated that if things continue to trend in this direction for the Xiomeran economy, it will lead to "massive layoffs and economic disruption" within Xiomera itself. "The Xiomeran economy is built on two planks: mass production and export to other nations putting money in Xiomerans' pockets, which in turns allows them to spend money at home and fuel the consumer-driven domestic economy. What is happening right now is cutting both of those planks in half, and Xiomerans will be the ones to fall through when the planks break. Massive unemployment in Xiomera itself, coupled with a citizenry that just isn't used to any kind of economic struggle, is going to be a powder keg for the regime unless they can find some way to fend this off and get the economy going again."

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