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Saturday, August 31st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5728 | In the News: EARTHQUAKE
President Bishop Declares Lasting State of National Emergency, Pledges to Rebuild following Massive Quake
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THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMASTAN HAS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AT 2:08 pm TODAY, THE ZAMASTAN GEOLOGICAL SERVICE DETECTED A STRONG EARTHQUAKE
RESIDENTS ARE WARNED OF POSSIBLE AFTERSHOCKS

TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN LIFTED


President Bishop on Saturday night stood in front of the damaged Congressional Hall doors with flood lights illuminating the famed corridors, currently being monitored closely for possible collapse. As emergency crews across the Tofino-Arinals Metro, nearly 200 miles north along the Coastal Valley, and the city of Providence work to dig survivors out of rubble, Bishop assured the nation that they will rebuild following the largest and most devastating earthquake to hit Zamastan in over a century.

"Our nation has been rocked by the ferocity of mother nature," Bishop began her speech stating, "and as our people try to come to terms with the devastation that we have not often seen, we see the goodness of our culture and our people."

Bishop cited the works of rescue teams who have worked tirelessly, as well as the citizens who jumped into the fray to help those who were trapped.

"These individuals show that Zamastan is stable under any circumstance. They make our nation great. They are the reason we can persevere."

The Big One

Just over 100 years and four months ago, the 1919 Tofino Earthquake killed over 40,000 people in one of the most destructive and deadly natural disasters in the history of the IDU. That earthquake is estimated to have been measured at 7.5 magnitude. For the past century, no earthquake passed 7.6 in magnitude, and few caused destruction and death as extensive as the 1919 quake. An earthquake in 1973 killed 98 people in Providence, and a 1997 quake killed 43 in Kelowna and the surrounding area.

Saturday's quake, measuring in at 8.3, is the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Zamastan and by far the largest measured in the IDU since 2000. It is also shaping out to be one of the most deadly natural disasters to face both Zamastan and the IDU in recent years. The death toll has already exceeded 2,500 and is expected to continue climbing in the coming days.

Eyewitness Accounts

Miranda Phelpin, a resident in Kelowna, experienced the quake from her apartment room.

"I was chatting inside our apartment on the first floor in Timell, Kelowna's central shopping district, when the beds around us began shaking. We have already had many aftershocks from the July quakes, so we initially assumed it was one of these, but the intensity kept building. The ground below felt like it was melting, or rippling like a swimming pool

"I could hear yelling and screams from outside. We bolted out of the room, running down the stairs, which were moving underneath us. We ran into a courtyard outside the apartment, looking above for signs of movement. The ground below felt like it was melting, or rippling like a swimming pool. I dived under a table outside with five others. Everyone was making eye contact and some were screaming.

"Someone called that it wasn't safe so we ran to a wider space. There were high buildings all around us so we kept looking upwards, waiting to see if there was any debris coming down. Everyone was huddling together, some staring numbly, others trying to call relatives.

"I think I just stood there, in a sort of mild shock for a few minutes. My heart was racing and I kept feeling the ground below me. I didn't see any buildings collapse, but we could hear the ambulances and people shouting in the distance."

James Onten and his family, originally from Cadair, also lives in Kelowna: "I was working at my desk when it hit, so I got under. It felt as though a giant had hold of the house and shook and shook and shook it, everything shaking and swaying. The ground is still moving as though we are on jelly. My nerves are shot for the time being. Thankfully we are all safe.

"My son works for a ZSuites outlet down the road and is walking home, my wife has been out but is coming home. We are putting up tents on the waste ground beside our house, which we did after the last one. We'll sleep out there tonight. Our house does look okay, in the local neighborhood some walls are down and a six story block of flats has major cracks. It is probably compounded damage since the last time."

Rising Death Toll and Infrastructure Reactions

The death toll across the Zamastan Coast has risen to 2,500, with 8,000 people injured. Zamastanian officials said that the death toll will climb as buildings and rubble continues to be cleared. The rescue and recovery efforts are expected to take upwards of several weeks. Neighborhoods have been virtually leveled in some instances, according to Kelowna authorities.

At least 76 climbers, including four Maximusians, three United New Englanders, and a Cadairian, died after a series of avalanches buried the Grouse Mountain base camp.

Highway systems along the coastal region have been shut down by authorities to allow for rescue efforts to move smoothly. Tofino International Airport (Tofino), Hapson International Airport (Providence), and Kelly Ellis International Airport (Kelowna) are only allowing limited flights for foreigners who are on flights returning home, as well as for aid flights.

International Reactions

Among the reactions of the global community, President Tyagi-Kennedy of the United New England stated "New Englanders were deeply saddened to hear of today’s earthquake in Zamastan. We mourn the deaths of the many victims who were taken by this sudden tragedy, and our hearts go out to the grieving survivors. We are ready to provide monetary and medical aid wherever it is needed."

Chancellor Hendry of Sanctaria posted on social media stating that she was "wholeheartedly saddened to hear of (the) earthquake off the coast of Zamastan." She also stated that her "thoughts ae with the victims and their families," as well as that "President Bishop and the government" could "count on Sanctarian assistance". The Chancellor is convening an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the disaster, and Sanctarian Foreign Secretary Brian Young announced that he will meet with the relief organization SanctariaAid to discuss emergency deployment of aid workers. The government of Sanctaria is also working to establish how many Sanctarians were affected by the quake. The Zamastanian government is in cooperation with all foreign governments to get accurate and up to date statements on how many foreign nationals were affected by the quake.

The Prime Minister of Gardavasque, Yorick Spence, who attended the Tofino Summit, pledged aid to Zamastan, and also stated that a team of search and rescue specialists are standing by if requested by the Zamastanian government.

Other nations have mentioned support and thoughts in press conferences, and many more official statements are expected to be coming in the next few days.

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Sunday, September 1st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5728 | In the News: EARTHQUAKE
World Leaders Offer Condolences and Support Following Earthquake
Officials Release Updated Death Toll - Including Foreign Casualties
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THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMASTAN HAS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AT 2:08 pm SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st, THE ZAMASTAN GEOLOGICAL SERVICE DETECTED A STRONG EARTHQUAKE
RESIDENTS ARE WARNED OF POSSIBLE AFTERSHOCKS

TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN LIFTED


Following the devastating earthquake that has claimed over 2,800 lives in Zamastan, hundreds of whom were foreign citizens, leaders across the IDU have offered condolences and support for the Zamastanian government and its people. Among the reactions of the global community, President Tyagi-Kennedy of the United New England was one of the first to respond, stating "New Englanders were deeply saddened to hear of today’s earthquake in Zamastan. We mourn the deaths of the many victims who were taken by this sudden tragedy, and our hearts go out to the grieving survivors. We are ready to provide monetary and medical aid wherever it is needed."

Chancellor Hendry of Sanctaria posted on social media stating that she was "wholeheartedly saddened to hear of (the) earthquake off the coast of Zamastan." She also stated that her "thoughts ae with the victims and their families," as well as that "President Bishop and the government" could "count on Sanctarian assistance". The Chancellor is convening an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday morning to discuss the disaster, and Sanctarian Foreign Secretary Brian Young announced that he will meet with the relief organization SanctariaAid to discuss emergency deployment of aid workers. The government of Sanctaria is also working to establish how many Sanctarians were affected by the quake. The Zamastanian government is in cooperation with all foreign governments to get accurate and up to date statements on how many foreign nationals were affected by the quake.

The Prime Minister of Gardavasque, Yorick Spence, who attended the Tofino Summit, pledged aid to Zamastan, and also stated that a team of search and rescue specialists are standing by if requested by the Zamastanian government.

Other nations have mentioned support and thoughts in press conferences, and many more official statements are expected to be coming in the next few days. On the evening of Saturday, president Lucas Brown of Libertas Omnium Maximus stated in a social media post that "The thoughts and prayers of our nation go out to all of the individuals effected by the horrible earthquake that has struck Zamastan. I cannot stress enough how upsetting this is to watch. The Zamastanians are resilient people and I wish them all the best in rebuilding. God Bless."

Trivian Emperor Yuri Yakovlev, Xiomeran Emperor Topilpopoca, and the Chancellor of Eiria have also expressed their condolences and are expected to release official statements of condolences and solidarity. This comes at a time where all three nations are participating in mediation to end a trade war between Zamastan and Xiomera, and the quake is bound to play into a sincerity factor during the ongoing talks.

As day break arrived on Sunday, September 1st, the official death toll from the Zamastanian government was at 2,893 people. The number is still expected to climb. The State Department also released numbers of the believed fatalities of foreign nationals as part of their coordination efforts with the global community to identify victims. Part of the efforts involves transport back to their native countries if they permanently reside out of Zamastan or were only in Zamastan as tourists at the time of the quake and were effected to a physical or monetary degree.

Gardavasque: 49 citizens killed

Laeral: 42 citizens killed

Cadair: 40 citizens killed

Gladysynthia: 38 citizens killed

Libertas Omnium Maximus: 28 citizens killed

United New England: 25 citizens killed

Trive 38: 22 citizens killed

Democratic Republic of Eiria: 22 citizens killed

Vulkaria: 20 citizens killed

Lauchenoiria: 17 citizens killed

Sanctaria: 14 citizens killed

Shuell: 13 citizens killed

Christos: 9 citizens killed

Xiomera: 3 citizens killed

Many of the foreigners killed in the quake were identified as tourists, though a sizable amount have been confirmed to have been residing in Zamastan. Several fatalities were recorded on Grouse Mountain where an avalanche destroyed a base camp and a ski resort lodge popular with tourists. It is estimated that up to 100 people were killed in that slide. Another avalanche on Mount Kira also destroyed several lodges, and upwards of 60 people were killed on that mountain.

Kelowna's main international airport, Kelly Ellis Int. Airport, has been forced to close its terminals and runways to large planes after its duel runways sustained damage from the influx of flights delivering aid, officials said Sunday.

The past week has seen a procession of big jets flying in goods and relief workers, as well as a swarm of journalists, but the airport only has two runway and parking slots for just twelve large jets.

A Zamastanian travel official told The Tofino Times that planes weighing over 196 tons were being told not to land at the Kelowna International Airport, located on Kelowna's outskirts. Many planes were being diverted to Tofino International or Providence's Hapson International Airport instead.

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Sunday, September 1st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5728 | In the News: EARTHQUAKE
Emperor Topilpopoca of Xiomera Offers Aid and Search Teams in Rare Support of Foreign Nation
A 6.9 MAGNITUDE AFTERSHOCK WAS RECORDED ON SUNDAY, SATURDAY 1st.

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THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAMASTAN HAS ISSUED A STATE OF EMERGENCY
AT 2:08 pm SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st, THE ZAMASTAN GEOLOGICAL SERVICE DETECTED A STRONG EARTHQUAKE
RESIDENTS ARE WARNED OF POSSIBLE AFTERSHOCKS


Emperor Topilpoca of Xiomera, in a never before seen stance from the totalitarian regime, offered "aid workers, search teams, and recovery specialists and equipment to Zamastan" with the government's permission. This is the first time that the shadowy regime leader has ever offered direct aid to a foreign nation, and comes at an especially surprising time when Zamastan and Xiomera are locked in a wide-ranging trade dispute. Negotiations for a mediation are currently on going in Eiria.

Trade Secretary Trista Demore, who is in Eiria for the conference, lost her husband in the quake. Her two sons are safe, according to state media. Emperor Topilpopoca declared that the disaster “reminds us that there are things far more important than the petty matters that we often concern ourselves with.”

Three Xiomeran citizens were killed in the quake, among hundreds of other foreign citizens.

Businesses in Xiomera that were participating in an ongoing boycott of trade goods from Zamastan lifted their boycotts in response to the quake, a move which is moving towards good faith in the hopes of a resolution to the trade dispute. So far, Q# 13,000,000 has been raised for an earthquake relief fund, which will be used to provide funds to local Zamastanian relief efforts.

“Despite being businesspeople, we do also have a heart for those in need,” Xocolcōza, CEO of Cala Computer Corporation and Chairman of the XBA, said in announcing the XBA Disaster Relief Fund. “We hope that these funds can provide assistance with recovering from this tragic disaster.”

Zamastanian authorities have been quoted saying that they will be accepting all foreign assistance, including that of the Xiomeran's.

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Sunday, September 8th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5728 | In the News: Concerns of environmental damage following the quake
Forrester pledges to clean up oil that spilled from Kelowna facility damaged by earthquake
An energy company pledged Sunday to clean up oil that spilled from its facility in Kelowna when last week's earthquake devastated parts of Zamastan. Forrester Technologies and Energy said it was unclear how big the spill was at its South Riding Point oil terminal on Grand Point Hill.

Tofino Times News correspondent Max Barnett reported from outside the facility Saturday that domes on some of the structures were completely destroyed by the earthquake. Oil was seen all around the area, and the smell was pungent, Barnett reported.

Forrester said security personnel were at the site identifying potential hazards. A security official told Barnett and his crew Saturday they were free to walk around inside the facility but that they would be doing so at their own risk.

On Sunday, the company said there were "no indications of continued oil leakage from the tanks or of oil spills from the terminal to the city, residential areas or beaches." The company also said it was still assessing the spill.

At least 4,850 people were killed in the quake, with the majority of casualties being reported out of the city of Kelowna. The environmental damage is also a major concern to the region.

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Sunday, September 8th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5738 | In the News: Airplane Mechanic accused of attempted sabotage
Zian Airways mechanic accused of attempted sabotage of flight with 150 on board
A mechanic for Zian Airways appeared in court Sunday after he was accused of trying to sabotage a commercial airliner shortly before it was set to take off from Emerald's Mannen International Airport for Laeralsford with 150 people on board.

Fihn Ahmad Alani has been charged with "willfully damaging, destroying, disabling, or wrecking an aircraft, and attempting to do so," according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Alani allegedly tried to damage or disable the aircraft's air data module (ADM) system, which reports aircraft speed, pitch and other critical data, on July 17.

On Thursday, investigators interviewed Alani and he "admitted that he accessed the ADM" and that he "inserted a piece of foam into the ADM's inlet where the line connects and that he applied super glue to the foam so as to prevent the foam from coming off," the complaint says.

"Alani stated that his intention was not to cause harm to the aircraft or its passengers," investigators say in the complaint.

The court documents say Alani told investigators that he was upset over a contract dispute between union workers and the airlines, and the dispute had cost him money.

Alani allegedly explained that he tampered with the aircraft so he could get overtime working on the plane.

As the plane went down the runway and pilots increased power to the engines, there was an error related to the ADM system and the takeoff was aborted. The aircraft returned to the concourse and no one on board was injured, the complaint says.

Zian Airways mechanics immediately inspected the aircraft and "discovered a loosely connected pitot tube, which connects directly to the ADM" and determined

"the ADM appeared to have been deliberately obstructed with what appeared to be a dark Styrofoam-type material," according to the complaint.

Authorities used surveillance video to identify Alani, the document says.

No formal plea was entered during Friday's court hearing. A bond hearing was set for Wednesday.

The federal government has until September 20 for a grand jury to return an indictment. Alani's public defender, Anthony Natale, has just been assigned the case. "We won't know until the 20th what the formal charges will be."

Zian Airways, in a statement to TTT, said, "At Zian Airways we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members and we are taking this matter very seriously. At the time of the incident, the aircraft was taken out of service, maintenance was performed and after a inspection to ensure it was safe the aircraft was returned to service. Zian Airways immediately notified federal law enforcement who took over the investigation with our full cooperation."

An airline spokesman said Alani has been suspended.

Alani previously worked for Jade Airlines.

A spokesman for the airline said Alani "was an avionics technician and line avionics technician for the company. He worked for Jade from January to August 1990, and then again from June 1998 to July 2008. Jade does not comment on specific personnel matters of past and present employees."

In a lawsuit Alani filed in 2010, he acknowledged he was fired from Jade Airlines.

According to an American Airlines spokesman, Alani had worked for Zian Airways since 1988. Zian acknowledged that he worked for both airlines, which was permitted.

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Monday, September 9th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5748 | In the News: Emperor Topilpopoca Injured in Assassanation Plot
Xiomeran Emperor Topilpopoca Target of Attempted Assassination
Emperor Topilpopoca of Xiomera was shot and injured in an assassination attempt at the Palace of Flowers in the capital city of Tlālacuetztla. Officials have said that the emperor will recover, though he is being treated at the capital's Imperial Military Hospital. Chief Justice of Xiomera, Nopalliztli, has assumed temporary leadership over the Xiomeran government until the Emperor fully recovers to be capable of resuming his duties. The Chief Justice said that Imperial Police and the ASI have launched an investigation into the assassination attempt. A curfew has been established in major Xiomeran cities.

President Anya Bishop sent her condolences and wishes to the Emperor, despite their history of trading personal insults over cultural issues and trade conflicts.

"My wishes are fully with the Emperor during this difficult time. The Zamastanian government is grateful for the ways Xiomera has showed their kindness in the last few weeks through coming to the mediation conference and offering support through our earthquake. Emperor Topilpopoca's health is in our thoughts today."

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5754 | In the News: Fondaden Questioned
Secretary Fondaden Questioned in Congressional Hall over Uncovered Bjeorg Conflict War Crime
Secretary of Defense Curtis Fondaden was being questioned in Congressional Hall Wednesday over allegations that he knew about and covered up recently discovered documents that proved that a massacre during the Bjeorg Conflict in 1991 was committed by three Zamastanian soldiers.

The alleged killings took place during the landings at Old Saybrook on July 30th, 1991. Commander Austin Wilson and two of his men had began killing civilians who were gathered up by the platoon that had just captured the small fishing village from enemy combatants. While Maximusian forces occupied themselves in the north, Zamastanian forces stormed the beaches in the south. The invasion cost 35 Zamastanian lives, but over 260 Bjeorgites were killed. Commander Wilson and two of his men gunned down 27 unarmed civilians before being killed by a fellow soldier. The platoon then moved the soldier's bodies as well as the bodies of the slain civilians to make it appear to the higher command that they had been killed in battle, not afterwards.

Fondaden, who was a field officer during the conflict, claims he had no knowledge of the killings until the documents were released late June by a soldier present during the massacre - Nicholas Henners whose rank at the time of the incident was private.

"I had no knowledge prior to the leaking of the documents," Fondaden said during the hearing, "nor to my knowledge did anyone who is currently working at the Defense Department or who worked in administrative positions or direct combat and strategic command in the past 28 years."

"It is the duty of the Zamastanian Armed Forces to protect and serve the citizens and interests of our nation. We would never condone or order the intentional killings of civilians."

The massacre is being investigated from locals who claim they experienced the event first hand and from soldiers who may have been present.


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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5754 | In the News: Anya Bishop Announces Relationship and Pregnancy
President Anya Bishop Announces Relationship and Pregnancy in Press Conference
President Anya Bishop will step down as President for six weeks when she has her first baby in March, but says she will still be "fully contactable and available".

President Bishop confirmed the news this morning.

She said her partner Marcus Fraiser, whom she has been dating for three years, would be a "stay at home" dad.

"I think it's fair to say that this will be a child that a village will raise, but we couldn't be more excited. I know there will be lots of questions, and we'll answer all of them (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!)" In a statement, President Bishop confirmed that an election will be held within her staffing quarters, and whoever is chosen will take on the role of Acting President for six weeks after the baby is born.

"Mr Fraiser and I have a great relationship, and I know that together we'll make this period work. I will make arrangements for appropriate Secretaries or others to act in my other portfolios over the six weeks I am away from office.

"At the end of my leave I will resume all Presidential duties."

Bishop said she intended to be fully contactable and available throughout the six-week period. She said she was hoping to remain based in Tofino, close to family and friends in the proximity of the Zian Presidential Mansion. However, she said she would see how things went and plans could change. The President has a residence in the Kingston neighborhood, as well as another home in Tirzah. The President also joked that she wasn't sure how the secret service security car drivers would deal with a baby seat.

President Bishop said they first knew of the pregnancy in mid-July, "but as many couples do in the early stages, we kept it to ourselves". She said the news was a "fantastic surprise".

When the baby is born, Bishop will be the third President to have a child in office (Cassious Castovia and Quinn Werner), though she will be the first to give birth herself.

Politicians from across the political spectrum sent Bishop their congratulations. Rival presidential candidate Foley Sakzi said in a social media post that he and his family were "excited to hear of the exciting development," and that they were wishing "President Bishop and Mr. Fraiser all the best." Cain Blackwater also posted saying "Thrilled to hear about @PresBishop 's pregnancy. She'll make a great mom. Congrats, Anya"

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5754 | In the News: Massive Classified Document Leak
'Leakersite' Breached Zamastanian National Security Offices and Released over 200,000 Classified Documents - More Leaks Are Promised This Week
The damaged infrastructure following the August 31st earthquake led to the massive hack being able to occur, according to state officials. On Tuesday, hackers who at the moment are unknown individuals affiliated with the website 'Leakersite', are accused of leaking classified information on Zamastanian secret warfare, espionage, and other regards. Over 200,000 classified documents, equaling to over 4 million pages worth of material, was leaked on the internet.

A majority of the documents are still secured under massive digit password and lock, though it appears that a randomly generating computer will be able to open them. 'Leakersite' promised that there would be a steady stream of releases in the coming days.

President Bishop was asked about the leak at a press briefing, and stated that she was "not overly concerned, as most of the leaks appear to be material that would've been classified for no more than a year longer, or they were in the process of being declassified."

Tofino's government hold grave fears about the security of Gladysynthian border weapons and leaders are privately urging an attack on the nation, as well as plenty of Bjeorg Crisis documents from 1991, according to reports based on already reviewed classified cables leaked to major media outlets by whistleblower website Leakersite.

The State Department and Defense Department today condemned the latest leaks as a "reckless disclosure of classified information illegally obtained".

Today's reports are nervously marking the beginning of what could be a damaging and embarrassing week for Zamastan with the release of the first tranche in what is tipped to be a seven-day staggered drip-feed of exposes based on 250,000 diplomatic cables obtained by the website.

''The consequences are difficult to predict. It will at least be unpleasant - for my government, for those who are mentioned in the reports, and for me personally as the Zamastanian official," said one State Department official who wished to remain anonymous.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5768 | In the News: War of Independence Skith Museum
New Zamastan War of Independence Museum in Jade Harbor Shows Skith Empire Perspective
The Museum of the Zamastan War of Independence opened in Jade Harbor two years ago to tell the story of the birth of the nation. Next week, it will open its first large-scale exhibition about the other side of the Revolutionary War, the Skith Empire.

“Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Skithan Soldier” focuses on a single Skithan officer: Mark Georgi.

“Mark Georgi is not particularly famous. He was never a general, never a statesmen, never rose above captain,” said curator Matthew Skic. “But he is one of the most well-documented individuals of this time period.”

Skic sees Georgi as the convenient traveler of his day, stumbling — sometimes by chance — into the major global events of his time.

“We’re using his story as a window into this time of great change when a Revolution in Zamah St'an begins to change the way people think about the role of government in daily life,” he said.

A portrait of Georgi painted in his later years when he used a silk hat to hide his head wound. Georgi was a wealthy, Skithan-born gentleman and artist who dabbled in cartooning as a student at Western University. The exhibition includes 10 satirical cartoons he published in Tofino spoofing wealthy people, Western professors, and “macaroni,” the term for extravagantly dapper men who dressed in ostentatious, often mis-matched haute couture.

Later, he got serious. When colonists and slaves in Zamastan rose up in rebellion, Georgi quickly heeded the call of King Almarez II and continued to make illustrations as an officer during wartime. His drawings are some of the very few images of the War of Independence made on the battlefield.

“Georgi came from a tradition thinking that the Skithan Empire is the freest empire in the world. It already had liberty, obviously despite the use of slave labor in the colonies,” said Skic. “But now the Zamastanians are stating there is a new way of thinking about liberty.”

Georgi’s wartime drawings were not known to exist until 2007 when they were bought at auction by a private collector in Arinals. They have never been displayed publicly before, but Georgi's work may have already been on view — in a way.

“Cost of Revolution” borrows heavily from collections in Skith, but draws from the museum’s own collection, including two paintings depicting the battles of White Rock and Camp Island. The paintings show very particular details of the battles, including troop movements and known individuals, despite the fact that the artist had never set foot in colonial Zamah St'an.

A tableau depicts the Battle of White Rock, where Georgi’s career took a permanent turn. He was shot in the head by a musket ball, fracturing his skull. He was carried off the battlefield and carted into Skith-occupied Bunion Hill.

He survived with a silver plate surgically fixed to his skull and his sense of humor intact. He made a sketch of himself being carted into the city with a massive, bleeding head wound. The caption reads, “My triumphant entry into Bunion.”

As it turns out, his head would was no joke. Georgi was prescribed morphine, which he claimed never fully alleviated the pain. In fact, it made it worse by adding hallucinations and delirium to his ailments.

He would marry and have two children, but his wife died suddenly after just four years. It threw him into a deep depression.

“He was struggling with his post-war life,” Skic said. “He’s turning to art to manage those changes in his life.”

Georgi was always sketching and commissioning portraits of himself. The exhibition opens with a large picture of Georgi as a young officer and his spaniel named Cocky, ready to set sail for Zamah St'an.

When he returned, injured, he commissioned a portrait of himself in black, wearing a favorite black silk hat to hide his head wound. Then, he commissioned yet another portrait of himself mourning at his wife’s grave.

“He certainly had a dramatic flair,” Skic said. “He was able to afford portraits of himself by the best artists of the time. Still, it was unusual to commission so many portraits.”

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Friday, September 27th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5780 | In the News: Alanis Stabbing Spree
Employee goes on stabbing rampage at Alanis workplace, killing one and injuring multiple people
An employee at a commercial building supply company went on a stabbing rampage inside an Alanis workplace Wednesday morning, killing one person and injuring multiple people, according to police. Interim Alanis Police Chief Steve Madla said the suspect, Artimes Black, 41, arrived for work at Down Industries around 8 a.m. and was involved in some kind of verbal dispute.

Black was asked to leave and clocked out at 8:20 a.m., but shortly afterwards began stabbing co-workers with a folding knife. Madla couldn't speak to a motive, but said Black was apparently targeting specific people when police received a 911 call around 8:33 a.m.

Tofino Times affiliate AlanisCTV reports there are five people being treated at Alanis South Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokesperson told the station one victim is in serious condition, two are in fair condition and two are in good condition.

Madla described "heroic" actions by employees who armed themselves with "whatever they could" and attempted to keep the suspect at bay until officers arrived. Black was able to flee the building, but was taken into custody by responding officers.

Black is currently being interviewed, Madla said. He had been employed with the company for about three-and-a-half months, was not fired and had no apparent disciplinary history with the company, Madla said.

Alanis Police spokesman Sam Miller earlier told the Alanis Democrat multiple agencies were processing a "very big scene" with more than one property.

The Democrat reports there was a frantic scene outside as family members gathered trying to obtain information about their loved ones. Margrett Campbell told the paper her husband Roger Fanin Jr. arrived for a job interview about 8:30 a.m. and that she was on the phone with him when she heard a commotion.

"The next thing I know, he said, 'Baby, I've been stabbed five times,'" Campbell told the paper. "'I've been stabbed.'"

She said her husband later called her from the hospital to tell her he had internal bleeding and was going into surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Down Industries distributes residential and commercial building supplies, such as doors and windows, according to the company's website. A company representative didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5780 | In the News: One Month After the Earthquake
One Month After the Coastal Valley Earthquake
11-year-old Sophia Majid's Story of Recovery
A faint but determined heartbeat has returned to the city of Kelowna, one month after a powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the Coastal Valley area.

Around 12.5 million people have been affected, including hundreds and thousands of children. One of them is 11-year-old Sophia Majid.

Sophia now lives in a tent with nine others – members of her family and neighbors – who fled their homes when the earthquake struck. Their temporary shelter is on a hill park about 2 km from where they used to live on the shore of Kelowna Bay.

Sophia’s family is not alone.

When the earthquake struck, Sophia and her family had to run desperately to escape the waves that they were worried would engulf large swathes of the shoreline. The waves came, but they were thankfully small in comparison to the devastation caused by the shaking ground. As they fled, Sophia quickly grabbed two mobile phones. These phones became the family’s lifeline in the following chaotic days as they tried to find food, drink and information on the rest of the family.

After several days, Sophia went back to look through the wreckage of her family’s home to try and find some of her belongings. She was hoping to find her school uniform, shoes or sandals, but had no luck. She misses her laptop that had her favorite movies on.

Sophia looked on while her mother Maria Majid cooked rice. The family used an area at the back of the tent as a kitchen.

Every night she went to sleep on a mattress underneath a net. In the morning she brushed her teeth with water from a container at the end of the field where the temporary shelters were located.

With her only exercise book and pen, Sophia heads to school with her friend David. David, who studies in a neighboring school, had already received a federal relief bag filled with school equipment, and Sophia was looking forward to receiving one today.

At least 1,200 schools were damaged by the earthquake, affecting about 184,000 students, according to recent estimates.

Sophia’s school was one of those hit and most of the teaching equipment and children’s school books have been destroyed or damaged.

Of the 202 students registered at Sophia’s school only 70 show up this day. All 18 teachers survived, although nearly half of them are unable to resume teaching. Some have sought refuge in other towns, while others are still looking for lost relatives.

Aftershocks are still a regular occurrence and many parents fear that their lives may still be changed for the worse.

Sophia’s school was one of the first to receive supplies from the Federal Government's response, including school tents and early childhood education kits.

As part of the Government’s efforts to support children’s return to school, broken furniture, mangled pieces of metal and shards of glass are being cleaned up from the school grounds.

Another challenge for the next six months will be to set up latrines and hand-washing facilities for the schools.

It will be a long road to recovery, but being in school and playing with her friends have brought some hope and happiness back to Sophia’s life. With the right support, there is every chance of her continuing school and regaining her childhood, despite the magnitude of the disaster that struck one month ago.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5780 | In the News: EMPEROR OF XIOMERA DEAD AT 70
EMPEROR TOPILPOPOCA DEAD, AGED 70, WEEKS FOLLOWING ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT
A week long session of mourning has been announced in Xiomera following the revelation from State Media outlet Xiomeran Imperial News that Emperor Topilpopoca, one of the most consequential leaders of the past decade on the world stage, has passed away. He was 70 years old.

Several weeks following his severe injuries at the hands of an assassin on September 9th, the Emperor succumbed to his injuries and passed away in the early morning of Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. He had been staged in a coma for the past month.

Chief Justice Nopalliztli stated in a public announcement that "His loss is a tragedy for us all, but his legacy of strong and effective leadership for almost two decades has left Xiomera far better than it was when he became Emperor. He will be greatly missed, but we owe it to him and to his legacy to be strong and keep building our nation".

President Anya Bishop sent regards to the government of Xiomera, stating that she was "thinking of Topilpopoca's friends and family and for the devoted people of Xiomera. We didn't tend to get along, as Zamastanians and the rest of the world witnessed in recent months. Regardless of our differences, he showed our nation hospitality and graciousness following our own tragedy with the earthquake of August 31st. The Emperor, I truly believe now, was a dedicated and passionate man."

The President's statements gained criticism, considering her comments in the past calling Topilpopoca a "puppet" of Kerlile and the intense trade war between the two nations. Opponents in the 2020 Presidential race, specifically Senator Euan Gunn, were quick to jump on Bishop. "Topilpopoca was a tyrant," Gunn stated, "who subjected dissidents to torture and execution. There's a reason so many refugees come to Zamastan from Xiomera, and the President is at fault for raising up a dead, dangerous man."

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5800 | In the News: Possible Serial Killer, Says Police
Three Bodies Discovered in Horrific Crime Scenes, Possible Serial Killer Phones Police
The discovery of three bodies in an Emerald suburb may be the work of a serial killer, police say. Emerald authorities were alerted by an anonymous caller who claimed to have killed several individuals in the Emerald suburb of Aubrey Hill on Saturday night. After the discovery of one body, police released information to the public regarding the nature of the call and that the killer may be trying to gain notoriety for their crimes. The discovery of two additional bodies, killed and maimed in a similar fashion to that of the first, confirmed fears by the police.

However horrifying, the body count is not what is putting the town on edge. The scenes of the crimes were "spontaneously and gruesomely horrific," said police sergeant James Orcen. He went on to say that "the bodies discovered were horrifically maimed, with their throats cut and unidentified insignia painted on the ground near the victims in their own blood."

The exact and full transcript of the unidentified individual's call to the police is mostly withheld at the time being, though police have declassified a few portions of the call to make public. The following are direct transcripts as given by the police:
  • "I have just killed numerous individuals on a stretch of Clairmont Street in Emerald. Know that I did this.
  • "I have killed before. Many you have found and investigated and many you do not know about. Know that I did this.
  • ""Are you scared? You should be.
  • "There are more coming. You'll hear from me again soon.
Police have classified the remainder of the call, but they have revealed to press that the caller describes in graphic detail the way in which they killed the three victims. Police have not confirmed whether the caller is actually the killer, "though it is highly suspected at this time."
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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5800 | In the News: Redeemer's Land Independence Movement
Why some in Redeemer's Land want to separate from Zamastan
As talk about climate change in Zamastan heats up and construction on pipelines grows cold, frustrated Redeemer's Landers have breathed new life into old regional grudges and the southwest separatist movement.

With plenty of cattle, oil and conservatives, Redeemer's Land has sometimes been called the "the Openness of Zamastan".

That nickname has a pejorative ring, but it hints at the deep cultural divide between the prairie province and its neighbors.

The term "western alienation" is often used to describe the feeling amongst those in Zamastan's more naturally open Administrative Districts- Pahl and Redeemer's Land - that the rest of the country looks down on them, ignores them and does not have their best interest in mind.

But Barry Cooper, a fourth-generation Redeemer's Lander who shares those feelings, says "alienation" has nothing to do with it.

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South of Fort Hirri, Redeemer's Land, where swaths of trees were removed to make way for an underground oil pipeline

"Redeemer's Landers and Pahlans are pissed off because they haven't found a voice in Tofino [Zamastan's capital]," he says.

A political scientist, Mr Cooper is linked to the "Duncan school", a group of academics at the University of Duncan whose work focused on western interests, and in some cases conservative politics.

Mr Cooper is adamant that the divide between the Zamastanian prairies and swathing forests and the political hubs of Tofino and Providence is as much cultural as geographical.

"It's a failure of trying to understand the other - we don't share the same myths about what the country looks like, and we never have," he says.

Mr Cooper says the District was founded by pioneers in the latter-half of the 19th Century looking for a better economic life, while in Zian, Jade, and Northern Isle, the political and economic elite were busy building a nation.

Zamastan achieved independence in 1804, but Redeemer's Land did not join until 1920.

"It's much more like a frontier," he tells the Tofino Times. "The people who lived here in the early days, they had expectations of self-government that basically all frontier communities have."

Today, Redeemer's Lander's common concerns can be summarized with three words: representation, equalization and oil.

Economically, the oil-producing district contributes 17% to the country's GDP.

Then there are the equalization payments, the money that "have not" provinces receive from the federal government. Redeemer's Land contributes billions a year to the federal tax pool because of its strong economy, but has not received a payment since 1965.

That remained true even when Redeemer's Land was hit with its worst financial crisis in decades.

Between 2014-16, an overabundance of supply caused the worldwide price of oil to plummet, which led to the loss of more than 100,000 jobs in the District and a full-on recession.

Since then, the economic recovery has been fragile, especially as several pipeline projects hang in limbo.

That has left many Redeemer's Landers feeling anxious and ignored, says Peter Downing, a right-wing political muckraker.

"We've always been okay to help other parts of the country when they've been in need," he says.

"But when we've been in need, we've been nothing but kicked all the way around."

Mr Downing is hoping to spin this feeling of economic betrayal into a viable political movement, with the creation of Leave Redeemer.

The group is campaigning for the western province to separate from Zamastan and form its own nation (possibly alongside another western province). It's an old idea that has gained momentum as relations between Redeemer's Land and the rest of the country have deteriorated.

Separatist candidates have run in Redeemer's Land elections since the 1930s, but have never won power, unlike separatist politicians in the Northern Isle and Pahl.

In the 2019 District election, the Redeemer Independence Party received about 13,400 votes, or less than 1% of the popular vote. While those results may not signify an impending political reckoning, there are signs it is growing, according to a recent Tofinonimcs Institute survey.

In Redeemer's Land, 56% of respondents agreed with the statement, "South Western Zamastan gets so few benefits from being part of Zamastan that they might as well go it on their own," up 28 points from 2010.

Although separatists can be from any end of the political spectrum, in libertarian Redeemer's Land, they tend to be on the right.

This partly stems from the movement's revival in the 1970s, when Liberal President Quinn Werner implemented the deeply unpopular National Energy Program, which centralized control of Redeemer's Land oil with the federal government.

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Climate change is one of the top concerns across the country this 2020 election cycle, and several liberal candidates- including Cain Blackwater who once said he'd like to "phase out" Zamastan's oil sands - has promised to bring Zamastan to zero emissions by 2050.

And that has put a bullseye on Redeemer's Land's and the Northern Isle's oil sands, which contribute about 11% of Zamastan's total greenhouse-gas emissions.

Two Districts- Zian and Jade - have already gone to court to stop industry from building pipelines through their territory.

In the mouths of climate activists, the oil sands sound like a "dirty word", says Mackenzie Hall Findlay, CEO of the Zamastan West Foundation, a non-partisan think tank.

But in Redeemer's Land, she says, they are the lifeline of the economy, and responsible for much of the country's prosperity as a whole.

"It's not as though people here are less passionate about climate change, but there's so much misinformation about the energy industry that it's become really polarized," she says.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5800 | In the News: Zamastan-Gladysynthia Tensions Flare
MILITARY VEHICLE HITS MINE IN GLADYSYNTHIA-ZAMASTAN BORDER, FOUR SOLDIERS KILLED
An occupied military vehicle, identified as a Zamastanian APV (Armored Personnel Vehicle), reportedly ran over an un-designated mine Wednesday morning at the Demilitarized Section of the Zamastanian-Gladysynthian border and exploded, killing four soldiers on board and injuring an additional seven. It is believed the mine was a Tariel War era device, and Gladysynthian soldiers were told to stand down from any escalation following the explosion. Meanwhile, the Zamastanian military is on high alert.

Premiere of Gladysynthia, Seswitch LaFlaunce, sent condolences and apologies to the Zamastanian military and the familes of those affected, saying "the scars of our old wounds persist to this day, and for that, we must work together to overcome."

The border of Zamastan and Gladysynthia is one of the most heavily militarized areas in the IDU, similar to areas such as the Kerlian-Lauchenoirian border which have seen dramatic escalations and spurts of violence throughout recent history.

Gladysynthia and Zamastan have been historic rivals, and as the one year anniversary of the October-November 2018 Gladysynthia Crisis nears, tensions remain high. Over 1,300 people, including over 200 civilians, were killed in the three weeks of fighting, mostly centered in the region and city of Danaska. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Mönusÿnthys (2018-9B), which lifted sanctions and made each nation pledge to remove military installations in key highlighted areas of the bordering territory after over 60 years of tensions brought about by the 1945 Danaska Conflict and The Tariel War.

The Treaty was signed on 13 November 2018 after two weeks of fighting in the Danaska Region of Gladysynthia. Mediated by Farhen Brooks, the President of Vulkaria, as well as delegates from Cadair such as Mab Darogan Waywffon Morgan, the treaty came into effect immediately after it was signed by Zamastan and Gladysynthia. Former-President Zacharias Castovia and Premiere LaFlaunce were praised for their quick resolve.

The treaty brought about a larger increase of hopeful intention towards a peacetime alliance between the two nations, though with the Civil conflict in Vulkaria and the political disagreements between Premiere Seswitch LaFlaunce and President Anya Bishop, the fulfillment of much of the treaty have been lackluster. In addition, since the signing and including today's incident, nine Zamastanian soliders have been killed at the border. All deaths have been deemed accidental, though all were caused by undiscovered Gladysynthian mines. The border area is thought to be the most heavily mined area in the IDU.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5800 | In the News: Zamastan-Gladysynthia Tensions Flare
SHOTS EXCHANGED BETWEEN ZAMASTANIAN AND GLADYSYNTHIAN TROOPS ON BORDER IN APPARENT MISTAKE
Only days after a Zamastanian APV was destroyed by a hidden Gladysynthian mine, killing four soldiers and raising tensions on the border, shots were fired between Gladysynthian troops on patrol and a Zamastanian guard post on opposing sides of the Danaska River and the "Gaviria's Peace Bridge".

A contingent of Zamatsan Special Forces was caught up in Gladysynthian shelling against apparent Gladysynthian separatist positions in southern Gladysynthia, days after President Anya Bishop and Secretary of Defense Curtis Fondaden told their Gladysynthian counterparts that they would withdraw Zamastanian troops from certain positions in the area around known G.P.F.F. (Gladysynthian Popular Freedom Fighter) locations. A senior military official said shooting by the Gladysynthian forces was so heavy that the Zamastanian personnel began firing back in self-defense and considered at one point calling up a tank division.

Instead of continuing to return fire, the Special Forces withdrew once the Gladysynthian fire had ceased. Tofino Times previously reported Wednesday that the current rules of engagement for Zamastanian forces continue to be centered around self-defense and that no order has been issued by the Zian Presidential Mansion for a complete withdrawal from the specific border section in question.

The Gladysynthian Defense Ministry issued a statement in response to the Tofino Times report, denying that its military had targeted Zamastanian forces. The ministry affirmed that "Gladysynthian border outposts south of Danaska came under rocket and mortar fire from the hills located approximately 1,000 meters southwest of a Zamastanian observation post."

"In self-defense, reciprocal fire was opened on the terrorist positions of the attack. Gladysynthia did not open fire at the Zamastanian observation post in any way," the statement added. "All precautions were taken prior to opening fire in order to prevent any harm to the base. As a precaution, we ceased fire upon receiving information from Zamastanian command. We firmly reject the claim that Zamastanian forces were fired upon."

No fatalities on either side were reported, though a Zamastanian soldier and two Gladysynthian soldiers were reported wounded in the gunfire exchange.
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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5900 | In the News: Zamastan-Gladysynthia Tensions Flare
GLADYSYNTHIA MASSES TROOPS AT BORDER
LAFLAUNCE CALLS FOR UNITY AND STRENGTH AGAINST ZAMASTAN
A week of escalating tensions, including an accidental mine explosion that killed four Zamastanian soldiers and a miscommunication that led to the exchange of gunfire across the Danaska River has no signs of stopping soon. The Government of Gladysynthia has deployed an additional 30,000 troops to their southern border with Zamastan in a move that Tofino has described as a "dangerous continuation of escalation that completely blows the current state of affairs into further turmoil." Premiere Seswitch LaFlaunce on Sunday morning said the move of military assets is to establish a strong stance against any possible Zamastanian movements and that "Gladysynthia needs to remain unified and strong in the face of adversity." The tone, many in the Zamastanian official circle, site this as a change from a previously peaceful resolve by the Gladysynthian premiere to more of a war-mongering sound.

President Anya Bishop has stated she hopes the escalations on the border will end, but has not talked much on the details of her plans for the border in public. She avoided a question directed to her during a daily press briefing where a Jade Harbor Tribune reporter asked what she would be willing to do in case more Zamastanian troops were injured or killed.

The move, announced on Sunday, represents a major shift in Gladysynthia's operations against G.P.F.F. rebels in the Danaska region and came hours after Zamastan said it was withdrawing some troops from the area to avoid getting caught in the middle of the fast-escalating civil conflict. The rebel separatist group has been fighting to gain independence from Gladysynthia since 1945, but the conflict has not heated up for nearly 12 years. The last major escalation was in 2007, when Gladysynthian troops were ambushed by a large contingency of rebel forces. The ensuing conflict lasted four months and led to the deaths of 400 civilians and 50 soldiers. Two Zamastanian troops were also killed by rebel shelling.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5900 | In the News: Zamastan-Gladysynthia Tensions Flare
GLADYSYNTHIAN MILITARY BEGINS OPERATION AGAINST REBELS, THREATENING BORDER TOWNS IN ZAMASTAN
NORTHERN ISLE: REPORTS OF EXPLOSIONS ON ZAMASTANIAN SIDE OF BORDER
The raising tensions on the border tonight spread to the Zamastanian side where explosions were reported in towns along the Northern Isle Administrative District. Reports have said that the Gladysynthian air force launched an all-out attack on separatist forces in the Danaska area on southern Gladysynthia but that there had been missed fire that hit over the border.

The offensive appears to mark a dangerous new front in a possible conflict between Gladysynthia and Zamastan.

Zamastan immediately accused Gladysynthia of planning and executing the attack on the Brown Encle Ridge, a small but strategic enclave just inside the Danaska valley controlled by Zamastanian forces since 2006.

Gladysynthia has denied claims that they were purposefully attacking Zamastanian forces under the guise of attacking rebel forces, though a Zamastanian interior ministry spokesman said: "They have started the operation to storm Brown Encle gorge." Asked who was behind the operation, he replied: "The Gladysynthian army."

Speaking in Tofino, President Anya Bishop said she had "irrefutable proof" that the Gladysynthian military was masterminding the "plan". She urged residents to stay calm, adding: "The enemy will be offered all resistance."

Zamastan also said Gladysynthia had landed 600 troops on Sunday night in the Danaska Regional town of Hissp'l, brought from the city of Danaska.

It added that 10 Gladysynthian jets had attacked rebel-controlled "upper Hissp'l" on Saturday, and rebel troops had shot one of them down.

Zamastanian troops are on high alert in case of any breach of the border by Gladysynthian troops.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6000 | In the News: Zamastan-Gladysynthia Tensions Flare
ZAMASTANIAN FORCES DESTROY GLADYSYNTHIAN TANK
Officials say the Tank Crossed the Danaska River Border
Zamastanian forces have reportedly destroyed a Gladysynthian tank that crossed the Danaska River on the border, entering Zamastanian territory. This is the first "intentional" exchange of fire in the week long escalation of tensions that has claimed five Zamastanian lives and, as of tonight's events, two Gladysynthians.

The Gladysynthian forces are undertaking what they call "anti-terror operations" against the G.P.F.F. rebel separatist group in Southern Gladysynthia, and some of their forces have accidentally fired upon Zamastanian forces on the oposing side of the border. President Anya Bishop withdrew a significant portion of soldiers after four were killed when their vehicle hit a Gladysynthian mine last week.

It is unconfirmed as to why the Gladysynthian tank crossed the shallow river, but regardless, this event has greatly heightened the already dangerous tensions. There are dramatic calls for peace and withdrawal from politicians on both sides of the aisle, as well as some who are calling for even more escalation against Gladysynthian forces as well as rebel forces.
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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6200 | In the News: Zamastan-Gladysynthia Tensions Flare
GLADYSYNTHIAN FORCES ANNOUNCE VICTORY OVER REBEL FORCES
Zamastanian Troops to Remain on High Alert - "Our Oil Fields are Threatened" According to ZDD
The Gladysynthian Ministry of Defense has declared "total and complete, uninterrupted victory" over rebel cells in the southern portion of the nation, straddling the Zamastanian border and causing intense flares of tensions and violence over the past several weeks. Gladysynthian forces had been waging house to house combat against the Popular Freedom Front group, labeled a terror group by both Zamastan and Gladysynthia. It is a separatist organization that has long waged operations against Gladysynthia as well as Zamastan.

Gladysynthia's Ministry declared that 300+ insurgents had been killed in the fighting and that 34 of their own had been killed in action. 50 civilians are also reported to have been killed. As Zamastanian troops had withdrawn to avoid the clashes and further casualties, Gladysynthian forces seized previously unguarded swaths of forest and farmland along the border. No border infringements were detected, according to the Zamastanian Defense Department. Next Tuesday, Zamastanian and Gladysynthian forces will jointly start to patrol a 10km (6-mile) strip of land on the Danaska River where tensions had flared.

The military movements were strongly condemned by members of the Zamastanian government and the global community. During the operations, a Zamastanian solider was killed in crossfire as rebel insurgents tried to flee across the Danaska River. Four soldiers had been killed several days prior to that in an accidental explosion by an undiscovered mine. A Gladysynthian tank was also destroyed by Zamastanian forces as it accidentally crossed the Danaska River. There were concerns that Gladysynthia was trying to mount a small land grab of Zamastanian oil fields under the guize of counter-terrorism operations, according to the Z.D.D., and at least two derricks reported damage from rocket and bullet shrapnel. However, these never surmounted to actual contact between ground forces or air forces, and the damage was deemed from accidental cross fire.
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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6300 | In the News: Bishop Comments on Xiomera
President Bishop Apparent Lack of Knowledge On Xiomeran "Election" Process Sparks Controversy
Tofino Times Foreign Political Correspondent - James Siong

President Bishop on Monday morning was asked in a press pool whether she "endorsed or had any preferences for who in the Xiomeran imperial selection process would ultimately become the new Emperor."

Bishop responded saying "I thought that their current Emperor has already been in power since Topilpopoca's passing, so I don't know what process you're exactly referring to. As to whether I want to work with their Emperor, yes, of course, I want to try and gain better relations."

The questions from the press pool then shifted strongly away from the often shuffled and spanning a broad range of topics and began to form more around the Xiomeran comments, with an indication quickly becoming clear that President Bishop and her staff may not be aware of the Xiomeran "election" currently underway. Here's a brief recap of the selection process.

In Xiomera, when an emperor passes away or abdicates the throne, the Imperial Palace begins a process to select (a.k.a.; elect) a new Emperor. The pool of candidates is far ranging, but quickly shrinks as the most qualified individuals in accordance with the choosing of the Xiomeran elite become more well known. This specific election cycle is a unique one, as Topilpopoca's standing on the world stage was greatly heightened before his death and burial in Tlālacuetztla. The new Emperor has not been chosen yet as of the publication of this article.

The President's comments indicate a severe lack of knowledge in regards to this case. The specific "I thought that their current Emperor has already been in power since Topilpopoca's passing" quote is evidence enough of the thought process going on. Bishop and every official in the Zian Presidential Mansion have advisors who inform and divulge information in every important aspect of Zamastanian interest. Considering a history of tensions between Xiomera and Zamastan, including military tensions and more recently an extensive and costly trade war, it's curious that the President and her staff are not more up to date. It portrays, perhaps correctly and perhaps in the sentiment only, that the President has put her intentions and priorities with Xiomera on the coffee table to cool.

Secondly, "so I don't know what process you're exactly referring to" shows her admission of not knowing that there was this process at all. Zamastanian government officials, including many of the President's opposition and some of her own party alike, commented on the comments. Senator Euan Gunn, a candidate for President in 2020 and a member of the GLP, said "the President's apparent lack of concern, interest, and any knowledge whatsoever on Xiomera points to a severe breach of the necessary understanding needed to make executive decisions. I pray that the President begins to clear her mind from whatever seems to be distracting her from this important situation. The outcome of the Xiomeran selection could have ramifications of benefits for Zamastan, and so regardless of the candidate that takes the throne, it's imperative that we pay close attention."
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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6304 | In the News: Jade District Wildfires
Firefighters battle to fight blazes in Jade
Weimer Fondaden

Firefighters on Sunday were working to bring bush-fires on the mid-north coast of the Zamastanian Administrative District of Jade under control.

Dozens of uncontrolled fires are burning across the District. Houses have been destroyed and residents were told to evacuate as emergency-level bush-fires burn throughout the coast.

The largest fire in the Harboredge Forest has already burned more than 111,690 hectares (276,000 acres) and has a perimeter of more than 935 kilometres (581 miles).

The Jade Rural Fire Service reported more than 100 properties have been destroyed so far before the start of the dry winter.

Local media reported at least one house was destroyed in Finley, 295 km (183 miles) north of Jade Harbor, as firefighters battled to protect homes and property in the small town.

The Weather Forecasting service is forecasting the warm, dry and windy conditions will result in elevated fire dangers for northeast inland parts of the District. They state has warned of "very high fire danger" for the areas of Lowlandi Northern Slopes.

With the continuing high temperatures, and no rain forecast for the week ahead, the fire danger will remain at dangerous levels across the state.
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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6310 | In the News: New Weapons Testing
New Zamastanian submarine test-fires ballistic missile for first time
Rondo Whiteman

Zamastan's most advanced new nuclear-powered submarine has successfully test-launched a Talonix intercontinental ballistic missile, according to its defense department.

Thursday's launch from the Horseshoe Bay's northwestern coast came amid arms control tensions between Tofino and Gladysynthia following the latter's counter-terrorism operations on the border, as well as a long history of violence that has sparked fears of a burgeoning arms race and possible conflict.

The Kelowna Star fired the missile from underwater that landed on target on the uninhabited Graysel Island in Zamastanian controlled waters, the department said.

"For the first time ever, a seaborne Talonix ballistic missile was test-fired from the latest Project Talon IX-A strategic missile-carrying submarine Kelowna Star," the department said, adding the "missile's flight went according to plan".

"Its dummy warheads reached the range within the established time, which was registered by data recording equipment," it said.

Launched in 2017, the Kelowna Star submarine is the first upgraded model of Zamastan's Talonix class of ballistic missile submarines, designed to be more maneuverable and quieter than previous models.

It will enter service with Zamastan's 2nd Fleet at the end of this year once it has completed trials including weapons tests, the fleet's commander, Admiral Percy Tavoka, said according to The Tofino Times news agency.

Other Talonix class submarines already in service include the Porpoise Sword and the Mylinia. They can carry up to 16 Talonix missiles, which are designed for use on these submarines.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6310 | In the News: ANTI-BISHOP PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT
ANTI-BISHOP PROTESTS IN TOFINO TURN VIOLENT, POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS ON DEMONSTRATORS
Protesters set up barricades and block main roads, break business windows and throw bricks at police
3 Officers, 300 Protesters injured. 80+ Arrested
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The ongoing "PoverTea" Protests have turned violent for the first time as police fired tear gas into crowds of demonstrators on Saturday night in Tofino. The "PoverTea" Protests began in February and have been ongoing since then. However, large commutative protests have only occurred three times before tonight's events.

Demonstrators in Tofino have set up barricades and parked cars across key roads in the capital. Similar incidents are being reported elsewhere in the country as part of the ongoing anti-government protests aimed at forcing the resignation of President Anya Bishop.

Defying pleas from the country's top politicians, protesters on Saturday sought to put the capital on lockdown by cutting off access to some of the main thoroughfares, including the main north-south highway into the city.

Tear gas was launched into the crowds around 11:30 PM, causing crowds to flee. Protesters who remained in the gas threw bricks and debris at officers. Three officers were injured, along with an estimated 300 protesters. 80 plus people were arrested, according to the Tofino Police Department.

A poster urging motorists to block roads with their cars began making the rounds on social media on Friday, gaining hundreds of thousands of reposts on the original posting, as well as hundreds of thousands of additional postings by other screenshot accounts.

Demonstrators accuse President Anya Bishop of mismanagement, wasting public funds and rampant corruption. Additionally, the lower-class poverty has hit an all-time low rate of pay, and equal wages is a major demand in the protests. "Economic policy, essentially," one protester who requested to remain anonymous said, "is the essence of this fight. That's why it is called PoverTea."

Another protester said the roadblocks were a way for people to build solidarity and pressure the President into acting on their demands.

"There's a kind of community feel here. There's a game of football being played, there are people who spent the night here. There are also debates taking place and a makeshift living room was set up [for this purpose]," she said.

In a rare show of solidarity, Zamastanians from all walks of life and of different religious backgrounds took to the streets on July 17th to demand the resignation of President Bishop, who has an approval rating of around 23%.

President Bishop's pledge to cancel new taxes and the provision of support for low-income families has largely failed to appease demonstrators.

People on the streets said they want an overhaul of the political system and an end to the current administration that has been in office since January of 2019 following the resignation of President Zacharias Castovia. Castovia is running for a non-consecutive term for President as an independent candidate in 2020.

A government source on Monday told the Tofino Times that the "President is still refusing to resign under pressure from the streets and unstable security to avoid plunging the country into chaos".

"First the roads have to be opened. Protesters can continue to demonstrate in major squares. Then the government will take a decision," the source said, without giving any further details.

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UPDATE:11:58 PM: MILITARY VEHICLES HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED FROM TOFINO'S ARMED GUARD STATION


Armed military vehicles and armed troops have been dispatched from Tofino's main Guard Station at Pierview District and have been confirmed to be traveling to the scene of the major protest escalations in downtown Tofino, according to the Defense Department. The order was given by President Bishop after confirmation of a civilian fatality. The order is to "reinforce authorities under threat, but to keep the peace and prevent further casualties or fatalities on either side."

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