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Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5462 | In the News: Economic Layout -- Congressional Hall Protest -- New Naval Deployments
CASTOVIA UNVEILS ECONOMIC LAYOUT PLAN
by AMANDA WAISTEAD, Political Editor

Tofino - President Zacharias Castovia unveiled his new year economic layout plan, which now involves an extended amount of trade deals with Gladysynthia following the ceasing of embargoes. Addressing the press at the Zian Presidential Mansion's Gaviria Room, the President also laid down fundamental plans for tax cuts for lower and middle class families, a slight tax increase for families that earn more than Z$250,000 a year, and a three cent bump in gas prices. Generally, the plan was well received by law makers, who passed approval to proceed on legislation to formulate the proposals.

Speaker of the Chamber, Foley Sakzi, said that "the President's economic plan is more attainable than the previously proposed plans in early 2018, which stimulated tax cuts for every income family, but hiked prices on produce and oil, which led to a drop in the President's approval ratings as well as a slight decrease in the economic output for that year, so hopefully and ideally bipartisan opportunity will lead to a much more desired outcome."

2019, according to economists, is set to start with high openings in stock and trading markets. Since assuming the presidency in 2016, the overall GDP and average income of Zamastan skyrocketed from the years previous, obtaining new record heights in 2016 and 2017, but the dip in 2018 is attributed to the policies passed by Congressional Hall and signed by the President.

ANTI-PIPELINE PROTESTERS BLOCK LAWMAKERS FROM ENTERING OFFICES
by ALEXANDER RODRAMIREZA, Chief Editor

Tofino, Congressional Hall - Roughly 200 people protesting the legislation of a proposed pipeline construction under the Horseshoe Bay Kamani-Zone crowded the steps of Congressional Hall on Wednesday morning, blocking lawmakers from entering their offices and the Congressional chambers. The proposal to build the pipeline would include drilling in the bay, which environmentalists state will severely damage the ecosystem in the Kamani bypass. The pipeline itself will extend off the pre-existing Tofino-Tariel Line and extend below the bay to connect with the Alanis-Providence Line. The protesters were peaceful, sitting on the steps and not using physicality aside their still-presence to attempt to keep the lawmakers out. One congressman tried entering by forcing his way through the placed protesters before turning back and exchanging verbal insults. Other congressmen and women approached with different tactics, rather striking up conversations and answering questions about the legislation whether for or against the pipeline.

ZAMASTANIAN NAVY DEPLOYS ZMS TOBIAS
by Lonnie Paraia, Military Editor

Kelowna - The Zamastanian Navy deployed the newest addition to its fleet, the ZMS Tobias. The Tobias is a missile guided destroyer and will be deployed with the famed and battle-hardened 2nd Fleet, commanded by Admiral Percy Tavoka. The fleet saw extensive action during hostilities with Gladysynthia, and is renowned for being the backbone of the Navy's defense force. Tobias is slated for sea-faring exercises and drills before being fully deemed combat-ready, though the systems aboard the ship all passed standard navy classic design and testing with only a few minor interruptions.

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Thursday, January 10th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5463 | In the News: Shooting at Tofino Pub -- President Castovia Attends Alanis Tech Conference
SHOOTING AT TOFINO PUB CLAIMS 2 LIVES, INJURES 3
by Samuel Divian
TOFINO - A gunman carrying a handgun opened fire inside a crowded pub in Lower Tofino's Kingston district late Wednesday night, killing two people and injuring three before fleeing the scene. Investigators believe the event is related to gang violence and may have been a hit, as all but one of the victims were members of a drug cartel which has been known to operate in Kingston. The two deceased were both males believed to be groundsmen for the group. The suspect is described as being a short, bulky male in his early 20's or late teens, tanned white skin, and short facial hair. Police are asking the public in Kingston to be vigilant and cautious of individuals with visible neck tattoos meeting in groups around restaurants, bars, and gas stations in Kingston, as this "tends to be the defining characteristic of this particular gang's meetups."

Violence in Tofino's Kingston district reached record highs for the first week of January, with reported robberies and assaults already beating last year's reports. There have been two murders since January 1st in Kingston, and the shooting Wednesday night brings that number up to four, which tops all of January 2018, with three murders total.

PRESIDENT CASTOVIA ATTENDS 5TH ANNUAL ALANIS TECH SUMMIT
by Emmanuel Rand
ALANIS - President Castovia arrived in Alanis for the 5th Annual Alanis Tech Summit. He attended three workshop sessions displaying new innovative technical and technological accomplishments by Zamastanians, including a new drone prototype for the Zamastan public to enjoy and shoot video, as well as attending one with where multiple robotic animals put on displays for the audience, such as a dog performing a back flip and a squirrel that was able to climb (slowly, mind you) up a pole with nobs resembling a tree branch. The President has attended every one of the past three summits since 2016. The first two were attended by his father, President Cassious Castovia, who apparently set a precedent for the visits.

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Sunday, January 13th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5466 | In the News: Congressman Opens Articles for Ethics Investigations Against President
CONGRESSMAN CORMAC HAMMER OPENS ARTICLES FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION AGAINST PRESIDENT CASTOVIA
by Samuel Divian
TOFINO - Pahl's 18th District Congressman Cormac Hammer (Green Liberal Party) opened his session in Congressional Hall Thursday morning by revealing he would pursue charges for investigation and opened articles for ethics violation investigations against President Zacharias Castovia. In his remarks to the congress and senate, he stated that the allegations were for a holiday President Castovia took on a private island belonging to a billionaire board member from ZSuites Incorporated; the President founded the company and was the former CEO and President of the company. Zamastan’s federal conflict-of-interest and ethics office said it was probing whether the visit to the island, which took place over the new year, broke rules preventing ministers from accepting bribes. The island is owned by Tauren Delavian, who heads the branch of the company that had operated as a registered lobbyist from 2014-2015. It has received hundred of millions in grants from the federal government in recent decades for its vehicle and weapons manufacturing investments. The proposed investigations will determine whether the President was bribed in any way, accepted any bribes in any form, or promised legislative or executive action in return for bribes or monetary compensation.

President Castovia responded to the allegations at noon following the break of the articles being opened, firing back at Hammer for his voting record and shared business history saying, "This isn't the first time Mr. Hammer has questioned my ethical approach to reuniting with old friends and former clientele and employees. Generally, I have gotten to the stage where I think Mr. Hammer has a problem with the influx of the praise my cabinet has been getting on the work they've done compared to whatever it is he's trying to do. In fact, Mr. Hammer's own company, Gorian Institution, was a subsidiary of ZSuites before we dropped it after it became clear that it was, in fact, losing money in its division."

The President also said that if the congress approves an investigation, he would fully comply. "It's ultimately up to the congress. If push comes to shove and somehow and investigation does end up opening, I'm more than happy to take questions and participate with the investigators and special prosecutor."

When asked whether or not he was worried about the prospect of a preliminary hearing for the investigation, Castovia responded with, "Not at all. There was nothing regarding a breach of ethical trust or responsibility for my office, and Mr. Delavian has been a great friend to me for my whole life."

The President also took a shot at congress, which has been slow to put the Education Secretary's proposal for increased teacher salaries to a vote. "If the congress decides that friendships and taking a break every now and again is an ethical dilemma, I suggest that they get back to work in the Hall and get off their asses, which goes for both the liberals and conservatives, by the way. Everyday Zamastanians, specifically teachers, are depending on government subsidies and paychecks which have been halted for nearly two months thanks to the whole argument over education funding. You know my standpoint on it, if we can't get our kids and teachers in school because of general laziness and hypocrisy, then we had better get back to good old bi-partisan reform. Otherwise, I'll ask Mr. Sakzi to put instant-legislative on right now. (President Castovia referring to Speaker of the House Foley Sakzi's official power to put any motion to vote at any time as long as Congress is in session)"

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Monday, January 14th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5467 | In the News: Ethics Investigation Cleared After Vote, President Subject to Commission
CONGRESS APPROVES ETHICS INVESTIGATION CLEARANCE IN NARROW VOTE, PRESIDENT CASTOVIA NOW SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION
by Samuel Divian
TOFINO - Pahl's 18th District Congressman Cormac Hammer (Green Liberal Party) appears to have gotten what he wanted. Though not required by constitution or precedent, Speaker Foley Sakzi passed a voting measure for putting the proposed Ethics Disruption Investigation through a clearance that would hire a special prosecutor against President Castovia. The President has come under fire for a vacation he made to an island owned by one of his former business partners and current ZSuites CEO, Tauren Delavian, who is a registered lobbyist. The investigation would determine whether or not the President was bribed or received monetary compensation in any way in exchange for promises of vetoing or signing legislation, or whether or not he accepted a gift from a corporate magnate exceeding $5,000, which is a crime under the constitutions of elected officials in Zamastan. The vote was opened at 9:00 AM and closed at 11:00 AM, with 268 voting for the resolution to pass, 231 to not proceed, and 1 abstention. President Castovia is now subject to a special prosecutor, who will be chosen in by the Congressional Hall's Investigatory Committee.

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5469 | In the News: Emily Miranda Out, Aya Booth In - Zamastanian Soldier Killed In DMZ
AYA BOOTH HIRED AS CHIEF OF STAFF, FILLING SPOT AFTER MIRANDA LEAVES
by Samuel Divian
TOFINO - President Castovia has hired Aya Booth, the former board member at ZSuites Incorporated dealing with management and consultation, as the new Chief of Staff, as the replacement for Emily Miranda, who resigned on Tuesday. Booth was seen as a possibility for the position since Castovia's reelection in September, but when Miranda was ultimately chosen, Booth was still eyed for possible cabinet positions. Now in the realm of the President's staff, she will be responsible for hiring junior staffers and helping the President with official tasks including legislative responsibilities and national security assessments. Castovia welcomed her to the position in a press briefing on Wednesday, also answering questions regarding the recent investigation into his cabinet's ethics and values, which was the ultimate reasoning for Miranda's resignation. The President and his senior staff were acquitted of all charges and allegations, but Miranda was found guilty of accepting monetary compensation in return for lobbying and vote-telling.

ZAMASTANIAN SOLDIER KILLED BY LANDMINE IN GLADYSYNTHIA DMZ, RAISING ALERTS BEFORE TENSIONS CALM
by Max Bellauvue
LOWER TARIEL - A Zamastanian soldier stepped on a landmine and was killed while patrolling a section of the Demilitarized Zone separating Gladysynthia and Zamastan. The landmine was undetected in maps given to each side after the November 16 Treaty, and initial military response quickly quelled when Gladysynthia accepted responsibility for planting and not detecting the landmine, and they also accepted the death as their responsibility and announced their profound regret at the incident. According to officials, the mine was buried before the October conflict, meaning it was not the result of hostilities and could have easily been lost in records related to the fighting. During the conflict, no soldiers attempted crossing the heavily fortified border, and the treaty paved the way for demilitarization, much of which is already underway. Troops from each nation continue to patrol, however, and Zamastan brass accepted the loss of life as an accident and will not seek reparation directly from Gladysynthia, as the strides for peace that nation has made are seen as too valuable to be sacrificed over an unforeseen accident.

The soldier's name is being withheld from the public at this time, but his family has been notified.

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Friday, January 18th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5471 | In the News: Second Round of Talks With Gladysynthia Coming Soon
CASTOVIA TO MEET WITH LAFLAUNCE A SECOND TIME
by Max Warrialio
TOFINO - President Castovia is to meet Gladysynthian leader Seswitch LaFlaunce for a second summit by the end of January, the Zian Presidential Mansion says. President Castovia said he was looking forward to the talks. The announcement came after Mr Castovia met top Gladysynthian negotiator Pamilia Oxworth. It also comes one day after a Zamastanian soldier was killed in the DMZ following an accidental detonation of a landmine.

The two leaders met back in November and signed a historic document that lifted sanctions and an embargo, as well as ceased hostilities between the nations after a three week long conflict that resulted in nearly a thousand deaths and the destruction of several millions worth of infrastructure in the city of Danaska. This second meeting is expected to solidify the continuation of trade deals that are beginning to emerge with the two nations, as well as reparations for the 1945 and 1970 conflicts.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5472 | In the News: Zian Airways Plane Crashes Into Ocean - Congresswoman Thrown Out
ZIAN AIRWAYS FLIGHT 693 CRASHES, ALL 231 ABOARD DEAD
by Max Warrialio
TOFINO - A plane carrying 231 passengers and crew crashed in the Agrimai Ocean early into a regularly scheduled flight to Sanctus, Sactaria from Tofino, Zamastan. Several ships involved in the rescue effort came across wreckage and bodies roughly 47 miles off the coast of Zamastan, indicating that there was likely a problem during takeoff. It is believed that there are no survivors. The first sign of wreckage was part of the plane's aileron which was discovered by a patroling fishing boat after the plane's transponder went off line. The waters in this part of the Agrimai are relatively shallow, at about 78 meters average depth. The plane's black boxes are still missing, but their transponders have been located on radar. Officials say it won't be long until they can determine exactly what caused the plane to suddenly plummet into the sea.

President Castovia released a statement expressing his profound condolences for the families of the lives lost. The nationality manifest is as follows:
  • Zamastan - 187 (179 passengers, 8 crew)
  • Gladysynthia - 19 (18 passengers, 1 crew)
  • Cadair - 12
  • Sanctaria - 10
  • Laeral - 2
  • Libertas Omnium Maximus - 1
Congresswoman Amanda Ressilia Out After No-Confidence Vote Through District Court
by Tim Maire

Little Tribe River - Amanda Ressilia was thrown out of office after her district court (Pahl 79th) passed a no-confidence vote 84-16. This comes after Ressilia was indicted on tax fraud. There will be an emergency vote to find her successor in the following week.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5475 | In the News: President Castovia announces Resignation
CASTOVIA RESIGNS
by Percy Abbo
TOFINO - Zacharias Castovia announced suddenly and unexpectedly his tenure as president would come to an end on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019. The President will have been in office for three years and 23 days. He has yet to named a preferred successor, leading many to assume that he will simply leave the office up for grabs with an emergency election.

Several candidates are already announcing their intentions to run in the election. Several things can happen with these new details: depending on which party (if any) take control of the presidency, current cabinet members will either be out of a job come Wednesday/Thursday night or will simply transfer and stay in their current posts. The latter is most likely, as a whole upheaval of the current cabinet would possibly lead to a definite governmental crisis. Cabinet members are only required to step down in the President in power demands it, if they are impeached in any way, or if they so chose. The conservative party leans heavily onto the current President's policy, as they are fond of the economic prowess and low tax rates under the president's administration, as well as the re-funding of the military in the wake of numerous militarized mobilizations. Infrastructure and manufacturing ranks high among their favorites. They also praised efficient health care reform that did not levy higher taxes on citizens who were not on any health plan. However, regulation on larger businesses and the energy sector has caused the loss of some support. On the side of the liberals, there is a nearly unilateral praise for civil rights legislation, such as for LGBT rights and an easing on severe prison sentences, as well as the establishment of the death penalty except for in exemption cases. The administration's approach to gun control has also been praised. Immigration reform was criticized by conservatives under the procedure of heavier exemptions for refugees and asylum seekers, though eventual extensive background checks led to bi-partisan support. Another praise from liberals was the revamp and support for green-energy initiatives. Liberal concerns are mainly found in the fact that the administration does not support higher increased taxes on the wealthiest column of millionaires and one percents, along with the fact that the President himself is a billionaire.

Three principle candidates are Maisey Mcvey of the Conservative Capitalist Party (CCP), Anya Bishop of the Blue Conservative Party (BCP), and Cain Blackwater of the Green Liberal Party (GLP). Individual candidates running independent campaigns are billionaire and Mayor of Providence Lonnie Obotsman, and oil tycoon Jacob Gregotsman.

Castovia has been in office since 1st January, 2016. His father, Cassious Castovia, preceded his term but passed away unexpectedly in December of 2015. The younger Castovia opted to run in the special emergency election, in which he won nearly 72% of the vote. He has been named by many historians as the true defining modern-era President, though his presidency will ultimately end the now 36 year Castovia reign, in which the elder presided over 33 years.

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5476 | In the News: Anya Bishop Wins Election
ANYA BISHOP ELECTED PRESIDENT
by Percy Abbo
TOFINO - Anya Bishop has won the emergency election. The prominent congresswoman from Zian, and a prominent Blue Conservative Party member, won the special election with 53% of tallied votes, beating her next closest competitor, Cain Blackwater (who received 34% of the vote) and Maisey Mcvey (who received 12% of the vote). Bishop will assume the presidency at one minute before midnight, becoming the second female to be in the role and the 13th President in the history of Zamastan.

The three principle candidates were Maisey Mcvey of the Conservative Capitalist Party (CCP), Anya Bishop of the Blue Conservative Party (BCP), and Cain Blackwater of the Green Liberal Party (GLP). Individual candidates running independent campaigns were billionaire and Mayor of Providence Lonnie Obotsman, and oil tycoon Jacob Gregotsman.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5481 | In the News: Sand Point Opens Embassy
SAND POINT OPENS EMBASSY IN TOFINO
by Percy Abbo
TOFINO - The small, wealthy nation of Sand Point has officially opened their embassy in Tofino. Wow! Nice!

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5481 | In the News: Former-President Aiden Avery Passes Away: 84
FORMER-PRESIDENT AIDEN AVERY PASSES AWAY - 84 YEARS OLD
by Mark Fonagen
DUNCAN - The 9th President of Zamastan, Aiden Avery, passed away on Tuesday in his hospital room in Duncan, Pahl, Zamastan. The former president had been on life support following a series of severe heart attacks, and his wife, Former-First Lady Belle Avery, had released a statement acknowledging the severity of her husband's situation;

"We hope and pray for a swift recovery, though we understand the realities of life and that the consensus from my husband's medical staff is that we must prepare for his passing. We understand that his legacy will be known with the people of Zamastan, and his love as a country man, a father, and a loving husband will be reflected in his remembrance. Please join us in our prayers for my husband, President Aiden Avery.

-Belle"

President Anya Bishop has expressed her thoughts and prayers with the former President, as have former Presidents Castovia and Werner. Bishop stated:

"We as a nation owe a debt of gratitude to President Avery, for the sacrifice he made to this country and for the strides he made to make Zamastan a safer place and a more uniquely perfect place to live. I request humbly and plead earnestly that the nation of Zamastan and the rest of the world join us in solidarity in prayers and best wishes for Aiden Avery, his wife Belle, his five kids: Percy, Amani, Karri, Jinha, and Jonah, and his 21 grandchildren. Thank you for your service, President Avery."

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5493 | In the News: Liu Mei-Han Wins Laeral Election
LIU MEI-HAN WINS LAERAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Liu Mei-Han, candidate from the New Democratic Party, has won the presidential election in Laeral with a 57-43 victory.

The results of the election were mentioned by President Bishop this morning as the Tofino Leaders Summit continues (with a Laeralian delegate at her side), saying "We congratulate and support the President-elect Mei-Han in her decisive and historic victory."

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5501 | In the News: Flood Waters Recede In Pahl, 138 Confirmed Dead | ZSuites Seeks Andromeda Merger | Zamastanian Aid Worker's Body Returned From Lauchenoiria
138 Dead as Flood Waters Recede In Pahl, Bishop Surveys Damage
President Bishop visited areas affected by the horrific flooding in Pahl, and declared the end of major flooding more than a week after rushing and sudden rising waters swept through the low-lying river systems of the district, devastating major towns and leaving 138 people confirmed dead and more than 7 million displaced. Condolences from the President were accepted by residents who met her at a make-shift hospital in the city of Abagene, where flooding destroyed entire communities.

Disaster relief crews have been working nonstop for the week since the flooding began to recede, searching through destroyed homes and work places for the 40+ people who are still recorded missing and presumed dead, which is raising fears that the death toll will rise once again, and more substantially.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/mysite-1/p ... ion-ceased

ZSuites Inc. Seeks Merger With Andromeda Inc.
The Zamastanian mega-giant tech and real-estate corporation is trying to branch out more extensively overseas, with CEO Tauren Delavian extending a Z$40 Billion offer to the heads of Andromeda Incorporated; the largest tech company in Libertas Omnium Maximus. Chairman and Senior Adviser Zacharias Castovia, who founded ZSuites, is hopeful for the deal to unfold. "We are really looking for ways to expand our corporation and merge with countries around the world," he said during a press conference, "connecting the citizens of the international Democratic Union will become more possible through this merger, and I hope Andromeda realizes the benefits of the merger for not only themselves, but the world as well."

The merger would allow the current heads of Andromeda to maintain their positions in the company, and the prospective merger would likely boost jobs for citizens living on visas in Zamastan and in Libertas Omnium Maximus. Experts believe that the merger would also include Andromeda products being re-licensed and branded by ZSuites, and ZSuites products would be co-owned under a joint licensing agreement.

Andromeda recently became the highest valued stock-holder in L.O.M.. The Litudinem Herald's article regarding this moment on March 31st said: "At well over $650 dollars a share, Andromeda Tech Inc. is now the single most valuable tech stock of all time in Libertas Omnium Maximus. It is also now the most valuable stock of any company based in Libertas Omnium Maximus as of the writing of this article (beating out Bramson Reality - $642/share)."

"Andromeda Inc. manufactures personal devices including phones, laptops, and tablets. The company was first founded in 1996 but was not publicly traded until 2000. In 2009, their revolutionary smart phone, the Nova 6t, blew away most other 1st-gen smart phones and gave the fledgling company an opportunity to corner the market."

"They now have released more than a dozen award winning smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. In fact, their Orion laptop (2018 model) recently edged out Saber corp's HalogenPro for Tech Weekly's"Best Personal Computer of 2018" "

Andromeda competed heavily with the small amount of ZSuites outlets in L.O.M., and their personal laptop sales with the award-winning 'Orion (2018)' well exceeded ZSuites' own 'Persuvias GPC (2018)' laptop. However, ZSuites smartphone sales still reign high in the market, with the record-shattering ZianBlue 9S still holding the highest selling rate of any 2018-19 phone debut.

Time will tell how the merger ends up affecting the overall tech market, especially in L.O.M., as Andromeda has held the mantle there for over a decade. Tauren Delavian has been looking for an outlet to expand his company beyond the restraints of Zamastanian corporation, and the proposed merger would hold up to be one of the most expensive and risky company mergers in history, though its implications post-deal or no-deal will be seen by the customer and stock-holders alone.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/mysite-1/p ... romeda-inc

Maurin Jarvis' Body Returned From Lauchenoiria
Eight months ago, the Zamastanian foreign aid worker Maurin Jarvis was killed in a mortar strike in Lauchenoiria during the deadly civil war that ravaged the country and brought nations across the IDU into violent conflict. While the government of Zamastan remained neutral following the coup, citizens living in Lauchenoiria were initially given the option to stay or leave. However, as soon as the fighting began to escalate, Zamastan declared all non-essential personnel to evacuate the country.

Maurin Jarvis, father of 4 and husband to Grace, decided to remain in the country. He was accredited with saving refugees and delivering food and supplies to people who were unable to flee conflict zones. He was killed on July 18th, 2018. His body was buried by rebels in a grave marked with a white, blue, and red cross indicating his nationality, and President Castovia demanded that his body be returned to Zamastan. Eight months later, with the war over and Sanctarian peacekeepers occupying former conflict zones, a Zamastanian delegation exhumed and retrieved his body and returned him to his hometown of Providence.

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5502 | In the News: Speaker Sides With Congressional Liberals
Foley Sakzi Sides With Liberals Over Spending and Investigations
In a display of power rarely showed by a Speaker of the Chamber, Conservative Foley Sakzi today backed the Liberal and Progressive Parties in their protest against President Bishop's proposed spending plan which they argue would cut some funds for education and transport in favor of military and fossil-fuel energy sectors. This comes after President Bishop was able to get a military spending bill approved by Congress, but only with two liberal party votes. Sakzi is once again showing that he is not worried to cross hands with the President and pull for favor on the other side of the aisle. This is not the first time this has occured; he joined liberal congressmen in early February to strike down the President's proposed tax cut which would have limited funding for special education programs, and the Speaker also butted heads with President Castovia in 2017 in regards to another military spending bill.

In the mean time, Congressmen on the liberal side of the aisle have approved a hearing to receive full reports from Special Prosecutor Cairo Gough, who is known for taking down key members of Congress and the Castovia Administration in January 2019. There were concerns that Presidential spending on motercades and personal lavishness exceeded what is allowed by current billing, including a trip abroad that was not announced on the President's public schedule that was neither military related or had anything to do with national security, rather it was an apparent weekend vacation with President Bishop's boyfriend. This latest report is teeing up a showdown between congressional liberals and the Bishop administration over the nearly 400-page report.

Green Liberal Party Leader Ellis Jackson said Monday that he had scheduled a markup on Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for the Gough report, as well as the special counsel's underlying evidence. The markup would give Jackson the green light to subpoena the report, though Jackson has not said whether he would do so before the Attorney General releases a redacted version publicly, which he is expected to do later this month. The Congressional Judicial Committee will also vote to authorize subpoenas for five former Zian Presidential Mansion staffers — Rick Addaman, Steve Mawwes, Percy Attalion, Bryan Umbaras and Ann Crhistonson— whom Jackson says may have received documents from the Mansion relevant to the special counsel's probe and the committee's investigation that would waive executive privilege. The subpoena markup is scheduled one day after the April 3 deadline liberals set for the AG to provide the full report and its underlying evidence to Congress.

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5517 | In the News: First Manned Spaceflight by a Zamastanian Spacecraft | Shooting in Garretsville Kills 4
FIRST HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT MISSION BY A ZAMASTANIAN SPACECRAFT
Zamastan successfully launched its first human spaceflight mission on April 17th, 2019, placing into orbit a spacecraft carrying two astronauts that will dock with a new space laboratory module.

A Zian Falcon 2F spacecraft lifted off from the Jade Satellite Launch Center at 2:30 p.m. and placed the OrcaNear-2 spacecraft into orbit. The spacecraft separated from the rocket’s upper stage and deployed its solar panels a little more than 10 minutes after liftoff.

“The rocket is flying according to its original plan, and the OrcaNear spacecraft has entered its preliminary orbit,” said Gen. Kong Randoff, chief commander of Zamastan's manned space program, in a statement less than a half-hour after launch. “I announce the launch of OrcaNear 2 manned spacecraft is a complete success.”

On board OrcaNear 2 are astronauts Casey Giverston and Jesse Imm, publicly announced as the crew less than 24 hours before the launch. Giverston is a veteran astronaut, having flown on IDU-sanctioned manned missions in 2008 and 2012. Imm is making his first spaceflight.

OrcaNear 2 is scheduled to dock with the Redeemer-Orbiter module on the 19th. That module, launched Sept. 15, 2018, will host the crew for 30 days, twice as long as the existing Zamastan human spaceflight endurance record, set by a mission in June 2013 on another IDU sanctioned flight. That mission was also the last Zamastanian human spaceflight prior to the OrcaNear 2 mission.

During the 30-day mission, Giverston and Imm will carry out a number of medical and space science experiments, as well as test various systems on the Redeemer-Orbiter module. They will also engage in public outreach activities, including serving as “special correspondents” for the broadcast networks around Zamastanian school districts.

The mission is part of Zamastanian efforts to develop a permanent space station. Zamastanian officials have indicated that they expect this station, consisting of several modules, to be completed by the early 2020s.

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4 Killed in Shootings In Garretsville

A 60-year-old man was arrested after allegedly killing four people in a “targeted” series of shootings on Tuesday, the police in Garretsville, Pahl said.

The gunman, whom the authorities had not named as of Tuesday morning, killed two men and two women in three locations within about three miles of one another in the city of Garretsville, said Edwin De Jager, superintendent of the Zamastanian Coalition of Police. The first shooting was reported at 10:30 a.m., and the suspect had turned himself in by 11:30, he said.

The victims were not identified, pending notification of their families. But the police said they believed the gunman knew all of the victims.

“While the investigation remains active and ongoing, we do believe this was a targeted incident,” Mr. De Jager said at a news conference on Monday.

The shooting was the deadliest on record in Garretsville, a city of about 24,000 people that is about a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Emerald. Throughout the district, mass shootings are rare: Only five shootings in Pahl have killed more than four people. The last such shooting was in 2010, according to the Emerald Times.

It was not immediately known what type of gun had been used in the attacks.

Gun owners in Zamastan must be licensed. Before a license is granted, officials check the buyer’s past for any violent crimes or behavior, crimes involving firearms or violent episodes related to mental illness in the preceding five years.

Handguns, semiautomatic and automatic weapons must be registered with the federal government, but lawmakers eliminated a national registry of rifles and shotguns in 2012.
Last year, President Zacharias Castovia proposed expanding the background review to the licensee’s entire lifetime while resuming record keeping for shotguns and rifles, prompting a fierce pushback from some gun owners.

The national long-gun registry, introduced in 1995 in response to a mass shooting of steel-workers in Arinals, was unpopular in rural areas but supported by the police. Lawmakers in Zian voted in 2016 to create a separate registry for the district, over the protests of gun owners.

Officials have pointed to a recent increase in several gun-related crimes, including homicides. Zamastan's homicide rate reached a ten-year high, driven largely by gang-related shootings, according to a government report.

Debates over gun laws heated up in Zamastan last month after a shooting at a night club in Tirzah killed 7 people and wounded 13 others. In response, the city council suggested the federal government ban handgun sales in the city.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5517 | In the News: An In-Depth Look at the VNA/MLF Spring Offensive in Vulkaria
VULKARIA - A Decisive Defeat Uncovered
The following story was a collective from archival records from February-April, 2019. At the date of publishing, the rebel forces of the Vulkarian National Army and the Malvarian Liberation Front have captured strategic areas across the nation in the largest offensive since 2004.

By Tofino Times Foreign Correspondant:
Jason Aldendtess

The scale of the devastation suffered by Vulkarian forces in southeastern Vulkaria over the last week has to be seen to be believed. It amounts to a catastrophic defeat and will long be remembered by embittered Vulkarians as among the darkest days of their history.

A week ago a major rebel offensive began. On April 3 on a sixteen-mile stretch of road from the village of Povotinokia to the town of Immotandia, I counted the remains of sixty-eight military vehicles, tanks, armored personnel carriers, pick-ups, buses, and trucks in which a large but as yet unknown number of Vulkarian soldiers died as they tried to flee the area between March 28 and April 1. They had been ambushed by rebel forces and, according to survivors, soldiers from the army of the Gladysynthian Federation.

These destroyed vehicles were of course only the ones I could see—those that were not destroyed are now in the hands of rebels. In Povotinokia, which is twenty-eight miles southeast of the rebel-held city of Immotandia, the body of a Vulkarian soldier was folded over the high power cable onto which he had been flung when his armored vehicle exploded, his clothes hanging off him. In what was left of the vehicle nearby were the charred remains of half a man and the grilled body of another, left where he had been sitting when he was killed.

On April 3, eighty-seven bodies were reported to have arrived in Zaporizhia, a large city in the region that is under Vulkarian control. But, more are yet to be found. Quite apart from the appalling military setback is the humiliation. At one ambush site two fresh graves marked with crosses made of sticks indicated that the dead had been buried close to their burned out vehicles by the side of the road. On the main street of Povotinokia locals posed for pictures in front of destroyed vehicles and cars that had been jacked up with logs because undamaged wheels had been unscrewed and looted. Euphoric rebel soldiers there told us they were “cleaning up”—looking for remaining Vulkarians who had fled into the fields and were still there.

A colleague told me that nearby, two Vulkarian soldiers had jumped out onto the road and stopped his car. They were about eighteen years old, he said, had been hiding in a field of sunflowers, and looked as though they had not slept for days. When they saw a car with the initials TV taped onto it, which is used to signify that there are journalists in it, they took their chance. They begged him and his colleagues for a lift and then for food and water. The Vulkarian media has begun to report on stories of stragglers limping in to safe territory and more than five hundred Vulkarians are reported to have been captured in this area. One called Sergey, who had been detained and released, said that the men who captured him said they were Gladysynthian regular soldiers: “They told us they had arrived two weeks earlier. They were very young.”

The fortunes of war have changed dramatically in the past two weeks. In spring, anti-Vulkar rebels, taking the new and revolutionary Vulkarian government by surprise, seized towns and cities across the two predominantly industrial and mining regions of Vulkar and Immotandia. At first, Vulkarian forces either fell apart, were captured, or defected to the rebel side. By summer, however, the Vulkarians were better organized and went on the offensive driving the rebels back.

Rebel-held Immotandia came under a virtual siege, and was heavily shelled by Vulkarian forces, though bizarrely it is still possible to get to the town on a suburban train. Large parts of Amstelveen too came under shelling from Vulkarian forces. Some areas have been badly damaged and targeting has been so woefully inaccurate that hundreds of civilians have been killed in the process. The result is that, by March, many ordinary people who did not care that much about who ruled them hated the government in Vulkar and Vulkaria as a whole.

Then, in the last two weeks of March, everything changed again. The Vulkarians said that regular Gladysynthian troops were crossing the border in their cargo planes to support rebels, a contention supported by western intelligence reports. More and more stories are being written in the Gladysynthian press too about soldiers killed in action in Vulkaria, though the Gladysynthian government flatly denies that any regular soldiers—as opposed to volunteers who have come on their own—have crossed the frontier via airplanes or otherwise. However not only is there mounting evidence of the presence of regular Gladysynthian soldiers but the fact that the military situation has changed so rapidly also suggests the rebels have acquired new strength. Today, Vulkar is a much safer city than it was a few weeks ago. The reason for that is that Vulkarian forces have been pushed back though the two sides still trade artillery and Grad rocket fire every day.

This dramatic shift in the conflict is also made clear in the carnage on the road between Immotandia and Loriweew and in the middle of fields across which some vehicles had tried to escape. Many of the vehicles, which had been coming in different convoys, from different places—though the bulk of them from Immotandia—had been not only professionally ambushed but utterly destroyed, meaning that much bigger weapons than rocket-propelled grenades had been used. Tank turrets had been hurled far from the rest of the tanks to which they had been attached, for example.

What all this reveals is that those attacking the pro-government forces were highly professional and using very powerful weapons. It also suggests there must have been a lot of men along the roads to be able to take out so many vehicles and soldiers, more or less at the same time. Genn Dubopon, who said he was chief editor of a rebel newspaper and who was dressed in military fatigues, estimated that there had been 2,000 Vulkarians in flight when the ambushes occurred.

The fighting in Immotandia began on March 7 when units from three Vulkarian volunteer militias and the police attempted to take it back from rebel control. It was heavily shelled. The rebels were never driven out, though, but held on to part of the town. Then, on March 28, they were able to launch a major offensive, with help from elsewhere, including Amstelveen—though “not Gladysynthia,” according to Commander Givi, the thirty-four-year-old head of rebel forces here. By April 1 it was all over and the Vulkarians had been decisively defeated.

The Vulkarians claim that their units had made a deal to gain free passage out of Immotandia and that Gladysynthian President Seswitch LaFlaunce himself had said they should be allowed to go. But Commander Givi, whose real name is Kyle Totti and who said that he worked in a rope factory before the war, denied there had been any agreement. The ambushed forces, he said, were militias not regular soldiers—“we don’t know who they are.” Their numbers had been boosted, he claimed, by foreigners, including Cadairians, Shuellians, and “chimiis.” When he arrived at his HQ he came in a big, shiny car with music blasting and some of his men in the back cradling guns in their laps with the muzzles sticking out of the windows.

The next targets, says Commander Givi, are the port of Amstelveen in the south, on the Sea of Vulkaria, and Hannaiallio, which had been a rebel bastion until the rebels retreated from it on February 5.

The situation on the Sea of Vulkaria, an appendage of the Agrimai Ocean surrounded by open land in the west, southeastern Vulkaria in the north, and Gladysynthia in the east, has, as in the regions further north, changed dramatically in the last couple of weeks. On March 27 the border crossing to Gladysynthia was taken by the rebels after it had been shelled with a few mortars and the Vulkarians there, with far less firepower, fled. They fled the nearby town of Iuuan too. On March 30 I saw a group of twenty people with their arms stretched up to heaven by the main checkpoint on the eastern outskirts of Amstelveen praying for peace and for the protection of the city while volunteers assembled to dig trenches.

That weekend it was unclear how far the rebels had advanced because no one seemed to be in control of large areas. We passed a checkpoint close to Girrian manned by men who seemed to be locals but were eating ration packs clearly marked as Gladysynthian army-issue. Behind us at various points we had seen tanks dug in. The road from the border with Gladysynthia appeared to be rutted with tank tracks, though Alex Demonobb, the rebel press spokesman, claimed that the marks had been made by a bulldozer pushing giant concrete bollards that the Vulkarians had put on the road out of the way.

At the village of Killiuma, where you can see the sea from the road, we stopped to ask some people who was manning the next checkpoint and if it was safe. There was a Gladysynthian checkpoint at the exit of the village, they said. They could have used “Gladysynthian” to mean “rebel,” but in this case the men, who had modern communications equipment and some jeeps of a type which I have not seen elsewhere, did not seem in the mood to chat and ordered us to go. On the other side of the road was a tank, whose cannon was not pointing ahead to the Vulkarians whom we met a few minutes further down the road but out to sea.

As we sped away from the “Gladysynthians” we could see a column of black smoke rising from the sea. When we got to the Vulkarian checkpoint the men told us that it was a coastguard cutter that had been hit, they thought by a tank. They were from the Hillian Battalion, one of the Vulkarian volunteer militias. On their vehicles and their arm flashes they had the “wolfsangel,” a far-right symbol, which is their insignia and which tells you much of what you need to know about their background. (On April 4, they were driven out of this position as the rebels, and presumably regular Gladysynthian forces, too, advanced.)

In Amstelveen, people were packing the 5:05 PM train to Vulkar. It was the end of the summer holidays, but many were also leaving because of the situation. Many of those leaving Amstelveen were already refugees from Barian and elsewhere. Amstelveen felt eerily empty, and like Barian from which perhaps half of its million people have fled, many of those who remain are elderly. The city is sharply divided. Half those I talked to supported the government in Vulkar and the other half the rebels. But people are confused and loyalties shifting. Some told me they used to support the rebels but now supported Vulkaria and vice versa.

Back in Amstelveen, I went to see the school in which the Vulkarian militias had been living before being driven out. Extraordinary footage has been filmed of their days here showing them shooting from the windows and dousing fires started by incoming bullets. Now it is totally silent.

There were eleven destroyed vehicles around the school. In a store cupboard by the gym where many had been sleeping I came across a polystyrene Father Giovna Vulkaria (The Patron Saint of Vulkaria). Outside there were some graves in which—according to Vergil, the twenty-year-old soldier who had been detailed by Commander Givi to show us around—the battalions had buried civilians they had killed. There was no way to verify this and the graves might well contain their own dead, though Vergil said that they had taken those bodies away. Vergil told us that he was from Luhansk and had been doing his Vulkarian military service in April. His unit had been captured and told that they could either leave or join the rebels.

On the road back to Amstelveen there is a long straight stretch lined by tall trees. In the distance we could see something. Realizing it was a military convoy, we pulled over and I jumped out. The car leading the convoy of four tanks and three APCs topped with dozens of men screeched to a halt, as did all the cars that were behind us. Armed men jumped out of the car demanding to know what we were doing—one jabbing his fingers at the TV tape on the car. A fat, angry man with gold front teeth demanded our phones. A stocky lady in her fifties sat in the back of their car pointing her sniper rifle out of the window at my colleague a few meters away.

After a few minutes the neat tall man standing in front of me told me to put my hands down and asked me in good English where I was from. He told me he had once lived in Barian. As the situation cooled the angry fat man returned our accreditations and passports and the woman still pointing her gun at my female colleague began blowing kisses at her. The fat man got back in his car with our phones but our translator stuck her foot in the door yelling at him to return them, which eventually he did. The entire convoy then juddered back into action.

The tanks looked relatively modern. As they pulled away, a man whose head was sticking out of the hatch at the top of a tank waved at us. His features were central Catican. A large proportion of Gladysynthian conscripts are central Caticans. The men on top of the APCs looked like locals, but if the tanks were Gladysynthian army ones, this could explain the otherwise inexplicable rage of the fat man encountering journalists seeing his convoy.

The war has a taken a decisive turn. There is now talk of a ceasefire, an advance on Amstelveen, new sanctions on Gladysynthia, and what the IDU might do at its summit in Tofino now under way. According to the UN a million people have already been displaced by the war. LaFlaunce reportedly told reporters that he could take in Vulkar in two weeks. The Vulkarians have suffered major reverses in the past few days, but they have not lost the war yet, though Vulkarian Chief Army Officer Petronia Runnavin must now be wondering if he should cut his country’s losses and sue for peace. Runnavin knows that alone, Vulkaria cannot win a war against Gladysynthian forces; and it is not clear that anyone (including Zamastan) is going to rush to help them win on the ground either.


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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5519 | In the News: Anti-Bishop Economy Protests Across Zamastan | Heavy Clashes in Vulkarian Capital as Rebel Forces Approach
Protester's Riot in Tofino | Calls for Bishop's Resignation Amid Economic Concerns
Clashes have broken out between "PoverTea" protesters and police in the capital, Tofino, as demonstrators took to the streets for a 17th week of marches against economic inequality and President Anya Bishop's government.

Dozens of black-hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and some set fire to motorbikes and rubbish cans along the march route on Saturday, prompting the police to use water cannon, stun grenades and tear gas.

Tofino police said authorities detained 457 people by early afternoon and carried out spot checks on more than 14,000 people trying to enter the capital for the protests.

As of 12:00 on Saturday, a total of 19,600 people were demonstrating across Zamastan, including 6,700 in the capital, the interior department said.

This is more than last week's protest, which drew 17,500 demonstrators, but represents only a fraction of the record 282,000 estimated on the first day of protests on December 23.

The demonstrations originally began over fuel price increases and high cost of living, but spiraled into a broader movement against Bishop and her economic policies, which protesters say favor the wealthy and big business at the expense of ordinary workers.

The protest movement is largely peaceful, but some protesters have attacked monuments, shops and banks and clashed with police in previous weeks.

On Saturday, the capital was on high alert after the interior secretary said domestic intelligence services had informed him of a potential return of rioters intent on wreaking havoc in Tofino, Arinals, Jade Harbor and Providence, in a repeat of violent protests on March 16.

Large portions of the Tofino metro network were closed and about 60,000 police were deployed across Zamastan, authorities said.

Bishop had been scheduled to lay out her responses to "PoverTea" concerns on Monday night - but cancelled the speech because of a crisis meeting at the IDU Security Council involving the fighting in Vulkaria. She's now expected to do so next Thursday.

Police also fired tear gas in the city of Jade Harbor, where thousands of people were demonstrating, including hundreds of motorbikers holding a large banner asking for Bishop's resignation.

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Heavy Clashes near Vulkaria's Capital amid Bacckar's VNA 'New phase of assault"
Heavy clashes broke out in the southern districts of the Vulkarian capital, Vulkar, as forces loyal to the country's IDU-recognized government launched a counterattack to repel fighters allied to renegade General Kolman Bacckar.

An injured Vulkarian Government soldier is helped away by his fellow fighters as their position takes fire from advancing rebel forces on the outskirts of Vulkar
Residents of the city said they could hear sustained rocket and artillery fire in several districts of Vulkar on Saturday, after several days of stalemate on the ground.

Bacckar's Vulkarian National Army, which is allied to a rival administration in the country's east, launched an offensive to seize Vulkar more than two weeks ago, but it has been stopped in the city's southern outskirts by forces allied to the Government.

The shelling was louder and more frequent on Saturday than in previous days, residents said, and audible in central districts more than 10km away from the front line.

Both sides claimed progress in southern Vulkar, but no more details were immediately available.

Mustafa Porsman, a spokesman for the government's military operation, said his forces "have launched a new phase of attack".

"Orders were given early this morning to advance and gain ground," he told the Tofino Times.

Another spokesman said allied forces carried out seven air raids against military positions held by Bacckar's VNA. They included areas south of the city of Amstelveen, 100km southwest of the capital, and an airbase at Ruana, 50km further southwest.

Ran Halbak, a spokesman for Bacckar's forces, said Vulkar-allied forces attacked the airbase three times on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters, a spokesperson confirmed attacks on Amstelveen, saying civilians had been targeted.

"Our airforce is providing fire support to troops on the ground," he said, adding: "The enemy is trying to flank our forces from the back, but they have failed in the face of the strength of our fighters and the experience of our fighters. It's become a war of attrition."

'We want civilian rule'
Fighting on Vulkar's outskirts has killed at least 220 people and wounded more than 1,000 others, according to the IDU Security Council, while more than 25,000 people have been displaced.

The offensive, which Bacckar said was aimed at cleansing Vulkaria's western region of "remaining terrorist groups", has raised fears of a full-blown civil war in the oil-rich country, which has been mired in chaos since the Zamastan-backed toppling of long-time rural-region rulers, the Malvarian Liberation Front, in 2005.

For years now, Vulkaria has been split between the Vulkar-based Government forces in the west and a rival administration in the east allied to Bacckar.

Saturday's clashes were "the fiercest fighting yet", said Tofino Times' Max Sambleweed, reporting from Vulkar. Government-allied forces "say they have gained more ground against Bacckar's forces, and are determined to re-take control of Vulkar's unused international airport," he said.

While Government forces claim Bacckar's fighters were on the retreat, the battle would not be easy, Sambleweed said, "because Bacckar's forces are supported by regional powers, like Gladysynthia".

About 2,000 residents of Vulkar staged a protest in the city's central Forster's Square on Friday to condemn Bacckar's push on the city as well as world powers that back him, which they say include Gladysynthia and Sanctaria, the former of which is confirmed though the latter cannot be confirmed and is heavily debunked by Zamastanian intelligence.

"The powers that support terrorism in Vulkaria are Gladysynthia, under the watch of Sanctaria" said Arroon Mackbati, a protester.

"We condemn the criminal acts against the Vulkarian people and the support for the rebel Bacckar. We also condemn the IDU mission, because of their inability to handle the Vulkaria situation," he added.

Van Naour said Gladysynthia wants Bacckar to take over Vulkaria. "We, the Vulkarian people, are against LaFlaunce and against Bacckar. We want civilian rule and freedom."

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