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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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Saturday, January 19th, 2019
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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Monday, January 28th, 2019
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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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
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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