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Monday, May 13th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5542 | In the News:Aftermath of the Attack
Bishop's Congressional Hall Address Draws Debate Over Ongoing Vulkaria Airstrikes
President Bishop declared in front of Congressional Hall today her intention to “seek out and bring to justice” those responsible for the deadly terror attack on the Presidential Mansion five days ago. In an address to a joint session of the Senate and the Congress Chamber, Bishop pledged that the deaths of 239 people killed in the attack would not go unanswered. To large applause that drew both sides of the political spectrum, she reiterated the strength and resolve of the Zamastanian people and her expression of gratitude to the first responders, military, and allies for assisting in the aftermath of the events of Wednesday. However, the aisle was clearly split among conservatives and minority parties when she reinforced support for the airstrikes on Vulkarian rebel groups.

This moment was captivating in the sense that it showed the massive split along political lines on Zamastan’s current air campaign against the M.L.F., who have claimed responsibility for the attack, and the V.N.A. in support of the Vulkarian Government. For one, the majority of conservatives are in support of continuing the air raids, while the rest of congress is universally against. To hear GLP Leader and Presidential candidate Cain Blackwater say it; “we have been involved in Vulkaria for over 35 years, and it’s about time for us to pull back a little bit.” However strong the objections, the lines are mainly drawn from two lines: history of military involvement and standing on the global community.

Zamastan has been involved both directly and indirectly in Vulkaria since the 1982 coup. That instance spurred terror attacks from the original M.L.F. in Zamastan and spawned the first full-blown invasion of Vulkaria. That led to an eight yearlong conflict with over 8,000 Zamastanian soldiers being killed. The 1999-2005 war killed over 23,000 Zamastanian soldiers and over 2 million Vulkarians were killed. The current air strikes are supported militarily by Cadair and Shuell directly, with Sanctaria and Laeral notably refusing to comment as of May 13th, and the strikes being immensely discouraged by Gladysynthia. However, Gladysynthia supports the rebels directly via ground forces, which has led to sanctions by Zamastan. Many liberals are tired of the military action, though they are sure to reassure that they understand the impact of the rebels if the military action halts and want to work towards more diplomatic measures. Conservatives will reinforce the stigma that diplomacy has failed in the past and will continue to fail. The events in Vulkaria will most certainly become a key issue in the coming Presidential election.

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5543 | In the News: Gladysynthian Tariffs and Sanctions
Sakzi To Meet With Bishop's Key Trade Representative on Wednesday over Gladysynthia Sanctions
Speaker Foley Sakzi will host President Anya Bishop’s top trade official as the president faces backlash from lawmakers in both parties over her increasingly aggressive and controversial trade agenda.

Sakzi is set to meet with Trade Representative Robert Palitto on Wednesday afternoon, according to two congressional sources. Several other top congressionals are expected to attend the talk, including BCP First Secretary Larious and GLP Chairperson Ellis Jackson.

The official topic of the meeting is Bishop’s new trade agreement with United New England and Laeral. But the president’s escalating sanctions war with Gladysynthia, resulting in a dramatic tariff tit for tat over the past month, is also sure to come up, according to congressional sources.

Sakzi controls the fate of the trade deal, which would need to be ratified by Congress. But the speaker has resisted pressure to move quickly on a vote, saying the pact won’t be considered in the Chamber until several Liberal demands are met, including enforcement measures she wants written into the underlying deal.

Palitto and other administration officials have rebuffed the enforcement request, saying they will not reopen negotiations with United New England and Laeral. Senior Senate Conservatives have made demands of their own, saying they won’t support the agreement until Bishop lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on the two trading partners, something the president has been reluctant to do.

Palitto has worked to woo skeptical liberals, meeting with the entire Liberal Caucus in March and huddling with the Congressional Progressive Caucus late last week. But the political window to consider the agreement is closing, with lawmakers saying the deal must be ratified by the end of the summer or it likely will remain undone as Tofino shifts to the 2020 presidential election.

The meeting comes as lawmakers in both parties have criticized Bishop for her decision to slap a new round of tariffs on Gladysynthian exports to Zamastan after the two countries failed to reach a trade deal last week. The move sent the stock market tumbling and elicited from Gladysynthia retaliatory tariffs aimed squarely at the already-fragile Zamastan agriculture industry.

“I wish her success in the negotiation,” Sakzi told reporters on Monday. “But as I say, we have to use our leverage without antagonizing those who are on our side on this.”

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Thursday, May 16th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5546 | In the News: Airstrikes In Vulkaria Are Halted
Temporary Halt to Zamastanian Airstrikes in Vulkaria, Cadair to Continue Their Bombing Campaign
President Bishop signed a declaration recommended by Admiral Percy Tavoka of the 2nd Fleet which brings a temporary halt to airstrikes by Zamastanian forces. For the first time since 2017, there will be no airstrikes on VNA or MLF forces in Vulkaria.

Coalition airstrikes had been averaging two every day, with airstrikes reaching their peak at the beginning of February 2019. The Admiral’s suggestion comes after the Vulkarian Government recaptured key positions from VNA and MLF forces, including confirming that the entirety of the Capital District had been restored to Government control. Zamastanian and Cadairian bombers and fighter jets had provided consistent air support, and official estimates state that since February, over 5,400 enemy fighters had been killed by coalition fighters. The declaration only halts the Zamastanian bombing campaign: the Cadairian forces still have authority to run raids in accordance with the Vulkarian Government.

Since 2017, the conflict in Vulkaria has killed an estimated 24,000 Government soldiers, 62,000 rebel fighters, and nearly 17,000 civilians. The addition of coalition bombers has been instrumental to the survival of the Vulkarian government, according to their own officials as well as several Zamastanian military officers. The VNA spring offensive captured significant ground in Vulkaria and severely escalated fighting by pushing the conflict into urban areas as opposed to the largely rural battlefront that each side had been accustomed to.

It is still to be seen how the halting of airstrikes impacts the conflict. There are already fears that the ceasefire will strengthen the resolve of the rebel forces and that they will attempt to regain ground. There is also optimism for those who support the cause of the government, that the bombing will have decimated rebel forces and that the government forces can quickly push back on more positions.

Zamastan has only provided air support, though there are 3,921 soldiers stationed in Vulkaria, mainly in the capital city of Vulkar at a military base called Dylan 3-F, and the Zamastanian embassy. There have only been two documented incidents of direct fire between Zamastanian ground forces and rebel forces since 2017. The first was in late 2017 when rebel forces hidden inside the capital had attacked Dylan 3-F with rocket propelled grenades. No Zamastanian soldiers were killed or injured. A second incident occurred in January of 2018 when a convoy was ambushed, resulting in two Zamastanian soldiers being killed and four more being injured.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5546 | In the News: Bishop Visits Libertas Omnium Maximus
Bishop Arrives In Libertas Omnium Maximus Amidst Heightened Security and Controversy Back Home
Slightly more than a week after a devastating terror attack ravaged the Presidential Mansion in Tofino, slightly more than a day after the controversial and sudden halt to airstrikes in Vulkaria, and amidst political anger over economic inequality and job loss in Zamastan, President Anya Bishop traveled to Libertas Omnium Maximus for the second state visit of her presidency. She is scheduled to meet with the nation's state officials and President Lucas Brown around multiple topics including the ongoing Vulkaria crisis and economic interests.

Bishop's trip is surrounded with significant security increases, as the threat from the recent terror attack in Tofino and multiple threats on the President's life directly have led to suspicion about possible continued attacks. Bishop's venture was widely secret, and was reportedly only made public after Zian Prime 0, the Presidential plane, was already in the air.

Secretary of State Avi Tremblan reportedly asked LOM Secretary of State Janette Smith about possible Maximusan support in the Vulkarian conflict, to which she responded "we will remain neutral unless we see a blatant threat to LOM's interests from either side. We do not see that at this time." She was later asked by Tofino Times reporters regarding this subject, where she mentioned "we also strongly wish that this conflict comes to a rapid resolution."

Libertas Omnium Maximus is still recovering from their own involvement in Lauchenoiria's civil war last summer, an event in which they lost nearly 250 troops. It is clear why they generally try to steer clear from being drawn into another conflict, especially one where many idealized factions have been brutally battling for decades, drawing in several nations across the IDU, including Cadair, Gladysynthia, and the indirect watch but concern of several nations.

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Friday, May 17th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5547 | In the News: Bishop Visits Trivian Empire
Emperor Yakovlev Greets President Bishop in Trive, Military Trade and Scientific Agreements Signed
President Anya Bishop was lavished with extravagant royal pomp in Trive on Friday during her first stop in the nation as President, an elaborate start to a trip meant to bolster international partnerships but which aides now hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home.

Bishop’s stop in an enthusiastic Trivian capital is the second in a nine-day, five-country swing across the IDU, which has already taken her to Libertas Omnium Maximus. Bishop departed Tofino as controversies swirled, all centering on the economic instability in Zamastan and the Vulkaria Crisis. She wasn't able to completely escape the storm in Petropavlovskiy-Kamchatsky: at an evening news conference, her Secretary of State Avi Tremblan was forced to answer a question about the matter in Vulkaria.

But for the most part, Bishop’s first day on Trivian soil proceeded without major hiccups.

Friday’s capstone was the signing of an arms deal between the two countries, an agreement brokered primarily by Tremblan. The deal will bring Zamastanian-made ships, planes and bombs to Trive in an attempt to bolster Zamastan’s regional military prowess and influence.

The administration cast the deal as a renewal of Zamastanian commitment to the region, though many of the sales included in the agreement were approved by the Castovia administration.

Bishop and Emperor Lynnoux Yakovlev oversaw the signing on Saturday afternoon during an extended ceremony in a large gilded reception. Multiple agreements between Zamastanian and Trivian companies were inked during the event. Bishop lauded the deals as "tremendous investments in Zamastan.”

There were also conversations for scientific advancement between the two nations, including several green energy initiatives. This was led by Prime Minister Aleksandr Volkov, who’s Libertarian Party has worked towards beneficial policies in this arena. Bishop pledged an increase to access to Zamastanian labs and trade functions by Trivian scientists in order to mutually discover economically and naturally beneficial initiatives.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5548 | In the News: Bishop Visits Federal Republic of Astoria
-Astoria Welcomes President Bishop, Opening Diplomatic Relations with the Newest IDU Member State
Arriving in Astoria, one of the newest inductees to the International Democratic Union, Bishop made navigated her way around the political upheaval in Zamastan and instead worked up diplomatic introductions with the people of the Federal Republic of Astoria.

President Bishop shook hands with Prime Minister Robert Paisley upon exiting the Presidential plane in the capital of Footscray before taking a tour of the city with the PM, his wife Louise, and his entourage of political allies in the Labour Party.

With heavy security in Astoria, Bishop’s motorcade drew a peculiar amount of attention. Astoria is a famously peaceful nation, with no overarching military. The discussions undertaken during the diplomatic lunch with Bishop and Paisley steered away from conversations about Zamastan’s intertwined conflict in Vulkaria and any military deals, and instead focused on constructing and moving embassies to each other’s nations to begin direct openings of consistent diplomatic relations.

As the first Zamastanian President and one of the first IDU leaders to visit Astoria, Bishop pledged “a strong, healthy, and thriving relationship that foreshadows the relationship (the) nations will have for ages.” In addition to the opening of diplomatic relationships, Zamastan and Astoria are also planning to begin a widening of trade negotiations, including that Zamastan’s Department of Commerce will commit up to Z$1 billion in financing to support exports to Astoria. Zamastan will support lending to small and medium businesses across Astoria that will result in more than Z$1 billion in loans in underserved rural and urban markets. The Zamastan Trade and Development Agency will aim to leverage nearly Z$2 billion in investments in renewable energy in Astoria.

Robert Paisley also pledged to visit Zamastan in good time, which is guaranteed to boost the already promising and fruitful relationship of the two nations.

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5564 | In the News: Speaker of the Chamber, Foley Sakzi, Announces 2020 Bid for President
FOLEY SAKZI ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL BID, SPLITTING THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY, DRAWING INTEREST FROM BOTH SIDES
In a stunning political move that shook the foundations of Congressional Hall, the rest of Tofino, and possibly the entirety of the Presidential election cycle, Foley Sakzi announced his candidacy. The current Speaker of the Chamber is one of the most widely respected politicians in Zamastan and in the International Democratic Union, known for his bipartisan work and his charismatic intrigue. Arguably the second most powerful individual in Zamastan, he is also a member of the Blue Conservative Party, which notably shares the membership of President Anya Bishop, who is seeking reelection. The Speaker has famously shut down a number of Bishop’s sponsored bills, sided with liberal members of Congress, and boycotted many senior conservative motions. This notoriety appeals to liberal leaning voters, while still maintaining his conservative values on economic and immigration aspects.

Sakzi has served as the Speaker of the Congress since 2012, and has been serving as a Northern Isle senator since 2008. Before his tenure in politics, he was a corporal in the Zamastanian Armed Forces, seeing action during the Second War in Vulkaria. He was shot in the chest by enemy combatants during the Battle of Amstelveen and critically injured, but recovered and rewarded several medals honoring his bravery and sacrifice during the fighting.

Despite his appeal, Sakzi’s announcement creates a tear in the Conservative base. The conservative party has, until this moment, been banking on President Bishop being their incumbent. Sakzi and Bishop’s rivalry, which became noticeable early on in her administration, is bound to intensify, as President Bishop faces some of the lowest approval ratings of any modern Zamastanian president. Sakzi also faces a growing number of liberal party candidates, including former Speaker Cain Blackwater and Senator Euan Gunn.

The impact of his candidacy announcement was seen quickly on social media, with many conservative politicians endorsing Sakzi within the first several hours, and news stations quickly painting him as the “Savior of the Conservative Party”. Sakzi is bound to realize his appeal to both sides of the political spectrum, and this will likely direct his strategy for navigating the voters in the next year and three months before election day.

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5571 | In the News: Speaker Foley Sakzi - Samuel Divian Interview
Full Transcript: Samuel Divian Interview with Speaker of The Chamber, Foley Sakzi
Speaker of the Chamber and Presidential Candidate Foley Sakzi has long been an outspoken critic of news and mainstream networks, conservative and liberal alike. His bi-partisanship is perhaps what he's most admired for, but it also serves as a way to split himself apart from those who are radically far leaning on either side. Samuel Divian, senior political corespondent at the Tofino Times, sat down with him on Tuesday and discussed a wide range of topics from his humor on the campaign trail, his shots at fellow politicians, his opinions of Presidents current and former, and his criticisms of the news media.

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Regarding Sakzi's Politics and Sense of Humor on the Campaign Trail:

SAKZI: Why don't you show -- do you want to show me doing the voices for all the other people that we do? You want to see my Shuell voice? My Sanctarian voice? Are you suggesting that you and I are the same? Are you suggesting that -- what am I at my highest aspiration and what are you at your highest aspiration? Tell me.

DIVIAN: I think -- honestly, I think you want to be a comedic player.

SAKZI: You are wrong. You're dead wrong. I appreciate what you're saying. Do I want my voice heard? Do I want my voice heard? Absolutely. That's why I got into politics. Am I a comedian in your mind, an ideological partisan comedian?

DIVIAN: Yes.

SAKZI: OK. Then I disagree with you. You can't understand because of the world you live in that there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change because that's the soup you swim in. I appreciate that. I understand that. It reminds me of, you know -- you know, ideological regimes. They can't understand that there is free media other places. Because they receive marching orders.

DIVIAN: How do you explain me? Do you think I get my marching orders?

SAKZI: I think that you are here in some respects to bring a credibility and an integrity to an organization that might not otherwise have it, without your presence. So, you are here as a counterweight to Frankilun, let's say, or a counterweight to Jamnus Becken, because otherwise, it's just pure talk radio and it doesn't establish the type of political player it wants to be.


Regarding Sakzi's Criticism of the News Media in Regards to Bias:
DIVIAN: How do you explain the fact that they would do that? Would ask the readers to help them go through the Bishop e-mails -- inconsequential as they turned out to be --

SAKZI: Right.

DIVIAN: -- but they never said help us go through the 2,000 pages of the Castovia health care bill?

SAKZI: Because I think their bias is towards sensationalism and laziness. I wouldn't say it's towards a liberal agenda. It's light fluff. So, it's absolutely within the wheelhouse. I mean, if your suggestion is that they are relentlessly partisan and why haven't they gone and backed away from Gough? Now, they jumped into the Gough pool -- so, with such delight and relish, because the bias --

DIVIAN: Some things are indefensible.

SAKZI: -- the bias of the mainstream media -- oh, I'm not saying it's defensible, but the bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5572 | In the News: Congress Approves Aid Package to Lauchenoiria
Congressional Hall Agrees to Z$3.8 Billion Relief Package for Lauchenoiria

Congressional Hall on Wednesday signed a Z$3.8 billion relief and recovery package that includes billions for infrastructure repair and replacement. The “CDRP 34.09 Supplemental Appropriations for Lauchenoiria Relief Act of 2019," according to a Congressional press release, includes Z$3.3 billion for the Lauchenoirian Government to repair damage caused by the 2018 Civil War and natural disasters during the last three years, as well as to invest in resiliency and flood protection projects. The Department of Defense has been allocated Z$207 million to help repair or rebuild damaged military installations, with Z$100 million set aside for facilities damaged during weather following the conflict.

A spokesperson for the package agreement stated that the Zamastanian Armed Forces would assist in providing food, medicine, housing materials, reopening roads, draining flooded streets and residential areas, repairing electricity networks, spraying insecticides for post-flood pest control, and providing shelter for displaced Lauchenoirians. The package will go into effect on Sunday, June 16th following the national Lauchenoirian parliamentary elections.

The announcement of the package formulation comes after Laeral's government announced its' own relief package to Lauchenoiria. Their aid package will serve to provide "a variety of goods to Lauchenoiria, including assistance in rebuilding the education system, foodstuffs, medicines, and construction supplies for physical rebuilding", according to Les Couloirs. Laeral was one of the participating members in the coalition during the civil war. While Laeralian troops withdrew under the Haven Accords, the Laeralian government faced heavy criticism for not 'cleaning up its mess'. Much of the current aid to Lauchenoiria is coming from Shuell, a nation which did not partake in the war, and Sanctaria, who has occupied SDF forces in Lauchenoiria since the war ended.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5573 | In the News: Lauchenoirian Constitution
Lauchenoiria Begins Roll Out for New Constitutional Draft

Almost one year after the disastrous civil war that divided a country, split alliances throughout the International Democratic Union, and resulted in thousands of deaths that eventually ceased with the signing of the Haven Accords in Sanctaria, the nation is getting ready to release a new constitution. Part of the extensive agreements within the Haven Accords mandated that the government form a new constitution in place of the flawed, communist favoring one that, in its execution, indirectly led to the events prompting the war. With Lauchenoiria’s parliamentary elections due for Sunday, June 16th, it is expected that following the results of that day, an additional vote will be scheduled for the constitution.

As the Interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera recently said, “this is the beginning of a new chapter in Lauchenoiria, and I hope one where we can all come together and move on from the things that have divided us in the past. I hope this new constitution will mark a new era of cooperation in Lauchenoirian politics, and that we can finally put the war behind us.” With her endorsement, the Tofino Times provides an overview of what the new constitution holds.

Experts familiar with the subject say that the document will deviate away from the 1952 version, which was heavily criticized by opponents of communism. Amendments were added in 1993 which allowed for the creation of non-communist political parties and limited private enterprise. The current draft is expected to expand upon these ideals, as well as introduce extensive new measures. It is also expected to pass without much further alteration, would increase the size of the federal parliament to 360 MPs from the original 120.

One of the important things added to the constitution mandates that elections on the national level will take place every four years, widely expanding the chance for power shifts within a more democratic opening. The new constitution also expands upon individualistic rights, granting provinces more regional powers and rights separated from the federal government.

This will be essential to the province of Aeluria, which has long been at the focus of an independence movement. Earlier this year, they were at the forefront of the attention of the IDU as a result of their referendum which resulted in their remaining with Lauchenoiria. The opportunity for an independence referendum will be granted to other provinces as well, which is something that has been widely marked as popular in Yervia. However, it has historically been an issue of controversy on the island of Aeluria. Interim Prime Minister Keitha Noguera, who is a former leader of the Aelurian Independence Party, has supported the measure being added to the constitution.

Among the most controversial aspects of the new constitution are the electoral processes and devolution. This issue apparently “took the longest to be agreed by all parties,” according to the Lauchenoirian Guardian. “Other aspects were almost universally agreed – including enshrining the rights of groups such as ethnic minorities, disabled people and members of the LGBT+ community in the new constitution.”

Other changes:

In reference to the use of Tobacco and Drug products:

“The prohibition of all tobacco products and other recreational drugs has been removed from the constitution – though it is expected the federal parliament will pass other legislation to keep such things illegal, at least for the time being.”

In reference to religious and private schools:

“The removal of the clause prohibiting religious schooling. The specific reference to schooling was indeed removed, but the commitment to secular government remains, ensuring state-funded schools remain free from religion, but permitting the formation of religious private schools.”

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5578 | In the News: Lauchenoirian Election
Lauchenoirian Election
Conservative Party Takes 11 Seats
Liberals Lose 11 but Remain Dominant
Alberto Causer and Alex Marwick Advance to Second Stage

In a night full of big gains and big losses, perhaps the most notable was that of the communist party. Once the leadership and majority in a highly controversial nation, the communists lost 22 seats and were moved from their original standing of second in the polls to fourth by the end of the night. Their presidential candidate also finished in fifth place, marking a certain difficulty in any attempt to regain significant power in the coming second round. The liberal party also took a significant fall of 11, but held onto the dominant lead with 31 total seats.

In terms of victories, the conservatives mustered an additional 11 seats and took a second place standing, a result that Zamastanian electoral experts had not expected in light of domestic conservative policies plaguing the current Zamastanian political spectrum. The Lauchenoirian Conservative Presidential candidate, Alberto Causer, finished in first. Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance candidate Alex Marwick finished second, which set the stage for the duo to face off in the June 30th election.

If the liberals plan to form any government in the coming weeks, they will likely have to merge with additional political parties. The Conservative Party displayed a willingness to merge with the liberals, which is bound to benefit their standing due to the potential bi-partisanship on the table.

The fear of Kerlian interference and ties greatly hindered the progress of both the Social Democratic Party and the Feminist Party. Both parties lost all of their seats (2 and 6 respectively), and their presidential candidates both were at the end of the polls, with their votes coming in at less than 1% each.

The Left Alliance, winning 12 seats, were undeniable winners. Previous to this election, they had a total of zero seats. Their strategy aimed to attract Communist voters who wanted to separate themselves from the chaos of their party during the election season. The increase in Left Alliance votes, however, does not show the overall growth in popularity of capitalism in Lauchenoiria.

The Aelurian Independence Party (AIP) lost half of its seats, while the pro-independence and pro-Spanish language Partido Anarquista de Yervia (Anarchist Party of Yervia, PAY) gained seats for representation in parliament. Possibly as a result of their failed bid at independence in March, the AIP dropped to two seats. In the meantime, the Anarchist Party of Yervia gained their first seats.

In perhaps the most shocking twist of the night, Liberal Party candidate Nina Pond only very narrowly lost a dictatorial placing in the second round to Alex Marwick. Her loss coincided with a dramatic drop in liberal seats. Marwick is a popular figure in Lauchenoiria, and his name recognition during the civil war likely was more attributable than Pond's. With the two candidates sharing similar ideologically, many voters supported Marwick in place of Pond.

The second round of the election will see Alberto Causer face off against Alex Marwick, and will take place on the 30th June.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5579 | In the News: Another Scandal in President Bishop's Administration
Bishop's Staff Under Investigation for Congressional Wiretapping Allegations

President Anya Bishop's staff is being investigated by the Zamastanian Intelligence Service in relation to the agency's probe into 2020 election fraud. Whether it will discover any damning evidence that creates another ethics crisis in the Presidential arena is the looming question, now that former Chief of Staff Emily Miranda has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The Congressional Hall agreed to not interfere with the federal investigation until all trials and sentences were completed, when Miranda and several others were arrested in January. While they have opened investigations into some of the alleged repeat offenders, they have not begun looking into any of the other several dozen officials who were at least mentioned during the Delavian Bribary trials.

It’s up to the Z.I.S. if and when it wants to investigate all of the programs named in an extensive wire-tapping probe from the Zian Presidential Mansion into Congressional Leadership, including Speaker Foley Sakzi. It stands to reason that if the Mansion wants to keep its version of amateurism in place, it has to at least look at some of the other programs, and if it looks at one, it would most likely have to look at all.

“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures in our staff's conduct that must be fixed and fixed now if we want free politics in Zamastan. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in our real world,” Bishop said in a statement. “They are an affront to all those who play by the rules.”

There is concern in Congressional Hall that the names of Miranda and former congressman Cormac Hammer in the court transcripts could put the greatest political scandal in Zamastanian history — the Delavian Bribary Scandal — in danger of being stricken by yet another scandal from the string of conservative party presidents.

But that’s up to the Speaker himself, like the cases of Castovia, Cairo Gough, and Tauren Delavian, among dozens of others. President Castovia was linked to the congressional probe when it was claimed that he accepted an excessive gift by Tauren Delavian, the CEO of ZSuites Inc., and former congressman Cormac Hammer was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison for wiretapping President Castovia illegally.

The Congress and Z.I.S. are already looking into four scandals involving President Bishop or her staff, and it seems that if it opens a new investigation anytime soon, it will start with her Chief of Staff, Aya Booth. Booth’s voice was caught on wiretap discussing offers and potential money to be paid to potential staff, which led to a suspension when she refused to meet with President Bishop, further adding to speculation that the two do not see eye-to-eye on most politics.

“Look, I sat down with the President and I have answered any and all questions with regards to all of the media reporting and everything that is out there,” Booth told a roomful of reporters after several questions about the wiretap during the spring meetings. “And ultimately that is what got us to where we are today.”

Booth has since been reinstated and apologized, but the Presidential Mansion has operated as if nothing egregious ever happened and publicly supported her.

There has been no word since the mansion cooperated in April. Bishop declined to speak about the matter when approached last week. Cormac pleaded guilty, will serve his time and has to repay Z$522,000 while also facing deportation after his jail sentence concludes (he is a native of United New England but has lived in Zamastan since age 2).

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5584 | In the News: Sakzi Leads with 21 Points | Tariel War Reparations
Sakzi Leads 2020 Candidates by 21 Points, Followed by Blackwater, Bishop, and Gunn

Speaker Foley Sakzi (BCP) is hanging on to the top spot in the 2020 primary field, leading his nearest rival, Leader Cain Blackwater (GLP) by 21 points, according to a Tofino Times poll released Wednesday.

Sakzi notched 53 percent support among likely conservative primary voters in the poll, while President Bishop finished in second place with 17 percent. In first for liberals was Cain Blackwater, who took 32 percent support in the survey. Rounding out the four candidates was Sen. Euan Gunn with 11 percent. The poll is the latest showing some shuffling in the voting field. Blackwater has held the second-place spot behind Sakzi in most public surveys for weeks, but some recent polls have shown Gunn nudging past him.

The poll surveyed 1,500 people, including 1,140 registered voters, in web-based interviews from July 7-9. It has a margin of error of 2.6 percent for the entire sample and 3 percent for registered voters.

The polling data spells further dismay for President Anya Bishop, who has steadily declined in approval rating and her re-election polling numbers since Speaker Sakzi announced his candidacy and called out differences with the President, who is a member of his party.

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Gladysynthian Government: "Zamastan's claims for war reparations should be resolved by int'l court"

The Gladysynthian government rejected Zamastan's claims for Tariel War reparations, saying that they lacked "clear argumentation".

"The position of the Gladysynthia government is justifiable under international law, but by no means mandatory," said the report, which was commissioned by the LaFlaunce administration. The Gladysynthian experts suggested that a decision by an IDU Court of Justice in a neutral state such as Laeral or United New England would create legal clarity over Zamastan's claim to reparations.

However, the experts noted that the Gladysynthian government had to voluntarily agree to such a procedure because the dispute dated back more than 45 years. In April 2019, the Gladysynthian parliament decided to assert its claim for reparations from Gladysynthia, which it estimated were as high as 40 billion Zamastanian dollars, according to the official report. A "verbal note" by the Zamastanian government containing the official request to negotiate reparations has subsequently been submitted to the Gladysyntian government.

The Tariel War began on September 24th, 1970, when Gladysynthian forces crossed the Danaska River and seized portions of the Tariel Heights, and ended after 32 days of fighting on October 25th when Zamastanian forces pushed them back over the river. Zamastan suffered heavy casualties in the first week of fighting, including airstrikes which killed hundreds of civilians in border towns and the city of Providence. Gladysynthian forces also reportedly committed numerous war-crimes by using chemical weapons on Zamastanian soldiers, resulting in dozens of deaths and thousands of life-long injuries. Every President since Marvin Gaviria has appealed for reparations, but each administration has failed to recieve the Z$ 40 billion.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5591 | In the News: Fondaden Named in De-classified Bjeorg Documents
Secretary of Defense Fondaden under Scrutiny over Uncovered 1991 Bjeorg Campaign
Secretary of State Curtis Fondaden is at the pin point of a fresh controversy for the Bishop administration, though this time, the controversy stems back nearly 30 years. The details of newly de-classified documents show that Zamastanian special forces involved in the backing of the Libertas Omnium Maximus government during the 1991 Bjeorg Revolution possibly committed a series of atrocities, including the illegal detainment of civilians and torture methods against captured enemy combatants. Digging deeper into the controversy, Secretary Fondaden, at the time a twenty year old sergeant, is mentioned on page 32, sec. 12S, as having commanded a squad that participated in the killings of six captured enemy combatants.

The declassified documents come after months of back and forths in the Congressional Hall over the release of several thousand classified materials containing sensitive topics in relation to Zamastanian special forces operations and Z.I.S. operations approved during the Cassious Castovia administration. President Zacharias Castovia, the former's son and successor, approved the release of 56 documents in January, 2019, before his resignation. Those documents highlighted domestic operations against the Free Pahlan Insurgency, which was an armed resistance movement aiming to secede a sliver of coastline from the Zamastanian government. That group provided illegally smuggled weapons and bomb making materials to the rebel forces operating in LOM during the 1991 uprising. Upon President Anya Bishop's inauguration, she released an additional 4 documents, one of which narrated President Cassious Castovia's approval to authorize the use of force and covert air-raids, some of which were recorded to have resulted in civilian deaths under current war crimes laws. The civilian deaths recorded in the documents state that those killed never exceeded 60 individuals, though the number is still significant in relation to the amount of special forces killed over the course of the conflict.

Fondaden will no doubt face a congressional subpeona fight, as liberal and conservatives alike will be interested in finding out more about the covert use of special forces and the release of even more classified materials. Speaker Sakzi said as much during a campaign rally in Abagene on Wednesday morning: "I know the Zamastanian people want to learn from the past, and how can we create reparations for our standing in the IDU if we don't know the extent of our misdeeds? President Bishop should declassify the remaining 15,092 documents and allow for a congressional subpeona without needing us to go through the voting process. Otherwise, she is complicit in hiding something."

Secretary Fondaden has served since 2016 under President Zacharias Castovia. As secretary, he most notably oversaw and advised Castovia on military operations in Danaska during the Gladysynthia Crisis. He has also overseen special operations and commands against terror organizations in Vulkaria.

Before serving as the Secretary of Defense, he was a member of the Zamastanian Armed Forces, serving in the infantry during the First War in Vulkaria, deployed in the later stage of the war in 1988. He saw action in several operations which awarded him numerous awards from the military. The documents provided in the declassified materials show his involvement in the Bjeorg Campaign. He progressed through the ranks and was back in combat as a general in the Second War in Vulkaria. He eventually was promoted by President Cassious Castovia to that of three-star general. He oversaw the rest of combat operations and the removal of Zamastanian troops as the war concluded in 2005. He continued to serve in his military position before accepting Zacharias Castovia's nomination. He has also continued under the current Bishop administration.

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VOL. XXXII .. Num. 5592 | In the News: Former Speaker Lultquist Announces Presidential Candidacy
Shauna Lultquist Announces 2020 Bid
Shauna Lultquist, a member of the Libertarian House of Zamah S'tan who served as the youngest elected Speaker of the Chamber from 1994-96 at the age of 23, announced her candidacy for President of Zamastan.

Lultquist, the first black woman to enter the 2020 presidential race, the first black woman to run for President, and the first black Speaker of the Chamber, made the announcement at a South Tofino park to a group of enthusiastic onlookers. She simultaneously released a video teasing the formal start of her campaign at a rally this Sunday in Providence, Lultquist’s birthplace and the city that cultivated her political rise.

"The Zamastanian public wants a fighter, and they want someone that's going to fight like heck for them and not fight based on self-interest, and I'm prepared to do that,” Lultquist said Wednesday morning.

Lultquist will base her campaign in Providence, with a second office in Arinals, according to her aides. The bi-metropolitan arrangement gives them a foothold in two diverse cities and will allow the campaign to be close to Tofino where it can be on the Western time zone.

Among her first decisions will be to reject corporate money and super donation activity, the aides said. The question has become an early litmus test for what’s expected to eventually be a sprawling field with a record number of women. President Anya Bishop is already running for re-election, and Conservative Capitalist Senator Lacy Brennan is working with an exploratory committee. Other women, including Conservative Capitalist Sen. Parris Lu, could also jump in.

Lultquist also counts a trio of family members among her closest confidants: Her husband, Monneet, an attorney whom she married in 2000; her sister, Patricia, and her brother in law, Yeold. Lultquist’s announcement on Tomias Hapson day was steeped in symbolism: Hapson was the first President of Zamastan and, to this day, the only black person elected President. Her aides said the purple-and-yellow color scheme for Lultquist’s campaign logo was inspired by former Elene Abotsford, whose 1972 run for president was the first by a woman from a major political party, as well as the first and only Libertarian elected President. Lultquist’s video outlines the theme of her candidacy: “For the People.”

“Truth. Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren’t just words. They’re the values we as Zamastanian's cherish. And they’re all on the line now,” Lultquist, a 48-year-old Libertarian, says in the direct-to-camera video. “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our Zamastanian values.

“That’s why I’m running for President. I’m running to lift those voices. To bring our voices together.”

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