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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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Saturday, May 18th, 2019
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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