The Tofino Times

National Newswires - Information from YOUR nation! [In-Character]
User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:52 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Thursday, November 21st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Naval Standoff
BREAKING NEWS
NAVY SENDS TWO SHIPS TO PATROL OUTSIDE XIOMERAN WATER TERRITORY
President Sakzi Says the Ships Will Not Breach Boundary, But Will Remain On High Alert
Image

The Zamastanian Navy is strengthening its presence in the Southern Xiomeran Sea by deploying two Jarrus-class ships specializing in near-shore operations. This deployment of the littoral combat ships suggested that the Zamastanian strategy had switched from reconnaissance and deterrence to increasing its attack capability, a Tofino-based think tank said.

The ZMS Gideon Line left Kelowna's Lauri naval base on a mission on November 15, according to ship tracking information, while the ZMS Tomery conducted a joint operation with two other Zamastanian warships that were already in the region.

Both ships were active in the waterways east of Xiomera and Eiria, one of the world's busiest shipping routes, where Xiomera's claims over the waters conflicted with Zamastan earlier this week in an incident involving near-collisions and flyby's of naval jets. Zamastan has been condemned by many nations internationally for what was deemed a hostile breach of territory, while politicians on both sides of thought in Zamastan support President Sakzi's assertion that the navy did nothing wrong.

The increase of naval presence comes right after Xiomera deployed several new anti-ship variants of the XM-350 intermediate-range ballistic missile. The missiles were announced earlier this month as part of the Xiomeran "Defense 2020" plan. The XM-350-M is based on mobile launchers that can be hidden in locations which make it harder for opposing forces to locate and counter-attack. It is unknown whether the two Zamastanian vessels is in response to the missile systems.

Zamastan has frequently sent warships past the Xiomeran waters in what it describes as "freedom of navigation" operations for decades, though Monday's breach was the first time in several years that the warships of the two differing navies interacted.

Secretary of Defense Curtis Fondaden said on Thursday that Zamastan was conducting more patrols in the Southern Xiomeran Sea to send a signal to Xiomera.

Zamastan "rejects attempts by any nation to use coercion or intimidation to advance international interests at the expense of others," he said during a visit to the 2nd Fleet, which has anchored at the Holish Islands, the only Zamastanian controlled territory overseas.

He also urged nations with territory near Xiomera to assert their sovereign rights to put Xiomera "on the right path."

"The clear signal that we're trying to send is not that we oppose Xiomera per se, but that we all stand for international rules and international laws and that we think Xiomera should abide by them as well," Fondaden said.

Most vessels used in previous freedom of navigation missions were guided-missile destroyers or cruisers.

But littoral combat ships have unique advantages in the region, according to a report by the Southern Xiomeran Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, a think tank affiliated with Zamastan Southwest University's Institute of Ocean Research.

The report said the ships' low draught gave them better access to shallow waters, which would help the effort to carry out reconnaissance missions in the scattered reefs of the Xiomeran waters. Their fast speed — up to 50 knots — was also an advantage in freedom of navigation missions, the report said.

Thanks to their modular design, the ships can also quickly switch to carrying out combat missions or anti-mine and anti-submarine operations.

Image
Above: ZMS Gideon Line fires a Naval Strike Missile during routine tests

At the start of October, the ships being deployed test-fired naval strike missiles, each with a range of over 100 nautical miles (185 km or 115 miles) — the first test of the stealth missile in the region.

The ships' deployment represented a subtle change in the Navy's strategy in the Southern Xiomeran Sea, suggesting that commanders were starting to focus on practical ways to improve their strike capability in the region by "proactively seeking military deterrence and preparing for potential military conflicts," the report said.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:38 pm


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Naval Standoff
BREAKING NEWS
ZAMASTANIAN JETS INTERCEPT LEGIONAS' 3RD FLEET
Legionas Ships Were Patrolling International Waters in South Xiomeran Sea
Image
A Zamastanian Zian-3R attack aircraft makes a low-altitude pass by LN Illustrious, November 22nd, 2019.

Zamastanian jets performed a fly-by of the Legionas 3rd Fleet, which was performing patrols in the South Xiomeran Sea at the helm of Xiomeran tensions with Zamastan. The jets at one point came within 30 feet of the flagship- LN Illustrious.

Tensions between Xiomera and Zamastan are high after a dangerous encounter between the Zamastanian 2nd Fleet and Xiomeran security ships, and the intervening period had seen an increase in the number of uncomfortable and even unsafe encounters between forces. Zamastan has been condemned by many nations in the IDU. Shen, Rhand, and Xiomera are now conducting joint-military exercises in response.

Images posted by the Legionas Navy shows how close the jets flew to their ships. While military law does not specifically state encounters and distance from differing navies in international waters, the incident is another in a spat of encounters that has put Zamastan on the edge of criticism on the world stage. In what has been interpreted as a dangerous escalation of military prowess by the Zamastanian Navy, polls from Zamastanian citizens shows that the public is generally content with their current state.

Even Cain Blackwater, liberal candidate for President and historical opponent to President Foley Sakzi, has stated his support for the military's actions.

"It's about time that our military begins to stand up for itself and doesn't get pushed around again. I commend President Sakzi, something that is rare for me to do mind you, for his unrelenting prowess in these times."

The flybys occurred during a routine Legionas fleet refueling, and the fleet is comprised of 38 ships total, including two aircraft carriers.

There were four Zamastanian planes involved in the flyby.

Image

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:03 pm


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Naval Standoff
BREAKING NEWS
Navy Successfully Conducts Test Launch of New Anti-Ship Missile
Test comes nearly week after Xiomera tested their own "ship-killer" vessel
Image
The Navy's new A-99 Anti-Ship Missile launches from the ZMS Hushdan

Zamastan has successfully tested their newest generation of Anti-Ship missile systems in response to what President Sakzi, Speaker of the Chamber Maxwell, GLP Leader Blackwater, and many other prominent Zamastanian politicians have described as a dangerous escalation of military activity across North-east Catica. This all comes nearly a week after a close encounter between the 2nd Fleet and Xiomeran security ships and furthering tensions, including a Xiomeran missile test of their own and a Zamastanian flyby of Legionas ships just yesterday.

While the A-99 anti-ship missile system has been public knowledge for a few months, today's test is the first demonstration of the weapon. The A-99, (dubbed the "Peregrine") designation, is mostly reserved for Zamastan's many types of ballistic missiles, which arc high into the atmosphere before plunging down at tremendous speeds. It has a range of about 2000-3000 km [1242-1864 miles] and is mainly designed for "big targets at sea", according to Secretary of Defense Fondaden, saying that the targets mentioned "almost certainly means aircraft carriers.”

"This missile will be efficient for attacking large enemy surface ships and high-value targets such as communications and command hubs," said Fondaden.

The test was carried out on ships off the coast of Zamastan, though it has been confirmed by the navy that the missiles are already being transported and installed for naval forces operating in and around the South Xiomeran Sea.

As the international community condemns Zamastan and labels it as the aggressor in the tensions in the South Xiomeran Sea, President Sakzi has remained stubborn against those criticisms.

President Sakzi spoke at length on Saturday, "I ran very publicly about a Zamastan-first policy. This includes the defense of our nation's military and for our security. I don't care about the condemnations, and as we've seen, my constituents in Congressional Hall as well as the Zamastanian people agree that we are in the right. This is about us - our nation."

Green Liberal Party Leader Cain Blackwater even stated his support behind the President on Saturday, saying "Sakzi, despite our differences, is right in this instance. We can't be pushed around. Seeing the Empire of Shen and Rhand join forces against us with Xiomera is a breech of our trading partnership with both of them and our alliance is clearly for not."

Online, pictures and hashtags in support of the military have reached top trending, including postings from Senator Euan Gunn and Leanne Dale - two outspoken critics and opponents of President Sakzi;
Image
Image
Image

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:53 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Sunday, November 24th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: ONGOING TENSIONS
BREAKING NEWS
"Aurora Program" Includes Zamastan as a Target
Lauchenorian Media Leaks Classified Kerlian Information on Secret Program
Image

Lauchenoirian news media has leaked reports of multiple extensive attempts by the Matriarchy of Kerlile to undertake covert spy operations in numerous nations across the International Democratic Union. Multiple anonymous sources inside the governments of Kerlile and Lauchenoiria are confirming scores of sleeper agents have been sent from Kerlile into Lauchenoiria, Shuell, Laeral, Libertas Omnium Maximus, Eiria, Zamastan, Trive, Essena, Shen, Gardavasque and Anglia-Saxia. While the nature of specific missions by these sleeper agents are not known, there are fears that they may be programmed and trained to carry out terrorist acts. The Council of Kerlile denied any knowledge of the so-called “Aurora Programme” and claimed that the news leak was a deliberate attempt by Lauchenoirian Prime Minister Alvarez to discredit the government of Kerlile at a time when reform efforts in the Matriarchy have raised hopes of warming relations between the two nations.

Kirk Faulkman, Director of the Zamastanian Intelligence Service, and Brett Amberson, Director of National Intelligence, released a statement acknowledging the report and also acknowledged that an “Aurora-hunting” task force was being established. The Aurora Program was revealed during a disclosure at the Haven Accords in Sanctaria following the end of the Second Lauchenoirian Civil War.

"We are gravely concerned about these concerns, and ever since the revelations at the Haven Accords, we've had a safety program in place just to be sure. The confirmation provided by these leaks secures our worries. We assure the Zamastanian public - you are safe, we are on it. If there are Aurora agents in Zamastan, they are not safe."

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:42 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: ONGOING TENSIONS
BREAKING NEWS
1st FLEET SAILS THROUGH SOUTH XIOMERAN SEA
Fleet's Presence Increases Military Operations in the Tension Zone
Image

The Zamastanian aircraft carrier strike group, the 1st Fleet under the carrier ZMS Redeemer sailed through the South Xiomeran Sea early on Tuesday morning, Zamastanian officials told The Tofino Times, amid simmering tensions between Xiomera, several Catican nations, and Zamastan. The 2nd Fleet, whose course flared tensions in the region last week, is harbored in the Holish Islands, a Zamastanian territorial military outpost about 2,300 miles south-east of Xiomera.

Tensions in the South Xiomeran Sea have risen since the 2nd Fleet was intercepted by Xiomeran security vessels last week, prompting condemnations against Zamastan from multiple nations. Tofino has acknowledged a navigation error led to the intrusion into Xiomeran waters, but has blamed Xiomera for an excessive and dangerous response that could have turned violent quickly, which Xiomera has denied.

The commander overseeing Zamastanian naval forces in the South Xiomeran Sea told TTT last week that he would send an additional aircraft carrier through the critical waterway if needed.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Navy said the Redeemer transited into the Sea.

About a fifth of the world’s trade passes through the South Xiomeran Sea.

Zamastan has deployed thousands of additional military forces in the South Xiomeran Sea aboard the 2 fleets, including bombers and air defense personnel, to act as a deterrent against what Tofino says is provocative Xiomeran behavior.

Also on Tuesday, the Zamastanian military released a report that said Xiomera is likely to procede with more military drills with Shen and Rhand, and may be participating in an exchange of fighter jets and battle tanks from those two nations.

The report said that Xiomera was already in discussions with Shen, and Rhand to a lesser extent, to buy and sell military hardware.

The nearly 120-page report by the Defense Department's Intelligence Agency detailed Xiomeran military strategy and capabilities.

According to the report, Xiomera has and will continue to deploy increasing numbers of more accurate and lethal ballistic missiles in the future and field new land-attack cruise missiles. And over the next decade, Xiomera's military could consider taking part in multilateral peace-keeping missions and building permanent bases in allied countries, the report said.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:47 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Apartment Explosion
BREAKING NEWS
4 Killed in Apartment Complex Explosion
Suspected Suicide Behind Explosion In Military Family Housing in Duncan
Image

Police confirm four people are dead and others remain unaccounted for following an explosion and collapse at a military families apartment complex in Duncan, fire officials announced Wednesday night.

Sources tell The Tofino Times that an explosion and subsequent 3-alarm fire erupted at just past 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Duncan Branch Apartments in the 8700 block of Siruny Ave. in Duncan, Redeemer's Land. Officials say that there was some sort of raid or warrant being undertaken by authorities on a resident of the apartment complex. Two of the deceased are Z.I.S. agents, one is a resident of the floor below where the explosion occurred, while the other remains unidentified at the moment. There are reports saying that the explosions may have been set by a suspect who committed suicide during the apparent raid.

Witnesses describe hearing a loud “boom” and some residents nearby even reported feeling their homes shake.

Firefighters at Duncan Fire Station 5, about one mile away, say they felt the explosion, and initially thought it was from a transformer.

As of now, 11 people have been injured from the incident and subsequently taken to nearby hospitals. In addition to those 11 citizens, we have learned that three firefighters are also injured.

The injuries range from minor to serious. Injuries that we know of include burns and fractures from those who jumped from windows. The firefighters' injuries are said to be from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.

Temporary shelter for those affected by the explosion has been put into place.

Chief Goldstein says the building explosion did result in one building collapse but says four additional buildings in that unit block are in danger of collapsing.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:47 pm


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Tensions
BREAKING NEWS
Ahead of Shen Military Conference, Zamastan Flexes Naval Might
The Navy sent a Task Force through the South Xiomera Sea and reinforced Troops on Holish Islands
Image

Zamastanian naval forces moved through the South Xiomera Sea once again on Sunday morning with a contingent of five destroyers, three frigates, and five missile cruisers. An additional 400 troops were also deployed at the Holish Islands, Zamastan's territory about 2,300 miles south-east of Xiomera. The escalation comes as the Empire of Shen hosts a conference of "mutual-defense" with nations who have openly opposed Zamastan's actions in the region - some of which have critically expanded their militaries both before and after the events that began the rampant crisis.

"This is merely a deterrent and a show of force, not any preliminary stage to military action," said naval commander Ponnik Oberste. "This is a show authorized by the administrations of Zamastan to reinforce our forces and allies in the region. Xiomera's actions, as well as the now troubling motions by the Empire of Shen are deeply concerning to us."

Sailors aboard the ZMS Ophelia, one of the frigates in the task force, commented to TTT reporters who were joining the fleet to the Holish Islands.

"I'm not looking for a fight anytime soon, but if it comes to it, me and everyone on this boat is ready," said one.

"Depending on what the Shen Empire does today, I guess we'll see how close we are to war by the end of it," another commented.

The Shen Empire's conference is considered "a bad move," according to President Sakzi during a press conference today. The President commented that because the military conference, which is expected to shore up the mutual alliances between Catican nations who are opposed to Zamastan's foreign policy in relation to Xiomera, will cause a major blow to any deliverance of peace promises during the upcoming Peace Mediation Conference in Laeral in the coming days.

"I don't know how the International Democratic Union expects there to be a ceasing of hostilities and a road to peace if there is a continued military build up by Shen and her cronies. They may cite our own actions as a reason for the buildup, but I and many others will argue that we would have no reason to shore up our defenses if they hadn't followed through with such a dangerous move before the Laeral meeting."

The President continued, saying he "supports a pursuit of peace", but will "continue to flex the military force of Zamastan for as long as it takes for Xiomera and Shen to halt their own actions," which are "serving to increase tensions further."

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:09 pm


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Tensions
BREAKING NEWS
Sakzi Praises Legionas Prime Minister Moretti and President Muller Following Withdraw From Sharanfo Conference
Legionas Will No Longer Attend Military Conference In Shen
Image

President Foley Sakzi praised Legionas Prime Minister Moretti and President William Muller after Muller announced that Legionas will not be attending the Sharanfo Conference, and instead will only attend the Maivers Conference in Laeral in order to pursue a peaceful strategy for stability in East Catica.

President Muller urged restraint and common sense to all leaders involved in the current crisis while speaking at the Press Hall at Parliament Square. The announcement came as a surprise for many in Legionas and has led to a visible shifting of power in the current crisis involving the militaries of many nations in the South Xiomera Sea and the Eastern Catican waters. The Legionas announcement leaves Shen and Xiomera with one less viable member of the conference, which some analysts have indicated may mean the crisis will be more fair to both parties when they meet for mediation in Laeral in a few days. The conference in Shen is expected to be delayed due to these developments.

"I commend President Muller and Prime Minister Moretti for their decision today," President Sakzi said. "It greatly furthers their humility and intent for peace, and I believe that this development will greatly improve our relations. I would also like to apologize for the deterioration of relations between our two nations because of this crisis. While I stand behind my nation at every step, I profoundly regret that our actions as a response to the Xiomerans has resulted in such a disappointing freeze in our diplomacy, and for that, I do take responsibility and apologize to Legionas while I thank you."

Sakzi also announced a change in military maneuvers off Legionas' coast: "As a sign of good faith, for the remainder of this crisis, Zamastanian naval vessels will not approach any closer than 100 miles towards the Legionas territorial waters unless requested."

"I have been mandated by Prime Minister Moretti," President Muller said, "to announce the following as he is in Sunemia to discuss various agendas with the Rayana Christson, the Sunemian Prime Minister. The Federation of Legionas, a bastion of democracy and human rights in East Catica, has pulled out from the Sharanfo Conference which is being held in Shen and will only attend the Maivers Conference which is being held in Laeral which we believe is the only conference that has the preservation of peace in the region as the main agenda."

The President was sure to maintain that their efforts would still be focused against Zamastanian agression, though not via a direct military path. "This is not to indicate that we are now backing down from Zamastan. We are simply moving towards peace and greater stability in the region which we do believe can be achieved."

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:01 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Monday, December 2nd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Tensions
BREAKING NEWS
Xiomera and Eiria Pull out of Sharanfo Conference, Following Legionas Withdraw
Sakzi Thanks National Leaders Ahead of Laeral Meeting
Image

President Foley Sakzi praised both the Chancellor of Eiria and the Empress of Xiomera on Monday for deciding to withdraw from the controversial Shen conference ahead of the planned Laeral peace conference.

"I would like to thank both the Eirian Chancellor and the Empress of Xiomera for their decisions to pull out of what would have otherwise been a disastrous conference," Sakzi said in a statement, "and I believe that they truly do want to pursue peace in one way or another. Our differences can be flushed out in further detail once we meet in Maivers in the coming days, but I greatly respect their actions that will ultimately benefit the safety of the civilizations of Catica."

Xiomera withdrew shortly after Legionas' announcement, and Eiria followed suit.

"If no one else is going to attend the conference, there is no point in having it," Empress Yauhmi announced in a statement. The Empress confirmed that Xiomera will consider attending a future conference in Sharanfo, should one be called following the planned talks upcoming in Laeral. Xiomera "will also continue with existing bilateral defense programs with Shen and Kerlile, and will pursue other bilateral and multi-lateral partnerships" regardless of what occurs at the Maivers Conference.

In an apparent sign of displeasure at recent developments from the Palace of Flowers, the Empress also confirmed that she will no longer be attending the conference in Laeral as previously announced. The Empress will instead focus on her upcoming state visit to Legionas, Kerlile and Eiria. Zamastan is expected to watch these trips with close interest as the Empress begins her first international trips since taking the throne.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:23 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Rio Palito Border Arrest
BREAKING NEWS
Man Arrested At Rio Palito-Zamastan Border with Weapons, Ammo, and Explosives in Vehicle
Suspect was Captured After Abandoning His Car at Border Checkpoint
Image

A man was arrested at the Rio Palito-Zamastan border on Tuesday night after a brief standoff which was prompted after he refused to allow officials to inspect his vehicle. Upon his arrest and subsequent inspection of the vehicle, authorities discovered several high-capacity magazine rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and several explosives packed in the doors, trunk, and seats of the car. The suspect, who's identity is being withheld via the request of the Rio Palito government, is in his late twenties and may be associated with a mafia group operating in the casino-famous tax haven nation on Zamastan's southern coastal border.

Authorities say that the requested inspection took place during an hour in which they undertook only random checks to ease traffic flow, and that it was only because of luck that they stopped what could have been "a dangerous terrorist figure from entering Zamastan and possibly carrying out an attack or delivering the vehicle's containment to associates within Zamastan," according to an unnamed border patrol commander. The suspect argued with authorities over the requested check, and attempted to reverse the vehicle, but crashed into a car that was backed up behind his. Authorities then pulled weapons on the suspect, who exited his car and attempted to flee on foot before being tackled by an officer.

The officers found six semi-automatic rifles (which have been banned in most cases in Zamastan since a July Congressional bill passed almost unanimously) in the car, along with 2 pistols, a pump shotgun, and several thousand rounds of ammunition in metal and plastic containers. After isolating the vehicle, authorities also found several explosive ordinances, including explosive powder and grenades packed in compartments inside the car, in areas such as glove boxes, under seats, in the trunk, and even in the wheel wells.

The suspect's destination is unknown at the time being.

Smuggling is a major issue on the Rio Palito-Zamastan border, with authorities acknowledging that illegal drug trades, animal trades, and exotic merchandise are frequently smuggled. However, the rates of smuggling have decreased dramatically in the 21st century after sweeping border control measures in 2002 installed more effective protective measures for border officials and their ability to detect and prevent illegal smuggling.

The Rio Palitos-Zamastan border sees over 100,000 people traveling from either side each day, with many coming from Zamastan into Rio Palitos to experience the nation's tax haven commercialization and shopping districts, as well as the high end casinos and gambling centers in the nation's major cities such as Savona and the capital of San Beausoleil. Zamastan's relaxed immigration policies sees high percentages of refugees and immigrants passing through the border each year from Rio Palito.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:49 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Thursday, December 5th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Legionas PM Visit
BREAKING NEWS
Legionas PM to Visit Zamastan
"I would love to meet Moretti," Says President Sakzi
Image

After several days of tense verbal standoffs stemmed from a literal military one, Prime Minister Moretti of Legionas is scheduled to visit Zamastan. The Prime Minister will be landing in Tofino and will meet with Zamastanian officials, including trade authorities and military leaders. The Zamastanian Ambassador to Legionas extended an invitation to Moretti from President Foley Sakzi, who requested to meet with him at the Zian Presidential Mansion for a lunch and discussion, as well as a welcoming ceremony normally set aside for esteemed state guests.

"I would love to meet Moretti," the President said today. "He's shown great prowess and leadership during his tenure and despite our differences, I've always appreciated the work he and his administration have done. Legionas has never been Zamastan's enemy, but though we are allies, we haven't necessarily been considered strong allies. I understand the position our navy put Legionas in several days ago, and I greatly appreciate Moretti's continued work to put it behind us. His actions in withdrawing from the Shen conference points towards his commitment to peace, and I regret that our current undertakings in the South Xiomera Sea brought our two nations to an unwanted tension."

The President was also asked about what the two world leaders would discuss. The President responded by saying the two would likely keep to a civil discourse and only mention the strengthening of relations rather than linger on the current military tensions underway in the Catican continental waters.

"Well, Prime Minister Moretti has his policies and I have mine. I hope to discuss bi-lateral energy and trade agreements. Oil is a great interest to both our regions, and Zamastan's offshore drilling is open, of course, to corporate cooperation. Legionas also has a large energy sector that we'd like to work in tandem with, so hopefully we can build off our already existing networks."

"As for the military status, I've already announced the new policies our navy has in regards to traversing Legionas waters - no less than 100 miles off their waters, which puts our ships on a longer course around Catica and thus is using more fuel, and I think that's a pretty considerate concession for the events of November 22nd."

Sakzi was referring to the November 22nd flybys of the Legionas fleet by three Zamastanian fighter jets. The event escalated already heated tensions and resulted in PM Moretti's condemnation of Zamastan and a heated exchange between several world leaders. After the Prime Minister withdrew from the military conference in Shen, Sakzi applauded the Legionas leader and apologized for the event. Following Legionas' lead, Xiomera and Eiria also withdrew. All nations are expected to meet in Laeral regardless.

The President was also asked about whether Zamastanian naval vessels would continue to perform the maneuvers that have been criticized by many nations in the South Xiomera Sea.

"No, they have been ordered to only move according to strategic refueling and positioning. They are to avoid maneuvers that may be deemed dangerous, we understand the serious nature of what has occurred. With that said, however, we are not backing down from the assertion that the Xiomerans greatly exaggerated the seriousness of the crisis. The 1st and 2nd Fleets will remain in the region, but they are to remain stationary. The Holish Islands are serving as a semi-permanent refueling and supply location for the fleets as the alternate positions."

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

User avatar
Zamastan
Cabinet Minister
Posts: 382
Joined: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:00 am
Location: Minnesota

Re: The Tofino Times

Post by Zamastan » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:22 am


Zamastan | World - IDU | Politics | Economy | Opinion
The Tofino Times
Click Here to Visit The Tofino Times Website
Sunday, December 8th, 2019
VOL. XXXII .. Num. 6320 | In the News: Farhen Brooks
BREAKING NEWS
Vulkarian President Farhen Brooks Meets With President Sakzi
The Two Discussed Vulkaria's Ongoing Civil Conflict, Trade, and the Xiomera Crisis
Image

The Vulkarian President, Farhen Brooks, met with President Foley Sakzi at the Zian Presidential Mansion on Sunday afternoon after sitting in on several hours of meetings with politicians in Congressional Hall. The Vulkarian leader, who has been commended internationally for his economic and civil policies but widely criticized for his handling of a rebel insurgency which has left thousands dead and tens of thousands more injured, met with Sakzi to discuss the ongoing insurgency, trade, and the Xiomera crisis.
"President Brooks is a friend to the Zamastanian people and to the wider international community," President Sakzi said during their bilateral press meeting. "The allegiances to the safety and smooth transitions of international trade through the Strait of Vulkaria in 2012 assured a greater economic boom for every nation in the world, regardless of belief."

"As for myself and the Vulkarian people," Brooks said, "we are forever grateful to the Zamastanian people and their brave men and women in the armed forces. They've come to our aid time and time again."

Zamastan has sent forces to Vulkaria numerous times throughout history, most famously from 1982-1991 in the First War in Vulkaria, and in 1999-2005 in the Second War in Vulkaria. Those wars combined killed nearly 60,000 Zamastanian soldiers, and it is estimated that upwards of 3 million civilians perished in both wars. The Malvarian Liberation Front (M.L.F.), classified as a terrorist group by most nations in the IDU, is an ever-present force in Vulkaria to this day, according to Zamastanian Defense officials.

In May 2019, President Anya Bishop halted Zamastan's support airstrike campaign in Vulkaria, which had been ongoing since October 2017. The move was heavily criticized, especially since the rebel insurgency had begun making dramatic gains in territory before and after the halt. Zamastan's current status in Vulkaria is limited to protective ground forces for Zamastanian interests.

See full article here: https://zkcastor.wixsite.com/thetofinotimes

Post Reply