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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:29 am

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Xiomeran journalists charged with attempted arson over embassy attack
22nd August 2019

Two Xiomeran journalists, Tlixō and Xōne, were arrested and charged with attempted arson on Wednesday over an attack on the Xiomeran embassy which took place on the 8th August. The two Xiomerans are accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the front door of the embassy, and a brick through the window. They were arrested at Buttercity International Airport while attempting to board a flight out of the country.

The two journalists are wanted by Xiomera for running a pirate media outlet critical of the Xiomeran government, and for treason. Lauchenoiria earlier rejected a request by Xiomera for the extradition of the two journalists, on the grounds that the warrants submitted did not meet the requirement for extradition to a country with the death penalty. Foreign Minister Sandra Pavía has also alleged that the Lauchenoirian government considered the charges against the journalists to be political.

It has been reported that the two journalists had boarded a flight to Xiomera when they were taken off the aircraft before departure and detained. It is thought that they were attempting to return due to the Xiomerans having arrested family members and friends of all Huenyan News Network (HNN) journalists operating outside of Xiomera – including the two in Lauchenoiria, and others in Laeral and Zamastan.

Foreign Minister Sandra Pavía is set to meet with Xiomeran Ambassador to Lauchenoiria Chēmā this evening to discuss the situation. It is expected that the ambassador will ask Lauchenoiria to return the two journalists, however it is unlikely that their request will be honoured. Following the extradition of Shuellian national Peter Bloch and the death of Kerlian Jasmine Eddington in a plane crash on her way to Sanctaria, it is unlikely the Lauchenoirian government will be willing to extradite any more individuals, especially in controversial cases.

The two Xiomerans are expected to face trial for attempted arson in a Lauchenoirian court, which can lead to up to 10 years in prison. A date for the trial has not been set, however this is expected to be announced in the coming days.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:17 pm

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Alvarez calls Xiomeran trade boycott “childish”, vows not to respond
24th August 2019

Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez today released a statement calling a boycott of Lauchenoirian goods by the Good Citizens’ League of Xiomera “immature and childish”, and stating that Lauchenoiria would not be responding to the boycott. This comes after Lauchenoiria refused another request by Xiomera to extradite two journalists wanted in Xiomera for treason.

A number of Lauchenoirian companies, goods and services have been added to a boycott list by a group called the Good Citizens’ League of Xiomera, a “patriotic citizens’ group” which encourages Xiomerans to support their authoritarian government. The boycott list originally contained only Zamastanian goods, a response to Zamastan sanctioning Xiomera after similar extradition requests were sent to Zamastan for more journalists.

The initial sanctions and boycott began an escalating series of trade disputes, dragging in both Kerlile and Trive, and having a considerable negative impact on the nations involved. Many have called the ongoing conflict a ‘trade war’ – and the participants have been condemned for their actions. The ambassadors from the four nations to Sanctaria were summoned towards the start of the month and told to “get their act together”. The participants were also urged by Alvarez to seek a “peaceful and prompt solution”.

Alvarez said in her statement that she considered the boycott to be a childish act, and accused the Xiomeran government of encouraging the action. She insisted, however, that Lauchenoiria would not respond, claiming that “escalating the situation will do far more harm than good to the people of both Lauchenoiria and Xiomera”. She has asked Lauchenoirians to continue to buy Xiomeran goods as normal.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:44 am

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Protests outside Xiomeran embassy over Manauia Island development plans
28th August 2019

Environmental protestors gathered outside the Xiomeran Embassy in Buttercity today to protest plans by the Xiomeran government to open Manauia Island, a protected nature reserve, to development. Until now, development on the island has been forbidden and the number of visitors to the island per year limited to 2000. The Xiomeran government recently announced plans to change this.

Approximately 200 people gathered today outside the Xiomeran Embassy in Lauchenoiria to protest the decision, claiming it would lead to an unacceptable level of biodiversity loss and have a detrimental impact on the environment, as well as harming the native inhabitants of the island. Organisers of the protest have said they will return “weekly” until the Xiomeran government reverses their decision.

Opponents of development on the island say it is home to a “pristine” environment, and has an incredible biodiversity which would be put at risk with development. They worry that development would lead to massive forest fires and the mass extinction of species only found on the island. They also worry that the culture of the indigenous Teyatia people would be put at risk with the influx of visitors.

When contacted for comment, the Xiomeran Secretariat of International Affairs told the Lauchenoirian Guardian: "The Manauia Island Project will benefit both the residents of the island and the greater international community by bringing infrastructure and development, and increasing economic opportunity. We believe these protests are meant to hold Xiomera back under the guise of 'environmentalism'. Furthermore, as Manauia Island is sovereign Xiomeran territory, we do not recognize or accept foreign interference in what is an internal Xiomeran matter."

Green Party leader Lucie Scott was not present at the protests, however has voiced her support of them, calling on the Xiomeran government to rethink the decision. “At a time when the environment is in such great danger globally, it is important for every government to consider the environmental impact of their policies. The economic opportunities this development would create are not worth the damage that could be done.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:11 pm

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Élia Agramunt to replace Javier Flynn as leader of the Communist Party
30th August 2019

The Lauchenoirian Communist Party have selected Élia Agramunt as their new leader at the party’s conference held today in Melissa City. Agramunt, who previously led the Communists in the provincial parliament of Butterfly Island, replaces embattled former leader Javier Flynn, who was accused of having an affair with Charissa Clarke during June’s election campaign.

Flynn resigned following the June election, in which the Communist Party fell from second to fourth place. The party also did not make it through to the second round of the presidential election – the first time the Communists have failed to do so since the end of the dictatorship in 1993. With support for the Communists at a post-1952 low, the party hopes Agramunt will change their fortune.

An investigation into Flynn’s alleged affair with Clarke is ongoing, after allegations that Flynn may have inadvertently provided Kerlile with classified information, or been ‘turned’ by the Matriarchy. Flynn has denied that such an affair took place, however his wife Jocelyn has begun divorce proceedings. Flynn was a member of Suleman Chaher’s controversial post-coup cabinet: something which has undoubtedly contributed to his unpopularity.

It was revealed a year ago today, during the peace talks in Haven, Sanctaria, that Charissa Clarke was a member of the “Aurora Programme”, an alleged Kerlian sleeper agent program. The existence of such a program has been denied by Kerlile. Clarke is presently in prison in Sanctaria. In light of these revelations, accusations have been made against multiple women accused of being “Auroras”, including former SDP leader Cassidy Laurens, though no action has been taken against her or others.

Agramunt, who did not voice an opinion in support of Chaher during the civil war, has announced her intention to ‘reform’ the Communist Party in light of the war, in order to ‘break fully with the 1952-93 regime, and the Chaher regime’. In her speech to the conference, she criticised the Alvarez government, claiming Alvarez is “under the thumb of the capitalist powers of the world” and accusing her of planning to “sell Lauchenoiria to the highest bidder”.

With the change in leadership, the Communist Party is clearly planning to attempt to re-enter Lauchenoirian politics as a major force, despite losing half their seats in June. Agramunt is known for being quick to criticise other parties loudly, but is also known for creating popular policies, having managed to successfully increase the Communists share of the vote on Butterfly Island in 2016 despite a general trend in the other direction.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:08 pm

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17 Lauchenoirians among dead in Zamastan earthquake
1st September 2019

Seventeen Lauchenoirians were among those killed by an 8.3 magnitude earthquake which struck Zamastan on Saturday afternoon. The earthquake claimed over 2,800 lives and has caused large amounts of damage to buildings, including many historical landmarks such as Hapson Lake Hosanna Church in Tofino.

Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez joined numerous world leaders in expressing her condolences to Zamastan today, saying: “this is a terrible tragedy that has hit the nation of Zamastan, claiming thousands of lives including seventeen Lauchenoirians. All of Lauchenoiria grieves with Zamastan today, and my thoughts are with the families of the many victims of this tragic disaster.”

It is expected that numerous nations will send assistance to Zamastan following the earthquake, with President Tyagi-Kennedy of United New England stating that UNE would be willing to ‘provide monetary and medical aid wherever it is needed’, and Sanctarian Foreign Secretary Brian Young announced he would meet with SanctariaAid to discuss the deployment of aid workers to Zamastan.

Lauchenoirians in Zamastan who have been affected by the earthquake have been urged to get in contact with the Lauchenoirian embassy in Tofino if they require assistance. The government has also advised Lauchenoirians to temporarily avoid travelling to areas of Zamastan affected by the earthquake for non-essential purposes. A helpline has been set up for those with family and friends in Zamastan looking for information.

Among the Lauchenoirians affected was Nataniel Valencia, whose wife was killed in the earthquake. He had fled Lauchenoiria in July 2018 during the civil war, seeking safety with his wife and 6-year-old son. “My wife Gema was in the café where she works when the earthquake hit, collapsing a wall of the building and killing her. We came here seeking safety from the war, but now she’s dead and our son will grow up without a mother.”

Nataniel is planning to return to Lauchenoiria with his son, claiming there is ‘nothing left’ for them in Zamastan. It is predicted that several Lauchenoirians in Zamastan may seek to return following the catastrophe. Lauchenoirians seeking to return are urged to contact the embassy for assistance in booking flights.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:35 am

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Alvarez welcomes talk of trade with Anglia-Saxia, announcing plans for further trade deals
6th September 2019

Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez has welcomed the idea of trade with Anglia-Saxia, after their President David William announced that the previously isolationist state would be seeking official diplomatic relations with a number of nations, mentioning Lauchenoiria as a priority. Alvarez also mentioned that her government are actively pursuing trade deals with a number of nations, including Libertas Omnium Maximus and Shuell.

President David William of the historically isolationist nation Anglia-Saxia announced in a meeting with the Diplomatic Council that they “will gladly align with [Lauchenoiria] in economic and diplomatic questions”. Their Vice-President Andrew Shiao went on to elaborate that his nation would seek to establish an embassy in Lauchenoiria and for William to meet with Josephine Alvarez to discuss economic treaties.

Alvarez welcomed the comments, saying in a speech during a visit to Annatown that she would be “more than happy to meet with President William of Anglia-Saxia to discuss future relations between our two nations.” She went on to praise the change in policy by the Anglian-Saxian government, and stated that Lauchenoiria is “always open” to improving relationships with other nations.

She further elaborated on her plans for trade deals with a number of nations, including Libertas Omnium Maximus, Gardavasque and Shuell. Alvarez told those gathered in Annatown that it was “a priority for [her] government to improve trade relations with nations across the IDU, especially those who have supported us in the aftermath of the war by providing aid, such as Shuell, Laeral and Zamastan.”

Trade negotiations with Shuell and Libertas Omnium Maximus are set to begin shortly, and a trade deal with Gardavasque is also thought to be in the works. Trade deals have been a priority for the Alvarez administration, aiming to fulfil campaign promises to build the economy and improve the lives of Lauchenoirians after the war. The trade deal with Shuell will also be considered by many to be a snub to the Communist Party, who are strongly opposed to the deal, after their humiliating defeat in June’s elections.

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Two week environmental protest begins in Buttercity
8th September 2019

A group calling themselves the Climate Alliance have begun a series of environmental protests in the centre of Buttercity, which aim to draw attention to climate change. They intend to stage protests in the capital every day for two weeks, and have criticised the Lauchenoirian government for “not taking the climate issue seriously”, along with criticising various foreign governments, including those of Xiomera and Zamastan.

The group has also been behind two protests outside the Xiomeran embassy over the Manauia Island development, which are scheduled to take place every Wednesday until the Xiomerans scrap plans to allow development on the island, which was previously a protected nature reserve. The embassy protests were supported by Green Party leader Lucie Scott, who attended and asked the Xiomeran government to rethink their decision.

The group have announced plans to stage a two-week protest in the capital, followed by weekly action until the Lauchenoirian government sets new ambitious climate targets and “prioritises the environment over all other issues”. The group is an alliance of a number of environmental groups, including a group run by high-schoolers called Classrooms for Climate, the student wing of the Green Party, and direct-action group the Watchdogs of Our Earth.

A Zamastanian student, Mylon Sebasti, who is presently doing a year abroad at Buttercity University spoke to the protesters today, who held a minute’s silence for all the lives lost in the earthquake in Zamastan last week. Sebasti, a member of the Extinction Combatants of Zamah St’an who has frequently spoken at protests in Zamastan, called upon the Zamastanian government to prioritise the environment in their efforts to rebuild the areas devastated by the war.

“Zamastan must put the environment first, and focus their efforts on ensuring that the earthquake does not cause irreparable damage to biodiversity in the area,” Sebasti said to the crowd. “The oil spill from the Kelowna facility is just one of the things that need to be addressed in light of this tragedy. The lives lost are tragic, and we must make changes to ensure that more people don’t die from a knock-on effect of the damage caused.”

The protests are set to continue in the capital for two weeks, taking place primarily in Union Square in the centre of the city. Traffic is urged to avoid the vicinity, and those planning to travel through the area are urged to take the subway, which is unaffected, or plan an alternate route. Climate Alliance have stated that the protests will remain completely peaceful, and that they will be disbanded at the first sign of violence. So far, no violent acts have taken place, and there have been no arrests.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:52 pm

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Xiomeran Emperor shot and remains in hospital
9th September 2019

Emperor Topilpopoca of Xiomera has been shot in an assassination attempt at the Palace of Flowers. He was transported to the Imperial Military Hospital after the attack, where he remains and is being treated. Xiomeran officials have stated that they expect him to recover.

The would-be assassin is thought to be Cētlalhui, a former Xiomeran Secretary of Justice who left his position in disgrace several months ago. He was apprehended at the scene. It is unknown whether or not he was working alone at this time, as the criminal investigation is ongoing.

Chief Justice of Xiomera, Nopalliztli, has assumed temporary leadership of Xiomera during the Emperor's recovery. An investigation has been launched into the incident, and a curfew has been established in a number of Xiomeran cities following the attempt. Security has also been increased at airports, though the Xiomeran authorities do not believe any terrorist attacks are imminent.

Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez expressed her best wishes for Emperor Topilpopoca in his recovery today, saying: "I hope the Emperor can make a speedy and full recovery following this attempt on his life, and my thoughts are with him and Xiomera at this time."

Lauchenoiria and Xiomera have had uneasy relations in recent months, following the rejection by Lauchenoiria of a request for the extradition of two Xiomeran journalists accused of, among other things, treason for their political activities. Alvarez has, however, expressed a wish that the two nations could improve their relationship in the future.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:55 pm

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Two arrests at environmental protests as banner draped across Xiomeran embassy
11th September 2019

Two protesters have been arrested after hanging a banner across the Xiomeran embassy during a weekly protest over the Xiomeran government’s proposed plans to develop the Manauia Island nature reserve. This takes place during two weeks of planned environmental protests in the capital of Buttercity, at which protesters are calling on both the Lauchenoirian and foreign governments to do more to protect the environment and halt climate change.

The banner, which read “Manauia Island: development means death” was hung from the outside of two upstairs windows on the embassy building by two individuals who climbed the side of the building. After ignoring requests by Lauchenoirian police to climb down of their own accord, the two were arrested. The crowd of protesters booed the police officers as the two were taken away.

Two weeks of environmental protests run by Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria – an umbrella group composed of a variety of environmental activist groups – are presently taking place in the capital of Buttercity, with shorter protests expected to take place in a number of other Lauchenoirian cities over the coming weeks. The protests have remained peaceful so far, with no arrests other than those outside the Xiomeran embassy.

A number of speakers from Classrooms for Climate, an organisation of high school students supporting greater environmental action, are set to speak today at the demonstration after school hours. The organisers of the protests are promising a “family-friendly” demonstration this evening in Union Square, and have invited families who support action on the climate to attend.

However, not all in Lauchenoiria are supportive of the protests. None are set to take place in either Costeno or Ecanta provinces, the two areas hardest hit by last year’s civil war. Residents of southern Lauchenoiria see the protests as a distraction from the efforts to rebuild the country, and potentially harmful to those in the south who need an economic boost in order to put their lives back together after losing their homes and livelihoods in the war.

“We need help and support to rebuild the cities that were harmed in the war,” says Dimas Bustillo, a resident of Summersea. “These people want more regulations that will do more damage to the economy. The protests are supported by rich students in the north whose families made it through the war untouched, and they give no consideration to the worst off in our society.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:34 pm

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Young Liberals at odds with parent party over support for climate protests
13th September 2019

The Young Liberals, the youth wing of the Liberal Party of Lauchenoiria, has officially come out in support of the two weeks of climate protests currently taking place in Buttercity. This is at odds with Josephine Alvarez’s statement last Saturday, in which she called the protests ‘unnecessary’, and reiterated that her government is doing all it can for the environment while ensuring the economy can recover after the war.

The Young Liberals intend to send a delegation to a protest in Usera, due to take place tomorrow, which is to happen in addition to the two-week demonstration in Buttercity. Usera, known for being Lauchenoiria’s most left-wing city, has a high number of students, and was briefly occupied by Kerlile during the war. Despite this, the city suffered less damage than most others which saw fighting.

The protests have continued, with fourteen arrests happening total in the last week. The first two arrests took place outside the Xiomeran Embassy after protesters draped a banner across the building and ignored police instructions to climb down. Twelve further arrests were made after members of direct-action group the Watchdogs of Our Earth attempted to block a road in central Buttercity yesterday evening during rush hour.

The protests are set to continue in the capital for another week, with additional demonstrations due to take place in a number of major cities across Lauchenoiria tomorrow afternoon, including Usera, Melissa City, Seahaven and Liaville. Green Party leader Lucie Scott has supported the protests, though has urged activists to “remain peaceful”.

The arrests of activists have been condemned by organisers Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria, who claim that the police are ‘unfairly targeting’ activists. A spokesperson for the group has said that they fear that a crackdown would be ‘reminiscent of the Chaher regime last year’ and the group have urged the government to let the protests continue unhindered. The Buttercity Police Department responded by saying “our main priority is the safety and security of members of the public at all times, and those who threaten that safety will be arrested.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:39 pm

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Alvarez to meet with President Brown of LOM during Lauchenoiria visit
18th September 2019

Josephine Alvarez will meet with President Lucas Brown of Libertas Omnium Maximus during his visit to Lauchenoiria in the coming weeks, the Prime Minister’s office confirmed today. Brown has stated that he aims to use the visit to “feel things out with Alvarez and establish a working relationship.”

Alvarez said today that she is looking forward to the meeting, and views it as a chance to “establish stronger relations with our neighbours in Libertas Omnium Maximus and move on from any disputes between the two of us since the war”. She will be looking for something to deflect from the criticism levelled at her over the environmental protests this week.

Libertas Omnium Maximus was involved in last year’s war on the side of the Lauchenoirian Resistance, and was ordered to pay Lauchenoiria 150 million Sanctarian pounds for the use of “excessive force against and the deliberate endangering of civilians”. It is expected that LOM will try and improve their relationship with Lauchenoiria once more following these events, and this visit will be seen as a necessary step.

The exact date of the visit is unknown, but is expected to be announced at some point. It is thought the visit will not take place until after the end of the environmental protests which have been taking place in the capital for over a week, with additional protests in other areas.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:41 pm

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Police criticised after multiple arrests at environmental protests
20th September 2019

Activists have criticised the Buttercity Police Department for making ‘excessive arrests’ throughout the two-week environmental protests taking place in the city. Over 30 people were arrested in Buttercity this afternoon after protesters blocked two roads leading to Buttercity International Airport. The protesters stated that their aim was to disrupt traffic to the airport to raise awareness about the pollution caused by both driving and flying.

The arrests happened after protesters refused to move from the road after being asked by police, instead sitting down and linking arms. This was in addition to earlier arrests: two of which took place outside the Xiomeran Embassy on Wednesday 11th, and twelve further arrests after direct action group the Watchdogs of Our Earth attempted to block a road in central Buttercity on the 12th. No other arrests took place until today.

Civil rights and anti-police surveillance activists have criticised the police for their handling of the protests today, claiming that the 30 arrests were ‘excessive’, and that the majority of those arrested were not in fact on the road, but rather nearby offering support to those taking part in the roadblock. The police department have called this ‘untrue’, claiming that “all individuals arrested were playing an active role in obstructing traffic”.

Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria, the group behind the two-week demonstration, released a statement saying “we neither condone nor condemn the actions of the individuals who participated in attempts to disrupt traffic. However, we are concerned that when faced with the destruction of the planet, the reaction of the Lauchenoirian authorities is to arrest individuals attempting to take action to prevent this.”

The Young Liberals, the youth wing of the Liberal Party, have had their affiliation to the Liberal Party ‘temporarily suspended’ pending disciplinary review after they came out in support of the protests, a position at odds with that of their parent party. Josephine Alvarez has previously called the protests ‘unnecessary’ and ‘counterproductive’, a view she reiterated following today’s arrests.

Protests are set to take place tomorrow in every major Lauchenoirian city, ending the two weeks of activity that Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria had announced. Protests will take place in: Buttercity, Lorentonia, Melissa City, Usera, Yervia, Elopolis, Annatown, Summersea, Seahaven, Carville and Liaville. A heavy police presence is expected at those in southern Lauchenoiria, where the protesters have come under heavy criticism. Residents of these cities are advised to avoid the locations where the protests are set to take place.

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