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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:37 pm

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Traffic control fault caused by ‘aging equipment’
10th November 2019

A fault in the traffic control system in Buttercity, which caused all traffic lights in the city to flash to red simultaneously was the result of ‘aging equipment’, Transport Minister Curtis Dennell has reported. The error in the system, which happened yesterday afternoon, caused a large traffic jam in the city centre, before seeming to correct itself. Dennell has given assurances that the replacement of faulty equipment would be provided for in the next round of budget allocations.

Dennell this morning announced a pledge to increase the budget for road repairs and associated matters, which has caused controversy with anti-car groups. Dennell, a member of the Lauchenoirian Democratic Alliance (LDA), one of the partners in the governing coalition, stated that it is “necessary to provide more funding for roads to improve our aging system for the long-term, rather than just make temporary repairs following the war.”

Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria held a demonstration in Union Square, Buttercity this evening calling on the government to refrain from diverting money to road infrastructure in light of the incident and to give greater funding to public transport instead. Approximately 200 people attended the demonstration, which called on the government to enact measures to encourage public transport use, including raising road tax for vehicles (with an exemption for disabled people who cannot access public transport).

A spokesperson for the group said: “The fact that this caused hours of mayhem shows just how many cars are still on our roads. Now more than ever, we need to be encouraging those who can to give up their car and take public transport, especially in the city where it is so convenient and frequent. Everyone who is able must play their part to halt climate change before it is too late.”

Paul Doberman, the controversial leader of far-right political party Lauchenoiria First has accused the government of “either being horribly negligent, or lying”, claiming that either they are “willing to risk the lives of road users” by not maintaining the traffic control system, or that they are lying about the fault. Conspiracy theorist social media accounts, linked to Lauchenoiria First, have been suggesting that the fault was the result of an “attack” by persons unknown. No evidence has been found to support this theory.

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Trade deal with Shuell to be voted on by Parliament this week
10th November 2019

A proposed trade deal that has been negotiated with the Incorporated States of Shuell is to go to vote in the Federal Parliament this week. The deal, which Prime Minister Alvarez says will be greatly beneficial to the Lauchenoirian economy, has been worked on for several months, and covers areas such as Shuellian investment in Lauchenoirian industries, cybersecurity, and defence equipment.

Alvarez has described the deal as “mutually beneficial to both nations”, and has claimed that the deal is “proof” Lauchenoiria is not just focusing on mending the damage done by the war, but is also looking to the future and seeking “new ways to improve the lives of the Lauchenoirian people”. It is expected that the coalition government will look for cross-party support on the deal.

The deal is not without controversy, however, with some claiming that it will “inevitably” lead to environmental deregulation, increased wealth gaps and Shuellian interference in Lauchenoiria. These theories have been dismissed by the government as “scaremongering”, and have assured Lauchenoirians that a trade deal with Shuell will not lead to any Shuellian involvement in domestic politics.

The Green Party have come out as neutral on the deal, in a surprise to many, with Green MPs being given a free vote on the matter. Leader Lucie Scott said: “while there are naturally many flaws in this deal, and I cannot urge members of my party to vote for it, I recognise there are positives which will be greatly beneficial to our country. It is a complicated issue, which is why every Green MP should be given the chance to decide for themselves whether or not to support the deal.”

The Communist Party opposes the deal, having campaigned in the June election on opposing trade with Shuell and a number of other nations they describe as “hyper-capitalist”. Leader Élia Agramunt voiced her opposition on social media today, calling the deal a “betrayal” of democracy, citing Shuell’s autocratic nature as a reason why parties claiming to support democracy should not be willing to trade with them.

It is expected that the deal will manage to pass without issues, although it is anticipated that the debate in parliament will be heated. It is also expected that a number of new bills will be announced by the government this week, after details emerged that an early morning cabinet meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow at 7:30am. No topic of discussion has been announced, though the government has been quick to state that it is not an emergency meeting.

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Maximusian President visits Lauchenoiria
11th November 2019

President Lucas Brown of Libertas Omnium Maximus has visited Lauchenoiria in order to meet with Prime Minister Josephine Alvarez. The pair met in a closed-door meeting on Friday evening and again on Saturday afternoon. During his visit, President Brown also toured the capital Buttercity and visited the city of Carville in Costeno province – a city which suffered great damage, which was briefly occupied by LOM during the war.

Prime Minister Alvarez, speaking on Sunday evening, called the meeting with President Brown “productive”, saying that the pair had discussed a multitude of topics, and that she looked forward to “further strengthening our relations with LOM” in the future. This is in line with the reported aims of President Brown, who it was reported was aiming to improve relations between the two nations. She did not, however, confirm or deny rumours that the possibility of a trade deal had been discussed.

Following their meeting, President Brown travelled to several areas which had been affected by the civil war, including Carville, which had been occupied by Maximusians during the war. LOM was instructed to pay 150 million Sanctarian Pounds compensation for the damages suffered by the city during the Maximusian invasion. Security was tight during President Brown’s visit, as the city holds mixed opinions towards the Maximusians. The Lauchenoirian Guardian spoke to two residents of Carville regarding the matter.

“They destroyed our city,” Sara Campana, a resident of the impoverished north-east of the city. “They said they were liberating us, and yet everywhere we go the damage is clear. They [Lauchenoirian government] rebuilt the businesses and the homes of the wealthy, but on my street, there is still rubble that hasn’t been cleared away. If LOM had really wanted to ‘liberate’ us last year, they should’ve thought more about the horror they were unleashing on the population.”

However, not all agree with those sentiments. Jonatan Jordà, who lives in the north-west of the city, told the Lauchenoirian Guardian: “the Maximusians saved us last year. Before they came, the city was being held by a mix of Chaher’s forces… and the Kerlians. People were living in terror, afraid that if they said the wrong thing they would disappear in the night. Yes, the damage was great, but it would have been far worse for so many if they had let us continue to live under Kerlian rule.”

President Lucas Brown has today returned to Libertas Omnium Maximus, where he is expected to make an official statement regarding the visit today.

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Further protests outside Zamastanian Embassy take place
12th November 2019

Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria today protested outside the Zamastanian Embassy after Zamastan announced an oil import and military protection treaty with United New England (UNE) yesterday. This is the second protest in six days, following a demonstration last Thursday outside both the Zamastanian and Shen embassies regarding a deal between the pair to open a Zamastanian factory in Shen.

Two protesters were arrested after attempting to breach a police cordon and approach the embassy buildings, however they were later released without charge. A source within the Buttercity Police Department has indicated that new regulations were handed to the police on Sunday indicating that they should prevent protests outside embassies disrupting the passage of persons visiting said embassies. As a result, the Climate Alliance protesters were restricted to the other side of the street from the embassy.

A spokesperson for Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria said: “the Zamastanian government continue to ignore the climate crisis, making more and more deals that will add to the destruction of our planet. Even now that Anya Bishop has been ousted, they continue to try and make things worse. It is our duty as human beings to call them out and make sure they know we will not stand idly by and watch them steal our future. Shame on them.”

Last week’s protest on Thursday passed without incident at the Zamastanian embassy, causing protesters to move on to the Shen embassy, where the Shen ambassador invited a group inside to discuss climate issues. This move, which broke up the protest early, has been praised by some on social media, with moderate environmental groups praising Ambassador Zhang Xiao for being willing to listen, “unlike those in Zamastan and Xiomera.”

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:47 am

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Climate Alliance call off weekly Xiomeran Embassy protests after ‘victory’
16th November 2019

Climate Alliance Lauchenoiria have called off the weekly demonstrations which have been taking place outside the Xiomeran embassy since August every Wednesday. This comes after news from Xiomera that the controversial plan to develop Manauia Island, a protected nature reserve, has been significantly altered. The protests were sparked after environmental groups condemned the Xiomeran government for the plans, which they said would lead to biodiversity loss and have a detrimental impact on the environment.

Empress Yauhmi announced on Wednesday that the Manauia Island project would be scaled back to a “much more sustainable level”. Under the previous plan, the entire island would be open to development, however the new plan will only permit development on one third of the island, and all development will be required to meet strict sustainability measures. The other two thirds will remain as “protected zones”, with one third being turned into a national park, and the remaining third being an autonomous homeland for the indigenous Teyatia people.

The protests, which have taken place every Wednesday outside the Xiomeran Embassy since the 28th August, were mostly peaceful, however several incidents took place during them. On two separate occasions, police had to forcibly remove and arrest protesters who chained themselves to the entrance to prevent individuals entering or exiting the embassy. Protesters one week also climbed the embassy building to drop a banner. In what was the most widely known incident, thanks to a video circling on social media, Ambassador Chēmā also had a milkshake thrown at her.

A spokesperson from Climate Alliance said: “the fact the Xiomeran government have changed their tune is a great victory for all environmental campaigners around the world. Activists on Manauia Island and abroad have fought hard to prevent this destructive development, and we are thankful that so many have continued to make their voices heard. In light of the Xiomerans commitment to sustainability, we no longer need to come out every week. This is a great victory for the world today.”

Nōlinyauh, the Xiomeran Secretary for International Affairs told the Lauchenoirian Guardian: “The Xiomeran Government is pleased to hear that the disruptive and unnecessary protests that targeted our embassy and diplomatic personnel are being brought to an end. We hope for more productive and less confrontational dialogue in the future."

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Lauchenoirian government expresses ‘concern’ over Zamastan-Xiomera standoff
19th November 2019

Foreign Minister Sandra Pavía, speaking on behalf of the Lauchenoirian government, has expressed her concerns over a developing situation in the waters near Xiomera, after Zamastanian ships crossed into Xiomeran waters without permission. The Zamastanians have since withdrawn, and are being pursued by Xiomeran vessels. No exchange of fire has been reported.

Pavía, speaking in Parliament today, told representatives: “I am greatly concerned about the possibility of escalation in this situation, and hope that it can be resolved peacefully. I will not lay blame without proof, however I will be speaking to Xiomera and taking up their offer of being provided with evidence. If it does indeed transpire that Zamastan made a hostile incursion into Xiomeran waters, we would condemn that wholeheartedly – such blatant aggression cannot be tolerated.”

Samantha Clavell, leader of the Pacifist Party and Minister for Culture and the Arts, who visited Xiomera last month, has posted on social media asking “both sides” to “keep their heads cool” and think things over before escalating. She has been an outspoken critic in the past of Zamastanian government policy, calling the country “warmongers” for their tendency to get involved in international conflicts more frequently than other nations.

The government is expected to request evidence of the incursion from Xiomera, after Xiomeran Defence Secretary Xochiqui offered to provide nations in the IDU who ask for evidence of the Zamastanian incursion and their actions, both in data and video form. It is expected that once this evidence is reviewed, the government will be releasing another statement. It is also expected they will contact Zamastan to ask if they wish to provide any further evidence as well.

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Lauchenoiria condemns Zamastan for intrusion into Xiomeran waters
20th November 2019

The government has today condemned Zamastan after a fleet of Zamastanian naval ships entered Xiomeran waters and ignored requests to leave. After the incident, Foreign Minister Sandra Pavía requested data from both parties involved, and today said that after reviewing the evidence, it was "clear that Zamastan was the party at fault."

Pavía called on President Foley Sakzi, only elected President of Zamastan this week, to "unreservedly apologise" for the act of aggression. She said of the incident: "this is a worrying sign that Zamastan is going to continue to behave in a provocative manner to other nations, and coming from a state with such a long history of being involved in international conflicts, it is a worrying sign that they may be seeking another."

A group of anti-war campaigners held a demonstration outside the Zamastanian Embassy today. This has become a frequent occurrence, with several other protests taking place outside the embassy in recent weeks, varying from pro-democracy, climate and anti-war groups. In contrast, protests outside the Xiomeran embassy have stopped this week, after their government promised to roll back the proposed Manauia Island development.

While Pavía acknowledged that Lauchenoiria and Xiomera have recently had uneasy relations, she has said that Lauchenoiria will stand with "any nation which is unfairly threatened by hostile powers for no justifiable reason", and has pledged that if Zamastan should take further hostile action, the government would "consider" economic sanctions. She also, however, ruled out any military action.

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Post by Lauchenoiria » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:15 am

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Agramunt criticizes Shuell Olympics, claiming ‘unfair disadvantage’ to communist athletes
4th December 2019

Élia Agramunt, the leader of the Communist Party, has criticised the Shuell Olympics, claiming that it is ‘impossible’ for a communist athlete to win a medal. Her comments have courted controversy after she took to social media to complain about Shuell’s treatment of communists. The Communist Party previously objected to Lauchenoiria’s decision to send athletes to Shuell, and also to accept aid from Shuell in February this year.

Agramunt posted the following on social media this afternoon: “the decision by the Olympic Committee to host the games in Shuell has the result of producing a distinctly unfair advantage for athletes who support communist ideals. Given Shuell’s hatred of anyone left of centre, no communist, or for that matter socialist or social democrat, can feel comfortable while in the country. This added stress negatively impacts on their performance, and a decision to host games in a country such as this is shocking.”

Supporters of the Olympics and opponents of the Communist Party took to social media themselves following her comments, calling them untrue and ‘rude’. A group in Summersea which was set up to support those made homeless by the war, called Agramunt an “opportunist with a hatred of Shuell” and defended the Olympics, noting that Shuell had allowed communist athletes to compete despite their history and policies.

Shuell has a mixed reputation in Lauchenoiria, with many people supportive of the autocratic capitalist state after Shuell began providing aid to war-torn communities in February this year. However, many in Lauchenoiria are still opposed to the government’s increasingly friendly policies towards Shuell, including signing a trade deal. The Communist Party are opposed due to Shuell’s dislike of communists, while others are opposed to their government’s authoritarianism.

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