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Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:42 am

The Empire of Xiomera presents a face of stability, order and prosperity to the international community through its official news service, the Xiomeran Imperial News (XIN). XIN presents the official, government sanctioned news approved by the Emperor and his council of experts (ihuicatl). It also provides editorial commentary that often serves as an indirect way for the Xiomeran government to tell (or warn) the international community what it's thinking.

Xiomera is not a monolithic society, however, as much as the government would like to convince everyone that it is. Disaffected former XIN journalists and social activists have started an Internet- based rival they have dubbed XUN (Xiomeran Underground News). XUN presents the stories and opinions that the Xiomeran government would prefer not be expressed. Because of that, XUN is officially banned in Xiomera as a "socially harmful influence", and its reporters subject to arrest if caught. Many of XUN's activist journalists base themselves outside of Xiomera for their own protection, and also to "decentralize" XUN into multiple cells to prevent the government from taking XUN down. Despite the ban, XUN is still widely accessible within Xiomera.

For clarity, articles will be labeled as coming from either XIN or XUN.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:02 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 28, Xatl Techalotl, 2019

Democracy movements "anti-Xiomeran", Emperor declares

Tlālacuetztla - In a speech to graduating cadets at the Imperial Military Academy, Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca denounced recent stirrings of so-called "democracy" movements in Xiomera as "being totally incompatible with Xiomeran values", and vowed to continue government efforts to eliminate such movements.

"Democracy is often touted as being the best, the most effective, and the most beneficial way to run a society and a nation. But Xiomera is clear evidence that is not always the case," the Emperor declared. "Our system of Xiomeran Meritocracy, crafted by the wise Empress Camaxtica almost 200 years ago, has brought Xiomera unparalleled stability, prosperity and success. It ended the constant fighting between the four tribes of Huenya, it ended the tyrannical rule of warlords, it brought us into the modern age. It ensured that individuals of supreme merit, talent and drive are the ones who lead, as they should. We are not plagued by the rule of elites, by nepotism or corruption, or by strange systems that use chracteristics like birth, gender, race or class to place the unqualified in power. We have seen what so-called 'democracy' brings other lands - chaos, unrest, violence, and rule by the unfit. We will never, never, never allow Xiomera to follow that same insane path," the Emperor added, to thunderous applause from the gathered cadets. "Xiomera is blessedly free of the mob rule, the rule by popularity contest calling itself 'elections', the unrest and strife that plague other lands. We will never allow our golden land of Xiomera, the cradle of the legacy of the Huenyan tribes, to ever be destroyed by such anti-Xiomeran ideas," the Emperor added.

The Emperor's remarks were in response to a tiny, disaffected group of people within Xiomeran society who blame the government and the society, rather than their own shortcomings, lack of ability, or drive, for their relatively low position in Xiomeran society. Such groups have been pressing the Imperial Government to make so-called "reforms", but if the Emperor's words are any indication, Xiomera will instead continue to follow the path that has brought it great success for two centuries.

While the Emperor's remarks were intended mainly for domestic consumption, some officials expressed concern that his remarks could be seen as commentary on recent regional events many Xiomerans attribute to the "evils of democracy", such as the recent civil war in Lauchenoiria or the unrest in Kerlile's matriarchial system. Secretary for International Affairs Huitzilhuani was quick to assure reporters that the Emperor's remarks "were only meant in a general sense".

Government to seek trade, diplomatic relations

Acalan, Necatli Tribal Region - At the inauguration of a newly opened port and trading center in the Necatli tribal region today, Xiomeran Secretary for Trade and Economic Relations Tlanextia announced that the Imperial Government will soon seek to initiate expanded trade and diplomatic ties with its neighbors in the region.

"Xiomera is prosperous, but cannot remain prosperous in isolation," the Secretary said. "To that end, we must improve our connections with the wider world," she said, adding that the government will soon actively begin soliciting expanded ties with other nations. Of particular interest to the Government are high-tech partnerships, research partnerships, and deals to help develop some of the more isolated and underdeveloped parts of Xiomera, such as the Necatli tribal region.

Secretary Tlanextia dismissed concerns about Xiomera possibly being at a disadvantage against larger regional economies if it loosens the reins on trade as "cowardice".

"The great Emperor Achcauhyotl wisely said it thusly: 'Competition is everything, everything is competition.' Xiomera is strong, and will only grow stronger as we test ourselves against the world. We can compete with anyone, and we will do so. To pursue any other course is to invite one's stagnation and death," Secretary Tlanextia said.

While most Xiomerans are excited about the prospects that increased trade and diplomacy could bring, the notoriously isolationist Necatli have expressed concern about further economic initiatives in their region. However, the Government believes that all Xiomeran tribal regions must be on the same economic footing, and that the Necatli cannot continue to live in isolation from the rest of Xiomera, or from the world, for that matter.
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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:50 am

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The Emperor has no clothes - and also no decency
Attacks on democratic movements are a distraction

In his recent speech to the future fascists graduating cadets at the Imperial Military Academy, Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca had a senior moment when he decided to go off on those of us (such as your friendly neighborhood revolutionaries here at XUN) who want to bring democracy and something resembling actual freedom to Xiomera.

In his usual fashion (combining bellicose rhetoric, worship of the sanitized and family-friendly version of Xiomera's awful history, and complete misunderstanding of what people actually want), the Emperor declared that democracy is anti-Xiomeran, and that the much-vaunted "Xiomeran Meritocracy" foisted upon us by the bloody-handed oppressor Camaxtica almost 200 years ago) is the only way our country will continue to be governed. He decided to throw in his usual dash of fearmongering, using recent regional events as fodder for the tiresome old claim that bringing democracy to Xiomera will lead inevitably to civil strife, a return to tribal warfare, and our demise.

In other words, more of the same babble from ol' Topil, who has been singing this same broken record for two decades now as Emperor, just as his predecessors did. But it's all crap, quite frankly. It serves only one purpose: to uphold and maintain the power structure created by Xiomeran tribal elites to rule over us all, and to enshrine the hateful philosophy of "meritocracy" and "competition" that has governed us since the creation of the Xiomeran empire.

Democracy is so fervently opposed by Topilpopoca and the elites in our government and society precisely because they do recognize it as an existential threat - not to Xiomera, merely to their version of it. If democracy did end up bringing about the end of a hateful system that tells 20% of XIomera's population that the reason they get to starve and suffer their whole lives in a Tlālacuetztla slum like Etalhua instead of living the cushy life in the hills of Montelin is because they weren't "good enough" and that it's their own fault - that would be a good thing, not a bad one.

Hands off Necatli!
Necatlizin mobilize to prevent government plans

Despite pressure from the Imperial government, the Necatli tribe is once again mobilizing to prevent Xiomeran plans to forcibly "open up" their tribal domain to the outside world.

The current tlatoani of the Necatli, Chicaliztli, has declared that he remains opposed to plans to create new economic centers in the Necatli tribal domain, and is especially opposed to any foreign investment.

"So-called development in our lands has only served the historic purpose of siphoning our wealth and resources off to Tlālacuetztla, with little gain for us here," Chicaliztli declared. "It also represents yet another example of the Xiomeran-dominated government not respecting Necatli wishes for our lands to be left alone. We remain opposed to these plans and will work to resist them."

Tlatoani Chicaliztli and all other Necatli leaders were pointedly absent from the opening of the so-called trade center in Acalan recently, a clear message to the central government that their imposition is not wanted or needed in self-sufficient Necatli lands.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:55 am

XIN
Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 1, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Cautious praise for recent regional leadership changes
Editorial

In brief letters to the newly selected leaders of both nations, Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca, the Great Council of Xiomera and the ilhuilihuitl and ihuicatl of Xiomera formally congratulated incoming President of Kerlile Rebecca Arnott and incoming President of Lauchenoiria Alex Marwick on their assumption of executive authority in their respective nations.

The phrase “assumption of executive authority” was explicitly used to avoid the word “election” - a word that, in Xiomera at least, is fraught with the scent of unwanted rabble-rousing against the system of government mandated by the Xiuhtonal which has served the Huenyan Empire well for centuries. While the Emperor and his great and trusted advisors and cabinet members saw fit to welcome their new colleagues in the realm of national leaders, that welcome is naturally conveyed with certain expectations by the Butterfly Palace and the Obsidian Throne.

In the case of Kerlile, while the Huenyan Empire no doubt welcomes the emergence of a more logical system of leadership in that matriarchal land, it remains to be seen just how far the new leader Arnott will be able to take them. Systems of leadership that elevate one characteristic (such as gender) above all others as the sole criterion for leadership merit have always been viewed with extreme skepticism by Xiomerans. It is not even the fact that a specific gender was elevated above others. Women have not suffered from the strange curse of being held back by men in Xiomera, as they oddly are in other countries, ever since the esteemed and honored Empress Camaxtica definitively showed all Xiomerans, for all time, just what a woman could do. Xiomerans understand why Kerlile’s rulers felt the need to elevate women in a world where that gender is so often not elevated. But the matriarchal system of that land has always rubbed Xiomerans, who believe in merit above all else, the wrong way to an extent. Tlālacuetztla will undoubtedly hope that a new leadership in Kerlile will move that nation more towards a system of governance in which merit, rather than one’s gender, determines who rules and who has rights, just as it is in Xiomera.

In the case of Lauchenoiria, there will undoubtedly be quite a bit of skepticism of the government of incoming President Marwick. A major cause of Marwick’s has been the advancement of democracy - and we have no desire to see that advance one bit in Xiomera, thank you very much. However, Marwick’s pledges to increase trade with other countries no doubt will raise hope in the corridors of the Butterfly Palace. Increasing foreign trade is the signature goal of the Emperor’s current term. If Lauchenoiria can keep its quest to promote democracy within its own borders, and keep their relations with us strictly to trade, there is potential for a bright future in relations between the two nations. However, it must always be remembered that the Huenyan Empire of Xiomera will never sell its values or its sovereignty for a few cheap quetzals.

Only time will tell if the recent changes of leadership in these nations will bring about closer ties. The doors of the Butterfly Palace, and of Xiomera, will undoubtedly be open to such ties, as long as respect for Xiomera is maintained by those who step across the threshold.

Push to remove Tlatoani Chicaliztli begins

Nezahualpilli - A group of Necatli leaders dissatisfied with the refusal of Tlatoani Chicaliztli to embrace recent Imperial trade initiatives for the Necatli tribal domain have begun a push to convene the ihuicatl of Necatli early and remove the Tlatoani from power.

The normal cycle of assessment and appointment of leaders is not due for another two years, but some Necatli are upset that the leader of the Necatli has vowed to resist the trade and development initiatives planned for the region. “We are the poorest and most backwards region in Xiomera, and it’s precisely because of the stubborn resistance to change that is embodied in Chicaliztli. Every other part of Huenya has advanced, and it’s time we did the same,” Noxochicotzin, the Mayor of the Necatli capital Nezahualpilli, said in announcing his intent to try to convince the ihuicatl to remove Chicaliztli.

For his part, Tlatoani Chicaliztli described the nascent effort to remove him from office as a “plot fueled by those all too willing to sell Necatli land and traditions cheaply, as servants and traitors often do”. Tlatoani Chicaliztli also accused Xiomeran business interests and even the Emperor as being behind the sudden push to remove him from office, a statement that Huey Tlatoani Topilpopoca dismissed as “too absurd to make sense even if one is drunk”.

“His mismanagement of his role, and his mismanagement of Necatli, are the reason his tribe are seeking to remove him. That is the only reason. But it is reason enough,” the Emperor said, refusing to discuss “insane conspiracy theories” any further.

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Post by Xiomera » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:27 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 8, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Secretary of Tribal Relations to mediate Necatli dispute

Nezahualpilli - Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli has been dispatched to the Necatli capital to try to mediate the growing dispute between Tlatoani Chicaliztli and a group of dissident Necatli seeking to remove him from power.

Secretary Iccauhyotli described his mission as "our effort to bring Chicaliztli and Noxochicotzin to the table together and see if there is a way to resolve their dispute without having to summon the Necatli ihuicatl early." An early vote on who should lead the Necatli tribe "will only cause disruption where none is needed," the Secretary added, expressing his hope the two sides will come to a compromise.

Neither side has expressed such confidence, however, Tlatoani Chicaliztli warned that "we will not allow Iccauhyotli, or anyone else from the Butterfly Palace, to pressure us into making decisions which are bad for our tribe." Mayor Noxochicotzin, for his part, said that "the intervention of the Secretary is welcome" but expressed doubt that the Tlatoani or his followers will accept a compromise. Mayor Noxochicotzin warned that his side will not accept any resolution that does not lead to "greater economic opportunities and development for the Necatli people."

The current push to recall Tlatoani Chicaliztli began when he vowed to oppose a series of planned economic development programs issued by the Emperor for the Necatli tribal domain.
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Post by Xiomera » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:58 am

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Government intervention in Necatli: the plot thickens

Nezahualpilli - The announcement that the government is sending Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli to "mediate" the fight over Necatli economic sovereignty is just another sign that the government plans to "convince" the Necatli to allow uncontrolled and unwanted economic development in their domain "for their own good".

To cover the fact that they are already intervening in Necatli with their plans to create supposed "economic development opportunities" (really just plans to start selling Necatli resources and infrastructure to foreigners and greedy Xiomerans), the government is sending Secretary Iccauhyotli to mediate a dispute they caused. If the wishes of the Necatli were respected, and the unwanted development plans dropped, there would be no dispute in the first place, after all.

But there's money to be made, and if the leaders in Tlālacuetztla like anything more than the sound of their own voices, it's the sound of coins clinking into their piggy banks. Their useful puppet, Mayor Noxochicotzin, has now stirred up this mess even further, with his bid to force out Tlatoani Chicaliztli due to supposed outrage over his resistance to the development plans. The not-so-good mayor has been gunning for the Tlatoani's spot for a while now; this just gives him a convenient pretext to try to force his longtime rival out of power.

When the interests of the greedy and the power hungry merge, only bad things happen. But the intervention of the Secretariat of Tribal Relations, the agency that is supposed to protect the interests of the other tribes, will surely prevent harm, right?

Wrong. Iccauhyotli has never been particularly eager to challenge the Emperor or the rest of the Emperor's cabinet, and there is no reason to believe this will be an exception. Iccauhyotli will undoubtedly try to pressure Chicaliztli to accept the designs the Butterfly Palace has on his domain "for their own good". He will pretend to intervene with Noxochicotzin for appearance's sake, and when Chicaliztli refuses to surrender, the Secretary will throw up his hands and say "well, we tried". The stage will then be set for the usurpation of Necatli power for Imperial visions of quetzals falling like rain into the coffers of the Imperial treasury.

The only thing we can hope for at this point is that the ihuicatl of Necatli will not fall victim to greed or to being duped, and will choose to keep Tlatoani Chicaliztli exactly where he is now - as the leader of his tribe.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:14 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 14, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Corruption probe yields swift justice

Two cases of public corruption have ended, with swift punishment for those who would abuse their positions of authority.

In the first case, a claim of bribery within the Xiomeran Civil Service in Teoxihuicoatl has led to the conviction of the director of the local Cihuatzin office, a Grade XS-15 official named Cakulha. The official was investigated by the Xiomeran Imperial Police and the Cihuatzin Inspector-General’s Office in a joint operation, after complaints were made to the Inspector-General that Cakulha was demanding bribes in exchange for posts within the Civil Service. A lengthy and extensive sting operation amassed enough evidence to prove Cakulha’s guilt. After being found guilty, Cakulha has been stripped of his position and sentenced to execution for violation of Imperial anti-corruption laws. In addition, all of Cakulha’s assets will be seized by the Empire. The accused had appealed his case to the tlaxitlán (appeal court) of Xiomera tribal domain, after that domain’s teccalli (trial court) found him guilty. The tlaxitlán, however, found no grounds to overturn the previous ruling. Cakulha tried to appeal his sentence to the Emperor and the cihuacoatl of Xiomera, but was denied a hearing.

Five Civil Service appointees who were proven to have provided Cakulha bribes in exchange for their jobs have been stripped of their positions, forced to surrender their assets to the Empire, and barred from ever holding any kind of government office in perpetuity. Their appeals have likewise been denied.

In the second case, from the Tepiltzin tribal domain, an officer of the Xiomeran Imperial Police has been found guilty of official oppression and abuse of power by the Tepiltzin courts. Yaotl, a sergeant with the XIP based in the small village of Metlcoātl, was accused of demanding bribes in exchange for various favors. He was also accused of denying local residents access to local amenities, such as parks and public spaces, unless he was paid to “provide security”. An internal XIP investigation sparked by locals’ complaints led to his eventual arrest. As a result of his conviction, Yaotl will be fired from the XIP, will be fined in the amount of 10,000 quetzals, and will be barred from holding any government office ever again. Yaotl was also sentenced to six months in jail. Yaotl was likewise denied a hearing from the Emperor and cihuacoatl.

“Corruption within the ranks of those who hold public office in Xiomera is a direct assault on the public trust in their servants,” Secretary of Justice Cētlalhui declared in announcing the results of the cases. “We have absolutely zero tolerance for those who would abuse their privilege to serve the Empire and its people. Let this be a warning to anyone else even thinking of engaging in such corrupt acts. The price for such crimes is always more than you will want to pay,” Cētlalhui added.

No progress in discussions in Necatli, early vote likely to be called

Despite lengthy negotiations between the two sides in the ongoing Necatli tribal dispute, Secretary of Tribal Relations Iccauhyotli announced that no progress has been made.

“Neither side has moved from their demands, and there is not much more in the way of mediation that we can do. Regrettably, unless one side or the other has a sudden change of heart, we will have to end our attempts at mediation and allow the Necatli to resolve this matter on their own,” Iccauhyotli said in a brief press conference outside the Necatli tribal council hall.

With no sign that Tlatoani Chicaliztli, the Necatli tribal leader, will back down from his refusal to allow several Imperial trade and development projects to begin in the Necatli domain, it is widely expected that his chief opponent, Mayor Noxochicotzin of Nezahualpilli, will amass enough votes to call for an early vote for tlatoani by the end of the week.

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Re: XIN/XUN: Xiomeran media

Post by Xiomera » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:43 am

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atl 14. xatl tohtli. 2019
Cultures deferred: tribes assert right to their heritage

In the Itotemoc village of Qayara, a quiet revolution has begun.

A small building on the outskirts of the village, painted in bright colors by local children, hardly looks like the den of revolutionaries. But in this small building, change is in the wind, echoed in the words of its occupants.

Ñusta, an Itotemoc elder, leads the room in repeated lessons of the Itotemoc dialect of Huenyan. The Itotemoc dialect of Huenyan had almost gone extinct, driven into the shadows by Imperial mandates to speak only the Xiomeran version of the Huenyan language. But a new movement of Itotemoc activists, determined to keep their culture alive and help their fellow Itotemoc rediscover their lost heritage, have begun opening schools and cultural centers in defiance of official Xiomeran curriculum and cultural propaganda.

“When I was a child, it was forbidden to speak Itotemoc. Our teachers would hit us with sticks if we did not speak perfect Xiomeran at all times,” Ñusta, who is now in her seventies, recalls of her youth attending Imperial schools in Qayara. “We were also only taught the stories of how Xiomera created the Empire, about Xiomeran leaders, about their culture. Nothing of our past, or of our own culture, was ever allowed,” Ñusta said.

In a classroom next to where Ñusta teaches the language of her Itotemoc ancestors to a new generation, another class studies Itotemoc history. Today, a group of Itotemoc youth are learning about the great Itotemoc leader Nenexahual, whose rebellion in 1486 helped the Itotemoc briefly regain independence from Tlālacuetztla before the Empire regained control. “We were never taught about leaders like Nenexahual in school,” Huayta, the young man teaching the class, said. “If we were taught about our own leaders or heroes at all, it was always in brief and dismissive ways,” Huayta said. “But the true history of our people is out there, and we have a right to learn about it and to teach it.”

The Itotemoc aren’t the only ones engaging in this quiet revolution against Imperial propaganda masquerading as education. In the Tepiltzin tribal domain, the ruling council just approved the creation of a Tepiltzin studies curriculum to be implemented in their schools, despite Imperial opposition. In the Necatli tribal domain, several schools have completely tossed out the Imperial mandated curriculum in favor of one that teaches history from the Necatli point of view, and seeks to revive the Necatli culture.

All of this is necessary due to the acts of the Empire itself. When the Empire was first created, Xiomeran rulers repeatedly did everything they could to eliminate any trace of the language, culture and learning of the other three tribes. The goal was to eliminate even the memory that there was ever anything other than the Xiomeran Empire, with Xiomerans ruling it.

The creators of this cultural genocide came very close to achieving their goal. But in secret, devoted activists kept the cultures and heritage of the other tribes alive, often paying the price for it by sitting in jail, or even with their lives. Their sacrifice has managed to keep the spark of the other tribes’ heritage alive. And today, activists young and old alike are fanning that spark into a new flame that is lighting their domains with a new appreciation and awareness of their own heritage and their unique roles in the history of Huenya.

In previous eras, previous Imperial rulers have responded to such efforts by shutting them down, through subtle means such as propaganda and counter-education, and through more aggressive means such as imprisoning activists and shutting down Itotemoc, Necatli and Tepiltzin cultural centers and organizations. It is unclear if the current leadership under Emperor Topilpopoca will respond in a similar fashion. The past history of this Emperor is not promising; when he first became Emperor, in 2001, he ordered a series of actions to curtail cultural activities in the tribal domains. And today, his government is considering a demand by Secretary of Education Etalmac to do so again.

If the Emperor is wise, he will not repeat his mistake in 2001 again in 2019. Times have changed, and the other three tribes will not simply accept continued attempts by the Empire to sweep their culture, history, language and heritage under a pretty golden rug woven in Tlālacuetztla. Topilpopoca has always said that his greatest concern is maintaining the stability of the Empire. That can only happen if everyone in the Empire feels like they’re part of the Xiomeran story.

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Post by Xiomera » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:37 am

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Xiomeran Imperial News, International Edition
Atl 17, Xatl Tohtli, 2019

Government gives Laeral overture cautious consideration

The Imperial government is "seriously considering" seeking expanded trade relations with Laeral, in the wake of a recent announcement by that country's Trade Minister that they would be interested in seeking closer trade ties with the Empire.

Trade Minister Raoul Chen stated in a Laeral government committee meeting that their goal would be to open relations with Xiomera, along with other nations such as Shuell and Kerlile, "in order to pursue mutually beneficial trade". This was met with cautious optimism by Secretary for Trade and Economic Relations Tlanextia. "We would be most interested in pursuing mutually beneficial trade and diplomatic relations with Laeral, as we indeed are with all nations of the IDU," the Secretary said. "We believe there is much our nations can offer each other."

She added, however, that any expanded trade between Xiomera and any other nation would be contingent on it being "mutually respectful as well as mutually beneficial." While the Secretary did not elaborate, it is believed that this was in response to a later statement from Minister Chen that expanded trade "will allow for ideas of democracy, human rights, and Laeralian values to enter these nations." Trade relations between Xiomera and the outside world have historically been contingent upon it remaining a strictly business affair, without impacting the social harmony of the Empire. But with the Emperor and other tribal leaders eagerly seeking to rev up the already humming Xiomeran economy, it is highly likely that some minor accomodation will be made to appease foreign concerns about human rights in order to facilitate trade.

In a related story, Secretary Tlanextia confirmed that the government is also considering extending a trade package and offer of investment to Lauchenoiria, in a bid to deepen relations as well as to help that nation recover from its recent civil war. That, too, is likely contingent on whether or not the Marwick administration is willing to work with a nation that does not wish to be part of any democratic crusade.

Extradition sought for "pirate" media outlet accused

The Secretariat of Justice has sent arrest warrant "red notices" to the nations of Zamastan, Laeral and Lauchenoiria, requesting the "detention and speedy extradition" of Xiomeran citizens believed to be behind the operations of the "pirate" media outlet XUN.

"The ongoing investigation by the Xiomeran Imperial Police and the Directorate of Media Review has determined that several of the individuals behind this subversive operation are currently hiding in your jurisdiction. The operations of this unapproved 'pirate' media operation are responsible for continuing disruption to social harmony and cohesion, as well as blatant misrepresentation of facts and manipulation of coverage to try to turn the Xiomeran people against their duly chosen government representatives," Secretary of Justice Cētlalhui said in a letter attached to the arrest warrants. "We urge that you detain these individuals and deliver them to the appropriate Xiomeran authorities as quickly as possible, as their actions will cause grave harm to the Xiomeran people if left unhindered," the letter added.

XIP officers delivered warrants linked to five Xiomeran citizens in Laeral, four in Zamastan, and two in Lauchenoiria. Since the Empire has no extradition treaties with any of those nations, Justice officials acknowledged it is unlikely that the governments in question will honor the warrants. It is hoped, however, that the formal notice will result in the governments in question taking some form of action to prevent XUN from using their countries as safe havens to continue to spread an anti-Xiomeran message. While no mention has been made of any kind of punitive measures should the nations in question ignore the warrants, it is unknown what other leverage Xiomera may have, if any, in the matter.

Shakeup in Necatli: Chicaliztli out as Tlatoani

After a twelve-hour marathon session of the Necatli ihuicatl marked by six failed attempts to call a vote, opponents of the sitting tribal leader Chicaliztli were finally able to force a vote, which led to his removal as tlatoani of the Necatli tribe.

In a vote of 350 to 140, with six absences and four abstentions, the ihuicatl voted to replace Chicaliztli with Noxochicotzin, his chief rival and architect of the bid to change leaders. Noxochicotzin had charged that Chicaliztli was hindering attempts to develop the Necatli tribal domain due to his personal rivalry with the Emperor, as well as his "disloyal anti-Imperial attitude". The supporters of Chicaliztli argued that he was standing up for the independence of the Necatli from Imperial interference, as well as trying to preserve their unique status as the least developed and most rural region of Xiomera. The vote finally turned on the resentment many of Chicaliztli's opponents felt about the relatively poor Necatli economy and a poverty rate considerably higher than the rest of Xiomera.

Noxochicotzin will take over the office of tlatoani immediately, and has already planned to meet with Imperial officials to jump-start plans to boost Necatli development.
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Post by Xiomera » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:34 am

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atl 17. xatl tohtli. 2019
Extradite This, Cētlalhui

In an entirely predictable and typically authoritarian move, Secretary of Injustice Cētlalhui has sent arrest warrants to the nations where XUN is currently based: Laeral, Lauchenoiria and Zamastan. Their goal: to get us arrested, and to get XUN shut down. It apparently wasn't enough to chase us out of the country we love, away from our families, our homes and our fellow Huenyans. (And yes, we say Huenyans, not Xiomerans, because that's what we are. Well, except for those of us who are ethnic Xiomerans, but we're still Huenyans too.)

We are more bemused than afraid, at this point. Democratic nations typically have no interest in sucking up to autocrats like Emperor Topilpopoca and his band of mini-autocrats in Tlālacuetztla. Laeral and Zamastan are known for their love of freedom. The Lauchenoirians just fought a civil war to make sure they'd have freedom. If the Emperor thinks these are the kind of people who will either be swayed by the wealth at his command, or afraid of his uniformed goons, we think he had best get used to disappointment.

But even if we are wrong, we are not afraid. If the wealth at the Emperor's command, and the roaring engine of a Xiomeran economy powered by heartless competition and greed, does sway the hearts of our hosts, or if the fear of Xiomeran armies changes their minds, we'll find another place to go, and continue to fight for a future where Huenya, the golden land of our hearts, vanquishes the dark beast that is the Xiomeran Empire. And if it turns out there is no safe haven left, we will return to Xiomera and meet our fate, whatever it may be.

But if Cētlalhui really wants to try and extradite us, all of us at XUN have a finger to raise to him, and it's not the ring finger of the Emperor that he's used to kissing.

Foreign media? Yes please

(The following is a transcript of part of the XUN segment Roundtable of Rhetoric, a popular discussion show on the network.)

ITONAN (host of the show): And we're back from the mandatory paying-the-bills commercial break...I know that last commercial was for that Fishy Chips snack, but take it from me: they taste like old sweaty socks. Don't eat them. And hey, speaking of old and sweaty, did you all catch Secretary Tlanextia babbling about wanting trade to be "mutually respectful"...in other words, none of that popular foreign media trying to influence our culture?

TEUICO (retired star ōllamalitzli player): Oh yeah. That's stupid.

MAZANYA (once popular but now semi-retired Xiomeran pop singer): How so? Isn't our culture good enough?

TEUICO: Oh please. Seriously, Xiomeran TV and movies stink. How many docudramas of the Warring States era or telenovels of Camaxtica's reign do we really need to see? Or, Mixcoatl save us, another idiotic show like Tank Full Of Business Pirahnas or What Made You Think You Had Talent? Or yet another military parade or a photo op of the Emperor opening a farm or something....Xiomeran TV is enough to make you want to throw your TV out the window. If Laeral, or literally anyone else, wants to send us something to watch that's actually interesting and not insufferably predictable, I'm all for it.

MAZANYA: Hey, I happen to like What Made You Think You Had Talent?

TEUICO: That's because someone made you think you have talent. You don't, and neither does almost anyone else on Xiomeran TV or in music or movies.

MAZANYA: As I recall, I made quite a bit more money than you did playing with balls.

TEUICO: So? You haven't had a hit in so long that they're starting to measure your record sales the same way they measure continental drift.

ITONAN: Okay, before this goes even further off the rails, maybe we can hear from our other guest. Tiyaxi, wanna jump in here? Please?

TIYAXI (retired professor of media studies at Tlālacuetztla Polytechnic): As raucous as this discussion has been, it does lead to an interesting point. What does the government fear so much about letting in cultural products from other countries? Are they just afraid that Xiomerans will turn away from our own cultural products to embrace the foreign ones and thus hurt the Xiomeran economy and culture? If so, that seems to run contrary to the ethos of "competition is everything and everything is competition" that is always being touted in Xiomera. We're always told that we can compete in anything with anyone in the world - well, I say, prove it. Let other countries send us their best products, including media ones, and we'll see how well we stack up, won't we? But I think the government is really afraid that the competition it'll lose in the long run is for Xiomeran hearts and minds. If our people see how other people in other countries live, and how they are governed, and compare it to Xiomera, which way will they choose? It speaks, in my mind, of an inherent insecurity at the heart of our ruling class. They don't seem confident themselves that they'll win that fight for hearts and minds. That speaks volumes to me.

TEUICO: In other words, "competition is everything if we know we'll win?"

TIYAXI: Exactly.

TEUICO: Not very sporting, that. I agree with the professor, bring on the foreign cultural products, please. Hey Mazanya, they might even give you a part in some foreign movie or something. The people in other countries probably don't know how boring your music is yet. You might have a shot.

MAZANYA: Bite me, ball boy.

ITONAN: And on that note, it's time for another commercial break. Please, not those damn fish chips again.

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