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ASSEMBLY BOOSTS EDUCATION FUNDING
(Runnymede, IRV) With mandatory elections looming in the distance, the governing Conservative Progressive Union, in an attempt to appeal to centrist-minded voters, moved to increase Borealium's education budget. This surprising move, spearheaded by Education, Sports, and Culture Minister Bruce Hollister (CP-1) was enthusiatically supported by the left-wing opposition parties and generally frowned upon by the CPU's junior governing partners. The Education Ministry Budget was passed by a 254-171 vote; the Bradon delegation in the Assembly, outside of the separatist parties, stood firmly behind Hollister's proposals.
STRULSSON UNDER INVESTIGATION
(Groton, MOR) The head of the Bradonian nationalistic Fatherland Party, MP Bjorn Strulsson (BF-10) is under investigation for misappropriation of political campaign contributions and corruption stemming from his tenure as chairman as a regional governor in the former Kalmar State of Bradonia. Strulsson supposedly enriched his own pockets with campaign funds, oversaw a state government where nepotism and cronyism were rampant, and kickbacks for favorable business treatment were endemic.
SUMMER FESTIVAL TO BEGIN
(Daventry) Daventry's annual Summer Festival, a celebration of Bradon culture and history, kicks off this weekend. Traditional music, food, and crafts will be on display throughout Daventry's Old Town. In time for the festival, officials from the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture will announce that historic Daventry Castle will be open to the public for the first time since shortly after the collapse of the former Bradonian state. The Castle was damaged in rioting during the anarchic early days of the Bradon Civil War, but restored by an international team of historical socities and reconstruction specialists.
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ASSEMBLY VOTES TO RESTRICT VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
By a one-vote margin, the National Assembly voted to restrict the sales of violent video games to individuals 21 and over, in response to an increase in violent crime among young Borealish.
The bills’ co-authors, Jeffrey Lukather (TP-13) and Adam Hart (CP-1), eked out the 233-232-15 margin in contentious debate in the Assembly. “It is time to protect our impressionable young from the worst our culture has to offer,” said Lukather. “Parents need to be given a fighting chance to teach our children the values that will bring law-abiding citizens.” Added Hart, “The right of video game makers to put on the screen any content they like needs to be balanced with the right of society to protect its children.”
Opposition to the bill was led by Eric Sandoval (PA-2,) who had been a computer programmer before joining the Assembly. “We like to pretend we are a free country, This legislation suggests that the government does not trust the Borealish people to make decisions about what video games should be sold.” Added Liberty League backbencher Curtis Engle (LL-3,) “the government does not need to interfere in the private lives of its citizens.”
The government hopes that this measure will cut juvenile delinquency.
ANGRY DEMONSTRATORS DEMAND APOLOGY FROM CONDON
(South Ambler, KNT)
A large demonstration in this hometown of Defense Minister Bill Condon, co-sponsored by a number of liberal churches, minority rights and progressive political organizations, demanding Condon apologize for remarks made the other day on The Hot Seat, in which he seemed to refer to Borealium’s Aeta/Tavril community as “short little bugs.” Most voices also called for Premier Arnold Layne to dismiss Condon from his post.
“Bill Condon = Short Little Bug” read a sign carried by Lara Harang of West Tisbury, a junior at National University who came to attend a demonstration at the Town Hall in this normally quiet medium-sized Kent County town. “We are here because we are against racism. Having racists in high government posts reflects very badly on the Borealish people,” said Harang. Though most protestors were from out of town, there were a few Kent County residents in the crowd, including Marc Winter of Epping Forest. “Condon’s been an embarrassment to Kent County for years. It only enforces negative stereotypes about Kent. I hope this latest incident helps us toss this buffoon from office.”
Most of South Ambler’s townspeople, other hand, expressed annoyance at the demonstrators, and a few National Action loyalists conducted a counter-demonstration across the street, with signs saying “We Support Bill Condon” while shouting “Go home! Go home!” repeatedly. (Whether they were asking the demonstrators to return to their home towns, or were asking Borealium’s minorities to leave the country it was unclear.)
Though South Ambler has always stood behind its native son, Kent County is not as safe for the NAP as is commonly thought, and a unified centrist front might spell trouble for Condon.
SPRINGFIELD METRO AREA APPLIES FOR NEW MASS-TRANSIT FUNDING
Springfield, which has had famously little mass transit compared to other large Borealish cities, has requested funds from the Commonwelath to construct a subway system. The system would have four different subway lines that serve both Adams and Lancaster Counties, and at least one commuter rail propose would extent regular rail transit to Statesboro in Everett County. #
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TRANSCRIPT OF BBS INTERVIEW
JANICE REED: Good evening, this is Janice Reed, and welcome to The Hot Seat. Tonight we have one of the most controversial figures to come along in Borealish politics in some time – Minister of Defense and National Action Party Floor Leader Bill Condon. Good evening, Minister Condon. Thank you for coming on The Hot Seat.
BILL CONDON: Good evening, Ms. Reed.
REED: So. What inspired you to get into politics?
CONDON: From a very young age, I knew I wanted to shape my country. I thought our government was overly socialistic, too intrusive, and in generally too bloated. I found this out for sure when trying to run my grocery store business in Kent County. The taxpayers of my hometown were sending far too much money to Runnymede and not getting good value for it. I was also watching how rotten and contaminated by foreign influence our culture was becoming, and how the media seemed only to fan the flames torching our civilization…
REED: ..which brings me to my first question. You and your party have always considered yourself the recipient of bad press….
CONDON: Definitely, Ms. Reed. We have gotten a raw deal. Our opponents can’t stop demonizing us as these horrible monsters, warmongers, racists, fascists, whatever. I feel that everyday we sit in government we are proving the naysayers wrong. The world has not ended on our watch.
From our beginnings, our opponents, in all parties, called us names. They ridiculed our positions. I remember when I won the Kent County seat for the first time. There were only a few of us then. I knew we would be big someday, since the time for our ideas has come in Borealium,
REED: Do you think it is far to call the National Action Party “far right?”
CONDON: The terms “left” and “right” are inadequate to describe what we, or for that matter, what politics are all about. In some sense, we are “right-wing” in the traditional sense of that word, but there are a number of things where some of our members might disagree on what might be a “right-wing” position on an issue.
REED: Would it be fair to call the National Action Party a “nationalist” party?
CONDON: Absolutely. I have no problem with the characterization of the NAP as a nationalist party. We stand up for the national interests of this Commonwealth, and to the extent that other parties refuse to do so, it is our position that they are unfit to govern Borealium. If that means taking stances unpopular with other nations, so be it. I do not work for, say, Pragmas, or Tavril Cross, or West Bradonia. I am a servant of this Commonwealth, and to serve another nation would be like treason.
REED: Would it be fair to call the National Action Party an “extremist” party?
CONDON: I have noticed that “extremist” has often been used as a code word for “racist” in many Borealish newspapers. I can assure you the National Action Party is not a racist party. We take no position on questions of the racial superiority of one ethnic group or another.
In the strict sense of the word, however, we can be said to be extremists. If by extremist you mean willing to stand up and offend the wine-and-cheese crowd because you refuse to be politically incorrect, then yes. We are extremists for Borealium. We feel very strongly about this. We see no point on being moderate or neutral when it comes to being proud of our nation and our heritage.
REED: Your party platform supports a reversal of the territorial integration of eastern Bradonia. Do you stand by that plank personally?
CONDON: We opposed the addition of the Bradonian territories. Our party members opposed the vote, and I campaigned against the referendum in Borealium.
However, It is my view that they are now a part of the Commonwealth and to abandon them to an uncertain future would be wrong. There are those in my party who do not agree, and on this issue they are free to disagree.
My position is that the Bradonians are helping to provide for our common defense and are by and large proving themselves worthy of Borealish citizenship.
REED: Are there issues, Minister, on which you are not so flexible?
CONDON: Yes, there are. An NAP member who votes for lax immigration controls, to eviscerate our military, or to increase Borealish taxes to pay for immigrants or welfare dependents will be ineligible for leadership, and a member who does so routinely risks being ejected from our caucus or even having their credentials revoked.
REED: What is your take on the flap between the Commonwealth and Pragmas over the UN Delegacy?
CONDON: Ms. Reed, as Defense Minister, it is my role to defend our vital national interests by any means necessary. Minister Stebbins was in dereliction of his duty, and a group of Assembly members took it upon ourselves to step into the breach and protect our interests. It would have been preferable to do so at that time than to wait until Anna Posoc’ continued to undermine us on the international stage. There was a crisis and it has ended. The irresponsible, anti-Borealish voices in Pragmas were trounced in recent elections. The good Pragman people appear to have come to their senses. I feel I am entitled to some credit for this.
REED: How would you explain allegations that your Ministry and Southern Command mishandled the Wahoovia situation?
CONDON: There was a problem, and we fixed it. Our military did a wonderful job in Monroe, and many thanks to the Griquans who asserted control in the south of Wahoovia. The blockade of Wahoovia by the now-ousted regime in Pragmas was not a factor. In an attempt to bolster their failing government, they tried to blame Borealium for the inevitable problems of peacekeeping missions.
Frankly, I’d prefer we stop doing these missions. Our military should be used for one purpose – to defend Borealium and vital Borealish interests. But until the day comes that my views carry the day in Runnymede, I am charged with making sure they run as well as possible, and I take that duty very seriously.
REED: What would you say to voters about the Tavril crime wave that seems to have abated?
CONDON: It wasn’t just Tavril Cross. We were affected in Borealium as well. I demand a full investigation of our policies regarding border control, and how it became so lax, especially in light of my bill to toughen the standards for border crossings.
Our porous borders did this. Our government is not taking security seriously enough. Though it takes time to correct for the errors of previous regimes, and those were many, we need to do more.
It starts by having the guts to say “No” to the incoming hordes of bandits and thieves who cross our borders and declare open season on Borealium. But these parasites are not happy taking our handouts, handouts that previous governments did nothing to contain. Instead, under cover of darkness, they pillage our cities, they hijack our commerce, they conquer our streets. I say that is time to take back the streets, and our government, by sending these short little bugs back to from whence they…
REED: Minister…short little bugs?
CONDON: Um…we must be tough on crime, and not take our low crime rate for granted, for it may not be here tomorrow.
REED: Who are the short little bugs, Minister?
CONDON: Criminals. Bandits. Thieves. They walk the streets of our major cities. They prey on our elderly.
REED: Did you have any group in mind when you said that, Minister Condon?
CONDON: Your bias is showing, Ms. Reed. Your efforts to take my remarks out of context are becoming evident. I shall not continue any further with your interview.
REED: Thank you, Minister Condon.
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“From Borealium to the World and Back.”
MINIMUM WAGE ABOLITION BILL FAILS; FREE DEMOCRATS OUT OF COALITION – GOVERNMENT SURVIVES NO CONFIDENCE VOTE
The Free Democratic Party of Bradonia withdrew from the governing coalition today, following the endorsement of a Liberty League bill to abolish the national minimum wage by Premier Arnold Layne (CP-6.) “We simply cannot sit by and watch this government place its stamp of approval on the most crackpot ideas from the far right. It is irrelevant that the bill did not have the votes to pass. This government’s willingness to even consider such horrible legislation speaks volumes about their priorities, and we feel that our Bradonian constituents have had quite enough. No longer will they make legislation such as this a priority in our names,” said Free Democrat Party of Bradonia Floor Leader and International Affairs Minister Joseph Stebbins (FD-11.) Stebbins had been attacked by the right wing for his support of UN Ambassador Glenn Dobson in his argument with Defense Minister and National Action Floor Leader Bill Condon (NA-Kent) over relations between Borealium and the Empire of Pragmas.
The bill’s supporters, mostly in the Liberty League and National Action Parties, thanked Layne for his allowing the bill to proceed to the floor without being bottled up in committee, but criticized leadership for not supporting the controversial bill; most Farmers’ Alliance and Conservative Progressive MP opposed the legislation.
Following the Stebbins speech, Green Party Floor Leader Kendall Johnston (G-6) immediately called a Vote of No Confidence, which failed 211-241. In what may generate even more political fallout, eleven backbench members of the Farmers’ Alliance abstained from the vote while the two Bradonian separatist parties provided enough votes to the minority government to help keep them in power.
According to sources, Layne never had any intention of voting for the minimum wage bill, and indeed cast his vote in opposition while not using his CPU whip structure to push the legislation. The bill, after acrimonious debate in a tense atmosphere following Johnston’s No Confidence Vote, was defeated 165-283.
Layne expressed sorrow at the FD’s dissatisfaction with the government but hoped to work with them in the future. Condon could not be reached for comment.
SITUATION IN TAVRIL CROSS IMPROVES – BORDER SECURITY RETURNED TO NORMAL
(Tavril Cross) Authorities on both sides of the oft-travelled Borealium-Tavril Cross border are breathing easier these days. A massive crime spree that had primarily affected Borealium’s southern neighbor but plagued both sides of the border has largely abated, according to Borealish Border Patrol authorities.
Rioting in the northern city of Legespee, the last of the major unrests to hit Tavril cities, was quelled with the help of reserve Peace Officers from neighboring Lancaster County and nearby Springfield last week. Following the end of that crisis, border restrictions were gradually relaxed, with re-normalization scheduled to be complete tomorrow.
A few Borealish politicians suggested that the period of anarchy in Tavril Cross should serve as a warning to the Commonwealth. “When governments take steps that accelerate the division of society into haves and have-nots, there can be catastrophic consequences,” warned Green Deputy Floor Leader Travis Doves (G-4.) “Our government should be taking notes.”
LOCAL VARIDU WATCH EVENTS WITH CONCERN
(Runnymede) Many Varidu immigrants to Borealium are also feeling the heat of ethnic warfare in the former Rimanter. “Varidu are people too,” says Alexander Kadar, a spokesman for the Capital Area chapter of the Varidu League of Borealium. “We hope that Borealium will at least consider protecting our people from the predations of a Tereshi state increasingly drunk with power, power supplied to them in large part by Borealium. This country is fond of grand pronouncements about human rights, but in its very backyard, ethnic cleansing is happening as we speak.”
In many Borealish cities, a large Tereshi population with strongly negative feelings towards the Varidu lurks as a danger. Borealium has a large Tereshi population (by far the largest outside Teresh itself) which left the former Empire of Rimanter for a variety of reasons – some for freedom they could not obtain in Rimanter, others for economic opportunity.
In more recent years, some Tezek and Varidu, both affluent and poor, have made their home in the Commonwealth as well. But they do not have the networks and the political clout the Tereshi have gained for themselves in Borealium.
In an atmosphere of mistrust and uncertainty involving the remaining Varidu state, strained relations with Pragmas, and a diplomatic donnybrook between Teresh and West Bradonia, Borealish authorities lean strongly against the idea of any large-scale intervention in Garkot and Erener.
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WAHOOVIA PLAGUE ENDED DESPITE PRAGMAN ACTIONS – BOREALISH FORCES FOCUS ON EXMORE
(Monroe, Wahoovia) After the Health Ministry gave the green light after the cessation of the pneumonic plague outbreak , Borealish troops have moved southward to an area near Exmore, near the border with the Pragman sector, vacating Monroe.
“This location will serve as a good place to protect Wahoovian people from Pragmas and whatever aggressive designs they might harbor,” said Colonel Peter Decker of Southern Command.
Figures of an “outbreak” of pnemonic plague in Monroe were exaggerated by Pragman sourcesm who just now have admitted that the alleged epidemic was limited to 35 cases. Borealish peacekeeping forces brought their customary medical personnel, and took care of the minor problem that emanated from an area far closer to Pragmas than to the Borealish sector of Wahoovia.
“The Pragman blockade prolonged the problem, to the extent that one existed, by inhibiting the flow of medical personnel from Borealium.” said Health Minister Allen Ulrich (FD-Bradford.) “Health problems are far from unusual in failed states, particularly as rural dwellers migrate to coastal cities to receive aid from international peacekeepers. It is nothing new for Borealish military personnel. What is new here is that another country implemented a blockade out of spite.”
“It is bad enough their state-owned propaganda outlets inflated a minor problem,” said Defense Minister Bill Condon (NA-Kent.) “Then they resorted to an illegal and aggressive blockade against a neutral country. They are now taking credit for ending this so-called “crisis,” and now they continue to wage war on both Wahoovia and Borealium, even after their manufactured crisis has abated.”
ASSSEMBLY ORDERS DIPLOMATIC CORPS TO LEAVE DEZZAR FOR ESMAEL
In a cost-cutting and re-prioritizing move, the National Assembly, upon an initiative by Erik Oquist (FA-10,) ordered the International Diplomacy team from Dezzar to decamp for Esmael, in the other direction from Borealium. The initiative gained the blessing of Foreign Minister Joe Stebbins (FD-11) and Premier Arnold Layne (CP-6.)
“Esmael is a former ally of ours in the Bradonia wars, and our history with them is far more extensive than our history with Dezzar,” remarked Stebbins. “The collapse of the monarchy there concerns us more, due to its proximity to key Borealish strategic partners, and to key competitors.”
BOREALISH ECONOMY BOOMING
(Freeport) Stocks on the BSE are appreciating at a record clip. Oxford-Crown is crowded with more and more upscale stores, and is inspiring imitators across the Commonwealth. Export markets are rising following the government’s move to encourage Borealium as a center of international finance. Borealium’s economy is among the fastest growing in the region.
It has not come, however, without a price – the Commonwealth, traditionally proud of its lack of extremes of rich and poor, is now ranked only slightly above the median among all nations in equality of income and wealth distribution. Poverty and petty crime are on the increase in the Commonwealth as some Borealish find themselves left out of the boom. More poor citizens find themselves having to steal or beg to feed their children than in years. The homeless are more numerous today on the streets of Borealish than many citizens can recall. Though nothing like it was before the Troubles, this new government in Borealium has not made social equity a top priority.
The picture is slightly better in the Bradonian counties of the Commonwealth, as local governments have used their elevated autonomy to help preserve a somewhat stronger social safety net. The City and County of Freeport, in which the starkest divides between rich and poor can be found, is doing its best to cope by stepping up public food programs using the City’s large tax base.
Still, many Borealish believe the new changes are worth the cost. The government enjoys high approval ratings, and middle- and upper- income citizens are more prosperous than ever. Even some working-class Borealish, who have started new businesses, are finding their wallets fatter, in part due to a lower tax burden.
It is now the uneviable task of Premier Arnold Layne (CP-6) and his Conservative Progressive Union to maintain the balance between a prosperous nation and a just, egalitarian nation free of social disorder. Even with his approval ratings sky high, the dangers of moving closer to a winner-take-all society that few Borealish would want to live in loom over the horizon. #
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COMMONWEALTH STEPS UP BORDER PATROLS
(St. Helena, PRE) Thousands of citizens of both Borealium and Tavril Cross, whether for work, for shopping, or for tourism, cross the border between the two nations every day.
The Tavril border had often been seen as an afterthought by most Borealish military planners, following the governmental collapses and ensuing civil wars in Bradonia and Teresh.
However, with crime on the rise in neighboring Tavril Cross, the Borealish Border Patrol has increased its border patrols along the border to discourage criminal element from spreading the crime wave to Borealium.
General Daniel Trainor, the head of the Borealish Border Patrol Corps, remarked “Our neighbors have let things get a little out of control. We’re going to try our best to make sure the border remains as calm and stable as ever, without disrupting the lives of people who need to cross between the nations any more than necessary.”
The United Nations classifies Tavril Cross as “Anarchy” at the moment. “While we find that term somewhat misleading, we are still concerned,” said International Affairs Minister Joe Stebbins (FD-11).
TERESHI TROOPS OCCUPY ERENER CITY – ETHNIC CLASHES INTENSIFY
(Vairduczasy) Decades of pent up hostility are bubbling to the surface in this turbulent battleground, a byproduct of the fallout from the collapse of the former Empire of Rimanter.
Amidst much guerilla fighting in Erener City, Tereshi troops have asserted control of most of the city’s infrastucture and central business district.
There are reports that the Tereshi population of Garkot City and the surrounding area have been driving local Varidu residents out their neighborhoods, ransacking their homes and looting Varidu-owned businesses. The Tereshi military is officially discouraging such conduct but has generally looked the other way, particularly with regards to the looting of property of high-profile members of the nobility, most of whom have fled.
Many Varidu are seeking the refuge in some of the predominantly Varidu towns in Garkot and Erener, or across the border in Pragman territory. The more affluent among the Varidu have decamped for the Free Haven Enterprises colony in nearby Dulaka.
The Vairdu in Teresh itself are also feeling increasingly anxious as they find themselves surrounded by a hostile ethnic group, many of whom have revenge squarely on their minds.
Sources close to the Commonwealth’s government indicate that Borealish military peacekeepers may be brought into Garkot and Erener discourage such inter-ethnic warfare. Such an approach would have its drawbacks – Varidu are not inclined to trust a longtime enemy such as Borealium.
ANOTHER DIPLOMATIC WAR OF WORDS?
(Runnymede, IRV) A heated exchange occurred on Capitol Hill as Defense Minister Bill Condon (NA-Kent) and UN Ambassador Glenn Dobson traded barbs about the Defense Minister apparently picking yet another fight with Pragmas about their selection of former Chancellor Anna Posoc’ as UN Delegate for the Region.
“Foreign policy is the purview of the International Affairs Ministry and of the Diplomatic Staff - not the Defense Ministry, not random members of the National Assembly, and not the National Action Party,” Dobson declared angrily to much loud applause by left-wing opposition MP. “If you won’t stand up for Borealium’s rights as a nation, if you would stand by idly while another government selects someone clearly against our interests as delegate, then I suggest we replace you someone with someone who will assert our rights to be properly represented,” shouted back Condon. “While any MP are free to suggest such a replacement in an appropriate fashion, writing letters laden with threats to nations as we are trying to cooperate with them is a terrible way of suggesting change. It is clear that the gentleman from Kent County and his fellow co-signers are in no position to speak on matters of diplomacy, and it is indeed a fortunate situation for our Commonwealth that they are not,” responded International Affairs Minister Joseph Stebbins (FD-11.)
Premier Arnold Layne (CP-6) has another international mess to clean up, and intense dissension, both in the government as a whole and within the ranks of his own Conservative Progressive Union, since nearly thirty rank and file CPU members (of 106) signed the letter with Condon. “By endorsing Pragmas as a representative, it does not necessarily mean that we endorse every word every one of the governmental representatives say that may pertain to us,” said Layne in chambers, siding with his UN Ambassador, a fellow CPU member, and his IA Minister ahead of his Defense Minister.
In Assembly session later that afternoon, Social Democratic Party Deputy Floor Leader Mark Davidson (SD-5), filed a motion to censure Condon and his fellow co-signers. The bill will be heard in session tomorrow, as it was co-sponsored by the required 100 MP, mostly from the Progress Alliance, Social Democrats, and Greens.
NEWS IN BRIEF
* With little debate, the National Assembly, by a 294-151 vote, instructed Ambassador Glenn Dobson to support the “Religious Tolerance” resolution now before the United Nations. Most of the opposition to the resolution came from right-wing parties, who mostly opposed any effort to dictate the internal policies of other nations.
* The City of Seconset Beach has passed new restrictions on the preservation of historic cottages, preventing their demolition without approval from a new regulatory board. Commonwealth officials are expected to review the restrictions, which are opposed by developer interests amid skyrocketing real estate boom in Preston County.
* The newly named City of St. Helena will host this year’s Aeta Heritage Festival, a moving annual event that celebrates Aeta/Tavril history in Borealium. The event is expected to bring tourists from within and outside the Commonwealth, with food displays, traditional games, and a large carnival and parade. This would be the first Aeta Hertiage Festival held in Preston County since the celebration five years ago in Greenwich.
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TERESH MOVES INTO ERENER COUNTY
(Variduczasy) Troops from the Free Republic of Teresh, having overrun most of Garkot County, advanced into neighboring Erener County. Seeking to end persecution of Tereshi by Varidu rulers, Commandate Garba and the other Tereshi leaders decided to remove the Counts in Garkot and Erener entirely from power.
In a speech to the front, Commandante Rael Garba thanked the Tereshi soldiers “for doing the work of the Almighty in ejecting the aristocratic snakes from their nests.”
Eager to punish the noblemen for their treatment of their Tereshi subjects, the soliders of Teresh also searched the countryside for the ruling families. No sign of either Count, or most members of their family, have been found.
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTS UN DELEGATE TO OPPOSE “HYDROGEN-POWERED CARS” RESOLUTION
(Runnymede, IRV) The National Assembly overwhelmingly passed, with 399 votes, a resolution instructing UN Ambassador Glenm Dobson to vote “NO” on the “Hydrogen-Powered Cars” resolution currently before that body.
The debates – such as they were – included much discussion of what poor countries would do, particularly if they were dependent on the auto industry. Many mentions were made of Borealium’s own domestic auto industry; while Boreal Motors and other area manufactures are working on alternate fueling systems, it very much opposes any UN mandates to abandon current fossil fuel sources.
Many MP risked censure motions by suggesting that the Commonwealth refuse to comply with the resolution of it were to pass. Some MP in their speeches in support of the proposal announced to threaten to leave the UN entirely if it continues to pass costly resolutions.
Current polls of the General Assembly suggest the hydrogen fuel proposal has a high likelihood of passing.
DIPLOMAT CALLS FOR MORE HELP IN WAHOOVIA
(Wahoovia) Secretary of Foreign Affairs Walter Howland toured Monroe and Orange in the former republic of Wahoovia today. While he praised Borealish military peacekeepers and Service Corps support staff, he said that more had to be done and that other nations besides the Commonwealth and Pragmas should get involved.
CONTROVERSIAL ABORTION RESTRICTIONS VOTED DOWN
(Runnymede, IRV) In a tightly contested and bitter vote, the National Assembly voted down, 207-249, a set of proposed restrictions on abortion rights today, that would have included a 48-hour “waiting period,” parental and spousal notification requirements, and mandatory pre-surgical counseling.
Premier Arnold Layne (CP-6,) in response to pressure from the right flank of his coalition government, allowed the bill to bear his stamp of approval but chose to abstain when the bill came up for a vote. Law & Order Minister Will Lucas (CP-Hudson) led supporters to the vote, and expressed disappointment that it was mass desertions from CPU ranks that ultimately doomed the bill.
Fellow abortion opponent Jeff Lukather (TP-13) was more circumspect. “I do appreciate that our Premier allowed this vote to occur despite his own misgivings. We still don’t have the votes to overturn Borealium’s liberal abortion laws, and I pray for the day when Borealish citizens wake up and realize how dehumanizing killing the unborn truly is.” The abortion bill proved another headache for the True Path’s mostly liberal leadership, as the rank and file largely lined up behind Lukather rather than Floor Leader David Cottman (TP-Rutherford.)
In the end, the opposition, led by Loyal Opposition Leader Jason Dunster (PA-4) had the votes to stop the legislation, even with a small handful of defections from his own party.
COMMONWEALTH ECONOMY RATED “VERY STRONG”
(Freeport) The BSE closed at a new 10-year high. The ducat is strong against all local currencies. Unemployment is holding steady at new lower levels. And the current government is trying to reap the benefits.
New commercials for the Conservative Progressive Union touted that the United Nations Financial Bureau just upgraded its rating of the Borealish economy to “Very Strong” from its rating of “Good” when the CPU government took office. “After years of runaway government spending in previous governments, the CPU is restoring sanity to economic policy,” the ads proudly tout.
The commercials were produced by the lobbying firm Clark & Addison, based in Freeport. #