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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    "I have agreed with you all I think needs to be agreed to - from economy, to defense, to citizens rights, I think this summit has been an immense success."

    The two heads of government were lead out to an area outside the Saint Pierre Dominion Assembly with two podiums, and the press seated outside. They were both invited to make statements and then to answer questions.

    "Today, here in Saint Pierre, we have made great progress towards a more peaceful future. Ms Baschet and I have agreed on defence policy, agreeing to standardise our nuclear arsenals and we have agreed to cooperate on security and run drills cooperatively. In addition, we have made the freedom of movement of people, goods and services easier for people on both sides of la Manche which will facilitate economic growth. This is a step in the right direction, so I look forward to continuing to cooperate with the government of Gallorum to carry on this move towards peace. I will now take a few questions."

    "Hi, Henri François from the National Times. Is it total free movement or are there some caveats?"

    "It is total free movement for people who want to work. People who get jobs within 3 months of making a move can continue living in either Gallorum or Icholasen, but without jobs they cannot continue on."

    "Michelle Legault from the NBC. Are you confident these proposals can pass through the Nonet?"

    "Absolutely. I have no doubt ever since the Saint Romain by-election win that we will be able to secure a majority in the Nonet for the proposals agreed here. I will take one final question."

    "George Henderson from the Saint Novella Chronicle. Will there be a decrease in the military power of Icholasen?"

    "No, we will be working to raise both our nations up to the same level, rather than reducing our military force. This is so that we can face up to the problems we face as a nation. Thank you for your questions."

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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    "I'm very open to these ideas. Stability in our region has been hard won - some would say it's not yet been achieved so collaboration will be important if we want to keep both ourselves and our region safe. I think though that we shouldn't reduce our stockpiles, just raise them to be at a similar size and at a similar rate.

    I am strongly for cooperation in industry, our armaments are among the best in Europe. I think thousands more jobs could be created with a programme along the lines of arms production, making new arms to protect peace.

    We share regional threats so any intelligence cooperation will be extremely important for our nations. I would like to see cooperation in this area and I agree with your proposals in this regard, and I am for working together with QGSC."

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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    'Right.' Whiteford said. 'So to clarify, we have free movement of goods and services, and a free travel area. For work, citizens will have to find a job within three months to be eligible to stay. I'll let you decide what we discuss next.'

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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    ‘I agree with most of those proposals, and the precautions to stop the abuse of hospitality will be essential. I agree that travellers shouldn’t need visas, but I think there should be a grace period where someone can look for work in our respective countries before being asked to leave, rather than needing to prove employment before arriving. Do you agree with this premise and how long would you say that that period should be?’

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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    ‘I’m very pleased to meet you’ Whiteford said ‘though please, call me Eilidh.’ As the first impression was made, aides lead the two leaders to the conference room in the Saint Pierre Dominion Assembly. Whiteford knew what her priority was: economic cooperation. She did not know the priority of her interlocutor, but as they were broadly similarly politically minded this is what Whiteford decided to start with, easing into the negotiations.

    ‘What my government and I would like to establish is the free movement of people, services and goods. This would of course mean people are able to travel and fill worker shortages in our respective countries. But I’d like to propose that there is a time limit on ability to claim welfare and also a time limit for a person to become self sufficient. My government proposes that a citizen would have to have lived in the country for at least a year to claim welfare, and be self sufficient in at least 3 months to be able to stay. What is your position on these proposals?

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  • RE: The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

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    As Whiteford and her team awaited the arrival of the Prime Minister, she wondered whether the negotiations would be fruitful. Whiteford knew that defence would come up and that it would be incredibly difficult for her to keep everyone happy. She was not known as a hawk as such, especially not compared to her Party of June predecessor, Delphine Cormier. Cormier had initiated an expansion of the Nicoleizian armed forces that Whiteford was now in charge of. Whiteford on the other hand had forged a very centrist defence policy, a continuation of construction but not much would be newly constructed. It appeased the majority of people in her party. That’s all that seemed to matter. Both the delegation from Gallorum, the doves in her party would likely want a climb down of military spending, but the hawks, and potentially national vanity would demand she maintain Nicoleizian forces as they are, no matter the cost.

    “They’ve texted me, they’re on their way.” Said an aide.

    “Thank you” Whiteford said, barely acknowledging the aide - not out of aloofness but because her thoughts were 5,000 miles away from reality. This was, as everyone kept reminding her, the first meeting since 1990 so a huge responsibility lay on Whiteford and her delegation to get this right. This could be a huge moment and she knew that her time to fly or fall was now.

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  • RE: Icholasen News Media

    NBC 6:

    Questions to the First Minister: Saint Novella Dominion

    Samantha Terrace is taking questions as First Minister of the Dominion of Saint Novella

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    The President of the Assembly: Our first questions come from Fabian Greene, Mr Greene, you’re hereby allotted 3 questions for the First Minister.

    Fabian Greene, leader of the Opposition, Socialist Party: Will the First Minister be joining the other Dominion’s in privatising the Postal Services, and does she accept that this will lead to slower post and isolation of the most isolated areas.

    Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Yes my executive plans to privatise postal services. What I’d like to highlight is that use of the postal services is declining in our Dominion, we’re a very urban Dominion so that’s not exactly a surprise. Most parcels are sent by courier services which are already private companies. I reject your proposition that the private sector is slower, it is the opposite. It makes sense to privatise postal services for our Dominion.

    Fabian Greene, Leader of the Opposition, Socialist Party: Is it the policy of this executive to legalise magic mushrooms and other drugs if and when the Central government allows these powers to Dominion governments? If so will she push for the release of those already jailed for the crimes?

    Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: The Saint Novella executive plans to offer a free vote for our DAMs, but we strongly advise a vote for the decriminalisation of magic mushrooms. As for your second point, we will release anyone convicted of crimes that are made legal by this Assembly. As well as this, we will fund drug preventative measures - just because this executive’s policy is going to be decriminalising certain drugs, that doesn’t mean that we condone their use. We will be strongly advising against drug use, but we don’t think it’s a crime, rather a health concern.

    Fabian Greene, leader of the Opposition, Socialist Party: Housing is an increasingly big problem for people in Saint Novella city. What is the First Minister doing to remedy this problem and avoid people being unable to live in the city?

    Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Our plans involve using our powers to build housing with our powers to commission public transport. We have a short term plan which is to build more housing period, but the executive has been working on a longer term plan which plans to use brownfield sites to build new communities with concentrated public transport options to facilitate transport into the city.

    The President of the Assembly: Alexander Kensington.

    Alexander Kensington, NAP Leader in the Assembly: I commend the First Minister for her decision to privatise postal services and lower the tax burden on us. Will the First Minister use this money for tax breaks or to unnecessarily increase the size of the government?

    Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Thank you for that rare compliment. Our executive has decided that the tax burden will be reduced, but that some of the money saved by privatising the postal services will be moved to the modern equivalent: broadband. Our infrastructure relating to broadband is in constant need of repairs and improvements and we would like to see our system updated in this Dominion so that it is fit for the years ahead and all major problems should hopefully be eliminated.

    The President of the Assembly: Russo Tunrons

    Russo Tunrons, Liberal Democratic Socialist Dominion Assembly Member: I welcome the First Minister’s commitment to decriminalise magic mushrooms, but could she be more specific as to which other drugs she thinks should be decriminalised and what drugs the central government will allow us to consider their legalisation?

    Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Korojaunu Whiteford has stated that magic mushrooms will be on the table, but other drugs such as cocaine are still in play. The First Minister of Saint Regina has said she wants a chance to decriminalise drugs like cocaine, I don’t know how much I agree with her, but the legislation made in Saint Regina will be the legislation we have to abide by and we will bring it to a vote when we have the right to. Now, if I may, I’d like to close proceedings - I will continue my duties in this house later today and in the Nonet this week.

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  • The Gallorum - Icholasen Summit

    Saint Regina, Icholasen:

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    Eilidh Whiteford found herself just 2 days after the Saint Romain by-election, where she managed to hold onto all of her seats, preparing to fly to Saint Pierre for a summit with Gallorum's Prime Minister. It had certainly been nothing short of a busy week for the Nicoleizian Korojaunu and it was just about to get busier. Whiteford was relieved to have kept all 260 Party of June seats intact, and her majority in both houses - but whether the Party of June itself was in tact was another question. This result, Whiteford gambled, would hopefully go to show that Whiteford has all the cards.

    Whiteford boarded her helicopter and flew northwards to Saint Pierre where she was expecting a delegation of Party of June officials from Saint Pierre and also the Foreign Minister. During the flight she thought about how losing the Nonet seat in Saint Romain could have rendered this entire summit impossible, as it's the Nonet who has to ratify treaties made by the executive. Glad that she had avoided this eventuality, Whiteford looked out across the country she served from the air with a brief moment of bliss, "there'll be no more defections now" she thought to herself.

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    After Whiteford landed in Saint Pierre, she was driven to the Saint Pierre Dominion Assembly - the location of the summit. She smiled thinking that Kate Germain was now out of the picture, unable to cause trouble. Whiteford also realised that she was standing outside a Dominion Assembly with a Party of June majority Dominion Executive. The Party of June really was on the up: 2017 wasn't just a fluke, a halcyon age for the Party, it was just the start for Whiteford and her party: the Party of June.

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    Whiteford met the key representatives of her party from Saint Pierre and the Foreign Minister in the gardens of the Saint Pierre Dominion Assembly. Left: Juirju Edwards: Saint Pierre Senator and Minister for Defence. Centre, Katja Jenkins: the Foreign Minister and South Regina Senator. And farthest right, Simone Darnaud: the Nonet member for Saint Pierre and First Minister of the Saint Pierre executive. The four exchanged pleasantries and went over the priorities of the summit agreed in Cabinet and with all the Party of June Nonéteurs and Nonétrices. The four then discussed a range of topics while awaiting the arrival of Elizabeth Baschet in the gardens of the Assembly.

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  • RE: Icholasen News Media

    The Saint Romain Tribune

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    Clara André, Nonétrice and thus head of the executive of Saint Romain has formed a minority government in the Saint Romain Assembly. The Parti Romain will act as their confidence and supply partners. André will support the Parti Romain's campaign for a united Romain Assembly, working with Romain Proper Party of June DAMs to vote for a referendum to allow this to come to pass. This is the key policy that the Parti Romain demanded be heeded by the Party of June in return for support.

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    Key: Party of June (centrist): orange, 19 seats, Parti Romain (nationalist left): purple, 4 Seats, Socialists (left): red, 5 seats, National Awakening Party (right): blue, 17 seats

    The Party of June has 19 seats in the new Saint Romain Assembly, with 23 needed for a majority for any motion. Luckily, the PR managed to get 4 DAMs in the recent by-election which makes this arrangement perfect in terms of Assembly mathematics. As Nonétrice, André does have tie-break powers in the Assembly, as in all Dominions which could give her the edge in certain issues that make votes very close.

    Nonéteurs and Nonétrices across the country often head the legislature of their region as the Nonet doesn't normally have much business to discuss and they have special powers within the Dominion Assembly that they can act on. Those in quieter Dominions where there is a majority in their favour often take up a Ministry as well, like Samantha Terrace, Nonétrice for Saint Novella who is the Health Minister.

    The Party of June is a Unionist party and they believe that Icholasen should remain as one country, but the Parti Romain is the opposite. André stated however that both the PR and the PoJ want what is best for Romain and that entering into a loose electoral pact does not mean mutual endorsement of all policies, including those on the Union.

    André has stated that she will look to the NAP for support on the privatisation of postal services along with other parties issues on which they share common ground. André has said she accepts that the Party of June does not have a free-reign to do whatever they please in the Assembly and she continued to say that the recent by-election result will be taken into account, saying that more nationalist voters means we need to deliver more devolution and offer a referendum into more powers for the nation of Romain.

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