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    January 23 2015

    Inquista's Top 10% Are The Richest In The European Union

    Article by Leandra Hendricks

    Life is good in Saint Dominico's Eaux Claire District

    SAINT DOMINICO - According to some recently published data collected by the Inquistan Schools of Economics, it appears that the richest 10% of Inquistans earn on average far more than the 10% richest of other European countries. The report published by the ISE was led by Dr. Craig Montiego and Dr. Laird McMahon, both of whom are world renowned and well-decorated Inquistan economists. The report was commissioned by the Inquistan Department of Finance.

    According to the data, the 10% richest Inquistans earn an average income of ₣2,908,011. This places Inquista as the state with the highest average richest earners in the European Union. The second average highest earners come from the Duxburian Union, as their richest 10% earn an average income of ₣1,485,055. Angleter trails in third, with their richest 10% earning an average of ₣847,031.

    But more importantly, does this data really asses how well the Inquistan economy is doing? Well, simply put, the answer is no. This data only reflects a small paradigm of the Inquistan economy.

    As of late, the Inquistan economy has been booming. Exports and consumption are both steadily rising, and the Inquistan GDP has reached its highest point in history. Inquista has now reclaimed its position as the country with the second highest GDP per capita in the Europan Union, after falling to fourth position during the "Summer slump", and now has risen up with a GDP per capita of €46,984. Inquista is followed closely by Halsberg, which boasts a GDP per capita of €44,615. The Duxburian Union continues to lead the way with an impressive GDP per capita of €47,940.

    However, both these statistics do not take an important factor into consideration: disparity.

    While the richest 10% of Inquistans enjoy far more luxuries than any other of Europeans - the 10% of poorest Inquistan earn far less than the poorest of other nations. According to the same data collected by the ISE, the 10% lowest earning Inquistans only make an average income of ₣29,519. This is lower than many developing nations, such as Os Corelia, where 10% of their lowest earners make an average of ₣42,160.

    The wealth disparity in Inquista has become an increasingly larger problem. With no taxation to speak of, no minimum wage set in place and very little labour regulations, many workers have been calling for action. While unionization is legal in Inquista, no such labour unions have been formed. Since 2012, Inquista has also received massive waves of immigration from Marrakechia and the Western Sahara. While the Inquistan unemployment rate has steadily remained around 2.7%, 19% of working Inquistans have reportedly experienced a wage reduction in the past year. Many economic commentators have correlated the increasing immigration to the large amount of wage reductions. Many Marrakechian and Sahrawi immigrants are relatively poor, and have come to Inquista in search for jobs, even if it means earning very little.

    This is also perhaps why Inquista's top 10% are far more wealthier than in any other country. Inquista is by all means a tax haven, and is frequently rated by economists to be the best place to do business. One does not have to look further than the iconic Inquistan Kligenbergs to see the success of Inquista's economic model. The Kligenbergs are believed to have a family fortune well worth over a trillion Inquistan Franks. While some call it economic prosperity and progress, others call it economic exploitation. It is becoming of greater concern that the average Inquistan worker is far poorer than the average Inquistan CEO.

    The economy, and by extent, immigration, are certainly going to be key issues in the upcoming Inquistan election in late February. Archbishop Paul Craticus has always spoken out against the large amounts of immigration that Inquista has received in recent years. Craticus has particularly criticized the large amounts of immigrants with Muslim faith. Craticus also now has the recent economic success of the nation as a weapon in his campaign arsenal to bolster his support. The Christian League, on the other hand, has continued to support Inquista's current immigration policy. In past clashes over the current state of immigration, some members of The Christian League had gone as far as branding Carticus and his supporters as "bigots" and "ethnocentrists".

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    January 27 2015

    Disappointing Results For Inquista's Janelle Monáe
    Article by Susan Banks

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    Janelle Monáe performing her song "Q.U.E.E.N"

    SAINT DOMINICO - Last night was a disappointing evening for Janelle Monáe, who represented Inquista in the latest EuroVoice competition held in the Duxburian Union. Monáe's soul-infused pop song "Q.U.E.E.N" managed to score 59 points, which was only enough to draw 7th place with Havvenskar. As Inquista has the highest amount of total EuroVoice wins, there is a huge sense of pressure for Inquistan artists to receive massive support from the voting public. However, this time, the support was strained. Monáe received 0's from numerous countries, such as Poretos and the Teutonic States. In retaliation, many Inquistan fans took out their anger over social media, which resulted in the Poretsian artist, Steve Grand, receiving a barrage of death threats.

    Halsberg's Lily Allen managed to steal the night and the competition title with her hit-song "Not Fair". "Not Fair" garnered 86 points in total, and received 4 point from the Inquistan public. Inquista awarded it's top 12 points to the eventual 4th-placer, Ariana Grande, who performed her song "Problem". Other artists of notice include former EuroVoice winners, The Beatles, who returned to the competition to sweep up second place with 71 points.

    The EuroVoice results show was also a bit of a mess, as it was delayed and only began to air 2 hours after schedule. However, this didn't seem to have much effect on the viewership ratings, as the results show still peeked the interest of 18.7 million Inquistan viewers, only down 0.2 million viewers from the previous competition in Saint Dominico. The show was likely delayed due to technical difficulties, as many of the results were botched by various errors. The array of errors included multiple miscalculated scores and frequent misspelling of state names. Havvenskar was frequently refereed to as "Havvekser" and at one point Poretos was refereed to as "Poretos Land". Viante Stockseylius, the EUBC EuroVoice Chairman, has been known to be rather ruthless and have an iron grip over the proceedings of the Eurovoice competition. It is expected that Stockseylius will invetsigate into last night's troubles and will ensure that the no mistakes are to be repeated in the future.

    However, the results show did feature some highlights for Inquistan viewers. Housewife reality stars, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey delivered Inquista's results live from Saint Dominico. Miraculously, the 3 infamous housewives managed to act cordial and did not rip each other into pieces, and delivered Inquista's 12 points to Poland-Lithuania's Ariana Grande. Later in the evening, the Polish public reciprocated the support and gave their 12 points to Janelle Monáe, which resulted in at least some glee for the Inquistan fans.

    The annual IBC EuroVoice Awards are coming up soon in February, so there is still plenty of EuroVoice-related news to look forward to. Along with rewarding the best of last year's competitors with titles and prizes, the IBC EuroVoice Awards act as a showcase for many Inquistan performers. In the past, many of these performers such as Fifth Harmony and the recent Janelle Monáe, then go on to compete in the next EuroVoice comeptition. This year's lineup include Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and Mikaela Kligenberg.

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    February 6 2015

    The Christian League To Unite Itself Under Surprising New Leader

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Bp. Ashton Pearson has been selected as The Christian League's new party leader

    SAINT DOMINICO - It has been a week of sombre reflection for many Inquistans. Last Friday (30th of January) marked the 3rd year anniversary of the assassination of North Inquistan Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg. An official state memorial service had taken place that evening, which was attended by thousands of viewers, as well as a number of foreign dignitaries, including Count Xavier of Os Corelia and former Premier Commissioner and close friend, Maleeka Liszckoszi. The memorial service was broadcasted live to millions of Inquistans, and had also been broadcasted overseas. The 30th of January has now also been christened as 'Alexander Kligenberg Day' and has become a new national holiday of Inquista.

    Alexander Kligenberg served as the North Inquistan Archbishop following the Inquistan Civil War, and introduced Inquistan Orthodoxy as well as religious tolerance to country. Kligenberg served as the Inquistan Councillor to the European Union during his tenure as Archbishop, and was also simultaneously the Premier of the European Commission from January 22nd to December 13th of 2011\. After completing his term as Premier Commissioner, Kligenberg sought to reunite the three Inquistas and repair the damages that had been made. Kligenberg's increasingly liberal reforms, policies of religious tolerance, and brilliant success at reuniting Inquista made him the first high profile target of the Crusade Against Corruption. The Crusade Against Corruption terrorist group went on to assassinate Kligenberg's eventual successor, Archbishop Chad Donwick, and the Pax Aurean President, Julia Glorius, the following year.

    The Christian League issued an official press release to commemorate the occasion, and pledged to keep Kligenberg in their conscience as they continue to carry out his legacy. Now, a week later, they have also announced that a new party leader has finally been chosen to succeed the late Archbishop Chad Donwick. It has been over 2 years since the assassination of Archbishop Donwick, and the Christian League had been bogged down by its internal factions that have made the party rather infamously uncohesive. The Christian League had twice been bogged down by internal dissent that prevented it from choosing a leader - once after Kligenberg's death, which spiralled the party into a short-lived demise, and then again after the death of Donwick, which resulted in current Archbishop Paul Craticus coming to power despite being independently affiliated and relatively unknown.

    Most recently, 11 members of The Christian League had been expelled for being "disloyal" to the party, after they criticized their own party member - the Inquistan Councillor to the European Union - for supporting marriage equality. The dissenters also went on to support Archbishop Craticus' decision to recall Councillor Firoux from Europolis and prevent him from vocalizing his support of marriage equality in the European Council chamber. Firoux's recall and the expulsion of members of The Christian League resulted in the violent October 26 Protests. The violent protests resulted in 23 fatal casualties, and many more were injured. Both Craticus and his supporters, and The Christian League, blame each other for sparking the protests.

    Bishop Brandon Beauford, the acting Speaker of the Christian League since 2012, has been seen as the man who has been holding the party together in the recent instabilities. It was highly expected that he would succeed Donwick as the party leader. However in a surprise decision, it has been announced that Ashton Pearson, the Bishop of Sterhino and former Minister of Ethics, has been named as the official party leader.

    Bishop Pearson has publicly released an official statement acknowledging his appointment as party leader.

    "I gladly accept the honour that my party has bestowed upon me. It's such an honour to be given the opportunity to lead a party with such a tremendous legacy. This party has accomplished amazing things in such short periods of time. I will continue to build upon the great legacy of this party, as well as build upon the profound legacy of our nation. I recognise that in recent times The Christian League has lost some focus. Change isn't easy. Walking into the dark unknown is scary. Not only has Inquista been rapidly changing, but the world around has been changing. The Christian League, like many Inquistans, has approached this change with steady, yet open embrace. Standing tall is difficult when embracing tidal waves of change and reform. Maintaining a solid direction and consensus for a party, particularly a diverse party such as The Christian League, in an ever-changing Inquista has been extremely tough. In fact, it has made us very unsteady in the past. Not only have some of you lost faith and confidence in us, but some of our own members lost faith and confidence in us. But we have continued to stand strong and defy those who thought it wasn't possible.

    The progress we have made in this country has been astonishing - we have become more united and prosperous than ever before. We are no longer Catholics or 'heretics', North Inquistans or South Inquistans, but rather, we are all Inquistans. We are all brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and children of God. The Christian League has been inspired by the legacy of the people of Inquista, as well as the great Alexander Kligenberg. The Christian League is proud to say that for the first time in a long while that we are a united party. A party united by a new leader and a new vision. Under my leadership, this party will be humbled, and will regain its focus. This will be a new chapter for the party. A chapter not of in-fighting or dissent, but a chapter of cooperation and continued progress. We have done amazing things for this country, and we only hope that you allow us to continue to do so."

    Bishop Pearson was appointed as Minister of Ethics under the Donwick administration and continued in his position under Archbishop Craticus until he was sacked from his duties on the 27th of October. The 11 former members of The Christian League have been all given the top ministerial positions, including the Ministry of Ethics, by Craticus following their split from the party. While Minister of Ethics, Pearson was responsible for ensuring that the government and all of its bureaus and offices conducted and carried out their duties in accordance to proper procedure and morality. Despite being known for his very calm and collected persona, Pearson has been quite critical of Craticus and his often secretive and aggressive antics. Pearson has formerly been involved with Inquista's highest government watchdog organisations and has been involved with monitoring corruption within the Inquistan government for some time. Political experts say that Pearson's "clean" and "calming" image as well as experience in checking government authority has distanced himself from some of dirt that has recently plagued The Christian League's reputation and has made him the ideal new party leader.

    The Christian League continues to holds onto a super majority in the College of Bishops, as it controls 68 of 84 Inqusitan Sees. No reliable opinion poll data has been released, but is widely expected that the Christian League will face devastating losses and possible defeat in the upcoming election. Bishop Pearson will no doubt do his best to mitigate the confidence lost in his party. Political experts theorise that Archbishop Craticus will do his best to overshadow this recent appointment, and may be hurried to quickly unveil the creation of his own party, which has been under creation for many months.

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    February 10 2015

    Inquista Triumphs Against The Sahrawi Union In Friendly Match
    Article by Susan Banks

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    The Inquistan lads celebrating their 3-0 victory over The Sahrawi Union

    SAINT DOMINICO - With the upcoming UEFA competition on the horizon, the Inquistan Saints have a lot to prove after their dramatic 0-2 loss to the Os Corelian Liberty Birds in the 2014 UEFA Finals. With the beginning of 2015 international season, it is important for the Saints to to get off on the right foot and secure an international victory under their belt before they play against the top European teams.

    The Saints put their hard work into action as they played against the newly-formed Sahrawi national team back home in Saint Dominico. The Inquistan lads once again showed why they were such force to be reckoned with in 2014, and they proved why the had almost won the last UEFA championship title.

    Hunter Normandy scored two goals and set up another as they earned a 3-0 win over the Sahrawi team at the Stadium of the Angels. A dominant start from Inquista was rewarded in the ninth minute, with Kayle Fitz tapping into an empty net after Normandy had rounded the goalkeeper. The ever-threatening Normandy popped up again 18 minutes from time to finish off a superb team move, and managed to secure a comfortable afternoon for the home team.

    Victory eases the pressure on coach Owen Foulgar, who earlier in the week dismissed claims that the Inquistan team wasn't fit for the 2015 competition as "foolish".

    Few would have expected a victory for the Sahrawi visitors, as the newly-formed team clearly lacked cohesion from the start. There was little sign of the visitors adding pressure to their opponents as the Saints dominated early.

    First Fitz fired over inside two minutes, before Sahrawi goalkeeper Doukha was forced to parry away Drew Dawson's stinging shot four minutes later. The visitors soon buckled under the pressure, contributing to its own downfall in the ninth minute. A poor back pass from the Saharwi skipper was seized upon by Normandy, who rounded the keeper to tee up Fitz for a simple finish. The lead allowed the Saints to take their foot off the gas as the half wore on, but they remained dominant.

    Benry curled a speculative effort just wide 25 minutes in, while only a poor connection prevented Dawson from doubling the lead seven minutes later after some good work from the feverish Normandy.

    At the other end, the Saharwi skipper fired wide after being set up by Foued Kadir inside the area six minutes before the break, while Inquistan goalkeeper Lucas Sparks had to be alert to keep out the 25-yard half-volley.

    Fritz and Normandy continued to link up well after the interval, the former dinking a volleyed cross from the left to set up his teammate, who fired wide from a central position. Normandy was able to find the net after 56 minutes when he latched on to a sublime through ball from Hayden Parker to get behind the defense and slot home. The saints refused to rest, with Douhka on hand to palm away Fritz's angled effort 10 minutes later, and the home team almost added a fourth in the 72nd minute.

    A wonderful team move involving Fritz, Dawson and team skipper Benry allowed Normandy to pick his spot and make sure of a first win in 2015.

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    March 8 2015

    Archbishop Craticus Delays Election; Forms A New Movement

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Archbishop Craticus unveils the beginning of his long-anticipated political party: The Black Swan Movement

    SAINT DOMINICO - Archbishop Craticus has finally announced the creation of his own political party, which was announced earlier today in a press conference held in the Archbishop's Palace. The Archbishop's new party - called the Black Swan Movement - has been dubbed by supporters as a "reactionary movement to bring morality, religious ethics and the traditions this nation was founded upon back to Inquista". The peculiar name of the party, which derives from the Black Swan, the national animal of Inquista, was deliberately chosen to symbolize the movement's patriotic and nationalistic nature. In the past, Craticus has stubbornly attempted to slow down The Christian League's reforms, which have brought considerable civil liberties and religious freedoms to Inquistans. The Black Swan Movement hopes to bring sizeable opposition to the reforms of The Christian League, which they have denounced as "anti-Christian" and "morally corrupt". The Black Swan Movement is expected to play a pivotal role in pushing Craticus' policies and beliefs, which chiefly comprise of strict and virtuous religious nationalism and anti-Islam immigration reform.

    Speaking at his press conference, Archbishop Craticus had this to say:

    "It has almost been 2 years since I was chosen to be the Archbishop of Inquista. 2 years ago, Inquista was in chaos. Our government was in shambles, our economy was in decline and so-called Crusaders threated the safety and security of our country.

    When I was chosen to be the next Archbishop, I was just as surprised as the rest of you. Although I was shocked, I didn't hesitate. I accepted the opportunity with dignity, and I was determined to steer Inquista back into the right direction. It has not been easy. While The Christian League has expected me to play as a puppet in one of their games, I haven't allowed myself to be controlled by their strings. I have shown strong, decisive leadership, and I have been relentless in accomplishing my goals. I have let God guide me, and I have succeeded every time. That is the type of leadership that Inquista needs. Inquista needs a leader who isn't scared to take risks, who never backs down, and one who shows respect to the traditions of our church and country.

    Since taking leadership, I have created millions of jobs for hard working Inquistans and I have pulled our country out of economic decline. The streets of Inquista are safer than ever before, and the terror of the Crusader movement has been completely eradicated. I have remade Inquista into an important key player in international politics, with more allies and friends ready to stand by us than ever before. Above all, I have brought back morality and virtue into Office.

    This is a new movement. A movement of returning Inquista back to its former golden age. Back to a time where Inquista wasn't a mere city state, but a time where Inquista was a glorious and holy bastion of God's Kingdom on Earth. I humbly ask that you take part in this movement in order to secure a promising future for our holy nation. It's time for change."

    The Archbishop's party, which has fancied itself as a "movement" seeks to introduce Christian fundamentalism and ethics into Inquistan law. Opposition political experts have warned that Black Swan Movement may bring Inquista to a time more religiously extreme than before the Inquistan Civil War. Eleven Bishops, whom were former members of the Christian League, as well as one sole independent Bishop, have joined the Black Swan Movement, making it the new official opposition party. All in all, the Black Swan Movement consists of 13 Bishops, which still dwarfs in comparison to The Christian League, whom have 64 Bishops in office. Craticus has transferred many of the top ministerial positions from The Christian League over to his new party colleagues, which has earned him some criticisms.

    The criticisms don't end there, however. The announcement of this new party has been made following a controversial decision made by the Archbishop, whom has exercised his executive powers to delay the election until the end of the month. The original election date was supposed to fall on the 19th of February. Inquistan elections can be delayed in times of crisis, and following the violent protests that occurred last October, the Inquistan Holy Court has deemed it sufficient reason to allow the executive decision. Opponents of Craticus and the Black Swan Movement have accused the Archbishop of instigating the violent protests for his own favour and for also manipulating the political structure of the country.

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    March 14 2015

    Opinion Polls: The Christian Leagues Struggles To Stay On Top

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Official opinion poll data as of March 14, 2015; collected by the Kligenberg Political Forum

    SAINT DOMINICO - The Kligenberg Political Forum has released the first set of opinion polls since the Archbishop's unveiling of his Black Swan Movement on Sunday. While it was widely expected that The Christian League would remain at the top of the opinion polls, it's marginal 1% lead over the Black Swan Movement comes as a bit of a surprise for many.

    Public opinion towards The Christian League has been declining rapidly in recent times, but following the recall of Councillor Firoux from Europolis, the violent clashes that followed, and the appointment of Bishop Ashton Pearson as the new party leader, The Christian League has been able to deflect much of recent disapproval. Bishop Pearson's new vision for The Christian League has been popularly received and his calls for party unity have been proven to be quite earnest. Yet it seems that Archbishop Craticus' harsh rhetoric and criticism towards The Christian League has propelled his own party into the political boxing ring.

    Following The Christian League's coming to power during the Inquistan Civil War, it was almost unforeseeable that the party would ever lose again. Seizing power from a government that was accused of religious genocide and war crimes, The Christian League was able to bring an end to the civil war and rolled in drastic reforms to the country, such as religious tolerance and increased wide-ranging civil liberties. The popular reforms coupled well with the commanding and dynamic leadership of Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg, who proved to be a popular and iconic leader. The Christian League went on to win every See in the College of Bishops, and it positioned itself as a singular, dominant party. The party finally finished what it could only dream of achieving - the unification of the Inquistas. But since then, a lot has changed.

    Dr. Tim Vanderan, an Inquistan-born professor at the University of Ankara, has been observing Inquistan politics for many years, and he has been trying to make sense of The Christian League's decline into the hands of Archbishop Craticus.

    "Well I do think it's undeniable that The Christian League, especially under Kligenberg, had brought much needed reform and prosperity to Inquista. However, it has struggled considerably without him. I mean, just look at the party - it was thrown into total chaos after Kligenberg's unfortunate death and it has been paralyzed with infighting ever since. That's what happens when one political party, especially an exceptionally diverse party, controls all the power. We also have to remember that this is the very same party that has crumbled and fractured numerous times, so much so, that they couldn't even choose a succeeding Archbishop from their own ranks. They are the ones who chose Craticus as Archbishop. They're very much responsible for creating their own mess. They've dug their own hole, and while I do think that Bishop Pearson has already proven to make a lot of progress, I do believe that many Inquistans have become seriously disillusioned and disappointed with the party. Craticus has done a fantastic job in leading the country, which just goes to show that there is a alternative. If Craticus ended up being a lousy leader, I know without a doubt we'd be seeing The Christian league continue to dominate with opinion polls in the high 90's percentile like they did back in 2012. But this hasn't been the situation.

    I do think this is also a special case to Inquista. The Inquistan political landscape isn't dominated by party lines and party ideology like most countries, such as Os Corelia, Angleter or Davishire. The political landscape is mostly dominated by charismatic persons and individuals who vie for power. This is why Craticus has been able to launch his party to success, because its riding on his own recent progress.

    Do I think The Christian League deserves the criticisms it gets? Absolutely not. Trying to unite this nation following the Civil War was nearly impossible and yet somehow they succeeded. Transitioning the country from what it used to be to what is is now is an amazing feat. Do I think that The Christian League should continue in power? I'm not entirely sure. Do I think the Black Swan Movement deserves a shot? Again, I'm not sure. I don't even think Inquistans are sure either."

    The opinions polls do echo the words of Professor Vanderan. Archbishop Craticus has centred much of his party around himself, and he has been more than happy to point at the The Christian League's poor and fractured rule over the country since the death of Kligenberg. Inquista had slid into economic stagnation, from having the lowest unemployment rate and highest GDP per capita in the European Union, to falling behind the economies of the Duxburian Union and Angleter. The economic uncertainty had also been met with breaches of national security, with acts of terrorism committed to the The Crusade Against Corrupt Inquistans. Craticus has been successful in turning this around, and has been successful in creating economic growth and jobs, and also for bringing an end to the CACI. Archbishop Cratcius has also brought considerable attention to the immigration policy of The Christian League. Archbishop Craticus has been very vocal in his opposition to the large amount of Sahrawi refugees who have flooded into Inquista, and has accused them of the "islamization" of the nation. He has also questioned The Christian League on its Christian values. Archbishop Craticus has called their support for gay marriage as "plainly unacceptable, a defiance of scripture, and a smack in the face of thousands of years of tradition".

    Opponents of the Black Swan movement have been quick to point the fingers back at the Archbishop and have called many of his policies "ignorant" and "hateful". Many Inqusitans are still angry over the Archbishop's liberal uses of executive powers, which include preventing the Inquistan Councillor from voting on the European Council floor, and for delaying the current elections in order to create more time for announcing his party. Others still hold the Archbishop accountable for the violent protests late last year, which is resulted in numerous deaths and even more injured. However, this has also had an adverse effect for many, whom have clamored around the Archbishop and have hailed him as a daring and decisive leader, something that The Christian League lacks.

    However, this close contention between the Black Swan Movement and The Christian League has left open a very interesting door: the fate of Inquistan politics could very well lie in the hands of the two small opposition parties - Green Inquista and the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.

    Green Inquista has nearly doubled in supporters since the last election, pulling in many members who feel that not only has Inquista has done very little to combat environmental change, but also that Saint Dominico is perhaps one of the largest overall contributor to global emissions. The rapidly expanding city has also left very little room, and many are concerned that Saint Dominico will soon extend beyond Inquistan borders.

    The Rent Is Too Damn High Party has dropped slightly in supporters since the last election. The party originated as a single-issue party that aroused support when the party leader, Jimmy McMillan, made a humerous spectacle of the 2012 electoral debate. While the party continues to point at the country's extremely expensive levels of rent and serious lack of space and apartments, it has also included new polices, such as bringing "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" to all Inquistans, and has pledged to completely eradicate hunger from the country. While the prices of rent in Inquista still remain the highest in Europe, they have dropped considerably in the past few months, which could explain the possible lack in party growth.

    In addition to electing an Archbishop and representatives to the College of Bishops, Inquistans will also be - for the first time - electing a Councillor to the European Union. The Black Swan Movement, now under the banner of the Union of European Conservatives, has nominated Haiden Flemming. The incumbent Councillor, Edward Firoux, is running for election as The Christian League candidate, and will also represent the Coalition of Progressive Conservatives. Firoux remains very popular, and is widely expected to win.

    All polls open next week Friday, on the 20th of March. Results will likely be announced the following day on the 21st.

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    March 20 2015

    Polling Stations Open for Inquistans

    Article by Justin Crawford

    A relatively quiet opening for a polling station in Courtincelli

    SAINT DOMINICO - Polls have officially opened across Inquista and Saint Dominico. Inquistans will be electing 84 representatives to the College of Bishops, including their next Archbishop. Also, for the first time in history, Inquistans will be electing their Councillor to the European Union.

    Polls have opened at 8:00 and will remain open until 22:00. The first set of finalized results can expected to be reported soon after.


    Black Swan Movement Wins The Night

    Article by Justin Crawford

    The Black Swan Movement and Green Inquista make gains at the expense of The Christian League

    SAINT DOMINICO - It has just been declared: Archbishop Craticus has been re-elected into office. The Black Swan Movement has made massive gains this evening, winning a total of 43 seats out of the 84 eligible in the College of Bishops, just enough to form an outright-majority. Black Swan Movement representation has nearly quadrupled, growing from 12 seats into 43 seats. Despite this, the Black Swan Movement only garnered 45.9% of the total vote, 0.6% less than The Christian League. The Christian League, which despite gaining 46.5% of the total vote, has lost 32 seats in the election and has been reduced to 36 representatives in the College of Bishops.

    These results have caused some immediate outrage as supporters of The Christian League been calling this election a fallacy of the first-past-the-post system and have called for more fair and proportional representation.

    Supporters of the Black Swan Movement have shrugged off these claims with one supporters telling us on twitter:

    "@NewsFromTheCityThe Christian League had an absurd majority thanks to FPTP, now that they lose they cry wolf? #losers #ElectionsInquista"

    Despite having the majority of the electorate's support, votes for the The Christian League were spread very evenly across Inquista, which allowed the Black Swan Movement to capitalize in the north and Green Inquista to make waves in the south. Green Inquista made relative gains, growing from 1 seat to 4 and taking 6.8% of the popular vote. These gains, much like the gains made by the Black Swan Movement, came at the expense of The Christian League. The only party that was unable to make progress on The Christian League's fall was the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, which only ended up winning 1 seat.

    Bishop Ashton Pearson has since conceded the defeat of his party and has thanked his supporters for turning out. Archbishop Craticus is expected to make his victory speech very soon.

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    April 3, 2015

    College of Bishops Passes Controversial Education Reform

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Bill I-51 will take immediate effect on all Inquistan primary and secondary schools

    SAINT DOMINICO - The College of Bishops has passed its first piece of legislation since reconvening from the election season. Bill I-51, also known as the 'Moral Education Act', willl reform primary and secondary schools all across Inquista. Bill I-51 will introduce many new educational reforms, most namely of which include a new mandatory curriculum that must be taught by all primary and secondary institutions across Inquista. The bill will also make it mandatory for all educational institutions to offer counselling to students who may be having "moral difficulties".

    Legislators say that the new curriculum will have "Christian ethics" play integral part of the education process. Christian Religion Studies and Bible Studies subjects will be introduced to primary schools, which will require mandatory enrollment from all students. In secondary schools, students will continue their Religion and Bible studies under one mainstream subject known as Religious Studies and will also have to take an extra subject of either Christian Literature or Christian History. Latin will also be a compulsory secondary school subject in addition to a Life Sciences class, which will teach students about Christian ethics, morality and sexual education. Only heterosexuality will be covered in Life Sciences classes and all other teachings of homosexuality or gender queer identities will not be taught in the classroom. In addition, all science curriculums have been changed. Certain scientific theories, such as Evolutionism and Darwinism, have been banned. The teaching of Creationism must be enforced and will be covered in all biology classes.

    The bill will also require that all primary and secondary school provide students with counselors. The counselors will help aid children by providing them with emotional support and professional advice. Interestingly, the bill requires that these counselors be trained in conversion therapy and have the proper and necessary training of helping unsure students convert back to "moral paths".

    The Moral Education Act was passed by a vote of 43 to 41. The unanimous support of the Black Swan Movement was able to push the bill ahead despite a united opposition.

    Bishop Carleton of the The Christian League denounced the bill and had this to say after the vote in the College of Bishops:

    "Bill I-51 is a disaster. It's a complete blow to Inquistan education. By degrading our science classes and by limiting the scope of our life science classes we're only making our students worse off. Seriously, the banning of evolutionism?

    What is even more horrible is that we are no longer giving students choices in their own education. We're potentially forcing many, many students to take classes they don't believe in. While I do think that we should be doing more in terms of teaching students about our Christian religion... I do not want to do it at the the expense of marginalizing kids of other world religions. Nor do I think that it is appropriate that we provide homophobic counselling to children."

    Archbishop Craticus defended Bill I-51 himself, laughing off Bishop Carleton's claims:

    "(laughing) Slightly strange how a Christian democrat party like The Christian League now fancies itself as the protectors of 'marginalized religions'. There is a very important reason as to why we've introduced this bill. Inquista is a nation very much defined by Christianity - it is the principle reason as to why this nation was founded over a thousands of years ago and it is also the reason as to why this nation has split up and come together again since then. The Christian League knows this better than anybody else. Christianity has been the driving force of Inquistan history, Inquistan culture and Inquistan arts. Christianity is in the fabric of our people. 98% of Inquistans are Inquistan Orthodox. So whether you are Christian or not shouldn't even be a question, because receiving a comprehensive education on Christianity is very important in order to understand Inquistan society and the people in it. It's not a matter of marginalizing anyone or forcing anyone of taking a certain class or subject, it's about equipping children to succeed in our country. If you don't understand the country or the people in it then you are much more likely to fail."

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    September 13, 2015

    Inquista Rises To The Top In GDP Per Capita

    Article by Leandra Hendricks

    Inquistans not only lead in GDP per capita, but also in total income and total spending

    SAINT DOMINICO - The Inquistan economy has been steadily growing since the summer of 2014 and the latest reports commissioned by the Department of Finance have affirmed its progress. The last round of data, released in January this year, charted Inquista as having the second highest GDP per capita in the European Union, as well as the country in which citizens earned the highest amounts of personal income. Despite this, the reports also showed that Inquista had one of the worst wealth disparities in the European Union. The latest results have, however, painted an even more brighter picture.

    With a GDP per capita of €48,470, Inquista has become the country with the highest per capita in the region, overtaking the likes of the Duxburian Union. The last time Inquista held this position was in 2010 before the Civil War. The increase in Inquistan GDP has been mostly attributed to the increasing consumer spending by the Inquistan public - with Inquistans now spending by far more on average than any other Europeans. This increased spending has been supported by the fact that the Inquistan Franc has become the strongest currency in the European Union and also by the fact that Inquistans on average receive the highest incomes in the region.

    The last report in January pointed at a grim reality of disparity in Inquista, where the poorest 10% of Inquistans earn about 98 times that of the richest 10%. However, the latest data reveals an astonishing turn around. The poorest 10% of Inquistans are now believed to now only 12.3 times less than the richest 10%. This means that the richest and poorest Inquistans earn on average more than any other Europeans. Inquistan disparity has also been reduced to levels below that of even the most progressive of countries - such as the United Kingdom, where the richest 10% are believed to earn 13.3 times more than of the poorest.

    Despite the growth in GDP, unemployment has risen from 2.7% to 2.86%. The slight rise in unemployment has been mostly attributed to the continuous levels of immigration from the Sahara. According to latest opinion polls from the Kligenberg Political Forum, 57% of Inquistans view the current levels of immigration as "unsustainable". In a another poll, 32% of Inquistans agreed that "Immigrants replace Inquistan workers", which was 2% up from a similar poll conducted in March. The January reports mentioned increasing levels of xenophobia, but these latest figures, as well as the stunning electoral victory of the Black Swan Movement, show that perhaps immigration, most specifically from the Sahara, is seen as the greatest threat to the Inquistan economy. Despite this concern, levels of immigration are already down by 3% since January, and in total have been down by 17% under the Craticus administration since taking over office from the late Archbishop Chad Donwick. Nevertheless, Archbishop Craticus has vowed to cut down immigration by a further 10% by the end of 2016 and has also pledged to reduce the amount of Muslim immigrants from the Sahara by 90%.

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    November 11, 2015

    Councillor Firoux Welcomes New Commission

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Councillor Firoux is optimistic in his latest radio interview

    SAINT DOMINICO - In an interview with radio station Europolis News Today, Inquistan Councillor Edward Firoux gave a very warm reception to the incoming European Commission, which is headed by newly elected Premier Commissioner Dr. Eilidh Whiteford. An ardent supporter of Dr. Whiteford and her campaign, Firoux told the radio station that he regarded the newly elected Commission as "showing great promise" and as an "imminent success". Firoux's enthusiastic and optimistic spirit seems entirely outrageous in a time when Commission confidence is perhaps at an all time low, especially in certain parts of the EU, such as the Duxburian Union, where only 18% of the population cast ballots in order to vote for their Commission representatives.

    Defending his controversial sentiment, Firoux explained:

    "The Premier and her colleagues are pushing for structural reforms in both the Council and in the Commission. This is bringing a great smile to my face. Even better, we're looking at possibly having the Council and Commission operate in a manner that is more collaborative and cohesive, which is much needed. In the past I've worked with Commissioners on legislation, such as Commissioners Eric Pickles, Henry von Cavill and JennaMarelle Johnson. I look forward to continuing this tradition with Premier Whiteford and her Commissioners. We need these two bodies to work together in order to achieve a more efficient government, and I'm offering my services to any of the discussions of reform on the table.On top of that, Europarty reform is back on the table - which I thought I would never see at this rate. As I've said many times in the Council, our Union needs a strong, progressive and pro-European voice. I wanted to pursue this when I separated from my UEC colleagues when I founded the CEPC, but Europarties have since fallen from purpose - so we now need a better system in order to organize this. Especially now, with eurosceptcisim on the rise, and the Council becoming increasingly weary of EU authority. My fellow Councillors seem to be trigger happy with repeals. While I feel like a lonely voice, I'm not shaken by this."

    Firoux has been a lonely voice in the Council indeed. Firoux was one of the only few Councillors who opposed both repeals of the cannabis and capital punishment acts. During both discussions, Firoux heavily condemned his opponents, and also went on to claim that he regrets about not participating in the vote regarding the repeal of the Nuclear Weapons Act, which he authored, and wanted to see stay in action. Firoux's voice has even at times ostracized him him from even his closest of colleagues, such as the Councillor of Os Corelia, who denounced him of trying to create a "nanny state" when he attempted to impose health measures on EU food producers with his Trans Fat Regulatory Act, which he authored alongside Commissioner-to-be Henry von Cavill.

    "A lot of people dismiss me as being an idealist. I don't find such comments at all insulting. It makes me quite warm inside actually. These same people, who are empathetic and have no faith in our Council or Commission, are the ones who are part of the problem they see in our government. By being empathetic, they are allowing the status quo and the deterioration of our institutions. You know, I could be totally wrong, and this Commission could prove to be just as bad as some of the ones we have had in the past, but hey, atleast I will be trying to change this. If I don't succeed atleast I can say I tried."

    Ending the interview on an even more positive note, Councillor Firoux went on to say that he was excited to see the Commission get to work right away, and he was looking forward to meeting them and taking them to his favourite coffee shop in Europolis.

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    November 17, 2015

    European Council Spat Goes Viral in Inquista

    Article by Susan Banks

    Councillor Firoux's viral video is a big hit in Inquista

    SAINT DOMINICO - Videos of sneezing pandas, cute kittens, and babies eating lemons tend to make up a significant proportion of Inquistan internet traffic on typical Tuesday evenings - but not tonight. A new viral video has taken Inquista by storm. A recording of a vicious spat in the European Council, apparently filmed by Inquistan Councillor Edward Firoux, has garnered just over 8 million views on YouTube since being posted earlier this afternoon. The video, titled "Get Pwned: Feng vs Hale", captures the heated exchange made in the European Council between Lei Feng, Trade Secretary of Xeng, and Elizabeth Hale, Speaker of the Sovereign Assembly. Both women, neither of whom are Councillors, took to the floor to discuss their opinions of the recent tariffs levied against the nation of Framptonia by the United Kingdom and the Duxburian Union.

    The video begins as Hale suddenly rises to her feet and lets loose against the Council discussion. Using colourful language, and Kendrelaatzenian curse words, Hale tells off the Framptonian government, which she described as a bunch of "cry babies", to "grow a pair" and get over the tariffs. Hale then turned her sights on Feng, which she describes as a "waste of oxygen" for confusing the tariffs as sanctions. Feng, however, did not take kindly to this, and responded to Hale by calling her a "jabbering" and "overbearing ape" and began to insist that Hale does not understand economics, and that there is some sort of ISDS in some sort of free trade agreement. Instant confusion and looks are exchanged between the Councillors at this point. Confused and annoyed, Hale comes back telling Feng to not dictate trade practices of other countries. Feng responds by calling Hale a "petulant little brat" and begins to insult her in a snickering and condescending tone. The fight descends into a barrage of bad remarks, and upon the request of another Councillor, Speaker Walters intervenes to break up the fight.

    Councillor Firoux also shared the video via twitter and it has since been retweeted almost 70,000 times. #FengvsHale has been trending first on Twitter since then. It seems that the video has not only spawned widespread attention, but has began producing memes and fan bases. #TeamHale and #TeamFeng have also began trending, causing a massive rift of loyalties to appear online.

    @HailHale on twitter said:

    I'm so #TeamHale. Feng has no fangs. Her ratchet smile and annoying voice will give me nightmares for days. Also, why does Feng insist that the Duxburian Union and Framptonia have a free trade agreement? IS THERE A CONSPIRACY WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT??? WHY IS SHE OBSESSED WITH ISDS???"

    @GirlBoyIyoriTaiyoXeng remarked:

    #TeamFeng all the way! Hale is totally an ape. I can't hear anything but a barrage of noise! Shut uppp. Also, nobody speaks your monkey language. Ugh. Foreigners.

    T-shirts with #TeamFeng and #TeamHale have appeared on online retailers. Feng and Hale barbie dolls and action figures are apparently in the works as well. More interestingly, fan fiction has also spawned. In some of the online fan fiction stories, the feud between Feng and Hale has been translated into medieval fantasy tales, and also into steamy BDSM cat fights. Some have disregarded the feud altogether, and have began shipping the two romantically as "Heng".

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    December 15, 2015

    Inquista to Rename Currency; Introduce New Banknotes and Coins

    Article by Leandra Hendricks

    The new 500 inquistos banknote

    SAINT DOMINICO - The College of Bishops has voted in favour of renaming the the national currency of Inquista, thus fulfilling a long time, yet relatively minor desire often expressed by Archbishop Craticus and his Black Swan Movement. The Inquistan franc (₣) has thus been re-branded as the inquisto (ɫ), and has adopted the abbreviation IQO as the new currency code. This news has emerged following Miraco's decision to abandon the euro and adopt the Miracan franc, although the Inquistan Minister of Finance, Bishop Ron Hugh, has denied that there is a correlation between the two events, instead insisting that this decision had already long been in the backs of their minds. The Bank of Inquista, under the leadership of the newly appointed Governor Emma Lloyd, has stated that it would begin circulating completely new, and totally different banknotes and coins following the name change. Inquista's current banknotes feature Inquistan landmarks on their faces, with works of art and culture on their back, while the newly approved designs feature more zealous designs, with the the new polymer banknotes having various religious figures, angels and saints on their faces, with a massive portrait of a black swan on their backs. Similar changes have been made to the coins of Inquista, which will be known as centos (¢). The new banknotes and coins will enter circulation beginning on January 1st, 2016.

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    January 8, 2016

    The Tale of Taylor

    Article by Susan Banks

    Who Is The Real Tay

    Who is the real Taylor Swift? (From left to right: Taylor on life support, Taylor after surgery, and Bishop Karinn Lallana)

    SAINT DOMINICO - The up-and-down drama of the tragic death and shocking re-emergence of Taylor Swift has captivated the Inquistan public for some time now, but has since become an increasingly important Inquistan issue. Taylor Swift was reported to have unfortunately passed away earlier in 2014 when her plane had crashed in the Teutonic States. Despite this, an ominously mysterious and robotic figure later emerged, claiming to be Taylor Swift in a life-support suit. This figure was first spotted back in Icholasen, but was then again photographed just a week ago entering Inquista. Since then, an apparently alive and rather disfigured Taylor has returned to public life, making an appearance on the popular Nicoleizian talk-show Sunday Politics. On the show, the disfigured Taylor claimed to have "regained" all her skin following a plastic surgery operation in Inquista. This jaw-dropping revelation has sent shock waves across the region, and has drawn controversy not only in Icholasen or here in Inquista, but also in Pravoslaviya.

    Following the tragic incident in which Taylor had apparently lost her life, Pravoslaviyan newspaper Denes Nad Pravoslaviya has continuously reported that Taylor had not died, but had actually staged her death, and has since been living her life anew in Pravoslaviya along with Tupac and Eric Pickles. Denes Nad Pravoslaviya has maintained this belief even after the recent Sunday Politics episode, and using a picture of Inquistan Green Party leader, Bishop Karinn Lallana, the newspaper printed a statement, made on behalf of Taylor's supposed Pravoslaviyan spokeperson, in which she declared that she was still alive and in Pravoslaviya, and that an impostor has been fraudulently trying to claim her existence in Icholasen.

    These accusation issued by Denes Nad Pravoslaviya has further plunged this case into mystery. In an attempt in trying to clear the air, and confusion, Bishop Lallana issued a formal statement on the Green Inquista party website.

    "No, I am not Taylor Swift. No, I am not in Pravoslaviya. I have never claimed to to be Taylor Swift, nor have I ever claimed to have represented Taylor Swift. I have nothing to do with the recent article printed by Denes Nad Pravoslaviya, nor do I know why the used an image of me. I assume they most likely intended to use an image of Taylor Swift, but had accidentally used one of me instead. I would like to reiterate the fact that I did not give them permission to do so.

    Due to an unfortunate influx in activity on our party website, on our party phone lines, and the flooding of our party e-mailing servers, all communications to our party will be temporarily disabled until we manage to upgrade our communications. We will try and address all inquiries that we can in person. Please do not inquire about my status as Taylor Swift. Any inquiries mentioning Taylor Swift will be ignored. Please stop trying to contact me if you think I'm the real Taylor Swift. I'm not."

    While some claim that Taylor Swift in indeed alive in Pravoslaviya, and others speculate that Bishop Lallana is the living embodiment of Taylor, some self-described "Taylor Truthers" have emerged, insisting that Taylor Swift is dead, and that all parties claiming, or speculated to be Taylor, are indeed lies.

    On Twitter, one "Taylor Truther" had this to say:

    "@AlexisJonas Taylor is DEAD. Her unfortunate DEATH was orchestrated by BIG NICOLEIZIAN GOVERNMENT. Don't believe Pravoslaviya STATE PROPOGANDA LIES either. SHE IS DEAD. You can take away our MUSIC but never our FREEDOM #TRUTH #FreeEurovoice"

    Dr. Ken Carlson, the Inquistan plastic surgeon who is said to have performed Taylor Swift's cosmetic operation, had this to say to News From the City:

    "Thanks for giving me a chance to speak. I didn't think I would get a word in this whole mess. This whole controversy is the worst thing since communist rule in Icholasen. Not many Europeans are stupid, but some are. Those who think Taylor Swift is dead are stupid. Taylor is clearly alive and in Icholasen after I performed her surgery. I am proud to be the first surgeon to ever perform full-body cosmetic surgery on a living Eurovoice artist.

    Also, please stop insisting that I 'botched' her surgery. I know what I am doing. I would like to let you know that she was not the first patient that went under my knife. I have once performed surgery on a friend and I cut him with a shank. We were both young at the time, but who cares, he still looked great afterwards. I may not be a certified suregon, but altogether, Inquistan suregons have over 8,700 hours of collective practice. And how often does plastic surgery ever look? That's right, it never does. So with my determination and gift from God, I am able to create this masterpiece. Be free Taylor, and God bless you!"

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    July 17, 2016

    Black Swan Movement AGM: Craticus Launches 'Momentum' Manifesto

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Archbishop Craticus announces Momentum at his party's first ever annual general meeting

    SAINT DOMINICO - It has now been just over a year since the inception of the Black Swan Movement. Today marks an important milestone for the party, which celebrates this feat, as well as celebrating being in power for over almost that exact amount of time, as it came together with its members to discuss its progress, as well as its aims at its first ever annual general meeting.

    For many, it's actually quite difficult to believe that the Black Swan Movement is only a year and bit old. Formed in March last year, the movement was created by Archbishop Craticus to contest in that year's divisive general election, which the movement ultimately won with 43 of 84 seats in the College of Bishops, forging a miniscule majority government. The party, which bills itself as a religious, anti-corruption, populist, big-tent movement, has since launched Inquista into a whirlwind of change. The movement has fulfilled much of its agenda since coming to power, which includes accomplishments of establishing a religious, humanitarian-based foreign policy, a nationalistic, restrictive immigration framework, and multiple controversial religious reforms that altered Inquista's education and healthcare systems. Most famously, the movement succeeded in banning the teaching of evolution in Inquista's primary school system in April last year. The party has also achieved other accomplishments that it has not shied away from boasting, such as overseeing strong economic growth rates that have recovered the Inquistan economy, which has also allowed Inquista to reclaim its top spot for the highest GDP per capita in the region, as well as sharp decreases in income inequality and poverty.

    At the time of last year's election, the Movement didn't seem like much of a political force beyond a protest vote against the Christian League, which had become and continues to be infamous for its internal infighting and division. However, the Movement is now looking to establish itself as a genuine political presence that will play in the Inquistan political game for the long-haul. It's hard to argue that the party itself doesn't completely revolve around Archbishop Craticus, who is the face, body and soul of the movement. Archbishop Craticus is now himself a veteran politician. Craticus has governed Inquista since very early 2013, and is now the second longest reigning EU head of government after High President Solomon. He is also a maverick, and is a bit of a protest choice himself. After all, Craticus did come to power as an independent alternative chosen by the Christian League as a successor to the late Archbishop Donwick. The Christian League soon came to regret this decision, as Craticus quickly turned on the party, and he accused it of being ineffective, corrupt and without convictions. Now Craticus has forged his own political empire, and he’s looking for it to stay.

    The scene of the Black Swan Movement annual general meeting was much of what you would expect. The conference centre was in a hectic, raucous state, with loud music playing and unruly supporters flooding the area. Many Movement supporters came to the conference centre wearing party affiliate t-shirts, which included t-shirts that featured the faces of Movement politicians such as Craticus, as well as the faces of close political allies, such as Emperor Artabanos of Inimicus and the aforementioned High President Solomon of Halsberg. There were also t-shirts and placards that featured defaced and humiliating pictures of Craticus’ perceived enemies, most namely Inquistan Councillor Edward Firoux, Green Inquista Leader and Bishop Karinn Lallana (now mostly referred to as Taylor Swift II), and Anja Emerett, the now incumbent Premier of the European Union.

    Craticus, of course, was the keynote speaker at the meeting. Craticus took to the stage first, and he began the meeting by outlining all of what the movement had done in its time of power. Highlighting the party’s triumphs, Craticus seemed to be boasting for quite a lengthy time on stage. Apparently, the party had done a lot in a year’s time. Despite this, Craticus seemed to eventually reach his point: the party would be forging a solid, cohesive mandate, which he would be looking to be tested on once his party reaches the next general election in 2018. Thus, Craticus unveiled ‘Momentum’ – the party’s new manifesto and mandate.

    Without giving much away, Craticus very suddenly exited the stage and made way for his top ministers, whom then each began outlining what Momentum meant to their respective portfolios.

    Finance Minister Ron Hugh was first to make his speech and presentation. Minister Hugh began by discussing Inquista’s commitment to free-market principles and his continued desired to expand Inquista’s free-trade network, but that he would focus on creating a compassionate, “Good Samaritan” economy that would most help Inquista’s poorest and at-risk populations. Hugh emphasized that Momentum would look to change Inquista’s economy to becoming more compassionate and charitable, with increased initiatives and programs that would benefit the vulnerable, and give more people the opportunity to succeed. Hugh also noted that Inquista would begin to crack down on economic fraud and would be doubling-down on those who took advantage of others.

    Minister Hugh was followed by Bishop Helen Strassen, the Minister for the Environment. Minister Strassen emphasized the need for Inquista to finally embrace an environmental policy that would look to protect “God’s Earth” as “responsible carers of the His creation”. Minister Strassen noted she was disappointed that Inquista has been lagging behind in this particular area, but that Momentum would soon make Inquista the global leader in the combat against worldwide environmental destruction.

    Sharon Philips, who had succeeded Anja Emerett as Inquista’s Minister of Immigration and Citizenship in 2015, was next. Minister Philips immediately began taking swipes at Premier Emerett for damaging Inquistan society, its culture, and its people. Minister Philips outlined that Momentum would completely change Inquista’s immigration policy. Philips unveiled that Momentum would look to make a “Law of Home”, where all Inquistan Orthodox people would be welcome to “return” to Inquista, where they would be given citizenship. People of other faiths, however, would “have to look elsewhere”. Momentum seems to further foster a more nationalistic and religious immigration framework.

    A similar story was told by Foreign Minister Jordyn Finsch, who stated that Inquista would re-orientate itself to a new foreign policy. This foreign policy would be very much humanitarian-focused, and once again “Good Samaritan”, looking to help those in need in other countries. Minister Finsch stated that Inquista would also be looking to deepen relationships abroad, and reiterated Inquista’s close commitments to its allies. Finsch emphasized that Momentum would look to radically change the Mediterranean, and that he would like for the countries of that region to collaborate more closely in particular. Finsch also stated that Momentum would look to cease Inquista from conducting any aggressive military operations, and that it would instead have Inquista focus on establishing peace and harmony abroad. Finsch also criticzed the ENAA, and stated that Momentum would commit Inquista to look to disarm nuclear weapons across the region.

    Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Democracy, Bishop Oscar White then took to the stage to make a highly spirited pitch. Minister White declared that Momentum would severely crackdown on corruption within Inquista’s government, its civil service, and throughout the country. Minister Paigean highlighted the creation of ‘Sunshine lists’, which would expose the rates of pay for Inquista’s politicians and senior civil servants, as well as a promise to ban the public and private donation of money to politicians and political parties. Minister White stated that the Inquistan government would begin purging any member of its civil service that was deemed to be corrupt, irreligious, or not acting in favour of the Inquistan people.

    Despite all these, it was the speech given by the Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs that really seemed to turn heads, however. Minister Ameera Paigean outlined how Momentum would restore morality, humility and generosity to Inquista, and that religious virtue would become paramount to Inquistan society. Stricter religious laws are to be imposed, and religious law is to come into many facets of Inquistan society and everyday life. Minister Paigean stated that Inquista would be looking to increase penalties to those who took advantage of others, or disobeyed "God's Will". In particular, harsher penalties would meet those who have carried out abortions, or were living “irreligious lives”. Other examples given included a possible ban of meat eating on Fridays, and a ban on all forms of pornography. Other civil laws are to be more strictly imposed as well. Minister Paigean stated that offenders would face greater penalties, even for the smallest of crimes, but that they “would still be treated kindly and with compassion”.

    The Ministers of Education, Healthcare and Transportation also spoke at the conference, rounding out the tail-end of the Momentum unveiling.

    By the end of the speeches and presentations, many supporters seemed overwhelmed with information, and were caught by surprise when they were told that Momentum was already voted upon by members of the party, and that it would begin to be implemented in the coming days. Momentum will soon become the official manifesto of the Black Swan Movement, and it will look to foster increasingly more profound change in Inquista.

    The College of Bishops will begin sitting once again soon, where Momentum will be put to the test, and where it will surely be met with excitement, as well as with opposition.

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    August 6, 2016

    EuroVoice XXVIII Aftermath: Remembering Georgina Coldwell

    Article by Susan Banks

    Georgina's family laments in grief following her funeral proceedings

    SAINT DOMINICO - It's been two weeks since the catastrophic ending that engulfed the latest EuroVoice results show and the wounds following the event remain as fresh as the day that everything unfolded. The results show was marred by controversy, violence, and a devastating end to the life of the young, 17-year old Inqusitan Georgina Coldwell. For many, questions remain unanswered, and for her family, they now remain without a daughter.

    Eurovoice XXVIII, hosted in the Aalenic city of Aachen, spiraled into a disaster. The host of the results show, the recently elected Speaker of the European Council, John Oliver, delivered an evening of flat jokes that many found blatantly rude and offensive. As Speaker Oliver delivered his questionable jokes to an increasingly unnerved audience, a series of disappointing results occurred. With Sitanova, Fremet, Inimicus and then Inquista all being eliminated in succession, the audience became frustrated. This frustration seemed to be exacerbated by Speaker Oliver, who insulted these fans as he delivered the crushing results. The audience soon went berserk, with Inquistan and Fremetian fans beginning to attempt to disrupt the show. Inimican fans constrained themselves from joining into the riots, but boo'd and shouted in anger as they found themselves humiliated by Speaker Oliver. Apparently, among the Fremetians taking part in the disruption was their very own Angela Merkel. Reports of violent rioting also occurred following the results in the Duxburian Union.

    As disruption broke out in the arena in Aachen, the Aalenic Watchmen responded by punishing the hooligans with severe repercussions. The Aalenic Watchmen, equipped with swords, began attempting to force the Inquistan and Fremetian fans out of the arena with their weapons. More worryingly, according to some, Inquistan fans were also whipped on their backs, returning to Inquista with scars to show of their mistreatment. Soon, the disruptions turned into all-out violence as the Inquistan and Fremetain fans found themselves being horrendously reprimanded. In the ensuing chaos between the sword-clad Aalenic Watchmen and the rioting EV fans, the innocent Georgina Coldwell found herself caught inbetween the violence, trying to escape out of the arena, and was soon dead. The cause of her death seems to show that she was trampled to death, with several of her ribs broken as she was squashed against one of the arena's walls. However, a deep, long cut was also found across her back.

    This sad end to a night of supposed festivities found EV Director Peter Montfort under fire. Apparently, Montfort had approved of Speaker Oliver's jokes before the evening started, but Mr. Montfort denies this. Farrah Ria, the President of IBC, launched a formal leadership review of Mr. Montfort follwoing this EV incident. Mr. Montfort did accept responsibility for allowing Speaker Oliver to host the event, but deflected further blame on the security authorities of Aachen, whom were the ones ultimately trusted to ensure a safe event. Mr. Oliver has since apologised for his actions, and the formal leadership review of Mr. Montfort's EV directroship has been withdrawn. A decision on Aalen's participation in the next EV remains to still be unclear, but, for now, Farrah Ria has decided that an apology was enough.

    However, as Georgina's funeral proceedings took place earlier yesterday, many feel that not enough has been done.

    "This is all on Montfort's hands! Blood is on Montfort's hands!! Murderer!! #SackMontfort", tweeted @Etternitty

    "We need justice. The institutionalized patriarchy and racism within EuroVoice allowed this to happen, and it seems like it will continue to happen as they ignore everything. If this happened to a white, cis male, then we wouldn't hear the end of it. Perhaps we ought to kill one of them and see #RIPGeorgina #SackMontfort", tweeted @Kiran_Benipal.

    While others questioned the validity of the event taking place in Aalen in the first place:

    "Let's host the EU's most prestigious competition in a place where security carry swords and whip people. Obviously.", tweeted @HailHale.

    News from the City did manage to catch up with Selena Coldwell, the mother of Georgina. According to Selena, enough had been done, but that she would never be able to look at the competition again the same way.

    "Montfort did all he could. It wasn't his fault. I don't even blame Mr. Oliver. There should be no blame. All is already said and done. I just, I just wish that this never happens again. I can never look at EuroVoice the same way again. I, I just find this all very hard. I really miss my little girl. I miss her a lot."

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    August 7, 2016

    Bishop Karinn Lalana Takes Aim at Craticus, While Praising Taylor Swift and Swiping Trympov

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Bishop Karinn Lallana seeks to establish Green Inquista as an alternative choice

    SAINT DOMINICO - As Taylor Swift makes major gains in the latest Nicoleizian elections for her Socialist party, Bishop Karinn Lalana, leader of the Green Inquista party, hopes to replicate her success here in Inquista - which should be easy, seeing as they're the same person after all. Bishop Lallana, who says she continues to be misidentified as the real Taylor Swift, has become increasingly vocal since being launched into the national spotlight earlier this year. In January, Pravoslaviyan media claimed that Bishop Lallana was the real Taylor Swift, and used an image of her to explain that Taylor Swift was still alive and had defected to their country. Since then, Bishop Lallana now finds herself as one of Archbishop Cratcius' biggest critics inside the College of Bishops, where she has been giving impassioned speeches about equality, tolerance and environmental stewardship. Speaking earlier today at a public gathering at the Newlands Botanic Garden in Saint Dominico, Bishop Lallana delivered a speech to the public and the media attacking Craticus and his new manifesto, while simultaneously also slamming Trympov and saying a few good words about her identical twin Taylor Swift.

    "Archbishop Craticus and his party of yes-men and yes-women are intent on setting this country back one hundred years, while they use their blind ignorance and false claims of virtue and morality to impose absolute authority over our country. Archbishop Craticus clearly wants to impose his highly radical, limited and divisive views on every facet of Inquistan life and society, and he wants to remake Inquista into his perfect vision - a country where everyone must bend to his will. Archbishop Craticus knows exactly what he is doing. He has always championed himself as the perfect Christian, despite there being no such thing, and he carefully intends to introduce a radicalized version of his spiritual beliefs on everybody - a series of beliefs where he sits on top, the poor lay at the bottom, women and minority identities on the outside, and the environment broken . Do pay close attention to his rhetoric. He says he intends to help nurture and protect God's Earth, and that we must as a society be be generous, open-armed and should help others, yet at the same time, he continuously displays a unique ability in shunning away those who are different, unique or foreign, and he can't seemed to be bothered to help anyone that is truly in need. He is a self-obsessed man.

    "While our Archbishop is a very unique character, he does remind me of an even more unique character - Mr. Dragan Trympov. This a man who comes from a country where refugees are literally being blown out of seas. And the response? Nothing. The international community does nothing. I'm surprised that our Archbishop, who prides himself on delivering aid to those in need in the Sahara and in the Teutonic States has nothing to say about this. Our Archbishop calls himself a humanist and a humanitarian. I don't believe it. I should not be surprised, seeing as Archbishop Craticus shares me Mr. Trympov's severely warped vision of what kind of societies we should live in - a society with very exclusive national identities where everyone that's different should be excluded. There is no humanity in these kind of politicians. Let me tell you, Mr. Trympov is a very unpleasant man, a very dangerous man, and we wouldn't want him here in Inquista, so we should hold our leaders accountable to acting in similar ways. Trympov is liar, a slanderer and he is a danger. Archbishop Craticus should be considered the same.

    "Be wary of how Craticus intends on imposing and controlling us through his warped sense of Christianity. He is no Christian man. Be wary of how he intends to turn each of us on each other. I have no doubt he will soon begin his crusade to bring-in his supposed version of morality and virtue on our country, where he will even force us to begin persecuting our own. All the while, he has no intention on bringing justice and fairness to our country, he has no intention of truly helping those who need it most, and he has no intention of helping our suffering ecosystems. Saint Dominico is growing at a tremendous pace, and there are no safeguards in place to help our environment. Our environment is our future. It is our home. It's time to protect it and ensure a future for all of us. It's also time to fairly share it with all of us. We all belong on this planet, together as one, regardless of our beliefs, creeds and personal identities.

    "This is why I am inspired by my dear friend Taylor Swift. She is fighting to bring change. She intends to bring a message of hope to all. She intends to deliver a positive message, not of fear or of division, but one of love and peace. She intends to help everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable. When Taylor Swift speaks of a revolution in Icholasen, we hear her words here in Inquista. What our country needs is a green revolution! It's time to put up a fight against Archbishop Craticus, it's time to push back against people of the likeness of Trympov, and it's time to save our beautiful planet. We don't have much time, so the revolution must begins now! The green revolution begins here!"

    Bishop Lallana's words were met with great applause by her surrounding audience. Latest polling already suggests that Green Inquista is quickly catching up the Christian League, firmly establishing itself as the alternative choice for opposition. Or perhaps more accurately, the Christian League is actually just finding its supporters defecting to the Black Swan Movement. Polling done by the Kligenberg Political Forum on July 15th, two days before the historical launch of Momentum at the Black Swan AGM, already found Green Inquista at 18% of respondent's first preference, trailing the Black Swan Movement at 49%, and the Christian League at 30%. On July 30th, the Black Swan Movement seemed to have gained support since the launch of Momentum, having 53% of the total support of those surveyed, with the Christian League at 25% and Green Inquista at 19%.

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    August 9, 2016

    Archbishop Craticus Reluctantly Responds to Bishop Lallana, Calls for Unity; Says Trympov “Welcome” and Swift “Inspirational”

    Article by Justin Crawford

    Archbishop Craticus Responds in typical poise: calm, cool and collected

    SAINT DOMINICO – Archbishop Craticus has come under extremely heated fire lately, specifically from Green Inquista leader Bishop Karinn Lallana, who launched a highly controversial tirade against the Archbishop late last week as she announced a “Green Reveolution”. Archbishop Craticus seemed to ignore the comments, and refused to address or acknowledge them since sitting in the College of Bishops this week. However, a reporter for News From the City managed to get ahold of the Archbishop as he exited the College this afternoon. The interview can be found in text below.

    Reporter: Your Holiness, what do you make of Bishop Lallana’s harsh words against you?

    Archbishop: I think that Bishop Lallana is entitled to her opinion, but I found them rather regrettable. I am sure that Bishop Lallana means very little of what she had said, and I confident that her remarks were only a mere attempt to make headlines, but nothing further.

    Reporter: Do you think that Bishop Lallana crossed a line? Should she apologise?

    Archbishop: No, no, she’s forgiven. She has a right to say what’s on her conscious. No apology is needed. I do think it was inappropriate though. It is not up to her to decide who Christian and who is or not. Even as a bishop or our most Holy Church, she does not have such foresight. I found that her particular remark against me was deeply offensive and it did hurt me, if I am to be honest. Denouncing your episcopal superior, especially me as the Archbishop of our most Holy Church, as a non-Christian man, is very hurtful. Not only is it deeply hurtful to me, but also to Our Church. I have dedicated my entire life to the service of God, and to the service of others. I have never been told such thing in my life. No one – including those who I have had disagreements with - has never called me that. I think that even those who have criticized me in the past, have even attested to my strong faith and to my unbent dedication to Our Church. I've certainly been called over-zealous, but I've been called a non-Christian. I think even the entire College of Bishops will stand behind me on this.

    Reporter: Yes, that was certainly an hurtful remark. She also made some other serious accusations, for instance, she accused you of potentially persecuting ‘our own people’, and alienating women and minorities to the periphery of Inquistan society. What do you make of that?

    Archbishop: That is, quite obviously, false and unfounded as well. The Black Swan Movement is a movement dedicated to restoring compassion and charity to Inquistan society, with a particular emphasis on helping those in need, and not serving those with wealth or pwoer. That’s the reason why we were chosen to lead the country in the first place, and not The Christian League. People were tired of corruption, cronyism, constant infighting, and their inability to control the Crusaders. We have shown that we are dedicated to fighting corruption, restoring order, and returning the country to its spiritual path. Protecting every Inquistan, regardless if they’re man, woman, black or white -we look to craft a country and church that is inclusive to all.

    Reporters: What do think of her comments on Mr. Trympov and Ms. Swift?

    Archbishop: For someone who advocates opening borders, I am surprised that Bishop Lallana has dictated that certain people are not allowed in the country. Mr. Trympov is a man that very much loves his country - which makes him an admirable man. I respect him greatly. He is certainly welcome to come to Inquista. Ms. Swift, too, is very admirable. She is a very talented artist, and I find her actions, particular concerning her fight for the poor, to be inspirational. She is welcome as well.

    Reporter: I know you’re very busy, so I will let you go, but any final thoughts?

    Archbishop: I think we should quickly move on from this unfortunate situation, forgive one another, and come together to work for all Inquistans. Fundamentally, I agree with Bishop Lallana’s concerns. We have to help every Inquistan. We have to help our most vulnerable and show compassion to our neighbours. Furthermore, we have a long way to go in environmental stewardship. She is right, this Earth is God’s creation as well, and we need to take care of it. So let’s come together fight for these common causes. That's the very reason why the Black Swan Movement launched Momentum. I'm confident that we can use this experience to bring us together, and use our common values as Christians and as Inquistans to guide us to the right path.

    Reporter: Thanks so much for your time, Your Holiness.

    Supporters of the Archbishop have been less willing to drop the controversial comments however, and have taken to social media to attack Bishop Lallana. As Bishop Lallana is often misidentified as Taylor Swift, the poor Nicoleizian singer found herself often at the wrong end of the sword.

    @No2ReligiousGenociide, “A TOTAL WITCH, SHE OUGHT TO BE BURNED AT THE STAKE! She is no Christian woman! Attacking her own Archbishop! Mocking her own church! Who does Taylor think she is?”

    @Cratdaddy_05 writes, “Cratdaddy is the man – most dedicated man on this earth to the service of OUR LORD, He thinks of every1 and every Inquistan – Taylor Swift is the devil!”

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    August 11, 2016

    Inquista bans political donations from corporations, lobby groups and foreign personnel

    Article by Justin Crawford

    The College of Bishops passes its first law in a series of proposed democratic reforms

    SAINT DOMINICO – The College of Bishops has passed its first bill since resuming for its summer session last week. While recent days have been marred by political mudslinging outside of the College of Bishops, it seems that different work is happening inside Inquista’s ecclesiastical legislature.

    Led by the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Democracy, Bishop Ameera Paigean proposed Bill I-54, which looks to “restore accountability and honesty to politics”, by banning corporate and lobby donations, and also donations made from overseas, to political parties . Only private citizens and status-residents of Inquista will be permitted to contribute to a candidate, diocesan association, political party or leadership contestant. Inquistans and status-residents will be permitted to make a maximum of one political donation a month, and are capped at contributing a maximum of ɫ1,000 Inquistos per donation. The bill will also require candidates, political parties and diocesan associations to fully disclose all contributions under “sunshine lists”, which are to be made accessible to the public.

    This is also marks the first bill passed since the Black Swan Movement announced its Momentum manifesto, which outlines all of the Movement’s objectives for the remainder of its first term in office. Increasing transparency and accountability, as well as “enhancing democracy”, is a fundamental objective of Momentum, and Bill I-54 will be the first step in this process. Further bills that look to bring transparency to the Inquistan civil service and judiciary are currently on the floor for debate.

    Minister Paigean has advised Inquistans to be more “thoughtful” with their money, and has recommend that Inquistans should rather make donations to local charities, or be more generous when making tithes at Church, rather than “giving it to corrupt politics”.

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    October 1, 2016

    Keeping Up With the Kligenbergs to Make Massive Comeback; Mikaela Kligenberg Confirms Upcoming Album

    Article by Susan Banks

    Mikaela Kligenberg recently posed for People Magazine

    SAINT DOMINICO - It has been reported that the EU's biggest-hit reality TV series, Keeping up with the Kligenbergs, is set to make a massive comeback with its upcoming 4th series. Keeping up with the Kligenbergs came to a unfortunate end in late 2012 with its 3rd series. In the tragic 3rd series, the Kligenberg family came to difficult terms with the assassination of the of the family patriarch - Alexander Kligenberg. The series also saw Mikaela and Renta Kligenberg make their entry into European politics. Mikaela Kligenberg succeeded her father as the Councillor of Inquista to the EU. As Councillor, Mikaela caused multiple peculiar and often times hilarious disturbances in the European Council. Mikaela then moved on to a become Commissioner for Internal Affairs, wherein she resigned one month into the job after visiting Dromund Kaas. Mikaela reportedly quit her position as she found visiting unfortunate countries as "a bit bross", and that working in Europolis "distratced" her from shopping in Saint Dominico and London. Renata Kligenberg saw more success in European politics, serving two terms in the European Commission.

    Following her brief stint in Euorpean politics, Mikaela went on to re-join the judging panel on X-factor Inquista and revive her talk show, 'Making More Bad Decisions'. Mikaela also continued to produce more music and modeled for several top designers, including her for her cousin Renata. Mikaela also found herself making news headlines, after she found herself stumble through an endless string of messy and disastrous relationships, as well as formalising her acquisition of her father's estate - which is apparently worth hundreds of millions. In 2014, Mikaela released her 4th studio album 'Only Human'. Her hit song, I Don't Care, which reached #1 in Inqusita and several other countries, was reportedly about her trip to Dromudn Kaas. However, Mikaela has since left X-Factor Inquista, and has cancelled her talk show - confirming that she was now in the works of her 5th album, which is yet to be named.

    The album is set to release upon the premiere of the new Keeping Up with the Kligenbergs series. The series will primarily focus on Mikaela and Renata, but is rumored to also feature new faces that have since joined the Kligenberg clan.

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    April 20, 2016

    Europe's New Largest Mall, the 'Mall of Europe', Opens in Saint Dominico

    Article by Leandra Hendricks

    The Mall of Europe has the capacity to host 1,600 different shops

    SAINT DOMINICO - Thousands of eager shoppers have lined up this morning hoping to gain access to the latest shopping joint opening in Saint Dominico. This new shopping joint is not just your usual mall. It's not only the newly largest shopping mall in all of Europe, but it's also officially the largest building in all of Inquista by total floor space. It's called the Mall of Europe. The Mall of Europe opened its doors at 8 AM this morning, with a flood of excited shoppers quickly dashing to see what the place has to offer. With a size of 504,000 square metres, the mall takes form in a massive 5 story-structure, including an outside shopping area. The mall can host up to 1,600 shops, which so far include both high-end, luxury retailers as well as affordable, mainstream retailers. Many of the shops were already open this morning, although some were still left vacant - waiting to be filled - while others others were still awaiting final finishing touches. Disregarding the mall's massive size, the mall alone is also quite special, as it will host some very exclusive shops and will sell goods that will not be available anywhere else. By looking at a map of the mall, you will notice multiple designer names you will not be able to find anymwhere else, and most impressively, not one, but two Renata Kligenberg department stores will opening at the mall as well. Renata Kligenberg has tweeted that she will be visiting her cousin Mikaela Kligenberg in Saint Dominico today, and is rumoured to make an appearance at the opening of her department stores. The mall does not only include stores, as you can probably imagine. The mall also features hundreds of resteraunts, a movie theatre, multiple art galleries, a botanical garden, a casino and two hotels.

    The Mall of Europe marks a new feat for Inquistan consumers. It displays a representation for the rising disposable income of middle-class Inquistans, who have already seen their incomes soar over their European neighbours. However, what is truly remarkable, is this newly brandished consumer confidence that is taking hold in Inquista. Inquistans, much like their government and Church above them, are typically known to be ardent savers and have chastised as so-called penny pinchers. Continuous economic growth, matched by rising incomes and a strong Inquisto, have allowed Inquistans to tap into their rainy-day funds and buy that new watch they've been dreaming of.

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