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  • Who will replace William Anderson as Prime Minister? The full rundown of favourites in the CMP leadership race

    March 28th, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News

    CMP's MPs must whittle down the contenders to a shortlist of two. Here are the runners and riders

    William Anderson's decision to stand down fires the starting gun on a Classical Monarchist Party leadership contest.

    MPs must whittle down the contenders to a shortlist of two, who will then be elected as leader by party members, and will become Prime Minister. It will be up to the victorious candidate to decide whether to ask Parliament to back a fresh election.

    Here are the contenders:

    • Francis Underwood

    The obvious favorite. He gambled his career on backing Anderson Scandal, as being his secretary of defence, knowing that a vote in parliment to make the PM resign the premiership would all but guarantee that only a figure from the inside camp could become the next CMP leader. That gamble has paid off today. Popular among the party membership, and one of the most well-known political figures in the country, he is the candidate to beat.

    His decision to back the Anderson Scandal was viewed in many quarters as opportunistic and his willingness to head a campaign which at times appeared to be trashing the Classical Monarchist Party government’s record will mean he has bridges to build with many senior CMP figures. He will have to be emollient, and non-triumphalist, and perhaps above all, distance himself from Elliot Timothy, John Adams and John Tallonsi.

    • Claire Underwood

    Wife of hr actual secretary of defence, but with liberal tendencies inside the CMP. She is the longest-serving Chancellor of Exchequer. While backing his husband campaign, she did not hit the campaign trail and delivered only a handful of tweets and interviews, but delivered a motion to debate the resignation of the PM, and was critical of many aspects of Montenbourg's economy, particularly the progress of the private sector and the elimination of the income tax. Hedging her bets allows her to now emerge as a ‘unity’ candidate, and she is said to have been building up her back-room staff in preparation for a leadership bid.

    She has the significant advantage of having served in one of the great offices of state, in a steady and competent manner that has won her many admirers within party and the civil service. At a time of great instability, it may be that she is viewed as steady hand on the tiller. Mrs Underwood does however, lack the ‘star quality’ of a Francis Underwood and party members may doubt her ability to connect with ordinary voters.

     • John Adams

    The First Secretary may be able to set himself up as ‘the thinking CMP Anderson Scandal candidate’. Made an enormous political and personal decision to back the PM. He performed well during the TV debates, and will be an admired figure among CMPs'. Along with Underwood, he will be hindered by the fact that he led a very divisive campaign, characterised by ‘blue-on-blue’ action. MPs may also judge that he lacks Francis Underwood's wider appeal with the electorate. Possibly more likely that he will settle for being his new bosom buddy Francis’s Chancellor. 

    • Joseph Biden

    The Marlbourgian CMP leader is a hugely-admired figure, and would offer the CMP party appeal among voters few other candidates could reach. Leading the Classical Monarchists to a second place finish in Marlbourgh parliament elections was an extraordinary achievement for a party that was close to vanishing off the electoral map in Marlbourgh not very many years ago. However, would have to become an MP first, and will be tarnished in the eyes of many CMP MPs and members by his outspoken support for the Prime Minister. It may well be too soon for him, but he will have a very influential voice in the debate.

    • Xavier Bettel

    The First Minister of Cranford, for years considered William Anderson's natural heir, Bettel would in ordinary circumstances be top of the list of runners and riders. In today’s circumstances, he only just scrapes in as a contender. His stock among CMP MPs and members was already falling as a result of a succession of bungles, culminating in a Budget that was overshadowed by the resignation of Iain John Smith and a U-turn over swingeing disability cuts.

    He was William Anderson's right-hand man arguing for the PM to remain, and attracted furious anger from anti-scandal CMP's after he spearheaded warnings about the consequences of resignation, which were branded ‘Project Fear’, and then proposed a 'Resign Budget' that was viewed as nothing short of blackmail by many CMP's MPs. If he survives the immediate aftermath with his job intact, he could be a contender, but his stock is now so low in the CMP's party he’ll struggle to make it over the first hurdle.



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  • Xavier Bettel officially becomes MTB Prime Minister

    March 28th, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News


    Classical Monarchist Party MP Xavier Bettel has been appointed as Montenbourg's first gay Prime Minister.

    Mr. Bettel, 39, was invited to form a government by King Lawrence I in a private audience at Bourgeon Palace. The 2th PM during the King's reign, Mr Bettel suceeds William Anderson, who tendered his resignation to the monarch two days ago.

    He arrived at the palace by ministerial car with his spouse Gauthier Destenay, having set off from the Council of State after Mr Anderson was officially accepted by the King.

    Mr Anderson advised the King to appointed the former First Minister of Cranford in his place. A spokesperson for the Palace said: "The King received in audience Xavier Bettel and requested him to form a new Administration." 

    In a brief address outside Prime Minister Residence, Lexington Street before he resigned, Mr Anderson said: "It has been the greatest honour of my life to serve our country as Prime Minister over these last ten years and to serve as leader of my party over 5 years. And as we leave for the last time, my only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much."

    Mr Bettel is to give an address outside Lexington Street later this afternoon outlining his initial priorities in office. He is also expected to unveil the core members of his Cabinet later this evening, with other appointments to be made clear in the coming days.

    The former First Minister of Cranford, who backed Refugee Protection Act in the European Union referendum debate and the LGBT rights in the region, will steer Europe a bit.





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  • Elizabeth McCord gets appointed as the new Secretary of State

    April 1st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News


    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, today announced that unde His Majesty's approval has appointed Elizabeth McCord as an independent to fill a vacancy for Secretary of Foreign Relations.

    Previously a MCIA analyst and Political Science Professor at the University of Bosco. Until she resigned from her position due to her ethical opposition to the MCIA's use of torture, Dr. McCord has enjoyed a distinguished career as a lawyer, professor, and analyst. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to examine and address the inequalities that exist between LGBT, Black and minorities peoples in health care services and delivery, also their treatment in European countries.

    Dr. McCord was recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for House of Lords Appointments and chosen using the merit-based process open to all Montenbourgians. This process ensures public servants are independent, reflect Montenbourg diversity, and are able to tackle the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the country.

    "Finding your voice as a leader is never easy, but is a challenge as a woman that we all must take. I want that with this appointment make a clear statement we the  Women, are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. As the high rank diplomat of Montenbourg I extend this message, we are gonna use every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, across europe and the world, promoting free trade agreements between our nearest neighbors and good relations with all. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems and determine the solutions.

    Democracy, freedom, and the rule of law are under attack around the world. A rising tide of authoritarianism and illiberalism threatens the foundations of the post-World War II global era that Montenbourg diplomats have built and defended. Our Nation, Our Montenbourg is not defined by ethnicity, by lineage, by names and definitely not defined by where we come from. We Montenbourg are defined by an idea.

    Unlike most other nations, the idea is that all people are created equal and that you can pursue life, liberty, and happiness here. And Montenbourg will extend this message across europe and the world".



  • Montenbourg FM "Misunderstanding" says after the declarations of Angleter

    April 3st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Nigel Poursa ||MBC News


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    Following the declaration of officials like Mary d’Ivry Foreign Minister of Angleter, Elizabeth McCord agreed a brief statement with the press of MBC News.

    "I wish, obviously I wish that the European community writ large had been able to rein this in. We just know the impact in the children and minority groups. And this is not an Angleterian only issue, is a European issue. We of course are open to negotiate and pursue friendly relations with Angleter, we understand that is in that way of knowing that this is a humanitarian crisis that needs to be resolve. We have asylum seekers at our boarders and also at angleterian borders.

    "And look, this is not a press leak but we have it on good authority that refugees are being targeted for persecution. And under the Refugee Protection Act this can not happen."

    "We want protection of rights to these people, we are humane in this. We of course pursue betterment of our relations with Angleter, in fact HM Government is planning on a summit to invite european leaders... but the fact that we want better for europe, means better for the individual. Thank you..."



  • Prime Minister welcomes UPS's expansion in Montenbourg

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Nigel Poursa ||MBC News


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    In today’s economy, delivery services are essential to connect people and make businesses competitive. Montenbourg welcomes investments from the private sector to create good, well-paying middle class jobs, and generate new opportunities for more people to succeed.

    The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, today welcomed UPS’s announcement of a $500 million investment that will create more than 1,000 new, middle class jobs in Montenbourg. UPS will also expand its facilities across the country and upgrade its technology so that Montenbourgian consumers can receive products faster and in an environmentally responsible way.

    The construction of a $125-million, 180,000 square-foot automated sorting facility – UPS’s first in Montenbourg– has already started at the company’s Montague hub. This facility, along with investments in new automated sorting technology and compressed natural gas vehicles, will help UPS reach its sustainability goal of running half of its Montenbourgian fleet on alternative fuel by the end of 2018.

    “UPS is the kind of company we want to see flourish in Montenbourg, one that creates better opportunities for hard working Montenbourgians– today and well into the future. I had the opportunity to meet UPS Chief Executive Officer, Mr. David Abney, in a meeting earlier this year, and I am thrilled they are investing in our country, our economy, and our people.”
    — The Rt. Hon. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Montenbourg

    Facts:

    • UPS's first international expansion was in Montenbourg over 42 years ago, and our country was chosen this year as the location for the company’s first international management conference, which is being held in Montague, from April 19-21.
    • UPS employs more than 12,000 employees at 63 facilities across Montenbourg. UPS has centres in Newcastle, Duke, Bordeaux, New Monten, Apulia, Trebursye, and Montague.
    • Prime Minister Bettell met with David Abney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UPS, on January 23, 2018, where they discussed UPS’s history in Montenbourg, the company’s goals moving forward, as well as investment opportunities.
    • This announcement is the second example of global companies choosing Montenbourg to expand their business and create jobs this week. On Monday, Secretary for Trade and Buisness, Cara Caleton-Fiorina,  announced a nearly $400-million investment in Montenbourg by way of the ENCQOR project that will secure 4,000 new jobs in Strasbourg and Newcastle, and create thousands more.
    • The Government of Montenbourg is committed to deepening Montenbourg's trade relationships with a modern, progressive free trade agreements, including a firm commitment to advancing a draft of a new proposal at the European Council of a North European Free Trade Agreement.
    • The Government of Montenboueg recently launched Invest in Montenbourg, a new federal organization dedicated to attracting job-creating investment and simplifying the process for global businesses looking to make Montenbourg their new home.


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    ((OOC: There is no North European Free Trade Agreement.))



  • @the-united-kingdom said:

    ((OOC: There is no North European Free Trade Agreement.))

     ((OOC: We know there is no North European Free Trade Agreement. Our country is working towards it. Thank you.))


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    @montenbourg ((OOC: Then WHY have you written that it is a new and modernised something when it doesn't even exist!!!?))



  • @the-united-kingdom  ((OOC: It exist a draft. Our country is working on it. Thank You.))


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    @montenbourg ((OOC: Then change the wording. It can't be new and modernised if it has yet to exist in the RP, considering it's a multi-lateral treaty and would involve other countries. Either post the draft now or change your wording.))



  • @the-united-kingdom ((OOC: Don. We are working on it. Thank you.))



  • Backing Central Strasbourg with funding for MONARCH Weir

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Nigel Poursa ||MBC News

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    The Liberal-Classical Monarchist Government will ensure there is long-term water security for Central Strasbourg by providing an additional $4.1 million to support the construction of the MONARCH Weir.

    The announcement increases the Montenbourg Government’s commitment for the project to $176.1 million through the $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. 

    This announcement will drive investment, jobs and economic growth in the region for generations to come while securing the future for residents in Central Strasbourg. 

    A new weir capable of supplying 76,000 ML per year of high security water will be built, providing up to 42,000ML of water for irrigated agriculture in the Jon Basin and around 34,000ML for industrial and urban use in the Oldbury region.

    The new weir will increase water security for Strasbourg, the Oldbury region, the Gracemere Industrial Corridor and expand irrigation in the region. It is also expected to generate 2,100 jobs and increase agricultural production in the Riviere River region by up to $1 billion. This investment shows the confidence the Montenbourg Government has in Central Strasbourg as an area which can drive investment, exports and jobs for Strasbourg.

    Building the water infrastructure of the 21st century is a priority commitment of the Liberal-Classical Monarchist coalition Government. The Government committed to providing funding for the MONARCH Weir during the 2016 election campaign and today’s announcement shows we are on course to deliver on our commitment. 

    The Government has given careful consideration to the revised cost and believes the project remains a strong nation-building initiative which will drive economic growth and create new jobs in the region.

    The announcement reaffirms the Liberal-Classical Monarchist coalition Government’s strong commitment to Central Strasbourg. The advocacy of LP and CMP members representing the interests of Central Strasbourg has played a vital role in securing the funding. 

    This project will create new and better paid jobs for Central Strasbourg. In the last 12 months, 420,700 new jobs were created in Montenbourg– an all-time record.

    The Montenbourg Government welcomes the Strasbourg Provincial Government agreeing to fund 50 per cent of the MONARCH Weir project.



  • PM interview after Central Strasbourg funding for MONARCH Weir

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Sarah Nickelby||MBC News

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    A little earlier, the Prime Minister spoke with me before he hopped on a plane to head north, to give confirmation that the Federal Government has committed half of the funding for the construction of the Weir.

    PRIME MINISTER:

    We committed to it nearly two years ago actually, in May 2016 and it took a long time for the Strasbourg Provincial Government to come on board. But you know, no hard feelings.

    The fact is they're now committed, they committed to half of it but with an increased price tag and we've reviewed the business case for that and we've agreed to increase our participation.

    So we're all on board and we should get on with it and build it.

    It’s going to be a real game changer. It's going to create thousands of jobs. It's going to result in a real surge in irrigated agriculture. There's going to be a lot of water available for industry in and around Oldbury. This is a very, very big deal and long overdue. I was so excited when I first saw the site with Gauthier a couple of years back.

    I'm just thrilled that we're going to be able to make it happen. It's great credit to him and Governor-Duke of Strasbourg I might say for their advocacy.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    Of course there’s a requirement now for large new investment in both agriculture as well as industry and access to overseas markets as well. What do you think the Federal Government will be doing to encourage this?

    PRIME MINISTER:

    Well in terms of access to overseas markets, of course we've been signing up one big free trade deal or another. We obviously signed up that Montenbourg-OmnibusFree Trade Agreement, the UK-Montenbourg Trade Agreement, and most recently we are working on a norht free trade partnership which gives us even greater access to big markets in our northern region including Complutum, Austrur, and of course Luz da Libertados.

    We are forging ahead, constantly opening up new free trade opportunities for our exporters.

    A big contrast to the Nationalitz Party I might say, Sarah. When Steimer said that he will pulled out of the MOFTA, you remember how Shorten mocked me for persevering with it? He said that I was “wasting my time,” I was “deluded”, on a “vanity project”. Well, we got it done and what a great opportunity it offers particularly, by the way, for exporters.

    This will gives us a very big advantage over our competitors in the european market.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    So how affordable will the water be though? Because we're hearing some fears that farmers won't be able to afford it.

    PRIME MINISTER:

    Well, if the farmers don't buy it, the project won't have any income. So I can assure you that the whole basis of the scheme is to make sure that the water is acquired and used. I mean that's the object. The goal is to generate around 76,000 megalitres of high priority water including up to about 42,000 for irrigated agriculture and about 34,000 for industrial and urban use around Oldbury.

    That's the plan.

    SARAH NICKELBY:

    Thank you Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.



  • Montenbourg signs landmark Free Trade Agreement with Luz de Libertados

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Sarah Nickelby||MBC News

    HM Foreign Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord with Luz de Libertados Foreign Minister Alexander Mackleford

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    The Government of Montenbourg remains committed to working with Luz de Libertados government and business leaders to deepen the commercial ties between our countries and create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow our economies.

    Today, HM Foreign Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, Libertado's Foreign Minister Alexander Mackleford witnessed the signing of the milestone Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement (MLFTA), which will open our markets to products, grow our communities, and give our citizens a higher standard of living.

    The Agreement is part of Montenbourg's continued commitment to supporting Libertado's efforts to build a stable, democratic, and prosperous country.

    Both Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados are committed to the timely ratification and implementation of MLFTA – so that Montenbourgians and Libertados alike can take advantage of its benefits as soon as possible. 

    "The Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement represents a significant milestone in the relationship between Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados. It will bolster our economies, spur innovation, and lead to long term benefits for the middle class and those working hard to join it.-.
    Rt. Hon. Elizabeth McCord, HM Foreign Secretary of State

    “Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados know that trade is essential to jobs and growth. By improving market access and creating more predictable conditions for trade, the Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement will generate new opportunities for Montenbourgians and Libertados alike.”  Alexander Mackleford, Foreign Minister of Luz de Libertados

    Facts:

    • In 2018, Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados announced the snao conclusion of the Montenbourg-Luz de Libertados Free Trade Agreement (MLFTA) negotiations.
    • Montenbourg’s Trade and Buisness Minister, Cara Carleton-Fiorina, and Libertado's First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade signed the Agreement in Luz de Libertado's capital during a private visit.
    • Luz de Libertados offers numerous opportunities for Montenbourgian businesses and investors, in areas such as information and communication technologies, agriculture, infrastructure and logistics, aerospace, defence and security, and energy.
    • In 2018, bilateral trade between Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados increased by 13.9 per cent, totalling almost $278 million. Montenbourg's exports to Luz de Libertados totalled over $210 million in 2017. Examples of products imported by Libertados include pharmaceuticals, fish and seafood, and coking coal.
    • Montenbourg’s merchandise imports from Libertados totalled more than $67 million in 2018. Major imports included fertilizers, iron and steel, and anthracite coal.
    • Now that the Agreement has been signed, Montenbourg and Luz de Libertados will go through their respective domestic legislative processes to ratify and implement the Agreement.



  • The King and PM to Permit Young Migrants and Minorities to Remain in Montenbourg

    April 5st, 2018 8:50 pm| by Sarah Nickelby||MBC News

    Activists supporting the Kings Order at Lexington Street

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    Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the Kingdom of Montenbourg as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an King's Order in Council action, HM Government announced today.

    Officials said the King used existing legal authority to make the broad policy change, which could temporarily benefit more than 800,000 young people. He did not consult with Parliment, where Nationalitz and some CMP's have generally opposed measures to benefit illegal immigrants.

    The policy, while not granting any permanent legal status, clears the way for young illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, work legally and obtain driver’s licenses and many other documents they have lacked.

    “They are Montenbourgians in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” The King said in announcing the new policy in the Bourgeon Palace today. The Prime Minister said he was taking “a temporary stopgap measure” that would “lift the shadow of deportation from these young people” and make immigration policy “more fair, more efficient and more just.”

    Under the change, the Home Secretary will no longer initiate the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the Kingdom before age 16, have lived here for at least five years, and are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing. The immigrants must also be not more than 30 and have clean criminal records.

    Young people, who have been highly visible and vocal activists despite their undocumented status, have been calling on His Majesty for more than a year to stop deporting them and allow them to work. Many of them were elated and relieved today.

    “People are just breaking down and crying for joy when they find out what the president did,” said Lorella Praeli, a leader of the United We Dream Network, the largest coalition of illegal immigrant students.

    Nationalitz reacted angrily, saying the King had overstepped his legal bounds to do an end run around Parliment. Some Nationalitz accused the King of violating the law. “The King's action is an affront to the process of representative government by circumventing Parliment and with a directive he may not have the authority to execute,” said Representative Charles E. Grassley of Bordeaux, the senior Nationalitz on the Council of State Judiciary Committee. “It seems the King has put monarchy politics above responsible policies.”

    The Order was the first historic measure by the King that offers immediate relief to large numbers of illegal immigrants, in contrast to smaller steps HM Government had taken that were intended to ease the impact of deportations but in practice had little effect. During the first year of his term, the actual Prime Minister has deported more than 1.1 million immigrants, the most by any PM since the 1950s.

    “Now let’s be clear: this is not an amnesty,” Bettel said in the Lexignton Street, anticipating the Nationalitz and CMP's response. “This is not a path to citizenship. It is not a permanent fix.”

    The group of illegal immigrants that will benefit from the policy is similar to those who would have been eligible to become legal permanent residents under the Immigration Reform Act, legislation that Prime Minister Bettel has long supported. An effort by the Prime Minister to pass the bill in late 2010 was blocked by Nationalitz in the Council of State. The Prime Minister called on Parliment again today to pass that legislation.

    Immigrant student leaders praised The King, saying his action should convince other students that advocacy could be effective, even for immigrants without legal status. Although the reprieve is temporary, the leaders said they expected that the majority of students would seize the opportunity to work and come out into the open.

    “We’ve done away with the fear,” said Gaby Pacheco, 27, an Libertados-born immigrant who was among the first in a wave of students in recent years who “came out” to declare publicly that they were in this country illegally.

    The King also received praise from Liberal lawmakers, including the Black Caucus in the Council of State and  Richard J. Durbin of Strasbourg, the second-highest Liberal in the House of Lords who is the leading author of the Immigration Reform Act. Mr. Durbin first proposed in April 2010 that the King should grant deferred action to young students.

    Over the past two months Mr. Durbin and other top Liberals, including Representatives Harry Reid of Apulia, have quietly urged the Prime Minister to do something significant to help immigrant students.

    Marodette Aguishcot, 21, who was born in Austrur and lives in New Monten, said she was in Monterini with a group of students when the news came of the new policy.

    “We were all watching and listening and screaming out in joy,” she said. Ms. Aguishcot graduated last month from Bosco University, but feared she would never find work professionally.

    Some students were cautious, recalling that the King had promised them help before. “We don’t want to get too excited,” said Daniela Alulema, 25, an illegal immigrant from Dromund Kass who is a leader of the Bordeaux Youth Immigrant Leadership Council. “We hope that what was announced will be implemented and will actually help our community.”



  • MONTENBOURG ROYAL EDITION

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    April 5st, 2018  by Dominic Ortega

                          The Queen of Montenbourg Exclusive Interview

                                                             

    Dominic: Well Good evening Your Majesty. Its been a huge day for the King. But today is about you and our special VOGUE Montenbourg Royal Edition, and people are wanting to know this busy life, all the lights all the glamour. Would you tell me how prepared were you for the pressures that came with marrying into the Royal Family?

    Grace:  It is a day! haha.... Its an honor, well where do I begin...ok..At the age of 19, you always think you're prepared for everything, and you think you have the knowledge of what's coming ahead. But although I was daunted at the prospect at the time, I felt I had the support of my husband-to-be.

    D:  What were the expectations that you had for married life?

    G:  I think like any marriage, specially when you've had divorced parents like myself, you'd want to try even harder to make it work and you don't want to fall back into a pattern that you've seen happen in your own family. I desperately wanted it to work, I desperately love my husband and I want to share everything together, and we really are a very good team. Haha.

    D:  How aware were you of the significance of what had happened to you? After all, you'd become Queen.

    G:  I wasn't daunted, and am not daunted by the responsibilities that that role creates. It was a challenge, and it is a challenge. As for becoming Queen, it's, it was never at the forefront of my mind when I married my husband: it was a long way off that thought. 

    The most daunting aspect was the media attention, because my husband and I, we were told when we got engaged that the media would go quietly, and it didn't; and then when we were married they said it would go quietly and it didn't; and then it started to focus very much on me, and I seemed to be on the front of a newspaper every single day, which is an isolating experience, and the higher the media put you, place you, is the bigger the drop. 

    And I was very aware of that.

    D:  How did you handle the transition from being Grace McCorquodale-Kidman Toscana to the most photographed, the most talked-about, woman in the world?

    G:  Well, it took a long time to understand why people were so interested in me, but I assumed it was because my husband had done a lot of wonderful work leading up to our marriage and our relationship. But then I, during the years you see yourself as a good product that sits on a shelf and sells well, and people make a lot of money out of you.

    D:  It's been suggested in some newspapers that you were left largely to cope with your new status on your own. Do you feel that was your experience?

    G:  Yes I do, on reflection. But then here was a situation which hadn't ever happened before in history, in the sense that the media were everywhere, and here was a fairy story that everybody wanted to work. And so it was, it was isolating, but it was also a situation where you couldn't indulge in feeling sorry for yourself: you had to either sink or swim. And you had to learn that very fast.

    D:  And what did you do?

    G: I swam. Hahahaha. We went to Air Springs, to Apulia, and we went and did a walkabout, and I said to my husband: ´What do I do now?' And he said, ´Go over to the other side and speak to them.' I said, ´I can't, I just can't.' He said, ´Well, you've got to do it.' And he went off and did his bit, and I went off and did my bit. It practically finished me off there and then, and I suddenly realised - I went back to our hotel room and realised the impact that, you know, I had to sort myself out.

    We had a six-week tour - four weeks in Apulia and two weeks in New Monten - and by the end, when we flew back from Naples, I was a different person. I realised the sense of duty, the level of intensity of interest, and the demanding role I now found myself in.

    D:  Were you overwhelmed by the pressure from people initially?

    G:  Yes, I was very daunted because as far as I was concerned I was a fat, chubby, 20-year-old, 21-year-old, and I couldn't understand the level of interest.

    D: What do you think about the Monarchy?

    G: For me is the oldest and highest form of government because it focus for national identity, unity and pride; gives a sense of stability and continuity; officially recognises success and excellence; and supports the ideal of voluntary service.

    D: But what is the role of a monarchy in the 21st Century?

    G: Haha, love that question. Today, It's time to show to Europe and the world that we still have monarchies safe, responsible, and above all in favor of the people something that it stills important in 21st Century politics.



  • REFUGEE SPECIAL EDITION

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    April 5st, 2018  by Alevandro Jochea

    The extent to which refugee children have been conditioned by their environment is heartbreaking. We wanted permission to take this young girl’s photograph, so we asked if her mother was nearby. Her eyes filled with the most uncontrollable fear that I’ve ever seen in a child. ‘Why do you want my mother?’ she asked. Later, her parents told us how the family had crouched in the woods while soldiers ransacked their house in Dromund Kass. More recently they’d been chased through the woods by Kassian police. After we’d spent a few minutes talking with her parents, she returned to being a child and could not stop hugging us, and laughing, and saying ‘I love you so much.’ But I went to sleep that night remembering the terror on her face when we first asked to speak to her mother.

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    “There is no security in Dromund Kass. We lived in constant fear. We started receiving text messages one day. They said: ‘Give us money, or we will burn down your house. If you tell the police, we will kill you.’ We had nobody to turn to. We are poor people. We have no powerful friends. We don’t know anyone in the government. The text messages continued every day. We were so afraid that we could not sleep. We had no money to give them. We could barely afford to feed ourselves. So we said to ourselves: ‘Maybe they are lying. Maybe they will do nothing.’ Then one night we woke up and our house was on fire. We barely escaped with the children. The next day we received a text message. It said: ‘Give us money, or this time you will die.’ I replied that we’d pay them soon. We sold everything we owned, and we left. We thought we’d rather die in a plastic boat than die there.”

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    “My husband and I sold everything we had to afford the journey. We worked 30 hours a day in a liberated area of Dromund Kass until we had enough money to leave. The smuggler put 152 of us on a boat. Once we saw the boat, many of us wanted to go back, but he told us that anyone who turned back would not get a refund. We had no choice. Both the lower compartment and the deck were filled with people. Waves began to come into the boat so the captain told everyone to throw their baggage into the sea. In the ocean we hit a rock, but the captain told us not to worry. Water began to come into the boat, but again he told us not to worry. We were in the lower compartment and it began to fill with water. It was too tight to move. Everyone began to scream. We were the last ones to get out alive. My husband pulled me out of the window. In the ocean, he took off his life jacket and gave it to a woman. We swam for as long as possible. After several hours he told me he that he was too tired to swim and that he was going to float on his back and rest. It was so dark we could not see. The waves were high. I could hear him calling me but he got further and further away. Eventually a boat found me. They never found my husband.”

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    Unlike other refugees, LGBTI individuals, who have fled their home countries due to persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, often arrive in the Montenbourg alone; many have been victims of violence, torture, and rape.

    Nearly a year after his arrival in the Kingdom of Montenbourg, Malik, a 28-year-old gay Kassian, shudders to think what would have happened to him if he hadn’t fled his country. “In Dromund, people don’t like gay people. They are not accepted; they are oppressed, even in the liberated zones. Most gay men live a double life,” he explains. He is adapting quickly to the new culture — a haven after living in fear for his life in Dromund Kass.

    Malik is a beneficiary of DACAM, which also provides intensive case management and specialized services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders in order to help them acclimate to and integrate into Montenbourg society.

    Services are provided immediately upon arrival and continue as refugees learn to live in Montenbourg Therapists, case managers, and volunteers provide an invaluable support system, helping refugees like Malik navigate social services, the healthcare system, and educational and vocational resources.

    Because Malik has no family in the Kingdom and survives on little more than 500M£ a month, he relies on the support of a group of volunteers for everything from rides to the doctor to practicing English. He is working hard to learn the language quickly because he knows it is imperative to finding a job and becoming self-sufficient, enrolling in school, and finding a stable relationship.

    But Malik no longer thinks of himself as a refugee. “Now I am a resident!” he says proudly. “I am so happy, I love the monarchs this soil, I came to the Kingdom, I came to Europe, It is a dream!”



  • MONTENBOURG ROYAL EDITION

    Montague, Strasbourg-.

    April 7st, 2018  by Dianat Sawyer

    What is the Monarchy? The Queen Mother of Montenbourg Exclusive Answer

    Here we are with the One and only, Margarita III, our Queen Mother. Queen Margarita was the Queen consort of King Ralph II until his divorced and abdication in 2007. She is best known for her moral support to the Montenbourg people during the economic crisis and her longevity. Despite the divorce with the former King Ralph II, now living abroad at the United Kingdom, she remain the title of queen, under montenbourg laws, and assumed a position as family matriarch Regent Queen. She helped to stabilize the popularity of the monarchy as a whole during the familiar crisis but she was subject to various degrees of criticism during her life, for getting the role of queen not being under the line of succesion until 2013 when the Regent became Queen Mother with no powers only title and respect.

    Queen Margarita was the Queen consort of King Ralph II until his divorce and abdication in 2007, after which she was known as Queen Margarita the Queen Mother to avoid confusion with his son, King Lawrence I. She is popular with the public, earning the nickname "Grandma' of Montenbourg" because of her consistent motherly spirit. She was of great moral support to Montenbourg public during 2007 economic crisis.

    The Queen Mother Margarita was born Margareta Angeline Cobourg-Bourgeon on August 4, 1930. She was the ninth child and fourth daughter of Claude Cobourg-Bourgeon, Lord Strasbourg, and his wife, Cecilia Garcia-Bentinck. Margareta was schooled at home by governesses until the age of 8, when she began attending private schools in Montague. She passed the Boco Local Examination with merit at age 13. 

    World War II started on Elizabeth’s 14th birthday and her family home, Stras Castle, became a hospital. Though she was too young to serve as a nurse, she did assist her parents in their efforts to support the war. Four of her brothers served in the army and the oldest, Ferguson, was killed in action at the Battle of Nums, in 1943.

    From early childhood, Margareta and her siblings had been friends with the children of King Augustus. At 18, Lady Margareta was a strikingly attractive woman and many young men were drawn to her, including Ralph, Augustus second son (who would later become King Ralph II). Ralph suffered from a relentless stammer, which added to his nervousness and insecurity. However, his unwavering adoration for Margareta won her over, and the two were married on April 26, 1950. They had three children, Lawrence, born in 1980, Jonathan, born in 1981, and Caroline, born in 1990. During the first decade of their marriage, Prince Ralph and Princess Margarita had the chance to establish an intimate and happy married life. 

    In January 1960, King Augustus died, and Prince Edmonton (Duke of Strasbourg) ascended the throne as King Edmonton. Edmonton was in love with America Jones, a british socialite and divorcee. Advised that the Parliament would not approve of him marrying a divorced woman, Edmonton abdicated the throne that same year. Subsequently, Ralph became king—a position that he was reluctant to accept. He and Margarita were crowned on May 12, 1960, he as King Ralph II, and she as Queen Margarita, Queen consort.

    Queen Margarita never expected to be queen, but once it happened, she dedicated her life and that of her family to serving the nation and supporting her husband in his arduous duties as sovereign. The queen was immensely popular with Montenbourgians for her appearances on public television.

    In 1978, the royal couple celebrated their wedding anniversary. In a moving speech, King Ralph II spoke passionately of his marriage to Margarita, expressing how much she inspired him, as much as he said that she was more suitable than him of becoming Head of a nation. Their strong bond would be needed as the post-war years brought on dramatic changes for both Montenbourg and the royal couple. After the war, Montenbourg economy was all but bankrupt. Many of its former colonies were striking out for independence. Montenbourg went through several years of harsh austerity, rebuilding its economy and shedding is colonies.

    The royal couple also faced personal challenges: In 1989, a blood clot was removed from the king's right leg. From then on, Queen Margarita and his sons and daughters fulfilled many of the king's public engagements.

    In September 1991, Ralph II was diagnosed with lung cancer. He and the queen were scheduled for a trip to Austrur and New Zealand in January 1991, but , Margarita chose to stay home with her husband instead; Prince Lawrence and Princess Caroline went in their place. 

    The relationship between Ralph and Margarita was very tumultuous to say the least; they met after Ralph first dated Margarita older sister, Lady Sarah Monique. By late 2000 (after collective affairs and embarrassing leaked audio conversations), Ralph and Margarita's marriage was a well-known public disaster — and the royal family couldn't hide it anymore. 

    That Summer the brother of the Queen, the Duke of Bordeaux, expressed his disappointment at both her and Ralph's extramarital affairs and asked her to see both of their slip-ups from the other's point of view; at one point he seemed ready to give up, writing, "I will always do my utmost to help you and Ralph to the best of my ability. . . but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counselor." Their attempts at reconciliation were unsuccessful. And the marriage standed united but divided as the press would say, and that December, Prime Minister Foster Hojson publicly announced the pair's "amicable separation," reading an official statement from the royal family saying that they will mantain married but divided, a noticed that shocked the kingdom.

    After this informal separation, more rumors of cheating emerged, and in an exclusive interview the Queen disclosed details about her own infidelity and struggle with bulimia as well as Ralph's affair with Harrison Jonkston, making the famous quote, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." 

    Ultimately, the then Mary, the Queen Mother gave up too — likely fed up with doing damage control for Ralph's Scandals and the blowback from Margarita broadcasting their business, she sprung into action. On Dec. 20, 2006, Bourgeon Palace announced that the Queen Mother had written two letters, previous her dead, suggesting them to divorce.

    Their divorce was finalized in August 2007, but some drama surrounding her title ensued. King Ralph II reportedly to give up her right to be Queen of Montenbourg and to be called "Her Royal Highness." This removal of the "Royal Highness" title, which separates the royal family from the rest of Montenbourg nobility, officially obliged Margarita to curtsey to others who have it -- her ex-husband, for instance, and even her own children. 

    But then a coalition of royals said, rather cryptically, that Queen Margarita will continue to be "regarded as a member of the royal family" and "will from time to time receive invitations to state and national public occasions" at the invitation "of the sovereign or the Government." The agreement gave Margarita and Ralph equal access to their children. The children spend most of the year at boarding school, and have been alternating holidays with each parent, so there seems little likelihood that the children's lives will be greatly altered. Margarita was also allowed to keep her apartment at Bourgeon Palace "with the King's agreement," will be given access to the jets used by the royal family, and will, Bourgeon Palace said, be able "to use the state apartments at Montague Palace for entertaining," as long as she asks permission first. Margarita was forced to vacate her offices next to her ex-husband's for new offices. And although she gets to keep all the jewelry she has amassed during her marriage, she will relinquish -- at her own request, Bourgeon Palace said -- a host of honorary military titles.

    It was not clear what would happen if Margarita were to remarry, but experts on the royal family believed that she would probably have to relinquish many benefits of the divorce agreement, like her home, the financing of her office and possibly the title "Queen of Montenbourg."

    But it happened that in October of 2007, King Ralph II abdicated the throne and divorced officially from the Queen signing that "Under special circumstances she will pass the line of succession first through her as Regent." A step that was very twisted even today for the press.

    Queen Margarita deeply loved her late husband, and for a time after his divorced and abdication, it looked as though she would become a recluse. But remembering her duty, she accepted thia crisis loss with stoic courage and soon resumed her public duties. She would go on to become a wise and respected leader. After his son coronation as King Lawrence I, she took on the name "Queen Mother" so as not to be confused with the new King. Following his service as kimg, the Queen Mother said, "My only wish is that I may be allowed to continue the work that we, mother and son, sought to do together."

    Over the next decades, the Queen Mother became the royal family’s matriarch, but was always careful not to overshadow his son's reign as King. She continued to travel and make public appearances in the Kingdom of Montenbourg and throughout Europe, and she don't allow her age to slow her down. In addition to her public duties, she enjoys growing camellias in her gardens, socialite event, fishing and horseracing, owning several prize-winning steeplechase horses.

    Margarita: Yes Indeed... Dianat. Hahaha.

    Dianat: It's coming a documentary about you, your Highness what you expect?

    M:I expect nothing more than the love for life, and the special connection that Montenbourgians will feel with my story as Princess, Queen and now Queen Mother of all Montenbourgians.

    D: Indeed, your highness tell us why after all this situations and problems that face europe today and also the family scandals do you consider if it s good to have a monarch?

    M: Dianat, what a question. Haha.. Well for me the King and the Queen represents continuity and history. Through peace and war, stable transition and unstable regime change (we’ve had all in this country), one person is a link, for better or worse, to over a thousand years of this nation. One lady, one man carries in her veins a millennium of all our histories.

    D: So you're saying that monarchies are way better than republics?

    M:  Well Dianat, Monarchies are more democratically legitimate.

    D: Oh, tell me about it you Highness.

    M: This is my personal opinion but generally speaking, in a parliamentary system, you need a head of state who is not the prime minister to serve as a disinterested arbiter when there are disputes about how to form a government — say, if the largest party should be allowed to form a minority government or if smaller parties should be allowed to form a coalition. Monarchs are more effective than presidents precisely because they lack any semblance of legitimacy. It would be offensive for King Lawrence or his representatives in Apulia to meddle in domestic politics.

    D: Well, but what about the DACAM.

    M: As I said, this is my personal opinion I'm in favor of the King's Order because parliment needed to act on this grave humanitarian situation and the mechanisms that the our monarch has permitted him to act in this grave situation that needed intimidate response, just as health and others. Because Monarchs can truly be above politics. They usually have no party connections and have not been involved in daily politics before assuming the post of the head of state.

    D: But what about the costs of mantaining royals.

    M: Well, opponents of the Montenbourgian royal family often point to its expense as a reason to abolish it. The anti-monarchy group Republic, lead by Nationalitz says that our royal family costs M£299.4 million ($460 million) a year. But Montenbourg monarchy has an exceptionally powerful, and profitable, brand with a annual value of the royal "brand" at about M£1.9 billion ($2.9 billion). That easily outweighs the costs. 

    D: Wow, that's a quite small economic boost, to be sure. But it puts a lie to price-based criticisms of the monarchy.

    M: Yes, indeed.

    D: Republics and other systems have an unfortunate tendency to get huffy about Montenbourg's superior political system. Isn't you HIghness?

    M: Haha, well every system is important to the society, but  yes. Our monarchy is not an anachronism. It is not a waste of money. It is a vital part of the Kingdom of Montenbourg that makes Montenbourgian democracy more responsive to the concerns of citizens at little or negative cost to Montenbourgian taxpayers.

    D: Oh really?

    M: Yes, think about it Dianat. The King, as the nominal highest authority, is above party politics. Our hereditary monarch removes from the role of Head of State factionalism and political celebrity. Presidents and Prime Ministers come and go and swing from left to right, but the symbol of our nation walks a third path that unites rather than divides. The King, as supreme Governor, represents a something mightier. Monarchs live to point to the one who never dies. The sovereign is anointed as monarch, but crowned in the stead of one far greater and acts and serves both as His servant and as a type of Him.

    D: Indeed your highness, indeed. Let's put our grievances aside and celebrate Margarita III, our Queen Mother for sustaining one of the world's more important democratic institutions for more than 63 remarkable years. Thank you your Highness.

    M: Thank you Dianat. May God Save Our King!

    D: Long may he reign! Thank you.


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