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    Wiener Zeitung: Basic income bill proposed by Bundeskanzleramt fails in Bundeswirtschaftsrat

    The Basic Income Act, proposed by the Bundeskanzleramt as a whole, has failed in the Bundeswirtschaftsrat. The bill, which proposes to give 1500 schillings to every Austrian over the age of 21 every month, was opposed by a number of professional chambers on the basis that it would disrupt the current regulations already set by them.

    "In my opinion, this is unnecessary," said a council member on the bill. "The system that we already have is functional and has greatly contributed to the stability of our nation. It is a flexible system that is designed to improve on its own without adversely affecting any of the constituent groups of our nation. Legislating on this issue on this level would disrupt the balance this system has created, and bring back the labor disputes. No one wants that. It would not capture the needs of the We can implement this on the level of the chambers; but here, no."

    The Bundeswirtschaftsrat has published its reports, published here on the page after this article as well as being placed in the National Library. An exerpt from the conclusion of the report against is below:

    "The failure of such bills is not something new. A number of similar bills - the infamous 'Wealth Fund Act,' which attempted to nationalize the Austrian gas industry as to provide a similar form of basic income especially in mind - have failed in this chamber for similar reasons. Austria has been committed to the system of corporatism for decades; this bill, and centralizing bills like it, will lead to the erosion of this system and the harmony it has created."

    The Bundeskanzleramt has not yet responded.


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    Der Standard: Vice Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gains popularity amid fall of Rendi-Wagner government

    The decision of the cabinet of Pamela Rendi-Wagner to propose the Basic Income Act has led to a severe decline in popularity for her administration across Austria. According to the most recent polls, only 38% of Austrians have confidence in the current government, down from a previous 49% before the proposal of the act, with an astounding 57% claiming to support a vote of no-confidence, up from a previous 21%. The activity of the Rendi-Wagner government in formulating bills of this kind, however, makes this phenomenon mysterious; on many occasions has she alienated the legislature, but never has she experienced such a decline in popularity.

    The explanation, however, may be found in her recent visit to Inimicus.

    "The woman is obviously incompetent," stated an individual who wishes to remain unidentified. "In the middle of a crisis, she abandons the country to party. What is this? What is this?'

    This sentiment was reflected by many others, many of whom quoted a phrase found in the constitution of the Federal Republic: "...public officials, in their work, must have both loyalty and devotion to the nation, to the task of governance, and to the fair and just representation of the people."

    In the new void created as a result of this drop in popularity, however, has emerged a new figure - the Vice Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.

    Kurz is regarded as a conservative as a result of his harsh stances on integration and refugees, such as the deportation of all refugees not immediately in need of protection and the greater regulation of ethnically controlled kindergartens as to ensure that all understand the national language, German, as well as the culture and political environment of the country. Economically, he generally is in support of the status quo, although he supports mild economic decentralization, in which lower supervisors would be given greater autonomy, albeit still within the bounds of the national economic framework.

    Socially, however, the Vice Chancellor is progressive, in support of gender and sexual minorities, likely as a result of his homosexuality.

    Both young and charismatic, his way of speaking has seemingly enraptured the Austrian nation, with upwards of 60% supporting him. Many, however, warn that his policies would bring a return of the old fascist system.

    "His policies are both xenophobic and racist," said Štefan Miroslav Messner, the head of the Austrian Communist League, a non-electoral political group. "Behind a thin facade, he hides this; but it is obvious to all. We cannot afford to elect this new Dollfuss."


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    Wiener Zeitung: BREAKING NEWS: VAN DER BELLEN BARELY SURVIVES IMPEACHMENT

    In an emergency meeting called by the President of the Federal Cultural Chamber, a motion for the impeachment of Federal President Van der Bellen has failed.

    Before the Constitutional Council, members of the assembly, speaking in a harried, almost crazed way, made their case that the President had clearly gone insane and was not suited for office.

    "The man, he doesn't even believe in Icholasen!" screamed an unknown legislator in a sudden outburst during the recorded proceedings, which are now available online.

    After only thirty minutes of discussion, during which, most notably, a legislator made a 700 word long impromptu speech in the span of one minute and 21 seconds, a vote was called by a majority of one in the assembly.

    As legislators ran to vote, many were trampled. Some have been rushed to hospital as a result of their injuries.

    The vote was then slowly, "excruciatingly," according to Sebastian Kurz, the vice chancellor, who was present at the assembly, counted by a clerk, resulting in a swarm of legislators screaming and pelting their pens and other writing utensils at her.

    She ran away from the scene after only half the votes were counted, screaming crazily in an unknown language.

    Several legislators then attempted to take control of the counting process, causing the box containing votes to overturn, with the votes themselves spilling out. Many legislators attempted to throw those that had spilled out into a trash bin; these were retrieved by others and counted.

    At the end of this chaotic process, the State Council of the Ministry of the Republic voted to disperse the assembly as a result of "public disturbance." The members of the assembly were forced out of the building and returned to their housing. Several were sedated in the process.

    Impeachment technically did pass, with the vote 136-74; however, the vote and proceedings were invalidated.

    The President, meanwhile, was reported to have been smearing his own feces on the walls of the Hofburg. His staff forcefully sedated him before sending him, with the consent of a judge, to an unknown facility in Vienna.

    The Federal Chancellor, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, has now temporarily assumed the Presidency, claiming that she had not countersigned the order denying the existence of Icholasen, and that her signature had been falsified. The Vice-Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has meanwhile temporarily become the Chancellor.


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    Der Standard: "The Schoolgirls" is an awful, awful opera

    Yesterday, at a charity concert for Eastern Haane, the opera by the Haanean group of artists "Group 47," "The Schoolgirls," was performed. I feel very sorry for those who had to witness it, and I advise those reading never to see it, and to expunge even the slightest knowledge of it from their memory.

    From the very beginning, one knows that it all went very, very wrong. The actors twirl as though they are drunk, their clothes strange in the worst possible way - grotesque, garish, ill-fitting, and and not in any way appropriate.

    And the dialogue is truly atrocious. It makes absolutely no sense. While the play is in English and was written by those with a very high level of English proficiency, it reads as though it was put through an online translator multiple times. Here is an example:

    "I was scared; Are you upset? I am warm, I am hot, I am hot mountains, I am sick and strong. I was afraid my heart was hurting. But I have a very dangerous fever in my muscles. Go! He turns to me."

    This was sung, without any melody and rhythm at all. It sounded less like music and more like a random collection of notes with varying tempos and dynamics, all of which were entirely random. This was not modernism; that is, while lacking melody, still emotional, conveying very clearly sadness and anger, and so and so forth. This conveyed nothing that could be seen, nothing except for noise.

    The accompaniment too was terrible, replete with squeaking marked in the music and random and high pitched screaming. There was no rhythm to be found here, either, nor was there any attempt even to harmonize it with the sung dialogue. It was simply a barrage of awful noise that hurt the ears of the audience.

    All of this was combined with random, crazed ululations from the actors, which too were marked in the dialogue. In the middle of sentences, actors would suddenly cut off and make these bizarre noises, accompanied by intermittent screaming and the aforementioned barrage of noise.

    No one could make heads or tails of the plot; everything was very random. The very ending, however, defied all comprehension. A woman, dressed in black rags and screaming in an unknown language, began to shake uncontrollably; the girl in front of her, dressed in white rags and sobbing while making vomiting noises, began to laugh uncontrollably before falling down and apparently having a seizure, during which she began to giggle, her clothes gradually coming off.

    A bright white light shone on the bizarre scene, and began to turn on and off every second, creating a strobe effect. There was a loud scream from off stage; then the ushers began to attack the audience, while actors dressed in military uniforms crawled from the backstage like ants, repeatedly shouting "Copala!"

    A red fluid rained down on the audience; meanwhile, the woman dressed on stage screamed loudly and terrifyingly before running. Two men dragged the girl, by her left foot, away; meanwhile, the trembling woman continued to scream, running, and then crawling, making animalistic growling sounds as foam trickled from her mouth, before climbing up a prop and madly shouting gibberish. A light shone down on her, causing her to growl again; she then appeared to spontaneously combust.

    Meanwhile, the audience was furiously banging on the doors, trying to get out; the curtain closed and the doors were opened, resulting in a stampede. I have begun a petition requesting that this opera be banned from Austria; it has already garnered 15,000 signatures. We only need 35,000 more to have the petition reach the Federal Cultural Council, forcing them to write legislation addressing the issue.


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    Wiener Zeitung: Controversial political party re-legalization passes Federal Council of States

    Political parties, banned after the 1996 restoration of democracy, may soon return to Austria. Today, after an astounding eight months of debate, legislation on the subject, given to the Federal Council of States by popular initiative nearly two years ago, has finally passed, with one of the narrowest majorities in Austrian history.

    Even in the early 2000s, a significant minority were against the non-partisan system as a result of its "dilution" of the representation of political views. However, the experience with the Austrian State, which had devolved into not authoritarianism but totalitarianism as a result of the institutions created by political parties had so tarnished views of traditional liberal democracy that most Austrians were not in favor of its restoration.

    However, as time went on, in all but name the partisan system was restored. Politicians remain non-partisan officially; unofficially however, most belong to various political blocs, blocs which for the majority of the history of the Federal Republic greatly influenced the appointment of the Government and the selection of presidential candidates, among other things. Eventually, the same political institutions that had resulted in the destruction of Austrian democracy in the 1960s came to exist. No destruction, however, now came to pass.

    Years on, many Austrians became frustrated with the now bizarre political system, believing that it had failed near entirely in its aims, and that what few aims it did accomplish served only to obstruct democracy. Over the course of three years, a popular initiative to restore the partisan system took shape. Obstructed a countless number of times by the legal system, in the end it prevailed, and was submitted to the Federal President for assignment, with the Federal Council of States suggested. The process of assignment, usually taking less than a week, took over a year to complete, as a result of "consultation," in which the President near continuously "sought the advice" of a near countless number of institutions. In the end, a group of angered individuals petitioned the Constitutional Court to stop the President, which it in the end did, within a week of the original petition.

    It is this legislation, eight months on, that has no passed. Debate was fierce, with members evenly split on the issue. A total of 89 attempted votes were held, each failing to produce a result as a result of a tie. Without any constitutional provision for this situation, debate simply had to continue.

    On several occasions, amendments were drawn up - none passed. The legislation today, as such, passed entirely unamended with a shocking vote of 225 - 224, with one person abstenting.

    Debate in the assembly is to begin on the 13th, as according to the timeline set by the Constitutional Court.


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    Wiener Zeitung: Political Party re-legalization passes

    After two weeks of debate, a vote has been held on the controversial popularly-initiated legislation regarding political parties, resulting in its passage by 106 - 104.

    However, the process was mired by obstruction. A legislator attempted to begin a filibuster, in which she read verbatim from a Vienna phonebook; however, she was forced to stop, after a total of three hours, by the President of the Assembly, on the grounds that it was suppressing the voicing of alternative views.

    This was attempted by others several times, resulting in the President barring nearly 30 legislators from speaking whatsoever. Several have sued; no response has yet been made from the judicial system.

    Others voiced their opposition in more reasonable ways. "The non-partisan system has prevented political divide. Certainly, partisan views do exist, and have influenced many aspects of our political system; however, they have not yet to Haanean levels. Given that this chamber has already experienced extreme bouts of violence, including a highly illegal impeachment vote which resulted in the sedation of several legislators and the commitment of a clerk to a mental institute, this should certainly be a worry," said a legislator amid screaming from a crazed woman in a public gallery.

    The antics of some of the more crazed legislators, however, led to many changing sides. "I abhor malarkey in all its forms. " said a male legislator. "It was because of this that I was initially opposed; however, now, I can see that nothing will change; the malarkey is already here to stay."

    Another legislator, Suzann Haselenhain, who voted in favor, seemed to waffle on the subject. "Well, yes, it is true that the partisanship is terrible and must be condemned, yes, yes, and it is certainly true that this could exacerbate the problem. However, we must consider that, in the course of time, that this may eventually resolve. Certainly, a condemnation of this situation must be done; however, we must continue to hope that, someday, the Austrian nation will learn a lesson."

    Based on the timeline released by the Constitutional Court, the law must be signed and promulgated within three days, lest the President and Government be prosecuted.


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    Der Standard: Mass protests as deportations attempted; Kurz removed as Chancellor

    Yesterday, many Austrians were preparing to sleep as federal forces began raids upon the homes of refugees, forcing them into cramped buses or, where not available, into the street, where they were made to stand, blocking traffic.

    As the shouts and screams of those to be deported echoed through the cities of Austria, many took to the streets in an attempt to stop what they believed to be an atrocity, blocking the streets.

    This continued through the night. Officials in charge of the deportations screamed at those manning the blockades in an attempt to make them move; none were successful.

    As morning arrived, blockades remained in place, with traffic essentially stopped. In some places, barricades had been erected, with food being distributed among the protestors.

    Acting President Pamela Rendi-Wagner denied responsibility for the attempted deportations, and claimed that it had been the work of Acting Chancellor Kurz, who today was removed from office by order of the State Council of the Ministry of the Republic. The office will likely remain unfilled until the inauguration of Werner Kogler, who is likely to appoint an individual from his own party to the position as one of his first acts in office.

    An order reversing that of Kurz is to be released within the next few minutes, according to the office of the Acting President.

    An investigation is ongoing.


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    Wiener Zeitung: Kogler submits socialization amendment

    As his first act as President, Werner Kogler has submitted a pre-prepared "socialization" constitutional amendment to the Austrian legislature. The Federal Economic Council will be convened tomorrow to begin review; it is to reach a final decision by 20 November.

    Given the socialist majority in the Council, it is likely that it will pass there; however, the 2/3 majority in the Assembly needed for the passage of the constitutional amendment will make the final passage of the amendment difficult, if not impossible.

    The amendment abolishes the Austrian meritocratic class system used to manage the economy and replaces it with an elected system of "nested councils," in which all decisions must be approved directly by the people on a quarterly basis - the fulfillment of one of Kogler's main campaign promises - that is, the instatement of a socialist economic system in Austria.

    "We cannot let this monstrosity of a system continue any longer," he said after submitting the bill. "It is a remnant of the old fascist state. Power must return to the people."

    The announcement was met by wide pleasure from the population; however, small protests have sprung up in some cities, especially those that are traditionally more conservative.

    "Our economy has grown in harmony with the guidance of the directing class," said a protestor. "We cannot afford to abolish it, and thus to bring all that we have, all that we have accomplished, down."

    Opposition is most concentrated in Vorarlberg, one of the most conservative states of Austria. The legislature there is soon to meet as to discuss the amendment and its possible ramifications.

    "We are," said a legislator, "quite concerned about what this may do to our regional economy."

    In Vienna, a similar discussion is to be held; however, legislators there are much more in favor of the amendment.

    "It is wonderful news! The current bureaucracy will be purged, replaced with a greatly democratic system. With less stagnation, less disconnection from the people, the economy will serve the whole much better, much, much better," said the state's governor and mayor.


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    Die Presse: Strange bedfellows in new "Labor Party"

    Out of a seemingly unrelated number of minor parties, a new party - the Labor Party, has emerged.

    On the 16th of November, the leadership of a total of nine parties made the decision to merge under the brand of one. However they managed to do so, however, is a mystery.

    Of the nine parties, two are communist, rejecting the current pan-leftist "Social Democratic Workers' Party" as it apparently is too "revisionist." One appears to be a cult, distributing what has been called a "holy book," comprised entirely of the teachings of the party's leader, organized by chapter and verse.

    Another is only vaguely socialist, wishing to reject "the past" and "tradition" entirely, calling for the immediate abolition of the family, repeal of indecency laws, repeal of all laws regarding drug prohibition except those limiting them to children, and the creation of what they term a "system of spontaneous labor," a form of socialism which appears to be modeled on the open-source movement.

    Apart from this is a centrist party, which advocates for the creation of "guilds," which appear to be regulatory bodies, divided by trade and profession and composed of all members of said trades and professions, that will manage welfare and regulations, at the same time apparently serving as a source of capital for prospective "enterprises," which are, according to the obscure party's manifesto, to be either state-owned, small businesses, or cooperatives. Socially, it mimics the policy of the now disgraced Kurz.

    Another proposes something similar; however, it also appears to be vaguely meritocratic, in that, as far as Die Presse could discern, it gave sole right of legislation over a specific area to the guild in that area. For example, economists would manage the economy, and so on and so forth. There appears to be some reference to the old system of estates; the role it plays, however, could not be clearly understood. Very little could be deduced from the bizarre manifesto of the party, which appeared to be approximating the ravings of the former President as he smeared his own feces on the walls of the Hofburg. By far, this is the most disturbing party - while apparently run by a senile and insane old man, it somehow managed to accrue a total of 4.325 votes in the last parliamentary election. Socially, it again is the same; however, it ascribes a much more powerful role to families, one that appears to have a role of power over culture and "sjidojynom," which we as of yet do not know the meaning of.

    The remainder of the parties can best be described as various variations on beyond far right policies. One, for example, proposes that all who cannot trace their family lines to native-born Austrians living in the country in the year 1600 should be put to death by submersion in a bath of sulfuric acid. Another proposes mandatory lobotomies for women. Yet another states that "the immoral" should be "cast into the fire of hell." Their economic policies are yet unknown; their manifestos appear to consist solely of various screechings against imagined enemies or "immorality," many of which are directed toward each other. One party calls the other "a throng of devils, who shall thrust the Austrian nation into a black hole of immorality, turning all, all to black."

    To say that this assortment of parties is eclectic is an understatement; they are no short of insane. However they will manage to cooperate for anymore than a day; nay, an hour; is unknown to all.


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    Wiener Zeitung: Freund resigns, replaced by "demon child of Austria"

    After a series of embarrassments on the Council floor, Eugen Freund, councillor for Austria, has resigned, retiring at the age of 70.

    He is to be replaced, immediately, by the four year old Anja Mauer, who gained notoriety as the "demon child of Austria" after burning down an orphanage, resulting in the deaths of 12. Ms. Mauer was elected to replace Freund for the remainder of his term in the case of his death or resignation in what has been described as a "puzzling" decision on the behalf of the Austrian people.

    Ms. Mauer was contacted by Wiener Zeitung; according to her caretaker at the Vienna Center for Delinquent Children Under the Age of 10, she reacted to the resignation with "malicious glee," and was overheard expressing a desire to "destroy the Council," apparently by "pooping" on "everything."

    "I will have diarrhea, diarrhea everwhere! And then I will have the matches, and I will throw them on the floor!" she exclaimed, resulting in her sedation.

    "The child should be euthanized," said the caretaker afterwards. "She has no remorse; all she does is attack. I am bruised, bruised everywhere, because of her. When I was pregnant, and working in another sector, she escaped and kicked the child that I was carrying, about to be born, so many times. And he - he died! And all she did was smile, smile and giggle! She does not deserve life anymore!"

    Ms. Mauer's parents, who were allowed to give her to the care of the State after the orphanage incident, have released the following statement:

    "The resignation of Eugen Freund has left us deeply worried. Anja cannot be reasoned with; she is a destructive force. When she lived with us, she often cut up everything - the carpets, the furniture. She once managed to destroy the wiring, causing a fire and a building-wide outage. Her main delight, however, was in excreting over everything. She would swallow large amounts of stool softeners, which both of us need, and proceed to excrete on the walls, on the floor, on the furniture, on the houseplants, on everything. We still have not been able to get rid of the smell or the stains - or the image of the brown trickling down the walls, trickling, trickling, trickling...She also loved to play with matches and with knives. In our sleep, she castrated one of us. She also set the carpet on fire; we got rid of everything flammable in our house after that. Then she used the cooking oil. The last straws came when she destroyed one of the mechanisms of our wall-bed, causing the bed to collapse into the wall, immediately killing her grandmother, who had been nothing but kind to her, and when she ran out of the house after cutting our faces open, proceeding to burn down an orphanage. Do not let this demon come anywhere near Europolis; do not ever let her out of her room in the facility where she is kept. We should never have participated in the "Adopt a Haanean" program."

    Despite these warnings, Anya is already aboard a private plane to Europolis, restrained with a straightjacket and surrounded by hardened caretakers from the institution.


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    Der Standard: Anja Mauer burnt at stake

    Anja Mauer was today removed from Europolis, resulting in the deaths of four as well as the discovery of several rotting bodies, from which a number of body parts had been removed.

    Aboard the short flight from the city-state to Vienna, she reportedly attacked her minders, leaving two with severe injuries, before being subdued with chloroform.

    In Vienna, she was taken to the Center for Delinquent Children Under the Age of 10, where she was placed into a straightjacket and allowed to wake. As she screamed "demonically" as her minders attempted to tell her that she was to be given to the public. According to certain reports from the center, likely inaccurate, she then ripped through her restraints before levitating; others, however, state that she did nothing of the sort, and simply continued to scream while "writhing like a worm."

    She was then carried out of the building, in a process that took 30 minutes, before being thrown to a screaming crowd that had formed outside the building.

    According to horrified onlookers, the crowd then proceeded to tie her to a stake, which was then mounted atop a pile of flammable material, which was then set aflame.

    "I was there, on my balcony, seeing what all the commotion outside was about," said the 95-year-old Greta Schulz. "They were screaming such nasty things - oh, such nasty, nasty things! I recall... a relatively large object moving above them. Only after did I hear it - her - scream, scream, scream, scream like the damned in hell, did I realize it was that demon-girl. But no matter how terrible she was, she did not deserve what was about to happen to her. The crowd was shrieking, moving everywhere, moving, moving, moving, a great whirlwind of color, of noise, of screaming and laughter, of all senses suddenly combined in one terrible, awful force.

    Anja's screams rose above the crowd like a knife, piercing through their...their ecstasy. But they seemed unchanged, continuing in their whirlwind, continuing to spiral, spiral, spiral toward Hell. And then suddenly, they slammed her against a stake at the center of the square, and then there was quiet. It was then that a great flame rose, and then that the screaming, the chanting, the movement, began in full force. It was as though hell had come to Earth; all there seemed as though they were possessed, the terrible screaming and wailing and chanting everywhere at once. I was truly petrified, so terrible it was."

    Several bystanders attempted to push their way through the crowd; many were killed, trampled upon by the mob. A total of 12 bodies, excluding the remains of Mauer herself, have been found.

    The government of Vienna today stated that it would not charge any of the members of the crowd with any sort of crime in connection with the incident, resulting in widespread protest.

    "Sick, sick!" said a young man who wished to remain unnamed. "Thirteen people were murdered - is that not enough to condemn these people to prison? How terrible our city must be if not!"


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    Wiener Zeitung: In attempt to pacify workers, economic reforms made; Wolfgang Katzian urges Czech Slavians to "strike"

    After workers across the country threatened to strike following the refusal of the Vienna government to prosecute those responsible for the burning of Anja Mauer and the murder of 12 others, the Assembly has passed the constitutional amendment regarding the creation of a socialist economic system in Austria, which would turn all control over production to workers, in contrast to the previous meritocratic system. Workers will be organized by workplaces, electing councils accountable to them as to manage said workplaces, said councils electing other councils to govern over a certain geographic area, and so and so forth to the national level. Representatives will be bound to the mandate of their constituents, and will meet four times a year and in extraordinary circumstances.

    The President then issued an ordinance dividing the 8 currently existing professional bodies into 20, namely, the following:

    1. Agriculture, forestry and fishing
    2. Mining and quarrying
    3. Manufacturing
    4. Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
    5. Water and Waste Management
    6. Construction
    7. Wholesale, Retail, and Trade
    8. Transportation and storage
    9. Accommodation and food services
    10. Information and communication
    11. Finance and Insurance
    12. Real estate
    13. Liberal Professions, Sciences, Engineering, and other Technical Activities
    14. Administrative and support services
    15. Public administration and defence
    16. Education
    17. Human health and social work activities
    18. Arts, entertainment and recreation
    19. Other service activities
    20. Households

    This will take effect on Monday, when elections will be held to these new bodies. The President has said that the re-organization is meant "to improve economic efficiency."

    The national trade confederation has not yet made a statement; however, the most vocal of those that opposed the killings of those that were killed by the mob that burnt Anja Mauer to death have largely been angered by the reforms.

    "Do they seriously believe this will sway us? Twelve people were murdered, with impunity for the killers! If nothing is done, we will strike, no matter what these people try to do!" said a woman who wishes to remain unnamed.

    In other news, Wolfgang Katzian, the leader of the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions, the sole legal trade union in the country, has made the following statement over a shortwave broadcast:

    "The conditions in Czech Slavia, which to this day suffers under a quasi-capitalist quasi-dictatorship, are continuing to worsen. The people suffer under the oppressive boot of the bourgeoisie; they are presented, as in all other countries, a false choice, yet one that is all the more deceiving - between an old bourgeoisie and a new one, both of which equally oppressive but one of which cloaks itself in the imagery of the liberation, which it has so shamefully stolen for its own benefit.

    Now, more than ever, do we implore the people of Czech Slavia to strike, to occupy their workplaces, to refuse the demands of the oppressors they have suffered under for so long. We implore them to divest the bourgeoisie of all power, to leave them squirming and blind, helpless, and to strike them down without mercy. We implore them to liberate themselves from capitalism and to establish socialism, true socialism, in their country, for the first time ever.

    To the bourgeoisie of Czech Slavia: you maggots will not prevail for long. One day, you disgusting vermin shall all meet your final death, horrific. You all shall be purged from this planet, never to be seen again! You shall be gone, gone! And no one, no one shall miss you, for you were but parasites, feeding upon the produce of the people! And to you, the ringleader of all these atrocities, the bourgeois pig, the most horrible parasite of all, who has plagued her people for so long, Slavomíra Černá - you will die most horribly of all! You will be strung up by your feet as the people watch in happiness; they will enact their revenge upon you who tortured them for so long! They will torture you with hot pokers, beat you with sticks, carve bits of your body out; they shall do this until you die your deserved death! The dogs shall feed upon your lifeless, rotting body as the public watches, cheering! The remains of your body, your bones, shall be paraded all through Czech Slavia so that the liberated people, the people who you tortured and fed upon for so long, may spit on your body! You shall be thrown into sewage for a funeral; wherever your putrid remains end up shall become a public bathroom, so that your evil may be seen for what it is - disgusting and lowly!"

    Many have agreed with this statement; the President of the Czech National Organization, representing the Czech diaspora in Austria, has personally approved of it.


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    Wiener Zeitung: General strike begins, elections boycotted, legislature left without quorum, Assembly of the Czech National Organization calls for immediate resignation of Czech Slavian government, constitutional convention

    In the first general strike since those that ousted the former fascist government, an estimated 76% of Austrian workers refused to work, in protest against the refusal of the government to prosecute those involved in the burning of Anja Mauer and the murder of 12 others. An additional 10%, mostly working in industries considered essential, have essentially occupied their workplaces as to continue the provision of basic services.

    Strikers are largely being kept afloat through a strike fund that has been paid into but not been used since the establishment of Austria's sole trade union in 1997.

    In Vienna, many have surrounded the Hofburg, where the whole of the Austrian government convenes, shouting for "justice."

    "You ********, why don't you come out! You have betrayed justice, you have betrayed the republic!" screamed a striker. "And for that, you must pay! You are not fit for your positions, you vermin!"

    A public vote was held on further action; it released an ultimatum to the Austrian government, shown here:

    "The people of Austria demand:

    1. The prosecution of those that participated in the killings of Anja Mauer and 12 others.
    2. The dissolution of the legislature of Austria as well as that of Vienna.
    3. The immediate resignation of the Government of Vienna as well as that of Austria.
    4. An investigation into the refusal of both Governments to prosecute those who participated in the aforementioned killings.

    The Government of Austria must swiftly act upon these demands that we have made in our righteous anger, or face its destruction. The people of Austria, who stand here before you, are the sole body that gives your State its power and legitimacy; we shall as soon as we gave it take it away, so that your false Republic is destroyed and a new and true one is created."

    In response, the President made the following statement from a window.

    "To the citizens who are here gathered before me: your anger is true, but misplaced. Anja Mauer was given to the people; in that moment, all obligations that the State had to her, all rights that she held, were lifted. She was no more a citizen, no more even an individual - she was simply an object which had been given to the people for them to dispose of as they wished. They exercised this right legally - no one can deny that. I mourn for the twelve that died - but their deaths are not the fault of the masses but of their own. They interfered with the rights of the people, interfered with the very basis of this Republic, and thus received their fates. Nothing can be done about this, for what occurred to them was not murder but justice."

    At this, a gun was fired; the President managed to escape harm.

    Elsewhere, protest has not been as violent; however, the same ultimatum has been taken up by almost all, and has in a way become almost a manifesto. In some areas, there has begun a call for the abolition of landlordism, as well as the creation of a socialist or "solidarist" state - the latter being a progressive implementation of a modernized and egalitarian guild system.

    The strikes, however, have had other consequences. As a result of the mass abandonment of work combined with a large number of abstentions among the minority that continued to work, the parliamentary elections planned for today are essentially invalid, leaving the Federal Economic Council entirely empty, thus leaving the Republic entirely unable to pass economic legislation, and 1/3 of the seats in the Assembly vacant. Combined with walkouts from centrists - most notably, all members of the "Our Austria" party - the Assembly has been left without quorum and thus cannot conduct business, partially paralyzing the country.

    Most worryingly, this has left the President entirely unable to assume emergency powers, including those to legislate without the approval of parliament and to command the military.

    In other news, the Czech National Organization, representing the Czech diaspora in Austria, has convened as to condemn the current government of Czech Slavia.

    Within this condemnation, it has recommended that Czechs in Austria not travel to Czech Slavia, that they refrain from buying Czech Slavian products, and that they do all that they can to bring the "regime" in Czech Slavia to its knees.

    It also calls for the Austrian government to impose strict sanctions on the country - unlikely as of now due to the inability of the legislature to conduct business, as well as the complete absence of the Federal Economic Council, and for the resignation of the current Czech Slavian government, which, it claims "is a revisionist body that is entirely unrepresentative of the people." In addition, it has stated that a "new and socialist constitution of the people" must be written for the country as to replace its current "bourgeois-democratic" one.

    "The Czech-Slavian revisionists must be gotten rid of in order for true socialism to be created and thus the liberation of the people to begin," stated the Organization in an official statement. "A new state must be created, a socialist state, modeled not upon bourgeois democracy but upon the institutions of the people, on a participatory basis."


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    THE SOLIDARIST MANIFESTO

    The Republic has fallen, fallen because it has failed to uphold the principles justice, equality, and solidarity. It is thus now the burden of the people and the people alone to again elevate them, to again construct a state that is the very expression of them, to again recreate all society in their image.

    In their striving for this most high of goals, the people of Austria demand that the state be reformed to become a solely mediatory body - a body that upholds the current organic solidarity by maintaining and also forwarding the current balance.

    All professions, all vocations, must themselves be organized into independent associations for the creation of norms - needed in disorganized times which allow for equals to abuse each other horrifically, allow for the worst of oppression - the upholding of labor, so trodden upon, the supplying of capital for the creative production of the worker, and for the uplifting of the worker from the position of a pawn to that of a participant in the creation and maintenance of all society. All this, so that society may function harmoniously and that the people may be free of oppression and be truly happy and fulfilled.

    It is these associations that will form the societal balances, these associations that will themselves be balanced and maintained by the reborn state.

    It is through them that equality and acceptance will be maintained in the comradeship, the brotherhood, the order, of labor and labor alone, the highest of all activities. Through labor, in labor, there will be no discrimination; all will be fulfilled, all will be happy, all will be free.

    Yet it is also through them that the old, the young, and the infirm will be cared for, for they create a great brotherhood of unity through labor, through which all citizens of Austria may understand the plight of each other, through which all citizens of Austria may sympathize and care for each other.

    In short: labor through the professional organizations shall provide and bring forth liberty, equality, justice, and solidarity; the re-organized state will organize and harmonize all.

    We fight for an Austria reborn from the death it shall face soon; an Austria reborn and rejuvenated.


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    Der Standard: General Court attempts to force the hand of Vienna government; members of the State Council of the Ministry of the Republic arrested for treason

    The General Court of the Federal Republic today exercised emergency powers as to force the Vienna city government to arrest those involved in the murder of Anja Mauer and 12 others.

    "This denial of justice was and is disgusting. The law is the law; it applies to all equally, no matter whether the State believes otherwise," stated the Court's Chief Justice today as its members left the Hofburg as protestors cheered.

    "Justice has won, the people rejoice!" a woman shouted.

    Non-participants, largely geriatrics, stated that the event was miraculous in many ways.

    "The crowd's screaming, its chanting, its shouting suddenly died down, as though a great dampener had fallen upon them all. For the first time, the birds began to sing, piercing through the silence - a great respite from the movement, from the constant chaos, from the fires that had been lit in the night, from everything. And then, the door of the Hofburg opened, the crowd slowly moving away from the building, seemingly drawn away from it. The justices slowly began to walk out, single-file. It was then that they quite suddenly stopped. The Chief Justice came to the front and spoke, shouting, almost screaming. wildly gesticulating. And yet, in a way, it was comforting - justice was done, and it seemed as though all would return to normal," said Greta Schulz, 95 years old. "After he had finished, after his great words, his statement, had ended - there came a great, thundering cry from the protestors, a cry of great happiness, a cry of sudden hope. It lasted five minutes, overwhelming all else, a great wave crashing over all, and yet at the same time one that created instead of destroyed, rallied instead of broken apart - that united all in its message of good things to come."

    Despite this enthusiasm, the Vienna city and state government claims that it will not comply.

    "We do not know," said the city's governor from a balcony of the Rathaus, amidst screaming from protestors, "who these people were. We will never be able to find them."

    This resulted in an attempt from the crowd below to break into the building, which is ongoing.

    "He and his ilk will pay for what they have done!" screamed a woman attempting to break open a window, before erratically stabbing at the air with a knife.

    Others at the Hofburg, who at the time were holding a vote on whether to themselves attempting to break into the building, responded much more positively.

    "The murderers have escaped; no one will ever be able to find them," said a man who wishes to remain unnamed. "Yet despite this, what has happened remains a miscarriage of justice that must never happen again. Anja Mauer did not receive the psychiatric help that she needed, and thus was driven to murder at such a young age ; those that burnt her were themselves trapped in the old fascist ideology - really, backwardness incarnate - and thus were driven into a blind and horrible rage - which should not have happened in our society, which should have rid itself of said ideology long ago."

    Interestingly, this does not appear to be the opinion of the majority - most seem concerned only with the killings of the 12 who attempted to stop the burning.

    "The demon deserved it," said a woman who had abstained from debate during the vote. "Burning was too good for her; she should have been slowly pulled apart, or, better, yet, eaten to death by rats. But - twelve people died. The mob was overcome with its rightful rage; in that, they lashed out, terribly and violently, at the innocent, an action which must surely be punished."

    In other news, the entirety of the State Council of the Ministry of the Republic was arrested today on charges of treason. According to the militia charged with arresting the body, the Council's "wanton removal of representatives of the people on false charges," as well as "intent to dismantle republican institutions," warranted the arrest; however, there is no apparent evidence of either allegation.

    No response has yet been made from any of the protestors; the General Court itself appeared to celebrate the arrest, stating that "a reactionary institution which conspires to keep in place fascist institutions is one that must immediately be removed from the Republic in its entirety," citing its previous attempts to "exacerbate power and income inequality" between the former producer and director classes as well as to "undermine judicial and legislative power" as to "concentrate power in the person of the executive, already an almost sovereign-like ruler under the Constitution."

    According to the members of the state militia themselves, they have obtained evidence pointing to an attempt to assume total power over Austria by the Council, in which various republican institutions would be gradually undermined until an excuse could be made for the total suspension of the Constitution, in addition to that regarding the falsification of evidence. This evidence, according to them, will be released tomorrow morning.

    "This Council, sworn to protect our democracy, has betrayed it, and would soon do more if it were not stopped. It can function no longer, for it has become an obstacle, in fact, a foe, to the Republic," stated a spokesman for the militia.


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