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    UK Expands Military; Approval from Miliband
    Election Set for August 23

    London and Pacifica, Pax Aurea -- From Pax Aurea, Prime Minister Miliband approved of military expansion of funding and personnel increases. Ahead of the GDP growth and recent commitment to building and producing military equipment, Britain has decided to take advantage of its new military productivity from the Rolls Royce and other home factories. The military has almost quadrupled in size with the British Army reaching 310 thousand personnel in both active and reserve numbers, while the Navy is celebrating a new total of 109 ships and 2,100 new aircraft grace the Royal Air Force. Miliband, although Labour has aggressively campaigned as against military expansion, has cited the London terrorist attacks as a sign that Britain must take steps to become safer.

    Parliament elections have been set for the 23rd of August, and as it stands, it is a dead heat between Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Libs have done a great job at pointing out Labour's weaknesses on economic policy, citing growth as a mere chance as opposed to real economic policy. Labour has fought back with the claim that they are the only party that has dealt with domestic terrorism in a manageable way that has made it safe for Europe and Britain as a whole. They also cite a willingness to branch out into an international sense of geopolitics rather than an isolationist policy, which has increased money flow in Britain

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    London's traffic has grown out of hand. The metropolitan area of now 20 million has grown to an extent where even with public transportation, the major carriageways have turned into traffic parking lots during the rush hour periods. The Mayor of London has called for an additional light rail project to take place, which would be completed by this December. The light rail would currently be placed on the streets of major London streets and would be used to connect the suburbs with the city centre that are currently only covered by the Underground. The Underground and the new "Overground" service would be able to handle a traffic capacity of 8 million passengers a day. The Overground would be open 24 hours a day, hoping to cut down on night traffic as well.

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    Liberal Democrats Win Election; Assemble Government**

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    01 September 2011

    London -- Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats have taken victory in the Parliamentary elections, now certified by the government watchdog groups that monitor elections in the United Kingdom. The Liberal Democrats won enough to form a government without coalition, winning 40% of the vote while the Labour Party is a formidable rival with 28% of the vote, followed by Conservative with 22%. Sinn Fein, the BNP, SNP, Welsh Nationalists, Green, and British Socialists all made headway into Parliament, making a total of 10% of the rest of the vote. The Liberal Democrats will have a lot to prove as this is a historic first, with their party as it stands now being elected into power.

    The new Prime Minister was sworn into duty by the Queen this morning, and has since spoken to the British people, not from Downing Street, but from Regents Park. His speech was intense, speaking about a change in British politics where those who prefer the social liberalisms of the Labour Party and the fiscal responsibility of the Conservative Party will be able to come together to form a prosperous and happy Britain. His first order of duty came as a surprise to many when he told Drs. Michelle Branch, ambassador to Os Corelia, and Michael Reed, the delegate to the European Council, to stay in their positions as they "have done a great service to the people".

    The now former Prime Minister Miliband has worked out a deal with Pax Aurea as his last duty in office, and Prime Minister Clegg explained to the public that Mr. Miliband still maintains his duties as Prime Minister in this rather bizarre situation until the summit has finished, in which he will also sign the treaty, proving validity in the new government as well. Mr. Miliband has not been able to campaign effectively as the leader of the Labour Party because of his duty as Prime Minister and the necessity, he says, to maintain a functional, involved government. The fact that Labour actually, for a long time, did better than expected considering the sex scandal in Parliament proves that Britain did approve of Mr. Miliband continuing to do his duty as Prime Minister during the electoral season. The new Parliament will begin its functions on 1 September.

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  • Liberal Democrat Government to Put Constitution Referendum to Vote

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    London -- There is a great clamouring among the British public today as they get ready to vote for perhaps the most important referendums in British history. The new Liberal Democrat government has put to the vote of the people after passing it with their government majority in the House of Commons to introduce the following changes to the British government:

    • Voting for both houses of Parliament through general elections.
    • Change in the way Britain votes to the alternative or "instant-runoff" voting system.
    • Public record of Parliament expenses spending, with the power to revoke expenses landing in the hands of the public.

    But the most important issue on the ballot for Thursday's referendum will be whether or not Britain should commit to a singular constitution rather than a codified constitution. Many Parliamentary acts have resulted in a sort of British constitution, and to make it easier on the public to know what their government entails, the Liberal Democrats have called for the de-codifying of the acts into one constitution. There are pros and cons to the debate, and many wonder if the British Republic movement would actually gain traction with a singular constitution.

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    Tax Structure; Constitution Debated in Parliament**

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    London -- The House of Commons in addition to tackling the job of decodifying the British constitution has the wonderfully awkward task of also tax rate reform, something Prime Minister Clegg has wanted to see come to Britain. Currently, the taxes are tiered by how much money one makes, and the Prime Minister would like to see everyone pay the same amount for property and income tax. The income tax would be fixed, in his proposal, at a low 6% while property tax would be raised slightly to 12%. The British public have had mixed responses to the Parliamentary debate.

    Labour argues that the policy of taxing the rich at different levels than the middle class and lower class citizens is something that will be attractive to most of the public since most of the public make under ?100,000 in a year. The problem with that is there are some business owners who would fall under that category because they run a home business or one that does not require a corporate or separate account for their business.

    Conservatives argues that the policy should have different levels of tax for all people, but that trickle down economics will work well for the country. Cutting spending would be another massive priority on the Conservative agenda, and because of that, many of those who use government benefit are not happy with the proposal of losing that welfare support. It would also affect things such as education and health negatively, as well as other social and government services.

    The Prime Minister's party has had a tough time trying to make a non-partisan reform to the bill, and is looking to go ahead with their ideas since they have the majority. Labour and Conservative have been bickering back and forth while the Liberal Democrats play moderator and try to reason with both sides. The general public feels as though flat taxes would do well for all people: everyone would pay the same tax rate, and because of that, those who earn more pay more and those who earn less pay less. The other taxes that have been up for discussion are sales tax, which could be left to local councils to determine.

    The British constitution on the role of the monarch has also come into vast consideration during the debates. The monarch of Britain has, since the 19th century, been much of a formal head of state and doesn't do very much with regard to government. Having seen that some of the people are upset that their taxes are going to a monarchy that is just a face of British government and not an active participant, the Liberal Democrats are considering adding a few less ceremonial powers to the monarchy. Firstly, laws would have to be brought to the Queen so she may voice her concerns as head of state, one of the more direct voices of the people. The monarch would also be allowed to call for public referendum on laws that are deemed either controversial or "unconstitutional" by the Queen. The monarchy has responded positively to those minor additions of power to its role, and many in government have expressed great intrigue over how to make sure the monarch is not abusing that power of public referendum.

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    British PM Calls for European Economic Summit**

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    London -- The Prime Minister has called for a meeting of all European leaders in an economic summit in London. The recent referendum of Laois-Offaly, and the startlingly low GDP per capita numbers of 3 member nations in the European Economic Community has illuminated a spotlight on the economic disparity between some of the nations in the European Union and others. Some in government of the Duxburian Union have even called for their withdrawal from the free-trade/free movement treaty, calling it an "economic stimulus for those who can afford a plane ticket".

    "It's not our goal to withdraw from the European Economic Community, nor is it our goal to just provide blank cheques either. It is our goal to come up with a solution that is long-term, sustainable, and does not put a strain on any group's economy or trade deficits. We cannot have the benefits of maintaining or joining a regional union such as this be negated by individual economic troubles. There is a solution, we must all come to agreement on what we must do, however."

    The Prime Minister chose his words carefully as the ongoing tax reform and economic agenda of the Parliament has been to reduce deficit without hurting programs. At the moment the United Kingdom is one of the economies in the EEC to be in the red when it comes to trade deficit. Fixing that is a priority, and while the economy is still very strong, the trade deficit has been creeping up in percentage of GDP. There is much to be gained from the process at home.

    Meanwhile, the House of Commons passed legislation to bring income tax to a 9% flat tax, and looks to pass the House of Lords as well today, current voting shows a 63%-32%-5% yay/nay/abstain vote. The FTSE 100 Index responded positively to the development, gaining 5% after the vote. The latest challenge for the House of Commons will be the issue of Parliament salary after that was targeted in the Prime Minister's economic manifesto as a portion of government spending that could be reduced. There would be a projected 1.3 million pounds saved if each leader were to take a pay cut of ?10,000.

    "It would show to the people of Britain that we are serious about trimming government spending without harming their benefits and national security. We need to find ways of reducing our spending so that Britain's economy is healthy for our prosperity," said the Prime Minister. He will be meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chief Secretary to the Treasury before the summit begins so that the Lib. Dem. majority in Parliament are instructed on what to take care of while he is entertaining the European leaders.

  • British Constitution Finished; Will Be Voted Upon by Parliament Tomorrow

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    Leader David Heath, Deputy Prime Minister, presents the new Constitution

    Parliament will present a new Constitution to the British Parliament for votes tomorrow. Deputy Prime Minister David Heath presented the centralized constitution in a special session of Parliament today, after working on it with historians and politicians of all parties for the past month. It contains all the documentation of the codified constitution dating back from the establishment of the Kingdom of England, the Magna Carta, and Acts of Parliament since that moment. The only changes to the current structure it proposes are the following:

    • Both Houses of Parliament are elected by the people; it would be the end of any and all hereditary and church seats.
    • The monarch has a right to call council with the Prime Minister to voice ideas in legislation; the monarch may also call for a referendum on behalf of the people. She may also call upon the courts to review Acts of Parliament for their constitutionality.
    • The Prime Minister does not need direct permission from the monarchy to use Her Majesty's Army, the Royal Navy, and the British Air Force.
    • Laws may be vetoed by the Monarch on direct council of the Prime Minister.

  • HRH Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2011)

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    London -- Long Live the Queen: HRH Queen Elizabeth II has passed on from this world in a sudden change of health. Undetected was a protein that was created by her heart that slowly created congestive heart failure. She was found in Buckingham Palace at 6:00 p.m. with a very slow heart beat and minimal breathing by Charles, Prince of Wales. She was pronounced dead a few hours later after she ceased to breathe.

    The Queen has been such a strong figure and now that her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been widowed, he will no longer be The King Consort, but simply Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Buckingham Palace has not issued a statement about who will ascend to the throne, but it logically would go to Charles. What could block it, however, are other members of the Royal Family and wishes from Queen Elizabeth's will to potentially skip Charles and go to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine.

  • State Funeral for HRH The Queen Tomorrow

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    Buckingham, London -- The royal state funeral of HRH Queen Elizabeth II will be tomorrow, and millions of Britons will descend upon London for the procession and service in Westminster Abbey, where the most beloved queen in the history of the British Royal Family will lay. As with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the country will grind to a halt to pay their last respects, as they have been in the aftermath of Her Majesty's passing. In attendance at Westminster Abbey will be the President of Rhine Ruhr, former Premier Commissioner Alexander Kligenburg, and European Freedom Party leader Maleeka Licszkoszi.

    The trouble that Britain now has is the coronation of the new monarch. Charles, Prince of Wales, was set to be in line to take the throne...except that the Queen's will explicitly denies Charles the right, due to his marriage to the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Our experts have determined that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will ascend to the throne, and therefore take his grandmother's titles in Britain. The Archbishop of Canterbury and HRH Charles, Prince of Wales will, in that case, be present to crown Prince William as HRH King William V and Catherine will be Queen Consort Catherine.

  • Queen Elizabeth Buried; William to be King

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    London -- The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II happened yesterday, with the Queen's wish that the press wait until after her funeral to report being followed by this newspaper and the newspapers, television, and other sources across Britain. London mourned for the last time the loss of the Queen, who was processed from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey with nearly two million people lining the streets. Following the slow procession was Charles, Prince of Wales; William, Duke of Cambridge; and Harry, Prince of Wales.

    The funeral was attended by the President of Rhine Ruhr, Premier Commissioner candidate and beloved Os Corelian representative Maleeka Liczkoszi, and the Prime Minister of Laois and Offaly. Performing were the London Symphony Orchestra, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and the Royal Air Force Brass Band.

    What has set London ablaze with speculation is the coronation of William to become King William V, who was originally second in line, but after the Queen explicitly wrote Charles out of succession in her will, while leaving the Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House estates to the Royal Family Estates, Charles was no longer in contention. It is rumoured to be because of Charles' second marriage to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and her distaste of Camilla that prompted the decision. But, the public may not know. The coronation, announced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will take place on Monday, so that Philip, Duke of Edinburgh can end his short days reign as King.

  • Commissioner Liszckoszi Begins 2-Day Tour of UK; Laois-Offaly Begins Talks with Prime Minister

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    Manchester and Edinburgh -- Maleeka Liszckoszi began her two day tour of the United Kingdom today as she begins her campaign for Premier Commissioner. She started with a rally of the Liberal Democrats in Manchester, England, one of the strongholds of the Liberal Democrat ideology that has propelled the European Freedom Party that she co-founded to the forefront of European politics. Her Manchester stop was great for her momentum into the United Kingdom, as she found herself bombarded by a few thousand in the middle of Manchester's city centre. Overwhelmed but not surprised, the rally was intensely focused on bringing her victory, something that she may have to fight for in the Midlands and Scotland, where more conservative voters make up the bloc, compared to cosmopolitan London. She will be going to Caernarvon and Dublin tomorrow, where she will then close her tour and return briefly to Os Corelia before continuing her campaign. She had this to say about her visit so far in the United Kingdom:

    "It is a pleasure to be in the country that gave birth to democracy the bastion of freedom, and lead by one of the finest liberal politicans to have ever graced Westminster. The people of the UK know what freedom is and are passionate about sharing liberty; so, it is fitting that I come hear to launch my new policy agenda and committee to ensure justice and peace is encountered by all EU citizens."

    The Corelian population and businesses that have popped up in the United Kingdom have contributed quite a lot to society, and it is said that with her visit, almost 10% of Os Corelia was tuned in to the United Kingdom for her speech at the University at Edinburgh

    London -- Laois and Offaly's Prime Minister has been in the United Kingdom to share in the grief of our citizens at the loss of our Queen, Elizabeth II. Now, it is time for the two PM's to meet in Downing Street for a meeting that could give closer relationship to the neighbouring countries. Rumours have said that the Prime Minister might discuss a mutual protection pact and economics will dominate the discussion, as Laois and Offaly have agreed to join the European Economic Community. It is something that has been touted as essential, and that Laois-Offaly should be in closer connection to achieve the "greatness that the two nations could accomplish" by University of Oxford professor of international politics, Dr. Gregory Adams.

  • King William V Crowned Today

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    St. Paul's Cathedral, London -- Shortly after burying his grandmother, Prince William was crowned King of Great Britain and Ireland and all Dominions today. Pictured above with the now Queen Consort Catherine, Duchess of Edinburgh (as crowned by Charles, Prince of Wales before the wedding occurred) on their wedding day, King William will be King William V and begins a new era of a very modern monarchy, and a youthful one at that. Pausing his summit with Laois and Offaly to attend the coronation was Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who also brought a close diplomatic and personal friend, Prime Minister Valois of Laois and Offaly, to the coronation with him. No one aside from various heads of state within the United Kingdom and the Offalian Prime Minister were allowed to attend. It is a great day for the United Kingdom as we look to the future with the beautiful pair of King William V and Queen Catherine.

  • Prime Minister to Make European Foreign Policy Tour

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    London -- Prime Minister Clegg announced today to Parliament that he will be making a European Foreign Policy Tour. The announcement came at a time when the citizens of the United Kingdom have expressed keener interest in the region and have expressed that nearly 70% of the people favour the Prime Minister visiting other nations, seeing as with the new Constitution ratified by the Scottish, Welsh, and Irish Parliaments as well as trade surplus, the internal affairs of the country (at the moment) are in order. The countries that the Prime Minister is targeting so far are the Duxburian Union, Rhine Ruhr, Inquista, Occoron, and Os Corelia. The first four nations will be the first visit made by a British diplomat to these areas of the world. The Prime Minister spoke to the Times about his tour:

    "This Foreign Policy Tour will be something that I have wanted to do for quite some time now. Dominion Heights in the Duxburian Union has been somewhere that no British Prime Minister has visited before, and being the most powerful economy in the Union to date, it is irresponsible that we have not sent anyone there before. D?sseldorf could be a great partner in our quest to bring liberal democracy to Europe, as well as Inquista and Os Corelia. Occoron would be an entirely new venture, and I haven't been to Montevideo before, but my Spanish speaking skills are up to par, and I wish to show that the British Prime Minister makes an effort to learn languages, unlike predecessors."

    When asked about the topics in discussion at each of the destinations, he could only say that there were a "plethora of ideas, discussions, and possibilities waiting at each destination, and that each one would be different from the last." When asked about opening up relations again with the German Empire, the Prime Minister had this to say:

    "In time, I will be more than happy to visit the German Empire, but for the time being, I will have to wait until tensions between the Germans and Tamil calm down a bit more."

    Destinations planned:

    • Dominion Heights, Duxburian Union
    • D?sseldorf, Rhine Ruhr
    • St. Dominico, North Inquista
    • Montevideo, Occoron
    • Aerodimus and Kaldoon, Os Corelia

  • Marrakechian Refugees Crossing Into Britain; UK-Marr. Border Closed

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    Edinburgh -- The scenes at the UK Border Control here in Edinburgh have been shocking. Civilians who had not evacuated from the Polisario controlled Sahara region of Marrakechia have been streaming into the United Kingdom, as direct neighbours of the embattled region. The border control here in the north of the country at Edinburgh is so backlogged that it has taken all who require proper identification days to get through the security checks without going to the airport. What has gotten Britain increasingly worried is that there is still an open border between Marrakechia and the United Kingdom, and it is only until recently that the government even noticed the influx of refugees and civilians.

    A statement released by the Home Department and Foreign Affairs Offices state that the UK Border Control will shut down the shared border between Marrakechia's Sahara region and Scotland. The Royal Air Force has also been alerted to respond to any rogue attacks from the Sahara. The humanitarian crisis that the internal struggle turned international war has left in its wake is nothing short of tragic. Aurean forces have unearthed a mass grave of 21 civilians shot in the head at the town of Oukaimden. The Deputy Prime Minister, when alerted of the discovery, was overheard saying "barbaric". Britain's stance on human rights and decency of engagement have been firm. Shutting down the border, however, could potentially exacerbate an already horrible toll on Saharan lives.

    "Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept refugees here in the UK at this time," said Secretary Brake.

    "What has been going on in the Sahara has been progressively worse, and as more undocumented citizens of Marrakechia continue to flood into the United Kingdom from Marrakechia, it seems to be that there could be nearly 10,000 displaced persons, and even more potential non-combatants trapped and making their way towards us. A public referendum in Marrakechia as to whether or not the Sahara will be a new nation is the best policy at this point. Is it worth both sides losing men? Could Marrakechia move on without the Sahara region, and leave it as an independent nation? I do believe that's possible.

    Let me make the Government's stance perfectly clear: we stand for human rights and for decency in warfare, and anything else is blatantly unacceptable. I am currently telegramming the Prime Minister to see where we should go and whether there will be economic sanctions placed upon Marrakechia, or a cessation of trade altogether."

  • Protests in London over Sahara Crisis

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    London -- Thousands gathered in Parliament Square to protest the human rights violations that have been committed in the Saharan conflict that is currently being carried out between Northern Inquista and Marrakechia. The citizens of the United Kingdom have increasingly demanded that their Government look into a physical response to ensure the safety of the country. After all, since there is a war going on right next door, it is only justified that we act in the interest of national security. Marrakechian armed forces have been charged with atrocities that would violate human rights. Over 20 Marrakechian citizens have been found in a mass grave, and have gunshot wounds to the head. As the Saharan war rages out of control, Aurean and Occoronian talks have leaked a talk of a response to these atrocities.

    Parliament and the Deputy Prime Minister will discuss whether or not to ask the Prime Minister and the King to dedicate troops on the ground and strategic air strikes.

  • Parliament Embroiled in Spending Measures

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    London -- Parliament today was embattled in its decision to focus His Majesty's Government upon its budget. It seems as the fiscal responsibility that the Liberal Democrats have promised has not exactly come to fruition. The Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Heath, saw David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's Labour attacking him on both sides of the spectrum.

    For a reference, the British total GDP is ?9.4 trillion (about 15,544,032,380,297.01 or 15.5 trillion Euro), and British consumption is a whopping ?2.4 trillion. Current government budget, however, is at ?7.2 trillion, with Parliament spending at ?7 trillion. While that currently means Britain is operating at a ?2.4 trillion surplus, and little cuts from trade deficit cut that to ?2.3 trillion, it isn't enough for some MPs.

    David Cameron looked at the policy of spending by the Liberal Democrats as atrocious, insisting that the government be held accountable.

    "This government has proven that it will spend Britain into the ground, and what we need to be doing is cutting taxes, cutting spending, and giving more money back to the people who work hard for their money, and you will see increased growth," said Cameron today at the PMQ's, which were unfortunately taken over by the Deputy Prime Minister as PM Clegg is in the Duxburian Union and will not be returning to the UK for at least a few more days.

    Ed Miliband was just as harsh in his criticism, agreeing that spending has become out of control, but his response was to redirect government funds into even more social spending. At 22% of government spending, education has become the top priority in His Majesty's Government.

    "The Lib Dems have promised to do more for Britain's social inequity and do more for welfare, but where has its help been? Those who are struggling out there are not receiving the proper welfare that they deserve. Our healthcare system is increasingly backlogged because continue to cut spending in that area, and doesn't Britain deserve better than that? It is the Lib Dem government that will spend everything in one basket and assume that the rest will take care of itself. That is bad governance and bad leadership by the Prime Minister and his party."

    Britain, however, seems to differ in opinion. The Liberal Democrats are holding a very high approval rating at 65%, holding very strong as the Prime Minister's decisions to continue to work on the European Economic Community (which has seen Occoron's development into a powerhouse economy). Government reduction in spending and taxes will be a key issue that the Government will tackle, and judging by how Britain's economy continues to grow, will succeed.

  • A Moment With: Councillor Rushanara Ali

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    Europolis -- Rushanara Ali, Britain's new councillor to the supranational government of Europe, has caused quite a stir with her arrival to Europolis. Since her arrival, she has looked to get Europe's house working in order. She is Britain's first non-white representative to Europe (she is of Tamil decent). She received an education at the University of Colombo in politics, with an emphasis on international policy before emigrating to the United Kingdom with her family and receiving her Master's degree in policy making from the University of Cambridge.

    A very proud member of the European Freedom Party and a non-affiliated member in British politics, she has championed the effort to reform the European Union's Broadcasting Bill which established the EUBC. The EUBC, aside from being run in secret (as Rushanara has said), it has not posted any sources of revenue, expenditure, or profit...the key essentials for having a business. With the BBC threatening to pull out of the EUBC, leaving only ITV4 and no marquee events broadcasted on ITV4, we sat down with Rushanara Ali in Europolis:

    Q: Ms. Ali, it's good to see you.

    Rushanara Ali: Thank you!

    Q: Firstly, what do you make of the EUBC bill that was put through European Council in the past term?

    RA: Well, it wasn't bad by any means, and it had good intention. What I want out of it is clearer details as to how the company would run, being as it is a superstate public sector company. The important detail is to show profit and how much profit will be posted, and in turn how much each company will receive. I'd also like to ask that we limit or get rid of the European Union's taking of profit and turn it into a mixed venture of public sector and private sector.

    Q: Don't you think that would be a bit tricky, even at the best of times?

    RA: Not really! If everyone in the company is treated like a shareholder and they all vote upon everything together, it limits the need to have government play such a large role. What I'd like to see out of it is the changing of the government role to advising, and it mainly be an Economics job. The decision making should totally lie with the national television companies.

    Q: And what do you make of Nadia Drissi, the current Commissioner who has tried to reform without following proper legislative procedure?

    RA: I'm sure that Mrs. Drissi is a wonderful person and she meant well, but I don't know that I can trust someone with that kind of position, especially dealing with the member nations of Europe who can't seem to follow simple legislative procedure. If you are a part of the executive, butt out of the legislative process. It's that simple. An executive is meant to play and advising role and to, in terms of the European Union, monitor departments that deal with Europe wide issues that do not create a law. It's very important that we retain these balances so that our government can work harmoniously.

    Q: So you don't find her totally at fault?

    RA: No, it is her fault. She just meant well, but she was the person who acted without means. To be fair though, when the home nation is engrossed in two wars, it may seem as though no one is listening to you anyway. She could very well be frustrated, but the democratic process works if we all work with it and work quickly.

    Q: What do you make of the new Commission otherwise?

    RA: Well, obviously, I've had contact before with Dr. Reed (Economics Commissioner). He's a wonderful man, and seems to really know a lot about economics. Madam Liszckoszi has the courage, conviction, and character to mark her Commission as one of the greatest in Europe's time. Commissioner Cherton is also a wonderful person, and he seems to be the most adept at his job, certainly. Biel Barcelo is also not a bad candidate, though one must wonder what the Commissioner of Defence is to do anyway. There's no forces in all technicality, but Mr. Barcelo seems to be a creative man and will make great decisions for Europe in that field.

    Q: Thank you, Ms. Ali!

    RA: Please! Call me Rushanara!

  • Marrakechian Protests for Both Sides Continue

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    London, Edinburgh, and Dublin -- In Britain's major cities, protests continue against the Marrakechian government led by Marrakechian and Saharan nationals while in other nations, Marrakechian nationals have been protesting the British government which has, in their view, seemingly come across as hypocritical and have called for Scotland and Wales to be independent nations. However, it is well known that Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have maintained home rule since 1901 and as many referendum have been held on the subject, particularly in Ireland, the results have been to stay in Union. The Prime Minister, who made the announcement on banning travel and trade with Marrakechia had this to say from his plane on the way to D?sseldorf:

    "We respect our Marrakechian friends' rights to petition, but they are horribly confused. Through Acts of Union in Parliament and the Home Rule Act of 1901 have Ireland, Scotland, and Wales been part of the Union. They all have their own national parliaments, their own heads of government, and the people have chosen through expressed referendum results in 1920, 1924, 1930, 1945, 1976, 1979, 1983, and 2007 to be a part of this Union. The Sahara, however, was forcibly subdued into the Marrakechian government rather than hold referendum, which would have seen the creation of a new Saharan state. It is entirely a hypocritical statement, and it will only work to strengthen the Union between England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland that is the United Kingdom. What is next? Are they going to say that Offaly should be free from Laois? Ludicrous.

    I don't think that any other nation is perhaps in a better position to view the interior workings of the Marrakechian government than us, who are their direct western neighbours. We've seen everything that has gone on throughout the war and opened our borders to thousands of Marrakechian and Saharan nationals who were displaced by the Marrakechian government's irresponsible conquest of the Sahara, claiming the people there were terrorists. The Government will not back down from its position and while we view the Marrakechians' right to petition as healthy, wish to point out the difference between referendum and Acts of Union and killing its own citizens to maintain control of an area."

    Nearly 75% of the British public surveyed have felt that the Marrakechian government has been in the wrong, and support Nick Clegg's cessation of travel and trade and the closing of the borders between Marrakechia and Britain. Just for fun, The Times and the BBC conducted a massive phone survey of almost 90% of the citizens of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland and found that, on average, 70% of the population support being in the Union. This paper, however, has to question the Angleteric and Inquistan protests and whether or not they were merely staged and photoshopped by the 2M Marrakechia news agency, which has not told the whole truth on the Saharan reconquest.

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  • British Armed Forces to Downsize After Embarrassing Numbers Errors

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    London -- The Ministry of Defense in conjunction with His Majesty's Armed Forces have combed over how the British government managed to spend its military budget into deficit and the results were shocking. Simple oversights in mathematics had the UK spending 4x more than what it had allowed. Outraged, the Armed Forces quickly fired the people in charge of its budgeting and hired new consultants to get its arms in check. Contracts were altered, and extra shps, conventional weapons, and aircraft were sold around the world, but particularly to The Australian States and Serbia. When asked about the downsize, the Government had this response:

    "While not jeopardizing our citizens' security at home and abroad, His Majesty's Armed forces will go under a logical reduction in size. We will still field over a million soldiers for our nation, which will be crucial as we go forward in our relationships."

    Britain is also looking for ways to safely get rid of most of its stockpile of nuclear weaponry. At the moment, it is also selling its weaponry to Serbia and The Australian States with the stipulation that each of the two nations join the ENAA, but it has reduced its fully maintained nuclear weaponry to 72 weapons. Where the others will go is being carefully monitored by the Government to ensure no persons of ill intent receive the weapons. As we are all aware, the refinement of the uranium to make the nuclear weapon is significantly more than nuclear energy fuel sources.

  • **PM Returns From European Travels; PM Questions Begin on Monday

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    London -- PM Clegg arrived in London after a successful batch of talks with Rhine Ruhr and the Duxburian Union. The PM hasn't been home for quite some time, and he was welcomed back to a nation that has ceased trade with Marrakechia (and subsequent protests by both viewpoints), welcomed the first international corporations and businesses to the London Stock Exchange, and his home party leaving the EFP Euro Party, preferring an independent run. The PM had this to say upon returning to Number 10:

    "It is great to be back in London, but the work I have begun on this foreign policy tour is just beginning. There is much still to be done, and I applaud all of the nations that have become much more active in their foreign policy, whether it has been a renewed commitment or the beginnings of regional politics. We are disappointed in the results of the Sahara Summit, as it appears the three parties who held that summit simply ignored the Saharan nation and the holdings that the Inquistan nation still maintain in the Sahara. It was not attended to by all of the parties involved, and any solution that comes from it should have included a free, independent Saharan state.

    For those who view my party's withdrawal from the EFP as ambitious or callous, I strongly urge you to reconsider. We in the Liberal Democrats simply would not want to risk the EFP's image by continually disagreeing with the other party members when it comes to voting and ideology. We want to see it do well, as we support Premier Lisczkoszi and the friends that Britain has in its member nations. What they have done in their short existence is transform Europe into a bigger, brighter place, but we simply feel that we cannot stand in its way any longer.

    To the people of Britain: this Government will continue to work hard to provide the best, efficient services that we can provide while also maintaining a fiscal responsibility. We have done so by reducing the size of our military which had embarrassingly been oversized, and we will continue to work towards Britons keeping their taxes at a reasonable level. We will also work upon strengthening the ties between nations whom we are so close to and work with to get Europe moving."

  • Stunning Economic Development And Cut Taxes; London Stock Exchange to Open on Huge Gains

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    Paternoster Square, London -- The UK has jumped economically and quite suddenly. The Liberal Democrats' economic policy got the British economy jumping to a record ?10.93 trillion GDP (and ?40,921.80 GDP per capita) and consumption has risen in the December to ?4.25 trillion, its highest levels in history. The private sector had a whopping gain and overall tax cuts implemented by the Liberal Democrats have seen massive benefits to the economy.

    "The economic developments that have occurred here have been nothing less than stunning. It's almost shocking, but it's proving that the Liberal Democrats have been able to enact policies that cut taxes for the people and provide them with the same quality services," said the Prime Minister.

    What has really been astonishing is the London Stock Exchange's report that it may open with sky-rocketing surges as everyone in London and the Mediterranean region look to purchase more stock after hearing about a strengthening pound sterling, continued low unemployment, and a ?73.8 billion dollar trade surplus. Investors in Britain can't wait to get trading, as the first estimates from independent sources regarding the British consumer and the latest companies on the LSE which include the Czerka Corporation, the Ford Motors Company, Superior Transit Systems, and Kligenberg Motors.

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