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    Maleeka Liszckoszi Gains Overwhelming Support from North Inquistans
    December 7th, 2011
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    The Commission election race is still underway, which will only draw to a close on Monday, the 12th of December this year. However, this election is working slightly differently this time around, after voting reforms were passed just before the end of Kligenberg?s final Premier Commissioner term. This time, the European Union Councillors will vote on two separate lists, in which they?ll be able to vote for a Premier Commissioner Candidate and Non-Premier Commissioner Candidate.

    After travelling parts of Europe, seeking support for herself and the European Freedom Party, Maleeka Liszckoszi finally made her way to North Inquista yesterday evening. This afternoon, Liszckoszi held a rally in the Holy Square Gardens, where it was estimated that 120,000 supporters raced their way to catch a glimpse of her curly locks. But imagine, only just 5 months ago, Liszckoszi was highly unpopular in North Inquista; however, her daring move to form the European Freedom Party with Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg turned her approval around. Since then, her support has skyrocketed. Maleeka?s visit to North Inquista revolved mostly around inequality, where she spoke out against racism and boasted LGBT rights. Premier Commissioner Alexander Kligenberg has already voted for Maleeka in the Premier Commission polls, as well as fellow EFP politician, Dr. Michael Reed for the Non-Premier Commissioner Polls. According to the latest NIBC poll, 87% of North Inquistans support Liszckoszi?s claim to Premiership, while second to her is Mr. Cajetan Cherton, an Angleteric EPP candidate, who only has 9% of North Inquistan confidence. We wish good luck and fortune to the Commission candidates.


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    Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg to make important New Years? visit to Os Corelia
    December 27th, 2011
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Last night at the Archbishop?s Palace, a press conference was held Alexander Kligenberg, whom had confirmed that a necessitate trip to Os Corelia has been planned for the New Years?. Archbishop Kligenberg commented that it was of the ?utmost importance to build stronger relations with other nations for brighter and more prosperous 2012?. Today, the Corelian Parliament closed in the annual Locking of the Doors Ceremony, where parliament closes until January 1st. After the closing ceremony, Viscount Kalistus Xavier of Os Corelia had invited Kligenberg for a state visit, where they will discuss much of the EU?s current politics. Viscount Xavier also bared great honour on Kligenberg?s shoulders, when he personally asked the Archbishop to address the Corelian parliament as it re-opens. Kligenberg has gladly accepted this great offer, and has already begun buying new clothes for the visit. The citizens of North Inquista look forward to seeing how the visit unfolds.


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    East Inquistan Dictator, Pitov Hanzivic, Dies
    January 4th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    It has finally been confirmed by the East Inquistan authorities that their ?dear leader?, Pitov Hanzivic, has died of natural causes in St. Peter?s Hospital, East Inquista. This death comes at somewhat of a shock, because Pitov was only 59 when he died. A week of national mourning was declared for East Inquista, which now has an uncertain future. No successors have been announced, and the rest of the world looks to this small, fragile country that is now leaderless. Pitov rose to power as a Soviet immigrant, who came to Inquista to practise Eastern Orthodox religion and became a strong community leader in the eastern portions of Inquista when he sought out equal rights for all Citizens, not just Roman Catholics. He saw Kligenberg?s proposal for an Inquistan Orthodox Church being favourable, to unite all the religions of Inquista into one Inquistan Church. However this idea was seen as being ?too liberal? and the Parliament of Inquista rejected such a belief. Alexander Kligenberg was removed office the next day and then shortly, the Inquistan Civil War broke out. The ancient Deceleration of 988 was then renewed by the Inquistan Parliament, which declared the supremacy of the Pope over Inquista. Pitov lead East Inquista for a separationist movement when news broke out that South Inquista declared its own independence. However, during the war, Pitov committed mass atrocities, such as the bombings of South Inquista that killed approximately 30% of its population, mainly innocent civilians. When Pope Clement was impeached from Inquistan Office, and Kligenberg was re-elected to office, South Inquista agreed to unite with North Inquista if the Inquistan Orthodox Church were be created. However, Pitov now the dictator of East Inquista, rejected Inquistan unity. South Inquista then then withdrew their agreement, as the unity of Inquista was to be an all or anything agreement. The Inquistan Orthodox Church was unofficially founded nonetheless by Archbishop Kligenberg. Pitov brutally suppressed his people with force and refused to hold fair elections. Furthermore, he lead East Inquista into bitter economic depression and had also maintained a staunch isolationist foreign affairs policy. But now, with the death of Pitov, and Alexander Kligenberg just returning from his visit to Os Corelia, the idea of Inquistan unity has been brought back to life and hope has ignited in the East.


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    **East Inquistan Emeregency Council Established, Meeting Already Being Held in North Inquista **
    _January 6th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    More words have come out of East Inquista today, as the country became politically stable again following the creation of an ?Emergency Council? headed by 10 East Inquistan officials, 8 of them being former military generals. This Council was actually established very late last night; however it only became official this morning, when it had already arrived in North Inquista to begin talks with Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg and South Inquistan Prime Minister, John Solomon. The discussion will be taking place in Kligenberg's own home, the Archbishop's Palace. The goal of this meeting is create agreeable terms for all 3 countries, so they can establish one common Inquistan Orthodox Church and hopefully unite as one country, Inquista. However, both South and East Inquista are facing severe troubles, ranging from severe economic depression and lack of medical equipment, to crumbling infrastructure. Much of the South was destroyed during the Inquistan Civil War. East Inquista faces much of the same problems, but is much more severe, as the irresponsible government made little effort to rebuild the crippled country after the Civil War, and its economy plummeted to depths that are even laughable to Tamil politicians. If the Inquistas were to unify, the North would certainly have to make painful sacrifices to bring stability, which may not have the full support of the North Inquistan citizens. Furthermore, Pope Clement has warned that, ?If Inquista is to officially renounce Catholicism as its national religion and replace it with Inquistan Orthodoxy, Archbishop Kligenberg will be teetering on the brink of heresy?.


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    **Referendums Scheduled in North, East and South Inquista **
    _January 14th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Following 8 days of painful discussion, the parties from North Inquista, East Inquista and South Inquista have finally agreed to each hold a very important referendum, which will determine the fate of Inquistan unity. The referendums ask voters to either vote for or against Inquistan Unification, and for the establishment of the Microstate of Inquista. These referendums have been scheduled to take place on January 22nd for North Inquista and on January 23rd for South and East Inquista. It is estimated that the results will be determined by the morning of January 25th. NIBC has conducted a few online polls thus far, and it seems that all 3 nations will likely agree to be united with a large majority, with a sample of the North Inquistan populace voting yes 98.7%, 96.2% of East Inquistans voted yes, and 99.6% of South Inquistans voting yes. What seemed to be an unreality just a year ago, has somehow turned into a miracle. However, Kligenberg and the staff here at the Palace are still working around the clock, as they?ve been writing up a new constitution for Inquista, which will be presented in another referendum if all the current referendums fall through.


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    Inquista, One Country, One People, One Voice
    _January 25th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    The streets of Saint Dominico, Inquista, are buzzing with people, as history has been made. After the citizens of North, East and South Inquista hit the polls and decided whether to unify with the respective nations, all the votes have finally been counted. Not too surprisingly, the people of Inquista thirsted for unification, and it certainly showed up on the votes:

    North Inquista:
    449,300,000 eligible votes
    427,560,311 votes counted
    Votes For: 422,003,027 (98.7%)
    Votes Against: 5,557,284 (1.3%)

    South Inquista:
    576,840 eligible votes
    571,060 votes counted
    Votes For: 573, 379 (99.4%)
    Votes Against: 3,461 (0.6%)

    East Inquista:
    2,656, 070 eligible votes
    2,649,057 votes counted
    Votes For: 2,625,215 (99.1%)
    Votes Against: 23,842 (0.09%)

    All borders have been redrawn, and all the former Inquistan nations have immediately ceased to exist. From the shadows and ashes of the civil war, the new Inquista remerges. Inquista is now finally again, the newest nation in the EU. As planned, another final referendum will be presented on the 28th of January, to approve or disprove the newly made Constitution. And if this constitution passes, the people of Inquista will be hitting the polls again soon after, electing the first ever Archbishop of Inquista, who will lead the newly founded nation.


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    Alexander Kligenberg Assassinated During Sunday Mass
    _January 29th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    While unity has been the big subject of Inquista for the last while, it perhaps received its biggest setback today. This afternoon, at approximately 12:30, Alexander Kligenberg began leading a special Mass on the balcony of Saint Francis Chapel, preaching human cooperation and our duty to follow God?s will in response to the progression of Inquistan Unity. A crowd of approximately 23,000 people occupied the streets in front of the Chapel, listening to the former North Inquistan Archbishop's preachings, before loud cracks were heard in the air and the crowd quickly descended into mayhem. Following the loud bangs in the air, the crowd was stunned when Kligenberg collapsed to the ground, with his white robes quickly turning red. The attacker, James Dauphin, was tackled to the ground by nearby citizens after shooting 4 rounds of bullets. Kligenberg was quickly rushed to his private clinic to be treated; however, the entire doctor?s work was in vein. Kligenberg had already supposedly died moments after being shot, after the bullets made large ruptures in his heart and lungs.

    This sad event occurs at the height of local spirits, especially because the votes on the latest referendum on the Inquistan Constitution are being counted. The referendum that occurred yesterday, to approve the new Constitution, was supposed to be counted by the evening, but because of attack, the results will on be officially published tomorrow. So far, no word has been said by Kligenberg?s close or distant family. However, in Alexander?s Will, he asked for a private funeral.

    Uncertainty now ravages Inquista, as people begin to question if there are still those who are willing to take violent turns to segregate one another. More so, there is uncertainty to whom will lead Inquista. It was widely expected that Kligenberg would assume this role, but now voters will be stunned once the polls roll around again. The future of the Christian League will now also come into question. Many political analysts believe the only reason why the differing Christian parties agreed to unify together was because Kligenberg managed to rally them to his cause. Furthermore, as Alexander Kligenberg acted as the Inquistan representative to the European Union council, a new delegate will have to be selected as well.

    James Dauphin, the murder of Kligenberg, was a 19 year old North Inquista who attended Saint Claudia University, and is believed to be a North Inquistan extremist who saw Kligeberg?s policies as soft and liberal, and took unkindly to his views of tolerance. James Dauphin reportedly said while being detained by the community police that he was "crusader", much like the British mass murderer Owain Davies. Dauphin will not be tried by the ECoJ, but is being brought to the Holy Inquistan Court.


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    Inquista Adopts New Constitution
    _January 31st, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    452,532,910 eligible votes
    198,221,763 votes counted
    Votes For: 195,584,307 (98.8%)
    Votes Against: 2,378,661 (1.2 %)

    As predicted, the people of Inquista have approved the new Constitution and Inquista will elect its first Archbishop,. The voter turnout was relatively low, perhaps because of recent events, or just because it was expected to pass. However, the leadership elections have been postponed since the assassination. All candidates must declare themselves by February 12th, and the polls will be opened from February 18th to the 19th. However, following the adaptation of the constitution, Inquistan politics has become quite unusual to foreign political commentators. The Archbishop is the official head of state of Inquista, and in order to become the Archbishop, an already existing Bishop must run for office. The electorate will then vote for a Bishop, and the Bishop with the most votes will become the incumbent Archbishop.


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    The Christian League Collapses
    _February 1st, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Since 9:00 this morning, The Christian League Headquarters has seemingly been deadlocked in Saint Dominico. The representatives of the Christian League came to discuss their future goals within the party and whom they would support in the upcoming elections. However, the future of the party seems to be on the tatters of destruction. The Christian League, a party that resulted from a merger of the 7 christian opposition parties, was often said to be only a possibility due to the leadership of the late North Inquistan Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg. Kligenberg rallied the parties together to oppose the then incumbent far-right conservatives who staunchly opposed an egalitarian society.

    By 2:00 this afternoon these suspicions were confirmed. No progress had been made and the boardroom remained locked in stalemate. By 3:00, Kevin Matthes, the former leader of the Party of Faith and Labour, and the most left-leaning member of The Christian League bloc, had reportedly stormed out of the office. It wasn't long until the Party of Faith and Labour was born anew, officially withdrawing from the Christian League. They weren't alone. 4 more parties withdrew by the time the sun had set this evening, only leaving the core 2 centre-right parties to remain. But it's was practically official: The Christian League has imploded.

    Now the race to seek out Inquista?s new leader becomes increasingly frustrating, as the remains of broken Christian League still teeters on extinction, and the new Christian parties seek out candidates and support. However, many citizens have condemned these parties, commenting that ?Kligenberg would be ashamed?.

    Other small parties have attempted to capitalise on the implosion of The Christian league. Most namely, the Green Inquista party and the Rent Is Too Damn High Party. The Rent Is Too Damn High Party was first party to announce its nominee: Jimmy McMillan. The party strongly appeals to those who rent property in the centre of Saint Dominico - where they are burdened with outrageously high prices due to increasing demand. The Green Inquista party, on the other hand, has called for Inquistans to "wake up" and begin attending to environmental issues that they believe will cripple country.

    The successor parties of the Christian League are expected to begin announcing their candidates soon.


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    IBC Interviews Corelian Viscountess Candidate, Katrushka Milios
    February 9th, 2012
    Interview by Keith Milligan

    Just before we hear the news of the results of the first Corelian Leadership Primary, I managed to sit down and chat with Milios, a Viscountess candidate who managed to catch my eye while a while back, when she was the Minister of Arts and Culture in Os Corelia.

    Interviewer: So, Ms. Milios, Minister of Arts and Culture, clearly your Ministry can't be useful in preparing you for an actual leadership role?

    Katrushka Milios: I highly disagree, arts and culture is the life and blood of Corelian society. It is a high honour to hold that ministry and it?s the number one seat in Corelian cabinet. Without culture who are we? For it was a Corelian sociologist, Aneyit Karntozan, who said 'Culture must be lived by the people and people must be lived in culture'. If we understand what makes people unique we can then cater for their needs. In my time as the Culture and Arts Minister, I had learned how to seek and represent the individuality of Corelians, knowing that people are different from one another.

    Interviewer: And what exactly have you accomplished in your political roles so far?

    Katrushka Milios: I have created several cultural events in Corelia, ranging from the film festival to the annual Corelian arts expo, as well as supporting national leads into creating inter-state tournaments. I have also been responsible for the country's involvement in Eurovoice. Since leaving the cabinet I have been working with Falleijan parliament to secure its status as the major export state and setting up controls in the shipping channel.

    Interviewer: And do you think this experience makes you more qualified than the rest? What's better about you than the other candidates?

    Katrushka Milios: I think the experience gives me the leadership skills the position of party leader requires and think I can engage with the electorate. I want to be representing and expanding their views and I believe we need to stabilise the party in a centralist position to allow all opinions to be heard.

    Interviewer: Corelia is a cultural centre in the EU and with your moderate views, will you be willing to make sacrifices to the EU, even though you may lose some of your own national rights?

    Katrushka Milios: I don?t see it as sacrifices, the Os Corelius Party has always strongly supported Os Corelia being in the European Union. As the EFP currently have the majority in the council, they are protecting sovereign interests.
    Interviewer: : And of what platform are you running on?

    Katrushka Milios: A centrist platform to allow and encourage engagement and debate in politics. Os Corelius always have direct action democracy to the people of Os Corelia. I want to carry on the work of Kalistus Xavier.

    Interviewer: Do you think you have a chance of winning?

    Katrushka Milios: I have entered the contest to win, but I will fully support whoever the party decides should be leader. All candidates have the strength to lead.

    Interviewer: Well, IBC took polls recently, and asked Inquistan whom they'd like to see take Office. 49.9% favoured you, 42.6% favoured Keldar Limmenat and only 7.5% of Inquistans favoured Militok Hargadoon.

    Katrushka Milios: Wow, I?m honoured that Inquistans support me taking office!

    Interviewer: Well, we wish you the best and thanks for coming!


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    **Inquistan Archbishop Election Begins, Primary Results Released
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    _February 18th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Today election day begins, and all Inquistans will be hitting the polls from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM today and on Sunday. It's certainly not time to be apathetic, because we all know the race will certainly be close. The Christian League was widely expected to win, but with their collapse at the beginning of the month, and their inability to reconcile by the 12th of February has had them vanish from the race. So then, as well all may wonder, who will it be? Knowing that question would be in mind, IBC has held a number of surveys to give the public a general idea of the political scheme, but with only 1% of the population taking part of these surveys, the results are likely to be fairly distorted. Here is a list of registered candidates and their respective parties on the political map of Inquista:

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    Bishop Karinn Lallana - Green Inquista [Green on map]
    Bishop Kevin Matthes - Party of Faith and Labour* [Red on map]
    Bishop Julian Chianchio - New Christian Democratic Party* [Purple on map]
    Bishop Jimmy McMillan - The Rent Is Too Damn High Party [Failed to garner enough votes to be included on the map]
    Bishop Devis Parkerson - Party of the Saint and Founder* [Light blue on map]
    Bishop Luther Barnett - Holy People's Party* [Blue on map]
    Bishop Neal Dawson - CHRISTIAN ACTION!* [Dark blue on map]
    Bishop Chad Donwick - Progressive Christian Party* [Black on map]

    *Parties that were merged in The Christian League before February 1st.

    The results of the election should be known by Monday, the 20th of February.


    We Have a Winner: Chad Donwick is elected Archbishop of Inquista
    _February 20th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    We can?t say the results were unexpected, considering we had no idea what to expect. It was a very close race, and all the candidates campaigned until they were left breathless. When the polls closed at 11PM on Sunday, it was estimated that the voter turnout was approximately 83%! That is certainly one of our best turnouts in history and this was an election to remember. The results have also stunned political analysts, as the election?s primary portrayed a rather poor outcome of the actual election. These are the results:

    Bishop Chad Donwick: 9,905,220 (22.1%) [Winner]
    Bishop Julian Chianchio: 7,843,500 (17.5%)
    Bishop Devis Parkerson: 6,812,640 (15.2%)
    Bishop Luther Barnett: 6,588,540 (14.7%)
    Bishop Neal Dawson: 5,871,420 (13.1)
    Bishop Kevin Matthes: 4,526,820 (10.1%)
    Bishop Jimmy McMillan: 2,285,820 (5.1%)
    Bishop Karinn Lallana: 986,040 (2.2%)

    Total votes: 44.82 Million

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    Bishop Karinn Lallana - Green Inquista [Green on map]
    Bishop Kevin Matthes - Party of Faith and Labour* [Red on map]
    Bishop Julian Chianchio - New Christian Democratic Party [Purple on map]
    Bishop Jimmy McMillan - The Rent Is Too Damn High Party [Failed to garner enough votes to be included on the map]
    Bishop Devis Parkerson - Party of the Saint and Founder [Light blue on map]
    Bishop Luther Barnett - Holy People's Party [Blue on map]
    Bishop Neal Dawson - CHRISTIAN ACTION! [Dark blue on map]
    Bishop Chad Donwick - Progressive Christian Party [Black on map]

    IBC congratulates Archbishop Chad Donwick on his victory, and looks forward to his inauguration on February 21st.


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    **Inquistan Priest Offers to Exorcise Councillor Malkij Ayan **
    _May 12th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    The European Union Abortion Act proposed by Councillor Malik Ayan, and Councillor Laila Zapatero was quick to become a very controversial bill. Almost immediately the bill was beaten into the ground, receiving no support what so ever, including screaming and shoe throwing from the Inquistan delegation. Back home, the reception was the same. The S&D Inquista Office received more vandalism than usual, which included the entire building being soaked in red paint, symbolizing women's blood. However more interestingly, local priest at St. Jude's Basilica, Gregory Elfenstein, proposed to Inquistan Councillor Julian Chianchio that he'd perform an exorcism on Councillor Malkij Ayan "free of charge". The reverend claimed that "A demon has overcome the politicians of Europolis, and it's my duty as a European to rid of the evil".


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    The Christian League is Born Again!
    July 13th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

    Despite the massive victories of the Inquistan referendums and the fruitful reign of Premier Maleeka Liszckoszi, The Christian League took an epic turn for the worst when its founder, Alexander Kligenberg, was assassinated on January 29th by a right-winged "crusader". Upon his death, the party was unable to survive a destructive power struggle and was unable to compromise on ideas. The Christian League was known to be "a coalition of diverse christian political parties that sought common ground and were eager to bring a united front against christian fundamentalist extremists". The party finally disbanded on February 1st, just weeks before the Inquistan Archbishop elections. Since the elections, the country has been very quiet within the European Union, with Councillor Julian Chianchio rarely attending the European Council save when The European Union Abortion Act was proposed by Councillor Malik Ayan and Councillor Laila Zapatero. Mikaela Kligenberg, the daughter and only child of Alexander Kligenberg, had also withdrawn from public life due to mourning, despite she was a frequent television personality, singer, actress and model. Some of Mikaela's appearances include the EU's hit reality television show, "Keeping Up With the Kligenbergs", her talk show "Let's Make More Mistakes", as well as many lead roles in various films. However most notably, Mikaelea was a member of the Inquistan girl band 'Girls Aloud', and has famously walked the catwalk as a model in many different countries. However, last week it was reported that "under the cover of darkness", Mikaela had invited the leaders of all the former members of The Christian League to her personal residence at Lord Stanlinson Manor in northern Saint Dominico. Since this past week, the parties have come together and renegotiated a merger.

    It has been since announced that if all the former parties have come together again, and that not only would Archbishop Chad Donwick represent the party as Archbishop, but that he would appoint Mikaela as the official European Union Councillor for Inquista. Since these comments, the people of Inquista have been filled with great anxiety. Some are happy that a merger has been renegotiated while others are more skeptic and believe that another power struggle will be inevitable. Many still believe that The Christian League was only able to cooperatively function due to Alexander Kligenberg's charisma and dynamic leadership.

    The Christian League will now control 79 of the 84 seats of the College of Bishops. The Christian League faces virtually no opposition whatsoever, and is merely opposed by the Rent Is Too Damn High Party (which controls 2 seats), Green Inquista (which controls 1 seat), and independent bishops (whom also control 2 seats).


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    Mikaela Kligenberg Sets Her Sight on the EU's Internal Affairs
    _September 30th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    We're just less than a month from the European Union Commission XII election, and Mikaela Kligenberg, daughter of the late EU Premier Alexander Kligenberg, has given more than just one hint towards running in the election. IBC was lucky enough to catch a few words from the pop phenom and Inquistan Councillor on set of her television show.

    "Mikaela, are the rumours true, have you been dreaming lately of becoming a Commissioner?"

    (laughs) "So it seems."

    "Are you trying to fill the large shoes your father once walked in?"

    "No, not really. I don't wish to become Premier Commissioner. It just doesn't interest me. I'm running purely for the Internal Affairs position. The EU's Internal Affairs has completely disintegrated in the last few years. It's gotten to the point where there are whispers of eliminating the position, or fusing it with another one. I believe it's time to restore it. Now more than ever, the Internal Affairs could pose a vital position. The EU is growing rapidly, more nations are entering it, and more nations are at war. Internal simply isn't keeping up. And if you look at the ENAA, which hasn't been meeting all of it's reports on time, or at the supposed Highway which should have been under construction already. While I don't personally like bureaucracy in the EU, I'll embrace it. If you can't beat it, join it. I'll make people like myself not so afraid of it, by actually making it functional. "

    "It's good that your running for actual reasons and not just political power. However, Internal Affairs has been described as one of the harder jobs by a few councillors and -ex Commissioners, are you up to it?"

    **(laughs) "Most definitely! I can do it! And you're right. Too many nations run for Commissioner seats purely for the fun of it and often don't do anything for it. Some are actually great politicians, but end of running for a position and later find it to be undesirable. I'd use Davian Lamington am Aelir as an example. He is by far one of the most intelligent and able politicians in the EU history I'd say. I just don't think Internal was his cup of tea." **

    "If Davian Lamington seeks re-election will you clash heads?"

    "No, that's not what I mean! I have a serious crush on the guy, for goodness sake. He's a great commissioner, but perhaps not suited for the right position. Besides, word around town is that he's not seeking re-election."

    "Right, anyway. The Christian League is situated in the UEC, is it likely you'll run under their banner?"

    "Not exactly. I plan on running as a non-inscript. Internal Affairs is much better being political-neutral anyway, so I think it's more of what the EU needs anyway."

    "We know you're busy and you only have a few minutes left on your break so we'll let you go. Good luck and we'll be sure to squeeze some more information out of you later."

    "Thank you Damien, it's always a pleasure."


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    **Mikaela Kligenberg Analyzes First El Mundo Opinion Poll **
    _October 9th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    IBC was able to snatch a few words with Mikaela just before prepping for her next campaign interview. We asked her about El Mundo's first opinion poll released this morning.

    So Mikaela, I imagine you've already read what El Mundo had to say about the candidates today? How are you feeling? Do you like the results?

    Yeah, I have read it. I always read the various papers of different countries in the morning, usually over a cup of hot chocolate. I quite liked the results of the polls, but I feel like I could still do better and I feel that the Occoronians actually have more reasons to support me than they?d think. I loved the last part though (laughs).

    (chuckles) I thought so. Could you elaborate on what you think you could still prove to the Occoronian voters?

    Well it doesn't surprise me that people still vote based upon party preference and on the popularity of their home nations. But I quite like that people have come to appreciate my views and are rallying to support me. But I can assure those the undecided voters and even those who don?t support me that voting for me is a vote absolutely not thrown away. As you can see, I have lots of determination and tons of enthusiasm. I have a lot to prove and I know I?ll be actively participating in my Commission department. Not only am I full of ideas and enthusiasm, I have this really creative and open minded side of me that can benefit everyone. Not everything is set in stone in the EU, bills and amendments can always be made. I?ve proven that my head is full of ideas that I?ve discussed many times over and that I?m not just running to look pretty. That?s what Internal Affairs should be full of, open minded and creative people that can make positive solutions for the EU. I feel like this should appeal to both the right wing and left wing voters, because I?m trying to strengthen the systems implemented by the left wing, and the systems the right wing doesn?t necessarily desire. The EU should work for the people, not against them. I do not want to get into the commission empty handed. Not only that, but I truly care for the welfare of all nations. Maintaining peace and happiness between countries in the Union and the Union it?s self isn?t a priority anymore, and it should be. I am also willing to draw compromises with all politicians. If I have to work with a Marxist, that?s great with me. Commission elections shouldn?t be decided upon party politics or the popularity of their respective nations, it should be what they bring to the table. Right now I have so many things going against me, it feel like I?m running an uphill battle and I can only hope that by election day that the Occoronians put their faith in me and I will make sure that they?ll be proud that they supported me. I love them all!

    Wow, it was great speaking to you. Good luck on your campaign trail.


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    Mikaela Kligenberg Responds to Critics
    October 10th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    We managed to snag more words with Mikaela today after she wrapped up her tour in Halsberg. We managed to catch her just as she began painting her nails.

    So what do you think about the latest comments candidate Bass said about you in the D?sseldorf Times?

    What? Sorry I was just painting my nails. Oh you mean about my ideas? Hmm? I don?t know where to begin, I mean, it was pretty wrong from start to finish. If anything I?m not sure if he realises that there may be some building required for the completion of the Highway Numbering Act. I will directly quote Section III of the Highway Numbering Act, "These roads shall maintain their local identity. The local and national identifiers will remain with the road, just with the addition of a European identification number", so while we?ll not only make these changes on maps of course, but we?ll also need to physically create the identification. We?ll probably have to either attach some sort of stickers to the already created highway signs, or in some places, create the signs altogether. As for the ENAA, this is where I think he?s desperately wrong and I think he was just trying to take some uncalled-for swings at me. If this is what he?s stepping down to, then that?s his problem. Firstly, just because this current system is much better than before, doesn't mean we should leave it at that. I never said this current ENAA system was the worst. It's just not the best and we can do better. Like I've said, not everything is set in stone. We can always come up with newer and better solutions. If you're trying to get into the commission with that sort of an attitude, fine by me. I personally believe that we elect Commissioners to make the systems of the EU better. Electing someone to maintain a system that does need improvement is rubbish. I'm a candidate that'll actually try to improve things. Out of 3 applications to the ENAA, one verdict was given late and therefore technically invalid, and the other was just plainly ignored. That's a poor record. It's efficiency should be 100%. As for the second part, that's because those who debated for a wholly elected ENAA did so for completely different reasons. Originally a few people asked for a wholly elected ENAA because it?d be "more democratic", which obviously wasn't the case, as some pointed out. The difference now is that there's no initiative to get the job done. Please don't try to justify points that not only weren't I part of, but completely omitting the reason I attached to my argument is a poor attempt to try to smear my name. However, I'm not going to step down to this kind of behaviour Bass is trying to pull off. He won't hear an insult hurled his way by me, but he can continue doing it if he so wishes. I will run a campaign on my actual ideas, while he can try to capitalise on the misfortune of others. And now, for the important part. Should I just do all my nails pink, or should I just paint my left hand a different colour?


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    "I am defeated, but undefeated"
    November 8th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Following the election results, Mikaela Kligenberg made her defeat speech to the crowd of supporters in her election headquarters, in Saint Dominico.

    "As much as it is a shame to be informed that I was defeated by the ballot, I ?m so grateful for this experience. I can?t even emphasize on how much I've learned, and all the great people I met on my campaign trail. It was really fun to be able to travel the EU for such a great cause. I want to give a special thanks to Countessa Dorelia Astollo, who helped me greatly in my Os Corelia campaign. I am honoured to be able to call her my friend. I'd also like to thank the lovely and beautiful Renata Kligenberg, who has been one of my biggest supporters from the start and what she achieved in Britain truly warms my heart; I will never forget that. I love you Great Britain! The trust you invested in me leaves me breathless. It's unfortunate how the British vote didn't end up meaning much in the end, but that's how the system works unfortunately. I am defeated, but undefeated. I will continue to work in the council, and I will work closely with the Internal Affairs Commission. I?m just praying that my dear granny Susan gets the position. I can?t wait to go back to UEC headquarters and give her a big hug. I'm sure she's pleased, and I'm glad that the UEC got some representation. Thanks to all those who supported me, and good night."

    While Mikaela will remain the Inquistan Councillor, rumour has it that Mikaela will begin recording songs in the studio again. While many supporters feel that her defat was a set back, many are still glad they'll be able to see her continue to pull of her "ditzy" and hilarious antics in the Council.


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    Breaking News: Saint Dominican Condominiums Set Alight by the CACI
    _November 27th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Despite the massive steps taken to heal religious relations within Inquista, a divide has sadly still continued, but in an even more sinister form. Early hours in the morning, the community of The Trisshamptons, a condominium residential district dominated by the Marrakechian immigrant community, was set alight and bombarded by members who claim to be part of the "Crusade Against Corrupt Inquistans". This group may sound familiar as there are two corresponding chapters in both Pax Aurea and in the United Kingdom. This group is famous throughout Europe as Owain Davis, the leader of the Crusade Against Corrupt Britain, has carried out attacks on his own in Britain which has received a lot of media attention. What may come as I shock is that James Dauphin, who assassinated Archbishop Alexander Kligenberg earlier this year, has been a confirmed member of this group, which has unknowingly been around for a long time.

    The fire is still ongoing, but is now being managed by the Saint Dominican Fire Department. 16 buildings had been set alight in the attack, 10 of which have been severely damaged, while the 5 other ones are only moderately damaged. 1 condominium (pictured) has collapsed. 8,186 people were rescued from the fiery buildings; while 94 people have been confirmed to have passed away while a further 229 people are still missing. Bulldozers and crowds alike have come to the aid of the city to attempt to uncover any survivors of the collapsed building. The attacks on all the condominiums were all conducted simultaneously, and only 9 suspect has been arrested so far. However, the CACI claimed to have initiated the attack on their website, which was created moments before the attack. Eye witnesses are currently being questioned and security camera recording are being recovered. IBC will keep you updated on the story as it develops. A state of emergency is expected to be declared.


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    Inquistan Archbishop Chad Donwick Assassinated During Christamas Mass
    _December 26th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Crowds gathered to mourn the national loss that evening_

    For some Inquistans, this Christmas wouldn't be the same without their homes or loved ones after The Trisshamptons Attacks. Just a month earlier, where firebombs and dynamite were planted in several condominium towers, one of which completely collapsed due to several detonations across the tower. However, what happened yesterday was a tragedy not only in Inquista, but all across the EU. Following attacks in both the United Kingdom and Pax Aurea. Members of the CACI were sure cut their own slice from the bloody Christmas pie and cooperated with the CACA and the CACB.

    While delivering Christmas Mass at Saint Justinian's Cathedral in Saint Dominico, Archbishop Donwick was struck, and then shot by one of the church guards. The guard, who is still yet to be identified, abruptly interrupted the Archbishop's breaching and walked up the steps of the alter, creating mass confusion, before suddenly striking him with the butt of his semi-automatic shotgun and then preceded to take 4 shots at him. The Archbishop was reportedly to have died then and there, and the killer began to fire rounds at the rest of the Archbishop's guards, who were beginning to attempt to disarm the assassin. Two guards reported minor wounds, but the killer was shot dead in the short-lived brawl. The Archbishop's Personal Guard has been very restrictive when it comes to releasing the name of the assassin, but he is said to have been a long time serving member of the group, even serving before Alexander Kligenberg. This attack marks the second time a Archbishop has been murdered, following the death of Alexander Kligenberg last year, and it was once again an assasination committed by the CACI. Ironically, both Archbishops were delivering mass while he was attacked. The CACI has claimed responsibility for the, which has sparked further anger in the people of Inquista. Many anti-CACI groups have been formed, and many anticipate the future government of Inquista to undertake the task of un-rooting this secretive threat.

    That night after the attack, demonstrators visited the Cathedral and placed candles in memory of the Archbishop. Some candles were placed in remembrance of the President of Pax Aurea, Julia Glorius, who perished in the Pax Aurean attacks and some candles were also placed to remember those who died in the British attacks. Meanwhile, Inquista's government will be lead by the College of Bishops, whom will take over the Archbishop's tasks until a replacement is named. The replacement is expected to be named sometime after the New Year. Mikaela Kligenberg has been quiet vocal, especially on social media, against the CACI and has expressed sorrow and dismay after yesterday's events.


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    **Bishop Paul Craticus Is Chosen As New Archbishop **
    _January 13th, 2012
    Article by Damien Bronz-Marks

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    Following the assassination of Archbishop Chad Donwick by his own bodyguard on Christmas Day, the college of Bishops has finally selected their replacement. The decision comes as a shock surprise and has caused majorly divided opinions: Bishop Paul Craticus has been named as the replacement Archbishop for the remainder of the term. Bishop Paul Craticus is fairly new to the political scene, as he was only elevated to the position of Bishop 2 years ago, for the Sea of Valarantine. Craticus has been a relatively low-key political player in the past, and remained as an independent throughout his tenure. As the The Christian League maintains a massive majority in the College of Bishops it was widely expected that they would choose one of their own to succeed to office, This decision to support an independent candidate over one of their own is puzzling, and it has fractured the already unstable Christian League. According to analysts, a majority portion of The Christian League caucus decided to support Craticus due to his extremely vocal and stern opposition to the Crusade Against Corrupt Inquistans. As an independent, and as much more far-right member of the bishopric College, he is believed to be the most suitable person to bring the Crusade to an end. However, a large minority of The Christian League Bishops voted against his appointment. Some analysts have pointed out that this demonstrates the continuance of the constant power struggles that have griped The Christian League since Alexander Kligenberg's death. Following Kligenberg's death, the party was unable to agree on appointing a new leaders and quickly collapsed within weeks. After the late Chad Donwick won the confidence of the people and was elected as the Inquistan Archbishop, the Christian League party was recreated and organised under his hand, and with the support of Mikaela Kligenberg.

    At the end of the day, The Christian League still controls 79 of the 84 Bishopric Seas and will ultimately be deciding most of the legislation within the country. In an interview Craticus has stated, "?The CACI is definitely my main priority right now. I will do everything in my power to stop them. I've already begun working with foreign countries to bring them to justice."

    The assassin still hasn't had his name released, as the Constable of the Archbishop's Bodyguard is still reluctant to name him. It is speculated to be either James Hillton or Jaydon Bay. The former Archbishop's funeral was held privately on January the 9th, and the city has planned to erect a memorial in honour. He has been buried at Saint Cathereen?s Abbey.


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