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    17 Arian 816 DUE Volume: 88,355 Issue: 166,841

    Dehn: End of Isolationism!

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    In a move that stunned the nation, Aelir Avoldran Dehn am Nevian announced the end of 1200 years of isolationist Duxburian foreign policy in a routine speech last night.

    "No longer will the United Dominions shun the outside world. We need allies and friends in the international community. The time has come to shed our arcane views of foreigners and embrace reality".

    Aelir Dehn was given the green light for the shift by a bare majority in the Council of the UD. While the initial reaction in political circles has been mixed, the public has so far shown strong support for the Aelir's decision. Tens of thousands poured into the streets to celebrate this monumental shift in policy, though it was requested that no guns be shot in the air. The Duxburian Union will send a representative to the European Parliament for the first time in its history. Dehn appointed Acwellan Devoy am Harrison as the nation's MEP. The vote in the Council later today is expected to be in approval of this appointment. Dehn has also applied for DXU membership in the European Treaty Organization as the first step towards forging alliances to improve safety from foreign aggression.

    In other news, the new Energy Bill was passed with an overwhelming majority in the Sovereign Assembly. This bill addresses the need to eliminate the Union's outdated and dirty coal-fired power plants, which still represent a quarter of all energy output. Energy companies still operating coal burning plants have until Tembraen 17th, 821 DUE to replace them with renewable sources. This is a very short window of time, but the Assembly has argued that the environment can't wait for the companies to update at their own pace. Global Warming is of special concern to the Union, due to its many seaports and fragile weather patterns in the eastern portion of the state.

    Partially as a showing of goodwill and partially due to flat seasonal demand, the DXU intends to slash the price of its oil [light sweet crude] by K:5 [~$10.04 USD] per barrel. The government hopes that the lower price tag will attract more foreign imports and help build trust in a world thirsty for oil and short on stable exporters. The nation has large untapped reserves, both under the vast Laatzen desert and offshore, and has not seen significant internal strife in nearly 300 years.



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    1 Solan 816 DUE Volume: 88,359 Issue: 166,868

    Significant Increases Announced for Military

    The Ministry of Defense has de-classified a plan of expansion for the nation's military. Few details were made available to the media, but the increase is expected to be somewhat large and is expected to affect all branches. In regular session yesterday, the Sovereign Assembly raised questions about the expansion bill's classification, especially concerning the time frame. According to the Classified Legislation Act of 709 DUE, the UDC may approve certain types of legislation which take effect before the legislation is actually made public. The spending approved in this expansion bill already started several months ago, in secret. The UDC defended its decision to keep this bill classified for the length of time it did, citing rising tensions between the West and the East.

    "Centuries of national stability in a rather turbulent part of the world have depended on the ability of our military deterrent to stop foreign problems from spilling over into our backyard. This military deterrent has been deemed no longer sufficient to defend the Middle East's premier bastion of capitalism."

    Hard questions are likely to continue, as increases in military spending tend to be highly controversial, especially in the Dominions of Verington Bay and the Golden Shore. The Classified Legislation Act may be reviewed, though it has been upheld by the Supreme Court several times in the past. Due to centuries of isolationism, any law concerning national security has been difficult to repeal.

    Some members of the legislature have also called for reforms regarding the vast power vested in the UDC. However, the Aelir has expressed support for the Council's decisions, citing the role the UDC has played in keeping the country together.

    Oddly, reaction was less mixed about the possibility of expanding the nuclear arsenal. In the latest Nemiro poll, 77% of the participants favored increasing the nation's nuclear deterrent, with only 16% opposing and 7% undecided. The poll included 4,000 individuals from throughout the United Dominions and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. The leading explanation is that many may believe that a larger nuclear arsenal reduces the risk of attack, therefore also reducing the need to maintain a large military.



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    1 Dolan 816 DUE Volume: 88,362 Issue: 166,888

    Domestic Oil Jumps by K:10.43, Kael Falls Sharply Against Dollar

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    With the outbreak of war in Alikhstan, oil futures rallied around the world. Shares of KevOil, the largest producing company in the country, closed up by nearly 9%. Crude oil in the United Dominions rose steeply from K:21.86 [~$44] to K:32.34 [~$65], setting a new record for the largest price increase in a single day. Oil is a reliable indicator of economic stability, with a rise in prices often resulting in a downturn in consumer spending. It has been estimated that the oil increase may have shaved several hundred dollars from the nation's GDP per capita, though it remains the highest in the region.

    The Kael tumbled by 1.18 cents against the Dollar in yesterday's trading session, but remained comfortably above the psychologically important $2.00 mark.

    In other news, nearly all legislative resistance to the still yet-to-be-fully-revealed military increase was dropped in consideration of the chaos occurring just across the Gulf.



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    2 Dolan 816 DUE Volume: 88,362 Issue: 166,889

    Oil Remains Volatile, DUSE Takes Hit

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    Speculation on the price of oil nearly drove the Duxburian Union Stock Exchange into serious disarray. When trading opened yesterday morning, many investors were hoping that oil would retreat back under K:30 and stabilize. Instead, speculators relentlessly drove the price per barrel to an unthinkable high of K:38.81 [~$78]. At the DUSE, the nation's largest stock market, several stocks took a started to take a nosedive. At the center of attention was Kamber Airlines, a discount carrier already struggling against high operating costs. A spectacular sell-off left KA down by a stunning 47%. The effects soon rippled across the Aviation industry and spilled over into other industries.

    The Linden Industrials started the day by falling a record-shattering 665 points to a low of 17,729. This leading composite index had never fallen by more than 600 points in the past 24 years. However, investors firmly rallied behind the Alternative Energy and Automotive industries in an attempt to stem the tide. The expected unveiling of Verington Motors' much-hyped new hybrid Revolution sedan, capable of a dazzling 88 MPG, caused the company to post their biggest gains in 6 years. AEUnited 300, a composite of alternative energy companies, rose nearly 137 points to close at 890. These actions cut the Linden Industrial loss to 495 points, causing the index to close at 17,889.

    The Belarian announcement concerning their Strategic Reserve helped calm oil speculation later in the day. Crude oil slowly retreated to close at K:34.33 [~$69] a barrel, still far above last week's prices. Concerned that high prices will hurt long-term business, representatives from all major domestic oil companies will meet in the capital today to discuss the possibility of re-fixing the price of oil. Certain individual companies have already taken initiative by announcing that they will raise production levels immediately in an attempt to further ease prices.

    Gasoline in the Duxburian Union remains among the cheapest in the world, with a national average of 1 KuinKael [~40.2 cents] per gallon. Gas on Centrey is the cheapest in the nation, averaging only 14 SenKaels [~28.1 cents] per gallon. Local politicians in North Kendrevaria blasted the government over the fact that they still pay the highest gas prices in the nation, at an entire HafKael [~$1.05] per gallon. Jan Rien, the Maelir of Mordallt, commented "We cannot keep going on like this. These ridiculous prices are crippling the local economy of my city. Some poor souls have been paying over 6 Kaels [~$12.06] just to fill up their tank! The delaying of the Mordallt Pass Pipeline project is totally unacceptable". The MPP was expected to be completed by 817 DUE, but complications [including the closing of the pass by nearly 4 meters of fresh snow] have slowed its progress.



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    6 Joon 816 DUE Volume: 88,373 Issue: 166,961

    Full Details of Military Increase Released

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    Official, concrete numbers on the nation's huge military increase have finally been released by the Ministry of Defense. As expected, the amount of nuclear warheads, fighter aircraft, and numerous other military units have nearly or more than tripled. Expansive efforts at recruiting by the Black Tigers appear to have paid off, with the army picking up its own impressive gains. Last night, Alec Verrand addressed the legislature, reassuring the representatives that "there has not been a draft in 430 years, and there are no plans for one now." The Duxburian Union currently operates all-volunteer armed forces. Verrand also fielded questions about the War in Alikhstan and addressed rumors of planned Duxburian involvement. "The Duxburian Union will not involve itself in Alikhstan and will not send in a task force. What few Duxburian nationals were residing on Alikhstan have long been evacuated, so we see no reason to intervene militarily. Frankly, the war is none of our business."

    A cap on the price of oil was agreed upon in a special meeting among domestic oil exporting companies late last night. A general consensus for a fix on the price of oil could not be reached, but the cap at K:35 [~$70.48] is considered an important step toward regaining control of the market. The average price of domestic gasoline remains around SenK:34 [~68 cents].

    According to Nemiro, tourism in the Duxburian Union has fallen nearly 36% in the past two years. The strong Kael is cited as the main reason why less trips are being booked to this nation. Falling tourism revenue will be addressed as a special concern at the Domestic Economic Summit early next week.



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    6 Jian 816 DUE Volume: 88,384 Issue: 167,038

    POPULAR OUTRAGE SHUTS DOWN CAPITAL, PANIC AT DUSE, PROPOSED FINANCE ACT THREATENS EXISTENCE OF MIDDLE CLASS, LOWER CLASS, HOUSING MARKET, ALL FEDERAL PROGRAMS, EDUCATION SYSTEM, MILLIONS TAKE TO THE STREETS

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    The newly proposed Finance Act of 816 [2007] has touched off mass demonstrations of an unprecedented scale. For the first time in Duxburian history, an estimated 3.9 million citizens have poured into the streets to protest international legislation. Hundreds of thousands continue to join them in nearly every major city. Riot police in the Great Square of Dominion Heights have been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of protesters, effectively losing control of the streets. The military has been called in to restore order in the capital and in Verington. The leading organizer of protests in the Duxburian Union, Alaec Kondaerin, has vowed to put tens of millions more on the streets across the Union. "People do not realize the seriousness of the consequeces if this bill were to be passed. The land tax, stock tax, and will tax would be the end of the international middle and lower classes, they would crash welfare and healthcare here in the United Dominions, they would make a huge amount of our population homeless. The Finance Act as law would mean the end of the Duxburian Union as we know it. If it passes, we will fall into economic and social depression. Our oil companies will refuse to continue exporting oil and the government will stop suppressing terrorism in the Laatzenian dominions in retaliation. We need to defeat this terrible bill before any of the consequences can happen. The largest humanitarian disaster in world history can be prevented by showing your support of the world as is!"

    Panic about the proposed tax in stocks and the effects of the land tax has led to the worst stock market crash in national history. The DUSE has been shut down temporarily to prevent further economic damage. Actual figures were not available at press time, but the Linden Industrial index's loss is feared to exceed 3,000 points, down to possibly below 15,000.

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    Economic analysts have raised the alarm over Tital V, Secion I, Article I of the Finance Act. The clause states that "Persons holding deed of or title to non-commercial land not aged more than sixty-five (65) or less than twenty-one (21) shall be subject to SDLT of one-eighth (1/8) per cent of the total value of said land as assessed for tax purposes." Analysts say that a middle class family of 4 would be unable to sustain such a blow for more than five years. A lower class family of 4 would be unable to pay the tax in even less time. It is estimated that the land tax alone would wipe out the middle class in less than two decades.

    The land tax, stock tax, and will tax are seen as unconstitutional by national political analysts. The Sovereignty of Nations clause in Annex III clearly states that "The member-states of the European Union retain absolute sovereignty over their own affairs except if specifically outlined by articles of this constitution.". The Office of Economics is also given the power to tax member-states, but the methods are not specified. While the national government recognizes the VAT as a valid form of taxation, the constitution of the DU allows only the national government to tax stocks, only the national government to tax land, and only national courts to make wills legally binding. Those areas are seen to be free of international regulation and control.

    The results of yesterday's Nemiro Polls show clearly where the public stands in regard to the Finance Act. 99% of those polled oppose the bill, 93% would donate funds to the government if it were fined for not collecting the taxes, and 44% would defend their property from international tax collectors with deadly force. 88% of those polled believe that the new European Commission threatens their national rights and 6% approve of its job so far. The national opinion polls have a margin of error of plus/minus half a percentage point, the EC opinion polls have a margin of error of plus/minus 2 percentage points.



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    16 Jian 816 DUE Volume: 88,386 Issue: 167,048

    Duxburian Union to provide emergency humanitarian aid to Hollentand

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    Aelir Avoldran Dehn has declared his intentions to provide immediate humanitarian aid to the collapsed nation of Hollentand. _"Hollentand has suffered like many other nations mentioned in Tristan's public address, however, it has been forgotten. How would you like it if major newspapers forgot to mention your equally dire situation? We must right this inexcusable lapse by the press and send aid to Hollentand as soon as physically possible.

    However, we are actually going in to send aid, not invade. Regular army troops will not be used and our regular army will not be mobilized. Only special squads trained in disaster-relief and management will be dispatched. Unlike some other nations which I will not name, we genuinely care about the predicament of our neighbor and seek no political or physical gain. The Duxburian Union has no plans to formally annex Hollentand and no plans to set up a puppet government that would favor us. Let this be a message to others, we are not so shallow and selfish as they. There is to be no political or physical gain from disasters in your backyard. May shame fall upon those who would seek to use such a scenario to bolster their own territory or smear their rivals."_

    Officially, 40 disaster-management teams have been sent to accompany various humanitarian groups into Hollentand. Supplies will be airlifted into more remote areas of the country. The primary goal is to restore functional democratic government and basic services. If necessary, additional specially trained forces are available. Avoldran Dehn has expressed his beliefs that more personnel will not be needed if the citizens of Hollentand see the Duxburian effort as relief and not an occupation. "Our forces are well-trained in anarchy situations. They will behave in a manner fitting of Duxburian upbringing. Excessive force will not be used, nor will there be rape, corruption, or looting. Our special units take pride in their noble work."

    In other news, both the Treasury Act and National Rights Act have been defeated in the European Council. This is generally seen as a rebuke to both the Economic Office and DU stances. Xeale Kaarevithovomneilyyn am Varia, DU representative to EPP-ED, urges the nation to remain vigilant. "The Economics Office still shows no sign of granting the right to opt out of an act as a natural one. I shall stand behind my colleagues Alaec Kondaerin am Naaloran and Andswarian Wallace am Nevian in opposing any bill that restricts opting out to language in individual acts." Wallace has re-affirmed his opposition to any taxation other than a small VAT. Voting for an act that would conflict with the national constitution is technically high treason.

    The DUSE has somewhat recovered from last week's terrible crash, but remains extremely volatile and fragile. The Linden Industrial average has moved more than 100 points in both directions every day since the crash. Investors have been fleeing the stock market to safer bonds. The state of the market is being blamed on the fear and distrust created by the EC. All eyes have been on the Economic Office, as analysts hold their breath and wait for the next bill. Never before in Duxburian history have international affairs had such a profound impact upon the national economy. Inflation, deflation, and other factors have spent the week on the back burner.

    In this week's Nemiro Polls, 82% of those polled still believed that the EC "threatens" their rights. 58% approved of the idea of a VAT, while 3% approved of the idea of taxes on stocks and land. National approval of the EC's job so far rose to 12%, double that of last week. That still remains lower than any approval rating of any domestic politician in DU history.



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    3 Norian 816 DUE Volume: 88,387 Issue: 167,054

    STIPE TO DU: NOT WELCOME, DU TO WALLACE: STAND YOUR GROUND, MASSIVE RIOTS ERUPT, FIRE BREAKS OUT IN VERINGTON, 79 FEARED DEAD

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    "AND SO I URGE THEM TO FIND A REGION THAT IS NOT BASED UPON THE IDEAL OF A UNION." - Jacob Stipe, Commissioner for Internal Affairs

    Kendrevarians, Laatzenians, Duxburians, children, the elderly, college students, politicians, farmers, sports players, gravediggers, and everyone in between have taken to the streets in defense of their right to remain in the European Union. Men and women of all ages and ethnicities burned effigies of Jacob Stipe, smashed storefronts, and burned cars across the DU.

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    Alaeric Konderin, the nation's leading political activist, was so outraged that he refused to comment. Aelir Avoldran Dehn appealed for calm and walked the streets of Dominion Heights without a bodyguard, urging protesters to leave the streets.

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    Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at torch-bearing protesters in the River District of Verington City. A fire broke out in a store during the chaos and quickly spread to nearby buildings. The Verington Fire Department battled the monster blaze for 6 hours. The fire engulfed over 100 buildings and thousands of residents fled in terror. The death toll is feared to exceed 79, with over 200 wounded. This is the greatest tragedy in the Intellectual City since the Race Riots of 759 DUE.

    Only the shock of the Verington fire ended the rioting. The Maelir of Verington has declared a state of emergency in addition to temporary MARTIAL LAW. Aelir Avoldran Dehn will address the nation tomorrow on all major news channels.

    Millions of emails have piled up in Andswarian Wallace's inbox, urging him to stand his ground in the European Council. Millions of emails have also been sent to the Office of Internal Affairs, likely carrying a different tone of message.



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    New Year's Eve 816 DUE Volume: 88,389 Issue: 167,064

    MILLIONS MOURN VICTIMS OF GREAT FIRE, CITY-WIDE CANDLE VIGIL HELD IN VERINGTON, NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS CANCELED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 552 YEARS, NO RESPONSE OR APOLOGY FROM STIPE

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    THE DEFINING QUOTE OF 816 DUE:_
    "AND SO I URGE THEM TO FIND A REGION THAT IS NOT BASED UPON THE IDEAL OF A UNION."_ - Jacob Stipe, Commissioner for Internal Affairs

    THE DEFINING EVENT OF 816 DUE:_
    Jacob Stipe, Commissioner for Internal Affairs, telling the Duxburian Union to leave the EU during debate over the Exemption Act._

    Tonight Duxburians of all ages and races stood united behind their grief. The official death toll of the Verington Fire has reached 109, with 387 additional residents injured. Not all bodies could be identified, as many were charred beyond recognition. One of Verington's most historic and attractive neighborhoods now lies in ruins. The rebuilding effort is estimated to cost many billions of Kaels.

    An estimated 6.2 million people attended the city's candle light vigil, more than the population of the city itself, making it the largest in national history. Those who could not reach the city streets climbed up roofs, fire escapes, hills, and to any point for miles around with a view of the city.

    Aelir Avoldran Dehn am Nevian addressed the city from the center of Verington Square. _"We stand here tonight to honor those whom perished in this great tragedy. One hundred and nine of our dear kinsmen. They did not deserve such a terrible fate. Never before in my life have I seen so much reckless hate unleashed in one night. Never before in my life have I seen a Duxburian city burn because of one sentence. This did not have to happen. We did not have to end 816 in this fashion. There can be no more violent riots. There can be no more vigilante hate. Show your compassion, not your hatred. We are a strong, civilized people and are above this kind of violence. Let your elected representatives use the proper channels. Our 109 WILL be avenged, in this life or the next. In the meantime, we must rebuild both our city and our lives. The River District will rise again, even more beautiful than it was before. And now, a moment of silence in the memory of those lost...

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    ...Thank you and good night. I travel now to Europolis, to sit in the same room as the unspeakable enemy, to discuss matters which are of critical concern to him, but hardly affect us. I go only because I wish to see the enemy face-to-face, to tell him that I would rather stab myself until I die than withdraw our nation from the EU."_

    New Year's celebrations have been canceled in the Verington metropolitan area. While not yet canceled in the capital, its fireworks display is not likely to occur.

    According to Ordinance #5190 A5, the name "Jacob Stipe" is to be taboo in the City of Verington. Using the name may result in a 50 Kael fine for the first offense and 150 for each subsequent offense.

    Alaeric Konderin, the nation's leading political activist, urges people to support the Kendrevaria United football club in its home stand against a team which hails from Stipe's home country of Aesop Rocks. "Instead of rioting, channel your emotions into more legal areas. Help KU beat one of the unspeakable enemy's sports teams!"

    The upcoming match at Challenger Stadium is expected to sell out, even despite the forecast for high winds and accumulating snow as a powerful front sweeps through Varia City. At an elevation of 2,963 A [~8,892ft] Challenger Stadium on Celestial Hill is the highest playing field of any pro sport. Celestial Hill is nestled in the rugged Varian Mountains and sits a dizzying 415.9 A [~1,249ft] directly above the Varian skyline.



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    1 Tobraen 817 DUE Volume: 88,396 Issue: 167,115

    OIL SKYROCKETS, MILITARY SPENDING BILL REACHES ASSEMBLY FLOOR

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    A weakening Kael and increased speculation in oil futures has sent the price of a barrel to the all-time high of K:45.26 [$90.02]. The Duxburian Kael is regarded as one of the strongest and most stable currencies in the EU, rarely varying more than 2 cents in value. However, the Kael has slipped to $1.9891 from $2.0257 just two weeks ago. Investors jumped in to exploit this unusual weakness, relentlessly pushing oil futures into record territory.

    Domestic exporters met in the capital last night, but acknowledged that they were at the mercy of the value of the Kael. Although boosts in production kept oil under the K:35 cap for several months, the value of the national currency is well beyond the ability of oil producers to control. Even with a proposed surge of 1.5 million additional barrels per day, analysts do not expect oil to retreat under K:42 unless the Kael strengthens back above the psychologically important $2.00 mark. Domestic gas prices are forecast to rise slightly, but in areas with large reserves, they may actually fall due to increased production. On the island of Centrey, gas is averaging 4 Thraels [about 8 cents] per Hasilthecian Lin [about 1.5 liters], remaining cheaper than water.

    Overshadowed by the recent oil drama, a new military spending bill was introduced by the Duxburian Nationals in the Sovereign Assembly yesterday. The bill calls for moderate boosting of the country's armed forces, primarily the Black Tide and Immortal Thunder, citing concerns that the DU is falling too far behind regional powers in the East and West. Though controversial, the spending bill is expected to pass, backed by both the National and Pan-Duxburian Parties, which form a large majority of the Assembly.

    Passage of this bill is important for both major "neopolitical" parties, which are preparing for a showdown in this year's upcoming midterm elections. Each party has been trying to promote its particular brand of the neopolitical movement. Unlike nearly every other country, the strongest political parties in the DU do not identify as right, center, or left on the current and obsolete political spectrum. Liberal, conservative, and centrist parties only account for 19% of the total electorate.



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    5 Ianiuan 817 DUE Volume: 88,429 Issue: 167,203

    OIL HITS K:50, SETS NEW RECORD

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    For the first time in history, the price of Duxburian crude hit K:50 [~$100.50] per barrel at yesterday's close. This is a new record high previously thought by regional analysts to be impossible. Speculators at the Duxburian Union Stock Exchange [DUSE] relentlessly drove oil futures skyward.

    The price jump is expected to hit gasoline consumers within the week. The national average is expected to increase to Kt:65 [~$1.31]. This is unusually high for the Duxburian Union, where gas has been dirt cheap for decades. The island of Centrey still boasts the world's cheapest gasoline, although there are unofficial reports of gas being sold at less than half that price in remote settlements of the Laatzine Desert, which contains the largest proven oil reserves in the country.

    Domestic producers have agreed to boost production by 1.5 million barrels a day, but have stated that "little can be done to control the value of oil at the present moment".



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    6 Ianiuan 817 DUE Volume: 88,429 Issue: 167,204

    DETAILS OF TOBRAEN MILITARY INCREASE DISCLOSED

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    The Military has declassified the military increase authorized in Tobraen last year. As expected, the air force and navy were significantly boosted in numbers and quality. The army saw the fewest gains, as the Duxburian Union military is currently configured for defensive purposes. Naval capabilities and air power have long been seen as more effective in this role. The nation's shipyards were especially busy, although capital ship construction was light.

    Duxburian second-strike nuclear capabilities were increased. While nuclear arsenals are currently a sensitive issue, orders were placed last year in a different international environment. The Duxburian Union has not tested any new nuclear devices and has followed the national ICBM Reduction Act which was passed back in Joon of 817. The act calls for a graduated decrease in the national ICBM stockpile in three phases. The current phase one involves a freeze in the number of land facilities capable of delivering nuclear warheads, both stationary and mobile. No new silos or launchers were constructed in the latest military increase.

    However, the sea-based nuclear arsenal was significantly increased to enhance deterrence. Submarines comprise the most important part of the country's second-strike arsenal. The naval office released a statement earlier today that new ballistic submarines were "necessary for deterrence and improving the likelihood of mutually assured destruction with any potential aggressor. Our capability to launch a pre-emptive first strike is rather poor, so we must maintain a potent second-strike ability. By freezing our intercontinental ballistic missile stockpile, we are telling the region that our nuclear interests are still solidly defensive."

    The Duxburian Union according to the military "has no plans to increase the submarine fleet further this year."



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    16 Ianiuan 817 DUE Volume: 88,431 Issue: 167,220

    DUXBURIAN NUCLEAR BUILD-UP POSSIBLE, LINKED TO SOVIET INCREASE

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    Regional tensions escalated once again as the Soviet newspaper "Izvestia" recently published an article concerning a potential "massive military buildup" that may be "scheduled to include more nuclear weapons than the world has ever witnessed before". While DXU - SU relations are normal and the Soviet Union is not currently considered a threat to the United Dominions, the idea of a massive nuclear build-up is unsettling to the government. There were no plans to increase either the conventional military or the nuclear arsenal after the Tobraen boost, but that may be reconsidered.

    Aelir Avoldran Dehn stated in a speech yesterday that "While the DU would love to work with other countries to reduce regional stockpiles of nuclear weapons, the required trust is clearly absent. Trust between the East and West affects us too. If the situation deteriorates into war, can we be sure that the Middle East will still be here when the dust settles? We can only assume the worst and therefore must prepare accordingly. If the Soviets actually enact this new massive nuclear build-up, the DU will also increase its nuclear stockpile significantly. The language used by the Soviets to describe the numbers is potentially a threat to the entire region."

    The government has also stated that there are "no intentions whatsoever" to change the current diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. The DU ambassador will remain in Moscow and all trade will continue as usual.



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    9 Dolan 817 DUE Volume: 88,442 Issue: 167,308

    BREAKING NEWS: MILITIA DRIVE INSURGENTS OUT OF DOMINION HEIGHTS, GOVERNMENT REGAINS CONTROL, POWER GRID RESTORED, INSURGENTS TORCH OIL FIELDS

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    AELIR AVOLDRAN DEHN DECLARES MARTIAL LAW WILL BE LIFTED AT 11 PM TONIGHT

    The federal government is to re-assume full control of the Duxburian Union at Noon today, the 9th of Dolan 817 DUE. The last remaining insurgents in the capital were driven out in mostly civilian fighting late last night. While government troops were too few to hold off the coup attempt, the national militia appears to have saved the nation.

    Insurgent forces might have forced the doors of Dominion Hall if it were not for the hail of gunfire that erupted from ordinary citizens firing from apartment buildings and automobiles. As per the Constitution, all citizens of age belong to the militia and are permitted to bear arms. This ancient system was set in motion for the first time in modern history and proved decisive. The rebellion of the so-called European Liberation Front tested the loyalty of the citizenry, and they more than rose to the occasion. Angry militia later poured into the streets, overwhelming the few insurgents who had not yet been forced away from the inner city.

    Power has been restored to 12 of the nation's 13 Dominions. The attacks on the power grid shut down everything for nearly 2 weeks. There has not been virtually no correspondence in or out of the Duxburian Union until this morning. As the Duxburian military sealed off national waters and airspace, all commercial flights were grounded and all shipping turned back. Trade will resume today, along with flights in and out of the country at most major airports. The Aelir will make a speech to the nation at 8 PM to be aired on all major news channels.

    The Duxburian national delegation has been cleared to depart the capital for Europolis tonight, including Commissioner of Internal Affairs, Neilander Xeillion. Mr. Xeillion has been unable to conduct any business for the region and is expected to resign his commission. Mr. Xeillion has described some of the charges against him as "ridiculous" given that Mr. Stipe's election to the position of Prime Commissioner is what set off the European Liberation Front's surprise attacks against the government. Captured officers of the ELF have confirmed that their aim was to overthrow the Duxburian government and seize control of the nuclear arsenal for "use against Stipe" and "anyone who opposed the natural rights of nations".

    No nuclear weaponry was damaged, commandeered, or otherwise compromised during the 2 week struggle. Aelir Dehn spent billions earlier in his term to improve protection of vital strategic resources, and his efforts have paid off. The only true scare was at an undisclosed silo in North Kendrovaria, where militants managed to force the main gate. However, they were ultimately repelled by the installation's security forces.

    ELF forces have been beaten back into Alveria, their base city of operations. Alveria is a poverty-stricken city that has historically harbored terrorist cells. However, the large scale and well-executed coordination of the ELF campaign took the government by surprise. The city has been sealed off by the Duxburian military and is expected to be re-taken within the week.

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    In addition, to disabling the national power grid, the ELF also torched some crucial oil wells, setting fires that could be seen dozens of miles away. Speculators were unaware of the situation in this country in the past few weeks and left the price of oil relatively unchanged. Speculation on oil when the floor opens today, however, may spark an energy crisis. At press time, a barrel of oil stood at K:47 [$94.47]. Analysts expect oil to skyrocket out of control, with some estimates exceeding the unthinkable price of K:65 [about $130]. The Duxburian Union is pumping at only 48% of normal capacity due to the temporary closing of refineries and attacks on the fields directly.


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