• RE: RTD 24

    Duchies government pass ban on destruction of heritage buildings
    The law to ban the demolition of buildings built before 1950 has officially passed today. The Heritage Preservation Act essentially lists all buildings built before 1950 as protected buildings. The act requires that all alternative uses for housing, commercial use and community use must be exhausted before the building can be demolished with developers having to prove that any sensitive development or alternative use is impractical. The acts passing comes after years of campaigning from heritage preservation organisations in the United Duchies. The act is expected to protect entire neighbourhoods and also requires that should such a building burn down buildings built before 1950 must be rebuilt in the same location and with the same design lest the developer face jail and imprisonment. The act will also allow heritage organisations to object to redevelopment plans and propose alternative uses being able to buy the building from site owners if they can pay the market rate for the building and have funds to redevelop the site in a sensitive manner themselves.

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: News Media of Istkalen

    Republic

    Polling 10/4 - 17/4

    conducted by Kaitmulen, 2.445 respondents

    Party Preference

    Social Democratic Party (banned)/Bloc of National Reform (refounded SDP) (left-wing to far-left): 36,1%
    Union Party (right-wing to far-right): 34,5%
    National Republican Party (right-wing): 12,1%
    Republican Syndicalist Party (right-wing): 9,8%
    Communist Party (left-wing): 4,5%
    Agrarian Union (left-wing): 1,2%
    other: 1,8%

    Government Approval

    approve: 4,1%
    disapprove: 91,9%
    no opinion: 4,0%

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: News Media of Istkalen

    Republic

    Kalessed refuses the removal of Íkrat: "I am the guarantor of the republic"

    Head of State Ilmaras Kalessed has announced that she will not comply with the Censorate's decision to remove Elizabeth Íkrat as Prime Minister, and will take "all necessary action" to ensure that the current coalition government maintains in office.

    "This government," she said at a press conference held earlier today, "is the highest expression of the will of the Istkalenic people. It derives its legitimacy from the parliament they elected; it is formed out of the parties they freely placed their confidence in; it is carrying out the agenda they chose at the last election. I am the guarantor of the Republic: our constitution gives me full power and responsibility to keep Istkalenic government a public matter, a democratic matter. And as guarantor, as Head of State, I will not let - I am bound not to let - a small and anti-democratic clique run amok over the affairs which rightfully are the people's. Ms. Íkrat's government will remain until parliament - until the representatives of the people - withdraw their confidence in it. This is absolute and final - and I will take all necessary action to ensure that it remains such."

    Kalessed's announcement is a radical break with thousands of years of Istkalenic political tradition, which has traditionally ascribed to the courts and the Censorate absolute power over government affairs. While her action is theoretically legal - the Head of State is indeed given broad and absolute power to determine the exact form of the Istkalenic government and ensure its "republican nature" - it is nevertheless so contrary to the principles that have historically guided the country that it may very well be an act of treason.

    The Censorate itself has not yet responded, but is expected to do so later today. Most experts predict that it will move to remove Kalessed from office.

    Íkrat claims existence of "reactionary-technocratic" coalition conspiring against her

    Elizabeth Íkrat, Prime Minister, has claimed that a "reactionary-technocratic" coalition has been conspiring against her government to put to an end her corporatist program for Istkalen, blaming it for recent poor polling number as well as for the Censorate's recent attempt to remove her from office.

    "Istkalen," she said at a Communist Party rally held yesterday, "is beseiged by reaction. The Reitzmics and Vards outside conspire to reduce us to colony; the compradors, the capitalist roaders, and the religious reactionaries within have joined together to bring to an end popular government. Even now they sit in their offices, their mansions, their palaces, here and abroad, planning my downfall - the end of our movement for reform, justice, democracy. Let us stand against this cabal! Let us smash this coalition of reactionaries and technocrats and bring to full flower in our Istkalen a people's regime!"

    In the few days she has been Prime Minister, Íkrat has been faced with massive and uniform public opposition to her agenda, a politically bizarre syncresis of the corporatism of the Istkalenic right and the welfare-levelling of the Istkalenic left that finds itself entirely incompatible with either. She has found herself with almost no allies in civil society; her statement is likely an attempt to regain their confidence by appealing to their general opposition to the dominance of the Istkalenic judiciary over the state.

    However, while her legal removal at the hands of the Censorate has proven similarly unpopular, it has not in any way aided her popularity or legitimacy; her allegations are therefore unlikely to gain her any additional sympathy.

    With popularity in free-fall, the Ecologists, New Agrarians, Farmer-Greens, Radical Democrats, and Statebuilders come to an agreement to create a new Agrarian Union

    The Agrarian Union has - yet again - been refounded, now as a coalition between the Ecologists and New Agrarians - the members of the old Agrarian Union - the Statebuilders, the Radical Democrats, and the Farmer-Greens. In its new incarnation, it will be led by Esketal Indretek, and be an "agrarian and solidarist movement" which will work primarily for "social justice," "regional levelling," and "auto-development."

    Its program is modelled on that of the 1970s and 80s Agrarian Union, focusing on a transformation of economy, society, and polity on corporatist lines coupled with a full, if gradual, return to traditional methods and organizations of industry, abandoning even those few Western innovations that have found their way into the country since the beginning of the occupation in order to pursue a "full independence" on the economic front. However, the new Union will also maintain a firmly socially progressive line, as well as a more intense commitment to environmentalism and opposition to nuclear power.

    Formed as its constituents decline sharply in polling as a result of their participation in government, the Agrarian Union seeks to bolster moderation and stability in the country by consolidating pro-government and reformist forces under a single, ideologically coherent umbrella. As the center flees, however, to more radical opposition parties, like the Union Party and Social Democrats, in its strong opposition to the radical incoherence of the Ikrat government, whether this strategy will be successful is unclear.

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: Festival of Veles - Festival of Intercultural Respect and Understanding

    The small circle forming near the bonfire around of which Reiserová, Saková and Imberová danced just a couple of minutes later certainly attracted attention as the government ministers, Rodnovery preachers and members of security and police forces quickly edged sooner to listen to what was being said. "Of course Comrade President understands the values of your company and naturally, "as a great humanitarian", she detests them." Slavomír nodded with a slight smile upon his face before he turned back to face to the two members of the Llunas-Roberts family, "Yes, that is most wise. During the times in which the slight mistakes of state atheism prevailed I have always urged unity with people of differing creeds, including the Christian Churches and even the Federation of Jewish Communities,... ehm, just in case you hear about my earlier writings from anybody, mistakes of the youth, you know,... in our common struggle for the ending of all religious persecutions. But of course"

    "I am sure the kids will learn a lot! At least the adult ones!" Minister Imberová responded quickly to few chuckles from number of the other Czechs and to a nod from the President which seemed to make the Minister quite happy with herself.

    Reiserová turned her head back to face the patriarch of the Roscoes' family and she smiled at him yet again, "James, you and your family are on Czechoslavonic soil. The Czech people hold all power here, not your corporation, so I think deciding what is and isn't necessary is up to me." The President for Life turned away to pay attention to her other guests as well, and signalled three policemen to come over to Yohanna, Danya and Mathias each., seizing them by their right arms.

    Second later Minister Dohnal approached the three as well, "Ladies, young gentleman, I have been instructed that you are to enjoy sausages before being taken to questioning, please follow me!" he declared jovially and started leading the way the three Duchians brought forth by the policemen, "I apologize, but torture of animals is banned in the Democratic Republic, so Kosher meat is not available, but we did prepare vegan sausages for you Mrs Mizrachi-Roscoe. I hope they will satisfy."

    Slavomír turned his attention to Iketemar and smiled wide at her, "You underestimate our President dear Iketemar, to suggest that the suspects could escape the watchful eye of the Champion of Mokosh."

    Reiserová listened to the Spaniards and her face went slightly pink in shame, "I... I knew that, you know." she lied as Sémper infromed her that Juncker was no longer the head of government of Spain, "Send Mr..... Mr President my thanks and my warm regards as well. Oh and to the King and his family. You know, I have yet to meet His Majesty. Please sit down, sit down." she instructed all her guests, that were not taken to eat sausages, to sit down on the ground.

    "Now please, all of you, let's talk about the lates happenings in our countries! I feel like we have not had a chance to hear what is goin on for such a long time. For, you know, our part things have been fairly steadfast after the decision to return the forces of production into the hands of the people. And we are considering the democratization of the system of public ownership as well! We are expecting to launch first attempts later this year, maybe in a month or so! But what about you? Istkalen seems particularly dynamic. Especially with the, apologies, crazy woman Íkrat. What urges her to throw a wrench into one of the most brotherly relation in the European Union?" Reiserová sat down herself and crossed her legs, smiling at the guests.

    posted in Politics and Incidents
  • RE: The Government of the Republic of Istkalen

    Statement of the Censorate

    We have voted to suspend the government of Elizabeth Íkrat due to concerns over stability both domestic and in foreign affairs. We point particularly to Íkrat's calls for unacceptably radical change to the economic and political consensus that has formed in Istkalen, to her illogical and fervent opposition to this country's closest ally, and her deep unpopularity among the public, which has already, in a matter of days, put into question the continued existence of the Republic.

    Ursula Orlich has again been appointed Prime Minister, and will have full responsibility and power to constitute a government of her own to return Istkalen to full stability.

    We have also made the decision to permanently dissolve the Social Democratic Party, which, though existing in opposition, has played a key role in influencing the extremism of the Íkrat cabinet and pushing against the moderate forces of our Republic. Opposed to popular rule, opposed to the rule of law, opposed to peace and stability, the Social Democratic Party has bedeviled Istkalen since the end of the war and the beginning of the opposition. In hopes of maintaining something of a political consensus, in averting civil war, we have tolerated its existence - we have even worked with it in misguided attempts to bring it, at last, into the fold of the acceptable.

    But its actions have proven to us that tolerance is untenable. Ms. Meier's agitation against all the freedoms and traditions Istkaleners hold dear has already done severe damage to our Republic; if she is allowed to go on with her provocations, we will see its end. To ensure the continued integrity of our country, it is necessary that a full and final end be put to her political force, her organization, her power - and that is what we have done and intend, with all possible force, be carried out.

    Ursula Orlich
    President of the Censorate and Prime Minister of the Republic of Istkalen

    posted in Government Offices
  • RE: California News Media

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    Government Approval Is Essentially Neutral

    SYMONE SANDERS-TOWNSEND---The Albanese government has now sits at 46% approval versus 47% disapprove and 7% don't know or neutral. This is slightly lower than a month ago but reflects that Californians generally aren't feeling the positives. But it's still better than the CDP, who have 75% against them. With almost 28% going with smaller parties, it's clear the mixed member system of voting (adopted in 1996) has resulted in people feeling comfortable with generalized coalitions. The CLP-Green coalition is just as popular as the majoritarian governments before 1996.

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: News Media of Istkalen

    Nation

    Polling 5/4-6/4

    Party Preference (+/- 5/3-6/3)

    Union Party (right-wing to far-right, in opposition): 40,3% (+35,2)
    Social Democratic Party (left-wing, in opposition): 20,3% (+8,9)
    Communist Party (left-wing, in gov't): 10,6% (-9,5)
    National Republican Party (right-wing, in gov't): 7,5% (-5,1)
    Agrarian Union (left-wing, in gov't): 6,5% (-5,6)
    Republican Syndicalist Party (syncretic, in gov't): 5,2% (-10,0)
    Statebuilding Party (center to center-left, in gov't): 3,8% (-4,3)
    Radical Democratic Party (center, in gov't): 3,5% (-6,0)
    Farmer-Green Alliance (center-right to right-wing, in gov't): 2,1% (-4,8)
    other: 1,0% (-)

    Government Approval

    approve: 5,1%
    disapprove: 94,0%
    no opinion: 0,9%

    posted in European News Consortium
  • Sertian Artistic Council (SAC)

    The national body for the funding and organising of projects for the fine arts and intercultural disciplines.

    The purpose of this page is to:

    • Raise awareness about arts events happening in Sertia, or events abroad where Sertia will participate,

    • Process arts funding applications for national and international creators,

    • Encourage the preservation of Sertian cultural heritage, including the vast ethnic and cultural diversity of Sertia

    • Promote collective goals within the public interest through the arts.

    Making an application for funding

    On this page, you may apply for funding for an arts project that you believe will be consistent with the priorities of the SAC. You must include

    • all relevant details of your project,

    • where your project will take place, including if it is to be online,

    • a proposed amount of money that you will need to complete your project,

    • any other requirements applicable to your project, for example if you require support applying for a visa or would like to request a reasonable legal exception.

    posted in Culture and Sport
  • RE: EUBC - Organization Chart

    Country: United Duchies
    Broadcaster: RTD
    Broadcaster Director: Mary Beck
    Proposal / Request Title: Proposal on two date ranges for Eurovoice
    Proposal / Request Description: Proposal for a fixed date range standard Eurovoice with no theme and a themed Eurovoice that can be held at any time of year the winner of each would get to host the next Eurovoice of its type. I.e the standard Eurovoice winner would get to host next standard Eurovoice while the themed Eurovoice winner would get to set the theme and host the next themed Eurovoice within parameters agreed by the EUBC for the next themed Eurovoice. This proposal would ensure two Eurovoices per year with mutliple ways of participation.We propose that the themed Eurovoice should stick to the parameters of a secular theme for any Eurovoice so as to avoid divisive themes. Though this should be up to the EUBC.
    Other Information:

    posted in European Union Broadcasting Committee
  • RE: RTD 24

    UoD Leader toppled
    Terence Fitzcharles was today toppled as leader of the UoD in a surprise vote by UoD MP's. He was toppled amidst the lastest poll in the long term collapse in UoD political polling as they struggle to find an identity losing the centre right to the Moderate Party and the right wing of the party to Unus. The party now faces a struggle between the centre right and right wing wings of the party with the right wing supporters arguing the party needs a tougher stance on immigration and more national conservative stance to combat the bleed of voters on the right wing to Unus while the centre right argue that doing so would only increase the bleed of centre right support to the Moderate Party arguing instead there needs to be a return to the centre of politics and reduction in pro-tax cut and more austerity agenda.

    The party has been reported to be in civil war with analysts describing the party as a party on death row. The party has been suggested to be close to imminent collapse or split with a potential power gap appearing in the centre right of politics if that occurs.

    posted in European News Consortium