Cair Para, May 13 2022 | Following a quite long journey, the United Principalities of Ineland has officially ascended to the ECON after the application has received approval and the decision was announced by the General Council of the said organization. The issue of ECON membership was one of the primary parts of the campaigns of candidates during the recent Inelandic General Election, and with the election of Kasper Merckx as the new Minister-President came with the immediate delivery of his promise to bring the country into the organization. Decorations are underway along with arrangements to the ECON Headquarters in Cair Para to celebrate the entry of a new member and their occupation of office spaces for representatives and delegates to the organization. More updates coming up in this progressing story.
OPINION PIECE - A CHANGE IN HOW WE LOOK AT THE WORLD
Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Minister, Alfonso Dastis
How do we want the world to be? How are we supposed to look at it? Those two questions, mostly asked in Secondary School's graduation parties when the most talkative classmate gets the main role for some minutes and tries to inspire his classmates, are the ones that have recently overflown the minds of the most veteran advisors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main goal of asking this? Trying to find a new way to make the Spanish response experienced, logical and reasonable. The old days of "overreaction", like when Reitzmag kidnapped Bernie Sanders and Spain copied Gallorum's sanctions, even extending them; are now over, according to these veteran advisors.
The dilemma has been presented to the Spanish President, Jesús Aguilar, who is also one of the foreign policy architects. Under the title of "Establishing a new path for our Foreign views", a 200-page-long document contains the new principles of the Spanish foreign policy. We can confirm two things about it: we have been able to see a sneak preview and no, Alfonso Dastis is not going to be dismissed as Minister, but rather seeing his powers increased and getting to speak more than he actually did. What is the sense of having a foreign affairs Minister when you do not listen to him as much as you should? Jesús Aguilar, who seems like he is a well-mantained machine, starts to show the weaknesses of a politician that has been in power for 6 years.
Under the new strategical views of the Spanish Government, several key topics can be found: the Treaty of Telum, the Spanish closest allies, neighbours, military strategies (with the recently revealed commands being a hint of what could come afterwards), international response and balancing power. When asked, Spanish advisors are able to recognise who the essential allies are, and which challenges we will have to face in the short / mid-term: "We are aware of them, and our response is ready. We have gained experience from the last avoidable situations, and the mistakes we have done before will not be repeated. Spain needs to go back to be that machine which never stops, never rests and keeps working for peace and security in the European Union".
How everything will turn out is still a mystery, little do we know about what Alfonso Dastis and Jesús Aguilar have prepared for us and the rest of Europe. However, asked in a party rally, the "Papacito" has settled some red lines: "the new design of our foreign policy will stay the same when it comes to the Strait of Gibraltar and so will our close partnership with our allies in Telum Treaty". What the future holds on the areas is, nevertheless, yet to unfold.
High Duke Tour to begin in June
The High Duke tour has been announced the begin in June. The High Duke Tour has always been held within 6 months of the High Dukes crowning so is on course. The planning has been said to be extensive with plans for a 70 day tour of the 8 Duchies or Duchy Level districts including Anastasia City. The High Duke tour will take place using a combination of Electric car convoy , train and ship with plans for the Anastasia visit only provisional based on the security situation there.The event will be live streamed.
Tommy looked at Mikaela, totally stunned. He had been enjoying his time here with Anastasia but the revenge threesome idea sounded more and more appealing. Carlos still hadn't arrived back in Ibiza and he had been ever so lonely. He never cheated on Carlos, even though they never talked about being exclusive. Anastasia on the other hand was glad she stayed out of this whole mess, including any lewd nonsense.
"Do you know what Mikaela yes-" Tommy said, his words being cut off by him noticing a movement in the corner of his eye. Who was it that had entered the club?
Carlos had entered the club, with a suitcase and all his luggage. "Approchez approchez!" Carlos said. "On va danser le big bisou!"
Tommy and Anastasia approached him and joined in in dancing the big bisou, Anastasia found some random Spanish man and dragged him along with her, and Tommy partnered with Carlos.
Tommy, extending the fig leaf of peace said: "Mikaela, do you want to join us dancing the big bisou?"
The project of socialization has been met with intense resistance from the population, and has not been enforced to a significant degree. The collectives and "production syndicates" that the Second Act on Socialization wills into existence have not yet been created; in effect the economy continues to function according to the system created by the first law on socialization from February, which the government had hitherto sought to implement since late November. The sole implemented provisions were the creation of additional workers' associations and the establishment of the Central Planning Board.
With over a month having gone by without any discernable progress, the Directory ordered representatives of the workers' associations, tasked with the implementation of the act, to appear before them for questioning as to why several of the most integral provisions of the Second Act on Socialization had not yet gone into actual effect. No representatives ever arrived to speak; the Directory then attempted to convince a number of legal authorities in Kirelesile to order their arrest, all of which refused, before turning to the Helétek, who would refuse before making an address to the public.
"Comrades," he said, "the cliques of old are trying again to seize power, to stop their elimination by the progressive forces of our nation, to stop our inexorable progress towards a true and full democracy and socialism of our style. Our common goal remains unchanged - to establish in Istkalen a government of workers' associations, against the bureaucracy and the old politicians, against the political establishment. They tremble in their boots at our determination, at our every success, and at every turn they try to subvert our movement for their own causes."
"The ongoing socialization was a national and democratic movement of the workers that was threatened by these reactionary forces. I do not want to admit this, I wish I did not have to say this, I wish I and the revolutionary forces in our government were not so weak - but we failed to protect our Democratic Revolution. We feared that they would destroy what we had accomplished, and therefore we compromised."
"But we see, now, that they have no power anymore. They tried with Ms. Malk's 'uprising,' and exhausted their forces. We have nothing to fear, no excuse, in the face of your determination, your unity, behind the Democratic Revolution. There will be no compromise from now on..."
The workers' associations used Rikkalek's speech as an opportunity to call for a constituent assembly, which they argue is overdue.
"The Helétek has made his position clear. Power must be transferred to the institutions established by the people," said Makketis Ikalsser, a dissident member of the Independent Workers' Faction and director of the Cultural Association who has since founded the new faction the "New Syndicalists." "There can be no waiting," he continued. "A constituent assembly must be held immediately so that democracy can quickly be established in our Istkalen."
They further underlined their opposition to the Second Act on Socialization. Ursula Korhonen, the director of the Agricultural Association, said that "there is no support for the law among the farmers of our country...it does not protect them, it only takes away, giving power to those we sought to remove. There is no issue with the socialization of the land, nor with the labor-duties; the issue is with the concept of the collectivization itself. We want to protect the sacred independence of the farmer, and we see this as taking away from that."
Similar sentiments were echoed by most other directors. However, all of the directors, as well as Rikkalek himself, have made it clear that they are not calling for an overthrow of the government; merely for legal reforms.
"The ongoing revolution is a social revolution, not political," said Kalju Ilves, the director of the Association of Engineers. "It can be accomplished through peaceful reform alone. What we call for is merely for a speeding up of the reform progress; the 'compromise' of the Second Act on Socialization clearly shows that we clearly can't afford to keep the remaining elements of aristocracy in our government. We can't be forced to adopt these deeply unpopular motions, to support them in public, anymore. Democratic change must happen immediately."
The speech was opposed by several on the left and the right.
"This is an act against the proletariat!" shouted Grete Reiner, the leader of the Independent Workers' Faction, earlier today. "This is a crime! Even this tiny step is rejected by the government of compradors! Look at it, comrades! Look at the futility of reform! The leader that the stupid uphold is a reactionary idiot who must be hanged!"
Ilest Kerel, who leads the Unity faction of the National Democrats, criticized the speech on very different lines.
"We need to have a government and economy managed by the competent," he said. "In the West, idiots can run the economy into the ground so long as they are convincing; if we were to reject this reform it would be the same here. The point of socialization is to allow the economy to come under the rational and scientific management of the best in a way that remains open to the input of the people. Rikkalek isn't unintelligent, he knows better, he knows what is needed to rule the country, I will concede that, but calls are completely populist in nature. They may sound good, but they are not the best path forwards for the country."
The National Assembly will likely convene again, beginning next week, to discuss the Act and other reforms.
Nation name (short): Elthize (same in NS)
Average yearly income (on NationStates): 101,205
Annual living costs (after-tax) as % of income: 27,5%
Annual average savings as % of income: 22%
Government spending in the economy as % of GDP: 4%
Population (custom): 4,092 million
In view of the growing demand for semiconductors in key sectors such as automotive and household appliances and the need to accelerate autonomy in chip manufacturing, this PERTE aims to strengthen the design and production capacities of the microelectronics and semiconductor industry in Spain from an integral perspective and to favour national strategic autonomy. This strategic project is expected to mobilise a public investment of 12,250 million emus up to 2027 and will in turn trigger a significant volume of private investment.
PERTE Chip will be developed around four strategic axes that cover the entire value chain of the industry in different phases: conception, design, chip production and boosting the manufacture of ICT electronic products, so that it acts as a generator of demand for the microchips produced, and boosting the semiconductor entrepreneurial ecosystem. This comprehensive vision will have a multiplier effect for the Spanish economy as a whole.
The following actions will be implemented:
Reinforcement of scientific capacity. With actions to strengthen R&D&I on cutting-edge microprocessors and alternative architectures and integrated photonics, develop quantum chips. An investment of €1.165 billion is foreseen for the period 2022-2027.
Design strategy. This includes actions that will boost Spanish capacity in the design of microprocessors through the creation of fabless companies (whose designs can be manufactured by others, without the need to have their own factory) for the design of cutting-edge microprocessors and alternative architectures; test pilot lines; semiconductor training network. 1.33 billion will be earmarked for this axis.
Construction of manufacturing plants. To provide domestic semiconductor production capacity in leading-edge (below 5 nm) and mid-range (above 5 nm) semiconductor manufacturing. The budgeted public investment is 9.35 billion emus.
Revitalisation of the ICT manufacturing industry. This includes actions such as the creation of a capital fund focused on chips to finance start-ups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs in the national semiconductor sector, with an initial public allocation of 200 million emus. It is also aimed at strengthening domestic production in electronics manufacturing - which uses microchips as input - to act as a driver for the semiconductor industry and absorb part of its production. The estimated budget amounts to 400 million emus.
In addition, a special commissioner for the governance of PERTE will be created to ensure the coordination, effectiveness and coherence of the actions between the ministries involved in this strategic project.
D. Luis de Guindos Jurado
Minister of Economy and Competitiveness
D. Víctor Calvo-Sotelo Ibáñez-Martín
Minister of Science, Innovation, Research, Digital Transformation and 2030 Agenda
D. Román Escolano Olivares
Minister of Industry and Commerce
Preparations for Strathae Catholic and Orthodox Remembrance of Blairite Cultural Genocide Apology Ceremony almost complete
The preparations for the apology ceremony to Catholic and Orthodox Church are almost finished. The government have invited the heads of all heads of the churches in Strathae have been invited including all Orthodox branches and the head of the Catholic Church in Strathae. The ceremonies title has been unveiled as Remembrance of Blairite Cultural Genocide Apology Ceremony and will list the name of high profile victims who were persecuted under the Blairite reign with a monument to all those who were persecuted being unveiled. A letter of apology to each head of church will be read for what the government is now terming a "cultural genocide comitted against christians and Catholic and orthodox in particular." The government plan to officially declare the period a cultural genocide in a mark of respect for the churches. They hope this will help the world move on from the dark period of Strathaes history.
Juncker stood up and handshaked everybody on the room before talking for the last time. The meeting was as planned, and everyone took part on it. It was a great thing he could add to his merits list. He then started to talk, for the last time, to all those presidents that did or didn't support him:
"Thank you everyone for your closing statements. Today, we have got to many conclusions that lead the European Union to future agreement, to cooperation, to those values the EU take as theirs. Today, we have debated the most important points of the current European Politics, the challenges we will have to face together, united. I know some of you here are not happy with me being the Internal Affairs Commissioner. Some others came here being rude and thinking they ruled this meetings. Others, just doubt about my neutrality. But, at least, we have had a good meeting in which we have been able to meet for once at all.
I would like to thank you all for your assistance. It's been hard, but we have done it. Also, thank you for all of your great words towards me, which I really appreaciate and they motivate me to continue doing my work as well as I can. Today we have learnt about what we want and what we don't want. We can do it together, we just need to cooperate loking to the future. Thank you all, and I hope you the best for the future."
Granger announces she will not run for Commissioner in 2021
Emma Granger alongside the Eurorail
EUROPOLIS.- The Councillor for Montenbourg, Emma Granger ended months of intense speculation about her political future during this Commission Elections on Friday with a sudden announcement that she wouldn't seek the either the Internal Affairs Commissioner or Premier Commissioner positions, abandoning a dream she's harbored for decades and putting Jean Claude Juncker from @Spain, Joe Biden from the @Kingdom-of-Reitzmag and other candidates in a stronger position to capture the nomination.
Granger cast the decision in personal terms, “As a woman and councillor, I have worked through the process of seeking a better Union for all of us; this time I will continue my work in the European Council,” she said.
Still, Granger, who a spokesman said made her decision Thursday night, positioned herself as a defender of the legacy in Women's rights, LGBT+ rights, on her famously acts such as the Reproductive Act and Child Marriage Act, also remembering her works on the Refugee Protection Act.
The Councillor for Montenbourg sent a pointed warning to the front-runners in her remarks, apparently rebuking her for comments that Progressives were enemies.
"I believe that we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this Union apart, and I think we can; I'm choosing to believe in a better Europe." said Granger, who, though a crafty partisan, often worked across the aisle during nearly three years in the European Council.
The announcement marked a major shift in the Commission Elections race, removing a potential threat to the Premier and Internal Affairs Commissioner frontrunners, who had been polling behind of a hypothetical Granger candidacy.
My desire has been, is, and will be, always, to bring about the resurrection of our nation by any means. But I have not been strong enough to do so; I have compromised, I have been tricked. I am fallible, I have been weak.
The Second Act of Socialization passed not because I was absent, not because I wanted to remain neutral, but because I was blind. In the past I have upheld the common will because I have defended the workers against the state; here I foolishly believed that the state and the workers had become one, and therefore that it was my responsibility to uphold its decisions. In delusion I had thought that what I had set out to do - to democratize our country, to end the elitism - had been fully accomplished.
I cannot afford to be blind anymore.
The factionalism must come to an end. Kerel, for all his faults, was correct - they divide the nation and delude everyone. They create an environment of ideological purism which ignores the true desires of the people. Politics itself must come to an end, and be replaced with simple, neutral, and rational administration.
The Directory has been indefinitely suspended; elections on new, non-partisan, and participatory lines will be held to the workers' associations in due order. A new government has been appointed in the stead of the Directory, led by Kalju Ilves.
An end to the old, to the irrational and undemocratic; and the dawn of the new, the participatory.
Helétek of the Republic of Istkalen
Citizens; the Committee for the Preparation of Copalan Independence, upon reviewing closely the prevailing conditions in Copala City, proclaims the formal establishment of the Copalan Republic.
The people throughout our city have been plunged into bitter suffering and tribulations since the Reitzmic government betrayed it so terribly, occupying it and forcing upon it the most odious of diktats. Fortunately, the CPCI, joined by the many patriots fighting for our city and backed by the whole of the population, struggling to defend the integrity of our city, protect the people's lives and property, to relieve the people of their sufferings, and to struggle for their rights, has pushed away the arm of the villainous Reitzmic government. The people of this city have been liberated; it is to them, to us all, to prevail in this in perpetuity. The Copalan Independence Army, in this vein, has been established as to secure our city from the occupiers; Copalan citizens and insurgents are recommended to join it if they are willing to fight for their city.
But representing the will of the whole of our city, the CPCI has established, through the passage of the Organic Law of Copala CIty, the Interim Government of the Copalan Republic, composed of the Council of State and the Council of MInisters, whose members will be announced in due course.
The Interim Government instructed the CPCI, which has been working arduously for this moment, to make known to the populace the establishment of the Republic and the end of Reitzmic tyranny in Copala City. At the same time, it decided to declare, through the CPCI, to the governments of all other countries that this government is the sole legal government representing all the people of Copala City. This government is willing to establish diplomatic relations with any foreign government that is willing to observe the principles of equality, mutual benefit, and mutual respect of territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The Interim Government has taken office today, and has made it its priority as to cement independence and establish the state organs of our Republic with great speed.
On the Rehousing Program in Kiel and the introduction of E-Residency
The mental health crisis in Kiel is slowing. Mayor Katzian has finally accepted the help of the Government; we have deployed mental health professionals, as well as clergy, to the city as to create a sense of comfort and stability, as volunteer agricultural and worker militias join the military in taking the rest of the city from the hands of those who are insane, who will receive treatment and care afterwards.
However, we recognize that the state of the city remains abysmal. It is not fit to be, in fact, a city; that infernal architect Le Corbusier designed it to be a machine, a machine to remake man. Man resisted, as one would do as external forces attempt to fit one into a mold; and this is the result. Despair, violence, and death!
The industrial estates, many of which have been repurposed by artisans and artists from the south, and the abandoned Melisz neighborhood in the north, fortunately not designed by Le Corbusier or affiliates, have been repurposed as to allow for this.
The artists' communities are currently open to new residents, although on a limited scale; one may apply for housing in Melisz at a local public distribution center in Kiel, which are currently being set up as order is gradually restored.
Meanwhile, in a further attempt to raise money for austerity and to reduce the high toll of it on citizens, we are launching a program that will allow non-citizens to register sole proprietorships in the Union, and to take advantage of the requisite benefits, including the "virtual" ketsel, which is significantly easier to trade with. One may apply online, subject to an interview if applications are accepted. Renewal of this "residency" will be a flat sum of 55 ketselir per year.
In addition, the country will also be issuing ivkaliszlerikkeletir (residency documents of self-employment), solely applicable to the New and Rural Territories, as to allow independent contractors from across the world who can prove themselves to be self-sufficient and without ties to terrorism to live in the Union, file taxes in it, and thus have access, in exchange, to all essentials provided to citizens without cost.
State Elder of the Union of Syndicates
Andries van Beek
First Minister of the Council of Ministers
First Elder of the Council of Progress
First Elder of the Council of Reason
First Elder of the Council of the Immortal Republic
"Alright now that we have outlined everything. Myself and Marshall Copala shall work to finalize the text to be signed by all participating states at this conference. Thank you all for your hard work, have a blessed day."
Marie-Laura Lahaye Inaugurated as Leagio's First Prime Minister through new Coalition Government with United People's Front
In a session that took place for no more than 2 hours, the House of Councilors through its powers provided through the Revised Constitution of 2020 accepted the nomination of Prime Minister by President Mouri-Kudo through a vote seen as odd by many political pundits of Leagio. The person nominated was Councilor, and former 2020 EU Councilor Candidate, Marie-Laura Lahaye, who is seen out of the entire party the most left-leaning Progressive. When nominated, the Progressive Alliance Party has only 223 out of the 541 seats in the House but in a move that surprised many people was that in the nomination Senator of Diamond Heart Mary Scott to be Deputy Prime Minister alongside Marie Lahaye. A nomination that was brought by none other than the President herself as by the powers provided by the revised constitution. In no doubt in a move that many pundits believed instantly a sign of a new coalition government that includes the Progressive Alliance Party, Socialist Union Party, and the Green Party. In total, the number of seats that form this government would be 282 out 541 which makes a 52% government control of the House of Councilors and an even larger one in the Senate.
After accepting the nomination and being given said nomination, Prime Minister Lahaye explained that her government would be one focusing on the growth of the Commonwealth's economy, expanding the postive reputation of Leagio with the EU, and beginning strong work programs to ensure the growth of the working class of Leagio. Immediately afterward, Prime Minister Lahaye formed a cabinet that include some that were part of Mouri-Kudo cabinet before the adoption of the revised constitution but also 3 members of the Socialist Union Party and 2 Members of the Green Party.
SDV: Anne-Marie David has been elected as President of the Romain Socialist Republic. She is a moderate AÉN faction member, and is trying to unite both sides of her party within Romain. She has said she is willing to wor with Sanders on all matters, except dairy prohibition, citing camembert as her favourite spreadable cheese.
SDV: In Rujonau, the most populous of the Socialist Republics, the AÉN came out on top -- just. They only have 4 more seats than the TANKIES, meaning that any number of things can happen within this socialist republic. Élisabeth Avril has been elected as President of this Socialist Republic. She is on the anarcho-communist wing of her faction, meaning that she is under attack from her more moderate colleagues in the Rujonau Socialist Assembly.
SDV: Imelda Wuaulsh has been elected President of the Nuwnociluosoaulaunk Socialist Republic. The Assembly is dominated by TANKIES and it won't be hard for Wuaulsh to pass any legislation that she wants to. This is the traditional homeland of Socialism and Communism in Icholasen, and is the region that Chairman Jirluchuz was governor of before the Revolution. It is a sacred place for hardliners as it has been socialist controlled for decades.
SDV: Laulw Forin has been elected as the President of the Kicrlaunk Socialist Republic, with her faction holding 55 out of 100 possible seats. Forin is best known for her unsuccessful attempt to become a European Councillor for the UNSR, being kicked from the Council by Speaker Firoux. She is a hardline TANKIE who will push forward her agenda of keeping Kicrlaunk industrialised, and has pledged to expand the exploitation of Rare Earth metals.
And so this is the last election, and the end of the 2020 UNSR elections. Tune in next year where the second half of the Ausnat will be elected and for other elections along the way. This has been Stephanie DeVey, peace out!
Heřman Švestka replaces Antonín Smetana as the Speaker of the National Assembly
Yesterday Antonín Smetana resigned from the position of the Speaker of the National Assembly and from the position of Representative in the NAtional Assembly for health-related reasons. The Minister of Finance Heřman Švestka was elected by the National Assembly as the new Speaker of the National Assembly and the Minister of Health Zuzana Saková was elected as the first Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.
The Democratic Republic of Czech Slavia bans its citizens from operating private businesses in foreign states
The President for Life Albína Reiserová signed a legislation barring the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Czech Slavia from operating private businesses in foreign states and owning stocks in companies operating in foreign states. Current owners of businesses or stocks operating in foreign states have four months to sell their assets located outside Czech Slavia. Otherwise those assets will face nationalization and their sale will be administered by the respective state-owned companies. Members of the Socialist Republican Party have also been urged by the Party to sell their assets outside of the Democratic Republic in three months. Currently only a limited number of companies own assets outside Czech Slavia, but their amount, and the amount of companies planning to expend into foreign states, has been on a rise in the last two months.
The ministries of Finance and Industry and Trade issued statements calling the legislation significant for motivating Czech business owners to invest more into Czech Slavia and thus contribute greatly to building of socialism in the Democratic Republic. Representative and the Leader of the Alliance of Independent Mayors and Civic Democrats Vít Sršeň criticized the legislation as an another attack on private ownership and hypothesized that the Socialist Republican Party started to fear business owners becoming more independent on the SRP. According to him, the legislation has a goal of stomping out potential dissent and further subjugating the business owners. He also criticized the legislation as slowing down the economic rise. Other opposition parties also expressed negative attitude toward the legislation and the fact of how quickly and without any discussion it was approved by the National Assembly and signed by the President for Life.
The funeral of Mojmír Kopecký
A funeral for Mojmír Kopecký, a longtime member of the Socialist Republican Party and its predecessor, who first proposed extending the term limit of President Albína Reiserová to life at a meeting of the Socialist Association of Single Parents, was held yesterday. Kopecký died on April 20th after suffering a stroke at the age of 89. His funeral was attended by representatives of the Government, including President for Life Reiserová, National Assembly and the Socialist Republican Party. President Reiserová was among those who carried his coffin.
Reiserová praised the life accomplishment of Kopecký and his lifelong loyalty and dedication to the Socialist Republican Party. She has called Kopecký an inspiration for herself as well as for millions of Czechs working for the benefit of the Democratic Republic and the humanity.