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Bëltse ratifies SUECS treaty, becomes the organisation's fifth member
WOSTSA (Bëltse), 24/05/319 || The parliament of the Kingdom of Bëltse ratified the treaty of the Smalik Union of Economic Cooperation and Security this morning and fully joins the organisation as its fifth member. This was announced by a government spokesperson, who also confirmed that judge and international law expert Kavarn Esnthanar has been appointed the country's member of the SUECS Board of Governors as of today. Bëltse and its smaller neighbour, the nation of Vaara, signed the accession treaty in February. The parliament of Vaara hasn't picked a date yet for the ratification of the treaty. (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN)
Apthuwkists elect Carabine 319-320
WOSTSA (Bëltse), 14/05/319 || Apthuwkist monks gathered like every year to elect their religious leader, the Carabine, for the upcoming term of 319-320 starting on the 1st of June. The incumbent Carabine Ildar IV was elected last year and was thought to be somewhat of an 'interim Carabine' in an ongoing conflict between two factions of Apthuwkists. Ildar IV however used his position to demote the leaders of both factions, ex-Carabine Thuabak II (316-317) and the monk Rubwnar Thortsin, and issued an edict, the essence of which was that the monks should focus more on religious affairs and less on petty worldly disputes. 

The next Carabine will be the monk Irrits Sowarthedeter who is attached to the Monastery of the Golden Vision (Tonmurre Sothare Khontsa). She was elected by unanimous vote and rumours have it that Carabine Ildar IV has had a hand in this; Sowarthedeter is therefore expected to continue Ildar IV's policies. The new Carabine has chosen the name Ruthunla V; it has been more than 40 years since a Carabine chose that name. (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN)
Situation in former LUKP territory stabilises
DDAMBBAC (Republic of Kencari), 03/05/319 || The Lectern of the United Kencari Peoples is no more. Basically at least. After the remaining part of the LUKP's army had retreated to the Sky City area in March, a Coalition of 'rebel forces' consisting mainly of troops deserted to the Territory of Both Watches and the Republic of Kencari that was established on 26 February, overran the once proud capital of Bowdani in early April, putting an end to the last remains of power: the Palace of the Grand Pensionary (the former presidential palace of Bowdani) and the building of the Council of Peoples were ransacked and set on fire and the city as a whole was left in chaos.

It has yet to be decided what will become of Sky City. Many high government officials of the LUKP, including Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester and Vice Grand Pensionary Owen Yorquham, managed to escape the city before the Coalition arrived so at least nominally they are still in charge of the country. The new neighbouring countries Kencari and Both Watches doesn't seem eager to annex Sky City, fearing that the problems that emerged from this place will continue to cause trouble. Emma Gough, the Lady of Sarigis, a territory to the southeast of Sky City that is still nominally an autonomous part of the LUKP but which has been de facto independent since November, has proposed that an international council of former LUKP countries rule the city, whereas Dr Adalbert Cosgrove, the minister of foreign affairs of Black Bowdani, has suggested that the city should be divided among the members of such an international council. Transitional prime minister Alonis Ggowrun-Ceess of the Republic of Kencari has invited representatives from all former LUKP territories to a conference in Ddambbac that should be scheduled in the latter half of this year. During this conference the establishment of the borders of the new nations should also be addressed.

The situation in the new countries that have seceded from the LUKP (the Free City of Bbukes (formerly known as Pearyt), Black Bowdani, White Bowdani, the Territory of Both Watches, the Three Cities and the Cove, the Kingdom of Nucani, and the Republic of Kencari is said to be stabilising and they have started to set up their respective government structures, with elections having taken place in Nucani, White Bowdani, and Bbukes, and elections scheduled in Kencari and in the Three Cities and the Cove. Flags have been designed, United Nations of Vexillium membership requests have been sent, and discussions about currencies replacing the Siester of the Lectern are ongoing; Kencari and Nucani are reported to be in talks with Western Shore to adopt the Western Shore Suba in all three countries."  (SOUTH WATCH HERALD) (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN) (THE SMALIK CHRONICLE) (DDAMBBAC DISPATCH) (SOUTH MARTIN HERALD) (NŎT ĐAMI RIPABLIC SA)
Bëltse and Vaara to join SUECS
WOSTSA (Bëltse), 15/02/319 || Following a request made by their respective governments last month, the Kingdom of Bëltse and the nation of Vaara in Wostsa, the capital of Bëltse, signed today the instruments of accession to the Smalik Union for Economic Cooperation and Security (SUECS). Following the violent situation in their largest neighbouring country the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples (LUKP), both Vaara and Bëltse now choose to belong to a more stable alliance of nations that will be able to provide protection if needed. 

It all started with the terrorist attack on the Council of Peoples (the parliament of the LUKP) on 16 July last year. Or actually it all started with the dissolution of Bowdani and the creation of the LUKP in October 316. Or actually it started way earlier, but depending on which party or faction you believe, different people and events are responsible for the troubles in which (most of) the area is finding itself at this moment.

The gass attack on the CoP more or less incapacitated the legislative power, although it took place during the last plenary session before winter recess, so not much would have been going on in the CoP in the weeks thereafter anyway. The army closed off the capital, Sky City, and the press was silenced pending the investigation. The Nucani rebels who were conducting a guerilla war in Fort Boare/Nucani province against the government in Sky City were of course blamed immediately.

Rumours increased however that the Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester himself ordered the attack so as to solidify his power and have free range against any rebel groups, but although these rumours were dismissed by high ranking political and military officials, they lingered and caused him to be treated with distrust by his fellow government members. Although the GP can't be sacked according to the constitution, he could be ignored, so the GP was increasingly kept outside cabinet meetings, which were instead chaired by Vice Grand Pensionary Owen Yorquham. Elections to replace the murdered CoP members were scheduled for late September, but it turned out impossible to organise safe elections in all parts of the country so the date approached and passed without anything happening.
The city of South Watch had been doing its own business again since August without much interference by the government in Sky City, but on 2 October VGP Yorquham ordered the army to reduce the attacks against the Nucani rebels and bring South Watch and (for good measures) the rest of the country in line again; economically, the latter was far more important for the LUKP than Fort Boare province, and as rumours and development in the investigation around the CoP attacks suggested that the Nucani rebels weren't behind it after all, Yorquham thought it best to focus the army's attention elsewhere.

Yorquham's order was interpreted by many as an attempt to establish a military dictatorship, so a wave of protests hit several other cities. The army, already in trouble due to members resigning or leaving after having been pressured by their families to do so, was at a loss what to do and after some communicative errors, violence erupted in between the protesters and the army, first in the city of Pearyt (Bbukes) and then in other cities. An emotional speech on television by Yorquham that everybody needed to calm down was hardly seen by anyone, because the emission was interrupted in large parts of the country and because it was broadcast at the same time as Who wants to be filthily rich?, which was watched by those who weren't fighting.

The army was unsuccessful against the South Watch troops, who increased the city's area of control beyond North Watch. On 18 October, South Watch mayor Everett Sawxon-Thwyte proclaims the creation of the independent Territory of Both Watches as a new state. This act causes a cascade of independence declarations: on 24 October, (armed) Kencari middle class traders take control of the city of Pearyt/Bbukes and proclaim the independence of the Free City of Pearyt (Bburie Bau Bbukes ha); on 29 October, the Kingdom of Nucani (Kagezusta Nucani ha) is proclaimed in Fort Boare; and on 31 October, the so called First Accord of Disky between representatives of the cities of Disky, Gúsmin, and Mátin, leads to the creation of the nation of the Three Cities (Mud Siti). A Second Accord of Disky between the Three Cities and Both Watches in January 319 about the area of Urbana Ozust enabled the formal annexation of Urbana Ozust by the Three Cities, who subsequently renamed themselves the Three Cities and The Cove (Mud Siti du Ozust). The LUKP army doesn't know where to start intervening and the central area of the LUKP seems doomed to succumb in random violence.

In response, the private security army forces of the Lady of Sarigis (which is somehow far better organised than the LUKP army) secure the Sarigis area, turning it into a corporation-with-territory, but without proclaiming independence from the LUKP. The Lady of Sarigis manages to come to an agreement with the LUKP government that this course of action is in the LUKP's best interest, and the area remains de facto neutral in the ongoing conflict.
In November, local politicians in the southernmost part of the LUKP which had been left in peace so far, consider the likelihood that Sky City won't be able to govern them anymore and organise themselves as a Coastal/White Kencari nation, which calls itself Bowdani.

In December, a defected LUKP army colonel Marcus Baycon establishes a military regime in Fort Urban and his troops start securing the area up to the borders with Coare and Tak. On 18 December, he also calls his country Bowdani. In practice, people seem to have started calling the northern Bowdani 'Black Bowdani', after the uniforms of the military leaders) and the southern one 'White Bowdani', because of the White Kencari.

The ongoing troubles and violence in the LUKP have caused the rich and famous (mostly from the Ingallish part of the country, except the Ingallish dominated Territory of Both Watches) to flee the LUKP and settle in other Ingallish speaking countries. Among them is said to be Patriarch Kevin of the Orthodox Church of Bowdani, who hasn't been seen in his residence in Sarimiow for months.

Little is known about how the situation has developed in Sky City in the past couple of weeks. There are wild rumours about who is currently in charge, with some claiming it is still Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester, others being sure that Vice Grand Pensionary Owen Yorquham is the real man in command, whereas there are also those who believe that both have been arrested and that the LUKP army commanders are trying their best to defend what is left of LUKP territory from being eaten by all those new countries that seem to be popping up everywhere.

Qur ob Mɛɛk, the Secretary General of SUECS, welcomed the membership of Vaara and Bëltse, although their respective parliaments still have to ratify the accession instruments. The Secretary General also said that he had received application letters from several of the newly founded nations, most vocally the Kingdom of Nucani. "SUECS will of course not accept them immediately as new members however", Qur ob Mɛɛk said. "At this point it is still difficult to tell how stable some of these new nations will be and whether or not they will still exist in one year. We must stand back, take it slow, and see how things will develop." (SOUTH WATCH HERALD) (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN) (THE SMALIK CHRONICLE)
"LUKP is falling apart", says South Watch mayor
SOUTH WATCH (LUKP), 30/09/318 || The Lectern of the United Kencari Peoples is falling apart. This is claimed by South Watch mayor Everett Sawxon-Thwyte who in a candid interview said that South Watch province has been able to ignore Sky City 'orders' (as he named them) for almost two months now without any repercussions whatsoever. "The entire south of the LUKP is de facto independent at the moment. Sky City has its hands full with the aftermath of the bombing of the Council of Peoples two months ago, and of course with the Nucani rebels whom they blamed for it and who now seem to be fighting back with more enthusiasm as they are outraged. I actually don't think that they are behind the bombing at all...", Mr Sawxon-Thwyte said. "I don't think the rumours that the Grand Pensionary is behind the bombings himself are true either, but with all desperate attempts by what remains of the LUKP government to silence the press, he isn't exactly presenting himself as a trustworthy leader. Too bad that according to the LUKP constitution, the Grand Pensionary cannot be removed from office. You don't believe me? The fact that you as a journalist are able to have this interview with me proves that here in South Watch we are not really in the LUKP anymore; if we had been, you would have been arrested a long time ago!"

The LUKP government scheduled elections for the end of September to have a new Council of Peoples elected after the attack, but was unsuccessful in making the necessary arrangements to ensure a free election so the end of September passed without elections taking place. The poisonous gas attack in July left almost a third of the 663 members dead. Several of the survivors still suffer from respiratory damage and two were left in a vegetative state. Sky City has been sealed off completely, with the army guarding every entrance. Almost the entire city has been searched, but little appears to have been found. The Kencari rebels of Fort Boare were blamed, and as a result there have been mass arrests of Kencari inhabitants of Sky City. The Kencari members of the government have not been sacked, but according to Mr Sawxon-Thwyte, they are left outside most cabinet meetings and their every move is followed.

"What is more important to know, is that the Grand Pensionary, Stanley Winchester himself, is kept outside cabinet meetings", the mayor adds. "Although he can't be sacked, he can be ignored, and due to the preposterous rumours that he took out a third of the legislative to solidify his power and have free range against rebel groups, even the rest of the cabinet don't want to take the risk of following a mass murderer - even though they must know that he isn't the mastermind of the attack. Acting Grand Pensionary Owen Yorquham has been leading the government since early September, but he doesn't seem to be able to handle it very well."

"Personally I think the current events are the beginning of the end of the LUKP. I'm not even sure it will be able to celebrate its second anniversary in October - and even when it does, there is not a lot to celebrate." Asked about the news that weapons are being traded to the Kencari rebels via South Watch, the mayor was evasive. "There are rumours and there are rumours; you have to know which ones to believe and which to ignore!" (SOUTH WATCH HERALD)
Attack on Council of Peoples leaves unconfirmed number of members dead and injured
SKY CITY (LUKP), 16/07/318 || Several media in the Coare Republic, Tak, the Western Shore and other neighbouring countries of the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples have been reporting an attack on the Council of Peoples, the parliament of the LUKP, that supposedly took place this morning and which has left an unconfirmed number of members dead and injured. That an attack of a potential terrorist nature took place this morning was confirmed around noon by a televised appearance of Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester, who confirmed that a gruesome attack had been executed on the Council of Peoples, but he didn’t disclose any further details as to the events themselves or the reason for the attack. "We will catch these criminals and bring them before justice. We will show the world that no coward walks away from crimes like these!", he said.

The LUKP government completely shut down internet access in the greater Sky City area just after the first reports of the attack surfaced; the entire country had been cut off of the internet as of 1 PM local time. Borders have been closed as far as they hadn’t been closed already due to the ongoing conflict with the Nucani rebels, and the army is reportedly patrolling every street in the capital. Foreign journalists have to be creative to pass their stories on to their home countries, but since the area around the Council of Peoples has been closed off for anyone but the emergency services and the army, it is difficult for them to get any confirmation of what is happening in Sky City anyway. 

The Council of Peoples was supposed to have its final plenary meeting today before winter recess, when the session was allegedly interrupted by masked persons entering the room. Unconfirmed sources claim that the attackers threw poisonous gas granates in the hall and then blocked the exits. It is not known how many of the 663 Council members attended the session and how many exactly were harmed, but sources indicate that this may be the largest attack on a democratic body in Smalik since the WAR militia staged a coup d’état in Bowdani in 280.

In the last couple of months, the LUKP has been fighting against Kencari rebels from Fort Boare province, but experts in the neighbouring countries of Coare and Western Shore consider it unlikely that these are capable of such a well coordinated attack on one of the LUKP's best guarded institutions. As soon as the Council members have been evacuated from the building, the LUKP government will undoubtably launch a full scale investigation to find out what exactly happened this morning. (OBAT NO'MEOG, NŎT ĐAMI RIPABLIC SA)
SUECS on high alert after Rachel Goole escape
MƟG, 18-06-318 • The police in all four SUECS countries have been put on high alert since the news broke out yesterday that Bowdani public enemy “nr. 2” Rachel Goole escaped from a prison in the LUKP several weeks ago already.

Goole is the head of a criminal organisation known as the Murderer’s Syndicate, which has existed since the 23rd decade and which was involved in the Bowdani civil wars of the early 29th decade and subsequent repressionist governments. (REG AK MƟG)
"Public enemy nr 2" escaped from prison
SISKIS (LUKP), 17/06/318 || Rachel Goole has escaped from her heavily guarded prison near Siskis, it has emerged. According to trustworthy sources that confirm this information, Ms Goole's escape took place several weeks ago already and could only have been done with inside help: several alarm systems experienced an unscheduled maintenance checkup and various guards were not at their posts just at the moment that members of Ms Goole's criminal organisation known as the Murderers' Syndicate raided the prison building. The ministry of justice has not been willing to comment on the matter.

The Murderers' Syndicate was allegedly founded in the early 23th decade and was apparently used by the government of Kencari (as Bowdani was then still called) to control, suppress, or even eradicate political opponents. They weren't successful and the government's defeat lead to the change of constitution that forsaw the creation of Bowdani in 235. Some members of the Syndicate were arrested, but the organisation continued to exist under various leaderships, many of which obscure. Towards the 29th decade, the organisation was headed by Rachel Goole's father Richard Goole. It is said to have been instrumental in securing victory for the Warriors of the August Revolution (WAR) that effectively destroyed democratic Bowdani in 280; although WAR and their leader Ivan Rudilf were thwarted, subsequent presidents of Bowdani ruled the country in a more autocratic way. Richard Goole became known as "Public enemy nr 2", since Rudilf was "nr 1". Most members of the Murderer's Syndicate, including Richard Goole, were arrested after an attempt to kill president Andrew Urban in 289. Rachel Goole joined her father in 293 after a failed attempt to set him free.

Rachel Goole became the titular head of the organisation after her father's death in 311; she 'inherited' the title of "Public enemy nr 2", although there hasn't been a nr 1 for a long time. Rumours have it that she is a much more effective leader of the Syndicate than her father was and that she has been giving instructions from prison. The current size of the Murderer's Syndicate and their plans are unknown, but as it is certain that the organisation is extremely dangerous, citizens are advised to refrain from action themselves and to report any suspicious activity to the police. (THE SMALIK CHRONICLE)

New CCCP-MTP government headed by former university chancellor
COARNIGG (Coare), 14/06/318 || After almost six month since the early elections took place in the Coare Republic, the parties CCCP (Coare's Civil Connection Party) and MTP (Movement for Trade and Prosperity) have found a way to form a coalition government without the need for new elections. The agreement was in fact already signed in April, but since part of it was that the government ministers would be fully acceptable for both parties, finding and screening the right persons took longer than expected. The government consists entirely of new members (although the minister of housing, Eddie Lyon (MTP), was a second minister in a former Bowdani government) and will focus on a more coherent tax and public insurance system, an item on which both parties had to bend a lot to find each other, and a modernisation of the countries' infrastructure and army. 

As agreed between the two new ruling parties, both party leaders, Mr Drew Stone of the CCCP and Dame Mildred Kerr of the MTP will not take place in the new government, which means that the new prime minister is someone different entirely. After tough negotiations, the parties settled on former chancellor of the Medical and Pharmaceutical University of Sarimiow (LUKP) Osbert Hindhalleigh. Hindhalleigh (born in 259 in Kensobes (Hikirk)) is an eye surgeon by profession but taught at the MPU of Sarimiow from 304 to 312, after which he was elected chancellor of that university. After the dissolution of Bowdani two years ago he chose to have the Coare nationality, which meant however that he had to give up his post at the MPU and move to the Coare Republic. In the last two years he had a practice in Coarnigg whilst being politically active. Hindhalleigh is officially non-partizan, although he leans towards the ideology of the CCCP.

Ministers on other key positions will be Agatha Libby-Kiljoy (foreign affairs), Urpa Beoryc (defense), Gcosar Laag (domestic affairs), Jessica Yeovilland (finance), Grahame Bosuorthy (justice), and Tiberius Kensall-Twyne (budget and trade). The new cabinet was approved by the First Chamber of the House of Coare this morning and subsequentely sworn in by the president, Sir Julius Whittington. (OBAT NO'MEOG)

Kencari refugees arrive in Tak and Western Shore
MƟG, 02-06-318 • Several small ships carrying LUKP nationals of Kencari ethnicity have arrived on the shores of Tak and the Free Republic of the Western Shore in the last couple of days, several of them wounded and most of them suffering from malnutrition. They have been taken to hospitals and will remain under heavy observation for the time being.

They claim to have fled the LUKP because of a civil war that is going on between the government and a growing number of Kencari rebels in the eastern part of the country. Public life has been severely restricted, press freedom has been abolished, and Kencari living too close to or in the capital are constantly arrested and interrogated by the police and the army, despite the fact that several members of the government and the Council of Peoples (the parliament of the LUKP) are ethnic Kencari.

Defense minister Fəs ob Sin said that he will investigate the claims. In May a video surfaced on the internet with a captured woman who was said to be LUKP minister of domestic affairs Mathilda Baskingham and who would be releas-ed if independency of the Nucani region was granted by the LUKP authorities; it is unknown if the woman was indead Baskingham and, if so, how the LUKP govern-ment dealt with this situation.

“It seems that there are sinister things going on in the LUKP”, Fəs ob Sin said. “We have to assess if these form a threat to the security of the SUECS member states.”

The LUKP ambassador to Tak, Dr. Alistair Fitch, told the press that the so called refugees are rebel operatives who try to affect the public opinion of the LUKP’s neighbouring countries; he asked the government to extradite them to LUKP authorities immediately. (REG AK MƟG)
Appointment new Arch-bishop Lp ‘may take time’
LP, 31-05-318 • It will take some time to appoint a new Archbishop of Lp, it has emerged. Already during the funeral of former Archbishop Pat ob Dug earlier this month, which was attended by church officials from all over the world, including the Archbishop of Sligomeagh, Louis de l’Eprevier, the acting leader of the Archdiocese of Lp, Vicar General Tauros Torantrianico, suggested that the Papaist Church has several considerations to make, the most important being if Lp can remain an Archdiocese in its own right. Seeing as there are few Tak nationals who are Papaists, it may be possible that Lp will have to merge with another nearby Archdiocese. Today the Vicar General’s acting tenure was pro-longed by the Church indefinitely.

“If the Archdiocese of Lp loses its independence, this may put on hold several projects that have been going on since Tak became independent, such as the translation of the Good Book in the Tak language”, the Vicar General said. The translation project started more than 70 years ago already, but has been interrupted on various occasions; since Tak’s independence in 308 a lot of progress has been made. (REG AK MƟG)
Tom’s accident puts Tak racing in crisis
GECKO BEACH (KON), 21-05-318 • A delegation of the Sin family from Tak arrived in Kongrenuru today to pick up car racer and (therefore) the family’s ‘black sheep’ nSiin Tom, also known as ‘Engine Tom’, who suffered a heavy accident earlier this month during the 22nd round of this year’s ICARA tournament and has spent several days in a local hospital.
During the race, nSiin Tom flipped his Savant car and sustained a concussion as well as a wrist fracture; it is suspected that he will be unavailable to continue racing for at least eight weeks. The very small circle of car racing fans in Tak has replied with horror to the accident.

“This is a dark day for Tak car racing”, mFoohu Qɵɵt, chairman of the Tak Society for Car Racing Amateurs, told the press just after the accident happened on the 6th of May. “Despite the fact that there are a few other well performing racers from our country, nSiin Tom has been some sort of icon: he is one of the pioneers in car racing and the fact that he is a member of the Sin family also puts him in the spotlights. I can speak for all car racing lovers if I express the hope that he will have a speedy recovery!”

The same Sin family has however not at all been amused by Tom’s racing career. In nature loving Tak, the racing industry is generally seen as a waste of time and (natural) resources, and the Sin family forms no exception to this opinion. Due to the fact that this large notable and wealthy family is generally kept in high regard throughout the country, they were very unhappy when Tom decided to pursue a career in car racing instead of becoming a well paid sollicitor like his father and grandfather.

nSiin Tom will be flown to home where he will spend time to recover at the family estate near Ag. His entourage told the press that he expects to have to listen to several ‘told you so’ speeches by his relatives and attempts by them to convince him to resume his law studies at Grg university.

For as long as nSiin Tom is out of business, all Tak car racing hopes are focused on nSiin Tom’s compatriot Rob ob Sam. Born in the industrial metropole of Lp into a far less wealthy family, Rob’s racing career is endorsed by his relatives who allowed him to carry the honorific version of his family name since December 316, an honour that most likely won’t befall nSiin Tom any time soon if he stays on his current path of choice. (REG AK MƟG)
Apthuwkists elect Carabine 318-319
WOSTSA (Bëltse), 13/05/318 || In a public ceremony that attracted a large crowd, Thuwkist monks elected their next religious leader yesterday, who will succeed the incumbent Carabine Optsinthar on the 1st of June. Like last year, the monks chose one of the less prominent monks, indicating (according to experts) that the conflict between proponents of ex-Carabine Thuabak II and those of the monk Rubwnar Thortsin hasn’t been solved yet (see Sky City Bumblebee nr. 14). Nevertheless, Optsinthar tried to emphasise spirituality and drive the monks away from engaging in internal politics during his one year term, and it is expected that the new Carabine will follow a similar policy.

The new Carabine is Pilkn Bossar, who will be known as Carabine Ildar IV. Although attached to one of the largest monasteries in Bëltse, the Rassere Huwure Khontsa (the Monastery of the Four Gods), he hasn’t played an important role there, and seemed to be mainly responsible for the chicken coop. (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN)
Well deserved break for our government ministers? (editorial)
SKY CITY (LUKP), 07/05/318 || “It has been noted by several of our fellow compatriots that some of our governing ministers have been absent lately. Although this may have raised concern among a few, the majority doesn’t seem to care, because, hey: the Grand Pensionary is still spotted on his way to work every day, and even then: don’t the people who rule our country deserve a break every once in a while too? With all the bank holidays this month, you can’t expect our ministers to stay at home and do nothing!

“Among those who are currently on holiday are the ministers of budget Dean Winterset, domestic affairs Mathilda Baskingham, education Alison Hirda, natural resources Clothilda Mannerpool, and public affairs Strävuss Iskenig. You probably all saw Education minister Alison Hirda’s cheerful post on her Telent account yesterday; she is enjoying a well deserved holiday in the Greater Malvadorias Union, if I’m not mistaken. Minister Winterset posted some beach pictures on his account, but didn’t want to share the exact location of his holiday (I can imagine that he wants to get away from it all, after everything through which our young country has gone, and doesn’t fancy bumping into reporters or something of the sort), and ministers Baskingham, Mannerpool, and Iskenig are allegedly visiting interesting and/or relaxing places as well, according to their respective ministries.

“So there you have it: holidays are good for one’s health, so if you have the opportunity to take one, don’t hesitate! And if you are afraid that our ministers have been kidnapped, you certainly need some time off, because your boss probably won’t like that kind of paranoia among his staff! As you know, our Cislendian coasts are very attractive this time of year.” (Tim Dawson, THE SMALIK CHRONICLE)
Prime Minister not concerned for WS safety after heavy explosion in Pearyt (LUKP)
TASKÄ (Western Shore), 17/04/318 || In an emergency session of the Westernshorian parliament, Prime Minister Kenneth Irving said that there is no need for alarm after a large explosion allegedly destroyed half of the city centre of Pearyt this morning. Pearyt is a city located on the western shore of Lake Pearyt in the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples not far from the Westernshorian border. News from the LUKP has however been scarse since the incident and the large columns of smoke that are visible from Westernshorian territory unsettled the population of the young republic.

The Prime Minister assured parliament however that there the safety of the Western Shore has not been compromised and that the LUKP authorities are keeping him apprised about the situation in Pearyt; currently they are investigating what exactly happened, but it is too early to draw a conclusion.

Speculations are running wild however: ever since the LUKP national army took control of the city of Fort Boare after rebellious Kencari threatened to declare Fort Boare province independent from the LUKP, there have been rumours of various minor and larger incidents all over the country that may or may not have been caused by Kencari rebels, but these don’t seem to be confirmed by LUKP news agencies.

The Prime Minister’s casual approach of this and other incidents is however just a façade, according to political analysts, who claim that there has been a recent increase of activity at the defense ministry and of SUECS interaction. (NŎT ĐAMI RIPABLIC SA)
Sky City Bumblebee editors arrested for tax fraud
SKY CITY (LUKP), 13/04/318 || This Friday couldn’t have been more the thirteenth for the editors of the Sky City Bumblebee, a minor newspaper covering events in former Bowdani nations excluding Tak and Flovaigne. Five minutes after chief editor Eric Haughabby and his staff entered their office, it was raided by the police who arrested the lot on grounds of tax evasion. A spokesperson of the LFCA (the LUKP Finance and Customs Authority) explained that the newspaper had put away large parts of its revenue on foreign bank accounts after falsely declaring them as applicable for tax exemption or deductible business expenses. The production of the newspaper has ceased with immediate effect. (THE SMALIK CHRONICLE)
LUKP army takes control of Fort Boare
FORT BOARE (LUKP), 16/02/318 || During the last week, the LUKP national army has taken control of the city of Fort Boare, expelling the militia that kept the city hall and the provincial parliament occupied for several weeks. Defense minister Hildegard Irvystone-Saggs declared the army’s victory yesterday evening, amid criticism that the Nucani rebels haven’t been defeated.

The government’s tone changed towards February, with the militia and other proponents of Nucani independence openly being called ‘Kencari rebels’, despite protests by Kencari nationals from other parts of the country, some of whom called the Kencari members of the government ‘traitors’ for allowing this discrimination against their people. In several cities Ingallish and pro-government buildings have been vandalised with paint and toiletpaper. On 8 February Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester appeared on national television urging the population to remain calm. From that point on, media and government officials referred to the rebels as ‘Nucani rebels’, wich seemed to have done the trick.
The Nucani rebels continue however to fight against the national army and seem to have erected several bases throughout the province. It is unclear how they get their weapons, but according to a spokesperson of the defense ministry the rebels are far more heavily armed than expected. Some rightwing political commentors have suggested that a strong LUKP is not in the interest of certain foreign parties and that spies and agitators are trying to keep the country weak, such as Bowdani had been for more than fifteen years. (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
Coare may vote again
COARNIGG (COARE), 09/02/318 || After more than two months since the early elections took place in the Coare Republic, the parties still haven’t managed to form any coalition government, and there is not much hope left that it will be possible with the current seat division. Rumours have it that several parties have started negotiating about the conditions of new elections to solve the current stalemate situation.

The largest party CCCP is thirteen seats away from a majority, but the only party that seems ideologically close, TBP, has stated that it won’t take part in any government following its heavy loss in December – and they don’t have enough seats to have such a coalition reach 65 anyway.

Acting prime minister Dame Mildred Kerr’s party MTP, which is currently second placed, tried to form a rightwing government, but although four parties were willing to participate (MTP, Bowdani Values, the Burovians, and the Party for an Orthodox Foundation), they ended up three seats short as Dr Greg Ford’s Cruisan Values Party refused to participate or to support such a coalition.

“The only thing that we haven’t really given much thought yet, is a grand coalition of CCCP and MTP, which would have 86 seats in the House”, Dame Kerr said yesterday, “but both Mr Stone, the leader of the CCCP, and I feel that there are too many differences between our parties to make such a coalition work. We would end up with the same sort of government that was in place until now and which wasn’t able to continue, due to which we are now in this situation”.
The final decision lies with the president, Sir Julius Whittington. If the parties agree on the fact that they don’t agree and propose new elections, the president can either accept this point of view and call early elections again, or he can refuse and ask the parties to continue negotiat-ing. In that case, there will be a time limit however: if no government agreement is concluded within a month after the president’s decision, the only thing he can do is call for new elections. (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
LUKP Council of Peoples ratifies ITCV charter
SKY CITY (LUKP), 05/02/318 || The Council of Peoples, the parliament of the LUKP, has ratified the charter of the International Trade Council of Vexillium today, with the parties Direction Orthodoxy, Lectern for a Planned Future, Party for a Glorious History and Future, and the Union of Workers’ Interests voting against (252 of 663 members) voting against and Best Choice For You (28 members) abstaining. Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester hailed the ratification as a new chapter in the economic history of Central Smalik.

Directly after he was elected Grand Pensionary last May, Winchester announced his intention to have the LUKP apply for ITCV membership. In the last couple of months the government has initiated radical economic reforms in order to make the LUKP’s economy viable again, after successive Bowdani governments all but destroyed what was once one of the planet’s strongest economies.

Together with the ratification of the ITCV charter, the Council of Peoples approved government plans to gradually reduce monetary tarrifs on the importation of goods from ITCV member states for which this doesn’t apply already. Apart from this, the ministry of economic affairs announced a complete review of the monetary import tarrifs for ITCV non-members. This has caused some alarm in neighbouring nations, including the SUECS countries, who fear that trade with the LUKP may be subject to more unfavorable regulation.

In the upcoming months, the Council of Peoples is expected to vote on the initiation of subsidy reduction on products, although minister of economic affairs Bola Cibih said that negotiations with ITCV are still in progress about the possibility to keep some subsidies in place for now, as a transitional measure. The LUKP laws regarding the protection of intellectual property are mostly in alignment already with ITCV requirements, whereas the freedom of transportation requirement that applies to some ITCV member states already, will be extended to all of them.

The small state of Vaara in the meantime is preparing ITCV membership as well, although its government stated that it would only do so if one of its neighbours applied as well, fearing that it would be too small to benefit from the organisation.

ITCV membership of the LUKP and Vaara will have to be approved by a majority of the Trade Council of the ITCV. These countries joining may however be a small boost for the ITCV that saw several member states leave in the past few years. (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
Three dead in explosion Nucani
FORT BOARE (LUKP), 19/10/316 || An explosion in the town of Fort Boare (Nucani, LUKP) has killed three people and injured several more, local reporters say. The explosion took place in a restaurant known as a popular meeting place for the Kencari community, which has immediately pointed fingers to local Ingallish extremists. The police are doing their investigations and haven’t been willing to comment on the matter yet.

According to unofficial figures, only 13% of the Fort Boare population is registered as Ingallish, whereas 71% is of Kencari origin. Acting Grand Pensionary Duncan Fairweather has called for an immediate stop of ethnically motivated violence. The major of Fort Boare, Rass Bbaugust, said that the government should take more action to prevent the country from succumbing into civil unrest. (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
Coare Republic asks for recognition, UNV membership
COARNIGG (Coare), 19/10/316 || The first former Bowdani non-monarchy with an (acting) government up and running, the acting minister of foreign affairs of the Coare Republic Mr Meocyn Peec has spoken out to the world, asking other nations to recognise his country and announcing that his country formally applied for membership of the United Nations of Vexillium.

The Coare Republic is located in the far north-west of former Bowdani, bordering Caboteniasa to the north and Tak to the east, with an ‘I must say splendid!’ (according to the minister) view on the Cislendian Ocean in the west. The Coare Republic wants to present itself as a neutral partner, a safe alternative in case other countries on Smalik aren’t able to answer demands or fulfill expectations. It is calling on foreign investors to come to Coare and benefit from ‘very lucrative tax rules’ that it intends to put in place.
Earlier, acting prime minister Dame Mildred Kerr told the press that parliamentary elections will be hold on 10 and 17 December. ‘It is of utmost importance that we get a legally elected government to run this country’, she said. ‘The members of the House of Coare shall be elected on 10 and 17 December; the election of the 129 members of the First Chamber will take place on 10 December, the election of the 51 members of the Second Chamber on 17 December.’
The president will be elected by the House of Coare somewhere in February 317, but a date for that hasn’t been set yet. ‘First things first; it is essential that the people of this Republic have themselves represented as quickly as possible.’ (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
Acting Grand Pensionary composes government
SKY CITY (LUKP), 18/10/316 || After the dissolution of the Republic of Bow-dani, acting Grand Pensionary Duncan Fairweather of the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples (LUKP) has composed a government that is almost exactly the same as the last government of Bowdani apart from one major difference: the minister of foreign affairs. Eleanor Carlisle, the previous foreign affairs minister and now a citizen of the Coare Repu-blic, was replaced by Kaddör Beess, the former mayor of Ecboven (Twobridges), who is of Kencari origin and as such a first important step in a more equal division of power over the nation’s peoples.

One of the first actions of the new government will be to call for general elections. The new parliament, the Council of Peoples will have to confirm the administrative division of the LUKP, after which elections can be hold there; only then the provincial Electors can be appointed who will elect the first Grand Pensionary. ‘There is a lot on the agenda, but with patience and diligence we will accomplish all those tasks’, AGP Fairweather said after he presented his government.
Opposition parties and groups criticised the new (acting) government, claiming that the fact that only one member had to be replaced because she now has a different citizenship than the remaining members of the government, shows how unjustly Bowdani was ruled. ‘Only one minister ended up as a citizen of one of the other new countries; and to the acting government this appears to be no sign at all that perhaps there is something wrong with them to begin with! At least half the government should have been replaced!’ according to Hok Ceren, leader of the Kencari Movement of Citizens; according to them, one Kencari minister in an overall Ingallish cabinet is far from enough.
In several larger cities protests have been organised by Ingallish groups who fear that the power shift may cause them to become second rate citizens in their own country. In the city of South Watch these protests have been the strongest; houses and businesses of non-Ingallish citizens were targeted and in some cases severe damage has been reported. The acting government has expressed their intention to send an investigator. (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
‘Train schedule schould resume’
COARNIGG (Coare), 17/10/316 || Acting foreign affairs minister of the Coare Republic Mr Meocyn Peec asked the acting government of the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples to resume the railway schedule between Zastrey (LUKP) and Coarnigg; since 16 October, the line was suspended for unknown reasons.

‘Although we are now talking about an international railway line and the exact agreement between our countries has yet to be determined, it was arranged before the dissolution of Bowdani that this wouldn’t affect transport connections for the time being; we have to maintain a certain normality in these complex times’, the minister said.
A spokesman of the LUKP ministry of transport replied that it hasn’t been specified how long a period “for the time being” should be. ‘The LUKP’s priority is to establish the new borders. This period is of course transitional, but we want to avoid that it is used by criminals to intensify their smuggling activities. As long as it isn’t clear what the new countries’ new external connections will be, we will proceed with caution.’
Minister Peec replied that is government will register a complaint with the LUKP authorities. (SKY CITY BUMBLEBEE)
Last day of the Republic of Bowdani
SKY CITY (LUKP), 15/10/316 || During a sober ceremony that attracted a lot of attention from the national and international press nevertheless, and in the presence of numerous (still) Bowdani officials as well as the minister of foreign affairs of the Free States of Tak, acting president Duncan Fairweather, appointed after former president Sir David Leah stepped down earlier this year, signed a small pile of official documents and thus handed over the authority over parts of the Bowdani territory to the newly established Kingdom of Bëltse, the Coare Republic, the Republic of Flovaigne, the Duchy of Gen, and the state of Vaara, effective tomorrow, 16 October 316. The president also signed the document by which the Republic of Bowdani retroactively recognised the secession of the Free States of Tak, an important step in the international diplomatic recognition of that country.

Although the ceremony signals the end of the Republic of Bowdani, numerous issues have yet to be resolved, such as the dismantling and transfer to the successor states of the Bowdani armed forces. What remains of Bowdani will be continuing as the Lectern of the United Kencari Peoples (LUKP), named after the most prominent minority peoples in the western part of the country. The most prominent public office in the LUKP will be the Grand Pensionary. Until the first Grand Pensionary can be elected, Duncan Fairweather will assume the office in an interim capacity, heading a provisional government.
The proposed government system of the LUKP provides a substantial increase of power for the Kencari and Pocari peoples, who under Bowdani rule played a subordinated role under the Ingallish elite. Not everybody is happy with these changes though and especially in the larger cities Ingallish opposition to the new situation is strong. According to the acting president however, "what these countries need is time: time to adjust to the new situations, time to forge new friendships, time to find our separate ways together".
In the Coare Republic and the state of Vaara provisional governments will start working tomorrow as well, whereas the new King of Bëltse, Krethn III Terirn-Ëkmol (descendant of the family that ruled the Bullocks more than thousand years ago; the last ruler Hahnts V betrayed his own people and sold them out to the Kencari in 643 BP), and the Duke of Gen, Tober-Bas Aag, will appoint governments first thing tomorrow. Although representatives of each new nation expressed their intention to give their respective peoples a great say in the government system, it is feared that the king of Bëltse may be less willing to cooperate with others than himself.
The people of Bowdani in the meantime are both exited and anxious, unsure of what this new chapter in the history of Smalik will bring.