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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)
"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)

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.
he 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)