Apthuwkists elect Carabine 321 - 322
WOSTSA (Bëltse), 23/05/321 || Like every year, Apthuwkist monks gathered yesterday to elect their next religious leader, the Carabine. The election comes after the incumbent leader, Carabine Ruthunla V, was controversially reelected for a second term last year after no other candidates put themselves forward. Rumours state that previous Carabine Ildar IV (318-319) pressured potential candidates into withholding any potential candidacy until Ildar IV was sure that the faction war that he brought to an end would not emerge again under the leadership of another Carabine.
With the election of the monk Karthworn Brewarthwnater as the next Carabine however, Ildar IV doesn't need to worry: Brewarthwnater has established himself in the past two years as a staunch follower of Ildar IV and Ruthunla V's policies and no significant change in the Apthuwkist leadership is therefore expected. Brewarthwnater has chosen the name Hithar III; his term will commence on the 1st of June and last until 30 May 322. (SORRE PWEDUM RREWOKN)
LUKP changes official name to The Lectern
Sarissest (The Lectern), 21/10/319 || A coalition of seemingly neutral citizens who are however probably supported by local criminal gangs have agreed on a provisional government in what remains of the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples. In a formal declaration they announced the end of the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples and all elements tied to it, founding the State of The Lectern instead. The move is seen as a formal way to get rid of the previous (but until today still nominal) rulers of the LUKP, including Grand Pensionary Stanley Winchester, who fled Sky City during the attacks on that city, and whose whereabouts are currently unknown. The provisional government, headed by First Citizen Graham Kaeiths, will operate from the town of Sarissest for the time being, as Sky City is still in disarray.
The move comes a few weeks before a scheduled international conference between the successor states of the now former LUKP about the future of the area of Sky City. Various leaders of those countries have stated that they would like to see Sky City ruled or divided by an international council. Kaeiths commented on these plans that the people of The Lectern will never accept such a humiliation and will continue to fight any forces trying to impose their government on them. (THE NEW SMALIK CHRONICLE)
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)
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)