Government steps down after vaccine hoarding scandal hits party top PvG
23 March 2021 - Prime Minister Hans Dankert has offered the resignation of the entire Oostkamer to the King this morning, after the news that prominent members of the ruling PvG party were involved in hoarding large quantities of vaccines for themselves and their family and friends caused one of the largest political crises Kronenburg has experienced in decades. Early elections are likely to be scheduled on 19 May and may very well see the new populist party Veritas enter the Noordkamer for the first time.
The news that several prominent PvG-members, including Defence Minister Norbert Lyon and long-time chairman of the PvG group in the Noordkamer Ewald de Haan de Cronenburg, had been hoarding anti-Covid 19 vaccines for themselves and their close vicinity and had secretly been vaccinated broke in the course of last week, with the Nieuwe Oosterlandsche Courant posting a large scathing article on Wednes-day. The scheme apparently took place already in December, when the first vaccines arrived and before our country's leading medical authority had given the green light to start with the vaccination procedure. Prime Minister Dankert nor any of the other PvG ministers in the government weren't named by the newspaper as participants in the activity.
The news caused a shockwave of angry reactions among the general public but also among the coalition partners of the PvG: the conservative LKP and the Christian democrat NCD. Several prominent members of those parties called for an immediate break-up of the coalition and new elections. On Thursday, Health Minister Samuel Noordhuijs (LKP) publicly condemned the PvG members' lack of responsibility in this time of crisis during a chaotic debate in the Noordkamer and in the evening an apparently violent debate took place between the three government partners. On Friday morning, the NCD announced their immediate departure from the coalition and Finance Minister Maria-Pia Lundqvist and State Secretary Tom Eckringa (Crime and Victim Assistance) offered their resignation to the King the same day. Defence Minister Lyon also resigned, while the PvG parliamentary group in the Noordkamer expelled all members who, according to the Nieuwe Oosterlandsche Courant, were involved in the scandal.
Although PvG and LKP together kept a very slim majority of 52 seats in the Noordkamer, the weekend saw continuing attacks addressed to the government and Prime Minister Dankert on social media, despite not having been involved, and talks about a motion of no-confidence to be tabled on Tuesday. As LKP-leader Tjebco C. Bosmans couldn't and wouldn't guarantee the support of the LKP members in the Noordkamer against this motion, and the remaining members of the PvG parliamentary group weren't entirely sure they'd vote against it either, it was decided on Monday that the government would resign and that early elections would be called on 19 May. The government, still consisting of PvG and LKP, will continue to rule in an acting capacity until the new government has been installed, with Dankert himself taking the Finance portfolio to replace NCD Minister Lundqvist.
Opposition parties mostly expressed their unbelief. "Who would have thought that a decent party such as the PvG turned out to harbour such vultures!", social democrat party PSV leader Mariëtte van der Schaaf said. "These persons betrayed the people of Kronenburg and went in against their own coalition's vaccination plan! If I were Noordhuijs (the Health Minister), I would be even more furious than he was last Thursday. Behaviour like this cannot be tolerated, certainly not from those who lead our country!"
Manso Graham, leader of the populist party Veritas that was founded last year, is glad that there will be elections. "I have been telling you for months now that this Corona situation is all a plot by the ruling elite to turn this country into a dictatorship! Now the people can vote them out and elect a government that cares for them and for their freedom."
Recent polls conducted before last week suggested a slow decline of the PvG's popularity in favour of the PSV and the LKP. Veritas may however benefit of these latest developments.
Anti-Covid measures maintained
8 March 2021 - The Oostkamer has confirmed that the current anti-Covid measures will be maintainted until after Easter. This means that citizens will continue to be obliged to keep a distance of 2 metres from each other whereever possible and wear masks when they need to come closer to other people. In public buildings masks need to be worn in any case. Bars remain closed; shops and restaurants operate with a reduced customer/guest capacity. Despite the number of infections per day slowly rising again since mid-February, a curfew or a full lockdown are still "not on the table", according to Prime Minister Hans Dankert. The vaccination process is developing less quickly than anticipated: only approximately half of the hospital staff and elderly home residents have received both doses so far.
Veritas leads anti-mask demo
6 March 2021 - Populist movement Veritas, which was founded last year by controversial psychologist Manso Graham and his Latvian wife Larissa as a platform to protest against the anti-Covid measures implemented by the government, is leading one of the largest anti-mask demonstrations in our country so far. Despite the fact that the protesters had been assigned a restricted area in Friescheburg, the crowd slowly moved to the Arena, which is one of the country's largest public transport hubs. Although traffic is limited in the current situation, mayor Wojciech Jędrzejewycz asked the police to protect the Arena's entrances. Some protesters tried to gain access anyway, upon which the police took counter measures. 14 people were arrested. Public transport routes via Friescheburg Centre were disrupted for several hours.
Sober celebration of 10th anniversary King Ernst Frederik
21 September 2020 - Alexanderstad is preparing for a sober celebration of the anniversary of Ernst Frederik as King of Kronenburg that will take place next Saturday. 24 September will mark ten years since the King succeeded his father Alexander IV Lodewijk as King of Kronenburg, after the latter wasn't able to fulfill his tasks as head of state anymore due to severe illness. The celebration will take place on Saturday 26 September and was supposed to present a lot of pump and circumstance, but due to the Corona crisis events have been cancelled or organised differently to prevent any additional infections. The open concert at the Vierbruggenmarkt has been replaced by a concert with ticket sale and fixed seats, much to the annoyance of many citizens who think that the celebration is now open to the nation's elite only. The funfair won't take place at one location but has been scattered all over the city.
Alexanderstad Mayor Maud Heirens thinks the measures are necessary. She called upon everybody to observe the festivities via the television at home and refrain from coming to the capital. On her orders, the police won't hesitate to intervene if the situation gets out of hand. Noordkamer member for the PSV Harm-Jan Lesenfants has called it irresponsible that the celebration hasn't been postponed or cancelled, like many other events. Apparently the festivities are maintained at the request of the conservative and christian democrat junior ruling parties LKP and NCD, which strongly value traditions to be upheld.
Dankert urges to maintain Corona measures; border with the USA remains closed for non-essential travels
15 September 2020 - Prime Minister Hans Dankert has urged the continuation of the measures against Covid-19, which have been in force since May. The strict measures imposed in March, immediately after the first cases were detected in Kronenburg, were relaxed in May in order to prevent the economy from collapsing, but the number of daily infections has been slowly increasing since August, while according to Dankert, many citizens are acting like the pandemic has reached its end.
"This is far from the case", Dankert said, "and it is perplexing how easily some people are placing their need of throwing a party above the safety of their fellow citizen." Fines for not complying to the measures have not been introduced yet, but according to Dankert, this is a possibility that can be considered if the behaviour of citizens won't improve significantly. The Prime Minister also urged citizens not to travel to the United States. The border with our neighbour has been closed for non-essential travels for some months now, and currently there are no flights or ferries to New York, which has seen a surge of infection cases. American citizens cannot travel to Kronenburg unless they can show proof that they were tested negative in the last 48 hours, but travelling to the USA from Kronenburg seems to be easier. The government is therefore considering to introduce a mandatory quarantine for Kronenburgers who return from the USA. Members of the Westkamer, which oversees the legality and compatibility of bills being tabled in the Noordkamer (Kronenburg's parliament), say however that such a measure would constitutionally be quite difficult to take.
Kronenburg counted its 70,000th infection earlier this month. The number of people who died from Corona has been stable at 1943 for several weeks. The number of active cases was 13,577 yesterday. Hospitals assured that they have the situation under control but as the summer holidays are over, a new increase of patients is to be expected.
Ripperda Prize to Ilyaroman composer Gavril Vauzé
12 September 2020 - This year's Ripperda Prize for Young Composers was won by the Ilyaroman composer Gavril Vauzé; for his tragic work "Les Malheurs Oubliés" for bariton and orchestra. "An emotionally striking and original work", as the jury called it. The audience award went to the "Symphony With Words" for choir and orchestra by the Channel Islands composer Didier Berridge. The humorous composition, in which the orchestra and the choir manifest themself in an absurd way as each other's rivals, was much appreciated by the listeners. Due to the Corona crisis, the concert took place without a live audience this year, but it was broadcast via internet instead.
Prime Minister Dankert congratulates new MAS president Haseena Begum
25 August 2020 - Prime Minister Hans Dankert called Haseena Begum to congratulate her after she won the second round of the presidential elections in the Republic of Maysoran, Algheran, and Shaoran (usually shortened to "MAS") against her opponent Rakesh Sengupta. Kronenburg has intensified relations with the MAS Republic after it joined the international organisation FICT, where Begum served as ambassador for her country until recently. The Prime Minister said that he hoped for a prosperous relationship between both countries.
714 infected, three dead after two weeks of Corona Virus
15 March 2020 - The last update by Health Minister Samuel Noordhuijs (LKP) regarding the expansion of the Corona infection in our nation mentions a total of 714 infected people. Three persons died of Covid-19 and five are said to have been declared cured. The situation of sixteen patients is critical.
On 6 March, the government took the decision to close the country's borders for passenger traffic as of 9 March, and yesterday the Health Minister, after consulting with the rest of the Oostkamer, decided to close our country's schools for a period of three weeks from 16 March to 3 April included. Further public establishments and events such as cinemas, sports halls, concert venues etc which are open or which have been scheduled in this period will also be closed, postponed or cancelled. Restaurants and bars are required to permit only a certain number of guests that equals one person per 4 square metres on average. The subway systems in the three largest cities have been suspended for the most part, and although the rest of public transport remains operational, they will maintain a Sunday schedule. Supermarkets are dealing with an elevated demand for pasta and toilet paper and for that reason the Minister called for calm and self-control.
The Kronenburg authorities increased border checks already since February so that persons returning from risk areas could be put in quarantine straight away. On 27 February the first person in Kronenburg was tested positive and put in temporary quarantine in a medical centre at the airport that was erected especially for that purpose, and transported to a hospital in Alexanderstad afterwards for further treatment. The number of infections grew however steadily; the epicentres are the three largest cities Alexanderstad, Friescheburg, and Noordeinde and the municipalities lying in between.
More bad news was reported on 10 March, when it emerged that six members of the Oostkamer had been in contact with a possible corona patient; Prime Minister Hans Dankert, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Carine Ely as well as the Ministers of Domestic Affairs, Economic Affairs, Finance, and Traffic Bernadette Holttorp, Erik Waterbolk, Maria-Pia Lundqvist and Bert Sprigg have been in autoquarantine since that moment until at least 24 March. Health Minister Noordhuijs has taken charge of the government temporarily, although the isolated Ministers continue to be involved in decision procedures via Skype. None of them show any symptoms of the Covid-19 illness.
It is expected that our nation will experience an economic recession as a result of this corona crisis. Several companies already asked for government support in order to survive the next three weeks, while others will be forced to fire staff even with such support or applying other measures such as forced working time reduction. The casinos haven't welcomed any foreign guests anymore since 9 March and will close their doors temporarily as of Monday. The amount of tax income that the government won't receive because of this is estimated to be substantial.
"This is the most severe disaster to have hit our nation and the rest of the world since the Second World War", King Ernst Frederik said in a televised speech yesterday evening. "We will need to overcome this together and I have the utmost confidence that we will suceed. Stay at home as far as this is possible, follow the instructions issued by the government and medical staff, and call the alarm number if you suspect to show symptoms of Covid-19. Consider your fellow citizens and share with each other."
The situation in the other Elements of the Kingdom varies. The White Isles in the Bay of Fundy remain free of Corona for now, but in the Kronenburg Virgin Islands a single was registered case so far. West-Cod has fourteen confirmed cases and the island has therefore suspended all ferries to Boston (United States) and announced complete isolation.
Ísðor Treaty ratified
4 February 2020 - The Noordkamer ratified the Ísðor Treaty today, the main treaty of the international organisation FICT. This means that our country is now a full member of this organisation, after having been admitted by the other member states on 10 November last year.
Dentists on strike
22 November 2019 - The national alliance of dentists has announced that they will go on strike in the week of 1 December. The measure is a protest against plans of the Oostkamer to halve the automatic reimbursement of dental costs in the basic insurance. They fear that the higher costs will cause patients to have their teeth checked less regularly, due to which dentists will lose patients and the dental health of less wealthy Kronenburgers will deteriorate. Health Minister Samuel Noordhuijs (LKP) says that the measure is needed to keep the basic insurance affordable for everyone.
King Ernst Frederik celebrates 40th birthday
16 November 2019 - King Ernst Frederik is celebrating his 40th birthday today with several concerts and other events taking place throughout the country. His Majesty, his wife Queen Isabel and their three children Crown Prince Ernst Michaël and the Princesses Sofie Charlotte and Carolina Hedwig attended a military parade in the capital. The King was born on 16 November 1979 as Prince Johan Ernst, second son of then Crown Prince Alexander Lodewijk (from 1991 King Alexander IV Lodewijk) and Crown Princess Livia. In 1999 he became the heir apparent after his older brother Alexander Casimir lost his succession rights after marrying without parliamentary approval. When King Alexander IV became severely ill in 2009, Prince Johan Ernst succeeded him in September 2010 as King Ernst Frederik.
Kronenburg joins FICT
10 November 2019 - During the fourteenth summit of government leaders of the member states of the international organisation FICT in Kercei in Adzhatia today, our country was admitted as the fourteenth member state of that organisation.
Already in 2011, when FICT was founded, Kronenburg was mentioned as a potential member state, but successive centre left governments refrained from applying for membership. The current christian liberal government of PvG, LKP, and NCD was ready to consider membership and after a year of research and having attended the thirteenth summit in Purikali, Kaupelan, last May, the governing parties took the decision and had Kronenburg apply. Lawyer and diplomat Johannes Oberlinga has been appointed as Kronenburg's ambassador to FICT.
Despite not having been a member of FICT, Kronenburg has had bilateral relations with several FICT member states for years, especially with the Northern European countries Yukland and Adzhatia, with which was tried to put an air connection into place, and with the Asian kingdom of Kaupelan, which manifested itself as a strong proponent of Kronenburg FICT membership.
Plastics to be banned?
7 November 2019 - The Oostkamer wants to explore the possibility of reducing plastic packaging to a minimum to contribute to the improvement of the environment. Proposals to ban plastic bags in supermarkets are investigated as well but according to Environment Minister Luppo Haaksma (PvG) such a measure wouldn't contribute much and would lead to incomprehension among the public if products continue to be wrapped in plastic.
Casualties after police raid in the capital
21 October 2019 - During a police raid in Alexanderstad during which the police visited several night clubs to look for illegal weapons on Saturday night, a number of people were injured, both among the police and persons who resisted arrest by the police. A passer-by was hit by glass falling from a building. All were brought to hospitals for treatment. The police have acknowledged that the operation went less smoothly than planned but announced that they found dozens of illegal weapons nevertheless. 43 individuals have been arrested.
Nuclear facility Westerland officially opened
4 October 2019 - In Westerland the country's first nuclear power plant was officially opened today. Construction had started already in 2007 but experienced delay because of large scale protests and the pause that was ordered after the tsunami and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, in March 2011. Due to the latter, Kronenburg authorities wanted to do some additional safety checks of the facility. The construction was supported by EnerGeo, the energy institution of the AGL.
Minister of Environment and Energy Luppo Haaksma (PvG) ephasised during the opening that our country's power plant is one of the most modern in the world and that Kronenburg doesn't have to worry about energy crises in years to come.
Espersen loses LKP leadership election from 'inexperienced' Bomans
30 September 2019 - Poul-Helge Espersen, leader of the conservative party LKP, lost a leadership election today that he was expected to win easily. His five opponents were not considered to have any chance, with foreign minister Carine Ely even having admitted only to stand to give the election a more democratic character. At the annual congress of the LKP however, the somewhat disorganised looking secretary of the youth department Tjebco C. Bomans was one of the speakers. He was replacing department chairman Anders Thorpenius, who was absent for medical reasons, and impressed with his eloquence, which he convincingly used to point out that the party leadership had been giving out jobs to each other since former PM Brahms headed the party, and that the party needed to rejuvenate to be ready for the next elections. Upon request, Bomans presented himself as an LKP leadership candidate.
Espersen felt that his reelection was in jeopardy and emphasised Bomans' inexperience and depicted the young man as a starship captain on a 16th century galleon: he would not yet be able to lead the country's oldest political party. Many members probably felt that Espersen proved Bomans's point with these arguments and after the first round of voting, Espersen had not won with the expected absolute majority but gained only 37% of the votes, followed by Bomans with 33%. The second round of voting then saw a victory for Bomans, who gathered 58% of the votes against 42% for Espersen.
The rest of political Alexanderstad responded with apprehension to this sudden course change in the LKP. The LKP is part of the government coalition with the liberal party PvG and the christian democrat party NCD and the latter two hurried to emphasise the governing agreements that exist between the three of them and urged the LKP to continue to support these agreements.
Kronenburg athletes saluted after AGL Games
21 September 2019 - From 5 to 15 September the AGL Games took place in Divis, the capital of Voskia. Kronenburg athletes performed well during this edition of the Games and managed to secure five gold, five silver, and two bronze medals. Last Monday they were welcomed at the international airport of Alexanderstad by Prime Minister Hans Dankert; today they were driven through the capital and were saluted at the Vierbruggenmarkt, the square in front of the City Hall and the Parliament building. Although Kronenburg won the most gold medals after Palana, our country ended in fourth place, behind Cilogia, Insulantis, and Palana, regarding the total number of medals.
Both the sport unions and the government hailed Voskia for its decent organisation of this edition of the Games, which saw its confirmation as a serious AGL partner. Kronenburg hosted the AGL Games in Friescheburg in 2003; due to the fact that it wasn't very noteworthy and left the organisation with a huge financial loss, Kronenburg doesn't recall the event very fondly.
20th anniversary Kronenburg AGL membership
31 July 2019 - Modest celebrations in Alexanderstad as our country marks the 20th anniversary of its membership of the AGL. In the '90s, consecutive governments lead by then Prime Minister Sander Opland Falting (LKP) tried to make Kronenburg play a more active role internationally without becoming an extension of the foreign policy of the USA. The AGL posed an interesting and modest choice. Although the LKP is not been a leading political party in Kronenburg at the moment, incumbent foreign minister Carine Ely thinks that our country still has a lot to benefit of the AGL both economically and culturally.
Kronenburg wants to join FICT
31 May 2019 - The Noordkamer has given the government permission to have our country apply for membership of the international organisation FICT, it has been confirmed. The parliament of Kronenburg gave the green light following the FICT summit of 9 May, which was attended by a delegation lead by prime minister Hans Dankert and minister of foreign affairs Carine Ely who gave a positive review of FICT and its current state of affairs. It is expected that the membership application will be sent to the organisation's incumbent Secretary General, Ms Haseena Begum, in the course of June or July and that a decision about Kronenburg's membership may already be taken during the next summit in Adzhatia in November.
Kronenburg delegation at FICT summit
9 May 2019 - Prime minister Hans Dankert and minister of foreign affairs Carine Ely will attend the thirteenth summit of the international organisation FICT in Purikali (Kaupelan) this Saturday. The discussion about a possible Kronenburg membership of FICT has flared up again recently; Kronenburg has been mentioned as a potential member state of FICT since moment the organisation was founded in 2011 but consecutive Kronenburg governments have declined so far.
Queen Isabel pregnant
1 May 2019 - Queen Isabel is pregnant with her fourth child. This was announced by the Royal Palace today. Its birth is expected in December. King Ernst Frederik and queen Isabel already have two daughters: the princesses Sofie Charlotte and Carolina Hedwig, and one son: crown prince Ernst Michaël. The queen is in excellent health, the Palace reports.
Revision Treaty of Corille on schedule,
22 March 2019 - The revision of the Treaty of Corille, the free trade agreement of the AGL, is right on schedule, according to Thomas Bouma, the Secretary General of the AEGU, the economical suborganisation of the AGL. Before the end of the year a draft text could be presented to the governments of the member states.
The Treaty of Corille is the third AGL treaty that has been examined in recent years. The free trade agreement was concluded between the then member states on 4 April 1987 and the original text hasn't been changed since. '30 years have passed in the meantime and the world and the AGL are different places with different challenges', explains Bouma. 'The revised Treaty of Corille should better manage trade between the signing member states.'
Changing AGL treaties is however not an easy task. The revision of the Treaties of Aralethe (the founding treaty) and Jarjana (the human rights treaty) took years and hasn't been completed yet in case of the Treaty of Jarjana. 'We are having a small army of lawyers and other experts in international law and trade look at the text; we won't take any risk this time!' says Bouma.
'Don't worry about the AGL',
says new minister Carine Ely
28 February 2019 - The member states of the AGL are once more behaving in a lethargical manner regarding the international organisation but is this really a problem? Asks Carine Ely (LKP), the new minister of foreign affairs of Kronenburg who was appointed earlier this month.
'The AGL is functioning perfectly; we shouldn't look for more behind the league than there is: a small international organisation of countries scattered over the face of the earth. We shouldn't worry about the fact that most member states barely know that the AGL exists, and the pompous drama that some of my predecessors showed in this matter was unnecessary and uncalled for', says Ely, who apart from minister of foreign affairs is the vice prime minister in prime minister Hans Dankert's third Oostkamer that was installed on the 1st of February.
'Criticism has been expressed lately as to the apparent difference between my opinion and my actions', the minister continues. 'Yes: one of my first international visits earlier this month was to the AGL headquarters in Cilogia, where I had a meeting with Secretary General Not Curschellas. One needs however to see the difference: I think the AGL is important, as does the rest of the government, but we don't mind very much that the other member states deal with the AGL in a different manner. As long as they uphold their legal obligations towards the AGL, there is no problem as far as I am concerned.'
Also the fact that there hasn't been an AGL summit since March 2018 is not an issue of importance according to the minister. 'As long as there are no urgent matters that need to be discussed, a physical meeting is not necessecary. In any case this Oostkamer thinks it is a good idea to organise the meetings via conference calls more often instead of flying from one remote corner of the world to another. The environment will be grateful! The only matters that need attention soon is the appointment of a new director of the AGL Investment Bank, as the current director Susanne Öst's term has expired two months ago, and there has been a membership request of the Caribbean nation Bonito that we will have to treat at some point.'
Minister Ely's opinion isn't however shared by everyone in the AGL and in the Marquessate of the Channel Islands politicians have called the AGL's inactivity a "policy of extinction". Planning an AGL summit has proven difficult lately: a scheduled summit in the Pannonian capital Stola in July 2018 was postponed and a new date hasn't been determined yet.
PSV win Noordkamer elections;
PvG remains largest party
1 November 2018 - Yesterday's parliamentary election in Kronenburg was won by the socialdemocratic PSV, which won around a quarter of the now 101 seats. Most of these came from junior government party ROOS!, which lost significantly and ended up with a mere seven seats, and several parties that didn't manage to return to the Noordkamer.
These were the first elections after the constitutional change of 2016 that saw the number of Noordkamer seats reduced from 175 to 101. Because of this, the parties OL (Elderly League), ANTS (a far left protest party that had a steady number of two or three seats since 2005), KPP (Kronenburg Pirate Party) didn't manage to reach the new threshold, whereas the populist party Normaal desintegrated already before the elections and didn't participate at all.
The largest government party PvG (liberals) lost as well, although with 33 seats it remains the largest party overall, which means that after eight years the PvG-ROOS! coalition has lost its majority and that PvG will have to look out for a new partner or new partners. It seems unlikely that PSV will be able to enter government; the differences with PvG are too big and there aren't any other large parties left on the left side of the political spectrum to construct a left leaning majority.
The rightleaning liberal party LKP (19 seats) seems to be the most logical choice for the PvG, although there are some differences to overcome. PvG doesn't like LKP plans to drastically reform and enlarge the Kronenburg military or to reduce subsidies on cultural events, whereas LKP opposes PvG cuts in the education system and in public administration; the PvG's plan to have a maximum number of ten government ministers (at the moment there are fourteen) is called 'impossible' and 'unwanted' by the LKP.
Prime minister and PvG leader Hans Dankert will probably meet with king Ernst Frederik at some point in the next couple of days to be appointed Advisor General, tasked with the formation of a new government coalition. The new government is traditionally sworn in during the Promulgation (opening of the parliamentary year) on the first Friday of February.
PvG to consider
FICT membership, if reelected
20 October 2018 - The largest government coalition party PvG (the progressive liberals) is said to consider proposing a membership of the Forum for International Cooperation and Trade (FICT) if it stays in power after the Noordkamer elections that will take place on the 31st of October, it has emerged. The rumours were denied nor confirmed by party prominents including State Secretary for Foreign Economic and Cultural Cooperation, Mrs Jolanda Keimpema-Keizer.
A Kronenburg FICT membership has been discussed since the international organisation was founded seven years ago, but most parties in the Noordkamer have been reluctant to join, mostly due to its initial 'start up problems' (just one year after FICT was founded, a huge difference of opinion between the member states saw the organisation split up, with four members leaving and founding the Exumbra Convention) as well as the fact that if Kronenburg joins FICT, it will be the organisation's richest member state; fear existed (and still exists) that FICT will be paid mostly with money from Kronenburg.
The PvG however has always promoted international cooperation on whatever scale it might be and several PvG members would consider a FICT membership an asset for Kronenburg. Whether Kronenburg will indeed join FICT also depends on the future coalition partners: traditionally, the left wing parties of Kronenburg favour strong regional alliances whereas the right wing parties favour anything that doesn't include the USA, because of historical reasons.
In the last twenty years these allegiances have shifted however, with right wing parties such as the LKP (which was pivotal in organising the Kronenburg membership of another international organisation, the AGL, in 1998-1999) focusing more on relations with the USA and Canada, and left wing parties such as the PvG's fellow government party ROOS! and the oppositional PSV being somewhat adrift.
to leap forward in Noordkamer elections
10 October 2018 - Parliamentary elections will take place
in Kronenburg on the 31st of October. They will be the first
'new style' elections that take place after the constitution
was changed two years ago. This change resulted the
abolishment of the Zuidkamer as the 'senate' of the
Kronenburg parliament as well as a reduction of the number
of seats of the remaining Noordkamer (the 'house of
representatives') from 175 to 101. In addition, the 101
seats will be elected using a semi-district system: the
sixteen municipalities each form a district that represents
a part of the parliament based on population.
Opinion polls suggest a small loss for the largest government
party PvG (the left leaning liberal Party for Equality) and
a bigger loss for its coalition party, the leftist-green party
ROOS!; after two governments made up of these two parties
it seems that this combination will lose its majority.
Insiders claim that Prime Minister Hans Dankert's PvG is already
negotiating a future coalition with the right leaning liberal
party LKP, although they may need a third party to reach a
majority in the Noordkamer.
The socialdemocratic PSV (Progressive Socialist Alliance)
are set to recover from their dramatic losses in 2011 and 2014;
its controversial leader Ms Mariëtte van der Schaaf is hoping
to benefit from some impopular measures taken by the current
government that resulted in some net salary disadvantages for
employees who earn between 30,000 and 60,000 KBG a month, the
government's decision to join CETA that has not met with general
approval by all Kronenburgers, as well as a general "PvG-ROOS!
fatigue" that is emerging after seven years. Whether or not PSV
will manage to become the largest party again however
remains to be seen.
First 'casino for everyone'
to be built in Kronenburg
30 September 2018 - Minister of economic affairs Johannes
Oberlinga announced today that our country will open its
doors for the first Las Vegas style casino. Until now,
casinos in Kronenburg were rather exclusive establishments
where only the rich and famous were accepted, but that will
change. On the island of Katerland, which is part of the
municipality of Hinte, the first large scale glamourous
casino will be built as of next year. The government granted
permission to a Kronenburg company called Ubbingh Diversion,
which plans to build a large Colosseum shaped casino called
"Little Rome", which will incorporate a hotel. The
establishment is supposed to attract several millions of
visitors each year.
Thomas Bouma starts
as AEGU Secretary General
1 July 2018 - The former Kronenburg minister of economic
affairs Mr Thomas Bouma has started his new job as Secretary
General of the AEGU today, the economic sub-organisation of
the AGL. He takes over from Mr Dawyd Kone, from Issel, who
had the AEGU top job since 2014. The AEGU is located in It
Ton, a town in Issel, and although Bouma confessed to have
never visited Issel before his election as Secretary General,
he has moved between Kronenburg and Issel frequently in the
past couple of months in order to find suitable living
Bouma said to look forward to his new job. Apparently he has
some big tasks ahead, including the preparation of the revision
of the Treaty of Corille, the free trade agreement of the AGL.
He will hold the position until 2022; theoretically he can be
reappointed, but that has happened only once since the AEGU
was founded in 1987.
5 January 2018 - After a period in which extreme cold and the
heaviest snow storm in probably half a century hit Kronenburg,
temperatures are expected to fall again this weekend. "Strong
winds following yesterday's storm will hit Kronenburg and
Southern New England today and tonight", the Royal Meteorological
Institute warned. "Arctic air will arrive in the area and produce
dangerously cold wind blasts. Wind chills throughout the country
could vary between -23 and -29°C".
The snow storm left the country covered under several decimeters
of snow, and many schools and companies remained closed both
yesterday and today. The government urged citizens not to leave
their houses unless absolutely necessary. The army has been
deployed to assist the emergency services to free both the main
roads and citizens trapped in their cars. According to the
ministry of domestic affairs, no direct casualties have been
reported so far, although one person died of appendicitis
because she couldn't be brought to hospital in time.
The recent forecasts are bad news for many home owners, as
the number of reports of cracked water pipes and broken heatings
continues to grow. The ministry of domestic affairs mentioned that
there are a few dozens of people on average in each municipality
whose houses have essentially become uninhabitable for the time
being and for whom the municipal governments have organised shelter.
Temperatures will drop to approximately -10°C tonight in Oosterland
and to -18°C in Alexanderstad. The maximum values on Saturday will
lie between -7°C and -12°C with mostly sunny skies and wind chill
temperatures of -25°C. On Sunday, temperatures will slightly rise
to -6°C/-10°C; as of Monday, warmer air is expected to arrive.
18 September 2017 - Kronenburg is preparing for the possibility
that Hurricane Jose will make landfall next week. Life-threatening
rip currents are expected along the beaches and tropical storm
watches are posted throughout the country and in the coastal areas
of the neighbouring US states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Continuing its path from the Caribbean, Hurricane Jose took a
northern direction and currently follows a path directly towards
our country, although experts say that it may make another turn
to the north-northeast on Tuesday and that it may weaken to a
tropical storm by then. If landfall were to occur, the easternmost
part of the country will be hit directly.
Authorities in the municipalities of Oosterland, Dietzland,
Oranjewijk, and Waterland have urged their citizens to be extremely
careful and to take the necessary measures to protect themselves
and their belongings.
Surprise over San
11 January 2017 - Minister of foreign affairs Mathias Schydtz
has said that he is surprised by the reactions on social media
about the assumption of his Polish colleague Witold
Waszczykowski that the South American nation of San Escobar
is supporting the Polish bid to get a seat in the Security
Council of the United Nations.
"Poland would have had our support as well, if Kronenburg
hadn't been a candidate ifself", the minister said, emphasising
our country's good relationship with both Poland and San Escobar.
watching USA exit polls
9 November 2016 - Kronenburgers are anxiously awaiting the
election results in neighbouring USA, with most recent
polls suggesting that most Kronenburgers are in favour of
Clinton, but expect Trump to win. According to Mariëtte van
der Schaaf, leader of the oppositional socialdemocratic party
PSV, relations between Kronenburg and the US may become
'interesting' in the next four years, based on the most recent
exit polls, which indeed suggest a victory for the Republican
Kronenburg to Brexit
25 June 2016 - The Kronenburg government has responded with
caution to the news of the Brexit, the departure of the United
Kingdom from the European Union. "The ministry of economic
affairs is in contact with the Kronenburg companies with
representation in the United Kingdom and the situation is
closely monitored", economic affairs minister Thomas Bouma said.
Companies with a large interest in the European market may
consider moving to continental Europe if the UK's exit from the
EU creates additional economic barriers between the two areas.
The minister called the uncertainty that has now been created
"annoying", but urged the companies' boards not to make any
revised AGL treaties
21 May 2016 - The Noordkamer, the main chamber of the parliament
of Kronenburg, ratified the changed AGL treaties ('Aralethe'
(the founding treaty) and 'Jarjana' (the human rights treaty))
this week. Both treaties were finally changed during the last
AGL summit on 19 March after years of discussion between the
Shortly after the summit however, member state Île de Romanhe
announced that it doesn't accept the outcome of the elections
of the new AGL secretary general and the new headquarters
location of the environment institute MIE and will postpone
ratification of the treaties pending an investigation of racism
during the AGL summit by the AGL High Court.
Both the secretary general and the MIE headquarters location
were 'won' by member state Voskia, whose SG candidate, diplomat
Not Curschellas, and capital proved more attractive for the AGL
delegations than the Ilyaroman candidate Guimarc Bonamy and
the Ilyaroman capital Port de Boiguehenneuc.
Although annoyed by the Ilyaroman government's actions, the
Kronenburg government decided to continue with the ratification
procedure, hoping that the government of Île de Romanhe will
change its mind before the next summit on 2 July.
First part The Lord
of the Rings trilogy translated in Kronenburgish
13 May 2016 - "Frodo gong wekker en entdekke dat hi in bed
ligge. Feorst teout hi dat hi pas let der was en seouwe,
eouten ean lange, onprettege dreem dom nou op de rand fan
haas enthald swei. Of faks was hi der en siik? Mar det
plafon sei der raar ut; it was plat en it haadt riklik
korren meorke balken. Hi ligge nou lits langer, leokke ta
de sinleoutplakken op de weg en harke ta det loud fan ean
As of tomorrow, citizens of Kronenburg can read the first
part of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings in
Kronenburgish. Translators Heleen Dykstra and Oene Gyerstam
will present the first copy of De Ringenheer 1: Det Selskyp
fan de Ring in bookshop Tebbens in Alexanderstad tomorrow
around 11 AM, after which bookshops all over the country
will be allowed to sell the books.
It is uncertain however if the availability of the translation
will cause the circus that the editor is expecting. Since
Kronenburgish was made the country's official language three
years ago its written form has engaged in an unequal 'war'
against Dutch, which used to be the only and still is an
administrative official language; many people simply don't
dare to write in Kronenburgish yet.
Gyerstam thinks however that exposing the people to written
Kronenburgish will help them get familiar with its appearance.
"Translating popular novels into Kronenburgish is an essential
part of this process", he says. "Readers will be given the
opportunity to get acquainted with written Kronenburgish in
a familiar environment."
The Harry Potter series is nearing its completion in its
Kronenburgish version: the 7th book, Harry Potter en de
Dalike Hillegheid, is expected around Christmas this year.
8 March 2016 - With several demonstrations and celebrations,
Women's Day was celebrated in Kronenburg today. Since the day
was declared an official public holiday several years ago,
both men and women have used their day off to organise public
events, many of which address the gender inequality that still
exists around the world, and possible solutions for it, whereas
others just party.
In Friescheburg vice prime minister and finance minister
Geraldine Németh broke a glass ceiling for a gathered (and
protective clothing wearing) crowd, still symbol for the
unseen barrier that female workers don't seem to be able
In the capital city of Alexanderstad a demonstration was
held at the statue of queen Marianne (1879 - 1953) who
appointed women as minister as early as 1895 in the overall
extremely conservative society that Kronenburg used to be
at the time.
AGL celebrates 30th
year of its existence
2 March 2016 - Today the international organisation AGL
celebrates its 30th birthday. It was founded in 1986 by
Cilogia, Marckonia, Vixatia, Palmyra, and Yamba and despite
a somewhat volatile history the organisation now has twelve
member states, including Kronenburg, which joined in 1998/1999,
and plays a modest role in international politics.
In the Centre for Cultural Cooperation "Jan Ylieen", the
cultural organisation of the AGL, which has its headquarters
in the Kronenburg city of Waterburg, celebrations are underway
lead by foreign affairs minister Mathias Schydtz, Ylieen-director
Jannes Toxopeus and former directors of the AGL energy institute
EnerGeo Rudolph Lanooij and Harma van der Aa-Roorda.
At the same time, a small protest demonstration against the
AGL is held in Alexanderstad; the participants consider the
organisation unuseful, especially regarding its opportunity to
introduce more democracy and less bureaucracy in some of its
member states that have dubious governments. By doing hardly
anything in this matter, the AGL is effectively condoning these
governments, the protesters say.
First son for prince
Willem Lodewijk and princess Anna
1 March 2016 - Prime minister Hans Dankert has congratulated
prince Willem Lodewijk and his wife princess Anna with the birth
of their first child, yesterday morning in Vienna (Austria),
where the couple is living part-time. Despite the fact that the
boy, who will be known as prince Lodewijk Alois, was born two
weeks early, both he and his mother are in excellent health,
according to a spokeswoman of the Kronenburg royal family.
Prince Lodewijk Alois will be fifth in line of succession to
the Kronenburg throne after the three children of king Ernst
Frederik, and prince Lodewijk Alois's father prince Willem
Lodewijk, who is the king's younger brother.
Changes in Kronenburg
as of 2016
31 December 2015 - New Year's Eve in Kronenburg; at midnight
KST ( = UTC -4.30) the year 2016 will start here as well, with
some important changes: the Kingdom will henceforward consist of
four equal "Elements": Kronenburg proper, the former municipality
of West-Cod (which will gain a near-independent status), and the
two former autonomous overseas provinces of the White Islands and
the Kronenburg Virgin Islands.
A second important change in Kronenburg proper is a municipal
redivision that will take effect tonight after years of preparation.
Especially the fact that the municipality of Alexanderstad will be
split up in several smaller (and hopefully better governable)
entities did not go well with the inhabitants of Alexanderstad, who
felt that their identities as citizens of the capital are taken away.
But, as king Ernst Frederik said in his Christmas speech last week:
every change needs time to settle down and the future will teach us
if it's bad or good.
2015 elections in Kronenburg
25 October 2015 - Next Wednesday 28 October there are elections
in Kronenburg for two legislative institutions: 1) the (as of 2016)
sixteen municipalities, and 2) the new Zuidkamer.
As of 1 January 2016 there will be a new municipal division, with
the number of municipalities going from the current 12 to 16. The
current municipality of West-Cod will become an autonomous Element
in a restructured Kingdom of Kronenburg, which will then have four
equal Elements: Kronenburg proper, West-Cod, the White Islands and
the Kronenburg Virgin Islands. The Zuidkamer, which is currently
comparable to institutions like the Senate or the House of Lords,
will become a 25 member parliament for the entire Kingdom. West-Cod,
the Virgin Island and the White Islands already elected their shares
of the Zuidkamer members earlier this month.
Opinion polls for the municipal elections suggest that the ruling
government parties PvG (left-liberal) and ROOS! (leftist/green/republican)
may suffer the consequences of splitting up the capital Alexanderstad
in several smaller municipalities, to which there has been a lot of
discontent, especially in the areas affected by the changes. Despite
the fact that the PvG is predicted to remain the largest party overall,
it may loose ground to the conservative-liberal party LKP.
Kaupelanese state visit to
15 October 2015 - From 6 to 9 October, king Kira II of the Asian
kingdom of Kaupelan and his entourage visited Kronenburg. They were
welcomed by king Ernst Frederik and queen Isabel. During the visit,
the party visited the new Museum of Oriental Art in
Alexanderstad-Westerpoort that opened its doors in April and has one
of the largest collections of Kaupelanese art in North America on display.
The Kaupelanese government expected a lot from the visit, as it hoped
that it would lead to new Kronenburg investments in the suffering
Kaupelanese economy, and indeed some deals were struck to improve trade
and tourism between Kaupelan and Kronenburg. King Kira also thanked the
Kronenburg people for their support after last year's earthquake.
A possible Kronenburg membership of the Forum for International
Cooperation and Trade (FICT) was briefly discussed as well, although
such a move is still too controversial in Kronenburg to be seriously
considered at the moment, as Kronenburg membership of similar international
organisations is constantly criticised - currently, leaving such
organisations seems therefore more likely than joining a new one.
Bilateral ties between Kronenburg and Kaupelan will however be
improved by the opening of mutual embassies in 2016, which lead to
some criticism among Kronenburg opposition parties, as the budget of
the diplomatic service was reduced only two years ago, leading to the
closure of several Kronenburg embassies throughout the world. Currently
the embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia is responsible for the Kronenburg
affairs in Kaupelan.
State reform approved by all
12 May 2015 - Today the Zuidkamer (senate) of Kronenburg has approved
the state reform at the second reading. It is the last legislative body
throught the Kingdom that has done so, the Noordkamer and the respective
parliaments of the Kronenburg Virgin Islands and the White Islands
having approved the bill in the last months. In the municipality of
West-Cod (which is to receive near-independence according to the
proposals) the population approved the bill by means of a referendum,
although turn-out was extremely low. This means that as of 1 January
2016, the Kingdom of Kronenburg will consist of four equal "Elements":
Kronenburg proper, West-Cod, the Virgin Islands and teh White Islands.
One of the big changes will be a review of the tasks of the Zuidkamer
itself: as of 2016, it will become the parliament for the entire
kingdom, whereas the senate tasks will be partly transferred to the
Westkamer and partly abolished. Elections for the members of the new
Zuidkamer will take place in October, in Kronenburg proper on the 28th,
together with early municipal elections, as 1 January 2016 will also
mark a municipal redivision. A transitional arrangement will prevent
that the Noordkamer will have to have its bills checked by the Zuidkamer
after 1 January - as the Zuidkamer in its current form won't exist
anymore as of that moment.
An international matter is the AGL membership of the Kronenburg Virgin
Islands. Since 2010 they have been part of the Kronenburg membership,
but as of 2016 the islands can decide for themselves which international
organisations they would like to join. It has to be discussed if the
Virgin Islands will be admitted as the 13th member state of the AGL
without much ado, or that they have to go through the normal accession
procedure. The fact that the Virgin Islands' capital of Frederiksbaai is
the Cultural Capital of the AGL this year, increases the pressure to
find a solution.
Van der Meer Verzekeringen files for bankruptcy
27 April 2015 - Van der Meer Verzekeringen, one of the largest insurance
companies in Kronenburg, has filed for bankruptcy earlier today. This
news has caused a big stir in the country, as tens of thousands of
citizens are insured through Van der meer for reasons varying from
simple travel insurances to health and life insurance. According to the
worst case scenario, these people have lost all of their investments.
News about the alarming financial situation of Van der Meer, originally
a family company founded in 1897, emerged last week. A number of wrong
investment choices and a lack of control, mostly the result of the fact
that many employees were fired a few years ago to survive the financial
crisis, seem to have lead to the current situtation. CEO Fred Hax, who
received a large bonus only last December, told the press that
everything will be done to compensate the clients' losses, but experts
fear that these words will have no meaning whatsoever. The social
affairs ministry is searching for a solution to this crisis. Opposition
party PSV advises people to spread their insurances over several
Marquessate of the Channel
Islands join AGL as associated member
7 February 2015 - The 55th AGL Summit in Ostia, Insulantis, saw the
Marquessate of the Channel Islands obtain associated membership of the
AGL. The director of the AGL Investment Bank, Ms Susanne Öst from
Karstonia, was reappointed for a second four year term, and the AGL
football/soccer championships of 2017 will be organised on the Channel
Islands. Most discussion took however place about the possible return of
the Karstonian based Mård-Insitute to the AGL.
The institute used to be an AGL Institute between 1990 and 2004, but
when Karstonia left the AGL in that year, the Mård-Institute effectively
stopped acting as an AGL organisation. When Karstonia rejoined in 2009,
replacement institutions had already been founded, except for the
scientific branch of Mård. AGL members Voskia and Île de Romanhe saw the
possible reintegration of Mård into the AGL as an opportunity to discuss
the relocation of organisations from countries that host more than one,
but as this discussion mainly focused on the relocation of the Karstonia
based AGL Investment Bank, the Karstonian government took insult and
cancelled the proposal, only to resubmit it with three demands: to end
the discussion about relocating whichever AGL suborganisation, the
reintegration of the environment institute MIE in the Mård Institute,
and the current director of the Mård Institute should be allowed to
remain in office until his retirement in 2017.
Although many member states favoured a possible return of Mård to the
AGL, mainly Cilogia thought that the Karstonian demands went too far.
Furthermore, as the fusion of MIE and Mård was a new proposal that
hadn't been added to the approved agenda, it could not be treated during
this summit. Karstonia finally withdrew the proposal permanently.
"This is bad luck", foreign affairs minister Mathias Schydtz commented.
"Because of the greed of some of the newer member states, the AGL has
missed the opportunity to regain the Mård Institute. Apart from its
nostalgic value, the Institute could have contributed a lot to the AGL
thanks to its scientific database."
New government inaugurated
6 February 2015 - The second Oostkamer (government) lead by prime
minister Hans Dankert was installed today during teh annual
Promulgation, the opening of the parliamentary year in Kronenburg. King
Ernst Frederik pronounced the new government's plans with his well-known
bright voice. The text treated among other things the dangers of a less
strong Euro for the Kronenburg economy (Kronenburg products are getting
increasingly expensive for the European market), the upcoming
constitutional change that has to be approved by all legislative bodies
in the realm, house market reforms, and increased security against
In other news, the ministry of foreign affairs announced that as of 1
March, Kronenburg will be represented in Peru and Chimor by Bruno Sahm
Rosting who will replace Michaela Reedtz-hommes Roorda as ambassador.
She will become the Kronenburg ambassador to the United Kingdom and will
also be responsible for Kronenburg affairs in the Marquessate of teh
Channel Islands, although Mr Eiwind Wolken will represent our country as
consul in Port Meryton. The current ambassador in Jakarta, Ms Ildiko
Lassirde-Varjassy will move to the Karstonian capital Marckfontänn as of
1 September, where she will be responsible for Kronenburg affairs in
Karstonia, Sweden, Finland, the Baltics and Adzhatia.
Mård Institute will not return to the AGL
1 February 2015 - Less than a week before the AGL Summit in Insulantis,
Karstonia cancelled its proposition to reintroduce the Mård Institute
into the AGL. The Karstonian government argues that it doesn't matter
whether the institute is part of the AGL or not in order to be
beneficial for it. The Karstonians are also annoyed by a Voskian
proposal to relocate the AGL Investment Bank to another member state,
should the Mård-Institute once more become an AGL suborganisation; as
both organisations would be located in Karstonia, Voskia argued that one
of them could move elsewhere, in order to create a better division of
suborganisations among the member states. For the Kronenburg government,
such a move would only be acceptable if it doesn't cost too much.
Relations with the Marquessate
of the Channel Islands intensified
29 January 2015 - The ministry of foreign affairs has announced to
intensify the relationship between Kronenburg and the Marquessate of teh
Channel Islands. The reason for this is the latter's request for AGL
membership which will be treated during the AGL Summit on 7 February in
the Insulantian city of Ostia. The move is welcomed by political parties
ROOS! (the junior government party) and LKP (opposition), who think that
the small but relatively rich country can be an asset to the AGL. PSV
(also opposition) however thinks that the AGL is still not functioning
properly and that it should first see that it is able to keep its
internal order before accepting new member states.
Panic about snow storm 'unnecessary'
28 January 2015 - The biggest snow storm in the last 50 years was
announced for today, but despite heavy snowfall in the northwestern part
of the country, no records were broken, according to meteorologists. In
the southeastern town of Engelbert most streets are even still partly
visible. Some parties in the Noordkamer criticised the panic that was
caused by the authorities, as supermarkets were emptied by worried
customers, and companies were advised to give their employees emergency
days off in order to reduce the amount of traffic, causing unnecessary
economic damage. Gert Griffioen, director of the Royal Institute for
Meteorology (KIM) admitted that it was possible that he and his
colleagues got carried away listening to their American colleagues, but
added that weather forecasts, however precise, can always deviate from
Steen Ryssdal Institute applies to become an EIDI
13 November 2014 - The
Steen Ryssdal Institute, an organisation founded by the Waterburg based
Kornelis Frankema Technical University to investigate how the influence
of the United States on the Kronenburg environment can be reduced, has
formally applied to become and EIDI (Exumbran Institute of Development
and Industry). This was announced by the institute's director, professor
Thorsten Drenth. As an EIDI, the institute will be elegible for funding
and it can share its knowledge with other EIDIs. The institute was named
after the well-known Kronenburg climatologist Steen Ryssdal (1897 -
Advisor General announces
possibility of a new coalition between PvG and ROOS!
10 November 2014
- Prime minister Hans
Dankert, who was appointed Advisor General by the king last week, has
announced that a new coalition between PvG and ROOS! could be
'fruitful'. The two parties will engage in negotiations in order to
determine the conditions; the current government consists of the same
parties. ROOS! leader Geraldine Németh said that her party would enter
the negotiations 'humble, but firm'; ROOS! lost eight seats in the
elections that were held in October, while the PvG gained nine, so the
balance has shifted in favour of the PvG.
Right-wing liberal party LKP
was generally expected to be more favourable as a new partner for the
PvG, as the party was one of the winners of the elections and its
liberal character could provide more common grounds with the PvG. In
several meetings that were held between Dankert and LKP leader
Poul-Helge Espersen last week, it was however established that some of
the LKP's demands, including a large scale income tax reduction to
compensate the introduction of higher duties on tobacco, were
insurmountable for the PvG. "I'm sorry to say that it just didn't work
out between us", Espersen commented after the last meeting.
Kingdom of Kaupelan hit by earthquake
4 November 2014
- The small Asian
kingdom of Kaupelan has been hit by a large earthquake, local and
Indonesian media announced. The southern coast of the island of Wisanyo
was hit most severely, resulting in heavy damage and more than 200
deaths. The Kronenburg government offered their condolences to the
victims and their families and promised help to the Kaupelanese
PvG wins parliamentary
30 October 2014
- The liberal party PvG
has won yesterday's parliamentary elections. The party of prime minister
Dankert gained nine seats and will have 64 seats in the new parliament,
which will have its first meeting in February 2015. Coalition partner
ROOS! (a combined party of communists, republicans and democratic
greens) lost eight seats however, and although both parties still have a
majority in the new parliament, it may be possible for the PvG to choose
the LKP as its new partner, the latter being a right wing liberal party
that has much more in common with the PvG than ROOS!. The LKP leader
Poul-Helge Espersen already invited prime minister Dankert to discuss a
new coalition of PvG and LKP, but ROOS! leader Geraldine Németh
emphasised the stable and reliable partner that her party has been in
the last three or four years and asked Dankert not to make any hasty
composer Grizelda Kivi wins 42nd Ripperda Prize
25 October 2014
- The 42nd edition of
the Ripperda Prize for young composers was won by the Marckonian
composer Grizelda Kivi (1994) who managed to impress both the jury and
the audience with her solemn Livonian song cycle "Sigž" (Autumn). The
jury praised the work for its simplicity and its power to provoke
Prince Willem Lodewijk to
marry in March 2015
25 October 2014
- Prince Willem
Lodewijk, king Ernst Frederik's younger brother, will marry his current
partner Anna Rauhofer on 27 and 28 March 2015, the Royal Household
confirmed. The prince and Anna haven't visited Kronenburg yet since
their relationship was announced earlier this year. They are currently
living in Linz, Austria.
to eastern African countries
22 October 2014
- State secretary Max
Bos of Foreign Economic and Cultural Cooperation (BECS) announced that
he will visit four countries in eastern Africa in order to discuss the
concrete implementation of investments that Kronenburg promised in the
past. Especially Harrawi, Kpwahele & Nɣurumba and Île de Romanhe could
use some investments. Mr Bos will also visit Insulantis, which could
have a favourable climate for Kronenburg businesses.
visited Guinea doesn't have ebola
16 October 2014
- A patient who entered
a hospital in Friescheburg last week with signs of ebola, doesn't have
the disease, the hospital director confirmed. The man became ill after a
visit to the African country of Guinea. The hospital didn't elaborate
much on the man's illness, but said that there has been no sign that it
Mass exam fraud may render
thousands of secondary school diplomas invalid
22 September 2014
- The director of the
Arjen Alfons Lyceum (AAL) in Denestad was arrested by the police this
morning, following the discovery last week of a large scale exam fraud
that took place under his leadership in the past ten years; the official
exam questions were given to the students before the final exams.
Despite the fact that some of the students may have made the exams
without having read the questions on forehand, the National Education
Council said that these students should have told someone about the
fraud. "Now we don't know which results are real and which aren't", a
spokesman said. "As far as the council is concerned, no diploma issued
by this school during the last ten years can be considered valid."
This statement may have
consequences for all former AAL students who attend the national
universities or colleges; their inscriptions may be cancelled, whereas
those who already finished their studies may loose their degrees.
changes AGL to be reviewed
31 August 2014
- During yesterday's
AGL Conference in the Voskian city of Turitg the results of the votes on
the changes of the Treaties of Aralethe and Jarjana that took place
during the 50th and 51st AGL summits in 2012 and 2013, were declared
invalid. As it seemed improbable that the changes will be ratified by
all national parliaments, the Kronenburg delegation proposed to stop the
ratification process and to review the changes again.
Arthur, this year's first hurricane, hits Kronenburg
6 July 2014
- The hurricane season
finally began a few days ago with hurricane Arthur, which moved in
northern direction and arrived above Kronenburg yesterday evening.
Torrential rain flooded several streets, power was cut in several towns
and in Madaket an abandoned house collapsed under the violence of the
hurricane. According to minister Hein Swabedissen, the emergency plans
of most municipalities were implemented without many problems and there
was only material damage.
Former king Alexander IV
20 April 2014
- The Grand Duke of
Alexanderstad (i.e. former king Alexander IV Lodewijk) died in his home,
the Royal Castle near Friescheburg, yesterday evening. This was
announced to the press by prime minister Hans Dankert shortly after 11
PM local time. The funeral will likely take place next Saturday. Until
that time a period of mourning is designated. The prime minister praised
the former king as a symbol of political stability in a turbulent world.
Alexander IV Lodewijk (2 September 1948 - 19 April 2014) succeeded his
father Alexander III Ernst in 1991. In 2009 he had a stroke which
rendered him in a coma for several weeks. In 2010, it was decided that
the king was incapacitated and
that the crown prince would succeed him as king, which happened in
September that year.
Noordkamer approves change of
26 March 2014
- The Noordkamer (the
Kronenburg house of representatives) has approved the proposed changes
to the constitution, which will enable a new division of the Kingdom of
Kronenburg in four realms. Apart from Kronenburg itself these are the
current autonomous overseas provinces of the White Islands and the
Kronenburg Virgin Islands, as well as the current municipality of
West-Cod. The Noordkamer is the first parliament that approved the
changes; the Zuidkamer (the Kronenburg senate) has to confirm the
Noordkamer's approval, and the provincial parliaments of the White
Islands and the Virgin Islands have to approve the changes as well. As
soon as all institutions have approved the changes, elections will be
called in Kronenburg and the two autonomous provinces, after which the
newly elected parliaments have to confirm the approval of the previous
parliaments. In West-Cod, which doesn't have a legislative body of the
same authority yet, a referendum about the changes will be held. The new
situation should enter into force on 1 January 2016.
minister Dawyd Kone (Issel) new AEGU secretary general
1 March 2014
- During the AGL summit
held in the Mii Islands today, Mr Dawyd Kone from Issel was named the
successor of AEGU secretary general Ms Kiela A. Taherw, who will step
down in July after three terms in office. Prime minister Hans Dankert
said that he was very satisfied with the nomination. "I know him as a
decent minister of foreign affairs of Issel and I have every faith that
he will be able to lead the economic organisation of the AGL expertly."
Kone was preferred above the other candidate, the Voskian former
minister of economic affairs Mr Perikli Hajadragi.
During the same summit, the
former consul to Kronenburg of Île de Romanhe, Ms Hélène Sarche-Kezt,
was named the new director of the Monoghan Institute for the
Environment. The Kronenburg delegation favoured the Marckonian candidate
Ms Astrid Jörns, but she didn't receive enough votes in favour.
chaos expected due to closed bridge
28 February 2014
- A large traffic chaos
is expected when the Ir. Eisso Kruze-bridge will be closed for large
scale maintenance as of tomorrow. Despite well indicated alternative
routes and the deployment of additional ferry services, it is feared
that it will be extremely more difficult to get to Alexanderstad and
Friescheburg from the Oostereiland. The bridge is the most central one
in the country and connects the three main islands. According to the
traffic ministry, initial problems are to be expected, but the
government has done everything to limit the inconvenience as much as
possible. The delivery of some of the additional ferries has however
been delayed to April. Several organisations have registered official
complaints with the government.
Willem Lodewijk in a new relationship
19 February 2014
- Prince Willem
Lodewijk is in a new relationship. He confirmed this himself today.
After his engagement to the Marckonian princess Lovisa was ended last
year, nobody expected that he would have a serious relationship again so
soon after, but according the royal household confirmed that the
announcement is honest. The prince's new partner is a journalist called
Anna Rauhofer. They haven't been sighted together in public yet; the
Italian villa of Willem Lodewijk's older brother prince Alexander
Casimir, where the couple is currently on holiday, was besieged by
paparazzi shortly after the announcement.
Many marriages on Valentine's
14 February 2014
- A record number of
persons married today in Kronenburg. A mass-marriage was organised in
the capital, Alexanderstad, in order to process the many people. Many
atheists and homosexuals were among those who were married; since the
law on civil marriage became effective on 1 February, it has become much
easier for these groups to get married. In the old situation, marriages
could only be concluded by religious organisations who generally
excluded atheists and same-sex couples.
It was mayor Maud Heirens
herself who conducted the ceremony during which 93 couples said "I do"
to each other. "We had to adapt the texts that are normally used for
marriages", she said. "At first I considered to call all names after one
another, but that would have taken a long time and mistakes could have
been made easily. This may have been less romantic, but whoever accepts
getting married in a mass-ceremony probably didn't want an intimate
In West-Cod and Oosterland
marriages of same-sex couples attracted angry religious protesters, who
tried to prevent the ceremonies. In Noordeinde there were protests by
the action group "My relation is private" against registration of
marriages. According to this group, the fact that the government
registers the kind of relationship people have and encourages certain
forms of union above others by means of tax advantages, is too much an
infraction of privacy. "Love is private; the government should stay out
of that", according to spokeswoman Erna van Tassel.
not a hexenbiest"
7 February 2014
- In a rare personal
gesture, king Ernst Frederik told the press this morning that he is "not
a hexenbiest". The king made his comment after the annual Promulgation
(the opening of parliament), referring to the American fantasy series
"Grimm", in which the main character has the gift to see certain dark
features of a select group of persons known as "wesen", which are
invisible for normal people. Part of the story is set in Europe and
focuses on an evil royal family known as "Kronenberg". Some fans
associates the name of our country with the fictitious family and the
royal household confirmed recently that it had been receiving some
strange letters in recent weeks. Kronenburg fans of the series were
elated by the king's remark and his picture has been added to their
attendants attacked after 'parking ticket shower'
15 January 2014
- In Alexanderstad, the
local police have asked that the parking policy that was introduced as of
2014, will be abolished again, after an increasing number of verbal and
sometimes even physical attacks on car-park attendants by car drivers.
The latter already complained to the car driver's association about the
harsh and unclear regulation on parking in the city. One driver severely
wounded an attendant last Monday, after having received his tenth
parking ticket since 1 January. The city council of Alexanderstad
doesn't want to change the new policy however, and says that the system
just requires some time to get used to. The alderman responsible for
traffic, Hoite Buiter, refers to the municipality's website, which
clearly lists the new rules and also shows an interactive map that
drivers can use to determine where they will be able to park for how
long and with what kind of car. The car driver's association says that
the new rules are evil and purely intended to bully people using cars,
its spokesman calling the new rules a 'witch hunt' on car drivers.
Kronenburg third in AGL soccer
2013 - The seventh
edition of the AGL soccer tournament took place in Île de Romanhe this
year, with Kronenburg ending in third place. The team of trainer Koide
Wuirgitt had a difficult start: after a draw against Chimor and a lost
match against Insulantis, the chances of Kronenburg to make it to the
semi-finals seemed small, but two wins against Voskia and Marckonia got
Kronenburg enough points. In the semi-finals, Kronenburg lost against
Norland, like it did four years ago, when the tournament was held in
Kronenburg. The match to decide the third and fourth place was played
against Cilogia. Marckonia won the tournament, Norland became second.
engagement broken off
2013 - The engagement of the Kronenburg prince Willem Lodewijk (30) and
the Marckonian princess Lovisa has been officially ended. This was
announced by spokesmen of both royal houses. The two were engaged two
years ago, but agreed to marry when princess Lovisa had finished her
studies in Boston. In the last two years, the relationship between the
two deteriorated however and they were seen fighting publicly
increasingly often, like last year in a Luxembourgish pub, after having
attended the marriage of the Luxembourgish hereditary grand-duke
Guillaume. In the last couple of months the prince and the princess were
rarely seen together in public. The prince is currently staying in his
villa on the White Islands and is avoiding the press. Prince Willem
Lodewijk is the youngest brother of king Ernst Frederik and the former
crown prince Alexander Casimir, as well as the youngest son of former
king Alexander IV Lodewijk and queen Livia.
'Gay marriage' possible as of
2013 - The government
will be completely responsible for the registration of marriages and
other forms of partnerships as of 1 February 2014. A bill that was
introduced by the junior coalition party ROOS! was approved this morning
by the Noordkamer with a comfortable majority. Under the current system,
only religious institutions are allowed to register marriages, which
isn't problematic only for homosexuals who wish to marry - apart from
the fact that there aren't many church communities that are willing to
marry two persons of the same gender, homosexuals would have to register
as members of a church that would allow homosexual marriages, but which
could be of a different orientation than the personal beliefs of the
couple concerned - but also for atheists, who don't want to register as
members of a religious community in the first place. The new system
makes it possible for every couple, regardless their gender, sexual
orientation or religious beliefs, to be married. Religious organisations
and conservative parties in the Noordkamer are disappointed with the
result of the parliamentary vote.
'New banknotes will be
2013 - The new banknotes that are currently being designed will have a
vertical orientation rather than the horizontal that is used by most
countries. Rumours about this were heard at least around the design
company of Pothuijs & Devere, which was asked by the ministry of finance
last year to design the new banknotes. Only few countries have
vertically oriented banknotes; among others Israel, Colombia and
Switzerland use 'standing' banknotes. The first new Kronenburg banknotes
are expected in 2016. Like the old series, the new series will depict
well known Kronenburg citizens.
Final proposal for administrative redivision of Kronenburg
5 November 2013 -
Bjorn de Gaaij Hoijtema (PvG), the state secretary of administrative
reform, together with the responsible ministers of the overseas
provinces of the White Islands and the Kronenburg Virgin Islands,
presented the final proposal for a administrative redivision that is
planned for the next couple of years. A surprise element in this
proposal is a drastic revision of the Zuidkamer tasks.
Changes will be made on two levels. The first level, the one of the
Kingdom, foresees the abolishment of the overseas provinces in their
current forms. The White Islands and the Virgin Islands were already
autonomous, but still depended on the final say of the government in
Alexanderstad. In the future, this won't be the case anymore: the
Kingdom of Kronenburg will consist of four equal elements that form the
Kingdom of Kronenburg together by means of association. These four
elements will be Kronenburg proper, West-Cod, the White Islands and the
Kronenburg Virgin Islands. Formally, the four elements will be
independent, but are able to assist and support each other when one
element can't manage something on its own. In practise, this means that
Kronenburg proper will assist and support the rest on the area of e.g.
defence, but the three smaller elements didn't want such tasks to be
formally attributed to Kronenburg proper, to avoid the appearance of
subordination. All elements will be able to conclude treaties with
foreign powers and they will be considered sovereign nations without the
intervention of Alexanderstad. Each element in the Kingdom will also be
allowed to have its own currency.
On the level of the Kingdom a new parliament will be created. On the
second level, the level of Kronenburg proper, the tasks of the Zuidkamer
will be partly abolished and partly moved to the Westkamer. The
Zuidkamer will become the parliament of the entire Kingdom, consisting
of 25 seats, eleven of which will be occupied by representatives of
Kronenburg proper, six by West-Cod, and four each by the White Islands
and the Virgin Islands. This parliaments will treat bills of the four
elements that concern the Kingdom as a whole. The creation of this
parliament was a demand of Kronenburg proper, which found that all
elements should be able to exercise influence on the acts of each
separate element, so that the acts of no element can be harmful to the
rest. The new Zuidkamer can only block bills, but cannot amend them.
On the level of Kronenburg proper, the number of municipalities will
change from twelve to sixteen. As said, West-Cod won't be among the new
municipalities, but the current overseas municipality of New-Stavoren
will be included in the normal municipality division. Because of its
remote location, New-Stavoren will keep some special arrangements, but
apart from that, it will be involved more in the national politics of
Kronenburg proper. Alexanderstad will be split, creating the new
municipalities of Bredenburg, Hinte, Jaltadaburg and Westerpoort. The
city of Friescheburg will be separated from the municipality of
Westerland to form a municipality of its own; the rest of Westerland
will be joined with Zuiderland to form a new municipality of Westerland,
the capital of which will be Aalburg. Elsewhere, some borders will be
Each of the new sixteen municipalities will form an electoral district,
based on which the 101 members of a smaller Noordkamer will be elected.
Voters will be able to vote for municipal candidates instead of national
candidates. Each municipality will have a fixed number of seats in the
Noordkamer, which will be reviewed every ten years, based on the
Although some criticism has been voiced regarding the proposal
(especially the division of Alexanderstad is rather controversial), the
general public doesn't seem unwilling to accept it. The government hopes
that the present parliaments of the Kingdom will be able to vote on the
plans in 2014. As the proposal involves a change of constitution, it
must be approved for a second time after parliamentary elections, before
the changes can take effect.
Exumbran Convention: Dhram Phá
request to exchange full membership for observer status
2013 - The Asian communist country of Dhram Phá has requested a change
in its membership status of the Exumbran Convention yesterday, as was
confirmed by the Office of the Convention, which is located in
Kronenburg. According to the independent newspaper The Dhram Phá
Observer, the government of Dhram Phá feels 'tricked and deceived'
after a regulation was adopted by the Exumbran Council last summer,
imposing democratic requirements to member states when applying for
scientific subsidies. Dhram Phá feels strongly affected by these
requirements, and it claims that the Convention doesn't have the right
to interfere in the member states' internal affairs.
'One good turn deserves another', Max Bos, the state secretary of
Foreign Economic and Cultural Cooperation says. 'It is only reasonable
that if the Exumbran Convention grants subsidies, it is allowed to
impose some conditions. Dhram Phá will be able to benefit from the
Convention, but the Convention has never been a one way road and Dhram
Phá should have realised that when it signed the treaty. The delay
requested by Kronenburg for current member states to make the necessary
changes to be eligible for Exumbran scientific funding is sufficient; I
don't think the Dhramphanese government would have a lot of trouble
implementing them, if it wants to. It would be a loss for the Convention
however, as it would be for Dhram Phá itself, if the country would carry
on with its request and cease to be a full member. I hope that someone
will be able to convince them to withdraw it.'
In the mean time, right wing opposition parties in the Noordkamer such
as the LKP have called upon the Exumbran Convention to honour the
Dhramphanese request. 'I say: good riddance to that one', LKP leader
Poul-Helge Espersen commented. 'The LKP has always wondered why Dhram
Phá was in the Exumbran Convention in the first place; we never believed
the pink hearted dreams of the government that the country would change
immediately once the Convention would be fully operational and Dhram Phá
would see the benefits of adopting a more democratic system. Its people
should figure that out for themselves. For now, I'd say: no membership,
no observer status. When the country is sufficiently democratic to try
again, we will welcome it with open arms.'
watch national television
2013 - Increasingly less people are watching Kronenburgish television
channels. This was revealed by a five year inquiry among 5000 citizens
of 16 years and older by the Association for National Broadcasting
Organisations (Vereniging voor Nationale Omroeporganisaties,
VNO). The importance of the internet, but also deteriorating quality of
the programs that were broadcast by national television in recent years
are mentioned as the biggest reasons why Kronenburgers don't watch
Kronenburgish programs as often as they used to. US channels benefit
only slightly from this development though, as most people appear to be
wanting to decide for themselves when they watch which program, for
which they use the internet or watch DVD's. The channels and programs of
media tycoon Oscar A. Ottendorf Okrilla as well as the former public
channels RTK1 and RTK3 (which were bought last year by the Iljaroman
company RagnaRrökk) received the worst ratings by the interviewed
Westkamer gets new chairman
October 2013 - Ivo Casseboom
has been elected chairman of the Westkamer today. He will succeed Elias
Nothomb on 1 November, who had been chairman since 2009, but didn't
apply for a second term. Casseboom (53) has been a member of the
Westkamer since 2008. Before that, he worked among other things as judge
at the Court of Appeal. The Westkamer in Kronenburg can be compared
somewhat to a Constitutional Court, although it isn't exactly the same.
House of Finance nominated as
2013 - The House of Finance, which is located in the city of
Friescheburg, has been nominated for the list of AGL heritage. This was
announced yesterday by the ministry of culture. The national Audit
Office, the offices of which are located in the House of Finance, have
reacted with some astonishment; a possible inclusion on the list almost
certainly means that a much needed renovation of the old building will
have to comply with additional rules, resulting in an extra bill of
several millions of guilders. According to a spokesperson of the Audit
Office, the ministry didn't inform it about the plans to nominate the
building for the AGL heritage list, 'although the building does deserve
to be included in any such list.' The ministry however says that it
wasn't informed about the renovation plans, although the building is
included on a national list that requires the owners of buildings on
this list to inform the ministry of any plans for significant changes to
these buildings. Culture minister Baltus Kostrikken said that the
nomination has already been sent to the Ylieen Centre, the cultural
institute of the AGL. According to him, the current situation doesn't
have to be very problematic; the renovation plans could easily be
reviewed, he said.
Foreign affairs minister has
2013 - Mathias Schydtz, the minister of foreign affairs, has visited the
South-European Republic of the Vosks and the Gurds (Voskia for short)
yesterday and today. The minister's main goal was to improve the
relations with this country, after
they suffered a blow by the
suggestion made by Kronenburg earlier this year that Voskia should not
yet become a full member of the AGL during the AGL summit that was held
in July. The fact that the Voskian government was considering postponing
the request for full membership itself (as is possible according to the
AGL treaties), couldn't prevent the fact that people in Voskia are now
of the opinion that Kronenburg meddled in Voskian affairs too deeply.
The country did become a full member of the AGL during the
aforementioned summit after being convinced to do so by several other
Aarrestad wins Waterland
2013 - The elections for the successor of Aletta Haaijer as the mayor of
Waterland were won by local businessman Ed Aarrestad. His opponents,
including Jan-Albert Ühler and Fabiana Muntinga-Lombardo, admitted
defeat when the results became known and congratulated Aarrestad with
his victory. The new mayor will take office on 1 October. Aletta Haaijer
is voluntarily stepping down as mayor of Waterland after seven years. In
Kronenburg, mayoral terms of office are rather loose: mayors aren't
elected for a fixed term, although their performances are evaluated
every five years by a special committee.
Former king celebrates 65th
2013 - Former king Alexander IV Lodewijk, the current grand duke of
Alexanderstad, has celebrated his 65th birthday today with his family.
According to the palace, Alexander IV's health is still fragile,
although currently stable, and he has been able to communicate with
other people for some time now. In December 2009, Alexander IV, who had
been king since 1991, had a stroke which rendered him in a coma for
several weeks. In 2010, it was decided that the
king was incapacitated and
that the crown prince would succeed him as king, which happened in
September that year.
Waterland mayor will step down
31 July 2013 - Aletta
Haaijer, the mayor of Waterland, will step down later this year. She
became the mayor of Waterland in 2006 and is currently the longest
serving mayor in our country. Elections will be held in September.
Possible candidates to succeed her include local businessmen Ed
Aarrestad (54) and Jan-Albert Ühler (38); the latter is a nephew of the
former secretary general of the AGL.
KG 98 million for Île de Romanhe after volcano eruption
July 2013 - A charity fundraising campaign for Île de Romanhe, which was
severely hit by an eruption of the local volcano Piton des Grands Feux,
has produced slightly more than KG 98 million. This was announced by a
spokesman of the organisation. The result was less than expected, but
the organisation says that this is due to the summer holidays and the
fact that Île de Romanhe is quite unknown among many Kronenburgers. The
existence of Île de Romanhe has increased a little because of the coming
AGL soccer championship, which will be held on the Indian Ocean island
later this year. The minister for development, Frans Toppinga, called
the extra money for Île de Romanhe more than welcome; it will be added
to financial support by the Kronenburg government that had already been
promised during the last AGL summit, he said.
Exumbran Council: 'Not being
democratic will cost you money!'
July 2013 - From Norland, the Kronenburg delegation, headed by prime
minister Hans Dankert, travelled to Chimor, where the second meeting of
the Exumbran Council took place yesterday. The meeting was a success:
the five proposals on the agenda were all adopted, although there was
some concern whether the Chimorese request for funding by the Exumbran
Development Commission fitted in the EDC's purposes.
A proposal originally made by the government of Huenan, but amended by
Kronenburg, to limit Exumbran subsidies to member states that
sufficiently guarantee the freedom of press, speech and academic
research, was also accepted. Although already strict in its first
version, the Kronenburg amendment increased the required quality of
those freedoms even further, so that not only Dhram Phá, but almost
certainly also Harrawi will be feeling the impact of this regulation in
the future. The amendment proposed by Kronenburg included however a time
schedule to give existing member states the opportunity to adapt the
situation in their countries. The representative of Dhram Phá, secretary
of foreign affairs Nuâ Lau, left the meeting in anger after the result
of the vote was announced. The Harrawi delegation wasn't pleased either,
as it found the time schedule of three years too short to adapt to the
"The Huenanese proposal, especially with our amendment, will give all
the member states an insight in the democratic standards that the
Exumbran Convention will try to uphold", foreign affairs minister
Mathias Schydtz said. "A court will be established in the Exumbran
Convention that will create a framework of reference to determine and
monitor the level of freedom in the member states. As soon as the
framework has been established, every member state will know what has to
be done to ensure that it will be able to claim Exumbran fundings in the
future. This Council's message is clear: if you're not democratic, it
will cost you money in the future."
The Kronenburg delegation also negotiated with prime minister Ashon Pary
of Harrawi and president Muhanda-Ngene Kɣamu of Kpwahele & Nɣurumba, two
Exumbran member states on the eastern coast of Africa,
to invest in those countries' economies. Especially Kpwahele & Nɣurumba
is one of the poorer countries of the Exumbran Conventions.
Chimor and Issel buy Voskia in the AGL
July 2013 - At the 52nd AGL summit that was held yesterday in the town
of Hy, Norland, the Republic of the Vosks and the Gurds joined the AGL
after all. The Kronenburg delegation had asked for an extension of the
associated membership period. This turned out to be unacceptable for
some other member states however, who convinced the Voskian prime
minister, ms. Luçia Apavia, to request full membership.
"There have been poorer countries that joined the AGL in the past,
especially the Mii Isles and Île de Romanhe, but the first did request
an extension of its associated membership period and the latter is too
small to have a discernible impact on the AGL's budget. Voskia however
could be a more serious burden for e.g. the AGL Investment
Bank when the republic would
run out of money due to the ongoing economic crisis. If the Bank doesn't
get the money back that it could lend Voskia, the AGL could suffer from
that", explains foreign affairs minister Mathias Schydtz. "We think that
it would have been wiser if the prolongation - which was initially
requested by Voskia itself as well - would have been honoured."
Some member states found the request unacceptable however and they used
investment deals and other promises to convince prime minister Apavia to
go for full membership immediately. And with success: Issel promised to
invest in the Voskian infrastructure and Chimor made some promises as
well, although those weren't made public. "Ms. Apavia has struck gold",
prof. dr. Didier Sharp of the University of Law and Arts says. "For her
government, the AGL was of little interest, so if she would have
accepted full membership like that, she would have had a lot of
explaining to do at home. It would have been okay if Voskia wouldn't
have become a full member, but the current solution, that Voskia has
become a member and has got a few advantages in the process, is perfect
Deranged man drives car into
14 July 2013 - A
deranged man survived an accident this morning in which he drove through
the glass wall of a wing of the parliament building where the Oostkamer
(the government) is located. Because of the early time of the accident,
nobody else was injured. The man was arrested by the police. The
reinforced glass of the Oostkamer wall turned out not strong enough to
stop cars that move against it at relatively high speed; the car was
halted only after it created a path of demolition in the Oostkamer
ground floor, where a reception is located. The meeting table where the
Oostkamer members normally meet, is located on a 'floating' first floor
in the same room. Although this part was undamaged and it's still summer
recess, a spokesman of the government said that alternative meeting
facilities will be found until the damage has been repaired.
Kronenburg wants Voskian
associated AGL membership to be prolonged
28 June 2013 - The
Kronenburg delegation wishes the associated membership of the
Republic of Vosks and Gurds to be prolonged and will vote
accordingly during the AGL summit that will be held next month in
Norland. The government things that dubious
new member states were able to
join too easily in the past and it wants the AGL to focus on internal
quality again. Doubts about the financial policy of Voskia were
mentioned as the reason that our country doesn't want Voskia to become a
full-fledged member at this point.
Possible extremism in the army
19 June 2013 - The
minister of defence, ms. Evelien Popma de Burch (PvG), is going to
investigate the existence of possible religious extremism in the army,
after a film appeared on the internet in which five masked men in
Kronenburg army uniforms quoted the Koran and claimed that the western
infidels will soon be destroyed. The minister has taken the case very
seriously, although she doesn't rule out the possibility that it's just
a very ill-placed joke. 'Very few Muslims live in Kronenburg and there
are even less people in the Kronenburg army who have connections with
the Middle East through e.g. family', she said.
In general, it is very difficult to stay in Kronenburg longer than three
months without a residence permit, which is rather complicated to
obtain. Especially after 11 September 2001 the rules have become more
stringent. The minister thinks that if there are Muslims in the
Kronenburg army, these are almost certainly children of immigrants, or
children of indigenous Kronenburgers who have converted to Islam. 'The
latter would be even more concerning and would require a more thorough
investigation among the Kronenburg youth', the minister said.
Political parties concerned about US surveillance
2013 - Spokespersons of several political parties have asked the
minister of justice, Jan Føre, about the possibility that emails and
phone calls of Kronenburg citizens were surveyed by the US organisation
NSA. It was revealed last week that the organisation maintains a
surveillance network known as PRISM that is much more influential than
previously thought. 'Even conspiracy theorists are probably baffled by
this most recent evidence of American arrogance', Climate Party leader
Hedwig Wuirgitt-Hijns told the Noordkamer. 'But the most disturbing
thing is the fact that we, the people, help them observe us ourselves by
buying and using the
equipment that they can use to spy on us.' She referred to several
brands of computers and mobile telephones that are said to participate
in the programme.
'I must admit that I myself haven't disposed of neither my computer nor
my cell phone since I heard the news', Wuirgitt told the press after the
Noordkamer meeting. 'Apparently for most people, the thought of being
watched is less disturbing than the idea of living without these
machines; it's an addiction. That's the society we currently live in!'
Minister Føre told the Noordkamer that he was as surprised as the
members and that he invited the US ambassador to clarify the matter. He
was also willing to consider an investigation if too many questions
Expert claim by the way that Mrs. Wuirgitt's statement about conspiracy
theorists is probably wrong. 'There are some in our own country at least
who have much further going beliefs', according to dr. James Hiebner,
professor in modern Kronenburg history at the Royal University of
Alexanderstad. 'Remember that many think that the US have infiltrated
our country in such a manner that even our elections are easily
triggered by them. Some even go as far to claim that Kronenburg doesn't
exist as an independent nation and that we are an inferior state that
doesn't even have the right to participate in the US presidential
elections. Far fetched as these theories may be, on the other side it is
equally preposterous to think that US infiltration in Kronenburg doesn't
exist at all.'
Buddhist temple to be built
2013 - Today, the construction has begun of what will become the largest
Buddhist temple in Kronenburg. The council of Westerland already gave
permission to build it, but neighbours complained that the building
wouldn't fit in the style of the city quarter's architecture and as a
result, the construction was postponed by several years. Only few
Buddhists live in Kronenburg, although there are Buddhist centres in
each municipality, according to the Yellow Pages.
Sigurd Jörgensen dies
2013 - Former
politician and diplomat
Sigurd Jörgensen died yesterday in Noordeinde at the age of 63, his
family announced. During his career, Jörgensen was mayor of that city
for some time, but he also worked as the director of the AGL culture
centre 'Jan Ylieen' and he was involved in the foundation of the
left-wing political party ROOS!. His last job was as minister of foreign
affairs from 2011 to 2012.
State visit by the president
26 April 2013 - President Ýlf Haucssœn of
Yukland will visit Kronenburg, probably at the end of next month.
This was announced by the prime minister's office this morning. The
visit will be a return visit to the visit the Kronenburg royal couple
paid to Yukland in February 2012 and will most likely contain
discussions on the recent increase of diplomatic and economic ties
between the two countries, a recent project of which is a planned
airline which is funded by Kronenburg and Yukkish investors and in which
Adzhatian entrepreneurs are involved as well.
The possible Kronenburg membership of the international organisation
FICT could come up again as well, as hinted by the Yukkish newspaper
Daclec Tiðændjar, but the government hasn't released recent
statements that its opinion on joining FICT changed. The possible
accession of the kingdom of
Guelphia to FICT may influence this discussion: with this relatively
rich country in FICT - it will have the second highest GDP rate of the
FICT member states and the highest GDP rate per capita - it might be
more attractive for Kronenburg to join, as it wouldn't face the prospect
of funding a significant part of FICT. If Kronenburg joins FICT, it will
however still have the highest GDP rates, both nominal and per capita.
Alternatively, Kronenburg could opt for Observer Status only.
Update: The state visit by the president of Yukland to Kronenburg
that took place from 27 to 30 May confirmed the growing ties between the
two countries. During the state banquet on Wednesday evening, prime
minister Hans Dankert called the increased cooperation between
Kronenburg and Yukland an 'opening to new possibilities'. Further
economic cooperation between the two nations was discussed during the
visit, and the new airline that will connect Alexanderstad with the
Yukkish and Adzhatian capitals of Ísðor and Ashtinok was cited as the
main example of that cooperation. Apart from forming a bridge between
the three countries, this airline will also have a lot of holiday
destinations, as that side of the company is estimated to be the most
Waterburg University to found new institute for the national environment
19 April 2013 - The University of Technology 'Kornelis Frankema' in
Waterburg will found a new institute that aims to do research to improve
the national environment. This was announced by a university
spokesperson this morning. The environment of Kronenburg is strongly
influenced by the surrounding areas of the United States and the
institute will increase the possibilities of providing and using greener
energy sources to e.g. reduce general pollution and enhance the air
quality in our country. It is the university's intention to make use of
international expertise and funding, and the possibility of being
recognised within the Exumbran Convention as an EIDI (Exumbran Institute
of Development and Industry) will be discussed. According to the
spokesman, preliminary preparations have been underway for several
weeks, and if everything goes as planned, the institute (which hasn't
been named yet) should become operational in September or perhaps
LKP questions lack of reforms
in Dhram Phá and lack of pressure by the foreign ministry on the same
19 April 2013 - Poul-Helge Espersen, leader of the right-wing liberal
party LKP, has questioned foreign minister
Mathias Schydtz about the lack of pressure from Kronenburg regarding
Dhram Phá. This communist country in Asia managed to join the
Exumbran Convention last year after promising to implement reforms
to enhance its democratic values, but nothing significant has changed
yet, which Mr Espersen questioned as well.
The debate in the Noordkamer became somewhat tense when Mr Arsen
Barchoedarjan of the smaller government party ROOS! criticised Mr.
Espersen however, claiming that the liberal party leader had forgotten
all about the existence of Dhram Phá until the foreign minister of
E Rən-fu, expressed similar criticism yesterday. Espersen, who served as
foreign minister himself from 2004 to 2006, took this as a personal
insult, and after a few harsh words, the Noordkamer chairwoman Pia
Godeken-Möländer suspended the session, so that the minister will
probably present his answer to Mr. Espersen's questions next week.
Traffic between Kronenburg and the United States suspended following
Boston Marathon explosions
15 April 2013 - Kronenburg has suspended international traffic to and
from the United States after the Boston Marathon was hit by what
appeared to be bomb explosions, probably killing at least two people and
injuring dozens more. The Kronenburg coastguard has increased
patrolling. Flights to other countries than the US have not been
cancelled yet, although security at the international airport of
Alexanderstad has been increased significantly, causing massive delays.
According to the state secretariat for national security, there is no
clear evidence yet of a terrorist attack, and it is awaiting further
information of the US government about the nature of the explosions.
(Update 17 April 2013) - Traffic between Kronenburg and the US has
resumed, although security measures remain high. This was announced by a
spokeswoman of the state secretariat for national security.
language of Kronenburg
The Kronenburgish language is now officially an official language of
Kronenburg, next to Dutch. As a first visible change, all the entrance
signs of cities and villages, except those in West-Cod, were replaced
with ones indicating the names in the two official languages; the
Kronenburgish name is written above the Dutch name, the latter of which
is slightly smaller than the first. Originally, the signs in West-Cod
would have been replaced, but various citizen's groups threatened to
prevent that, so the municipal council advised strongly against it. The
status of West-Cod is currently under discussion, partly because of the
In the next few years, the language transition will be shown more
prominently. As of September, Kronenburgish is a mandatory subject on
primary and secondary schools and the government encourages other
subjects to be taught in Kronenburgish as well, although schools are
relatively free to organise this themselves. The official country name
of Kronenburg in Kronenburgish is Kroneborg, or in full Det
Kynkriik fan Kroneborg.
alterations Treaty of Jarjana
This morning, the Kronenburg house of representatives (the Noordkamer),
approved ratification of the human rights treaty of the AGL, the Treaty
of Jarjana. Government parties PvG and ROOS!, as well as the mostly
leftist opposition parties PSV, PU, OL, ANTS, the Climate Party and the
VLSP voted in favour. The proposal will be sent to the senate
(Zuidkamer), which will almost certainly confirm the approval somewhere
The Jarjana Treaty was altered during the last AGL summit: a sentence
was removed which allowed the member states to have the death penalty as
their highest form of punishment. Although the vote today was welcomed
by human right activists, it is uncertain whether the revised treaty
will ever enter into force, as some of the member states still remain
against the changes.
Queen Isabel gives birth to son
King Ernst Frederik
visited the Alexanderstad city hall today to notify the municipality of
the birth of his first son and third child, who is named Ernst Michaël
Alexander Jozef Oscar Ferdinand. The boy was born last Sunday, 3 March,
at 17:34 hours in the Royal Castle west of Friescheburg. Tradition
however dictates that members of the royal family are registered at the
municipality of Alexanderstad, the capital of Kronenburg.
The birth of a male heir to the king has raised again the question
whether the laws of succession should be changed. Under the current,
semi-salic law, the newborn child is first in line to inherit the
throne, surpassing his two older sisters, the princesses Sofie Charlotte
(born 2008) and Carolina Hedwig (born 2010), making Ernst Michaël the
new crown prince. Most leftist political parties, including the junior
government party ROOS!, favour changing the law in favour of making the
first born the first in line, regardless of their gender. The small
Christian parties as well as the rightwing liberal party LKP are against
it. The senior government party PvG hasn't voiced an official opinion on
"Proposition for municipal
redivision before 1 July"
The state secretary of political reforms Bjorn de Gaaij Hoijtema (PvG)
wants a final proposal on the possible redivision of the Kronenburg
municipalities and overseas territories before 1 July. If there is any
more delay, certain plans cannot go into force before the end of 2016.
Some other plans that apply for Kronenburg-proper only, such as the
reduction of members of the respective chambers of parliament, have been
finalised almost completely and can be put to the vote soon. The
communication between Alexanderstad and the overseas provinces proceeds
very slowly, partly because the local governments of the provinces are
internally at odds about what changes they want.
When both the Noordkamer and the Zuidkamer approve the proposed changes,
the changes have to be approved again by newly elected chambers. The
elections for both chambers are planned for the autumn of 2014, and they
will be installed in February 2015. If the new parliaments approve
the changes as well, the reduced numbers of seats will take effect after
the first elections thereafter.
Snow storm hits Kronenburg and surrounding areas
A powerful winter storm hit Kronenburg and parts of the North-eastern
United States and Canada on 8 and 9 February, causing major disturbances
throughout the country. Although everyone had been advised to stay
inside and to avoid travelling, rescue workers had to free several
people from the snow. Electricity failed in multiple cities and in
Friescheburg the Arena (the city's main transport hub) was evacuated
after cracks were discovered in the glass dome, which had obvious
difficulty carrying the weight of so much snow. Although no fatalities
were reported, at least two people are still unaccounted for.
Wuirgitt coach of Kronenburg
national soccer team
Former SV Engelbert midfielder Koide Wuirgitt has succeeded Peter
Hobbema as coach of the national soccer team as from today. This was
revealed in a press conference. Disappointing results made the national
soccer association take this decision. Wuirgitt, of Cilogian ancestry,
will lead the team during the AGL soccer championships later this year;
he will have a hard task making Kronenburg perform as good as, let alone
better than four years ago, when the event was successfully hosted by
New proposal to change marriage legislation
ROOS!, the junior government party, is planning a new bill to change the
marriage legislation, so that citizens who aren't affiliated to any
religion or citizens who want to marry someone of their own gender are
allowed to marry as well. Four years ago, a similar proposition didn't
make it through parliament. The parties that voted against the bill at
that time, saw their influence however reduced during the last
elections. According to ROOS!, the current situation is rather unjust:
marriage is currently organised only by religious communities, but tax
advantages are regulated by the government and currently only favour
couples who are married in one of those communities. For atheists, it is
practically impossible to marry, and homosexuals could marry
theoretically if there were a religious community allowing this, but
there are no such communities, as communities that have a favourable
opinion about homosexual marriages fear to be flooded with
'strategically believing' homosexuals if they officially allow gays to
be married; people would then believe to get tax advantages, which is
not what most religious communities want. ROOS! wants to make a quick
end to this odd situation.
New Christian Democrat chairwoman Margriet de Wilde is against the
proposal, also because the idea that a rejected proposal can be put
forward again so soon, is undesirable. 'If each proposal is resubmitted
or cancelled every time after a four year term of parliament, things may
become very obscure for most citizens', she says.
According to recent surveys, a majority of 57% of the Kronenburgers
don't have an opinion on the matter. 24% favours a change of the
legislation and 19% is against any such proposal. The amount of
proponents and opponents of creating clearer possibilities for
homosexuals to marry each other is tied at 43%
Foreign minister to visit
31 January 2013 - Foreign minister Mathias Schydtz will travel to Chimor
and Issel, and possibly to Palana as well, in February. Although no
details were revealed, it is suspected that the treaty deadlock created
on the last AGL summit will be an important theme during the visits.
that AGL environment institute M.I.E. be closed, causes anger among
21 January 2013 - During the last AGL summit, it was suggested by some
delegations that the Monoghan Institute for the Environment (M.I.E.)
better be closed, causing uproar among several environmental
organisations. Continuing delays in the institute's management were
named as one of the most important reason for this. The M.I.E. was
founded in 2006 as a replacement for the environmental part of the
Marckonian Mård-Institute, which stopped servicing the AGL after
Marckonia left the AGL. The two directors that have lead M.I.E. since,
Mr. William Bower from the Mii Isles, who was succeeded by ms. Thea
Eldorat from Insulantis, didn't manage to create working policies; only
one report on the environmental situations was published in recent
years. Those who favour M.I.E. to be closed down, argue that its current
value is practically non-existent, as it continues to cost money without
leading to concrete results. Kronenburg organisation the "Groene
Ridders" (Green Knights) says however that this is proof again that the
environment is always of less importance than money, and it has
announced protest if the AGL does indeed want to close M.I.E.
AGL Summit changes Jarjana
Treaty; ratification however problematic in several member states
21 January 2013 - Delegations of the member states of the AGL met in the
Palanan capital of Yolka yesterday to discuss, among other things, the
Kronenburg proposal to change the
so called Treaty of
Jarjana, to disinclude the possibility of member states issuing the
death penalty as their highest form of punishment.
Although the treaty changes were adopted, some member states announced
that the chances that their current parliaments would approve
ratifications of the changes, were very small. Issel, Chimor and Palana
didn't think it wise to tell other member states how to organise their
judicial system. Currently the death penalty isn't part of the judicial
system of any member state of the AGL (apart from Île de Romanhe, but
the death penalty hasn't been given for many years there), and the
changes would therefore only affect future applicant nations that do
have the death penalty. Not being allowed to have the death penalty
shouldn't however be a hurdle for prospective member states, according
to the member states that were against the proposal. A difference of
opinion on the importance of certain values between AGL nations became
evident once more: whereas Kronenburg and e.g. Marckonia placed the
discouragement of the death penalty above national sovereignty, Issel,
Chimor and Palana thought the other way around.
A majority voted in favour of the proposal however and this result was
accepted by the delegations who voted against. The revised treaty will
now be sent to the national parliaments for ratification, but without
much hope of success. If ratification doesn't occur in all parliaments,
the old version of the treaty will remain valid. Several political
parties in Kronenburg have connected ratification of the Jarjana Treaty
to the ratification of the Aralethe Treaty, the founding treaty of the
AGL, which was altered last summer to include the obligation for member
states to sign and ratify the Jarjana Treaty: if Jarjana isn't ratified,
the Kronenburg parliament (Noordkamer) won't ratify Aralethe. The AGL
seems therefore to be stuck in a "treaty deadlock" with the old versions
of both treaties remaining valid for the time being. Some politicians
ask how this situations could arise in the first place, and called for a
more drastic change of AGL regulations, so that changes of the
organisation's treaties can either be approved or not.
Confused and flustered by the outcome of this point on the agenda, the
delegations didn't manage to elect a new director of the Ylieen Centre,
the cultural organisation of the AGL. The first candidate that gained
sufficient votes, Achilles Trento (Insulantis), only won by a narrow
majority that was created by reluctant member states some of which only
voted in favour because there was no other candidate. Trento expressed
his disappointment and withdrew his candidacy. A second round of voting
brought two new candidates: the former crown prince Hirn-Jan af Wirren
Borg of Issel, and the current director of the Waterburg theatre, Jannes
Toxopeus. Toxopeus was elected and will succeed the current Cilogian
Ylieen Centre director Kander Weeleig on 1 May. The Voskian city of
Majmál was chosen to be the AGL Cultural Capital of 2014.
West-Cod parties disagree on
future status within Kronenburg
16 January 2013 - The political parties of West-Cod are disagreeing on
the future status of the municipality. As of April 1st, Kronenburg will
give the Kronenburgish language official status. As most of the
inhabitants of West-Cod don't speak or understand Kronenburgish, and
would have preferred if Dutch remained the country's only official
language, many opt for a looser relationship with Alexanderstad. There
are several possibilities for West-Cod, which at this moment is still
The first would be that the inhabitants of West-Cod will all learn
Kronenburgish. The second option is that West-Cod's status will change
to that of an overseas municipality, like the small Caribbean
archipelago of New-Stavoren, which is part of the Kingdom of Kronenburg
as well. A third possibility would be that West-Cod changes to an
autonomous overseas province, like the White Islands and the Kronenburg
Virgin Islands. The fourth possibility of West-Cod and the White Islands
joining into some kind of autonomous federative overseas province met
reluctance in both West-Cod and the White Islands. The latter being much
smaller, it is feared that West-Cod politics will soon dominate the much
different foreign interests of the White Islands. A spokesperson of
chief minister Margreet Rietdekker of the White Islands went but as far
as to dismiss the whole idea.
Uncertainty about chances that the next AGL summit will change the
4 January 2013 - Opposition parties remain sceptical about the chances
that the next AGL summit, which is to be held in Jolka, the capital of
Palana, will change the AGL human rights treaty (Treaty of Jarjana). At
the last summit, the Kronenburg delegation proposed to alter the treaty
in such a manner that AGL member states may no longer have the death
penalty as their most drastic form of punishment, but the proposal was
postponed to the next summit in a move that came as a big surprise for
Foreign affairs minister Mathias Schydtz fears that diplomatic problems
may arise between Kronenburg and the AGL if the Jarjana treaty isn't
changed soon. At the last summit, a Marckonian proposal was accepted to
change the AGL basic treaty ("The Treaty of Aralethe") to included the
obligation for AGL member states to sign the Treaty of Jarjana as well
to make sure that the member states maintain some sort of
human-rights-ensured policy with respect to their citizens. A majority
in the Noordkamer thought that this change of the Treaty of Aralethe
would have little value if the Treaty of Jarjana didn't object to the
existence of the death penalty in member states. Now that "Jarjana"
hasn't been accepted, the Noordkamer has been unwilling to ratify the
changed Treaty of Aralethe and will continue to refuse ratification if
"Jarjana" remains unchanged.
On top of that, some opposition parties fear that the next summit's
host, the government of the People's Republic of Palana, won't put the
proposal on the agenda, creating another six months or so of delay. The
old (and current) version of the Treaty of Aralethe will continue to be
valid until all member states have ratified the changes.
Margreet Rietdekker new
chairwoman of the council of ministers of the White Islands
4 January 2013 - After a lengthy period of negotiations, a new council
of ministers was approved today by the local parliament of the White
Islands, an autonomous overseas province of Kronenburg. The council is
chaired by Margreet Rietdekker (LWE, Liberals of the White Islands);
she is the first ever female head of government of the White Islands.
The former government, composed of NLP (New Liberal Party) and
LWE and headed by Walter MacDowell (NLP), fell in July
after disagreement on the exact wishes of the government parties
regarding the revision of the treaty that deals with the islands' status
within the Kingdom of Kronenburg. Elections in September saw a
significant loss for the NLP and the LWE became the largest party
instead. The other winning party (PvG, Party for Equality) was
willing to join a coalition government with LWE, but NLP refused to join
due to disagreement with the PvG and the fact that it wished to become
an opposition party after having lost the elections. The slightly centre
left green party WEG (White Islands Green) was then asked to join
the coalition, but only after long negotiations, agreement was reached
about the new government policy. The LWE-PvG-WEG coalition has 16 of 29
seats in the local parliament.
Former prime minister Ernst-Piter Strikwerda joins leftist party ROOS!
27 December 2012 -
Former prime minister
Ernst-Piter Strikwerda has left the social democratic party PSV and
joined ROOS! instead. This was confirmed by ROOS!; the PSV didn't want
to comment on the matter. Strikwerda was leader of the PSV from 2005 to
2010, when he was deposed by a faction lead by the current PSV leader
Mariëtte van der Schaaf. His government remained in office until early
2011 because the parliamentary faction of the PSV continued to support
Strikwerda. It was expected that Strikwerda would leave the PSV, but his
switch to ROOS! has come as a surprise. At the moment, Mr. Strikwerda
isn't politically active; it remains therefore to be seen whether he
will become a prominent member of ROOS! in the future.
World doesn't end;
disappointed Dead End Walkers wreak havoc
22 December 2012 -
Members of a group called the Dead End Walkers (Wandelaars van
het Doodlopend Pad in Dutch), who were convinced that the world
would end yesterday, have wroken havoc in Alexanderstad, Friescheburg
and - on a smaller scale -
Denestad after the end of the
world as predicted by a Maya calendar, didn't occur. The group had
gathered on several central locations in these cities and while most of
them were just sitting there dancing and chanting and continued to do
that after the 21st of December smoothly became the 22nd, some of them
decided to express their disappointment by causing damage to shop
windows, bus stops and street lights. The police arrested 67 people in
Alexanderstad, 74 in Friescheburg and 12 in Denestad.
The gatherings had been permitted by the respective city councils after
the organisation had promised to keep it calm and orderly. They were
joined by others who were also curious as to what would happen on the
21st or if anything would happen at all. In Marianne, Waterburg,
Noordeinde and Oosterland, similar gatherings were forbidden by their
Democrat faction (PvG, VLSP, Exumbra Centraal) wins elections for the
19 December 2012 -
The elections for the sixteen Kronenburg seats of the Exumbran
Parliament were held yesterday. The largest Kronenburg faction
(according to the Exumbran party division) became the democrats, which
consist of PvG, VLSP, and Exumbra Centraal, a party combination created
especially for this occasion out of PU, Elderly League and Denestad
Party. They got six seats, four of which went to the PvG, while the
other two were divided over VLSP and Exumbra Centraal. The rainbow
coalition became second with four seats, all of which went to
ROOS!. The social-democrats (PSV), the liberal-democrats (LKP) and the
conservatives (NCD and KV) each got two seats.
It was the first time that these elections were held. In Kronenburg, its
sixteen members were elected by the combined chambers of parliament
(Noordkamer and Zuidkamer). As the Kronenburg results were made public
almost simultaneously with those of Adzhatia and all the other member
states already held elections earlier, there is a good indication that
the democrat faction (EDF) has won the overall elections with 18 of 74
seats, the Rainbow Alliance coming second with 11 seats and the
Communist Bloc coming third with 10 seats.
'North-Atlantic Airline' between Kronenburg, Yukland and Adzhatia
6 December 2012 - A combination of Adzhatian, Yukkish and Kronenburg
entrepreneurs is willing to investigate the possibilities of founding a
private airline that has to fill up the gaps in the air connections
between the three countries and other locations in North-America and
Northern-Europe. This was announced after the Adzhatian government
unilaterally ended negotiations on a government supported airline last
Ever since the Adzhatian airline ACB went bankrupt last Summer,
negotiations between Yukland and Adzhatia about a possible cooperation
between Air Yukland and a new ACB had been going on. The Kronenburg
investment company O3 Investments was also involved in the talks. The
Adzhatian government and O3 had however doubts whether such cooperation
would work (mainly because of mutual distrust) and the talks ended
without a deal on 27 November.
A partly new combination of entrepreneurs - the director of the
Kronenburg tour operator HoliDeal, Maersk Knippenborg Onnes, is
said to be involved now - wishes to create a private airline that has to
gain a stronghold in Adzhatia 'before the Russians take over the place'.
Apart from regular connections between the three capitals of
Alexanderstad, Ísðor and Ashtinok, a large part of the company's revenue
should come from holiday flights.
Former ACB warrant-manager Iĺic Kaĺĺek is positive about the plans; 03
Investments hasn't reacted yet.
Small ceremony and party mark official start of Exumbran Convention
2012 - This afternoon, transitional secretary general Oliver B. Murtogg
hosted a small party and ceremony marking the official start of the
He pronounced the hope that the cooperation between its nine member
states may be a fruitful one. After his speech, he hit a traditional
Khusqaian gong which was followed by applause. Apart from Mr. Murtogg
and a few journalists, representatives of the nine member states were
present, including the Permanent Representatives, on behalf of our
country Mrs. Twaelfterpen. Several other Kronenburg government officials
also witnessed the ceremony. Foreign affairs minister Mathias Schydtz
was unable to attend. The membership of two member states,
including Kronenburg, won't officially start but for another few weeks.
Prime minister congratulates
2012 - Prime minister Dankert has send a telegram to US president Barack
Obama to congratulate him with his re-election as president of the
United States. With only the results of Florida remaining to be
announced, Obama had secured 303 of the electoral votes, far more than
were needed to be elected. The prime minister expressed his hope that
the stable cooperation of the last few years between the US and
Kronenburg will continue in the next four years to the benefit of both
Convention to start on 15 November; 29 November for Kronenburg
2012 - Following announcements made by the office of both the prime
and the transitional secretary general of the Exumbran Convention, the treaty of that organisation will officially
enter into force next week, on 15 November. The organisation itself will
start to be operational as a result. Since Kronenburg ratified the
treaty however after the required amount of ratifications had taken
place, Kronenburg won't be a full member until the 29th. According to
the ministry of foreign affairs there won't be many side effects of this
situations, as a series of transitional procedures will start on 15
November which will last several weeks;
our country will have
sufficient time to catch up.
One of the main events to come is the election of the Kronenburg members
of the Exumbran Parliament, which will be done by the combined
Noordkamer and Zuidkamer. Although no date has been confirmed yet, the
most likely day for the elections is Tuesday 18 December, according to
spokespersons of the larger political parties.
Extra transport to the US on
Monday and Tuesday
2012 - According to the ministry of traffic, there will be additional
transport connections with the US on Monday and Tuesday to allow US
Americans who temporarily live in Kronenburg to go to their home town to
vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections on 6 November. It
is the second time that this is organised; in 2004 and before that, the
sudden exodus of Americans from Kronenburg caused problems at airports
and ferry harbours.
Engaged princely couple causes scene in Luxembourg
21 October 2012 -
Prince Willem Lodewijk and the Marckonian princess Lovisa drew a lot of
attention to themselves when they engaged in a fight outside of a
Scandinavia oriented bar in the railway station quarter, south of the
city centre. Princess Lovisa had been sitting there for a while on her
own when prince Willem Lodewijk found her, apparently thanks to the fact
that the princess had forgotten to deactivate the gps on her cell phone.
Once outside the bar, she began yelling at him in Marckonian and throwing things from
her purse at him. Some other people then chose sides, although none of
them actually knew what the argument was about. The police had to
intervene to restore order.
The princely couple has been engaged since last year. They were in
Luxembourg to attend the marriage between hereditary grand duc Guillaume
and the Belgian countess Stéphanie de Lannoy.
Noordkamer ratifies Exumbran
5 October 2012 - The
Noordkamer (house of representatives) has ratified the Treaty of the
Exumbran Convention this morning. Apart from the PvG and ROOS!
government coalition parties, the Pragmatist Union and the League of
Elderly voted in favour of the bill, as well as the liberal VLSP.
Surprisingly, the treaty was supported too by the Christian democrats
(NCD). The conservative liberal LKP and the right wing Christian KV
voted against and the other parties, including the social democratic
Although the result is good news for foreign affairs minister Mathias
Schydtz and for the entire Exumbran Convention, the procedure is not
done yet: the Zuidkamer (senate) still has to approve the ratification
bill, although problems are not expected there, despite the fact that
the parties supporting the government have less seats in the Zuidkamer.
Minister Schydtz has asked the Zuidkamer to vote as soon as possible;
he'd like to finalise the procedure before 1 November.
(Update 23 October 2012) - Yesterday, the Zuidkamer approved the
ratification of the Treaty of the Exumbran Convention and it will
therefore enter into force for Kronenburg at the end of November. For
the majority of the other member states, the treaty will already be
valid in the beginning of next month, as the sufficient amount of
ratifying members was already reached on 8 October. The State of
remains the only member state that still has to ratify.
Foreign affairs minister
'deplores' Palanan reaction to the boycott call by Populus
25 September 2012 -
Foreign affairs minister Mathias Schydtz has said that he deplores the
harsh reaction of his Palanan colleague to the boycott that was asked
for last week by the human rights organisation Populus. The Palanan
minister Pyotr Soka had
reacted irritably, saying that Palana doesn't require any
interference in domestic affairs and expressed the hope that the
Kronenburg flag wouldn't have to be removed from the Friendship Square.
Although Kronenburgish, Populus is however not linked to the Kronenburg
government, and minister Schydtz emphasised that the latter has very
little responsibility for the actions of Populus.
A spokeswoman of the oppositional right wing political party LKP called
upon the minister to question the behaviour of Palana within the AGL.
'Palana wanted to join the AGL; how can they fully function as a member
state if they don't allow such interaction with other member states?
This whole situation is outrageous!' she said and reminded of a similar
affair that took place last year, when the government of Insulantis held
the government of Île de Romanhe responsible for criticism by an
impartial Ilyaroman newspaper.
wants new airport
24 September 2012 -
The government has issued plans to build an entirely new international
airport. The present airport of Alexanderstad will be too small for the
increasing annual amount of passengers in the near future, and very soon
won't be able to comply with national and international regulations for
air traffic that are currently valid.
In relation to this, the government wants to investigate the
possibilities of creating better connections between our country and the
American mainland. A bridge between the city of Marianne and Long Island
would be the easiest and least expensive to build, and has been
considered for a while, although not very seriously, but a bridge to the
north is also on the list, according to a government spokeswoman.
Investors have responded to the plans with caution; according to some,
an entirely new airport would only be profitable if all the connection
plans to the US will be carried out as well.
Populus wants boycott of Jolka Cultural Capital of the AGL 2012
18 September 2012 -
The Kronenburg human rights organisation Populus has asked for a boycott
of the AGL Cultural Capital of 2012, which is held in Jolka, the capital
of the newest AGL member state Palana. Last Friday, the Palanan
government issued a statement saying that flash mobs will be forbidden
in Palana, after the country's first flash mob event was organised on
one of Jolka's large squares. According to several sources, the get
together had no political or otherwise anti-government intention
whatsoever. Populus thinks the Palanan government's measures are an
infraction of the human freedom of assembly.
Worries about Exumbran time
17 September 2012 - Increased worrying has
been reported in the ministry of foreign affairs about the time table of
after the elections in
revealed a majority against ratification of the Exumbran treaty; the
Huenanese president Mou, who is in favour of joining the organisation,
is now trying to carefully rearrange the political allegiances in his
country, but it is not certain whether or not he will succeed. If Huenan
doesn't join the Convention, Kronenburg will become the sole largest net
contributor to the organisation when it joins. Currently, four countries
have already ratified the treaty, with the chairwoman of the Adzhatian
Adzhatia will follow before the end of September. The Treaty will
become operational 30 days after two thirds of the member states have
Foreign affairs minister Schydtz called upon the governments of the
other member states not to take any hastened decision and let the
ratification process unfold itself as it is supposed to. He also
mentioned that, as the government has already found a suitable location
for the Exumbran Office, the Exumbran Convention will be welcome to use
it even if the Treaty enters into force without Kronenburg having it
ratified yet. The minister gave his assurance that, with the current
political situation, a majority in favour of ratification
exists and that it may be put
on the Noordkamer agenda for 'somewhere in October'.
(addition, 19 September) - The (transitional) Secretary General
of the Exumbran Convention, Oliver B. Murtogg, has visited the offices
today that have been proposed by the Kronenburg government as the
Exumbran headquarters. The large complex is located on the north-eastern
coast of the Westereiland, in the Alexanderstad municipality, but near
the Westerland municipality border and the Handelstoren subway station.
Murtogg made a brief statement to the press, saying that it was expected
that small problems could arise during the ratification process, with
each prospective member state applying its own rules and time table
regarding the ratification of the Exumbran Convention treaties.
'The most pressing matter indeed is the treaty entering into force at a
moment that Kronenburg, which is the country that is hosting these
offices, hasn't ratified it yet', Mr. Murtogg said. 'The Kronenburg
foreign minister, Mr. Schydtz, has assured me however that the Exumbran
Convention is welcome to use the office in the mean time anyway and that
his country will remain on its track towards ratification and full
membership of the Convention.' The Secretary General wouldn't comment on
the political situation in Huenan, where the first ratification attempt
failed yesterday, but expressed his confidence that all prospective
member states would in due time honour their intentions as declared on
Twaelfterpen to become Exumbran Permanent Representative of Kronenburg
31 August 2012 -
While our country has yet to ratify the Treaty of the Exumbran
Convention, a name has been put forward by the ministry of foreign
affairs for the job of Kronenburg Permanent Representative in the
Permanent Preparational Council of the Convention: Mrs. Ina
Twaelfterpen-Nieboer, the current Kronenburg ambassador for New Zealand
will likely assume the job once all legal procedures have been
fulfilled. Twaelfterpen (55) has been working in the diplomatic service
for 30 years, both as ambassador and diplomat. Among others, she
represented Kronenburg in Guatemala, Austria and, since 2007, in New
Zealand and she has worked for the OAS and the United Nations.
Kronenburg and eight other
countries found Exumbran Convention
2012 - In the small Caribbean nation of
the new international organisation of the
was founded yesterday. The delegations of nine prospective member states
signed the treaties and the former foreign affairs minister of New
Courland, Oliver B. Murtogg, was appointed transitional Secretary
General. Our country is to play host for the organisation's main Office.
A government spokesman said that buildings will be provided in
Alexanderstad or Friescheburg, depending on the available space in both
The main office will also host the Executive Committee of the Exumbran
the main purpose of EIC is the
promotion of (cultural) exchange, cooperation, and communication between
member states and their citizens, in accordance with the fourth
objective, and in support of the first and second objective of the
Exumbran Convention as mentioned in article 2 of its founding treaty.
The Convention will focus on international cooperation between the
member states on scientific, industrial and social levels. According to
the ministry of foreign affairs, it can be considered an addition to the
existing foreign relationships that have been established by means of
the Kronenburg memberships of the Commonwealth, the OAS and the AGL,
which all focus on different matters and/or are limited to a certain
region in the world. The autonomous overseas provinces of the White
Island and the Kronenburg Virgin Islands haven't signed the treaty and
therefore they remain outside of the Exumbran Convention.
Issel ambassador involved in
13 July 2012 - Biem-Jan af Leiborg, the Issel ambassador to Kronenburg,
was involved in an accident this afternoon, which was caused by the
ambassador's car hitting a tram in the Kronenburgerstraatweg in
Alexanderstad. The tram derailed and fell upon some parked cars. Some
people, including the ambassador's driver, were injured and taken to the
Queen Isabel expects third
12 July 2012 - Queen Isabel, the wife of king Ernst of Kronenburg, is
expecting her third child. This was announced today by the Royal House.
The birth will probably occur somewhere at the end of February or the
beginning of March 2013. The king and queen already have two daughters:
princess Sofie Charlotte, born in 2008, and princess Carolina Hedwig,
born in 2010. If the new child will be a boy, the current law of
succession states that he will become the future king of Kronenburg;
political parties have been arguing about changing the law for some
years now, but an official proposal hasn't been submitted yet.
O3-Infra wants to invest in AGL-Soccer Championships 2013 in Île de
12 July 2012 - The investment company O3-Infra, part of the larger O3
Investments of known Kronenburg billionaire Oscar A. Ottendorf Okrilla,
will support the AGL-Soccer Championships of 2013 in Île de Romanhe
financially. Negotiations with the Ilyaroman government are underway.
Île de Romanhe is rather small and poor and unlikely to organise the
entire event all by itself.
subsidises travelling to Palana
10 July 2012 - The Kronenburg government has decided to temporarily
subsidise flights that will lead to the Palanan capital of Jolka, the
current Cultural Capital of the AGL. Although some Kronenburgers did
already find their ways to the communist country in north-eastern Asia,
the government considered that more could be done to stimulate people to
go there for a holiday.
Disappointment in Kronenburg
after the postponed vote on the proposed changes in "Jarjana"
9 July 2012 - The 50th AGL-Conference that was held yesterday in Portus
Regius, approved the proposed changes of the Treaty of Aralethe, the AGL
founding treaty. When the treaty changes enter into force, AGL member
states will be obliged to sign the AGL human rights treaty (the Treaty
of Jarjana) when they wish to become or remain a member of the AGL. A
change of the Treaty of Jarjana itself however, proposed by Kronenburg,
was postponed to the next summit, of course much to the dismay of
In the current version of the Treaty of Jarjana, the death penalty is
allowed in member states as a possible juridical sentence, if a country
wishes so. The Kronenburg government had proposed to change that, so
that the death penalty wouldn't be allowed anymore in whichever country
wants to join the AGL. The moment for the change seemed right, in
combination with the proposed change of the Aralethe Treaty to make the
signing of Jarjana mandatory. If "Aralethe" hadn't been changed, there
remained the possibility that member states simply wouldn't sign
"Jarjana", but according to many Kronenburg political parties, making
"Jarjana" mandatory doesn't really add a lot to the membership
obligations if that treaty continues to allow the death penalty.
Several parties already announced before the Conference that they
wouldn't ratify the changes to "Aralethe" if the proposed changes to
"Jarjana" weren't approved as well; that situation has happened now, and
apparently the Oostkamer (the government of Kronenburg) doesn't expect
to achieve a majority for an "Aralethe" ratification proposal, which
will probably lead to the decision of not submitting the proposal at
Otherwise the Conference went sufficiently well, from the government's
point of view at least. The People's Republic of Palana narrowly
obtained full membership, and the Republic of the Vosks and the Gurds
was admitted as associated member; especially the oppositional LKP
wondered what both countries, the first communist, the second rather
poor, will be doing in the AGL. The Marckonian former prime minister
Heidi Ankerskjöld was elected to become the next Secretary General on 6
September, and Glória San Martín (from Chimor) will succeed Harma van
der Aa-Roorda as director of EnerGeo on 26 July. Île de Romanhe will
organise the 7th AGL soccer championships next year.
White Islands Government
2 July 2012 - Shortly before Summer recess, the White Islands government
collapsed after disagreement in the province's autonomous government on
its exact wishes regarding the revision of the treaty that deals with
the islands' status within the Kingdom of Kronenburg. The chief
minister, Walter MacDowell (NLP) called for elections somewhere in
September or October, which will be the second elections this year.
Polls indicate that the NLP has to fear especially its current coalition
partner, the LWE of minister of Affairs of the Realm, Margreet
Rietdekker, but also the oppositional PSV, who lead the White Island
government from 1996 to early 2012, could make a surprising come-back.
Insulting opera criticised
30 June 2012 - The last concert of the 2011-2012 classical music season
in Kronenburg contained the world premiere of Johannes Dekker's latest
opera, "The Audience Haters". The experimental one act work introduced
six people in various clothing who insulted the audience in various
manners and in various musical styles. Although people should be
accustomed by now to the weirdness Dekker has shown in the last ten
years or so, there were some listeners nevertheless who left the concert
already after the first scene. It turned out however that this wasn't
because of the insults, but because of the quality of the work as a
whole. 'Even Dekker can do better', was a much heard comment.
White Islands and Kronenburg Virgin Islands 'not sure' about Exumbran
28 June 2012 - The governments of both autonomous overseas provinces of
Kronenburg, the White Islands and the Kronenburg Virgin Islands, have
announced that they are intently watching the intention of the
Kronenburg government's intention to join the
Exumbran Convention. The White Islands minister of Affairs of the
Realm, Margreet Rietdekker, has said that the liberal government that
has been in office since April, is 'not sure' about joining the Exumbran
Convention jointly with Kronenburg. The Virgin Islands government said
that the Caribbean province is not unwilling to join the Convention, if
thorough investigations reveal that a Kronenburg membership will be
beneficial for the Islands as well. The fact that at least one other
Caribbean nation (New Courland)
intends to join, could make a possible membership already somewhat
Under the current treaty with Kronenburg, the autonomous overseas
provinces may not conclude treaties on their own that are as far going
as joining international organisations such as the Exumbran Convention,
but if Kronenburg chooses to do so, the autonomous provinces are allowed
to refuse to become part of the Kronenburg membership.
Kronenburg to attend first summit of 'Exumbran Convention'
June 2012 - Prime minister Hans Dankert and foreign minister
Mathias Schydtz will attend a
New Courland on 23 August. This was announced jointly by the prime
minister's office and the ministry of foreign affairs today, after a
press conference in the Asian republic of
Huenan revealed that informal talks about a new international
organisation that had been going on since May, ended in some kind of
agreement between the participating countries.
The new organisation, the name of which will most likely be 'Exumbran
Convention', to emphasise the character of its intended member states as
less significant countries in the world, is initiated by some former
member states of another international organisation,
FICT, who wished more intensive cooperation that the rest of the
FICT member states couldn't - or wouldn't - offer. Last year, our
country was among the nine countries present at the founding of FICT,
but chose to not become a member. Kronenburg remains however interested
in some kind of observer status, if such a status would be provided by
the rules of FICT.
'It is true that Kronenburg will have to contribute the larger part to
the Exumbran Convention if our country joins this organisation, but we
estimate that it will bring our country much good in terms of economic
and scientific progress', a spokeswoman of the prime minister's office
said. She confirmed in this context that Kronenburg has sent an envoy to
the small communist country of
Dhram Phá, which is also named as a possible member state of the
Convention. There are no diplomatic relations yet with Dhram Phá, but
that is to change.
Along with some smaller opposition parties, the social-democratic PSV
has condemned the government's plans to join the Exumbran Convention and
repeated its pet topic that Kronenburg has much more to gain from
regional cooperation and should increase its participation in the OAS as
well as join the NAFTA.
Kronenburg considers opening
relations with communist state of Dhram Phá
2012 - The Kronenburg goverment is considering starting official
relations with the
small communist state of
Dhram Phá. State secretary Max Bos of Foreign Economic and Cultural
Cooperation (FECC) told this in an interview on television this morning.
Although the interview was mainly about the government's expectations of
AGL-summit, the state secretary elaborated briefly on other current
'Kronenburg is participating in talks in the republic of
Huenan about a new international organisation', mr. Bos said. 'And
we already have relations with most of the other participants, but our
country has never done business with Dhram Phá directly. It is true that
Dhram Phá has a government system, many aspects of which are criticised
by western civilisations, but as an international organisation is meant
to act as a platform of exchange of ideas, I'm confident that this will
influence Dhram Phá, too, in a positive manner. The fact alone that a
country like Dhram Phá is willing to participate in talks about this
kind of international cooperation is promising.'
New mayor of Zuiderland dissolves municipal council
2012 - Emiel Lattanzio,
newly elected mayor of Zuiderland, dissolved the municipal council
today, shortly after his official inauguration, and called for early
elections on 5 September. Although newly elected mayors have the right
to do so in order to facilitate at least their first term in office, it
hasn't been done for several decades. The move lead to outrage within
Zuiderland itself, but also among national politicians.
Especially the social democratic PSV (currently the biggest party in
Zuiderland, although it isn't part of the local government) are furious:
'A municipal council isn't a television the channels of which you can
change randomly', says PSV-leader Mariëtte van der Schaaf; 'We would
have elections all the time if mayors dissolve their councils if they
don't like the challenge of government.'
Parties like the liberal PvG and LKP however justify Lattanzio's move.
'If a mayor thinks that he will be unable to work with his municipal
council at one point, he may dissolve it, just as the law clearly
states', says LKP-leader Poul-Helge Espersen. 'If the mayor doesn't like
the new council either, he'll have to conclude that it will be best for
the people and for himself to step down as mayor.' In all, I think it is
better to have the people represented by institutions that are able to
work together smoothly, than a mayor and a council hating each other and
not making any decisions at all during four years.'
Political parties argue about
death penalty clause in the Jarjana human rights treaty
19 / 21 May 2012 - In the
last few weeks, several political parties have asked the government to
propose a change of the Treaty of Jarjana, the
AGL human rights treaty,
in order to abolish a part by which the death penalty is recognised as a
lawful way to take a person's life. According to these parties, the
death penalty is an easy barbaric verdict that is equally gruesome as
the crime of murder itself, and they think that the Kronenburg
government should voice this opinion within the AGL more persistently.
The next AGL-Conference, which is to be held soon in the Kronenburg
city of Portus Regius, will discuss a proposal to change the AGL
founding treaty (the Treaty of Aralethe), so that countries will only be
allowed as member states if they sign and ratify the Jarjana treaty as
well. 'The present version of the treaty of Jarjana doesn't really have
an added value', says Geraldine Németh of the party ROOS!. 'For a large
part, it repeats things that are already mentioned in other treaties, so
most AGL countries simply sign it out of habit and to make their AGL
membership complete. In the past, I think only former member state
Engary didn't sign the treaty. But now there is this proposal to make
Jarjana mandatory for all countries that want to be a member of the AGL;
with the current version of the Jarjana treaty, the proposal to change
the AGL founding treaty has no value at all, in the opinion of my party,
so we are strongly considering to vote against its ratification if
nothing is done about the death penalty clause in the Jarjana treaty.'
ROOS! is the smaller of the two government parties. The ministry of
foreign affairs has announced
that it will issue a reaction
next Monday. In recent weeks, minister Mathias Schydtz has been heard
voicing approval of the idea of removing the death penalty clause from
the treaty of Jarjana. The question is whether or not the government
will want to create a diplomatic crisis in the AGL if Jarjana isn't
changed and a majority of the Noordkamer subsequently refuses to ratify
the changed Treaty of Aralethe.
At this moment however it is not clear at all whether or not there would
be a majority in the Noordkamer that would ratify any changes; many
parties have indicated that they will wait how things will develop. The
opposition right wing liberal party LKP, itself in favour of the death
penalty, issued a declaration that it considers the current version of
the Jarjana treaty 'sufficient' and that it will oppose the removal of
the death penalty clause.
(Update 21 May) - The ministry of foreign affairs announced that
it intends to propose to change the Treaty of Jarjana in order to remove
the part about the death penalty on the next AGL-Conference. The
ministry spokesman used more or less the same arguments as several
political parties did last weekend.
End Of World believers removed
from Alexanderstad square
14 May 2012 -
The police have removed the so called Dead End Walkers (Wandelaars
van het Doodlopend Pad in Dutch) from the square near the
parliamentary buildings in Alexanderstad. They had been camping there
since January in order to wait together for the End of the World, which
they believe will take place at the end of this year, as predicted by
the Mayans. Although many bystanders thought that the group of strangely
dressed people, who performed mysterious dances and rituals, was rather
amusing, the police justified their action by announcing that the Dead
End Walkers were sitting "in the way". The group was given an ultimatum
last weak, but it didn't respond to that, so the police removed them by
force today. A Dead End spokeswoman told the press that the group will
be looking for other methods to make its believe known to the world.
Government presents state reform plans
20 April 2012 -
The ministry of domestic affairs has presented its plans to reform the
national institutes in order to make the country more efficient and less
expensive. Minister Jędrzejewicz calls the reforms 'necessary' to end
decades of 'exuberant spending'. The most drastic measures involve the
redivision of ministries and state secretariats and the redivision of
The number of ministries will be reduced to fourteen, including the
office of the prime minister and a new office of the vice prime
minister, who will also be minister for state secretariats. The number
of those will be reduced from thirteen to six. The new division should
create a larger amount of financial efficiency, as the number of
institutes involved in e.g. granting subsidies will be minimised.
The number of municipalities will be increased from the twelve current
ones to fifteen; the largest change will be that the current two
municipalities of Alexanderstad and Friescheburg will be split in six
smaller municipalities. On the other hand, the municipality of West-Cod
will receive the status of autonomous overseas municipality, similar to
New-Stavoren. West-Cod will then be able to keep Dutch as its official
language, whereas the rest of Kronenburg excluding the autonomous areas
will adopt the Kronenburgish language somewhere in 2013. The overseas
autonomous provinces of the White Island and the Virgin Islands will
remain just that, but the treaties determining their competences will be
For some measures a constitution change is required, so these changes
will only be effective if the current Noordkamer and Zuidkamer approve
them, after which a new
Noordkamer has to re-approve the changes. Then a date can be set in
which the changes will take effect. If all goes well, the redivision of
municipalities is likely to take effect in 2016. For the redivision of
the ministries no constitution change is required (according to the 2006
constitution), but in theory the current government can already make the
changes during its term. The minister wouldn't say however if this is
going to be the case, nor whether or not there will be early elections
to speed up the process.
State secretary wants women
quote in Kronenburg
9 March 2012 -
The state secretary of equal
rights, mrs. Emma Tjallingha-Vikkens (ROOS!), has proposed a minimum
percentage of women serving in top jobs, both in business as in our
country's politics. She did so during a speech that she gave on the
occasion of International Women's Day, yesterday. According to the state
secretary, men are still favoured above women and a quote would be an
excellent way of changing that. An increasing number of countries world
wide has similar quotes and the overall reactions are favourable.
Carla Pinciotti, of the christian-democratic opposition party NCD, is
against a quote. 'A quote will nothing but cause positive
discrimination, causing women who aren't sufficiently capable or willing
to end up on top jobs,' Pinciotti says. 'Moreover, they will serve as
bad examples if they fail in their tasks. I completely agree with the
argument that there currently are many men as well who are incapable of
doing the job they are doing, but I think a quote will lead to women
proving that they, too, can be incapable of doing top jobs, and not to
women proving that they can do jobs as good as (or better than) men;
after all, people tend to notice first the things that go wrong.'
Kronenburg celebrates Women's
8 March 2012 - Most
Kronenburgers enjoy a day off today for the first time on the occasion
of Women's Day, which is an official holiday in our country as of this
year. Due to government measures resulting in the reduction of the
minimum amount of additional holidays for employees, the number of
official holidays has been expanded slightly. Apart from Women's Day,
these are Labour Day (1 May), Saint Lucia (13 December) and the day
after the National Holiday (2 June). Labour Day and the 2 June were
already observed by many companies; 2 June is unofficially called
'Hangover Day', because of the festivities on 1 June as a result of
which many people called in sick the day after.
Kronenburg is the first western country officialising Women's Day;
especially (former) communist countries like Russia and Cuba have a
tradition of celebrating Women's Day with a day off. The government
tried not to appoint particularly religous days as new holidays. The
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (which has some followers in our
country) launched a protest however against the refusal to make 19
September (International Talk Like A Pirate Day) an official holiday.
State visit to Yukland successful
17 February 2012 - In
the last few days, king Ernst Frederik and queen Isabel payed an
official state visit to the Northern European republic of Yukland. The
purpose of the visit was to improve and intensify the relationship
between Yukland and Kronenburg, especially on the economic level. Our
foreign affairs ministry revealed afterwarts that the Kronenburg
government is 'satisfied' with the deals achieved during the visit. Some
minor treaties were concluded in order to improve trade between our
countries and it was announced that Kronenburg will start participating
in the funding of the Minmál Institute for minority languages in Ísðor.
A spokesperson of the royal house said that the royal couple thanked
their host, the Yukkish president mr. Ylf Haukssœn, for a splendid
reception, and that the king, who is a painter himself, particularly
enjoyed the visit to the art museum in Vítgarð. No remarks were made
about the small group of anarchists who protested outside the museum
against the lack of foreign aid of both Yukland and Kronenburg to poorer
countries, and who were quickly removed by the Yukkish police. The Yukkish president
has been invited for a countervisit to Kronenburg.
Yukland is a member of the international organisation
FICT. Although our
country has been asked to join, an invitation which was repeated by the
Yukkish foreign affairs minister, mrs. Brjenhild Franklendi, the
Kronenburg position remains the same, that although it is watching FICT
with great interest, it will not join any time soon.
Sigurd Jörgensen to retire
28 January 2012 -
This morning, foreign affairs minister and vice prime minister Sigurd
Jörgensen has announced his retirement from active politics, due to
health reasons. According to Jörgensen, the prime minister, mr. Dankert,
as well as the ROOS! party leadership has been informed of his decision
already two weeks ago, so that a successor has already been found:
Mathias Schydtz, who has served as the deputy director of the emerging
economy department of the state secretariate of Foreign Economical and
Cultural Cooperation since 2008. Jörgensen will step down on 3 February
after the Promulgation ceremony (the annual opening of the Kronenburg
parliamentary year); Schydtz will take the oath shortly thereafter. As
vice prime minister, he will be succeeded by Hein Swabedissen, the
minister of regional planning.
Sigurd Jörgensen (62) has had an active career: among other jobs, he
served as the mayor of Oud-kronenburg (1999 - 2003) and as director of
the Ylieen-Centre, the cultural institute of the AGL (2006 - 2009). He
had to step down from the latter job before the end of his term due to
health problems and in the Summer of 2009 he spent some time in the
hospital after a difficult operation. He recovered however quickly, and
in 2010 he contributed a lot to the new party combination ROOS!, for
which party he was appointed foreign affairs minister and vice prime
minister only last year.
End Of World believers gather
26 January 2012 -
With the Occupy demonstrators removed from city squares in Kronenburg, a
new group has settled on the central square near the city hall and the
parliament buildings consisting of people who believe that the world
will end on 21 December this year, as predicted by the Mayan calender.
The Dead End Walkers or in Dutch Wandelaars van het Doodlopend
Pad, as they call themselves, put some tents on the square and drew
a circle between them around which they perform mysterious dances,
dressed in red woollen robes. Bystanders seem to find the whole thing
rather amusing until now, and the city council told the press that it
sees no reason yet to remove the Walkers from the square.
angered by Kronenburg economist's remarks
14 January 2012 -
Henk Eminga, a professor of economic history at the University of
Denestad, has shocked the society of the country of
Khusqaikama a week ago by
suggesting in an
interview that they should stimulate sex tourism and
the export of porn in order to make their larger neighbouring countries
such as Russia invest in the Khusqaian economy. He claimed that a
similar situation applies for our country as well: Kronenburg offers a
lucrative gambling scene in the northeastern part of North America that
attracts United States Americans from neighbouring states as well as
some Canadians. Eminga claimed that Asian women are forming an
attractive aspect of the Khusqaian economy and he advised the country to
boost this industry.
Although considered a brilliant economist, Henk Eminga is known for his
peculiar and sometimes controversial way of formulating his opinions.
Colleagues called Eminga's remarks 'typical' and 'clumsy' but admitted
that the Khusqaians, who do not have had much first hand experience with
Eminga's personality yet, were right to be annoyed by them.
municipalities will choose new mayors in early 2012
13 January 2012 -
Four municipalities will get new mayors early this year. Already on 21
December last year, business woman Lena Ewen was elected to succeed
Oud-Kronenburg mayor Alfred Dopper on 1 February, but today the mayors
of Dietzland, Alexanderstad and Zuiderland also announced that they will
be stepping down soon.
The announcement of the mayor of Alexanderstad, Bert-Jan Sibranda, came
as a surprise. He has been mayor of the capital since 2005, but he was
widely expected to remain in office for several more years (mayors in
Kronenburg are elected only once, and then evaluated every four or five
years; they can step down themselves or be sent away if such an
evaluation has a negative result). He said however that he has received
some money from an inheritance and he and his wife decided to buy a
house on the Kronenburg Virgin Islands.
Dietzland has called for elections on Saturday 3 March. The other two
municipalities haven't decided on dates yet.
Prime minister announces
changes in the diplomatic service
1 January 2012 - Our
country's diplomatic service will be drastically reformed as of 1
January 2013. This was mentioned yesterday evenening in the New Year's
Speech by the prime minister. The reforms are part of austerity measures
that should make the Kronenburg budget more healthy. The most drastic
change will be the halving of the number of embassies, but more details
will be announced in February.
Government announces possible redivision of local governments
20 December 2011 -
The ministry of domestic affairs announced today that it will conduct an
investigation next year whether or not a redivision of local governments
is useful and, if so, how it can be implemented the best way. Several
political parties had already mentioned the possibility of a redivision
and recently, the autonomous overseas provinces of the White Islands and
the Kronenburg Virgin Islands have requested a change of status: both
entities wish to expand their autonomy.
In addition, the municipality of West-Cod has said that the possibility
should be investigated that it will get an autonomous status similar to
that of the overseas municipality of New-Stavoren. The West-Cod people
fear problems when the Kronenburgish language is made an official
language of Kronenburg; the inhabitants of West-Cod only speak Dutch and
English as mother tongues.
Meanwhile, the larger municipalities of Oud-Kronenburg, Friescheburg and
Alexanderstad, people are discussing the possibility of splitting in
multiple smaller population clusters, although a majority of the
inhabitants are said to be opposed to such a change.
Prince Willem Lodewijk engaged
to Marckonian princess Lovisa
15 December 2011 - Prince Willem Lodewijk, the younger brother of king
Ernst Frederik, will marry the Marckonian princess Lovisa on a still
undecided moment in the future. Although the royal houses of both
countries have yet to make it official, several Marckonian and
Kronenburg newspapers put the news on their front covers today (the
Marckonians were first because of the time difference). The princess, a
daughter of the Marckonian king Henrik-Otkar II, first wants to finish
her studies before she will marry.
The 28 year old prince was seen in company of the 22 year old princess
on several occasions in the last months. Although
according to some the
couple became romantically involved during the Marckonian state visit to
Kronenburg in 2009, others claim that they were seeing each other
already before that. Until September last year, prince Willem Lodewijk
still had an official relationship with a Kronenburg woman, miss Cecilia
The fact that the news has spread today before any official announcement
is made, has caused some commotion. Some suspect members of the royal
household to have leaked the news to the media, but others are convinced
that it was the couple themselves that spilled the beans: especially the
prince is known for making very lucrative but often controversial deals.
Earlier this year, he signed a contract with broadcasting organisation
O3 for a reality soap around his person, but the royal house and the
government prevented this from happening.
"Stear Wirdbook" most popular St. Nicolas gift of 2011
8 December 2011 - The "Stear Wirdbook fan de Kroneborgske Sprake" (Large
Dictionary of the Kronenburg Language) has proven a popular gift for the
St. Nicolas festivities this year; the dictionary, which came out half
way November, was the second best sold book at the end of the month,
after "De Luwte" (The Shelter), the newest novel by Kronenburg writer
Saskia van Harlingen.
The Stear Wirdbook is not the first dictionary in the Kronenburg
language, but earlier versions were mainly Dutch to Kronenburg pocket
dictionaries that introduced mainly special and funny words; the Stear
Wirdbook is a work of more than 2000 pages and more than 100,000
entries, and it could be purchased with a discount in the weeks around
St. Nicolas (5 and 6 December).
The dictionary was finished a year before the Kronenburg language will
be introduced as an official language in the country. At the moment only
Dutch is the official language; it won't be replaced entirely by
Kronenburgish as of 1 January 2013 as some issues still have to be
resolved, such as whether or not to introduce Kronenburgish in the
municipality of West-Cod, where people don't speak the language, but use
Dutch and English instead.
Kronenburg professor co-founds ISCOSELN
8 December 2011 - The Kronenburg economist Harold Wijnsma (from the
Technical University of Waterburg) has founded the International Society
for the study of the Challenges and Opportunities of Small Economies
with Large Neighbours (ISCOSELN) today, together with his Khusqaian
colleague Siimeŋ Ŭeixiitär, who became the society's first president.
ISCOSELN is an international scientific society that aims to further the
scientific study of the economic problems of countries with small
economies that are overshadowed by much larger and better known
neighbours, and how to overcome these problems. The organisation pursues
its aims by means of organising scientific conferences, and will in the
future possibly publish a journal. Despite the scientific focus,
ISCOSELN also welcomes government officials as members and as attendees
to the organisation's conferences.
Harold Wijnsma (*1957) is known in Kronenburg for his research and
articles about the power and the lack of it of the Kronenburg economy in
the shadow of the much larger economy of the United States.
LKP wants Kronenburg to remain
out of FICT and has serious doubts with continuing the AGL membership
opposition party LKP doesn't want Kronenburg to join the international
organisation FICT, not even in a more remote future, according to a
party spokesman. In addition, the party has 'serious doubts' whether our
country should continue the AGL membership. The reason for this is the
increasing number of what the LKP calls 'dubious countries' that are
members of FICT and the AGL. These countries don't value democracy as
much as it should be, the party claims. Among the founding member states
of FICT are such countries, such as Dhram Phá and Harrawi, but the LKP
has also great doubts about the proper functioning of Adzhatia. Within
the AGL there are Chimor, Île de Romanhe and Insulantis as well as the
associated member state Palana; the LKP would have preferred them
outside of the AGL instead of in it. Recently, Chimor applied for the
membership of FICT.
The LKP will revise its party programme next year in order to remake the
party appealing to the Kronenburg voters. The above stance is to be
included in it.
Former PM of Île de Romanhe makes a bid for the public broadcasting
November 2011 - RagnaRrökk, a company from the Indian Ocean island
nation of Île de Romanhe lead by a former prime minister of that
country, Pascal Rrokk, has made a bid for the Kronenburg public
broadcasting channels RTK1 and RTK3. RagnaRrökk is hoping to use these
channels to better broadcast its own programmes, some of which will be
produced at the Kronenburg Virgin Islands. Although the communication
minister Marianne Fraeijlema has said to seriously take the bid into
consideration, an action committee aiming to preserve the quality of
Kronenburg television has reacted to the news with concern: they fear
that RagnaRrökk will cause the catagenesis of programme variety on these
King will visit Yukland in 2012
November 2011 - King Ernst Frederik and his wife queen Isabel will visit
the republic of Yukland early next year. They will be received by
president Ylf Haukssœn. The aim of the visit is to improve the ties with
a country from where many emigrants reached Kronenburg in the past.
Apart from that, the Northern European country is economically
attractive and could be more of a partner to our country. During the
visit, the king will be accompanied by prime minister Hans Dankert,
foreign affairs minister Sigurd Jörgensen and economical affairs
minister Thomas Bouma.
Pirate Party chairman arrested
15 November 2011 -
During the continuing removal
of the Occupy camp in Alexanderstad, the police arrested 26 people this
morning. Among them the chairman of the recently founded Pirate Party,
Sven Haisma. Bystanders filmed with their phones how Haisma knocked a
police officer to the ground and kicked him in the face. Haisma and many
of his party members participated in the Occupy protests from the first
hour and they were extremely upset when the minister gave the order last
week to remove the protesters. Depending on the injuries Haisma has
inflicted upon the policeman, he can get a maximum of nine years
Occupy-Kronenburg protesters to be removed from square
11 November 2011 -
The police in Alexanderstad have begun to remove all Occupy-Kronenburg
protesters from the square near the stock exchange building, where the
largest variant of the Occupy Wall Street movement in our country has
been camping since September in order to protest against the continuing
greed in the financial sector. Domestic affairs minister Wojciech
Jędrzejewicz had given the protesters an ultimatum last week, after a
small group of protesters had begun to throw bricks and other objects
towards the stock exchange building, although the protest had been
generally peaceful until then. The police made some arrests. The
minister, who said to agree with many of the protesters' points of vue
(he is a member of the left wing party ROOS!), argued that there are
other ways of protesting without harming innocent people; in the last
month and a half, crime figures in the areas around the three Occupy
locations in our country have risen. The protesters have announced that
they intend to stay where they are, despite the police and the
State secretary to Chimor to
talk about extradition request
8 November 2011 -
Mrs. Barbara Taffijn-åsby, the state secretary for American Affairs, has
travelled to the Chimorese capital of Lindavista to talk about the
extradition request made by the Chimorese government last summer. The
Chimorese drug dealer Nestor Garda, who was arrested in the Kronenburg
village of Treurgat and who is now awaiting a trial for involvement in
drugs dealing and for being in Kronenburg illegally, is wanted by Chimor
as well. There are however no extradition agreements between our
countries, as Kronenburg has a very hesitant policy of concluding such
treaties with any country, in order to protect its own citizens. The
fact that mr. Garda doesn't have the Kronenburg nationality could
however make things easier, but if he is extradited to Chimor, this will
only occur after his trial, the first hearing of which will take place
no sooner than January 2012.
broadcasting channels are for sale
2 November 2011 - The
government is to sell all public broadcasting channels in 2012 and 2013.
This was announced today by traffic and communication minister Marianne
Fraeijlema. The public broadcasters have been unprofitable for years,
especially after a media schandal in 2006 in which all three public
channels, RTK1, RTK3 and RTK-Kunst (the art channel) were involved. The
selling of the public channels means the effective end to government
subsidised media in our country. Among the parties interessed in buying
one or more channels is the Kronenburg media tycoon Oscar A. Ottendorf
Okrilla, who already has his own television channels. Many fear that he
will disband the public channels if he buys them and the labour unions
have already announced protests against the government's decision.
Kronenburg gets its own Pirate
19 October 2011 - As of today, Kronenburg too has its own Pirate Party.
The Kronenburgse Piratenpartij (KPP) was officially
founded today by a group of sympathisers of Pirate Parties in other
countries and plans to fight in our country too for the so called
'digital rights' of the people: most importantly freedom of information
and privacy protection, among other issues. According to the party's
first leader, Sven Haisma, Kronenburg is falling behind in this digital
era. 'Many of the old rules can't be applied on internet environments,
and in the last ten years, our government has done too little to adapt
itself and our society to the increasing problems, dangers but also
benefits of the internet. The world is changing, but the political
establishment doesn't seem to notice', mr. Haisma said.
A spokeswoman of the liberal opposition party LKP has called the
founding of the KPP an outrage and says her party thinks the pirate
party should be forbidden. According to the LKP, the mere existence of
the KPP in its current form is a violation of several existing laws.
Other parties have not given any reaction yet.
Insulantian proposed media law leads to anger and a discussion at AGL
level about press freedom
September 2011 - A proposed media law discussed in the parliament of the
Indian Ocean nation of Insulantis has triggered some
angry reactions from
press organisations in several AGL countries. The first severe criticism
originated in an Île de Romanhe newspaper, claiming that the Insulantian
law would mean the end of press freedom in Insulantis. In a surprise
move, the Insulantian government reacted by recalling all its diplomats
from Île de Romanhe, a move that was criticised by many other AGL
countries. The conflict was commented by the AGL secretary general, mrs.
Karen Damgaard, who stated that she hoped that both countries managed to
solve the conflict by themselves, but that AGL mediation would be given
if asked for. Although some political parties and individual members of
parliament as well as officials of media organisations in our country
issued official reactions mostly condemning the Insulantian diplomatical
behaviour, the Kronenburg ministry of foreign affairs has yet to give an
The conflict has created a discussion between the AGL member states
whether press freedom is just a western liberal democratic pet topic or
that it is a more profound human freedom. In the European and American
member states as well as in most of the member states formerly colonised
by western European countries, there is astonishment that this
discussion is even brought up in the first place, but some of the other
member states claim that their cultures differ too much from the leading
western civilisations for some of the human rights to apply in the same
Among others, Joost Wubs, the editor-in-chief of the Kronenburger Bode,
one of our country's leading newspapers, has called upon the AGL Supreme
Court to check whether the proposed media law of Insulantis meet the
requirements of the Treaty of Jarjana, the AGL human rights treaty,
which Insulantis has signed.
Foreign minister starts Asia trip
7 September 2011 -
The Kronenburg foreign affairs minister
Sigurd Jörgensen has
started his Asia tour
today. Among other countries, he will visit China, Japan, the AGL
associated member state, the people's republic of Palana, as well as the
kingdom of Kaupelan and the republic of Khusqaikama. Diplomatic
relations with the two latter countries will probably be expanded during
the trip; it is understood that Kronenburg will establish consulates or
perhaps even embassies in both countries. The tour will be concluded in
Indonesia on 22 September.
Insulantis plans to legalise soft drugs; astonishment in Kronenburg
1 September 2011 -
The Kronenburg foreign affairs minister
Sigurd Jörgensen has
asked the Insulantian ambassador, mr. Saromiglus, for an explanation
regarding plans of the Insulantian government to legalise soft drugs.
These plans could have big consequences for the drug trade to fellow
AGL countries. Although only people of Insulantian
nationality would be able to buy drugs, the foreign affairs ministry has
called it 'naive' to think that Insulantians can't get involved in the
illegal trade of drugs. In the mean time the
Noordkamer has responed
with astonishment to the Insulantian plans. Some parties believe the AGL
free trade Treaty of Corille is misused by illegal organisations to
facilitate smuggling, e.g. of drugs, between AGL countries and they
believe it would be better for Kronenburg if it would revoke the treaty.
The foreign ministry didn't want to comment on these suggestions.
Insulantis is a country in the Indian Ocean, which joined the AGL in
Irene causes around 85% power
loss throughout the country
28 August 2011 -
As the tropical storm Irene
travels further to the north east, it becomes clear that not much has
been damaged by it, apart from some flooding, especially in the western
part of Kronenburg. Some streets in Alexanderstad but particularly in
Friescheburg and Marianne, were flooded; in Friescheburg the Arena
square, the city's central hub between all different kinds of public
transport to almost each corner of Kronenburg, will be closed for
several days, as the water is standing at a high level in several subway
stations. Two people in the village of Iefte were reportedly killed by
waves, as they tried to watch the storm from the coast but couldn't get
away in time.
Throughout the country, people suffered from major power losses. Some
85% of the Kronenburg homes are hit by what is now called the most
severe power outage in the recent history of our country. Public
facilities such as hospitals rely on emergency power units until main
power will be restored; this could however take more than a week.
Although Kronenburg is seldomly hit by a hurricane of this size, the
energy minister, ms. Albeda-Hann, has already promised an investigation
as to how the power outage could have reached such large proportions.
Kronenburg prepares for Irene
26 August 2011 - As
it is becoming more likely every hour that Kronenburg will be hit by the
tropical storm or even hurricane Irene during the following weekend, the
government has declared a state of emergency and adviced all
citizens to secure their houses and search for shelter. As Kronenburg is
too small a country to organise large scale evacuations, the government
has advised people living in houses that may be considered 'unstable' to
temporarily move to friends or family who live in houses that are more
likely to withstand the severe weather conditions. Some citizens have
however chosen to leave the country and visit relatives in Canada or the
United States; for the last two days, the international airport of Alexanderstad
has been crowded with twice the amount of passengers as normally would
be the case in this time of year.
Ministry of foreign affairs
investigating membership of new organisation FICT
29 June 2011 - Last
Saturday a new international organisation was created in Purikali, the
capital of the kingdom of
Forum of International Cooperation
and Trade is said to be a more serious successor of the
organisation FICTS, which has existed since 2004, but which will be
terminated once FICT is fully operational. Apparently Kronenburg was
represented during the events in Purikali, although no decision about a
FICT membership of our country was made at that moment.
'Although certain countries that have become members of FICT,
have tried to persuade Kronenburg to join as well, we won't make such a
decision very hastily,' says a foreign ministry spokeswoman. 'Although
the government certainly is interested in FICT, it is not its objective
to make our country a full member at this time. In the following months,
we will closely monitor the development of the organisation and at a
moment in the future, a more official stand may be taken.'
If Kronenburg would join FICT now, it would be the most populated
country in the organisation and probably have the highest GDP rate, and
opponents of Kronenburg becoming a FICT member say that we have to make
our own economy as healthy as it used to be before the crisis, before we
put money in an unknown organisation that has been existing for four
days now. Mr.
Sigurd Jörgensen, the
minister of foreign affairs, is however said to be changing his original
Asia tour that is scheduled for September to include Kaupelan and
possibly the republic of Khusqaikama.
reform plans could lead to 2000 and 5000 Guilders banknotes
23 May 2011 - The
government is considering a currency reform. According to spokesmen of
the finance ministry, the devaluation of the Kronenburg Guilder in the
last three years has created the need for 2000 Guilder and perhaps even
5000 Guilder banknotes, whereas the 5 and 10 cents coins could be easily
abolished. The ministry sais that the worst part of the financial crisis
is over and that the Guilder has been more or less stable around € 0.10
/ $ 0.13 for more than a year now. Although critics say new banknotes
are far from necessary in these times, as people don't pay large sums of
money in cash anymore, the news has led on the other hand to feminists
proposing famous Kronenburgish women to be put on the new notes; on the
current banknotes, which were issued between 1994 and 2002, only men
Hans Dankert prime
minister in new government
4 May 2011 -
Exactly one month after
Hans Dankert was
Advisor General by the
king, the newly elected
Noordkamer installed him
prime minister and leader of a coalition of the progressive liberal
and the leftist/green party
Vice prime minister will be ROOS!-leader
Sigurd J�rgensen; he will
also be minister of foreign affairs. Etto Reer (PvG/independant) remains
finance minister. Evelien Popma-de Burch (PvG) will be the new defense
minister. Domestic affairs will be led by Wojciech Jędrzejewicz (ROOS!)
and Arnout Carstens (PvG) will be the new state secretary of domestic
security. A complete list of the new government can be found under
The members of the Noordkamer elected Pia Godeken-Möländer as their
Prince Willem Lodewijk
in reality series
20 April 2011 -
Prince Willem Lodewijk, the youngest brother of king
Frederik, has made a deal with broadcasting company O3 about
a reality series about the prince. How much the company of billionaire
Oscar A. Ottendorf Okrilla has payed the prince for his participation,
is not clear. The prince's initiative has been met with surprise and
outrage. An investigation will be conducted after possible political,
institutional and diplomatic consequences that may ensue if both parties
go through with their plan. Although not officially confirmed, the
prince is in a relationship with the
Lovisa; if she will be part of the series as well, this might have
consequences even outside Kronenburg.
In March the society magazine Public was forced by court to hand
over pictures that were secretly made of the couple during their holiday
What prompted the prince's present actions, remains a mystery.
Hans Dankert appointed
4 April 2011 - In a surprise move, the economist
Hans Dankert has been
Advisor General by the king. In the next few weeks, he will be
responsible for finding parties that are able to form a suitable
coalition government with each other, after the parliamentary elections
of 23 March. Dankert, a member of the liberal Party for Equality (PvG),
was chosen by the king instead of the political leader of that party,
Ewald de Haan de Cronenburg. De Haan de Cronenburg made himself
impossible as a candidate for the function of Advisor General, after
expressing severe criticism at two countries Kronenburg has friendly
Palana. He implied that that those countries
could not fit in the
AGL because of their
leftist forms of government.
Being appointed Advisor General, mr. Dankert is almost certain to
succeed the current
Ernst-Piter Strikwerda, whose
PSV lost half of its seats in the last
28 March 2011 - Today, the government has decided to put the
construction of a new nucleair facility, south west of
hold, after ongoing protests against the facility. Reason for these
protests is the situation in Japan, where an earthquake and a tsunami
dangerously damaged a nuclear facility in Fukushima. Reassuring words by
energy minister Erwin Ruwaard or by Harma van der Aa, the director of
AGL energy institution EnerGeo, weren't enough to convince the
general public that the facility in Kronenburg is built with modern
techniques and safety measures in order to protect it against natural
Most political parties were disappointed by the government's decision.
They fear that the construction pause will make the facility more
PvG (liberals) and
ROOS! (communists, greens,
republicans), the two largest parties since last week's elections have
opposite opinions on how to proceed: ROOS! wishes to completely cease
building the powerplant, but the PvG likes to continue construction as
soon as possible.