News archive. Further news about Tak appears in Reg ak Mɵg since September 316.

Pŋpə Hol ob Laar af rem guup nemEm Hək Slt
Minister Hol ob Laar proposes Central-Smalik Highway
MƟG, 15 ŋQaam 
13Ҩ / 15 August 316 - In the first week after the end of this year's Winter Reces, Hol ob Laar, minister of regional planning, has launched a daring plan to construct a Central-Smalik Highway that should connect Brum or Narhammer in our northern neighbour Caboteniasa with South Martin in Bowdani or Trois Étoiles in Davenport - "Or both, that's up to Bowdani and Davenport", the minister explained. "Of course Tak will be responsible for the section in Tak, which should connect the city of Ag in the south with Sef in the north via Ƿəək in Central West-Tak." According to the minister, the entire continent could benefit from a faster north-south connection. Under the Bowdani government only little was done to invest in the development of the western part of the Tak. The minister emphasised that the national environmental guidelines for the construction of highways will be followed in order to minimise the impact that this plan will undoubtably have on local nature.

The minister's plans have already been criticised. The current unstable situation in Bowdani doesn't guarantee that the Bowdani part of the highway will be constructed anytime soon, and the Caboteniasan government doesn't seem to be interested in the rest of Smalik at all at the moment. According to the minister there is however an advantage for the provinces in the west of Tak as well, even if the highway ends at the border. Spokespeople of both national and local industry hailed the minister's plan and expressed their intention to invest in the highway if it is approved by parliament.
 

Paa TTIL van ƕiit se nok mp o Om
Director of TTIL department stores shot during holiday in Om
OM, 7 Dnnt 
13Ҩ / 7 July 316 - Qɵɵt ob Dug, the owner and director of TTIL, the largest department store of Tak, was shot in the town of Om this afternoon, the police have confirmed. Qɵɵt and his family were spending some holidays at their estate in the vicinity of Om and just left a restaurant when a masked man took a shot at him. The police are still looking for the shooter, whilst Qɵɵt's shocked family was taken to a nearby hospital.

The police didn't speculate on the motive for the attack, but it is a public secret that Qɵɵt ob Dug used TTIL as a cover for several less legal activities, with some even calling him Tak's unofficial king of crime, although this is probably too much 'honour'. It is uncertain what will happen to TTIL now, as Qɵɵt's only son nDuuɣu Qe (29) repeatedly indicated that he has no interest to succeed his father as head of the family business. If Qɵɵt's sister Ig ob Dug isn't willing to take over, then the company may lose its more than 100 year connection to the Dug family.
 

nəMoovu Mapə ƿŋkəəs po-baap kllk o Lp; paa Є nənnŋg ƿyyt
Customs discover illegal arms depot in Lp; 14 persons arrested
LP, 8 nǷƿnd 
13Ҩ / 8 April 316 - With the discovery of a huge illegal arms depot in the harbour of Lp and the arrest of 14 persons suspected of involvement, Tak Customs may have done its biggest catch in the history of its existence. According to a spokesman, various weapons worth several millions of Sabs were confiscated. Among those arrested were several persons with Bowdani nationality, several originating from Longerath countries, and two Tak. It is suspected that many of the weapons were intended for the Bowdani market.

Defense minister Fəs ob Sin congratulated Customs with the catch, but commented that despite eight years of de facto independence of Tak, Lp and eastern Tak are still seen as the most logical point of entry to the eastern part of Bowdani, as Lp is the largest harbour city on the former Bowdani east coast. "This means that it is still too easy to cross the border between Tak and Bowdani. Although much progress has been made to establish the international character of the border in the last eight years, there still is a lot of room for improvement." Most of the border is formed by the river Grb and Lake Pearyt, but the area east of Lp and Hoop doesn't have a natural border, which makes crossing the official border a lot easier. Plans to build a wall have so far been dismissed.
 

Vɵndəpə nlteend kag vap it Mar ob Qaat faat vaad
Mar ob Qaat's second government approved by five parties
MƟG, 13 nRuul 
13Ҩ / 19 March 316 - Parliament approved the government's policies for the next couple of years as well as the new government, which is once again headed by prime minister Mar ob Qaat. Five parties gave their blessings to the plans: nɛKɛl Ltens (Party of the Present), noŋOŋ Ltens (Nature Party), ƿnuBus Ltens (States' Party), and the two new parties Root Hə (Method Union) and ŋHəəh Slt Ltens (Smalik Party). Parliament's second largest party naVaater Ltens (Unity Party) voted against the plans and nəRtəp Ltens (Society Party) abstained. With 42 of 61 votes in favour, the new government was voted in office. 
 
Rɛs "ICARA" o Tak yk ter rug o nJuuf Ɣok ŋKyyŋg Kɛɛt o Lp
ICARA race takes place in Tak for the first time in Round Storm Tournament in Lp
LP, Δ nRuul 
13Ҩ / 13 March 316 - The attention of Tak and international car racing lovers is focused on Lp this week, where for the first time in Tak history an ICARA open-wheel racing tournament is organised on Tak territory: the Round Storm Tournament, or nJuuf Ɣok Nrrt ŋKyyŋg Kɛɛt in the Tak language, which is sponsored by mBɛɛh Siŋ ŋQŋŋh Ƕoob ƿɛPəə (Soft Cushion Insurances). Despite the fact that car racing is not that popular a sport in our country - and even frowned upon by some due to its noisy and allegedly environmentally disruptive nature - an impressive crowd bought tickets, approximately half of them locals who will come to watch the performance of their fellow countrymen nSiin Tom and ŋKeeɣi Qe. In the last six months especially Tom did well internationally and the car racing branch in our country is using his person and increasing fame to promote the sport domestically.
 
Marƿəpə ob Qaat nəŋeesi et af tlh n lɛb bog er vap guup
Mar ob Qaat proposes drastic course change and an almost entirely new government
MƟG, Ѧ nRuul 
13Ҩ / 10 March 316 - Prime minister Mar ob Qaat presented the draft government policies for the next years as well as an almost entirely new government yesterday, following the parliamentary elections of 14 February. Since nobody heard from the Druids since this day, it can be assumed that they continue to endorse Mar ob Qaat as prime minister, although this may change after they learn about the government program - which is so drastically different than the one she presented in 2011, that some critics have trouble believing that it's the same person who wrote it. As desired by the States' Party (ƿnuBus Ltens), the focus of the draft program is on workers and employees, rather than companies and their managements. If the plans are approved, the government will start a large review of the tax system with the aim to make it more comprehensible for everyone. A wish of a majority of the new parliament to ease the ristrictions on car use is not met in the plans; instead, the new government wants to invest in (even) more and better public transport.

To carry out these plans, Mar ob Qaat changed almost her entire cabinet, defense minister Fəs ob Sin being the most notable minister that will keep his post. The proposed minister for economic affairs, ŋQaasu Or, is known as a mild supporter of government interference in the economy as he claims that 'a system as volatile as economy needs at least a little bit of guidance'. Minister of foreign affairs Ƕɵɵk ob A will be going to domestic affairs, whereas the new foreign affairs minister will be Zoot ob Laar (f). The designated finance minister is nIisi Ook (f) and the new justice minister should become Ɣaap ob Səək (m). Parliament will vote on the new government and its plans next week.

There are however several people who criticise the prime minister's 'completely different face'. "Despite her popularity, idiots can see that this is not the same Mar ob Qaat as the person who has lead our country in the past five years", claims Ig ob Gys, the leader of the Unity Party (naVaater Ltens). "It will be extremely difficult to associate this prime minister to a certain ideology or opinion this way." The Unity Party also criticised the lack of any governmental system change in the proposed plans. According to Ig ob Gys, it is not at all certain that her party will vote in favour of the new government next week. Mar ob Qaat countered the controversy about her opinion by saying that she is appointed by the Druids to lead the government in the best possible way, with the support of as many factions in parliament as possible. "If the only way to do this in order to avoid a political crisis is to change my professional opinion, so be it", she said. "We don't consider the proposed changes as drastic as suggested by others. If I am however asked to do something that is really against my beliefs, I will let you know."
 

nɛKɛl n naVaater ƿɛLtendəpə mfaasu hɛɛt mig; ɣim lap sah nɵzɵ pŋ Mar ob Qaat
Party of the Present, Unity Party win elections; prime minister Mar ob Qaat faces a rough time
MƟG, 26 nOosu 
13Ҩ / 26 February 316 - The Party of the Present (nɛKɛl Ltens) has won the parliamentary elections that were held on 14 February. This was confirmed by the election committee today after exit polls had already suggested a similar outcome last week. The second party will be the Unity Party (naVaater Ltens); its traditional campaign for a strong leadership of Tak instead of the decentralised system that is currently in place, appealed to many Tak now that the situation in our southern neighbour and former ruler Bowdani has remained unclear and potentially dangerous during the last couple of months.

The States' Party (ƿnuBus Ltens), which was the largest in the last five years, lost 14 seats. Together with the Nature Party (noŋOŋ Ltens) they were the most reliable supporters of prime minister Mar ob Qaat's government. Without a supporting majority, the prime minister will have to negotiate with the new winners in order to remain politically acceptable - unless the Druids decide to replace her immediately. Seeing as Mar ob Qaat enjoys a broad popularity among the people however - no matter which party won the elections - even her strongest opponents in the naVaater Ltens may have to be flexible.

Lan ob Jak, leader of the Party of the Present, said that the government policy has to make a "serious change" before his party will start to consider giving it an opportunity to lead the country again. "In the last couple of years too much has been done for companies, too little has been done to ensure the rights of common employees. We want more and steadier job opportunities, less complicated environmental rules, and tax rules that are easier to understand for both citizens and companies. If Mar ob Qaat and her government can make these and our other wishes happen, we will be very happy to endorse her", he said.

naVaater Ltens leader Ig ob Gys called for a quick system change. "We need to change this country and prepare it against our instable neighbours", she said. "The situation in Bowdani is alarming, Caboteniasa has been awfully quiet lately - who knows what they're up to! - and our government and military structures are only adequate enough to shout an alarming "Hey!" when we're invaded by either one of them or both. We need an elected prime minister with a sufficient amount of power to make the necessary decisions and we need to reserve more money to support the military."

Mar ob Qaat told the press that as long as the Druids won't sack her, she will engage in talks with all parties "in a calm and structured manner". "There are urgent decisions to be taken regarding a number of smaller current issues, but regarding our foreign and defense policies Tak is entering a new era so we have to proceed with caution and avoid acting as a pigeon on a chess board", she said.

The seat division since 260 has been as follows. The 'other' parties are the Method Union (Root Hə, 6 seats) and the Smalik Party (ŋHəəh Slt Ltens, 3 seats).


 

Paa neer ltens kopə rə-hɛd o nƏəɣa Gɛk mfaasu hɛɛt l Є nOosu
Two new parties participating in Parliamentary Elections on 14 February
MƟG, 9 nRaavu 
13Ҩ / 9 January 316 - The election committee announced today that seven parties fulfilled the necessary demands to contest the parliamentary elections that are scheduled to take place on 14 February this year. Apart from the five parties that are currently represented in parliament, there are two new parties. The first is the Method Union ('Root Hə', RH), an anti-corporational party that is strongly against privatisation of public needs, such as transport, health care, energy, etc. The second is the Smalik Party ('ŋHəəh Slt Ltens', HSL), which aims to improve cooperation between the countries on the continent of Smalik - which is rather idealistic in the current climate, where Tak has yet to be recognised by the majority of the nations on Smalik and where our southern neighbour Bowdani may fall apart at any moment.

Recent polls indicate that the new parties may enter parliament with three to five of 61 seats each. They further suggest that the States' Party (BL), who is currently the largest party with 22 seats, may be headed to their biggest defeat in years: they could loose up to 18 seats. The party that should profit from the States' Party's bad weather is the current smallest party Unity Party (VL), who is obviously using the fragile situation in Bowdani to suggest that the current government is weak and unprepared to defend the country against a possible invasion.

If the Tak people vote as suggested by the polls, prime minister Mar ob Qaat and her government may feel the consequences: she and her predecessor Fəs ob Brf benefited mainly from the political support that they received from the States' Party and the Nature Party (OL), the latter of which may also loose a fair amount of seats. If the Druids reappoint Mar ob Qaat (who remains one of the more popular prime ministers in Tak's recent history), it will become very difficult for her to negotiate with a changed parliament.
 

Paa keet o Boot tob ot po-ŋhiiŋ. Reesəpə veg pus se ƿɛmoob.
Situation in Bowdani increasingly unclear. Army takes position at the borders.
MƟG, 9 nRaavu 
13Ҩ / 9 January 316 - With the surprise resignation of Bowdani president David Leah earlier this week, nervosity has increased in the capital of Tak. Much seems to be done in Sky City to prevent the outbreak of civil wars, but "although a nuisance, civil wars in Bowdani are not the biggest threat to our national security", a spokeswoman of the defense minister said. It is the National Bowdani Patriotic Bloc that wants to maintain the integrity of the Bowdani territory that causes anxiety in Tak; according to some, Tak shouldn't have been allowed to gain independence and they wish to restore Bowdani as it was before 308, but with less autonomy for Tak. Another movement in Bowdani favours the dissolution of the country in order to create a loose confederation in which Tak could take part. "The latter scenario could be discussed of course, as soon as such a confederation has proved to be viable," the defense ministry spokeswoman suggested.

The government has taken several security measures and the army has increased its presence at the borders. At the same time, inhabitants of villages and towns in the south, including Ag and Grg, have decided seemingly together to visit relatives in other parts of the country. Prime minister Mar ob Qaat agreed with these actions, as long as they develop in an orderly manner. "We are closely monitoring the situation in Bowdani and at present there doesn't seem to be any immediate threat, but we have taken necessary measures just to be sure", she said. She didn't want to comment on rumours about the existence of negotiations with the Greater Burovian Realm and Samuelonia for military support should Tak be invaded by Bowdani forces. The possibility of a foreign intervention in Bowdani seems to be growing however, with the General Assembly discussing to send a UNVCOCN mission to Bowdani.
 

Vafəpə Ryf ob Rllt rel nTaah 'po-byyp sib zal yk nSəəl yk vaaTer ƿɛQŋŋk Slt'
Government appoints Ryf ob Rllt 'unofficial UNV ambassador' of Tak
MƟG, 1Ҕ ŋGəəva 
13Ѣ / 31 December 315 - Although not officially a member yet, the increasing dealing of Tak with the United Nations of Vexillium (UNV) made the government decide to appoint an official diplomat who will coordinate everything that is UNV related as of the year 316. The person chosen for this task isRyf ob Rllt (*244), who studied international organisations and diplomacy in Sky City (Bowdani). She built her carreer in the country of our former compatriots at the ministry of foreign affairs and in the diplomatic service, but left Bowdani after things were starting to go backwards there. She worked abroad as a university teacher for a couple of years until she returned to Tak in 309, where she became director of the ministry of foreign affairs in 310.

Foreign affairs minister Ƕɵɵk ob A admits that it isn't at all sure that Ryf's tasks will be clear at first, "but she has confirmed that she is more than willing to accept this challenge." Ryf ob Rllt will be Tak's official UNV liaison if the latter decides to reinstate UNVCOCN, the Commission on Collapsed Nations, following a proposal by the Zartanian Empire. If the UNV approves a mission to intervene in Bowdani's failing government, Tak would like to be kept informed about the developments, although our country is willing to play a more active role as well, although it has yet to be determined what that role should be. Since Tak hasn't been recognised yet by every country in the world, the government also wants to make sure that in the event of a Bowdani intervention, Tak territory won't be implied as part of Bowdani by the nations whose help and support will be deployed in Bowdani.

"If the UNV approves the reinstatement of UNVCOCN, it is necessary that Tak is recognised at least by the UNV itself as soon as possible thereafter, so that we can discuss these and other concerns regarding an eventuel mission in Bowdani directly and as an equal partner with the parties concerned", the minister said. "We don't want to have an accidental war on our hands because foreign intervention forces mistake Tak for the failed state of Bowdani."

Development in relations with Zartania
In extremely related news, it seems likely that official recognition by the Zartanian Empire will take place a lot sooner than expected, with the latter's earlier reluctance to abandon its older partner Bowdani despite its shortcomings of the last decade having resulted in problems regarding the organisation of the international football Cup for which Tak was a candidate host. The Zartanian government policy changed recently however and with its proposal to reinstate UNVCOCN the way was made clear to discuss relations between Zartania and Tak. "I confirm that talks between delegations of our respective foreign ministries have been scheduled", minister Ƕɵɵk ob A commented. "Reaching an agreement with the Zartanians will be a major achievement, as far as the government is concerned."
 

Ot ƿŋhɛɛsi se nTaah Po-nəMeevi ŋKeesi Mp kə soop 13Ѣ
More activity on Tak Independence Day 315
MƟG, 17 ŋGəəva 
13Ѣ / 23 December 315 - With the annual celebration Independence Day set for tomorrow, 24 December, reports of several spontaneously organised activities emerge to contribute to these celebrations. The original Independence Day seven years ago passed almost unnoticed, apart from one television channel broadcasting the signing of the official declaration of independence documents by the necessary officials. In the years after that, the 24th of December was officially declared a national holiday, but in most parts of Tak the day remained uncelebrated - until this year.

"In the last couple of years our country was recognised by, what, one or two countries? That's hardly something to celebrate; why should you celebrate your independence if nobody notices it?" nJaah Ɣaap, responsible for the organisation of an Independence Concert in the city of Ƿəək. "Thanks to Ƕɵɵk (ob A, the foreign minister, ed.) and our national cricket team (which has been doing quite well so far in the Three Sticks Tournament), Tak is getting noticed by other countries. We don't just want to be independent; we want others to see us being proud of our independence!"

In several other cities concerts are organised as well, both by local governments and citizens, and in the capital Mɵg a dramatised reenactment of the declaration of independence will be presented to the public. Popular playwright Ed ob Til, known for his humorous exaggerations of ordinary situations, accepted an invitation by the City Council of Mɵg to create this reenactment, which will be broadcasted live on television tomorrow evening.

The progress regarding international recognition seems to have slowed down in the meantime, with unofficial reports from the economic affairs ministry saying that negotiations with the Trade and Development Corporation about the opening of TDC business centres in Tak haven't even fully started yet due to "internal problems" in the ministry. Ɵɵt ob Səək, the minister of economic affairs, told parliament last week however that everything is going according to schedule, but that "there's nothing worth telling at the moment". If the ministry of economic affairs is messing up less than two months before the next parliamentary elections, this could undermine the credibility of prime minister Mar ob Qaat; although the prime minister is appointed by the Druids, it is preferable that the relation between the government and parliament is good in order to avoid political frustration.
 

Vafəpə ƿnəpə ƿneem qap o Lp n Grg ŋɛr ɵr naKah n ŋQŋŋh Juup neKeesi niMir
Government considers allowing Trade and Development Corporation to open business centres in Lp and Grg
MƟG, 2 ŋGəəva 
13Ѣ / 2 December 315 - Following the international campaign to get Tak diplomatically recognised by as many countries in the world, the foreign ministry received some more extensions of friendship or - as in the case of the Trade and Development Corporation - the wish to establish business activities in our country. "An unusual kind of nation, the TDC won't issue an official recognition of Tak, but their willingness to support Tak's case before the UNV and open business centres here can be interpreted as such", the minister of economic affairs Ɵɵt ob Səək explained to the parliament. "In the interest of our nation's participation in the world, both diplomatical and economical, the government is considering granting the TDC permission to open two experimental offices in the cities of Lp and Grg. We will open negotiations with the TDC about the precise conditions."

Two other nations of the 'new continents' also replied to the Tak request for recognition: foreign minister Ƕɵɵk ob A confirmed that our country has accepted an invitation from the Kingdom of Caledon to exchange relations. A similar invitation from the United Brotherhood of Dignania requires more study, according to the minister, but he didn't want to elaborate why. Some members of parliament urged the minister to be cautious: "Although it may sound wonderful each time when a nation offers to recognise Tak in exchange for friendship and strong mutual ties, we don't want our nation to end up in the middle of ongoing disputes or promises from which we cannot escape", noŋOŋ Ltens representative nDuuhu Paat explained.

Similar caution should be observed regarding a defense cooperation treaty that the united federal kingdom of Samuelonia proposed to Tak: "Although we all like to think that our national defenses are effective, fact is that they need to be brought up to date", nDuuhu Paat says. "Samuelonia being the first ever nation to have done business with Tak on the diplomatic level, that country seems to be a logical partner, but in Tak's early state of being we must be careful that nobody takes advantage of us." The proposal is said to include a Samuelonian naval base in the coastal area, which most members of parliament seem to disapprove at this stage. "Tak has been independent for only a short time, we think it is too soon to accept such a foreign military presence within our borders", a spokeswoman of the nɛKɛl Ltens said.

The minister told parliament that the government knows what they're doing: "We see the Samuelonian proposal as an opportunity for Tak, which has however to be studied carefully indeed. We won't force the country to do anything that could harm itself or its yet to be established position in the world", he said. Prime minister Mar ob Qaat has been invited to visit Samuelonia in the near future to discuss the matters.
 

nƏəɣa Gɛk mfaasu hɛɛt l Є nOosu 13Ҩ
Parliamentary elections on 14 February 316
MƟG, 1Δ nTyy 
13Ѣ / 29 November 315 - The next parliamentary election will take place on 14 February next year. This was confirmed by the speaker of parliament, Faak ob Ƕrt, who confessed to be slightly annoyed that this news had already been picked up by the press before the official announcement that will take place next week. If nothing out of the ordinary happens before that date, it will be the first time since 295 that the formal end of a legislative period is reach without the government being sacked first. In 295, the popular then prime minister Tom ob Iit who had lead an effective government since 290, was however unexpectedly replaced by the Druids for reasons that remain unknown to this day.

"Prime minister Mar ob Qaat's government may not be as decisive as Tom ob Iit's twenty years ago, but I think most of the larger political parties think that they have done a good job", Faak ob Ƕrt said. "It would be good for the continuity and the internal stability of Tak if she were to be reappointed by the Druids." Qur ob Iit, leader of the conservative-liberal party BL, agrees with this point of view. "The BL is sufficiently satisfied with how the current government has been running the country in the past five years, we think that a continuation of these policies would be beneficial for Tak." Similar sounds can be heard from the leftist Party of the Present, although its leader Lan ob Jak warned that the rights of workers have come under increased pressure. "We would like the next government to make sure that employers follow the rules regarding the termination of the contracts of their employees; lately some reasons that are given to fire someone cannot be described as serious; "I don't like his face" cannot be an official reason to get rid of someone", she said.

Mar ob Qaat (*263) was appointed prime minister by the Druids in 311. Before that, she was minister of domestic affairs in Fəs ob Brf's second government as well as minister of regional planning in Sat ob Til's short government. A civil engineer by profession, Mar ob Qaat's best known achievement is the tri-bridge in Hoop, which connects the three banks of the rivers Grb and Hop and contains a roundabout in the middle. As prime minister, Mar ob Qaat managed to eliminate most of the remaining administrative ties that Tak still had with Bowdani in order to enable Tak to operate as a fully independent state. 
 

Ra o Hoop ep ŋƕyyvi nsəəs n ŋɣaa rrp noos hɛd ƿmmt ŋkiisi gllt yk ŋhmmf od
Chaos in Hoop after building collapses on market square leaving three dead and several others injured
HOOP, 1Ҩ nTyy 
13Ѣ / 28 November 315 - At least three visitors of the Saturday Market in the city of Hoop died as an old building collapsed in the early afternoon. Several others were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. Victims, dead or alive, may also be lying under the debris which is currently being searched. The police asked everyone to inform them as quickly as possible if they have friends or relatives who were supposed to visit the Hoop Market today and who haven't returned home yet.

The collapse of the building left the Market square in chaos. "It looks like a war zone here!" one man said, who lives opposite of the former building. The police have asked everyone in the vicinity to keep their windows closed for the moment and to leave their houses carrying face protection, until it has been made certain that no asbestos or other harmful particles are flying around.

The 80 year old building, which was in use as a department store until the store grew too big and moved elsewhere in 287, had been empty for almost 30 years and was heavily debated in recent years, as the city council couldn't decide whether it should be renovated or demolished. Lack of maintenance probably triggered today's collapse, although the police haven't ruled out criminal intent, as some witnesses claim to have heard an explosion shortly before the building came down. The mayor of Hoop, Rab ob Ɵɵt, commented that it is "impossible" that the building just collapsed. "Buildings in Hoop don't just collapse! If it hasn't been destroyed on purpose, I want a thorough investigation regarding the construction of this building and the companies that were responsible for it", he said.
 

nSlls vɵndəpə Tak rob ro zit sɵt; nSəəl yk vaaTer ƿɛQŋhəpə Slt zaf keet kə Tak əg kmt ɵr
Five countries have recognised Tak so far; United Nations of Vexillium may discuss Tak's status
MƟG, 15 nTyy 
13Ѣ / 21 November 315 - Foreign minister Ƕɵɵk ob A confessed in a letter addressed to Parliament that he is disappointed with the international response so far to the government's latest campaign to have Tak recognised as an independent nation. "Our country has had the honour of welcoming diplomatic representatives from the Greater Burovian Realm, Kukuria, and Rovens in the past month, bringing the total number of nations worldwide that issued full recognition of Tak to five", the minister wrote. "Talks with a few other nations are going on, but there are many others that haven't replied yet."

While the problems surrounding Tak recognition by the Zartanian Empire became apparent recently due to the conflict of the latter with the international football association IVEFA, the minister mentioned additional difficulties concerning the negotiations with Utania about recognition of Tak. "The Utanian government seems to think that Tak can present a solution to the economic problems they had with Bowdani in the past", the minister explained. "Apparently they see Tak as some kind of Bowdani substitute (they even proposed that Tak take over the former Bowdani embassy), which makes us wonder if the Utanian government thinks that Tak are the new owners of entire Bowdani. Our diplomats are now trying to convince the Utanians that although we are interested in trade with Utania, the possibilities for this shouldn't be limited by the former agreements that Utania had with Bowdani; Tak is not Bowdani, so as far as we are concerned, trade negotiations between Tak and Utania should start with a clean slate."

Referring to the foreign minister's letter to Parliament, noted economist Faak ob Beŋ criticised the Utanian point of view: "A flexible economy would already have searched for alternative buyers for its products, if the original buyer wasn't available anymore. If I understood the minister's letter correctly, Utania apparently has a list of products that they used to sell to Bowdani; I cannot believe that they haven't found other interested clients in the entire world to take over at least part of the products on this list after the collapse of the Bowdani economy. I can't imagine any products that are of special interest to Bowdani that are hard to sell in the rest of the world."

A positive development could be the discussion of Tak's status in a special summit of the United Nations of Vexillium. "This is a possibility that was mentioned in talks with one of the countries that recently recognised Tak", the minister wrote. "At this moment no such summit has been planned yet, but if Tak's status were tabled by the UNV, it could present new opportunities for our country to present itself to the outside world." The former government headed by prime minister Fəs ob Brf sent an official UNV membership request already in 309, but it has yet to be treated.
 

ƿɛLtendəpə po-vaat keet teet navaf həm 'frp ŋup' gap yk nSəəl nJuuf Laƿ nəMllza kəm
Parties criticise government over 'premature' bid to host Vexillium Football Cup
MƟG, Ҩ nTyy 
13Ѣ / 12 November 315 - Parties in the parliament of Tak have criticised the government over a bid to host this years Vexillium footbal Cup, which they think is premature. 'Although most of us agree that the ministry of foreign affairs did well to launch a new campaign to get our country internationally recognised, we consider being a candidate to host an international sporting event not even the next level in this diplomatic path', States' Party (BL)-spokesman nEel Bos said. The bid involves a co-hosting of the Cup, together with neighbouring Lombriguay.

Although some countries as well as the IVEFA (the international football association) have responded with enthusiasm to the Taki bid, other countries warned that as long as Tak hasn't been recognised by all participating countries, diplomatic obstacles may arise, the most difficult of which would be the fact that citizens of one nation cannot legally travel to Tak if there is no mutual recognition. The Zartanian Empire is one of such countries that raised this issue. The IVEFA however replied that the non-existence of bilateral relations between its members cannot have consequences for the non-acceptance of one of the member's hosting bids (as it doesn't accept political interference) and even went so far as to threaten Zartania with a banishment from the tournament for two years. Possible solutions of matches involving the Zartanian team taking place in Lombriguay only, or bribing the Bowdani government to accept Zartanian players travelling to 'Bowdani' cities via Star City, are still being discussed. Many Tak would however consider the second solution a 'slap in the face', as Bowdani would steal a part of Tak glory in case of Tak success during the tournament.

The fact that Tak has been admitted as an IVEFA member in the first place is considered 'dubious' by some. Some twelve years ago, the government of the autonomous Tak province in Bowdani was negotiating with the central government in Star City about allowing Tak to have its own representation in the sporting world. Despite the fact that these negotiations were nearing its conclusion with a favorable outcome for Tak (based on which Tak was accepted as an IVEFA member), a final decision wasn't made and Tak's unilateral declaration of independence of 308 has prevented this decision from being taken at all.

Minister Rob ob Er of public health (which also covers sports) dismissed the parliamentary criticism, stating that the Tak bid had been generally known for quite some time and that parliament only started to complain after the diplomatic row began. 'IVEFA is still in discussion with the Zartanian Empire about accepting Tak as a host country, there is still a fair chance that our country can be considered', he said.
 

Paa vap ook zaf ƿiterƿə sib kef rd Af Bor Slt n (kmmt) nLyynd nAamb Van Slt
Government pleased with first diplomatic relations with the Greater Burovian Realm and (maybe) the Empire of Lysonia
MƟG, 16 ŋQuul 
13Ѣ / 22 October 315 - The Greater Burovian Realm (with whom Tak shares a border through Lombriguay) and the Empire of Lysonian are the first countries in the world to acknowledge the existence of our nation on a diplomatic level since Samuelonia and Angliya did so in 309 and 310. This was announced by the ministry of foreign affairs only six days after minister Ƕɵɵk ob A launched a new campaign in order to get our country internationally recognised. "We are very happy that the Greater Burovian Realm replied with such speed, only hours after the campaign was announced", a ministry spokeswoman said. The GBR intends to extend full diplomatic recognition to Tak and to establish embassadorial representations in the respective capital cities. Tak diplomat Or ob Səək, one of the key figures in putting Tak on the map during the last seven years, is poised to become the Tak ambassador to the GBR and the first formal ambassador our country's ever had.

In the Empire of Lysonia in the meantime, a public discussion started about possible new trade negotiations with Tak. "The government of Tak extends its warm greetings to the Empress and the people of Lysonia in the hope that a recognition of Tak by the Lysonians will result in an excellent relationship that is beneficial for both our countries", the foreign ministry spokeswoman commented.
 

Vafəpə nroovu ikeedə tog ƿɛsllt rnd ep llt ƿnsoofu po-nəmeevi keeti
Government seeking international recognition after seven years of independence
MƟG, 10 ŋQuul 
13Ѣ / 16 October 315 - This morning foreign affairs minister Ƕɵɵk ob A announced a new diplomatic campaign in order to get Tak internationally recognised after seven years of independence from Bowdani. Although Tak has been de facto independent for some 250 years and has enjoyed business relations with many countries in that period, the formal declaration of independence in 308 AP lead to hesitant reactions only; apparently the international community was afraid to change the status quo on Smalik. The minister thinks that the situation may now have changed and also that Tak hasn't tried very hard to receive recognition in the past couple of years.

"Seeing that Bowdani hasn't complained much about Tak's independence and that our economy hasn't suffered from the new situation, I think it is now safe for other countries to recognise the status of the Free States of Tak as an independent nation", minister ob A said. "The dialogue with Sky City (the capital of Bowdani, editorial comment) about official Bowdani recognition of the independence of Tak is also still going on, but the government is confident that a deal will be reached in time."

Full international recognition as an independent state means that Tak will be an equal partner to other countries, that it will be able to join international organisations, etc.
 

Rat həm opra sɛt Qe ob Keg zaf aak zɵ pŋ Ƿis ob Jak
Anger over Qe ob Keg's Opera about former prime minister Ƿis ob Jak
MƟG, Ѧ ŋQuul 
13Ѣ / 10 October 315 - Family members of former prime minister Ƿis ob Jak (217-301), in office from 260 to 270 and from 274 to 279, have reacted with anger to composer Qe ob Keg's opera about the man that premiered yesterday evening. The work portrays Ƿis ob Jak as an autocratic statesman who managed to lure everyone, including the Druids, into thinking that he would be the very person that Tak needed, creating a cultus around his person that defined Tak politics for almost three decades. The opera suggests that he was no less than a tyrant towards his family, keeping his wife and children on a short leash and punishing them for even small transgressions.

Ƿis ob Jak's family claims that the allegations that the opera seems to make are untrue, and threaten to sue Qe ob Keg for defamation. The latter defends himself by saying that the libretto of his opera is based on the biography that was written and published by Ƿyk ob Det two years ago, although he admitted that he may have 'exaggerated' some events and deviated from the original text. "But that's artistic freedom", he explains. "Who would want to watch an opera about a boring politician if nothing spicy is going to happen in the whole story? And frankly, I'm surprised that Ƿis ob Jak's family didn't see this coming when it was announced that I would be writing an opera about him; my reputation is very well known, unless they have been hiding under a rock in the past forty years!"

Ƿis ob Jak died fourteen years ago in a car accident. Although he surely defined Tak politics for a large part of the second half of the third century,  suggestions that he built a personal cultus or behaved himself like a dictator are considered far-fetched. According to imcumbent prime minister Mar ob Qaat her predecessor has given a lot to Tak for which we still may be grateful and she adviced the parties involved to treat the opera like a piece of art rather than a source of truth.

Qe ob Keg (born 268) is one of Tak's best known contemporary composers of classical music. Apart from a large body of chamber music and some interesting orchestral pieces (including his unusual Symphony for mezzosoprano (positioned in a closed telephone booth), solo violin, solo double bass and a percussion section for fifteen players), he wrote seven large operas to this day, most of which have unusual and controversial themes.