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THE VOICE OF DEMOCRACY
The People's Voice, Forever

MINTORIA CRACKS DOWN ON PEACEFUL INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM
By Stepan Mikhaylov | 2/2/2021

Yesterday, the citizens of Tristain within the Mintorian Realm made their way to the polling stations to vote on an independence referendum announced last month. Though the Mintorian Imperial Constitutional Court ruled that such a referendum was invalid, figures such as Tristainian Premier Jean-Marie Devereaux were undeterred, determined to pursue the Tristanian people's right to determine their own future - a right to which all people's should have access.

But the Mintorian imperial government, in its struggle to unjustly maintain control over a people seeking their innate right to self-determination, has taken measures to ensure that Tristainian independence remains nothing more than an idea. On the scheduled day of the referendum, Mintorian police and Gendarmerie officers stormed voting stations, confiscated ballot boxes, and have resulted in the use of force in addressing a peaceful independence movement. As a result, violence has broken out in cities across Tristain and the extent of Mintorian tyranny is being revealed bit-by-bit.

In response to this blatant suppression of democracy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Natasha Danikina released a statement in a press conference.

"The Second Arcanstotskan Republic is disappointed in seeing the harsh methods utilized by the imperial government of the Mintorian Realm, and stresses the need for peaceful dialogue and cooperation between both sides to reach a workable solution," she said. "The Tristainian people have, just like any other people on Eras, to determine their own road into the future."

When asked if Arcanstotska would intervene on behalf of Tristainian independence, she clarified, saying, "The Second Arcanstotskan Republic does not have the ability, nor the right, to dictate the outcome of these events. All we can do is encourage both parties to, as I've said, reach a workable and mutually agreed upon solution."

So Arcanstotska won't be aiding the Tristainian people in their valiant stand for self-determination? The government of the Second Arcanstotskan Republic may boast around its "founding ideals" of democracy and liberty for all, and yet, when a subjugated people cry out for freedom from beneath the boots of authoritarianism, the government in Siloyev is either too scared, too lazy, or too hypocritical to help them. If the Arcanstotska wants to live up to its promise as a beacon of freedom, liberty, democracy, and the rights of peoples, then it must not abandon a peaceful democratic movement simply to avoid trouble with a foreign authoritarian government.

Before the Syndicalist Republic of Prydania's crimes against humanity were revealed in 2013, Arcanstotska was content to continue relations with an oppressive, totalitarian government. When the full extent of the Nielsen government's crimes (which included mass executions of perceived political dissidents and the religious, as well as slave labor-driven collectivized farms) were revealed to the world, then-President Tanas Zakharovich condemned the Nielsen government, recognized the royalist Front of National Unity and now-King Tobias III as Prydania's real government, and promised humanitarian aid to the Prydanian people.

In 1952, Arcanstotska condemned the brutal political crackdowns of the former imperial government of Asturica. After Asturican communists overthrew the Asturican Emperor in 1956 and founded the Democratic Asturican Peoples Socialist Republic, Arcanstotska refused to acknowledge the supposed legitimacy of that totalitarian state. It takes the same stance towards the current Asturican Social Republic, ruled over by the fascist National Prosperity Party under Xacobe Naron.

There used to be a time when Arcanstotska's government was unafraid to stand up against cruel authoritarian governments. But, as demonstrated by Arcanstotska's lack of action at the sight of Tristainian oppression, the Arcanstotskan government seems to have grown soft. Perhaps the Mintorian Realm is a bit too scary for the government in Siloyev?

The Mintorian imperial government is one of cruelty. Its legal code is strict and harsh. By no means is it a state which values freedom for, but rather control over, its population. And now, in Tristain, we can all see, as clear as crystal, the Mintorian government's desire to maintain that control.

The Second Arcanstotskan Republic is slipping away from its founding principles of democracy and freedom for all. If we cannot get our grip back on those principles? Then I believe the Second Arcanstotskan Republic will have failed itself, its founders, its principles, and everyone who looks up to Arcanstotska as a beacon of freedom and democratic rule.
 

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THE SILOYEV TIMES

AYDINI WHALERS ARRESTED BY ANTI-WHALING TASK FORCE DESTROYER
By Aleksei Egorov | 4/3/2021

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Yesterday, in the early morning hours of the day, the Aydini whaling ship Zıpkın was in the Auburn Channel. The Zıpkın was just inside the limits of Arcanstotskan territorial waters, though this fact went over the Aydini whalers' heads, who thought they were in international waters. As the crew of the whaling ship was preparing to begin its rounds of whale-hunting, the crew of the Zıpkın spotted the Arcanstotskan destroyer ANS Vinogradov approaching.

The Vinogradov attempted to hail the Zıpkın, only for the Zıpkın to open fire on the Vinogradov with small arms - mostly sidearms and semi-automatic rifles - and mounted machine guns. In response, the Vinogradov fired a warning shot off the bow of the Zıpkın. The whalers immediately threw down their arms and surrendered. At that point, the Vinogradov could accomplish its goal - arresting the whalers. The Zıpkın was boarded, the crew arrested, and their cargo confiscated.

The Aydin Empire responded with a demand that the whalers be extradited back to Aydin, and a condemnation of the whalers' actions. The government, however, refused.
 

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THE TSAR'S HERALD
The Voice of Arcanstotskan Monarchism

REPUBLIC DAY 2021, GOVERNMENT DISRESPECT FOR OUR ANCIENT CULTURE, AND THE NEED TO RETURN TO MONARCHY
By Aleksandr Malyukov | 7/24/2021
YESTERDAY WAS REPUBLIC DAY, a national holiday held every year on 23 July to commemorate the birth of the Second Arcanstotskan Republic and the overthrow of the Old Tsardom. There was all manner of pomp and majesty, according to many. Military parades, triumphant music, modern Second Republic Air Force fighters screaming through the skies overhead. It's hard not to look at all of these things as an Arcanstotskan and not feel a sense of patriotic pride, at least it's hard for me, even as a tsarist.

But there are some parts of the Republic Day celebrations in Siloyev that I don't fancy all too much. I believe that these traditions only serve to paint our ancient past in a negative light and overly glorify the achievements of the Second Republic Government.

THE FLAGS AND THE SPEECH
Firstly is the Flagovyy Marsh Pobedy Respubliki nad Tsarizmom - or the Flag March of the Victory of the Republic over Tsarism. It's a tradition that dates all the way back to the days of Sergei Kariyev and his ten-year-long tenure as President and de facto dictator between 1848 and 1858.

Three soldiers of the Republican Guard march all the way down Triumph Square. All three are carrying flags. The man on the right carries the civil flag of the Tsardom of Arcanstotska and the man on the left carries the Imperial Standard of the Tsar of Arcanstotska. The man in the middle, however, carries the national flag of the Second Arcanstotskan Republic high above his head. Those of you reading this who are unfamiliar with Republic Day traditions may wonder why I mention that last detail. Well, it's because both the tsarist flags carried by the other two guardsmen are held low to the ground so that the furled flags drag along the pavement. The Second Republic's flag is held upwards instead, meant to display the Second Republic's triumph and supposed superiority over the Old Tsardom. When the guardsmen reach the end of Triumph Square opposite of where they began the Flag March, the tsarist flags are thrown into a fire and burned away leaving only the triumphant Second Republic remaining.

Secondly is the President's usual Republic Day speech, in which he or she traditionally rails against the Old Tsardom. To quote President Pevlovich from his Republic Day speech yesterday; "Eternal glory be unto the generation who defeated tsarism - who defeated the tyranny of absolutist crowns and nobles. May your sacrifices inspire the liberation of peoples and the humbling of aristocrats the world over. From this day 'till the end of days, let your triumph be revered and celebrated. Long live the Second Republic."

Not only can this be interpreted as a threat to the many, many monarchies of the world, but it also serves to paint a purely negative picture of the Old Tsardom which arguably ruins the Tsardom's image as well as that of our ancient Arcanstotskan culture.

The Old Tsardom wasn't perfect. I will admit to that truth without hesitation. There were a number of tsars and tsarinas who were completely incompetent, cruel in their rule, or both. Tsar Maksim I was such a horrible ruler, in fact, that his name fell out of use following his ascent to the throne and the name "Maksim" has become an Arcanstotskan insult to be used against those perceived as cruel and unjust. Tsarina Aleksandra I lost us a major war against a coalition of Meterran nations - a war so costly in men, money, and materiel, that Imperial Arcanstotska's defeat is widely considered to be a major reason behind the Arcanstotskan Revolution of 1807. But we can't allow its imperfections to destroy its more positive aspects. The Arcanstotskan Golden Age was brought about by Tsar Alexei II. Arcanstotskan law and bureaucracy were streamlined and made more efficient by Tsarina Ekaterina II. We had good monarchs who did good things for Arcanstotska. And yet it seems that the Second Republic government is insistent on destroying all of the Old Tsardom's legacy - the bad, the ugly, and even the good.

We Arcanstotskans have a proud history dating back over a thousand years. During the Golden Age, Arcanstotska was undoubtedly one of the most powerful states on Craviter. Great works of literature, science, and art have been attributed to our nation. I believe that we must look back on our tsarist past, not as something to be disgusted by (at least not completely), but as something to be proud of.

ENDING THE CULTURAL DISRESPECT AND RESTORING THE CROWN
I am personally of the belief that the best way to end this government-sponsored disrespect of our heritage, history, and culture, is the revive the Old Tsardom not as what it was, but as what it could, and should, be. A modern constitutional monarchy wherein the Tsar of Arcanstotska serves not as an absolute ruler but as a ceremonial figurehead of a democratic nation.

In this theoretical government, the Tsar or Tsarina would serve as an unelected constitutional monarch with little, if any, real political power. He or she would call the National Assembly into session, legitimize passed legislation with his or her signature, appoint new Prime Ministers and their elected governments to office, and more. But they would not possess the authority to rule Arcanstotska as they did in the past, thus sparing our country from iron-fisted rulers like Maksim I or Aleksandra I.

If that isn't enough for some people, might a crowned republic work? Candidates for the revived Arcanstotskan Throne are elected to the Imperial Crown via democratic national election to serve as monarch until death or voluntary abdication.

CONCLUSION
Arcanstotska has existed as a unified state since 613 with the coronation of Fyodor I as the first Tsar of Arcanstotska. The Old Monarchy has, despite its track record of deadly intrigue and regicide and heavy-handed monarchs, an impressive track record. This can be seen in Alexei II, Ekaterina II, Yaroslav I, and Yaroslav II, all of whom were exceptionally competent rulers who brought wealth, prosperity, and prestige to Arcanstotska.

That the Second Republic government seeks to vilify the Old Monarchy in its totality while pseudo-deifying figures like Sergei Kariyev, I believe, is disgraceful to Arcanstotskan history, culture, and heritage. And I believe that the first way to undo such a mindset is through concluding the Second Republic chapter of the Arcanstotskan history book, preferably through peaceful reform.
 

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THE SILOYEV TIMES

ARCANSTOTSKA DENOUNCES TARDINESE REGENT
By Alexei Popov

SILOYEV - Yesterday, during a press briefing in the press conference room of the National Executive Office, Foreign Minister Natasha Danikina announced that the government holds no intention of recognizing Werdoi Danfeh as the Emperor of Tardine.

“The Second Arcanstotskan Republic stands with the international community in its refusal to provide legitimacy to the coup of Regent Werdoi Danfeh,” she stated. “It has become clear to the Second Republic government that the Regent seized power through illegitimate means; through murder and through sabotage. The Tardinese embassy here in Siloyev has been notified that affiliation with the regime of Regent Danfeh will mean expulsion from the Second Arcanstotskan Republic.”

When asked by a reporter about Regent Danfeh’s promise to remove foreigners from Tardine, Minister Danikina stated that “Arcanstotska is bracing for a potential humanitarian crisis in Tardine, and we urge our allies, and the general international community, to do the same as well.”
 

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THE NATIONAL ARTICLE
By: Andrei Byukov | 24 December 2021

PYANGELSK ― This year’s annual celebration of Obnovleniye Mira in Pyangelsk was met with backlash today, as animal rights activists led a march into city square to protest the holiday’s traditional animal sacrifices. Some of the protestors were arrested by authorities after they tried to forcefully disrupt an ongoing cattle sacrifice.

Obnovleniye Mira
December 21st ― the Winter Solstice ― marks an especially important time in Zaldrism and to its practitioners. Known as “Obnovleniye Mira” (“Renewal of the World”), the Solstice marks the first day of the Zaldrist calendar year; the end of the month of Zaklyuchit, and the beginning of Nachatsnova, the first month of the Zaldrist calendar year.

Obnovleniye Mira is a special occasion because it is said to be the anniversary of the dragons’ victory over the Vysokiyes, the great giants of old, and their assuming of the mantle of godhood over the Seven Worlds. The holiday is commonly marked by dancing, music, feasts, and even ceremonial sacrifices.

Sacrifices to the Gods are a very common ritual in Zaldrism. These offerings are usually various herbs or plants or spices depending on which of the many Gods are intended to receive them. Animal sacrifices are usually reserved for very special occasions and holidays, are nowadays only practiced by more conservative and traditionalist circles within the faith, and even then, are usually limited to small animals such as rabbits. Larger animals, such as cows, are not usually offered.

Where the issue lies
Over the years, Zaldrist priests and druids have increasingly abandoned sacrificing animals. However, Pyangelsk remains a stronghold for more traditionalist Svyasi circles, who have collectively insisted that animal offerings are a crucial part of the Zaldrist faith. Zakhar Utterklo, a highly-respected Svyas in Pyangelsk and the surrounding areas, has come out heavily in favor of keeping up with sacrificing animals to the Gods.

“Animal sacrifice is a major practice within our faith,” Utterklo told the press after the celebrations and rituals had concluded. “These people demand that we give up our ancestors’ ancient and sacred practices. I don’t think so.”

The political response
The MCs* of the State Sobirat were heavily divided by the issue of animal sacrifices.

Democratic Action for Arcanstotska (DAA)* has come out strongly in favor of Utterklo and his contemporaries. Prokhor Belorusov, leader of the DAA, said in a press interview that, “the protest was an attack on the ancient Arcanstotskan identity.” Belorusov went on to say that DAA would stand by the highly conservative Svyasi, who have been known to be strong supporters of the party.

Though it seems DAA has quite the odds stacked against them. The Green Party, the Communist Party, the WSAP*, and the BPP* have come out strongly in favor of anti-animal sacrifice laws. Many political analysts have suggested the possibility that the four parties will seek to form a united front against DAA. But for now, both sides look to the three major powers in the State Sobirat for their support or lack thereof.

Where do the Big Three stand?
The “Big Three” is a political term in Arcanstotska that refers to the three most dominant political parties in the State Sobirat: the Liberal Democrats, the Social Capitalists, and the Conservatives. Since the end of the 1980s, these three factions have, combined, held the dominant sway of the State Sobirat.

As of the 2018 General Elections three years ago, the Liberal Democratic-Social Capitalist coalition that makes up the government only has a 31 seat lead over the Conservative opposition. The Liberal Democrats control 142 seats and their traditional Social Capitalist allies control 116 seats, combining at a total of 258 seats for the government. The Conservatives alone control 227 State Sobirat seats. Since the last General Election, both sides have been looking for ways to flip the State Sobirat firmly in their favor.

There have already been proposals to take a stance on animal sacrifices before Obnovleniye Mira. Though, now with the smaller parties heating up over the issue, we can realistically expect the Big Three to do the same.

The Social Capitalists and the Liberal Democrats seem dominated by delegates standing behind the abolishment of animal sacrifices, though this has seemed to alienate their more fringe supporters. Polina Sychyova, a now-former Liberal Democratic MC, has flipped for the DAA after the Liberal Democratic Party leadership affirmed that they would not support ritualistic animal sacrifices.

On the matter of animal sacrifices, the Conservative Party stands divided. Vaniamin Shurupin, an MC for the Conservatives, has confirmed that he will back the Svyasi of Pyangelsk in totality in his latest twitcher post. Meanwhile, Larissa Shcherbakova, another MC for the Conservatives has stated that she will only back a limited ban on specific species. MC Artur Zhykov has confirmed that he will not support animal sacrifices in a Twitcher post. With the Conservative Party MCs divided, all eyes turn to party leader Aleksei Androv for what he will say on the matter.

The Lay of the Land
With a year to go before the next cycle of general elections, the Conservative opposition and the Liberal Democratic-Social Capitalist government are looking for windows of opportunity to overturn the other. The issue of animal sacrifices has the potential to be one such window. The Liberal Democrats and Social Capitalists are predominantly united against the nation, whilst the Conservatives remain divided on the issue. Meanwhile, smaller parties within the State Sobirat are moving to use the issue to propel themselves into more mainstream positions of influence.

Only time will tell how things will go come the next cycle of elections, but given things stay as they are, the current Liberal Democrat-Social Capitalist government looks to be in a comfortable position.


*MC = A delegate within the State Sobirat of the SAR, similar to Members of Parliament in other nations.
*DAA = Democratic Action for Arcanstotska is a right-wing populist party.
*WSAP = The Workers’ Syndicalist Association Party, the remnants of the original Syndicalist Party of Arcanstotska (CПA).
*BPP = The Balandist People’s Party is the dedicated socialist/democratic socialist party in Arcanstotska.
 

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THE NATIONAL ARTICLE

ARCANSTOTSKAN & NORSIAN ARMIES HOLD EXERCISES IN EREION

By Hryhorij Dudka | 8/22/2021

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Norsian soldiers during the Ereion exercises in southern Norsia

Six months following the end of the Vaasan separatist war in northeastern Arcanstotska, the Norsian and Arcanstotskan militaries are engaged in joint military exercises in the Norsian region of Ereion.

The so-called “Vojevůdce,” or “Warlord,” military exercises will consist of two separate war scenarios. The “Ereion Phase” will be centered around combating domestic insurgents, while the “Kalinia Phase,” to be held near Arcanstotska’s west coast, will be aimed at combatting a theoretical amphibious foreign invasion of Craviter.

A Short History of Norso-Arcanstotskan Relations
When Sergei Kariyev overthrew the Aksakov monarchy in 1848, Norsia’s then-emperor, Wilfrid II, not long after launched a military invasion into Arcanstotska to put down the fledgling Second Arcanstotskan Republic. Under Kariyev’s command, Wilfrid II’s intervention force was defeated and forced back home in late 1849. From then onwards, the Second Republic and Imperial Norsia’s relations could be described as “a cold-shoulder treatment” at best.

This cold hostility continued throughout the rest of the 19th and the whole of the 20th centuries. Border fortifications were rapidly built up over the decades, with the national border between Arcanstotska and Norsia becoming one of the most heavily militarized borders on Eras. An all-out war almost broke out in 1912, when Arcanstotskan and Norsian army units briefly exchanged fire after a dog was stolen and two people were killed. Under Empress Elli, who ruled from 1981 to 2017, the two nations came closest to war since the 1840s.

A New Start
When now-empress Alycia launched her 2017 coup against her predecessor, the Arcanstotskan military went on high alert, fearing a possible Norsian invasion. Instead, the Norsian empress pursued a policy of detente and warming relations. Empress Alycia called for a meeting with Arcanstotskan representatives in the town of Ravni Del in Ereion to negotiate a cooling of tensions. Embassies were exchanged, the military presence on both sides of the border was drastically reduced, and travel restrictions between the two nations were greatly lessened.

Building A Working Cooperation
With the defeat of the Vaasan Free State separatists earlier this year with the aid of Norsian air forces, Arcanstotska has joined the Bergum Pact, making Imperial Norsia and the Second Republic military allies. For the first time since the days of the Old Monarchy, Arcanstotska and Norsia are partners on the world stage. That’s the point of these exercises – to give the Arcanstotskan and Norsian militaries the much-needed experience in working together as cohesive allied forces.

During a press conference yesterday, when asked about the exercises, the Minister of Defense, Feodosij Husak, stated that "these exercises will help bridge the century-long gap between the servicemen and women of the Second Republic and the Imperial Commonwealth, and will thereby further secure the safety of Craviter."
 

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University Protests Turn To Riot In Sirinsk, Broken Up By Police
By Josyp Yaremenko | 11 April 2022

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SIRINSK — Thirteen people were arrested outside the University of Sirinsk on Saturday afternoon as city law enforcement was called in to disperse a protest that had escalated into a riot.

Saturday saw the University of Sirinsk hold an open discussion panel with various left-wing political figures such as Vyacheslav Myronenko and Nina Dzyuba. The purpose of the panel was to allow University of Sirinsk students the opportunity to engage with left-wing leaders and discuss topics ranging from education reform to workers' rights. The university is home to youth organization chapters of both the United Front Party (UFP) and the Balandovist People's Party (BPP). However, as students began to enter the auditorium selected to host the panel, a protest was beginning to gather outside.

The protest was initially gathered to voice opposition against the far-left UFP and BPP, whom many in the crowd believe are trying to turn Arcanstotskans against their own country.

"We were taking a stand against the far-left's rhetoric," explained Ulyana Elina, one of the protestors. "They want to rewrite our country's history and paint our republic as being founded by monsters. They're going to start telling our youth that our republic was founded in hate; they want our children to be ashamed of being Arcanstotskan." Ulyana was referring to a curriculum reform proposed by members of both the UFP and BPP. This reform, as explained by Myronenko in a Siloyev University public panel in January, is intended to "highlight the uglier realities of the 1848 Revolution." Myronenko and other members of the United Front Party have denied any accusations that this "Revelations Plan" would in any way vilify Arcanstotskan democracy, culture, or history.

As the next round of general elections is set up to happen next year, there has been a rise in radical action taken by various far-right organizations. The Synov'ya Natyona* is a youth organization unofficially operating under the right-wing populist party, Democratic Action for Arcanstotska (DAA). When the protest at the University of Sirinsk was met with a counter-protest by UFP and BPP supporters on campus, members of Synov'ya Natyona moved to agitate the crowd. Clashes with left-wing counter-protesters broke out and the situation quickly escalated into a riot. Twenty minutes later, municipal law enforcement officers were called in. Over the course of the afternoon, the police were able to separate both crowds and disperse them.

Myronenko and other speakers were evacuated off-campus. The DAA has since condemned the escalation, along with the UFP and BPP. Many anticipate that the 2023 cycle of general elections to be a tense and potentially violent affair as tensions between left-wing and right-wing groups continue to mount in Arcanstotska.


Synov'ya Natyona = Sons of the Nation
 

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CAVING TEAM DISCOVERS DRAGON SKELETON DEEP IN TYKAYA MOUNTAINS

By: Andrei Lukin | 17 March 2022

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A caver from the University of Liyev deep within the Tykaya cave network, 3 March 2022
CHATYAN — In a cave deep within the Tykaya Mountains, roughly twenty-two kilometers southwest of the sleepy Kolechian town of Chatyan, a speleology team from the University of Liyev has discovered the fossilized remains of a prehistoric dragon skeleton. The find has already been hailed by some as "the most important paleontological discovery in Arcanstotska's history."

Aleksei Fekhlachev, head of the artifacts department at the National Paleontology Museum in Siloyev, has confirmed that the skeleton will be extracted from the cave network and transferred to an exhibit at the museum.

"This is the first dragon skeleton discovered in Arcanstotska and its discovery is perhaps the greatest find in all of Arcanstotskan paleontology," Fekhlachev stated in a press conference two days after the fossils were found. "The fossils will be safely and securely removed from the cave and transported to Siloyev, where the skeleton will be reconstructed."

Many in the country, however, have denounced the museum for this course of action.
In the two weeks since the skeleton was first reported, many have already flocked to Chatyan in the hopes of seeing the dragon skeleton for themselves. They are largely Zaldrists who have come on a sort of pilgrimage, as dragons are deeply sacred creatures in the Zaldrist religion and are held up to be gods. Many of these pilgrims are calling for the fossils to instead be given to the local Zaldrist temple to be incorporated into shrines of worship.

"I think it best that the bones are given over to us instead," said Vikentiy Ayushiyev, the local svyasi who runs Chatyan's Zaldrist temple. "They are now a critical element of our religion and evidence of the divine; evidence of the existence of our gods. They are sacred objects, not just mere dinosaur bones."

Ayushiyev and numerous other Zaldrist religious leaders have expressed intention to sue the National Paleontology Museum for ownership of the fossils, claiming them as objects of religious significance.
 
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ARCANSTOTSKA RECOGNIZES EMERGENCY MILITARY ADMINISTRATION AS LEGITIMATE TARDINEANNI GOVERNMENT
By: Oleg Pelevin | 8 May 2022
SILOYEV — Following an airstrike on a military base near Miccan, Tardine by Werdoi's government, Minister of Foreign Affairs Natasha Danikina has announced that Arcanstotska will officially recognize the Tardineanni emergency military government of General Karuma Haigu as Tardine's legitimate national government.

The decision comes after the government of self-declared Tardineanni emperor Werdoi Danfeh authorized a bomb strike on a military base near Miccan, Tardine, in retaliation for the emergency military administration's decision to apply for UAS membership. Dozens have been reported as killed by the bombing, including at least fifteen civilians.

"The Second Arcanstotskan Republic condemns, in every sense of the word, this sheer brutality committed by the illegitimate emperor of Tardine," Minister Danikina stated in a press conference. "The Tardineanni embassy in Siloyev has been informed that should they declare their support for Danfeh's insanity, they will be evicted. Representatives of General Haigu's emergency military government will be invited to Siloyev to replace them in such an instance."

Justice For Tardine, a humanitarian aid fundraiser, has been set up by several non-profit groups in Arcanstotska. Their stated goal is to "raise money to fund humanitarian aid in Tardine amidst the crimes of the Danfeh government." The Arcanstotskan Red Heart is also currently working to establish a presence in Tardine to assist with humanitarian efforts.
 
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ARCANSTOTSKA ESTABLISHES ARMY BASE & AIRFIELD IN ARRANDAL
By Valentyn Suprun | 7 June 2022

NIANTZ, ARRANDAL — Foreign Minister Natasha Danikina and Arrandal’s King, Jadzia III, shook hands in the Arrandi capital of Bravondkraj on Friday. The occasion? A new Arcanstotskan Army base has opened in Arrandal twenty-one kilometers southwest of the Arrandi town of Niantz, with an accompanying airfield.

The revelation of the base has come as a surprise to many geopolitical analysts. The construction of the base – named “Fort Solovej,” after one of the Second Republic’s greatest historical presidents – was largely kept a secret project of both governments. The positioning of the base, roughly halfway between Bravondkraj and Arrandal’s border with Aydin, will allow the Arcanstotskan Army to quickly react to any direct threat to Arrandal.

The base is the latest of a number of Bergum Pact military bases to be established in Arrandal. Malor-Kanada and Norsia already have forces stationed there – a naval base and an air base respectively. Arrandal is a member of the Bergum Pact but lacks a substantial military force of its own, relying on other members of the alliance for assistance in the country’s defense. The Kolibin Administration has stepped up to the defense of the southernmost member of the Bergum Pact alliance whose members are largely concentrated in northern Craviter.

With diplomatic tension mounting between the Bergum Pact nations and Aydin over the fate of Essalanea, the new base established by the Army is likely to add kindling to the situation. How the Sultanate of the south will respond to this latest development remains to be seen.
 

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OKLUSKI IMMIGRANTS START FLOODING IN, PDD SET TO BENEFIT
By Alla Luskotova | 18 August 2022
SILOYEV — As 2023 draws ever closer, and with it, the next cycle of Arcanstotskan general elections, the Democratic Action Party (PDD) has seen a sudden and dramatic increase in popularity over the past few weeks. According to senior political analysts, this has coincided with the recent migratory influx of the Okluski peoples from Oklusia.

Who Are The Okluski?
During the Fascist Wars, the territories that now comprise Oklusia in northern Meterra were an Andrennian colony. After the war ended in an Allied victory over the Dominion Powers, these Andrennian possessions were transferred over to the control of the Second Republic which found itself on the victorious side of the war. Oklusia was turned into a protectorate under Siloyev’s supervision, with a “trust government” established in 1955 whose purpose was “to oversee and direct the reconstruction and reinvigoration of Oklusian infrastructure and society in the wake of the Great War.” Many Arcanstotskans packed up and shipped out to the nation’s new Meterran holdings – not just administrators, but also businessmen and ordinary citizens looking for opportunities in the protectorate. It was these “settlers” of sorts who would become known as the Okluski.

As the administration settled into its new position, the Oklusian protectorate became increasingly stratified. A social dynamic, known as the “vyluchennya” or “apartheid,” became increasingly reinforced as the government in Siloyev came to care less and less for the territory. It saw the szlavic, Zaldrist, Arcanstotskan-descended Okluski become by far the dominant cultural group within the nation, despite only making up a minority of the population. Commercial opportunities and political influence became increasingly reserved for Okluski hands at the expense of the other cultural groups, particularly the Courantist Eukluzi. For instance, a notorious 1978 law in Oklusia stated that a Courantist could own no more than fifteen acres of land. The Okluski chafed under no such limit.

In 1984, with sweeping unrest at home and diplomatic outcry abroad, then-President Josif Turpan called on the protectorate government to cease its discriminatory treatment of ethnic and religious differences. The Okluski administration refused and threatened armed revolt against Siloyev. President Turpan backed down and Oklusia declared independence unopposed.

Okluski Zaldrists and even the Thaunic, Andrennian-descended Kernø population continued to persecute Oklusia’s Messianist majority all the way into the 21st Century. In 2017, Okluski mobs mockingly crucified a Courantist preacher in the town of Soraluze.

However, Messianism is making an extraordinary comeback in Oklusia with skyrocketing rates of people getting baptized. Seeing this, many pagans are fleeing the country. The Kernø are beginning to flee for Andrenne and the Okluski are returning to Arcanstotska.

What Does This Mean For Arcanstotska?
The right-wing populist PDD’s usual gatherings in cities such as Liyev and Kariyevgrad have traditionally been rather small compared to the party’s more moderate and left-wing rivals. Since the Fascist Wars and the Third Constitutional Convention in 1958, the far-right has played a very minor role at best within the politics of the Second Republic.

However, as more and more Okluski flood into Arcanstotska from Oklusia, the PDD has seized an opportunity in this ultraconservative immigrant population. As more and more Okluski immigrants apply for and receive citizenship, a growing number are enrolling for PDD party membership.

Whereas many in the Conservative, Liberal Democratic, and Social Democratic parties initially anticipated that the PDD would be opposed to this influx of migrants, the party’s leadership made an unexpected move. Recognizing the Arcanstotskan heritage of the Okluski and their notoriously hard-right stances on many issues, the PDD instead decided to welcome them with open arms, pushing for the Okluski to more easily attain citizenship, and with that, voting rights. Luchok Yuvelev, a PDD member and State Sobirat representative from Kalinia Oblast, has begun to emerge as one of the party’s leading voices and a growing favorite among Okluski migrants.

The Okluski for their part seem rather displeased with the progressive state of the nation.

“This country isn’t what it used to be,” says Ivan Dorosh whose father fought in the Fascist Wars and settled in Oklusia after the fact. “They’re driving up taxes, allowing all of this homosexual, transgender nonsense, and making Arcanstotska look weak on the world stage.”

There are growing calls among the growing Okluski migrant community for such things as increased gun rights, a desecularization of the state, privatization of many state-owned industries such as healthcare, and pushing back on LGBT and abortion rights. While less than 3,000 Okluski immigrants have attained citizenship since the beginning of last month, the number of general Okluski immigrants is expected to dramatically increase. The PDD is moving to capitalize on what they see as a new constituency. What the more moderate conservative, liberal, and left-leaning political forces intend to do about the situation remains to be seen.
 
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SYRIXIAN GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN ELECTIONS
By Igor Shumov | 20 December 2021

SILOYEV — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a diplomatic condemnation of the imperial government in Pataliputra.

This comes after the stunning revelation that the Syrixian Election Commission, together with the Minister of the Left Om Dharmesh Narvekar, announced that voting was to cease. According to the Election Commission, various abnormalities have supposedly been detected within the voting machines’ software, requiring maintenance to ensure accurate voting.

However, many are unconvinced. Syrixia’s voting machines are widely viewed as state-of-the-art and highly secure. Many, both in Syrixia and abroad, are accusing the Syrixian imperial government of illegally shutting down the country’s democratic elections. Speculation, although unconfirmed as of yet, implies that the Syrixian emperor may have given the order to shut down the elections.

Diplomatic condemnations are flooding into Pataliputra, with Arcanstotska being the latest to protest the decision.

"It is with utter shock and disbelief that we are observing the latest developments coming out of Syrixia," foreign minister Natasha Danikina stated in a press conference. "Arcanstotska wholly and without reservation condemns this blatant violation of democratic principles."

President Kolibin is expected to ask the Sobirat to introduce a round of sanctions to be levied on the Syrixian government. It is believed that such sanctions will pass through the Sobirat without much opposition.
 
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PRYDANIAN KING VISITS ARCANSTOTSKA, AWARDS HONORS TO CIVIL WAR HUMANITARIAN VOLUNTEERS
By Lena Siyanina | 20 August 2022
SILOYEV—The King of Prydania, His Majesty Tobias III, arrived in Siloyev to award honors to Arcanstotskans who volunteered as humanitarian workers during the Prydanian Civil War (2002—2017).

After the true extent of the Prydanian Syndicalsts’ crimes against humanity had been revealed in 2013, many Arcanstotskans took up the call to join the struggle. Though some joined in as foreign volunteer fighters for the royalist Front of National Unity (FRE), predominantly those with prior military service, many more signed on to help as humanitarian workers. These humanitarians, through the Arcanstotskan Red Heart, arrived in Prydania in the spring and summer of 2013 to establish humanitarian centers. They helped give Prydanians in FRE-controlled lands medical attention, food, clothing, clean drinking water, and safe places to sleep—especially those who had suffered in the forced labor camps operated by the Syndicalist Republic.

His Majesty was welcomed to the city by President Kolibin and the First Lady on the late evening of the 16th. Both heads of state stood for the Prydanian national anthem, played by the Arcanstotskan Army’s symphony orchestra. The Arcanstotskan national anthem, a song of bombastic republican revolutionary rhetoric, was not played as a show of respect.

On the 17th His Majesty also met with Prime Minister Tsvetayev, as well as numerous other government officials and dignitaries. His Majesty delivered a brief address before the Sobirat and its assembled delegates before later attending a state dinner to commemorate the end of Prydania’s civil war.

The next day, on the 18th, His Majesty met with many of those who had volunteered to deliver humanitarian services and supplies to the Prydanian people. They were awarded royal Prydanian honors, shook hands with, and briefly spoke to the King. Afterward, His Majesty took to a podium to offer thanks for their service.
 
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REPUBLICAN PEOPLE’S PARTY, COMMUNIST PARTY TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE PARTY MERGER AHEAD OF ELECTIONS
By Radoszlav Slobozhanin | 10 December 2022

The party leadership of both the Republican People’s Party (NRP) and the Communist Party (AKP) are set to hold meetings in Mikhaytov, scheduled for sometime around New Year’s.

The goal of these meetings is to find a middle ground and discuss a possible re-establishment of a common left party in Arcanstotskan politics, something that has not been seen since the 1910s.

History of the Arcanstotskan Left
While early socialist elements were indeed present within the 1848 Revolution, they achieved little traction and were dwarfed by the more influential Republican-Democrats. In 1853, after Sergei Kariyev seized control of the fledgling Republic from the Sobirat, then plagued by severe political infighting, an industrial strike was organized to protest. Kariyev ordered soldiers to break up the strike and the workers were dispersed without bloodshed, though several people were arrested.

It wasn’t until the presidency of Faddei Avandeyev that the Arcanstotskan Left was able to truly blossom. President Avandeyev was not himself a socialist—having run as a candidate for the former Republican-Democratic Party—but his policies allowed for the repressed Arcanstotskan Left to come out into the open once again. His economic deregulation led to numerous issues, ranging from government corruption to horrific working conditions. In 1894, this led to the birth of the Socialist Democratic Labor Party (SDLP) built off of emerging labor unions.

The SDLP gained massive electoral ground in the 1898 elections, denying the Republican-Democrats their former traditional legislative dominance in both houses of the Sobirat. The party pursued economic regulation, empowering worker’s organizations, and pushed for better working conditions and better pay for workers, among many other policies. While these initiatives were widely popular, wealthy industrialists dumped greater and greater amounts of funding into the Republican-Democratic Party to get the opposition back on its feet.

1903 and 1908 saw the SDLP’s support slowly chipped away. Republican-Democrats argued that the SDLP’s policies would surely lead to revolution, chaos, and a betrayal of Arcanstotskan liberal democracy. Thugs were hired to beat up known SDLP supporters and party members. Nationalistic sentiments were also riled up, with rumors spread about how the SDLP supposedly wanted to sell Arcanstotska out to the Norsians.

The 1913 elections stank of corruption as the Republican-Democrats regained their power. Years later, after failed communist uprisings in Grestin were believed to have been sponsored and backed by the SDLP, the party was forcibly removed from the Sobirat and dissolved. The Ulin Scandal led to the Republican-Democrats splitting into the Liberal Democratic (LDP) and Conservative (KP) parties, but the damage to the Left had already been done.

After the defeat of Mintoria in the Central Craviterean War, the ban on leftist political parties was lifted and organized labor began to recover. However, rifts had grown between the various factions of the Arcanstotskan Left—the social democrats with the Social Democratic Party (SDPA), the democratic socialists with the Republican People’s Party, and the communists with the Arcanstotskan Communist Party.

Why Is The Merger Being Discussed?
What’s important to understand is that the merger isn’t totally assured. The purpose of the joint party summit in Mikhaytov is to allow the NRP and AKP to negotiate their differences and hammer out a cohesive platform. There are talks, but there are no promises.

There is a general consensus among NRP and AKP voters that the nation’s current mixed-economic system—even with such measures championed by the Social Democrats as free public healthcare, education, and more—is insufficient, and that the SDPA has failed to champion socialist values and ideals in Arcanstotska.

The SDPA, which held single-party governments in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, lost significant ground to the LDP and KP in the 1990s who both became the dual dominant forces of the Sobirat since. In order to maintain substantial influence on government policy, the shrinking SDPA was forced to work with the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives even as the government engaged in union-busting throughout the 2000s and 2010s, fueled by fears that states such as Cogoria and the former Prydanian syndicalist regime would inspire similar violent extreme-left action against the state.

As a result, the SDPA’s numbers have continued to dwindle among the Arcanstotskan left-of-center. The NRP and AKP have grown, but their divisiveness has weakened the Arcanstotskan Left as a whole.

It is the hope of both the NRP and the AKP that, should common ground be firmly established and a merger realized, the Arcanstotskan Left would finally have a unified voice in the Sobirat that matters.

Where Do The NRP And AKP Disagree?
Both the NRP and the AKP seek to create a unified Arcanstotskan Left to oppose the LDP, KP, and the concerning rise of the far-right DDA. They do, however, have some areas of disagreement.

One instance where this is evident is on the question of how directly involved a socialist Arcanstotskan government ought to be intertwined with labor organizations, even though both parties have thrown their weight behind the empowerment of organized labor. The NRP has long maintained its stance that labor unions ought to maintain a great deal of autonomy alongside the existing state apparatus. The AKP, meanwhile, inspired by policies seen in the Commune of Diyar, have sought to advocate for the reorganization of the Republic along similar lines—replacing the modern Oblasts with highly localized communes. To put it in simple terms, it’s a question of whether to simply work toward a more socialist Republic or replace the Republic with a new socialist state.

Another issue to be resolved is what a theoretically socialist Arcanstotska would do on the international stage—whether it should look inward or stand in solidarity with socialist movements abroad.

The NRP has its stance: a democratic socialist Arcanstotska ought to not stretch itself thin supporting socialism abroad, and instead focus on a “democratic socialism at home” policy. The AKP, however, has been vehement in its opposition to this, advocating for a socialist Arcanstotskan state to stand by the international worker’s movement.

Time will tell if the NRP and AKP can compromise on these issues, and what such a compromise might look like.

Conclusion
The Arcanstotskan Left is on the move, and that much is certainly evident. For the first time since before the FW, there is a possibility that the Left may once again move forward united in action and purpose. But only time can say how this will affect the Republic.
 

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DRAGON SKELETON EXTRACTED FROM KOLECHIAN MOUNTAIN CAVE, ZALDRIST PRIESTS SUE NATIONAL MUSEUM FOR RIGHTS TO FOSSILS
By Gleb Drotenkov | 20 March 2022
SILOYEV — The final pieces of a prehistoric dragon skeleton recently discovered in a cave within the Tykaya Mountains in Kolechia Oblast have been collected. The stated fate for the fossils is to be put on display in the National Paleontology Museum in Siloyev, however many Zaldrist religious leaders have come out to sue the museum for ownership of the bones.

Zaldrism is an ancient religion in Arcanstotska and has traditionally been its dominant faith. Within Zaldrism, dragons are believed to be divine supernatural creatures and are worshipped as gods. As such, many argue that these fossils should be handed over to Zaldrist religious institutions where they can be preserved as artifacts of extreme religious significance.

“We believe that these bones are divine and that they should be, first and foremost, religious artifacts belonging to the faithful,” said Yakov Kubyshkin, a priest from Bodogorod. “If Christ’s nails used in his crucifixion, or the Ark of the Covenant had been found today, no one would question that the former ought to be given over to Messianist care and the latter to Shaddaist care. So why then should these remains of our gods’ physical, Erasly forms not be given over to Zaldrist care?”

Kubyshkin is one of a growing number of Zaldrist religious leaders joining a lawsuit being filed against the National Paleontology Museum.

A debate surrounding the nature of the lawsuit is growing in the nation—some argue that the scientific significance of the bones entitles them to scientific study. “These bones have extreme value to the scientific community in understanding ancient and prehistoric dragons,” said Dr. Andrei Galygin, a professor for paleontology at Kariyevgrad University, one of the most prestigious universities in the nation. “I grew up a Zaldrist, I still hold reverence for the Gods. But I also have a reverence and commitment to human knowledge and understanding. The bones must be given over for study.” Others, however, like Kubyshkin, argue that the religious significance of these bones outweighs their scientific value.

The constitution outlines that objects in possession of religious institutions with religious significance are belonging to those institutions. However, neither the constitution nor any other law in the country clearly specifies what is supposed to happen should religiously significant artifacts be uncovered by secular institutions, such as a public university. Regardless of which side ends up victorious—whether the bones shall go to science or religion—it will undoubtedly set a precedent for any future artifacts found in similar circumstances.
 
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