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October 14th, 2013: Military Movements JAVOLS, Regroupement des Gevaudan- Military Forces begin to move around in Coalition territory, and there are rumors of secret meetings between those in charge of the army.
September 26th, 2013: Three Minutes of Silence MENDE, Regroupement des Gevaudan - Three minutes of silence were held today to commemorate the 30 years that have passed since Doomsday. Each ten years a minute is to be added to the silence. The majority of the population gathered in Mende to observe the solemn occasion.
May 29th, 2013: New Leader of the Conservative party elected WOODBRIDGE, Woodbridge- Dr Frederick Mitchell, former Health Secretary has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative party beating former Chancellor Ian Jones in the final round of voting by only two votes
May 9th, 2013: The Russian Confederacy reveals its plans for a sea port TRATYAKGRAD, Russian Confederacy- After what the government reported as being "several months of intense debate and planning", the Confederacy announced their plans of expanding to the Black Seas south of the Ukrainian Military Administration, where it hopes to take control of the areas around Novoazovsk, with the area which they wish to occupy going all the way east to towns such as Priazovskiy and Rozhok. This would expand the border the country shares with the Don Republic, as well as assure that any and all future land travel between the Don and the Ukrainian survival states would have to go through the RC. Political analysts have expressed concern, as the area in question is claimed by Crimea, which will not help the RC in gaining political clout with the URC and the BSA.
May 1st, 2013: Siberian leadership announces new expansion into former territory KRASNOYARSK, USSR- During the May Day celebrations in the USSR, during the military parade in the capital, the leadership of the country announced plans to "move forward into our homeland" and that "further news as to where this will take place will follow". The main candidate for new expansion has been reported to be Aralia and the Karagandy province of Kazakhstan, both full of natural resources and either sympathetic to the Siberian government or not populated, making this the perfect area for further development by the country. ANZC and SAC political analysts have reacted with apprehension to the proclamation, as it would "raise tensions in Central Asia considerably".
April 26th, 2013: The PRC announces plans to expand to the Yellow Sea TAIYUAN, PRC- The People's Republic of China announced today to the world, through the People's Kingdom of Jiangsu, that they would be expanding to the coast, where they hope the the are north of the city of Hekou would serve as a port. They stated that this move would open up the country to the world and make it easier for Jiangsu's supplies to reach them. The PRC leadership went on to state that they would begin this action in either late May or early June. LoN political analysts have stated that this move by the PRC is in response to what the Siberian's call the "Pacification of Southern Manchuria", as it raised fears in the other Chinese remnant states.
April 24th, 2013: Khiva, Kazakh Khanate establish official militaries BUKHARA, Emirate of Bukhara - The nations of Khiva and the Kazakh Khanate have crossed a step further into pan-Turkistanism by establishing, with Bukhori coordination, their official militaries; Khiva now has its first official army, while the Kazakh Khanate has simply upgraded the Guard to an official army. The Bukhori and Kazakh troops which have been on standby for long are now probably soon to act, both to expand Khiva and Kazakhstan's territories and to establish influence over the notoriously left-leaning Khanate of Kokand.
April 24th, 2013: Siberian leadership announces the reintegration of the Primorskaya Territory into the RSFSR KRASNOYARSK, USSR- Today at a press conference in Krasnoyarsk it was announced that the Primorskaya Territory would become a part of the Russian SFSR again by the end of May of this year. It was stated that the area was ready for it, as it had been three years since its admittance into the Socialist Union. This decision was made shortly after the pacification of Southern Manchuria, as the reason for a military occupied Territory dissipated then.
April 10th, 2013: Siberian ships and personnel spotted in the uninhabited eastern part of the Kola peninsula TRONDHEIM, Norway- The media of the Nordic Union have reported that there have been sightings of uniformed men bearing the insignia of the USSR in the eastern parts of the Kola peninsula. The governments of the NU reacted with concern over these developments, while the government of the Sapmi Republic called on more Nordic troops to defend its eastern borders. Although denying any involvement, the USSR stressed that they had every right to send troops into the region if they wanted to.
March 25th, 2013: Pilot alive but not so well BOMBAY, Union Interim Parliament - Sources have reported that the pilot has been found in bad condition, and was taken to a hospital at Cooch Behar Air Base. It has also been indicated that the rescue teams will try to recover the crashed aircraft.
March 24th, 2013: MiG 21 Lost BOMBAY, Union Interim Parliament - Unconfirmed reports are coming in from the Union capital that a MiG 21 has crashed in the jungles of Bodoland while en route between Calcutta and Itanagar. Sources have said that the pilot was relatively new to the MiG and thought that he may have been having problems flying the aircraft. The pilot's status is unknown at this time, with plans of a rescue operation to recover the pilot and his aircraft under way.
March 22nd, 2013: New areas incorporated TIANSHUI, Gansu - The Governor today has announced the incorporation of surrounding areas directly in the south and east of Gansu itself. This comes after better harvests and a slight economic growth. The move is popular with citizens, and it is hoped it will serve as a political tool in the upcoming elections.
March 13th, 2013: Labour/Liberal Coalition announced WOODBRIDGE, Woodbridge - Christopher Mole of the Labour party and Marian Andrews of the Liberals announced that their parties had agreed to form a coalition. This means that for the first time since Woodbridge returned to civilian control in 2000, the Conservative party does not form the government.
March 7th, 2013: Violence spreads in Isiro WATSA, Isiro - After heavy fighting throughout the city of Dungu, rebels have sprung up in nearby cities Niangara and Watsa, forcing many refugees to flee those cities as well.
February 29th, 2013: Government troops storm Dungu DUNGU, Isiro- After 3 days of standoff between the Mbia regime and the rebels, the 14,000 troops under Col. Trevor Kabila have launched their first attack into Dungu. After first bombarding the South of the city heavily, approximately 4,000 troops attacked in a full frontal assault, while the rest were held in reserve. After breaking through the lightly armed rebel ranks, they fought their way to the Acting Governor's palace, freeing him. However, fighting has continued, heavily, and the leader of the DPI- and the rebellion- has become known; one Japhet Gizenga, a 25 year old soldier from Dungu, who fought first with the Dungu Authority in their war with Isiro, then, secretly, against Isiro once more.
February 26th, 2013: General Uprisings in Isiro DUNGU, Isiro- Following the early assassination of the Emperor of Isiro, the city of Dungu, known as a hotbed for insurgency against the regime in Isiro, have flared up into full rebellion. The Governor of Dungu has been killed, while his Acting successor has been trapped in a small section of the city protected by still loyal troops. It has been estimated that almost three quarters of Dungan troops stationed there have gone into open revolt along with the rebels, though the government alleges that the number is closer to 5-10%. Several clashes have already occurred, and the city is now mostly under rebel control. The leaders of the revolution appear to be the terrorist militant group DPI, who were also responsible for the assassination of Emperor Serge Mbia yesterday. The government, however, has assembled nearly 14,000 troops outside the city of Dungu, and is preparing to launch an assault. Colonel Trevor Kabila (unrelated to the Kabilas of Kivu), who commands the 14,000 man force, stated that the rebellion was simply a local revolt unbacked by popular opinion, and that they would flee in the face of a show of force. No rebel could be reached for comment.
February 25th, 2013: Assassination of Emperor Serge Mbia ISIRO, Isiro- The self-styled Emperor of the Congo was killed in his palace today in an attack by seven militants believed to have been sent by the terrorist organization, DPI. An explosive incendiary device was detonated in front of his vehicle as he was leaving his palace for the city proper; though he was unharmed, three of his guards were killed. As he then attempted to flee back into the palace, a sniper trapped them against the walls of the palace. Six men, heavily armed, attacked his vehicle. After a firefight, four of the six militants were killed, along with seven guards. One of the remaining militants detonated another explosive incendiary device, killing the remaining five guards and himself. The Emperor was badly injured and was pronounced Dead On Arrival when rushed to hospital. The sniper escaped the scene, and the remaining militant was captured. The Emperor's brother, Fiston Mbia, has temporarily become Emperor-Elect.
February 22nd, 2013: General Election Result - Conservatives No Longer the Largest Party WOODBRIDGE, Woodbridge - The results of a General Election called due the Conservatives losing a vote of confidence in Parliament, was announced today. The Labour Party won 25 seats making them the largest party. The Conservatives were reduced to 22 seats having lost nearly half of their representation in Parliament. The Liberals increased their number of seats to 22 and the Veterans won 2 extra seats taking their total to 10. Michael Danson, former Conservative MP whose decision to leave the party led to the vote of confidence being called was re-elected as an Independent MP. The fact that no party has an overall majority mean that there will now be several days of discussion on forming a coalition.
February 15th, 2013: Philippine Troops Surround "100 Armed Bruneians" in Sabah, Brunei Official Disputes Story: KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Autonomous Region, Philippines - Philippine security forces have surrounded about 100 armed men believed to be from a breakaway faction in Brunei, a Philippine National Police and government official said today. But, a Bruneian official said that they were unarmed men who had been promised land by the Sultan of Brunei. This dispute threatened to stir tension between the two Southeast Asian countries, whose ties have been periodically frayed by border disputes, migration problems, and accusations of one country harboring the other's rebel groups.
"We are dealing with 100 armed foreigners from the Sabah Liberation Army of Brunei," a high-ranking Philippine official who asked not to be named said, "The army and police have cordoned off the area where the men are waiting." He also said that the men are from an armed faction dissatisfied, with Brunei's agreement to hand over Sabah to the Philippines. "We know that these people are from the neighbor nation Brunei. Some of them have already been living in Sabah for five years or longer, and they move freely between the borders."
A senior Bruneian military official dismissed the Philippine account on the group, claiming that the men had been promised land by the Sultan of Brunei. "Since Brunei and the Philippines brokered the deal in the Treaty of Zambuanga, the Sabah Liberation Army of Brunei decided to stir up trouble in the area,", the official said, referring to a rebel faction operating within the area.
Security in Sabah has been problematic for the Philippines, with tens of thousands of Bruneians, Malaysians, and Indonesians believed to have immigrated illegally into the region for the past two decades. In Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's foreign affairs ministry is currently trying to get in touch with Brunei's ambassador to the Philippines regarding the incident, but has refused to comment until they have the complete facts.
February 14th, 2013: 5 Dead, 5 Missing in Mining Site Landslide: SEMIRARA ISLAND, Philippines - 5 miners were killed and 5 more are missing as a mining site on the remote island of Semirara collapsed. The bodies of the five miners killed have been recovered and are due to be laid to rest. The local representative of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said ,that the victims were part of a group of 13 miners that had been trapped in a pit 260 feet below the ground. Three miners were also rescued alive; two were treated in the Semirara Infirmary, while the third survivor, who sustained severe injuries, was brought to a better-equipped hospital.
The Semirara Coal and Mining Corporation, which is responsible for operating the mines on the island, has agreed to take responsibility for the incident and give compensations to the families of the deceased. The company supplies coal to nearby countries like the ASEAN countries, Taiwan, the ANZC, and the Union Interim Parliament of India.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDDRMC) said, that rescue efforts were ongoing to reach the five trapped survivors, but more landslides in the area had unfortunately forced the rescue workers to stop their search, until the land had finally settled. A representative of the NDDRMC iterated, that they had not given up the search.
January 26th, 2013: Republic Day: BOMBAY, Union Interim Parliament - Republic Day celebrations were held with great pomp this year. It showcased the UIP's new military strength, as its new fighters did a flyby over the parading troops. The Siberian Foreign Minister was the Guest of Honor. The President also announced, with pride that many road-building projects had been completed and there are now plans to lay new grid-lines on a national scale to increase efficiency.
A construction boom also seems to be taking place in Bombay, as new complexes and towers spring up in the city. Many construction companies seem to be interested in building in New Bombay as it offers space and a good environment.
January 21st, 2013: Inauguration: STOWE, Superior - Governor Cullen was officially sworn into office as President this afternoon, while Congressman Lahti was sworn into the Vice-Presidency. Cullen called for a new era in the republic, demanding an end to nefarious actions like those which occurred under his predecessors. He also repeated his statements that the republic should declare itself the official successor to the United States.
Secretary of State Feingold was asked, and agreed, to stay on in that role, until at least 2014. Congressman Casey A. Viegelahn of Mackinaw is the only other known Cabinet pick, replacing Conservative Phillip Potvin of Houghton at the Department of Defense. A special election will be held next month to determine his replacement in the House, once his nomination clears the Senate.
January 1st, 2013: Happy New Year!: All around the world, fireworks went off at midnight today, to mark the new year. From Australia to the Alps, from the Arctic to the wilds of Patagonia, and from the Cape to the forests of Siberia, celebrations marking the new year, and hoping that the new one brings less violence and destruction, went across well.
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