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  [CBC] Caputian political scene buzzing over new political movements
Posted by: Queen Elizabeth I - Yesterday, 05:10 AM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - Replies (1)

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ZALAE -- With the official summons of the first Caputian Parliament by the Queen, a race has been set in motion all over the country from behind Bellesea Palace doors to the most remote parts of the country in Cibola to politically organize in time for its opening.

Sources close to discussions in Woodrest Mansion say that there is an Order-in-Council under consideration by the Government to create and open a process in which citizens can create political parties ahead of the State Opening of Parliament. The coming Parliament will be composed of the same 250 delegates meeting in Zalae under the Constitution Convention, and until now they were aligned with the factions of the civil war. But now, each will be able to choose a political affiliation as nascent political movements begin to register and form.

In his first statement to the nation, incoming Prime Minister Christophe Landry promised to lead "a one-nation Government, a Government of National Unity," but did not specify whether he'd hold his Ministers to the same rule.

"There's going to be a stampede to fill applications at Home Office and activists with clipboards in every neighborhood, even in the lobby of the Parliament," says former Constitutional Convention Deputy and now MP for San Luis, Jean-Noël Prudhomme. Originally Alexandrian, when the Alexandrian flu destroyed that Empire, he emigrated to Caputia where he landed deep in National Salvation Front territory. After joining the fight with the National Salvation Front, he was named to the Convention at the end of the war as a representative of the group. "It's an exciting part of our history, but let's hope that the Parliament is not too heavily fragmented."

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A phone poll of all the incoming Members of Parliament has determined that as soon as political parties can register with the Home Office, the National Unity Party is set to be the party with the most Deputies, counting with 128 MPs. It is followed in size by the National Salvation Party, with 61 MPs. Two other parties, the Liberal League and Hatunah have 20 and 10, respectively.

But with 31 Deputies declaring themselves "unaligned or independent," there is still room for any of the parties to grow, possibly leaving the National Unity Party with a weak majority of 3 Deputies.

Until the planned Order-in-Council opening the registration of political parties with the National Electoral Board is issued, these numbers are a glimpse of what we can possibly expect in the new Parliament opening in December.

The next Parliament will decide on important questions - mainly how it will organize itself, how long will its current session be and how elections will be run in five years once the first general elections will take place. By then, the seat arrangement may change drastically as party affiliation becomes more settled after a year of legislating and governing the new Kingdom.

The next Parliament will also weight important questions such as calls for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the creation of a new currency, and a Charter for a new national bank, the Bank of Caputia. The matter of creating a new national judiciary will be pressing the new Parliament as well.

Sources confirm that the Prime Minister is in talks with his Ministers on a collective agenda to present in the State Opening of Parliament, where the Queen will read her first Speech from the Throne. Details are vague, but the agenda includes honoring the Declaration of Caputian Neutrality made by the Queen and a robust investment in infrastructure and defense.

The Caputian neutrality policy, however, is the first source of contention among MPs. Some headed to the first Parliament want a frank debate on the merits and a full vote to confirm their agreement or rejection of the policy.

That same poll, however, reveals that Deputies agree with the policy overwhelmingly - with 200 of them on the record confirming their support. A vocal yet small minority is split between Caputia joining the SANE Alliance or the USSO. 27 Deputies support joining SANE and 23 Deputies support joining the USSO. These numbers could change should a debate come up in the Parliament and political parties begin to try to apply party discipline around their collective party positions on the issue.

"Most Members of Parliament will probably want to keep the neutrality policy - there are people back home that are seriously tired of war, slaughter and death," says former Constitutional Convention Deputy and MP from Monovia Roger Dean. "They want an economy that churns out butter, bread, and jobs, not tanks and bombers."

Landry Government Ministers have yet to announce their political affiliation. It is not clear if they will follow the Prime Minister's example, join one the new parties, or try to seek support to create their own political movements.


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  [CBC] Caputian Constitutional & Monarchy Referendums, 2017
Posted by: Queen Elizabeth I - 11-21-2017, 07:45 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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ZALAE, CAPUTIA -- Queen Elizabeth I has achieved a stunning victory in a historic referendum to ratify the latest draft of the constitution approved by the Constitutional Convention and to confirm Her Majesty on the Caputian throne.

The two part referendum asked voters to first indicate their approval or disapproval of the current Constitution, while a second question asked voters to confirm Regina Ravaillac, now known as Queen Elizabeth I, as their choice for Queen.

Ignace Lorenz, the head of Caputia's National Electoral Board, confirmed the passage of the referendum last night, based on unofficial results.

On the first question, the yes campaign won 8.3 million more votes than the no campaign, with only about 100,000 votes still to be counted, Lorenz told reporters in Zalae, meaning that the Constitution had been ratified.

On the second question, the yes campaign won an overwhelming 9.2 million more votes than the no campaign, meaning that Queen Elizabeth I is the confirmed choice of the Caputian people.

The result of the referendum sets the stage to transform the country into a monarchy centered around its new capital of Zalae, with significant powers to continue to build the country's government and institutions from the ashes of an incredibly destructive civil war.

The National Electoral Board reported that the turnout has set a historic record of 90% of registered voters. Voter rolls were composed thanks to records and information from the Hammish Humanitarian Council, the defunct National Provisional Authority and an aggressive voter registration campaign throughout the country.

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  [CBC] Caputian News Briefs - 11.15.17
Posted by: Queen Elizabeth I - 11-15-2017, 09:30 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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[NEW KIRRIE] -- George Blakeslee will be named Foreign Minister of Caputia and Her Majesty's Plenipotentiary Ambassador to the Micran Nations. Mr. Blakeslee was a former General in the Ravaillac Loyalist Army, and served as a representative of Her Majesty before her accession in Geneva and Shirekeep. His first visits shall be to Craitland and Shireroth.

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[ZALAE] -- The Constitutional Convention in Zalae unveiled the first draft of its proposed Constitution of the Kingdom. It radically restructures many parts of the Kingdom that were wiped out completely by the civil war, the Alexandrian flu, and other ravaging diseases. The first draft was put together with heavy consultation from all parties and former warring factions, however, it does not mean it will not see debate and amending. One main point of contention: the location of the capital, and its move to Zalae after the near total destruction of New Kirrie during the civil war. Her Majesty the Queen is currently at New Kirrie, surveying the damage and making arrangements for the move to Zalae.

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  [CBC] General Eliphas Death Broadcast
Posted by: General Eliphas - 10-23-2017, 02:21 AM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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Quote:Heroic officers of the army, the navy, the air force and the strategic defense unit of the National Provisional Authority, and officers of the National Provisional Authority's Internal Security Forces; members of the National Guards and the Young Guards; working people of the entire country and citizens of New Kirrie; and overseas compatriots; patriots and friends -

It is my sad duty to inform you that today at 8:25 p.m, the illustrious Prime Minister of our country, General Augustus Eliphas, entered immortality.

Today, we carry out his will and last testament, to end this civil war that has fractured our country and decimated our people.

We invite the Queen-in-Zalae, Regina Ravaillac, to march upon the city of New Kirrie with her forces to reunify the country and bring a new era of peace and unity.

The National Provisional Authority, along with the few remaining vestiges of the old Hamland, shall be dismantled to give birth to a new nation.

National Provisional Authority forces are ordered to withdraw to New Kirrie immediately.

May peace reign in our lands once more.

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  [ABC] Alexandrian news about Hamland - ARCHIVE
Posted by: General Eliphas - 08-02-2017, 02:57 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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Quote:GENEVA, BAUDRIX; ABC NEWS -- The National Provisional Authority and key members of the rebel Hammish opposition have agreed to a cease-fire in the war-torn country, a spokesman and mediator for the Council of Free Nations announced at the Maison Verneuil outside of Geneva.

Fighting between the forces of General Augustus Eliphas and the rebel opposition groups in the provinces of Hamland, Anglia, Israat, Neo-Patrova, and San Luis de Hamlandia has killed over 1 million people and displaced millions more since it began last year. To add, disease and famine have ravaged the country unchecked as most resources are geared towards the war. A cease-fire between the warring parties was reached tentatively but was routinely violated by all sides.

National Provisional Authority on the run

Since the various Hammish opposition groups created the National League to reach key military objectives and speak united at the Geneva Peace Conference, the civil war has seen a rapid degradation of the capabilities of the National Provisional Authority.

The conflict in western Hamland has seen a large uptick in fighting as the SANE-backed Hammish Republican Army has scored crushing victories over weakened NPA forces.

In eastern Hamland, the Pallisican backed National Salvation Front has also made strong gains after the fall of Macsen. With support from a nascent rebel group, the Haifan Nationalist Army, they have been able to completely rout the National Provisional Authority in Haifa. Most recently, the NSF captured the city of Tonar after a prolonged and deadly siege of the city.

In northern Hamland, the Ravaillac Loyalists decisively defeated the Weanburg Militias with support from Shireroth and Natopia, and are now in close cooperation with the Hammish Republican Army in northern and western Hamland. Previously a group that favored the creation of a Hammish Republic, the Hammish Republican Army has conditionally lent support to Regina Ravaillac through the National League. In response, the large financial and logistical resources of the Ravaillac fortune have funded a strong HRA offensive against the NPA.

The National Provisional Authority, under the leadership of General Augustus Eliphas, continues to be crippled by the latest victories and advances by the Hammish Opposition.

After a thorough purge of the armed forces and the National Provisional Authority, the regime of General Eliphas has begun to fold as top ranking talent has defected to the Hammish Republican Army and the Ravaillac Loyalists.

A Constitutional Convention

The National League convened a Constitutional Convention in the city of Zalae, a city that has become the de facto capital of the Hammish opposition. The mood in the rebel capital however is one of cautious optimism, as the Constitutional Convention cannot make significant progress without the civil war's end and the removal of General Eliphas from power.

This has not deterred Delegates from all over Hamland, even some from NPA-held territories from meeting to discuss preliminary plans for an election that will fill the Convention to lend it real legitimacy.

However, the coordination between the different rebel opposition groups is precarious. Last week, the Executive Committee of the National League offered the Crown of Hamland to their lead negotiator and Chairwoman, Regina Ravaillac. This met with some resistance from the Hammish Republican Army and the National Salvation Front, who both believe that Hamland must become a Republic.

When offered the Crown of Hamland, however, Regina Ravaillac imposed conditions to accepting, namely a referendum to approve the move before she can be crowned.

A precarious cease-fire

The cease-fire is fragile and depends on all parties committing to continuing the peace talks at Maison Verneuil in Geneva. Current talks are centering around the fate of the Eliphas regime and on the future of the nation. The National League has issued a wish to "refound the nation" in an effort to move past a "national nightmare" and facilitate reconciliation. The National Provisional Authority insists however that no progress can be made until rebel forces have laid their weapons down and agreed to recognize the NPA as the rightful Hammish government.

The monitoring mission of the Council of Free Nations has said that NSF fighters shot at its patrol of two armored vehicles outside the rebel stronghold of Macsen. NSF authorities denied any role in the incident and said they have detained the individuals who attacked the patrol.

"We welcome any initiative to reduce tensions and violence in Hamland. We will judge this initiative by the results not the words. The opposition and the Hammish regime should similarly halt attacks to allow the ceasefire to endure — and hopefully be extended — and humanitarian aid to reach those in need," said Special Envoy to Hamland and Alexandrian representative Monica Roig.

Rebel opposition fighters portrayed the ceasefire as a small victory. "The regime's forces have stopped their military operations after big losses in equipment and men since the start of their campaign and after the failure of repeated attempts to advance," a National League spokesman told ABC.

The ceasefire may alleviate pressure on NPA forces, possibly allowing the regime to push for more territory elsewhere. But military analyst Amaryllis Fox noted that "the Eliphas regime's depleted manpower means that it cannot conquer one piece of territory without exposing itself somewhere else."

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