by Max Barry

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Malarsia Broadcasting Company

Malarsia's urban areas have been rocked by civil unrest in recent weeks. The unrest began with a series of student occupation protests against capitalism, consumerism, "imperialism", and traditional institutions. Heavy police repression of the protesters led Malarsia's trade union confederations to call for sympathy strikes, which spread far more quickly than expected to involve nearly 11 million workers, students, and others. The movement has been characterized by spontaneous and decentralized wildcat disposition; this created contrast and at times even conflict internally amongst the trade unions and the parties of the left, and this has been by far the largest general strike ever attempted in Malarsia, and the first nationwide general strike since 1998.

The student occupations and general strikes initiated across Malarsia have been met with forceful confrontation by the police and PMC. President Papatsis administration's attempts to quell those strikes by brute force have, so far, only inflamed the situation further, leading to street battles with the police in several residential areas. However, the battles have been heavily lopsided against the police and PMCs, the rioters have taken heavy losses against police vehicles and from their lack of anti-vehicle weapons.

Because Malarsia's cities have crowded streets with many buildings, fighting has been almost always close quarters. Homes and storefronts have so far lent themselves for defensive positions for ambush and recovery. Some streets were completed abandoned by civilians for fear of being ambushed or targeted by snipers.

Meanwhile, rebel groups in the bayous launched an offensive against the PMCs once they got news of the uprisings. They have defeated, looted, or outright destroyed several PMC bases, and have utterly crippled the PMC's supply chain.

With pressure mounting against President Papatsis, Papatsis declared any and all rebellion or defiance as an insurgency and their perpetrators as terrorists. This led to mass imprisonments, and eventually, with the prisons overflowing, prison riots/breaks broke out. With nowhere else to go, the now free prisoners flocked to the insurgents in the bayous, swelling their numbers.

Despite all that, order was returned to the streets of Malarsia and the prisons were stabilized, though the situation in the bayous remains as tenuous as ever. President Papatsis, however, has been utterly disgraced by the crisis, and there are doubts as to whether or not he can still hold onto power after this.

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