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|2.||The Democratic States of The Belgrade Bloc||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“nisi mors inevitabilis”|
|3.||The Democratic Republic of Azaltan||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Willpower Triumphs”|
|4.||The Republic of Jeroque||Democratic Socialists||“Vie, Liberté, Bonheur”|
|5.||The Confederacy of Greater Yankavo||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Life, Liberty, Love”|
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|7.||The Sovereign Kingdom of Anthacia||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Der Mensch allein ist Gott”|
|8.||The Ryokoist Republic of Ikazia||Democratic Socialists||“Destroy the old world, forge the new!”|
|9.||The Kingdom of Kenner Run||Father Knows Best State||“May the Sky smile upon us!”|
|10.||The Federation of Tirfyng||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus”|
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Nationale Deluta - National Spirit
A New Trade Organization? Kistler, Space, and Air Defense
News takes no breaks, and as negotiations with Sozkana are continuing we have four main stories to get to tonight.
The first comes from the negotiations with Sozkana, but also comes from a growing concern within the Ministry of Trade. After the International Interstate System opened, several problems came up immediately. The two most prominent, however, were the fact that there was nothing in place to protect the system from widespread targeted attacks, either from a terror group or from a rogue government, and the fact that each nation along the system had a different land trade policy, making effective overland trade a nightmare of bureaucracy. So, during the negotiations, the Minister of Trade proposed a joint Zambet Fatan-Sozkanan effort to create a trade organization comprised of nations along the IIS to strengthen economic cooperation. Negotiations about this are still ongoing, but reporters on the scene have suggested that the proposal has a high chance of coming to fruition.
Until then, to solve the security issue in the short-term, both Zambet Fata and Sozkana agreed that any attack, seizure, international incident, and/or capture along the system would be treated as "a hostile attack on peace and prosperity", and thus would be dealt with in full force.
Our next story is a continuation of our previous story, which revolved around the Kistler monopoly case; both sides came to an official agreement late last night. The conditions of the agreement go as follows: Kistler will sell the Lancer brand to Traab investment group, and the Pancsher motorcycle brand to Heltenscu Performance Inc. Additionally, Kistler will halt its price-slashing practices, and will also sell some of its dealerships to Lancer and Pancsher. In exchange, the government will not pursue any legal action against Kistler in regards to this case, and the Zambet Fatan armed forces agreed to purchase over 5,000 Kistler engines for various uses. Traab announced it will run Lancer as a car brand rather than liquidate it, with the company itself announcing a brand new line up for 2078. Pancsher will essentially continue as business as usual, just under new ownership.
Next, the Zambet Fatan Space Agency announced it would be scaling down mining operations on Luna and Celene in favor of pursuing "new frontiers". The Agency announced it had mined all it had set out to mine from Luna and Celene, and would be studying the rocks extensively. No doubt this decision was made with Jean Pop in mind, but it also came at a perfect time. Pop had already drawn up plans for Cassini, Laros, and Braun, and had created prototype rovers and landers, and now with the Agency's mining operations finally drawing to a close, the Agency will simply relocate the resources to Pop.
Part of those resources, however, will go towards a different government program. The Zambet Fatan military petitioned the government for additional funds in order to modernize and expand Zambet Fata's air defense network, to which the government agreed to allocate additional funds to the project. The project is expected to be completed by 2079.
Bring us his Head!
Thus far, the policies of Kayar Kalif have been divisive in nature and deeply unpopular with Liberals in the Country. His expansion of police powers has often been decried as an act of 'Tyranny of Constantine-level proportions'. However, he has remained deeply popular with his base, and with Conservatives. Despite the relative newness of the Liberty Party, the core support the party has is deeply loyal to Kalif, with some going as far as to say that he would be a proper King. Any concerns that Conservatives may have seems to be buried for his 'Conservative Compromise' to keep going. Royalists have buried their concerns over his ever-expanding list of powers as he has proven a tremendous ally on the moral front. Decrying Ulutor's homosexuals as an "immoral and misguided sect" and a "festering wound of horrid parenting, and an absent society". Conservative meanwhile, scarf down their resentment and enjoy his massive immigration changes, and deregulation. Purebloods are very open allies(which might result in their party folding into his if Liberty survives) even though he has shown a light hand in New Aorkai's always unstable situation.
However, Royalists and Conservatives, have found a real reason to oppose him. While they disagree with Liberals in Ulutor on a lot, each of them maintains the age-old hate of Anthacia.
In Business, in the Arms Race, and in Diplomacy, Ulutor fights Anthacia always. It has been a core of Ulutors identity going on 250 years now. Now, Liberals for the most part have advocated a non-hate-based relationship with Anthacia, but it has never been their selling point. Kalif however, has moved in the opposite direction. Reconciliation and Trade with Anthacia seems to be the secret selling point of his campagain. The Trade deal with Anthacia, recently passed in Parliament by a Bizarro vote witch Globalists and Libertists voting together, has stirred up lots of opposition after the Bolivant Times revealed that they learned from a anymous source that Kalif started negotiations without the Authority of the Parliaments Foreign Trade Commission. Combined with the natural hate of Anthacia Kalif and the Libertists are experiencing a record low approval rating.
After the Archipealago War, many saw the primary enemy to be the Anthacian Navy, the long time Hegemon of the Seas. Despite the use of Internationale Naval Forces, the most remembered battles were the slugfests with the Anthacian Navy. This has seen a shift in the hatred of Ulutorians away from the Red Menace, the main antagonist since Constantine ruled the nations in the shadows. Kalif however, points the boogeyman at Toraism. In the past this was supposed to be just who his vitrol was currently pointed at, and that if Anthacia arose it would change its course. But it seems to have been his main hatred indeed.
If the Libertists want to maintain tight control they will need to find a way to dismiss this all by July, or Parliament may swing back into Royalist hands, as they have come out now in open opposition to Kalif, breaking their Conservative Alliance in Parliament.
The Champalan Champion
The Blue Projects: Just Another Vanity Program?
The Office of the President and the Departments of the Navy and the Air Forces has announced the beginning of two closely related projects being undertaken by the respective military departments. While known under the umbrella of "The Blue Projects", the official government conference and published report divided the projects into two separate portions: "Project Blue Sky" being undertaken by the Air Forces and "Project Blue Sea" undertaken by the Navy. The Air Force spokeswoman relayed that "Project Blue Sky" had in fact been on the drawing board for several years, having stewed on the backburner during the waning years of the Naval Junta as a experiment to be conducted and studied alongside several small projects that were just being grouped together under the "Blue Sky" project. When pressed for for details of the project, the spokeswoman shook her head claiming that as much as she'd love to share some details, the Project was still under wraps, and that more information could be revealed at a different time.
The Naval Conference was different. The Naval Spokesman bluntly put it that "Project Blue Sea" was, and this is a direct quote: "Half Experimental Research, and Half Vanity Project", with many believing this to be a barbed jab at interim President Tevka (who could not be reached for comment) and the coming election season. The spokesman also however essentially repeated a lot of the same as from the Air Force Conference: Classified Project, more information at a later date, and the conference was concisely ended.
EDITOR'S ADDENDUM: After the publishing of this piece, we managed to finally get in touch with President Tevka, who did confirm that the Naval Spokesman wasn't entirely incorrect upon calling "Blue Sea" a vanity project. Upon being pressed for further explanation, the President muttered something along the lines of "I wanted to build a Battleship for the Modern Age, but they talked me out of it." We still aren't quite sure if the President was being sarcastic with that comment. However, further interviewing revealed that her urge behind "Blue Sea" was that while the Junta had been in place, it had place heavy emphasis on actually governing, and not actually being a Navy. Since Azaltan considers itself a Regional Naval Power, it only made logical sense to attempt to keep that image up.
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.
𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭
Following the news of a select two Stelinese nations' joint statement regarding the IIS reaching Namor, Government heads in Ražnir and Frazier City have decided to issue one of their own, declaring the liberties taken by Zambet Fata and Sozkana to be entirely unjustified and unnecessary, as well as a threat to the International Union member's national security by outside forces that have, in very recent memory, shown hostility and aggression towards the organization.
We understand the need for security. Do not doubt, it will be maintained along the Oliandirian portions of the IIS. However, the road still runs over Oliandirian land. As we are a sovereign state, we will not tolerate any foreign incursion into our territory. Such is an act of war, and will be treated as would any other. directly from Rufrir II "Ruvija" Eldärož, High Queen of Oliandiria.
In conclusion, Conmericans and Oliandrians alike are utterly capable of maintaining and policing the sections of the IIS within their territory, without the "Assistance" of ANY foreign power, especially those belonging to the National Security Pact and Sixth International.
Nationale Deluta - National Spirit
Zambet Fata Takes A Play Out of Anthacia's Playbook
In accordance with the Agreements in International Trade of 2070, which established guidelines for the International Interstate System, Zambet Fata has decided to take action on not just Oliandiria and Conmerica for their illegal seizure of the system's routes, but also on the International Union for supporting their seizure.
In line with the international standard set by Anthacia, a nation has the right to take what it has gifted to other nations should they violate the agreements made. The Zambet Fatan Armed Forces, in coordination and cooperation with the Swallonia Armed Forces are, and have, moved into Conmerica and Oliandiria to tear up the routes, infrastructure, etc. Additionally, Greater Yankavo has provided passage through the country and air space to the Zambet Fatan and Swallonian troops and workers. Zambet Fata officially suspended any and all support regarding the IIS in Conmerica and Oliandiria, and Zambet Fata would be more than happy to defend its position before the Council of Advisers. As it stands right now, the decision is officially backed by Bonple, Diemetsa, Kolanica, Nedporen, Senora Free State, Sozkana, Ulutor, and Valirria.
Outside of this, Zambet Fata has announced, for the first time in nearly three decades, sanctions against all members of the International Union. The sanctions officially freeze any IU assets in Zambet Fata, and ban the import and export of automobiles, engines, chemicals, food, energy, arms, finances, and agricultural products. President Arthur Marariu, in his last act as president, has urged others to join Zambet Fata in the sanctions, and also said Zambet Fata will strengthen its economic ties with those that join Zambet Fata in the sanctions.
Nationale Deluta - National Spirit
War Averted - For Now
Citizens of Pepper City were surprised to see police directing traffic away from streets as several cars raced down the street from the Palace of Parliament to the headquarters of National Spirit. In one of those cars was the newly elected president, President Cristinel Adamache, who mere minutes after being sworn in was presented with an international crisis of biblical proportions.
The international crisis was, predictably, over sections of the IIS in Conmerica and Oliandiria. Like the offense and defense starring each other down in a Smashball game before the ball goes into play, there were standoffs on the border between Zambet Fatan (and Swallonian) troops and IU troops. The standoff nearly resulted in war, and war between the IU and Zambet Fata (and her allies) would have resulted in total thermonuclear annihilation. While the previous president was more than willing to continue pushing the crisis more and more, the new president and his diplomatic core were not willing to end the world over an interstate.
But President Cristinel Adamache is an economics guy, and so the Zambet Fatan Federal Police quite literally ripped diplomat Costache Ganea who was in the middle of talks with Sozkana to address the crisis. Ganea advocated a deal with the IU, a "missile for missile" type deal that was so often done during the Cold War. Adamache and his advisers agreed, and using backdoor channels they communicated their deal to the leaders of the IU, who also agreed.
Ganea quickly hopped into a car to broadcast the deal over the airwaves via National Spirit. With tensions at a boiling point, he feared that war would break out on the car ride. Fortunately, it did not, and the deal was broadcast, and war averted.
The deal goes as follows. Zambet Fata and Swallonia will not send any troops into Conmerica or Oliandiria, but will tear up the IIS road and infrastructure in those two nations. In exchange for this, Zambet Fata will drop the sanctions it announced against the International Union in response to the crisis. With the deal signed, workers got to work systemically dismantling the IIS and infrastructure across Conmerica and Oliandiria.
President Cristinel Adamache said in a statement just after the announcement that "We leaders thought of global politics like a chessboard, a game of moves and countermoves. But we realized, almost too late, that we don't move chess pieces, we throw dice. We do our best, but it's luck more than skill that determines things like this."
And now, GASCAR.
Truck Series Sees New Faces, Old Champion
Several new faces entered into the GASCAR Truck Series; Vik Dorn, Cal Amanar, Arthur Saft, and Aayden Bauman all made their first Truck Series starts. Usually, if these were any old rookies coming up from the local short track scene, we wouldn't mention them, but each of them are going to be forces to be reckoned with once they get their sea legs under them; but why?
Vik Dorn from Azaltan comes from a racing family; the Dorns own a race team down in Azaltan and Vik's father used every penny the family earned to help his son's racing career, and as such Vik got seat time in everything from sprint cars, to sports cars, to yes, even stock cars. So, the #24 Truck Series team signed Vik Dorn to run their truck for three years.
Cal Amanar is the son of GASCAR champion and current cup driver, Stefan Amanar. Cal got his start racing karts and later sports cars, where he made a name for himself with his aggressive driving and no nonsense attitude, and so the #99 team signed him to race for them for two years.
Arthur Saft will race for the #88 after the former driver, Ron Hatcherson, saw Saft's talent during a local stock car race. What makes Saft unique, however, is the fact he's only 17, but has speed and talent needed to compete in the big leagues.
Finally, there's Aayden Bauman. Bauman raced the #21 car on the local short track scene where the team won a combined 167 races. Bauman never really wanted to advance and wanted to keep racing for the #21 team, but the team's owner convince Bauman that he could compete in GASCAR, and that he was "wasting his talent" crushing the competition at short tracks. So, the #84 hired Bauman to drive their truck after the former driver retired.
With these new faces and so many other drivers being sophmore or junior drivers, the Truck Series veterans are gradually faded out. One that hasn't faded out was Leopold Vogel, who won his second championship this year in dominating fashion.
New Races Considered A Great Success
GASCAR had three new races this season; the Norefelk Bars 200 at Mid-Austilla, Oliandiria, the Chewies 400 at Salta, Alaback, and the Clayyard 400 presented by Kordlun Hardware at Libertas, Calcaterra. GASCAR considered all three races a huge success, and the track promoters agreed, so let's talk about each in more detail.
The Norefelk Bars 200 was won by the prince himself, Stephen Hoffenheim; it was also Hoffenheim's first cup series win. The race had 13 lead changes, with 22.2 passes per green flag lap, and the seats were sold out. On Alabackian TV, ratings were 7.6 of 10, with viewership at 13.567 million. Averaging ticket sales, TV ratings, viewership, and fan opinion polls, GASCAR ranked this race at 8.2 of 10.
The Chewies 400 was won by Sozkana's own Vasili Alesnaro. The race had 28 lead changes, with 11.6 passes per green flag lap, and the seats were sold out as well. On Alabackain TV, ratings were 7.7 of 10, with viewership at 14.886 million. Averaging ticket sales, TV ratings, viewership, and fan opinion polls, GASCAR ranked this race at 8.6 of 10.
Finally, the one that GASCAR was betting a lot on, was the Clayyard 400 presented by Kordlun Hardware, won by Alaback's Nadia Trauth. The race had 26 lead changes, with 14.3 passes per green flag lap. While the race did not sell out ticket wise, Libertas has a capacity of about 400,000 seats, and the race sold 375,000 seats. On Alabackain TV, ratings were 8.4 of 10, with viewership at 16.521 million. Averaging ticket sales, TV ratings, viewership, and fan opinion polls, GASCAR ranked this race at 9.1 of 10.
Overall, GASCAR exects were pleased with the results, but haven't yet signed an extension with the tracks yet. GASCAR wants to get a larger sample size from the races, so GASCAR will let the 3 year contract run out then decide whether or not to sign an extension.
Kistler's Engine Program Takes A Tumble
Kistler was completely dominant in the 2076 season, and a lot of that is due to their partnership with Deen-Lanm Engines, an engine company that makes sports car engines. Deen-Lanm Engines, however, ended their partnership with Kistler's GASCAR program after they were offered a lucrative contract with a top sports car team. So, Kistler's engine program had to pick up the slack, and they were not equipped to deal with that giant task.
The engines were reliable, but not really fast; the program lacked the magic touch that Kistler needed to propel their cars to victory. Stefan Amanar scored Kistler's lone win at Kistler's (and his) home track and race, the Dakono 350 at Dakono, Zambet Fata. Time remains to be seen if Kistler will either find another company to supply race engines, or will try and bolster its own.
After a horrible 2076 campaign, Angor-Morton Motorsports was at its lowest point in years. But as they say, when you're at your lowest, the only way left is up. What was interesting, however, is that Angor-Morton's charge into success wasn't led by its traditional frontman Karl Weller, but by relative newcomers to not just Angor-Morton, but to the cup series.
The charge's leader was Stephen Hoffenheim, nicknamed the Prince because, well, he's the Prince of Anthacia. He scored his first win at the Norefelk Bars 200, breaking the 42 winless drought Angor-Morton was in. He would also go onto win the Glenigrad 355 in Lapod late in the season. Those two wins would be the team's only ones of the season, but Hoffenheim came darn close to winning in some other races, and he dominated the Durenbaunt Banking Roval 400 before being passed by Baldur Huwyler on the last lap. Clearly, Stephen Hoffenheim is a force to be reckoned with on road courses.
In contrast to Hoeffenheim's knack for road courses, Oliandiria's Adam "Arriver" Tjurgard has speed on the superspeedways of Baytona and Gallediga. Tjurgard nearly scored his second Baytona 500 win, but we'll talk about what happened later. He put up a 3rd place finish at Gallediga, then a 10th place finish at the Firecracker 400. Although the Arriver struggles at short tracks and isn't very good at road courses, his skill at "flat out" tracks makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Finally, Conmerica's Morem Sosco, AKA "Ghost", was all set to claim his first trophy several times, but came up short five different times throughout the season. He finished second at the Termatt Inc 500, then again at the Boxem Outdoors 400. He looked set to win in North Nebraska, but a hard-charging Vasili Alesnaro passed him with two to go. He then finished second, again, at Chewies 400 and then again at the Northern 500. Despite his apparent knack for finishing in second, Sosco struggles at short tracks and is just outright bad at some tracks. Still, with improvement, Sosco could very easily rub shoulders with Hoffenheim.
Overall, the team looks set for greatness, but the veteran Weller seems to be missing. The last time Weller won a race was back in 2074 at the Firecracker 400, meaning he's gone winless for about two years now. That doesn't mean Weller's career is dead in the water and he'll never see victory lane again, every driver goes through a drought in their career. Heck, Alex Bach, the best thing since sliced bread, even had his own three-year winless streak. Weller will just have to use his teammate's momentum to dig himself out of the drought.
Davy Clerisseau: A Hot Commodity?
When Davy Clerisseau made the jump from trucks to cup cars he did so without any backing from any team. So, he, with his girlfriend, some buddies, and volunteers, started his own cup team, and competed in 2076. The team, without any major sponsors, support, or backing, was able to qualify and compete in races, but wins were never a serious consideration; his best finish was 14th.
This year was different. He landed a major sponsor, Garrois Lines, and several associate sponsors. He was able to use that sponsor money to upgrade his team's shop and his equipment. The car, however, needed work; he drove a Cehve, but did so not only without support from Cehve, but did so without the backing of any Cehve teams. Clerisseau was going to run a Cehve again, but Katimos came to him with a deal he couldn't refuse. In exchange for running Katimos cars and promoting the Katimos brand in his home nation of Malarsia, Katimos would tell Trustmanster Racing to give discounts on their equipment to Clerisseau.
Grace Trustmanster, a racer turned teamowner of Trustmanster Racing, gave Clerisseau his discounts on top-tier equipment not only because Katimos asked her too, but because she believed that Clerisseau was a good racer and could perform if his equipment matched his talent, and by allying him to Katimos and Trustmanster Racing, she could offer to give Clerisseau a ride on her team then use his team as a development team.
Whatever the intentions, the deal paid big time for Clerisseau. He won the Baytona 500 after Caroline Eisner (another Katimos driver) pushed him to the lead as the then leaders Adam Tjurgard and Gagarin Vityanilo wrecked each other. And after winning on the biggest stage of them all, Clerisseau went on the claim the Kastal night race win; the first two wins of his career, and both are crown jewels.
He had a handful of top fives and top 10s, but he was overall a mid-pack car. But coming from a back-of-packer struggling with money to a mid-pack car with two crown jewel wins and an alliance with a championship-winning team and a major sponsorship is improvement. Clerisseau is the man to watch next year.
New Leader, New Results: Katimos's Racing Program
Katimos is an Alabackian car brand that promotes itself as the "car brand of the night" and is mostly popular with young adults and teenagers as powerful, yet affordable, small joyriding cars to cruise and see the city lights at night.
Formed when the car manufacturers Kato and Imus merged, the company has been a stable of Alabackian night life ever since. And the brand follows in the traditional of Kato and Imus, and competes in stock car racing. But what seperates Katimos from the other car manufacterurs in GASCAR is the fact they have two championship winning teams under their banner; Trustmanster Racing and Ahle Racing; whereas most teams only have one.
But here's the thing; despite fielding more championship-contenting cars then any other auto manufacteror, Katimos struggles to claim championships. Most of that is due to the company, and by extension teams that run their cars, just being swamped by other manufacturers. The massive conglomerates of Cehve, Kistler, Huick, and Ettlinger can throw money around and win through the sheer crushing weight of their corperate might, but Katimos has, and always will, applead to a specific demographic, and so they don't make nearly as much money as the other auto manufactuers they're up against.
But through sheer spite and tenacity, Katimos can compete, and has a loyal following. But spirit and loyality only go so far in the racing world if you don't have equipment to match, and Katimos's higher ups didn't really feel the need to pour much money into GASCAR. You see, after their dominance in the late 2060s and early 2070s with Kasper Kenshin at the head of their racing division, a new CEO stepped up and fired Kenshin, because he felt just having Katimos cars on the track was good enough for advertising the car brand.
But that CEO was tossed out in a corperate coup and was replaced by Shima Kato, the great great grandchild of Kato's founder, Soichiro Kato. Shima wants Katimos to expand its horizons and sell cars to the nightlife all around the world, and part of that plan is victory in GASCAR. So, Shima appointed his son, Kuda Kato, to head Katimos's racing plans.
Kuda sat down with Trustmanster Racing and Ahle Racing, and the two agreed to a technical alliance for time being. Kuda also got Davy Clerisseau to run Katimos cars, and he also introduced a brand spanking new engine. That engine, technical alliance, and new leadership propelled Katimos cars to win 11 of 21 races. That means Katimos cars won about 50 percent of races that season.
But they didn't win the championship. Caroline Eisner and Baldur Huwyler tied each other for most wins in 2077, but each had their own flaws that prevented them from getting the cup. Huwyler is still trying to adjust to racing for Trustmanster Racing, and Eisner was involved in numerous wrecks and just didn't have the speed the champion did in the last races.
Still, Huwyler and Eisner came close to winning the cup, with Eisner just 26 points away, and Huwyler just 29 points away.
But such dominance means that Katimos, Trustmanster Racing and Ahle Racing, will be forces to be reckoned with next season.
The Race For The Cup
With Katimos winning left and right, Trauth and Angor-Morton making moves, and Clerisseau starting to race up front, it may surprise you to find out that Huick of all companies won the championship.
The usual Huick trio of Vasili Alesnaro, Gagarin Vityanilo, and Dernov Larion ran up front, and many were starting to etch Alesnaro's name onto the cup as he stormed off with the points lead. But a horrible late summer stretch knocked him down to third. and Larion replaced him for first. What was strange, though, is that Larion didn't win a race. And went winless as the season continued, but he kept stretching his points lead. But how?
GASCAR awards points based on finishing positions for each race. Winning the race gets you five bonus points, so the way it works is 1st gets 40 points, 2nd gets 35, 3rd gets 34, etc etc. This keep going until we get to 36th; 36th through 40th get 1 point each, which means finishing in those positions can absolutely kill a driver's points standings.
And finishing 36th through 40th is exactly what happens when your car crashes, engine expires, or you get some other mechanical failure. And that's exactly what happened to Vasili Alesnaro, Caroline Eisner, and Baldur Huwyler. But Larion never finished below 20th in any race, and was almost always in the top five. Sure, he only won once, but it's not who wins the most that gets the championship, it's who scores the most points, and Larion scored the most points.
He actually almost went winless and became the first winless champion in GASCAR history, but he was able to score his first win of the season at the last race in Azaltan after he passed Davy Clerisseau on the last lap to score the win.
And so, Dernov Larion scores his second championship, and in the process scores Huick their fourth championship in the GASCAR cup series.
GASCAR To Add An All-Star Race
Racing is a sport, all GASCAR fans know that, but it is a unique sport; it is an odd combination of a team and individual sport, but none the less it is a sport. But one thing most major sporting leagues have that GASCAR doesn't is an All-Star game, an exhibition game to showcase the best players (the "stars") of a sports league.
While All-Star races aren't unique or anything new (the Alabackian KART League has one), GASCAR doesn't- or rather didn't- have one for several reasons. One reason is that GASCAR didn't feel the need to add one; there was more than enough racing to go around, and crown jewel events filled that "special event" niche. There would also be the inveitable dispute and bidding war over where the race would be held. And then there was the question of who would qualify for the All-Star race.
Well, wonder no more, because GASCAR announced it would be adding an All-Star Race. But where would it be held? Who qualifies for the All-Star Race? What does the winner get?
GASCAR, after testing with Grace Trustmanster at the Valirrian Alps Circuit, was impressed not just with the course, but with the surrounding area. A scenic mountain resort where the luxury is only matched by the altitude. While a road course (literally, it uses public roads closed for a race), it has elements of an oval track with including banked turns and long straights. AKA, the perfect match for an All-Star race.
But who qualifies for the All-Star Race? The answer is all past GASCAR champions, race winners from the previous season and the beginning of the current season, and past All-Star race winners. The only other way to qualify for the All-Star Race is to win the fan vote, or to win a qualifying race held at the track for drivers inelligiable.
Finally, the winner not only gets a shiny trophy of their car's number, but will also get $1 million and an all-paid expense weekend trip to the skiing resort next to the race venue. No word from GASCAR on how many laps the race will be, or who (if any) will sponsor the race as of now.
GASCAR & Grace Trustmanster Complete Testing On Potential Tracks
With GASCAR looking to add new tracks, GASCAR sent Grace Trustmanster and Trustmanster Racing's lead mechanic (who is also Grace's husband) along with a small army of mechanics and officials to will test a cup car around the following tracks, in this order:
1. Champala Beach Course in Alaback
2. Crowley Motor Speedway in Anthacia
3. Autodromo Nazionale di Ananzo in Kolonica
4. Valirrian Alps Circuit in Valirria
5. Jekosov Road Course in Zambet Fata
6. Las Vanraska Speedway in Zambet Fata
As you've read in the previous section, the Valirrian Alps Circuit test was a huge success, with Grace praising the circuit for being a badfast road course where you rarely have to let off of the throttle, yet the course's twisting turns made the car a handfull to drive. "It was the right balance of mashing the gas and handling the wheel" Grace said.
Grace said similar things about the Jekosov Road Course, praising it for being fast and fun to wheel a car around, but did complain about the narrowness of some sections and said the last few turns just simply didn't work with a cup car. Overall, GASCAR has high hopes for the track, but will conduct more testing sessions in the future and make adjustments to the track for cup racing.
Las Vanraska Speedway, also in Zambet Fata, was also subject to a testing session. Here Grace loved the state of the art facilities at the track, and thought certain sections of the track were a wonder to drive. But overall she said the track is definitely built for lightweight sports cars and not big heavy stock cars. So, GASCAR will also conduct further testing sessions here and will make adjustments where needed.
The other two road courses Grace tested at, Champala Beach Course and Autodromo Nazionale di Ananzo, Grace had less than stellar things to say. She said Ananzo was an alright track, but said the track overall was too narrow for her liking, and she also wasn't a fan of some of the corners on the track. But she did say the track and the surrounding vineyard landscape was beautiful. GASCAR decided to put off testing at the course in favor of testing at the other courses, but did say that future tests at Ananzo aren't out of the question.
But she really did not like the Champala Beach Course, saying the course had too many turns, was too narrow, and also said the track just didn't permit itself to speed. And the data backs her up; her average speed over the entire testing session was around 75 mph, which is a snail pace for a race car. So, GASCAR scrapped any future plans regarding the Champala Beach Course.
Finally, she tested at the Crowley Motor Speedway. She quite liked Crowley, saying it reminded her of the Milenadra Mile in Alaback, one of her best tracks when the NCR raced there. Overall she didn't have much to complain about in Crowley, and she thought it would make a great addition to the schedule. GASCAR will run additionally tests at Crowley next year to determine whether or not Crowley will get a cup date.
Imperial Court confirms contested election results!
On July 2nd, Ulutor went to the polls and voted in a new Parliament. However on the morning of the 3rd, Current PM Kayar Kalif say the results and called for a recount. With margins of victory within .1% he had a constituionally madated ability to, but when the recount ended on the 24th, results confirmed and even advanced the gains of the Unionist and Royalist parties. In fact Kalif's Liberty Party lost votes after the recount. So on the 26th, the Liberty Party filed a lawsuit alleding that the companies controlling voting machines commited voter fraud and corruption by taking bribes from other parties to manipulate results.
After consideration, on the 11th of August, the Imperial court threw out the case, after which Kalif attempted to start a Court recall, which was shot down after Empress Marianne II called for a forced early transtition of Parliament on the 15th, using the expressed powers in the Constitution. And finally on saturday, Kalif attempted to re-enter the PM's office, and began assualting a police officer. He was dragged out by guards and was recorded screaming "FRAUD! FRAUD! Its not over! Its not done!". He is now awaiting trial for Assualt of a Officer and resisting arrest. After 2 months of unrest and court-held hell, we have a new Parliament. Here is the makeup:
Royalist Party: 24 members currently in Parliament
Marxist Party: 3 members currently in Parliament
Unionist Party: 30 members currently in Parliament
*Current Prime Minister: Hushan Gumal
Conservative Party: 22 members currently in Parliament
Globalist Party: 12 members currently in Parliament
Liberty Party: 9 members currently in Parliament
As said before the Liberty party took huge loses losing 14 seats, and other more conservative parties have also taken their shots as well. Although with the fusion of the Purebloods into the Conservative, it appears the more radical Nationalist elements of Parliament will find a new home, istead of being taken out with the anti-Kalif wave. The Royalists with their stern oppostion to Kalif have regained a good portion of Parliament, that they have not held since before the Archipealago War. The biggest Winner is obviosly the Unionist party, who now have the lead.
The new Prime Minister, Hushan Gumal, is now the oldest PM since 1988(Guthar Reshandali(86)) at 85 years of age. Despite hounding he is seen widely as a old school moderate, who will do much to recenter the nation. Thus far a coalition has been announced as the Unionist, Globalists, and Royalists suprisingly enough will form a strong coalition governemnt. Gumal has said thus far that his 1st move will be annuling the trade agreement made with Anthacia which, in a interview, he said "Not only is this deal a raw one that sells our country out the Anthacian interest groups, but it stands against everything our nation has stood for since Aremial rose at Ankara 300 years ago.", second on the agenda will be amending the tax codes that suffer a "muck-up" when Kalif attempt to reform them himself. But many are much less concerned with the agenda, and are looking forward to a return to the old days.