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The Rudest Citizens in United Nations UN
World Census experts telephoned citizens from all nations at just before dinner time, in a study to determine which populations were most brash, rude, or brusque.
As a region, United Nations UN is ranked 2,334th in the world for Rudest Citizens.
|1.||The Sovereign Kingdom of Anthacia||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Der Mensch allein ist Gott”|
|2.||The Empire of Ulutor||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Ditra Luni Al Imperium!”|
|3.||The Free Federation of States of Conmerica||Anarchy||“Primo Victoria”|
|4.||The Seven United Provinces of Tirfyng||Corporate Bordello||“Hoe zullen we zoveel terugbetalen?”|
|5.||The Collective Communes of Senora Free State||Civil Rights Lovefest||“Power begets parasites. Long live Anarchy!”|
|6.||The Grand Empire of Oliandiria||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Dakarineirn valenräkethe gültaz eteäkin hidurelewin.”|
|7.||The Confederacy of Schuskia||Anarchy||“A Merry Life of Liberty and Plenty”|
|8.||The Federation of Sumeriti||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Ditra Luni al Federateon!”|
|9.||The Toraist Republic of Chinern||Democratic Socialists||“Vox tala for ten!”|
|10.||The Confederacy of Greater Yankavo||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Life, Liberty, Love”|
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The Jushatkan Space Launching Platform has finally been used for the 1st time in over 25 years. Firing the Raynes Gate into orbit, Ulutor begins again its expansion into Space. This is now the 3rd expansion program Ulutor has undergone since the Ulutorian Space Agencies founding in 1967. This space station, the Raynes Gate, is most importantly a launching platform, meant to send Ulutorian craft, commercial craft in this case, onwards to asteroid belts to mine.
Now, will these ventures be sent soon? The 1st scheduled launch is in 2081 so it depends on what timescale you are using. But the estimated benefits of this station are put at 3.5 Trillion Ulas. With additional launches of new stations scheduled throughout the 2080s, these operations could be not only an extreme economic benefit but an end to Ulutor's resource woes.
Historically, Ulutor's success in outward military ventures depended on preparation, stockpiling, and on 1st Strikes. Ulutor does not possess vast amounts of oil, steel, or other key resources aside from Aluminum and Silicon. Thus, Ulutor buys resources in bulk and stores them away in military reserves so that during wartime, they can be brought out into production. This Strategy failed during the Archipelago War when resources hit a critical low when Ulutor was unable to import resources after losing control of the Seas and running out of a stockpile during the War. However, with a larger supply that can be tapped from Space, Ulutor could avoid saving up fuel and material for key strikes on targets and pursue a 'war of attrition.
You may notice that the same problem occurs, if Ulutor can't control the Seas it cant import. If Ulutor cant secure space, it can't bring back material. This is where Prime Minister Hushan Gumal comes in. Gumal has promised that Ulutor will have Merchant Defense Force in outer space to defend these shipping lanes. When Emperor William I was in power Ulutor began placing fighters in Space, but was forced to land them by international pressure and the Act of 2049. However, the recent Trade and Fair Navigation Act passed 3 months ago gives companies the right to defend their own trade by purchasing or contracting native Military Corporations. Essentially, a Ulutorian company can hire a private company that is based in Ulutor to defend their ships. In this context, that means the Merchant Defense Force is effectively privatized, allowing the companies to go around UN Law to put the craft in the stars for the protection of trade. The production, however, is being done by separate companies that were subsidized heavily by Ulutor. The Act also includes a provision explicitly for during wartime.
With 400 Fighters being launched to a Private Security Station being launched in Royonga, a private Space launch facility, Ulutor's merchants of the stars will have their force in space.
Prime Minister Gumal has said that a new generation of stations would go up with the approval of other nations, but how that would be obtained is in question. Ongoing talks in Zambet Fata with former Princess Shreya at the helm seem to reach into that diplomatic avenue. But it appears Ulutor will once more ascend as long as the current schedule keeps ongoing.
And now, GASCAR.
Since the departure of the "Old Guard" in the Truck Series, many of the drivers of old have taken up the mantle and won championships as rookies came into the series. It seems that now those rookies are finally getting their racing legs under them, and they're starting to get competitive, like, really competitive.
One such driver is Jamie Parkle. Jamie is the son of Lagan Parkle, GASCAR champion and current driver for Bach Racing. Lagan is a fan of the Truck Series, as he grew up racing trucks in Skahyahn, and so he owns a team in the Truck Series called Parkle Motorsports. Parkle Motorsports has a deep connection with Bach Racing, and combined with Parkle's racing knowledge led to two championships for his organization; one in 2064 with Davy Clerisseau and another one in 2076 with Joel Roshan.
Well, add another driver to that list, because Jamie Parkle raised the 2078 cup at season's end. And he did it in dominating fashion; he had a worst finish of 13th and won seven times. In fact, he only finished outside the top ten, and that was his 13th place finish. This can only be described as total and absolute domination, and he truly lived up to his father's last name in trucks.
Rumors have spread around the garage that Lagan might retire so his son can take up driving duties in the 33 car, but both Lagan and Jamie shot those ideas down. Despite his son's dominance, Lagan wants him in trucks for a couple more seasons before moving him to cup, and Jamie agreed with his father's decision. We'll see how Jamie performs next year.
Tests at Crowley Considered Succes: Races Scheduled
GASCAR conducted additional tests at Crowley this season since the previous tests were such a great success. After another testing session with Grace, GASCAR determined Crowley needed testing with multiple cars to see how racing at the track will roughly look. So, GASCAR brought Alex Bach, Karl Weller, Gagarin Vityanilo, and Kalevi Costiniu to test their cars at the track at the same time. We'll have Bach say how the test session went; "Really haven’t watched a ton of races here so it was a really steep learning curve for me." "Just trying to piece together all of the different parts of the track was a challenge I'll admit, but once we all got it figured out we had a lot of fun." Bach further added, "While I usually don't like low-banked tracks, this one was fun."
And he's right, Crowley is a low banked track. To put it into perspective, the lowest banked track in GASCAR right now (ignoring road courses), is Bursahai in Ulutor, with a banking of 14° in the turns, 8° on the frontstretch, and 2° on the backstretch. Crowley, on the other hand, has progressive banking of between 2° and 7° in the turns, and 1° on the frontstretch and backstretch. For comparison, the banking at Baytona in the turns is 31°.
With all the positive feedback from drivers, GASCAR decided to start talks with the track's owners about hosting a race. Talks began with the track's owner Bob Butler (who also has part-ownership in the Kürranie Motor Speedway) and the local government. Going into the talks GASCAR wanted to install lights at Crowley for a night race, but there was a problem with that. You see, Crowley is a tourist and fishing hub in Anthacia, and if GASCAR raced at night they would receive huge amounts of noise complaints, and might even disturb sleeping fish.
See, local stock car races average about 110 dB in noise; that's loud (about how loud a rock concert is), but not town-disturbing. Let's compare that to GASCAR cars; GASCAR cars average at 145 dB. They are so loud as a matter of fact, people sitting close to the track have to wear hearing protection or risk hearing damage. To further drive home the point, 145 dB is about how loud a .22 deer-hunting rifle gunshot is. Imagine you or your fish are sleeping, and there's gunshots going off for three hours!
Suffice to say, the local government and population were fine with a race, just not at night. So, GASCAR agreed to race during the day, and signed Sacaigan Inc to sponsor the race as the Sacaigan Resort Casino 301. And speaking of racing and Anthacia...
"I just knew it wasn't the time, but I feel like we can win now"
Last time we left Angor-Morton, Hoffenheim scored the team two wins, Tjurgard and Sosco were making sure first place always looked in their mirrors, and the team was putting up record-breaking pit stops. There were some things the team needed to work out; Weller, the frontman for the organization, was doing horribly and the team was struggling to diversify their driver's skills.
Then came a promotion. Matthew Morgan, the crew chief for Weller, was promoted. On top of crew chiefing duties for Weller, he became the vice president of competition for Angor-Morton. This gave him the ability to dictate the team's strategy throughout the season. So, Morgan decided to mix things up.
In order to diversify the driver's skills, he swapped Tjurgard and Sosco's crew chiefs and frequently invited the two out to dinner so the two could gleem information off each other; Tjurgard would help Sosco understand the superspeedways, and Sosco would help Tjurgard get a better grasp at the intermediates. He also sat Jones down with the new guy in Angor-Morton, Denis Hitternaier, driver of the #68, to help him understand the finer details of wheeling a car.
Now, Morgan made use of every bit of time behind the wheel the drivers were allowed to have. Every minute of practice was used, and Morgan used all the allowed test sessions for the drivers. And even during the race he used all sorts of strategy. He openly told Angor-Morton's heads that this season "we might not win the cup, but the knowledge we get will." So, with the mindset that this season was just one big test session, Morgan threw everything at the wall and saw what stuck. Somethings stuck so well you'd swear he'd glued them, while others failed to even make it to the wall.
This tactic scored Stephen Hoffenheim a win and the team ranked up top 15s like they were going out of fashion. But when something didn't stick, it really didn't stick, meaning Tjurgard, Sosco, Jones, and Hitternaier all failed to break into the top ten in points at season's end. But someone who did was Weller, who scored a 9th place points finish at season's end, which was his first top ten points finish since he finished 8th in 2075.
When interviewed regarding Angor-Morton in 2078 and what 2079 might look like, Morgan responded "I just know it wasn't the time, but I feel like we can win now".
Another Fine Year For Huick; But For How Long?
Huick, one of the largest cooperatives in the world and an automotive juggernaut has taken its place among the winningest manufacturers in GASCAR history, and this year was no exception. Dernov Larion scored a second place points finish with three wins, and Vasili Alesnaro scored a 4th place points finish and single win. On top of that, Gagarin Vityanilo scored the brand two wins. These three are easily some of the most talented drivers GASCAR has to offer, but there is a problem.
These three are old by GASCAR standards. Alesnaro is 47, and Vityanilo is 50. Even the "young" Larion is 39, and as it stands right now there’s no “up and coming” drivers in Huick’s driver development. Why? Because Huick doesn’t have a driver development. Huick relies on scouting agents to scout out already developed drivers, which while that can be effective, it also relies on those drivers not being signed into contracts, and also relies on Huick having the equipment and money to coax drivers into their program.
And there’s a lot of problems with that, but the main one is that Huick tries to recruit from the second world since that’s where Huick has the most influence. The thing is is that while that worked great in the past, recently there’s been a shift away from stock car racing in the youth, and instead the racing young have been going towards rally, offroad, and motorcycle racing. That means that Huick has a smaller pool to pick drivers from, and the drivers they do have to pick from might be coaxed by other teams.
Huick doesn’t seem to mind though. The main purpose of Huick racing in GASCAR is to get their brand out into the world and show how their cars can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the automotive giants. Suffice to say, Huick has a different mindset than other companies racing, and it seems to have worked for them so far. Time will tell if this works out for them.
Katimos Makes A Genius Discovery… Then Gets Slapped With Fines
With the technical alliance between all the Katimos teams, when one team makes a discovery, they share it with the other teams. That strategy seemed to have worked for them as they got their first win in the Norefelk Bars 200, but there was a problem. They were doing well, but they weren’t winning often. By the halfway point in the season, Katimos had a single win to their credit. Not winning means dropping back in the points, and when you start losing points, you start getting desperate. And in that desperation, the race shops began exploring how to make the cars go faster and faster.
That’s when Ahle Racing made an interesting discovery. See, all the Katimos teams run the fuel bavaline, a fuel unique to Ankriad, and that fuel is the same for all the teams. But Ahle Racing looked at the rule book, and discovered that you could not modify the fuel with “automotive additives”. So, while you can’t modify the fuel’s mixture with other automotive mixtures, it says nothing about modifying it with other mixtures.
So, out of sheer curiosity, engineers at Ahle Racing added a hint of mixtures that are often found in…. rocket fuel. So, mixing bavaline with those rocket fuel elements made the car slightly faster. But “slightly faster” is still faster, and so they shared the info with the rest of the Katimos teams, and they all showed up to the Trustmanster 600 and ran a really good race. Curious, GASCAR inspected every inch of the cars, but couldn’t find anything wrong.
Going into the next race the teams did the same thing, but told their drivers to not absolutely floor it so they wouldn’t look so suspicious. While they didn’t win the next three races, all the Katimos teams placed within the top 10. Then, following the Dakono 350, Caroline Eisner needed a win to maintain her points lead, so her team mixed more rocket fuel into the bavaline and floored it and she absolutely dominated the race and won. But as she crossed the finish line, the engine blew up. This looked highly suspicious to GASCAR officials, so they tore her car down and found the fuel mixtures.
Now, strictly speaking within terms of technicality, the teams didn’t break any rules, but it was of questionable legality. GASCAR banned teams from adding “rich fuel mixtures” to their fuel, and while GASCAR didn’t knock the teams any points, they did hit them with fines. In total, the three teams were fined $400,000. Much to the chagrin of GASCAR officials and Katimos’s on track rivals, the CEO of Katimos, Shima Kato, found the story so hilarious that he gave each of the teams the money to pay the fines.
Amanar And Kistler Have Another Great Season
Kistler and the company’s frontman, Stefan Amanar, had another tremendous season. He started out of the gates strong, winning the Baytona 500 by about half a car-length over Nadia Trauth. He then went on to win at Gallediga. His dominance at superspeedways wasn’t all him, as he and his teammate, Kalevi Costiniu (also a Baytona 500 winner), did research on the aerodynamics of the draft over the off-season, and discovered the by running their cars bumper-to-bumper, they could get a massive speed boost. Of course, the cars would have to switch spots so the second car wouldn’t overheat, but this tactic got Amanar the win at the superspeedways. Naturally, it didn’t take long for the other teams to realize this too, but the pioneers of the tactics were the masters.
All was going fine for Stefan Amanar until the Hirhi Electronics 400 at Ulutor came around. About halfway through, Amanar made contact with Aksakov Vyach, and Amanar smacked into the wall drivers-side first hard. He was able to drive the car to finish, but he had to literally be lifted out of the car by his crew. As it turns out, he had a broken rib and a bruised lung.
Now, doctors advised him to take about a month off then come back and see them. The problem, however, is that if Amanar missed even a single race, he would lose the points lead and thus, lose out on the chance to win his second championship. So, Amanar's crew chief, Kurj Dalca, the mad scientist he is, devised a plan. See, whoever starts a GASCAR race is credited with the finishing position. You could start the race, turn a few laps, then come in and get replaced by the greatest driver in the garage. And then, if that driver wins, you are credited with the win, the reward, and the points.
So, Amanar did just that. For the Chewies 400, Trustmanster 600, and Durenbaunt Banking Roval 400, he would turn a few laps with a flak jacket on (so he wouldn't completely make his injuries worse), pull in, and get replaced by his son, Cal Amanar, who would run the rest of the race. Then for the Seasonal Outdoors 500, Northern 500, and Dakono 350, same plan, but instead of Cal Amanar, he’d be replaced by Tristan Chapelle. Chapelle is a multi-time winner and champion in the Stelin KART Series, an open-wheel series, and Clerisseau recommended Chapelle to Amanar.
And Chapelle went out and lived up to his KART reputation. He outright won the Seasonal Outdoors 500 and the Northern 500, and placed 15th in the Dakono 350. This gave Amanar a comfortable cushion for his return at the Kistler 325 Presented by KonvoCo. Now, with a flame lit under him, he went on an absolute tear; he quite literally won the rest of the races in the season. That’s right, he won the House Sberrj 400, Glenigrad 355, Clayyard 400 presented by Kordlun Hardware, Callum Corp 500, and finally the Wentz 400. He basically secured the championship after the Clayyard 400 presented by Kordlun Hardware, and although he won the Callum Corp 500, he still needed to have second place, Dernov Larion, place outside the top 20 in order to secure the championship completely.
It should be obvious from the previous section who won the championship. Despite a harsh season, Stefan Amanar won the cup by a large margin. Once again, Kurj Dalca’s wonder with setting up a car and judging when to bring the car into the pits gave Amanar a chance to win wherever he went, and win he did.
The History Hub
In an effort to educate our readers about stock car history before the establishment of DOSCAR (later DASCAR and GASCAR), we’ve started the History Hub. The History Hub will detail a story from stock car racing’s past so our readers can learn the lore of GASCAR.
And what better way to start the History Hub then by telling the story of the last win of stock car’s statistically greatest driver?
Ryan Vic was active from 1955 all the way to 1994, with his last win coming at the Firecracker 400 in 1988 at Baytona. The first of his 183 career wins came in 1957 at an unnamed race in Sprikwood. That’s right, 183 career wins, and to put that into perspective, the next closest driver, Rickie Johnsen, has 102 wins. Ryan Vic is also tied with Rickie Johnsen and Erik Trustmanster with the most championships, with 8.
Ryan Vic indisputably had the best car in the 1988 Firecracker 400 until his camshaft broke. In that race, Vic drove from 34th into the lead in just 50 laps without hardly any help from the caution flag, and by lap 60, Ryan was breaking away from the field when the caution flew for Bobby Tuinel’s blown engine. And then after a series of pit stops dropped him back, Ryan passed the leader Claude Scrukils handily, which virtually no other car on the track at that point in the race could do.
On lap 158 of 160, Ryan and Claude Scrukils, driving the #52 Cehve, were battling for the lead. While this was going on, a wreck occurred in turn one. The race was placed under caution, and as per SCARB’s rules at the time the caution period did not begin until the leaders reached the start/finish line. Vic and Scrukils continued their battle through turns three and four, with the first driver to make it back to the line also taking home the race victory as the positions would be held once they crossed and there would not have been enough time to clear the track and resume the race. Scrukils cut a tire exiting turn 4, allowing Vic to cruise to the win.
Vic would race for six more years and would never find victory lane again, and would retire after the 1994 season was over.
And we’re not just doing the history of the sport, we’re also going to do the history of a specific track too. After all, what is a racing series if it didn’t have tracks? And what better track to start off with than Baytona International Speedway; the world center of racing itself?
The origins of the track start with the Baytona beach. The beaches of Baytona have finely-grained sand which is perfect for auto racing, in fact the beach was home to land speed record attempts in the 1920s and 1930s before attempts moved elsewhere. That opened up the doors of Baytona beach for stock car racing in the 1940s and 1950s, and the Baytona Beach Course was very prestigious on the SCARL calendar. But as speeds got higher and higher, races got more and more hectic and chaotic. So, SCARL’s founder and president, Lloyd Murchance, began thinking up ideas for a permanent racetrack in Baytona. After doing some research and traveling to the Jagen proving grounds, he assembled a 10-man designer team and they got to work designing a track where drivers would never have to let off the throttle.
Construction lasted three years and Murchance was deeply in debt by the time it was finished. But it was finished, and he dropped the beach course from SCARL’s calendar and replaced it with a race at the new track in 1959. The track was completed only a week before the race was scheduled, and drivers poured into the track and they were impressed. The first race took place and was named the “1959 First 500 Mile SCARL International Sweepstakes at Baytona” (it was the first Baytona 500, as the race would be called the next year). The race was a huge success, and the photo finish took a week to figure out who won, meaning the speedway got a lot of attention.
Murchance added a road course to the track, and racing series from all around Alaback (and even the world) flooded into Baytona to schedule events. Today, the track plays host to over nine different series, with the major events being the Baytona 500 (GASCAR Cup Series), the Juniper Networks 250 (GASCAR Truck Series), the 24 Hours of Baytona (International Endurance Championship), the Baytona 200 (International Motorcycling Federation), the Baytona Ringer 250 (World Touring Car League), the Lake Peney Powerboat Race (Speedboating Racing League), and the Motorcross at Baytona Presented By Adiltv (Motorcross Motorcycling Federation). Suffice to say, the track more than earns its nickname as “The World Center of Racing”.
The track had several improvements and renovations throughout its history. The first repave and renovation of the stands was made in 1978, then again in 1986. Lights were installed around the track in 1998, allowing for night races. The largest renovation was done in 2013, and lasted three years and cost over 400 million Dolarks. It would again be renovated in 2027, 2035, 2056, and again in 2074.
The track today is a modern colosseum of speed. Currently it holds the record as the single largest outdoor sporting arena; it is so large in fact, it could be a downpour at one side of the track and sunny on the other side. Baytona prides itself on providing a great fan experience, and has also got several records in the process; most bathrooms of any sporting arena, most concession stands of any sporting arena, and also allows people to bring their RVs and other motorhomes into the infield to watch racing from inside the track.
It goes without saying that the ancient Ankraidians, who used to hold chariot races in limestone amphitheaters would be proud that their ancestors carry on the tradition…. just in a slightly different way.
And for our final new addition, we have the sponsor spotlight. Sponsors are the lifeblood of GASCAR; without them, the sport would not exist in its current form. So, to pay thanks, we’ll highlight a sponsor on every new edition. While the sponsors will be randomly picked after this edition, we figured we start with the sponsor that has had the most success as a result of sponsoring a driver; Brightwater.
Brightwater was founded in 2029 with the idea of selling completely “purified” water; essentially they didn’t want to pump their water with a bunch of minerals, additives, etc.; they sold and bottled just straight up H2O. But that wasn’t doing very well, so they ditched that idea and then sourced water from the glaciers in the seas north of Ankraid and sold that (after filtration, of course). This got them some success, but they were still a small brand that needed to get their name out there, so they put their hat into the ring at Garbith Marketing.
Through Garbith, Brightwater was put into contact with Alex Bach, a racer who just raised enough money to compete in the new DOSCAR league. Brightwater, seeing as how Bach had literally no sponsors, offered him a contract; they would sponsor his entire car for one season, and depending on how well he did, they’d keep sponsoring him. It goes without saying they kept sponsoring him.
As Bach found victory lane more and more, so too did Brightwater. They made stupid amounts of money, and introduced newer and newer types of Brightwater, including “Brightwater+”, which adds flavor to the water to give it a distinct taste. And with their newfound cash too, they branched out into other beverages, introducing Teacup Lemonade and V8 Powerdrink. Eventually, Brightwater got so much money they reformed into a corporation and bought Congle Food Inc, expanding their products to include frozen/refrigerated food and TV dinners.
As DASCAR reformed into GASCAR, Brightwater began selling its products worldwide, and today Brightwater’s bottled water brands account for 30 percent of all bottled water sold worldwide.
The company has a strong connection with Alex Bach, and the company’s CEO, Gary Galaqu, is close friends with Bach. Bach has appeared in numerous commercials, ads, and has done more sponsorship appearances than any other driver. He even sometimes loans old race cars to Brightwater so they can showcase them at stores that sell their products for a short time. And even today, Bach’s famous number 36 car adorns every bottle of Brightwater.
GASCAR All-Star Race I
The first GASCAR All-Race was held this season, and it was a big success. Taking place at the Valirrian Alps Circuit, the race was a sold out crowd and TV ratings were through the roof. The qualifying race, the GASCAR All-Star Open, a race between the drivers who weren't automatically in the All-Star race, was won by Karl Weller after an intense duel with Tony Maxwell and Lieselotte Oberhauser. Maxwell, after finishing second in the Open, won the fan vote by quite a big margin. So, Weller and Maxwell joined the rest in competing in the actual race.
In the actual race Caroline Eisner was able to get the lead for the first 20 or so laps before she was overtaken by Alex Bach. Ole Nemetz was then able to get past Bach, then Stephen Hoffenheim took the lead with Nemetz hot on his tail. Then, Parkle joined the party, and there was a four-way battle for the lead between Bach, Nemetz, Hoffenheim, and Parkle. Then, a hard-charging Stefan Amanar was able to catch the four and was able to use an expertly-timed pit stop to pass all four of them in the closing laps, taking the checkered flag. Your GASCAR All-Star Race I winner; Stefan Amanar.
Official Re-Inauguration of the Republic
It was a grand day in Champala as we here at the Champion happily celebrate the official end of the Naval Junta as former Admiral Ana Tevka made the official exchange with the newly elected president. Many felt that having been on the receiving end of the coup, the theoretically incumbent conservatives of the National Unity would have a hard time climbing back up to the presidency; but the revival of both the Trade Union-aligned Unionist Party and the Social Revolutionaries essentially ripped away a big enough portion of the left-wing of the People's Union that in combination with the "Fresh Slate" slogan/initiative carried out by the party and both former presidents Tenrik Koth and Sadie Hart managed to barely get in a victory for the NUP. As such, when the official exchange of office happened, Ana Tevka was seen alongside the (rather bland and boring) NUP paper-pusher Eric Tims, who'd been placed as the party's nominee do his rather clean and boring record.
Despite his personality, President Tims gave what has been titled by many to be the "Normalcy" speech, in which he claimed that through the "Fresh Slate" initiative and informal partnership with the People's Union that Azaltan shall soon reclaim it's pre-Junta lifestyle: a lifestyle of making home with the mighty oceans and attempt to reclaim it's slate of being the informal neutral mediator of the region. He also made the specific promise of modernization of Azaltan's "Floating Canneries" before ending his speech with a short moment of silence for the recently departed Stanton Kor, who had correctly predicted that he'd not live to make another appearance after the latest constitutional convention.
Also Present at the celebration were former Presidents Hart, Koth, and surprisingly Todd, all of whom seemed genuinely relieved and were extremely warm when spoken to by our reporters and other media (even Todd); with Hart and Koth in particular extremely glad about the rebound of the NUP despite it's own mistakes having led to the incident with the coup. All three of them support the new government wholeheartedly, and as have the nominees for the RU, SR, and Maximist Parties; alongside former People's Union nominee Ruther Wentz and especially Wentz Corporation. It appears that that the path of the Republic is in fact, a positive one.
Nationale Deluta - National Spirit
Sozkanan-Zambet Fatan Treaty of Comradery & Cooperation signed - New space missions launched
After roughly 2.5 years of talks, Sozkana and Zambet Fata have signed the Treaty of Comradery & Cooperation. The treaty's nearly 500 pages outline many things, so we'll just highlight the most notable ones:
1. Article 8: Defense Pact and Military Cooperation. The article dictates for both nations to support each other if an external party attacks one of the two. The Article does not cover offensive wars, however. Additionally, the article points at increasing military cooperation, including the sharing of "military know-how", AKA technology, training, etc.
2. Article 11: Science and Engineering Cooperation. This article makes it easier for the nation's respective science and engineering institutions to share information and work together. Diplomats from both nations stated the main goal was to aid in space travel, agriculture, energy, and transportation. This was probably the most debated upon article; critics said it'll just make it easier for the nations to leach off of each and that it'll stifle competition, while proponents said that increased cooperation will greatly aid in the scientific and engineering endeavors of both countries, with the more..... jingoistic proponents hoping that the article will bridge the technological gap between Zambet Fata/Sozkana and Anthacia, although diplomats were quick to point out the article has peaceful intentions.
3. Article 15: Creation of the Global Economic Organization (GEO). The Global Economic Organization was officially created by this article. The GEO is an intergovernmental organization that regulates and facilitates international trade between nations and resolves trade disputes. Rather than promote open and borderless trade, however, the GEO's goal is to make it easier to trade in goods, services, and intellectual property among participating nations by giving them a framework for negotiating trade agreements. Obviously created with the International Interstate System in mind, North Nebraska became the third nation to join GEO after joining earlier this week, and President Cristinel Adamache hopes the GEO will eventually include most of Tierra.
4. Article 21: Creation of the International Banking Institute (IBI). The International Banking Institute was also officially created by this article. The IBI is also an intergovernmental organization, but the IBI will negotiate and provide loans through approved creditors for government projects around the world. The IBI is split into various departments; human development (education, health, etc), agriculture, environmental protection (pollution reduction, establishing and enforcing regulations), infrastructure (roads, electricity, etc), large industrial construction projects, and governance (legal institutions development, anti-corruption programs, etc.). Unlike previous organizations which promoted a free market and open trade, the IBI will simply provide loans. North Nebraska, with its strong banking and financial institutions, was one of the founding members of the IBI, along with Zambet Fata and Sozkana.
There are, of course, many other articles we did not cover here, but these are by far the most important.
In other news, the Zambet Fatan Space Agency announced several new missions and programs. Of these include: a satellite that will get closer to Sol than any man-made object has before that will also drop probes into Sol, unmanned explorations of Cassini and Braun, a massive communications and observation satellite for Webb, both manned and unmanned missions to Solus, and finally a satellite that will orbit and observe Laros and drop several probes to the surface.
And now, (very late) GASCAR;
Domination By Parkle Motorsports: Truck Series
Coming off of a championship, many were looking at Parkle Motorsports as the championship favorites, and they did not disappoint. Joel Roshan claimed the truck series championship with two wins and a stupid amount of top tens, and Jamie Parkle claimed third in the points, with 2 wins also. Although not a dominating season, they definately did a lot better than the other teams, and that was in no small part due to Ei Pickett's crew chiefing and the team becoming a "dual" team. But what is a dual team?
A dual team is a team that particaptes in multiple different racing series. Ahle Racing, for example, fields cars in the GASCAR Cup Series and the GASCAR Truck Series, and occasionally the Alabackian Super Stockcar Series. Teams that focus on only one series are the most common, however, and that is for a good reason; focusing all of the organization's resources on a single series can, and usually is, a good thing.
But the truck series is an odd beast. While slightly different, trucks that race in the GASCAR Truck Series and those that race in the Skahyahnian Truck Championship are similar, which is probably why the truck series holds several races in Skahyahn. So, Parkle Motorsports decided to start fielding trucks in both the truck series and the truck championship, and had the two gleam information off of each other, which paid massive dividends in the end.
Leopold Vogel is also worth mentioning, as he claimed 5 wins but finished second in the championship points standings; he had several terrible runs and even DNF'd in several races, which just goes to show how it's not wins, but consistence that wins cups.
Disaster Strikes Kistler; Is Their Time Up?
The GASCAR fraternity was in something of a state of shock as Kistler announced in the silly season that Kurj Dalca, 2-time championship crew chief for flagship driver Stefan Amanar, was leaving the Kistler racing division entirely. The car maker announced that Dalca was leaving its GASCAR competition team at the conclusion of the 2078 season, ending a 3-year run that to date has produced 16 victories. The brand announced that "Dalca has been a great partner for many years, and he has been part of numerous memorable moments throughout these past three years".
This left reporters with their jaws on the floor. Why did Dalca, at the height of his career, coming off of a championship season, leave Kistler? Well there's more to the story than meets the eye. Anonymous sources have leaked- and Dalca has not denied- that Kistler was not respecting Dalca's decisions over the past years. The brand is in GASCAR first and foremost for marketing, and Dalca repeatedly made changes to the car's engine and appearance in order to claim victory. The problem is that an Intrepid in GASCAR and an Intrepid on the street now have nothing in common besides name. That wouldn't be bad necessarily, but the amount of beating and banging Dalca and his drivers did on the cars cost Kistler a massive amount of money- so much sometimes they were net losing money if they didn't win.
So, some say that Kistler fired Dalca, while others claim Kistler and Dalca agreed that Dalca's departure was for the best. The most reputable and trustworthy sources say that Dalca was offered a three-year contract by Kistler, but with stipulations and pay that Dalca disagreed with and after negotiations, the two couldn't come to an agreement, so Dalca left.
Prominent members of Kistler's racing division, such as the driver Dalca crew chiefed for, Stefan Amanar, and the owner of Kistler's GASCAR program Stefan Kiritescu called out Kistler and issued formal complaints within the company. Their main complaint is that the brand and the higher-ups shouldn't be trying to force their ideas into the division when people within the division, those that live and breathe stock car racing, know better generally.
But complaints can't bring Dalca back, and the racing division's morale took a big hit, and that was reflected in their performance. Not a single one of their drivers won this year, and they all failed to get a top ten points finish. Many have wondered if this divide between race team and race team owner is going to tear Kistler apart, but the team is still competitive, just not as competitive, and rumors are floating around that prominent members of the Kistler racing division are talking to other teams.
Allen Kunecki To Call it a Career
Allen Kunecki, the 2063 GASCAR champion, four-time Kastol night race winner, and 21 race winner, announced that the 2079 season would be his last full-time season. However, his team, Team AK, will continue on with Kunecki going from an owner-driver to just an owner. The team will go from a one car team to a two car team, with the 77 being renumbered to the 07, and the 77 transitioning to a car for part-time racers. So, one driver will drive the 07, and multiple drivers will drive the 77, and one of those drivers will be Kunecki. No news on who the other drivers will be, but we'll be sure to report on it as news becomes available.
This is important because Kunecki was the only Bonple driver in the cup series, and many consider Team AK as the flagship team for the Bonple Car Company. Bonple isn't "car crazy", but their huge population with money to spend and Bonple's global influence means that GASCAR wants Bonple to have some sort of presence in GASCAR. So, Team AK might be in the news more often now with this reorganization.
Another Fine Season For Katimos; Expansion To Follow?
Katimos had another fine season in 2079, with five wins (including the Baytona 500), with four of its five drivers in the top ten in points at season's end. And with such success, comes expansion.
This expansion comes in the form of business. Katimos has used its success in GASCAR to catapult the brand from an Ankriadian-only brand to selling cars worldwide. At first, this expansion started in "safe" markets, where Katimos could pretty easily set up shops and sell cars, like in Malarsia. But as the Katimos badge has seen victory worldwide, Katimos has, and is, carving its own slice of the global auto market.
What's more, Katimos is a car brand unlike any other. It is not just another multi-billion dollar company that pumps out cars, vans, and pickups. Katimos focuses on making fuel-efficient, sporty, and affordable cars; the nature of their cars means they appeal to only a select few demographics, none of which are the majority.
The average reader is probably wondering what the heck they just read, so we'll put it in laymen's terms. The prime demographic- the people that buy the most cars- are people aged 30 to 48, with extra cash to spend. They want a nice, comfortable car that drives and rides good. That is the demographic all the major auto manufacturers target; Cehve, Kistler, Ettlinger, Huick, etc.
There is another demographic out there that also buys their fair share of cars. These people are aged 18 to 28, are on a budget, but they want a fast, fuel-efficient, and "cool" car. That's the demographic Katimos targets, and the other auto manufactueres mostly ignore.
It's for that reason Katimos is expanding into the "cash cows" of the auto industry. Those "cash cows" are Anthacia, Conmerica, Calcaterra, central Stelin (Diemetsa, Bonple, and Zambet Fata), and Ulutor. Time will tell if they're able to make it in these markets, but for a brand known for success on the race track, they'll probably be known for success in the market as well.
Back To Form: Angor-Morton Motorsports
It was tough being a fan of Angor-Morton. So close their drivers had come to claiming the cup, only to fall into mediocrity and at times, disaster. Any attempt at trying to get better would be swamped by other teams. The GASCAR journalist Adrian Teven put it best; "Angor-Morton had the misfortune of being one of the best while it raced against the best".
But no more do the fans have to suffer. Angor and Morton, being bankers, are used to playing the long game, and play the long game they did. They looked abroad for new talent and hired Matthew Morgan and his mechanic team to crew chief and pit Karl Weller, and through Morgan Angor-Morton was introduced to the wide world of racing. Morgan brought in some talent from overseas, like Mike Parson from Skayhan and Jackie Thomers from Alaback. Together, the team would work with Angor-Morton to build up the organization bit by bit. If you've been paying attention to Angor-Morton these past five years, you've seen this building process. Much like growing a tree, creating a championship-winning team takes a lot of time and care, and things go a lot smoother if you know what you're doing, and the team did.
On paper, the season looked like an absolute disaster for the organization; they scored one win with Weller at the Glenigrad 355, and they only had one driver in the All-Star Race. But wins can be deceiving, and wins don't win championships, consistence does, and boy did Angor-Morton have consistence. Weller scored 19 top ten finishes and Hoffenheim scored 12 top ten finishes (GASCAR runs 22 points races), and Sosco and Tjurgard scored 8 top tens between them. Denis Hittermaier scored three top ten finishes including a second place run at the Kellyorr Unity Corp 500. Suffice to say, the ball had got rolling.
Bach To Form
Alex Bach is a GASCAR superstar and was (and still is) integral in helping to popularize racing around the world, thus becoming a global cultural icon in the process. With that said, the past decade has not been kind to Bach; his last championship was in 2067, 12 years ago. He's won 17 races since then, which is more than can be said for other drivers, and only lost the 2074 championship by a single point, but still, he has been struggling.
Much of this can be attributed to the departure of his long-time crew chief Artur Denzel in 2067; Bach won all of his championships with Denzel and the two had such good compatibility that other teams can only dream of. The problem with such arrangments, however, is that they have to end eventually, and when they end they usually end in disaster. And end in disaster it did; Bach fell off significantly after Denzel left, and throughout this past decade Bach has went through six different crew chiefs, and the last one's two-year run saw Bach fail to win once and a best points finish of 9th.
Enter Kurj Dalca stage right. The two were initially skeptical of each other; Bach owns the team he drives for so he wouldn't be able to give Dalca the basically unlimited money Kistler gave him, and Bach was well aware of Dalca's habbit of beating and banging on cars would cost him. But the two hit it off in their first meeting, and Dalca signed a contract to crew chief Bach. The two participated in several testing sessions and Alabackian Super Stockcar Series races before the beginning of the season, and they seemed to be a good pairing, despite the cultural differences. But the season would show just how good of a pairing they really were.
The Race For The Cup
The season started out engulfed in drama, as Bach and Weller wrecked on the last lap of the last corner of the Baytona 500; Bach was leading, Weller was in second, and Tjurgard was in third and he got collected in the crash too, as was Nadia Trauth and Kurt Henninger who were running fifth and sixth respectively. Caroline Eisner, who was running sixth, managed to dodge the crash and won. It was quite the spectacular crash too; Bach's car actually went airborne and flipped in the air, but he was fine.
The next races saw Bach Racing dominate, both Alex Bach and Lagan Parkle got wins. Several other teams sneaked wins in here and there; Crocetta Corsetti also scored his first win at the Norefelk Bars 200, Hunter Keselmann, Gagarin Vityanilo, Baldur Huwyler, and Nadia Trauth also scored wins. Vasili Alesnaro also went on a tear in the mid and late season, scoring three wins and a lot of top tens.
Weller scored his lone win of the season at the Glenigrad 355 giving a big boost to his points standings. Vasili Alesnaro won the Clayyard 400 presented by Kordlun Hardware also giving him a boost to his points standings, and going into the Callum Corp 500 Weller, Alesnaro, and Bach were only seperated by about 15 points. Bach claimed the win at the Callum Corp 500 after a hard fought battle with Weller, which gave him some breathing room going into Azaltan.
Going into the Wentz 400 Bach had the points lead, with Weller in second and Alesnaro in a distant, but still cup-capable, third. Alesnaro was fast in practice and qualifying, and scored the pole position. Weller was also fast in practice, but one of this pistons blew up in qualifying, meaning he had to replace his engine, meaning he also started at the back. Bach had trouble getting his car right in qualifying, but was able to get it somewhat figured out in qualifying.
Weller, who was absolutely driven by his thirst for a championship, worked his way through the field and passed Alesnaro, who was fast when the sun was out but once the moon came out Alesnaro's car slowed fast. Bach meanwhile was running steady all race, mainly because Dalca was running an experimental setup and wanted Bach to take it easy for the first half of the race so he could get data.
Weller was running up front towards the end, but now that they got their car figured out Bach was able to pass him outright with 37 laps to go. Bach won the race and Weller fell back and finished 4th; his team, like Alesnaro, was fast when the sun was out, but once the stars came out their cars slowed.
Bach thus claimed his seventh championship. He's now just one cup away from tying the all-time championship record with Rickie Johnsen, Erik Trustmanster, and Ryan Vic. During his win celebration, he took a victory lap around the speedway, but with his two daughters also in the car with him, which was truly one of those special moments we all watch GASCAR for.
Histoy Hub: Rickie Johnsen Becomes the first non-Ankraidian driver to win in Alaback.
Stock car racing’s “home” has always been in Ankraid, and in particular Alaback. Not until recently, with GASCAR’s success, has the world seen a global premier stock car racing league. Instead, if stock car racing fans outside of Ankaird were lucky, their nation would have its own stock car racing league, but few nations really had national stock car leagues, most only had regional ones.
One such nation that had a national stock car league was Skahyahn; Skahyahn’s “Championship Speed Contest Series”, or CSCS for short. The league was considered to be the most competitive outside of Ankraid, and so the most successful drivers in the CSCS would try and break into the Ankraidian scene, often with little success sadly. The fact was that Ankraidians lived and breathed stock car racing, like how Ulutorians live and breathe smashball, and that made trying to break into the Ankraidian scene hard for any non-Ankradians.
But to every rule, there is an exception. And our exception here is Rickie Johnsen. Johnsen won several track championships in the mid-60s before jumping up to the CSCS full-time in 1966. He went on to win the championship in CSCS in 1969, 1970, 1971, and the again in 1973. His untold domination in the CSCS led many to wonder if he’d jump ship to Ankraid. But the trip was expensive if you did not have connections in Ankraid (Johnsen didn’t), but Johnsen had been saving up money for just that trip.
He decided to compete in several summer races in the 1974 SCARL season (the top stock car series in Alaback at the time) which he though he had the best chance in. He competed in the 1974 National 300, Southwestern 400, and the Darn Good Spark Plugs 400. Sadly, not much is known about the races (these three races were minor races, and minor races did not get TV or flag-to-flag coverage until the early 1980s). The National 300 was cut short due to rain, and Johnsen finished 25th; in the Southwestern 400, Johnsen finished 14th. But he’d hit the bullseye in the Darn Good Spark Plugs 400; while not much is known about the race, we do know it had 40 lead changes (a record for the Nertoen Speedway); Johnsen led 61 laps that day, including the last eight as the leader’s clutch failed, thus winning the race.
While Johnsen would not run a full SCARL season until 1977, he would run the occasional race (sometimes for his own race team, sometimes filling in for other drivers). He’d win another race in 1975, and he’d eventually write himself into stock car history by winning eight championships in Alaback, tied with Erik Trustmanster and Ryan Vic for most of all time, and ranks in the top five for most wins in the three premier Alabackian stock car series. But those are all stories for another time.
Next up on our track trivia is the fastest race track to ever be created by man; Gallediga Superspeedway. Gallediga is GASCAR's largest oval, measuring in at 2.66 miles long, and is also the steepest banked at 33° in the turns. And all of that makes Gallediga a fast, action-packed track, but first let's talk about its history.
SCARL originally wanted a track similar to Baytona; a long, high-banked and fast tri-oval. SCARL officials searched far and wide across Alaback, but ultimately decided to build their new track near the town of Saurier, in Gallediga County. Why? Because the Alabackian Air Force (AAF) had an airfield near Saurier, but after the end of WW2 the large air base was rarely used, and was costing the AAF and Saurier a lot of money to maintain. So, SCARL bought the air base on favorable terms in 1966 and began construction of their speedway that year.
Originally called Air Base International Motor Speedway, the track cost 4 million dolarks to build. First races were held in 1969, and instantly became a fan favorite. Since its opening year, Gallediga has hosted many races and has been repaved seven times; the track had two races in the SCARL league, and two races in the RallyRoad league as well. Because of the track's uniqueness, it has seen many first time winners and drama throughout its history.
Speeds at Gallediga are unmatched by any motorsport anywhere; in fact, in 1989, SCARL driver Tony Elluna posted a qualifying speed of 222.809 mph. During that same race, a car blew a tire and nearly flew into the grandstands, but was hit by another car which diverted its course away from the stands. Suffice to say, restrictor plates were added to all future races to slow the cars down. But even today, cars can reach 200 mph+ in the draft. Because of the close pack racing though, one mistake can create a junkyard of destroyed cars. Although uncommon, it's not unheard of to see 20 or more cars collected in the crashes. But the close racing and high speed mean Gallediga will be a favorite among drivers and fans alike.
We put all the sponsors of races and all the primary sponsors of current GASCAR drivers into a raffle spinner, and the ball that came out said FoldingTrips! FoldingTrips is the current sponsor of the second race of the GASCAR season, the FoldingTrips 500 at Palm Mile in Alaback. FoldingTrips has sponsored races at Palm Mile for over 50 years, because Palm Mile is where the company’s headquarters is at.
FoldingTrips is a travel agency which promises to “give the same experience for half the price” (much like a folded piece of paper, hence the name, FoldingTrips). Founded in 1996, the company is one-part online and one-part physical. FoldingTrips.com is an aggregator website for airline/train tickets, event tickets, hotel room/lodging reservations, bookings, and provides information on tourist attractions in locations (like zoos, amusement parks, museums, etc.) They even allow users to make restaurant reservations, rent cars in advance, and book cruises.
FoldingTrips also has a physical element; on the website users can buy suitcases, travel packs, and various other vacation and travel related goods. Users can also join the FoldingTrips Members Club and receive a rewards card and earn rewards not just for buying and using FoldingTrip services, but also using and buying from places and companies partnered with FoldingTrips.
They also provide information and services for international travel. This includes passport, visa, and paperwork help, and they even provide information on local customs. FoldingTrips also has a vast number of tour guides/interpreters for people traveling abroad.
Suffice to say, FoldingTrips lives up to its name. As you might of guessed by how old the company is and the number of services they offer, FoldingTrips is extremely profitable, even more so in this era of looser-borders and globalization. But when GASCAR went global, oh boy, did FoldingTrips really start printing money. The company partnered with GASCAR in its early days to allow Alabackian GASCAR fans to travel to the new international races, and that is a tradition the two companies still do today. Suffice to say, as GASCAR has become more popular, so to has FoldingTrips. One could even say that as long as GASCAR is successful, FoldingTrips will be.
The Voice of Hoffnung
Tirfyng Enters GASCAR Competition
Negotiations with GASCAR representatives from Alaback have bore beautiful fruit as Michel Doorman, a proud Tirfyngian native from Mondstadt has been nominated as a participating driver in GASCAR. Michel Doorman is sponsored by Tirfyng Schiffswerft Kompanie and Hanomag Automabiel Corporation.
Government Increases Navy Budget
In the light of growing sentiment to modernize and upgrade our proud navy, President Harling has signed the Two Ocean Navy Act which allows the construction of an additional 200 ships for the Tirfyngian Navy. Five of the 200 planned ships are slated to be large fleet carriers dubbed "Flugzeugträger 2079."
Mining Industry Experiences Great Boom
In a span of a few weeks, Tirfyngian mining corporations report a colossal record increase of profits since the 1970 Pitchblende Rush. Jacob van Heemskerck Earth and Ore (JEO) reports a staggering 67 percent increase in profits totaling 34.4 billion beveziers in twenty-one days.
Tirfyng Seeks to Further Diplomatic Ties With Oliandria
Secretary of State Rudolph Maass announced today that James Harling seeks to strengthen Tirfyng's diplomatic relationship with fellow International Union member state Oliandiria.
"Oliandria is like a brother nation to Tirfyng," Maass commented at the Huis van het Parlement. "Therefore we should form a stronger bond with our fellow Nordic brothers. Our nations are strong alone; when united, we are stronger together."
Toraist Insurgent Attack Foiled!
The Tirfyngian Toraist Front (TTF) attempted to attack the naval base at Mondstadt today. Six hundred armed Toraists revolutionaries opened fire at Navy personnel stationed at Tirfyng Naval Base Winnetka-Mondstadt. The garrison of one thousand Navy troops defended the base for four crucial hours until they were relieved by the 4th Gendarmerie Brigade stationed in the neighboring city of Läge.
Three hundred insurgents were killed in the bloody conflict. The rest were taken prisoner by the Gendarmerie. As for our forces, they suffered only 62 confirmed deaths and 120 wounded.
The Voice of Hoffnung
URGENT: Toraist Insurgency in Tirfyng Expands!
Due to the recent trade agreements signed with Oliandiria and Anthacia, agitated Toraists of the Tirfyngian Toraist Party have formed the Bevrijdingsfront Van de Mensen (BVM). The BVM has absorbed the members of the Tirfyngian Toraist Front (TTF) and have declared the start of a massive insurgency centered in the provinces of Helmholtz, Götland, and Östergötland.
President Harling has ordered the mobilization of the Tirfyngian Army's National Guard Division, specifically the Helmholtz Guard, the Götland Guard, and the Östergötland Guard. The Kommando Spezialkräfte van Tirfyng (KST) Counter-Insurgency Division has also been deployed to neutralize any and all elements of the BVM.
Tirfyngian Military Puts Up New Tender for a New Service Rifle
After 50 years of service, the Tirfyngian Military has deemed the old but renowned Kalmar KAD-24 service rifle obsolete. The Tirfyngian Joint Chiefs of Staff in cooperation with the Tirfyngian Parliament have put up a new tender for three hundred thousand orders of a new service rifle that fulfills the following criteria:
-Must be able to fire at least 10,000 rounds and not jam once
-Must be able to chamber the 5.57x45mm Kaida Standard and 8.8x57mm "Kurz" rounds
-Must be simple
-Must be under 5000 beveziers per rifle
-Must have a range of 400-450 meters
-Must be relatively lightweight
-Must be modular
The Military will also double the tender's payoff if any local arms manufacturers offer a suitable weapon.
Telegraph Agency of Chinern (TAC) - Telegrafu Shirika ya Chinệrn
Today in Filo City, a revolutionary concept has come to fruition. Earlier today, testing for the Aegis Walker ended in success. The Aegis Walker has been a program by the Chinernian government to develop a sort of exosuit underframe for use in both civilian and military sectors. It features high torque knee wheel systems and a pressure-flow system that allows unrivaled agility and mobility. Weighing in at a hefty 275 kilograms and standing at a height of 260 cm, the Aegis Walker can lift many times its own weight. They can be customized with specialized armor to protect the operator. What kind of armor depends on what the Walker is used for. Currently, the government is looking for more civilian usages of the suit alongside loading and unloading cargo. trials with different armaments and armor levels is currently underway at Fort Vukani.
In other news, the arms manufacturing industry in Chinern has grown exponentially in the past decade. Leading the nation in production is the Mpika Concern, producing various assault rifles, machineguns, and anti-tank weaponry. The MC produces a solid 85% of all small arms in Chinern, followed by the Ulstin Industrial Association which designs and manufactures another 10%. Currently,the Mpika Concern is looking to export arms and equipment abroad to other members of the Sixth Internationale, or any other Toraist nation looking to arm itself.
Council of Advisers Elections Approach
The time has once again come to elect or re-elect the members of the Council of Advisers. But before we start nominations for the Council of Advisers, the nations of the United Nations (UN) will first vote on a proposal to reorganize the Council of Adviser from six members to seven.
The proposal, which was presented to the General Assembly by North Nebraska earlier today, will eliminate the Welfare Adviser and the Founder role and replace them with a Justice Adviser, Social/Labor Adviser, and a Science/Space Adviser. This also means that the CoA will expand from six members to seven, meaning it can no longer be deadlocked with a dead even vote as it has several times in the past. Additionally, the proposal will have the Economic Adviser take up the role of the GEO and the IBI.
The Justice Adviser will be responsible for prosecuting war criminals, breakers of international law, etc. They'll also be the head of InterPo, the organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control, and will also help developing nations build their police and judicial branches. The Science/Space Adviser will be responsible for regulating science and space and promoting international cooperation in those areas. Finally, the Social/Labor Adviser will be responsible for promoting culture, advising nations on how to deal with social unrest/issues, be the adviser that deals with issues relating to indigenous peoples, and of course advising nations on labor rights/laws.
The Voice of Hoffnung
Tirfyng Launches Satellite
The recently Tirfyngian Air and Space Agency (TASA) has successfully launched its first satellite in Low Tierran Orbit. The Walloon 1 was launched yesterday via a three-stage Foulkon Langer rocket from the Tischau Proving Ground at the province of Wallonie.
Insurgents Clash With Foreign Military Forces
Just recently, a large group of BVM insurgents laid siege to Rodnøl, the capital city of Vastergötland Province.
Oliandirian troops in conjuction with Tirfyngian Marines of the 1st Amtrak Divisie are currently holding their positions despite the fierce tenacity of the Toraist insurgents' attacks. The city is reportedly being shelled "day and night" with no interlude in between.
Meanwhile, five Anthacian soldiers were killed in a tragic terrorist attack in Mondstadt when BVM supporters detonated a car bomb in the vicinity of the Mondstadt Military Outpost. 25 Tirfyngian soldiers and three other civilians were also injured in the attack. A manhunt is underway to capture these BVM ruffians and bring them to justice.