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Chancellor Sanddorn promises end of sanctions

1 August 2022, 22:50 h, by Lukas Rahgen

As announced by the green-liberal coalition after the coalition talks last year, the Chancellor is eager to travel around the world hoping to improve relations between Gianatla and its neighbours around Pacifica. The efforts have not only lead to the foundation of the Concordia Entente, a trade agreement with Besern and arms deals with the Frost Empire and Sedunn, now analysts and the economy hope, strives with the USI have also been made.

Sanctions for nuclear weapons

Especially industries in the engineering sector were hit by the announcement of the Gianlucian government in early June to suspend most economic activity with the USI once again after the nuclear attacks on Straton and Hawk in Denver. While the USI was not behind those attacks, the argumentation of Sanddorn’s administration was, that the government has to sanction those, who are not willing to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This step had backfired however, with a deal between train manufacturer Rennfast and the Izaakian government having been nullified shortly after the sanctions were made public. Other Gianlucian companies were hit by the counter-sanctions too, when Blanc’s government was announcing a multi-level rating system, which determines how much access companies from certain countries receive in the USI. Gianatla scored as low in the rating as the civil war torn Ryccian Federation, which equals a very limited access to Izaakian markets.

Rennfast has a deal again - yet different

This rating is ought to be raised, so companies like Rennfast may become active on those important Keylian and Beiltemmic markets again. A little help for the start, some might call it a compensation, Sanddorn has negotiated with the Izaakian administration for the aforementioned train manufacturer. While the original deal over 1000 trains for TSP-$ 36 billion stays cancelled, there was an agreement reached over Izaakian companies buying licenses to build the Rennfast Keylstar rolling stock under their own name and buy original trains in much smaller quantities for private train service providers. The only condition is, that Gianatla will lift its nuclear sanctions on Izaakia as soon as possible, yet no later than until 1 September 2022. Other agreements have also been reached on the fields of medicine and cultural exchange, yet details remain vague at the moment.

Celebrations on Unification Day

That talks went smoothly and more successful than many political analysts would have expected was also visible during today’s celebrations for the USI’s national day. Unification Day is celebrated since the annexations of Brödmark and La Montagne, being known as a big parade showing the diversity of the Izaakian state and culture. The diverse display has mostly happened behind the backs of the horseback riding heads of government, Chancellor Sanddorn and President Blanc. Still correspondents from several news stations have seen both enjoying the festivity, in which the Izaakians were not too afraid to let their President mingle with her voters and political opponents alike, albeit her having survived no less than three assassination attempts throughout the last year.
“Despite the differences, we of course still have, I would say, this visit of Izaakia on Unification Day was a first step into the right direction again. I thoroughly hope, the Gianlucian-Izaakian relations can at least normalise again”, Sanddorn commented to some reporters in the evening.


68 years later - Hazelia celebrates independence

4 October 2022, 21:45 h, by Andrea Byt

It was quick, it was deadly and it required foreign help, but Snovian prime minister Ella Lugorr has formulated at last, what many Hazelians have been waiting to hear for the last 68 years after the winners of the Great War decided to put the territory under Snovian control:
“We want the bloodshed to end and we all just want freedom. After some serious, in-depth talks, after considering national security, after agreeing on measures, that make sure, the new development shall not pose another threat to international security, the Hazelian people and Snovian government came to the conclusion that after this press conference has ended, the Republic of Hazelia will exist as its own internationally recognised entity.”

Fireworks were heard outside the city hall of Jufutu, where the press event was held within a strict security system, also backed by supposed RIM fighters. “The original plan of a referendum on the status of Hazelia will not come to fruition, however a referendum on a new Hazelian constitution also respecting the rights of Snovian and Gianlucian descendants will be conducted and internationally observed in the near future”, Lugorr added.

At least 8,000 people killed

This marks the end of what the private media has already labelled the “Hazle Revolution”. Between 8,000 and 16,000 people, mostly military personnel, has been killed according to statistics from either side. A huge role in this high death count played the fighters of the RIM. According to several reports online, their fighters were the most brutal ones from the separatist side. Therefore it worries some people, that separatist leader Hausklav, who emphasised he’s ready to run in a free, fair and democratic election against multiple opponents very soon, did not comment on how he wants to deal with the RIM fighters now present in Hazelia. Instead he has promised the retreat of any foreign military forces in the next few days, referring clearly to the Izaakian and Snovian troops with that. “Hazelia wants to be a safe haven and neutral ground in international politics. Economically we hope to be accepted at the CMEC even without Snolland supporting our bid there anymore”, Hausklav commented further on foreign policy plans of the new country.


Heat wave hits Frastinia on New Year’s Eve

31 December 2022, 16:21 h, by Lukas Rahgen

Normally Gianlucian families are preparing their tischlette now, setting up the heating plate and a preparation of different meats and vegetables to eat while watching old Gianlucian comedy and later shooting up fireworks to welcome the new year. This year those same families might not desire to have a heating plate on their table and neither are they advised to use any fireworks.
The reason for this is a heatwave, which hit the extended Frastinian region for a few weeks now and is now at its maximum. Even on midnight, meteorologists expect temperatures to remain at around 30°C throughout the country after having been at up to 43°C in some parts of the Gianlucian mainland. Efladian, Snovian, Bruuman and Scopian institutes also report of higher-than-usual temperature rises for this time of the year.

Emergency services urge to use proper sun protection and drink enough water

Chancellor’s New Year’s Speech this year from a beach

The heat wave will be addressed by Chancellor Sanddorn later today too when she will hold her New Year’s Speech (broadcasted live on all TV and radio channels at 20:10 h). In this year she will be standing on a beach near Südtor and make the Gianlucian people aware of the dangers climate change are posing to us and that this year’s heat wave might just be the beginning. Her manuscript reads: “Weather extremes are getting more in quantity and more severe in quality. With a vote for our government, you have set the path for a more climate friendly future in Gianatla and beyond, however we all must take daily action to really have a chance to limit our carbon footprint and reach the goals of the Atlantis Climate Accords until 2030.” Other topics will also include the sinking of beaches, the continued need for solidarity in the Gianlucian society and on the international stage, the potential dangers of new viruses as those found recently in Stutska and lastly the traditional thank you to all essential workers in both, the public and private sector.


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Enyon and Ehrlich expand production sites internationally

14 January 2023, 22:00 h, by Johanna ReiĂź

The reports from foreign economic experts have been worrying investors for a few days. According to South Cordilian banks and managers, the world’s economy was supposed to shrink in 2022 with tendencies of continous decreasing GDPs in Pacifica’s most powerful economies. However, as in many other countries, the Gianlucian minister of economy Janina Kugler could also delightfully tell the press the contrary has happened. “In 2022, the Gianlucian GDP increased by 1.3%, a growth which is in the realms of what we were expecting. In 2023 we are working to achieve a little more due to several companies’ plans to create new jobs here or increase their products’ exports even more.”

Kugler was referring especially to deals made with Besern last year. Those included a Besernian-Gianlucian initiative to bring back Ryccia onto the NCU single market now that the junta was defeated, but also the opening of new production sites of car manufacturer Ehrlich, for their electric vehicles, and train manufacturer Babau in Besern. “6,000 new jobs will be created in Besern and the capabilities to meet the international demand for Gianlucian goods is expanded”, a PR officer at Babau commented on those parts of the trade deal.

Enyon still in talks, Risa in worries

Part of this year’s growth could also be Enyon and Risa. The former, as Gianatla’s biggest producer of electricity and extractor of fossil fuels, has announced it is looking for international investment opportunities in wind farms. “We knew about the Izaakian government planning on a mega project like the announced windfarm on Keyli, but we can tell you also, that this is not the only fish to catch out there. Many countries are looking towards making their energy production and consumption cleaner and with the experience of Enyon in that regard, with the assets we have, we can be a good catalyst”, CEO Janosch Beiser told GIN in the talk show “Business um 9”.

Streaming service Risa also plans to expand even further, “but it becomes more difficult” their CFO told investors last week. “We are pretty much everywhere now in Pacifica, our fellow co-applicants on the markets are not having the capabilities to become much bigger in most cases, we produce series and films with good critiques and good revenue on a regular basis, but the next steps could cost us subscribers, a risk which we cannot, but potentially must take in the future”. He was referring to the possibility Risa might introduce subscription models with advertisements due to too many users sharing their accounts globally. This would break a basic principle of Risa and could mean, current subscribers will move to their local Risa competitor. Stock value of Risa therefore decreased by 5% after the aforementioned investor meeting.