Korosian News Broadcasters Association

The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

At 11AM GCT-2, a televised and live streamed address lasting for one hour thirty minutes took place. Though the First Speaker spoke in Austrel, Sign Language interpretors were standing beside them, translating word for word. In addition closed captions in Aboriginal Languages were available to any withing the DSK. In this address, the Korosian First Speaker Tahki Odina expressed disappointment on the countries foreign affairs during its 18 years of state socialism. They stated that many opportunities for reconciliation and truth had been lost, and that it would now be due to Korosian effort that international shame could be avoided. “The ministry of foreign affairs is being replaced. We will oversee the creation of a new body, its members elected in, and its leader selected based off merit. This will be the new Head Ambassador and they will help direct domestic and foreign relations.”

These comments come amid a Cordillian Political Theatre gripped more by recent terror attacks and a potential Multinational Union, than Northern Cordillian Economic and Diplomatic policies.

Tahki Odina also touched on the Korosian GDP growth from approximately 3 to 4.5 trillion. This growth was the end result of substantial restructuring within Koros; the state releasing several companies as cooperatively owned buisinesses. “Essential Services such as food, water, housing, electricity, and the internet remain nationalized,” the First Speaker explained, adding “corporate welfare will continue as before, acting as funds to grow local buisinesses so their income may be taxed and utilized towards public welfare, education, and healthcare. The end goal should be a wave of new buisinesses supported by corporate welfare then in turn supporting new businesses and so on.”

Afterwards the First Speaker took 25 minutes to answer live questions from viewers. One of these questions commented on neighboring Akon Island, and more broadly the state of Ikaranara. The anonymous commentor allowed it to be known that he was a resident of Hillside City, and had mentally benefitted from the large Dolphin Bay Conservation Park to the city’s east; they had asked whether the foreigners would respect that place, and the heavy restrictions to fishing and boat travel in the park’s waters. Tahki Odina responded that it was the responsibility of the soon to be Head Ambassador to propose an in depth plan on shipping lanes outside of the park yet respecting of Ikaranian input.

Closing off the address, they wished for the safety and human rights of all peoples to be recognized, and expressed sympathy for innocent victims of violence.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway

Independent Fisheries within Upper Plains sea waters relieved after government puts forward bill banning cruise ships from operating. Such ships have come under critisism in recent years for the amount of marine wildlife left dead, and the amount of diseal required to burn to move locations. It is expected that the undersea ecosystem will increase in health as a result of an abscense of the ships; an increase that hopefully will translate into better fishing harvests.

“Environmental sustainability is our main objective,” explained Nîkihk reprenstative Wapun Soyala. “With cruise ships out of the picture Korosians will still be able to enjoy ocean ameneties like kayaking and swimming. These activities - and others - can bring plenty of entertainment value without endangering the very environments they take place in.”

In related news the elections for the International Relations Committee have finalized, with a total of 40 ambassadors elected. Each member has recieved journalistic training from the KNBA and are eager to serve their government and their people well. The Head Ambassador is expected to be selected later within the day, and will likely begin arranging meetings with neighboring states.

This election process comes at a time where most are more concerned with the outbreak of war between several Cordillian nations. It is unclear how this conflict of arms will influence Korosian politics as they continue to stabilize foreign relations.

The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway

On Sept 28th the Union of Genetic Resesrchers, primarily based out of Hillside City and Minôs Cliffs, released a report explaining the Unions stance against sterilized crop seed. The report claimed that such seeds would introduce financial dependency to seed suppliers (locally known as Big Seed) and would ultimately destitute farms and communities.

Big Seed drained my bank account, my savings account, my credit, and more,” one part time geneticist, part time farmer named Ayesha Mitima claimed. “Plants for agricultural use must be able to bear fertile seeds; extorting communities for such a basic good is immoral to it’s core. I was only able to save my farm plot, and room filled with sterile equipment, through the Minôs Workshop Society. This shouldn’t have to happen!” When questioned why she wore only a white lab coat and gardening gloves, she mentioned her freedom of expression, and went inside.

Five days later, at 5:40 UTC -2, the Korosian Federation Government passed legislation prohibiting the sale and production of sterile seeds. Research into new GMO crops will also be stalled as federal reviews into sterility of seed batches are put into place. Despite these new observation measures, the Korosian scientific sector is projected to continue it’s growth; the cooperative attitude the government took in it’s understanding of the needs of agricultural and biological scientists was noted by many members of the Union of Genetic Researchers.

Also of note within Korosian science policies is the closing week of meetings and negotiations with foreign and domestic space advisors. The announcement of a Korosian Space Agency is expected by most citizens; 78% of responders from a poll conducted by the KNBA in the Upper Plains said it was “absolutely certain to occur” within 1 month. This overwhelming response was more pronounced in the Upper Plains than other Korosian States, highlighting an eagerness for space research and exploration inside of UP’s younger demographic.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Dohason Fala
Article Date: October 5th

Bittersweet day for Korosians as Rycca lets loose chemical weapons hours after Korosian Space Agency declared.

At 10 AM UGC -2 on Oct 4th, the Korosian Federation Government announced the new aerospace organization. First Speaker Tahki Odina was live streamed seated in a conference room; next to them was Paytah Elu, appointed head of the Korosian Space Agency. Also seated was the Head of Federal Public Education, numerous regional library union representatives, noted astrophysicists, public internet service directors, and foreign & free market scientific advisors. A Cordillian Sign Language interpretor was on screen for the duration of the speech, and aboriginal language subtitles was shown where available. They took turns explaining the privileges and responsibilities that the government body was expected to have. They outlined the key objectives of coordination and civilian participation in the program. Plans for the progression of a Maxima research mission, Balteuma probe missions, and the intent to cooperate with the CPSC. The presentation took one hour and thirty minutes, ending it off with another thirty minutes of answering public questions.

After all the words had been said, those speakers went about their buisiness, typically government service or independent efforts.

At 1:30 PM UTC -2 The Ryycian Military Junta engaged Peonic Military Troops, and in the fighting deployed Serin Gas, officially a banned chemical weapon. Videos of canisters, missiles, and possibly drones spreading the nerve agent were steadily uploaded online, intensifying after Peocracy officials confirmed the usage an hour later. Less shown was Doge Land evacuation efforts, as the Public Transit system strained and roads filled with traffic as millions were displaced from their homes. Ikaranara has not issued evacuation orders despite evidence of gas deployed within the town of Xorobal. Already international humanitarian aid has started its delivery process to the effected regions.

Most Korosians felt the shift of societal perceptives as that awful day dragged on. KNBA journalists interviewed many within public spaces, asking them their opinion on the days events. River Passage City university student Citana Ikras was quoted as saying “One step forward, two steps back, that’s just how humans can be. The usage of violence to project an immoral goal has been an issue since we first gained consciousness. I’m happy about the space program, but Pacifica’s hurting.”

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway
Article Date: October 8th

Koros Tax Code Amended With Higher Tax On Domestic Turned International Businesses

Legislation introduced by the Upper Plains Socialist Party was ratified this afternoon by the Korosian Federation Consensus Chamber. These amendments are “intended to insure businesses do not forget its duty to the government, but also its duty to the citizens that the taxes ultimately benefit.” The changes take the form of a seperate income bracket with a higher tax percentage for all gross income levels for businesses that cross the Korosian border into seperate nations.

Though the move was pitched as an effort to prevent jobs leaving Koros, it’s unclear whether this will have the intended effect.

“Why grow your business and expand your customer base across international lines when the government’s cut increases over time?” Questioned Catori Senna, an online business owner living in the Outer Settlements. “I would’ve paid a fine amount of tax, but under the new codes I’ll have to rebalance my expenses so I don’t go in the red. Yeah that tax would still go into the same programs but, c’mon.

Predictons show Korosian Economic growth slowing. Previous estimates of a 6.6 trillion GDP rating in the first week of October seem optimistic compared to new estimates at 6 trillion.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Dohason Fala
Article Date: October 10th

Head Ambassador Appointed, Awaiting Acceptance into the World Forum

Following elections earlier in the week that appointed 40 people as Koros state ambassadors, a 2nd internal vote has concluded. Breixo Ullman was chosen by his peers to direct their efforts and to represent Koros in the world forum (pending on a vote from WF members to allow Koros to join.)
Breixo released a ten minute video presentation with a Cordillian Sign Language interpretor visible and aboriginal closed captions where available. He wore a ceremonial blindfold as his religion instructed it. In this medium length video Breixo thanked his voter base, promising that Korosian values such as inclusiveness and ecology would be demonstrated to other nations. Breixo expressed his excitement towards better integrating Korosian Public Transit with it’s neighbors, as well as mapping shipping lanes around Akon Island. Breixo ended the announcement with 30 seconds of silence for those who had died from the heinous chemical attacks launched by the Ryccian Junta.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway
Article Date: October 12th

Federal Govt Diverts Business Subsidies to Religious and Spiritual Construction Projects

In a move labeled as bizarre by an increasingly athiest population, the Korosian Federation Government ratified a bill altering the federal budget for the 2022 Q4. The bill is set to pull 450 billion dollars worth of funding away from corporate aid. First Speaker Tahki Odina explained his position of support for the bill, saying “a crucial step in decolonization is reconstructing places of worship and orginzation for aboriginal religions. Without a place suitable for practice many of these spiritual practices will die off. Use of these facilities will be up to independent organizations or individuals. Local councils and land leasers have been contacted for cooperation in regards to potential sites; once construction begins we will open the process for permanent occupancy of structures, leasing of structures, and holiday coordination.”

Though the bill represents yet another freedom the government encourages its citizens to have, critics question if its necessary when the scope of Korosian religious freedoms is understood. Constitutional freedom of religion, immigration aids, optional spiritual studies in public schools, and freedom of dress are crucial building blocks for religious tolerance and understanding. Despite this secularist rates continue to rise within Koros, estimates ahead of an official census claiming a federal rate of 21%.

“The seperation of church and state is essential for the prevention of the rollback of won rights in other categories.” Noted book writer, public skeptic Howard Bablin said in an interview. “The federal government mandates evolution to be taught in state education systems for a reason. So called truth sayers have no place in government policy at any level other than local.”

The Korosian economy is now projected to sit at 5 trillion, the loss of corporate aid resulting in an overall loss of wealth. This combined with earlier taxes have lead to a recession wiping away most of the efficiency gained by allowing free markets. How the government will guide itself through it’s first ever bout of economic downturn will shape the speed at which the situation improves.

The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway
Article Date: October 18th

Korosian Armed Forces Announces 2023 Q1 Summit, Federal Government May Hear AI Art Legislation

An odd, mixed start to the mid October week as government branches go about their business. To start, the Korosian Armed Forces has, following several technical failures with old fighter plane models, announced the intent to design and produce replacement models domestically. The 2023 Q1 Summit for designers and military engineers is to be hosted sometime January and in the Outer Settlements.

This announcement comes as the country is attempting to regain economic footing following a recession. Pacifists argue that there are many more government projects that could make better use of the money. Militarists claim that Koros must be able to produce a domestic air fleet to counteract it’s abandonment of drones.

In other news the Upper Plains Court is in the process of hearing a bill that would make it illegal for AI Art Programs to use specific Artists names in image prompts. Though current generation AI Art is handled by foreign companies, Korosian artists are hoping this is one of the first steps to avoiding their work being copied and profited off of. “We can’t prevent AI Art from using already made works as inspiration; beyond that being literally impossible for current AI to do, its also a standard that many actual artist’s won’t be able to adhere to,” explained Artist and Civil Servant Tarlo Joseph. “Artists get inspired by art they see, by techniques others learn first. AI does similar by looking at images and taking specific or common elements and using them in a whole new image. The problem comes when people direct the AI to copy the style of specific artists. That opens up a whole can of worms of copyright legality and personal opinions. The short of it is that specific rare and valuable art styles are being flooded by AI copycats. Artists rely on their styles to garner contracts and commissions. This bill is to protect the livelihood of one of society’s pillars.”

Should the bill be ratified, artists living in the Upper Plains will ideally see their art recognized as theirs. Similar bills might be proposed in other Korosian state, and should the original or other bills be passed, then the federal government will review the same, a different, or a modified bill for it’s own adoption.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Dohason Fala
Article Date: October 20th

Embassy Discussions to be Held With Koros Neighbor States, Debates on WF Committee Applications Begin

The Koros Foreign Relations body released a paper at 5 PM GTC-2, detailing it’s intent to establish permanent embassies with specific countries. These proposed buildings will house the primary ambassador as well as their staff and equipment. Such arrangements should ease the current strain of lack of diplomacy between Koros and it’s neighbors.

“That the Federation didn’t have such programs in place already is a disgrace,” Head Ambassador and World Forum Representative Breixo Ullman wrote in a personal message at the bottom of the paper. “Such basic steps may feel inconsequential, but the potential of these diplomatic houses will aid us greatly.”

The plan was announced the day after the Ryccian Junta threatened Nuclear strikes against it’s opponents, before apparently collapsing as cease fires were put into place today. Many Korosians feel scornful towards the government for it’s total political inaction inregards to the Ryccian Cordillian Conflict; such complaints have taken the form of thousands of letters and millions of online messages directed towards Breixo and other ambassadors. Though the reformed Foreign Affairs body has made dramatic strides in comparison to it’s predecsessors, the body still feels sluggish in reacting to world events.

In related news politicians and influencers have begun the domestic debate on which World Forum commitee to join first. The possibility of joining all 5 is quite high given the various committees sharing goals and objectives with Korosian government policies. A referendum on the issue is expected to be started sometime next week; no matter the outcome Koros will not be allowed to join any until the next Speaker election. At the same time Breixo is likely to speak positively in regards to the Resolution on Orbital Safety.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway
Article Date: October 21st

Light Pollution Legislation Dominates Local Consensus Houses as Federation Government Prepares AI Art Legislation Hearing

Wrapping up this week’s government activity, urban communities across Koros have begun implementing measures to curb light pollution. The legislation typically requires outdoor lighting to be shielded, defines specific areas as “wasteful overlap”, and occasionally put soft limits on lights during the day. The long term goal of reducing light pollution overall is obvious, what isn’t is how these seperate laws will define success. One spokesperson in the River Passage City Consensus House named Nuna Koko has been advocating reducing Radians per 1k population; ideally by 3 points every year. “These are strategies that have been proven to work, results should be both readily visible in terms of data, but also visible from looking at the night sky.” Some economists wonder if this is the natural response to higher energy costs during the October recession.

While these bills are being put into place the Koros Federation Government is set to vote on a mended version of the Upper Plains AI Art legislation. The Upper Plains parliament passed the bill aimed at preventing AI Art Programs from using specific artists names in their image prompts. Though this State level protection was a nice starting ground, politicians are hoping to springboard these protections to apply across the whole of Koros. If the Federation adopts the bill then the Koros Supreme Court could eventually enforce foreign tech companies to comply with the ruling.

The results are expected to be announced at 6pm UTC -2 following a half day debate and vote.

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The KNBA is a Non Government Organization functioning within every State of Koros. It takes on the responsibility of training new journalists, and acts as a protective body for free speech. The KNBA works closely with government internet services to ensure ease of access to information and the prevention of misinformation.

Article Writer: Justin Mestanpeway
Article Date: November 28th

Koros Foreign Relations Gets Act Together Amid Increased Domestic Criticism

A little under two months since the firing of the old foreign relations body, calls upon the government to repeat the process have begun. The reason given by many is the sluggish pace by which the new body, under Breixo Ullman, has gone about establishing embassies. In less words:

too !@#$ing long!

“We wanted all of our boxes checked and our paperwork done,” Breixo was quoted as saying. “Establishing mutual embassies and consulates is work. These buildings are more than just the brick and stone used to build them. They’re hours of legal review and speaking with foreigners and seeking advise from others in the Koros government. I genuinely apologize for how long this has took, but please, be patient.” That short speech was the prelude to Breixo showcasing a roadmap detailing the few hurdles Koros still has to deal with before presenting Embassy requests with specific countries.

The complete lack of current diplomatic missions has hindered the perception of the Korosian state, as well as the average citizen. Many likely would not know of the Six Hour war, or other happenings within Pacifica. Agreements on internet expansion and connection are expected to be on the list of discussions with foreign states; though it is unlikely to top the priority given to linking public transportation networks.

In other political news, the federal government is expected to vote favorably on a bill detailing the safe handling and storage of heavy chemicals. While a small blow to manufacturing, the agricultural and fish sectors are likely pleased indeed.

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