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  [CBC] Caputia: 5 Years Later
Posted by: Queen Elizabeth I - 03-04-2018, 03:13 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - No Replies

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JUDAH, ANGLIA & ISRAAT – Sitting at a road side café in downtown Judah is a delight. I recently visited Judah after moving to Zalae from New Kirrie five years ago, and it’s flourished since the dark days of the vicious fighting that tore the nation apart for almost ten years.

The city was held by the National Salvation Front and is one of the central bastions of Caputian liberalism. George Blakeslee, the NSF’s most high-profile member, has taken up a second home in the city to cultivate relationship with the deep networks of fundraising and party talent he needs to seize official control of the party’s apparatus ahead of its first convention next year.

The scent of the coffee and the pastries, the reflection of the sun off the windows of storefronts and cars in the street. It was a delightful afternoon. The coffeehouse’s selection of local coffee and foreign teas was exceptional. Sitting along the city’s Boardwalk, I compared it to New Kirrie and Porapa.

The city was a rarity in that it was spared the brunt of the national devastation. It kept its ports, airports and factories, themselves built up by the enormous amounts of aid flowing from abroad that the National Salvation Front received during the war.

Its factories built a generation of tanks and fighters for the resistance against General Augustus Eliphas and his National Provisional Authority. Its ports imported millions in food, medicine and humanitarian aid and later hosted the Judah Command of the COFN peacekeeping mission.

But the recovery has been slow and painful in other places. The war devastated much of central Caputia and left the key economic centers of old like Porapa and New Kirrie, in ruins.

At the height of the war, the current capital, Zalae, saw a bloody government siege to suppress a strong insurgency of Ravaillac Loyalists, supported by the Hammish Republican Army. The urban warfare that characterized the vicious putdown of rebel factions can still be seen today as the city rebuilds.

Recovery in these three cities has been difficult, fraught with complicated situations like the disarming of landmines and the immense environmental impacts of war. Much of the country remains contaminated by the deliberate targeting by all sides of the civil war to of crucial infrastructure like dams, water treatment facilities, roads, canals, and factories.

The worst of the damage is concentrated in the fields between Porapa and New Kirrie, where Ground Zero is.

Ground Zero envelops much of the area between Porapa and New Kirrie, with its central base of operations located in Military Base XVIII. This bases’ main mission is the cleanup of the biological weapons accident outside Porapa that brought the Alexandrian flu, and the dismantling of the NPA’s stockpile of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons at Porapa’s Iron Point Base.

The area has been cordoned off from the rest of the country as the Government struggles with the cleanup and containment of a disease that killed two thirds of the mainland Caputia population and consumed the Alexandrian Empire.

Despite having contained the spread of the disease, the cure’s discovery came as the war had reached its end in 1653, five years ago. The devastation wrought by the Alexandrian flu still holds the consciousness of the nation hostage.

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A Growing Economy

Despite the arduous reconstruction process, Caputia has nurtured a nascent free-market tradition and the recovery has maintained a strong history of private commercial activity. A stable national security government has added security and stability, leading to increased foreign direct investment and the growth of Caputian exports. Even though there has been violence between vested interests of different confessional groups in the country, there has been some progress in reforming the economy. Legislation introducing a new currency and establishing a financial system has attract foreign investment and public–private partnerships have risen to address serious infrastructure shortcomings.

The economy's fast paced growth slowed in 1657 because of ongoing fiscal and current-account deficits, and uncertainty around future economic reforms including a new tax code and further development of the national and local regulatory and judicial systems. The Government has explained it will address the contraction with increased infrastructure and social spending, tax reform and expanding export markets for Caputian products.

Here in Judah, I was able to meet with Prime Minister Christophe Landry where we spoke about the economy and the Government's plan to address the latest economic news.

"The Government is committed to reducing unemployment, whipping inflation and rebuilding our country," explained the Prime Minister. "Our economic record so far reflects that commitment and we'll fight the slowdown with greater foreign trade, streamlining the tax code, and keeping a regulatory system that makes sense and is easy for businesses and entrepreneurs to comply with."

He listed several key initiatives that the Government planned to address before the current Parliamentary session ends on 11 Regnuary 1660 and the country heads into its first national parliamentary elections.

"First, we have to get free, fair and open elections organized for 1660. Second, we'll address the uncertainty around the tax code by introducing a Taxation Act that will set a 10.8% flat tax earned income, a national sales tax of 6%, and a competitive corporate tax rate of 20%. And we'll keep negotiating trade deals with foreign countries and we'll keep investing in building roads, bridges, dams and new cities."

The Rule of Law

Reconstruction efforts and economic reforms have reaffirmed rights of private ownership and have simplified property registration procedures. The judiciary is still relatively underdeveloped and understaffed, and real reform is needed to eliminate the sway local political forces have over the regional and local patchwork of courts and insular judicial bureaucracies.

The national Government has cracked down on government corruption nationwide, but in many parts of the country outside of the Royal District of Zalae, corruption is reportedly pervasive in local government contracting, primarily in procurement, public works, and real estate. Bribes customarily accompany bureaucratic transactions in many city and local governments, notorious for their arbitrary licensing, outdated laws, and high fees.

Despite record growth and ease of business registration, high unemployment and a large informal economy persist.

The Growing National Debt

Caputia's gross government debt of 70% may look small in comparison to the debts of many other countries around Micras. But its high interest rates of around 13% has made government borrowing costly to service.

It has grown from 50% to 70% in five years as the Government  started taking up large projects largely financed through government borrowing, such as the construction of a hydroelectric gravity dam that spans the Rodinia River southwest of the city of San Luis.

Debt payments eat up more than 8% of output. To let businesses and consumers borrow at less exorbitant rates, public banks have increasingly filled the gap, offering cheap, subsidized loans. These went from 40% of all lending five years ago to 55%.

Work by the Government to secure private investment through public-private partnerships and significant foreign aid is likely to help the Government borrow less in the future. However, to date, no announcements have been made by the Government on how to slash the debt and fix the budget.

The Future

Despite the many challenges that the Caputian reconstruction faces and slowed growth, optimism persists throughout the country for the recovery. 

At least here in Judah, the Prime Minister was clear about the future's potential. He visited the opening of the Port of Judah expansion and dredge project which increased its capacity and improved connections to nearby roads, airports and railways.

"There's still a lot of work to do. We've got some big jobs ahead of us and it's going to take tough decisions. I'm not going to shy away from them. We'll continue to grow and our economy will too," explained the Prime Minister. "This is just one project out of many that are still to be completed, imagine the growth we will see as these projects begin to power our recovery. It will be great, and our people will thrive."

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  [CBC NEWS] PM Speech: A Non-Aligned Movement for Peace and Prosperity
Posted by: Christophe Landry - 01-27-2018, 06:03 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - Replies (1)

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Quote:Just a few years ago, our nation laid in complete and total ruins. Lives lost, cities torn, a culture and nation smoldering in the wake of a brutal and violent civil war. Our country fell to powerful factions hellbent on dominating the country and extinguishing the flame of peace, liberty and human rights. This menace was even more powerful when it obtained the capability of obliterating life on an unimaginable scale.

The challenges we face today in Caputia in the aftermath of our civil war are not very different from many of the challenges that may nations are facing around the world. A world war waged in every corner of the globe, stoked by the fires of bitterness and expansionism. The world is divided into camps, hellbent on the total destruction of the other by any means necessary.

Is this the world we want for our children? For our husbands, for our wives, for our friends? The cries of a thousand mothers echo throughout the world today and for too long their tears have saturated the ground.

As a nation rising from the ashes of war, it is our task to respond to this new world. The question we face is not whether this world war will end, but whether any of the nations of the world will step forward together to lead, not just to secure a common peace, but a common prosperity around the globe.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace must we seek? We do not seek a Pax Caputiana enforced on the world by our iron will and weapons of war. We do not want the peace of the grave nor the security of the slave, because we have had enough of that.

I am talking about a genuine, true peace, making life on this planet worth living, the kind that enables each person in this planet to grow, to hope, to build. Not peace in our time, but peace for all time.

The existing military blocs, growing into more political, economic and military groupings, which by the logic and nature of their mutual relations, necessarily provoke further misunderstanding and aggravations of international relations.

It is now time for a new bloc of nations to step forward together, deeply desiring to restore the world to peace, prosperity and liberty, secure in the values that all nations of the world have the right of self-determination, of unity, and independence by virtue of which right they can determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development without hindrance or intimidation.

It is time for a new bloc of nations to lead and affirm the rights of all people to, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources without prejudice to any obligations arising out of international cooperation, based upon the principle of mutual benefit and the rule of law.

It is now a time for nations to commit to a more peaceful world by seeking the prohibition and possession of nuclear and thermonuclear arms, bacteriological and chemical weapons, as well as the elimination of equipment and installations for the delivery and placement and operational use of weapons of mass destruction on national territories.

And even more important, it is now a time for nations to step forward and say unequivocally that the exploration of outer space should be undertaken for peaceful purposes, and not for the delivery of a rain of sorrow, destruction and death upon the people of Micras.

I stand here today, calling upon all nations of Micras who truly desire peace in this world, peace for all time, to join me in a summit here in Zalae of all of the non-aligned nations of the world to commit to five core principles of international respect, in hopes of launching a Non-Aligned Movement for Peace and Prosperity.

These principles must be mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in domestic affairs, equality and mutual benefit and peaceful co-existence.

I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war, and frequently the words of the pursuer fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task in our world, and we must rise now.

Some say that it is useless to speak of world peace or world law or world disarmament, and that it will be useless until others adopt a more enlightened attitude. I hope they do. I believe we can help them do it, but this can only be done by reexamining our own attitude and begin to lead by example. Every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace, should begin by looking inward, by examining their own attitude toward the possibilities of peace, and toward freedom and peace here at home.

Our problems are man made, therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable and we believe they can do it again.

There is no single, simple key to this peace. There is no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process, a way of solving problems.

It is worth mentioning that in the pursuit of peace, this Non-Aligned Movement for Peace and Prosperity must recognize and make use of the international institutions that exist to advance dialogue and communication, and that means making the Micras Treaty Organization a key and central venue for the development of this multiparty peace, this peace of all peoples. It will be Caputia's goal and policy to encourage and motivate as many nations as it can across Micras to accede to MTO membership and seek for that body to fulfill a mission of peace, dialogue and understanding. This might take reforms to the MTO and the election of leadership in that body that reflects the world and its diversity, and remains committed to this goal of making this body a true venue for peace and prosperity. The MTO truly can be a system capable of resolving disputes on the basis of law, of insuring the security of the large and the small, and of creating conditions under which arms can finally be abolished.

With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor, it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever. However fixed our likes and dislikes may seem, the tide of time and events will often bring surprising changes in the relations between nations and neighbors.

So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, by strengthening existing international institutions and using them as venues for dialogue and peace, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.

Finally, I call upon every nation, including Caputia, to examine their attitudes toward peace and freedom at home. The quality and spirit of our societies must justify and support our efforts abroad. We must show it in the dedication of our own lives.

But wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together. In too many of our cities today, the peace is not secure because the freedom is incomplete.

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can, if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers, offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race that leads to an even more unpredictable and unfathomable war.

Caputia, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. Caputians have already had enough, more than enough, of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on, not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.

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  [CAP] CBC News - Rochefort On The Run; Reconstruction Conference in Zalae
Posted by: Queen Elizabeth I - 01-14-2018, 05:49 PM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - Replies (1)

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ABEIS, HAIFA -- A semblance of normalcy and peace has fallen across northeastern Caputia as Operation Cobalt continues to decrease religious sectarian tensions after the massacres led by the Order of Rochefort against followers of the Stripping Path, colloquially called "Strippers," led to the deaths of over 40,000 people.

The Ministry of Defense has reported that violent incidents have dropped dramatically after the capture of the leader of the Order of Rochefort, Lee Grantham, and a series of raids and battles against armed groups succeeded in disarming and arresting many associated with the Order. 

Launched late last year, Operation Cobalt has led to the arrest of hundreds of local leaders and conspirators that organized and conducted mass killings of Strippers around northeast Caputia during what is called "the Reign of Terror."

Her Majesty's Government has confirmed that major sources of funding for the group have evaporated, worsened by a mass freezing of the order's accounts in banks and financial institutions across Caputia. "Operation Cobalt is not just a military operation, it is a coordinated attempt across all branches and agencies of the Caputian Government to put an end to sectarian religious violence and finally bring peace and stability to our country," said Defense Minister Allen Greenstreet. "Caputia and its people need peace and they need it now."

The Government, however, is quick to point out that the Order of Rochefort is by no means fully routed. "We've made significant progress in closing down this group and starting to rebuild and heal communities affected by the violence, but we can't move forward until we capture the remaining combatants and their caches of weapons," clarified the Defense Minister.

While violent incidents have dropped dramatically, the Government has dispatched more personnel drawn from the military and police services to the Haifan and northern San Luis countrysides to flush out nomadic herdsmen associated with the Order of Rochefort who are reportedly terrorizing Strippers in those areas.

A statement released by the Ministry of Defense says that the joint security team has been tasked to “push back the Order of Rochefort from new areas they have occupied, arrest perpetrators of recent acts of violence for prosecution and augment the efforts of Operation Cobalt.”

However, as the violence subsides, the work of reconstruction has begun in many parts of the war-torn country. The city of Tonar, especially hard hit by the religious violence, has finally begun to rebuild and restore property seized from its Stripper residents by mobs and troops of the Order of Rochefort.

The violence, however, has seriously reduced the numbers of followers of the Stripping Path across the country. After the end of the civil war, their numbers were counted to be closer to 45,000. They are now less than 5,800 across the country, with a great deal of them huddled in the safe cities of Lewisburg and Tel-Amin.

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ZALAE, CAPUTIA -- The city of Zalae will host an international conference in February on the reconstruction of Caputia in the aftermath of its civil war and the northeastern religious sectarian conflicts, said the Foreign Ministry.

Donor countries and organizations are expected to begin offering financial contributions and hammer out details with the Caputian Government over their contributions to the reconstruction of the country. Caputia will need at least $100 billion in initial assistance to rebuild homes, businesses and key infrastructure such as transportation, energy, and telecommunications.

Many native Caputian donors and companies have already begun to step up and have asked to be included in the conference as a movement begins to take force across the country based on self-sufficiency, independence and national pride. Caputian emigrees, encouraged by the recent Royal Decree of Graces, have also begun to return to the country, bringing capital and knowledge to forge a new Caputia.

"This is a crucial time for our country and we need to keep pushing forward," said Prime Minister Christophe Landry. "Everyone who wants to take part in a prosperous, sovereign, and strong Caputia is welcome to be part of our efforts."

The Government has yet to announce more details regarding the conference, which they've clarified is in the early planning stages at the Foreign Ministry. "As Caputia takes steps towards a more stable future, the Government is committed to being a leader in reconstruction, stabilization and longer term sustainable development. Our national strategy aims to strengthen concrete support in a wide range of areas, to foster economic growth, good governance and strengthening the judicial system as well as boosting education."

Prime Minister explained that the current focus on delivering continued humanitarian aid to the Caputian people and facilitating the stabilization of areas recently liberated from the Order of Rochefort and the National Provisional Authority has met with moderate success. He's reiterated that more can be done, however, especially with millions of displaced Caputians around the world still unable to return home.

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  [CBC] Caputian political scene buzzing over new political movements
Posted by: Queen Elizabeth I - 11-22-2017, 01:10 AM - Forum: Caputian Broadcasting Corporation - Replies (1)

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ZALAE -- With the official summons of the first Caputian Parliament by the Queen, a race has been set in motion all over the country from behind Bellesea Palace doors to the most remote parts of the country in Cibola to politically organize in time for its opening.

Sources close to discussions in Woodrest Mansion say that there is an Order-in-Council under consideration by the Government to create and open a process in which citizens can create political parties ahead of the State Opening of Parliament. The coming Parliament will be composed of the same 250 delegates meeting in Zalae under the Constitution Convention, and until now they were aligned with the factions of the civil war. But now, each will be able to choose a political affiliation as nascent political movements begin to register and form.

In his first statement to the nation, incoming Prime Minister Christophe Landry promised to lead "a one-nation Government, a Government of National Unity," but did not specify whether he'd hold his Ministers to the same rule.

"There's going to be a stampede to fill applications at Home Office and activists with clipboards in every neighborhood, even in the lobby of the Parliament," says former Constitutional Convention Deputy and now MP for San Luis, Jean-Noël Prudhomme. Originally Alexandrian, when the Alexandrian flu destroyed that Empire, he emigrated to Caputia where he landed deep in National Salvation Front territory. After joining the fight with the National Salvation Front, he was named to the Convention at the end of the war as a representative of the group. "It's an exciting part of our history, but let's hope that the Parliament is not too heavily fragmented."

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A phone poll of all the incoming Members of Parliament has determined that as soon as political parties can register with the Home Office, the National Unity Party is set to be the party with the most Deputies, counting with 128 MPs. It is followed in size by the National Salvation Party, with 61 MPs. Two other parties, the Liberal League and Hatnuah have 20 and 10, respectively.

But with 31 Deputies declaring themselves "unaligned or independent," there is still room for any of the parties to grow, possibly leaving the National Unity Party with a weak majority of 3 Deputies.

Until the planned Order-in-Council opening the registration of political parties with the National Electoral Board is issued, these numbers are a glimpse of what we can possibly expect in the new Parliament opening in December.

The next Parliament will decide on important questions - mainly how it will organize itself, how long will its current session be and how elections will be run in five years once the first general elections will take place. By then, the seat arrangement may change drastically as party affiliation becomes more settled after a year of legislating and governing the new Kingdom.

The next Parliament will also weight important questions such as calls for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the creation of a new currency, and a Charter for a new national bank, the Bank of Caputia. The matter of creating a new national judiciary will be pressing the new Parliament as well.

Sources confirm that the Prime Minister is in talks with his Ministers on a collective agenda to present in the State Opening of Parliament, where the Queen will read her first Speech from the Throne. Details are vague, but the agenda includes honoring the Declaration of Caputian Neutrality made by the Queen and a robust investment in infrastructure and defense.

The Caputian neutrality policy, however, is the first source of contention among MPs. Some headed to the first Parliament want a frank debate on the merits and a full vote to confirm their agreement or rejection of the policy.

That same poll, however, reveals that Deputies agree with the policy overwhelmingly - with 200 of them on the record confirming their support. A vocal yet small minority is split between Caputia joining the SANE Alliance or the USSO. 27 Deputies support joining SANE and 23 Deputies support joining the USSO. These numbers could change should a debate come up in the Parliament and political parties begin to try to apply party discipline around their collective party positions on the issue.

"Most Members of Parliament will probably want to keep the neutrality policy - there are people back home that are seriously tired of war, slaughter and death," says former Constitutional Convention Deputy and MP from Monovia Roger Dean. "They want an economy that churns out butter, bread, and jobs, not tanks and bombers."

Landry Government Ministers have yet to announce their political affiliation. It is not clear if they will follow the Prime Minister's example, join one the new parties, or try to seek support to create their own political movements.

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