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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby RileyHP » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:36 pm

PCs Excited to Rejoin Cabinet After More Than a Decade in Opposition

Recently a new Cabinet was sworn in which saw, for the first time in more than a decade, Progressive Conservative MPs being included. Danielle Houston is returning to the role of Finance Minister, while the PCs have 3 new first time ministers, Josee Perin Minister of Science and Technology, Robert Cole Minister of Food and Agriculture, and Aaron Scheer Minister of Trade and Industry.

Minister Houston already has her work cut out for her, as she attempts to be the first Finance Minister to pass a new budget and tax measures in more than a decade. Houston proposed new tax measures that were opposed by government allies, the New National Progress Party when it was noticed that the new measures lowered taxes on the richest Hutorians while raising them on the poorest Hutorians. The minister responded by proposing a revised bill that changes the increase on the lowest class from 4% to 3% while changing the highest 2 classes from a 2% decrease to a 3% increase. The minister has also promised to lower the corporate tax rate which many say is too high and is hurting Hutorian businesses, although she would not say how much of a cut it would be.

Houston also proposed a new budget that took into account the new revenue stream from the first budget proposal. It included large increases to the budgets of Science, Defense and Education, while also giving modest increases to Agriculture as well as Trade and Industry. The minister says that the 15 billion Lira increase to the Science budget will go directly into the Hutorian Space Exploration and Research Agency (SERA), to help fund more Hutorian space missions which she says will continue to make Hutori a Terran leader in space exploration. We heard from the Minister of Science and Technology for her thoughts on the increase to her department's budget.

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"I was very excited when minister Houston told me that she wanted to work with my department to expand SERA and continue to make Hutori a leader in space exploration. We have already launched successful missions to space and with this extra funding, our goal of being the first to reach the moon will likely happen. We intend to launch an unmanned mission in the coming months, which we hope will lead to a manned mission in the not too distant future." ~Josee Perin, Minister of Science and Technology
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Ataraxians Release Free Office Suite for TerraOS

Postby TheCollectivist » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:31 am

July 4357

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Image: Desktop icon for
TerraOS Office.

A new office suite for TerraOS has been released after spending about four years in development and having a protracted public beta to fix technical problems. Like other Ataraxian software, TerraOS Office is available free to download and is open-source. The suite comes with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software. These included programs were highly requested among the growing 4.1 million TerraOS users - a number expected to increase substantially from this particular release.

TerraOS Office's development was led by the Application Software Cooperative of the Commune of Ataraxia, which is led by 27-year-old application programmer Nico Adair.

Nico Adair, organizer wrote:TerraOS is really coming together. Now with TerraOS Office, it can really be utilized by students and working professionals alike. And the really great thing is that it is all one-hundred-percent free and open to all - no "software-as-a-service" nonsense. Why do we release software for free? Because why not? We need software just like everyone else and we have it developed in-house, we don't have to worry about buying it from other people. Sure, we could sell it, but why bother when we can share it with everyone for little to no cost? One of the benefits of living in a cooperative society is that not everything has to be a commercial enterprise.


Early reviews for TerraOS Office have been highly positive, although the software was not without criticism. Like previous Ataraxian software, dedicated support remains limited to technical issues, not user-related problems (like not knowing how to use the software). There is sizable user documentation available for the software and TerraOS has developed an extensive online community around it to cover user-related issues. Clip art remains particularly limited for TerraOS Office, although Nico Adair says they will add more over time. Reviewers praised the suite's scope, signature simple interface, and cleanliness; with many stating that the software easily matches that of commercial products, apart from a small clip art library.
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Axminster Fibre Project Underway

Postby TheCollectivist » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:22 pm

October 4358

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The Axminster Fibre Project was approved by the Hutorian government on August 4358. The project will install a 1 Gbit/s FTTP (fibre to the premises) service in Axminster, Adelia. The installation is being funded by the Ataraxian Confederation for $3 billion HLR. In addition, eight Ataraxian communes will be connected to the Commune of Ataraxia via FTTP. The Axminster Fibre Project is expected to be completed in 4360. Ataraxians had previously funded a fibre optic cable installation in Acton back in July 4335. These projects are part of the Ataraxian Benevolence Project, which seeks to promote good relations by funding mutual projects between the Ataraxian Confederation and Hutori.

The Ataraxians also purchased 4.48 km^2 of land for the eight communes for the price of $27.6 million HLR under the Ataraxian Development Project of 4356. The following communes will receive a $4.9 billion HLR investment in upgrading their infrastructure, which will add 1,600 to resident capacity:

- Commune of Aquarius
- Commune of Elpida
- Commune of Evimeria
- Commune of Gallus
- Commune of Lactuca
- Commune of Lotus
- Commune of Mangifera
- Commune of Seira

The development project is expected to be completed in 4366.
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby RileyHP » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:13 am

New Tory Leader Looking Toward Next Election

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The Progressive Conservative Party has elected a new leader. Danielle Houston, the outgoing Minister of Finance and daughter of former Tory leader, Jim Houston, is taking the reigns after Johnathan Jones stepped down following an election that saw the Tories lose seats. Houston has served as Finance Minister twice, both times providing budgets that boosted funding for both science and the military. When it became clear that Houston would not be offered the role again in the new cabinet, and Jones announced he would be stepping down, Houston decided to take a run for the leadership. She didn't expect to win at first, but as her campaign went on, she quickly became a front runner.

"At first I went into the race just looking to bring new ideas to the table and offer a new way forward for the party. I honestly did not expect the amount of support I got as there were some amazing candidates in the race. About a month into the campaign, I talked with my dad and he told me 'Danielle, you are going to win this'. With the amount of support that I received in just a month, I knew he was right. Like I said, we had some amazing candidates from both within, and outside of our caucus. There were so many great ideas brought forward and I look forward to working with all of the other candidates, the rest of our caucus, and the party membership, to build a strong platform that we can take into the next election. With our strong team I believe we can win and I look forward to being this party's first leader to become Chancellor of Hutori."
~Danielle Houston, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Hutori
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Axminster Fibre Launches

Postby TheCollectivist » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:22 am

December 4360

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Axminster Fibre has officially launched as a public 1 Gbit/s FTTP (fibre to the premises) service in Axminster, Adelia. The Axminster Fibre Project was created and funded by the Ataraxian Confederation for $3 billion HLR. It represents the second FTTP project undertaken by the Ataraxians. The infrastructure by default will be under the ownership of the Axminster municipality.

According to Pete Thompsett, an Ataraxian telecoms engineer who led both the Axminster Fibre Project and the Acton Fibre Project, the Ataraxians plan on eventually upgrading the entire country to FTTP if the government continues to permit mutual development projects:

Pete Thompsett wrote:These are only pilots - precursors to a more grand plan. With the permission of the government, we will eventually fund and assist with the installment of a national FTTP network - we suspect will be the first of its kind. For future installations, we plan on using our own labour resources to reduce costs. Hopefully future Hutorian governments will continue to appreciate the immense economic and technological value of these projects. Really though, imagine a national public FTTP service, it's almost techno-utopian, but it is certainly possible and in our opinion, a necessity. Of course the government could always choose to sell off the infrastructure to private enterprise, but that would sort of defeat the purpose of the funding. By handling the capital costs ourselves, there's really no reason why FTTP would not be adopted and kept cheap as long as it is either a public service or kept under tight government regulation.

Of course we'll take this all one step at a time, but we plan on keeping our ambition bold on this. It's about time society starts adopting already existing technologies. Capital cost has usually been the biggest obstacle to adoption of FTTP, but with our funding, we can cover that completely with basically no strings attached.


The Ataraxians have their own server hosting industry, which will benefit from increased FTTP infrastructure, although outside IT industry representatives have stated that the funding is largely charitable. In most circumstances, investors typically demand a share of profits from their investment, but in the case of the Ataraxians, they believe their reward will be indirect.

Pete Thompsett wrote:Of course we hope that by improving network infrastructure, this will reflect more business to our server hosting sector, but at the end of the day, everyone benefits from a more connected and technologically advanced world.


To help aid in future FTTP projects, the Ataraxian Confederation has created the Ataraxian Information Association (AINF), which is composed of Ataraxian information syndicates. Pete Thompsett has been appointed as its coordinator (i.e. leader). In addition, Pete Thompsett has replaced accountant Terry Pressley as Councillor of the Information Syndicate of the Commune of Ataraxia.

In order to upgrade remaining Adelian households to FTTP infrastructure, it will cost an estimated $8.9 billion HLR, but the Ataraxians believe they should be able to lower the capital cost to $6.1 billion by devoting some of their labour resources to the installation, particularly 195 of their 455 active telecoms engineers.
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby Conser » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:49 am

Jeffrey Burgole resigns from NNPP leadership because of ''health reasons''

Yesterday, the leader of the NNPP and former President Jeffrey Burgole has announced in a press conference that he was resigning from his position of leader of the New National Progress Party after leading it for more than 29 years.

To explain his decision, the former President made a speech in which he explained in detail the reasons why he took that decision. Here's a extract of that speech:

''Recently, I have been diagnosed with a very advance cancer of which I have very little chance to survive. For now, I am still able to function normally but soon, my physical condition will deteriorate and I won't be able continue to assume my current position of leader of the NNPP. In this condition, I have no other choice but to resign from my current position. I am nothing but thankfull for the 29 years I have spent serving this nation. First as Chancellor and then as President of the Commonwealth, I have spent every single day in office working for the people of our great nation. I have done everything I could to ensure the protection of democratie and equality in Hutori and to ensure the well-being of every single hutorian. I know I have done my duty with honesty and intergrity and if it's time for my to leave, I am confident that Hutori will always stay strong as we are the greatest country in the world.''


Soon after, the New National Progress Party direction as announced that a election to determine the new leader of the party will be held inside the party.

Three candidate has officialy anounce their candidacy for the leadership election so far:

-Cristian Buccho (Former Chancellor and former minister of Justice)
-David Green (Inucmbent minister of Environment and Tourism)
-Caitlin Clarke (Former minister of Finance)
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-National Progress Party (Hutori)
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby Conser » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:29 am

Former Chancellor and former minister of Justice, Cristian Buccho, elected leader of the NNPP
The election to determine the new leader of the NPP has been held. Here's the official result:

-Cristian Buccho 59,06% (106 504 votes)
-David Green 6,86% (12 370 votes)
-Caitlin Clark 34,08% (61 458 votes)

That mean that the former Chancellor, Cristian Buccho, is now the new leader of the party.

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(Here Cristian Buccho making his victory speech)

After his victory, mister Murphy made a speech in front of the NNPP's partisans. Here a extract of that speech:

''First of all I would like to thank you all for giving me the immense privilege of being the new leader of our great party. You know, when Jeffrey and I have founded this party 33 years ago, we had a dream for this nation. We dreamed of a Hutori that could be a beacon a liberty and equality across the world. We dreamed of a nation where everyone whatever their origin, their gender, their race or their religion would have equal chance of success. A nation where people could be free to be who they are without being oppresed and marginalized. By the days goes by, we are getting closer and closer to that dream. But our fight isn't over. Corruption and hate are still everywhere in our political system. We need a revolution! With progress in our brain and patriotism in our heart, we most march forward! We will give to our children a nation that they can be pround to be part of.''
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby SWPV » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:49 pm

Socialist Workers Party will hold leadership election this August

April 4364
The Socialist Workers Party have announced a leadership election that will occur this August. All 5.9 million party members are eligible to vote. The winner shall succeed current party leader David Glass immediately upon election.

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Michael Ward

He is the brother of Jessica Ward, current SWP spokesperson for Foreign Affairs. Michael, or "Mike," represents the "right-wing" of the party. At 36, he is the average age of SWP delegation. Ward wants to move the party towards "pragmatic" socialism, that supports some aspects of economic de-regulation. A former labour leader, he lead a miners' strike that successfully fought for increased safety regulations. While continuing to advocate for a socialist Hutori, Ward believes that only cooperation between the public and private sectors will eventually synthesize into such a society. He is also more welcoming of working with other parties such as the NNPP and even the LNP.

Ronald Glover

Current SWP spokesperson for Infrastructure and Transport, Ron Glover is from the party's left-wing. Glover, a self-described "Metzist," wants the party commit to remaining a "vanguard" party that serves the working people of Hutori. Of partial Mashacara ancestry (Onyre mother), Glover has advocated for the rights of Mashacara peoples throughout his life. A former Professor of Sociology at Nihstenha University, he has provided extensive research on the relationship between the Luthori colonists and the Mashacara during the early years of colonial Hutori. He, and the rest of the party's left wing, advocates for transition Hutori's mixed economy into a completely planned one. Glover's main platform is continuing the party's push for Hutorian withdrawal from the International Terran Bank, which has prevent state ownership. Glover views the other parties with hostility, but is open to a coalition with the SDP.

Ellen Woods

Current MP from Saint Anselm, Kenai. Woods is from the party's centrist wing, advocating for democratic socialism. She continues the SWP's policy that calls for public ownership of industries. She is a former Ruanist, who is proud of her radical roots, but now believes that a socialist Hutori can be achieved through state institutions that empower workers. Woods was a labour attorney prior to her election as MP for Saint Anselm in 4357. She wants to create an electoral alliance with the NNPP and SDP, but feels that the NNPP has moved too far to the center by forming electoral alliances with right-wing parties.

Current polls

Ward: 33%
Glover: 33%
Woods 34%

Woods: 46.4
Ward: 42.5

Woods: 45.2
Glover:44.3

Ward : 40.4
Glover: 45.2

+/- = 3
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby SWPV » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:52 pm

Glover and Woods move on to the second round of the SWP leadership election


September 4364

MPs Ron Glover and Ellen Woods have moved onto the second round of the SWP leadership election. Turnout was at 89.71%. Here's the results:


Glover 41.47%
Woods 36.43%
Ward 22.10%

The second round will happen in October. The latest polls have shown that Glover has a slight edge over Woods.
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby SWPV » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:34 pm

Ron Glover wins second-round of SWP leadership election

SWP MP Ron Glover wins the second round of the SWP, defeating his opponent, Ellen Woods, by a slim margin. This election affirms the SWP's commitment to socialism. Glover is expected to push the party further left, as he has made statements of wanting to turn the SWP into a revolutionary vanguard party.

Results

Glover - 50.63%

Woods - 49.37%
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