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Doyle Disappears, McShane takes on Leadership Role

Postby Sovak111 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:19 pm

Rebecca Doyle is nowhere to be found. Just days after being sanctioned by the Parliamentary Ethics Committee, the New Liberal Leader has declined to appear in Parliament. While banned from Parliament for life, many in the party still expected her to make a dramatic last stand. Deputy Party Leader and fellow Republican Robbie McShane has been performing the role of Leader in her stead. When asked about the whereabouts of the MP for Prosperity Cove, McShane declined to answer.

I decline to make any comment at this time. We will continue to follow the plan laid forth by our Dear Leader at least until the next election. Leadership of the party is not up for debate at this time.


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Robbie McShane is the Deputy Leader of the New Liberal Party in Parliament and a Doyle ally.

Doyle critic and New Liberal "Resistance" leader Peter Knox disagreed, saying:

Robbie is a smart guy. He knows good and well that we need to wipe the slate clean and select leadership. I know that party protocol doesn't normally allow it, but these are extraordinary times.


Knox is widely considered to be a potential future leader of his party - especially among the monarchist members of the New Liberal Party. Doyle's pointed criticism of the MP from Axminster South was widely cited as one of the reasons she was found guilty of ethics violations.

Given that the Crown Prosecutor is considering changes of sedition and treason against Ms. Doyle, it should come as no surprise that she has not appeared publicly in some time. Whether she is planning her next political move or has fled is unclear. Regardless of Doyle's whereabouts, the party does not seem to have plans to change their opinion on the status of Empress Mary III. Said Deputy Leader McShane:

We will continue to hold up the coronation until a deal can be made. We believe the people of Hutori are behind us and they will have the chance to have their say on this and other policies put forward by the New Liberal Party in the next general election.
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Selwyn Rebukes Doyle and Resigns, Fueling Campaign Rumors

Postby Sovak111 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:43 pm

Former New Liberal Leader Russell Selwyn resigned from his position as Ambassador to the Confederation of St. Muron and Davostan today, fueling speculation that he plans to return to political life. Selwyn cited the current constitutional crisis, the need to spend time with his family, and a desire to re-evaluate his future in public service as the reasons for his resignation. Said Selwyn in his resignation letter:

It is with a heavy heart that I must resign from my position as Ambassador to the Confederation of St. Muron and Davostan. I believe my life-long relationship with the New Liberal Party hampers my ability to serve her majesty and her majesty's government as Ambassador. Foreign dignitaries need reassurances that I speak for the government and not my party. They currently do not have clarity on who I represent. As long as the New Liberal Party continues to hold up the coronation, the foreign service cannot do the hard work of representing Queen and Country abroad.

Now that I have resigned from office, I will have time to spend with my family. I will also re-evaluate my future in public life and with the New Liberal Party. I ask the government to immediately empower the Consul General to St. John to serve as Interim Ambassador in my stead. Hutori will be well served in her capable hands.


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Selwyn leaves the Embassy for the last time as Ambassador

Many in the New Liberal Party believe Selwyn is one of the few party stalwarts who can bridge the divide between the Republican and Monarchist wings of the party. He is good friends with both Peter Knox, the MP for Axminster South who lead a revolt against Selwyn successor Rebecca Doyle when she refused to allow the coronation of Mary III, and Robbie McShane, the Deputy Party Leader currently in control of the party in Parliament. Some political insiders believe that he will run for President; others suggest he is considering running for his old Parliamentary seat in Sutton, currently held by Ultrackian Socialist MP Jason Sears, in a bid to regain his former position as parliamentary leader of the Party. Selwyn, however, is keeping tight-lipped about his future plans, saying to reporters as he left the Ambassdor's Residence in Kivonia:

Guys, I'm not focused on anything other than getting home for dinner. I've been so busy, I haven't had a home-cooked meal with my wife in ages. Please just let me be!
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby RileyHP » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:08 pm

Royalists Set to Once Again Endorse Carmichael for Presidency

Royalist leader, and chancellor of Hutori, Brett Martin announced today that the Royalists would once again endorse George Carmichael in the upcoming presidential election. The Royalists have not run a candidate in their short history as they endorsed Constance Okafor throughout her tenure, before endorsing Carmichael in 4409. The governing coalition claims that Carmichael is still the rightful president, even though he lost to Ultrackius in 4413, because there is no sitting monarch to officially lead Ultrackius in the Oath of Office. Chancellor Martin attended Carmichael's first campaign rally, where he officially gave his endorsement.

"George Carmichael has all of the characteristics that I look for in a good president. He is charismatic, intelligent, a strong listener, and a creative thinker. George was elected as your president in 4409, and lived up to, and surpassed, every expectation we had in him. We know that the people did not re-elect him in 4413, but to those people I say, what has Ultrackius done in his illegitimate presidency that benefited you? All he has done is block the one person who could legitimize his presidency from taking the Hutorian throne. Is that the kind of leader that you want? Someone who will go against the wishes of the people to push his own political agenda. That is not the kind of leader George Carmichael is. He will listen to the people and work hard for you. George has my full support in his bid to retake the presidency!"
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Selwyn Announces Run for Former Seat

Postby Sovak111 » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:41 pm

The speculation can end. Russell Selwyn today announced his intention to win back his former Parliamentary seat. Said Selwyn:

It is time to take back our Party from the rebels who would use the good name of the New Liberal Party to take us back to times of despair. You have my word that if elected to be the honourable minister for Sutton East, I will work with all parties, from the Federalists to the Royalists to the Ultrackians, to make the great Isle of Sutton a better place. I will also look to return to government, so we need our friends and allies to turn out and vote!


Selwyn, the former New Liberal Leader, is rumored to have resigned his post as Ambassador to the Confederation of Davostan and St. Muron at the request of monarchist members of his party including former President Constance Okafor and long-time friend and Axminster South MP Peter Knox. According to party insiders, however, it wasn't until Royalist leader Brett Martin spoke kindly of Selwyn in a recent interview that he finally decided to take the plunge back into parliamentary service.

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Knox (R) and Selwyn (L) have a laugh with a constituent (C) on the campaign trail.

Said Philip Stevens, Professor of Constitutional Law at Lexington University:

I am assuming that after Martin said his piece, Selwyn figured he not only had the chance to `stop the bleeding' in the party, but also to get the New Liberals back into government. This is a many who once said `there is nothing wrong with wanting to win, you can't make people's lives better from the outside looking in.' Selwyn must think that there will be a chance to caucus with either the Royalists or Federalists in a new government, or else, why bother?


There was some speculation that Selwyn would run for President. However, after the endorsements of former/current President Carmichael by the Scientians and Royalists it seems that Selwyn could not win a Presidential election.

Said Stevens:
Look, Selwyn isn't an idiot. He's not going to run unless he has a chance to win. If he has no shot of winning the presidency, what's the point? No, now that he's running in Sutton, he's got a shot to remake or at least reform the party he started if he wins.
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Selwyn Wins Re-Election as Federalists gain seats

Postby Sovak111 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:08 pm

Russell Selwyn is returning to Parliament. Bolstered by the Royalist decision not to field candidates in Sutton East, the former Ambassador and New Liberal Party Leader Selwyn easily defeated the Ultrackian Socialist incumbent to win back his seat. Said Selwyn:
I thank the people of Sutton for putting their faith in me and common sense governance! I will do all I can to reform Parliament and the New Liberal Party. We will work hard every day to make the lives of the People of Hutori better.


Current New Liberal Party Leader Rebecca Doyle, who was recently banned from Parliament, still was able to get her name on the ballot due to the work of pro-Socialist activists in Port Prosperity. However, she was beaten handedly by a member of the USPH. Doyle, who has not been seen in public after some media outlets reported that the Crown Prosecutorial Service will soon charge her with treason and acts of sedition, was unavailable for comment. Doyle's disappearance likely means that a leadership contest will likely happen. The three candidates widely considered for leadership of the party are Selwyn, current Deputy Party Leader and pro-Doyle MP Robbie McShane, and former Health Minister and Selwyn ally Peter Knox. Both Knox and McShane were on hand to celebrate Selwyn's victory and are said to be supporters of the idea of joining with other parties to form a governing coalition, though both would want to gain some concessions.

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Knox (L) and McShane (R) celebrate with Selwyn (C) as the election results are reported.

Said McShane:
"Despite the fact that Russ is returning, we still have enough votes to hold up the coronation if we have to. We want to see a raise in the corporate tax rate, seats in the cabinet, and promises of greater labour involvement in corporate governance before we give up what little power we have."


Knox, however, disagreed slightly with McShane's pronouncement:
Robbie said what? Oh goodness, no. We will do all we can to put Mary on the throne. I too would like to see corporations pay their fair share and better health and welfare outcomes for all, but I will not be voting to hold up the coronation to do that.


Selwyn, when asked about the situation had this to say:
"I have a good relationship with President Carmichael and Chancellor Martin. I also think that Robbie McShane has made inroads with the Ultrackians as well. Bottom line: I think we can keep them in check. There is a Grand Compromise to be had that will make everyone happy."


Selwyn, ever the negotiator, would not tell the Dispatch what his plans for a "grand compromise," but suggested he would soon take to the floor to propose such a compromise. Any compromise will likely have to be made with the Federalists, who gained seats in this election and won the Presidency. Federalist Carmichael's Presidency will technically be unbroken for three straight terms, as parliamentary maneuvering from the USPH and Doyle-led NLP prohibited Socialist leader Ultrackius from being sworn in as President. Ultrackius managed to carry out many of the duties of office, though was blockaded from entering the Presidential residence during the four-year term. Carmichael immediately began to campaign and earn the endorsements of the Royalist Party and Scientian Enclave, and soundly beat Ultrackius in the election.
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby RileyHP » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:29 pm

Martin Set to Become First 3 Term Chancellor

Since the inception of the Commonwealth, no Hutorian Chancellor has served 3 terms. That is, until now. Chancellor Brett Martin is expected to stay in his role under the Grand Coalition, which means he will be serving a 3rd term. It was widely thought after Martin's Royalists lost seats that he would not have another chance to serve, but thanks to Russell Selwyn's Grand Compromise, Martin will get that opportunity

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Martin speaks to reporters after the grand compromise motion was presented by Russell Sewlyn.
"Well it is a great honor to be the first Chancellor to earn a third term. While my own party may not have done well, there was a large surge in votes for other parties who are in favour of keeping the monarchy. We also were able to ensure that the honorable Russell Selwyn was re-elected, and so far he has been a unifying force in the house. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank him for his Grand Compromise, which is allowing me to serve a third term as Chancellor of the nation I so dearly love, and will allow for Empress Mary to be crowned. So Russell, if you are watching, I send you my sincerest thanks, and congratulations on winning back your seat. The people of Sutton East are in great hands."


As mentioned before, the Royalist party lost seats overall, but it was especially bad for the Conservative wing, as they fell from more than 50 seats to just 25. Meanwhile the Progressive wing went from having 19 seats to 46, which means for the first time in the party's 31 year history, the Progressive Caucus will be larger than the Conservative Caucus. Some within the Conservative wing of the party are concerned that the Progressives may take over the party and insert a new leader, but Conservative Caucus Chairman Dylan Jourdain doesn't seem to be worried at all.

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Jourdain speaks on the rumours of a progressive wing revolt.
"Our party has stood united for more than 3 decades now. We are 1 party, and we have always been united behind our leader. I know Daniel and Natalie are firmly supportive of Brett as well, and would never force him out. Brett will step down at a time that he decides is right for him. As for right now, he is safe in his role and any rumour that he is not is just that, a rumour."


We reached out to both Daniel MacKenzie and Natalie Cook for comment, MacKenzie wasn't available, but Cook denied all rumours.

"Any rumour that we would even think about overthrowing Brett is just utter rubbish. We have no plan to contest his leadership."
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby RileyHP » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:29 pm

Martin Set to Become First 3 Term Chancellor

Since the inception of the Commonwealth, no Hutorian Chancellor has served 3 terms. That is, until now. Chancellor Brett Martin is expected to stay in his role under the Grand Coalition, which means he will be serving a 3rd term. It was widely thought after Martin's Royalists lost seats that he would not have another chance to serve, but thanks to Russell Selwyn's Grand Compromise, Martin will get that opportunity

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Martin speaks to reporters after the grand compromise motion was presented by Russell Sewlyn.
"Well it is a great honor to be the first Chancellor to earn a third term. While my own party may not have done well, there was a large surge in votes for other parties who are in favour of keeping the monarchy. We also were able to ensure that the honorable Russell Selwyn was re-elected, and so far he has been a unifying force in the house. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank him for his Grand Compromise, which is allowing me to serve a third term as Chancellor of the nation I so dearly love, and will allow for Empress Mary to be crowned. So Russell, if you are watching, I send you my sincerest thanks, and congratulations on winning back your seat. The people of Sutton East are in great hands."


As mentioned before, the Royalist party lost seats overall, but it was especially bad for the Conservative wing, as they fell from more than 50 seats to just 25. Meanwhile the Progressive wing went from having 19 seats to 46, which means for the first time in the party's 31 year history, the Progressive Caucus will be larger than the Conservative Caucus. Some within the Conservative wing of the party are concerned that the Progressives may take over the party and insert a new leader, but Conservative Caucus Chairman Dylan Jourdain doesn't seem to be worried at all.

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Jourdain speaks on the rumours of a progressive wing revolt.
"Our party has stood united for more than 3 decades now. We are 1 party, and we have always been united behind our leader. I know Daniel and Natalie are firmly supportive of Brett as well, and would never force him out. Brett will step down at a time that he decides is right for him. As for right now, he is safe in his role and any rumour that he is not is just that, a rumour."


We reached out to both Daniel MacKenzie and Natalie Cook for comment, MacKenzie wasn't available, but Cook denied all rumours.

"Any rumour that we would even think about overthrowing Brett is just utter rubbish. We have no plan to contest his leadership."
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

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Interview with Former Scientian Insider

Postby TheCollectivist » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:50 am

November 4417

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Adelian coast

According to a former Scientian insider, who wishes to remain anonymous, the Scientian Enclave has a "secret" plan for radical land reclamation off the Adelian coast. The land reclamation project has been nicknamed Project Reclamation. While not officially classified or recognized by the Scientian state, the project's idea has been confirmed by Scientian Ambassador Norbert Lowell to be a topic of casual debate.

The anonymous source claims that the Scientian leadership has been taken over by a wave of pragmatic sentiment that has caused traditional values of council communism and localism found previously in the preceding Ataraxian Confederation to be abandoned. The source was previously a member of the Scientian Assembly, but left Scientia after becoming disillusioned with what they felt was "creeping elitism". The source goes on to describe the concept as something out of corporate dystopia:

Anonymous former Scientian insider wrote:The Scientian leadership is the old Ataraxian leadership, but with different ideas for the future. They want to abandon council communism and isolated planned communities. Their ultimate plan is to build a semi-autonomous planned corporate city-state built on top of reclaimed land off the Adelian coast. The technologically progressive city-state would be ruled by a totalitarian oligarchy of technocrats that uses a combination of state capitalism and private corporate capitalism to develop and deploy technology. Inequality is accepted as necessary if it results in overall higher living standards for more people. In the name of economic progress and stability, labour unions would be "encouraged" to cooperate with corporate interests. There would be no minimum wage mandated by the state except for those negotiated between labour and corporate agencies. Subsidies from the state, no corporate taxes, along with an extremely pro-technology government would seek to attract investment from major multinational corporations. All sacrifice demanded from those in the present, such as adopting potentially risky emerging technologies and putting them to test in a highly dense urban environment, would be seen as an acceptable part of making a better future.


Ambassador Lowell was asked for comment on what he thought of the anonymous source's claims, which he responded:

Lowell wrote:Yes, we have such in plan in very casual concept phases right now. It's just talk among individuals. I think Scientians have realized for a long time that our present system only works for the very small few who live here. Our population has been extremely stagnant. While we have seen technological innovation, it could be much larger in scope. I think it would be better if we centralize our efforts into a single planned community and end our geographical isolation. Such a land reclamation project would have to be approved by the Hutorian government. That hasn't been done as there has been no proposal for it yet. So, nobody is going to wake up one day and find some kind of smart city off their coast. These things take serious time, money, and planning.

As for the "corporate dystopia", I think that view is a result of misunderstanding and exaggeration. When some people think of "big government" and "big business" they might envision overpopulated, overcrowded, and gloomy metropolises. That's not our style. When we do anything, it's going to be clean, orderly, and convenient. You think even "the rich" want poverty and destitution in their cities? You think they want to wake up to sirens, the smell of garbage, and the mentally ill left to beg on the streets? No. Nobody except the worst of humanity wants that. This demonization of government and business will get us nowhere when both have their uses to make our lives better.

You know neither Scientia or the former Ataraxian Confederation was ever a liberal democracy. We've always accepted that humans are imperfect beings that like anything else must be kept controlled and directed towards the best possible use. Nobody is forced to live the Scientian way of life, but if you do want to live it of course you have to follow the rules.


Despite ample financial reserves, Scientian "profit margins" (residents do not receive wages) have shrunken over the years apparently due to increased reliance on imports for materials such as rare minerals. Their geographic isolation in rural Adelia makes import and export costs higher than in Hutorian cities. As infrastructure ages, raw material imports will only increase. Scientians are concerned that eventually this will lead to an economic collapse. Since there are 65 independent Scientian settlements, it is difficult to fund infrastructure upgrades in all of them and as a result some of them have fallen behind. For this reason, Lowell and the Scientian leadership feel looking for an alternative direction is prudent. They make the claim that abandoning their society's ardent egalitarianism and localism in favour of permitting private enterprise and becoming more of an economy of scale will be necessary for survival and will actually make things better.

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The Scientian's predecessor, the Ataraxian Confederation, created and funded Adelia Fibre, a relatively cheap and non-profit high speed networking service that was put under ownership of the Hutorian government. Adelia Fibre utilizes optical fibre cables in the form of fibre to the premises (FTTP) to transmit data, making it the first of its kind in Hutori. This required a steep multi-billion dollar investment that was covered by the Ataraxians in full in order to help foster growth in the information technology sector in Adelia and provide consumers with faster speeds. Scientians want to continue this tradition of investing in technology in Adelia and see it as necessary to promote further technological adoption nationwide.

Lowell wrote:We never "abandoned" communism. Seeking a world where everyone gets what they need and does what they can to contribute is a noble and humane goal. The state can't get us there alone. To fix our world, we're going to need and foster the best and brightest. Capitalism to a degree has been shown to be the most attractive system for that purpose. Does it mean we abandon regulation and leave our people to fend for themselves? No. It does mean that we be pragmatic and look at what solutions work best.
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Re: The Bekenial Dispatch

Postby RileyHP » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:51 pm

Martin Steps Down, Cook Becomes Royalist Leader

Chancellor Brett Martin has announced that effective immediately, he will be stepping down as Royalist leader. Martin will be replaced by Natalie Cook, the former government house leader. She becomes the first member of the Progressive Caucus to lead the party.

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"Effective immediately, I am stepping down as leader of the Royalist Party of Hutori. After 17 years, my time has come to an end. I want to thank all of the party members, and voters in general, who have supported me over the years. I was elected to serve at the young age of 22. I was so fortunate that the people of Wrightstown took the chance on me 31 years ago. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you. To the people of Hutori who elected me as their Chancellor for the last 8 years, I thank you as well. Being Chancellor of the greatest nation on Terra has been an incredible journey. Lastly, I must thank everyone who I have had the chance to work with in parliament over the last 31 years. From MPs to staffers, you have all made my political career a success. I would like to wish Natalie Cook the best of luck as leader, and as our nation's next Chancellor."


Cook was elected by the party membership using the same point system that was used in Martin's leadership election. Her opponent was Dylan Jourdain, the current Minister of Finance and Conservative Caucus Chairman. The results were as follows:

Kenai:
Cook: 81
Jourdain: 19

Lagard:
Cook: 86
Jourdain: 14

Adelia:
Cook: 63
Jourdain: 37

Rocatto:
Cook: 57
Jourdain: 43

Falristan:
Cook: 64
Jourdain: 36

Total:
Cook: 351
Jourdain: 149
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