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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:10 pm

Peace with Vanuku?

CDR Vilhelmo Vlaĥos has announced that sanctions on Vanuku would be suspended due to the willingness of Vanuku to meet. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated “Zardugal has a strong desire to work with Majatran nations around them in order to; effectively immediately CDR Vladislav has suspended the sanctions on Vanuku but has opted to leave the Federal Border and Customs Protection forces on the northern border. We are expecting to meet with Vanukuese officials to discuss issues related to the usage of nuclear weapons.” Political experts called the move smart and some believe that Zardic’s new foreign policy was aimed at making Zardugal a sort of neutral power broker in international affairs.

When questioned regarding the Zardic Canal Commission and the plans to create a canal, the Vlahos stated that the plan would go forward; it would be integral to the the economic success of the region; namely Zardugal. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport stated that they had every intention to continue the project and formally announced the formation of “ZarTrack” a federally owned and operated railway carrier meant to improve and provide a federally funded railway system.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:59 am

May wargames bring eye-opening power of Zardic Armed Forces to bear
May, 4423

Zardugal - When CDR Vilhelmo Vlaĥos and the Federal Democratic Party selected Pato Zoranido, a former Zardic Marine Corps Colonel, as their pick for Minister of Defense, he knew he'd have a monumental task. The Zardic Armed Forces underneath the Communist Party of Zardugal had suffered; playing minority politics and and pandering to a limited basis. Political experts and pundits have noted that it appears that the CPZ was intending on turning Zardugal into "Northern Cobura" with their discrimination against native Augustans, which is something that the FDP sought to rectify. Instead of continuing the minority politics, the FDP continued to champion a means of uniting all Zardic citizens. One of the first steps was the appointment of Major General Vedran Rybar (Zardic Army) as the Chairman of the Joint Defense Staff, a noted infantry commander with a decade worth of administrative experience in the general staff of the armed forces.

CDR Vilhelmo Vlaĥos, Minister of Defense Pato Zoranido and Chairman of the Joint Defense Staff General Vedran Rybar all met and discussed the start of wargames commencing in May. When the Joint Defense Staff met and Gen. Rybar told everyone that the Zardic Armed Forces would conduct large scale wargames in the Red Bass Ocean...they were excited. The cadre of officers that overtook the Zardic Armed Forces in April, 4422 had longed for the days of a restored Zardic Federation and the establishment of Zardugal as a true global power. May, 4423 was the first time the Zardic Armed Forces was going to be on major display. The Zardic Navy, the Zardic Army and the Zardic Air Force conducted wide-scale, nation-wide exercises which were meant to test the Zardic Armed Forces in a wide array of categories. The assessment was known as "Operation Zardic Readiness I" and will be conducted on a yearly basis under the purview of the Ministry of Defense and the Joint Defense Staff.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:47 pm

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CDR Vilhelmo Vlaĥos's first major foreign tour

Venetio, Ignomo - The Executive Office of the CDR announced today that the CDR plans on high-level foreign trips to Vanuku, Hutori and several other countries. Despite being elected nearly 2 years ago, the CDR has sent his Foreign Minister on most high-level talks and has finally "stabilized" the situation in Zardugal and believes now that he can focus on the development of Zardugal as a world power once again. The first high-level talks are expected to be conducted with Zardugal's northern neighbor Vanuku who has been a controversial nation in the past several years but something that Zardugal must contend with. If the CDR plans on re-election, he must take a tough stance towards the usage of nuclear weapons on Majatra soil but at the same time has to realize that their are economic implications to such moves. The dropping of sanctions is believed to be a reason for the creation of the Zardic Canal Commission as well as the economic factors associated with full sanctions on Vanuku. Zardugal and Vanuku share a joint disillusion with the Northern Council's intrusion into Majatran affairs; however Zardugal has a special place and can likely forge its own path.

Reports came weeks ago that Hutori was on the list of places that the CDR was planning to attend and given previous cooperation with Hutori they seem like a natural ally. Hutori and Zardugal are likely to meet towards the end of March, 4424 and the CDR is eager to meet with the Hutori government and discuss the future role of Zardugal in the world as well as Zardugal in relation to the Northern Council.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:58 pm

Secretary of the Navy announces changes to Zardic Navy procurement
March, 4424

Zardugal - Secretary of the Navy Despoto Helladido spoke at a press conference today regarding the future of the Zardic Navy and it's future procurement. The Secretary was concise when he stated that he wanted to replace older ship classes; he announced that the Zeno Morona-class frigate (OOC: Oliver Perry-Hazard-class frigates) would begin being scrapped in favor of what is being called "fast frigates" an upgraded class of littoral combat ship's known as the Augustan-class littoral combat ship (Independence-class littoral combat ship) and the Majatran-class littoral combat ship (OOC: Freedom-class littoral combat ship). The Zardic Secretary of the Navy stated that "The two [ships] are integral to the future of the Zardic Navy...we might have fallen a little behind but not by much. We have these ships developed and ready to go; we've had them for quite sometime. Our replacement of the Zeno Morona-class will allow us to free up some budgetary space and build these new ships." It is likely that the Zeno Morona-class will be shopped around for purchasers, reports are that Ostland is interested potentially in purchasing the Zeno Morona-class ships.

Secretary Helladido spoke regarding the large upgrades to the missile defense systems of the Igiro Apreno-class destroyer, effectively known as the Aegis defense system. The Igiro Apreno-class destroyer is undergoing a massive refit to bring them up to what is known as Block III. The Zardic Navy has also announced the procurement of several new Block III vessels in order to replacing the aging Lascendo-class cruiser's which are likely to undergo a refit in due time.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:37 am

"A revitalized Indrala would be bad for the world; good for Zardugal."
November, 4424

Konstandin Bay, Unkaso - Foreign Minister Petro Jordanido speaking at the offices of the Kostandian Bay Maritime Corporation spoke regarding the revival of the Jienist Party in Indrala. "Quite frankly, a revitalized Indrala would be bad for the world; good for Zardugal. Indralan influence in Dovani would allow the Dovani Union to sharply decrease and it would provide a bulkwark against the Northern Council." The Foreign Minister was speaking to a collection of defense contractors, naval personnel and officers, including the Vice Chief of Naval Operations who was there for the commissioning of the first new ships "ZNS Augustan" of the Augustan-class littoral combat ship (Independence-class littoral combat ship) and "ZNS Majatra" of the Majatran-class littoral combat ship (OOC: Freedom-class littoral combat ship). The Foreign Minister explained in vague detail that the plans for Zardugal were to ensure that "...enemies of freedom and democracy understood that Zardugal would oppose them. Some have called for a return to the Mozby Doctrine, which is a theory this administration has approached and I think a modified approach to the Mozby doctrine would be best." The Foreign Minister went on to explain what some political pundits are calling the "Vlaĥos Doctrine" which would form the basis for Zardic foreign policy going forward. The "Vlaĥos Doctrine" focuses on the restoration of Zardic power throughout the world; namely in military dominance and economic prosperity. It notes that it will not bow to foreign pressure and will act with what is mutually advantageous to Zardugal. The "Vlaĥos Doctrine" calls for the approach of international institutions and regional institutions to the advantage of Zardugal and the economic prosperity through the means of "functional trade" and Laissez-faire economic policies.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:41 pm

Interim President Vilhelmo Vlaĥos begins second term after astounding victory: A New Era for Zardugal
November, 4425

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Celebrations inside the Federal Democratic Party's headquarters on election night

Beleco, Endiraho- The party headquarters of the Federal Democratic Party were alight as the news of the collapse of the Communist Party of Zardugal reached the ears of the Common Democratic Representatives office as well as the Fedearl Standing Committee of the Federal Democratic Party. CDR Vlaĥos immediately called for a general election, a rather rare event in Zardic politics, and welcomed the arrival of the Zardic Action Party to national politics. Elections were held officialy on November 2nd and ended with tallying of votes in the early hours of November 3rd. The Federal Elections and Campaign Commission (FECC) announced that the Federal Democratic Party had secured a commanding 541 seats in the Popular Assembly and the Zardic Action Party had captured 204 seats; Vilhelmo Vlaĥos had been elected to his 2nd term as Zardic head of state and the FDP won 3 of the central states.

Vilhelmo Vlaĥos will begin his second term with a renewed vigor and the ability to make sweeping changes, the Federal Democratic Party has already proposed a new constitution to the Popular Assembly and with the support of the Zardic Action Party it passed. The transition will take several months, maybe up to a year and will see the "Popular Democratic Republic of Zardugal" transformed into the historical and prominent Zardic Federation. The "communist" Common Democratic Representative will be transformed back into the President of the Zardic Federation; a move widely seen as a means to stamp out communist and socialist influence in Zardugal. The campaign was one of the cleanest and most efficiently run in recent history, the FDP and the ZAP did not trade any significant blows to each other and the debates between head of state candidates was clean and one of sportsmanship. The FDP ran on the slogan of "A New Era for Zardugal" and the slogan was seen slapped on bumper stickers everywhere and touted as a successful slogan, it is credited to the former Endiraho Governor Manojlo Justinianido.

It is widely expected that the interim President will be making waves in Zardic politics.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Cortez » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:03 am

Sec. Artemon Proposes 20% Increase in Defense Budget
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Secretary Artemon prepares to shell out 50 billion ZAR on defense

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Dec, 1, 4225

In response to the shifting global political climate and the structural transition facing Zardugal, Secretary Adorina Artemon has proposed 50,000,000,000 ZAR of spending increases to defense- an overall 20% Increase. At press time Artemon was quoted as saying the following: "I would much rather increase the budget of health or education, but in these trying trying times the responsible thing to do is temporarily use this extra money to raise our defenses".

This early maneuver by the de facto party leader could very well help in shaping the ZAP base which is in it's early stages and as such; malleable. For a Liberal party, the move is unexpected- but could play well as the party emphasizes pragmatism over ideology and may form bridges into the hawkish camp mainly dominated by the FDP.

On the other hand, some back bench members are reportedly uneasy about the move. One in particular, Assemblyman Theodoro Yiannopolis of Darmopolo, Kalvario had stated that the move was a 'slippery slope' and claimed Artemon was 'effectively giving the FDP all the precedent they needed for another 100 billion ZAR of defense spending."
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:43 am

President rejects increase to defense budget; proposes spreading it elsewhere
January, 4426

Beleco - A statement from the transitional Office of the President of the Zardic Federation moved away from increasing the Zardic defense budget by nearly 50b ZAR and asked that the money be spread across various other sectors of the Zardic economy. This move echoed the Federal Democratic Party's foremost second term Congresswoman Sofia Januarido who was the party's driving force on spreading the "wealth" so to speak. Ms. Januarido is a prominent FDP proponent of housing and urban development, seeking to re-build the Zardic infrastructure and often is found calling on fellow FDP member and Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport Partenio Gabrielido to press for more development throughout Zardugal. Ms. Januarido serves as member of Sub-Committee on Housing and Urban Development and in her second term has made a name for herself with her fiery speeches and unflinching questions towards the state governments of Zardugal.
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Cortez » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:54 am

Justice Min. Venka Orders Federal Agents Stand Down
Orderism Ban "Illegal"
May, 4th, 4426
Beleco- This week President Vlaĥos sent legislation to the Congress seeking to ban the Orderist faith and seize all properties, sending ZAP Congressmen into a tizzy. Minister of Justice Valora Venka, who oversees the legal process of Zardugal immediately called out the President for his "illegal" move.

"The law is morally reprehensible, but from a legal stand point the law doesn't have two legs to stand on." Venka said. "The ban breaks several laws including that 'Religions are permitted to freely promote and advertise themselves.', 'There are no laws regulating the wearing of religious clothing and the wearing of religious symbols.', and that 'There is no government policy concerning a state religion.'. Beyond this, Orderist congregations also pay taxes! But if this law were executed, Orderist's may have all assets and properties seized."

Legal experts are baffled at the move by political veteran President Vlaĥos and do not expect the law to be enforced.

"I am ordering all government officials to stand down regarding the execution of this order effective immediatey, as it conflicts with standing law."
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Re: Zardic World Report

Postby Auditorii » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:12 pm

Zardic economy continues to grow
September 4427

Beleco - The Zardic Ministry of Finance has reported a continued growth in the Zardic economy since the rise of the new administration underneath President Vlahos. A continued economic growth has seen surplus' every year and the Federal Reserve System, which acts as the central bank of the Zardic Federation, has announced that the Zardic economy has continued to grow year after year and has continued to limit its debt. The first move that the Zardic Federation had on the international economic scale was to buy into the International Development and Stability Bank, a grouping of central banks that works to mitigate economic crisis' throughout the world. Despite criticism's of the IDSB, it has remained a powerful central financial institution bringing together several banks over the course of its history and assisting in developing central monetary policies, building central banks as well as providing loans to developing nations. The Vlahos administration has reported a several billion LOD surplus which is being directly managed by the government of Zardugal and placed in reserve for projects and future spending.
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