Hulsterreicher and Mikunier Chronik / Hulstrian and Gao-Soto

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Postby Martinulus » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:17 am

74% of voters approve reinstatement of 4310 Basic Law

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Following today's referendum vote, the way is open to the return of the dual monarchy

Labsburg, Budenlar - Voters across the Crownlands have voted for the proposed return of the 4310 Basic Law, including the dual monarchy, clearing the way for President Geraniengau to sign the Basic Law Reinstatement Act and abdicate his office as head of state to the two Emperors drawn from the House of Rothingren-Traugott-Okatori and the Kurosawa Clan, while himself becoming Governor-General. The long-anticipated result of today heralds a return to the avowedly Septembrist institutions of government established after the Second September Revolution that ended the segregationist Nimitz regime in 4318, with many hoping for a return to the stability and prosperity that marked the era of the First United Imperial Crownlands between the 3416 and 3789.

Although President Geraniengau reportedly agreed to stay neutral at the urging of HDV Leader Clemens Heumayr, the long-standing Rothingrenist could not contain his elation on the night of the result. "I've kept quiet because the question was put to the people, not to me, and I would have to execute their wishes either way," said the former viscount. "But I am glad they have chosen for the promise of stability that was offered by the Basic Law and returned Hulstria and Gao-Soto to its natural system of government and, dare I say, validated its rightful monarchs with popular support once more. I shall be honoured to serve as the first Governor-General."

According to the official figures, which independent observers have certified as resulting from a fair electoral process, 74% of the electorate voted in favour of reinstating the Basic Law. According to an exit poll conducted by the Kronländer Rundfunk Stiftung / Hozo Zaidan Mikuni, the public broadcaster, those who voted against were divided between remaining Republicans and Labsburgists. Frauke Scholl, the leader of the No campaign, graciously admitted defeat: "This is not what we would have chosen, but I congratulate the Yes camp for its resounding victory tonight." The yes campaign, led by a number of cross-party figures including HDV leader Heumayr, campaigned heavily on the basis of the perception of 3416-3789 as a golden age in the history of the Crownlands and on sentiment against the republican constitution, which had led to the collapse of government.

Analysts believe that this is the primary reason for the victory of the Yes camp. "The Communist takeover, then the Labsburg reinstatement, then the Republic, each heralded by a collapse, have tired people," said political commentator Robert Yoshiyama, political editor of the Chronicle. "The republican system has been discredited by what is now perceived as flaws in its constitution, and the heavily Septembrist Yes campaign has appealed well to a yearning for democracy, prosperity and above all stability that they argued existed during the period of the Basic Law. They made the case that the dual monarchy could unite this tired nation better than any other institution, and that case was accepted."

Speaking on election night, the HDV's Clemens Heumayr reacted magnanimously, stating he wanted the new constitution to work for all. "That was the point of the whole exercise. I take this as an incentive to get to work quickly on passing the Basic Law Reinstatement, while we get down to the real business of government: making sure this nation gets on the up again."

Meanwhile, the President's Office confirmed that it had certified the rightful holders of the Crowns of Hulstria and Gao-Soto, whose families were allowed to remain in the Crownlands after their forced abdication to the Yukio-Labsburg restoration. For Hulstria, the ageing son of the deposed Kaiser Heinrich IV will reign as Otto IV, while the grandson of Emperor Morihito, Kurosawa Yoshinaga, was certified to be the heir to Gao-Soto. The expectation is that the bill will arrive at the President's desk by February next year, and will enter into force then.
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Re: The Hulstrian Chronicle - Die Hulstrian Chronik

Postby Martinulus » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:27 am

Government launches ambitious Economic Agenda
August 4405

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Finance Minister Severin Goddestreu on his way to the Diet, where he presented the first part of his long-term plan for economic reforms

Labsburg, Budenlar - the government has announced ambitious plans to revitalise Hulstria and Gao-Soto's economy. Today, Finance Minister Severin Goddestreu introduced to the Diet the first two measures to be taken by the government to resuscitate economic growth in the Crownlands. In a statement given to the press, Herr Goddestreu said the rationale behind the reforms was to "take advantage of the strengths of the Crownlander economy to set us in the direction of the prosperity enjoyed during the golden years of our history, when they made us a major economic player in North Dovani. Today's bills are just the first of many necessary restructuring measures, some of them painful, but I am counting on the energy and spirit of our fellow citizens to see us through this first period and get our economy growing again."

The Minister's words were interpreted by many as a warning that the government would have to make cuts to public services and particularly to nationalised enterprises to fund its ambitions. At present, the Crownlander public sector is among the largest in the world, with the overwhelming amount of the economy being owned by the state, which in addition imposes very restrictive policies on foreign employment and investment. In documents released by the Finance Ministry today, the government confirmed that "major restructuring of the public finances would be necessary to make our economy competitive" and that the surpluses run during the last budget's time in force would only partially be able to fund the transition.

The current package before the Diet contains measures to re-establish the longstanding partnership model in the economy as the basis for economic growth and start the privatisation of non-essential state-owned companies. It also implements the tax reforms, which are expected to be followed by a budget readjustment in the same fiscal year.

A summary of the plans follows below:
Major strategic aims
- the government aims to mobilise a tripartite partnership between trade unions, businesses and the government to ensure an equitable execution of the economic strategy for all stakeholders. In particular, the government will leave large parts of negotiating labour conditions to the social partners.
- the government aims to attract investment by promoting the high quality and relatively low cost (at the moment) of Crownlander labour. By investing in education and technology, the government aims to revitalise technology and science in the Crownlands in particular to create a knowledge economy.
- the government aims to promote sectors of historic importance in the Crownlands, such as tourism, through targetted campaigns.
- the government aims to restructure taxation and the public finances to ensure an equitable tax on businesses and workers, funded by an increase in indirect taxation. Cuts to income tax are necessary both to improve the spending power of all citizens and in particular to stop brain drain of educated and talented citizens to other countries.
- the government aims to jumpstart private initiative by relaxing regulations on private businesses and privatising non-vital public enterprises to return the majority of the economy to private hands.

Economic partnership
- reintroduction of Schneeberg (OOC: Rhineland model) model bargaining between government, employers and the unions in the areas of salary caps and working conditions, urging the social partners to observe a measure of wage restraint to keep inflation under control.

An attractive investment climate
- Opening up the markets to foreign employment and investment. Foreign investment will be introduced only after the major privatisation of non-essential companies will be completed.
- Active pursuit of free trade deals with longstanding allies such as the Luthori Commonwealth, Kazulmark and Indrala will be pursued.
- Wage restraint will be urged of employers and unions in the economic partnership to keep growth high and inflation low, in exchange for greater influence over working conditions. The government believes that spending power will remain on par through the restructuring of the tax system and the introduction of benefits.
- Corporation tax to be cut in half in order to facilitate the growth of business.
- Investment will be made into the national transport infrastructure in cooperation with local governments.
- The currency exchange rate will be allowed to fluctuate; the Crownlander Central Bank will be granted further independence to ensure the professional conduct of monetary policy.

Jumpstarting the private sector
- the privatisation of all non-essential public industries, so that the majority of the economy is in private hands again. The lion's share of this operation is to occur before the planned relaxation of foreign investment regulations.
- the Kronlander Bundesbahn (Crownlander Federal Railways), the public media and the power grid will not be privatised. Adjustments will be made to put these companies at arms-length from the state while still maintaining ownership of all shares.
- the energy companies, energy generation and the post office will all be privatised; regulations will be reviewed in the telephone sector.
- the healthcare sector will be privatised, with a mandatory basic insurance policy for all citizens including the most essential healthcare. The government shall regulate that hospitals and health insurance companies, though private, shall be run on a non-profit basis.
- the abolition of mandatory Democratic Workers' Councils running all businesses, to be replaced by a mandatory representation of stakeholders on the boards of all corporations above a certain size.
- Eminent domain will be abolished following a transition period during which an independent tribunal will determine compensation for seizure of private property in the pursuit of vital infrastructural projects.

Improving the quality and attractiveness of labour; investing in skills
- the government will inject significant investment into the education budget and the science and technology budget to attract technological startups.
- the government will reintroduce universal student grants to promote the pursuit of higher education, increasing the education level of the workforce in line with this ambition.

Strengthening our historical sectors
- The government will end farm size regulations and look into easing regulations to support our farmers.
- The government will invest to promote tourism, promoting city trips, historical sights and our mountain resorts in particular, in conjunction with local governments.
- To this end, the government will keep investing in preserving our national heritage, and will end the forest clearance policy to protect the natural heritage of our nation.
- The government will seek the return of originally Crownlander companies such as the Tenkoun Corporation to Hulstria and Gao-Soto by creating the requisite conditions.
- To promote tourism and stimulate the development of vital infrastructure, the government will look into the possibility of hosting a major international event such as the Winter Olympics.

Restructuring the public finances
- To increase spending power, the government will abolish the lower rate of income tax.
- To combat brain drain, the government will restructure the top rates of income tax.
- The government will simplify the income tax system to cut administrative costs and make work more attractive and profitable.
- The government will end punitive taxation on corporations.
- There will be a shift from direct taxation to indirect taxation.
- The government is committed to a balanced budget. Recognising the size of the needed investment, however, the government commits to use the reserves accumulated during the years the government ran a surplus to compensate any necessary deficit for the first 4 years.
- Costly public projects such as the nuclear arms programme and the space programme will be discontinued and their funds reallocated. The government is of the opinion that the nation can ill-afford such standing prestige projects.
- The retirement age shall be raised to 65 to keep the pension system sustainable; the ban on private pensions shall be lifted, with private plans being encouraged.


Investor's confidence is expected to rise following the announced measures. Unions and employers say they are still studying the proposals, but that "impressions in general are positive".
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Re: Hulsterreicher and Mikunier Chronik / Hulstrian and Gao-Soto

Postby Martinulus » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:56 pm

Finance Minister Goddestreu opens Crownlands to business
April 4407

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Bürggraf Goddestreu showcasing his characteristic sense of humour: "Come visit us, we have cookies... well, Strudel, at any rate."

Kien, Hulstria - In an update on the government's economic plan, two years after the announcement of the greatest economic overhaul in over a century, Finance Minister Severin Goddestreu, the Bürggraf Goddestreu, has announced that the Crownlands are now once more open to foreign businesses. Taking a walk through the Kien Business District with a visiting group of foreign investors invited just for the occasion, the Bürggraf was heard remarking with his family sense of humour that "there were certainly a lot of advantages to investing in Hulstria and Gao-Soto." Leading his guests past a coffee bar, the Bürggraf spoke up, saying: "Come visit us! We have cookies... well, strudel and sachertorte, at any rate," drawing much hilarity from the gathered press and public as well as his guests.

The announcement came as the second part of Goddestreu's economic agenda was introduced to the Imperial Diet, including several further wide-reaching measures to restructure the national finances and economy. Among others, Health Minister Chijimatsu Kuni proposed a law to privatise health insurance and provision to non-profit companies set up for this purpose. The measure is intended to cut the healthcare budget by quire some amount, allowing the financing of another key measure of the government: the universal student grant system introduced by Education Minister Wim Geissler, which is intended to boost the education level in the Crownlands in order to pave the way for a revitalisation of innovative and high-tech economic sectors. "If we want national economic crown jewels like Tenkoun back," declared Geissler, "we need to up our game in the knowledge economy."

The Staatsministerium announced that representatives of Their Imperial Majesties' Government would be going on a tour around Terra to re-establish international relations, with a focus on trade. "We'll be using the time-honoured tactic of travelling with political dignitaries and a trade delegation in their tow," Staatsminister Clemens Heumayr announced. "We've already planned a few itineraries and I can say this: Graf Michels, Bürggraf Goddestreu, Frau Böhme and myself shall be quite busy in the coming months, but I'm looking forward to it."
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Postby Martinulus » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:39 am

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Postby Maxington » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:21 pm

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Re: Hulsterreicher and Mikunier Chronik / Hulstrian and Gao-Soto

Postby Martinulus » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:14 am

Tasyumon all the rage in Crownlands
July 4408

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The main character of the popular anime, Rot Fengsie, with his companion Tasyumon, Donamausu

Syakusen-Graaffsberg, Mitrania - As the economic revival of the Crownlands continues, a cultural revival is just around the corner, evidenced by the revival of the anime tradition in Syakusen. The chief hero of this revival is a charming children's series called Tasyumon, produced by Esshu Studios, a mixed-cultural production company operating out of the creative district in Syakusen-Graaffsberg. Having taken the Crownlands by storm, the Dundorfian version of the anime is expected to be sold to many Dundorfophonic nations, and it is believed that television stations around the world might produce their own localisation of the new Crownlander hit series.

The series revolves around the premise of Tasyumon, an abbreviation of the Hulstrian word Taschenmonster. In the world of the series, which is called the "Byudenra Region" and appears heavily based on the topography of Crownland Budenlar, humans exist side-by-side with Tasyumon, a range of charming fantastic creatures of various types who can perform various moves, serving as friends and companions. In addition to performing many mundane tasks, Tasyumon are also used to battle eachother, travelling with individuals known as Tasyumon Trainers. The main protagonist of the series is one Rot Fengsie (a pun on the Hulstrian Fäng sie, cathc them), an aspiring Tasyumon trainer who sets out to catch all 150 Tasyumon and become a Tasyumon Meister. Along the way, he gathers data on the Tasyumon he encounters for Professor Edelweiss, an eccentric and absent-minded professor.

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A Donamausu cap

The charm of the new series are undoubtedly the Tasyumon themselves: fantastic creatures based on all sorts of inspirations, from exaggerations of the national world to traditional Kunihito and Hulstrian myths. The mascot of the series is quickly becoming Donamausu, Rot's companion, a yellow rodent-like creature who can deliver devastating electric shocks. His adorable likeness is appearing across the Crownlands in stuffed animals, caps, onesies and other merchandise.

It is rumoured that Tasyumon might be Hulstria and Gao-Soto's next cultural export, being inducted into the hall of fame that already includes the heroic Draniano gardener Super José. Among others, sources surrounding the headquarters of the Tenkoun Corporation in Indrala report that at the official visit of a Crownlander delegation earlier this year, the lead creatives on Tasyumon were among the visiting parties to Tenkoun's Indrala headquarters. This fuels speculation that the games giant might be planning a Tasyumon game, which might provide incentive for it to return its headquarters to Hulstria and Gao-Soto and the creative hotbed that is Syakusen-Graaffsberg. Tenkoun's headquarters did not deny that the company was examining a return to its native Crownland, but said that "no comment would be given" on rumours of a Tasyumon game being in development.
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Postby Martinulus » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:26 am

Hulstria and Gao-Soto endorse government once more
May 4409

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Staatsminister Clemens Heumayr speaks to reporters on the first day of the new Imperial Diet

Kien, Hulstria - With overwhelming victories in the coastal Crownlands and support across Hulstria and Gao-Soto, the incumbent government of HDV Leader Clemens Heumayr has won another 4-year mandate to pursue its wide-ranging reformist agenda for the country. After a campaign which was largely retrospective, focusing on the achievements of a first term which saw the international position of the Crownlands re-established and the economy showing its first signs of revival, the people of Hulstria and Gao-Soto seem to have rewarded the Staatsminister and his team with a solid majority to continue their programme. The opposition Labour Party doubled its share of the seats from 20% to 40% with strong showings in the historically leftist Crownland Hulstria and in Gao-Soto, even, much to the surprise of observers, in the usually orange-as-the-sun Crownland Mitrania, which is one of the HDV's historic heartlands. In the Governor-General election, Lothar von Geraniengau zu Hortensiengau was returned with a commanding majority of 65% on the first ballot.

Heumayr greeted the victory with a businesslike conviction, seeming eager to get back to work. "We are humbled by the renewed confidence of the citizens of Hulstria and Gao-Soto," said the HDV Leader. "I wouldn't go so far as to say we're the natural party of government once more, but we're the party of government for now. People have trusted us, and it's time to get back to work to make good on the promises, not just of our manifesto but of our country." It is expected that Heumayr's Cabinet will continue in office without any changes.
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Re: Hulsterreicher and Mikunier Chronik / Hulstrian and Gao-Soto

Postby Martinulus » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:18 am

Tenkoun comes home to Syakusen-Graaffsberg
January 4412

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The love between the Crownlands and Tenkoun is mutual; see above the Tenkoun exhibit at the Syakusen-Graaffsberg Museum of Crownlander Popular Culture

Syakusen-Graaffsberg, Mitrania - Multinational games and console producer Tenkoun Corporation announced today that they would be moving their headquarters back to the Mitranian capital of Syakusen-Graaffsberg, where the company was founded. A spokesperson for the developer of legendary franchises such as Super José said that with recent investment in education in and around Syakusen and the creative revival evidenced for instance by the new international rage Tasyumon, the time was now ripe to move its headquarters back from Indrala to its native Crownlands. "We have always made it clear that we would consider a return to the Crownlands," said Tenkoun in a statement. "And now it appears is the time."

Members of the Crownlander Government made no secret of their wish to entice one of the Crownlands's most famous exports back to its homeland, and are now making no secret of their elation at the news. "Tenkoun is part of our heritage just like Kienerschnitzel, or sushi, or stately palaces, or Johann Emmanuel Visp," said Finance Minister Severin Goddestreu, who reputedly met with Tenkoun's executives in Indrala a few years back. "What is more, its games and franchises are testament to the unique creative power unleashed by the intersection of East and West, of Kunihito and Hulstrian culture. It is certainly great news that such an icon of this land of two peoples, united and free, returns home." Though Tenkoun will retain some of its activities in countries abroad like Indralan and Dankuk, it is expected that its main operations will be moved back to the Crownlands, leading to the creation of large numbers of jobs in and around Syakusen in particular. Syakusen Mayor Filibeto Kunigu said that "Syakusen is becoming some sort of creative hub now, and that's good news."

It has been rumoured that both the government's policies and the creative success of new series like Tasyumon have led to the return of Tenkoun to the Crownlands. To confirm this, Tenkoun announced a large injection into Esshu Studios, now redubbed Tasyumon Studios AG, with which the company bought a significant majority share. In addition, Tenkoun announced that work was in full swing on the first of two Tasyumon video games for its handheld system, in which players would be able to explore the Byudenra region just like Rot Fengsie and set out on a mission to catch them all. A spokesman for Tasyumon Studios greeted the news happily: "We are extremely grateful for all the love shown to our creations, and Tenkoun's help will allow us to bring the world of Tasyumon to many more people throughout Terra."
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Re: Hulsterreicher and Mikunier Chronik / Hulstrian and Gao-Soto

Postby Martinulus » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:30 am

Crownlander Government expresses alarm at looming civil war in Indrala; Mikado praises Tianshun Emperor's courage
July 4412

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Foreign Minister Hupold, Graf Michels, expressed his alarm at the looming violence in Indrala

Kien, Hulstria - The Government of the United Imperial Crownlands has expressed its strongest alarm at recent events in Indrala, where violence between republican and Imperial loyalist forces seems to be escalating quickly in civil war. Calling for cooler heads to prevail, Foreign Minister Hupold Michels nevertheless summoned the Indralan Ambassador to render explanation of the recent situation in Indrala and reassure him of the safety of Crownlander interests. A planned visit by Mikado Yoshinaga to the Son of Heaven in Tian'an was suspended indefinitely, and the travel advisory for Crownlander citizens changed to "be vigilant". "Whatever the outcome of this crisis," said Michels. "For us one thing is paramount: the desire for our Indralan allies not to descend into civil war. We are alarmed at the inflammatory rhetoric being used on both sides, and if there is anything we can do to prevent a civil war, we stand ready to do so."

The Crownlands have been friendly both with a Republican and with a monarchist Indrala, although hardcore republican parties refused to support the Second September Revolution for fear of the Crownlands's friendly relations with Dankuk. It seems likely, say analysts, that Graf Michels's open intervention is intended to safeguard Crownlander interests in Indrala, just after commercial and political ties with the island nation have been intensified. It is not in the interest of the Crownlands to see these endangered by violence. In particular, companies like Tenkoun have reacted to the situation by putting all their Indralan plans on hold. For Tenkoun, this might set back the company's technological capabilites, but a spokesperson said the safety of their workers was paramount and a move to Gao-Soto could not be ruled out. Michels promised that any government engaging in persecution of political opponents would earn the emnity of the Crownlands: "As the proud guardians of the heritage of Septembrism, one of democracy and tolerance, whatever one's background or views, we will not put our commercial interests over these deep-seated national values. We will act if these values are threatened, but for now, I have good hopes that they will realise peace is the better way."

In a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency, Mikado Yoshinaga expressed his disappointment at the delay to his visit to the Tianshun Emperor, but praised the Son of Heaven for his political courage and pacifist conviction. "Our progenitor Kurosawa the Great believed that whatever happened, the land under heaven should be filled with peace. Our brother monarch, the Tianshun Emperor, has shown great courage in calling for militias to stand down despite the threat to his own crown. We hope this example shall inspire reason in the hearts of Indralans on both sides of this divide and lead to the re-establishment of the peace among our Gao-Showan brothers and sisters."
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