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Postby QV73 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:27 pm

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Re: Chūhōkō Chūō Nyūsu - Midway Central News

Postby QV73 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:51 pm

Socialist President Under Threat From Native Third-Way Challenger // CCN

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Above: Izel Atl Ixtli has challenged the major political parties in the nation and is riding high in the polls.

A major blow has came to widely popular Midway President Higashi Toshitsugu as his former 21% lead over conservative nominee Tanaka Tepin has been destroyed within a week after the campaign of independent Izel Atl Ixtli has exploded in popularity. The election, in a year's time, is now wide open despite Toshitsugu's social reforms that have increased social care and health funding. Conservative Tanaka Tepin suffered an early blow after insulting Toshitsugu, with his personal popularity and youthful charm far outweighing the desire for change. Midway has existed under a socialist government for many years now, and despite Toshitsugu's usage of social media tactfully he cannot halt the rising wave for Ixtli.

Ixtli's campaign began as a media circus, with pundits classing her as a joke candidate. She is a standard businesswoman and was born into a wealthy family. She is known internally for having hosted the Midway show Tyro, which focuses on 10 young business-people seeking investment from Ixtli worth 1,000,000 Midway Yenos. Ixtli, one of the few native faces shown on TV, became increasingly distressed by how the amount of money going to her winning candidates went shorter distances each year in getting their business up-and-running. Originally, the show lasted 18 episodes per season with 1 person fired every two weeks or so. Now, it lasts 8 episodes per season - despite being the most watched show on TV in Midway.

Ixtli has promised to get rid of all taxation on small businesses, while increasing the estate tax to 70% - which would make it by far Terra's highest. She has stated remorsefullness for being born into a wealthy family, though her own actions have massively increased her wealth. She will also make massive investments into education, she says, and technology. To pay for this, she will end the welfare system for non-retirees and replace it with a government-sponsored programme for the unemployment to achieve full-employment by the end of her five-year-term. She will also cut taxation for businesses investing in green energy, while cutting into tax-avoidance. Such promises have catapulted her to 32% in the polls, with Tepin on 22% and Toshitsugu on 38%.
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Postby QV73 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:40 pm

Ixtli Organises Political Party // CCN

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After increasing momentum that has gathered behind her bid for the presidency, former TV star and third-way candidate Izel Atl Ixtli is now level with the extremely popular incumbent Socialist Party president. She today launched her own political party that will stand in the country's assembly to institute her beliefs at every level of government. The party is called simply 'Unity' and has a theme of extreme meritocracy throughout its party policies. With elections upcoming in just a few months, this new party has a major chance to succeed as a third-way alternative as the President loses support and the right loses touch with the average person in Midway. Unity has already broken into the polls ahead of both.

Ixtli's campaign has ramped up considerably since it was started. With donations and self-input, Ixtli's campaign has raised more money from big-scale donors and small-scale donors than President Higashi Toshitsugu - who Ixtli has blamed for Midway being considered a third-world nation and lacking decent services and infrastructure. The Socialists had relied on young people to beat their conservative opponents in past elections, but the young seem even more certain to vote for Ixtli than any other group, with Toshitsugu's support amongst his traditional base falling apart despite increases in public spending - which he has consistently spun as major investment into public services, despite creating a deficit and having little measurable effect.

If polls are right, Toshitsugu and Ixtli will advance to the second round on about 35% each, but Ixtli will then be defeated by less than a point. Tanaka Tepin of the Conservative Union of Midway, the main competitor on the right, has agreed to support Toshitsugu in the second round if she ends up losing as she seems likely to. This alliance may seem unlikely, but it is a two-party effort to exclude Ixtli and Unity from the halls of power. The ideas of the new political movement are seen as dangerous and destabilising, and while many CU supporters will rebel there is an undeniable feeling within the established political class that Ixtli and her party could seriously damage Midway due to their lack of political experience.
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Postby QV73 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:56 pm

Ixtli Victorious After Last-Minute Conservative Endorsement Switch // CCN

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In a surprising but almost inevitable turn of events, the rising star of Midway politics - native businesswoman and personality Izel Atl Ixtli - swept into power in the second round of the election with a 59% to 41% victory over popular but unremarkable Socialist candidate and incumbent President Higashi Toshitsugu. The second round was a stark change from the first, were Toshitsugu was actually closer to Ixtli than expected. However, it was the surprise Conservative Union support in the second round for Ixtli that swung the election well back in her favour. The CU - the traditional conservative party in midway - ended up betraying a previous agreement to support Toshitsugu in the second round due to 'the need for change'.

Across all provinces in the nation, Ixtli managed to chalk up major amounts of rural and suburban votes as young and old voted for her in an unexpectedly convincing victory. Conservative Union leader and candidate Tanaka Tepin was the first to congratulate, and the 31 seats of her party in the assembly snuggly combine with the 20 seats of Ixtli's Unity to win a majority in the 100-seat chamber. The Socialist outperformed expectation, but managed to only win 40 seats. 9 were won by smaller parties, namely the 4 seats of the centrist Liberal Alternative, the 3 seats of the far-right Nationalist Party and the 2 seats of the Socialist Party ally the New Democratic Socialists. This amounts to a bet 17 seats loss for the Socialist Party and NDS.

Ixtli says she is now dedicated to market reform and changing the nature of politics in Midway. She will be massively reforming the regulations on small businesses to create what she calls 'an ultra-meritocratic state' and will also be institution a series of investments in education and science to push Midway up in terms of economic and technological abilities - independently and relatively to rise under her plans according to noted economists. Tanaka Tepin will be made Prime Minister of Midway while Ixtli becomes President, showing what she called 'native solidarity'. Only 1 of the 15-member-cabinet of Ixtli's is due to be a Gao-Showan, who as a group have lost their President and stay as but a 15% minority in a country reclaiming native identity.
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Re: Chūhōkō Chūō Nyūsu - Midway Central News

Postby QV73 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:22 pm

Major Reforms In Midway // CCN

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The newly elected President Izel Atl Ixtli has began a major reform programme in the nation of Midway, with major new changes being announced in environmental, economic and educational policy amongst others. A flagship policy of Ixtli's campaign, the change of primary energy source from fossil fuels to wind, is already commissioned to happen with massive projects being constructed on both sides of the nation, in the vast sea territory controlled by the country. Enough energy to power the entire country twice over will be generated by a long-term - 20 year - plan that will totally phase out fossil fuels and allow the exportation of renewable energy to other Dovani nations. The cost will be immense, but the rewards major.

Another, cheaper, change is the change in regulations on businesses and unions. Unions will have power stripped away from them, requiring majority internal ballots for strike action and banning non-open shops. This is meant to 'decrease the unnecessary and burdensome burden on smaller businesses', according to the Conservative Union-controlled Finance Ministry. The country has also gotten rid of corporate tax for new, small-scale, entrepreneurial startups for their first year. The businesses effected by this change are predicted to grow far faster by economists, but once again it comes at massive expense to the country's coffers. This increase in expenditure has more than one economist very worried for Midway.

The massive role-outs in infrastructural, educational and economic plans and tax exemptions are all down in funding terms to the massive increase in inheritance tax. This proposal has caused a split between Ixtli's Unity party and the Conservative Union that has supported them in the Assembly. Instead, Ixtli must rely on the Socialists to institute the radical 'meritocracy tax' which taxes inheritance to a point unseen before in democratic nations across Terra. While it does have exemptions for inheritor of certain ages and health conditions, unless an inheritor has contributed towards the wealth they are inheriting, they will have to pay tax rates between 70% and 90%. This does increase public income, but also is deeply unpopular amongst the rich and middle class.
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Postby QV73 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:47 pm

Midway Economy Booms, Welfare Reforms Passed // CCN

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The centre-right Unity-Conservative alliance in Midway has continued to pass rather radical changes in the increasingly developed nation. Formerly a backwater in a backwater part of the world, reforms are continuing to astound pundits. Tanaka Tepin, the Prime Minister of Midway, has just this week spoken to some of the nation's most powerful business-people in a large conference meeting on the success of the Midway economy. The stock market of Midway has risen by 60% since the outing of the Socialist Party, while the GDP has grown to levels not too far off some Majatran nations. Amidst this success, a slew of more reforms have also been passed - particularly in the key areas of welfare and education.

In education, the investment from the government into schools and universities has increased by over 23% - creating a moderate deficit in the medium-sized Dovani nation. However, the changes are predicted to increase the average results of school children and students in Midway, especially due to the large investment in rural and poor urban areas that have lagged behind historically. Midway's schools and universities will have 'greatly improved and modernised resources to use to study and to learn', according to the Ministry of Education - led by the Unity Party's deputy leader Icnoyotl Zyacotl. President Ixtli herself held a round-table with headteachers and principals from across the nation before this policy was passed and 'got their approval', according to sources.

In welfare, the government will officially end funding for non-disability, non-pension welfare programmes next month - which will bring the deficit back into control. This will coincide with the official launch of the Ministry of Trade and Industry's new programme to seek out simple employment for able-bodied but unemployed people. By the end of the five-year term of the President, this being the middle of that term, the government is set to introduce a universal basic income that will cost far less than the current welfare programme, and will top up minimum-wage pay to a living wage without the need to put stress on business. Despite the massive increase in expenditure in Midway, the increase in economic growth is allowing income to catch up at an accelerating rate.
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Postby General.M » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:11 pm

Midway warns international community; "We cannot help these refugees any longer."
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Midway - President Tsuga Kinzo warns the international community that a humanitarian disaster is developing. The Bianjie Civil War has now raged on for 6 years, and more than 170.000 refugees have arrived in Midway. But the Midway state does not have the recources to provide the Bianjie refugees of al neccesary goods to survive. In the biggest refugee camp in Midway, near Ngu̱hnu, more than 12.000 refugees are stuck in the crowded camp.

Food and water is limited, and diseases rule. After repeated criminal activities outside of the camp by refugees, the refugees are now locked in the camp. This has caused an even worse situation, as the refugees can't get acces to supplies outside of the camp. Humanitarian organisations are asking the international community to help. Their plea has yet to be answered.

The refugees are not accepting these problems, and over the last weeks the refugees have protested against this situation. The protests even resulted in 2 deaths after protesters attacked the police trying to control the riots. For now president Kinzo has put its military to guard the camps to control the refugees.

President Kinzo asks the international community to take over some refugees and provide money for the refugee camps. Other than that, he asks the fighting parties to negotiate a ceasefire before the whole of Bianjie flees to Midway.
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Postby Maxington » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:59 pm

UDAP begins humanitarian operations in Midway.
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Trucks of the United Developmental Assistance Programme (UDAP) in Midway.
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The United Developmental Assistance Programme (UDAP) working alongside humanitarian agencies within Midway and the World Congress has launched humanitarian operations to ease the burden on the government of Midway as the nation tackles a refugee crisis at the hands of the on-going conflict in Bianjie. Essential items such as food, water and clothing are expected to be airlifted in the nation. The humanitarian operation is a indicator that UDAP has expanded greatly in its years of silence, moving from a minor humanitarian organisation to one with transnational reach. According to officials from UDAP staged in Midway prior to the launch of official humanitarian operation, the refugees residing in the nation currently live in appalling conditions. Individuals within the refugee camp near Ngu̱hnu have been subject to various diseases which leads to the response by UDAP as the organisation moved to assist in the situation and potentially curb the formation of a health crisis in the camp and the wider nation of Midway.

UDAP has called on the international community to bring the situation in Bianjie to an end and allow for humanitarian organisations to enter the region and begin the process of "peace-building". President of UDAP, Detlef Kachel has stated that the organisation would be dedicating large amounts of humanitarian aid to the nation. It is expected that the various refugee camps in Midway are to be improved with UDAP provided amenities such as tents and mattresses. Mr. Kachel stated the organisation would be involved in the peacekeeping mission in Bianjie once the Northern Council has seized its bombing campaign and it has also stated that it will be involved to a major extent in the situation in Medina, providing humanitarian assistance to the nations and their respective people. Currently UDAP is the only major humanitarian organisation responding to the situations in Dovani.
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