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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:17 am

Tambethra Asharika Wins Landslide Victory On Promises Of Religious Revival And Theocratic Monarchy

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Above: Tambethra Asharika.


Tambethra Asharika won the largest margin in the history of the Confederated League of Vascania, winning 72% of the vote as her right-wing alliance took two-thirds-majorities in both devolved and the unitary legislatures. All but three of the nation's dozens of governorships and 60% of the local governments also went to the right in what has been dubbed the "Blue Ambush", after the blue colour scheme of Tambethra Asharika's Vascanian Alliance party. The victory itself was predicted, but the average of polls has shown Asharika at around 55%, not at over seven-in-ten votes. The Vascanian Alliance - a merger of the two former right-wing parties - was predicted to be looking at a slim majority; in what turned out to be yet another wrong assumption.

This victory will mean that the Vascanian Alliance will have free reign to institute major constitutional and social reforms. While the right has failed to take government since the creation of the CLV, by appealing to the population's very traditionalist social politics she created a winning alliance. Among her promises were to make the nation (which is officially secular) officially subject to the laws of the predominant faith of the land in modern times. Over centuries, the predominant faiths - of: Daenism, both Mazdâyanâ and Upayanâ; Geraja; Eastern Hosianism - have generally merged into one belief system called "Sundarata", a spin-off of mainstream Geraja. Worshipped by 70% of the country, Sundarata contains lifestyle teachings of Daenism while preserving the deistic and mythological beliefs of the Geraja faith. Also mixed in are teachings of Eliyahu and some of the practices of Charismatic Hosianism.

This creole religion dwarfs the other religious groups: other Geraja at 17%, pure Daenism at 8%, pure Hosianism at 3%, Ahmadism at 1% and other/atheism at 1% also. This means that there is very strong support for changing the country's constitution in a way that advantages this predominant religion, in a move that is also acceptable to those 28% who have purer strains of the religions inputted into Sundarata. The High Priest of the Sundarata faith, Jadoge Gurupitu, has welcomed the move as a "correct manifestation of the will of the heavens". Alongside this proposal, Asharika had announced that if elected she would push for the creation of a Monarch selected by the Sundarata church so as to formally and forever unite the nation under the reign of faith. This move, however, is more controversial and will require a lot of unity among the VA to institute.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:06 pm

Long Live Emperor Satyaketu!
Vascania Selects First Emperor, Vascanian Alliance Wins Landslide

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After years of careful planning, the Church of Sundarata - the national religion of Vascania, mixing Daenism, Geraja and Hosianism - internally selected the first Emperor of Vascania. Emperor Satyaketu can trace his ancestry to the head general of the Kalkalistani rebellion in the south, national hero Prince Tarun of Vatavana, and to President Takarana Sagana - first leader of the united Vascanian nation. He has relations to the Tambethra, Takarana and numerous Kalkalistani princely families and so became the unity candidate among the priesthood. He has lived his life so far on a relatively low key wavelength considering his aristocratic pedigree, but he has lived much of his life contributing to charitable causes alongside the Sundarata church. He is extremely popular, despite having low name recognition before his selection, and has promised to marry soon. His children will not necessarily get the throne if one more pious appears.

On the front of the election in the newly reformed 350-seat unitary assembly, Tambethra Asharika's Vascanian Alliance won 278 seats - the left and centre parties between them won just 71 seats and there was one independent. T. Asharika herself won 79% of the vote in the election for His Majesty's Premier, beating two other candidates in the first round. Devolved governments across the nation retained right-wing majorities, though some ground was lost in northern Kalkalistan and southern Vanakalam. Over two-thirds of the nation's state assemblies and governorships went to the right too. Mayoralties in Sangora, Bhapor and Kamalata stayed in the Alliance's column, however the left was able to net its biggest prize of the night by winning the position of Mayor in the nation's capital and largest city, Thikkonagama - in Vanakalam - with energetic young candidate Pramatha Ajnati who is only 29.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:30 pm

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Election '89: A Preview
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Left: Union candidate Amandara Adwani.
Right: Alliance candidate Samarpreet Bedi.

Thikkonagama, Vanakalam - Election '89 promises to be a change election, regardless of the result. With incumbent Governor-General Tambethra Asharika not going for a fifth term due to advancing age, the election is clearly between two very different candidates. In Vascania, elections are now held every 5 years after a change in the constitution several years ago. The two main factions fighting it out are the leftist Union and conservative Alliance, which are made up of smaller, more diverse parties. There are 500 seats in the unitary parliament up for grabs, with 200 in the assemblies of Vanakalam and Kalkalistan. Thousands of local, municipal, state and regional officials will also be elected - with 334 million eligible voters. Voter turnout in Vascania tends to be between 65% and 80%.

Most interesting of the races is for the position of Governor-General. The leftist Union has selected Amandara Adwani of Kayal, Kalkalistan, to go up against the Alliance's candidate - Samarpreet Bedi of Ananti Pradesh, Kalkalistan. This will mark the first election in the history of the united Vascania that both major candidates will be from Kalkalistan, with the incumbent T. Asharika originating from Vanakalam. Adwani hopes to unite a coalition of young people, first-time voters, the urban working class and unmarried women to overcome the 35 million gap in party registration. Bedi seeks to hold onto the party's existing mix of religious Vascanians, ardent monarchists, the rural poor, farmers, suburban parents and the wealthy. Due to the massive size of Vascania, these necessary winning combinations are equally as fragile and complex. Adwani's coalition is smaller, but polls suggest she has been doing a better job of holding hers together than Bedi.

The current Governor-General is widely popular, and has been seen as a competent leader of the country and its economy. However, Bedi has made a number of disparaging comments about women, saying they have no place in leading businesses and condemned some women for having better-payed jobs than their husbands. He has refused to apologise, which has taken him from a 30% lead to a 5% one. As stated, suburban women and the many religious women of the Empire are very important to the Alliance keeping its long-standing streak in government. While Bedi has been hammering home conservative social positions, Adwani has been talking economics and policing. She proposes increasing taxes on big businesses, and increasing inheritance tax. She's also for criminal justice reform and for abolishing the death penalty. Whether Adwani can overcome a massive disadvantage in the electoral fundamentals is yet to be seen.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:33 pm

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Adwani Wins Upset Victory

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Above: Governor-General to His Majesty, Amandara Adwani.

Thikkonagama, Vanakalam - Few expected the centre-left candidate of the failing 'Union' alliance of parties to defeat her opponent, of the popular governing party. Amandara Adwani was selected as an experienced member of the shadow cabinet, on a number of key committees, who was seen as perhaps a face-saver who could focus on upholding national and state infrastructure. In the minds of pundits and political analysts, nobody would be popular enough to overcome the hand-picked successor of Tambethra Asharika - an incumbent with an approval rating in the high 60s. Polls showed her behind consistently behind by double-digits, all the way up until Bedi's fateful comments about women's roles in the economy and state religion. What came next was a major upset.

Adwani trounced Bedi by a 10-point-margin. She won 148.4 million votes to Bedi's 120.5 million, with turnout over 80%. This means Adwani has probably received the most votes of any one person in modern history. Exit polls showed a 5-point advantage for Adwani, which was far beyond the polling average of Bedi +5%. Now, Adwani has committed to cracking down on the fraud and tax evasion of the nation's rapidly growing economy. Under her government, she plans to reform the inheritance and corporate tax rates to increase revenue to pay for investments in judicial, infrastructural and educational initiatives. Bedi conceded, invoking the spirit of national hero Takarana Sagana as he swore to respect the election's results. In the parliament, Adwani's party captured a very slim majority, and her and the new PM will soon be visiting the palace to be confirmed.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:04 pm

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Adwani Meets with President Wagener of Dorvik
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Ussendorf, Miktar - President Eugenie Wagener met with the Governor-General of Vascania, Amandara Adwani, today in a meeting held in the President's secondary home in the suburbs of Ussendorf. The meeting has been planned for some time, but Adwani has recently been busy with social and economical reforms in her home country. Wagener and Adwani discussed issue regarding lifting Dovani nations out of poverty, creating a fairer immigration system, incentivising investment in developing economies and increasing second-language abilities in each country. No official agreement between both parties was signed, but there was a strong sense communicated from both teams that the talks had been 'productive', as one Dorvish staffer said to a Miktar-based newspaper, as well as 'insightful', as a Vascanian staffer told DNS.

Wagener is understood to have told Adwani that the Dorvish government 'unanimously' believes that Dorvik has a role to play in international development, on the side of good. The Dorvish head of state is believed to have came down strongly on the side of a continuing dialogue between Dorvik and nations across the ocean to the west, which she is known to previously called 'a major opportunity for the Dorvish economy'. Adwani, for her part pushed Wagener to commit to a Dorvish government investment in infrastructure development in southern Kalkalistan, which Adwani said would be a net positive for Dorvish businesses manufacturing products in Vascania and the importing them back to be sold in Dorvik. While Wagener didn't commit to a government investment, she is thought to have told her fellow female world leader that Dorvish businesses are 'very eager to invest privately in the development of Vascania'.

Wagener will now go back to her government and cabinet in order to talk about potential deals in investment in the Dovani continent and its nearby continents, especially considering the high number of rapidly developing economies that provide an opportunity for a major return on investment - on the one hand - and the great number of ethnic Dorvish living in the area. On the issue of ethnic Dorvish in Dovani and the general east, Wagner has previously praised Ostland for 'upholding human rights, equal rights and inter-ethnic peace and stability', while simultaneously calling for an 'international protection for the rights of native people to self-determination'. Adwani will likely spin the talks back in Vascania as proof that her government's radical plan of drastically increased healthcare and education spending can be bankrolled by the investment and taxation brought from a growing relationship with the West.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:00 pm

Vascania News Alert: L. Sakesh, New Vascanian Governor-General, Goes to Midway

Midway - Fresh off of an electoral victory which saw his right-wing party regain the majority in parliament, L. Sakesh is off to Midway to talk to other leaders in the Third World. Reports suggest that his key points to raise will be about encouraging trade, keeping the peace and promoting unity between all the nations in Vascania.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:49 pm

Vascania News Alert: Thriving New Film Industry In Sangora Driving West Crazy!

Sangora, Vanakalam - Cheap, often hilariously low-budget films made in the city of Sangora, Vanakalam, Vascania, are sending film stars in the west crazy! One starlet on the big screen in Artania told Vascania News that she is considering suing the director of "Happy Time 2: The Road Back, Electric Boogaloo" for being a knock-off of the film she starred in: "The Silent Night", a psychological horror flick. She isn't the only one, though, as directors, producers and film stars across the first world are reportedly infuriated by the films - which are drying up the massive Vascanian market.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:23 pm

Vascania News Alert: Emperor Satyaketu In "Poor Health"

Thikkonagama, Vanakalam - According to a number of sources, 77-year-old Emperor Satyaketu is in poor health. The Emperor acts as a unifying symbol and a psuedo-religious figure within the nation. The Emperor enjoys high approval ratings, including among doctors, and the nation's entire health services at his disposal if necessary, but he is said to be suffering from an as-of-yet undisclosed disease. Some have suggested the Emperor may have cancer, but this has been denied by the Imperial House physician.

Were the Emperor to sadly pass, the religious and political figures of the nation would collect to elect his successor from among his children. The Emperor has 5 children - four sons and one daughter - but three of them have rejected the idea of being the successor to their father. The two that have not are Princess Surasa and Prince Vama, two twins who are the oldest of Satyaketu's children, though Princess Surasa is older. Prince Vama is widely respected, but Princess Surasa is seen as more pious - which will be an important factor for religious leaders casting their votes.
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Re: வஸகானா செய்திகள் / वास्काना समाचार (Vascania News)

Postby QV73 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:40 pm

Vascania News Alert: Emperor Satyaketu Dies After Prolonged Health Problems; Long Live Empress Surasa!

Thikkonagama, Vanakalam - Emperor Satyaketu has died at the age of 90 after more that a decade of severe health problems. He was given less than a year to live by his personal doctors when he was diagnosed with cancer at age 77. The illness was only made public years later. Three-term incumbent Governor-General L. Sakesh made the statement to the public at 9 in the evening on public television, with a 90 second silence held across the country.

His oldest child will now take the throne, Empress Surasa, who is 51. Surasa is regarded as a fierce political operator and deeply pious woman. Some of her opponents have likened her ruthlessness to the historical figure of Lakshmi the Black, who terrorised the people of Kalkalistan during the Vascanian War of Unification. These concerns have only been heightened by her strong interest in "dark magic", as was reported by one anonymous insider. Surasa is a divisive pick, though her outspoken piety and zeal have made her popular in rural parts of the country.

Requiem in pace, Emperor of Vascania, High Priest of the Church of Sundarata, Vatavana Takarana Satyaketu. May the light of the gods lead him to the next life.
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Postby QV73 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:58 pm

Vascania News Alert: Empress Surasa Promises "Increased Focus On Living Standards" As New Government Formed

Thikkonagama, Vanakalam - In the imperial speech to commemorate the opening of parliament and the formation of a new centrist government, Empress Surasa - 68 - promised that the crown and the parliament would be taking further measures to reduce poverty and increase living standards in Vascania.

According to recent research, 39% of Vascanians are classed as "poor", and 15% cannot afford essentials on a regular basis. In response to this, the Vascanian welfare state will soon be expanded and fortified, alongside an effort to reduce the costs associated with starting and maintaining a small business.
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