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« Reply #210 on: September 04, 2020, 11:18:25 PM »




EMAC CONFIRM LOSS OF PROTOTYPE

Sir Alan Maybury the CEO of the East Moreland Aircraft Company has today announced that the company has lost one of the pair of prototypes for a new unmanned air vehicle known as the Dragon-ghost. The announcement marks the end of a long series of successful advances by the company over the last five years that had lead many to believe that everything the company touched was destined to a success. The new UAV was expected to serve in the Air Force and is intended to carry out both reconnaissance and strike missions. The aircraft was designed to give a minimal radar signature by using special composite materials and a low profile design. The skin of the aircraft was designed in such a way that there would be no potential radar return from control surfaces as the design would be manoeuvred by vectoring exhaust gases over the fuselage. Sir Alan spoke with the media having already reported the loss of the prototype to the Ministry of Defence. During the Press Briefing the CEO explained the reason for the loss. "Over the last few months the two prototypes have clocked up around 180 hours of flying time and things have largely gone how we expected. The prototype is designed so that we can use traditional control surfaces such as rudders, ailerons and elevators however we have the option to turn these off in flight and lock them in place using then the thrust vectoring we plan on utilising to cut down radar signature. On the last week or so off testing we've used just the thrust system for all the flights. On this occasion we believe that perhaps some ice blocked one of the vectoring ports and so we attempted to switch to using the control surfaces. For some reason the mechanism that switches between them didn't work and it crashed into the Illumic. We have recovered as much of the wreckage as I think we'll get and are pouring over it to learn what went wrong."

The Ministry of Defence announced that they will be providing as much support as possible. "EMAC have always provided the nation with quality equipment. Its the case that to make the huge advances that EMAC have given us that occasionally an experiment is going to go wrong. We are confident that Sir Alan and his team will complete the project to the specifications that we need and that once more we'll have an exceptional piece of equipment." It is understood that the government have planned to order an initial batch of 30 of the UAV's if the project is completed to the standards demanded by the military. The remaining prototype will be grounded until the company have gone over the data gathered and made significant changes if needed.





DIXON TO DRIVE SSC HONEYBADGER

Several months ago EMAC confirmed that they were taking the SSC Honeybadger out of storage and were planning on making several tweeks to the record breaking car. The vehicle set the land speed record back in 2015 when it recorded an average over two runs of 833mph in the salt plains of Dijel. At the time the team carrying out the attempt claimed that they thought the vehicle could get about 10-15 mph more however the weather conditions were never favourable for a further run and the car was returned to East Moreland were it has been on display in the National Aeronautical Museum in Ostlake ever since. About six months ago the vehicle was retrieved and has undergone several low speed runs at Ostlake at speeds less than 300mph. At the time of the record breaking run Royal East Moreland Air Force pilot Danny Jules was the driver of the vehicle and would later go on to also pilot the Waterbadger which broke the Water Speed Record. Jules has however since left the Air Force and ruled himself out of a second attempt with the SSC Honeybadger stating that he didn't think his neck was up to the job. "When you drive the SSC Honeybadger its a straight line but there is so much acceleration your head becomes like a bowling ball on top of a piece of spaghetti. I spent months doing weight training to try and make sure I was as strong as possible in my back and shoulders to try and compensate. Now I'm five years older I don't think I can put my body through that again." Jules will however still be part of the team advising them on how to set up the vehicle and helping train the new driver who was named as another former REMAF pilot , former astronaut Rachel Dixon.

Dixon was a former fighter pilot in the East Moreland Air Force and became the first Morelander in space and on the moon, she has also visited the "Inflatable" Space Station established by the CNN. If the record attempt is successful Dixon will extend the World Land Speed Record to what EMAC believe will be 850mph however if vehicle manages to reach 678mph it will mark a record as the Womens Land Speed Record something that Dixon is confident of acheiving. "I saw on TV when the car broke the sound barrier five years ago. Having been in a rocket that goes much faster than the SSC Honeybadger I know the forces involved very well and know I can cope. All we need is for the engineers to get their bit right and we should get close to the existing record. I think we're going to do this with some to spare."

The location for the record attempt has yet to be confirmed but a return to Dijel has not been ruled out.

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« Reply #211 on: September 09, 2020, 11:10:22 PM »




EXCLUSIVE SILVERHILLS CLUB TO HAVE "EQUALITY"

The famous Marble Garden Club in Silverhills is a private members club opened in 1808 by a group of wealthy metal merchants who had been raised to the nobility by King Richard I. It was originally intended as an exclusive place for businessmen of the "New Nobility" to have their own gatherings in a similar manner as the old Palaces of the traditional nobility had. It sits within the beautiful building known as the Garden House which is surrounded by a large private walled garden meaning the comings and goings at the Club are rather discreet. The Club has never advertised for members and its membership list is not public knowledge. What is known is that the Club charges a rather sizeable annual fee and permits its members to use its facilities, bars, restaurants and bedrooms for relaxation. The club has strict codes on dress, guests and even on where its members can conduct business within its premises. One known member of the club is Lord Lucas Osman, founder of OsmanTech and thought to be East Moreland's richest man. The Lord explained, "The club is a kind of haven away from the worries of big business. Its an oasis where the only place you are even permitted to display business documents is in a private suite. In the public areas conversation is expected to be pleasant, its about family, your travels and the rugby. Even discussion on politics while not banned is frowned upon." The club has however always retained two policies which in the past has drawn criticism. The first is that the clubs membership is "gentleman only" meaning women visitors are only permitted when accompanied by a male member. The second is that all members must be Morelanders and therefore the only foreign guests who have been inside have been guests of the members. The club's rather secretive administration has though today voted to change that.

In a notice published in the Northfort Gazette the club stated, "The Marble Garden Club is now able to consider membership of both those not born of East Moreland as well as females. The usual process shall apply." The notice did no however discuss the process and Lord Lucas Osman was unwilling to give details. It is understood though that a vetting process is undertaken and similar but less exclusive clubs usually operate on a referral process where a current member must give an introduction for a prospect to even be considered. The Marble Garden Club has 30 bedrooms, six dining rooms, three kitchens, a ballroom and several other lounges and function rooms. Very few images of the interior exist with one of the dining rooms being photographed recently to highlight the inclusion of several famed wood engravings of the 18th Century artist William Antony. Various rumours have existed about the club down the years including that its wine cellar has over 10,000 different bottles of wine, that it was used by King Richard I for hiding his Mistresses or even that it was a secret Temple used for human sacrifice. While mystery surrounds much of the club it is clear that it is likely to become more open in the coming weeks.

Lord Lucas explained, "Perhaps the club is becoming rather stale in terms of its membership aging. East Moreland has since the time of Richard I become a nation joined to Mundus not apart from it. It is then perhaps the right time to embrace this and allow its membership to reflect the changing nature of our nation." Shelly Coe of the Northfort News attempted to apply for membership an hour after the announcement appeared but was however told "Regretfully your application has not been accepted at this time." with no feedback of the reason why being given.





ARCHDUCHESS PREPARES FOR ALUHAMPTON

Archduchess Sophie Harrison-Ironside has announced today that she is set to return to athletics however will not be attending the Mundus Games. The King's 22 year old niece has competed several times in the Summer and Winter Mundus Games since making her debut at the age of 17. She became the first athlete to win medals at both the summer and winter version of the games and is East Moreland's 2nd most successful athlete behind her friend and Mundus Games Swimming Legend Daisy Greechan. The Archduchess is surrounded by speculation leading up to every Games as to whether she will compete especially since taking up a commission in the Air Force meaning her training and competition routine is heavily impacted by her duties as a Force Protection Dog Handler. This year however the Archduchess has been open about her preparations saying, "I have two months of leave saved up and thankfully could take them when I wanted. I have therefore been in contact today with the Paracambian organisers of the Empire Games and they have graciously allowed me to compete there. I love the thrill of competition but for both moral and practical reasons I can not go to the Mundus Games. On a practical view point I haven't enough qualifying points and while the East Moreland selectors offered me a place it would have pushed someone else out. I think that would not have been fair. Morally I think I can not compete in a nation where slavery is permitted. I'm a royal in a nation that utilises the Freestone Mark and was proud that we saw citizens of this nation establish such a useful process. I therefore think this is my Freestone Mark. I don't blame any athlete who does go and competes. I once was where they were having spent years dedicating every waking thought to achieving your dream. Practicially talking I'd have gone to the games and come away with no medal. I now have a chance to go and compete against people in a very different environment, from what I understand it will be people representing their region and not their nation and that's something that people don't normally get the chance to do."

The East Moreland team selectors said they supported the Archduchess and wished her well in her efforts. Team Leader Simon Moran, a medal winner in rowing, explained "Every time the Archduchess has laced up trainers or ice skates she's brought back medals. She's young but full of so much experience. We would have been insane not to take her along just as a prescence around the team, especially since we've lost Daisy Greechan as that figurehead. To give up a place on a team in favour of others is brave but she's a competitive person and so these Empire Games present her a unique chance and I know she'll embrace that. It also attracts more attention to these Empire Games, to have one of Mundus greatest sports-women go will I think make those games viewed more globally." Moran was asked if the Archduchess would be representing East Moreland or would be competing as a private individual and said, "That is for Sophie and the Empire Games to work out. She has in my view every right to pull on the red and white whenever she wants. Whether that is appropriate in these circumstances is for the Paracambians to work out." Moran was also asked about the prospect of Morelanders withdrawing from the games because of the venue and replied. "Its tough. Should the games be in Royal Seleucid, absolutely. They have some nice facilities and have from what I've seen and heard been trying hard to overcome the past issues the nation had under their previous King. Tamora while having the facilities though creates a moral issue. My understanding is Attica is the part of the Empire hosting the games and that they have banned slavery. If that is the case then I think that by going we actually show the Tamorans that if they don't use slaves and don't embrace the practice of slavery the international community will support and embrace them. I think our approach of leaving it to everyone's own conscience is the best way forward though. I'm now hoping we have a successful games and we meet our targets."

The various competitors to represent East Moreland will be announced this Friday and fans will be looking for a new batch of athletes to step up and take the weight of expectation created by trailblazers like Greechan and the Archduchess.

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« Reply #212 on: September 10, 2020, 10:36:18 PM »




QUEEN EVACUATED FROM SILVERHILLS AFTER EXPLOSION

Queen Stasya was today evacuated from her residence in Silverhills following an explosion at a nearby bar which is being investigated as a terrorist incident. It was claimed by eye witnesses that a bar in Silverhills was attacked seemingly at random by a car which first fired an explosive device in before two armed men riddled the venue with gunfire. So far Police have yet to confirm the number of casualties stating, "We are still working on identifying all the victims and until such a time as we can it is not appropriate for us to make any further announcements." It is understood that as the explosion happened close to the Queen's residence protocols for the emergency evacuation of the Queen were followed meaning that within a minute or so of the explosion a military helicopter left the Queen's property at Clancy House. While the Queen was being evacuated it is understood that teams on the ground were moving towards Clancy House incase the explosion was part of an attack on the royal property and one of these units from the 2nd Light Scouts intercepted the perpatrators as they fled the scene. One eye witness claims the get away car was rammed by a military armoured car and then fired upon. Several men were pulled from the car but their condition is yet to be determined. The local chief of police announced, "Following a swift reaction by members of our police and military a number of terrorist suspects were engaged and captured. We shall make further announcements as and when we have more to share."

It is understood that the Queen was flown to the military base known as Alpine Three with her helicopter being accompanied by two Dragonheart fighter aircraft. John Powell is a former member of Royal Security details and he informed us, "It is standard practice that wherever a member of the royal family goes an extraction plan is in place, usually there are three or four different plans for different scenarios. The end result of each is to find a secure location and the VIP is deposited there under heavy guard. No risks are taken and so to limit risk of an attack by something like a shoulder fired SAM fighters accompany any transport aircraft. These fighters would have the responsibility of ensuring any launched missile is drawn away from the target utilising the mass of onboard equipment they have. I would guess within 60 seconds of the agents at Clancy House getting word of the attack the Queen was onboard that helicopter."

The Queen had moved to Silverhills following the release of data from Lodja that implicated the Pelagiya family in several scandals. The Royal Press Office have yet to confirm whether Queen Stasya is still at Alpine Three or has been moved to some other location. Royal Press Secretary Malcolm Tucker told assembled press "The Security of the royal family is well in hand. Steps have and will be taken to ensure that no harm comes to them and the business of government is unaffected."




GREECHAN AT THE GAMES

It is well documented that Daisy Greechan is East Moreland's greatest athlete and in many debates across Mundus some would argue that she is perhaps the greatest sports person in Mundus. As well as being a swimming great having won medals in the pool and open water events at the games she was part of the pair to become the first women to row across the Mhorish and recently completed a historic swim across the Illumic  a feat that ensures she will miss the Mundus Games. What however is less documented has been the quiet emergence of Maisie Greechan-Clay, the 17 year old cousin of the legend. Yesterday at the National Student Championships Maisie set a new junior record in the 50m Butterfly which was also quick enough to qualify her for the Mundus Games meaning the name "Greechan" will feature of the starting blocks in Midaranye after all. As her inclusion was confirmed the 17 year old said, "I know what will end up happening. People will compare me and my cousin and the fact we are both exceptionally tall, we swim and we're Morelanders that is where I think the comparison should end. Daisy was a marathon runner while I'm a sprinter. There is no way you will find me swimming in the open water, its far too cold and 10km is far too much hard work. Naturally I'd love to be half as successful as she has been and she is an inspiration to me and the rest of the the East Moreland swim team, probably an inspiration to swimmers regardless of their nationality. I'm young enough to have many more games and I know I'll be one of the younger members of Team EM, for me this is like a recce, I intend to go to Midaranye and get some elite competition experience. Anything other than that is a bonus."

With many other big names from the East Moreland team of 2019 calling top class sport a day the 2020 games present an opportunity for new stars to emerge. Two old hands however are Louis Blanche and Tom Ridge who will both compete in the Medieval MMA competition and have today confirmed that they will for the first time team up to represent the Kingdom in the duo's competition. Blanche and Ridge have fought several times for the World Heavyweight title which is currently held by Louis Blanche. The announcement of what is considered by many to be the No.1 and No.2 ranked fighters in the world uniting under the Red and White is likely to make others in that competition nervous. The pair do however have to contend with the knowledge that anything less than a truck load of golds in the discipline for East Moreland is likely to be seen as a massive failure. 

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« Reply #213 on: September 12, 2020, 10:41:22 PM »




TREATY CONFIRMATIONS

Duchess Orlaith Kade has today confirmed that the Kingdom has recently entered into two treaties within its own right as well as seeing its link with the CSU expanded. The Foreign Minister confirmed that the Kingdom has concluded a deal with Aosta which will ease trade and travel. The agreement was negotiated between King David and Princess Brigidia and will see Aosta benefit from reduced tariffs and products originating from Aosta will be able to enter East Moreland with few restrictions so long as they conform to East Moreland's standards. The agreement will also see an expansion of the highly successful More and Mundus school exchange programme which has sent thousands of young Morelanders abroad to gain cultural knowledge of other nations. The Foreign Minister explained, "The treaty is a good one as Aosta are a nation primed to be able to become an important part of Albion where we already have many treaties and friends. This treaty will now allow us to access markets there close to other places we already have been working with. We understand that a East to West coast Albion railway network is being established and that will help our companies planning on taking advantage of this treaty even further."

The second treaty was concluded between King David and Empress Evanthe of Rokkenjima. The two nations were at one point firm friends however following various controversies following the kidnapping of Princess Adriana by the Borlanders and an apparent breakdown in Rokkenjiman Intelligence Agencies because of Charles Ofdensen's treachery. The breakdown even saw Empress Beatrice cancel the existing treaty between East Moreland and Rokkenjima. The new treaty does not go as far as previous ones, which all were tied to working with another nation to form a Tripartite however it does begin to lay the foundations of repairing the two nations relationship. The new treaty was concluded at Northfort Palace and will see the restablishment of diplomatic relations through embassies, military briefings and limits of Rokkenjiman Naval tonnage at QAMB. The agreement will also Rokkenjima once more part of the More and Mundus programme. Duchess Orlaith explained, "The treaty still does not make the relationship between our two nations as strong as they once were but they are a foundation to build upon. The treaty does not contain any economic aspects as those are fairly controlled and managed through the East Moreland-CSU Agreement."

Finally as the CSU have recently admitted Koudama to the organisation it will bring them into play through the East Moreland-CSU Agreement. That arrangement sees products certified as originating in the CSU free to enter East Moreland so long as they comply with local standards, the arrangement is recipricated allowing East Moreland to access the markets of Rokkenjima, Achkaerin, Lakhzovia, and now Koudama. Duchess Orlaith explained, "The CSU Agreement is one we are always happy to see grow. We have adopted since 2014 a stance that the removal of limits and tariffs is beneficial for all but must be controlled through a sensible mechanism. We like the concept of the CSU when it comes to trade however we do not wish to be tied to the bureaucratic beast that accompanies it. The East Moreland-CSU Agreement is one many businesses across Mundus have been able to benefit from help create jobs and opportunities. We are now excited to see Koudamma added to that list."

The King has also confirmed today that in the coming days arrangements will be made to begin talks with Cantabria about a kind of diplomatic treaty between the two. It will mark King David's first official dealings with the nation currently governed by the sister of King Finley of Ui Cenneslaig. So far details of whether Queen Cait will be hosting the King or visiting East Moreland has yet to be confirmed.




SKINNER TO DOUBLE UP

East Moreland's first female Royal Marine Commando Officer has confirmed today that she will be competing in the Mundus Games and will be appearing in two different events. 23 year old Liv Skinner dominated the Ostlake Military Games taking gold in Female Powerlifting, Tug of War and the Naval Gun Run. In the past she has competed in various events for the Royal East Moreland Naval Service and for the Kingdom in Junior Level events, her commitment to her military career has though seen her yet to make a debut at Senior level events. At the Mundus Games Skinner will compete in the the Shot Put and the women's heavyweight weightlifting event. At 6ft the Keepton native has according to Archduchess Sophie Harrison-Ironside a useful advantage. "Being tall means that naturally the shot is already elevated and with the strength Liv has she can propel it forcefully enough that her few extra inches of height over most of the competition could transfer into as much as half a meter more. The problem is though that advantage becomes a disadvantage in weightlifting, being so long limbed means the weight has further to go and the length of arms and legs means technique is harder to maintain. I suspect Liv will be one of the tallest women in the competition and so that could be the difference between a medal and not making the podium.

Skinner serves as a Commando aboard the REMNS flagship the King Robert a ship with a proud sporting pedigree as it is the ship Mundus Games legend Daisy Greechan serves on. Skinner has spoken of how this had helped her prepare for the games. "Knowing that over lunch or dinner you can just sit and ask someone with so much experience questions about what I'm going to be facing is great. I know because of the nature of the events I compete in there is very little chance of me getting close to her haul but I hope I can do the Royal Rob proud." Skinner is one of many serving members of the East Moreland military who is heading to Midaranye as military organised competition is still the leading organisation in many sports with Rugby, Football and Medieval MMA being three exceptions. At present around 40% of the East Moreland team are serving members of the military.

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« Reply #214 on: September 19, 2020, 10:41:59 PM »




"QUEEN SHOULD RENOUNCE CITIZENSHIP" SAYS NIGHTINGALE

Chief Councillor Grant Nightingale has today spoken of how he feels that Queen Stasya should renounce her Lodjain citizenship following a string of scandals that have implicated the Pelagiya family. One of them involved the King's father in law Duke Tobias Pelagiya having an extra-marital affair with prostitutes. The Chief Councillor spoke about the situation while appearing on an early morning TV show and said. "While I think Queen Stasya has been a good Queen so far she however still retains ties to her former home which at times are at odds with the standards we would expect of those having the Ironside name. Queen Stasya will, eventually we hope, be the Mother of Princes and Princesses of East Moreland and as such should not be associated with the scandals that so regularly and unashamedly impact Lodja. Therefore it is my firm belief that she should end this conflict of interests of being a citizen of Lodja and a Morelander royal. It also creates an awful situation where the Queen of East Moreland is also a subject of another royal, in this case the Queen of Lodja. While we are happy to be friends with the Lodjains we should not appear subservient to them."

Queen Stasya has yet to comment on the situation and has not been seen in public since her evacuation from Silverhills following an attack that has no been deemed to have been part of "organised crime" rather than terrorism. The Queen has however been confirmed as having been airlifted to Ostlake where she is staying on one of the four military complexes there. Royal Press Secretary Malcolm Tucker however has issued a statement saying, "Queen Stasya's nationality is not really a concern. She is the Queen of East Moreland and as such will always put her people first. King David trusts her to be by his side as he helps guide the nation and whether she has a Lodjain passport tucked away at the back of a draw has little to no influence on that." It was however confirmed that Duke Tobias has had his permission to enter Royal Palaces revoked for the time being following the scandals.




JURY OUT ON CROSS ISLANDS REPUBLIC

Following a statement by a group of individuals calling themselves the Cross Island Republic that they have established a new nation on uninhabited islands claimed by Runavik East Moreland's Foreign Minister, Duchess Orlaith Kade, has issued a statement on behalf of the King. "At present the Kingdom of East Moreland does not and will not recognise this self-proclaimed Republic as a legitimate nation. We however do respect their ambition in establishing homes on islands that by our understanding are difficult to reside on full time. The fact remains that it is apparent this islands are under the jurisdiction of Runavik and therefore claiming these islands is effectively theft. Should those claiming to represent the new "Republic" really wish to follow this path then they should do so working with the islands owners. We will largely be following Runavik's guidance on this manner however we believe that those who now occupy the islands should be treated with compassion and respect for what they are trying to do in establishing homes where others believe is not possible is an admirable aim."

It is understood that should Runavik formally recognise the Republic as a nation then East Moreland would follow suit and Duchess Orlaith Kade spoke about possible construction support. "We've seen East Moreland undertake a large number of refugee operations where we've helped establish shelter and infrastructure in at times inhospitable places. Should these islands become someone's home, be them under Runavik or this new "Republic" we have a few tools and techniques that could be of use and would love to help if requested."  Currently other than embassies no formal diplomatic ties exist between East Moreland and Runavik and the Duchess believes this may change soon. "Runavik are a nation with a unique form of government that is rather unpredictable. As an Albion nation with cultural ties to the Alanders I think they are perhaps a nation we could build upon our friendships already in place in that region." It is not yet however understood whether a formal approach has been made for opening up talks.




ROCK FALL AT GODS FORGE REVEALS GOLD

Yesterday in a side chamber of the undergound cave complex known as the Gods Forge in Portsworth a rock fall took place and after clearing away the debris what appears to be a seam of gold has been discovered. The complex which is still being cleared after decades of study is thought to be the place where the God of War, Jekar, crafted the first sword and gave it to the God's most beloved human companion Raimond Unasson. The complex is an intricate network of natural and man made passageways and chambers and some of the earliest evidence of human settlement in East Moreland has been found there. The new discovery however is likely to cause some extremely heated discussion in coming days. The cave system is legally speaking under the juristiction of the City of Portworth however as a site of religious importance it also falls under the stewardship of the Cult of Helus. This situation is further compounded as the site was one of the first to be recognised as a site of International importance for the Cultural Exchange Treaty Organisation meaning the site must be protected. Currently the mayor of Portworth, Jackson Elliot, is calling for the seam to be investigated and exploited. "From what I hear we could be talking tens of millions in gold if things are as geologists believe they may be. That is something that can be exploited and used to better the city of Portworth. We could build new infastructure projects, give people tax cuts and numerous other things. There is no point it sitting in the ground."

The Cult of Helus though have spoke out against any mining with the Priestess of Jekar in Portworth, Claire Proctor, stating. "This is no oridinary cave, this is the birth place of swordsmanship, the home of Jekar himself. We are still finding new and exciting things in the caves everyday and while the gold is a fantastic discovery it however can not be utilised if it means destroying the home of the God to get to it. I would support extracting any gold we can so long as we do not have to rip apart the rocks to get them. Any money coming is clearly a gift from the Gods and should be used supporting good causes."

There is every possibility that the King may have to get involved as legally speaking land on which religious sites of the Cult sit is the property of the monarch. To date however King David has yet to speak on the manner.




LEGIONNAIRE LEADS ATHLETES AND SETS RECORDS

Team EM have today announced that their flag carrying athlete in Ipsus will be Lance Corporal Robert Ashfield. The 26 year old 800m and 1500m runner was selected after a vote of the athletes competing and will be the first Morelander to enter the arena. The decision is remarkable for a number of reasons the first being that Ashfield only qualified for the games three weeks ago in what was his first elite class event. The Royal Logistics Corps NCO was injured while on active duty in Academica where he suffered damage to his spine and neck and was told he would need to leave the military. Ashfield however began competing in swimming events through the Legionnaire Legacy programme and soon began undertaking short runs as part of his training. In the time since his injuries he has won several medals at the Ostlake Games and was even able to repass the Army fitness test allowing him to resume his military career. Ashfield won the cross country event for his disability category this year at the Games and his time was comparible to those of the able bodied competition which inspired him to enter his first elite event where he went under the qualifying times for the Games. "I crossed the line for the 800m about a step ahead of the guy in 2nd." Robert explains, "Where I finished though wasn't my concern and so when I looked up at the stadium board it wasn't to see where I'd finished but to check the time. I'd a few seconds to spare and was elated. Later in the day I had a bit more breathing room for the 1500m. To now be honoured with leading the team out couldn't make me prouder especially with my background."

Ashfield is another surprise choice as he is not a member of the Cult of Helus. Ashfield converted to Christianity when he was 13 years old much to his parents disapproval. "Mum and Dad still tried to drag me to Temple and say the words to Helus. They just never felt right though. One day I was actually watching some film, I think it was based on Moses and I got interested, six months later I'd found a small chapel nearby and was going every Sunday." Ashfield is one of a handful of non-Cultists in East Moreland's team with James Carter in the football team having caused controversy on his international debut several years ago when he was spotted not singing the national anthem "Helus Call" Carter had never told anyone outside his changing room comrades of his faith and the scene caused quiet a controversy at the time. Ashfield however says he will have no issue singing the anthem however in his own unique way. "I love East Moreland and I think the national anthem is beautiful, I simply substitute the word Moreland for Helus and my team mates seem to respect that. I just hope I get a chance to stand on top of a podium and sing it." This year the Morelander team features 4 Christians, 1 Jew, 3 members of the Sisterhood of Helus and an Odinist.

The team have also determined that they will only join the athletes parade in Ipsus and will not send a delegation to Attica. It is also understood that King David will make his customary visit to the games but only for the final day to watch the final of the Medieval MMA tournament. The Palace have not confirmed whether Queen Stasya or Princess Rhiannon will be accompanying him.

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"SFR VILLAGE" DECLARED OPEN IN HEYRA

Following an agreement made almost a year ago the East Moreland green energy company SFR have declared that they have reached a significant milestone in their work. The company have an agreement that they will be able to utilise 100km2 of Heyran territory for various tests utilising green technology in return for carrying out work to remove the vast number of landmines and explosive devices left over from the Great War. The SFR project have exclusive rights to the land they have been allocated for the next 50 years and the company have pledged to build facilities to test wind-turbines, wave generators and solar panels alongside a settlement. The settlement will go through three stages of construction, SFR Village, SFR Town and SFR City with each stage seeing an increase in power needs.

Alice Lucas is the companies CEO and was at SFR Village for the ribbon cutting which was carried out by Lord Lucas Osman who owns around 10% of SFR and gave them much of their start up oppurtunity. Miss Lucas explained the project saying, "It is our aim to use the settlement as a proving ground for technologies we want to show case to businesses and governments across Mundus. The SFR Village is to be a harbour we have made from sinking three large prefab containers and after pumping the water out of them pouring in concrete. We've then attached various floating pontoons and a road way over the top meaning we can service large cargo ships here in stable sea conditions. Next we've cleaned out a strip of land next to the coast from mines and we've brought in ten large shipping containers that have been converted into homes for the workers. An additional four have been set up as communal areas. These 14 buildings are now being run as part of community of 30 people who are running daily tests on equipment. We also have a former cruise ship sat off the coast where the staff cleaning the mines, many of them veterans of East Moreland's Royal Military Engineers are staying. To date we have cleared out a total of around 12,800 anti-personnel mines, 2,800 anti-vehicle mines, 1,900 explosive devices and 13 unexploded bombs. Thankfully no one has yet been hurt and we hope it remains that way. Its our hope that in 2070 the land will be returned to Heyra and we will have left them a usable settlement capable of being self sustaining in all ways and housing around 2,000 people. We will have in return received so much insight into energy production the project will have funded itself many times over."

It is expected that the "Village" will double in size in the next 3 months and the aim is for SFR Town, a settlement of around 1,000 people, to be operational by the end of 2022. Miss Lucas explained, "It is vital we now put in some infrastructure not only to simulate a real settlement but also to help the engineers get around to do their valuable work ridding Heyra of the legacy of the Great War. Roads will be a focus moving forward and that will allow us to begin experiments with non-polluting vehicles." It is expected that in the new year King David will visit the settlement as he is keen to see advances discovered here utilised in East Moreland.





KING SAYS QUEEN WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO GIVE UP CITIZENSHIP

Following an interview given by Chief Councillor Grant Nightingale in which he called for Queen Stasya to renounce her Lodjain citizenship the King has today spoken on the subject. While the King and Queen have not been seen in public together since the shocking news of the Lodjain data leak scandal revealed her father had been involved in corruption and extra-marital affairs the King has defended his wife while speaking to the media at a sports club event. The King was in Keepton to open Keepton Boys School's new multi-sports club which will serve the whole community. The King watched some of the Mundus Games in the clubs new clubhouse and took part in a tag rugby match where the "Royal" team made up of the King, some of his security detail and local troops lost 30-10 to a team made up of the clubs Under 18's. While enjoying a post match drink the King chatted freely with the media and when asked about Mr.Nightingale's interview stated. "Mr.Nightingale is the highest elected official in East Moreland and naturally I respect his opinion. When he pushed for reforms of Higher Education and won the support of the Council I naturally support him. However as with other Chief Councillors such as Tim Carpenter, Hugo McGregor and now Grant we will not always see eye to eye. Queen Stasya is my companion, my friend and my wife, she however does not have any constitutional power of any sorts unless I give it to her. I have been on record saying that since we have Princess Freya, Archduchess Sophie and even my cousin Lilian all healthy and intelligent enough to be a good ruler in their own right that should for some reason I not be able to rule, or if I die, before Rhiannon reaches the age to take the throne one of those ladies would take the role of regent and not Stasya. With that in place I see no reason why Stasya should cut her ties with her homeland. We live today on a Mundus where barriers of nationality are breaking down and cultures are more open. I was thrilled my wife accepted the love of Helus, all be it a slightly unorthodox version. She's already immersed herself in charitable efforts here in East Moreland and would have been here today however naturally you can understand the Pelagiya family are in need of privacy while they come to terms with their situation. I hope this reassures Mr.Nightingale who I know only ever has the best interest of Morelanders in his heart."

The King also spoke on the idea of dual nationality saying, "Technically I am a dual national having taken up a passport of the Republic of Hygelac when the Toshikawans threatened the region with missile tests. I did so to support the brave stance of those scientists who risked their lives to stand as human shields against the threat. Several hundred people across Mundus did so in solidarity with those people and I for one am still proud to have that little blue book tucked in a drawer somewhere. I don't think dual nationality is an issue in the modern world."

King David was also asked about the upcoming Alba Karinya Day on October 7th. The celebration was put in place to mark the foundation of the regional body the Alba Karinya Organisation. "Thankfully the AKO has had to do very little. We put in place a strong charter that helps us trade fairly, work together in key fields and share the prosperity of what I think would be fair to describe as Mundus' most peaceful continent. This year we intend to have a few events across the nation to celebrate the organisation and one of the key will be the opening of a memorial to those who died in the Academican Civil War operations we were part of under the umbrella of the AKO." The memorial will be in the grounds of the Temple of Jekar at Ostlake and its design is being kept covered until the day.




"WORLDS STUPIDEST CRIMINALS" FOILED

There were strange scenes yesterday morning in Aldcliffe as the alarm at the National Savings Alliance bank in the city went off shortly after opening at 9am. It transpires that four armed men and a get away driver had attempted to rob the bank close to the city centre. The group however were challenged upon exiting the building and darted back inside creating a hostage situation which lasted less than two minutes according to eye witnesses. The reason for this fast resolution was the gangs poor planning as the bank sits less than 1km away from Red Legion's HQ and the road generally has a steady stream of people coming and going from the base. In this case a pair of cars containing eight Red Legionnaire's was on its way to the units specialist training area on the edge of town and responded to the sound of a flashbang the group had used to subdue those inside. An eye witness explained the scene saying. "we suddenly heard what sounded like a very loud firework and then the bank alarm began to sound. Next the sound of screetching breaks and eight guys running to the back of their SUV. Next thing guys in jeans and t-shirts are strapping on body armour and shouldering rifles. At first we thought they were the robbers going in."

Eyewitnesses say a Legionnaire challenged the exiting gang to put their weapons down but instead the group ran back into the building. Brigadier Kelly, the commanding officer of Red Legion explained. "We had a Sergeant taking seven of his men to the urban firing range. They were due to run some drills there and had all their operational gear onboard their vehicles. Naturally having heard an explosion they are trained to respond and did so. Our men are trained to quickly assess threats and take appropriate action. The Sergeant believed the panic their arrival caused the criminals may have lead to the gang taking action on hostages and so determined a quick assault was in order. They effected entry and with the skill we expect of them quickly gained control of the situation." Eye witnesses claim they saw the Legionnaires deploy their own flashbangs before entering through the doors. Two gunshots were heard and the siege ended before it began. Police arrived on the scene three minutes later to find all five of the criminal gang apprehended with two of them suffering from wounds to their chest, both are now said to be in a "serious but stable" condition at the Aldcliffe Barracks hospital.

The local Police commander told us, "It is highly unusual for the military to respond to a situation like this faster than the Police. We however have a good working relationship with the armed forces and they are permitted to intervene if they believe firearms or explosives are being used and present a threat to life. While I would have preferred to give an operational go ahead I can not commend the Legionnaires high enough as they did not permit the suspects to establish a position which may have been difficult to bring to a bloodless conclusion."

Local pub owner Harry Mason who owns the cities Tipsy Badger public house which is just across the street spoke to us saying. "They have to be the dumbest criminals in East Moreland if not Mundus. Aldcliffe is a small place where about a good chunk of the population is either a serving Red Legionnaire or a former one. They aren't exactly shy in getting stuck in when they think bad guys are up to no good. You'd have stood a better chance stealing the silverware at Northfort Palace than stealing a single penny from a bank practically next door to Mundus most elite counter terrorist unit. I'm just amazed they all got out alive, perhaps it explains why they were going to the firing range."

The Chief Executive of the bank chain thanked the men for their swift action saying, "We of course train our staff in what to do during robberies such as this but that doesn't make it any less frightening. We thank the Legionnaires for their bravery and quick thinking." Ironically the bank was successfully robbed in 2014 when Major Alex Redfern of Red Legion raided the bank during the Regency Crisis. The Major was then the King's Chief of Royal Household and when it became clear Prince James had effectively orchestrated a coup by attempting to assassinate King David the Legion locked down the barracks and refused to accept the Prince's orders. Major Redfern and a team of around 12 Legionnaires however were in Northfort at the time and began a campaign of attacks across the nation to try and distract the traitorous opposition and Borlander coalition while a co-ordinated attack against the usurper could take place. Major Redfern robbed six banks in three days making off with valuables and money worth around £10million, making him effectively East Moreland's most successful bank robber. Following the return of King David the funds were fully returned and Major Redfern was cleared of all crimes. One member of bank staff however was present on that day and this and said, "I remember Redfern didn't even bother hiding who he was it was like he wanted people to know he was doing it. That was just a blur I think they were in and out in less time than it took this lot to get in the door, at least it feels that way. It seems Red Legion are good at robbing banks and rescuing them."

The identities of those arrested is yet to be confirmed however Police do not believe this is connected to the Borlanders who have in the past targeted banks in an effort to raise money or disrupt the economy.

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GREECHAN GENETICS GET GOLD

It wouldn't be a Mundus Games unless the name Greechan featured on the list of gold medal winners. With East Moreland legend Daisy Greechan having retired from competition and focusing on her career in the Navy the family heritage is now being carried by her 17 year old cousin  Maisie Greechan-Clay. The youngster made an exciting start to her senior competition career by taking two golds in the first three days. The first of the pair of medals came in 100m Butterfly where she was forced into sharing the honour with her Lodjain rival after the electronic timing equipment and photo reviews failed to separate them. Greechan-Clay however felt diasppointed in her swim saying, "In one of my turns I don't think I pushed away as well as I know I can or as well as I did on every other turn. In a sport where tenths of a second make the difference it means I'll share my first ever medal with a rival. It makes it a little disappointing but at the end of my career it will hopefully be the first of many." 24 hours later the second gold came when Maisie took gold by around 1/4 of a length in the 200m Freestyle. With only her participation in swimming relays left at these games there is a limited oppurtunity now for her to add to her haul. While Maisie is keen to distance herself from comparisons with her famous cousin it is worth noting that Daisy did not win a gold until her 2nd Mundus games and won two silver and a bronze in her first games were she featured mainly as a relay swimmer.

The games have been so far rather fruitful for East Moreland in the pool. Jeff Headly took the first gold medal for men with a victory in the Mens 200m Breaststroke. The 31 year old from Portworth works as a lifeguard between training for the pool and already one of the lifeguard shacks on the main beach in the city has been painted gold in honour of his victory. Two silver's were won  first in the Men's 50m Breaststroke by Mitchell Warren and then by 22 year old Molly Appleby in the 100m Breaststroke. Success in the pool was rounded off by Rebecca Law in the Women's 50m Freestyle and then Grace Wild in the 100m Freestyle. Law and Wild will also team with Greechan-Clay in the coming relays meaning the team is extremely hopeful of taking further medals.

The first non-swimming medal was won by Steven Jefferson in the Mens 105+ kg weightlifting event where he took silver. Jefferson is a former shot putter who switched to strength events in 2018 and came 2nd in East Moreland's strongest man in 2019.

In the competitions requiring qualification the women's football team earned a surprise 3-1 victory over Centralia while the men lost by the same score to Aschlon. The Men's Basketball team eased past Lodja 64-40 and the women's hockey team slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Ikhan.

It was reported that King David will arrive in Royal Seleucid to watch Day 5 and 6 of the games when the Men's and Women's Rugby 7's begin leading many to speculate that the rugby obsessive monarch will be cheering on The Honeybadgers. The Royal Press Secretary Malcolm Tucker has also confirmed that the King will only be attending events in Royal Seleucid and has confirmed that during the stay King David will meet face to face, all be it unofficially, with King Heydar. Tucker explained. "King David and Queen Stasya have been granted tickets for the rugby where the King wishes to watch with the Moreland travelling supporters and those of the East Moreland Games Squad attending to support their rugby playing colleagues. The King was invited to enjoy the games from an executive box however the King declined the kind gesture due to believing the atmosphere of the crowd doesn't truly transfer into those kind of settings. The King has however accepted an offer to utilise the hosts executive box for football matches and we are lead to believe King Heydar and his family will be in attendance. His Majesty has no official time set aside for meetings of a diplomatic nature with King Heydar, both will be there merely to enjoy the sporting spectacle however it is likely the pair will converse." It was confirmed however that the King and Queen will visit the Temple of Helus in Meybad in the Celtic Protectorate during their short trip and will host a BBQ for the athletes at the East Moreland Embassy in Ipsus.

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KING ADDS HYGELAC TO TOUR SCHEDULE

It was revealed yesterday that King David and his wife Queen Stasya are soon to visit Royal Seleucid. The trip is expected to take place in two days time as the King makes his annual overseas trip to watch The Honeybadgers play rugby. The King is also using the trip to visit Cultist sites in the Celtic Protectorate. This is the first of multiple stages of a visit that is likely to see the King visit several nations over the coming weeks. Royal Press Secretary Malcolm Tucker announced today, "The King and Queen are going to leave Ipsus and fly down to the Ecclesiastical State where they will board an aircraft capable of landing at the research centre hosting the Republic of Hygelac. The King and Queen are set to spend the evening at the research centre before retracing their steps. It is our understanding this may be the first visit to the continent of Hygelac by a reigning monarch however for once our researchers have let us down. Once back in the Ecclesiastical State we have a provisional informal dinner appointment with the Pope before leaving the next morning heading for Runavik where the King will have his only official visit of this mini tour with the President of the nation."

The King has not ruled out taking other venues in on the tour with Mr.Tucker stating, "The King has a relatively clear schedule until the 22nd when we celebrate the Feast of Grasa. Thanks to modern technology and the recent replacement Ironside One Aircraft the King is more than capable of running the nation from any point on or above Mundus. It is important from time to time he visit the world and even more so with Queen Stasya not having accompanied him as Queen on many official appointments overseas in the past." It is also understood that while the King would have liked to have taken Princess Rhiannon with him he is not willing to take her out of school for an extended period of time.




EXTRA SPACE IN SPACE

The Royal Aeronautical Society which overseas East Moreland's involvement with space exploration has today announced that it is exploring the possibility of potentially tripling the size of the "inflatable" space station in orbit around Mundus. The project currently sees the station made up of a single occupancy module connected to an EMAC/SmartWar inflatable habitat. The station has been utilised several times by both Morelanders and various CNN teams over the past few years however the RAS have today announced that they are hopeful of expanding the capacity over the next few years. It was former station resident Rachel Dixon who explained the mission to the media at todays launch. "If we're truly going to start exploring the solar system then the Universe its important that we find ways of being able to maximise payloads and space often runs out before maximum weight. If we can make habitats small enough to pack but then big enough to operate in we have an increased capability. The intention is to have a station manned by teams for 18 months continously. I think the aim is that we'll have three teams. If this is successful the next stage is to not have a space station oribiting Mundus but to send an automated habitat to Nergal and have it prove we can get people there and back. I think there is even discussion about a "Moon Station" intended to serve as a solar-powered communication hub, science laboratory, short-term habitation module, and holding area for rovers and other robots. The inflatable habitat could be ideal for this."

It is expected that at least two more habitats will be launched by the end of the year with the plan now being they will be added during the same launch. The process will be totally automated and then the habitats will be inflated a few days prior to the arrival of the first astronauts. Dixon has ruled out her involvement in the project saying, "While I'm still a certified astronaut I've been fortunate enough to go into space numerous times. I'm currently focused on stretching the Land Speed Record with the SSC Honeybadger project but once that is out of the way who knows what is next."





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REMNS BEGIN SEA TRIALS OF NEW CARRIER

The nations Navy today took delivery of their new aircraft carrier which will be named REMNS Chamwick making it the first ship in the nations history named after what was at one point Technology City. REMNS Chamwick will now spend three weeks at sea undergoing a variety of drills, tests and checks before the navy formally accept the ship into service. Should REMNS Chamwick successfully pass its sea trials then the navy will retire REMNS Portworth which entered service in 1975. At present the final fate of REMNS Portworth is not yet confirmed however there are rumours that it will become a test bad for various naval projects. REMNS Chamwick will have an air compliment of 55 aircraft with 30 of them being Dragonskin fighters while the rest are made up of a combination of C-2 Greyhounds , Dragoneye AEWACS aircraft, Sea Dragon strike aircraft and Sea Lifter helicopters. There is also the possibility that some of the VSTOL capable Dragonbreath  aircraft may also be repurposed if required as the ship can if needed carry up to 72 aircraft.

The construction of the replacement for the nations other aircraft carrier will begin next month. The REMNS Ostlake will be replaced by a Flagship Class Amphibious Warfare ship which will differ from the two already in service by being primarily equipped with Dragonbreath fighters as well as having a specially designed flight deck to allow it to carry out a wider variety sorties. The restructuring of the Navy will also mean that two more Noble Class Destroyers will eventually be acquired. The ships new captain Nick Pryce-Stanley accepted the command of the ship from King David who formally named the ship in a short ceremony at Portworth where the ship was constructed. The new Captain explained what will happen in the next few days, "We first head down the coast to Chamwick, better known as Technology City, there we will pick up our full compliment of aircraft. From there I've been issued a series of sealed orders to take us through various scenarios, drills and checks to put the ship through as much activity as possible. We hope the boys at the Portworth Dockyards got everything right but my experience is that often a few issues come up. Once we've identified them we'll head home and let them tinker a little. If by some miracle the ships perfect we'll see what the head of the Armed Forces has in store for us."

The King is tonight leaving for Royal Seleucid to watch the Mundus Games before undertaking a mini tour of Albion starting with the Ecclesiastical State, a short trip to Hygelac before visiting Runarvik, Vinista and Marseille. Non of the visits are State visits and are thought to just be an opportunity for the King and Queen to show support for causes and communities in various parts of the world.





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KING SAVIOURS HONEYBADGER SUCCESS

King David today arrived at the Mundus Games to witness the opening day of the Rugby 7's. The King was sat in the crowd with several friends to watch the mornings rugby action which saw the team beat Cantabria 27-3. The King seemed pleased with the performance however his wife Queen Stasya saw her homeland Lodja defeated by Achkaerin. The pair were both seen wearing the Honeybadgers jersey and the King was seen enjoying a beer with fans who had made the trip to Royal Seleucid. After the match the King briefly meet with the players and staff in the changing rooms before speaking to the press to say, "As a nation we expect our rugby teams to do well and I'm excited that we got off to a good start today. I enjoyed watching the game, spending time with our fans, it was like the days being back at University and watching the Royals. One of the downsides of being King is that often its hard to take time out and just enjoy the great things we do as a nation and rugby is certainly one of them."

The King spent the afternoon on a yacht cruise around the Ipsus Blue and The Palm which he described as "remarkable feats of engineering and an excellent attraction for the city." In the evening the King and Queen headed back to the Arena to watch a women's football match between Royal Seleucid and Ikhan where the couple were joined by the royal family of Royal Seleucid. Relations between the two nations have in the past been frosty following the Cultist Genocide which took place under the reign of King Heydar's father King Akakois. It is estimated some 100,000-200,000 Cultists were killed during a series of co-ordinated attacks against members of the faith. King Akakois blamed rouge elements of the military for the genocide which took place while he was out of the country on a state visit to Vanora. The two Kings were seen chatting during the game and it is understood that King David presented Prince Golzar, the heir to the Seleucid throne, with a decretive wooden training sword and a 18th Century book on different swordsmanship techniques. The host won the game 2-1 and at the conclusion of the game the two King's were seen shaking hands before King David and Queen Stasya left to spend the evening at The Palm. King David described the meeting as "A friendly encounter which demonstrates that sport has the power to bring nations together. We kept conversation to sport, family and various other casual topics. We have determined that further interaction between the two nations is beneficial to both parties but we haven't worked out when formal talks shall take place."

Tomorrow morning the King and Queen will watch another event before flying to Meybad in the Celtic Protectorate where the royal couple will lead prayers in the cities Temple of Helus. Following the visit to Royal Seleucid the couple will spend time visiting several other nations in Albion on a series of unofficial visits that have been described by the Head of Royal Household, Quinn Germaine, as "social events that cater to the personal interests of both King and Queen. The King is keen to visit several historical sites and the Queen wishes to have a chance to witness nations she has never visited herself." With the nation of Cassiopeia declaring today that they are to welcome Ambassadors back to their nation and inviting other dignitaries to attend an event to mark the occasion there had been speculation that the King would perhaps change his itineary to take advantage of the chance to visit the nation however it was confirmed instead that the new ambassador would be accompanied by Tim Carpenter.

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SURPRISE GUESTS AT MEYBAD WEEKLY PRAYERS

Today during prayers at the Temple of Helus in Meybad, Royal Seleucid, there was a surprise guest. While it had been wildly announced that King David and Queen Stasya would be in attendance they were joined by the High Priestess of the Cult of Helus, Skye Maddix. The attendance of the High Priestess was kept secret in order to avoid huge crowds gathering at the Temple which is relatively small. The King and Queen mingled with those in possession on a ticket to gain entry to the prayer ceremony while the High Priestess attended a meeting with the cities Priestesses. The King then acted as one of the witnesses to a 24 year old Seleucid man who was having a sword ceremony. Saiful Rashad had been a member of the Royal Seleucid military however when the genocide of Cultists began he deserted the military and helped guide Cultists into safe zones. His own father was killed as the two of them attempted to provide a rear guard for a village heading North, Saiful was later wounded protecting a landing zone being used by the Royal East Moreland Air Force. The King explained why he stood as one of those to vouch for the man's character. "I had heard of Saiful when we planned this visit as Aisha, the Priestess here, told me there would be a sword ceremony during my visit. The Code of Canley is clear that a duty is to protect those who can help themselves no matter the risk we put ourselves under. I know Saiful's father would have proudly stood beside his son today as he was presented with his own sword and the stories I have heard of the father and son duo make me proud to share their faith, I can not think of a single Cultist who would not have been willing to take the blood oath for this man and as someone the faithful believe is descended from Riamond Unasson it is the least I can do to show honour and respect to this man."

During the service Queen Stasya read a story of the life of the God Grasa to the congregation before presenting the Temple with a set of holy texts to be used in the Temple's educational sessions. The Queen stated, "The followers of Helus here took a beating several years ago and the community is still in some ways recovering. One thing they did not lose was their faith and perhaps they have even become stronger in it. It is important we help them ensure their children continue their spiritual growth and I'm proud that we can have done a small bit to help that here today.

The main address of the service was given by High Priestess Skye Maddix, making her first official trip to Royal Seleucid.

"I must begin by apologising that it has taken me so long to come among this community. The Cult of Helus is Royal Seleucid is a small band compared to your countryman and in many ways the community here is one very different to the other Cultist communities across Mundus but these things should never be held as an excuse for us not doing our duty by you. The Holy Land of East Moreland did show it would stand by you when you became physically threatened but once your physical safety was assured I should have done more to secure your spiritual safety and I did not. This will change. I look at the way the community of the Cultists in Royal Seleucid have faced adversity, first through an attempt by man to wipe you out, then by nature during the food crisis. Both times the Seleucid Cultists stood firm and in many ways now remind me of the God Jekar. The God of War was a man who would stare into the eyes of his enemy and make it clear even before a battle began that he was not someone who would be denied his victory. He made it clear to the Underlords that no matter what they did to him he served a high purpose, a higher power, a God greater than they could ever be. He had a power inside him that made him unstoppable and he was not afraid to fight for what Helus wanted for humanity.  Scared and wounded Jekar could not be perturbed, even when still alone he fights blinded to his own pain moving ever forward outfighting, outflanking whatever the Underlords threw at him. When knocked down he reached out his hands, pushed himself up on his sword and shield, standing before the Underlords, his jaw broke, his eyes blackened, gasping for air the foul godless beasts were assured of victory. Jekar could have run but instead took a deep breath and said proudly, "I am hurt, I am scared but you will not break me. I am wounded but not broken." His mental strength carried the day and following many victories Jekar helped guide us back to Helus. You....the people of Meybad, the Cultists of Seleucid have shown the world the same mental strength. You faced an enemy actively trying to end your existance and as a people you refused to accept that fate. You came together strong and unbreakable and you weathered that storm. You rebuilt, you took in the orphaned children of your neighbours, you help other cremate their children, you held wives grieving for husbands you watched over husbands left to bring up families alone and you healed as a community. Just as your community had regrouped you faced famine and again you stood together strong and unbreakable. You have all set the Cultists of Mundus an example of what it is to live with faith, pride and a sense of community. What makes me even prouder of you is the fact that not only did you come out the other side of these tribulations but when you emerged from the storms back into the sunlight you sought not once to revenge yourself. You once more opened your arms to you Seleucid brothers and sisters. You are people that I know Helus is proud to have follow him, you are people that should be proud of what you have achieved in the last few years and I will ensure that from this point forward the apparatus of the Cult does not forget you and will help you build Meybad and the other surrounding areas into a place Marissa herself would be pleased to live."

It was announced that the Priestess of Helus in Meybad, the highest ranking Priestess in Royal Seleucid was presented with funds of $20,000,000 to aid with Temple repairs, running faith schools, supporting youth groups and helping train new Priestesses. King David, Queen Stasya and the High Priestess visited several community groups in the area as well as dining at a local restaurant run by a former East Moreland Legionnaire who retired soon after the Cultist Genocide and moved to Meybad to help rebuild. The three Morelanders will spend the evening at the HQ of the Ui Cennesliag forces in the region before the King and Queen fly to the Ecclesiastical State while the High Priestess is heading to Bakkermaya. 


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KING TOURS THE VATICAN

As King David and Queen Stasya continue their series of informal visits across Mundus the pair have landed in the Ecclesiastical State. Upon arrival to pair seperated for the morning and early afternoon with the Queen touring several traditional leather and textile workshops throughout the area while the King spent his time exploring the nations historical buildings. King David has a well known love of history having studied the subject at University and gaining a Masters degree in the subject. The King was given a guided tour of the Vatican and was according to Royal Chief of Household Quinn Germaine, "thrilled to be given access to parts of the historic building most tourists don't get to see." The King was guided around the site by a local Professor of History and explained afterwards his feelings about the tour. "I find the stories that surround the birth and expansion of Christianity fascinating. I have never read the bible cover to cover but as a historian you at times have to dip into the faiths of other regions and people to fully understand what it is your studying. To see the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is to see an amazing work of art and I was honoured to be given a few moments of privacy to just look up and enjoy it. There is a great contrast between the Catholic Church and our own Temples, ours are quiet plain save for the trappings of statues dedicated to the God. The Vatican on the other hands is a beautiful explosion of colour."

Meanwhile Queen Stasya was seen with her own Ladies in Waiting at one leather workshop leaving with a variety of goods. Queen Stasya has had a long involvement with the fashion industry and seemed to enjoy her visits to some of the more affluent stores in the area. Speaking as she returned to the Vatican itself she said, "I am a big supporter of people trying to keep traditional skills alive. There is no better feeling than pulling on an item of clothing made to measure by someone at the very top of their field. Today I've acquired quiet a few garments that I will enjoy wearing and thank the craftsman for their hard work."

That evening the pair dined with the Pope and some of his staff in the Vatican at an event that was described as "informal and friendly." It is understood that King David did further confirm that the Catholic Church had been granted land by his sister Joanna before her death to build a church in Northfort however as of yet that land has remained untouched. The Pope was said to have been unaware of this as it was a deal concluded before his term in office began however he did tell the King to expect a ground breaking within six months. The Pope presented the King with a replica of an illustrated medieval bible having heard him speak earlier in the day of never having read the whole of the book. The King and Queen then apparently joined locals in a nearby plaza who were enjoying an evening dance before retiring to the East Moreland embassy. In the morning they would begin their journey to Hrothgor which is likely to take 48 hours. Once there they will visit the Nya Aland backed research station and stay there for 48 hours before heading to Runavik.




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KING SPENDS FEAST OF GRASA IN HYGELAC

As Cultists across Mundus began their 24 hour fast to mark the start of the two day long Feast of Grasa King David and Queen Stasya have arrived at Hygelac where they will spend the next 48 hours at the Nya Åland funded research station there. The station was at the centre of international politics several years ago when Toshikawa had planned to fire a series of missiles into the icey wilderness as part of a test programme. The scientists at the station however refused to evacuate and instead declared themselves a sovereign nation, an act that was supported by many nations across Mundus and thus forced the Toshikawan government to back down. Just a week or so later the team were instrumental in drafting the treaty that now exists to protect both Hygelac and Hrothgar. As a consequence of this treaty the scientists renounced their claim on Hygelac in favour of land on a small island in a river contained within Nya Åland. During the time of the crisis several well known individuals claimed citizenship of the new nation in order to highlight their cause, including King David.

The King and Queen arrived by sea plane and then were conducted to the research station by motorised sled along with fresh supplies for the station. They were given a tour of the facility and joined a "Penguin Counting Expedition." The monarchs spent several hours observing a colony of penguins helping the researchers monitor their numbers. Queen Stasya even had the chance to get up close with one of the birds as she helped a team attach a radio transmitter to the bird to help them monitor the birds location throughout the year. Meanwhile King David helped a team take samples of the pack ice using a boring drill to make ice cores. That evening the King and Queen helped prepare the stations meal however declined to eat as both are undertaking a 24 hour fast in order to celebrate the Feast of Grasa. Tomorrow however the King is expected to address East Moreland from the station having broken his fast with a traditional breakfast of soaked oats, cheese and apples. Queen Stasya, while following the Sisterhood of Helus, is also taking part in the rituals as both sects of the faith share many traditions. The Feast of Grasa is to celebrate the Goddess of Food and Drink. It is believed that she has the ability to grant great harvests and taught humans the secret of brewing mead and wine. People fast the evening before her Feast so as to better appreciate the gifts the Goddess have brought.

It is believed that this visit is the first time a monarch has ventured to Hygelac. Speaking to a class of students at a Primary School in Keepton via the internet the King explained, "We thought it important to come and see this place and the work done here to help us understand Mundus. Its an extremely beautiful place but very cold. We've got to do everything we can to look after the environment because even those of you damaging your local neighbourhood have an impact on Hygelac and the delicate ecosystems here." The King and Queen will fly to Runavik on Friday evening where they shall spend two days.


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KING LEAVES HYGELAC FOR RUNAVIK

Following an overnight stay at the Aland back research station at Hygelac the King and Queen of East Moreland today left to continue their informal tour by heading to Runavik. The King and Queen spent the morning helping prepare a traditional breakfast for the Feast of Grasa before taking part in a small boat trip to observe whales before heading back to the airfield. Before leaving the King announced that the East Moreland research station in Hrothgar will be expanded in the coming months and will begin an exchange with the station he had been visiting. Royal Press Secretary Malcolm Tucker explained the decision from Northfort saying, "The King has seen how important the work being down in the South is and is determined to make sure East Moreland can help with similar work in the North. We've had a station at Hrothgar for several years now however the King was impressed with the Alander set up and think we can expand utilising some of their ideas. To further help our nations researchers the exchange of ideas between ourselves and the Alanders will be useful." The King has said an allocation of around $20million will be given to the East Moreland station for improvements and expansion.

The next leg of the royal journey is to Runavik where the King and Queen will meet with several government officials for dinner. The King while on an unofficial visit is likely to be drawn into a discussion on the matter of the island claims by a group of settlers seeking independence. Malcolm Tucker explains the King's stance. "King David has always been supportive of nations protecting their territorial integrity through long standing sovereign recognition and the FSC. As far as the King is concerned the islands are Runavik and I suspect that shall be the conversation."  Following the visit to Runavik the King is expected to head back to East Moreland.



PRINCESS TO ATTEND MEMORIAL SERVICE IN ACHKAERIN

Every year the Empire of Achkaerin holds a memorial service in early November to remember their fallen soldiers, a tradition dating back to the Great War. The memorial service has for the last few years invited foreign guests however no Morelander has attended until this year. With the festival also commemorating those who died in conflicts such as the Eugenics War and the Marseille Conflict, both of which see their fifth anniversary, it was announced that a delegation from East Moreland would be attending. The delegation will be headed by Princess Freya who is currently a serving Major in the Light Scouts. She will be accompanied on her visit by her husband, Red Legion officer Alex Redfern, as well as Foreign Minister Duchess Orlaith Kade. Princess Freya explained why this year the decision was made to send a delegation. "Five years ago our nation alongside our allies from various nations stood toe to toe across Mundus with forces who wished to cause the deaths of millions of innocents. Working with nations such as Seaforth, Achkaerin and various others we averted that fate. I served in Seaforth, while my husband saw action in both conflicts. We saw some of our friends receive injuries that changed their life and in some cases make the ultimate sacrifice. They may have worn different uniforms but they were our allies and so we will go and give our thanks for their service."

East Moreland remember those who lost their lives in military service during the Feast of Jekar each year on the 19th March.

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REMNS CHAMWICK RETURNS TO PORT EARLY

The nations new aircraft carrier REMNS Chamwick has today cut short its sea trials in the Illumic and headed for Illumic Command. It was announced by the Ministry of Defence that the return was not scheduled and is due to "Unforeseen circumstances." Making a statement to the press the Minister of Defence Sir Harry Samuelson said, "the new carrier has completed two weeks of sea trials of what were scheduled to be a month. It has become neccessary for her to return to a port in order put right what we believe is a minor fault." It was revealed that a leak on the ships fresh water tanks had been happening for the last three days and the crew had been unable to rectify the problem completely. "The team on board have stemmed the leak several times having at first thought they had stopped it. Ideally the ship is expected to be able to stay at sea without rationing water for around 70 days the current situation means that is likely to be cut to 40. While it is by no means a disaster and the crew are not in danger it is something that shouldn't be happening on a ship we've paid so much for." The vessel is due to make port in the next 24 hours where a team from the Portworth Dockyards who manufactured the vessel will meet it and examine the problem for themselves.

Sir Harry also commented on the tests so far saying "The test had up until this point gone extremely well. The ship as a weapon of war functions well and should we need to deploy it the chances are we could operate successfully for a significant amount of time. The aircraft are getting used to the new carrier and in the time they've been at sea they have flown over 100 sorties successfully. It is our hope that the ship will be back up and running within a week and will return to carry out more tests. It is our hope that after a week of successful sea trials once the repairs are made that she will undertake a round Alba Karinya trip before simulating an attack on Portworth on its return."

It was also announced by the Commonwealth of the Unified Iwi that they are interested in buying the outgoing REMNS Portworth however for the time being Sir Harry has ruled that out stating, "Until we have the REMNS Chamwick fully operational to a standard we are confident can be taken into full combat we will not be removing the REMNS Portworth from our inventory. Once the Chamwick is up and running on active duty we may proceed in discussing the issue with our Maori allies."




OSMANTECH MAKE YELLOWTONGUE RESEARCH AVALIABLE

While the rate of infection of the animal borne disease known as Yellowtongue appears to have slowed it is understood that the infection is still worrying farmers across the nation especially with the large amount of wild game in the countryside. Farmers have been largely keeping animals classed as belonging to the ruminants sub group enclosed. With Fleur recently calling for international co-operation in search for a vaccine the largest drugs company in East Moreland has announced that it has been working on the disease since its outbreak and is going to make all its data available to any party willing to also share their data and who are working on a treatment or vaccine. The CEO of the company is the daughter of its founder, Lord Lucas Osman, Joanna Osman made the announcement explaining, "This isn't just something we can sit back and wait for. This outbreak has the potential to cost farmers across Mundus a large amount of money and that could be a disaster. Here in East Moreland hunting for game is a way of life and obviously if this disease gets out of hand in wild herds of things like deer or wild sheep we could have a major problem." The company announced that they have developed some treatments that can cut down the risk of herds catching the disease however these have yet to gain approval for use as they need to undergo testing about whether the treatment will mean that meat produced from these herds would be safe for human consumption.

Joanna Osman explained also that should OsmanTech be the first to successfully develop a vaccine or treatment they would share it with other nations so long as "doing so would not leave us out of pocket. We have thrown a lot of resources at this and while I do not wish our company to profit off the solution as someone with shareholders and a wide range of other research projects ongoing I can not afford to just give away our companies funds." In the past OsmanTech have sold drugs to poorer nations at cost or in some cases even released patents to some drugs such as anti-retroviral used in the treatment of AIDS/HIV.





QUEEN ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR "WINTER PRIDE"

Queen Stasya has announced today a plan for a major fundraising concert to support East Moreland based LGBT+ charities. The Queen, who has just returned from a visit around Albion, made the announcement on her first public engagement back in East Moreland. She was visiting a hostel for teenagers run by the Freestone Youth Support Group which is a charity that support people with a wide range of physical, emotional and mental needs. The hostel houses 18 young people in supported accomodation and has just had a major overhaul to make it safer. The Queen visited and spent the day with the young people seeing a series of support sessions, helping cook communal meals as well as enjoying chatting with them. The Hostel's 18 individuals include 10 whom are without a permanent home due to matters relating to their belonging to the LGBT+ community. The Chief Executive of the Freestone Youth Support Group is Killian Strong who explained the organisation's situation. "While East Moreland has been supportive of transitioning for those who are transgender or permitting same sex marriages there is still a significant minority of people out there who cling to the idea that members of the LGBT+ community are outcasts. They forget that Helus at times made himself female to fulfil his goals or even at one point is thought to have had physical relations with males." While this last point is disputed by theologians it is widely accepted that nowhere does the Cult of Helus which dominates the religious background of East Moreland take an obvious stance on homosexuality. Mr.Strong continued, "We rely on being able to put young people up until they can get on their feet or home situations improve. We hope that once those who stay with us leave they are prepared for the world as an independent person."

The Queen hopes that her concert will raise funds that will support places such as this hostel as well as other similar projects across East Moreland. Speaking on the matter the Queen stated, "I come from Lodja where the idea of same sex relations doesn't carry any stigma, during my life I've had relationships with men and women yet in Lodja this would never have even been worthy of making the press I think. East Moreland while a lovely nation still occasionally has things like this that surprise me. A nation so devoted to trying to do right but at times failing to care for everyone. Its my hope we can support fantastic organisations such as this to continue their work until we reach a point where they are not needed." The Queen's concert will take place at the King Robert Arena in Northfort and 80,000 tickets will go on sale in the arena which will take place with the roof closed. The concert will also be streamed live on pay-per-view TV for a small fee allowing potentially millions across Mundus to tune in. So far no line up of bands or artists has been released.

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EMAC SET NEW WORLD RECORD

At the annual Ostlake Fly In event the East Moreland Aircraft Company have set another world record. The annual event see's aviation enthusiasts from across the Kingdom fly their aircraft into the Ostlake North Air Force base for two days of shows, events and showcases. Each year the arrival see's two competitions run at the same time, the most accurate landing and the shortest landing. A white line is drawn across the runway and measurements taken from this. The aircraft that touches down closest to the white line is awarded the trophy for the most accurate landing, the distance at which an aircraft can come to a full stop is then awarded a prize for the shortest distance. A normal landing by light aircraft can take around 100-150 feet on most light aircraft in optimal conditions however an EMAC test pilot using a specially designed aircraft set a new world record. Mike Prior was able to touch his aircraft down and stop the plane in just under 10 feet. The attempt is a departure from various other projects EMAC have undertaken as rather than focusing on speed this record required the exact opposite. EMAC CEO Sir Alan Maybury was at the event and afterwards stated, "We're always looking for innovations. Being able to land aircraft accurately and safely is vital for operations such as those on aircraft carriers and also in situations where for example an area may not have sufficient runway lengths. Obviously today's effort saw a stripped down aircraft but the specialised wing design and specialised engine are things we can adapt for other projects."

One such project may well be to create a new generation of fixed wing cargo aircraft capable of taking off from aircraft carriers. With the nations C-2 aircraft reaching nearly 40 years of service it is thought the Ministry of Defence may be looking at retiring the Navies current cargo aircraft. Although talk is of replacing them with helicopters the innovations of EMAC may still see a role for a fixed wing carrier based cargo plane.