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« on: November 01, 2019, 11:53:21 AM »
Juglander Review


Juglander Review, established in 1931, is a multi-lingual newspaper reporting on events in the territory of Jugland, for both local and international readers. The paper is published weekly.




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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2021, 11:31:58 AM »

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Juglander Open restarted in Emrta


Wyne Bonderik defeated Godric Aaroe in the final match in four sets (7-5, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1), winning the 97th Juglander Open.

The Juglander Open is the oldest tennis tournament in Jugland, reserved for Juglander tennis players who are officially registered in the Juglander Tennis Association, previously known as the Royal Tennis Federation of Jugland. The Juglander Open was held for first time in 1919, but it had been held since the year 2016. The Juglander Open was traditionally held in Albrektberg -with the exception of eleven times-, although this time in was held in the city of Amkhvar.

It was the fourth final for the veteran player Godric Aaroe, who had won the title in 2012 and 2015. A few hours before, Bertha Petersen won the women's final after defeating Idunna Juul by 7-6, 4-6 and 6-3, in a more evenly-matched final, in which none of the players were exactly between the favourites when the tournament started.

Being a domestic tournament, the Juglander Open had a limited coverage, although the organization was pleasantly surprised that most of the matches in the las trounds had a quite high attendance. Between the attendees, there were both political representatives and local celebrities, including Princess Mildgyd, the only member of the House of Welhaven-Goltzam still living in the country. It was precisely Princess Mildgyd who handed over the trophy and medals in the last Juglander Open, in 2016, although this time the honour was reserved to the chairman of the Juglander Tennis Association along the local mayor.




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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2021, 01:00:32 AM »

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A small rebirth for Juglander motorsport in Achkaerin


Tytorian QAS Racing team obtained the victory in the Stardust Cup, a 24hr motorsport endurance race held in Achkaerin, where two Juglander teams participated.

While none of the two teams participated in the top category, the results gave hope for the future of the racing competitions in Jugland, according to sports commentators. "It's true it's just a race", says Douglas Morgen, a sports commentator based in Jugland, "but it may help to both increase the competitiveness of the local teams and increase the interest of the public".

Nordansk Racing, a racing club sponsored by Jugland's second largest bank, aimed to win their own category and finishing on the top ten overall (they finished second and 13th, respectively). "We did some mistakes", recognized Herewardt Vinje, veteran Juglander pilot, the only one of the Jugland nationals in the race with a proper international career in racing, "but we can be moderately satisfied...finishing only two laps below our aim. We strive to improve in future events".

On the other hand, Aranyanska-Flyttarr had a more disappointing result, finishing last overall. However, their manager was slightly optimistic, as they the pilot proved to be competitive, "a more than acceptable result", he said, "for a team barely completed a few weeks ago".



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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2021, 01:56:59 PM »

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First ever Juglander Ostlake winners received back home


Secretary Edda Stordalen received Anthelm Michaelsen and a group of film directors, actors, and representatives from the film industry.

Michaelsen had just returned, along actress Fryda Hexum, from East Moreland, where Michaelsen's short film "Good Business" won the Best International Short Film award in the 2021 Ostlake Movie Awards, the first ever Ostlake award for a Juglander production.

Michaelsen had a background as photographer and director of music videos, rather than in film industry. However, he felt he needed a new direction for his new project. Although he was always interested in science fiction, Michaelsen declared that it was rather his personal experience in the last five years which moved him to start his project. "It was not easy to find funding, but I hope that a new future for Juglander film industry has already been started, not just with own short film, but all those nominated in Ostlake, and other new projects", he declared. He declared that he's just enjoying of their success right now, and not thinking too much on the future, but he's considering to continue his experience in film industry with a new project.




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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2021, 01:57:40 PM »
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Albrektberg-Mjodde-Albrektberg Classic restarts


The Albrektberg-Mjodde-Albrektberg Classic, a women's one-day cycling race which was previously held from 2009 to 2014, was held today. The organizers declared the race a "success...a joyful sporting event with an exciting finish". The organizers declared to be also satisfied with the participation, with included local teams along a few international teams, including a few top teams.

East Moreland's Victoria Pendelton (Roll Out-EMAC) resulted the winner of the Albrektberg-Mjodde-Albrektberg Classic, imposing her speed in the last kilometres of the race. Pendelton becomes the first non-Coft Aranye rider to win the race.

Centralia's Sally Allen (Oakland's Finest) was second, while Ragna Knudsen (Emrta-Hap) was the best local rider, finishing third. Emrta-Hap manager, declared to be satisfied with the result. "We hoped to win", he declared, "but we have proven that our riders can compete with some of the top international riders".


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Albrektberg-Mjodde-Albrektberg Classic - Results

1 - Victoria Pendelton (Roll Out-EMAC) 3:32:45
2 - Sally Allen (Oakland's Finest) + 00:06
3 - Ragna Knudsen (Emrta-Hap) + 00:07
4 - Lelani Kaluhikaua (RCF All-Star) + 00:07
5 - Zoe Carpenter (Phoenix Cycling) + 00:16
6 - Laura Trots (Roll Out-EMAC) + 00:19
7 - Olivia Rasmussen (RCF All-Star) + 00:20
8 - Dannielle Roe (Roll Out-EMAC) + 00:20
9 - Odilia Reymert (Emrta-Hap) + 00:27
10 - Herleva Klausen (Emrta-Hap) + 00:30
11 - Konomi Petersen (RCF All-Star) + 00:33
12 - Fryda Andersen (Brannkvinner) + 00:33
13 - Rachèle Azure (Les cyclist-esses) + 00:41
14 - Thora Bjerknes (Adel Ladies) + 00:43
15 - Emma Asserssen (Brankvinner) + 00:50
16 - Oriana Spada (Adel Ladies) + 00:55
17 - Rebecca Rhomero (Roll Out-EMAC) + 01:00
18 - Mavis Dean-Lambright (RCF All-Star) + 01:02
19 - Lenza Sverdrup (Emrta-Hap) + 01:02
20 - Maria Cairns (Phoenix Cycling) + 01:04
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2021, 10:53:43 PM »

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Juglander Rugby returns from Lijiang


Jugland's Rugby team was received today by Secretary Edda Stordalen in Midtenstadt. The team had recently participated in the 2021 Rugby World Cup, held in Lijiang.

While the team only obtained one win in five matches, finishing 16th of 24 teams, the outcome was received -even if discreetly- as positive and hopeful, giving it was the first time that the Juglander team participated in a world cup in the sport. Although rugby is not a particularly popular sport in Jugland, the team's captain declared that they hoped that the unexpected attention they received -Jugland's matches were broadcast in one national television channel, quite rare in the country- to bring the interest toward the sport to the new generations.

Jugland's national league is barely a semi-professional league, with at least six of Juglander players from the world cup squad having other daily jobs beyond their sport. Clubs hope that their performance in the world cup will increase sponsors in the sport

Secretary Stordalen praised their combative spirit and hoped that their efforts will bring fruits in the future. Secretary Stordalen has recently promised that the National Council plans to create and expand federal programs to help youth athletes in the next federal budget.



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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2021, 09:45:35 PM »

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Criticism of new energy plan increases


Emmeline Kolseth, a leading member of the Federal Democratic Party's executive council, has announced her resignation from the party, citing political disagreements with the leadership of the party, and recent policy decisions by the National Council -in which the Federal Democratic Party is one the main members of the ruling coalition government-, she declared in a written statement. Asked by one of the most important Juglander newspapers, she promised to give further explanations about her decision, and although she declined to give interviews until next week, she has not decided to permanently leave politics, and she is considering her next move.

Kolseth, who before joining the Federal Democratic Party worked as a lawyer for several environmentalist and human rights groups, was appointed a lawmaker for the Midstemsdal's constitutional convention, in which she played an active role to the preparation of the Midstemsdal state constitution, which was recently passed by the region's voters in a referendum. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Social Welfare until her resignation a week ago.

Her resignation, although unexpected, has not come as a surprise, as it was recently reported that Kolseth was one of the main members of the Federal Democratic Party opposed by the recent decision of the National Council to approve and launch a new Federal Energy Plan, which included the building of four nuclear energy plants for civilian purposes.

Some environmentalist activists praised Kolseth for her opposition to the plan, calling to build a civic and political alternative in support for ecologist policies in agenda, as -in their view- the National Council seems to be moving in the opposite direction.



 

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2021, 01:35:04 PM »

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State elections officially called


The National Council announced and confirmed that state elections will be held on May 4th.

That day, voters will be called to elect their representatives for each of the state assemblies, which will have the authority to pass regional legislation, elect their own regional executives, as well as other competences under the constitution, including the nomination of judges to the constitutional council.

As soon as at least four regional governments have been elected, it is expected that the Senate, the Upper House of the parliament, will start to operate as well.

All voters from the Federal Union of Jugland will be vote for their regional representatives that day -that is, from the states of Nordansk, Emrta, Austland, Vestmark, Vannesdal, and Midstemsdal-, except the residents of the federal capital city of Midtenstadt, who already elected their representatives to the metropolitan assembly in the last local elections, held a few months ago.




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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2021, 01:03:34 AM »

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Monarchists divided on Emrta constitution


Despite the approval of the state constitution of Emrta, which opens the door to the reestablishment of the Charter of Amvkhar, monarchist groups and conservative intellectuals seem increasingly divided about such possibility.

Some of those group, such as the Foundation for Tradition and Honour, founded by a relative of the late Juglander Queen, were also tainted for their association and contacts during the recent anti-constitutional insurrection with some of their conspirators of the armed attempt against the federal government.

Others, however, are more concerned about ideological issues, as it would imply the subordination of any potential monarch toward the civilian government elected by the parliament, which could be perceived as both a personal humiliation and politization of the monarchy. Others feel that the agreement would be a violation of the Charter of Amvkhar, which was established during and by the Kingdom of Jugland as a sovereign decision of the Juglander monarch, not as a pact of lawmakers. Others, and not just monarchist and conservative groups, fear that opening the door to the appointment of a non-citizen symbolic monarch for the region, as some Emrta lawmakers proposed, could endanger both an increase of separatism and influence of foreign interest groups.

Others are simply divided between loyalty toward former King Khrym I, who has not show any kind of support or interest toward the project, and the royal family as a whole.

However, these concerns may evaporate soon, as the surviving of the project will be dependent on the result of the coming state election in Emrta. It is unclear if the elected assembly could agree to elect a person who would unify, not just all parliamentary groups, but a clear majority of the citizens of the islander region.

Some national political parties, such as the National Democratic Party and several left-leaning organizations, are openly calling to amend the state constitution after the election, in order to revert toward the same system of election for Emrta's regional government. This move would likely have the backing of the National Council, and probably a comfortable majority of the National Assembly, although the former has not officially stated their position on the issue so far.


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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2021, 04:01:32 PM »

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Old Albrektberg football club facing bankruptcy


Yesterday, SK Albrektberg fans saw their team to lose another match, this time at home against Rangingta BK, which before this match was in the last place in the Elite Football League classification. After this loss, SK Albrektberg fell to the 8th place, thirteen points behind the top team in the classification, Nordansk FK, and ten points behind the historical rival Albrektberg FK. However, SK Albrektberg fans have lately more things to worry than the struggles of their team in the field.

The club, formerly known as Albrektberg Sports Fotballklubb (popularly known as Albrektberg SFK) until it was recently renamed, was historically one of the most important men's soccer clubs in Jugland, winning nine football league titles between 1961 and 1998, although in recent decades they were shadowed by the success of their archrival Royal Albrektberg (recently renamed as well as Albrektberg FK). However, the future of the club is uncertain due to financial turmoil.

The club, which was facing an increasing debt in the last decade, was forced to rebuild their stadium, which worsened the club finances. Although the club was helped by the a government program aimed to help sports clubs and association, this was not enough and following a failed debt restructuring, the club finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, with a total debt of between 70 and 90 million USD.

Despite being the 5th club with more fans in Jugland, the club may be unable to even pay the salaries of the club's employees and players in the coming months, and face an automatic relegation to third division, which would likely cause the club disappearance, until the club suddenly finds enough funding to pay its debt or a new buyer or investor willing to acquire the club and finance its debt. Along the men's club, the women's section as well as two youth academies would follow the same fate.

Pararvarr Group, which owns about 19% of the club ownership was reportedly in negotiations with three foreign investors, but negotiations were not successful and no agreement could be reached. The next weeks would be key for the club survival at least for the next months. However, if the club fails to find a buyer to pay off the debt of the club before the end of the season, the the end of the season, SK Albrektberg will likely face a death foretold.

The Elite Football League, the top division of the men's football system, was reestructured and relaunched in December, is certainly worried about the possible disappearance one of the main clubs in the country. However, the league leadership hopes that this is an unique case, and it will not affect the league as a whole.



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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2021, 01:22:08 PM »
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Juglander delegation to visit Fleur


The National Council has confirmed that Secretar of Foreign Affairs Burkhardt Kvalheim, in official visit as President of the National Council, the federal government of the Federal Union of Jugland, will visit the Republic of Fleur this week.

It will be the first visit of a Jugland's government official to Fleur in modern history. Early this year, before the election of the National Council, representatives from Fleur visited Jugland for first time. Kvalheim, at that time Minister of Foreign Affairs in former President Engelsaas' government, was part of the negotiations.

It is expected that Kvalheim visit is aimed to consolidate and strengthen the negotiations between both countries, which back then were described as "contructive" and "hopeful" by both sides.






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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2021, 10:37:08 PM »

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Member of the parliament involved in controversial leak


The National Assembly had this morning one of the most heated sessions, after a new report on the failed military insurrection in Albrektberg months ago.

The local newspaper published leaks, allegedly obtained from the underway court case, from several conversations between representative Albrekt Rovlsson, MP from the Freedom Party, with two conspirators of the failed insurrections.

While the telephone conversations were held before the insurrection, and they did not discuss explicitly the conspiracy against the government through armed action, they talked about common contacts, dissatisfaction in the military, and possible proposals for an alternative government.

The National Democratic Party has demanded that Mr. Rovlsson resigns from the National Assembly, and that they should be immediately stripped from immunity if he rejects to do so.

The Freedom Party, however, has argued that Rovlsson has not been charged with any crime so far, and defended him as the conversations were leaked illegally, so in their view any judgement should not be valid.




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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2021, 04:28:44 PM »

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Albrektberg football club to be sold to Alba Karinya investors


SK Albrektberg is close to be acquired by East Morelander investors, according to local reports. Although the negotiations only started officially in recent days, they are reportedly quite advanced, given the dire financial situation of the club.

There seems to be a division in the fans about the move, although a majority seems to be supportive if the survival of the club is guaranteed and there is certainty that a professional management will take over the leadership of the club. SK Albrektberg's president, who personally owns 10% of the club, would have already given green light. Sources from the club assure that they hope that the buyout is done as soon as possible, in order the club does not faces sanctions from the Football Association for its economic situation.

If the agreement is confirmed, SK Albrektberg could become the only professional football club in Jugland to be completely owned by foreign owners. However, the acquistion may still face some challenges. The club may be forced to lose its current status as a professional sports association, which would force the management to a legal change of the name of the club for the next season.

According to the report, the new owners would assure that the current debts of the club would be paid before the end of the season, therefore avoiding any sanctions to the club by football authorities. It is not clear, however, which plans they may have on investment in the club in the next season, and if some sports sections of the club may be forced to close or be disbanded.




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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2021, 12:45:20 AM »

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First Midtenstadt Grand Prix cycling race


This morning was held the Midtenstadt Grand Prix, a men's international one-day race. Although the international participation was relatively smaller than the Albrektberg-Mjodde-Albrektberg, held a month ago, the organizers declared to be satisfied with the event. Their ambition is that the race will eventually become one of the most important professional one-day cycling races in Coft Aranye.

The race was won by Gregory Jordan, from Centralian New Eastland State team, which proved to the faster and stronger rider in the group of nine riders who started the last lap of the race in the leading group, ahead of the peloton, already dispersed in several small groups.


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Midtenstadt Grand Prix - Results

1 - Gregory Jordan (New Eastland State)  6:26:20   
2 - Germund Strand (Sundfjell-Hydropint)   +00:01
3 - Walden Gjeldnes (Kommunal Cycling)   +00:03
4 - Rafael Yamamoto (RCF All-Star)   + 00:03
5 - Jake Featherstone (RCF All-Star)   +00:04
6 - Baldwyn Ousland (Juwelna Luxo)   +00:05
7 - Ortwyn Ingstad (Besok-Albrektberg) +00:20
8 - Gerald Albrech (Nordansk Energy) +02:01
9 - Miles Harding (RCF All-Star) + 02:12
10 - Hermenegild Bohn (Nordansk Energy)   + 03:38
11 - Cole Rasmussen (RCF All-Star) + 06:18
12 - Ulysse Desroches (Sundfejll-Hydropint) + 07:21
13 - Leobwyn Dahle (Besok-Albrektberg) + 07:35
14 - Eysteinn Sverdrup (Emrta-Hap)   + 07:55
15 - M. Ostberg (Juwelna Luxo)   + 08:14
16 - Heimarr Nansen (Sundfjell-Hydropint)   + 08:26
17 - Kainoa Gantry (RCF All-Star)   + 08:30
18 - Martyn Melnyk (Havenslund Team)   + 09:03
19 - Paul Frank (New Eastland State)   + 09:07
20 - Konrad Heiberg (Juwelna Luxo)   + 09:09


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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2021, 08:59:55 PM »

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Engelsaas, former President of the Provisional Government, leaves National Assembly


Eadwald Engelsaas, who headed the national government as President of the Provisional Government from mid-2020 to early 2021, has announced today that he will immediately resign from his seat in the National Assembly.

Engelsaas was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate in Midstemdal from the Reform Movement, although he is not officially a member of the party. Since his election to the National Assembly, and particularly since the election of the National Council as the federal government, Engelsaas, a retired military officer, has played a rather limited and silent role in parliamentary sessions, even he regularly attended them.

Engelsaas, 72, has declared in his announcement that he wishes to retire from "party politics", as he described it, declaring to be "satisfied about his role...in building a new future for our nation". It is rumoured that the National Council may appoint Engelsaas as a member of the Federal Committee for Security and National Defense, a government's advisory council on military and security affairs.





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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2021, 08:32:50 PM »

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First State elections held in Jugland


The first elections to elect the state assemblies, which would elect their respective state governments and serve as regional legislatures, were held without incidences. All Juglander citizens, except those living in the federal capital city of Midtenstadt -who elect their regional representatives during the local election, held in early 2021- were called to vote.

The election witnessed the Federal Democratic Party surpassing the National Democratic Party as the most voted political parties nationwide, although except in the state of Emrta, no political party achieved a required majority for their own.

The National Democratic Party obtained a clear majority in the state of Austland, where they will likely lead the government, as they will be only one seat behind the absolute majority in the state assembly. They were also the most voted political party in the southern state of Vannesdal, although they had poor electoral performances in other states, particularly in the Vestmark and Emrta, which caused them to fall to the second most voted political party nationwide.

The conservative Social Initiative for Jugland, despite recent internal divisions, managed to consolidated as the third political force nationwide, although they lost many voters compared to recent elections. They were the most voted political group in Nordansk, considered their stronghold, although besides the western state of Vestmark, they had poor results in other state. Even in the state of Nordansk, their change to govern will require of pacts with other political forces.

The Reform Movement, other of the political parties in the ruling coalition in the federal government, had a poor performance except in Vestmark, and they even failed to be elected in the state assembly of Emrta. The Liberal Party, the oldest political party in Jugland and the minor coalition party in the federal government, had a disappointed result which increased doubts about the survival of the party in the long-term.

Although in most of the states, with the exception of Emrta, the five main national parties had obtained more than half of the seats of the state assemblies, it is not likely that the agreement at the federal government will be repeated at a state level. Most of those political forces -mainly with the exception of Social Initiative, which has expressed their intention to avoid pacts with the National Democratic Party- have avoided a nationwide policy on possible state governments, and it will likel depend on the balance of power and inter-party relations in each state.

Meanwhile, in the state of Emrta, the smallest of the five states that comprise the Federal Union of Jugland, the Autonomous Movement for Emrta obtained a more than clear majority, obtaining 32 of 51 seats. A surprising "Solidarity and Convergence", a political party created by a small group of representatives from the Emrta's constitutional convention, was second at a distant distance with 6 representatives, while the National Democratic Party and the Federal Democratic Party coming nexts. The disappointing result for the national forces in the islander state seem to disappear the chances of a constitutional amend in the state constitution, as some of their candidates -particularly the National Democratic Party- had campaigned in the weeks before the election.

The National Council did not give an official statement on the results, although congratulated both voters and elected candidates for the peaceful and calm voting day.


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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2021, 10:48:50 PM »

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Autonomous Movement announces new state government


Amalberaht Oppegard, main candidate of the Autonomous Movement for Emrta, and who is posed to become the first governor of the state of Emrta, gave a press conference about the general lines of his future government.

Oppegard, who run a relatively calm campaign and rejected describing himself as leading a separatist project, declared that "there will be no doubt" that their government will push for "strengthening and advancing the self-government and sovereignty of the people of Emrta". He also announced that, although they will not include members from opposition parties in the state government -as Autonomous Movement for Emrta received a more than clear majority-, they may include independents in the state administration.

"Now, Midtenstadt couldn't avoid direct negotiations with the people of Emrta anymore", Oppegard declared, referring to the National Council, hinting that relations between the federal government and the new government in Emrta may not be easy.

Oppegard did not reject the possibility that the state assembly may consider amending the state constitution before the next election, although he declared "we are hoping that sincere dialogue is started first...then, we'll look what's the best for Emrta". He, however, declared that he'll start dialogue with other parliamentary groups before next week, and that his government will implement that state constitution as it was approved by Emrta's voters barely a month ago, at least for now.





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« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2021, 10:08:01 PM »

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In search of a ruler


Fredenand Ostrem, the leading representative of the Autonomous Movement for Emrta's parliamentary group in the National Assembly, confirmed today that, once the state government in Emrta is officially elected by their state assembly, the new state government will try to enforce the state constitution as soon as possible, despite the party criticism of the text passed by the National Assembly.

"We were disappointed about the legal process in the National Assembly, there is no doubt about that", Ostrem -who abstained in the parliamentary voting- explained. That would include electing a head for the state, as well as the new state government -which is expected to be led by Amalberaht Oppegard-, and a new representative from Emrta in the Senate, as well as nominations for the state judiciary.

Despite the increasing rumours that Princess Mildgyd may be an easy choice -despite that public division regarding the House of Welhaven-Goltzam, which ruled the Kingdom of Jugland in the last three centuries-, particularly after the Princess addressed the constitutional convention, Ostrem has declared that the decision is not final yet. He explained that the choice would be open to be discussed with the National Council, although he emphasized that "only our Emrta's [state] assembly is sovereign for the decision". He also explained that, in his opinion, on constitutional grounds any Juglander citizen could be appointed to the position, even if historically a nobility title would be a requirement. He did not reject that a foreign-born could be nominated, although he declared that, personally, he saw it as something legally complicated. He finished his intervention declaring that the decision will be on the hands of the state assembly.

It is expected that a nomination could be announced as soon as Oppegard is officially elected as first Governor of Emrta.




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Albrektberg Derby offered no surprise


It was not another day in Albrektberg, the capital city of Jugland, at least not for sports fan. The 'Albrektberg Derby' as it is known the matches between the two top football clubs was held as part of the 18th match of the league season.

Although the clubs had already played in early January, it was the first match between SK Albrektberg and FK Albrektberg since the former was acquired by East Moreland's investors. FK Albrektberg's fans had heated the event during the previous week, jokingly calling their town rivals with the nickname of "The Foreigners". However, there were only minor incidents, and it was a relatively calm day for the police.

The match resulted with a 0-2 win for FK Albrektberg, a disappointing result for the local team which seemed to straighten their season, with two wins in a row in the last two weeks, and they see falling to the 5th position in the league. Meanwhile, FK Albrektberg will continue to share the top position in the league with Nordansk FK, which also won yesterday their match against Hamarrland. Both teams will have a thirteen point league over SK Albrektberg, while SK Gronenheim -ten points behind the two top clubs- will try tomorrow to secure their third position in a match tomorrow against FK Mjodde.

The Albrektberg Derby had more tactics than emotion, with FK Albrektberg showing another week their competitiveness and effectiveness on the field, unlike their match on December, in which FK Albrektberg had defeated SK Albrektberg 4-2 in a rather much more chaotic match. With still fifteen matches before the end of the season, FK Albrektberg looks the likely favourite, along Nordheim's club, Nordansk FK.


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Accusations against royal family


An interview published by Gronposten, a newspaper from Austland, has generated an increasing controversy, regarding links between the conspirators in the failed Albrektberg armed insurrection and the former royal family.

In the interview, Raymond Matheson, a lawyer one of the suspects that took part in the insurrection, declared that his client offered to testify to both the police and the Department of Justice about contacts between the conspirators and the royal family, particularly between people close to former King Khrym I, but that such offer was rejected.

Matheson, who did not offer any evidence of those contacts, did not deny that he tried to exchange that testimony for a deal with the prosecutors. However, he criticized that the authorities were not interested to cooperate in order to discover the total truth behind the criminal conspiracy against the constitutional order.

Two MPs from the National Democratic Party have announced they will issue a parliamentary motion to call for an investigation on such claims. On the other hand, Erwyn Eldjarn, who was recently elected to Vestmark state assembly as candidate of the Workers Democratic Party, has called the National Council for the expulsion of all members of the royal family from the country.

Secretary Grimwaldyna Nygaard has defended the autonomy and independence of law enforcement and judiciary, denying that prosecutors would be ignoring evidence for political reasons, contrary to Gronposten report.




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Autonomous Movement candidate elected state governor in Emrta


Amalberaht Oppegard, as it was expected, was elected yesterday Governor of the State of Emrta, becoming the first state governor to take the position in Jugland's history following the approval of the new constitution.

Oppegard was elected as the main candidate of the Autonomous Movement for Emrta, a political movement aimed to increase the self-government of the islander state, which many consider a separatist political party. While Emrta has only barely 2 million inhabitants, the smallest of Jugland's five states, its capital city is the second largest city of the country, and holds an important political and economic influence.

Ermenrich Landsverk, also from the Autonomous Movement for Emrta, was elected as Speaker of Emrta's state assembly. As the state government will have a comfortable majority in the state assembly, it is expected that most of the obstacles for the stability of the islander state will be caused between relations between the state government and the federal government, rather than with the opposition.

Oppegard, however, tried to have a more conciliatory tone in his first address to Emrta's state assembly, offering his cooperation to bring dialogue with the federal government, although he did not deny that they could be considering to amend the state constitution before the end of the term, "to give [Emrtians] a constitutional agreement closer than they voted last month". He promised that any amend would require the approval in a regional referendum, and that until then, the government will work to implement the current state constitution.

It is expected that Oppegard could today sign the first law passed by the state assembly, regarding the form of government established by the state constitution.


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Gjengfasthet Albrektberg wins basketball KLB Cup



Gjengfasthet Albrektberg defeated Damer Amvkhar in the final to win the 2021 KLB Cup, the second most important trophy in women's basketball in Jugland.

Although Damer Amvkhar had defeated Gjengfasthet Albrektberg by 77-73 in a balanced match on March, this time the team from Albrektberg did not give any option to their rivals, particularly after the second quarter, in which the team from Emrta ended nineteen points behind. The final result was 92-65 for the Albrektberg club. Judda Rutsen, who scored 29 points for Gjengfasthet Albrektberg, was elected MVP of the final.

Thhe KLB Cup is played between the top four teams of the KLB (the top division in women's basketball) at the half of the season in a one-match tournament. This season the KLB Cup was held in Midtenstadt for first time.





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Princess Mildgyd addresses Emrta state assembly


Princess Mildgyd attended and addressed a special session of the state of assembly of the State of Emrta, in which she asked directly questions from the members of the assembly. This time, she had to face harder questions that she did in her previous address to Emrta's constitutional convention, particularly by National Democratic Party and other left-leaning representatives.

Notwithstanding, many representatives seemed satisfied with her intervention, in particular those from the Autonomous Movement for Emrta parliamentary majority, and between the most supportives, the representatives from the Solidarity and Convergence group.

Governor Oppegard has declared that, following the deliberations of the members of the state assembly, is his intention to promulgate the Basic Law of the State of Emrta, which in accordance with the state constitution, will develop the clauses inspired by the Charter of Amvkhar, and enforce it as soon as it is possible.

As a cosnequence, Princess Mildgyd is posed to be first member of the House of Welhaven-Goltzam to become a constitutional monarch without formal executive powers.



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Federalists to lead state government in Nordansk


Othmarr Storstein, the candidate of the Federal Democratic Party, became the first governor of the State of Nordansk, after he received the support of the National Democratic Party. He also received the support of three representatives from the Reform Movement and one representative from the Liberal Party.

Although the conservative candidates were the most voted, obtaining 21 of 51 seats, they failed to obtain the required 26 seats. Sigeweard Faeravaag, leader of the Social Initiative, has declared to be disappointed with the attitude of the Reform Movement, and expressed the concern about the weakness of the new state government, as Storstein will have to rely in either the support of the National Democratic Party or the conservative opposition to pass any legislation.

Storstein has confirmed that he will lead a minority government, but declared that they will work hard to safisty the needs of the citizens of the northwestern state. The composition of the state government has not been announced yet, although Storstein has been open to join his government other political forces, such as the Reform Movement and the Liberal Party.




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FDP-NDP state agreements in two more states


A new agreement between the National Democratic Party and the Federal Democratic Party has arisen suspiction and criticism by both the opposition and even others parties of the ruling coalition. The Federal Democratic Party representatives decided to abstain in the Vannesdal state assembly, despite being the second larges political party in the state assembly.

The move will allow Bertha Gundersen, the candidate of the National Democratic Party, to become the Governor of Vannesdal, leading a minority government, and it was seen as a payback for NDP support of the Federalist candidate in Nordansk. However, the leadership of the Federal Democratic Party has justified the decision a move to assure the stability in the state, declaring that the Federal Democratic Party will remain as main opposition party to Gundersen's government. Despite the criticism, the leadership of the Federal Democratic Party has denied that a similar agreement could be in the making in the neighbor state of Midstendal.

Meanwhile, the National Democratic Party will consolidate their influence and power at the state level, as NDP candidate Wighardt Bergersen became Governor of Austland, with the support of the left-wing Workers Democratic Party and an independent representative in the state assembly.






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Nordheim club wins basketball SuperCup




In a surprising and unprecedented final, Nordansk Nordheim defeated Stalskap Anlebaek to win the 2021 Basketball SuperCup.

Neither of the clubs were exactly favourites, as they are currently 8th and 7th in the regular league season, respectively.

Nordansk Nordheim had defeated the clubs from Midtenstadt -who leads the league classification with six wins more than Nordheim's club- in the quarterfinals, and Albrektberg, another of the favourites, in the first semifinal. Meanwhile, the club from Anlebaek had defeated Amvkhar Basketball in the other semifinal.

The match was balanced until the final quarter, in which Nordheim reached an advantage of twelve points. Anlebaek tried to react in the final minutes, reducing the final score to 77-75, with a triple in the final seconds, although it was too late and Nordansk Nordeim could celebrate their third title in their history.

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Reform Movement join state governments in Midstemsdal and Vestmark


Despite their disappointing results in the state elections, the Reform Movement consolidated as the third largest political party nationwide.

The Reform Movement was started as political movement under the administration of Eadwald Engelsaas, the second and last President of the Provisional Government. The ambitious aims of the Reform Movement were never matched, as many believe that although many voters remain a positive view on Engelsaas and his government, including current Foreign Minister Burkhardt Kvalheim, the military and technocratic background of their main representatives have failed to gain the trust of the average voter.

This has led to many in the movement to question their participation in the federal government, and even the leadership of Secretary Kvalheim. In the last days, however, the agreements signed following the state election, in which the Reform Movement will enter in the state governments of Vestmark (in a coalition government with the Federal Democratic Party) and Midstemdal (in which a governemnt with the Federal Democratic Party, the Reform Movement, and the Liberal Party was established), will likely -at least eventually- fade away that internal divisions.

However, despite this, the future for the movement will likely remain unclear as -unlike the conservative Social Initiative, which remained the largest political party in the state of Nordansk, even if failed to obtain enough support to form a government- the Reform Movement has been reduced to a minor political party through the country, failed so far to be an alternative to the the two main political parties.

In any case, it is not likely that Reform Movement will leave the federal government or change it course until next Autumn, when it is expected that they will held their second party congress.


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Princess Mildgyd is proclaimed Grand-Duchess of Emrta


Princess Mildgyd was proclaimed Grand-Duchess of Emrta in a ceremony held in the state assembly of the State of Emrta - which, according to a law passed earlier this week, has been officially renamed as "Grand-Duchy of Emrta". Despite this unusual decision and the change of name, the legal status of the region has not changed constitutionally, and the islander region will remain under the authority of the Juglander constitution of the Federal Union of Jugland.

Mildgyd, 33, is the daughter of late King Engelhardt III and his second wife, therefore being also the stepsister of King Khrym, who abdicated in 2020, only six years after being crowned as King of Jugland. The choice of Princess Mildgyd, as a member of the House of Welhaven-Goltzam -as the state constitution of Emrta established an elective monarchy under Jugland's constitution- was contested by some, particularly republican activists, the National Democratic Party and other left-leaning organizations, as King Engelhardt -several months after three ministers from the pro-republican Juglander People's Party joined the government- dissolved the parliament and forced a constitutional amend which enlarged his powers as monarch, which many believe to be one of the main contributing factors that led to an armed conflict in the country five years later. Despite this, however, the election of a regional monarch from another family did not seem to find much support neither between the public opinion nor the main promoters of the reestablishment of the Grand-Duchy of Emrta, which had been abolished after the establishment of the short-lived Republic of Jugland in 1901 but it was restored following the restauration of the Kingdom of Jugland in 1906.

The Grand-Duchess, unlike previous Juglander monarchs, was the first member of the House of Welhaven-Goltzam, to pledge loyalty to the constitution -as part of the ceremony in the state assembly-, and she will be also the first constitutional monarch without executive powers, as the executive powers of the state government are consentrated in the state government led by the Governor.

The current Governor is Amalberaht Oppegard, from the Autonomous Movement for Emrta, who obtained a clear majority in the recent state election in Emrta.

Emrta, although it has only 2,360,000 inhabitants (compared to Jugland's 59 million), is the state with the highest GDP per capita of the six states that comprises the Federal Union of Jugland, and with its capital, Amvkhar, has a high importance as economic center as well as culturally and historically in Jugland's modern history.




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Freedom Party elected new leader


Faramund Stubberud surpringly defeated Wigburg Aarseth, acting leader since the resignation of Hubert Ibsen, to become new leader of the Freedom Party in the party congress, held in Albrektberg.

Stubberud, who unlike Aarseth and his other rivals for the party leadership, is not a member of the National Assembly, managed to win the second round of vote by 57% of the Freedom Party delegates.

He was recently elected to the Emrta state assembly, being the only Freedom Party member elected in the recent state election.

Stubberud promised to give voice to all Freedom Party members "in every state institutions we're currently present", in order to defend Jugland's "national sovereignty" from both the federal government and separatist forces. While Stubberud had a more pragmatic attitude on some issues -such as calling to work through the federal framework and more centrist platform in some social issues compared to the other candidates- it is not likely that the increasingly controversial attitude of the Freedom Party in the National Assembly, in which they have opposed to cooperate with other parliamentary groups, will change. Stubberud ended his final intervention promising to become "the only real opposition to the current coalition" and calling to "fight against the liberal elites...and for the common man". He also promised to defend the "honour of our organization...against defamers, liars, and traitors".

As well as electing a new leader of the party, the delegates also proposed and voted amends to the party platform. At the end of the party congress, the delegates also held a ceremony in honour to Ragnbjorg Herbjornsrud, founder and leader of the Freedom Party, who unexpectedly died in late 2020.




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Senate ratifies Jugland-East Moreland agreement


The Senate, in its first bill passed since the recent state election, approved and ratified a treaty signed between the Federal Union of Jugland and the Kingdom of East Moreland.

Although the treaty had already entered into force and it was law in Jugland, the bill is aimed to strengthen its implementation.

49 of 55 members of the Senate voted for the agreement.