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


Juglander Review, established more than a century ago, is the oldest newspaper and magazine in Jugland.




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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2019, 12:38:26 PM »
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Battle of Ngeingta finishes


The Battle of Ngeingta, the major fighting between government and National Army forces since the 2016 ceasefire was broken, has resulted in a humiliating government defeat after 10 weeks of intense fighting.

The fighting resulted in the death of more than two thousand people, including combatants and civilians, and threatened to cause the largest humanitarian crisis in Jugland in four years.

The government forces have accepted to evacuate and withdraw from Ngeingta, the fourth largest city of the country before the war started, after the supplies were cut under a six-week long siege by the National Army, the largest anti-government faction in Jugland. On the other hand, the National Coalition has promised a 20-day ceasefire in the central and southern provinces. Johannes Skouen has been appointed as acting mayor of Ngeingta, although he is expected to allow a peaceful transition of power to the National Coalition.

In a speech from Albrektberg, Jugland's capital city, King Khrym has promised to end the current crisis while blaming National Coalition leaders on the collapse of the peace negotiations.
 
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2019, 12:07:10 PM »
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What's Next for Jugland


As violence returns in Jugland, we have spoken with several experts and commentators to understand why the war has continued in the country and what may come next.

Kumkek Nupekam, former editor-in-chief of the Juglander Review, author of Conflict in Jugland (2016): "The current situation is a predictable one. It is not a surprise as soon as the negotiations collapsed, this is where the country was moving toward. The reasons why this was the case are complicated, and different for every side. The truth is that, so far, no side seems to be in a position in which they can destroy their enemy by their own, at least until unexpected changes".

Nupek Meremakyne, is a retired Juglander military officer, he served previously as government advisor (2013-2014): "It's difficult to explain how fast things may change. The year before the 2016 ceasefire was not too virulent, at least compared to the previous two. The Armed Forces had still air superiority and a standing army, but the economic situation is dire. On the other side, the rebel National Army have gained strength in the last two years. They are certainly an organized force now. The conflict could last for long. But it is my believe that if the rebel forces fail to advance toward the capital city, the central government will impose order eventually”.

Makh Leppam, a political scientist, he has been lecturer and assistant professor in several universities in Jugland, Lakhzovia, East Moreland, and Rokkenjima: “It is very unlikely that one side will be able to impose its force and defeat the other, at least for now. The war will likely continue for the rest of the year, and it is unclear what will happen in the following twelve months. Negotiations that open the way for free an fair elections are the only way out to this conflict. This was close to happen during the negotiations, but the refusal of royal government to accept the National Coalition to monitor the elections in the territory under their control, and the demand of the National Army to disarm only after the peace agreement and transition of power is completed, made impossible to the negotiations to be successful. But both sides need to understand that negotiations are the only solution. I still believe a negotiated peace is possible, if there is more good will and understanding in both sides, maybe with some limited international monitoring of the process”.

Khapk Russakyne, a former diplomat: “The negotiations were not successful because there was a lack of trust and, most of all, will...The National Coalition representatives spent the first months of negotiations  demanding the abdication of the monarch as a condition for a final agreement, unable to realize their own weakness. Despite their most recent victory in the battlefield, this situation hasn’t changed much. It must be remembered that King Khrym I came to the throne in a complicated situation, which violence and hostilities already going for a year and a half, so such demand doesn’t seem justified. The people of Jugland should have the right to decide their own future, but that can only happen once that peace is established”.

Csina Keppakyne, a human rights activist, founder of “Peace for Jugland” : “Peaceful negotiations will be the only way that will unify our complain and bring peace. There is not a military solution. We hope that no foreign country will involved in the conflict. We call international community to pressure so negotiations are started again”.

Kumyd Egorakyne, a journalist based in Jall’anedda: “This feels like a never-ending war, but the outcome is more difficult to predict that it may seems. The control and legitimacy of the central government is more precarious than even what they may consider. The same could be said about the National Army, which seems as strongest as ever, but they could be close to a collapse as soon they face a serious defeat. My fear is that if any of that happens, it won’t be decisive enough for an end of the conflict, and it may further radicalize some of the factions and increase violence. But people are tired of this war, and it is very difficult to predict what will happen tomorrow”.




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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2019, 12:13:57 PM »

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Jugland to remove sanctions against Tamora


King Khrym I has signed a government decree in which the Kingdom of Jugland will remove all sanctions and trade restrictions toward the Empire of Tamora.

The sanctions against the other Cotf Aranye nations had been established during the reign of his father, Krem III, through legislation passed in 1999 and 2010 respectively.

Since them, although diplomatic relations were not completely broken, they had been mostly inexistent. Last month, however, Jugland's Deputy Foreign Minister visited Tamora, in the first diplomatic visit to the country in twenty-years.

In recent weeks, the Tamora government officially expressed support toward the royal government, offering to send humanitarian aid to Jugland.




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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2019, 10:47:12 PM »
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National Army threatens Albrektberg with a "final battle"



Lars Midtvedt, one of the leaders of the National Army, has repeated the claims that the National Army is prepared to advance, attack and take Albrektberg, Kingdom of Jugland's capital city "as soon as possible". It had been reported last weeks that the National Army was preparing to siege the city, but the news were considered unlikely rumors. The National Army official, however, did not clarify if such attack could happen anytime soon.

The National Army is the largest faction of the rebel forces, controlling much of the northern and eastern regions. The National Army had their biggest success in three years after they defeated the royal armed forces in the so-called "Battle of Ngeingta", which took place in the central province of the same name.

However, Lars Midtvedt denied that the National Army was behind the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Albrektberg and other towns under control of the central government, which resulted in the death of more than one hundred people. Most of them were soldiers and members of the security forces of the central government, but the attacks also claimed the lives of several dozens of civilians.

Lars Midtvedt promised as soon as the National Army takes Albrektberg and order is restored to the capital city, the National Coalition will hold democratic elections under an independent authority. He did not clarify if such elections would be held in all Jugland or only in the territory under control of the National Army and other rebel forces.

After the last important battle between royal and rebel forces, the National Army took the most important highways in the central region, which allowed it to advance to barely 50 kms from Albrektberg. However, experts believe that the National Army is not in a position to siege the capital city, as they have suffered many losses in the last months, and they have been recently under prolonged attack by central government's air force.

Despite this, the rebel commander was assertive that the National Army is confident that the central government will not be able to resist for long. He also denounced that the recent improvement of ties with Tamora by the central government "is prove that the regime is desperate and...living its last hours". In his speech, however, he also warned that "the Juglander people must be wary that we'll live soon our most difficult and decisive fight".








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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2019, 02:15:29 PM »

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The death of royal relative is announced


Kingdom of Jugland's Ministry of Information has confirmed today that Nurzha Kekham, 12th Count of Tachnasem, died in a rebel attack at a southern city. The attack happened a month ago, but it was not reported until yesterday. The Ministry declared that his family wished to have a private funeral, and that was the only reason why it had been kept as a secret until today.

The Count of Tachnasem, 48, was serving as a military officer, with the rank of Colonel-Lieutenant. His uncled, who died a decade ago, served as Minister of Defense between 1988 and 1999. He was married with one of the cousins of the current monarch, so he became the first known relative of the royal family to have died in the war. King Khrym I did not comment of the death of the Count, besides a written statement from the Royal House announced earlier this morning, expressing gratitude and respect for his miitary service.








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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2020, 01:16:02 AM »

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Protests continue in Emrta


Protests have continued for a sixth week in Amvkhar, home of the royal family residence. The protests, which started as a mobilization by students from the local university, who demanded that three professors be reinstated as well as the end of the martial law in the city, have turned into a movement against both the local and national governments, demanding control of prices, an increase of the minimum salary, and the reopening of the national parliament. Secondary students and unions, as well as independent citizens, have joined the protests in the last weeks.

The Independent Committee of Students, one of the organizations behind the protests, have also demanded democratic elections and the proposal of the ceasefire in order to restart peace negotiations, although such proposals are not seconded by all the organizations which are behind the protests.

Prime Minister Sepp Nupekam has denounced the leaders of the protests as "traitors working for the enemy" and threatened to end them using military force.


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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2020, 05:22:13 PM »
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The End of King Khrym's Reign


Juglander king Khrym I has officially announced his abdication in a written statement early this morning. The announcement came only minutes after the official confirmation of the assassination of Prime Minister Sepp Nupekam, which happened 48 hours ago, and the resignation of the Mayor of Amvkhar (the royal residence since several months ago), following a mutiny of sailors from the royal navy.

While the King is expected to be succeeded by his younger sister, in his last royal decree the monarch also appointed General Stian Mjosberg, Chief of the General Staff, with executive powers and the task to head a new Provisional Government.

The abdication of Khrym has come only six years after he was crowded, and his reign was marked by internal strife and civil war. However, the problems for the nation are still way ahead, as the National Army and what remains of the royal forces continue fighting in the city of Albrektberg.


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National elections announced in Jugland


After failed negotiations and setbacks during weeks, the Joint Round Table -which is formed by representatives from the main factions in the Jugland conflict- has finally reached an agreement to have national elections in the coming month.

Although the parties had previously agreed with the date of the election, it was postponed as they had failed to reach an agreement on other important issues, such as the agenda for the demilitarization of the conflict or the establishment of a new national government. Although the Provisional Government had initially proposed that the election could have been organized by an independent committee including international organizations, this was rejected and local authorities will organized the election, which may induce doubts about the fairness of the process in many cases. However, unlike the recent local election called by the Provisional Government -which was not held in the territory controlled by the National Army, and which not all factions were allowed to participate in some regions-, the election will be held nationwide, for first time in a decade.

Experts hope that, although the differences on the way forward will remain important and serious, an elected parliament gives hope for a definitive political agreement, after recent rumours of a coming end of the ceasefire agreed by the main factions three months ago.


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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2020, 12:18:47 AM »
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Governor of Emrta resigns


Anton Bryn, Governor of Emrta, has resigned, after the local council of Amvkhar rejected his proposal of suspend the coming regional election at least after the nationwide parliament proposed by the Joint Round Table was held. Thedecision would be later supported by a majority of the local councils in Emrta province.

Bryn had been appointed by the Provisional Government established after the collapse of General Sepp Nupekam. Following the local elections held by the Provisional Government, Bryn promised the election of a regional assembly to serve the as legislative body for the province of Emrta.

The decision threatens to weaken the Provisional Government and the peace negotiations, although Amvkhar's local council has declared in a written statement that they support the ongoing negotiations and the agreement reached by the Provisional Government. Despite this, it is unclear if the regional election will be held, as many fear that it may feed separatist feelings in Emrta.

It is unclear who will replace Anton Bryn, or if the Provisional Government may try impose the suspension of the election in Emrta.


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Armed Forces to seize northern province


Armed Forces of the Provisional Government have consolidated their siege of the town of Hernstadt. It is expected the armed forces will advance into the town in the coming hours after 48 hours of intense fighting. There is not a clear number of civilian casualties yet.

The situation in Hernstadt, however, it is not expected to affect the current peace negotiations, as the town and surrounding area was controlled by a radical anti-government group since two years ago.

However, the military operation brought controversy between rebel groups, including some of those who were involved or supported the peace negotiations, as the advance of the Royal Armed Forces was only possible as they were allowed to pass through the main road which has been under the control of the National Army. It has been reported that the National Army allowed the enemy forces to pass through the road in exchange of supplies, although this was denied by a National Army's spokesperson.

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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2020, 10:32:28 PM »

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Elections for Emrta Assembly


Despite rumours of government intervention, the non-sanctioned local elections in Emrta were held without incidences. Voters elected candidates for a 49-member assembly, which is expected to become the highest legislative body in Emrta province.

The Democratic Union, a coalition which gathers several local political parties, was the most voted and they will be the largest political group in the Emrta assembly. Democratic Union's candidate, however, has announced that they did not aim to oppose the Provisional Government and they support the current peace negotiations. He said that they don't plan to appoint a regional government, but they hope that the Provisional Government will appoint a Governor supported by the new assembly and called for nationwide election as soon as possible.

The Liberal Party was second, while the separatist Autonomous Movement for Emrta was the third largest party.


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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2020, 07:06:20 PM »

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Government and Rebel Forces Meet in Mannstadt


Members of the National Coalition, including representatives of the National Army, met with members of the Provisional Government for first time in the town of Mannstadt.

The town, a battleground for months earlier this year, and which have lost two thirds of their population before the war, was considered one of the most tense areas in the country, until the National Army withdrawn from the northern and western districts a month ago. Both parties reduced the amount of troops and artillery mantained in the town as consequence of recent negotiations.

It will be also the first time that representatives of the Kingdom of Jugland and the rebel National Coalition openly met in the country. So far, the meetings of the Joint Round Table -a commission including delegations from the national government and main rebel groups- had either gather in secret or abroad.

It is expected that the coming nationwide elections and the future creation of a transition government will be the main issues discussed in the meeting.


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« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2020, 10:51:17 AM »
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Provisional Government Proposes Amnesty


The Deputy President of the Provisional Government confirmed today in an interview that the national government is considering issueing a general Amnesty in order to advance the peace negotiations. He did not specified if the period of the Amnesty (if it would cover all years of the war, just the latest, or even longer), if some crimes would not be covered -such as war crimes and others-, or it would affect all citizens or only those under the current peace negotitions.

However, he declared that such amnesty would not be issued by the Provisional Government before nationwide elections are held, and it was not officially discussed in the last negotiations in Mannstadt.

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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2020, 09:01:48 PM »

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Terror Attack in Mannstadt


Eleven people were killed in a car bomb attack in Mannstadt. Between the casualties, there were three military officers. At the moment of the attack, they were going to the local stadium, where a charity football match between a local club and an All-Star team of senior Juglander players was planned to start.

It was reported that one representative of the National Army was also wounded, although this hasn't been confirmed yet. Both a Provisional Government spokesperson and the Deputy Chairman of the National Coalition, as well as other political groups, condemned the attack.

The attack was later claimed by the "Juglander National Liberation Front", which denounced the National Army had "betrayed the democratic revolution" and threatened with more attacks in a statement released online.

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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2020, 03:50:30 PM »

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Juglander Princess Reappeared In Public


For first time since the abdication of his brother as monarch of the Kingdom of Jugland, Princess Khapkhina Mildgyd appeared publicly for an interview with Amvkhar Daily News, a local newspaper in Emrta.

Princess Khapkhina Mildgyd confirmed that she was invited to participate the Emrta Economic Forum, but that unfortunately her participation was suspended due to security concerns. She declared that she hoped to return to her daily public life soon.

After the abdication of his brother King Khrym, it was expected that the Princess may succeed him as monarch or at least to take the role of Regent (as Khrym's son is only 14 years old, behind the legal age to be crowned as King of Jugland). Instead, Khrym signed a last royal decree giving full powers to General Stian Mjosberg, Chief of the General Staff, to form a new government following the assassination of Prime Minister Sepp Nupekam. Although the Provisional Government remains the national government of the Kingdom of Jugland, the peace negotiations and the coming nationwide election calls into question the survival of the monarchy.

Although she remains the highest member of the Royal House, which was not abolished or suspended by the Provisional Government, in her interview the Princess indicated that she hopes that the peace negotiations are successful enough to end the conflict and allow peaceful and fair elections in which the future of the nation may be decided without more strife.

She also declared that she is not planning to leave the country even if a republic is proclaimed, but admitted the welfare and security of her family will remain her main concern.


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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2020, 12:59:42 PM »
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President of the Provisional Government will not be candidate in coming nationwide election


Eadwald Engelsaas, President of the Provisional Government, has confirmed that he will not stand as candidate for the Constituent Assembly.

Engelsaas, a retired Admiral of the Navy, became President of the Provisional Government after replacing General Stian Mjosberg, who was given full powers by the King to form a new government.

Since the abdication of the King, the President of the Provisional Government has acted as the facto head of state, despite the state still being constitutionally the Kingdom of Jugland, with no legislative oversight. It is not clear if Engelsaas will continue as President of the Provisional Government after the election. The Constituent Assembly will be given legislative authority for a maximum of one year, with the aim to approve a new constitution and passing laws until the transition to a new constitutional order is established. Still, it is dubious that the Constitutional Assembly will have power to impose its authority through the country, as there is still no united government in the country. The Constituent Assembly will not have the power to elect the government either.

Eadwald Engelsaas is expected to nominate Burkhardt Kvalheim, his Foreign Minister, as candidate for the election. Kvalheim is expected to be announced tomorrow as candidate of the Reform Movement for Jugland, a pro-government political party, although he will not be the only member of the government to stand in the election.






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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2020, 12:28:15 AM »

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Permanent Ceasefire Agreement is announced


For first time, a member of the Provisional Government met directly with Lars Midtvedt, commander of the rebel National Army, considered one of the most prominent leaders of the anti-government factions.

The meeting was held in Mannstadt, and Hughardt Behn, Deputy President of the Provisional Government, was in representation from the Kingdom of Jugland. Although journalists were not allowed during, before, or after the meeting, both sides signed a "Permanent Ceasefire Agreement", aimed to assure stability for the coming nationwide election.

Not a long time ago, Midtvedt was denounced as a terrorist by government officials. This unprecedented situation may give hope to Juglander voters who are called to elect representatives for a Constituent Assembly.

However, Midtvedt declared that the coming election will unlikely mean the end of the conflict but rather the first step which will require ongoing negotiations until a final agreement is reached. He also denied that the disarmament of the National Army and other rebel groups was currently negotiated. "We are approaching our positions on more practical issues so far", he declared.

Hughardt Behn also declared that he is satisfied that the National Coalition finally accepted both government and international observers for the election, even if the election in the territory controlled by the National Army will not be under the authority of the Juglander Electoral Commission, established by the Provisional Government.




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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2020, 10:52:00 PM »

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King Khrym may have moved to Achkaerin, newspaper reports


According to a report by an independent research published in Albrektbergposten, King Khrym, who abdicated from the Juglander throne a few month ago, has established his residence in Valtheim, the capital city of the Holy Empire of Achkaerin.

The former monarch was reported to have left the country a few weeks ago, but it was never officially confirmed where he could have moved. It is unclear if the rest of the royal family is going to be established in the northern country as well, or if the former monarch residence in the country will be only temporary. So far, it is only known that Khrym's sister, Princess Khapkhina Mildgyd still remains in the country.

Neither the Provisional Government nor Achkaerin government have given their views on this issue so far.

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« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2020, 12:14:21 AM »

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National government, rebel forces exchange prisoners before election



On the eve of the nationwide election for the Constituent Assembly, Burkhardt Kvalheim, President of the Provisional Government, has announced an exchange of prisoners between the Armed Forces and the National Army, the largest since peace negotiations started.

It is estimated that 800 prisoners of both sides will be freed. The agreement did not apply from prisoners from other militant groups.

President Kvalheim called voters to participate in the election, and warned them that "not because peace negotiations started, that means that the future of the nation can allow a wrong turn", calling them "to give their voice to allow the country to march toward order, peace an reform".


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« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2020, 01:35:23 AM »

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Nationwide election to the Constituent Assembly


The first nationwide election in almost a decade were held in Jugland. Despite a number of incidents, the election was peaceful and million of Juglander voters could cast their vote, for the youngest voters for first time in a national parliamentary election.

Voters elected 119 representatives through a mixed system which established 116 electoral districts (three seats were reserved for Juglander citizens living abroad and internally displaced people). There were registered irregularities and voter intimidation in some districts under the authority of the National Army, as well as incidences on the counting of votes in a few districts in the northwestern region. However, both sides -not without criticism- seems willing to accept the result.

According to the last estimation, the National People's Alliance -which includes the National Democratic Party -the political-wing of the National Party, along other minor parties such as the Moderate Party- was the most voted coalition, likely to become the largest group in the Constituent Assembly, with 31% of the vote. The conservative Social Initiative -which includes the United League and the Conservative Party, obtained 19% of the vote, although they had a rather poor performance outside the northern regions, which may decline their number of seats.

The Democratic Union, a more centrist opposition coalition, obtained around 12%,  while the pro-government Reform Movement for Jugland, which included several ministers and deputy ministers as candidates could only obtained around 9-10% of the vote. The Liberal Party, which was one of the largest political parties before the war, obtained around 8%.

The rest of the vote was divided between more than thirty political parties, which only a few are expected to obtain representation in the Constituent Assembly.

It is not expected, however, that the final results will be available until tomorrow morning, so the estimation of seats is still uncertain.




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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2020, 01:55:30 PM »

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Opposition lawmakers call for a new government


The Provisional Government has been facing an increasing pressure, following the election to the Constituent Assembly.

The pro-government candidates had a poor result, only able to obtain about a 15% of the parliamentary seats. Most of opposition political parties have called for the resignation of President Eadwald Engelsaas, or at least the inclusion of other political forces in a national unity government.

However, the Constituent Assembly was not given power to elect the national government. A government spokesperson declared that the main role of the Constituent Assembly is "to prepare the transition for a new constitutional order", and declared that the Provisional Government will assist the lawmakers in that role.


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« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2020, 01:09:56 PM »

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Monarchy or Republic: representatives debate


Gerlach Flogstad, First Secretary of the National Coalition, has called the Constituent Assembly and the Provisional Government to held a referendum to abolish the monarchy "as soon as possible", to advance negotiations to the transition to a new constitutional order. If they failed to do so, the Constituent Assembly will have no options, he claimed, that to certified "the current death of the monarchy", followed by the king's abdication.

Flogstad's statement was met with harsh opposition by representatives who defend a reformed constitutional monarchy as the way to restore national unity and a peaceful transition to end the conflict.

On the other hand, Aldwin Odegaard, an independent representative from pro-government Reform Movement, has declared that voters elected a Constituent Assembly to prepare the transition to a new constitution, and it is therefore the role of the Constituent Assembly to determine if the monarchy should survive or not.

Finally, division between the rest of the politicial groups remained, and Wulfgang Botnen, from the National People's Alliance, was elected President of the Constituent Assembly in last round of votes.





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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2020, 07:34:31 PM »

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Amnesty law is passed by new parliament


The Constitutional Assembly voted for a proposal which will promulgate a "General Amnesty" for "political and military actions" during the last decade. The law is expected to free political prisoners and permitted those exiled to return to the country, as well as to guarantee impunity for those who participated in crimes as consequence of their political, military, or armed activity during the last ten years, including the Jugland civil war.

Not all crimes would be protected by the law, however, as the law excludes certain crimes such as organized crime, human trafficking, sexual assault, or crimes against childhood, but the wording of the legislation would make very hard to prosecute the top leadership of both the armed forces or the leadership of rebel groups for such crimes. Human rights organization complained that such legislation would give impunity and make impossible to prosecute human right violations, even releasing current convicts already sentenced by such crimes in the Kingdom of Jugland. Only 29 lawmakers voted against the law.

On the other hand, the defenders of the law have claimed that such law is required to advance peace negotiations and ending the current conflict. A joint parliamentary committee will be appointed to verify that prisoners are freed and the legislation is successfully implemented.

The law will not protect from crimes committed after the day the law officially comes into effect, therefore any crimes committed since then could be prosecuted.





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« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2020, 02:04:36 PM »

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Opposition increasingly divided


At least 25 representatives of the Constituent Assembly has signed a manifesto, demanding more transparency in the peace negotiations, calling for a government of national unity, and opposing several proposals by the Provisional Government and some parliamentary group.

The group behind the manifesto, which is unofficially known as "Committee for Constitutional Reform" (not related to the pro-government Reform Movement for Jugland), include academics, retired and active politicians. One of the signers is Alaric Aukrust, former leader of the Juglander Labour Party, and who was Jugland's Prime Minister during the 2010 constitutional crisis. Of those signers who are currently parliamentary representatives, they come from several political parties, both left-leaning and right-leaning candidates, as well as centrist and independent candidates.

The manifesto strongly oppose a presidential system -a position advanced by some members of the Reform Movement- and calls for a new administrative reform, calling for the establishment of a federal system.

Although two representatives of the Liberal Party were between those twenty-five signers, the spokesperson of the Liberal Party has declared that their party does not support such proposals, although it is unclear if those two representatives will continue to be members.

But other members of the opposition, while welcoming the debate, are afraid that such initiative will further weaken the opposition, in the middle of rumours that several opposition parties were discussing starting a motion of no confidence against Eadwald Engelsaas' government in order to force the appointment of a new government.


 

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« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2020, 02:22:04 PM »

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President Engelsaas announces changes on the administration



Eadwald Engelsaas, President of the Provisional Government, has announced the creation of ministerial "super committees" to implement the latest peace agreements.

The agreement includes the creation of three committees: a Joint Committee for Defense, a Joint Committee for Security and Home Affairs; and a Joint Committee for Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy. Those committee will include members of the government, the armed forces, and the opposition, likely members of the National Coalition in particular, as well as independent members. It was rumoured that  Lars Midtvedt, a leading commander of the National Army, may take a position in the Defense's committee, although government sources insisted that the composition of those committees haven't decided yet, and it will be announced in the coming days. A government spokesperson did not reject the idea that some Constituent Assembly representatives may be appointed as well.

President Engelsaas also announced a reshuffle of the government, which will include more independent ministers as well as members of the pro-government Reform Movement.

Some experts believe that the establishment of those committees could be a first step toward the announcement of a national unity government, which may happen in the coming weeks, according to leaked drafts of the peace negotiations. However, the government insists that the main aim for the creation of the committee is much more practical, aimed to implement the already announced peace agreements, and aiming to the disarmament of rebel groups, and restoration of civil control over the national territory.

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Emrta Assembly calls for constitutional referendum



The Emrta Assembly, the 49-member non-sanctioned legislative body in the province of Emrta, passed a resolution in support of the monarchy, as the constitutional form of the Kingdom of Jugland. The resolution was supported by 36 members, while only 5 voted against it. Several dozens of representatives from Constituent Assembly in Mannstadt -including more than half of the representatives elected from the Emrta region- gave support of the resolution. The resolution, which is non-biding, states that "there is no legitimacy for the abolition of the monarchy....without a national referendum on the issue".

The Speaker of the Emrta Assembly declared that, if the government is not willing to hold such referendum, either the local governor or the Emrta Assembly may consider to hold their own referendum, which final result all representatives from the region should support in the Constituent Assembly.

A Provisional Government's spokesperson declared that such referendum would be illegal and that the national government will not allow it in any case. "Local governments have no authority in constitutional issues", he said.


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Constituent Assembly discusses administrative organization, new capital


It was yesterday one of the most heated sessions since the Constituent Assembly gathered for first time in Mannstadt, following the resolution by Emrta Assembly in opposition to a republican constitution and calling for a constitutional referendum on the issue.

Several representatives accused representatives from Emrta of promoting separatism, while National Coalition representatives threatened with an immediate vote to declare the abolition of the monarchy. Such vote was called out, however, by the President of the Constituent Assembly, who called the representatives to follow the established agenda, which mostly consisted to debate the conclusion of two parliamentary commitees, one dedicated to discuss a new electoral law, the other to changes in administrative changes in the organization of the state.

The first issue, although important differences seemed to remain between the main political groups, was a discussion rather technical and not too passionate, and -at times- there seemed to be some common ground. The second issue gave the chance of a longer debate mostly between those who propose to keep the current administrative division and those proposing to move toward a more federal system. The representatives from Emrta and the northern districts were particularly active, some of them proposing a larger autonomy for some regions.

There was also time for more creative proposals. Some representative subjected that not all national insitutions should be located in Albrektberg, which has been Jugland's capital city for the last four centuries, to promote the development of other regions. A representative from Stykkarr, even proposed to move the capital to another place, in accordance to a more rational criteria. An independent local representative even suggested to make Mannstadt, the seat of the Constituent Assembly, as the new capital, as a symbol of the place where peace and a new future for the nation was being built again.

But the proposal that the town with barely 20,000 permanent residents to become the new capital city did not seemed to find much enthusiasm in the rest of representatives.

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Supreme Priestess returns for religious ceremony


Gottwyna Waldys Astrup-Wassmo, the Supreme Priestess of the Werden Cult, the largest religion in Jugland, will return today to the Enno Lyscei Shrine. The Enno Lyscei Shrine, considered one of the most important historical temple of the Werden Cult, along one of the official residences of the supreme priestess, had been closed for restoration, after it was severely damaged by a rebel attack ten months ago.

Supreme Priestess Gottwyna, as she is popularly known, publicly appeared for first time in two years last week, when she addressed a religious conference in Albrektberg. She herself was recently liberated, as she was under captivity for almost one year and a half when an anti-government armed group attacked and seized the province where she and her disciples were living. The event caused the resignation of Prime Minister Bernhardt Vigeland, and it was long rumoured that the supreme priestess could have died in captivity. This week, she announced in an interview that she was fully recovered and ready to restart her duties as supreme priestess, as well as thanked worshippers for the support they recently showed.

The Enno Lyscei Shrine reopened last week, with a purification ceremony led by a team of priestesses selected by the supreme priestess personally, led by priestess Hildegard Lovenskold, one of the senior priestesses in Werden clergy. It is believed that it was the longest time the temple was not active in the modern era.

Supreme Priestess Gottwyna is expected to perform the ritual ceremonies in the Enno Lyscei Shrine this weekend for the Vapenshagen festival, a traditional religious festivity, which traditionally include a sacrifice in honour of the Vennarr, deity.




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New political party is announced


Representatives from the National Coalition, including National People's Alliance candidates, and a delegation from Johannes Skouen's Moderate Party gathered this weekend in Sandkjer in the first Congress of the National Coalition since the start of the peace negotiations and the election to the Constituent Assembly.

The event, which lasted three days, aimed to boost the unity of the movement and the image of a political movement which was considered not long ago as merely the political-wing of the rebel National Army. The delegates voted almost unanimously for the political agreement called "The Political Path Toward True Democracy", in which it was described the general policy which included the abandon of the violence and the creation of a new political party. The document also describes the strategy of the organization focused on two aims: the establishment of a democratic republic and the preparation for electoral victory in the first election under a new constitution. Despite this ambitious goal, the organization may have still a difficult way forward, as -although it was the largest political coalition in the last election to the Constituent Assembly- up to 59% of Juglander voters still have a negative or highly negative view of the National Coalition, according to a recent survey.

After days of rumours, the conference confirmed the new name of the organization, which would be renamed as "National Democratic Party", with a 20-member executive committee. Some National Army veterans, such as Lars Midtvedt -recently appointed to the national government's Joint Defense Committee- were voted to this executive committee, although most of their members were political representatives. This executive commitee was tasked to run the daily affairs of the new organization and to prepare the first congress of the new political party.

The conference also voted for a provisional political platform, which although pretty much was very similar to National People's Alliance last and only electoral platform, also strongly stated the commitment of the new organization with the peace negotiations, the support for the abolition of the monarchy, although with a slighly more moderate program on economic and social issues.

Gerlach Flogstad, current First Secretary of the National Coalition, was appointed as General Secretary of the new political party, which was view as continuity in both organizations. Fredenand Mohr was elected as Chairman of the new organization, despite initial rumours that such position could have gone to either Lars Midtvedt or Heimarr Lysgaard.