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The Republic of Ustrela, March 1905

Modern transportation for a modern nation

The recent invention of the Segaso Modello 1 had created an immense amount of publicity surrounding its creation lauding its’ creator, Francisco Pereilla, as innovative. Hundreds of cars have been sold throughout both Ustrela and the world with the streets of Viande seeing their use almost immediately upon release. Skeptics, despite the initial success of Segaso, criticize the limited appeal of the automobile. Claiming that it’s immensely expensive, unreliable, and niche. The president of Ustrela, Armando Prats, added to the automobiles legitimacy as a modern mode of transportation by personally purchasing a Segaso Modello himself. Stating that “The Segaso is a fascinating and innovative Ustrelian invention, one that I plan on supporting.” Though the future viability of the automobile industry is unpredictable, Ustrela remains at the forefront of innovation.

Admiral on deck

The man sat nervously staring out into the endless crowd of faces. Hundreds of friends and family gathered together for a rather extravagant event. Each individual watching him and the speaker carefully as his achievements are listed in a monotone voice. “For excellent command during the battle of the Setawa straight, the battle of the Ustrelian Gulf, the battle of the Sancho River…” The list continued for several minutes before the speaker finally finished. “These are the accomplishments and leadership necessary in Ustrela. A man whom has earned himself infamy among our nation's enemies and renown among our citizenry. As such, the nation of Ustrela and her people would like to grant Captain Sebastián Zoido admiralty in order to command this republics fleets and lead them to victory.”

The sound of a steady rhythmic applause could be heard from the audience as Admiral Sebastián Zoido stood to take his place on the stage. He began by clearing his throat and beginning his speech “I’d like to thank the many friends and family who accompany men to this ceremony. Many of you, I’m sure, probably wonder my feelings towards earning this achievement. A position held highly, not only amongst my peers, but by the entirety of the nation. To express how I feel I’ll summarize it by saying simply this, it’s about damn time.” Zoido let off a slight smirk, followed by a loud chuckle throughout the crowd. “Either way, I’m eager to celebrate this accomplishment. I only pray to god that the politicians don’t make me work hard to keep it.”

Journal of Marcos Arias

March 2nd 1905,

I’ve awoken to the sound of the sea crashing against the Luca Carballal as it steadily rocks side to side. Fresh ocean air filling my lungs for the first in many months. This, surprisingly to most, is the hardest part of the journey. Unlike the excitement of exploring new and forgotten lands of primitive peoples or the sense of comradery felt throughout the ship during the final stretch back to civilization, the start is always awkward. Understanding that the crew of the ship are amicable and the captain, while rather dull, has good intentions, it’s rather difficult to converse among a crew that you’re not familiar with. Thus ultimately I long for companionship, a friend or colleague whom I can challenge myself both intellectually and spiritually.

March 8th 1905,

Praise be god, I’ve grown fond of Commander Carlos Moruga. The naval officer on board the Luca Carballal so happened to be well read in similar fields of study such as biology, history, and archaeology. Expressing a deep interest in the lost tribes of Kimbeto rumored to have founded a mighty empire in the jungles of Serranthia alongside vasts amounts of forgotten riches. Though doubtful of discovering such treasures, I can’t help but feel his enthusiasm for their discovery.

March 17th 1905,

Though Commander Morgua appears to be a fine gentleman and scholar, the same couldn’t be said for his Captain. Captain Jonathan Vera, a crude individual, has recently gotten on my nerves. I’d at first thought the man to be a bit dull yet well intentioned, this judge of character has so far been proven to be far from the truth. I’d come to this conclusion initially due to his insistent, and outdated, understanding of the field of anthropology. Misunderstanding the core concepts of the science itself, believing me to be “indistinguishable from a historian or archaeologist.” At first such an insult was ignored, primarily due to my belief that he was simply taught an ill mannered education. However, this abrasiveness, this crudeness towards my field of study has nearly caused me to snap. Questioning the authenticity of my work, education, and capabilities. Had I not been employed a handsome sum to carry out this expedition, I’d jumped ship yesterday.

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The Republic of Ustrela

A house divided

For the second time in the history of the republic the nation stands on the brink of civil war. The death of President Marcos Andrade less than a year into his term had placed the current President Armando Prats into power. A controversial figure, he had polled an astonishingly dismal 12% approval rating due to scandals regarding his connections to anarchist figures such as the infamous Diego Cazalla. These rumors have consequently destabilized President Armando Prats’ regime, resulting in desperate attempts to spur a sense of nationalism and pride within the people of Ustrela.

Meanwhile conservatives rally behind Fernando Costa, a popular figure during the campaign against the late President Marcos Andrade. Fernando maintains powerful allies throughout the national congress and the Ustrelian armed forces. Whispers of a potential coup are growing in legitimacy, creating a great deal of unrest from the public.

Keeping on track

A key promise during the late President Marcos Andrade’s campaign was a significant overhaul to the national railway system. Hundreds of villages throughout the republic have remained isolated from major urban centers, hundreds more deposits of national resources untouched, and vital territories along the outskirt of the nation inaccessible.

Barely passing with a majority within the national congress, the Ustrelian Railway Act of 1905 has gone into full effect. Aiming to interconnect hundreds of communities within the nation to major urban centers. Railway companies interested in carrying out the operation are requested to submit a bid alongside project proposals, estimated expenditure on the project, alongside a proposed completion date.

Representative Julio Carballal, who formally proposed the initiative within the national congress commented in the popular news paper The Viande Times “Though his passing was both unprecedented and unfortunate, President Marcos Andrade dreamt of a nation united. Thanks to the Prats administration this dream can finally accomplished.”

Lights, camera, action

The blossoming film industry, while relatively young, has gained immense popularity among the upper and middle class. General Rodrigo López, a fan of this innovation, has commissioned the creation of a film titled “Life of a military man.” The studio Cine-ojo is set to begin production immediately, though several have begun to question the benefits of the investment due to the inherent unpredictability of young industries. The studio, consisting of Emilio Carita, his brother Juan, and his wife Amelia, are set to arrive in Fort Costa and spend a period of three weeks filming the lives of the Ustrelian soldier.

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1. Official Name of Nation: Republic of Ustrela (Located on the fifth continent)
2. Capital: Viande
3. Head of State: President Armando Prats
4. Nation Breakdown (Minor nation - 100 points)
- Administration
* Stability of the Government: 3
* Integrity of the Government: 2
* Competency of the Bureaucracy: 2

- Economics
* Competitiveness of the Economy: 8
* Development of the Coal Industry: 5
* Development of the Steel Industry: 5
* Development of the Petrol Industry: 3
* Development of the Chromium Industry: 3
* Development of Small Arms Industry: 1
* Development of Munitions Industry: 2
* Development of Automobile Industry: 1
* Development of the Agriculture Industry: 3
* Development of Shipbuilding Industry: 1
* Mechanization: 3
* Number of Specialized Workers: 2
* Urbanization: 4

- Military
* Quality of Standard Rifle: 1
* Quality of Field Gun: 1
* Quality of Machine Gun: 1
* Quality of the Army: 2
* Logistics Capacity of the Army: 2
* Quality of the Officer Corps: 3
* Competency of Army High Command: 3
* Quality of the Navy: 1
* Logistics Capacity of the Navy: 1
* Quality of the Officer Corps: 1
* Competency of Navy High Command: 1

- Culture & Nation
* Colonial Holdings: 0
* Homogeneity of the Nation: 8
* Nationalist Beliefs: 7
* Irredentist Beliefs: 7
* Population: 4
* Metropolitan Infrastructure: 4
* Road Network: 2
* Rail Network: 3
Liberal Democrats

The case for Sarah Obagmeni

Late in afternoon mid August Samgolan national media was in a frenzy. Numerous headlines and news stations announcing, “the neverending case of Ms. Obagmeni” some even referred to it as “the second Gaza Scandal.” For nearly two months Ms. Obagmeni had been held up by the Samgolan court system, without her case ever being reviewed. Yembe Songè officially appeared in a public interview by Samgolan National News (SNN), to speak on the case.

“Mr. Songè do you know just how long exactly Ms. Obagmeni’s case had been held by the Samgolan justice system?” A young woman named Mrs. Makeda asked.

“Nearly two months, Mrs. Makeda. The Samgolan justice system has refused to review my fellow party members case for nearly two months. Her funds are nearly running dry and soon she will not even be able to afford to pay her lawyer once they see her case.” Yembe answered solemnly.

“What exactly has the Bassong administration done to fix such delays?” The journalist continued to question.

“Unfortunately, the D.A.R. is in charge of the administration of the Justice Ministry and at the moment they have done nothing. Such discrimination against a fellow party member is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to suggest corruption, but I fear the worse.” Before the journalist had the chance to continue with another question, Mr. Songè continued. “However, the Liberal Democrats will not stand by and let our fellow party member suffer. As such, to pay for the outrages fees that she must endure the party will be donating one hundred thousand to her case and I encourage anyone who wishes to stand against this lax attitude in our justice system to do the same. Once this case is over, remaining funding will be placed into a fund to support similar cases such as this. Let the justice system know that we will not be bullied.” The interview continued for several minutes, however little else was discussed in regards to the current Obagmeni case.

Liberal Democrats

The Ministry of Trade and Finance

It had been a little over a year since the end of the civil war and the nation already seemed to be teetering on the brink of collapse. With constant crisis every few months, it had seemed best for Yembe to prepare for the worse and discuss with an economic advisory council consisting of fourteen different market analysts, each experts on different aspects of the Samgolan industry, and the State and Foreign Affairs Charles Mpeya, to discuss each aspect of the economy in detail.

The meetings lasted nearly four hours over the period of three days, as each member of the economic advisory council explained current market trends and the effects that they will currently have on Samgolan society. Everything from the Agriculture industry to generally lucrative ventures involving Oil and Natural gas, it had seemed as though the meeting was relatively thorough in its investigation. Mr. Mpeya even aided in information in regards to trade with foreign nations, especially with Samgola’s neighbors and the west.

Liberal Democrats


After the recent no vote received by the D.A.R., a new political advertisement appeared on television throughout Kamidye. It showed a black and white image of President Bassong with eerie music playing in the background. A narrator began to speak “Incompetence...” bright white text appeared over his face. “... and Corruption,” several images from the S.P.P. scandal appeared. “A man who has failed the people of Samgola, a man who refuses to stand up for the rights of his citizens.” A series of images of Samgolans living in poverty appear throughout the television ad. “Anti-free market, anti-capitalism, anti-Samgolan. Come together and say no to the communist policies of President Bassong and his party.” Afterwards small text appeared stating "Paid for by the Free Samgola Organization"

Liberal Democrats

The Parliament

While Dominic was astonished by the nomination as speaker, he had no intention of accepting such a position. “While I appreciate the kind gesture by Samgola Dawn it isn’t my intention to play the role of the speaker. I already hold a spot as a minister within our executive, to also play the role of both a speaker and a MNA would be an overwhelming amount of work for a single man. I encourage all who would vote for me as Speaker to instead choose my kind friend Salomon Massamba, whom you remember as proposing the Aviation Safety Act. He is more than capable of holding his own.”

It is at this point that Salomon Massamba stood up and announced “I happily accept this nomination as speaker by Dominic. I’m sure that Samgola Dawn will place as much faith as me as they did in Dominic and I encourage other parties to place their faith in me just the same. My only desire is for the national assembly to run smoothly and democratically. Thank you.”

Liberal Democrats

Advertising Kamidye

During prime time television on several major news networks various political ads began to appear throughout Kamidye and other major cities throughout Samgola. All featuring the elderly Yembe Songè sitting on a chair in front of a calming fire, before he began to speak. “Greetings Samgola, many of you are probably aware of who I am, former presidential candidate and current minister of trade and finance, Yembe Songè. When I was younger, around the age of twenty, I was present during the Kamidye Massacre in 1962. The French marching upon our homeland. A time of weakness and insecurity within the hearts of our homeland. Today, we continue to show weakness and insecurity on the world stage, something that saddens me greatly. Our current President Mr. Bassong, has so far failed to revitalize our nation’s military and effectively protect the borders of Samgola. This is why my fellow Samgolans, I ask that you stand with me and the Liberal Democrats this coming election. Let’s show strength, let’s rebuild our nation, let’s tear our enemies down, and let’s show the world Samgola doesn’t submit.”

Another later that day of a different nature appeared, this time showing Yembe Songè standing in the slums of a small village just outside Olouye. “Greetings Samgola, this is the village of Moda. Nearly 1 in 3 men and woman here are unemployed, a disgraceful reality that has plagued the current administration, and while my half of the coalition has made great strides to improve upon the lives of these citizens, President Bassong has irresponsibly pushed temporary employment programs. My fellow Samgolans, we can’t maintain a nation of construction workers. This is why the Liberal Democrats will continue to find both free market and permanent solutions to the unemployment problem that plagues our great nation. While the opposition fights this legislation at every turn, I will continue to fight for your right to work. Let the world know that Samgola will work.”

The Ministry of State and Foreign Affairs

This had not been the first time Charles Mpeya had visited France, in fact he had study abroad at Paris Descartes University when he was in his early twenties, where he learned to speak both French and English fluently. Walking the streets of Paris had almost been a nostalgic experience for him, he had made a great many of friends during his stay. Few of whom he had unfortunately remained in contact with.

A small ceremony was immediately held, symbolic of the blossoming friendship between the French and Samgolan people. Once the French President François Mitterrand had the opportunity to speak and introduce Mr. Mpeya, he took center stage. Charles first greeted the public in French, as a show of respect for the nation and then in Samgolan. He wanted to both appease the nationalists at home who would likely be watching this and show a unity between the two peoples. Then he continued his speech in French, “It is a great pleasure for me to be here in this beautiful country. I hope that by being here, that our people can mend a wound that has remained open for longer than many of either of our people can remember. Bring two brethren nations, of not Africa or Europe, but of the world together. To trade and prosper, in the name of both freedom and democracy. Let us remember that together, France and Samgola will be stronger. Thank you.” Charles quietly stepped away from the podium, before several questions were hurled at him. Official negotiations wouldn’t occur for several more days, until then he would have to remain in his hotel room.

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