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  2. Over the Gulf, 06:35 In the side rush of dawn, the distant peaks glowed pink, like some travesty of a fondant cake. Hard shadows infilled the cavities like ink. Streamers of white cloud strung out in the freezing air, 2000 metres below. Nock Leader was just a cruciform speck in the bright air ahead. He started to turn, ten degrees to the north-west. Òmah tilted the stick, following, rolling. The horizon swung up and the world moved around. Slowly, slowly. He heard the knocking sound and ignored it. At least the inclinometer was still working. As he came around and levelled the column, Òmah reached forward and flicked the brass dial of the fuel gauge again. It still read full, which couldn’t be right. They’d been up for forty-eight minutes. He took off a gauntlet and flicked the gauge once more with his bare fingers. He felt sure the lined mitten had been dulling his blows. The dial remained at full. He saw how pinched and blue his hand had become, and pulled the gauntlet back on quickly. It felt balmy in his insulated flightsuit, but the cabin temp read minus eight. There was no sound, except for the background roar of the engine. Òmah looked up and around, remembering to maintain his visual scanning. Just sky. Sundogs flaring in his visor. Nock Three just abeam of him, a silhouette, trailing vapour. The altimeter read 2800 metres. The radio gurgled. “Nock Leader to Nock Flight. One pass West and we turn for home. Keep formation tight." They made another lazy roll. The landscape rose up in his port vision. Òmah saw brittle flashes of light far below. Artillery fire on the islands. He heard the knocking again. It sounded as if someone was crouching behind the frame of his armoured seat, tapping the spars with a hammer. These engines always made a burbling, flatulent noise, but this didn’t seem right to him. He keyed his radio. "Nock Leader, this is Nock Four. I’ve–" There was a sudden, loud bang. The channel squealed like a stabbed pig. The world turned upside down. "Oh throne! Oh crap! Oh shit!” a voice was shouting. Òmah realised it was his own. G-force pummelled him. His P7E Firebird was tumbling hard. Light and dark, sky and land, up and over, up and over. Òmah choked back nausea and throttled down desperately. The radio was incoherent with frantic chatter. "Nock Four! Nock Four!" Òmah regained control and levelled. He had lost at least a thousand metres. He got the horizon true and looked around in the vain hope of seeing someone friendly. Then he cried out involuntarily as something fell past his nosecone. It was another Firebird, one wing shorn off in a cascade of torn struts and body plate. Flames were sucking back out of its air intakes. It arced down and away like a comet, trailing smoke as it went spinning towards the ground. It became a speck. A smaller speck. A little blink of light. Òmah felt his guts tighten and acid frothed inside him. Fear, like a stink, permeated the little cockpit. Something else flashed past him. Just a glimpse, moving so fast. There and gone. A memory of black wings. "Nock Four! Break! Break and turn! There’s one right on you!" Òmah leaned on the stick and kicked the rudder. The world rolled again. He put his nose up and throttled hard. The Firebird bucked angrily and the knocking came again. Throne of Stars. He’d thought his bird had malfunctioned, but it wasn’t that at all. They’d been stung. He leant forward against the harness and peered out of his cockpit dome. The aluminum skin of his right wing was holed and torn. Night’s teeth, he’d been shot. He pushed the stick forward to grab some speed, then turned out left in a hard climb. The dawn sky was full of smoke: long strings of grey vapour and little black blooms that looked like dirty cotton. Nock Flight’s formation had broken apart and they were scattering across the heavens. Òmah couldn’t even see the bats. No, that wasn’t true. He made one, bending in to chase Nock Five, tracer fire licking from its guns. He rolled towards it, flipping the scope of his reflector sight into position before resting his thumb on the stick-top stud that activated the quad cannons in the nose. The bat danced wildly across the glass reticule of the gunsight. It refused to sit. Òmah cursed and began to utter a prayer to the sun to lift his wings and make his aim true. He waggled the stick, pitching, rolling, trying to correct, but the more he tried, the more the bat slipped wildly off the gunsight to one side or the other. There was a little smoky flash ahead, and suddenly Òmah's Firebird was riding through a horizontal pelt of black rain. No. Not rain. Oil. Then debris. Pieces of glittering metal, buckled machine parts, shreds of aluminum. Òmah cried out in surprise as the oil washed out his forward view. He heard the pattering impact of the debris striking off his nose plate and wing faces. The bat had chalked Nock Five and Òmah was running in through the debris stream. Any large piece of wreckage would hole him and kill him as surely as cannon-fire. And if so much as a screw went down the intake of his engine… Òmah wrenched on the stick and came nose-up. Light returned as he came out of the smoke belt, and slipstream flowed the oil away off his canopy. It ran in quivering lines, slow and sticky, like blood. Almost immediately, he had to roll hard to port to avoid hitting another Firebird head on. He heard a strangled cry over the radio. The little dark interceptor filled his field of view for a second and then was gone back over his shoulder. His violent roll had been too brutal. He inverted for a moment and struggled to right himself as the hills spread out overhead. That knocking again. That damn knocking. He was bleeding speed now, and the experimental engines of the P7E had a nasty habit of flaming out if it struggled too hard. He began to nurse it up and round, gunning the engine as hard as he dared. Two planes rushed by, so fast he didn’t have time to determine their type, then another three went perpendicular across his bow. They were all Firebirds. One was venting blue smoke in a long, chuffing plume. "Nock Leader! Nock Leader!" Òmah called. Two of the Firebirds were already climbing away out of visual. The sun blinded him. The third, the wounded bird, was diving slowly, scribing the sky with its smoke. He saw the bat clearly then. At his two, five hundred metres, dropping in on the Firebird it had most likely already mauled. For the first time in his four weeks of operational flying, Òmah got a good look at the elusive foe. It resembled his plane, superficially, the cockpit set far back above the drive at the point where the bow of the blade-wings met. A jet interceptor, the cream of the enemy air force. In the dispersal room briefs, they’d talked about these killers being dirt brown or green, but this was pearl-white, like ice, like alabaster. The canopy was tinted black, like a dark eye-socket in a polished skull. Òmah had expected to feel fear, but he got a thrill of adrenaline instead. He leaned forward, hunched down in the Firebird’s armoured cockpit, and opened the throttle, sweeping in on the bat’s five. It didn’t appear to have seen him. It was lining up, leisurely, on the wounded plane. He flipped the toggle switch. Guns live. Closing at three hundred metres. Òmah rapidly calculated his angle of deflection, estimated he’d have to lead his shot by about five degrees. Reverent eye, he had it… He thumbed the firing stud. The Firebird shuddered slightly as the cannons lit up. He saw flashflames licking up from under the curve of the nose cone. He heard and felt the thump of the breechblocks. The bat had gone. He came clear, pulling a wide turn at about two hundred and seventy kilometres an hour. The engagement had been over in an instant. Had he killed it? He sat up into the clear blister of the canopy like an animal looking out of its burrow, craning around. If he’d hit it, surely there would be smoke? The only smoke he could see was about a thousand metres above in the pale blue sky where the main portion of the dogfight was still rolling. He turned. First rule of air combat: take a shot and pull off. Never stick with a target, never go back. That made you a target. But still he had to know. He had to. He dipped his starboard wing, searching below for a trace of fire. Nothing. Òmah levelled off. And there it was. Right alongside him. He cried out in astonishment. The bat was less than a wing’s breadth away, riding along in parallel with him. There was not a mark on its burnished white fuselage. It was playing with him. Panic rose inside pilot cadet Zhep det Òmah. He knew his valiant little Firebird could neither outrun nor out-climb the enemy's craft. He throttled back hard, and threw on his speed brakes, hoping the sudden manoeuvre would cause the big machine to overshoot him. For a moment, it vanished. Then it was back, on his other side, copying his brake-dive. Òmah swore.. He was so close to it that he could see the jet nozzles on the belly under the blade-wings. It could out-dance any prop craft, climbing, braking, even slowing to a near-stall. Òmah refused to accept he was out-classed, refused to admit he was about to die. He twisted the stick, kicked the rudder right over and went into the deepest dive he dared execute. Any deeper, and the Firebird's wings would shear off its airframe. The world rushed up, filling his vision. He heard the air screaming. He saw the glory of the land ascending to meet him. His land. His home. The home he had joined up to save. Behind him, the pearl-white enemy machine tucked in effortlessly and followed him down.
  3. Today
  4. The match kicked off with immense anticipation as Larxia faced Alchera in a crucial fixture to solidify their position in the World Cup. Alchera came out firing on all cylinders, displaying an unexpectedly aggressive offense that put Larxia's defense under immense pressure. The underdogs stunned the crowd by breaking the deadlock in the 30th minute, slotting a clinical goal past Larxia's goalkeeper with a swift counterattack. Larxia, stunned by the setback, struggled to find their rhythm as Alchera maintained their lead going into halftime. Despite Larxia's efforts to regain control, they entered the break trailing 1-0. As the second half commenced, Larxia came out with renewed determination and urgency. They began to dictate the tempo of the game, dominating possession and creating several promising opportunities. The breakthrough for Larxia finally arrived in the 55th minute when Garcia found himself in a perfect position inside the box, receiving a pinpoint cross and confidently volleying the ball into the net, leveling the score at 1-1. Energized by the equalizer, Larxia continued to press forward, displaying a relentless attacking display. In the 75th minute, Cristian Aviero showcased his exceptional skill, dribbling past defenders and curling a magnificent shot from outside the box into the top corner, giving Larxia a crucial 2-1 lead. The final whistle blew, signaling Larxia's hard-fought comeback victory against a resilient Alchera. The stadium erupted in cheers as Larxia secured a vital win, securing their spot in the Round of 16. The dramatic turnaround showcased Larxia's resilience and determination, overcoming adversity to clinch the victory. The fans celebrated, acknowledging the team's efforts in staging an impressive comeback. This victory solidified Larxia's position as the third team in the group, and they eagerly awaited their next challenge in the knockout stages of the World Cup, buoyed by their remarkable comeback and eyeing further success on their journey. Following their thrilling comeback victory against Alchera, Larxia's next challenge in the Round of 16 awaits them in the form of the formidable nation of Aukera. Aukera, having clinched the second position in their group, has been on an incredible run in the World Cup, showcasing exceptional form and determination throughout the tournament. Their impressive performances have caught the attention of football enthusiasts worldwide, making them a team to watch out for in the knockout stages. As Larxia prepares for this pivotal clash, they anticipate a fierce battle against Aukera.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Gobyrno di la Fidiraxión di Ryxtylopia Government of the Ryxtylopian Federation Present - Wednesday, November 29th of the year 1423. This is an OFFICIAL STATEMENT, conducted by the Ryxtylopian government, directed to all foreign governments and international press. This document has the porpuse of recognizing the November 28th incident, with demonstrators, who acted with extreme violence against the police force, and goverment security forces, with the demonstrators having the intention of conducting a march to the Istadio Franco Rivalda down Oraiva road. This incident has resulted in 30 injured as well as this during the demonstration, protesters revealed concealed firearms forcing police to fire warning shots to disperse the crowd, no confirmed deaths have come from this demonstration despite the gunshots fired. It is important to note that the civil unrest is now dying down, as per the present date, and this is expected to be one of the last instances of unrest throught the rest of the tournament, law enforcement has been focused on protecting the stadiums and tourists from any harm that may come their way. Whilst we are confident that the wave of unrest is about to end we still URGE foreigners to take measures mainly: -Stick to venue areas or visit: [Insert Generic Government Website.gov] for more information on tourist sites, as well to avoid any possible trouble. -When going around venue cities, read more information about certain areas, and stick to law enforcement. -Stick to using the transport system set up for this tournament, information about bus routes and where to find taxis can be found at: [Insert Generic Government Website.gov]. -Excersice increased levels of caution during the lead-up to games. Whilst the unrest has stopped in most cities, in Ryxenia we also issue travell warnings to the neighborhoods of: Tirvixas Itsía Vilpilanda Xatachamá La Alíga Corvaitxe San Yrvias Names highlighted in red have very high risk, as such we recommend avoding them at all costs Names highlighted in yellow have considerable risk, we recommend avoding them or excersicing increased caution when visiting or passing by those neighborhoods. For more travell information please visit [Insert Generic Government Website.gov]. Apart from this, any matches or activies related to the tournament will not be affected, the scheduled matches will remain unchanged, for further details you can contact the Deparment of Internal Security or the Ryxenia Police Department at: [Insert Generic Government Website.gov].
  7. A Loss in the group stage, but a big win in the competition! "Hello again Tiveria i' Zuja readers! I'm Gabri and i'm here in Ryxtylopia to talk about the ongoing World Cup of Football! And alone again, woo. Yesterday our national team played against last year's first place, and lost by 2-0, sadly! There're good news though! Thanks to the past wins and draws, our team was able to get into the elimination stage! Amazing! The first elimination group match will be against last year's 9th place! UA! or apparently, United Adaikes? woah, didn't know UA was an abreviation, incredible! We'll make another article tomorrow with more the infos of the next match, our graphic designers are still working on it! For now, me, with all the candeluian fans here can't wait for the next match! We'll see you tomorrow and as Nico says, Fannin' keep, Fans of the Ball with the foot!" Lunga Vià al 'emperator!
  8. Who’s in for the Head of Government? ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mitake Port: Last week, Yukina Yamamoto, the Queen of Greiya, announced the dissolution of the 12th Parliament of Greiya. The race for the new head of state is now on with what seems to be a fight between two leading national parties. After the sudden dissolution of the Reiwa Nationalist Coalition a few months ago, the leading party, the Pan-Bakwus Party, is back. Their president, Ahmad Zarif, will contest for the Wheat Hill parliamentary seat. According to him, “The coalition is gone, and that’s a shame, but that doesn’t mean that our fight has ended. We wanted Greiya to give us a second chance to lead the country." On the other side, a newly formed United Greiya Front sent out a strong message that they’re not going to let the Prime Minister title fall into another hand. The United Greiya Front has achieved a lot; they even won 10 seats last year, which is the first year they were formed. Their president, Abdul Razak, stated, “Greiya is a land for all people, and to do that, unity needs to be achieved. What makes a strong country is the sense of unity among all the citizens, no matter what their race is.” Abdul Razak will be contesting for his hometown parliamentary seat, Sun Tiger Island. According to expert political analyst Major E.E.C. Subraningham, many Greiyans thought that what the country needs right now the most is to make a path for a better understanding between people. “We’ve been on independence for such a long time now, but even we can misunderstand what other people really wanted. There wasn’t any unity among the people, so does UGF have a high ground.” However, he added that many people don’t need any change as the current country's situation is fine. The 1423 Greiya General Elections will have the most seats ever contested in history, as 10 new seats were added, thus making it 150 seats in the house. The parliamentary seat of Mitake Port will be contested by Lee Yang Tin, Ahmad Uzayr, and Mitake Ran, who’s the only granddaughter of the Greiya founder, Mitake Jiro. The most heated is probably the parliamentary seat of the Kurani River, which will be contested by the President of the National Democratic Organisation, Imai Lisa, and the former Prime Minister of Greiya, Geral Howard. Author - Wan D
  9. УКАЗ Ставка Фреистат Далимбар 231128-05 О продолжении интеграции Дальнеговостока Ставка Фреистат Далимбар: 1. Во всех административных районах, находящихся в ведении Полевого Командующего Дальневосточной Контрольной Зоны (исх. УКАЗ 210425-02), Полевой Командир должен иметь опеку над всеми жителями враждебного класса (исх. УКАЗ 181117-06), которые еще не достигли совершеннолетия в Фреистат, считаются подопечными стат; ...A. В качестве Хранителя Полевой Командующий и назначенные им агенты должны предоставлять возможности для образования, здравоохранения и интеграции в общество Фреистат; ...Б. Все подопечные обязаны посещать школы с интернатами до тех пор, пока они не достигнут совершеннолетия или не будут исключены; ...В. Для необходимого образования подопечного его учеба должна быть освобождена от перерывов, а лица, стремящиеся прервать обучение подопечного, признаются совершившими преступление "вредительства воспитанию" и приговариваются к 10 годам каторжных работ без права переписки (исх. УКАЗ 050215-03). ...2. Во всех административных районах, находящихся в ведении Полевого Командующего Дальневосточной Контрольной Зоны, Полевой Командующий требует, чтобы жители враждебного класса были идентифицированы Фреистат по следующим параметрам: ...A. Все жители враждебного класса должны зарегистрироваться для получения номера «Диска», который будет официальным документом, удостоверяющим личность; ...Б. При регистрации своего номера «Диска» они получают от Фреистат личное имя из утвержденного списка чодеанских/хазарейских/дриннонских названий (исх. УКАЗ 890716-02); ...В. Номер «Диска» состоит из следующих элементов: ...В1. Первый элемент должен быть отмечен либо «С», либо «Ю», с учетом того, что житель проживает либо к северу («С»), либо к югу («Ю») от Порт-Айна; ...В2. Вторым элементом должны быть последние две цифры года, в котором резидент зарегистрировал свой номер «Диска»; ...В3. Третьим элементом является пятизначный номер, присвоенный резиденту; ...В4. Примером этого может быть: С23-00001, Ю24-12345, и т. д. ...Г. Звонок или обращение к жителю враждебного класса, будь то он сам или другой, с использованием любого другого идентификатора , кроме полученного им личного имени и номера «Диска», должен классифицироваться как «вялотекущая шизофрения» и ограничиваться психологическим учреждение до момента признания его годным к возвращению в общество (исх. УКАЗ 930522-01). ...3. Во всех административных районах, находящихся в ведении Полевого Командующего Дальневосточной Контрольной Зоны, Полевой Командующий требует, чтобы жители враждебного класса проживали только на заповедных землях и вели свою социальную и экономическую жизнь строго в пределах заповедной земли, к которой они относятся. назначены; ...A. Эти земли будут выделены в районах, которые не препятствуют и не препятствуют развитию Дальневосточной в Фреистат; ...Б. Местоположение, размер и принадлежность этих зарезервированных земель определяются Полевым Командиром и назначенными им агентами; ...B. Жители враждебного класса обязаны переехать на зарезервированные земли в течение 30 дней с момента уведомления о выделенной им резервной земле. Невыселение в установленный срок на отведенную резервную землю признается совершением «социального тунеядства» и наказывается лишением свободы на 10 лет без права переписки (исх. УКАЗ 050215-04); ...Г. Жители враждебного класса имеют право передвижения в пределах отведенной им резервной земли. Жители враждебного класса не имеют права передвижения за пределы отведенной им резервной земли; ...Г1. Жителю враждебного класса может быть предоставлено право на передвижение за пределы закрепленных за ним резервных земель и получение пропуска, подтверждающего такое право, если он является подопечным, как указано в статье 1, или по другим утвержденным причинам, определенным Полевым Командиром; ...Г2. Недоказание того, что они получили право на передвижение за пределы закрепленных за ними резервных земель, считается совершением «посягательства первой степени» и наказывается к 5 годам каторжных работ за первое правонарушение, к 10 годам каторжных работ за первое нарушение. за второе правонарушение, а по третьему правонарушению - 10 лет каторжных работ без права переписки (исх. УКАЗ 050216-01). От имени Ставка, Маршал Маркус Брианд Председатель Ставка Маршал Фреистат Далимбар Генерал Иосип Франк Заместителем Председателя Ставка Полевого Командующего Дальневосточной Контрольной Зоны On the Continued Integration of the Far-East Stavka of the Free State of Dalimbar: 1. In all administrative areas covered under the authority of the Field Commander of the Far-Eastern Control Zone (ref. UKAZ 210425-02), the Field Commander shall have Guardianship over all hostile-class residents (ref. UKAZ 181117-06), who are not yet age of majority in the Free State, deemed Ward of the States; ...A. As Guardian, the Field Commander and his designated agents shall make available facilities for education, health, and integration into Free State society; ...B. All Wards are required to attend schools with residential facilities until they either reach the age of majority or are expelled; ...C. For the required education of the Ward, their studies shall be freed of interruptions, with those seeking to interrupt the education of the Ward to be deemed to have committed the crime of "education wrecking" and sentenced to 10 years of hard labour without the right of correspondence (ref. UKAZ 050215-03). 2. In all administrative areas covered under the authority of the Field Commander of the Far-Eastern Control Zone, the Field Commander requires hostile-class residents to be identified by the Free State under the following parameters: ...A. All hostile-class residents are to register for a "Disc" number which shall be the official record of identification; ...B. Upon registration of their "Disc" number, they shall receive from the Free State a personal name from the approved list of Chodeani/Hazari/Drinnonese names (ref. UKAZ 890716-02); ...C. The "Disc" number shall be comprised of the following elements: ...C1. The first element shall be marked with either a "N" or a "S", noting that the resident lives either north ("N") or south ("S") of Port Ain; ...C2. The second element shall be the last two digits of the year in which the resident registered for their "Disc" number; ...C3. The third element shall be a five digit number assigned to the resident; ...C4. An example of this can be: N23-00001, S24-12345, etc; ...D. The act of calling or referring to a hostile-class resident, be it themself or another, by any other identifier than their received personal name and their Disc number shall be classified as having "sluggish schizophrenia" and shall be confined in a psychological institution until deemed fit to return to society (ref. UKAZ 930522-01). 3. In all administrative areas covered under the authority of the Field Commander of the Far-Eastern Control Zone, the Field Commander requires hostile-class residents to only reside in reserved lands and shall live their social and economic lives strictly within the reserved land to which they are assigned; ...A. These lands shall be set aside in areas which do not hinder nor impede the development of the Far-East by the Free State; ...B. The location, size, and membership of these reserved lands shall be determined by the Field Commander and his designated agents; ...C. Hostile-class residents are required to move to the reserved lands within 30 days of notice of their assigned reserve land. Failure to move to the assigned reserve land within the timeframe shall be deemed to have committed "social parasitism" and sentenced to 10 years of hard labour without the right of correspondence (ref. UKAZ 050215-04); ...D. Hostile-class residents shall have the right of movement within their assigned reserve land. Hostile-class residents shall not have the right of movement outside of their assigned reserve land; ...D1. A hostile-class resident may be provided the right to movement outside of their assigned reserve lands and receive a pass proving such right if they are a Ward as noted in Article 1, or for other approved reasons as determined by the Field Commander; ...D2. Failure to prove that they have received the right to movement outside of their assigned reserve lands shall be considered to have committed "trespass of the first degree" and be sentenced to 5 years of hard labour on the first offense, 10 years of hard labour on the second offense, and 10 years of hard labour without the right of correspondence on the third offense (ref. UKAZ 050216-01). On behalf of Stavka, Mar. Markus Briand, Chairman of Stavka Marshal of the Free State of Dalimbar Gen. Iosip Frank, Vice Chairman of Stavka Field Commander of the Far-East Control Zone
  10. Good evening to all! This is your host of the Sports Report, Numerio Dellio-Oliverde, with the news that Giovanniland has successfully advanced from the group stage of the World Cup of Football. It was tough, but we've made it! Huzzah! We'll be covering the results of the last two matches played by our football team and how they went. Matchday 4 - Giovanniland 0-1 United Adaikes (Halftime: 0-1) The fourth game of our team was against United Adaikes, featuring a slightly different roster due to the expulsion of Manuella Giakobo in the previous matchday, replaced by Teodoro Sonserina. The first goal of the match came in the 21st minute, scored by Adaikesian forward Sonya Kynaston in a counterattack, after Giovanniland's striker Gustavo Zapata had a good chance to score but the shot was caught by the opposing goalkeeper Abby Kidd. There were good chances to score from both sides, and aside from the goal for United Adaikes, the match seemed fairly even. Sadly, their defense was effective and stopped any scoring attempts from Team Giovanniland, although our three strikers nevertheless had a fair performance and our defense also improved after the goal that went through. The match once more came to a heated moment when Lorentio Santo-Ferraro was the target of a grave foul during the Adaikesian defense area while he had the possession of the ball, and thus Giovanniland was awarded a penalty. Lorentio himself took the penalty, but unfortunately it hit the crossbar. This was near the ending of the match, and soon the whistle blew to mark the final score: Giovanniland 0-1 United Adaikes, the third loss in a row and putting the team in a delicate situation. Matchday 5 - Giovanniland 2-1 Peourouin (Halftime: 0-1) Goals: Lorentio Santo-Ferraro (52'), Matteo Diventomare (90'+2') For the last matchday, Giovanniland came into the match needing a win to advance, and furthermore requiring at least one of Sekiya or Teralyon to lose their matches, since they were in direct competition with our team for the third and fourth spots. The match was against Peourouin, another team that could still qualify, so stakes were high. For most of the first half the match stayed goalless, with midfielder Gabriella Orfeo bringing the strongest threat to the Peouroun defensive area in the 15th minute, but the shot was diverted by their side's defense player Voldymyd Gorun. Near the end, the Peouroun forward Odeyh Ussrsaii brought a dangerous attack into the Giovannilandian defensive area that was successfully defended, but in the rebound, their fellow teammate Sayu Aktar opened the score, at the 42nd minute. During halftime, Giovanniland was then the last-placed team in the group, and the moment called for change. Coach Èttore Ottavio-Linnare then made some adjustments in the second half, making the team further focused on offense by replacing Klementine de Abreo-Florine with another striker, Giuseppe dell'Amorine, who got to play his first World Cup match as part of the Squadra Nationala de Pedesfera, and in the midfield switching Gabriella Orfeo for Mara Erdene-Aruna. This proved to be successful, as the momentum successfully resulted in a goal by Lorentio Santo-Ferraro, who redeemed himself after missing the penalty in the previous match. The task was still not completed, however, as the team stayed at fifth place behind Teralyon due to the goal differential. Both teams needed a goal, as a draw would benefit neither, which meant that the atmosphere in the Istadio Gral. Tavara Dipartí continued animated, both Giovannilandian and Peouroun fans cheering for their own teams and the strikers attempting every way possible to break the deadlock. It seemed that nothing would come from subsequent attacks, and the match would stay as a draw. Both teams had beautiful attempts to score, but both defenses were also working perfectly. With both teams on the brink of elimination, when all seemed lost, Giovanniland's striker Matteo Divendomare found the right angle to get the ball past the Peouroun goalkeeper Jakub Ostatna, and score the second and final goal of our team in the stoppage time of the second half. This goal came from an assistance by the young Giuseppe dell'Amorine, successfully making a pivotal impact in his first World Cup match. The stadium erupted with cheers, but waited, as three more tense minutes were still left in the clock. Then, at 90'+5', the final whistle sounded and fans celebrated the nation's qualification at last, in what is perhaps one of the most suspenseful and breathtaking ways to qualify. Team Giovanniland barely made it in, securing qualification in fourth place of the group through a comeback win, while Teralyon dropped to fifth place, a bad day for their fans since their team had just lost to United Adaikes over at Istadio Rio Bianco. Now, the next match stands to be a tough challenge, as Team Giovanniland meets defending champion Nieubasria in the round of 16, their team having qualified as leader of group C. Twice the teams have played before, although none in the World Cup—first Nieubasria won 6-3 in the gold medal match of the I Summer Esferiad at Saint-Josalyn. Then on the following edition, the II Summer Esferiad here at Quoriv and Kharventhin, Giovanniland won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the semifinals! Furthermore, the leaderboard of goals scored by Giovannilandian players in international matches, maintained by us here at the Sports Report, has also been updated! You can view it here: Name Goals Scored Rank Gustavo Zapata 9 #1 Matteo Divendomare 8 #2 Pietro Takeda 5 #3 Lorentio Santo-Ferraro 4 #4 Alberta Verdi 3 #5 Arabella Viaria-Nyima 2 #6 Augusto Uprino-Antenore Klementine de Abreo-Florine Farlina Benaventura 1 #9 Giovanni Oliverde-Lastrilla Jurandire Lianzo Katia Ovinaria-Taspena Manuello Karventine-Devalle Ortensia Anvera-Floreverde Vittoria Oriastella Only time will tell if the leaderboard will be further updated during this competition still, although the coaches Èttore Ottavio-Linnare and Elia Lastrilla have stated that they hope for a good match nevertheless, and that our team should perform the best that they can no matter who the opponent is. Rest assured, Giovannilandians can at least celebrate that our team has escaped the threat of group stage elimination, which would be unprecedented in national football history, and now will at least equal the two previous World Cups' feat of reaching the round of 16. That is all from us today, stay tuned for more news from the 3rd World Cup of Football in Ryxtylopia and make sure to be here in our channel to watch the Giovanniland vs. Nieubasria match two days from now!
  11. Results of the Last Match Day of the Group Stage Group A Overthinkers 2–0 Kalmach Alchera (NPC) 1–2 Larxia Rivalfiume 1–2 Ryxtylopia Group A Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Ryxtylopia 5 3 2 0 10 7 +3 11 2 Overthinkers 5 3 1 1 8 4 +4 10 a 3 Larxia 5 3 1 1 11 8 +3 10 a 4 Rivalfiume 5 1 2 2 5 6 −1 5 5 Alchera (NPC) 5 0 2 3 5 8 −3 2 6 Kalmach 5 0 2 3 5 11 −6 2 a Tiebreaker: Goal Difference Group B Giovanniland 2–1 Peourouin Teralyon 2–4 United Adaikes Sekiya 1–0 Cambria Group B Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Cambria 5 4 0 1 14 7 +7 12 b 2 United Adaikes 5 4 0 1 7 4 +3 12 b 3 Sekiya 5 2 2 1 4 2 +2 8 4 Giovanniland 5 2 0 3 5 8 −3 6 5 Teralyon 5 1 1 3 6 10 −4 4 6 Peourouin 5 0 1 4 4 9 −5 1 b Tiebreaker: Goal Difference Group C Hertfordshire and Jammbo 0–0 Ionia Saint Mark 0–2 Fujai Candelu 0–2 Nieubasria Group C Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Nieubasria 5 4 1 0 11 3 +8 13 2 Fujai 5 3 0 2 4 3 +1 9 3 Candelu 5 2 1 2 7 5 +2 7 4 Saint Mark 5 1 3 1 6 4 +2 6 5 Hertfordshire and Jammbo 5 1 2 2 4 4 0 5 6 Ionia 5 0 1 4 1 14 −13 1 Group D Zoran 0–1 Aukera Libterraria (NPC) 1–1 Dalimbar Pedandria 1–2 Arifiyyah Group D Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Arifiyyah 5 5 0 0 11 4 +7 15 2 Aukera 5 3 1 1 11 7 +4 10 3 Zoran 5 3 0 2 9 6 +3 9 4 Dalimbar 5 1 2 2 5 7 −2 5 5 Libterraria (NPC) 5 1 1 3 7 10 −3 4 6 Pedandria 5 0 0 5 5 14 −9 0 Knockouts Stage
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  14. '24 27th of November 1423, Ryxenia, Oraiva Road, 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. It was a cloudy day when the demonstrations begun, between the start of the tournament, the goal was to reach the Istadio Franco Rivalda, most protesters kept silent, and most signs could only read the number 24, the reason was to protest the 24 high-profile reporters and journalists that had gone missing before the tournament had even begun, considering it had been 10 days since it had begun the protesters reasoned it would be symbolic enough. Many others mainly hidden amongst the crowd however prepared lazers, improvised shields, and proyectiles with their goals being totally different as it was obvious that this demonstration would as per usual be met by police. By now demonstrations had died down as they had little effect and the tournament was well on its way now, its not like they would change anything and only result in more injuries, but within the crowds of actually peaceful demonstrators many carried improvised weapons, and other stuff to take their anger out on the police, some may have also brought illegal weapons to the fray, but by the time the inevitable clash happened it couldn't be confirmed. It started like most of the other protests with demonstrators going down a road and after a bit encountering a police barricade, with the police either stopping them or ordering them to disperse, in this case the column just stopped, whilst the police couldn't disperse them with their low numbers at the time. Stuff started to intensify about 2 hours later when police had pebbles, bottles and other stuff thrown at them, whilst at the same time getting reinforced by more officers and riot-controll vehicles, around 4-5 hours after the start, and with protesters now throwing more lethile proyectiles and the confrontation heating up. Police started to respond with pepper spray, and paint guns, at this point most of the peaceful demonstrators had dispersed leaving an angry crowd and the police, until a loud BANG was heard around 4:41 P.M. Police thought this was a gun shot and responded with their own fire, not directed at the crowd but to disperse it, this caused panic amongst the demonstrators who rushed down the street with the last molotov coctails thrown at police around this time. The stampede left around 70 injured, and around 15 in critical condition, by the end of the day deaths had not been reported and the last protesters dispersed by the end of the day, marking an unfortunate end to the wave of world cup protests that had gone throught Ryxtylopia since the tournament was announced. 28th of November 1423, Ryxenia, Oraiva Road, 8:00 A.M. Police and cleaning staff worked on cleaning up the road early in the morning, as more reports went to the Department of Internal Security, and they didn't look good, however considering the protests had been dying down it seemed like this would be the last one, several officers had been injured, many with burns or bruises. However due to the confrontation happening, not in the outskirts of the city but in one of the roads leading to the largest of the venues for the world cup, the Ryxtylopian government began preparing for a possible media storm ahead.
  15. Fourth time’s the charm (Matchday 4) In a well-lit studio, news anchor Anna Čea wraps up the previous scheduled segment. Anna Čea: ... and now, moving onto the sports segment. We're tuning in with our correspondent Juli Orini live from Ryxtylopia. Hello, Juli! A big screen behind Čea changes graphics and shows news correspondent Juli Orini. Juli Orini: Hello, Anna! And hello to all Fùtbol fans tuning in right now! Anna Čea: So, what have the Činni been up to? Juli Orini: Things are looking up for them, as today the National Team earned its first three points! After drawing two matches against Larxia and Alchera, and losing one to Overthinkers, the Činni have won their match against fellow Nurans, Kalmach. I’m joined by head coach Jan Košis to comment on the team’s performance. The TV feed is now focused on Juli Orini, found just outside of the football pitch, next to Košis. In the background, several fans sitting in the stands are waving familiar Nuran flags, and a couple of bright red flares fill the air. A small graphic detailing the outcome of the match is seen under Orini and Košis. Jan Košis: Hello everyone, glad to be here. Juli Orini: The team seems to have finally broken the deadlock, so to speak, as 75% of Rivalfiume’s overall goals came all from this match. Jan Košis: Indeed. We’ve been working very hard on goalscoring, especially from “golden occasions” such as set pieces, and it’s working. Juli Orini: Today is a perfect example of that: let’s talk about Čentini’s absolute screamer! What a debut for him! Jan Košis: Ah, that was a well worked goal! Super-Substitute Čentini scored a beautiful goal in the first half from a free kick, rocketing the ball in the top corner in the 2nd minute of added time. Juli Orini: Well, the goal was absolutely stunning, but not-so-stunning was the reason the free kick was given. Is Anečeti going to recover quickly? Jan Košis: I’m afraid that Anečeti is going to miss some games, as he’s been badly clattered by an opposition player. To be honest, I’m quite shocked that the player wasn’t sent off with a straight red. Juli Orini: Let’s hope that he recovers soon... Despite Kalmach getting a goal back in the 50th minute, the Team didn’t let us down and scored two of their own. What a relief! Jan Košis: It’s nice to see that the players weren’t let down by the temporary draw and were willing to fight until the end. I’m super proud of them and their superb teamwork. Juli Orini: Looking at the next fixtures, Rivalfiume is going to face Ryxtylopia, the hosts themselves, who are in a good run of form and have already qualified to the knock-out stages. What’s the plan? Jan Košis: We have to defend our points advantage as much as we can. Both Alchera and Kalmach have to face tough opposition, like us, and if we lose against Ryxtylopia and they win, it would go down to goal difference. That’s why, if we secure a draw, we would mathematically qualify for the rounds of 16. That’s the plan. As for the formation, some changes have to be made due to injuries or recent fatigue. A graphic is shown, titled "Most probable formation, according to analysts". Juli Orini: Thank you for your time, coach. Good luck for the next game, let’s hope for a favorable result! Jan Košis: Thank you, Juli! Juli Orini: Fluvians watching at home, don’t forget to tune in next time, as the next match potentially decides whether the Činni make it out of the group stages for the first time ever. Thank you for watching! The TV switches back to the studio, as Anna Čea begins the weather segment. Anna Čea: As for the weather, there’s a high chance of showers in all of the Estre Nort department…
  16. Reporter: "Coach Hernandez, what a thrilling game! Your team showed incredible resilience and pulled off a stunning victory. How do you feel about this crucial win?" Josep Hernandez: "Thank you! It was indeed an intense match, and I couldn't be prouder of my team's performance today. The players showed tremendous determination and character, especially in those critical moments. This win means a lot to us; it secures our place in the next round of the World Cup, which was our primary goal." Reporter: "Leo Messy's spectacular goals were pivotal in securing this victory. How important is his contribution to the team?" Josep Hernandez: "Leo is an exceptional player; his talent and ability to create opportunities are unmatched. His goals today were crucial, showcasing his brilliance on the field. But let's not forget the collective effort of the entire team. Cristian Aviero's goal was equally crucial, and the teamwork displayed throughout was outstanding." Reporter: "Looking ahead, how do you plan to prepare the team for the upcoming matches in the tournament?" Josep Hernandez: "We'll take this victory as a motivation booster, but we also know there's more work to do. Every game in the World Cup is a tough challenge, and we'll analyze our performance, work on our strengths, and address any areas needing improvement. Our focus remains on taking each game at a time and giving our best on the field." Reporter: "Lastly, any message for the Larxian fans who were cheering passionately in the stadium today?" Josep Hernandez: "Absolutely! I want to thank all our supporters for their unwavering enthusiasm and support. Their energy truly fuels our team. Keep cheering for us; we'll do our best to make you proud in the upcoming matches. Vamos Larxia!" Reporter: "Thank you, Coach Hernandez, and best of luck for the rest of the tournament!" Josep Hernandez: "Thank you!" Inside the locker room, the atmosphere is filled with a mix of exhaustion and exhilaration after the intense match. Leo Messy: "Hey, everyone, gather around. First off, I want to say how incredibly proud I am of each and every one of you. What a game! We fought hard out there, and this victory means everything for us. Qualifying for the Round of 16 in the World Cup is a huge step, but it's just the beginning." The team shows their solidarity by visibly agreeing to what is being said. Leo Messy: "We've been through a lot together, and I believe in this team more than ever. But listen up, we can't stop here. We've set our sights on this World Cup, and our goal remains unchanged - to lift that trophy!" Leo Messy: "We've shown what we're capable of today, but there's more to come. This victory should fuel our fire, our hunger to push harder, train harder, and play harder. We've come too far to just settle. This time, we're not just aiming to compete; we're here to win!" The team responds to that with resounding cheers and applause. Leo Messy: "Remember, it's not just about one player or one moment. It's about us, as a team, giving our all, every single minute on that pitch. Let's keep our heads high, work together, and make every opportunity count. We've got the talent, the spirit, and the heart to achieve greatness. So, let's go out there and make history!"
  17. Teralyon Faces Setback Against Unbeaten Cambria: Coach Looks Ahead to Pivotal Match Against United Adaikes Anja Suremic, Teralyon Sports Analyst RYXTYLOPIA — Teralyon's hopes for World Cup glory took a hit as they suffered a 4-1 defeat against their northern neighbors, the undefeated Cambria team, in a high-stakes clash at the 3rd World Cup hosted in Ryxtylopia. The match showcased the formidable prowess of the Cambrian squad, now boasting an impressive 4-win streak in the tournament. The atmosphere in the stadium was charged with anticipation, but Cambria's relentless offensive play proved too much for Teralyon's defense. Cambria took an early lead, scoring two goals in the first half, and continued their dominance with two additional goals in the second half. In the post-match press conference, Teralyon's coach, Isabella Mirovic, candidly addressed the team's performance. "Cambria played exceptionally well, and we faced a tough challenge. We'll analyze the match, learn from our mistakes, and focus on our upcoming games. The World Cup is a marathon, not a sprint, and we're determined to bounce back stronger," she asserted. The defeat against Cambria has heightened the significance of Teralyon's upcoming match against United Adaikes at the Istadio Rio Biancol. United Adaikes, a close trading partner and friend in the Mille-Mer, has showcased a strong performance in the current World Cup, securing three wins and facing just one loss. Sports analysts are now emphasizing the pivotal nature of the upcoming clash, as Teralyon seeks to regain momentum and secure a spot in the knockout stages. The Istadio Rio Biancol showdown is not only crucial for Teralyon's World Cup campaign but also holds diplomatic significance given the close ties between the two nations. Jedro Milovic, shared his insights on the upcoming match. "United Adaikes has a well-balanced team with a mix of seasoned players and emerging talents. Teralyon needs to bring their A-game and find a balance between offence and defence to secure a positive result. This match is make-or-break for Teralyon's aspirations in the World Cup," Milovic commented during a televised sports analysis. The clash at Istadio Rio Biancol is anticipated to be a fiercely contested battle, with both teams aiming to secure a coveted victory. As Teralyon seeks redemption on the international stage, the nation's football enthusiasts will be on the edge of their seats, hoping for a triumphant performance that propels their team further into World Cup glory. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Dagda Triumphantly Sails Down Memory Lane, Reigniting Maritime Pride in Teralyon Sasha Devoric - Tarajevo Reporter TARAJEVA — In a spectacle reminiscent of the naval prowess that once defined the Tararja Kingdom, the majestic wooden trireme, aptly named "The Dagda," has completed its coastal tour along the Teralyon shoreline. This painstakingly crafted vessel, mirroring the ancient triremes that were the backbone of Terarja's formidable navy, has not only enthralled onlookers but has also sparked a newfound passion for the sea among Teralyon's citizens. The Dagda, an homage to the historic maritime heritage of Teralyon, sailed proudly up and down the coastline, evoking nostalgia for a bygone era when the Terarja Kingdom's naval might commanded respect and admiration. The wooden trireme, funded by the navy and meticulously built with an acute attention to detail, has become a symbol of Teralyon's maritime legacy and a bridge connecting the present to the storied past. Anecdotally currently in service in the Teralyon Navy, The Dagda's coastal tour has captured the imagination of locals who have marvelled at the craftsmanship and historical significance of the vessel. Many citizens were seen lining the shores, cheering and expressing a renewed sense of pride in their maritime heritage. "I never thought I'd see the day when a trireme sailed our waters again," exclaimed Darko Treboski, a lifelong fisherman of Sunca. "It's a breathtaking reminder of the strength and might our ancestors possessed. I wish we still had fleets like those." The Dagda's journey has also sparked conversations about the importance of preserving and celebrating Teralyon's maritime history. Local historians and maritime enthusiasts joined the festivities, providing historical context and sharing stories of the Terarja Kingdom's naval exploits. "The Dagda serves as a living testament to the rich maritime legacy that Teralyon is built upon," noted local historian, Brajo Lijivic. "It's a call to cherish and safeguard our seafaring traditions for future generations." In addition to rekindling a sense of pride, The Dagda's coastal tour has ignited discussions about the potential for revitalizing Teralyon's maritime culture. Calls for the establishment of maritime museums, educational programs, and community events centered around seafaring traditions have gained momentum. The Teralyon Navy, recognizing the positive impact of The Dagda's journey, expressed enthusiasm for future initiatives aimed at celebrating and preserving the region's maritime heritage. The prospect of community engagement programs and events that showcase Teralyon's connection to the sea is on the horizon. As The Dagda returns to port, its sails filled with the winds of nostalgia and hope for the future, Teralyon stands at the cusp of a maritime revival, where the echoes of ancient triremes resonate with a new generation eager to embrace their seafaring roots.
  18. [The “Special Report” animation gives way to BrownNewsTV’s small news desk. A solitary young man, wearing a tight suit with no tie and with a very short haircut, looking 15 at best, is anchoring. BNTV subscribers know this to be Dean Howell, one of the few faces of the media channel.] Dean: Good evening, comrades. I’m Dean Howell. Thank you for joining us on BrownNewsTV. Dean: The third Football World Cup is underway in Ryxtylopia, and for the second time, the Overthinkers National Team has qualified. Despite public pressure to boycott, due to civil rights concerns in Ryxtylopia, the team has chosen to participate. Dean: How much the players stand to make from this event has not been disclosed, not to mention the millions in corporate sponsorships keeping the national team afloat. The sports team is a glorified billboard—a publicity stunt that makes its money from big business, not from any legitimate work. Dean: The masses of Ryxtylopia are currently engaging in peaceful protest against the World Cup, and are being met with police brutality. The state of Ryxtylopia is keeping a very tight cap on media access and revealing the reality in which the majority of its people live. Mainstream media in Overthinkers itself has been reticent to address the civil rights abuses on which the apparent wealth of Ryxtylopia is secretly built. But what’s new? Dean: Instead, it seems that the only “behind-the-scenes” story that any media outlet is covering concerns former player, Lucille Lyons. After the national team was confirmed to be World Cup-bound, Lyons suddenly resigned from the team. More than that, Lyons seemingly disappeared, going dark on all social media, and family refusing to reveal her whereabouts. Dean: This apparent spectacle has served as a great distraction from the real issues surrounding the tournament, and the mainstream media is eating it up. “What is she hiding?” they want to know. And apparently harassing people and their families over personal choices is okay if you have a camera. But what’s new? Dean: Well, some of those questions are about to be addressed, though they may not get the answers they’re looking for. Joining us virtually this evening, in her first appearance since the beginning of the World Cup—welcome Miss Lucille Lyons. [The screen is split between the studio camera and Lucille’s video. Lucille gives a forced smile. She is clearly using a low-end webcam in a nondescript, poorly lit location.] Dean: Thank you for agreeing to join us, Miss Lyons. Lucille: Please, call me Lucille. Dean: Fair enough. Now, for our viewers, let me make clear that per her request, we will not be revealing Lucille’s location at this time. Lucille: Yes, I do not feel comfortable with that information getting out. But I needed to start setting the record straight on a few things. [Lucille’s delivery is neutral, almost mechanical.] Dean: Precisely. You are afraid of retaliation from the team, right? Lucille: That, but even more so from “fans”. You’ve seen the social media posts. Like, apparently I’m a traitor to the country now or something. What kind of nationalist nonsense is that? Dean: And the negative response to your resignation has only reinforced the reasons for it in the first place. Lucille: Yes! The bastards have never actually cared. One minute you’re the hero, the next minute you’re the zero. I’d call it an absurd standard, if there were even a standard to begin with. Dean: Did you get similar treatment from the actual team? Lucille: Yes. I always felt like I was being treated as a second-class citizen among them. Dean: Was it because you were a reserve? Lucille: No, the other reserves didn’t seem to notice. That’s just it, there wasn’t an explanation! There was absolutely nothing in what I did, on or off the pitch, that deserved being slighted. [Now that she’s gotten warmed up, Lucille now looks appropriately distraught, maybe even too appropriately. Dean, a veteran of numerous online flamewars, expertly continues to tee her up.] Dean: You were also opposed to the selection of Ryxtylopia’s bid, correct? Lucille: Of course! The living conditions there are just ghastly, and here they are trying to put on a show and pretend they’re somebody. That they deserve the attention. Dean: Just not the kind of attention that you and I know they should be getting. Lucille: Yeah, that. [For the first time, Lucille looks like she was thrown a curveball, even by such a seemingly innocuous statement.] Lucille: But yeah, when it was confirmed we were going to Ryxtylopia, that was the last straw for me. Dean: Understandable. Let’s shift gears back to your personal life. Tell us about some of the backlash you’ve received since your resignation. Lucille: Awful. I knew it was going to be bad, so I have been avoiding social media, but my family has shown me some of the posts. Someone was burning posters and magazines with me on the cover! And another person was caught spying on my house in Bellman! Lucille: And when they couldn’t find me, they hunted down my family. Like I was a criminal! My mother is a respectable woman; she served on the Brunnes Administrative Board for many years. And my sister has had to shut herself up inside her house because of the press. Dean: Truly terrible. [Before Dean can proceed, a distant chime is heard through Lucille’s feed. A high-pitched, tinny melody. She scrambles to hit her mute, but unmutes a moment later as the sound fades.] Dean: Lucille, before we let you go, what can our viewers do to support you in this trying time? Lucille: Just keep spreading the truth. The national football team is a toxic organization, and the world federation are greedy bastards who will sell out to the highest bidder. And the people who dare to question it get treated like this. Dean: Heard and understood, Lucille. I won’t keep you any longer. Lucille: Goodbye. Dean: There you have it, comrades. The truth about the Overthinkers National Football Team and how it treats its...lesser celebrities. Tune in on Sunday for our regular weekly broadcast, where we unpack the impact of Dalimbari aggression in Polaris. Dean: From all of us at BrownNewsTV, I’m Dean Howell. Good night.
  19. Courtship of the Kings Seven winters passed since the vanquishing of the Berganisk tribes, and Queen Tamar, her name echoing through the winds like a distant thunderstorm, ruled with sagacity and might. In those days of yore, three royal suitors sought the hand of Queen Tamar, drawn by the luster of her realm. The first, Tonn, bore a regal countenance, yet his gaze was veiled by vanity and nearsightedness. The second, Olev, was piously devoted, but his reverence for the divine eclipsed the needs of his folk. The third, Jumal, harbored ambitions as fierce as the northern winds, heedless of the welfare of his subjects. With grandiosity befitting their stations, the three kings approached Queen Tamar, each seeking favor. Yet, the queen, with discerning eyes akin to the falcon's gaze, perceived the flaws that tainted the brilliance of each. To Tonn, the vain, she spoke words as sharp as the blade at her side. "A king's sight must not be clouded by his own reflection. Beauty is fleeting, but the legacy of a benevolent ruler endures like the northern lights." Olev, the pious, found himself admonished by Tamar's unwavering gaze. "A king's devotion must extend to the realm he governs, not confined to the heavens alone. Your people crave sustenance and justice, not just the solace of prayers." Jumal, the ambitious, faced Tamar's unyielding stare. "Power, if grasped without wisdom and compassion, is but a weapon of tyrants. A king should be a shepherd, not a wolf amidst his flock." Enraged by these lessons in humility, service to the folk, and equality, each king, in the manner of the berserkers of old, drew his weapon. Tonn unsheathed his sword, Olev gripped a mace, and Jumal brandished a spear. They struck at Tamar, blinded by wounded pride and unbridled ambition. Yet, Tamar, like a Valkyrie in the dance of battle, moved with the grace of the northern winds, deflecting their blows with a skill forged in the crucible of conflict. She spared their lives but claimed their crowns, a symbol of the humility and service they failed to grasp. The tale of the thwarted courtship and the dethroned kings spread like the whispering breeze through the ancient fjords. The subjects of each realm began to see Tamar not as a conqueror but as a liberator and rightful queen. The realm expanded, and peace descended like the gentle caress of snow upon an ever-expanding dominion. Thus, the Courtship of the Kings became a chapter in the saga of Tamar, the queen whose wisdom, humility, and martial prowess united realms and brought prosperity to the lands beneath her just and compassionate rule. The people hailed her not merely as a warrior queen but as a sovereign whose heart beat in harmony with the well-being of her folk.
  20. Clarkson, Hammond and May had all been through a fair bit. Uncovering hidden Ryxtylopian slums, meeting the Tsar's security and doing surprisingly well in The Genesis, it was time for a bit of relaxation... D. Handpump: You said this would be relaxing. J. Clarkson: It is. [May is up a ladder on the roof of the building where the trio is staying. Clarkson holds back laughter.] D. Handpump: I don't like it. R. Hammond: It's just a ladder! It's a simple enough thing to operate, climb it! D. Handpump: Not if you're me, it's not. [Clarkson looks toward the camera The Stig is holding and the viewers beyond it.] J. Clarkson: Now I should point out to the viewers that James is scared of heights. Like, really scared. D. Handpump: How many of Clarkov's art pieces are up here? R. Hammond: One. D. Handpump: One?! R. Hammond: Yes, a drawing. D. Handpump: Just leave it! R. Hammond: Furu's bodyguard will shoot us, mate, we can't. D. Handpump: Wha- Just because that expressionless confusing disabled bastard is hanging around in there blabbing about dandelions or something, we have to retrieve their piece of paper? J. Clarkson: Furu never asked for this, Esmeralda made us do it after she found out you had misplaced it. D. Handpump: ...I was sort of hoping you didn't know that. R. Hammond: Yeah, we gotta do it, no choice, so get up here and get on with it. D. Handpump: Hammond, I... I- I hate... I hate heights, you know I do. I hate ladders, I hate bodyguards. J. Clarkson: You got on just fine with Vanya, Handpump. D. Handpump: Very funny. R. Hammond: Furu's self-appointed bodyguard... don't you think she's being a bit vindictive? J. Clarkson: Yes, but what is a fat middle aged man supposed to do? R. Hammond: Honestly, this makes me wonder why we don't meet people of other nations often. D. Handpump: Well, the last time we did was with Quiyakaso and that ended about as well as you'd expect. R. Hammond: Oh yeah. J. Clarkson: Uh, guys? I just got the results in, we beat Fujai 2-0. R. Hammond: That's good and all, but we need to finish this off. | 𐑣𐑸'𐑘𐑱 𐑛𐑰 𐑤𐑨𐑛𐑟! (Ha'wei Di Ladz!) | | Ha'way The Lads! | | Придъ'няпредванеи На Младеч! (Pride'napredvanei Na Mladezh!) |
  21. Zou Liqin, Jiang Yunru & Zhong Dongmei are students at Anzhou Medical University. They share a flat in Yantai City, 20 minutes away from their university by subway. Zou and Jiang are at home. Liqin: "Hey, Yunru. Are we ordering takeout tonight?" Yunru: "Why? We have food at home." Liqin: "It's Sekiya's big game against Cambria, you don't think this is a special occasion?" Yunru: "Who cares? We've already made it out of the group stages... Plus, everyone's going to be ordering takeout tonight..." Liqin: "That's true... but we should still watch it! Maybe we can ask Dongmei to get something on her way home..." Yunru: Sighs "Okay, we can watch it. I was hoping on watching comet garden, but I suppose I can do that another night". Liqin: Putting his Sekiya Football scarf on "Nice! I'll get some drinks out of the fridge, you message Dongmei." Yunru: Pulling out his phone "Sure, sure. By the way, we need to finish that game of Cellars and Fellas." Liqin: Taking several sodas out of the fridge "Yeah... I'm not feeling too great about that game right now..." Yunru: Typing on his phone "Why? We got so far into it... is it because you failed that saving throw?" Liqin: "Honestly? Yeah... The Sorcerer fella isn't as fun as I thought it would be, I kind of want to swap to the warlock fella." Yunru: "Fair enough, maybe we can work something out, but it would be good to finish the campaign... we're 6 hours into that campaign and Dongmei spent a lot of time on the story. Plus, we haven't even cleared out the second cellar yet!" Liqin: "I suppose. Maybe we can play after the football game!" Yunru: "Sounds good! By the way, Dongmei replied, she's at Huangjin down the road getting some snacks and instant rice." Liqin: "Instant rice! That's barely a takeaway... Oh well, I'll accept it. Could you ask her to get some eggs too?" Yunru: "Sure... I'll ask her now..." Cellars and Fellas is a popular roleplaying tabletop game in Esferos. Seven minutes later, Dongmei walks through the door. The game starts in 10 minutes. Dongmei: "Oh. My. God. I hate the subway when it's busy..." Liqin: "Welcome home! Why was it busy?" Dongmei: "Everyone's going to the Anzhou Cloud stadium to watch it on the big screen..." Yunru: "My Goodness... I can't imagine being in a stadium that big... with all those people..." He shivers. Liqin: "I think it would be cool!" Yunru: "Good for you..." Dongmei: Putting the food away "Hey, did anyone boil the water?" Yunru & Liqin look at each other with a guilty expression. Yunru & Liqin: "Uhhhh...no..." Dongmei: Sighs "Trust you men to do anything right..." She jokes. Yunru & Liqin: "Sorry..." Dongmei: "Don't worry, I'll get it going. Yunru, do you want an egg with yours?" Yunru: "No thanks..." Liqin: "What about me?" Dongmei: "Liqin, we have lived together for 2 years... I already know how you like your rice". Liqin: "You're amazing... hey, come watch, Sekiya is about to walk on!" Yunru: "I wonder who's going to win..."
  22. Her gaze fixed on the screen, her ears reactively pulling her face tight. The message's sender remained anonymous, yet the implication cut through the hurry of her office. Someone, somehow, had learned of her impending decision regarding the Woolrey-Arnold Pharmaceutical case—a decision not yet publicized, known only to those within her office and the main clerk of the Hiercourt. Rather than instilling fear, the mysterious message fueled an unexpected resolve within Tamar. The intrusion into her decision-making process hardened her determination to uphold the law without succumbing to veiled threats. With a measured breath, Tamar set her phone aside and turned her attention back to the documents sprawled across her desk. The weight of her responsibility as a judge in the Practice of the Prince's Laws pressed upon her, and the oath she had taken resonated in her thoughts as she sealed the document in the traditional purple ink.
  23. Cleared it Out The Ryxtylopian team prepared for their final group stage match, so far they were first in the group, and a win would ensure staying on top, as they hadn't gone defeated throught the group stage, their final rival of the groups was Rivalfiume in the Istadio Zapriaca, and if Garravez team held on to the first place spot they would be going up against the 4th placed team in group D, which could be either Dalimbar or Aukera. Garravez was busy, he so far had a lot of success but some matches that could've also gone better, mainly the opener against Kalmach and the close match with Alchera that the team had in the previous matchday. As well as this Garravez was still missing Dipartí, who had asked to stay with his mother while she recovered from injuries, meaning Dipartí would potentially miss the next matches or the tournament as a whole, whilst Garravez did have options to replace him he still thought about the protests that caused the whole thing, which had calmed down except for some mainly the 24' movement which was a social movement asking for justice for the 24 journalists gone missing between the world cup got announced in Ryxtylopia and MD1. Going missing in Ryxtylopia is a term used by the government a lot, and whilst it might sound like someone had gone missing, it was frecuently used to indicate arrest without charges or a warrant by the police, during the Ryxtylopian dictatorship in the 1380's it usually meant someone had been executed again, without charges, the meaning evolved after the fact with Ryxtylopia democratizing but remaining a fairly corrupt authoritarian state. But for now his focus had to be on the upcomming match where he decided to go back to the 3-5-2 formation the team had used at the start of the tournament, after all the protest movements were something else, he had to focus on the match.
  24. Introduction For the first part of this Travel Guide, before delving deeper into each of the nineteen regions, we have decided to start with an overview of all regions. This introduction features a description and some statistics for each region, as well as general maps of all regions together, their subdivisions, and notable cities. The regions are also listed here in the same order they will appear in the guide, starting with the most populous region Giovannia Magna, as mentioned in the preface. (OOC: Aside from the maps at the end and the logo, which I've made, all images are AI-generated). Giovannia Magna Population: 3,693,854 Area: 15,239 km² Density: 242/km² Capital: Giovannia (pop. 1,563,119) Notable cities: Vinikiana (pop. 240,847), Raffellara (pop. 227,015), Mattenia (pop. 153,725) Giovannia Magna is the heart of the country, its most populous and most densely populated region. The national capital Giovannia lies at the central part of the region, near the confluence of the Keleste River with its tributary, the Terente. An area of more recent population, as the city was built as a planned new capital for the Giovannian Empire, the region stands today as a testament of the nation's development. Giovannia offers a range of historical and cultural attractions such as the old Imperial Palace and the National Museum side by side with very futuristic buildings, and beyond the capital, other cities within its metropolitan area of 3 million inhabitants are also well worth the visit. Giovannia, the national capital. Lavanda Prima Population: 2,722,048 Area: 18,140 km² Density: 150/km² Capital: Uryde (pop. 502,239) Notable cities: Quorivo (pop. 259,742), Dazane (pop. 191,585), Kyene (pop. 168,835) The cradle of the ancient Lavandulan civilization, Lavanda Prima is one of the main travel destinations of Giovanniland. Its capital Uryde was once the capital of the Lavandulan Empire, under its old name of Lavandula, and retains several historical buildings from antiquity, the city of Quorivo is known for the powerful medieval duchy that bears its name and for being one of the two II Summer Esferiad host cities, and more to the south, Kyene is the birthplace of Violetism and a site of pilgrimage featuring the largest Violetist temple in Esferos. Furthermore, Lavanda Prima is also notable for its beautiful and popular beaches on the northern coasts, and for its two famous festivals, the Lavender Festival and Violet Carnival. The historical district of Uryde. Lavanda Sekunda Population: 1,237,488 Area: 24,728 km² Density: 50/km² Capital: Kastellavando (pop. 120,205) Notable cities: Rivomonte (pop. 111,253), Pelkarma (pop. 64,309), Nyatseme (pop. 60,567) Lavanda Sekunda offers the feeling of Lavandulan history and culture just like Lavanda Prima, but also a respite from the multiple large and bustling cities of its northern neighbor. The region name is a historical reference to the fact the Lavandulan civilization first grew near the coastal lowlands to the north, and then expanded southwards during the Lavandulan Empire to the hilly areas that today compose Lavanda Sekunda. Some of its attractions are its beautiful broadleaf forests and multiple Violetist temples throughout the countryside; as well as the area to the south where the contact between the Lavandulan and Abrentan civilizations happened during the Middle Ages, home to the first capital of the Giovannian Empire, Rivomonte. A Violetist temple in the countryside. Verdiante Population: 709,551 Area: 22,319 km² Density: 32/km² Capital: Valserene (pop. 81,159) Notable cities: Pradobeno (pop. 68,355), Tefflumo (pop. 52,880), Lorentina (pop. 42,194) Verdiante is a region known for its natural wonders. It contains a majority of the Ameno River's basin, a significant river that marks the southern section of the border with Blue Bubble, with many beautiful lakes, valleys and waterfalls. The capital Valserene is the starting point of many itineraries that traverse the region, from the western plains to the northern highlands, passing through numerous smaller, charming cities with a calm atmosphere. These itineraries are a notable example of eco-tourism in Giovanniland, showing the region's commitment to preserving its natural beauty. A known landmark of the region is the Abrio Peak, the highest point of Giovaura, near the small town of Urbolina. A view of the Abrio Peak and the forests surrounding it. Primolido Population: 3,166,683 Area: 18,988 km² Density: 167/km² Capital: Porto Violeto (pop. 1,021,553) Notable cities: Annavilla (pop. 304,556), Amorante (pop. 214,424), Kampobelo (pop. 147,867) Primolido is Giovanniland's second most populous region, known for its beautiful coasts, rich culture, and very advanced development. The region's name pays homage to being the first lands settled by the Abrentan civilization, which then expanded throughout southwestern Lavender Island and laid the basis for Giovanniland's modern history together with the Lavandulans. The capital Porto Violeto is the nation's most important port and also a hub of tourism, featuring several famous waterfronts and promenades. Other cities such as Annavilla and Amorante are popular for their many beaches and nightlife, while the northern part of the region features some off the beaten path locations and the Isla Abrenta, a major island. Porto Violeto, Giovanniland's second largest city. Akallia Population: 1,425,795 Area: 15,150 km² Density: 94/km² Capital: Salvoregno (pop. 162,087) Notable cities: Lurtone (pop. 124,630), Sonserina (pop. 99,815), Liviopole (pop. 78,564) Often overlooked, the region of Akallia is not only a gateway between Giovannia Magna and Primolido, but also a very unique travel destination on its own. Settled in the early and middle periods (95 BF-349 AF) of the Abrentan Classical Era, this region offers some of the best preserved castles and villages of that civilization. Its capital and other large cities still show strong traits of the medieval Abrentan architecture and culture to this day, learning to conciliate modern development with their rich history. One can also visit smaller cities where these storied buildings are still nearly intact, the inhabitants offer warm hospitality, and the streets tell tales of a bygone era. The city of Salvoregno and its Great Castle. Valmirabbe Population: 677,155 Area: 26,747 km² Density: 25/km² Capital: Uprino (pop. 73,945) Notable cities: Pietrone (pop. 68,833), Fabinia (pop. 54,238), Oddolino (pop. 36,155) Similar to the region of Verdiante, Valmirabbe is also a good destination for those seeking to explore the nature of Lavender Island and enjoy the local culture in some smaller cities. The region features plains to the west, notable for being one of the areas in Giovanniland with the highest amount of farmland, and more mountainous territory to the east, which is sparsely populated. Some notable destinations include the two largest cities Uprino and Pietrone, often the first stops in a trip in this region, the iconic city of Oddolino surrounded by many hills and known for its beautiful buildings, and the famous waterfalls of the Gratioso River, a tourist attraction on the Giovannilandian-Minsunese border. The central district of Oddolino. Abrenaustro Population: 2,099,451 Area: 19,239 km² Density: 109/km² Capital: Abrentopole (pop. 425,870) Notable cities: Portovino (pop. 142,867), Quarosa (pop. 113,275), Tinarda (pop. 101,584) Abrenaustro is a region best known for its lively culture, with a name meaning Southern Abrento and alluding to the southern expansion of the Abrentan civilization and foundation of their second capital, Abrentopole, which today continues on as an important city. This city is often called the Giovannilandian Capital of Culture, owing to its famous festivals, art exhibitions and culinary scene. Many traditional meals from Giovanniland originated in this region, such as the world-famous pizza and the many recipes featuring seafood. Other notable destinations include Portovino, aptly named for the vineyards near the city, and Quarosa, notable for its artwork. Waterfront and restaurants in Abrentopole. Rivolinte Population: 1,506,235 Area: 19,943 km² Density: 76/km² Capital: Karlopole (pop. 347,106) Notable cities: Bayabrenta (pop. 136,374), Aquaviola (pop. 114,332), Klementine (pop. 69,297) The last but certainly not least region of Giovaura, Rivolinte offers a distinct blend of cultures. It is divided roughly in two halves by the Florine River, originally the border between Abrento and Minsu, but during the Giovannian Empire the eastern area was settled by the Giovannese, and after the Lavender Island revolutions in the 1080s-90s AF a new border treaty was signed. The capital Karlopole lies on the Bay of Abrento, opposite to the second largest city Bayabrenta on the other side of the Florine—these two cities are known for their lively atmosphere and bustling markets. Towards the east, the coastal city of Aquaviola and the nearby areas have a stronger Minsunese influence, reflected by their culture mixing aspects from both nations. The city of Karlopole and the Florine River. Lido Ferenno Population: 2,022,428 Area: 13,408 km² Density: 151/km² Capital: Andoliavilla (pop. 640,816) Notable cities: Ferennopole (pop. 221,909), Ussene (pop. 129,761), Kedirto (pop. 101,931) Lido Ferenno is home to Giovandolia's capital Andoliavilla, and also the smallest in area of any Giovannilandian region. Andoliavilla is the third largest city and second largest port in Giovanniland, a coastal haven notable for its vibrant nightlife and culture, alongside historical buildings from the time of Giovannian Empire and large museums. Also notable is Ferennopole, founded on the site that the expedition to Andolia by the general Ferenno first landed, and other coastal cities like Ussene and Kedirto. Lido Ferenno is also home to the Irto River's delta and several different biomes, such as moist and dry broadleaf forests, as well as arid and semiarid shrublands, a nice combination for eco-tourism. Andoliavilla, Giovanniland's third largest city. Novabrento Population: 1,476,457 Area: 19,665 km² Density: 75/km² Capital: Giovenoria (pop. 141,222) Notable cities: Fettopo (pop. 111,127), Amento (pop. 85,689), Belurbe (pop. 76,325) To the south of Lido Ferenno lies the region of Novabrento, with its vast plains and shrublands. The capital Giovenoria, located on the region's small coastline, is a vibrant hub of innovation, and together with the nearby city of Egusso features pristine beaches and a bustling fishing community. Inland, the region is dominated by the plains crossed by the Irto River and its tributaries, cities large and small, and various ancient cities from the Beremean civilization. Notable cities in this part of the region include Fettopo, Amento and Belurbe, and they have a strong influence from Abrentan culture and architecture, as hinted at by the region's name. Landscape in the Novabrento region, featuring ruins of an ancient city. Terra Violeta Population: 1,524,683 Area: 25,469 km² Density: 60/km² Capital: Villaflore (pop. 151,887) Notable cities: Novuryde (pop. 67,063), Urbeleone (pop. 62,720), Bennare (pop. 59736) Terra Violeta is a land of many valleys and mountains located to the south of Novabrento, known for its beautiful savannas and grasslands. Villaflore, the City of Flowers, is Terra Violeta's capital and fits its name well, featuring large gardens alongside its modern buildings that are worth the visit. There are some other cities in the region that have a strong Lavandulan influence, such as Novuryde and Urbeleone, with many Violetist temples. Furthermore, there are several itineraries that explore the rural lands of Terra Violeta, with the aforementioned valleys and mountains. The largest garden in Villaflore. Altana Population: 2,268,653 Area: 17,938 km² Density: 127/km² Capital: Islamagna (pop. 321,874) Notable cities: Mareste (pop. 201,222), Bayabela (pop. 173,351), Nova Annavilla (pop. 108,884) Altana, nicknamed the Land of Eternal Coasts, is the most populous region in Giovandolia and also the northernmost, when considering the Islas dell'Annovo province. In the coastline of Altana, golden sands stretch as far as the eye can see, and some of the most famous beaches in the entire country can be found here. The capital Islamagna is located on the archipelago and developed from a medieval fort called Forte Giovanni, one of the earliest conquered areas by the Giovannian Empire outside Lavender Island, therefore it has plenty of historical places to visit. Other interesting destinations are on the mainland, like the popular coastal cities Mareste and Bayabela, and Oddabrio (Altan-qota), the historical capital of the Ardala Khanate. The coast of Islamagna. Vallivante Population: 879,596 Area: 17,117 km² Density: 51/km² Capital: Markellia (pop. 112,876) Notable cities: Passomonte (pop. 65,268), Kargeria (pop. 49,615), Kadivo (pop. 42,716) Vallivante, just like Terra Violeta, features many valleys and mountains and has a similar vegetation. The capital Markellia and Passomonte are picturesque towns surrounded by vineyards and orchards, offering a taste of the region's agricultural richness, located on the more densely populated northern part of the region. Meanwhile, the southern cities of Kargeria and Kadivo offer a gateway to the mountainous and sparsely populated lands of south Vallivante, where many explorers partake in travels towards the upper reaches of the Irto River. The landscape around the city of Passomonte. Tobranno Population: 1,119,153 Area: 19,747 km² Density: 57/km² Capital: Galgazara (pop. 109,291) Notable cities: L'Apritura (pop. 100,581), Andona (pop. 70,885), Èttore (pop. 63,361) Tobranno is located on the central lands of Giovandolia and offers diverse landscapes. In the north, cities such as Andona and Quirino are good starting points for itineraries to explore the valleys of the Mellito River and the Tobranno Mountains, the region's namesake and located on its northern border. In the center, the capital Galgazara and the city of Èttore are known for their lively culture and nightlife, while in the south, the city of L'Apritura is the gateway for the southern regions of Altemmunia and Bassemunia, beyond the Giovandolian Mountains. The city of L'Apritura, near a mountain pass. Altemmunia Population: 1,344,986 Area: 17,502 km² Density: 77/km² Capital: Flaviopole (pop. 150,522) Notable cities: Faella (pop. 110,122), Daurone (pop. 89,210), Viabassa (pop. 69,230) Altemmunia, named for the Emmuno river that crosses the region, and known both for its artistic prowess and scenic nature. The capital Flaviopole is known for its grand theaters, art galleries, and street performances, as well as the Flaviopole Arts Festival, the largest in southern Giovandolia. Other cities such as Faella and Daurone feature interesting architecture on the riverbanks of the Emmuno, while the rural areas of Altemunia are known for their vast savannas and subtropical grasslands, intertwined with valleys and mountainous areas, and paths to start exploring the Giovandolian Mountains from their southern side. The city of Flaviopole during one of its Arts Festivals. Bassemmunia Population: 961,393 Area: 18,974 km² Density: 51/km² Capital: Vittorina (pop. 92,487) Notable cities: Odduno (pop. 60,375), Belsole (pop. 57,669), Valponente (pop. 51,594) While not nearly known as its Altemmunia neighbor to the east, the region of Bassemmunia is just as interesting and deserves the visit. Its largest cities are mainly located on the course of the Emmuno river in the north, including the capital and the three other cities mentioned. The main attraction of the region is for sure the eco-tourism, as the region has large natural reserves mainly the south, which is also the extreme south of Giovanniland overall. There are many options of trails and safaris for the tourists seeking to uncover the vast diversity of Bassemmunia's grasslands and savannas, while being mindful about protecting the environment. Savanna landscape in Bassemmunia. Montes Ponentes & Montes Orintes Population: 251,449 & 218,091 Area: 30,836 km² & 33,960 km² Density: 8/km² & 6/km² Capitals: Montevento (pop. 30,127) & Sollime (pop. 28,016) Lastly, the Travel Guide will cover the two mountainous regions of Montes Ponentes and Montes Orintes together! These are Giovanniland's two largest but also two most sparsely populated regions, dominated by the majestic peaks and tranquil valleys of the Giovandolian Mountains, and home to coniferous forests not found anywhere else in the country. The capitals Montevento and Sollime are where to start a trip across the mountains in their respective regions, and the small villages throughout the way are serene and idyllic places to stop by between the large hiking trails of an itinerary. If one is daring enough, visiting the Violet Peak in Montes Ponentes, the highest point of Giovanniland, is an unique experience. The Violet Peak during winter. Maps Regions Provinces Cities
  25. FSTV 2 - Military Morning Cpt. Natali Alexandrov, Host: Welcome back to Military Morning, here on FSTV 2. As announced yesterday afternoon by Stavka through Ukaz 231125-01, the Field Commander of the Far-Eastern Control Zone, General Iosip Frank, has been named as Vice Chairman of Stavka. He is to hold both roles as Vice Chair and Field Commander, the latter role he attained back in the springtime during the Rugby World Cup here in Dalimbar. We would like to welcome General Frank to the show to get his take on his new position and the overall situation. Gen. Iosip Frank: It is a pleasure to be here. May the Path and our ancestors bless our frontline troops. Cpt. Alexandrov: Indeed, sir. First off, on behalf of all of us Dalimbari, especially active-duty, a heartfelt congratulations on your new role. This has been a busy year for you, right? Gen. Frank: Thank you, Captain. I would like to thank the Marshal and all my colleagues in Stavka for the confidence that they have seen in me to permit me to serve in both Vice Chair and Field Command roles. It is an honour to serve our Free State in both functions. I would also like to take this time to thank my good friend Admiral Kresco for his services as Vice Chair these past several years, he was a strong force within Stavka and I hope that he enjoys the gosdacha in 8. Along with the Marshal, Mihovil was a mentor to me and he will be missed in command. Cpt. Alexandrov: I'm sure many active-duty Dalimbari have heard your story now, but would you mind telling us a bit about your younger years? Gen. Frank: Oh absolutely! As I'm sure many of the lads know, I'm not a Starija-born lad, my family was based in Selia when I was born. Dad was a Colonel in the army but often served frontline in the Far-East and Yugodalia. As with many Dalimbari, we kids followed the paths of our forefathers, playing rugby in school and academy, going through training, and starting to make our way through service. For me, while Saint Andreisburg is our founding place and capital, Selia is... home. Even if I don't get to see it often, as I have been fortunate to tour around our great and splendid country throughout my career. Cpt. Alexandrov: The 16th Tank Division in particular must be proud of your accomplishments. Gen. Frank: I have fond memories of my time with the 16th Tank. Our work in the Far-East was and continues to be essential to ensure the survival of the Free State and to consolidate and integrate the Far-East onto the Path. I'm always happy to start blasting at barbaric terrorists and their ilk if they dare threaten our Free State. We show no mercy. Our glorious Marshal Briand and the rest of my colleagues on Stavka want to ensure that the Far-East is a peaceful as the Starija, and as Vice Chair and Field Commander, that is my mission. Cpt. Alexandrov: And we thank you for your service, sir. We're going to take a quick commercial break, and after we'll continue to talk to Gen. Frank. Stay tuned!
  26. soccer match - Made with PosterMyWall (1).mp4 THE LAST (and hardest) MATCH IS HERE! Hello everyone, i'm Nico from Tiveria 'I Zuja, and i'm here today to talk about the upcoming match. This will be Candelù's last match in the group stage of the world cup, and it will be, at the same time, the hardest. Our team will go against Nieubasria's squad, last year's winner. Though, the result won't matter too much, so Candelù will end up in the Elimination stage (unless the team doesn't lose by too many points... hopefully not.) That's all for today, and we'll see you later today for the match. And as always, keep fanning, football fans. ...i should take a break from this thing. Lunga Vià al 'emperator!
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