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  2. The people have asked and now they have received! Leader of the Junaluskanist Party, Junaluska Wesa, has finally published the Junaluskanist Manifesto for all to read! The manifesto contains details on the demands that the proletariate have been fighting for in the country and what the party will fight for in the future! Many members of the party have been asking what the true manifesto of the party was and what Junaluskanism was truly about and now they have their answers. The manifesto goes into detail defining the role of the party in the fight for the permanent revolution and how the common worker had been oppressed during the Zoranian Corporate Era. But it goes even further and expands upon this, noting how corporations around the world have been exploiting workers and how the politicians of many nations who claim to be fighting for the working class are truly just puppets of the bourgeoisie. It even gives some examples of countries that have sold out the working class to the soulless corporations such as Min-Su and Nouveauterra. In terms of the actual ideology of Junaluskanism, the manifesto provides us with details on the idea of permanent revolution and how Zoran should fund and support other workers revolutions around the world to bring about the final goal of true communism. It also stresses the idea of a united front against far-right politics and nationalism which seeks to undermine the freedom of the working class and divides humanity based on the backwards ideas of race and nation. But while we can go on and on about the contents of the manifesto and sing its praises, you can go ahead and read it yourself! today! Sign up here to receive your copy of the Junaluskanist Manifesto free of charge, because we believe that all should have access to knowledge without barrier of payment. Liberate yourself from the chains of capital today and order your copy of this revolutionary manifesto.
  3. Results of the Quarterfinals of Rugby World Cup V Overthinkers 10–10 (13-10 AET) United Adaikes Ryxtylopia 33–10 Giovanniland Teralyon 17–7 Cambria Dalimbar 12–29 Zoran Bracketing of the Knockouts Round of RWC V
  4. The sun was shining brightly over Overthinkers, the chosen host for the fifth annual Rugby World Cup. Excitement crackled in the air as fans from all over the globe gathered to witness the much-anticipated quarterfinal clash between the undefeated team from Teralyon and their formidable opponents, Cambria. The stakes were high, and memories of last year's quarterfinals, where Cambria triumphed, loomed large in the minds of many from Teralyon. As fans flocked to the stadium, their jerseys a sea of vibrant purple, a well-known sports pundit from Teralyon, Alrija Vosic, stood at the entrance, microphone in hand, ready to capture the electric atmosphere and the expectations of the Teralyon supporters. "Good afternoon, Teralyon fans!" Alrja's voice boomed through the speakers. "Today, we face one of our toughest challenges yet. Our team will battle it out with Cambria in this crucial quarterfinal match. What do you expect to see from our team today?" A group of enthusiastic fans, faces painted in the purple and silver of Teralyon, surged forward. A young woman named Lena, clutching a handmade sign, was the first to speak. "I expect nothing but excellence from our team! They've been unstoppable this season, and I know they'll bring their A-game today. We're here to support them all the way!" Alrija smiled and nodded, moving on to an older gentleman with a thick mustache and a Teralyon cap perched magnificently on his head. "And you, sir, what are your thoughts?" The man, who introduced himself as Marik, chuckled warmly. "I've been following decades. This is one of the best squads we've ever had. I expect to see strong defense, quick passes, and maybe a few surprises. Our team has the skill and the heart to take this home." The crowd around them cheered in agreement, waving flags and chanting the team's name. Alrija continued to weave through the sea of supporters, each one brimming with confidence and excitement. A group of teenagers, all wearing matching jerseys, shouted in unison, "We expect victory! Teralyon is going to crush it!" Alrija raised his microphone to catch the voice of a middle-aged woman named Elara, who had traveled all the way from Suza with her family. "What do you expect to see from our team, Elara?" "I expect to see teamwork," she said with a determined look. "Our boys have a bond that's stronger than any other team. They play for each other, and that's what makes them unbeatable." As the clock ticked closer to the start of the match, the anticipation reached a fever pitch. Alrija took a moment to address the viewers at home. "There you have it, folks. The fans are buzzing with expectations of excellence, strength, teamwork, and victory. Our dear undefeated team has captured the hearts of many, and today, they'll show the world what they're made of. Stay tuned for what promises to be an unforgettable match!" With that, Alrija joined the sea of fans streaming into the stadium, ready to witness greatness. The roar of the crowd swelled as the players took to the field, each one a hero in the eyes of their nation. As the whistle blew and the game began, the hopes and dreams of Teralyon rested on the shoulders of their beloved team, poised to shine on the world stage once more.
  5. In the Stands The Ameteur video opens in the stand of the stadium, before the game, the atmosphere, with the Ryxtylopians having already started a stadium chant: La Pandillxa á lligadxo! La Pandillxa á lligadxo! The band has arrived! The band has arrived! É todos nósse van a timer! And everybody will fear us! Vamó a quimar todos los istadios! loco vamoi di cabixa a pie! We're going to burn all the stadiums! We are all crazy from the head to toes! Todo juintos, la pandillxa vá pirparada por Ryxtylopia ió tendre fé. All toogheter the band is ready, for Ryxtylopia ill have faith. Por isso ió ti quirxo dar, Ryxtylopia mí coraxaón. And this is why Ryxtylopia i want to give you; my heart. Disde la tribuina ti vaimos a alintar. From the stands, we'll be there to chant. Ió, ti quirxo dar, Ryxtylopia mí coraxaón. This is why Ryxtylopia i want to give you; my heart. É no importa a dondxe vaiás ti vaimos a alintar! And no matter where you go, we'll be there to chant! People had snacks, mainly potato chips, ocational pizza's and hotdogs, and this being Ryxtylopia, canned beans. Water spraying down, and flags everywhere, this is what sports were about, not about the result but about the party that came along, about having fun right? Banners everywhere and more stadium chants continued, people from several cities and regions comming togheter to show their own banners and continue the chants, despite the heavy Giovannilandian presence in the stadium the few ryxtylopians were determined to make their presence known, and to keep chanting.
  6. Economy of Giovanniland Giovanniland has an advanced mixed economy with a GDP totalling $1,406,647,221,920 and ranked as the fourth largest in Esferos. Due to the Giovannilandian policies of social democracy and welfare state, 48.2% of the national income goes to government spending, a total of $678,003,960,965 or $23,136 per capita. The national economy is highly diversified, featuring services as 71% of the economic output, while industries account for 27%, and the remaining 2% is generated by primary activities, all backed by the national currency called Abrio (𝒜), whose conversion rate is 1 international dollar for each 1.6 Abrios. The labor force is defined as all the population between 18 and 65 years old, and estimated to be 18,734,995 according to the latest national census, with an unemployment index of only 2% due to extensive welfare and social policies. Primary and secondary sectors The logos of Avvento and Ekoprodutti. Avvento is a primary sector company focusing on wind power, while Ekoprodutti is a secondary sector company that manufactures environmentally friendly products. For much of its history, Giovanniland's economy relied on tropical agricultural and manufacturing goods. Both the Abrentan and Lavandulan civilizations regarded trade as very important for their national development, and it was this relation that allowed both cultures to grow closer and form the Giovannian Empire, which brought an economic revolution to Lavender Island. During the imperial era, a period of prosperity came to the island due to the diverse goods brought in by the trading posts and routes established around Esferos, and the agricultural and mining riches earned from the Andolian colonies. The decline of the Giovannian Empire forced the nation to adapt to a new era, and during the late 12th and early 13th centuries, the Industrial Revolution was brought from Saint Mark and was fully complete throughout the country by 1260. Continued economic growth has happened most often since then, allowing for the nation's development in other spheres such as society and infrastructure. Despite the decrease in relative importance for external trade after the Industrial Revolution, agriculture and mining still provide a backbone for the nation's industries and services. Agriculture is currently estimated to contribute around 1% of GDP, generating a variety of tropical crops such as bananas, coconuts, papayas, cassava, cocoa, coffee, rice, sweet potato, and tea. Mining, another major component of the Giovannilandian primary sector, accounts for 0.5% of the national GDP and features an increasing search for rare-earth elements due to their uses in advanced technology, although the sector faces environmental regulations due to the green policies of the notable Partito Soquale-Verde. Meanwhile, the secondary sector is represented by factories and industries such as automobiles, computers and other electronics, food processing, and retail. These industry types are often concentrated in specific regions of the country, for example the Abrenosto region having strong influence in Giovannese cuisine and thus being the center of the national food processing industry. The mountainous regions such as Kordelleria are known for their retail sector, especially due to the low temperatures colder than the national average, while automobiles are often produced in the regions of Akallia and Altana. Finally, the technology industry is present throughout the country, especially in the capital and the coastal regions. Amorante and Flaviopole, in the regions of Primolido and Lido Flavi respectively, are often known as the head cities of this sector. They have the nearby ports of Porto Violeto and Andoliavilla, allowing for Giovannilandian high-tech and nanotechnology products to not only be exported and generate high revenue, but also be transported to the other regions of Giovanniland. Services The logos of Tullerigno and Emeria Lavanda, two service sector companies mentioned below. The tertiary sector is the driving workforce behind the national economy. Technology services account for over 10% of the GDP and are divided into diverse areas such as telecommunications, e-commerce, software development, social media, gaming, data processing, artificial intelligence and much more. Several Giovannilandian companies from this sector have in the last few decades become present in the lives of nearly all Giovannilandians and also a decent international audience, for example Tullerigno through its widely used Osello operating system and Essio browser & search engine; and more recently the Konsortio Intellegentie's development of the generative chatbot Violeta and text-to-image model VisioArti. This subdivision of the tertiary sector is most present in the region of Giovannia Magna, with several enterprises' headquarters in cities next to the capital such as Vinikiano, Raffellara and Mattenia. Nearly all of Giovanniland's population has access to the internet, and most households have electronics ranging from computers, televisions and mobile phones to advanced Internet of Things devices. The finance and trade sector is also notable and has its roots in the Giovannian Empire, since successive emperors sought to reach lands previously unknown to the Giovannese, establishing trading posts in the five continents including Nur, with which the Empire notably pioneered a surge in trade routes across the Viatic. Many institutions of merchants and moneylanders were founded in important ports like Uryde and Porto Violeto during the imperial golden age in the 9th and 10th centuries AF, and developed into modern-day banks such as the famous Emeria Lavanda (Lavender Bank). Presently 7% of the GDP comes from this area, and Giovannilandian banks have earned a reputation of having a very secure and technological system, alongside low taxes for money deposits. Last but not teast, the other major source of services income is tourism. Environmentally friendly tourism is prominent in the northern Lavandulan rainforests and the two branches of the Great Lavender Range in Giovaura, as well as the mountainous valleys of the Irto River and the vast southern savannas in Giovandolia, with several designated national parks and natural reserves for this purpose. Historical tourism offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from ancient ruins of the Lavandulan Empire to the medieval Abrentan castles and the vast diversity of Giovannian Empire architecture, complemented by museums like the National Museums of Giovannia and Andoliavilla. Cultural tourism is also very lively and finds its home in the region of Abrenosto, whose capital Abrentopole regularly hosts several culinary events, since world-famous Giovannese meals like pizza and seafood pasta come from this region, as well as art exhibitions and festivals. Another destination in the region is the Abrentan Cape, known for the vineyards and wine production near the city of Portovini, and the beach resorts visited by many international tourists along the cape's coastline. Transport Lavionda, one of the main airlines of Giovanniland. In the topic of transport, Giovanniland has a strong and well connected network of railroads, highways, waterways, harbors, airports, and more. The highway (autostrada) system is divided into national roads, which receive an abbreviation with the two-letter code GL followed by a number, and regional roads, whose abbreviations are similar but feature the two-letter code of the region instead. In the year of 1318 a very important project in the history of Giovannilandian highways was completed, with north-south highways in both the Auran and Andolian territories. The following decades saw the connection of all urban municipalities to this new system, and at last smaller settlements in rural municipalities. Meanwhile, the railway system is older and dates back to the middle to late imperial period, where it took on the role of transporting vast amounts of agricultural, mining and manufacturing goods. These were originally wooden rails, while newer innovations such as metal rails, steam and now electric power were introduced during or after the Industrial Revolution. The busiest port city in Giovanniland is Porto Violeto, a historic port that has been in existence for nearly two thousand years. Porto Violeto's harbor was greatly expanded during the imperial golden era, since it hosted a majority of the trade between the mainland and the overseas trading posts established by the Giovannian Empire, becoming the most prosperous city in all of the empire. In recent times, Porto Violeto has maintained its significance as the second largest city in Giovanniland and head of a cosmopolitan metropolis, while its port has evolved into a major container terminal for both the Darkesian Sea and the wider world. Meanwhile, other significant port cities include Uryde in the north and Andoliavilla in the south. Furthermore, the country is also well-adapted for aerial transport—the five busiest Giovannilandian airports are the Emperor Giovanni the Great International Airport in Giovannia (22 million passengers per year), the Abreo-Florino International Airport in Porto Violeta (15m), the Flavio International Airport in Andoliavilla (10m), the Respublika International Airport in Abrentopole (7m), and the Lavandula International Airport in Uryde (5m).
  7. Another day...another disappointing performance. Every day it has been the same since the revolution kicked the corporates out of the country. All the rich people who funded the Circus Conservatory are all gone now...no one wants to support the arts anymore. People these days are too excited by their new high wages and the baubles they can now afford to even think about going to the circus. Which leaves me, oooooooool' Ahuli the Clown to be stuck in the poorly maintained circus grounds as I smoke my cigarette outside the old Corporate Era dorms. "'Ey Ahuli, the Circus Director is calling a meeting." says Gatlin the strong man, "We still have a director?" I asked snarkily, "Come on, Utsasgv, he says it is some good news for once!" encouraged Citlali the acrobat, I roll my eyes and get up to follow them, my huge red shoes squeaking as I go to the old torn up big top tent. Who knows? Maybe some light will shine upon ol' Ahuli once more. As we entered the tent, the stench of old hay and stale popcorn hits my nose. While any normal person would wrinkle their nose at such a smell I just continue on as normal. The circus hasn't had money to keep a janitorial staff for a few months now. Or...wait...maybe it has been a year now, I forget. Anyways, in the center of the circle was the circus director, Danuwoa Tsiyi, holding what appeared to be a piece of fine stationary. "Hey boss, what's that fancy piece of paper you got there?" I ask mildly interested, "Ah Ahuli, thank you for joining us!" he asks in his annoyingly cheerful tone, "Yeah yeah...where do I sit?" He gestures to the rotted benches that my coworkers were sitting on and I joined them, taking a drag on my cigarette as I did. "Well, with Ahuli, Gatlin, and Citlani here, I can now reveal the news! I have recently sent in an application to the Office of Culture and the Arts for their subsidy and we have been chosen as candidates!" said Danuwoa excitedly I perked up at that news, surprised at the fact that the government would consider our rusty old circus to be worthy of the subsidy. But then I focused on the word "candidates". "Now wait a second!" I interject, "The letter said we are 'candidates', how do we actually receive it?" "Well, we have to give a performance to the director of the OCA and several others so they can determine whether we are worth the subsidy." answered Danuwoa, "Oh ****, we are so screwed." I sigh, dragging my hand down my face in disappointment. "Come on, Ahuli!" says Citali, "We might have a chance to save the circus!" "...But what chance do we actually stand here! We haven't had a new routine since the Revolution!" "Then let's start making one!" exclaims Danuwoa excited, "Yeah! Come on, Ahuli! Give us a smile!" encourages Gatlin, who proceeded to slap me in the back with his full strength, sending me falling to the ground. "Oooooooh boy," I say with my face in the ground, "this whole process of trying to get a subsidy is going to suck isn't it."
  8. TVNC - Preparing for the Quarters The broadcast would start from a studio with a table in the center and Railo, Eiva and Tixica seated around it. [Railo]: Camera's set? [Eiva]: They're rolling, you can start. [Railo]: Alright, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another TVNC game broadcast, im Tivan Railo, and as usual ill be joined by coworkers Nixta Eiva and Marco Tixica. Today we'll be preparing to watch RYXTYLOPIA VS GIOVANNILAND! In the 5th Rugby World Cup. [Eiva]: Intense match ahead of us. [Tixica]: This time i did bring the drinks in advance, don't worry. [Eiva]: You were in charge of the snacks this time. [Tixica]: ... Well [_____] [Eiva]: Gotcha! [Tixica]: Dont you do that ever again!! [Railo]: Hah, good one Eiva. Anyways, both teams are preparing for the match! And its been anxiously waited for here! Giovanniland is one of our stronger rivals yet, maybe after Zoran. [Tixica]: They got 2nd in their group, not bad. [Eiva]: Denied Larxia any chances to score in their match, winning it 6-0! [Railo]: A close match but they contained their rivals to get the win, now... What do you think will happen here? [Eiva]: I don't know, Giovanniland isn't as agressive as Zoran, they like to buildup their plays or wait for better chances, and could be fine with containing like they did in the Larxia game. [Tixica]: And what about our team? [Eiva]: I bet they start out cautious, going to try for possetion sureley, but i can't tell, im not Tivarra. [Railo]: That's not too far off from what i can see, Agressive teams depend a lot on possetion, but as i say Giovanniland, while an technically an agressive team, plays more cautiously, playing for possetion might not be enough, so i think they should wear them off instead of just holding the ball down or attempting to get the ball and possibly fail, giving Giovanniland the openings they need. [Eiva]: Fair enough. [Tixica]: And i know we're supposed to talk about our game, but im also going to be watching Overthinkers vs United Adaikes! [Railo]: Why's that? [Tixica]: Who doesn't like a little revenge story! [Railo]: I would like to remind you all the quarterfinal matches except for ours is a revenge story in one way or another, i mean you got also Teralyon vs Cambria, and Dalimbar vs Zoran. [Tixica]: But in the last RWC we were just so close to facing Overthinkers! We could've gotten a clash of the newcomers if it wasn't for those sharks! [Railo]: Fair enough, they are hosts so they have a decent shot with all the support they'll be getting. [Eiva]: Well, moving on im going to start the call with Gaíves. [Tixica]: Lets go! Eiva would start the video call with Gaíves and the camera crew. [Gaíves]: Afternoon TVNC! [Tixica]: Gaíves! What's up? What'cha got for us, give us stuff to report on! [Railo]: Chill out Tixica! [Gaíves]: Its fine Railo, well we got decent weather here, the team just arrived and they are discussing tactics as far as im aware, so it might take a bit until i can get any scoop. If i can even get one at all. [Tixica]: Oh... And what's the atmosphere for the game? [Gaíves]: Well, we already got some stadium chants going within the crowd, someone was caught trying to sneak flares into the stadium, a group from Pinilaca had some trouble getting all their flags in order, they wanted to make a green, blue and yellow mosaic with them, and that's about it- Oh! And someone set up a grill in the parking lot and now its full of people. [Railo]: Sounds about like what i was expecting. [Tixica]: The grill part sounds fun! [Gaíves]: But yeah, i tried getting into the team's dressing room for interviewing but no luck in that front, so today ill have to dissapoint you, HOWEVER, we'll probably get something AFTER the match. [Eiva]: Fair enough, they're probably talking important matchday strategy. [Tixica]: Well since we wont get to interview the team, let us hear from yourselves go go, yes you too cameraman! [Gaíves]: Uh, well im not really sure, Giovanniland pushes we defend??? Im not really a rugby numbers guy, its only a game after all? [Tixica and Railo]: ONLY A GAME?! [Tixica]: DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS ABOUT THE WORDS YOU'VE JUST SAID?! [Railo]: Ill have to agree with Tixica here Gaíves, the Rugby World Cup is NOT just a game. [Gaíves]: Well uh- [Cameraman]: Sorry to interrupt boss, but the studio people are right. [Gaíves]: Oh come on now you too? An audible chuckle is heard from the cameraman and the audio crew. [Tixica]: Hah, and what about everybody else? [Cameraman]: I think we'll have a decent shot at the finals if we pass, but its going to be tough, i don't know if i would go too far by calling us favorites in the tournament, since we're really not. [Audio man]: Agree with you, im excited, i would go with all the crowd i think the atmosphere's best there but i have to stay with ya, and it isn't bad, but if i could id go sit with everybody else, i even got a flag. [Gaíves]: Didn't see that until now. [Tixica]: Very cool! [Gaíves]: Well, we're going to get snacks for the game, ill end this here, we'll be shortly back after the game finishes tho! I hope you all studio folk have a nice day and also our viewers, cya! [Tixica]: Bye Gaíves! The video call would end. [Tixica]: We also need to start settling down for the game, i got the drinks! [Railo]: I got the snacks! [Eiva]: And ive prepared the TV, can't wait for this. [Tixica]: Its nervewracking. [Railo]: It is but this means a pause to our transmission for now, thanks for watching everybody, remember to keep on TVNC for live coverage of RYXTYLOPIA VS GIOVANNILAND! As our team gets ready to face another Auran side in the 5th Rugby World Cup, have a nice day and a good viewing. [Tixica]: ARRIEBA RYXTYLOPIA!!! The camera zooms out as the TVNC music plays, soon after it goes to ads, with a countdown to the time of the match in the corner.
  9. Yesterday
  10. SPORTRAVEL Iconic Rugby Stadiums of Giovanniland: Part Six Posted 11/07/1424 Welcome back to SporTravel's series about iconic rugby stadiums in Giovanniland! In honor of the 5th Rugby World Cup, where Giovanniland has seen an improved performance and is now in the quarterfinals, we are bringing back our feature that enjoyed high popularity in the previous Rugby World Cup. Now that Giovanniland has eclipsed the team of Larxia 6-0, with a drop goal from Marko Telliano Ulpio and a penalty converted by Demetro Gianluka, they now face the previous cup's third best team, Ryxtylopia! We wish the Esquadra Nationale Giovanniterrana de Ovalsfera good luck in the upcoming match, and meanwhile, we'll talk about two interesting stadiums for the sixth edition of this series, both located in coastal cities. Arena del Kapo, Portovini, Abrenosto - Capacity: 36,741 One of the southernmost stadiums in Auran Giovanniland, the Arena del Kapo is located on the largest city of the Abrentan Cape, as the name alludes to. This part of the Abrenosto region is a very common vacation destination, featuring some of the country’s most famous beaches as well as many notable resorts. A specific highlight of this host city are the vineyards near the city which lend Portovino its name! A few of them can be seen in the picture above together with the arena, on the northern outskirts of the city. As for the home team of this stadium, it's called Pavoni Portovinesi (Portovini Peacocks), currently playing in the second level of the national rugby league. Stadio Flaviano, Andoliavilla, Lido Flavi - Capacity: 82,224 This stadium's home team is one of the most successful rugby teams of the nation, the Aquile Andoliavillesi (Andoliaville Eagles), which has won the national league several times. The namesake of the stadium is Flavio, a general under Emperor Giovanni II the Great who led the first expedition to Andolia and later incorporated the northern coast, also named after him. Just like the stadium, the city where it's located is also the largest in Giovandolia, with 640,816 inhabitants. Andoliavilla certainly offers many historical tourist attractions, such as a vast museum, and serves as a starting point for tourists who want to explore the rest of the region, besides also having a very busy port just like Porto Violeto. Thank you for reading another part of our series about showcasing rugby stadiums in Giovanniland! Feel free to wish the Giovannilandian national rugby team good luck in the quarterfinals match against Ryxtylopia, or post any suggestions for future rugby-themed articles. Remember, we accept suggestions for rugby stadiums in our official email, sportravel@giovamail.com!
  11. A Dalimbari Café Exterior The café is housed in a quaint, historical building with a brick façade. Large windows allow passersby to peek inside, where the warm glow of soft lighting beckons them in. A wooden sign above the entrance reads "Старая Далимбар" (Old Dalimbar) in elegant, Dalimbari script. Outside, a few small tables with wrought-iron chairs are set up for al fresco dining in warmer months, surrounded by planters filled with colorful flowers. Interior Stepping inside, guests are greeted by a cozy, home-like atmosphere. The walls are adorned with traditional Dalimbari decor, including vintage samovars, embroidered tapestries, and wooden matryoshka dolls. Rustic wooden tables and chairs are arranged comfortably, with plush cushions and lace tablecloths adding to the cozy feel. Soft folk music plays in the background, enhancing the ambiance. Menu The menu is a beautifully bound book, with descriptions in both Dalimbari and Common, showcasing the variety of traditional dishes on offer. 1. Borscht - A rich beet soup served hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream and fresh dill, accompanied by a slice of rye bread. 2. Pelmeni - Dumplings filled with a savory mix of pork, beef, and spices, served with melted butter and a side of sour cream. 3. Blini - Thin, golden pancakes served with a variety of toppings including smoked salmon, red caviar, honey, and sour cream. 4. Beef Stroganoff - Tender strips of beef in a creamy mushroom sauce, served over buttered noodles or rice, garnished with fresh parsley. 5. Shchi - A hearty cabbage soup with a rich broth, served with a slice of crusty rye bread and a side of sour cream. 6. Pirozhki - Small, stuffed buns with fillings like meat, cabbage, potatoes, or mushrooms, baked to a golden brown and served warm. 7. Olivier Salad - A traditional Dalimbari potato salad with diced vegetables and meat, dressed in creamy mayonnaise, served as a refreshing starter or side dish. 8. Herring Under a Fur Coat (Shuba) - A layered salad featuring pickled herring, boiled vegetables, and mayonnaise, beautifully presented with a garnish of grated egg. 9. Kulebyaka - A lavish pie filled with layers of fish, rice, mushrooms, and hard-boiled eggs, encased in a flaky pastry crust. 10. Solyanka - A tangy, thick soup made with meat, fish, or mushrooms, flavored with pickles, olives, and a slice of lemon, served with sour cream. 11. Kvass - A traditional fermented beverage made from rye bread, served chilled, with a slight effervescence and a refreshing, mildly sour taste. 12. Vareniki - Dumplings filled with potatoes, cheese, or cherries, served with a generous spoonful of sour cream and a sprinkle of sugar for the sweet variety. Service The staff, dressed in traditional Dalimbari attire, are warm and hospitable, ready to explain the dishes and share stories about their origins. They ensure that each guest feels like a part of the family, enhancing the authentic dining experience. Atmosphere The café has a warm and intimate feel, with soft lighting from vintage lamps and candles on the tables. In the colder months, a fireplace crackles in one corner, adding to the cozy ambiance. Regulars and newcomers alike feel at home, enjoying leisurely meals and good company in this charming, cultural haven. This café is more than just a place to eat; it's a journey into the heart of Dalimbari culinary tradition and hospitality.
  12. A Look into the Giovannilandian Energy Scene by Amelia Ottaviani Hydropower is the largest contributor, although there are environmental concerns about it despite the renewable character of the energy produced. To discuss the energy scene of Giovanniland, one must first know about the politics of the last eighty years. This was the time when the Partito Soquale-Verde (Green Social Party) rose to power, represented in the prime ministership for the first time by Markello Gile Abrente in 1347. The party continued relevant over the following decades, as the nation came to take a pivotal role in environmental protection internationally, and has also contributed recent prime ministers such as Amore Gile Abrente, Marko Sonserina-Zelya and Lukio Andago Ferrari. Giovanniland transitioned away from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas during the 14th century, and hydropower became the main energy source in the mid-century. The rivers flowing in the mountainous lands of Giovandolia were perfect for energy generation, while in Giovaura, despite the less mountainous topography, frequent rainfall and the construction of powerful dams made this energy transition possible. As Giovanniland and Esferos further saw the need to combat the damage against the environment, more renewable energy alternatives started to rise, most notably solar and wind powers, as well as biomass. Nowadays, although hydropower is still the leading contributor to energy generation in Giovanniland, the Labrista-led government in coalition with the Soquale-Verde also recognizes its disadvantages such as loss of arable land, population displacement, and disruption of ecosystems, and the policies to phase it out as the main contributor are succeeding. Their arguments are valid, especially due to environmental damage caused by the construction of dams and reservoirs, including the displacement of people and animals, habitat destruction, and the alteration of river ecosystems. However, the advantages should also be considered, such as the cost-effectiveness after facilities are built, and functioning around the clock. Currently, the figures stand at 31% hydropower, 30% solar power, 26% wind power, 10% biomass and other renewables, and 3% non-renewable for total energy generation. Solar power is nearly tied with hydropower for energy share, and it's widely used in houses as well as other buildings across Giovanniland's cities. One important aspect to consider is the conversion efficiency, a statistic in which hydropower has the other two squarely beat at the moment. Hydropower facilities can have an efficiency of up to 90%, with wind power averaging a respectable 40 to 50% and solar power trailing at around 15 to 20%. Although wind and solar power deal less damage to the environment, solar panels often take a large amount of space (though domestic use doesn't have this issue), and wind turbines can disturb wildlife. Despite these shortcomings, it would be inappropriate not to mention the current technological progress spent to make wind and solar power more prevalent in Giovanniland. The nation has large amounts of coastline in the Darkesian Sea, both in the Auran and Andolian sides, therefore the government has been partnering with various private enterprises investing in offshore wind farms due to the fact wind speed is often higher at the sea. For solar power, Giovannilandian scientists have teamed up with foreign ones in research to combine multiple materials that each have the capability of absorbing certain parts of the solar spectrum, technologies that are now available in the market. Furthermore, the public engagement with government policies is also a very important point. Net metering has become commonplace in Giovanniland, allowing for customers who install renewable sources such as solar panels at home to send any excess electricity generated back to the grid and receive a credit on their electricity bill. A recent bill seeks to encourage further adoption of solar power in particular by subsidizing panels, recognizing that they often still have fairly high costs. Overall, the environmental policies of the last eight decades have ensured Giovanniland's status a leading nation in terms of renewable energy, and the current efforts promise to continue the path of good environmental protection in both Giovanniland and Esferos at-large, as successive governments have also made green politics an important part of the nation's diplomatic strategy. Wind power is the third largest contributor, with offshore wind farms leading its increase.
  13. Cambria's Queen by Karl Kask In Cambrian vales where ancient mountains rise, And ocean’s roar meets with the morning’s sighs, A realm exists where freedom’s spirit gleams, And sovereign grace in people’s hearts it dreams. No tyrant’s rod, no despot’s iron hand, But equal rights across a bounteous land. A queen there reigns, whose will is nature’s force, Whose love, a sunbeam on life’s darkened course. Her wrath, a tempest, shakes the earth and sea, Yet tender mercies flow from her decree. For in her heart, a boundless ocean swells, Of empathy for all who hear her bells. A democracy, where voices find their way, And common good illuminates the day. No caste, no creed, to dim the human spark, But unity in purpose, bright and dark. Oh, Cambria's Queen, whose wisdom guides the land, A beacon shining on a distant strand. May freedom’s flame forever brightly burn, And love and justice to all hearts return. Oh, Youth: A Eulogy by Karl Kask Oh, Youth, thou fleeting dream of morning light, When hope's young bird sings on the soul's bright tree, Ere shadows lengthen with the waning night, Or life's tumultuous waves engulf the free. Thy laughter, like a rippling, crystal stream, Danced through the meadows of our careless years; Thy spirit, buoyant as a morning dream, Soared, unencumbered by the weight of fears. But now, alas, the golden hours are fled, And age's frost has crept upon my brow; My comrades, like autumnal leaves, are shed, And shadows lengthen where the sun shone low. The world, once fresh and fair, is grown austere, And toil's relentless hand has marked my frame; No more the heart with youthful joy can cheer, But mourns the glories of that vanished flame.
  14. Yatham Capital City: Hammaana Ruler: King Samuel Uchenna of house Talee Consort: First Queen Consort On Tzuri of house Bidemi High Priest: High Priest Ifedayo Shanani Abasie Population: 2,231,510 Provincial Animal: The Bayode Camel Provincial Dish: Cabbage mixed with Collard Greens and Cornbread (Picture of the Royal Palace of Yatham) Rolling plains make up almost half of Yatham province, with tropical jungles to its west and north dominating the other half of the region. This province also host the Temple of Knowledge in Souban, where the order is responsible for regulating radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all provinces of the empire. The Royal House of Talee have ruled over the province for the last five hundred years and are one of the most influential houses of the Empire. The Metropolitan areas of Yatham are: (Picture of Hammaana's downtown shopping district) Hammaana Population- 391,781 City Perfect- Lord Adam Yobachukwu of house Tesfalem Hammaana is the capital of the province with a lot to offer tourist visiting the country. For cultural lovers, the city has more than 40 art galleries not including the royal palace itself, and also hosts cultural studios and institutes throughout the year. The Hammaana Zoo and Lion Park are some major attractions for wildlife lovers. The restaurants in the city offer a wide variety of cuisine including the local dishes, Saint Markan and Genterrian cuisine, Adaikesian and Zoranian foods, and other international dishes. The high-end hotels offer world-class accommodation to the visiting tourists and its well-developed infrastructure, favorable climate, and the natural setting are some of the factors promoting international tours in the city. (Picture inside the Weheliye Mall near the west food court.) Weheliye Population- 365,841 City Perfect- Lady Medhanit Zemirah of house Yaazaniah Weheliye is Yatham's second largest city. Famous for the Weheliye Mall; a partly enclosed mall that worked the natural landscape into its design. The mall gives a breathtaking one of a kind shopping experience of tens of millions of visitors a year. A leader in retail, entertainment and attractions, Weheliye Mall is one of the top tourist destinations in the empire and is known around the world. Hosting more than 400 events a year, ranging from concerts, to celebrity appearances and fashion shows. Each year, over 40 million people from around the world visit the mall, generating nearly §2 billion each year in economic impact for the province. The mall sits on 175 acres of prime real estate with 520 stores, 60 restaurants, an aquarium, free roaming wildlife, indoor amusement park and waterpark, a comedy club, movie theater, world-class gaming and entertainment centers, mini-golf, go-carts, tons of other family attractions and nightlife options, with hotels open to tourist and apartments for the more than 10,000 employees which keep the mall; the best in the world. (Picture of the inner court of the Temple of Knowledge) Souban Population- 134,982 City Perfect- Lord Babatunde Adanna of house Uzochukwu Souban is the home of the Temple of Knowledge and can boast having its own healthy religious tourist industry. The temple is the second of the holy temples which belong to The Holy Law faith and is located only a few miles from The Burial mound of Adelaya. Boasting being one of the safest cities in the empire it has little in the way of nightlife entertainment. Major Companies in Yatham Alchemizol is headquartered in Weheliye, Yatham Province. Founded in 1326, Alchemizol has become a key industry producing and suppling raw materials for products in a wide variety of industries, including appliance, automotive, agricultural, chemical processing, electronics, oil and gas, and processed foods. With over 110,000 employees worldwide, Alchemizol wishes to protect the enviroment while doing its part to move Esferos forward. The Bayode Camel While camels are often thought of as being found exclusively in hot desert areas, some can also be found in cooler regions such as the Bayode camels found throughout Yatham province. In ancient times up till the invention of the automobile, Bayode Camels were breed for caravans due to there intelligence and ability to travers long distances in extreme hot and cold weather conditions without water for 100 miles. In its mastery over harsh terrains and scorching temperatures, The Bayode Camel is also a symbol of resilience and adaptability. The spiritual essence of the camel urges us to remain resilient in the face of adversity, confront the unforeseen with tenacity, and find innovative means to traverse the obstacles we face. They have long symbolized honesty, patient and wisdom. Cabbage mixed with Collard Greens and Cornbread Notes- You may need more or less amounts of cabbage or collard greens depending on the size and weight of the items. You can also use smoked meats such as Smoked ox tails, Smoked Turkey leg or Smoked Neck bones Ingredients 3 or 6 pounds (1 or 2 heads of cabbage) 2 pounds (2 large bunches collard greens) 3 Pounds pickle meat. Jasmine rice Yellow Cornmeal All-Purpose flour Baking powder Baking soda Sugar Salted butter Buttermilk (Room temp) 2 Large eggs (Room temp) Seasonings 1 yellow onion Salt Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning Chef Paul’s Poultry Magic Onion powder Garlic Powder Tools you’ll need 10-inch round cast iron skillet Preparation of Cabbage, Collard Greens and Onion Step 1- Chop 1 yellow onion. Chop cabbage into 4 large quarter pieces. Cut stems off of each piece. Step 2- Chop each quarter piece of cabbage into large strips going down the length. Proceed to chop into strips horizontally. Step 3- Remove stems from collard green leaves. Stack leaves on top one another. Roll from one end to the next like a jelly roll. Proceed to chop roll horizontally. Step 4- Add cabbage and collard greens into strainer. Rinse with cold water. Making the salted pickle stock ***Preheat fire to medium high heat.*** Step 5- Add 2 quarts water into a large pot. Let come to a simmer. Add pickle meat. Cover with lid and let simmer for 1 hour. Step 6- Remove pickle meat and place into a medium sized bowl and cover with lid. Reserve salted meat stock. You should have 4 1/2 cups salted meat stock. Cooking the Cabbage and Collard greens ***Preheat fire to medium high heat.*** Step 7- Add 5 tablespoons Salted butter into a large pot and let butter melt. Add entire contents of chopped yellow onion and stir. Cover with lid and let sauté for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Step 8- Add 2 cups Salted meat stock, 2 teaspoons Tony Chachere’s Creole seasoning, 2 teaspoons Chef Paul’s Poultry magic, 3 teaspoons onion powder, and 3 teaspoons garlic powder. Stir and let come to a simmer. Step 9-Add pickle meat, Cabbage and Collard greens. Cover with lid and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Once done stir all ingredients together. Step 10- Add second half of cabbage and collard greens. This should be the last of the first head of cabbage and the last amount of collard greens. Let simmer for 5 t 8 minutes. Once done stir all ingredients together. Note– If you are only using 1 head of cabbage Let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir and let simmer for 40 minutes. Step 11-Add third half of cabbage. This is half of the second head of cabbage you prepared. Cover with lid and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir all ingredients together. Step 12- Add fourth half of cabbage. Cover with lid and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir all ingredients together. Cover with lid and let simmer for 40 minutes. Cooking the rice Step 13- Add 1 1/2 quarts water into medium sized pot. Let come to a simmer. Add 1 1/2 cups rice. Let simmer for 8 minutes. Step 14- Add Rice into a mesh strainer. Rinse with cold water. Return strainer back on pot and cover with lid. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving. Making the cornbread ***Preheat oven to 400 degrees*** Step 15- Add cast iron skillet into a preheated 400-degree oven. Step 16- Add 2 cups yellow cornmeal, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt into a medium sized bowl. Stir and set aside. Step 17- Add 1 cup buttermilk (Room temp), 2 large eggs (Room temp), and 1 stick (1/2 Cup) salted butter melted into a separate medium sized bowl. Stir all ingredients with a whisk until combined. Step 18- Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir with a sturdy spoon until combined. Step 19- Remove cast iron skillet from oven. Spread salted butter along the bottom and sides of skillet. Add prepared cornbread batter into skillet. Shake pan slightly to make batter even. Step 20- Place into a preheated 400-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Step 21- Remove cornbread out of oven. Spread butter along the top of cornbread. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. (Actual website for RL dish: https://www.charliethecookandrews.com/smothered-cabbage-mixed-with-collard-greens-and-cast-iron-skillet-cornbread/)
  15. Canal 7 Dyportes - The Quarterfinals; from now on it only gets more intense! There would be a brief introduction, with a heavily autotuned voice: "In Channel 7 we bring you the best information for your viewing, CHANNEL 7!" Soon after the brief introduction the transmission would begin with a man sat at a desk. "Good afternoon everybody, welcome to Channel 7 SPORTS, the best sporting news in the entire northern half of Aura, im Inrique Miravez today's host, and as many of you have been expecting, today we're taking a dive into the Rugby World Cup being hosted in Overthinkers!" "The ARR beat Sekiya 18-14 meaning we'll be up against Giovanniland, a strong opponent that promises a hard fought an intense game similar to the Sekiya one but with a different flavor! Giovanniland achieves its pass to the quarters after beating Larxia 6-0, not scoring any tries but not allowing Larxia to get even a single point on the board! Everybody's on their edge for this match, but it isn't the only one in the quarterfinals, i think its time that we take a dive into the other 3 matches for the quarter finals of this Rugby World Cup!" "We'll start with..." Overthinkers VS United Adaikes "The hosts continue on their path to greatness, but they will have to face a familiar foe from the last RWC, and from the same round too: UNITED ADAIKES!" "Last time theese two met in Dalimbar, they gave us a match to remember, with Overthinkers having been the surprise of the tournament at that point, but then loosing by ONE POINT to the sharks. For them it was a sad day, being so close to the semis, as the adaikesians reached the semis to knock Ryxtylopia out and then move on to the final where they lost to Dalimbar." "However this time things may be different as Overthinkers being locals will have a slight advantage in their own home, with their fans there to support them and they'll sure be seeking revenge, so lets take a look at their squads and how the game may develop." Overthinkers: "Under coach: Anton Edwards; Overthinkers has seen great success in rugby, topping their group this year, they have more agressive playstyle than United Adaikes, very similar to teams like Zoran, and Peourouin, but still not to the level of agressiveness Sekiya has in their game. Agressive teams usually beneffit from high possetion percentages and the ability to convert their chances, if they struggle with those two their game can quickly go south for them." United Adaikes: "Under coach: Ferne Huxtable; United Adaikes seeks to reach another RWC final, in the group stage they got 2nd place, and have a similar playstyle to teams like Teralyon and Ryxtylopia. Balanced teams usually get less chances than agressive teams, but they have an easier time defending and can build up their chances better than over-agressive or over-defensive sides. However if a balanced team doesn't have a clear goal in mind or good coordination between their attack and defense they can have a hard time scoring or defending, even with the possetion advantage. The Game: "As for the game itself, Overthinkers will probably try to attack early, get an advantage and keep pressuring the adaikesians to keep them on the defense and deny them the opportunity to attack, while the Sharks might try to deny the Kites' the possetion they need to attack, giving them time to build up their plays. Its hard to say which way it will go, however considering Overthinkers are the locals, they will have the pressure to win, which could put them at nerves or could fill them with the determination necessary to get their revenge." Ryxtylopia VS Giovanniland "The Pirates prepare to face their toughest opponent yet, and it will be none other than Giovanniland!" "Ryxtylopia and Giovanniland have not met in a previous RWC, as in Ryxtylopia's RWC4 debut, they got different groups, and Giovanniland got knocked out in the Round of 16." "So as they prepare to meet for the first time in the RWC, both sides will have victory in mind, Giovanniland being closer to Overthinkers might have the advantage when it comes to fans, but ryxtylopian fans can be pretty loud when they need to, so we'll have to see who can get an advantage." Ryxtylopia: "The Pirates want to make it to the finals this year, but it will be hard, however under coach: Andreís Tivarra they have reached some of the greatest glories in Rugby, most notably knocking 2 time champions: Zoran in the quarterfinals of RWC4 and getting 3rd place, this time around they finished first in their group. They have a balanced playstyle, similar very similar to Teralyon, balanced teams usually rely on building up their plays, and defending against pressure from their opponents, if Ryxtylopia fails either of theese they'll probably be out." Giovanniland: "For Giovanniland, coach: Gyalsena Vatinio-Messalla has allowed them to get over the groups in second, and the round of 16, improving on their performance last year. They play Semi-Agressivley, which means like more agressive sides, they feel comfortable with possetion, however they usually hold back on attacking unless the chance is clear and good enough, they also have an easier time defending. If they find enough chances to strike or are able to pressure their rivals they'll be through, if they go too cautious on the attack, their defense could start to struggle." The Game: "For the game, we can expect a lot of possetion changes as both teams have solid defenses and attacks, with Giovanniland probably trying to apply more pressure to Ryxtylopia to keep them on the backfoot, whilst Ryxtylopia would probably play for possetion, and a steady buildup to their plays, that'll give them the best chances to get a lead and hold it. Depending on who is able to do their part better the match could go in any way, either favoring Giovanniland or Ryxtylopia. Teralyon VS Cambria "We get another quarterfinals rematch from last year: Cambria vs Teralyon!" "Theese two met last year in the quarterfinals, where the Cambrian team won 15-7 over the Teralyians, as they moved on to the semis to loose to hosts and eventual winners: Dalimbar." "This time however, Teralyon looks way more prepared, as they're on a roll, continuing their 7-game winstreak, dominating their groups without a single loss and acheiving the victory over Saint Mark! The cambrians better watch out, as they'll probably seek their revenge for last year." Teralyon: "As said before, thanks to their players and coaches: Maldoc Wenavic and Vush Brajna, Teralyon have entered a winning streak, not possesing a single loss to their name since the tournament's start, easily topping their group. Their playstyle very similar to Ryxtylopia's and United Adaikes, a balanced one slightly in favor of attacking, this has worked for them very well so far. As said before teams with balanced playstyles usually like to build up their attacks and defending pressure from rivals. If they can't do either they'll struggle." Cambria: "The Cambrians seek to make the finals after loosing in the semis last year. And under coaches: Kees Gordon and Wolf Bruijs they've made good progress, finishing second in their group and beating Ostronia with a comfy margin. Now they face what could potentially be their toughest rival in the competition, the Cambrians have an agressive playstyle, between Zoran and Sekiya in terms of agressiveness. They'll need possetion and a lot of it to open their attacks, and keep pressure on the enemy and not on their own defense. If they fail on that they'll be easy meat for Teralyon." The Game: "Its hard to say what will go down here, but Cambria if they have the opportunity will try to pressure Teralyon into defense, making sure to retain possetion as much as possible. For Teralyon the game will revolve around DENYING the cambrians possetion, to keep them on edge, and making them commit mistakes in attempts to regain possetion, this will allow give them the luxury to build their plays and get a favorable result." Dalimbar VS Zoran "Previous hosts and current champions: Dalimbar seek to advance, but they'll meet a rival that has given them headaches in the past: ZORAN!" "They didn't meet in the last RWC, some would joke that's the only reason Dalimbar won but leaving jokes aside, Zoran would get knocked out in this round against Ryxtylopia, whilst Dalimbar would advance to win the whole thing against United Adaikes." "The only clash between 2 previous champions in the quarter-finals, Dalimbar possesing 1 title and Zoran 2, the Dalimbari will sureley try to upset this unbalance and go for the win, so lets take a look at the teams and the match!" Dalimbar: "The Dalimbari side looks strong, and... fair enough they are REIGNING CHAMPIONS! But they risk loosing that title if they're not careful, their team is strong, but so is their opponent. Dalimbar is a balanced side, again very similar to Ryxtylopia, Teralyon and United Adaikes. They will beneffit from building up their plays, and holding their rivals at bay, considering they're up against Zoran, keeping possetion as long as possible will be vital. If they play correctly they'll have their revenge against a team that has beaten them in the past." Zoran: "The Zoranians are looking to taste a semi-final after loosing out in Dalimbar, being lead by coach: Amadahy Lvaguta, they'll probably seek out the victory at all costs, Dalimbar may be reigning champion, but Zoran having won the tournament twice in the past has the capacity to face the Dalimbari. Zoran plays semi-agressivley, and they can prove a threat given enough time by pressuring their rival's defense. If they succede and find good enough chances they can get their points, if their rival denies them possetion or breaks their defense, it will be over for the 2-time champions." The Game: "Our prediction for this game is similar to the one we stated bewtween Teralyon and Cambria, but in this case it would be Dalimbar who would need to play for possetion or make the zoranians waste their chances before counter-attacking, for Zoran the first half will be vital and probably decide the pace and path the game will take. The Dalimbari will probably also act more agressive than usual since they're up against a team that has cost them a final in the past, and they'll be out for revenge." "And that's it for our program, we looked at each team, their matchup, their possible strategies, and possible game results for each of the matchups." "Hopefully our side will go far, but it will be interesting to see the match results, we have many talented teams going at eachother, the result can only be entretaining ¿Who'll reach the final?" "But that will be all for today's special. Ive been Inrique Miravez! Today's host, and i thank you for listening, and lending us your time to give you our take on this RWC! Have a good day." Channel 7! Channel 7! Channel 7! A short music theme plays as the camera zooms out, and the transmission ends.
  16. Thursday 11 - 07 - 1424 No. 144 - 50 RYXES TOURIST CONGESTION - ¿ARE THE LOCALS OVEREXAGGERATING OR NOT? Several States: With tourist season rapidly approaching in Ryxtylopia, many locals prepare, buisnesses restock and hotels prepare deals, however many other locals don't prepare and in fact complain about the tourist presence. Many others will say the tourist presence is a good thing, while some people in the most touristed areas of Ryxtylopia claim its annoying, as tourists can be not be annoying by themselves, but cause disrruptions to the local way of life during tourist season. The tourist presence for many regions in Ryxtylopia is what keeps the economy afloat, mainly in island or costal regions, especially in smaller towns that lack large companies to give them work and generate income; for a lot of small towns its a lifeline of income, and many small industries in Ryxtylopia revolve around tourism. Tourists from many places enjoy Ryxtylopia either due to pristine natural enviroments, to take a look at historic sights and buildings, or beacause its a good deal for the price, its one of the cheaper places to go as a tourist if you do plan to take a trip, at least by developed country standards. However for many locals this also comes with disadvantages mainly for those not directly or indirectly beneffited from the tourism industry, tourism can bring many problems to certain areas, and locals can pretty quickly get sick of them. One of the most prominant ones is that tourists lead to a raise in prices for commodities and services, which for the is usually not a problem, but for locals it can prove to be a problem, not only this, another serious problem when it comes to overturisting, especially in large cities, is traffic, both vehicle and pedestrian related, in areas with a lot of tourists traffic levels tend to spike, and last but very much not least the ocational annoying and/or entitled tourists, loud party goers and ever demanding ladies who want to be treated as queens. And then there's the moral issue that some tourists aren't the most "educated" as the issue of disrespect towards local customs and traditions in some areas has been made apparent and has been called out by both individuals, and local organizations. For some people the excess in tourists can feel like an invasion at times, but as said previously for others it can bring money, restaurants can fill their seats with people looking to try out local cuisine, hotels can fully book out their rooms and make proffit, souvenirs and gifts are sold in greater magnitudes, the list of beneffits goes on. Tourism can bring huge beneffits, however the impact excess in tourism has on small and large communities, and the fact that not all people beneffit from tourism causes the phenomenon where locals come to hate tourists and tend to enjoy the lesser touristed months before vacation season. RYXTYLOPIA TO FACE GIOVANNILAND IN RWC5 QUARTER-FINALS Overthinkers: The 5th Rugby World Cup continues in the Andolian nation of Overthinkers, were Ryxtylopia successfully got over Sekiya in the round of 16, and will prepare to face fellow Auran side Giovanniland in the quarterfinals in a match that has promised to be decisive and intense for both sides, with both teams having great level and a similar playstyle, a match that could have the potential to send Ryxtylopia to another semi-final ever since the debut in RWC4. For Ryxtylopia, qualification was achieved after 80 minutes in a match against Sekiya, where the rivals of the ARR played a very risky agressive playstyle which aided them in pressuring but lead to the loss in many occations of possetion, which let the ARR score enough to edge over the Sekiyan Rocks with the final score being 18-14. Giovanniland on the other hand had its own intense battle to reach the quarter finals, after achieving underwhealming results in Dalimbar; but under the lead of coach: Gyalsena Vatinio-Messalla they finished second in group D, and faced Larxia who placed 3rd in group A, their match was intense, with no tries scored by either side. However the Giovannilandians were able to hold off the Larxian attack, which resulted in Larxia not scoring any points, while Giovanniland was able to get 6 on the board' leaving it 6-0 in favor of the Aurans. Both sides have a lot on the line, Ryxtylopia's objective is to reach the final, as set by tivarra and the ARR ever since the performance in the last RWC, whilst Giovanniland would seek to keep improving their performance in this RWC, as in the last RWC they had a mediocre run, but in the end they already out-performed their run last year. Neverminding the result, the winner of this match will get a decent shot at the finals, and will face either the hosts Overthinkers or Polari team: United Adaikes. The match will be one of the best in terms of level for both teams yet, and despite the overwhealming advantage the Giovannilandians will have when it comes to support, as Giovanniland is closer to Overthinkers, the ARR is hopeful they'll make it to the semi-finals. PROGRESS ON THE KIL'NICÁ HIGHWAY HALTED AGAIN Kil'nicá, Cantríxa: The still long awaited highway to Kil'nicá continues to be built and continues to face constant delays, a project started about 8 years ago promised to be finished in 2 years that has now been 6 years due and gone way overbudget, this time due to poor weather causing the ground to become soggy, and difficult to build on. The road project known as the Kil'nicá road, oficially reffered to as the Kil'nicá-Ka'alvaña Highway, is a road project located in Cantríxa, in the central hilly and mountainous part of Cantríxa state, the road meant to connect one side of the Ryxtylopian roadnetwork to the other, and cut travel times, however this ultimate dream has always been delayed and delayed. The main reason for it being built is to better connect Kil'nicá the largest inland city in Ryxtylopia, with the rest of the country, and to provide a coast to coast connection in the south, as all the coast to coast connections by road and rail currently available are in the north. This would've provided a highway between the towns of Ka'alvaña and Culcha'añaca, in Cantríxa and Talaxachá states, the highway would've gone through Kil'nicá and Pasí di Valtachá, however only the portion of the highway between Pasí di Valtachá and Culcha'añaca was ever completed, the other half that would've gone through unfriendly terrain between Pasí di Valtachá through Kil'nicá and all the way to Ka'alvaña is still under construction. Reactions to the delay are unsurprised ones, as this project has been seen as a failure, or a money laundering scheme for the politicians who proposed it. There are genuine reasons for the constant delays as landslides, poor weather and engineering oversights, but other less valid reasons for delay are also present, and there have been periods where the workers working on the project have gone without making any progress, or have just gone home. In the end this highway will likley at some point be finished, however if that point is in a few months, or several more years isn't known, it will bring beneffits, but the time and cost it has taken so far already means it will take several years to repay its extremly overbudget cost with the limited economic beneffits it brings to the region.
  17. < Previous: The Late Empire Period 13th-century Giovanniland The post-imperial borders of Giovanniland and its neighbors. Industrialization Period (1225-1261) Giovanniland officially became a semi-constitutional monarchy in 15th June 1225, after which Abrelio II ruled as King. The Senato was now elected by popular vote under this new system, but the monarch retained the power to appoint any senator as Prime Minister, according to his or her best judgment of who might form the best cabinet. Abrelio II chose Vinikio de Abreo-Florino from the Partito Konservator as the first Prime Minister of Giovanniland, who was an entrepreneur active in the rising industrialization happening in various major cities. The King directed him to place Giovanniland on the path of becoming fully industrialized, and also reworked various government institutions and codified the basic rules of the election process, such as senators being elected by region and serving for at most five years. The major political parties were the Konservator and Violetista to the right, who won the first two elections in 1225 and 1230, while closer to the center there were the Librale and Demokrata parties in the opposition. Flavia Dolkari (Librale) became Prime Minister after the 1235 election, and she was a skilled diplomat that focused on expanding foreign relations and adapting Giovanniland to a new era in the international stage. She was followed in 1239 by Tommaso de Abreo-Florino (Konservator), Vinikio's younger brother, who continued the industrial push and achieved significant nationwide industrialization, as well as updating of the Tri-Lavender Treaty into a stronger version, with more cooperation between the three Lavender Island nations. Although Tommaso remained in power after the 1244 elections, he resigned in 1247. Meanwhile, Abrelio II died in 1250 and was succeeded by his daughter Nyima IV. Klaudia Pelkarma-Valeriani (Librale) was chosen as Prime Minister thereafter, aiming for a more social premiership, so profit from industrialization was used for infrastructure projects to benefit the population, like a new road system. Her second term in 1252 saw a mining boom, but it was interrupted by infighting within the Partito Librale, and Queen Nyima IV replaced her with Paulo Zerino Severi (Violetista) who led a minority government and sought to advance rural landowners' interests. He was succeeded less than two years later by Gioseppe Erdene (Librale), the first prime minister from Giovandolia. Gioseppe had the goal of reducing trans-Darkesian economic disparity, and he was aided by the discovery of new mineral fields in Giovandolia as well as good industrial performance. Right-wing era (1261-1295) Giovannilandian politics were then dominated by the right-wing for the next three decades. Notably, the Partito Librale shifted to the right and joined the Konservator-Violetista coalitions, leaving the center-left Demokrata and later the left-wing Labrista parties in the opposition. The appointment of Zelya Amafinia Gellio (Konservator) as Prime Minister in 1261 inaugurated this era, and her first term was a prosperous time with the modernization of cities at full speed. Nyima IV also supported her goals of starting the a construction of a grand railway network to facilitate commerce, with Giovannia, Porto Violeto and Andoliavilla as the main hubs. Zelya remained prime minister in 1275, continuing in power after two more elections since she also earned the trust of the new monarch, Giovanni V who succeeded his older sister Nyima in 1271. The next two prime ministers appointed by the King were Emilio Neurino-Dazano (Violetista) in 1280 and Tiberio Quorivani (Librale) in 1285, two terms with strong economic growth and the introduction of electricity in Giovanniland. Even greater economic performance happened during the ten years of Tiberio's successor, Quirina Kornelio-Arbone from the Konservator party. Throughout his reign, King Giovanni V ensured that these modernization projects were carried out to their fullest extent, besides guaranteeing the continuity between the prime ministers' policies. The result was a time of economic prosperity, rapid urbanization, infrastructure modernization, and last but not least technological, scientific, and cultural innovations. Giovanniland developed greatly in regards to these aspects during this period, however social movements rose at the turn of the century and the right wing started to lose popular support. This showed the need for a different kind of development that would then shape national politics during the 14th century, together with the reign of a new monarch beginning in 1292, Zodeno III the son of Giovanni V.
  18. Political Discussion on Arifiyyah's Recent Reforms Interviewer: Good evening, everyone. Welcome to "Political Insights." Tonight, we have an engaging discussion about the recent constitutional reforms in Arifiyyah,where our proudly young king, Sultan Arif Nazhim Shah, has been making significant changes. Our guests tonight are two distinguished political analysts, Mr. Karim Abdullah and Ms. Laila Rahman. Thank you both for joining us. Mr. Karim Abdullah: Thank you for having me. Ms. Laila Rahman: It’s a pleasure to be here. Interviewer: Let's dive right in. Sultan Arif Nazhim Shah, the fourth sultan in the history of Arifiyyah, has been undertaking substantial constitutional reforms. One notable action is reducing the executive and parliament's powers on foreign policy. Some view this as a move to restore the monarchy's full power, despite the Sultan's denial. Mr. Abdullah, what’s your take on this? Mr. Karim Abdullah: Well, it’s quite evident that the Sultan is steering the country in a direction where the monarchy holds more sway. While he denies wanting to restore the full power of the monarchy, his actions suggest otherwise. This move can be seen as a step back from democratic processes, potentially undermining the checks and balances that are crucial in modern governance. Interviewer: Ms. Rahman, do you share this view? Ms. Laila Rahman: I do see where Mr. Abdullah is coming from, but I believe there’s a different perspective to consider. Sultan Arif Nazhim Shah is a young and dynamic leader. His reforms might be an attempt to streamline foreign policy decisions, ensuring that Arifiyyah can respond more swiftly and effectively to global challenges. Given that over 80% of our population lives in urban areas, a more centralized approach could lead to better-coordinated and faster responses in international matters. Interviewer: Interesting points. Mr. Abdullah, what about the concerns from the radical opposition? They seem particularly worried about these changes. Mr. Karim Abdullah: The radical opposition has valid concerns. The reduction of parliamentary power can be seen as an erosion of democratic principles. It sets a dangerous precedent where the monarchy can unilaterally make decisions without sufficient oversight or input from elected representatives. This could lead to a concentration of power that may not always act in the best interest of the people. Ms. Laila Rahman: I agree that checks and balances are essential. However, we must also acknowledge the unique historical and cultural context of Arifiyyah. The monarchy has always played a significant role in our nation's identity. The Sultan’s actions might be aimed at preserving that heritage while also pushing the country forward. It’s a delicate balance, and while there are risks, there’s also potential for significant positive impact. Interviewer: The people of Arifiyyah haven’t reacted strongly to these changes yet. What do you think this silence indicates? Ms. Laila Rahman: It might indicate a level of trust and respect that the populace has for Sultan Arif Nazhim Shah. His leadership style and vision for the country could be resonating well with the citizens. Alternatively, it could also mean that people are still trying to understand the full implications of these reforms. Mr. Karim Abdullah: Or it could be a sign of apprehension. People might be waiting to see how these changes play out before expressing their opinions. In a semi-absolute monarchy, voicing dissent can be risky, so there might be an undercurrent of concern that isn’t being openly expressed. Interviewer: In closing, what would you say is the best way forward for Arifiyyah, considering these recent reforms? Ms. Laila Rahman: I believe the best way forward is a balanced approach. The Sultan should continue his reforms but ensure that there is adequate consultation with the executive and parliament. This way, we can achieve both efficiency and maintain democratic integrity. Mr. Karim Abdullah: I agree. It’s crucial for the Sultan to engage with all political factions and the public. Transparency and dialogue will be key in navigating these reforms and ensuring that they truly benefit Arifiyyah as a whole. Interviewer: Thank you both for your insightful perspectives. This concludes our discussion on the recent constitutional reforms in Arifiyyah. Stay tuned for more updates on this evolving story. Good night.
  19. TVNC - Reviewing the match; Round of 16 The broadcast would start in the studio, after Railo, Eiva and Tixica had watched the match and prepared to give their opinions on it. [Railo]: I didn't expect that Divarra drop goal in the last minute. [Eiva]: It was great, they were already starting to go defensive so it was a pleasant surprise. [Railo]: Indeed, anyways. Good evening ladies and gentlemen! And welcome back to the TVNC transmissions on the 5th Rugby World Cup, im Tivan Railo, and as usual on this program ill be joined by my coworkers: Nixta Eiva and Marco Tixica, we'll continue from where we left off last time, as we'll be reviewing the match that Ryxtylopia had with Sekiya earlier, as well as checking in on some of the other teams present for the quarter-finals. [Tixica]: I came out of that match satisfied, it felt very odd as all the round of 16 matches, well maybe except for Cambria v Ostronia, were very close. [Eiva]: They were, in our case we won 18-14 against the Sekiyan Rocks. [Railo]: And what do you think we can add to the conversation that hasn't been said on social media already? [Tixica]: Well, the first 20 or so minutes of the game were AN ABSOLUTE CHAOS! [Eiva]: I think that overexaggerates, but just a bit. [Railo]: We did see a lot of back and forths until that drop goal by Guilbirto. [Eiva]: Amaizing way to score that finally got us off the couch in celebration, Sekiya did play very agressiveley like most people predicted, they're not really too scared to go up against stronger sides, and i mean good for them, but sometimes that does cost them. [Tixica]: I respect it, who cares if you're facing Einherfell or Teralyon?! Just go in and score! [Railo]: I think the point Eiva was trying to get across is that they can frecuently loose possetion and overextend, which did happen on several occations in this match. [Eiva]: Now, another thing: Palmiras' conversion miss in the 36th, that's stirred up quite the talk here. [Tixica]: She just put too much force in her kick, which lead the ball away from the two posts, i don't blame her. [Railo]: But in an intense match, mistakes like that can cost you, you saw the very close results like Dalimbar v H&J, and Zoran v Fujai, when it comes to elimination rounds, mistakes like that can cost you making the round. [Tixica]: Fell enough, but i feel like people needa chill out, it was just a miss! Plus we didn't loose the game so its fiiiiiiiiiineeeee! [Railo]: And if we had lost the game by a point? In a hypothetical where her not scoring would've sent us home. [Tixica]: Then in that case its not fine and she should be hanged for her crimes! Eiva facepalms herself. [Eiva]: Well, at least you get Railo's point. [Tixica]: I do! But people are getting too mad about the situation, like just chill out, we won the game, she doesn't need to be pebbled at the airport! [Railo]: But- Ugh nevermind... Hm. What about Darrias' performance in this match? [Tixica]: Like that guy said in the interview earlier, proved to be a key player! Scoring a try, and allowing Huilchica to convert. [Eiva]: He did have a great match, with decent opportunities, and that try that allowed us to advance. [Railo]: Huilchica and Guilbirto also proved essencial, and we can't ignore everybody in the back; Zicha, Va'atí, Tivaña, Patochá, Mataña and Rivas... [Eiva]: All the team cooperated, even if some did better than others. [Railo]: In the end we got the result, however i think they could've gone for more, i get them tryna protect the lead but, they also gave Sekiya the possetion they needed to start scoring, which could've cost us the game. [Tixica]: Itsssssssss fineeeeee, they did well enough. [Eiva]: And what about our quarter final opponents, Giovanniland? [Railo]: Well, they had a similar time than us, but in a different way as they triumphed 6-0 over Larxia, Larxia found a decent ammount of opportunities that they weren't able to convert, Giovanniland did get just enough, even if they didn't score a try. [Eiva]: Something funny about them is that they sorta play similar-ish to us, if you combined our team with the zoranians you would get Giovanniland's team. [Tixica]: One very good way to put it! [Railo]: They play semi-offensiveley but they can also hold their own in defense and in retaining possetion. [Eiva]: A tough rival but fitting considering how the competition advances, they'll probably not let us have it easy as they want to improve on their performance since they exited in the round of 16 in Dalimbar. [Railo]: And what is it in for this match? [Eiva]: Hard to tell. [Tixica]: Absolute pandemonium!! [Railo]: Uh- Well i think we can expect a lot of possetion changes, and not a lot of scoring. [Eiva]: I mean both squads do have a similar level, they'll probably not play too agressivley and neither wont we, both sides could try to play for possetion but that'll be hard, so i think we could expect a slower buildup for each play that happens. [Railo]: Fair point, anyways its time we contact Gaíves. [Tixica]: Hooray! [Eiva]: Give me a second then... there we go! The casters start the video call with Gaíves and the camera crew in Overthinkers. [Tixica]: GAÍVES! How was the game? [Gaíves]: Hello TVNC! Oh the game was pretty good to watch! I froze when Sekiya came within a point of the tie, it was close but we got through just fine. [Railo]: The atmosphere? [Gaíves]: As usual, they had the flags... the drums... it was very loud. [Eiva]: And the players? [Gaíves]: Well if you haven't noticed we're here with em! Just was waiting for you to set up the connection! [Eiva]: Oh, sorry for the delay then. [Gaíves]: You're good, ill see who's willing to give an opinion then. Gaíves heads up to some of the players, starting with Pailo Darrias. [Gaíves]: Excuse me, how was today's match? [P. Darrias]: Oh, it was- intense, i sweated a lot, i ran a lot, i got tackled a lot but we pulled through, building up for that try i scored wasn't it easy but it was worth it. [R. Huilchica]: You can say that again! Laughter [P. Darrias]: Hah, well but Sekiya did play very agressivley, they took any chance they could, and they almost tied us, we had to hold, and push back, while we were able to retain possetion, it was hard. [Gaíves]: Well at least you won, how about your teamates? [P. Darrias]: I couldn't ask for better teamates, Huilchica and Guilbirto are not just amaizing teamates but amaizing friends of mine! [Gaíves]: Really? [P. Darrias]: We all used to play at Chacas, we got to know eachother, and they always aid me in attack, i always aid them, not to brag but we're probably one of the best left wings of this RWC, and i cannot talk about teamates without talking about our defenders, which while i dont know them as well as my 2 friends here, i can still say they're amaizing at keeping our back safe and retaking possetion. [Gaíves]: I might go with Rivas next. [P. Darrias]: I respect him a lot, one of our "older" folk here. [Gaíves]: And what about the upcomming match against Giovanniland? [P. Darrias]: It will be hard, but we can get through it, they seem like a more balanced side than Sekiya so playing for possetion might not affect them as much, whatever the tactic we take we wanna go in for the win and have a chance at the finals. [Gaíves]: Alright thanks for your time! Gaíves would then approach Ernysto Rivas, the team's fullback. [Gaíves]: Hello! Mind if i ask a few questions? [E. Rivas]: Go ahead. [Gaíves]: What are your thoughts on the match against Sekiya. [E. Rivas]: Intense, i got to be very active, we held pretty well in the first half, by the second is when they started to have more opportunities to score. [Gaíves]: Are you happy with the result? [E. Rivas]: Oh, yes! Of course, but for me it was a bit close for comfort especially for an elimination round, tho to be fair, we weren't the only ones to have a hard fought match this day. [Gaíves]: You think your teamates did a good job? [E. Rivas]: They defended well! I only had to interviene in a few opportunities on the first half, and they got us the advantage we needed, we also all coordinated pretty well. [Gaíves]: That's good, and what are your expectations for the match against Giovanniland? [E. Rivas]: Oh it will be a "busy" day for me, hopefully we make it, Giovanniland isn't as agressive as Sekiya, but they can still be a dangerous foe, they denied Larxia any points, however i think we can beat them, and hopefully make the finals. [Gaíves]: Alright, any other comments? [E. Rivas]: Thanks for the nice comments ive heard people on social media make about my last minute stop that time in the match, it was probably one of my highpoints with the team. [Gaíves]: Alright, and i thank you for letting them know you're greatful, have a nice day! Gaíves would finally head towards Tivarra, the team's coach. [Gaíves]: Tivarra! Excuse me, thoughts on the match? [Tivarra]: Oh, well it was hard fought more than anything, like i thought they went agressive, no idea what their coach is thinking, its honestly impressive how they can still retain an attack against stronger teams, cost them possetion a lot. [Gaíves]: What about your team's performance. [Tivarra]: Whilst i expected a bit more, id say it was solid; we denied our rivals possetion for the first half, had and converted our chances, and held their attack at bay, there are sections for improvement but im satisfied with the performance today. [Gaíves]: And what about the upcomming quarterfinals? [Tivarra]: Im more relaxed than in the RWC4 quarterfinals, but i think there is room for improvement, ill debrief the team on our tactics for the match which unfortunatley i can't reveal while live in television, hope you understand. [Gaíves]: Oh i do. [Tivarra]: Giovanniland will be a tough opponent, but we have the capacity to beat them, however they also have the capacity to beat us, so we'll need to act in a way that aids us get the win, i trust in my team and hopefully we'll improve on last year's performance. [Gaíves]: Alright, thanks for your time! [Gaíves]: Well that'll be all for now studio folk! We had questions and we got our answers. [Railo]: Alright thank you again Gaíves! We'll cya soon! [Gaíves]: Goodbye, have a nice day! The video call ends. [Tixica]: If we reach the final im going down there for sure. [Railo]: IF, okay... only IF. [Eiva]: Well that was a pretty successful round of interviewing id say. [Tixica]: Can't wait for the matchday, im nervous! [Railo]: Rightfully so. [Eiva]: If they say they got it i trust them, we'll be watching from home. [Railo]: Yes, we will but that will mark the end of today's transmission! [Tixica]: Can i do the sign off? [Railo]: Only this time. [Tixica]: Alright, everybody! Thanks for watching TVNC! You've just seen me, Railo and Eiva discuss very important sports stuff for like an hour or something, but i hope you enjoyed this, we'll be back soon for the match against Giovanniland, where i hopefully wont miss the first 15 minutes, since last time SOMEONE made me get some annoying drinks. [Eiva]: It was deserved. [Railo]: That went better than expected, well we'll see ya soon folks. The camera zooms out as the TVNC music plays, soon after the transmission ends.
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  21. < Previous: Beyond Lavender Island The Late Empire Period The administrative divisions of the Giovannian Empire (the regions of Lavender Island, and colonies elsewhere) with their start and end dates. 11th century: turmoil and initial independence movements Upon Tommaso II's death in 1038 AF, his daughter Valeria inherited the throne, marking the end of Pax Giovanniana because a few rebellions started. Unable to improve the situation, she abdicated in 1045 and the throne passed on to Nyima III, who managed to put the rebellions to an end after easing some restrictions. Nyima's decisions upset the more conservative members of the imperial court, which took their chance to strike after she died in 1055, and her son Paldeno decided to reverse the policies soon after taking the throne. This angered the Glendulan people, starting their ambition of becoming an independent nation once more. Meanwhile, some Minsunese aristocrats had sent their children to pursue education abroad decades before, spurring the formation of the Gaikoku Society during Teresa's reign, with the goal of writing anti-Giovannian propaganda. Paldeno's authoritarianism caused one of the society's members, called Fukito, to begin writing a book called the "Woes of the Masses" denouncing the Empire. This turmoil resulted in Paldeno's assassination in 1062, after which his sister Amanda I inherited the throne, although she abdicated due to poor health in 1065 and her younger sister Raffella became the next Empress. Raffella tried to restore the peace amid the imperial decline, however the quality of life for the Empire's inhabitants was declining. Meanwhile, the imperial government banned the "Woes of the Masses" and other similar works, leading to the arrest of their authors, and subsequent trials where they were found guilty of treason and hanged. These events fueled Minsunese nationalist sentiments, culminating in a large protest in the capital Giovannia, which Raffella ordered suppressed. By the end of his reign, it became clear that she was unsuccessful in her attempts to decrease the unrest. After Raffella's death in 1073, her son Vittor II inherited the throne but died under uncertain circumstances in September 1074, sparking a brief family dispute over succession. Independence movements capitalized on the confusion, leading to unrest until Matteo III secured the throne in March 1075. Fhaengshia's monarchy secretly returned from their centuries long exile, a mass movement of Glendulans to modern-day Blue Bubble led to the formation of the Glenpavian Group, Hisamatsu Jin gathered like-minded people to discuss independence for Minsu, and Khan Daichin II launched an Ardalan and Ulergean rebellion. The latter insurgency threatened the Lido Flavi and Terra Violeta colonies, nearly reaching Andoliavilla before imperial troops led by Generals Gigero and Hettor turned the tide and quelled the revolt in 1079. Besides overcoming the rebellion, the young Matteo III enacted policies that successfully reduced the economic downturn. However he only came to rule until 1084, when he was poisoned due to family intrigue and his brother Kassio took the throne. Kassio's stubborn actions raised the unrest to unforeseen levels, starting with the Colony of Fhaengshia rising in rebellion two years later with encouragement from their native monarchy. Imperial troops unsuccessfully tried to contain the rebellion, and it soon spread to the neighboring Colony of Doruna, since many Fhaengshians had also settled there during colonial rule. Furthermore, the Glendulan and Minsunese were also appalled by the fact many of them had died in combat during this and previous rebellions, adding another reason for their independence demands. Hisamatsu Jin met with the Glenpavian Group in 1089, and the following year saw both Blue Bubble and Minsu launch their rebellions, which the Giovannian army failed to contain. Kassio wanted to continue trying to defeat the independence movements, but by mid-1091 it became clear that the situation was no longer salvageable. A coup replaced Kassio with Pietro I, who recognized the independence of Blue Bubble, Fhaengshia and Minsu, and also signed the Tri-Lavender Treaty with the two other Lavender Island nations in 1094, accepting them as equals and agreeing to pay reparations. During the later years of Pietro's reign, border clashes with Minsu happened and led to the formation of the modern-day border. 12th century: consolidation of modern-day Giovanniland The next empress Lodena ruled from 1113 to 1132, and has a controversial legacy for enacting policies in favor of ethnic persecution, displacement and forced cultural assimilation in the remaining Andolian colonies, as she feared losing these lands for two main reasons. The first was that, although the indigenous population had decreased since the 8th centuries due to the wars of conquest and forced labor within the Empire, it was still a significant number that could also rise in new revolts like the previous Ardalan insurgency led by Khan Daichin II. The second is that the remaining areas included fertile farmlands and profitable mining operations important for the imperial economy, most notably in modern-day Giovandolia. The policies started by Lodena and continued for almost 200 years until their abandonment in the early 14th century were very harsh to the indigenous populations, becoming known as the Two Centuries of Terror. For example the Bereme, already outnumbered in their native lands, endured further cultural assimilation since traditional temples were replaced with Giovannese-built churches, and many ancient documents about religion and science were burned due to accusations of idolatry and witchcraft. The Emüne faced a similar situation in the south, their relative remoteness in comparison to the other groups not being enough to stop Giovannese settlers, while the Ardala and Ulerge were punished even more due to Khan Daichin II's revolt, their rich literary traditions heavily persecuted. New towns were built with Giovannese urban planning, including schools, churches and plazas to promote Giovannese cultural norms. They came to be where a majority of these groups were made to live, distant from their traditional cultures and religions as well as forbidden from speaking their native languages, although some instead escaped to remote regions. In the west, the Varanians were notable for the religious practices of the Mauvist Church. Given the importance of the meat tree species to them, a deforestation campaign happened in the imperial territories, as part of efforts to suppress their culture and clear more land for agriculture. However, the lands of modern-day southern Varanius weren't controlled by the Giovannian Empire, and the northern peoples also resisted, so the attempts in stamping out their culture and religion were eventually unsuccessful and Varanius later became independent. On the other hand, the greater presence of Giovannese settlers in modern-day Giovandolia and the success of cultural assimilation there paved the way for its transformation from colony to an integral part of Giovanniland later, outlasting the Empire. Lodena's younger brother Dorzio II ruled for four years after her death, notable for the reorganization of administrative division borders by introducing a system that is still used today—regions continued as first-level divisions although new ones were created, while urban and rural municipalities were formed as second-level divisions. His son Matteo IV then ruled from 1132 to 1169, famous for the Mattenian Renaissance during which the Empire regained cultural and economical strength, and had several decades without major internal conflicts. He also built upon the work of his two predecessors that had opened relations with Minsu and Blue Bubble, and worked towards the formation of friendly ties, which was achieved towards the end of his reign. The following reigns of Giovanni IV (1169-1187) and Amanda II (1187-1192) continued these core principles and also made the first steps for the eventual industrialization of Giovanniland. 13th century: later independence movements and transition to Kingdom Unfortunately, a new period of turmoil started when Amanda II was assassinated in 1192 due to family intrigue. Her younger brother Tassio ruled for four years but abdicated, and things went worse during the rule of Pietro II (1196-1202), who faced a major rebellion in northern Varanius that threatened to spill to the rest of the Colony of Lido Flavi. Pietro's strategies were unable to quell the revolt, and the situation was left to Emperor Tommaso III to solve, who recognized the independence of Varanius in 1204. Over the following years Tommaso also signed decolonization treaties for most of the imperial trading posts, handing them over to native control and stabilizing the Empire. Tommaso's son Abrelio II then inherited the throne in 1217, and given popular pressure as well as the need for national modernization, Abrelio relinquished part of his power to become a semi-constitutional monarch. Equal status was granted by him to Auran and Andolian Giovanniland, abolishing the colonies of Lido Flavi and Terra Violeta and replacing them with regular regions, administered in the same way as the Lavender Island ones. Last but not least, he also changed his own title from Emperor to King, reflecting the change in government structure and marking the transition between the Giovannian Empire and the modern Kingdom of Giovanniland in 1225.
  22. In the grand study of the Tarajevo palace, President Anton Tiber sat infront of a large, ornate desk, his fingers steepled as he listened intently. Across from him, in a plush leather chair, was Marshal Tijo Troz, the figurehead of Teralyon and commander of the Teralyon Armed Forces. The room was adorned with wooden bookshelves filled with ancient tomes and historical records, rich dark furnishings, and a large chandelier hanging from the ceiling, casting a warm glow over the two men. Their conversation had been serious and somber, focusing on national security matters that demanded their utmost attention. The tension in the room was palpable as they discussed strategies, potential threats, and the allocation of resources. Both men knew the gravity of their decisions and the impact they would have on their nation. As the clock on the mantel chimed, signaling the end of their meeting, Marshal Tijo Troz leaned back in his chair, a rare smile breaking through his stern demeanor. "Well, Anton, I think we've covered everything for today. Now, how about we talk about something a bit more cheerful?" Anton's eyes lit up with a grin. "Ah, I was hoping you'd say that, Marshal. Have you been keeping up with the Rugby World Cup?" Marshal Troz chuckled, the weight of their earlier conversation lifting slightly. "Of course! How could I not? Our boys have been unstoppable this year. The way they rolled Saint Mark and proved our team didn't just get a lucky grouping was a sight to behold." Tiber nodded "Indeed. The naysayers are finally eating their words. We've been hearing for years how our team was overrated, but this victory should shut them up for good. And now, we have our eyes set on Cambria." The Marshal's smile widened. "Ah, Cambria. Our overconfident dear neighbors to the north. They've been boasting about their chances all year. I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when we hand them their defeat. I'll need to send Sabine a bottle of the good Rakija." The two men laughed, their camaraderie evident as they reminisced about past games and discussed their hopes for the upcoming match. The conversation shifted from tactics and clandestine operations to the athletic prowess of their players, the skillful maneuvers on the field, and the roaring support of their fans. As the conversation flowed, the room filled with the sound of laughter and animated discussion, for a brief moment, their burdens were set aside, replaced by the shared joy of sport and the pride of a nation united behind its team. In that grand study, surrounded by the symbols of their country's history and power, Marshal Tijo Troz and President Anton Tiber found solace in the lighter side of life. Their shared passion for rugby brought a sense of normalcy and camaraderie, reminding them both of the importance of balance and the enduring spirit of Teralyon. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Teralyon keeps on rollin' past Saint Mark at Roller Field The Teralyon rugby team continued their impressive streak with a thrilling 25-20 victory over Saint Mark at Roller Field, securing their place in the quarterfinals of the fifth annual Rugby World Cup. Held in the bustling Overthinkers city of Hestmere, the match was a showcase of skill, determination, and sportsmanship. From the kickoff, both teams displayed fierce competition brilliance. Brass Bonanza Teralyon took an early lead with a series of well-executed plays, demonstrating their offensive strength. Saint Mark, however, responded with equal fervor, keeping the score tight throughout the game. In the final minutes, Teralyon clinched the victory with a decisive try, leaving the crowd in awe. Team captain Zivko Koci praised his teammates for their resilience and focus. "We knew this match was going to be tough, but we stayed united and pushed through. This win means a lot to us and our fans back home" Koci said. Don’t Stop Believin’ As Teralyon prepares for their next match against Cambria, they find themselves as underdogs in the eyes of many observers. Cambria, a team known for their robust play and tactical superiority, is favored by most analysts and fans. However, Teralyon's confidence remains unshaken. Coach Maldoc Wenavic addressed the skepticism with optimism. "We respect Cambria, but we believe in our abilities and our strategy. We’ve faced tough opponents before and emerged victorious. This match will be no different" Wenavic stated. Little Lies Despite their success, Teralyon has faced unfounded accusations from some quarters, alleging that they have been using slightly deflated balls to gain an advantage. These claims, however, lack any concrete evidence and have been dismissed by the tournament officials. "We play fair and by the rules!" Koci angerly asserted. "These rumors are baseless and only serve to distract from the real competition on the field. Our focus is on playing our best and continuing our journey in this tournament." Crowd Chant As the Rugby World Cup moves into its quarterfinal stages, all eyes will be on the Teralyon-Cambria clash. Teralyon's fans are hopeful and supportive, ready to cheer their team to another victory. The match promises to be a defining moment in the tournament, showcasing the spirit and talent of both teams. The quarterfinal match against Cambria will take place later this week, and Teralyon’s supporters are expected to turn out in full force, both in Overthinkers and back home. With their eyes set on the championship, Teralyon is ready to prove that their success is no fluke and that they belong among rugby's elite. Watch the game Live right Here with your Tarajevo+ for free with your account!
  23. 4:00 PM Over Time 8 July 1424 New Zoradia, Zoran “This is an outrage!” exclaims Sasa as she slams her fist down on the conference table in front of her fellow Brave Talon lawmakers, “Does this queen have no pride in her heritage? In her culture? No! She is just a puppet of those pinko commies in the Red Throne Party!” The lawmakers yell in agreement with Sasa, “Our plans for the cultural centers may have hit a roadblock with the queen’s threats but they have not been squashed! From the Polaris to Nur, the inferior xenos will know our superiority! They will learn that every word has its roots in Zoranian!* We will show them!” her fellow lawmakers start rhythmically banging on the table in support of Sasa’s fervor. But the fervor dies down when a knock comes from the conference room door. Everyone turns to watch as a young courier enters the room, “Which one of you is the leader of the,” the courier checks the letter, “Brave Talon Party?” Sasa walks up to the courier, “That would be me, who is this letter from?” “A tall scary man with a big walrus mustache!” says the courier, “...So you have no idea?” asks Sasa to which the courier nods, “I can’t answer any more of your questions, lady. I have to go!” the courier runs out of the room and down the hall, leaving Sasa and her lawmakers very confused. Sasa carefully opens the letter and begins to read its contents, her eyes light up in surprise. “What is it?” asks a lawmaker in the room, “Well, it appears we have some powerful benefactors of the party. Their only request is that we keep the country on its toes.” Sasa says in a delighted tone, “Do we know this supporter?” asks another lawmaker, “I will keep that to myself.” says Sasa before she returns to the front of the conference room. She couldn’t keep the smile on her face as she continued her denouncement of the current Zoranian government and discussing the policies they will push for in the coming days. The Dalimbari may be from an inferior haplogroup and culture but I won’t say no to any money they will throw our way. 8:00 AM Over Time 9 July 1424 New Zoradia, Zoran A small conference hall in the city Junaluska gavels the meeting with his fellow Junaluskanist lawmakers to the iyundai into session. “Good morning, everyone. Thank you for attending today’s meeting on short notice. First thing on the agenda is a debrief on the results of my meeting with Atsila Ani’-Wah’ yesterday. I proposed to her our idea of the Office of Workers Liberation and was met with rejection!” the room erupted in grumbles and jeering, cursing Atsila’s name, “Yes, I know. I am equally as frustrated as you. This serves as a reminder that this ‘queen’ is not a true ally of the revolution and why the institution of monarchy in Zoran must be destroyed!” “If this so-called ‘queen’ won’t support our proposal then we must fund the project ourselves!” yells someone from the crowd of lawmakers. Junaluska was about to support them but he turned pale as he recalled the queen’s threat from the day before. “Soon, but not now. The bourgeois queen will be watching us closely for some time so we must wait. But in the meantime, we must start spreading our message of permanent revolution beyond the borders of Zoran in more…peaceful ways. Does any one of you have any update on getting The Red Star newspaper off the ground?” said Junaluska, “The first issue should be released in three days, Juna. Our party members have it all written up, they are just getting the website set up.” said Lawmaker Amouskositte Cheasequah, “Perfect, make sure we spread as much awareness about it when it is published! This will be a first step in spreading our message and getting more supporters within and without the country!” a murmur of agreement spread amongst the lawmakers in the room as Junaluska speaks. But there is one objection in the room, “What even is our manifesto, Juna?” begins Amouskositte, “You talk a lot about spreading the revolution, the destruction of corporations, and the dismantlement of the capitalist system but these are very broad and basic. What is Junaluskanism? Is it just whatever you feel like at the time?” Junaluska smiles, “It’s good that you bring that up as I have finally completed the writing of the Junaluskanist Manifesto!” Junaluska pulls out a small red leather bound book from his inner coat pocket and holds it up in the air with one hand, “This book contains what our party is fighting for, the demands of the proletariat, the denouncement of the capitalist system, and the policies we are fighting for! I have brought copies for all of you to have for yourselves and have personally paid the expenses to have copies of our manifesto to be present in all our party offices in the country!” Cheers erupt from the crowd, with the exception of Amouskositte who sat in his seat with a frown. Junaluska notices this and smirks at him as he basks in the praise from his party members, confident in the future of the party and the revolution, even with Atsila’s threat looming over him.
  24. Ryxtylopia vs Sekiya - Match Highlights With Ryxtylopia in their main kit, both teams started to line up for their national anthems, with a nearly even distribution of Ryxtylopians and Sekiyans filling the stands. For this match, Tivarra had decided to return to using the main 15, instead of playing with the reserve players. Pablo Virriscayda would be comentating for TVNC, and he started soon after the national anthems as both teams positioned and began the coinflip. "Ladies and gentlemen! Ryxtylopia vs Sekiya, its time for the coinflip! We'll soon get to see who chooses to start this match... Annnnd... SEKIYA! and yes, they have decided to start by kicking off. RYXTYLOPIA VS SEKIYA now live from Overthinkers in T-V-N-C!" KICK OFF: With Sekiyans having won the coinflip, the game begun Sekiya inmediatley pushing forward from the midfield, as the Ryxtylopian line began to close on the attempted attack. "KICK OFF! Ladies and Gentlemen, Ryxtylopia vs Sekiya has started! In the round of 16 of RWC5, The knockout rounds commence here, if we loose we're out, Go Ryxtylopia!" 1 Minute in... (0-0) Inmediatley after kick off the Sekiyan attack starts pressuring the Ryxtylopian defense with their looshead prop and captain: Wáng Wěi leading the attack, following with a pass to their hooker: Lǐ Nà who got within 1/4 of the field from the Ryxtylopian side, then getting tackled by inside centre: Guilbirto Tivaña but with: Zhāng Huá being right behind Wěi, they regained possetion only for Rinaco Patochá and Marco Va'atí to close the distance, starting a ruck that favored the defenders, who went on the counter-attack. "...do remember to check our social media and comment who you think- And the ball is already on our side, Nà received a good pass from Wěi there, they are close! they could try getting, no! Tackle! But the ball is still in Sekiyan hands thanks to Huá they are getting closer but we got two on the defende Patochá and Va'atí- tackle! Ruck! Ruck! The Sekiyans are all out on the attack, annd... we've regained possetion after an early spook by the Sekiyans!" 3 Minutes in... (0-0) After the ruck, the ryxtylopian defense was able to clear the ball and build up the move forwards towards the Sekiyan side, with Ferrán Lisquerva in possetion by the time the Pirates reached the midfield, moving diagonally towards the left, then passing to the team's Nº8 Quista Farris who moved up, through the sekiyan defense being able to pass next to fly-half: Wú Mǐn; but before when she tried passing again, the ball collided with Sekiyan inside centre: Sūn Yàn, messing up the buildup the team had been constructing. "Lisquerva! Moving up through the midfield, Lisquerva to Farris! Farris with the chance to open the scoreboard early, and she's successfully shaken off Wú Mǐn! She has an ope- pass to- OH! The ball hits Yàn!! Ryxtylopia looses possetion and they are now back on defense." 13 Minutes in... (0-0) The match remained as a back an forth, with Sekiya frequently loosing possetion but Ryxtylopia being shaky and unable to do much with their chances as the Sekiyans frequently pushed back, this continued even up to the 13th, when a good chance for Ryxtylopia opened in the form of Guivina Divarra getting through Sekiya's shaky defense, and avoiding Zhōu Qiáng nearly getting tackled. After this Divarra attempted to get through a gap, to open the score, but Guō Líng was able to tackle her, and get the ball moving again for Sekiya. "Its now Divarra, she could look to pass to Huilchica, attention, Divarra, Divarra, and PAST QIÁNG! Its now Divarra on Sekiyas side! She is in she is through, and- TACKLE! Tackle by Líng! Divarra looses possetion the game remains 0-0!" 24 Minutes in... (3-0) The match continued, but the score stayed the same until the 24th, when a good series of passes between Marco Xilta and Divarra, culminated in the team being in a good position to deal the first blow to Sekiya, as the Sekiyan defense concentrated near the back allowing for more passes from Divarra to Huilchica and finally to the hooker: Andreís Guilbirto, who having the opportunity, drop the ball and kicked it, the ball going between the posts scoring the goal, as the Sekiyan defenders tried pushing back. "We are about to reach the 25 minute-mark! Its now Xilta, Xilta to Divarra, Divarra moves forward, back to Xilta! Xilta, Divarra now Divarra is in could try to get through the line, and to Huilchica! Huilchica moving forward, nobody seems to be covering them at the moment, nwo to Guilbirto, its going to be a hard try to score, he could try a goal, Guilbirto, Guilbirto, GUILBIRTOOOOOOOO, SCOREEEEEE!! Ryxtylopia scores the drop goal in the 24th!" 29 Minutes in... (3-0) A good attack by Sekiya would come in the 29th minute, as their 1st lock: Liú Yáng lead the charge forward, followed closeley by his temates ready for passes, Yáng passed to Huá who then gave it back again to the 2nd lock: Chén Fāng this lured out the ryxtylopian defenders allowing Fāng to make it through and incredibly close to scoring, however waiting at the end was the ryxtyloian fullback: Ernysto Rivas who had stayed back trying to wait to the last minute before moving, this worked as when Huá was alone in the front Rivas took the opportunity to tackle, followed closley by Avilita Mataña who got the ball away. "Its now Yáng! Yáng to lead for Sekiya, they're searching for the try, and they're making good progress, they passed Lisquerva, Yáng to Fāng, they might have trouble with the defen- Fāng to Huá, mistake by the defense! Sekiya can score! Its all up to Rivas, attention Huáaaaaaaaaaa- RIVAAAAAAAAAS!! Tackle! And its Mataña, she takes the ball away! Ryxtyloooopia, salvages the situation! Possetion back to the Pirates!" 36 Minutes in... (8-0) By the 36th as the first half of the game was about to end, following a ruck that handed possetion over to fly half: Rinaco Zicha, with the sekiyans overextended from their attack, Zicha hurried forward, then passing to Farris as the attack picked up, with Farris continuing up until being halfway in the sekiyan side, getting tackled by Sūn Yàn however, with the sekiyans still overextended, in a ruck following the tackle Mirta Palmiras took the ball, passing it then to Guilbirto, who turned on his heel around the sekiyan fullback: Lín Fēng, avoiding them and scoring the try. Palmiras took the conversion kick, but she kicked too hard as the ball curved around and went next to the post. "Possetion back to Ryxtylopia! Zicha with the ball, he has an opportunity to make it upwards, Zicha, Zicha, Zicha, Zicha, Zicha passes to Farris, now Farris he moves, tackle by Yàn! Wait, Palmiras takes possetion! Its Palmiras- Palmiras to Guilbirto, Guilbirto has a chance! he needs to get through Fēng! Come on... its GUILBIRTOOOOOOOOOOOO!! SCOREEEEEEEEEEEEE!! Ryxtylopia has scored! By the hand of Andreís Guilbirto!!" "Now Palmiras for the conversion, attention everybody, Palmiraaaaaaaaaaaaaas- MISS! Palmiras misses the conversion by a few meters! The score is now 8-0!" HALF TIME (8-0) After some rucks and tackles, halftime arrives, with both sides going to rest, and regroup, with Ryxtylopia having a slight advantage over Sekiya, still playing agressivley. "And half time! RYXTYLOPIA winning against Sekiya in the round of 16 in RWC5, live right now from TVNC! We'll be back shortly after an ad break, whilst the teams rest!" 47 Minutes in... (8-3) Sekiya's first score would be in the 47th, when following not one but two rucks near the midfield leading to Zicha taking possetion but loosing it right after to the Sekiyan push, after a tackle from Yáng Jié, allowing Fāng to make it with the ball into the ryxtylopian side of the field, then passing to Huá who got cornered off by Guilbirto Tivaña and Rinaco Patochá, with little choice, Huá dropped and kicked the ball to the goal, scoring and earning Sekiya a badly needed 3 points. "Zicha, Zicha looses possetion to Jié, its now Fāng with the ball, Fāng pushing into the Pirate's side, attention we're soon reaching 50 minutes in, Fāng, Fāng, Fāng, Fāng is cornered they might have to try a drop goal, attention, its Fāaaaaaang! SCORE!! Sekiya has scored! Incredibly executed drop goal by Chén Fāng, the game is now 8-3!" 56 Minutes in... (15-3) With the game trudging on, the Pirates would widen the score 56 minutes in thanks to the Sekiyan attack loosing possetion once again, which lead to blindside flanker: Armando Mataña carrying the ball through the left, passing to Huilchica who got past Sūn Yàn, as after the attack, the sekiyan defenders were overstretched, leading to Huilchica being able to pass to Darrias, right on the left, Darrias passing edgingly close to sekiyan player: Guō Líng, and scoring the try for the pirates. Following Darrias, Huilchica took the conversion, scoring it, and making the game 15-3. "Mataña! Mataña, Mataña passssss Huilchica! They've passed the midfield, Sekiya is overstretched, attention! Huilchica, Yàn... Huilchica is through! They can try to score again, its now for Darrias! Darrias is running, he needs to get past Líng! Attention! Darrias, Darrias, DARRRRRIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!! SCOOOOOOOOORE!!! Ryxtylopia scores!! Its 56 in, the Pirates have scored!" "Now Huilchica for the conversion, hopefully he does better than Palmiras... Huilchicaaaaaaaa! SCORE! The conversion was landed! Its now 15-3!!" 62 Minutes in... (15-8) The sekiyans would get back at the Pirates on the 62nd, after Guilbirto Tivaña deflected a ball forwads, leading to a scrum, from the scrum the sekiyans got possetion Lǐ Nà handling the ball perfectly and avoiding a tackle by Patochá, before turning back to pass to Wáng Wěi who was caught the ball when Avilita Mataña was off her position, leading to the sekiyans scoring the try. However in the conversion kick, Nà who was in charge of converting, kicked the ball straight into the post, making it bounce off, not scoring the conversion. "Scrum, Its now Nà! Nà has possetion for the sekiyan rocks! they have to score to keep their hopes of advancing alive, attention, Patochá- MISS! Patochá misses the tackle, Nà is still in, Nà to Wěi, Wěi has to score for Sekiya, attention Wěiiiiiiiii... SCORE! Sekiya has scored!" "Now Nà to convert, attention... Nà... Nà... Nàaaaaa- POST! IT HITS THE POST, ITS SHAKING, THE BALL FLIES OFF AFTER THE BOUNCE, SEKIYA FAILS THE CONVERSION! The game is now 15-8!" 69 Minutes in... (15-11) As the match progressed, Ryxtylopia started playing more defensivley but this allowed the Sekiyans to keep possetion, which was something they had struggled for until then, this lead to Sekiya scoring another, in the 69th when the tight defense forced Yáng Jié to look for a pass to the center, as a try would be unlikley, luckily this came when Liú Yáng got in position, receiving the pass from Jié and drop kicking the ball, scoring the drop goal and closing the difference to 4 points. "On the left its Jié! Jié is looking to make it through, seems unlikley, they are searching for a way, but Zicha and Va'atí are keeping the gates shut! Its going to be hard for Sekiya to score under theese conditions they could- ATTENTION JIÉ TO YÁNG, YÁNG SHOOTS AND- SCORE! Sekiya scores a drop goal! The game is now 15-11!" 73 Minutes in... (15-14) In the 73rd minute however Sekiya got really close to evening the match, during one of their attacks as Zhào Lì attempted to push forward near the right side, however he ran into Va'atí, who tried to stop Lì, who unexpectedly turned, as Va'atí attempted the tackle, with Va'atí holding on to Lì's arm, not letting it go and pulling Lì to the floor, with the fould committed Sekiya were handed a penalty. Zhāng Huá would be in charge of scoring the penalty to give Sekiya another chance at breaking even, and they do just that, leaving Sekiya one point off Ryxtylopia in the scoreboard. "Lì is in, the sekiyans have 7 minutes more in the match! Lì is making it through, now for Va'atí! Attention Lì... tack- no wait FOUL! FOUL by Va'atí! Lì's arm got pulled down! And... PENALTY! The referee has decided to hand Sekiya the penalty ladies and gentlemen!" "It will be Huá to score the penalty for Sekiya, they can get closer to breaking even if they score; attention... Huáaaaaaa SCORE! Huá scores the penalty, Sekiya is one point off from the tie!" 78 Minutes in... (18-14) However Sekiya's hopes would end on the 78th, after another failed attack, which lead to a ruck, with most of the sekian midfield and attack involved, however this didn't go to their favor, when Marco Xilta took possetion for the pirates, quickly running away into the sekiyan side, before passing the ball next to Sūn Yàn with Huichilca's arms, who then passed it to Divarra, who to avoid the sekiyan defense attempted a drop goal, scoring it, and bringing the score to 18-14. "Ruck, ruck, ruck, ruck... ITS XILTA, XILTA IS THROUGH! Attentionnnnn Xilta on the lines, Xilta... Yàn... Xiltaaaa- to Huilchica! Huilchica can make a difference here, Huilchica, ball to Divarra, Divarra, DIVARRAAAAAAA DROP- SCOREEEEEE!! Divarra has scored in the dying minutes, settling the scoreboard at 18-14!!" FULL TIME (18-14) The game reached full time, with Ryxtylopia comming out victorious, as Sekiya in the dying minutes failed to get a try, with this result Tivarra's team was on to the quarters to face Giovanniland. "And... ITS OVER! RYXTYLOPIA ADVANCE TO THE QUARTER FINALS! This is it ladies and gentlemen, after a hard fought match with both sides having their chances to attack, Ryxtylopia have proved the stronger side in this engagement!" "Now, we advance to the next round, where we'll face Giovanniland! In the quarter finals, a match that promises to be as entretaining and intense as this one, as we get to face one of our togher rivals yet in a elimination round." "But this will be the end for today's transmission, we thank the hosts: Overthinkers for allowing us to set it up, and for hosting this RWC in the first place, ive been Pablo Virriscayda, rugby comentator for TVNC, and i will hopefully see you ladies and gentlemen in RYXTYLOPIA VS GIOVANNILAND! Have a nice day." The transmission ends.
  25. In the heart of Saint Andreisburg, the capital of the Free State of Dalimbar, the streets were buzzing with anticipation. The city's central square, adorned with blue and white flags, had been transformed into a massive outdoor watch party for the Rugby World Cup match against their long-time rivals, Hertfordshire and Jammbo. Large screens were set up, and thousands of Dalimbari fans, dressed in their team's blue jerseys, had gathered to support the 'Boys in Blue.' The atmosphere was electric. Vendors sold traditional Dalimbari foods, and the air was filled with the scent of grilled meats and freshly baked bread. Families and friends sat together on picnic blankets and folding chairs, chatting excitedly and waving their flags. The air was filled with the sounds of cheers, vuvuzelas, and patriotic songs, creating a cacophony of support for their team. As the match began, the tension was palpable. Every tackle, pass, and kick was met with cheers or groans from the crowd. Dalimbar's defense was strong, but Hertfordshire and Jammbo proved to be formidable opponents. The score was tight throughout the game, with each team managing to score only a few points. In the final minutes of the match, the score was 6 to 6, and the tension in the square reached its peak. Dalimbar was awarded a penalty kick, and the fans held their breath as the kicker lined up the shot. When the ball sailed through the uprights, securing a 7 to 6 victory for Dalimbar, the crowd erupted into deafening cheers. People hugged each other, jumped up and down, and waved their flags with renewed vigor. Chants of "Dal-im-bar! Dal-im-bar!" echoed through the streets as fans celebrated their hard-fought victory over their rivals. Fireworks lit up the sky, and the party continued long into the night, with fans dancing and singing in the square. The sense of unity and pride among the Dalimbari was unmistakable, as they celebrated another step towards Rugby World Cup glory. The anticipation in Saint Andreisburg was already building for the next big match. After the thrilling victory against Hertfordshire and Jammbo, fans were gearing up to support Dalimbar in their upcoming Quarter-Finals clash against their long-standing rivals, Zoran. The rivalry between Dalimbar and Zoran was legendary, and the excitement for this match was palpable. Preparations were already underway for another massive watch party in the central square. Banners and flags bearing the Dalimbari colors were being hung up, and vendors were restocking their supplies to ensure the fans would have plenty of food and drink. The city was ready to come together once again to cheer on the 'Boys in Blue' in what promised to be an epic showdown.
  26. RWC5 - Day Eight (Round of 16) A B Mygrdiyah (49.04) 18 19 Overthinkers (54.45+3) Nouveauterra (48.25) 07 14 United Adaikes (55.96+3) Sekiya (48.74) 14 18 Ryxtylopia (51.18+3) Larxia (44.54) 00 06 Giovanniland (52.80+3) Saint Mark (46.97) 20 25 Teralyon (55.54+3) Ostronia (53.92) 06 20 Cambria (53.18+3) Hertfordshire and Jammbo (50.37) 06 07 Dalimbar (55.81+3) Fujai (54.46) 06 08 Zoran (53.76+3) Dalimbar - 56.13 United Adaikes - 55.82 Teralyon - 55.23 Overthinkers - 54.76 Cambria - 54.72 Zoran - 54.64 Giovanniland - 52.55 Ostronia - 52.37 Ryxtylopia - 52.09 Fujai - 50.28 Hertfordshire and Jammbo - 50.06 Mygrdiyah - 48.72 Nouveauterra - 48.39 Nalibia - 48.14 Sekiya - 47.83 Saint Mark - 47.28 Arifiyyah - 47.03 Kalmach - 46.41 Aftokratoria - 46.36 Zhiznovsk - 45.92 Min-Su - 45.84 Peourouin - 45.54 Fortuna - 45.49 Libterraria - 45.23 Ionia - 44.82 Larxia - 44.79 Rivalfiume - 44.67 Nieubasria - 43.50 Avadonialis - 43.38 Apexiala - 42.41 Cyrylic - 42.05 Varanius - 41.40 New Velka - 41.24 Dilber - 40.97 Einherfell - 39.81 Denieria - 39.61 Nations in Bold have ensured qualification to the Quarter-Finals.
  27. < Previous: The Unification of Lavender Island Beyond Lavender Island The southern Darkesian Sea in the year of 720 AF. Expansion during the Early Giovannian Empire After the unification of Lavender Island in 689 AF, there were three peaceful decades during which the empire made important progress in trade and military affairs. Expansion then happened once more due to economic interests, this time outside of the island. When the Ardala Khanate in northern Andolia fell into a succession war in 721, Giovanni II authorized an imperial fleet to sail off Porto Violeto and Abrentopole soon after. The fleet reached the New Year Islands in the first day of 724, where the important fortress of Forte Giovanni (modern-day Islamagna) was founded, and afterwards it landed in the Ardalan mainland. The city of Andoliavilla was the first major settlement founded by the Giovannians there, in the year of 724, and the coast was named Lido Flavi, in honor of Admiral Flavio that led this fleet. The imperial armies took advantage of the fighting between the khans Naran, Elbeg and Tsaghan, who fought for control of the Ardala Khanate. Naran Khan was the most powerful of them, at the time controlling the Ardalan capital of Altan-qota and also the fertile valleys of the Irto River. From the newly founded base of Andoliavilla, General Ottavio gradually came to conquer the Irto River valleys and surrounding lands over the next few years, allying with some local rulers unhappy with the Ardalan rule. Concurrently, General Gyalseno fought against the troops of Tsaghan Khan in eastern Ardala, capturing their chief settlement of Tenges and killing the khan in 729, and soon the two generals joined their forces near the city of Altan-qota. The siege of the city lasted for three years, until the imperial army entered the city in 734 and Ottavio invaded the royal palace to murder Naran Khan and his family, after which Altan-qota was destroyed. Two colonies were founded soon after—the Kolonia del Lido Flavi in most of the lands formerly controlled by Naran Khan, and the Kolonia de Doruna in the lands formerly controlled by Tsaghan Khan. The final expansion of Giovanni's reign saw General Raffello advance between 739 and 741 into the upper reaches of the Irto River that were controlled by Tamir Khan, Naran's younger brother, which were turned into the newly-established Kolonia della Kordelleria. During the last years of his rule, the emperor signed of the Treaty of Syntilla with Saint Mark in 744, starting a centuries-long collaboration between the two Auran powers that continues to this day. Giovanni's successor was his grandson Dorzio I, and during his reign (745-755) there was an attempt to conquer the last independent Ardalan lands, however it had mixed results and only managed to annex a few cities. Dorzio had more success with conquering lands in modern-day Fhaengshia, ordering a large military expedition to be raised in the Colony of Doruna and then march east. It entered the Kingdom of Ahfeginsi in the 751, soon winning battles in Nuelod and the capital Finsi to annex the entire realm in 752, and then proceeded to conquer the Kingdom of Shihganfe in 754 after the successful siege of the capital Ganfa. Unfortunately, the Giovannian armies' advance was stopped in Ruike when it failed to conquer the city in 755, held by the powerful Kingdom of Fhaengshia. Dorzio died later that year, leaving the throne to his younger brother Matteo II, who ordered the conquest to halt for the time being. He agreed to send reinforcements from Lavender Island a year and a half later, and once they arrived, General Numerio commanded a successful siege of Ruike. Meanwhile, Admiral Kesar won naval battles near the cities of Pirhaen and the capital Fhaendhaw by 760, leading King Soetihn of Fhaengshia to escape to the southern Gheffian region in advance. The imperial forces then pursued him over the two next years, and he eventually agreed to surrender in 762. The Kolonia de Fensia was then established, initially covering only the Fhaengshian lands east of the great Andolian mountain range. Matteo's later years saw further colonial expansion, for example fighting the last Ardalan resistance, led by Elbeg's third son Daichin Khan who commanded a fierce last stand against the Giovannian Empire. It culminated in the siege of the capital Ghal-ghazar that lasted for most of the year of 770, after which Daichin was killed and his lands were annexed to the Colony of Terra Violeta. The emperor also sought to expand the Colony of Doruna eastwards to better connect it with the new Colony of Fhaengshia, adding in 781 the mountainous lands of modern-day central Fhaengshia to it, and then working to consolidate control of the new colonies until his death in 792. His niece Emilia I, who ruled between 792 and 805, then sent expeditions towards islands in the central Darkesian Sea, and the Outer Sirenas archipelago, to increase the Empire's trading influence. Middle Giovannian Empire (Pax Giovanniana) A detailed map of the Giovannian Empire's conquests, including each emperor's reign as well as major happenings such as agreements, battles and the founding of new settlements that came to be notable. (See full quality version here to read the text) The reign of Emilia's son Giulio (805-824) started a period of peace and prosperity for the Giovannian Empire, featuring magnificent economic and trade growth, as well as development of the modern-day national identity. Giulio oversaw a cultural boom during his reign, during which many composers, writers and artists had their works financed by notable merchants. Farther expeditions also started to sail and establish trading posts in other continents, aside from Nur, which the empire would only reach a century later. Giulio's younger sister Anna II reigned from 824 to 853, and she oversaw the annexation of southern lands including the Kingdom of Emüne in 830 to expand the Terra Violeta southwards, as well as an expansion of the Fhaengshian colony into the southern forests. The two following rulers Lodago (ruled 853-879) and Augusto II (ruled 879-888) made preparation for further expeditions by enhancing the military and navy with technological advances, as well as upgrading infrastructure. This ushered in the reign of Augusto's son Abrelio I from 888 to 916. During the middle of his reign, the Varanian War happened, featuring notable naval battles in the cities of Kynfruma, Sutef and Zygotia. The northern tribes of Varanius were thereafter annexed to the Lido Flavi colony in 904, cementing the Giovannian Empire's influence in the Darkesian Sea, although defeats against the southern tribes and their geographical remoteness led Abrelio to table his plans for annexing the rest. His younger brother Vittor I ruled from 916 to 937, and his reign saw the start of a new age of exploration in the Viatic Ocean, starting famous trade routes with western Nuran civilizations. In modern-day Sekiya, Porto Nurano (Tianshi) was founded in an island off the Sekiyan coast in 920, and later in the decade, the trading posts of Divvalle (Qiuxia), Bopeno (Bopeng), Tommasopole (Touma), and Trilaquo (Sanbo) were added to the Empire. The coastal states of Fugo and Fuzhou also fell under Giovannian influence as puppets, but not directly controlled, a model that would also be widely repeated in other areas. Furthermore, Vittor's latter years saw a vast expansion of the Colony of Terra Violeta to the west. Vittor's successors reaped the benefits from the Giovannian fleets' voyages around Esferos, ushering in another century of economic, cultural and military prosperity. His daughter Emilia II (ruled 937-953) and son Giovanni III (ruled 953-965) channeled much of the wealth influx into development of the mainland, with cities such as Porto Violeto, Abrentopole, and Uryde thriving as major commercial hubs. Further overseas voyages took place during the rule of Giovanni's children Antonio (965-987) and Zodeno II (987-996), reaching the peak territorial extent and military strength of the Empire. Zodeno's son Tommaso II then ruled from 996 to 1038, celebrated for a long and peaceful reign that consolidated a new cultural era in the models of the earlier emperor Giulio I. However, his rule is also seen in an ambiguous light since economical and military advances fell behind during this time, causing problems later on. Overall during the Middle Giovannian Empire period, unparalleled economic growth happened due to strategic control over lucrative trade routes and abundant resources. The many voyages and expeditions facilitated trade with all continents and brought in diverse goods, while farming and resource extraction in the colonies provided an important backbone to the imperial economy. These riches fueled urban growth and development, with the construction of marketplaces, universities, palaces, Violetist temples, and other public works showcasing Giovannese affluence. Furthermore, the merchant class gained prestige and spearheaded commercial and financial innovations—for example, the grand expeditions during the time of Vittor I were supported by organizations of merchants and moneylenders, such as the Instituto Kommerki Lavandule (Trading Institute of Lavandula) established at Uryde in 923, evolving a century later into the Emeria Lavanda (Lavender Bank) as a pioneer in the history of modern banking. In turn, social aspects such as culture and religion were also strongly affected by the economic prosperity. The middle imperial period was a time of artistic and intellectual brilliance, featuring famous works such as the Epic of Giovanniland about the national history of several millennia, the majestic frescoes of the imperial Palatio Smaraldo, and the Giovannese style of classical music with world-renowned operas. Meanwhile, the national religion reached new lands and left a lasting legacy, with positive aspects such as the educational role of founding many academies and universities promoting literacy, philosophy, and the sciences; and the prominence of religious events like the Lavender Festival. Negative aspects were present however, since most religious heads did not object to the abuses carried out by colonial administrators against indigenous peoples, and instead benefitted from the spread of the religion. In regards to the ethnic groups during this period, the Giovannese enjoyed the most privilege in the empire. Besides the important economic and cultural roles mentioned above, the imperial government also encouraged them to settle in the colonies, especially areas such as fertile valleys and mining areas, where they came to control vast agriculture and extraction operations. Although several returned once the areas gained independence, their descendants still form ethnic minorities around the world today. The other peoples of Lavender Island, namely the Glenpavian and Minsunese, were also important for the Empire's development, with many of them adhering to Giovannese culture and reaching positions of power. However, movements of expression advocating for valorization of their native cultures surged by the end of the period, eventually developing into the independence of Blue Bubble and Minsu decades later. Meanwhile, the indigenous inhabitants of the colonies suffered greatly at the hands of the Empire. Many perished in the wars of conquest and resistance, while harsh working conditions and forced labor in mines, plantations, and construction projects claimed more lives under colonial rule. Giovannese settlers soon outnumbered natives in strategic regions like the Irto River Valley, leading to traditional ways of life being disrupted while a new society shaped by colonial culture emerged, and any rebellion opposing it was thwarted with force. Furthermore, the native languages and religions were banned and replaced with Giovannese ones in rebellious lands such as those of the former Ardalan Khanate, accelerating the process of cultural assimilation. The Giovannian Empire during its peak in the late 10th century AF (not showing overseas trading posts).
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