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  1. The Ryxtylopian Rugby Association Asoxicion di Rugby di Ryxtylopia The Ryxtylopian Rugby Association, commonly reffered to as the A-R-R is the sporting body which manages the ryxtylopian national team as well as partly-responsable for overseeing games within the ryxtylopian rugby league. The (Short) History of the ARR Under coach Andreís Tivarra the ARR made history for Ryxtylopia during its debut in RWC4, when the team travelled to Dalimbar to debut for the Rugby World Cup. Despite arriving with an inexperienced squad made from players which competed in the uncompetitive ryxtylopian rugby league, the team performed decently during the group stages, acheiving 3 wins and 3 losses, tying with Kalmach on points, but having a better PD, passing as third in the group to match Ostronia in the round of 16. In the round of 16, the ARR achieved the victory over Ostronia 29-10 to then be matched against the Zoranians; the champions of RWC2 and RWC3 for the quarterfinals. Despite being outmatched in tactics, the young players of the ARR achieved the victory in an incredibly intense game; winning 31-25, knocking out the defending champions and opening the way to the Semi-Finals where they faced United Adaikes, a team they had faced in the group stages. This time, there would be no magic from the ARR in the semi-finals, as they lost 3-5 in a very intense game that saw a lot of back and forth, but despite this, they were able to move on to the bronze medal match, their rival for said match would be the cambrians, another team with a lot of experience from previous editions of the tournament. But despite this fact, the players of the ARR won the match 27-24 taking home the bronze, and concluding a succesful debut in RWC4. The ARR in the 5th Rugby World Cup For this edition of the tournament, now having much more experience the ARR will be playing mostly with the same squad as they did in the previous RWC, as well as this Tivarra makes a return as coach of the team, and team spirits are high, as despite being young, and still lacking experience in some areas, the team players have shown they're good at rugby and can hold their own against tougher opponents. The goal for this edition of the tournament is to try to outperform the debut, which means reaching the final and potentially winning the tournament, this wont be an easy task, but it will be easier to accomplish compared to when the team was just making their debut in the tournament, considering Ryxtylopia currently sits 3rd in the rugby rankings, only behind United Adaikes and defending champions: Dalimbar. Team Roster and Information: Nicknames: Il Piraita - "The Pirate" This nickname originates from the initialism of the Ryxtlopian Rugby Association, since the A-R-R when said togheter sounds like an "Arr!" and the fans noticing the similarity between the initials of the ARR and the stereotypical pirate expression "Yarr!" adopted this as one of the nicknames of the team. (Yes, its a play on words) Los di Amairillio í Verdí - "The Yellow and Greens" A nickname making reference to the two main colors used by the ARR, Yellow and Green. Home Stadium: Istadio Cairrina, Pinilaca, Capacity: 22,150 Coach: Andreís Tivarra Captain: Riberto Huichilca Style Mod. +1.5 Players: PLAYER NUMBER AGE GENDER POSITION HOME CITY Pailo Darrias 1 26 M Loosehead Prop Tilipaca Andreís Guilbirto 2 24 M Hooker Parta'ana Mirta Palmiras 3 31 F Tighthead Prop Mynas Riberto Huichilca [C] 4 28 M Number 4 Lock Tipañas Guivina Divarra 5 23 F Number 5 Lock Progresso Armando Mataña 6 30 M Backside Flanker Ryxenia Marco Xilta 7 26 M Openside Flanker Tilipaca Quista Farris 8 27 F Number 8 Tripartí Ferrán Lisquerva 9 25 M Scrum Half Trinchanacó Rinaco Zicha 10 23 M Fly Half Parta'ana Marco Va'atí 11 29 M Left Wing Parta'ana Guilbirto Tivaña 12 24 M Inside Centre Kixacata Rinaco Patochá 13 22 M Outside Centre Mytapixas Avilita Mataña 14 21 F Right Wing Ryxenia Ernysto Rivas 15 33 M Fullback Ranchas BENCH PLAYER NUMBER AGE GENDER POSITION HOME CITY Adila Quistra 16 32 F Lock Tsiltañí Zincho Ampardia 17 29 M Half Vardis Ernysto Fydó 18 23 M Hooker Va'anatí Santigo Guivaldi 19 21 M Centre Saltavachá Crystivas Ticahca 20 22 F Lock Tumbas Angilina Nivas 21 25 F Wing Carraizal Riberto Ca'aña 22 27 M Flanker Ryxenia Rinaco Dipartí 23 24 M Prop Tsalapaní RESERVES PLAYER NUMBER AGE GENDER POSITION HOME CITY Andreís Disvilaxía 24 22 M Centre Ryxenia Davina Fliores 25 35 F Centre Vynitiná Guilbirto Farris 26 28 M Lock Vynitiná Jilvian Ampardí 27 25 M Flanker Myvas Ani Palmiras 28 25 F Fullback Mytapixas Pailo Mataña 29 26 M Wing Vachás Xavio Hui'itá 30 30 M Loosehead Prop Bai'ia Canvratí Cheviz Quistra 31 31 M Scrum-Half Il Puntí Julio Disquerravía 32 22 F Scrum-Half Tipañas Quistra Pivala 33 24 F Flanker Maiiztá Xacho Hirvati 34 25 M Half Tacarachá Kits: PRIMARY KIT SECONDARY KIT Other information: Rugby in Ryxtylopia is an interesting topic to talk about, its a fast growing sport which gained a lot of attention after Ryxtylopia's participation in RWC4, and the poor living conditions in ryxtylopia have created an enviroment rich in creativity, as people who want to get into sports may need to think of ways of playing it when their conditions dont allow them to play conventionally, this unconventional way of playing has generated a lot of talent in ryxtylopian sports, mainly physical talent. It is easy to become a young prospect in Ryxtylopia, however unlocking someone's true potential is where Ryxtylopia struggles in comparison to other nations, as the ryxtylopian rugby league is dominated by two teams: Chacas and Trichanacó, which have consitantly been winning titles since the 1390's. This means that players playing outside of theese two clubs are limited in their opportunities, and usually dont break out into the international scene, whilst the two big teams try to give finantial incentives to their players to keep playing for them leading to few players leaving the ryxtylopian league. The national team has a lot of players with good physical abilities and skills, sometimes even better than those in developed countries, however something the national team has lacked at times (apart from experience, which was mostly solved in RWC4) is tactical understanding of the sport, and coherent teamwork. This hasn't stopped the team from acheiving success and is currently being worked on, but is still worth giving a look. Something else worth taking a look at are ryxtylopian fans themselves, which in sports like football (soccer), rugby and baseball have earned some pretty notorious reputations for being loud, provocative, and bad loosers, if we go to extremes even ocationally violent. This is due to the culture around sports in Ryxtylopia, it isn't seen as entretainment, the competitiveness between fans from different teams is usually high, a phenomenon which originated in football and baseball but that spread to rugby; its not uncommon to see fans from different teams swear, insult and fight eachother on a regular basis, the culture of loud chants, banners, smoke and pyro, loud musical instruments playing, and the fans jumping in unison has been engrained in most sports in Ryxtylopia. This carries over to when Ryxtylopia has played at the international level, and Ryxtylopian fans have stood out both in the good moments, during key victories, they have stood out in the neutral moments, all chanting when the team isn't performing well, and in the bad moments, during losses keeping toogheter. But they have also stood out in other ways, like oftenly picking fights before the games, insulting rival teams with chants during the games, and in a recently notorious case: setting fire to their own stadium after being knocked out of the 3rd Football World Cup. They also most of the time remain as collective, and like (or more so need) to be separated from rival fans to avoid any trouble. All that being said, the ARR feels that its ready to take on RWC5 as they prepare to head down to Overthinkers to dispute the tournament, and the fans will follow them wherever they go. The Istadio Cairrina in Pinilaca, home of the Ryxtylopian National Team.
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  2. Peourouin National Rugby Team (Peourouin Sports Authority) 北陆兰国家橄榄球队 běilùlán guójiā gǎnlǎnqiúduì (北陆兰联合体育局 běilùlán liánhé tǐyùjú) Team Statistics Style mod: +3.5 Stadium: Mingguang, Taoyun District, Tower Athletics Stadium Manager: Jiǎng (蒋) Kaimang Sponsors: Air Wang, Lao Kun Express, Laimin Automotive Group Team Roster Starters (Any field player subs out to reserves.) Position No. # Name Gender Age Loosehead Prop (C) 1 Hàn (汉) Tsegol M 18 Hooker 2 Lóng (龙) Blake M 19 Tighthead Prop 3 Xí (习) Hesong M 25 Lock 1 4 Tán (谭) Prescilla F 24 Lock 2 5 Shū (殳) Tiemung F 22 Backside Flanker 6 Chén (陈) Vivian F 18 Openside Flanker 7 Lǐ (李) Deng M 18 Number 8 8 Wǔ (武) Mubian F 19 Scrumhalf 9 Sūn (孙) Tie M 27 Fly-half 10 Liú (刘) Yao M 21 Left Wing 11 Zhào (赵) Wu'er F 21 Inside Centre 12 Wú (吴) Jun F 30 Outside Centre 13 Sū (苏) Lin F 27 Right Wing 14 Bai (白) Fashi F 23 Full-back 15 Zhang (张) Bao F 18 Tag-On (Bench) (Any bench player fills field vacancies.) Position No. # Name Gender Age 16 Huáng (黄) Feng M 17 17 Xiè (谢) Bingde F 23 18 Lín (林) Ru M 18 19 Sòng (宋) Shangri M 19 20 Hán (韩) Sanggu M 27 21 Jí (吉) Suna F 29 22 Mǎ (马) Erguna F 20 Reserves (Any reserve player fills bench vacancies.) Position No. # Name Gender Age 23 Wǔ (伍) Shang F 30 24 Dǒng (董) Yun F 29 25 Qiáng (强) Zhilan M 18 26 Shàng (尚) Wu F 17 27 Táng (唐) Gu M 17 28 Zhōu (周) Qiang F 17 29 Yuán (元) Borun M 19 30 Bāo (包) Jiahu F 21 31 Zhào (赵) Nanxing M 24 32 Qǔ (曲) Cong M 21 33 Suí (隋) Kang M 25 Team Kit "Home" Away Read More A Trip Over the Viatic The Peourouin Sports Authority is proud to announce that Peourouin will be attending the Rugby World Cup V. For the second year in a row, Peourouin has joined the realm of international competition and has been showing off its feats of work. The team and the rest of the Authority is elated to be traveling to Overthinkers and thank Overthinkers for hosting the 5th Rugby World Cup. Legacy or Rookie? Only having premiered in the Rugby World Cup IV, the Peourouin rugby team has shown that they are not afraid to show off their skills in practice, or on the field. Despite the team only making it to the Round of 16 last Cup, their world premiere brought quite the fanfare from home, especially from the rural communities where rugby is more popular.
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  3. <MSC-MINSU IMPERIAL RUGBY UNION TEAM-FILE#-001> MINSU IMPERIAL RUGBY UNION TEAM | ミンス帝国ラグビー協会チーム The Minsu imperial rugby union team, also known as the Mizuno Samurais, the Samurais, or simply Mizuno, is the Minsunese representation in the international rugby union. It is made up of the finest players in Minsu managed by the Minsu Sports Commission through the Minsu Rugby Football Union. RUGBY WORLD CUP | ラグビーワールドカップ The country's rugby team first appeared in the 2nd series of the Rugby World Cup in Dilber in the year 1420. Minsu similarly participated in the 1422 3rd series held in Zoran. Due to unforeseen changes within the Sports Commission, Minsu did not participate in the 1423 4th series which was held in Dalimbar. Following the new roster of officials in the commission, Minsu participated in the 1424 5th series of the Rugby World Cup held in Overthinkers. TEAM INFO | チーム情報 Mizuno Samurais Style Mod -1.0 Home Stadium Kongo Stadium Manager Hiroshi Tanaka Coach Kenji Yamamoto ROSTER | 名簿 NAME NUMBER POSITION Owashima Sato 1 Loosehead Prop Yusuke Suzuki 2 Hooker Kazuki Watanabe 3 Tighthead Prop Ryohei Nakamura 4 Number 4 Lock Shota Kobayashi 5 Number 5 Lock Daiki Ito 6 Backside Flanker Kohei Sasaki 7 Openside Flanker Masato Kato 8 Number 8 Tatsuya Inoue 9 Scrum-half Yuji Hashimoto 10 Fly-half Kazuya Yamazaki 11 Left Wing Hiroaki Shimizu 12 Inside Center Nobuaki Matsumoto 13 Outside Center Takumi Fujita 14 Right Wing Kenta Aoki 15 Full Back KIT | キット RP PERMISSION/S | RP 権限 If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: NO Choose my kicker: YES RP injuries: YES Godmod scoring events: YES Godmod injuries: NO Godmod other events: YES <MSC-MINSU IMPERIAL RUGBY UNION TEAM-FILE#-001>
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  4. We are honored to welcome the world to the Republic of Overthinkers for the Rugby World Cup V. Our doors are open for all to partake in our rich culture and visual marvels, both natural and man-made. It is our goal that all of you not only enjoy the event, but enjoy the journey itself. What is Overthinkers, anyway? Overthinkers is situated on the eastern coast of Andolia, the historic gateway of commerce between Auran powers and the central and south regions of the continent. In between its advanced, modern cities are wide swaths of mighty forests and charming homesteads. It is the largest economy in Andolia. Its two most significant cities are Aurum, the center of government and culture, and Cangham, the center of commerce and industry. The lands of Overthinkers are the ancestral home to five people groups: the Antali, the Brunnes, the Ethaertin, the Kargan, and the Koard. After centuries of struggling for power and subjugation, the modern Republic was formed out of a vision for a unified, egalitarian system. The symbol on our flag comes from native tradition and signifies a multitude acting as one. How will I get there? Travelers for the World Cup are advised to book flights to Cangham International Airport. Not only does KNG have the widest selection of regular commercial flights, but you will be right in the center of the action. You will also have easy access to the other match sites and attractions by catching a train across the street at Nuron Central Station. The RugbyPass™ is available at all National Transit Authority stations, providing unlimited fare on our public transit system for the duration of the event at a deeply discounted price. Automotive travelers are particularly advised to use caution on the Barrett-Maxwell International Highway due to the anticipated increase in tractor traffic from Hertfordshire and Jammbo. Where will the games be played? RWC5 matches will be played at eight different locations across the country. Premier Site (A) - Cangham Cangham is the largest city in Overthinkers. Its skyscrapers and industrial parks are balanced with a very reasonable amount of greenspace and public facilities. Cangham will host Group A matches as well as knockout matches all the way through to the finals. Grand Merchen Stadium, Cangham Grand Merchen Stadium is the best of the best in outdoor sporting arenas. Named in honor of the late Geoff Merchen, the most prolific patron of sport in Overthinkers history, the stadium opened for business in 1421. Since then, it has been the site of the Tryhards Rugby League (TRY RL) Championship, as well as other turf sports. It has a seating capacity of 89,000, the largest in the country. Merchen will be the site of the semifinal and final matches. Len Condor Stadium, Cangham Len Condor Stadium is the home field of the Cangham Condors TRY RL team. It has a seating capacity of 47,000, and is second only to Merchen in terms of luxury options for spectators. This stadium will host Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches. Site B - Hestmere Hestmere sits on the edge between the bright and postmodern Cangham area and the simpler, quieter Kargan lands. It’s also the undisputed capital of rugby in Overthinkers. Group C matches will be held here and in the Cargan Valley, as well as knockout matches. Roller Field, Hestmere Roller Field is the home of the highly popular Hestmere Thunder professional team and renowned as Overthinkers’ loudest stadium. It is the largest and highest-value stadium in Overthinkers to be fully community-funded (i.e., without major corporate sponsorship). A fully outdoor stadium, it has a capacity of 63,000. Roller will host knockout matches all the way through the semifinal and the third place match. Valley Dome Arena, Cargan Nestled in agrarian Cargan Valley, the Dome has hosted some of the most intense, brutal battles in the history of Overthinking sport. And there were some pretty good matches on the pitch, too. Expect full contact from all 48,000 spectators. Site C - Aurum Aurum is the political capital of Overthinkers and boasts some of its most iconic architecture. The historic Port District is now a sprawling hub of retail activity, and the Administrative District also exists. Occida, located just to the west, features some of the most upscale neighborhoods in the country. This region will host Group B matches. Glace Field, Occida A short ride from Aurum, Glace Field is another high-end stadium, reflective of the sustained prosperity of Occida. It serves as a key cultural and entertainment venue as much as for sport. It has a capacity of 46,500. Garner Swoop Stadium, “The Eyrie”, Aurum Garner Swoop Stadium is part of the National University at Aurum campus and adjacent to the historic Administration District. One of the smaller facilities in this packet at 38,000 capacity, its proximity to the heart of modern Overthinking culture nonetheless makes it a must-see venue Site D - Anders Anders is the “last stop on the right” for travelers by land or sea. Originally a hub for regional farmers, the expansion of commercial rail developed it into a significant commercial crossroads where inland and southern trade meet en route to the port of Exvia. Group D matches will be played in this region, as well as some knockout matches. Liegen Star Stadium, Anders This stadium with 53,000 capacity is located a stone’s throw from the Barrett-Maxwell International Highway (“the Barry”), the gateway between Overthinkers and southern Andolia. Liegen is the home field of the Anders Comets TRY RL club. Liegen will host Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches. Welker Stadium, Anders Local legend has it that cheese magnate Joseph Welker had this stadium built on his land so that he didn’t have to travel to see a rugby match. Regardless, the Welker estate has kept the facility in top shape, and it’s a popular site for regional tournaments. Welker has a capacity of 41,000. I have a free day. What else should I see? If your team has a rest day, or you’re a Doll Guldur team eliminated in group play, there are a number of attractions that make for great day trips during your stay. If you’re interested in architecture and modern geopolitics, check out Aurum’s Administrative District. Many fine historical government buildings that line Gore Avenue date back to the 1200s and the rise of the Mercantile Era. Most have been turned into museums and are no longer in government use because it’s easier to get funding for a brand new building than a new air conditioner. If you have a revolutionary streak and enjoy three-hour train rides, leave your wallet at home and visit the iconic walled commune of Brunnes, the Unbreakable City. From when a small faction split from the Ethaertin nation to the height of the Koard hegemony, Brunnes has always been resolutely different. If you’re more leisurely minded, consider the high class culture of Main Street Occida, or hop a boat and sail along the Inner Sirenas off the coast. Experience the cutting edge of technology firsthand by visiting some of Cangham’s industrial innovators. Endoras Industries, GarreTech, and Large Box Inc. are just a few businesses offering group facility tours for inquiring minds. The RWC happens to coincide with the annual Wine and Cheese Festival in Ligon. The most prestigious vineyards and dairy operations in eastern Andolia fill the Arbor Forum for four days to peddle their wares and compete for culinary recognition. Suggested itineraries for all these trips and more can be found free online at visit.ot/RWC5.
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  5. In the year 1394, Candelù was the nation which held the continental festival. The city hosting it is New Maserut. The city was built to show unity between Zannese and Granzian people, two Guldurian ethnicities, and for this it was seen as a perfect place for traditions from all over the continent to meet. A stage was offered to all nations of the continent, and it could be customized in any way prefeared by the nation's organizer. Even though this was already an historic moment for the continent, something else was being planned. After years of wars, unstability, and general problems throughout all of Doll Guldur, leaders from 4 nations started reaching out to eachother, these being Candelù, Zhiznovsk, Nouveauterra and Emmeria. They were planning the creation of the GECA (Guldur Economic Cooperation Agreement), which would be a union open to all nations of Doll Guldur, with various objectives, indicated in the proposed Statement of intent. "The intent of the Guldur Economic Cooperation Agreement, hereafter referred to as GECA, is: To foster economic growth among signatory members through increased trade To spur growth in internal economic activity of member states To increase regional economic security from large disruptions to the global economic system To promote regional economic and political security To aid in the development of signatory member economies through economic incentives and programs To provide avenues for cross-member projects and programs"
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  6. Hertfordshire and Jammbo Rugby 101 The Nowhere-Land - Names For The Tsardom Language Native Script Common Script Anglian 𐑣𐑸𐑑𐑓𐑫𐑛𐑕𐑻𐑯𐑛𐑧𐑨𐑥𐑚𐑴 𐑮𐑨𐑜𐑚𐑰 𐑡𐑫𐑯𐑡𐑺𐑯 Hartferdsierndeambeu Ragbi Junjen Jammbonian Кятфедсуз и Жамбею Рагби Суйуз Kartfedsuw y Zhambeyu Ragbi Suyuz Hertmerian ᚪᚾᛞᛟᛒ ᚱᛁᚷᛒᛇ ᛋᚹᛉᛞᚻᚪᚱᛏᚠᚩᚱᛞᚫᛗᛒᚩ Andeb Rigbi Swydhertfordaambo The Star Breaker - Nickname: The Youkai Language Native Script Common Script Anglian 𐑛𐑧𐑡𐑧𐑳𐑒𐑲 Dejeukai Jammbonian Де Привидени De Privideni Hertmerian ᛁᛞᚱᚪᛁᛏᛇᚪᛞᛖᛁ Idraitsiadei The Things You See If You Have Functioning Eyes - Badge + Flag + Kit Hair Gel And Paint As Standard - The Roster The Tactics... And Things That Aren't Tactics - Style Modifier And RP Things Style: +1.7 Choose my try scorers: No Choose my kicker: No RP injuries: Ask me Godmod scoring events: Ask me Godmod injuries: Ask me Godmod other events: Ask me The Ill-Fitting - A Random Fact The Anglian language, used by the Hertfordians - who are the result of ethnic mixing between the original Anglians and the Hertmerians who originally inhabited the land of ice and snow before the former arrived during a period between 90BF and 51BF - is generally used in the Shavian script. Despite that, logos tend to employ the Common script. This may be due to the Anglian language being more than slightly similar to Common itself which is believed to have originated in Saint Mark. It is unknown whether the Anglians or current day Hertfordians have any links to the Markans in either language or any other measure.
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  7. Saint Markan Royal Rugby Team (Lions) Style -1.00 Number Name Position 1 Baxtor Goldwash Loose-head Prop 2 Welhelo Saylor Hooker 3 Bruno Goldwash Tight-head Prop 4 Donovan Elkhart Lock/2nd Row 5 John Evermore Lock/2nd Row 6 Marcarius Hightower Blind-side Flanker 7 Gregor Napoli Open-side Flanker 8 Paul Reston Number 8 9 Michael Hawk Scrum Half 10 Nelson Saint Mark Fly Half 11 Celerio Blitzen Left Wing 12 Rudolph Centerman Inside Center 13 Colin Rahl Outside Center 14 Christopher Dancer Right Wing 15 Blaze Emberfell Fullback 16 Lionel Backstory Reserve Hooker 17 Grayson Tanker Reserve Loose-head Prop 18 Mitchell Oxbow Reserve Tight-head Prop 19 Howard August Reserve Lock 20 Mark Rushmore Reserve Outside Center 21 Simon Speaker Reserve Scrum Half 22 Arthur Brideman Reserve Inside Center 23 Thomas Harbough Reserve Outside Center Coach - Sir Evan Rahl RP permissions: If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Y Choose my kicker: Y RP injuries: N Godmod scoring events: Y Godmod injuries: N Godmod other events: Y
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  8. Sekiyan National Rugby Association Yōngguó gǎnlǎnqiú xiéhuì (Sekiyan) Nickname: Sekiyan Rocks Style mod: +5 Home Stadium: Yáogǔn tǐyùchǎng, Sports District, Changjing Manager: Lǚ Nà Main Sponsors: Logisekiya, SekAir Main Team: Name Number Position Wáng Wěi 1 Loosehead Prop (C) Lǐ Nà 2 Hooker Zhāng Huá 3 Tighthead Prop Liú Yáng 4 Lock 1 Chén Fāng 5 Lock 2 Yáng Jié 6 Backside Flanker Zhào Lì 7 Openside Flanker Huáng Lě 8 Number 8 Zhōu Qiáng 9 Scrumhalf Wú Mǐn 10 Fly-half Xú Fēng 11 Left Wing Sūn Yàn 12 Inside Centre Mǎ Jùn 13 Outside Centre Guō Líng 14 Right Wing Lín Fēng 15 Full-back Reserve Players: Name Number Position Hé Jié 16 Loosehead Prop Gāo Xiáng 17 Hooker Luó Lín 18 Tighthead Prop Zhèng Tāo 19 Lock Liáng Tíng 20 Lock Xiè Qiáng 21 Flanker Sòng Mǐn 22 Flanker Dèng Fēi 23 Number 8 Hán Fāng 24 Scrum-half Cáo Jié 25 Fly-half Cuī Lín 26 Left Wing Péng Tāo 27 Centre Pān Tíng 28 Centre Yuán Lěi 29 Right Wing Wèi Lì 30 Full-back Jiǎng Wěi 31 Full-back Kit Unreleased
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  9. Results of the 1st Match Day of the Group Stage of RWC 5 Group A Cambria 13–6 Avadonialis Hertfordshire and Jammbo 0–18 Larxia Rivalfiume 0–5 Varanius Group A Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Larxia 1 1 0 0 18 0 +18 0 4 2 Cambria 1 1 0 0 13 6 +7 0 4 3 Varanius 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 0 4 4 Rivalfiume 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 1 1 5 Avadonialis 1 0 0 1 6 13 −7 1 1 6 Hertfordshire and Jammbo 1 0 0 1 0 18 −18 0 0 Group B Teralyon 20–10 Zhiznovsk Nieubasria 16–8 New Velka (NPC) Fujai 22–13 Sekiya Group B Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Teralyon 1 1 0 0 20 10 +10 1 5 2 Fujai 1 1 0 0 22 13 +9 1 5 3 Nieubasria 1 1 0 0 16 8 +8 0 4 4 New Velka (NPC) 1 0 0 1 8 16 −8 0 0 5 Sekiya 1 0 0 1 13 22 −9 0 0 6 Zhiznovsk 1 0 0 1 10 20 −10 0 0 Group C Zoran 6–22 Nouveauterra Saint Mark 10–0 Einherfell (NPC) Peourouin 17–7 Arifiyyah Group C Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Nouveauterra 1 1 0 0 22 6 +16 1 5 2 Peourouin 1 1 0 0 17 7 +10 0 4 3 Saint Mark 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 0 4 4 Arifiyyah 1 0 0 1 7 17 −10 0 0 5 Einherfell (NPC) 1 0 0 1 0 10 −10 0 0 6 Zoran 1 0 0 1 6 22 −16 0 0 Group D Giovanniland 3–10 Nalibia Min-Su 0–21 Mygrdiyah Ostronia 19–7 Denieria (NPC) Group D Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Mygrdiyah 1 1 0 0 21 0 +21 1 5 2 Ostronia 1 1 0 0 19 7 +12 0 4 3 Nalibia 1 1 0 0 10 3 +7 0 4 4 Giovanniland 1 0 0 1 3 10 −7 1 1 5 Denieria (NPC) 1 0 0 1 7 19 −12 0 0 6 Min-Su 1 0 0 1 0 21 −21 0 0
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  10. ARIFIYYAH RUGBY FEDERATION (ARyF) FEDERASI RAGBI ARIFIYYAH Players & Lineup Manager: Razin Jidin STYLE MODIFIER:+2.5 Team Jersey Information Arifiyyah Rugby Federation (ARyF) established on 28 February 1400 under the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. The establishment of this federation as the starting point of rugby in Arifiyyah. ARyF is responsible for the management of the national team, domestic tournaments, and grassroots development. The Arifiyyah national team with the nickname "Mighty Orangutan" is a team formed by a combinationi of professional players who play in local leagues and abroad. The first Rugby World Cup tournament participated in was in the year 1423. Now, the national team is back with a new look and new spirit, aiming for the semi-finals. Arif Muhammad and Arif Ahmad are the main stars. This identical twins is just 21 years old,but both performed really well on the National Rugby Cup. Plays for Kampong United,they already won three titles since their first debut four years ago. "Of course,we have many decent and good players in our squad,but it undeniable that these two talents will be our main men,they should play in the foreign league in the future",said coach. The Arif's Bros in traning
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  11. Giovannilandian National Rugby Team Esquadra Nationale Giovanniterrana de Ovalsfera Style mod: +2 Stadium: Stadio Purpuro, Giovannia Manager: Vittor Massimiliani Coach: Gyalsena Vatinio-Messalla Previous Appearances: Rugby Union 3rd Place - 1st Rugby World Cup Round of 16 - 4th Rugby World Cup Group Stage - 2nd and 3rd Rugby World Cups Rugby Sevens 3rd Place - 1st and 2nd Summer Esferiads Main Players: Name Gender Age Number Position Home City Kornelio Lodagi Male 26 1 Loosehead Prop Andoliavilla Samanta Alba-Nyima Female 23 2 Hooker Abrentopole Tenzina Lyogalla Female 24 3 Tighthead Prop Nova Annavilla Demetro Gianluka Male 27 4 Lock 1 Vinikiano Stella Emilio-Dolkari Female 29 5 Lock 2 Uryde Hettor Martiano Gaio Male 24 6 Backside Flanker Porto Violeto Gyalba Angelo-Visellio Female 23 7 Openside Flanker Quorivo Giovanna Antonia Female 30 8 Number 8 Salvoregno Pietro Numeriani Male 23 9 Scrum-half Annavilla Tarquino Albavetta Male 20 10 Fly-half Karlopole Marko Telliano Ulpio (C) Male 25 11 Left Wing Porto Violeto Nyima Tiberio-Pessino Female 27 12 Inside Centre Bayabella Valeria Albone-Gallio Female 23 13 Outside Centre Urbevittori Severo Pompilio-Ortano Male 21 14 Right Wing Giovannia Lukio Tenzino Vittori Male 26 15 Full-back Porto Violeto Backup Players: Name Gender Age Number Position Home City Livio Kommodo Male 25 16 Loosehead Prop Islamagna Kelzano Kastellavandi Male 21 17 Hooker Uryde Terentia Antone-Gilvo Female 28 18 Tighthead Prop Nenofre Deodora Montana Female 24 19 Lock 1 Kampobello Tommaso Kandido Silva Male 22 20 Lock 2 Flaviopole Andago Emilio-Amore Male 20 21 Backside Flanker Giovannia Tiberio Gyuseri Male 19 22 Openside Flanker Giovannia Desnia Novello-Luntogio Female 28 23 Number 8 Gioseppole Kassia de Luna Female 26 24 Scrum-half Abrentopole Paldeno Ottaviani Male 25 25 Scrum-half Dazano Valentina Anario-Karpo Female 26 26 Fly-half Giovannia Mariana Empano Female 22 27 Left Wing Portovini Zerina Altanese Female 29 28 Inside Centre Islamagna Zodeno Lorentio-Hiberni Male 27 29 Outside Centre Andoliavilla Aulo Pelkarmio Male 21 30 Right Wing Quorivo Benditta Kastrigio Female 24 31 Full-back Kyene Gioseppa Sabino-Takori Female 22 32 Full-back Andoliavilla Jerseys: If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Yes Choose my kicker: Yes RP injuries: No Godmod scoring events: No Godmod injuries: No Godmod other events: No
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  12. Rugby Larxia (The Falcons) Style: +3.2 Number Name Age Position 1 Jaxon Underwood 28 Loose-head Prop 2 Milo Granger 26 Hooker 3 Leo Whitfield 29 Tight-head Prop 4 Ethan Stonefield 30 Lock/2nd Row 5 Oliver Ashford 31 Lock/2nd Row 6 Felix Winterbourne 27 Blind-side Flanker 7 Jasper Hawke 25 Open-side Flanker 8 Lucas Thatcher 28 Number 8 9 Miguel Oliveira 24 Scrum Half 10 Henrique Castro 27 Fly Half 11 Eli Thorne 25 Left Wing 12 Aarón Sánchez 26 Inside Center 13 Nathanial Bishop 28 Outside Center 14 Gabriel Lockhart 29 Right Wing 15 Aiden Redwood 30 Fullback 16 Joaquín Vargas 26 Reserve Hooker 17 Rowan Fleetwood 27 Reserve Loose-head Prop 18 Dylan Fairchild 28 Reserve Tight-head Prop 19 Isaac Wainwright 29 Reserve Lock 20 Liam Ravenscroft 26 Reserve Outside Center 21 Mason Fletcher 25 Reserve Scrum Half 22 Caleb Moreland 27 Reserve Inside Center 23 Thiago Pereira 28 Reserve Outside Center Rugby Larxia shall reveal the kits to be worn by the Larxian national team in the coming 24 hours If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Yes Choose my kicker: Yes RP injuries: Yes, but pls discuss first Godmod scoring events: Yes Godmod injuries: No Godmod other events: Yes
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  13. The National Rugby Team of the Commonwealth of Nouveauterra under supervision of La Commission Nouveauterre de Rugby Professionionale Summary Home Stadium: Stade Rugby Travily Manager: Edoaurd Chantilly Coach: Hanno Verres Captain: Silvain Flandin Kit (Jacket) Main Squad Role Name Age Hometown Full or Part Number Prop Theo Buezeville 22 Vouissezville Full Time 1 Hooker Emeric Voutezac 26 Gué Part Time 2 Prop Sebastian De Wacht 24 Porta Fabianus Full Time 3 Lock Jules Tonguey 19 Crête de Gérôme Full Time 4 Lock Joep Bloem 29 Porta Fabianus Part Time 5 Flanker Remko Slotmans 20 Carrefour Part Time 6 Flanker Niccus Bellus 22 Agentum Part Time 7 Mr 8 (C) Silvain Flandin 21 Pointe-d'Espoir Part Time 8 Halfback Pius Horatius 22 Agentum Part Time 9 Halfback Tedus Pisca 29 Agentum Part Time 10 Flyhalf Quintin Koenderink 28 Porta Marius Part Time 11 Center Raulf Zouteland 24 Porta Marius Part Time 12 Center Guillaume Amonines 22 Ruisseau Rouge Full Time 13 Flyhalf Lodewijk Berkenbos 24 Pointe-d'Espoir Full Time 14 Fullback Eugen Larchemont 24 Gué Part Time 15 Reserves Role Name Age Hometown Full or Part Number Prop Nout Groenewoud 25 Monetarius Full Time 16 Prop Yves Bru 27 Gué Part Time 17 Hooker Ronald Freux 28 Azury Part Time 18 Hooker Citro Vuteuax 24 Gué Part Time 19 Hooker Lulo Thierry 27 Ruisseau Rouge Part Time 20 Lock Moïse Sant-Gius 25 Crête de Gérôme Part Time 21 Mr 8 Val Merovigne 26 Floriville Part Time 22 Mr 8 Tels Bato 28 Crâne Brisé Full Time 23 Halfback André Barrault 25 Carrefour Full Time 24 Center Bruno Gribmont 26 Puma Full Time 25 Center Jacques Mouilly 23 Puma Full Time 26 Center Claude Poissy 32 Pointe-d'Espoir Part Time 27 Technical Info Style Modifier: -2.4 RP permissions: If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Y Choose my kicker: Y RP injuries: Y Godmod scoring events: Y Godmod injuries: Y Godmod other events: Y
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  14. Team Introduction The host team of Rugby World Cup 5 returns most players from its debut team a year prior. Coach Anton Edwards, aka “Coach Ed”, remains at the helm, looking to outperform the Kites’ historic run. New this year, Theresa Argent has been named team captain. Notably, lead kicker Jason Stella has withdrawn from the team. Micheal Anul is expected to be the primary kicker this tournament. Roster # Player Hometown # Player Hometown 1 Cory Villa Bellman 13 Quinn Calum Exvia 2 David Nauta Brunnes 14 Leona Knight Hestmere 3 Hank Moor Cangham 15 Robert Caseus Cangham 4 Jena Cantor Brunnes 16 Andrew Hall Cangham 5 Bonnie Marculus Worth 17 Ty Rex Aurum 6 Carson West Gladius 18 Vic Cannon Exvia 7 Alan Cord Wells 19 A.J. Jackson Zoewey 8 Theresa Argent C Hestmere 20 Joseph Knight Hestmere 9 Bryan Harding Aurum 21 Gertrude Leagues Shaun 10 Don Virga Cangham 22 Greg Warner Bellman 11 Lee Julius Exvia 23 Tara Aciell Cangham 12 Micheal Anul Ligon Kit The Overthinkers team will field a new jersey design as they play to defend their home turf this year. Style Mod: +2.9 RP Permissions Choose my try scorers: Y Choose my kicker: Y RP Injuries: Y Godmod scoring events: Ask first Godmod injuries: Ask first Godmod other events: Ask first
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  15. Please do not post in this thread if you are not a participant. Also, no OOC posts, please. Welcome to Rugby World Cup V! This is an international rugby union tournament. If you are a participant, you can start posting about your nation's rugby team (logo, players, kits, and any other related information). You can also post about your team's preparations for this event! Another important thing to include in your roster post is the "role play permissions". If you want to role play while making sure that the other RPer(s) won't do inevitable things you don't want to happen to your team, you can post these below outlining what the other RPers can or cannot do, for example: RP permissions: If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Y/N Choose my kicker: Y/N RP injuries: Y/N Godmod scoring events: Y/N Godmod injuries: Y/N Godmod other events: Y/N The last three permissions, godmodding, is the role playing unrealistic or unbelievable things happening. So if you want a more realistic experience for your team (and what we hopefully want in the games for the duration of the tournament), you can ask other RPers not to godmod in your matches. You can also add, leave, or remove any role permissions you want. It's your team, so we will let you dictate the way your team plays (as long as it is realistic). Also, you can include what we call a "style modifier". This is a number between -5 and +5, which indicates if you are a defensive (leaning to negative numbers) or an offensive (leaning to positive numbers) team. If you don't put one, you'll automatically get a neutral modifier (0.00), and that is just fine. There will be 3 attributes that will determine the skill of a team for the scorinator (xkoranate): base skill, RP post bonuses, roster bonus. 30% of the base skill and 70% of the total of the RP post bonuses and roster bonus will be the basis for the skill attribute of a team in the scorinator. The base skill will be from the latest Rugby Rankings being managed by the Free State of Dalimbar. NPCs will have their base skill halved in the scorinator during the whole duration of the tournament. As this is a sports RP event, all RPs made by a participant will be given a bonus. However, we believe in "Quality over quantity". It does not mean that a participant with the most number of RP posts in the tournament will have the highest RP bonus. It should be known that multiple posts of a participant before a specific matchday will only be credited to that incoming matchday alone except for posts about the team roster, as it is also a different RP bonus attribute. For RP posts, the highest score that a participant can receive in a specific matchday is 1 point, with the lowest score being 0.1, based on the quality of the current best RP for that matchday, as determined by the OOC host. On succeeding matchdays, the RP bonus received from the previous matchdays will be accumulated to the total RP post bonus. The roster bonus is about your team (as mentioned above, the logo, players, kits, and any other related information). Participants posting only the starting XV of their team will only receive 0.5 points. Posting 31 or more players will receive 1 point. Anything between 15-30 will have 0.70 points. Roster bonus will be doubled if a participant submits a comprehensive team information (with team logo and kit(s) at the minimum receiving at least a 1.2x multiplier for the roster bonus). With this, may I request that the post regarding your roster shall be posted first and your RP for the first matchday shall be separate. If you have any questions, you can always ask me in Discord. You can DM me or drop your question in #rwc5 of the RP server. You can also ask me in the OOC thread. Note: Reserving posts are only for the IC host (Overthinkers) and OOC host (United Adaikes).
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  16. 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.
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  17. Results of Match Day 7 of the Group Stage of RWC 5 Group A Varanius 12–14 Hertfordshire and Jammbo Larxia 6–13 Cambria Avadonialis 15–39 Overthinkers Group A Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Overthinkers 6 5 0 1 134 67 +67 4 24 2 Cambria 6 5 0 1 104 42 +62 2 22 3 Larxia 6 3 0 3 61 64 −3 1 13^ 4 Hertfordshire and Jammbo 6 3 0 3 56 70 −14 1 13^ 5 Avadonialis 6 2 0 4 81 89 −8 4 12 6 Rivalfiume 6 2 0 4 43 74 −31 2 10 7 Varanius 6 1 0 5 37 110 −73 2 6 ^tie broken by virtue of (a) Head-to-head record: Larxia 1-0 Hertfordshire and Jammbo Group B Sekiya 17–6 Nieubasria New Velka (NPC) 0–7 Teralyon Zhiznovsk 7–22 United Adaikes Group B Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Teralyon 6 6 0 0 89 34 +55 2 26 2 United Adaikes 6 5 0 1 98 34 +64 4 24 3 Fujai 6 4 0 2 81 41 +40 4 20 4 Sekiya 6 3 0 3 97 112 −15 2 14 5 Zhiznovsk 6 2 0 4 82 110 −28 1 9 6 Nieubasria 6 1 0 5 52 99 −47 2 6 7 New Velka (NPC) 6 0 0 6 34 103 −69 1 1 Group C Arifiyyah 19–10 Saint Mark Einherfell (NPC) 7–31 Zoran Nouveauterra 10–7 Ryxtylopia Group C Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Ryxtylopia 6 5 0 1 87 65 +22 2 22 2 Zoran 6 4 0 2 105 65 +40 3 19 3 Nouveauterra 6 3 1 2 53 42 +11 2 16 4 Saint Mark 6 3 0 3 67 63 +4 2 14^ 5 Peourouin 6 3 0 3 90 81 +9 2 14^ 6 Arifiyyah 6 2 1 3 69 66 +3 2 12 7 Einherfell (NPC) 6 0 0 6 32 121 −89 1 1 ^tie broken by virtue of (a) Head-to-head record: Saint Mark 1-0 Peourouin Group D Denieria (NPC) 0–15 Min-Su Mygrdiyah 13–25 Giovanniland Nalibia 0–0 Dalimbar Group D Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Dalimbar 6 4 1 1 109 76 +33 3 21 2 Giovanniland 6 4 0 2 78 70 +8 3 19 3 Ostronia 6 4 0 2 106 55 +51 2 18 4 Mygrdiyah 6 4 0 2 98 56 +42 1 17 5 Nalibia 6 3 1 2 44 71 −27 0 14 6 Min-Su 6 1 0 5 38 77 −39 3 7 7 Denieria (NPC) 6 0 0 6 39 107 −68 2 2 Bracketing for the Knockouts Round of RWC 5 Round of 16 Overthinkers v Myrgdiyah Grand Merchen Stadium, Cangham United Adaikes v Nouveauterra Valley Dome Arena, Cargan Ryxtylopia v Sekiya Glace Field, Occida Giovanniland v Larxia Welker Stadium, Anders Teralyon v Saint Mark Roller Field, Hestmere Cambria v Ostronia Len Condor Stadium, Cangham Dalimbar v Hertfordshire and Jammbo Liegen Star Stadium, Anders Zoran v Fujai Garner Swoop Stadium, Aurum
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  18. Results of Match Day 6 of the Group Stage of RWC 5 Group A Overthinkers 11–3 Larxia Cambria 36–7 Varanius Hertfordshire and Jammbo 16–0 Rivalfiume Group A Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Overthinkers 5 4 0 1 95 52 +43 3 19 q 2 Cambria 5 4 0 1 91 36 +55 2 18 q 3 Larxia 5 3 0 2 55 51 +4 0 12^ 4 Avadonialis 5 2 0 3 66 50 +16 4 12^ 5 Rivalfiume 6 2 0 4 43 74 −31 2 10 e 6 Hertfordshire and Jammbo 5 2 0 3 42 58 −16 1 9 7 Varanius 5 1 0 4 25 96 −71 1 5 e ^tie broken by virtue of (a) Head-to-head record: Larxia 1-0 Avadonialis Group B United Adaikes 11–0 New Velka (NPC) Teralyon 34–10 Sekiya Nieubasria 14–29 Fujai Group B Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Teralyon 5 5 0 0 82 34 +48 2 22 q 2 Fujai 6 4 0 2 81 41 +40 4 20 q 3 United Adaikes 5 4 0 1 76 27 +49 3 19 q 4 Sekiya 5 2 0 3 80 106 −26 2 10 5 Zhiznovsk 5 2 0 3 75 88 −13 1 9 6 Nieubasria 5 1 0 4 46 82 −36 2 6 7 New Velka (NPC) 5 0 0 5 34 96 −62 0 0 e Group C Ryxtylopia 21–17 Einherfell (NPC) Zoran 12–7 Arifiyyah Saint Mark 20–11 Peourouin Group C Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Ryxtylopia 5 5 0 0 80 55 +25 1 21 Q 2 Zoran 5 3 0 2 74 58 +16 2 14^ 3 Saint Mark 5 3 0 2 57 44 +13 2 14^ 4 Peourouin 6 3 0 3 90 81 +9 2 14^ 5 Nouveauterra 5 2 1 2 43 35 +8 2 12 6 Arifiyyah 5 1 1 3 50 56 −6 2 8 e 7 Einherfell (NPC) 5 0 0 5 25 90 −65 1 1 e ^tie broken by virtue of (a) Head-to-head record: Zoran 1-0 Saint Mark; Zoran 1-0 Peourouin; Saint Mark 1-0 Peourouin Zoran 2-0; Saint Mark 1-1; Peourouin 0-2 Group D Dalimbar 21–12 Mygrdiyah Giovanniland 17–10 Denieria (NPC) Min-Su 3–14 Ostronia Group D Pld W D L PF PA PD BP Pts 1 Dalimbar 5 4 0 1 109 76 +33 3 19 q 2 Ostronia 6 4 0 2 106 55 +51 2 18 q 3 Mygrdiyah 5 4 0 1 85 31 +54 1 17 4 Giovanniland 5 3 0 2 53 57 −4 2 14 5 Nalibia 5 3 0 2 44 71 −27 0 12 6 Min-Su 5 0 0 5 23 77 −54 3 3 e 7 Denieria (NPC) 5 0 0 5 39 92 −53 2 2 e e eliminated from contention in the Knockouts round q qualified to the Knockouts round Q secured group standing in the Knockouts round
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  19. THE PRODIGY PAGE 13 The Shockwave Gaither Williams comments on the EV boom and changing times Gaither Williams knows a thing or two about technology. While tinkering after hours at Rikard Electric in Cangham, Williams discovered a method that made traditional batteries better withstand harsher conditions and constant use. He believed in his product enough that in 1387, with considerable loans from particular benefactors, he left Rikard to start his own company: the unassumingly named Large Box, Inc. “I don’t remember the exact origins of the name,” he told one interviewer in 1413. “It was an inside joke between myself and my sisters, and I didn’t want to spend weeks agonizing over the perfect branding. So I introduced myself to investors as Large Box, and the product sold itself.” Over the following 37 years, Williams became one of the faces of technology in Overthinkers. As the world started to follow Andolia in adopting clean energy, his innovations formed the foundation of the new grid. Many of us remember his 30-second PSAs promoting the industry. He was a great spokesman, because he believed in what he was doing. In 1398, Large Box bought out Rikard Electric. The plant is still in operation, churning out appliances large and small for household use. “That was where I felt like I had made it,” Williams told me. We were seated in a private conference room at the Werther Hotel. Rather than a suit, the CEO had opted for an Ethaertin wool sweater to keep off the April chill. “It had all come full circle.” But Williams’ backstory is nothing new, certainly not with the publication of his memoir, The Will and the Way, last year. When we spoke, the now-infamous electric vehicle bill was not yet out of committee, but it was a certainty that it would hamper the industry’s rapid growth. Yet when I popped the question, Williams seemed unconcerned. “Five years, ten years, it’s still happening,” he said. “Personal vehicle ownership is at an all-time high in Overthinkers. The people want to get to exactly where they need to go, exactly when they want to. Now that they can own a low-maintenance, low-impact car, taking public transport will become comparatively a hassle.” As usual, Williams was one of the first in the Oertin to invest in electric vehicles. Large Box partnered with a Larxian manufacturer, providing the necessary electronics for the Journey line, one of the most affordable EVs available at the time. While produced in Larxia, Journeys were the first of their kind to be imported to Overthinkers wholesale. Williams and others have also personally invested in domestic startups creating EVs. “Everyone tells me, ‘Overthinkers have a particular way of doing things; you’re not gonna change that anytime soon,’ “ he said. “I always respond with something like, ‘I don’t need to.’ I know how to protect my investments. I can play the long game.” The long game indeed. Williams is well aware that the change he wants to see has wider repercussions, the very same that the legislature is seeking to mitigate in their own way. But Williams has put his money where his mouth is. Through the Gaither WIlliams Foundation, he has donated millions of monetary units to start technical programs in Cangham, Hestmere, and Anders. His own technicians have designed a curriculum for students to learn the necessary skills to either manufacture or, more importantly, service EVs. “We’re opening up a whole new world of skilled jobs here. Not everyone is NUA smart, you know. Some of us are Hestmere Technical College smart, and you need those kind of people too.” I opted not to mention WIlliams’ postgraduate degree from NUA at the time. “At the end of the day, it’s about freedom,” he summarized. “The freedom to move around on your own terms feels like a basic human right. But we as a society have convinced ourselves that it’s a bad thing. I think consumers today have wised up. No regulation is going to keep it at bay forever—there’s a shockwave coming, and you can already see things shaking.” ⬛
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  20. Halfway-Group Politics The players of the ARR were heading to the stadium for the game against Peourouin, most calmly chatting or reading stuff, Tivarra as usual on his lists, but amongst the many conversations one stood out more than the others, between two of the players that were going to play: Guilbirto Tivaña and Rinaco Patochá. [Tivaña]: So, yesterday i was reading the news and i saw that progress on Chacas new stadium is nearly complete, it should be finished in about 4 to 5 months, i haven't gone there but ive seen in images the exterior is mainly done, they're just doing all the interior stuff now. [Patochá]: That'll be something for Trichananco fans to be jealous of. [Tivaña]: Probably but something did catch my eye. [Patochá]: What was it? [Tivaña]: I can't recall the headline but it was along the line of "Politicians propose funding more rugby stadiums to improve the sport's quality" [Patochá]: Was it? [Tivaña]: Yeah, and i dont know how i feel about it. I mean it would be amaizing to see newer stadiums after all! [Patochá]: Dont know if that necessarily increases the quality of the sport... Also it sounds expensive... [Tivaña]: With the government pushing all sorts of ludicrous infrastructure proyects forward, everybody is trying to get their own agendas funded. [Patochá]: Wasn't that what caused the unrest during the football tournament? [Tivaña]: Well but there weren't any new stadiums for that tournament, they just renovated the older ones, which still proved expensive, and that caused people to be unhappy. During this Zincho Ampardia overhears their conversation from the back seat and joins in. [Ampardia]: What did you say about stadiums? [Tivaña]: Oh, we're talking about if the government builds new stadiums for rugby, since they think it will improve the quality of the sport back home. [Ampardia]: That's BS, we all know that wont increase the quality. [Tivaña]: Will it tho? [Ampardia]: No it wont, it might increase the comfort for spectators, but the sport itself will remain the same, Chacas and Trinchananco have the highest budgets and fanbases, unless that somehow changed we wouldn't get higher quality sport, it depends on the competitiveness, and those two teams have a sort of monopoly over our rugby. [Tivaña]: But the stadiums could be used for stuff other than rugby too. [Patochá]: I mean if that was the case, why not use the money on, like a school? [Tivaña]: Fair point. [Ampardia]: Look, if they go and build more stadiums its going to be a scandal, its okay when they are built and funded by the private sector, when it comes to the government building it, its a whole other story. [Patochá]: The plan seems already pretty advanced tho, we'll have to see what they propose and if they can even agree on something. [Tivaña]: I would be excited. [Ampardia]: Look, i would too, better stadiums are great, especially since half our professional rugby teams still play on pitches, not stadiums, but im sure a lot MORE people wouldn't appreciate it, just look at the football tournament, that happened when the government RENOVATED older stadiums, building new ones is more expensive. [Patochá]: Told you Tivaña. [Tivaña]: Maybe you two are right, guess ill have to wait and see what the reaction from the public and abroad is, oh look we've arrived. The three got up and out of the bus to prepare for the game.
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  21. James May: Hello. Since we're alone viewers I'd like to reassure you, I'm okay. I'm currently going through Overthinkers to Cangham in my hovervan. It's the largest settlement here I think? Before I and the others left, I compiled a list of all the tournament nations in the 3 main languages of Hertfordshire-Jammbo. This is for no reason other than, well, I found it fascinating. I hope some of you and the world do too. Enjoy. May's Hertfordshire-Jammbo Language Nation Guide Nation - Common 𐑯𐑧𐑦𐑕 - 𐑱𐑙𐑤𐑰𐑨𐑯/𐑱𐑙𐑤𐑰 Neis - Anglian/Angli Натсийе - Жаммбониан/Жамбевски Natsiye - Jammbonian/Zhambevski ᚳᛟᚾᛟᛞ - ᚻᚪᚱᛏᛗᚸᚱᛇᚾ/ᚻᛠᛏᛗᚸᚱᛖᛁ Cened - Hertmerian/Hertmerei Arifiyyah 𐑺𐑮𐑦𐑓𐑰𐑢𐑨 Erifiya Ерифийа Erifiya ‍‍ᛟᚱᛁᚠᛇᛉᚪ Erifiya Avadonialis 𐑨𐑝𐑧𐑛𐑴𐑯𐑰𐑸𐑤𐑦𐑕 Avedanialis Аведаналис Avedanalis ᚪᚦᛖᛞᚫᚾᛇᚫᛚᛁᛋ Avedanialis Cambria 𐑒𐑨𐑥𐑚𐑮𐑰 Kambrie Камбреи Kambrei ᛣᚪᛗᛒᚱᛇ Kambrie Dalimbar 𐑛𐑨𐑤𐑦𐑥𐑚𐑸 Dalimba Далимба Dalimba ᛞᚪᛚᛁᛗᛒᚪ Dalimba Denieria 𐑛𐑺𐑯𐑰𐑺𐑮𐑰 Denierie Дениерийе Denieriye ᛞᛟᛏᛇᛟᚱᛇ Denierie Einherfell 𐑨𐑦𐑯𐑣𐑧𐑓𐑧𐑤 Ainhefel Анкефел Ankefel ᚪᛁᚾᚻᛖᚠᛖᛚ Ainhefel Fujai 𐑓𐑵𐑢𐑲 Fuyai Фужаи Fuzjai ᚠᚢᛞᛖᚪᛁ Fudeai Giovanniland 𐑛𐑧𐑦𐑵𐑝𐑨𐑯𐑰𐑤𐑨𐑯𐑛 Deiuvaniland Жевяниланд Jevaniland ᛞᛁᛖᚢᚦᚫᚾᛇᛚᚪᚾᛞ Dieuvaniland Hertfordshire and Jammbo 𐑣𐑸𐑑𐑓𐑫𐑛𐑕𐑻𐑯𐑛𐑧𐑨𐑥𐑚𐑴 Hartferdsierndeambeu Кятфедсуз и Жамбею Kartfedsuw y Zhambeyu ᛋᚹᛉᛞᚻᚪᚱᛏᚠᚩᚱᛞᚫᛗᛒᚩ Swydhertfordaambo Larxia 𐑤𐑨𐑒𐑕𐑰 Laksie Лаксийе Laksiye ᛚᛖᛁᚳᛇ Leicie Min-Su 𐑥𐑦𐑯𐑕𐑵 Minsu Минсу Minsu ᛋᚢᛗᛁᚾᚪᚢ Suminau Mygrdiyah 𐑥𐑱𐑜𐑻𐑛𐑰𐑢𐑨 Maigerdiya Мигъдийа Migerdiya ᛗᚪᛁᚷᛞᛇᛉᚪ Maigdiya Nalibia 𐑯𐑺𐑤𐑦𐑚𐑰 Nelibie Нелибийе Nelibiye ᚾᛟᛚᛁᛒᛇ Nelibie New Velka 𐑡𐑧𐑝𐑧𐑤𐑒𐑧 Jevelke Неуве Велка Neuve Velka ᚦᛖᛚᛣᚪᚢᚹᛉᛞ Velkauwyd Nieubasria 𐑯𐑰𐑡𐑵𐑚𐑧𐑦𐑕𐑮𐑰 Nijubeisrie Наибеисрийе Naibeisriye ᚾᛇᛄᚢᛒᛖᛁᛋᚱᛇ Nijubeisrie Nouveauterra 𐑯𐑵𐑝𐑧𐑳𐑑𐑺𐑮𐑧 Nuveutere Нувеутере Nuveutere ᚾᚢᚦᛖᚢᛏᛟᚱᛖ Nuveutere Ostronia 𐑨𐑕𐑑𐑮𐑧𐑳𐑯𐑰 Astreunie Астреунийе Astreuniye ᚪᛋᛏᚱᛖᚢᚾᛇ Astreunie Overthinkers 𐑧𐑳𐑝𐑧𐑶𐑯𐑒𐑧𐑕 Euveoinkes Врукмислести Vrukmislesti ᚳᛟᛞᛁᛚᚹᛇ Cedilwie Peourouin /𐑧𐑳𐑮𐑴𐑦𐑯 Yeureuin Пеуруен Peuruen ᛈᛖᚢᚱᛖᚢᛁᚾ Peureuin Rivalfiume 𐑮𐑦𐑤/𐑫𐑥 Rilyum Рифюм Rifyum ᚱᛁᚦᛢᛗ Rivyum Ryxtylopia 𐑮𐑦𐑒𐑕𐑑𐑦𐑤𐑧𐑳𐑐𐑰 Rikstileupie Рикстилеупийе Rikstileupiye ᚱᛁᚥᛏᛁᛚᛖᚢᛈᛇ Rikstileupie Saint Mark 𐑕𐑧𐑦𐑯𐑥𐑨𐑒 Seinmak Вети Мака Veti Maka ᛗᚫᛣᛋᚫᚾᛏ Maksant Sekiya 𐑕𐑺𐑒𐑰/𐑧 Sekiye Секийе Sekiye ᛋᛟᛣᛇᛉᛖ Sekiye Teralyon 𐑑𐑧𐑮𐑨𐑤/𐑨𐑯 Teralyan Тералиен Teralien ᛏᛖᚱᚪᛚᛉᚫᚾ Teralyan United Adaikes 𐑡𐑵𐑯𐑨𐑦𐑑𐑸𐑛𐑲𐑰𐑒𐑦𐑕 Junaitadaiikis Абединени Адаикес Abedineni Adaikis ᚪᛞᚪᛁᛣᛁᛋᚢᚾᛟᛞᛁᚷ Adaikisunedig Varanius 𐑝𐑧𐑮𐑨𐑯𐑰𐑳𐑕 Veranius Верани Verani ᚦᛖᚱᚫᚾᛇᚢᛋ Veranius Zhiznovsk 𐑧𐑦𐑟𐑯𐑨𐑝𐑕 Eiznavs Еизнавс Eiznavs ᛖᛁᛥᚾᚪᚦᛋ Eistnavs Zoran 𐑟𐑹𐑮𐑨𐑯 Zoran Зечуэдан Zecuwdan ᛥᚪᛖᚳᚢᚹᚫᚾ Staecuwan James May: Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. Here's a fact you probably caught onto, 'Veti' is Jammbonian for 'Saint'. It looks like I'm not far from Cangham now, so it's back to dealing with Pinky and Perky. Joy. [May's phone rings.] James May: Speak of the devil. [May answers the call.] James May: Hello, James speaking. Jeremy Clarkson: Hi, it's Jeremy and Richard. Just wanted to let you know, me and Hammond have been selected ahead of Shizune and Julian for the match against Cambria. James May: Right...? Richard Hammond: Now because Shizune's the captain of the team, which I think is an ingenious play- James May: You're right, I have to hand it to Hisao, he and Ayumu had a good idea going. No one's going to figure out The Youkai's strategies and adaptations unless they have a full comprehension of Hertfordian Sign Language. Richard Hammond: Exactly. Anyway, shut up. I was talking. James May: Oooooo! Jeremy Clarkson: Because Shizune has been placed on the bench for this match, Tala has been made captain. He can be quite scary. James May: Who's playing against Cambria anyway? Jeremy Clarkson: Okay, so... hold on, let me get my reading glasses. Richard Hammond: Ah, an old ape trying to read a team sheet. Jeremy Clarkson: Not the time, Hammond. James May: You got it? Jeremy Clarkson: ...Yep, I got it. Hisao and Ayumu have selected Richard, myself, you, Kirumi, Tess, Tarrick, Lichova, Nagisa, Lain, Damian, Karaina, Shu, Gwyn, Tala and Faust. James May: Hold on, Tarrick? Richard Hammond: Yep! He scored 2 tries in our 17-10 win over the hosts. James May: I never thought I'd see the day. Also, we beat Overthinkers? Richard Hammond: We did. The other try and conversion were scored by Mizore and Naho respectively. James May: ...I was almost hoping we didn't. So if I've got this straight, that means Julian, Shizune, Reimu, Free, Mizore, Nia, Brooklyn, Pri, Hanako, Rin, Clarkov, Naho, Pax and Ozen are on the bench. Richard Hammond: Yeah. Jeremy Clarkson: This is no time to be dallying, James. James May: I'll be there as quick as I can. Jeremy Clarkson: See you soon, goodbye. Hammond says bye. James May: Goodbye. [Clarkson ends the call. Over in Cangham...] Jeremy Clarkson: I'm not filled with much hope. Richard Hammond: Well, the others seem to trust that James will make it. Jeremy Clarkson: I guess we have to cross our fingers and hope for the best. Richard Hammond: Are we at the Grand Merchen or the Len Condor? Jeremy Clarkson: You know, I'm not sure. Richard Hammond: ...He's gonna get lost, isn't he? [Over with the hovervan...] James May: Now I've got some driving to do. This is no time to be Captain Slow. Come on, Captain National Speed Limit!
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  22. Seventy years had passed since the Demon King's invasion of Nurvus. The Great Northern Kingdom of Malkach fell within a few years, and the Northern Demon Army steadily advanced southward until a stalemate was reached. The Southern Coalition of Nurvus managed to halt their progress at the Nurvus Wastes, a desolate and dangerous area where even the mighty Demon King struggled to proceed. The Southern Coalition comprised the four remaining powers in Nurvus. The Kingdom of Ostriao, protected by the great dividing mountain range, managed to retain much of its northern territory. The Dual Monarchy of Peo-Ruin, situated on the frontier of the Nurvus Wastes, faced the Demon King's army directly. The Empire of Yekisekiyase, a theocratic state, used its powerful paladins to delay the demon forces. Lastly, the Kingdom of Rivalioni, although fortunate to avoid much combat, provided substantial material support to the rest of the coalition. The map of Eferios in the year 213428, 21204 years after the great collapse, and 3423 years since the founding of magic. Despite Nurvus's pleas for help against the demons, the rest of the world remained silent, unwilling or perhaps too afraid to confront the formidable demon threat. The demon catastrophe in Nurvus, however, attracted a huge influx of adventurers from around the globe, many seeking the fame and fortune that came with being an adventurer. Some of the most powerful fighters arrived from the Kingdoms of Camembert and Foogeye in Polaria, while renowned clerics and mages from Maint Sark and the Purple Empire also came to aid in the battle against the demon menace. The war against the demons was fierce and relentless. The Coalition forces, reinforced by the Adventurer guilds, fought valiantly, using their unique strengths to their advantage. The Kingdom of Ostriao's natural fortifications provided a strategic advantage, allowing them to launch surprise attacks against the demon forces. The Dual Monarchy of Peo-Ruin's brave soldiers defended the frontier with unwavering resolve, often engaging in brutal hand-to-hand combat with the demonic invaders. The Empire of Yekisekiyase's paladins, blessed with divine power, became legendary for their ability to turn the tide of battle with their holy magic. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Rivalioni's logistical support ensured that the coalition armies were well-supplied and ready for the next confrontation. Despite the Coalition's efforts, the demon threat remained a constant pressure on Nurvus. The Demon King, though contained, was far from defeated. As the years passed, the people of Nurvus held onto hope, drawing strength from the unity and bravery of their defenders. The war against the demons became a story of resilience and defiance, a testament to the enduring spirit of Nurvus and its allies. The battle for Nurvus was far from over, but the determination to reclaim their land and vanquish the Demon King burned brighter than ever in the hearts of its people. As the war began to settle down, many of the adventurers that had arrived began to settle in Nurvus. Drawn by the land's raw beauty and the sense of purpose they found in defending it, they established new lives amid the chaos. Some founded families and built homes, integrating into local communities and sharing their diverse cultures and knowledge. Others set up guilds and training schools, passing on their skills to the next generation of warriors and mages. Their presence brought new vitality to Nurvus, fostering a spirit of resilience and hope among the beleaguered populace. Among the many adventurers who arrived in Nurvus was a great mage named Sylvie from the Central Continent. Known for her unparalleled mastery of elemental magic, Sylvie quickly became a key figure in the resistance against the demons. During her time in Nurvus, she met Kang, a noble paladin from the Empire of Yekisekiyase. Their bond grew strong amidst the trials of war, and they fell deeply in love. Together, they envisioned a future beyond the conflict, where they could retire and raise a family in peace. However, fate had other plans. On one final, perilous quest to turn the tide against the demon forces, Kang met his end, sacrificing himself to protect his comrades and buy crucial time for the coalition's forces. Sylvie was left heartbroken, her dreams of a peaceful life shattered. She found solace in their two children, a son named Tang and a younger daughter named Mei. Determined to honour Kang's legacy, Sylvie dedicated herself to raising Tang and Mei, instilling in them the same values of bravery and selflessness that defined their father, hoping that one day they too could live in a peaceful world.
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  23. delve. FEATURED NATIONAL GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT EXCLUSIVE: Three years later, Readers want the Valley Line Tunnel reopened—for cars The Valley Line Tunnel, formerly the primary route in and out of the remote town of Read, closed three years ago due to compounding structural and flooding concerns. Breanna Mark can see the Valley Line Tunnel from her business on the southern edge of Read. “It’s hard to ignore,” she said. “You look down the hill and it’s just empty space, a couple farmhouses, and then a train track to nowhere.” Read, which has a population of just over 6,000, is located on a plateau about 20 miles north-northwest of Zoewey. It’s one of the more remote places in Overthinkers, hemmed in by both natural geography and protected cultural lands. In 1338, the Valley Line—the country’s oldest railway—was extended past Zoewey to connect the community. Suddenly, Read was a crucial hub for the scattered farms for miles around. The town doubled in population. Cutting off circulation In the 1360s, the National Transit Authority authorized an expansion of the tunnel to better accommodate its newer, larger trains. That was where things started to go wrong. “I don’t fully know what happened, but I can only assume it was a consequence of going with the lowest bidder,” explained Dean Virga, a veteran engineer based out of the main NTA office in Aurum. “The end result was that a lot of corners were cut that shouldn’t have been. They tried to keep a lot of the old structure without accounting for the added stress they were putting on it. It’s a miracle it held together as long as it did.” A miracle indeed—in spite of everything, it was another thirty years before the tunnel required more than regular, standard maintenance. New materials produced in southern Andolia were incorporated into a reinforcing frame, intended to halt any further damage to the original structure. But the battle would soon be fought on another front. Heavy rains around the turn of the century shifted the landscape in a very literal sense, not only flooding and damaging the floor of the tunnel, but softening the surrounding earth. “That was an issue for structures all over,” Virga noted, “but it was especially bad for the Read tunnel.” Virga was a newly minted engineer at the time and remembers being sent to inspect the damage with his supervisor. “It looked fine, if you didn’t know what to look for,” he recalled. “Like, it was hard to imagine that solid thing budging a quarter inch. The thing is, a quarter inch can spell disaster for something like that.” Over the next thirty years, crews made more and more frequent trips to Read, trying to shore up the soil at either end of the tunnel. The pendulum crept lower and lower with every swing. In 1421, multiple beams were found to be partially sheared, and the concrete floor severely warped. The NTA closed the tunnel immediately, and suddenly Read was once again an isolated village. By 11 o’clock on a Tuesday, Breanna’s Buzz-Inn is almost completely empty. Treading water On paper, Read’s population is 6,000, but according to the Read Commercial League’s website, closer to 15,000 are dependent on it. The only other major thoroughfare is Highway 407, which leads northeast before looping back south to Joen. Travel time to Zoewey was 15 minutes by rail, but it’s 35 by road. “So many people here work in Zoewey,” Mark said. “Now they’re spending twice as long, and three times as much in gas, to get to work every day. There aren’t jobs closer by for them to take. I’ve had to cut back on my staff, and just about everyone I know has said the same.” Mark is the proprietor of Breanna’s Buzz-Inn, a retro diner of the kind you would expect to find in a tiny rural town. She bought it seven years ago from a family that had owned the place for three generations. When we spoke to her, it was the middle of the breakfast rush, and the space was about half full. Mark said it was the busiest time of day. “Our breakfast is part of the daily routine for the locals, but even they’ve had to cut back because of financial reasons,” she elaborated. “All the products we get were already coming in on 407, so we’re lucky that that wasn’t impacted super hard. I’ve been able to lower the prices ever so slightly, just to help people out.” At lunch and dinner, however, Mark has historically depended more on outside traffic, and the decline is more sharply felt. “It’s just me, a waitress, and a cook five days out of the week, and it’s rare to have more than we can handle.” Mark moved to Read with her family as a child and considers herself “basically a native.” Now in her late 30s, she has no intention of moving on. “I met my husband here, left my husband somewhere in the Sirenas, met my wife here, we’re raising our two children here,” she said. “We’re sticking around until we physically can’t anymore.” But with little movement to repair and reopen the Valley Line Tunnel, many residents are having to weigh their options—do they commit to the long haul, like Mark, or cut their losses and move closer to where the jobs are? No matter what, Readers are being forced to adapt. According to the National Social Survey, in 1420, only about 65 percent of households in the Read Statistical District owned a personal vehicle. By 1423, that estimate had jumped to 85 percent. Now, some thinkers are proposing a way to capitalize on this forced lifestyle shift. Raze it and pave it The Valley Line Tunnel is critical because there are few ways to easily scale or circumnavigate the ridge separating the Read area from Zoewey. Carving a new path that could safely handle the same amount of general traffic would be nearly as expensive as redoing the tunnel from scratch, according to Virga. He noted that the lack of activity is not necessarily wilful neglect: the NTA board has heard out a number of solutions in that time, but have not been satisfied with any proposals to date. Regardless, locals may be ready to take matters into their own hands. Five months ago, Burt & Hiram Technical, a Zoewey-based engineering firm with a history of public projects in Read, unveiled preliminary plans for taking the tunnel in a new direction: converting it to automobile traffic. “We can do this in a way that saves everyone a lot of money and a lot of headache,” a representative told the Read City Commission during a presentation in March. “Roadways aren’t held to the same high scrutiny as the NTA railways, and it could be administered at the district level instead of requiring national appropriations.” The proposed solution would extend Main Street, which already runs parallel to the railroad, further south until it reached the tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel, it would connect with existing rural roads just beyond. The total of new roadway added would be less than 10 miles, but it would span two districts. Neither the Read nor Zoewey District Commissions have officially considered the proposal yet, as Burt & Hiram says it is focused on building community support first. “Once we are completely sure that this is move is a good and necessary thing for our community, we will approach the districts with a bid for a full engineering analysis,” CEO James Burt stated. “If that gets approved, we will have to go to the NTA to get the line permanently discontinued, the land sold to the districts, and fund the project from there.” Breanna’s Buzz-Inn is located on Main Street and would be the first thing travelers see when they drive in on this theoretical road. The potential impact of this is not lost on Mark. “If maintaining the rail line is too much trouble for the feds, which it evidently is, and we have the means and motive to solve the problem locally, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t go for it.” Of the other residents we talked to, a narrow majority were at least tentatively in favor. Generally, they were employed elsewhere and reluctant to move. However, few could be considered enthusiastic. “I’d hate to see the rail gone,” summarized Paul Waeld, who has lived in the area “sixty years and counting.” “The long and short of it is, if we’re not going to be taken care of, at some point we have to take care of ourselves.” For Tina Pratt, also a small business owner, there are still too many question marks. “We’re in this situation because it wasn’t done right the first time. If we rush it again, we’ll have the same issue in another 30 years.” If anyone stands to benefit from an automotive shift, it’s Pratt—she runs a mechanic shop with her husband, Kean. However, she made it clear that she was more concerned with the long-term plan than her own short-term success. “It’s our history, it’s part of our character,” she insisted. “When you start losing that, you don’t get it back half as easy. I don’t want it to be fully forgotten by the time my grandkids are grown.” Conversely, as far as Mark is concerned, embracing change is preferable to losing momentum. “We’ve had a good thing going, and we’ve hit a rough patch. We’ve done that plenty of times before, and we’ve come back. The question becomes, how far back are we going to slide before we move forward again?” d.
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  24. NEWS: Local Pub Offers Free Food After Each National Team Victory By Hokomori City Press Staff | 25 June 1424 (2 hours ago) In local news, a small, family-owned eatery and pub in Hokomori has announced today that they'll be offering free food to those who visit their restaurant the day after each of the Mygrdiyan national rugby team's victories in the fifth annual World Cup. This year's event, which is being hosted in Overthinkers, is also the first time that Mygrdiyah has made an appearance on the world stage to participate in organized rugby competition. As part of this sudden yet rather generous promotional event, the owner of the establishment, Mr. Makoto Miyahara, was quoted as saying, "Many of the players on the Mygrdiyan national team have been quite good to us in the past. We'd like to thank them for their patronage by giving back to our community and encouraging our dear customers to support them whilst they're away on their trip to Overthinkers." Additionally, the restaurant's staff explained that "There's no need for any apps or rewards program sign-ups. You don't have to give us your email address or even your name. Just come visit us wearing the shirt of your favorite player on our national team and we'll make sure to take care of you. It's the least we can do, after all." Suffice it to say, business is expected to boom within the coming week for Mr. Miyahara. Behind the scenes, the family hopes that their gesture of charity will encourage more people to support the Mygrdiyan national team in this year's competition and in the future, as well as support the growth of rugby as a sport within the kingdom. Doors open at 11AM each day and closing time isn't until 1AM, the restaurant's official website proudly proclaims. Despite being small and quaint, Mr. Miyahara's restaurant is nonetheless a popular destination for many of Mygrdiyah's native amateurs, professionals, and semi-professional rugby players, who enjoy dining there. In the past, players have even said that the food Mr. Miyahara and his family serves helps them to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on their team's next challenges. Without the local Mygrd cuisine to comfort them, one wonders how the national team's players are handling the pressure that comes with playing away from home. Although, if their debut match against Min-Su is any indication, the team's faithful supporters are reassured in saying that everything will be fine going forward. Mygrdiyah's next matchup in the Rugby World Cup V will be on 25 June against Ostronia. Please tune in to SPOT for live coverage of the match!
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  25. Ryxtylopia in the Group Stage; The matchups. A SPECIAL BROADCAST BY TVNC SPORTS [Railo]: We're going? Alright, Good afternoon everybody, you are currently watching Televiza Natxinal di Cuiltura, im your presentor for today Tivan Railo, and while id usually be joined by some coworkers to discuss the state of rugby in ryxtylopia and the world today i find myself alone in this space, since our schedule for those types of broadcast hasn't started yet. Rather, this is a one-time special broadcast by TVNC. And you may wonder, why alone? Well its beacause we're going to take a brief look into Ryxtylopia's opponents for the group stage of the 5th edition of the Rugby World Cup, being hosted all the way down in Andolia, in Overthinkers to be precise. Our boys arrived there a few days ago, and now they are looking forwards to their first, and probably hardest group stage match, against a familiar opponent, so its time to get the show on the road and see the rivals we'll be facing and how they compare to our team, starting with... The screen transitions into a small overview of each opposing team from now on. ZORAN! The Sun Hawks of Zoran are a slightly familiar opponent for Ryxtylopia, both teams met in the quarterfinals of the last RWC, where the zoranians; at the time the reigning champions lost to the Pirates on their debut in RWC4, its been a while since that day in Dalimbar, and so far its been the only ocation where Zoran and Ryxtylopia met in a RWC match, with the Pirates taking the victory 31 to 25 points. The zoranians have already started their campaign in this edition of the tournament, despite being an experienced team, they have started on the wrong foot loosing to Noveauterra 6-22, their playstyle favoring attacking in that match cost them against an inexperienced but solid noveauterran defense, which absorbed the zoranian attack and was able to take the chances they had to counter-attack, resulting in the debutants getting their first victory against a previous RWC champion. Maybe it was overconfidence that doomed the zoranians, but that's something they probably wont suffer from against Ryxtylopia! As our team is a primarily young team with experience from a previous RWC and a lot of athletically capable players, what to expect for a match? We could probably witness the zoranians playing more cautiously trying to get the Pirates to overextend themselves on the field, or trying to lure the pirates out, we can probably also expect a LOT of passing in this match, as for chances it will be either a scorefest for both sides, with either side being able to gain an advantage, or it will be a slog throught the field, with frequent possetion changes and few chances. After the loss against Noveauterra the zoranians may play more defensivley than usual, but they still preffer to go on the attack, whilst for this year, Tivarra has changed the tactics as he stated before he intends to play more agressivley. This is a match we'll be transmitting tomorrow! So hopefully you all get your snacks and enjoy what promises to be a very intense match. SAINT MARK! The Lions of Saint Mark are a respected, posh team in Aura, Saint Mark being the largest and most populous nation in the continent - its no surprise they are able to produce talent, maybe not the best talent in comparison to some other teams but they have plenty of it, meaning they have a lot of options when it comes to players and a lot of experience to consult. The Pirate and the Lion have never dueled in the RWC, as during Ryxtylopia's debut, Saint Mark got knocked out in the round of 16, never meeting Ryxtylopia in the groups either. But they have started on the right foot unlike the zoranians, the Markans have won their fist game in not an astonishing but a comfortable fashion against the wavering Einherfell team, which as of now is the worst ranked team in the world, the Lions glided elegantly to victory with the score being 10-0, their favored style of play seems to lean a bit of the defensive edge, maybe leaning towards possetion, but a still balanced style of play as they can attack when you need them to, and they can put up a if not "magnificent" a decent defense against any opponent. When the Lions encounter the pirates we could expect a slower match than with the zoranians, as they'll probably hold back for the first minutes, playing cautiously, whilst our team might make go for drop-goals if scoring a try proves too hard, both teams have a balanced style of play, so its unlikley we'll see risky plays from either, or any team leaning overly towards attacking or defending. The date for when we'll transmit this match is TBD, so stay tuned on TVNC for more info. PEOUROUIN! Making their way all the way from Nur to take part in the tournament is the Peorouin National Team, which sadly for me don't seem to have earned any nicknames yet, like Ryxtylopia they debuted in RWC4 and got 4th in their group, only to be bombed into the ground by the zoranians in the round of 16, Peourouin is a team with slow but steady growth and shouldn't be underestimated. A team which Ryxtylopia hasn't played against in a RWC yet. They've started the tournament off with a win, 17-7 over Arifiyyah, and their team has shown to be agressive, which could be one of their greatest weaknesses against the stronger teams in the group, since playing agressive is a high-risk style of play with a lot of potential chances to score but also a lot of potential chances to concede, it will all be down to how their defense is and how much possetion they can retain, as they could very easily pressure their opponents continously given enough possetion and physicial ability. As i said previously being over-agressive might be a weakness, if their tactics do not change, we could expect a game between them and the Pirates being a lot of chances from their team being wasted with a few scored, whilst their defense may struggle against a barrage of pirate counter attacks, depends on how much possetion they're able to keep. Considering their players are still relativley young, and they're another fellow ex-debutant from RWC4 this match will be very interesting to watch. ARIFIYYAH! The Mighty Orangutan from Arifiyyah a nation known more for football than rugby, having several succesful participations in the soccer tournament, but not being able to replicate that success in rugby, since in Dalimbar they came in dead last in their group, which they did share with the pirates, with the result favoring the nation north of Bilyad as Ryxtylopia won that game 14-0. They haven't gotten to a good start loosing 7-17 to Peourouin but they seem to be in a process of restructuring to improve their rugby team and perhaps put up a fight for one of the 4 spots to the round of 16. Their team plays semi-agressivley, apparently preffering to be on the offense, very similarly to Zoran and less like Peourouin. In a game against the Pirates, we could expect them to try to pressure Ryxtylopia with a lot of passing, and moves forward, but this game will be hard for them, and currently they're not in line to make it out of the group, they do have a lot of players with potential that probably hasn't been tapped yet, and if Ryxtylopia can retain possetion and conduct counterattacks, Arifiyyah could be in some serious trouble once they face the Pirates, but like i said its a team that with the necessary reforms could become a decent team in the RWC. EINHERFELL! Another team without a nickname, also apparently without organization, either that or something else that's causing the team from Einherfell to have a terrible time in recent RWC's, they finished last in their group in Dalimbar, meaning Einherfell and Ryxtylopia have not had any games in a RWC as previously they haven't shared groups and Einherfell haven't advanced to a knockout round in the last RWC. Their start to this RWC also leaves much to be desired by their fans loosing 0-10 to Saint Mark, and their team doesn't seem to have any coherent playstyle, they variate a lot between games, so its very hard to know their preffered playstyles. This may be the least interesting of the matches to play and its hard to know what to expect in a game, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the pirates win with a very favorable score, specifically as Einherfell doesn't seem to be a team that likes to pressure their opponents nor defend too much. NOUVEAUTERRA! A team making their debut in this RWC: The Nouveauterran National Team seems to be a team with a lot of potential, since this is their debut they haven't faced Ryxtylopia yet, but they're already looking like a solid team, with one particularity: a lot of their squad is composed of part-time rugby players, meaning this could be a factor later on to determine their performance. They achieved victory over the zoranians 22-6, a stunning result that has sent shockwaves through the rugby world and has indicated that very much like in the last edition of the RWC debutants will play an important role, both in the groups and later on. Their playstyle is semi-defensive, and they have proven to be able to carry out effectivley. Facing the Pirates, a less agressive team than the zoranians, the Nouveauterran team may have some issues when it comes to pushing, and attempting to score, being forced to be more agressive, that could be their undoing if they're not careful, but considering this is their first RWC their team seems to be playing it safe, in a game we could either expect few chances to score from either team, a tie, or Ryxtylopia winning with a good score in favor. The screen transitions back to Railo in the studio. [Railo]: And that will mark the end of this special broadcast by TVNC! As we just went through we have been able to see the strenghts of each team and how possible games with Ryxtylopia could go, a few teams may give us trouble but as of now the Pirates are one of the auran favorites to win the tournament due to the recent streak from RWC4. We hope you enjoyed this transmission, don't forget to tune in tomorrow to be able to watch RYXTYLOPIA VS ZORAN! Live from Overthinkers! Only with the best signal here in TVNC, i thank you for your time and i hope all our viewers have a wonderful day, thank you. The camera zooms out from the studio, as the transmission quickly fades to ads for a betting site advertising Ryxtylopia vs Zoran.
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  26. This House That Held A Universe by Kristiina Raadik This house that held a universe – now echoes sigh alone – Where laughter bloomed, a chilling wind now makes a mournful moan. The chairs that cradled company, stand stark, with vacant eyes, And memories, specters pale, through drafty hallways rise. I walk a stranger in this room, where once I danced with glee, Pale reflection in a looking glass, a face I scarcely see. The Love that filled this hallowed space, a phantom, cold and thin, Like frost upon a windowpane, where warmth once held within. Do they who left, still hold me dear, in whispers, soft and low? Or am I but a faded dream, the one they used to know? Perhaps their hearts hold other suns, and mine, a dying star, Lost in the vast, indifferent dark, unseen, however far. Is even memory a curse, this constant, gnawing ache? Of fireside tales and gentle hands, a love I cannot take With me, into this chilling night, where shadows twist and turn, And whispers mock, "Does anyone still love what you've become?" Can embers, buried deep within, be coaxed to life anew? Can love, once lost, rise from the ash, bathed in a gentle dew? Or am I doomed to wander here, a ghost in shades of gray, Forever lost within this house, where love has gone away? A Jury In The Corner Hangs by Kristiina Raadik A jury in the corner hangs, of silken thread and gleam, Eight watchful eyes, a silver stare, upon my being beam. No gavel falls, no verdict rings, yet dread begins to creep, As though this silent, splindly judge, my very soul doth keep. It spins its web of woven thought, where conscience hangs on high, And each slow turn, a pondering, on virtues left to die. Did honesty hold fast and true, within this fragile breast? Or did deceit, a sly serpent, find welcome as its guest? Compassion's thread, is it worn thin, by trials yet unseen? Or woven strong, a sheltering cloak, where kindness intervenes? The verdict hangs, unspoken still, a weight upon my mind, For terror grows with every tick, the clock of judgment kind. Perhaps it seeks a hidden flaw, a chink in virtue's wall, A whispered sin, a shadowed thought, for which I soon shall fall. But oh, the silence amplifies, the dread that fills the air, Awaiting pronouncement, swift or slow, to find me wanting there. I long for accusation's sting, for anger, hot and bright, Than this unending, silent stare, that chills me through the night. For is there not more solace found, in fury's righteous flame, Than waiting for a verdict hushed, and bearing endless shame?
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  27. The Final Verse By Jaan Kapp With dawn's first blush, I greet the restless sea, A canvas churned with foam, a symphony Of crashing waves that lick the jagged shore. These weathered cliffs, where salty winds implore, Have seen a lifetime pass, a heart grow old, Yet hold a beauty that can still unfold. Here, where the gulls cry out in morning's light, I chase the muse, a phantom taking flight. My inkwell's dry, the fire within wanes, Each verse a sigh, a whisper of past pains. Love's melody, a songbird long since flown, Leaves echoes in this heart, now mostly stone. Noon finds me scaling heights where eagles soar, Among the peaks, where clouds like giants pour. The sun, a crown upon the mountain's brow, Casts long, stark shadows on the world below. A lifetime's climb, a summit hard-won prize, But from this height, where memory resides, I see the tapestry of years unfold, The triumphs sung, the stories yet untold. The valleys bloom, where youthful fancies played, Now tinged with amber, where pleasant dreams have stayed. And in the distance, faintly, I recall, A face, a touch, a love that conquered all. Dusk paints the south in hues of fading fire, Where swaying grasses whisper on the pyre Of day's demise. A lone wolf lifts his head, A mournful cry that echoes 'til it's dead. The warmth of twilight soothes my weary bones, A quiet peace upon these golden tones. Life's final journey, to these lands I've come, To seek a spark, to chase a phantom's hum. Though beauty lingers, and the world inspires, The well of verse runs dry, consumed by fires Of time's own making. In this fading light, I close my eyes, and greet the coming night.
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  28. Council for the Promotion of Public Physical Health and Sporting Zhiznovsk Rugby Federation Федераци Ругби Жизновской Style Modifier: +0.75 Coach: Rasul Ismaelev Roster: No. # Name Gender Age Position Notes 1 Anna "Anya" Chernoslava Efraemevna f 22 Loosehead prop 2 Mikhail "Misha" Artyom Petraev m 26 Hooker 3 Avgust "Avi" Georgy Denisov m 25 Tighthead prop 4 Gerasim Evgeniy Isayev m 24 Number-4 lock 5 Yuri Luka Ivanoŭ m 26 Number-5 lock 6 Aleksandrina Syuzanna Zhukova f 25 Blindside-flanker 7 Zoya Yaraslava Zhukova f 21 Openside-flanker 8 Lyosha Petya Ivankov m 32 Number-8 9 Darya Stefaniya Kovalchuk f 23 Scrum-half 10 Nata Melek Antonova f 29 Fly-half 11 Azaliya Vüsale Bedrosian f 22 Left-wing 12 Gala Nadejda Zakharova f 25 Inside-Centre 13 Katia Verochka Trifonova f 24 Outside-Centre 14 Kazimir Klim Fyodorov m 25 Right-wing 15 Raisa Yevdokiya Ivankova f 25 Fullback 16 Nelli Taisa Makarova f 26 Reserve 17 Nikolay Vitya Andreyev m 21 Reserve 18 Feliks Yury Nikitin m 28 Reserve 19 Sanya Sviatoslav Viktorov m 21 Reserve 20 Vova Fima Matveev m 26 Reserve 21 Grigorii Genya Vasiliev m 28 Reserve 22 Ieva Austra Urbonienė f 26 Reserve 23 Grigory Sashok Antonov m 24 Reserve RP permissions: Information: The Golden Eagles are a relatively new team, making their debut on the world stage. They seem to have fared well in practice and leagues back home, but will that translate is the question.... The team has also had some controversies prior to the cup, which I will expand on later
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  29. Mygrdiyan National Rugby Team Style Modifier: -1.4 Team Manager: Tetsuya Kisugi | Coach: Naofumi Taue The Mygrd Association of United Rugby Leagues is proud to present... Starting Squad: Sex # Player Name Age Position Male 19 Matsuda, Ippei 21 Full-back (15) Female 2 Imai, Ai 20 Number Eight (8) Male 20 Dahl, Kensuke 30 Fly-Half (10) Female 4 Urano, Kaho 26 Inside Center (12) Male 7 Unatangai, Kazamiro 24 Second Row / Lock (5) Male 9 Aoyagi, Shuji 23 Second Row / Lock (4) Female 12 Yuuki, Akiko 18 Loosehead Prop (1) Male 8 Ichihara, Ryosuke 19 Scrum-Half (9) Male 11 Yagyu, Haruo (C) 27 Blindside Flanker (6) Female 16 Sano, Kotori 22 Right Wing (14) Male 3 Aune, Go 23 Hooker (2) Female 18 Okomoto, Lena 24 Tighthead Prop (3) Male 27 Pedersen, Eiji 25 Left Wing (11) Female 14 Kojima, Minami 27 Openside Flanker (7) Female 8 Tanaka, Tona 28 Outside Center (13) Reserve Players / Substitutes: Sex # Player Name Age Position Male 28 Kuse, Jun 24 Inside Center (12) Female 17 Nakagawa, Chouko 22 Hooker (2) Male 1 Hori, Shiryu 26 Tighthead Prop (3) Male 35 Iizuka, Yujiro 27 Outside Center (13) Male 44 Okuda, Ryohei 29 Full-back (15) Female 6 Kondo, Ayane 23 Scrum-Half (9) Female 22 Teigen, Kayori 19 Blindside Flanker (6) Male 32 Skau, Nobuhiko 25 Right Wing (14) Roleplay Permissions: If my opponent RPs first, they may...
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  30. The Imperial Rugby Team of Nalibia AKA The Lightbringers Style mod: -2.5 Home Stadium: The Glass Dome; Tucmesa, Zalet Province Manager: Madou Iyeawele Main Sponsors: Bistic Co., Marula Oil and Senay Automotive Kit Primary Secondary Team Coach: Henoke Simi Afolabi Team Captain: Sunbola Ngozi Ezera Team Starters: Name Number Position Amazu Etagegnehu Azubuike 1 Loosehead Prop Tiwalade Folami Oby 2 Hooker Chibuzo Apphia Ekene 3 Tighthead Prop Chineze Tewfeeq Abal 4 Lock 1 Wolbu Nagao Yohana 5 Lock 2 Fikru Ebuka Tsega 6 Backside Flanker Assefa Fehintola Gbohunmi 7 Openside Flanker Emeka Libena Chydi 8 Number 8 Faaris Persinna Haider 9 Scrumhalf Mitiku Elsie Adewunmi 10 Fly-half Olufunke Tsion Gorfu 11 Left Wing Wagaye Ula Girma 12 Inside Centre Dayo Adaoma Fikru 13 Outside Centre Meseret Akanni Ghidewon 14 Right Wing Similoluwa Sheba Shaphan 15 Full-back Reserve Players: Name Number Position Dimnah Hiyab Chidy 16 Loosehead Prop Tesheme Titilayo Eli 17 Hooker Tiwalade Uzoamaka Amazu 18 Tighthead Prop Aba Onochie Koofrey 19 Lock Ifeatu Euodia Obasee 20 Lock Babayide Ifunanya Eniola 21 Flanker Chydee Sophia Oryi 22 Flanker Sitotaw Naamah Zebadiah 23 Number 8 Zeki Ayotola Yamuike 24 Scrum-half Nathanel Louam Kolapo 25 Fly-half Adbi Adaobi Yaya 26 Left Wing Yideofor Lelo Chikere 27 Centre Hagos Candace Temitope 28 Centre Pagiel Yobit Boaz 29 Right Wing Awet Moyisola Zewedu 30 Full-back Yetunde Nnenna Uchie 31 Full-back If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Yes Choose my kicker: Yes RP injuries: No Godmod scoring events: Yes Godmod injuries: No Godmod other events: No (DM me your idea)
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  31. The Zoranian Sun Hawks Style Mod: +2.5 Name Age Position Amo-Adawehi Tsasima 29 Loosehead Prop Attakullakulla Quegadu 25 Hooker Salonitah Gelusva 25 Tighthead Prop Twah'kohi Agasgani 24 Second Row (L) Ahuludegi Tsiguka 21 Second Row (R) Degataga Dvagahi 20 Blindside Flanker Dlasimahe Asduidv 29 Openside Flanker Sesdi Tsunela 25 Number 8 Ganiyegi Atsidanelv 22 Scrum-half Gulkalaski Lemomequa 23 Fly-half Wohali Goyadv 27 Left Wing Mohe Yvokala 24 Inside Centre Oconostota Dlanegvotli 21 Outside Centre Ama-edohi Masiguti 21 Right Wing Kali Gasohi 22 Full Back Coach: Amadahy Lvaguta Captain: Dlasimahe Asduidv Kit If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Y Choose my kicker: Y RP injuries: N Godmod scoring events: N Godmod injuries: N Godmod other events: N
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  32. 3:00 PM Over Time 8 July 1424 New Zoradia, Zoran Atsila leaned back in her chair as the phone call with the Minister of Treasury came to an end and checked her schedule to see what she had to attend next. When she read over the appointment she groaned as she saw the names “Junaluska” and “Sasa” on the page. She massaged her temples in preparation for whatever ludicrous idea the two would present to her. I just passed their joint bill on the Childlessness tax, what more could they possibly want? That is when a fervent knocking came from the door and with a sigh she asked, “Who is it?” “It is I, Junaluska Wesa, commander of the Red Guard of the revolution…” said Junaluska from behind the door. Atsila rolled her eyes as she listened to him drone on about the accomplishments he achieved during the revolution that she was already aware of considering she was the commander of the entire Monarchist Army, “Yes, Junaluska, I get it. Please come in.” she interrupted after a minute or two. Junaluska opened the door and marched on in with open arms, “Thank you for allowing me this meeting, comrade Atsila!” Atsila suppressed her desire to cringe as he called her “comrade”, “Uhuh, now where is Sasa? She is supposed to be in this meeting too.” she asked with a disinterested look, “What? Sasa? Oh! Yes, Sasa. She is supposed to be here but I think we can continue witho-” he was then interrupted by aggressive knocking from the door, “JUNALUSKA, YOU COMMIE BASTARD” exclaims Sasa from behind the door before slamming it open, “YOUR CRONIES KEPT BLOCKING ME FROM ENTERING THE BUILDING!!!” Atsila glared at Junaluska who simply avoided her gaze and gave a faux yawn before he said, “I have no clue what you are talking about.” “Why you li-” “ENOUGH!” yelled Atsila as she rose from her desk, startling the two leaders of the political parties. Atsila sat back down and looked at the two of them before gesturing that they close the door and take a seat. “Now tell me, what did both of you want to see me about?” asked Atsila sternly, “Well, Comrade,” began Junaluska, “the party and I have discussed a proposal on what to do with the tax revenue generated by the Childlessness tax. We have a program that will put the money to good use!” “Uh-huh,” Atsila muttered, unimpressed by the pitch so far, “what about you, Sasa?” “Well my party and I have a similar proposal for what can be done with the tax revenue. One that will genuinely benefit the Zoranian people.” said Sasa excitedly, “Right…well you both realize that the only reason why I agreed to the tax was the assumed use of the revenue would be to further fund social security and healthcare, correct?” “Yes,” responded Junaluska, to the annoyance of Sasa, “but my party’s proposal will be a benefit to us as it can foster allies abroad.” “...I know I am not going to like this…but go ahead. Give me your pitch.” “Thank you, comrade! My party proposes that the revenue go towards the creation of a new office in the SIC called the Office of Workers Liberation.” “...I hate this already.” said Atsila with a frown, “Don’t be so hasty, comrade! This would be a great boon for the nation and the world! The office’s duties will be educating the ideas and principles of Junaluskanism abroad along with promoting and funding worker revolutions to achieve the goal of eradicating the bourgeoisie and capitalism! This could net us allies and supporters from the future socialist republics all around the world!” “...That is a terrible idea! Do you understand what ramifications that would have if it were revealed that our government was promoting unrest and funding terrorist groups in the world!?” exclaimed Atsila, “Ohohoho! They would not be terrorists, comrade, they would be revolutionaries like you and me!” said Junaluska pompously, “No! They would only be considered revolutionaries if they ended up winning and gaining international recognition! Otherwise, they would be classified as terrorist groups! To support and fund them or even get them started would make Zoran a state sponsor of terrorism!” exclaims Atsila, “Sasa, what does your party propose to do with the tax revenue.” “I am so glad you asked, Your Majesty!” said Sasa in a sing songy manner, putting emphasis on the “correct” way to address Atsila, “The Brave Talons and I believe that the tax revenue should be put forward towards a program that would establish Zoranian Culture Centers abroad in foreign countries.” “...Why would you ever suggest that? This sounds like too much of an innocent thing to be good.” asked Atsila in a confused tone, “Well that’s simple, Your Majesty, the goal of these centers would be to promote Zoranian culture abroad in order to show the xenos of foreign lands the superiority of Zoranian culture in order to make our inevitable domination of the world easier.” said Sasa proudly, “Aaaaand there it is, I knew it was too innocent to be anything good.” sighed Atsila, “But no! That is another terrible idea! I will not have taxpayer money be sent abroad to promote a message of racial superiority! That is just ludicrous!” “My proposal doesn’t look so bad now, huh comrade?” asked Junaluska smugly, “No! Your proposal is equally terrible! Both of you have just wasted my time with these horrendous ideas!” raged Atsila. But Junaluska’s and Sasa’s expressions soured at her words and Junaluska slammed his fist on her desk, “Now you listen here you bourgeois traitor!” exclaimed Junaluska, “The people of Esferos will not be safe from corporations and other bourgeois monsters if we do not support the fight against them! We will do this with or without your help, Atsila!” “And so will we!” interjected Sasa, “It is the destiny of the Zoranian people to once again assert their superiority over the other haplogroups and dominate the world! We will fund these centers ourselves if necessary and show the inferiors the inherent superiority of Zoranian culture!” Atsila’s jaw clenched, her nostrils flared, and she shot daggers at the two political party leaders. She slowly rose from her desk and rested her hands on the desk, “None of you will do either of those things, do you understand?” she began menacingly, “I have been tolerant of your parties’ existence since the Revolution but you have been pushing the limits of my tolerance. There is a line that you cannot cross and should you go ahead and attempt to go forward with these plans on your own then you will cross that line.” she started walking around her desk and got very close to the two political party leaders who seemed to have lost some of their boldness. “And when that line is crossed,” she whispers, “you will finally understand the fear that the Corporate officials and generals held in their throats when they learned they faced me in battle and the hopelessness they experienced in the courtroom as I delivered their sentences.” Atsila proceeded to back away slowly and returned to her seat at her desk. When she looked at the faces of the two politicians, the courage they once had to defy her was broken. Their skin was pale, their eyes widened with shock at the threat they had received. “C-com-” started Junaluska but Atsila cut him off with a raised hand, “No, enough. You are both dismissed. Please leave my office before I have the Royal Guard throw you out.” They both nodded quickly before they scurried out of her office. However, despite having successfully cowed their ambitions she knew that this would only temporarily deter them from pursuing their plans. But she did not wish to dwell on that thought and so she decided to take a few minutes for herself and play some swing jazz vinyls she has in her office to relax.
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  33. 瑞鶴県小松市に5つ星ホテルがグランドオープン GRAND OPENING OF A 5-STAR HOTEL IN KOMATSU, ZUIKAKU By ARIMOTO RYOTA 1423年7月3日 KOMATSU, MINSU – In a momentous event that heralds a new era for tourism in Zuikaku Prefecture, Hinode Hotel Group, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of their latest luxury hotel, "The Hinode Komatsu." This five-star establishment, exquisitely designed with traditional Minsunese architecture, promises to offer an unparalleled experience for guests from around the world. The grand opening ceremony, held yesterday, was attended by notable figures from the tourism industry, local government officials, and enthusiastic residents of Komatsu. The Governor of Zuikaku Prefecture, Moriyama Shinnosuke, and the CEO of Hinode Hotel Group, Inc., Hinode Fushimi, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the official opening of the hotel. A Blend of Tradition and Luxury The Hinode Komatsu stands as a testament to the beauty and elegance of Minsunese design. Situated by the pristine shores of Komatsu, the hotel features intricate wooden architecture, serene gardens, and traditional interiors that provide a luxurious yet culturally immersive experience. Each of the 200 guest rooms and suites offers breathtaking views of the sea, seamlessly blending comfort with traditional aesthetics. The east wing of The Hinode Komatsu. Catering to the Growing Tourism Sector Komatsu has seen a significant rise in tourism in recent years, thanks to its scenic coastal landscapes, historical sites, and cultural attractions. The addition of The Hinode Komatsu is set to further boost the local tourism industry by providing high-quality accommodations that cater to both domestic and international visitors. Governor Moriyama expressed his excitement about the new hotel, stating, "The Hinode Komatsu is not just a hotel; it's a gateway to the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Zuikaku Prefecture. We are confident that this establishment will play a pivotal role in attracting more tourists and enhancing their experience in our region." Amenities and Services The Hinode Komatsu offers a range of world-class amenities, including: Gourmet Dining: Multiple dining options featuring local and international cuisines, with a special focus on traditional Minsunese dishes. Spa and Wellness: A luxurious spa offering traditional treatments and modern therapies, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center. Event Spaces: Elegant banquet halls and conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, perfect for weddings, corporate events, and social gatherings. Recreational Activities: A private beach, outdoor swimming pool, and guided tours to nearby attractions ensure guests have a memorable stay. A view inside a suite in The Hinode Komatsu. A Commitment to Sustainability In line with Hinode Hotel Group, Inc.'s commitment to sustainability, The Hinode Komatsu has implemented various eco-friendly practices. The hotel utilizes solar energy, recycles water for its gardens, and sources local and organic ingredients for its restaurants. CEO Hinode Fushimi highlighted the importance of sustainability, saying, "We are dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Komatsu while providing our guests with a luxurious experience. Our sustainable practices ensure that we can enjoy and protect this beautiful environment for generations to come." Looking Forward The opening of The Hinode Komatsu is a significant milestone for Hinode Hotel Group, Inc., as it continues to expand its portfolio of luxury hotels across Minsu. With its prime location, exceptional amenities, and dedication to cultural and environmental preservation, The Hinode Komatsu is poised to become a landmark destination for travelers seeking both luxury and an authentic Minsunese experience. As the sun set over the Komatsu coastline, the grand opening concluded with a spectacular fireworks display, lighting up the sky and symbolizing a bright future for The Hinode Komatsu and the flourishing tourism sector of Zuikaku Prefecture.
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  34. From the Times of Gida, 26 June 1424 evening edition: STARS WIN MATCH 3 WITH LARGEST POINT DIFFERENCE EVER ANDERS, OVERTHINKERS - A record 7 tries, one penalty kick, and one drop goal in the final minutes of the game led the Ostronia Stars to victory 41 to 9 over Nalibia in the group stage of the Fifth Rugby World Cup. This is the second year that an Ostronian team has played in the Rugby World Cup, and last year's team captain, Erik Tafa, has returned after his recent retirement from Ostronian rugby as head coach for the team. Many doubted the team's chances before the cup began. Tafa assumed his position only a month before the Stars left for Overthinkers and half of the team has not played internationally nor even played with each other. But despite coming together on a high school pitch in Gida just weeks before their first match on the world stage, this team has beaten the odds and won two of its three matches in the group stage so far. Their upcoming match, however, will prove to be the Stars' greatest challenge yet. While so far they have played debut teams from Mygrdiyah and Nalibia, their next match is against Dalimbar's veteran rugby team, which traveled by battleship to Overthinkers with the Dalimbari navy, practicing by playing (and winning) many exhibition matches against teams from all across Esferos. The Dalimbari, last year's world cup hosts and champions, are favored to win against the Stars, but fans in Gida hope that Ostronia's aggressive offense this cup, especially given their exceptional performance in the match against Nalibia, will outpace the Dalimbaris' well-seasoned defenders and their famed captain, Luka Ivika. They point to Dalimbar losing its first match in the group stage this year to Giovanniland, 13-27, although after a rest day Dalimbar won its second match against Min-Su 36-20. An additional worry for the Stars is injury. Coach Tafa told the press that he worries about injuries so much that it keeps him up every night. He is not sure what the Stars will do if any of the team are too injured to play. The Ostronian Rugby Federation released a statement prior to the cup that due to its budgetary constraints it was unable to send any more than fifteen players to this year's cup, much like last year, meaning the team will be unable to play if any player becomes injured. So far the Stars have suffered the usual minor bruises, sprains, and jams, but fears mount that a relentless six match schedule before their scheduled rest day will lead to more serious injuries. The Times reached out to the Ostronian Rugby Federation, which recently signed on Olje Ostronien as official sponsor of the Ostronia Stars, on why they did not bring any additional players to Overthinkers but received reply. No matter all these difficulties, the team are reported to be in great spirits after their record-breaking victory in the previous match. They have already achieved what no one could have expected from them, and this writer personally hopes they will continue to surprise the whole world through the rest of this cup.
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  35. Sir Even had been squeaking away at his whiteboard for over an hour going over the good and the bad of the last match against Ryxtylopia. The team had been attentive, but looked even more worried than when the session had begun. They had played well against a good team, but their next opponent was Zoran! They were excellent! The coach pushed the whiteboard to the side, looked at his team and smiled. "Gentlemen, you look like you're about to visit the dentist. We are a strong team and we can win this next match. At this point it's all about getting your heads in the right place. Let's discuss several points about decision making under pressure. First, the role of intuition in strategy ... In rugby, decision making under pressure is a crucial aspect of the game. Players are often required to make split-second decisions, which can have a significant impact on the outcome of the match. While some may argue that this is purely a matter of instinct, the role of intuition in strategy should not be underestimated. Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. In rugby, this can manifest in a player’s ability to anticipate the movements of their opponents, or to recognize an opportunity for a strategic move. Remember your sessions with The Sisters. You have been trained to use your intuition. For example, Nelson may have an intuitive sense of when to make a break and pass to a supporting player, or Napoli may have a gut feeling about when to tackle an opponent. While these decisions may seem spontaneous, they are often the result of a player’s accumulated experience and knowledge of the game. Next, the importance of adaptability ... Adaptability is another key component of decision-making under pressure in rugby. The game is constantly changing, with players and teams adapting to changing circumstances on the field. For example, a team may have a well-rehearsed game plan, but if the opposition takes an unexpected tactical approach, the team must be able to adapt and adjust their strategy accordingly. Players who are able to think on their feet and make rapid adjustments to their tactics are often the ones who come out on top in high-pressure situations. Finally, we need to review about managing stress and staying focused. These are essential for decision- making under pressure in rugby. The game can be incredibly intense, with players under a great deal of pressure to perform at their best. Players who are able to manage their stress levels and stay focused on the task at hand are more likely to make good decisions, even when under intense pressure. This may involve techniques such as visualization, deep breathing, or mindfulness meditation, which can help players to stay calm and focused during the game. Again, remember the mindfulness training The Sisters helped us with. Overall, decision making under pressure is a crucial aspect of rugby strategy. Players who are able to rely on their intuition, adapt to changing circumstances, and manage their stress levels are well-equipped to make good decisions on the field, even in the most high-pressure situations. You will be your best. I know it! Let's practice some of those techniques now ..." At the session's conclusion, those looks of fear had changed. The Lions still had a deep respect for the Zoranians, but were confident that they could win.
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  36. FSTV4 - History of the Pathseekers Episode 4: Meeting the Choden Narrator - A pleasant land was Choden. From the banks of the big river, the forests marched in unbroken ranks. They stretched across the lowlands; they climbed the mountain slopes. Thousands of feet above the valley floor they gave way to tundra, and rocky crests. High over all, the peaks glistened with the eternal glaciers that, in the hot months, fed their waters to the river's flow. In the land of Choden food abounded. Each year, with the fullness of the late springtime, the salmon came up the river. They came in a silver horde, millions of fish; running against the swift waters to reach their ancestral spawning grounds. From this migration the People of Choden took their toll. With great traps they caught such fish as they needed. They dried them, and smoked them; preserving them against the winter's need of food. In the forests wild creatures lived. Caribou, deer, and rabbits, and groundhogs. On the mountain slopes the hoary marmots had their homes. In the high peaks the mountain goats fed on the alpine meadows. Grouse flew in the lowlands; ducks and geese had their homes on the lakes. Big grouse - the blue ones, and the ptarmigan whose coat is white in winter - dwelt in the lands of the high peaks. And in the creeks the trout swarmed. Truly a pleasant land where food abounded. Each summer, when the seasons came, the wild berries ripened. Of their abundance the People took for their winter stores. Roots grew in the forests. On the low lands wild carrots could be gathered. Other roots provided medicine to cleanse the body; to heal diseases. Still others furnished long supple threads which with the people sewed their baskets. The skins of the wild animals provided clothing and blankets. From the skins of deer, and caribou, carefully dressed, they made fine buckskin for leggings and coats and robes. Fishers and martens, mink and weasels gave their glossy furs against the winter need. So warm clothing and soft blankets were made under which the People enjoyed their sleep. It was a good land, and a pleasant land: and land where the Sun God gave lavishly to his People of Choden. The Pathseekers, the Dalimbari, reached this land and began to learn the land. We explored deeper and deeper into the lands, trading with the sun-worshipers. Finding knowledge abound, and safety from the harsh sea.
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  37. Anders, Overthinkers — After an unexpected defeat to newcomers Nalibia in the first matchday of the 5th Rugby World Cup, Giovanniland has now bounced back with an exciting win against defending champions Dalimbar. The game had a fair share of action from both teams, as Giovanniland scored 27 points in comparison to Dalimbar's 13, and each team held the lead at different times during the match. The coach, manager and players were very happy with this result, which saved the team from further trouble and gave a dose of motivation for the upcoming matches. The teams' respective captains Marko Telliano Ulpio and Luka Ivica both scored in the first minutes—Marko scored a drop goal three minutes in, and Luka made the first successful try of the game two minutes later but failed to convert, so Dalimbar stayed ahead with a score of 5-3. Giovanna Antonia then turned the tide at 22' with another try and the first successful conversion of the game, but the score was tied by Dalimbari left wing Peter Srecko scored near the end of the first half, 10-10 at half time. The game had been relatively even during these first 40 minutes, and the Giovannilandian team was performing much better than in the first match, however the coach Gyalsena Vatinio-Messalla decided to make some changes to hopefully achieve the first win. The changes proved effective, with right wing Aulo Pelkarmio and full back Gioseppa Sabino-Takori entering in place of Valeria Albone-Gallio and Lukio Tenzino Vittori respectively. Aulo came to score a try and successfully converted it ten minutes into the second half (50'), shifting the momentum towards Giovanniland and allowing Pietro Numeriani to score another try at minute 54, making the score Giovanniland 22-10 Dalimbar. Although a scrum infringement by Demetro Gianluka caused the referee to award a penalty to Dalimbar, which their side scored, a late try by Severo Pompilio-Ortano sealed the fate of the match, earning Giovanniland its first win in the tournament. Karlopole, Giovanniland and Asahi, Minsu — In significant news for the Gaoist communities in both Minsu and Giovanniland, the religious icon of Fujimo-no-Mikoto, the deity of death, has undergone a benediction ritual at the Toyoda Grand Shrine in the city of Asahi. It was transported from its home at the Ukeda Shrine of Karlopole, the largest Gaoist shrine in Giovanniland, to the Minsunese capital city where this important event happened. The icon stayed in the Celestial Hall for three days, where it was enshrined, while prayers and offerings were made by pilgrims from Minsu and even some from Giovanniland. Furthermore, the closing ceremonies involved traditional dances, a great purification rite, and the formal turnover of the icon to the Giovannese priests from Ukeda Shrine. Now the icon is on a journey back to Giovanniland, where it will pass through several cities in the eastern part of the Abrenosto region, where the largest Gaoist community in the country is located. This journey starts in the border city of Aquaviola and passes through other cities such as Verderia, Nunterra, Klementina, Bayabrenti and at last Karlopole, which has a sizable minority of Gaoists among its total population of 347,106 inhabitants. Gaoism is recognized as a regional religion in Giovanniland, followed not only by most Minsunese living in the country but also by some ethnic Giovannese, mostly in the eastern regions near the border with Minsu.
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  38. O Queen of the Dawn by Karl Kallaste O Queen of the Dawn, with eyes the color of hope, Hear the drums of triumph, a weary warrior's scope. This land breathes free, its chains lie shattered and rust, We bathed the fields red and the tyrant's grip turned to dust.  Long were the nights, companion to our creeping despair, Hunger gnawed, battles raged, etched on each face a prayer. Brothers fell 'neath the sun, their whispers on the cold breeze, But freedom's fire, my Queen, held us from bending knees.  We are your spears, the answer to every plea, From the babe in the cradle, the sailor bent by the sea. We bled for their future, a tapestry woven with pain, But a song of defiance, a chorus that washed away the stain.  Now, victory's light paints the clouds in hues of delight, The people, they rise, their faces turned to the bright. They sing of our courage, etch legends in every town, We, the nameless, the faceless, heroes with freedom's crown.  My Queen, your name a solace, a whisper on parched lips, Your image, a beacon through battles, on banners and ships. This land, it is yours, a gift so dearly won, And though my strength wanes, my joyful journey just begun.  (His voice falters, a final breath escapes his lips)  Hold fast to the dawn, my Queen, where the future never clips…  (His hand reaches out, a faint smile)  …Love, and freedom… forever on our lips.
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  39. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .You lost the game. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LEGISLATION EV regulations stymied by eleventh-hour amendment, returned to committee By Ronda Bend Landmark legislation that would have introduced much-needed regulation for electric vehicles (EVs) ground to a screeching halt Monday as the bureaucratic behemoth tripped over its own tail yet again. Congressman Thad Jeffers (NUP-Worth) authored an amendment on the floor for Bill 31036 that introduced multiple changes, including but not limited to removing spending restrictions on revenue from the proposed registration upcharges, while simultaneously granting smaller jurisdictions more agency in permitting. Despite being largely unrelated to one another and ostensibly severable, they were submitted as a single package. The amendment launched a lengthy, multipartisan debate which ultimately concluded in a legislator objecting to even voting on the amendment. The objection was denied, and the amendment failed to pass. However, enough Congresspeople were evidently convinced that the bill could stand to be fleshed out further. In a rare move, the body voted to return Bill 31036 to committee. Returning a bill to committee is a rarely-used option for a reason. The bill does not officially die, but is instead returned to the authoring committee for the purpose of further revision. However, nothing obligates that committee to reconvene before the end of the legislative session. In the past 20 years, only 12 bills have been returned to committee, and of those, only 1 was heard on the floor again. Until the amendment was submitted, Jeffers—the sole author listed on it—had yet to comment on the legislation at all. However, he was believed to be an ally of its most outspoken opponent Gina Caeren (ODP-Ient). Jeffers continued to not comment when questioned by media after Congress recessed for the day. Other political figures were more vocal. “To call this a disappointment would be an understatement,” stated senior POP Congressman, Jon Corn. “In the span of twenty minutes, 99 people forgot how to compromise. Not every bill is going to be perfect—we leave room for the executive to hammer out the details.” Caeren herself stated, “It’s a surprising outcome but not an unwelcome one. We already have regulations for cars on the books. We don’t need to complicate it for just a few select drivers.” “How did you people manage this one?” former NUP Councilor Wendy Sharp asked on her BackLog page, without elaborating. The authoring committee of Bill 31036, the Committee on Peculiar Modes of Transport, wrapped up its duties in April, and the chair, Congresswoman Stephanie Could (NUP-Cangham), is on medical leave. JurisJournal will be monitoring this legislation closely as always.
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  40. Larxia 18 - 0 Hertfordia In a stunning show of strength and strategy, the Larxian National Rugby Team opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with an impressive 18-0 victory over Hertfordia. The match saw Larxia dominate from the first whistle to the final play, setting the tone for what promises to be an exciting tournament for the team and its supporters. First Half: From the onset, Larxia asserted their dominance on the field. Their forwards showcased immense physicality, winning crucial scrums and lineouts that laid the groundwork for their attacking plays. The first points of the match came from a well-executed penalty kick by the fly-half Henrique Castro, putting Larxia on the scoreboard with a 3-0 lead. Larxia's backline, led by the inside center Aarón Sánchez and outside center Nathanial Bishop, consistently breached Hertfordia's defensive lines. A brilliantly coordinated move saw Bishop break through to score the first try of the match, extending the lead to 8-0 after a successful conversion by Castro. Second Half: The second half continued in a similar fashion, with Larxia maintaining the pressure and control. Scrum-half Miguel Oliveira orchestrated the plays with precision, while number 8 Lucas Thatcher was relentless in both attack and defense. Hertfordia struggled to gain any foothold in the game, as Larxia's defensive line, led by fullback Aiden Redwood and blind-side flanker Felix Winterbourne, stood firm. Another penalty kick from Castro, followed by a superb try from right wing Gabriel Lockhart, sealed the victory. Lockhart's try came after a swift counterattack that left the Hertfordian defense scrambling. With the final conversion by Castro, Larxia's lead was cemented at 18-0. Pre-Match Analysis: As Larxia prepares for their next group stage match against Rivalfiume, the team will need to maintain their high level of performance. Larxia's backline, particularly the centers Sánchez and Bishop, will need to be on top form to break through Rivalfiume's lines. Additionally, the game management skills of Oliveira will be crucial in controlling the pace of the match. Larxia's comprehensive victory over Hertfordia sets a positive tone for the World Cup journey, but the upcoming clashes will require an even more focused and strategic approach to secure qualification.
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  41. By Yusuke Sato ASAHI, MINSU - The revered religious icon of Fujimo-no-Mikoto, the deity of death, has arrived this morning from Karlopole, Giovanniland. This significant artifact is set to undergo a solemn benediction and sermon ritual at the sacred site of Toyoda Grand Shrine. The ritual, led by the Principal Paragon of the Kannushi, will commence at 3 PM Minsu Standard Time (MST).The icon's arrival marks the beginning of a sacred journey, with the Celestial Hall, the highest organ of the Gaoist faith, preparing to enshrine the icon for three days. This period of enshrinement is seen as a profound honor and a moment of deep spiritual significance for the faithful in Minsu and Giovanniland. Thousands of Gaoist adherents have flocked to Toyoda Grand Shrine to witness the historic event. The shrine, adorned with vibrant banners and sacred symbols, stands ready to welcome the icon. As the clock ticks towards the 3 PM ritual, the atmosphere is filled with a mix of anticipation, reverence, and joy. The Principal Paragon, a key figure in the Order of the Kannushi, will lead the benediction and sermon. The ritual is expected to include traditional kagura dances, purification rites, and the chanting of sacred texts from the Zenith Scroll. The faithful are preparing to participate in the ceremonies by performing ritual washing and bathing to ensure purity. Following the benediction at Toyoda Grand Shrine, the icon will be enshrined in the Celestial Hall for three days. During this period, special prayers and offerings will be made to Fujimo-no-Mikoto, invoking blessings and protection for the people of Minsu and Giovanniland. The icon's journey does not end in Minsu. After its stay in the Celestial Hall, it will pass through the city of Aquaviola in Giovanniland and several other Giovannese cities, allowing more faithful to venerate the deity. This tour is seen as an opportunity to strengthen spiritual ties between the regions and bring blessings to the cities it visits. Finally, the icon will return to its home at Ukeda Shrine in Karlopole, where it will continue to be a focal point of worship for Gaoists in Giovanniland. The sacred tour is expected to enhance the spiritual connection between the Gaoist communities in Minsu and Giovanniland. The arrival and subsequent rituals underscore the deep spiritual ties and cultural exchange between Minsu and Giovanniland. It highlights the unifying power of Gaoism and the shared reverence for deities like Fujimo-no-Mikoto, fostering a sense of global Gaoist community. As the sacred icon of Fujimo-no-Mikoto embarks on this significant journey, the faithful in Minsu and beyond look forward to the blessings and spiritual enlightenment that this revered symbol brings.
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  42. The Dashing Couple Hugo Dasher and Emily Clement-Bosworth The happy couple at last year's engagement party Hugo Dasher, the Lions Left-Wing-On-Leave and former Most Eligible Bachelor, watched from the stands today as his teammates scored big against the hapless Einherfell team. Accompanied by his fiance, Emily Clement-Bosworth, daughter of industrialist, Sir Aston Clement, and Lady Phyllis Clement-Bosworth, he was seen cheering and embracing his future bride after the last score. While it is reported that it was his decision to take this season off so as not to be distracted by the wedding plans, one wonders if part of him wouldn't rather have been on the pitch instead of his replacement, Celerio Blitzen. And what a replacement Blitzen has been! His speed and agility surpass Dasher at his best and were a key component of today's win by The Saint Mark Lions. When (if?) Dasher returns to the Lions next year, will his old position still be available?
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    RWC5 - Day One What! A! Start! The introduction of new squads have really shaken up this event. Mygrdiyah probably has one of the strongest starts in RWC history, it'll be fascinating to see how they fare. Zoran, H&J, and Giovanniland losing their first games are shockers. Cambria said on this match they need more of a challenge. We shall see what happens on Match Day 2 when the top 4 of rugby are introduced to their pools. A B Avadonialis (45.00) 06 15 Cambria (54.46+3) Larxia (40.27) 18 00 Hertfordshire and Jammbo (48.25+3) Varanius (43.82) 05 00 Rivalfiume (46.57+3) Zhiznovsk (45.00) 10 20 Teralyon (51.36+3) New Velkia (45.00) 08 16 Nieubasria (49.54+3) Sekiya (46.11) 13 22 Fujai (47.65+3) Nouveauterra (45.00) 22 06 Zoran (54.33+3) Einherfell (39.98) 00 10 Saint Mark (48.60+3) Arifiyyah (42.62) 07 17 Peourouin (46.65+3) Nalibia (45.00) 10 03 Giovanniland (51.46+3) Mygrdiyah (45.00) 21 00 Min-Su (48.87+3) Denieria (42.95) 07 19 Ostronia (47.74+3) Dalimbar - 64.14 United Adaikes - 57.40 Ryxtylopia - 55.45 Cambria - 53.97 Overthinkers - 53.61 Zoran - 51.86 Teralyon - 51.49 Mygrdiyah - 50.06 Nieubasria - 50.03 Nalibia - 48.89 Fujai - 48.74 Saint Mark - 48.28 Ostronia - 48.18 Giovanniland - 47.57 Nouveauterra - 47.47 Peourouin - 47.17 Varanius - 46.97 Kalmach - 46.41 Aftokratoria - 46.36 Hertfordshire and Jammbo - 46.05 Avadonialis - 45.49 Fortuna - 45.49 Libterraria - 45.23 Sekiya - 45.02 Zhiznovsk - 44.87 Ionia - 44.82 New Velka - 44.51 Min-Su - 43.81 Rivalfiume - 43.42 Denieria - 42.51 Larxia - 42.47 Apexiala - 42.41 Cyrylic - 42.05 Arifiyyah - 42.01 Dilber - 40.97 Einherfell - 40.30
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  44. A news broadcast flickers on, in a university dorm, a noisy bar, quietly humming along in a dentist's office - That matters not. The nation as a whole watches on intently, this was to be the first major international sporting event that war-battered Zhiznovsk had participated in since it won its independence. An odd display of national fervour flared up amongst its citizens that day, as it watched its team, regional celebrities, walk up to a stage with many advisors and councilmen in attendance, including the recently disgraced Servant-Councillor for the Promotion of Public Physical Health and Sporting. Most didn't let it bring down the spirit of the day, however, as they still sat, with bated breath and much anticipation. Meanwhile, the anchors introduced the story, beginning their broadcast, interrupting some kind of weather report. "Здравствуй, товарищы, мы аужор предъявим этой-" The various ambassadors, exchange students and tourists of Zhiznovsk must have sighed in relief upon seeing that there were indeed subtitles- English ones, for the broadcast. The same broadcast was sure to capture the team moving through a veritable crowd, separated only by a well-planned fence, as they shook hands with the common people, cheery as ever, for they, of course, were the ones who enabled them to partake in such an event. Such ran belief, such had to run belief. Rasul Ismaelov, the team's coach/manager, took his place at the podium last, following the rest of the team as they smiled and waved their way across the red-carpeted stage, wearing their characteristic blue and yellow jerseys. The coach himself was a relatively young raven-haired man, looking to be in his early 40s, who limped his way to his position, wearing a simple, yet well-tailored suit. A certain stoic coolness emanated out of his, cold in the way ember-coals in the freezing cold are. "My brothers-in-arms!" He proclaimed, as a wave of adulation propagated across the crowd, holding many a banner or sign. "Today, it is my pleasure and my sorrow to bid you a goodbye, for now. A week hence, these glorious men and women behind me-" He gestures "-will take their place in the green grass in Andolia, across the Viatic, in the gracious country of Overthinkers. Doubtless, many of you will join them there, we suggest you look at the travel advisories and guides we have published for your reference. But even to those who watch on, from home, I ask that you band together, in the spirit of unity, and support these brave men and women as they bare their well-honed skills to the world!" A well-timed pause, the crowd exploding into cheers again. "I have seen them play, rise above the others, take on the best of Zhiznovsk and win. But the time is come, for them to prove to the world just what we of Mother Zhiznovsk can accomplish when we work together. I am immensely grateful to have been given the opportunity to mentor these fine folks behind me" He gestures behind him yet again, and continues. "However, I have spoken on long enough..." He picks up a rugby ball lying aimlessly on the floor, looking at the crowd, before looking back at his players. "But I'll be passing the floor to Anya!" He throws the ball behind him, with the well-experienced movements of an athlete, as Anya- a thin, flaxen-haired lass- hops up to catch it, in a moment which almost seemed rehearsed. The crowd goes wild, as Anya takes the podium and begins to speak. Meanwhile, in a bar in the capital, a group of people watch the broadcast intently, for a wholly different reason, dressed in a wholly different jersey to the sports bar around them....
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  45. Ostronian Rugby Federation Headquarters Gida, Ostronia One month before the Fifth Rugby World Cup "Thanks for coming in, Erik. How's the knee?" "Got it taped up with prayers and gauze." "Nasty hit there, nasty hit." "My career-ender," admitted Erik Tafa, former captain of the Ostronia Stars, to the suit in front of him. "Well, that's what I wanted to talk to you about. Please, have a seat." Erik relaxed into the lounge chair with a small wince. Karl sat on the front of his desk, arms crossed over his chest, which he puffed up with a big breath to look strong and confident. It only reminded Erik of nervousness. "Drink?" Karl offered quickly, waving a hand at the cabinet. A nice bottle of rum shone amber under the lamplight. Based on the rest of the dilapidated office, Erik wondered briefly about the Rugby Federation's budget priorities. "No thanks. Driving home to Ibadan tonight." "Maybe. Maybe not," Karl's eyes glimmered. "Let me cut to the chase. Coach Balarabe quit today." Erik sat up a bit. "Why?" "Professional disagreements," Karl tried to reassure him. "At the end of the day, he wanted my job as GM for the Stars. He wanted to pick what he thought were the 'best players.'" "Not surprising," Erik nodded. "Let me guess- they were all Ausa?" "And every one of them is supposedly better than Yaya," Karl chuckled, shaking his head. "Why'd he quit now? You should have the whole team picked out and training together by now. I mean," he scoffed, "we're only a month a way from Overthinkers." Karl traced his palm with his thumb. The pressure made the knuckle turn white. "We only just finished the selection process," he said to the carpeted floor. Erik stood up in shock, his knee's protests be damned. "What? You're telling me you only now have a team picked out? No wonder Balarabe's left you, scurrying like a rat off a sinking ship! Did you even have auditions? Have you even notified any of them? Have you even let their teams know?" It was Karl's turn to wince. "I was hoping that could be your job, Coach Tafa." "No. No, this is ridiculous. Pull out of the cup right now before you embarrass the whole country. And don't call me again." Erik turned to leave. Karl placed a hand on his shoulder. He was tempted to grab it and throw the suit to the floor. "Don't you want to see the roster before you leave?" Karl said. Erik sighed. "Show me." No. Position Name Age Ethnicity 1 Loosehead Prop Yahaya "Yaya" Gagare* 27 Ausa 2 Hooker Mahmud Aliyu 29 Ausa 3 Tighthead Prop Vilfred Akande* 29 Orioba 4 Number 4 Lock Kehinde Olabisi 23 Orioba 5 Number 5 Lock Theodor "Theo" Nkem* 25 Ebo 6 Blindside Flanker Sallan Hassana* 27 Ausa 7 Openside Flanker Silas Nilssen* 28 Kalmach 8 Number 8 Leif Adediran 22 Orioba 9 Scrum Half Max Bidemi (C)* 32 Ebo 10 Fly Half Frederik Omerogo* 31 Ebo 11 Inside Center Tayo Layomi 25 Ausa 12 Outside Center Bello Musa 21 Ausa 13 Right Wing Hans Giboyega 24 Orioba 14 Left Wing Alex Uchechukwu* 22 Ebo 15 Fullback Harald Haraldsen* 30 Kalmach Head Coach Erik Tafa* General Manager Karl Olsen * Played in RWC4 Karl handed him a legal notepad. On it were some names he had probably jotted down an hour ago. Erik recognized several of his teammates from last year in Dalimbar, but there were several fresh names too. And of course- "Yaya's on here," Erik stated. "Why wouldn't he be? He's the best prop in the country." "Yeah, and his agent is up in Easthaven right now trying to get him a deal with a Kalmachian team." "That won't matter for the World Cup. He can't play for Kalmach there." "But it sure says a lot about his patriotism. Or lack thereof. He might forgo the World Cup and a potential injury if he signs for a team up there." "You played with him. You know he's a gloryhound. Use that." Erik tsked. "It might be the only way to get through that thick skull of his. He won't be able to turn down another shot at world champion." "Exactly!" Karl clapped. "Let's pray the Kalmachians don't put in an unwritten clause that he sits out this cup," Erik warned. He tossed the notepad back to the suit and pinched the bridge of his nose. "You're giving me a month to get these fifteen guys together on a pitch, get the biggest personalities in Ostronian rugby to play nice with each other, and somehow make sure we aren't an embarrassment to our country in front of the entire world." "If anyone can do it, it's you, Erik. Yaya may be an amazing player, but he doesn't have your mind for team strategy. You were captain of the Stars last year, not him. You took the team to the round of sixteen." Erik shook his head. "I don't know, Karl." Karl had one more card to play. He put every bit of his father's salesmanship into it. He grabbed Erik's hands in both of his. "Look, Erik. What are you going to do, now that you're off the pitch? Coach the Ibadan Reds and hope you maybe someday win a state title? Or do you want to be back out there, out on the world stage, with your players, helping them achieve what no one thought this little country in Nur could? "You were a great captain, Erik. Now you can be an amazing coach." He released Erik's hands, then positioned his own for a handshake. "Before I shake your hand," Erik said, "tell me you at least have a pitch for us to train on." "Of course! Of course! I wouldn't hire a coach without a pitch. It's right here in Gida." Against his better judgment, Erik shook Karl's hand. He was going to the World Cup again. "Though I should mention," Karl added, "it's the local high school's pitch." Erik groaned. This was going to be one hell of a month. Style Modifier: +2.5 If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers Y Choose my kicker Y RP injuries N Godmod scoring events Y Godmod injuries N Godmod other events Y
    7 points
  46. Lazar Ignatiyev: "...and we have live pictures of the FSN Marshal Zhukov and supporting ships making their way to port in Aurum, the capital of Overthinkers. With General Iosip Franc and the Boys in Blue on board, the FSN Marshal Zhukov has been on a diplomatic tour of friendly states, including Saint Mark and Giovanniland, before arriving in Overthinkers for the fifth Rugby World Cup." Roman Isakov: "Lazar, I've been told that the Boys in Blue have been a huge hit on this mission, is that right?" Lazar: "Absolutely, Roman. At each port of call they played friendly games with the locals, showing off their skills and having the natives meet with our famed captain, Luka Ivika, who as we all know is a charming and humble man." Roman: "I'm glad he's returned to be captain of the squad for this tournament, there was talk of him retiring after the victory at home last year." Lazar: "When I spoke to him at the stop in Giovanniland, he noted that he has a drive to make sure that the Free State wins the cup on foreign soil, something which has eluded the squad so far. Winning at Garrison Stadium was a dream come true, but winning the trophy elsewhere really would make the squad feel that they're the top team in the world." Captain Luka Ivika photographed with the Boys in Blue while on tour. Lazar: "General Franc is said to be in good spirits, as part of this tour he is representing the Marshal and all of the Free State in a new tradition of "handing over" the hosting responsibilities from Dalimbar to Overthinkers. This includes handing over the ceremonial flame which was lit in Saint Andreisburg and carried on the FSN Marshal Zhukov on the journey to Overthinkers. He is expected to meet with the Overthinkers leadership this evening." Roman: "Thank you for your report, Lazar. We here at Free State Television are proud to present you live action of the fifth Rugby World Cup, and we look forward to the success of our glorious team!"
    7 points
  47. Dalimbar Union da Rugby / Далимбар Юнион да Регби Name Age Number Position City Squad Benedikt Jevrem 25 1 Loosehead Prop Saikuz Donuzlav RC Terenti Sukhrab 24 2 Hooker Saint Andreisburg Akkem RC Matviy Mariya 21 3 Tighthead Prop Kaisah Markof RC Mark Hynek 24 4 Second Row (L) Shirokiy Geness RC Antonin Klavdiya 26 5 Second Row (R) Markof Saikuz RC Roman Aristarkh 23 6 Blindside Flanker Saint Andreisburg Geness RC Nikolai Blago 20 7 Openside Flanker Saint Andreisburg Port Kaisah RC Ignacij Aysultan 25 8 Number 8 Trizon Donuzlav RC Mikita Ajdin 25 9 Scrum-Half Khangar Cherskogo RC Albert Vasilka 22 10 Fly-Half Nadu Nadu Naval RC Peter Srecko 25 11 Left Wing Saint Andreisburg Nadu Naval RC Dimitri Marijan 27 12 Inside Centre Selia Posadka RC Damir Siamion 23 13 Outside Centre Khangar Marinsky RC Luka Ivica 30 14 (C) Right Wing Saint Andrisburg Geness RC Anton Kirill 26 15 Full Back Geness Port Kaisah RC Substitutes: Name Age Number Positions City Squad Grigor Tihana 23 16 1, 2 Khangar Marinsky RC Artur Jarmil 27 17 1, 2, 3 Milna Labaz RC Dusan Momchil 23 18 2, 3 Shirokiy Port Kaisah RC Miroslav Stanislav 28 19 4, 5 Shishel Danu RC Denis Rajko 24 20 4, 5 Malyy Belosel RC Petr Denys 23 21 4, 6, 8 Markof Donuzlav RC Konstantin Arkadi 27 22 5, 7, 8 Neito Marinsky RC Nikon Dragoljub 26 23 8, 9 Fontanka Fort Kaisah RC Milan Mykhailo 25 24 8, 9, 10 Port Ain Ketoi RC Ludvik Tolya 25 25 9, 10, 12 Ozernoy Posadka RC Vasili Volkov 23 26 11, 15 Nadu Ioni RC Andrey Hamza 26 27 10, 12, 13 Saikuz Fort Kaisah RC Alen Rajmund 28 28 12, 13, 14 Donlas Trizon RC Timotei Bojan 28 29 13, 14, 15 Saint Andreisburg Vavliov RC Gavrail Zarko 27 30 11, 14, 15 Ketoi Yelagin RC Iouri Utkin 22 31 12, 13 Moika Central Donlas RC Style: +1.23 Choose my Try Scorers: Yes Choose my Kicker: Yes RP Injuries: Yes Godmod injuries: Yes Godmod scoring: Yes Godmod other events: Yes
    7 points
  48. Fluvian Rugby Federation | Federasjone Fluvjana de Rugby Team Info The Fluvian Rugby Federation (FRF) is the governing body that represents Rivalfiume for the sport of Rugby. Rugby is not a very developed reality in Rivalfiume, as there are only two tiers of club competition consisting of 10 teams each, most of which are semi-professional or part-time teams. The team, mostly unchanged, has made its international debut in the previous Rugby World Cup held in Dalimbar and got knocked out in the group stage. The team's home stadium is the Arena Kapitolina (capacity: 38 686 seats), the biggest multi-purpose stadium located in Grankastello. The national team's coach is Deodiro Pitti, ex fluvian Rugby legend, who agreed to extend his contract. The team are nicknamed li Činni (the Swans) as it is the national animal of Rivalfiume. Players representing Rivalfiume Starting XV Number Player Name Age Position Other Info 1 Pau Moskardino 29 Loosehead Prop 2 Mauro Svitto 26 Hooker 3 Leno Skjumarola 32 Tighthead Prop 4 Feder Patrisi Martušovo 23 Lock 5 Bakko Mardadi 23 Lock 6 Juli Nurka 26 Blindside Flanker 7 Niko Deja 22 Openside Flanker 8 Mak Petroforte 29 Number 8 9 Jan Krišese 33 Scrum-half 10 Iljo Torričelli 25 Fly-half Can play as Inside Centre 11 Medèo Lemmini 26 Left Wing 12 Ǧanǧakko Issà 30 Inside Centre 13 Pertino Čelsionet 25 Outside Centre 14 Sal Neguarda 28 Right Wing 15 Jan-Malo Luni 20 Full-back Reserves Number Player Name Age Position Other Info 16 Kristoff Nola 28 Hooker 17 J̌o Tokki 26 Prop Can play as Hooker 18 Atelèo Inti 22 Prop 19 Kajo Čimìn 27 Lock 20 Marko Cano 25 Lock 21 Niklo Beratìn 20 Inside Centre Can play as Fly-half 22 Kàrtako Mari 21 Scrum-half 23 Čečiljo Dulfi 24 Outside Centre First colours Second colours Other info Style mod: -1.0 Kit manufacturer: KL sports Main Sponsor(s): Velis manufacturing (sleeves), RF Tourism (branch of the fluvian government that promotes and developes tourism in Rivalfiume (back of the shirt) If my opponent RPs first, they may... Choose my try scorers: Y Choose my kicker: Y RP injuries: Y Godmod scoring events: N Godmod injuries: N Godmod other events: N
    7 points
  49. Cut-off Time: Every 48 hours at 9 PM ET. Schedule (teams on the left wear home/white kits) Group Stage Matchday 1 - June 23 (2 v 7, 3 v 6, 4 v 5, Rest Day for 1) Matchday 2 - June 25 (6 v 4, 7 v 3, 1 v 2, Rest Day for 5) Matchday 3 - June 27 (3 v 1, 4 v 7, 5 v 6, Rest Day for 2) Matchday 4 - July 1 (7 v 5, 1 v 4, 2 v 3, Rest Day for 6) Matchday 5 - July 3 (4 v 2, 5 v 1, 6 v 7, Rest Day for 3) Matchday 6 - July 5 (1 v 6, 2 v 5, 3 v 4, Rest Day for 7) Matchday 7 - July 7 (5 v 3, 6 v 2, 7 v 1, Rest Day for 4) Listed first and second games are afternoon and evening matches in the non-premier stadiums (listed second stadium per site), the third match is in the premier stadium (listed first stadium per site) 4 points for a win, 2 points for a draw, and no points for a loss Bonus points system: + 1 point for scoring at least 20 points, regardless of outcome + 1 point for losing a match by fewer than 8 points If, at the end of the Group Stage, teams are tied in Points, these are the tie-breaking procedure: a. Head-to-head record between tied teams b. highest Point Difference c. highest Points For (scored) d. Head-to-head Point Difference between tied teams e. Head-to-head Points For (scored) between tied teams Play-offs Round of 16 - July 9 (A1 v D4, B2 v C3, C1 v B4, D2 v A3, B1 v C4, A2 v D3, D1 v A4, C2 v B3) Quarterfinals - July 11 Semi-finals - July 13 Finals - July 15
    7 points
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