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    Santo-Dominian left unites after narrow defeat in presidential elections, but old problems remain

    Today, the Santo-Dominian left-wing overwhelmingly united behind one banner, ending years of endless division and factionalism in the political camp that once reliably dominated the Federal Republic's political scene. The centre-left Country Liberal Party(CLP), which gave this country Presidents Jan Davis Lovings and Eliot Klein, decided to merge with the far-left Santo-Dominian Communist Phalanx(SDCP). Interestingly, the long-running feud between these two leftist parties was chiefly perpetrated by none other than Lovings and Klein themselves. Here's a recap of the entire feud.

    The year was 1306, and then-President Lovings enjoyed good approval ratings. As the 2nd President of Santos-Dominius, Lovings pioneered social and welfare reform, built and repaired rural infrastructure, and sought to eradicated illiteracy. He held the support of a majority of Santo-Dominians, and while he certainly had detractors, they were outnumbered by his supporters for the most part. However, within his own Country Liberal Party, a plot to topple and replace the extremely old President was brewing, and leading the plot was Senator Eliot Klein(SN) and his centre-left moderates.

    Disillusioned with the seemingly "radical" and "extreme" measures that President Lovings pushed for in the National Senate, the young and charismatic Sen. Klein convinced many of the party elders, as well as young CLP voters, to support him and abandon Lovings. After all preparations had been done, Sen. Klein invoked the CLP's constitution and launched a sudden and unannounced leadership challenge against Lovings, ultimately winning it and becoming Santo-Dominian's 3rd President and the first one that came into office without being popularly elected. Infuriated by his own untimely and early demise, Lovings and his far-left base left the CLP, founding the SDCP and siphoning a reasonable amount of votes from the CLP's base.

    Both Sens. Lovings and Klein have since died, but the feud continued on after their deaths, weakening the Santo-Dominian left for years. It was this heated feud that was heavily blamed by both parties for the left's defeat in the 1422 presidential elections, in which incumbent President Paul Goldberg, of the centre-right Democratic Coalition Party(DCB), barely defeated leftist challenger Sen. Jeremy Maxson(WS) from the CLP. Opinion polls had long predicted a massive CLP victory and Maxson's election as the 5th President of the country, but on election night, it was revealed that a razor-thin majority of Santo-Dominians had abandoned the left and voted to re-elect the old and white-haired President Goldberg, handing him his 3rd and possibly final term as he approaches 100 years old.

    Though recommended by leftist commentators and columnists alike, Sen. Maxson declined to become the leader of the new party after the merge was completed and the appropriate documents submitted to the Government. Instead, the CLP's 1422 vice presidential candidate, Sen. Art Bernstein(LM), assumed joint leadership of the party with Sen. Diane Waterside(SDCP-RO), an avowed socialist and former schoolteacher. Bernstein and Waterside named the new party "Coalition of Roses"(CoR), selecting the rose - a historical symbol of the labour movement and leftist causes - as its party symbol. With the left now united behind the CoR, Santos-Dominius seems to be stabilising as a three-party democracy, with the CoL, DCB and the far-right Split Conservative Union(SCU) contesting elections. However, Sen. Bernstein's advanced age and Sen. Waterside's radical ideas may threaten the unity and appeal of the CoR, and Santos-Dominius' left-wing still has a long way to go if it aims to win an election against the now established and strong DCB.

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    Tropical Storm Viola approaches western Santos-Dominius from Yatasail Sea

    Today, the National Weather Observatory(NWO) of the Ministry of Science & Development(MSD) announced today that Tropical Storm Viola was swiftly approaching the Santo-Dominian archipelago. Senator Walter Untermann(DCB-NL), Minister of Science and Development, said in a press conference at the MSD headquarters that Viola "is quickly and swiftly approaching Santos-Dominius and rapidly increasing in strength and speed". He stated that Viola "will most certainly pose a strong threat to the Santo-Dominian archipelago", and spent the entire press conference speaking about precautions and preventative measures.

    Sen. Untermann first announced that Viola "is undergoing the meteorological situation of rapid intensification, a dangerous process where a tropical cyclone intensifies dramatically in strength and especially maximum wind speed in a very short amount of time". He told reporters that the National Weather Observatory "predicts Tropical Storm Viola to be classified as a major hurricane and a very real danger to the country", and urged Santo-Dominians to "take any and all precautions and preventative measures possible so as to reduce and control ahead of time the damage and impact caused".

    In line with Sen. Untermann's stern and serious warnings, the Ministry of Information(MI) and the Ministry of Biological, Ecological and Zoological Affairs(MBEZA) both announced extreme preventative measures. Sen. Terry Melvin(DCB-FE), Minister of Information, announced that all schools in the country would have to be closed indefinitely until further notice starting the day after tomorrow. "We must protect and ensure the safety of our children," Sen. Melvin wrote in his statement. Sen. Christelle Chantal(DCB-FR), Minister of Biological, Ecological and Zoological Affairs, announced that all zoos, parks, nature reserves, national parks and wildlife enclosures would be shut down indefinitely and the animals would be all moved to secure indoor facilities that would be well-stocked and able to run independently for weeks on end.

    Other government ministries also took the threat of Tropical Storm Viola seriously. The Ministry of Commerce advised all non-essential cargo traffic to and from Santos-Dominius to be halted as soon as possible, and urged cargo ships and planes already on the way to arrive in Santo-Dominian docks and airports as soon as possible to "allow for protection and shelter". The Ministry of Defence was put on high alert as the Naval Constabulary, the country's non-military naval policing and patrolling force, advised all ships traveling in Santo-Dominian waters to dock and temporarily unload cargo immediately to allow for safe and secure storage. The Ministry of Social Services announced it would close its offices in three days and urged all who had business with it to come forward and "get it over with" before the closures.

    Some ministries took preparation to the extreme. The Treasury of the State announced that all of its offices would be closed starting tomorrow and all employees would be on indefinite paid leave. It also stated that it would limit its operations to only accept applications, requests and documents online, and even those would only be processed after Viola is no longer a threat. The Directory of the Interior also announced that major highways would limit traffic and that after the tropical cyclone passes, all arterial roads would be restricted to government vehicles only. It also announced that the Bill Mulberry International Airport would be closing down tomorrow night indefinitely, and urged all Santo-Dominian planes to be securely parked in hangars and all foreign planes to return to their home countries as additional shelter would not be available at the airport.

    With the entire government scrambling to prepare for the worst case scenario, where a Hurricane Viola wrecks havoc across the Federal Republic, it seems that Santo-Dominians across the country are also preparing to face the brunt of the brutal side of nature. In the big cities like Friberne, Sasslen, Louisann and Arkurter, traffic has ground to a halt as citizens rush to big-box stores and grocery markets to purchase essentials and stock up for the impending disaster. In the rural areas, villagers and farmers have prepared their farms, vineyards, lands and houses for what the NWO describes as "the most destructive natural disaster Santos-Dominius will encounter".


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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 welcome you to the final day of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous special sponsor today, McBlah-Shill Educational Publishing! I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received the results for the grand final match as well as the match for 3rd place! That means...this is truly the last day of WCF1! I'm gonna miss this so much until the next one starts. Anyways, firstly, let's go over the results from the battle for third place! Let's look at this graphic here."

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    "And the winner of the match is the formidable and strong team from Tara & Cambray! Scoring a 4-1 victory, the biggest nation in Polaris managed to beat the team from Nagaraningrad in northern Andolia in a match that showed just how strong the Cambrians were despite being eliminated from contention for the championship this year. Congratulations to Tara & Cambray for getting 3rd and good job to Nagaraningrad, who still got a pretty respective 4th place in the entire WCF1! Now why don't we go to what everyone's been all waiting for: the results of the grand finals! Let's look at the graphic."

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    "And after a heated match full of action and competitiveness, the team from NIEUBASRIA has emerged jubilant as the CHAMPION OF THE 1ST WORLD CUP OF FOOTBALL! On behalf of the entire crew here at SDCSN Channel 3, I want to sincerely congratulate the Nieubasrians for pulling through WCF1 and demonstrating such strength and sportsmanship. Nieubasria has once again solidified its reputation as one of the nations with the best football players in the entire world! But let's not forget the footballers from Larxia, whose strong performance made this match captivating and one that wasn't lopsided right from the beginning. They deserve a round of applause for coming this far and winning a brilliant 2nd place in this tournament!"

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    "And here's the final results, with the final top four teams displayed in this graphic here! Once again, our heartfelt congratulations to these teams for their exceptional performances throughout WCF1! But also, let's have a round of applause for every team that participated this time! Not just the winners and runner-ups, but every team and every player that did their best for their country and strived for success! Let's hear it for all 24 participating teams: Fujai, Nagaraningrad, the Provisional Auran Team, Fuentana, Teralyon, Giovanniland, Pallandole, Larxia, Dalimbar, Libterraria, Fhaengshia, Zoran, Italia, Arifiyyah, Reçueçn, Hertfordshire and Jammbo, Irador, Nieubasria, Dilber, Tara and Cambray, Badgeria, Alchera, our home country of Santos-Dominius, and saving the best for last - our host country United Adaikes!"

    "With teams from all four continents playing in WCF1, football has truly united Aura, Andolia, Polaris and Doll Guldur more than ever. It has been a wonderful honour for me to serve as the host. From our division of Channel 3 of the Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network, thank you so, so, so much for watching our coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football coming live from Steskia, United Adaikes! I'm Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and see you next time! Goodbye!"

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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 welcome you back to the second hour of our two-hour special broadcast today covering results from Match Day 5 to the semifinals! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous special sponsor today, PETC, because crustaceans will always be our lovely animal friends, not creatures to be eaten! I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1."

    "As we went over the results of Match Day 5 and the Round of 16 in the first hour of the broadcast, we shall go over the results of the quarterfinals and the semifinals in the second hour. Now, starting with the four matches in the quarterfinals. Let's look at the graphic here!"

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    "In the first match, the Nieubasrians managed to score a 3-1 victory against the nation of Zoran, ending the war-torn nation's strong bid to become champion of WCF1 and propelling their team to the semifinals. I would like to take this moment to express my sincerest condolences on behalf of myself and the entire production crew here at SDCSN Channel 3 for the unfortunate passing of Nieubasria's team captain Earc Velding before their match with Zoran. I'd also like to applaud the Nieubasrian team for bonding together and giving such a strong and exceptional performance in the face of such a terrible tragedy. Quite a show of resilience and perseverance, one that exemplifies the strength of sportsmanship."

    "In the second match, we have Nagaraningrad winning a 2-1 match against their opponents from Irador, thus advancing to the semifinals. In the third match, Larxia beat Fujai, who beat our home country in the Round of 16, in a 2-1 match that secured their place in the semifinals. Finally, in the fourth match, Tara & Cambray won a 1-0 victory over formidable opponent Arifiyyah, earning the Cambrians their place in the semifinals. To sum up, the teams that advanced to the semifinals include Nieubasria, Nagaraningrad, Larxia and Tara & Cambray. Now let's go over the results of the semifinals!"

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    "Let's look at this graphic here. In the first match, Nieubasria's team continues to shine bright as it beats Nagaraningrad in a 2-1 match, securing their place in the grand finals. In the second match, Larxia manages to end the nearly impeccable streak of exceptionally strong opponent Tara & Cambray in a 3-2 victory that secures the former their own place in the grand finals. Now, because both Nieubasria and Larxia have advanced to the grand finals, they will either get first or second place. Nagaraningrad and Tara & Cambray, on the other hand, are both eliminated from contention for the championship, and will either get third or fourth place depending on the results of the match for third place."

    "And that's our two-hour special broadcast covering the WCF1's results from Match Day 5 to the semifinals! Congratulations to Larxia and especially Nieubasria, and good job to Nagaraningrad as well as Tara & Cambray! I'm your host, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and this was the two-hour special recap broadcast of the 1st World Cup of Football. Stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3 for coverage of the WCF grand finals and match for third place, and see you tomorrow!"

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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, AdBlocker, because you should be able to block every ad except theirs! I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received news that the semifinals have concluded and the results have been released to everyone! Let's look at the results from MD4 to the semifinals and analyse the general situation of the competition."

    "But before we get into the results, I would like to apologise to our viewers on behalf of SDCSN-3 for not covering WCF1 on Match Day 5, the Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals. Unfortunately, funding for the WCF1 coverage division was diverted suddenly to the division covering the Annual Santo-Dominian Crustacean Creatures Race. Now that that amazing - I mean boring - race has concluded, we now have the funding to cover WCF1 again. To fill the gap, this will be a special two-hour broadcast succinctly summing up the results from MD5 to the semifinals! Now, let's first sum up Match Day 5's results, starting with Group A!"

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    "In Group A's first match, Nagaraningrad won a 1-0 victory against Teralyon, with both of them advancing to the Round of 16. In the second match, the pummelled Provisional Auran Team was again beaten, this time by Fujai in a 0-4 loss. Fujai advanced to the Round of 16, and the PAT obviously did not. In the third match, the square-off between Fuentana and host country United Adaikes ended in a 2-2 draw, with the former being eliminated and the latter advancing to the Round of 16. Now, let's move to Group B's MD5 results!"

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    "In Group B's first match, Larxia handily defeated Fhaengshia in a 5-0 win, with the former advancing to the Round of 16 and the latter getting shut out. In the second match, Pallandole lost to Dalimbar in a 1-3 loss, thus getting eliminated from the WCF1 and helping the latter advance to the Round of 16. In the third match, Libterraria and Giovanniland were both unable to score more points than the other, resulting in a 1-1 tie. The former was unable to get further in the competition, while the latter was able to advance to the Round of 16. Moving on to Group C!"

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    "In Group C's first match, Arifiyyah lost to Irador in a 1-2 defeat, but both teams managed to advance to the Round of 16. In the second match, Reçueçn and Italia both couldn't score any points in the match between them, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Neither of them were able to advance to the Round of 16. In the third match, it's another 0-0 draw, this time between Hertfordshire & Jammbo and Zoran! Both the extremely southern nation and the country of civil strife and refugees were able to advance to the Round of 16. Finally, let's get to Group D!"

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    "In the first match of Group D, Dilber defeats the football players from Alchera and scores a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately, neither of them were able to go to the Round of 16. In the second match, it's a 1-1 tie, with Tara & Cambray and Nieubasria both unable to get more points than the opposing team. Both of them are able to advance to the Round of 16. In the third match match, our home country Santos-Dominius beat initially strong competitor Badgeria in a 2-0 victory, but both are able to advance to the Round of 16. To sum up, the teams able to go to the Round of 16 include: United Adaikes, Nieubasria, Libterraria, Zoran, Irador, Giovanniland, Badgeria, Nagaraningrad, Larxia, Hertfordshire & Jammbo, Fujai, Santos-Dominius, Tara & Cambray, Teralyon, Arifiyyah and Dalimbar."

    "Now let's go over the results of the Round of 16, starting with the first four matches! Let's look at the graphic here."

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    "In the first match of the Round of 16, Nieubasria knocks out host country United Adaikes in a 3-0 match that shows off Nieubasrian prowess in football! In the second match, war-torn Zoran continues its overall strong performance by eliminating Libterraria from WCF1 in a 1-0 victory! In the third match, Irador ends Giovanniland's run in the competition by defeating them in a 3-1 win. In the fourth match, the initially strong Badgeria falls to Nagaraningrad in a 0-2 loss that shuts them out of the Quarterfinals. Now, let's look at the fifth to eighth matches."

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    "In the fifth match of the Round of 16, the strong footballers from Larxia kick Hertfordshire & Jammbo out in a 1-0 match. In the sixth match, Fujai barely beats our home country of Santos-Dominius in a heated and close 4-3 match, ending the Santo-Dominian dream of winning the WCF1. In the seventh match, Tara & Cambray's strength once again shows as they beat Teralyon in a 2-0 match that solidifies the former as a competitive team to go up against. In the eighth and final match, Arifiyyah gives Dalimbar a 5-2 smackdown, shutting the Dalimbari out of the Quarterfinals so they themselves can advance."

    "To sum up, the teams that advance from the Round of 16 to the Quarterfinals are: Nieubasria, Zoran, Irador, Nagaraningrad, Larxia, Fujai, Tara & Cambray and Arifiyyah. Now, let's take a short commercial break with a word from our sponsor AdBlocker before we return to cover the results of the quarterfinals and semifinals in the second hour of today's two-hour WCF1 special broadcast. See you later, and stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3!"

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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, +238flowers, because every occasion needs some flowers. I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received news that the Match Day 4 has concluded and the results have been released to everyone! Let's look at the results and analyse the general situation of the competition. Let's start with Group A and look at this graphic."

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    "In Group A, we've got some typical matches. In the first match, Teralyon manages to beat the team from Fuentana in a 1-0 victory for them. In the second match, our host country United Adaikes beats the Provisional Auran Team in a 2-1 match that shows just how strong they are. In the third match, Fujai is unable to win against Nagaraningrad and loses in a 0-1 match. Now, let's move on to Group B and look at the next graphic."

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    "And in Group B, we've got one match that ends in a draw and two that end decisively! In the first match, Fhaengshia and Libterraria are both unable to score more points than each other, and therefore the match results in a 1-1 tie. In the second match, Giovanniland manages to beat strong competitor Dalimbar in a 2-0 victory that shows that nothing is impossible. In the third match, Pallandole is beat in a 1-2 match by Larxia, a major force in Group B. Let's move on Group C now."

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    "In Group C, we've got no underwhelming ties, and all three matches conclude decisively. In the first match, Irador handily beats the team from Hertfordshire & Jammbo in a shockingly strong 5-1 victory! In the second match, Zoran, one of the better teams from Group C, is beat in a 0-2 match by the underdog players from Reçueçn. In the third match, Italia loses in a 0-3 match to Arifiyyah, one of the leading teams in Group C. Finally, let's move on to Group D and look at the next graphic."

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    "And in Group D, we've got some pretty decisive matches! In the first match, Badgeria inflicts a crushing defeat on the team from Alchera in a 6-0 match, one of the most lopsided matches we've seen in WCF1! In the second match, our home country Santos-Dominius loses to the strong players from Tara & Cambray in a 0-2 match. Finally, in the third match, Nieubasria manages to pull ahead and win against Dilber in a 4-3 match. Now, let's go over the rankings and review the situation."

    "Looking at the rankings, we can see that United Adaikes is the clear leader in Group A, followed closely by their fellow Polaris team from Fujai. Teralyon and Nagaraningrad, however, are also going strong and can possibly race to catch up. Unfortunately, Fuentana and especially the Provisional Auran Team are under threat of elimination and will have to try their very best to reverse their increasingly poor fortunes."

    "In Group B, Larxia is leading the pack, followed closely by Fhaengshia and Libterraria. Giovanniland is also doing alright, placing beyond the three teams. Dalimbar, however, has been rocked by poor performance after initial victories and strength, and is now in the bottom two of the bunch together with Pallandole. In Group C, Arifiyyah is the leader with 10 points overall, while Irador is the strongest challenger with 7 points. Zoran, as well as Hertfordshire & Jammbo, are in the middle of the group, with both having 6 points. Reçueçn is behind them with 5 points, but Italia, with 0 points, is almost certainly doomed."

    "Finally, in Group D, Tara & Cambray and Badgeria are the two strongest competitors, while Nieubasria and our home country Santos-Dominius are in the middle of the pack. Dilber, rocked by a doping scandal, and Alchera, with only ties and defeats, are almost certainly going to be eliminated, and will have to make a exceptional comeback if they want to have a chance of staying in the competition."

    "And that is it for Match Day 4! Congratulations to the leading teams and players, and a 'Good Job' to the teams who are able to hold their own and fend off the threat of elimination. I also give a lot of encouragement to the teams and countries who are performing poorly right now, for I believe that all of the teams believe in the spirit of sportsmanship and fighting till the very end. I'm Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and this was Match Day 4 of the 1st World Cup of Football. Stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3 for coverage of the WCF, and see you tomorrow!"

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    President Goldberg announces new passport designs to be rolled out with new citizenship policies

    Today, President Paul Goldberg(DCB-FE) announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had completed designing new passports for Santo-Dominians. The endeavour, which cost around 675,000 SD Dollars, was completed by the MFA with the help of design and marketing firm DesignSD, famous for employing top students from the University of Friberne's Elaine Ip School of Arts and Design. Senator Diane Hutchison(DCB-YC), Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the passports would be rolled out by 1422, though she added that expedited production may make widespread distribution possible this year.

    Sen. Hutchison explained to reporters that the old passports, adopted after the foundation of the Federal Republic, had become outdated and inconvenient, especially for government officials and diplomats, as their passports were identical with the normal civilian version in terms of appearance and only identifiable by checking the first page. She stated to avoid inconveniences and misunderstandings, there would be three new passports, with one for civilians, a diplomatic passport for diplomats and a service passport for government officials.

    The new passports were revealed to be in different colours. The civilian passport would be in a splendid shade of deep purple with gold letters, while the diplomatic passport would be in a much lighter shade of purple with white letters. The service passport was in a shade of burgundy(though some say maroon), Santos-Dominius' unofficial national colour besides the classic dark grey, with letters also in white. The 10-Star Partitioned Shield, the Federal Republic's most recognisable symbol and unofficial coat of arms, is displayed prominently on all three passports.

    She also stated that accompanying the new designs would be a new citizenship policy. The Overseas Citizens' Rights Act of 1421, passed the day before yesterday in the National Senate, would introduce a new kind of citizen: the Santo-Dominian Overseas National(SDON). Whereas Santo-Dominians living overseas were traditionally required to completely abandon their citizenship if they stay for over 5 years with less than 10 visits to Santos-Dominius, expats abroad can now apply for SDON and stay indefinitely in foreign countries while still retaining the full rights and privileges afforded to a regular Santo-Dominian citizen living back home. Sen. Hutchison stated that SDON citizens would have to renew their status every five years, with the condition that they must at least stay in Santos-Dominius for an accumulated total time of at least one week every five years.

    The new passports, as well as the Overseas Citizens' Rights Act, were generally well-received by most people. Sen. Jeremy Maxson(CLP-WS), former presidential contender, praised the designs of the new passports, calling them "an improvement over the previous, outdated version". Political commentator James Lindsey agreed, saying that the new passports "are miles better in appearance and design". However, Sen. Art Bernstein(CLP-LM) was more critical overall, calling the MFA out for "excessive spending on designing passports while the Santo-Dominian people yearn for better lives". Sen. Bernstein remarked that the cost to have DesignSD create these passports, 675,000 SD Dollars, was an "exorbitant amount of money wasted".

    President Goldberg himself stayed notably silent on the matter following the announcement, with the press conference mostly dominated by Sen. Hutchison's explanations. Lindsey noted that this may be a result of his narrow re-election and weakened political standing, stating that since the President was elected on such a tiny margin, he would therefore attempt to avoid partisanship and controversy at all costs in order to solidify popular support for a possible fourth term. Now in the early days of his third term and nearing his later 90s, President Goldberg is known for his political strength and perseverance, which has allowed him to obtain victories, albeit with the thinnest of margins.

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  8. story #1

    [santosia and dominium]

    Long, long, long ago, before the first humans settled on the islands we now call Santos-Dominius, the islands were inhabited by a group of gods living there. These were the powerful gods who descended from heaven to create the Santo-Dominian archipelago. There were seven gods, and they were: Saxilon, god of creation; Palatina, goddess of fate; Arlancia, goddess of happiness and nature; Ubuntinius, god of hate and destruction; Oporil, god of weather and the seas; Rechs, the god of war; and Santosia, goddess of love.

    Every day, the gods were living on the islands, nourishing and cherishing it. As the years flew by, however, the gods were beset by loneliness, and the gods met to discuss Arlancia's proposal of creating fairies to help them manage the archipelago. Ubuntinius enthusiastically supported the idea, given that he could create hate between the fairies and gods, bringing him great fun after years of creating boring hate between the gods themselves. Rechs too announced his support, for he could have new playthings to create war between.

    Unsurprisingly, Palatina, Oporil and Saxilon all disagreed with the proposal. Palatina feared that she would not be able to handle the increased workload, as she had already been tired by years and years of determining the fate of plants, animals and nature all over the world. Oporil stated that since the fairies would live on land, he would therefore be equally lonely regardless of the creation of fairies. He refused to support the proposal unless mermaids were created instead, a counterproposal which Arlancia rejected as that would bring her loneliness.

    Saxilon ultimately decided against the proposal, citing the reason that the creation of fairies would take all his energy and powers, and cause him to permanently lose the status of a god. With three people in favour of the proposal and three people against it, the deciding vote was held by Santosia. She agreed to the proposal, saying that she would be honoured to create love and romance between more creatures. And so, the fairies were created in Santos-Dominius.

    Years after, on one fair day, Santosia walked on the largest island in the archipelago. She had always admired the beauty of it, from the beaches to the mountains. She was attempting to create a little shrine as a gift to Arlancia, who created the island, when something bumped into her. She turned around, and was mesmerised by the most beautiful fairy she had ever seen, a handsome male called by the name of Dominium.

    Both of them knew it was love at first sight. Santosia believed that Palatina had blessed her and led her to the love of her life. From that day onwards, the goddess of love fell terribly in love with the fairies she promised to introduce romance to. They would play island-hopping. They would befriend animals and listen to the whispers of plants. But in the eyes of the gods, Santosia had made a big mistake. To fall in love with a creation of your own self, the gods thought, was a most unforgivable sin, one that would call for harsh punishment.

    Santosia was summoned to a hasty meeting of the gods. She was angrily reprimanded by Oporil, who held the belief that the gods were superior to their creations and therefore must not indulge in romance with them, which would - in his opinion - diminish their superiority. She was warned that one more romantic encounter with Dominium would result in Palatina giving their relationship a terrible fat. Santosia lashed out, calling out the gods and angrily storming out of the meeting.

    After the meeting, the goddess of love was haunted by her inability to go to her own lover. She yearned for the chance to see him again, and when the gods set off on a trip and left her alone on the biggest island, she flew to Dominium. But right after they finally reunited, the weather rapidly darkened and the waves started growing more and more violent. As the couple was about to share a kiss, a thunderous bolt of lightening struck Dominium, instantaneously turning him into a pile of nothing but glowing ash and dust. The waves crashed against the shore, sweeping the ash forever out to sea, where Santosia could not reach at all. He had been killed by Ubuntinius' lightning and Oporil's waves.

    Santosia was distraught. She tried to have Saxilon, Arlancia and Palatina, who were sympathetic to her, to revive Dominium, but it was out of their control. Palatina explained that once she had set the fate of someone, it was impossible for anyone - even her - to change it or take it back, for that was the nature of fate. Santosia decided that if she could not get her lover back, she would remember him in spirit. She named the biggest island "Santos", after herself, and named the southern archipelago "Dominius".

    Santosia also repaid the sympathy and support of her fellow gods. When Saxilon created humans to apologise for deciding against the proposal to create fairies, Santosia had the first two ancient city-states, Saxilonia and Palatinium, named after Saxilon and Palatina respectively. The beautiful city of St. Arlaine, nestled in the northern part of Dominius, was named after Arlancia, who tried her best in vain to obtain Dominium's ash from the seas. Rechs, who failed to help her, did not get anything named after him, and neither did Ubuntinius or Oporil.

    And this tragedy, one that happened thousands and thousands of years ago, is rumoured to be the reason why Santos-Dominius is named so. Today, Saxilonia and Palatinium have become Sasslen and Palain respectively, while St. Arlaine has survived throughout the ages, something superstitious citizens claim to be as a result of divine protection from Arlancia. Nobody knows if this fable is real or not, but it is certainly one that has survived through the ages, earning it the right to be called a Santo-Dominian fable.


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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, Dominion Philanthropies, a subsidiary of Dominion Bank of Santos-Dominius. I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received news that the Match Day 3 has concluded and the results have been released to everyone! Let's go over them and analyse the WCF1 situation. Starting with Group A, let's look at this graphic."

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    "And we're seeing almost the exact opposite of Match Day 2, as Match Day 3 has a lot of victories and only one tie throughout the entire day! In Group A's first match, Fujai manages to cement their status as a leading country in the competition by beating Teralyon in a 3-1 win. In the second match, Nagaraningrad fails to defeat the host country and leading competitor, United Adaikes, with their match ending in a 1-2 loss for the former. In the third match, Fuentana handily wins against the Provisional Auran Team in a splendid 5-0 victory. Now, let's move on to Group B!"

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    "Just like Group A, Group B also has no matches ending in a draw on Match Day 3! Starting with the first match, Pallandole barely loses to Fhaengshia in a close match that ends with a 2-3 loss for the former. In the second match, Larxia successfully defeats the football team from Giovanniland in a 3-1 victory that puts the latter on the bottom of Group B. In the third match, the strong players from Dalimbar unexpectedly lost to Libterraria in a relatively surprising 0-1 defeat. Now, let's move on to Group C!"

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    "And in Group C, we also have no matches that end in a tie! Seems like today is quite a decisive day, indeed. In the first match, one between the "I" nations of WCF1, Irador scores a 1-0 victory against Italia, solidifying its place in the competitive field of WCF1. In the second match, Arifiyyah inflicts a 1-0 defeat on the strong nation of Zoran, breaking its consecutive winning streak of 2 matches. In the third match, Hertfordshire & Jammbo's strong performance leads them to victory against their opponents from Reçueçn. Finally, let's move on to Group D!"

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    "And in Group D, we find the sole match in the entire Match Day 3 that ends in a draw - the first match, where Nieubasria and Alchera both fail to score against each other, resulting in a 0-0 tie. In the second match, our home country of Santos-Dominius pulls ahead of the strong country of Dilber, winning a 1-0 victory against heavy odds. In the third match, the exceptionally strong players from Badgeria are given a wake-up call after losing 0-2 to the currently stronger team from Tara & Cambray! Now, let's review the situation and analyse the current rankings and positions."

    "After Match Day 3, in Group A, Fujai and United Adaikes both lead the pack with 7 points overall, while Fuentana and Teralyon are close behind. Nagaraningrad and the Provisional Auran Team are losing, however, and will have to give a strong performance in their upcoming respective matches if they want to stay in the competition. In Group B, Fhaengshia and Libterraria are the best-performing teams currently while Larxia and Dalimbar stand strong in the middle of the pack. Pallandole and Giovanniland, however, on the edge of being eliminated and will have to claw their way back into the competition if they want to win."

    "In Group C, Arifiyyah and Hertfordshire & Jammbo are the leading players in the struggle to win WCF1. Zoran and Irador are close behind as well, demonstrating that they are also worthy of victory as well. Reçueçn and Irador, however, are under threat of being eliminated and must do their best if they aspire to survive and thrive. In Group D, Tara & Cambray is the strongest football team, while Badgeria and our home country Santos-Dominius are close behind, with Nieubasria also holding its own against its opponents. Unfortunately, Dilber and Alchera may very well be eliminated from the competition, and will have perform exceptionally in the remaining matches to overtake the aforementioned rivals to take the win."

    "And that is it for Match Day 3! Congratulations to the leading teams and players, and a 'Good Job' to the teams who are able to hold their own and fend off the threat of elimination. I also give warm encouragement to the teams and countries who may not be doing so well right now, for they still have a few chances to show their strength and excel in the upcoming matches. I'm Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and this was Match Day 3 of the 1st World Cup of Football. Stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3 for coverage of the WCF, and see you tomorrow!"

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    As the camera pans to the courtyard in front of the WCF stadium, Blubberman is seen silently weeping. As the camera pans closer and closer to him, he takes out a handkerchief, wipes his tears and puts on a fake smile before facing the camera and beginning his monologue.

    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, Überschuss Automobiles! I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received news that the results for Match Day 2 are in! Let's get to looking at and analysing them. Starting with Group A! Let's look at these graphics."

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    "It seems that Match Day 2 is mostly indecisive for Group A! Teralyon prevails over the footballers from K66, resulting in a comeback win of 3-2! Other than that match, however, every other Group A match ends in a tie! Both Fuentana v. Nagaraningrad as well as United Adaikes v. Fujai end in a 1-1 tie, with all four teams being unable to score more than their respective opponents. It seems that they are all quite skilled at preventing each other from scoring. Haha!"

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    "And as we move on to Group B, we see that the craziness continues! All Group B matches on Match Day 2 end in ties! In the first match, Fhaengshia and Dalimbar are both unable to score more points than the other. The same can be said for the second match between Libterraria and Larxia. These two matches both end in a 1-1 tie. In the third match, both Giovanniland and Pallandole are unable to score any points at all! Therefore, that match ends in a 0-0 draw. Nobody wins in Group B!"

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    "The situation is slightly better in Group C. In the first match, both Irador and Reçueçn are unable to win any points, resulting in a 0-0 tie. In the second match, Hertfordshire and Jammbo loses a 2-3 match to Arifiyyah, with their losing margin being exactly same as the winning margin that they had for their victory against Italia yesterday. In the third match, the war-torn nation of Zoran extends its one-day victory streak and wins against Italia in a 1-0 win!"

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    As the graphic for Group D shows up, Blubberman starts tearing up, but takes out his handkerchief again, wipes the teardrops again, and resumes his monologue with the fake smile on.

    "And in Group D, we have the exact opposite of Group B! All Group B matches on Match Day 2 end in victories and defeats depending on which side you're on, with no matches ending in a draw. In the first match, Alchera continues its unfortunate losing streak, with Tara and Cambray scoring a 2-0 victory against them. In the second match, Badgeria continues its strong performance and dominates the match against Dilber, winning a 2-0 victory. In the third match, Santos-Domini...Santo..."

    Blubberman struggles to deliver the bad news. A producer comes into view, rushing to pat Blubberman on the back. Blubberman then resumes his monologue.

    "In the third match, our country, Santos-Dominius, loses against Nieubasria in a 0-1 match. Truly a sad defeat. Now, let's go over the general situation of the teams as the dust settles after Match Day 2."

    "In Group A, Fujai and host country United Adaikes, both from Polaris, take the lead! Teralyon and Nagaraningrad are also doing fine. K66 and Fuentana, however, will need to put in more effort and make comebacks if they are to stay in the competition and win. In Group B, Dalimbar is the clear leader in terms of overall points, while Fhaengshia, Giovanniland, Libterraria and Pallandole all hold their own. Larxia, however, must fight back if it wants to survive and thrive in WCF1."

    "In Group C, Zoran and Arifiyyah are leading the pack, while Reçueçn and Hertfordshire & Jammbo are also doing pretty well. Irador and Italia, however, are under the threat of elimination and must win the upcoming matches to increase their chances of staying in the competition. In Group D, Badgeria continues to dominate with its strong performance, while Tara & Cambray is close behind. Our home country of Santos-Dominius and our opponent today, Nieubasria, are on equal footing. Dilber, rocked by the doping scandal, is doing poorly, and the same can be said for the team from Alchera. Both must claw back if they want to take gold."

    "And that's it for Match Day 2! Congratulations to the winners and the leading teams! I also want to applaud the teams that are holding their own and doing well, though they might not be ahead of everyone else at the moment. As for the defeated teams, it's still not too late to make a grand comeback! I'm Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and this was Match Day 2 of the 1st World Cup of Football. Stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3 for coverage of the WCF, and see you tomorrow!"

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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, the Santo-Dominian Embassy here in United Adaikes! I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we're here with the coaches of the National Football Team of our very own Santos-Dominius, Mr Paul von Kluger and Mr Arthur Hinterland! Hello, coaches!"

    "Hello, Blubberman. Paul and I are glad to be here."

    "Now, coaches, I believe you've heard of the recent allegations concerning the Dilberian team's doping scandal. These are bombshell accusations, and foreign media and governments, including the likes of Nieubasria as well as Tara & Cambray have paid close attention to this story. What is your opinion on this scandal, Mr von Kluger, and what is your general opinion on the Dilberian team, whom our Santo-Dominian players will eventually have to face off against?"

    "Well, Blubberman, I am appalled by these recent allegations. WCF1 is a world-class international sports event, and in participating, I believe all players agree to abide to the rules and make this competition a fair and balanced one, with the result decided purely by talent. I sincerely hope that the WCF will not be mired by doping and cheating regardless of the outcome or truth of this scandal, and I hope that the Dilberians themselves will give us, as well as the organisers, the truth so we can all leave this behind."

    "Indeed. Let's not dwell on negative things. In much better news, our National Football Team has won a 4-0 match against the nation of Alchera! Yay! Mr Hinterland, as one of the coaches of the team, what do you think helped our players win such a decisive victory?"

    "Well, it's gotta be the unity in our team. Us Santo-Dominians have always had a unique bond with each other, and that bond is also very strong between our players. Although our players come from different places and speak three very different languages - Common, Santosian, Dominish - we still are united by our love for our country and for football. I believe that this bond and this unbreakable friendship showed in the match and was the deciding factor in our victory."

    "That's inspiring. As Match Day 2 nears, I think all of the players regardless of teams are training very hard in preparation for the upcoming matches against opponents. As one of the coaches, Mr von Kluger, will you tell us what the Santo-Dominian team is doing right now in preparation for the next matches?"

    "Well, we just finished an hour-long training session. Of course, our players were given some time to rest after the match with Alchera, but we cannot become complacent if we are to win the WCF and take gold. Arthur and I have been developing new strategies and tactics and learning from some of our future opponents, including the Dilberian team's innovative 'crab formation', which we find very interesting. We also did some friendship exercises with the team to strengthen the team bond Arthur just mentioned."

    "Wonderful! Now, I know that both of you are very busy, so I shan't occupy your time any further. Thank you, Mr von Kluger and Mr Hinterland, for agreeing to this interview. I am the host, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and this has been an exclusive interview with the two coaches of the National Football Team, Paul von Kluger and Arthur Hinterland! Stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3 for live and full coverage of the entire WCF1 and see you on Match Day 2! Goodbye!"

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    [coming soon]

    The Santo-Dominian Fables are a big collection of legendary stories and folklore that were first told during different times, eras and periods of Santo-Dominian history. Throughout the times, these stories have survived, some because of popularity, some because of extensive records, and all because of how good they are. Now, Visit Santos-Dominius has partnered with the Santo-Dominian Institute for Arts, Humanities and Culture to release these stories in the form of this collection. Be ready to enjoy Santo-Dominian fiction and folklore at its finest and most presentable.

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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, +238flowers, because flowers are appropriate for every occasion, even the WCF! I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received news that the first match day has concluded and the results are in!"

    "Starting with the results in Group A. Let's look at this graphic here."

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    "And we've got some pretty similar matches here! In the first match, our generous host United Adaikes beat fellow Polaris nation Teralyon by 2-1. The same happened in the second match, where the northern nation of Fujai beat our Auran friend Fuentana, also scoring a 2-1 victory. In the third match, however, we saw quite some action from both Nagaraningrad and K66...so much action that the match ended with a 1-1 tie! For more details and specifics, I will direct you to these countries' respective media outlets. Moving on to Group B!"

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    "Speaking of ties, we've got two ties in Group B! In the first match, the teams from Giovanniland and Fhaengshia were both unable to best the other, resulting in a 1-1 tie. In the second match, Pallandole and Libterraria both failed to score even a point, resulting in a 0-0 tie. In the third match, however, the strong team from Dalimbar pulled ahead of their competent opponents from Larxia and managed to win a 4-3 victory! Now, let's get to Group C!"

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    "Some great matches in Group C! The team from Zoran, despite hailing from internal strife in their homeland, managed to persevere and win a 2-0 victory against the players of Irador! The football team coming from Italia posed a strong challenge, but failed to win against Hertfordshire and Jammbo, losing in a 2-3 match. Finally, we have another tie, this time with Arifiyyah and Reçueçn both unable to score points throughout their entire match, resulting in a 0-0 tie. Now, it's time to move on to the results for Group D!"

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    "In this first match day, Group D was where the drama and the action was at! In the first match, the great team from our homeland, Santos-Dominius, handily defeated Alchera and won a 4-0 victory, the second-biggest margin of victory so far. Woo! In the second match, the players from the Polaris country of Badgeria pummelled the team from Nieubasria, winning a 6-1 victory in the most lopsided match in the entire World Cup of Football so far! Good job to Badgeria! In the third match, our Auran friends from Dilber faced off against the giant Polaris nation of Tara and Cambray. Notably, both teams were able to hold their own against each other, and managed to prevent the opposing team from scoring any points at all, resulting in a 0-0 tie."

    "And that concludes Match Day 1! As we eagerly wait for Match Day 2, let's review the general situation of the teams. In Group A, Fujai and United Adaikes have emerged as the stronger teams, while K66 and Nagaraningrad hold their own. Both Fuentana and Teralyon, however, are in a bit of danger due to their losses. In Group B, Dalimbar has become the clear leading force, though Fhaengshia, Giovanniland, Libterraria and Pallandole are all respectable opponents. Larxia, however, will have to do some catching-up if it desires to stay in the WCF and advance to the next rounds and the finals."

    "In Group C, Zoran and Hertfordshire & Jammbo are the frontrunners! Arifiyyah and Reçueçn are also doing a good job. Italia and Irador, unfortunately, are in danger of getting eliminated from the WCF, and must utilise their strengths if they are to make comebacks and win the competition. In Group D, Badgeria and our home country, Santos-Dominius, are the leading teams! Woo! Both Dilber and Tara & Cambray are also doing quite well. Sadly, Alchera and Nieubasria are at danger of being eliminated due to their heavy defeats, and will have to put in all of their effort if they are to survive and thrive."

    "And that's it for Match Day 1! Congratulations to the winners and the leading teams, and 'good job' to the teams that are holding their own and doing well, though they may not be leading right now. As for the defeated teams, don't fret! It's only day 1, and you can still make comebacks and fight back, so don't worry, and keep fighting till the end! I'm Approctoflecticus Blubberman, and this was Match Day 1 of the 1st World Cup of Football. Stay tuned to SDCSN Channel 3 for coverage of the WCF, and see you tomorrow!"

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    "Hello, everyone! From Steskia, United Adaikes, we at Santo-Dominian Cable-Satellite Network Channel 3 bring you live coverage of the 1st World Cup of Football! Our coverage of WCF1 is brought to you by our generous sponsor, Dominion Philanthropies, a subsidiary of Dominion Bank of Santos-Dominius. I, Approctoflecticus Blubberman, will be your host for the entire duration of WCF1. And we've just received news that the National Football Team has departed Bill Mulberry International Airport in Friberne, Santos-Dominius, and will arrive here in a matter of hours."

    A group of passersby, covered in face paint and waving mini Santo-Dominian flags, hounds the SDCSN crew and Blubberman.

    "As all of you at home can see, it appears that some fans of the NFTSD have already arrived. This is very good news for our players as they have been assigned to Group D of the competition, and will possibly be facing off against a few strong and skilled competitors, including the likes of Nieubasria, Tara & Cambray and Badgeria from Polaris, as well as our Auran friend, Dilber! The nation of Alchera will also be a competitor in Group D, so watch out! Our players, including Captain Rene Le Beau, will have to use all the strength they've got in order to prevail against such excellent opponents and advance to the quarterfinals, and then the semifinals, and then the finals!"

    "One thing to note is that this is the first time that Santos-Dominius has participated in an international sports event, especially of such importance! No matter the result, this will surely give our National Football Team some precious field experience and help them improve and get better at this wonderful sport! I for one can't wait to see our players show off their strength and sportsmanship to the entire world and to their fellow competitors!"

    A giddy producer hurriedly rushes to Blubberman, whispering something in his ear. Blubberman is delighted and turns to the camera with a mix of joy and surprise.

    "We've just got word that the National Football Team is watching this right now on their plane here! Hello! Hello! Woo! Go Santos-Dominius! Go NFT! Go Santos-Dominius! Go NFT! Woo! Take that trophy for us, yeah! Let's sweep the field! Woo! Yeah! Hah! Hoo! Woo! Yeah! We can do it! Can we do it? Yes! Of course we can! Because we can do it, so we can do it! Yeah! Go us! Go them! Go Santos-Dominius! Yeah! Yeah? Yeah! Go! Woo! Woo! Boo! Actually I meant woo! Woo!"

    Blubberman swiftly descends from professional host to overexcited fan, wooing and screaming on live television to the horror of the accompanying crew, staff members and Adaikesian passersby. Seemingly out of control, Blubberman unbuttons his shirt to reveal "GO NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM! GO SANTOS-DOMINIUS!" painted on his chest while his producers scramble to surround him and prevent Blubberman from embarrassing himself further on television, as the footage is replaced by a "Technical Difficulties" screen before switching back to the SDCSN Broadcasting Centre in Friberne, Santos-Dominius.

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    Team Information

    Home Stadium: The Cloud, City of Louisann, Canton of Lemandie, Santos-Dominius

    Manager: Pierre Berthold

    Coaches: Paul von Kluger, Arthur Hinterland

    Formation: 4-4-2 diamond

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    Main Team

    Name Age Gender Position Home Canton
    Valerie Theron 23 Female Goalkeeper(GK) Roivivion(RO)
    Robert Smithson 26 Male Centre Back(CB) Lotharburg(LT)
    Hector Escoffier 21 Male Centre Back(CB) St. Arlaine(SN)
    Hermann Krause-Meier 25 Male Left Outside Back(LOB) Nordrhuin-Theronigen(NR)
    Otto Rutger 26 Male Right Outside Back(ROB) Nordrhuin-Theronigen(NR)
    Karl Jung 19 Male Defending Midfield(DMF) Sasslen(SA)
    Jean Serres 22 Male Centre Midfield(CMF) Lemandie(LM)
    Rene Le Beau 20 Male Attacking Midfield(AMF), Captain Framboise(FR)
    Wilhelm Vogel 24 Male Striker Waldburg-Landschaft(WL)
    Frances Thibaut 23 Female Striker Roivivion(RO)
    Michele Valade 25 Female Striker Yatasailie-Comte(YC)

    Reserve Players

    Name Age Gender Position Home Canton
    Markus Strandberg 27 Male Goalkeeper(GK) Niedersasslen(NL)
    James Pierce 22 Male Goalkeeper(GK) Sasslen-Vorpalain(SV)
    Jennifer Lawton 20 Female Centre Back(CB) Neuenstadt(NE)
    Sophia Lawton 19 Female Centre Back(CB) Neuenstadt(NE)
    Zoe Lehmann 21 Female Left Outside Back(LOB) Ostpalain-Westrhuin(PW)
    Paul von Elsling 28 Male Left Outside Back(LOB) Waldburg-Stadt(WS)
    Jeanine Sutherford 28 Female Right Outside Back(ROB) Oberandolien(OA)
    Marco Sapienzano 27 Male Right Outside Back(ROB) Schwabenburg(SH)
    Milly Brown Jr. 18 Male Defending Midfield(DMF) Friberne(FE)
    Hans Kluger 26 Male Defending Midfield(DMF) Friberne(FE)
    Daphne Matteson 25 Male Attacking Midfield(AMF) Friberne(FE)
    Frank Lansberger 18 Male Attacking Midfield(AMF) Sasslen(SA)
    Bernard Aliniere 23 Male Striker Framboise(FR)
    Viola Gaultier 24 Female Striker Lemandie(LM)
    Danielle Nivelle 18 Female Striker Lemandie(LM)

    Team Clothing

    The National Football Team will be wearing a simple maroon jersey with a gunmetal grey vertical stripe in the centre on the front and the back. The Santo-Dominian flag is on the top right corner of the chest on the front while the logo of the Football Association of Santos-Dominius(FASD) is on the bottom of both the left and right sleeve.

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  16. May 5, 1420

    1:24AM International Atomic Time / 2:24AM Over Time

    Fribernese Fortress, Federal City of Friberne, Santos-Dominius

    "Are we ready to seal the deal yet? I'm tired of this inaction. We need to finalise this thing, and we will do it here and now!" This was Harriet Stuyvesant-Callaghan, CEO of Dominion Bank, the dominant banking corporation in the Federal Republic of Santos-Dominius and one of the largest and most secretive financial institutions in not only Aura, but the entire world. Heard by few and seen doing business by even fewer, the DB has long been rumoured to be one of the most corrupt multinational companies in the leafy archipelago country, doing deals with the 0.001% and pursuing the shadiest of transactions solely for profit in the form of gold or cash. Stuyvesant-Callaghan herself - the absolute worst and most ruthless in the entire banking and financial industry in Santos-Dominius.

    "Not now, not here! Can't you just wait? We're getting on a helicopter that will fly us directly to a black site in the Canton of Nordrhuin-Theronigen. This is a high-risk deal with a controversial faction participating in a significant civil war. This contradicts years and decades of Santo-Dominian neutrality! As President, I do not want our unspeakable goings-on revealed or exposed like dirty laundry. If we do a secret deal, we're gonna do it the right way: on a secure call in virtual reality in a secure black site facility accessible only with my explicit in-person permission." This was President Paul R. Goldberg, who is in for the battle of his political life as he struggles to ensure his re-election in the tightest presidential race in Santo-Dominian history.

    As both Stuyvesant-Callaghan and Goldberg boarded the military helicopter in the large courtyard of the Fribernese Fortress, they both acknowledged that they had way too much to lose if this deal were to be exposed. For Stuyvesant-Callaghan, it would be her ability to attract private low-profile clientele. For Goldberg, it would be his ability to win re-election and his entire political career. Secrecy, they agreed, was paramount in this deal, and they would exhaust every option available to make sure that intimate knowledge of the upcoming event would not go outside of the meeting room.

    May 5, 1420

    3:57AM International Atomic Time / 4:57AM Over Time

    Unknown Black Site, Canton of Nordrhuin-Theronigen, Santos-Dominius

    "Mr President, the Zoranian corporates are ready to converse. Do we have authorisation to begin the call?"

    "Yes, I now authorise you to begin the call."

    "Please put on the virtual reality headsets, Mr President and Ms Stuyvesant-Callaghan. Your privacy and protection must be guaranteed."

    Both put on their virtual reality headsets as the voice of Kunagadoga Quasena, one of the leaders of the corporate faction in the Zoranian Civil War, is heard clearly. A dark grey shadow is displayed in the meeting room depicted in the virtual headset.

    "Good morning, Mr Quasena. I am President Goldberg of Santos-Dominius, and here with me is Harriet Stuyvesant-Callaghan, CEO of Dominion Bank."

    "Good morning, Mr Quasena. There's no time for talk. Let's get straight to business. We are presenting you with an extremely favourable deal. Actually, that sounds criminal. Call it an 'investment package' instead."

    Mr Quasena remarked: "I like the way you think, time is money after all."

    "It's what I do for a living. Now back to business!" Stuyvesant-Callaghan replied. Pushing a button in her headset, she pulled up a holographic slideshow in the virtual reality meeting room, and continued.

    "As the chief executive officer of Dominion Bank, we are officially writing the Zoranian Banking Clan thirteen cheques, with each being precisely ten million SD Dollars. They are unconditionally cashable at any point during the duration of the conflict, but I advise you to use these funds sparingly. Cashing too many of the cheques on a single occasion will present a logistical nightmare for my bank and my subordinates, and it will also draw extremely unwanted attention from some of the more inquisitive underlings of mine, or worse, the press. Therefore, I repeat, cash the cheques sparingly and separately so we can avoid getting onto the headlines of the Santo-Dominian Post."

    "A very generous offer, Ms Stuyvesant-Callaghan. Now pardon me, will there be any other......resources?" Mr Quasena asked.

    President Goldberg replied: "Of course. Seeing that the Santo-Dominian economy has done exceptionally well this year, Ms Stuyvesant-Callaghan here has managed to expertly convince a few other big names from our country to give up the exponential amounts of corporate welfare and business subsidies. Jean-Phillippe Montserrat, CEO of Meteor Telecom, as well as Otto Friedrich Schulze, CEO of A&A Unlimited,  have both agreed to her proposal to have their own companies do the same. My team of lawyers and legal scholars have found loopholes in Santo-Dominian law to instead inject those subsidies into your faction in form of cold, hard money. We will send it straight to you, no hassle. Our team will handle all the necessary procedures. You have my word that there shall be no headaches for you about this."

    "I hope you extend on keeping that promise. Now what do you want in return? I know that regardless of what you say you are going to want something in return.” Mr Quasena inquired.

    "There's no actual catch, Mr Quasena." Stuyvesant-Callaghan calmly responded. "In my entire career, I have made countless similar deals with no legal or financial catches. Many of my clients could've easily taken the money I gave them. They could've all gotten away scot-free without a day in court or a second in jail. But that's because President Goldberg and I have far more power in this conversation than you realise."

    President Goldberg said: "We have the power of exposure. We expect some sort of tangible financial return or reward from supporting your faction with so much money. And if you betray us, then we will be forced to do two things."

    "Number one: publicise this deal. Doing so will bring all three of us down, even if it means great harm to ourselves." Stuyvesant-Callaghan said as her smile faded.

    "Number two: we'll retract all the financial aid and make it nothing but scraps of useless paper. And instead inject the money into the monarchist faction." President Goldberg added.

    "We expect favours in return, Mr Quasena. Santo-Dominians are neutral, but when we do business, we know how to play smart too."

    "You may have had power but I am going to give you a little lesson. Never reveal your hand to the person on the other side of the table. By revealing your hand to me you just exposed your weapon and diminished your power." Mr Quasena rebutted.

    "Hm? And what lesson do you intend to give?" The President says, his voice audibly becoming a bit nervous.

    "First off, I am not so worried as to what you could reveal, I have faced far worse things before and crushed bigger ants. This would be more of a liability to you in Santos Dominius as you would have violated your neutrality policy. I, on the other hand, would not be so badly affected."

    President Goldberg lets out a silent but audible grunt of frustration, probably realising that the both of them had played their hand too early.

    "Two, the monarchists are of no concern; they are only held together under that foolish girl Atsil, who will not be much of a threat to me very soon. Lastly, while we do appreciate the financial aid, the Corporate Union has more than enough funds in reserve to last us for about four years. Now I must say, you both have balls making a threat like that to me,” he cuts the end of a cigar before lighting it, “but we are civil folk, yes? I will let your ham-fisted attempt at a threat slide if we just let the deal proceed as discussed. Of course, I will pay you all back once the country is under the Union’s control, that is a given. What sort of businessman I would be if I didn’t provide returns on an investment.”

    "Ah ha ha! Consider what we said a harmless joke. It was just our way of testing your resolve and your competence. We like your bravery, and admire your willingness to do whatever is necessary. You play to win, and we see that. Consider the deal sealed. Let us hope that your faction is too big to fail. Both President Goldberg and I can't wait to hear of your inevitable success soon. I'll leave you to whatever it is you're doing." Stuyvesant-Callaghan said as she attempted to transition out of their truly miscalculated threat to Quasena. Evidently, it was a terrible move on her part, one that clearly backfired on both her and the President. A short notification alert was heard, signalling Quasena's departure from the meeting.

    "Next time, Harriet, use your brain before you threaten the leader of the Zoranian corporates! He's not just some tiny guy. He's a proven leader, and you should've known not to deal with him like you deal with your insignificant employees. Let's get out of here. I shouldn't have backed you up. Now I've made a fool of myself! The more I think about that embarrassment, the worse my day becomes!" President Goldberg angrily boomed after making sure Quasena was no longer in the meeting.

    In the end, as the two signed off from the meeting, removed their VR headsets and walked out the room, they knew that their partnership was successful. Now all they could do was pray that the Zoranian corporates would win, and they would reap plentiful rewards from supporting the right faction at the right moment, for the rewards are huge, but so are the risks.


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    President Paul R. Goldberg barely wins re-election, beats Sen. Jeremy A. Maxson by razor-thin margin

    Today, in what was widely described as the greatest political upset in the history of Santos-Dominius, President Paul Goldberg of the centre-right Democratic Coalition Party(DCB) won re-election, beating an extraordinarily strong and spirited challenge from Senator Jeremy Maxson(WS) of the centre-left Country Liberal Party(CLP), which was heavily favoured to take control of the Fribernese Fortress throughout the entire duration of the campaign. As polling stations opened in the early hours of election day, President Goldberg managed to consistently gain votes at a steady pace as Sen. Maxson underperformed expectations and saw terrible turnout among the mail-in voting demographic, which leans heavily CLP and tends to be counted the earliest.

    As the day went on, Sen. Maxson pulled ahead several times as President Goldberg suffered from strong CLP turnout in the battleground swing cantons of Niedersasslen and especially Nordrhuin-Theronigen, where the President's lead shrunk to an abysmal 342 votes in what was called "the tightest cantonal race in all history". Sen. Maxson also suffered from low turnout in left-wing cantons like Lemandie, Framboise and Waldburg-Stadt, as well as voter apathy in important CLP strongholds like the cities of Roivivion, Louisann and Waldburg. At one point, upon looking at the results at a polling station in rural Lemandie, CLP vice presidential candidate Sen. Art Bernstein(LM) exclaimed: "my home canton has abandoned me for the President and the DCB!" Maxson purportedly did the same at his Waldburg home in Waldburg-Stadt, his home canton.

    When night fell in Waldburg, the mood at the CLP election headquarters in the city's downtown slowly became sombre. It was becoming crystal clear, at the time, that Sen. Maxson would not be able to catch up to President Goldberg, who finally surpassed him in the popular vote an hour ago at 5pm. Leading in Niedersasslen and narrowly surpassing Sen. Maxson in Nordrhuin-Theronigen, President Goldberg had achieved what seemed impossible only a month ago - winning re-election, albeit by the smallest and thinnest of margins. He is expected to be sworn in, this time for his 3rd term, on February 16th. The final results of this presidential election have been provided below in detail.

    Overall Presidential Results

    Candidate Party Nat. Senate Canton Incumbency Approx. Votes Approx. Vote Share
    Paul R. Goldberg[WIN] DCB Friberne(FE) Yes 3,641,749 50.0%
    Jeremy A. Maxson Sr. CLP Waldburg-Stadt(WS) No 3,640,929 49.9%

    Presidential Results By Canton

    Canton Name Capital Numeral Votes for Pres. Goldberg(DCB) Votes for Sen. Maxson(CLP) Total Votes
    Framboise(FR) Framboise 1 154,557(38.9%) 242,221(56.5%) 396,778
    Friberne(FE) Friberne 2 563,897(71.8%) 220,663(28.1%) 784,560
    Neuenstadt(NE) Neuenstadt 3 110,034(55.6%) 87,830(44.3%) 197,864
    Pressen(PN) Carindorf 4 116,005(53.2%) 102,048(46.7%) 218,053
    Lotharburg(LT) Lotharburg 5 71,812(47.0%) 80,953(52.9%) 152,765
    Lemandie(LM) Louisann 6 247,839(37.7%) 408,995(62.2%) 656,834
    Roivivion(RO) Roivivion 7 29,485(23.6%) 95,137(76.3%) 124,622
    Yatasailie-Comte(YC) Gardewig 8 42,631(42.9%) 56,576(57.0%) 99,207
    Sasslen(SA) Sasslen 9 373,041(52.6%) 335,770(47.3%) 708,811
    Niedersasslen(NL) Anheit 10 200,558(50.0%) 200,073(49.9%) 400,631
    Sasslen-Vorpalain(SV) Rederburg 11 134,547(63.0%) 78,959(36.9%) 213,506
    Palain(PL) Palain 12 76,581(52.0%) 70,542(47.9%) 147,123
    Ostpalain-Westrhuin(PW) Busselfort 13 287,584(50.3%) 283,655(49.6%)

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    Nordrhuin-Theronigen(NR) Arkurter 14 335,162(50.0%) 334,820(49.9%) 669,982
    Waldburg-Landschaft(WL) Wilhelmton 15 205,149(48.6%) 216,258(51.3%) 421,407
    Waldburg-Stadt(WS) Waldburg 16 137,355(21.4%) 501,795(78.5%) 639,150
    Oberandolien(OA) Franzhaven 17 62,209(45.6%) 74,159(54.3%) 136,368
    Zentrum-Dominien(ZD) Berchstein 18 59,124(82.2%) 12,781(17.7%) 71,905
    Schwabenburg(SH) Schwabenburg 19 425,238(74.8%) 143,055(25.1%) 568,293
    St. Arlaine(SN) St. Arlaine 20 8,941(7.0%) 94,639(92.9%) 103,580
    Santos-Dominius(SD) Friberne - 3,641,749(50.0%) 3,640,929(49.9%) 7,282,678

     


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    1st Presidential-Vice Presidential Joint Debate ends in CLP ticket victory

    Today, the 1st presidential-vice presidential joint debate was held in Friberne, Santos-Dominius. The contenders included President Paul Goldberg and Vice President Donald Verbloem, from the ticket of the Democratic Coalition Party(DCB). Facing off against the incumbents were popular Senators Jeremy Maxson and Art Bernstein, from the Country Liberal Party(CLP). Riding a wave of anti-DCB popularity, Maxson and Bernstein were well-positioned compared to Goldberg and Verbloem, who were pummelled in the polls due to their tumultuous term and unpopular policies, including the controversial SD-Works employment programme. As the night went on, it became clear that the burden of their sheer unpopularity was simply too great for the President and Vice President to handle.

    The major issues raised during the debate were neutrality, employment and urban development. President Goldberg talked about his recent partial waiver of the Act of Peace a few weeks ago, stating that "Santos-Dominius must and continue treading the fine line between excessive involvement in international diplomacy and complete isolation". However, this was rebuked by Sen. Maxson, who called for "more participation in international affairs" and "strong, sustained efforts to make Santos-Dominius a valuable player in international diplomacy". Maxson argued that "inaction and isolation will not help", and that "a fresh approach to diplomacy should be adopted".

    Employment was the hottest issue of the debate. Vice President Verbloem attempted to defend his superior and distract from the DCB administration's poor record, but Sen. Bernstein seized on the moment and blasted him, stating that "the Goldberg administration is the worker's nightmare, the big bosses' puppet". Maxson followed up with further criticism, saying that "the Goldberg administration has shown nothing but sheer contempt and disrespect for the Santo-Dominian labour movement, its unions and its workers". Sen. Bernstein also mentioned the Louisann General Strike back in late November, a major incident which almost threatened to topple Goldberg's presidency and severely plunged the incumbents' popularity to immeasurable lows. The President could not defend himself as time was up and the topic was changed by the debate moderators.

    The incumbents fared slightly better in the topic of urban development. "My administration's major investments in inter-island ferries, as well as the rebuilding of dilapidated and heavily used arterial roads, has drastically improved the lives of Santo-Dominians," President Goldberg stated. Sen. Maxson attempted to strike at the President, saying: "The President and Vice President have yet to lay out a sustainable, environmentally friendly infrastructure plan. Santos-Dominius needs a plan now, or you do not deserve another term." President Goldberg brushed off Sen. Maxson's attack, saying that "a plan is in the works" and that "the gentlemen on the other side of the aisle should acquire some patience in politics". Sen. Bernstein fought back, replying: "Santo-Dominians cannot wait, and will not wait for the President. The future is at stake."

    Overall, the debate was heated and uncharacteristically fierce. President Goldberg, battered and bruised by Maxson and Bernstein, emerged from the debate more unpopular than ever. Vice President Verbloem also suffered, with DCB supporters criticising him for not defending the President more often. Both Maxson and Bernstein reaped the rewards of their good performance, winning the political commentators' straw poll. The CLP benefitted from an upward trend in the polls immediately after, while the DCB continued its downward dip.

    With the presidential election weeks away, the 2nd presidential debate is scheduled on the 15th. If the CLP ticket continues to sustain its momentum and popularity, it will most likely win by a landslide. However, the race is still not over, and the President and Vice President may earn just enough time to fight back and clinch another term in the Fribernese Fortress. This presidential race is expected to be the most heated one ever in Santo-Dominian history, and the DCB's increasingly fragile political hegemony may finally come to an end soon.


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    President Goldberg announces waiver of Act Of Peace, allows possible Auran League accession

    Today, President Paul Goldberg announced that he signed a waiver of the Act Of Peace yesterday. The Act Of Peace, though not officially included in the Santo-Dominian Constitution, wields the same power as the Constitution, and officially codifies strict, unconditional Santo-Dominian pacifist neutrality. However, this has grown increasingly unpopular as Santo-Dominians demand participation in international events and friendly diplomacy with neighbouring nations. The 2nd TWP Rugby World Cup, held a few weeks ago, made this sentiment skyrocket in popularity, and Santo-Dominians are more eager than ever to interact with the world on a greater scale never seen before.

    The Federal Republic has historically remained neutral in Auran and Andolian conflicts and events, choosing to stay out and observe on the sidelines. This desire for peace and pacifism famously led to founding President Bill Mulberry's "All In Us" tourism and culture programme, which encouraged Santo-Dominians to visit their own country's attractions instead of foreign ones and experience Santo-Dominian culture instead of their neighbouring counterparts. Though the country's stance slowly softened over the years, the resurgence of the lobbying firm Santo-Dominian Neutrality Association(SDNA) led to President Goldberg's signing of the Act Of Peace, formally codifying Santo-Dominian pacifist neutrality.

    However, the SDNA has since enjoyed a dramatic decline in support, with scandals and infighting plaguing its ranks and the national neutrality movement. The President, weary of public outcry against neutrality and bent on SDNA, appears to have granted the public their wish. The waiver allows the Federal Republic to bypass Sections 15B and 17A of the Act Of Peace, greatly expanding the Government's powers to conduct diplomacy and make the country participate in world events, including but not limited to sports tournaments and cultural exchanges.

    But the waiver has a crucial section, one that would include permission for the Federal Republic to officially join the Auran League. Santos-Dominius has always viewed the Auran League with mistrust, and when it was first founded, Santos-Dominius refused to follow other Auran countries and join it. Instead, it watched the League with suspicion and observation for years, preferring to look at its proceedings and see if it was safe to join. However, it now looks like the Federal Republic may finally consider joining the Auran League for its benefits.

    President Goldberg gave a speech about the waiver outside the National Senate Building in Friberne, saying: "This waiver is a historic moment for our Federal Republic. With this waiver, we will finally be able to interact with our neighbours, other countries and participate in international affairs, including but not limited to sports events, diplomatic talks and more. This waiver will also allow our Federal Republic to apply for membership of the Auran League and similar organisations. It is time for Santos-Dominius to learn about the world, and it is time for the world to learn about Santos-Dominius."

    The move has wide political support. President Goldberg's own party, the centre-right Democratic Coalition Party(DCB), supported the bill after intense debate within its ranks. The centre-left Country Liberal Party(CLP), the main opposition party, also supported the President's decision in a rare moment of praise. Vice President Donald Verbloem expressed his personal support. The CLP's presidential ticket, Sens. Jeremy Maxson and Art Bernstein, also supported the decision. The waiver is expected to come into effect in a few days, and the President's administration is reportedly making preparations for the passage of the waiver.


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    Democracy survives in Santos-Dominius, Goldberg calls for snap election

    Today, President Paul Goldberg conceded to the general strikes happening in the Federal Republic of Santos-Dominius. At a press conference in the capital, Friberne, the President announced that he would be asking the National Senate to end their current session and trigger a snap election. Though the act is officially a "request", the National Senate usually follows prior precedent and agrees to the request, making it certain that a snap election will indeed by triggered. This major concession, a disastrous political defeat for President Goldberg, comes after increased pressure put on him by striking workers across the country threatened to tear the country apart and enter it into civil war.

    Fortunately, the renowned Santo-Dominian democracy and constitution have survived. Although President Goldberg stated that would seek re-election, opinion polls suggest that it would be close to impossible, given his dismal approval rating of 8% nationally, including traditionally supportive areas and strongholds. The centre-right Democratic Congress Party(DCB), under the President's leadership, is also expected to lose big in the elections, though not as bad as the President himself. Opinion polls have the DCB at approximately 29%. On the other hand, this call for a snap election has positively benefited some parties.

    The centre-left Country Liberal Party, the DCB's main electoral opponent, received a big bump in popularity, with their opinion poll numbers jumping from 52% to 61%, a 9-point jump. They announced their presidential ticket today, with party leader Senator Eliot Klein(SN) unexpectedly absent from the ballot. Instead, Sen. Jeremy Maxson(WS), an outspoken left-wing moderate, will be the Country Liberals' presidential candidate. In the vice presidential race, incumbent Vice President Donald Verbloem, of the DCB, will face off against Sen. Art Bernstein(LM), the Country Liberals' first democratic socialist candidate. The Maxson-Bernstein ticket has reason to smile: the Goldberg administration's failure to appease the strikers or restore order have given both challengers boosts in the polls, with Maxson-Bernstein now at 64% compared to 22% for Goldberg-Verbloem.

    Extraordinarily, the two other major parties have united and thrown their hat behind the Country Liberals. The far-left Santo-Dominian Communist Phalanx(SDCP) has chosen not to front a presidential ticket and instead endorse Sens. Maxson and Bernstein, while the far-right Split Conservative Union(SCU) has withdrawn its endorsement of the DCB in favour of endorsing the Country Liberals. This leaves the DCB in electoral peril, as it has traditionally relied on support from the SCU as well as the SDCP's tendency to siphon votes from the CLP. Goldberg will also likely be sacked by the DCB and replaced by a more progressive leader so as to appeal to CLP and SDCP voters.

    Though President Goldberg and the DCB are likely finished, the pragmatic centrist President has yet to call it quits. He remains in office, and has repeatedly on numerous times that he intends to stay in office for as long as possible. The President is a tough man to beat: though his approval ratings are down the drain, he has a reputation for fighting back and clinching victory in the very end. Now, the race is on: will Jeremy Maxson and Art Bernstein win the Presidency and Vice Presidency, or will Paul Goldberg and Donald Verbloem fight back and hold onto their cushy jobs?


  21. Section IV: The Electoral and Appointment System

    The officials of the Federal Republic shall be duly elected by the people they honorably serve or appointed by the government.
     

    4a. The President of the Federal Republic shall be elected/re-elected every 5 years. An incumbent President shall be able to serve, at most, ten 5-year terms, consecutively or non-consecutively. The President shall be removed by two ways.
    4aa. The first way to remove the President from office is to hold a vote of conviction in the National Senate. The President shall be able to be convicted of three crimes: treason and/or obstruction of justice and/or high crimes. In the vote of conviction, a simple majority is needed to convict the President of any of the three crimes. If the vote of conviction is passed, the National Senate shall hold a vote of removal. If the vote of conviction is not passed, the current case shall be thrown out, but the National Senate shall be able to immediately hold another vote of conviction. In the vote of removal, a two-thirds majority is required to pass. If the vote of removal is passed, the sitting President is convicted, removed from office, and forever barred from running for elected office. A barring can only be invalidated by a popular referendum. If the vote of removal is not passed, the National Senate shall be able to hold two more votes of removal. If all three votes fail, the case would be passed to the National Court and tried. The President may be removed by the National Court, if the National Justices decide against the President. However, if they do not, the President shall be kept in office, and the National Senate shall be barred from holding votes of conviction and votes of removal for six months.
    4ab. The second way to remove the President from office is to hold a vote of no confidence in the National Senate. When either the party/parties in government or the biggest opposition party formal call for the government's removal, the Speaker of the Senate shall allot time for an official vote-of-no-confidence. In the vote, all Senators shall vote whether to remove or keep the government from/in power. Abstain votes are counted as in favor of the government when neither Aye or Nay reaches a two-thirds majority, which is required to pass the vote. If the vote passes, the President and the Cabinet shall be removed, and the largest opposition party shall take office and establish a caretaker government until the next general election.
    4ac. If the President resigns from office, the Vice President becomes Acting President automatically, and appoints an Acting Vice President. Both shall serve till the next general election.
    4b. The President shall be elected by popular vote. The voting shall be divided into two rounds, provided that there are more than two candidates running for President. In the first round, all candidates shall receive votes, and the top two candidates shall advance to the second round. All other candidates shall automatically be struck out of the race. The candidate with the most votes in the second round shall be elected President. If there is two candidates only, the first round shall be skipped and the second round shall be held directly. If there is only one candidate running for President, the National Senate shall vote whether to appoint him as President or not. A simple majority is needed in this case. If the candidate is not appointed, the largest opposition party shall take office and form a caretaker government until the next general election.
    4c. The President shall formally appoint the Vice President after the President has taken office. The Vice President shall be barred from being asked to resign by the President, instead the National Senate shall vote by two-thirds majority to remove the Vice President. If the Vice President is removed, the President shall appoint another Vice President. If the President does not appoint another Vice President in one week within the removal of the incumbent Vice President, the Speaker of the Senate shall be appointed Acting Vice President. However, the Speaker shall be relieved of vice presidential duties once the President appoints a new Vice President.
    4d. The Speaker of the Senate shall be elected by fellow Senators of the National Senate. All Senators shall be eligible to run for Speaker. Provided that there are more than two candidates, the electoral process shall be divided into two rounds, held on the opening day of a new senatorial session. In the first round, all candidates shall compete for votes. The two senators with the most votes will advance to the second round, whereas the other senators shall be struck out of the race. In the second round, the senator with the most votes shall be elected Speaker, and shall withdraw his/her right to vote in the National Senate. The Speaker of the Senate shall serve an unlimited number of 5-year terms. The Speaker shall be removed during his/her term if five Senators jointly petition for his/her removal. The petition will be tabled the next day, where a simple majority is needed to remove the Speaker. If the Speaker is removed, the largest party in government shall be eligible to nominate a Senator of their party to become Acting Speaker. The nominee shall then face a vote in the Senate, where a simple majority is needed to appoint that nominee as the Acting Speaker. If the largest government party fails to get their nominee appointed or fails to nominate a Senator within a week, the largest opposition party shall receive the same chance to get their own nominee appointed. If the largest opposition party also fails, the Minister of Order shall be appointed as Acting Speaker immediately. The Acting Speaker shall not be eligible for removal of any kind, and will automatically be removed at the next general election. If a Speaker resigns, the same process is followed.
    4e. The Senators of the National Senate shall be elected via a geographical constituency system, where Senators will come from one of ten counties. In each county, all citizens over 18, without a criminal record, shall be eligible to contest a senatorial seat. The candidate that comes in first shall be elected to a seat, and then so on according to the candidates' votes received until all seats are occupied. Senators shall not be eligible for removal until the next general election. If a Senator resigns, a snap election shall be triggered for their specific seat, where the winning candidate shall be elected as Acting Senator, who will be removed automatically at the next general election.
    4f. The Cantonal Councillors of each Cantonal Council shall be elected via a geographical constituency system. Each canton shall be divided into constituencies, with each constituency having roughly the same population as other constituencies. The difference in population between constituencies shall not exceed 100 citizens. New constituencies shall be drawn if this limited is breached by a constituency, whereby that constituency shall be divided into several constituencies until no constituency breaches the limit. Each Cantonal Councillor shall be elected from one constituency. Provided that there are more than two candidates contesting for a constituency, the election shall be divided into two rounds. In the first round, all candidates shall compete for votes. If one candidate reaches a two-thirds majority, that candidate is instantly elected, skipping the second round. If no candidate reaches a simple majority, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the second round, and all other candidates are struck out of the race. In the second round, the candidate with the most votes is elected Cantonal Councillor. Cantonal Councillors shall not be eligible for removal during their terms, instead they must be voted out of office. Cantonal Councillors shall serve an unlimited number of five-year terms. If a Cantonal Councillor resigns, a snap election shall be triggered for their specific seat, where the winning candidate shall be elected as Acting Cantonal Councillor, who will be removed automatically at the next general election.
    4g. The Head Councillor of each Cantonal Council shall be elected by fellow Cantonal Councillors. All Cantonal Councillors shall be eligible to run for Head Councillor. Provided that there are more than two candidates, the election shall be divided into two rounds. In the first round, all candidates shall compete for votes. If a candidates reaches a two-thirds majority in the first round, he/she is elected Head Councillor. If no candidate reaches a two-thirds majority in the first round, the two candidates with the most votes shall advance to the second round. In the second round, the candidate with the most votes shall be elected Head Councillor. The Head Councillor shall serve an unlimited number of five-year terms. If the Head Councillor resigns, a snap election is triggered, where the winning candidate is elected Acting Head Councillor. If half of the Cantonal Council petitions to remove the Head Councillor, the Head Councillor is removed and the same process is followed.
    4h. The Presidential Commissioners shall be nominated by the President of the Federal Republic. Senators or former Senators that have served a minimum of 20 years shall be eligible for nomination by the President. Once a nominee has been nominated, they will face the National Senate. A simple majority is then needed to confirm and thus appoint the Presidential Commissioner. IF the motion to confirm the Presidential Commissioner fails to reach the majority and is struck down, the President shall be able to put forward another confirmation motion two weeks after the defeat or success of a previous confirmation motion. If the same nominee fails more than two times to be confirmed and appointed, the President shall be able to directly bypass the senatorial confirmation process and directly appoint the nominee to the Presidential Commission. Once this is achieved, the National Senate will have to garner a two-thirds majority if it desires to remove the Presidential Commissioner. If this motion of removal succeeds, the President shall be able to veto the motion, striking it down. The National Senate then can attempt to pass an overriding motion of removal with a four-fifths majority to override the veto and remove the Presidential Commissioner. If the overriding motion succeeds, the Presidential Commissioner is removed from office. If the motion fails, the National Senate must wait for one month until Senators can put forward another motion.
    4i. The removal of a Presidential Commissioner follows the same process written above, i.e. that a Senator must table a motion of removal. The National Senate must then pass the motion of removal with a two-thirds majority to remove the Presidential Commissioner. Then, the same process listed on Article II, Section IV, Law 4H is followed for any following consequences.
    4j. The Lord Mayor of the Federal City shall be directly elected by the citizens of the Federal City. Utilizing a first-past-the-post, two-tiered electoral system, provided that there are more than two candidates, the election shall be divided into two rounds. In the first round, all candidates shall compete for votes. The two candidates with the most votes shall advance to the second round, while all other candidates shall be struck out of the race. In the second round, the remaining two candidates shall compete for votes, and the candidates with the most votes is elected. The Lord Mayor of the Federal City shall be eligible to removal during a term via the process of a recall election. In the recall process, if more than 10000 people in over half of the 22 neighborhoods of the Federal City table a recall petition, the recall process shall advance to the next step. In the next step, all 22 neighborhoods will hold recall referendums, which require a simple majority to be passed. If over half of the 22 neighborhoods pass their respective referendums, the recall process shall advance to the next step. In the next step, a motion of removal shall be tabled in the Municipal Commission, which requires a simple majority to pass. If the motion passes the Commission, the Lord Mayor is removed and barred from running for the office again. If the recall process fails to meet the conditions required to advance to the stage where the motion of removal is tabled in the Commission, citizens shall be unable to initiate the recall process until after two months since the failure of the last recall process. In the third step, if the motion fails to pass the Municipal Commission, the public shall be able to overturn the Commission's decision and directly remove the Lord Mayor by passing a referendum where a simple majority in required. If the referendum fails, citizens shall be unable to initiate the recall process again until after two months since the failure of the last recall process. If the referendum succeeds, the Lord Mayor is removed and permanently barred from running for mayoral office.
    4k. The Municipal Commissioners of the Municipal Commission of the Federal City shall be elected by a first-past-the-post, two-round system. Provide that there are more than two candidates running for the same seat, the election shall be divided into two rounds. In the first round, all candidates shall compete for votes. The two candidates with the most votes in the first round shall advance to the second round, whole all other candidates shall be struck out of the race. The remaining two candidates shall compete for votes in the second round, where the candidate with the most votes is elected to the seat. There shall be no legitimate way to remove a Municipal Commissioner from office other than failing to re-elect the Commissioner in a general election.
    4la. All ministers of the Grand Council, except for the Secretary of the Impartial Corruption Investigation Agency, shall be nominated by the President of the Federal Republic and confirmed and appointed by the National Senate. All citizens without a crime record and over the age of 23 shall be eligible for nomination. In the National Senate, a simple majority is required to confirm the nominee and appoint the nominee to the office. If the confirmation vote fails, there shall be a minimum period of two months until another confirmation vote can be put forward. Ministers of the Grand Council shall be eligible to removal from office at the President's request or if a motion of removal passes the National Senate with a simple majority, except for the Secretary of the Impartial Corruption Investigation Agency.
    4lb. The Secretary of the Impartial Corruption Investigation Agency shall be directly nominated, confirmed and appointed by the Senate. A minimum of 10 Senators are required to jointly nominate a nominee. Then, a two-thirds majority is required for the confirmation vote to pass. The Secretary shall not be eligible for removal from office at the President's request. The Secretary shall be removed if a minimum of 10 Senators jointly table a motion of removal and the motion passes with at least a two-thirds majority.
    4m. The five National Justices of the National Court shall be appointed by the National Senate. The Interior Director, representing the President and the executive government, shall nominate a candidate to fill a vacant seat on the court. The nominee will then face the National Senate, where a two-thirds majority shall be required for the nominee to appointed. There shall be no way to electorally remove a National Justice from office, as they shall serve life terms. Only Cantonal Judges who have served at least 10 years can be eligible for nomination to the National Court. Nominees with criminal records shall be automatically struck out.
    4n. Judges from the District Courts, Cantonal Courts and the Federal City Court shall be appointed by the courts they are inferior to. Judges from the Cantonal Courts and the Federal City Court shall be appointed by the National Justices of the National Court. Judges from District Courts shall be appointed by judges from the Cantonal Courts and the Capital Metropolitan Court. There shall be no way to remove these judges.
    4o. In all electoral systems, provided that there is only one unopposed candidate, that candidate shall be elected to the office that they are competing for immediately on the day of the election they are taking part in. If there is no candidate contesting for a specific office, the previous occupant shall take the office in an acting capacity. If the previous occupant is currently ineligible for that office, the President, Vice President or the Director of the Interior shall reserve the right to appoint an adult (without a criminal record or a bar from occupying public office) to the office in an acting capacity. Once there is at least one candidate seeking that same office in the next election, the acting officer shall be removed, though they have the right to seek re-election.


  22. Section III: The Judicial Branch

    The judicial branch shall be the branch of government that interprets the law. It shall be comprised of judges, the appointment systems of which shall be mentioned in Article II, Section IV.
     

    3a. The judicial branch shall be divided into the national level, the provincial level, the regional level and the district levels.
    3b. The district level of the judiciary shall be comprised of District Courts, which will serve all districts in cantons. The number of district courts in different cantons shall be directly proportional to the population of the canton it serves. The District Courts shall be the lowest of all courts, and shall accept all sorts of cases. District Court cases shall be tried by a jury consisting of 7 highly educated members, or by a judge. In the Federal City of Friberne, there shall also be District Courts, 22 exactly, with each District Court serving two neighbourhoods in the Federal City.
    3c. The regional level of the judiciary shall be comprised of Cantonal Courts. There shall be 1 Cantonal Court in each canton. The Cantonal Courts shall be higher than the District Courts, and shall accept appeals of decisions made by District Courts. In the Federal City of Friberne, there shall be no Cantonal Court, instead, the Federal City Court shall fill the role. The Federal City Court shall function as the same as Cantonal Courts, that is, it shall accept appeals of decisions made by District Courts serving the Federal City.
    3d. The national level of the judiciary shall be comprised of the National Court, which shall serve the entire country. The National Court shall be the highest of all courts, and shall only accept appeals of decisions made by Cantonal Courts. The National Court shall be headed by 5 National Justices, the electoral and removal systems of which shall be detailed in Article II, Section IV. The National Court shall hold the right to dismiss an appealed decision.


  23. Section II: The Legislative Branch

    The legislative branch shall be the branch of government that debates, enacts and repeals piece of legislation, and shall represent the general populace. It shall be comprised of many legislators, the electoral system of which should be mentioned in Article II, Section IV.
     

    2a. The legislative branch shall be divided into regional, urban and national levels, the highest of which shall be the national legislature, and then, under it, the provincial, regional and urban legislatures.
    2b. The national legislature is the National Senate, which shall be comprised of 400 legislators, addressed/named as 'Senators'. Each Senator shall represent a geographical proportionally-populated constituency, with 400 constituencies in total in the entire country. It shall debate, enact or repeal laws of national importance, and shall hold the power to make several important decisions, as mentioned in the Articles above and below. It shall be headed by the Speaker of the Senate, the electoral system of which shall be mentioned in Article II, Section IV. The Speaker shall be automatically removed from office after losing re-election, and other ways of removal shall also be mentioned in Article II, Section IV. The Speaker does not vote in any votes held in the National Senate, and only carries out moderation duties.
    2c. The cantons of the nation shall each hold a county legislature, named the 'Cantonal Council', with 9 Cantonal Councils in total. They shall function as roughly the same as the national legislature, that is, they shall debate, enact or repeal laws of regional importance. They shall be comprised of many legislators, the number of which shall be directly proportional to the population of its respective canton. The legislators shall be addressed/named as 'Cantonal Councillors'. A Cantonal Council shall be headed by the Head Councillor, the electoral system of which shall be mentioned in Article II, Section IV. The Head Councillor shall be automatically removed from office upon reaching his/her term limits, and other ways of removal shall also be mentioned in Article II, Section IV. All Cantonal Councillors, including the Head Councillor, shall be eligible to serve multiple terms of five years, with no term limits.
    2d. In the Federal City of Friberne, the region shall be represented by the Municipal Commission. It shall be comprised of 44 legislators, and they shall be addressed as 'Municipal Commissioners'. They shall debate, enact or repeal laws of importance in the Capital. The Municipal Commission shall be head by the Lord Mayor of the Federal City, who shall act as a moderator in debates. The Lord Mayor shall not vote in the Commission. The electoral and removal systems of the Lord Mayor of the Federal City shall be mentioned in Article II, Section IV.

    2e. Superior to the National Senate shall be the Presidential Commission. It shall be an advisory body answering directly to the President. The Presidential Commission's members shall be addressed as "The Right Honorable Presidential Commissioners", or, in short, "The Rt. Hon. Pres. Commissioners". The Presidential Commission shall give advice to the President regarding legislation delivered to the President from the National Senate. It shall propose corrections(if some are needed) to the legislation. The Presidential Commission shall always have 20 Presidential Commissioners. The Presidential Commission shall not be able to reject or veto a piece of legislation, but only propose corrections on the legislation. The system through which Presidential Commissioners are appointed shall be described in Article II, Section IV.


  24. Article II: The Branches of the State and the Government

    Section I: The Executive Branch

    The executive branch shall be the branch of government that enforces laws and leads the country during times of exceptional crisis and emergency. It shall be comprised of many officials, the electoral system of which should be mentioned in Article II, Section IV.
     

    1a. The President of the Federal Republic shall be the leader of the executive branch, the government and the nation. He shall be in possession of presidential powers, which shall be listed below:
    1aa. The Power to Veto Legislation
    1ab. The Power to Enact Presidential Decrees, which are legislation that do not require approval of the legislature to be enacted into law. Presidential Decrees can be overturned once the President who enacted that Decree leaves office.
    1ac. The Power to declare High Emergencies, declarations recognising existential threats the Federal Republic faces. High Emergencies cannot be overturned by Presidents, they must be overturned by a 2/3 majority vote in the legislature.
    1b. The Vice President of the Federal Republic shall be the primary advisor to the President, and shall be the first-in-line to succeed as President, if and whenever the President is physically or mentally incapable of remaining in office. The Vice President also takes on daily presidential duties in the country if and when the President is not in the country. The Vice President also has the power to issue tiebreaker votes in the legislature if and when a vote in the legislature ends in a tie.
    1c. The Cabinet shall be the highest advisory body towards the President and the Vice President. It shall be comprised of 13 Ministers, which would be the highest leaders of their 13 respective ministries. A complete list of ministries and their functions shall be listed below. All ministries, except for one, shall be headed by their respective Ministers. All Cabinet members, except for one, may be removed by the President directly, without the approval of the legislature.
    1ca. The Ministry of Order(MO) shall be the most important of all ministries. It shall attend to domestic security matters, and ensure the upholding of law and order in the country.
    1cb. The Ministry of Information(MI) shall attend to matters of education, public information and publications.
    1cc. The Ministry of Science and Development(MSD) shall attend to matters of general development, construction, science, technology and cyber development.
    1cd. The Ministry of Biological, Ecological and Zoological Affairs(MBEZA) shall attend to matters concerning the environment and wildlife.
    1ce. The Ministry of Social Services(MSS) shall attend to matters of social welfare, healthcare and other sorts of welfare services.
    1cf. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MFA) shall attend to matters of foreign/international diplomacy.
    1cg. The Santo-Dominian Intelligence and Investigation Bureau(SDIIB) shall attend to matters of intelligence, investigation of heinous crimes and the planning and execution of domestic and/or international covert operations.
    1ch. The Treasury of the State shall attend to matters of governmental finances, economical management, collection of taxes and other fines, control of government spending and revenue management. It shall be headed by the Treasurer of the State.
    1ci. The Impartial Corruption Investigation Agency(ICIA) shall investigate all government agencies and rid them of any and all corruption. It shall be headed by the ICIA Secretary, which shall be appointed directly by the legislature by a 2/3 majority, and not by the government. The Secretary may not be removed from office by the President/Vice President, and may only be removed from office by the legislature by a simple majority.
    1cj. The Ministry of Defence(MDF) shall attend to matters of home defence.
    1ck. The Directory of the Interior(DI) shall attend to domestic matters and supervise and organise electoral affairs.
    1cl. The Ministry of Commerce(MC) shall attend to economic affairs.
    1cm. The Chancellery for International Development(CID) shall attend to humanitarian aid, relations with developing nations and represent the Federal Republic in foreign affairs concerning development and aid.

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