Jump to content

Nouveauterran News (from Various Sources)

Recommended Posts

This is a collection of news articles from different media sources in the Commonwealth of Nouveauterra.

Here is a listing of the included media outlets:


Le Crieur de Gue is a national and international newspaper in Nouveauterra, based in the city of Gue. The privately held paper formed in 1275 has grown from a local paper to covering national and international news, from foreign policy to food. Observers in-country consider it a mostly unbiased, if only slightly liberal newspaper.


Organisation Nationale de Radio Publique formed in 1369 to help keep a number of listener supported local news and music radio stations afloat. The ONRP has grown to be a national operation, and has even touched other countries with their coverage of different issues. Most consider ONRP to be a very liberal news outlet.


La Sentinelle Quotidienne was founded in 1301, specializing in reporting from the government office of Pointe-d'Espoir. The paper became a national paper soon after its founding because of its access to the halls of power. It has been a mostly conservative newspaper since its founding.


Brus was founded in 1355 by staunch conservative Hans Brus as an outlet for conservative thinkers and personalities. It is now the hub for the most libertarian, conservative and xenophobic members of society.

Link to comment
Share on other sites



Laclare Sworn In As President, New Ministers Nominated

AntonNarcisse.png.58a4f111124f86304e175cd03366c9e8.pngAnton Narcisse, January 7th, 1424


Pointe-d’Espoir, Trebec - Guy Laclare is officially President of the Commonwealth after taking his oath of office at the Citadelle de la République parade grounds around 12 today. Prime Minister Martin Toro swore to his oath just after Laclare. President Laclare gave a speech with a call to action for ordinary people, and government officials.


“The republic is faced with many challenges,” Laclare said. “We stand at the crossroads of destiny and decision. The actions of our forebears brought us to this moment. Now we have to decide what the future will hold, for all of us.”



Toro also gave remarks after completing his oath of office. “It is an honor to serve by your side once again,” Toro said in his speech after completing his oath. “I am sure that we will do good work for the people, just as we have before.”



Prime Minister Martin Toro and President Guy Laclare


Laclare and Toro have both served for nearly 15 years in the Grande Assemblee as representatives for Ligue de l'Accord. Critics argue they’re a young mask pulled over an old machine. Voters meanwhile gave them and the Ligue a chance in November, with the party securing 65 percent of the electorate after the creation of a caucus with Gens des Collines.


Laclare submitted a slate of ministerial nominations before he took the oath. It is expected that his nominations will be granted because of his party’s majority in the Upper Assembly.


Billet for Nominations According to Sources in the Grande Assemblee

Vitale Fête -Chef d'Retinue

Bart Everly

Minister of State

Olivia Charron

Minister of the Treasury

Ferdinand Salieri

-Chair of the State Bank

Veleri Velevirivich Nemtsov

Minister of Finance

Luna Vendredi

Minister of Elections

Jean-Paul Laseau

Minister of Customs

Huberto Montoya

Minister of Justice

Nicholas Etienne

-Commandant of the Viriarma

Carla Resperdo

-Commandant of the Coast Guard

Mark Oies

Minister of Defense

Oscar Gambon

-Chief General of the Army

Gerald Dauchez

-Chief Admiral of the Navy

Yves Saint Mark

--Chair of the Maritime Commission

Valentin Falkenheim

-Marshal of the Air Force

Marcos Zapata

-Commandant of the Special Forces

Pierre Laconcorde

Minister of Intelligence

Nadal Larien

Minister of National Security

Marta Camilius

Minister of Health

Adolfo Lichtenberg

Minister of Education

Victor Guillen

Minister of Land Management and Environment

Marienne Baquerville

Minister of Homestead and Development

Julia Bertrand

Minister of Welfare

Ernest Gens

Minister of Culture

Henri Lafontaine

-Chair of the National Media Rating Board


Link to comment
Share on other sites



Secret Government Documents Found On Floor of Restaurant Brawl, Police Search For Suspects
QuentinCanard.png.303586d5ab5587d53ae9c8e486bdec6d.pngQuentin Canard


Pointe-d’Espoir, Trebec - Top Secret documents were found on the floor of La Granmont restaurant Friday night after a dispute between two men turned into a 30 person brawl.

Witnesses said the brawl began when two men began arguing at a booth around 2100 on Friday night. One man threw a drinks glass in anger. This caused a nearby section reserved for a retirement party to break out into a brawl between two men who were already trading curses earlier that night.

“It was a madhouse,” said Leo Rosaura, a frequent patron of the restaurant. “It’s usually a quiet place, not a beerhall by the docks.”

The two men who initiated the brawl began to wrestle for a briefcase, which burst open and let documents fall onto the ground. A nearby witness, who shall remain anonymous in order to protect their identity, picked up the documents and transported them to le Citadelle de la République where they were handed over to l’Enquêtes de Sécurité Nationale (ESN).

Metropolitan police, the Viriarma, and the ESN are investigating the matter. Police declined commenting on the leak of the documents, but have stated the men involved in the larger brawl did not press charges on one another. Five people sustained injuries and were taken to area hospitals. They are expected to make a full recovery.

Police are looking for two men in connection to the secret documents found on the ground. A man in his 50s with a slim build standing at roughly 1.7 meters in height with pattern baldness. And a slightly taller man in his early 30s, with a muscular build. Police sketches are forthcoming, but any tips can be given at the ESN national tip line at

+4 04 800-888-TIPS.

Link to comment
Share on other sites



(Valentin Laurier, left. Arno Châtaignier, right)

Representative Châtaignier, Valentin Laurier Arrested for Friday Secret Document Leak
AugustinBlanc.png.a3a4301b14cccabc39849a621f1bf72a.pngAugustin Blanc


Pointe-d’Espoir, Trebec - Representative Arno Châtaignier was arrested in connection to the Friday secret documents leak after a raid on his home early this morning. Valentin Laurier was also arrested for the same incident after he was identified during a routine traffic stop.

According to police, Representative Châtaignier and Laurier were identified through CCTV cameras near the scene of Friday’s brawl. The police then confirmed their identities through interviews, and made an emergency request for an arrest warrant. Juge de la Ville Felicitas Bonterre granted that warrant at 20:00 last night.

Representative Châtaignier has served in the Grande Assemblee for twelve years, and served in the Department of the Land Army for fifteen years as an officer. He is also a co-chair of the Lower Assembly Committee on National Intelligence.

Valentin Laurier is the host of the podcast La Tasse du Matin, sports commentator for CAPN, and CEO for Graine Médias.

The arrest of two prominent men, including a member of the Grande Assemblee, has some legal commentators speculating on what an ensuing trial would look like.

“This reeks of scandal,” said Roger Feros. He is a doctor of constitutional law, and a national security legal scholar of Lacoqueville University. “If they want the justice system to keep any integrity, they must appoint a special prosecutor, not use one of Quizolin’s prior appointments.”

“Cases like this are pretty rare,” said Mari Flondeur, a constitutional law scholar and lecturer at Felix Hautlieu University. “We don’t have much precedent. Not to say anything goes, but the court has to be okay stepping into undefined territory.”

The police investigation is ongoing. They ask that if any has anyone has tips that they call +4 04 800-888-TIPS.

Link to comment
Share on other sites



Bertha Brun, the Starlette at the Center of the Laurier Scandal

Bertha Brun as Marie Boulanger in "Les Petits Joueurs," 1423

SeraphinaMaynard.png.feb34711454b154a05408aab580e3d27.pngSeraphina Maynard


Pointe-d’Espoir, Trebec - Bertha Brun is an actress, SnapGram personality, and now the center of a ballooning national security case that has the potential to touch many parts of the nation. Who is she, and how might she be involved in the case of the century?


Carl and Velma Brun

Bertha Brun was born in Gué in 1398 to businessman Carl and interior designer Velma. Brun lived an ordinary upper middle class life, and enrolled as a social policy student at Université Gué when she was 18. She began to make a name for herself doing SnapGram skits between classes, and after a few meetings with the right people, she started appearing in videos for artists like Jeune Aigle and Melancon.

As Brun garnered more attention, she worked in small film productions for side money, while working a full-time job in a coffee shop, until she met director Gari Econqueville in late 1422. Econqueville needed an actress for the calculating femme fatale Marie Boulanger in his second ever TV series Les Petits Joueurs. To him, Brun fit the bill. Brun became an overnight star in the drama, and through that show, secured a spot as the co-lead for L'attrape-Renard, slated for filming next year, and the remake for the 1375 horror film Tueurs.

It was after Les Petits Joueurs that Brun began dating media personality Valentin Laurier. The budding romance was in the headlines, but so was gossip about Bertha Brun sharing drinks with film connoisseur and elder statesman Arno Châtaignier. Rumor is just thin air if there's no proof, but it brings up questions that have to be answered.

Police say Representative Châtaignier and Laurier were in La Granmont at the same time during the brawl, but they haven’t stated why they both are so important to their investigation. The only reason would be the secret documents found on the floor during the bar brawl. But what could put two men from different parts of society in the same restaurant? An affair. Both men face the public so much that a private meeting to discuss media matters fits perfectly, but it's very possible that talks broke down. The men began trading punches instead of words. However, that doesn't explain why Representative Châtaignier would have secret documents in his briefcase, and why he'd abandon said documents to chase Laurier.

Brun’s statements, whereabouts, and testimony will be picked apart by investigators, the media, and the public. The question now isn’t whether she’s innocent or guilty of a crime, but can an actor's career survive such harsh scrutiny in the 15th century?

Link to comment
Share on other sites



Offices Raided In Connection with Laurier Affair, Special Prosecutor Selected
AugustinBlanc.png.f26a45966e2583ec0cadbc5c7f8843d7.pngAugustin Blanc


Pointe-d’Espoir, Trebec - The offices of Representative Arno Châtaignier were raided early this morning as part of the wider investigation into the secret document leak of last week.

Officers of the ESN raided Representative Châtaignier’s office in le Citadelle de la République around 7 this morning in accordance with a warrant granted yesterday to search his office. Metropolitan police executed a warrant to search Representative Châtaignier’s personal residence, Hôtel Charretier on the outskirts of Pointe-d’Espoir. These raids were in search of electronic devices, physical documents, and anything that could be related to the document leak case.

HubertoMontoyaMinisterofJustice.png.0f6a983412b6232d2a6a473e24710a66.pngMinister of Justice Huberto Montoya

“No one is above the law,” said Minister of Justice Huberto Montoya at a press conference at 8 this morning. “Search warrants executed today are in accordance with that mission and spirit of our constitution.”

LaurierAffairLawman.png.a226f31d867402d14b8d4425e101301e.pngCenter, Special Prosecutor Patrice Valus

Minister Montoya also announced the appointment of a special prosecutor, Patrice Valus, to oversee the leaked documents case. Valus spoke at that same press conference to emphasize his mission and goals. “My job is to collect the evidence," Valus said, "to determine, with certainty, whether any malicious activities were taking place. Only if malicious acts are discovered, will I prosecute participants in said acts, to the fullest letter of the law of the land.”

Valus acknowledged the seriousness of the case. “This case involves important members of society, including an elected representative,” Valus said. “I will take special care that no favors, nor ill intent, is performed by this office.” Valus then announced a more formal call for testimony from anyone who might have information regarding the case.

Valus served as prosecutor for the Viriarma for 8 years, and over 15 for la Ministère de la Justice. It’s expected that he will begin performing his duties in full by tomorrow morning, including selecting his prosecutorial team from the ranks of la Ministère de la Justice.

Link to comment
Share on other sites



cover-24631891568585107.png.e1cce3e45754115826c413122c138043.pngThe Average Farmer Is 56 Years Old. How Will This Affect Nouveauterra?


LucioJustinus.png.fe2cef4d36cefec5210546adad254d30.pngLucio Justinus




Floriville, Marteau - Velox Duboc and his son Joyeux are inspecting a field of bec-d’or plants. The plants aren’t fruiting, but mites and other critters like to gnaw on the plants all the way to the stump. Spotting them early usually leads to a better harvest.


“It takes time but it’s worth the effort,” Velox says. “You only learn that with age. But I’m trying to teach this guy so he doesn’t make the same mistakes.” He pats his son Joyeux on the back.


Velox and Joyeux Duboc, standing in their field



When I asked Velox how tough farming is, his reply was straight to the point. “Do not plant a seed into the ground unless you are prepared to suffer for it.”


Velox is turning 56 this year. He will be the average age of a farmer in Nouveauterra. The struggles he faces are felt by many in the country, and the government’s efforts to combat this manpower catastrophe has ramifications for the country, and potentially the world.


Nouveauterra has farming areas in the Southern Belt and the northern tier. The federal government has monitored the health of these farms closely because of their relatively small size, and the fragility of certain micro-climates. Le Ministère de Development performs surveys of federally registered farms, and pulls census data to make policy and draw conclusions.


The average age of a Nouveauterran farmer is 56 years old according to the MdD. Incorporated farms, according to the MdD, have also seen drops in participation, even by authorized foreign laborers. And those laborers are getting older too. The MdD puts out some theories as to why this is so.


Many farms are family owned, and as children grow up, most do not come back to be a farmer like their parents. Only 31% come back. Some farms fall into abandonment, or are reclaimed by their local ville or canton. Farming is also labor intensive, and other hard labor jobs like construction, manufacturing, and resource extraction have also seen lower participation by young people. Young people have gravitated into soft-skill jobs, or white collar work more than hard labor fields.


Velox’s 20-year-old son Joyeux talked about growing up as a farmer’s son. “My friends in the army made fun of me sometimes. Things like my first girlfriend being a goat, or how I smell like ass all the time, but I know it's good fun. When I tell them more about farming, a few seem to like it, but they definitely notice the scars.”


Joyeux showed me his hands and his arms. They had many scars, from machines, dagger-grass, and animals on the farm. Small lines of paler skin on his tanned body. He also showed me a false molar in the back of his jaw, with the original loss caused by a run in with a tractor arm. Velox has a few of his own scars too, including a pinky that’s a bit shorter than the other.


Velox has two sons and one daughter. His other son Claude moved away to work in chemical engineering in Agentum. His daughter Julie works as a nurse in Porta Marius. Joyeux is the only one to stay, and the only one interested in inheriting the farmstead when Velox passes on. So Velox teaches Joyeux everything he knows, including finance.


The one overlooked reason for the loss of farmers is money. Owning a farm is expensive, whether it is feed, seeds, animals, construction, or hiring extra hands to work. The average farmer has made less and less money back from what they’ve invested over the last 50 years. This is from the new industrialized nature of many farms, and farming giants selling products at higher prices, with more stringent contracts.


Velox tries to teach Joyeux to be more like a businessman.


“Bec-d’Or is too weak for modification,” Velox said. “But people pay a great deal just for one. I make good money this way, and I teach him in just the same way. Checking what staple and boutique food prices look like, and what they will look like in the future. Rotating crops with me. It is hard, but it’s doable. He has made some good calls already.”


Good calls like planting Sein-du-Champ, which became a hot drink additive for some time until the trend began fading out. Now it is Bec-d’Or, a fruit popular in summer drinks and refined spirits for its light taste. The Duboc’s grow staple crops, but always keep a field open for more boutique plants that grow well in their area.


The federal government has tried to offset some of the challenges with different programs. New farmer grant and subsidies, direct assistance, as well as training courses at institutions like École d'Agriculture et du Foncier, and Institut Technique Général de Naen.


For all these efforts, the crunch for farmers and farm workers is still there. If current trends hold, this pattern will only get worse with time until there’s a labor crisis. What do Velox and Joyeux think of it?

“The system gets out what they put into the process,” Velox said. “Exclusive seed, automatons, unaffordable machines in. Cheap food, profits, and robbed people out. I don’t blame the youth for not tilling the field. They stand to suffer the most.”


“I want to do what my dad does,” Joyeux said. “I love farming, and the pride I feel watching my blue beets or trumpet onions go on someone’s dinner plate. It isn’t easy, but I feel good after everything I do, even if the money is tight.”


“Wait until you have a child and a truck,” Velox said with a laugh. The father and son laugh together as they go down the long field. 

The future for them and Nouveauterra is uncertain, but the clouds on the horizon are dark with rolls of thunder.

Edited by Nouveau
Changed agency responsible for monitoring agriculture
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...



The Country Is Part of A Neighbor’s Civil War, Here Is How It Happened
AntonNarcisse.png.58c6a0b733a2e424fc50d03f0fb90b16.pngAnton Narcisse          BeauHerman.png.1ecc4ca434b8230a89d8861b721527e7.pngBeau Herman

JunaGoodwine.png.d49e78ffa910b373ceb72f5370f7bc92.pngJuna Goedewijn              LondoRocco.png.6c864ceda94c09f694d6e9b877ff4d7c.pngLondo Roccianera

Pointe-d’Espoir, Trebec - Former President Hugo Quizolin sent troops to the nation of Candelu in a move that has broken with many norms of the country, and potentially jeopardized the country’s internal security. This report includes a day-to-day tracking of the events that led to the nation having troops committed to Candelu, and what it means for the state of the nation.


Former President Hugo Quizolin and Minister of Intelligence Justina Nablot

It all began when the Minister of Intelligence Justine Nablot briefed President Hugo Quizolin that members of the Zannese Council had made a major decision, and were mobilizing members for special activities, on January 2nd around 1900 Overtime. Quizolin, acting on partial intelligence, directed Nablot to begin intensive monitoring of the situation, and to brief him the moment anything changes.


Clyde Suderhaus, Minister of Defense

Minister of Defense Clyde Suderhaus was then directed by Quizolin to have war plans drawn up for the Candelu region, with scenarios based on different levels of force deployment, and expected international participation.

Nablot briefed Quizolin the next day, and said the Zannese council’s declaration of independence was serious. Included in the brief was an assessment that the two nations would not peacefully negotiate separation, and would instead resort to conflict to settle disputed claims. Quizolin then requested Suderhaus brief him on intervention options. Five options were laid on, from no commitment to substantial commitment of forces and personnel. One of the options included Scenario E, a full-scale military deployment that would entail quashing the Zannese Council in a counter-insurgency. It would cost billions, and require an extended multi-year effort.

Quizolin set down Scenario E, and chose Scenario B, which would involve deploying a small detachment of troops to promote peacekeeping in the region. Quizolin was then interrupted by Oliver Houdelmont, Counsel to the President.


Counsel to the Office of the President Oliver Houdelmont

Houdelmont objected to picking a military scenario, and told Quizolin that although he technically had the legal power to deploy troops in such a manner according to standing defense law, to do so would invoke the ire of the incoming President Guy Laclare. This also included potential legal challenges that could have the order overturned, and Quizolin would subsequently be tried in court.

Quizolin ignored Houdelmont’s objections, stating regional security was of greater importance. A person familiar with the conversation stated that Quizolin said, “If they have a fight to pick with Candelu, who is next?” Quizolin then had Suderhaus distribute orders in line with Scenario B, and to have soldiers activated and ready to deploy in accordance with the plan. Quizolin ordered Houdelmont to prepare a legal defense. Nablot was told to streamline information to support Scenario B planning. Quizolin said he would “handle” Guy Laclare and Martin Toro.


President-Elect Guy Laclare and Representative Martin Toro

Quizolin went to Fort Boncort at the outskirts of Pointe-d’Espoir the same night. President Elect Guy Laclare and Martin Toro, the favorite to be Prime Minister, were roused from their houses and brought to the military base by members of the Viriarma in black SUVs. People familiar with the meeting said it took place over three hours. Laclare and Toro were taken back to their houses when the meeting closed.

Le Grande Assemblee opened for business on January 4th with a number of provisions up for vote in the Lower Assembly. Tucked in behind a bill on reauthorizing military base land grants was Special Request 1424-01, a document that asks for forces to be deployed to Candelu for the purpose of, “aiding national stability and peacekeeping within the region.” The Lower Assembly voted on the military bills, passed them to the Upper Assembly, which also passed the bills in short order. By midday the bill was law and Le Ministère de la Défense was seating soldiers onto transport planes bound for Candelu.

What this means for the nation is already apparent. An explosion ripped through the heart of Clementina overnight. Although no soldiers were killed or injured, it portends the scale of violence to come, as guerilla warfare is rife with bombings, ambushes, and hard-fought street corners.

The fate of Quizolin also looms large in the national dialogue. The President has the power to bring up a number of different special requests, if there is something the President wishes to do but isn’t able to under ordinary circumstances, or ante iudicium, before any litigation has come to a definitive answer. The issue is with what can be requested, says Gerard Couturier, a constitutional scholar at Université Felix Hautlieu. “And it’s judged by a snap vote. A simple majority is all it takes to pass sweeping decrees or actions.”

Special requests as is are broad, from trade embargos, to declaring emergencies, and even committing belli inmertio, war without cause. 1424-01 falls into that last category, because the parties in the Candelu conflict haven’t involved Nouveauterra directly, either through treaty or outright declaration.

The questions looming over this bill now are these: was the threat to the nation’s “interests, security, and prosperity,” great enough to warrant making this request? It’s a civil war in a nation not directly adjacent to Nouveauterra, although peace within Doll Guldur is always beneficial to the country as a whole.

Were the members of Le Grande Assemblee properly notified of this request? Remember, this request was tucked into another bill, meaning burgesses and councilors may not have seen the request in full.

Lastly, was there sufficient debate to warrant granting the request? If question two is answered with a No, then that means the request was made in error and has to be rescinded, or a new request can be drawn up in its place with debate restarted regarding the force deployment. Question two can be a Yes, but with the meeting between Quizolin, Laclare, and Toro, it’s possible the debate was held in Fort Boncort with men and assault rifles abound.

It’s up to ordinary people and government officials to act in either curtailing this kind of activity, or condoning it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Nouveau changed the title to Nouveauterran News (from Various Sources)

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...