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Oan citizen rescued from terrorists
Published on 23 April 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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An Oan citizen, Niana Takatunuye, the sister of the Cafe Net Ltd. internet corporation CEO, Etuarti Takatunuye, and head of the Cafe Net branch in Latianburg, was captured by a member of the Al-Jaheed terrorist group, Muttar Mimahid, a week and a half ago. After the state enlisted the assistance of a Furnifoldian detachment deployed there, she was rescued and successfully sent back to The Oan Isles, were she arrived in the capital, La Rochelle, yesterday.

She was the subject of a fake execution in a propaganda video issued by the Al-Jaheed, along with several foreign soldiers and civilians who were actually killed. She sustained injuries and psychological trauma from torture and/or abuse at the hands of the al-Jaheed, and is being treated at the La Rochelle General Hospital.

Silent march held in La Rochelle
Published on 23 April 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of The La Rochelle Times
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A silent march was held outside The La Rochelle General Hospital in support of Niana Takatunuye and other victims of the ongoing violence in Latianburg. Marchers held candles and left wreaths of flowers and palm fronds at the doorstep of the hospital. Spokesperson for the Takatunuye family, Camila Takatunuye, spoke outside the hospital in a press briefing, in which she welcomed the support and warmly received the gifts on Miss Takatunuye’s behalf.

She further went on to encourage solidarity with fellow Oans in times of need and celebrated the kindness shown to them. She condemned the Al Jaheed and their associates, a terrorist group from Adumara, The Taikow Liberation Organisation for the reckless endangerment of civilians. The march was organised by The Pacifist Alliance, and its leader, Ana Ioye, encouraged Oans to promote peace in times of trouble and solidarity among one another, wishing Miss Takatunuye a speedy recovery from the Pacifist Alliance.

Latianburg citizens seeking resettlement in The Oan Isles
Published on 23 April 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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Citizens of Latianburg, employees of the Cafe Net Ltd. branch in Latianburg, have petitioned the Oan embassy in Kuthernburg, via the Oan consulate in Latianburg for refugee status and resettlement to The Oan Isles. The Oan embassy has been criticised for stalling the admission process. The Oan ambassador to Kuthernburg, said that the vetting process was prolonged by logistical issues and conflict. He defended the vetting process in light of the infiltration of a member of the Al Jaheed, through his sister, an employee, of the company unbeknownst to her, into the Cafe Net offices where he was able to abduct Niaba Takatunuye.

A fellow at the University of La Rochelle’s Centre For Human Rights, cites the Law of Hospitality as the principle that should guide the embassy and state, as it encourages the state to admit those bereaved by persecution and/or conflict to the Oan Isles, and as employees of an Oan company, the applicants have a unique status. The state remains adamant that security risks are high.

Cafe Net takes responsibility for its employees in Latianburg
Published on 23 April 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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After discussions with the Oan ambassador to Kuthernburg, the chief executive of the company, Cafe Net, Etuarti Takatunuye, made an announcement that Cafe Net will pay for the resettlement of its employees and provide them with jobs in the Kuthernburg regional head office in the Kuthernburg World Trade Centre. The Chief executive, also announced that the Latianburg branch office will be closed and a number of services will be discontinued in light of the threat to its assets and employees. He stated that the branch office lease will be terminated immediately and indefinitely. The withdrawal of the company represents millions of kiribs of divestment from Latianburg.

Some of the Latian citizens were disgruntled as they believed that they deserved Oan protection as employees of an Oan company. Their flights and accommodation will be paid for by the company. The government has remained largely withdrawn from the issue, taking a muted tone on the resettlement of the Latian citizens. In light of these developments the state has merely stated that Oan troops will be withdrawn from Latianburg nd return home, while the state continues to condemn and call for international action on the Al-Jaheed.

Edited on 20 October 2017
Metatron introduces the new Hua
Published: 3 May 2017
By Niana Takatunuye
From La Rochelle
Of the Raisson rouge

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Celeste Uataka, Chief Executive Officer of the Metatron Corporation, announced the commercial release of the company’s new smartphone, the Metatron Hua. This transparent touchscreen phone will be available in stores around Aurora for SH$599.99.

She said that the device represents the culmination of years of work and a significant gear shift in the market. We couldn’t agree more! It has a sleek design. It is fairly lightweight, and not as large as the phablet, the Metatron Cosmo. It does not represent significant shift in processing speed or features from conventional touchscreen smartphones on the market such as the Metatron Astro II. The real marvel is the transparency and the subsequent change in the program interface and overall experience.

Critics were sceptical of the popularity and profitability of the release of the cellphone. Miss Uataka represented a conservative shift in the direction and the vision of the company, but it’s clear that it could not be further from the truth. The tenacity Metatron has shown in the ambitious projects it has undertaken, it represented fully and unequivocally in the new Metatron Hua I. This is planned to be the first phone in the series, with the next Hua II planned for release in 2018.[/s]

Op-Ed: Metatron under Uataka
Published on 4 May 2017
By Mauia Uweleye
From La Rochelle
Of The Critic Online Newspaper
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The Metatron Corporation is the largest company in or from The Oan Isles. It was born when a number of manufacturers of electronic products were bailed out and bought by the government. They were reincorporated under the banner of the Metatron Corporation. Oahuana Uye is the man credited with its founding and directing it in its infant years. The company was considerably clear and his vision is best articulated by the simple maxim of the company: the heart of technology. This ambitious goal, to be at the centre of scientific development and research in electronics, and computer products remains at the core of the company’s mandate and goals.

Celeste Uataka is at the helm now, directing a rather large and sometimes unwieldy ship. The Board appointed her at the end of January this year. She assumed her role with mixed reviews. Several people cited that her appointment was a matter of politics.

The Memorandum of Incorporation of the company was changed, giving the National Council as the sole appointer of the Board, even though half the voting power belonged to the workers just as much as it did to the government. There was a great deal of lobbying from the state and its supporters to push its proposed changes. It provides the state with powers that effectively usurped many of the practical uses that having voting powers gave the workers and has made the “Oan model” remarkable and unique.

There was a great deal of speculation over a matter of fowl play. The National Council managed to stave off much of the allegations of bribery and intimidation that marred the lobbying process. The National Council remained aloof on the matter, citing efficacy and efficiency as the reason for amending the Memorandum of Incorporation and has adamantly defied any accusations of fowl play. Regardless of what the truth really is, the National Council got what it wanted: power to control one of the biggest corporations in Aurora.

The Board experienced a brutal cull. Supporters of the government, or at least those who don’t oppose the state, were appointed and detractors were removed. Pro state trade unionists were added on to placate the brooding masses. And for a time, it seemed as though it was business as usual.

In December of 2016, it was clear that Niami Sele was having a difficult time running the company. Primrose Inc. from Staynes was hammering Metatron on many fronts and she was struggling to cope. Citing personal problems and new goals (we still have no idea what they are), she was hurried out, as quickly and as quietly as possible. A number of things have been cited as possible reasons that are contrary to what the National Council has been saying.

Niami was regarded by a La Rochelle to have failed to deliver on key objectives and make strategic decisions. Primrose was rising, and Metatron was contracting. Under the economic circumstances and Primrose’s access to Staynish economic muscle, was it really her fault? To be honest, their demands were unrealistic and they were overexaggerating. There was more. She was… expendable.

With General Oaluoa Uye’s controversial Operation Conquer Gondwana, there were bigger fish to fry. Celeste Uataka had a very suspicious role in it, and in Ese Ulua’s bigger plans to remake the government, she had no place in his new National Council. She was too useful and too dangerous to merely toss out into the garbage, which is where many believed he wanted her to be.

So they orchestrated an elaborate plan to put her in a position where she was close enough to control, but had no more control over levers of policy. From the lobbying, the dismissal of Niami Sele, the change to the Memorandum of Incorporation, to the cull of the Board, we arrive at the present, where Celeste Uataka is the new boss of a multi billion dollar business.

She’s more of an accountant and politician (a really shrewd and cunning one) than a Jeremy Irons-type business mogul. Perhaps that is why her first few months are so surprising. The tech world thought she’d rein in debt, at best. So many things have happened under her reign in the past few months, for which she has received disproportionate praise and credit.

Negotiations and plans for a planned city called Metatron City finally got started and broke ground with the South Staynish government. The Metatron Hua, the first transparent cellphone was released. She was the one making the speeches and receiving applause at the end. But does she really deserve credit for any if it?

There is something that one must understand. Metatron Corporation is huge. It has lots of subdivisions and elements from stoves to hand held video game consoles. They operate largely independently. They can deflect the impact of the drama at the top of the food chain with relative ease. Both the plan for Metatron City and Metatron Hua, have been developed for years. Many years. She was never really a part of the actual formatio, except approving the occasional cash injection when she was the Minister of Finance. The real credit goes to the worker and the managing directors. She merely found an opportune moment to smile for the cameras on Metatron’s behalf. Whether or not she has the mettle to stand up for this company, and thousands of people who depend on it, has yet to be seen.

OMA nominations ceremony!
Published on 11 May 2017
By Fab X
From Serenity City
Of the Raisson rouge
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It is that time of the year again when the Oan Recording Industry Association announces its shortlisted candidates for the coveted Oan Music Awards. The nomination ceremony is being streamed live on the OMA website (http://www.oma.co.oa). The most important awards were left for last and announced between 10 pm and 11 pm.

The nominees for Best New Artist are
[ul][li]Ella for her critically acclaimed soul and jazz album Devil in the Mist. Her nomination statement read as follows: "Ella’s voice is sultry and powerful, dark and light, in a single song, magnifying the power of her brasée response to challenges and abuse, as she says in her first bar, ‘the bullshit of life’ “.
[li]Takataha (which roughly means Sea Fire in Oan) for their underground and independently released, but widely lauded album, “TUKA NOA” (which roughly means Jump Grace). The band was lauded as follows in their nomination statement, “The unusual blend of tropical and rock looks doomed to fail, but the intelligent production creates the opposite result. The lead singer Iala Uweleye’s sung-rapped criticism of social customs and the state is bitter and unabashed, and brilliant”.
[li]Sikaseka’s (which is a bastardised Oan name for an indigenous dance move) " Vibe.Viba.Voob” received mixed reviews, but was one of the most commercially successful debut records. Sikaseka, an Oan tropical music-house music-hip-hop duo, was nominated as follows: “The testimony of the Sikaseka brothers is powerful and evocative, a slow, treacherous, but ultimately worthwhile climb through the music industry, magnifies the “just be happy” attitude that their largely instrumental album aims to espouse”.[/li][/ul]

The Best Album nominations were a fairly traditional look at albums that performed well commercially. It is not to say that the music was bad, but the promised “radical” shift that the ORIA claimed to be undergoing and which was desperately needed by artists everywhere, experienced a quick and quiet expulsion from the room when the nominations look like this:
[ul][li]Sana Nialoa has been been nominated a couple times and won an award or two (somewhere in the abyss of the pre-telecast ceremony), but she actually looks set to win this year. Her album “Masoaia wayeni” is a collection of songs from Oan street theatre that have been made more commericially acceptable and lyrically palatable. The album has sold close to 10 million records and is the best selling album of the 2016/2017 year. Its lead single “Loa ua soaiana” is among the five best selling songs of the same period.
[li]Tuwela Wasisama’s album “Lona e uaiele” (which means Love that is Enough), lacks any stand out tracks, but it is a solid listen from start to finish. It is like looking through a garden full of memories and saying, “that was nice”.
[li]Nominal is an Oan rapper and hip-hop star who has been releasing some of the most epic tracks with major names in the industry like Dax Override (also a nominee this year), but his albums have fallen flat. His album, “Nomination Ceremony”, is a gearshift. It is a succinct but sincere look at his journey through the music industry and, thankfully, it does not suffer from the same histrionics that have made similar albums forgettable and redundant.[/li][/ul]

Some wise person once said “If music is the fruit of life, play on”. The songs that have been selected this year will be sung an remembered long after their sell-by date is due. The nominees are as follows:
[ul][li]Loa ua soaiana by Sana Nialoa (which means " the boy is singing") was written by Ziza Zu and taken from his street play of the same name (which will receive its Firelight (OOC: the Oan equivalent of Broadway) debut at the Solowasai Theatre in La Rochelle). It tells the story of a young boy looking for his kite and looks at the cruel and forgotten under belly of the mighty Oan cities through the eyes of a child.
[li]Wayana wi (which roughly translates to “Hit the Road”) is the party anthem of the year! Pelvises will gyrate and clubs will throb to the catchy chorus and the epic beat. While the verses tend to disappear behind the amazing beat and the catchy chorus, a closer listen will reveal his sophistication as a writer.
[li]Lona ui wa? is an apostrophe by Selina. He addresses Love as a cruel mastermind who will catalyse his death through the beautiful girl he loves. This pop/jazz swing hit is absolutely hilarious and makes for a great sing-along.
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The Oan Music Awards have many great artists lined up, and, while this may seem cliché, based on the calibre of music represented by the ORIA, a nomination is literally good enough. The pre-telecast ceremony will take place on the 17 May while the main ceremony will take place on 20 May. Both ceremonies will be streamed live on Cafe Tube all over Aurora and Antilla, yet only the main ceremony will be broadcast live on television on the OBC Channel OBC Music.[edit_reason]Done.[/edit_reason]

Relations with New Leganes
Published 12 May 2017
By Reply Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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After a long time of negotiations and discussion, formal relations between the Cooperative Commonwealth of [nation]New Leganes[/nation] and the Realm of [nation]The Oan Isles[/nation]. The two countries have agreed to a number of cooperative measured to boost trade and investment.

Oan companies have been granted access for fishing and mineral extraction and exploration. After a crucial deal to mine tin in Furnifold was lost to an Adumaran bid, the new deal with New Leganes provides a new light for the Oan Isles. The Oan Isles benefits from cheap access to important raw materials such as metals and hydrocarbon fuels, while New Leganes benefits from cash flow, access to foreign markets and employment opportunities.

The Oan government has promised to invest 3 billion dollars in tourism in New Leganes. A new company has been set up to plan, develop and execute the construction and operation of a planned development along the Privetia Taurillen water front (the New Leganese capital) called the Serene Majesty Waterfront. This project will include a shopping centre, hotel, luxury housing and self catering facilities, restaurants and other projects that meld Oan and New Leganese architecture, culture and entertainment. This comes on the heals of another planned investment project in South Staynes from the Metatron Corporation to build a planned city.

The Oan government has been aggressive in its investment and development projects and international cooperations to boost Oan ambitions of being a major international player, out of the shadow of former coloniser and one of the most powerful countries on Urth, the Staynish-Caltharus Empire.

The Oan government: a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing!
Published on 17 May 2017
By Mauia Uweleye
From Serenity City
Of the Critic Online Newspaper
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The government of the Oan Isles has had mixed reviews in its involvement in the Peacekeeping Forces of Urth. In a http://forum.theeastpacific.com/single/?p=10022496&t=7007211, sources revealed that the Oan government stated that it was involved in the PKFU to advance its foreign policy objectives, and protect its foreign assets and economic interests. The article further criticised the weapons procurement program, and its inclination towards special operations and air strikes, the fact that the PKFU was deployed to a country that had the resources to combata weakened terrorist organisation, and the fact that peacekeepers have opened a brothel under the ridiculous guise of supporting economic recovery. While the Oan government has reduced its overall contribution and redirect its resources towards election monitoring, disaster relief and humanitarian aid, it has failed to criticise its so-called “allies” on their perpetuation of practices that are an affront to our laws and values.

The Oan government has yet to provide on what its foreign policy objectives are in the context of the PKFU. If those aims are the proliferation of sentient dignity, pacifism and democracy, the government, then the state has had an abysmal failure in that regard. The Foreign Office has failed to coalesce its so-called foreign policy around our values as a nation. For example it maintains fairly strong relations with two totalitarian and despotic dictatorships, some tin-pot hole called Celannica run by an AI, and a communist pompous pit called Stratarin, from whom our government has the audacity to purchase military hardware. The government presumably derives its mandate from “the people”, yet it is highly questionable which people. It is certainly not the men and women who pay taxes and work to make this country great. They receive their mandate from the so-called “Defender”, a gluttonous swine in the Serene Palace, and the multi-national conglomerates siphening off our wealth and resources to make themselves rich, undertaking obscene and extravagant construction projects in South Staynes and New Leganes.

Our people have constantly been against the foreign policy of our government. A La Rochelle Times poll in 2016 found that 56% of 2,000 people surveyed in 20 Oan cities were opposed to the state’s overall direction of foreign policy. The state has entered into multi-billion dollar agreementd with militaristic oligarchic dictatorships such as South Staynes, Stratarin, Celannica and a myriad of others, without proper consideration for the fact that 80% of people polled in January this year are ardently opposed to those countries. The state has disgraced our nation’s perceived humility by disobeying the Law of Hospitality, when it refused to admit refugees from Latianburg.

This government is shameful and disgraceful and it is up to the people to remove them!

Stronger Relations with Latianburg and Kuthernburg
Published on 18 May 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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The Oan government has launched a second wave of diplomatic and economic projects to strengthen ties and relations. The newest and most comprehensive project were relations established and strengthened with Latianburg, Kuthernburg and Atiland. A variety of investment projects, loans, bilateral trade agreements and travel agreements were entered into with the aforementioned countries. This article will comprehensively explain and analyse the agreements and their implications on the Oan Isles, on our businesses, on our people and on our role in the world as a middle power.

Kuthernburg is a member of the Peacekeeping Forces of Urth (or PKFU), of which the Oan Isles is also a member. The two collaborate, along with other countries, on peacekeeping, election monitoring and disaster relief, among others, with the other member states. The conflict in Latianburg begun by the terrorist organisation Al Jaheed, prompted the government to intensift its focus and strengthen its relations with the country.

Cafe Net, an Oan internet services provider (ISP) known for its Cafe Tube and Cafe Vibe online applications, opened an office in the Kuthernburg World Trade Center. It opened a branch in Latianburg and began providing services to the country. Oan troops were sent to protect the branch. An Al Jaheed agent named Muttar Mimahid infiltrated the office and kidnapped Niana Takatunuye, a member of the wealthy and renowned Takatunuye clan. Through collaboration with Furnifoldian forces, she was successfully rescued and her captor was detained by Kuthern forces. This shared victory strengthened the relationship that the Oan Isles had with Kuthernburg, so much so that over a month later, agreements on a broad range of issues were signed.

There will be mutual investment of 17 and 18 billion dollars in infrastructure particularly transport (such as ports and airports) and natural disaster prevention (such as levees and dykes). Bilateral trade will increase to 70 billion dollars. There will be ease of travel for citizens of both countries. Oancom (or the Oan Telecommunications Corporation) will receive a sizeable market share of the broadband internet and cellular network industry.

Latianburg is closely associated companies with Kuthernburg. Kuthernburg acted as a conduit through which Latianburg received Oan funds and investment, and relations (albeit small) began. Cafe Net opened a branch there, but the office was closed and services were ended following the abduction of Niana Takatunuye. The company has tentatively begun its operations again, a process that was catalysed by a number of agreements that Oan and Latian governments signed.

The Oan government will invest 4 billion dollars in projects, the bulk of which will go toward infrastructure. The Oan Isles will provide Latianburg with foreign aid of 2 billion dollars. The Oan government will make 20 billion dollars worth of loans available to Latianburg. Bilateral trade will increase to 50 billion dollars. OANCOM has been given an monopoly on internet broadband and cellular network services in that country.

Atiland is a small country you have probably not heard about. It relies on cocoa for most of its revenue. It experiences widespread poverty and inequality. It is ruled by a corrupt and authoritarian government. These are characteristics that are opposed by our people and thus, should not be included in our foreign policy objectives. Just as Mauia Uweleye’s article in the Critic Online Newspaper (published on 18 May 2017) points out rather bluntly, the Oan government is going against the values anyway. OANCOM has been awarded a monopoly over the broadband internet and cellular network and services. While the move is a corporate one, it is unlikely that it would be possible without state involvement. The government is also major stakeholder in the company leading many experts to speculate that the state was heavily involved.

Regardless of what ones perceptions about these deals are, it is clear that they have the potential to create thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars and income. When these deals are entered into with countries that oppose the Oan values of democracy, pacifism, rule of law and sentient rights, is it really worth it?

Edited on 20 October 2017
New Zoo Opens Up!
Published on 19 May 2017
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Toka Zoo has opened up.

The zoo was originally founded as a menagerie in the royal palace by the Rangitanga at the time, two hundred years ago. After nearly a century of existence, the menagerie was opened up to the public. Ownership and responsibility for the zoo was taken up by the state nearly half a century later.

After another half century, the zoo is relocating. The zoo is moving to a facility a few miles out from La Rochelle. The site was an old farm that had become unprofitable, and was bought by a member of the royal family. He then sold the land to the state which began planning the facility in 2007.

Three years later construction began. Due to delays, the project has taken seven years to complete. It was funded by a combination of corporate sponsors, private donations and government cash. The zoo cost 413 million SHD (or 2.4 billion OAD) to build. The cost increased from the original 240 million SHD (1.68 billion OAD).

The project was heavily criticised and nearly led to Deborah Kaiwawai nearly quitting on the job. But the project managed to get off the ground again and was quickly completed. The state wanted to increase the number of specimens and the facilities that were available to do research.

The project has partnered with numerous companies and institutions in the fields of animal science, medicine and technology. This includes Cafe Net and the Science School of the Toka University, to promote research about different types of animals.

The site is almost a square kilometre in size. It features enclosures for over a hundred species of animals, entertainment such as restaurants and shops, and laboratories for research and a museum for display. It also features a cable car that gives aerial views of the facility and surrounding area.

The zoo uses green technology to cut emissions and cost such as waste water treatment, rain water collection, solar panels, digital communication and enclosure monitoring systems that will save millions of dollars every year.

The zoo was opened by the current Rangitanga, who praised the zoo and the ingenuity of its builders. The facility has received recognition for its modern and high tech facilities including awards from various societies and organisations in the sciences.

The zoo features 60 birds, 40 mammals, 50 reptiles and 30 amphibians. Birds include the eagles, hawks, owls, macaws, cassowary, moa, kiwi, ibis, swan, tropicbirds and flamingos. Mammals include lions, elephants, rhinos, bears, primates, buck and bats. Reptiles include chameleons, iguanas, crocodiles, snakes, lizards and tortoises. Amphibians include frogs, toads, salamanders and newts.

There are also 300 species of bugs such as ants, locust, cicada, beetles, spiders, scorpions, worms, roaches, stick bugs, vees, wasps and hornets. There are 100 types of marine life such as sharks, dolphins, seals, tuna, catfish, salmon, pufferfish, lungfish, crayfish, angelfish, eels and coral.

There are also 1,000 types of plants. There are trees such as oaks, mahogany, teak, ebony, pine, fir, kauri, yellowwood, ironwood, fever, tree ferns, cycads, palms and redwoods. There are cacti, succulent plants, fynbos, herbaceous plants, carnivorous plants, orchids, creeps and lilies.

There are other attractions such as restaurants that represent cuisine from almost every continent, offering panoramic views, petting zoo, horse riding, carriages, cable cars, golf carts and a tram. The site also has a DNA storage site with over 40,000 samples and over 100,000 seed samples. The site also has an electronmicroscope, gene splicer and a computer with a database of 1 million animals and plants.

The site also has a library with 7,000 books and every copy of every scientific journal ever published in Aurora and a museum with 3,000 specimens of bones, mutated and preserved organisms, and so on.

The facility is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and tickets cost 12 SHD (84 OAD) for adults and is free for pensioners and kids. Bulk trips are more affordable. The site is mostly funded by the state and aid from the royal family, excluding commercial amenities.

[spoiler][s]The Oan National Parks System is a system of botanical and zoological gardens and nature reservations that aim to study, showcase and conserve exotic and indigenous plants, fungae and animals. The system is run by the Nature Department of the National Science Council of the Oan Isles, which is responsible for carrying out Oan policy objectives and treaty obligations in terms of science and technology. The Oan National Parks System’s largest project has been the 12 billion dollar La Rochelle Zoo.

The La Rochelle Zoo originally existed as a menagerie in the Serene Palace, founded in 1870. In 1880, the menagerie was opened to the public. Demand was very high. The menagerie moved to a larger park in 1890, where it remained for 110 years. The Oan government wanted to significantly expand the quantity and diversity of the facility and upgrade its research facilities. There was insufficient land in the La Rochelle city proper to expand the facility. Aia Salua announced at multibillion dollar project to build an artificial island 20 kilometres from the Rock Island, where La Rochelle is located that has an area of 50 square kilometres. The area was originally an atoll.

Construction started in 2010. Millions of litres of sand were poured in, imported from our Auroran neighbours. The island eventually developed. Due to unplanned costs, the budget of creating the zoo, quadrupled to four billion dollars. Aia Salua faced massive criticism and had come close to resigning. Through shear determination (or stubborness, it’s hard to tell which), the four billion dollar zoo was completed in late 2016. Its opening was delayed by several months due to Operation Conquer Gondwana. The Zoo’s opening ceremony will be held later today, with prestigious guests such as the Defender, His Serene Majesty Ese Ulua and the National Council, it will be spectacular indeed. The animals that will be on display will be even more spectacular and the discoveries that will be made will shape environmental conservation and biological sciences for decades to come.

A direct train line from La Rochelle to the La Rochelle Zoo offers the only access to the island except by boat, which is exclusive to staff and authorised personnel. The massive Natural History Museum offers a journey of the evolution of animal life in the Aurora-Pacific area. The massive Natural Research Center features laboratories and sites that allow scientist the room and means to interact with and study the life that exist here. The Leviathan Aquarium is a massive aquarium housing fresh water fish in massive glass tubes on the actual island. The water surrounding the island has been blocked by a massive underground wall two kilometres from the island. Glass tunnels allow patrons to explore this underwater area and its bizarre and exciting inhabitants. The actual zoo is mindblowing. There are a variety of wild animals to treat each visitor to the zoo.

Dragonhawks that were offered to His Serene Majesty as a gift from the Grand Duke of Dragonia were successfully bred and are permanently exhibited at the zoo. The Katuna is an Oan big cat, with a tawny colour palette and rosettes is a resident here as well. The tapir-like tapa and the Spix macaw find their home under and in the canopies of massive trees. The Shuashushuian, a bird of paradise whose feathers have refractive qualities makes it seem to change colour as it dances in the trees of the zoo. The delightful petting zoo with livestock and llama, camels and capybara, entertain the kids. The last known blue member of the Panthera genus, the Panthera katunidus lazuli is being bred here. More animals are on view in this massive complex.[/s][/spoiler]

AL JAHEED HACKS CAFE NET!
Published on 26 May 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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In act of bravado, Al Jaheed, a communist terrorist organisation from Latianburg, hacked the information service provider supernova, Cafe Net, shutting down many of their services including the browser, online video and music streaming, and social media platforms, leaving millions of users around the world in the dark. Cafe Net’s CEO, Etuarti Takatunuye, released a statement approximately 20 minutes to that effect urging calm and promising that the matter would be dealt with promptly.

Cafe Net provides internet services to businesses and private individuals in many countries, as a result of which the company could lose a large amount of revenue and share price value, when stock markets open in a few hours, according to our resident economic analyst Simon Noalua. Financial woes asside, a hacking of this nature, particularly against such a large and well-equipped company such as Cafe Net, shows how Al Jaheed has the resources and technical skills to cause serious damage to our digital and even physical infrastructure, raising serious concerns in the tech world and broader society.

The scope and dimension of the attack has led ICT analyst James Toalua to suggest that Al Jaheed used a mutation string virus deployed remotely from an anonymous location or directly into the Cafe Net servers in La Rochelle. Without access to the Cafe Net cyber security schematics, it will be difficult to accurately point out how a mutation string virus could be deployed to the Cafe Net servers or penetrate their filters.

Companies have begun beefing up online security in the wake of this emergency, or suspending operations altogether. National Intelligence and Security Services Chief, Isaac Kasalua, assuaged concerns that the e-Gov app was compromised, and said that they were working very closely with Cafe Net to repel the attack, seal any cracks in the security and prevent attacks of this nature from spreading. The e-Gov is by some margin the one of the most secure online apps in the world. It allows our country to be a direct democracy. Citizens can propose and vote for laws through the application. Its failure could represent a catastrophic demise of our democratic society.

We will keep you posted on any further developments.

AL JAHEED BOMBS NISS HQ!
Published on 26 May 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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The Al Jaheed has bombed the headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Services in La Rochelle. While no one was hurt and the infrastructural damage was small, one of the major server rooms, directly below the site of the bomb, was blown to cinders. The Defender has suspended the National Assembly and the e-Gov app has been shutdown. Emergency powers have reverted to the executive branches of the national, provincial governments. The Defender has called the Al Jaheed a terrorist organisation that has attacked the Oan way of life and our nation’s safety. He proceeded to warn the Al Jaheed that the Oan nation will retaliate with the full might of her power.

The e-Gov app allowed citizens to propose and vote on laws (or their cancellation and modification) for the the entire country, or the provinces and communities in which they live. This app made it possible for the people to form the legislative branch of the government and by extension the Sovereign of the Oan Isles. This power allowed the common people to not only have a say in how our government is run, but to actually run it. They had the power to make decisions that other branches were forced to accept, whether they liked it or not. The people were trully and unequivocally in charge of our government. Years of work and millions of dollars that have been poured into making our democracy the envy of the world, have been destroyed because of the callousness of barbarians and brutes.

The Defender rallied our nation to action and called for calm, to a resounding ovation in the Serene Palace. Our way of life has been threatened, and in some ways unravelled, by savages. The Oan people will brutally punish the sludge threatens them. The full fury of the Oan people will be unleashed onto the Al Jaheed. With our glorious Defender at the helm, we are sure truimph over the malevolent forces of Hell that have attacked us.

The La Rochelle Times fully supports our Defender’s actions in dealing with and expunging the threat that has assailed our nation. The La Rochelle Times calls upon the people to cooperate and support our government’s emergency measures and we will keep you posted on any developments if they come through.

CENTRE FOR LAW AWARDS MIKHAIL STARIKOV
Published on 27 May 2017
By Mauia Uweleye
From Serenity City
Of the La Rochelle Times
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The Center for Law at the University of Serenity City held its annual Law Awards, in which it recognised the achievements and work of law enforcement, legal and judicial bodies and individuals both within and throughout the world, earlier today. It aims to promote and recognised excellence in the legal profession. The Award, accompanied by a statuette and certificate, is sponsored by the Ulua Foundation, run by the Crown Prince of the Oan Isles, His Highness, Oaloana Ulua, which also sponsors the generous monetary accompaniment of 2 million dollars.

While many of the awards were noteworthy, the biggest prize is the Ese Ulua Award for Most Outstanding Officer of the Law. It was rather surprising when the winner was announced: Mikhail Starikov, Procurator General of Stratarin. He was commended for his “courage and rigour in investigating the attempted assassination of Viktor Drugov, the General Secretary of Statarin, for reining in institutional problems in the Stratarin criminal justice system and for his exemplary leadership”. His nomination was received with a raucous ovation, but unfortunately he was absent and a representative accepted the award on his behalf.

The Centre for Law hopes that the expansion of winners and nominees to the international community, might increase the Awards’ profile and significance. The Awards have a bigger context. They are released together with a general report of the state of the legal, judicial and law enforcement profession, systems and scholarly research throught the world. The report has damning results for the world, and rather succinctly describes it as deteriorating.

The report contains the Rule of Law Index. This index measures access to competent and affordable legal representation and adjudicators, the prevalence of extrajudical killings and torture, the state of prisons, rehabilitation programs and the rights of convicted or suspected criminals, the prevalence of corruption, access to criminal proceedings and ease of procedure, and an effective bureaucracy, discipline and access to resources in the police forces and investigative agencies and so on. The Report reflects other factors such as political and civil freedom, conflict and crime, and so on.

Aurora as a whole had the highest score with Emberwood Coast and The Oan Isles leading the pack. The continent as a whole has deteriorated especially seeing significant decrease of Xagrurg. Antilla dropped slightly due to the conflict in Latianburg. Atlantia remained stable and scored well with confidence expressed in the Atlae Isles, Tretrid and Mexregiona. Yasteria Major maintained its below average score, Veikayu performing significantly better than Listonia and Asendavia. No data from Packilvania, we cab guess it’s appalling. No data from Arcturia could be collected. Gondwana scrapes the bottom of the barrell, although the sharp decrease makes us wonder: are there any judicial or legal systems there whatsoever? The Veridian Union managed to save face, but Central Gondwana especially Gongola fell flat and Celannica, which seemed to do better has clinched a spot at the end.

The Center for Law aims to promote scholarly research and excellence in legal process, provide analysis and advise governments, NGOs and businesses on legal issues and encourage open dialogue on issues of impunity, opacity, and crime. The Centre had some discouraging revelations for our country. The Oan Isles while praised for combining social welfare and law enforcement to reduce crime, it has been criticised for executive interference.

TERRORIST BOMBER ARRESTED!
Published on 27 May 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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The terrorist behind the bombing of the headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Services has been found and arrested by the Oan Police Services. His name is Muttar Mimahid. He was found trapped in a metal closet, trapped by the debris. He was taken into custody and is currently being interrogated.

The Oan National Investigations Services has taken over the investigation. Muttar Mimahid is being suspected of carrying out the bombing, and according to Spokesperson for the ONIS, an overwhelming amount of evidence has been found, linking him to the crime, including fingerprints, and other incriminating evidence.

The Oan National Prosecution Service believes that it has enough evidence to build a solid charge against Muttar Mimahid in the La Rochelle Regional Court. Member of the National Council for Justice, Iohana Toaye has announced that the Justice Office is working out a deal with the government of Latianburg to conduct Muttar Mimahid’s trial and, carry out his inevitable sentence.

Iohana Toaye made more shocking revelations. Muttar Mimahid claimed that he did not orchestrate the attack on the NISS. He says that he was deployed by the Al-Jaheed in Yor who are also called the Opposition Fighters of Yor. They provided him with the resources and training to carry out the attack in return for a life in South Hills. Intercepted communications have also revealed the presence of other Al-Jaheed operatives from Yor that have been deployed to the Oan Isles, to carry out more attacks on the Oan Isles.

Muttar Mimahid claims that the Al Jaheed in Yor could have possibly hacked Cafe Net servers in La Rochelle. These attacks show that the Al Jaheed is able to project its power and influence from Yor. Other suspects have been arrested. The mounting evidence has shown that inspite of the heavy strikes in Yor, the Al-Jaheed are able to evade the forces.

Defender Ese Ulua said that he will maintain open communications with the Latian and Xagrurgian governments, but he promised that if the Oan government feels that the matter is not adequately dealt with, the Oan Isles will have take matters into its own hands. While this statement was vague, we can only guess what the implications will be.

REPORT DAMNING THE AL-JAHEED SUBMITTED TO THE ACA
Published on 28 May 2017
By Imani Lucim
From La Rochelle
Of the La Rochelle Times
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The Oan ambassador to the Auroran Continental Assembly, Stephen Realua, submitted a report to the Auroran Continental Forces headquarted in Weyrcliff, Dragonia prepared by the Oan military and intelligence community.

The 1,000 page report contained documented evidence that the Al-Jaheed were a threat not only to Xagrurg and Yor, but to the continent at large. The report provided recorded intercepted communications from Al-Jaheed operatives who were deployed to Celannica and the Oan Isles. The report provided incriminating evidence of the work of the Al-Jaheed and the immense threat it poses. The report provided evidence and analysis with the following results:

  1. CAFE NET HACKING
    Cafe Net is an Oan internet services provider that provides internet services such as online music and video streaming, social networking and media, personal and business email, cloud storage and other services. The company was hacked by a well-equipped and organised cyber terrorist group or loose association of hackers. Through interrogation, virus origin tracing and their modus operandi, allows us to see that the hackers were affiliated or part of the Al-Jaheed in Yor.

  2. National Intelligence and Security Service Bombing
    An operative of the Al-Jaheed, Muttar Mimahid, admitted to being sent by the Al Jaheed to bomb the Oan institution, to cripple its democracy. They aimed to spread their trail of destruction to other Auroran countries and threaten their political systems and their national security.

  3. The Al-Jaheed Attack on Celannica
    The Al Jaheed orchestrated a massive attack on Celannica. This attack was so severe that General Zeda was forced to isolate his nation. The attack threatened a country that had powerful military and cyber defence capabilities yet it was able to cause severe damage. They could do the same to the ACA.

4)Hijacking a cruiseliner
The Al Jaheed were able to hijack a cruiseliner and kidnap its occupants during the Four Years War. This shows that they were already well organised and well resourced to undertake massive operations. The proximity of the attack to Aurora, shows that it has had a constant presence in our region. The sudden rise of the Al Jaheed in Yor shows can allow us to make an accurate assessment that this terrorist organisation has been under the noses of the Xagrurgian government.

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This long presence shows that the Xagrurgian government lacks the skill, resources or mettle to handle the threat. We also demand an explanation as to why the Xagrurgian government did not share its knowledge sooner. We also have seen that the humanitarian crisis is complex and has been handled poorly. Xagrurg is a dear friend and ally of the Oan Isles. The Oan Isles wants to protect Xagrurg from an attack of its evil enemies. The Oan Isles admonishes the ACA for failing to adhere to its treaty obligations under the ACA Charter to protect a member that is attacked without provocation. We will not abandon our allies. The lack of a clear and coordinated response by the ACA is shameful and must be rectified. The Oan Isles submits to the ACA this report. The Oan Isles also reiterates that we stand firm with Xagrurg. We will protect her when her friends have abandoned her. We are ready to protect her from the clutches of evil. The Oan Isles formally submits a notice that we will invade Yor on Tuesday, 30 May."

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WAR PREPARATIONS UNVEILED
Published on 31 May 2017
By Imani Lucim
Of The La Rochelle Times
From La Rochelle
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Member of the National Council for Defence, Kiahuaeni Luawuye, announced a number of preparations for a state of war. This comes on the heals of a declaration of war against the Greater Xagrurgian Empire that was announced yesterday.

Ordinarily military training takes 4 gruelling years, but Adm. Luawuye announced that recruits who have completed at least one year of training will be automatically inducted into the defence service and be deployed in combat. This represents approximately 40,000 new additions to the defence services excluding the 10,000 who were going to graduate later this year. This means that the armed forces has been expanded from 150,000 men to 200,000 men. 35,000 will be admitted into the Terrestrial Defence Service, 10,000 will be admitted into the Maritime Defence Service and 5,000 will be admitted into the Aerial Defence Service. The Oan Defence Service plans to employ a further 10,000 medical and engineering personnel. The Oan Defence Service has leased 10 large patrol boats (which will be equipped for medical operations) and a hospital ship from the Oan Maritime Police Service. The operating budget has increased by 10 billion SHD to 60 billion dollars. A procurement budget of 20 billion SHD has been set aside to purchase or lease military hardware.

The Oan Police Service has announced a budget increase of 10 billion dollars to hire more personnel and purchase new equipment. 100,000 police will be reorganised into a paramilitary force. They will be armed with AK-57 assault rifles and 1,000 new Eland armoured cars from the Oan National Motor Corporation, and 500 new medium tanks will be put into services. This new force, the Oan Paramilitary Police Service will remain a part of the Oan Police Service and serve under Member of the National Council for Police and Justice, Iohana Toaye. Curfews have been imposed. Stores, businesses and non-essential services will be closed from 00H00 to 04H00. Mandatory emergency drills will be held and information sessions in all institutions and businesses will be held on safety and emergency protocol.

The state has also invoked the Emergency Situations Act. The National Court accepted the application. The National Intelligence and Security Service and the National Military Intelligence have been given sweeping powers of surveillance, powers to detain suspected terrorists for 24 hours, to search properties with a lay-warrant (a warrant issued by the Commissioner of Police of a Local Government that can be challenged in a court of law) to temporarily search or seize property.

She warned that there would be a possibility of rations should desperately needed supplies run low. The government has, however, announced that 50 billion dollars will be pumped into stock piling medicine, fuel and food, for the difficult months ahead. For now life will remain almost the same.

Protests will be limited to designated areas of cities such as the Speaker Square in La Rochelle. Ordinary courts will continue to exercise their powers. Oanaid has begun a drive to procure supplies to assist our soldiers, our foreign allies and refugees. Refugee stations have been set up on several islands to await an expected influx of refugees in which they can be efficiently and effectively vetted and housed. The Titanium Shield, the Oan anti missile and anti aircraft system has been put on maximum alert. Markets were gloomy after this announcement. With hefty damage done to Oan investment operations such as Floating Market and Cafe Net in Aurora, an announcement of this proportion has sent the markets in a new state of gloom.

Op Ed: Are the People truly equal?
Published on 2 June 2017
By Mauia Uweleye
From Serenity City
For the Critic Online Newspaper
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The Oan Isles has always typified itself as a haven of diversity. The presence of a large number of people who have distinct customs and beliefs, speak different languages and have differing ancestry, can attest to that fact. There is more to diversity than differences. Diversity implies that those people share a generally consistent and united vision of their ambitions for their country, they are equal at school, in the workplace, before the courts and in broader society. While we have mad successes since the day of interethnic violence and rivalries of the late 19th and early 20th century, we still have a way to go to address income inequality, unequal opportunities and the personal and broader social impact of the former two factors.

During times of instability, such as these, we tend to ignore these societal issues. In order to effectively contend with our enemies, we cannot contend with ourselves. There are severe problems that must be addressed and perspectives that need to change to solve the problems that our country is faced with. Tuāki Tupou, leader of the council of chiefs of the Wayanatunu once said, “A home where one child is treated better than the other simply because of his good looks, rather than the merit of his actions or the content of his character, then that home is no longer a home. It is an the domicile of oppression and suffering”.

The vast majority of the Oan Isles’ services and manufacturing is located on the Main Islands, east of Xiopothos. The vast majority of the Oan Isles’ income and wealth come from these sectors therefore most of our wealth is on the Main Islands. The vast majority of the people who live on the Main Islands are of the Oatunu ethnic group. This means that the vast majority of our country’s wealth is owned by a single ethnix group and opportunities for employment, education and the advancement of ones careers are reserved for the Oatunu.

One can ascribe the matter to historical coincidence. The Oatunu originate from the Main Island. The Main Islands experienced economic and technological advancement faster than other parts of what is now “The Oan Isles” as the Konoa Islands (or Konoana), The Pacific and Gondwana territories were not part of The Oan Isles before 1900 when the industrial revolution occured. One scholar argued that the proximity to strategic markets and well established reputation and industry have always given the Main Islands, and the Oatunu, a competitive advantage over the other ethnic groups.

I do not believe that after 117 years of unity, that this disparity in wealth and access to opportunities can still remain. There is a silent “apartheid” that presents institutional barriers to a non-Oatunu’s chances of success than an Oatunu. 90% of colleges and universities are located on the Main Islands. 90 of the biggest companies are headed by Oatunu. 80% of Master and Doctoral degrees are awarded to Oatunu and 70% of Baccalaureate degrees are awarded to Oatunu. The entire National Council is made up of Oatunu. All political parties represented in Provincial and National legislatures except the Konoa People’s Party are led by Oatunu. 70% of semiskilled or unskilled labourers are non-Oatunu, while 65% of skilled or academic positions are held by Oatunu. A staggering 96% of labourers in Oan Gondwana are non-Oatunu, but 54% of managerial and supervisory positions are held by Oatunu. A Konoa child is much more likely than an Oatunu to be to work as a logger, farmer, fishermen or construction worker.

One could argue that high taxes and social welfare mitigate these difference. Although high taxes are charged for remuneration for labour or profits for selling goods and services, taxes on capital gains and rent are small. The property on the Main Islands has up to 10 times more value than property on other islands. This allows the Oatunu to benefit from this loophole in the tax code, in ways that a non-Oatunu cannot.

Due to the heavy concentration of businesses on the Main Island, the infrastructure and public services are significantly better than the rest of the Realm. Companies and the government spend more money on beautifying the urban sprawl of the main islands that they do in any other part of the country. Crime, poverty and unemployment, while low by international standards, are vastly higher in other parts of the country than they are in the Main Islands. The non-Oatunu people experience a disproportionate amount of the social ills of this nation.

Serious reforms in government, and changes in the business community and civil society need to take place to address these problems. During a crisis or war, non-Oatunu are more vulnerable. We must push for litigation, legislation and lumination to bring about a truly equal, united and free nation, to which all aspire and that must inspire others.

STRATARIN INSULTS THE OAN ISLES
Published on 13 June 2017
By Ilia Soaiawasaiye
From Crystal City
Of the Crystal Correspondent
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On 12 June 2017, the Oan National Council suspended diplomatic and economic links with our valued neighbour, Stratarin. The Oan Isles has suspended trade and travel, expelled Strataric companies and frozen Strataric assets in Oan banks, and called upon members of the SEPC to do the same. The Oan Isles is convinced that the Stratarin government has violated its SEPC treaty obligations; it is persecuting political dissidents; and supports or turns a blind eye to threats to the security and interests of the Oan Isles and its allies such as the SCE, SETZNA, AND MANY OTHERS.

The Oan government presented Stratarin with a number of measures that would allow its government to restore the international community’s faith and confidence. These include transferring all political prisoners to the Oan Isles, calling all ships back to port and holding an elective conference to elect a permanent leader for our friend.

The Strataric Minister of Foreign Affairs responded harshly and rudely. He claimed that the Oan Isles was attempting to malign the current administration, when in fact the opposite is true.

We approached the Chief of the Foreign Office, Head of Diplomacy and Member of the National Council for Foreign Affairs, Locklyn Le Roy for comment. He had this to say: “Unlike other nations which seek to bring about Stratarin’s humiliation and demise, we did what any good friend would do: help our friend identify their error and provide them with paths to fix it. We are deeply saddened by Fyodr Lyvov’s unkind words. We hope that sense will prevail and the Starikov administration will see that this – not any other – this, is the only way. Because we are such good friends, in spite of how we have been abused and insulted, we will create another opportunity for Stratarin to prove her innocence. We will request that a mixed panel from a number of countries adjudicate the charges we have brought forth. If Starikov trully cares about peace, he will gladly comply. We are certain that in spite of his inferior’s incompetence, HE will do what is right. It is clear to us the Mr. Lyvov is untrained and unrefined, allowing his personal problems with his wife, to mar his work. We shall forgive that mistake. For now, however, we maintain our position and continue to call upon Stratarin to do the right thing, and comply with what we graciously ask”.

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