The Crescent - News from Packilvania (Open to Syndication)

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION I
10 MAY 2021
NUCLEAR WEAPONS TEST IN WUSUL KABIR
BY ABDIR BEKASIM
IMPORT TARIFF HIKE ON E-WASTE
BY IRESH LADUKA
NEW CURRENCY REGULATIONS
BY FUKRAM WASAIL

The Packilvanian Armed Forces has announced that it has successfully tested a 5th generation nuclear warhead in Wusul Kabir.

The warhead has a much higher force yield and impact radius, increasing at 15% and 8% respectively.

The PAF states that these new nuclear warheads strengthen the country’s nuclear arsenal and force projection capabilities.

The PAF stated emphatically that Packilvania will only use nuclear weapons when it is struck first and will not use nuclear warheads to attack another nation.

The PAF stated that the nuclear waste generated by the test will be safely stored and processed to prevent contamination of natural resources and negative effects on sapient and animal health.

The PAF has stated that Packilvania does not recognise international moratoria and conventions on non-proliferation and will continue to develop nuclear warheads in line with its rights as a sovereign state.
The Packilvanian Department of Trade (DOT) has announced that new tariffs will be imposed on the import of electronic waste (e-waste) starting 1 June 2021. DOT released a comprehensive tariff schedule which will charge different rates for different types of e-waste products which is available on dot.gov.pax. However, there will be an increase of existing tariffs by 30%.

The DOT stated that the government wants to reduce the contamination of water, soil and air arising from the processing of the chemicals and heavy metals present in e-waste. E-waste has resulted in ecological and health issues for the people of Packilvania.

This will impact electronics manufacturers such as Damehowe (from Great Morstaybishlia), ICM (from Tretrid), and Cluster (from Aponivia) as over 70% of e-waste is processed in Packilvania due to competitive labour, energy and water costs and regulations. 
The Packilvanian Central Bank has announced that new currency regulations will be imposed on 1 June 2021.

The Packilvanian Currency Exchange Bureau (owned by the PCB) which has branches around the world to enable companies and individuals to convert Packilvanian dinars to local currencies and vice versa will increase the amount of dinars available for exchange everyday.

Unlike most countries where currency is purchased on an open market, those who want Packilvanian dinars must buy them on auction from the PCEB, with a fixed amount made available for purchase through instruments called Currency Certificates. By increasing the amount of currency made available, the value of the currency decreases as bidders need to put up less local currency to afford dinars.

This is done to make Packilvanian exports more globally competitive.

DAILY UPLIFTING REMINDERS
The Sultan loves you. Obedience is freedom. Conformity is empowerment. Loyalty to the state is honour.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION II
11 MAY 2021

INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE AT NEW CURRENCY REGULATIONS
BY FUKRAM WASAIL
PACKILVANIA APPLIES FOR INTERNATIONAL FORUM MEMBERSHIP
BY MALAKIM JIBRAEL

Some nations have expressed dismay at the new currency regulations announced by the Packilvanian Central Bank (PCB), yesterday.

A non-descript island nation in the middle of nowhere, by the name of the Obscure Isles and another nation by the name of Testrat (in Novaris) have wagged their crooked  fingers at our currency reforms.

The PCB has rebutted accusations of currency manipulation and unfair trade practices. Firstly, Packilvania is within its rights as a sovereign state to manage its currency as it sees fit. Secondly, there are trade-offs when such policies are implemented depending on the structure of ones economy. Nations only have themselves to blame for their economic mismanagement.

Nevertheless, the PCB has announced that it will enter into currency swap agreements with foreign central banks whereby, they swap a fixed amount of dinars for a fixed amount of local currency which the respective CBs can sell to their nation’s markets at their own price. This can bring opportunities to balance out economic relations. However, in doing this, their country must adopt favourable tariffs and economic policies towards Packilvania.
The Packilvanian Deparment of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that Packilvania has applied for membership in the International Forum (IF).

The application was submitted and processed yesterday, 10 May 2021, and is currently being debated on the floor the IF Security Council after being tabled by Chairhuman of the IF Security Council, Klara Sarinov.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed confidence that the application will be approved. As the third largest economy in the world, the most populous state and the largest nuclear weapons state in the world, Packilvania’s membership in the IF will boost that organisation’s profile. Moreover, the rest of the world would benefit tremendously from exposure to our political and economic systems and our ancient and magnificent civilisation.

Although the Minister acknowledged that some nations have misgivings about Packilvania’s entry, the DFA will work to correct their deluded, misguided infantile misconceptions about our glorious country. He urges the nations of the world to remember “All nations are equal, but some nations are more equal than others”.

DAILY UPLIFTING REMINDERS

It is only because of the Sultan’s obedience and steadfast leadership that Zora the Goddess of the Universe causes the sun to rise on our nation. 
Remember to drink your milk and put your balls of yarn away at night.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION III
12 MAY 2021
NORTH CONCORDIAN ECONOMIC FORUM IMPOSES SANCTIONS
BY FUKRAM WASAIL
INTERNATIONAL FORUM REJECTS PACKILVANIA’S MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION 
BY MALAKIM JIBRAEL
DISTRESS CALL FROM PACKILVANIAN OCEAN LINER
ADBIR BEKASIM

The North Concordian Economic Forum (NCEF) has announced that they will impose sanctions on Packilvania for alledged currency manipulation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs responded as follows: “Okay”.

“The NCEF has demonstrated their irrationality and disproportionality. Firstly, we have never received a formal complaint from NCEF alleging currency manipulation. Thus, NCEF has closed the door on negotiations. Packilvania will not negotiate or readjust its monetary policy until NCEF lowers sanctions”.

“Secondly, the Packilvanian government has never dictated monetary policy to the NCEF. Thus, this response is unprecedented and bizarre. The member states of the NCEF are welcome to take up the offer announced yesterday”.

“This arbitrary imposition of tariffs is symptomatic of the class struggle that pervades developed and developing countries. Developed countries want favourable conditions for trade at the expense of developing nations. This exploitation is embedded in the structure of the world economy. For instance, the kirib and SH dollar global system has pushed developing countries out of international trade. The only thing the NCEF has proven is their penchant for neocolonial trade policies. This is not surprising as Norgsveldet and Tretrid are former colonial powers whose history of exploitative Labour practices and class oppression is congruent with their attack on our nation. Our government has no further comment on this matter”. 
The International Forum (IF) Security Council voted to reject Packilvania’s application for membership in the IF. Instead they offered Packilvania observer status.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs had the following remarks: “It’s racism at the end of the day”

“While we acknowledge that there are nations such as Tavaris and Great Morstaybishlia, with whom we share historically amicable relations, voted in favour of our application, other states voted against it. Whatever political and economic differences we have, the international community must not forget that real people live in Packilvania. I speak directly to the IF in saying the following: you have excluded not the Sultan from the IF, but you excluded 1.141 billion people from international representation and participation”.

“The facts are that the International Forum is priminocentric. Ultimately, it’s function is to propagate and entrench the dominance of the Primines over the rest of the planet”.

“This is incredibly short-sighted. Packilvania rejects the IF and it’s mandate which places primine supremacy above all else. It’s core mandate has been exposed. We reject the Priminocentric Forum, as it ought to be called, and the international order that has grown under it. This is exactly the reason that we turned our backs on this organization decades ago yet still they have not evolved. The climb down from the trees into modern civilization remains elusive”.
The PSC Belem, a Packilvanian ocean liner, has issued a distress call to the Packilvanian Coast Guard. The ship stated that it was having problems with its engine and is afraid of pirates and hostile powers preying on its unfortunate condition.

The Minister of Defence announced that the government of Packilvania will send the Concordian Expeditionary Fleet to rescue the vessel which is currently about 200 nautical miles due west of Norgsveldetian territorial waters.

So far, the ship has enough food and water to last several days, however it does not have enough fuel to remain afloat for much longer.

The  CE fleet will consist of 1 aircraft carrier, 2 battle cruisers and several other escort and rescue vessels as well as tugboat to pull the endangered vessel to safety.

We call upon the nation to pray for the fathers and mothers and children and proud Packilvanians stuck on that vessel. May the Goddess hear us.

DAILY UPLIFTING REMINDERS
A life sacrificed for the Sultan and Packilvania is a life well-lived. A life of self-indulgence is worthless.
“Do not cease to gather together at the temple singing together and sharing words of encouragement” - Book of Heliopolians 12:34
Scratching posts must be shared.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION IV
13 MAY 2021
RESCUE FLEET SAVES TROUBLED SHIP
ABDIR BEKASIM
TENSIONS WITH CONCORDIAN NATIONS ESCALATE
FUKRAM WASAIL
INTERNATIONAL DISMAY AT PACKILVANIA’S EXCLUSION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM
MALAKIM JIBRAEL

The Packilvanian Concordian Expeditionary Fleet (CEF) has arrived at the distressed oceanliner, the PSC Belem.

The CEF rescued the crew. No injuries or deaths were reported. Despite suffering some mild water damage, the vessel is fine and the cargo is accounted for. The ship was refueled and towed to safety.

The Chief of Defence Staff had the following remarks: “We thank the CEF for its hard work in rescuing the beleaguered vessel and its crew. While we are pleased of the safety of the millions of dinars of cargo on the vessel, we dearly value the lives that were saved from harm on the vessel”. 
Several Concordian and surrounding nations have assumed an aggressive posture toward the presence of Packilvanian military fleet in the North Concordian Ocean. Commander of the Kaldrbuth Navy, Prince Haakon Volsungrssen announced that Kaldrbuth naval vessels will conduct military exercises. King Olav of Norgsveldet announced that military vessels have been sent to monitor the CEF. Eyjaria has announced naval exercises. Queen Dorothea of Alsearia announced that the Alksearian navy is being placed on red alert - with a view to defending its “allies”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs had the following response: “The escalation of tension in the North Concordian Ocean is regrettable. We call upon these nations to cease their aggressive posture toward our nation”.

“Rather than express their concerns through diplomatic channels, these nations are adopting a belligerent stance. We would like to clarify that the Packilvanian Concordian Expeditionary Fleet is not plotting some military conspiracy against North Concordian nations. We are within the international law of the sea which provides freedom of navigation for military and civilian vessels on international waters. Thus, the provocation by these nations is unjustified”.

“Furthermore, the CEF has attempted to hail the Norgsveldetian ships as they are approaching at high speed and conducting dangerous maneuvers which threaten our fleet.  We have fired warning shots, however, if these ships continue to threaten the safety of our ships we will be forced to defend ourselves”. 
Several foreign nations have come out in dismay at the unfair and irrational decision by the International Forum to deny Packilania’s application for membership.

The Second Fortunan Empire has expressed shock and found the exclusion of Packilvania problematic and regrettable. Prime Minister Eoforwine of the Kingdom of Tretrid, despite supporting NCEF trade sanctions against Packilvania, has stated that denying Packilvania’s membership was disappointing.

Minister of Foreign Affairs had the following remarks: “We appreciate the sympathy that these foreign nations have expressed. There seems to be significant confusion about and unearned hostility towards our country. We find the actions of the IF to be highly unfortunate and call on that organisation to reflect on the shamefulness of its actions and self-correct”.

DAILY UPLIFTING REMINDERS
The Sultan is the mirror through which we see the Divine Goddess. Obey the Sultan for he is the vision of the Goddess you seek.
“Show kindness to strangers, for some of you have entertained Angels thereby” - Epistle of Yasiv to the Melkedians
Avoid taking afternoon naps longer than 4 hours for a sleeping nation is not a productive nation.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION V
14 MAY 2021
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CEF LEAVES NORTH CONCORDIAN OCEAN
ABDIR BEKASIM
PCB RAISES EXCHANGE RATE
MALAKIM JIBRAEL 
FUNGAL PLAGUE AFFECTS PAX FRUIT 
LISHAN HAWAT

Following the successful rescue of the PSC Belem two days ago, the Packilvanian Armed Forces (PAF) has announced that the Packilvanian Concordian Expeditionary Fleet (CEF) will leave the North Concordian Ocean and continue on its ordinary path.
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The Chief of Defence Staff has the following remarks: “The CEF has certainly done a great job of staying calm and acting professionally when they arrived at the scene and helping to ensure that the crew were safe. They also showed loyalty to their nation by being so willing to undertake this mission to save their fellow countrymen. Moreover, I commend the courage and steadfastness that they showed when hostile forces railed against them. This resilience and uprightness of character is a testament to the intrinsic goodness and moral righteousness of Packilvanian men”.

The Packilvanian Central Bank (PCB) has announced that it will reduce the amount of Packilvanian dinars made available to the Packilvanian Currency Exchange Bureau (PCEB).
This means it will be more expensive for foreigners to purchase Packilvanian dinars. In formal terms, it means that the exchange rate of the Packilvanian dinar will rise.
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The Governor of the PCB had the following remarks: “When we observed the market forces, we realized that the increased demand for commodities presents an opportunity for Packilvanian commodity suppliers to benefit from an appreciated currency”.

The Packilvanian Department of Agriculture has announced that a new fungal plague has affected 6 variants of Pax Fruit, which has caused Packilvanian farmers to destroy their crops.
The fungal plague has been a major blow to the Pax Fruit farming community. The Agriculture Distress Fund has made compensatory funding available to farmers participating in the Agricultural Response Scheme.
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The government stated that uninsured farmers can approach the Packilvanian Agriculture Bank for government-subsidized loans to ameliorate the loss. When asked whether other producers who use Pax Fruit as inputs would be compensated for the spike in prices, the Department of Agriculture stated categorically that they would not receive government support however they stated that the support given to affected farmers will permeate affected sectors

DAILY UPLIFTING REMINDER
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the urth” - The Dictation from the Hill
Be meek and humble before the Sultan, for the gifts of the urth shall be yours.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION VI
16 MAY 2021

NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOREIGN NATIONS IN PACKILVANIA

IBDIN LERIAN

AURIAN COUPLE EXECUTED FOR CHILD KILLING AND WITCHCRAFT
TIMO HABRUWIN

The Preferential Market Access Act has come into force after being signed by the Sultan on 14 May 2021, after being passed by Parliament on 12 May 2021.
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This new law will offer foreign countries preferential access to the Packilvanian market in return for economic concessions. Nations which wish to take part in the scheme can apply at the Packilvanian Department of Trade (DOT).
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This will include the following arrangements:

  • Currency swap

  • Reduced tariffs

  • Reduction of restrictions on establishing branches and businesses

  • Lifting of restrictions on buying assets such as property

  • Reducing visa restrictions

  • Intellectual property protection and recognition

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Nations which wish to participate must implement reciprocal trade measures and reduce hostility to Packilvanian foreign and domestic policy, however the Minister of Trade has the power to adjust the specificities and offer exemptions were appropriate. Nations are encouraged to participate in this mutually beneficial scheme.

Aurian couple, Vadar Almikaden (34) and Belakis Almikaden (22) from Gibran in Mekedesh, have been executed under order of the Religious Court of Mekedesh for child neglect, sorcery and second-degree infanticide.
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The Aurian couple left their eggs without proper incubation and the fƓtus perished. Neighbours reported Mr and Mrs Almikaden to Social Services after the expected children from their laid brood did not hatch as per the normal incubation and gestation period. Moreover, neighbours reported foul smell emanating from their home.
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Unresponsive to attempts by Social Services to investigate, police raided the home and arrested the couple. They found the decomposing unincubated eggs sitting on an altar surrounded by religious iconography such as candles, symbols on walls etc. The police arrested them and they were presented to the Religious Court. In their written statement, they admitted to leaving the egg unincubated and that when their children died, they left the eggs on the an altar for religious purposes.
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According to the Children’s Act, all eggs of oviparous species must be incubated at body temperature throughout the gestation period. Failure to do this will be considered negligence and should the child die, it is second-degree infanticide. Furthermore, according to the Prevention of Witchcraft Act, the use of the body parts or bodies or other tissue of sentient beings in religious rituals is considered sorcery. All these crimes are punishable by death. The court ordered death by decapitation. Following cremation, the ashes of the executed pair will be disposed at Gibran II Waste Treatment Plant.
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The eggs were returned to family members and were buried according to Paxist customs. Priest Mukdan Vidim of the Southwest Gibran Parish conducted the service.
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These heathen religions must not be tolerated. The public is implored to remain vigilant and report suspicious neighbours, family members and friends and even spouses to the Police immediately, no matter how small the action or change in disposition. It is better be safe than sorry, for a life may be at stake.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION VII
24 JULY 2021
FLOODING ON THE UFRATA RIVER
MEDAYIN BESKAR 
MIKAREN SUPERCOMPUTER BREAKS RECORD ON CALCULATIONS
JURIN TASHEM

After heavy rains, the Ufrata River has burst its banks. This caused flooding along areas surrounding the river.  Farmland and infrastructure has been damaged. The government will be sending the military to aid emergency services in search and rescue operations. So far, the damage is estimated at 450 million SHD and 30 people have been injured. 5 people are unaccounted for and authorities are looking for them. 1 person has been confirmed dead. 20,000 people have been evacuated from affected areas with over 4,000 people being housed in government-provided temporary housing. The Minister of the Interior has requested that commuters and businesses avoid affected areas. Over 30 million SHD of donations have poured in from the public. The government has pledged 600 million SHD in reconstruction funds and affected organisations and people are encouraged to apply for assistance. The Minister of the Interior pleads with the public to pray and to lend a hand where possible.
The Mikaren supercomputer of the University of Bingol has broken a world record, by completing 1 petabyte of calculations in 1 hour. This breakthrough is indicative of the incredible progress in Packilvania scientific development. Dr Kurin Hamaj of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Bingol explained that this advancement will help to improve the speed and efficiency of computing and has applications in bioinformatics, modelling of spacetime curves and other fields.

Daily Reminders:
Abstain from catnip for it clouds the mind and leads to desecration of the spirit
Wash your paws and whiskers when making prayers for we must appear spotless and holy before the Most High
Blessed is the silent for he shall receive wisdom.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION VIII
16 DECEMBER 2021
** ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM: EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

BY PROF YADEEN SULAKAN, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BINGOL

This article forms part of a series in which we will be exploring the credibility of enlightened despotism as a vehicle for prosperity and modernisation.

Enlightened Despotism (known to some as Benevolent Dictatorship) refers to the ideology that autocratic, dictatorial rule is a viable alternative to Liberal Democracy for modern nations and we will be using Packilvania as a case study of the benefits that such a system can provide. Enlightened despotism breaks down the fallacy that a good decision is one that makes everyone happy.

Packilvania is an ancient civilisation which has consisted of multiple nations, with different races, religions and interests. It was under the leadership of a single powerful leader that these nations were able to coalesce and amalgamate into a larger, more prosperous and more powerful nation-state. Under the leadership of Iktan the Great, attempts by corrupt and morally objectionable rulers such as Obed the Evil to corrupt and blaspheme the Almighty were stopped and the division that this ruler sowed was not only stopped but reversed as Iktan and his enlightened descendants united the various nations of Central Yasteria that comprised Packilvanian civilisation. Under Amhoud I, the scourge of the Communism Party was defeated and humans were saved from extinction in Packilvania. Today under Namdun III, Packilvania is the most populous state in the world, the largest by nuclear weapons stockpile, the third wealthiest by economic output, the fastest growing and fourth largest by military expenditure.

The success of such a system lies in its ability to make decisions effectively and prudently (the focus of this article). Enlightened despots have the foresight to look beyond the petty politics and transient interests of small groups to the future of the nation. They can look beyond the immediate concerns of the present to the tools and vehicles needed for the long-term future of the nation. This is crucial in the modern world where the rapid change in technology and globalisation can easily leave nations vulnerable to forces such as multinational corporations and foreign actors. Thus, a strong leader able to create and communicate a clear vision for the nation, can protect the nation from the malevolent tendencies of these forces.

At the same time, enlightened despots can put in place smaller goals that mark the incremental steps required to get to the ultimate vision that they have for the nation. This balance between small steps and a great vision is crucial because the reality is that nations face challenges in the present and people’s needs cannot always be postponed to a later date. Thus, the ability to develop and effectively make short term goals and decisions can be crucial for a nation. The modern world is characterised by events and changes in distant lands being able to shape issues at home. At the same time, issues arise such as natural disasters and opportunities present themselves such as new medical discoveries that require capable leaders to make effective decisions in the short term to lead to the greater vision for the future of the nation.

Modern politicians in liberal democracies may be afraid of upsetting their constituents or of disappointing their financial benefactors. The enlightened despot is liberated from these constraints because he draws his legitimacy and power from his effective rule over the nation which in turn devotes loyalty. The enlightened despot is free from the constraints and mercuriality of petty politicians in liberal democracies. This is crucial in the modern world where there are challenging issues such nuclear and chemical warfare, cyber terrorism, prevalence of non-state actors, and propagation of issues from other parts of the world. When breakthroughs such as nanotechnology, quantum computer, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence present opportunities to improve the lives of people, petty politicians in liberal democracies are still debating and scratching their heads instead of concretely attacking the greater issues. The needs of the nation are often relegated and left unattended as politicians argue among themselves, achieving nothing.

Critics claim that despots are self seeking and incapable of considering the full spectrum of issues that face a nation due to their inherent limitations as single beings. Furthermore, they argue that the unchecked power of a single man can lead to excesses and abuses. They forget that the same issues face them and that there is nothing intrinsic about liberal democracies that makes them immune to these issues. Packilvania has attacked these problems through the careful cultivation and management of the line of succession and through the creation of a modern, professional bureaucracy that focuses on addressing people’s needs and implementing the vision of the despot. Regardless of the society, the reality is that most sapient species allow a few people to make decisions for the group. Enlightened despotism enables these leaders to have the authority needed to be efficacious while being insulated from petty politics and personal interests.

In the next article in this series, we will look at the role of the surveillance state in promoting law and order and social harmony and combating terrorism. **

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION IX
17 December 2021
[table] ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM: SURVEILLANCE STATE
PROF MAKOBAR MORDEKAI, PROFESSOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUBAKIL

This article forms part of a series in which we discuss the merits of enlightened despotism as an ideology and credible alternative to liberal democracy.

The surveillance state has been criticised in liberal democratic as impinging on the fundamental rights of people to privacy. The argument rests on the deontological premise that the right to privacy is not only fundamental but sacrosanct. The irony is that liberal democratic governments have laws which circumvent the right to privacy under supposedly exceptional circumstances. For instance, in many countries police have the right to enter a private home in the event that they suspect that someone is in danger or if a crime is taking place. Thus, it is hypocritical of liberal democracies to criticise the surveillance state in nations such as Packilvania.

The surveillance state refers to the systematic collection and analysis of personal data of individuals by the government of the country. The surveillance state includes intercepting communications (such as letters or texts) or using cameras to identify people and things such as cars in public spaces. In Packilvania, the government has been open and honest about its surveillance policies. Having clear policies around surveillance provides certainty and legal parameters for the state to intercept and analyse people’s data. It shields people from the indiscriminate and arbitrary use of data by the government or third-parties and provides clear direction on expectations around data management for businesses and individuals.

Whereas in a liberal democracy, the use of people’s personal data is subject to the transient and arbitrary interests of elected officials, the use and monitoring of people’s personal data is guided by the practical needs of the nation and long term vision of the enlightened despot. Although authorities in an enlightened dictatorship have access to people and their personal data, they do not use this for personal profit but for the collective safety and security of the nation. The kinds of forces that are acting against people on a regular basis like terrorism, crime and foreign espionage justify these aims. The surveillance state allows these forced to be quickly detected, intercepted and expunged.

The forces mentioned above violate people’s right to life, livelihood and property. These rights are fundamental to one’s existence and thus take precedence over the right to privacy which is a right that enhances the rest. Having the right to privacy at the expense of the above is obviously ridiculous. Hence, it is justified for the government to keep a close eye on its citizens. Furthermore, there are many advances that access to people’s personal data has afforded the country that will help it progress economically.

Firstly, access to this data has enabled the development of big data tools. This data allows the government to gain insights about the health of the nation and to intervene expediently and it enables evidence-based decision-making. Secondly, access to a large body of data has enabled the training of artificial intelligence. This has put Packilvania at the forefront of artificial intelligence including deep learning, machine learning, neural networks and cognitive computation. These advances will be crucial as the world advances in technologies. Thirdly, the country has been protected from criminal activity and terrorism with cases in Packilvania being among the lowest in the world. Thus, it is clear that enlightened despotism is a good ideology because it enables the surveillance state which in turn is beneficial in protecting people from threats so they can enjoy their other rights as well as advancing the development of technologies to take the country forward.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION X
22 DECEMBER 2021

ENGLIGHTENED DESPOTISM
PROFESSOR WERED KAQIL, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEDEKLER

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Racial purity is important in creating a society that is peaceful and cohesive. The reality is that some creatures are inferior to others. They are predisposed to vices that make them dangerous for the majority group. The truth is that they must be exterminated to ensure the stability of the majority group.

This might seem cruel and unfair but it is the natural order of things that the strong should overcome and expunge the weak. One might argue that life has intrinsic value and should be protected no matter its deficiencies. This is not true. Life has no intrinsic value. We impart value through the careful selection of living beings who benefit us and those who don’t. We kill for sustenance and we wage war against other nations to defend ourselves. The same lies within our borders. In some instances, it is necessary and justifiable for the strong group to purge the nation of the weak group to ensure that it retains its strength.

The liberal democratic world will criticise this perspective yet it has demonstrated by its actions that it is capable and willing to use violent force for political ends. The Auroran-Pacific War was a perfect example of how Morsts, Axdelians, Oans and Tuvans saw the Kostroms and Ethalrians as dangerous. While the pretext of the tragic assassination of Prince Thadeus was marked as the reason for their collective declaration of war against the regimes of Uspalria and Ethalria, the reality is that they were weaklings who dared challenge the mighty and they were dealt with accordingly. To prevent the same instability that such a large and violent conflict would cause in a unitary state like Packilvania. It is necessary to carefully ensure that weak populations are controlled.

This is where the Enlightened Despot is such a powerful tool. Without the constraints of checks and balances, the Enlightened Despot has the space to enact racial purity in the nation to ensure its revitalisation and resistance from weakness. The Enlightened Despot enjoys the power and singularity of will to bring effect to this difficult but necessary policy. Nevertheless, the Enlightened Despot is cognizant of the importance of even handedness and justifiability.

This is why even though the Feline is objectively superior to the human (being stronger, faster, smarter, longer lived and better bred), Sultan Amhoud I had the mercy to rescue and repatriate humans from Packilvania than have them exterminated by the Communists. At the same time, Sultan Namdun III has been able to purge the nation of the Kharashists, a vile cult that believed that sacrificing living feline kittens to a pantheon of Borg-like deities. Thus, Racial Purity is not a frivolous policy applied for the sake of arbitrariness but is essential as a tool for social stability. When wielded in the hands of the Enlightened Despot it is undoubtedly a force for good.

THE CRESCENT
NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XI
25 DECEMBER 2021

ECONOMIC REPORT ANNOUNCES HIGH GROWTH
BY VAWAL MUDAKEEN
INCREASE IN DEFENCE-SPENDING TO PUT PACKILVANIA ON PAR WITH SOUTH HILLS AND MBE
BY ULUDUN MOHAWEN

The Minister of Finance, His Imperial Highness Prince Binhameen a-Uhayed Bedon has published the annual Economic Projection Report which highlights the following key economic prediction for Packilvania for 2022.

Economic growth is announced at 12% for the 2021/2022 fiscal year thus leading to Packilvania crossing the 10 trillion KRB mark. This has been driven by a boom in construction namely in housing and infrastructure, increase in exports namely in commodities, consumer goods, steel, and agricultural products. The country’s inflation rate is expected to remain steady below 5%. Unemployment is expected to decline to 3% over the 2021/2022 fiscal year. State revenues are expected to increase by 9% due in large part to an expected increase in income for companies and individuals as well as increased taxes on goods such as fuel.

Packilvania continues to face challenges namely dumping from developed countries and restrictions imposed on Packilvanian products specifically tariffs. However, the government remains optimistic that negotiations and its currency swap arrangements will alleviate these pressures.
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Erratum: A previous version of this article mistakenly stated that Prince Binhameen is the Minister of Foreign Affairs when in fact he is the Minister of Finance. We apologize for the confusion.

The Minister of Defence, Prince Kiran a-Idesh Bedon has announced that Packilvania is underspending on defence. Asendavia, Great Morstaybishlia and South Hills are spending between 3 and 4 percent of their GDP on their armed forces. Thus, the government aims to increase spending over the next five years to put the country on par with other major world powers. The Yadylika War this year demonstrates the importance of reexamining the defensive capabilities of the country to ensure that it can maintain its position as a world power. The Ministry has made a 50% budget increase request for the 2021/2022 fiscal year up to 315 billion KRB from 210 billion KRB.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Defence is reexamining the recruitment policy for the Packilvanian Armed Forces. Currently the force has 2.4 million active troops. The Ministry plans on decreasing the number of years needed for training and admitting more applicants into the force. Furthermore, the Ministry believes that the PAF has become overreliant on reservists from minority communities. It has suggested widening the effective conscription rate to other groups. A paper has been released to the public for comment. The government plans to increase the active force to 5 million soldiers within five years with an increase of a million a year. Thus, it aims to have 3.4 million soldiers by the end of the 2021/2022 fiscal year.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
19 July 1999

**DRONE POLICY: NEW DEBT REGULATIONS PROVIDE PATHWAY OUT OF DEBT
BY ULURIN QASAM

The Minister of Home Affairs, His Imperial Highness Prince Imayad a-Juber Bedon has announced the DRONE policy (which stands for Debt Relief One). It states that poor people from Packilvania who are unable to pay off their debts will have a pathway out of debt through Decree 560 of 1999. This decree will allow indebted people to exchange their labour for up to 21 years to a creditor. The challenge that has arisen is that a person may be indebted to multiple creditors. Given that they are one person, their labour cannot be profitably and efficiently divided among several creditors. Thus, an indebted person can apply to the Department of Home Affairs under the DRONE policy to have the state pay off their debts in return for their labour. The Department of Home Affairs can then sell their labour on auction to the highest bidder.

The DHA can also delegate this role to private providers such that although the person concerned may apply under DRONE, a third party undertakes the transaction and responsibility for labour potential realisation. The person concerned forfeits their rights to independent movement, marriage, reproduction, property and alternative employment in a period of up to 21 years as stipulated by the terms of the DRONE AGREEMENT. At which point they are known as a drone. The labour of this drone is transferable indefinitely, thus the labour can be sold to another person who assumes the role of master up to the end of the DRONE period or another transferal. The drone cannot buy back their freedom through their labour. A drone can be released from their DRONE obligations if the owner of their labour sets them free. The liberator can register the loss as an asset impairment on their financial statements and will qualify for a tax deduction.

The property of a drone is not divided among creditors but transferred to their closest living male relative above the age of majority. This will ensure that poor families can retain control of assets acquired by a breadwinner. This is especially crucial to ensure that poor families can accumulate wealth and climb up the social ladder even after one member who may be a major source of income is longer around. The type of labour that the person is forced to undertake must be consistent with the law. Citizens of Packilvania cannot have their labour sold to foreigners. However it can be rented to foreigners or another person for a fee. The law states that if the person in question dies of natural causes or an accident during the course of their DRONE agreement, all debts shall be forgiven and the master shall be responsible for cost of burial. If the drone dies due to their working conditions, the master shall be required to pay a penalty to the family. If the drone dies due to their own attempts to either escape or commit a crime, then another member of their household or an immediate relative can be required to assume their place for the remainder of the debt or pay off the remainder of the debt. If there are no relatives, their assets can be confiscated.

If a person refuses to apply for DRONE or surrender their assets to their creditors, the creditors can forcefully seize the person and sell their labour upon applying to the DRP. If they die trying to escape, their assets can be confiscated and distributed among the creditors. If no one is willing to buy their labour after a period of 3 months, whether or not they have voluntarily signed up for DRONE or been forced into it within the framework of the decree, then their assets can be confiscated or another immediate relative  (spouse or children) can be compelled to serve in their place. If a person is wrongfully seized, the family can claim damages from the creditors via the Religious, Local or High Courts. Read together with the Decree on Credit, a minor male (15 years of age) or a female cannot take out a loan. Females above 13 years of age can only take out loans with the consent of their male Guardian. Thus, creditors cannot compel a male who was given a loan as a minor or without the consent of their male Guardian in the case of a female to serve. If they can prove deceit or that the male Guardian knew of the loan, then they can compel the male Guardian to serve or pay off the debt. **

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XII
25 DECEMBER 2021
** NEKOMIMI REPATRIATION PROGRAM
BY FUKRAM WASAIL
PACKILVANIAN FOREIGN LEGION TURNS 10!
BY ULURIN QASAM

Minister of Home Affairs, Prince Imayad a-Juber Bedon has announced the Nekomimi Repatriation Program. Recently Nystatiszna has gotten into trouble with member states of the United Nations of the Auroran Continent (UNAC) for the alleged mistreatment of the Nekomimi. Following an announcement by the government of Nystatiszna that it was selling a company that was responsible for the majority of the food source for the Nekomimi to Kéra’zna. Although the Nystatinne government was within its rights to alienate an asset as it saw fit, the government of the Oan Isles responded by demanding sanctions on Nystatiszna if it did not stop the sale and introduce protections for the Nekomimi.

Nystatiszna is an ally of Packilvania and it has fallen on hard(er) times due to this unfair treatment. We believe that the Nystatinne government has the right to navigate social relations as best as they see fit including in the allocation of resources to different social groups. As a trustworthy, reliable and benevolent ally, Packilvania will step in to resolve the impasse. Packilvania will allow Nekomimi from Nystatiszna to come to the country. In return for the loss of labour that this program will inevitably induce, the government of Packilvania will lease Pax Drones to Nystatiszna for 10 years with one Pax Drone being exchanged for one Nekomimi. The nekomimi will be repatriated to UNAC member states. In return, the UNAC member states are to lift the sanctions imposed on Nystatiszna. The proposal will be submitted to the Nystatinne and UNAC governments for further discussion. Prince Imayad hopes that the unfortunate miscommunication can be resolved amicably and expediently.
The Packilvanian Foreign Legion (PFL) turns 10 years old today. The PFL forms part of the Packilvanian Foreign Military Assistance Program (PFMAP). Minister of Defence, Prince Kiran a-Idesh Bedon commemorated the birthday of the organisation with a speech at the PFL parade in downtown Bingol.

The PFL was founded to offer military protection services to foreign nations. The Packilvanian government recognised that there were many nations which were unable to protect themselves from foreign military threats. Thus, it established the PFL. The PFL protects the nations under the PFMAP for a periodic fee. The PFL provides all the soldiers, and commanders. Military equipment is provided separately and can be purchased or leased directly from the Packilvanian Armaments Corporation.

The host nation has full control of the use of the PFL forces that it has leased. The number of soldiers and commanders varies according to the amount that the nation pays. Soldiers who die in combat or in other situations can be replaced upon purchase from the Packilvanian government. The only conditions are that the nation swear never to use the PFL forces to attack Packilvania, remove the Packilvanian Expeditionary Force (PEF) from their terrorist watch lists, and obviously recognise Packilvania (including its legitimate claims over Lyon). PFL forces can be used for Expeditionary or defensive capabilities. It really depends on the situation. However they may not be used against Packilvanian military and civilian personnel or installations.

Nations which are under the PFMAP and wish to use PFL forces against each other must first go through PFMAP Reconciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (RMA) protocols. Failing an amicable resolution of the dispute, nations may use PFL forces in conventional scenarios against each other. The PFL soldiers consist of Pax Drones and commanders from the PEF. The state is liable to pay for the death of Pax Drones in terms of the Decree 560 of 1999 (please refer to our archive for further info).
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EDITION XIII
12 February 2022
RODENIA AND PACKILVANIA SIGN GROUNDBREAKING NEW DEAL
BY FUKRAM WASAIL

Packilvania and Rodenia have agreed to enter into trade and security agreements to strengthen their relationship and advance their mutual interest. Rodenia has agreed to sign on to both the Preferential Market Access Program (PMAP) and Foreign Military Assistance Program (FMAP). Through PMAP rules of origin rules will be simplified, procedures for trade and movement will be harmonised and simplified, and various tariffs on goods and services will be reduced and currency restrictions will be relaxed. Under FMAP, Rodenia will have access to Packilvanian military technology and hardware including support and training in return for which Packilvania will maintain military bases. The Arcturian Geographic Combatant Command of the Packilvanian Armed Forces will coordinate the implementation of this plan.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XIV
13 February 2022
** MADNESS BEFALLS THE UCA AND AXDEL
BY PAJEER DUHAVID

The Union of Commonwealth Alliances (UCA) (which is a geopolitical organisation consisting of nations such as Norgsveldet) and Axdel have made threats to Rodenia and begun posturing by sending military forces to the vicinity of that nation to threaten it. Firstly, Axdel withdrew from the treaty, prompting other nations to withdraw as well citing grievances from the initial form of the treaty. Secondly, they have escalated the matter by making threats and sending forces to the Rodenian EEZ.

This can only be described as madness. The Corbinn government is inebriated by the decline of the geopolitical significance of Axdel which has fallen behind on almost every metric of military strength, foreign influence and economic growth. Faced with the need to rally domestic support and divert attention from the glaring political, economic and social problems of his nation, Corbinn and his government plan to go into a second war. Not only does this show the utter madness of the Corbinn government but it shows their sheer stupidity. First and foremost, why did they not consider taking more diplomatic approaches to resolve disputes? The Puntalian Compromise Treaty, provided those mechanisms. Secondly it shows that they are capricious and untrustworthy. How can a sane person agree to a treaty of this magnitude and simply pull out at the first sign of a minor inconvenience. If they did not want the treaty, they should not have agreed to it in the first place.

Packilvania is once again forced to defend a peaceful nation from the aggression of a Liberal democracy. Liberal democracies have proven themselves to be like a mob governed by men with the political acumen and intellectual sophistication of small children. While their tantrums and polemics are adorable and insignificant, their ignorance and hubris has dangerous implications for the stability of the region. Packilvania must rightfully ensure that sanity is restored to the international order by preventing these insignificant ant-size nations from needlessly destabilising the security and sovereignty of Rodenia which has complied with the terms of the Treaty (that they drafted and agreed to).

So far, we have pursued a diplomatic option as unlike these barbarian nations, we understand the importance of pursuing peace and honorably sticking to your word. Earlier today, His Imperial Highness, Prince Alawadun Bedon, our Minister of Foreign Affairs in His Imperial Majesty’s Government, sent a communique to the Axdelian government. We patiently await their response and we will pray to our goddess Noi that she may bring sense to these madmen whose drunkess on the ignonimity of their heathen lifestyles leads them to threaten a innocent nation like Rodenia with harm.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XV
14 FEBRUARY 2022
DRAKKENGARD APPLIES FOR INTERNATIONAL FORUM MEMBERSHIP
BY FUKRAM WASAIL
PACKILVANIA TO EXTEND SUPPORT TO RODENIA
BY PAJEER DUHAVID

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Drakkengard, Earl Sahel Vistramistre of Ubayon, has announced that the Kingdom of Drakkengard has submitted its application for admission to the International Forum as a full member. He acknowledged that the International Forum is a priminocentric liberal-democratic organization that continues to undermine and unfairly discriminates against speciestically and ideologically diverse nations. Nevertheless, he felt that there were nations within the IF that were putting in the real work that the planet needs and that Drakkengard’s presence in that organization would strengthen resistance against these priminocentric forces. Packilvania will continue to boycott the IF.
As Axdel has failed to respond to a request by the Packilvanian foreign minister for Axdel to pursue diplomatic objectives and continues to ramp up its military activities, Packilvania has been forced to come to the aid of Rodenia. The Packilvanian government also finds the fact that the Axdelian government has drafted a new treaty with unacceptable terms such as the reunification of Puntalia and New Puntalia and the withdrawing of Rodenian military forces from Puntalian land. His Imperial Highness, Foreign Minister Alawadun Bedon stresses that the actions taken by Axdel have no basis in international law and violate the terms of the PCT As such Rodenia is within its rights to defend itself. Packilvania will provide Rodenia with weapons, logistical support and send in military advisers and trainers to strengthen their defensive capabilities. The Foreign Minister did not rule out sending a fleet, but he did state that that option is still on the table. He said he trusts that the restraint that Packilvania is showing will show that it is indeed focused on peace as opposed to the warmongering of the UCA and Axdel.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XVI
18 FEBRUARY 2022
IMPERIAL BINGOL WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
UBRAN WALAYIN
FIGHTING DESERTIFICATION IN SHAKAR
QAGAR HADWAAN
PACKILVANIAN SCIENTISTS MAKE BREAKTHROUGH IN FIGHTING CERVICAL CANCER
THAWAL FUJAIL

Today, the Imperial Bingol - TEPwiki Women’s University is celebrating 30 years since it was founded by Sultan Amhoud II by an edict to provide a high-quality tertiary education for women in Packilvania - TEPwiki. The university is a public residential single-sex institution. It was created to promote the upward social mobility of women. Its founding hearkens back to the education provided at female-only seminaries for nuns. It attests to the Paxism - TEPwiki values of pursuing knowledge in pursuit of Noi Herself. 
Council of Ministers of Packilvania - TEPwiki, His Imperial Highness Prince Sawadel a-Uhayed Bedon has announced that the government’s anti-desertification scheme is bearing fruit with 2 million trees being planted in Shakarprovince to prevent the spread of the Shakar desert. The scheme has proved promising, with the government adopting an approach of employing local people, using diverse native trees, and setting up robust structures for governance. This represents a significant milestone in fighting this devastating environmental issue and the Packilvanian Development Bank - TEPwiki also announced that it is exploring an anti-desertification fund to assist foreign nations to combat the effects of this issue. 
Director of the Packilvanian Centre for Cancer and Nuclear Medicine, Dr. Fudeen Hagarid has announced that a team of scientists in the Princess Yadika Cervical Cancer Program have made breakthroughs in cervical cancer research that have implications for all species with cervixes. They found that cervical cancer rates can be significantly reduced through inoculations for SPV (sapient papillomavirus). Minister of Health, His Imperial Highness Madawaheen a-Amhoud Bedon congratulated the team and instructed the Department of Health to put together a draft policy for mandatory inoculations for all females.

EDIT: A previous version of this edition stated that the SPV breakthrough will help all sapient species, this has been changed to all sapient species which have a cervix.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XVII
20 FEBRUARY 2022
DRAKKENGARD ADMITTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM
FUKRAM WASAIL
MILITARY SUPPLIES AND ADVISORS REACH RODENIA
PAJEER DUHAVID
PACKILVANIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO HAVE ITS FUNDING CUT
JAHAL KUMHADIYEN

The Kingdom of Drakkengard has admitted to the International Forum - TEPwiki (IF) following a vote by the International Forum Security Council (IFSC). There were 6 votes for, 3 votes against, and 1 abstention, and all representatives of the member states of that body were present. The key issue that divided members of the IFSC was whether Drakkengard was indeed a sovereign state.

Adelina d’Marazona of Volscina - TEPwiki voted against, followed by Ambassador Hercoux of Alksearia - TEPwiki. Jeremy Gride of Mexregiona voted for while Ambassadors Folscine of Tretrid - TEPwiki and Harquedoro Cañaveral of Peragen - TEPwiki voted for. Torsten Jensen of Norgsveldet abstained.

To clarify any further confusion that the international community may have: the Drakkengard - TEPwiki is an independent sovereign state with whom Packilvania - TEPwiki is in a personal union known as Pax-Draconica - TEPwiki as they share the same person, currently His Imperial and Royal Majesty Namdun III - TEPwiki as monarch. According to the laws of both nations, the heirs of Amhoud I - TEPwiki shall be Sultan of Packilvania - TEPwiki and Kings of Drakkengard, bringing both nations under the suzerainty of the Bedonite dynasty - TEPwiki. Neither country claims the other’s territory nor possesses the legal capacity to veto or create laws for the affairs of the other. 
His Imperial Highness, Prince Kiran a-Idesh Bedon, Packilvanian Armed Forces - TEPwiki of Packilvania has announced that military aid in the form of supplies and advisers has reached Rodenia - TEPwiki. The Packilvanian Armed Forces - TEPwiki under His Imperial Highness, General Prince Yawed a-Fidal Bedon, is overseeing Packilvania’s involvement in that country from their headquarters in Iphelstad, Iphelklori - TEPwiki.

The supplies involve drones, surface-to-surface (S2S) and surface-to-air (S2A) missiles, tactical equipment, and infantry fighting vehicles manufactured by the Packilvanian Armaments Corporation and the Packilvanian Aerospace Corporation. The military has also sent 10,000 military advisers to provide training, tactical advice, and logistical support to the Rodenian forces.

The government of Packilvania once again calls upon Axdel and the Union of Commonwealth Alliances to stop their aggressive stance toward Rodenia and return to the Puntalian Compromise Treaty which provides diplomatic mechanisms for the resolution of disputes. Furthermore, Packilvania will maintain its commitment to the terms of that treaty. Packilvania calls upon the international community to condemn any violation of the sovereignty of Rodenia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Imperial Highness, Prince Alawadun a-Jibrael Bedon, has announced that the Department of Foreign Affairs has applied for a reduction in the budget of the Packilvanian Expeditionary Force.

The Packilvanian Expeditionary Force - TEPwiki (PEF) has been accused by some foreign nations and organisations of supporting non-state combatants and sponsoring acts of terrorism. Some nations and organisations have gone so far as to place the PEF on international terror watchlists and even placed sanctions against its key members. The current unclassified budget of the PEF is 50 billion KRB. The Department of Foreign Affairs which oversees the PEF has stated that it will apply for a budget of 25 billion KRB for the 2022/2023 fiscal year.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that 5 billion KRB would be redirected toward Packilvanian diplomatic missions while 20 billion would be redirected to the Packilvanian Armed Forces (PAF). The Minister explained that Packilvania’s strategic priorities have shifted thus the PEF will see its operations scaled back and its officers either offered pensions or retrained and integrated into the PAF. Should His Imperial Majesty, the Sultan of Packilvania, peace be upon him, sign the budget proposal into law, approximately 250,000 of its 750,000 personnel will be retrenched.

The Minister stated that his Department has prepared a draft proposal for amendments to Decree 56 of 2001 which entails removing from the mandate of the PEF the duty to “support, train, arm and manage relations with non-state combatants”. Should His Imperial Majesty sign the amendments into law, several organizations such as the Al-Jaheed may lose their funding and support. This amendment would also entail the disbandment of the Non-State Actor Training and the Non-State Actor Oversight and Management Programs of the PEF.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
EDITION XVIII
24 FEBRUARY 2022
‘RED DAWN’ FILM FIRST PAX FILM WINS BIG AT THE BOX OFFICE
AMAN JAHOOD
GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERY OF RUINS SHEDS LIGHT ON THE ANCIENT WORLD
VADIL DUQA


Starring famous actress Garania
The film Red Dawn reached 200 million KRB in ticket sales at the box office having run for a total of 8 weeks since its release in January making it the highest-grossing Packilvanian film in history. The film was directed by Hadaal Maktan and Penelope Aster. The film was a collaboration between the Kuthern film-making giant JV Studios and the Packilvanian film production team at Aliswan Studios. The film features move stars such as Garania, Kiran Elaweed, Wakta Adina, Hayden Blue, Iris Yelen, and Gillian Pol. The film tells the story of a team of scientists fighting to save the world from a meteor. Critic, Juhad Madaar of the Kemer Post, described the film as “a welcome change in the Packilvanian movie market”. In a more pointed analysis, Scott Grey of the Port Zalaban Herald described the film as “taken a fresh spin on well-trodden sci-fi ground whose exotic cast and their world view brings new life to a highly saturated film genre”.


Prof Yadaal Rawahid, lead of scientists on the Dama discovery
The ruins of the ancient Dama civilization were discovered near the city of Damaclion in Ukanar. The Dama people were an iron age civilization that existed in the area today known as northern Ukanar and Southern Shakar. They were primarily agricultural and their civilization thrived on the banks of the Lashakan river. Their civilization is estimated to have emerged around 7000 years ago, preceding the birth of the Prophet Besmali, peace be upon him by 3000 years. They showed signs of a civilization with a central government and principles of land ownership. They lived in dwellings of mud and stone and created artistic objects like stone carvings and clay pottery. The lead scientist on the project, Prof Yadaal Rawahid, stated, “This discovery significantly expands our knowledge not only about Bakhilfaniya but about patterns of the formation of agricultural societies”.

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NEWS FROM PACKILVANIA
1 MARCH 2022
SULTAN TO GO ON HIATUS, PRINCE THUMIM TO RULE AS REGENT
PRINCE THUMIM TO DELIVER SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
ULID FADAWAL

His Imperial and Royal Majesty, Namdun III, Sultan-King of Packilvania and Drakkengard issues the following statement to the international community and the citizens of Packilvania:

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My subjects, I, your Sultan and King hereby declare that I am going on a hiatus from 3 March 2022 CE to 31 June 2022. I am placing His Imperial and Royal Highness, Crown Prince Thumim of Packilvania and Drakkengard as Regent. I feel that I need a chance to rest and to reconnect with our Goddess Noi, before whom we are all accountable. I believe that His Imperial Highness has the leadership acumen and vision to lead our nation forward. Show to Prince Thumim the same support, trust and loyalty that you have shown to me. I pray everyday for you that you may be strong, abundant and that peace may reign and that the love and fear of Noi will guide your every step. Ashamiliya.

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In light of the announcement by  His Imperial Majesty, peace be upon him, that His Imperial Highness would serve as regent of Packilvania, the Office of the Regent in the Imperial Court has announced that Prince Thumim will be delivering the Speech from the Throne.

Speculation from political analysts suggests that the speech will include an explanation of the Regency, the escalation of tensions between the UCA-Axdel Axis and Rodenia, reform of the Packilvanian Expeditionary Force among others. Given Prince Thumim’s active role in the government, analysts believe that Prince Thumim will be a more than capable stand-in for our Sovereign.