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Micro High movie proves hit for SBC

GRAND FINALE: The Micro High Cinematic Televised Movie Thing follows the gang as they head out into the adult world and brush up against some old adversaries.

GRAND FINALE: The Micro High Cinematic Televised Movie Thing follows the gang as they head out into the adult world and brush up against some old adversaries.

Bradford, KR, Apr 1 – Fans of hit cartoon series Micro High were not left disappointed this morning with the midnight premiere of its long-awaited film adaptation, with many who attended the event lauding the experience as fitting for the spirit of the show.

The Micro High Cinematic Televised Movie Thing made its debut at 12:01 this morning at Bradford’s Ilaf Theatre to a large crowd of moviegoers, all of whom were eager to see the film that has been promised since April last year.

The movie focuses on the cast of the show in their first year away from school as they try and make their way in the world, only to come up against their nemeses from the Wikia Academy for Numpty Kids (W.A.N.K.) who have old scores to settle.

Movie critic Edsel Pinto praised the movie as “a rollickingly good laugh almost indistinguishable from the television series”, noting that “the direction and scripting is second-to-none, and I dare say it eclipses even the most hilarious moments we saw on the box”.

The movie was produced by animation studio Fern Tree and funded by the Siroccan Broadcasting Corporation, who in a statement said it was “great to bring back the show so many people loved”.

Animation for the film was done via cartoon software UIdio.t, which gave the cast slightly different appearances from the Xtranormal days. Despite some reservations from test audiences, Fern Tree defended the decision, saying that it allowed the characters more freedom of movement as well as a range of costumes and movements not available with Xtranormal, as well as full 1080p High Definition output.

The film had been slated to be given an R16 rating, but editing and negotiations saw this lowered to a 14 rating, making it more accessible for the show’s fans.

The Micro High Cinematic Televised Movie Thing is scheduled for international release in Zealandia and Wyvern tomorrow; St.Charlie, Erephisia, Austenasia and Juclandia on Saturday and the wider micronational community next week.

Dates for the television, Blu-ray, DVD, VHS and Betamax releases of the film have not yet been confirmed by the SBC.

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Government warns of Communist subversion in Auckland

RED THREAT: Government departments have been spending the week charting and analysing Communist propaganda in and around central Auckland in order to determine the risk to the Siroccan state. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

Bradford, KR, Mar 7 - The Government has this afternoon warned of the presence of subversive Communist elements in central Auckland, causing concern in Sirocco’s territories in the region.

In a press conference this afternoon, Premier Daniel Anderson revealed that since Tuesday, a number of government departments and private enterprises, including the Ministry of Defence, the Departments of Land Information, Internal Affairs, and Public Safety, and the Institute of Scientific Research, have been examining and documenting Communist propaganda surrounding the University of Auckland’s City campus.

The propaganda, pictures of which the Times has declined to reproduce in the interests of public safety, contained excerpts from the Communist manifesto, information on Leftist ideologies, and pieces critical of capitalist economies, Anderson said.

The posters also urged interested parties to attend meetings and lectures designed for the dissemination of Communist ideas.

One poster contained explanations of Marxist Communism overlayed atop a street sign, slammed by Anderson as “a brazen insult to our nation”.

In a report prepared by the Ministry of Defence, which oversaw the operation, the propaganda is said to be “of a concerning nature”, but concedes that “[the] Communist publications…pose little immediate risk to the State or its government in Kinross, however steps should be taken to fortify the Auckland provinces and dependencies to ensure that these posters will not promote restlessness.”

Anderson assured citizens that the Government would be taking all necessary steps to further strengthen defences in Kinross, Wellesley, Hobson, Watchman Island and Blacksands.

“We take the security of this nation very seriously, and all Siroccans can rest easy knowing that we will be doing all we must to ensure this disturbing new discovery does not lead to the downfall of our nation.”

The discovery of the publications comes in stark contrast to the report of last week’s Lunn Expedition, which determined the absence of Communist activities in and around Kinross province, and is likely to further the Government’s anti-Communist rhetoric, which has increased in strength and vigour in recent months.

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Reinhardt elected to St.Charlian Presidency

AT THE HELM: St.Charlian politician and founding father Alexander Reinhardt, pictured here representing his nation at the 2012 PoliNation conference, was unanimously elected to the Presidency on Monday.

St.Charlie, Feb 21 - St.Charlian politician, founding father and “old boy” of the MicroWiki community Alexander Reinhardt has been unanimously elected to the St.Charlian Presidency, an unsurprising result for an uncertain candidate.

News broke in the St.Charlian Observer this morning that Reinhardt had been endorsed by both his Nationalist colleagues and the Socialist government on Monday, and that he had been elected to the position on Monday nemine contradicente.

Reinhardt had previously served as St.Charlie’s Prime Minister between 2009 and 2011, and again in 2012, as well as holding positions within the nation’s Parliament and the Alvisi government of 2011-12.

Within the micronational community, he is known and respected as one of the oldest and most powerful voices within the MicroWiki sphere. Also of note in his long resume is his work in organising the PoliNation 2012 Conference in London and his help in organising the PoliNation 2014 Conference in Italy later this year.

Speaking to the Observer, Reinhardt said that he had come to understand his popularity and significance within the St.Charlian state, and said that the union of Nationalists and Socialists was beneficial to the nation.

Reinhardt also noted that he will follow a “bacon-and-eggs” policy of professional yet informal relationship with other micronations.

In Sirocco, both Premier Daniel Anderson and the Federal Party had been urging Reinhardt to run for several months, saying it was the final task for his glittering micronational career.

Shortly after Reinhardt’s confirmation he would be seeking the Presidency, Federal issued a tongue-in-cheek election poster urging St.Charlians to “vote #Senpai14″ or be considered as “homophobic”.

“Senpai” refers to the micronational nickname of Reinhardt, which was adopted after it was featured in an explicit love story, or “slashfic”, pairing him with King Ciprian of Juclandia last year that was met with equal horror and hilarity from the wider community, particularly after Reinhardt himself read the story aloud to participants of a Skype call the story was shared in.

Anderson lauded the result, saying of Reinhardt that “there is not a soul in St.Charlie that is more well-known or loved than Reinhardt, and I wish my colleague only the greatest of luck in his time as President and I especially look forward to working with him in the future to bring our nations closer together.”

SBC National Radio this morning dedicated the Seeburg version of Bill Haley’s hit Rock Around the Clock to Reinhardt, saying “great music befits a great man.”

Elsewhere in the community, congratulations have poured in, both from within St.Charlie itself and from around the world. Sabia and Verona noted that his election “felt right” and compared it to the ascension of Jonathan I to the Austenasian throne last year, while Serendipity noted that Reinhardt needed only to suspend Parliament and adopt liberal despotism to bring an end to the tongue-in-cheek “Bow Tie War” that has seen the two nations try to out-do each other in terms of suits and ties.

Reinhardt will assume the office from the outgoing James Lunam next month.

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Premier opens Bradford and Kinross

BACK AGAIN: Sirocco has returned to the city of Auckland with its new city of Bradford.

BACK AGAIN: Sirocco has returned to the city of Auckland with its new city of Bradford.

Bradford, KR, Feb 16 - Sirocco has today adopted its fourth capital in one year after Premier Daniel Anderson formally opened Bradford for business this afternoon.

Anderson departed from Alston at around 8am Eastern Time this morning, arriving in Bradford shortly before 12:30pm this afternoon.

Bradford was formally proclaimed the capital by Anderson at 12:34pm, taking effect one minute later.

This marks a change from last year’s capital shifts, where Havilland, Rathlyn and Alston all became capital while Anderson was en route to those cities.

Anderson said to journalists from the Times and the Siroccan Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) that he was “optimistic” for the nation under its new capital.

“What we have here is a blank slate to work upon. The nation will no doubt benefit enormously from Bradford and greater Kinross, and I have every hope that 2014 will be remembered as a year of progress for Sirocco.”

The SBC has confirmed that it will begin radio transmissions on Tuesday on the 57.6 MHz frequency, with testing scheduled to take place on Monday. No date was given for the commencement of television broadcasts, however a spokesperson for the Corporation said it would most likely be “sometime in March”.

National Post and Telegraph (NP&T) is working on connecting Kinross’ telephone and Internet lines to New Zealand by Tuesday.

NP&T announced this afternoon that telegram charges would drop to 2 baud (2 old shillings) in the coming week as a result of lower communications costs within Auckland.

Bradford and Kinross have been praised for their proximity to several major amenities, such as restaurants, shopping centres and the Eastern railway line that serves Auckland’s central-eastern suburbs, including Orakei, Glen Innes, Panmure and Sylvia Park.

A power pole and road sign located on the border have been keenly admired by interested parties, with the power pole that supplies the city’s electricity hailed as the “National Line” and described as having “enormous significance” to the power pole aspect of Siroccan culture.

The road sign has been slightly damaged by what is presumed to be passing vehicles on the highway that runs past Kinross, but is otherwise in good condition. Of note is a former logo of the original Auckland City Council located on the sign’s front, which interest groups have said must be preserved at all cost.

Road signs and power poles are protected under the Infrastructure Protection Act 2011, which gives the government the responsibility to do everything in its power to protect any signage or power poles on its territory.

Under Siroccan law, the national capital must be sited wherever the Premier’s permanent residence is located. Alston served as capital between November 2010 and February 2013, and again from November 2013 to February 2014; Havilland served for two brief periods in February and November 2013; and Rathlyn served between February and November 2013, the only capital to serve once.

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Repair work begins on Government Buildings floor

REPAIR WORK: Work has begun on addressing rotten flooring underneath the Government Building's Meeting Hall.

REPAIR WORK: Work has begun on addressing rotten flooring underneath the Government Buildings’ Meeting Hall.

Alston, CA, Jan 10 – Rotten flooring underneath Alston’s Government Buildings has finally been addressed today as work begins on tearing out and replacing failing floorboards underneath the Meeting Hall.

Contractors this afternoon began removing wooden beams and floorboards affected by borer decades ago that has weakened to near breaking point.

The condition of some boards was so poor that they would crumble in a shower of dust when tapped with a crowbar.

Alongside the rotting flooring, stabler floorboards have been observed moving during the removal of their rotten counterparts, a condition attributed to loose, ill-suited nails used when the Buildings were moved to their current site between 30 and 50 years ago.

The nails are to be removed and the floorboards stabilised with screws.

Work has finished for the day with a large wooden board covering the hole in the Hall’s floor, with replacement wood, screws and glue scheduled to be acquired and used to complete the repairs tomorrow.

The cost of the repairs is estimated to be between §120 and §200.

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Eastwood retains office, Mejakhansk refuses to stay silent

VICTORIOUS: Socialist Prime Minister Alexander Eastwood has claimed the rare honour of re-election from National opponent Marka Mejakhansk. (Picture courtesy St.Charlian Observer)

New Branson, St.Charlie, Jan 7 - St.Charlie will continue to have Socialist governance following the results of the nation’s general elections, which saw National opposition leader Marka Mejakhansk fail to unseat incumbent Prime Minister Alexander Eastwood.

The Socialist government was able to comfortably retain power, seeing off National contenders with a 58% majority of votes cast.

Voters in Atlantis and Caroline Charlotte ensured those Federations stayed red.

National gained just 42% of the vote, but was able to hold onto the Federations of Greater Ridgeway, New Branson and Koss and wrest control of Tor Pendente from the Socialists.

Eastwood thanked all his supporters, and said he looked forward to working with the Nationalists in the coming year.

Mejakhansk warned that the year would not be easy for the Socialists, with the Nationalists planning on putting forward a strong opposition for 2014.

“[while] the New Socialist Party has won the election [...] the National Party will not sit idle”, Mejakhansk said in a speech to the General Assembly and assembled Nationalists.

Congratulatory messages have flooded in from across St.Charlie and the community, with Siroccan Premier Daniel Anderson saying that he wishes “the best of luck to Eastwood in his second term”, and congratulating the Nationalists on “a hard campaign, and while it did not result in your election, you have our greatest support for your effort in 2015.”

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2013: The Year in Review

2013 In Review

Alston, CA, Dec 31 - Another year has drawn to a close in the MicroWiki community, and with it comes the Times’ annual Year in Review to chronicle the stories that hit the headlines in 2013.

January

Sirocco
Sirocco entered the new year with both a bang and a war, with the country claiming victory over a splinter micronation as the new year rang in. Telegraphy was all the rage in January as nations scrambled to set up telegraph services, with Sirocco leading the charge when Sirocco Post was reformed into National Post and Telegraph. At the end of the month, the government announced the dates of the delayed Micronational Games, named such so as to avoid the ire of the International Olympic Committee.

DISGRACED: Grand Unified Micronational (GUM) Chairman Yaroslav Mar resigned in the firestorm scandal that enveloped the organisation in early 2013.

Community
2013 got off to a turbulent start with troubles in the Grand Unified Micronational (GUM) that eventually led to the resignation of chairman Yaroslav Mar after he was caught using his powers for his own means. Further shock came later in the month with the surprise resignation of Austenasian Emperor Declan I. Declan, who has since begun a career in film, handed powers over to long-time Prince Jonathan I. Under Jonathan’s reign the Empire has flourished, and 2014 seems set to be a good year for the London micronation.

February

Sirocco
February was dominated by change in Sirocco, with the first shift in capitals in the nation’s history followed in quick succession by the second. Havilland, Wellesley took over from Alston on February 20, and was itself replaced by Rathlyn, Hobson, which served as Sirocco’s capital for most of the year. Sirocco also weighed into the debate when part of Zealandia split off under an independent triarchy, which while unsuccessful, highlighted the chronic instability which plagued the nation throughout the year. Sirocco also hosted the first half of the 2013 Micronational Games in February, which while deemed a failure as a result of the lack of participation from most nations, succeeded with Sirocco winning six medals in the walking and running events, with Zealandia following up with five in the train dash and swimming events.

Community
While busy for Sirocco, February was quiet in the community, but the shock resignation (albeit temporary) of Zealandian President Håkon Lindström and the coronation of Austenasia’s Jonathan I stand out as notable stories in 2013′s second month.

March

Sirocco
Weather proved a concern in Sirocco in March with water advisories and drought declarations, both of which were lifted later in the year. Politics was also on the agenda as the Premier met with conservative youth in an Auckland bar, and just days later Rathlyn and Havilland were rattled by two small earthquakes centred close to the capital. March also gave Siroccans a fright when Labrador Maxie Anderson suffered a major health scare in Alston. Her deteriorating health prompted the Premier to make her a General of the Siroccan Defence Forces and award her the Order of the Black Cross, the first time the award was given.

Community
Long-time community member Ultamiya was dissolved in March, splitting into four separate nations, including Varina and Michrenia. Varinian leader David Salapa would leave the community in July after near-constant clashes with members of the community. The current status of the Ultamiyan successor states is unknown.

April

Sirocco
The Times rang in April with a piece on the pending transfer of MicroWiki back to Wikia, which despite being a joke at the time had eerie parallels with the fate of the site late into the year. Somewhat happier news would come to Sirocco a few days later with the transfer of Zealandia’s last New Zealand landholdings to Sirocco ahead of the Premier’s first visit to New Zealand’s South Island.

Community
The Times broke the news of reported corruption in Palasia at the start of the month, although the news came as no surprise to some who dismissed it as typical of the notoriously unstable state. Just days later came April’s most popular article on the Times when we reported on the death of Margaret Thatcher, who was mourned by some and had her death celebrated by others. Austenasia rejoiced at the rediscovery of a bottle owned by the former King of Rushymia, which had gone missing in 2010 soon after former Austenasian Emperor Esmond III claimed it and the title of King of Rushymia associated with it. Juclandia held a referendum that gave the ruling Populescu government the blessing to alter the nation’s 133-article constitution, while Zealandia unveiled new government branding that did not go down well with some.

May

Sirocco
Politics proved the dominating factor of May, with the Federal government pledging its support to a pro-Siroccan Sabioveronese dissident who had had enough of Communist policies and praised Sirocco’s stance on the matter, followed by a report that showed Premier Anderson and Opposition leader Nicholas Woode-Smith jockeying for top poll ratings. Federal proved the more popular of Sirocco’s two parties, but Woode-Smith managed to edge Anderson out in terms of personal popularity stakes.

Community
In another quiet month, Zealandia came to be noticed for the swearing-in of its new Prime Minister, Count Alex von Berger and Thingavik. This was the beginning of a settled period for Zealandia that unfortunately was not to last into 2014.

June

English: Seeburg 1000 Background Music System ...

MUSICAL: The desire to keep the music playing saw the government donate nearly §8 to Internet radio station Seeburg1000.com. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sirocco
June is usually a quiet month for Sirocco, and 2013 was no exception with only the report of a §7 7/5d donation to Internet radio station Seeburg1000.com of note. Granted by the government to support the station, the donation was made to ensure that “Sirocco’s national music…never has to shut down.”

Community
The United Kingdom of New Wessex lost its last toehold in the Carshalton sector in late June with the reassertion of Austenasian sovereignty over the Kingdoms of the Grove and Copan, collectively known as Orly. Despite planning to visit Orly, laziness on the part of New Wessex King Declan prompted revolt, which resulted in Declan’s backdown and the return of Orlian sovereignty to Austenasia. Zealandia and Lostisland also locked horns when Lostislandic leader Yaroslav Mar was caught trying to bribe a journalist for the Zealandian Guardian. The matter was reported to the nation’s security officials, and the matter proved just one more sore point in this year’s deterioration in their relationship.

July

Sirocco
Not long after the donation to an Internet radio station, Sirocco had established its own. The first broadcast of SBC National Radio on July 5 was hailed as a monumental success, and despite technical problems at the beginning of transmission, the rest of the year proved popular for National Radio, with occasional broadcasts well listened-to and drawing regular listeners in from around the world. The SBC would also take hold of the tail end of the month with the announcement of the end of popular cartoon series Micro High, following the pending closure of animation website Xtranormal. The series finished in October to international acclaim. In the midst of this media frenzy came the adoption of the Atomic calendar, which after its creation in December 2012, began being used with greater frequency in Sirocco. The calendar, which dates from 16 July 1945, the date of the Trinity atomic test, is now used in the media and in government papers, and has become a treasured part of Sirocco’s Atomic Age culture.

Community
The big news in 2013 was the Intermicronational Summit held in Paris. Nine delegates from Austenasia, Juclandia, Rukora, Lostisland, Draega, Francisville, Angyalistan, and the Formori Institute met to discuss micronationalism during the five-day summit, and despite the drunken antics of one delegate involving an elevator, the summit was deemed a success.

August

Sirocco
Sirocco’s Micras province, Weymouth, was nearly lost in a regular site cleanup in August. Thanks to the quick actions of Micras micronationalists based in the MicroWiki community, the province was saved, but other nations with no activity on the geofictional planet were not so lucky.

Community
Juclandia went into shock after the controversial victory of Gori Jucărescu in elections against opponent Ovia Bogi, with the result coming almost at the last minute. Zealandia opened a corruption inquiry into past elections, and was also put on alert following an online attack and unsolicited mail arriving in the kingdom.

September

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A TRIP DOWN SOUTH: Premier Daniel Anderson stopped by Greater Hagley in his visit to New Zealand’s South Island in September, noting its scenic splendour as well as the biting wind.

Sirocco
Rathlyn swelled with over 400 people at the Rathlyn National Exposition of Sirocco as August faded into September, with the Premier giving guided tours and educating curious visitors about the Siroccan capital and its way of life. Just days later, Anderson made a second visit to the South Island of New Zealand, in which he visited the Territory of Greater Hagley and claimed the Territory of Stirling for the nation.

Community
Austenasia was the first of the 2008 micronations to celebrate its fifth birthday in September, just days after the arrival of Emperor Jonathan I into university for the beginning of his three years’ studies of theology and religious matter. Juclandia, too, had reason to celebrate, with a number of occasions and anniversaries on its calendar. Yet for Zealandia, September was no time for celebrating, with its government hurriedly ejected from its capital, Stepenavik, with no warning and little chance to retrieve what was left behind. And just days before his unopposed victory, King Quentin of Wyvern sat down with the St.Charlian Observer to talk about what his tenure as GUM Chairman would consist of. The Times also held an interview with St.Charlian President James Lunam, in which he lambasted St.Charlian Prime Minister Alexander Eastwood for his plans for a ‘Superpresident’ with sweeping powers. Although Eastwood later backed down, the affair raised concerns that the former micronational superpower may be on its way out.

October

Sirocco
October did not present much news in Sirocco aside from the National Centre of Computing’s rapid expansion, with over §230 spent on various computer memorabilia from the 1990s to add to its collection of vintage computers, software and books. The addition of 20-year-old software, computer manuals, floppy disks and CD-ROMs was well appreciated, and today sits in the Alston arm of the museum where it is enjoyed by the museum’s many visitors.

Community
The community was dominated by despair in October. The month began with concerns over the ability for the MicroWiki site to pay for itself, with funding shortfalls making the site an unprofitable hassle in the long run. Efforts to streamline the site began soon after, with UnMicroWiki, the MicroWiki Archive and the Geofiction MicroWiki closing down. October’s constant arguing and pettiness within the community was cited by (now former) Renasian leader Jacob Tierney when he retired from micronationalism at the end of the month, which prompted a flurry of opinion pieces, with both Sirocco and Zealandia saying that Tierney’s retirement needed to serve as a wake-up call to a badly inactive community of micronations.

November

GOOD INNINGS: At 15, Maxie has managed to outlast many of her canine compatriots, but there is grave concern that illness may soon claim her.

TRAGEDY: Sirocco went into mourning at the news that 15-year-old Maxie Anderson had passed away in October after battling poor health for some time.

Sirocco
In a frantically busy month, the Times reported on the five-day-long Internet outage that had some Rathlyn users at the end of their tether, the replacement of Sirocco’s four bloated “Superministries” with sixteen smaller, more focused ministries, bomb tests conducted by the Institute of Scientific Research in the popular computer game Minecraft, the end of Rathlyn’s tenure as capital and the problems that came with it, and finally the tragic news of the death of beloved Labrador Maxie Anderson on Labour Day at the age of 15 years. Plans are underway to commemorate Anderson in 2014, but as yet the government has not confirmed any details.

Community
Zealandia’s stable government was torn apart by a dispute between King Håkon, his Prime Minister Tala Tiptree, and MP Daniel Sjø-Otter, with both Tiptree and Sjø-Otter being stripped of their positions and citizenships. Austenasia welcomed its new Prime Minister, Countess Eritoshi of Memphis, in November, with her sweeping vitory wiping out the chances of her two rivals. MicroWiki’s transition was finished in November, with the site moving to the new Micronation.org domain and the opening of the MicroWiki News Service, which as yet remains sparingly used. November also saw a bizarre, yet hilarious send-up of the Premier in the Zealandian Guardian, when Anderson was accused of having eaten a puppy in a burger and refused to eat the complimentary bacon. Written in response to satirical Sirocco Times front pages published in Facebook meeting-point MicroGroup, the accusations were refuted when Anderson said eating the puppy would have been against the nation’s anti-Communist ideals.

December

Sirocco
The Ministry of Communications updated its media classifications in December, adding new R15 and R18 ratings, and giving literature ratings for the first time. National parks were also created across Sirocco, and just hours later, these same pieces of ground received the full force of a heavy thunderstorm that prompted the Department of Meteorology to issue its first-ever weather advisory. Toward the end of the month, the 7th annual Spon Awards were held, with the Spon Award for Excellentness going to Reg Owen’s 1959 song Manhattan Spiritual, which also took out the Song of the Year award. This, and the awarding of anime series Free! the Anime of the Year award provoked harsh reactions in the community, with organisers forced to defend themselves the next day. As the holiday season arrived the North East bolstered its defences against the threat of an attack by hostile forces for Christmas, and as the year ends today we may note two pieces from the Premier – his optimism and warnings for 2014, and his predictions for what lies ahead.

Community
Storms rumbled through Palasia, and despite the threat of severe calamity in the Austenasian protectorate, less damage was caused than had been expected; amid government reshuffles, Zealandia’s Håkon questioned whether power-sharing is a viable option in micronationalism; and in Juclandia, the Communist-led alliance took victory in the December elections, with Prime Minister Teddy Populescu reconfirmed for another term.

That’s it, 2013 is finished. What do you think were the highlights of 2013? What are your fondest memories? What did we miss out? Leave a comment below and let us know! Thanks also to the St.Charlian Observer, the Austenasian Times, Scânteia and the Zealandian Guardian. Have a happy and prosperous 2014!

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