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|Ar ôl etholiadau: Mae'r PBD yn ffurfio llywodraeth |
After elections: PBD forms government
ABERBAN, 27 September 318 || The new government coalition of PBD, PD, and PRh was installed today following the early elections of 2 September. Those became necessary after a power struggle broke out in the previous largest government party PD as a result of the sudden illness of Grand Minister Cadfael Dacus. Although acting Grand Minister Winnifred Owens temporarily won that power struggle, it turned out to have been not so beneficial for its performance in the elections: the PD lost four seats, while its largest coalition party PBD managed to win eight seats, ending up with three seats more than the PD and thus becoming the largest party in the Siambr.
Although PBD and PD together already had 63 seats, which would have been sufficient to form a two-party government, they chose to continue the coalition with the liberal PRh. A lot of people called this outrageous, as the PRh had lost three seats as well, giving the coalition the nickname 'coalition of losers' - despite the fact that the PBD had won a great victory.
Housing minister Eddie Otterburn, who had replaced former Grand Minister Alyn Hoells (313 - 317) as PBD party leader, formed a coalition which was confirmed by the Siambr y Taleithiau today. The new cabinet has few changes compared to the previous one: Otterburn is the new Grand Minister, Pedr Wiegold and Pedr Laugharne keep their posts on Domestic respectively Foreign Affairs, Padrig Tudor remains on Finance, Rhobert Proger moves from Labour to Defence, replacing outgoing acting Grand Minister Winnifred Owens, and Esyllt Glyn-Morgan remains on Justice. Controversial Transport minister Ffransis Costellon, who left the government in June already, was replaced by fellow PD member Myfanwy Isylloe. Taking its disappointing ending in second place seriously, the PD is keen on showing that it remains a stable party: the four ministers with too strong links to either Winifred Owens or Ffransis Costellon were replaced accordingly.
The opposition parties experienced a couple of small changes in size: the Burovian Party PB lost three seats and will have to share its third place in the Siambr with the greens, who won a seat; both now have 15 seats each. The Monarchist Union UBC won three seats, entering the new parliament with twelve seats. Both the Liberal Party PRh and the Republican Party PG lost three seats, ending up at eight resp. six seats; the moderate conservative Socialist Party PS gained two seats to its one seat, the Anti-Nuclear Party keeps its two seats and the True Kemedalians keep their one seat. The Justice and Development Party PCT lost its one seat and won't be represented in the Siambr anymore.
Among other key points, the new government will invest 'a great deal more' in defence, the new Defence minister Rhobert Proger confirmed. “Despite the relative tranquillity of the last couple of years, our part of Eras is not stable and we should be prepared for an escalation at all times, whatever that escalation may be and whereever it may come from”, he explained. “The wars in Aryantstsumbi are moving to the north, and intelligence reports suggest that there is a considerable possibility that they may at one point destabilise the entire region. Kemedal should at least be ready to defend its borders, but this government will explore possibilities of international cooperation to prevent any escalation to happen in the first place.”
|Y bedwaredd ferch i'r Archddug Aberban |
Fourth daughter for Grand Duke of Aberban
ABERBAN, 2 August 318 || Princess Winnifred, the Grand Duchess of Aberban, has given birth to her and her husbands fourth daughter yesterday evening. The Grand Duke confirmed the news himself in a press conference this morning, saying that his wife's doctor and midwife were summoned to the palace a few minutes before 8 o'clock. He announced that his youngest child will be called Gwenfrewy Aerona Mari Nerys, princess Gwenfrewy for short. There were no complications during the delivery and both the Grand Duchess and princess Gwenfrewy are in excellent health, which was confirmed by the Grand Duchess's brief appearance at one of the palace windows around lunch time. Acting Grand Minister Winnifred Owens congratulated the royal family via her social media account.
The birth of another daughter means that the order of the line of succession won't change too much. The Grand Duke remains, as oldest son of King Iestyn III, first in line, followed by his now four daughters, the princesses Rhiannon, Adara, Meridith, and Gwenfrewy. The King's youngest son prince Eurig and his two daughters, the princesses Eira and Aerona, come next, and thereafter the King's daughter princess Gwendolen, the Duchess of Gwaun and her two children Marc-Idwal, Duke of the Realm, and Llinos, Duchess of the Realm.
|Mae'r Siambr wedi cymeradwyo etholiadau cynnar ar 2 Medi |
Siambr approves early elections on 2 September
ABERBAN, 21 June 318 || With the smallest possible majority the Siambr y Taleithiau approved acting Grand Minister Winnifred Owens's request to schedule early elections on the 2nd of September this year. As expected, there was some opposition from those within her own party PD who were lobbying to have transport minister Ffransis Costellon succeed as Grand Minister. This course of action can now be put on the shelves; a PD party congress that will be held in early July will probably elect Owens as party leader with a comfortable majority.
Ffransis Costellon in the meantime announced that he will step down as government minister. “It is clear that there are some great differences of opinion between myself and other members of the cabinet, so for the sake of the country I will step down so as to not frustrate the cabinet proceedings any further”, he said. “I will use the spare time that this move will give me to prepare for the PD leadership election for which I will indeed be a candidate.”
|Mae Owens wedi galw am etholiadau cynnar wrth i Gostellon herio ei harweinyddiaeth |
Owens calls for early elections as Costellon challenges her leadership
ABERBAN, 2 June 318 || Acting Grand Minister Winnifred Owens has called for early elections that should end the political uncertainty following Grand Minister Cadfael Dacus's stroke on Whitsun, which left him unable to lead the government any further. The leaders of both coalition partners PBD and PRh seem to agree to schedule the elections in early September, but there is some opposition to early elections within Owens's own party, the PD. “Holding elections now will only prolong the political instability in which this country has found itself in the last couple of weeks”, Gwlithen Harris-Gofaint, PD-member of the Siambr for Llidiard, told the press.
Political analysts say that early elections will probably mean that Owens can secure party leadership: before elections the party leader is elected by a party wide vote and Owens seems to have a comfortable majority of PD members backing her. In the current situation however when an incumbent party leader (which is still Cadfael Dacus) has to be replaced due to illness, the choice of a successor as Grand Minister (and therefore normally ex officio as party leader, although this isn't written in stone) lies with the elected members of the Siambr and the party's ministers who are represented in the cabinet. It is a public secret that transport minister Ffransis Costellon has been lobbying intensively in the past two weeks to secure a majority behind him. Although he is not so popular within the government, he might be backed by a majority of PD-members in the Siambr. According to the analysts however, Costellon hasn't succeeded yet to convince the necessary amount of people to support him and it would be disastrous for him should the Siambr approve early elections before he can make his move.
Early elections pose a risk of a different kind for Owens however: in order to become Grand Minister in her own right, she has to win them. Opinion polls suggest that a lot of work has to be done to make that happen.
|Cyflwr Dacus yn sefydlog; bydd Owens yn arwain y llywodraeth |
Dacus' condition stable; Owens to lead government
ABERBAN, 22 May 318 || Cadfael Dacus won't be back on his feet soon, an official statement from his doctors read this morning. Although his condition is stable, Dacus apparently suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. Deputy Grand Minister Winnifred Owens, the PD party leadership, and the two senior ministers of the coalition partners PBD and PRh held a joint press conference following the statement: “Our thoughts are with Dacus and his family at this difficult moment,” Owens said. “Together with my esteemed colleagues Proger of the PBD and Wiegold of the PRh we discussed the situation with PD leadership. We decided that I will lead the government for the time being in addition to the defence portfolio until a more permanent solution can be found. The government will continue to work as usual for the most part. We also agreed that now is not the time for elections: the mandate of this government lasts until 322 and we intend to finish our term.”
Some leaders of opposition parties criticised the move; “Despite their words trying to reassure us that everything is OK, we now effectively have a paralyzed government that doesn't know what to do”, PB leader Sonya Griffith said. “As far as my party is concerned, this is a really bad situation and the people should decided how to solve it: they elected Dacus and Dacus isn't available anymore. Owens wasn't even on the list so although it is perfectly fine for her to be part of the government on the invitation of the Grand Minister, the fact that she actually gets to lead the government without being elected, is outrageous.” Griffiths was backed by Caerwyn Bennion of the Republican Party (PG).
Transport minister Ffransis Costellon (PD) replied that he agrees with his party leadership that now is not the time for elections and that the country needs a stable government under a stable leader. According to him, his party will likely hold elections to formally replace Dacus as party leader, but didn't want to confirm or deny whether or not he would be a candidate.
|Prif Weinidog ‘yn ddifrifol wael’ |
Grand Minister ‘gravely ill’
ABERBAN, 20 May 318 || Grand Minister Cadfael Dacus (80) was rushed to a hospital this morning, transport minister Ffransis Costellon confirmed on behalf of the cabinet. Details about the Grand Minister's condition have yet to emerge, but the severity of his condition is alarming, according to Costellon. Deputy Grand Minister Winnifred Owens (PD) and the senior ministers of the two coalition partners Rhobert Proger (PBD) and Pedr Wiegold (PRh) broke off their holidays (the members of the Siambr and the government are in recess this week due to Whitsuntide) and are on their ways back to Aberban.
The first official reactions by party leaders included their hope that the Grand Minister may soon recover. Sonya Griffith-Sampson, leader of the Burovian Party (the third largest party in the Siambr), took the opportunity to call for new elections. “With all due respect towards the Grand Minister in this difficult moment, I don't think that I have to underline the importance of having a stable government; despite his qualities as a politician, Grand Minister Dacus is 80 years old and the possibility that he wouldn't finish his term for non-political reasons is significant. If Dacus is incapacitated, it is likely that the PD will succumb in a leadership battle between Owens and Costellon, paralyzing the government. We should have new elections soon”, Griffith said. Minister Costellon responded that Griffith is trying to politicise the Grand Minister's illness, an act he called ‘appalling’. He denied that a power struggle is going on in the PD.
|Archdduges Aberban yn feichiog eto |
Grand Duchess of Aberban pregnant again
ABERBAN, 26 January 318 || The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Aberban are expecting their fourth child, the Royal Palace confirmed. The child is expected in July or August this year. The oldest son of King Iestyn III and his wife already have three daughters: the Princesses Rhiannon, Adara, and Meridith who are currently second to fourth in line of succession after their father. Should a boy be born, he will automatically precede his older sisters.
Several political parties claim that the current system of sucession that gives priority to brothers over sisters, is outdated and should be changed and with the Grand Duchess’s most recent pregnancy the discussion is likely to intensify again. According to Grand Minister Cadfael Dacus however, there is no ‘political urgency’ to change the law.
|‘Gweinidog cludiant yn rhy bossy’ |
‘Transport minister too bossy’
ABERBAN, 22 January 318 || Minister of transport and communication Ffransis Costellon is ‘bossy, impolite, and often even rude’, sources around the cabinet claim. Costellon (PD, democrats) is apparently treating ministers of the minor coalition parties PBD (progressive democrats) and PRh (liberals) like inferior beings that have no idea what they are doing. Some PBD and PRh ministers allegedly even threatened to stop attending cabinet meetings if Costellon isn’t sacked. The 80 year old Grand Minister, Cadfael Dacus (PD), either has no idea what is going on or is unable to something about it; PBD and PRh party leaders apparently tried to discuss the situation with him, but without result.
Costellon himself denies every wrongdoing. “I can’t verify if these alleged complaints are true, but politics are rough business, we are all adults; whoever can’t handle the pressure of being a minister, should of course resign”, he said, adding that he was disappointed that the press jumped at this story without giving proper sources. “If there turns out to be any truth in this story after all, the ministers concerned should have kept this within the cabinet instead of leaking it to the press, which is very unprofessional.”
|Lladdodd dyn gydweithiwr siaradus |
Man kills talkative colleague
CASTELL GRONC, 11 January 318 || Police arrested an office clerk of a cigar factory this morning after he fatally stabbed one of his co-workers in his neck with a letter opener. According to some of their other colleagues who saw it happen, the man suddenly jumped up and started stabbing the victim whilst shouting ‘Will you please shut up!?’. They confirmed that the victim had been talking endlessly all morning about his children and his pets, which he apparently did on a regular basis. The employees have been given counsel.
The perpetrator, a single man of 46 named Gareth, was set to leave the cigar factory and start a new job as an administrator at a secundary school in February. The victim, a 32 year old man named Siôn, was his direct co-worker and a father of three young children as well as owner of two large dogs and some cats whom he loved so much that he couldn’t stop talking about them. Gareth seemed to have been working on a project and repeatedly asked Siôn to be quiet so that he could concentrate.
The police have asked users of the social network Diarİ to remove any supposedly funny posts claiming that smoking kills, out of respect to the victim’s relatives.
|Enillodd Hywela Saffir Fwgwd Aur |
Hywela Saffir wins Golden Mask
ABERBAN, 16 December 317 || Actress Hywela Saffir has won the Golden Mask, the biggest prize for Kemedalian actors and actresses that is awarded every year in the week before Cruismas. Saffir won the prize according to the jury because of her ‘splendid performance’ of the leading role in the film Swamp Dancers (Dawnswyr y Gors) about a woman who can’t get the idea out of her head that her sister’s death of 30 years ago was not an accident. It is the first time that Saffir has won the Golden Mask; with 14 nominations (including this year’s) she holds however the record of most nominated actress. According to some, Saffir won because ‘it was time that she finally got that mask’ and because the other nominated actors were much younger than she and still have many chances to win in the future.
Other actors who were nominated for the prize were Sioned Nevett for her role as Eleonora in the fantasy film of the same name, and Alun Giryth for his performance in the popular drama series Wild Boys (Bechgyn Gwyllt) about a fictional crime syndicate in Aberban.
|6ed Symffoni Rhys Cadogan yn ‘rhy anodd’ |
Rhys Cadogan’s 6th symphony ‘too difficult’
LLANFARC, 26 May 317 || Yesterday evening the world premiere of Kemedalian composer Rhys Cadogan’s sixth symphony took place in the Royal Music Arena in Llanfarc. The concert consisted of three works, performed by the Royal Western Bala Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Talfryn Hobbs. Before the intermission the Pastoral Overture for orchestra by Meinwen Pembroc and the Overseas Symphony by Somerish composer Ennan Caurtner were performed, and the remainder of the program was filled by Cadogan’s sixth symphony, which lasted about 45 minutes.
The work, subtitled Towards the Horizon, opens in a pointillistic manner, with the strings playing almost unaudible pizzicato rhythms that are occasionally interrupted by short woodwind expressions. Gradually the sound increases in volume and density until a tapestry of repetitive rhythms culminates in the brass putting a forceful end to this introduction. The woodwinds now take the lead into a playful scherzo-like section, at first shy, but increasingly self assured. The strings, brass, and percussion join the woodwinds and create a whirlpool of sounds in which Hobbs seemed to have been lost a few times. A short recitative for piano and percussion follows, after which the work is concluded by a slow multi-layered final section of almost half an hour.
Overall, the sixth symphony is a far more serious work than its five predecessors, which all contain a dominating festive element. In their first reactions critics agreed that the sixth is also more personal: while the first five symphonies were clearly written for the general public, the sixth seems to have the character of a diary that has now been read by others without permission.
The performance was not without flaws. Cadogan himself admitted afterwards that the work may have been more difficult to perform than he intended. Members of the orchestra said that it was too difficult to prepare in four months that they were given and that they had strongly considered cancelling the performance.
|Adolygith y Siambr yr anghytundebau |
Siambr to review incompatibilities
ABERBAN, 16 May 317 || The Siambr y Taleithiau, Kemedal’s parliament, has admitted a proposal today to review the incompatibilities of people’s representatives. The proposal, which was filed by Gwyneira Beddow of the Plaid Fwrofwr (PB, Burovian Party), follows a series of incidents in which local and State representatives were suspected of acting with conflict of interests as a result of side activities as board members of certain public organisations. Most of these incidents took place in the State of Corwn, the most prominent incident elsewhere being John Jones, the leader of the Plaid Weriniaethol (PG, Republican Party) of Abercyffyr who is currently under investigation by his own party following a series of decisions that benefited a local hospital where he is a member of the board of supervisors.
According to the law that is currently in place, people’s representatives are allowed to receive payment for side activities if these take place in organisations that serve the interest of the greater public, such as hospitals, national insurance companies, and state owned energy and public transport companies. These organisations often deal with a number of external companies and Jones is suspected of adapting legislation in such a manner that his hospital can more easily get rid of hospital waste. A judge refused to accept this as an example of corruption as ‘all bills that were accepted are in order and could have been filed by any other political party, with or without connections to the hospital.’
“Kemedalian law accepts that our elected representatives have side activities, but if they cannot separate their activities, we have a problem”, Beddow explains. “In some of the cases that we saw in the last couple of years, important security measures were effectively circumvented. In Porthlong Danfor at least two near-accidents were caused by this.”
A spokesman of the ruling Plaid Ddemocratiaid (PD, Democratic Party) said that the Siambr should discuss this matter with care. “It is not my party’s intention to abolish the existing compatibilities. Rather should we put in place a system to prevent these conflicts of interest. The various examples that Ms Beddow gave of misinterpretations of the current law did convince my party to vote in favour of accepting the admittance of the review proposal; of course the PD considers the safety of the Kemedalian citizens of utmost importance.”
|Cysylltiadau diplomyddol Cymig |
Kemedalian diplomatic relations
ABERBAN, 1 March 317 || The new minister of foreign affairs, Pedr Laugharne, announced that the ministry will appoint and replace several ambassadors in the course of this year. Kemedal is hoping to establish more intensive relations with a number of nations that have been part of the establishment for many years as well as open new relations with the countries that recently became independent. Kemedal is also hoping to boost relations with our neighbour to the south, Albion-Merité.
“The previous government had a laissez-faire attitude when it came to foreign contacts, but this government would like to be more internationally active”, minister Laugharne explained. “Friendly cooperation is important to preserve peace and to stimulate trade, so we are willing to put our shoulders to the wheel if other nations are too.”
The new government also intend to discuss with the neighbours expansion and improvement of border crossing infrastructure (both roads and railroads) in order to stimulate trade and other economic movements in the northwestern part of Eras.
|Mae’r Llywodraeth newydd wedi tyngu llw |
New government sworn in
ABERBAN, 22 February 317 || After more than one month of negotiations, the new government, headed by the new Grand Minister Cadfael Dacus, was sworn in by king Iestyn III this morning. Already controversial, as the coalition includes the previous ruling party PBD (the Progressive Democrats) that lost a substantial amount of seats in last month’s elections, the government will focus on reducing unemployment and expanding the country’s military forces – two problems that have the potential to solve each other, according to the ruling parties.
The new coalition is made up of three parties: the Democratic Party PD that won the elections, the Progressive Democrat PBD, and the Liberal Party (PRh), which have a majority of 70 seats in the 125 member Siambr y Taleithiau. Initially a coalition between the PD, the PRh and the Plaid Fwrofwr (PB, Burovian Party) was attempted, but the latter left the talks when it turned out that PD and PRh weren’t inclined to make any changes to the electoral system nor invest in the education proposals the PB had done during their campaign, including a controversial introduction of ‘flexible school years’ in which secundary school students would be allowed to finish a ‘year’ in their own speed, even if it takes several more months.
“I am very disappointed to say that neither the PD nor the PRh have shown any willingness to accept the necessary changes that we proposed and that our country needs”, PB leader Sonya Griffith-Sampson told the press shortly after the talks between the parties broke up earlier this month. “We will make our points as part of the opposition and the future will prove to them that they were wrong to refuse collaboration with us.”
Some right-wing media immediately took Griffith’s words as a threat that she will ask the Greater Burovian Realm to interfere in the politics of Kemedal. Others were milder, but suggested that the PB to be taken seriously as a national party and not as some Burovian fifth column, it should change its name and some of its terminology.
The public opinion on the new government is moderately positive, although many are sceptical that this government will bring any change. Grand Minister Dacus is 79 years old and although the almost 2 m (6.5 ft) tall former rugby player isn’t a fragile kind of person, many think that he has lost his connection with the modern world a long time ago.
|Colled ddramatig i bartïon llywodraeth |
Dramatic loss for government parties
ABERBAN, 8 January 317 || The people of Kemedal voted for change in yesterday’s elections, with the government coalition of the Plaid Flaengar Ddemocrataidd (PBD, Progressive Democrats) and the Plaid Pobl Werdd (PPW, Greens) loosing 29 seats and thus their majority in the Siambr y Taleithiau. Although the Plaid Ddemocrataidd (PD, Democrats) won the elections, they got only 34 out of 125 seats, meaning that a coalition with less than three parties will be impossible. The overall winner of the elections is however the Plaid Fwrofwr (PB, Burovians) that will enter the Siambr for the first time with 18 seats, which makes them the third largest party.
PD leader Cadfael Dacus, despite his old age, held a powerful victory speach when a substantial part of the votes had been counted. He promised to ‘undo the damage of four years of PBD&PPW’ without addressing the certainly difficult coalition talks that lie ahead.
Indeed, there are not many possibilities to form a stable government with only three parties. Avoiding PBD and PPW, PD could form a coalition with the Burovians and the Plaid Ryddfrydol (PRh, Liberal Party), which will however have a very meagre majority of only 63 seats. It is possible that these parties may ask the Plaid Weriniaethol (PG, Republicans) or the Undeb y Brenhinwyr y Cymoedd (UBC, Monarchists) for additional support, but although these two parties saw their number of seats increase, it is far less than they hoped, despite Alis Abrynmor’s
controversial campaign for the Aberban Republicans and the Monarchist’s change of program that saw them developing from a one issue party to a somewhat social conservative party.
As soon as the final results have been published by the electoral committee, the party leaders will visit king Iestyn III to discuss the possibilities; this will almost certainly result in PD leader Cadfael Dacus being appointed as Cynghorydd y Brenin (King’s Advisor), responsible for the government formation.
PBD leader and incumbent grand minister Alyn Hoells so far hasn’t accepted defeat, suggesting that the elections may have to be repeated, as ‘an unbiased vote could not be cast in the light of the recent bombing in Porto Capital’. He remains however the only one refusing to accept the election results, which, according even to members of his own party, ‘is kind of sad’.
The five States of Kemedal (Aberban, Bala, Corwn, Gwaun, and Llidiard) are each represented by 25 seats in the Siambr; within these States, elections take place through proportional representation. The States represent historical duchies, but although the fact that the current political system causes the votes of inhabitants of lesser populated areas to have a far bigger value, changing
this system is a somewhat controversial subject – even in the State of Aberban that is disadvantaged by this system – as many inhabitants of Kemedal identify very strongly with their native State.
|Neuadd y dref newydd Aberban ei gorffen |
New Aberban Town Hall completed
ABERBAN, 20 December 316 || The new town hall of the city of Aberban was completed today. This was announced by a spokeswoman of the City Council. The construction of a new town hall was ordered after toxic asbestos was discovered in the walls of the old one six years ago, after which the City Council had to move into a temporary building as the old town hall was scheduled for demolition.
The new building follows a design of well known Kemese architect Cystennin Urian and is a modern and transparant structure with lots of glass and light woodlike materials. According to Urian it is very energy friendly. Not everybody is happy with the design though; two aldermen already complained that they won’t be able to concentrate if they have the idea that they are being watched during meetings. Urian however said that the city council is a public body, so the public should be able to see what is going on.
|Dyn anhysbys ei ddarganfod yn Llyn Byw |
Unknown man found in Llyn Byw
GLYNMELYN, 9 December 316 || The local police of the town of Glynmelyn are investigating the circumstances involving the dead body of an unknown man that was found by an old woman at the shore of the lake of Llyn Byw last week. According to the police, the man received several strokes in the back of his head with an axe, which may however not be the course of death, as the body is further examined. The police are treating the case as a murder case, and have asked the public to come forward with any information that they may have. Seeing as Llyn Byw is shared with Albion-Merité, there is a possibility that the victim is not from Kemedal at all.
|Alis Abrynmor yn noeth ar boster ymgyrch |
Alis Abrynmor nude on campaign poster
ABERBAN, 1 December 316 || Alis Abrynmor, candidate for the republican party Plaid Weriniaethol (PG) in the state of Aberban, has issued a campaign poster featuring a picture of herself on which she is wearing no clothes. Despite halfhearted actions issued by the PG leadership to remove the posters (the PG receives a lot of attention because of them), copies seem to have been made, which pop up all over the capital and even in other places outside the state of Aberban. Several parties replied that Ms Abrynmor’s nudity is a breach of public decency and called upon the election committee to bar the PG from participating in the elections that will take place on 7 January; the election committee replied that it will take the complaint in consideration – as they do with all complaints. Ms Abrynmor replied that the other parties are just jealous that they don’t have members with bodies that would attract any voters.
Alis Abrynmor (34) is a former actress turned politician and the colourful exception to the otherwise rather grey and boring republicans. Her controversial behaviour since she rose to prominence within the PG has given her party some momentum in opinion polls, so most conservative party members tolerate her for the time being, although it has been clear that not everyone likes the way she presents the party. Abrynmor is currently seventh on the Aberban list, but could receive a lot of preference votes.
|Mae’r clefyd ieir yn lledaenu |
Chicken disease spreading
ABERBAN/LLANGORMAC, 28 November 316 || The disease that has caused the deaths of numerous chickens at farms in and around the town of Llangormac is spreading, the ministry of agriculture has confirmed. Similar cases have popped up in Llanlyfrda and Brogarw. It also seems that not only chickens are affected by the illness; several dead wild ducks were found last Friday in the same area.
‘The fact that the illness seems to be contagious to ducks is bad news’, a spokesperson of the ministry said. ‘This means that it can easily spread to larger areas. Minister Baugh already informed her colleagues in Ansonia and Albion-Merité who most likely will have to deal with it as well – if the illness doesn’t originate in one of those countries, a possibility that the ministry doesn’t exclude either’.
|Etholiadau cynnar ar 7 Ionawr 317 |
Early elections on 7 January 317
ABERBAN, 18 November 316 || The governing parties PBD (progressive democrats) and PPW (greens) agreed to hold early elections on 7 January next year following the government crisis earlier this month. This was announced by the leaders of both parties, although the date still has to be approved by the Siambr y Taleithiau; although PBD and PPW have a majority, the 7 November vote proved that the PBD whip is not in control of all of his party colleagues.
The agreement means however good news for the PPW, which are currently doing well in opinion polls; a more negative scenario had been that PPW left government in which case they could have been replaced by the opposition party PD (Democrats) as a governing partner. Rumours that PBD leaders met with PD officials last week to discuss exactly such a scenario were denied by Grand Minister Alyn Hoells (PBD), and if this meeting did take place, it obviously wasn’t successfull.
|Dyn ei arestio am ddynwared yr Archddug |
Man held for impersonating Grand-Duke
Y TŴRGLAS, 14 November 316 || A man from Y Tŵrglas was arrested today for impersonating the Grand-Duke of Aberban on the popular social media site Diarİ, the police confirmed. The eldest son of king Iestyn III filed a complaint after the man announced a benefit concert for children that were orphaned by the nuclear attack on Surina a few weeks ago, suggesting that money could be donated on a special bank account. Several donations were made, some of them substantial, by people who thought that they were dealing with the real Grand-Duke.
A spokesman of the police said that the man will be charged with fraud, embezzlement, and identity theft. Redistributing the money to its former owners will be problematic, the police confessed, as most of it seems to have been transferred to an offshore bank account that seems difficult to access.
It is not the first time that a well-known person from our country is impersonated on Diarİ; in 313 actress Olivia Owen Hughes went through a rough period after several colleagues were insulted on a fake Diarİ profile; people believing that it was she who wrote the messages exposed the fact that she was secretly having relationships with two other men, after which her husband of ten years filed for divorce.
|Argyfwng y llywodraeth wedi methiant bil tai |
Government crisis after housing bill fails
ABERBAN, 8 November 316 || The rejection of a bill introducing stricter energy rules for new houses yesterday afternoon has caused a crisis in the government coalition. The fact that several members of the progressive democratic PBD voted against the bill angered the junior government party PPW (green party), who are now threatening to pull the plug and call for new elections. Without PPW, PBD wouldn’t have a majority in the Siambr y Taleithiau anymore.
According to anonymous sources, there has been friction between the two governing parties for several months now and experts say that the voting result of the housing bill may just be the last straw for the PPW. Grand minister Alyn Hoells (PBD) and the PPW party leader in the Siambr Deiniol Abdrystan have been add odds regularly in the last couple of weeks, although so far they managed to express their differences in a civil manner.
‘The passing of this bill would have meant that future houses would have to be constructed according to energy friendly and environmentally safe standards’, Abdrystan said. ‘It was agreed with the PBD that this would be in the best interest of Kemedal and its people, but so far the PBD has not given a satisfactory explanation why it allowed a number of their members in the Siambr vote against it.’
Leaving the government could however be risky for the PPW; if the PBD manages to form a coalition government with the Democratic Party (PD), elections may be postponed until the end of the parliamentary session in 318 in which case the PPW may lose their momentum; in opinion polls they are doing fairly well, unlike the PBD that may lose up to half of its current 42 seats in the 125 member Siambr y Taleithiau.
|Ieir yn marw o glefyd anhysbys |
Chickens die of unknown disease
LLANGORMAC, 2 November 316 || The ministry of agriculture has started an investigation in and around the town of Llangormac, where farms have been hit by mass chicken and other poultry mortality caused by an unknown disease. At least four chicken farms have been severely hit, with an estimated damage of millions of Kem. Without insurance backup some farmers may very well go bankrupt, but insurance companies didn’t want to comment on the matter yet, pending the investigation.
|Bu farw Samantha Hier yr awdur yn 93 oed |
Author Samantha Hier dies at age 93
PONTELYNOR, 22 October 316 || Famous Kemedal crime novelist Samantha Hier died this morning at age 93, her family has announced. Hier was the author of more than twenty novels featuring inspectors Baugh and Anwyl and set in and around her native town of Pontelynor. Some titles were adapted for television, most famously Llofruddiaeth ar Lwyfan (Murder on Stage) in 272, with actors Cadwgan Gadarn and Tomos Prhys. Samantha Hier was married six times, with one son from her third marriage.
|Pryder am sefyllfa yn GPG |
Concern about situation in PROG
ABERBAN, 21 October 316 || Following the most recent Vexileak report on the People’s Republic of Gronk, which prompted the army of the Lysonian Empire to assume Bravo status, ministers of defence Trahaearn Price and domestic affairs Pedr Laugharne issued a short statement saying that there is no cause for immediate alarm.
‘Our ministries are in direct contact with our friendly neighbours while our intelligence service is working around the clock to verify if the leaked documents are at all trustworthy’, minister Price said. ‘If a power change in PROG is indeed imminent and poses a danger to its neighbours, our armed forces are fully up to the task of defending our nation.’
Nevertheless, not a few people in our country are worried and supermarkets noted a slight increase in the purchase of products with long shelf lives. ‘This news, in combination with rumours that the anti-nuclear shield Electra Mundi was compromised, makes many people uneasy’, leader of the Justice and Development Party Rhys Bennett told our reporter. ‘If it’s true that PROG possesses nuclear weapons, this is indeed cause for extreme concern and we call upon the government to be completely transparant about this; the people need to know the risks!’
According to domestic affairs minister Pedr Laugharne however, Bennett is just contributing to an atmosphere of unease among the people. ‘If there is a PROG threat, causing panic among our society is just going to destabilise Kemedal’, he said.
|Mae’r Cymoedd yn cydnabod y Dac |
Kemedal recognises Tak
ABERBAN, 18 October 316 || As of today, Kemedal recognises the independence of the Free States of Tak, a nation on the continent of Smalik. Tak has been acting as an independent nation since 308, a fact that the government of Bowdani never acknowledged. Last weekend however, the Republic of Bowdani was formally dissolved, taking away the last obstacle for a formal recognition of Tak.
‘The recognition of Tak has been prepared long ago and we were just waiting for this moment’, foreign affairs minister Llewelyn Beynon explained. ‘Ambassadors can now be exchanged between our countries very soon. As for the other successor states of Bowdani, most notably the Republic of Flovaigne and the Lectern of United Kencari Peoples, we will investigate the matter of their stability, but normally their recognition by Kemedal shouldn’t be an issue. The government of Kemedal is happy that the former Bowdani nations have set such a fine example of the possibility to dissolve a problematic nation in a peaceful manner.’
|Mae’r Brenin yn dathlu ei ben-blwydd yn 65 oed |
The King celebrates his 65th birthday
ABERCYFFYR, 15 October 316 || A national holiday took place today on the event of the 65th birthday of his majesty the King on 26 September. Apart from festivities all over the country, King Iestyn III and Queen Llinos and their three children and their families visited the coastal town of Abercyffyr where they hosted a large garden party for 492 invites. In the evening a concert in honour of his majesty was organised in the ruins of Abercyffyr Castle.
Although King Iestyn III has been the titular King of Kemedal since the death of King Iestyn II in 299, the Royal Family was living in exile at that time, following the collapse of the Gronk Empire. In 302 Kemedal became independent and the present King ascended the throne.