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Today, the Marscurian government has authorized the first trade mission to the barbarian civilizations on the continent.  The Vernewi, the most docile of the three major barbarian groups, inhabit the southern-most part of the continent, and have been noted as superb agriculturists, growing, among other things, high quality tea leaves. 

 

"It is quite difficult to facilitate trade with the barbarian cultures," said Igor Tayboym, one of the leading importers from the south, "they have no real money, and of course do not recognize rubles, so we've had to revert to old-school bartering with them, offering food, fuel, consumer goods, stuff like that."

 

Despite the difficulties, trade is set to see an increase.  While imports from the south are currently estimated to come out at under 100 tons, it is hoped that the next year will see a rapid increase as existing relationships are expanded on.

 

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Trouble is stirring in the western frontier of the empire.  Talks and actions relating to independence of several districts have been gaining steam, coming to a head in Finland, where politicians have recently voted for independence from Russia.  So far, all action by the Finns has been peaceful, largely votes in regional parliaments, however rumors of the creation of several militia-type forces and the insistence that Russian forces leave Finland foreshadows possible violence coming from the territory.  As tensions rise, there is no sign that the government in Moscow will heed to the demands of Finnish separatists.  In Marscury, Eliezer Perlman and Iosef Brenner, heads of the Marscurian National Party, have been placed under house arrest so that they cannot use these turbulent times to spread traitorous lies and separatist filth.

 

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Construction has been completed on the new Marscurian Stock Exchange in Mietonka.  When the gavel drops Monday morning, the MSEX is set to be the major economic force on Pasirung, and will compliment other stock exchanges around the western Pacific such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo.  Thirty Marscurian companies, ranging in everything from engineering to clothing manufacturing to weapons dealings have already voluntarily removed themselves from the Moscow exchange to the new Marscury one.

 

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The Marscury Stock Exchange

 

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As the situation on Russia's frontiers continues to degrade, the country appears to be moving more and more into a full scale war!  Along with intense fighting already occurring in the caucuses, the situation in the Ukraine is teetering towards the abyss.  Already, heavily armed bandits attacked government buildings in Kiev, brutally murdering the regional governor and his wife.  The regional parliament was also captured by these thugs, who used the occasion to declare the Ukraine independent from our glorious motherland!  In the harshest possible terms, Prime Minister Matriyenko promised to bring those responsible for the chaos to justice.  In the Pasirung Military District, commanding officer Col. Gen. Marantzbaum has ordered all active duty soldiers from the five Marscurian armies to prepare for immediate deployments to the conflict zones in the west, should the Russian high command call for it.

 

ZA RODINU!

FAR RUSLAND!

 

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WEATHER

Residents of the nation should continue to enjoy sunny skies throughout the weekend.  However, a cyclonic system is moving through the region early next week, so expect heavy rain in the center of the region and possibly snow in the higher elevations.  

 

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With temperatures dropping across the continent, the Ministry of Transportation's Pasirung office has declared shipping season closed on all freshwater waterways.  Dangerous ice formations have been forming for the past several weeks, but only recently has the entirety of several important rivers, including the Teich and the Pasirung Tunguska, been covered in impassable ice.  The river patrol vessels of the coast guard have returned to their home ports in Leninskoye and Mietonka, and members of the Frontier Guard have taken up posts along the rivers to keep a watch for smugglers and hostile barbarian incursions.  When the ice is thick enough, a road will be set over the Teich River, allowing for trucks to reach the Vernewi to facilitate trade.

 

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FEDERAL

Troubles continue to stir in the Ukraine as rebels in the west of the region have declared an independent Nordic state, built on the fascist ideas championed by the ideology.  Soldiers from both the west and Siberia have been stretched thin defending our borders in the west and the south, bogged down in heavy guerrilla campaigns.  As all Russian forces are mobilized to face the separatist threat, Marscurian soldiers are no different.  The Russian Pacific Naval Infantry division is currently being mobilized to deploy to Ukrainian cities along the Black Sea, which are of vital economic and military significance to Russia.

 

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Emergency crews are working around the clock in the mountainous regions in the west to try to rescue travelers trapped by several avalanches that occurred in mountain passes used for vital transportation routes.  Marscurian Railways are reporting that a train was swept off the tracks near Obluchye with 114 passengers on board, while helicopter photography has shown three separate locations where the Great North Road has been rendered impassable.  Civil workers and the military have been mustered into rescue operations, with snow being removed via heavy machinery, manual labor, and even soldiers with flamethrowers, and have so far rescued over 100 travelers, and have found 12 bodies as well.  Many of the bodies found were not killed by hypothermia, but by carbon monoxide poisoning as engines were left running after cars were covered in snow.  Roads throughout the region have been closed as rocket propelled grenades have been used to trigger controlled avalanches in vital areas that are in danger.  Roads are expected to be cleared by the middle of the week, and trains are expected to resume service by next weekend.

 

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Heavy machinery is used to clear a road closed by one of the recent avalanches.  

 

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Immediately after being commissioned, the eight Teich-class destroyers of the Pacific Fleet have begun regular patrols in the Black Sea off the Ukrainian coast.  The patrols have been centralized near the cities of Mykolaiv, Sevastopol, Kerch, and Mariupol, and are focused on preventing weapons from reaching fascist rebels, supporting ground forces in the region, and protecting the shipyards where the Teichzet-class cruisers are currently being constructed.

 

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WEATHER

Clear skies are expected across most of the region over the next week, with temperatures hovering just a few degrees below freezing.  Cities in the south may see increased clouds near the end of the week, and may even see temperatures creep above freezing for a small amount of time over the weekend.

 

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Due to a lack of resource exploitation infrastructure on the continent, much of the raw materials used in Marscurian industry need to be imported from Asia and North America.  To counter this, the Duma has passed the Pasirung Resource Salvage and Conservation Act.  Under this act, government-run recycling and salvage centers will receive funds for improvements and expansions, and private companies will receive subsidies and tax breaks to aid in their establishment.  Anything that cannot be salvaged will be sent to special plants that will either burn refuse to create electricity or will anaerobically digest organic matter to produce methane, ethanol, and hydrogen.  The process, first implemented in the industrial city of Obluchye, has seen massive successes, with massive amounts of raw materials salvaged, enough natural gas produced to fuel all municipal vehicles, and almost 5 GW of electricity produced by the incineration plants placed around the city.

 

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An example of a salvage plant in an industrial sector of Obluchye situated next to a natural gas digester.  

 

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The Russian world cup team returns home as failures following a loss in the championship game against Meihua.

 

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The first route of Marscurian Rail's high speed train is set to begin regular service this Sunday.  The route, which will form the beginning of the Orange Line when completed, is set to run between the cities of Pashkovo and Laym, making three stops in Obluchye and one stop in the suburb of Kimkam.  Running 9 times a day, trips take as short as three hours including just over an hour of time spend in the various stations.  The trains and carriages are the same Sapsan units used on the St. Petersberg-Moscow line, and are able to reach 350 km/h thanks to improvements in the tracks, although they must substantially reduce speed while traveling through heavily-populated areas.  The line is expected to next reach the towns of Birakan and Londoko before entering Marscury where it will meet up with the Green and Blue Lines.

 

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The Orange Line terminus at the Pashkovo Teich Station.

 

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The nine Teichzet-class cruisers that were under construction in various Ukrainian shipyards have all been commissioned, and are operating in the Black Sea in support of Russian military actions in the area.  The introduction of the cruisers brings the number of operational ships in the Pacific Fleet up to 36, and the cruiser Teichzet will take the role of operational flagship while larger ships are waiting to be completed.  The next additions to the fleet are scheduled to be the Pingvin, Tsherepache, and Yam-Lieb class landing ships, which are slated for delivery in March.

 

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WEATHER

Weather is expected to be sunny and clear over the entire region for the next couple of days.  Temperatures are warming slightly, with daytime highs reaching -10 degrees.  The lack of disturbing weather is beginning to cause problems for many residents, especially around the western industrial regions.  Residents in the valleys around Obluchye are advised to avoid extensive outdoor activity, as air pollution and smog have reached dangerous levels in some spots.

 

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Construction has increased pace on the A235 federal highway, known locally as the Great North Road.  The road is planned to be the major roadway of the Grois Rayon, running from Pashkovo on the western border to Marscury, connecting the major settlements along the way.  Progress has been slow, as the highway has needed to bore through the hard rock of the Kitaisk Mountains, and is elevated on stilts for major portions as it runs along the Bira River to keep the road open during spring flooding, but the road is operational up to the town of Laym, about half way to Marscury.    It is expected to be many months before the road reaches its destination, but once complete, it is expected to drastically improve transportation to the west, and many are hoping that it will open the forests and mountains of the region to economic exploitation.  

 

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The official start of the A235 highway north of the city of Pashkovo.  For a large part of the route, the highway is flanked by the Marscurian Rail Orange Line.

 

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WAR SPREADS IN THE WEST!  The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate as rebels in Odessa have expelled the Russian garrison, now camped just outside the city.  Soldiers are also on high alert in Finland, Latvia, and Estonia, as local independence movements have gained traction in the provinces.  Meanwhile, war has spread in the Caucuses as well, as Russian troops enter Georgia in coordinated anti-terror activities.  Facing little to no resistance, Russian soldiers are closing in on the Georgian capital of Tblisi, no doubt to remove the fascists who occupy the city and illegitimately claim authority over the region.  In their push south, Russian soldiers have taken stations along the Trans-Caucus canal, ensuring that fascists will never regain control of the key waterway connecting the Black and Caspian Seas.  Colonel General Mikhail Marantzbaum, commander of the Pasirung Military District, as not ruled out future Marscurian involvement in quashing these revolts, especially the mobilization of the elite 42nd "Kontinentalniy" Army based in Azerbaijan.  

 

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Representatives from China and Japan are in Marscury for the next couple of days, discussing greater trade and security agreements between the three nations.  Along with the conference, cultural events, portraying elements of Chinese, Japanese, and Russian culture will be available.  The conference is the first time that Marscury has been presented on the world stage as an official representative of Russia.

 

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WAR

The port of Telmana played host to the newest ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet, as the five Yam Lieb-Class, four Tscherepache-Class, and two Pingvin-Class landing ships make their final arrival from shipyards all over Russia.  However, the stay is to be a short one, as the ships are loaded with naval infantry for transport to the Black Sea.  The ships are to join other ships of the fleet currently in the area, ready to make landings in Ukrainian coastal cities should the need arise.  As the expansion of the Pacific Fleet continues, the next ships slated to arrive are the Meyrev-Class battleships, with delivery expected in May.

 

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WEATHER

Temperatures surge above freezing as spring officially arrives in Pasirung.  No major precipitation events are expected in the days, leaving residents to enjoy the weather.  Along the rivers, explosions can be heard as army engineers detonate ice jams to prevent flooding.  Large sections of the Teich River are freely flowing, and the river is expected to be declared ice-free and safe for navigation in between three and four weeks.

 

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The Teich River has been fully open to traffic for the past several weeks, however the waters have been disturbingly calm.  The lumber ships and grain barges that form the bulk of Teich river traffic have seen percentage decreases in the double digits as foreign sales have continued to plummet.  Decreases in demand, rather than supply, are the major causes of the decrease in traffic, but the news does not change the feelings of the rivermen who are stuck in port.

 

"Every day we're not moving is a day we lose money," said Dmitri Shifmann, captain of a lumber barge that at this point last year was already being loaded for its second journey, "I still need to pay to maintain the boats, pay the crew, and keep up on the licenses and fees."

 

While there are many months to go in the current shipping season, the situation seems unlikely to change drastically.

 

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FEDERAL

The situation in the west is beginning to calm, allowing most Russian troops moved into Ukraine, Finland, and the Baltics to return to their locations further in the nation.  While peace has not been fully restored, and many locations, including cities like Odessa, still have a heavy rebel presence, the government in Moscow has decided to distribute more resources to local police forces to crush what is left of the rebellion rather than further directly inject more soldiers into the situation.  The news comes as a relief to many around the nation who feared that the feelings of treasonous nationalism would spread further, and that an extended period of conflict was in the future.

 

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In order to increase development throughout the Marscurian Republic, the regional government in coordination with the federal government has authorized the sale of bonds to support the development of infrastructure.  The development of highways, railways, ports, airports, and all other manner of commercial and industrial facilities is expected to spur rapid economic growth, producing tax revenue to cover the costs of the bonds many times over.  The bonds are expected to be issued in denominations up to 1,000 rubles, and are available in a multitude of languages and banking systems, since the vast majority of investment is expected to come from outside of Russia, largely China, Europe, and the Americas.

 

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Examples of bonds in four languages and four monetary denominations.  Colors coordinate to the price of the bond, rather than the language the bond is issued in.

 

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WAR

Following an intense stand-off period in the Pacific, tensions are beginning to lower.  Ground, naval, and air movements have become less pronounced across the region, bringing a sense of calm to worried residents.  Ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet that were stationed in the Black Sea to support operations against Ukrainian fascists will not be returning to the sea, but will instead head for their home ports at Telmana.  

 

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WEATHER

Temperatures are expected to remain high,  with plenty of sun across the central regions of the republic, offering hope to farmers wishing for an early harvest.  Crop planted percentages as of April 24 are:

Corn: 12%

Soybeans: 0%

Wheat: 64%

Buckwheat (1st Planting): 100%

Turnips (1st Year): 85%

Beets (Forage, 1st Year): 92%

Beets (Sugar, 1st Year): 88%

Apples (Flowered): 90%

 

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As with other cities throughout Russia, Victory Day parades are occurring in the Marscurian Republic.  The largest of these parades was held on Marscury's Grand Avenue, and contained thousands of troops, hundreds of armored vehicles, and dozens of aircraft.  Smaller parades were held in Obluchye, Mietonka, Teichzet, and Telmana.  Telmana also held a Fleet Day, where the public were allowed to view, and in some cases, even tour the active warships of the Pacific Fleet.  The highlight of the Telmana Fleet Day were the ultra-modern Meyrev-Class Battleships, just arrived from Ukrainian shipyards this week.  Besides parades, concerts, outdoor activities, and educational exhibits were held all around the region, educating and celebrating Marscurian contributions to aiding the Soviet Union rid the world of fascism.

 

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Initial reports from the west indicate that the Athenian Federation has collapsed among the anarchy that followed its devastating civil war.  The tsar has ordered thousands of troops to the western border, prepared to enter the lawless lands inhabited our Slavic brothers should the worst case scenario be true.  With the loss of Europe's major power, Russia stands to be the new stabilizing factor in the continent, a burden that the country will bear with honor.

 

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Roman Abramovich, Viceroy and Head of the Marscurian Republic, has appointed Alexander Levinthal as the Marscurian Minister of Economic Development.  Levinthal, a Marscury native, was chosen for the position due to past qualifications and his innovative ideas on how to reform the region's economy.  Levinthal's plan for development is largely focused on improving agriculture, mineral exploitation, manufacturing, and trade, and is fundamentally based on closer ties with the Chinese.  

 

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Minister Alexander Levinthal (left) viewing a model of a Telmana industrial park with several potential Chinese investors.

 

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WAR

Colonel General Mikhail Marantzboym, head of the Pasirung Military District, was awarded the Orders of Suvorov and Zhukov at the Marscury Victory Day parade by Head Roman Abramovich.  The order was awarded for General Marantzboym's outstanding leadership of the military district, and his dedication to keeping the units trained and equipped with modern equipment.  Shortly after the parade, it was announced that Marantzboym would be replaced as commander of the Pasirung Military District by Colonel-General Oleg Salyukov.  Salyukov, a Saratov native, is a highly decorated officer, achieving over a dozen medals, as well as previously commanding the Kiev and Moscow Military Districts.  

 

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WEATHER

Temperature remain high, but rain is moving into all parts of the region in the coming days.  While almost all corn, wheat, turnips, and beets have been planted, increased rain means that any further plantings will need to be delayed.  Rain events are expected to be small enough that severe flooding, seen two years ago, and more moderately last year, is not a major concern.

 

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Under order of the Ministry of the Interior, the Marscurian Republican Guard has been disbanded.  All soldiers and most officers below the rank of major have been reorganized into the Russian Border Service - Regional Border Directorate for The Pasirung Federal District.  The new service will have the same duties and responsibilities as the old one, protecting the western frontier against barbarian raids, patrolling against smugglers, and basic search and rescue services.  The force has been bolstered with nine river patrol vessels to patrol the Teich River and the immediate off-shore regions for smugglers, illegal fishermen, and to perform search and rescue operations.  Like the old Republican Guard, the service is voluntary, and is a legal alternative to conscription in the regular army.  However, it is to be noted that service in the border guards will now carry double the service period compared to the regular army, with contract periods now lasting three years.

 

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FEDERAL

Mighty Russia's borders extend in all directions!  In the south, rebels and terrorists in the Caucuses were utterly destroyed as thousands of Russian soldiers marched triumphantly into Gruzia and Erivan, taking all major cities without a struggle.  In addition to the Russian lands that have been retaken in the mountains, naval infantry have secured the Straits of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles, and the Suez Canal to make sure that Russian maritime traffic is not hampered by the new anarchy in Europe.  The future for the proud Russian people is bright, as our influence is remaining and expanding.

 

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The world of Marscurian business was shook as Marscurian Military Works, one of the oldest industries in the region, was absorbed in a hostile takeover by Obluchye Heavy Engineering.  Years of slow business due to slumping exports and domestic weaponry changes to more established arms firms have driven the stock price down dramatically.  Spending under 10 billion rubles to completely acquire the company, Obluchye Heavy Engineering has firmly established itself as the largest industrial company on Pasirung.  In light of its growing operations and diversification, Obluchye Heavy Engineering has changed its name to MarscurskyMashiniZavod (MSX Symbol: MMZ).  The new company has vowed to bring the weapons division back to profitability through the abandonment of unprofitable ventures, a streamlining of the manufacturing process, and by promoting products for a wider export market.

 

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WAR

The insurrection in the Ukraine is entering its final chapter.  In a bid to end the treasonous actions once and for all, three field armies from the Pasirung Military District, totaling 300,000 soldiers, have been send to Southwestern Ukraine to maintain the peace in cities like Mykolaiv and Kherson, and to recapture Odessa.  Due to the extreme numerical superiority over the fascists, the war is expected to be over in mere weeks.  Under new leadership, the new forces have already recorded small successes in rooting out terrorist cells in several small villages and apprehending dozens of militants.

 

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WEATHER

Extreme weather events are occurring all over Pasirung.  Heat waves have driven temperatures into the mid-30s for extended periods of time, while the mountainous regions are several degrees below average.  Summer rains in the plains have swelled rivers and streams and led to flash floods.  No reports have been made of injuries, but property damage costs are slowly rising from the water.  

 

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Police are on the hunt for a dangerous domestic terrorist.  Anastasia Stein, better known by her nom de guerre "Mama," has been evading arrest throughout the region.  Anyone with any information about the location of this terrorist or her gang are to contact the local police immediately.

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FEDERAL

A Russian man was forcibly bound and gagged on a Hong Kong-Vladivostok flight after he became agitated and unruly.  The man, allegedly drunk at the time, began arguing with a female passenger, and was supposedly using threatening language with her.  Before the situation grew out of control, the man was tackled by fellow passengers, and was bound using heavy tape and seat belt extensions.  The plan landed safely in Vladivostok, and the aggressive traveler was arrested for endangering the aircraft.

 

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The abusive passenger, upon arrival in Vladivostok.

 

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The annual Marscurian Festival was held last Tuesday in Marscury.  The festival, which celebrates Marscurian culture and history, featured outdoor concerts, educational displays, and large fairs.  The festival had an over-arching theme about the Marscurian contribution to Russia, and the inseparability of Marscurians from the motherland.  The festival was a remarkable success, going off without any major setbacks or crime issues.

 

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WAR

The final major surface ships, the Khagan-class aircraft carriers, have left their shipyards in Ukraine and have joined the Pacific Fleet.  This marks the return of the Pacific Fleet to full strength after the nuclear terrorist attacks in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and Russia's place as the world's ultimate naval power.

 

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WEATHER

High temperatures and humidity are set to give rise to lines of powerful storms that will move across the region in the coming days.  In addition to powerful winds and damaging hail, flash flooding is a major concern, especially in low-lying areas and in river valleys.  All but the most essential travel is advised against, and residents are expected to have an evacuation route planned in case their situations become increasingly perilous.

 

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The government of the Marscurian Republic has authorized the Fourth Scouting Expedition, with the goals of further surveying the Pasirungian continent.  Consisting of thousands of cartographers, geographers, geologists, biologists, zoologists, botanists, anthropologists, and soldiers, the purpose of this expedition is to gain the most extensive view of the landscape to date.  Scientists will be focusing on cataloging the continent's unique flora and fauna, as well as charting the distribution of significant deposits of natural resources, and learning more about the barbarian cultures that inhabit the southern and western parts of the continent.  The survey is expected to take months to reach completion.  

 

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Governmental leaders Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev have released an exercise video targeted at the eastern part of Russia, where health standards have plummeted.  In the video, where the two men are seen lifting weights, doing pull ups, grilling steaks, and drinking tea, the Siberian and Far Eastern regions of the country were ordered to adopt a healthier, manlier lifestyle.  "It's important," Minister Medvedev stated, "you get abs, you get pecs, you get pipes, you get girls."  Minister Putin, on the other hand, took a more negative route, calling out many regions specifically for criticism.  The Chukchi Autonomous Okrug was called out for "skipping leg day," the Amur Oblast was lambasted for "having the upper arm strength of a 12 year-old krokodil addict," and the Marscurian Republic was characterized as a "land of tubbos and disappointments."  Many citizens in the east have posted response videos of themselves exercising and living up to the government's new plan.

 

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A screen shot of Putin and Medvedev's exercise video

 

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The Marscurian government has announced an ambitious plan to rapidly build and modernize the region's infrastructure, primarily roads, railways, and electricity production.  The project has been given the slogan Advancing The Motherland.  An improvement in transportation infrastructure is expected to help improve the economy by easing the movement of goods, people, and tourists.  Due to the amount of work that needs to be completed, the program is expected to last years.

 

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The logo of the program

 

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WAR

The Russian campaign in the west has crushed most independence movements.  Rebels in Finland and the Baltics have surrendered to government forces, but fascist nationalists in the Ukraine are holding the line in the region around their stronghold of Odessa.  More and more troops and heavy weaponry have flooded the region, and sheer numbers are expected to bring a swift victory in the final battle for the city.

 

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WEATHER

A late-Summer heat wave is bringing unusually high temperatures and humidity to the majority of the region.  Temperatures could reach the mid-30s by the middle of the week, well above the normal temperatures for this point in the year.

 

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Meteorologists are predicting an unusually long shipping season on the Teich River for 2015.  Usually closed by October 31 due to freezing temperatures and dangerous ice accumulation, the river is expected to remain largely ice-free well into November for this year.  Most shipping companies do not plan to utilize the extra time to increase river traffic, but recreational boating and fishermen will likely take advantage of the increased river usage.  One group not happy about the ice-free river are the Vernewi barbarians of the south, who often rely on ice roads to supply their communities and trade during the winter.

 

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The Russian Federal Space Agency participated in a rare double launch this Wednesday in anticipation for an extensive research project about to be undertaken aboard the space station Progress.  The first launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome consisted of a Soyuz-FG rocket and three new cosmonauts to man the station, Sergei Volkov of Tambov, Aden Ambetov of the Buryat Republic, and Alexandr Morgenstern of the Marscurian Republic.  The second launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome consisted of a Soyuz-2 rocket loaded with with both food and water for the crew, along with materials needed for the upcoming mission.  The mission, a two year endeavor known as the Experimental Space Agriculture Study, is the largest attempt at studying growth and reproduction of food sources in zero gravity.  Several plant species including turnips, carrots, radishes, lettuce, soybeans, pole beans, wheat, barley, and buckwheat are to be grown in special growth medium, and unlike previous studies, are not only expected to complete a full life cycle in space, but will also have generations of offspring planted in space.  Sweet corn was suggested for they study, but space was deemed to be an issue, and the large amounts of pollen produced were viewed to be too dangerous to the station.  Data will be collected on the success of the recent double launch to plan for a second double launch later this year, projected to deliver the final component to the station, along with animals for the second part of the ESA study.

 

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LaG Aviation is expected to unveil a new short-haul airliner, expected to take over most flights within Pasirung.  Based heavily on the out-of-production Antonov-26, the airliner, designated simply the MDA or Marscurian Domestic Airliner, is a turboprop aircraft featuring the latest avionics, engines, safety systems, and cabin comfort accessories.  The airliner is specially designed to be used on flights between 800 and 1200 kilometers, and touts increased fuel economy and decreased maintenance costs compared to comparable turbojets.  Although in the same family, three different versions of the aircraft are offered for sale, vastly differing in size.  The MDA-4 holds 40 passengers, the MDA-6 holds 60 passengers, and the MDA-8 holds 84 passengers, all in 2-class floor plans.  

 

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One of the newest MDA-4 airliners in Marscurian Airlines livery

 

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WAR

In the face of mounting casualties, the assault on the rebel enclave around the Odessa Oblast has ground to a halt.  A wide network of trenches around major transport hubs has lead to brutal fighting, with reports of combat breaking down to the use of clubs and bayonets.  Rebel positions in and around the city of Odessa are under constant assault from the air, and large amounts of troops from western Russia are being ferried into the region to overwhelm the traitors by sheer numbers.  What was originally thought to be a merely violent protests turned into a vicious domestic insurgency reaching the one-year anniversary of the start of hostilities on Thursday.  Progress in combat operations has been slow due to the Russian Army's policy of avoiding civilian casualties, preventing armed forces from using all methods possible to put down the fascist uprising.

 

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WEATHER

Temperatures remain unseasonably warm, with daytime highs remaining in the single digits above 0.  The 10-day forecast shows that most of the region will remain sunny and warm, with scattered precipitation in the central parts of Marscury and snow at high elevations.

 

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Hundreds turned out in protest over the official banning of the Marscurian National Party from Duma and Presidential elections, just weeks head of the December 31 election date.  The mob, which formed early this morning in front of the Duma building in Marscury, chanted nationalist slogans and hurled insults at both the Marscurian government and the federal government in Moscow.  A poll held by the party claimed that they stood to heavily expand their influence in the Marscurian Duma, which has traditionally been dominated by the leftist Bundist and Marscurian Communist parties, along with the national United Russia party.  

 

Although the protests remained largely peaceful, hundreds of police officers were on hand to contain any trouble that may have occurred.  The protests dissipated by the end of the day, although more ardent citizens have vowed to return until their party is allowed back in elections.  The Marscurian Nationalist Party has been the subject of government scrutiny for months, but after weapons were found in the homes of some of the prominent members, the party was officially banned.

 

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RosCosmos, the Russian space program, has announced that the final modules of the space station Progress have been attached.  The extra laboratory modules will allow cosmonauts to double the scientific output of the station, which has been operational for the past 14 months.  The third crew rotation is currently at the station, and is exploring the growth of plants and animals in zero gravity.

 

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Chinese agriculture students from the University of Heilongjiang have arrived in Marscury as part of a scientific exchange.  The 12 Chinese students, 6 men and 6 women, are all agriculture students, although their specialties differ from agronomy to genetics to soil science.  For the 2017 and 2018 growing seasons, the students will live on farms in the Meyrev and Bidzhan Rayons, while taking classes and collaborating with colleagues at the University of Marscury and the University of Mietonka.  The students have been sent to study how common food crops grow in the unique environments of Pasirung, and to offer advice to Marscurian plant breeders, agronomists, and farmers in how to maximize future yields.

 

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WAR

A brief uprising in the Caucuses has been put down by Russian soldiers, who managed to scatter rebels and kill or capture many of their leaders.  The uprising came in the midst of a full scale fascist insurrection in the Ukraine.  Urged on by propaganda to open a second front against government forces, Chechen and Dagestani rebels, many of them Islamists, sought to declare independence again.  Poorly lead and equipped, the main force of these rebels was soundly defeated a week after their campaing began.  A previous uprising in the Caucuses was crushed in April, 2015.  A large contingent of soldiers formerly stationed in Azerbaijan has been deployed to keep the peace in region.  The situation in the Ukraine has previously been placed on the back burner, but as the war there threatens all of Russia's frontier regions, a swift and decisive end to the conflict has been given full priority.

 

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WEATHER

Dangerously cold temperatures have arrived in the region, and are expected to only worsen in the coming days.  Temperatures have been recorded below -30 degrees, and wind chill has made the situation a public health crisis.  All citizens are advised to stay inside, as the temperatures are low enough to cause severe frostbite in a matter of minutes.

 

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