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PALINTINE TO VOTE ON INDEPENDENCE - "PALINTINE FOR PALINTINIANS" - FORMER PM

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The former prime minister of Palintine makes a rare public appearance since the collapse of the government. The sheen of his faceplate shows journalists taking his picture as he moves to make his speech.

HONG KONG - The provisional government of the territory of the former Elective Dictatorship of Palintine has announced that the necessary push for independence will be made by the end of this week. According to an anonymous provisional government representative, the People's Republic of China feels that former-Palintine has come well enough along that it can push a referendum for state-hood through the citizenry. It has been about two months since the sudden fall of the government of Palintine, and since then the PRC has been claiming protectorate status over the region until a stable, suitable government could be established. Below are the printed rules PRC established for the protectorate for the time being:

Rules regarding Palintine Protectorate

1) PRC shall have complete control over Palintine and they shall follow PRC rules and regulations till a suitable government takes control of Palintine

2) PRC shall not annex any province of Palintine except for Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai.

3) The Inter-Asian Railway line project in Palintine shall be canceled for the time being, instead a railway line from Anhui to Shandong through Palintine shall be created.

4) The Palintinian army is suspended temporarily till a new stable government forms in Palintine

5) An plebiscite shall be created if a new government wishes seceed from PRC protectorate, the peoples vote shall decide.

6) This document is in effect as long as Palintine is under PRC protectorate status.

The former prime minister made a speech today at the capitol building in Hong Kong regarding the provisional government's decision. In it, he expressed delight that the PRC was willing to let the former nation decide on its own fate; however, he also expressed distress that the island of Taiwan was not also protected by the PRC, and has subsequently changed hands to the nation of Furon, located on the Japanese isles.

"While the nation of Palintine is grateful to its neighbor for protection, one cannot ignore the glaring inconsistencies of protection and [the PRC's] rules set up for our protection," the prime minister said during his speech. "A provision that allows the annexation of our major cities, and the failed protection of Taiwan cannot go unnoticed, and, with all due respect, we would like to be masters of our own destiny once again. Palintine is for Palintinians, and Palintinians have proven time and time again that they are capable of governing themselves." The prime minister also addressed Palintine's economic situation, which led to the downfall of the nation, saying it has "finally stabilized, which is what allows for this referendum to move forward."

The former prime minister also announced plans for getting the People's Volunteer Army back on its feet. Since the invocation of the protection terms, the army has been effectively unemployed, leaving many without pay for two months.

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Your face remains shrouded my dear Prime Minister. Unfortunately at the moment, my face must remain the same. I wish you luck in reaffirming your independence and hopefully, in the future, you and I will get to see each other again and catch up on a few things. Its been far too long.

Under the same sky,

Sarah

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The former prime minister of Palintine wasn't surprised that there was a newspaper article already written about the speech he gave. The thing that surprised him the most was the speech given. More specifically, what surprised him was who gave it, because it wasn't himself. With such an anonymous personality, the former prime minister should have expected being imitated, but at such a time as this, being imitated was the last thing he needed.

The story of the collapse of the government of Palintine still remains a mystery to most everyone, but the prime minister lived it, and certain things cannot be changed. One thing that needed to be done was the reestablishing of the previous government, and by the looks of it, someone was trying to beat him to it.

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"Zargathia welcomes the return of Palintine, and would like to ask whether the Inter-Asian Railway Network will be continued again, as the PRC had ceased construction activities concerning it. Also, from a more personal point of view, what caused the rather worrying silence if we may ask?"

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PRESS RELEASE: PALINTINIAN REFERENDUM SCHEDULED ONE MONTH FROM TODAY

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HONG KONG - A press release from the provisional government this week announced that the referendum for Palintinian independence from the People's Republic of China has been scheduled for next month. The referendum will be held on the first Monday after the first Sunday, and voting locations will be open all day from 7am to 7pm. Voting locations will be secured by PRC military personnel and overseen by provisional government representatives.

The polls are open to all registered citizens of Palintine. Photo identification as well as social security number will be necessary in order to identify oneself at the polling location. Staff have been instructed to turn away voters without the proper identification. In order for the vote to pass, 75% of the regional population must be in support. No word has been given on whether or not administrative districts will be voting for themselves or for Palintine as a whole. An anonymous government official has commented that the vote will be "all-or-nothing," or won't allow for partial-independence. This source is unconfirmed.

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MILITIA VIOLENCE SPIKE RUMORED IN PALINTINE

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A group of men affiliated with the People's Army for a Free Palintine pose for photographers.

NANCHING - Reports of milita-related violence being on the rise have surfaced in the Jiangxi province of the Palintinian region of the People's Republic of China over the past several weeks. Paramilitary groups have began to surface as the referendum for Palintinian independence draws closer, leading experts to believe that the region is not as stable as once thought. Currently it is unknown how many paramilitary groups there may be in the Palintinian region, but estimates are currently low for the amount of citizens involved in paramilitary activity.

"According to observations and monitoring, less than 7% of the population of Palintine are involved with paramilitary groups," said a government official quoted on condition of anonymity. "Paramilitary violence is a concern; however, it is not serious enough to threaten regional stability in the foreseeable future."

Our paper had a chance to meet with a paramilitary leader who, for obvious reasons, decided to remain anonymous. The group he belonged to calls itself the "People's Army for a Free Palintine," and he claims that his group is together for peaceful means. "Yes, we are a paramilitary group; however, we are not here to seriously menace the populous of Palintine. We are here to provide security for a region as it transitions into the next stage of rebirth. We do not want to see the region fall back into chaos." When asked how exactly the PAFP planned on protecting the region from regressing, the anonymous leader said that they planned on "making themselves available for the worthy cause."

Though seemingly benevolent groups like the PAFP exist in Palintine, reports of raiding groups and roving bands of thugs are on the rise in districts such as Jiangxi, where dense vegetation makes attacking local trade all the easier. These bands have mostly confined themselves to the Palintinian frontier, and larger cities have reported no signs of paramilitary activity. As the referendum for a free Palintine draws closer, the international community will surely be watching the region for any increase in armed violence.

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NEWS BLURB: PALINTINE SET TO VOTE TOMORROW

Hong Kong - "Plebiscite Day," as the citizens have half-mockingly taken to calling the day set aside by the People's Republic of China to vote for Palintine's independence, is fast approaching, and the provisional government of the region of Palintine has published a list of voting locations throughout the districts. Regional pride has been on the rise the past few months as citizens gear up to take part in this historic referendum.

"It's an exciting time for us," a Guandong citizen told Palintine Civilian Free Press. "We can finally be an independent nation once more, and we can move on with our lives."

Following the referendum, which is expected to pass in a landslide, local elections will be held, and elections for the national government will be scheduled soon after. Favorites for the national government race are yet to be seen, but pundits expect the former prime minister of Palintine to toss his mask into the election. He has not been seen in public since denouncing the PRC government for failing to maintain Palintine's integrity following the collapse due to economic strains.

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NEWS BLURB: PALINTINE SET TO VOTE TOMORROW

Hong Kong - "Plebiscite Day," as the citizens have half-mockingly taken to calling the day set aside by the People's Republic of China to vote for Palintine's independence, is fast approaching, and the provisional government of the region of Palintine has published a list of voting locations throughout the districts. Regional pride has been on the rise the past few months as citizens gear up to take part in this historic referendum.

"It's an exciting time for us," a Guandong citizen told Palintine Civilian Free Press. "We can finally be an independent nation once more, and we can move on with our lives."

Following the referendum, which is expected to pass in a landslide, local elections will be held, and elections for the national government will be scheduled soon after. Favorites for the national government race are yet to be seen, but pundits expect the former prime minister of Palintine to toss his mask into the election. He has not been seen in public since denouncing the PRC government for failing to maintain Palintine's integrity following the collapse due to economic strains.

The above statement does not seem to take into account, the Bailiwick of Conti's joint administration of Hong Kong as per the terms of the Treaty of Hong Kong signed on the 12th November 2009 between the PRC and Conti establishing the International Settlement.

That said, Conti holds sympathetic views to Palintine's desire of becoming a sovereign nation once again.

The Council of Ten, Conti's executive governing body, is therefore calling for private discussions with your leaders on this question with the aim of reaching an agreement satisfying to all parties involved.

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OOC: I'm glad someone finally noticed.

Hong Kong was my former capital. When I received my old land from Keshav, I assumed it was still under my possession and I made my subsequent claim in the map thread; then he signed the Treaty of Hong Kong with you. I've been trying to get in contact with keshav ever since. Personally, I believe Hong Kong is still mine. You, myself, Keshav, and possibly a GM need to have a discussion before we go on. The rest of this post is in-character.

The above statement does not seem to take into account, the Bailiwick of Conti's joint administration of Hong Kong as per the terms of the Treaty of Hong Kong signed on the 12th November 2009 between the PRC and Conti establishing the International Settlement.

That said, Conti holds sympathetic views to Palintine's desire of becoming a sovereign nation once again.

The Council of Ten, Conti's executive governing body, is therefore calling for private discussions with your leaders on this question with the aim of reaching an agreement satisfying to all parties involved.

The Palintine Civilian Free Press is based in Hong Kong, which is the explanation for the press location at the beginning of the article. If you would like to get in contact with the provisional government, you can find the means to contact them via http://www.governmentofpalintine.fake.url.pal.

OOC: pretend the fake.url actually means something.

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Diplomatic communication from the Bailiwick of Conti regarding the pressing issue of Palintine independence.

CC: Palintine, PRC

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1. Conti regards PRC’s intervention in Palintine following the fall of the local government in November as legitimate and necessary to prevent the total collapse of the country and its descent into anarchy. We believe that the strategic objectives underpinning the intervention have been fulfilled.

2. It is Conti’s view that the Palintine people’s rights to self-government and self-determination are inalienable.

3. It is also Conti's view that the rebirth of Palintine as a sovereign nation should be welcomed and acknowledged.

It appears that the status of Hong Kong remains the main sticking point. We would like to submit the following proposal to clear this last hurdle on the way to a complete normalisation of relations between all parties involved:

The inclusion of Palintine into the Treaty of Hong Kong and a tripartite administration of the Hong Kong International Settlement (HKIS). Amendments to the actual treaty would be made, primarily to the composition of the Municipal Joint Council. PRC and Conti currently hold 6 seats each. Under the new proposal each country would be awarded 4 seats.

The proposal would have the advantage of safeguarding Hong Kong’s unique constitutional status while permitting Palintine to have its government seat and government services centered in the city. Although it must be reaffirmed that the government of Hong Kong will solely remain the prerogative of the Municipal Joint Council.

Should the above proposal be of interest to your respective governments please notify the Council of Ten by the usual diplomatic channels.

[...]

The Ten

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After various discussions between the CPC and the workers council, the council went through a round of voting for support of Palintine freedom and the motion was passed by the PRC government after a 9-3 vote supporting Palintine freedom. The CPC is waiting for the results of the Palintine elections before letting Palintine be a free nation.

*Private to Palintine*

Your freedom is assured mostly. You have our support, we are waiting for your people to vote. We are willing to support your nation and back it financially. We have one request, the signing of the Premier Doctrine assuring us, if Palintine fell, it would revert to a PRC protectorate. Apart from that, we wish you luck with your freedom.

-Premier Rorschach

*Private to Conti and Palintine*

Let us discuss the issue of Hong Kong as soon as possible. We say a meeting in the MJC headquarters in Hong Kong itself to decide the fate of the city?

OOC: Hawk, I do hope you don't mind me posting in this thread to continue the RP :P

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*Private to Conti and Palintine*

Let us discuss the issue of Hong Kong as soon as possible. We say a meeting in the MJC headquarters in Hong Kong itself to decide the fate of the city?

PRC’s decision paves the way to a full recognition of Palentine independence. That is the breakthrough the Bailiwick has been waiting for. In response to Premier Rorschach’s invitation we have appointed Cllr de Villiers, member of the MJC, to lead the talks on the future of Hong Kong on behalf of the Bailiwick. We now await Palintine's response to this invitation.

The Council of Ten

Cllr de Villiers' first declaration released shortly the announcement of his nomination:

[...] "Conti’s proposals have already been made public. It is too early to know if they will be accepted as a basis for negotiations. We hope to find out shortly. In any case we are confident an agreement will be reached that will be fully satisfactory to Palentine, the PRC and Conti".

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ELECTRONIC BALLOT BLUNDER FORCES REVOTE

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An electronic voting machine being set up before the national referendum. Machines like these were responsible for over 50% of the ballots in the national vote being unusable.

GUANGZHOU - In what is arguably the most embarassing political blunder in the country's history, over 50% of the ballots in Palintine's independence vote were lost due to an archiving error. A programming error in the operating system of the country's electronic voting machines caused the ballots to be corrupted and inaccessible. According to Palintine electorial law, any vote that cannot be determined must be scratched, and, due to the sheer amount of votes that had to be scratched, the election failed to maintain the amount of votes necessary to be legal. Any national referendum in Palintine that has less than 60% of the total population voting is considered null and void. What has pundits and politicians alike buzzing is the nature of the error and how this will affect Palintinian votes in the future.

"Electronic voting machines greatly increase the speed at which votes are counted and processed," Ma Gai, a former information technology employee of the Palintinian federal government before its collapse, commented. "Now that our faith in them has been shaken, I predict that we will end up reverting back to paper ballots. It's amazing how much difference a line of code can impact national history."

When first reported that over 50% of the ballots had to be scratched due to an error, the Palintinian Election Committee (PEC) investigated for anything that could seem like election fraud. However, their findings after a week-long investigation pointed to the same conclusion that the original investigation found: they're broken. A press release from the PEC explained:

"All ballots have been accounted for, and the corruption in the data for all inaccessible ballots have been found to align themselves with the error generated by the incorrect coding in the operating systems of the electronic voting machines. The PEC has therefore ruled that the scratching of the ballots is legal."

Such a blunder during an important national vote has shaken the country's confidence in the voting committee to its core. Citizens polled by the PCFP are all asking relatively the same questions: how did such an error go overlooked, and what does this mean for future elections?

"Don't they test these things before they put them out?" Zhou Lang, our electronics coorespondent (and also a retired software engineer) commented. "I could probably code something better than that; give me the big, fat government check for this project instead of these morons!"

Odds are this issue will be at the forefront of the national election, printed on paper ballots most likely.

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