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Today, the Ministry of Interior of announced that a massive infrastructure project would be conducted over the next 6 months to improve and create new roads and highways. Minister of Interior Jack Wally is quoted as saying that "This project will be extremely beneficial to our nation as it will increase jobs and leave our nation with a better, more durable infrastructure system.

The Ministry of Defense announced that they'd be acquiring more B-52s and F-15s over the next year to "increase the air security of our nation."

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The MoD has began to map out places to put early warning radars.

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Blue Heaven has just applied for membership to the Confederation of Arctic Nations (CAN). Prime Minister Roger Smith was quoted as saying that "CAN will be good for Blue Heaven as we it can help us advance the economy and also calls for mutual defense of member nations, so we also have protection from foreign powers."

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Today, Prime Minister Roger Smith's Cabinet was announced:

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Dorothy Waynewright

Minister of Defense: Colin Powell

Minister of Justice: Robert DeVita

Minister of the Interior: Jack Wally

Minister of Finance: Jack Neer

Minister of Agriculture: Lisa Pett

Minister of Labor/Commerce: Susan Marble

Minister of Veterans Affairs: David Petraus

Currently, only the Minister of Veterans Affairs must be confirmed by Parliament. The Prime Minister's party, Traditionalists (OOC: conservatives), currently has the majority in both the upper and lower houses of Parliament, so Petraus may be confirmed by as soon as Thursday.

Today, in the tech world, computer company Zee launched their new browser Morrill. Some of the browser's features are:

  • Search and navigate to web pages from the same box
  • Arrange and organize tabs however you wish quickly and easily
  • Get to your favorite websites with just a click, from the thumbnails of your most visited sites in the New Tab page
  • Quick to start up from your desktop
  • Loads web pages in a snap
  • Runs web applications faster than ever

Currently the browser is in beta testing, yet Zee predicts that they'll have at least some 500,000 downloads in the next two weeks.

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Today, the 2nd and 3rd combat brigades of the 1st ID trained near the souther border, also making use of their artillery.

The 3rd Division of the NG will join in the training exercises tomorrow.

Also the air force has just finished building 200 CH-47D Chinooks, 100 C-5 Galaxies, and 100 Apaches, now 3,000 of the airforce's 5,000 personnel are either pilots, engineers, or logisticians.

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Late last night, Parliament gave Prime Minister Smith to use "any and all forceful means" to attack Damacious as their unprovoked aggresion "is a threat to the national security of Blue Heaven." The 1st Infantry and 2nd Airborne are currently making inroads into Damacious.

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Yesterday the BHH set up a poll on its online site, asking how people felt about Blue Heaven's going to war with Damacious. A total of 200 people have responded and here are the results so far: 53% favor going to war with Damacious, 33% opposed involvment, and 14% were neutral about the issue.

In the economy today, an oil company known as Crude Inc. has begun surveying publicly accessible oil fields and announced that they plan to begin pumping late this month or early next year. Of the 200 million barrels Blue Heaven has, 25 million have been reserved by the government for emergency use for the military.

Metal 'N' Steel Inc. announced that it plans to hire at least 50,000 more workers in anticipation of the government's massive infrastrucure project. The government plans to build a total of 10 national highways, redo all major highways and parkways, redo all roads in major cities, expand the sewage system, and also add 5 major highways.

In politics, a law is currently being proposed that would allow same-sex marriage. The Traditionalist Party has attacked this bill as being "an affront to traditional marriage, people's religous beliefs, and the morality of Blue Heaven itself." Parliament speaker for the Progressive Party, David Reed, countered by citing that gays are allowed to serve openly in the military and that "we need to extend that to the civilian sector as well."

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BREAKING NEWS:

The military may send in a Stryker brigade from the 2nd Mech Division to support ongoing operations in Damacious.

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The Stryker has a total of 5 crew and room for fifteen soldiers.

OOC: I know that IRL the Stryker only has a crew of 3, but please bear with me as this is the only way that the numbers come out evenly.

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BREAKING NEWS:

Parliament has just ratified a treaty of Mutual Defense Optional Agression and Free Trade Agreement pact with the Umbrella Corporation. The 1st Batt, 2nd Combat Brigade of the 4th National Guard Division will be deployed to the UC, while elements of the UC's First Army Corps will be residing at Fort Aura in the city of Edmonton in Black Rose Province.

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The military has just proposed the defense budget for FY2010.

Operations and maintenance: $ 500 million

Military Personnel: $ 200 million

Procurement: $ 50 million

Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation: $ 325 million

Military Construction: $ 250 million

Family Housing: $ 275 million

Resolving and Management Funds: $ 150 million

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BREAKING NEWS:

Parliament has just ratified a treaty of Mutual Defense Optional Agression and Free Trade Agreement pact with the Umbrella Corporation. The 1st Batt, 2nd Combat Brigade of the 4th National Guard Division will be deployed to the UC, while elements of the UC's First Army Corps will be residing at Fort Aura in the city of Edmonton in Alberta Province.

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"How very Troinian of them," King James II remarked.

**Private Elsewhere in Caucasia**

"How very Kitexian of them," 'King' (Pretender) Jason I noted.

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Today, the Ministry of Defense released the names of the 50 people, 30 men and 20 women from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Platoons of Bravo Company, 1st Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division that were killed in the fighting in Damacious. Minister of Defense Colin Powell released a statement saying that of the men and women killed that "their deaths were not in vain, coalition forces were victorious. They died first for the protection of Blue Heaven from very possible aggression from Damacious and second, for the freedom of others so that they may live in peace and harmony, not just in Scotland, but for the entire North American continent."

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Today, the Air Force announced that it had decommed all the F-15Ds and and B-52s will be decommed and replaced them with F-22 Raptors and Tupolev Tu-160s.

Minister of Defense Colin Powell praised the new aircraft for their greater lethality, better protection, and faster speed.

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Today, two new free clinics were open. The fundraisers of the clinic, the Gay Liberation Front, announced that they "were pleased that so many people had contributed to the building of this great clinic."

In politics, the gay marriage act was passed in the Lower House of Parliament. Traditionalists have threatened to use all their political influence and might to make sure that this bill doesn't pass in the Upper House. Prime Minister Smith has yet to issue a statement on the bill.

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Parliament has approved the defense budget for FY2010. Also Blue Heaven will be adopting Troina's Operation Infinity and be re-naming it Operation Helba Key

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Today, in not one, but two stunning political upsets, the gay marriage bill passed in the Upper House of Parliament and Prime Minister Smith announced his intent to enact the bill, saying "I think that it's about time we truly get serious about having equality in Blue Heaven."

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Today, the Combat Brigades of the 3rd Infantry began training today in the mountains. They will be there for the three weeks learning how to fight and survive in the mountains. A picture can be found here.

In other news, a mass of gay weddings and a gay parade were held today as the Gay Marriage Act was signed into law by Prime Minister Roger Smith. He praised today as "a day where many will be able to stay that they stood on the side of tolerance and justice." The Traditionalist Party had this statement to say "We are shocked and mortified by the massive change in Prime Minister Smith and hope that he comes to rethink this decision in the next couple of weeks."

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Our military is currently preparing for the annual border reinforcement practice and also our researchers have now developed a new air defense missile system, known as the Avenger.

Specs

Crew: 2 (driver and gunner)

System Dimensions: 104in x 195in x 86in (h x l x w)

Turret Dimensions: 70in x 84in x 85in (h x l x w)

System Weight: Less than 8,600lb

Turret Weight: Less than 2,600lb

Missiles: 8 x Stinger missiles in 2 launch pods

Missile Reload: 8 missiles in less than 3 minutes

Here is a picture of the Avenger:

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This system will be tested and then manned by a few of the remaining 2,000 air force soldiers.

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Today, the Ministry of Finance announced that over the past 3 months, inflation has rose about 1.5%. The MoF calmed people's fears by saying that the inflation was caused by Blue Heaven's growing economy.

Also construction on two of the nation's four new highways has began. Construction on Federal highway #1 is estimated to be completed around late January 2010.

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The 1st and 2nd Infantry along with the 1-4th Armored are moving towards the Viniland border, the 3rd and 4th Infantry along with the 5-8th Armored are moving each toward the western and eastern borders. On our upper islands, the 1st Mech and 2nd Mech and several NG divisions are moving toward all borders. During the next week, Operation Freedom, or the border reinforcement training will be conducted.

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Today the Ministry of Finance reported that unemployment fell from 4 to 2% due to the nation's massive infrastructure project. They report that it'll stay this way for the forseeable future as the jobs that are being created due to this project will, for the most part, stay.

Also the education system has been changed slightly, putting more emphasis on math and foreign languages, as so that Blue Heaven would be able to compete better in the global economy.

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The 2nd Batt., 3rd Combat Brigade, 4th NG has returned from what was the UC/Isle de Malvinas.

Also all of the Armored and National Guard divisions have reported to their assigned locations for Operation Freedom.

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BREAKING NEWS:

A massive snowstorm hit the northern part of Alberta province over the weekend. Residents there got 5-14 inches of snow. Some towns have declared a snow emergency. The government is currently sending over trucks with massive forklifts attached to them to clean up the snow and also vehicles that dispense rock salt.

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