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Recently, a minor election for Provincial Governor of Limburg, one that most assumed would be close but relatively uneventful beyond a possible gain of power for either the Nordic or Liberal Party, has run hot. It, many speculate, highlights the cultural, political, and fundamental differences among the people of the Netherlands. It was a brutally heated race, and both candidates have been accused and are popularly held as having run absolute smear campaigns against their opponents. The Prime Minister himself denounced the campaign as 'an absolute shame on the political system in this country', a statement which has incited some hatred among the people of Limburg that believed the election was not a terribly awful one.

The election, which resulted in a narrow victory by Cécile Buskirk of the Nordic Party and a total domination of the Province by the Nordic Party (The Nords now hold all seats in the House of Commons and Lords from Limburg), was one that, according to numerous pundits, highlighted and brought to the forefront of Dutch social policies the divisions among the people, and some, who have been popularly dubbed 'Fearmongers', have forecast civil war sometime in the near future.

Despite the generally positive feelings towards union in the Netherlands, there still are explicit divisions between North and South, between Flanders and Holland and Frisia. These strong differences do bring about new fears and hatreds for one another, regardless of whether he is Dutchman or foreigner, and because of these fears and hatreds, divisions are only growing larger.

Beyond the simple voting differences, there are cultural differences that are clearly growing slowly stronger as each day passes. The North is a center of learning and technology, while the South is a center of labor and tradition. The North is a stronghold of Liberalism and Progressivism, while the South is a stronghold of Conservatism.

In the South, the only region that remotely resembles the North at this point is the city of Brussels, which is often heckled by the people of the surrounding provinces for not being like the rest of the South, and Brussels is slowly conforming to its neighbors' ridicule.

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[font="Times"][size="2"][size="2"][center][b][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="2"]North Frisia Outlaws Nordic Party[/size][/font][/b][/center][center][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="2"][i]De Telegraaf[/i][/size][/font][/center][center][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="2"][i]
[/i][/size][/font][/center][left][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="2"]In a stunning move, the province of North Frisia has outlawed the Nordic Party of the Netherlands. This comes in the wake of a terrible election in Limburg in which the Nordic Party won a decisive, bloody victory at the expense of much of the cordial actions that used to be quite prevalent in Dutch politics.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="'Palatino Linotype"]
[/font][/left][left] [/left][left] [/left][left][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="2"]The North Frisian Senate, the governing body of North Frisia (North Frisia has one elected body of 40 members, which elects a President Pro Tempore of the Senate of North Frisia, who presides over the Senate and acts as an executive of the Province), which voted 29-11 to formally outlaw the Nordic Party of the Netherlands from the Province of North Frisia, stated their formal reasoning as follows:[/size][/font][/left][left] [/left][left] [/left][left] [/left][left][font="Palatino Linotype"][size="2"] [i][font="Lucida Sans Unicode"][size="1"]"The Nordic Party of the Netherlands has, in the last election, shown its absolute disdain and disregard for the established political system and conventions in the Netherlands, in addition to having formal Party lines that constitute a violation of both Human Rights and the Constitution of the Revolutionary Socialist Syndicate of the Netherlands. There is no reason as to why this Party should exist, and we will not allow the Nordic Party to spread its lies and anti-Netherlands propaganda across our province. We refuse to allow a party that blatantly lies to the people of this country to exist. Politics ought to be based on truth, not deception, and what is best for the People, not what is best for the Party's leaders. It is for this reason that we do hereby formally outlaw the Nordic Party of the Netherlands."[/size][/font][/i][/size][/font][/left][left][font="Lucida Sans Unicode"][size="2"][i]
[/i][/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial"][size="2"]The Nordic Party of the Netherlands, which formally established its headquarters in Maastricht, Limburg just following the election of Governor Buskirk to the highest office in that Province, had the following to say in response:[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"]
[/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"] [/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size="2"] [i][font="Lucida Sans Unicode"][size="1"]"The Province of North Frisia has no right to outlaw our Party, whether by their own constitution or by the Constitution of the Republic as a whole. However, we will respect their decision and remain outside of their province. We will remove our headquarters from Oranjeburg (Wilhelmsburg). Additionally, we would like to state that we have never broken the truth or thrown slander at any candidate within the Province of North Frisia, and our policies neither violate human rights nor violate the Constitution of the Netherlands. We have never instituted policies that violate Human Rights and we will never. The statements made by the Senate of North Frisia are entirely false, and we want no part of the Province any longer."[/size][/font][/i][/size][/font][/left][left][font="Lucida Sans Unicode"][size="2"][i]
[/i][/size][/font][/left][left][size="2"][font="Arial"]The policy to which the North Frisian Senate was referring was one that would put a camera in every home and on every street corner to monitor for lawbreakers. The Liberal Party formally denounces this policy as a violation of Human Rights as do the provinces of North Frisia, Gronigen, West Frisia, Amsterdam, and Drenthe. This policy, they have stated, was their chief motivation for outlawing the Nordic Party and not their 'Liberal stronghold being threatened', as numerous Nordic-oriented news stations have speculated. [/font][/size][/left][/size][/size][/font]

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[font=Times][size=2][size=2][center][size=4][b]Limburg Outlaws Liberal Party[/b][/size]
[size=1][i]De Telegraaf[/i][/size][/center][/size]

In another stunning move which many people consider to be nothing more than an overreaction to North Frisia's banning of the Nordic Party, the Nord-dominated Limburg legislature has just passed legislation officially outlawing the Liberal Party from the province of Limburg. The legislation is expected to be signed by Governor Cécil Buskirk later this week.

The Limburger Provincial Senate, which consists of 50 members elected from 50 districts across the Province, voted 39-11 to formally outlaw the Liberal Party from Limburg. This means that the members of the Liberal Party in Limburg have also been removed from the Senate, and they will be replaced by appointees from Governor Buskirk until the next election. The Nordic Party of the Netherlands currently holds 43 seats in the Limburger Senate, the Liberal Party held 5, and the Conservative Party held 1, while another was held by an Independent who sided with the Liberal Party for the most part.

Governor Buskirk is expected by many to follow Party lines with her new appointments and put 5 new Nordic Senators in the Limburger Senate, giving the Nordic Party essentially complete control over the Province, with absolute domination of the Senate and the Provincial Executive Office. The Senate has put forth the following statement as their reasoning for the legislation:

[size=1][font=georgia]"It is clear after the recent legislation passed in North Frisia that the Liberal Party has too much power in the Netherlands, and therefore it should have its influence limited by the Government, lest they gain too much power over this great county and achieve total domination of every Province and begin spreading their lies and propaganda to everyone. We cannot allow this to occur in Limburg and therefore this legislation is presented."[/size][/font]

Neither the Liberal Party nor North Frisia has released any statement on these events, however the Liberal Party is expected to release a statement soon. The Prime Minister is also expected to do something about this situation sometime in the near future, however it is unclear as to exactly what path he will take.[/size][/font]

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[center][font="'Palatino Linotype"][size=4][b]Liberal Radicals Behind Plot to Destroy Nordic Party Headquarters in Maasricht[/b][/size][/font][/center][center][size=1][font="Georgia"][i]De Telegraaf[/i][/font][/size][/center][center][font="Georgia, arial, sans-serif"][size=1][i]
[/i][/size][/font][/center][left][font="Arial"][size=3]A plot to destroy the Headquarters of the Nordic Party of the Netherlands was uncovered by Provincial Police in Limburg just hours prior to the planned detonation of the Headquarter Building on 9th Street, sources say.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]
[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]The plot, according to Governor Cécil Buskirk, was formulated by 'Liberal Radicals' who were part of an organization called the 'Underground Revolution', a terrorist group whose presence was relatively unknown until this plot. Most of the members of this group are also members of the Liberal Party, leading to accusations against the Liberal Party.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]
[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]The Underground Revolution leader, Alfred Jansen, stated that the attacks were retaliation for the recent political action taken in Limburg by the Nordic Party against the Liberal Party senators in the Province. The difference and the reason that their group did not go after Liberals in North Frisia, he said, is that North Frisian Nordic Senators were not removed from office and 'unjustly punished'.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]
[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]The Nordic Party of Limburg has made accusations against the Liberal Party that they were behind this plot and supported it, but the Liberal Party denied any knowledge of the plot, and formally condemned it late last night.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]
[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]Governor Buskirk has stated that this action revealed that 'tighter security measures must be taken', though her statement was very vague and it is unclear as to exactly what security measures will be taken in Limburg or elsewhere against further terrorist attacks. Some speculate they may go further with their actions against the Liberal Party, however most moderates do not feel that Limburg would do such a thing.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]
[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]This coming at the same time as South Limburg outlawed the Liberal Party as well. South Limburg is also dominated by Nordic legislators and recently elected a Nordic Governor, Hans Dekker. Governor Dekker stated earlier today that he 'fears a similar attack against South Limburg by Liberal Radicals'. The Governor's Council has advised him to 'take further security measures' as well to prevent this.[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]
[/size][/font][/left][left][font="Arial, arial, sans-serif"][size=3]Other Southern Provinces, namely West Flanders and Brabant, also are considering legislation regarding the outlawing of the Liberal Party. The Prime Minister is expected to release a statement on this later today.[/size][/font][/left]

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"We will continue to watch this closely. It seems the liberal party and the nordic party are presently struggling against one another, and going to quasi illegal methods to further this conflict. We hope this doesn't tear apart the RSSN." - Ariea Vern, Minister of State

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***Private***

"We are, of course, watching this, correct, Minister?"

"Of course, Your Grace. I would be lax in my duty if an eye was not kept on it."

"You don't feel a conflict of interest, considering, do you?"

[i]Short pause.[/i] "Perhaps...but I know to keep it private. in my work i am strictly professional."

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"Recently, as many of you have seen, the Province of North Frisia passed legislation that formally outlawed the Nordic Party from North Frisia, citing human rights abuses and other ghastly things that many people in the North of this country agree with. This legislation was unprecedented and ushered in a series of counter-movements in the political system in the country. Not to be outdone, the southern Nordic-dominated Province of Limburg outlawed the Liberals, citing power abuses and corruption. They, however, went so far as to remove the Liberal Senators from office immediately and replace them with Nordic ones and create a nearly entirely Nordic Senate in Limburg. This action was quickly followed by South Limburg's outlawing of the Liberals and the legislation being considered in other southern provinces. And, it led to the attempted bombing of the Nordic Headquarters in Maastricht.

What we have seen in these recent months is two political parties, the two parties that are in control in the Netherlands, attempt to destroy each other. While I will not go into the obvious hypocrisy of the Nordic Party, I will say that both parties have certainly abused their power and shaken the faith of the people of the Netherlands. On top of this, they have drastically overstepped their bounds as provinces. They are not permitted to outlaw organizations, especially ones with such power in the Netherlands and ones that people feel so strongly about. It is simply illogical and dangerous.

It is for this reason that I am hereby issuing an Executive Order to overturn the legislation passed in North Frisia, Limburg, and South Limburg. This order will also block any further attempts to outlaw political parties as a way to gain effectiveness by the Provinces of the Netherlands. The Parties have greatly overstepped their bounds here as have the Provinces, and I will not sit idly by and allow this country to divide itself further than it already has. This country is too strong, too powerful and too united to see these kind of divisions and abuses of power. The people of the Netherlands did not grant you power so that you could ensure your success as politicians and continued holding of office. No, they granted you power because they thought you could lead this country. Lead or don't.

People of North Frisia, Limburg, and South Limburg, I hope, no, I pray that you will vote these senators that voted for this legislation out of office and put in people that will actually lead instead of abuse their power. These men are not the dream of our fathers when they founded this country and I pray you do not let them continue to be the face of it."

- Speech by Prime Minister Saviri in Amsterdam


-- North Frisia has generally accepted their criticism and has not made any response to this action other than to reluctantly accept it. Limburg, however, and South Limburg, has been adamantly against it and has issued official Provincial Decrees that the Prime Minister has abused [i]his[/i] power and has overstepped [i]his[/i] boundaries. The action was generally supported in the North, and in the South there is widespread criticism of it.

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Germany watches carefully.

"We support neither party but we do support the Netherlands' unity and its people. This is something that only they can solve on their own. Our only advise for the Folk is for them to listen to their own thoughts rather than what the different politicians will tell them. Do not let yourselves be manipulated. Banning one party or another will solve nothing, but only make things worse."

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[center][b][size=4]Mass Arrests of Liberal Party Members in Limburg[/size][/b][/center][center][size=1][i][font="Georgia"]De Telegraaf[/font][/i][/size][/center][center][font="Georgia, arial, sans-serif"][size=1][i]
[/i][/size][/font][/center][left][size=2]Mass arrests have taken place in Limburg this week, with authorities arresting and jailing over 10,000 people, all of which were members of the Liberal Party and people not native to Limburg or the South. The arrested are accused of being involved in plots to overthrow the government of the RSSN and the provincial government of Limburg.[/size][/left][left][size=2]
[/size][/left][left][size=2]All of the accused have been jailed, and trials are currently taking place in Limburgish courts. Of the 1,000 people tried thus far, 2 have been acquitted, 900 have been jailed for life, 50 have gotten 50 years in prison, 40 received the death penalty, and 8 were jailed for 20 years.[/size][/left][left][size=2]
[/size][/left][left][size=2]The Liberal Party has called this 'absolutely outrageous', stating that not only are the sentences absolutely ridiculous, but the vast majority of the people convicted had nothing to do with any plots. The Liberal Party has made several points, including the fact that there were so many arrested, they could not possibly have all been involved in a plot to overthrow Limburg's government or the RSSN government.[/size][/left][left][size=2]
[/size][/left][left][size=2]Limburgish police have responded to this by saying that there were multiple plots, though they have not released an exact number.[/size][/left][left][size=2]
[/size][/left][left][size=2]The government of Limburg has denied to comment on the affair. They said it was a 'Legal matter, not a legislative or executive matter, therefore we have no involvement.' However, they did say that they supported the police and are 'sure they are correct and our judicial system is not convicting innocent civilians.'[/size][/left][left][size=2]
[/size][/left][left][size=2]The Revolutionary Government has stated that there is nothing that they can do so long as the citizens are legally convicted through a fair judicial process. Saviri did state that he would be calling for an investigation of the Limburgish judicial system, the trials, the evidence presented, and the affair as a whole.[/size][/left][left][size=2]
[/size][/left][left][size=2]The investigation is going to begin next week, Saviri stated.[/size][/left]

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And the true colors of the Nordic Party are here revealed. The paranoid and power hungry blatantly violating the citizens human rights. We call upon the Prime Minister to take back the country, as it appears that very soon there will be civil unrest in many areas. While we do not advocate the outlawing of any political party, we do feel that there needs to be action taken to curb the excesses of people such as this Nordic Party.

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