ANI- Avaerilon News International Oct 3, 2012 14:26:05 GMT
Post by Avaerilon on Oct 3, 2012 14:26:05 GMT
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NATO Formally Ends- CAT Group Ascends
NATO- the former defensive treaty and organisation formed by Avaerilon and North American Republics, with support from associated states, Cemaes and the Francish nations, was formally disbanded on the 29th of September. A quick transition, with a modified treaty and provisional placement of power solely in Lyndainium, has resulted in the birth of the Co-Operative Alliance Treaty, or CAT, to succeed the previous group, albeit without the Council Republic Present.
The treaty came to an end after delegates in NAR agreed to leave the treaty, prompting a rush to foster a successor. Minister of Defence, Robert Campbell, told ANI of the work his department had done.
"We've been working night-and-day, six days a week to ensure we have a solid successor to NATO. It would be potentially devastating for the region if the largest military alliance suddenly disappeared. There was need to have a transition to a new group."
"... we did not need to modify, after careful scrutiny, much of it [the treaty], which made... our job much easier. Even so, we had to contend with the mechanics of moving everyone and everything into Lyndainium HQ, and upgrading the facilities there."
While the Ministry of Defence "hopes of continued warm relations between ourselves and they [NAR]," some analysts have raised concerns that, should a more radical or populist People's Commissar be elected in the Council Republic, relations between Avaerilon and the communist state could sour overnight. Fears include severe diplomatic tensions, trade disputes, and possible war.
Avaerilon Ranked Sixth for Most Tourists in Region
Avaerilon has been ranked 6th in the SLU for "net tourists per hour," according to WA statistics.
Avaerilon overtook Eggy216 to make sixth place, with the recent expansion of national parks, increased international exposure and economic confidence named as reasons for the rise in tourists. It appears the strengthening of the Aub did little to deter holidaymakers, who flocked in the millions to visit Avaerilon this year alone.
Geographer Siali Drandorion welcomed the increase in foreign visitors.
"The people not only buy Avaerilonian produce and goods, but they visit our historical sites, paying for their upkeep, and invigorate our country with parts of their own culture in the short time that they are here. And, of course, everyone brings back at least a but of Brittoneg (Welsh/Cymraeg) with them!"
Civil Servant Alys Jones was less keen on the visitors form abroad.
"While no-one ever seems to bring crime to Avaerilon's shores, we do see some increase in litter, 'flus and other illnesses and legal issues that arise- say if someone was to enter a sacred grove and smoke, or to throw stones at a cat out of boredom."
"There's also a danger of them clogging-up our nicest towns and villages, should they find the bigger cities and countryside wearisome."
Man Accidentally named Winner in Multi-Million Aub Jackpot
A man from Ald-Ruhn, Morrowind, has been made the winner of at least A20 million in a lottery jackpot, despite the fact he never entered.
Sarys Valheli, 52, was sifting-through the post one day to find, to his "great and utter surprise," that there was a cheque for the money in his post.
"By Azura's hair, I never thought I'd live to see it!"
Mr. Valheli told excited press today.
"I phoned up the lottery company and told them I'd been sent a cheque for these winnings- I simply couldn't lie about it. There was some head-scratching on the other end, when someone told me there'd been no run, and I'd just 'accidentally been sent' the money out of hand."
A spokesman for Loteri Pot Fawr told ANI that "the computer had acted on its own accord" and that "we will not be chasing-up the money."
"It looks like the gods favoured Mr. Valheli that day. Well, as a worshipper of Boethia, I won't argue with that."
Meanwhile, fans of the sci-fi action film The Terminator claimed Skynet had "begun testing itself on this one machine" and "we'll be sent arsenic in the post by them before you know it!"