Post by Avaerilon on Jan 12, 2015 17:05:19 GMT
SLUan Cinemas Call on Multiversal Pictures to Defy Keronia Regime and Hackers
A loose coalition of SLUan cinemas, governments, private citizens, free speech groups and others have called on the film studio Multiversal Pictures to defy the threats of both the Keronian government and a mysterious hacking group and beign screenings of the hotly-anticipated film 'The Candidate.'
The film, which involves a plot "ridiculing the Keronian Government and the actions of the ruling 'Communist' Party of Keron," pokes fun at the dictatorial figure of the Keronian regime, Kin Ki-lad, which has in turn upset the despotic regime of the authoritarian and secretive Stalinist state. The government of Keronia has issued a series of condemnations, vague threats and other such remarks against the countries of the SLU in the past, which is nothing new to the foreign ministries of the region, but this time the words have coincided with attacks made on not only the computer servers of the film studio, but also of a number of SLUan governments.
A hacking group known as 'The Guardians of Keron' are alleged to have hacked into the secure computer systems of Multiversal Pictures, leaked footage, and made unpleasant threats towards SLUan civilians
The government of Kanoria, which has supported free screenings of the film in its territory, has informed the world of its communications being under attack from hackers, although it is unclear as of today who is responsible. The Magnificent Kingdom has confirmed it has been subject to attacks that have failed due to ramped-up security measures, with some internet security experts suggesting "white-hat counter-hacking by the government [of Avaerilon]" also playing a part in the measures.
The likely culprits are considered to be 'the Guardians of Keron,' who claim to not only be responsible for the initial hacking, but also to have connections to various unnamed armed terror groups that operate within the SLU. The region has been swift in condemning such words, condemning the Keronian government, and promoting values of free speech.
Cádoilin Wins Social Democrat Leadership Vote
Sinéad Cádoilin has secured leadership over the Social Democrat party in Avaerilon, narrowly beating her main rival Alrys Rhedanīon in a poll that comes just over 2 years since the last leadership contest.
Sdss. Cádoilin, a former charity worker and co-ordinator, secured more than 46% of the total vote, beating long-time MP and party spokesman Ēfr. Rhedanīon who drew 39% of the ballots. Svss. Elwen Drenlys scored a modest 10%, with the remainder abstaining. Congratulations have poured-in from the other major political parties of the Magnificent Kingdom, with Prime Minister head of the Liberals Dr. Gladstyn "wishing her the very best of luck and most sincere congratulations in a well-run and positive campaign." Alrys Rhedanīon paid tribute to his rival, praising her "enthusiasm, diligence and determination, and consistent positive words that served to highlight a positive candidate." Ēfr. Rhedanīon has stated that he feels "the party is now in good hands."
Sinéad Cádoilin is faced with a tough challenge ahead of her, but says she "remains confident" about her party's future
Sdss. Cádoilin spoke in Dynedin today to thank her supporters, and to reaffirm her goals and vision for the party, which at this point "does not sit in a happy place in Avaerilonian politics."
"We have sadly let the affection of the population slip through our fingers," she said, addressing party members. "Where we once had loyalty and support we alienated, and where we did not but had favourable relations we offended. The party, the 4th of the 4 major parties, now stands to lose seats in the Commons in the upcoming summer elections. If we are to stem the bleeding, let alone cleanse the wound and prosper, we must take swift and decisive action."
The Liberals are expected to increase their impressive majority in the upcoming vote, with the Centrists placed to come second, and both the Conservatives and Social Democrats to lose seats. The latter party has come under fire for "champagne socialist ideals" and "Dunaemair-centric policies."
Foreign Potentate Offends Entire Embassy; Goes on to Offend Embassy Again with Botched Apology
The oft-ridiculed President of Phaespalma had created yet another image problem for his nation, after serving an entire roast swan to the staff of the Avaerilonian embassy at a diplomatic banquet.
Mr. Barmudi made a toast before the main course during the dinner which had gone well, praising efforts to make his country and Avaerilon closer and thanking the embassy staff of Avaerilon's presence in Phaespalma for a previous gathering earlier this month. He then went on the proclaim "against the so-called advice of one of my chefs, I picked the centre-piece of the feast myself, and I know y'all will enjoy it."
The pale-faced waiting staff trudged in with a large dish, which when opened revealed an entire roast swan. As our Avaerilonian readers will know, certain animals are considered sacred in Avaerilonian culture, the swan being one of them. Some of the senior staff quietly stood up, stony-faced, and left the banquet, with mutterings of displeasure from others. A confused President Barmudi was informed by an aide of the situation, to which he is believed to have replied "I thought all those Avies were crazy about royalty, and this here swan is the goddamn king of birds! Come on, it tastes just like duck!"
President Barmudi makes another gaffe
The next day, the President went himself to the embassy to apologise for the "misunderstanding and miscommun... miscomm... thing," and "make things right with our dear friends in Avaerilon."
His exact words are not known after this point, but it ended with one of the magically-inclined embassy staff vanishing in a cloud of purple smoke, a groaning noise of angry water, and the fountain in the centre of the town shattering into a thousand pieces, flooding the centre for a brief while.
The government of Phaespama has stated "it cannot take responsibly for everything one man does... even if he is the president."
President Barmudi is known to make gaffes on regular occasions, including calling the president of France a "great big ol' snailly," and asking if the Prime Minister of Japan "had ever helped a guy commit sepuku."