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Issue #1: Highlights: ALE Free Trade Treaty signed, Scottish and Irish dispute, Latinia holds elections under pressure, Angwein protest Greek as lingua franca

ALE Free Trade Treaty: England, Latinia, Scotland, Wales, Mivorga, Angwein and Greece sign new trade deal

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Diplomats from the various countries have signed the deal

England, Latinia, Scotland, Wales, Mivorga, Angwein and Greece- The ALE (Angwein-England-Latinia) Free Trade Treaty has been signed by seven nations.

The treaty got it's name by the nations who started negotiating the deal in 2009, when Angwein, England, and Latinia convened in Roma to start negotiations.

The treaty, which was also negotiated for 7 years, will allow greater freedom of business between the signatory nations, as with greater facility of investment and reduction of tariffs.

Supporters of the deal said that the deal will lead to greater economic growth, and better and easier trade with the seven signatories.

Critics say that the deal will lead to the reduction and/or stagnation of wages, lowering of working condition standards, and protect and prefer bigger businesses over smaller ones, leading to local businesses to suffer. They also argue that the deal will let foreign companies and investors invest in so-called "necessity" public companies, such as electricity and water authorities, something that two signatories, Latinia and Scotland, do not allow, in order to make a profit.

The signatories and their supporters deny these claims, however, saying that the treaty "still ensures the wellbeing of the people and regulations as before".

Upon the signing of the deal, many stock markets across Azrovia went up, most notably in Wales, where the WSME went up by 9 points. However, a dramatic response was seen in the nation where the signing took place, in Greece, where Greek protesters rioted in Athens.

Scottish-Irish dispute: Armies scuffle in the border

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Irish troops clashed with Scottish soldiers after one of them apparently crossed the border

Scottish-Irish Border- Around 73 Scottish and 70 Irish troops have engaged in a scuffle across the border, moments after Ireland protested the construction of a Scottish outpost very close to the border.

In a suspected defiant move, a Scottish soldier who was on construction duty crossed an unfenced section of the disputed border. Ireland, thinking this as an incursion on it's territory, sent troops to shoot the rebellious enemy unit, and fighting soon ensued.

Scotland has protested the battle, calling the Irish response "crazy, demental, and over-the-top". Ireland, in response, has called it's action justified, at least legally, saying that "the border disputes have forced the Republic of Ireland to declare the section at high alert". Ireland has also called on Scotland to prosecute the soldier for the provocation of the battle.

Soon after, Scottish presence on the border went up from 15,000 troops to 20,000 troops. Ireland retaliated, closing the entire border with Scotland for 3 days.

England has called on both nations to "calm down, and resolve the dispute once and for all". Wales, a neighboring nation, has expressed concern for the scuffle, fearing further instability in the region. However, on the dispute issue per se, it expressed it's neutrality.

Latinian Elections: Latinia to hold elections despite recent violence and tensions

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The Latin Legion has been patrolling polling stations across the Empire, after Conservative and Liberal supporters clashed in various cities, including in the capital, Roma

Latinia- Despite recent violence, neither the Emperor or the Consul has postponed the general elections.

Worries for electoral violence are rising since Conservative and Liberal supporters clashed in various cities, including in Roma. In some cities, like Aeter, clashes turned lethal, as opponents wielded guns and knives, fighting in the streets. The Latin Legion had to be activated to guard peace in the areas affected, and authorities fear tensions between other parties, such as the Greens or Socialists, might also follow suit and explode.

Furthermore, the Latin Legion and the Internal Legion (AKA military police) have been guarding polling stations across the Empire. Latin citizens' feelings were mixed: some are afraid of violence, while other Latins feel safe with the armed forces and police around.

This has not affected the government's expected turnout, however, as voting in Latinia is compulsory anyway.

Angwein: Angwein protest Greek as lingua franca

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Tens of thousands have opposed Greek as the diverse nation's lingua franca

Mitropoli, Angwein- A coalition of Kazakh nationalists, Uzbek and Tajik minorities have protested Greek as the nation's lingua franca.

While the two groups differ on a new lingua franca, they concede that Greek is a symbol of aggressive foreign influence (as both Latinia and Greece tried to conquer the territory in ancient times, but extensively traded with ancient Angwein anyways), that it is too hard to learn and not very usable in practical life, despite it being the language of government and sometimes communication between minorities.

The nationalists prefer Kazakh, the language of the majority Kazakhs, whilst minorities lean towards English or an unrelated to Angwein, plus easy to learn language.

In defiance, supporters of Greek lead a counter-protest in the language, waving Angwein, minority and Greek flags.

Police reported that, most of the time, protests were peaceful, and that the only aggression was verbal. It never escalated to physical violence.