Archive for January, 2005


Is Tò-A-Rempò rising like the Phoenix?


East Asian Business Section, ASN Weekend Edition

Nils Grabe – Business Editor

Yesterday marked the first visit to Japan by an Asian potentate since the Great Oriental War. This is not surprising since most of the region has had no reason to deal with Japan, as most countries are occupied with daily survival and have no concerns outside their borders.

One great exception is the ‘young dragon’ of Nam Viet. Historically powerful, Nam Viet has long been an economic power in South-East Asia, and is now looking beyond its borders to strengthen trade.

Emperor Ho Chi Minh made a personal visit with Her Majesty the Emperor of Japan yesterday as one leader to another. No discussion of economic policy took place, but a special meeting of TAR is scheduled for tomorrow, in which Ho will negotiate membership of Nam Viet in the Federation.

Analysts suggest that this will greatly improve the fortunes of Nam Viet, giving it access to western markets, and opening the way for trade negotiations with the Scandinavian Union, who have heretofore turned a blind eye to the potential economic development in Nam Viet.

When asked the chances of acceptance of Nam Viet to TAR most analysts stated that they felt the deal was lukewarm at best. Japan may surprise us and make that step forward, as they have already done with Louisianne, a country seen by most of the world as foolhardy and rank with corruption in its government.


Curious Cunami Care


18 Nivôse CCXIII

Provost, Nouvelle-Cournouaille, Louisianne

The clatter of dishes and the rumble of speech of happily dining customers are not unexpected in restaurants most of the time. And yet this is. In the small ‘hole-in-the-wall’ Bangkok Classic of downtown Provost, most nights the thoughts of reservations and hour waits are unthinkable. Tonight and every night prior this week, this small family business has been bustling with patrons, patrons who’ve made reservations days in advance.

Khamtay Siphandon, proprietor of Bangkok Classic, has struck gold. “I’ve promised that at least half of my nightly profits will go to the local chapter of the Neutral Aide Society to be delivered to those that were so devastated by the çunami.”

Word has gotten out, and not only have the locals from Joseph and Brigham University been attending, but others, including leadership of the LDS church, and the Council themselves.

“I was so honored to see Mr. Hinckley, Mr. Monson and Mr. Faust. Their visit was wonderful.” Mr. Siphandon said, “Not only do I see them, but the Council of Lousianne visits my little restaurant! What wonderful things! Of course, I gave them Pad Thai and dumplings for free…and their tip was most gracious.”

Pad Thai, sticky rice, and the wonderful mango desserts have flown freely, and Mr. Siphandon has raised nearly 20,000L€ for the Neutral Aide Society in the last week. According to local NAS officials, this will be used to purchase lumber in the South-East Asian region as well as food to help to feed and rebuild Banda Aceh and other areas devastated in the disaster.

When asked how he came up with the idea, Siphandon smiled, a twinkle in his eye. “I have to admit, I did it as a marketing ploy…but now, well, with the turnout I’ve had tonight, I’m going to give the whole of my profits for today and tomorrow to the Neutral Aide Society! So long as there is such response, I will keep funneling money to the Neutral Aide Society to help those poor people.” He finished his interview with me by handing me a heaping plate of Pad Thai. “Eat! It’ll do you good!”

Yves Rioux, IBAP Newswire.


Governor Killed in Hayti


Cap-Haitien, Hayti

Port d’Argent (Puerto Plata), HAYTI A week of open hostilities by pro-Cuban forces ended this week with the assassination of Don Pablo Guillermo Bercerra. Bercerra, former leader of the Puerto Plata Junta, has worked in close cooperation with Neofrancien troops in securing the region, and his death deeply weakens hopes for a referendum in June.

This also reveals security flaws in contested areas, in the Port d’Argent region and other major cities on the island.

A bombing in La Vallée (La Vega) brought the death of 8 Saint-Domingain troops. This further proves a lack of preparation on the part of peacekeeping troops, the death toll among local militias climbing to 100 since a month ago. Military officials of New Francy, Louisianne and France all believe that the summer Referendum will go forward unhindered, and the Empire of St-Domingue will be peacefully established by year’s end.

Etienne d’Aunoy did agree with reporters that there was a challenge to security in Hayti, where insurgency has been ongoing, but fitfully orchestrated. He averred that there was no expected change to the autonomy timetable.

“Aside a few hot-spots, such as La Vallée and Port d’Argent, the populace is welcoming to the idea of Referendum and a stable government. We are working to stabilize these hot spots, of course, we want them all to enjoy participation in the upcoming Referendum.”

Aside these scattered resistance regions, preparations for the vote have gone forward with little or no delay. “I’m sometimes amazed at our progress.” Grand Mareshal Albert Marsden of the Armée de l’Air. “It’s of course due to our air superiority. Without it, we’d be facing chaos.”

A concern that many international observers feel has not been addressed is the fractured nature of the island’s population. A greater proportion of this island are castillian speaking, and there seems to be litttle or no collaboration with castillian speaking persons.

This Referendum will be the first free election since the imposition of Floridian control in the 1970’s. The Castillian ambassador has requested that more involvement of castillian persons be a focus of the peacekeepers, but of yet, this call has gone unheeded. One official said, on condition of anonymitiy, “The whole of the island speaks Creole anyway. It was the Castillian involvement that caused the troubles and horrors of this nation in the last 35 years. We don’t need to leave that door open. I’d be happy if there were no Castillian involvement in Hispagnolan affairs.”

Sergio Jose Soto, leader of a pro-Cuban separatist movement on the northern side of the island claimed responsibility for both attacks. “We will not rest until we have a union with Cuba. Caribbea for Caribbeans!” He said.

Peacekeeping forces are on the hunt for Soto and his band of rebels.