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Is Greed Killing Sporknife?

Written by: Eli Ziehr

Simulated Country: Sporknife Island
School: St Peter the Apostle
Instructor: Mrs. Lenna Zimmer
Location: Spruce Grove, AB

Shalom Sporknifians, I have noticed a prominent issue plaguing our beautiful nation for a while now. The issue I am suggesting is one born from the greed of one particular private Farm Hex owner. I am sure the citizens of Sporknife are aware of what I am talking about now, because it is predicted that many family members will die from starvation if Farm owner James can’t set aside his lust for wealth for the better of the people. It has been a lengthy dispute between the Government and James according to officials I have asked about this, despite the Government being clear with citizens regarding it’s goal to nationalize the Food and Energy industry to secure low prices for everyone. It is a shame that despite the Government’s interest in feeding everyone and keeping prices down, James continues to try to gouge the Government with co-ownership deals and high prices with no regard for the starving families of his fellow Sporknifians. I think I speak for everyone when I say that families all over Sporknife need to eat, and that will not be possible with this current greed. For the sake of Sporknife’s well being, I hope we can all agree that prosperity of our people should take priority over the wallets of businessmen and that an appropriate deal needs to be struck soon. We all have to stay resilient in the face of scarcity. Stay safe, fellow Sporknifians.
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Black Panther News: Important Electoral Information

Written by: Ashley D

Simulated Country: St. Wakanda
School: ST. JOHN XXIII
Instructor: Mr. Kris Christianson
Location: Edmonton, AB

Good evening my fellow St. Wakandians and welcome to the first issue of Black Panter News! This will be a (bi?)weekly newspaper covering important events in our country. In this article we will cover the results of our first ever election. After the debate, the NWO party won the majority of the seats in the House of Commons and Alex became the first Prime Minister. Josh became the leader of the Opposition, and Hazea and I became the only girls in Parliament. This is the list of people who made it to the House of Commons: Alex, Reece, Caio, Noah, Josh, Hazea, and Ashley.

Congratulations to everyone who made it in and thank you to everyone who voted and voiced their opinion. This was certainly an interesting experience. I am really excited to see what kind of laws we pass and I am looking forward to whatever this year will bring us. Thank you for tuning in to Black Panther News, have a great day.

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Corrupt Government Rules Lawless Country

Written by: Jessica Bear

Simulated Country: Concoria
School: Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Instructor: Ms. Katie Gad
Location: Guelph, ON

After elections the public quickly released that their government only wanted money, making only one rule that made them the only ones in control of all. Boasting about their recent “success” they spent their time relaxing. Making no laws, trade is unfair and pricey. The public races agents each other for the peanuts so that they have money. Will this government make the country bankrupt? Will the country be poor and begging for food? Will the government even stay in power? Will the public retaliate? Will the next government be better? What is in store for Concoria.

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ECC Prime Minister Does Not Care About Sick Kids

Written by: Bruce Scott

Simulated Country: ECC
School: Abbey Park High School
Instructor: Ms. Melissa Sinclair
Location: Oakville, ON

This developing story is as shocking as it sounds! The government of the island country ECC has just denied a developer electricity to build a hospital for sick kids. At this time we don’t quite know where the electricity was sent but it definitely wasn’t for sick children. This whole situation is outrageous and just goes to show how unfair the world can be sometimes.

The developers name is Bruce Scott, the developer was going to clear a small area in the north-east sector of ECC to build a hospital. Scott has the money but needs electricity for the development. Other “hexes” are currently being developed with this electricity but it is for factory’s, not hospitals. This whole situation is outrageous.

I think we can all learn a lesson from this. The lesson is that we can’t let power get in the way of our moral compass. To any other citizen, factory over hospital would sound crazy. But maybe not to a power hungry prime minister, help us here at ECC news stop this disgraceful situation.

Keep checking the news feed for current updates on this developing story.

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Sporknife Island Hosts Intense Auction For Land

Written by: Kieran MacDonell

Simulated Country: Sporknife Island
School: St Peter the Apostle
Instructor: Ms. Lenna Zimmer
Location: Spruce Grove, AB

Shalom my fellow Sporknifians I am glad to present to you the first edition of my annual news articles which will be talking about the previous days news and events. The auction for land mass on the island of Sporknife occurred today at 11:00 mountain time and resulted in some interesting ownership’s. Some of the highlights from this auction includes a very exciting mixup/joke made from the lack of silence in the room making for a very tense and serious moment of voting to determine whether, I, KieranM should pay 6000$ for a river hex with the outcome being no. Other highlights include bidding wars for a farm between KieranM and the government, for AndrewM’s apartment complex and finally, for the power unit between the government and JamesK. Some of the largest bids we saw today were from the wealthier of the peoples and some very notable and expensive ones being bought out from under the people by the government with the purchase of a farm for a record breaking 6,300$ and the power plant for 4,600$. Some amazing private bids that were among the most expensive are by: AndrewM for an apartment complex, JamesK for a farm, KieranM for education and EliZ for Medical services. The cheapest buys of the day were made by: MackenzieM for a green hex, NoahK for a river hex, AmberD for a house and BrianaSaskiw with a mansion. Some questions people were walking away with include the major question of how the Government will acquire such sociable things like health care for themselves with the low budget they have been left with by Prime Minister KrystianP. Will the government buy shares in the units they believe should be public and owned by them? Or will they forcefully try to take these hexes by intimidation or by hiring hackers to exploit and acquire these hexes? We have to all remain sturdy in this time of uncertainty and make sure to protect our computers and make sure they are not left unattended. Don’t forget to read up on the news everyday and protect your computer.!!!!

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The Authoritarian State of Isle of Geoff

Written by: Spencer Diver

Simulated Country: Isle of Geoff
School: Bluevale Collegiate Institute
Instructor: Mr. Sahil Kumar
Location: Waterloo, ON

The Surprise Party of the Isle of Geoff was elected into power and seemingly seemed like a normal party. Their policies were very similar to the opposition party, the Reformed Party. They had little to worry about for the citizens of Isle of Geoff. However, once they were elected into power, the true side of the party reared its head.

The very beginning of the first House of Commons meeting started the change. It was time for the voting of the judge in our nation, and it was aked of everyone to put down their heads to vote, they would then be tallied to see the most popular candidate. After the votes were counted, Spencer Diver, historian and journalist… and lawyer, was elected to be judge by a large margin. But, in a blatant disrespect of liberty and the feelings of the people, they ignored this vote and instead had citizen JimmyNokeo take his place. This, was the beginning of a series of totalitarian actions from our leader.

During the meeting of the House of Commons proper, laws were put into place that heavily restricted the freedoms of the people. Not only were there laws that would not allow people to make contracts without direct approval from the government, they also instituted a law that if a person was found guilty of a serious crime, would be stripped of their property and fined of $1000, without even letting them be in a welfare program. This would not only not allow them to be able to feed their family, punishing their family for the actions of one person in it, but this sentence would not help people recover from their mistakes, because their property would be taken by the government, which would be way too expensive to purchase.

In this humble journalist’s opinion, this great nation’s government should not be one that oppresses its people into submisson. And I believe that many of the people here think this as well. So, in conclusion, this is my recommendation to those who want better. Speak up. It’s that simple.

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Qwerty Government Shockingly Seizes E/I Hexes

Written by: Daniel Garepis-Holland, Jake Sawyer, and Oscar Barnes

Simulated Country: Qwerty
School: College of San Mateo
Instructor: Mr. Lee Miller
Location: San Mateo, CA

In the great nation of Qwerty, President Liam T. has decided to seize the Energy/Industry hex from its owner Oscar B. Since the founding of our nation, Liam has vociferously accused Oscar of charging exorbitant prices for energy. Oscar says that he originally charged $1300 for one unit of power, but if people were not happy he would lower it to as little as $750. However, he also says that some people paid as much as $2000 for one unit of power (this was at the very beginning. So our president decided to take over the hex to make sure the prices were cheaper and everybody could afford them. The government sent out an email where they told the public to extend the presidential term to 4 years so that the government will not be taken over. He also told the public that once the power hex is seized, power would be sold at $100. In a later email message, he said that the price he offered was $10,000. Soon after, the president seized the power plant. Citizen Mateo decided to send an email out criticizing the government for seizing the property. This was one of the most exciting events in our week in Qwerty.

 

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The Beginning of Corruption is Starting to Creep Up on Apyr

Written by: Chris Gibson

Simulated Country: Apyr
School: Centennial Collegiate & Vocational Institute
Instructor: Mr. Matthew Mulhern
Location: Guelph, ON

Corruption, bias, and evil has disturbed the nation of Apyr today!

Bills were passed today by a biased majority that went AGAINST the interests of the majority of Apyr’s citizens! A bill was just past that allows the government full forced control and regulation of ALL healthcare, education, and power hexes and units.

The MPs supposedly with the people completely ignored a petition given to them with 15 SIGNATURES by the player Joshua! The bill was to ensure that at least 80% of all business hexes were PUBLICLY owned and regulated. This was to ensure that the PEOPLE had most control of the economy, not the government. Despite this, they were all concerned over fulfilling their hidden agendas OVER the wants of the majority.

This is also the perfect situation for a fascist to take CONTROL of the country! The government doesn’t even have a budget plan with YOUR hard earned tax dollars.

Do you really want such a corrupt and possibly fascist government making Apyr’s decisions? You have the power to stop them in their tracks.

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Falton Government is Corrupt – Austin Lombardo is A Fascist

Written by: Alex Schal

Simulated Country: Falton
School: Bluevale Collegiate Institute
Instructor: Mr. Jonathan Marsh
Location: Waterloo, ON

Austin Lombardo, the Prime Minister of Fallton, is a fascist. He has tried to change and Legislation and Constitution on many different occasions and has failed. Tyson Barbour had exposed him during Town Hall, making him powerless, passing bills against him, and protecting the citizens. The potato Prime Minister has kicked everyone out of parliament and transferred all of the governments assets to himself. All we can hope for is that he doesn’t successfully screw everyone over and that we can restart with a clean slate. Will Tyson Barbour rise to the occasion and save the country? or will the Prime Minister realize he is a potato and give up? I guess we will find out.

 

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Saladland Has Major Issues

Written by: Cameron Wong 

Simulated Country: Saladland
School: College Place Middle School
Instructor: Ms. Lisa Shearer
Location: Lynnwood, WA

Saladland’s government is taking too much control. They have taken both of the food hexes, broken multiple promises, and even impeached someone without a vote. As part of the government, I am disappointed by this. I had other punishments for the owners of the food hexes in mind. However, the president, Alex, just took control and did not allow anyone in the government to announce their feelings. They broke a promise that they would give a money-making hex to each of the former owners of the food hexes. Well, the president again took control and decided to sell the technology hex to one or the other of former owners of the food hexes. More issues… Now, the president (Alex) impeached my fellow house representative, Zane, without consulting the rest of the government. It was lightly touched upon in a government meeting but there was nothing other than a mention of the issue. There was no vote, no discussion, and no decision. These are the issues our country is going through… it was better under the last president…

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