Please find the requested proposal to create a new Trocadero Campaign Medal, named as ' The Medal "For the Return of Trocadero" ' for your consideration.
Rear Admiral Helen Chevalier
The Medal "For the Return of Trocadero"
The Trocadero Campaign Medal is awarded to any member of the Alexandria military have served on active duty during a designated operation Hercules or who performed duty within the borders of Trocadero (or its territorial waters) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days. Personnel who engaged in combat with an enemy force, or personnel wounded in combat or wounded as a result of a terrorist attack within Trocadero received the Trocadero Campaign Medal regardless of the number of days spent within the territory.
A "H" device is a metal 1⁄4-inch (6.4 mm) capital letter "H" with serifs which, when is worn on Trocadero Campaign Medal, distinguishes an award for any member of Alexandria Armed Forces, who has directly participated in combat operations as part of Operation Hercules.
ALEXANDRIA LAUNCHES INVASION OF JINGDAO’S TAPFERIAN ENCLAVES Operation Hercules: What We Know So Far
San Jean Baptiste, East Baudrix; ABC News – Alexandria has launched an invasion of Jingdao’s enclaves in Tapfer, near East Baudrix and South Tapfer.
The invasion began with a large missile strike from the 2nd Assault Squadron’s HIMS Ingloss Flotilla, targeting Jingdao’s naval and ground military assets and defenses. On orders from Wesloderia, Alexandrian warships launched over 69 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Jingdaoese military base in the city of Kukegongji where two large battleships and two large frigates of the Jingdaoese navy are stationed.
Air units with the 2nd Carrier Squadron followed up the wave of Tomahawk missiles, striking targets in the cities of Kukegongji and Zibincheng, clearing a path for the Alexandrian invasion forces.
Units from the Alexandrian Grand Army began landing on the island of Kukegongji with strong air support from the Imperial Air Force and Navy. Army units have also crossed from East Baudrix and South Tapfer and are making their way to Zibincheng.
Operation Hercules is the first direct military action taken by Alexandria against the Jingdaoese-Apollonian Union in what has now become known as the War of Jingdaoese Immolation. This represents a substantial escalation of Alexandrian military involvement in the war, fighting alongside SANE allies like Shireroth and Natopia. Jingdao had declared war on the SANE Alliance earlier last week.
The strike and invasion began early this morning local time when there would have been minimal activity at the base as many soldiers and sailors would be asleep. It targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, tanks and many other military facilities.
"Initial indications are that this strike has severely damaged or destroyed Jingdaoese aircraft, ships, support infrastructure, and equipment," says the Citadel, the HQ in Geneva for the Alexandrian military. That same official, however, cautioned that this is just the earliest assessment using radar and that more robust assessments using satellites and other surveillance are still pending.
GENEVA, ICG; ABC NEWS -- Companies added jobs at a blistering pace in February and March, with a notable shift away from the service-sector positions that have dominated hiring for years.
According to a report released by Alexandria’s largest provider of human resources management software and services, GDP (General Data Processing, Inc.), employment in the private sector surged by 300,000 for the month, with goods producers adding 126,000. Construction jobs swelled by 96,000 and manufacturing added 35,000. The total shattered market expectations of 190,000, per economists surveyed by GDP.
March proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years," Patrice Beaufort, vice president and co-head of the GDP Research Institute, said in a statement.
In addition to the construction and manufacturing positions, mining and natural resources also contributed 10,000 to the total.
The year is off to a sizzling start for job creation, per the GDP counts. January added 261,000 positions, a number that was revised upward from the originally reported 246,000. February added another 262,000 positions.
"Confidence is playing a large role," Dr. Barbara Weir, a senior professor of macroeconomics at the Imperial University told ABC. "Businesses are anticipating less regulation and moves towards a better economic climate. They are hiring more aggressively."
A Bill of Health: The Implementation of AlexCare
LOREDO, RIO GRANDE; ABC NEWS – Consensus in Geneva is clear: AlexCare is important. Socialists say it is a boon, that their plan is better than the original plan presented by the Coalition Government. But others in the Government say that it does not go far enough. But knowing precisely what AlexCare does is a bit difficult.
AlexCare’s knock-on effects – on the broader economy, on health-care businesses and on health, such as its effect on heart disease or cancer – may never be precisely quantified. It is also difficult to measure the law’s progress towards its main goal, expanding insurance. The law used terms like “poverty rate”, without bothering to define them for administrative purposes. It didn’t even include provisions to “kick the can down the road” to the Imperial Civil Service or to the Emperor and His Government via Order-in-Council to determine a definition.
The bill has also upended the practice of medicine in the country by moving doctors off their historically high salaries, to a price control system where doctors are reimbursed by AlexCare the fees per services they provide.
With the law only in effect for little over a month, it’s still not entirely clear how such a short and general law that aims to transform health care in Alexandria will fare.
The Institute for Public Opinion (IOP), a prominent Alexandrian polling company, has begun a massive effort to track changes in the amounts of insured people in Alexandria. The figure, if it could be precisely measured, would show how many people AlexCare has benefited. It would also help Socialists argue its success or add fuel to opponents’ fiery proclamations that it is a disaster. Changes in how government agencies measure insurance will make it harder to quantify exactly how many people have gained coverage. Not surprisingly, however, both the Department of Public Services and independent researchers continue to produce their own projections and estimates. Importantly, the survey from IOP is larger than those of many competitors—the company interviews about 15,000 Alexandrians about their health each month.
In the list of ominous predictions about AlexCare, a main fear has been that only sick people will sign up. This would prompt insurers to raise prices, making healthy people even less likely to enroll (the dreaded death spiral). However, the IOP has reported that the newly insured historically have not been more or less sickly than the general population. Furthermore, new enrollees under preliminary AlexCare implementation are disproportionately young: those aged 18-29 comprise 30% of the newly insured, compared with 21% of the broader adult population. There is no magic number of young, healthy enrollees that will make AlexCare succeed. But a death spiral seems unlikely.
Alexandrian political parties will mine the IOP’s data to support their argument. Not surprisingly, the main determinant of whether a voter favors AlexCare is not his age, race, education or income, but his or her political party.
National Rent Control: Tenants Love It, Landlords Grudgingly Go Along With It
EDGARDIA, VALENCIENNES; ABC NEWS — When Mariel Thomas received a IE 400 rent increase on her one-bedroom apartment, she knew she couldn’t afford it despite holding down two jobs — one as a caretaker for the elderly and another in retail.
In the past, Thomas, who is 49, would have had to move or leave Edgardia altogether. But because of the new rent control laws that prevent landlords from increasing rents, Thomas will be able to challenge the rent increase and stay in her home.
“The program has been a godsend,” said Thomas. “They got in touch with the landlords and just made the whole process a lot less stressful.”
The Rent Control Act was just signed into law and set to go into effect in a few weeks. But the new rent program office has received well over 10,000 inquiries from tenants and landlords across the Empire. The Act, however, did not provide for any meaningful methods of conflict resolution between tenants and landlords - and that is making many on both sides very nervous.
For an Empire where on average, people spend 35 percent or more of their income on rent, this new program is a major victory. Not surprisingly, many landlords are less than enthusiastic about it and say it makes it difficult to afford repairs or turn a profit.
Take Thomas’s landlord, Felipe Juanes. After buying the eight-unit building last fall, Juanes spent IE 100,000 to upgrade the apartments. But with the average one-bedroom unit renting for just IE 850 a month, far below what is considered market rate for the neighborhood, and now not able to raise rents significantly, he quickly realized that the math was not in his favor anymore.
“I’m not even going to breaking even,” said Juanes, who owns two other properties in Valenciennes, as well as a local restaurant. “I’m not trying to rip off people and want to be fair and not kick anyone out. But how can I make any money if I am not allowed to raise rents until 2018?”
As a result, Juanes has suspended plans to install new washers and dryers in the building, forcing residents to use a nearby laundromat. He’s also considering appealing the rent ceiling to the courts, a right that he argues all landlords should have if they believe they are not making a reasonable rate of return on their property.
Communities throughout the Empire are scared that this will lead to a scramble by landlords to adjust to the new law and could lead to a spike in rents and/or a spate of evictions. And as landlords and tenants learn about the new law, there are fears about gaps in compliance.
At The Cove, an apartment complex in Edgardia, residents received notices from the management that they could either purchase their units or move out within 60 days, according to Maria Gerardo, a management analyst.
"The law is confusing, worded in a confusing way, provides no specifics on how conflicts between landlords and tenants can be solved, and it might end up making more problems than it solves," says Gerardo. "This program may help some people, and that's good. But you have to take into account the greater impact of the law, and that's where it gets muddy."
To His Imperial Majesty Emperor Edgard II of the Alexandrians
His Excellency Jaime Augustin Joaquin Primo de Aguilar, First Consul of the Empire of the Alexandrians
Your Imperial Majesty, Your Excellency;
By the Command of Her Imperial Magnificence Noor as-Salaam bint Daniyal Umra Suleiman Ayreon-Kalirion ibn al-Majeed al-Osman bin Sathrati af Ettlingum Freyu Umm Zahir al-Din of Waffel-Paine, Kaiseress of Shireroth, Thane of the Shirelands, Keeper of the Apollo Legacy, Wielder of the Sword of Vengeance, Grand Mistress of the Orders of the Dragon, Griffin, Phoenix, and Chimera, Sovereign of the Golden Mango Throne, Princess of Hvalafell, Countess of Dracoheim, I, Hallbjörn Haraldsson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja, Prince of Elwynn, Jarl of the Seven Ports, Minister of the Exterior of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth, am pleased to most cordially extend to Your Imperial Majesty and Your Excellency an invitation to the funeral and internment of His late Magnificence Kaiser Dominus Tarjeisson of Shireroth. The invitation aforesaid includes an invitation to Empress Consort Iphigénie of Alexandria as well as, if any, the spouse of the First Consul.
The aforesaid Kaiseral funeral and internment shall be held on Helloday the 1st of Winterfall, 1324 AF. It shall take place, in accordance with recently revived Imperial Tradition and Custom, at the Kaiseral Burial Site which is known since ancient ASC times as the Valley of Mors. The valley is situated in the Royal Precinct of the Elwynnese Union which is known as the Emirate of Alalehzamin and Utasia.
In accordance with the Imperial Protocol of the Court at Raynor's Keep as well as the opulence of the Royal Riverine Monarchy of Elwynn, the Imperial State of Shireroth within which the Valley of Mors is located, the dress code for the funeral and internment of His late Magnificence Kaiser Dominus Tarjeisson is white-tie. However, traditional mourning garments and ceremonial uniforms appropriate for solemn, sorrowful occasions are also permitted.
With great expectations as well as affection and esteem, I await Your Imperial Majesty's and Your Excellency's reply.
"May the lion not hurt you during Love's Great Adventure!"
Deeds of Tuuler Kalir and Björka Hnossdóttir through their descendants and inlaws!
Given at Yardistanislaus Hall this Twenty-Third Day of Laemill in the Year 1645 corresponding to the Twenty-Seventh Day of the Month Valaheim in the Sixteenth Year of the Second Viking Age.
Hallbjörn Haraldsson of the Houses of Ayreon-Kalirion and of the Descendants of Freyja
Minister of the Exterior of the Imperial Republic of Shireroth
The Natopian Embassy in Geneva humbly extends You an invitation to attend a ball, to be hosted by Yours Truly and His Excellency the Natopian Ambassador to Alexandria to honor and celebrate the friendship between Natopia and Alexandria.
We have long hoped that Your Majesties would be graciously pleased to attend the ball, and to receive the personal tribute of our unwavering friendship to You and the people of Alexandria, and we trust that while Your Majesties' presence would still more closely unite the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our countries.
We therefore most humbly pray that Your Majesties will graciously deign to be present upon the occasion of the Ball with Your First Consul, Consulate and members of the Imperial Assembly and the Imperial Government, diplomatic corps and such members of Your Majesties' august Family as it may please You to select to accompany you.