VANDRECK GOVERNMENT APPOINTED
9 September - A minority coalition government has been approved between the CDU and FLP, marking the first right-wing government in over nine years. A government of seven Christan Democrats (plus the Prime Minister) and four FLP members, most former ministers, is to head the task of leading government. A number of ministers have had experience in government, either with the previous one for the FLP or as far back as the Darnley government. Vandreck's government presents a change, in which a number of older, experienced ministers are joined by younger technocrats.
VANDRECK IS PRIME MINISTER
7 September - CDU leader Adrian Vandreck has been named interim Prime Minister following the resignation of Pieter Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk met the Queen this morning and offered his resignation, and when speaking to media said it was the only way to keep things going. Vandreck, in the meantime, arranged a deal with the FLP for a working interim government. Queen Helene received Vandreck with his proposed government, whom he is to reveal in the coming days.
C'EST FINI FOR VAN BUSKIRK
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR GOVERNMENT
Rumors are now abounding on a potential no-confidence vote, which appears like it could gain traction, or even be enough to see the government fall.
VAN BUSKIRK GOVERNMENT KEEPING SECRETS ON PHALUHM WAR
CDU president Adrian Vandreck launched a furious attack on the Prime Minister and government for trying to subvert the democratic government of the nation Brunant was sent in to assist. While Wannas was eventually removed for corruption, issues, he went on to say that the government had no right in even being party to any such discussions, much less any sort of "participation in a coup attempt". A number of congress members, including from P70 and the newly-founded Transparent and Direct demanded the government disclose all information and push to exit the war.
Van Buskirk countered with saying Brunant did in no way intend to do anything to remove any elected official from office nor attempt to circumvent the democratic institutions in place. In his speech he said that "Brunant is there as part of the Sedef mission to bring peace and stability to Phaluhm Phoueck, and to eliminate the armed insurgency that threatens its security and prosperity".
Sources are not clear as to where or how the memo came from and got into Brunanter hands, but it is almost certain it went through the higher levels of government and the Department of Defense. The Phaluhm government has clearly and understandably shown displeasure at this unfolding scandal, and we wait to see what comes out of it, with the government already in hot water over their mid-June raid in the country.
GOVERNMENT ATTACKED ON ALL SIDES
General Gabriel Styler's thinly-veiled attack on the political decision-making and weight behind the attack only seemed to fuel further criticism from the opposition, and even by some coalition members. A Better Brunant leader Avaline Porter was displeased at the "military, over political" solution so quickly taken, and the fact that neither she or her party were informed until likely after the raid was concluded.
Even Free Liberal Party member John Markovic took to criticising his own party and leadership for supporting the ill-fated effort and lacking the transparency to properly explain, or at least push for, a clear answer. He made it clear he may end up leaving the party.
All this drama was further stoked by the announcement made early today that General Styler would resign his position by the end of the year. No detailed explanation was given, but given the timing of his resignation and the speech he gave days earlier in which Grantham's death may have been friendly-fire could be a sign of him leaving a sinking ship, or a forced out.
2018 PHALUHM PEACE TALKS ANNOUNCED
25 August - The Phaluhm Government just announced at 10pm that a Peace Summit is planned for the 10th October in the capital of Dauham Sammar Hazaham. This peace summit will be attended by the Brunanter Prime Minister, with Libertas, Traspeses and Pintoan representatives. Also to attend is delegates from the Muslim Party and the Islamic Front.
The visit will also include touring the atoll and also meeting up with our soldiers on the front line. A declaration will then be signed between the two parties, further ensuring a peace treaty can be signed.
It has been hinted that the Phaluhm government is eager to sign a peace treaty between the Government and the Islamic Front, so more resources can be allocated for further development and it's resistance against a growing China.
THIRD BABY EXPECTED FOR QUEEN
14 August - The Royal Palace has announced that the Queen is expecting a third child. It was confirmed that an admittance to hospital earlier in the month was indeed linked to the pregnancy. According to the palace, "Their Majesties are happy to announce that the Queen will be expecting a third child. The baby is expected for the spring of 2019."
Royal watchers are speculating that the baby could be born as early as March next year. The newest royal will be the youngest sibling to Princess Marianne, age five, and Prince Cristian, age four.
Footage reveals them in a house, Possibly in a town in Phasu, and for brief moments their captors, armed, are shown, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign troops, the immediate end to the war by the Phaluhm government, and release of every prisoner.
It is yet unknown what is being planned by the military.
SOLDIERS HELD HOSTAGE IN PHALUHM PHOUECK
No Brunanter soldier has ever been in the hands of an enemy force since 1944, a particular worrisome issue not only for the families of the soldiers, but to the entire Royal Guard.
BREAKING: TWO SOLDIERS MISSING AND PRESUMED AS HOSTAGES
Phasu is considered a fairly dangerous area, and Brunanter soldiers have been attacked there in the past.
FORMER KING ANTHONY IS DEAD
The palace made the announcement of his death at 6:00 in the morning, saying he was finally able to rest. Prime Minister Van Buskirk called him an outstanding monarch and person.
Anthony, while king only for under two years, led an accomplished life nonetheless. He studied in New York and London, served with the military for 25 years, joining them in Afghanistan in 2006. Upon his abdication, he spent his time with his youngest son, growing wine, reading, and learning to dance tango.
This sudden health complication was one of several occurring in the past six years, which say him have several operations and visits to hospital. The manner of this last one is unknown, but his wife and four children were able to join him in his final moments.
An official mourning period has been declared, and flags will be at half-mast for six days. The funeral has been arranged for 29 May; condolences can be given in a special book at the royal palace or online.
TWENTIETH COALITION CASUALTY IN WAR
GOVERNMENT INVESTED AFTER EIGHT MONTHS
Van Buskirk's government sees five new ministers occupy roles, with the others being shuffled around. A new ministry, Internal Affairs and Immigration, was created, and Jazinta Benaid was placed in charge of External Affairs, further marking her rise in government.
FIRST COMBAT DEATH FOR BRUNANT IN PHALUHM PHOUECK
Kuster died as a result of the shelling, due to miscalculations of sorts. He will be repatriated to Brunant in the coming days, with full military honours. Corporal Kuster, from Sint-Willemstad, was said to be engaged with his girlfriend of some time.
PROTESTS HELD AGAINST WAR
According to a press briefing by the Royal Guard, they lamented the combat loss of <<two ready and able soldiers>> but announced that through their and others' efforts progress was being achieved and the armed insurgents were feeling SEDEF's force.
BRUNANTER TROOPS TO COMMENCE NEW OPERATIONS
SARRIA: INVESTIGATE ALL PARTIES' FUNDS
SOCIAL DEMOCRATS FORCE GOVERNMENT TO FALL
GREEN PARTY INVOLVED IN FINANCIAL SCANDAL
Coming a month before elections are to happen, Wostor's Greens, who looked set to perhaps finish in first again are likely to tumble in the polls.
BRUNANTER TROOPS BUILD SCHOOL IN PHALUHM
3 September - Work is well underway to complete a school near Tohezeck in Phaluhm Phoueck. The school, destroyed by islamists has begun to be built again by Brunanters and locals. Students who lived near the school had been forced to go to Tohezeck itself, or could not even go to school.
Completion of the school is due for the end of the fall, with students being able to start their schooling in Janaury.
ALTERNATIVE LEFT UNITES IN CONGRESS
VAN BUSKIRK, HOUSE CONTEST SDP LEADERSHIP
The shock was House finishing in second place. Much of the party's municipal government members announced they voted for House and her more grassroots approach, and now the outsider candidate is definitely in as she could possibly become leader in one weeks' time. Already Henley and Michels have moved to back Van Buskirk, but it seems that Sherman, as one of the newer congress members, could possibly end up supporting House.
HENNEMAN STEPS DOWN AS SDP LEADER
Henneman was elected Cape Cross mayor at the end of 2015 and he intends to focus on his work in the city, prompting his resignation. The party leadership will organize an election for this month.
KONINGSTAD MAYOR SUGGESTS IWO EXIT
25 June - Koningstad mayor Karen House announced Friday that it may <<be the time>> to reconsider Brunant's membership in the International Wiki Organisation. Speaking after news of Britain's projected EU exit, she said the IWO was in a much worse state of affairs compared to the EU and that Brunant was getting nothing out of being a member. She argued that the IWO was a <<bureaucratic mess>> that could never agree on passing any amount of legislation, easily solvable by the use of bilateral cooperation.
Asked why she has been the first significant person to propose such an exit, she stated that Koningstad bore most of Brunant's contributions due to being the most populous city, and that said money would be better off being spent towards other urban projects. No other major politician has spoken up against the IWO as of yet, nor has House's political party, the Social Democratic Party, determined a stance on this debate.
SDP GETS PLURALITY IN CAPE CROSS ELECTIONS
In Brezonde, no candidate got more than 30% of the vote, and it will not be easy selecting a mayor there. Koningstad saw Avanze and the Greens lead in number of seats, at eight each. The Greens and SDP are likely to vote there together, both unlikely to back or be backed by Avanze, and Ramzi Karimi may well return for a second term as mayor.
SMALL PARTIES AHEAD IN POLLS
TAGOGESE AGENTS ARRESTED
A heightened police presence was seen in Koningstad and Grijzestad today, for better preparedness.
BRUNANT TO ACCEPT IMMIGRANTS
DISENCHANTMENT WITH LOCAL POLITICS
In Grijzestad, some 400 people were out demanding the local government be more involved in promoting better social security, especially for the needy. Nurse David Dekker said he was out as the "Greens have become yet another vote seeking party instead of focusing on the needs of most people".
ECONOMIC FORECAST LOOKING POSITIVE
Growth in Brunant, projected for the year is close to 2%, and by 2016 or 2017 should surpass such a measure. A predicted negative growth for the economy is not likely to come due to a number of small government measures and business growth in Brunant and abroad. Some austerity measures may yet be implemented, including slightly higher taxes and lowering spending to the military and other programs. Despite this, the country is not out of recession just yet, and it will take some time to see if this growth persists.
THE THALER IS BACK!
6 February - The thaler is back, in Middleton at least. A group of locals have just launched the Middleton Thaler, inspired by the Brezondian Lira, Brixton Pound and other local community currencies. The point of this is to promote the local economy and businesses, ensuring people buy local.
This thaler is pegged at 1 to 1 with the euro and comes in denominations from 1 to 25, each featuring a local-born celebrity such as pop singer Joey Warner and actress Elsie Hale.