|Maelstrom Project 'Full Steam Ahead'|
The next generation of Tulija's nuclear submarine fleet has received it's final cash injection. In light of government cuts, the Directorate has shocked the media and wider public by allocating more funding to the long awaited Maelstrom generation of nuclear ballistic missile armed submarines. Rather than address the disparity of Air Force (almost 40% more well funded than the Navy) and Naval wings head on, the government has compromised by marginally reducing the Air Forces opulent spending, and finally addressing the lack of aircraft carriers with the commissioning of 5 new ships for completion by 2015.
The modernization of the Aegis class Submarines had been on the cards since 2007, but only recently has production began on the Maelstrom generation of new, cutting edge nuclear deterrents. Half completed, this recent bolstering of funds in the face of more Libertarian policies in the government is (apart from helping complete the next gen project by the end of the year) a pleasant surprise to the men and women who are frequently overlooked in the bigger picture, and unfairly so: Tulija's brave navy. Admiral Hernan Menezes is quoted as saying "The first 3 [of 12] replacement submarines will be unveiled at the Paramaribo Naval Parade on the 3rd of May. I'll look forward to revealing to the world the next level of Tulijan engineering, prowess and prestige."
Excerpt from the Custodian
|Daxley & Haines' Healthcare Bonanza|
Despite record government cuts and slashing of bureaucracy (the 'Transparency and Minimalism' movement started by Hugh Daxley aiming to reduce waste to 0.5% and to "be honest, open and to tax the public as little as possible, and return to them the rewards of their payment as much as possible" causing Taxes to drop to 5% and some to claim the Directorate is being run like an efficient corporation), Minister of Health Malcolm Haines has successfully pushed the lacking Tulijan NHS back into the budget. Despite it's reasonable quality it has been frequently criticised for lack of specialism and neglected place in the budget, with many of the ever richer public opting out and paying into Private Healthcare schemes.
In the face of lesser funding, Mr Haines played a pivotal role in passing the "Private and Public Healthcare Accordance Bill" in the Consulary House last Autumn. The new bill will see profits from Private clinics linked to Public facilities being fully returned to the Public coffers - almost doubling spending in the healthcare departments with barely a tax increase. Plans to open 12 new hospitals in the Amapa, Tamhaws and Tresvilles districts have been given the go ahead. Despite this, EM Daxley has made it clear he wants to "increase spending to our vital pillars of state [Healthcare, Education and to an extent Welfare], and decrease subsidization in the face of our record growth". His comments last week reaffirming his support for increased assistance for "the Impoverished of our fraternity" while also maintaining his Capitalist policies in Economics meaning he has struck a balance between the rich and poor of Tulija. His approval ratings are recorded at 92.1% as of Saturday.
Excerpt from the Dawn Post
|Regional Relations on the Radar|
The Tulijan Trade and Relations Committee is seeking to expand friendship and cooperation with it's fellow nations in the form of trade and cultural exchanges. Following the opening of diplomatic ties with several larger nations around the world, the Committee has made clear it is actively pursuing understanding and common ground with it's regional neighbours. It requests that anyone at all can apply for embassies or trade agreements with Tulija through the appropriate avenues [PM or telegram] and insists that no hesitation be entertained. It has declared an intention to "send forth representatives and speak with the great nations of GTAF, so that mutual growth may be assured".