The People’s Free Meltorian Army Confrence
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Neve Government to Strengthen Sanctions


With overly influential corporate actors and worsening refugee crisis, Meltorian regime
threatens to collapse into civil war.

Newly arrived Meltorian refugees await processing of their asylum claims. Many arrive with nothing but the clothing on their backs after harsh

By: Silvius Augustinus

The Kingdom of Meltor, also referred to as the 'world's sweatshop', has for many years been widely known for ineffective government control and substandard workers rights and conditions. Relevations several months ago about the financial information relating to the human trafficking in Meltor enabled a series of targeted sanctions against high level individuals and the corporate fronts used to move the money around. Subsquent investigative reporting by The Moscou Times has revealed that the situation on the ground goes much further.

For many years the situation on the ground was compared to slavery for the neglegable pay, long hours, and dangerous conditions. However, this slavery is quite literal. Meltorian Firms such as the Fire Sands Company, Silver Glass Company, and the Neya-Mara Mining Company have been identified as grossly abusing human rights and dignity in the course of their profittering. All three firms to varying degrees operate slave labour forces and the so-called 'lucky' workers face abusive management and unrealistic quotas for less than a denarius a day.

Lara Janus, a spokesperson for the Financial Crimes Bureau of the Foreign Ministry, stated "These abhorrant business practices undermine genuine free-market competition between firms on the international field and represent a moral and legal failing to offer even the most basic of human decency to workers." This unusally spirited statement comes on the back of a failed opposition movement to enhance legal barriers to imports from non-preferential nations. This would further protect lower skilled manufactoring jobs in the rapidly deindustrializing manufactoring core that has been eroded by low cost imports from developing nations such as Meltor and others.

The specific sanctions have expanded byond the shell companies used to move blood money to total corporate asset freezing. As of this morning, the Financial Crimes Bureau reported that it had frozen 232 million Denarii worth of liquid assets from the three leading Meltorian firms. This represented primarily liquid assets held to cover capital goods purched from Cenaesian firms, insurance products, and long-term diversified operating reserve. However, it also included a "signifigant" amount of payments for goods and services rendered by the sanctioned firms which had not yet cleared either to the Meltorian Statzoon or into other foreign currencies.

In addition to these corporate freezings, 521 million Denarii worth of stocks, physical bullion, liquid assets, and other securities instruments had been seized. These belonged to various members of the management and governing boards. In particular sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss enforcement actions publicly, stated that board members of the Neya-Mara Mining Company were especially hard hit. However, it remains unclear if the announced amount represents the total amount of assets frozen belonging to the executives and also held in Cenaesian banks, or if it represented the total value of their investments in Cenaesian firms and were actually held in foreign accounts.

In addition officials stated they had invoked section 12 of the 1999 Additional Protocal of the Terran Commonwealth, which gave sweeping powers to each nation to pursue legal assets held by criminals regardless of physical borders. When asked, the Finacial Crimes Bureau simply stated that they had "worked extraordinarily closely with international allies and partners to execute this surprise asset freezing."

When reached for comment, representatives from the Neya-Mara Mining Company simply stated:


Neya-Mara Mining company vigurously refutes and denies the inflamatory language published by The Moscou Times this week, and finds its methodology substancially flawed. It is important to note that the cost of living in Meltor is dramatically lower than in northern states, and that what constitutes pocket change represents a real and substancial wage.

Further more, Neya-Mara is committed to following all relevant leqal requirements for labor standards and wages in all markets that it operates in. Neya-Mara is a industry leader in the Kingdom of Meltor for wage, gender, and labour standards. We vigarously promote efforts to follow the legal requirements set out by the government of Meltor and pay competitve market wages to all employees and follows necessary laws for the treatment of all contractors.


Questions remain however, about if there will be any financial or trade sanctions against Candanadium or the Candanadium Crown in particular for the relevations from the Luxlein papers about the foreign King's blood money. When pressed during the briefing, the Financial Crimes Bureau gave no response. Additionally, several career government sources, speaking off the record for fear of reprisal, stated they were unsure if the move was simply cover for the government to try and raise trade barriers as the spectre of a no confidence vote continues to linger even after this previous summers aggressive efforts to reshore the governing coalition by Prime Minister Neve.

Questions remain however, about if there will be any financial or trade sanctions against Candanadium or the Candanadium Crown in particular for the relevations from the Luxlein papers about the foreign King's blood money. When pressed during the briefing, the Financial Crimes Bureau gave no response. Additionally, several career government sources, speaking off the record for fear of reprisal, stated they were unsure if the move was simply cover for the government to try and raise trade barriers as the spectre of a no confidence vote continues to linger even after this previous summers aggressive efforts to reshore the governing coalition by Prime Minister Neve.

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