Taxes slashed in National Budget as huge surplus reported for 2015

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The budget for the Government of Leylandiistan & Gurvata for the year ahead has been released, outlining the planned tax income and spending of the National Treasury on the Government’s behalf. One of the largest budget surpluses in the micronational community has been recorded for the past financial year, proving the success of the Confederation’s simple tax system.

The National Budget for 2016 was released after the government entered technical financial shutdown following the expiration of the 2015 budget. The Co-Presidents released the budget today after extensive discussion on the previous year’s financial progress.

The first part of the budget consisted of a review of the past year’s budget and financial records. It showed that as well as tax returns beyond those projected, an unexpected donation from the Mercian Government to the Treasury made by the Lord Spiritual of Mercia resulted in a large income, totalling €162.50. Expenditure was 20% below target, with a lack of capital spending under the “Regional Improvement Grant Scheme” likely the cause, resulting in a large budget surplus of €78.00.

The most notable changes were in the area of taxes. The main income source for the Treasury, the National Contribution Charge, was halved from €2 to €1, with the reason being the large surplus left over from the previous budget. In addition, VAT and Corporate Profits Tax were abolished due to the fact that neither raised any money for the Treasury, and in the view of the Treasury, “overcomplicated the tax system”. No new taxes were created in the budget.

There are no major changes in expenditure, apart from slight variations in the allocations to the government’s spending programmes as well as a marginal overall increase in spending. The most notable statement in the expenditure plans was under the Enterprise Grant Scheme, where it was stated that the Treasury expects no further diversification of the economy this year, suggesting the government will focus on the agricultural sector and its sub-sectors heavily instead. The Government expects a surplus of around €28.00 by the time Budget Day arrives next May.

Included in this year’s National Budget are economic statistics collected by the National Treasury. It showed that seeds had been the only form of goods exported this year, with seeds exported to Cinnamon Creek and Lundenwic. Imports consisted of cookies from Lundenwic, as part of the “seeds-for-cookies” deal made with Lundenwic earlier this year. This establishes that the government accomplished one of its primary economic goals from the “Plan for 2016”, which was to trade goods with other micronations and export goods for profit.

With the National Budget enacted, the Government will now move on to addressing other areas of importance. Legislation is expected to be brought forward over the course of the month on a number of matters, while another Statement of Foreign Policy is expected to address the issues raised today in a productive foreign policy discussion had by the Co-Presidents following the budget discussions.

You can read the National Budget for 2016 by clicking here.

First foreign policy statement released as trading commences with Lundenwic

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Link to Foreign Policy Statement, 22 April 2016

The Foreign Office today released the first statement of foreign policy following the recent overhaul of the management of external affairs. The Foreign Secretary discussed three topics with the other Co-President, and both agreed on the Government’s stance towards those topics. The first point made was a pledge of support to the government of Lundenwic as a state of emergency continues there following a rebellion by the Communist Party of Lundenwic. The Government condemned the rebellion as “despicable and unreasonable”, and called for participation in the political process rather than seizing territory as a means of achieving political goals.

The Government also used the statement to condemn the impeachment of Dilma Rouseff, the president of Brazil. It criticised members of the Brazilian Congress as prioritising their own political goals over the national interest as Brazil endures economic and health crises, and said the fact that proponents of impeachment were themselves charged with corruption was “insulting to the intelligence of the Brazilian people”.

The last item covered by the statement was the restoration of the Grand Unified Micronational, something roundly welcomed by the Government. It praised the leadership and venue for discussion offered by the organisation, and reaffirmed the view that responsibilities within the organisation should be restricted to a small number of positions, rather than a cabinet of assistants to the Chair. Notably, the Government said it viewed the GUM as a way to counter the divisions which had arisen in the past year between the so-called “Old” and “New Guards”.

In other news, the first successful trading of goods has commenced between the Confederation and Lundenwic. Cookies baked in Lundenwic were imported by the Government, and in return seeds produced within the Confederation and marketed by the Confederation Seeds Company were exported to Lundenwic, the first time goods have ever been officially exported from Leylandiistan & Gurvata. The goods exchanged were of equal value, and the costs met by the taxpayers of both governments (although it is understood the seed producers have not yet been compensated). Both governments agreed that the arrangement would be repeated in the future. The Government is now looking to establish an agricultural pact, with Lundenwic among the nations expressing an interest. The pact would allow nations to share information, exchange seeds, co-ordinate economic, environmental and agricultural policy, as well as trade goods. It is currently undergoing the process of formation, with further announcements expect within the next few days.

LeylandiiCola’s return marks the start of a busy summer

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ImageLeylandiiCola has returned for the summer with a new recipe. Béal na Tíre attended the launch of LeylandiiCola for summer 2014 at the Polyester Palace in Orchardstown, Cubbyhole.

It has become a national icon since its launch last year. And Leylandiistan’s Department of Food, Drink and Agriculture is capitalising on LeylandiiCola’s popularity with a new recipe and larger reserves. “One of LeylandiiCola’s problems last year was that there was the demand, but not the supply”, said the creator of LeylandiiCola and President of Leylandiistan, Fionnbarra Ó Cathail. “We had limited reserves of the syrup we use to make the cola, which we buy from France. This year, we bought more syrup, and we believe that we have enough LeylandiiCola to meet this year’s demand”.

It was the perfect summer’s day on which to launch LeylandiiCola for this year. The aptly named “Polyester Palace”, an administrative building which is in fact a tent owned by the Cubbyhole Regional Council, was pitched at the end of the path leading to Orchardstown for the occasion. The site will host a number of events throughout the summer. LeylandiiCola’s launch coincides with Midsummer, a Celtic festival and a national holiday in Leylandiistan.

The recipe change is the other major change since last year. “We have replaced Sulphite Ammonia Caramel (E150d), an artificially treated caramel which can be found in most other colas, with natural caramel. The purity and natural colour given by natural caramel, as well as being much healthier than E150d, makes this cola much better than most macronational colas. This technically makes us a 100% natural cola, something our competitors overlook for extra profit. We also use citric acid instead of phosphoric acid, which means our cola isn’t so bad for your bones either! Of course, all sugar-sweetened beverages are bad for your teeth and not beneficial to your health either, and we ask all our customers to ensure they enjoy LeylandiiCola while having a balanced and healthy diet.”

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The Cubbyhole Autonomous Republic has a growing economy based almost solely on its agricultural and food production sector. The region is home to both LeylandiiCola and the national orchards, as well as the government’s “An Fheirm” agricultural cooperative.

What is key to LeylandiiCola’s success is its seasonal availability. LeylandiiCola is only available during the summer, ensuring stronger demand when it is available. It is also a niche product, with a small but loyal customer base. As LeylandiiCola was presented outside Orchardstown, it was noticed that the apple trees at the national orchards are coming along very well already. The Department of Food, Drink and Agriculture says Leylandiistan’s main strategy is its agricultural sector. This is plain to see, as food production was President Ó Cathail’s main economic strategy, and now food is produced in all regions of Leylandiistan. But has it succeeded?

While food production and agriculture have been successful so far, the government have not  expanded other sectors as much. Béal na Tíre is currently following the plans for a hydrogen plant in Leylandiistan with great anticipation, although construction on the facility has not yet begun. Vice President de Créag has begun a draft Finance Act to organise the way Leylandiistan’s economy works, and to reorganise existing infrastructure such as the Central Bank and the currency of Leylandiistan, the Lira.

Where LeylandiiCola will be sold, whether or not it will be exported, how much it will cost and how successful it will really be are questions which have yet to be answered. The build up to LeylandiiCola’s relaunch has been exciting not only for citizens of Leylandiistan, but also for some external observers. Béal na Tíre can reveal that micronationalist Paul Kang was interested in selling LeylandiiCola in his micronation, the New Kingdom of Southern California. However, he has since become inactive in micronationalism, and the deal fell through. What we can be sure of is that this marks the end of a period of inactivity in Leylandiistan, and marks the start of a busy and exciting summer.

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ALeylandiiCola ad was a symbol of the nation’s anticipation of the beverage’s return when the ad was first published in the Sentinel a few months ago.

 

Cad a bhfuil ag thairliúnt le LeylandiiCola?

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Rinne an eagraíocht “Leylandiistan Beverages” fógra dá deoch cóla “LeylandiiCola”. Cuir an Conradh Daonlathas an fógra suas ar a cainéal YouTube, mar níl aon cainéal YouTube ag aon eagraíocht nó páirtí eile i Léiloindístáin. Ach cad atá ag thairliúnt leis an deoch seo?

An samhraidh seo caite tháinig foireann “Leylandiistan Beverages” ar ais ón Fhrainc le síoróip cóla. Cheannaigh an comhlacht uisce súilíneach, agus rinne siad buidéal cóla 330ml agus 750 ml. Rinne siad timpeall trí nó ceithre lítear do LeylandiiCola i iomlán. Agus bhí gach buidéal LeylandiiCola ólta ag muintir Léiloindístáin ag deireadh an samhraidh! I Mí Deiradh Fómhair dúirt “Leylandiistan Beverages” go raibh siad chun tairgeacht LeylandiiCola a chuir ar ceal.

Ach anois tá fógra nua acu: Tá LeylandiiCola ag teacht ar ais! Cuir siad fógra isteach sa nuachtán “Leylandiistan Sentinel”, agus dúirt duine ón gnó linn: “Beidh miad ag ceannach níos mó síoróip cóla i Meitheamh (an samhradh seo), agus tosnóigh tairgeacht LeylandiiCola arís ag deireadh mí Meitheamh. Is táirge séasúrach é LeylandiiCola, agus ná déan dearmad go dhéanann Leylandiistan Beverages líomanáid freisin!”.

Tá muid ag súil leis an baisc nua LeylandiiCola, ach go dtí sin, bain taitneamh as cupán tae!

Níos mó ar an Microshilling

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Tá níos mó eolas ar an Microshilling ag an suíomh seo: http://www.thekingdomofarcadia.com/currency.html

Inár scéal deireanach faoi an Microshilling,  duireamar go raibh ár Banc Lárnach i Léiloindístáin an t-aon mbanc a raibh ag priontáil an Microshilling. Ach anois tá a fhios againn go bhfuil an Banc Lárnach san Árcadia fós ag priontáil na nótaí Microshilling. Tá brón orainn gur rinneamar an botúin seo. Ach ag an leathanch seo (http://www.thekingdomofarcadia.com/economy.html) Deireann sé go bhfuil cómhrá san Árcadia chun dul ar ais go dtí an US dollar. B’fhéidir, mar sin, go bhfuil an Microshilling ag fháil bás sa tír sin freisin. Ach fós tá suim ag Ríoltas Árcadia an Microshilling a coimeád, mar go  bhfuil a cánaca fós sa Microshilling, agus tá beagnach gach praghas eile ar an auíomh sa Microshilling. Caithimid fanacht le nuacht eile ar an Microshilling, agus nuair a tiocfainn sé, beidh sé againn anseo ar ár suíomh!

Deireadh an “Microshilling”?

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Cúpla mí ó shin, bunaigh an Aontas Stáit Eacnamaíochta. Grúpa stáit a bhí ann, laistigh an IPU, chun trádáil agus ceangal eacnamaíocht a dhéanamh níos fear agus níos éasca idir na náisiún san IPU. Bhí a airgid féin ag an aontas: an Microshilling. Ach ní raibh go leor suim sa tionscadal seo, agus rinneadh dearmad ar. Inniu dúirt Cathaoirleach Banc Láirneach an Léiloindístáin go déanaigh an Banc dhíothú ar gach plean a raibh acu don Microshilling. Ach níl siad cinnte faoi fós. Fós úsáideann Ríocht an Árcadia, micronáisiún sa Mheiriceá, an Microshilling i phraghsáil, agus chruthú a cánacha sa Buiséad. Cad a dhéanaigh an tír sin má cuireann ár Banc Lárnach stop ar an Microshilling. Dúirt Cathaoirleach an Banc linn: “Is airgead hipitéiseach é an Microshilling. I gnóthaí eacnamaíochta, úsáideann Ríocht an Árcadia an US Dollar. Ar a leathanach ar suíomh an Ríoltas, ní faigheadh tú aon rud ar an Microshilling. Ní raibh aon rud ríomh ar an Microshilling. Rinneamar iaracht chun an Microshilling a priontáil i lár 2013, ach ní raibh miad sásta leis an chaighdeán. Beidh miad ag obair le Ríoltas an Árcadia, agus beidh miad níos cinnte ar na sonraí i cúpla seachtain.”

Beidh níos mó ar an scéal seo,  mar a dúirt an Cathaoirleach, i gceann cúpla seachtain. Ní raibh aon rud le rá ag an Cathaoirleach ar an Lira, príomh-airgead an Léiloindístáin.