Reform and opening: Interim government announces new economic policy
As Eastern Haane rebuilds from the destruction of the Great Haanean Revolution, a near 7 month period during which every institution in the country was entirely destroyed and over half of the population fled the country, the current interim government, installed after a coup that destroyed the existing "People's State," replacing it with a more traditional parliamentary republic, has announced the advent of a new and more capitalistic economic policy.
"Eastern Haane has regressed," said the current State Counsellor Kalju Aasmae, "into a pre-industrial state. As such, it no longer has the capacity to support a true socialist system. As such, we are forced to turn back to a moderately capitalist system - one that still remains under the control of the people, to an extent - as to rebuild the industrial base, as to rebuild socialism."
The new economic policy will essentially re-establish the pre-revolutionary system of guilds, which would be democratic institutions, divided by trade and profession, that would have control over almost all aspects of the economy. It would provide capital for businesses - either state-owned, cooperative, or small - while at the same time regulating welfare as well as professional standards and norms.
They will send representatives to a "social parliament," which will advise the National Assembly.
The new system has been reacted to angrily, as a return to the proto-fascism of the solidarists. The government has not made a response; a protest against the policy is to be held tomorrow, in front of the interim government building, located in the well-known farm where Areai's government hid after the liberation of Kiel during one of the most intense phases of the Revolution.
"We cannot tolerate this deviation," said one of the protest's organizers. "It is against the principles for which we struggled under threat of death for so long!"
In reaction, the sole Catholic priest in Eastern Haane, the Reverend Father Jean-Pierre Antoine has stated the following:
"I applaud the return, although temporary, of Eastern Haane to humanistic and Catholic principles. However, it must completely forfeit its ideas of materialism, of socialism, which are disgusting and prohibit the people from reaching their true happiness; their true potential. It must become moral and upright; must adhere to the principles and the law of God."
Those who have not joined the conflict are worried of yet another outburst of extreme violence, the last of which resulted in the total destruction of much of the south, mass killings, famine, displacement, and internment in mass work camps.
About 5/8 of the deported have returned to their homes. The remainder remain in the camps as new housing is constructed.
12 factories have been re-opened. All have transitioned to additive manufacturing - according to the government, this is a part of their attempt to "restore socialism" by creating a "union through neo-artisan labor."
An additional 144 apartment buildings are to be opened in the following week. Constructed quickly based upon a newly developed technique, each is made of prefabricated concrete panels. Housing units are small but adequate; kitchens, dining rooms, and lounges will be communal. At this time, the buildings do not have running water or electricity.
Water and electricity have been restored in "Old" Skagen.
Remaining members of government of State of Haane-Keste meet in ancient capital, now in ruins.
Memorial opened at "Field of Blood," where hundreds died in defence of their homeland against the Reitzmic menace.
Remains of Areai arrive in Kiel; are spat on.
Advances in south of the country made against the People's Assemblies; Mulhouse to be reached in a matter of weeks.