NZTA to revoke State Highway 17, outcry from Siroccan populace

Alston, NCD, Aug 17 – There has been much shock and alarm in Sirocco this evening after it was discovered that State Highway 17’s days are numbered. News filtered through this evening that the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has decided to revoke the State Highway 17 (SH17) designation of the former stretch of State Highway 1 that linked Auckland’s North Shore suburb of Albany with the quiet village of Puhoi, about twenty kilometres to the north. Sirocco’s well-known Highway Seventeen Movement has expressed its outrage in a statement released a short time ago. State Highway 17 is a historical road. It was the…

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Tenth anniversary hailed with Maran revival

Alston, NCD, Jul 15 – Sirocco has celebrated ten years of micronationalism today with the National Capital District expanding southwards… and a surprise rebirth of the Maran District. While the exact date is unknown, July 15, 2002 is celebrated as the birth of micronationalism in northern New Zealand as it is seen as the earliest known reference point to the former Maran District, a fictitious territorial authority in New Zealand’s Northland region. From this spawned the Kingdom of the Peebles in 2006, the Glorious Dictatorial Republic of Andersonia in 2008 and the present Federal Commonwealth of Sirocco in 2010. Across Sirocco today there have been celebrations, however…

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Auckland tram network passes Premier’s inspection

Brookfield, WS, Apr 18 – Auckland’s small tramway loop in the city’s Wynyard Quarter has passed an inspection by Premier Daniel Anderson today. Anderson made the trip from Brookfield to the Wynyard Quarter, just west of the city centre, this morning especially to catch the tram. The tram was unfortunately twenty minutes late in arriving at the Halsey Street stop, but once on the Premier saw to it that the tram itself, of Melbourne and Bendigo vintage, was well documented. After a trip around the circuit (which included doubling back on a branch to allow members of an Auckland retirement home), the Premier…

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A5 road renamed to North East Passage

Alston, NCD, Apr 16 – Sirocco’s A5 road, known as one of the roughest in the country, has been renamed today after it was discovered it bore the wrong name. Although it was given the name of “North East Passage” when the road was discovered in 2005, Government maps have mistakenly rendered it as the “North Western Passage”, it was discovered today. Siroccan Topographical and Territorial Union Survey (STATUS) has admitted the mistake is “embarrassing” while the Siroccan Cartographic Association, which produces the maps, has said that it is “an unfortunate oversight that we have rectified before the old name is lost forever.”…

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North vs. South in great sign battle

Alston, NCD, Jan 6 – Roadways SR is today racing to design St.Charlie’s future road signs in an attempt to beat Zealandia to the contract. An offer put out by outgoing Prime Minister Alexander Reinhardt was accepted by both Zealandia and Sirocco, and it is understood tensions began to build over Zealandia’s use of British-style ‘Transport’ signs and Sirocco’s use of New Zealand-style ‘FHWA’ signs. President Barbara Ruvolo of District is said to have been pleased with both styles but was unable to come to a conclusion over who shall get the contract. Both Roadways SR, which is the division of the Ministry…

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