All news stories are submitted by participants in Ill Bethisad, all of whom are welcome to submit stories from their respective parts of Ill Bethisad. Submissions may be edited for clarity, language or style.
News items are kept in reverse chronological order (newest appears at the top of each file) in files for each year. Years which generated a lot of news will have two or more files per year. Not everything that goes on in Ill Bethisad is reported in the News: most, but not all news items are archived here. Anything not found here should be located in the archives of Members' individual pages. Typically, links to these other sources are provided in lieu of archiving the article here, particularly when heavy use of of diacritics or unusual letters renders the article unintelligible.
In general, news reports from newspapers or articles from magazines are prefaced by the news organisation name, publication name, date of publication and headline or title. The usual date form is DD.MM.YYYY or DD Month, YYYY: 24.01.2003 or 24 Jan, 2004. The chief exceptions are news from the République de Louisianne and the Empire of Japan. The former of which uses the old French Revolutionary calendar while the latter uses its own traditional calendar. 01.24.2004 = 3 Pluviôse, CCXII. Of course, all news items from Louisianne have translated dates in the header. Dates in the body are not always converted.
It is presumed that news items are originally written in the principal language of the country of origin (so, Wenedyk for news from the RTC, French for news from Louisianne). News that appears here is translated into standard Journalistic English as might be found in England or English speaking parts of the Commonwealth. You'll note a lack of extraneous apostrophes, distinction between thou and ye and occasionally strange looking words (like gaol and furicano for jail and hurricane). This is simply a reflection of typical English usage in Ill Bethisad. At times, news items come from English speaking sources in countries that are not English speaking. Such articles are generally left unedited, or are only lightly edited for clarity, thus preserving their original character.
The News Page is not afraid to quote television programmes and radio show transcripts. Indeed quite a bit of the news concerning the 2003 War between Tejas and the allied Mejico and California came via radio broadcasts. Radio and television transcripts are prefaced by the BBC Transcript Definition Number, the name of the show or programme, the broadcasting source and the date. The BBC archives recorded broadcasts and written transcripts from around the world and issues a TDN for each, which is a sort of catalogue number. It is standard style to begin and end each transcript with [BEGIN TRANSCRIPT] and [END TRANSCRIPT] tags and to enclose commentary in brackets, such as [BACKGROUND MUSIC], [UNIDENTIFIED COUGHING], [LAUGHTER], etc.
The News Page does not archive images, thus saving space. If pictures are made available to us, a standard url will be supplied which links to the image's location.
There are several other wonderful news archives serving those interested in the goings on in Ill Bethisad.
For RTC related news items, visit News From the RTC. Due to the unusual accent marks and extended character set used by the Wenedyk language, the Editors strongly recommend you visit this site to read RTC news, as only a few stories are double archived here at the main News Page.
For news from Henua, check out the Henuan News Desk. See also here. Again, only a limited number of articles are double archived.
For news from Louisianne, read TéléLouisianne.
For news from Turkestan, visit Turkestani News Services.
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