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Hurray! It’s the Great Union Day in Romania, our national day. It marks the unification of Transylvania with the Moldovan and Wallachian provinces. La multi ani, Romania!

Photo of Cluj-Napoca on the first of December, by Crisan Marius

A Series of UnFinished Fics: Part 5

Pairing:  Jason/Nico, Onesided Apollo/Nico

Description:  Apollo convinces Nico to go on five dates with him. This is actually finished, for once, but makes the list because it’s got absolutely zero effort put into it. The whole thing came out of a conversation with kingburu, and was meant to be a complete joke, though it didn’t turn out as funny as I wanted it to. I might give the pairing another go at some point, because I find it hilarious.

EDIT: Also posted on AO3


Finding flowers on the doorstep to the Hades cabin had been a surprise. Nico assumed it was some kind of joke, and that he as the son of death was the punchline, though the red tulips were an odd choice. Then Nico found the card attached  them.


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Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan's first female president
Pro-independence opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen is elected Taiwan's first female president, setting an uncertain course for future relations with China.

”Tsai Ing-wen has been elected Taiwan’s first female president.

Ms Tsai, 59, leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that wants independence from China.

In her victory speech, she vowed to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan’s democracy and both sides must ensure there are no provocations.

China sees the island as a breakaway province - which it has threatened to take back by force if necessary.

Ms Tsai had a commanding lead in the vote count when Eric Chu of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) admitted defeat.

Mr Chu congratulated Tsai Ing-wen and announced he was quitting as KMT head. Taiwan’s Premier Mao Chi-kuo also resigned.

The victory by Tsai Ing-wen marks a defeat for not only the pro-unification ruling party KMT but also China.

Despite the past eight years of reduced tensions and much improved relations built by the KMT and China, Taiwanese voters have voted for Ms Tsai from the pro-independence party instead. Basically, they’ve voted to keep Beijing at a distance.”

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From a drama-inducing email leak to a pattern of audible interruptions from protesters throughout, the unification of the Democratic Party remained a bit of a question mark as the convention drew to a close on Thursday evening. Despite a lineup of speakers intended to calm the anxieties of the delegates and a plea from Sen. Bernie Sanders for his supporters to go all-in with the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, the tumult of the Democratic National Convention mirrored that of the Republican National Convention the week prior.

Even so, there was triumph amidst the upheaval and the convention marked an important moment: the nomination of the first female presidential candidate for a major party in the history of the United States.

Throughout this past week in Philadelphia, photographer Gabriella Demczuk continued her exploration of the fractures in America’s political system, examining the Democratic Party’s attempt to make itself “stronger together.”

Dissent, Drama And Unity At The Democratic Convention

Photos: Gabriella Demczuk for NPR