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Occupy Protest sign, with the final line corresponding to the "Noble City Movement". Each city having its own three letter code. The sign was made by artist Stephen Grimsley.

The Occupy Lovia Movement is a group of protests around Lovia advocating peacefully for more regulations and progressive taxation. The group is based on the original and world-wide protests such as Occupy Wall Street. The protests started in Noble City, and have also smaller protest sites in Newhaven and Hurbanova. The protests have been met with some police response but have overall remained peaceful.

Start of protestsEdit

Occupy Rally

The December Occupy rally.

In late December of 2011 a local PPAC in Noble City hosted an event to help unemployed people find jobs in the local area. With almost all their participants coming up short, they decided to take to the streets and started a Occupy Lovia Movement. The word soon spread around the Lovian media, with about 500 people joining in from around the Sylvanian area. The protest reached its climax when a giant rally of about 1700 people came out in support of the movement on December 27th. Politician and former Prime Minister Marcus Villanova gave a speech in support of the cause. He said "You aren't a bunch of unemployed idiots, you aren't marching around because you have too much time on your hands, it's because the capitalist system of take and no give has left you here. You care for yourselves and the lives you lead, and don't anyone tell you different. We stand for the unemployed worker, the Labour Union worker, and the common middle class citizen of the world. We are Occupy!" The Speech was met with much attention and was "informally" given the endorsement of PPAC and the Occupy movement.

January and beyondEdit

Occupy

A small encampment area around the Newhaven downtown area.

Since the beginning of the Noble City protests, the Occupy Lovia movement has spread to two other cities, Newhaven and Hurbanova. Both have about 200 people living in the encampments. The movement in January of 2012 overwhelmingly voted and advocated for the Labour Party which won the popular vote and the most seats in the general election. Since the middle of January the protests have seen further support from other Labour Unions, the Labour Party itself (formally), and former CPL.nm and HEMPPAC member Stephen Grimsley. Stephen was also called upon, mainly from the Newhaven Occupy Movement, to create a "simple yet powerful sign to show the movement's strength". The only altercation with the police was on January 22nd, when two occupiers were accused of harassing policemen, but the charges were dropped after little proof was shown. A local labour union in Train Village is expected to sponsor and start a Occupy movement there, because it has been one of the hardest hit areas during the last few years, and particularly during the Lovian Civil War. Marcus Villanova stated he would personally donate money to that area's protest, saying "In the last few years the great area of Train Village has seen the highest unemployment, the population leaving in hundreds, and living conditions much worse. Corporations in the area have only gotten more money and haven't been investing in the area."

On 10 February, Governor Oos Wes Ilava issued a statement about Occupy Oceana and demanded that the camp was to be abandoned before 20 February, because of the preparations of a traditional Limburgish celebration called Vastelaovendj. But most people remain engaged with the Occupy Oceana, although the number in the state decreased.

By the end of March and then on the numbers dwindled. Noble City and Hurbanova began to shrink on by 1/4, Newhaven on 1/11. By April 15, the Hurbanova camp was abandoned and the Newhaven camp had only seventy protestors remaining.

By the end of June, all camps were disbanded. In a final rally in July, Occupy leaders stated 'they would not be gone' even though the movement was technically over. The main leaders have also promised to re-band and hold rallies if the middle class was threatened again.

Occupy numbersEdit

The number of supporters of the Occupy movement has increased greatly since the start of the protests. Since the beginning the most persistent and largest group is the Occupy Noble City movement. On record the largest rally was the one held in December totalling to about 1700 people. Here are other numbers.

Occupy Noble CityEdit

Date Number of Encampments Number of People
December 20th, 2011* 1 460
December 28th, 2011 3 552
January 5th, 2012 3 551
January 17th, 2012 4 604
January 27th, 2012 4 615
February 3rd, 2012 4 693
February 20th, 2012 4 688
March 1st, 2012 3 657
March 30th, 2012 2 450
April 15th, 2012 1 223

Occupy HurbanovaEdit

Date Number of Encampments Number of People
January 4th, 2012* 1 75
January 16th, 2012 2 172
January 25th, 2012 2 161
February 5th, 2012 3 240
February 20th, 2012 2 117
March 3rd, 2012 1 88
March 20th, 2012 1 54
April 16th, 2012** 0 0

Occupy NewhavenEdit

Date Number of Encampments Number of People
January 6th, 2012* 1 45
January 18th, 2012 1 56
January 29th, 2012 1 107
February 3rd, 2012 1 123
February 8th, 2012 2 134
February 20th, 2012 2 137
March 12th, 2012 2 145
March 30th, 2012 1 92
April 14th, 2012 1 70

Public Approval of the MovementEdit

Date Approval Disapproval
December 28th, 2011 57% 43%
January 8th, 2012 56% 44%
January 20th, 2012 49% 51%
January 31st, 2012 54% 46%
February 6th, 2012 45% 55%
February 21st, 2012 42% 58%
March 10th, 2012 47% 53%
March 20th, 2012 40% 60%
April 1st, 2012 37% 63%
April 15th, 2012 42% 58%
  • All public polling taken by Lovian Independent Polling
  • All census numbers all recorded by LIP
  • One asterisk denotes first day of movement for that city
  • Two asterisks denotes last day of movement for that city

CriticismEdit

Discussion of the movement led to a fierce debate between between Villanova, champion of Occupy, and Hoffmann, a classical liberal who is generally accepted as the most fiscally conservative party leader. Hoffmann cited the fact that governments since 2008 have been dominated by progressives and claimed that therefore the Occupy movement was a backlash against progressive fiscal policies rather than conservativism. Later that day a counter-Occupy movement, Liberate Lovia Movement, was created and almost immediately denounced by Villanova as a 'fake corporate-backed conservative movement' which had 'no real meaning'. A spirited debate then followed between the two politicians, although neither convinced the other of their viewpoint; each criticized the other's debating skills, with Hoffmann asking Villanova to 'improve your argumental skills', and Villanova responding that 'half your sentences don't make sense.'

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