UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: August 2, 300 AP.
UNV Releases Military to full Utanian Control
General Arthur B. Arjaat, Military Commander of the Utanian Armed Forces, signed
a notice to the President and Parliament concurring with the numbers provided for the men and
equipment handed over to Utanian control by the UNV yesterday at midnight.
General Arjaat, who will now step down as President Hope's cabinet Director of Defence,
citing "conflict of interest", now commands a force of over a quarter-of-a-million men, under
orders from the President alone. The General signed a letter to the President stating that
the Democratic Republic was now in possession of 270,000 men, including 100,000 reservists,
11,500 vehicles, including some 184 armoured vehicles, 191 aircraft, and 143 military sea
While he voiced joy over the "long-overdue and rightful return of Utania's autonomy",
Liberal Nationalist leader, Kyle Langley, voiced concern over the small number of
fighting equipment on the list. "We may well have 191 aircraft, yet the manuscript states that
only 17 are tactical fighter aircraft, and while we may have 143 sea craft, only 18 of them
are significant warships.
"I would suggest, as a consequence, that it is high time the Government got very
serious about providing a real defensive capability to Utania, instead of playing with
the idea." Mr Langley has long been a supporter of a large defense force and military
capability to "ensure Utania's interests are not violated".
While President Hope has derisively played down Mr Langley's "warrior" tendencies, he
has openly admitted that Utania will be procuring further arms during the coming year under
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