UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: Month 99, 301 AP.
Pres. Okarvits' military expansion cost triples!!
It broke on Wednesday afternoon - the story of a lifetime for the tiny Utan Krysaror
Reporter newspaper. And by Thursday morning, every newspaper in the country was filled with
the news: President Okarvits was about to blow the military expansion budget by over Û15
billion (Utanian punds) according to a memo from the office of the President.
The tiny newspaper has remained silent on who leaked the news, but the memo appears
genuine: marked with the header "Secret" in bold what would have been red ink, it is the copy
of a memo from the Minister for Defence to the President, a secret announcement that the
estimates from suppliers of costs for the entire project was going to be between Û22 and
27 billion, for everything from the "Scorpions" to the lease of "one hundred fighter jets".
The news was flashed to the front page of every newspaper in the country, citing the
President's statement that the military rearming was a "ten billion pund project". With costs
sky-rocketing to almost triple that amount, the opposition became even more fervent to the
plan, raising further fears that a parliamentary rebellion was imminent.
The "Peace Bloc", a twenty-two member government faction opposed to the extraordinary
expenditure have been bolstered by the revelation, a further reason why the project should be
scrapped. "Utania can defend herself with the help of allies and friends", declared John
Seltzen MP, defacto leader of the bloc. "We must not allow ourselves to become the same
repressive, militarist power that forces her neighbours to be "just like us" because we have
the military strength to do so, just as our former-overlords did!"
The bloc may be bolstered in number, too, as other government MPs oppose the action.
Most, however, have been more conciliatory: two-dozen have, one-by-one been noted to "privately
approach" the President in a desperate attempt to convince him to back down. Nystonia-state
Peoples Party MPs are also turning on the President, fearful that he has "done a deal" with the
Liberal Nationalists not to oppose that state's Death Penalty law who will, in turn, support
the President's military expansion.
©UPA, 301 AP.
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