What IS a Zeitgeist?
Jerman for "Spirit of the Age". In this case it is to mean the "spirit" of the Utanian
people, the magazine reporting the people's thoughts behind the press-releases and reported
The UNV's lack of faith!
It was a shock for editorial and journalist staff at this magazine to receive the UNV
communiqué that openly doubts the Utanian people's ability to adhere to democracy, to
accept and negotiate through a split Parliament, and to survive this constitutional crisis
instead turning to chaos, anarchy and military coups. And we were endlessly mindful of the
possible effect releasing this memo could have on elections coming this very week.
However, we felt it essential that the people of Utania know that certain analysts in
the world have no faith in them, and that they can prove the nay-sayers wrong from this
Wednesday to Saturday. We also felt it essential that the people be prepared for the onslaught
against our sovereign state should the elections not produce a "UNV-friendly" result.
For the UNV to even TALK of invasions, to even talk of military coups before they have
even happened is a high insult to the people of this fair-minded and democraticly-committed
nation. And for the UNV to even suggest "re-securing" the territory they apparently still
regard as their own is outrageous.
For these reasons, the Zeitgeist chose to publish this communiqué.
We got this memo in the past week;
we asked some people hypothetically what they thought.
Military said it would repel a "re-securing force", costing lives and millions of pund in equipment.
Politicians said we would reconvene the congress of state politicians and they would govern until a new election
Shows a lack of faith by UNV
Davidz refused to comment and denied such a memo existed.
Utania would not descend into chaos!
It is particularly insulting to think this is how the UNV regard Utania when the events
haven't even occurred or been alluded to. There has been no sabre-rattling by General Arjaat,
or any other military leader, to prompt consideration of an imminent military coup. Even the
campaigning politicians have been somewhat considerate toward eachother, with no talk of
dissolving the new union of the four states even being broached. And there has been no talk
of militias being raised or used by the states to "seize control" of other states and force
a national union.
It would appear the UNV has insignificant understanding of this country's culture, and
too much to say about it!
In fact, every politician, every general, every commentator that this magazine has
interviewed, spoken to or received reply-emails from has completely dismissed any suggestion
that democracy is on the edge in Utania! General Arjaat said that he would repel any invading
force, even the UNV, and that there would be a military coup in "this country over my dead
Politicians have been equally dismissive. From President Hope, to George Okarvits, to
the Savaj Emperor's office, everyone is of the same opinion: this union of four states can be
dissolved by one people, and one people only - Utanian citizens in a democratic vote.
Furthermore, none of them would even consider raising a state police force or militia against
Kyle Langley, however, was livid, asking why it was that the UNV would even SUGGEST
that they COULD re-occupy Utania, a sovereign country, even if it descended into chaos. And
his comments ring true: Utania is now independent, standing on its own, and it is perhaps
time that the leadership and focus of the UNV mission to "Point South" should be reviewed by
For the UNV's part, they've clearly been reading about the Savaj Empire seizing control
of the other tribes too recently. They've been reading too much into the I'ana occupation.
They've also read far too much into the presence of the Savaj Emperor's armed militia. They
clearly read excerpts of the news, but not researching the people themselves. They clearly
do not understand Utania!
It appears to have been, however, the close electoral race that has unnecessarily
inspired the extreme pessimism in the UNV. Neither coalition is a clear winner, and concerns
are being raised about who is likely to rule the country (see election poll).
Unnecessary, Zeitgeist magazine feels, for there are many combinations and permutations to a
successful government, and Utania's politicians, and the people who elect them, will expect
flexible thinking and compromises in the election of a new leadership.
Here's to hoping that the next week shows the world, and seals the fate of the UNV here
Stocks continue to stagnate - when will the Govt. release cash controls?
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