Zeitgeist Magazine's Utania Last Week
January 28, 301 AP
Utania celebrated Confederation Day in traditional style. All eyes were focused on the
Savaj capital of Navoomi where the Emperor and his father lead processions and speeches, but
Utan Krysaror, Kanhara City and the Tuaman city of Tuama Koj were also the focus of other
Kanhara City also had a sporting hero return to the city after winning a premiere
golfing tournament, to help them celebrate the unity of the Utani people. Goran Rannatosu won
his and Utania's first international golfing tournament in a thrilling finish. He donated
Û500,000 of his winnings to the Peoples Advancement fund, a scholarship programme for
The six highly successful Utanian golfers have brought home over Û9.4 million
between them, and George Pennenton was 21st on the year-end tally board. Pennenton also has
the distinction of three second-place positions in tournaments. The final tally for the
21. George PENNENTON C1,465,122 or Û4.4 million,
43. Amea ARETASUNA C915,735 or Û2.75 million,
66. Goran RANNATOSU C495,076 or Û1.5 million,
169. Samual N'BANJ C162,736 or Û485 thousand,
218. John UROJA C79,322 or Û240 thousand, and
251. Ajama GADDICH C41,182 or Û120 thousand.
Pennenton's winnings is over half a year, which means that if he had performed as well over
twelve months, he would currently be sitting fourth on the IGT end-of-year tally.
Utania was also tossed from Vexillium's premiere Football tournament, Nuropia'300, by
losing 3-0 to Westria in first round matches after putting in a sterling effort in front of
119,000 Westrian fans last Sunday. The Utanians had narrowly defeated Udan-Woo 4-3, and the
Westrian Coach credited Utania as one of the up and coming teams. However, the Utanians must
first overcome its poorly performing national organisation. Little sponsorship, poor feedback
to the media, and the sacking of yet another coach, the national organisation was described as
a joke by one unnamed national player. "We must improve, we must do better for next year, and
I promise we will", said Joe Mandj'n, acting Vice-President of the national team. Some have
signalled it is time the government took over such objects of national pride.
President Okarvits admitted on Wednesday that three Utanian peacekeepers in Dignania
has been killed serving "the cause of peace", while General Gordain the CiC there is said to
be highly unhappy their deaths have not been "announced to the world" in their honour. But,
on Monday, the President was forced to defend the role of Utanian troops in Dignania, saying
it raised Utania's international reputation as a peace-maker.
Rovens selected a President from its own number on the 18th. Matthias K'yonte, a leading
member of the Democratic Freedom Alliance Party, a core party in Roven's governing PIMR
coalition. The President then selected an inner cabinet of five who will serve as his key
deputies in directing policy for the nation. Aside from one radical Agriculture Minister, and
a right-wing moderate for Exterior Minister, the inner cabinet are moderate-leftists, definite
reformers, but cautious and considered ones, to appease the powerful, conservative business
leadership of the east coast, who will be key to making the reforms workable.
The International Communist Forum formed in the past week, and only one Utanian
organisation was present: the microscopic Communist Party. In a press conference, the Prime
Minister derided their efforts to promote communism worldwide, attracted criticism from
several members of the Cruistian-Socialist faction in his own Peoples Party.
The International Aid effort in Chiquiti has successfully begun to turn the tide against
the conditions there, says Mission Director John Kopeya MP. Water filtration, drilling teams
and medical staff had "saved lives and stopped further thousands becoming ill from unsanitary
water". President Okarvits has praised their efforts and promised to thank them personally.
With all the focus on the Chiquiti crisis, the issue of the Death Penalty has effectively
been sidelined. Each of the three times debate is due, the Parliament has voted to postpone it
in favour of "more pressing matters". Government MP's allied to the President and Prime
Minister want to avoid a potentially catastrophic, self-destructive debate by the Government
coalition, and Opposition MP's are happy to simply allow the state of Nystonia to "govern
itself without federal interference".
For his part, President Okarvits has been busily working with Government MP's to draft
a law which will "guarantee Utani communities under federal law". Most suspect it is a law
regarding taxation, which opposition MPs have vowed to oppose. MPs and advisors have been
arriving at the Presidential Administration Building by the dozens, and President Okarvits
has had a very low profile for weeks. [Tech] Yep, _still_ very busy at work. [/Tech]
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