Zeitgeist Magazine's Utania This Week
August 13th, 301 AP
In a violent raid on the Aij Utani passenger jet in Lochboer, UPIA agents and members of the
elite Tokape battalion seized control of the plane and freed the 182 passengers and crew.
Not without significant casualties: 17 dead and 31 wounded. Most casualties were of the
fourteen hijackers, including two who fired a surface-to-air missile at the jet while it was
being taken back. The rocket destroyed an Utanian attack helicopter.
The raid has attracted stern criticism from various parties, including the South Bay
government who deny that they authorised the raid, nor the presense of Utanian attack
helicopters in Lochboer. The President and UPIA were also under fire for "rushing to
violence". Polls are due this week to assess the political damage to the President.
Rovenian Presidential Vote
The Rovenian National Assembly (provisional) will vote on Thursday August 23 for a new
President it was announced earlier this week. RIM is running a public poll on the election.
For information on the candidates, go to:
The 37 Western Zartanian atheletes who defied an Imperial ban on this year's Vexgames
and chartered their own plane but were turned back by the airforce, all received thirty-five
years imprisonment for their crimes of "hijacking", conspiricy and attempting to flee the
country. Formal complaints have been made, but such is life under the Zartanian
The Reserve Bank of Utania this week warned the government that the country was in
serious risk of "higher than acceptable inflation". Already urban rents and property prices
are rocketing in the biggest land boom in Utania's short history.
Utanian peacekeeping soldiers in Dignania won a tax concession from the federal
government this week. The President announced that all soldiers who serve in Dignania as
peacekeepers would be afforded a tax exemption for twice the time they serve, backdated,
and extendable beyond their military careers. This would mean savings of up to Û4,000 for
the average soldier, but cost the state and federal governments an estimated Û230 million a
King Edward II is a more popular man than before openly admitting in a press conference
early in the week that he had indeed been married to a woman in the early 70s. Tragically,
the then-young prince's bride suffered an accident significantly impairing her mentally, and
prompting the divorce. The King's approval rating was 72% one day after the stark
admission. Republicanism can take a back seat.
Utani Saedak Party leader, Casper Atoha, said that his party was not fixed on a specific
population for Utania, only that it should be "sustainable", and believes that 100 million people
is sustainable in the long term.
Korana SETUSU has secured a second place in the ICARA Sempral 200, in Westermarc.
Setusu only joined the SAVANT MOTORS team two months ago, and has quickly established
himself as a more than capable replacement for Roger Phillips.
Meanwhile, the Savant Motors court case is progressing slowly with revelations and
documents being presented by both sides to prove that the sale of 25% of the Savant
Engineering by Atosu Savante was "uncoerced". It appears the former owners are
preventing Mr Savante prove his case not by counter-facts but by denial of access to
company records. The government has repeatedly had to force current directors of the
company to open the company files to Mr Savante.
New for Television
The Census Bureau announced this week that it would work with the Zeitgeist Corporation
to produce a twenty-five episode series on the current face and shape of the Utanian
population, each week focusing on a particular demographic. The series will cost an
estimated Û8 million to produce and will air next year.
In addition, an announcement is due this week on the long-awaited awarding of the satellite
contract for Utanian satellite television. Odds are said to be 70-30 in favour of the Lendosan
Confederation, despite the President favouring the Burovians.
©Zeitgeist Magazine, 301 AP.
©Mike Ham, 2001. All rights reserved. No reproduction without, at least, tacit approval. ;-)