Zeitgeist Magazine's Utania This Week
October 8th, 301 AP
Utanian President, George OKARVITS, was keen to stay on at the Canhoto
conference, but with the political storm created by his speech on Saturday
September 29th, he was forced on Wednesday to return home. Though greeted at
the airport waiting press, the President made no comment until a press
conference on Thursday and told reporters that his speech was "clear as to my
intentions". He addressed the Parliament, where support for his plan is weak,
with the Canhoto speech. The President told reporters that he is "determined to
press-on regardless" of poor support.
The President has received strong support from green groups, including the
umbrella Free Green Collective, whose leader Dawn K'njossa credited the
President with "showing enormous leadership qualities for such a determined
stand on such a critical issue, even when the population is not convinced."
On the topic of who would be the inaugural Special Minister for Environmental
Strategy there has been little official word. Officials are still in Canhoto
speaking to several attendees, and are said to be collecting resumes. All
resumes can be e-mailed to the President's special e-address:
Candidates must have a command of the Ingallish language. Command of other
languages, especially Utani, would be enormously beneficial. The Utanian
President is an "equal opportunity employer".
<tech> In all seriousness, I am keen to use a name from somewhere overseas, and
that this name has a background that is consistant with your nation will be
even better from a realism perspective. So, the more creative and realistic
the name and career of a prospective, the better -- please send them along.
While you might not get to "control" the "character", it would obviously
benefit bilateral relations. Obviously, names from nations with a stronger
proven environmental history will be considered first. </tech>
The Belson Utanian Open golf championship was won recently by none other than
Utanian champion Amea ARETASUNA, who ended two strokes ahead of the nearest
competition, Hovanec and Uunderfvil, with a final 18 strokes under par. He was
clearly ahead of the competition all through after two very strong rounds on
the first two days, coming in six then seven under. Incredibly, two Utanians
were also in equal fourth place in the match series, Goran RANNATOSU and Samual
N'BANJ. Overall, all six Utanians benefitted greatly from the Utanian crowd who
cheered them on about the Luka golf course. Aretasuna dedicated his win not
only to "My Lord", but to the Utani people and "their strong character which
shaped me into the man before you", and to the crowds who followed him with
"great dedication". While Aretasuna walks away with Û1.62 million (C540
million), the six Utanians collectively won almost Û2.56 million (C853,244) of
the Û7.5 million-plus prize pool. Aretasuna was given the keys to the city by
Luka's mayor, and praised by the electioneering Governor Hope, followed by all
six golfers being given a tickertape parade, courtesy of the Governor. Governor
Hope has been a strong supporter of golf in Utania, and was heartened by the
great crowds welcoming the golfers.
The election in Lasanne state, set for November 17th, is hotting up with the
opposition promising stronger relations with the federal government with whom
the Governor has off-and-on fought. The Governor rebuffed the promise as "poor
for the people of this state". The government is well ahead in the polls, and
is tipped to strengthen its hold on power, despite a rise in the Burovian
The Liberal-Burovian merger has been put on hold for this election, with a
solid coalition agreement instead agreed, including agreement to not stand
candidates against eachother. Mixed opinions within the Burovians about the
nature of their party have slowed negotiations.
The leader of the federal Burovian Party, Max Boornal, this week dropped a
bombshell for the Burovian movement: he admitted he was personally not yet in
favour of dispensing with democracy, as per the Burovian credo. "I think the
people should still have a say in the policies of government," he told an
interviewer. This strengthened the case for a merger of the Liberal and
Burovian parties. Insiders say Naahi Bennett is "stunned", but told reporters
that "The ultimate decision lies with the people, and Mr Boornal is only
reflecting majority opinion of the moment."
The Boornal comments have echoed around the world, with Zartanian Imperial
Council member, Interior Minister Kestra Andrèv, saying that the comments could
reflect the beginning of the fracturing of the Burovian "mantle of
Rumours abound that a satellite launch for the Utanian Starlight Corporation
could be as soon as in the next week. The company says it is "on target" for
commencing broadcast on Friday, December 7th. Zeitgeist News is ready for full-
time broadcasting, says General Manager David Kier.
The Armatirian "Day of Revolution" national holiday was greeted by relative
silence by the Liberal Nationalist Party, in contrast to last year, though some
nationalist groups held demonstrations on Saturday to protest the government's
policy of dialogue with the nation.
SAVANT CASE CONTINUES
The Savant Motors case is back in the courts, with the families of the former
partners of Mr Savante, who were successfully shown to have "cheated" the then
young man of his share in the company, raising an independent appeal in the
federal courts against the ruling. Independent because they do so as "free
citizens" not on behalf of the government. The government is defending the
ruling saying the families have no right to this action. The families are also
suing Mr Savante for defamation. Mr Savante was awarded Û1.8 billion in shares
in Savant Motors by the State High Court, but will not be paid until such legal
actions are concluded.
As the Caledonian Parliament debates whether to ban all firearms except those
used by police and law enforcement, the news prompted comment from the three
Yannist (independent) Utani MPs who claimed rifles were used for food hunting
by the Ramal-Utani and that curbing their ownership in Utania would prompt
"a strong reaction".
Frosty relations between Feniz and Zartania appear to be thawing after a
statement of interest to renegotiate a defence treaty by the Zartanians. The
government of Feniz is worried about its strict neutrality being called into
question, but the old guard are being increasingly muzzled by the dynamic
leader, I'D Doo-Itt.
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