Zeitgeist Magazine's Utania This Week
October 22nd, 301 AP
Utania has now entered the space age with the launch of the very first Utanian
satellite on Saturday morning (Oct 20th). The two-thirds government owned
Starlight Corporation launched a Berecastanio I communications satellite from
the Free Confederate Community Space Agency launchsite in Lombriga. The Û745
million (ChC 248.4 million) satellite and launch is the first major step in the
introduction of satellite-based communications in the SEOC region. The
two-tonne satellite will provide television, data and telephone communications
to the wider region.
The Starlight Corporation is experiencing internal trouble say insiders, with
the announcement that the provisional management will stay on an additional few
weeks. The new CEO, former-deputy Corpratarch of LBC, Alvarono Venerar, is
seeking to implement a more hierarchical management structure to replace the
very "dynamic and flat" structure implemented by the provisional management.
The Starlight Board employed accounting firm Prize Waterlouse Cooperins to act
as the provisional management team at a cost of Û45 million.
As the Canhoto Conference came to a close, President Okarvits was unable to
devote time to establishing a formal charter or series of final agreements for
the continued focus on the environment, due to domestic matters, and was
reported to be feeling "quite disappointed" about this. The Burovian Realm
tried their own: an international system of parks and reserves to be called
"Vexillium Environmental Heritage Preserve Areas" (VEHPAs). Many believe that
without the UNV's backing, the environment will continue to languish as an
uncoodinated issue, and the UNV appears to have its own issues moving into the
new General Assembly Building.
EXPANSION INTO ROVENS FOR SAVANT
Utania's Savant Motors have taken over the Mostowski plant in Cluj, Rovens, in
a seemingly pre-emptive move to head off the Lendosan-based auto-maker, Lilimea
Corporation. Lendosan Confederation officials have been seen making overtures
to President Kope's government of late. The plant will receive Û500 million in
investment to have it producing 35,000 vehicles by late next year.
Governor Hope and his Peoples Party rival, Rupert McKay, locked horns in debate
this past weekend, with the Governor winning with much to spare. The Governor
managed to keep the debate on his favourite topics: the economy and business.
He also took some swipes at the federal government which, he says, is deflating
the economy for "short-term gains", and accused Mr McKay of wanting to do
likewise. The most recent polls put the Governor well ahead of McKay, 58% over
37% (5% undecided).
Dark moves are afoot in the Lendosan Confederation to accept individual votes
by the population in elections based on their ability to answer certain
"patriotic" questions. The push by the Imperial Party was greeted with little
dissent from parties other than the Libertarian League. While Utania's
government refused to comment, several MPs denounced the idea as "democracy by
King Edward II of Christiana has celebrated his fifteenth wedding aniversary
in the past two weeks, after a year of scandal and tribulation for the longest
serving modern Monarch.
The very uneven UFA football competition predictably saw Luka Central top the
country's premier league, four points ahead of nearest rivals Utan Krysaror,
and a full 16 points ahead of third-placers, Richmond. The new UFA management
are promising a "far more even competition next year". In the second division,
RFA Geelong championed the league and looks set to join the premier competition
next year. Mulgrave, Luka Heights and TFA Agraam will also join them in a fight
for line honours. Meanwhile, the UFA are also in talks with Starlight
management to establish a UFA channel on the satellite television network. But,
for now, they will focus on the knock-out competition that will see the two
divisions expand to sixteen teams.
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