Zeitgeist Magazine's Utania This Week
February 4, 301 AP
A plane crash in Christiana is rumoured to have killed the entire Christianan football
team returning from the Nuropia 300 tournament. Suspicions have already been raised by the
Christiana Bureau of Investigations (CBI) that a bomb may have caused the explosion that
destroyed the jet. Utania has pledged to send any aid required.
Utanian peacekeepers are earning respect for themselves by working hard at establishing
a peace in Dignania. General Gordain, CiC of the peacekeeping operation, has been personally
involved with several officers, Military Diplomatic Attachés, to establish the basis
for a peace in the divided country. He is earning high-praise and accolades from the Utanian
media, despite parliamentary opposition to what they term "Okarvits Crusade" endangering
Utanian lives. Though the ceasefire ends this week, the Utanians will not give up, said a
spokesman for the President.
A spokesman for the President dispelled rumours of a rift between the General and the
President saying that they had spoken "openly and frankly" recently about the issue of
honouring the three dead Utanian servicemen killed in Dignania. General Gordain also issued a
statement denying that he "despised" the President. "I have the highest respect for the
President both as my Commander in Chief and as a friend, and though he and I may disagree, I
have, and will always have, the highest respect for him."
As for the peace in Dignania, posturing and sabre-rattling have continued throughout
the peacetalks, and despite one minor exchange of artillery-fire over the peace-talks town,
and other skirmishes, the truce appears to have largely held.
The small, oil-rich, desert nation of Feniz has officially changed the side of the road
it drives on to the left, joining a small handful of nations, including Utania. Though limited
choas is anticipated for some weeks, overall the regime is expecting Fenizians to adjust
"admirably". Speculation is that the move is a clear sign of the changing of the guard in
New management has been installed in the country's third largest ISP, Jagged Blue,
after only two weeks since billionaire James Angorit bought the company outright from its
management-owners. Three of the former owner-managers departed during the week, and Mr Angorit
immediately replaced them with one CEO from Savaj Netopik, and two outside managers, one of
whom is from the BTM-Interlink, the country's largest ISP.
Major infrastructure development for Chiquiti is being discussed by the Okarvits
Administration after a proposal from the Bowdani Engineering Aid team there. President Okarvits
is said to have been briefed and is "enthusiastic" about employing a Bowdani company to help
with a major rebuilding of the Chiquiti water and waste infrastructure.
Despite several months of debate, several press releases on the key purchases by the
Utanian government, the opposition pointed out that "not a single pund" had been spent. The
government is under fire for failing to keep a single promise. President Okarvits says his
administration is unaffected by the criticism: "We will deliver in our own good time, and then
we shall see Mr Kemp (MP; opposition leader) retracting every word."
The government census of the Utanian republic is over with the last surveys taken which
bring the multi-million pund exercise to a close. Now, say Census chiefs, the millions upon
millions of survey forms must be collated and entered into the massive computer system
developed by Business Thinking Machines (BTM). Expectations are that the first results may be
available in the next few weeks.
©Zeitgeist Magazine, 301 AP.
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