Conservative victory: Rivière to become Enkâkourak

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Bertrand Guillaume Rivière, who will take office as First Secretary on 1 October 2014.

The ballots closed at 6 pm VST and it was time for the National Electoral Tribunal to count the votes. A multitude of reactions didn’t really appear on the faces of the Sabioveronese citizens when it was announced Bertrand Rivière, of the Képren Lâdom Alliance had won 34% of the votes nationwide. The Képren Lâdom, a coalition of the Unity Party (C) and the Initiative for Democracy (D), will have nine seats in the Chamber of Deputies. This is the first conservative victory since the election of Osez Kóvérsz as First Secretary in the December 2012 election.

In celebration, Rivière held a victory rally in the Ánko Mon district of Salisse in which he proclaimed:

“Line elêk vaturshar ravêk nâma Képras Lâdom. Ê né sourta: lâde. Képre árosh lir arounêk, má tréshatokor xír!” (Translation unavailable.)

Rivière had received an unprecedented support in previous polls. Coming to a close second winner stands the Left Alliance headed by Ernesto DaVilha with 26% of the vote. The Left Alliance won four seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

Although the Convergence and Amity party of Étienne Boulin received only 23% of the vote, they gained five seats in the Chamber of Deputies, one seat more than their red counterparts.

Finally, the Pashqari People’s Party, headed by José Ramírez received a 15% of the general vote, which will grant them two seats in the Chamber of Deputies, not unlike the two seats they already have in the present Chamber. Independent candidates have received 1% of the general vote. The voter turnout was of 87%, lower than the past election’s 98% but still considerably higher than the 66% of the September 2013 election.

Though the relatively new to politics Rivière first rose to fame as the husband of Sabian language poetess Rosalind “Rosie” Levine, lately he has made a name for himself in Sabia and Verona with controversial ideas and reforms that will be presented in the first meeting of the new Chamber of Deputies on October 1, 2014.

Pahunist Anniversary: Noaeryk I longest reigning High Priest of the Blue Church

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Tenkośu portrait of High Priest Noaeryk, made in the occassion of his first anniversary in the Church.

It’s September 13, and the Church of the Pahun is celebrating. It was one year ago that High Priestess Senna I Ashminasuunu, the Beloved, stepped down and handed the title of Miisete Pahunetur to Joseph Kennedy of Ashukovo, who would become Noaeryk I, High Priest of the Pahun.

Noaeryk’s tenure as High Priest has been characterized by the unification of the two schools of thought of Pahunism, the Nikolaeist School and the Fäkhist School. It has also been characterized by the declaration of the Aytana Tree Edict, which redefined the purpose of the Panunist Church. High Priest Noaeryk has been the longest-reigning leader of the Church, having beaten the record previously held by his predecessor Senna I (now known as Lady Saria Josephine) last August 23.

While all past High Priests excercised full power over the institution’s affairs, Noaeryk has served most of his term as a purely symbolic figure. Ever since the Aytana Tree took over the Blue Church, all the decisions have been made by its followers collectively, which is not really hard since Pahunism isn’t exactly a widespread religion. Noaeryk’s term has been once of peace, integration, collective leadership and most of all, balance.

To celebrate this special occassion, the Pahunist Church has collectively decided to conmemorate Noaeryk’s reign by revealing his Nanasehur, the name for which he will be known after he steps down from office. While usually a Nanasehur would be given to the High Priest after their dismissal, the Noaeryk’s subjects have decided to present it to him now, and he will be able to use it for as long as his reign extends and beyond. After little debate it was agreed Noaeryk would be known as Ashagantaresamenu, the Bringer of Balance.

Congratulations, Miisete Noaeryk. May the Pahun smile upon your reign with all of its eight virtues.

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aś-Daelosak removed: Sabia and Verona mourns

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Remains of aś-Aıśok Myasādaelosak in Elynor Loś.

The entire nation mourns the loss of aś-Aıśok Myasādaelosak or aś-Daelosak, the Old Friend of Elinore. The 15 ft. tall Phanera variegata tree has been removed in order to protect the nearby structures, since the tree species is known for having especially invasive roots. Though a necessary action, it hurts no less to see the Daelosak pass away.

The tree was planted around four years ago in 2010, long before the sector even heard about micronationalism. It was in 2013 that it acquired the name of aś-Aıśok Myasādaelosak, the Great Old Friend. An important landmark of the Pēlyonarīn Tenmeı parish and botanical eye candy, the Phanera had been of cultural relevance to all of Sabia and Verona ever since the creation of the Kingdom. The tree casted its shadow over Salisse and Caenia, protecting the citizens of the overpopulated capital from the merciless tropical sun, and its beautiful orchid-like flowers were declared a national symbol, and even appeared on those fancy banknotes we never got to use because they had too much details and ink is really goddamn expensive.

Among those who have expressed their grief at the loss of the Daelosak are the Lieutenant Secretary of Elinore Prefecture Petyr Cohen, who was to be interviewed by the Phongraph but couldn’t stop crying so we let him be. We send our condolences to Malula, the cat who used to hunt down birds from the Daelosak’s gentle branches and rest under its sweet shadow, and we also express our sincerest condolences to aś-Dyvedrınīn Nāvak, or Dyvedrın’s son, the Euphorbia cotinifolia tree that used to keep our good old Daelosak company when no other plant could reach as high as he could. The Euphorbia tree is now alone, and he stands tall as the only tree in all of Elinore’s Gardens of Dyvedrın. To you, Nāvak, we pass on the position of bringer of shadow and refuge of cats.

A Pahunist mass will be held in the afternoon at sunset to celebrate and cherish the memories we have of our Daelosak. It is with great sorrow and sadness we hail you, Daelosak, we will not forget you, even when we find a much less invasive tree to plant in our garden. Good night, sweet prince. Ekinâ elom un sháne sjâshir.

aś-Aıśok Myasādaelosak (2010 – 3 September 2014)

Institute of Sabian Studies to comply with royal reforms

The President of the University of Elinore Institute of Sabian Studies (the body responsible for overseeing the Sabian language), Fernando Goyo-Ramírez, has stated they will comply with Queen Ysabel’s proposed reforms of the language. The “royal reforms”, as they have come to be called, consist of the 1st Royal Advice issued by Her Highness last May 22 and ratified by three of the five Senators who were present at the time, in which she recommends 1) the implementation of the Nelsâbik writing system, also known as the Royal System as the language’s ‘default’ writing system and 2) the separation of the Sabian and the Sabiolycene dialects as their own languages.

“These are reforms that should have been applied a long time ago, but they stopped being priorities after the changes the government suffered following the creation of the Federation” said Goyo-Ramírez.

The Nelsâbik writing system or Royal system is a simplified version of the common writing system of the Sabian language developed by Tarek Kârjasary and Saria Josephine. It has been in use since early January 2014 and has become considerably popular among the Federal Citizenry of Sabia and Verona. The only non-basic letters used by the Nelsâbik system are â, ê, á, é, í, ó and ú, which contrasts with the long list of non-basic characters employed by the common system.

As for the separation of Sabian and Sabiolycene as different languages, the NILJ (the Sabiolycene equivalent to the Institute of Sabian Studies) is yet to give any official statements. NILJ Director Suīnavak Aśyōbyr has proposed the segregation of the two dialects at the Legislative Courts in two past occasions in 2013.

The use of a simpler to read writing system in the Sabian language is expected to encourage its use among the federal population, composed mostly of native Spanish speakers.

Left Alliance wins the election

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Election results as announced by the National Electoral Tribunal today at 6:30 pm

Four candidates met in the fourth Sabioveronese general election since the nation’s creation in October 2012. This time however, the members of the legislature were elected to the new Lower House of the Courts, the Chamber of Deputies. The ballots closed at 6:00 pm, and at 6:30 pm the National Electoral Tribunal speaker Marie Hernández announced the results.

As if to prove the polls right, the Left Alliance led by Léon Galieri won the election with a contundent 30,5% of the outcome with 29 popular provincial votes, carrying two Municipalities, Salisse and Aguasblancas (the latter in a tie with the Unity Party) and earning eight seats of the new Chamber of Deputies. The Left Alliance (R) is the official successor of the now defunct Socialist Party of Sabia and Verona (CM), created by Sr. Napoléon Bleuberrie in late 2012.

Coming on a close second was the also new party Convergence and Amity (A), led by Ryam Piper and with Apollo Cerwyn as the party’s candidate. Convergence and Amity received 26,3% of the outcome with 25 popular votes, carried four Municipalities (Caenia, Elinore, Tegula and Átāśıarı; Tegula in a tie with the Pashqari People’s Party) and took six seats of the Chamber of Deputies. Convergence and Amity is the successor of the now deceased Roots Party.

In the third place came the well-known Unity Party (C), led by Graham Müntz and with Carla Mora as the chosen candidate. The Unity Party received 24,2% of the overall result with 23 popular votes, carrying three Municipalities (Caenia, Abrelia and Aguasblancas, tied with the Left Alliance) and earning four seats of the new Chamber of Deputies. Since the dissolution of the Socialist Party of Napoléon Bleuberrie, the Unity Party is Sabia and Verona’s oldest political organization and the nation’s only conservative party.

In the last place came the Pashqari People’s Party (P), for the first time running independently, led by Lukas Pondstone and presenting Shzël Ashaqür as the Pashqari candidate. The Pashqari People’s Party received 18,9% of the overall result with 18 popular votes, carrying only Tegula (and tying up with Convergence and Amity) and taking two seats of the Chamber of Deputies. Shzël Ashaqür is a member of the prominent Marlaryen family of Verona.

The whole election had the greatest turnout in the history of Sabia and Verona with 98% of the provincial population voting, even more than the December 2012 general election which had a turnout of 92%. First Secretary-designate Léon Galieri will assume office on 1 April, 2014 alongside his Cabinet and the new Chamber of Deputies.

First Secretary-designate Léon Galieri of the Left Alliance
First Secretary-designate Léon Galieri of the Left Alliance

Stefanović: the situation in Venezuela is affecting our internal affairs

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The First Secretary delivered her speech early in the morning from Salisse

Madam First Secretary Ann Stefanović (AMD) has given a speech today in which she states “the situation in Venezuela is affecting [Sabia and Verona's] internal affairs“. Stefanović has complained Sabia and Verona’s transition into a province of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands has been affected by the ongoing riots in several Venezuelan cities, including the western city of Mérida, which completely landlocks Sabia and Verona. The protests, that started on 11 February, 2014, have included harsh confrontations between the Venezuelan National Bolivarian Guard (GNB), the State Police Corps, anti-Venezuelan government students and pro-Venezuelan government protesters. The main roads of Mérida have been blocked with burning car tires, rocks and the tons of garbage the city has been flooding in due to the lack of garbage trucks.

One of F.S. Stefanović’s main concerns was the upcoming coronation of to-be-Queen Ysabel Annënak, who was to be crowned in the capital city of Salisse next Sunday 23, but has been officially postponed. “We cannot risk Her Highness’s security by asking her to come to Sabioveronese territory; the main roads connecting the seat of the Royal House and SIV have been blocked and are subject to riots and confrontations” expressed the First Secretary. Alternative solutions to the coronation in Salisse have been provided, and the government is evaluating the possiblity of crowning the future Queen of All Sabia, Verona and Lycem in the Lycene realm of Habyra, which is considerably closer to the Royal House’s seat, on 24 February, 2014. If the situation is cooler next Monday, Her Highness and part of the Sabioveronese government are to rendezvous there, where the future Queen will be officially sworn into office. “If all other plans fail, we must postpone Her Highness’s coronation until the situation affecting our neighbouring Venezuela ends“,  said Stefanović.

The First Secretary also pleaded for peace in Venezuela and for the Venezuelan citizenry to halt the ongoing protests that have already taken the life of three students in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. “It is saddening to see our neighbour and parent country in such a shameful situation. As head of the Sabioveronese government, I can only ask President Nicolás Maduro to put an end to this massacre“. The protests started with students from the major universities in the country, the ULA and the UCV complaining about insecurity and flaws int he democratic system. To conclude the speech, the national anthem of Venezuela, “Gloria al Bravo Pueblo” was played following Sabia and Verona’s own anthem.

New Apira designs unveiled

The People’s Government of F.S. Ann Stefanović has published the chosen designs of the apira banknotes, the new Sabioveronese currency that will be implemented in the Sabioveronese market in mid-2014. The currency, named for the Timote word for “stone” is not the first attempt at implementing a currency for Sabia and Verona only. The lyra of early 2013 was also intended to be used for the region, but the project failed after former First Secretary Napoléon Bleuberrie’s self-coup. According to Stefanović’s Economy minister, Donnel Seaworth, has stated the currency will “begin printing process in February of the following year, and it will be fully implemented by mid-2014″. The designs of the banknotes were made by  and accredited to Demon.ink. The notes, of denominations 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500, feature images of important people of Sabia and Verona’s history on the front side and the Andean peaks surrounding the region on the back side, from the tallest (D.n. Bəšë; Píco Bolívar in Spanish) featured in the 500 apira note, descending to the Mountain of the Dog (D.n. Pömek) featured in the 1 apira note.

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