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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The Phonograph Interviews: Jonathan of Austenasia

Jonathan I, Emperor of Austenasia

The SiV Phonograph has recently been given the opportunity to interview Emperor Jonathan I of Austenasia, who recently rose to power as monarch of the British micronation.

TSIVP: Since your entrance to power, Austenasia has expanded to the point of being present in four continents. What do you think has provoked this?

Emperor Jonathan: We’ve always had a view of eventual expansion in mind, although that was usually expected to be limited to the British Isles in scope. Upon the abdication of our predecessor, he ceded the Wessaxon colony of New South Scotland to the Empire, which became its first Crown Dependency. The legislation passed to incorporate New South Scotland within the Empire while granting it autonomy from the central government served as a useful template to enable us to annex other pieces of land, regardless of where around the globe they may be. After that, it was somewhat of a domino effect – people saw that Austenasia was able and willing to take on more territory and people, and so they applied to join if interested.

TSIVP: Lately, a series of micronations have centered their attention in your rather controversial ideology, Theodorism. Why do you think it is, after a long time of being established in Austenasia, Theodorism is expanding to other nations of the MicroWiki community?

Emperor Jonathan: Well, it’s never actually been established in Austenasia. We have the intention to think about it one day, but it’s mainly a theoretical exercise in what would be the best system of government for a staunchly monarchist but yet very left-wing people. As it happens, many in the MicroWiki Community are both monarchist (or at least like being referred to as His Majesty) and left-wing themselves, so it was only a matter of time after the ideology had been improved by “The Vanguard Monarch” that others would think of adopting it, and giving their own personal tweaks to it.

TSIVP:  You have been around in the Community for a long time. What do you think has changed the most since you arrived?

Emperor Jonathan: We all know each other better. We’re not just fellow-users of a website any more, we are – for the most part – friends. The Community has become a social group in its own right; at Polination or at Paris, it didn’t feel like meeting people never met before as we knew each other so well through constant communication over Skype. The very form of communication has changed. “Talk-page diplomacy”, or even Skype-based diplomacy, is for the most part dead. The details of foreign affairs may be worked out over Skype in a formal fashion, with the protocol and the titles, but after that it’s back to calling each other fl0ffy and Ando and Jacopo-senpai. We’re all so much more informal with each other, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but we fear it may sometimes blur the line between personal and diplomatic interaction.

TSIVP: It appears the definition of “micronation” has changed with the time. What is your opinion on the current growth of micronations and “internet micronationalism”?

Emperor Jonathan: It depends on how one defines “internet micronationalism”. Using the internet to showcase one’s micronation is fine, but we do not believe cyberspace can be seen as sovereign territory and so do not accept the claims of so-called “virtual micronations” to be actual micronations. A micronation is an entity which emulates a sovereign state or nation but is generally unrecognised as being so. A website is not an emulation of a sovereign state or nation – it is geofiction at best. A state needs real land and a nation needs real people. A website run by an individual claiming that it is a micronation has neither. It doesn’t exist.

TSIVP: Recently, you’ve entered the University, and I assume you’ll be certainly busier. How do you plan to maintain your classes in line and keeping Austenasia active at the same time?

Emperor Jonathan: Austenasia doesn’t need “keeping active”, it does that by itself. We have a very small population by international standards, so it is not as if there is an issue to deal with every day – most of the time, everyone just gets on with their lives. Even when an issue does arise, the local government is usually able to deal with it by themselves. We make trips back to Wrythe most weekends and visit Thanasia most weeks, our Chief Ambassador is at the same university, and we have all the Empire’s Representatives and our other important officials easily contactible via Skype or e-mail, so we are hardly cut off from Austenasia.

TSIVP: To finalize, where do you see yourself and Austenasia in ten years?

Emperor Jonathan: Austenasia, having just celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, and hopefully somewhat larger. As for our imperial person, we are unsure. We have few plans for the future when it comes to our own personal life and tend to just cross each bridge as we come to it.

TSVIP: Thank you for letting us interview you.

“Disappointed”: Gauvier on “Ashar af qafër”

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Pomme-Gabrielle Gauvier posing for his interview with the Phonograph


Socialist Party President, actor and director Pomme-Gabrielle Gauvier has recently approached The SiV Phonograph to talk about the much anticipated movie, “Love in October” (in Pashqar “Ashar af qafër“), in which he gave a negative view to “what the project has become”, harshly criticizing its production team.

Gauvier stated he was “disappointed” at how the project ended. “They didn’t appreciate my viewpoint. I wanted to create a movie about a Pashqari romance. They just wanted to create yet another cheesy romance film“, expressed Gauvier, referring to the movie’s production team. Gauvier also confessed he had quitted his job as movie director a long time ago. “Back in July, during the filming“, remembers Gauvier. Gauvier also complained the style the movie had acquired during the editing. “I had in mind something like the Iranian films of the eighties and sixties. ‘The House is Black’ was my inspiration to enter the film industry. They just turned it into Chaplin Galore“.

One of Gauvier’s major complains was the original language of the film. “The script was written in Pashqar. It was supposed to be in Pashqar. When they decided to make it a silent film, we agreed it would still remain in Pashqar, written in Pashqar Arabic. Then they just turned around and said it would be in Spanish, since it’s more understandable and profitable. I renounced to participate in the project when it stopped being ‘Ashar af qafër’ and it became ‘Amor en Octubre’.

However, Gauvier praised the other actors’ work, especially his fellow actress Florenia Boovuzela, who plays the main role of Laila Mazandaran, the daughter of a rich bussinessman. “She was brilliant. An actress like no other“. He also praised the roles of the Pashqari Tärumi Kharujan, who offered himself to play the role of Laila’s father and Santa Teresa member Zafir Aram, who plays the role of Laila’s younger brother. He mentioned he had been talking with the Tärumi, who shared his discontent with the movie’s production’s decisions.

Gauvier concluded the interview with a critical message to the Sabioveronese film industry. The more we deploy from our roots, the more our movies become just dreams of Hollywood. “Sabia and Verona doesn’t need Myse to be Tom Cruise, or Laila to be Cameron Diaz. We are our own and so should be our films“. When asked if he intended to work on other movies anytime soon, he said he intended to work with Florenia Boovuzela soon again, and that he would never give up on Sabioveronese movies. “It’s our essence“, he said. Amor en Octubre has not yet been released, and it is expected it will in October of this year.

Stefanović wins the race

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DMDK spokesperson Marie Lovett delivering the results

The Commission for the Preservation of Democracy (DMDK) has finished the vote counting and has given a verdict; Ann Stefanović of the Progressive Coalition wins the September 2013 general election with 50 votes and a handsome 75% of the overall vote. In a televised announcement, the DMDK Spokesperson Marie Lovett announced the results of the September 15 general election. The massive percentage of Stefanović’s victory lies in contrast with the turnout of 66%.

In accordance to the DMDK’s statics:

  • Ann Stefanović, Initiative for Democracy (Progressive Coalition): 50 votes (75%). Takes all Municipalities.
  • Osez Kóvérsz, Unity Party: 17 votes (25%)
  • Turnout: 66%.

In her victory speech, Stefanović proclaimed a new era of “true unity, true progress and true equality for the Sabioveronese people and the Juclandian nation”. The Unity Party candidate Osez Kóvérsz has not given any official statements as of yet. Stefanović and her future cabinet are expected to take office on October 1, 2013.

Within the Progressive Coalition’s three member parties, the following results were counted:

  • Roots – Earth Party: 27 votes (54% of the PC vote)
  • Initiative for Democracy: 13 votes (26% of the PC vote)
  • Pashqari People’s Party: 10 votes (20% of the PC vote)

DMDK Chairperson and acting First Secretary of Sabia and Verona, Gen. Rubén Hernández has given a speech following the announcement of Stefanović’s victory, stating the election was a “prove of the Karasal Treaty’s efficiency and a demonstration of a clean and democratic showdown”.

Gauvier: the Socialist Party will not succumb to the Coalition’s pressure

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From left to right: Étienne Boulin, Gauvier and René Quintero at the rally in Alcabala

Socialist Party President and former Vice President Pomme-Gabrielle Gauvier has spoken today in a CM rally held in Alcabala where he spoke about the current issues of the political environment in Sabia and Verona. Upon being asked about the upcoming September election, Gauvier said the Socialist Party had no intention of succumbing to the Progressive Coalition’s pressure, and that the CM will maintain its ideals, remaining neutral in the following general election, to be held next September 20th. The Socialist Party announced it would not participate in the September election in early August. Gauvier mentioned he had talks with the leader of the Progressive Coalition and candidate for the election, Ann Stefanović, in which she attempted to gain support and endorsement from the Socialist Party.

Among other topics, the President of the CM addressed the separation of a group of Socialist politicians into the Communist Party of Sabia and Verona following the failed self-coup attempt of Napoléon Bleuberrie. According to Gauvier, “the Socialist Party has and will be the bastion of left-wing politics in the region“. He said that more than angry he was sad to see his “brothers and sisters” departure from the Socialist Party. “I am in good terms with the Communist Party“, he added.

Since the failed self-coup attempt of former Socialist Party President and founder Napoléon Bleuberrie, the CM has lost a significant amount of supporters and suffered a major split, in which several of its important politicians left. Remaining outside the September election and not endorsing any candidate, the Socialist Party will not win any major political offices and thus will remain excluded from the main political scene for the next term.