Today the members of the Sabioveronese Parliament have passed a law which approved the creation of seven new holidays. The law specified there should be at least one holiday per month (excluding the rotating full moon festivals), as having fun and time off is considered a popular right.
“I believe the people’s happiness will improve exponentially with this law” said NNS sarentir Andreina Rossini, who co-wrote the law with fellow NNS parliamentarians O. K. Bennet and Narcissus Clyne. “It’s our right to have fun, to party and to celebrate these holidays, which we believe truly reflect the culture of our great nation”.
The new holidays include the familiar and international Workers’ Day on May 1st, which has been celebrated in previous years (notably in 2013) but had not been recognized by the government until now, and new original holidays that the Arts Division has already stared planning, such as the Great Southern Festival, scheduled for 17 August, the Ice Cream Day on 9 March, and the enigmatic What Day, which will be celebrated on 24 September.
In a press conference held in the city of Kotavari today, Enkâkourak Shounn Virny, accompanied by Dogashebanke president E. M. Starlynn and Commerce Secretary Shâssel Marlaryen, unveiled the latest advances in the Sabioveronese currency project which was announced precisely a month ago in a parliamentary meeting in Alios, where Mr. Starlynn was appointed president of the newly created Dogashebanke, the National Bank of Sabia and Verona.
Mr. Virny announced the new currency will be known as the groxi, and it’s expected to enter the Sabioveronese market and be fully functional by the next month. This, he clarified, was much faster than the Commerce Division had originally anticipated.
The groxi will be pegged 1:1 to lollipops in a system that will be known as the Káridos Jousitrinas (KJi), the lollipop standard. Mr. Marlaryen explained this system is simple and cute, and will be the new base of the young Sabioveronese economy.
The groxi will be a banknote-based currency, with banknotes designed for all the six denominations (1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100) by RA&V Artworks, formerly known as Demon.ink, the now government-owned design firm of King Tarek. The 2016 series, said Mr. Starlynn, will be titled to “icons and biodiversity“, and will feature important people of history that have influenced the Sabioveronese culture, as well as some Sabioveronese individuals, and species of plants and animals found throughout SiV.
Mr. Virny said he was hopeful the groxi would be a big step towards economic development and sovereignity of the Kingdom.
The city of Kotavari witnessed a historic moment yesterday as Enkâkourak Virny, in his capacity as Chief Artist of the National Artists’ Guild, and representatives of the Left Alliance and the Convergence and Amity party have signed a “treaty of mutual representation”, which gives the last two political organizations an indirect “form of representation” in the Sabioveronese Parliament.
The treaty, which has been dubbed “Treaty of Kotavari”, intends to formalize the membership of the NNS in the Valtirian National Party, the coalition of left-wing parties formed earlier this year to present an opposition to Bertrand Rivière’s Unity Party-led government. After the dissolution of the Courts in July 2015, the coalition feel dormant as the R and A parties both declined in members with the foundation of the Guild.
The treaty was signed by Virny, Léon Galieri (who was authorized by Left Alliance leader Petyr Cohen to represent the R party) and Étienne Boulin (who was authorized by Convergence and Amity leader Saleon Pazar to represent the A party). All three representatives now belong to the Guild, but both Galieri and Boulin have been in important offices in their respective represented parties before. Galieri was one of the Left Alliance’s original founders and its leader until Haronos.
The National Artists’ Guild now has, by virtue of the treaty, the obligation to abide to the opinions of the other VDM member parties in matters of the state, and is to “protect the ideals of the VDM in the Parliament.” On the other hand, R and A are to do the same for the NNS in the Northern Territories, where they are present and have representation. This is seen as an indirect form of mutual representation between the Southern Territories (and the national Parliament) and the Northern Territories (and the regional Legislative Assemblies).
This is the second time in Sabioveronese history that political parties have signed an agreement of some sort since the signature of the Karasal Treaty in 2012 between the Socialist Party and the Unity Party.
After days of deliberation, Parliament has decided today to finally pass a law that will split the Alios-Capital region into two different entities. The bill was originally drafted and proposed jointly by MPs Janina Amosiry and Orion Bennet, of the Poméxelos and Tepou Éisarann constituencies, respectively. As explained by Enkâkourak Virny, who spoke to the press after the Parliament session was declared finished, the territory comprised by the districts of Kotavari, Étanou, Poméxelos and Tepou Éisarann, as well as parts of the Darmosari, Kodesari, and Sejê-Kepren districts will now be under the jurisdiction of the region of Gonn, which will become the Kingdom’s fifth first-tier administrative division. The district of Monesari, as well as the remaining parts of the Darmosari, Sejê-Kepren and Kodesari districts will now belong to the autonomous City of Alios, which will be administered as a municipality but will retain its precedence, what Virny called a “region-level city administered by the central government”.
The decision came forth after calls were made by residents of what is now the Gonn region to give the northern districts of the Alios-Capital region more autonomy to govern themselves, as they felt the central government was unable to fully take care of the region as it was originally intended when it was founded a couple of months ago on 25 August.
“Impossible to manage” was how Governor of Alios Étienne Boulin, one of the main proponents of the change, described the Alios-Capital region. “Larger in size and population than a single municipality can handle”. He explained to Phonograph correspondents that although the region of Sabia had once contained a much larger population within its borders, the prefectures and municipalities of Sabia were much more self-relient before Haronos and the new constitution. “It was all me, I couldn’t do anything!” exclaimed Boulin. The Governor will count with the title of “Chief of Government of Alios”.
Enkâkourak Virny met with Boulin and Kotavari residents Suipom Goyo and Harmê Bertram this evening to sort out the semantics of the new region. Goyo and Bertram were elected by the people of the region to represent Gonn as Governor and Vice-Governor, respectively.
Goyo, who will become Governor tomorrow when the law comes into effect, explained the origins of the region’s name and why it was so important that it became a separate entity from the capital: “All of Alios’ resources come through Sejê-Kepren. This is why we have chosen the name of Gonn for our region [Gonn means ‘tunnel’ or ‘portal’ in Sabian]. Gonn is too much of a big region to be dependent on the central government. A region so big in space and population cannot rely on the slow bureaucracy of the Parliament and the Kingdom’s national governing bodies.”
The new region will count with two prefectures, Minoumon (containing most of the districts of Poméxelos, Tepou Éisarann and the southern section of Sejê-Kepren) and Asry (containing most of the districts of Kotavari, Étanou and the southern section of Sejê-Kepren) and a single Special Territory, Sasari. The capital of the Region will be the municipality of Kotavari, the most populous part of the new region.
Speaking on the subject, Enkâkourak Shounn Virny apologized in the name of the geography committee of the Haronos plan for the miscalculations regarding the administration of the Alios-Capital region. He also recognized the Constitution would now have to be amended, but he ensured the amendment would not be an obstacle in the creation of the new region.
Enkâkourak Shounn Virny has spoken today to publicly congratulate Argentine president-elect Mauricio Macri, who won by a narrow 2.8% margin against Kirchernist candidate Daniel Scioli. The results, broadcasted in Poméxelos last night, were well received by the people of Alios. The Enkâkourak commented positively on the peaceful and swift elections and the democratic compromise shown by both parties.
“In the name of the Kingdom of Sabia and Verona, I congatulate president-elect Mauricio Macri and the Republican Proposal party”. He went on to say that although the two of them had different views on how to run a country, he was sure the new Argentine head of state would do only what he considered was best for the South American naton.
“Good luck, and don’t f*ck it up”, said the head of the Council of State, who mentioned this was an important moment not only for Argentina, but for all of South America.
Enkâkourak Shounn Virny spoke today before Parliament in the second meeting of the first legislature since its accession to power last October 1st. The meeting started with the appointment of businessman and entrepreneur Emmanuel Starlynn as the first Chair of the newly founded Dogashebanke, the national bank, which was unanimously approved by the MPs. The creation of the Dogashebanke is one of the new Enkâkourak’s plans to further develop the Sabioveronese economy.
“Economic development is my goal”, he explained before his fellow sarenty at the Boxunari of Alios, the new parliament’s meeting place in the district of Darmosari. “For three long years our nation has been held back by the Venezuelan crisis. Now we find ourselves with freedom of movement in our economy, and I plan to use it”. He also mentioned he had plans to create a Sabioveronese currency.
“We must be economically independent. Valtirians are tired of using money that isn’t theirs. When I am in Sabia and Verona, I don’t want to pay for kapy nadasis with pesos.” The Enkâkourak went on to blame the failure of past attempts to establish a Sabioveronese currency on the economic crisis of Venezuela. “The lira and the apira failed because back then the Kingdom didn’t have the means to print and maintain a constant flow of paper money. But now we do”.
The proposal was met with much approval from NNS parliamentarians. According to Virny’s government plan as presented to the Parliament, a full implementation of this hypothetical Sabioveronese currency would be in order by March 2016.
Today the citizens of Alios have taken to the streets to show their happiness at the recent passing of the law establishing the Crown Dependency of Esmondia in the Austenasian Parliament. Esmondia, which as a Crown Dependency will be under Austenasian sovereignty and will be administered directly by a Governing Commissioner, was established in an open area of land bordering the Alios-Capital Region to the north.
Among those who participated in the demonstrations were Enkâkourak Shounn Virny and Secretary of the Arts Ryam Piper. The group was seen holding signs with encouraging and friendly messages to Austenasia, such as “Sennaja Êsmossia, Axêtenassia!” (We will protect Esmondia, Austenasia!) and “Sâgara laixen dâleren aishêrexik” (Greetings, mighty imperialist friend).
When asked to give an opinion on the subject by the Phonograph, Secretary of Defense Ignatius Lockhart replied “We will NOT invade this territory”, echoing Enkâkourak Virny’s current foreign policy of peace and love.
Esmondia will be directly administered by King Tarek, who had previously been Governing Commissioner of the Austenasian Crown Dependency of Achem. Achem, which claimed territory in the Smoke Gardens in the Valtir, was established last December but has been devolved to Venezuela as the Royal Court moved to Alios, and His Royal Highness is now unable to oversee it.
The Crown Dependency was named in honour of Emperor Esmond III, who reigned over the British micronation from 2010 to 2011.