Aśxa, autumn 2011
Khusqaian state visit to China surrounded by secrecy
(December 21) - Two days ago, prime minister Cimada Erittisĭari left to China for a sudden, unannounced state visit. It is assumed that this is related to the passing of North-Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, but there may be other reasons. There has been no official announcement to the press about the visit, and our reporters in China have been kept at a distance. Not much is known about the talks with the Chinese government, but some other unexpected news came to light.
Yesterday (December 20), Kär Nanamexyyry, the new ambassador to China and former ambassador to FICT, arrived in Beijing. That evening, there was a reception party at the embassy. Much to our reporters' surprise, this party was also attended by the Dhramphanese leader hPáks Thám, who apparently also was in China for an equally sudden and unannounced state visit. Moreover, Chairman Thám was accompanied by sSiôŋ Hau, the Dhramphanese ambassador to FICT, who left Purikali yesterday stating that she was going to Dhram Phá. Given the presence of Chairman Thám in China, his attendance can be explained by the fact that Dhram Phá was added to the area covered by the Beijing embassy. The presence of sSiôŋ Hau, however, can only be explained if the real reason for the meeting was a discussion about FICT.
It is hardly a secret that both Khusqaikama and Dhram Phá are very disappointed about the lack of progress of FICT, and are frustrated by the uncooperative attitude of some countries. Scientific and industrial cooperation was and is the main reason for both countries to join the organization. The Purikali Treaty states that FICT will promote such cooperation, among others by means of the establishment of international research institutes. However, it seems that some countries block every proposal to actually establish any institute and any other initiative for scientific and industrial cooperation, and thus to carry out what it says in the Purikali Treaty.
Aside from these rather general remarks, the content of the talks between Erittisĭari and Chairman Thám is unknown. However, sources inside the embassy told our reporters that Thám, after a few too many drinks, said that "FICT was a mistake." "Apparently, the organization is unable to do what it was founded for, and thus it became useless. And if there is little prospect of that changing, I see little reason to continue membership." According to the same sources, Erittisĭari nodded approvingly.
Siimeŋ Ŭeixiitär founds ISCOSELN
(December 8) - Professor Siimeŋ Ŭeixiitär of the University of Qĭancĭeŋ and his colleague Harold Wijnsma of the Technical University Kornelis Frankema (Waterburg, Kronenburg), have founded International Society for the study of the Challenges and Opportunities of Small Economies with Large Neighbors (ISCOSELN). ISCOSELN is an international scientific society that aims to further the scientific study of the economic problems of countries with small economies that are overshadowed by much larger and better known neighbors, and how to overcome these problems. The organization will pursue its aims by means of organizing scientific conferences, and may in the future also publish a journal. Despite the scientific focus, ISCOSELN also welcome government officials as members, and attendees to the organization's conferences. The first ISCOSELN conference is provisionally scheduled for summer 2012. Ŭeixiitär became the society's first president.
Study trip to Chimor improves intra-coalition relations, for now
(December 1) - Coalition party leaders Samou Komouqaĭaŋ (DSP), Amma Siŋkeanaq (Särkaĭ), Qanuru Sĭaŋkaa (CPKR), Qürü Ośtuguƥu (Prosperity P.) and government representatives have returned from a 'study trip' to Chimor. The trip was organized on an initiative of prime minister Cimada Erittisĭari in an attempt to cool down relations within the government coalition.
The delegation met minister of foreign affairs, Alán de Londres, and two members of the Council of Twelve, María del Carmen Bustamante and Antonio Parra, the founder of the modern state of Chimor and its political ideology, 'ataxunism'. There were excursions to infrastructural projects in the capital Lindavista, a cattle farm in the north of Escondida, and to the tourist resort island Tortuga. The two government officials in the delegation followed their own program and seem to have been successful in laying groundwork for further economic cooperation and trade between Khusqaikama and Chimor.
The main purpose of the trip, of course, was the improvement of relationships between the coalition partners, and it seems that those have recovered sufficiently to keep the government functioning until the next upper house elections (April 2012). There was, however, relatively little direct contact between the party leaders in the delegation, which is perhaps partly due to generational differences. As it turned out, the assistants in the delegation played key roles in bridging that difference. Both Komouqaĭaŋ and Siŋkeanaq are young women with older men as assistants; for Sĭaŋkaa and Ośtuguƥu it is the other way around. This resulted in an effective split of the delegation in one group of four younger women, and one group of four older men, and both of these groups included all four coalition partners. And more importantly, in both groups the mood was cooperative and relaxed (so sources tell us).
Nevertheless, no official excuses were made (for calling Siŋkeanaq a 'mafia whore', for example), and not all wounds are healed. This government may indeed succeed in continuing until the next elections without falling apart, but it is very unlikely that the coalition will continue after that, and in the campaign before the elections, open hostilities will probably recommence.
In the meanwhile, somewhat unexpectedly, Siŋkeanaq and her party Särkaĭ seem to be profiting from all the commotion, especially in more urban regions, which is probably mostly thanks to here rhetorical skills and sudden stardom and frequent television appearance. Recent polls also show that several opposition parties are gaining support and that most coalition parties are losing support, however.
PM arranges study trip to Chimor to cool down overheated coalition
(October 25) - Prime minister Cimada Erittisĭari has arranged a 'study trip' for the party leaders of the four coalition parties to Chimor. The Khusqaian ambassador to South-America, Cimada Taqsikiimri, has been ordered to go to Chimor immediately to prepare the trip. Erittisĭari said that she hopes that the trip will help repair relations between the coalition parties, and re-establish trust, and also that the four party leaders will learn something about and from the Chimorese political ideology called 'ataxunism'.
The delegation will consist of Samou Komouqaĭaŋ (DSP), Amma Siŋkeanaq (Särkaĭ), Qanuru Sĭaŋkaa (CPKR), Qürü Ośtuguƥu (Prosperity P.), their assistants, and two representatives of respectively the ministries of foreign affairs and economic affairs. The last two will not take part in the 'official program', but will investigate advantages of closer ties between Khusqaikama and Chimor, focusing on economic cooperation. The 'official program' for the party leaders and their assistants will consist of an introduction to ataxunism and several excursions to learn about the Chimorese ideology in practice.
Whether the party leaders will really learn something, and/or whether the trip will improve relations remains to be seen. The four party leaders have very different personalities and backgrounds. Perhaps most obvious is the age difference. Both Sĭaŋkaa and Ośtuguƥu are in their early 70s, while Siŋkeanaq (who is the cause of the trouble) is just 24 years old. And obviously, Sĭaŋkaa and Ośtuguƥu have rather conservative values, while Siŋkeanaq and Komouqaĭaŋ are much more liberal. Those differences cannot be bridged by means of a trip.
Concerning ataxunism, much of the four party leaders' response can also easily be predicted. Sĭaŋkaa (CPKR) will criticize ataxunism for not being sufficiently marxist-leninist. Ośtuguƥu (Prosperity P.) will ask questions about the economic protection of farmers and welfare for the rural elderly. Komouqaĭaŋ (DSP) will focus on the social welfare effects and economic equality. And finally, Siŋkeanaq (Särkaĭ) will ask critical questions about the freedom of the press and other civil liberties, and about the role of the 'Council of Twelve', a seemingly undemocratic institution.
Khusqaikama ratifies FICT treaty
(October 21) - Sooner than expected, but further escalating the tensions within the ruling coalition, the lower house has passed the law on the ratification of the FICT treaty. The members of two of the coalition parties, DSP and Särkaĭ voted for ratification, but all of the members of the other two coalition parties, CPKR and the Prosperity Party voted against. The law passed thanks to NLP and half the faction of MPP, gaining 24 votes in favor in total (14 against, 11 abstained).
Importantly, looking at just the coalition parties, the split of 'yes' and 'no' votes coincides with the two camps in the scandal concerning Särkaĭ party leader Amma Siŋkeanaq. Political observers fear that unless prime minister Cimada Erittisĭari (DSP) comes up with a way of bringing together the coalition parties (and healing the wounds) soon, the coalition may break apart. That has not happened yet in Khusqaikama, which always has had very stable governments, but it would confirm the critics who - when this government was formed - said that Särkaĭ and the CPKR should not be allowed to be in the government because no coalition with those two parties could be stable.
UoQ Economist urges FICT to take initiative for international conference
(October 17) - In a long article in the Khusqaian Saturday edition of this newspaper, Professor Siimeŋ Ŭeixiitär (幽 崴秀) of the faculty of economics of University of Qĭancĭeŋ argued that the new international organization FICT should organize a series of conferences tackling the most serious economic problem of most member countries. According to Ŭeixiitär most FICT countries can be characterized as small economies with big and much more powerful neigbors. Khusqaikama has Russia, China, and Japan; Kaupelan has Indonesia and Australia; Dhram Phá has China; Tarmorya has the European Union; and so forth. 'Most people in the world do not even know we exist' writes Ŭeixiitär, 'because our countries are completely overshadowed by our neighbors'. And because of this, it is difficult to attract foreign investors and tourists.
Because so many FICT countries are dealing with similar problems, FICT should organize conferences thereon, at least biannually, argues Ŭeixiitär. And these conferences should include both a scientific sub-conference, and a political/diplomatic sub-conference, such that in the former economists can discuss the scientific aspects of the issue, and in the latter politicians and diplomats can try to come up with shared policies. Furthermore, much can be learned from Kronenburg a small country in the shadow of the USA that nevertheless seems to fare quite well economically, and for that reason, FICT should invite Kronenburg to participate in these conferences as well.
Särkaĭ party leader scandal destabilizes government
(October 17) - The scandal involving party leader Amma Siŋkeanaq (大 吉子) of left wing party Särkaĭ (both party chairperson, and lower house faction chairperson) has grown considerably larger than expected and may even threaten the current government (Särkaĭ is one of the coalition parties).
A few weeks ago, thanks to investigative work of one of our journalists, it came to be known that Siŋkeanaq, a 24-year old graduate student of the University of Qĭancĭeŋ and party leader of Särkaĭ, played in a porn movie produced a few years before she became politically active. Siŋkeanaq apologized for the mistake, which she described as a 'juvenile stupidity'. However, further investigation has revealed that she played in several more porn movies and was otherwise involved in the sex industry in Ammuusĭaama, and that the production company that made those movies is associated with Sĭoŋsĭö, the (by far) largest crime syndicate in Khusqaikama.
It has been feared already that political parties are infiltrated by organized crime, and this evidence suggests that Siŋkeanaq may be one of these infiltrators. Siŋkeanaq denies of course, and her party backs her up, arguing that what she did before is only her own business. Nevertheless, the scandal has caused considerable unrest within Särkaĭ as well, and Siŋkeanaq's position is far from safe.
What is more reason for concern, however, is that the scandal threatens the ruling coalition. Politicians of the Prosperity Party, a relatively conservative farmer party, and the Communist Party (CPKR), both also in the ruling coalition, have expressed their disgust with the whole affair, some of them calling Siŋkeanaq a 'mafia whore', and arguing for the immediate removal of Särkaĭ from the coalition if that party does not remove Siŋkeanaq.
In response to a request by some concerned parents for removal of Siŋkeanaq from the university, the dean of the law faculty (where she is enrolled as a student) replied: 'There are no known cases of women playing any important role in Sĭoŋsĭö, and given that within that organization authority depends on seniority, thus power comes with years of criminal activity, the probability that a young women is a Sĭoŋsĭö infiltrator is near zero. The fact that she is a former porn actress, just 'meat' in the eyes of the Sĭoŋsĭö sex industry, even further decreases that likelihood. In other words, she is just a student and a politician who made a stupid choice when she was younger. That is all. That can be no reason to remove her from the university, and those who think otherwise should re-educate themselves about our great thinkers.' (The latter, of course, is a reference to Caxamiśra, who among others argued that the severity of a punishment must be proportional to the seriousness of the crime, and to the certainty that the suspect actually committed the crime.)
The largest coalition party, the Democratic Socialist Party (DSP), made a somewhat similar statement ending with the statement that the DSP has 'no intention to remove Särkaĭ from the coalition, but hopes that in the future that party selects its leaders more carefully'.