LIVONIA 21 October 2021
FREEDOM AND JUSTICE: MAIN THEME OF 2021 NATIONAL DAY
President Trenton during the ‘Trooping the Colour’ ceremony on National Day Celebration
Massive military parade - the largest since the Tarsis Administration - was held in Livonia on the celebration of National Day on September 26th. The parade involved 1,500 troops from the army and the marines, 2 navy submarines and aerobatic show by the air force. The parade successfully drawn a crowd of 20,000 on the Tarsis Square, and more than 50,000 on the National Plaza. The main occasion of the parade, the Presidential Speech, is attended by all cabinet members and state governors of Livana. President Trenton’s speech, which took less than 5 minutes, brought a roar of applause by the spectators, focusing on freedom and justice as the very soul of Livanan liberty. He also stated the importance of unity and traditions in the face of globalization and rapid modernization of the country. His speech was closed with a 21 gun salute from the 13th Artillery Regiment, and the aerobatic show performed by members of the air force. PM Alston only gives short remarks on development and the environment after the show, followed by her opening of the National Feast.
Across the nation, celebrations are held in different and unique ways. In Varana, fishermen and coalminers parade through Foramil’s Square wearing their respective job attires. Environmentalist held a separate parade near Cinaian State Court, using uniquely designed attires from recycled materials. In Arcana, the National Feast is held in the Gunther Beach, and more than 500 venues took part. While in Canna, the Bishop of Canna gave a lengthy sermon, and led the National Feast with religious rituals. Despite each regions has its own way of doing things, the day showcase the highest form of unity amongst the people of this isles.
PM AND PARLIAMENT PARDONED GARY DONOGHUE
In a vote held on October 1st, Parliament approved PM Alston’s request to pardon Gary Donoghue and stop the legal process entirely surrounding his case. The vote was close, with 33 approval and 32 denial, and showing no unity among party lines in the chamber. Mr. Donoghue is released from captivity the next day, and an apology statement was made by Governor Wilde on October 3rd. His release was celebrated by environmentalist protesters in Varana and Livonia, and was welcomed by a statement from the Minister of Environment and Public Spaces, Hon. Jane Cauldron. However, political observers and correspondents are alarmed by the disunity in Parliament, insinuating a potential for minority government in the future, or perhaps a more gridlocked version of Parliament, threatening the passage of national edicts.
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PEOPLE’S VOICE: IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON FROM COLONEL TARSIS
As the 21st century roared on, Livana is still struggling with one of her darkest chapter in history. Even though some still feels certain nostalgia with Colonel Tarsis’ rule in the 50s to the 70s, there are no doubts that he is one of the worst leader in Livanan history. His iron fist regime silenced the people’s voice, while his corruption only serve to enrich his friends and allies. He was a bad person. But, even with all of his sabotage against Livana’s democratic values and the people’s liberty, Livana endured a time of stability under his administration. Stability which brought temporary booming period to our economy in the 60s and 70s. Even though this prosperity ends with a massive economic crisis and yet another bankruptcy, it is worth wondering, is Tarsis to be credited with this prosperity, or is he irrelevant, not just to this economic miracle, but for the rest of Livana’s journey to the future.
According to Historian Alain Harold, Tarsis is irrelevant for us in the 21st century. The Professor of Livanan Political History, from Calmin Social Institute, stated during our interview on October 20th, that Tarsis has no hand in the 60s and 70s boom, and that he shouldn’t be credited for anything at all, but his notoriety in dismantling Livana’s democracy, and the bankruptcy in his last years. ‘The (economic) boom has nothing to do with his (Tarsis’) policies, but everything to do with the condition of the global market at the time.’ stated the Historian. He furthered that Tarsis’ own policy of nationalization while at the same time, kept borrowing more money from foreign countries and investors to fund his infrastructure projects was unsustainable, and is far from any common sense regarding development policies. This policies is the direct cause for the sudden investment loss in the 70s, and Livana’s second bankruptcy in the 20th century. In a closing remark, he said, ‘… we as a nation must start to realize that this man was not an idyllic leader. This man only knows leadership through strength, and has no intention to see his strength wane away. It is time for Livana to move on from Tarsis’ legacy.’
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