Monkeykid (JIN): In an announcement that has saddened all right-thinking citizens through the MRA and across SimNation, it was announced today that Governor Obadiah Adams has died.
A period of official mourning will culminate in a state funeral Friday, announced the Governor’s son, Senator George W. Adams.
Governor Adams had served as Mayor (later Governor) of the MRA for a record five weeks, since he was elected to succeed Bell Kinte following her death in office during week four. He was instrumental in the Revolution and bringing Monkeykid to the heights it has reached.
As hard as it is to conceive of a world without the Governor, life must move on, and one of the most obvious ways is in elections for a new governor.
The True Whig party has already announced that Assemblyman Gareth Sanchez, the Governor’s heir-apparent, shall be their nominee. Neither the Progress or RDF parties have officially announced their candidates, however there is widespread speculation that C.B. Jackson may choose to run, which may prove a more difficult race for Sanchez than imagined by many.
Rumours also have it that the RDF may nominate someone from outside the governing cadre. Speculation has centered on Dr. Marley Beare and Haile Selassie Adams, of this newspaper, although both have denied any interest.
Monkeykid (JIN): Minister for Alien Affairs, Z.J. bin-Fahd announced today that an accord has been reached with the aliens.
Recognizing both their need to promulgate and Monkeykidders’ desire to avoid unwanted abductions, the accord provides that no-one will be abducted against their will, but only if they summon aliens.
Expected to be ratified by the Assembly shortly, the treaty includes mechanisms for punishing any alien who violates the same, as well as punishments for any sim who takes violent action against an alien, including shooting down their spacecraft or refusing implantation after requesting abduction.
Minister bin-Fahd commented:
Peace with honour. Hybrids for those who want hybrids. No hybrids for those who want them not. This represents a fair and final accord that will allow us to focus our energies on other threats to the MRA and deal with them properly.
Monkeykid (JIN): The Assembly has approved, with modifications, the bill set forth by Assemblywoman Adams (MRAAB2) regarding the creation and staffing of a Permanent Alien Task force.
As originally conceived, the ATF would be a sub component and under the auspices of the SPS, however amendments by Assemblymen Kinte and bin-Fahd modified this structure. The ATF will be a cabinet-level organization itself, with the newly created Minister for Alien Affairs to sit in the Governor’s cabinet. Among other tasks, the agency will:
- Record all alien abductions in the MRA;
- Record and study all alien fertilizations and alien-hybrid children;
- Attempt to make contact with the alien’s governing structures and negotiate political and economic accords;
- Worked with the SNL to develop effective counter-measures against alien technology.
Some, however, are worried. Attorney Indigo Larson-Traveller, herself an alien-hybrid, fears that “studying” and “recording” hybrids may result in discrimination. She states:
Hybrids like myself have no responsibility for the actions of our alien forefathers, what-ever their misdeeds and plans. We might share their green skin or coal black eyes, but we are not them and we shall always stand with Sims and against those who wish to divide and subjugate us, be they enemies foreign or domestic or extraterrestrial.
It is now up to the Governor to name the new minister. No choice has yet to be made, however, insiders say that Lt. Col. Z.J. Adams of the Astronaut Corps is the likely choice, given both her experience and political leanings.
Monkeykid (JIN): Gen. Jackson confirmed this morning that the 3rd Sub-legion would indeed be sent for a peace-keeping mission to Twikkii Island.
Since the successful invasion and occupation of the Island by forces of the SNL and its’ predecessors, the situation on the island, although better, has remained tense and forces continue to be needed to ensure the safety and security of the Twikkii natives.
The mission is not expected to last past week nine, although the General was unable to guarantee the time-frame involved:
As you are well aware, the situation on Twikkii remains unstable. Although the rebels were easily removed from power, their remains an insurgency dedicated to restoring the Jumbok line to power on the island. Our troops will simply be there to ensure order and help rebuild the island. I am convinced that we should be able to reach a settlement with the Jumboks and end the on-going violence.
Commanding the third will be Lt. Col. Nova, in what will be his first action in the field. Off-the-record sources in the sub-legion expressed concern to the Journal-Intelligencer that Nova, although a fine officer, is known for being reckless, and might not be the best choice in a sensitive situation. When questioned directly about these allegations, Nova brushed them off:
Nonsense. I and all the soldiers of the third understand our role and are dedicated to keeping peace and order. We shall not seek trouble, but you can be damned sure that if the Jumboks start something, they won’t be around to finish it.
In addition to the deployment, the General did confirm that he has approved the Journal-Intelligencer’s request to embed our reporter Priya Ramaswami with the third to report directly from the island. Look for her reports next week.
Monkeykid (JIN): Assemblywoman Shira R. Adams has introduced a bill in the Assembly to provide for the establishment of a permanent alien task force (ATF).
The task force, which would fall under the auspices of the SPS, would serve to investigate and communicate with aliens, with the primary goal of said force to come to an agreement with the aliens to cease abductions and forced hybridization with MRA citizens.
We owe it to ourselves and our future generations to learn all we can about this alien menace. These creatures have no respect for our laws and customs and no respect for our bodies. I hope we are able to come to an agreement with them; but if not, we must be learn their weaknesses and eliminate them through what-ever means necessary.
The Journal-Intelligencer has long advocated for increased monitoring of this alien menace and urges the Assembly to take quick and decisive action on Assemblywoman Adams’ bill.
MRAAB1, Uthman bin-Fahd’s bill to legalize prostitution in the MRA has passed the MRA Assembly and has been signed by Governor Adams into law.
The Assembly voted along bipartisan lines, 5-1, to approve the bill. Zaynab B. Jackson (True Whig) who was the only Assemblyman to vote against the bill, remarked that while she did not oppose the bill in concept, she had certain reservations regarding the registration requirements, thus prompting her vote.
Bin-Fahd, speaking afterwards, was pleased with the outcome:
Removing shame and reducing victim-less crime are positive things. Now, woo-hoo workers in the MRA no longer have to hide in the shadows.
Although now legal, sources tell the Journal-Intelligencer that no permits have been applied for to open the first brothel in town.
Monkeykid (JIN): Aisha B. Starchild, FSIA, has been formally confirmed as City Planner by Governor Adams this week.
Starchild, principal of the Sanchez & Ruben architectural firm, is known for her love of rustic design and clean natural designs. In her role as City Planner, she is expected to advise the Governor on the continued development of Bailey Park and proposed suggestions for a business corridor along Route 139.
Sanchez & Ruben, the oldest architectural firm in the MRA, was founded by Javier Sanchez, who was later joined by his niece, Ursula Ruben. It has been responsible for the design and construction of most buildings in Monkeykid.