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West Who Delegation to Attend MicroSummit Conference
West Who Foreign Minister Michael Farr announced that the Republic of West Who will send a delegation to MicroSummit 2021 in Las Vegas, USA in July. West Who has participated in three MicroCon conferences over the last six years, which are a separate organization from MicroSummit. The Foreign Minister said attending the MicroSummit conference will give our diplomats the opportunity to engage with numerous other micronations on a personal level. "These opportunities to engage in person with many other micronations do not happen all that often" said the Foreign Minister.
West Who to Launch Rocket Postponed until late 2021
The West Who Space Agency planned rocket launch for early 2021 has been delayed due to COVID conditions and restrictions. The Eagle 43, the latest West Who rocket is sleek in design. It is 67.9 cm in length, with a diameter of 25 cm. The rocket weighs 62.4 g. The recovery mechanism is a parachute. The rocket will soar to 297 meters over West Who when launched by SPEA. It was scheduled for a March launch but SPEA, the West Who Space Agency says conditions in surrounding California will prevent the agency from carrying out the launch. Officials said they hope launch later in the year.
Farr/Roberts Win Election as President and Vice President
President William Farr and Vice President Sarah Roberts beat their rivals to win the national elections in West Who. The Elections Department released a final count of the votes throughout the nation. Farr beat challenger Madison Petrilli to retain the office of the President and Roberts beat Supreme Court Justice Kumar to keep her seat as vice president. Justice Kumar will remain on the Supreme Court. This was Kumar's first attempt at seeking high office in West Who. Four governors positions were up for election. The seat for the Governor of the Asian Region of West Who was contested by three candidates: Shaurya Singh who received 27 votes, Dwayne Orchard who received 20 votes and Paul Tapas who received 13 votes. In the race for Governor of the European Region the two candidates current Governor Nicola Pillonetto and challenger Alexander Seipt tied, both received 30 votes each. The Election Department held a run-off election to break the tie Pillonetto received 29 votes and Seipt received 18.
Raul Mendez ran for Governor of the North American Region and Cory Mcphail ran for Governor of the Oceania region. Both candidates were unopposed and won election as governor. Twelve people were elected to the West Who Senate from various parts of the nation: Seth Farr, Avi Nash, Nadav Sundy, Eashan Shetty, Timothy Schoonover, Ron Hall, Ratan Patel, Kathy Bowman, Reilly Roberts, Luke Neiderer, Isaac Muro and Ralf M.M. Stultiens.
Cassidy Giorgi won election as Mayor of Whoville, the capital city. She beat challenger Mohammad Iqbal 39 to 25. This is Mayor Giorgi's first time in elected office.
New Money for West Who
New Republic of West Who currency was officially released today by the Treasury Department. The five dollar bill features President Farr and the one dollar bill features Vice President Roberts. The reverse side of the five has a space capsule highlighting the West Who Space Program and the one dollar bill has a view from West Who toward the San Gabriel mountains in southern California. A Treasury Department spokesperson said the new bills are larger in size then the previous one and five dollar bills. These type of currency notes are commonly referred to as "horse blanket notes" and this is the first time West Who has issued a larger size currency.
Spacecraft Lands on Mars with West Who Child's Name
The U.S. spacecraft Perseverance landed on Mars today carrying the name of West Who child Ellie Neiderer. West Who President William Farr arranged with NASA officials to have Ellie's name taken to Mars. West Who Space Director Kevin Farr noted this is the furthest into space that something related to West Who has ever gone. "I think it is pretty amazing that Ellie Neiderer's name is on Mars. We appreciate that NASA made this opportunity available to us," said Director Farr.
Foreign Minister in Republic of Uzupio in Lithuania
Foreign Minister Michael Farr led a delegation from West Who to visit the Republic of Uzupio a micronation located in the capital city of Lithuania. The diplomatic mission visited Uzupio and spoke with an official at the border as their passports were stamped. They then toured the nation. West Who astronaut Ron Hall and Information Minister John Farr accompanied the Foreign Minister to Uzupio this first diplomatic mission.
Senate Passes Privacy Protection Act into Law
The West Who Senate voted to enact into law the Privacy Protection Act of 2020 by a vote of 14-0. The new law will protect citizen information held by the government. "The government needs to take reasonable steps to make sure citizen information is safe and secure and if the government no longer needs the information it should be deleted" said Senator Reilly Roberts after passage of the new law. The senator also commented that this was one of those rare votes where every single senator who voted was in favor of the proposed law.