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    The Premier Culture and Lifestyle Magazine of the Southern Hemisphere - Natalian Edition
    Now published in Pelasgian, Rozvian, Dawamalian, Wala and Kamachina - 20 NAP

    Announcing the beginning of a Long, Hot Winter
    Composed by Karen "Sunshine" Reynolds

    The winter break is now in full swing and students from all over Harton, Camp Hill, Blackmere, Parow or Mzuzu are enjoying a a sweet 3 week break to return to their normal shape after being mangled by the exams before returning to the 2nd semester. But today's students coming together in places such as the Wakerley Esplanade in Harton or the Glenwood Square in Blackmere or the golden beaches in Parow, on the shores of the Indala aren't your typical guys and gals just happy that the exams are over. No, behind the jols with good music and cheap buddy lagers, and smoking zols, one can find a political consciousness which you haven't really seen in the nation since the 1950s.

    This human be-in that we see today has been described by the hawkish and conservative press as a "national convention of beach hobos" but today's students are taking a stand for they don't want to see their brothers and sisters and friends fighting in Loago or Cabaon. Many or them are disgusted by the continuous state of tension coming either from the north, in the Long Sea, the far north, in Bourgogne or from Loago and many are even more disgusted that the Hippo government has pushed Natal to become the most hawkish nation in the southern hemisphere.

    Between them are members of the NRA, the Northern Republican Association, militating for the de-colonisation of Himyar and for the replacement of traditional chiefdoms with free and democratic republics and of the SDS, the Students for a Democratic Society, which acts as union of student federations, fighting for cheaper education and for more autonomy for universities. They are all over the place, yet, they are just a radical minority.

    The majority of them show that the younger generation doesn't want to follow on the footsteps of their ancestors and keep a vicious circle alive. They are there as a protest for their want a freer society that doesn't impose on them ideals and values that they see as reigning in on their individualism.

    "I am just living. That is what I say to people who ask me what I do. I tell them I live. They don't understand. They think I am an idiot who didn't understood the question, but in reality, they didn't understand the answer. They can't imagine life without the aspiration to get money so they can consume. They don't understand that I enjoy my freedom and if I am to work, I will work for subsistence, not to just consume to the sake of consumption and own objects just to own them," stated one of the jolers as a reporter from Plaid Giraffe talked with him about their movement.

    Many see those be-ins as a form of protest against Natalian presence in Loago, describing it as an illegal imperialist war, or against the Ahmari rule in Cabaon, condemning the Hippo administration for propping an absolutist regime. Others are revolted by the state of the Rehabilitation through Labour Scheme, condemning it as a way for the corporations to avoid paying upstanding citizens by leasing prisoner labour extremely cheap. Others are condemning the culture of consumption and waste that exists across the world and wish to see greater respect for the environment. Others are condemning the social nepotism that still exists in Natalian society and want to see it disappear. They are all very different, but they are brought together by their youth and their hope for a better world for the next generations.

    They are revolutionaries wanting to make their mark felt this winter. But they are not the revolutionaries that have created the Constitutional State of Touzen, or the Kadikistani Union, no, they are revolutionaries of thought. The world is be a better place by changing mentalities. They are ready to fight for love and peace, "they greatest drugs" as they call them and they are happy to do it.

    "I see the future communal. That is the only way to go forward in respect to the planet itself. You see, Harton is the 3rd most agglomerated city in the world. It feels that half the time, travelling through the city is just one huge traffic jam. Do we really need all those cars? Most of them have only the driver in them and no passengers? Do we really need that? We need to escape all this rat race, all the stress and living in match boxes so we can really enjoy our humanity and community," state some other joler.

    Let it be known that the Long, Hot Winter of love and peace has started and that the next generation has learned from the mistakes of their parents and ancestors and instead of continuing what they see as wrongs, they are ready to put a stop to them all.

    OTHER ARTICLES:

    • SoNat Sounds: How the acoustic guitar, drums and flutes are revolutionising music;
    • The New World that needs to be: an Essay by NRA Chairman Simba Sibanda;
    • The Loago War Aesthetic: why the stories of returning soldiers can start an artistic current about dehumanisation and manipulation;
    • Organic Gardening: Tips from the woman who started it all, Unathi Khumalo;
    • Microhomes: a revolutionary way of living the good life, close to nature;
     
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    NATFLICK: Killing film culture or popularising it?
    Composed by Gugulethu Kachipande

    It's been four years since the Natalian streaming service NATFLICK, has started streaming in the Federation of Natal, first in the Republic of Lower Natal in 2015 and then expanding a year later into Upper Natal and the Free State of Langfield and in 2017 into the Northern Chiefdoms. Since then, evolved from 700,000 subscribers to 11 million inside the federation. Now, NATFLICK is turning to the international markets and we will try to see what this means for the streaming service and for the film industry of Himyar, surprisingly one of the most active in Europe.

    As per the first goal behind the NATFLICK project, the role of the service was to create an online database of all the flicks and series produced by the Wakerley and Blackmere studios in Natal during the years for a measly price of 30 Nappers (Natalian Pound/NAP) a month. Of course, during the years, the company has started joining together with the FIC to find capital and with the aforementioned studios and independent movie producers and rather than just showing old Natalian movies, to start creating it's own.

    Currently the biggest success of NATFLICK is the revival of the old Natalian soap opera, Nobody's Perfect. The series has been first created in 1975 and still continues to this day with thousands of episodes, with two hiatuses (one between 1978-1980 and another between 2009 and 2014, when NATFLICK took it over). It tells the story of the fictional Golden Creek Cattle Station and the people working in it, tackling issues such as adultery, polyamory, droughts and economic problems, teen pregnancy and the attraction of urban centres. It has been revived by NATFLICK offering a whole new generation of tenants at the already famous cattle station and attracting a young audience.

    Some of the critics have stated that the big money now existing behind the NATFLICK, especially since it got support from the Ministry of Culture and it accessed FIC funds attract independent film makers and transforms many of their production into soulless commercial ones. The best known example for this is the sequel to Waiting for the Rain, an independent drama about an Mbunda family and how a drought is wreaking havoc in their community. After it was taken over by NATFLICK, Waiting for the Rain transformed into a franchise, with Waiting for the Rain 2 gravitating around the same family, but this time with the son trying to access FIC funds to build an irrigation system, which surprisingly has some comic undertones showing the bureaucratic absurdities of the system. That one was followed by Waiting for the Rain 3, which ends up being a romantic comedy.

    "It just shows how a movie that showed how hard farmers from the northern cheifdoms have to work for their
    livelihood, was transformed into some sort of absurdist rom-com by the corporation," stated Peter Wells, a movie critic and professor in Filmography at the Sunbelt University. On the other side, the producers from NATFLICK responded: "We understand that the original message might have been diluted. But the truth is that the first move was made 30 years ago. Life was very different in 1989 and much harder than today. In reality, the Mbunda state has been described by many as a gem in central Himyar as it had a huge upturn in the last 20 years, being literally the most developed of the Northern states, on par with the Free State of Langfield. Of course droughts are still problematic, but a part of that development naturally comes with an improvement of the life quality in the region. I feel that a much more optimistic vibe, which still shows some of the problems faced by the people there can show like in Wynyard or Port Salima, where the movies are set in, in a much more realistic way. We will do a great disservice to many of those communities in the north, if all that we show them off only like famished and impoverished people. A trip to Mzuz, Chama or Wynyard might dispel many of those impoverished Himyar myths."

    NATFLICK is set to go global in three stages, first in the Engell world and the rest of Himyar, then in Gallo-Germania and Scania and finally in Toyou. It will continue to offer the full set of Natalian productions, together with original creations but it will also open up to foreign productions. Directors have stated that the price for the monthly subscription will remain at 30 Nappers, the equivalent of 10 Engell Pound Sterling.

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    • The Longer, Hotter Winter: How rash responses from authorities in Propontis and Camp Hill might light up a generational powderkeg.
    • Where is Matipa Moyo?: What happened to Coogee Street's best performed and the 5th wife of the Rozvian King?
    • Umqhomboti: How to brew your very own organic All-Himyari beer in 5 easy steps.
     

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