U.N. Grants Aliens Territory in Brazil

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U.N. Grants Aliens Territory in Brazil is an article from The Washington Gazette, later reprinted by the Defiance News dated 2015.

Overview

NEW YORK, May 27, 2015 — In a narrow victory, the United Nations General Assembly voted to grant a patch of land in Brazil roughly 1,560 kilometers in diameter to the Votan people for permanent settlement. The vote was 128 to 55 (with 11 abstentions), barely satisfying the two-thirds majority required for the measure to pass. Several countries, such as France, Australia, and India, abstained for fear that a 'yes' vote could incite further riots following outbreaks of violence in those countries earlier this month.

Via a brief statement, the U.N. Secretary General said, "This victory represents a global effort to make peace with the Votans following our initial period of fear and doubt." During the vote, a large crowd of demonstrators surrounded U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, and protests have been planned in several major cities around the world.

Discussion of granting a colony to the Votans began just months after their sudden arrival in April 2013. World leaders were anxious to form diplomatic bonds with the Votans, but no country was willing to offer its own land, and all nations denied any requests for permanent citizenship. Controversy erupted last year when the United Nations granted a seat to the Votans on the General Assembly. Despite this olive branch, violence against the alien visitors has risen dramatically, and the vast majority of Votans remain aboard their ships in orbit in a state of suspended animation. "It's an untenable situation," says Onulu Toruku, the Votan Ambassador to the U.N. "But we hope this colony represents the first step in our long road toward peaceful assimilation."

The newly established colony will be named Sulos after one of the twin stars of the former Votanis System. Even though the proposed territory for Sulos is located in one of the least populated regions of Brazil, a dense section of rainforest straddling the Amazon River, tens of thousands of humans will be displaced by the arrangement. The Votans insist they will co-exist peacefully with any humans who refuse to leave, though residents remain skeptical. A separate General Assembly vote is still pending on the question of whether to allow the Votans to use their "terraforming technology" to convert Sulos into a landscape that more closely resembles their home planets. Experts in a number of fields have already raised objections concerning the impact this alien technology will have on not only local plant and animal life, but also the global environment.

Despite the turmoil, Votan leaders remain in good spirits following today's decision. "We're honored by the generosity of the people of Earth," said Toruku. "We'll look back on today as a seminal event that led to the fusing of our two worlds." Following the vote, the Ambassador was escorted to his residence by a squad of armed security personnel, who now patrol the compound 24/7. Protesters outside the house didn't share Toruku's optimism. "I can't believe we just rolled over like that," one demonstrator said. "You know they're already eyeing land in Mexico and Peru. When's it gonna stop? If we keep giving them everything they ask for, it's only a matter of time until we're requesting land from them."