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Angerland Sells UN Security Council Seat to Majuscule
In a closely guarded deal, the Republic of Angerland has effectively sold its rotating UN Security Council seat to the global information giant, Majuscule. Although no official statement has been made, Angerland’s Permanent Representation to the UN is now headed by Ralph White, Majuscule’s President of Stakeholder Relations. Angerland’s next turn as President of the Security Council comes in Spring, 2026.
Majuscule told our New York reporter that White is “on secondment” to Angerland’s mission to “share information and ideas”. But we have learned that four Department of Foreign Affairs employees, including the UN Ambassador, have been ordered back to the capital with barely time to clear their desks. The delegation has been replaced with Majuscule employees carrying business cards showing Angerland’s national symbol – inside the Majuscule logo.
The Security Council president has powers to set the agenda, chair discussions and oversee any security crisis that occurs during their tenure. Respected as an effective and even-handed operator with little skin in the game, Angerland’s previous presidencies of the EU and UN Security Council have been very successful. An unnamed but senior UN figure told us; “When Angerland chairs, business just gets done. The Angerlands rarely care about the content, just about getting a deal everyone can live with. But this level of pragmatism is just ... I don’t know what to say. They literally put a dollar amount on their sovereignty”.
In a quid pro quo, Majuscule will extend its Income Boost scheme to cover 25% of Angerland’s unemployed at $8 billion per year for the next ten years. It is worth noting that the Income Boost scheme also provides the company with unlimited access to the participants’ data. As a country that relied on technology giants to fuel its boom and now has 40% unemployment, it is perhaps no surprise that Angerland is selling off its few remaining assets – and the technology giants are happy to oblige.
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