These are the titular Party Animals, who you will interact with and possibly recruit during your political campaign.
Ka Eldereta is a tribal chieftain that represents the interests of the original inhabitants of Summer Island. His name is a pun on "Caldereta", which is a tomato based stew normally made with goat meat.
Boo Tee Kee is a businesswoman that represents the interests of the merchant class. Her name is also a pun, in that "Butiki" means lizard in Filipino. The spelling Boo Tee Kee is the Sinicized form, which I did because the Chinese are the primary merchant class in many Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines. I'm obviously a sucker for word play.
I recently gave our world map a more board-game or pop-up type look, which I think works very well.
My idea was when you zoom into a district, the special buildings in that district will have cute little animations like the bell in this cathedral...
...or this fish trying desperately to escape its farm.
I also tried making one panel comic strips for the blogs that don't naturally have images to go with them, like this one for Julius' series on winning local elections...
...and this one for my pained attempt at profundity in figuring out game mechanics.
Anyway if you've been intrigued by any of this then please do hop on over to the Party Animals devlog to find out more!