Kerlian News Service
Who will be the next President of Kerlile?
24th June 2019
The Council of Kerlile are scheduled to begin the debate on the appointment of a successor to President Joanna Greenwood on Friday. The Council will remain in an extended session until a successor is chosen from within their own number. No individuals outside of the Council families will be allowed within the building during the debate – even the records of the meeting will be taken by Zan Chiu – one of Councillor Lia Chiu’s granddaughters.
With the Council unable to reach a consensus on the expulsion of the Robinson family from their membership, all ten present Councillors will be in attendance – Anita Patel, Lia Chiu, Pauline Pierre, Electra Georgiou, Lucia Viallamando, Jennifer Hale, Carmen Robinson, Natalia Hart, Rebecca Arnott and Letitia Greenwood. The latter three of these have declared their candidacy already, although any Councillor may declare or withdraw up until the appointment has been made.
It is likely, though not guaranteed, that one of the three who have already declared their candidacy will be the next President of Kerlile. Letitia Greenwood, daughter of Joanna Greenwood and lifelong member of the Women’s Party; Rebecca Arnott, leader of the new opposition Reform Party; or Natalia Hart, member of no party and devout follower of the Goddess. This will be the most contested appointment in Kerlian history.
Councillor Letitia Greenwood is the 46-year-old daughter of current President Joanna Greenwood, and the great-granddaughter of the first President, Wilma Greenwood. She studied Mathematics at the University of Grapevale, briefly worked for the Kerlian Intelligence Service in her youth, and is an avid follower of baseball and supporter of the Maytown Meerkats. She has a single daughter, Carolyn, who is in her final year of school.
Councillor Greenwood is a member of the Women’s Party of Kerlile, the first and largest political party in Kerlile. Over 70% of women over the age of 16 in Kerlile are members, and every past president has been a member. Councillor Greenwood is a dedicated supporter of the original aims of Kerlile – to create a nation in which all women can feel safe and happy, living without fear of male influence and control.
If elected, she has promised to tackle crime, which has been on the rise in recent years, with the number of people arrested for gang activity 10 times higher than that of 2009. The membership of prohibited groups, including terrorist organisations such as the Kerlian Freedom Front, the Men’s Equality Movement, New Democratic Kerlian State and Warriors of the Goddess. She has also promised to increase healthcare funding and eliminate any reliance on imported goods within 10 years.
Councillor Rebecca Arnott is descended from the second President, Nancy Arnott, who was responsible for the creation of both the Parliament of Kerlile and the Restricted Region. She was named after President Greenwood’s mother, she did not attend university, worked for the foreign ministry until her mother’s death and has an interest in foreign politics.
Councillor Arnott is the leader of the controversial new opposition party, the Reform Party, created less than a month ago. They aim to ‘reform’ Kerlian society through five main policy changes, ranging from releasing so-called ‘political prisoners’ to loosening regulations preventing men from working in certain sectors. The new party has seen only weak support across Kerlile and is supported by Councillor Robinson who has been accused of treason.
If elected, she has promised to immediately enact the five main policies of the Reform Party, which are: outlawing torture as a punishment and shutting down the Restricted Region, allowing men to pursue further education after the age of 16 and loosening male employment restrictions, an end to the emigration ban, the end to forced labour in prisons and the release of prisoners arrested for certain types of anti-matriarchal activity. She has also suggested that she would order the release of Councillor Robinson, even if she is found guilty of treason.
Councillor Natalia Hart is a devout follower of the Goddess and is the only member of the present Council to regularly attend religious services. She provoked controversy in 2009 after she attempted to pardon the leader of terrorist group Warriors of the Goddess – an attempt which was blocked by the rest of the Council. The terrorist leader was sentenced to life in the Restricted Region.
Councillor Hart is not a member of either political party, stating that neither party follows the teachings of the Goddess. She disagrees with the polices of the Women’s Party relating to law and order, and with the Reform party on their stance towards loosening restrictions on men’s employment. Her policies have support from religious leaders and the religious community, however their numbers have been dwindling in recent years.
If elected, she has pledged to immediately shut down the Restricted Region, outlawing any kind of torture as a punishment (but placing no restrictions on interrogation techniques). She is a strong proponent of capital punishment instead. She does not support loosening restrictions on male employment, stating that this would be a ‘betrayal’ of the founding principles of Kerlile, and would risk ‘fracturing’ the Matriarchy.
The debate is set to begin at 10am on Friday in the Council of Kerlile chambers in Grapevale. It is expected to last around ten hours – although may be shorter or longer, depending on what transpires inside. Following the debate, the identity of the new President of Kerlile will be announced publicly.