Polētiques Eirian (Eirian Politics)

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Polētiques Eirian (Eirian Politics)

Post by Democratic Republic Of Eiria » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:52 pm

The Senate Building, 459 Liberty Square, Geminus, 8:57 AM
Chancellor William Lancaster Sat in the Chancellor's meeting room of the Senate building, contemplating his current situation. I have absolutely no idea how this vote will go. Party lines are redundant here, and I can't do a damn thing about it. His husband, Jacob, Noticed his agitation. "Hey," he said, putting an Arm around him. "Don't get too worked up about it. It's not like you're rewriting the Constitution. Just a little law."
Will smiled. "Thanks, Jake. I appreciate it. I just don't like feeling helpless. I want this vote to pass, but I don't know who would support it".
Jacob Tilted his head. "Isn't that what this meeting is for?"
Will nodded. "Yeah, but if we don't have enough votes, the vote is today, so we barely have any time to compromise. We're cutting it too close." He checked his watch. 8:59. "Plus, you know how fragile public support is. One screwup, and I'm gone". He checked his watch again. 9:00. He sighed. Release the hounds.

The first two Senators to arrive were probably the most influential senators of the two major parties. Alison Legrand, and Alexander Dukov, flanked by their Aides. "Good Morning, Chancellor". Alison and her aides, Sarah and Benjamin, sat down on William's left and pulled out notebooks. Dukov and his aides did the same on the right side of the table. Will greeted both sides with a partially fake smile. "Morning, Senators and Aides. The meeting will begin once the others arrive". Dukov nodded in response. His eyes flicked to Jacob, who was observing in the corner and recording the minutes, and narrowed his eyes. Dukov hadn't been a fan of the Provīri ever since Will and Jake got married. It took all of Will's willpower to not come up with a sarcastic comment. Alison, however, was not so inclined to hold back. "Is something wrong, Senator Dukov?" She said, hiding a smile. "Or Minority Leader, if you'd prefer". Dukov glared daggers at her. "Senator would suffice, and no, nothing's wrong". The air in the room suddenly felt a few degrees Colder. Just then, the rest of the representatives joined the meeting. Senator Justin Olmansēn and his Aides of the centrist party, and Senator Amara Chin and Aides of the Communist Party. The four Parties made up 88 of the 90 Senators governing Eiria. Will cleared his throat. "Good morning, and welcome. We're here to discuss Bill VOT-697, which would make voting Mandatory. Senator Legrand, I congratulate you on your nomination for Majority Leader, and since the position is technically Vacant, you will be our Proxy until it is taken. Senator Olmansēn, I understand you Authored this bill. Would you do us the honors of explaining it and explaining why you wrote it?".

Justin stood up, nervously fidgeting. "Yes, of course, Chancellor". He rifled through his notes for a moment, then continued speaking. "Bill VOT-697 would make voting Mandatory, extend absentee voting to two weeks out, and creat new voting stations at government offices. A person could still Abstain, but more people would go to the offices, so more people would vote for their candidate while they're there anyway. I wrote it so that minority groups may get more representation, while still serving the will of the people".
"Thank you Senator. So, let's begin the discussion".
Amara Chin spoke up first. "Well, I am all for giving groups more representation, but two weeks absentee? We have an election cycle every 2 years. We can't cover half the damn term with elections and voting!".
Dukov raised his eyebrows. "Well, what do you want us to do, serve for life? You want a dictatorship?".
Amara fired back. "Oh, where have I heard the suggestion of serving for life before? Oh wait, it was in your campaign speech!".
"Oh, you bit-"
"Senators, Settle down!" William grimaced. "We can't be at each others' throats all the time! Which parties would support this bill?".
Alison nodded. "Most of mine would. Thirty-eight are already on board. I may be able to get forty-two out of forty-nine. A few fear we would be restricting liberty by supporting this bill".
Will Wrote that down. "Okay, that's what I was afraid of. Still, forty-two out of forty-nine is excellent. Senator Chin?".
"All four of us." She responded.
"Okay, forty-six. Senator Olmansēn?".
"Four of Seven."
"Fifty. Senator Dukov?".
"Hopefully None. This bill is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to vote us out of the Senate".
Alison laughed. "That's preposterous! And the best joke I've heard all week!" She almost choked on her water because she laughed so hard.
Dukov was fuming. "Laugh all you want. You know it's true. And the rest of you, why are you going along with this? You are signing your death sentences. This will only hurt us in the long run. None of my Senators will support this bill!".
The braver one of Olmansēn's aides spoke up. "Well, a few of your Senators torwards the center said they support it. Even a few of-".
Dukov's glare made the Aide fall silent. The room went so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Finally, William spoke up. "Well, this meeting is over. Voting is in a little over an hour, go meet with your Senators and discuss your course of action. Meeting Adjourned".
The Senators and Aides packed up their notes silently and left, leaving Will and Jacob alone. "Well, that was interesting" Jake said, signing off on the minutes for the meeting. "I'll go submit these. See you after the vote". He kissed Will, then left to the record room. Will say back in his chair, fidgeting with his pen. Now we Wait.

Two hours later, in full view of the Television Cameras, Chancellor William Lancaster signed VOT-697 into law. It had passed in the Senate 57- 33, with 7 Formido Senators flipping. Dukov had been seen angrily leaving the floor after the vote. Just another day in the Eirian Senate.

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Re: Polētiques Eirian (Eirian Politics)

Post by Democratic Republic Of Eiria » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:56 am

Liberty Square, Geminus

The hooded man waited in the crowd, watching the Minister of Medicine give his speech. "Drug use has been spiking over the last few months. This is not a good sign for the future, and so we are trying to do everything we can to stop this trend before it gets out of control. Now, how should we....". The hooded man tuned out and reached into his back pocket, where a pistol sat. He drew it out slowly, and listened for an opportunity.

"And now, to present our plan for our idea, Chancellor William Lancaster and Provīri Jacob Tudeau". Amidst the applause, the Chancellor and Provīri stepped up onto the stage. "Thank you. As Doctor Darana said, we are working hard on preventing the spread of addiction in our nation, but we aren't always successful. So....."
The man pulled his gun and aimed, getting ready to pull the trigger and leave Eiria without a leader. At the last moment, the man next to him noticed the gun. "No!" He screamed, and barreled into the hooded man. A gunshot sounded, and the stage erupted in red. But it wasn't the Chancellor's blood. The bullet had hit the Provīri in the shoulder. He stumbled back, being caught by the Solar Guard Agent guarding the stage. Another gunshot sounded, this time directed by the assassin at the man who made him miss. The Solar Guard agents arrested the assassin, as more police arrive to break up the crowd.

Will was escorted out of the square, in shock.

No.

He thought to himself.

No. Please God No. Not Jake. Please.

His heartbeat felt out of control. He boarded the ambulance that Jake was being carted into and grabbed his hand. Jake let out a small groan. Will whispered reassurances as they rode to the hospital. "Please, Hang in there. For me".

An Apartment on 14th Street, Geminus

Emily Lancaster sat on her couch, watching TV at a hushed volume. Her young baby, Andrew, slept soundly in the nursery. I got very lucky, she thought, That he Is a heavy sleeper.
She scrolled through the channel menu and turned on the news, and Gasped when she saw the headline. "Provīri Shot in Liberty Square". She turned off the TV, grabbed the Baby monitor and her keys, and ran down to the parking ramp.

Compassion Hospital, Geminus

Emily parked in the ramp of Compassion Hospital and ran into the lobby in a hurry. She hurried up to the reception desk. "How can I help you?". The man behind the desk asked, noticing her hurry. "I'm looking for Jacob Tudeau. I am a family member". He typed on his computer for a bit, then looked back up at her. "He's in Surgery currently, he won't be out for a little while. Is there anything else I can help you with?". She deflated a bit, but then she heard someone call her name. "Emily! Over here". She turned. Alice sat, arm around her twin brother, consoling him. Emily sat down next to them. Will was silent, but tears streamed down his face. "I just, I wish that the gunman wouldn't have missed. Jake did nothing wrong, nothing to deserve this". Emily sighed. "James didn't do anything wrong either. I don't want you to go through what I went through". Will buried his face in his hands. "Please, God, not Jake. Please". The room was quiet except for Will's gentle sobbing.

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Re: Polētiques Eirian (Eirian Politics)

Post by Democratic Republic Of Eiria » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:50 am

Senate Building, 459 Liberty Square, Geminus, 3rd Floor

William Lancaster walked down the hallway of the Cabinet offices,
his steps quietly tapping the Granite floor. He fidgeted anxiously. She said this was important, He thought. Must be a new development. But why not announce it in front of the Cabinet?
He stopped at an oak door with the name "Bērziņš" Written on a plaque attached to the door. He knocked twice. A woman, a little taller than he was, with jet black hair, let him in.

Sophie Bērziņš, Minister of Law Enforcement, sat back down at her desk. "Thank you for coming. I know you are probably very curious, so I'll fill you in before you explode. First, we have a name of the shooter: Kaleb Brandt".
Will sat, hands fidgeting. "Kaleb Brandt?".
She nodded. "Thirty Eight Years Old. Vice President of his Father's tech Company, Tekson. Links to TALFL, and even a few to Darrin's Regime, though nothing bad enough to convict by themselves. But, more importantly, we think he is a Baron".

Will froze. In this context, the word Baron means something far more sinister than normal Aristocracy. "A Baron? Which one?".
"Baron Flame. Most of the documents we retrieved from his house are encoded, but the ones that weren't suggest that he is Baron Flame".

The Barons of TALFL are bad news. There are Twelve Barons, who operate under the rule of four Archbarons. They make up the leadership of TALFL. Each was designated a codename, corresponding to the Elemental codename of their Archbaron. For example, Flame, Ash, and Smoke all serve under Archbaron Fire. The barons are very elusive, and well-hidden. To this day, only person know the Identities of the Barons and Archbarons: Neil Darrin. TALFL was his contingency plan, after all.

Will sighed. "How much of this does the public know?".
"None of it. Only I, you, and some GMPD officers know about this.".
"Good, because this is now S-11 Material. Let's follow the trail before the Barons cover it up. We might bring TALFL down if we move quick enough".

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