(Solrain Core) The STCC has announced that Arbin Mallow, the long-time member of the STCC, has won the race for Speaker for Soria by a wide margin, taking 67% of the vote with an extremely-light voter turnout.
Mallow, who has been a member of the STCC since 086, ran a very quiet campaign riding the strength of his substantial connections and political capitol to victory over Aeolsah Radic — the long time aide to Demeter Garreth who was named interim Speaker when Garreth took over as Premier on 6.1.
(UUNN HQ) The polls are now open for Citizens of Solrain to elect a new Speaker for the planet Soria:
Although Aeolsah Radic is technically the incumbent, since he has held the post since Demeter Garreth took over as Premier on 118.5.1, Mallow is a long-time STCC Member with extremely strong political ties.
The poll will remain open until 118.7.1.
(Danubia, Martius) An assassination attempt yesterday morning on Atticus Aqilus — who is Supreme Military Strategist for Octavius, as well as nephew of Emperor Septus and potential heir to the throne — was unsuccessful.
Aqilus and a few close friends were hunting in the mountains of Umbrii at approximately 07:00 when two shots were fired by an apparent sniper. The first shot grazed Marcus Digitus, a friend of Aqilus; the second killed a Praetorian Guard identified only as Kasius, who had moved to protect Aqilus.
A man-hunt for the assassin has been under way since yesterday, but the rugged terrain and a storm front moving in has hampered the efforts.
by Yaz Shanndar
(Solrain Core) In 085 a 28-year-old Demeter Garreth was elected Speaker for Soria. Today, at age 60, she took over as Premier, replacing the retiring Cristofore Parce, who made the following statement at the transition ceremony:
Today, with mixed emotions, I leave this great office. It has been my honor to lead the STCC for 20 years. Since that time, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since the inception of the Reconstruction Initiative — our conviction that, together, we can change anything and everything . . . for the better.
I have great confidence in Premier Garreth’s abilities as a leader — which she has demonstrated over and over. And it gives me great comfort in transferring this Office to her.
Some believed that Garreth, who is turning 61 shortly, may retire from political office at the end of her current Speaker’s term in two months. When asked about that, she replied: “To be honest, I had not decided. I certainly have not been campaigning the way I had in the past at this time. But when this entirely new challenge was presented . . . well, this old girl just loves new challenges.”
(Solrain Core) According to sources within the STCC, 10-term Speaker Demeter Garreth will be moving her office “down the hall” as she takes over her new role as Premier of the STCC effective 118.5.1.
Garreth’s selection has been speculated-upon for the last week — with many wondering if she was even interested in the job. Until the upcoming election on 7.1, the role of Speaker for Soria will be temporarily filled by Garreth’s First Assistant, Aeolsah Radic.
An official release from the STCC is expected shortly.
(UUNN HQ) Sources within the STCC have indicated that Demeter Garreth has been the leading candidate to replace the retiring Cristofore Parce as Premier. Garreth has served as the Speaker for Soria for 10 terms and would be up for re-election in two months.
It is not known whether Garreth actually wants the position, since in some ways, the Speaker holds more political power. The Council will need to finalize its decision soon, as Parce leaves office in just 11 days.
(Great Pillars Station) In an unexpected move, Emperor Atticus Septus of Martius today named Atticus Aqilus as the new Supreme Military Strategist for Octavius. Aqilus will replace Petillius Lucanus who has held the post since 107, when he was appointed by Clements IV. Many were surprised when Septus retained Lucanus in 114 when authority over the Ministry of War shifted from Ares Prime to Martius.
Atticus Aqilus is the nephew of Emperor Septus and many believe he will be named Heir to the Empire at some point, since Septus has no children of his own.
Authority over the three primary Octavius Ministries — Culture, Trade and War — rotates every seven years. The next rotation will take place in 121.