(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.
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.
by Thane Carios
(Solrain Core) Solrain Premier, Christofore Parce, today announced that he will be retiring from his position effective 118.4.30. Parce was first appointed Premier in 90AT and was Governor of Solrain Core Station for 12 years prior to that.
“It has been a good, long run,” said Parce. “I have had the chance to do this job through some pretty amazing times, and now, I just think it’s time for me to step back. I’m sure the Council will have no problem finding and excellent replacement.”
The position of Premier is appointed by the 100 members of the Solrain Traders and Citizens Council (STCC), and oversees the various ministries of the Solrain government. It is expected that the STCC will convene next week to begin its search for a new Premier. In the interim the senior Speaker, Demeter Garreth, would take on the responsibilities of the position.
by Thane Carios
(Alexios, Soria) A consortium of Solrain scientists and engineers studying The Henge today released their theory on its original purpose.
“We have been studying these structures for years and there have been many theories over that time,” said Dr. Piter Moss, Professor of Applied Physics at The Alexios Institute. “Most of them have been more speculation than true theory. But now we have a very high confidence level, that this was an enormous electromagnetic arrestor apparatus , built to facilitate the landing of large ships. There’s no way to speculate yet on the exact nature of these ships — they could have been cargo ships, transport ships, or large military vessels.”
“Our work on this is far from done. This is one of the most significant pre-collapse sites on Solrain and we hope to gain further insights into pre-collapse technology in general by even further understanding the incredible engineering here.”
The Henge was last in the news when 24 members of The Solarian Apostolate were found dead there, believed to be a mass-suicide.
by Yaz Shanndar
(Solrain Wake) Seven days ago it was determined that the audio that was captured by Dr. Thane Dannewar did, indeed have underlying data. Dr. Dannewar has been completely unavailable to the media, but today he released the following statement.
“Initially it was a very emotional time,” said Dannewar. “You have to understand, I have been searching all of my life for answers about planet Solrain. I’ve always had some irrational hope that it was out there to be found somewhere . . . still managing to survive. I’m not sure this recent finding supports that hope.
“What we have appears to be a log created by a distress system. After the initial entry at 5:52 all subsequent log entries are periodic, every five minutes. The final intact entry is at 11:00. There is some corruption of the data within this timeframe and that is unclear whether the log itself was corrupted or the dataset became corrupted in the intervening time.
“The key is the date: 4816.16.8. This is a Sorian Standard date-stamp. The Sorian year 4816 corresponds to the TRI Year 2000 BT — the assumed year of The Great Collapse. While we usually see Sorian dates expressed as ‘mm.dd’ it is not unheard of for that to be reversed in some systems – and that is the case here. So the event triggering this distress system happened in 2000 BT at 5:52 on 8.16. The system stopped recording at about 11:00. So if we assume this is authentic (and I believe it is), we can hypothesize that what we are seeing is a five-hour period representing the initial effects of The Great Collapse – and, possibly, it’s final catastrophic effects.”
Dr. Dannewar said he is continuing his search for additional evidence of the lost planet, it’s current location, and its fate.