(UUNN HQ) The polls are now open for Citizens of Solrain to elect a new Speaker for the planet Amanra.
The incumbent, Lylian Whyte, was an upset winner when she defeated five-term Speaker Cassia Verhall in a run-off. She now faces challengers Sagrith Hubri, TRI Corp Director of Manufacturing, Mercantile & Economics; and Vivian Duvazaco who has held a number of senior leadership roles at Tens & Piney and is currently T&P’s Alignment-Leveraging Strategy Czar. Both experienced, well-known corporate power-brokers.
Only citizens of Solrain may vote and you may vote just once. Polls close at the end of the day on 120.7.5.
(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.
(Barnard, Hyperial) Hyperial has announced that Dr. Elin Araad received 395 of the 400 votes from The Directorate, to win a second term as Mayor of Barnard. The race generated some news when the relatively-unknown Berl Rismore announced his candidacy and ran an unconventional campaign.
Rismore was not available for comment on the final results of the election.
Well there has not been a ton of news since the last Update, but wanted to keep things rolling anyway.
Not going to re-hash everything that has been published, but this has been a little raucous. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything but after-the-fact news about Hyperial elections, but this one has kept the popcorn popping. Guy appears out of nowhere to become a candidate and starts broadcasting dirty laundry. Ok, not really dirty — just slightly sweaty maybe. Then an alleged supporter gets arrested for hauling contraband . . . but maybe he’s not really a supporter. And now the dark-horse candidate has clammed-up with the election a few days away. But we did learn what a wonderful place Barnard is.
So what’s going on with Prosthetics? We had not heard a word about them for years and now we’ve seen them in the news for the second time, and it’s pretty clear that TRI-SEC is on the lookout for more. I assume they’re still coming from Hyperial, so stemming the tide should be fairly easy. But why is there even a market for them? Have to look into this some more, I think.
(UUNN HQ) A pilot apprehended and detained today by TRI-SEC for having a number of Prosthetics in cargo, is rumored to have ties to Berl Rismore, a candidate in next week’s election for Hyperial’s Mayor of Barnard. We have been unable to get formal statements from either TRI-SEC or the Rismore Campaign.
TRI-SEC has increased its “stop-and-scan” patrols recently due to an upsurge in Prosthetics trafficking.
(Barnard, Hypsos) The office of President Drago Maximilian released a Presidential Statement today regarding recent campaign claims made by Berl Rismore.
Since Mr. Rismore has taken it upon himself to campaign to the galaxy rather than focusing on the electors in The Directorate, I feel the need to set the record straight. Perhaps a century or so ago the position of Mayor of Barnard was actually about running a city, but since that time the duties — if not the title — have evolved significantly. The Mayor of Barnard is one of my very closest advisers, especially as it relates to trade and relations with the other entities and factions. So it is not very “odd” that other factions or corporations might take an interest in who occupies that office. It is not some dark, dirty secret. I guess time will tell whether the electors and the financial backers feel that Mr. Rismore is up to a job of that magnitude. I do not.
(Hyperial Station) In a somewhat surprising late development, Berl Rismore, formerly a Senior Project Director at Samsun Universal, has decided to throw his hat into the ring as a candidate for Mayor of Barnard in the upcoming election to be held on 118.4.1.
Rismore recently became a member of The Directorate when he was chosen to assume the seat for his recently-deceased father. His decision to challenge Dr. Elin Araad, who had been running unopposed, has caused a political stir. He has launched his campaign using non-traditional media that breaks with Hyperial tradition in keeping all political debate private to Hyperial.
With little experience and almost no political capital, Rismore is not expected to pose much of a challenge to the incumbent.
Well I went on holiday … and I stayed a lot longer than expected. But my mom finally kicked me out so I’m back with another UPDATE!
Pilots Stay Away in Droves The holiday crowds were in stealth-mode for this year’s Reconstruction Days with minimal participation in the organized events (“minimal” is a generous term here). Some blame was put on the numerous protests of the recent Speaker’s election but it’s hard to believe that was the sole reason. I really liked the “What’s Your Story” contest about The Henge. I guess I should have entered. I would have WON. (My theory is that it was a VERY ancient, VERY huge trampoline.)
Well the recent Solrain election for the Speaker’s Chair for Amanra was a landmark in a number of ways. A long-time incumbent was unseated. TWO challengers ended up tie in the popular vote, forcing a runoff in the STCC – which has not happened in a long time. Supporters of Verhal have hit the streets in droves, with protests in boroughs and cities across all three planets. While there has been no violence, there’s been unrest-a-plenty. Protesters have contended that Hyperial was instrumental in influencing the election. Continue reading →
(Solrain Core) Solrain Premier Crtistofore Parce was very blunt in his assessment of the recent Reconstruction Days holiday. “It was a huge disappointment,” said Parce. “I don’t know what’s going on — whether the election protests has something to do with this, or something else. But the bottom line is we had almost no participation in our space-based public events — and dirtside it was not much better.”
“Nonetheless,” he continued, ” we do need to recognize two people for holiday awards. Hammer-BS was the single entrant in our ‘Name the Heroes’ contest — the one to name the at least five of the Solrain members of the Thrice Seven. In fact, Hammer-BS was able to name all seven. Quite an accomplishment. He will be receiving 5 million credits, a Seeker of Knowledge medal and a PCS-4 for his efforts.” Continue reading →