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 →
(Alexios, Amanra) Close elections always trigger strong emotions, and the recent Speaker’s election for Amanra was as close as it can get with the popular vote resulting in a tie, forcing the 100 members of the Solrain Citizens and Traders Council (STCC) to break the tie with a vote. But this election was also was overshadowed by claims that Hyperial hackers tried to sway the presidential election.
Millions of Amanrans signed an online petition stating that Ms. Whyte was unfit for the Speaker’s Chair, while anti-Whyte protesters gathered at cities across the planet.
In Alexios, more than 10,000 demonstrators braved unusually cold temperatures, chanting: “Whyte’s Not Right!”
In Arestol, protesters beat drums and waved signs saying: “Don’t let Hyperial Run Our Planet.”
On the campus of Sutonia University, hundreds of student-demonstrators cried.
We attempted to contact the incumbent Speaker, Cassia Verhal, but her spokesperson said she was not ready to make a statement at this time.
(Alexios, Amanra) The STCC has announced the results of the Speaker’s Chair for Amanra and it is long-time Council-member Lylian Whyte. The upset began when Whyte and co-challenger Daneel Ruyden both tallied 37.5% of the popular vote, ending the five-term, 15-year run for Cassia Verhal — who was largely considered the most progressive force in Solrain politics.
A 30-year veteran of the Council, ‘Lyl’ Whyte had tried to unseat Verhal three times without success. She is a long-time member of the council and close personal friend of Demeter Garreth. Her political views are extremely conservative and her fiscal positions are “traditional.”
(Solrain Core) The event lineup for this year’s Reconstruction Days holiday — which from from Friday 117.7.7. through Sunday 117.7.9 — has finally been released by the STCC:
1. Name the Heroes
This is a trivia-type event. Full details will be released on the Friday, so keep an eye on UUNN! Answers, submitted to STCC@tri-subspace.net will be due by Saturday 117.7.8 at 24:00 UTC.
2. What’s YOUR Story?
The Henge is a pre-collapse site that dates to approximately 2,800BT. Its massive structures and ancient technology have puzzled archaeologists and engineers for decades upon decades. The most popular theory is that it’s a launch site, but there is no real data to back that up.
Tell us your story about what The Henge’s original purpose was – and maybe detail its eventual demise. Was it a technological wonder? Was it an epic failure? How long did it operate?
Your story does not have to be scientifically accurate — just creative! We’re not looking for a novel, plot or characters (but feel free, if you want) – just your description. Make it long or make it short. Make it funny or make it tragic. It’s up to you.
The WINNER will get a Cesium Medal – and 100u of Cesium!
The RUNNER-UP will get a Platinum Medal and 100u of Platinum!
ALL OTHER entrants will receive a Captain’s Commendation and an Antiflux.
3. The Production Race – Saturday 117.7.8 at 15:00 UTC
Fire up your favorite Market Tool and Race against friends and foes alike to manufacture an item that we will announce. The race will begin at Cornea Station and will end there exactly 90 minutes later. Use any ship. Use any equipment. The thing you need MOST will be your brains!
The pilot who delivers the MOST of the requested items will win a Cesium Medal and 5 million credits! The second and third-place finishers will win the Platinum and Antimony medals respectively.
There must be at least three racers in order for this race to be run.
(Cornea Station) With just three days to go before the polls close, the STCC says that the election is one of the closest three-way contests it’s seen in years, with the challengers in a dead heat, and the incumbent trailing by about 12%.
If the early results hold true, it will be a shocking defeat for Speaker Verhal and her Progressive Party. Clearly she is hoping for a big late turnout.
(Cornea Station) The STCC has opened the voting for the final runoff election for the Speaker for Amanra. The voting will be open until 117.6.30, and the final election results will be announced during the upcoming Founders Day holiday which runs from 117.7.7 through 117.7.9.
The finalist candidates for this triennial election are council members:
Daneel Ruyden – Ruyden is a fairly new council member and this is his first runoff. Ruyden’s voting record is usually moderate with regard to foreign affairs and conservative when it comes to fiscal matters.
Cassia Verhal – Verhal has been Speaker for 15 years and is generally considered as the most progressive of the speakers. She has sometimes found herself allied with Hellion’s Imogen Hugin against the powerful veteran Demeter Garreth
Lylian Whyte – A 30-year veteran of the Council, ‘Lyl’ Whyte has tried to unseat Verhal three times without success. She is a long-time member of the council and close personal friend of Demeter Garreth. Her political views are extremely conservative and her fiscal positions are “traditional.”