T'Valdra Allied Stars

Area voters thrilled by two diverse election promises

Image: T'Valdra voters are expected to enjoy a wide variety of six candidates and two election promises to chose from in the upcoming presidential ballot.

Image: T'Valdra voters are expected to enjoy a wide variety of six candidates and two election promises to chose from in the upcoming presidential ballot.

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Eligible voters across the local cluster are preparing to cast their ballots tomorrow in the T'Valdra Allied Stars' biweekly leadership election.

The five candidates running for presidency of the fanatic egalitarian democracy come from a variety of government backgrounds and offer a diverse range of two election promises; construction of more mining stations, or construction of more research stations. 

Incumbent president Ik'Thor'Ar is widely tipped to be the front-runner in the leadership race, with his election campaign centering on a mandate to build at least 4 mining stations at some point during his term. This comes despite the fact he failed to deliver on the same promise during the most recent election cycle that saw him gain his current office.

Speaking at a political rally earlier this week, Ik'Thor'Ar told those gathered;

"A vote for me is a vote for more mining stations. I'm a single issue politician from a single issue party, so you know you can trust me."

Image: Incumbent president Ik'Thor'Ar is widely tipped to win the upcoming election based on an off-world mining mandate.

Image: Incumbent president Ik'Thor'Ar is widely tipped to win the upcoming election based on an off-world mining mandate.

Ik'Thor'Ar's main competitor in the election is Ik'Kek'Kek, a former fleet admiral, who is also running on a mining station construction mandate. He told reporters yesterday;

"If you go out and speak to xenos, the number one thing they say is - we need more mining stations. I suppose because mining stations give minerals that can build even more mining stations. That's what I've listened to, and it's why I'm running for office. You can't trust Ik'Thor'Ar to follow through - he failed us once, he'll fail us again."

Image: Ik'Kek'Kek is running on an entirely different election promise of more mining stations, compared to incumbent Ik'Thor'Ar's plan for more mining stations.

Image: Ik'Kek'Kek is running on an entirely different election promise of more mining stations, compared to incumbent Ik'Thor'Ar's plan for more mining stations.

The remaining three candidates, scientists Ik'Thrass'Lor, Ik'Tek'Tok and Ik'Don'Das are all pledging to build more research stations.

Ik'Thrass'Lor told Xenonion News;

"I'm not saying mining stations are bad per se, but our current president, the president before him, and the president before him all based their election campaigns around off-world mining mandates. Now it's time that we consider building some more research stations. I know our public. It's what they want."

Image: Ik'Thrass'Lor would like to see more research stations, and states he's "definitely not biased just because I'm a scientist."

Image: Ik'Thrass'Lor would like to see more research stations, and states he's "definitely not biased just because I'm a scientist."

Similar to previous T'Valdra elections, the wide range of candidate election promises appears to have enthused many voters, and turnout tomorrow is expected to be high.

Some voters, however, have admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the diversity of choice facing them. One such voter is Ik'Pox'Vox, who told Xenonion News this morning;

"This decision is really is hard, I don't know who to vote for. Do I go on the promise of mining stations or research stations? Which one will have the most impact on my quality of life? If I get this wrong will future generations look back on me with horror or think I'm stupid? This is the 330th election I've had to make this decision and it gets harder every time."

The election has also renewed calls for planetary governors to be elected by popular vote, however incumbent president Ik'Thor'Ar has ruled this out, stating there was simply no time left in the working week to run daily governorship elections.

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Scientist on cusp of unlocking anomaly mystery wins presidential election

Image: Hask'Gentar delivers his inaugural presidential broadcast to T'Valdranite citizens.

Image: Hask'Gentar delivers his inaugural presidential broadcast to T'Valdranite citizens.

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Hask'Gentar has been elected president of the T’Valdra Allied Stars Congress.

With all ballots confirmed this morning, Gentar secured 77% of the direct democracy’s eVote compared to incumbent president Torba'Villin's 7%.

In his inaugural eyeStream broadcast to the local cluster, Gentar stated:

“Uh... It’s an honour to serve T’Valdra, but... I have to say, I'm not quite sure if I'm best placed to do this - I didn’t even know I was running for election. Did someone in my department accidentally put my name down for this or something?"

Gentar is one of the galaxy's top-ranking scientists, having graduated first in his class from T’Valdra Science Academy in 2240 with meticulous and roamer traits. He was quickly posted on deep space surveying missions, and has spent the last decade steadily ranking up in experience.

Image: Many were surprised to see Gentar on the ballot, given his more politically experienced competition, including incumbent president Torba'Villin.

Image: Many were surprised to see Gentar on the ballot, given his more politically experienced competition, including incumbent president Torba'Villin.

His election victory came as a surprise to many in T’Valdra, given his lack of previous political experience and the nature of his work. At the time the election results were announced Gentar was reportedly “extremely close” to unlocking the mystery of a Level 5 anomaly which he had been working on for 3 years.

Image: Unofficial reports indicate Gentar was "on the cusp" of unlocking the secrets of the so-called 'Technosphere', a large metallic object orbiting a black hole.

Image: Unofficial reports indicate Gentar was "on the cusp" of unlocking the secrets of the so-called 'Technosphere', a large metallic object orbiting a black hole.

Hask'Timak, egalitarian faction leader on T’Valdra, told Xenonion News;

“We were all just taken off guard really - we were totally expecting the core sector governor to win the election given his agrarian upbringing and architectural interest. What I’m stumped about is how Gentar was able to run such a slick election campaign despite being 35,000 light years from any of our inhabited worlds. It’s actually quite impressive.”

Karl Karling XXVI, Professor of Political Science from the University of Ulm in the United Nations of Earth, told Xenonion News;

Image: Professor Karl Karling of the University of Ulm warns that 'unexpected elections' of scientists may see space-nations veer away from democratic government forms.

Image: Professor Karl Karling of the University of Ulm warns that 'unexpected elections' of scientists may see space-nations veer away from democratic government forms.

“It’s actually not uncommon to see this phenomena in stellar democracies - often presidents come from pools of scientists, admirals, generals - individuals outwith the usual political circle. We’re currently investigating the reasons behind this trend, but it does seem to occur mostly in young space nations who don’t have enough political clout to subtly influence elections in the direction of political candidates."

The T’Valdra Science Academy has confirmed Gentar has now left their contracted employment and work on the anomaly will have to be abandoned. A spokesperson for the Academy stated they wished him well in his new role, and advised they are now advertising a post for an experienced science officer to continue his work.

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*This article was inspired by a post from Redditor u/solophuk

172-year-old paranoid, arrested development scientist still not dead yet

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Image: Monak Vigon, lead physics researcher for T'Valdra Allied Stars.

Image: Monak Vigon, lead physics researcher for T'Valdra Allied Stars.

T'Valdra officials have confirmed that Monak Vigon, the 172-year old government physics researcher with paranoid and arrested development traits, is indeed still alive. 

The scientist gained public notoriety several years ago when he was famously dismissed from his position as physics researcher due to poor performance, but then immediately re-instated after the government realised it did not have enough influence to recruit a replacement.

The move was expected to be temporary, but a number of factors led to Vigon remaining in post, as T'Valdranite official Rhass told our reporters:

"It was a perfect storm, really.

We thought Vigon would go... naturally, but someone over at the Society Department accidentally researched Cell Revitalisation III so that set us back another 5 years.

Meanwhile our government has been focusing too much on ploughing all of our influence into expansion and frontier outposts, so we can't recruit any new talent.

We've been left in this untenable position of trying to decide whether it's worse to have Vigon or no-one at all running the physics department. It's hard to tell to be truthful."

Image: Vigon's LockedIn page remains publicly accessible.

Image: Vigon's LockedIn page remains publicly accessible.

Responding to the news that he is still exists, Vigon told reporters outside his makeshift hovel;

"OUR ELECTED GOVERNMENT ARE LIZARD PEOPLE! LITERAL REPTILIAN LIZARD PEOPLE!"

> More accurate reporting from Xan’dolf Leexidanaca and Ashley Easterbrook could not be possible.

 

 

Subconscious consensus unable to reach consensus on definition of consensus

Image: T’Valdranite official-elect Ik’thon’ban, Chair of the 111th Congressional Committee on Implementing the Subconscious Consensus.

T'Valdra, Qirbus System, T'Valdra Allied Stars

The T'Valdra Allied Stars congress today announced a delay in implementing the planned voting system overhaul from direct democracy to subconscious consensus.

The reform, introduced 35 years ago, has been plagued with problems despite 80% of the T'Valdra population backing the plan in 298 consecutive referenda.

Chairing the 111th congressional committee on the subconscious consensus, T'Valdranite official Ik'thon'ban stated:

"The consensus of the consensus committee is that we do not have a consensus on the definition of consensus, and as such we do not have a consensus to proceed with the implementation of the subconscious consensus."

A further referendum on whether to delay the subconscious consensus reform is scheduled for tomorrow, however this depends on whether Ik’thon’ban can remain chair of the congressional committee, as his position remains uncertain with T’Valdra’s daily election cycles.

> More accurate reporting from Ashley Easterbrook could not be possible.