I was informed by his Majesty that the Duke would not be able to meet me in person today, but that didn't stop our interview. In the Galactic Medical head quarters we met in a board room, his image projected into a stylish white chair.
“Greetings Your Grace, thank you for agreeing to this interview.” I began.
“Always a pleasure, Vi.” He says with a slight smile, he is not used to the lime light and shies away from the public life his job now requires. He is a man who prefers the back room, the personal aspect of politics.
“Lets begin with the big news of the last week, the reorganization of Galactic Medical, what are your thoughts on this major shake up of the organization?”
“I support it fully.” He states immediately. “The Prince sees a need to change and is very good with organization. After reviewing the plans, I believe this will strengthen us once fully implemented, however admit it's not my strong point.”
“Admitting weakness? not something you see often in others in positions such as your own.” I prod, but retract just as quickly. “I meant no disrespect my Grace, I simply mean to say, I am refreshed by your honesty.”
“I am not most others I see no harm in admitting weakness, most people don't because they fear challenges to there position. I welcome them without worry.”
“I am glad some in power are still welcomely accountable. Moving on, what do you think of King Kalsi's chances at making it to the Confederate Supreme Court?” Ettore Kalsi, King, Prince, Leader, father was also now becoming a justice, if his nomination gets through the senate.
“I believe he will make it with 100% certainty.” He says with full confidence, an honest smile spread across his face.
“You don't feel that's a bit overconfident? or even arrogant?” I ask.
“Not at all, he has to be in the top 3 as far as votes, and currently the numbers have him in a 3 way tie for the lead..” He pauses briefly, “as a senator I have clearance to see how the voting goes.” A senator appointed by Ettore Kalsi after their joining of the Confederacy. Iscander had been a head diplomat and paved the way towards joining the Confederacy. This experience and personal insight into the Senate assured him the interim appointment. A few months from now he will be fighting for his seat in an election.
“A peek into the Senate.” For a moment I see something behind him, a women, but she disappears. I am glad to see our King is leading.” It takes a moment for me to get back on track. “If he wins now, a special election will be called for a replacement correct? For his senate seat?”
“Yes it will be interesting I have a candidate in mind for the position but i will not comment more than that.” He says.
“Rumors have it that Pravus Malum may run for the seat, have you any comment on those speculations?” The rivalry between Duke Iscander and Margrave Malum has often been a topic in Praxius since the election in which against Malum, Iscander would narrowly win and become the executive chief of staff.
“Pravus has his own company to run is all i will say.” He says it without alluding to any ill will, and that's the way he wants it. On the record nothing is there, I have heard him say it many times, that whatever people see between them is because me want to see it, that too could be true.
“Have you any comment on the dissolution of the older Pacnor and the recreation under Margrave Malum's leadership?” Recently Ettore Kalsi, the Chief Executive Officer, with the support of Majority Shareholder Leo Iscander, called for the dissolution of the weapons company, who had been handled by the Margrave for the last many months, and saw a number of issues through its time, under both Kalsi's original leadership, and the second regime of Malum.
“Margrave Malum and I don't always see eye to eye, however I wish him well. Beyond that, no comment.
“I will press no further....” I resign. “Is there anything you personally would like to bring up?
“Yes, I would like to say that I will be giving bi-weekly addresses to the faction and encourage everyone to read them.”
“Ah yes, the new weekly address of the King have also started yes? A new one should be made this weekend if I am correct, does this mean yours will come this weekend aswell? If not, when should we be expecting it?”
“It will be this weekend, yes. I expect to highlight my feeling on our progress and diplomatic endeavors.” He explains.
“Galactic Medical has made great strides from its isolationist policies of the past, would you like to elaborate on any of that progress now?”
“We are members in good standing of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a move I pushed for, feeling that we needed allies. It is a big galaxy and it helps to have friends in it.”
“One can not deny the effect the Confederacy has had on Galactic Medical, but at the same time, many blame it for its recent recruitment issues.” Galactic Medical, once a bastion of freedome for young people from around the galaxy, now face recruitment issues almost daily.
“They would be short sighted to do so.” He goes on to explain, “the recent membership problems spring from our split with PacNor in my opinion.”
“That is also a relationship worthy of investigation, I agree. More in this galaxy are interested in killing than healing.” Pacnor, being a weapons group, never had issues with membership before.
“Indeed they are.”
“Galactic Medical's second hospital is currently under construction, spreading GM's healthcare system to the otherside of berebosuil, are there plans for further medical centers in the system?”
“Yes, as soon as the diplomatic talks are done the Corporate alliance has offered the use of a planet for us.”
“And Galactic Medical has plans to spread medical care to that planet aswell?”
“Yes, aswell as production facilities.”
“I am sure the citizens of Essowyn will be glad to hear this news, many are grateful as it is, for Galactic Medical's healthcare industry.” I glance at the clock and decide to keep pushing.
“You have begun construction of a shipyard in the system aswell, correct? Iscander Prime? One can assume this will be apart of your growing Duchy?”
“Yes it will be done in about just over 3 days.”
“Wonderful news, more jobs brought to Essowyn by Galactic Medical. News has it the Kingdom will also be undergoing reform, including your duchy, do you have any comment to this rumor?
“Indeed. He begins but changes his mind. “Not at this time, no.”
“Mind if we cross into your personal life? You married the beautful Gabbi Yuri, correct?” The famed women, once almost winning most beautiful woman in the galaxy.
“Yes, she is my wife, and soon to be mother of my children.”
“Oh, you are to be a father? Congratulations.”
“Thank you very much. I am extremely happy.”
“Ettore showed the same glee with the news of his son, do you know if yours will be male or female?”
“Twins, one of each.” He says with a prideful smile worth of sin.
“Ah beautiful. With personal growth, career growth, and company growth, I suppose you many reasons to feel "on top of the world?" The old adage did not die with the single planet system.
“I live my dream to be sure.”
“I thank you for this interview, is there anything else you would like to say before we bring this to a close?” I begin to wrap it up, his eyes star off camera, watching is wife, without a doubt.
“No, I thank you for your time.”
“Excellant, then I thank you for your time aswell, the Praxius Press will surely enjoy this interview.” I smile happily as I gather my notes. “Good day, my grace.”
“Good day, Vi.” He leaned forward
and turned off the receiver, leaving me alone in the Galactic Medical
This has been a window into the Duke's mind, and this has been Vi Key Veil reporting for Galactic Medical News and the Praxius Press.