By Vi Key Veil
I met up with Ettore Kalsi at Mercator Dux where, with his son, he had been training all morning. Our meeting was accidental, as I stumbled through the halls looking for the docking port he ran laps through the hall, his young son following close behind. The young Prince Jack ran into me and tripped and through this awkward gesture Ettore took notice to me. “Vi Key.” He smiled, “Say Hello Jack.” And the boy did. “Hows your research coming?” He asked, wiping the sweat from his forehead with a white undershirt that had hung from his back pocket.
“Very well, thank you. Would you care for an interview?”
He laughed at the suggestion, and admitted he saw it coming. “Let me shower up.”
We met a half hour later at a table in a room buried deep within the station. “Where do we start?” I asked, but knew already the answer. “You are to face reelection in a few weeks for your position as Head of State, correct?”
He nodded, “Yes, but as of now there's no other candidates for the position, so I believe I'll be winning another term.”
“No other candidates?”
“No, we go through a nomination process, and I have been the only one nominated for Head of State at this point.”
“I wish you the best of luck, though it doesn't seem like you need it. The Confederacy is also creating a Supreme Court now, is that right?”
“Yes, our constitution demands it, but up until this point we've been unable to do so. We're nearing the final stages though so I do believe it will be established and practicing by the end of the month. It will be a great victory for law and justice.”
I look through my notes and bring up breaking news. “Today a new charter went to a ballot at the Galactic Medical Board of Directors, it differs significantly from the Miransi charter that has been used for the last year. Would you care you explain what is different between the two?”
“The new charter is a part of our ongoing reorganization, and the rewrite was done to simplize our charter as a major complaint has always been its lack of readability. It changes almost nothing functionally, besides a slight change to the Board of Directors to allow transfers of elected positions easier. Its main purpose was to make it easier to read, everyone else was an afterthought.”
“I understand, would you like to explain more about this ongoing reorganization?” I ask.
“We've developed a new rank system for the company, and a easier department system, with the new charter and a major upgrade to our holosite we hope to make everything run smoother and more efficiently. The whole way we do business is changing, and all for the better.”
“A new rank system was a part of Pat Kil`astra's campaign for ECoS, did he have anything to do with the project's completion?
“He did, he took the project and ran with it, I came to it in the end and we tidied it up. He's been very receptive to ideas and criticisms and in general, has been a great Executive Chief of Staff.” Ettore explained. “I would definitely support him in July should he wish to run again.”
“Sorry for hopping back to the CIS, but speaking of elections, who do you support in the elections there?”
“As head of State, I can not vote, however Siejo Kutol has my support for his positions, and our man Jerex Yakamoto has my support for the Supreme Court. As to what is surely to be the biggest election this time around, the election of the Supreme Commander, at this point Senator Alex Track has full support. He serves in the Military, and was denied his rank of Vice Admiral in what's been called an abuse of power. As Head of State I have no power over military affairs, but I am working with the Senate to help avoid what happened to him from happening to anyone else. I believe the Senator has a hell of a fight a head of him, but I believe he can do it.” he stops for a moment, but before I can ask another question he adds, “I have nothing against Echuu for Sabo, but I believe they have bigger responsibilities right now, ones that Alex lacks at the moment. I think we should take advantage of our idle energy instead of diverting the energy many factions need from their leader.”
“Are you implying you can't lead an alliance and a company?”
“Not at all Ms. Veil. What I'm saying is both their respective factions need them right now, while Senator Track has his entire focus on the military, and has many great plans, he was instrumental to setting up the fleets for example. We'll see how it plays out, it can go any way as far as I'm concerned.”
I nod, checking my notes for something to ask. “The Construction of County Kil`astra was started not that long ago, would you like to share anything about that project?”
“It'll serve as the home of Count Kil`astra and will house a few more factories for GM. As we grow our assets need to aswell, and I am dedicated to increasing our production capacity.”
“Its been a wonderful talk Your Majesty, thank you for your time.” I offer my hand and we say our good byes.