EARTH Council Meeting

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  1. Emmet Sheldon

    Emmet Sheldon Deputy Undersecretary of Political Affairs

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    A week before Gate Openings, UN Building, New York, 12:00PM

    Amidst scaling protests on Earth, the UNSC has decided to host an emergency council meeting to discuss major reforms after a collapse of the shadow corporation, Global Interest Holding and the disappearances of the Meyer family members. Adding to that was the quickly broadcast hostage situation that happened a few months prior, the mass cemetery that was set up after the catastrophic Battle of Io, the Battle of Io itself, and the decreasing happiness and quality of life of Earthers. The UN has seemingly cocked everything up and it was up to members of the Security Council and hastily elected new members.

    Emmet Sheldon rode in silence at the backseat of his security vehicle towards the UN building, the same one that was almost his deathplace. He has had time to do his own bidding in the short lull he was given. As his vehicle went ever closer, a mass of protesters holding signs that seem to shout colorful phrases, a sneak peek of what was going on elsewhere on Earth. His vehicle and others were cleared by a line of concrete blocks temporarily put on the road and a row of officers keeping the protesters at bay. It was clear that this meeting had to happen, or the UN would be fractured, something that hasn't happened before.

    Sheldon hastily went into the building along with others who could meet there. The UN building had set up monitors with its other administrations for those who couldn't make it but could participate. He prepares to make his statements as he authorizes himself through the security gates.
     
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  2. Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger

    Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger Commander of UNN Frontier Fleet

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    Jäger was one of the first council members in the conference room, he was always a little early.

    He sat at his place, a cup of coffee in one and a data pad in the other, going through his information one last time.

    The situation had played into his hands and he would see that this advantage was put to use.
     
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  3. Lucrezia Dionisi

    Lucrezia Dionisi Hell in High Heels

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    Back when she’d started this job, Lucrezia had maintained a respectful distance between herself and her esteemed boss. But time had passed since, and Miss Dionisi – a whole two years unmarried, she was approaching her record fast – had never been one to stand in the shadow of others.

    With Margot Dassault some months removed from her position behind closed doors and piles of classified evidence, Lucrezia now walked alone beside Van de Voorde as they entered the circular room, heralded by the echo of heels on marble.

    Even on a good day, the sound sent many people in these halls running faster than a soldier’s march.

    Today was not a good day.

    “Morning, Almasi. Admiral,” Lucrezia nodded to the few people already gathered for the early session. Her superior remained glued to the screen of her terminal, and so it fell to the Deputy to pay lip service to good interdepartmental relations. Until the proceedings began, at least.

    Then she was fully prepared to jump headlong into the fray.
     
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  4. Charles Muwangwa

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    While his wife and his daughter would likely have been at the head of this meeting had they been in his position, Charles Muwangwa had simply been asked long to present some data, and brief the council on the present state of interplanetary trade. Nothing major. That was precisely how Charles preferred it. Keeping his head above water, and making sure he always knew which way the stream was flowing.

    He had, of course, been one of the first people to arrive at the Council meeting, though he was yet to raise his voice beyond chatting with an ade, or correcting a small point for a fellow council member. He was smartly dressed, in a simple dark grey suit and silver tie, but he cut as ever a rather unassuming figure off to the corner of the table. He studied his terminal, sipped a cup of coffee, and went over a selection of notes

    As Lucrezia Dionisi entered the council chamber, Charles looked up with a sparkling smile, and set his coffee cup aside. "Lucrezia, how lovely to see you again. Shame it's not under better circumstances, eh?" He gestured for Lucrezia to take a seat next to him, and raised his eyebrows. "Do we know what exactly all this is about?" He frowned, scrolling over his notes.

    @Lucrezia Dionisi
     
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  5. Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger

    Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger Commander of UNN Frontier Fleet

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    Slowly more and more people were entering the room. Most were wearing suits or dresses, Jaegers blue white dress uniform stood out among them.

    He looked up from his data pad when the undersecretary of interplanetary affairs and her deputy undersecretary entered the room. Dionisi managed to exhibit an aura that even he could respect, and he respected barely anyone in this room. A flock of sheep's, not aware of the wolves in their midst.

    "Deputy Undersecretary Dionisi, Undersecretary Van de Voorde." He nodded towards them and turned his eyes back to his data pad.

    However his attention remained in the room, trying to determine how each of them would react to what was about to happen.

    One thing he could tell was that not many knew as much as he did, or at least pretended to not know as much.

    After a few more minutes and a few more council members arriving, the one person he'd been waiting for finally appeared.

    @Emmet Sheldon
     
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  6. Emmet Sheldon

    Emmet Sheldon Deputy Undersecretary of Political Affairs

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    The crowd of officials shuffle in, Sheldon among them. The last council member takes his seat in the hall, and when he does, the stage is set for the entrance of the Secretary-General, who ordered this meeting to happen. Certain protocols were met, and the Secret-General debriefed all attending members and all livestreams on the situation of the UN. How protests had turned violent and how he had noticed that the UN had accelerated its wane. He addressed the PM, the Battle, and the ongoing investigations into corporations. Now the question that popped into Sheldon's head was who would start the discussion.

    He decided to take charge.

    "Our current system of government does not work anymore. It has fallen behind the times and hasn't adapted at all. This problem is further exacerbated by the fall of the shadow companies we decided to depend on, and now the people have no one to look forward to but us. I will propose a series of reforms that will point us in the right direction, but does anyone has anything to add?"
     
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  7. Lucrezia Dionisi

    Lucrezia Dionisi Hell in High Heels

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    Did she have anything to add.

    Well, firstly – that this, at least, dragged her boss from the terminal in her hands. Van de Voorde looked at the Deputy as if he was drunk. Lucrezia was glad someone did it for her, because certainly she’d been itching to sputter something indignant and unbecoming of her age, station, and education.

    Mrs Dionisi settled instead for the tone of gentle reproach she’d adopted at Oxford, complete with the mild, patronising smile that hounded the waking hours of many a prosecutor to this day.

    “Would you care to elaborate on that, Deputy Undersecretary Sheldon?” Lucrezia leaned forward to fully occupy her space beside Van de Voorde. “And please, spare us all the vague generalisations. What, exactly, is ‘the problem’?”

    She stopped just short of making air quotes around the word, but it was a close thing. Her voice conveyed it all anyway.

    “That certain members of this political body chose to support – how did you put it? Shadow companies? – is unfortunate, but it reflects on the poor quality of the men making the decisions, not the body itself.

    “We are all scholars of history here, I hope?”
    Lucrezia raised her brows to cast a long look about the assembled. “Then we should all know how pushing for radical reform on the back of public fear has worked out in the past.”
     
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  8. Charles Muwangwa

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    Charles looked across at Lucrezia with a small, proud smile. It was always nice to see one of his best students at work. "This," he gestured out towards the window, his hand broad and wrinkled, "This is nothing new. We've had worse before. The public unrest is not the problem. Nor is the system the problem. The problem is the same as it has been for every government since the UN was founded. For almost every government since the end of time. Too much to do, and not enough money with which to do it." He sighed, and returned his hand to his console. "If you think you can override fundamental political truths, Deputy Undersecretary, please go ahead, I'm all ears, but please don't try to sell us with hyperbole, we're all far too long in the tooth." He gave Lucrezia a quick, teasing wink, and rested both hands on the table.

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  9. Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger

    Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger Commander of UNN Frontier Fleet

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    After Seldon had spoken the council errupted into dissapproval. Multiple members questioned his statement and many showed their discontent with what the man had said. Yaeger was surprised. This man was not the same that he had met a few weeks ago.

    Instead of joining in on the discussion Cervan leaned forward a little, elbows resting on the table and awaited what would happen next.

    ...

    @Emmet Sheldon
     
  10. Emmet Sheldon

    Emmet Sheldon Deputy Undersecretary of Political Affairs

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    The gears of bureaucracy were already grinding against his spine at a force greater than he expected. The majority was against him. It was a brand new playing field for Sheldon, one that he needs to tread lightly. Albeit, he was shocked at Muwanga's generalization that this was nothing new.

    "Nothing new... Then no, it is not your highlighted hypothesis that there's too much to do and not much money to do it. It's more of how this government isn't flexible enough to efficiently run. A lot of it comes from being a brutal policeman when we obviously cannot be that large anymore. Deputy Undersecretary Dionisi, about yours: well, why were the people that put their interests first instead of the UN's elected in the first place? I'd think that the voter system put them there in the first place, which put the integrity of it into question. And reforms off of public fear? We fostered that public fear, unfortunately. People have a reason to fear the government off of a large scandal. Besides, we'd crumble if we can't reform. Then there's homeland issues that we have to worry about, voter system and flexibility included.

    Let's think: what put us here in the first place? What was destined of us? We are the United Nations, a government destined to rule with fairness and integrity. A government where the people put trust in to foster righteousness. A government that put brave explorers on the Belt and Mars. Now we haven't adapted to the people's requests. We've basically ignored and barred them from improving this government. Even the Earthers that fostered human life elsewhere were ignored. What's the result? Mars secedes, the Belt is resisting, and our own Earthers are revolting with nationalist intent. We have to start listening to them if we want to survive without fragmenting, and we have to foster a more participatory democracy by giving them more chances to vote for positions in office, initiating an education initiative that will increase literacy, as well as eliminating any loopholes that allow for unfairness.

    If we also want to improve relations with the Belt, we have to consider a council specifically for the Belt. If we are to efficiently run, we have to cooperate with the Belters because we have already messed up relations with Mars. Swaying their opinion by involving Belter representatives into our government is key if we want to keep our resource draw from Mars.

    Our focus onwards has left major swaths of Earth crumbling. Because of that, we have less space to accommodate our population. Technologies to redevelop our infrastructure exist now, and we have to make use of those technologies to our advantage in redeveloping Earth. The Urban Arcology movement can be reinstated as part of our reforms using this technology. Our population is also concentrated in many areas, exacerbating the infrastructural problem. Because of the scarcity in resources, we must think back to natural, renewable resources if we are to maintain the derelict buildings outside of urban centers or consider the possibility of expansion.

    As for repairing Earth, we have to consider the possibility of using aerosols to cool it down and possibly lower the sea levels for more land. If we also want more resources from repairing Earth, do consider the polluted oceans. A mass cleanup can yield resources that can be ultimately used for infrastructural repair. A global cooling will also provide more land inwards in multiple places across Earth because of the reversal of record temperatures..."

    allowing for interjections
     
  11. Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger

    Oliver "Cervan" Yaeger Commander of UNN Frontier Fleet

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    Cervan was surprised by the amount of words the man was able to use to make just a few points.

    "I agree with our Undersecretary of Trade here. You are artificially inflating a situation that we can easily take care off."

    "A situation that has already helped resolve itself. The bulk of the culprits has revealed themselves and was taken care off. Now we have to crack down hard on the remaining ones."
     
  12. Lucrezia Dionisi

    Lucrezia Dionisi Hell in High Heels

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    “Thank you, Deputy Undersecretary Sheldon, for such a lengthy and exhaustive answer to a question I didn’t ask.” Van de Voorde stiffened beside her. Lucrezia ignored it. “Thank you also for outlining so succinctly the events that happened centuries ago. It’s so easy to forget, I’m sure we all appreciate refresher.”

    Her smile didn’t waver as she paused for effect.

    “But deflection doesn’t become you, Deputy Undersecretary. Instead of flitting from subject to subject without any depth, I suggest we first focus on the topic you initially addressed.”

    She braced her hands on the circular table, her posture relaxing by degrees, “The UN has never stopped investing in the Belt. We have done so in the past and we shall certainly do so in the days to come. But until they have established some form of stable government, who do you propose we involve, exactly?”


    “All of that based on the assumption they even want to be involved, of course.” Her nails drummed a decisive, sharp click against the glass. “The time where they might’ve been satisfied with the crumbs from the master’s table has passed. What they want is freedom, and the gates will provide even if we don’t.”

    “Anything else is wishful thinking… or willful ignorance.”
     

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