1.21: Election Night Coverage, Sgmt 103

Broadcast: Tuesday 6 November 2040ce
Network: West Coast News Service on NewsNet Quantum

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Kris Engel
Welcome back.

After years of discussion and months of debate, the countdown to Reunification officially begins.

In a sweeping mandate, voters approved Reunification with a ninety-eight percent majority vote.

Exit polling suggested that the strongest opposition came from Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, mostly driven by concerns that Reunification with the eastern side of the continent would lead to more focus on the former US states, potentially slowing progress into Central America.

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NES approval of Reunification was by a smaller, though not insignificant, margin. While some states were noted for their exceptionally high approval, several cities have reported angry riots and fighting in the streets, mostly through the southern states where anti-federal sentiments run strong.

[Roll Footage: Angry crowds tossing bottles and bricks in Charlotte.]

In addition to federal buildings, security officials observing online chatter on social media have recommended increased security at all university campuses throughout the region due to anger being expressed towards young, educated voters who, according to exit polling, were nearly unanimous in voting for Reunification.

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With approval of Reunification, the administrations of both the NES and SWS will spend the next two months preparing for the merger of these two American nations on January first.

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Another election which has garnered much media attention is in Arizona, where Question One, asking voters to voice their approval or opposition to Arizona’s continued status as a protectorate state, has also concluded, with ninety-eight percent voting in approval.

The issue was placed on the ballot by Congresswoman Ritchens. Despite being viewed as unnecessary, all of the Arizona caucuses approved the bill in the hopes of finally putting the issue to rest.

Those opposed to protectorate status, however, are blaming the loss on low voter turnout in conservative districts. David Miles, of Arizona Freedom, has also questioned the vote count coming out of Flagstaff, voicing concerns of irregularities and possible voter fraud.

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Returning to our panel… Yusef, your thoughts on how this will change the Caucus Map within Congress?

[Post Name “WCNS Political Analyst Yusef Homsi”]

Yusef Homsi
That’s really not much of a question, Kris. The caucuses mostly mirror each other, and so I expect several immediate alliances, so as not to displace current leadership. We’ll certainly see quite a bit of merging and reshuffling later, especially after the new capital buildings are constructed in Chicago. The regional lesser caucuses will likely remain unchanged.

The biggest change is the one that happened already, which is the corporate wing of the Conservative Caucus resigning in mass. Right now, they’re talking about forming a new caucus when Congress assembles in January, but if they merged with the Small Business Caucus, they would more accurately mirror our Corporate Caucus. The one hold-up there, of course, are those business-oriented leaders who still advocate for looser emissions standards in the various sectors.

Kris Engel
Which is no longer a political reality.

Yusef Homsi

Of course, a regional caucus may attempt to do so, justified by technology roll out, etcetera.

Kris Engel
Your thoughts on this, Kate?

[Post Name “Kate Garcia, NewsNet Analytics”]
[Flash Post “Former Staffer, NES Environmental Caucus”]

Kate Garcia
The biggest push for exceptions will be from those industries which would require relocation into new facilities.

Now, a lot of these high-pollution companies were granted exceptions because upgrading their processes to minimal emissions required such relocation, which would cost billions. Most of them were formed during the height of the Resistance Era, and many continue to supply materials for the war effort.

But historically, it has always been the Conservative Caucus that fought against the funding required to subsidize such construction and relocation.

Yusef Homsi
Though there’s clearly been a growing animosity.

Kate Garcia
Yes. Tech interests are quite understandably pro-education and pro-science, and their influence in the Conservative Caucus has been growing steadily for several years. Last year’s push for the NES to create it’s own SciCorps really displeased the social conservatives, who now regard Tech as ‘liberals in disguise’. This segment of the corporate wing would be quite at home with the Small Business Caucus, which tends to favor similar policies.

Kris Engel
Though a name change would certainly be in order if they did.

Kate Garcia
Most certainly.

What I was more surprised about was the manufacturing and finance-oriented members of the corporate wing jumping ship. Of course, the bottom line of business is the bottom line, and industries which produce pollution seek policies which allow them to pollute the most. And historically, again, the largest block of voters willing to support pro-pollution and anti-worker policies has always been religious conservatives, particularly those who’s mythology includes an end times prophecy which promises a world in ruins before final salvation can be achieved.

Yusef Homsi
As true now as before the Invasion.

Kate Garcia
Now, with the manufacturing bloc withdrawing from the caucus, they have essentially shattered their alliance with religious conservatives. We might see it reformed sometime in the future, but I think it’s more likely that the mind of business, as it were, has shifted. We now have CEOs and directorships full of people who’s memory of Old Earth is little to none. The devastation to our environment by the Viskir-Slither lifeform has been an everyday reality for them, and so the foolishness of polluting the little that remains intact is more obvious to them.

Kris Engel
So those willing to pollute for increased profitability now see themselves as a minority.

Kate Garcia
A near-extinct species.

Kris Engel

Yusef Homsi
Kate is absolutely correct. Nearly eighty percent of our planet’s once-habitable terrain is now barren dust and rock, and all of the efforts so far, including extraction of sea-floor materials to convert into soil, have so far reclaimed around two percent. The regions between the west coastal states and the Mississippi River remain barren zones, and reclamation continues in central and eastern Europe. The largest, no, the only significant voting block without pro-environmental policies is in the south-east states, who see reclamation as a waste of materials and manpower because they continue to adhere to an end-times mythology.

Kris Engel
And not some future-date end times.

Yusef Homsi
Correct; They believe this, now, is the final war over humanity’s penultimate fate.

In the NES, they held a significant influence in Congress. Not enough to get their way entirely, but they had the filibuster and other parliamentary procedures available to them to hold things up and make a mess of things.

Kate Garcia
The war be damned.

Yusef Homsi
Not at all surprised that my assessment matches your firsthand experiences while working in Congress.

Now, with Reunification, the far right has lost almost all that influence. The best they can hope for are to win exceptions for their states regarding certain policies, but it will only be a matter of time before a younger generation demands the tech jobs that now dominate the world economy after the military… Which is, itself, very tech itself.

Kate Garcia
My prediction for the military is that we’ll see a significant drop in recruitment from the south-east for the remainder of this generation.

Kris Engel
That they’ll be less militarily engaged?

Kate Garcia
I’m suspecting that we’ll see a lot of groups calling themselves militias but who don’t much care for the Commander and Chief Powers which indicates that, ultimately, all militias are answerable to the commands of the president of the federal government. Such contrary thinking was quite common during the first term of President Obama, not ending until the Sungrazer Strikes.

We’ll likely see a temporary resurgence over the next decade.

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Kris Engel
After the commercial break, we’ll be joined by Senator Cortez of Sonora and retiring-Speaker of The House, Congressman Pulaski of California, who will lay out the steps for next month’s special election for Coalition President.

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