Candidates Discuss Political Views in the Rain
East was sectioned off last night as crowds gathered to watch Zion Volos, Nyusha Yamasuka and Ophelia Faith discuss why the Citizenry should choose them. Each was given time to answer questions directed at them before being allowed to debate with one another. Eve Dimitriaski hosted the debate and was divine perfection, even in the rain that delayed the opening statements.
Each candidate was asked to make their platform clear, explain how they would help lead Insilico into a new era of collaboration with Gemini, our benevolent benefactors. Yamasuka's views were not surprising, basing her campaign on her history with the UBC and minimizing asset, especially property, loss while encouraging education and entrepreneurship. Volos, the quietest of the three, believes that simply working with the Citizenry and sharing their concerns with Gemini will be the best route. Faith's platform revolved around creating opportunities for the needy and downtrodden, a view that seemed at odds with those she desires to represent.
For the most part, it was a peaceful debate, very little mud slinging between candidates. There were a few ugly moments between Faith and Dimitriaski, clearly there is no love lost between them, Faith's grudge against AGIS and the Eves being well known. One campaign idea did seem to put the populace on edge though. The subject was about clones and the amount of freedoms they receive, many being technical citizens but maintaining fewer safeguards since they are considered consumer products vs legitimate members of the community. Faith's suggestion that the Citizenry receive weekly screenings and psychiatric consultation created an uproar, most notably by Bella Oxmyx, up and coming model and clone, and Wilhelm James, CEO of AEON Holdings.
Do clones deserve the same freedoms and rights as a normal Citizen? Does being a copy of a person make you equal to that person? All seem to agree that lower grade clones are not good for society, but asking the populace to regularly spend money for testing and talking seems a bit extreme. Faith also seemed to be severely confused by the difference between a Clone and a Fabricant, regularly citing the Killer Eve as justification for such clone testings.
Crime in general became a hot topic during the open Q&A session, even spurring your favorite reporter to take the stage with questions. While Faith rattled on about the history of law enforcement, Yamasuka and Volos took the questions to heart, offering realistic solutions. They have regularly collaborated in the area of law enforcement, Yamasuka with her Insilico Security Services and Volos with his bounty/AI licenses and computer skills. They both agreed that furthering the ongoing efforts of ISS, especially with Gemini contracts, would be most beneficial to the overall health and welfare of our fair City.
Overall, the debate offered a lot of words, a bit of snark and not much else. Many questions were deprived of realistic sounding answers though all Candidates seemed to show a knack for talking in circles. Volos clearly knows how to pick his battles, choosing to keep quiet on many of the snarkier comments and keeping things simple and concise. Yamasuka is, by far, the most well known of the three but her clear loyalty to United Banking Corp might end up hurting her in the long run. Faith is similiarly crippled with her history in Tokuma Heavy Industries, not to mention her blatant dislike for AGIS and even Gemini itself on many occasions.
Which Candidate do you like the best, dear Readers? Each has their strong points and their weak. With elections nearly upon us, the Candidates have only a small amount of time to finish shaking hands and kissing babies. We'll see you at the polls!
-Stormy Weathers, reporting