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Yesterday, marks the end of the historic 2416 election. The Crelian party made major gains in both the house and the senate. Though the robotic judiciary has yet to weigh in on whether the results will be accepted by the Artificial Intelligence Council, it is expected that there is a 43% chance that the human voting results will be deemed not dangerous and thus will be valid. It was such an historic election because this is the first time in five election cycles that an actual issue has driven voters to enter the grid and vote.
The hot button issue was the carbon footprint of teleportation. Carbon is the leading cause for involuntary vacation of planets in the Breton and Americon planetary systems. Over 11 planets have been rendered uninhabitable since the invention of the teleporter 50 years ago in 2366. Agent Director Chief John Smith Tyrell from The Interplanetary Science Consortium says that, “we are losing planets at a rate of 1 every 4 years” while only “discovering 1 new habitable planet every 5 years.” This leads to involuntary vacation which is putting particular strain on the mining and engineering controlled planets. The Arts and Sciences casts have been unsympathetic and refused to allow the use of teleporters claiming the prohibition of teleporters is the reason they have not had any involuntary vacations of planets under their control over the same period of time.
The debate stems from the fact that teleporters are often used instead of spacecraft to move people and goods between planets. Teleporters require 100X the energy per ton of cargo moved, but the safety and convenience of teleportation make it the number one choice among many travelers. Ever since Yeltion bandits attacked and destroyed a transport full of middle school children during their mandatory interplanetary culture and linguistics education class – which requires visiting 10 different planets in one semester – lawmakers have made it illegal to use forced propulsion for the transport of children under the protection and care of the Department of Interplanetary Childhood Education.
This is a the first time in five election cycles that the results are being blamed on an actual issue as opposed to cultural differences between the cast planets. Last election cycle the Mining and Engineering coalition’s message that the Arts and Sciences were “out of touch” with “real work” appealed broadly. While voter turnout was only average during last election cycle, natural and AI augmented social media interactions were were up 3% during phase II campaigning. However, this election cycle’s lower turnout and results were based on an issue as opposed to cultural differences. This refutes the Sociology and Psychology cast’s claim that this could never happen again and renews the argument about whether humans have really evolved into a “post issues” society.
While normal election turnout is typically, 5.4%, the lower election turnout of 5.3% in addition to the backlash on the use of teleporters is being blamed by the Anatola party for the results this election cycle. The Anatola party has also appealed the results to the AI Council claiming that “letting our enemies know” that we will be using forced propulsion again will be a disaster and result in more Yeltion bandit attacks.
It’s difficult to say if the Artificial Intelligence Council will accept the results of this election, but it’s clear that the people have made their voices heard. Now it’s time to see if the Crelian party will deliver on their campaign promise to use more forced propulsion for interplanetary travel.
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