Imperial Information Desk
Issue 240
New Citizens Welcomed: [December 9]
Aerica welcomes Syed Wajeeh Ul Hasan, Liadi Ajibola Lateef, and Tristan Carl Davis.

Senate Elections Continued: [December 3]
Nominations for Senate are now closed, although since there are still spots available, realistically, we'll probably still accept new nominations moving forward. The candidates are as follows:
Mars Colony
Tristan Glark

Microvia
Daniel Cataloni

Northern Plutopia
Muttonchop Buckminster
Shaun Ferguson

Parrwater
Tomas Bieliauskas

Psyche
Raven

Retsaot Island
Justin Walters
Princess Aliays

The Pasture
Princess Luci
Ruthie

Verden
Will

Yackbard
Wasabi of Yackbard

Early voting is now open but officially the voting period won't begin until December 17.

Senate Elections: [December 1]
Elections for the next four-year term of the Senate are ongoing! This year, elections will consist of a three-step process:

Step 1: Nominations
From November 19 to December 2, anyone who wishes may nominate themselves or someone else as a candidate, via the mailing list or by emailing the Emperor. Candidates may be nominated in their colony of residence or another colony, but if they win in that other colony, they will have to relocate their citizenship there after the elections. You only require one nomination to be a candidate.

Step 2: Campaigning
From December 3 to December 16, there will be an official period for campaigning. People can post to the list, create campaign websites, whatever they want. Make a case for why you should win, or why everyone else should also lose. This should be kept civil; we've only very rarely had people try to make attack-based campaigns and generally they don't do well in the elections. People may also begin casting early votes during this period (see below for how).

Step 3: Voting
From December 17 to December 31, all citizens are free to vote. Citizens may vote only for candidates in their colony, meaning, if you're registered as a citizen of Psyche, you may not vote for or against anyone running in Mars Colony. The sole exception to this is if you are the candidate who's running in a different colony, in which case you may vote for yourself. Citizens vote by writing to the Emperor. Citizens may vote for one person, or may vote against one person, or may vote for "no one."

In early January, the Emperor will tabulate the votes. The two candidates with the highest positive totals (votes for, minus votes against, greater than zero) will become the new Senators for each region. A candidate whose total is negative will not receive a Senate seat, even if technically they come out ahead of someone else. If the majority of citizens in a colony for "no one" then all seats will remain open and we will hold a second round of elections while we figure out what went wrong.

Watch this space for further news!

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