July 15, 2002 : Redeclaration Action Made, Votes
While hints of what would shake the Blackbirds were seen all throughout
the weekend, nothing truly prepared the field for the measure enacted
by Seth Gray and Kristos Dolphekin come Monday night. Utilizing
old provisions from Emergency Law, the two laid out the mandate
of a Redeclaration review.
As has been previously established, those involved in Redeclaration
may not cast a relevant vote and are withheld from current and exterior
matters. However, never before has a review extended to encompass
nearly the entire population, nor has it so strictly revoked rights
from people in the interim.
As a result, votes were stripped groupwide in the official statement
by both CEOs of Public Relations and Internal Affairs, leaving only
the six figures of First Rank in possible controlling authority
out of a population reaching over eighty. Of those six, Luka Kalval
was instantly barred by reminder of the lingering restriction from
Internal Health revoking her right to vote due to personal stresses,
and Matthew reportedly refused his own vote altogether, stating
that he himself should redeclare under these circumstances.
Seth Gray of Internal Affairs and Kristos Dolphekin of Public Relations,
both renowned for their complete lack of authoritative motions despite
being in relative coordinations for their branches, agreed to and
declared the action almost entirely out of the blue.
Unable to understand the rationales why, many Blackbirds attempted
to wrest the reasons out of Seth and Kristos by force, only to be
thwarted by Seth's talents of keeping others out of his personal
mental space. More serious attempts failed, implying that there
will be others as people seek their answers from those labeled as
the Lux political circle.
"If they persist, then they persist only to their own endangerment,"
Seth commented about the rising number of assaults upon himself
and Kristos for information.
The only person reportedly unsurprised was Luka Kalval of Public
Relations, whose response was, "I knew my bastard of a brother
was up to something." Luka is also up for review due to having
an incomplete on her last one, though reportedly her position is
not at risk of being removed permanently at this time.
Redeclaration entails self-estimation and a reviewing of personal
qualities and skills, along with the ability to argue for one's
position in certain cases of individual nature. These cases include
tendancies to cause disruptions to others through personal attacks,
though the criteria has recently been expanded due to an action
by Jessica of the Emergency Unit who had apparently transferred
to the Planning Division mere days before this occured.
Reasonings of how and why exactly a member of the Emergency Unit
did so and who signed Jessica's transfer papers are still under
"I would call this militiant law," commented Justine of
the Planning Division before she was selected in the next round
"I think you should all think very ill of me," was Lucas
Kalval's extremely casual response for Public Relations to release.
"Feel free to prepare wood with which to burn me at the stake."
As part of this he requested also the imagery of himself relaxing
in the shade with a cup of tea to be communicated with the package,
attached with the specific overtones of 'tyrant', 'murderer' and
"Oh, right, and like if he's asking you to think in one direction
what are you going to believe about -that-," Janus of the Artist's
Panel scoffed. When asked if his belief in the man was related to
the fact that the artist's Redeclaration requirements consisted
of only a brief three-paragraph essay, Janus declined to answer.
He also refused to touch the topic of coup loyalties.
"If he wants you to blame him, there's likely something else
going on entirely," Malik Reve of Public Relations agreed,
though he also attached an image of tea in summertime as well.
Disturbingly, many of those in Second and Third Rank who were expected
to respond in countermeasures against such an action were found
to be either missing or already involved in defending their positions
in Redeclaration rounds.