Peers Ch. 13byjjcole©
Twenty years had passed since the Gulf Asteroid Event and it was time for Cel to have a new king and queen. Voting had been changed and the voters could now vote for all three candidates but needed to put them in order of preference, five points for first, three for second, one for third.
The voting privilege had been expanded to include all the women that had given birth to the children of any Peer as well as those children over the age of sixteen. Officials with the rank of Baron and above were also allowed to vote. Eligible voters had been nearly three hundred.
The only one surprised that Marc had won the election was Marc. He won with an average of four point eight-eight. The only ballot to list him third was his. He had three times the number of first place votes than the next highest candidate, which was Jim. Marc and Natalia opted to stay in their own compound instead of moving to Jordan and Carmen's place.
All the Cel colonies had elections too and the only ones not re-elected were the ones that chose not to run. All the newly elected leaders were taken to Cel for their induction ceremony and to be proclaimed Baron or Baroness unless like Sara they already had a higher title. The leader of the nearby Asian state was the only other Countess. She had two sets of twins from Lord Hu.
All the colonies were self-sufficient by then and trade between them and Cel was brisk. Before the induction ceremony each colony cemented trade agreements with each other and Cel.
During his ceremonial speech Marc proclaimed each colony a state in the nation of Cel and their new leader the governor of that state and each governor would be a member of the royal council
He also granted each state the opportunity to secede one hundred years after the Gulf Asteroid and every election one hundred years thereafter. He decreed that from that day on elections for King and Queen would occur every ten years instead of twenty and all other political office elections would be every five years. Like King and Queen no one would serve consecutive terms.
He told the entire planet he was proud of how their leaders had handled the negotiations and had given concessions to the few colonies still trying to catch up.
He also said that the entire planet was now one nation and hoped it would stay that way forever.
All on the stage were very gratified by the support his decrees had received. Some of the Peer had reservations but none were on the decrees but on announcing them in public. Natalia had convinced her husband that anything he said would be received well by the entire planet; he had everyone's confidence.
Marc had to work hard to convince the others to reduce the length of the time served as sovereign but he had Jordan's opinion that twenty years was way too long on his side, the job had become boring to him. Carmen did not disagree with him although everyone knew she had loved being queen.
The Planetary Ambassadors to the Federation were present for the ceremonies and Protectors Grandma and Grandpa were there too as was Clara but no one else knew the Emperor was there until Marc had yielded the podium to him. All the aliens bowed to him and soon all the humans did too then cheered. All could see he was happy with his reception.
He had come to Earth to elevate Natalia and Marc to Queen and King but had agreed to their request to make that part a private ceremony.
He told the citizens of Earth that he was proud to have had a hand in helping the people of Earth through their ordeal. He was proud that a race of violent people had become friends to all. He was proud that they accepted all beings with equal affection.
He added, "I am saddened by the resignation of your Ambassador to Akkad, she has decided she wanted to come home. She will be replaced as Ambassador by your former king and queen Jordan and Carmen." The Emperor waited for the applause to die down then continued. "Cel will now have an Ambassador from Akkad. Many of you know her already, her name is Ahn."
Spontaneous cheers by all again interrupted him. He was very pleased to see that. Her mother and father were very surprised then very, very proud. Ahn was giggling through tears, so was Ashel.
The Emperor then announced, "The Sprite Ashel, the Kindred Rah, and the Devil Sehel have also been appointed as their planets ambassadors to Cel and will all reside in the former royal compound. You will soon be meeting their staff, please make them welcome."
Loud cheers were heard again as each new ambassador to Earth was introduced.
The Emperor continued, "The Federation Ambassadors and I will be visiting every state over the next thirty days before we return to Akkad and set a date for your admittance to the Federation. Your governors have been expecting us and have prepared proper housing for us but we prefer all citizens continue with their normal routine during our visit. Again, congratulations to all of you."
He received a thunderous roar as he stepped back then took a young ladies hand and walked off the stage. The Ambassadors followed him out.
Natalia waited for the ovation to stop and said, "If you are wondering who the young woman with him is she is his daughter and our future Empress, Ohme. We do urge you to go about your normal life when they are around but he and we understand he will be treated with utmost courtesy and respect, but please show you like him first. Remember he saved our lives.
Also, it will be OK to treat Clara as the goddess she is to us. Make her happy to be home."
Clara stood and walked to her and swatted her butt then returned to her seat with an angelic smile.
Natalia waited for the laughter to ebb then continued. "The King and I have decided to split our duties, he will handle all national and interstellar affairs and I will handle Cel. Governors please note you contact him first. His contact number is now on your communicators as is the number of the Commerce Department chief Lord Jim, as is the number for tourism Lady Akira.
We intend to make this a rich planet and a popular planet to visit, there are hundreds of aliens here now and so far they like us, please keep it that way.
We have decided to shorten the calendar year by four days. The planets rotation and revolution periods have not settled yet and it may be thousands of years before they do so we have decided that each equinox does not count as a day and the day after that does not count either. They will be holidays and on the calendars those days will simply be marked E.
Solstice in the northern hemisphere will now signal the New Year and it will also be a celebration day. Everyone has adjusted to the ten-day week and the ten-month year so only our historians have to bother with the historical calendars.
The historians have been debating over when humans became civilized. The dawn of agriculture, trade, birth of towns, the establishment of the first empires, and the invention of beer or wine have been suggested. We have decided that ten thousand years ago would do just fine and have amended the date accordingly. This is day one of month five of the year ten thousand and twenty. The first party days arrive in two weeks."
Cheers greeted that announcement.
"Lady Moesha has a few words," Natalia said.
"As you know we have now placed health workers in each state. Some of you have asked for your citizens to be trained too since actual doctors are few and far between. I am happy to announce that classes in medical training will begin at Cel University sixty days from now. Each of the states may send up to their five best candidates to our academy each year. They will return to you as full medical personnel in two years.
At that rate we should be able to keep up with population growth. We leave it up to you on how to select the candidates but as always they need to be fluent in Mandarin, Spanish, and English. Lady Akira has a few words."
"As you know I am now heading the Tourism Department. Any ideas on projects that would attract tourists to your regions need to be sent to me. The projects may be of any size but please keep in mind that big projects mean lots of accommodations will be needed and you will need to build those first.
If you have decided to concentrate on Akkad, Devil, Sprite, Kindred or other people as your principal guests please tell us and we will send an engineer from those planets to you to help with your planning. We also have classes in Kindred and Devil and some Akkad translators. I suggest each state appoint its own tourism chief and come up with a plan for your state. The king has some final words."
"Like the Emperor we are pleased with how the catastrophe has played out. Everyone on the planet is a friend of everyone on the planet. We help each other succeed. The Queen and I promise we will make sure that continues. Congratulations to the new governors and congratulations to all."
Marc left the stage and it was immediately filled with Melody's band that now consisted of the children and spouses of the original band members, two blondes, one brunette and six redheads. A rock concert ensued.
Most decided it was the happiest day on Planet Earth ever.
The Emperor and the Federation Ambassadors toured the colonies acting like they were just tourists. They stayed at the Asian State for three days, and in Darren just one. Those were the largest and smallest populated states.
It turned out the barren island that the Asian refugees had been relocated to really had been Tahiti. The island had since been terraced and its main products were rice and tea. Fish farms were common. The state name remained Tahiti.
Darren remained the best wine state on the planet but also had the best coffee and cocoa beans although the Island of Fortuna grew the most of each. Fortuna was one of the islands originally part of New Guinea.
To the astonishment of all a neighboring island's high forest was coming back. King Jordan had immediately quarantined the island and seeded it with life forms from its original fauna. The only human habitation on the island was the ranger station compound. The Emperor and the Kindred Ambassador spent a night there.
The Emperor and the Ambassadors liked all the states including those with no extraterrestrial presence. The people of those states just stared at them with awe; many had not seen an alien in person. However all the humans the Ambassadors met said welcome and thank you.
Grandma and Grandpa stayed in Felicity that month and visited and fucked with their many friends. Neither expected to return to Earth in their lifetimes, they expected to cease to be in less than fifty years.
During the ceremony of departure none would give a hint of how long it would take to be admitted into the Federation but the Protectors seemed to think it would be no more than one hundred years in the future.
It took just another ten years.
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