An Extract From:
PRIMER FOR THE SPIRAL POLITIC (POST-WAR EDITION)
7: WARTIME PRESIDENCIES
Era: War in Heaven
Technology: Symbiotic bond with the Protocols of the Sun Builders; Rightful Mastery of the Artefacts of Urizen. See also SUN BUILDERS (BIOLOGICAL PRIVILEGES).
Ever since the creation of the Presidency rank on the Homeworld, the individual chosen as its Head had acted as more of a vessel and avatar for the power of the Homeworld than a political leader (see also SPEAKER OF RE). When the necessities of War led to the Presidency taking on a more active role as the strategic leader of the Homeworld’s military campaigns, the full extent of the powers vested in a President began to be better understood by the wider Universe. The adoption of Monarchial titles such as ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ harkened back to lesser species’ notions of rulers by divine right, firmly cementing the President-King of the Sun Builders as not just a democratic leader of their people, but as a King among Lords, a power unto themself.
However, an unwitting consequence of the growing infamy of the Wartime Presidency was the realisation, both by the Homeworld and its enemies, that former Presidents, who retained certain metaphysical ties to the Protocols however brief their time in office, had become great liabilities. Some Presidents Emeritus, realising the precariousness of their position, resorted to faking their deaths; several others had no need to resort to deception in this matter. One of the Homeworld’s most infamous Wartime Presidents, however, disappeared from office at the onset of the Lucia Presidency (see LOLITA), without a formal resignation or hard evidence of his demise. His whereabouts remain a matter of great speculation; although many claim to have encountered a Rosette-wearing man, whom some identify as the surviving War King, most scholars agree that the “Whig” era of the one-time President’s life actually occurred at an earlier point in (…)
Written by Aristide Twain. Sabbath: Jacob Keith. The War King: J. Stoker Hakewing. Cover art: Ophelien Twain. Faction Paradox created by Lawrence Miles.
Runtime: 36 minutes.