Let me tell you: after all the months of darkness, doubt and depression, this morning is one hell of a bright spot for me. The voting results are in. Not only did every remaining group in the Union choose to stay together, but the vote wasn't even close in any of them. No single community was below 70% in keeping the Union together, and most of those who voted differently or didn't vote only had issues with how we should respond to the UAS, not whether we should give in to them.
The reason the vote took so long aside from the general problems with getting people together and counting them was due to a separate vote that didn't get cast here. That one was a surprise to me, to most people in New Haven.
That vote was for a leadership council. So far the process of managing the Union has been informal for the most part. New Haven didn't cast any ballots for this part because we're the ones who spearheaded the entire idea. There was never any question we were in to the hilt. Now that the voice of the people has been heard, we're on our way to being a single government rather than a loose association of groups. That last vote was for a sort of high council. People to set policy, propose laws and rules that apply to every person in the Union.
More than all that, it's a council that will be composed of the leaders from each community, and there happen to be an even number of them. Which means the leader of that council, a person voted into the position by the others on it, gets two votes to break ties. Want to guess who got the job?
Will Price is sitting on my couch right now, shaking his head. He has been there for the last hour, totally dumbfounded by how much his life has changed over the last few years. I offered to make him a congratulatory breakfast, but he said maybe being put in charge of this grand experiment wasn't a good thing. So I offered to make him a breakfast of commiseration instead. It's the same breakfast either way, but I don't smile with the sad version.
I want to go into all the details, explain how the higher-ups are planning on integrating us into a single people, but not today. Let's keep it short and sweet and leave it there. I like taking my day off on a positive note, and it doesn't get much better than this.