CONVENTION RUNDOWN: LNC releases speaker list

It’s a time-honored tradition: every four years, the major parties across Panem’s vast political spectrum meet in a grandiose display of their party, complete with speeches by their well-known officeholders, music and entertainment, and of course the official nominations of their candidates for president and vice president.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. It’s convention season once again. And for the first time in our history, we’re going to do a convention rundown so you can be sure to know what you need to know before you watch or attend the party convention of your choice.

Let’s start with a brief description of how conventions came to be in Panem politics.

Before the Dark Days, the United States of America dominated the world stage, and it was no shock to anyone that the world watched their political conventions. Like the conventions that take place in Panem now, the US’s conventions were grand celebrations of the party and its candidates, but unlike ours, these conventions largely only handled platform and rules business. These were the conventions that inspired the conventions of today.

However, conventions haven’t always been a staple of presidential and vice presidential contests. During the first presidential election, which elected Katniss Everdeen, no conventions were held due to the lack of political parties. However, by the second election, conventions had begun to take shape. That election featured four parties with four separate conventions. The second election was also the election to set the tradition that the reigning party’s convention be held first with their opponents to follow. With the third election, the amount of conventions grew to five, with one belonging to independent candidate Elizabeth Steinbeck. Finally, we reach the fourth election, which had four conventions across six tickets; this was due to the Steinbeck ticket declining a convention that cycle and the Maxwell ticket declaring after the Conservative convention where he and his running mate, Lynn Germaine, did not win the nomination.

This year, however, we will see an increase in the amount of conventions to a total of five. We will begin our guide to our conventions with the Liberty Party, who will hold their convention first.

Liberty National Convention: June 15th through 19th
Location: District 14

For the first time in Panem’s political history, the convention of a major political party will be held outside of the contiguous districts of Panem. Bids for the Liberty National Convention included Districts 2, 7, 9, and 14. After being runner-up for the second LNC, District 14 declined to bid for the third LNC in hopes of preparing an outstanding bid for the fourth LNC. That, as you can tell, propelled them into becoming the host district for this year’s Liberty National Convention. The message that is sent by the selection of District 14 as the host district is clear: Liberty policy works, and District 14 is a solid example of that.

The LNC is always noted for their large speaker list, as the Liberty Party has been so dominant in Panem politics with the result of never having to worry about a shortage of officeholders. As such, we can display to you the speakers for all four days below. Headliners are placed in italics.

DAY ONE (Rising for a Greater World):

  • Reyna Fults, lieutenant governor (D6)
  • Isabel Holland, former governor (D8)
  • Allan Perry, governor (D13)
  • Edith Delsont, senator (D11)
  • Kendal Folsom, senator (D8)
  • Layla Folsom, governor and former senator (D8)
  • Ronald Brown, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (D13)
  • Cason Hampton, senator (D2)
  • Festus Ashland, governor (D6)
  • Douglas Boyd, former governor (D5)
  • Plutarch Heavensbee, former Vice President (Capitol)
  • Constantin Richelieu, Speaker of the House (D14)
  • Elizabeth Steinbeck, Ambassador to the CN (D8)
  • Rosalie Descoteaux, Secretary of the Treasury (D14)
  • Celine Oswald, Secretary of State, former VP, and former presidential nominee (D13)
  • Trevor Patton, Secretary-General of the CN (D2)
  • Katniss Everdeen, First Lady of Panem, former President of Panem, and former Secretary-General of the CN (D12)

DAY TWO (Rising for a Greater Future): 

  • Bella Taylor, Secretary of Health and Human Services (D2)
  • Wendy Oppenheim, senator (D13)
  • Felicity Bass, senator (D1)
  • Effie Trinket, Secretary of Global Development (Capitol)
  • Haymitch Abernathy, Secretary of Homeland Security (D12)
  • Celeste Armstrong, chief executive (Capitol)
  • Zane Tempore, governor (D1)
  • Felix Warren, governor (D2)
  • Serena Ross, governor (D5)
  • Mason Wallace, governor (D7)
  • Lynnette Cortez, governor (D12)
  • Raphaël Maçon, Secretary of Labor (D14)
  • Gertrude Hampton, former governor (D12)
  • Robert Kelso, Secretary of Education (D12)
  • Hanley Trent, senator (D12)
  • Jacqueline Warner, senator and former Solicitor General (D7)
  • Valère Descoteaux, senator (D14)
  • Jonathan Madison, Secretary of Defense and former acting president (D4)
  • Dale Wilson, Secretary of Intelligence and former President of the Republic of Panem (D4)

DAY THREE (Rising for a Greater Government):

  • Rosalie Underwood, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (D4)
  • Tyler Thompson, Secretary of Commerce and former VP (D5)
  • Manfred Weston, senator (D1)
  • Darien Sanford, senator (D15)
  • Wesley Benson, senator (Capitol)
  • Amanda Qurius, senator (D5)
  • Vance James, senator (D2)
  • Beetee Latier, Secretary of Communications (D15/Capitol)
  • James Peliot, Secretary of Transportation (D5)
  • Cynthia Garth, Secretary of International Trade (D5)
  • Miranda O’Neal, House Majority Leader (D13)
  • Karina Erickson, Solicitor General and former Attorney General (D13)
  • Owen Talton, senator and former governor (D13)
  • Amy Oaksmith, Secretary of the Interior (D7)
  • Royce Melbourne, governor (D14)
  • Gale Hawthorne, governor and former Secretary of Defense (D15/D2)
  • Harold Cersisa, governor, former VP, former Chief of Staff to the President, and former Secretary of the Treasury (D4)
  • Rebecca Tarson, Vice President of the Republic of Panem and presumptive VP nominee (D12)

DAY FOUR (Rising for a Greater Panem):

  • Sophia Delacruz, Senate president pro tempore (D5)
  • Xavier Hansen, governor (D10)
  • Viona Rodgers, businesswoman and congressional candidate (D8)
  • Quake Jones, Secretary of Agriculture (D11)
  • Woodrow Thorpe, former senator (D13)
  • Ginger Freedman, former senator (D10)
  • Walter Singleton, Secretary of Energy (D12)
  • Polly Hector, former Secretary of Agriculture (D11)
  • Melody Clements, representative (D2)
  • Ricky Sawyer, congressional candidate (D4)
  • Colleen Stringer, district senator and congressional candidate (D3)
  • Antonio Wallace, senator (D4)
  • Charlton Harrison, senator (D4)
  • Walter Briscoe, senator (D7)
  • Antonin Thibault, senator (D14)
  • Jacob Ellsworth, senator (D3)
  • Trenton Escavel, governor (D9)
  • Wesley Benson, senator and former Chief Executive (Capitol)
  • Michael Debroff, Senate Majority Leader (D11)
  • Peeta Mellark, President of the Republic of Panem and presumptive presidential nominee (D12)

The Liberty National Convention is stacked with prominent speakers from across the nation. Most notable is how instead of naming one speaker as the keynote speaker of the convention, the Liberty National Committee has determined to fill up to five spots a night as “headliner” spots that will be broadcasted in primetime. These spots particularly show the theme of the nights in question. In the case of night one, headliners include Secretary-General Trevor Patton, Secretary of State Celine Oswald, Ambassador Elizabeth Steinbeck, Secretary of the Treasury Rosalie Descoteaux, and First Lady Katniss Everdeen, all of which are strong on the theme of foreign policy. For night two, the LNC has slated Senator Jacqueline Warner, Senator Valère Descoteaux, Secretary of Defense Jonathan Madison, and Secretary of Intelligence Dale Wilson to speak on the innovations that the Mellark administration has undertaken and how Liberty is the party of the future. For night three, headliners include Secretary of the Interior Amy Oaksmith, Governor Royce Melbourne, Governor Gale Hawthorne, Governor Harold Cersisa, and Vice President Rebecca Tarson. All are heavy hitters as governors in the past or present, and all are uniquely positioned to discuss the domestic issues facing Panem. For the final night, Senators Jacob Ellsworth, Wesley Benson, and Michael Debroff will speak along with Governor Trenton Escavel before President Peeta Mellark assumes the stage for his acceptance speech. These speakers were presumably selected due to their home districts; Ellsworth is from District 3 and serves in the Senate with Civic nominee Patrick Newsom; Benson is from the Capitol and serves in the Senate with Centre nominee Julie Roydon; Debroff is from District 11, where Conservative nominee Kaitlyn Jones was previously governor; and Escavel is governor of District 9, where Iris Canstrom, the Labor nominee, is senator.

Every spectator will be watching this convention carefully. Conventions can be a very good indicator of the future of the party’s campaign; Conservatives discovered this in the last election where a chaotic convention led to a miserable defeat on election day. Mellark and Tarson need a spotless convention, one that reaches every ratings milestone and conjures up true enthusiasm for the Liberty ticket.


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