MIDTERM ELECTIONS: FIRST MIDTERM ELECTIONS IN PANEM

The midterm elections have begun! For those unsure of the meaning of midterm elections: these elections do not have the Presidency on the ballot, only Governor and Congressional elections. We will report throughout the night the results of the race for control of the House, those in the Senate, and those of the Governorships. However, we will refrain from announcing the results until we can do so en masse.

UPDATE:  We now have the results of the gubernatorial races. All governors except for those in Districts 1 , 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 are up for reelection.

District 2: Incumbent Gale Hawthorne (Liberty-2) reelected.

District 3: Labor nominee Vera Adler defeats incumbent Yolanda Gates (PP-3).

District 4: Incumbent Dale Wilson (Liberty-4) reelected.

District 5: Incumbent Tyler Thompson (Ind.-5) reelected.

District 8: Labor nominee Felicia Ren defeats incumbent Isabel Holland (Liberty-8).

District 12: Incumbent Gertrude Hampton (Liberty-12) decided to forgo reelection. Liberty nominee and lieutenant governor of District 12 Rebecca Tarson was elected.

District 13: Incumbent Owen Talton (Liberty-13) reelected.

UPDATE 2: We can now report that the composition of the House.  The amount of representatives from each district is below.

District 1- 13 representatives

District 2- 15 representatives

District 3- 9 representatives

District 4- 26 representatives

District 5- 7 representatives

District 6- 7 representatives

District 8- 14 representatives

District 9- 3 representatives

District 10- 4 representatives

District 11- 6 representatives

District 12 – 10 representatives

District 13- 24 representatives

Total of 138 representatives

The 2nd Panem House of Representatives session will be comprised of 138 total members, including the Speaker of the House. For the 2nd session, the House will be comprised of 74 Liberty Party representatives, 38 Labor Party members, 18 members of the party People for Panem, and 8 independents. 69 members is needed for an absolute majority in the House with the Liberty Party clearly going over that mark. The next Speaker of the House will most likely be from the majority party, the Liberty Party, and will certainly replace interim Speaker Samuel Trenton, an independent from the Capitol appointed by President Everdeen after then-Speaker Jonathan Madison was nominated for Secretary of Defense in her administration.

UPDATE 3:  We can finally end the nights with the results of the Senate races along with the composition  of the Panem Senate. The Senate races have been tightly watched as the Liberty Party already runs a fine line with their bare majority of 14 Liberty Senators out of 26 Senators total. As of the first Senate session, Labor holds 6 Senate seats, and People for Panem holds 6 seats as well. Should the Liberty Party lose two incumbent races, they face a hung Senate and will be forced to partner with another party to maintain a majority.

As we announce the results, we will simply name the two senators from each District, with an i by any incumbent winner.

From District 1, Jeffie Zaphiris (PP) [i] and Loren Falsae (PP)

From District 2, Vance James (Lib) and Cason Hampton (Lib) [both i]

From District 3, Ophelie Murray (Lab) and Isom Newland (Lib) [both i]

From District 4, Anastasia Eza (PP) [i] and Beryl Gates (PP)

From District 5, Amanda Qurius (Lib) and James Peliot (Lib) [both i]

From District 6, Xavier Willson (Lib) [i] and Opal Zanthar (PP)

From District 7, Wendla Johnson (Lib) [i] and Rick Canth (Lab)

From District 8, Kendal Folsom (Lib) and Layla Folsom (Lib) [both i]

From District 9, Felicia Renstra (PP) and Iris Canstrom (Lab) [both i]

From District 10, John Urdal (PP) and Hans Destas (PP) [both i]

From District 11, Michael Debroff (Lib) [i] and Quake Jones (Lib)

From District 12, Robert Kelso (Lib) and Hanley Trent (Lib) [both i]

From District 13, Wendy Oppenheim (Lib) and Ronald Brown (Lib) [both i]

Based on these results, we can say that the Liberty Party will keep their majority, with no gain by People for Panem. Labor dropped however, as Liberty gained. The Senate is now comprised of 15 Liberty senators, 8 People for Panem senators, and 3 Labor senators.

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Presidential contenders? Not as many

After her sweeping defeat of President Cecelia Paylor at the ballot box, President Katniss Everdeen has accomplished much in her first term as president of the nation of Panem. Among her greatest accomplishments was the peace treaty with the IANO, which ensured a safer Panem for years to come. However, another election is approaching in two years, and talk has already started. What we are expecting is:

  • PREDICTION: There will be no primary challenge from within the Liberty Party against the incumbent President Everdeen.

  • PREDICTION: Few contenders will emerge against President Everdeen due to her popularity.

We predict that there will at least be two contenders from the Labor Party and from the political party People for Panem that will emerge as serious candidates. Some possibilities:

  • Governor Thomas Stemp of District 1:   Governor Stemp, often considered to be a top Labor Party prospect for the Presidency, has pushed for many reforms in District 1 and has seized reelection recently by a wide margin.

  • Senate Labor Party Leader Ophelie Murray of District 3: Senator Murray has expressed her interest in challenging the President after the loss of then-President Paylor in the last election.
  • Representative Felix Reynolds of District 5:   Often considered a contender for many offices, Reynolds was the nominee of People for Panem for governor of District 5, losing in the Liberty Party sweep in the last election.
  • Senator Sandra Morrison of District 9:   Though rather unknown, Senator Morrison is well known in Panem politics for her surprise victory in the People for Panem primary last election, and then again for her unlikely victory over the Labor nominee and Liberty nominee. Can she do it again at a national level?

Treaty ends war between Panem and IANO

A peace treaty was signed in Glasgow today by top officials of the IANO and top officials of the Everdeen administration. The treaty officially ended the Panem-IANO war, and came with certain specifications:

  • Panem, as a free nation with international standing, shall not be forced to dismantle or hand over their nuclear weapons.

  • Panem shall occupy specified IANO territory at the government’s leisure.

  • The Secretary-General of the IANO, along with certain other key IANO officials, will be charged with war crimes by an international tribunal.

  • The IANO shall pay reparations to Panem for damages to the nation incurred by the bombings and invasions. In response, Panem will also pay reparations for their bombings of IANO territory.

The treaty ensures that the IANO will not infringe upon Panem’s rights as a nation in the international community. It is also expected to bring down the standing that the IANO currently has in the international community.  It is widely expected that the conflict against the IANO will feature prominently in President Everdeen’s reelection campaign this fall. It’s expected that her opponents may attempt to seize on the grief of the people to oust President Everdeen, while the President will most likely run on how her government successfully secured a safe future for Panem.

BREAKING: IANO headquarters in Amsterdam seized in surprise attack

The IANO headquarters in Amsterdam was seized by Panem forces in a surprise attack. Reportedly, all administrators of the IANO were inside at the time and are currently being held. More to come later…

 

UPDATE: The secretary-general of the IANO, Terrance Gerard, has reportedly signed a preliminary agreement to cease all military actions and economic sanctions against the nation of Panem, with a clause stating a treaty will be signed at a later date.

UPDATE 2: President Everdeen addressed the nation on the events.

Citizens of Panem, it is a joyous occasion to announce that this atrocious war is now over. All military activity by the IANO towards the nation of Panem has ceased, along with their economic sanctions. This came about after the seizure of their headquarters along with their Secretary-General, Terrance Gerard, who agreed to sign the peace agreement with a formal treaty to come at a later date. Panem, we have emerged victorious. And for all the pain we have felt, our safety is now secured, and we will secure it even further in this peace treaty. We will make sure that every casualty in this war was not in vain and that the IANO will pay for their illegal and awful actions.

Invasion of IANO member states begins; territory occupied

President Everdeen announced the amphibious invasion of several IANO member states today, stating that “enough is enough” and that “the IANO cannot expect for Panem not to retaliate against what they are doing to us.” Supposedly, several areas in the nations under invasion have already been reported occupied by Panem military forces.

UPDATE: The IANO has issued a press release following the events.

Panem has invaded our lands, which is a stark defiance of international law and several current treaties. We stand firm and resolute in ridding the world of nuclear weapons and Panem must give them over or else. No exceptions.

BREAKING: President Everdeen announces further action against IANO member nations

President Katniss Everdeen announced in her regular address to the public that she has formally commanded the military of Panem to further their efforts against the IANO member nations. The President ordered extensive bombing campaigns against the nations in retaliation for the fierce bombings of the Capitol this past week.

UPDATE: President Everdeen mentioned later in that same speech that a ground or marine invasion is quite a possibility.

Selected remarks delivered in wartime address by President Everdeen

Citizens of Panem: it is of utmost importance to relay news of the recent events that have affected our nation most severely. It is with no great happiness that I announce that the Congress of Panem has passed a resolution to declare war upon all member states of the IANO. They do this with my full, unwavering support and I will sign this resolution. My reasoning behind it is as follows: the IANO is an openly hostile organization that has openly threatened the nation of Panem in the past, and continues to do so presently. They have openly murdered innocent civilians on Panem soil, which is clearly an act of aggression towards our nation. While not all people may agree with our decision, but we feel as if the nation of Panem is under a severe threat to its safety. We send our condolences to the families of those who died in the air raids today and to those of the soldiers who gave their lives valiantly to defend District 4 from a marine invasion.