"The 2029 political landscape is particularly haunting given the renewed presence of King Robert I." Bornatfiglheu revealed to me, "Ever since scientists put his brain into a jar and hooked it up to the Abbaville mainframe... things have just been a little wonky."
Given the sometimes erratic ebb and flow of new citizens arriving to our Kingdom, it could be a problem when trying to predict vote counts fifteen years in the future, but Bornatfiglheu isn't fazed. "I don't forsee an immigration jump between now and 2029. Or, at least, not an unusually large jump." he said, "People will still come to Talossa in the same amounts, and leave in them as well ... I think immigration can remain healthy if the Regipats remains active and gets the word out strongly... especially in the traditional press." He also notes that retaining the citizens simply a matter of getting them involved in something that they enjoy, and getting them hooked. "In my work as a TA, I hope to help the country grow as well." Although his leadership is, at best, 1) several years in the future, Bornatfiglheu voiced his thoughts on what he considers to be the most important issue that the current da Schir-led government (and governments in the near future) face: "trying to climb over the technocratic hump that plagues small nations like Talossa."
"You see, Talossa is bound more by small group dynamics than large group dynamics." Bornatfiglheu remarked, "This is what makes it different from the other nations of the world." He notes that in smaller groups, the power or authority often rests outside of the elected leadership, usually with what he calls "technocrats", or those who know how to "keep the wheels turning". He writes that this can turn into "a matter of 'don't piss off Ted. He knows how to get the furnace lit.' as opposed to Ted's leadership actually making a difference."
"I am a criminal," he wrote, "and, though the majority of the population may not remember, that still doesn't change what I did. Or, even setting that aside, it doesn't make me a fit leader." When he recalled his times in the former Republic, where his disastrous term as Seneschal had him lose the confidence of members of his own party and he found himself kicked out of office, he wrote, "Seriously. It was moribund and just plain bad."
Until that time comes, however, we won't really know. And, as he quickly reminded me at the end of our interview that "the Bornatfiglheu campaign is just a joke, so there is no need to be nervous."
I and my sock drawer are planning no future power grabs. I am too busy drilling them into a ballet corps for a puppet staging of the Berber of Seville."
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