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Government Tower Plaza - Inauguration Day (Open to All)

Posted March 30, 2021, 11:42 p.m. by Civilian Hoka (Assistant to Zerbo) (Travis Good)

Posted by Civilian Kenzo B’tren-Hyrushi (Governor) in Government Tower Plaza - Inauguration Day (Open to All)

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The day had arrived. Kenzo enjoyed pomp and circumstance as much as the next man; but hated when it was directed at him. But such were the demands of office, he had learned.

Looking out from the Governor’s office, he could see the Plaza below. It had been decorated subtly, but with enough flair to be enjoyable without overly extravagant. The stage had been set up and vid cameras were hovering over the square recording the event for posterity. Soon he would make his first official appearance as Governor. He should have been nervous, and he was, but not as much as he thought he should be. Hmmm, I’ll have to give that some thought later he said to himself and then turned and took the suit coat from the back of the chair and pulled it on.

He dressed as he had been for the Federation Council… dark grey suit, jade green tie, red stone tie pin. His long black hair was tied back in the traditional Japanese style, and he checked himself in the mirror. Nodding slightly in approval, he turned and left his office, heading to the lobby where the rest of the government officials and chosen civilians and dignitaries waited for their pre-inauguration meet-and-greet.

Stepping off the lift, he looked around, trying to match faces with records he had read on the way to Oed.

Kenzo Hyrushi, Gov

The first person to introduce himself was the older Police Commissioner. He wore the dress blues of the Oed Police force, a dark blue ensemble outfit with rank insignia on his shoulders. He supported himself with a dark blue cane although he didn’t seem to need one. He was a large well-built man and despite being un the cusp of seventy he didn’t look any older than fifty. He put out his right hand to shake “Welcome to Oed Governor Hyrushi” He smiled a kind grandfatherly smile “I have to admit I’m an admirer of your work in the old DMZ” His accent was only slightly accented to hint at his Nordic heritage.

Commissioner Karlson

Kenzo took the older man’s hand in a firm but not overly-so grip and he smiled. “Thank you. You are Commissioner Karlson, yes? Your record speaks for itself, Commissioner. We are very fortunate to have someone of your abilities heading the police force. I very much look forward to working with you… hopefully not in the same manner as my past work you mentioned.” and he nodded once before releasing Karlson’s hand. He looked around the room and said, quite manner-of-factly, “Your security precautions are to be applauded. And on short notice, for which I apologize.”

Hyrushi, Governor

Joseph looked around “We have had contingencies in place, I must admit the fact that you got here without my hearing about it was surprising but we make due” He said with a wide smile “Oed is a good place and I think your experience with the old border colonies will work well over here.” He said taking a step to the side allowing the new governor to move on and meet the rest of the people gathered.

Commissioner Karlson

A striking woman dressed in soft, black, leather pants and jacket, boots and an intricately woven black, lace shirt, had been watching the Governor from the sidelines. She stepped up next to him. “Kon’nichiwa, Kenzo.” The familiarity of using the Governor’s first name meant they knew each other very well. It had been a few weeks since the two had seen each other, both taking their own time to scope out OED V and Hyrushi’s new offices. “I’m still not sure you will be happy about taking this post, but I’m here for the duration.”

—Nyx

Kenzo eyed the woman warily for a moment and then a slight smile flickered across his face before vanishing. “Sin.” he said flatly. “Watashi wa anata no ryokō ga bujidatta to shinjite imasu… Sukunakutomo anata ni totte wa.” (I trust your trip was uneventful… at least for you.) replied Kenzo before bowing towards her and then smiling. He looked at Karlson and then back to the woman and said “Sinayda Nyx. Police Commissioner Joseph Karlson. Commissioner, my aid and closest advisor Sinayda Nyx.” as he introduced the two.

“Anata ga chūi o haratte irunara, sorehodo mondai wa arimasen.” (Not much is truly uneventful if you are paying attention.) With the slightest of sighs and a raised brow, she returned the bow. Kenzo knew it was a mannerism Nyx found intriguing in Japanese culture.

She extended her hand to the police commissioner. “Nice to meet you, Sir.”

“So how do you feel that this posting will be an unwise choice, Ms. Nyx?” he asked, using the formal name he almost always kept to in public arenas.

Hyrushi, Governor

Clasping her hands behind her back, she surveyed the crowd, looking for trouble. “I don’t feel any particular way about it, Governor. I am simply not convinced yet that you will find it…fulfilling.”

—Nyx

“We find fulfillment where we least expect it, Ms. Nyx. And I am sure that the colony will provide us both with ample opportunity to expand our horizons and present us with unique chances and challenges to help others and find that fulfillment you speak of.” Kenzo said with a slight smile as he looked out over the crowd, his hands clasped behind his back.

Hyrushi, Governor

“I can help with that, Governor.” An automated voice, tainted with the characteristic drawl of its designer, penetrated the air. If they were to turn, they’d discover a grapefruit-sized drone hovering in the company of a sinewy, bright-eyed woman. She smiled and lifted a hand in greeting. “Mirembe M’Ahar,” she gestured to herself, the drone transmuting her ensuing signs, “Professional ‘horizon expander’.”

Mirembe reared her gaze to her companion, a series of fluid motions imploring the cheeky drone to introduce itself.

At the same time the newcomer looked up at the orb, Nyx raised her wrist where a wide, black, band surrounded her wrist. Aiming at the device, she pushed a button and scanned the apparatus. It didn’t appear to be a threat as the icon on the wristband turned green.

The orb seemed almost offended by Nyx’s device and pulled back when the scanner was thrust its way. When the wristband sparked green, it seemed secure enough to abide by its companion’s request:

“IAN! I–“ Mirembe cut IAN off before it had the chance to entertain an hour-long spiel about its ‘special properties’ and favourite words. Instead, it offered a disgruntled, deeply exaggerated “It’s GREAT to meet you all.”

– M’Ahar and IAN

Kenzo smiled and said “Doctor M’Ahar. I am delighted that you chose to take me up on my offer. Ms. Nyx, Police Commissioner Karlson… may I introduce Doctor Mirembe M’Ahar, the new Director of our Colonial Terraforming initiative. Doctor… Ms. Nyx, my aid; and Police Commissioner Karlson, head of the local constabulary.”

Hyrushi, Governor

“I cannot say long-term projects are quite my style, Governor,” Mirembe delayed long enough to offer an amused grin, “but Oed was impossible to pass up.” She snaked her fingers into her tan trousers and regarded Hyushi for a moment, her gaze sporadically tending toward Nyx and Karlson as if trying to marry names to faces.

Mirembe took a step toward Nyx and extended both hands, much like a handshake.

Following protocol, Sin accepted the woman’s hands even though it went against her nature.

Seconds later, she made a similar gesture to Karlson, each time inclining her head in a warm greeting.

“Pleasure!” Genuine enthusiasm trickled from her eyes into her movement. “I look forward to working with you both.” Mirembe paused for a moment, then stepped back into the comfort of mild distance.

– M’Ahar, Director of Terraforming

—Nyx

Kenzo smiled slightly and said “Odd, coming from a terraformer.” and he chuckled slightly. “Hopefully there will be enough to keep you interested, Doctor. We can discuss the particulars tomorrow. Why don’t you come to my office at ten in the morning. I will line out the project parameters I have in mind.”

Hyrushi, Gov

Mirembe shrugged and smiled slightly. She’d favoured supportive and reparitive projects for the majority of her career. Oed was a nice change of pace.. or so she hoped. “I don’t doubt that much,” she assured. “Oed seems to be a ‘land of opportunity.’“ Although there was a hint of humour to her words, a part of her beliefed in some capacity. Stealing a glance to IAN, she nodded, “I look forward to it, Governor. Do you mind if I lug along a few ideas, too?”

– M’Ahar

“I would expect nothing less, Doctor. I look forward to our meeting. If you will excuse me.” and graciously made his way to another small group and began to speak.

Hyrushi, Governor

OOC: Im not able to read all of this to catch up so I’m just jumping in here.

The Lt. Governor arrived in his dress SF uniform.

Xavier

Kenzo excused himself and made his way to the Star Fleet Captain. “Captain. Thank you so much for being a part of this. While I am not one for so much attention; I do believe that Star Fleet representation is key to showing our residents that we are a team united in progress.”

Hyrushi, Governor

“Of course Governor.” The Captain answered.

He had done this song and dance many, many times. It was also as much a show of cooperation an respect as it was that SF still controlled the colony to some degree. His bosses, the ones who stayed out of the spotlight, reminded him in a call previous to his arrival. Of course he had long learned that SF’s fascination at maintaining a near martial control of the colony had been decreasing over the years and he for one had not too much desire to see them resume the old days of where the Governor was just a symbol. On the flip side he saw it as a 50/50 deal and until a civilian Government could stay in place for more than a few days, months or even short years he had decided the civilians had not earned much trust from SF. They needed to earn it. He was starting to think his time was coming due and he wanted to know the colony was going to be safe and governed democratically one day.

Xavier

As the Governor made his way through the people gathered, Nyx stayed at his side. She would always be introduced as his ‘assistant and personal aide’ but she was mainly there to protect him. He was in no way incapable of defending himself, but they made an extremely effective team together and had dispatched many ‘unwanteds’ together.

She acknowledged everyone he did with a nod or a handshake. Sin preferred to stay in the background, but the first impression of the new Governor was important.

—Nyx

Standing a few feet away from the Governor and his aid was a slender Xahean woman dressed in an elegant but simple navy blue dress and matching heels. Her long black hair was pulled back into an elegant bun at the nape of her neck. At some point she was going to introduce herself to him, but for now she was more than happy in the role of the quite observer. After all, there was always a lot learn about others by watching them.

~Dr. Luana Iolani Kaili

Kenzo was engaged with talking to one of the more notable residents of Oed V, the patriarch of the Denevec family who operated a shipping company headquartered on Oed V, when he noticed the woman. Excusing himself, Kenzo moved to greet her. “Hello. I am Kenzo B’tren-Hyrushi, the new Governor. My aid, Ms. Nyx.” and he gestured to Sin. “And you are…?” and he held out his hand in greeting.

Hyrushi, Governor

With a warm smile and a slight bow of her head Kaili reached for Kenzo’s hand. Her grip was firm, but not overly so. “My name is Luana Iolani Kaili. I’m the new head of mental health at the Sacred Heart Hospital. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Governor, and you Ms. Nyx,” she replied, turning her head towards Nyx as she greeted the other woman.

~Dr. Luana Iolani Kaili

Sin inclined her head in the woman’s direction but did not offer her hand.

Xavier followed a few paces back. He had his own security protection team of two officers and then perimeter security. It was nothing he wanted but after several high paid assassins had arrived in the past and targeted government members it was now required. However he would not let them so close as to upstage the incoming Governor. This was his pony show and he intended to let him have the pomp and circumstance.

Xavier Lt Gov

“Nice to meet you, Doctor. And this strapping specimen is Star Fleet Captain Parker Xavier, the colony’s Lieutenant Governor. He has been single-handedly running the colony in the interim between administrations. Hopefully I can ease some of that in the coming days. Captain, Doctor Luana Iolani Kaili.” Hyrushi said her name exactly as she had said it.

Hyrushi, Governor

Zerbo pushed his way forward. “I cannot believe that I have to be behind a female, let alone one that is taller than me.” Zerbo was dressed in very fine gold and purple robes befitting his station in the Ferengi Alliance. He bowed slightly. Ever so slightly and did not put out his hand to shake. “Greeting New Governor. I am Daimon-Ress Zerbo and the Head of the Ferengi Congress of Economics and second only to the Grand Nagus himself. I am here to establish a Tower of Commerce on behalf of my government and this sector of space. I look forward to meeting with you once you get settled in as the Hew-Mons say.” He smiled widely showing his rows of razor sharp teeth. “I will see myself to a place to sit down while my subordinate gets me some free food. Take care Governor.”

Daimon-Ress Zerbo

Hoka was next after pushing his way through. He put out his hand to shake. “Greeting Hew------Governor. I am Daimon Hoka. Unfortunately I am the Daimon-Ress’s assistant.....” He sighed. “I hope to get to speak to you soon about our proposal. Congratulations on your promotion your Governorship.” He smiled and bowed and looked in the direction of the small fat Ferengi and sighed. “I will get his Holiness something free. It is free is it not Governor?” He said looking back to Hyrushi.

Daimon Hoka

Hyrushi gave only a nod to the Daimon-Ress and then looked at Hoka. “Nice to meet you, Daimon Hoka. We welcome the presence of the Ferengi Congress of Economics, and wish you much success and profit.” and he nodded again. “And please, do help yourself. And yes, it is free to our esteemed guests.”

As the Daimon left to peruse the food and drink, Kenzo looked back at Nyx. As she approached, he leaned into her and whispered “We need to know everything we can on our Ferengar delegation.” and then he smiled at some more well-wishers.

Hyrushi, Governor

Her jaw was set tightly. “You know I have a dislike for Ferengi, Kenso. But I will find out what I can. If the information is out there, I will bring it to you.” She spoke softly, her voice only for the Governor. “What are your thoughts on the Lt Governor? Have you had a chance to get a feel for his way of doing things?”

—Nyx

OOC: Pasting in Amber’s response.

Caught up in a conversation of her own, Astrid had not been able to break away from it to great the new governor, but she did watch him. He mingled well enough and seemed quite comfortable in his surroundings. Even though she was relatively new to OED V, having only been here for two years, she had already gone through the tenancy of two governors before Hyrushi. She could only hope that this one would be as involved as the first governor and last far longer than the second.

She was dressed for the occasion in a cream fitted suit jacket with a high collar with a deep teal satin blouse underneath. It seemed to have some kind of ruffles that peaked out from the jacket’s collar. The fitted cuffs of her jacket matched the pencil skirt of the ensemble. It resembled a watercolor painting of various teals and blues on a cream background. Her heels were high as usual, made in a teal velvet which matched the hat that topped her intricately knotted updo. She was, as always, well put together. Astrid raised her glass at one of the group surrounding her and finally found a moment to beg off the conversation. Perhaps now she could meet the new Governor and with that goal in mind, she walked toward him.

Rousseau, HotJ

Kenzo looked at Nyx and said “I do know your feelings, Sin. That is why I am asking you. You will dig until you can find anything without being swayed. As to the Lieutenant Governor? Perhaps, but we can discuss later.” and turned to the striking woman walking towards them. He looked at her intently, his solid black eyes focused for a moment solely on her, and then smiled slightly.

“Chief Justice Rousseau. It is an honor to meet you. I have read several of your decisions with great interest.” and he extended a hand to her. “Kenzo B’tren Hyrushi.” and he bowed slightly over her hand. “And may I present Sinayda Nyx, my aid.” and he turned to introduce the two women.

Hyrushi, Governor

She rewarded his smile with a wide and warm one of her own. “Well now, that is a surprise, although I do not guess it should be considering it is a very smart idea to research what you are coming to govern.” Her voice was accented in the style of New France, flowing but with no slurring of syllables.

“It is a pleasure to meet you at last Governor Hyrushi.” She took his hand with her own. Astrid did not know what would be a proper response, so she merely smiled and then turned as he did to meet his aid. “And you as well Miss Nyx. I honestly cannot do without mine so I imagine he cannot do without you either. I hope he is properly grateful.” It was a light tease and perhaps meant to measure the man as well as the woman or perhaps it was simply in Astrid’s nature. Only time and friendship would tell.

Rousseau, HotJ

Sinayda smiled slightly at the Justice’s comment about Kenzo being properly grateful for her work. The comment brought fond memories to mind.

Kenzo released her hand and laughed softly. “I would hope at this point Ms. Nyx would be very aware that I would be more than lost without her assistance.” and he shot a glance at Sin. “And I did my research, yes. But the opinions I read were before this position was anywhere near a possibility. Legal precedent plays a large role 8n both civil engineering and governmental negotiations. It is best one be versed in the current legal decisons.”

It warmed Astrid to her heart that the Governor had read her juris decisions before coming. Astrid was intensely proud of her work which was part of the reason she had been sought after to head justice on OED V. Sometimes though, an entity as large as Star Fleet meant that you could be very good and still be very unknown to many so it was always a surprise to her that people had read her work. She placed her hand on her cheek to cool the warmth that had flushed there. “I appreciate the compliment just the same sir, if not more so.”

It was at that point that man announcement played over the Plaza and inside the building where the dignitaries waited. “Good afternoon. Today we welcome the new Governor of Oed V, Kenzo B’tren-Hyrushi. Please take your seats. Governor Hyrushi will address the Colony in five minutes.”

Kenzo nodded once to Nyx and then said “Madame Chief Justice, if you would be so kind as to excuse me.” and without waiting for a response he bowed slightly and then walked away, towards the doors and the stage out front.

Hyrushi, Governor

Nyx stepped in front of Hyrushi onto the stage in order to scan the crowd. She pulled a 4x8 inch piece of clear film from an inside pocket in her jacket and straightened it from its rolled state. The film immediately hardened and became flat. Activating the device, she set it to detect weapons and then painted the crowd with it. The only weapons found were on the security teams, so Nyx stepped back and gave Kenzo a nod. It was as safe for him to address those present as she could guarantee. Giving the film a snap, it returned to its rolled up state and was replaced in an inner pocket. Staying to his right and a foot behind his shoulder, Nyx watched those gathered for any signs of trouble.

—Nyx

She listened as most everyone did and knew it was time to do the ceremony. She inclined her head to Hyrushi, unable to answer as he walked away before she could. Astrid watched him with a curious gaze before finally turning and heading to her seat at the front with the other leadership of the colony. She knew some but also there were new faces present that she would introduce herself to in time. For now, they awaited the Governor’s first official speech.

Rousseau, HotJ

Kenzo moved to the podium and placed his hands on either side and looked out over the crowd. He could sense the feelings of excitement, tension, unease… even some hostility. But overall the feelings seemed slightly positive. That was a good sign. He looked out over the crowd and smiled.

“Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, dignitaries, and beings of all species and cultures. Thank you for being here on such a momentous day. Not momentous because of me, or the fact that Oed has a new Governor… no. Today isn’t about me. It is about you. It is about your lives… your futures… your chance to be a part of something profoundly and historically meaningful. It is about a new era for Oed V. A new vison… A new plan. There is a vision in place for us and this place we call our home. A vision of a wondrous future for us all.” and he paused let his gaze move randomly over the crowd.

“Today… we embark on journey that no one could have anticipated. Today we take the first small steps towards the reclamation of Oed V. Years ago, a comet shattered this place. It was only because of the forethought and decisiveness of a few that we have this city today. A beautiful oasis under a dome in a sea of barren wastes. Today… today is where we begin to take it back. Plans are being discussed right now on how we can grow and change this place. Bring life back. Bring expansion and jobs and business and opportunities not just under the dome, not just in the mines… but all over the planet. Today is they day we get to finally dream of a life under a sky. A sky with clouds and birds and rain. A dream of a life where we can move… explore… and build a colony the likes of which no one has dreamt of after the comet. A colony that is both home to us all.... and to those in need of a home. A colony that can not only support itself… but who can be a helping hand to others in need. A place of endless opportunity and ambition. Where we all have the chance to dream and build… create and thrive. An Oed unlike any other.” A round of applause sounded out… not huge, but definitely there.

As the clapping faded, Kenzo continued. “Oed is more that just the city under the dome. It’s a second chance. It’s a belief in each other and what we are doing. And it’s a burning desire to see each day as better than the one before it.” and he smiled at the crowd.

“Everyone… I am not a politician. I am not one to normally speak in public like this.” and he let the smile slowly fade in to seriousness. “But I am also not one to lie. Nor am I one to make plans that I don’t think can succeed. I am an engineer. A designer. A man of conviction… and my conviction is that Oed V is ready to take the next step in its history. A strong, bold step forward into the future. A future that will take work. Dedication. Fortitude. And the belief that each and every one of us is an integral part of this place. We may not always agree. We may argue, debate… even fight. But at the end of all of it… we are still Oed. And we can do anything, anything at all… as long as we do it together. Thank you.” and he took a step back from the podium as the crowed clapped; and few even cheered.

Hyrushi, Governor

Hoka smiled and clapped with everyone and he was soooo happy that he was almost drooling and salivating at the mention of all the jobs, commerce, and trade that will be happening. All of that precious Latium! He his going to be rich beyond his wildest dreams and get a promotion worthy of his new status.....as long as Zerbo doesn’t muck it up. He gazed at the Ress next to him wishing the Grand Nagus would die so Zerbo could get promoted and be out of his way.

Hoka, Daimon


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