Review – Voice of the Common Man

Review – Voice of the Common Man


Can you hear the voice of the common man?

The Star Trek fanfiction prompt was about politics. Rather than write about some Klingon cabal or big-time Federation politics, I went with what Tip O’Neill said, “All politics is local.”

Review – Voice of the Common Man

I also wanted to tie up a small loose end in my overall story arc in In Between Days. In Reversal, the Calafan people are ruled by a High Priestess (Yipran) and her consort, the First Minister (Chawev).  However, I didn’t want their government to be a monarchy, and I certainly didn’t want for it to be a dictatorship. It would, though, be a somewhat different style of government. It would be a religiously-based constitutional monarchy. The religious end of it is covered in Legends.

Voice of the Common Man explores an election to the office of First Minister.


Review – Voice of the Common Man
In Between Days

Doug and Lili are new residents of Lafa II, and Joss is still an infant. This is before the arrangement starts and it’s even before Marie Patrice is conceived. It’s Election Day!

There are a ton of candidates (this is not a two-party system), and it’s all rather confusing. The Becketts have studied the candidates and the issues, but it’s still a bit unclear. Complicating matters is the fact that Doug has only recently left a universe where the government is a military dictatorship. He literally doesn’t understand why anybody votes, and can’t conceive that his opinion would matter to anyone. Not quite assured, he agrees to go and vote, as it is more or less mandatory.

The voting is conducted somewhat oddly, as might befit an alien culture. The issues are quickly discussed and the voters express their support for certain positions on well-defined issues.

Review – Voice of the Common Man

That is, the first round of voting isn’t really for any candidates; it’s for positions on issues. If a voter matches all of the positions with a candidate, then that voter is matched with that candidate, votes for him or her (there is still an opportunity to back out), and that voter is done for the day. This is rather similar to an approval ballot.

Lili is done early, and votes for Ubvelwev, the candidate who eventually is declared the winner. Doug, however, much like any other undecided voter, is torn. He holds out until the bitter end, and leaves as an undecided voter when all is said and done. While his vote matters, he hasn’t really cast a ballot for any of the candidates.

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The story is Rated K.


The voting system is somewhat confusing, and that has been one issue for readers. I was mainly trying to address problems that I have always seen in elections, where some people are just undecided until the bitter end, and that has always struck me as a bit odd. The voting system could have been better explained, probably with more details and more world-building phraseology. This story could use an overhaul, although its heart and soul are in the right place.

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