(The musings of Lord Sparrow) I am a staunch royalist. I am for a King (Queen), this I feel is the single thing which would do most to unify Sosaria and 'Unity is Strength'. However, until we do, a Lord Protector to control and lead our armed forces seems a useful stop gap. This is a military not a regal position. I would like to ask all prospective candidates for the position one question, namely, the next time one of the 'independant' cities or territories is attacked or invaded what action will you take?. My vote then goes to whoever answers that they would DO NOTHING. Gasp! Shock! Horror!. Do nothing? Well consider this. To summon Sosarias forces and repel the attackers is simply supporting the independant regime. The attack would fail and they would just continue in the same fashion. But why should citizens risk all to defend these regimes?. We have experience of this, remember the Ophidian invasion of Vesper? without aid from all citizens Vesper would have fallen. Perhaps we should have let it, after it had fallen and the leadership eliminated by the Ophids THEN we could have counter-attacked and reclaimed Vesper and integrated it once more in to the Kingdom of Sosaria. This would have been a harsh lesson indeed but would have brought home to Vesperians the truth of the maxim 'Together we stand, divided we fall'. Divisions within our country could be a fatal weakness and whereas a strong ruler could perhaps end them, at the moment they continue unabated. I hope whoever takes on the post is strong enough to make decisions, taking the long view, which would benefit Sosaria as a whole rather than short term gains. At the meeting concerning the elections tonight I found it amusing that someone commented that Nathan Hawke was not qualified for the post of Protector as he 'had blood on his hands'. Personally I thought that made him eminently suitable as it demonstrated willingness to get the job done by whatever means necessary, and to do it himself if he had to. Surely a prime virtue in a strong leader?. I shall watch the development of these elections with interest we do need some cohesive military leadership.