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Analysis: Governor Cryer - Mr Popular
He is branded a puritan and a religious crazy by his opponents, and his government
is accused of human rights abuses. Yet, he is also the most popular politician in Utania.
What is the secret behind Governor Edward Cryer, and will be the next President?
His CDP-LNP coalition government stormed to power in 297, and instituted a series
of reforms that have shaken the state to its foundations. Tougher laws, reintroduction of
the death penalty and anti-liberalism laws, such as anti-gay and anti-"fornication" laws,
have made the state something of an anomaly worldwide, Cruistian moralism enshrined as law.
In 293ap, in the Guwimithian Dependencies province of Duck Egg Shore, the Peoples
Party government had just fought a bitter civil war with itself and was unceremoniously
savaged by voters in April. The factions at war decided to bury the hatchet and start again,
so that when Edward Cryer, the deputy-leader of the party's Cruistian-Democrat faction in
Duck Egg Shore province (now Nystonia state), attended the Peoples Party Congress in August,
he expected that his faction would now have a leading hand in the running of the Party,
but would reconcile with the core leadership of the party, namely George Okarvits.
By the end of that congress, he found himself the leader of a brand new party, the
Cruistian-Democratic Party (CDP), with little organisation or structure. The Peoples Party
had split, and Cryer's factional boss, Folkes, refused to split from the Peoples Party,
leaving his Deputy to create the new party from nothing.
It took Cryer three-and-a-half years and he had a credible force at the 297 April
election, and because the Conservative-Liberationist Movement (CLM) had mishandled their
turn at government, and the Peoples Party was still reeling from the split that had left
them with only 50% of the party in Duck Egg Shore, the new party, joining forces with the
newly formed Liberal Nationalists, crept into power with a majority of just two MPs, and
leaving the former-governing CLM with only six seats.
And now, that same government is facing a second term and a second election. The
Governor is popular, 67% approval, despite introducing radical laws that produce shivers
up the spine of a civil libertarian... Perhaps, more precisely, he is popular "because" of
the radical agenda. There is no denying that the governor has introduced radical new laws
and the state's voters responded with loving him. His CDP-LNP government is set to win in
a landslide, with 56% of the polled-vote going to his radical coalition.
A Moralism that works
Edward Cryer is quick to point out that the CDP is a "moralist" party, not a "puritan" party.
"Puritanism is about enforcing personal holiness with legislation. It would force the population to church on a Sunday, and it would demand that they pray whenever a crucifix passes by in the street", pronounces the Governor who has been called all sorts of names by his opponents, among them 'puritan'. "But, there is no such laws in Nystonia.
"We're not going to force people by law to go to church - faith is a private matter, and that is between them and the Lord. But morality is a public issue, an issue that tears at the fabric of a working and profitable society. These are principles adhered to by all religions: anti-theft, anti-murder, anti-sexual perversions. They hold the fabric of society together from external and internal threats - and in an age such as this, with technology tearing ahead of our ability to cope, we must first-of-all be absolutely certain in our fundementals, in those principles that hold a community together, not tear it apart."
And he has been true to his word. Nystonia may be listed by human rights watchers as one of the worse governed areas for civil rights, but it certainly has a lower crime rate than the bulk of Utania, a lower divorce rate, and an overall decrease in social stress levels compared to other states that have also joined the Utanian union. He has, in his own words, cushioned the state from the stresses of Utanian self-government, from union with a massive number of Utani who now outnumber "whites".
A "stable" society
"He has introduced a stable society that knows where it stands, and therefore can face the world." So declares Dr Lars Keppell, a private psychiatric consultant from Vela Luka. "Stress disorientates people, and they need something to hold onto, something that is true, so to speak. The world of the non-Utani Nystonian, someone whose family has ruled the land for a hundred years, is suddenly changed - they are part of a country that defines itself as Utani, with an Utani heritage. This is disconcerting and disorientating, and they're left wondering where their place in the world is."
Certainly, this is true. Duck Egg Shore province was one populated by an estimated four million so-called "whites", non-Utani. Even Utani who didn't look it denied their heritage under the reign of the Guwimithian Tsar. With mass emigration after the collapse of the Empire, according to the recent census, only 2.8 million people call themselves non-Utani, with 4.3 million claiming Utani heritage.
"The Governor", continues Dr Keppell, "has made their corner of the world stable. He can't control the unification of Utania, nor the increasing influence of the Utani, indeed, he has encouraged Utani in this state, but he will ensure that the people of Nystonia state have a stable society. And the most stable society is a traditional or 'normal' one."
"Deviant behaviour", says Dr Keppell, "threatens society, so homosexuals and other sexual deviants are outlawed. Crime eats at the fabric of a society, so make crime pay - throw them in jail for life, and make it easier for police to find and convict the guilty. Human rights are now out the window. Emphasise family values, by outlawing adultery; pride in community, by 'educating' school children in social laws; and social order, by jailing radicals and socialists, and providing every man, emphasis on gender, with a job by creating a works program to rival the 30s.
"With such changes, the world may not be safer and more secure, but your backyard is. The Governor is not just a politician, he's the father of the state - a paternalist - very comforting thoughts in the middle of an insecure world. This is why our Governor is so popular".
And he is. Polls consistantly rate Governor Cryer as the most popular politician in his constituency in all of Utania - even President Okarvits is, if only slightly, pipped to the post by the man the Peoples Party despise.
"He makes the world seem simple, with simple solutions, and the world simply is not that simple." The lead opposition candidate for the Governor's job, Mongomery Ashton, is a proponent of making the electorate understand and take responsibility for their government. "When good people ignore the abuses of office, then the state is in trouble. I believe the state may be in trouble, and I am seeking those good people not to be deterred from speaking the truth of this matter."
"I applaud the jobs created, but at what expense to the coffers of the state? I applaud the tough measures on crime, but at what cost to the rights of everyday people? How many innocent men and women will be executed before we accept that execution should not be used?" Ashton begs. His audience is Peoples Party die-hards in Utan-Nystos, in the east of the state, a region not particularly well-know for its support of the Peoples Party. One is reminded, when seeing such displays of loyalty to the party, despite poor numbers, that the Party was only seven years ago split in half in Nystonia state, and has never really recovered. Ashton is an affable fellow, but may never be true Governor material.
A man that clearly is, is Cryer. And while he is as popular as he is, his government will continue to win landslides like this. Perhaps te only hope for Ashton is that one day, the world will seem a whole lot less complicated and voters wont need their "Daddy" in Vela Luka. Until then, his star continues to rise.
Stocks continue to stagnate - when will the Govt. release cash controls?