Eve Online and the Council of Stellar Management 10 elections

As some of you are well enough aware, I decided to give EVE online a try six months ago after being pushed into it by several people during the last Steam Summer Sale. I initially went into the game deciding to use my trial period and that was it. Then I started playing.

Sixteen hours later, I had used my PLEX from buying EVE on Steam to renew up my subscription and keep playing and I was hooked in, doing all the high-sec things and not having a care in the world.

After a couple of months sitting in my Starter NPC corporation, I decided to find a player-run corp of my own, and after a search around, joined the furry corp SergalJerk over at TEST Alliance.

Recently, EVE announced the opening of the election season for their “Council of Stellar Management”.  For those of you who don’t know what that is, picture the European Parliament, only smaller and in space. That should give you a close approximation of what it is and what it does. For the finer points, you can go here and take a peek. The elections use Single Transferrable vote, which means that I have to rank my choices (up to 14, to be precise), and therein lies the challenge.

Our alliance has a very fine candidate, Migui, who jumped into the ring and has an excellent platform and have decided to give him place, preeminence, and preference at the top. But then I wondered, what about the other 13 spaces I have left, and have to choose from a pool of 76 other candidates? What about the other members of my alliance, who have still not posted an official ballot?

I have decided to post who I am voting for based on the following criteria:

1.) Candidates must have a candidacy post on the EVE Online CSM Campaigns subforum AND and interview with the fine people over at CapStable. That alone cuts out half the pool, but it shows a demonstration of commitment to getting elected to the masses in my opinion.

2.) Any remaining candidates must not be in simply to troll the process. This gets rid of several candidates that escaped the first culling above.

The remaining candidates, I have listened to and read the analyses, read their forum posts in the campaigns thread, and made hard decisions to put out MY ballot that I will be casting for the elections for the Tenth CSM.

You can view said ballot over here on Google Docs.


My predictions for what will happen by 2015

Here are a list of various predictions I have for what will happen over the next five years:

  • Apple is forced to unlock the iPhone after the U.S. Supreme Court denies to hear its appeal of a lawsuit filed by the EFF.
  • iPhone OS is still not Flash enabled, however the suit requires Apple to fully open the source code of iPhone OS.
  • Mac OS X becomes legitimately available for PCs. InsanelyMac and InfiniteMac close down, as they have no purpose left.
  • Boot Camp for PCs is released open-source. GRUB becomes obsolete.
  • Mandriva, TurboLinux, openSUSE, and Fedora merge into one hyper-distribution of Linux.
  • Canonical takes over the Debian Project, merging the mainline and fork back together.
  • SEGA West further consolidates, closing down all US-based functions. All nine Community Managers engage in a fight to the death for the four openings left.
  • SCEA is shut down, its function effectively split between Europe and Japan.
  • Nintendo releases the successor to the Wii, which incorporates cloud-based gaming. It’s jokingly referred to as the “Skynet”.
  • Steam buys out SecureROM, and suppresses the once vaunted DRM mechanism to the delight of pirates everywhere.
  • The Pirate Bay wins their appeal. The MPAA succeed in appealing the appeal; by then, newly-elected Sweedish PM Richard Falkvinge issues a general pardon and/or amnesty, much to the chagrin of the other WIPO signatories.
  • Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 is overturned in a overwhelming display of near-unanimity (the sole dissenter being his widow, Mary).
  • Defense Of Marriage Act is overturned in the US Supreme Court as 2 conservative justices are replaced with more liberal members, giving Republicans new reason for fear.
  • A constitutional amendment barring states from defining marriage by either law or State constitutional amendment is passed with overwhelming support from Middle America.
  • After the Mossad screws the pooch over an operation against the West, public opinion goes sharply against Likud. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is toppled as the people overhwhelmingly vote mainly Labor (the more conservative voters pulling for minority partner Kadima). The new Israeli government makes a seperate peace with the Mahmoud Abbas-led West Bank.
  • Benedict XVI dies. The ensuing Papal Conclave is deadlocked on his successor.
  • The Church of England votes to solemnize gay and lesbian marriages. Peter Akinola and the Global South primates leave the Anglican Communion in protest and form their own union.
  • Dissenting churches and dioceses are brought back into line in the Episcopal Church USA, the last act of outgoing Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Gene Robinson is elected Presiding Bishop.
  • Mass anarchy in the People’s Republic of China causes the Communists to open talks with the Dalai Lama.
  • Nationalists gain the upper hand in Northern Ireland, and in the ensuing plebiscite, vote to leave the United Kingdom and join the Republic of Ireland. Much work is credited to an accounting scandal in the DUP, and the work of future Taoiseach Gerry Adams from Sinn Féin.
  • The British cabinet is embroiled in sex scandals, 3 of whom are engaged in a love triangle. Five general elections later, no party is able to form a majority.
  • France elects their first Socialist president since Mitterand.
  • Silvio Berlusconi is toppled from power in another Romano Prodi led government, convicted, and sentenced to life inprisonment.
  • Greece forced to unban video games to get their financial house in order.
  • Hosni Mubarak voted out of office. Despite vowing to stay on, he reluctantly steps down after threats from the US, allowing Mohammed El-Baradei to become the first fairly elected President of Egypt.
  • Helen Zille becomes the first white President of South Africa since de Klerk, heading a coalition of Democratic Alliance and Congress of the People.
  • AOL shuts down all dialup services, followed swiftly by MSN, AT&T, Verizon, Earthlink, and Qwest
  • Houston Astros become the only MLB team to have never won a World Series, despite winning back-to-back National League Championships.
  • Houston Texans narrowly lose the Super Bowl the season before going 0-16 and tying the Detroit Lions record