Hardcopy transcript of the personal interview with Dyarhk. Available by request to the RhyDin Post.
Interviewer: First things first. May I please have your name and occupation for the record?
Dyarhk: Of course. My full and only name is "Dyarhk." Being one of RhyDin's orphans, I never received the chance at what you might call a proper name, but, I do not dislike it. I have held many occupations in my long life, the most prominent of which have been service as a knight under a number of banners, all for peace and stability of nations. If the RhyDin people would like me to list all my allegiances in the past? Then I'll do that. Laughter. I have fought for the independent nation of Adenna and RhyDin City, both here; and off-world I have helped return a governmental system to the people of Tirraru that had been under corrupt leadership; and in Huyglen, where I call home, off-world, I had been a herald with unheard of positive and preventative outcomes via skills of negotiation.
Interviewer: It sounds as though you've spent quite a lot of time off-world. Exactly how long have you lived in RhyDin?
Dyarhk: I have lived in RhyDin for going on sixteen years. This is something the press are making quite a big deal about concerning my citizenship because I do live off-world. I have spent over half my life out of RhyDin, and I will be turning a ripe old age of thirty-eight in November. There is propaganda circulating right now that I'm anti-RhyDin because I live off-world and requests are being put out for me to regularly present my birth documentation! I do not humor such absurdities, not when a copy of my birth registration is on public record over at the RhyDin Public Library and the Preservation of Records Center. Conspiracists are even theorizing harmful terrorism campaigns centered around my ethnicity. It is no surprise I was orphaned. But make no mistake, I was born here, I am a citizen.
Interviewer: What experience do you have that you think qualifies you for this position?
Dyarhk: I'm glad you asked this question because I think this is one of the things the people of RhyDin want most to know: just who am I? On the planet of Tirraru I was a councilman on their 'Board of Members' that yielded the arrest of a complete ring of corrupt officials that were exploiting their city's population of over three hundred thousand illegally, through legal channels. It was the city's biggest bust, and it happened specifically during my tenure.
At the beginning of this year I assisted the Minister of Citizen Resources? in a defense effort [against] an invading enemy force at Town Hall and, later, acted as leading adviser in a refugee camp North of the Temple District for those directly affected by the attacks. I allied immediately with the Dwarven Mountain Lords of Northern RhyDin there helping prepare the camps and, together, we created and initiated the idea of portal teams, which were called 'portal platoons', that constantly ran day and night extraction missions. The camp grew to such a size we enlisted the assistance of the distant nations uninvolved but aware of our circumstances. The city of Adenna sent their strongest defenders, and the mage city of Liltu sent a portal team that was able to cast an illusionary shield over the camp and allow it to flourish with the safe evacuation of numbers beyond any of our imagining. At the time of the end of the crisis the camp had in excesses of four thousand evacuees, half of which were able to return to their homes. But there's still two thousand hungry and unable to return or relocate, and they're a big inspiration for my run this year.
Interviewer: That's certainly very impressive, but with all due respect virtually every person in RhyDin has taken part in some grand adventure or another. Not to discredit your actions, of course. But what do you feel really distinguishes you as a person from the other candidates?
Dyarhk:You know, it's funny. Governor Matt Simon spoke of, in his 2011 candidacy speech, the criteria of humbleness of those elected governor and how it applies to the humanity and imperfections in all of us. It is unrealistic, and potentially dangerous to our citizens for a governor to assume they will not make a mistake, and I agree wholeheartedly with the past governor in that aspect. What I bring to the election this year is a fresh agenda with the leadership skills the people need and an understanding of what will be required of me, as governor, to bring about one of the most successful terms of the governing administration. I don't feel the majority of my competition offers this.
Interviewer: And how exactly do you plan to exercise that leadership? What approach or perspective do you expect to take in governing?
Dyarhk: An adequate example of my governing abilities would be how the RhyDin people and myself will be able to govern together. Yes, I will have to make decisions in office, but those decisions are chosen by the heaviest weight determined by the most collected voice of the people. It is together that we are going to accomplish one another's goals. If we work together, which I know we can, and I'm sure we will, there's nothing we can't accomplish. You've already heard the diverse range of titles I've held at one time or another. I've managed a shelter camp, heralded for warring nations and negotiated them out of confrontation that would have ended in bloodshed. I've swung the sword on the battlefield, and I've swung the pen in the courtroom and come out victorious in both arenas, and I want to fight for you now, RhyDin, exclusively.
Interviewer: Do you have any particular opinion on the governorships for the past two years?
Dyarhk: I am a huge supporter of Governor Driscol's innovations concerning his minister body and division of public duties. I think it was brilliant, and set a new standard for how the public views interaction with our government, and broadened the possibilities of a better prepared, safer RhyDin, and a more democratic government overall. Going back a bit to Governor Matt Simon's term, I think he did a great job in office. I've heard arguments of how he could have done "more," but I would tell those people to take a step back and look at what didn't happen under his governing. Look at his improvements to the Watch. The City Guard didn't founder, it reintensified, if anything, and reestablished that critical communication relationship we cannot do without, between citizen and our safety enforcers. Look at the Air and Space Guard. The governor showed his capabilities very early on, but it was after both terms had ended did we see what had really happened. How I view the past governors' terms was very influential in the construction of my agenda. Both Governor Driscol and Governor Simon took the position with confidence and the plan to take care of RhyDin, and that is what this whole election boils down to: taking care of RhyDin. Getting back to what I was saying, people are drawing critical analysis to the things that happened under Governor Simon and Governor Driscol's terms. What I took away from their tenures was what didn't happen. We didn't break the budget, we didn't succumb to any horrific terrorist attacks that people talk about every day. We didn't enter some large scale war. We wake up and talk about pleasant things because today and tomorrow are protected, and it's one of those silent things that may get one of the largest credits behind the chair. Maintaining the status quo, as Governor Simon put it, is not such a bad thing as I think some of the extreme left citizens may have made out, especially when the status quo is peace. I run under this belief, and I thank our previous governors for their contributions to our way of life.
Interviewer: That's an awful lot of praise for one of your opponents? You talk a lot about what they didn't do. What do you plan to do with the office?
Dyarhk: I'm actually going to be debuting my full agenda with your office! So let's start firstly with the two thousand RhyDinian war refugees currently situated, unwelcome mind you, in the territory of the Dwarven Mountain Lords here in RhyDin. Having played a strong role in evacuating these citizens from Arcanum Academy, Town Hall, the marketplace tragedy and across RhyDin City, you can imagine my emotional involvement after the attacks when these people were unable to return to their lives. A liability clause has turned up alienating, basically ostracizing those men, women and children from financial support and disaster coverage. Alienating our people from coverage when they should be inalienable. Fionna Helston is absolutely right, this clause should not exist, and it is why I am launching the Sudden Action Directive in partnership with Principal Supervisor for the relief effort in Town Hall, Commander McDowell, and my running mate for lieutenant governor, Gregory Finder?
Interviewer: Forgive me. If I could just interrupt you here a moment, who is Gregory Finder?
Dyarhk: Gregory, Gregory's awesome. He's a Tirraru native and a devoted family man, and an enforcer of the law who's dedicated to his job. I knew right away I had to have him in my corner if I was going to give RhyDin the broad understanding of issues that are sure to come up in office. You could say I represent an older age of RhyDin, which it certainly has, but it also has a very modern and futuristic community with specific needs related to their technological advancements. Gregory Finder's got that base covered.
Interviewer: I see. Please do continue.
Dyarhk: What this unit hopes to accomplish is investigate this ridiculous clause that sent geographical surveyors out to the shelter camps to verify mysterious "Western offices" in particular, not liable, or any other office for that matter. I am speaking out very clearly against Guy Vanderhorst, and this operation will be exposed for what it is, and justice will be served. Regardless of my election, you won't get rid of me and this particular agenda so easily.
Interviewer: If you would, could you tell our readers a little about Vanderhorst?
Dyarhk: My team that, if elected will be known as the Sudden Action Directive, have found out Guy Vanderhorst is forty-two years of age, he graduated law school, he emigrated here and opened up a retail business that went under. He remained relatively low on the radar up until two years ago when he launched a small practice that is now quite large in the West known as Vanderhorst & Sons LLC. A little while ago he met up with myself and the other camp leaders at the site of Devotion, the name of my shelter camp, and conducted a fictitious geographical survey on the lands with a crew, strengthening their case, Guy claimed, that the citizens had lived x amount of days in x amount of space to fall under this clause that voided their protection on their pre-existing properties, and are trying to enact a tax on all these people for false claims of dereliction in their "Effectual Abandonment Clause." These people aren't working! They have no income right now! And what's keeping them from it, what's roadblocking them, is this damned license. It's ludicrous! These are the words candidates for office Helston and Suliss'urn are talking about? specifically Suliss'urn. "Words that mean nothing." But the difference is, these words are trying to pass themselves off as law, and that's very dangerous. And what's going to make the difference is realizing this threat, and dealing with it appropriately. Shut down Vanderhorst and his practice and prosecute him.
Interviewer: Interesting. You were saying about your platform?
Dyarhk: Second, I am working on a safety net to ensure nothing like this every happens to any citizens of RhyDin ever again regardless of foul play, which I suspect to be the culprit here. I am finalizing an agreement with foreign powers which will provide suitable room and boarding for victims of any home endangerment. RhyDin is about family; you will go to any lengths to protect your family, and, as your governor, so will I. This agreement is still being debated, but it is one of my primary focuses. With your help, supporting this push, I will boldly state the rate of homeless, especially that of children, will plummet 30-40%. I cannot do this alone, though. Help me nurture this bill, and we can put a solid foot down against this form of neglect. We can let the RhyDin people know we hear them, because we do, and we're not gonna stop fighting for them until they're taken care of. Like I said, this is all about taking care of RhyDin.
And lastly I am choosing to pursue Improving Foreign Policy in my campaign. Our interests as a people are of great importance, and how we choose to conduct our trades will play a pivotal role in both our advancement and survival. I realize this is in direct conflict with some of my competition, but I believe it is in the best interests of the people. Instead of doing like some of the other candidates are suggesting and "taking back our economy," I think that is a step backwards. These candidates are asking the wrong questions which surprises me since the main question to ask is a relatively simple one: How do these decisions affect RhyDin? Our situation with foreign policy is a healthy one, but it could be healthier. As governor, I will employ a team of ambassadors from RhyDin with proper credentials to help me manage a new Ministry of Finance department. What was wrong with the old system? Why do we need a new one? The old system works. But anything can work better, and it is our job as the future elect to test that very thing. What does this new ministry offer? More expeditious and safer transactions for one, which have been thoroughly tested via the interstellar trade routes and electronically. You will have to see it at one of my seminars along with a revealing of a scale model of the town here in RhyDin that the refugee program will build. Thank you. That covers my immediate platform.
Interviewer: There are quite a few things I'd like to address, if you'll humor me. First of all, when you say "liability clause" do what are you referring? Liability of finances? Of interests? Or are you simply referring to general indifference?
Dyarhk: The liability clause to which I am referring is one of the villains this office faces. It is a coinsurance clause, and it is bogus, it is absolutely bogus. In tandem with my run for office and the important attention it receives, I am declaring open season on this form. It is a lengthy license calling itself the RhyDin Insurance Code, and I am confident when I say it is a scandal. It came out of Western Rhy'Din from an office identified as "Vanderhorst & Sons LLC." The Public Library and Preservation of Records Center will tell you clearer than I their charts. They're taking in more money from investors than they're putting out for what their practice is supposed to be covering. They're not answering our phone calls. They're refusing to comment. There's so much wrong with this picture.
Interviewer: You talk about a Minister of Finance. Am I to understand that you wish to continue Driscol's Council of Ministers?
Dyarhk: It is like I said, the old system works. It does. But, that was Governor Driscol's personally tailored view of positions and the persons that could hold them. I cannot say I share the same mindset as the past governor has. I think a body of people would have been much more appropriate for the Justice Department instead of assigning one Minister, also, I would not have assigned one person to represent the whole of RhyDin Defense. I would have much rather seen several Ministry titles given to this department. One of the things I plan to be prepared for as governor is war so that some of our more memorable tragedies never have the chance again to leave such a lasting imprint on or lands and our people. Governor Driscol's Ministry body was an innovative moment, though, in the history of this office. I can safely reveal that it will be a template at the very least for an order I might form, yes. But I cannot disclose further information on the positions or my electoral council at this time.
Interviewer: In claiming "the old system works," you must realize that introducing a new system is slightly hypocritical. But as I understand it, you are merely suggesting that it is our duty to try new things in hopes that they may turn out to be an improvement. Do you think that the governorship is in need of an overhaul?
Dyarhk: Laughter. We wouldn't have space programs and interstellar trade if we did not try new things. Fortunate for the people of RhyDin, I am not a rocket scientist. But I am imaginative, so maybe you're not so safe. Laughter. I am kidding. Someone is going to take that seriously out there, so, that was a joke. What we have is a budget that's going to try and turn dreams into reality. I'm going to come up with ideas, and the people are going to come up with them. Unfortunately there is no money to be spent on ideas that will not benefit RhyDin in some way. My financial wiring system is set up, yes, but there's no telling what's going to happen. Not to worry people! :: He throws his hands up, smiling. :: You don't want to know how many times we're going to test the system, and I'm sure other safety precautions will hold it up entering circulation even longer. But what I mean by there's no telling, is that it may or may outperform the existing system. We'll have to see. But I plan to use the office to try and improve what is already there, as well as bring new things. But, "dreamily-so" thinking behind the governor's chair is for free time, which I don't imagine there being a lot of, especially at first. But after things settle down, assuming things settle down, they may not; but assuming things settle down, I will try and implement some of the starrier ambitions of the people, because they are also very important. However you look at the wealth of direction in office, under my leadership, there's no going back. Only forward. Having said that, I don't think the governorship is in need of an overhaul. But is it in need of change? Absolutely.
Interviewer: Earlier you mentioned you are already "finalizing an agreement with foreign powers?" If you are capable of progressing such alleged agreements all the way through their "final" stages, then what use will a gubernatorial position possibly serve you?
Dyarhk: I used the term "finalizing" to say it is as far as I am able to get it alone. It cannot be achieved without the assistance, and consent of the people. But what has been established is an understanding with one another, and an agreement that something has to be done about this refugee situation in Northern RhyDin. The parties involved, like some of my agents working on the exposure of the Vanderhorst scandal, I cannot name at present for their protection. I'm sorry.
Interviewer: You're talking a lot about "family" and teamwork, but you seem to be taking a bit of a contradictory position here. You claim that you want to speak for all of RhyDin, yet at the same time you appear to be taking matters strictly into your own hands with regards to political relations, directives, and the sort. How do you expect to convey this idea of "family" when you are content with playing the estranged son?
Dyarhk: Laughter. Estranged son. I see. Well, family is nevertheless, family. But no, I do not see the preparative plans I am making as being so distant and uninvolved with the people of RhyDin as that sound makes out. If anything I want to impress upon the people a fatherly profile, not just because I am one, but also because they can feel safe around me and trust me to get the job done. There is no one saying I will refuse to change plans or decisions after they've been made, so let's not start. However, I am not going to be so wavering to potentially detrimental suggestions should such voices reach my office. As governor, I will have to weigh what is important and what isn't in relation to how it will affect RhyDin, and sometimes Father knows best.
Interviewer: I only have two questions left for you, and they are the same I have asked virtually every other candidate. Several candidates and many RhyDinians are promoting some version of an anarchical government this year - and please, forgive the contradiction in terms, but I believe you know what I mean. Given what you have told me about your platform so far, as I understand it you plan to take a much more hands-on approach. So how do you feel about, say, Suliss'urn's idea that RhyDin needs and wants no government?
Dyarhk: I suppose I stand no differently than Governor Matt Simon identified in his speech about essential abandonment in office. It's a joke! I couldn't think this is a legitimate action considering the needs of the RhyDin people given the good the governor's office can, and has done in the past.
Interviewer: And here is the generic question I have to ask every candidate: What do you feel RhyDin needs the most right now?
Dyarhk: What RhyDin needs right now, right now, is to find decent living arrangements for a some two-thousand men, women and children that are braving the elements in a insufficiently sheltered, insufficiently supplied, and insufficiently aided station in the far Northern forests above the Temple District. Fionna Helston said, in her candidacy speech, that it is not true that the shelterless and orphaned are going without aid. I wish to take Missus Helston to this site and have her see and touch the affected from the result of aerial attacks on Town Hall and RhyDin City itself at the beginning of this year, and show her that these people are very real and [are] in need of very real help. I reiterate, this is my initial and immediate focus. What does this say of our policies if we continue to allow our fellow countrymen, our children and our future, to live in such conditions and not provide immediate relief?
Interviewer: I believe you've said it, sir. Lastly, do you have anything else to add? A message to RhyDin, perhaps?
Dyarhk: I do. We're in a critical election this year. I say with great assurance many lives hang in the balance on top of the always pertinent issues we regularly face, and I plead with the RhyDin people to elect a governor who will deal directly with these issues, and any issue like them that hit home in our hearts and disrupt our way of life. I am that governor. I would also like to thank my running mate Gregory Finder, a highly decorated corruption unit detective, who will be acting as my lieutenant governor elect. I would like to thank my endorsers, Adenna, Aureania, the 18th District Telo Kale Yukon City Police Department, C.U. (Corruption Unit), main floor, and Olivier's Restaurant down near Dockside. I'd like to thank my fundraisers that have poured in to help me campaign. Keep an eye out for me this weekend putting those funds to good use in Dragon's Gate, the Red Dragon Inn, and the Marketplace for a Meet and Greet! Bring me your questions, bring me your concerns. I'll answer them to the best of my ability. Bring your babies, too. I'll kiss them! See you there!