REAFFIRMATION OF CANDIDACY
11th of Sun’s Smile, 1688
[!] Ser Dominic speaking to the masses outside of Markev.
I fight only an uphill battle from here. Rhys var Ruthern wishes to keep himself in power, and discourage anyone who wishes to challenge the status quo in place. Even now I have made myself a target, for those at the top are fearful of a man with the interests of all Haensemen. The political establishment of our Kingdom has only passed edicts to cement their power. Lord Ruthern looks down upon the masses as people to keep complacent, or even use them in his foreign conflicts.
My opponent, Rhys var Ruthern, espouses what he believes will keep him in power. I do not blame him for his pandering, for in his age his mind fails him, as exemplified by his previous resignation from his posts in Haense. For a former marshal, his policies are passive, if not submissive, in nature. The Imperial economy is stagnant, yet he wishes to benefit foreigners, who would jump on the opportunity to stab us in the back, with our resources? As for minorities, the only minorities Rhys Ruthern has in mind is the nobility in Haense, who will be apt to rig our election for his success.
He talks of alleviating tensions because that is his last resort. His military career shows he cannot win battles, so now it seems he wants to talk his way out of them. His speech is littered with vague platitudes, offering intangibles and unfulfillable promises at best. Our Kingdom does not need an old man who will twiddle his thumbs idly, reciting what his political overlords command of him. It needs a man of action, a man with promises that he will fulfill.
Support me, and I shall give you what Rhys var Ruthern has not, and will never, provide. I will give you the health standards that the Haenseti elite greedily clutch for themselves. I will bring money into the economy by ensuring that a tariff is passed for trade outside of the Empire. I will help establish reforms within both the Imperial Legion and the Brotherhood of Saint Karl so that they serve to protect the interests of all citizens of the Empire and not simply the rich noble class.
Rhys Ruthern, and the CCP, offer you all hopes, but I, Ser Dominic Grimm of the Priorist Party of Haense, will give you a future.
His Lordship the Baron of Lizat, Ser Dominic of the House of Grimm,
Lord Maer of Markev, Knight of Bihar, and proud servant to the People of Markev.