RALLY NO. 1: Kiel, Union of Syndicates
(The crowd cheers as Le Berre emerges from the darkness into the spotlight. He waves, smiling at all)
Welcome, welcome to all! Living in a broom closet was fine, but I'm happier to be free, so to speak, again! But on to the point.
Our country, our homeland has been racked by terror for so long. Many of us can remember 1993; more the horrors of Areai's regime, of the evil of the People's Assemblies. And yet we remain free, in many ways, although we continue to face great adversity.
Our creativity is unbridled; our labor is liberated - an expression of our desires, our powerful imaginations, not those of an elite! It is this freedom, so rare in our world, in our Europe, that is at the core of our nation, of our very souls. And it is this freedom I seek to protect and to give to all Europeans!
No longer shall we be besieged by foreign interests wanting to turn our country into a cheap source of labor! No longer shall the people of Europe be oppressed by the elite!
For the first time in their lives they will be able to freely enjoy the freedoms we have, and many more! For the first time, they shall be able to celebrate their culture without fear of repercussion; for the first time, their labor shall not be viewed as disposable but as being important, a very part of themselves and of greater society!
The small business, the cooperative, the union, the worker, the entrepreneur; all these sources of creativity, shall be upheld and represented in our European Union for the very first time!
So too shall be the nation, the linguistic group, and the cultural group, those that give to us a core part of our very identity and those that those above us wish to eliminate!
Each person will be able to celebrate who they are in all ways! None shall be oppressed; all will be heard!
(Le Berre pauses as the crowd cheers).
But it is time to turn to more serious topics. Europe has become a kleptocracy. Those in power are incompetent and without any true knowledge of the ever deteriorating situation throughout Europe. I point to the violence in our own nation, to the Duxburian Union where many are at grave risk of unemployment, and to many other nations which are threatened by desertification, by poverty, and by much, much more, all of which have been largely ignored by the present political establishment.
Meanwhile, when those in power do decide to do anything, they do so poorly. Much of what has been done to rectify important issues, especially discrimination, has been done without input from groups benefited and groups affected, nor from those groups with expert knowledge on the situation. On those issues which everyone wants something to be done in exactly one - albeit vague - direction, there is repeated waffling, extreme opposition, and many other such things, all of which in the end stops anything of importance being accomplished.
This must change. European government must be by and for the people; when developing policy, it must take into account the opinions of those possibly affected, of the minority, of the majority, and of experts, and through consensus or at the very least the agreement of as many as possible, integrate all these into one solution that benefits all.
That is all I wish to accomplish. I promise no massive, money-consuming projects; I promise only just representation and sane policymaking.
Thank you for listening.