Gideon was nervous, very very nervous, for today would be the first time he had spoken in the Protectorates Legislative Chamber, and - according to the secretariat at least - the first time a motion had been introduced by his intake of Senators. He clutched his datapad in his hands, the text of his motion there, alongside the text for his introduction speech, and fell silent as on of the Deputy Speakers called the House to Order. "Order! Order!" the large sentient began, punctuating his words by driving his speakers staff into the floor of his podium, mustering a wave of silence about the room as he did so. "The days business will commence with the second reading, and debate, of Motion number one, put by Senator Hask-Starr, or Anaxes. Order!" With that, the Speaker fell silent, and Gideon found all eyes turn to him, as his pod floated out into the open air, a single spotlight illuminating him, buzzing camera drones floating all around. "Mr Deputy Speaker," the new Senator stopped, referring to his notes. "The motion before us today, which you had before you on your screens, is one that I feel will re-affirm the driving cause of this Protectorate, as we begin this legislative term." he paused again, as the motion was sent to Senators datapads. ______________________ Motion: Integration & Cooperation between Sectors. A motion to ensure that the United Protectorate, at all levels of Government, seeks to break down barriers between Sectors within its borders, enabling for the good and safe movement of people, goods, services and capital between planets, regardless of former or current sectoral affiliation. Recognises that there exists potential for disunity within the Protectorate, if Sectors see themselves as soveriegn, and not part of a greater whole. Recognises that in order to ensure stability in the Protectorate, people, goods, services and capital must be able to move without hinderence between the sectors. Compels the Executive to ensure that favourable terms of trade are not locked up between factionally aligned sectors, and that all Protectorate Sectors are treated as equals (regardless of factional affiliation) when it comes to agreements between planets and sectors. ______________________ It was not a complex motion, but it was one that Gideon felt would serve two purposes. Firstly, should it pass, it would enshrine a set of key values at the heart of everything the Protectorate would strive to do and secondly, it would allow him, the press and all those assembled, to see just what motivated his fellow Senators - unity, or further division. "We each of us, have been given an opportunity that has not been heard of in over five centuries, the chance to represent our worlds, with a mandate born not of war, but of Democratic choice. With that honour comes a duty, a duty to ensure that the voices of the people who voted for the bold new future presented by this Protectorate, may live to see it. We cannot guarantee that, unless we enshrine at the heart of everything we do, the desire to work together," he placed emphasis on his last word, playing to the cameras just as his press advisors had told him to. "This motion achieves that, the first of I hope many steps to a closer union between the worlds of this Protectorate. This motion starts to build a truly united Protectorate, that does not cling onto old rivalries, pushing for a brighter tomorrow, one in which all of us, and the trillions of people we represent, can work, live, and serve as one people. I open this debate, the first of many in this bold new future, and I commend this motion to the house." A smattering of applause greeted him from the Imperial faction as he sat back down, and waited for others to enter the fray. OOC - This is a motion, approved by the admins for debate. Tagging @gatekeeper should they wish to jump in. Senators will have 48 hours to post, much like in PvP. The @storyteller will then post to move to round two of the debate, at the end of each post in this round votes must be made and tallied, by me I assume! No stupid shennigans, or dear gatekeeper will turf you out please. Press posts about this thread are welcome, as the thread is being 'recorded' by news agencies. As a note, I have used an NPC 'the deputy speaker' for my opening post, so that the 'Speaker' is left for the admins to use.