Becoming president has changed everything.

Writing my acceptance speech wasn’t easy, but I’m happy with the result. I’d never written anything like it before. I researched other speeches by figures I respect. I read many of the public addresses the Suresha has made. In the end I hope what I wrote properly communicates the vision I have for IPI.

As much as I spend my time thinking about the security of ILF, Sainika responsibilities, which pirate groups are operating in the sov, organizing patrols, and so on, now I’m also consumed by thoughts of economic stability, trade hub statistics, alliance member relations, council representatives, alliance allies, and so much more. I only formally took over the position today but even while writing the speech I ended up looking into the status of the alliance and its members and spending hours digging through old records to find out what has and hasn’t been done.

I feel I have a lot to live up to. This isn’t a bad thing by any measure. I just hope I’m up to the challenge because the bar is set pretty high. Being president is a very serious responsibility. I want to do well. I want to be taken seriously. I want to make the Suresha proud and do right by him and his legacy. I want the alliance to feel they voted in a worthy successor to him.

My colleagues in ILF are familiar with me, but on the intergalactic stage I’m a speck of dust no one knows, and has had no reason to know. I’m not sure if this will work in my favor. I know I’m walking into an arena with many wiser and more experienced persons in it, and some of them are going to want to eat me alive.

In that sense I suppose it’s not much different than going out on patrol in the sov. Simply by living in and operating in Intaki exposes me to the possibility of being attacked and killed on a daily basis. Every new gate could spring a trap. The next neutral on d-scan could actually be a pirate. Some politicans won’t be much different, so the idea doesn’t bother me much.

Working on the speech helped me figure out where I want to fit into this role and what I want to do first. The alliance has a lot of potential but it also needs a lot of work. So when I headed out to the Intaki Cultural Center last night to have dinner with Suresha Hawke in advance of giving the speech today, I was nervous but excited. He meant it partly as a symbolic gesture to transfer power to me, but also, I suspect, as an opportunity to directly find out more about me personally. A lot is now invested in me as president and Isha-Sainika…

It makes my head spin to realize how far I’ve come in so little time.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the dinner. I was looking forward to discussing my plans with him. I didn’t expect Layla Saitana to show up.

I don’t know exactly what went wrong, but something did. Almost from ‘hello’, Layla adopted a hostile attitude. I’ve been thinking about it since then and can’t figure out what exactly offended her to make her react to me the way she did. Based on what the Suresha said I would have thought Layla and I would get along, especially given our musical background. Being new to this position and the affairs of the alliance, how could anyone expect me to do my job if I don’t ask questions? Yet asking questions seems to have been the wrong thing to do with her.

Was this the first test of my presidency, and have I failed it?