As with many of the historic
dynasties of the past which were as legendary (and protected) as
the Dare dynasty of Pacifica, it lasted quite a long time. Nearly
400 years to this point, in fact.
Also in league with many other historic dynasties of the past,
the legal and social position of the Dare family evolved
dramatically over this prolonged period, beginning with Virginia
Dare, leader of a small group of survivors from the lost English
colony of Roanoke in present-day North Carolina. She was the
first known example of that which is now known as the supermind,
a super-genius in every sense of the word: She never forgot
anything, and beyond that could comprehend and sort through that
information faster and farther than any other human in the known
universe. It was her ingenuity, and it alone, which allowed the
fledgling society now known as Pacifica to survive, and she began
a line of descendents who posess that same indescribable mental
prowess, each inheriting the leadership of the country from
Virginia Dare in order.
Eventually the role of the Dares in politics was diminished
somewhat by the creation of a Senate, a secondary administrative
body which was gradually gaining power at the expense of the Dare
family. Golan, as current head, knew better than anyone that his
entitlement was quickly fading away. People were getting smarter,
and while this was a very good thing in itself, it also helped
them realize that one person leading an entire country was, at
first glance, something approaching the ridiculous, especially in
a nation that so prided itself in being the most advanced on the
globe. They saw the United States and realized that democracy is
the system which best serves the people, quite literally, in
One of the many hot-button topics which pervaded the airwaves
this week had to do with Golan's spending on the Moon, seen by
many as a failure on Golan's part. Each day the rest of the world
came slightly closer to discovering their little archipelago of a
country, and anyone with any sense could see that there were only
so many slightlies left. Golan had pushed forward with plans for
the Moon Developmental Area in anticipation of this, but was not
met well by the Senate, furthering the governmental divide.
Many people (perhaps rightly) did not wish to live on the Moon in
the squalid conditions which had become it's staple and had been
criticized heavily in recent years.
Many other people (also perhaps rightly) also did not feel that
continued isolation from the rest of the Earth was in anyone's
However, these people (perhaps rightly) did not have Golan Dare's
inherited gift of foresight.
The aforementioned foresight currently held a 99.6% accuracy
rate, and Golan could remember and name all those that fell in
that four-tenths with relative ease. He could see what revealing
themselves could do, and it rhymed with extortion and possible
widescale war. This was also a very good second reason to work on
a fallback option on the Moon.
Of course, in typical fashion, families of those currently on
assignment in space protested this vigorously. There was a picket
line outside the Dare Complex right now, in fact, as there were
most days in these recent times.
Always something to complain about, thought Golan vehemently. It
has been three years since anyone has died in space, and that was
a suicide, only half-believing his own opinion.
He turned to look out the window but caught his reflection
instead. Already half gray, at only thirty-three and six years at
Behind him his secretary, Rebekka, walked in.
"Oscillon's speech is starting, sir. You should watch it."
He knew she was right, and turned to the correct channel on the
vision screen without even turning from the window. Rebekka sat,
with Golan merely content to listen from where he was.
Bendrick Oscillon was the latest in a growing line of political
figures who got their kicks from illustrating how the Dares were
a political monarchy and how he personally (Oscillon) was not a
Dare but 'normal.' Many of these got no more attention than the
odd feature on the liberal media outlets, but Oscillon had
managed to grab the spotlight and hold onto it tightly. He had
captured many people's attention and was turning it against the
"Ladies and gentlemen, I come before you today a very normal
"I represent you, the people, and I am one of you. No
"I, and for that matter the Senate itself, represent you best
because we know who you are, what you need, what you want. We
know the way you think and the way you feel because you chose us
from among you."
"History had shown us that great leaders can lead a people very
effectively for years on end, as long as those people believe
that he can make the desicions correctly for the good of the
Applause. Golan sighed.
"No one would deny that Virginia Dare epitomized that leadership.
There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be standing here
before you today were it not for her supreme ingenuity. She gave
us all this, and she is revered in our history books."
"But that is where she is now. Only in history."
This raised some eyebrows, but the applause came, albeit
"She always believed in the greater good. The good of humanity
was always more important than the good of the one, even if she
herself was that one."
"And this city is named for her. She gave her life for this great
country, and she is the central figure in our history. None of
this does she not deserve in full."
"But what part of this legacy entitles this, her twenty-third
descendent, to make a single decision on our behalf? We should be
seeing him as he truly is, not for who his ancient relative
"We have seen with our own eyes the development of the United
States of America, a fully democratic nation, and the power it
now wields within and without it's borders. If we are truly the
advanced nation we believe we are, why do we still have a
17th-century dictatorship leading us?"
"Why not emulate what has been done in America? Let us create a
true democracy run and headed by the people. The Dare dynasty has
run it's course and Golan Dare has nothing left to hide behind to
justify his leadership. Give the Senate full democratic
leadership of this country, and free it from the chains of this
Amid enthusiasic applause, Golan looked out and saw the dynasty
that had been his entire life had very nearly run it's course. He
felt unusually unsure of what the future held, and wondered if
this was what normal people felt like their entire