alternative forms of government John Shea
It was decided at the highest level that there was to be, in the month of June, a referendum on the form of the government. June, it was decided, was the time for breaking bad news, like a month of Fridays, inspiring and disarming. Everything was on the table: there were suggestions of a boy king; a cadre of old soldiers countered that only a warrior-in-chief could protect them from a future coup dâ€™ĂŠtat; the oldest woman in America was found living somewhere in the Southwest and briefly proclaimed matriarch. Research underway in Florida on the moral superiority of the dolphin showed promise. Scientists hurried to tap this genius with the spile of language, but which one? A man from Oregon drove cross-country and revealed that he could read the clouds, taking the whole thing out of human hands. The voting age fell to zero. Privacy and security see-sawed, economies tottered, and the ballot grew from a sheet to a book, then was digitized. People reviewed their options in lines that stretched around the world.
Intended to be published in the year of 2017. Published in August 2018.