It’s a curious system, this Republic. Every few years, a dozen men and women vie for the office of the SIC.
The SIC is a prestigious office. For some reason.
You see, the SIC’s chief responsibilities lay in getting the other branches of the government to work together: the legislative, the judiciary.
It is in serving as the figurehead of the Republic during meetings with other nations. It is in appointing government officials. It is in articulating the strategy of the Republic, although the SIC doesn’t really have the power to make the laws, only to execute them.
There is one thing the SIC can do that is significant, and it is to declare war. In past decades, some minor wars have been declared against terrorist groups and smaller nations. These have been expensive, money-losing affairs that have cost the Republic much goodwill and resources, with no tangible outcome.
Now in this Republic, there are a lot of governors besides just the SIC. The legislators number over 500 at the federal level, and number in the thousands among the few dozen proudly independent states who comprise the Republic, and whose boundaries do not seem to follow any rhyme or reason of culture, history, or language. At the city level, mayors and councillors rule.
Not to mention that the Republic hosts some of the largest conglomerates and corporations in the world, whose economic strength rivals and exceeds that of nations on the planet. At times, it is uncertain whether these corporations, with their enormous economic might, govern the government, or are governed, although evidence leans towards the former.
The office of the SIC is a curious one. At once the most famous office in the Republic, but also the most reviled, the citizenry take untold pleasure in following and criticizing every action made by this Scapegoat in Chief, who is either blamed – or cheered – for the economic fortunes of the several hundred million people and millions of enterprises who reside in the Republic, although the SIC does scarcely any work that would be recognizable to them.
The SIC is blamed – or cheered – for the financial asset price fluctuations that happen under the SIC’s term. The SIC is further blamed – or cheered – for the outcome of wars, consumer and gasoline prices, and the cultural direction of the republic in general.
All this usually leads the SIC’s hair to go prematurely white – or fall out completely and have to be woven or pinned in, like a wig.
But people seem to like to run for the office of the SIC anyway. They like being the center of attention. For some reason.