Grantville gazette V


Office of the President, State of Thuringia-Franconia Grantville July 10, 1635



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Office of the President, State of Thuringia-Franconia
Grantville
July 10, 1635


"That bum," said Tony Adducci. "That dirty rotten bum."

Ed Piazza, the president of the State of Thuringia-Franconia, leaned back in the chair in his office. He seemed quite relaxed and unflustered.

"Oh, calm down, Tony. People get hired away from government jobs into better-paying private employment all the time. Why did you think Noelle Stull and Eddie Junker would be exempt?"

"They're my best investigative team," Adducci whined.

"Were your best team," Piazza said. "Get over it, Tony. Your department will manage, well enough. And if you can tear yourself away for a moment from parochial concerns, you might want to contemplate the possibility that all this will work out pretty well for us in the future. Defining 'us' in admittedly factional terms."

Adducci stared at him. "Huh?"

"We're in a parliamentary system now, Tony. You have heard the phrase 'shadow cabinet,' haven't you?"

"Yeah, sure. The party in opposition keeps a cabinet going—in place, anyway—in case it has to step into power on short notice. What's that got to do with this headache?"

Piazza smiled. "Hasn't it dawned on you yet that what Francisco Nasi is setting up in Prague could be construed as Mike Stearns' shadow intelligence service? On the off chance, you know, that Willem Wettin's administration goes into the crapper on short notice."

"Oh."

A moment later, Adducci's sour expression cleared. Tony was another UMWA man, a former member of the mineworkers local union of which Mike had been the president before the Ring of Fire. Like most such, he was a fierce Stearns partisan.

"Well. I guess it's okay, then."




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