by Nick Lucas
This story is the fourth instalment of a story that started with ‘The Reformist Saga’, continued with ‘Reformism Revisited’ and then carried on some more with ‘Reformism Interrupted’. You might be a bit confused by all this if you have skipped the first three parts, as the narrative and some of the characters live on in this story.
Part One – Family Ties (Apr 2016)
Reformism is alive and well, with disciples of the creed in power in Britain and America, and with large political parties in most other countries. The Reformist church boasts a billion members and rivals Islam and Catholicism as the most powerful religious movement in the world…
Part Two – The Shadows of the Past (May 2016)
Two weeks have passed, and Angus Forbes is doing well, with enough blood saved to give Ophelia Miller a chance to recover and catch her breath. Meanwhile, a new fraction within the Christian Democratic Party is emerging to challenge the authority of President Forbes and the future of Reformism as a whole…
Part Three – The Choosing of Sides (Jul 2016)
Summer is making way for autumn in England, and young Angus Forbes is gaining strength fast, feeding off his donor, who is really his aunt, rather than his cousin as everyone first believed, and most people still do. The news about her ‘father’ is not public knowledge of course. But the President has other things on his mind, as the moderates in his party, led by Richard Buckingham and Daniel Harrington, continue to makes far too much noise…
Part Four – The First Chill of Winter (Oct 2016)
Richard Buckingham has suspended his motion of no confidence against President Forbes pending negotiations. There is a media suggestion that the last of the old guard, the Buckingham/Winstanley generation, is reaching the end of the road, and it is time for a new broom to take Reformism into the next phase. Meanwhile, two unfortunate girls are learning their place in this brave new world and we are approaching another Christmas at Broomwaters…
Part Five – The Days Before Christmas (May 2017)
Whilst the rest of the world carries on regardless, the future of Reformism hangs in the balance as the great and the good return to Meadvale for the festive season. Alistair Forbes and Richard Buckingham are still negotiating but little real progress has been made, as both sides jockey for position to get what they want from any potential deal. Meanwhile, our by now familiar cast of characters, both old and new, come together for their favourite time of the year.
Part Six – Decisions, Decisions (March 2019)
Christmas itself has passed, with the shock of losing two Presidents in one night still dominating the news, but as our cast of characters prepare for the New Year and the election most are more focused on their own problems than on grieving for dead politicians.
Part Seven – Back to the Future (mmm 20xx)
The festive season is reaching its end and everyone is desperate to put the funerals behind them and get on with their lives but behind the scenes the problems caused by the suicide of Alistair Forbes still need sorting out.
Part Eight – The Finishing School and the University of Life (mmm 20xx)
Finally the dead are buried, but if the king is dead we need a new king, so election fever is starting to take hold. Scheming and plotting is almost bound to continue, but as January gives way to February and the official start of the Presidential campaign is only a few weeks away, some of our maidens have much more important things on their minds.
Part Nine – Visions of the Future (mmm 20xx)
Spring is upon us and the election campaign is finally underway, although few of our maidens are taking a particularly active interest in the national debate. However, everyone is safely at home and earning God’s love, something for which we should all be grateful for. The men folk, of course, are fully engaged with the campaign, as well as with business behind the scenes and everyone has their own views on what will happen next. The newspapers and television channels are all full of famous names like Craig and Buckingham, Forbes and Harrington, but this is the new generation, the men who represent the future of the Reformist renaissance.
Part Ten – The First Shoots of Spring (mmm 20xx)
There is only a month or so to go to the big election, and the politicians are on the campaign trail, whilst our Daughters of Eve are thinking about the future. A wedding is being arranged in Sussex and one family is united in concern for an innocent little boy.
Part Eleven – The Nation Decides (mmm 20xx)
May and the election have finally arrived and our familiar cast of characters are ready to embrace the future. The whole world is focussed on the two main protagonists but their friends and families are also in the spotlight, whilst it is not only the election which will be settled before summer really begins.
Part Twelve – The Settling of Scores (mmm 20xx)
June has arrived and the Presidential inauguration looms, whilst the shadows of the past send cold chills through the new aristocracy. Everyone wants to move on, to embrace the second phase of the modern renaissance, or enjoy their well-earned retirement, but the ghosts of their shared past are causing all sorts of problems.
Part Thirteen – Back to the Future 2 (mmm 20xx)
July sees the whole country relaxing and returning to a more normal routine, free of election fever. Everything seems to be settled, in most people’s minds. There is a new president and a new archbishop, and the memories of Alistair Forbes and his rather more austere regime are starting to fade. Only a few people still feel the effects of the aftermath and remember those caught up in the furore. Life mostly goes on, much to the annoyance of some.
Part Fourteen – Denouement (mmm 20xx)
At the height of the British summer, the public face of the Reformist state is calming down and getting used to the new men at the helm, but in private, our old friends are getting used to their retirement or plotting one last hurrah, depending on their personal situations.