would be brought to justice. He asked for patience while he sorted things out and stabilized the situation. Soon, he
promised, there would be work for everyone.
Though skeptical of all politicians, the people trusted Gomes to some extent since he always seemed to want
what was best for them. Their belief that he was working in their favor was furthered by a series of commercials
airing over the following weeks, showing Gomes doing everything in his power to resolve the crisis. He was
portrayed as studiously working late into the night and crossing political lines to come up with a bi-partisan
solution, while at the same time showing his detractors in the legislature as inept clowns. One commercial actually
portrayed his opponents as just that, circus clowns. It was exce llent theater. What the people didn't know w as that
this advertising blitz was paid for in part by the money Gomes had stolen from the NHP, and that he was actually
doing everything in his power to make matters worse.
Behind the scenes, Gomes sabotaged every proposal th at was brought to the floor by either party,
accomplishing this by playing politician against politician and using his stolen war chest to buy votes. Keeping a low
profile, he worked through intermediaries posing as lobbyists acting to further the cause of private interest groups.
In this way, he would remain blameless in the gridlock. This worked well for a while, but despite his best efforts, he
finally had to come out in the open when a bi ll that would create jobs and provide relief for the unemployed
somehow managed to pass through the legislature and was brought before him to sign.
In a flurry of new commercials, Gomes stated that the bill was a communist backed conspiracy to expand and
give more power to the unions, while in fact it was a solid two year plan to get the country through the worst of
the crisis. He accused the opposing party of grandstanding, while secretly bribing its members to publicly distance
themselves from the bill so as to give it less credence. After a week-long media blitz stating that he stood for
freedom and not the socialist doctrine that had been presented for his signature, Gomes appeared live on national
television where he tore the bill up.
Enraged by this, and stating that Gomes w as following his own agenda and that it was driving the country into
the ground, a group of legislators publically called for an inquiry into the president's actions and his possible
involvement in the collapse of the NHP. A committee was seated, subpoenas were issued, and despite Gomes
being the darling of the media, they too turned their focus on him and started asking uncomfortable questions.
While impressive in its scope, the investigation ended up being short lived, as the day before the committee
was to convene all five of the men who volunteered to scrutinize the president's affairs died in a mysterious mid -air
explosion on a flight to the capitol. Appearing to be a blatant conspiracy to murder the people who sought to
impeach him that it actually was, initially many people pointed their finger at the president, accusing him of having
his rivals eliminated. These ended up being few in number though, as the blame was quickly diverted. Before the
smoke had even dared from the wre ckage of the sabotaged plane, Gomes was airing commercials avowing his
innocence and stating that it was terrorists who blew up his rivals. Terrorist's intent on seeing the destruction of
their great country. This claim was immediately backed by evidence presented by the head of the country's
investigative bureau, a long time associate of Gomes and one of his partners in the raiding of the NHP. With the
deaths of its key members, the investigation lost its momentum and the media quickly focused on the terrorism
The political situation worsened as fighting heated up between the two main political parties, with each saying
that it w as the others fault that they were in this mess. Things deteriorated to the point where nothing could be
done to quickly correct the problems facing the country, so instead of working on a long term solution, those in
charge sought someone to blame for the crisis. The end result was that no elected officials, even those in the same
party, could agree on which bill should be proposed much less push it through for Gomes to sign. This didn't sit well
with the people, and since nothing w as happening to improve their situation, their limited patience frayed and
started to break.
What Gomes referred to as "The revolt," started with a few disturbances when people who were out of work
and had no money to buy food became desperate. It consisted of a dozen government and private grocery
warehouses that were looted by groups of men and women looking to feed their families. The extent of the unrest
was small, but this was only until the media got wind of the incidents. In their quest for something to report on
besides the ineptness of the country’s elected officials, and with some urging by Gomes' press secretary, they
grabbed onto and hyped the story, making it appear as if the entire nation was in upheaval and that anarchy now
ruled. This prompted hordes of additional people to take to the streets to try to grab what they could while they