Shopping in Evlantis

The Queendom of Evlantis is a rough semi-circle set on the edge of an ocean, divided into six wedge shaped sectors: the Government sector, the Agriculture sector, the Religion sector, the Arts sector, the Livestock sector, and the Soldier sector. The People’s Palace and its grounds, including a flower garden and a petting zoo, is located where all the small ends of the wedges meet. It is in the rainbow-shaped band of land located between the grounds of the People’s Palace and the residential area of each sector that you find the Market Place of Evlantis. Everything for sale in Evlantis, to be bartered for or paid for with precious jewels, can be found in this bustling, colorful area of the city. 

The Government sector does not produce many goods, though they do produce most of the Queendom’s non-fiction books. The Government sector is one of two sectors that does not require all the market space it owns, so it rents out space to vendors who can’t get booths in their own sector’s market place. The Government market has a plethora of goods from all the sectors for sale.

The Agriculture sector is a bustling place full of stands with fruits and vegetables in season, spices, prepared foods, kiosks to snack in, and lotions and potions with medicinal value. Floral arrangements and seeds are also sold here.

The Religion sector sells incense, statues of the goddesses, and prayer books. It is in the market place of the Religion sector that pregnant women make arrangements for her birthing services: musicians, empathizers, incense, flowers, a birthing pool, and anything else a mother-to-be could desire for her special day.

The Arts sector is one of the most dense market place. Almost every woman in the sector has a slightly different talent and all types of art is available. Books of novels and poetry, paintings and sculptures, tapestries, and jewelry. Love potions and make up can be bought in this marketplace. Musical instruments are made and sold by Arts sector residents. Decorative pottery as well as dishes for food and drink are sold there also.

The Livestock sector is also a densely packed market place. The Livestock sector provides most of the Queendom’s clothing, so it has mostly shops with clothes, shoes, or hats for sale. There are also stands with animals for sale. It is here women buy their household pets, or goats or cows for milk. 

The Soldier sector’s market place is much like the Government sector, having a wide variety of goods for sale, because the space is rented out. The only time a soldier takes a booth in the market place is if she has a hobby that produces wares to sell. Even then, soldiers do not have time to sell their products. They contract with a low caste woman from another sector to do the selling for them.

Food in Evlantis

Not all, but the majority of the women in Evlantis are, for most of their lives, ovo-lacto vegetarians. They do not consume meat, but they do eat eggs and dairy byproducts. Normally food is plentiful in the Queendom, since their entire society evolved around matching city resources to the six thousand women who live within its walls.

Scholars credit the success of the city to the very roots their society came from…their early nomadic days. While no woman is comfortable thinking about living without a permanent home hearth, the benefit of their foremothers’ suffering is undeniable. In the centuries before they made Evlantis their permanent home, women collected plants and seeds for everything they came across that was edible or had medicinal value. The farmlands of Evlantis are vast and sophisticated due to the forethought to save every seed and every plant they could. Fields are irrigated, crops are rotated, composting is a routine practice to keep the earth rich with nutrients. There are orchards of fruit bearing trees, and fields of berry bushes. There is a wide variety of edible foods, lettuces, legumes, all manner of vegetables and grains as well as many herbs and spice plants.

Rich, vegetable stews, hearty and full of taste due to flavorful herbs, are a favorite and a staple. So are roasted vegetables, crispy on the outside and sweet on the inside. Thick brown breads, as well as savory garlic flat breads serve to make vegetable sandwiches. Vegetables and fruits are complemented with eggs, butter, milk, yogurt, cheese, all foods that are byproducts from a living animal. 

While everyday cooking and baking is far beneath the station of genteel women, gourmet cooking and baking is very much encouraged among citizens. Cooking and baking basics are taught in school, just in case one of the children is a budding chef. Gossip parlors are always looking for new recipes to tempt their patrons with and will pay well for any new delicacy. 

Most women are vegetarians most of the time due to their great love for the animal queendom. The exception is that during pregnancy many women crave meat and eat meat. It is looked upon as a personal sacrifice to eat meat for the health of one’s child. 

The other exception is the Soldier Sector. Most soldiers do eat meat because it has long been established that strength increases when animal flesh is consumed. Soldiers do not value life less because of this, indeed, they seek to take on traits of the beasts they prefer to consume and always give thanks to the animals which are sacrificed so that they can be the best soldier they can be. 

Herstory’s Timeline

Printing presses were invented in the Queendom of Evlantis very early on in its inception. Photo from Pixabay by Mari77
Comparing the timeline of History to that of Herstory is like comparing apples and oranges. There was an ancient period of Herstory where women were involuntarily nomadic, moving from place to place as resources to feed and clothes themselves and their children ran low. The over-arching push in the development of the world women rule was to have a safe, stable place to raise children. That desire for stability was what drove huwoman invention. For example, in the women's world running water was invented long before the wheel!

There are other differences as well:

Written language developed very early on. The development of sign language was early and lasting to increase the efficacy of communication. Communication, in all forms, is greatly valued in the development of the women’s world. Knowledge is prized more highly than wealth and just slightly below status. Printing presses were another advancement that took place much earlier in Herstory than in History.

Treatments for diseases developed at a faster pace than weapons, as did gardening tools, cooking tools, and other health care tools. 

Familial relationships, particularly between mothers and daughters, were extremely important. Womankind did not splinter off into the world in smaller groups, but stayed together. 

Mankind, with their tendency toward exploration and dominance, lost their rights slowly over the years until, by the time mother Eve founded the original city of Evlantis, the men had lost their rights completely and were forced to provide the city with free labor. 

In the period of Herstory that The Queendom of Evlantis takes place in, all civilization is believed to exist within the walls of the city. Soldiers stand guard  facing the city, a vigil to keep the citizens in. There are no threats outside the walls that cannot be contained. The biggest challenges in the women's world lie within the city limits.

Housing in the Queendom of Evlantis

Each of the Queendom’s six Low Queens must reside in a castle in the sector they rule. Each sector has at least one castle. The High Queen must reside in the People’s Palace. Image from Pexels.

The mission of the Queendom of Evlantis is to provide stable homes for women to raise their daughters in. The population of the city is held as close to six-thousand women as huwomanly possible. Housing is maintained, rather than built. There are times structures may be torn down to build anew, but it requires a great deal of red tape. It is more common for women to be required to exchange houses based on status changes. 

Each sector may have as many as a dozen or more empty houses at any given time. Each sector arranges for caretakers for the empty houses—a low status job—until such time as they are filled. This helps with the natural flow of status changes, as well as women coming of age and moving out of their mother’s houses, and vacancies due to death. 

If a woman feels she merits a better home due to a positive status change, she must apply to her sector’s housing committee. If she is turned down, she may appeal to the Government sector’s Queendom Housing committee. Is she still doesn’t get a ruling in her favor she may take her case to the People’s Court. 

Reasons why a woman may apply for a bigger home:

Birth of a daughter.

Need to take care of elderly mother. 

Becoming an elected official. 

In addition to applications for housing change, there are times when the High Queen or Low Queens may reassign residencies, both for the better or for the worse.

Better housing may be given as a reward for making a significant contribution to the Queendom or sector, such as: curing a disease, creating a masterpiece, increasing the Queendom’s resources.

Better housing can be assigned as a reward for a favored supporter or close friend.

A down grade in housing may happen to punish an opponent.

A down grade in housing may also be part of a punishment for crimes committed.

If a Queen mandates that you must vacate your house for someone more deserving, there is no  way to appeal the decree. The woman being ousted must make do in whatever residence she is assigned to. 

Housing for the Queens

Each Sector has at least one palace and a newly elected Low Queen takes up residency in their sector’s palace upon taking office. They have the right to have their former residence maintained until their seven year term is up, or to bequeath their former home to anyone they want and choose a new home when they no longer hold office. 

The High Queen lives in the People’s Palace, built near the ocean, where all six sectors meet. Every citizen of Evlantis has the right to enter certain parts of the Palace at certain times of the day. The High Queen’s living quarters, of course, are private.

Dear Harmonia (response to Begging for Mercy)

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Dear Harmonia,

I HATE school! The teachers are so mean! They have even turned my own mother against me! Why, they told mama to punish me for missing one word in Eve’s Creed! Just one word, and mama did what they told her to! I didn’t get to eat honey on my oats for a whole week! It was horrible! 

I miss the old days at mama’s side, having fun with our relatives and friends. Even stupid, repetitive tasks like inspecting the work of the slaves was more fun than learning all the rules and doing all the homework the teachers require. Harmonia, what difference does one word really make? And why do I have to memorize so much? And who cares about proper titles and gestures and silly rules? Why can’t we all just keep behaving freely, like before I had to go to school? My life was so much better then. 

Harmonia, my mother says you give the wisest advice in the Herstory of Evlantis. Won’t you please tell my teachers and my mama to stop being so picky? That rules are not such a big deal? If I hear the saying “Broken rules ruin lives” one more time I’m sure I’m going to start screaming and never stop! No one’s life was ruined when I forgot one word of Eve’s creed!

You are always talking about how women should learn to get along with each other. Please tell women to relax a little! I cry myself to sleep every night, wishing things were different, less strict than they are. Please, please tell them to be nicer, Harmonia. They will listen to you.

Sincerely yours,

Begging for Mercy


Dear Begging for Mercy, 

Mercy me, child! Do you expect Harmonia to take your side against centuries of learning and experience? You might as well as the ocean to stop its gentle rhythm upon Evlantis’s sacred shores. You might as well ask the mighty Sun to shine where and when you want it to. You might as well have asked Herstory to re-write itself to give our Dear Mother Eve a faithful companion. You might as well ask the legion of goddesses to get along with each other! You might as well as the slaves to be more huwoman!

I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry at your letter. So I did both. And then I did something even wiser. I remembered, back to a time when I was your age, when the rules we live by did not make sense to me. How I felt tortured at being chastised for breaking them. How inconvenient it was to eat my vegetables with one implement and my meat with another. How I disliked curtseying to every priestess I passed on the street and saluting to every soldier. I thought that memorizing symbols for words and reading volumes of Herstory very dull indeed! I would rather have been at my mother’s side in the gossip parlor, listening to the latest scandal!

Yes, once even the great and wise Harmonia was once rough around the edges! And how you do you smooth rough edges? Why, you get a slave to file them, of course! Except in the case of personal growth and wisdom, it is the rules and regulations of Evlantis that chip away at our ignorance and failings with the result that our culture and customs flourish inside each of us.

You are a bright and precious jewel of Evlantis, child. You will carry the past forward into the future of our brilliant city. I know it may seem like drudgery now, leaving the joyous, carefree life of childhood behind. I know that not every rule we follow is convenient or fun or makes sense, but what I can tell you, dear child, that all together they have build a great city and secure culture for the nomadic women we were centuries ago. Once our ancestors had  nowhere to call home! Home hearth and family, my dear child, is what each rule and regulation was put in place to protect. 

So the next time a punishment seems harsh or senseless, know that each child before you once felt the same, and all the children after you will feel the same. But also trust, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that when we all learn and follow the same rules we ensure that the glories of Evlantis will endure forever.

Thank you for your letter, it has been many years since I remembered what a jarring transition it was to leave my mother and begin school. I hope my words have given you, not mercy, but good reasons to to work harder. It will get easier as you get older.

My love to you,


One last thought: This won’t make sense to you now, but every city elder who reads this will nod her head in agreement. What are inconveniences now, will become comforts in later years. The practices and customs we share become far more dear than any memory of childhood. As Herstory unfolds and takes our loved ones away, one by one, we come to realize that what each of has has contributed to our city cannot be destroyed, because the every generation after us will  also carry on the customs handed down by our ancestors with fidelity.

Fashion in Evlantis

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Like everything else in the Queendom of Evlantis, what is in fashion is depends on what sector a woman lives in. 

The Government Sector

Women of the government sector view fashion as another way to maximize efficiency, yet they do not shun frippery as some sectors do. They believe the clothing helps create an image to achieve desired results. Whether it be to compete for the coveted Mother of the Year award, to run for an office, to serve on the Quickening committee, or to engage in more mundane tasks like accounting, government women use clothing strategically to look their best. It is this sector that has contributed the most written material about matching body type to articles of clothing to present oneself in the most flattering way possible. Their fashion budget: carefully determined and strictly adhered to.

The Agriculture Sector

Women of the Agriculture sector are some of the hardest working women of the Queendom. Out of the six sectors they care the least about the appearance of clothing, and their own appearance in general. For their clothing they  care about practical matters such as that it is durable, or that it helps them stay cool in the summer heat and warm in the winter. More pants than skirts are worn in this sector. Aprons are very popular in the Agriculture sector as they help keep clothing beneath them clean. The women of the agriculture sector are still huwoman, though! Every woman has at least one evening dress. Agriculture sector women love getting dolled up too, just not as frequently as other women in the Queendom. Their fashion budget: these women spend the least amount of money on clothing possible…except for their beloved aprons!

The Religion Sector:

Just as each sector in the city has a different fashion sense, each sect of priestesses has a preferred way of dress. Priestesses believe the number of goddesses has never, and will never, been determined. They dress to please the goddess who they are worshipping at the moment. The goddess of life, Ephrea has the biggest and most constant following. When attending to Ephrea priestesses tend to dress in earth tones, browns and greens. Those attending to fickle Fortuna dress flamboyantly. They believe it helps to catch that goddess’s attention. Their fashion budget: Generous! They are the second most highest spending sector for clothing in the Queendom.

The Arts Sector

Women in this sector believe that to look good is better than to feel good. They believe that every huwoman body is a work of art and clothing should reflect that. They are quick to critique a woman who goes out on the streets looking less than her best, though they are very accepting of an infinite variety of fashion styles. It is common in the Arts sector for women to dress their pets when they take them in public so that their outfits match. And accessories! The women of the Arts sector have the fanciest parasols, fans, jewelry, bags, hair bangles and ribbons of all the other sectors put together. Their fashion budget: Arts Sector women spend extravagantly on clothing.

The Livestock Sector 

The women of the livestock sector hold either one or two jobs: to care for livestock, or to design/create clothing. It’s easy at a glance to see who does what. Those who care for animals are rarely seen out of comfortable and durable clothing, shirts and pants. They too, wear aprons, but they don’t see them as a fashion accessory, any covering to keep grime, hair, etc. off their clothes will do. Those that are responsible for the cloth and yarn that becomes clothing for the Queendom tend to emulate the Sector clothing that they are currently selling to, though they are very quick to lend out clothing to others in their industry for the sake of efficiency. Their fashion budget: on the small side. Clothing is either used until it is threadbare, or recycled. Their goods become their livelihood, so they try to economize on personal clothing expenditures.

Fun fact: the Livestock Sector houses the Museum of Fashion. It’s most treasured item is a once-colorful, now faded and tattered shawl that was said to have been worn by Mother Eve herself. In addition to articles of clothing that have been preserved throughout the centuries, there are tapestry of all eras that feature groups of women wearing what was fashionable at the time. 

The Soldier Sector

Soldiers love fitness and prefer clothing that lets them move without any interference. They prefer wearing leather and fur to cloth. An outfit is considered fashionable if it shows off their muscles and movements to their best advantage. Their armor is made of leather and reinforced with bone to protect them from spears, knives and, the women’s favorite weapon, daggers. They are the least likely to show up anywhere in a dress, their chief complaint is that it hides too much and is too difficult to fight in. Their fashion budget: moderate. It is a benefit for the Soldiers that the cost of leather and fur is low due to being supplied by slave labor. Harvesting fur and creating leather is no task for a woman!

Education in Evlantis

As wrenching as it is for a mother to let go of her daughter, mandatory education in Evlantis begins for every girl the day after her seventh birthday celebration. The only exception is for children who are diagnosed with disabilities. Those children are allowed to stay at home. It is regarded as too cruel to separate those children from their mothers, and as well as too much of a challenge for mothers to trust others with the duties required to care for their special little one. 

It is one of the sacred duties of the priestesses to educate the precious daughters of the Queendom. To be a teacher is one of the most prestigious jobs there is. Though Priestesses take vows of celibacy and cannot be mothers themselves, the status of Teacher confers all the benefits that becoming a mother bestows.

There are many buildings of education housed in the Religion Sector, including the Great Library. In their early years of education, young girls are taught reading, writing, herstory, and etiquette. In their middle years they are taught literature, science, advanced herstory and everything about birth and childcare. In the final years of education they concentrate on city government and sector life. All students are taught the basics of the specialties of each sector, then complete apprenticeships in each of the six sectors to help them choose which one to apply to at age fifteen when their mandatory education is complete. 

Education in the Religion Sector can continue beyond age fifteen in for some women. Physicians can take courses to increase their understanding of disease and treatments. There are advanced degrees offered in the Religion sector for farmers, journalists, and those who care for animals. There are also classes offered for the residents of the Religion Sector for those who wish to rise in the hierarchy of the ranks of the Priestesses as well as for those who wish to become Teachers.

There are highly specialized courses of advanced education for women who wish to excel in the fields of government, the arts, fashion, or the military also. Those advanced degrees must be earned, respectively, in the Government sector, the Arts sector, the Livestock sector and the Soldier sector. To better oneself by getting a higher education is valued in the Queendom of Evlantis.

Time in Evlantis

Photo by Ambar Simpang from Pexels. Every Evlantian citizen, from the time of childhood forward, must know, in order, the list of High Queens that have ruled the city. Years are not numbered, but are denoted by which High Queen ruled and what year of her term it was.

Time is regarded as an element in the Queendom of Evlantis-along with other elements such as earth, air, fire, and water. The element of time has the property of transvelocity. Women recognize that time is not constant. The exact same increment of the sun’s journey through the sky may contain an overabundance of time for one woman, while for another woman the exact same increment may have the blink of an eye of time in it.

Transvelocity of time is ever shifting throughout each woman’s lifetime, and is unique to each woman. Though it has been noted there are exceptions. For example, at shared events transvelocity of time will synchronize, it speeds up or slows down at the same rate for the majority of the women present. There are several theories to explain this. One popular theory posits  that there are some women that have an innate and powerful bond with the element of time (just there are those that have an innate and powerful bond with fire, wind, water, or earth) and that these women’s rate transvelocity may be transmitted to others around them at gatherings.

Just as time is not constant from woman to woman, time is regarded differently in each sector of the Queendom. The differences are so vast that it is one of the biggest adjustments to make if a woman  must move to a new sector at sector choosing time. Here is a brief synopsis of how the element of time is regarded in each sector of the city.

Women of the Government sector regard the element of time as something to master. They maintain that no matter what rate of transvelocity a woman experiences there are always methods to increase productivity. Most of the research and writings about the element of time come from this sector.

Women of the Agriculture sector  regard the element of time as an enemy, something to rage against. The Agriculture sector is home to farm women and the Queendom’s physicians. For these women, who are responsible for the health and well being of women in the entire Queendom, the element of time is always stingy with what is doled out to them to them to accomplish their tasks.

Women in the Religion sector see time as a sacred mystery. The priestesses would never blaspheme to say that any woman can control time, but they teach that certain goddesses, such as Fortuna, have powers over the element of time. The Priestesses believe there are practices, such as meditation, gift-giving, and prayers that may sometimes be effective to influence fickle Fortuna to adjust transvelocity in a woman’s favor.

The women of the Arts Sector have an utter disregard for the element of time. For these women creativity is everything. It is irrelevant at what rate time passes, all that matters is the current piece of art being produced. The only time a woman of the Arts sector mentions time at all is when it hangs heavy on her hands because the well of her inspiration has gone dry.

The women of the Livestock sector revere the element of time as a gift. They are charged with the nurturing of animal life and women of this Sector are acutely and constantly aware of the finite amount of time allotted to each living being. There are grateful for all states of time transvelocity.

The women of the Soldier Sector view the element of time as a tool.  Rather than trying to be time’s master, they are taught to be acutely aware of their own transvelocity of time. They recognize each rate of transvelocity carries its own benefits and challenges. Being aware of their current state gives them the power to be the best soldier they can be.

Lastly, no quick tutorial of the element of time in the Queendom of Evlantis would be complete without a mention of how women mark time. It is referenced by events such as the place of the sun in the sky, an upcoming  meal, or the birth of a daughter. Years are referenced not by numbers, but by which High Queen ruled, the term (if there was more than one) and which of the seven years the event occurred in.

Elections in Evlantis

In the city of Evlantis the government is a democracy; ruled by women, for women. The city is a rough semi-circle and is divided into six wedge shaped sectors: Government, Agriculture, Religion, Arts, Livestock and Soldier sector. Each of the sectors is allowed to have complete control over function and the number of elected officials it requires to serve the needs of its citizens, though each sector must have a Low Queen to oversee the interests of its government and sit as a voting member in all things effecting the entire Queendom.

An elected High Queen resides in the People’s Palace, situated where all the sectors meet. She presides as the judge in the People’s Court, as well as coordinates citywide law-making with the low Queens. The High Queen is charged with keeping peace between the sectors.

Election Day is held at the beginning of summer every year. Each Low Queen, as well as the High Queen, serves a seven-year term. Each year there are general elections in each sector for open offices and one major election for either a Low Queen or the High Queen. Election Day is a solemn day marked by prayer and fasting.

Who votes in Evlantis: Voting is mandatory for every woman living in the city proper who has begun their menses, no matter what their status or legal standing. Each sector’s population is maintained as close to one-thousand citizens as possible. Each ballot is counted and the total number of ballots received must equal the amount of women eligible to vote in each sector.

Who doesn’t vote: Men are not allowed to vote. Women who live in the Fringe are not allowed to vote. The Fringe is a settlement on the outskirts of the agriculture sector. Women are sent there as punishment for certain crimes. The women who live in the Fringe have two purposes: they must tend the vast gardens alongside the slaves and they must guard that most vulnerable border of the city to keep slaves from escaping. Though the women in the Fringe provide valuable services to the city, they would never be allowed to vote because that would give the Agriculture sector an unfair advantage in elections for High Queen.

Who covers the Elections: Just as running water was invented long before the wheel in the world where women rule, printing presses were invented very early in the Herstory Timeline. Each major gossip parlor has its own printing press. Who’s running and what the candidates stand for, along with all the juicy tidbits of personal information fit-to-print is covered by all the major papers for weeks leading up to the election.

Each sector has its own ballot system. Each sector assigns its most trusted citizens to stand guard at the polling place that each woman must make her way to during the day to cast their vote. Along side the appointed sector officials, a dozen soldiers from the Soldier sector are assigned to stand guard also. At sundown the voting ends. The ballots are ceremoniously paraded to the Hall of the People’s Palace where the work of counting the ballots begins, scrupulously overseen by citizens of both the Soldier sector and the Government sector. The results are eagerly anticipated by the candidates and citizens alike.

Dear Harmonia

Dear Harmonia,

I have always been a law abiding citizen and have done my duty to the fullest letter of the law. Through no fault of my own, my only daughter was born on Election Day last year. It doesn’t seem fair to me that the same government that required me to have a daughter, now forbids me from celebrating on her actual birthday! Surely the birth celebration of a daughter of the Queendom is more important than Election Day? I challenged the party ban on Election Day at my local level and lost. Before I take my challenge further, my friends urged me to consult with you. Do you have any advice on how I can prevail? Perhaps, in your wisdom, you know of cases like mine in Herstory?

Sincerely yours,
Babies triumph over ballots!

Dear BTOB,

Sit down, before you read this, sweet mother. Sit down with your precious baby on your knee and your favorite soothing drink on hand…for the words I must pen are difficult ones, and I am moved by your plight.

Nothing should come before the blessed celebration of the birth of one’s daughter. Daughters are the lifeblood of the city. The birth of a child changes everything. Before the birth, we are one person, with one outlook. After the birth we transformed, and like all transformations, bliss and pain are mingled in the changing.

But, dear Mother BTOB, consider this…just as motherhood ushers in different priorities than singlehood, doesn’t one’s duty to the Queendom grow even greater once a daughter is born? The success, or failure, of the city we live in decides your daughter’s future!

Voting may seem like an occasional duty, but I think you forget, it is a Sacred Duty! Nothing should distract any woman from the ability to cast her vote for the best candidate for leadership positions in the Queendom. Voting should not be entered into lightheartedly, or haphazardly, which is why Ballot Casting Day is a day of prayer and fasting, a solemn day, a day of change, of new birth, in a way, for the entire Queendom.

So, with anguish in my heart for your horrible predicament, I urge you to drop your petition to have the party ban lifted. I urge you to celebrate the your daughter’s birth the day before or the day after Election Day. In doing so, you teach her, and everyone around you, of your devotion to her future and the future all every citizen of our Queendom.

I don’t mind telling you that I weep for you as I write this. Yours is a tragic situation, a rarity in Herstory. Putting the needs of the world before yourself, and worse, your daughter, is part of the transformational pain I spoke of above. I urge you to let this tragedy change you! Make more scrupulous selections this election year than you have ever done before. Examine the issues and the candidates in great depth. Vote well, and be mindful that you are not only casting a vote for yourself any longer, but for your daughter and your daughter’s daughters. And don’t make the mistake of voting based on the issues of your Sector only. Examine how every issue effects our entire population. We usher in new eras in Herstory with the votes we cast. The only bright spot in your plight is that each Election Day you will be reminded of the direct link between the ballots you fill out and the Queendom your daughter will grow up in. Not every citizen will vote with the wisdom that you now have.

I’m sorry to be so inadequate in this situation. I know this is not the answer you wanted to read, and it is not the answer I wanted to give. But it is the correct answer. I cannot see the paper anymore for the weeping I do on your behalf, for truly, and for the sake of the Queendom…

Ballots must triumph over babies,