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A satire/drama that covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the whole world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, featuring a third-party moderate challenge, with an incredulous alien ambassador observing. It's West Wing meets the 22nd Century!
Excerpt from CAMPAIGN 2100: GAME OF SCORPIONS:
The spaceship landed shortly after 9:00 A.M. in front of the United Nations Building in East Manhattan, exactly four weeks before the start of the worldwide election for president.
The large black sphere, 20 feet in diameter, had plummeted out of the sky at a meteor's speed, then slowed in seconds until it came to a stop, floating five feet above the ground. No Earth vehicle could match that performance. There was no visible means of levitation underneath the ship, just a smooth, black surface. In most places on Earth there would have been panic. However, this was New York City, Earth's capital, where "alien" was just a matter of degree.
Crowds gathered, many broadcasting the images worldwide with their thought computers. A child threw a veggie dog against the black sphere, leaving dripping mustard on its side. Several other children dashed under the black sphere until stern parents pulled them back.
Within minutes, delegations of police arrived. They cordoned off the area around the black sphere to hold the crowds back, then sauntered about, not sure what to do about this strange ship that had fallen in their midst.
The chief of police stepped past the cordoning. There was no obvious door on the ship, whose shiny black surface was marred only by the dripping mustard. He rapped on the ship with his stick. "Anyone there?"