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This took place not once, but twice in the [[2258]] - [[2262]] term when President [[Luis Santiago]], who beat challenger [[Marie Crane]] in the 2258 election, was killed when [[Earthforce One]] exploded near [[Io]] shortly after New Years [[2259]]. After Santiago's death, Vice President [[William Morgan Clark]] was sworn in and served until November 2nd, [[2261]] at which point he committed suicide rather than face trial and impeachment for arranging Santiago's assassination and the ordering of numerous war crimes. [[Susanna Luchenko]] of the [[Russian Consortium]] was then elected by the Senate to serve out the remainder of the term of Presidents Santiago and Clark until she was re-elected by popular vote in February [[2262]].
 
This took place not once, but twice in the [[2258]] - [[2262]] term when President [[Luis Santiago]], who beat challenger [[Marie Crane]] in the 2258 election, was killed when [[Earthforce One]] exploded near [[Io]] shortly after New Years [[2259]]. After Santiago's death, Vice President [[William Morgan Clark]] was sworn in and served until November 2nd, [[2261]] at which point he committed suicide rather than face trial and impeachment for arranging Santiago's assassination and the ordering of numerous war crimes. [[Susanna Luchenko]] of the [[Russian Consortium]] was then elected by the Senate to serve out the remainder of the term of Presidents Santiago and Clark until she was re-elected by popular vote in February [[2262]].
   
During President Clark's regime, sweeping changes were instituted across the Earth Alliance government, including increasing the judicial powers of the [[Psi Corps]] and the creation of several new organizations that shifted the balance of power dramatically in his favor, causing the Alliance to gradually slide into a totalitarian dictatorship. Among the new institutions were the [[Ministry of Peace]] and it's infamous [[Nightwatch]] Division (a volunteer paramilitary organization which became the secret police of Clark's New Order), the [[Ministry of Truth]] and the [[Ministry of Information]], which eventually became Clark's propaganda arm, fronted by [[ISN]], which had been forcibly put under government control shortly after [[Proxima III]] and [[Orion VII]]'s declarations of independence.<ref>[[Severed Dreams]]</ref><ref>[[Point of No Return]]</ref><ref>[[The Illusion of Truth]]</ref><ref>[[No Surrender, No Retreat]]</ref> This was the culmination of a string of events that began with an [[Skirmish on Ganymede|incident]] which involved John Sheridan and an [[Shadow Vessel|alien ship]] at [[Ganymede]].
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During President Clark's regime, sweeping changes were instituted across the Earth Alliance government, including increasing the judicial powers of the [[Psi Corps]] and the creation of several new organizations that shifted the balance of power dramatically in his favor, causing the Alliance to gradually slide into a totalitarian dictatorship. Among the new institutions were the [[Ministry of Peace]] and it's infamous [[Nightwatch]] Division (a volunteer paramilitary organization which became the secret police of Clark's New Order), the [[Ministry of Truth]] and the [[Ministry of Information]], which eventually became Clark's propaganda arm, fronted by [[ISN]], which had been forcibly put under government control shortly after [[Proxima III]] and [[Orion VII]]'s declarations of independence.<ref>[[Severed Dreams]]</ref><ref>[[Point of No Return]]</ref><ref>[[The Illusion of Truth]]</ref><ref>[[No Surrender, No Retreat]]</ref> This was the culmination of a string of events that began with an [[Skirmish on Ganymede|incident]] which involved John Sheridan and an [[Shadow Vessel|alien ship]] at [[Ganymede]]
   
 
Following Clark's suicide at the close of the [[Earth Alliance Civil War]], many of his changes were reversed, though some of the involved parties managed to remain in government.<ref>[[Rising Star]]</ref><ref>[[Appearances and Other Deceits]]</ref>
 
Following Clark's suicide at the close of the [[Earth Alliance Civil War]], many of his changes were reversed, though some of the involved parties managed to remain in government.<ref>[[Rising Star]]</ref><ref>[[Appearances and Other Deceits]]</ref>
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