Zahir Bard never wanted the spotlight. As the son of a well-known politician, and the husband of an ambassador’s daughter, he found the spotlight constantly followed him anyway.
When the largest national governments joined in a loose alliance––the United Earth Administration––Zahir’s level-headedness was key in stewarding its success. For four decades, he never made a grab for power in the UEA, often lobbying to get friends and allies into ever higher positions instead.
His reward: a quiet retirement, far from Earth, with his wife and children. So he thought.
A new space station, political pressure, and rumors of secession, pull Zahir back into service and out to the frontier. In his new role, he hopes to calm the conspirators, control Simi Duan, and groom his son to be the next successful Bard politician.