Adrian Emmanuel is running to be elected (for-life) as Emperor Adrian of the Space Maroon Empire. Emmanuel has been contemplating a run since last year’s presidential election, and in the past year developed his platform for the Space Maroon Empire.
Steeped in space-fiction ideology, Emmanuel’s campaign has been a mostly grassroots endeavor, run by the candidate himself and centred on promotion via Facebook and a platform video on Youtube. He envisions McMaster as more than a school and aims to win the hearts and minds of each and every person at McMaster – through force, if necessary.
“I will remove anyone who is in my way … [But] the administration has the right to know I’m going to turn their space into a country … even if there’s nothing they can do about it.
“As I’ve told people, I’m an emperor, not an asshole.”
While Emmanuel’s passion and dedication to the job is clear, his platform struggles to identify clear short-term goals, and comes off too forward-thinking and long-term for the average student voter to appreciate. In the short-term, Emmanuel plans to convert TwelvEighty into an alternative dance facility.
But Emmanuel relies on his life-long rule to accomplish his major feats: growing an on-campus military and launching the entire campus into space as a battleship colony.
While Emmanuel’s illusions of grandeur may be interpreted as theatre of the absurd, he hits surprisingly close to home in identifying a core issue: the bureaucratization of campus. His plans to dismantle the MSU are about eliminating red tape, telling students exactly where their money goes and what it is used for and consequently building students’ trust in their student body.