Pairing: Sam Carter
Warnings: anytime really in the AJ 'Verse, but probably sometime in S3
Summary: Department of Homeworld Security
Notes: I very briefly had the idea of doing the next story in Jack's POV. Then Sam's. Both I decided were ultimately fruitless, but I liked the beginning too much to completely delete. Which is coincidental, because I received a review for "12 March 2012" today - the future!fic I ultimately abandoned about the Stargate Program being revealed in the AJ 'verse. Because this has a very, very little to do with what will ultimately be the actual version of that. One day. Probably at least a year from now.
An Ancient!John Drabble
"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
Douglas Adams The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
15 May, 2007 / XXX Iun. a.f.c. I – HWS Headquarters, Terra, Avalon
Jack calls it The Pillbox. The official name for the complex is: The Dag Hammarskjöld Centre for Universal Peace and Security, which had gone up with minimal controversy and remarkable alacrity on the corner of 5th and 97th on Manhattan's Upper East Side, but Jack calls it The Pillbox, as does almost everyone who knows the building's actual purpose. Which is to be not, as the announcements claimed, an extension for the United Nation's Office for Outer Space Affairs, but rather the headquarters of Homeworld Command, which had been secunded in recent months from a cabinet-level position in the United States government to a United Nations programme they would deny with all the strength of their PR department until the Stargate Program was made public.
It's all very confusing and political. Sam remembers precisely none of it, most likely because the last time Daniel tried to explain it to her Jake had been busy proving that child-proof anything was nothing more than a cruel and elaborate joke perpetuated by the entirety of modern civilization upon poor, unsuspecting first-time parents like herself. As long as the job gets done, it matters very little who actually sits at the top of the totem pole, the American president or the UN Secretary-General. Jack is in charge of most of the day-to-day operations and there's a committee that deals with most the long-term things, and all in all it means very little has changed.