MASK by Kerry Nietz
I am the mask. The mask is me.
America has fallen. Remnants of states cling together. The Pacific Northwest is now PacNorth.
Democracy has gone off the rails. Citizens still vote, but only to vote away anything--or anyone--they don't like. Long-term wisdom loses to short-term pleasure.
And the Collectors come in the night.
Radial is a Collector. The instrument of the will of the people. You get voted away...Radial makes you disappear. The system works, and he is its servant. The rule of the people is the highest form of human government. He is a believer.
Until he is asked to collect someone who should never, ever be voted away.