@ashher: I think the last rule of Alluka is that rules don't apply to Killua, and only him. That's a perfectly good reason for him to fear being needled forever if Illumi figured out, and it was the conclusion Illumi reached in this chapter. Since Illumi is a damn good hunter, that really might be the case.
@Uriel: I suppose Pariston plans to (or has already) join(ed) forces with Jairo. Once Leorio picks up as chairman, Jairo will be his main enemy and we'll see Togashi's solution for terrorism.
Why would Pariston join forces with Jairo when we already know what he wants the most?
Ging Freecs already mentioned that Pariston wants to enjoy himself. "He isn't thinking about winning. He also isn't thinking about losing" (Ging Freecs words) the election, that's why he's so powerful.
Pariston is just going to play around until X-Day.
And the following Quote from Ging is one of the most important (and a little bit contradictory xP): "He just wants to enjoy himself.
He's like me and Netero... I get easily bored, though. Him, though. He's relentless.
The only one out of the remaining four who's really carrying on Netero's spirit is Pariston."
Now look at that Page: http://www.mangareader.net/hunter-x-hunter/331/8
He wants a big garden so that he can play with his 5000 sweet little friends which happen to be nen-using Chimera Ants. xO
So, if the new Chairman will be someone else than Pariston, which will most likely be the case, the new Chairman could disallow Pariston to meet his chimera-friends in the little garden or he will just take both away for good.
Pariston would cry and run away, eventually meeting a man called Jairo who also cries because some god-like Ant took his kingdom away and thus he wants to be King again.
Pariston and Jairo could both get what they want, if they join forces. Jairo probably has got a little army already and with Paristons help he could rule over the 5000 Ants and be King once again and Pariston would've his garden filled with Chimera friends.
That's the only way I could think of a Jairo-Pariston partnership, but it would fit in perfectly.
@kkck: again, and it's the third time I say this and I'm getting tired of repeating myself, I always said Leorio is phisically stronger than both Gon and Kurapica (at least, until the all began to study Nen), and now I'll quote myself here: "Well, I did say PHYSICALLY stronger, not talking about instincts, not about will, not about senses, not about Nen, not about talent and not about training, I mean raw physical strenght."
About Jairo...I don't think we'll see him at all, I think an alliance between Pariston and Jairo won't actually do anything...and we are all kinda tired of NGL shit, besides, Pariston seems to be the type of person who likes to work on his own.
I wonder what Hisoka has been doing all this time before his comeback....
Pariston needs the Hunter License status to legimatize his toys, because otherwise an army of those cocoon soldiers is likely to be bombed by a Rose the moment they showed up anywhere. I don't see Jairo being able to offer that kind of status to him since the Hunter status is pretty much unique.
Pariston originally didn't care about winning or losing because he was already the acting chairman, so to him stalemate is the best outcome since he already has all the power. Right now the Hunter's Association is basically like where a country was at war and their president was assassinated, and the VP became the de facto president and gets to have all the power because you're still at war. If Pariston became the chairman the normal way, he'd still face his normal opposition even with the power of chairman. Right now, due to the disarray the Hunter's Association is in, he actually has more power as the acting chairman than the real chairman would have simply because he can always say 'someone's got to do this because we got no leader right now'.
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By the way, aura works like a multiplier on physical strength, but you still got to be physically strong in the first place. Even Netero is drawn as fairly muscular and he's only 50% compared to his prime. Outside of the Ants, every character who has displayed their power that can be considered a top tier character is definitely drawn as physically fit. Killua started out physically stronger but that's because of his training. Compared to even normal Hunters there's no indication that Killua possesses overwhelming physical strength (in fact, Gon is the one who is depicted as having immense physical strength later on), which implies once anybody figured out that lifting extreme weights builds incredible strength, it's relatively easy to catch up.
@ Phantron: I don't think it takes a whole lot to become a temp. hunter. I really don't remember the conditions for being a temp. hunter or if they can vote in the election, but I suppose that's the way he'd go. I don't think anyone can use a Rose ever again either, as Netero was likely very close to special people and gave up all to accomplish that permition (he was going to die, he could have given anything in exchange for the Rose). And even in those conditions, he had to be the chairman and one of the strongest people in the world. So I don't see anyone else using a Rose ever again.
And thinking further, it's not too much hassle to allow the newborn chimeras to be Hunters since they all have the minimal skill and requirements. With this I mean that Pariston doesn't need to be the president to do that. Controlling them also would be easier off-screen.
So I add to the comment that Pariston is going for something else.
So that's why it's crucial for Pariston to get them some kind of Hunter status regardless of what his ultimate plan is, because everyone who has fought the Ants before are clearly shocked by their potential so it's unlikely anyone will take chances, unless they're protected by the status of a Hunter.
Well, I guess you can call it cheap, or not. If he was the first to be confronted to Nanika, and that at that time Nanika didn't show any restriction, I'd find it clever to create rules to protect Nanika/Alluka (and himself).
But for such a selfish wish the pesterings must be high, I don't think it would have been kept hidden
I mean sure the cocoon soldiers can't compare to Meryem, but this isn't something you just take a chance on. Again, looking at the scale. It is said 50,000 of those guys can conquer the world, so 5000 of those is at least comparable to the military power of a strong nation. We know the Ants are very aggressive as a species to begin with. While some individuals might be open to tolerance, as a race they're pretty far apart from humanity so far as coexistence is concerned.