I do not have an opportunity to say this very often, but I very much enjoy it when HP fanfic authors take on more serious, political topics. The Ministry is such a huge part of Wizarding Britain, and so many witches and wizards are employed there that it seems almost odd not to have stories that explore the Ministry more in depth.
That said, this is the best political fic I've come across on this site. You're covering the inter-office politics, international politics, and . . . erm, I don't know that there's a specific word for it, but I guess I'll call it Wizard/Muggle politics. In reading this story, I think I'm getting a good feel for the intrigue in the upper echelons of the Ministry, as well as a sense of impending urgency and doom--mainly through Scrimgeour's panic and somewhat bumbling attitude.
Personally, I've always pictured Scrimgeour as a little more firm than you've portrayed him here. Unyielding, to be sure, always pressing for an advantage and likely scared and uncertain, but an ex-Auror head too. To me, he seemed excessively inept and frightened here. However, I can see where you're coming from in portraying him that way, and it does allow you to contrast with the much-better (by comparison) Kingsley and set the seeds for Kingsley's future job as Minister.
Author's Response: Well, not to say whether this is good or bad, but I think a fandom tends to focus more on the ships and the glamourous characters, and HPFF is no exception. I like political stories - this is going to become more than only political, but it definitely started out that way - and I don't mind that there aren't many of these. That said, your compliment means the world to me. =]
I'm glad you feel the urgency and doom - that was written into Scrimgeour with a humorous undertone, of course, but also to show that, like all governments, the Ministry only feigned indifference to Voldemort because they couldn't look like they were losing control, even long after they already lost it.
Scrimgeour is under a lot of stress right now - he seems to me like the kind of man who's gruff and firm when he feels secure in his position. I played with the idea of making him even MORE gruff under pressure, but I thought the distinction wouldn't be clear enough, so I made him wavering and anxious. He still isn't the most open-minded leader, after all. You're completely right about Kingsley. =] Thanks for the review!