Elpastre is secretly attending the meeting, getting a first hand look at what politicians are like on Earth. How embarassing for Earth!
The King of Arcturus is here for a greater purpose, however, and will be meeting Bart's relatives, the Erosian Elders, in the next episode (#60).
Many people find it difficult to commit to listening to such a long story, which is quite understandable. This novel will soon be available in print, and I am working on the sequel novel, Pioneers of Arcturus, which will follow the adventures of Sam Benjamin, Mike Sullivan, and Pazi.
Sam appeared in episode #11 (Lonely Lynda), and Mike is the spaceport cop in episode #5 (Aguire gets Maneuvered). Pazi was never named in the story, but was the translator for the meeting between Captain Poluka and Popa Utirka in episode #44 (Matriarch's Lawyer).