Thank you - that was the effect I hoped to produce!
Very cool indeed. Possible addition:
"after their term in office, the dead men would gain new names and were considered "reborn." They would be granted enough land for a new start, from lands set aside by the state for this purpose, and while not held responsible for their actions while dead, were forbidden to speak of or boast of said actions. The only acceptable answer to any questions about their term of office was "I was a dead man then.""