In regards to the question of Virian Saints...
I think how we elect our saints is perhaps more important -- from a memetic perspective -- than who we elect. The process of nomination, debate, election and cannonization will be central to the continued life of the memeplex (Brodie's use). Who we elect might _seem like_ the important question, but in all reality, establishing a method of creating saints is the really important part of the equation, and the aspect that can enable the well established process to outlive any one of us.
That being said, I'm not sure what that process should be. (But if we can work little puffs of white or black smoke into it I'd be pleased!)