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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-five, Possession, Collected Chapters




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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 323, November 19th, 2017

Chapter One: Self

Every citizen was taught, and the teaching was reinforced at every level of the Imperial education, both in the secular schools, and through the religious observations of the Imperial
cult, they were taught that all good things flowed through the Empire; and to the Empire from Continuum.

The first gift was existence, it was selfhood.

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Day 324, November 20th, 2017

Chapter Two: Home

The Empire controlled every aspect of family life.

A person could not move from one dwelling to the next without approval. It kept families bound to a single dwelling for generations.

Even marriage was subject to Imperial oversight. In most cases the Empire did not exercise that control, only where it served its broader purpose.

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Day 325, November 21st, 2017

Chapter Three: Trade

Every citizen lived their life only contemplating a very narrow band of possibilities.

Work and trades were hereditary, and they were guarded. Farmers farmed, builders built, and fishers fished.

Soldiers went to war, and priests officiated the sacred rites.

There was very little opportunity for an individual or a family to change their inherited circumstances.

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Day 326, November 22nd, 2017

Chapter Four: Control

The citizen in a position of power or authority, requires balance and poise.

The Collective loved to build people up, to take them down, sometimes over the course of generations.

The more power a person possessed the more careful they had to be.

Control requires ever greater control; to force it is to lose it.

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Day 327, November 23rd, 2017

Chapter Five: World

The ordinary citizen had no say in the destiny of their home world, they saw it as theirs, and themselves as belonging to it.

Everything was controlled by the Empire, and the desires of the Continuum.

Any sense of control that an individual might feel was an illusion, granted for the sake of creating drama.

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Day 328, November 24th, 2017

Chapter Six: Rites

Every citizen must conform; the Empire would not accept anything less than complete obedience.

Conformation to the Imperial way was emphasized in the Imperial schools, and primarily through the religious rites of the Imperial cult.

The Empire’s goal was to supplant every competing communal bond.

It never succeeded in this and it never quit trying.

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Day 329, November 25th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Access

People coveted access more than anything.

In the struggle to craft a meaningful life, to provide some comfort for themselves or their families, everyone need a hand up.

They needed access to authority, to those able to grant a boon or advance their cause.

The limits to upward mobility were clear, and near at hand.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Seven, War

Part Forty-five, Possession

Collected Chapters
01 Self
02 Home
03 Trade
04 Control
05 World
06 Rites
07 Access

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