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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Ten, The Hunger; Chapter Four, Control


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 074, Thursday
March 15th, 2017

Chapter Four: Control

The Continuum governed every aspect of the Empire, leaving nothing to chance, cultivating language and rituals in an oppressive drama.

Everything was calculated, the most minute details of daily life had been organized and finely shaped over the course of millions of years to oppress, give hope, and crush it, all at the same time.

The Continuum and its Empire ruled the people absolutely. It pitted world against world, nation against nation, tribe against tribe, family against family, and siblings against one another. It generated conflict at every opportunity.

The Continuum filled the galaxy like a hungry God. Devouring the lives and the experiences of the people, both through the Observer Corps, and through a vast network of cameras and recording devices, that captured every little bit of data from the lives of the citizenry on a million worlds.

The Empire deployed satellites and drones, along with a vast array of eavesdropping equipment that gathered data on the people both with and without their knowledge. The Empire passed all of that data along to the Continuum, together with its analysis and recommendations for action. The Continuum in turn passed it to the Collective, synthesizing it along the way, parceling it out to the membership which was always hungry for something new.

Far and above all of the ways by which the Empire spied on its people, to gather data for the Continuum, the most intense steam of information came directly from the people themselves. Through their self-reporting, through the ways in which they captured and shared with their friends and family the most intimate aspects of their lives, their hopes, their fears, their daily pleasures.

It was the personal narrative that the members of the Collective loved the most.

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