A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 084, Sunday
March 25th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Reporting
The Protocols for being an Observer were simple in theory, but the practice of fulfilling the guidelines was extraordinarily difficult.
A tour of duty was one hundred solar-cycles to be lived on the observed world as a member of the community under observation.
The Observer was required to gather as much intimate, first-hand experience as possible, observing the most intimate moment of the planet’s denizens, from every class and walk of life.
The Observer was also required to maintain the automated surveillance systems that fed the Collective without cease. This bifurcated the Observers consciousness on a deep level, an autonomic level, as an aspect of themselves was always occupied with the circuitry of its machine-self, pooling and pulling data from the world it lived on for transmission to the Continuum.
At the end of the tour the Observer was required to return to the Collective, to upload the content of their unique experiences for the Collective to consume.
There were few other strictures.
The Observer was required to participate in the lives of the people, but not to lead them. The Observer had to experience their art and culture, but not influence their movements. The Observer was required to uphold the standards of the Imperial Education system, the casts, and the Imperial Cult.
The Observer was entitled to carry out whatever relationships they wanted, but they were not allowed to procreate, or influence the gene pool of their world in any way.
Most of the Observers followed these protocols for the duration of their time in the Corps. A few bucked the system and paid the price. Others went beyond the rules but only by order of the Continuum.
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