A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 087, Wednesday
March 28th, 2018
Chapter Three: The Homecoming
After millennia upon millennia all of the lost colonies were found, both the living, and the dead. Every last trace of their sojourn was tracked down, every record, every file, every artifact was recovered that could be recovered
Through the auspices of the Imperial schools, dead civilizations were recreated, so that their stories could be absorbed by the Collective.
Of the living, very few remembered anything of their origins, or the long dead, long cold star system from which their progenitors hailed.
Everything was shrouded in myth, and legend.
The Empire found it relatively easy to bring these lost colonies into the Imperial fold. There was always some resistance, and resistance was always crushed; mercilessly, systematically. The Collective was fascinated by the drama that ensued. Their attention would be riveted on the process of integration.
It was easy to coax the returning people into the Imperial cult, into worshipping the Continuum, into believing in its promises of prosperity and eternal life. It was relatively simple to recast them, and forge them anew as members of the Empire.
Integration might take centuries. It was a long process. Generations would be born and die while the Imperial infrastructure was extended to those remote locations.
The process was welcomed by most of the citizens. Inclusion in the Empire was accompanied by a certain loss of heritage and identity, of freedom, but the technological gains were so great that the majority of the people accepted it without question.
They wanted it, they wanted the things that the Empire promised.
They wanted to believe in the hope for Eternal life.
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