A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 091, April 1st, 2018
Chapter Seven: The Emperor
The Empire was organized hierarchically, like a great pyramid, with the Emperor at the top. The Emperor was viewed by all of the people as the living manifestation of their will. The Emperor was the one person who must be obeyed at all times. The Emperor managed everything pertaining to the normal function of life and society, all of the material resources, but most importantly the Emperor commanded the armed forces of a million worlds.
The Emperor was the focal point, the sword tip, the apex of the vast galactic civilization which imagined itself ruling the lives of countless people.
Only the priesthood operated outside the Emperors sphere of influence, technically, in reality the Emperor had great sway over priests, especially in the lower orders, among the corrupt, and those who could be bought and sold.
The Emperor was actually an Observer. The station he occupied was one of the many bridges that had been established, connecting the functions of Imperial government directly to the Continuum. The Emperor, whose word was law, who ruled by decree, whose will was imperative, he was the Pontifex Rex.
The role of Emperor had been filled by many Observers over time. Handing out the position of supreme authority was one of the rewards that the Continuum used to coerce members of the Observer Corps into doing its bidding.
With an obedient Observer safely ensconced in the role of Emperor, the Continuum was able to effectuate its will throughout the million worlds of the Imperium.
Most of the direction the Continuum gave to the Emperor was merely intended to generate the drama which the Collective craved, to feed it. This violation of the standards of the Observer Corps, of the rules against intervention were seen as an absolutely necessary means of control over the vast and sprawling civilization.
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