A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 260, Monday
September 17th, 2018
Chapter One: The Oppressed
Every civilization founded by the children of the Ancients was absorbed by the Empire. Either they came willingly, they came by coercion or they were destroyed.
Imperial governance was uncompromising. The Empire ruled with power and fear, crushing the people, pitting them against one another; class versus class, rank over station.
The Empire put stars systems into conflict with one another, and the worlds within a given system at odds with each other. It was planet versus planet, clan versus clan, and family versus family.
The Empire sought to control every aspect of the individual’s life, down to what they thought. Everything they did was for the sake of the drama it produced, and fed to the Collective.
The interpersonal drama, conflict and strife, hope and fear, love and desire, these were the things the Collective craved, the Continuum cultivated, and the Empire delivered, like a sacred offering on a holy altar.
Every moment of an individual’s life was recorded and preserved for the consumption of the Collective.
The citizens of the Empire knew they were being watched, but they did not know the details, and the full extent of the scrutiny they were subject too. Only the Observers knew the scope of the information that was collected.
There was no freedom in the Empire, even among those who believed they were free.
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