A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 315, Monday
November 12th, 2018
Chapter One: Genetic
The Imperial system did everything it could to sew divisions among the people; between individuals, families, tribes, and worlds, between castes, and between ranks.
The Empire was masterful at it.
Paradoxically, it managed to foment all of that division, by dogmatically focusing the attention of every person on the things that actually united them.
Many things united the people of the Empire, such as; language, cult and custom.
Brothers and sisters, cousins, they might compete tirelessly with one another for position in their family unit, but they would reflexively protect the social status of the family itself, just as families would do within their tribal and national structures, as tribes and nations would relate to their home world.
Fear, and hope were among the most powerful forces establishing this mutuality, and commonality throughout the worlds. There was perpetual conflict, politicking, and maneuvering for gain.
The children of the Ancients evolved in different ways, on their disparate worlds, with differing gravity, differing atmospheres, with different stars to look up at, and different fates to contemplate.
Remaining unified was a critical component of survival, but the things that differentiated people from one another remained primary.
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