A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, April 15th, 2019
Chapter Four: Enemies
Rebel cells were intrinsically xenophobic. They had to be for the sake of their survival, not just for operational security.
Those who harbored rebellion in the hearts had to be conditioned to see every other person or group as an enemy. This was not hard to accomplish, the more difficult task was getting any citizen of the Empire to trust anyone else even for a brief period of time.
Paranoia was paramount in the hearts and minds of everyone.
Even members of their own cabal had to be seen as potential threats, to be treated as such, because it had to be assumed that anyone could turn against you at any time.
That was reality, betrayal was a way of life.
There was no middle ground, the understanding was always this: you were either with us or against us.
Dissent would not be tolerated, fidelity to the organizing principle was more exacting than the faith of the Imperial cult.
Revolution is a zero-sum game. You either held ground in the hearts and minds of the rebel forces or you did not.
Ideologies were constructed with the expectations for crime and punishment built in as inherent features.
There were never any surprises.
Everyone had a breaking point at which they turned against their own.
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