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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-seven, Bureaucrat; Chapter Six, Quality Assurance

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 272, Saturday
September 29th, 2018

Chapter Six: Quality Assurance

His duties were to observe, report, and ensure that the work of government was carried out efficiently.

The empire provided service to a million worlds, and trillions of people.

There was food distribution, medicine, the military, the Imperial schools, and more important than any other institution, the Imperial Cult to attend to.

At no time did he ever drop his diligent attention to detail, not for a moment.

He oversaw the complex allocation of material resources designated as gifts to the gods. This was a process without end, an unceasing harvest of energy, of ore and silicates sent to the Central Planet, the home of the Gods, of the Continuum and the Collective.

He was tireless.

His life was completely bent on fulfilling every policy, to the letter.

In his former life he cared for the miners and the planet harvesters, people who lived their entire working lives in space, crushing asteroids, breaking up planets and their satellites, smelting ore and separating the elements.

They lived short lives, they were prisoners, and outcasts. They came from every station.

Now, he spent lives as easily as he would spend credits on his dinner. He let go of all his former closely held morality, that which propelled him as a revolutionary, he abandoned it in service to the Empire.

He became a living reminder to his peers regarding the necessity of protocol.  

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