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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-six, Conflict; Chapter Six, Reaction

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 335, Saturday
December 1st, 2018

Chapter Six: Reaction

There were leaks of information through the intelligence services. No-one serving in the insurrection was there for altruistic reasons.

Everyone was looking for opportunities to advance, and with the destruction of the majority of the Imperial fleet, the reward was immediate. Ranks and social standing were being recalibrated in real time.

The rebels only had to succeed, and then get the temple to ratify their movement.

In the Empire, among its million worlds, the news was devastating to those who were trying to uphold the existing order.

There was widespread mayhem, there was chaos, there were thousands of years of pent up rage being expressed.

The Imperial news sources could not keep a lid on it, every planet was in crisis, and the emergency news traffic was designed to be unfiltered.

As the conflict ensued and reached its boiling point, suddenly the untouchables and outcasts threw their hands in, in one great uncoordinated wave, they were reaching for their freedom and they would not be denied.

On every world the priesthood struggled to make sense of things, but they could not, and they could not appease the masses.

They waivered for a time, and then began to side with the people.

The plebs wanted revolution, they wanted freedom.

Those who could not see the change coming, discovered it in sudden, terrible violence.

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