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Monday, December 3, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-seven, Tactics; Chapter One, Ground

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 337, Monday
December 3rd, 2018

Chapter One: Ground

The rules of warfare are universal.

In war, the ground you occupy and the ground you move into, the ground you had occupied and the ground you will occupy; the ground determines everything.

The tactician must think of ground as both something literal, and something metaphorical. Ground is the field within which a conflict takes place.

There are many fields of activity leading up to actual combat.

War most often begins in the fields of commerce and politics, in those fields it is waged through trade, monetary policy, and diplomacy.

Ground can refer to an actual battlefield on land, or at sea. Ground can be fixed or mobile. Ground can be the vector of an aerial engagement.

In space combat ground is a metaphor for the matrix of complex actions occurring in multiple vectors.

Ground is multidimensional.

In space combat everything is in motion, and the ground itself is in constant flux, always changing. The combat commander must be able to calculate every variable, instantly calculating logarithms in their head.

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