Troperia Galactica - Intergalactic Discussion Forum:
edited 22nd Aug '12 3:12:20 AM by SOCR
edited 22nd Aug '12 1:57:58 PM by Colonial1.1
edited 26th Aug '12 8:40:39 AM by Parable
edited 26th Aug '12 7:00:08 PM by SullenFrog
The gods do not smile on the Ark Reach Overcolony. One cannot deny that under the rule of Dis Baba, he who has claimed for himself the title of Imperator, that polity has grown to be the largest and most influential of our glorious Imperium’s successor states, and that they have made great strides to represent the Kin species on the galactic stage in these trying times. Were this all that I had to say about the Overcolony and its sovereign, I would have no qualms with it whatsoever. It would be seen as an exemplar of Kin society, a shining ideal of how our great people recovered from the destruction we endured in the Time of Trials. However, for all its power and clout, the Ark Reach Overcolony has ultimately proven to be a crass mockery of what our society should be, a pale shadow of the Imperium’s former glory. Though he has made great strides in many respects, Dis Baba has proven himself a recusant of the highest order; he has abandoned many of our people’s oldest and most sacred traditions in order to ensure that his reign goes unquestioned. This is a man who has disavowed any belief in the spiritual and the ethereal, a man who refuses to countenance that there might be more to the nature of reality and our place within it than can be perceived with one’s bare senses. This is a man who seeks a total separation of religion and the state, along with the eradication of the former; he claims that his secular worldview exists to promote tolerance, goodwill and unity amongst the disparate polities of the Kin species. But answer me this; when a man preaches a message of tolerance, goodwill and unity, yet condemns those who would express belief in the old ways as being afflicted with delusions and madness and forces them to submit to re-education, exile or execution, what can he be called if not a hypocrite? And then there is the matter of how he is viewed by his subjects; were you to speak to any citizen of the Ark Reach Overcolony, it would be immediately obvious that their adoration of their imperator extends far beyond the natural deference all other castes have towards those who command. They will hold that Dis Baba’s conception was immaculate, that he was born to genitors of low birth despite a clear air of nobility; they will claim that he was born with the intelligence, wisdom and prowess of one who has lived for decades, and they will claim that he had managed to unite all the warring hivestates of his birthworld whether through diplomacy or through combat by the age of two—an age in which most protolarvae have yet to master something so basic as creating their own shells. They will even claim that he was born already encased within a shell, for that matter, and they will claim that his combat process is so great that he has singlehandedly brought entire worlds to heel. Blatant falsehoods and exaggerations all, yet Baba of Dis—for all his talk of enlightenment and the proliferation of fact over fiction—allows these absurdist rumours to circulate as they will. And so great is his people’s belief in his exploits that they have dubbed him Paragon, the ultimate embodiment of our species’ most excellent qualities; in short, they have labelled him as a perfect and infallible being—and judging from the fact that he has since adopted this title officially, it is clear that Dis Baba has no qualms about deceiving his subjects into viewing him as a figure of near-divine status. Such arrogance and hypocrisy are not the sole failings of this allegedly ‘perfect’ being, however; under his leadership, the Ark Reach Overcolony is now part of the same political body as the other Not-Kin—a political body which not only counts the vile Molo’Qraaat amongst its ranks, but also includes the three human polities as well, giving them an effective majority in the terms of their democratic government. With their majority, the humans—humans who, it should be noted, were barely involved in the Time of Trials yet possessed an inordinate amount of sway in the proceedings which prematurely ended that war—have the power to overturn nearly any decision that the Overcolony and the other races of the known galaxy might make. Worse, their transparent favouritism towards the Molo’Qraaat will ensure that the vile assassins will receive an inordinate amount of goodwill and leverage, while those who have suffered at their hands—our own species, and our neighbours, the Doturi—shall receive no recompense for the unimaginable destruction our peoples were forced to endure. By joining this body, Baba of Dis has allowed his Overcolony—and by extension, the Kin as a species—to appear weak and subservient to the human foreigners. That his spokesman, Tofismet of Zael, has been elected chairman of that body is but an empty concession, a transparent bribe that the humans have used to keep the Kin complacent and in line with their agenda. And what is their agenda, you may ask? That should be obvious; for between the fact that their three nations comprise a sizeable fraction of the body’s leadership and their own religious institutions have made a habit of sending out ‘missionaries’ to proselytize the other races of this galaxy, to indoctrinate them into belief in their Christ god, what else could their agenda be but to ensure human dominance over all other forms of sapient life? But I digress. Some may be willing to accept that their nation has become a pawn of these extragalactic foreigners. I am not. Some may be willing to accept having their beliefs, which have stood tall and proud for thousands of orbital periods, trampled upon and replaced with either the cold hand of science and rationality, or the imposed creed of an alien deity who brooks worship from no gods other than itself. I am not. Some may be willing to forgive Baba of Dis for his hypocrisy, his arrogance, and for leading our people down the path to ruin. I am not. The Silent Crusade, as most of the Not-Kin refer to it, was a test from the gods to see if we were worthy of their favour; we failed that test. If we are to regain their favour, the old ways must be upheld and strong leadership is required; in both these respects, Baba of Dis has failed. Our self-appointed Imperator is not fit to bear the burden of rule; if the Imperium is to be reborn, our polities must be united under a firm hand. The Ark Reach Overcolony has had its time in the sun, but its day is done; now it rots under the weight of its own impurities. Faith and righteousness; these are the traits that will lead us to recapture the glory of our illustrious Imperium, and through them we shall endure. I do not ask you to abandon your own traditions and flock to my side; all I ask is that you consider my words. I do not command absolute obedience, for that is not my right; only the gods may do that. Consider my words, my brethren, and know that no matter what you decide, the Hrakk’gahrrt Solar Dominion will gladly welcome you with open arms. I am Gahddron of K’shyahl, Arch-Prophet of the Hrakk’gahrrt Solar Dominion, and I approve this message.
edited 26th Aug '12 7:16:55 PM by SullenFrog