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"Who asks for justice? We make our own justice. We make it here on Arrakis—win or die. Let us not rail about justice as long as we have arms and the freedom to use them"
Duke Leto Atreides I, Dune

A list of stories about the OU was running through my head. How they supposedly had a secret network throughout the country. How they had members from all strata of society - public servants, farmers, doctors, mechanics, priests, IT workers, dock workers, lawyers, teacher - any sort of people you cared to name. How they were waging a hidden campaign against the security laws, against the detention laws, against the US bases, against our involvement in all the wars - in other words, against just about everything that had happened in Australia over the last decade, all the way back to the September 11 attacks. How they had hundreds of safe houses from city to city, and ferried all kinds of illegal persons between them. How they had reportedly sabotaged US army vehicles or ambushed AFP roadblocks or broken imprisoned dissenters out of jail. How they scrawled their catchcry on billboards and brick walls and battleships, only to have it hastily painted over by the authorities: "Free Australia!" The words always accompanied by the drawing of an upside-down Southern Cross.
Phantoms. Except, here was one of them.
Underground, by Andrew McGahan

On that day, in that moment, they began to make their plans. Somehow they would seek out whatever remnants of UnConSciya had survived the summer purges, and begin to regain their trust and rebuild the resistance. Levin would secretly seal off one corner of his mine, ensuring there was enough of the Miracle Metal left for him to begin experiments. Quietly, invisibly, they would keep humanity's flame burning until the Golden Hope could finally fly free. Someday, they would a way to overturn the evil that Karenin had brought to their world, no matter the lengths to which they must go.
Android Karenina

Live-action TV

Webb: That's it?! What about closing the Sanctuary, what about jobs?
Det. Preston: The Governor intends to form a committee to look into the problems facing the District residents.
Sisko: So what you're telling us is that nothing is going to change.
Preston: I wouldn't say that. But change takes time...
Sisko: You've run out of time.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Past Tense Pt. 2"


Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we'll come from the shadows
La Complainte du Partisan

We are the ones who break the jail bars in two for our brothers,
hunger drives, hate pursues, misery binds us to one another.

There are countries where people sleep without a care and lie dreaming.
But here, do you see, we march on, we kill on, we die screaming.


Do you hear the people sing/ singing a song of angry men
It is the music of a people/ who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart/ echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start/ when tomorrow comes!
Do You Hear the People Sing?, Les Misérables

Tabletop Games

A month after the Panopticon begins Contingency Six, prison camps in Utah and Siberia fall. Rapid Correspondence Effects and warding transport the attackers to each camp's perimeters. Teams of black-clad killers use magically-enhanced guns and explosives to blast through the opposition, then teleport out with as many prisoners as possible. The wrecked command posts in both camps bear the same spray-painted stencil: a Sphinx with "The Hollow Railroad Was Here" emblazoned beneath it.
The word spreads through occult circles: the Darklings are done with posing; from now on, they'll use their magic to forge culture into a spear headed for the heart of the Technocracy. The Hollow Revolution attacks many fronts. Rabble-rousers haunt the speakers that appear in the wake of WAC curfews. The Hollow Ones have always been attuned to the spirit of the age; Sleepers take notice of what they have to say and begin to protest against lost freedoms and missing friends. [...] The Hollowers light a spark, and in the hands of the Traditions, it quickly grows into an all-consuming revolutionary flame.
—"Judgement," Mage: The Ascension - Ascension

Video Games

"We drink to our youth
To days come and gone
For the Age of Oppression
is now nearly done
We'll drive out the Empire
From this land that we own
With our blood and our steel
We'll take back our home"


"Why do humans keep thinking that minimum wage buys undying loyalty?"
Sam Starfall, Freefall [1]

"Ah, yes, a rag-tag group of heroes... The evil overlord's biggest weakness."
George, Bob and George

Web Original

"Contrary to the beliefs/wishes of many, revolution, broadly considered, is a wholly straightforward phenomenon that has nothing to do with the supposed apathy of a population. Take any population and give them high unemployment, particularly high unemployment among younger and more educated citizens, remove all evidence of a long-term solution or even that the government cares about this, add in rising food prices, and crank up the temperatures to summer levels and you will have an explosion."

Real Life

"Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished. Tomorrow, as today, I will speak on the radio from London."
General Charles de Gaulle

You did not bear the shame.

You resisted.

You bestowed the eternally vigilant symbol of change

by sacrificing your lives for freedom, justice, and honor.
Memorial to the German Resistance

The history of the European Resistance movements is largely mythological, since...the legitimacy of post-war regimes and governments essentially rested on their Resistance record. France is the extreme case, because there the governments after Liberation lacked all real continuity with the French government of 1940, which had made peace and cooperated with the Germans, and because organized, and let alone armed, resistance had been rather weak, at any rate until 1944, and popular support for it had been patchy. Post-war France was rebuilt by General de Gaulle on the basis of the myth that, essentially, the eternal France had never accepted defeat. As he himself put it, "Resistance was a bluff that came off"...It was an act of policy that the only fighters in the Second World War commemorated on French war memorials today are Resistance fighters, and those who joined De Gaulle's forces.
Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes

Two things must be said about European Resistance movements. First, their military importance...was negligible before Italy withdrew from the war in 1943, and not decisive anywhere except perhaps in parts of the Balkans. One must repeat that their major significance was political and moral.
Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!"
Mario Savio

"If they aren’t able to destroy the desire for freedom, they won’t break you. They won’t break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then we’ll see the rising of the moon. I believe and stand by the God-given right of the Irish nation to sovereign independence, and the right of any Irishman or woman to assert this right in armed revolution."
Bobby Sands

"Conquered, we conquer."

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

"Two principles have stood face-to-face from the beginning of time; and they will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the Divine Right of Kings."

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

"My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right."
Carl Schurz

"But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?"


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