Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-two, Fear; Chapter Four, Duty

Emergence 3.0
A Novel ā€“ In One Page Per Day
Day 305, Thursday
November 1st, 2018

Chapter Four: Duty

There were trillions of citizens in the Empire, spread across a million worlds, each and every one of them was conditioned to be joyful, but joyful only in the fulfillment of their duties, in the satisfaction of their role.

They were not.

This was the purported purpose of the Imperial schools, just as it was the stated aim of the Imperial cult.

These aims and goals were utterly meaningless, and the Empire failed completely to satisfy these ends.

Keep the eyes of the citizen focused on the daily tasks.

Keep the citizen obsequious and churlish.

Keep the citizens in a perpetual state of anxiety and terror.

Keep each person producing goods and service to feed the endless hunger of the Continuum.

The Empire succeeded in those goals.

The Empire processed the mineral wealth of planetary systems, sweeping asteroid belts, capturing comets, crushing whole worlds for their ores, their carbons, and their silicates, sending them on massive barges to the central planet.

It was tribute.

The Continuum used that wealth to grow the physical structures that housed the Collective.

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