A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 313, Friday
November 9th, 2018
Chapter Five: The Believers
The conditioning that every citizen underwent through the Imperial schools and the Imperial cult was extraordinary.
Very few citizens were able to resist it.
Among the armed forces the standard conditioning was augmented by a force of cohesion known as esprit de corps.
The ordinary soldier did not doubt the vision of advancement, of resurrection, reincarnation, and eternal life, as promised by the Empire through the great religion. More than anything else they were focused on those rewards.
This made them a very dangerous enemy.
The rank and file soldier could not afford to doubt the things they had been taught. Their willingness to sacrifice themselves depended on it.
Doubt would cripple them in combat, it would leave them vulnerable to feelings of shame at the horrors they were routinely asked to commit.
They risked everything for those beliefs, for fidelity to the Empire, the royal family, the high priesthood, and the promise of the Continuum, including both their own lives, as well as the lives of those under their command.
They would follow any order, and obey the chain of command.
It made killing their enemies easy and all of their crimes forgivable.
Any person, or planet that they were ordered to attack was in fact a non-entity.
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