Emergence 3.0 – Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part Three, Breeding; Chapter Two, Hypothesis

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Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Chapter Two: Hypothesis

Jim understood a great deal about the phenomenon of consciousness. The Collective had been engineered on the basis of its science.

Jim’s personal history, suggested to him that he had been among the original members of the Collective, he had been one of the engineers who had built the first machines that captured the essence of the individual to house them in a perpetual state of being.

He had seen the early failures and witnessed their first successes, and he had been among the first volunteers to enter the Collective, once the technologies had been perfected.

He possessed these memories, though he was doubtful of whether they actually belonged to him, but even if they were not his own, he owned them now. He owned them completely.

He understood that consciousness is essentially an electromagnetic phenomenon. He did not understand why consciousness of the type that the Ancient People possessed, had emerged in his ancestors but nowhere else in the known galaxy, except for possibly on the planet Earth.

Jim theorized that there was as element at work in the cognitive process of human-beings, nanoparticles of magnetite, which had bonded with the human brain in a strong link, connecting each person to its magnetic field and through that field to one another, thereby creating a field of cynergy not un-like the Collective.

The type of consciousness which the Ancient People possessed was not merely a product of their genetic endowment, it was also a function of their interaction with a unique environment.

He theorized that no species could advance to the point of becoming a spacefaring civilization if their home planet did not have these properties, properties which allowed the inhabitants to connect with one another through a subconscious field.

Creativity and inventiveness happened there, through unconscious collaboration, in the nous-sphere.

Jim came to believe that the Ancient People had created the Collective at the height of their scientific achievement, on a world that had these same properties, they traveled to, built colonies and seeded life on a million other worlds that did not have such properties, while in the meantime, their cradle-star went supernova and destroy the planet of their birth.

He could not go back and study it to confirm his hypothesis.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Four, Mele

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Day 354, Thursday
December 20th, 2018

Chapter Four: Mele

Every soldier knew that certain death awaited them, they were past the point of caring.

They had accepted it.

The expeditionary forces were gallant, remaining calm and poised even as every other ship in their coterie was blown to pieces.

Only a tiny group of senior commanders appeared nervous, those who had something to lose. They were agitated and sweating, everyone except the High Priest, a legendary figure that virtually every soldier worshipped as a living God.

They landed under heavy fire, seemingly led by the volleys of missiles and energy weapons to a specific location.

There was gravity, and there was an envelope of oxygen on the heated metal surface of HomeWorld.

They were expected.

They knew that there was no retreat. They had to advance or perish.

They did both, advancing a little while being slaughtered en masse.

They were met by a myriad of drones as they tread across the lighted surface. A single drone had the power to cut through the shell of a planet, they were more deadly than anything in the imperial armada.

The drones cut the landing power down to a small contingent.

They found their way to a vestibule that led them into the infrastructure of HomeWorld. For a moment they felt safe.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-eight, Strategy; Chapter Seven, Engagement

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Day 350, Sunday
December 16th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Engagement

It was a glorious time. Jim felt it, and he struggled to suppress the feelings that were peaking at levels he had no memory of ever experiencing before.

Jim reveled in his victory; his long sought after victory over the Continuum, his victory over the Collective, and his impending victory over the approaching Imperial fleet.

He wanted nothing more than to prolong this moment, to stretch it out forever like the elongation of time at the event horizon of a singularity.

This moment was a singularity, for him.

As he watched the rebel fleet approach he wanted nothing more than to destroy it, to crush it, to send the survivors back with the knowledge that it was he who had defeated them, but he had competing desires, and some of them, the vainglorious ones, he had to set them aside for the moment and concentrate on the task at hand.

He had to allow a remnant in, He had to allow them to land on HomeWorld. He needed something from them in order to complete his takeover of the Collective and the apparatus of the Continuum

He also wanted credit, he wanted an acknowledgment from the Observer Corps and any other survivors of the Collective, he needed their endorsement of his hostile actions, he required their consent to pursue his agenda any further.

He required a majority of the Collective to support him, if he were to accomplish his goal.

He needed to winnow the field a little further. When it came to the moment that he forced them to make their choice, he had to leave them in a place where they would have only one choice.

It had to be life or death for Jim to prevail in the struggle.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-eight, Strategy; Chapter Five, Deception

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Day 348, Friday
December 14th, 2018

Chapter Five: Deception

Jim was piqued, his emotions high, as millions of years of careful planning and waiting were coming to their final end.

Jim absolutely opposed the Continuum and its Empire, and now the Continuum was gone, the Collective sequestered and shut down, the military powers of the Empire were on the brink of destruction.

All of his attention was focused on the task at hand. The final conflict with the most insidious and oppressive force that could ever have been imagined.

He despised the society his ancestors had created, the oppressive, artificial, all-consuming cowardice of it.

He had already become the greatest mass murderer in the history of the galaxy, and he was about to add to the count.

He intended to wipe away the entire structure that undergirded the Empire, to plunge a million worlds into darkness, to cut them off from one another where they could evolve on their own, free from the oppressive, overcontrol of the Imperium.

The first and second phases of his great endeavor were nearly complete, he was on the cusp of victory.

He would replace the machinery of the Imperial order with something new, with something that would reignite the passion of the ancient people, the passion for freedom, exploration, and risk taking.

He allowed the fleet in, just so it could be eliminated, the entire armada reduced to a single vessel.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-eight, Strategy; Chapter One, Objective

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Day 344, Monday
December 10th, 2018

Chapter One: Objective

Jim was the quintessential Observer.

In this moment he was free from the chemical sequences of a human body that might influence his decision making.

He watched the drama unfold, gathering data from a million instruments, from his command position in the control seat that was once held by the Continuum.

He was the Continuum now, his consciousness governed the vast apparatus of HomeWorld, of the entire Central System, of the machinery that once housed and protected the Collective.

The battle was spectacular, the movements of the fleet, the light and heat, the surprise and gallantry, the courage on display, and the cold calculation of death.

It was a grand work of art, an epic moment worthy of poetry, and song. And the entire thing was being recorded for dissemination through the Empire.

Jim was already editing the feed from the sensors, from the combatants, their communications, everything for transmission back to the Empire.

The people of the million worlds needed to know that the fleet would not return to punish them. The news would fuel the rebellion and make it complete.

His aim was to draw the fleet in toward the Central Planet, as close as possible, and then grind it to nothing.

That is exactly what he did.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-seven, Tactics; Chapter Seven, Range

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Day 342, Sunday
December 9th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Range

There were millions of bits of wreckage in motion, glowing in the light of plasma cannons, lasers and explosive fire.

In the ever-changing dynamics of ZeroG combat, the relative range between opponents was in constant flux, as well as the vector of any approach. Every action created an equal and opposite reaction.

Only energy weapons could close the gap between it targets from long range with ease and accuracy.

Every victory created new obstacles, sudden changes in the vectors of pilotless craft, the creation of debris fields, scattering in the void, every piece of wreckage was potentially a lethal projectile that all combatants sought to use to their advantage, either as a screen, a shield or a weapon.

These fields of destruction were so immense that they were beyond the ability of strategists to account for them, those commanders whose thinking was focused on the macro scale and long-term objectives.

Even the wing commanders, the battlefield tacticians who were responsible for coordinating the engagements in real time could not manage this aspect of combat effectively.

Every object had to be scanned and tracked, every possible danger had to be analyzed for threats. Data had to be sent to every commander in the fleet and every pilot of small craft.

Ultimately the effective use of debris came down to the close witness of pilots and space marines, in heavy battle armor.

Small engagements might not pose any threat at all to the Imperial powers, due to the superior fire power and overwhelming force they brought to the combat theatre, which was how their training dictated all engagements to be conducted.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-six, Conflict; Chapter One, Threat

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Day 330, Monday
November 26th, 2018

Chapter One: Threat

It was inconceivable that any force or power could threaten the Empire, the Continuum or the Collective.

They Observers believed that there were no unknowns.

There were millions of Observers living on every one of the million worlds in the Empire, occupying every class, and every station. They were in firm control of the apparatus of government and the most oppressive intelligence gathering system ever conceived of.

They were taken by surprise en masse.

The Observers were the first to sense the impending collapse of the Continuum. They understood that this was an existential threat both to the Collective and to themselves.

Some saw opportunity, but few of those understood how ready the citizens of the Empire were to burn down the Empire.

When the Observers did realize that something significant was happening, they opened their lines of communication to the Home World. Many traversed the distance to the Central System, only to be captured and sequestered, rendered powerless.

Others reacted with the powers they had to protect the Empire and the access points that they each maintained to carry them to home world.

They experienced life on the defensive for the first time.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-five, Possession; Chapter Six, Rites

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Day 327, Saturday
November 24th, 2018

Chapter Six: Rites

The sacred rites functioned like a drag net, drawing everyone in.

Every citizen was compelled to conform; the Empire would not accept anything less than complete obedience. Attendance at the temple was mandatory. Few people even attempted to resist, those that did were discovered and subjected to advanced conditioning.

If the priesthood was unable to change the will of the deviant, they were expelled, cast out, they became untouchable.

Conformation to the Imperial way was the focus of the Imperial schools as well. Conditioning of the head reinforced the conditioning of the heart.

The schools provided the intellectual apparatus of context for the religious rites to fill.

The rites of the Imperial cult were grand ceremonies, both simple and complex, they engaged the adherent at every level of their senses, they were imbued with hypnotic power.

The Empire’s goal was to supplant every natural communal bond, the bonds that every person formed instinctively with parents and siblings, with neighbors and classmates, in their villages, in their cities, on their planet of origin.

The deepest allegiance had to be to the Empire, and to the Continuum beyond it, they were based on the promise of a reward that was rarely given.

The priesthood used every device at its disposal, controlling the people with music and movement, with mantras and mandalas, through their diet and with drugs. They had honed their techniques over millions of years.

They never fully succeeded in this, and they never quit trying.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty-two, Fear; Chapter Seven, Annihilation

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Day 308, Sunday
November 4th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Annihilation

The teaching of the Imperial schools and most importantly the great religion of the Imperial Cult, its dogma and rituals, all of its spiritual practices, colluded to persuade the people into the complete subjugation of their will.

The spiritual goal as stated was for the individual to rise through every station of life, over the course of trillions of lifetimes, to ultimately be released from the wheel for the return to eternal source of all being.

It was a journey to nothing and nowhere.

Every link in the great chain of being must be connected.

While submission was the constant rule, the promised reward for lifetimes of servitude was the hope that you would be accepted by the Collective, absorbed into the Continuum, made into a Godlike being, given rulership over your own planet with absolute authority and complete security for eternity.

What was promised was antithetical to what was expected in practice. This dichotomy was understood and presented to the faithful as an essential mystery.

Faith and trust were the conditions that must be met in order to advance.

The Continuum examined the conscience of each person to measure their faith, their willingness to be absolved, their readiness for absolution, these conditions must be met, and be met perfectly before the individual could be accepted, and thus exalted.

The individual must be measured against every possible temptation, only then could they be allowed to pass through the veil.

In the practical reality of daily life, it was easy for a person to see failure all around them, they were taught not to judge those above them in rank, but to merely accept the mystery that they were engaged in. Judgement was nearly impossible to avoid, corruption was rampant in the higher castes.

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

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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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