Emergence: Section Six, The Empire; Collected Parts

 

Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Servant; Part Thirty-six

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 36, Servant

Chapters

01 The Oppressed

02 The Suppressed

03 The Repressed

04 The Depressed

05 Hostage

06 Victim

07 Convert

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter One: The Oppressed

Pt. 36, Ch. 01

The Empire ruled every civilization founded by the children of the Ancients; ruling with power, crushing the people.

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Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter Two: The Suppressed

Pt. 36, Ch. 02

Dissent was punished with brutish joy. Imperial police delighted in torture; feeding the appetites of the Continuum.

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Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter Three: The Repressed

Pt. 36, Ch. 03

Under the heel of the Imperial police; life was a struggle. Go unnoticed, blend in; these were the keys to survival.

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Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter Four: The Depressed  

Pt. 36, Ch. 04

Apart from the nobility, the lives of the people were sorrowful. Most were angry, without hope, desperate and alone.

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Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter Five: Hostage

Pt. 36, Ch. 05

He was a media darling before he developed a conscience. Then he turned his attention to the plight of the people.

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Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter Six: Victim  

Pt. 36, Pt. 06

The Imperial power built him up, reveled in his celebrity; then took him down. He became a sacrifice for the Empire.

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Servant; Part Thirty-six,

Chapter Seven: Convert

 

Pt. 36, Ch. 07

In the moment he lost everything; he gave in. Continuum restored him to life; an idol, newly created as a superstar.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 37, Bureaucrat

Chapters

01 Gatekeeper

02 Desk Jockey

03 Pencil Pusher

04 File Clerk

05 Monitor

06 Quality Assurance

07 Supervisor

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter One: Gatekeeper

Pt. 37, Ch. 01

He was an image of hope to the people, an example of a life rewarded after incredible suffering; symbol of re-birth.

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Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter Two: Desk Jockey

Pt. 37, Ch. 02

He was celebrated by both the Empire, and Continuum; as he moved from the lowest order into a position of authority.

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Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter Three: Pencil Pusher

Pt. 37, Ch. 03

From doorman to receptionist, to stenographer; his celebrity made him in demand. He rose up the hierarchy mindfully.

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Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter Four: File Clerk  

Pt. 37, Ch. 04

At his yearly reviews he was raised up, given more freedom. He relished it. He continued to look beyond his station.

#Emergence

 

Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter Five: Monitor

Pt. 37, Ch. 05

The Empire required controls at every level. In time he rose to a position of reporting on a wide range of activity.

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Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter Six: Quality Assurance  

Pt.37, Pt.06

Observe, report, ensure that the work of government is carried out efficiently; he never once dropped his diligence.

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Bureaucrat; Part Thirty-seven,

Chapter Seven: Supervisor

 

Pt.37, Ch.07

He became a chief administrator. There was no place left for him to rise, so they drafted him into military service.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

General; Part Thirty-eight

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 38, General

Chapters

01 Foot Soldier

02 Yeoman

03 Medic

04 Calvary

05 Pilot

06 Aide de Camp

07 Field Marshall

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter One: Foot Soldier

Pt. 38, Ch. 01

He lived in luxury he never imagined. Then they took it all away. He became a soldier, a new class, and went to war.

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General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter Two: Yeoman

Pt. 38, Ch. 02

After one year in combat they pulled him off the line; the Continuum loved his heroism, but it feared for his life.

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General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter Three: Medic

Pt. 38, Ch. 03

He was a good yeoman, but having seen him as a soldier, hero; the Collective wanted more. He went to war as a medic.

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General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter Four: Calvary  

Pt. 38, Ch. 04

As a rebel, a soldier; he mastered fear. As a medic he never shrank. His audience loved him, propelled him to glory.

#Emergence

 

General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter Five: Pilot

Pt. 38, Ch. 05

In the cavalry he mastered every type of combat craft; land, sea, air-space. His comrades worshipped him like a god.

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General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter Six: Aide de Camp  

Pt. 38, Pt. 06

He retired from combat patrols as the greatest Ace of the Empire, returning to the bureaucracy; groomed for command.

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General; Part Thirty-eight,

Chapter Seven: Field Marshall

 

Pt. 38, Ch. 07

He was elevated to Imperial Commandant. It was whispered; he was of the Continuum, an angelic messenger; a holy man.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Priest; Part Thirty-nine

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 39, Priest

Chapters

01 Oblate

02 Novice

03 Brother

04 Sister

05 Ordained

06 Abba

07 Overseer

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter One: Oblate

Pt. 39, Ch. 01

They raised him to the priesthood. Once again, he started on the lowest rung. He was tonsured; marked with humility.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Two: Novice

Pt. 39, Ch. 02

He took vows; of poverty, of obedience. He entered the sacred order; was initiated in the mysteries. He was servant.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Three: Brother

Pt. 39, Ch. 03

There was the priesthood, and the holy orders, he always went deep. He followed the paths of mystery, and austerity.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Four: Sister  

Pt. 39, Ch. 04

Since his days as a rebel, he was obedient, a follower, unquestioning, and then he met a woman, and he fell in love.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Five: Ordained

Pt. 39, Ch. 05

He was initiated into the mysteries, and ordained into the order of the priesthood; an officiant of the sacred rite.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Six: Abba  

Pt. 39, Pt. 06

His affair with the nun was illicit. It captivated his audience. They ensured it would continue. They made him Abba.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Seven: Overseer

 

Pt. 39, Ch. 07

He advanced despite his carnal crimes. The Continuum loved the intrigues of his cover-ups. They made him a Cardinal.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Faith; Part Forty

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 40, Faith

Chapters

01 Indoctrination

02 Dogma

03 Rites

04 Mystery

05 Belief

06 Orthodoxy

07 Unkowing

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter One: Indoctrination

Pt. 40, Ch. 01

Born a pleb; he fought the empire. It made him a star. He entered service; as a bureaucrat, and soldier, and priest.

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Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter Two: Dogma

Pt. 40, Ch. 02

He made his vow, took holy orders, immersed himself in the priesthood; feelings stirring inside. Truth set him free.

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Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter Three: Rites

Pt. 40, Ch. 03

He took the ritual seriously, as he did everything during his career. He knew they were empty, meaningless gestures.

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Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter Four: Mystery  

Pt. 40, Ch. 04

He was indoctrinated into the deepest mysteries; of salvation, and eternal life. He learned nothing, they were lies.

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Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter Five: Belief

Pt. 40, Ch. 05

He promoted the beliefs of the Empire; articulating the complex narratives that glued the imperial society together.

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Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter Six: Orthodoxy  

Pt. 40, Pt. 06

He learned the difference between belief and conviction; what you hold in your heart is not what you speak out loud.

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Faith; Part Forty,

Chapter Seven: Unknowing

 

Pt. 40, Ch. 07

There are no words available to articulate universal truth; every attempt to do so was both manipulative, and false.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Tradition; Part Forty-one

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 41, Tradition

Chapters

01 Story

02 Pietas

03 Custom

04 Classism

05 Socialism

06 Globalism

07 Universalism

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter One: Story

Pt. 41, Ch. 01

His life symbolized the faith of every citizen in the Empire. A million worlds followed him; put their hopes in him.

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Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter Two: Pietas

Pt. 41, Ch. 02

The perception of holiness mattered more than its reality. Image is everything, rhetoric was the measure of the day.

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Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter Three: Custom

Pt. 41, Ch. 03

For the rituals of the priesthood; every gesture was important, rippling through the lives of the faithful in rings.

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Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter Four: Classism  

Pt. 41, Ch. 04

The imperial system was held together by class, rank, ancestry and heredity. Everybody longed for a release from it.

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Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter Five: Socialism

Pt. 41, Ch. 05

Autonomy was an illusion; private property, self-direction. In truth, everything and everyone is owned by the state.

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Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter Six: Globalism  

Pt. 41, Pt. 06

To be at peace in the Empire a person had to accept the view that their happiness was an integral part of the whole.

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Tradition; Part Forty-one,

Chapter Seven: Universalism

 

Pt. 41, Ch. 07

Individual fulfillment came only through the chain of being; in which each person experienced life in every station.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Fear; Part Forty-two

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 42, Fear

Chapters

01 Loss

02 Pain

03 Shame

04 Duty

05 Honor

06 Perseverence

07 Annihilation

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter One: Loss

Pt. 42, Ch. 01

It was preached among the worlds; desire was the cause of sufferings. The faithful were reminded of this; every day.

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Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter Two: Pain

Pt. 42, Ch. 02

The people were taught that pain was necessary, and purgative; both as penance for sin and preparation for holiness.

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Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter Three: Shame

Pt. 42, Ch. 03

No matter what your Imperial rank, society’s focus was always on what you lacked, rather than what you had achieved.

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Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter Four: Duty  

Pt. 42, Ch. 04

There were trillions of citizens in the empire; who were conditioned to be joyful only in the fulfilling their duty.

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Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter Five: Honor

Pt. 42, Ch. 05

The imperial cult; selflessness was the way. Individuals sought absolution of self for the sake of the greater good.

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Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter Six: Perseverance  

Pt. 42, Pt. 06

Everyone looked up to those in the higher classes, of higher rank; coveting them, but the system destroyed them all.

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Fear; Part Forty-two,

Chapter Seven: Annihilation

 

Pt. 42, Ch. 07

The teaching of the imperial cult persuaded people into full submission. The spiritual goal was a return to nothing.

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