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“All men reach and fall…
… And Fall.”
-Ptolemy of Egypt
On the patch of every Stratego uniform there is a crest which depicts a Phoenix rising from the ashes.
The only other political body which also wears this insignia is the personal cabinet of the Consular elect — now wishing to be recognized as President-Emperor… This icon keeps the Stratego bonded closely with the Executive body politic, shifting roles into Empire once again–as we, man, ‘inevitably’ do–it seems… No longer will we be enslaved to the wiles of insipid bureaucrats and impotent career politicians; faith would be held in the iconography of the ‘Phoenix,’ trusting that in her wisdom she shall watch over her children, cloaking them graciously in the radiance of her wing.
Okay–maybe. That’s the idea you’re supposed to get, anyhow, from the posters. The quickly thrown together commercial was equally thrown together as the ‘Republic,’ and the world was quickly morphing into the ‘Empire’ it always secretly seemed it wanted to be. No one is quite sure when it exactly happened. These ‘Phoenix borne’ as they call their administration (without Frosty necessarily condemning or condoning it, he was technically in the brotherhood of the Phoenix), now push forward the kind of propaganda which older generations of the past had seen before, images only differing in name, brothers, with inserting a new name for them, brothers killed and brothers survived at arms, and all only for an investment into an ‘appearance of’ change–as regimes shifted hands. As the representatives of the people fight for stability, they also seek extraneous glory, when elected. Nothing new here. They are seeking out a sense of beauty cast in bronze, the Platonic ‘baser’ metal, they have bronze souls, and for the image it reflects of themselves—a thin layer of gold coating, perhaps, an aluminum foil over cold iron, which is a small cost for its affect over the host’s guests, or whatever audience, as a symbol of the heights of sort in mastery of deception, and the wicked public arts… Guests: who are constantly reminded by that doing well tonight, within their own personal performances, may make their life quite a leap better–at least for their bank accounts–but don’t they also immediately place you on the defensive, as a tactic in power dynamics, as if by default?
To the Stratego these flatteries must be stoically ignored, it impedes in the negotiating process, with synthetic favors, meant only for leveraging.
But for almost everyone else it was true, you had better believe the message is understood, and having every bit of its intended effect unwanted, Frosty would cast the salesman out with analysis, searching out the logical fallacies in short-sighted elements of their plan. They see that he who flies straight with the ‘Phoenix formation,’ so to speak, flies well… and he who does not fly in formation, is quickly spotted out, by old owls, in the establishment, haunting every hierarchy.
Quoted, -‘Wikipedia 2016’
The Casement Case:
****Casement was a British consul in the early 20th century who was sent to investigate the exploitation of labor and to report back for the Peruvian government’s review of his findings. What came back shocked the world.****
****The Native American laborers were treated beyond brutally, and Sir Roger Casement was to die remembered by posterity as a renowned human rights campaigner for exposing this.****
****You see, this location was a large source of rubber once, back when that industry was more important. It was an economic asset. Casement uncovered the inhuman treatment, and was essentially silenced, even hanged, for what came to be known as “the evil black diary.”****
[When the Roman Republic was founded
… in 509 BC, the Roman people were
divided into a total of thirty ‘curiae’. The curiae were organized on
the basis of the family, and thus the ethnic structure of early Rome.
Each curia even had its own festivals, gods, and religious rites…
While the plebeians each belonged to a particular curia, only
patricians could actually vote in the Curiate Assembly.”
… was generally held by young men intending to
follow the cursus honorum
to high political office, traditionally
after their quaestorship but before their praetorship. It was not a
compulsory part of the cursus, and hence a former quaestor could be
elected to the praetorship without having held the position of aedile.
However, it was an advantageous position to hold because it
demonstrated the aspiring politician’s commitment to public service,
as well as giving him the opportunity to hold public festivals and
games, an excellent way to increase his name recognition and
Powers of the office:
[The Roman Lawyer turned Co-Consul and First Man of Rome] Cicero (Legg. iii. 3, 7) [the Statesman] divides these functions under three heads:
(1) Care of the city: … the care of public
morals generally, including the prevention of foreign superstitions.
They also punished those who had too large a share of the ager
publicus, or kept too many cattle on the state pastures.
(2) Care of provisions: …
(3) Care of the games: superintendence and organization of the public
games, as well as of those given by themselves and private individuals
(e.g. at funerals) at their own expense. Ambitious persons often spent
enormous sums in this manner to win the popular favor with a view to
Powers of the office:
“… and Fall of the Roman Republic. After 27 BC…
“Although the Plebeian Council survived the fall of the Roman
Republic, it quickly lost its legislative, judicial and electoral
powers to the senate.
The Plebeian Council disappeared shortly after the reign of Tiberius… By virtue of their status as perpetual tribunes,
both Julius Caesar and the Emperor Augustus always had absolute
control over the Plebeian Council.
Augustus took for
himself its powers over various religious duties.
By stripping it of
its powers over temples, Augustus effectively destroyed the office, by
taking from it its original function.
After this point, few people
were willing to hold such a powerless office, and Augustus was even
known to compel individuals
into holding the office.”
Quote source: wiki, on:
‘Draco, the statesman, ‘:
“The laws were particularly harsh. For example, any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor was forced into slavery.
The punishment was more lenient for those owing a debt to a member of a lower class.
The death penalty was the punishment for even minor offences, such as stealing a cabbage.
Concerning the liberal use of the death penalty in the Draconic code, Plutarch states:
It is said that Drakon himself, when asked why he had fixed the punishment of death for most offences, answered that he considered these lesser crimes to deserve it, and he had no greater punishment for more important ones.
“A written code to be enforced only by a court of law, the Draconian Constitution… was written in response to the unjust interpretation and modification of oral law by Athenian aristocrats.”
~621 BC the people of Athena commissioned Draco to devise a written law code which could be read by anyone literate, and accessed by everyone. This enactment of a rule of law was an early manifestation of Athenian democracy.
Draco introduced the concepts of intentional and unintentional homicide, with both crimes being adjudicated at the Areopagus.
The Areopagus translated “the hill of Ares.”
“Since murder cases were tried by the state, feuds as a form of justice became illegal.”
“The homicide laws were the only laws retained by the early-6th-century BC Solonian Constitution.”
“The Solonian constitution was created by Solon in the early 6th century BC. At the time of Solon the Athenian State was almost falling to pieces in consequence of dissensions between the parties into which the population was divided. Solon wanted to revise or abolish the older laws of Draco. He promulgated a code of laws embracing the whole of public and private life, the salutary effects of which lasted long after the end of his constitution.”
“Under Solon’s reforms, all debts were abolished and all debt-slaves were freed. The status of the hectemoroi (the “one-sixth workers”), who farmed in an early form of serfdom, was also abolished.”
Solon’s constitution reduced the power of the old aristocracy by making wealth rather than birth a criterion for holding political positions, a system called timokratia (timocracy). Citizens were also divided based on their land production…”
“The lower assembly was given the right to hear appeals, and Solon also created the higher assembly. Both of these were meant to decrease the power of the Areopagus, the aristocratic council. The only parts of Draconian constitution that Solon kept were the laws regarding homicide. The constitution was written as poetry, and as soon as it was introduced, Solon went into self-imposed exile for ten years so he would not be tempted to take power as a tyrant.”
“Solon, who enjoyed the confidence of all parties on account of his tried insight and sound judgment, was chosen archon by a compromise, with full power to put an end to the difficulties, and to restore peace by means of legislation.”
“Referred to as the Athenian governing council, later restricted to the Athenian judicial council or court that tried cases of deliberate homicide… also including cases involving arson of olive trees [(lol)].”
“The War God Ares was supposed to have been tried by the other gods on the Areopagus for the murder of Poseidon’s son…”
“In 594 BC, the Areopagus was heavily restructured by Solon, as was the rest of the Athenian state. Aristotle suggests that he confirmed its competence over cases of treason (eisangelia, εἰσαγγελία) and its guardianship of the laws (nomophylakia, νομοφυλακία). Solon’s entrusting of the nomophylakia to the Areopagus may imply that the council was invested with maintaining the stability of his reforms after he left Athens.”
“Acts 17:16-34 prominently features the Areopagus as the setting for the Apostle Paul’s Areopagus sermon during his visit to Athens, notably leading to the conversion of Dionysius the Areopagite. However, it is unclear whether Paul gave his speech before the Areopagus council in the setting of a judicial investigation or trial, or on the physical location of the Areopagus hill as an informal speech. Additionally, the Areopagus likely would not have met on the actual Areopagus hill by the time of Paul’s visit, but rather in the agora or the Stoa Basileios.”
“The English poet John Milton titled his defence of freedom of the press “Areopagitica”, arguing that the censors of ancient Athens, based at the Areopagus, had not practiced the kind of prior restraint of publication being called for in the English Parliament of Milton’s time.”
“The exact origin of the Areopagus is unclear. In pre-classical times (before the 5th century BC), the Areopagus may have been a council of elders for the city of Athens, and membership was restricted to those who had held high public office, in this case that of Archon. Conversely, it may have also begun almost exclusively as a homicide court and judicial body. While there is no true consensus, homicide trials seem to have been held on the Areopagus hill as early as the 7th century BC and possibly as far back as the mid-8th century BC.”
Frosty: “D you know where we, financially speaking, are holding our strongest attention?”
“Hmm, do you mean like on military spending?”
“Well, yes, sort of. Just, everything, what we direction we are most committed into going?” The UE State had made most of its money by amassing a fleet with which to defend itself against the ‘Utopiaoid Moon Colony,’ who had now become the ‘Asteroid Colony’ (according latest intel. reports). Now nobody wants endless fleets of medium flying ship fighters and jets. In the outer cities where things hit their bottom, things also started connecting again. Gears start turning that had stopped, and things seemed to have begun to re-organize.
Now this arsenal of fighter-ships are hoarded in voluminous garages; thousands of pilots are trained and at the ready, with no real expectations of challenging conflict. Most of them are used in military incursions now, not piloting their aircraft. They are kept sharp, dutifully, some of them come by the airfields and keep up practice, but hardly any of them have seen aerial combat, there was only one period where their was any of that going on, and that was just at the primary point of confusion, at the Asteroid and Moon Colony disappreaing, and so only the older pilots actually saw any real combat with the airships—a few veterans, maybe a handful. Most of the culture enjoys fine-dining and luxurious parties, having heard no sign for years by the colony, and assuming their attentions were to just pick up and leave after all. Although this is a sign of wealth within a civilization, the partying it can also be a signaling of disease, for saboteurs it’s an entry point, and general paranoia ensues because of this. Charming, infiltrating, people are just so clever, and no matter where you go you’ll find some, grinning their way into some angle.
Frosty lectured, and his vast education became very obvious to the young security officer. Flying down to the sublevels of Adobe Tower, the pair found a brief moment of pause at some congestion leading into a shipping bay that was unconnected to the tower. Much of the storage areas of the UE military were located off-site, amongst the clutter of the villages below. At a traffic stop, the two men in the transport pod wait to be cleared by a security tunnel leading into the large storage bays. There was a refreshment cart making its way toward them—it might be quite a long wait. The two men settled in, getting comfortable. The conversation had died down a minute. Frosty pulled out some plans, concerning …
“And if you see them in this negative light, why do you work for their benefit, sir—If I may speak freely.”
“Of course!“ … “I hardly allow the Empire to decide what I believe to be genuine, nor what advice ill to impart on my friends. No, nothing is ever changed, nor improved, that way.”
“That hardly sounds like something a Stratego would be sanctioned to say…”?
“…Well I see the ‘Empire’ more as a sort of symbol, than anything else. Essentially, they are but over-glorified office employess, their buildings mere office complexes; some are military storage units, composing a vast majority of the cubic area of the entire citadel in mere storage containers, and unusable flight ships. No, I see these towers as a symbol—a reminder—of what an enormity of a task it would be to scale them… to reinvent the wheel, to raise one’s lot in this life to think you can compete on ‘that’ level. I thinks to suppress the persons who live around here, themselves, on a psychological level, and to undermine them in other ways as well…”
“Very true. You are an earnest man, Gordon.”
The Transport Officer is intrigued by the passionate detailing of recent history, the stratego, this man, was more than he had expected, and wasn’t the official kind of man he had prepared for. He felt that he could speak quite freely with Frosty. “How unfortunate it is, that the mentality of those in power has not necessarily grown alongside it, don’t you think?”
“Oh yeah! Yes, I can agree with you there.” …
***Into his…he says: “The thirty curiae of the Ancient Roman Republic”
and he continues speaking, without breaking his flow…
One of Gordon’s bookmarked quotes transitioned into view:
“Of this round World, whose first convex divides
The luminous inferior Orbs, enclos’d [ 420 ]
From Chaos and th’ inroad of Darkness old,
… a Globe farr off
It seem’d, now seems a boundless Continent
Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of Night
Starless expos’d, and ever-threatning storms [ 425 ]
Of Chaos blustring round, inclement skie;”
-Book III, ‘Paradise Lost’ by John Milton.
****This black diary was important for the ridiculous scandal which brought focus to it, on the possibility of forgery. The real joke, however, if not outright travesty, was the entire controversy pinged on the dairy’s egregiously obvious indication that the writer was a homosexual. Casement was hanged in Ireland, charged and confirmed prematurely as a bonafide homosexual.****
****But it was proven a forgery, in court, later on. He died in complete shambles, goes out in utter shame, his reputation is shattered after the contents of this extraordinarily explicit descriptions within the black diary. In what is now called “the Normand Theory” a recount of the****
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