Saturday, 27 June 2015
The Terran Empire
the Policy Board;
the General Staff;
the civil service;
the officer corps;
Solar and extra-Solar aristocracies.
On one of the companion blogs (here), there are several articles about aspects of the Empire, e.g., Sector Governors.
Vice Admiral Kheraskov refers to "'...most informed citizens.'" (Young Flandry, p. 385)
However, I am not sure how citizens can be informed when Flandry tells us that important news is underplayed and trivialized while:
"'...more entertaining events can be manufactured to crowd it out of what passes for the public consciousness.'" (Flandry's Legacy, pp. 184-185)
Here, Flandry is casually contemptuous towards the bulk of the population. The Imperium is not alone in manipulating its own public consciousness. Their mortal enemies, the Merseians, plan:
"'...what to fee the Imperial academies, religions, an news media.'" (op. cit., p. 447)
None of this makes the Empire sound like a good period to live in.