Sunday, 7 February 2016
British politics historically were Conservative or Liberal but then became, mainly, Conservative or Labor;
US politics, beneath or behind the Party system, are conservative or liberal;
Larry Niven's Pierrson's Puppeteers' politics are Conservative or Experimentalist;
Draka politics are Conservative or Militant;
New Virginian politics are Conservative or Imperialist.
Conservatives are ubiquitous. However, on reflection, it makes sense that, in any society, opinions are divided between a conservative faction and an alternative. Ancient China had conformist Confucians and anarchic Taoists with imported Buddhism maybe providing a synthesis.
In New Virginia, Conservatives, the Rolfes and their allies, believe in minimal footprint FirstSide and limited expansion Other Side whereas Imperialists, the Collettas and the Batyushkovs, want to conquer Other Side and enslave all the natives. The Bats might also retain ambitions in FirstSide Russia.
Imperialists sound like Draka. Suddenly it is important that they do not control the Gate.