Friday, 14 October 2016
Grudges And Grievances
Benoni Strang resents his upbringing on Hermes;
Fenross resents his earlier encounters with Flandry -
- and two embittered species whose earlier experiences we do see:
the Baburites resent their defeat by a representative of the Polesotechnic League;
the Merseians resent the help that they receive from the League.
One of Nicholas van Rijn's employees outwits the Baburites; another helps Merseia.
Strang organizes the Baburites to occupy Hermes. Fenross tries to get Flandry killed by Merseians. In that sense, Fenross and the Merseians are almost collaborators - just as Doyle and Moriarty collaborate to (try to) kill Holmes.
The Babur War turns out to be the League's first civil war, inflicting massive and permanent damage on the organization. Merseia and Terra wear each other down - we think. At least, there is no sign of Merseian dominance after the Terran Empire has fallen.
Thus, the League has its own problems and bequeaths problems to the Empire. Massive conflicts motivate Anderson's future history.