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Interlude: Trouble Rising?


October 23, 2018 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

A contemporary newspaper article re. Bithrain relations

The spectre of Bitrani rebellion has always hung over the Empire of Calenta, ever since the first days of our nation.  And yet, in the centuries since the peace accord was finally signed, we as a nation, we as Calenyena, have become complacent.

It was easy enough in our ancestors’ time – even in our grandparents’ time – to look at the few remaining hold-outs of Bitrani resistance and see them simply as sad echoes of a previous era.  They had no army; the enclaves are made up mostly of their sheltered women, the elderly, and children; they had no great wealth or any great innovations that would make it easier for them to make up for those things that they didn’t have; they were, to put it in plain words, not a threat at all.

Ah, but were they?  As the rumors surge once again, louder than they have been for generations, of a Bitrani revolt, one has to wonder:  Where did the idea come from? From students raised in Calenyen schools with Calenyen values? From adults working in Calenyen cities for Calenyen employers?  Or did it come from small hot-frames for rebellion and for Bitrani ideals, so different from and so counter to Calenyen ideas?

We have interviewed seven Bitrani – on condition of anonymity – seeking to learn what they thought of rebellion and how they thought it had any chance of success.

From these interviews, this reporter must say that the most interesting answer was this:

“Well,” said a worker in a pipe-manufacturing plant, “it hardly matters if if succeeds or not.  In order for a rebellion to have any effect, people need to be aware that change has to be made.  That’s it. If there’s a rebellion, it’s going to get attention.”

It strikes this reporter like the coup-counting wars of our ancestors, if a particular generosity is aimed for, or perhaps a child going on hunger strike because they want a new toy.  If the rebellion is solely to gain attention, surely there are other methods to do so?

And if that is not the reason, then one has to wonder.  The Bitrani cannot win. This “rebellion” can do nothing more than cause a lot of trouble for those civic-minded citizens, Bitrani or Calenyena, who are not engaged in this ridiculousness.

And when it is done, then what?  Any student of history knows how harsh the reparations were when the Calenyena won the war.  Why would anyone assume that this would be anything better?


  1. Gudy says:

    Hmm, that particular chain of arguments sounds vaguely familiar…

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