Politics stinks

It was a short-lived moment of joy. He longed to return to his doze, escaping to that better place – the calm, soothing dreamscape – but already stress upon stress was beginning to layer into his thoughts. He sat atop a wobbling pyramid, a chaotic political hierarchy covering the expanse of the explored galaxy.  It all panned out beneath him. Billions of partisan voices shouting up, telling him their woes, demanding actions, decisions, funding. It was only ever the negatives, only ever the complaints, only ever delivered with venom and spite. He sat astride a rotten mountain of bitter shit, with all the problems of the wretched human race stinking beneath his backside.

An extract from Episode Three: The Voice, President Chilake reflecting on the difficulties of leadership.

Politics has always played a significant role in human development, and undoubtedly existed even before our first settlements and civilisations. Although studies of other species show that the building of alliances, double-crossing and even wars exist in their communities too, the complexity of human politics is a key reason we have progressed to space whilst other species still languish in the forest. Symbolic power, perhaps originally embedded through religious beliefs and their constant bedfellow, religion-induced fear, formed the first significant phase of a political revolution, but soon political constructs and ideologies developed their own importance.

Our future will be no different. Politics will not disappear, and many of those tried and tested constructs will undoubtedly remain. Throughout the imagined future of the Hadrian’s Gate series, those constructs, and the seemingly eternal conflict between capitalism and socialism, conservatism and liberalism, feature. I have enjoyed building political depth into this broad human civilisation, whether that is in the centralised Union government, under President Chilake, or the localised structures and power-plays that emerge as the epic story develops.

I hope that the political aspects of the books add an extra dimension to this science fiction saga, and that the intrigues and twists keep you entertained!


Updated 10/12/2020

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