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02.21.2013 , 09:01 AM |
Ee, Ves, hell of a reversal.
It really drives home was K'hera was so terrified of all along.
I've been writing and rewriting political tracts ever since I saw your post and I still don't have anything I'm happy with. Of course Wynston realizes that the Empire, as a relatively young thing that has been denied the resources of the core worlds, can't have built a city-world as such. The lack of diversity is, in its own way, also a symptom of the same immaturity: a civilization fighting to establish itself at all isn't going to have the most liberal domestic mobility. New opportunities in active service are opening up now for the alien population, especially with the loosening of restrictions at Korriban Academy and probably certain branches of the Imperial military; as this generation gets established and/or the war upheaval calms a bit, we'll see more of the alien population settling in population centers.
Coruscant got its awesome population blend and then...sat there getting fat and developing hypocrisy to an art. There must be a better way to handle things.
As for Sith volatility being most of the reason for the Empire's cyclic implosions and relatively primitive state...matters are improving. The Empire as a whole got further than ever by reaching Coruscant. And in an era when a Force-blind can drive a Dark Councillor off the stage and lay preparations against his return, there's every reason to hope that the Empire, which for better or worse Wynston believes makes a better starting point, is getting better all the time.
Also hmm maybe he should edge away from hard analysis and start finding something concrete and useful to do, because for all his good intentions Wynston still can't give the Empire an impartial look at the uppermost levels. He's invested too much of his own identity with it. In canon Ruth!verse I think the decades nudged him to a neutral viewpoint, or at least one equally critical of all systems; in Lodestone he has a pocket Sith who tends to keep him optimistic about the potential good of the Empire.
(...by the way the Empire would totally ruin Coruscant, and could never develop a comparable planet.)
Also some rambling about flowers:
I never thought about it much while I was writing Lodestone, but it's a marked contrast to Sith!land and Baras and Quinn and canon angry!Wrath that Lodestone!Wynston actively encouraged Ruth's femininity and some of her pointless frivolous preferences. Like lilies and dancing and all that stuff she shoved aside in canon. I went back to check; he's one of two people in any Ruth continuity to call her beautiful, and the only one to make a point of doing so. ('Pretty', 'friendly', or, for a hostile audience, 'cutesy' are all the natural descriptors most non-hopelessly-intimidated people apply to her appearance. On the occasions Wynston waxes rhapsodic?
Just little things that alter the flavor of life.
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