The Indian Ocean from admiral Zheng He to hub and spoke container maritime commerce
by Jacques Coulardeau and Ivan Eve
Review by Șerban V.C. Enache
This book tackles the New Silk Road from a number of different perspectives, historical, social, economic, and from the standpoint of geopolitics. The reader is given a background regarding the Old Silk Road — its human cost and the socio-economic implications in the present, typified by what is called Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder and Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
We learn about the 13 centuries of slave trading done by the Muslim powers, and of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which lasted 300 years, but produced approximately the same number of casualties. We learn about slavery in India and about the slave-trade in the Indian Ocean. That it had existed since probably the emergence of agriculture, something like 12,000 years ago. Slavery existed in America before the arrival of Europeans. And the book concludes that slavery was and still is a global or universal phenomenon. Religious motivations for slavery are also highlighted, alongside the changes in thought and values, from Judaism to Islam, and of course, Christianity.
It’s always a pleasure to read an objective take, no matter how brief, on slavery. Because there are myths flowing around out there, which claim that slavery and the slave trade are purely an invention of “the white man”. And these two evils are not only an invention of secular institutions and practices, but they are also enshrined in mythology, dogma, religion. To sum it up in a humorous expression, treat thy neighbor as thyself if he’s not a foreigner or a heathen. But if he is, then kill the bastard or take him in thralldom.
I wholeheartedly agree on how the authors tackle the issues of Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder and Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome. They insist on a process of proper information and open dialog. And they emphasize the requirement of meritocracy. If we are to have true equality and meritocracy, then the rise and fall of individuals within the hierarchical system of any civilized society must occur based on their own merits, not based on favor or prejudice. Any system or policy that’s designed to ignore a merit-based argument in favor of a non-merit-based argument can only be of a discriminatory nature. One cannot be granted favor without someone else receiving an injury as a consequence. One is either an egalitarian, or one’s not. One either believes people should be judged based on their own merits, or one believes that they should be judged based on favor or prejudice. Like the authors, I count myself among the former.
There is also a worrisome phenomenon occurring, particularly in the USA, in which unpopular speech is being censored, not only by right wing reactionaries, but by left wing progressives as well. The latter are called mockingly as “regressive leftists” or “the regressive left”. I will quote the Thomas Jefferson Center on this issue.
« An epidemic of anti-speech activity swept across the campuses of American colleges and universities in 2015 and shows little sign of abating in 2016. Not long ago, these same institutions were at the vanguard of First Amendment issues; students demanded — then made powerful use of — expanded speech rights on campus, and administrators held academic freedom sacrosanct. These positions reflected a shared understanding that intellectual inquiry requires an environment in which debate is uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, even if it occasionally results in unpleasant or offensive exchanges.
Today, however, the focus seems to be on limiting rather than promoting the open exchange of ideas. Students who once protested to have their voices heard now seek to silence those they disagree with or find threatening. Meanwhile, university administrators appear locked in a competition to determine which school will take the toughest stand against offensive, unpopular, and hurtful speech. First Amendment principles have given way to identity politics, trigger warnings, and so-called “safe spaces,” and the Free Speech Movement has, at many colleges, become the Anti-Speech Movement.
Since 1992, the Thomas Jefferson Center has awarded Jefferson Muzzles to those individuals and institutions responsible for the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to free speech during the preceding year. Our usual practice has been to select eight to twelve recipients each year, reflecting the unfortunate reality that threats to free expression regularly occur at all levels of government. This year, however, we were compelled to take a different approach.
Never in our 25 years of awarding the Jefferson Muzzles have we observed such an alarming concentration of anti-speech activity as we saw last year on college campuses across the country. We are therefore awarding Jefferson Muzzles to the 50 colleges and universities discussed […] both as an admonishment for the acts already done and a reminder that it is not too late to change course. »
Afterwards, the book presents the Old Silk Road proper, the ancient network of trade routes that were central to economic and cultural interactions among different regions of Asia, connecting the West and East from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The religious implications associated with the various countries and trade interests are also approached (Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam).
We learn from that ancient epoch and we’re moved to the 15th century, to admiral Zheng He, his great fleet of merchant ships — and the reader learns of his visits to foreign lands. Most notably, his repeated journeys into India, Africa, and Arabia.
Past that point, the book moves the reader into the present and reveals great information regarding planned investments in new port infrastructure and upgrades, new trade routes, cross-judicial and economic cooperation between countries for safety and development. Figures regarding freight capacity and throughput are given for some key trade nodes in China, Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, and South Korea.
The authors make important observations, especially regarding China. This nation isn’t placing its eggs in the same basket. The Chinese are preparing different scenarios. China is open to the Indian Ocean. In maritime trade, it’s investing in the port of Colombo and in Hambantota. It is developing the hub-and-spoke model; but China is also developing alternatives to it. To reach America, the railroad option via the Behring Strait. To reach Europe, via the Arctic approach and westward along its ancient route — by linking virtually the whole of Europe through railways, down to Spain.
I’d like to add that there are many ideas on the table, ready to be carried out with Chinese help. For instance, a second Panama Canal in Nicaragua, to connect the Pacific and the Caribbean (albeit voices of skepticism and dissent haunt this proposal). The Brazil-Peru transcontinental railroad — a massive undertaking meant to link via rail the Atlantic coast and the Pacific coast, and thus open Brazilian exports to Asian markets. There are also plans for China to create an alternative transcontinental route from Brazil, through Bolivia and Peru.
Deals between India and China are also underway. Collaboration on atomic science, especially regarding the thorium-based nuclear reactor and the Chinese pebble-bed solid fuel 100Mw demonstration reactor. It’s also important to note that atomic power still remains an important outlet of investment and energy generation with near zero CO2 emissions, particularly when looking at 2 billion souls seeking to attain western living standards. India holds around 25% of the world’s major thorium reserves, and it is actively developing the thorium fuel cycle.
Colardeau and Eve take special note of India and Sri Lanka, and do not dismiss them from the greater scheme in the wake of such big projects like the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal — which, for political reasons that the authors identify, are left outside by the main geopolitical power. We’re referring of course to the USA.
Globalization is a multi-door street, but some doors are bigger and wider than others. Such free trade agreements can only push for lower sovereignty at the regional and national level, enforce strict intellectual property laws, and diminish the collective bargaining power of labor. Supposedly, consumers and firms are the ones who profit from such deals — but history shows that’s not really the case everywhere all the time. Otherwise protectionism would not have resurged in the West. And Britain would not have practiced protectionism to grow its own industries first, before projecting the comparative advantage doctrine (whilst ignoring absolute advantage) upon others through threat of violence and outright war. I am, of course, referring to the British Empire’s bloody tally in imperialism and colonialism. The exploitation of India’s people and the artificially-induced famines, and the Opium-wars with China leap to mind.
The so-called race to the bottom is a true phenomenon. It manifests itself when governments of signatory countries (pacts of free trade or ‘fiscal responsibility’) implement policies meant to keep domestic purchasing power lower & living standards low, in the hope of gaining market share for their export-oriented enterprises. These countries are thus deliberately keeping their domestic levels of Aggregate Demand low, and they rely on imports of Aggregate Demand from abroad in order to keep their economies working (albeit with considerable unused capacity to spare). Aggregate Demand means income plus the change in private debt. Private debt inflation adds to Aggregate Demand — it translates into more spending, more sales, more income. While private debt deflation (what much of the world is experiencing after the Great Financial Crisis of 2008) decreases Aggregate Demand — it translates into less spending, fewer sales, less income. Accounting-wise, every net exporter of goods and services is a net importer of Aggregate Demand and vice-versa. Spending is income. Debt is equity. All government debt in the world represents world-wide private sector financial savings (equity).
Issues of flags of convenience are explored in the book, alongside those of safety. Ships and harbors require protection. Merchandise requires tracking. Elements of corruption, bureaucracy, and the relationship between capital and labor must not endanger the flow of goods and services, or add undesired and unnecessary costs to it. The authors state that what’s required for true security is the existence of an international agency, with satellite monitoring capabilities, and with the legal mandate and military means to combat terrorism, human trafficking, drug smuggling, and illegal weapons trade. Whether one is personally in favor of globalization or not, the soundness of the above proposition is indisputable.
I believe the many countries involved in the New Silk Road must follow the two principles behind the Peace of Westphalia of 1648, which ended successfully 150 years of religious war and established the notion of co-existing sovereign states; peace between them being reached through diplomatic congress. The first tenet said that for the sake of peace, the crimes of all sides must be forgotten. While the second tenet maintained that foreign policy must be carried out with the “interest of the other” in mind. What relevance do these Westphalian principles have on our present imperfectly globalized world? It is geopolitics that makes or breaks progress. That makes or breaks nations. That promotes war and strife, or peace and development. And it is precisely this lack of Westphalian sovereignty among nation states today, as well as the desire to severely outsource national and local sovereignty to super-state bureaucracies, that endangers the peaceful process of globalization — and turns it into a deliberate phenomenon of exploitation carried out by financial interests for the interest of financial elites, rather than for the shared benefit of countries as a whole.
John Maynard Keynes said that the unregulated movement of international capital endangers that self-governing experiment we call democracy. How prophetic his words were, especially if we look at the wealthiest and strongest nation on earth — at the extreme income inequality in the US today, which resembles not a capitalist economy, but a feudal economy.
In short, if households are doing well, then so are the firms. GDP growth not seen in wage growth appears in profit growth. As an adept of Chartalism, I can tell you that macro fiscal policy is more important to public purpose than trade. Whether a country is practicing free trade or protectionism, so long as it has monetary sovereignty (so long as the national government spends and taxes in its own free-floating nonconvertible fiat currency) it can do away with permanent and involuntary unemployment. The currency sovereign faces no solvency risk. He can never miss a payment. The real constraints are of a physical nature; unused physical resources, available labor (people willing and able to work), and know-how.
Brazen corruption, political instability, and natural disasters are conducive to high inflation or hyperinflation episodes for countries, alongside fixed exchange rate regimes with strong currencies. Inflation is not always everywhere a monetary phenomenon, like mainstream (orthodox) theory likes to claim. The overproduction of money is always a consequence of a crisis of hyperinflation, never the cause of it. The Weimar Republic had to print (deficit spend) many figures as % of GDP in order to purchase foreign currency with which to make war reparation payments. That money didn’t go to the creation of roads, railways, industries, schools, or hospitals. In Zimbabwe, a favorite example employed by inflation mongers, a number of different factors triggered the hyperinflation episode. First, Mugabe’s failed land reform, which crippled agricultural output. And secondly, persistent political instability and brazen corruption and the need to import more food from abroad contributed to the overproduction of money.
And of course, in all aspects of human society, one cannot ignore or reject that great element called geopolitics. When powerful interests converge, either deliberately or through random opportunity/chance, the weaker party incurs the terms of the stronger ones.
I would recommend this title to any investor or public servant that is looking to familiarize himself or herself with the historical realities of the Old Silk Road, and with the challenges posed by the New Silk Road in proper context. People seeking to invest in the New Silk Road — either in a specific supply chain, in a particular technology, service, or financial institution — must realize the complexity of this trans-national region and the many competing geopolitical and economic interests within it. Public servants, those placed in key government agencies that hold important positions, must also study carefully this tapestry of interests, challenges, and must weigh all the potential consequences (both positive and negative), if they are to draw up pertinent national policies that take into account not only the interests of wealthy lobbying parties, but also the interests of the common citizens and their natural environment.
SERBAN VALENTIN CONSTANTIN ENACHE — AN EMPIRE OF TRAITORS — 2014
Welcome to and into the phenomenal and absolutely perverse and mesmerizing mental world of the deranged universe in some tamed version of which we are living, willy-nilly, more nilly than willy, and enjoying every single minute spent in it. Sharpen your attention and concentrate your vision because there is no way for you to get through these pages, these strange territories, these unwelcoming imperial lands if you miss one single sentence because the network of this writing does not authorize one single loop to give way. That’s what makes this novel difficult to the reader: there is no way we can speed up the reading, skip a page, or even a sentence. The language is both absolutely functional (nothing lost on vain and useless descriptions) and so dense you cannot play around with the punctuation or the adverbs. Every single word is meaningful and none is superfluous decoration.
So if you are ready to go into that forest of a corrugated imagination you might be rewarded with some good moments of pleasure if not bliss. I do not intend to tell you the story but to give you some tools to guide you — or rather pull you — through the brambles around the castle and maybe enable you to reach the bed of the Sleeping Beauty who is, in fact, no princess at all but maybe the true heart of humanity.
The first thing you must understand is that this territory that does not have a map is composed of various contradictory if not antagonistic pieces. You have the Empire itself composed of five territories: The Northlands, the Westlands, the Southlands, the Eastlands, and the Streamlands, hence the quincunx so famous in Maya culture and mythology: the four cardinal points plus the center that is, in fact, an axis with a celestial zenith and an underworld nadir. Each section is itself complex because they are feudal territories, which means they are more or less controlled by one noble house but they are composed of a network of smaller feudal houses and families all connected by some fealty oath to be pronounced on one’s knees in front of the superior lord. But these oaths do not seem to be based on much honor and have much strength since they are systematically betrayed and broken by practically everyone.
This world is dominated by a few houses or families represented by some banners or emblems. The Northlands are controlled by The Sodomis house in Weiyenor, represented by a ram with fiery hooves. The Westlands are controlled by the Blackways house, the black Knights of Rogfort and are represented by a warhorse. The Southlands do not seem to be really controlled by anyone because they are various houses all pulling and pushing in different directions, traitors by definition. The Eastlands are controlled but the Verwick House in Findar’s Keep and are represented by a dolphin. The Streamlands are represented by the Mandon house at Rivermark for nearly the whole novel but this family loses this privilege at the end. They are represented by a hawk. Some other families are crucial, especially either by their cruelty or by their treacherous nature. Tobias Findley represented by a dog-headed serpent at Stoneweed is an epitome of violence and barbarity. The House Bellworth is represented by a grey griffin. The House of Reed is represented by a blazing star grass. The House of Wolfgar is represented by a sanguineous sword. The House of Merrick is represented by three stars and a Crescent Moon. Those seem to be the main houses, apart from the Imperial house, the Mero family. If I have made mistakes do not hesitate to tell me and even vindicate my incompetence. You will discover all by yourself the Tychos family, Lords of Ironmoat.
The novel, or saga, starts some five years or so after the civil war and the death of the tyrant Zygar Ferus Mero. The elder son, Amarius Seronius Mero, was made emperor for a short while but he was accused by his younger brother, Hagyian Rovines Mero, of embezzling, excessive power, etc., and was arrested declared guilty and banished into exile. When the action starts the elder brother is living in Harpool, an outside territory that is built on the existence and trade of slaves. The younger brother is the acting emperor, but he has lost contact with his people and is completely out of touch, ready to fall like some over-ripe if not rotten fruit. We have to add that the civil war was against the tyrant we have mentioned, father of the emperor and his exiled brother, but with what is called the Inquisition on their side. After the victory, Amarius Seronius Mero got rid of the Inquisition but kept the two clerical orders, the Patriarchy and the Matriarchy. The last element to know at the beginning is the existence of a distant territory beyond a vast sand desert occupied by some free savages that seem to be living like some Northern American Indians before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. The desert is the territory occupied by some “wyverns” that are enormous worms or snakes living underground in the sand, voracious and attacking anything alive. The allusion to Dune’s sandworms is not even hidden. It is obvious and the savages who are red-skinned and called Aharo are very close to Dune’s Fremen. The term “wyvern” could be understood as the Celtic wyver but that would be a mistake/. The wyver that might be connected to the root of “viper” is not per se a serpent in Celtic culture. It is represented in much Romanesque art of the 10th-12th centuries under Celtic influence as a man’s head with an invasive mustache pushing long extensions down on both sides and meeting with two flows of water descending out from the mouth. This wyver represents underground water circulation and magnetism on which the Celtic occupation of a certain territory was founded. This territorial vision was recuperated by and integrated into Christianity in early feudalism in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.
This would already be complex enough if this world were not divided along clear-cut religious lines. The Empire is against slavery and abides by the religion of the Three, the triune religion or faith-based on three divine bodies, the Father Sun and the Twin Moon Mothers. This explains the two clerical orders and their basic hostility if not open rivalry. The second religion was that of the Tyrant emperor of the old days: the religion of the Gods of Blood which was based on human and animal sacrifices, probably some cannibalism and definitely some vampirism, drinking the blood of the sacrificed animals or humans. The third religion is that of Harpool that states a social vision implying a small dominant elite governs the world and the vast majority of slaves who (or maybe which) have only one mission, function and end: to obey and do whatever hard tasks they are ordered to perform. It is clear that some of these tasks are prostitution clearly stated for girls bought very young and sold later to the matrons of some shady houses as soon as they have experienced their first bloody blossoming. You may consider some linguistic formulations as hinting at the same fate for boys, but it is more discreet, less obvious. Then you have the people who have no territories and are what is called sellswords, that is to say, mercenaries who sell themselves, and their swords, for temporary military service to the various factions of the empire. They believe in one god, the Sky itself, and that life is nothing but suffering, their god being a god of fire that advocates struggle, courage, battle and honor till death comes since death will be the end of suffering. No reincarnation, no rebirth. Just death. You have to consider the religion of the Aharos which is different because it merges together myths, legends, history into some mythological whole that respects the freedom of people, nature, sustainability and has a great knowledge of plants and other natural means to heal and improve life.
Add to this cocktail the intrigue and plotting of the clerical orders in the empire to create some fear of witchcraft, the belief that a few negative hostile spirits, demonic of course, can take possession of people in order to conquer and control the human world. Superstition and rumors are their tools and weapons in a time when there is no real daily mass communication.
So, enter this world and enjoy it. But do not skip one line if you really want to follow and take notes if possible. Kindle is good for that. I enjoyed the trip, recognized many influences or models, acknowledged the distortions of these models into some new logic or essence, but this volume will leave quite a few unfinished and incomplete businesses behind: so be sure you can get into the second volume. Maybe not straight away but soon.
The author is very young. So prepare yourself to see his name over the next few or many years. He sure has plenty of potential monstrous characters and maybe ethical perspectives here and there among the drastic frightening and even sickening chasms he opens under every single one of our steps in this strange land of his. If you survive you might have a good chance of being a happy psychotic PTSS beneficiary.
Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU
SERBAN VC ENACHE — TALKING CROWS — 2014
A FLOCK OF BLACK CROWS OVER THE PLAIN
Morning crow, sorrow!
UN VOL DE CORBEAUX NOIRS SUR LA PLAINE
Corbeau du matin, chagrin !
A small short story that tells one day in the life of three black brother crows or maybe ravens or maybe blackbird, who knows, crows they are called but they have other names that are funny in a way? Magnus, Korvern, and Septimius. And what’s more, for us they go Cra! Cra! Cra! But in fact, they seem to be able to communicate and to speak and think and have ideas about everything in the world, about humans and about dogs, and some other things of the sort.
Strangely enough, they have their own theory about the world and how it does not go, even about its economy as if they had been fervent students in some university. Definitely these three black crow remind me of Shakespeare and his three weird sisters, though here we have three weird brothers. And then their hatred for the local stray cat brings to my mind an old film, Fritz the Cat, a long-tailed cat who had great problems with black crows in another city that may have been New York. So they become like some plotters trainspotting in the air, some underground homeless and forlorn scavengers in our society living on rejects, trash and garbage?
At times they find a juicy dead body they can eat as if it were Christmas or Thanksgiving delicatessen or Easter Passover goodies or Ramadan evening nourishment. I suppose they satisfy their visionary hunger with the two globes of the eyes of the corpse, and yet they do not go further to some other parts that are juicy and rich in a body, alive or not, like the liver, the pancreas, if they can get to them, though they will never be able to break the shell of the egg of the brain, the cranium, the skull.
It is true they don’t need to eat human brain to be clever because they are naturally, and more than humans, because they know they have to respect nature, to clean it up of its garbage, though they could be thousands and they would not be able to come to the end of human trash, both the trash they drop everywhere or the trash they pull around them in the shape of dogs or cats, and even a third type which is humans themselves who are the governing trashy kings of this planet they don’t even deserve.
It is somewhat funny and somewhat strange, bizarre, surprising, and maybe too short since they sleep at night, well, so you say man, because birds always sleep with one eye tight open and the other wide shut since cats are nocturnal animals too, not to speak of bats and other nighttime predators. But birds have a very great sense of hierarchy; I was watching just this afternoon and yesterday the birds who come to my yard to take advantage of the bird-feeders Lucretia garnishes with all kinds of goodies. There is a band of blackbirds, males and females, five or six, maybe more and among them one macho male. When the blackbirds are there all the other little birds of half a dozen types have to literally fight to get to the food. The blackbirds are a perfect band of SS officers keeping their spoils of war. And this afternoon only the macho male was there and no one else could get close to the grains, seeds, peanuts, or whatever. He was pacing the yard and the snow with the authority of a Trump signing executive orders banning everyone from his own little White House lawn and rose garden.
Who said nature was just, peaceful, equalitarian, gentle, sweet? Ah! Ah! It is some kind of an inferno and humans are nearly just slightly more civilized than that, well maybe, perhaps, for sure but not quite sure.
So be careful the Men In Black are coming and you better be ready to be extra-terrestrialized if you don’t like the color. I know one President and one Prime Minister who have to be extra-terrestrialized as an urgent emergency and sent to intensive care in some NHS hospital (though that one could come to France and as a European citizen she could get some free treatment in some luxurious Paris hospital, like La Salpetriere built by Louis XIV), or some community hospital for the homeless in New York (for the other member of the pair that should be married urgently too before being moved to these medical reclusive retreats). But I will not tell names. I am not a rat, a cat maybe, a crow why not, but Serban made me smile with his birdlike human realism, and there sure are a lot of human beings in the street or in the bureaucratic offices we have forgotten to bury last time the hearse went by down in the street.
Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU
SERBAN V.C. ENACHE — JUDICATOR, LEVIATHAN & JUDICATOR, TEMPLUM DIABOLUS — 2019
Servan Enache is entering with these two autonomous, maybe not completely, chapters of a new series, a field that crosses cosmic science-fiction, and action science-fiction video games. He deals with his literature as if it were such a game, or as if, on his computer keyboard, he were at the console commanding the game. You will find it difficult at times to follow the logic of the story because you have not read the small print, no one has actually read it, and so you are not informed about what is essential in that genre: situations and characters are absolutely and constantly changeable, interchangeable, transformable too because the small print says that the console controller has a chest of special and unrevealed tools to change everything if so he fancies. This is a secret, of course, and remember if you can keep a secret I can too, so I have not told you anything about it and what I have just said is the purest and most honest lie. That’s what is good about video games, you can give the lie to any logic or reasonable architecture. You know the famous “(1) All humans are mortal; (2) Socrates is human; (3) Socrates is mortal.” And it can become “All humans are mortal, Socrates is mortal, hence Socrates is human.” Or “All humans are mortal, all cows are mortal, hence all cows are human.” Or the one about “Everything rare is expensive. A cheap horse is rare. Hence a cheap horse is expensive.”
But the more erratic the story is, the more significant and signifying it is too. But then you may wonder what Serban Enache’s story may mean, imply or simply suggest. You may, but you shouldn’t doubt it: it is full of meaning. But what meaning?
First of all and above all these stories clearly state that humanity is the supreme Empire in the cosmos, that the earth is something like a vague recollection in one little corner of a tiny drawer of the minuscule chest of drawer in the vestry of the Church of I do not know what God the stories refer too. They are working against invading lizards or whatever other aliens that try to invade the Empire and eat the dainty delicatessen human beings are, and I must say I have tried it many times and the aliens are right. But why should humanity ban cannibalism and enjoying human flesh, blood, and marrow? That would certainly cure or heal our overpopulation and it would also solve the problem of starvation, famines, even malnutrition. We should decide that one type of humans should be eventually served as food as soon as their ancillary function is accomplished. And I am not inventing anything here. Since the author imagines servants are lobotomized humans, I guess lobotomized at a very early age, we can really accept that these are supposed to work up to a certain age, either early teenage so that the flesh is tender and soft. Or till early adulthood so that the flesh is mature enough to have the taste of puberty, satisfied puberty, that is to say after they have been used for some procreation two or three times.
The second idea is that the author creates characters who have absolutely no humane dimension. First of all, the main character, Hera, short for Heranar, is surrounded by all sorts of subservient beings like entirely artificial human-looking machines who only know how to obey orders. Then there are some Technomancers who are partly human and partly mechanical, in fact, they have a human body onto which a mechanical organism has been grafted. These are extremely evolved as for technical knowledge and they have the right to suggest solutions to problems provided they remain mechanical. And the mind of this Heranar, maybe short for Her-anarchical because she is egocentric selfishness, hence anarchism by definition, there is no respect for human beings, or any living beings, and absolute hatred for aliens. In the first episode she accepts the destruction of an “archaic” Grecian tribe of human beings along with the sterilization of the planet they are living on, without any explanation how these ancient Grecian people have arrived here, just for one single reason: to prevent the taking over of it by some aliens lizard-like invaders. She hardly feels any emotion at such a sacrifice, and we must speak of sacrifice, the sacrifice of a whole human tribe just to sterilize what could become one entry point for these aliens.
In the second episode, she herself decides the destruction of a whole planet inhabited by human beings but infested by the heretical belief in some dark gods from an underground inferno or chasm. To destroy this heresy in this population and on this planet, she orders the destruction of the planet, after killing herself the main witchdoctor or prophet of this heretical sect. No pangs of conscience because I am afraid this Heranar has no conscience. After all, she is an Inquisitor, an agent of the Inquisition that is supposed to keep humanity and the Empire absolutely clean and safe, meaning with no heresy and no alien parasitic intruders. And the rule is definitely “Kill them all, and all by-stander at the same time.” Bystanders are always designated collateral victims: good riddance because they should have reported the invaders or intruders if not acted on their own to neutralize them.
But this Empire is the worst possible hierarchical society you can imagine, or rather you can have nightmares about. It is explicitly expressed at the end of the first episode: “Knowledge meant power. Power meant liberty to operate, influence and change. The price of freedom was destruction, chaos. The Empire … had endured a hundred decades in ignorance, without liberty — through the power of allegiance, not doubt or consensus. Knowledge has to be rationed with great care among the capable few.” This is the worst possible feudal or even slave society built on power being kept within as few hands as possible. All others have to be mechanical, lobotomized, enslaved servants, soldiers or simple humanoid tools, technical and scientific ones particularly. This vision of society requires a deep regression to a very distant reference.
“Using the ancient Westphalian approach to foreign affairs, relying on State-dirigism and Georgist tax-principles… had fostered unity and peace, had ensured maximum output at minimum overhead… Labor, enterprise, sales, and buildings were exempt from taxation… Land values were annually assessed and taxed in full. Other wealth-extractive avenues like usury and patents were outlawed… There was no room for idle property, for waste, or rent-seeking.”
This vision is the society that emerged after the Ice Age when agriculture was developed because then the survival of the community was no longer dependent on the resources in the territory of this community they could pick and hunt, but on the crops that they could produce by their work of the land. This determined another change: the women who were the providers of communal survival with their pregnancies and child-deliveries where pushed aside from all spiritual functions to be replaced by the few men who controlled the land and the tilling of this land, knowing that herding was mostly in the hands of male teenagers, like the young David, the future King of Israel, and probably domesticated dogs.
You must ask the simple question: What can such a land-based world become if you add modern science, modern technology, and what is essentially missing in this science fiction, modern universal (all places and everyone) virtual communication?
What it becomes is clear in the second episode of the series. On top, an elite who is supposed to be the only people controlling knowledge, science, technology, and also the only people who control political and religious power, and at the bottom heretical clandestine magical sects that only target controlling people and the Empire by taking over the minds of everyone with a mixture of self and reciprocally nurturing concepts: fear, faith, fealty.
To be afraid is basic from the top, from the bottom, and from the demoniac chasm. The top must inspire fear if people do not obey their commands. At the bottom, the mass of people who must obey must do so out of the fear of being sacrificed by the top elite, and for the top elite to keep their power. The demoniac chasm has to be the supreme source of fear, not fear for right now, except if the elite decides to sacrifice you by throwing you into the chasm, but the supreme source pf fear of what may happen to you after death.
To have faith in the power of the gods from the chasm, of the priests that talk in the name of these gods, and in the rituals imposed by them.
Fealty is essential to bring all the believers to some type of dependence, subservience, and submission to the inevitable death that may mean some kind of regeneration or rejuvenation in some virtual world beyond the chasm through which everyone is supposed to go one day. But it may also mean rejuvenation for the society for which you may be sacrificed in a way or another, on a cross or an altar, in a circus or in a dungeon, on a wheel or an impaling stake
This vision is an absolute reproduction of the Maya society based in the same way on the three values I have just described. But we could find the same situation in all agricultural societies after the Ice Age and on all continents. There was no exception, just at times here and there special cases. All these societies were built on absolute dependence and absolute submission to the absolute power of the top elite in the absolute fear of the Death Lords that live deep in the chasm of Xibalba. Enjoy your next meal, it might be the last one.
And that is exactly what the second episode shows us: the almightiness of the educated elite that does not share their knowledge but imposes it to everyone as the rules coming from the Divine world, the cosmic world, the universal powers of stars, suns, and planets, or of desires, impulses and instincts. The moon might be the real Goddess behind it all, as a recollection, a remembrance, an evanescent imprint from a previous social state, but it can be either feminine and associated to death (Selene, Hecate and Athena/Diana), or masculine and associated to self-sacrifice or blood-shedding, your blood or the blood of others, who cares since blood is blood, though it is less vital if it is the blood of others (then the Maize God of the Mayas can be this Moon). But this Moon might be the real ritualistic Goddess or sacrificial God, but only might be and She/He might pull the strings of all these male or male-looking subservient tools in the hands of these elite people.
Heranar is thus an exception in her femininity if she is in any way feminine beyond her official name and gender specification. It requires a little bit more than a grammatical gender to be a male or a female, and so far Heranar has nothing else, has only a grammatical gender. And we will have to wait for later and further chapters to know what she really is in this male-dominated and male-controlled world.
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