Cosmic Amerika: The Republic in Peril
A story from the Mendelbrot Universe
by Chris Freely
Chapter 1 - The Rise of Homo Sapiens
Chapter 1 - The Rise of Homo Sapiens
Xal Mezdeck entered New Washington with high hopes and a cheery grin. He had just gotten his first major job as a translator. He spoke perfect Bulgarian and Russian which were considered the best two skills to have as a translator. The Russo-Bulgar Imperial Hegemony was the 2nd strongest state in the known universe outside of the mysterious Cosmic Tree that occupied the center of the known cosmos. No one could speak to those beings, but it was relatively easy to speak with fellow humans who could at least pronounce in similar fashion. Not that he or anyone in the capital had even seen much of who lived in that intimidating region of space.
They only knew it existed because three thousand kingdoms of strange species lived on the borders of the cosmic tree and kept it safe from the barbarians who lived outside it. These beings, Haftasians, Bornithians, Kalimar, Obvestiraks, and thousands of others, were at least approachable. They even occasionally traded out as far as New Washington on a good day. But, for the most part, the politics of the vast regions of space surrounding the Cosmic Tree were ruled by humans and species who had come to accept the dominance of homo sapiens as the latest in a string of countless species who had risen and fallen with the tides of fate as the dominant species of the Outer Cloud.
The Outer Cloud was a name given to the region ruled by the 100 human space nations by the powerful beings of the Arkalkian Front. Rumors said that the region of the Cosmic Tree were dominated by 8 species of hyper powerful ancient beings. But humans weren't new to the scene, they had been around for as long. They had just taken their sweet time growing. And the rewards were that they had come to be the most powerful of the species of the Outer Cloud. While there were literally decillions of other relatively dominant species that shared this space in cooperation with their human neighbors, it was time for humans.
Xal was appreciative of this as it made New Washington flood with more money than anyone anywhere could even think of spending easily. Xal wanted to be here, at the center of the political circus that could only be found in New Washington. The recorded history of the Republic was long and proud. It had risen from the ashes of the old order on the backs of countless humans rising up demanding the right to live free of monarchs and oligarchs. Those monarchs, symbolized by the Emperors and Empresses of the Russian-Bulgarian Imperial Regime, as complex as it was, had a tendency of making things too much about them over the longer hall of history.
In this the Amerikans had kept alive a tradition of Republican or Democratic governance that stayed with them from ancient history. Rumor was that all homo sapiens had ultimately descended from the same 120 nation root stock of a small planet far, far away. This planet, generally called Earth in most histories, had long since disappeared from the face of the cosmos. Long ago, the humans had existed only on this planet and had spread out to visit other galaxies. Eventually, as the legends told, another group of humans came into being who fought with the ancestors of those who lived in their present day and age. The legends said that group of humans was destroyed. They were often referred to as the Elect in the legends.
The history generally states that the Elect and the rest of humanity were at war for a relatively long period of time as far as such tiny conflicts were concerned. But, a great and terrible power, often referred to as the Red Death came and annihilated everything. Humanity was enslaved, but a few humans managed to escape or eventually overthrow their oppressors with other species in the eons to follow. When they had finally freed themselves, the Elect were gone. The ruins of their worlds, whatever was left of them, testified to a sudden disappearance of their whole civilization. No records were ever found explaining what happened. The surviving human beings then broke up and traveled slowly throughout the cosmos for many, many eons in separate groups, but in the same general direction as the cosmic winds dictated.
From the original 120 nation root stock, it is believed that about half of the nations of humanity survived. French, Amerikans, English, Russians, Bulgarians, Nigerians, Brazilians, and others lived in separate spheres of influence until the rising tide of the human populations formed cosmic nations. And humans were no longer breaking the cosmic law for the great enslavement had taught all the survivors one thing, don't piss off the Archons.
Yes, the most controversial topic in the universe is the story of the Archons. The species that get the idea implied by the Archons understand how to live correctly. You can find species that have learned the lesson or tragically relearned the lesson clearly by their amazing ability to be subtle and gentle about all things. Even the stubborn Amerikans and French had learned. And the humans no longer attacked other species but slowly allowed themselves the natural growth that the Elect had for so long tried to get then to understand. It had simply taken the deaths of 99.5% of them to accomplish that tragic lesson from the Red Death.
Cosmic law dictates that all species have a chance to grow. Each species rights are determined by its Archons and their karmic history. The Archons are that which we were before we were what we are for sub-sentient, semi-sentient, and sentient species which includes all manner of intelligent creatures capable of using technology, writing records, and developing basic civilization. The law of the Archons is based upon the law of the Stars which dictates that all Stars are alive and are Archons. As such one cannot simply go in and strip a star of its core because you want some more free energy.
Sure, that sort of stuff won't get you in trouble right away. But the minute your civilization does it, something like the Red Death is going to happen to you. Apparently Stars feel and don't like dying so you can only utilize their power slowly and consciously to minimize the pain the stars feel from dying. You have to make their dying an enjoyable act rather than murdering them in cold blood. This was greeted with uproariously laughter by our arrogant ancestors, and even today the rising tide of atheist rejection promises to put us right in the path of the next Red Death.
When a Star Child is killed, as the Archonist Spiritualists insist, it's spirit goes into the void and gathers its karma for the time of reckoning. Then it attaches its spirit to a force like that at the edge of the cosmos, the wild regions where anything goes because energy is not so guaranteed. There it builds an empire because it was a powerful spirit, and from there it comes to get you. As soon as it remembers who you were, you're done. The Star Child revenant is merciless.
It's actually a very complex doctrine though as the Star Child revenant is technically also the revenant of all the species and beings that die off because your civilization went off and snuffed out a star. The conscious civilizations of the Cosmos attempt to keep track of all their karma through conscious action so as to avoid this fate, but every once in awhile the system breaks down for complex reasons that are never all that clear to the one's going through the breaking down.
The Red Death, when it came for our ancestors, was a massive swarm of mostly insectisoid species (the fact it was insectisoids was for no particular reason other than that's the way it happened for humanity in its cosmic infancy) that devoured and enslaved the entire region of space where humans had lived. The invasion was overwhelming and nearly impossible to combat once it reached the human region of space as the larger powers had all but been destroyed by the time it reached us. We had been warned that it would happen. The Archons decided to settle some old disputes and humanity was on the list of the species who had offended some Star Child or sentient Archon from an ancient lineage who had called in all his or her favors for a chance go get even. And get even they did.
But that's the great lesson of the cosmos. Every 200 cycles the Archons are going to have a fight about some stupid stuff that hadn't been settled properly. Every 2000 cycles the Archons are going to fuck themselves up royally in a genocidal bloodbath. And once in awhile the whole universe is just going to get vaporized too. They do mention that as an option as well. Though, that's really rare they insist.
Apparently it's up to everyone to keep everyone calm, but when everyone's karmic shit hits the fan at once there is no keeping anyone calm. That's the way these big wars get started. That's all Xal could remember from school about these sorts of things. Xal thought sometimes about the big picture, but for the most part he wasn't really all that strict about the way his life was conducted. There wasn't really a big war going on, and everything seemed smooth. He was glad he got his translation job.
He loved Neoslavic history. Dominated by the Russian and slightly smaller Bulgarian nations, the Neoslavic Democratic Empire had been the pinnacle of human development. Other slavic nations including Czechs, Poles, and Serbs as well as later offshoots of the original five nation stocks made up half the population of the Neoslavic Democratic Empire. The fascinating rise to power of Georgi the Absolute was one of the most stunning military and political achievements of human history.
Georgi the Absolute had created the Neoslavic Democratic Empire in a single lifetime of work. He had united the entire Outer Cloud through a lightening military conquest of the most extraordinary brilliance. Following the laws of the cosmos perfectly he had avoided any errors in the exercise of his karmic rights to uphold the Laws of the Cosmos. What was before a corrupted decadent mess became a perfectly immaculate order of the highest simplicity and elegance. The Neoslavic Democratic Empire then opened up diplomatic ties to the mysterious Arkalkian Front. Georgi even visited the capitals of the Arkalkian Front on a diplomatic mission though what happened on that visit remains unknown except at the highest ranks of Bulgar-Russian society.
After the visit a peace existed throughout the known cosmos and trade from the Front was actually begun throughout the Neoslavic Democratic Empire. This lasted through the entire period of the 3rd human peace, the longest of the three by a small factor. Like the Chinese-Isreali-Egyptian Spiritual Order and the English-Indian Hindu-Buddhist Alliance before them, the Neoslavic Empire ruled an epoch of human history dominated by the nations of particular tribes, the Slavic tribes in this case, especially the Russian and Bulgarian.
The third peace is also called the 3rd Golden Age of Humanity. During this period the Neoslavic Democratic Empire had countless Emperors and Empresses and went through a trillion complete formal geopolitical cycles and another two trillion informal ones. Each of these cycles took eons upon eons to complete. For all intents and purposes one could sit and study just one of these cycles for a typical google years lifespan and not learn all the history involved. Xal was only 150. This was his very first job and he was basically a just fertilized egg from the point of view of how long he would be expected to live.
Xal knew nothing. He knew he knew nothing. But in New Washington, there were lots and lots of young people just like him. While the machinery of the state was run by the elders, every 100 years a new crop of young humans just like him who showed real talent were given a century of service in the capital in the hopes that one day some of them would develop their talents sufficiently to become members of the administration. Make no mistake, the administration was vast. New Washington was a mega-planet in a mega-domain. It was the 3rd largest planet in the Outer Cloud in fact and the people who lived on it were not extremely ordinary due to the nature of the system.
Like other mega-planets New Washington had a mega-star and those who could live on New Washington were only the most advanced human beings in the cosmos. Only beings who could survive the horrid gravity could even set foot on the planet. The planet itself was covered in a massive supercity that was over 250 kilometers deep. The total population was colossal of which 20% were each century's young intern class. It was the policy of educating the future leadership in mass this way that was an innovation of the Washington system.
It was this innovation, perhaps more than any other, that allowed for the rise to power of the Amerikan Democratic Republic. When the Golden Age of the Russio-Bulgars came to an end with a series of warmongering rulers with a taste for repression, the old system that they had used, the Georgi System, ceased to function due to the pressures from the military class that convinced the Emperor and Empress to press for cultural monothemism. When the other human nations were asked to abandon their cultural systems for the Russio-Bulgar one, they revolted. The Neoslavic Democratic Empire collapsed due to its democratic faction opposing its imperial faction. Even the other slavic groups in the Empire refused to go along with this idea as they wished to retain their own cultural traditions.
The Georgi Code was thus violated, as he had predicted on his death bed, by the last fools that must rise somewhere. The Neoslavic Democratic Empire eventually came back together again, but the now competing Washington system looked increasingly more free. Only slavic nations remained within the Empire. But the Empire was in its decline. What finally did it in was the shortage of Kwarizite to power its might. For too long had the Empire over-exploited the existing supplies of resources in the central part of its region. Now the energy supplies were far more abundant elsewhere, so with the decline in military power guaranteed and with a shortage of talent, it became a dinosaur compared with the newer systems around it.
Due to the size of the Empire it was still the 2nd largest and most powerful of human nations due to its gargantuan standing fleets and forces, but it lacked the Washington system to train leaders effectively and lacked the energy resources to fight any long protracted wars. As such, it remained the cultural heart of humanity while lacking the physical power that it once commanded.
All across New Washington one could see video posters proclaiming the greatness of democracy or the republic. Eighty cosmic human nations came to meet in the Amerikan Galaxy, the center of all political activity in the new Amerikan era. This is the way it had been since the great victory at the Battle of Freedom against the Neoslavic Empire in which the Amerikans and her allies had struck the final blow for the rights of human culture to be self determined. For countless eons had this new regime been the way with the two human superpowers at peace after this great battle.
Yet everything wasn't right. There was another Human Empire that had existed before the Chinese-Isreali-Egyptian one who was the first one that had truly become the dominant power of the Outer Cloud. It was called Cosmic Atlantis. This terrible power was one of the most evil regimes of all time. After it was destroyed by the allies of the Arkalkian Front, a few seeds of Atlantean society had survived. Ruins of it were left in the dread regions. The northern tip of the Bonazza void was where one could still find these remnants. It also had outcroppings in the Black Lagoon, another terrifying cosmic neighborhood. The worst elements survived on DeTheKe, the dark forest megaplanet, where the imprisoned consciousness of dark beings were kept alive as undead machines. It was from these dread regions that dark societies had secretly taken root.
These areas were forbidden and known as the Forbidden Zone. DeTheKe had been the a capital of one of the Cosmic Atlantis societies where slaves from all over the universe had been gathered before being sold off to whoever was willing to buy them. One unfortunate day they happened to have kidnapped members of the Ring Kingdoms allied to the Arkalkian Front, and this was when the Arkalkian Front found out what had been happening. The result was the quick and decisive destruction of Cosmic Atlantis by several Ring Kingdom militaries for kidnapping and slavery which were called forbidden crimes.
The forces of the Cosmic Tree left behind only the cosmic Atlantis societies that were deemed pure. The rest were subject to cultural non-genocidal extermination. Luckily only about 2% of the Atlantis societies were deemed corrupted. But the Atlantis military machine that resisted was destroyed so Cosmic Atlantis lost its hold over the rest of humanity in humiliation for they had allowed a part of their society to become so corrupted to be called dark beyond redemption by the cosmic peace keepers of the Cosmic Tree. This event occurred during a war between the Arkalkian Front and what is generally referred to as the League of the Agitant. The Agitant was held responsible for allowing the Outer Cloud for falling into irredeemable darkness already for other crimes the Front had discovered including small instances of true genocide.
The Agitant had been the dominant non-human power before it and Cosmic Atlantis were obliterated. Periodically these events happened in cosmic history. The cosmic peacekeepers attacked whenever genocide, slavery, or kidnapping were detected. As a final lesson, the Ring Kingdoms, on behalf of the spiritual races in the Cosmic Tree and its immediate vicinity, lifted up Basic Law texts from the younger races cultures or aligned them correctly to wise races in their vicinity who could teach them the way of the Archons of Good. With this solution, the matter was resolved as far as the Cosmic Tree powers were concerned.
Cosmic Atlantis had held sway over only about 1% of the territory of the Outer Cloud. It was early in human cosmic history. It had been a trading empire dominated by a close knit group of priests and priestesses. While it had converted the elite to following its religion, the majority of humanity had retained their national identities from previous periods of human history and so revolted after half of the Cosmic Atlantis military machine was destroyed. The other half of the military joined the rebels and a new order was begun. But without a strong central administration, the time of The Blending began when humans and non humans grouped together in multispecies political institutions. The Blending was as long as the next three great eras and the times between them put together. Humans played by the rules and as the succession of species moved forward at the end of the Blending, humans became more and more numerous by cosmic right and the agreement of the other species.
It was during the Blending that an odd war occurred right before that time period ended. Some big shot from the Cosmic Tree decided to take a joy ride through the entire Outer Cloud and stirred up a great deal of animosity because of his opinions on the way the Outer Cloud was being managed. Fearing an attack from the Ring Kingdoms and the Arkalkian Front, the vast majority of the Outer Cloud joined forces and started another war against the Cosmic Tree, a preemptive war because they assumed they had been declared irredeemably dark not quite realizing that the big shot had not been in fact mandated to speak for the mysterious administration of the Cosmic Tree proper.
It was learned during this time just how long the Cosmic Tree had been there and how many wars like the one that was fought had happened. Apparently the records of the Outer Cloud are wiped out periodically due to the fact that most of it evaporates due to natural cosmic changes periodically. This was something called Cosmic Winter.
The Coalition of the Outer Cloud managed to defeat the Ring Kingdoms partially but the Arkalkian Front showed up big time at the end of it. There was a massive argument between the leaders of the Front at this time when the big shot showed up and explained to them the condition of the Outer Cloud and the risks apparently he felt he had found. The war was fought knowingly. But at the end of the first phase of the war is when IT happened. The Great Cosmic Calamity during which most of the records in the Outer Cloud were destroyed. What it was, no one knows for sure, as everyone who saw it didn't talk about it. For some reason humanity remained untouched during this event, but 1/4 of the light in the Outer Cloud went out and them came back over a few quadrillion years.
The Great Cosmic Calamity was never really explained to most of the races of the cosmos, though whoever lived in the Cosmic Tree knew what was going on. It was Archon business for sure, that much was clear. What can be said is that a massive war took place that ended in the Great Cosmic Calamity. There were no less than 9204 full scale assaults from the Coalition of the Outer Cloud which included 90% of the species in the Cloud and probably 98% of its firepower against the Arkalkian Front. But the Arkalkian Front hardly batted an eye even though they probably lost 40% of their forces according to most records of the participating species.
At the end of the war came the darkening of the Cosmos. According to many superstitious beliefs it was caused by the big shot from the Cosmic Tree visiting the Black Lagoon, the Bonazza Void, and DeTheKe in succession. Whatever he had discovered there triggered the dark curse of cosmic doom that had been rumored to be hidden in the depths of DeTheKe. The shadow spread outwards and touched everyone who participated in the war. But the local extraterrestrial powers along with the human side refused to participate in the war. For some reason the mysterious big shot never visited the human region of space. Why this was has never been discovered. Most people think it was because of whatever he found on DeTheKe.
After the Great Cosmic Calamity ended, there were rumors of space monsters, cosmic hurricanes, electron poltergeist, replicator machine swarms, fire creatures, fire bacteria plagues, physical-etheric phase shifts, and a host of ridiculous notions to explain it. Again, none of the races of the cosmos that had experienced the brunt of whatever happened said anything, so something special happened. Whatever it was humanity lost out, though most would prefer not to know about what it was that they missed out on since obviously it had to be something quite horrible indeed.
Not that anyone in New Washington really believed in any of that bullshit. Most everyone here was a realist, and most were sure it wasn't going to happen to us. It couldn't. Amerikans were lucky. And lucky people don't have bad things happen. Most people think all those old tales were just made up anyway.
After the Blending, which ended shortly after the Great Cosmic Calamity, humanity began to expand from about 1% of the cosmic population to about 30%. During this period, the Great Expansion, humans entered all parts of the Outer Cloud. Before they had been pinned to one small area encompassing about 5% of the Outer Cloud. Now they were in just about every corner of the Outer Cloud.
This period occurred very quickly and with the agreement of most of the races of the cosmos. This whole process raised a few eyebrows. It was as if the Gods, Goddesses, and Archons had smiled on humanity and given them a green light to achieve a destiny. There were even those who said the Cosmic Calamity had been engineered by Yod-HeH-VaV-HeH and Thaia to allow for the other races of the cosmos to see humanity's special quality. These people tended to be Jewish, who followed the many names of Yod-HeH-VaV-HeH and Thaia all the way from Earth, if you believe them. It was, though, these Jews who rose the 1st Human Cosmic Empire with the support of the Egyptian and Chinese powers who had their own version of the myths of creation.
No one denied them their place in history that's for sure. It was said that the cosmos was ruled by Yod-HeH-VaV-HeH and Thaia, not necessarily in that order. Under them was the great Egyptian pantheon of Goddesses and Gods and the 26 Chinese Archons lead by the Circle of 10,000 Philosophers serving Kuan Yin, The Eternal Emperor, and the Twin Dragons of the Eternal Tao. Through the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life the whole of the cosmic mystery could be known. This ancient tradition lead to the architectural height of cosmic human civilization, the Age of Pyramids, Palaces, and Monuments.
This order fell away with time. But all of humanity was ruled by these traditions for a long time among the elite even in nations that had little to do with this cultural heritage. The English-Indian HinduBuddhist Alliance eventually formed in the aftermath of the fall of the great Isreali-Egyptian-Chinese culture during a period of Cosmic Winter.
The second society built up great writings including magnificent fiction. Many ideas were considered on karma and the understanding of the ring cycle of the Gods/Goddesses/Archons and the human beings and other sentients who were the focus of all of creations work. It was during the 3rd period that emphasis on humanity became totally dominant to the exclusion of the older versions of mysticism. The NeoSlavic Democratic Empire was a human experience more-so than the prior eras, though the trends began with the 2nd peace of the English-Indian HinduBuddhist period.
In cosmic Amerika, the ideas we believe in are complex. We believe that democracy and the republic are the heart and soul of creation's administration. It is this idea, we feel, that has been ignored by more elitist schools of thought such as those of the other three major regimes of cosmic human history. While we recognize the God/Goddess and Archons as the powers behind the scenes, we concur with the Neoslavic belief that sentients and their decisions dominate the experience of the universe and the lives of sentients are the critical lives, the home of the universal conscience where the battle between good and evil is decided. But cosmic Amerika is a place where we don't allow religion into politics so even though most Amerikans follow a number of religions none of these ideas are considered important to what it is to be an Amerikan.
Tomorrow Xal would start his translating job for Anglo-Russio-Bulgar Peace, a Tetragramatron Metagalactic Industrial Partners company. Lead by the charismatic Christian Matreya, the TetraGramATron group was a consortium dedicated to the cosmic peace and order. It was also heavily involved in the politics of the New Washington League of Idealists, one of the smaller parties in the capital, but one heavily backed by the Society of Mystery which ran the Churches of Good and Knowledge who were those who followed the path of either conscience or divine thought. These churches also held together alot of people who were just hoping for a better version of tomorrow. He was looking forward to starting his new life.