The Noble as the Judge

The Demands of the Divine

Today, in our Tri-V series on “Biblical Studies for Nobles”…
(The bold is mine):

Our scripture lesson makes clear that God was pleased when Solomon, confronted with a choice of ‘what would you like—I the Lord am ready to bless you,’ he chose neither wealth nor military prowess nor length of days, nor anything else, but ‘give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this, Thy so great a people?’ Now Solomon simply said, to put it into modern language, ‘ I want to be the chief justice of the land, with the utmost wisdom and ability possible, able to discern between good and bad, able to judge and to assess the evidence. Now, this pleased the Lord because this was, of course, the primary function of the chief magistrate of any country, whether a judge or governor or (to use the modern term) president or premier or a king, or whatever he might have been called in antiquity. It was the chief function of the head of state until fairly recent times.

As a matter of fact, we forget, because language obscures it, that the term, ‘The King’s Court,’ and ‘courtier’ originally referred to a court of justice. The King’s Court was the final court of appeals. This was the main function of a king in the Middle Ages. He heard all the cases of appeal. A king in antiquity and until fairly modern times, or a head of state, had two functions: 1) to be the military leader in case of war, which mean that was an occasional function, and 2) to be the chief justice of the land. This was his function. If he failed in this function (as King Richard II did), he was booted out of office. His primary function was to be chief justice, to hear every case of appeal.

And the first case of appeal that was cited with respect to Solomon in the passage immediately following was the case of the two prostitutes, one of whose children had died. This is a very revealing story because it indicates that in ancient times, whether the ruler was a pharaoh or a king or whatever, his function was to hear the case of any and everybody, no matter how insignificant a person, on appeal.

We know why monarchy disappeared, or you should have guessed by now from what I have said. When the king’s court became a center of fashion and Richard II who got booted out of office in England, began to make his court a place for the ladies and for poets and for musicians. It ended his value to the nation. He was useless. And when king’s courts became what we think of as a king’s court, a place for the minuet and for balls rather than a place of justice, monarchy was finished. It had become an expensive toy for the nation. It had no function left. It disappeared.

Other forms took their place. And at this point, we come to a question that is very important to us. According to Biblical Law, the chief justice, the final court of appeals, is the chief magistrate of the land.

Now when the United States was set out, the president was made the chief magistrate. Some years ago, when I was working with a foundation, I spent a great deal of time writing a study of what the early American presidents, through Lincoln to Andrew Johnson felt about their office. The Constitution was a little vague here. It reflected the changing times. The office was not precisely defined. And many scholars will tell you that the office of the Supreme Court was not properly defined and they will add that John Marshall usurped the power of judicial review. This isn’t entirely true, but there is an element of truth to it.

In this study, which some day if there’s interest, I may add to and publish, I found that the presidents through Buchanan, but not Lincoln, and then very definitely Johnson and Hayes (but not Grant), saw the presidential office basically as not an administrative office so much as a kind of chief justice. The power of the veto was construed as constitutional review of legislation. The basic questions they dealt with were questions of what were the Constitutional powers of the Federal government. Thus, prior to Lincoln, every president vetoed every attempt by the Federal government to appropriate money for roads—highway funds. Why? It was unconstitutional. Not that they didn’t like the idea; it was unconstitutional. And they were a judge of these things. This is why also (and you have this in the Constitution), the president has the power of pardon. This is a relic of his judicial function, in that he can issue pardons as the supreme justice of the land, in cases where injustice has prevailed.

Now in ancient times, what about the administrative functions of a king or a pharaoh or someone else? The administrative functions were regarded as basically minor. Who handled them? Why, the slaves or the eunuchs or the women of the harem. This was their function. These were clerical chores, nothing for the chief magistrate to be concerned with, because his duty was justice.

Now we can see what has happened to the United States by tracing the interpretation presidents have put upon their office. From that of chief magistrate, chief judge, whose duty is to see to the fact of justice, and this is why people used to write letters to the president if there was any injustice, and remember Mrs. Bixby’s letter to Lincoln along the same lines? They wrote letters because they regarded him as the main (head) judge of the country. But when presidents began to see their office as administrative, the country began to change. Why? Because when the head of State is the chief justice, his function is justice to the people. When he becomes an administrative officer, it is then to govern the people and to control them, and then power begins to accrue to him; because if he is administrative, then he enhances his office by furthering powers over the people. He becomes a bureaucrat; ruling over a bureaucracy, whose function it is to govern the people. The centrality of administration is a dangerous thing.

Machiavelli saw this. Machiavelli, when he was a civil servant in Florence, tells us of the power he and other underpaid clerks, who had barely enough to live on, exercised over the most powerful men in Florence, including the Medici. How? Well, administration had developed and there were licenses and fees and permits and things that were beginning to be required. And what did he and his fellow civil servants do? They would look and see, here comes Pietro so-and-so, one of the big wheels in Florence, a rich man. He’s got everything I don’t have. I’m going to give it to him! So they would shuffle through the papers and say, well, I’m sorry, your papers are lost. We’ll see what we can do to locate them, but meanwhile there’s nothing you can do about your construction, or nothing you can do about getting your business permit, we’ll work on it. And they would keep the poor man dancing attendance, coming back and forth and begging them to do something to get this matter straightened out. And they would enjoy their power. Machiavelli realized the power that the merest underling can have when administration becomes central. But in the Bible, the basic function of the State is not administration; it is to be a ministry of justice. It has next to no powers of administration—very little.

It is a significant fact, and a commentary on our time, that Solomon, who asked for wisdom to discern justice, is not known to us as a judge, but is known for his harem. It says something about us, and it says something about the Church that they can preach about this passage and not point out the significance of it as far as the office of Solomon was concerned. It was this that built up Solomon’s power and made him famous and made Israel the center of world trade. Why? It was a place where justice was sure.

We know from the records of various archeologists and scholars who’ve dug up all kinds of records that the trade of the world flowed through Israel and it became a center of commerce—commerce from India, commerce from all portions of Europe, including almost certainly Britain and Scotland, and there are one or two scholars who believe that his ships (because there is a record that they made three-year journeys), came to Mexico and Peru and brought silver back to Israel. We know that we’re told that silver became suddenly very common in Solomon’s reign. There was no source of silver in the Old World, enough to make silver that cheap. But Solomon’s justice, his ability as the chief justice of the land, to assure on appeal that justice would be meted out to everyone; slave and master, foreign-born and citizen alike, brought businesses, traders, people from all over the world to Israel to make Israel the center of world commerce and a place of almost unbelievable prosperity. Justice insured this.

The wisdom of Solomon, therefore, was nothing abstract. It was practical, geared to the courts. The Book of Proverbs, we cannot understand unless we see that the proverbs are comments of a judge distilling wisdom in relationship to the courts. This, then, is the central function of the State, to be related essentially to justice.

Another point, a sixth point with respect to the procedure of the court, the arrest could be made on the Sabbath, as Numbers 15:32-36 makes clear, but trials could only be held during other days of the week. This, like other aspects of Biblical Law, has passed into America Law so that in American Law, an offender may not be tried or convicted on Sunday, although he may be arrested, committed, or discharged by a magistrate on a Sunday.

A seventh point with regard to the procedure of Biblical Law was the right to a speedy trial, to justice without delay.

And then finally, according to Biblical Law, the judge was not an impartial referee. He was a partisan champion of God’s Law. He was to be impartial with respect to men, without favor to rich or to poor, to high or to low, but to be partial with respect to God’s Law. It was the duty of judges to bring God’s justice to bear on every situation. In the words of I Chronicles [II Chronicles] 6:23, “…by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.” The court, thus, was central to the State in Biblical Law and the head of State was the chief justice of the land, whose basic function was justice, not the manipulation of people.

The Ninth Commandment
Procedures of the Court
Professor: Dr. R.J. Rushdoony

The bolded words, transcribed as points:

  • The Noble is the judge, and is expected to judge aright.
  • The Noble leads the military, and leads the court.
  • The Noble hears all cases on appeal, regardless of how important or unimportant the victim.
  • When the Court becomes a centre of fashion, status display and primping, and not a centre of justice and military command, then the Court is dead.
  • In the early United States, there were some questions on whether the President or the Supreme Court determined what was unconstitutional. Certainly, Congress could remove a Supreme Court judge: but note that Eisenhower refused to intervene when the Court began to rewrite the laws.

Eisenhower promised Gov. Earl Warren the first opening on the Supreme Court if Warren delivered California at the Republican convention. Warren did — easy-peasy. Then the Chief Justice died.

Sucker Play: The Supreme Court Card
Gary North

Earl Warren knew what kind of power he wanted. It wasn’t the power of the guns and the armies: that could be left to the beloved war hero.

  • The slaves and the women handle administration in the ancient courts, and safety-seeking bureaucrats today… and the Vilani and the Bwap of the far future.

How many Imperial Courts are run by non-chattel1 slaves and women and the occasional robot? That’s something for the Referee to decide.

  • The Noble as the source of justice, is not the same as the Noble as the source of administration, “to govern the people and to control them”. One form of authority promotes liberty and justice under God, and the other promotes slavery and oppression For The Greater Good.

And we all know which kind of rule the Vilani prefer. And not just the Vilani, either.

  • Pleasing bureaucratic underlings matter in governments focused on the centralized control of everything. In governments where justice (or war) is the focus… not so much.
  • “It is a significant fact, and a commentary on our time, that Solomon, who asked for wisdom to discern justice, is not known to us as a judge, but is known for his harem. It says something about us, and it says something about the Church that they can preach about this passage and not point out the significance of it as far as the office of Solomon was concerned.”

There was a time when I’d be suspicious on this point, and consider the possibility that the priests and the pastors and the seminary were suppressing information that the laymen shouldn’t worry his little head about.

I don’t think this is true, anymore. Today, it’s more likely that the Christian clergymen2 are simply flat-out ignorant about what the Bible teaches. The seminaries have done their job well:

“One hundred percent safe baby milk about love and kindness;
one hundred percent free of dangerous meat about justice and law.”

Meanwhile, Our Betters – who despise God, liberty, and justice – laugh and laugh.

  • The wisdom of Solomon, grounded in the law of God, meant actual, predictable, enforced justice for impoverished prostitutes and wealthy traders alike.
  • The Noble is to be impartial and even-handed to the people before him: but not in regard to God and His Law-Word. That word sets the stage, and lays down the ground rules.
  • Justice for the People – not Manipulating and Managing the People – is to be the core function of the Noble.

The Vilani Alternative

Note that all of the above necessarily comes from the Solomani viewpoint.

The Vilani, ‘who never heard of Moses’ (as the saying goes),

  • has precious little interest in justice per se;
  • frankly dismisses any and all claims of a law-code above that of the Proper Authorities;
  • see no difference between “liberty” and “destructive, lawless anarchy”;
  • and views the Individual as value only in as much as he serves the Collective;

but, in contrast,

  • have a great interest in social stability and cultural unity;
  • values steady and predictable wealth generation;
  • strives to the goal of efficient management of the masses as a collective unit;
  • is more than willing to gain universal compliance with every possible tool3, certainly including genocide and forcible personality reconstruction.

Reducing the rate of “the costly waste of unnecessary change and uncontrolled innovation” is also of profound value in Vilani eyes.


1Chattel slavery is banned within the Imperium. Other forms of slavery? Not so much.

2True: the scientists simply aren’t any better, as our Public Health Experts have gleefully demonstrated, at a steep cost to the public (and not themselves).

Drug companies sounded an alarm several years ago. They were concerned that an increasing proportion of clinical trials was failing, and that much of their research effort was being wasted. When they looked into the reasons for their lack for success, they realized that they were basing projects on scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals, on the assumption that most of the results were reliable. But when they looked more closely, they found that most of these papers, even those in top-tier academic journals, were not reproducible. In 2011, German researchers in the drug company Bayer found in an extensive survey that more than 75% of the published findings could not be validated.

In 2012, scientists at the American drug company Amgen published the results of a study in which they selected 53 key papers deemed to be “landmark” studies and tried to reproduce them. Only 6 (11%) could be confirmed.

The Replicability Crisis in Science from
Nature, September 1, 2015.

I would argue that science and it’s Replicability Crisis — and the rampant incompetence (and corruption/deceit) regarding COVID-19 — is just an echo of the core of the problem, the spiritually-rooted contempt for truth, law, and justice coupled with a repulsive grovelling before Certified Authority.

<Waves to the seminaries.>

3There is one limit, interestingly enough: psionics is seen as far to disruptive and unpredictable to tolerate, even as a tool to enforce the Consensus.

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Derelict Space Art

Artificial Planet
By cyberkolbasa

A most unusual – and unnatural – living world.

It would be most interesting, if such a world was discovered and colonized by the Vilani long ago, and now resided within the Third Imperium.

Giants
By thomaswievegg

I would peg this as a world that long ago suffered a die-off (war or natural disaster), which is now being scouted and surveyed by mobile bases of the Imperial Ministry of Colonization.

Uninvited guests
By thomaswievegg

A short, but harsh, encounter begins.

It’s unusual, that the man in the foreground needs air tanks, but the dog doesn’t.
That’s a big tip off of… something.

Another poignant scene, with a dead ship, dead tanks, and dead men. The skeletons are still intact in the open desert air: depending on the wind, heat and humidity, they could have been dead a few years or for centuries.

(But the shred of cloth still flapping from the tank suggests a period less than five years, to my untrained eyes.)

A classic low-tech Scout profile.

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True Americans

Upon occasion, the Americans rise up to what they were always intended to be.

Good to see.

As for the race-based empires out there – now, or in the far future – it would be best to keep a certain distance from them.

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No Vilani Flags

Of course, there is no such thing as “The flag of the First Imperium”: flags are a Solomani invention, not a Vilani one.

There are probably a fair number hard-core, Seriously Traditional Vilani holdouts out there that have not created their own version of a First Imperium flag. Some other traditionalists remain indifferent to these untraditional pieces of coloured cloth, “grounded in some alien tradition of balkanization, instead of the Vilani Way of Unity.”1

Many of the myriad of Mixed Vilani cultures out there have gone ahead and set up some sort of anachronistic Vilani flag, or used the various Ziru Sirka symbols as a basis for their own tribal or planetary banner.

The other major races of Charted Space do have certain identifying symbols, but are not that interested in flags per se.2


1Flags are supposed to identify separate nations and separate cultures. The Vilani don’t really like the idea of separate, independent cultures: One Culture, One Nation, One People, One Way, One Rule is much more preferable.

2The Vargr were – and are – far more into distinctive territorial scents than flags, which are not very impressive to these colour-blind beings. That being said, they know the charismatic impact of a well-designed, colour-balanced *cough* flag…

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Gas and the Trenches

In the Imperium, trenches are on occasion used on static fronts, on all tech levels: “trenches”, like “foxholes”, “walls”, “camouflage” and “tripwires”, are always in the toolbox, and could well be what the company commander is looking for.

Not that you always get to use it: it’s hard to dig a foxhole when boarding a hostile space station. But the concept might be useful, in the right tactical situation: “a small place where you can avoid incoming fire/shrapnel/detection for a few moments”. Maybe there’s a kink in the walls, or a supply closet, or a place where a limited explosive can make your hidey-hole for you…

But the real focus on the post below isn’t the (interesting) technology and tactics, but the flesh and blood that has to face the onslaught. Fighting men of today are built much the same as fighting men at the time of Xerxes, and even very close to the Vilani Guard of the Third Imperium.

Quora: What are the most memorable television moments of all time?

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Dan Stephens, lives in Ireland

I’ve discussed the Irish TV presenter, Gay Byrne, before when I talked about the most shocking thing to happen on live TV. This answer will be about him again.

On the 11th of November 1988, the guests to appear on the Late Late Show included one 93-year old Jack Campbell. It still remains one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever said, handled perfectly by Gay Byrne.

Jack was a veteran of World War One; the War to End All Wars. At this time, Ireland was still under British rule, so many Irish people went to fight under the British Army.

Gay Byrne’s opening question was:

“How come you went into the British army, anyway?”

Jack replied that he had 4 brothers (5 including him) and they all served in the war. His eldest brother would often regale them with stories about the world and how wonderful it was – they decided that the only way to see it was at someone else’s expense, so joining the army was the only real way to see the world.

Two of his brothers would ultimately die – Jack would be gassed on the same day one of them lost their lives in the Somme.

“He was killed in the morningtime and I got gassed at the same place and on the same day,” Jack told Gay.

Like many people who fought in the Great War, Jack lied about his age; he was only 16 and told the recruitment officials that he was 18. It wasn’t him he came up with the idea – it was a recruitment sergeant who told him that he should lie about his age.


The topic of conditions in the trenches came up; Jack told Gay Byrne that they were 10 – 12 feet deep.

When Gay asked about going over the top, he had heard that people shouted and wanted to know this was true:

“I never went over the top that I wasn’t scared. I was scared stiff. And everyone shouted because more or less we were all scared. And you shouted because it, kind of, helped you, see. And you shouted all the way until you got into action”

“The bullets were flying, you’d hear the whine of the bullet and the burst of the shells and all that kind of thing”

When asked about how bad the conditions were, Jack replied that it was “just punishment”:

“If you had any food you were saving for a rainy day, the only safe space was in your stomach, because the rats would find it wherever you put it”

Jack would then discuss how the rats would live off of the bodies of the dead, which prompted Gay to ask how far away they would be:

“They’d be all around you”

See, the problem was that you couldn’t bury the dead. If you tried, Jack said, then you’d just be an easy target for the Jerrys (slang for German soldier during WW1) and you’d end up as one of them.

“It could be a friend of yours, it could be a relative, the rats gourging on them…”


On being gassed, Jack said:

He was on a working party on that day, bringing supplies to the line – the enemy troops figured out they were there and fired a shell barrage at them; a piece of shrapnel hit him in the hip – he checked himself over and couldn’t see any injuries, so continued on as normal.

That evening they were on the way to bring in some wounded – it was then that the enemy sent over gas shells. Of course as soon as they smelled it, everyone put on their masks.

About two minutes later, he was violently ill in his mask – his eyes began to sting – and he couldn’t breathe.

It was only when he had taken it off and a friend came over that he realised what had happened; the shrapnel from earlier had become lodged in his gas mask!

“I never felt so bad,” Jack told Gay Byrne.


Gay Byrne finished the interview by asking the then-93 year old how he felt about the War and whether he felt it was senseless, Jack told him about the loyalty he experienced:

“In 1915, when things were began to get good… we got 7 days leave. Of all the lads who got that 7 days leave, everyone of them came back.

That’s loyalty”.

Finally, Gay Byrne asked him about the soldiers he shot – if he ever thinks about them:

“No, certainly not. It was kill or be killed. You kill them or they kill you, one or the other.

It was just a game. War is war, Gay.

You kill or be killed, no no, you’ve no remorse for anything like that.

You were just doing what you took the Oath to do …

… without malice or ill-will”


Jack Campbell died on the 18th of November 1992 aged 97 in Leopardstown Hospital.

You can watch the full interview below. If you’ve got 11 minutes to spare, I highly recommend it as it provides a fascinating insight into that war.

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Oddly, I am quite willing to believe Jack Campbell when he said that he bore no ill will to the enemy soldiers that he shot and killed.

World War I had it’s ugly side, definitely, but it wasn’t some kind of hatefest like the Eastern Front (or Japanese operations in China, for that matter).

For a very long time, European warfare was just some professional soldiers and mercenaries, whacking other professional soldiers and mercenaries. It wasn’t a good environment for the civilians (especially young women), but they weren’t the main target: and they could get on with their lives once the storm passed.

I miss those days.

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The Consequences of Fighting the Last War

Quora: Why didn’t the Romans annex the Nubian and the Persian empires?

Martin Joyner Former Retired Contract Manager

Why doesn’t any country conquer any other country? It needs the will and the means to do so. Nubia was past its prime by the time it shared a border with the Roman Empire. Following a short conflict in the reign of Augustus there was three centuries of peace. Although Nubia was resource rich, Lower Egypt was a Roman province through which Rome could control any Nubian trade with the Mediterranean. Nubia was no threat to Rome but would have proved difficult to conquer and hold with no appreciable gain.

Sassanid Persia was a different kettle of fish! The Persians were Rome’s most powerful and aggressive enemies. The Roman’s wanted to conquer the Persians; many emperors tried and all failed. Although we think of the Roman Empire ending with the fall of the Western Empire, the Eastern Empire continued, ruled from New Rome (Constantinople). We may call it the Byzantine Empire but the people and emperors considered themselves Roman. On that basis, the final conflict between Rome and Persia was the Byzantine-Sasanian War of 602-628. Early in the war the Romans were near defeat with Constantinople itself besieged. After many years the Emperor Heraclius finally managed to defeat the Persians but did not have strength to conquer Persia. Both empires were exhausted and unable to resist the onslaught of the newly emerging power of the Arabs united by Islam.

When you are focused on the traditional enemy, fighting the traditional wars for the traditional reasons in the traditional way, there may well be a new power, rising just beyond the corner of your eye, beyond your peripheral vision.

“Oh who cares about those feuding Arabs? They’ve been stabbing each other in the back for the last three thousand years: they aren’t about to unite and attack us, because some random prophet from the sands told them too!”

Or those feuding Vargr.

Or some random sophont race on some random distant world who just managed to discover jump drive, 200 parsecs from the heart of civilization.

Pay attention.

“How on earth are we supposed to know which of the 30,000 border worlds is going to be the one that blows everything up?”

“You’re Imperial, and it must be done. Therefore, it will be done.”

“As you just mentioned 30 seconds ago, the Roman Imperials couldn’t do it, the Persian Imperials couldn’t do it, and the Vilani Imperials couldn’t do it. How on earth are we supposed to do it?”

“I just tell you what must be done. Planning and execution is your call.”

The frustrated young heir stared at his tutor with the burning hatred of a thousand Imperial sunbursts.

The tutor thought of adding a few more words, then thought better of it. The joy of goading the arrogant young man was rapidly being overshadowed with the possible pain of being punched in the throat. Sure, the Family will compensate him handsomely… but sometimes, the money really isn’t worth it.

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Terraforming Details

Quora: What caused the dust storms during the Great Depression?

Reese Mac, lives in Australia (1971-present)

Deep drought against the framework of the replacement of prairie grasses by the introduction of agriculture.

I apologize for the lack of narrative but there’s not much more to say.

More things for the colony managers to keep in mind.

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Getting Away With It

Would you rather wind up like David Koresh or Barack Obama?

Does this sound like a silly question? It isn’t.

Koresh thought he could kill federal officers and get away with it. He got killed, taking a lot of naïve, trusting, and armed adults with him . . . and unarmed children.

Obama decided to follow the tactics of Saul Alinsky, a non-violent revolutionary who adopted the tactics of resistance used by Gandhi. A successful revolution avoids violence.

Who has been more successful in pursuing his agenda?

A Successful Revolution Avoids Violence
Gary North

The key sentence for the Referee to consider is this one: “Koresh thought he could kill federal officers and get away with it.”

Imperials

Can the PCs kill Imperial officers and men, and get away with it?

I would say no.

True: space is big, and — unlike the United States of 2021, with it’s instant communication grid — information within the Third Imperium takes weeks to get across the stars at the very fastest… and may well take years.

Even so, I would say that a violent challenge to Imperial Authority in AD 5500 should stand about the same chance as a violent challenge to Imperial Authority in AD 55. There are areas of brigandage on the edges of the Empire: a lone civilian starship can and does vanish every so often, and highwaymen do indeed crop up from time and time, even in the safest Italian Roads/Imperial Core trade routes.

But attacking uniformed Imperial forces is quite rare: about as common as an American Indian attack on US army forces in the 1870, say.

Except that the Indians get the rough equivalent of a warm and fairly well-settled – but extremely balkanized – Canada. A permanent safe haven to retreat to and restock, a variant of “Our dear neighbor, Afghanistan.”

That just isn’t enough to challenge the US on her own soil: but it’s plenty if you just want to be a thorn in the side for the next thousand years.

Even so… the Imperium is very large and stable, and the typical Vargr Extent government is quite small and chaotic. There are ways to leverage the mass of the Imperium to make life extremely painful for a particular Vargr state, enough to persuade them to stay with the unspoken limits of their hostilities.

Planetary, Corporate, Noble Forces

The lesser armed forces of the Imperium just don’t have the mass, the scope, or the strength of the Imperial military.

  • The most powerful planetary governments may have some pull out to even 10 parsecs or so from their world.
  • Major corporate forces can deploy some level of armed security to their money-making operations.
  • The Ruling Houses have well-trained armed men to guard their family holdings, and near the person of their major family members.

Note that most of these forces will be armed men geared to defensive operations (protecting property/territorial sovereignty/family members). Building offensive forces are quite expensive, can only be sustained for a limited time, and is sure to catch the eye of the likely targets.

The areas of influence of these powers are quite restricted, compared to the Imperium: it’s either fairly easy or really easy to find/build a safe haven that is out of their reach.

On the other hand, if you want to attack them, you need to build your base of operations close to them, to get the latest information and have the fastest response to an opportunity.

And the closer you are to them, the closer they are to you.

Summary

Overall, you can get a lot more done, over a longer time-frame, at a far lower cost, if you stick with non-violence.

It’s just not very exciting…

…and Traveller players wants excitement. At least in their games!

There probably should be two Traveller games: one with all the shooting, insane experiments, and massive financial gambles (which men enjoy, and we already have) and one with all the relationship building and social positioning and family drama (for women to enjoy, which we don’t have).

We need a female Traveller game designer genius.

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“That Off-worlder Fought For Us!”

Quora: If you could change one thing about your time in the military, what would it be?

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Roland Bartetzko
former German Army Paratrooper, Croatian Defense Council, Kosovo Liberation Army

I would have joined the Croatian Homeland War earlier, in March 1991 and not in 1993.

The first few months of a conflict are the most chaotic ones, but they are also extremely important in regard to your future status as a soldier and veteran. Short: the earlier you picked up your rifle (or answered the call of the homeland), the more respected you’ll be.

Volunteers of the Croatian Homeland War. (Photo: total croatia news)

This might sound a bit trivial, after all, who wants to lose their lives for such an abstract thing as “respect”, but it makes a great difference, for several reasons:

  • You’ll get to know a lot of important people in the early phase of the war. One of your comrades may one day become a General or an important politician and can help you out for the rest of your life.
  • You’ll have a large advantage over your buddies who joined later: more experience, better tactical knowledge, etc. They will look up to you and most probably you’ll also have a higher rank.
  • You’ll be an active part of history and people will remember your name: the only foreigner participating in this and that battle, the first foreigner in this and that city or unit, the first foreigner getting wounded, etc.
  • After the war, your pension will be higher, you’ll have fewer problems finding a job or good housing (because of your wartime connections) and even your family will profit from your status: “look, this is the son of XY!”

This is also the reason why I didn’t hesitate long when the war in Kosovo broke out. I was one of the few foreigners there and I also joined the war effort much earlier than most of the locals.

It was worth it.

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Well, it may be worth it if

  • Your side wins, and
  • You don’t end up a shredded corpse.

There are few guarantees in life: and victory (AND survival!) in an armed conflict is not a place of certainty.

All that being said: yes, if you get the two points above, it can be worth signing up early for a conflict. You will, indeed, get serious respect among those in the know, and a good chance of the (winning government) recognition as well.

And – yes, again – this increases sharply for outsiders, foreigners and off-worlders who step in on a side in a local conflict. Especially if they fight for the weaker side.1

A rather more interesting question: would it have been worth volunteering if

  • Your side loses, and
  • You end up a shredded corpse.

A question we aren’t going to get an answer for in this life.2


1Usually. If I recall correctly, ISIS liked to use all those foreigners as cannon-fodder, especially volunteers from India, Pakistan and Africa. And then there are less-than-valuable the volunteers from Europe, left to do washing up and hand out food.

2Well… you might get a partial answer, if the fighter isn’t killed but just badly wounded/crippled for life. His opinion on whether it was worth it also worth considering.

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An Educational British Victory

Three interesting points from the below post, from Quora:

  1. Too much pride, combined with outdated tactics, can lead to the breaking of an invincible aura of dominance. And once people see that you can be beaten, more and more people are willing to take a crack at bringing you down a notch… or two.. or five…
  2. Events of centuries ago can have repercussions today, with organized downvoting and shadow bans to protect a wounded nation’s pride.

    “Using modern technology to protect the reputation of powerful men four centuries dead.”
  3. Even great, important battles can be forgotten after enough centuries have passed. In the (fictional) Imperial context, how many battles have been almost completely forgotten? The most highly educated French and British barely remember the Battle of Blenheim: how many Americans or Indians or Nigerians have even heard of it, never mind understand the significance?

Quora: What is one battle, if the result was flipped, would have changed the world the most?

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Henrey Bradley * Amateur Historian, Adventurer

Battle of Blenheim, 13 August 1704.

The war of the Spanish Succession is often ignored when discussing European military history, and the battle of Blenheim is routinely boiled down to the Duke of Malborough going on some road trip across the European continent and kicking arse far from home.

Yet it’s easy to forget just how dominant the kingdom of France was under Louis the Great. Old Louis the 14th, was comfortably the greatest king of his age, during the first 40 years of his reign France had bullied the continent like some unstoppable and overpowered giant. By Military might alone, France conquered swathes of the Spanish Empire on the continent, eventually, Louis via diplomacy succeeded in placing his grandson on the Spanish throne, and thereby combined the two great continental powers into a monster power.

At this point, who in their right minds would bet against Louis the Great, the man was drenched in glory and seemed certain to have changed the balance of power in Europe, with France and Spain ruled by the Bourbon family of France.

Almost immediately the Grand Alliance formed, like the Avengers assembling, Great Britain, The Dutch Republic and Habsburg Austria, formed a desperate alliance to maintain the separation of the Spanish and French thrones, and secure the stability and balance of power on the continent.

The French were all but unstoppable though, going on the offensive and relentlessly sending armies to invade the Italian peninsula and threaten the Dutch, bullying the smaller countries during the early years.

It is at this point that Louis the 14th’s French Bourbon forces started to gather a massive army consisting of French, Spanish, Bavarians, and a large contingent of Irish Mercenaries, with the aim of marching straight into Austria, sweeping aside the smaller Austrian forces and capturing Vienna. Knocking Austria, the largest continental allied power, out of the war and securing almost certain victory for Louis the Great, whose family would rule France and Spain, dominating Europe and possibly the future of the fracking world.

The Battle of Blenheim, the field on which the long-established myth of French military invincibility, died.

But what the French didn’t expect, was that the allied commander; Field Marshal John Churchill, better known as The Duke of Marlborough, had figured out the French strategic plan to knock Habsburg Austria out of the war, and this certified military genius had hatched his own devilishly cunning plan to save the day.

What do you mean, some Napoleon fellow is going to copy my painting, does he even have a wig? Bet it’s not as fabulous as mine.

Field Marshal John Churchill took his well trained British army and added a substantial force of Dutch soldiers, before marching them 250 miles across Europe, through hostile and friendly territory alike, and all the while he gathered new recruits from across Europe, building a diverse ‘Army of Europe’ with his British Expeditionary army at its core.

Malborough used his genius to obscure his plan, hiding his true intent from both his allies and the enemy, and by this stroke of cunning intellect, he marched unhindered for 5 weeks and surprised the larger French, Spanish and Bavarian army, positioning his mixed allied force between the Bourbon armies invasion route and the Austrian capital of Vienna.

After a series of small battles, including the Allies storming of the position known as the Schellenburg, Marlborough managed to force the major battle he wanted, alongside the river Danube. The French awoke early to find the British and allied army approaching in an almost 4-mile wide battle line. Unfortunately for the French, their commander Marschall Tallard had been completely surprised, in fact, just before receiving word of Marlborough’s position, Tallard had unbelievably sent a letter to King Louis XIV, informing him that the Anglo-Allied army had retreated, how very wrong he was.

Marlborough quickly formed his battle plans and positioned his trusted friend Prince Eugene on his right with orders to keep the large Bavarian force busy, while Marlborough would command the centre and left flank.

After a few hours taking up positions, all the while under ineffective French cannon fire, the allied army began to press forwards on the flanks, Prince Eugene attacking towards the Bavarians at Lutzingen, and Marlborough’s right crossing a shallow stream and attacking the French held town of Blenheim, all the while Marlborough held back his main force in the centre of his line.

At 1 pm Brigadier Row’s Brigade of 1st Guards, 10th Foot, 21st Foot, 23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers and 24th Foot were advancing on Blenheim under sustained withering fire. Only the elite French Gens D’Armes cavalry charged into the flank of the attacking brigades, pushing them back with heavy losses.

At this point, General Cutts who commanded the attack on Blenheim ordered his outnumbered force of British cavalry to counterattack the Gens D’Armes, this elite French cavalry was considered to be the finest in Europe and held a significant numerical advantage of 8 to 5 over the attacking British cavalry.

However, the presumed elite French cavalry used outdated tactics, they would form up and discharge a carbine volley, before drawing their swords and engaging. While the British Cavalry had been trained in a new style, they charged at all speed with sabres drawn and attacked, only then using their pistols and carbines in melee, at a far more effective range.

‘In the finest array, the allied cavalry, mustering 8,000 sabres, moved up in two lines – at first slowly, but gradually more quickly as they drew near, and the fire of the artillery became more violent… With irresistible vehemence, the line dashed forward at full speed, and soon the crest of the ridge was passed. The French horsemen discharged their carbines with little effect, and immediately wheeled about and fled… The allied horse rapidly inundated the open space… The six French battalions in the middle were surrounded, cut to pieces, or taken captive.’ – Sir Archibald Alison.

The supposed finest cavalry in Europe formed of 5 squadrons, had been utterly annihilated by the smaller cavalry force of just 3 squadrons, the Gens D’Armes even lost their fabled battle colours.

On the right flank, Pince Eugene’s force was suffering badly but continued to fight bravely, even when forced backwards relentlessly by the Bavarians.

All the while, crafty Malborough had sent engineers to repair a key bridge crossing at the centre of his line and ordered the erection of 3 further pontoons, with which he was able to cross the river with the bulk of his army unhindered and advanced on the French and Bavarian centre.

The leading battalions in the centre were primarily Dutch and German, these men were commanded by prince Holstein-Beck, many of them died in that initial assault on the heart of the overstretched French line, with the young prince being wounded and captured.

Seeing the carnage and shock defeat of his forward line, Malborough personally rode to Prince Eugene on his right flank and requested all available mounted troops for a counterattack on the French centre, this masterstroke was a total success, driving the French cavalry backwards in disarray.

Malboroughs centre had begun to pour across the river and moved through the marshland, which the French command had presumed all but impossible to manage effectively. They quickly seized a strong foothold beneath the French on the high ground and formed up in lines preparing to advance.

French commander Tallard ordered his front line, which was composed mostly of the Gendarmery Cavalry, on whose bravery Tallard entirely relied, to charge down the slope into the Allied lines forming up to attack. That massive charge of French cavalry was magnificent, they crashed through the first allied line with deadly effect and were only pushed back by the resolute and equally brave stand of the second line which fired volleys into the charging cavalry.

This was the moment the Duke of Malborough had been waiting for, his battleplan had been masterful and like a chess grandmaster going through the motions, he ordered his vast reserve of cavalry forwards to secure his victory, his allied cavalry fell on the shaken French like an unstoppable flood, washing all before them and cutting down all that tried to stand their ground.

During this almighty allied cavalry charge, the French commander Tallard along with his staff was captured and taken prisoner.

Another 40 French Generals and over a thousand officers were captured, along with 13,000 soldiers, 40 French battle colours and 60 cannons.

French casualties were 7,000 wounded and 6,000 killed.

Allied casualties were 7,942 wounded and 4,542 killed.

“The French lost this battle for a wide variety of reasons. For one thing, they had too good an opinion of their own ability, another point was their faulty field dispositions, and in addition, there was rampant indiscipline and inexperience. – Field marshal Mérode-Westerloo, of France.

The Battle of Blenheim was the turning point in the Spanish War of Succession, and if it had been lost or had Malborough simply never marched across Europe to fight and defend Austria, then the armies of King Louis of France would have knocked the Austrians out of the war, and cemented the unification of France and the Spanish Empire, drastically changing the course of history.

Fun fact; John Churchill, the Duke of Malborough, had a descendant who saved the day in WWII, his name was Winston Churchill and he grew up in Blenheim Palace, his distant grandfather’s home.


My answers are being targeted by vindictive organised downvoters, in an attempt to shadow ban my content, this has resulted in articles collapsed and 5 of my last articles reaching so few views, that I chose to delete them.

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