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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 9
02-18-2011, 12:38 PM
Excellent summation of the nationalism sparked by the Napoleonic Era. Your comparison to Moscow, where the communist regime always held more to the principles of Russian nationalism than anything resembling Marxist ideology is a wonderful seasoning. (I still view Soviet Communism as simply a new designer opiate for the masses.)

An excellent foundation for an epic plot. Two lines strike me as perfect for this theme. One is the "Descent into Madness" where the emphasis on empire leads to dishonor and insanity. After all, getting what you wished for in your youth is not nearly so frightening as your children getting what you wished for in your youth; Their agenda and experience will use it in ways one may very well regret. Indeed, what mistakes might occur if some leader of this house were to perceive BORG technology as the "Next Stage" in protecting the empire? Frank Herbert's Dune series subtly points out that when you change the evolution of what you are to become something better - the result will replace you and it will no longer be you. Will they in trying to protect what is tlhIngan teH destroy it?

The other plot is "Redemption". The most tragic redemption story I have ever read is that of Elric of Melnibone the first of his species to be born with a conscience. With tuq H'joQ on the slippery slope of nationalism at any cost, what storyline could allow one of its own to save it, both within and without, when the Night of the Long Knives catches up with them. Something that they seemed to have missed is that these actions do not remain unnoticed forever. While it took nearly 60 allied nations to defeat expansionist fascist regimes on earth, no less exists in the Star Trek universe. That person, complicit in all the houses dishonor, may convert to the hero needed to prevent the house's destruction (and the Empires) by creating a compromise which embraces the virtues of both Klingon and UFP while sacrificing a more radical section of the house for control of future outcomes. Vladimir Lenin has been painted by some as controlling both the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks in order to make one look more radical while the other seemed like the middle of the road compromise thereby getting opponents to choose what he wanted in order to avoid the more radical proposal. A similar play could be written where the pivotal character does indeed sacrifice the more radical side of his house to save and to eliminate it for the good of the house and the empire; a move which convinces that radical sect to accept their sacrifice as a ruse, while in reality this main figure truly wants them eliminated in order to prevent the radical shifts they are bringing about in Klingon society.