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Tracy: Is there anything good about him?
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 10:41 AM
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 11:36 AM
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 11:47 AM
There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 1:39 PM
Beir bua agus beannacht
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 4:24 PM
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 5:45 PM
The Alliance was started out of an idealistic
belief that a strong central government that
controlled every aspect of a person’s life, from
cradle to grave, could provide that person a better,
safer, and more secure life. Some folk in the Alliance
truly believed this and they dedicated their lives to
bringing this about. Other folk saw this as a chance
to grab power for themselves.
The Parliament formed a military council
that acted quickly to quell any unrest among the
Core planets and their neighbors. Maintaining
order meant keeping tight control over the
populace, and that led to the creation of many
secret programs. Their hope was to make people
obedient, complacent, compliant— “better” by the
The Alliance was the protective parent. The Core
worlds were model children. But the Alliance had
another problem. They feared their “good children”
were going to be corrupted by the bad seeds who
lived on the wrong side of the ‘Verse. The worlds
on the Border and the Rim were self-governing,
outside the limits of Alliance control. Each world
had its own set of laws and rules that suited its
own particular needs. Folk living on these frontier
planets had been forced to be self-reliant in order
to survive, and they had come to be free-thinkers
who saw no need for a lot of government meddling.
The Alliance considered such independence a threat
to civilization. (They also considered that a lot of
valuable resources and real estate were outside their
control!) For the benefit of all people in the ‘Verse,
the Alliance decided that every planet in the system
should come under Alliance rule, whether its people
wanted it or not.
Idealistic folk of the Core planets thought this
was a great idea. Doesn’t everyone would want to
live on a safe, civilized world where folk are cared
for by their betters? The movement for Unification
spread like wildfire through dry brush. The leaders
on the Core thought they had only to open their
arms in a wide embrace and those poor benighted
souls on the Rim would come running home to their
Those on the Border did come running. Only
problem—they carried guns.
The War for Unification was the most
devastating war in human history. All those who
lived through it are marked, like a scar left behind by
an old wound. (Just that some happen to have big
scars traced all ‘cross their faces while others have
tiny ones hidden away.) Outer planets, including
Shadow, Persephone, and Hera, mustered forces and
formed an alliance of their own—the Independent
Faction (known as “Browncoats,” thanks to the
brown dusters their soldiers took to wearing). The
Parliament of the Alliance instituted a draft to build
its forces. They were considerably astonished to
learn that more than half of the Independent forces
were composed of volunteers. The Alliance (known
as the “Purple Bellies” for their style of dress) had
the manpower, the ships, and technology to make
the result of the war a forgone conclusion—but no
one anticipated that freedom would be something so
many folk would be willing to die to protect.
Quote:And the only thing you see him do is at that one battle, which was a crushing defeat.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 8:45 PM
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 2:54 AM
Quote:The Alliance 'was' a fine entity until it came to the point that they had to make Serenity and they turned them from something similar to the 3rd worlds view of the U.S to an Evil empire. And going off that it doesn't say the entirety or even the majority of the Alliance is bad.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 2:59 AM
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 4:52 AM
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 8:00 AM
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 11:01 AM
I think the Alliance says slavery is illegal, but has no choice but to look the other way on it.
Quote:Your talking about 1 single incident.
Quote:They see the Alliance as pure evil.
Quote:Evil people don't let the rebelling conquered soldiers go free without punishment. When the war ended, The Independents weren't outlawed or executed en masse. They just let them go to live their lives. That doesn't sound like an Evil Empire to me.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 11:03 AM
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 8:31 PM
Thursday, July 05, 2012 6:05 AM
Thursday, July 05, 2012 4:59 PM
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