Introduction To Multipians: A Field Guide

What should I tell you about Multipia? When one is talking about the greatest empire in the galaxy, at some level, discussion of them is superfluous. All peoples, at least the elites and governments involved in the galaxy, are forced to know about them and their capabilities and interests whether they want to or not. Empires force those around them in some respect in their orbit, whether they are friendly, hostile, or just trying to stay out of the way. In order to understand the Multipians, though, there are two tasks that we have at hand, and both are necessary. There are some aspects of the Multipians that are present simply because they are a massive empire that, however unintentionally, dominates the space around them because of the good fortune of their geography along with their ability to minimize internal disorder and a solid run of good leadership. And while we will explore some of that in this guide, it is really the second task which we will spend more time and attention on, and that is the unique qualities of the Multipian people themselves apart from their imperial status.

In my observation of the Multipian people, it seems as if the people has been formed in deep isolation. Each Multipian is a world unto oneself, perhaps even a galaxy or universe unto oneself. This manifests itself in striking ways. When one is watching the behavior of these people even in their capital city, surrounded by crowds, one sees them together alone, contentedly watching each other in individuals or in small groups talking with people one knows. This is not due to any sort of lack of interest in other people, but rather the difficulty that Multipians have in reaching out across the abyss that separates them from others. This marked tendency must have something to do with what appears to be a peasant background.

Multipians, even urban ones, will pronounce a blessing upon the flocks and families of their friends and acquaintances. And they are intensely curious about others, as each Multipian seems like a native-born researcher, curiously asking questions about all manner of things of the other person, talking about their own lives and interests, and frequently adding each other as friends of a sort when there is a shared passion for some aspect of culture. They greet each other in innumerable ways, with hugs, kisses on the cheek, a pat on the arm or shoulder, a pat on the back, a squeeze of the waist, a firm handshake, sometimes of an elaborate kind, fist and elbow bumps, not even taking into account the shy or friendly wave or the ubiquitous nod of the head for mutual acknowledgement, or sometimes more than one of these greetings in baffling combinations. It is impossible to fully know what all of them mean, and it is not as if the Multipians themselves understand why it is they greet each other as they do.

This diversity is to be expected, since the Multipians themselves are descended from a rather misfit collection of human beings from the planet earth who found themselves first exiles within their civilizations on earth, and then exiled from the earth itself to various small planets and bases in the Kuiper belt of the solar system. When these ultimately proved to be too close to the desire on the part of earth’s elites to dominate them, it was their next exile after this, to the Multi system, which proved to be their ticket to safety and security as well as their rise to unexpected imperial status. By operating under multiple layers of federalism by which unity in diversity was able to colonize a wide variety of planets with different natures, but all of which are united in a common commitment to mutual regard and equitable trading relationships, they were able to increase in population far beyond their initial population of exiles. And it was not only in Multipia that this was the case, but also in those communities of similar stock to the Multipians but which had supported different people in charge and ended up settling their own smaller systems which nonetheless remained friendly with Multipia as galactic allies in Goa and Toa as well as Valleria, all of which surround Multpia with friendly buffer states of less diversity but of the same kind of overall quirkiness and exile-formed sensibilities.

Besides Multipia’s geography and diversity, a major source of its strength is its ability to deal with a couple of alien species in increasing the social roles and the diversity of Multipia as an empire. There are at least three different species, all of which have different roles, that are able to unite together for common purposes among the Multipians, and each of them provides an element of strength for the empire as a whole in some fashion. The most minor of these is the role served by a species known popularly as the “shipeaters,” a race of giant beings who feed off of solar wind as well as derelict space vessels. Through various means the earliest Multipian leaders were able to come to an understanding with these beings and help their colonization of Multipian systems where they serve to help recycle space vessels and keep the Multipian empire free of space junk. This environmental gain has made the shipeaters an essential aspect of the Multipian approach to keeping their part of the Milky Way clean from the clutter that finds itself around the battlefields and planets and shipyards of other, less fortunate realms.

More important than the shipeaters, but also highly exotic, is the group of beings whom the Multpians call Korinthidons, based upon the name they were given by the Greek scientist who brought them into existence through genetic engineering. They are a species of dinosaurs whose most notable aspect, and what makes them an honored and respected part of the Multpian empire, is the way that their brains have such a high sensitivity to electronics, and gives them a sense of heightened empathy towards other beings with whom they have bonded. For reasons that are still unknown to us, one of the first members of their species bonded with a human being whose family, perhaps not coincidentally, later became the ruling family of the Multipians, thus increasing the status of both the Korinthidons of that line and of the family itself. Even before arriving at Multipia, there had been multiple encounters between the same line of Korinthidons and the same line of Multipia’s royal family, and these encounters appear to have heightened the insights and sensitivity of both the dinosaurs and the people involved. While a full undersanding of this bond has been elusive so far, it is an area of investigation that many people are seeking, both within and outside of the empire, because of the knowledge of the power that Korinthidons bring in being able to recognize the intentions of others as well as shut down nearby electronics.

All of this creates a great deal of difficulty for those who deal with Multipia and has made them a mighty empire. Advantages in geography have given the Multipians a lot of area to spread and grow. Their system of government and its flexibility and suppleness and ability to minimize internal difficulties has allowed it to preserve a high degree of unity despite its spread across the galaxy. The alliance formed between the Multipian people and the shipeaters and Korinthidons has further increased the capabilities of the empire to more easily destroy ships and mines, thus making it more difficult for others to stop them, while also sabotaging electronics nearby, thus limiting the tactical options that enemies have in dealing with them, especially those civilizations that became dependent on electronics as a result of their experiences on earth before reaching space. To be sure, no empire lasts forever, but the Multipians have at least done enough, and done it distinctively enough, to be remembered as long as the deeds of men are sung and written and studied, and have done so through a savvy awareness of the debt that they have owed to the past.

It is worthwhile to discuss at least a little bit the system of government that Multipia has and the way that it serves to reduce many of the conflicts that people have had. One of the insights that early Muliptian leaders had was to reduce the space for elected governments to control life overall and to reduce the trend towards excessive centralization by creating complex alliances that were nevertheless highly distributed in their authority, and creating many ways for people to reach a status of respect and honor. This starts with a complex set of identities, including occupation-based identities, identities based on one’s cultural group, a variety of local voluntary-based identities as well as larger ones over districts, planets, systems, provinces, identities based on religion and a system of tanist inheritance for many noble houses as well as a complex set of leadership including a royal family that serves in a constitutional but not negligent fashion. The end result is a system that makes it hard for people to mobilize social grievances based on identity politics because virtually any aspect of someone’s identity can be a means by which one can achieve a position of responsibility and honor within the larger society. With so many places of honor to distribute as exist within Multipia, anyone with any degree of ambition and a longing for distinction can find some way of holding a place that will lead him or her to be seen with respect by others, thus making it hard for others to motivate based on the frustrated longing for title and position.

Where this system came from has been almost lost to the obscure mists of history, but it is thought that early Multipian leaders were strongly motivated by their hostility to the socialism and anarchism that they saw in early 21st century Sol Tertius, or what human beings of that time considered Terra, or earth, and so instead of having rigid ideas of identity that were strongly identified with control of high political offices, and which ran roughshod over local identities and especially viewed rural people with contempt, there was a strong desire to encourage community identity in a way that nonetheless allowed for individual honor and achievement so long as people acted in ways that benefited communities as a whole, whether communities of faith, of background, of place, or of occupation and interest. The end result is that while Multipian society made certain aspects of life more simple through the establishment of locally homogeneous communities, those communities themselves were connected in fantastically diverse ways with other communities that similarly provided essential and important aspects to life, and thus led to a system of mutual interdependence and thus the cultivation of respect across a wide level, so that society was educated in the importance that providing many avenues by which someone could earn respect thus made it possible for more people to view everyone with respect in some fashion.

It should be noted, though, that it would be wise for us to discuss as little as possible about the period of time in which the Multipian desire to overcome the divisions of the humanity from which they sprang first came to light, in the writings and actions of a few peripheral people who were able to gain critical mass over time through their ability to motivate ever larger groups of people in a complicated dance of respect and honor, and thus to increasingly dominate those who lacked their ability to deal with respect and honor towards others to a degree necessary to build up a large intergalactic empire that is nonetheless founded on individual communities of striking diversity and equally striking unity. Even if Multipians are a far different people than one might expect from the days of old earth, the fact that they have been motivated by the ideals of harmonizing the interests of the many and the one and seeking ever more intricate ways by which this delicate balance can be attained in an ever changing galaxy, to say nothing of the boggling diversity of communities in which Multipians find themselves, shows them to be children of their time and of their background within Western Civilization and Christendom as much as any other people has ever been. Whether we like it or not, we take more than a bit of ourselves and our backgrounds with us wherever we go, even among the stars.

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