Feb 21, 2020 7:51 PM
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Yes, but he doesn't have much to say to the Emperor. Mostly slurs and spitting.

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In that case the Emperor is not going to extend offers of help that clearly is not wanted. The justice system seems functional. Good job, justice system.

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The justice system is pleased to have his approval.

The execution is by hanging, and is broadcast.

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Hopefully other people try less destructive methods of getting his attention, like writing letters or something.

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Only time will tell! The anti-alien bit seems to have died down.

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Oh, good.

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An anonymous group of economists have written him a letter criticizing his tax policy.

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Yay!!!! He is genuinely super enthusiastic about this! He will write and publish a long response and draft an amendment to some taxes that don't actually seem to be functioning as intended!

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Other letters slowly start to filter in. Some contain reasonable critiques of policy (school curricula, zoning ordinances), others are just people pushing for what would be maximally convenient for them personally (make a law saying my neighbor needs to shoot his dog to make it stop barking).

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Yep, that's how functional non-totalitarian country-running looks. He takes it all as an encouraging sign. ...why does the Emperor handle zoning ordinances, isn't that a local thing?

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Well, yes. But the whole system is kind of fucked and needs to be overhauled significantly. Most efficient to do it all at once.

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Probably, but he is going to need to do a lot of reading. He is very excited about this. 

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People continue being encouraged by the reactions to correspondence to send more correspondence.

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It's far too much to read but maybe he has enough trust by now to start hiring advisors who won't be terrified of him? 

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There's still a little bit of terror, the last Emperor was pretty terrifying, but he can find some people who will speak normally to his face despite that.

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Great. He thinks zoning is pretty much a bad idea, where might it be justified enough to overcome this presumption? He is kind of tempted to just clear away this entire planet's terrible tax policy, any reason why he shouldn't? Healthcare. Who even came up with this system? How does a society with FTL galaxy-wide communication still have communicable diseases with accessible vaccinations?

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His advisors have advice and explanations. They are mostly good ones.

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Oh good! He will fix so much stuff, then. He will not murder them for disagreeing with him; he will not even glare at them. If they are right he will listen to them. This empire is going to have reasonable governance before the year is out.

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It's certainly well on its way there.

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He has Epic do his infrastructure projects! He does the public health stuff himself as a treat!  It is such a treat! He copies Matirin's strategy of having Charps in little nestled auditoriums in hillsides teaching engineering and physics and biology to anyone who wants to learn. He makes a prettier palace, since the old palace was insufficiently pretty.

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After a year of this, you could almost mistake it for one of their other protectorates.

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Bigger than most of them, and higher-maintenance, but it has more sustained demonic attention (Epic has not yet gotten bored of demoning, if they were worried that'd happen, and a demon from a Space colony decided she felt sorry for the poor people who had to live with the Sith offered to come help with infrastructure. That took some wrangling, given the hiding-the-existence-of-multiple-dimensions, but they put her on a lightleaper and leaped it with the teleport and she had a good time helping, so the risk seemed to be paying off.)

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The state of the Empire is largely irrelevant to Occlus. She idly notes the changes the extradimensionals are making as she hops in and out to collect things left behind by her former peers. (She will make them available for reclamation upon request.) She and Fienus continue excavating tombs. Silmaril-enhanced Force strength is an acceptable substitute for a team of diggers. She gets several expansions added to her archives. She catalogues and collates and cross-references. The history of the Sith is better documented and better understood (only by her, but no one else really counts) than ever before.

Is this what happiness is? Perhaps. Contentment, at the very least.

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