News from the Parallel Universe:
The solar system in which Alt-World belongs has a twin star. The darker of the two also has a planet of similar dimensions orbiting. It is about that planet which this communique covers:
Although that planet is barren with a frigid, wind blasted surface laden with red iron oxide sand not unlike the martian surface, it once had a grand civilization. At its height men wore tuxedos after hours and the women wore gowns. Social dancing was their favorite pastime and dance balls were held nightly. The dancers danced to live bands of blaring trumpets, saxophones, tympani and the occasional violin. Okay, instruments similar to ours and also they were populated with humanoids. An ancient race had seeded both universes with the human genome in a desperate attempt to replicate intelligence. Did they succeed? Well, that is for another time and another story.
Anyway politics abounded there just as it abounds everywhere. As a matter of fact which are hard to come by these days, politics was crucial for their decline and complete desertification of their home world.
This incident took place in the Federated Union of Communes or FUC for short. In the English language this abbreviation might have a negative connotation but for this particular planet it was their pride as well as their joy. FUC was founded through a constitutional convention that gave administrative powers to a central government which also was granted the provision to make laws and adjudicate. The convention succeeded where a previous form of governance did not. However, the new constitution won by a narrow margin over the confederationists who resisted. It took two centuries to gain complete acceptance for this system of government which by the way also had run a central bank.
Alas, it was thought to be believed that support for this constitutional government was unanimous. As things turned out, it was not the case. There had always been an undercurrent that when they gained ascendancy behaved in the manner of an undertow to overturn legislation and undo court rulings. It was thought that they simply wanted to turn the clocks back a few years.
Little did the pundits (not to be confused with pandits who in India as well as in Bharat of Alt-World are religious scholars) realize that this underground of reaction kept the original debate (federation versus confederation) alive.
Public opinion eventually shifted to the confederationist side after decades of bombardments from their flappers who harangued establishment politicians turned favorable to their sentiments. Administration after administration was elected that hastily dismantled the federal government and behaving in the manner of an internal but malignant excrescence sabotaged its workings, stripping it of power, downsizing its paid staff and implementing unworkable schemes that led to its downfall.
With the eventual collapse of the FUC, a political vacuum emerged that was filled by the communes which acted like provinces or states. Each governor ruled unhampered by a national government over his own potentate. And where there was once national unity remained a disparate array of communes waiting once more for another Risorgimento to take place. But none ever took place. It seems that history repeats itself. But then again it does not.
More will be said about their equivalent of golf in which they inherited from a barbaric past the unsightly use of the equivalent of horses' heads for golf balls as well as the insatiable need for land with its sand traps, ponds, and marshes that ensnare this unmentionable loose equivalent to golf.