(yes, I'm probably creating way too many topics in this forum; that's what happens when you join a forum too late and are full of ideas.
Anyway I just had a few thoughts on the Vasudan Imperium portion of the GTVA and I wanted some other opinions/theories on the subject.
It is said that Khonsu II is the heir to a 10000-year old dynasty, but isn't this probably exaggerated? (a lot, hehe) I think it is pretty much accepted that Vasudans followed similar evolution paths as Terrans, and I doubt we had organized governments (and reliable records) that long ago, even after adding 368 years for the FS2 storyline. Also, a single dynasty like that could hardly remain in power for so many years; at some point a malevolent leader will come up and the people will revolt, installing a new government. (I think Vasuda Prime was at one time split between several independent nations as Earth is today, so there would be many leaders trying to grab power of the larger governments)
Also, I have a feeling that the "emperor" title for Khonsu II might just be figurative while he is actually more of a president or a prime minister in terms of the governmental powers he has. The Vasudan Imperium probably operates as a federation (like the General Assembly) with the central government somewhere in Aldebaran working with the regional system and planetary ruling bodies; an empire encompassing many systems run by a monarch wouldn't last too long before the outer systems secede and the whole structure breaks apart. (which obviously is not happening since Vasudan civilization is said to be greatly prospering around the FS2 time period)
Either that or Khonsu II is simply a symbolic figurehead with very little actual political influence, but I don't think this is likely since they said in the Colossus cutscene that he originally worked to bring about the construction of such a project. (he might have been the first prominent person to seriously consider the idea)
Also, the old Vasudan regime was parliamentary (democratic) in some ways and it is pretty rare to have a democratic government fall in favor of a monarchy. I think that the VPE was similar to one of these pseudo-democracies found in some "rogue nations" today, where it looks like a democracy from the outset but the military is actually running the whole show and elections are stage-managed by the army. (the PVN in this case) I remember reading something in FS1 over a year ago where it said that the VPE was "parliamentary in nature" but was run by a particular royal family along with some quasi-royal ambassadors or something. (can't remember any more than that, or even where I read this
) The GTVA probably functions more effectively since the Security Council (probable military division) is distinct from the other two bodies.
Any ideas or opinions on this stuff?
(okay, I won't make any more topics for now
[This message has been edited by CP5670 (edited 12-30-2001).]