Something has occurred to me recently. The Shivan’s Modus Operandi as preservers seems a little inefficient. If they only intervene when a civilisation; A) is hostile to others and B) has access to subspace, then potentially worthy species may get wiped out.
The ancient’s monologues suggest they had wiped out civilisations before
they discovered subspace. It was only when they continued wiping out species after
they discovered subspace that the Shivans got involved and wiped the ancients
What if one of the species the ancients wiped out could have gone on to become the ‘new Brahmans’?
Is this due to the Shivans having limited resources and being unable to be everywhere at once? If so could they not seed the galaxy with self replicating von neumann probes which would alert them if a species evolves in that system, 2001 style?
Or is it due to some other reason or criteria, such as pre-subspace species being considered too insignificant to bother protecting or some such?
What would happen if a peaceful species has to become warlike due to the aggression of another, this other species being immune to any attempts at peace, co-operation etc? Would the formally peaceful species also be attacked by the Shivans due to being forced to take up arms to protect themselves? How does this translate to the UEF / GTVA situation? Do the Shivans differentiate between different groups of a species, or is it a simple kill / not kill decision applied to a species as a whole?
In the original black and white film of ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’
the robots basically forced everyone in the galactic community to get along under pain of death, and they made sure civilisations were aware of this before
they were technologically capable of leaving their home world. Why do the Shivans (or indeed the Vishnans) not do something similar? Is it a question of free will?
It seems a little unfair on any developing race to be judged without them realising they were even ‘on trial’ so to speak. Not that I’m implying lovecraftian species and intelligences would much care about our notions of morality