Humans and Empire?

11 Nov

Another vague idea. A few hundred thousand years ago, a race of aliens exploded out into space. They built the first empire, dragging in other space-faring races and placing primitive worlds (like Earth) under quarantine (explaining why we didn’t get any mail from ET). Their empire grew very fast, but the population started to refuse demands for military service and so on. The Boss Race had built their empire on the labour of non-Bosses. This didn’t make them popular among their subject races – and as their technology spread, they discovered that they were facing an invasion from races that had absorbed their technology and had friends and allies among the subject races. Their technology was still primitive compared to the master race, but there was a heck of a lot more of the barbarians. After a version of the Battle of Adrianople that wreaked a large space fleet, the master race’s leaders knows that they are in trouble.

Their solution – hire humans to serve as soldiers, in exchange for the keys to the stars.

Unluckily for them, humanity doesn’t want to serve as slave-soldiers, holding down the oppressed masses…

Thoughts? Remember to read the ‘about me’ page before commenting.

Chris

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8 Responses to “Humans and Empire?”

  1. Andy Coysh February 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Yep, I can see it working and I for one look forward to seeing it in print/kindle!
    Plenty of room for expansion in the series if your version of Valens ‘disappears’…

  2. Lindsay March 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Maybe the humans could become a sort of Varangian Guard, – ostensibly serving the empire but in fact building power and influence to the point where they actually control things?

  3. Anarchymedes July 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    All right, the master race have become 100% rational organic computers, with no emotions. Other races, once they’ve managed to teach their masters some respect and won some concessions, are not keen on continuing the fight and are prepared to compromise. But humans have feelings. That instinct of freedom that makes a just-unleashed dog run headlong forward is too strong in them. They try to build a coalition to overthrow the masters and drive them away for good, but the other races chicken out. At the end, humans refuse to submit and take the masters on by themselves, relying on their shamans’ ancient intuitive knowledge of the nature’s secrets that the masters are too logical to believe. Only 10,000 humans survive on Earth, and they’re plunged back into the paeleolith. But the masters are gone. The Universe is free. And those who seek to take our freedom away from us, beware: you will get your hands burned.
    How’s that?

  4. terrydangrissom June 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    We exist now currently on the cusp of the nano-genetic era, with potentially life spans in excess oh many hundreds of years as well as what is currently known as bio-hacks, to me imbed technology. The current historic cycle as the results of WW1 still play out are causes all sorts of interesting sagas. So whose rational is being discussed, European, Asian, ISIS,? Do all humans have feelings, if so, what are they? We seem to always tend to project our past onto our future, Rome to the EU and US, Chinese onto Asia, so who projects onto who. Chicken out, I think not, I surmise that no great civilization was or ever will be peaceful, I do not think that is how evolution plays out.

  5. ProfilesInOpposites January 30, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    I just finished Out of the Dark by Weber. Same general idea with barbarian humans outstripping the bewildered conquering aliens by their voracious technical know-how and bloodthirsty heritage.
    As for the complaints about Weber’s latest works this one is tighter and complete in one book (I hope).

    You probably can do better. Hope to see something come of it!

  6. Pat Wilson July 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    I will read more of your book. I just read the series of your Angel Kate Falcone and would like to see where she and her people go. I’m impressed with how well you see America and our political situation. If we don’t change we will be the country where any sensible person will not want to live.
    Pat

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