Wednesday, 19 August 2015
The Logic Of The Draka
(ii) There were too many natives to exterminate so the settlers "had to" enslave them - although they also had to avoid the terminology of slavery.
(iii) Thus, the Draka wound up putting all of their own children through intensive military training so that they will be able to maintain a permanent grip on a much larger population of "serfs."
(iv) For the survival of the Draka as "the Race," serfs must be kept permanently subordinated, uneducated and (mostly) illiterate. If serfs were liberated, then some would kill all Draka and also all former serfs who remained loyal to the Draka.
(v) The Draka state also needs a much larger Jannisary army of comparatively able and privileged serfs.
(vi) Treating serfs essentially as property, Draka men take concubines from among serf women. However, the young Eric von Shrakenberg, given a concubine by his father at the age of fifteen, is, according to Draka values, at fault when he values her as an individual.
(vii) Abandoning any pretense at Christianity, the Draka explicitly base their collective philosophy on writers like Nietzsche.
(viii) Rebel serfs escape to surrounding free areas from where they hope to return better armed so the Draka "have to" conquer more and more territory.
(ix) They conquer all of Africa and, after their participation in the Great War, much of Asia.
(x) Other civilized countries disapprove of Draka values and are inclined to boycott the Domination.
(xi) Consequently, the Draka, acknowledging their own incompatibility with all other social systems, realize that they must eventually conquer the whole Earth, reducing all other populations to serfdom.
(xii) My opinion: this is completely impossible. But: what happens in the rest of the tetralogy? I am only half way through reading Volume I. This is all relevant on a Poul Anderson Appreciation blog. Anderson speculated about diverse social systems, some of them in alternative histories. Stirling develops the idea of alternative histories much further and his Draka are an extreme example of social/political speculation.
A black work colleague described himself to me as a "field nigger." He explained that "your house niggers" are your maids, nannies and cooks who regard themselves as part of the family whereas "your field niggers" are plantation workers who want to burn down the whole estate. I use this usually offensive word, inside quotation marks, only because he did. The Draka create and preside over a population of "field niggers." I cannot see this lasting for very long but then I must read on to find out what happens next...