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Enslaving the Sojagg is certainly not a very redeeming way to return to make planetfall but maybe future Korgons will be able to atone some other way.
Interesting move by Ribe ka Yusto to have Sojagg on the new moon. I wonder if this is purely altruistic or if there is some more corrupt Korgonian motive.
Very cool to see how the Sojagg are adapting to their new lives under the Cartel, I hope they will manage to have some freedom sooner or later.
I'm interested to see if the transfer of power will always have to come with an assassination. For now, I remain suitably worried about Cytophane ka Hiel's governance.
 

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Interesting start! I can't wait to see where the Cartel goes.
 

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A very good started. Consider me subbed.
 

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The "Korgon dream" became a paramount cultural ideal aboard the Korgonian arks at the time of 2205.07.01. The dream of owning land, real natural soil that one could sink their appendages into. During these years, the rights to every part and parcel of the conquered planet Arrival was bought and sold from the army. It is a well-known reality that before the fibrous Korgonian feet ever touch a square kilometer on these two colonizing worlds, that land has already been traded several hundred times over between the oligarchs of Korgon.

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The invasion of Arrival had been ruthless. Gargantuan corporate gangs had assaulted the Sojagg population centers, capturing the citizens and seizing control over commercial activity. Ownership of commercial entities had been seized by these independent wings of the Korgonian army, and each valuable entity was registered with the Korgonian stock exchange. A new system of loans, debt, obligations, and other blunt financial instruments were installed on the Sojagg populace as they were forcibly integrated into the Korgonian way.

It must be said that this disrupted the Sojagg way, which had been egalitarian. In the wake of invasion, the Korgons had not replaced the prior Sojagg government's system of wage supports and universal benefits. Many previously well-off Sojagg were plunged into poverty as the central pillars of their economy were toppled. The Sojagg who remained in power were those closest to the industries, those materialists, some of who had already begun to take on their master's philosophy of authoritarianism, and those who most closely resembled the Korgonian trade unionists. The other Sojagg who still believed in truth and equality lived only on the fringes.

The election of Oligarch Cytophane ka Hiel following the assassination of the prior Oligarch had sent waves of fear and jubilation throughout the dismal, echoing metal halls of the three gargantuan void arks. In an effort to improve the civil stability of Arrival, billions of the native Sojagg were supplanted by the Korgons and transported to the arks of Korgon, Evotilis, and Elox. Here they would pay off loans, or pursue contracts among the labyrinthine and ancient Korgonian void ships.

Law and order across the Korgonate Cartel was especially strict towards the Sojagg. Charity busts were orchestrated to seize accumulated funds and curb the Sojagg's misled altruistic urges. Sojagg leading philanthropists were arrested, and would eventually die in prison.

In these years the Sojagg position in Korgonate society rose from chattel slaves to indentured servitude, as over time certain Sojagg corporations bartered for increased rights across their species. Particularly effective were the activities of the Sojagg restaurant and entertainment corporations, who in their close contact with the hedonistic Korgonate trade union leaders, were able to wile and persuade the industry elite for fairer civil rights. The most barbarous days of Korgon-Sojagg relations had past behind them. Their place as impoverished subjugants beneath the Korgonians seemed deeply entrenched, but conditions were improving slowly for those who obeyed.


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The icy clime of Arrival was a cold and bitter sting to the Korgonian void dwellers. Those who spent time outdoors on the planet often suffered from frostbite, lethal within a small number of hours. Instead, they preferred to dwell in sealed, depressurized chambers. The native Sojagg would not often enter into these places, but when it was necessary they would put on a pressurized suit, or only remain for a very small amount of time in no small degree of discomfort. The air contents were not at all a problem, as both the fungal Sojagg and the plant-like Korgonians enjoyed the high carbon dioxide content of the natural air. Air vents exchanged directly with the air, and fed pressurization machines to provide liveable air for Korgonian residents. In highly industrialized zones, this carbon dioxide content was even too high for the Sojagg, who traveled primarily in enclosed and air-filtrated vehicles in such places of intensified industrial activity.

The previous Korgonate governor, Feron ka Yusto, was replaced by his younger cousin Lephyte ka Yusto. Lephyte headed the largest workforce resourcing agency across the Korgonate, and was elected by the business elite to further their objectives across the expanding Korgonate territory. Sojagg work contracts were their hottest commodity, often resulting in Sojagg outbidding for the opportunity to work for decades on a Korgon ship. To the wealthy Korgons, it was a buyer's labor market.

Arrival's economy, to the metrics of the Korgonate, advanced hundreds of years in under a decade.

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Back in the comparatively comfortable realm of the metal void ships, the Korgonian sciences continued, although gaining little from the conquest of the Sojagg system. At the least, Cytophane's government had campaigned on exploring the galaxy and planting the Korgonate flag, and followed up on their promise to build two new stellar void explorers with the ability to teleport to uncharted systems. Aboard them, the notable terraforming scientist Glabu ka Jatek, and the master of biology Feron ka Nive.

These voyages to nearby systems were funded by an allocation of speculative investments made by corporate entities belonging to both Korgon and Sojagg. What the Sojagg were not able to attain in equal civil rights, they at least were able to ensure in equal economic rights before the Korgonate. Among the fanatics of the high speculators for exploration and scanning were the defunct managers of Sojagg pensions and employment insurances funds, who collectively organized one last desperate gamble to repay an owed sum equivalent to a four billion Sojagg life years.

The gamble succeeded, and those social security fund managers bought back the lives of fifty million Sojagg wage slaves entrapped in Elox mining schemes.

In those days, the cultures of Korgonate and Sojagg combined, augmented by the imbalance of power. A small element of egalitarianism, although subjugated, was reintroduced to the civilization. Perhaps it would grow, and develop into its own faction. That element resembled the ancient and noble Korgonian virtues, so long forgotten and mutated by their survival for millennia aboard their desperate void ships. As witness to the carnage of these two worlds colliding, the academic and scientific Korgonians watched with hopes that this seed of egalitarianism might re-awaken the noble Korgonian past.

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I would not want to be a Sojagg.
 
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The Sojagg have managed to influence their conquerors... barely.
 

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It is important to establish a fact about the notorious Korgonate trade unions. These are unions of power and convenience, not representative of the democratic needs of workers. In them, commanders of industry akin to warlords dominate the matters of trade and development. Whether a subject be Korgon or Sojagg, consequences for commercial failures including the inability to reach rising quotas results in intense loss. It is a hostile, strangling existence. Only those at the very top enjoy the unimaginable bounties of this violent existence.

Those such as Oligarch Cytophane ka Hiel taste of the incredible riches hoisted upon the absolute peaks of Korgonate society. Living in the fortified void-palaces where wealth and power condensed over the hopeless millennia adrift in space, these void-dwelling masters command tens of thousands of servants who inhabit their personal cities. Now composed of both Korgon and Sojagg servants, these palaces are places of extreme interest, where the powerful gather to negotiate and barter the future of the Korgonate Cartel.

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"It is estimated that there are twenty-eight billion Sojagg in total. Three billion have been acquired in the ark Korgon, one billion in ark Evotilis, and two billion in ark Elox. The remaining twenty-two billion remain at our disposal on the planet Arrival.

The species excels at mineral work. Elox is constructing a new Astro-Mining Bay to capitalize on this factor, and seeking to import as many as three billion more Sojagg within your election term. It should occur roughly half way through.

Meanwhile, control over Arrival is becoming finalized. Six billion Korgon have located planetside, including two billion soldiers, one billion enforcers, two billion executives, and one billion clerks.

It is estimated that four billion Sojagg are under the sway of egalitarianism. This corresponds to approximately 6.25% of the total population."


The olive-hued Korgonian executive announcing this report stood before a diamondized table, a holographic sequence of charts floating near and between the masters of industry present. Cytophane ka Hiel, the highest oligarch of the Korgonate Cartel, flipped his leafy leg up onto the table, reclining as he studied the faces of the other masters. He noticed unease in his guest, the head of civil enforcement on Arrival, and snapped.

"Chief, tell me. If we removed a further three billion Sojagg from planet Arrival, would it make your job easier?"

"It would, yes."

"Then the Korgonate demands an exchange for this convenience. There are several indicators in the economic matrix which project increased profits into the infinite. But this effect-consequence chain draws from this index of enforcement measure adoptions."

"Yes, sir. I will add that these measures were considered previously for the arks, and rejected."

"Oh, yes I'm well aware. I wouldn't do this to a Korgon planet. But I would to a Sojagg. Wouldn't you?"

"The adoptions proposed isolate legal enforcement reductions on Arrival, ones that are tracked to profit margins in corporations you own."

"So are you saying you will not do it?"

"You know as well as I do, Cytophane. If it is ordered, civil enforcement will obey."

"Very well. Consider it ordered then."

Public safety in Arrival was at the whims of Korgonate corporations, resulting in crime lords rising to power on the planet. This new breed of Sojagg was more cruel than a Korgon, willing to sell their fellow Sojagg into servitude to escape their own peril.

Law enforcement on the planet Arrival was stricken with blind spots, resulting in a shadow market where wealthy Korgonate businessmen met with desperate Sojagg thugs to inflict profitable market disruptions that primarily hurt the Sojagg. Known and protected corporations were shielded from the law's gaze and operated with impunity.

Oligarch Cytophane's manipulations were successful, and boldly so. He publicly flaunted the fact that laws were not being enforced against corporations he favored, and profited from the added notoriety.
 

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Construction had begun for a stellar base in Higma, a station neighboring Oro, where the arks were located.

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In the Higma system, on the toxic world of Higma IVa, alien writing had been discovered. The puzzle of its meaning was a question the Korgon academics were unable to answer. But the artifact itself was proof confirming the Korgon's suspicions — life was abundant among the galaxy. The cultural consciousness of the Korgons began to shift beyond the exploitation of the Sojagg. Their condition, however, remained destitute for the remainder of the reign of Cytophane.

Development in Higma was headed foremost by a life sciences research corporation. centralizing efforts around the toxic planet, scraping and sifting for traces of the authors of that mysterious writing.

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Higma III is an ashy, barren world with considerable concentrations of minerals relevant to the current market. Together with a nearby asteroid field rich in metals, the Higma system was pursued by rapid development and eager investors.

This fervor was tempered by the discovery of an ancient shrine by the mining workers in Higma, by chance. The shrine was theorized to have been blasted off when the Korgon planet originally was destroyed, and ended up here. This shrine was dedicated to the great destroyer-deity, a figure influential during the eras where religion ruled their original home planet.

In fealty to tradition and Korgon pride, Cytophane ordered the search for more artifacts. It was possible that pieces of their planet were scattered among the stars.

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Investments in the ark of Elox began to target institutional development of a central control mechanism on the ark.

In the ark, an employment transformation was taking place. Billions of Korgon miners were terminated and replaced with indentured Sojagg. Many Korgons became employed in the rapidly available administrative and technical roles, and unemployment was consequently minimal. Cytophane ensured that Korgons were happy and well employed, and that there were jobs for the incoming Sojagg contractors.

As time continued onwards, more Sojagg freed themselves from servitude through work contracts, and left the capital ark Korgon for the mining ark of Elox. Due to resistance on Arrival, it became increasingly difficult to recruit directly from the Sojagg home planet. Many powerful Korgon magnates called for the return of the Sojagg to their legal status as chattel slaves, but the law set by the prior, kinder oligarch was set in stone.

Instead, mining facilities began to invest more heavily on Arrival itself. Rather than bringing the Sojagg to work, they would bring work to the Sojagg. This beneficial investment improved the utility of the Sojagg drastically, and resulted in stability on the planet exceeding that of Elox. Not that it is much of an achievement, as Elox continues to suffer an amount of crime rivaling the squalid planet of Arrival itself.

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With agile domestic trades the Korgonate Cartel funded the construction of numerous planetary projects including holo-centers, and expansion of leisure and entertainment centers in the arks.

A peculiar way of escaping Sojagg poverty was to become a celebrity. Many celebrities became stars by entertaining the Korgon interest. Often self-deprecating performances were funded that increased the cultural hegemony of the Korgonians. Sojagg began to learn to speak the Korgonate language, and though the two could not exist in the same atmosphere, began to communicate valuable cultural ideas. Comedians, storytellers, and singers weaved the conversation between the Sojagg and Korgons.
 

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Sojagg crime lords? That's interesting.

And the Korgon are speciesist - am I the only one who thinks that this can't end well?
 

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Good to have you back!
I don't much envy the Sojagg but it's good to see that they are not being sold as pets to the oligarchs...or cuisine.
I wonder if the Sojagg underclass will ever overtake the Korgons or if they will be kept in check.
I can see a Sojagg comedian now: "What's the deal with basic subsistence food, am I right? It's excellent and we are lucky that our Korgon masters allow us to not be chattel"
 

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Structures of repression are falling fast. The Korgon heart just doesn't really seem to be into enforcement (for obvious reasons, I guess!).

I'm curious to hear more about Sojagg life on the arks, especially since they can't share atmosphere with the Korgons.