For the Good of Oplepe

 

Judel Morrforus Foir

 

 

Transcription 1

“The addition of Earth as a colony will surely solve our population problems.” Ha-Qiz, the captain of the Bureau of Exploration, stood before the Oplepe World Congress, which had recently elected her majority leader. Her bright white attire shined and inspired. Half of the O.W.C. supported her plans to expand beyond their home planet, Oplepe, into the vast space beyond. Many dissented, though, and Og Aler often led this movement. Ha-Qiz continued, “We will crush Earth’s population easily. All of its resources lie before us. This is our opportunity, our hope, our future.”

Og Aler immediately stood up, as expected, and gave a rebuttal speech, as expected, and only a third of the O.W.C. even turned their heads. “The Earth has intelligent life. The human race may not be as intelligent as us, but we can co-exist.”  Many considered Og Aler quite boring.

Ha-Qiz had a response planned: “Where else is there to go? Population continues to expand, land is consumed every year, and our resources continue to deplete.”

“Perhaps there are other places to go, such as underground. Alternative land use and frugality are essential to protect our home planet.”

And so it went back and forth. All of the O. W. C. stood to watch in awe as their leaders quarreled. With each argument, they sunk lower and lower.

“You’re just backing the rich Oplepes,” accused Og Aler, “who make all the money and use all the land and resources.”

“And you’re attacking success.”

“By success, you mean destroying all that matters! No accomplishment is successful if it harms the nature that we spawned from.”

“Well,”

But somehow, Ha-Qiz didn’t know what to say. Og Aler clinched his victory: “Remember, society that destroys nature is evil. Society must coexist with nature; otherwise, its achievement is meaningless.”

Everyone stood up in awe. Ha-Qiz’s supporters slowly, one-by-one, sat down, stumped and defeated.

 

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Veragea-Oje sat in disbelief. His hero, his patron, his philosophy, all crushed. Could it be, he thought, that I had thought incorrectly this whole time, that my values harmed what made our world so great?

This frightened him. His priorities obviously needed revision.

The public communication system (P.C.S.) portrayed the vision of Og Aler as he delivered a speech.

“Man’s creations and inventions often destroy our planet,” he declared, smiling with his arms outstretched. Anyone not captivated with his rhetoric would find his stature rather foolish, and quite humorous. “Look at the recreational jet: it spews harmful gasses which quickly destroy our environment.”

But without it, how would we get to work? thought Veragea-Oje.

Og Aler looked concerned. “Those emissions kill our wildlife, our animals, and our vegetation. Surely, if this keeps up, food shortages would occur and starvation would engulf our humble planet. I propose,” he declared, “that such jets either reduce their harm on our environment or stop usage altogether.”

Og Aler now gave such speeches often, and always received airtime on most every public communative system network. After long enough, Veragea-Oje came to accept Og Aler’s philosophy, dubbed “Protectionism”, and he replaced his beliefs in Oplepish accomplishment and welfare with the importance of protecting the environment. He knew not what this meant or how the new government would do this, but he would listen to Og Aler, adopt his principles, and grow through this new enlightenment.

 

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Og Aler became the lead congressmen of the O. W. C. He had taken this position through an almost unanimous vote and replaced Ha-Qiz as majority leader.

On this historic day, Og Aler wore dark black under a seemingly bright overcoat, which thoroughly hid the darkness underneath.

“The inhabitants of Oplepe,” began his inaugural speech, “I assure you: no longer will our society harm our planet, or any other planet. The O. W. C. will begin a policy change to correct our many industries so that they do not harm the environment.

“First, there will be a series of strict regulations that keep anyone from imprisoning, torturing or harming animals in any way. Our superiority over them does not entitle us to dominate them.

“Second, there will be a harsh punishment for all those who intentionally harm the planet.

“Third, our world shall stop all plans to invade, control, or colonize other planets. Our hands shall not destroy them; they shall stay natural.

“Join me as we make Protectionism a priority in our world.”

The audience stood and cheered for the rest of that day.

 

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There, clapping with joy in the crowd stood Snubess-ni, the executive of Industrial Farming, which produced three-fourths of his planet’s food. That food came partly from Kuh, a beast of burden. Kuh, built quite muscularly, supplied his farm with labor and, when they died, meat. All of Oplepekind enjoyed this meat and spent much of their legal tender on it. Snubesni had no idea what this new policy would do to his company, or exactly what it meant. He trusted Og Aler because he seemed like a good guy. Though Og Aler had left the podium and had already arrived at his mansion, Snubess-ni, as well as the remainder of the audience, still stood in applause of the change to come.

 

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“The first proposition reads, ‘Animals can not be imprisoned or harmed in any way,’” Og Aler began with enthusiasm. “This law will be enforced with a fine of 1,000,000 Ruvvs (about 20,000 dollars) for imprisoning an animal, and 500,000 Ruvvs (about 10,000 dollars) for harming an animal in any way.’

“The second reads, ‘A company that contributes more than one ton of pollution to the air or a hundred pounds of pollution to a water source must pay all of its income to the O.W.C.’

“The third reads, ‘The Oplepian Space Program shall no longer receive government funding and ceases to exist.’”

Og Aler then gave a short speech and left with another undying applause.

Legislation passed quickly and almost unanimously.

 

 Transcription 6 

Veragea-Oje cheered the new laws. If they supported the good of our environment, then of course they only lead to prosperity.

The next morning, he got up and began to go to work. On his way out, he passed his pet, Jovia, and stopped to spend a few minutes stroking its long neck.

“I love you, Jovia,” Veragea-Oje whispered and then turned to leave his shelter. However, when he stepped outside, there stood an O.W.C. policeman.

“Caught in the act,” she said. “Possession of an animal is a fine of 1,000,000 Ruvvs.”

Veragea-Oje stood in shock, disbelief, and despair. He had not thought that that new law would apply to him. A deep sorrow engulfed him and he could only watch helplessly as the policemen picked up his beloved Jovia and headed to the door. Jovia whimpered and struggled to get free, but she, helplessly weak, got nowhere. The door closed, and Veragea-Oje never saw his Jovia again.

Veragea-Oje called in sick for the next month.

 

 Transcription 7 

Snubess-ni drove to work that morning. However, when he got there to assume his supervision, he saw a vast swarm of O.W.C. policemen infesting his property. Everywhere he looked, he saw them marching around, doing who-knows-what. Why they’d decided to come here puzzled Snubess-ni.

Naturally, he asked one of them why the police had arrived here in such numbers and for what.

The reply, brief and gruff, answered his questions. “The new laws have called for a takeover of this facility. It violates the strict Animal Protection Ordinance.” The officer had rolled this off quickly and turned to pick up a Kuh and begin to load it into a van.

“Excuse me?” replied Snubesni in disgust. “Who is leading this operation?”

Without acknowledging Snubesni, the officer pointed off towards a tall, heavily decorated man.

Snubesni rushed over to that man.

“Excuse me,” Snubesni started, “Why am I in violation of the new Animal Protection Ordinance?”

The man stood proud but with an expressionless face. “I am the head of the O.W.C. police. I am here to enforce the law. Your company has imprisoned millions of animals and in addition has killed tens of millions of animals. I was supposed to find you and let you know that you are under arrest. Further, you face fines exceeding 50 trillion Ruvvs. Do you wish to file for bankruptcy?”

All the wealth he had accumulated throughout his life disappeared. Snubesni applied for pardon, but the O.W.C. quietly denied that pardon and Snubesni worked at a prisoner labor camp for the rest of his life.

 

 Transcription 8 

Dilinda-Bem had from the start supported Og Aler. She believed that oplepes had no right to interfere with animals or participate in their lives. She never owned a pet; she never littered; she never let anything go wasted. She despised all the evil that the Oplepes had accomplished.

She supported Og Aler so much that she decided to work for him.

Long ago, she had applied to work for the great Og Aler. Og Aler gave her a job in research, and she went hard to work finding something that would prove that all Oplepian achievement had been harmful.

However, just recently, she had noticed that over the last few days, it had been a little humid outside. She then pulled out the records of humidity over the last few years and saw that over the last century, the average humidity in her area had increased by a slim margin. In fact, when she compiled the data with a few other local cities, she noticed the same trend.

Dilinda-Bem immediately concluded that Oplepian innovation had caused this and entitled this discovery, ‘Global Flooding’. She called it this because if projected millions of years into the future, the humidity of the world would eventually increase so much that the atmosphere would become completely water.

She immediately reported her discoveries to Og Aler, who then addressed the O.W.C.

“A threat to all Oplepe has been discovered; Global Flooding surely endangers life as we know it. More research is being done to find the true cause of this trend, but as for now, we can only realize that invention and innovation is to blame. For the good of Oplepe, join me, and we shall overcome this new danger.”

A great standing applause followed his last word. He then saluted the crowd and left.

The applause continued for such a long time, but Ha-Qiz decided to ignore it to give her planned speech.

“Millions of Oplepes are suffering the consequences of Protectionist laws. Jobs are disappearing, food shortages-“

The crowd, mad with Og Aler’s last speech, rioted and cut Ha-Qiz off. She attempted to escape, but the mob surrounded her.

Ha-Qiz has not been seen since.

 

Transcription 9 

Veragea-Oje watched the news for the first time in six months. Done mourning the loss of his companion, he now worked as he had before. His Protectionist values had recovered and he often defended Protectionism from attacks his friends made.

When they complained about losing their jobs and the lack of meat, Veragea-Oje quickly pointed out that they should never have had such things in the first place if they harmed nature. All of his friends had no response to that.

When Veragea-Oje heard about Global Flooding, he accepted it. Og Aler had labeled it a threat; therefore, it must pose a threat, and if innovation caused it, then innovation harms society.

Veragea-Oje sat and pondered how his hero, Og Aler, would defeat the evil innovation.

 

Transcription 10 

Og Aler stood before the public one day before harvest. He had just silenced the cheers that greeted him upon his arrival. He began to address the crowd.

“The O.W.C. has had an unexpected surplus in this year’s budget. This surplus is so great, in fact, that I have decided to give it back to the Oplepes.”

A loud cheer broke out. Several Oplepes chanted “Og Aler” repetitively. Og Aler opened his mouth and the crowd fell silent before he began to speak.

“This wealth should not be given directly to the people though. The best way to spend this money doubtlessly is in removing the many highways that have replaced nature over the years. Roads, streets, and sidewalks are to be replaced with fields, forests, and paths.

“This will also fight Global Flooding, for innovation has been found the cause of it! Yes,” claimed Og Aler, “Oplepian innovation has created this problem and our society is starting over. You Oplepes have no right to live in shelters that use electrons for power or to go to your job in jets that add moisture to the atmosphere.

“Further, electron-powered devices get power from energy produced from things that add moisture to the air.

“As a result of these new findings, I am proposing a new set of laws to fight Global Flooding.

“First, because Oplepes using anything that uses electrons for power harms nature, any Oplepe caught doing such a thing must offset their harm by purchasing dry credits from the government for 100 Ruvvs per ounce of moisture added to the atmosphere.

“Second, Oplepes that use jet transportation must purchase dry credits from the government for 10 Ruvvs per mile in addition to any dry credits that need to be bought for adding moisture.

“Third, we will implement a system that increases the cost of these dry credits every year in order to slowly decrease the amount of moisture created.

“If such drastic measures weren’t necessary to protect nature, I wouldn’t propose them. However, they are a good first step to fight Global Flooding.”

He again received a lasting applause as he left his podium.

Legislation passed unanimously the next day.

 

Transcription 11 

Dilinda-Bem received a large bonus for connecting innovation to Global Flooding, and Og Aler finished his project, The Unfortunate Fact, which openly insulted the judgment of those who still opposed Og Aler’s policies. Those who watched The Unfortunate Fact immediately realized their faulty thinking. Og Aler won many awards for The Unfortunate Fact. When he wore them at his speeches, people considered him even more credible and honorable. He remained the eminent hero of the cause, the champion of Protectionism. His speeches always ended in long rounds of applause which lasted for hours even after Og Aler had gone home to his ever-expanding estates.

And when he got home, he always smiled to himself. He always took a few minutes counting the daily moisture fines that he had accumulated. All went well for the champion of Protectionism.

 

 Transcription 12 

All over the world, shelters began primitization. No longer would any structure harm the environment in any way. Further, no structure would ever contribute to Global Flooding again. Any sort of objection resulted in immediate imprisonment. The Oplepes should live like animals, taking only the necessities and never harming their world.

The police arrived and began assessing a dry credit tax on everybody. Those who could not pay would find themselves in a labor camp.

Veragea-Oje stood among those who could not pay for enough dry credits. He had no idea that his mere existence had harmed the environment so much. His guilt loomed over him like a thick, dark cloud. He had no right to harm Oplepe in that way. He began the march to his labor camp.

Policemen circled the condemned group. They had silent expressions and dark looks on their faces. They neither smiled nor frowned. They did not talk.

After a short time, the criminals began making eye contact. They recognized each other as neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

Veragea-Oje got an idea and took control. He motioned silently to the other prisoners. They understood what was about to happen. A count began, and, all at once, the comrades began their rebellion. Veragea-Oje grabbed a nearby police officer by the neck and buckled him to the ground. One of his former teachers and one of his neighbors together tripped a policeman who’d ran to the other’s aid. The others joined in destroying the evil that bound them as slaves to the world they should dominate. One of Veragea-Oje’s friends from the elementary education facility picked up one of the policemen’s weapons and used it to disable the policemen that still had the ability to resist.

The unthinkable had happened. After only a few minutes, they had defeated an entire squad of O.W.C. policemen. The group stood victorious over the Protectionist oppression. And they knew exactly what to do next.

 

 Transcription 13 

Og Aler stood before the applauding O.W.C. He started to wrap up his speech.

“Therefore, I urge you to join with me, for the good of Oplepe, as we undo the evil that Oplepian society has done to nature.”

Veragea-Oje then arrived with his band of freed men. He stood opposite the crowd from Og Aler.

“My fellow Oplepes,” he began. “Protectionism attacks your lifestyle. It destroys all that we cherish. It makes our society suicidal.

“Innovation is not the cause of the undoing of nature. Most of the damage to nature has been inflicted on nature by itself. Our effect on nature is only miniscule, and this attempt to reduce it is foolish. We cannot enslave ourselves to Oplepe.

Veragea-Oje now stood before a silent crowd. The politicians sat in wonder at this odd way of thinking.  Many, glancing back at Og Aler, saw a glimpse of the darkness underneath Og Aler’s bright coat.

Og Aler had a ferocious look on his face. “I assure you, nature is perfect. Our lifestyle was wrong. You are treasonous.”

And at the word of Og Aler, the police surrounded Veragea-Oje and his peers. After a short resistance, they surrendered and the public never saw them again.

 

Conclusion 

In the times following, Og Aler’s following repealed all former laws and set up a new system for the world. He created a system in which government only existed to make sure that no innovation ever occurred again. Such innovation, such as fires and bows and arrows, never again contributed moisture to the air. Oplepians lived in villages and gathered various fruits for food. Disease and food poisoning caused many deaths, but the Oplepes accepted that as part of Protectionism. Life went on as it had at creation.

 

Millions of years later, Oplepians still lived in villages. Oplepe did not suffer from Global Flooding. Surely, Og Aler had only done what meant necessary for the good of Oplepe.

Or did he?

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