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ArKay to Gabriel Green, 1989-1990

Compiled 20080505
Page edited 20090422


This page contains communications from ArKay to Gabriel Green in personal letters that I composed to Mr. Green using a Commodore 128 computer. The technology that the Korendians used in remotely accessing the computer resulted in asterisks after line feeds. I have preserved the original format for the sake of historical accuracy (except for deleting triple asterisks). This includes the use of the monospace font that the early system used, and the ALL-CAPS that are explained near the end of the 19890627 letter.

The text includes my leading and following comments where appropriate. In one place, Astra-Lari, a very special Korendian lady, injected comments that are preserved here.




19890224 – A major shift in Alliance policy
19890420 – Nuclear energy
19890609 – Tiananmen Square tragedy
19890627 – Majestic 12 and spacecraft crashes
19890813 – Arcturia/Alandra information
19890910 – Answers to 7 questions
          Question 1: Religion
          Question 2: Non-Interference Directive
          Question 3: "The Second Coming of Christ
          Question 4: Alliance activity independent of our knowledge
          Question 5: Reason for Alliance intervention
          Question 6: Alliance involvement at all levels
          Question 7: Omegan anti-freedom activity
          Addendum: Discovery of early explorers
19891006 – Answers to 7 more questions
          Question 1: Advisor in Bush administration
          Question 2: Confederation activity increased
          Question 3: No,"etheric" beings in Alliance
          Question 4: Three levels of Masters
          Question 5: Are Confederation ships unarmed?
          Question 6: Teleportation offers immortality
          Question 7: Agents were all Korendians
19901221 – Three diverse topics
          Mideast and prophecy
          Property of those who pass on
          Siting of retail businesses




Letter date: 19890224

Now, to your question about this series being "a major shift in Alliance policy", ArKay's on the side. I'll let him answer.

*
* THANK YOU, K-T. MR. GREEN'S QUESTION IS A VALID ONE, AND
* INDEED IT IS A RADICAL DEPARTURE FROM THE POSITION WE HAD
* AT FIRST TAKEN. IN THOSE EARLY DAYS, IT WAS NECESSARY THAT
* A STRICT BLANKET OF SECURITY BE MAINTAINED OVER THIS TOPIC
* WHILE WE ESTABLISHED OUR DEFENSES AND FORMULATED OUR PLAN
* OF ACTION. NOW THAT WE ARE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED, OUR FOE IS
* WELL AWARE OF OUR PRESENCE AND OUR POLICIES. THEY KNOW THAT
* WE INTEND TO EXPOSE THEIR TACTICS TO YOUR PEOPLE. WE HAVE
* INFORMED THEM OF THIS INTENTION THROUGH SYNDICATE LIAISONS.
*
* WE MUST AGAIN VIGOROUSLY EMPHASIZE THE DANGER INVOLVED IN
* YOUR DIRECT CONFRONTATIONS WITH THEM. WE SUPPORT ONLY THE
* INDIRECT APPROACH THAT I DISCUSSED, THAT IS, MORAL AND
* SPIRITUAL REBIRTH. THIS IS YOUR MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPON. USE
* IT WELL, MY BROTHERS. VA I LUCE.
*





Letter date: 19890420

To your queries about nuclear power, don't let the liberal media nonsense fool you. Enclosed is a copy of the latest polls on nuclear energy (not significantly different from a dozen others since Chernobyl) which demonstrate that, if there is no particular love of the technology, there is at least a public awareness that it is now and will continue to be a vital component in our electrical supply.

Arkay has indicated that he wants to jump in here.

*
* ALEN, BROTHER GABRIEL. AS I INDICATED IN MY MESSAGE ON
* ALLIANCE TECHNOLOGY, WE DO NOT USE FISSION POWER IN OUR
* ELECTRICAL SUPPLY NETWORKS. HOWEVER, WE ARE WELL AWARE
* THAT ON EARTH, THE FUSION TECHNOLOGIES ARE NOT AS YET
* ABLE TO REPLACE EXISTING FISSION REACTORS.
*
* GIVEN THAT, AND BEING AWARE OF THE CATASTROPHIC EFFECTS
* OF CONTINUING TO CONSUME FOSSIL FUELS FOR ENERGY, WE CAN
* ONLY SUGGEST THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF FUSION, THE FISSION
* PLANTS ARE FAR AND AWAY PREFERABLE FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL
* STANDPOINT. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU LOOK ASKANCE AT GLOOM
* AND DOOM SCENARIOS OFFERED BY OPPONENTS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY,
* INASMUCH AS THESE TALES ARE ALMOST WITHOUT EXCEPTION OF NO
* WORTH AT ALL, AND ARE SCIENTIFICALLY PREPOSTEROUS AT BEST.
*
* AS TO NEUTRALIZING RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS, THIS CAN BE DONE,
* BUT AT GREAT COST OF ENERGY AND TIME, AND INASMUCH AS WE
* ARE A SPACE-FARING LOT, WE SEE NO PRACTICAL REASON TO USE
* SUCH AN APPROACH. THE CONFEDERATION MAY WELL POSSESS THIS
* TECHNOLOGY, BUT IF SO THEY KNOW AS WELL AS WE DO THAT IT IS
* NOT WORTH THE EFFORT ON A SIGNIFICANT SCALE.
*
* WE FIND THAT THE SIMPLEST METHOD OF DISPOSING OF WASTE
* MATERIAL IS TO SEND IT INTO THE NEAREST STAR, WHERE IT
* BECOMES A NON-PROBLEM. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS ALSO THE METHOD
* OF CHOICE FOR THE CONFEDERATION.
*
* DO NOT BE MISLED BY CLAIMS THAT A SIMPLE WAY OF RADIOACTIVE
* WASTE NEUTRALIZATION EXISTS. IT WOULD BE FAR PREFERABLE FOR
* YOU TO DEVELOP SPACE TRAVEL IF FOR THAT PURPOSE ALONE, AND
* CERTAINLY FAR LESS COSTLY THAN NEUTRALIZATION TECHNOLOGY.
*
* THE "NEW AGE" PEOPLE ARE, WE HOPE, RATIONAL ENOUGH THAT
* WITH THE FACTS IN HAND, THEY WILL SEE BOTH THE SHORT- AND
* LONG TERM BENEFITS OF "NUCLEAR" ENERGY. WE WILL CONTINUE
* TO WORK WITHIN ALL GOVERNMENTS TO CREATE SCIENTIFICALLY
* SOUND POLICIES THAT WILL SERVE MANKIND INTO THE DISTANT
* FUTURE, USING THE "PEACEFUL ATOM" IN ITS MANY ASPECTS.
*
* VA I LUCE.
*

Arkay, as you might have detected, has a profound distaste for scientific illiteracy, especially when it's culpable. With the reams of data available to the media and public on the subject, we remain ignorant of such topics through deliberate negligence.





Letter date: 19890609

Since you requested ArKay's views, he is now "on the side" in the MassCom communications center. The floor is now his.

*
* ALEN, BROTHER GABRIEL. YOUR QUESTION AS TO THE METHOD OF
* "CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING" USED IN CHINA IS FASCINATING IN
* ITS ASSUMPTION OF SOME HIGHLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL WAY
* OF INFLUENCING POPULAR THINKING. IN FACT, HOWEVER, THERE
* HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CELLS OF DEMOCRATICALLY-ORIENTED CITIZENS
* IN CHINA AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES UNDER OPPRESSIVE REGIMES.
*
* WE DID NOT USE PSYCH-PROBING OR "SUBLIMINAL PROGRAMMING",
* BUT RATHER AN INTIMATE PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTACT WITH THESE
* PEOPLE, WITH OUR AGENTS POSING AS CITIZENS JOINING UP WITH
* THE RESISTANCE GROUPS, PROVIDING RESOURCES OF COMMUNICATION
* THAT ALLOWED THEM UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO EACH OTHER.
*
* WHERE OUR INTERVENTION WAS MORE FELT WAS IN THE OFFICIAL
* LEVELS. THE DELAY IN RESPONDING SO BRUTALLY TO THE MASS
* DEMONSTRATIONS WAS DUE TO OUR HOLDING OFF GOVERNMENT ACTION
* AS LONG AS WE COULD WITHOUT DESTROYING OUR "COVER".
*
* TO BE FRANK, THE INTENSITY OF THE DESIRE FOR FREEDOM AND
* DEMOCRACY THAT BURNS WITHIN THE SOULS OF THESE PEOPLE WAS
* UNANTICIPATED. WHILE WE GAVE THEM BETTER INTERACTION, IT
* WAS THEIR FIERCE DETERMINATION TO WAGE THIS STRUGGLE THAT
* PRECIPITATED THE AWE-INSPIRING EVENTS IN TIANANMEN SQUARE.
*
* GIVEN THE TRAGIC OUTCOME WHEN WE COULD NO LONGER REIN THE
* SAVAGERY OF THE GOVERNMENT, WE WONDER IF WE MAY HAVE
* GIVEN THEM TOO MUCH TOO SOON. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER
* HAD THE QUEST FOR DEMOCRACY BEEN SLOWER, MORE CONTROLLED,
* BUT THE PEOPLE HAVE RESERVES OF WILL AND COURAGE BEYOND
* WHAT WE HAD FACTORED INTO OUR STUDIES, AND THEY EMBRACED
* THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNLEASH THAT STRENGTH IN A WAY THAT
* COULD NOT BE IGNORED.
*
* ESSENTIALLY, DESPITE OUR ADVICE TO THE LEADERS, THEIR GOAL
* WAS TO FORCE CONFRONTATION WITH THE RULING BODIES. THEY
* KNEW THAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS WOULD PROBABLY
* INCLUDE THE LOSS OF LIVES, BUT THEY FELT SO STRONGLY ABOUT
* LIVING UNDER OPPRESSION THAT THEY PREFERRED DEATH WITH
* HONOR TO LIFE WITHOUT FREEDOM.
*
* TO A PEOPLE SUCH AS THE CHINESE TO WHOM THE BLESSINGS OF
* LIBERTY ARE BUT A DREAM, THE CHANCE TO OPENLY DISPLAY THEIR
* DESIRES AND HOPES IS SELDOM AFFORDED, MUCH LESS TO THE EYES
* OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. WHEN JUST SUCH AN OCCASION AROSE, IT
* WAS SEIZED WITH A PASSION THAT WE COULD NOT PREDICT. THE
* REST IS THE SUBJECT OF YOUR DAILY NEWS REPORTS.
*
* YOU HAVE ASKED TWO QUESTIONS OF IMPORTANCE TO MANY NEW-AGE
* PEOPLE: HOW MUCH MORE VIOLENCE IS NECESSARY, AND HOW CAN A
* VICTORY FOR YOUR PHILOSOPHIES OF PEACE AND BROTHERHOOD BE
* POSSIBLE IN A WORLD FRAUGHT WITH TURMOIL AND "CHAOS".
*
* TO THESE QUESTIONS I CAN ONLY RESPOND WITH A LINE FROM ONE
* OF YOUR SONGS OF A FEW YEARS AGO: "I NEVER PROMISED YOU A
* ROSE GARDEN." YOU ARE DEALING WITH A "DARK FORCE" THAT HAS
* BEEN ENTRENCHED IN YOUR CULTURE FOR MANY YEARS, AND THAT
* FORCE HAS AN IMMENSE STAKE IN SEEING THAT THIS CONTROL IS
* NOT LOST. THEY WILL NOT SURRENDER. THEY MUST BE DEFEATED.
*
* THE ALLIANCE PROGRAM IN NO WAY INVOLVES VIOLENCE OR OTHER
* INFLUENCES THAT ARE DIRECTLY FELT UPON YOUR WORLD, YET THE
* OUTCOME OF YOUR ACTIONS AS A RESULT OF OUR LESSENING THE
* POWER OF THE DARK FORCE IS OCCASIONALLY VIOLENT. THIS IS
* NOT A RESULT OF OUR ACTIVITIES, BUT RATHER AN INEVITABLE
* RESULT OF EVENTS THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN EVEN MORE
* DESTRUCTIVE WAYS HAD THE DARK FORCES NOT BEEN IMPEDED.
*
* YOU HAVE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE ACTIONS IN BEIJING.
* KNOW NOW THAT THE EXISTENCE OF THIS "UNDERGROUND" WITHIN
* CHINESE SOCIETY WAS NO SECRET TO THE GOVERNMENT, AND HAD
* NOT THE DEMONSTRATIONS OCCURED, A SILENT PURGE WOULD HAVE
* RESULTED IN OVER 63,000 DEATHS AS THE RESISTANCE WAS
* UTTERLY CRUSHED. IT WAS THIS UNDERSTANDING THAT FORCED US
* INTO OUR MORE DIRECT ROLE WITH THE RESISTANCE LEADERS, BUT
* IT WAS OUR PRESENCE THAT GAVE THEM THE MEANS TO TAKE THEIR
* STRUGGLE TO THE STREETS.
*
* DO NOT JUDGE US HARSHLY ON THIS. THE GOVERNMENT IN BEIJING,
* BY ITS CRUEL REPRESSION OF THE PEOPLE, HAS IN FACT WRITTEN
* ITS FINAL CHAPTER. A CONTROLLED POPULACE MAY WELL BE READY
* TO ACCEPT PROPOGANDA FROM ITS LEADERS CONCERNING DANGERS
* FROM ITS ENEMIES, BUT IN SAVAGELY MURDERING HUNDREDS OF ITS
* UNARMED, PEACEFULLY-PROTESTING CITIZENS, IT HAS GENERATED
* WITHIN THE CHINESE PEOPLE A HATRED OF ALL IT REPRESENTS.
*
* THE LESSONS OF TIANANMEN SQUARE ARE NOT LOST ON OTHER
* COUNTRIES UNDER COMMUNIST DOMINATION. THEY MUST NOW BEGIN
* TO WONDER WHETHER THEIR OWN REGIMES ARE CAPABLE OF SUCH A
* BRUTAL ACTION. THIS LINGERING DOUBT IN THEIR MINDS WILL BE
* AN EFFECTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF ALLIANCE
* AGENTS, AND WE INTEND TO EXPLOIT ITS VAST POTENTIAL.
*
* CAN THE VIOLENCE END? NOT AS LONG AS THOSE CONDITIONS THAT
* BREED IT CONTINUE TO EXIST. OPPRESSION IS BY ITS NATURE
* VIOLENT, AND ONLY BY OVERTHROWING IT CAN THE HORRORS END.
* SADLY, THIS USUALLY RESULTS IN VIOLENCE AS THE REPRESSED
* RISE IN REVOLT AGAINT THEIR CRUEL MASTERS, BUT THE HORROR
* OF THE SHORT-TERM IS ULTIMATELY PREFERABLE TO THE TERROR
* OF OPPRESSION LEFT UNCHALLENGED.
*
* YOUR SECOND WORLD WAR WAS A DESCENT OF MAN OF EARTH INTO
* THE HELL THAT HUMANS CAN CREATE WHEN THEY FIND REASONS TO
* WAR WITH ONE ANOTHER. YET, CAN YOU TRULY SAY THAT THE WAR
* WAS A GREATER CRIME THAN THE THIRD REICH'S EVIL HOLOCAUST
* AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE?
*
* IT IS SAD BUT ALL TOO OFTEN TRUE THAT THE FORCES OF LIGHT
* MUST RESORT TO THE WAYS AND MEANS OF THE DARK SIDE IN
* ORDER TO BE VICTORIOUS OVER THE DARKNESS. WHEN LOVE AND
* LIGHT AND PEACE HAVE NO EFFECT EXCEPT TO PERPETUATE THE
* REIGN OF DARKNESS, THEN LIGHT WORKERS MUST BESEECH GOD'S
* FORGIVENESS AND DEFEAT THE EVIL BY THE ONLY METHODS THAT
* WILL SUCCEED.
*
* THE LIGHT FORCES MUST ULTIMATELY BE THE VICTORS, BECAUSE
* DARKNESS CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT SUPPRESSING LIGHT, AND
* LIGHT CANNOT FOREVER BE HIDDEN. GOVERNMENTS THAT RULE BY
* DOMINATING THEIR PEOPLE WILL IN THE END FALL BECAUSE THE
* HUMAN SPIRIT CANNOT REMAIN SHACKLED.
*
* COMMUNISM IS A DEAD IDEOLOGY, AWAITING ONLY THE ARISING OF
* ITS PEOPLE TO BURY IT FOR ALL TIME, WITH ONLY ITS MEMORY
* SURVIVING AS A LESSON TO ALL WHO WILL FOLLOW, OF THE EVIL
* THAT CAN BE CREATED BY THE HUMAN MIND THAT SEEKS POWER
* RATHER THAN JUSTICE. YOUR GENERATION IS WITNESSING THIS
* WELCOME END, AND NONE SHOULD RUE ITS PASSING.
*
* MORE THAN THAT, THE COMING YEARS WILL SEE THE PASSION FOR
* FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN DIGNITY COMING TO THE FORE
* IN EVERY NATION OF WHATEVER IDEOLOGY THAT GOVERNS BY FORCE
* RATHER THAN RIGHTEOUSNESS. THE ALLIANCE WILL BE DEEPLY
* ENGAGED IN THAT STRUGGLE, GUIDING YOUR PEOPLE WHEN NEEDED,
* STIRRING THEM TO ACTION WHEN DESIRED.
*
* WE WILL BE THERE IN ALL YOUR BATTLES FOR THE WAYS OF LIGHT,
* YET YOU WILL NOT KNOW OF OUR PRESENCE UNLESS YOU HAVE READ
* SUCH WORDS AS THESE FROM US. IT WILL NOT BE OUR POLICY TO
* REVEAL OURSELVES TO YOU, AND IN FACT YOU MUST NOT OBTAIN
* PROOF OF OUR EXISTENCE UNTIL WE ARE READY TO PROVIDE IT
* OPENLY TO ALL. IN THE FUTURE, I WILL OUTLINE SOME OF OUR
* SPECIFIC APPROACHES, BUT THIS MUST SUFFICE FOR NOW.
*
* ALLOW ME TO CLOSE THIS COMMUNICATION WITH THIS THOUGHT:
*
* TOO LONG HAS MAN OF EARTH SUFFERED UNDER A WAY OF LIFE THAT
* WAS SPAWNED BY THE DELUSION THAT THE LAWS OF GOD NO LONGER
* APPLY TO THE MODERN WORLD. THE INFINITE ONE HAS NOT CHANGED
* THE LAWS THAT CONTROL THE UNIVERSE. YOU WILL SOON COME TO
* KNOW THAT YOU CANNOT DO SO, NOR CAN YOU ESCAPE THE TERRIBLE
* CONSEQUENCES OF LIVING WITHOUT THEM.
*
* YOU MAY MARK THESE WORDS WELL. VA I LUCE.
*

Yipe! He told me before I started this letter that he had no intention of pulling his punches, nor of giving us one of those saccharine ramblings that find such favor in New Agers looking for a quick, painless way out. Looks like he meant it, and we're in for the long haul.





Letter date: 19890627

I do have access to a VCR and would enjoy the tape of the Con-Con at your convenience. Good luck on the MJ-12 efforts, on which note the gentleman has just this instant indicated that he has a few words.

*
* ALEN, BROTHER GABRIEL. ABOUT THE SO-CALLED "MAJESTIC-12"
* CONTROVERSY, AND YOUR REQUEST FOR OUR VIEWS ON IT, ALLOW
* ME TO OFFER A SHORT COMMUNICATION, A DISCLAIMER, IF YOU
* WILL, ON THAT SUBJECT.
*
* THE ALLIANCE HAS BEEN INFORMED OF FOUR MAJOR INSTANCES IN
* WHICH ALIEN CRAFTS HAVE CRASHED ON YOUR WORLD, AND WERE
* CAPTURED BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE NATIONS -- THE UNITED
* STATES, THE SOVIET UNION, FRANCE AND TURKEY.
*
* THE ONE THAT OCCURED IN THE UNITED STATES WAS NOT NEAR THE
* NEW MEXICO TOWN OF ROSWELL. THE RECORDS WE HAVE SEEN WERE
* OF A CONFEDERATION SCOUT CRAFT THAT FAILED AND WENT DOWN
* IN THE DESERT AREA TO THE EAST OF LOS ANGELES.
*
* THIS OCCURED IN 1957 DURING A ROUTINE SURVEILLANCE MISSION
* CONCERNING TOP-SECRET MILITARY MANEUVERS IN THAT SECTOR.
* THE VEHICLE WAS NOT ATTACKED, AND INDEED WAS UNDETECTED
* BY THE MILITARY PERSONNEL UNTIL ITS POWER SYSTEM DEVELOPED
* A MALFUNCTION IN A CRITICAL CONTROL CIRCUIT AND "RAN AWAY",
* CAUSING AN EXPLOSION THAT DEMOLISHED THE PROPULSION AND
* GUIDANCE APPARATUS.
*
* THE VEHICLE THEN PLUNGED DOWNWARD OUT OF CONTROL, IMPACTING
* THREE MILES FROM THE HEADQUARTERS AREA. SINCE NO CIVILIAN
* PERSONNEL WERE WITHIN TWENTY MILES AT THE TIME, THE VEHICLE
* WAS SIMPLY TAKEN APART AT THE SCENE AND BROUGHT OUT BY THE
* TRUCK CONVOY WHEN THEY ENDED THEIR SCHEDULED OPERATIONS.
*
* THIS CRAFT WAS TAKEN TO A RESEARCH LABORATORY IN NEW YORK,
* WHERE IT WAS EXHAUSTIVELY ANALYZED. BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF
* THE EQUIPMENT HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY THE EXPLOSION OR IN THE
* SUBSEQUENT CRASH, NOTHING OF VALUE WAS LEARNED.
*
* THE REMNANTS WERE THEN TO BE SENT TO A GOVERNMENT STORAGE
* FACILITY IN THE STATE OF NEVADA, BUT THE AIRCRAFT CARRYING
* THEM ITSELF CRASHED. ALTHOUGH THE CONFEDERATION DENIES ANY
* INVOLVEMENT IN THIS EVENT, AN EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH OF THE
* CRASH SITE FAILED TO TURN UP THE AIRCRAFT'S CARGO.
*
* FURTHER SUPPORTING THE PREMISE OF AN OVERT CONFEDERATION
* INTERVENTION, THE LABORATORY WAS DAMAGED BY A FIRE OF AN
* UNDETERMINED ORIGIN THAT BEGAN IN A STATIONERY STOREROOM
* ADJACENT TO THE FILE AND RECORDS AREA. THIS BLAZE WAS VERY
* HOT AND FAST-BURNING, AND INCINERATED EVERYTHING IN THE
* FILE ROOM.
*
* YEARS OF RESEARCH WERE DESTROYED, MUCH OF IT INVALUABLE,
* BUT THE (ASSUMED) PRIMARY GOAL OF UTTERLY ERASING THE
* EVIDENCE OF THE CRASHED SHIP WAS ACCOMPLISHED. IN THE
* OTHER THREE CASES, EQUALLY DIRECT ACTION ALSO DISPENSED
* WITH THE REMNANTS AND RESEARCH RECORDS.
*
* IN THE SOVIET UNION, THE CRAFT WAS RECOVERED ALMOST INTACT,
* IT HAVING CRASHED INTO THE BLACK SEA ABOUT THIRTY MILES
* SOUTH-EAST OF ODESSA. THE RECOVERY SHIP BRINGING IT TO THAT
* PORT SANK WITH ALL HANDS IN A BIZARRE LOCALIZED STORM THAT
* WELLED UP FROM BLUE SKIES AND A CALM SEA. THE SUNKEN SHIP,
* LIKE THE WRECKAGE OF THE AIRPLANE, REVEALED NO UNUSUAL
* CARGO DESPITE A THOROUGH SEARCH.
*
* THE VEHICLES THAT FELL IN FRANCE AND TURKEY ALSO BECAME
* "AMONG THE MISSING", ALTHOUGH IN THESE INSTANCES NO LIFE
* WAS LOST IN THE PROCESS, AND INVOLVED SIMPLE THEFT OF THE
* VEHICLES AND RESEARCH RECORDS.
*
* AS I STATED ABOVE, THE CONFEDERATION HAS VEHEMENTLY DENIED
* ANY ROLE IN THE INCIDENTS SURROUNDING THE REMOVAL OF THE
* MATERIAL AND FILES, NOR DID WE FIND ANYTHING IN THEIR OWN
* RECORDS TO ACCUSE THEM. HOWEVER, THE INFORMATION WAS TAKEN
* FROM THEIR EXTENSIVE DATABANKS ON CRAFTS THAT HAVE FALLEN
* INTO NON-CONFEDERATION HANDS.
*
* THEIR ONLY RESPONSE WAS THAT THEIR INTENSIVE INVESTIGATION
* OF THE CRASHES AND LATER EVENTS HAD UNCOVERED THESE FACTS.
* INASMUCH AS THE CONFEDERATION HIERARCHY WAS BEING UNUSUALLY
* ACCOMODATING IN EVEN OPENING THESE FILES TO US, WE DID NOT
* PRESS THEM ON THE ISSUE, BUT "CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE"
* MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO REACH ANY OTHER CONCLUSION.
*
* RETURNING TO THE "MJ-12" INCIDENT, THIS WAS APPARENTLY NOT
* A CONFEDERATION CRAFT, AND SINCE IT OCCURED WELL BEFORE WE
* BEGAN OUR EFFORTS HERE, WE HAVE NO WAY OF VERIFYING THE
* FACTS BEHIND THE CASE. THERE IS A KERNEL OF EVIDENCE THAT
* AN ALIEN CRAFT DID IN FACT CRASH THERE AND WAS TAKEN BY
* FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, BUT WE CANNOT OFFER FURTHER COMMENTS.
*
* THIS, I FEAR, WILL BE OF LITTLE USE TO YOU IN THE RESEARCH
* FOR "MJ-12, THE COSMIC WATERGATE", BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE
* UNABLE TO OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT. WE
* HAVE EXAMINED THE EVIDENCE PRODUCED BY YOUR RESEARCHERS,
* BUT THUSFAR WE HAVE FOUND NOTHING THAT WE MIGHT CALL PROOF
* OF SUFFICIENT QUALITY THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCEPT IT.
*
* I MUST APOLOGIZE ON THIS, BUT IT WOULD DISHONEST OF US TO
* PROVIDE YOU WITH UNPROVEN INFORMATION PURELY TO "HYPE" THE
* MYSTERY SURROUNDING "MJ-12" AND ROSWELL.
*
* VA I LUCE.
*

A few words, ArKay! You're getting as bad as I am when it comes to writing a few words.

*
* TERSENESS WAS NEVER MY STRONG SUIT, K-T. I FIND IT QUITE
* DIFFICULT TO END WITHOUT FINISHING.
*

No explanations are necessary, my friend. Too much is always better than too little. Go in light, brother.

I'm glad he uses a lot of paragraphs. It's far easier to paginate the text than trying to find natural breakpoints. I've explained this minimally before, but they are capable of monitoring my entries and injecting data into this computer directly, although the system they use apparently initializes lines by sending a code that the word processor translates into asterisks.

I leave them in there because it would be a pain to take them out, and they set off his text quite handily in any case (although the three leading and following ones use a lot of space). The capitals also come that way. Maybe he finds it too much of a bother to use the shift key.

*
* WE DO NOT HAVE SHIFT KEYS ON OUR COMPUTERS. OUR TEXT ENTRY
* IS IN KORENDIAN, AND THE MACHINE TRANSLATES INTO ENGLISH.
* WE NEVER ATTEMPTED TO TEACH IT CAPITALIZATION. AS FOR THE
* ASTERISKS, YOU ARE CORRECT ON THAT POINT. THE CODE THAT WE
* ASSIGN TO A LINE-FEED IS INTERPRETED AS AN ASTERISK BY YOUR
* COMPUTER. ALSO NOTE THAT I HAVE DELIBERATELY PROGRAMMED OUR
* MACHINE TO FORMAT MY TEXT IN LINES THAT WILL OCCUPY ONE
* PRINTED TEXT LINE USING YOUR PROCESSOR. I WILL MODIFY THE
* PROGRAM LATER TO SEND JUST ONE LEADING/TRAILING FEED.
*
* AS ORII-VAL MIGHT SAY IT, "SOMETIMES MY CONSIDERATENESS
* AMAZES EVEN ME."
*

*
* INDEED, ARKAY, BUT WHEN ORII SAYS IT, IT'S NOT TOTALLY
* OUT OF CHARACTER. HELLO AND GOOD EVENING, MIALANA.
*

Well, the whole Korendian family's on the tube tonight. A cheery good evening to you, sweetheart. Anybody down there minding the store?

*
* IT'S A QUIET PERIOD. EVERYTHING IS RUNNING JUST RIGHT. YOU
* MUST HAVE HAD A FEW OF THESE ODD TIMES IN YOUR WORK WHEN A
* GOOD SESSION OF THUMB-TWIDDLING IS THE DAY'S ACTIVITY.
*

Too few of them to suit me lately. In any case, sweet one, it's a pleasure to have you on board. ArKay's great, but he's just not my type.

*
* I SHOULD HOPE I AM NOT!
*

*
* DON'T WORRY, ARKAY, YOU AREN'T. TAKE IT FROM THE AUTHORITY.
* NOW, AS YOUR PEOPLE SAY, SWEETHEART, "I'M OUTTA HERE."
*

The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval! Much love, mialani. It will be interesting to find out what brother Gabe thinks of this high-tech silliness. Va i luce, ArKay.





Letter date: 19890813

On to business. You commented, "I've been thinking how marvelous it will be if ArKay can continue to provide us with useful information." He's standing by.

*
* ALEN, BROTHER GABRIEL. LET ME OPEN BY SAYING THAT AS LONG
* AS YOU HAVE THE DESIRE TO RECEIVE INFORMATION, IT WILL BE
* BE MY GREAT PLEASURE TO PROVIDE IT TO YOU. THAT IS, AFTER
* ALL, MY PRIMARY PURPOSE WITH THE ALLIANCE OPERATIONS HERE.
* I SHALL ENDEAVOR TO ANSWER ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS AS THEY
* COME MY WAY FROM YOU OR OTHERS.
*
* THE STAR ELDERON, WHICH YOU KNOW AS ALPHA BOOTIS OR MORE
* COMMONLY ARCTURUS, IS SURROUNDED BY A RETINUE OF SEVEN
* PLANETS. NONE OF THEM HAVE INDIGENOUS LIFE-FORMS OF ANY KIND.
*
* THIS CONDITION DID NOT ALWAYS EXIST. ALANDRA DID AT ONE
* TIME SUPPORT AN EXTREMELY ADVANCED CIVILIZATION, AND THE
* TWO NEAREST PLANETS WERE COLONIZED BY THEM. HOWEVER, AS
* ARCTURUS AGED AND CHANGED, THE PEOPLE APPARENTLY LEFT IN
* A MASS EXODUS FOR AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION, LEAVING BEHIND
* THEIR SPECTACULAR CITIES AND MONUMENTS.
*
* THEY TOOK WITH THEM EVERY TRACE OF THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND
* RECORDS. WE SEARCHED THE WORLD FOR YEARS AFTER DISCOVERING
* THEIR GLORIOUS WORKS, IN A FRUITLESS EFFORT TO LEARN WHERE
* THEY HAD GONE. AFTER A TIME THE CONCLUSION WAS REACHED FROM
* VERY FRAGMENTARY CLUES THAT THEIR MIGRATION HAD TAKEN THEM
* ON A MULTI-GENERATION TRIP TO WHAT YOU KNOW AS THE M-31
* GALAXY IN ANDROMEDA.
*
* THE CONDITION OF THE WORLD INDICATED THAT THIS IMMENSE
* JOURNEY BEGAN SOME THREE MILLION YEARS AGO, AND THAT EVEN
* IN THE SUB-LIGHT VESSELS THAT WE ASSUME WERE USED, THEY
* HAVE LONG SINCE REACHED THEIR DESTINATION AND BEGUN ANEW.
* WE WISH THEM GOD'S ABUNDANT BLESSINGS IN THEIR NEW HOME.
*
* THE NAME WE GAVE THE STAR, ELDERON, IS A DERIVATION OF THE
* GALINGUAN WORD ELDRONA, MEANING A WISE SPIRIT. THE AURA OF
* THE WORLD INSPIRES PROFOUND AWE TO THIS DAY. IT WAS NATURAL
* THAT WHEN THE TIME ARRIVED TO FIND A NEW CENTRAL REPOSITORY
* FOR THE KNOWLEDGE AND RECORDS OF THE ALLIANCE, IT WOULD BE
* ON ALANDRA, THE GALINGUAN WORD FOR KNOWLEDGE.
*
* WE CAREFULLY RESTORED ONE OF THEIR MOST MAGNIFICENT WORKS,
* A LIBRARY THAT COVERED, IN YOUR TERMS, SIX SQUARE MILES OF
* TERRAIN IN A SINGLE MULTI-STORY COMPLEX. IN ITS HEART IS
* WHAT SEEMED TO BE A PLACE OF VERY SPECIAL MEANING TO THE
* BUILDERS, A HUGE DOMED ATRIUM THAT CENTERED UPON A RAISED
* SECTION SURROUNDED BY HUNDREDS OF TIERS OF STONE SEATS.
*
* WE ASSUME THAT ITS PURPOSE WAS EDUCATION, OR POSSIBLY FOR
* WORSHIP, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NO EVIDENCE OF THEIR RELIGIOUS
* BELIEFS. ENTERING THIS ROOM BRINGS A FEELING OF INNER PEACE
* THAT CANNOT BE EXPRESSED IN WORDS. ONE SENSES THE PRESENCE
* OF EONS-DEPARTED BEINGS STILL GATHERED IN THAT PLACE TO
* ENGULF THEMSELVES IN THE GLORY OF PURE KNOWLEDGE. I HAVE
* STOOD IN THAT HALLOWED HALL. THE MEMORY WILL BE FOREVER IN
* MY MIND AND HEART AND SOUL. I WILL GO THERE AGAIN.
*
* WHAT MORE FITTING PLACE, THEN, FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT
* DOCUMENT IN OUR LONG HISTORY, THE "PACT OF ALLIANCE". IT
* RESTS, ETERNALLY PRESERVED, IN A LARGE GLASS CASE AT THE
* CENTER OF THE RAISED PODIUM. IT IS THE PASSION OF EVERY
* CITIZEN OF OUR MANY WORLDS TO VISIT THIS SHRINE AT LEAST
* ONCE IN THEIR LIVES, TO STAND IN THAT SACRED PLACE AND
* ABSORB THE HISTORY INTO THEIR VERY ESSENCES.
*
* AS TO THE PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES OF ALANDRA, WHICH WE HAVE
* CALLED ARCTURIA IN OUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH YOU PURELY
* TO ESTABLISH ITS LOCATION IN YOUR NIGHT SKIES, ALLOW ME
* TO PRESENT A BRIEF DATA-CHART ON THE PLANET.
*
* ALANDRA IS THE THIRD OF THE SEVEN PLANETS IN THE SYSTEM
* OF ARCTURUS. THE FOLLOWING DATA ARE FOR ALANDRA ONLY, AS
* THE OTHER WORLDS ARE OF NO SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE HERE,
* BEYOND SAYING THAT THEY ARE UNDER ALLIANCE JURISDICTION.
*
*

* DIAMETER (MILES)             21,887.643
* DENSITY (EARTH=1)            0.713
* DAY LENGTH:
*     EARTH=1                  1.027793
*     HOURS                    24:40:01.32
* MASS (EARTH=1)               15.06
* SURFACE LAND %               61.7
* SURFACE GRAVITY (SEA LEVEL):
*     EARTH=1                  1.97
*     FT/SEC SQUARED           63.52
* SURFACE TEMPERATURES:
*     MEAN                     87.6F/30.9C
*     MINIMUM                  -22.9F/-30.5C
*     MAXIMUM                  157.3F/69.6C
* ATMOSPHERE %:
*     OXYGEN                   21.6
*     NITROGEN                 75.2
*     CO2 AND MISC             3.2
* YEAR (EARTH=1)               13.0494037
* ORBIT DIAMETER (MILES):
*     MEAN                     811,985,297
*     MINIMUM                  794,690,011
*     MAXIMUM                  829,280,584
* ORBITAL ECCENTRICITY         0.0213
* ILLUMINATION (EARTH=1)
*     MEAN                     1.4508
*     MINIMUM                  1.3909
*     MAXIMUM                  1.5146
*
* YOU WILL SEE THAT, BASED ON DATA PROVIDED IN MY MESSAGE
* CONCERNING KORENDOR'S ATTRIBUTES, ALANDRA IS NOT UNLIKE
* MY HOME WORLD, ALTHOUGH THE STRANGENESS OF AN ORANGE-RED
* GIANT STAR IN THE SKY EMPHASIZES THE ALIENNESS OF THE
* PLANET. IT IS PLEASANT TO VISIT THIS WORLD, BUT I FOR ONE
* COULD NOT BE COMFORTABLE IN CALLING IT HOME.
*
* OVER THE YEARS THE "WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE" HAS ACCUMULATED A
* PERMANENT POPULATION OF THREE MILLION PEOPLE, MOSTLY FROM
* KORENDOR AND SIMILAR WORLDS, WHO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THE
* VAST COMPUTER COMPLEX THAT HAS BEEN BUILT TO HOLD ALL THE
* KNOWLEDGE OF THE ALLIANCE.
*
* NOTE THAT AT ONE TIME, THE PLANET ALITRA (PROCYON-4) WAS
* THE "WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE". IT BECAME NECESSARY TO ABANDON
* IT EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO WHEN GEOLOGIC ACTIVITY THREATENED TO
* DESTROY THE COMPLEX WITH QUAKES AND VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS.
* ALANDRA, BEING A "DEAD" WORLD IN THE PHYSICAL SENSE,
* OFFERED A PERFECT HOME FOR OUR VAST FACILITIES.
*
* THE PRESENCE OF THE SHRINE TO THE PACT OF ALLIANCE, AND THE
* OTHERWISE GENERALLY UNOCCUPIED LIBRARY, MADE THE CHOICE AN
* INEVITABLE ONE. THE MOVE PROVED TO BE AUSPICIOUS WHEN THE
* PROCYON SYSTEM WAS ENVELOPED IN A RADIATION CLOUD IN YOUR
* YEAR OF 1977 THAT RENDERED IT UTTERLY UNINHABITABLE. IT
* COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MOVED AT THAT TIME, AND WE BELIEVE THAT
* THE INFINITE ONE'S MIGHTY HAND TOOK PART IN PERSUADING US
* TO LEAVE ALITRA AT THE EARLIER DATE.
*
* I HOPE THAT THIS DISCOURSE HAS PROVIDED THE QUALITY OF
* INFORMATION THAT YOU DESIRE, BROTHER GABRIEL. HOWEVER, IF
* YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGES OR REFINEMENTS, I AM OPEN
* TO THEM, BECAUSE MY PURPOSE IS TO COMMUNICATE WITH UTMOST
* EFFECTIVENESS TO YOUR PEOPLE.
*
* VA I LUCE.
*

Just keep 'em coming like that, ArKay, and you'll have us champing at the bit for the next installment. In all my years of association with you good people, you're the most thorough and informative resource to date. They selected you wisely, my friend.

*
* I THANK YOU, K-T. WHAT WAS THE PHRASE THAT YOU USED IN THE
* LAST LETTER, THE "GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL OF APPROVAL"? THE
* REFERENCE ESCAPES ME, BUT IT SEEMS AN HONOR TO RECEIVE IT.
*

I'll fill you in later on that one. Right now I want to break this off before Gabe's eyes fall out from overwork.





Letter date: 19890910

As you may have discerned by the enclosed document, Series Two is pretty much in the can. Minor edits may be made, but it's essentially complete.

*
* ALEN, BROTHER GABRIEL. BECAUSE YOUR LETTER CONTAINED A
* NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO ME, BOB ASKED ME TO STAY WITH HIM ON
* THIS OCCASION. I WILL BE INJECTING INFORMATION AS REQUIRED.
* LET ME SAY HERE THAT I APPRECIATE YOUR KIND COMMENTS ABOUT
* MY INFORMATION ON ARCTURIA/ALANDRA. REST ASSURED THAT I
* WILL ENDEAVOR TO CONTINUE PROVIDING THAT "QUALITY" AS
* LONG AS YOU FIND A NEED TO RECEIVE IT.
*

On to the questions you posed.

*
* YOUR FIRST QUERY, BROTHER GREEN, CONCERNED ALLIANCE
* RELIGION. IF YOU WILL REFER TO THE SECOND MESSAGE OF
* SERIES TWO, LABELLED "B", YOU WILL FIND A PRESENTATION
* CONCERNING OUR RELIGIOUS PRACTICES ON KORENDOR. ALTHOUGH
* IT IS SPECIFIC TO MY PLANET, THE FUNDAMENTALS ARE QUITE
* APPLICABLE TO ALL OF THE ALLIANCE WORLDS AND INDEED
* TO MOST WORLDS OF OUR ACQUAINTANCE IN THE GALAXY, IN
* OR OUT OF THE ALLIANCE.
*
* IN READING THIS MESSAGE, YOU MIGHT CONCLUDE THAT WE ARE A
* VERY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. THIS RELIES TO A LARGE DEGREE ON
* YOUR INTERPRETATION OF RELIGIOUS. AS I POINTED OUT, WE HAVE
* NO FORMAL RELIGIONS ON KORENDOR. IN THAT RESPECT ONE MIGHT
* NOT CONSIDER US RELIGIOUS AT ALL.
*
* WE ARE, HOWEVER, DEEPLY INVOLVED IN OUR PERSONAL, INTIMATE
* RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD, AND OUR LIVES ARE CENTERED ABOUT
* KNOWING HIS ETERNAL LAWS AND THEIR APPLICATION TO OUR DAILY
* EXISTENCE. A RELIGION IS A FORMAL SET OF TENETS, RITUALS
* AND METHODOLOGIES THAT PEOPLE ACCEPT AND PRACTICE IN THEIR
* QUEST FOR GOD. WE HAVE FOUND NO NEED FOR THIS, BECAUSE OUR
* GOD LIVES WITHIN US.
*
* ON EARTH, YOU SPEAK OF, FOR EXAMPLE, CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
* SUCH AS CATHOLICISM, EASTERN ORTHODOX, BAPTIST, AND SO ON.
* EACH HAS ITS OWN CODE, AND QUITE OFTEN THE DIFFERENCES
* THEREIN INTRODUCE FRICTION BETWEEN THE DIVERSE SECTS, WHICH
* ALL BUT NEGATES THEIR VERY FOUNDATION, CHRISTIANITY.
*
* THE POINT I MAKE IS THAT WERE THIS TRANSLATED TO KORENDOR,
* WE WOULD ALL BE CHRISTIANS, BUT WE WOULD HAVE NO SECTARIAN
* ISOLATION. WE WOULD STUDY AND PRACTICE THE TEACHINGS OF
* CHRISTIANITY PER SE WITHOUT ATTEMPTING TO CODIFY SPECIFIC
* WAYS IN WHICH IT MIGHT BE EFFECTED, OR TO ESTABLISH
* RITUALISTIC FORMS OF WORSHIP OF GOD.
*
* IF I MAY BE BLUNT, CHRISTIANITY AND CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS
* ARE QUITE OFTEN MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. MANY OF THE "MODERN"
* RELIGIONS ARE OBSESSED WITH SECULAR CONCERNS TO THE
* REJECTION OF THE SPIRITUAL FUNDAMENTALS OF CHRISTIANITY.
* INDEED, SOME RELIGIONS SEEM TO BE ACTIVELY STRETCHING THEIR
* ETHICAL CODES TO EMBRACE WHAT WAS ONCE CALLED SIN.
*
* THE FAITH OF THE ALLIANCE IS GENERALLY AS I DESCRIBED FOR
* KORENDOR, WITHOUT FORMAL RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION OR FORMAT.
* EACH RACE DIFFERS IN CERTAIN WAYS IN ITS PHILOSOPHIES, BUT
* THE OVERARCHING VIEW IS AS I OUTLINED IN MY COMMUNICATION.
*
* IN REFERENCE TO JESUS CHRIST OR SANANDA, WE HAVE NO DIRECT
* KNOWLEDGE OF THIS GREAT TEACHER. WE KNOW THAT HE WAS FROM
* THE HIGHER REALMS, BUT HIS DIVINITY IS, AS I STATED, A
* MATTER FOR FAITH, NOT KNOWLEDGE. INDEED, ACTUAL KNOWLEDGE
* OF HIS GODLY NATURE WOULD DESTROY THE FREE WILL THAT IS SO
* MUCH A PART OF THE WONDER OF ACCEPTING GOD. THE TEACHINGS
* OF JESUS ARE TRUTH, AND THEY PARALLEL PRECISELY OUR OWN
* UNDERSTANDING OF GOD'S LAW. YOUR WORLD IS GLORIOUSLY
* BLESSED TO HAVE HAD JESUS CHRIST. HEED WELL HIS WORDS, MY
* TERRAN FRIENDS.
*
* "DIVINE INTERVENTION", IF I AM INTERPRETING THIS CORRECTLY,
* ASSUMES A DIRECT INTERCESSION BY GOD IN HUMAN AFFAIRS IN
* SUCH A MANNER AS TO REMOVE DOUBT AS TO THE NATURE OF THE
* EVENT. THIS WE HAVE NEVER WITNESSED ON ANY ALLIANCE WORLD,
* NOR HAVE THE OTHER GROUPS OF OUR ACQUAINTANCE RELATED SUCH
* AN EVENT IN THEIR HISTORIES.
*
* YET, YOUR HOLY WORKS NOT ONLY SUGGEST BUT INDEED PROMISE
* JUST SUCH A HAPPENING. IN OUR STUDIES OF YOUR BIBLE, WE
* HAVE CONCLUDED THAT WHAT IS CALLED THE "TIME OF THE END"
* IS IN FACT QUITE CLOSE, AND THAT THE CONDITIONS DELINEATED
* IN THE SCRIPTURES AS PRECURSORS TO THIS EVENT ARE QUITE
* EVIDENT IN THE CLOSING YEARS OF THIS CENTURY.
*
* I WOULD HAZARD THE PREDICTION THAT WITHIN THE NEXT THREE
* DECADES, THE "LAST DAYS" OF THE BIBLE WILL COME TO PASS,
* AND IT MAY WELL OCCUR SOONER. TO BE SURE, GIVEN THE SAD
* STATE OF AFFAIRS THAT YOUR PEOPLE HAVE CREATED FOR
* THEMSELVES IN SPURNING GOD, I RATHER THINK THAT ONLY SUCH
* AN EVENT WILL SAVE YOUR RACE FROM SELF-OBLITERATION.
*
* THE NATURE OF THIS EVENT IS UNKNOWN TO US. AS I POINTED
* OUT, WE KNOW OF NO OCCASION WHEN GOD HAS DIRECTLY AND
* OPENLY INTERVENED IN HUMAN ACTIONS, NOR DO WE THINK THAT
* HE WILL DO SO, FOR THE VERY REASON OF FREE WILL THAT I
* MENTIONED. THEREFORE, WE ARE AS "IN THE DARK" AS YOU ABOUT
* IT, AND WE ANTICIPATE THESE TIMES MOST AVIDLY. WE KNOW OF
* GOD'S MIGHTINESS, AND WE EAGERLY AWAIT THE DAY WHEN HE WILL
* DISPLAY IT TO YOU.
*
* QUESTION #2 -- THE CONFEDERATION IS ITSELF POWERLESS TO
* CARRY OUT AN EFFECTIVE INTERVENTION IN YOUR AFFAIRS, JUST
* BECAUSE OF THEIR STEADFAST AND SEEMINGLY UNCHANGEABLE
* ADHERENCE TO THEIR NON-INTERFERENCE DIRECTIVES. WE DO NOT
* EXPECT THAT THIS POSITION WILL BE MATERIALLY ALTERED IN THE
* IMMEDIATE FUTURE. THEREFORE, IF THE CONFEDERATION INTENDS
* TO INTERCEDE ON YOUR BEHALF, IT WILL BE AFTER, NOT BEFORE
* A CATACLYSMIC OCCURENCE ON EARTH. BY DEFINITION, THIS WOULD
* NO LONGER CONSTITUTE INTERFERENCE WITH A VIABLE CULTURE,
* AND SUCH AN INTERCESSION IS ENCOMPASSED WITHIN THE WORDING
* OF THEIR DIRECTIVES.
*
* QUESTION #3 -- THE "SECOND COMING OF CHRIST", BEING AN
* INTEGRAL PART OF THE "LAST DAYS" THAT I DISCUSSED EARLIER,
* WOULD ALSO OCCUR WITHIN THE SAME THIRTY-YEAR TIME SPAN. AS
* TO THE FUNCTION OF ALLIANCE AGENTS IN THIS END TIME, WE
* ASSUME THAT WE WOULD BE STRICTLY OBSERVORS, ALTHOUGH IT
* IS POSSIBLE THAT THE CONTINUATION OF OUR LINEAGE ON EARTH
* IS IN SOME WAY RELATED TO THESE COMING EVENTS. WE HAVE NO
* WAY OF KNOWING THIS, AND WITHOUT FURTHER INFORMATION, WE
* CAN ONLY DOWNPLAY ANY CONTRIBUTION OF THE ALLIANCE.
*
* QUESTION #4 -- THE ALLIANCE, THROUGH OUR KORENDIAN AGENTRY,
* OPERATES INDEPENDENTLY OF DIRECT TERRAN KNOWLEDGE, ALTHOUGH
* WE ARE INVOLVED IN MOST FACETS OF YOUR SOCIETY. AS SUCH,
* WE HAVE NO OTHER COMMUNICANTS THAN BOB RENAUD, AND NEED NO
* OTHERS ASIDE FROM A VERY FEW WHO ARE AWARE OF OUR PRESENCE
* BUT ARE COMMITTED TO ABSOLUTE SECRECY. IF WE ARE TO RELAY
* INFORMATION TO YOU, IT WILL BE THROUGH MY WORK WITH BOB,
* AND NO OTHERS WILL BE INVOLVED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.
*
* CONSIDER THIS AS AN ALERT SHOULD OTHERS MAKE SUCH CLAIMS,
* BECAUSE IN ALL PROBABILITY THEY WOULD BE OMEGAN OPERATIVES
* WORKING AGAINST US TO DESTROY OUR CREDIBILITY.
*
* QUESTION #5 -- THE ALLIANCE POSITION ON THE INTENSE LEVEL
* OF INTERVENTION THAT WE ARE CARRYING OUT RESTS ON THE FACT
* THAT OUR ACTIONS ARE DIRECTED, NOT AT OVERTLY ALTERING YOUR
* SOCIETY, BUT RATHER AT DESTROYING AN INFLUENCE THAT IS
* ITSELF ALIEN TO EARTH. THE OMEGANS DID NOT ORIGINATE ON
* EARTH, AND WE HAVE NOT THE MEREST HESITATION IN COMBATTING
* THEM IN THIS MANNER.
*
* THE CONFEDERATION INTERPRETATION IS THAT DESPITE THEIR
* ORIGIN, THE OMEGAN PRESENCE CONSTITUTES A FACTOR IN TERRAN
* DEVELOPMENT, AND NEGATING IT WOULD ALTER YOUR SOCIETY TO AN
* EXTENT NOT PERMITTED BY THEIR DIRECTIVES, AS LONG AS YOUR
* CIVILIZATION REMAINS VIABLE. THEREIN LIES THE "BONE OF
* CONTENTION" THAT HAS CAUSED ENDLESS FRICTION BETWEEN OUR
* ORGANIZATIONS.
*
* OUR BEING WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION HAS EXACERBATED THIS
* DICHOTOMY, BUT BECAUSE THE CONFEDERATION RECOGNIZES THAT
* THE PERIL POSED BY THE OMEGANS IS TO THEMSELVES AS WELL AS
* US, THEY HAVE ELECTED TO "TOLERATE" (THEIR TERM) OUR
* ACTIVITIES ON EARTH BY NOT FORMALLY OPPOSING THEM. YOUR
* PHRASE IS "TACIT APPROVAL". IN FACT, WE ARE RECEIVING
* LIMITED ASSISTANCE FROM THEM IN WAYS THAT WILL NOT DIRECTLY
* AFFECT OUR OPERATIONS HERE.
*
* IN MOST CASES THE ALLIANCE AND THE CONFEDERATION ARE QUITE
* FRIENDLY AND COOPERATIVE. IN FACT, THE GALACTIC HIGH
* TRIBUNAL IS SUPPORTIVE, IF NOT PUBLICLY ENTHUSIASTIC,
* CONCERNING OUR EFFORTS HERE. THE MAJOR DIFFICULTY RESTS
* WITH THE SECTOR COMMAND RATHER THAN WITH THE PARENT
* ORGANIZATION, ALTHOUGH THE TERM CONFEDERATION IS INHERENTLY
* NON-SPECIFIC AND CAN LEAD TO MISINTERPRETATION IF ONE IS
* UNAWARE THAT THERE ARE SECTOR COMMANDS. ANY FUTURE
* REFERENCE TO THIS PROBLEM WILL CONCERN THE SECTOR COMMAND,
* NOT THE HIGH TRIBUNAL.
*
* QUESTION #6 -- WE ARE INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN ALL LEVELS OF
* GOVERNMENT IN EVERY NATION, SO OF COURSE WE ARE ACQUAINTED
* WITH THE "COVERT CONSPIRACIES" OF WHICH YOU WRITE. ALTHOUGH
* OUR PROGRAM DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY ACCOMMODATE INTERVENTION
* IN SUCH MATTERS, WE ARE WORKING WITHIN THE INFRASTRUCTURES
* TO MODIFY AND AMELIORATE AT LEAST THE MOST DANGEROUS AND
* COUNTERPRODUCTIVE OF THESE CONSPIRACIES.
*
* IT IS GENERALLY TRUE THAT SUCH NEGATIVE ACTIVITIES
* ORIGINATE WITH OMEGAN INFLUENCES, BECAUSE THEIR GRAND
* SCHEME IS TO MOLD YOUR SOCIETY INTO A BRUTAL, UNYIELDING
* MILITARY MACHINE CAPABLE OF ACTING AS THEIR ARMY IN THEIR
* GRANDIOSE PLAN TO ENSLAVE MUCH OF THE CONFEDERATION, WHICH
* GROUP HAS SHOWN RELUCTANCE TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST EVEN
* THE MOST BRAZEN ASSAULTS.
*
* THE CONFEDERATION AS A WHOLE IS ADAMANTLY AND UNFLINCHINGLY
* NON-MILITARISTIC, AND MAINTAINS NO STANDING MILITARY FORCE.
* IT IS, AS YOU SAY, A "SITTING DUCK" FOR OMEGAN ASPIRATIONS
* OF INTERSTELLAR CONQUEST.
*
* KEEPING TERRAN HUMANITY "IN SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL
* AND SPIRITUAL BONDAGE" IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THIS
* LONG-TERM PROCESS. ELIMINATING SUCH CONTROL WOULD FREE
* HUMANITY TO PURSUE MORE GAINFUL WAYS OF LIFE, AND UNDERMINE
* THE BREEDING OF THEIR ARMY. BY MAINTAINING THE CONFLICTS
* THAT KEEP YOU IN CONSTANT FEAR AND CAUTION, THEY CAN DIRECT
* YOUR EVOLUTION TO SUIT THEIR NEEDS.
*
* THIS IS WHY THE ALLIANCE IS FULLY COMMITTED TO WAGING ITS
* CLANDESTINE WAR WITH THE OMEGANS ON EARTH. YOUR FUTURE
* HINGES ON WHETHER WE SUCCEED OR FAIL. WE WILL NOT FAIL.
*
* QUESTION #7 -- AS INFORMATION ABOUT "COVERT ANTI-FREEDOM
* ACTIVITIES" BECOMES OF SUFFICIENT IMPORTANCE THAT IT OUGHT
* TO BE PRESENTED TO YOUR PEOPLE, WE WILL DO SO, WITH THE
* FULL INTENTION OF EXPOSING WHATEVER OMEGAN LINKS EXIST. BE
* INFORMED THAT THERE ARE NO GOVERNMENTS ON EARTH TODAY THAT
* ARE IN CONTROL OF THEIR NATIONS' DESTINIES. STRONG OMEGAN
* AUTHORITY EXISTS IN EVERY COUNTRY, AND EVERY LEADER IS IN
* SOME WAY UNDER THE OMEGAN "THUMB".
*
* THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IN MOST CASES IS THE WILLINGNESS OF THE
* LEADERSHIPS TO COOPERATE WITH THAT INFLUENCE. THOSE RULERS
* THAT DO NOT ACTIVELY ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE THIS CONTROL WILL
* SURVIVE. SOME HAVE BECOME KNOWING OMEGAN SURROGATES FOR
* PERSONAL GAIN. THE PREMIER OF COMMUNIST CHINA IS ONE SUCH.
* ULTIMATELY THIS WILL "BACKFIRE" AS THE OMEGANS' DEMANDS
* BECOME TOO GREAT FOR EVEN THESE TRUSTED LACKEYS. THEY WILL
* REBEL AND THEY WILL FALL. IT IS INEVITABLE.
*
* HERE I MUST CONCLUDE MY COMMUNICATION, PERHAPS TO EXPAND ON
* SOME OF THESE POINTS IN ANOTHER SERIES OF MESSAGES. I TRUST
* THAT THIS INFORMATION IS WHAT YOUR QUERIES HOPED TO ELICIT.
*
* VA I LUCE.
*

If you had the merest doubts about the new openness of the Alliance programs, put them to rest. It looks like we've found the proverbial gold mine in ArKay and the policy that permits him to expound at such lengths on every topic we throw at him. Glasnost, move over!

*
* IF I MAY BE PERMITTED TO INTERRUPT HERE MOMENTARILY, BOB,
* I WANT TO CLARIFY A QUESTION THAT MAY WELL ARISE IF MY
* MESSAGE ON OUR ADVENTURE TO EARTH IS RELEASED TO THE
* PEOPLE. THE PREMISE OF THE QUERY IS THIS: WHY, IF WE HAD
* DEVELOPED INTERSTELLAR FLIGHT CENTURIES AGO, DID WE NOT
* COME TO EARTH THEN TO SEARCH FOR OUR HEROIC ANCESTORS?
*
* IN FACT, WE DID SEND AN EXPEDITION HERE, BUT NO TRACE OF
* THE SHIP OR OUR PEOPLE WAS FOUND ANYWHERE. AT THE TIME WE
* HAD NO WAY TO CONDUCT THE NECESSARILY EXHAUSTIVE SEARCH,
* AND AS WELL, THE CONFEDERATION FINALLY CONTACTED US TO MAKE
* KNOWN THEIR DISAPPROVAL OF OUR PRESENCE. WE THEREFORE SADLY
* ABANDONED THE QUEST, AND PLACED ON YOUR WORLD A GROUP OF
* MONITORS THAT WOULD PERIODICALLY TRANSMIT TO US YOUR STATE
* OF TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT. WE RETURNED TO KORENDOR AND
* OUR MORE PRODUCTIVE INTERSTELLAR PURSUITS, AWAITING THE
* TIME WHEN THE MONITORS WOULD INFORM US THAT YOU HAD
* ATTAINED A SUFFICIENT LEVEL TO TAKE THE FIRST STEPS INTO
* SPACE. THIS LANDMARK IS CONSIDERED THE HARBINGER OF AN
* ADVANCED SOCIETY.
*
* WHEN THE SOVIET UNION LAUNCHED THEIR "SPUTNIK" SATELLITE,
* OUR MONITORS TOLD US YOU WERE READY. WE THEN CAME BACK AND
* ESTABLISHED A PERMANENT PRESENCE ONCE MORE, THIS TIME WITH
* THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE CONFEDERATION, WITH WHOM WE
* HAD BY THEN BECOME WELL ACQUAINTED. IN THE INTERVENING
* YEARS, OUR PROBE/SENSOR TECHNOLOGY HAD GROWN EXTREMELY
* SOPHISTICATED. THE ARRIVING SHIPS CARRIED INSTRUMENTS THAT
* ALLOWED US TO DO A COMPREHENSIVE GEOLOGICAL/METALLURGICAL
* SURVEY OF YOUR PLANET.
*
* ASIDE FROM RECORDING SUBSTANTIAL DEPOSITS OF A CERTAIN
* METAL FOUND ONLY IN TRACE AMOUNTS ELSEWHERE, WE LOCATED THE
* HIMALAYAN BASE IN 1973, A DISCOVERY THAT I EQUATE TO YOUR
* FINDING THE "HOLY GRAIL". WE WERE ECSTATIC. KORENDOR HELD
* A FIVE-DAY HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE THIS MOMENTOUS EVENT, AND
* EVERY REMAIN THAT WE COULD FIND WAS TRANSPORTED BACK HOME
* TO TAKE A CHERISHED PLACE IN THE GREAT LIBRARY OF ALANDRA.
*
* IN ANSWER TO THE QUERY, THEN, WE DID COME BACK, BUT IT WAS
* YOUR ENTRY INTO THE SPACE AGE THAT MADE OUR PRESENCE HERE
* A LASTING THING.
*
* VA I LUCE.
*

ArKay, you are astounding! Don't you ever get tired?

*
* IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE, NEVER!
*

Well put. Thanks, guy.

*
* YOU ARE ENTIRELY WELCOME, ROBERT.
*





Letter date: 19891006

Your question about the method used to input ArKay's commentaries is best answered by him.

*
* ALEN, BROTHER GABRIEL. THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE USE IN ADDING
* MY WORDS TO THESE LETTERS INVOLVES A DEVICE THAT WE PLACED
* IN THE GROUND TEN FEET BELOW HIS CELLAR FLOOR. THIS UNIT, A
* RATHER SIMPLE TRANSPONDER, MONITORS THE EMISSIONS FROM HIS
* COMPUTER AS HE IS WORKING, AND REPRODUCES THEM ON A SCREEN
* IN THE MASSCOM SECTION WHERE I "HANG MY HAT", EXACTLY AS
* THEY APPEAR ON HIS OWN MONITOR.
*
* WHEN IT IS MY DESIRE TO PROVIDE INPUT, THIS SAME DEVICE
* TRANSMITS A SIGNAL THAT IS INTERPRETED IN HIS COMPUTER AS
* KEYBOARD ENTRIES, AS THOUGH HE WERE PHYSICALLY TYPING EACH
* LETTER. THE KEYS DO NOT MOVE AS THIS IS BEING DONE.
*
* THE PROCESS IS NOT WITHOUT ITS DRAWBACKS. IT IS SUBJECT TO
* INTERFERENCE FROM ELECTRICAL "NOISE", EXTERIOR TRANSMITTERS
* ON THE SAME FREQUENCY, LIGHTNING PULSES, AND SO ON. BECAUSE
* THERE IS NO FEEDBACK FROM HIS COMPUTER WHILE I AM SENDING
* INPUT, I CANNOT KNOW UNTIL I FINISH WHETHER THE INTEGRITY
* OF THE INFORMATION IS MAINTAINED. THIS REQUIRES FREQUENT
* STOPS TO VERIFY WHAT IS SENT, AND I HAVE ON OCCASION BEEN
* FORCED TO RETRANSMIT AN ENTIRE PARAGRAPH. I THEN LEAVE IT
* TO BOB TO EDIT THE "GARBAGE" OUT OF THE FINAL VERSION.
*
* MY METHOD OF ENTRY VARIES WITH MY DEGREE OF AMBITION AT THE
* TIME THAT THESE LETTERS ARE WRITTEN. ALTHOUGH AN ACTUAL
* KEYBOARD IS AVAILABLE, I PREFER USING THE IMPLANT TO ENTER
* THE TEXT INTO OUR COMPUTER, AND LETTING IT HANDLE THE
* "DRUDGEWORK". STILL, I DO NOW AND THEN REVERT TO THE KEYS
* WHEN I AM IN A PARTICULARLY SPRIGHTLY FRAME OF MIND, MOSTLY
* TO "KEEP IN PRACTICE".
*
* AS FOR THE PRESENCE OF ASTERISKS BEGINNING EACH LINE, ASTRA
* HAS FOUND A SIMPLE "FIX", BUT BOB HAS STATED THAT HE WOULD
* RATHER THEY REMAINED, AS THEY PROVIDE A DISTINCTIVE WAY OF
* EMPHASIZING MY WRITINGS, AND I DEFER TO HIS JUDGEMENT.
*
* LET ME NOW ADDRESS YOUR SEVEN QUESTIONS, BROTHER GABRIEL.
*
* QUESTION 1: THE ADVISOR WITHIN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION IS
* WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE "INNER CIRCLE", AND HE HAS A GREAT
* DEAL OF INFLUENCE WITH THE PRESIDENT. HOWEVER, HE HAS BEEN
* "SWORN TO SECRECY" AND IS IN NO WAY TO REVEAL HIS ACCESS TO
* US. AS WELL, HE IS NOT PRIVY TO THE DEGREE OF INFORMATION
* THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED TO YOU THROUGH BOB. WE TELL HIM ONLY
* AS MUCH AS WE FEEL IS APPROPRIATE TO OBTAIN THE DESIRED
* RESULTS, AND HE THEN ASCRIBES IT TO TERRAN SOURCES BEFORE
* CONFIDING IT TO THE PRESIDENT.
*
* TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, HE IS UNAWARE OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH
* US THROUGH BOB, AND BY NOT SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGING OUR
* ALLIANCE AFFILIATION AND KORENDIAN ORIGIN, WE SHALL ATTEMPT
* TO MAINTAIN THIS ISOLATION. OUR "OFFICIAL" CONTACT WITH YOU
* SHALL CONTINUE TO BE BOB RENAUD.
*
* QUESTION 2: THE ALLIANCE IS NOT ACTIVE IN THIS PROCESS. OUR
* OPERATIONS ON EARTH, AS WE HAVE STATED, ARE SPECIFICALLY TO
* COUNTERACT AND HOPEFULLY TO DEFEAT THE OMEGAN INFLUENCE IN
* YOUR SOCIETY. WHAT ROLE THE CONFEDERATION IS PLAYING IN THE
* EVENTS THAT YOU CITE IS UNKNOWN TO US. WE DETECT THAT THEIR
* ACTIVITY ON EARTH HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, BUT THEY ARE
* EXTRAORDINARILY "TIGHT-LIPPED" ABOUT THEIR NEW PROGRAM.
*
* BY RIGHTS, YOUR WORLD IS WITHIN A CONFEDERATION SYSTEM, AND
* BECAUSE THEY HAVE SAID THAT THEY WOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH
* OUR OPERATIONS, WE HAVE FOUND NO JUSTIFICATION FOR PRESSING
* THEM FOR FURTHER DETAILS. THEY DID SAY THAT SUCH AS THEY
* CHOOSE TO REVEAL WILL COME THROUGH THEIR CONTACTS WITHIN
* YOUR RANKS. I REGRET THAT I CAN OFFER NOTHING MORE ON THIS.
*
* QUESTION 3: THERE ARE NO BEINGS THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED
* "ETHERIC" IN THE ALLIANCE. WHILE WE HAVE A PLETHORA OF
* SPECIES, ALL ARE PHYSICAL, ALTHOUGH SEVERAL HAVE ATTAINED
* THE ABILITY TO TRANSFORM THEIR SHAPES ESSENTIALLY AT WILL.
* YOUR TERM MIGHT BE "POLYMORPHS". OF THESE, A FEW CAN ATTAIN
* TRANSCENDENTAL PHASES THAT EXIST OUTSIDE THE NORMAL THREE
* DIMENSIONS, BUT CANNOT MAINTAIN THIS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS.
* THEIR NORMAL EXISTENCE IS PHYSICAL.
*
* THE CONFEDERATION, BEING FAR OLDER THAN THE ALLIANCE, DOES
* INDEED HAVE RACES THAT EXIST "ETHERICALLY", THAT IS, WITH
* NO PHYSICAL ASPECT, UNLESS THEY SO DESIRE THAT STATE. THIS
* TYPICALLY OCCURS WHEN THEY WISH TO MEET PERSONALLY WITH
* PHYSICAL BEINGS. THERE IS IN YOUR EARLY "STAR TREK" SERIES
* AN EPISODE DEALING WITH "ORGANIANS" THAT PROVIDES A FAIR
* DEPICTION OF THIS FORM OF LIFE.
*
* QUESTION 4: THERE ARE IN FACT THREE LEVELS OF MASTERS: THE
* SIMPLE "MASTERS" WHICH REPRESENTS THE INITIAL STATUS: THE
* "ELDER MASTERS", REPRESENTING THE ADVANCED STATUS; THE
* "ASCENDED MASTERS" WHO THROUGH DEATH OR BODILY TRANSLATION
* EXIST IN THE HIGHER REALMS. THE FIRST TWO ARE PHYSICAL IN
* NATURE, THE THIRD IS WHAT YOU CALLED "ETHERIC". THE ELDER
* MASTERS CAN COMMUNE FREELY WITH THE HIGHER REALMS AND CAN
* VISIT IN A NON-PHYSICAL SENSE, BUT ULTIMATELY MUST RETURN
* TO THEIR CORPOREAL BODIES.
*
* ON OCCASION, THE CONCLAVES HAVE BEEN VISITED BY ASCENDED
* MASTERS DISPATCHED FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER AND GIVEN A
* PHYSICAL FORM FOR THAT PURPOSE. THIS IS NOT FREQUENT (AND
* HAS OCCURED ONLY AT CONCLAVES OF ELDER MASTERS, THEMSELVES
* VERY INFREQUENT), AND WE HAVE ONLY EIGHT SUCH VISITS ON
* RECORD SINCE THE VERY FIRST ONE.
*
* HOWEVER, ASCENDED MASTERS DO APPEAR AT OTHER TIMES THAN AT
* CONCLAVES, AND THIS OCCURS WITH GREATER FREQUENCY, USUALLY
* AT A TIME OF CRISIS OR MOMENTOUS DECISION. THEIR ROLE THEN
* IS AS ADVISORS ONLY. THEY DO NOT IMPOSE WILL OR EXERT ANY
* DIRECT INFLUENCE ON PHYSICAL AFFAIRS. THAT NOTWITHSTANDING,
* THEIR COUNSEL IS ALWAYS ACCEPTED, SO THE EFFECT IS THE SAME
* IN THE END.
*
* QUESTION 5: WITHOUT DELVING IN DETAIL INTO THE NATURE OF
* THE "ETHERIC" WORLDS, LET ME SAY THAT IN MOST CASES ENERGY
* WEAPONS SUCH AS DISRUPTORS HAVE NO EFFECT ON THEM IN THEIR
* "ELEVATED" STATE. AT A LATER TIME IN THE THIRD SERIES, I
* WILL GO INTO SOME DETAIL ABOUT THE SIMPLER TECHNICALITIES
* OF THE SO-CALLED ETHERIC STATE.
*
* AS TO THE REASON WHY CONFEDERATION SHIPS ARE NOT ARMED, ONE
* MIGHT ASK WHY THIS ASSUMPTION IS MADE. MANY ARE NOT FITTED
* WITH ARMAMENT, AND THOSE THAT ARE SO EQUIPPED MAKE A POINT
* OF NOT DISPLAYING THE FACT TO NON-CONFEDERATION PARTIES,
* BUT THEIR CRAFTS ARE NOT AS DEFENSELESS AS THEY MIGHT HAVE
* YOU BELIEVE. THE POINT IS THAT THE CONFEDERATION IS DEEPLY
* COMMITTED TO AVOIDING CONFLICT AT ALL REASONABLE COSTS, BUT
* NOT AT ALL COSTS.
*
* TO BE SURE, THE PROVOCATION THAT WOULD FORCE THEM TO ACTION
* WOULD BE CONSIDERABLY MORE SEVERE THAN MIGHT BE THE CASE TO
* INSTIGATE ALLIANCE RESPONSE, AND GIVEN A CHOICE THEY WOULD
* USUALLY CONSIDER SURRENDER IF IT WOULD SPARE VIOLENCE. THEY
* WOULD NEVER CONSIDER A RETALIATORY STRIKE SUCH AS WE MADE
* ON THE OMEGANS' SIRIUS HEADQUARTERS PLANET, AND WOULD IN
* MOST CASES NOT FIGHT BACK UNLESS A CONFEDERATION WORLD WAS
* IN IMMINENT DANGER OF TOTAL DESTRUCTION. WE HAVE NEVER SEEN
* THEIR WEAPONRY IN USE, BUT WE KNOW THAT IT EXISTS.
*
* QUESTION 6: THE PRINCIPLE THAT WE SHOWED BOB IN THOSE EARLY
* YEARS IS THE SAME THAT WE USE TODAY, ALTHOUGH OF COURSE FAR
* MORE SOPHISTICATED, BECAUSE WE ARE NOW USING SYSTEMS BUILT
* ON KORENDOR INSTEAD OF FROM TERRAN COMPONENTS. AS TO OUR
* POTENTIAL IMMORTALITY, THIS IS ENTIRELY CONCEIVABLE, BUT
* THE QUESTION IS NOT ONE OF "CAN IT BE DONE", BUT RATHER OF
* "WOULD WE WANT TO DO IT". THE PHYSICAL ASPECT OF ENDLESS
* LIFE BY THIS MEANS IS QUITE PRACTICAL, BUT WOULD ONE REALLY
* DESIRE IT ON A PSYCHOLOGICAL BASIS?
*
* WE HAVE NO OBJECTION, EITHER MORAL OR LEGAL, TO IMMORTALITY
* THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, BUT BEING A GOD-CENTERED SOCIETY, WE
* ALL ASPIRE AS DO YOU TO MOVE ON TO THE HIGHER REALM, TO
* GO TO HEAVEN AND FIND ONENESS WITH AND IN GOD.
*
* AS APPEALING AS THE NOTION MIGHT BE TO A RACE SUCH AS YOURS
* THAT NATURE LIMITS TO PERHAPS A CENTURY OF LIFE, WE WHO BY
* OUR NATURE LIVE AS MUCH AS TEN TIMES LONGER HAVE CONCLUDED
* THAT ONE PRODUCTIVE LIFETIME IS MORE THAN ENOUGH. WE HAVE
* OUR FAITH AND OUR KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IS TO COME "BEYOND THE
* VEIL" OF PHYSICAL DEATH, AND WE HAVE NO FEAR OF IT.
*
* PERHAPS YOUR SEARCH FOR IMMORTALITY IS INSPIRED BY YOUR
* UNCERTAINTY ABOUT WHAT FOLLOWS THAT FINAL BREATH, THAT LAST
* HEARTBEAT. IF YOU ENTERTAIN THE CONCEPT THAT LIFE IS ALL
* THERE IS, AND THAT THE GRAVE IS THE END OF LIFE, THEN IT
* IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT YOU WOULD THIRST FOR IMMORTALITY.
*
* YET, DO NOT YOUR SCRIPTURES TELL YOU THAT THE EARTHLY LIFE
* IS BUT A PRELUDE TO A FAR GREATER, ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD?
* AS WONDROUS AS KORENDOR IS, I HAVE NO DESIRE TO REMAIN ON
* THAT WORLD FOREVER. I LONG, WITH ALL MY FELLOWS, TO ONE DAY
* "PASS ON" TO THE HIGHER REALM, IN COMPARISON TO WHICH MY
* BEAUTIFUL HOME WORLD PALES INTO INSIGNIFICANCE.
*
* YOUR APPREHENSION, IN MY ESTIMATION, IS DUE TO YOUR RUSH
* TO DIVEST YOURSELVES OF GOD. IN SO DOING, YOU DENY FOR
* YOURSELVES THE COMFORT AND JOY OF ANTICIPATING HEAVEN. IF
* THERE IS NO GOD, THEN THERE CAN OF COURSE BE NO HEAVEN.
*
* YOU FEAR DEATH BECAUSE YOU HAVE LOST THE MEANING OF LIFE.
* WE KNOW THAT LIFE IS A TEST TO DETERMINE OUR WORTHINESS TO
* JOIN WITH GOD AT THE END OF OUR DAYS. JESUS CHRIST TOLD YOU
* IN YOUR BIBLE THAT YOU ARE INDEED IMMORTAL, AND HE WARNED
* AGAINST PLACING YOUR TRUST AND LOVE IN WORLDLY THINGS. YOUR
* PHYSICAL LIFE IS JUST SUCH A THING. SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS,
* AN OPPORTUNITY TO MINISTER TO HUMANITY AND SERVE GOD, TO
* MAKE YOUR MARK AND THEN DEPART TO UNITE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN.
*
* KNOW AND LOVE GOD, TRUST IN HIS INFALLIBLE WORD, AND YOU
* WILL NOT FEAR DEATH. READ IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:55 THE JOYFUL
* QUESTIONS THAT YOU CAN ASK ONCE YOU HAVE TRULY ACCEPTED GOD
* IN YOUR LIFE: "O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING? O GRAVE, WHERE
* IS THY VICTORY?"
*
* QUESTION 7: RETURNING TO MATERIAL MATTERS AGAIN, ALL OF OUR
* ACTUAL TERRAN AGENTS ARE STILL KORENDIANS, JUST BECAUSE THE
* ALLIANCE HAS NOT RECOMMENDED TO US THAT WE DO IT ANY OTHER
* WAY. HOWEVER, WE ARE INCREASINGLY SEEING BASE PERSONNEL WHO
* COME FROM OTHER WORLDS, AND IT SEEMS PROBABLE THAT ON OUR
* OWN INITIATIVE WE WILL SOON BEGIN TO TRAIN NON-KORENDIANS
* FOR OPERATIVE POSITIONS.
*
* IN MOST CASES, THE PLANET WHOSE EXPLORERS FIRST DISCOVER A
* WORLD ARE GIVEN EXCLUSIVITY OVER IT, UNLESS THEY REQUEST
* THAT OTHERS BECOME INVOLVED. THIS IS TRADITION, WITHOUT ANY
* LEGAL STATUS, BUT IT SERVES US WELL. YOUR CASE IS, HOWEVER,
* BECOMING OF MUCH INTEREST BEYOND KORENDOR, AND WE RECEIVE
* FREQUENT QUERIES ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF OPENINGS FOR
* NON-KORENDIAN PEOPLE.
*
* WE HAVE NOW DECIDED THAT AS POSITIONS BOTH NEW AND OLD COME
* TO PASS, THEY WILL BE FILLED BY WHOMEVER IS BEST SUITED,
* THE PERSON'S WORLD OF ORIGIN BEING NO LONGER A FACTOR IN
* THE ULTIMATE SELECTION.
*
* AS TO FUNCTIONING WELL OR MIXING IN ON EARTH, INASMUCH AS
* ALL AGENTS AND PERSONNEL ARE CONVERTED TO APPROPRIATE
* PHYSICAL FORMS AND TRAINED THOROUGHLY, THIS WILL NOT BE
* A SIGNIFICANT CONSIDERATION.
*
* WITH THAT, I MUST END THIS SESSION. VA I LUCE, BROTHER
* GABRIEL, AND GO WITH GOD. UNTIL LATER, BOB.
*

Cheers, ArKay. Take a break. You deserve it after that yeoman job.





Letter date: 19901221

Concerning the Mid-East situation, here's the word from the usual source at Mass Com.

*
* ALEN BREN. YOU ASKED ABOUT THE INCENDIARY SITUATION IN THE
* MIDDLE EAST. THE ALLIANCE HAS NO INVOLVEMENT IN THAT AREA
* AT PRESENT. THE CONFEDERATION IS ACTIVE THERE IN SOME
* UNOBTRUSIVE MANNER, AND AS FAR AS WE ARE ABLE TO DISCOVER,
* THE OMEGANS HAVE JUDICIOUSLY AVOIDED THE ENTIRE AFFAIR,
* MOSTLY OUT OF HAVING THEIR HANDS FULL ELSEWHERE AT THE
* MOMENT (THE ONGOING COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM HAS SEVERELY
* CRIMPED THEIR EFFECTIVENESS).
*
* THE ONGOING PROBLEMS IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD ARE BUT AN
* OUTGROWTH OF SOCIETAL CONFLICTS THAT HAVE PLAGUED THOSE
* PEOPLES SINCE YOUR EARLIEST BIBLICAL TIMES, AND WILL NOT
* END UNTIL ARMAGEDDON, WHICH WE ARE FULLY CONVINCED IS AN
* INEVITABILITY WITHIN THE LIFETIMES OF MANY NOW LIVING ON
* YOUR WORLD. INDEED, THE PRESENT DIFFICULTIES APPARENTLY
* ARE A PRECURSOR TO THE CONDITIONS THAT MUST EXIST IN ORDER
* TO BRING ARMAGEDDON TO PASS.
*
* WE DO NOT WISH TO CREATE SCENARIOS OF "GLOOM AND DOOM",
* BUT WE HAVE OF LATE, AT BOB'S BEHEST, BEGUN A DETAILED
* STUDY OF "OLD TESTAMENT" PROPHECIES AND THEIR RELEVANCE
* TO THE EARTH'S SITUATION, AND WE HAVE REACHED THE DEEPLY
* INSPIRING CONCLUSION THAT GODLY FORCES ARE AT WORK WHICH
* TRANSCEND HUMAN ABILITY TO NEGATE THEM. IT IS OBVIOUS TO
* US THAT THE FATHER GOD IS BRINGING TO PASS THOSE THINGS
* THAT HE REVEALED MILLENIA AGO TO HIS PROPHETS. LET IT BE
* SAID THAT THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE PROPHECIES AND THE
* WORLD CONDITIONS THAT FILL YOUR NEWS MEDIA IS STRIKING,
* TO UNDERSTATE IT CONSIDERABLY.
*
* WE DOUBT THAT THIS EVALUATION IS MUCH CAUSE FOR COMFORT
* TO THOSE WHO DO NOT COMPREHEND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT
* IS HAPPENING. HOWEVER, TO THOSE WHO ARE AWARE THAT THE
* EVENTS THAT ARE DELINEATED IN YOUR HOLY BIBLE'S BOOK OF
* "REVELATION" ARE SIGNALS THAT THE MILLENIAL REIGN OF
* JESUS CHRIST ON EARTH IS IMMINENT, THE MID-EAST PROBLEM
* IS A CAUSE FOR GREAT HOPE AS WELL AS CONCERN.
*
* TAKE COMFORT IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE "TRIBULATION" TO
* COME IS NECESSARY TO PURGE EARTH OF EVIL, DEMONIC FORCES,
* SO THAT GOD, IN THE FORM OF JESUS CHRIST, MAY RETURN TO
* YOUR WORLD TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM.
*
* AS TO OUR ROLE IN THIS, WE HAVE CONCLUDED THAT WE ARE BUT
* A SMALL PART OF OUR FATHER GOD'S PLAN, AND WE WILL CONTINUE
* TO SERVE HIM IN THE HUMILITY AND OBEDIENCE THAT IS INTEGRAL
* TO OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE ARE EVIDENTLY HERE BECAUSE HE SENT
* US TO YOU. WE CAN DO NO LESS THAN OUR BEST TO FULFILL THE
* FATHER'S WILL FOR US AND FOR YOU.
*
* ON OTHER MATTERS, YOU ASKED IF I WOULD CONSENT TO A SERIES
* DEALING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY MATTERS, AND ANOTHER
* THAT GOES INTO DETAIL ON THE UNIVERSAL ECONOMICS SYSTEM. AS
* BOB NOTED EARLIER, THE PRESENT SITUATION MAKES IT DIFFICULT
* TO AFFORD ANY LARGE DEGREE OF COMMUNICATIONS, BUT YOUR
* REQUESTS WILL BE TAKEN UNDER ADVISEMENT. WHEN MATTERS HAVE
* RESOLVED SOMEWHAT AND MORE TIME IS MADE AVAILABLE, I SHALL
* GIVE THOSE CONCEPTS MUCH THOUGHT.
*
* YOU ASKED TWO PARTICULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT UNEC THAT I CAN
* ANSWER HERE. PERSONAL PROPERTY OF AN INDIVIDUAL IS, AT THE
* TIME OF HIS TRANSITION, DIVIDED AMONGST HIS FAMILY MEMBERS
* IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS IT IS ON YOUR WORLD. WE DO NOT USE
* "WILLS" AS YOU DO TO SPECIFY THE DIVISION OF PROPERTY. OUR
* METHOD IS BASED ON A LEGAL "CODE OF DIVISION" THAT HANDLES
* INHERITANCE MATTERS FAIRLY AND EQUITABLY. ALSO, BECAUSE WE
* DO NOT EMPLOY TAXATION AS A MEANS OF REVENUE-GATHERING FOR
* GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS, THERE ARE NONE OF THE OPPRESSIVE
* "INHERITANCE TAXES" THAT CAN ALL BUT DESTROY THE WORTH OF
* A PERSON'S ESTATE. THE FULL VALUE OF THE ESTATE IS SHARED.
*
* ONE SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE SEPARATING OUR WAY OF LIFE FROM
* YOURS IS THAT WE ARE NOT "THING-ORIENTED". OUR LIVES ARE
* NOT CENTERED UPON THE ACCUMULATION OF MATERIAL WEALTH. WE
* HAVE NO "MILLIONAIRES" IN OUR SOCIETY. OUR PHILOSOPHY IS
* THAT MATERIAL THINGS ARE SERVANTS, NOT IDOLS. ALTHOUGH WE
* BELIEVE THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING IS ENTITLED TO A LIFE THAT
* ADDRESSES HIS OR HER PHYSICAL NEEDS IN A WAY THAT BRINGS
* COMFORT AND HAPPINESS, WE DO NOT REVERE THE AMASSING OF
* POSSESSIONS THAT CONTRIBUTE NOTHING TO ONE'S WELL-BEING.
*
* YOUR PEOPLE SAY, "COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS", MEANING THAT YOU
* SHOULD ENJOY THOSE THINGS THAT ARE ALREADY A PART OF YOUR
* LIVES, THE THINGS THAT BRING JOY AND LOVE RATHER THAN THE
* MERE SATISFACTION OF OWNERSHIP. WHEN ONE DESIRES WEALTH
* MORE THAN CONTENTMENT, THAT PERSON WILL NEVER BE CONTENT
* WITH HIS WEALTH.
*
* THE PURPOSE IN SAYING THIS IS TO INDICATE TO YOU THAT THE
* FREQUENT CONFLICTS AND BITTER ANIMOSITIES THAT DEVELOP IN
* YOUR SOCIETY OVER INHERITANCES ARE ABSENT IN OUR LIVES. IN
* PART THIS IS DUE TO PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES, AND IN PART
* TO OUR "CODE OF DIVISION", WHICH SHOWS NEITHER FAVOR NOR
* DISFAVOR. NO ONE PROFITS OR SUFFERS LOSS BECAUSE OF FAULTY
* JUDGEMENTS. IT IS A TECHNIQUE WORTH YOUR CONSIDERATION.
*
* THE SECOND QUESTION DEALT WITH THE SITING OF BUSINESSES IN
* "HIGH FOOT TRAFFIC" AREAS WHERE WALK-IN CUSTOMERS WOULD BE
* A SOURCE OF HIGH REVENUE. I WILL SPEAK ONLY FOR KORENDOR
* HERE, BECAUSE EVERY PLANET IN THE ALLIANCE HAS ITS OWN
* CUSTOMS AND APPROACHES TO RETAIL BUSINESS.
*
* FIRST, I MUST SAY THAT THE COMPUTER TERMINALS IN THE HOME
* ARE BY FAR THE PREFERRED WAY OF "SHOPPING". ALL THE BASIC
* COMMODITIES SUCH AS FOOD AND CLOTHING ARE ORDERED BY THIS
* METHOD. REPEATED PURCHASES, SUCH AS CERTAIN FOOD STAPLES,
* ARE LOGGED INTO A SPECIAL SERVICE THAT PERIODICALLY SENDS
* THOSE ITEMS WITHOUT ANY CONSUMER INTERVENTION OTHER THAN
* TO REQUEST CHANGES IN QUANTITY AND SO ON.
*
* WE HAVE WHAT MIGHT BE LOOSELY DESCRIBED AS "MALLS", WHERE
* COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES CONCENTRATE THEIR OUTLETS. THESE
* LOCATIONS ARE ALSO USED FOR NUMEROUS OTHER ACTIVITIES,
* SUCH AS SPORTS, ENTERTAINMENT, CIVIC FUNCTIONS AND SO ON.
* IN MANY CASES, THEY REPRESENT A COMMUNITY RESOURCE AS MUCH
* AS A RETAIL SITE. NONE OF THE STIGMA ATTACHED TO YOUR MALLS
* IS FOUND ON KORENDOR, BECAUSE THEY ARE DESIGNED FROM THE
* VERY FIRST TO BE AN ASSET TO A COMMUNITY.
*
* AS MIGHT BE EXPECTED, THESE FACILITIES ARE SITED OUTSIDE OF
* CITY AREAS, JUST BECAUSE THERE IS NO ROOM AVAILABLE IN A
* METROPOLITAN AREA. AS WELL, BECAUSE ALL THE NON-RETAIL USES
* ARE ALREADY WIDELY AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT A CITY, THERE WOULD
* BE NO JUSTIFICATION FOR IT BEYOND COMMERCIALISM, AND WE DO
* NOT CONSIDER THAT A VIABLE REASON.
*
* "STORES", WHETHER IN MALLS OR WITHIN CITIES, DO NOT VEND
* STAPLE ITEMS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, OTHER THAN AS "IMPULSE"
* PURCHASES OR AS A FAST ACCESS TO MEET AN UNEXPECTED NEED.
* PRIMARILY, THEY ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO DESIRE THE PERSONAL FUN
* OF AN EXCURSION TO SEARCH FOR ITEMS THAT MIGHT NOT BE FOUND
* IN THE COMPUTER VENDOR RESOURCES, OR WHO JUST LIKE TO LOOK
* IN PERSON AT WHAT IS AVAILABLE.
*
* OFTEN, THESE STORES ARE OWNED AND OPERATED BY NON-KORENDIAN
* ALLIANCE CITIZENS, WHOSE WARES ARE NOT USUALLY FOUND ON THE
* PLANETARY COMPUTER NETWORKS. WE HAVE NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE
* PRODUCTS SOLD OR THE PLANET OF ORIGIN, BEYOND THAT THEY ARE
* SAFE FOR KORENDIAN USE AND DO NOT OFFEND OUR PHILOSOPHICAL
* SENSIBILITIES OR OUR LEGAL CODES. THIS ALMOST NEVER OCCURS.
*
* AS I NOTED EARLIER, OURS IS NOT A MATERIALISTIC CULTURE. AS
* SUCH, WHAT YOU CALL "LUXURY" OR "HIGH-TICKET" ITEMS ARE NOT
* SOLD, JUST BECAUSE WE WOULD FIND NO INCENTIVE TO PURCHASE
* COSTLY FRIVOLITIES OR "BUY IT TO HAVE IT" EXOTICA. AS AN
* EXAMPLE, WE HAVE NOTHING EQUIVALENT TO YOUR JEWELRY STORES.
* GAUDY ADORNMENTS ARE VIEWED AS DETRACTING FROM THE PHYSICAL
* BEAUTY OF THE WEARER. OUR WOMEN DO WEAR SIMPLE NECKLACES,
* USUALLY AS A SYMBOL OF BETROTHAL OR MARRIAGE, MUCH AS YOU
* WEAR RINGS, BUT BEYOND THAT WE SHUN SUCH THINGS.
*
* MOST ELECTRONIC OR "HIGH-TECH" ITEMS ARE PURCHASED IN
* PERSON AT RETAIL OUTLETS, PURELY BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ARE
* BY NATURE NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE APPRECIATED ON A HOME
* TERMINAL OR EVALUATED BY DESCRIPTION ALONE (THE CONSUMER
* CAN, HOWEVER, USE THE TERMINAL TO LOCATE THOSE ITEMS AND
* THE VENDORS WHO CARRY THEM).
*
* THE DIRECTION THAT THIS IS TAKING IS THAT "STORES" ON OUR
* WORLD THAT ARE SITED WITHIN CITY AREAS, THE LOCATION OF
* INTEREST IN THE QUESTION, GENERALLY DO NOT RELY ON "FOOT
* TRAFFIC" FOR CUSTOMERS. THE MINORITY THAT DO ARE GIVEN SITE
* PRIORITY BY CITY CONTROLLERS OVER THOSE APPLICANTS WHOSE
* SALES WILL BE THE RESULT OF PERSONS SEARCHING FOR SPECIFIC
* ITEMS AND WHO WILL GO WHEREVER THEY ARE FOUND. THE LATTER
* GROUP DOES NOT QUESTION THE DECISIONS OF THE CONTROLLERS.
* USUALLY, THEY SPECIFY IN THEIR APPLICATION THAT THEIRS IS
* NOT A BUSINESS THAT RELIES ON "IMPULSE" PURCHASES OR ON
* "WALK-IN" CUSTOMERS.
*
* ONE CHARACTERISTIC THAT STANDS OUT AMONGST OUR BUSINESS
* PEOPLE IS THAT THEY ARE NOT "CUT-THROAT", AS YOU SAY.
* THEY ARE AWARE THAT ALL BUSINESS PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO
* A SHARE OF THE MARKETPLACE. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO SEE
* RETAILERS IN AN AREA COOPERATING WITH A NEW ARRIVAL IN
* READYING THE PLACE OF BUSINESS AND OBTAINING CLIENTELE,
* EVEN IF THE NEW BUSINESS WILL COMPETE WITH SOME OF THEM.
*
* INDEED, THERE ARE OCCASIONS WHERE A RETAILER IN A HIGH
* TRAFFIC AREA HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION TO PROVIDE A
* FACILITY FOR ANOTHER WHO WOULD BE MORE DEPENDENT ON THAT
* AREA'S WALK-IN CUSTOMERS. THIS IS DONE OUT OF BROTHERLY
* LOVE, AND IS IN NO WAY MANDATED BY CITY CONTROLLERS. ANY
* BUSINESS, ONCE ESTABLISHED, IS LEGALLY THE OWNER OF THE
* SITE UNLESS THE BUSINESS TERMINATES OR WILLINGLY GIVES
* UP THE SITE FOR JUST THE REASON DESCRIBED ABOVE.
*
* AS TO THE AVAILABILITY OF LOCATIONS FOR RETAIL BUSINESS
* WITHIN CITIES, ANY BUILDING CONSTRUCTED WITHIN A CITY IS
* DESIGNED WITH A GROUND-FLOOR RETAIL SECTION. THAT AREA IS
* THEN TURNED OVER TO THE CITY CONTROLLERS TO APPORTION AS
* THEY SEE FIT. IF NO TENANTS ARE IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE, THE
* SECTION IS SEALED OFF. BECAUSE OF THIS POLICY, IN VRELL
* CITY'S CENTRAL AREAS THERE ARE PRESENTLY UNOCCUPIED OVER
* THREE HUNDRED CHOICE RETAIL LOCATIONS. THAT THEY ARE NOT
* ACTIVE IS PRIMARILY DUE TO OUR WAY OF LIFE AS DESCRIBED
* EARLIER. WE ARE NOT A "SHOPPING" PEOPLE.
*
* AS OUR POPULATION GROWS, THESE SITES WILL EVENTUALLY BE
* UTILIZED. THE MAJOR REASON FOR THIS SURPLUS IS THAT NEW
* BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WITHIN CITIES IS AT BEST UNCOMMON,
* AND WE HAVE PLANNED FOR LONG-TERM FUTURE NEEDS IN RETAIL.
* OUR STRUCTURES ARE DESIGNED FOR A 500-YEAR LIFESPAN (THIS
* IS IN KORENDIAN YEARS, WHICH ARE ROUGHLY 4.5 EARTH YEARS).
* THEY ARE NOT TORN DOWN SIMPLY TO MAKE ROOM FOR A MORE
* "MODERN" BUILDING OR TO ADD NEW SPACE FOR COMMERCE.
*
* AS AN ASIDE, IT IS A SOURCE OF PRIDE TO US THAT BUILDINGS
* THAT HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED WITHIN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE
* THE SAME BASIC DESIGN AS THOSE HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD. WE
* WANT NO UGLY, CHAOTIC HODGE-PODGE OF CLASHING DESIGNS TO
* INTERRUPT OR DESTROY THE AESTHETICS OF OUR CITIES. WE ARE
* PROUD OF AND ZEALOUSLY PROTECTIVE OF OUR CITIES. WE WONDER
* IF THE SAME CAN BE SAID OF LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, NEW YORK
* OR BOSTON.
*
* I ASSUME THAT THESE TWO ANSWERS WILL SATISFY MR. BOURNE'S
* CURIOSITY. WITH THAT, I BID YOU FAREWELL, AND WISH FOR YOU
* THE BOUNDLESS LOVE, GRACE AND PEACE OF OUR FATHER GOD THIS
* DAY AND FOR ALL THE COMING YEARS. VA I LUCE.
*




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