rebellous slave

Favourite Historical/Period Drama (Fictional and Non-Fictional) MLM and WLW with happy endings (Spoilers):

Nagron: 

Ancient Rome.

Nasir (Right: Syrian Former Body Slave now Rebel) and Agron (Left: Germanic Former Gladiator now Rebel) from Spartacus. Fictional.

THE ONLY COUPLE IN THE SHOW TO SURVIVE IN THE FINALE AND WALKED OFF INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER

Originally posted by feuerriegels-furys

MonChevy: 

1600s-1700s, France.

Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (Right: Brother to King Louis XIV of France) and Chevalier De Lorraine (Left: French Nobleman) from Versailles. Non-Fictional.

STILL ALIVE, HAVING SOME PROBLEMS BUT MOSTLY HAPPY TOGETHER

Originally posted by jobrostayer

FlintHamilton: 

1700s, Piracy Era.

James Flint (Former Royal Navy Lieutenant now Pirate Captain) and Thomas Hamilton (Former Politician) from Black Sails. Fictional.

INVENTED UNBURY YOUR GAYS AND HAVE A HAPPY ENDING TOGETHER

Originally posted by mylainnassau

Adoby: 

WW2, Britain.

Toby Hamilton (Right: The younger twin of the autocratic Hamilton family) and Adil Joshi (Left: Indian Immigrant bartender/cocktail maker) from The Halcyon. Fictional.

BOTH SURVIVED THE BOMBING AT THE END OF S1 AND BACK TOGETHER

Originally posted by thegayfleet

Pupcake: 

1950s, Britain.

Patsy Mount (Left: British Nurse and Midwife) and Delia Busby (Right: British Nurse and Trainee Midwife) from Call The Midwife. Fictonal.

FINALLY THEY KISSED ON SCREEN AND BOTH HAPPY TOGETHER

Originally posted by taffy-is-gay

Add more people, I love historical/period drama same-sex relationships (need more WLW with happy endings if possible!)

I made a Togruta and based her colors and overall design off a Monarch butterfly! I’m going to keep her as an OC since I really like her and I might have some ideas for a backstory for her.

anonymous asked:

You said the Republican party fought against slavery.. That is true, but the Republican party around that time period have more modern Democrat beliefs. They were northerners who believed in equal rights. And the Democratic party in the 1800s had view more similar to modern Republican beliefs. The party's beliefs flip flopped around late 1800s-early 1900s.. The conservative states were always advocating for slavery and oppression. They were also the last states to give women the right to vote.

Originally posted by onemorechapter11

Let’s discuss some history then.

1791 - The Democratic-Republican Party is formed by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson against Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party. The Democratic-Republicans strongly opposed government overreach and expansion, the creation of a national bank, and corruption.

1804 - Andrew Jackson purchases the plantation that will become his primary source of wealth.

1824 - The Democratic-Republican Party split. The new Democrats were supported by Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, and the National Republicans were supported by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay.

1828 - Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.

1830 - Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, whereby the Cherokee and other native tribes were to be forcibly removed from their lands.

1831 - Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, whereby the Supreme Court ruled that Cherokee Nation was sovereign and the U.S. had no jurisdiction over Cherokee lands. Andrew Jackson had already started to enforce the removal of the Choctaw.

1832-33 - The Whig Party is formed in opposition to Jackson’s government expansion and overreach in the Nullification Crisis and the establishment of a Second National Bank. The Whig Party successfully absorbs the National Republican Party.

1838 -  Many Indian tribes had been forcibly removed. Under Jackson, General Winfield Scott and 7,000 soldiers forced the Cherokee from their land at bayonet point while their homes were pillaged. They marched the Cherokee more than 1,200 miles to the allocated Indian territory. About 5,000 Cherokee died on the journey due to starvation and disease.

1854 - The Whig Party dissolves over the question of the expansion of slavery. Anti-slavery Whigs and anti-slavery democrats form the Republican Party with their sole goal being to end slavery.

1861 -The election of President Lincoln spurs the beginning of the Civil War.

1862 - Lincoln writes a letter where he declares he wishes to preserve the union regardless of the morals on slavery. He issues the Emancipation Proclamation, whereby all slaves in Union territories had to be freed. As states came under Union control, those slaves too had to be freed.

1863 - Frederick Douglass, former slave and famous Republican abolitionist, meets with Lincoln on the suffrage of emancipated slaves.

1864 - Lincoln revised his position on slavery in a letter to Albert G. Hodges stating “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders at the Appomattox Courthouse to Union victory. After Lincoln’s Assassination, Democrat President Johnson issues amnesty to rebels and pardons the slave owners of their crimes.

1865 - The 13th Amendment which ended slavery passed with 100% Republican support and 63% Democrat support in congress.

1866 - The Klu Klux Klan is formed by Confederate veterans to intimidate black and Republicans through violence, lynching, and public floggings. They gave open support to the Democrat Party.

1866 - The Civil Rights Act of 1866 is vetoed by Democratic President Andrew Johnson. Every single Republican voted and overturned the veto.

1868 - The 14th Amendment which gave citizenship to freed slaves passed with 94% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress. The first grand wizard of the KKK, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest is honored at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

1868 - Representative James Hinds who taught newly freedmen of their rights is murdered by the KKK.

1870 - The 15th Amendment which gave freed slaves the right to vote passed with 100% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress.

1871 - The violence of the KKK grew so savage that congress passed the Enforcement Acts to repress their influence.

1875 - Democrat Senator William Saulsbury speaks out against the Civil RIghts Act of 1875, claiming it will allow “colored men shall sit at the same table beside the white guest; that he shall enter the same parlor and take his seat beside the wife and daughter of the white man, whether the white man is willing or not, because you prohibit discrimination against him.“

1884 - A train conductor orders Ida B. Wells, a black Republican woman, to give up her seat and move to the smoking car. Wells was an investigative journalist who worked for a Republican journal to expose the horror of lynching. She advocated for the 2nd amendment rights for blacks so that they could protect themselves, and she denounced the Democratic Party for treating blacks as property unequal to whites.

1892 - Democrat Benjamin Tillman is re-elected to the Senate. He was a white supremacist who boasted his participation in lynchings. He is quoted saying that “as long as the Negroes continue to ravish white women we will continue to lynch them.”

1915 - Democrat President Woodrow Wilson screens KKK promotion film Birth of a Nation. The film pictured blacks as ignorant and violent savages, and the Klu Klux Klan as rescuers and protectors of the civilized world. The popularity of the movie revived the Klu Klux Klan which had previously gone extinct. Reportedly Wilson said about the film that “[it] is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.”

1919 - The 19th Amendment which officially gave women the right to vote passed with 82% Republican support and 54% Democrat support in congress.

1924 - Thousands of Klansmen attend the 1924 Democratic National Convention.

1933 -  The chief Nazi newspaper, Volkischer Beobachter, praised “Roosevelt’s adoption of National Socialist strains of thought in his economic and social policies” and “the development toward an authoritarian state.”

1933 - Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passes the Agricultural Adjustment Act with the well-meaning goal to help farmers and sharecroppers. Instead, though it aided white farmers, it resulted in increased unemployment and displacement of black farmers.

1933 -  FDR established the National Recovery Administration to stimulate business recovery by forcing employers to pay higher wages for less work. This relief program was enforced on a local level and allowed Jim Crow racism to flourish, resulting in many blacks being fired to be replaced by whites. 

1934 -  The Federal Housing Administration is introduced under FDR. The FHA made homeownership accessible for whites, but explicitly refused to back loans to black people or even other people who lived near black people.

1936 - The Roosevelt Administration finally begins vying for the black vote. Though the relief programs neglected blacks, their communities were bombarded with advertisements. FDR began to garner black support though the vast majority remained economically unchanged and locked into poverty.

1942 - FDR orders American citizens of Japanese ancestry from their homes into interment camps without due process after the bombings at Pearl Harbor.

1953 - Senator Robert Byrd is elected into congress and remains a staunch Democrat until his death in 2010. He was a prominent member in the KKK and praised by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

1955 - Democrat Richard Daley is elected mayor of Chicago. He resisted residential desegregation, defended public school segregation, and used urban renewal funds to build massive public housing projects that kept blacks within existing ghettos.

1957 - The Civil Rights Act of 1957 is passes with 93% Republican support and 59% Democrat support.

1963 - After the assassination of JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn into office. LBJ was a Democrat remembered by a famous quote: “I’ll have them niggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.”

1965 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passes with 94% Republican support and 73% Democrat support.

1968 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. MLK voted Republican.

1960-70s - A total of 24 Democratic members of congress switched to become Republican over a 20 year period. The majority of democrats in that time period remained democrats.

1995 - Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama is published. Obama discusses how the urban cities would become the new plantation for blacks under Democrat political bosses: “The plantation, the blacks have the worst jobs, the worst housing, police brutality rampant; but when the so-called black committee man come around election time, we’d all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey. White folks spit in our faces, and we reward them with the vote.“

2009 - Hillary Clinton lauds Margaret Sanger, KKK advocate, white supremacist, and eugenicist at the 2009 Planned Parenthood Honors Gala: “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision. I am really in awe of her, there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life.”

Me: 1
History revisionism: 0

Originally posted by whiteangelxoxo

Who Killed Pink Diamond?

Recently in the Trial it was heavily implied that Rose was not the one who shattered Pink Diamond. It’s a cop out, but that’s not important. The important thing is that now we have a mystery! Time to go over our 5 most likely suspects.

5. Rose Quartz:

Originally posted by saltblaster

Yes, I know I just said we found out it wasn’t her, but what if it was? What if the show was like, “LOL it was her all along!” That would be pretty dumb, but it’s not impossible. She does have the motivation, an eyewitness pins her at the scene of the crime, and all the gems are convinced she did it.  Still Rose is probably innocent. This might be ok because now Steven doesn’t have to be sad that his mom killed an evil dictator who was killing the Earth.

4. Blue Diamond:

Originally posted by sigilofmalice

They could go with Blue Diamond being the killer if they want to swerve us. They could have it where it’s actually the “nice” one that’s the killer. She would have something to gain from killing Pink Diamond, as it seems that some of Pink Diamond’s assets became her assets after Pink Diamond’s murder. The problem is that if they go with this twist, then her actions make absolutely no sense. It’s wouldn’t even be a case where she was trying to hide that she was the killer, it would just be nonsense.  If anything I think that she’s actually the next victim. Think about it, the Diamonds believe that Steven is still on Homeworld, thus Pink Diamond’s real killer could frame Rose for Blue Diamond’s murder as well. They might do that because Blue Diamond might be a bit too nosy for her own good.

3. White Diamond:

I’ve seen quite a few posts saying that they think White Diamond is the killer, and that Yellow Diamond knows, but is trying to protect her. The posters say that they hope that this is the case because Yellow Diamond being the killer is predictable, but here’s the thing. White Diamond being the killer would be a bit of a lame and slightly pointless swerve. “Surprise people! It turns out it’s not the evil dictator that’s the killer, it’s the other evil dictator that’s the killer”. It’s a pretty lateral move that probably won’t affect the plot any differently.

2. The Pearls: 

I imagine some of you might find this one absurd, but hear me out. The Pearls being the one who shattered Pink Diamond does make a lot more sense than one would think. Zircon suspected that it had to be one of the Diamonds because they would have access to Pink Diamond’s palanquin, but what she probably didn’t think about is that the Pearl’s would also have access. If they walked over to Pink Diamond’s palanquin she would probably let them in since she would assume that the other Diamond’s sent them to tell her something. Just look at the way that Yellow and Blue Pearl reacted when Zircon mentioned Pink Diamond’s Pearl not calling out. They know something. Maybe Pink Pearl didn’t cry out because she was a murderer. I say a murderer because one Pearl probably couldn’t kill a Diamond, but 3 or 4 of them fused might be able to. So yes, I’m possibly accusing Yellow Pearl, Blue Pearl, Pink Pearl, and White Pearl. Does this include CG’s Pearl, maybe it does. There have been some who suspected Pearl since Back to the Moon because of the way she reacted to hearing Pink Diamond’s shattering. If Pearl did it, then maybe Rose took credit to protect her, or maybe Pearl found a way to convince Rose that she did it. If that’s the case, maybe Yellow Pearl did the same to Yellow Diamond. Either that or Yellow Diamond reacted the way she did because she’s a bitch. Now this is probably the most interesting twist, but there might be some drawback. If they vilify the Pearls for doing this then we have another Bismuth situation where it seems like the show is saying that slaves rebelling against their master is wrong. If they have it where Pearl feels really bad about it, then we get a combination of “Killing an evil dictator is wrong” and more pity Pearl moments. It’s like the worst of SU’s unholy fusion. There are ways that they could make this work though, and this would definitely be the most interesting twist.

1. Yellow Diamond: 

Originally posted by yellowpeorl

This is definitely the most obvious one. She acted hella suspicious during the trial. Yes having her be the culprit would be predictable, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s better to be a little predictable than it is to have a swerve just for the sake of it, or to have a swerve that messes up the plot.

the thing is, dragon age 2 makes its main characters people that normally arent main characters?

the captain of the guard, a storyteller, an escaped slave, a rebel healer mage, a carefree female pirate, an oblivious cute blood mage

these are people that u usually aid in a side mission, not characters with their own big storylines but they HAVE them and they feel so real and so close to npcs and to us and god im emotional abt this

The slave who opposes his master is not concerned, let us note, with repudiating his master as a human being. He repudiates him as a master. He denies that he has the right to deny him, a slave, on grounds of necessity. The master is discredited to the exact extent that he fails to respond to a demand which he ignores. If men cannot refer to a common value, recognized by all as existing in each one, then man is incomprehensible to man. The rebel demands that this value should be clearly recognized in himself because he knows or suspects that, without this principle, crime and disorder would reign throughout the world. An act of rebellion on his part seems like a demand for clarity and unity. The most elementary form of rebellion, paradoxically, expresses an aspiration to order.
—  Albert Camus, The Rebel (1951) - 25
Newcomers Pt 12

For hours the battle for Geeda’s airspace raged, the anti air fire was immense and filled the sky with thousands of shells often fired blindly in the hopes they would hit a Human craft. They often did but the Human bombers refused to let loose their own payload blind for fear they would hit their own troops within the city and their new allies the freed slaves or rebels as they were coming to be known. Unfortunately they did not hit many of their targets, the city’s anti air fire was just to intense to risk.

Then the Human/Gal forces marched on the city with three of their Bastions leading the way who towered over the infantry and tanks like giants. The hundreds of thousands of Humans and Gal with their vehicles and the Bastions moved across the planet like a black tide. And sat, just outside the range of the city’s guns. The city fired their artillery mounted on the walls but as expected they fell short and the Humans refused to advance any further. But they did respond. Three bastions took a number of steps forward, it brought them into range of the Benemar guns but it meant they could fire theirs. Their two cannons on their backs were the only ones that could reach the city, it being some miles away they arched their guns. And fired.

The blast was like thunder that shook the bones, many Humans and Gal were knocked from their feet from the shockwave of the cannon’s discharge. Then a few seconds later, it’s second cannon fired. It took nearly 30 seconds for the first shells fired to reach the city and when it struck, the Benemar felt like their war god itself had struck their walls. Despite the range the Humans were very accurate and many artillery placements erupted in flames or were incinerated but sometimes a shell would be too high and hit the town collapsing buildings or would be too low and hit the wall causing immense damage but did not bring it down.


Chief Geedol had been the garrison commander for nearly all his adult life, in fact his family name comes from this very city and they had guarded it for countless generations. In fact it was his ancestor that had beaten back the Humans the first time they were here and this city had been the only one not to fall during that invasion. Now he watched from his control tower at their second attempt to take his city, he smiled to himself. The air raids had been inefficient as he had seen that the city’s anti air defences had been lacking some years ago and reinforced them. The holographic map of the city and it’s surroundings was placed in the middle of his commanding room. The enemy had not advanced and still relied on these Bastions to siege the city.

“What are they planning?” he said to himself.

“Do they really intend to take down the walls with only those things?” asked one of his staff.

“No, they do not seem to be targeting the wall” Geedol said “More they seem to be aiming for the guns even if they have only knocked out a few”

“We have begun moving guns from the northern and western walls as the enemy cannot approach from those sides due to the river. They will add to our arsenal as replace any losses we have sustained”

Chief Geedol watched the holographic display, it also tracked shell projections and where his units were. From this room he could command the entire battle without looking out the window.

“What damage have we done to their Bastions?” he asked.

“Minimal, they are at the very edge of the range of our guns and any hit we do manage to score is mainly due to luck”

“What is the size of the enemy army” asked Setom who was Geedol’s second in command.

“Hard to say, but we estimate that it must be close to 2 million enemy warriors both Human and Gal”

“Just fighting one of these foe’s is hard enough but for them to work together is troublesome” Geedol said “But what are they waiting for?”

“Chief?” Setom asked.

“They could have attacked days ago but still they sit there and continue to exchange shells with us, the wall is not coming down and we are replacing the guns they destroy so what are they doing?”

“Could this have something to do with the slave breakout the other day?” Setom asked.

“What did you say?”

“The slave breakout, a large number of slaves got out of the pens and freed the others, we have yet to locate them”

“Why was I not told of this!?” Geedol said advancing on Setom.

“We did not think it worth your attention, we already have teams searching for them”

Geedol’s eyes bulged and he spat on the ground “They’re here, they’re already in the city” he said his voice barley a whisper.

“Chief?”

“Send every available warrior to hunt them down I want them found”

“But chief I-”

“NOW!”


Oma hid his cell of rebel fighters from view near one of the gates to the city as suddenly a huge number of Benemar warriors came into view, some jumped off their transports to reinforce the gate and other sped away.

“Well this complicates things” he said to himself.

“What do we do now?” asked a rebel.

“You stay quiet and hidden, I am going to take a look around”

Oma activated his camo armour and slid away, what he was really doing was getting to higher ground as the buildings inhibited his com’s ability to transmit.

“Sergeant Faye this is Corporal Oma, do you read me?”

“I do Oma” her voice came through as calm and collected as ever.

“I’m guessing you have noticed the Benemar’s increased actions”

“We have, other cells are reporting the same thing”  

“Do you think they are onto us?” he asked.

“It is possible and likely, our actions could not remain hidden for long”

“What do we do? Move up our schedule or stay on it?”

“My orders were to delay, but as a great general said, it is a bad plan one that cannot be changed, so we are changing it. Begin sabotage operations to their garrisons and storage facilities”

“Yes ma'am”

The city of Geeda erupted in multiple small fires almost simultaneously, these attacks were not effective in damaging the city or it’s infrastructure but it did sow the seeds of fear in the population. They had been told the enemy was miles away only to find them in their streets even if they were only rebels but they were wielding Human weapons. This confirmed Chief Geedol’s suspicions that they were already within the city walls and were up to something but something else gnawed at him. These attacks did nothing to harm the defence and no actual Humans had been seen with them. Where were they, where were they hiding and what were they planning?

For hours he stared at the holographic map before deactivating it and rolling out a paper one that had not been used in many years hoping another perspective would give him some insight. He looked at the outlay of the city, turning the map to look at it from another angle and thinking himself as the attacker. How would he assault the city, what would he do? Then he saw it, his jaw dropped and he looked out of the tower towards the east where the enemy was arrayed to attack the city in plain view. Plain view, they were not even trying to hide, in fact they were making every attempt to make themselves seen. He turned to the one direction they were not watching, the western side of the city, all the guns from there had been moved and it had little to no garrison and most of the civilian population was evacuated there. But the river? It was basically a small ocean in it’s own right and there was nothing coming across it, even still the current of it was strong, very strong so much that their ancestors called it the river of blood. What could….another thought came.

The reports had told of ten Bastions being deployed to the planet, five marched east and five marched west towards him. But why were only three firing on the city? “Where are the other two?”

A klaxon sounded, not any Benemar klaxon this was unmistakably an alien one and it shook buildings and shattered windows. He turned his head to the west knowing what it was before he saw them, the two remaining Bastions rising out of the river. As if this was the signal all the gates save for the eastern gates erupted in flames and were buried sealing them shut. Behind the two Bastions came more Human constructs and infantry. To the east the main army that had been waiting for so long was finally advancing and the sky became black with the shadows of thousands of enemy fighter craft.

What they thought their sanctuary, was now their prison.

smolremus  asked:

not criticising, but I saw in that post about white genocide saying smth like it would require a white race to exist, just wondering what u mean by that? I've never actually heard that said before so not sure what the argument or discourse or whatever behind that is

Excellent question!  

We were referring to the fact that the “white race” (and all other “races”) are not real, scientifically-defensible, biological categories of humans but actually just a social construct.  To paraphrase Brian Jones, race is only real “…in the same way that Wednesday is real. But it’s also made up in the same way that Wednesday is made up.”

If you stop for a second and try to come up with an objective, scientifically-valid way to identify who is and isn’t “white,” you quickly realize how absurd the whole idea really is.  Whether you go by appearance or genetics or ancestry or geography - there’s no objective, scientific way to categorize humans into a “white race.”

So how did we come up with this idea in the first place?

Before the colonization of the Americas, no one referred to the human “races” most of us take for granted as real things at all.  They were invented by the ruling elites at the time as a way to prevent poor European colonists from joining forces with Native Americans and African slaves and rebelling.  More details about that here and also in this podcast.  

This brings us to one of the deepest ironies of white nationalists white supremacists.  They’re adamant about how much they loooove their white culture but, by pretending that a “white” culture exists at all, they erase most of what makes the hundreds of cultures they sweep into that one awkward category distinct, special, or valuable.  Their entire belief system is based on the lie that people who never shared the same language, geography or history and in fact have historically been at-odds with each other on multiple occasions  = one united race & culture.  The infinite number of cultural differences & distinctions found throughout, say, continental Europe - the very differences & distinctions you’d expect someone professing to “love their culture” would be working to protect - are obliterated the instant some white supremacist carelessly globs them all together as “white culture” or whatever.  


The rebel slave will help us to throw light on this point. He established, by his protest, the existence of the master against whom he rebelled. But at the same time he demonstrated that his master’s power was dependent on his own subordination and he affirmed his own power: the power of continually questioning the superiority of his master. In this respect master and slave are really in the same boat: the temporary sway of the former is as relative as the submission of the latter. The two forces assert themselves alternately at the moment of rebellion until they confront each other for a fight to the death, and one or the other temporarily disappears.
—  Albert Camus, The Rebel (1951) - 27

the-cyanide-exploder

I’m always sick of seeing people constantly comparing the Republic’s corruption/hypocrisy to the Empire.

Yeah, I am too (obviously!).

If people prefer the Imperial stories or aesthetic or whatever, there’s nothing wrong with that. But the arguments that get made to support the idea it’s somehow the more equivalent to the Republic (or even morally superior) are so poorly supported that it comes across less like a legitimate argument/discussion point and more like the fans wanting to have their cake and eat it too (I.e. they want the Empire to be more interesting/cooler/whatever and be the “good guys”).

The two main problems I have with the people making these arguments are:

1. They make a borderline insulting claim that things like genocide, slavery, xenophobia and fascist totalitarianism are tolerable flaws in a society while some corruption and self-righteous hypocrisy are not

2. They almost always try to pretend like the Empire isn’t also corrupt or hypocritical.

I’ve seen some interesting theories on why people would feel the way the first point suggests - one being that the more mundane evils of the Republic are more realistic/hit home more than the overarching/overwhelming evils of the Empire, so people find it harder to separate their “real world reaction” from their reaction to the fictional SWTOR universe. It seems somewhat plausible, and I’d certainly prefer that to people actually believing the Empire’s system and principles is genuinely more moral. Regardless, it drives me insane that people try to sit there with a straight face and say that bureaucratic corruption and hypocrisy are the same or worse as mass killings and slavery and what not.

Anyway…

The second point annoys me a lot, though, because there’s massive double standards regarding the criticisms of the Republic compared with the whitewashing the Empire often gets. Some examples:

  • People don’t like Garza experimenting on soldiers in SoR. I agree with them. But Empire has multiple examples of them experimenting on people (i.e. Needles and his rakgoul virus, the doctor on Nar Shaddaa, trying out a new virus on rebelling slaves on Dromund Kaas). Or, say, how the support staff in Imperial Intelligence functions. Only one of these gets referenced as an unforgivable sin.
  • People criticize the superweapons from the JK storyline (I do too!). But they ignore the Sith influence on that program, the fact the Republic was mothballing them and wasn’t going to use it and (most importantly) it’s the Empire that actually uses them, including murdering millions of people on Uphrades.
  • People constantly complain about how the Republic’s actions don’t perfectly match its ideals. Sure, I get that (even if that’s an impossible standard). But neither does the Empire - for all of the speechifying about how the Empire brings law and order and peace (like from General Rakton after the Gauntlet), we see time and again that those “principles” mean absolutely nothing if the get in the way of political or Sith goals, which is exactly how you end up with the society the Empire is.
  • People really hate Belsavis and what it represents (I do too). But the Imperial reaction is twofold. First - “Why didn’t we think of this ourselves?” and second - “Now that we’ve seen it in action, let’s do it on an even bigger/worse scale”
  • People complain about the Republic’s corruption but corruption exists on both sides. Quinn’s entire reason for having his career sidelined is because a single Moff has a vendetta and can’t be removed. Imperial and Sith commanders regularly undermine each other and the Empire for their own petty interests. The entire organizational structure is basically a mass of corruption, backstabbing and self-interest.
  • People hate Saresh (I hate how she was written post-Makeb, so I blame the writers) for being a warmonger/etc.. But what’s one Saresh compared to multiple Sith deliberately undermining the peace treaty (i.e. dear old Baras who wants to plunge the galaxy into another massive war for his own gain and advancement)? The entire Sith Order is basically run by warmongers (except the “not insane” ones are somehow treated like progressive icons by some in the fandom. Not to mention the Empire was headed by an omnicidal Vitiate for years without objection.

In general, each failing of the Republic gets treated as some damning and unforgivable transgression against the moral fabric of the SWTOR galaxy. Meanwhile, Imperial flaws are either papered over/ignored or shrugged off.

All this would be bad enough from my point of view, but then you throw in other stuff the Empire is doing:

  • Doing the Hutts a “favor” by using a biological agent to commit genocide against the Evocii on Nar Shaddaa. The Imperial commander there also speaks of having multiple such facilities to continue their work against other non-humans
  • Slavery on a massive scale
  • Massive amounts of xenophobia. Even “progressive” Darth Malgus was more interested in allowing aliens to serve to bolster the Empire’s ranks, not out of some moral objection to how the Empire treated them. Also note the Imperial attitudes toward the “animals” on Taris (aka the Cathar)
  • Basically everything about the Sith - murdering fellow initiates. Murdering people above you in the ranks. Murdering people below you in the ranks. Ordering war crimes and having no one care about it. Murdering family members and other targets tied to your rivals (i.e. why Malgus killed Eleena so she couldn’t be used against him)
  • Deliberate targeting of civilians (i.e. Trooper Tatooine, Imperial Balmorra and Taris, etc.) both in general and to test new weapons or to terrorize them
  • Torture/mistreatment of prisoners portrayed as normal procedure rather than something wrong (i.e. there’s those soldiers on Ord Mantell beating up the suspected separatist but the player is allowed to intervene)
  • Other war crimes, both ordered by Sith and institutionalized by the Imperial hierarchy
  • Suppression of free speech, reform, etc.

 And so on.

The Republic isn’t perfect and that’s a good thing. It’d be boring if it was some pristine institution unblemished in any way and made up entirely of perfect heroes with no moral dilemmas. I have no problem with that - that’s how fiction should be.

But I wish people would stop pretending the Empire isn’t far, far worse. Like I mentioned at the start of this rant, it’s like people don’t want to admit that the Empire is still the bad/worse side and want to portray themselves as rooting for/supporting the good guys.

It’s something I’ve experienced before (try being an Alliance fan in WoW sometimes!), but it’s still frustrating.

 I’d be a lot less annoyed with people just admitting they think the Empire is cooler/more interesting/whatever than I am with the mental gymnastics they perform to try to justify their fandom on a moral or ethical level. You’re not rooting for the good guys. And that’s fine, just be honest about it.

But we can see that the knowledge gained is, at the same time, of an “all” that is still rather obscure and of a “nothing” that proclaims the possibility of sacrificing the rebel to this “All.” The rebel himself wants to be “all”—to identify himself completely with this good of which he has suddenly become aware and by which he wants to be personally recognized and acknowledged—or “nothing”; in other words, to be completely destroyed by the force that dominates him. As a last resort, he is willing to accept the final defeat, which is death, rather than be deprived of the personal sacrament that he would call, for example, freedom. Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.
Values, according to good authorities, “most often represent a transition from facts to rights, from what is desired to what is desirable (usually through the intermediary of what is generally considered desirable). The transition from facts to rights is manifest, as we have seen, in rebellion. So is the transition from “this must be” to “this is how I should like things to be,” and even more so, perhaps, the idea of the sublimation of the individual in a henceforth universal good. The sudden appearance of the concept of “All or Nothing” demonstrates that rebellion, contrary to current opinion, and though it springs from everything that is most strictly individualistic in man, questions the very idea of the individual. If the individual, in fact, accepts death and happens to die as a consequence of his act of rebellion, he demonstrates by doing so that he is willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of a common good which he considers more important than his own destiny. If he prefers the risk of death to the negation of the rights that he defends, it is because he considers these rights more important than himself. Therefore he is acting in the name of certain values which are still indeterminate but which he feels are common to himself and to all men. We see that the affirmation implicit in every act of rebellion is extended to something that transcends the individual in so far as it withdraws him from his supposed solitude and provides him with a reason to act. But it is already worth noting that this concept of values as pre-existant to any kind of action contradicts the purely historical philosophies, in which values are acquired (if they are ever acquired) after the action has been completed. Analysis of rebellion leads at least to the suspicion that, contrary to the postulates of contemporary thought, a human nature does exist, as the Greeks believed. Why rebel if there is nothing permanent in oneself worth preserving? It is for the sake of everyone in the world that the slave asserts himself when he comes to the conclusion that a command has infringed on something in him which does not belong to him alone, but which is common ground where all men—even the man who insults and oppresses him—have a natural community.
—  Albert Camus, The Rebel (1951) - 15
The List

THE LIST

** This is in no particular order, and not all of them have titles yet!!**

 **Hello my darlings! So I know I always mention things “going on the list”, so i thought maybe I would release the list just to you guys can see what you have to look forward to! THE FORMAT OF THIS HAS BEEN EDITED**

Originally posted by herondalescarstairss


STILES

·      For Research: We both work at a library as a way for easy access to more research materials and get scheduled a lot of late night shifts, which aren’t always spent cataloguing books. [COMPLETED]

·      Just Breathe: You need something to distract you from your oncoming panic attack, but I’m bad with people so I distract you the only way I know how.

·      Finding Balance: You’re the school’s bad boy and I’m a quiet wallflower who won’t give the you time of day, but theres more to me than meets the eye. [IN PROGRESS]

·      Tease Me: You’re Stiles’ best friend and you catch him watching porn, teasing him about it all day until he’s decided he’s had enough of your teasing- in more ways than one.

·      Opposites Attract: New girl in school as it all, brains, beauty, and sass, although no one seems to understand why she’s so interesting in shy, awkward, virgin Stiles.

·      Bonded: You’re a new werewolf in Scott’s pack and his second in command doesn’t like you one bit. What happens when you bite Stiles by accident while trying to save his life?

·      Delicious: Stiles has grown tired of your constant sass and decided it’s time to indulge in his favorite treat, over and over again.

·      Temptations: Stiles always tries to hook up with you when he’s drunk, but what happens when the tables turn and you’re the drunk one?

·      Blurred Boundaries: Stiles playfully slaps your ass and you accidentally let out a moan, needless to say the boundaries of your friendship might have just changed.

·      Psychology and PheromonesA study session ends in you falling asleep in your best friend’s bed. What happens when you have a sex dream about Stiles with him right next to you? [COMPLETED]

·      Take Me Like This: You find out Stiles watches porn/reads smut and decide to make his personal fantasies come true.

·      Slaves and Rebels: Stiles loves Star Wars… or rather he loves the idea of you as slave Leia.

·      From First Sight: You’ve loved Stiles since you first met him in the beginning of high school but he’s always friend-zoned you, until one day he shows up at your house and confesses what’s really been going on.

·      Speed Bump: Stiles is talking to you and Scott from his car while he’s getting ready to go home and Scott accidentally let’s slip about the time Stiles tried to tell you he has feelings for you.

Originally posted by alevlightwood

VOID

·      Bend or Break: Void has been making things incredibly difficult for you; it’s time to show him who’s really in charge.

Originally posted by ephemeral-wolf

STUART TWOMBLY

·      On the Rocks: I’m a bartender and I spilled your drink on you and now you’re staring at me with “fuck me” eyes and it’s really distracting.

·      Not Like This: You and Stuart have been talking online for months and you finally go to visit him and he’s too shy to even manage to talk to you and that’s definitely not going to fly with you.

·      Switch It Up: You and Stuart have been dating for a while, what happens when he hears you complaining to Neha about how vanilla your sex is?

·      Unspoken: Stuart Twombly is my best friend, always has been and always will be. But you’re not supposed to keep secrets from your best friend, are you?

Originally posted by elliecarex

DAVE HODGMAN

·      Running Hot: You pretend to be sick because you know I’ll stay and take care of you but it’s just an excuse to seduce me. 

·      Frosting: It’s your birthday and he decides to surprise you.

Originally posted by dylanobrien-squad

 THOMAS

*Nothing here yet*

Originally posted by headintheclouds-lostinthequotes

STILINSKI TWINS

·      Seeing Double: The three of us have always shared everything, even some new experiences.


Originally posted by freemusic979

 DYLAN O’BRIEN

·      Suds: You’re taking a bath in Dylan’s bathroom and he finds you masturbating and decides to help you out.

·      Camera Shy: Dylan finds some old pictures of you that you had sent to your ex and he needs to teach you who you belong to.

·      Across the Distance: Dylan and you grew up together and you’ve always been there to support him, even if it means distancing yourself from his new relationship. After all, she makes him happy- doesn’t she?