space propaganda

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Andromeda’s Golden Worlds - Series 1

This is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since the game was announced - space propaganda location posters for all of the habitable worlds. Now that I’ve finally finished the story, I can get started on them!

This is series 1 with Eos, Havarl, Voeld, and H-047C. Series 2 will cover Elaaden, Kadara, Habitat-7, and Aya (feel like it belongs in the lineup).

Prints available at my Society6 store if anyone wants!

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It’s Shiro’s birthday! It’s not exactly a happy thing, but I drew something I’ve been meaning to draw since I first watched the show: Shiro as a poster boy for old space race propaganda. Because you just know it’s something the Garrison would do. :’) Happy birthday!

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Andromeda’s Golden Worlds - Series 2

This is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since the game was announced - space propaganda location posters for all of the habitable worlds. This is series 2 with Elaaden, Kadara, Habitat-7, and Aya. I know, I know; not a Golden World. But! I do what I want. 

Messed around with some shelesh in there, hopefully didn’t screw up the wording; also had to make up a location for Habitat-7 since nothing’s listed in-canon. Tried to keep it poignant.

I loved working on these so fricking much. Prints are available, for both Series 1 and 2.

See Series 1

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The time is ripe to call out NASA - and indeed the entire international space industry - for the astronomical hoax that it is, from start to finish. None of the advertised American NASA space exploits (or any other nation’s) is in the least believable - for a multitude of reasons - including space travel is impossible (no rockets can be propelled in the absence of air, let alone switch off their engines and keep orbiting indefinitely and “for free” around our planet at hypersonic speeds!)

These tall tales of “space conquests” were (and still are to this day) sold to the public via mass propaganda campaigns which rely primarily on the subterfuge of feeding the TV-addicted masses with a constant flow of phony imagery, created with very real and exploitable technologies available to mankind since the early 1900’s: photographic doctoring - in all of its forms.

NASA, as many of us have suspected for decades now, truly appears to be nothing but an extended “Hollywood production” sold to the public as reality. Yet, although millions of people today do not buy into NASA’s purported moon landings, most will stop short of considering / or logically realizing that NASA, throughout its existence, never became a serious scientific enterprise - but has quite simply kept deceiving the public to this very day with increasingly sophisticated, fake / fictitious “Hollywood-grade” imagery. 

“Space may be the final frontier, but it’s made in a Hollywood basement” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Propaganda 2

Text:

“Insight into the First Order remains difficult, as its formation was kept hidden from the eyes of the New Republic by distance and inattention.  Although some in the New Republic had, at its start, wished to curtail any spread of Imperial imagery after the Battle of Endor, the new government’s dedication to freedom of speech and expression resisted any such attempts at censorship.  Public opinion frowned on displays that romanticized the Imperial past, driving it underground.  It is in this underground where resentment of the New Republic grew.  The emergent First Order claimed the New Republic to be illegitimate, and propagated the belief that the Empire was put into power by the people of the galaxy.  Much of their imagery reinforces this.”

Ok, well, I do have more to say.

The Empire was put into place by the people of the galaxy.

Palpatine was elected.  The leaders who voted to increase his executive powers were also elected.  In a large part, the officials he ordered a coup against were aristocrats whose power came from a divine and hereditary mandate and WHO WERE NOT ELECTED.  And with certain populations and at certain times, the Imperial regime DID have popular support.

I’m not big on the the idea of “legitimate rule.”  It irks me.  But IF you believe that the legitimacy of government derives from the consent of the governed, and IF you believe that people are capable of expressing ongoing consent in the face of something that much more powerful than they are, THEN you accept that the Empire was, to some degree and for some people, a legitimate state.

This book argues otherwise.  The textual message of this poster is presented as a falsehood by both the in-world narrator AND the poster itself.  I mean, look at the poster.  Does this imagery do anything to convince you that the rule of the First Order is legitimate?  That it is based on anything other than brute force?  Is this an image of the senate, or a statehouse?  Is this an image of an edifice, or an edict?  Is it an image of engaged citizenry?  Is it even an image of an army - poised in gleeful unison, stretching across the surface of the world and into the sky?  NO, because all of those things would be symbols of cooperation and unity and institution and “legitimacy.”  Instead, we have an image that says “legitimate rule” but shows a handful of individual soldiers against a ham-handed shade of red.  Even the one, singular stormtrooper is highlighted.  This is an image that says “this isn’t legitimate rule!  this is rule by THIS GUY!”

Which is honest.  I mean, it’s true to my experience that “legitimate rule” generally comes down to the exertion of force.  But the poster isn’t supposed to be telling you that!  It’s supposed to be pro-First-Order “propaganda” - not “bald-faced truth.”  This just doesn’t make sense as in-universe propoganda, unless you read it as New Republic propaganda.

Moreover, anyone who has any experience looking at a government and seeing how the sausage is made is going to find this poster direct and downright refreshing when contrasted with the images of “government” or “military” that the NR tries to present as their narrative:

I’ll point out something else about the little fable in the “legitimate rule” caption.  The authors of the text chose to present a little morality-story about free speech.  There is an implication that if the officials who wanted to “curtail any spread of Imperial imagery after the Battle of Endor” got their way, then we wouldn’t be in this predicament, now would we?

Ah, yes.  If only the New Republic had been more aggressive about crushing any whisper of dissent, then no one would ever have felt oppressed by them.  (I hope you can hear my sarcasm.)  IF ONLY the New Republic had someone to look at all the art in their kingdom and say which ones romanticize the Empire…to just look at all that art and SAY which ones were supporting the Empire…just SAY it out, or, what’s another word for someone who SAYS things for the good of everyone??…dictate…like some kind of…dictator…

Jedi heretics: the Ordu Aspectu

The Ordu Aspectu from the Aphra comics are one of the newest examples of the new canon’s thing with Myfficness. By virtue of being a Jedi splinter group, the Ordu Aspectu would have interested me in itself, but even better, their exact history and nature is subject to dispute in universe, with two main competing stories.

According to Aphra’s father (as an aside: dead mom. daddy issues.*sighs*), the Ordu Aspectu were a Jedi splinter group who seemingly left the Order peacefully to do their own thing, were into actual real non-aggression and apparently found life so sacred that they refused to kill and sought immortality - and maybe left corporeality but not before being attacked by Jedi. 

Those red saber, tho. 

But maybe Aphra’s right and we’re instead looking at a Jedi splinter group who kidnapped a bunch of poor innocents padawans to sacrifice them in a dark ritual to attain their nefarious - ah, nope, sorry; no nefarious end here, the issue is purely over means:

But there’s better: the context in which the two versions of the story are told makes it all even better - it’s fundamentally two archaeologists disagreeing on how to interpret data. And there’s a third hypothesis:

Honestly, i would kind of love for that third option to end up being the truth. It’d be hilarious. But I seriously doubt it will. It’s not very Starwarsy as storytelling goes. It being included, however? Makes me think the data both tales are built on is purely textual; there’s no known material evidence of the existence of the Ordu Aspectu (otherwise that third hypothesis would have been either ruled out or given more gravitas), and even the text attestations have to make for really slim picking (and really, even if there was a lot of textual and material evidence the exact interpretation of it would still be subject to dispute).

Also: I have no idea what an argument over the possessive infinitive (what even is that?) could be like, but it sounds a lot like something Jedi grammarians could have highly philosophical arguments about, that would be likely to influence the official doctrine about things like the quest for immortality and the policy over attachment, and possibly lead to schisms. 


Anyway, in real life, i’d be able to check the sources of these two different tales and research the context in which they appeared (who authored them, for which audience, and why) and take that into account when comparing the two versions, because both seem highly speculative. One sounds a lot like Jedi propaganda; the other… doesn’t. Those red sabers in Jedi’s hands? It’s possible they hint to how different the Jedi Order was back in the old days, but with how crystals become red in canon now it doesn’t seem very high on the probability scale - it’s way more likely to be an invention, maybe of Aphra’s father.

So - foregoing the Jedi grammarians, there’s agreement on the Ordu Aspectu being a splinter group of the Jedi Order who sought immortality; the details are muddled from there but both versions of the tale agree on the fact that it’s not the quest for immortality in itself the Jedi had an issue with. *Jedi always seek immortality* is featured in both versions; the identical phrasing is unlikely to be a coincidence. It seems very possible that at some point in their history the Jedi weren’t against trying to prolong life for oneself or for others. But by the time of the twilight of the Republic they are; it’s considered as a Dark Side practice, and it goes against the philosophy of acceptation and non-attachment. So the conflict with the Ordu Aspectu could be the reason of that change, and have had a huge impact on Jedi philosophy as a whole.