Enturrer’s execution, huh? I wasn’t able to go, unfortunately, nor was I able to really catch a live broadcast. At the time, I was a bit preoccupied with things that I realize now were unimportant, illegitimate, or otherwise unfavorable. No, I wish I had managed to catch it live in any manner of fashion because man, that execution was just… awesome. Seriously! It was! As a thespian (occasionally professionally, but always as a hobby) and one with a flair for the dramatic and unnecessary, it ticked all my vulgar, vulgar boxes. The primal surge of it all? Satisfying vengeance? The roar, the wave of fury, and the complete and utter failure of Federal ideals and practice all localized into one spot? How could you not like that? How could you not take that event – witness that event – and drop your jaw to the crystalline streets, teeth clattering on impact, and say to yourself: “This is the most important public execution I’ll ever see”?
You can wax poetic about how tragic it was all you like. Really, you honestly, truly can. That’s fine. Wax enough to make a candle. I won’t stop you. Everyone else in the thread already has plenty so far: treason, and idealism, and activism, and criminality; justice, morality, mob mentality. Oh! And all the people trying to justify a massive mob execution on a dude with some roundabout logic to ‘some people just deserve it!’ Honestly? Super awesome. I love that last line of thought just because of how harmfully ignorant it is. I love how there, that day, and that crowd, everyone agreed with it one way or another: they figured that cutting a knife deep into their own nation to find stones to throw was smart. Someone spilled our blood, and we knew something then and so we practiced it: only WE can spill our own blood. Good, I say. Let the Federation bleed. Let people look at our past with revulsion and disdain; let them judge us and find us guilty of malicious idiocy.
Every misfortune we self-manifest does us well. I can’t imagine what we would be like if the first Union never dissolved, or the second, or the third, or the fourth, or the fifth, and the sixth – well, it’s a matter of time until something else rounds the corner and Roden gets tired of polishing that dashing metal jaw in his ivory tower. (Roden, if you’re reading this, I’d love an autograph!) Perhaps Blaque will sit on the throne afterwards. Oh, man, what a treat that’d be, honestly. I’m not sure the Federation would stay stable for very long, and now that I’m thinking about it, maybe it’d not be so ideal; after all, all the public executions would just be replaced with disappearances. Where’s the fun in that? It’d be better to have it all in the town square. Instead of exile, why not just butcher them in the streets? It’s certainly more humaine than disease – but it’s all okay as long as we vote on it. People haven’t been wrong before.
Or is that just too much? It achieves the same thing, anyway. Oh, woe, I will never understand this Federation of mine, will I?
EDIT – I hit the wrong reply button so just ignore the ‘replying to’ thing on the top right, there.