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Old March 23rd, 2005, 06:20 PM
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Originally posted by kaladorn:
The character is established over time. Before the MT setting's first page, I'd never heard of Dulinor or Lucan. Before the various DGP articles outlining their policies and opinions about one another, I only had vague feelings about them. Before subsequent developments, I wouldn't have considered Lucan a total fruitloop.
First of all: nobody had heard of Dulinor or Lucan before MT. They were created then.

Rebellion Sourcebook is the original source for Lucan's character. It emphasises: the ends justify the means, and policy comes from the fickle mind of the Emperor. It also calls him a spoilt brat.

So Lucan began as a despot ruling by arbitrary whim. That can't/shouldn't be changed.

Later on, of course, he appears to have deteriorated further. This bit could be lost.

I can't see him accepting peace. I _can_ see him being assassinated by his own supporters.

As for Dulinor...

I've always felt Dulinor's big weakness lay in the contradiction between his supposedly democratic ideals and the fact that his support lies in the Imperial apparatus, that is, the nobility. His reforms, if actually implemented, would have the effect of reducing the power of his key supporters, which would give them reason to reconsider their support.

The result of this is that his reforms are likely to be stillborn, or at least hopelessly compromised. Even so, his rhetoric about them is likely disturb at least some of his nobles...

If he actually tries to implement his reforms seriously, he is guaranteed to run into opposition from the nobility. That is, from his Admirals, senior bureaucrats, Subsector Dukes, his Intelligence chiefs, the commander of his bodyguard, and so on.

Essentially, he has the choice of either facing down a coup, or backing off and becoming a lame duck "Emperor".

And even if he succeeds, the results aren't likely to be what people expect. His reforms would inevitably shift power even further towards the rulers of the high population worlds, at the expense of the other worlds and the Imperium itself. At the same time, depending on how "democratic" you want to read his intentions as being, he is trying to replace these rulers.

This is a recipe for a terrible snafu.

Norris was able to get away with it under the whip of Virus. There was doubtless more to the story than a simple decree, but we will never know the details.

It's a pretty safe bet that Dulinor's agenda would either be thrown out the window, lead to massive conflict, and/or possibly result in his fall.

The interaction and chronological synchronisation of that with the processes at work in Lucan's Imperium can be left to the scholar...
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