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Default Conspiracy Theories of the Rebellion

What really happened? Why? Who was in league with whom? The various gaps and inconsistencies create an opportunity for GM's to craft their own brand of the Rebellion. But, even more so, it would be a veritable feeding trough for Imperium conspiracy theorists wearing... whatever the Imperium version of tinfoil hats would be.

So for fun... what are some?

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"The Vermene was perhaps the only honest group out there, because at least they tried to kill Margaret when she stopped listening to what they had to say when IRIS started whispering things in her ear about becoming Empress." - Illilek Kullgaan, Traveller News Service interview, 122-1127
Bah, fake news. Everyone knows that Margaret created IRIS out of nothing to manufacture a fake validity to her claim. A secret, psionic agency that no one knows anything about that holds the keys to the succession? That just happens to show up in Margaret's Domain first? Yeah, right. There's a reason Strephon refused to allow them to test him. He knew they were just creations of Margaret and likely would either discredit him or assassinate him.
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Dulinor never really thought he could seize Capital. Why else would he spend so much time stacking the Ilelish Fleet with hard-core loyalists?
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Dulinor never really thought he could seize Capital. Why else would he spend so much time stacking the Ilelish Fleet with hard-core loyalists?
After all, his plan all along was to create a more centralized government. That would have been impossible on a scale such as Imperium. But secession wasn't an option with a functioning Imperium... so smash the Imperium and rule Ielish as he envisioned. His plan was never to take the Iridium Throne... just keep it from stopping his own goal of an independent Ielish.
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The Solomani Party deliberately came up with a war strategy "in the event of disputed Imperial succession" that would turn into a stalemate, so after a long time of chaos confusion despair and danger to life / limb / property, being taken over and ruled by the Solomani Party would look like the lesser evil and they could more-easily absorb a big chunk off the Imperium.
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The Solomani Party deliberately came up with a war strategy "in the event of disputed Imperial succession" that would turn into a stalemate, so after a long time of chaos confusion despair and danger to life / limb / property, being taken over and ruled by the Solomani Party would look like the lesser evil and they could more-easily absorb a big chunk off the Imperium.
Not to mention, the growing unrest between Pan-Sophontists and the Solomani supremacists were causing distance between the various entities of the confederacy. A Party position of a "short but victorious war" would cement the Confederation more firmly behind the government. And it would allow them to retake Terra which would do wonders for their support amongst Solomani systems.

Really, it's a win-win for the Party.

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There are a number of conspiracy theory "seeds" littered, purposely or not, throughout both MT and TNE canon.

Among many others, the Solomani border fleets supposedly had standing orders which were supposed to be opened only if news about the death of the emperor arrived and a Hiver manipulator muses in a sidebar that it might be necessary to destroy the Imperium before "fixing" or "pigeon holing" humanity.

I also know that several of the "suspender snappers" involved in the Assassination itself drove our late friend Hans mad. Some existed from the first and others only arose after the retcon which changed the Real Strephon into the real Strephon.
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A Party position of a "short but victorious war" would cement the Confederation more firmly behind the government.
It is most important to the Party's purposes that NOBODY in official positions be heard to utter the words "home by Christmas" in relation to the war effort; those Famous Last Words are known to draw the unhelpful attention of whatever deities or fates meddle in the affairs of men.
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After all, his plan all along was to create a more centralized government. That would have been impossible on a scale such as Imperium. But secession wasn't an option with a functioning Imperium... so smash the Imperium and rule Ielish as he envisioned. His plan was never to take the Iridium Throne... just keep it from stopping his own goal of an independent Ielish.
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Dulinor never really thought he could seize Capital. Why else would he spend so much time stacking the Ilelish Fleet with hard-core loyalists?
This may be the case. I will have to go review the sources, but IIRC years before Hard Times Dulinor was already officially calling his realm The Federation of Ilelish. By Hard Time the only factions claiming to be the Third Imperium were Norris, Lucan, and Margaret.
At least until Arrival Vengeance.
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