Across the River

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Across the River

Postby Prekovy » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:10 am

Far to the north, across the Tepla River, has lived for as long as memory runs, that proud and tenacious people called the Prekovars.

The Prekovar lives in the pretty limestone apartments of central Ostrava, where the smog is blocked out by oil-damp rags which his wife hangs in the windows. He lives in the brightly painted wooden cottages of Pevnůstka, and the ramshackle industrial slums that surround all the new cities, and that he builds too quickly for the CPR to bulldoze.

But he prefers his native village over them all. He longs for the wooden hut where he was born, and the village girl that he left behind. For every Ivan in the city there is a Hana in the village. In Ivan's mind, his Hana is nothing like the Karolínas he meets in the city; her bosom is wider, her face is softer, and the only use she has for vodka is to spread it on the gums of their crying child. Their child's name is Jan, no matter if it is a girl or boy - but Ivan hopes that Jan will be a boy.

Many Ivans will return to, or remain in, their native village, and these Ivans will inevitably become involved in village politics. For a village man to become involved in politics, he only needs to step out of his hut and strive for something. The powers of the kraj officials are so vague and multitudinous that he will inevitably need them to accomplish his goal.

Securing the support of such an official is easy. Men will visit him at his hut, and his Hana will make them a beautiful soup made from pickled cucumbers and beef kidneys. She will pour them the vodka that is left over after coating Jan's gums. They will eat the soup and drink the vodka, and then Ivan will become one of their men. He will go to the polls and vote for their Chief. In return, they will tell the official to give Ivan his loan, or allow him into his school, or let Jan out of prison. And their Chief will vote for the Big Chief, who goes to Ostrava every few months to sit on the Rynek and cast his vote for Michal Havlíček.

The Ivan who leaves his village and lives in the city with his Karolína may enter politics in the same way. But it will be harder for political men to find him, and there is always the risk that Ivan may become confused and throw in with bandits pretending to be from politics. In any case, Karolína may not know how to make soup with pickled cucumbers and beef kidneys, or may think it is a tired old recipe, and that she and Ivan should be making rogan josh instead. This is very troubling for the political leadership of the country. They are always devising new ways to remind Ivan of his wooden hut, and his village Hana, and the fullness of her bosom. Whether or not Ivan really returns to these things, his mind must always be turned towards them. The prisons of Prekovy are full of Ivans with weak imaginations, who neglected the virtues of Prekovar civilization and threw in with the bandits.
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Re: Across the River

Postby Prekovy » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:43 pm

For many years the Prekovar schoolboy was told that his ancestors came over the Jotlund land bridge* and settled the Prekovar Basin. There they remained for forty thousand years - an unbroken lineage. He correctly inferred that this lineage, shared by no other race, gave the Prekovars an indisputable superiority over the Uzurs, and Curs, and Svens, and Magyars, whose blood had been diluted since their entry into Wallasea. It made the Prekovar the natural Boss.

His developed powers of inference led the Prekovar to dismiss research on Slavogenetics. In the first place, he never learned about this research in school; and although he was never told that his schooling taught him everything worth knowing, he was very good at inferring. He could also infer that, since the research was very compelling, it was positively dangerous to know, and even moreso to understand. Therefore no serious efforts needed to be taken to suppress Slavogenetic research, and it was no matter that the government could not have effectively taken these steps. The research was not considered by anyone who mattered.

In the 1970s the MSB published a secret report. Obviously no one knows what was in this report. But everyone could infer. That generation of Prekovars learned that Prekovars were the purest race of Slavs in the entire world; their ancestors came out of the Sazava Marshes and annihilated the inferior native peoples of the northwest. They correctly inferred that this lineage, shared by no other race, gave the Prekovars an indisputable superiority over the Uzurs, and Curs, and Svens, and Magyars. It made the Prekovar the natural Boss. The Prekovar schoolboy was always best at inferring this lesson, and in this respect, very little has changed in Prekovar education in the last one hundred years.

*Jotlund having long since disappeared into the Oryontic Ocean
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Re: Across the River

Postby Prekovy » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:09 am

Any traveler to Prekovy is struck by the great differences in national feeling between her people. The word Prekovite, which refers to a citizen of Prekovy regardless of nationality, has no translation in the Prekovar language; instead the word Přískové is used for both the race and the country. This is appropriate, because Prekovy is a country for the Prekovars. To the nationalities subsumed by Prekovar conquest - the Uzurs, Magyars, and so on - "Prekovy" is an alien ideology. In their minds they are neither Prekovars nor Prekovites.

Prekovy's political system provides an obvious source of future national leaders for the different national regions. In the Prekovite system, a leader is elected because of his ability to gain influence with the local benefactors. Most benefactors in national regions value their nation over the kickbacks the Prekovite state offers. Thus whatever leaders emerge should be the sort who could form the nucleus of a post-Prekovy national state - dedicated and influential nationalists. And in theory, whole swaths of Prekovy could fall to these leaders through legal elections.

So why do these leaders not emerge? Why do these states not form? Why does Prekovy endure?

In short, Prekovy endures because of the implication that anyone advocating the downfall of the state will be murdered. As long as this implication is believed, there is a Prekovy. As long as new rebel is shot, each new demonstrator is beaten, and each new local nationalist leader mysteriously dies, the state endures. Elites who might otherwise form the nucleus of a new national state are scared into making fabulous sums of money as benefactors of the Prekovite state instead. The moment that these elites believe that the danger is passed, they will seek the greater power and influence that will come with their status as President, or Chief, or Prime Minister of their new national state - and they will achieve it, because their benefactors already support their ascension. Therefore the Prekovite security services are very busy assuring them that the danger has not passed.

Of course, a minority will risk death to acquire power. These people can be seen on VHS tapes calling for general revolt against the state. But general revolt never comes. The danger-seekers get their danger, and (especially in the case of Magyars and Uzur danger-seekers) may end up ruling a little fiefdom. But the really serious ones realize that a little fiefdom is not worth dying for, and that there will be no revolution as long as the Prekovars are serious about Prekovy. They choose the path of greatest status and profit, and are found, in droves, in the civil services of Prekovy's regions.

There are other reasons for Prekovy's continued survival - certain troublesome nationalities are made so poor that they could never survive without Prekovite food assistance, others are colonized and replaced by Prekovars, others are convinced that they are actually Prekovars, et cetera - but the threat of murder remains the glue of the multinational state.
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