The Collar Wars
We were on the second trial, the one that would be broadcasted, well the fifth one if you add in the three rehearsals. This time Tanker jumped off the witness stand and was clutching my legs begging for forgiveness for being ready to shoot me. I truthfully believed he was completely cried out by now. Either that or he was the greatest actor since Bogart. I was seriously doubting he was acting he looked too miserable. I had picked him off the floor and put my arms around him and simply held him this time. “It’s okay soldier. I hold nothing against you for that.” That would surely confuse the piss out of any other Humans seeing this.
“Lieutenant Archer, please stand,” General Daniels intoned. I stood up and looked directly at the Generals, and noticed out of the corner of my eye that the cameras on my face, the general’s and the audience were properly in place. “We, the Leaders of the Evolved Revolutionary Government, find you, Lt. Samuel Dundy Archer, not guilty of crimes against the Evolved. If you wish we will return you to the Human planet of your choice once the ability to do so safely is possible.”
“I thank you for your generous offer sirs. But that being said everything that I love is here. Plus I have admitted to more than a few acts of treason during this trial. I would likely be executed should I return to a Human planet so I will chose to stay.”
The cheering was monumental. We knew it would be since we had rehearsed it three times. Calls for my death had started out first with Evolved from every unit swarming the gallery. By the end of it every Evolved was screaming that I be set free. Getting to sit in the gallery for the various trials was based on a lottery system, the courtroom could only hold about two hundred Evolved at a time. During the trial my unit had been there in it’s entirety. The rest of the audience was made up of members of the various military units, along with civilian Evolved from all over the colony, who had won in the lottery. For the rest of the trials entry into the gallery was determined by the same lottery system. I couldn’t say I envied any of the officers going in front of the Generals. I knew there were going to be mass cries for their execution in ever increasingly creative ways of butchery. Many civilians were going to be on trial as well, mainly those who owned Evolved or visited the brothels often and had abused evolved for sexual gratification. Chelsea had told me that Tallia was probably safe as she was simply providing a service that the Pleasure Evolved had been created for. Apparently none of the Chelsea’s former fellow brothel workers held any real ill will against her.
It had been decided that I would give at least some testimony against several other officers, including the General Lynn, would be interesting to say the least. All of them were scared of what I’d say under oath. I didn’t know much about the civilians who would be on trial so none of that concerned me. I had other things to worry about regarding my new position. I had been recruited by the Evolved Government to figure out what to do with the Civilians. Truthfully it was a full time headache, worse part was it came with a new title in order for me to have a proper place in the chain of command, General. Just when I thought I was done with the military I ended up back in a different one. Chelsea was with me in this and had pretty much been thrown into the deep end. I couldn't say I envied her, but at least she looked great in a uniform, tight, crisp, black looked great on her.
“Sweetie,” Chelsea piped from the other side of my office.
“Chelsea, may I remind you we’re on duty.”
“What is it Lieutenant?”
“I remember you having said something to Lt. Drake regarding raising a couple of generations of Evolved from the equivalent of a Human infant.”
“I did say that. Do you have an idea for that?”
“Well one thing we never thought to bring up was how are we going to learn to take care of little ones. I know that none of us in the brothels had any contact with a Human younger than sixteen. So we know nothing in that area. There may be a few of the Evolved who were among the Civilians that worked with young children but I wouldn’t bet on that.”
“Yeesh I hadn’t even thought about that. Please tell me that you have a suggestion, and hopefully it’s a reasonably simple one.”
“We have several Civilian mothers and children on the colony. Like the rest of the Humans, all children over five were collared with dead man switches. Why not use that to our advantage.” I couldn’t say I was proud of the dead man switches on the kids. If a Evolved was killed by a Human the killer and another random person collar’s would blow. Not even children would be spared. If a child died I’d basically consider myself a child killer, but it was a decent enough threat to keep the rest of the Humans in line there . So far it had worked. Well at least none of the Civilians had blown their collars, yet. Whether or not that was an act of self preservation and not out of worry for children, I couldn’t say, but it was working.
“I don’t think I follow you.”
“What is the best way to get someone to do something. As you said yourself, people are more likely to sacrifice to save those they love than simply for themselves. Why not offer the mothers who can help us to have their children's collars be removed. It’s a simple fix. It shows that we are willing to work with the Humans on a peaceful measure. We have no desire to kill anyone if we can help it. The speed of the revolution is proof of it. However we are still viewed with hate.”
“And by offering to remove the children’s collars in exchange for help we are seen as people who want to be like them. We’ll show a common interest, the hope for peace for our future generations.”
“Honey you are brilliant!”
“Sam, may I remind the General that we are working?” Chelsea chastised me playfully.
“You may, but as your fiancé I’m going to tell you right now that you are in for a massive treat after office hours.”
Now came the headache, of figuring out the exact logistics of this nightmare. I thought that Chelsea may be expecting a bit too much out of Humans to think that they’d see this as much of a peace offering. Still it was probably the best things we could offer at the moment. Hell, it was probably the only thing we could offer at the moment. We had many of the newly brought up Evolved, an ever increasingly percentage of which were female, learning how to use the different equipment needed for terraforming the planet. Many were also learning how to use the production factories and change the output for everything from remote fighters, to parts for larger ships, along with pretty much everything else. The hope was that relatively soon we’d be ready to start offensives against Human controlled planets. If it became necessary. We really didn’t want to have it get to that point. If we could get Humans to let go of the Evolved and be able to confirm that they hadn’t started up new facilities we could avoid an all out war. Along with that we were looking into finding more planets outside Human space, and terraform them to increase the space necessary to expand the race. Problem was that we were going to run into someone else eventually. There are various other races out there controlling different territory in the galaxy and Humanity wasn’t exactly friendly with many of them. Our hope is that if worse comes to worse we can persuade an enemy race that we are not friendly towards Humans either. Still we couldn’t rely on that. However we could rely on Humanity have been completely crippled militarily for at least a generation or two. They would have to figure out some new strategies if they didn’t want Human casualties to mount up too quickly.
Humanity simply isn't equipped for a protracted ground war. We could easily meet them in a space battle, and as long as we could drop a couple thousand fully equipped fifty man teams any Human planet would become ours.
Still none of us wanted it to come to that. Hell I knew plenty of Evolved that would rather sue for peace. They relinquish the Evolved they had, and we'd keep them safe from attack. It was workable, at least temporarily. I doubted it would be a lasting situation. Humanity would become too proud to be basically treated like helpless children by those they had oppressed for so long. At some point something would break and there would be problems. Eventually bloodshed would result and the body count would be horrible. Still that was a headache I could deal with later. Right now I had a colony to deal, and the Humans here were going to prove to be enough of a pain.
I wrote up half a dozen thought out plans for how to make Chelsea's plan work. Truthfully no matter what I came up was going to piss off a lot of people. The first thing I needed to do was bring up the idea of children with my fellow generals. I was really only a general in name, my title being effectively honorary, still it held enough weight to make it useful. I closed my eyes in complete fatigue. I just wanted to get back to mine and Chelsea's quarters. We'd eat then I'd pass out, curled up on her lap for an hour or so resting up for a few straight hours of bedroom fun. Chelsea was insatiable and as exhausted as I'd be there was no way I'd turn her down since I wanted it just as bad.
I just wasn't looking forward to the next few tomorrows. Truthfully I had no idea when I would look forward to a tomorrow. At least for another three months. Our official wedding ceremony was going to take place then, and I had twisted the arms of my fellow generals enough to let the two of us rest for a few days.