The Eleven Day Empire
PRIMER FOR THE SPIRAL POLITIC (POST-WAR EDITION)
1: FACTION PARADOX
Technology: Post-linear (subtle), time-active
Even before the outbreak of the “War in Heaven”, Faction Paradox was regarded as the most unpredictable (and opportunistic) of the time-active powers. Aware of the precarious nature of history — but under no obligation to protect it — while the other Great Houses were still attempting to uphold a “universal order”, the Faction was following its own, far more ambiguous, protocols. Ruthless, secretive and at times difficult to understand, it’s hardly surprising that the Faction should have eventually found itself under siege from its rival powers…
- The Eleven-Day Empire concept does originate in the DWU —but only just. In Interference – Book One — the only DWU story to feature it — the Empire is mentioned over the course of just two pages.
- Consequent to the British changeover from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one, eleven days — 2 September through 14 September 1752 — were “lost”. These days, as experienced in London, were purchased by the Faction Paradox and became their heartland, known as the Eleven-Day Empire.