Hi everyone Just wanted before I start to say thanks to all my readers I’ve been going six weeks now have just hit 1500 views and getting towards 300 comments I’m absolutely blown away that soo many people have looked at my inane ramblings I was secretly suspicious it was all my mum trying to find out what I’m up too but no there’s this funky map thing deep in the gubbins of wordpress that shows where in the world I’m getting hits from and once again I’m blown away by the diversity obviously there’s a bias from English speaking countries but I’ve got hits from Venezeala (it only took me 3 goes to spell that right 🙂 ) Costa Rica, lots of hits from Germany and Russia too if you are reading from one of these places please dive in the comments I’d love to chat.
Yesterday was Old Stuff Day and in true contrary fashion I posted nothing what’s so ever I don’t think I’ve been going long enough to have old stuff and I was never a fan of the format I don’t want to read old stuff I want new stuff lazy ass bloggerss 🙂
Well what I did think I’d talk about today in an entirely random fashion and with no pretense of proper research or insight just me jabbering really was could 40k ever become a reality are we 38,000 so years from the grimdark darkness of total war alien invasion monolithic tyrannical empire run by uncaring beurocrats and theocrats. Well the short dull answer is probably not in 38000 years in all likelihood mankind will have been extinct for 10’s of thousands of years or evolved so far from us as to be unrecognisable but that’s boring and I make no pretense to rationality so let’s explore the concepts any way
So let’s start with Technology could mankind develop incredible wonders of engineering then forgot how and go on to worship the technological as something magical and spiritual. Well the sum of human knowledge now doubles every 5 years things I considered science fiction as a kid are now common place the smart phone most of you will have in your pockets have more than a passing resemblance to the tricorders of star trek fame. A computer the size of a book with a touchscreen the datatabs of 40k 20 odd years ago well I’m typing this on a tablet so there you go. I have no doubt that mankind is capable of bringing all the weaponry of the 40k universe to reality and with our depressingly warlike attitude probably will.
Genetically engineered super soldiers well we’ve made huge strides in genetic research we’ve maped the human genome and cloned sheep transplanted pigs hearts into humans and grown ears on the backs of mice so once again not beyond the bounds of reality
But Could this technological triumph be reversed and we slip into mysticism and worship whatvwe don’t understand the depressing fact is that this is surprisingly plausible. Let’s take the Dark ages into account When the Romans packed up and left Britain in 410AD we smashed up the plumbing and went back to shitting in the woods for 800 years until John Harrington came along and reinvented the toilet in 1596 (unfortunately it wasn’t Thomas Crapper in the late 18 hundreds) That’ll learn them bloody foreigners 🙂 .
Massive tyrannical Theocratic Beurocracy once again depressingly plausible The monolithic Beurocracy of the Russian Zsarist survives to this day despite 2 supposed revolutions firstly to communism then to democracy and retains a strong autocratic system.
Theocracies have thrived throughout history Irqn is still designated a theocratic republic by the CIA Saudi Arabia maintains religious police and courts Sudan Nigeria the Yemen all functioning modern day Theocracies closer to home Vatican City is ruled by the pope and the Catholic church there a war raging in the middle east as ISIL struggles to establish an Islamic state and in North Africa too.
Alien invaders we get to shaker ground here. However a shaky argument never stopped me from making it so It seems just on pure maths that were all alone in the universe any species that comes to dominate a world enough to devote the resources of a planet to interplanetary exploration is probably going to have an aggressive streak and will be looking for fresh resources so ocean again probable
Deamons and psykers well we do only use 10% of our minds so maybe but I’m gonna file that under hmmmm.
So do we have a conclusion sort of probably not but maybe I actually have a bit of faith in mankind that we will develop beyond that and it won’t be too grimdark but it’s fun to wonder