Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Rule of the Kingdom
But there arose a movement to purify the kingdom and restore the good laws of the High King. To do this, they sought a champion to oppose the politicians and restore the kingdom to proper order. They bestowed on the champion unlimited authority and allowed none to question him. But the champion, having unlimited power, began to use it to indulge himself and his companions. This resulted in debauchery, greed, and corruption at a new, higher level. Many endeavored to curb the champion and correct his abuses. But having unlimited authority, the champion avoided every attempt.
Finally, the corruption became so bad many citizens of the kingdom revolted. They declared their independence of the champion and set up their own governments separate from his. However, they were not able to agree on a common rule but ended up in many groups, fighting among themselves as well as with the champion. Many even found the need to ally with the politicians to fight the champion. Meanwhile, the champion, having cleaned up some of his most blatant abuses, reentered the fray with renewed vigor. This resulted in wars, tumults, and disturbances. Many, as a result of this (or perhaps using it as an excuse), left the kingdom or remained as those who served the High King in name only. But the divisions in the kingdom continued, and while some threw out all the High King's principles in attempts to reunite it, none seemed able to do so. Therefore, some still followed the champion and some followed the revolution and others held to a mere nominal allegiance. And the question remains: Is this what the High King really wanted?