How One Can Link Lord of Columbia to Today’s Current Events
I’m not shy when I state Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. In many ways, it is, only this revolution doesn’t involve muskets.
No, Lord of Columbia is a new adult, urban fantasy that involves fighter jets, tanks, machine guns, drones, mortars, magic (yes, magic), and an underlying ulterior motive that one will find out just whose name is written all over it.
So, one can state that Lord of Columbia is a modern-day, fantastical allegory of the American Revolution. If one reads between the lines, and I’ll start revealing a little here and there (though not the characters or the plot!) about some symbolism behind the work.
Where did Columbia come from?
This one’s easy, and it was one of the very first things that came right to me. Columbia is named after the first caricature of the United States, named Columbia. She’s almost the female Uncle Sam. Also, in the 1872 painting entitled ‘American Progress,’ Columbia is seen leading the American pioneers west. She is the focal point of the painting.
And finally, the name came from Washington D.C., which, if you never knew what D.C. stands for, is District of Columbia. In fact, when the few and far in between debates for statehood come about, many proponents seek the name ‘New Columbia’ for Washington D.C., if it ever became a state.
What about the Southpoint Empire?
Many of us can take a look at the featured image and it gives a very, very thorough hint on an allegory in Lord of Columbia. Especially if say, one happens to be an NFL fan, they can really sense an allegory in my featured image and in Lord of Columbia’s book cover.
I don’t want to give it away, but all I’ll say is Southpointe, with an ‘e’ in this case, is a region in a city depicting the same colors as the Southpoint Empire.
Also, I wanted to find a way to symbolize an Empire that has done nothing good to its colonists, so for this, in all personas, the Empire has reached its southernmost tip in how it treats its people, therefore, Southpoint stands for a few things.
Why not Libertarian or Voluntarist Colors for the Protagonists?
See the above paragraphs.
Why Release this Work Now?
I feel the United States has lost its identity. I feel we’ve turned into the exact entity the Founding Fathers tried to prevent when they wrote the Constitution. If one reads the Constitution carefully, it provides no justification for the following:
1. Endless perpetual war.
2. Usurpation of civil liberties, including curtailing the entire Bill of Rights.
3. Invasion of Privacy.
4. Mass Surveillance.
5. Invasion of Personal Data, even Google searches.
6. Intelligence Agencies spying on innocent Americans even lightly suspected of any kind of wrongdoing.
7. The President declaring war without legislation (War Powers Act is Unconstitutional and should be repealed).
8. Authorization of Military Force on innocent Americans for even being related to someone branded a terrorist or a traitor, as seen in the case of Anwar Al-Awlaki.
9. Spreading something called Democracy throughout the world when the word doesn’t even appear in the Constitution. Remember, in a democracy, 51% could elect a Communist regime and 49% could be against such a regime, and boom, the US would be communist overnight, which derails the Constitution at the expense of the 49% minority.
10. Media propaganda to provide justification for going to war, via playing off peoples’ emotional state and fearmongering, as has been the case since 2001.
If one reads Lord of Columbia carefully, it’s essentially the United States Republic versus the United States Empire. As I’ve stated before, Harry Potter meets Star Wars in this series, but the budding Republic versus the overreaching Empire means much more than simply a space opera, or in any genre, for that matter.
Sure, Lord of Columbia is essentially a story, but in many ways, it’s more than a story. In many ways, I’ve taken several pages from US history and molded it into a book series, with the first to be released next month.
Let’s face it, most people don’t want to hear of America’s problems, especially when everyone from the news media to the entertainment sector to politicians to pro athletes justifies America’s atrocities. However, writing a compelling story might just be what we need to, in a way, entertain, but in another way, to educate.
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