It troubles me as an author, and one who hopes that someday his work will be adapted to the visual medium, that one film could have such contradictory interpretations embraced by large percentages of its audience. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, has been read as subversion or deconstruction of the original films, or as blatantly rejecting the essential vision of Star Wars. It seems to me however that this is a superficial, indeed baseless interpretation. A writer who has the opposite opinion of myself used the term Hermeneutic of Continuity to describe the other interpretation of The Last Jedi, and it seems apt. While by no means a perfect film, its key strengths are in its themes of Failure, Wisdom, and a vindication of the Jedi, which form the thematic continuity with the Original Trilogy. Be warned, spoilers will follow (if you have not seen the film please do so).
This is the modern version of the ancient and yet always contemporary idea of a great occidental empire.
-Otto von Hapsburg, The Social Order of Tomorrow
Recently I did some experimenting on the website mapchart.net (κῦδος to the Catholic Underground for sharing this site). The idea was to create the borders and subdivisions of a restored Holy Roman Empire in the present day. The borders are far from perfect, particularly in the region of Lorraine-Burgundy (interesting side note: the Duchy of Lorraine if recovered would be ruled by the Hohenberg family, the descendants of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, as per different laws of morganatic succession. Thanks to The Imperial Traditionalist for the information on that). Also controversial may be the inclusion of the Kingdoms of Hungary, Croatia, and Naples (Bourbon Two-Sicilies) as under the direct jurisdiction of the Empire. However I believe that these countries would be best united to the other countries of the “heart of the Empire” and that historically this would have eventually been the case.
Well there you are, just a(n) (random) exploration in cartography, nothing official as far as the Restoration Movement is concerned. I do have plans to post an official Map of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as the Restorationist plans for Europe and the rest of Christendom. For now though, please let me know about all the numerous errors involved in the above map. It may be useful if I haven’t already caught them.
I’ve got a follow-up post to The Death of Civilization about The Glory of Christendom in the works, and some more excerpts from the novel-in-progress Tower of Ivory… but this post, this post is for the readers of this site. I think by now it’s pretty clear what my views are, but do any of you agree with them? Do you agree with all of them or only some of them, or none of them? This post is for you to comment on, tell me what you think, ask me what I think if you have to, or suggest post topics. If you’re a long-time reader, or if you’re just passing through this post is for you and your comments…
Besides my work as the Head of the English Speaking Branch of the HRM and my work on The War for Christendom book series, I have also written a few works of science fiction (sci-fi), specifically the (as-of-yet) unfinished St. Damian’s Chronicles: Tales of Catholicism Amongst the Stars. The St. Damian’s Chronicles are a sort of Asimov’s Foundation about Catholics on different colony planets struggling to survive and spread the Faith.
(This Paragraph is for those of you who have no idea what Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series is.) The basic premise of the Foundation is that a Statistical Wizard named Hari Seldon predicts the fall of a Galactic Empire (unlike Star Wars this is good empire) and sets up a group of scientists who use religion and money to gain control of surrounding barbarians in order to create a second Galactic Empire. They botch the job and Psychologists/Psychiatrists rush in to save the day. (Enough summarizing, back to the main post.)
The St. Damian’s Chronicles‘ analog to Foundation would be incomplete without a corresponding Empire and Starfleet, so without further fanfare, I present: