「それぞれの星」 (Sorezore no Hoshi)
“Every Person’s Star”
After an unexpected weeklong break reminding me just how much LotGH improved Tuesdays (hint: a lot), we finally return to the two way slugfest set to get a whole lot more serious. With Iserlohn captured and Yang back home victorious it’s now time to deal with what comes next for the FPA, and as more than a few likely predicted, peace is not part of the equation. Oh yes boys and girls, it’s invasion time.
While the sly opportunism infecting the FPA leadership could be gleaned before with the introduction of Trunicht, this week gave us the first real taste of the Alliance’s true state of affairs. Much like the Empire the FPA has in a sense lost its way, replacing wasteful decadence with corrupt selfishness and a struggle for survival with a moral crusade for “justice”. Its leadership (barring a brave few) care not for those they claim to represent, either too firmly ensconced in their own visions of grandeur, or arrogantly convinced of their own moral superiority. It is, in effect, a clinic on the downsides of (representative) democracy, showing how even the supposedly pure principles of liberty and freedom can be easily twisted to better a chosen few, should the right circumstances arise. As LotGH will keep hitting home again and again, no system of government can or will ever be perfect.
Part of what makes the FPA’s political situation so poignant though is the arguable realism of it. The state, for all intents and purpose, is at the end of its rope, effectively running on fumes as the harsh reality of economics makes its presence felt, manpower (particularly in technical fields) starts being stretched thin, and people begin to question the very purpose of the war. Peace may be the logical option, but when combined with political circumstances and personal pride what is a simple choice becomes anything but. Britain for example struggled through this same situation in May 1940, although unlike it the FPA doesn’t have an apparent Churchill to rally around and carry on the fight. Sure there’s the current council head and Trunicht, but as Trunicht’s dissenting vote should highlight, our war chief has some doubts as to the invasion’s success. Not over the cost of lives mind you (that’s a minor detail), but for the potential to make political hay out of any defeat. Should the invasion fail Trunicht gets off untainted and winds up in a great position to become FPA leader, while if it succeeds he can claim to have presided over a massive Alliance victory—either way, boost in prestige. Whether or not it plays out like that is up in the air obviously (no plan ever works the way it’s supposed to), but you can bet the likes of Trunicht will find a way to remain at the top, one way or another.
One potential upset to invasion of course lies with Fezzan and the proper reveal of Rubinsky. Fezzan’s place in narrative is likely confusing for first-time viewers at the moment—i.e. neutral third power—but its financial clout alone should indicate the importance of this seemingly random planet. By acting like a Twentieth Century USA (look no further than World War I), Fezzan effectively controls the economic interests of key sectors in both the FPA and Empire, enough that if push came to shove it could cripple one or both states without lifting a military finger. What would cause Fezzan to wage such a war of course is a mystery at the moment, but Rubinsky’s musings over a New Galactic Empire should be hint enough. Unfortunately for Reinhardt there’s another party determined to see new leadership at the top of Empire, and this one plans on keeping it very friendly towards certain interests.
One way or another the winds of political change in LotGH are slowly speeding up, and as Yang and Reinhardt will both quickly learn, its effects on them and their respective countries will be far beyond their wildest imaginations.