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5 How life could be... if only we wanted to: The Thule Trilogy, by Thea Beckman
Ever wondered what the world would be like if all power was in female hands? Perfect? No. Definitely not. Human beings are likely to quarrel no matter who rules them. But when all forms of violence are forbidden by law; when the government is interested in the people and takes care of them; when everything belongs to everyone; when the economy is driven by making sure everyone is comfortable; and when concepts like money, profit, status and politics are non-existent... Weīve never tried it, but Thea Beckman might just be right: it might mean a whole different world than the horrible one we are living in.
Thule is an island: the former Greenland after world war III, where the climate has improved significantly due to the effects of the heavy bombing during that war. People have lived there in peace for centuries, ruled by their dynasty of Konegaīs and their all-female parliament. However, on the other side of the Atlantic, another country has arisen: the Baden State. Based on the same principles as their predecessors in European history, its society resembles our present day in many, many ways. And their president: the dictatorial Egon, is determined to stretch his influence further and further. So he sends expeditions to explore and conquer possible colonies across the Atlantic. But how do you fight a country that has sworn off war, that doesnīt even have an army nor any weapons, but all of its citizens are willing to defend their country in ways a male military mind would never have thought of?
When - in the end - the Badens have developed weapons for mass-destruction, Thule is forced to give up several of its seaports. The Badens nestle themselves in the Thulian towns and start rebuilding them - the Baden way. But the Thulians are not willing to let the invaders destroy their beautiful country: they start their own non-killing guerilla-war in stealing necessary parts and tools during nightly raids, and in destroying anything the Badens manage to build up. Their goal is to discourage the Badens, and make them leave the country out of their own free will. Still, not all the Badens are bad guys. A headstrong teenager, none too happy with womenīs position in her country, is interested in the Thulian society. After learning some Thulian from old schoolbooks, she decides to go and talk to the Thulian people. For Thule is such a huge country - why canīt they all live here in peace together? Her discoveries lead her to see her own country for what it is. But her mission as an intermediate is soon endangered as her own people accuse her of treason...
The story of Thule is told from three different points of view. In the first book, Mother Earthīs Children, we see the events unfold from a Thulian point of view; mostly through prince Christianīs eyes. According to the Thulian law, the young prince is not allowed to marry the girl he loves: he is to choose a wife among the young ladies from the Thulian aristocracy, for he is to produce the next konega. We see him wondering if perhaps the world would be better if ruled by men? And then a 100% male Baden expedition-team shows up in port...
In the second book, Infernal Paradise, the focus is turned to the Badens, and we follow their adventures in exploring the new country with Kilian Werfel, an open-minded, intelligent young scientist. Kilian knows very well that the glorious Baden State isnīt all that glorious for everyone, and when getting acquainted with the Thulian way of life, he is forced to re-examine his instilled pride over his fatherland. His decision becomes preciously important when his countrymen declare he is the guilty scapegoat for the many disasters the Baden Marine Corps is facing during its march through the untamed Thulian countryside...
Finally, in the third book Thuleīs Golden Fleece, small parts of Thule have been conquered by the Badens. Young Elvira moves to the New Country with her parents. But are the Thulians really as stupid as they are described in the Baden newspapers? Is it stupid to retreat to the woods when your towns are being bombed, thus saving as many lives as you can? Is it stupid to act dumb if you donīt want to work for the enemy? Elvira gets curious and wants to go out into the country to meet the Thulians. But that is not so easy to accomplish in a society where women are supposed to be beautiful, fragile and brainless...
The main question remains: will history continue to repeat itself? Or is it possible to learn from our mistakes?
Best quote: "We have come here to bring to this country the blessings of modern civilization. Itīs not our fault that the Thulians fail to see that."
The story of Thule covers three volumes. And even though they make for one story, they can be read separately. Unfortunately, as far as I know the Thule trilogy is only available in Dutch and in German. But itīs about time it got translated and become available to larger parts of mankind!
It is plain to see this world is heavenly!
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