This is an updated version of the previously published work titled Imperium Sine Fine, primarily featuring a new, more aesthetically-pleasing layout. Apart from that, there was one significant addition to the story itself as well as two quotes which now preface the story. Enjoy! - DH
Imperium Sine Fine is an extract from a larger work that I began in March of last year. This particular piece seemed to stand well on its own though references are made throughout to the larger work. However, it is a work still in progress and, as so happens with any creative endeavour, the final product, including this piece, may be entirely different when all is said and done.
Many other titles may be appropriate: "In the Aftermath of the Birth of That Which Came Slouching Towards Bethlehem", "Out With the Old, In With the New", or "The Best of All Possible Futures". In any case, it is a mythology for a time which has yet to occur but seems inevitable and unavoidable. But as we say, "All things must pass." Let me repeat that: ALL things must pass.
Special thanks to LG and MD for feedback and editing.
See you around!