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HURRAN INVASION, CHAPTER 5: CHANCE

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     Miss Madjen came in the evening, and he took her out for dinner. They returned to his suite, then they took their favorite seats inside the Study Room, each holding a cup of a delicious dessert wine.

     “I have a powerful anti-surveillance equipment in this suite, Raika, therefore it is the only place where we can discuss freely. Outside this suite, please, be very circumspect, and do not talk about important information. What happened today in the Council?”
     “The entire day was spent with tactics and proposals to defend the Ancen System. They decided that, tomorrow, they should make their decisions final so that there will be sufficient time to implement changes. Everybody expects about seven equ. days until the next attack.”
     “Anything impressive?”
     “No. It all sounded boring and blunt: no sharp ideas, nothing intelligent.”
     “It was supposed to happen that way . . . Did you say anything, Raika?” asked Najé.
     She replied, “No, there was nothing solid to hang on. I shall do it tomorrow, after they come up with some concrete decisions.”
     “Excellent! Now, listen to this, Raika . . . I suspect there is someone in the Council doing an inside job for the Hurrans.”
     “Oh! Who?” asked Raika frightened and perplexed altogether.
     He replied, “I cannot tell you whom I suspect, Raika, because you are too honest. If you knew, you could give yourself away with an involuntary look or something—it is better that you do not know.
     Now, I talked to the Delegate of the Cawa Federation, and he has assured me of his support. Plans have changed a little. We need to get the President Delegate nomination after the battle for Ancen, in order to make our plans work.”
      “You need votes,” remarked Raika with doubt.
     “Yes, we do, and I started working on it. You are going to receive messages from various persons, and you will send them to me as soon as possible . . .” said Najé, then he paused for a few moments. He added thoughtfully, “This inside job bothers me a lot.”
     “Are you certain about it?” inquired Raika timidly.
     He replied, “No, I am not sure. It is more like a feeling except . . . I am never wrong with my feelings, Raika. The bad part is, by not having any evidences, I cannot be certain if it is the work of a single person, or there is a complex action group behind it.”
     “Maybe is nothing,” suggested Raika.
     “Could be. This is the reason we need to get the President Delegate nomination: to prevent any possible inside work coming from anybody. Could you, please, work a little with the legislation and see if there is anything preventing me to get the nomination?”
     “I will. Anything else?”
     “Nah, this is all.”
     Raika felt reluctant to leave Najé. In her suite, the only thing to do was to pray for her family back in the Ancen System. She needed to talk to somebody, to forget her fears, and Najé’s voice was so relaxing . . . She said timidly, “If you do not mind, Najé, you mentioned last night something about chance. I do have little time tonight, and if you also have—”
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     Najé felt very happy with her request. He was way deep in love with her, only he didn’t dare proposing anything, given her serious attitude. Therefore, her invitation to spend little time in a casual friendly discussion was an unexpected and very pleasing surprise!
     He rushed to assure her, “Of course I do, Raika. I shall try explaining the notion of chance to you except my problem is, I do not know if I can be very explicit. Things are fairly complex and . . . You see, Raika, I do not believe in chance.
     What I mean is, I do not deny that chance is there for everybody to grab, but the interesting thing about it is, it never comes when you actually need it. On the other hand, after the need of the moment passes, you realize that you didn’t truly need it, and you managed things fairly well without any chance.
     What I say now is about the chance at the individual level, which is not much important. When we talk about large social structures, however, chance has a particular way of behavior, and this time it is very important.
     Try to picture this, Raika. During the existence of a Civilization comes a crucial moment when something could change it in a radical way. The odds are about ninety percent or more in favor of that radical change but . . . it does not happen. There are many examples in Norghe System history, and I am certain that if you investigate the Ancen System history you can discover the same thing.”
     “Why do you think it happens that way?” asked Raika intrigued and puzzled by the topic.
     “Well, first thing, we could think of a Divinity who is in control, but my intention is to eliminate that possibility from the very beginning.”
     She asked in a firm tone, while watching him with severe eyes, “Why?”
     Najé smiled gently at her, because he knew she had had a strong religious education. He explained, “Suppose you are the Great Creator, Raika. You have created an immense Universe, and you have populated it with billions of intelligent species. From your point of view, it would be totally unfair to favor one small group of your creations, and to disfavor the rest, because they all are your dear children, and you love them all the same.
     Anyway, let’s suppose you would like to encourage only a few children of yours—those who respect you most. Again, that is also unfair, because it is possible the rest of the children who do not respect you are, simply, not aware that you are their Creator.
     In my opinion, the Great Creator shall never interfere selectively for some of his children, at least for the sake of being perfectly impartial. More or less, he shall let things develop on their natural way.”
     She replied perplexed, “I do not understand you, Najé. This natural way is exactly the way things happen in reality!”
     “Well . . . not quite, Raika. The development of civilized societies is based on the ‘Minimum Chance Evolutionary Progress’ theory. If there exists, as I said, ninety percent chances or more in favor of a radical change, the remaining ten percent against, or less, shall win in most instances.”
     “Is that a paradox?” asked Raika puzzled.
     “No. We have profiled this theory based on mathematical modeling of past historical events. Things happen this way: if a person having great powers—a Chief of State for example—intends to implement some radical changes, his efforts will become futile after a few years, although he does have all the necessary means to implement those radical changes. This is the ninety percent favoring the change instance. Now, history shows us that many low condition people were the cause of successful radical changes, although it shouldn’t have happened, because their chances of success were less than ten percent.”
     She asked intrigued, “What could help those ten percent chances to win against the ninety percent odds, Najé?”
He smiled and nodded appreciatively at her for being so keen on the topic, then explained, “Because that behavior has a specific pattern, Raika, of reversed mathematical probabilities, we believe there should be a logic force, a ‘will factor’ helping those ten percent to succeed. As I said, we have excluded the possibility of a Divine influence; therefore, there should be something or someone closer to us. Better said, a very strong will, from one of us.”
     “A single will?” wondered Raika.
     “Well, one or a few more . . . although they shouldn’t be too many . . . I suspect there are never more than three on any Planet, at a certain moment in history.”
     “That is just a hypothesis—” stated Raika with doubt.
     He interrupted her, “I talked with many outstanding intellectuals, Raika, and we have reached the common conclusion that this theory explains most of the past historical events, and it also fits into a theoretical pattern.”
     She asked, appearing to be troubled, “I do not understand you, Najé. How is it possible that a single person has so much power to change our history?”
     “You see Raika, I study Physics; to be more specific, the atom. In order to understand the powers of the mind, you need to understand the atom first. Things are this way: the Universe that we see is made of atoms, but the strange thing is, we see only one percent, or less, of the entire Universe. The part of the Universe that we do not see is hidden; better said, it is way beyond our power to see it.”
     “Are you referring to the instruments too; that instruments cannot detect it?”
     “We have discovered the missing Universe based on the readings of our instruments.”
     “Wait a moment, Najé; which common characteristic could tie together the missing Universe and the powerful will we were talking about?” asked Raika confused.
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     He smiled slightly amused, then answered, “This is going to be a rather complex explanation, Raika. You see, social mathematics cannot explain the random plays of chance in real life, at historical level. In other words, social mathematics is missing a few very important variables which are able to change ninety percent chance into zero, and ten percent chance into a hundred percent—and that is . . . almost always. That particular behavior can be explained by the existence of a will factor, only.”
     “I see, and that will factor—”
     “First of our problems was if that specific will factor could actually exist in our reality.”
     “You said you have observed it historically,” protested Raika.
     “Yes, we did. We knew the will factor existed before, but we were looking for its source of powers, to understand its nature, the way it works, in order to further implement it into an abstract mathematical model.”
     “Aha! So, you wanted to explain the nature of that will factor . . .” said Raika thoughtfully, then she asked, “What is it?”
     He smiled caringly at her, then explained, “I have to go back to the hidden Universe. The part of the Universe which we cannot observe is composed of a pool of primary energies. What is remarkable about them is, those primary energies are not energies as the ones we commonly know. They are more like primary forms of energies from which our Atomic Universe was created, and it still continues being created because that process is not ended yet.”
     “That sounds very interesting, though I still do not see any connection, Najé—” started Raika.
     He interrupted her, “There are means to tap into that pool of primary energies, Raika: some are technological, others are mental.
     Now, you must have heard of people that are capable of telling you the future—how can you explain that? I mean, to see the future, to see something that didn’t happen yet. If it didn’t happen, it means it does not exist; if it does not exist then, how can you see it?”
     She agreed, “It doesn’t make sense, but there are people who can foresee the future.”
     “Yes, there are people having strong mental powers who are able to do it. Let’s take a simple example, Raika. Think of a person having strong psychokinetic powers—someone who can bend metal objects. Things happen this way: the brain generates a thought which acts on physical matter, from some distance, and it causes specific matter changes. Those changes are particularly outstanding because they do not imply any obvious energies, as is mechanical energy or heat for example. In other words, that experience proves to us that there are other forms of energies capable of changing the matter.
     Amazingly, the initial thought is also produced by the highly organized matter—which is the brain. In a first analysis, it appears that we have a complete loop, an interrelation: matter-thought-matter. However, things are a bit more complex, Raika, and we need to analyze each step of the loop at a time.
    
     [. . .]

     Now, the temporal present moment is a little bit special, because it is the absolute reference in the entire Universe. However, we know that there are people who can visualize the future from present time, and that means the present itself is not quite an absolute reference. In other words, the future and the past may coexist with the referenced present time. Seen from the perspective of someone who could see things that didn’t happen yet, then even our Destiny starts getting a firm shape—”
     Raika interrupted him appearing to be disappointed, “I am sorry, Najé, but the way you explain things . . . You jump from one topic to another, and they are so unrelated . . .”
     He explained, “More or less, I do it on purpose, Raika. I want to push your thoughts to the maximum extent, to help you understand the true complexity when we deal with some abstract notions, as is chance, with mental phenomena, and with the primary energies pool. We have only a few clues to investigate logically such intriguing phenomena, therefore we need to explore each of them thoroughly, before drawing any valid conclusions. In other words, if you do not have the entire global picture in your mind, you cannot understand such highly insubstantial and abstract concepts.
   
     [. . .]

     Now, to come back to our reality, what we did was, we started with a few clues of the unexplained phenomena in our Atomic Universe, and we worked with the primary energies pool until we achieved significant results—”
     She interrupted him with doubt, “Are you trying to suggest that you have experimented with those primary energies?”
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     He explained amused, “We have done a lot more than that, Raika. We have created technologies that exploit the powers of the primary energies.”
     “How is that possible? I mean, how can we go down from our Atomic Universe to the primary energies pool which is hidden?”
     “That is a very good question, Raika. Our Atomic Universe has many connections to the primary energies pool. To be a little more specific, all atoms have roots into the primary energies pool—”
     “Aha! I start seeing a small connection there,” announced Raika smiling ironically.
     She was so beautiful when she smiled that Najé almost forgot the idea he was explaining. He said hesitantly, “Yes . . . it is just a tiny connection . . . but the most important one. So, those tiny connections into the primary energies are larger or smaller, because the atoms are not the same. As you know, there are many atomic elements, and there are even more isotopes; in addition, there are very, very many types of molecules. In each of them, the roots into the primary energies pool are different in size. Now we do have the roots into the primary energies pool, but the new problem is, how do we extract precisely only what we want from that extraordinary intricate domain?
     There are a few physical phenomena of a maximum importance in our research; one of them is the resonance. Using resonance allows us to penetrate physically and practically inside the primary energies pool. The way it works is this: if we have two physical systems—two atomic masses—and we want to connect them together, we need to bring them both in resonance with a specific primary energy frequency. Once in resonance, the two systems behave as a single system.”
     “How clever! And it is so simple!” noticed Raika amazed.
     “Ha, ha, My Dear, things are very, very far from being simple because the problem is, we cannot generate, artificially, the frequencies needed to access the primary energies. Those frequencies are so high that they appear to us as one particle having three physical states in the same time.”
     She asked concerned, “Then, it doesn’t work?”
     Najé was greatly pleased with their discussion because it had created a certain familiarity between them. He had used the “My Dear” words, and she did not protest! He continued his explanations happily, “I didn’t say that, My Dear. The only way we can generate frequencies comparable to the ones existing in the primary energies pool is to use exactly the same frequencies from the primary energies pool.

     [. . .]

     We use heat, various radiations, mechanical adjustments, and induced electromagnetic fields on our tiny generator arrays, in order to control the generated frequency and to reach the resonant condition we desire. The result is, an enormous distance between two points in the Atomic Universe is replaced by a short jump through the primary energies pool. This is the principle behind the practical application of the Trans-States Drive theory, My Dear.”
     Raika clapped her hands a few times to congratulate him, because she had understood the basics of the Trans-States Drive transport technology. “I understood everything, Najé! This is so nice!” said Raika enthusiastically, then she remembered something and asked with concern, “Have the Hurrans developed an advanced Trans-States Drive transport technology?”
     “Unfortunately, they did, My Dear, and it is my fault because I am certain that my theories and experiments were their starting point. On the other hand, they took from me a technology that was about ten equ. years old at the time I made it public.
     Meanwhile, we have developed the Gradient Drive technology, which is a Trans-States Drive application with a remotely controlled destination point. I am confident the Hurrans don’t even dream about it.”
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     Raika didn’t savor the change of discussion’s topic towards the Hurrans. She said, “Najé, you are incredible! We started chatting about chance, and we are talking now about the Trans-States Drive principle.”
     “Yes, I remember, My Dear. Ha, ha! Isn’t it strange? Fact is, technology is a wonderful thing, but it is far from the perfection of the brain. What we do with terrible technological efforts, the brain can do the same, and even much more, almost effortlessly. Any researcher into the primary energies pool needs the brain experience, at least to understand the behavior of those primary energies.

    [. . .]
    
     There is a lot more to discuss and to analyze about why should one or a few particular individuals be the cause of such great social changes, and about the implications that may derive from that. These issues are far more complex and abstract than what we have explored so far, Raika.”
     “Thank you, Dr. Xallas—sorry, I mean, Najé. Your presentation tonight was truly impressive.”
     “I know that things could sound mysterious, possibly even mystical, but in reality everything is just plain science. The only difference is, this is the science of the future, My Dear.”
     “Oh, thank you again, Najé. It is late, and I have to go.”

     Raika was grateful to Najé’s for their conversation, because it had driven away her fears. It was not only the relaxing sound of his voice; his ideas also were greatly relaxing. Thinking of the great extent of the Universe, built out of the invisible, mysterious, yet incredibly powerful primary energies, made her problems seem a bit less important . . .
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     Next morning the discussions inside the Allied Worlds Council were centered on the strategies for the Ancen System battle. Najé thought they were a failure from the very start, because military tactical details should always be hidden from politicians. On the other hand, by presenting them to the Council, it showed the military people wanted to share their part of responsibility. They were overpowered and scared, and—what was worse—military commanders were people with no capacity to generate intelligent tactics.
     Raika gave him a note from Jeolan. He found out they have gained two more Delegates on their side, and Jeolan’s family was in Gorkun City. Najé thought that Jeolan was both capable and very reliable, and he felt he owed him a lot for his efforts.

     It was a boring day. It ended with the approval of the Defense Plan, immediately followed by Raika’s official complaint. Najé admired the intelligent way in which Raika managed to instigate hilarious ironies to her objections. The idea was to convince someone in cooperation with the enemy that they dealt with amateurs. In the same time, they needed a recorded official protest against the doomed Defense Plan.

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