Mar. 4th, 2007

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I'm back on Terra! Some of you may not realize - I have been on an interstellar jaunt for the past several months, trying to visit all (well, most!) of the planets, or at least systems, in the Empire. Lots of stories to tell...some time spent working my passage on one of those interstellar cruise ships, more time on freighters...and some interesting food and interesting people on those other worlds and space stations!...but the tale I want to tell today is one that happened right at the end of my trip. I actually met Her Imperial Majesty in person!

Now, I know several of her Minions hang out here, so this may not seem such a big deal to you, but for us ordinary subjects of the Empire? Pretty cool. Especially when it's someone I've heard so much about third-hand, as it were (I having the good fortune to be well acquainted with certain of the aforesaid Minions), but have only ever seen on holovision.

I was asked to meet her on the Chief Minion's behalf, and some of what we discussed I can't talk about, but the rest is no secret - Lunaya Pravda covered it the next day, as did a couple of the other rags that pay attention to these things; you may have seen it in the papers. Her Majesty is thinking of starting an exchange program with the Coriolans! And is looking for humans willing to be sent to the Coriolan Imperium - not diplomats, we have more than enough of those over there, but average people who are interested in learning more about average Coriolans, and in teaching them about us in turn. Given the rising tensions between us and the Imperium, it won't be the safest venture in the world for the participants...but no one can say it isn't a worthwhile one. Who knows? Maybe this will increase understanding and empathy between our peoples enough to prevent an actual war. Or if not that - enough to prevent wars in future decades...

So of course I volunteered. How not? It's the chance of a lifetime - how many humans ever get to even pass through the Coriolan Imperium, much less live among their people for a time? Other than diplomats and a few traders, not too damned many. They're touchy about letting us within their borders...something else Her Majesty is looking to change by means of friendship initiatives like this.

I don't know when or if I will be leaving for Coriolus. Final negotiations with the Coriolans about this are not yet complete, and nothing can be settled until they are. Keeping my fingers crossed. Am I excited? You bet. :)

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