Every government requires a military to defend its borders and quell uprisings. With this in mind, I am thinking of giving the interstellar government in my sequel series a collection of planets that are in charge of producing its military. To serve this role, these planets would have an environment that is purposely harsh and inhospitable. The reason for this is because it will guarantee the produce the absolute best soldiers and pilots it can offer. For example, these planets’ terrain would be similar to either a blazing desert or icy tundra, which would allow the best infantry to survive their training. As for pilots, I can imagine the atmosphere and orbit of the planets to be so turbulent and unpredictable that only the most skilled pilots can survive. Apart from combat training, these planets would have activities that involve the production of advanced armor and weaponry. In general, these planets will have a purely militaristic society even though they serve a democratic interstellar government.
In the interstellar government of my sequel series, I had an interesting idea of what it would do with citizens who are poor or homeless. With this in mind, this planet would serve as one giant homeless shelter. Whenever citizens enter poverty, this planet and others like it can give them the opportunity to have a fresh start in life. Life on such a world will be comfortable, but not luxurious yet enough to provide a simple life to its citizens. The most aggressive of my main characters will come from a planet like this and his upbringing will give him an insatiable desire for more than the planet can offer.
Because the interstellar government in my sequel series will have planets that specialize in specific areas, I am thinking of including a planet that specializes in scientific advancement. Even though the interstellar government will have standard advanced technology, this planet will be the most technologically advanced. The reason for this is because it would be inhabited by the most brilliant geniuses in known space and their daily activities would consist of scientific discovery. Their economy would rely on the production and sale of their technological innovations. All of the technology that exists in the modern world will seem like Stone Age tools by comparison.
In my sequel series, the female lead will come from a planet that has a society that revolves around art. Imagine a world that houses every creative work that ever existed ranging from books, paintings, statues, films, music, gardens, and so forth. If you have an idea you wish to share, this is the place to do it. One might say that this planet will be one of the most culturally rich worlds in the interstellar government’s territory. Because of her upbringing from such a planet, the female lead will have the personality of an artist, always on the lookout for inspiration during her adventurers with her teammates. This would be a planet I would want to live in because I would thrive as an artist.
In my sequel series, a war will break out between the main interstellar government and a growing rival faction. For the rival faction, I plan to draw inspiration for its creation from fascist governments and radical groups. Essentially, I intend to base this rival faction on the evils that have plagued human civilization both in the past and in the present. To add to the sinister nature of this rival faction, I plan to make its dictators the supervillains who represent the Seven Deadly Sins. Just thinking about what this faction will do to enforce their rule especially with the advanced technology they will use sends me chills down my spine. Also, this faction will serve as a polar opposite and foil to the main interstellar government. The reason for this is because the main government will represent freedom and democracy while the rival faction will represent fear and oppression. This interplanetary war will be a good old fashioned battle between good and evil. For philosophical reasons, I cannot wait to write it!
After spending days imagining and planning the groundwork of my sequel series, I have decided what the general plot of the series will be. The interstellar government it will take place in will be on the brink of war due to political and social tensions. Therefore, the main characters will be tasked with a mission to disrupt the war effort of the opposing faction. This will give the story somewhat of a political thrill and give the reader a deeper look into the inner workings of the interstellar government. This plot is derived from other story ideas I had that I decided to discard so it feels good to find a way to use them.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we are introduced to a new organization of dark side practitioners known as the Knights of Ren. From what I can tell, they have replaced the Sith as the dominant dark side practitioners in the Star Wars galaxy. So far, all we have seen of the Knights of Ren are Supreme Leader Snoke, Kylo Ren, and the shadowy individuals we saw in Rey’s vision. Other than that, we know extremely little about them and all we can do is speculate until we get answers in future films.
Based on what I can see, the Knights of Ren resemble the Sith, but they are drastically different. For example, Kylo Ren and the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision possessed a ragged appearance as though they are trying to decide what their organization’s attire should be. Also, even though Kylo Ren was powerful with Force techniques, it looked as though he only possessed basic dark side knowledge. With this in mind, the Knights of Ren may be trying to discover the inner workings of the dark side of the Force, but only have a partial knowledge. Kylo Ren’s lightsaber was poorly made and unstable while the shadowy figures in Rey’s vision did not seem to possess lightsabers. This could be that they may have limited knowledge of lightsaber combat and construction. In the novelization of The Force Awakens, Supreme Leader Snoke encouraged Kylo Ren to utilize both the light and dark side rather than just the dark side, which could have played a role in Kylo Ren’s psychological instability. Due to these factors, the Knights of Ren are not as refined or powerful as their Sith predecessors.
I believe the Sith started in a similar fashion in that they tried to discover their identities as dark side practitioners and eventually perfected themselves into the evil we know and fear. If the Knights of Ren refine their attempt to use the light and dark side at the same time, then they might be a force to be reckoned with. Due to this, I think that once the Knights of Ren have perfected themselves as dark side practitioners, then they would be at the same level as the Sith or worse. I look forward to finding out more about them as the sequel trilogy unfolds.