Date: 13 Sep 2011 05:16 Title: The Oralian Way
I read this story again and it's still as strong as when I read it the first time. Three different points of view and you present them all in a neutral manner; you don't validate who is right who is wrong, you let the characters speak without narration directing readers into any direction. That lets the readers to form an opinion themselves.
While I usually am not fond of Star Trek stories that are reflection of our Earth current reality, this one is not too obvious and it doesn't scream at me with it's political messages. Or maybe it's the Cardassian factor, which could be a soft spot ;)
I voted for this story in TrekBBS Challenge poll and I would vote for it again. Good job!
Author's Response: Wow, thanks for the second review. Thrax says it best when he says that all political factions have the right to peaceably assemble. Voltaire said something to the effect of "I may not agree with what you say, but I will strongly defend your right to say it." Those good words to live by in a world "Keep your opinions that I don't agree with to yourself." George Washington warned of the dangers of political parties in his farewell address-- and rightly so-- but a two or three-party system is preferable to the repressive practices on Cardassia up until the end of the Dominion War.