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Feedback by Janus, Red Equity of the Golden Clause, on a term paper exploring the emerging legal jurisdiction of the Quire System.

Please Note: The grade you’ve received here reflects your successful ability to follow the assignment’s instructions, cite relevant academic and practical work, and build an argument supported by precedent. For that, you should be commended.

But I am disappointed that you would take up this line of thought.

As you’ve written, politicians of certain persuasion point to moments of crisis, to freshly mapped worlds, to technological frontiers and say that the law does not apply in these places. That that those in power rule arbitrarily during these states of exception.

But if you take one lesson from me or from this seminar, let it be this: There is no such thing as a lawless place or a time outside of jurisdiction.

Deep below explicit legal precedent, unlisted in any codex, there lie unspoken rules by which society functions. They are fluid, yet bottled by the shape of culture. From the racist resolution of border-region land disputes to the public opinion pardoning of war criminals, a cultural paradigm of gestures and sensibilities guides action.

The so-called “state of exception” is an alibi. If tyranny rises and the people of Quire do not stand to stop it, that is not a sign of the oppressor’s strength, but a memorandum on the population’s capacity to love a despot.

Jurisprudence simply follows suit.

Fourteen Fifteen, you are a good student, and I hope you grow to understand our role in this system: We are as adjudicators on the verge.

Our role is not simply to interpret the law as written, it is to translate attitude into index. And, in instances where indices are incomplete, to passionately propel the world towards justice.

This week on Twilight Mirage: This Year of Ours: The Speaker

Oh I see the lines, there's two lines
You'll live a life anew
Tell me what you need from me?

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"The Final Eight Divines" · "The Beloved Dust" · "The Last Divine" · "The Planet of Quire" · "Birds of Prey" · "The Sunlight of Knowing" · "We Want You To Come Home" · "Second Street Drifting" · "We are the River, And it is the Sea" · "The Sound of Strings" · "Looking To Land" · "What We're Capable Of" · "The Promise of Presence" · "An Instinct Without A Word" · "The Value of Distance" · "A Life and A History" · "An Approximation of a Connection" · "Like Falling Leaves" · "The Sun Pales to Its Brightness" · "A Single Moment, Caught" · "Bits Left Behind" · "One's Own Right" · "godspeed, glory Pt. 1" · "godspeed, glory Pt. 2" · "godspeed, glory Pt. 3" · "The Miracle of the Mirage: The Dragon" · "The Miracle of the Mirage: The Heist" · "The Miracle of the Mirage: The Siege" · "This Year of Ours: The Scoundrel" · "This Year of Ours: The Pilot" · "This Year of Ours: The Muscle" · "This Year of Ours: The Mechanic" · "This Year of Ours: The Stitch" · "This Year of Ours: The Speaker" · "This Year of Ours: The Mystic" · "This Year of Ours: The Notion" · "Every Bad Idea" · "Along A Route" · "The Good Decision" · "Staying Neutral" · "Like What We Used To Do" · "No Value in a Closed Door" · "Look the Other Way" · "The Center of the Storm" · "The Pathways in the Woods" · "Downtime on Gift-3" · "Every Time We Leave, It Changes" · "Uncontrolled Fires" · "This Place Pushes Back" · "Bona Fide, Good Faith" · "A Very Old Mistake" · "Open As Possible" · "The Second Miracle" · "Our Flaws in a Vacuum, or the Promise We Made To Each Other" · "Downtime on Skein" · "The Vault of Anticipation Pt.1" · "The Vault of Anticipation Pt.2" · "The Siege of the Lineage Brighton Pt. 1" · "The Siege of the Lineage Brighton Pt. 2" · "The Siege of the Lineage Brighton Pt. 3" · "The Restitution of All Things Pt. 1" · "The Restitution of All Things Pt. 2" · "The Feast of Patina" · "Guaranteed Events, Or: An Accounting of the Time When We Built the Machine" · "Futura Free Pt. 1" · "Futura Free Pt. 2" · "Futura Free Pt. 3" · "Futura Free Pt. 4"