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The First Fleet Officers' Oath

I …………………………., citizen of the United Earth and Her Commonwealth, hereby pledge my Officer's allegiance to the People of Our Domain.
I solemnly swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United Earth with respect, honour and strength. Be it a time of peace or war, I will defend my Homeland and Her People, even at the cost of my own life. Following the example of all who marched under Our Banner, I obey the orders of my superiors with dignity.
Under no circumstances shall I cause harm to the interests of Our Domain, nor will I ever bargain with the enemy whom I have sworn to protect Our Domain from. In the eyes of the People of Our Domain, I take this oath for History to judge me and find me worthy of being an Officer of the United Earth First Fleet.
Cum Arma Pro Patria Terra.
Now imagine hundreds of young officers shouting this oath at Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad...


I recommand a throrough reading, ladies and gentlemen. What do you think of the hidden message(s) of this Oath?
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MultiFan-01 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Well, I see from the comments above mine that this is a slight paraphrase of a real oath but, strictly speaking, as part of the paraphrase shouldn't it be "homeworld" instead of "homeland"? :D

I, John H. Riddick, citizen of the United Earth and Her Commonwealth, hereby pledge my Officer's allegiance to the People of Our Domain.
I solemnly swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United Earth with respect, honour and strength. Be it a time of peace or war, I will defend my Homeworld and Her People, even at the cost of my own life. Following the example of all who marched under Our Banner, I obey the orders of my superiors with dignity.
Under no circumstances shall I cause harm to the interests of Our Domain, nor will I ever bargain with the enemy whom I have sworn to protect Our Domain from.* In the eyes of the People of Our Domain, I take this oath for History to judge me and find me worthy of being an Officer of the United Earth First Fleet.
Cum Arma Pro Patria Terra.

*I'm gonna fight those F#&%@rs, Until We Win!
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Make us proud, Soldier!

(As for the homeland part - Earth has many colonies off-world which are Human land but located off the Human Homeworld of Earth.)
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MultiFan-01 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Ok, home-soil? :D
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Das Vaterland :D
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Seleneboxer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
This is a dangerous oath indeed, one that could get the commonwealth destroyed in the end. Reading this part strictly is BAD: "...nor will I ever bargain with the enemy whom I have sworn to protect Our Domain from."

It preculdes flags of truce for collecting wounded, negotiated peace treaties or even conditional surrenders...by either side.

It might fit the culture--but watch out!
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Actually, that part comes from my homeland Hungary's real officers' oath.
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Seleneboxer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Real or not, it still sounds like, if taken to the letter, a dangerous way to word things.
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
I basically means, we won't stop until we can dictate the terms.
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MultiFan-01 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
In that case, it definately sounds like Earth. :D
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stendarker Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heheh, slightly creepy. "the enemy" not those who threaton, or anything of the sort. Yes, the hidden message is quite clear. O.O This tells quite the story :)
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
The "enemy" part is directly translated from the real-life Hungarian officers' oath.

But there are two hidden messages here. One is that the oath is to the People, not the laws/President/whatever. It means (strictly unofficially) that a FF officer can act against the law when law is used to abuse people.
The other is the "dignity" part. I wanted to express that the officer is not a mindeless drone but one who is able to understand the weight of orders and may choose NOT to pbey them if needed.
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stendarker Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh.. I thought it was the opposite of that. Oh well ^^; :D
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Sounds very Asimov-y.
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
It's based on the real-life Hungarian Officers' Oath.
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
o i c
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
?
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh I see. ;)
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GregStitz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I Elli Varamir, citizen of the United Earth and Her Commonwealth, hereby pledge my Officer's allegiance to the People of Our Domain.
I solemnly swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United Earth with respect, honour and strength. Be it a time of peace or war, I will defend my Homeland and Her People, even at the cost of my own life. Following the example of all who marched under Our Banner, I obey the orders of my superiors with dignity.
Under no circumstances shall I cause harm to the interests of Our Domain, nor will I ever bargain with the enemy whom I have sworn to protect Our Domain from. In the eyes of the People of Our Domain, I take this oath for History to judge me and find me worthy of being an Officer of the United Earth First Fleet.
Cum Arma Pro Patria Terra.
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Make us proud, Soldier!
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GregStitz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
YES SIR! *salutes*
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