The Philosopher Between the Capitalist and the Communist
Chapter 11 : It Begins
News of the war spread like a plague of locusts descending on a fresh harvest, taking everything of value that could be carried, and leaving everything once known behind forever. Major cities around Athens, like Sparta and Istanbul, loaned their support to the Communist empire, and those around Babylon, like Thebes and Beirut, similarly offered voices of support for the Capitalist empire. Almost overnight, the entire world was split into two sides, and while the chieftains were sufficiently scared of each other to launch a direct attack at each other, Anarchia began as a proxy-fight -- a way for the two sides to violently confront each other without any possibility for loss of power with all of the opportunities for expanding it.
A fight that had been between two individuals in Anarchia and the governments in Babylon and Athens ended up being a fight between all Greeks and all Babylonians, between Turks and Italians and Europeans against Egyptians and Persians and Middle Easterners. What had begun as a simple conversation between a few thinkers on society turned into a world war. Even in distant parts, inhabited by people who would never see the capital of the either the Capitalists or the Communists, the news spread, villages divided, communities split, and everywhere, you could find the Capitalists fighting Communists and the Communists fighting Capitalists. Everywhere -- except in Anarchia.
The citizens of Anarchia become known more and more simply as the Anarchists. Differences continued to exist between the two opposing viewpoints on property, but a surge of creative energy burst through the people. You didn't smell the attitude and resentment of a defeated people in the common areas -- you smelled strength, endurance, and power. Immigrants continued to the city, bringing their tools and knowledge, swelling the population, despite all of the looming threats of war. Hammurabi remained determined to extinguish the menace to his authority; Solon stood resolute in his opposition to deviations from his political party.