THE ACT OF WAR
An old friend showed up this morning. Yes, it was the Alien C.W. Showed up, best as I can guess, as Mark Twain. He was still up to his old tricks. Said he had been visiting other galaxies where the craziness wasn’t as severe. He acted as if nothing had happened, which was unsettling.
“What do you mean?”
“What is the Standard Unifying Consistency Kinetic for engaging in a war. Your government must have an SUCK factor for controlling costs and casualties. And the private sector must have a metric for projecting Pundit Underwriting costs. The PU factor must be severe in times of war.”
“And you want to know how long they last?” I asked.
“It’s a phenomenon unique to your planet,” he said. “Same as your penchant for knowingly being burnt by overexposure to sunlight.”
“They last as long as they last,” I said. “No longer. Once side just quits and then the other has to as well.”
“Sort of like your standard act of sex?”
I stopped to think, and he continued.
“If you don’t have a SDF, they, wars that is, could last 20, maybe 100 years,” he said. See, some of the other galaxies are wondering about your planet passing the Chiroptera Scat Stability test. Too low on the CSS might bring about serious action. The ship from Tulegria that dropped your Initiation Cells on Earth are beginning to fear they have made a mistake.
“The what kind of test?”
“It’s named after a joke about bat dropping and insanity. Tulegrians have this weird sense of humor.”
“You mean like bat sh--?” I stopped.
“Precisely. Now our research shows that not only might these irrational acts be indeterminate, there is also the profit motive. Is it really true that both sides in these CSS acts are financed from the same sources? If so, that will increase scrutiny and accelerate repercussions.”
“What sort of repercussions.”
“You are familiar with the concept of a virus, aren’t you?”