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Though the term ‘Kelvod’ had been in use for 200 Alphas years before the outbreak of the Orbital Wars it was not until the publication of the Kelvodian agitation theory that it became associated with terror and disruption. The theory is often misinterpreted as saying that if anything goes wrong then a Kelvodist is to blame. The full published theory included numerous examples of manipulation and control but can be summarised as ‘the advanced intelligence of dymetricists allows them to predict various possible futures and manipulate events to their advantage’. |
To achieve such an advanced knowledge of the future the dymetricist relies upon the study of probability and the conversion of real life events into a series of mathematical equations which produced the most probable result. They could then see what could be changed to create the result they desired. The creation of such equations can only really be calculated in certain circumstances, usually only when predicting a small effect concerning less than a dozen people or when calculating the shifts in the attitude of whole planetary systems or galactic civilisations. In small cases there are few enough variables to impinge upon the mathematics. In the larger cases there are enough variables for most to cancel each other out and reduce it again to a simple equation that can be manipulated.
The implications of this theory were far-reaching to the general public. Any event that in any way improved a dymetricist’s life could be seen as proving the theory. Anything from a dymetricist professor’s promotion to head of his department to the crushing of a civilisation to prevent it attacking a dymetricist-friendly culture further down the line, were seen as conclusive proof. The conclusion of the theory was that the existence of dymetricist-only groups such as the Kelvod could only lead to trouble as they would actively work to improve their existence to the detriment of non-dymetricists.
The most damning evidence the creators of the theory cite was the actions of Doctor Scipio Jackson. Jackson was a dymetricist and a member of the Kelvod group on Earth. He was also a sociopath and unstable killer. He would secretly uncover as many details as he could about his fellow Kelvodists and their lives. Then when he had decided what would be best for them he would systematically murder and destroy whomever and whatever would get in their way. These deaths were most often assumed to be accidents, as Jackson would arrange for them to die in large-scale catastrophes rather than individual deaths. Jackson saw nothing wrong in killing any non-dymetricists that got in his way. Thanks to his efforts there was a vast increase in the number of Kelvodists appearing in the higher ranks of society, although most at the time simply saw that as proof of their superior abilities. Only when Jackson snapped the cable on a lift cabin on the African Orbital Tower, causing the seventy-two people to plunge thirty-six miles to their deaths, was he finally caught. Ironically the one man who caught him was a fellow Kelvodian dymetricist, Inspector Tagliabu Jones, who had only attained his current rank when his predecessor was killed by Jackson. Most people ignored the fact that a Kelvodian caught him and focussed on the drama of a super-intelligent criminal mastermind.
The response to the theory was a fear that nobody could tell what was a natural event, and what was the result of manipulation by the Kelvodists. The response by most non-dymetricists was to assume that anything that went wrong for them was the result of Kelvodists. This fear was pandered to by non-dymetricist politicians who saw this as an opportunity to remove those political opponents who were dymetricists (or even those whose intelligence was high enough to make the claim stick). These purges seemed to happen galaxy-wide and became known popularly as the Kelvodian exile. Simultaneously there was a move by the same governments that were persecuting dymetricists to court them as servants of their military and espionage arms. This led to the labelling of societies with many dymetricists as the Axis of Kelvod. These societies became much sought after by other cultures that had lost many of their own dymetricists.
The fact remains though that there is an awfully big assumption involved in Kelvodian agitation theory. It assumes that the dymetricists can isolate every element that could influence the future which some people claim is impossible. Attempts to recreate the Kelvodian agitation effect with artificial intelligences like [Whittle Machines]? have all failed. Those who argue against Kelvodian agitation theory say that many of the theory’s examples are simply accidents from which the Kelvodists emerged on top. To claim that they created the series of events is to assume the effect proves the cause.
Although the theory was attributed to Professor Lansing Vestment it is widely acknowledged that it is unlikely the work was solely his. Too many key phrases have been shown by experts to fail to match Vestment’s style of writing in previous works and within the theory paper itself. In addition the professor had no previous papers of a quality to match this and has produced no work to match it since. Who helped him with the theory has become a hotly debated topic. Many blame the East Rim Consortium, citing the assassination of Belasyse Finch by [Mikhail Un]? as revenge, but Un was later proved to be no Kelvodist and there is little other supporting evidence to pin it on them. Others blame the [Kingdom of Atholl]? as Galaxy Magazine often incited anti-Kelvodist hysteria but most of that was merely seen as pandering to their reader’s prejudices to increase sales and not really outright malicious intent. Indeed the only ones who really benefited was the Kelvod group, who took in many of the non-Kelvodist dymetricists forced out of their old lives by the Kelvodian Exile. The group swelled in size becoming a major player in galactic politics.
Of course the only way they could have known that the publication of the theory would have such an effect is if the theory was true.