A Brief Historical Excursus on the Evolution of Dunatopian Society and Its Institutions. Structural Organization and Innovative Dash
Here we survey and discuss the institutional history of the new planet, which unveils an organizational evolution opposite to and much more judicious than the variegated institutional orders that have been built at different times on our Earth. As it happens, the geography of the new planet favored a rapid and almost complete unification of the country, some few peripheral areas notwithstanding. The initial result was the arising of a bureaucratic and centralized empire, which was distinguished by high stationary efficiency, but unable to develop further. The situation thus attained saw a well-equilibrated but stationary social order constantly threatened by various small but aggressive and dynamic neighboring communities. This threat convinced the ruling class of the empire that it was necessary to subjugate these communities; but this proved impossible. Moreover, the long period of warfare that resulted made evident to this class the fragility of the almost stationary imperial order. Greatly concerned, the emperor established a committee of social science students to investigate the possibility of embodying within the imperial order such institutions and ethical features that were deemed responsible for the surprising dynamism of the neighboring peoples. A great reformation was promoted to incorporate, internalize, and embody the resulting design. It was clearly understood that this reform required development of the following factors: a new role for the initiative of the individual, this being a main source of versatility, diversification and gratification; the decentralization of decisional centers; the ferment of dissent and pluralism; tolerance as opposed to the forced consent, homologation and indoctrination practiced by the hitherto bureaucratic and centralized empire. In a parallel line of its report, the committee urged the importance and possibility of conciliating the structural order, in which the empire excelled, with the innovation, behavioral versatility and motivation of neighboring communities. The above circumstances made it evident to all concerned that the idea of warranting equilibrated relations among sectors is a senseless proposition as it would imply the building of tedious and stationary societies. Some hegemonic sectors must always exist as an effect of the development process in the presence of human knowledge that is limited by definition. Humanity must discover a design that integrates and foster the development of both the calmness of reason and the madness of creative processes. The evolutionary path of non-omniscient people is characterized by innovative dash followed by structural organization.