During the first wave of Apsu into the galaxy, a fleet of a dozen ships settled in the Ahlamah system where a people known as the Sagol had once lived; a century previous their home planet, Sagola was in the early stages of an ice age. Many of their people had moved to another world in the Ahlamah system, a planet the Sagol called Condura. Renowned for the plentiful purple nebulae that fill the space throughout the system, Ahlamah was once a system rich in space travel and activity. The Sagol were exploring their system for centuries, establishing colonies, building temples and new cities, all this came to an end when a plague, born on Condura, began to spread among the Sagol. Within a few years their numbers, once in the billions had dwindled to a few thousand. They could not live on Condura, and their home world was mostly frozen over. The Sagol would in time disappear into the Bythos, only occasionally being seen here and there. When the Apsu arrived there were only a few Sagol scientists still remaining on Condura, they were in bio hazard suits desperately trying to find a cure to the virus that was wiping their species out. Originally no different from other Apsu in culture, tradition or disposition, the women would come to dominate on Condura, a totally matriarchal society. Females of other species occasionally come to live among them, but no outside men are allowed on Conduran soil, and the men of Condura are kept in deep seclusion. They are not allowed in public unescorted. When they do go out, they wear bright yellow uniforms that cover them from head to toe. The larger, stronger men are used as physical labor, not owned as slaves by individuals, but wards of the state, leased out to be used as needed. Some men are kept strictly for breeding and/ or objects of pleasure, when their usefulness expires, so do their lives. Conduree’ women are excessively vicious towards men of all species and rarely leave their home world to avoid unpleasant encounters with them. There are varying degrees to how some women treat the males in their households; i.e. if a woman has a son, she has the option of keeping him in the family. The women are not all lesbians and many do take husbands through a formal process where the men are paraded into a ball room situation and chosen by the women. Outside of their treatment of men, life on Condura is no different than any other Apsu world; they have varied religious sects, cultures and ways of life across the planet. They do engage in trade with other worlds, companies, and organizations; though they always insist that representatives of those other groups must be female.
The Conduran settlement was unique from the beginning, in that the leaders of the twelve ships that brought the wandering Apsu people to the Sagol system arrived with a plan on how to settle and build their new society. The ships had traveled in convoy for hundreds of years visiting planets across the galaxy seeking a home for their people. Like other Apsu groups that had at one time traveled with or received assistance from the Ancients, the future Condurans had been advised how to set up their societies the best geography and topography to seek, desirable weather patterns to look for and of course to beware of hostile native species. But having visited other worlds settled by Apsu and observed what were deemed undesirable societal patterns. Such as the rampant corruption and vice on Bacchus. The remedy to avoiding this eventuality was to lay out a specific structured plan for building their new society. Dubbed the Klula Plan for the woman who organized its creation; each job would be assigned, each group and individual would have a task and a duty to the society. On board ship, certain families had been assigned duties, such as engineering, maintenance, hydroponics and agriculture (these groups worked in tandem to maintain the extensive ship board gardens that fed the people.) Those duties and designations would carry over when a proper home was found. Certain jobs specific to life in space, that did not translate to terrain existence were specifically accounted for as well. Everything needed to build a new society was accounted for, what to do with the kids, how to build the fresh water and sewer systems, public transportation, and no detail was forgotten. A timetable was laid out as to how long each stage of development would take, how many people would be required to meet those goals and even how many people total would be necessary to create a balanced and successful society. And within days of deciding on Condura as their new home the plan was put in motion, everything they needed to know about the planet was provided by the Ancients in the Galactic Record, what plants were safe to eat, what animals would make good live stock and most importantly, which places would make the best locations for new cities.
The Klula plan was magnificent from inception, once sites for cities were identified the land was cleared and ships began to land, local resources were gathered and the race was on. The ships were broken down into their modular parts and temporary housing structures went up, within the first six months city blocks were laid and new permanent buildings were nearing completion. Fields were cleared and plowed for crops, live stock both native and those carried on the ships were gathered into huge high volume production facilities to feed people in cities being built across the planet. The only glitch was the arrival of more ships of Apsu seeking to settle among them; but they too were given duties and added into the effort. With military precision five new cities were built within two years, smaller towns sprang up across the planet as well, taking advantage of resources specific to those places. There were those that buckled under the pressure of the Plan, but they were merely cast aside; to build their own autonomous towns apart from the rest of the Condura. Back in the burgeoning cities the population was growing exponentially thanks in large part to command from Klula herself who only lived a few years after settlement on Condura; the men were expected to father as many children as possible to meet her desired population level. With certain older ladies like herself designated to take care of all the new babies and teach them what would be expected of them in the great Conduran society.
The handful of Sagol that had been on the planet when the Apsu arrived were long gone, but they left behind the temples and half built cities their people had tried to create. Most of these places were broken down for the materials, but a few remained, and became home to small Apsu colonies of people who fell out of favor with the Plan, though over time their descendants would fall in line with the planetary government. The largest resistance to the Plan came from devoted couples, who did not want to participate in the peopling of the planet, at least not in the way the Klula had expected them to. These smaller colonies would over time become a bastion of new ideas that would guide the future of the Conduran people. But for the first two hundred years the Plan guided them every step of the way, every obstacle seemed to be accounted for, every problem foreseen, growth and development moved on like river rolling down hill.
In the third century of the Apsu Conduran settlement, after the frenzy of building and expansion had drawn to a near crawl an uneasy tension began to grow amongst the people, the primary source being corruption in the ruling class in general and the government specifically. The sitting president of the planetary government, a woman named Tatiana Aventine had her administration shaken with rumors of her husband’s infidelity and possible homosexuality; the truth of these rumors was never confirmed. But their validity was irrelevant to the circumstances of the time. From the day of arrival, homosexuality among male Condurans was suppressed, initially it was just scorn but over time that scorn would grown to outright revulsion. The men were expected to father the future of the society, and homosexual men were hindering that part of Klula’s plan. They would over the years become the most reviled members of the society; there were of course female homosexuals as well, but as long as they were willing to carry children and do other jobs there was no complaint upon them, (most were quite willing to accept artificial insemination in furtherance of the Plan.)
The rumors about the Presidents husband were exacerbated by the fact that they had no children, an issue that nearly kept her from the presidency. Many ordinary Conduran women had long complained that the ladies of the ruling class were not doing their part, not having enough babies. But this was always dismissed, as these women were considered important for their organizational skills and general wisdom. But things were coming to a head on Condura, for years there had been simmering unrest from a variety of groups across the planet. Each had their own reasons for wanting to remove the ruling class from power, but the loudest of these groups, though certainly the smallest in number, were represented by university professor named Malory whose frequent video appearances on planetary Talk shows allowed her a platform to share her ideas on improving Conduran society. Her primary complaint was related a deep distrust of the tens of thousands of men she believed to be living in leisure while their daughters managed the daily operations of the planet. Many of the older Conduran men accepted a sort of retirement when the many cities and towns were completed. The Plan called for younger men to perform needed maintenance, besides that, fewer men were required for those duties. Many of these men had never married as they were busily father the future as the Plan had called them to do. With their declared duties completed, many men took to newly discovered leisure activities like hunting and fishing; but others fell into less productive distractions, driving and gambling. In time a new vice would spread among the older, then later the young men of Condura. An herb was discovered that, when smoked or drank in a tea would induce a dramatic state of euphoria that lasted for hours. There was no reference to the herb in the Galactic record on Condura or any other planet. But in a few isolated regions it grew in abundance. And once it was discovered it spread through the cites by word of mouth. The herb was jokingly called Klula early on, and the name stuck.
The spreading Klula herb and perceived laziness of the older men birthed resentment among the women in society whose leisure was far less abundant. But there was no command for the older men in the Plan so the President insisted the men were fine, and should be allowed to enjoy themselves after serving the Conduran people all their lives. Here is where the complaints of women like Professor Malory gained traction, not just with other women, but with the younger men who also resented the older generations’ new life style. Older women were still busy taking care of successive generations of babies still being born at an amazing rate; the older men still kept up that part of their jobs. In a compromise with complain tents for the first time since settling on Condura, the people would deviate from the Plan. A new agency would be created to manage the older men and their new habits; a woman named Lybov, an assistant to President Aventine, would lead other younger ladies in an effort to guide the men into more productive pursuits. Malory and her acolytes were initially pleased with this; Malory herself would in time take an advisory position with the Lybov.
Other problems would continue to dog the Conduran people, Klula herb was still in wide use with men and women; and anther older problem became increasingly more difficult to ignore. From the beginning with the command to men, to father as many children as possible, came an unwanted side effect. Men with the notion that any woman they desired should not refuse their advances, in the early years rape was either not reported, out right ignored, or quietly dealt with within a community, usually with the offending man being shipped to another city. Occasional crack downs, and increasingly harsher punishments would eventually put an end to this behavior and younger boys were taught from a very early age to respect all women. But these precautions were not always sufficient. And deviants would on occasion rise from the masses to create disturbances in the peace of Conduran society. While the Lybov was re-educating the older Conduran men, younger men were increasingly being refused what their fathers saw as their duty; father as many children as they could. Condura was slowly approaching the desired population level, and the need for more children was relaxed. Advertisements encouraging fatherhood and motherhood that had been a staple across Condura for centuries were disappearing, replaced by ads for products being shipped in by Conduran spacers, from across the galaxy. But the young men never needed encouragement before, and many resented not being able to enjoy the life of free love their fathers and uncles told them about. Again rapes became a spreading problem in Conduran cities, some would call the problem an epidemic, such as Cathice Mallory who confessed to having been raped herself as a young girl, leaving her infertile, and undesirable by most men. In a society where men counted their children as badges of achievement, a woman incapable of bearing a child held little desire. But times were changing. At the Lybov, where Mallory was quickly rising in prominence, men were being guided into what they considered less destructive activities.
New leisure activities, such as hunting and fishing began to be assigned to younger men, to cater to demands for rare delicacies. In a society where everyone had a place, no one would be allowed to just take up a new occupation without prior approval and President Aventine was allowing increasing accommodations within her government to reassign the mostly male citizens seeking new occupations. But it would seem that no matter what accommodations were being made, more demands would arise. Different interest groups from across the planet each with their own unique demands and ideas, mostly rising from the rural areas where the Plan was given less importance, were rising up to solve the problems in the cities. No Conduran president had ever been challenged by so many disparate groups, and the more demands they made, the more complaints came from the cities where men, young and old were said to be running amok, the weaker and weaker the Aventine government appeared. Until the day when it simply collapsed; legislators from the rural provinces were demanding more say in future of the government, which to this point was simply following the Plan. The urban legislators began to agitate for a new Plan to deal with the newer problems. Protests, initially breaking out on the campus of the Conduran colleges were spreading into the cities and town squares of the smaller towns Every previous Conduran president had simply managed the Plan, there was no guide, no suggestion as to what to do, and no one considered what would happen when they reached the end of the plan. Klula and her committee never documented what came after the plan, and when faced with the possibility of trying to come up with something new, a next step, Aventine simply walked away; resigning her office, gathering her family and leaving Condura all together.
Into the void stepped Cathice Mallory. For nearly a decade she had been appearing on Conduran discussion programs talking about this eventuality, what came next, what to do when the plan reached its end. The legislature called an immediate vote for a new President, and Mallory emerged as the new President; there had been numerous other candidates, but Mallory had the most name recognition and her supporters felt as though they knew what direction she would take the Conduran people. The other potential candidates, after much negotiation, had settled into a power sharing agreement with Mallory as President. There were other groups with larger support, but none had a majority, and Malory had a phalanx of mostly male students on the five campuses of the Conduran colleges leading the ideological charge; their numbers were small, but their voices were loud. She immediately declared that the Conduran people were about to take their next step into the future. A spirit of hopefulness spread across the planet as the people saw a limitless future before them; but what they didn’t see, what they couldn’t see, was the future that Cathice Malory had in mind for Condura.
The first few months of Mallory’s reign were no less chaotic then the previous months, an increasing number of Condurans, men and women were becoming addicted to Klula herb, accusations of rape were steeply increasing across the planet, and particularly on the university campuses. Groups of male students in bright yellow tunics, or Ts as they were called led protests to do more to protect their co-eds. The first of these groups numbered only ten members, but they nearly brought activity on their campus to a standstill; identified only as the 10Ts by campus police the men worse hoods and masks to conceal their faces as they dragged suspected rapist from their rooms and into the courtyards where female students yelled, screamed and threw things at them. When video of the first few incidents spread on the Record, other groups formed on other campuses, and even in the cities where much larger disturbances began to stew. The Klula herb and heavy drinking was often blamed for some men’s lascivious behavior and big crackdowns were made to limit the availability of both. Heavy taxes were levied on all intoxicating products, driving the prices sky high and creating a dangerous black market. Increasingly, men were said to be at the heart of the problems on Condura, and President Mallory announced an increasing role for the Lybov in helping to reign in the chaos.
Once just a small social service group, the Lybov had already grown to large numbers in all the major cities; and they were well prepared to meet their new duties. Becoming a semi-law enforcement group, they would identify men with problems and provide them with treatment for their addictions. In the case of men suspected of being sexual predators, or those believed to be deviants the Lybov was also designated to first line of defense to protect society. They were not arresting people, or charging them with crimes, their mandate was prevention; providing counseling and structure to troubled individuals in hopes of heading off future criminal behavior. In those instances where the Lybov determined that they could not help a subject, or someone in their care committed a crime, they would then be turned over to law enforcement authorities. Their mandate was broad, their methods peremptory, their rules were arbitrary and in short order the new Lybov began making a big push toward calming the unrest on Condura. However the lull in tension was short lived. In the first year of the new Lybov groups representing male interests on Condura began to complain of abuses, over aggressive methods, unwarranted involvement in domestic disputes, and extra legal abductions of men the groups believed had committed no crimes and given no reason for the Lybov to become interested in them.