Articles of War
The following articles deal with the realistic side of tlhInghom. They were originally intended to be part of a newsletter called The Times of War. With the ever increasing presence of tlhInganmey on the internet, it was felt that a printed newsletter would no longer be an effective medium. Thus the remnants of this project have been retrieved from our archives and placed here for all to see. Eventually they will be joined by more current articles.
The topic at hand is leadership and why it works or more precisely does not work within a tlhIngan fandom framework. In fandom (of all types) we tend to organize ourselves into groups. These groups are most commonly called Fan Clubs but the specifics may vary. In order to have a group one must have a leader. The leader is the figurative head of the dragon without which no fire could be breathed. In most of the clubs I have observed there is at least one member who “knows” that he could be running the organization better than the current head. When such power struggles occur either the new leader wins or the new leader looses and leaves to form a splinter group.In most of the clubs I have observed there is at least one member who “knows” that he could be running the organization better than the current head. When such power struggles occur either the new leader wins or the new leader looses and leaves to form a splinter group. It is not unheard of to have splinter movements off of splinter movements. READ FULL TEXT
COSTUMES OR UNIFORMS?
As club members do we wear costumes or uniforms? When all of us joined a tlhIngan club, we knew that to some extent we would be making a tlhIngan character. We also knew that we would have to look the part, tlhIngan do of course wear clothes. Certainly the garments we wear as tlhIngan would be considered a costume by outsiders. et since they usually look at least a little bit like what our fellow club members wear they take on a uniform quality and it certainly sounds like they bear some higher significance than a simple costume. The answer to this question lies not in what we call our clothes but in how we see them. However I think the name such clothes go by is not quite as important as the esteem we hold them in. What is important is that we do not discredit our clubs or ourselves by wearing cheap costumes instead of proud uniforms. READ FULL TEXT
KLINGONS TAKE HEED, A DARK TIME IS APPROACHING!
Yes, we are entering into the second dark age of thlIngan fandom. The first was of course the time between the last time the classic series aired a Klingon episode to the time Star Trek III was released in theaters. During that dark time it was the fans who kept the flame of the warrior alive. We must all once again remember Nal Komerex Khesterex, That which does not grow withers and dies. It is now in our hands to make sure that klingon fandom does not wither and die. There are of course going to be books but there will not be any continuity and then what does make it through our critical eyes will be declared "non-cannon" whatever that is. Yet still it will ultimately be the fans who decide what makes a Klingon a Klingon. For the sake of the empire and all of who call ourselves Klingon we must stand together in solidarity for the duration of the second and hopefully last dark age. READ FULL TEXT