by Max Barry

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Region: Soviet Democracy

As Kant proposes in his theory of "Radical Evil", the "propensity of human beings to be evil" is one : a "weakness of the mind". Two : an "impurity of motive", and three "depravity of the heart". "Depravity of the heart" refers to putting self-love before moral law. Stealing food because you are hungry. Killing each others for your own gains... Both are considered "depravity of the hear". However, this concept.... Was never orginially an illness or anything like that. It's simplu "free will". You can find it in the hearts of anyone, more or less. You have the freedom to make your own choices. Others should have no bearing on what you do. However, if, by any chance, you fall into some deeper evil and start wanting to escpae... No one will be able to save you if you have fallen too deep. We can only go so far. As long as you have will, you can get back up anytime.

Thoose were the words Leutnent Karl Drakon spoke to the civilian court of justice to which was brought the entire "death battalion" when asked for his expertise about wether or not, all the men and women of this para-military unit, captured, appeared to have committed several crimes against war prisonners and civilians in France.
The purges of civilians, ordered by political personnal of the French State, which destroyed the administrative structure of the state, cut off any possible elite able to take in charge the "relève" of personnal after the fall of said state, were so deep that they forced the occupation authorities in Norther France to put in charge their own personnal at the head of city councils and prefectures in order to fill gaps no one else could, due to the executions practiced actively.

Ltnt Karl Iceni, for his part, asked wether all of these people should be branded as war criminals and put on firing squads, or if there was anything else in the law, professionnal officers being a rarity in these regions, simply quoted Kant on Human responsability and, in such, stated perfectly the position of the occupation forces.
Through study and deep inquiries, it was the duty of the court to inspect each of these massacres, and the involvment of each and every soldier on this company to establish their own responsability.
Where they forced to do it, else put a bullet in their head ? Were their families threatened ? Did they willingly killed ? Or "just" obeyed orders without discussing them ? Did they refused to shout ? Or even threw away their weapons ?
These questions needed answer if they wanted justice to be made.