- My land was locked in a cold war with the USSR, now gone.
- Its armies, and my father, were engaged in a hot war in Vietnam, a land that endures to this day
- The Ceasar, the Senate, and all the Wise, save a few, were engaged in the syssyphean task of of robbing the land of its wealth on the promise to make all wealthy.
- The mores of the people collapsed.
- Art was ugly.
- Japan grew, in a passion of economic ambition, and a great fruitfulness of births, so great was their hope. But to the Empire, there were seen somewhat as one would see a beloved dog.
- China heaved under the agony of the Cultural Revolution. Everything was poore, nasty, brutish, and uglie, as Hobbes would say. To the eyes of Ceasar they were also as dogs, albeit rabid. Not of great import so long as chains and cages remained in effect.
- And the Church was sorely put to test, with wholesale abandonment of tradition, discipline, doctrine, and orthopraxy, while always clothed in a shoddy burlap carapace of authority, all the while mocking the apostolic authorities, both living and dead. It became as a vacillating army, were even as the general issued clear orders, many of the ranks laid down their standards, switched sides, and marched against that which they "loved", and all that was beautiful was nearly destroyed.