Dihm, on 06 February 2012 - 07:48 AM, said:
Divorced from RP, do you REALLY think living in the Confederation would be an enjoyable experience for the average citizen? Certainly there is a tinge of "propaganda" due to character perspective in the novels like The Sword and the Dagger, but everything still hints to it being unpleasant. And there ARE sections of the lore from the POV of the Capellans, and they don't paint an overly glowing picture either.
Sun-Tzu was incredibly successful at playing the game of politics and increasing the worlds that the Confederation controlled, but I'm not sure all the new "citizens" would live "better" lives because of it.
Well, depends how you define better.
it is fact that Capellan Citizens under Sun-Tzu had a great deal more national pride and genuine loyalty than they did under previous Chancellors. This is because while he WAS fearsome and ruthless, he was generally consistent, unlike Romano and Mad Max.
he went out of his way to reward citizens, and ushered in the "Xin Sheng" era, to make Capellans proud of their heritage and nationality again.
So honestly, all bias aside, I would say that yes, MOST Capellans in the CC (Not St. Ives!) were indeed happier.
Now, whether things were genuinely better or not is a whole different issue, as is the argument about whether or not it even matters as long as people were happier.
So my view is in short:
Were things under Sun Tzu perfect, or ideal? Absolutely not
Were they a crapton better than the last generations got? Absolutely yes
Were people happier? In general, yes.