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The celebrated First Sovereign of Ligon II. A politician at a time of great unrest, Makkus campaigned for peace, and worked to end the tribal divisions afflicting his people. He eventually succeeded, through a combination of diplomacy and military action, in uniting the warring tribes into one nation. Accordingly, upon the resolution of hostilities, Makkus was hailed as Sovereign of Ligon. The first being to govern the entire planet, he would henceforth be known as the First Sovereign, though in life he was not so labelled. Makkus is noted primarily not for his governance, which was nonetheless wise, but for his ascension speech, a text now simply known as the Ascension of Makkus. In the speech, he eloquently but firmly opined that the people must swiftly resume the business of living, working to build on the new foundation of peace. If they didn’t, he feared the prevailing mood of the populace would shift to dissatisfaction, once again flaring into open conflict. His poetic diction was deeply inspiring, and successfully soothed the Ligonian tribes. The unified planetary government thus remained stable, and endures to the present day. The entire speech is taught to children in modern Ligonian schools. Among the more notable excerpts is the following:

“We must move on. Now. Before hearts cool and hands grow tired with waiting. We must move on, downstream, on the great river, which is Life. We have fought the battles and made our peace and all that’s left us is our time and how we fill it”.

As well as being celebrated on Ligon, the Ascension of Makkus is a noted text among a number of alien scholars. Many races and nations have found in its simple words great meaning and wisdom.

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