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Could you please tell me what a Hegemon is?
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OSC REPLIES: - March 12, 2001
The word, which is of Greek origin, is used slightly differently in
Ender's Game. The term "hegemony" in modern usage means the supremacy of
one nation over others -- dominance but not necessarily imperial control. So in
the Ender's Game future, when the nations wanted to create an authority more
binding than the United Nations while preserving national autonomy in matters
not concerned with building and deploying, staffing and paying for the
international fleet, they created the office of "hegemon" to exercise hegemony
over all the nations. His authority is balanced by the independent offices of
Polemarch and Strategos, commanding the fleet and the troops, respectively.
Since they are independently appointed, the hegemon does not control them; but
since the hegemon funds them, they still are accountable to him, and he to them, to