The Frozen Chosen: an Oriental variant
Aleph Shin Ri: aka “The Frozen Chosen”
This name comes from Hebrew and Chinese: Aleph (first letter of Hebrew Alphabet), Shin=truth or reality, Ri= reason, justice or truth.
Theology of is based on the concept of ‘blood karma’. According to the Church, every individual’s life is heavily influenced by the state of their karma.
The church defines bad Karma as resulting from harm done to others, good Karma results from SERVICE to others. Naturally, the greatest service that a church member can perform is to convert others to the religion.
Note that The Frozen Chosen believe in Karma – but not reincarnation. Karma is inherited from ancestors and bestowed to descendants – so if you have a bad life, it’s partially due to bad choices made by your ancestors. On the plus side, if YOU live a virtuous life and acccept the results of this Karmic balance, then the Bad Karma is reduced and your descendants should have a better life. In theory, the worse your existence, the faster the Karmic debt is reduced.
Note: The mainstream Frozen Chosen church has ‘accepted’ that all living humans have inherited a huge karmic debt from WW3 – and a radical sect (The Inquisitors) has decided that this debt can be reduced by the selective increase in suffering of individuals. However, most of the church and especially the branches within the New Confederacy do not promote this belief.
The Frozen Chosen are on good terms with the New Confederacy – largely because the New Confederacy doesn’t have any problems with the Frozen Chosen theology (it dovetails with the idea of inherited debt). The Church has operated within the NC for almost 70 years (they still have their “world HQ” in Northern California). The church runs several schools, colleges and hospitals and has become almost the default religion for citizens who used to be DP’s.
The Frozen Chosen have reasonable relationships with the Evangelical Christian churches, who respect their charity activities and ideals of service to others (although there is ‘agreement to differ’ over theology and the concept of a current karmic balance of humanity).
This stability could continue but there are 2 problems:
1.Some of the NC Frozen Chosen have begun to think that they could provide a huge karmic service by allowing Displaced Persons to be released from their debt bondage
2. The Church leaders in California have concluded that the Deepees (led by Frozen Chosen church members) would have an excellent chance to take over the New Confederacy – and if that happened, would be REALLY grateful to the Aleph Shin Ri.
It could be a win/win situation for the church’s leaders. They’re hypocritical power-seekers – but now they have a chance to follow their avowed philosophy, free people from slavery AND boost the church’s power.
BUT discretion is important. The New Confederacy could suppress the church – so assistance to the Deepees will have to be secret (at least for the moment). There are safe houses, an “underground railway”, and a small supply of weaponry. Some of the more enthusiastic citizens are even planning to sabotage some of the NC infrastructure (rail, telecommunications etc).