Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

(or Pinky and the Brain??)

A presentation for grade 10 graduation

Hello Everyone, I am here to discuss the last step of your journey: conquering the world. However, before we dive into that, I believe some introductions are in order. I am the man who is most commonly known as “The Mule”, but my position is “First Officer” so please refer to me as that. I have, in my time, had the accomplishment of nearly conquering the entire galaxy and that is what I am here to talk to you about. By this point, if you succeeded in the prior steps, you have accumulated quite a bit of power. Your goal for this next step is to use that power to achieve total domination.

But don’t be too hasty; unless you have military strength that puts the rest of the world combined to shame, or mind control powers similar to my own, you will probably just end up dead if you attempt to win with brute force. From this point on, advance slowly, capturing small territories as peacefully as possible. Avoid bringing attention to the threat you pose as this will get you eliminated. After capturing territory, be certain to purge it of any threats and convert all of its inhabitants to your cause. At a certain point, no matter how careful you are, your advances will be noticed. Go on the offensive. Capture large targets and let the small ones fall in later. Be fast as if you can strike before your enemy can mobilise, you will be able to take down strong targets with little resistance. If you play your cards right, you will successfully dominate the world and its inhabitants will fall under your control. Do as you wish with them. It is hardly their decision to make.

I believe this marks the end of our presentation so I wish the best of luck to all of you. I have to be getting back to my empire so Good day.