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Alpha Centauri In Latin


Apr 8, 2012
I finally finished a long project of translating every leader's opening quote into Latin! First is the English version, next is the Latin, then a literal translation of the Latin that shows how I changed it to fit the language and how silly the literal version looks.

University of Planet opening quote:

Academician Prokhor Zakharov said:
"The substructure of the universe regresses infinitely towards smaller and smaller components. Behind atoms we find electrons, and behind electrons quarks. Each layer unraveled reveals new secrets, but also new mysteries."

Magister Prokhor Zakharov said:
Unum minor semper alio universi. Invenimus sub atomis protones, et sub protonibus, quarkes. Inventum quidque revelusum et obvenit responsa, et obvenit interrogata.

Teacher Prokhor Zakharov said:
Of the universe there is always one thing smaller than the other. Behind atoms we find protons, and behind protons, quarks. Each unraveled discovery bumps [us] into both answers and questions.

Lord's Believers opening quote:

Sister Miriam Godwinson said:
The righteous need not cower before the drumbeat of human progress. Though the song of yesterday fades into the challenge of tomorrow, God still watches and judges us. Evil lurks in the datalinks as it lurked in the streets of yesteryear. But it was never the streets that were evil.

Soror Miriam Godwinson said:
Non neccese est nos pietatis desperare de processu homonis. Cum hodiernus superveniat hesternum, tamen Dominus custodit et iudicat. Malum latet in telas ut latuit in viae hesternae. Sed viae ipsae numquam malae.

Sister Miriam Godwinson said:
It is not neccesary for us of faith to despair at human progress. Though today comes over yesterday, the Lord still watches and judges [us]. Evil still hides in the datalinks as it did in yesteryday's streets. But the streets themselves were never evil.

Spartan Federation opening quote:

Col. Corazon Santiago said:
Superior training and superior weaponry have, when taken together, a geometric effect on overall military strength. Well-trained, well-equipped troops can stand up to many more times their lesser brethren than linear arithmetic would seem to indicate.

Tribunus Corazon Santiago said:
Superior exceritus et superior armatus, faciunt, si simul, multipliciter ad militarem vim universum. Bene exceritati, bene armati milites possunt superare multo plus quam detiriores quos habent multitudines.

Tribune Corazon Santiago said:
Superior training and superior equipment, make, if taken together, a manifold boon to overall military strength. Well trained, well equipped soldiers are able to overcome many more lesser [soldiers] who have greater numbers.

U.N. Peacekeeping Forces opening quote:

Commissioner Pravin Lal said:
As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last loose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.

Curator Pravin Lal said:
Ut Americani didicerunt tam acerbe in ultimo saeculo Terrae, libertas est sola cautio ob tyrannem. Quondam clausus populus cuius ducum effundunt tamen habenae florebit mox libertate et vitalitate, at libera civitas qua gradatim premit frena publici sermonis iam incepit incitatum lapsum in tyranidem. Cave qui deneget tibi copiam libris, enim in animo habet esse dominus tuus.

Manager Pravin Lal said:
As the Americans learned so bitterly in the final century of Earth, free speech is the only safegaurd against tyranny. The once-shut people whose leaders at last drop the reins will soon bloom with freedom and vitality, but the free nation which gradually tightens the reins of public discourse has already begun a rapid slide into despotism. Beware [he] who denies you acess to books, for he has in heart/mind to be your master.

Human Hive opening quote:

Chairman Sheng-ji Yang said:
Learn to overcome the crass demands of flesh and bone, for they warp the matrix through which we perceive the world. Extend your awareness outwards, beyond the self of body, to embrace the self of group and the self of humanity. The goals of the group and the greater race are transcendent, and to embrace them is to achieve enlightenment.

Praeses Sheng-ji Yang said:
Supera cruda desidera corporis sanguinisque, enim detorquent oculos nostrum. Exi tuum animum foras, ultra sensum corporis, ut accipias conscientiam populi et humanitatis. Consila universitatis populique sunt sublimes, etiam accipere se accipere est liquidum.

Superintendent Sheng-ji Yang said:
Overcome the coarse needs of body and blood, for the warp our eyes. Extend your spirit outwards, beyond the awareness of body, to accept the group conciousness of the mass and of humanity. The intentions of the mass and the whole are trancendent, and to accept them is to recieve clarity of mind.

Morgan Industries opening quote:

CEO Nwabudike Morgan said:
Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary, but competition for limited resources remains a constant. Need as well as greed have followed us to the stars, and the rewards of wealth still await those wise enough to recognize this deep thrumming of our common pulse.

Negotiator Nwabudike Morgan said:
Humanitas est fororum. Singula cum mutaverint, tamen certamen de opibus raris semper aderit. Nec necessitudo et avarita nos comitaverunt ad sideres, et beneficia divitarum manet tamen his qui sint sapientes satis ut viderint hoc desiderium omnibus ex animis.

Businessman Nwabudike Morgan said:
Humanity is of the marketplace. The details may have changed, but competition about rare resources will always exist. Not only necessity but also greed has accompanied us to the stars, and benefits of riches still remain for those who are wise enough to see this desire out of the bottoms of everyone's hearts.

Gaia's Stepdaughters opening quote:

Lady Deirdre Skye said:
In the great commons at Gaia's Landing we have a tall and particularly beautiful stand of white pine, planted at the time of the first colonies. It represents our promise to the people, and to Planet itself, never to repeat the tragedy of Earth.

Domina Deirdre Syke said:
In magno foro ad Egressum Terrae habemus arboretum praecipue superborum pinorum, satum principatu. Significat promissum nostrum populo et ipsi planetae, agere tragoediam terrae numquam.

Mistress Deirdre Syke said:
In the great public square at Gaia's Landing we have a grove of particularly proud pines, planted in the first place. It stands for our promise to the people and to the planet itself, never to act out the tragedy of earth.
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