of War on Planet Mars...
Salih Halûk UMAR
want peace! We want peace! We want peace!
of Martians gathered around the copper floored square
and screaming out their wish creating a metallic echo
that was bouncing of the granite walls. The iron hills
far away were doubling the echo a few more times. Martians
made up of different metallic bodies in structure were
moving and screaming. They were all the ministers coming
from different parts of Mars. They all wanted the same
thing: "Peace! Peace!"
the private floor of the palace, the Emperor, was seated
on a wide couch that was embroidered with platinum-gold
strings and silver leaves, he did not hear the scream
coming from the crowd outside and now, he was almost passed
out at the comfort of the pink gloomy shadow of the red
light curtain he put in front of the windows. He was touching
the rare found golden hair of his Martian girl friend
that was on her knees in front of the couch on the crystal
carpet. Her long, wavy hair reaching to her waist was
sparkling of love each time the metal hand went through
the platinum hair of hers. Young woman was really beautiful.
The metallic tissue on fer face was rare among the Martians
and it was pure as white as a-mother-of-a-pearl. Her arms
and legs were covered with this whiteness as well. The
purity under her eyes was made out of pure and largest
diamonds. The green lights in her looks were brightening
the colors of daylight.
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Emperor had small eyes and the purity was invisible but
his flame blue looks were coming out of these metal holes.
They were turning red while he ran his metal hands through
his girlfriend’s hair. Suddenly his flaming looks
along with sweet rare green looks of hers clashed on a
mysterious part of the room. There was a spark at that
point because of the clash and they both trembled. It
was going to take a while to observe this trembling but
they both noticed that there was a buzz at the door, a
permission to come inside. The Emperor hardly took his
looks away from hers and reached out with his right hand
and metallic fingers to the knob of the door. While the
door opened slowly, the red light curtain disappeared.
The room was under control of the yellow daylight as the
Prime Minister walked in and waited in front of The Emperor
remaining in a bowed down position. The Emperor yelled:
What do you want? Stand up and answer me! There was rage
in his metallic voice.
Prime Minister raised up slowly. He was taller than The
Emperor was. His body was covered with steel-chrome material
which was a sign for his royalty: ‘All mighty of
all Martian countries’ he started to speak; ‘Thousands
of people from all of your countries has come in front
of the palace and protesting.’ The Emperor:
How dare you bother me for such thing of less importance?
He yelled.’ Order the security minister to destroy
all of them!’
But your highness, they are so many that destroying them
will cause our power to collapse, they are so many. Also
your plan on invading planet Earth may fail.’
then! What do they want?
Emperor moved furiously with metallic sounds:
Peace! He yelled.
I unite all the nations for this reason? Aren’t
they living in peace for the last 500 years? What else
do they want?
All I know is they want peace. You are the Emperor of
all the Martian countries, only you can understand and
reply them. They decided that they want to make their
wishes onto your Royal Highness.
a short while of silence, The Emperor flashed his sparkling
thoughts around his head:
tell them! I will take my place in the balcony to talk
to them and tell them to stop screaming! He ordered. The
Prime Minister bowed down and left the room. The Emperor
ordered his servants to prepare him for the ceremony.
Two maiden servants came and took their as pale as a-mother-of-a-shell
colored future Empress to another room to prepare her.
The male servants covered with nickel plates over their
iron body came into the room. They were carrying a crown
and a cape embroidered with silver strings and covered
with platinum and golden foils. The crown was flashing
with 1001 different types of lights and it was made of
diamonds. They carefully placed the cape on the Emperor’s
shoulder and put the crown on his head. The Emperor left
the room spreading rays of lights. He made his way to
the balcony where he takes place during ceremonies. The
doors were opening by themselves as he walked and soldiers
in line at the corridor were saluting the Emperor by raising
their small radium bullet loaded rifles over their head.
last door opened. The Emperor and his mother-of-a-shell
covered girlfriend walked onto the marble covered floors
of the balcony surrounded with golden bars. The Emperor
walked towards the bars. The Prime Minister was ready
there in his shining silver clothes on his shoulders.
All the Martians became quiet when they saw The Emperor.
They got ready to listen to what he was going to say.
Martians! He shouted. You are asking for peace, I am full
of surprise and rage towards this demand of yours. Did
you forget the meaning of peace? Or is it something other
than peace you are asking for? 650 years ago when I came
to the throne of Upper North Martian Republic, the two
southern countries were at war. The Fareast Republic was
also at war. The King of Bronze Hills declared war to
me to take the control of the rich minds of uranium taking
advantage of my weaknesses. I have been working hard ever
since then. I worked, going to war and tearing apart the
heads of strikers for 650 years and managed to bring all
the countries together under my presence as The Emperor.
At least for the last 500 years there is only one country
under my command. There is only one ruler in Mars and
that’s me. At this point there aren’t any
two countries that will go to war on the face of the Mars.
We live without war for the last 500 years. Are you with
all this courage asking for peace? Aren’t you already
We are not!
These words yelled by all the Martians as one made The
Emperor more surprised and full of rage. A Martian with
his rusted iron body in red moved forward out of the crowed
bended. He saluted The Emperor and tried to raise his
Your highness of all the Martian Republics, if you allow
me I would like to explain our demand. He waited for a
Emperor pointed at the servants and the servants dressed
in lead approached and took of the crown from his head
and removed the cape from his shoulders. The Prime Minister
also removed his cape. This was a sign that The Emperor
wanted talk friendly with the Martians. The man did not
wait long for the permission to speak.
Holy master, you invaded all the Martian Republics and
made them into one as Martian Empire. All the presidents
bowed down to you and you became The Emperor but this
did not change anything. Now there is one Empire and one
Emperor but there are about 50 different nations.
How come?! Yelled The Emperor…Mars already had all
is what I am trying to explain" said the man. Another
man from the crowd asked for permission to speak:
Holy Emperor! He said. You have invaded all the Martian
countries and made them into an Empire of Martians, but
it is not possible to make all the nations into one nation.
There are so many different climates and so many different
geographies and so many different lives on the face of
the Mars. Moreover there are so many different conditions
of life, so many different favors, so many different reasons
and so many different nations. It is not possible to make
them into one nation before you make one condition of
life, one favor of nation and one reason. They will fight
for their own favor and needs…The Emperor getting
more and more surprised:
Has there been any war in the last 500 years? He asked.
Another man approached to the balcony to take permission:
Emperor! We thought you knew that my country Kobalt Plains
and the country called Iron Hills are at war over a boundary
disagreement. There are a couple more countries at war
between the Martian countries. It is understood that you
are not informed about them. That is why you think Martians
are at peace for the last 500 years. Infact during the
last 500 years there is not any peace and order on the
face of Mars. During the olden days every nation had their
own republic and rules, they had their own weapons to
protect themselves but they do not have them anymore.
There are gangs everywhere and gang war is sucking the
blood out of people.
Emperor was rageful. ‘My informants must be arrested
right away!’ ‘Prepare the Empire’s army
right now’ he yelled to the Prime Minister. ‘We
are going to crash the heads of those gangs and nations
that are at war’, ‘Our first target is the
Kobalt Plains’ The Emperor ordered.
don’t want war, we want peace! The voices raised
among the crowd. The Emperor and the Prime Minister looked
at each other amazed. The Emperor approached to the bars
Here I am preparing the army to bring back peace, what
else do you want?
We don’t want war, we want peace…peace!..Peace!
Yelled the crowd louder this time. The Emperor had it
at last. He ordered to Prime Minister to move this crowd
out of here that does not understand him and told him
to destroy those whoever resists to stay.
The Prime Minister was about to move unwillingly, until
he noticed the mother-of-a-shell colored future Emperist
going towards the bars of the balcony. She seemed very
quiet until then. She approached and bowed down in front
of The Emperor and like a singing bird she said:
Hasn’t our great Emperor given a quick decision
about this matter? She said. The Emperor helped her raise
herself. The anger in his sparkling eyes left and a calm
blue light took its place. He took her mother-of-a-shell
colored hands into his steel fingers:
My beloved, the most beautiful woman of Mars! Queen of
my future and heart! Come and listen and understand.
I understand.. I heard it all and I listened. Please allow
me to tell you that they are right! They want peace because
almost all of them do not live in welfare and peace because
of the clashes of all kinds. And your highness on the
other hand giving them more war where they ask for more
the Martians gathered around the square was quietly listening
to what this beautiful lady was saying. The Emperor turned
to her and said:
Is there another way to bring peace on mars other than
going to war with resistance of people? I am going to
war to bring them peace they are asking for. The Emperor
put his hands through her platinum hair but the young
woman was not taken away by his move she did not choose
to keep her thoughts to herself.
Every war leads to another. There is not any doubt that
along with the resistance innocent people are going to
die if The Emperor’s great army goes to war. There
will be a reason to a new hate and anger and this leading
to another war that will cause new problems not peace.
Under these circumstances can you tell them you are going
Emperor remained quiet. His looks of thoughts and not
knowing what to do got mixed up. He turned to The Prime
Minister and he asked with a different soft voice. What
do you think? The Prime Minister like statue of respect:
Our future Emperist is correct about what she says! He
said. The Emperor:
In that case! Can you think of another way to bring peace
to Martian countries?
We are only three people here she said calmly and the
future Emprist, beautiful woman began to speak. There
is not any doubt that our Emperor has thoughts and ideas
higher than all the Martians but it may not be enough
to solve all the problems. Not even three of us could
handle this. There are thousands of scientists and intellectual
people on Mars along with thousands of experienced politicians.
It is obvious that their thoughts are good enough so that
our Emperor could benefit from all of them.
Emperor looked at the Prime Minister with a questioned
face. The Prime minister:
Emperist is right. He repeated. The Emperor shouted at
the crowd that was gathered around:
Martians! He shouted…’Is anybody from the
crowd a man of science? Step forward if you are…!
was a hum among the crowd and they tried to choose someone
among themselves. After a while a man made of steel with
rusted body about 2000 years old came forward and walked
towards the balcony slowly. He kept his head, which is
full of science and thoughts, up and waited for permission
to speak without taking a bow to The Emperor. The Emperor:
Tell me! Said The Emperor with a soft voice; Do you have
any idea to bring peace to Mars? The old man hardly raised
his head up:
Your highness of all countries of Mars, you have honored
me. He started to speak. I have an experience of 2000
years and with all of it I will advise you this: First
thing is that you can give back people the freedom which
you took away from them by leaving them without a government
and control 500 years ago. The thing to do here is give
them back their independence. This way every nation will
have the chance to make their own geography and life style
the best way and The Martian Empire will come to ease
What about my Empire and my hegemony?
All of those will remain the way they are…
Like this, all of the Martian Republics will have their
own government and President and those will be connected
to only one ruler of Mars. There could still be one ruler
on Mars. Our holy Emperor will be the President of highest
Emperor’s voice was not soft anymore. ‘This
is impossible!’ he yelled. ‘This can’t
be!’ If all the Martian countries gets to have independency
what will be the use of Martian President! At that point
I will be left without an Empire and hegemony! No I cannot
let this happen.
mother-of-a-shell colored woman grabbed The Emperor’s
hand into hers and tried to calm him down:
Holy Emperor! What have you got to lose if you listen
to this experienced old man? I believe there will be a
definite need for a president of Mars. This president
will balance the business and culture issues among these
countries and this will bring friendship that will protect
their advantages and keep them from harming one another.
Please allow me to tell you that this rank will bring
you more honors than today.
I still do not understand how this could happen, said
The Emperor with a softened voice. Then the old man of
science gained more courage and began to speak again;
Holy Emperor there is a way to make this real: All the
independent nations will choose congress members among
them to establish a High Martian Parliament. Every nation
has their own constitution and a bigger Martian Constitution
that will protect all of them. Then under the control
of the president of Mars, a new Martian Ministers Congress
will be brought together. The High Martian Congress is
going to choose an emperor that will be the president
of Mars under the terms of The Martian Constitution. The
Emperor cut the word of the Old man and with a yelled:
chosen president? His looks were turning red again. How
do you know that The Martians are going to choose me as
If you give them all these rights and bring peace, there
is not any doubt that they will choose you. In fact there
is nobody else to take this place other than yourself.
Emperor’s looks got softer:
Let’s consider that they chose me. What about my
belongings? my crown ? and my throne? Do I keep them?
will share all your wealth for the sake and wealth of
the Martian society. You can’t realise how good
it will make you feel. The throne and the crown are nothing
but show off! The chair you will sit on will be as important
as your throne. The invisible crown on your head will
be full of honor and love.
Those are nice words you say with your experience and
knowledge but I have doubts that they are real. Overall
my habits and compassions are so strong that I do not
have the opportunity to make these things you say real.
Holy Emperor! The hardest part is to take the first step.
The second step will be much easier following other steps
which will bring comfort to Martians and provide them
with health and wealth, that will be your biggest compassion
taking place of other compassions and will make you very
You still sound unreal! I have such compassions that no
other compassion and happiness can beat it. This is the
compassion to invade planet Earth. I think all of Mars
will share the power of this compassion with me.
Holy Emperor, Planet Earth is a far away planet like all
others and it is a sphere unknown to us. Its surrounding
is covered with a thick layer of hundred kilometers of
an atmosphere mostly containing, the burning gas, oxygen.
Half of its surface is made up of hydrogen and oxygen
which creates water that covers more than half of its
surface…Our ships are visiting planet Earth from
time to time secretly keeping living beings away from
themselves. According to our latest knowledge we realise
that it does not have the conditions for us to live there
without special equipment. Also it is not possible to
find nuclear food sources we use to survive. And the beings
there do not look like us.
are not one species like us. There are beings bigger or
smaller than us in millions of numbers. The ones that
look like us have four legs and are present in many different
species and eat each other to survive, their minds are
very primitive. Also another species looking like us have
two legs and two arms, they have a strong mind, they are
able to make kinds of machinery and tools, that is why
they are the hegemony of the sphere. Their body is made
out of a soft material different from us which they call
biology. Their brains is made up of that as well, it is
made out of bio-electronic batteries of cells. They way
they reproduce is confusingly different from that of ours.
They bring together male and female bodies and produce
a biological egg inside the female. This egg grows inside
the female and comes out after a while. The newborn beings
grow up very fast and die very fast. For example the time
interval between the birth and death of a human being,
is less than the amount of time to develop one of our
nuclear eggs and shape up. I know that words like soft,
liquid and biological does not mean anything for you.
They are not the common kinds of things we see on our
planet. If you can visit our laboratory one-day, you can
see the species, which we brought over here and started
to work on, I am sure after that you will understand.
am telling you these entire thing on behalf on your honor.
The plan to invade planet Earth will not make any good
to you or to the Martians. Neither the living creatures
can come and live here, nor the Martians could live there.
The humanbeings cannot supply us with any work, any service
and we can not make any use of them. How could an invasion
like that be in favor of us? There were angry looks on
the face of the Emperor:
you for the given information. I will visit your laboratory
soon but you are way up your head. How could you make
comments about my compassion of a hegemony like that?
The Emperor yelled. Only I could know what the use of
that planet is. You and other scientists mind your own
business. It has been hundreds of years and you still
could not create a condition and a technology for us to
live on planet Earth. What good do you make for us? What?
The-mother-of-a-shell colored pure tanned woman and the
President were scared and trembling. Surprisingly the
oldman showed no sign of fear:
We are Martian scientists of science and reality. We are
not afraid to tell the truth. Our aim is to serve Mars
and Martians! He said and waited quietly. The Emperor
was quiet as well. A cloud of worry covered the crowd.
They did not know what to do? The Emperor was strong enough
to destroy the crowd anytime; they waited in terror very
of the sun was leaving and the sky was turning into the
purple dim of darkness. The copper and iron hills were
sparkling. After a while the sparkling disappeared. The
purple color diminished. The light coming out of Martian’s
eyes were giving the only light. There was a couple of
stars in the sky and suddenly behind the hills that were
almost invisible came out the largest and the brightest
of all stars. This was planet Earth reflecting the lights
of the sun, which just went down. The Emperor knew that
it looked small because it was very close and this was
the reason why it was so bright and large. There was an
attraction among him and the planet Earth. He wanted fly
and grab it and take it into his steel hands. The burning
desire to own the planet Earth and to have the power of
making his name heard in the universe. He looked at the
silent crowd waiting at the square. They were moving here
and there with the lights flashing out of their eyes and
getting ready to shout that they want peace. His compassion
and reasons were so big that this unimportant need of
theirs were so less in value. No. No.! He would never
give up his Empire and his desire to invade planet Earth.
turned around and looked at his girlfriend. There, there
was the only thing more important than all of his compassions.
This woman. Her love was the biggest compassion other
than all of his compassions. He did everything for her
and will do for her. He approached her and held her mother-of-a-shell
You see that bright planet there, I will give it to you
as a present and nothing can stop me from doing so. The
whole universe and you will be amazed by my power! He
said and waited for the results of his behavior. The beautiful
woman wrapped her arms around his waist:
am already amazed with your power and compassion. The
biggest present you can give would be is giving freedom
back to all the nations and bringing peace to them! She
replied. There was a surprise in The Emperor’s eyes
and he asked again:
The wife of the most powerful man in the stars, don’t
you want to be the Emperist of the space?
No! I want to be your wife; the wife of the President
of Mars that is chosen by the Martians.
arms of the Emperor fell aside. He could not realise that
such a simple answer would come from the woman he loved.
His biggest source of compassion was dried, and the fire
of love burning inside was turned into ashes. He looked
up at the sky; planet Earth was there, it still was the
brightest and the largest star, shining bright and making
its way to the top. He felt the compassion between himself
and the Planet again with all his being. The thought of
being the Emperor of Mars without compassion was very
simple for him. He turned to the moving crowd. The lights
in his eyes were yellow and his moves were slower. The
Martians were surprised to see him like that; he spoke
quietly and slowly:
Your men of science have determined themselves to bring
peace. They thought of very nice things like establishing
independent nations on the sphere of Mars and preparing
a new Martian Constitution to provide a long lasting peace
and living it. These maybe the way to lead you to peace.
One thing these scientist forgot is that the people, people
like me who reached to the rank of an Emperor will not
be satisfied with their place because they want to reach
as high as they can. I am a man of such compassions. Now
I see that and understand that my compassion and time
of invading all of space will cause you to remain far
away from peace for about a thousand years more. I do
not have the power to get rid of my compassion but I will
prove that every Martian like me will terminate himself
like me. They should destroy themselves rather than to
try to get rid of their compassions. Now I believe the
biggest enemy on the face of Mars is personal compassions.
And now I will terminate myself in front of your eyes.
Also along with me those who have personal compassions
should be terminated so that the Martian president you
choose will be able to bring peace on Mars.
reached to his belt and opened the box made out of lead.
He grabbed a handful of uranium pills and swallowed them.
No one could stop him from doing so because he did it
very fast. His Girlfriend: ‘ stop! Don’t do
this to yourself, have some pity on me’ she reached
out and held the Emperor. He reached at her hair and ran
his steal fingers among them for the last time:
Love kept me alive, compassions are those who killed me.’
He said then suddenly he pushed her away and ‘get
away’ he yelled with a last effort. ‘Get away
or you are going to melt out along with me!’ but
the mother-of-a-shell covered woman did not let him go
and she melted along with the melting body of The Emperor.
The Martian lovers were getting smaller and smaller, they
were the victims of their compassions, they were slowly
melting as if they were disappearing into the space.
Planet Earth was shining brighter and making its way higher
in the sky. All of the Martians who witnessed this unbelievable
event were surprised and slowly leaving the square shouting:
‘Long live the peace! Long live the peace.
from Turkish by Babur
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