Originally posted by zeeblebot
was it a leftwing scenario or a rightwing scenario in Empire?
It was left wingers (specifically George Soros) trying to take over the country with silly, impractical sci fi weapons made in foreign countries of course. The conspiracy was able to make it look like the Japanese battlemechs and hoverscooters were made in the USA!
The traditional, old school Special Forces dudes had to fight back in the name of the Republic!
The equipment of the evil liberals in Empire illustrates the contempt Card (and his subculture) has for liberals. It's completely impractical, foreign and unfamiliar, while the conservative good guys have all the familiar, practical, American made stuff.
It's made very blatant - the bad guys are the "progressive revolution" who started in universities and are blue state allied, while the main character is a conservative who has contempt for universities and intellectuals but still feels morally and intellectually superior due to his (in his own opinion of course) critical mind and is allied to the red states.
The afterward makes it very clear that this is a SERIOUS book, not a silly one. Card really thinks this nonsense is going to happen!
EDIT - Thought it was going to happen. It's set in 2008 and was written in 2006!