Get Your Metaphor and Go

AT-AT walkers are those very tall, four-legged, camel-like fighting machines deployed by the Galactic Empire against the Rebel Alliance in The Empire Strikes Back.

 The All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, is a four-legged transport and combat vehicle used by the Imperial ground forces. Standing over 20 meters tall, these walkers are intimidating, and are used as much for psychological effect as they are for tactical effect.

An AT-AT has blast-impervious armor plating, and resembles a gigantic beast as it moves across the battlefield. An AT-AT’s head carries the main armaments, a pair of light blasters located on the walker’s “temples,” and heavier, twin laser cannons mounted on the walker’s “chin.”

The command crew pilots the AT-AT from the walker’s head, which is connected to the main body by a flexible neck. The crew consists of a commander, a gunner, and a pilot. Additional crews and troops can be carried in the walker’s main storage bay.

Remember what happened to the AT-AT walkers? One was destroyed when a Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder wrapped a tow cable around its legs; another one was taken down by Luke Skywalker, who ravaged its underbelly with his light saber.

The AT-ATs were tripped up by the spunky rebels in their small, highly maneuverable speeders.

Anybody seeing any parallels here? Those Snowspeeders, that independent/networked Rebel Alliance, against those AT-ATs, that Galactic Empire.  As Solomon Burke used to ask his audiences in his later days, “Are you with me?”

I mean MidLaw, BigLaw?  Are you sure you don’t see it?

All-terrain armored transports in service of empire, or a network of free,  independent speeders? Choose your metaphor and let’s go.

Here are links to earlier posts that, in a metaphorical sense, address the coming challenge of rebel alliances to galactic empires:

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