@xeb Oh, I know.
It's always a wave and a counter-wave until either one gets past a wave-breaker to get a phase of semi-permanence.
We didn't get past that level the previous time,
but another of my philosophical core beliefs is that "everything ends, the only question is what comes after", so our task now is back to preparing for the next wave after this counter-wave and have levees ready to shore up the wave-breakers of freedom against the reaction.
I'm genuinely fine with it being after mt life, just... it was going so well.