Daeyt Ainedii del Kin (5 July 19917 - 11 October 21053) was a Tkowe communist revolutionary, speaker, and writer. From 19939 to 19998 he served various political roles on Southwest, a human colony in the Large Magellanic Cloud located near Tkowes. Inspired by the writings of human philosophers, namely Karl Marx, during this time he heavily criticized the policies and leaders of the Confederacy of Humanity. Much of his early life was devoted to empowering the Southwest Communist Party in preparation for revolution, which finally occurred during the Confederate civil war, when anti-Confederate sympathies enabled him, along with fellow human revolutionaries, to successfully rally multiple worlds to form the Interstellar Commune.
del Kin was born on Tkowes to a low-income farming family. Both his parents, Ainedii and Ki del Kin, were deeply religious, though he and his sister, Keiyt, remained skeptical of their faiths. Nevertheless, at age six he began training alongside his sister to become priests. This plan quickly fell apart, since Daeyt often refused to follow the instruction of his church and parents. He was pulled from his education to work full time on his family's farm, but here too he often rebelled. Uninspired by farmwork, when possible he pursued his interest in government and politics.
At age eight Daeyt's family was forced to evacuate their home due to a growing civil conflict. Since neighboring nations refused to accept refugees, they escaped to human space. They relocated to Southwest, one of the nearest Confederate-controlled colonies. This was a difficult transition, since they possessed minimal understanding of human language. Despite this, the family managed to find a new home in a northern region of the planet where many other Tkowes relocated. Eventually they found work in an local arcology, but Daeyt soon resumed his education. It was around this time he developed a fascination with humans, especially their history, philosophy, and technology, which would inspire later aspirations.
University and early political career
Despite continued hardships living as an alien citizen in human space, in 19936 Daeyt was able to enter the Northern University of Southwest, a prestigious university specializing in law and philosophy, and was one of the only educational institutions on the planet allowing enrollment of nonhuman students. This was also the first time he was not at least partially involved in his family's farmwork. This allowed him to flourish during his studies. By his second year of university Daeyt had gained a reputation on campus of being highly rebellious, often openly speaking against authorities. Among his peers, however, he was considered charismatic and intelligent.
In 19940 Daeyt graduated with an impressive degree in law and became a member of the Southwest Communist Party, the most influential communist independence movement on Southwest and neighboring colonies. Almost immediately he began publishing short essays in the Party's journal under an anonymous pen name, though he revealed his identity after his works received praise. In 19942 he made his first public speech at a protest near his family's arcology. Though the event was small compared to others in Southwest's history, del Kin's warm sympathy for lowly workers struggling under the Confederacy's demands paired with his rallying calls to revolution spread his words across the planet, resulting in many new members joining the Party. This early success would catch the attention of communist leaders everywhere, and in following years he would become a beloved icon of the movement.
Pre-revolution years and senate appointment
The next several decades were surprisingly quiet for Daeyt. As the Southwest Communist Party slowly gained influence over planetary politics, mainly by electing members into positions such as mayors, Daeyt retained an independent attitude. Now travelling the planet and neighboring colonies, he provided law services wherever he could offer any. He also gave speeches, organized small rallies, and published pro-communist essays, though he neglected to call himself a revolutionary or even a politician. Later in life he would explain that this mellowing was caused by a few factors, namely the failing health of his parents as they refused to use available life extension technologies. Furthermore, his sister grew increasingly at odds with him due to clashing political beliefs. As he explained in one of his novels, The Red Spacer,
"During these years I had all the fame and power I could ask for. I was educated and appreciated by the humans. To think, I had started my life as a farmer, and now I was living among the stars. Maybe it's a thing my species does, but no matter how far I travel its family that always brings me back. Travelling the galaxy isn't worth it if there aren't those familiar smiling faces to return to... So when my mother and father are dying at age seventy when we're in the heart of an ancient intergalactic empire, I'm angry. When my real home is killing itself when, just above its head, a utopia is thriving, I'm angry. When life finally gets easy and I'm finally happy and then my best friend turns against me, I'm angry. Maybe it's a thing my species does, but I can't function when I'm angry."