Jerry Pournelle’s novels of future history, one of which is West of Honor paints a very realistic picture of the human condition in a plausable interstellar setting. His depiction of the future world government, The CoDominium was originally meant to be the joining of the United States and the old Soviet Union (these stories were written in the ’70s and ’80s) but later reprints had to readjust to reflect the world’s political situation (i.e., Russia and China). In many ways The CoDominium resembles the NWO, the repression of science, excessive taxation, genocides and forced relocation of people, eugenics, etc. But at least there was the discovery of the Alderson Drive that enabled interstellar exploration and discovery of Earth-like planets. People had a chance to escape the onorous repression and they did the first opportunity they got. Primitive living on colony worlds that offered freedom was definitely better than living under the repressive NWO-like CoDominium.
This story centers on one individual, John Christian Falkenberg and his involvement in a planetary revolt. He is one of Pournelle’s early heroes and this story carries on the classic space opera motiff pioneered by E.E. “Doc” Smith.