They flew high above savanna grassland. The sky was the deep cornflower blue of a sunny late afternoon on Earth... exactly the color of a sunny late afternoon on Earth. Only there was no sun. Whatever was lighting this planet, it wasn't a star.
A politician is not allowed to get too emotional in public, so what he does is drop subtle hints that, over time, cause the public to get emotional. Once the same emotions are generated by enough people, the politician can use it to steer the public in his desired direction. Fear is an emotion that is often used this way. A smart politician knows that if he can create fear in enough people, those people will give up what they truly want in order to give the politician what he says they need.
The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.