Yoric wrote:Note My real problem may simply be that I had envisioned the Cyberpapacy very differently.
Might be that? Because my group and I don't see it as any more or less "evil" compared to other cosms. (Well, everyone is a bit less evil than Orrorsh, of course.)
Consider this whitewashed-but-not-inaccurate take:
For the average person, especially those who already fit well into mainstream society, the quality of life is a wash at worst, an improvement at best. Sure there are longer hours, but the all-encompassing socialism also means no financial stress. No one needs to be homeless or severely disabled; literally anyone can raise themselves out of their current station via improving their Piety score.
Obviously, once you start looking at how marginalized and "unapproved" groups are treated, the evil comes right back to the forefront. There's nothing inherently good about theocratic fascism. But compared to most of the other cosms, the Cyberpapacy is a gilded cage with lovely throw pillows. No zombies infecting you, no dinosaurs eating you, no pseudo-Vikings slaughtering you, etc. All you have to do is at least pay lip service to the Church, follow the rules, and actively oppress minorities . . . and sadly, all of that isn't even asking much of the average person.
IMO, the one way that the Cyberpapacy is the "most evil" cosm is in how it's the most believable one, the one closest to the kind of evil we already have way too much of in our world. Maybe that's what's tripping your sensors.