One United Clan? by Mintfeather

Mintfeather discusses the pros and cons of Tigerstar’s idea.

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*Spoiler Alert!* Today Mintfeather is discussing Tigerstar’s idea of one united Clan. *Spoiler Alert!*

Hi, Mintfeather here! So, in the first series, Tigerstar tries to unite the Clans into one, all-powerful Clan. He said that it would let the Clan cats focus on their natural enemies (Twolegs, foxes, badgers, etc.) instead of fighting each other. Tigerstar also said that each cat would have enough prey and everyone would be happy. Now, this basic idea seems pretty appealing to me. It does seem silly that the cats are fighting among themselves when there are bigger threats. I can definitely understand why Leopardstar would go along with it.

However, Tigerstar imagined himself as the leader, controlling everyone in the Clans. The idea might have been good under a different leader, but under Tigerstar it would not have been pleasant. That brings us to a prominent issue- leadership. Would there be just one leader and deputy, like in the current Clans? Or would there be multiple deputies and/or leaders? One leader would probably be under a lot of stress, but with multiple leaders, it would be hard to decide anything.

I also think that the Clans are kept separate because they have different traits and skills. For example, WindClan can’t imagine being under trees, ThunderClan can’t imagine swimming regularly, RiverClan can’t imagine eating rats, and ShadowClan can’t imagine being out in the open. These different personalities might not work well together, and a fight would most likely spark up regularly over opinions. Also, the apprentices would have to spend a lot more time on their training because if everyone is joining together then they will have to know a wide variety of skills.

I would imagine that no matter one leader or multiple, cats would end up naturally dividing into their own groups. They would probably say that it is more practical to have multiple camps set up throughout the Clan’s territory, and they would believe it themselves, but subconsciously they would go to where their Clan is from. And it’s not just because of tradition, but because that is where they are the most comfortable.

Now, these problems would most likely be present in only the first group of cats in this super-Clan, because they are the ones who used to live differently. The kits born here would grow up knowing all of the different skills. They would not be able to imagine fighting other cats, not when they have so much in common.

So maybe one Clan would be good. But there are also many problems, however, I think that the cats would get used to it and be happy after Tigerstar is no longer leader. That’s my article! Bye!

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  • This is an awesome article, Minty! 😀 I totally agreed at first with the fact that one Clan would be a perfect sollution for a lot of problems. But when I read your arguments, I was convinced that it was not the best idea. 🙂

  • Cool! I was thinking maybe the RiverClan cats would hunt, sleep and just hang out by the water, same for the other Clans hanging out around the other camps, and in Survivors there’s one pack with an Alpha, Beta, Omega, hunters and patrol dogs, but the dogs of Twitch’s old pack and Sweet’s pack keep fighting despite being united in the same pack now so if in the end of The Gathering Darkness the dogs work out all their problems and become one again I think the cats in Warriors could do the same!

  • You have a lot of good points in this article, but there’s one thing you missed- that it’s been tried before. Dawn of the Clans, anyone? Anyway, really nice job!

    • (I know this article is basically dead, but I have to say this)
      At first it worked pretty well. The biggest reason the Clans originally separated was because they were afraid that, if they were united under Clear Sky, he would take over and oppress everyone, as Tigerstar would have. I think a united Clan would work better with a few leaders in the role of organizer rather than a solid ‘leader’, per se, as with Tall Shadow or River Ripple. With the Clan basically running itself with organization and help by one or more leaders who are seen as equals to their Clanmates. I’m thinking a bit like the guardian cat society, adapted to be more suited for the wilderness.

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