two factions within Lilliputian society: Big-Endians break their eggs at the larger end ("the primitive way"), while the Emperor commanded all his subjects to break the smaller end. Resistance by traditionalists and their subsequent suppression by the government had resulted in civil unrest. The Big-Endian faction had the support of neighboring Blefuscu, a further source of friction between the traditional enemies. Thus Swift satirizes the suppression of Catholics that had racked England and subject nations from the reign of Henry VIII to Swift's own time.
This is from Gulliver? In my world, the warring paradigms of big-endian vs. small-endian refer to ways of ordering bytes of computer memory. Motorola processors, for example, are big-endian (most significant byte first); Intel processors are little-endian (least significant byte first). I had no idea that the original version of this religious conflict was about eggs, and that it occurred in Gulliver!
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