Oct 20, 2018 9:20 PM
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She'll start with across the city as proof of concept. Only as many stations as she can find staffing for. Page assists her in the very best spaced repetition curriculum for the station monitors.

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Most of her hires are children and young adults who either don't have much else to do or are attracted to the shiny newness of the telegraph. Her initial round of recruitment will get her enough people to staff three locations.

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Then people can send information around in her made-up phonetic representation of the language! For novelty and any applications for the service they happen to think up - emergency services, business applications, whatever.

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A lot of the initial message traffic is just the kids sending mostly nonsensical messages to each other. Whether this is because of their inexperience with the cipher or in-group joking will no doubt become a subject of much future scholarship. The Bei Fongs, a major merchant clan, begin having their daily local reports delivered via telegram. Others in the city who are slightly more constrained in their resouces are more skeptical of the system's usefulness compared to simple couriers, as the time savings over single-city distances does not seem to warrant so much investment. There are additionally questions of privacy; a courier can deliver a sealed letter, but are there similar options with the telegraph?

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Well, you could always encrypt the message before you submitted it for delivery!

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Grumble grumble that sounds like a lot of work grumble.

The Bei Fongs are interested in getting telegraph stations in other cities. It is correct that the transit time will remain low over longer distances, yes? What do they need to do to enable this?

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They'd just need to invest in wire of the right sort and its installation! She has the figures here for each of the point to point pairs they have in mind.

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Excellent. They'll start with the line out to Li Ran while they work out extended logistics. They're also interested in getting some of their own people trained as telegraph operators.

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Sure thing. They can work out fees for that.

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