Jun 24, 2021 4:46 PM
An otherworldly inventor can't go unnoticed forever.
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"The Hari Empire has had no immigrants for more than four hundred thirty-two years. Why, given the existence of Milliways, has that not happened before?"

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"I would be entirely speculating if I answered that. Just so you know."

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"Did Earth have immigrants from other universes before you left?"

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"Quite possibly! They would not necessarily have made themselves obvious, as I have. And most of them who I suspected were too eager to set me on fire for me to want to ask."

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"Have you ever heard of one nation using Milliways to invade another?"

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"Nope." Wouldn't surprise him if it were doable, though. All sorts of crazy magic out there.

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"If I had a list of every Earth nation and chose one at random how likely is it that the one I chose would have been at war in the last hundred forty-four years?"

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"...Ninety-five-ish percent? Mostly there's nice stretches of peace in between, and those have gotten more common and longer in the last hundred years. And some of the recent ones are technically not 'war', strictly speaking."

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"What sets apart the five-ish percent of Earth nations that have not been to war recently?"

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"Being tiny and fortified, or remote and poor, and not worth the trouble to go invade or have the ability to do any invading. I think."

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"If Earth were made aware of our existence, which nations would want to invade us?"

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"...Gosh. That depends on a lotta factors. Really hard to guess. If it was easy to get here...? If I have to name names... Good old 'Merica might try something, mostly because of paranoia about you eventually invading them and outrage over slavery existing here. Russia, China, probably a lot of those unstable Middle Eastern states. Almost everyone would get pissed off if immigrants from their nations got executed or turned into slaves or something."

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"What would you do if it were your first priority to deter those nations from invading us?"

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"...I would share a lot of information about their militaries to you and help you build an imposing military of your own. Which is something I very much do not want to do, by the by."

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"Why and how much don't you want to?"

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"You'd have to credibly promise some pretty sweeping changes to a bunch of laws to get me to want to build the slave empire an army."

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"Which laws and why?"

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"You'd have to ban slavery. And not execute people nearly as much. And... You know what, I can make a full list later. Because Earth governments have this concept that seems to be really hard to explain to people called 'civil rights', where people in a state are legally protected from the state in various ways. And this other thing called 'morality' that maybe I should just write a book about it, Valanda sort of gets it now..."

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"What would a nation you approve of do to someone who killed three people and demonstrated the ability to circumvent a limited binding against violence in order to commit their last two murders?"

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"Triple murder? Yeah, that gets you imprisoned for life or executed, depending on the nation. Look, I'm not saying Earthly nations are perfect, far from it. And you guys even have elections occasionally which is pretty great... Slavery's the sticking point more than the executions, anyway, 'an American citizen was sold into slavery for vandalism' is possibly even worse than 'an American citizen was executed for vandalism'."

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"How much would it reduce our odds of being invaded if all criminals who would otherwise be enslaved were executed instead?"

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"I really can't predict that. Probably not that much!" God he's making them worse, this is so stressful. "Odds of invasion are astronomically low unless someone figures out reliable interworld transit, and if that does happen, there won't be an invasion the next day, they'll issue demands and negotiate on things and send diplomats and such."

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"What would you do if that happened?"

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"Really depends. Probably wait and see what happens. Maybe hide." Maybe bribe a few mages of all types to the U.S. Embassy.

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"Did you speak to Valanda in Milliways before you immigrated?"

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