Dec 16, 2018 12:20 PM
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Oops, she'd forgotten about that bit.

"Someone will commit a serious crime eventually. If thousands and thousands of people are involved it's all but guaranteed to happen sooner or later, even if people are individually, on average, quite law-abiding."

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"And I'll make that argument to the imperial government when I have to, I'll point to the crime rate among natives, but if they buy that then I still have to make sure the people I let in aren't any more criminal than the ones who live in Har already."

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"Hmm... I am a little concerned you will end up denying people I want to include, mostly. Will you want to limit how many people immigrate, or just make sure they understand that the law is the law, or...?"

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"If everyone ends up wanting to come I might want to limit it to a certain number, but they probably won't. Who do you imagine you'll want to bring in that I won't?"

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"People with violent or criminal pasts who have reformed and won't have to do that sort of thing anymore? I'm not entirely sure."

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"I wouldn't turn people away just for that. Just if they seem like they'll do it again."

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"...Hmm. Fair enough. Would it be alright if I sold you a lengthy lease on the house and land, instead? If not-"

Her named price is less than what it cost her to have a nicer house than most of her neighbors built, but not by that much.

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"I can afford that. I hope you don't mind but I'd rather wait to pay until after we've talked about it where someone can scry the deal."

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"Of course. I'm a bit peckish - I'll go get a signboard and something to eat. Do you two want something? I'll buy."

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"Oh, always. See if Bar can get you something Hylian-style, they have good food there, I bet you'd like it."

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"...I'm full from earlier but thanks anyway."

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She goes and gets food.

"Hylian-style looks tasty! Thank you for the recommendation. Here's your plate, Valanda."

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"Thanks! So will most of the people from your world be against slavery, or just the ones from England?"

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"Not everyone, I think. But most of them, probably."

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"Good. If this goes well maybe abolitionists will be a voting majority in Ira Sani, then maybe I won't have to run for a second term."

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"That would be an exciting development, to be sure! I imagine an abolitionist governor would irk the imperial government a lot with incessant attempts to figure out some way to get rid of slaves - though honestly, what you've done is a step in the right direction. Laws about fairly treating slaves, or somehow distinguishing minor slaves, will be called for I think - but that's for later."

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"Yeah. If it weren't so dangerous to let someone loose who doesn't know what they're doing, we could require parents to free their kids when they're grown, but that'd get everyone killed pretty quick." Sigh. "You know, if you want it to be your problem I'll endorse you."

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"It's intimidating. But I think I could handle it. And someone has to handle it."

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"I'm not intimidated! I just hate every minute of it. So we'll try to get as many of them through as we safely can - I hope Liane wants to come."

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"Perhaps she actually will, if the situation on Earth improves enough!"

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"I can't imagine she'd have any reason to stay if we offer everyone a ride to Milliways. Even if they don't all take it. ...Hey, is time still paused in your world? You said time passed while you were in Har, so is having you in here enough to stop it now?"

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"Well, I intend to go back. Intending to go back is what pauses time according to one of Bar's rules of thumb. Nimo, if I open the door for an instant, can you tell if time passed without us there?"

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"Not literally instantly but if I can have a second or two, yeah."

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So she produces a ring and tosses it gently and goes over and opens the door for a moment and then shuts it again and comes back over.

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"Yup, time's stopped there."

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