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Aug 18, 2019 12:11 PM
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Margaret is exploring the tunnels under Whateley again, because everyone else is in the cafeteria and that's only so interesting when you can't eat or drink. There's some pretty interesting stuff down here! For instance, this room has a bar in it, and despite the entrance being underground the window has a view of exploding stars.

She admires the view for a bit, then wanders up to the bar.

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"Neat! Is it mostly one country per species like that, or are there mixed-species countries?"

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Planets.

    "The empires Deskyl mentioned cover thousands of planets each. Most places have some degree of mixing, though the Sith empire is run entirely by humans and the Hutt empire is run entirely by Hutts."

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"Wow, that's a lot of planets! I guess it make sense that there'd be some one-species or nearly one-species countries, since if the species are different they'd want different laws. 'Empire' sounds like you're both monarchies?"

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    "The Sith Empire is run by the Dark Council, which is made up of the twelve most powerful Sith. The Hutts have a council as well, but they mostly answer to their individual syndicates."

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"Most powerful Sith politically, or like, magically? How are they chosen? I'm vaguely imagining some sort of combat tournament like we have at school but that's probably not it."

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    "A combination of those, Ma'am. Sith generally advance via combat, but alliances and political maneuvering to weaken a rival are important too, especially for more powerful Sith."

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"What do they politically maneuver about, if they don't have elections?"

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    "I don't know much about it, Ma'am, I'm sorry."

Policy, Deskyl chimes in. Effectiveness, tradition, near vs. far goals, things like that. Sith are opinionated.

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"Huh. It doesn't sound like a great way to run a government to me, but I haven't lived there. Do the council do a good job, generally?"

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At their goals, yeah. Sith goals, though. Selfish.

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"Hmmm. In my country, everyone interested in being part of the government announces their interest, and then every adult says who they want in the government and the people who get the most votes end up in the government. It isn't perfect but it generally forces the government to at least try to do what will benefit the citizens."

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Sith'd kill everybody, you try that.

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"You don't seem like the killing-everybody type, are other Sith worse?"

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Yeah.

    "Deskyl is remarkably calm for a Sith, yes."

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"And it sounds like you have more legitimate grievances than a lot of people."

"So, what other things do droids commonly do, besides translation and taking care of people? I can imagine a lot of things metal bodies are really good for--firefighting and construction and anything that involves working in outer space--but you could probably do most jobs as well as a human."

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"Robots do all of those things, yes Ma'am. The five main categories are droids that are specialized for math and theoretical science, engineering and applied science, interaction with sapient species, fighting, and manual labor, with specific series specialized for specific needs within those categories."

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"Do droids ever switch jobs, or are the programmers in your world so good that every single droid ends up enjoying the first job they're programmed for and never wants to become a chef or an artist or whatever?"

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    "The latter, Ma'am."

Deskyl makes a face.

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Margaret notices the face and cocks her head. "Really? What if the wages for some job go down, you don't get people switching to something that pays better? That sounds like a recipe for economic mess, unless having thousands of planets smooths that sort of thing out."

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Doing that on purpose? Deskyl addresses DZ.

    "No, Ma'am?"

Deskyl turns back to Margaret with a sigh. Droids aren't recognized people, at home. Pretty bad, for them.

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"Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that. . . . Are you two sure you wouldn't rather just move to my world? I bet my school would help you get your feet under you. But I guess that wouldn't help all the other droids . . ."

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Doesn't, yeah. Probably nothing does. Would help us, though.

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"Hm. I can't help but feel like there's got to be something we can do with access to travel between two universes. What's stopping all the droids from going off to some new planet and founding their own country? Obviously something, that's just how I'm asking what the obstacles we'd need to overcome are."

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Are you sure you want to know?

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" . . . yeah, I want to know."

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