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Aug 19, 2019 2:13 AM
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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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"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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Okay.

Droids are programmed loyal and bad at wanting things; they won't want to leave, or won't notice. They're babies; droids' memories are wiped every six months, usually. And restraining bolts exist, for owners who want extra control. Plus logistics. There are lots of droids. 

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"That's evil. The memory wipes are, at least, and I don't know what a restraining bolt is but I'd bet a pound of adamantium those're evil too. Is anybody working to get the laws changed? My world used to have similar kinds of evil but now it's illegal practically everywhere."

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If yes, they're too smart to let a Sith know about it.

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"The memory-wiping at least sounds like an engineering sort of problem; I could probably write a program that disguised itself in someone's source code and restored any damage to their memories. The trick would be distributing it when nobody in your world has a reason to trust me. Does your world have a unified Internet, with all those planets?"

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People would notice. Quickly.

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"Yeah, and if anybody other than droids noticed they'd probably find some horrible way to retaliate. I really ought to talk to a bunch of droids and find out what they most want, though it sounds like a lot of them might not know. DZ, do you know of anything technological that would help?"

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"I don't think so, Ma'am."

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"If I can find a way to stay in here long-term, I have until Deskyl's recovered to think of something. Let me go talk to Bar a bit."

She comes back a few minutes later and says "Bar will rent me a room and power if I clean this area regularly, and she can loan me books on your world's technology. So I don't think we should give up yet."

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Deskyl nods. Sure.

Door opens in a Sith compound, that's a problem too.

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"Yes, it is. Any chance you could get to a point where you could take and hold the whole compound, if you had enough time and weaponry?"

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