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Aug 16, 2022 12:12 AM
an amentan lands in the bobbiverse
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Nuta eats, when her food arrives. She works on the language till she can't stand it. She takes a shower and goes to bed.

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A new day dawns, and, with it, a new appointment. 

There are six people present, in a fairly large meeting room, when she arrives; one wearing several hats perched on top of each other in a seemingly impossible stack, one wearing slightly too much petrichor-scented perfume, and so on. They have, to the nearest approximation, ALL of the questions, and are also willing to answer any questions that she has, probably.

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Nuta wants to know:

- if she can run a no-kill creche and take a bunch of the babies nobody wants
- whether there is a reasonable way for her to get meat, since she does not in fact know off the top of her head if Amentans can be healthy without it indefinitely, though this definitely isn't urgent on the scale of a week
- on her planet, if an alien landed and had some kind of opinion, that would get a lot of attention; does she have that kind of attention to command? Her opinion is STOP MURDERING BABIES.

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She can run a no-kill creche and take a bunch of the babies that nobody wants, and she can receive a steady supply of cow meat from this one person’s private stash; she’s free to tell people to STOP MURDERING BABIES on her own, but if she wants, like, government backing behind the fact that she’s an alien and people should pay attention to her, she’s going to need to wait a while before they’ll be comfortable going fully public on that. 

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...why is she going to need to wait a while on that?

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Well, first they need to be very very certain that she actually is an alien, which is going to take more than a day, and then they need to prep the public about it, which is probably going to take at least... a year, maybe? Seeded internet forum conversations turn into a speculative newspaper articles turn into opinion pieces turn into verified articles turn into verified facts, books get written with relevant fictional premises, books get written with relevant nonfictional premises, one person tells another person tells another person, everything gets gradually spread top-down, nobody turns on the news one day and wonders whether they’ve gone abruptly insane.

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........do people often have that problem on this planet?

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... yes? People go abruptly insane sometimes? Or, you know, something very surprising and weird will happen and they’ll conclude that they’ve gone insane, or that they’re being gaslit, or that they’ve been drugged, or that they’re in an off-the-rails simulation, or whatever, and that’s usually better than actually going insane but it’s still not very fun. 

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Nuta can imagine seeing news that there was an alien and figuring that it was a hoax or a mistake but not figuring that she was personally insane, especially not if other people agreed that that was what the news said, but okay. Does that mean it's illegal for her to tell people she's an alien?

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She’s absolutely free to tell other people that she’s an alien! Just, you know, not with official government backing, and if she shows them a bunch of hard-to-fake proof about it that might not be super fun for them. 

(The woman wearing half a dozen impossibly stacked hats seems to have been called in for her skill as a speculative xenoanthropologist, and not for her emotional resilience; her eyes are watering slightly. She puts on a pair of sunglasses; the sunglasses have several extremely tiny hats stacked on top of them, held in place by thin wire.)

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...okay.

How is it usually decided which babies go to which creche?

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Individual hospitals and rural midwives usually have agreements with individual creches, and funnel babies their way; very unusual babies sometimes end up going to specialized creches, or, uh, immediately murdered.

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...very unusual babies like what kinds?

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Babies with birth defects and birth unusual-physical-states-with-no-moral-valence, mostly? One person - wearing expertly tailored sweatpants, and a cozy looking sweater covered in technicolor buttons - recalls a recent controversy about someone with trisomy 21 running a creche, paying bounties for babies with trisomy 21, and then skirting around their infanticide quota.

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...uh-huh. But her creche can be no-kill and that's fine? - she will need to hire at least one local, she is planning to teach the babies her language and they will also need to know this one to be okay as grownups.

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She is an alien and she can run an experimental no-kill creche with hired help if she wants to.

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Will this involve complicated finance stuff - like, is she going to need a startup loan?

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The government is willing to give her a pretty generous stipend for being a talkative alien; if she wants to rent a conveniently located rural-house and buy a bunch of creche supplies and get a hospital to send her half a dozen kids she can just do that, and they can handle the paperwork. 

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That sounds good. Maybe give her a couple weeks to get solider on the language so she isn't terribly confused while buying supplies.

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