[LMB] Miles' Other Passport

Tracy Ratcliff tratclif at mail.bright.net
Thu, 23 Jan 2003 16:06:54 -0500

At 01:51 PM 1/23/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>I was thinking back to WA and to the detail that "Admiral Naismith" 
>already had real ID because Miles' Betan passport gave his name as 
>Naismith. Possible explanations:
>(a) All Betans have the custom of using mom's last name, ergo any Betan 
>passport would be set up that way. Miles' is merely typical.
>(b) the Betan government does not completely acknowledge marriages between 
>off-worlders and their own citizens, ergo all children of 'mixed' 
>marriages including Miles carry the family name of the Betan parent in 
>Betan law.
>(c) normally the Betan government acknowledges Betan/offworlder marriages, 
>but either the Barrayarans in general or the Vorkosigans in particular are 
>being snubbed. Probably because of lingering resentment over the Escobar war.

d) The Betan government allows you to put whatever name you want on the 
passport, and Aral and Cordelia selected "Naismith" for those places where 
"Vorkosigan" would not be a good thing to be.