[LMB] Quaddies in DI

PAT MATHEWS mathews55 at msn.com
Mon, 09 Aug 2004 10:04:05 -0600

I just realized what was missing in DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY which made the 
depiction of the Quaddie culture seem to be lacking something:

On religious, conservative Athos, we see the Undesignated Set acting like 
juvenile delinquents.

On Kline Station, we have Horrible Helga, and a young cop trying to flirt 
with Ethan rather than do her duty, and a redneck bar whose customers 
incline to violence. And kids playing with the recycling systems.

On super-democratic, super-rational Beta Colony, we see their very own 
Dolores Umbridge in action, and Cordelia drops several hints about their 
authoritarian side.

We see the dark side of Barrayar throughout the series.

We see Cetaganda's pack of silly socialites, their ruthless ghem-colonel (in 
Ethan of Athos), and the power struggles in the Star Chamber.

And so on. By contrast, the Quaddies seem to have had their personalities 
tailored along the lines of social insects by their corporate creators. 
Granted that their culture values a good worker for very good reasons, where 
are their slackers, their rebels, their frivolous set? The worst we ever see 
of them is overworked, irritated functionaries who have every right to be 

Just my $0.02,