[LMB] Cetaganda: Twin Empires and the Occupation

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Sat Jun 5 08:23:24 BST 2010


On Fri, Jun 04, 2010 at 10:47:38PM -0500, Lois McMaster Bujold wrote:

> *** Alas, there is no way any Nexus colony world could have started with  
> a population of a billion, or even a million.  Transport costs.
>
> Thousands or tens of thousands at most, in the early waves; many worlds  
> doubtless started with much less.  (More could be added later, of 
> course.)
>
> 800 years before Miles's time would be the earliest -- Beta Colony holds  
> that distinction, in fact, when the effort was still briefly sub-light  
> generation ships.   Most jump-ship populated worlds would be ~700 or   
> fewer years old by his day.
>
> Cetaganda's culture was largely consciously designed, a Project from the  
> get-go or nearly so, not grown at random, and probably from Eta Ceta.   
> Co-option and conquest followed a bit later, as well as daughter 
> colonies.

Ex-cathedra worldbuilding!  Woo!  A tease, but something!

How old is Barrayar?  I always thought of it as 800, but that would make
it barely younger than Beta, and one of the first wormhole-colonized
worlds.

Too much to ask for an age on Cetaganda, I'm sure...

-xx- Damien X-) 



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