[LMB] Vor class permeability, was Komarr and Rho Ceta (map)
phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Tue Jan 18 21:45:34 GMT 2011
On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 11:49:29AM -0600, Lois McMaster Bujold wrote:
> *** In *any* system, there is little chance of an average person
> moving up into circles of power, first, because they are average, and
> the jobs require moxie, and second, because the only ones you are
> considering as worth mentioning, at the highest levels, are always
> small. The average person cannot become a Supreme Court justice,
> either; the task requires extraordinary talent and training, and there
> are only 9 slots.
Or extraordinary connections, but the point still stands. Even if
filled by lot, 9 people out of 300 million would take extraordinary
something, luck in this case.
> There are, however, a million judge-ships at lower levels that have to
> be filled somehow; I assure you, the Vor are insufficient to the task.
> The, ferex, State Supreme Court-equivalent in a Komarran Sector is
> filled by Komarrans. As is the planetary one, if they have one.
> Re: making more Vor -- or not -- that remains a debate at least by
> _ACC_. The three options are, roughly: keep the system tight to the 60
> extant countships on the North Continent, while the Imperium grows
> around it until it is just a fraction of the whole (reducing the power
> of the counts by outgrowing them); expand the countship system to the
> other polities -- South Continent, most of the assorted islands, Komarr,
> and Sergyar, all at the story-present still count-free, reducing the
> power of individual counts by dilution but expanding the system; or
> expanding the Vor class without expanding the countship system via a
> Brit-like co-option method of awarding new syllables as honors for
> merit, probably non-inheritable but definitely open to achievers from
> all walks of life, not to mention genders. (And, of course, there's
> Aral's suggestion, probably too radical for anyone.) Other options are
> no doubt on the table, or under it; at the moment, Gregor's government
> is still going with option #1.
OTOH, Tel has a point, about formal input into the system, vs. Counts'
or Imperial veto.
-xx- Damien X-)
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