[LMB] Vor class permeability, was Komarr and Rho Ceta (map)

Damien Sullivan 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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