[LMB] Nexus population

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Wed Jan 26 03:48:05 GMT 2011

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 06:59:51PM -0800, Judy R. Johnson wrote:

> As for social control... genetic engineering goes both ways.  Workers who
> are optimized to be conscientious but low-aggression, and to produce
> oxytocin (bonding hormone) when they smell haut pheromones, or can be
> mentally influenced through synthetic airborne chemicals the ghem and haut
> governors can wield.
> ====================================
> NEW from JRJ> That's a cool thot.  Original, yes?  Not even texev?  Or
> something from Ceteganda?

Original application to Bujold, yes, no textev.  The idea's been used by
S. M. Stirling, the Homo servus/Homo drakensis split.  Cyteen's azi
didn't have it, just psychological control, thuogh there might have been
intimations of multi-generational control in Cherryh's Serpent's Reach,
which also had a lab-sourced population.

But if the ghem produce their own servants, which textev says they do,
it seems only logical that they'd try to produce good servants.  And if
we guess at a synthetic origin for much of the population (or the
ancestors of much of the population), well...

Combine with a way of recruiting the more successful dissidents into the
ghem class, as well as some sort of negative filter, and you may get a

The Empire skips a beat by using English.  If they had a language of
their own, emigration would be inhibited.

But honestly, no idea how much mass migration happens anywhere, vs.
growth by population growth.  Yeah, people are going to Sergyar, but how
many?  Conversely, there are rather easy ways of preventing emigration
through wormholes.

-xx- Damien X-) 

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