[LMB] OT: Saudi Arabia more democratic than Barrayar
RICHARD G. MOLPUS
rgmolpus at flash.net
Sun Sep 25 18:52:51 BST 2011
>From textual evidence, Barrayar was initially a single political unit when the
planet was initially colonized, but broke apart into regions and
'principalities' at the beginning of the time of isolation. I've suspected
that several different colonization projects worked together to send people to
the planet - which is why there's such a mix of old-earth nationalities, but
the individual projects worked inside a common legal and political framework.
Dorca Vorbarra unified the independent regions into one coherent body, forming
the Barrayaran Empire; that seems to have been recent - perhaps within the
memory of Ezar or Piotr.
Who, like Impsec, Watches and listens, but stays hidden (Ow! stop hitting me
with that broomstick!)
From: Pat Mathews <mathews55 at msn.com>
To: Bujold List <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
Sent: Sun, September 25, 2011 12:15:57 PM
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Saudi Arabia more democratic than Barrayar
Question for the author or for discussion -
How long has Barrayar been anything you could call a nation, rather than a
collection of 60 petty principalities?
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