[LMB] Komarr, an analogy

Jeff Shultz jeffshultz at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 14:47:25 BST 2012

On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM, <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 07:10:50PM +1000, Gwynne Powell wrote:
> > the mythical freedom of Komarr isn't going to happen. And if Komarr was
> > 'free' and unprotected, they'd be Cetagandan before they can blink.
> > The Cetas are running out of convenient places to invade, Komarr
> > would be sweet and easy.
> Why didn't they invade Komarr after invading Barrayar?  Or after being
> kicked out of Barrayar?  It's a major hub right next to one of their
> core worlds, yet they left it alone for fifty years, for Aral to invade
> in the end.

As a feared expansionist regional polity, they may have realized that
grabbing Komarr would not be looked upon kindly by those at the other ends
of it's wormholes - IOW, they might actually wake up too many potential
enemies for the gain. Komarr did have those mercenaries as well - the
Cetagandans don't seem to think much of invading a prepared enemy.

For Barrayar the motives were different (hold the front door) and they
immediately mollified everyone by lowering the tariffs. They also had Aral
Vorkosigan to deal with the mercenaries practically without a fight.

Jeff Shultz
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