[LMB] Duv Galeni

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Thu Apr 19 23:26:10 BST 2012

On Apr 19, 2012, at 12:46 PM, Nick Pilon wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 6:23 AM,  <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu> wrote:
>>> How have the Cetagandans historically treated the Komarrans?
>> Not invading them for the past 300 years, apparently.
> And an interesting question to ask there is: why didn't they? I mean,
> they *clearly* had no qualms about invading and brutally subjugating
> Barrayar, to the point of using nuclear weapons on populated cities as
> a *counter-insurgency* tactic. The Barrayaran invasion is not an
> isolated incident; see The Vor Game, Borders of Infinity, etc. So why
> would Cetaganda leave a prize fruit like Komarr unpicked? They clearly
> don't respect Komarr's independence for its own sake; they don't
> respect anyone's independence. Further, had they successfully
> conquered Barrayar, they would be in the same position vis-a-vis
> Komarr that Barrayar found itself a couple generations later.

An Cetaganda takes the long term view of its future.    While it runs its military caste for today - it plans for generations down the road.

> So why do Barrayar first? My theory is that both Komarr and Barrayar
> looked like easy conquests. But primitive Barrayar was likely to
> rapidly assimilate into the galactic mainstream, and so become a
> not-so-easy conquest. Komarr, locked into the terraforming process,
> would take centuries to overcome its weaknesses. Once Barrayar was
> defeated and pacified, Komarr could be conquered by whatever method
> the Cetagandas chose. The quagmire and ultimate defeat at Barrayar
> upset Cetaganda's agenda, and by the time they recovered, Komarr was
> under the protection of the just-as-strong Barrayar.

Politics is very important.   I believe Cetaganda has plans for all of human space, which means don't become the bad guy before its time.

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