[LMB] Beta Colony's lasting technology

Matthew George matt.msg at gmail.com
Wed Sep 4 18:10:30 BST 2013


Beta's gene pool has been relatively stable, and the distribution of traits
relatively flat.  Egalitarianism is possible only where most people are
more-or-less the same.  This is a great strength - and a great weakness -
of Beta Colony.  Sociopolitically and biologically, things are much more
uniform than probably anywhere else in the universe.

Which is part of why Beta can't be held up as a model for societal design -
you can only have a society structured like Beta's if you more-or-less
become Beta.  It would never work for Barrayar, not as long as anything
meaningfully 'Barrayaran' is to be preserved.

Matt G.


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