[LMB] Ethan

Marius Gedminas marius at gedmin.as
Tue Feb 20 12:56:25 GMT 2018


On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 03:54:18PM +0000, Kevin Kennedy wrote:
> I just reread Ethan of Athos, and I'm wondering something. Ethan has
> done a required stint in the army, his baby brother is in an army band
> and may stay past his required 2 years. Why does Athos have an army?
> It's a single society on the planet, there's nobody to squabble with.
> Were the Founders worrying about needing to suppress religious dissent
> on or something, sometime? With no ships they're not going to go
> invading & coveriting anyone.  Why have an army?  Sure, some sort of
> service organization for disaster relief, public works projects,
> terraforming, whatever, but why military?

So that opportunistic offworlders (like Ezar-era Barrayarans) won't
consider them a juicy target ripe for invasion?

Marius Gedminas
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