[LMB] More stray thoughts
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Sun Jan 27 03:39:23 GMT 2019
>In an Eastern Coastal District belonging to one of
>Vordarians allies, the count suicided upon capture. An
>anti-Vor group declared an independent republic in the
>chaos. The new count, an infantry colonel from a collateral
>family line who had never anticipated such honours falling
>upon him took instant and effective exception to this
>violent swing to the over-progressive. Vorkosigan left
>it to him and his District militia, reserving Imperial
>troops for "non-District-internal matters."
>The existence of a District militia is somewhat interesting,
That whole passage is uncharacteristically confused.
"Reserving Imperial troops for matters other than those
internal to a district," please. Hyphenation only gets us
Similarly, "to him and his District militia" MIGHT mean
that the person described as an "infantry colonel" already
had command of that militia, making it "his". As is, "his
militia". Or it might be that the colonel had to resign from
among Aral's "imperial troops" to impose himself upon the
militia for the district that had just "fallen" to him. "His
District", which had a militia, which the "infantry colonel"
just recently of IMPERIAL forces now claims as "his" own.
I don't agree with the implication that a district's
"militia" counts against any Count's quota of "Armsmen". An
Armsman is full time in the Count's service, while I
understand a militia to be a part time duty for any able
bodied citizen; comparing to serving on a jury, or a posse,
or a volunteer fire department. A district without some kind
of organized way of raising and commanding a large group is
the poorer for the omission.
That the great nephew, or whatever, of the old count found
himself under a falling great weight, er, honor might suggest
that the Regent or -- as was suggested -- an emergency quorum
of the Council of Counts did choose him. This sort of thing,
in my own military experience, happened all the time. "Hey
you, I see your hand up! (Who, me?) Yeah, you. You just been
volun-told. Go fix that problem!" But it could just as
easily have gone the other way. The Imperial colonel, taking
emergency charge of the local militia, quelling a chaotic
situation, and LATER discovered to be (among several)
relatively High Vor collatoral relatives of the traitor,
might be retroactively confirmed to be THE relative eligible
to become the new count.
That the passage can be interpreted so many ways may be
feature, rather than a bug, I suppose.
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