[LMB] Barrayar's Lost & Found system --
MATHEWS55 at msn.com
Sun Feb 16 22:20:43 GMT 2020
In Capt. Vorpatril's Alliance, his pirate in-laws ask for 10% of the Cetagandan war loot because that's Barrayaran low. Ivan protests that it's meant for lost wallets and things like that.
Here, from a CityLab article on Japan's lost-and-found system, "For finders, Article 28 of the law provides for a reward of 5 to 20 percent of the returned item’s value, in cases where it is reunited with its owner. For items that go unclaimed, the finder is entitled to take ownership after three months have elapsed—excepting goods such as cellphones or items that have potentially identifying information. Finders are, however, permitted to decline the reward and/or remain anonymous."
I note that the Arquas got it - net of the very high damage charges they incurred in the getting, which knocked it down to 5%. Jackson's Whole is finally getting it through their thick heads that trying to outsmart an Emperor of Barrayar is Not A Good Idea!
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