[LMB] General rules for Governments

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 09:28:21 BST 2021


Another thought is what criteria does the board use to award a family a
extra child?

On Sat, Jun 19, 2021, 10:33 PM Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
wrote:

> From: Pouncer <pouncer at aol.com>
>
> In canon, the Beta Colony Population Control Board deals
> with the "Average" family of 2-point-something offspring
> by awarding some individuals a "third child variance".  Each
> adult citizen is entitled and expected to be progenitor to
> one child.  And the PCB insists on each progenitor identifying
> a "Co-Parent".  So a population unit to the PCB is a
> statistical concept with two certified/qualified adults
> and two-point-something minor-children (required to be
> educated, socialized, etc.)  First problem: maybe an
> original co-parent feels it's unfair to be asked to assist
> in raising a partner's "awarded third" child.  *You helped
> with mine, I helped with your first, but I'm NOT on the
> hook for your second!*
>
> Gwynne: The children aren't clones, they have input from two
> parents. So really each person has a right to two halves. And
> if another child is awarded, it's probably given to both parents
> as a team.
>
>
> Next what happens when three or
> four adults decide to form a home and enjoy having one
> to two kids around -- leaving the PCB and Betan society
> two kids short?
>
> Gwynne: The Board probably monitor the birth rate, and
> simply award a few more extras than usual if the rate has dropped.
> Considering Cordelia's attitude to having more children, there's
> probably plenty of applicants who'd go for a third if they were
> allowed.
>
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