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Old October 23rd, 2003, 01:51 AM
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Originally posted by kaladorn:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Larsen E. Whipsnade:
Short answer: No. There is freedom of movement between starports;
If by 'Freedom' you mean 'regulated by the Navy and Imperial Bureaucracy's whims', then I can accept that.

It is actual freedom. At least as much freedom of movement those in the United States enjoy. Sure there are places you can't go in both systems (e.g. military bases), but for the most part you can go where you want when you want.

Do we really have *any* idea how easy or hard it is to be an "Imperial Citizen", what that *really* means, and whether one can be such a thing while also being a citizen of X system?

Except for Imperial nobility, there are no "real" Imperial Citizens. Oh sure, everyone born on an Imperial world is called an "Imperial Citizen", but that doesn't actually mean anything. (Other than getting a cool ID card.)

While on a planet, you are subject to their laws, no matter how stupid or arbitrary they are. The Roman model doesn't work, because there is no right to appeal to the Imperial system.

A perfect example is given in The Traveller Adventure. When the adventurers are on Pysadi and one of them breaks a ridiculous local law that no one has told them about, the adventurer is stuck. The only option is for the other adventurers to go and do a jail break!

And the Shudusham Accords dealt with robotics, cybernetics, and artificial intelligences. The Sudusham Concords dealt with weaponry carried by robots.

As far as I can tell, there is no "sophonts rights" agreement or accord.
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