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Old October 22nd, 2003, 11:34 AM
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Is there a Sophonts Right to Movement or Travel in the OTU?
In the excellent Vorkosigan Series by Lois McMaster Bujold a major social change that occurred shortly before the events of the stories was the lifting of restrictions on the movement of serfs from one domain to another. The idea was that Vor (Think Barons) who best employed and took care of his people would have more people moving to his domain, and the tight ass bastard would see his tax base leaving in droves.
Does the Imperium or did Cleon (or Arbellatra or the Emperor of your choice) make it a requirement of admission to the Imperium that citizens or subjects of a planet be allowed, within their means, to “vote” with their feet?
It seems that by simply allowing some mobility, political change and sophonts rights would be ensured. If you don’t like this guy, go somewhere else for CrImp 1000. The low berth as tool of political expression, if somewhat limited, makes sense. You could even have Ballot Box stuffing by subsidizing a bunch of Low Berth Transports and visiting repressive governments around the subsector to pick up the “poor huddled masses.” Then offer them a grubstake if they vote your way.
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