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How else do you empire stars? I find the novel an addition to what's already in use by Traveller. I look forward to the other books.
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Co opt elites.

Leverage technological advantages.

Cultural imperialism.

Create a transport infrastructure that's primarily focussed for the rapid deployment of military forces, and secondarily economic exploitation.
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How else do you empire stars? I find the novel an addition to what's already in use by Traveller. I look forward to the other books.
You mean "how else do you empire stars" besides glassing entire civilizations as a first option of conflict management? (I have not read the book.)

I'm sure someone could come up with something.
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You mean "how else do you empire stars" besides glassing entire civilizations as a first option of conflict management? (I have not read the book.)

I'm sure someone could come up with something.
I would argue that Traveller's 3rd Imperium is not Star Trek's United Federation of Planets. In Star Trek, a planet-wide neutralizer (fabricated on the Enterprise during a commercial break) would be used to kill just the bad things on a planet's surface. A feudal technocracy has other things motivating it.
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I would argue that Traveller's 3rd Imperium is not Star Trek's United Federation of Planets. In Star Trek, a planet-wide neutralizer (fabricated on the Enterprise during a commercial break) would be used to kill just the bad things on a planet's surface. A feudal technocracy has other things motivating it.
Star Trek is very much full of idealism that isn't always so consistent with human nature.

Traveller is more of a blank canvas with more gritty realism that is also complemented by an avalanche of classic sci-fi tropes.

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Our always-correct Agent Bland would have solved the Ebola crisis by nuking West Africa. These arenít automatic Cold Equations situations where physics prevents lower-case quarantining the worlds in question, though thatís obviously the novelís intent.
Ebola is a pretty low level threat on the scale the Agent is using. Nowhere near planet scrubbing thresholds. The book over-samples for the high end of the threat range because that's what the Decider is specifically for.

If you have just gotten to Deyis, you really need to keep reading. Deyis is the opening act, and like any good game of Traveller, it DOES have repercussions.
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