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Old June 7th, 2019, 05:10 AM
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No, no, no... We don't eat K'kree. Who would do such a thing? Or use their hides for leather. Never crossed our minds. Nope.

K'kree proteins aren't fully biocompatible. It'll give you horrible gas, cramping, and other mild digestive allergy reactions. We, uh, heard... from a researcher we met on... uh, Regina.

(Pssst, you traded away all of the leather on that TL4 world, right?)
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To be fair, I think that extended to all prisoners of war, following a directive for garrisons to be self sufficient, seeing that Japanese logistics weren't robust at the best of times, without everything getting bombed or torpedoed.
The Japanese were utterly incompetent when it came to any logistics that could not be immediately carried on the soldier going into combat or with the initial landing and advance. In the case of Guadalcanal, they never did bother to consider how they are going to supply all of the troops that they were sending in by destroyers as transports.

As for the K'kree, they are plant-eating herbivores of considerably size. Aslan, Vargr, and Humans are all going to eat plant-eating herbivores of considerable size. For the humans, it makes it much easier than trying to supply sufficient forage to keep them alive. I would assess their food requirements as roughly 25 pounds a day, along with several gallons of water. Supplying a large K'kree force logistically with food would be quite interesting in terms of poundage and volume required.
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If the intelligent races of your Traveller universe are happy to eat the other intelligent races of your Traveller universe then why not just go the whole hog and have soylent too - makes sense not to waste valuable amino acids...
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… then why not just go the whole hog and have soylent too - makes sense not to waste valuable amino acids...
Fortunately, THAT part of the Rebellion / Collapse was not a primary concern of documentary specialists.
("How did those high-population-inhospitable-environment worlds' population come down to a level that could sustain itself on just local resources?")
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But if in the far future intelligent races no longer respect the dead of their own or other intelligent races than something like soylent makes sense.
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It's protein.

And if I remember Poul Anderson correctly, a source of hormones to kickstart puberty.
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So are human corpses. Very few cultures throughout history honour their dead by eating them, not many have eaten the bodies of their defeated enemies either.

Most 'civilized' cultures have a way of honouring their dead - I fail to see why intelligent alien races wouldn't mostly be of the same world view.

Mind you, it makes sense to reclaim the water...
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So are human corpses. Very few cultures throughout history honour their dead by eating them, not many have eaten the bodies of their defeated enemies either.
I suspect a good portion of that is that eating the flesh of those who died of illnesses (bacterial, viral, retroviral, prionic) exposes the eater to the same pathogen.

Prion diseases have apparently very high transmissibility... and CJD randomly occurs at a statistically significant rate, high enough that in canibal populations, it becomes Kuru... which, until recently, wasn't realized to be the same disease... because it was far higher a rate...
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As for the K'kree, they are plant-eating herbivores of considerably size. Aslan, Vargr, and Humans are all going to eat plant-eating herbivores of considerable size. For the humans, it makes it much easier than trying to supply sufficient forage to keep them alive. I would assess their food requirements as roughly 25 pounds a day, along with several gallons of water. Supplying a large K'kree force logistically with food would be quite interesting in terms of poundage and volume required.

Keep in mind that while their foraging needs are much greater, so is their inherent ability to carry supplies. Legging it isn't right- hoofing it?
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Water reclamation and filtration..
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