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BattleLord: This chapter went down a weird black hole.
At first I thought the concept of slavery was a practical solution to a survival problem in the Frontier. Though slaves were not respected, due to scarcity, their value would be too high for mistreatment. In exchange for protection and nurturing, these experts could be enticed to perform their duties diligently.
Not everyone values freedom above security and comfort. High valued slaves might be traded between pirate clans or provided by Frontier worlds looking to avoid being pillaged.
The treatment of slaves in this manner would be expected of an extremist pirate Clan that had near unlimited resources to support a disposable workforce. Even then, there's a finite number of skilled individuals in or near the Frontier. Would skilled individuals or higher education services even be desired by these communities.
I think the author has bought into the myth that wherever slavery existed, deplorable conditions must follow and the inevitable degradation of humanity in the region. Supply and demand usually determines human behaviour. When you have a surplus of Mech Pilots and Fighters, whose maintenance cost is higher than the few slaves you have running everything of value. You need to always be at war to manage the disparages.
If the Frontier is as vast, empty and dangerous, this system of survival should have burned itself out. Continents such as Africa and North America may have employed slaves while colonization occurred. The difference was the slaves were not skilled individuals and there were an almost unlimited supply. Thus their value was low and the treatment was poor.The Mech Touch · C686
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Millman97: Support Lord Buckethead. He promises to make a firm public commitment to build the £100bn renewal of the Trident weapons system, followed by an equally firm private commitment not to build it. They're secret submarines, no one will ever know. It's a win win.Library of Heaven's Path · C819
StarveCleric: What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.
(Alright I took this from millman so spit at him instead :P)
Anyway, if this comment and Millman's reach 1888 likes each within the next 12 hours, the next post will be a double chapter.Library of Heaven's Path · C819
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