History Headscratchers / HonorHarrington

16th Jun '16 9:27:55 AM Antigone3
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*** One of the novels refers to the Detweilers as the "alphas of the alpha lines". In a group that's structured around genetic rankings, that's as close as you're gonna get to Divine Right.
9th Jun '16 4:59:50 PM Antigone3
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** Over the course of a thousand years, Grayson should have developed a nice collection of inheritance-law precedents. For all we know, there's been a few cases where a Steadholder ''tried'' willing his Key to a younger son and the courts or the Protector had to step in. Switching from male-only primogeniture to absolute primogeniture may be a big cultural shift, but might have been a more conservative legal shift. Another problem with changing the law to male-preference primogeniture is alluded to when Honor is told that she needs an heir of her body before Faith gets too used to being "Miss Harrington" -- letting younger brothers swipe the inheritance from older sisters would create a bunch of people raised to think of themselves as Steadholder-designates who suddenly find themselves sidelined. Can you say "Civil War", boys and girls?
24th Apr '16 12:51:27 PM AFP
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*** As an aside, the Mantie detection and attempted hunt for the stealthed ships also works as an analogue for the USS ''Ward'', which successfully spotted and destroyed a Japanese submarine attempting to enter the harbor just before the attack. Given the timing, ''Ward's'' report of the engagement didn't make it up the chain until the Japanese air raid had begun.
23rd Apr '16 4:12:39 PM john964
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* On perishable food in the Honorverse they do have hydroponics gardens for various reasons most important is to replace consumable foodstuffs that doesn't keep well frozen. Remember fresh produce only lasts about a week or so before it goes bad and is inedible. Also a secondary reason is that the air in closed environment is stale smelling. According to astronauts who have done long mission aboard the International Space Station is the fact they miss smelling something besides body odor. Another reason is possible food allergies from planet to planet IIRC Howard Clinckscales had an allergic reaction to 'squash' that may have been native to the Star Kingdom but not Grayson and only Sphinxian celery has the 'vitamin' that treecats need for their telepathic abilities.
14th Apr '16 8:38:39 PM Khathi
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*** As mentioned above, they had. While Allison and Jaques are twins, due to Beowulf's childbirth licensing laws he was incubated and born at least a decade or two earlier, so even in ''The Beauty and the Beast'', where Allison is still a student, he's already a ranking commander in the Beowulfan SOF in position to move the significant assets on his own discretion. And Chiang was already mentioned to have a Cabinet-level position at the time. Notice that this was not only ''before'' Honor was born, but even before her parents got married!
4th Feb '16 5:58:17 AM tinfoil666
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*** (fifth troper) One word: Porkbarrel
8th Jan '16 11:12:41 PM Shinziril
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** IIRC, it was explicitly stated that the fission reactors produce less power than the standard grav-fusion starship reactors. It's just that one of those is enough to run an entire destroyer, and is actually substantial overkill for a much-smaller LAC. The fission reactors don't quite produce enough power to run everything at once, but that's dealt with using seriously oversized superconductor-ring "capacitors" (Weber calls them capacitors, they're technically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_magnetic_energy_storage superconducting magnetic energy storage systems]], but the role is equivalent).

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** IIRC, it was explicitly stated that the fission reactors produce less power than the standard grav-fusion starship reactors. It's just that one of those is enough to run an entire destroyer, destroyer or even a light cruiser, and is actually substantial overkill for a much-smaller LAC. The fission reactors don't quite produce enough power to run everything at once, but that's dealt with using seriously oversized superconductor-ring "capacitors" (Weber calls them capacitors, they're technically [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconducting_magnetic_energy_storage superconducting magnetic energy storage systems]], but the role is equivalent).
30th Dec '15 9:16:40 AM StFan
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* Regarding abandoning ''Ajax'' at Solon. The boat bays are damaged and it's mentioned that it would take hours to evacuate the crew through the emergency airlocks. Now ignoring the fact that in earlier books ships had external docking ports for small craft as well as the docking bays this still has a glaring omission. Why not just have a couple of pinnaces from other ships fly over and clamp onto the hull while the crew evacuate? It took the Havenites several hours to catch up with Ajax so there would be time to evacuate the crew through the airlocks. You'd still lose the ship and crew but basically you sacrifice a couple of pinnaces (and have their crew taken prisoner) in order to give several hundred people a good chance to become POWs instead of being KIA. It's kind of hard on the pinnace crews but you could probably find someone willing to volunteer to be taken prisoner in order to help save the crew of the ''Ajax''.

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* Regarding abandoning ''Ajax'' at Solon. The boat bays are damaged and it's mentioned that it would take hours to evacuate the crew through the emergency airlocks. Now ignoring the fact that in earlier books ships had external docking ports for small craft as well as the docking bays this still has a glaring omission. Why not just have a couple of pinnaces from other ships fly over and clamp onto the hull while the crew evacuate? It took the Havenites several hours to catch up with Ajax so there would be time to evacuate the crew through the airlocks. You'd still lose the ship and crew but basically you sacrifice a couple of pinnaces (and have their crew taken prisoner) in order to give several hundred people a good chance to become POWs [=POWs=] instead of being KIA. It's kind of hard on the pinnace crews but you could probably find someone willing to volunteer to be taken prisoner in order to help save the crew of the ''Ajax''.
15th Dec '15 4:29:18 PM jadmire
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*** To support the above point, remember when Pavel Young sexually assaulted Honor during their cadet days at Saganami Island (and got thoroughly thrashed by Honor for his pains)? It's a perfect example of the blind spot Honor had concerning her lack of influence. We know from Mike Henke that she practically begged Honor to tell all about what had happened, and that Commandant Hartman (the Academy commandant at the time) did the same. Had Honor done so, there's no question that Young would have been not only booted out of Saganami Island but also sent to prison for attempted rape. Remember that Mike is a first cousin to the Queen; that's POWERFUL influence at the very highest levels, whether Honor ever chose to acknowledge it or not.
15th Dec '15 4:16:29 PM jadmire
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** You've actually answered your own question. Mandarins do rule the League, yet they are not elected to be the rulers and their power is extremely far from being legal. So if mandarins were claimed as actual rulers of the League by constitution, manties would not tell a single word.
*** Also the Crown and the Lords are both limited by the constitution and the Commons on Manticore. The Manderins are pretty much unlimited in their power.

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** You've actually answered your own question. Mandarins do rule the League, yet they are not elected to be the rulers and their power is extremely far from being legal. So if mandarins were claimed as actual rulers of the League by constitution, manties would not tell a single word.
word. This point is reinforced in the confrontation between Admiral Tsang of the SLN and the BSDF/RMN, where Admiral Truman tells Tsang that had the latter - and her superiors in the League, all the way up to the Mandarins - had bothered to honor their Constitutional obligations in any way, the Manties would have refrained from intervening in the dispute between the SLN task force and Beowulf.
*** Also the Crown and the Lords are both limited by the constitution and the Commons on Manticore. The Manderins are pretty much unlimited in their power. This is even more true since the High Ridge Government fell at the end of ''War of Honor'' and the succeeding Grantville Government, at the strong urging of the Crown (Queen Elizabeth), put legislation in train to transfer the all-important power of the purse - that is, the right to initiate government budgeting legislation - to the Commons from the Lords. This represents a fundamental shift toward democracy in Manticore.
*** It's also worth noting that the Crown itself has always served as a check on the power of the Manticoran aristocracy and a bulwark of the rights of the people in general. In fact, Gryphon is a stronghold of Crown Loyalism precisely because the throne backed the people of Gryphon against its aristocracy on several critical occasions, including the only real internal armed conflict thus far in Manticore's history.
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