History Literature / KrisLongknife

2nd Jan '18 5:14:43 PM Bissek
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* OverrankedSoldier: Kris makes Vice-Admiral at 29, and full Admiral at 34.
1st Jan '18 2:38:21 PM StarSword
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** The Musashi Empire is pretty explicitly Space Japan, complete with kimonos, formals tea ceremonies, and high-tech warships.

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** The Musashi Empire is pretty explicitly Space Japan, Japan (blending influences from mainly the UsefulNotes/ShowaEra and modern-day Japan), complete with kimonos, formals tea ceremonies, and high-tech warships.


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* OffWithHisHead:
** Iteeche nobles are trailed by halberdiers who behead people for any number of offenses, [[FelonyMisdemeanor including making grammatical errors]] in their StarfishLanguage.
** The Musashi Empire is one of only a handful of human planets not to have outlawed capital punishment during the Society of Humanity period, and uses the axe (most other planets used hanging, Greenfeld uses the firing squad). [[spoiler:When Kris surrenders to a Musashi ship to face trial for crimes against humanity in ''Furious'' (i.e. picking a fight with the PlanetLooters and getting all but one of her companion ships blown up in the process), she does so knowing she'll be beheaded if convicted. Also used for BlackComedy when her defense attorney, who is a member of the current opposition party in Musashi's parliament, jokes that if he loses the case, the sight of her going defiantly to the headsman would ensure his party's electoral dominance for generations.]]
1st Jan '18 2:24:26 PM StarSword
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** The Iteeche are a blend of Imperial China and Imperial Japan, with a bit of ancient Persia for flavor. They're a deeply tradition-bound culture with a GodEmperor, and in the event of the Imperial Planet falling to the rebels in a civil war, the victors typically wipe out its inhabitants and replace them with their own (in reference to several dynasties in China attempting to erase all trace of the one they overthrew). Nobles are followed around by halberdiers who behead Iteeche who break norms or are suspected of rebellion (or even make grammatical mistakes), and people who commit dishonorable acts are required to "make most sincere apology to the emperor" (i.e. drink a cup of poison that causes an extremely painful death).

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** The Iteeche are a blend of Imperial China and Imperial Japan, with a bit of ancient Persia for flavor. They're a deeply tradition-bound culture with a GodEmperor, and in the event of the Imperial Planet falling to the rebels in a civil war, the victors typically wipe out its inhabitants and replace them with their own (in reference to several dynasties in China attempting to erase all trace of the one they overthrew). Nobles are followed around by halberdiers who behead Iteeche who break norms or are suspected of rebellion (or even make grammatical mistakes), and people who commit dishonorable acts are required to "make most sincere apology to the emperor" (i.e. drink a cup of poison that causes an extremely painful death).death, evidently a variation on {{seppuku}}).
25th Dec '17 7:21:19 PM StarSword
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# ''Admiral'' (2017, unreleased)

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# ''Admiral'' (2017, unreleased)
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25th Dec '17 11:26:50 AM StarSword
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** After spending several years on Alwa, in the sequel series Kris, Abby, and various other people attached to the US mission to the Iteeche think very little of swimming nude with their various children in the embassy swimming pool.

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** In addition to this, maneuvering at high gravities with clothes on tends to result in painful bruises from fasteners and medals, so ship crew at Alwa Station customarily enter their high-''g'' stations nude. After spending several years on Alwa, in the sequel series Kris, Abby, and various other people attached to the US mission to the Iteeche think very little of swimming nude with their various children in the embassy swimming pool.
25th Dec '17 11:18:31 AM StarSword
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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: [[spoiler:When Kris returns home between ''Unrelenting'' and ''Bold'', Jack comes with her (they're married with a daughter now and Kris wants a "safe" desk job from which they can raise a family), but Penny, Abby, and Captain, now-Admiral Drago stay behind at Alwa to continue the war under Sandy Santiago.]]

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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: [[spoiler:When Kris returns home between ''Unrelenting'' and ''Bold'', Jack comes with her (they're married with a daughter now and Kris wants a "safe" desk job from which they can raise a family), but Penny, Abby, and Captain, now-Admiral Drago stay behind at Alwa to continue the war under Sandy Santiago. Abby returns with her family and some of the {{recurrer}}s from the Alwa arc in the sequel series.]]



** While the PlanetLooters' language has over a dozen words for "submission", it interestingly has no word for "war": as the AbsoluteXenophobe marauders consider all intelligent life other than themselves to be vermin, one infers that they therefore consider their serial xenocides to be something akin to pest control. [[spoiler:It also has no direct translation for "surrender": a squadron that apparently tries to surrender to Kris in ''Unrelenting'' tries to get it across by repeating "We will be your slaves."]]

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** While the PlanetLooters' language has over a dozen words for "submission", it interestingly has no word for "war": as the AbsoluteXenophobe marauders consider all intelligent life other than themselves to be vermin, "vermin", one infers that they therefore consider their serial xenocides to be something akin to pest control. [[spoiler:It also has no direct translation for "surrender": a squadron that apparently seemingly tries to surrender to Kris in ''Unrelenting'' tries to get it across by repeating "We will be your slaves."]]



** In ''Tenacious'', a Sasquan head of state remarks that Kris "pounded" a dictator to death after she wouldn't stop firing nuclear missiles at Kris's ships (via OrbitalBombardment that melted the dictator's mountain redoubt to sea level). Nelly informs Kris that in Sasquan culture, the verb Nelly translated as "to pound" is something prey animals do, whereas [[CatFolk "cats" (Sasquans)]] "pounce" and "cut". Kris accordingly chooses her response to emphasize that she is a fellow predator, not prey.



** "Longknife" is fairly self-explanatory (it's Native American and references their BadassFamily tendencies). In the second book it's pointed out to Kris that a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris kris]] is a type of dagger.



* MileLongShip: [[spoiler:The still-unnamed alien raiders use million-ton battleships ten kilometers long. And the mothership is ''four thousand kilometers'' long.]] Human battleships tend to top out at about 300,000 tons; the biggest human ship so far in the series is a million-ton passenger liner.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The USS ''Wasp'', in both incarnations, is this. The first model was classed a corvette, the second was designated a frigate, terms generally used for escort ships, though both incarnations mount battleship-sized laser cannon, carry a battalion of Marines, and mount missiles half its own weight. The overall result is something between a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphibious_assault_ship [=LHD/LHA=]-style]] attack transport and a Soviet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirov-class_battlecruiser ''Kirov''-class]] heavy missile cruiser. Then they bolt cargo containers all over the exterior hull, which turns her into a Q-ship for luring in pirates.

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* MileLongShip: [[spoiler:The still-unnamed alien raiders use million-ton battleships ten kilometers long. And the mothership is ''four thousand kilometers'' long.]] Human battleships tend to top out at about 300,000 tons; tons (they get bigger after the LensmanArmsRace to accommodate bigger laser machinery); the biggest human ship so far in the series is a million-ton passenger liner.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The USS ''Wasp'', in both her first two incarnations, is this. The first model was classed a corvette, the second was designated a frigate, terms generally used for escort ships, though both incarnations mount battleship-sized laser cannon, carry a battalion of Marines, and mount missiles half its own weight. The overall result is something between a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphibious_assault_ship [=LHD/LHA=]-style]] attack transport and a Soviet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirov-class_battlecruiser ''Kirov''-class]] heavy missile cruiser. Then they bolt cargo containers all over the exterior hull, which turns her into a Q-ship for luring in pirates. Later iterations built for the Alwa War are pure warships classified as battlecruisers.



* MysteriousEmployer: Abby's endless supply of trunks and their contents are paid for by an anonymous source (or sources) that's interested in keeping Kris alive.
* {{Nanomachines}}: Nano bugs and scouts are heavily used (even by reporters), as are nanos meant to destroy other nanos. In an apparent [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen gentleman's agreement]] nanos are ''never'' used to kill humans (though Kris does use them to blow an evacuated space station up). Also, Smart Metal and its derivative Uniplex, made up of massive numbers of metal nanos, are used to build entire ships.

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* MysteriousEmployer: Abby's endless supply of trunks and their contents are paid for by an anonymous source (or sources) that's interested in keeping Kris alive.
alive (at least one of which is confirmed to be Wardhaven Intelligence).
* {{Nanomachines}}: Nano bugs and scouts are heavily used (even by reporters), as are nanos meant to destroy other nanos. In an apparent [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen gentleman's agreement]] nanos are ''never'' used to kill humans (though Kris does use them to blow an evacuated space station up). Also, Smart Metal and its derivative Uniplex, Uniplex (or "dumb metal"), made up of massive numbers of metal nanos, are used to build entire ships. ships.


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* OurNudityIsDifferent:
** In ''Defiant'', Kris attends a festival on the Hikilan islands, which are ethnic Polynesian, in native garb. Which for her as a "virgin" (technically she isn't, but the term is applied to any unmarried woman) means lots of body paint, flower garlands around her waist to cover her privates, and nothing else.
** The resort of choice for the Alwan humans is a beachfront resort where no clothing is required at all. Except in the dinner pavilion, where there's a sign posted saying "no total nudity" (i.e. cover your genitals, anything else goes).
** After spending several years on Alwa, in the sequel series Kris, Abby, and various other people attached to the US mission to the Iteeche think very little of swimming nude with their various children in the embassy swimming pool.
22nd Dec '17 6:55:08 PM StarSword
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* ElectiveMonarchy: What the United Society ultimately becomes. Raymond Longknife, one of Kris's great-grandpas, is made king of what is initially referred to as the United Sentients (finalized as United Society). He's given all the trappings of a European-style monarchy, but seemingly serves in mostly an advisory role to the elected government. He also has a term limit of 25 years, after which no member of his bloodline is permitted to seek elected office, which Raymond insisted be included. (It's mentioned early in ''Emissary'' that he's starting to regret the bloodline ban and that his grandson, the prime minister of Wardhaven for most of the series, wants it amended out.)

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* ElectiveMonarchy: What the United Society ultimately becomes. Raymond Longknife, one of Kris's great-grandpas, is made king of what is initially referred to as the United Sentients (finalized as United Society). He's given all the trappings of a European-style monarchy, but seemingly serves in mostly an advisory role to the elected government. He also has a term limit of 25 years, after which no member of his bloodline is permitted to seek elected office, which Raymond insisted be included. (It's mentioned early in ''Emissary'' that he's starting to regret the bloodline ban and that ban: his grandson, the prime minister of Wardhaven for most of the series, wants it amended out.out, and Ray has suggested that he wants Kris to be his successor.)
10th Dec '17 8:09:21 AM StarSword
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* SuccessionCrisis: Part of what sparked the Iteeche Civil War in the sequel series (the other part being FantasticRacism from the Empire's growing closeness with humanity). The last Emperor ''did'' have a legitimate, publicly known heir, but [[spoiler:he's underage by several years when he takes the throne]].
9th Dec '17 8:08:53 PM StarSword
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** Kris has escaped or outfought a disturbingly large number of murder attempts (to the point where at one point Kris jokingly asks Nelly to time how long until the next one, and Nell snarks that she can't count that ''low''). By late in the series Kris actually gets rather blase about constantly being shot at or bombed, and in ''Undaunted'' she finds herself annoyed that she ''wasn't'' the target of the latest round.

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** Kris has escaped or outfought a disturbingly large number of murder attempts (to the point where at one point Kris jokingly asks Nelly to time how long until the next one, and Nell snarks that she can't count that ''low''). By late Two or three books in the series it starts to verge on a RunningGag: Kris actually gets starts to get rather blase about constantly being shot at or bombed, and in ''Undaunted'' she finds herself annoyed that she ''wasn't'' the target of the latest round.



* BadassBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Vicki gains the loyalty of the planets that join her in revolting against the Empress in large part due to her efforts at giving them functional economies and working governments as much as by military power.]]

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* BadassBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Vicki Vicky gains the loyalty of the planets that join her in revolting against the Empress in large part due to her efforts at giving them functional economies and working governments as much as by military power.]]



** Greenfeld appears to be Space Soviet Russia crossed with elements of Nazi Germany at times.

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** Greenfeld appears to be starts out resembling Space Soviet Russia crossed with elements of Nazi Germany, though it mutates into something more similar to Imperial Germany at times.later. There's a SecretPolice ([[spoiler:until it is implicated in a coup attempt against the Peterwalds and collectively sentenced to death]]), names in the ruling class are Germanic and the ''Pour la Merite'', their highest honor, is basically an Iron Cross in all but name.
19th Nov '17 6:37:48 AM StarSword
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* ArtificialIntelligence: Nelly, Kris' personal computer.
** And her kids.
* AssassinOutclassin: Kris has escaped or outfought a disturbingly large number of murder attempts (to the point where at one point Kris jokingly asks Nelly to time how long until the next one, and Nell snarks that she can't count that ''low''). By late in the series Kris actually gets rather blase about constantly being shot at or bombed, and in ''Undaunted'' she finds herself annoyed that she ''wasn't'' the target of the latest round.

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* ArtificialIntelligence: Nelly, Kris' personal computer.
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computer. She started as an ordinary non-sentient pocket computer but Kris spent much of her kids.
teenage years upgrading her with her Aunt Tru. Then, early in the series, Tru tasks Nelly with trying to activate a fragment of the alien computer on Santa Maria, and Nelly develops into a fully sapient being. [[spoiler:Up to and including creating children of her own.]]
* AssassinOutclassin: AssassinOutclassin:
**
Kris has escaped or outfought a disturbingly large number of murder attempts (to the point where at one point Kris jokingly asks Nelly to time how long until the next one, and Nell snarks that she can't count that ''low''). By late in the series Kris actually gets rather blase about constantly being shot at or bombed, and in ''Undaunted'' she finds herself annoyed that she ''wasn't'' the target of the latest round.



* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: The first book takes part with the backdrop of "devolution", the impending breakup of [[TheFederation the Society of Humanity]] after eighty years of peace and mounting cultural-political tension between the urbanized, overpopulated, crime-ridden welfare states of the early planets (e.g. Earth and New Eden) and the less populous, more conservative Rim. But actual war is {{defied}}: [[spoiler:Kris leads a mutiny when the commanders of Attack Squadron Six try to attack an Earth fleet and start war between the core worlds and the Rim, and devolution happens peacefully as a result. Earth awards Kris the Order of the Wounded Lion, its highest decoration for valor, for this.]]

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* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: The first book takes part with the backdrop of "devolution", the impending breakup of [[TheFederation the Society of Humanity]] after eighty years of peace and mounting cultural-political tension between the urbanized, overpopulated, crime-ridden welfare states of the early planets (e.g. Earth and New Eden) and the less populous, more conservative Rim. But actual war is {{defied}}: [[spoiler:Kris leads a mutiny when the commanders of Attack Squadron Six try to attack an Earth fleet and start war between the core worlds and the Rim, Rim (with the suspected connivance of Greenfeld), and devolution happens peacefully as a result. Earth awards Kris the Order of the Wounded Lion, its highest decoration for valor, for this.]]
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