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6th Aug '17 8:23:15 PM Kalaong
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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor while maintaining their quality of life, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert - realizing that humans would never do the same as long as there are terracompatible planets to exploit - thus uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make the discovery themselves or die trying]].

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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather HostileWeather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor while maintaining their quality of life, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert - realizing that humans would never do the same as long as there are terracompatible planets to exploit - thus uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make the discovery themselves or die trying]].
6th Aug '17 8:21:38 PM Kalaong
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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert - realizing that humans would never do the same as long as there are terracompatible planets to exploit - thus uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make the discovery themselves or die trying]].

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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor, splendor while maintaining their quality of life, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert - realizing that humans would never do the same as long as there are terracompatible planets to exploit - thus uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make the discovery themselves or die trying]].
17th Jul '17 6:45:25 PM Kalaong
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* GeniusLoci Edenist habitats are living sentient space stations. Voidhawks and Blackhawks, are living, sentient starships.

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* GeniusLoci GeniusLoci: Edenist habitats are living sentient space stations. Voidhawks and Blackhawks, are living, sentient starships.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: subverted, in that many characters are quite religious, practicing faiths more-or-less indistinguishable from modern religions, including pioneer-style Protestantism, Sunni Islam and, largely for purposes of [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]], heavy metal-style Satanism. Edenists are overwhelmingly atheist, however. They don't enforce atheist or any other beliefs, but Edenists definitely lay a mild stigma on believers.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: subverted, in that many characters are quite religious, practicing faiths more-or-less indistinguishable from modern religions, including pioneer-style Protestantism, Sunni Islam and, largely for purposes of [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]], heavy metal-style Satanism.HollywoodSatanism - [[spoiler:though ''that'' was invented by Earth's government to entrap at-risk youths so they can be SentencedToDownUnder]]. Edenists are overwhelmingly atheist, however. They don't enforce atheist atheism - or any other beliefs, beliefs for that matter - but Edenists definitely lay a mild stigma on believers.hanging around GeniusLoci that offers provable immortality tends to screw with one's faith.
17th Jul '17 2:18:07 PM Kalaong
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** Deconstructed in that despite having practiced this policy for centuries, the overcrowding is ''still'' an apocalyptic issue - especially since the selection pressure has made most Earthers so meek and hidebound they're more likely to commit suicide than any other crime. [[spoiler:So Govcentral is ''sponsoring'' organized crime - in the form of the ultra-violent "[[HollywoodSatanism Light Bringer]]" cults - simply to ''corrupt'' the [[TeensAreMonsters younger generation into criminals]] that can then be deported]].

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** Deconstructed in that despite having practiced this policy for centuries, the overcrowding is ''still'' an apocalyptic issue - especially since the selection pressure has made most Earthers so meek and hidebound they're more likely to commit suicide than any other crime. [[spoiler:So Govcentral Thus, [[spoiler:Govcentral is ''sponsoring'' organized crime - in the form of the ultra-violent "[[HollywoodSatanism Light Bringer]]" cults - simply to ''corrupt'' increase the [[TeensAreMonsters younger generation into criminals]] that number of criminals they can then be deported]].deport]].



* BornLucky: Joshua "Lagrange" Calvert. His father, Marcus, features in a side story set some years prior, and he's even ''luckyer''.

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* BornLucky: Joshua "Lagrange" Calvert. His father, Marcus, features in a side story set some years prior, and he's even ''luckyer''.''luckier''.



* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert takes this to heart, and uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make those discoveries themselves or die trying]].

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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert takes this - realizing that humans would never do the same as long as there are terracompatible planets to heart, and exploit - thus uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make those discoveries the discovery themselves or die trying]].



* HollywoodSatanism: The "Light Bringer" cults of Earth. Notably, [[spoiler:they're an InvokedTrope; sponsored by Govcentral to entrap at-risk youths so a yearly quota can be ''[[SentencedToDownUnder deported]]'', they were '''purposefully designed''' to be ridiculously over-the-top sources of violent crime, so as to prevent courts from sympathizing with them. One of these indoctrinated is '''''[[BigBad Quinn Dexter]]''''' - and discovering that his faith was engineered by the government solely to give them the excuse to throw him off the planet pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].

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* HollywoodSatanism: The "Light Bringer" cults of Earth. Notably, [[spoiler:they're an InvokedTrope; sponsored by Govcentral to entrap [[TeensAreMonsters at-risk youths youths]] so a yearly quota can be ''[[SentencedToDownUnder deported]]'', they were '''purposefully designed''' to be ridiculously over-the-top sources of violent crime, so as to prevent courts from sympathizing with them. One of these indoctrinated is '''''[[BigBad Quinn Dexter]]''''' - and discovering that his faith was engineered by the government solely to give them the excuse to throw him off the planet pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].
16th Jul '17 8:31:17 PM Kalaong
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive [[spoiler: The rulers of Earth, the "B7 Security Council". The Adamist/Edenist split was actually an unintended consequence of trying to monopolize Affinity technology as a form of immortality - the bitek habitats being able to cheaply extract precious metals from asteroid ore was surprising enough, but Dr. Wing Tsit-Chong figuring out a ''superior'' method to their own BodySurf technique - the neural strata of bitek habitats - created an entire civilization out of nothing]].

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive [[spoiler: The rulers of Earth, the "B7 Security Council". The Adamist/Edenist split was actually an unintended consequence of trying to monopolize Affinity technology as a form of immortality - immortality; the bitek habitats being able to cheaply extract precious metals from asteroid ore was surprising enough, but Dr. Wing Tsit-Chong figuring out a ''superior'' method to their own BodySurf technique - the neural strata of bitek habitats - created an entire civilization out of nothing]].
16th Jul '17 8:29:03 PM Kalaong
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** Deconstructed in that despite having practiced this policy for centuries, the overcrowding is ''still'' an apocalyptic issue - especially since the selection pressure has made most Earthers so meek and hidebound they're more likely to commit suicide than any other crime. [[spoiler:So Govcentral is ''sponsoring'' organized crime - in the form of the ultra-violent "[[HollywoodSatanism Light Bringer]]" cults - simply to ''corrupt'' the [[TeensAreMonsters younger generation into criminals]] that can then be deported. Quinn Dexter is one such cultist, and discovering this pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].

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** Deconstructed in that despite having practiced this policy for centuries, the overcrowding is ''still'' an apocalyptic issue - especially since the selection pressure has made most Earthers so meek and hidebound they're more likely to commit suicide than any other crime. [[spoiler:So Govcentral is ''sponsoring'' organized crime - in the form of the ultra-violent "[[HollywoodSatanism Light Bringer]]" cults - simply to ''corrupt'' the [[TeensAreMonsters younger generation into criminals]] that can then be deported. Quinn Dexter is one such cultist, and discovering this pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].deported]].



* HollywoodSatanism: The "Light Bringer" cults of Earth. Notably, [[spoiler:they're an InvokedTrope; sponsored by Govcentral to entrap at-risk youths so a yearly quota can be ''[[SentencedToDownUnder deported]]'', they're '''designed''' to be ridiculously over-the-top executors of violent crime, so as to prevent courts from sympathizing with them. One of these indoctrinated is '''''[[BigBad Quinn Dexter]]''''' - and he's apocalyptically unhappy that his faith was engineered by the government solely to give them the excuse to throw him off the planet]].

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* HollywoodSatanism: The "Light Bringer" cults of Earth. Notably, [[spoiler:they're an InvokedTrope; sponsored by Govcentral to entrap at-risk youths so a yearly quota can be ''[[SentencedToDownUnder deported]]'', they're '''designed''' they were '''purposefully designed''' to be ridiculously over-the-top executors sources of violent crime, so as to prevent courts from sympathizing with them. One of these indoctrinated is '''''[[BigBad Quinn Dexter]]''''' - and he's apocalyptically unhappy discovering that his faith was engineered by the government solely to give them the excuse to throw him off the planet]].planet pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].
16th Jul '17 5:10:08 PM Kalaong
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** Deconstructed in that despite having practiced this policy for centuries, the overcrowding is ''still'' an apocalyptic issue - especially since the selection pressure has made most Earthers so meek and hidebound they're more likely to commit suicide than any other crime. [[spoiler:So Govcentral is ''sponsoring'' organized crime - in the form of the vice- and violence-worshipping "God's Brother" cults - simply to ''corrupt'' the [[TeensAreMonsters younger generation into criminals]] that can then be deported. Quinn Dexter is one such cultist, and discovering this pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].

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** Deconstructed in that despite having practiced this policy for centuries, the overcrowding is ''still'' an apocalyptic issue - especially since the selection pressure has made most Earthers so meek and hidebound they're more likely to commit suicide than any other crime. [[spoiler:So Govcentral is ''sponsoring'' organized crime - in the form of the vice- and violence-worshipping "God's Brother" ultra-violent "[[HollywoodSatanism Light Bringer]]" cults - simply to ''corrupt'' the [[TeensAreMonsters younger generation into criminals]] that can then be deported. Quinn Dexter is one such cultist, and discovering this pisses him off so much he dedicates all his efforts into not only yanking Earth out of reality, but ''[[RealityBreakingParadox breaking]]'' reality out of sheer nihilistic rage]].



* HollywoodSatanism: The "Light Bringer" cults of Earth. Notably, [[spoiler:they're an InvokedTrope; sponsored by Govcentral to entrap at-risk youths so a yearly quota can be ''[[SentencedToDownUnder deported]]'', they're '''designed''' to be ridiculously over-the-top executors of violent crime, so as to prevent courts from sympathizing with them. One of these indoctrinated is '''''[[BigBad Quinn Dexter]]''''' - and he's apocalyptically unhappy that his faith was engineered by the government solely to give them the excuse to throw him off the planet]].



** To a lesser degree, the Alchemist- see ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill below.



* SentencedToDownUnder: The Involuntary Transportees AKA "IVETs". Earth is ''ridiculously'' overpopulated, so getting shipped off to any world willing to accept the tax credit is the punishment for ''[[AllCrimesAreEqual any]]'' conviction.

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* SentencedToDownUnder: The Involuntary Transportees AKA "IVETs"."[=IVETs=]". Earth is ''ridiculously'' overpopulated, so getting shipped off to any world willing to accept the tax credit is the punishment for ''[[AllCrimesAreEqual any]]'' conviction.



* SolarCPR: the Alchemist's "Violent" setting is used to [[spoiler: turn a gas-giant planet into a nascent star]].
* SpheroidDropship: The series features a lot of spherical spacecraft (e. g. ''The Lady Macbeth''). They are mostly used by the Adamists.

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* SolarCPR: the Alchemist's "Violent" setting is used to [[spoiler: turn a gas-giant planet into a nascent star]].
* SpheroidDropship: The series features a lot of spherical spacecraft (e. All Adamist FTL craft(e.g. ''The Lady Macbeth''). Macbeth''), as the stardrive teleports objects as perfect spheres. They are mostly used by even retract all sensors and heat emission systems prior to jump, otherwise the Adamists.drive will shear them right off.



** Also, the Alchemist. It can [[spoiler: create a black hole]] on the "humane" setting. Or, of course, you can use the more [[EarthShatteringKaboom destructive]] setting.


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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The titular "Neutronium Alchemist" of the second book. Notably, it has three settings;
##The least destructive setting can [[spoiler:turn a gas-giant planet into a nascent star]].
##The standard setting can [[spoiler:turn an average star into a short-lived black hole]].
##The [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill most destructive]] setting can [[spoiler:make a [[StarKilling star go nova]]. Ironically, this requires ''less'' power than the previous setting]].
16th Jul '17 2:24:06 PM Kalaong
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* EnergyEconomy: Though planets and nations sometimes use their own currencies, interstellar commerce is dominated by the mighty "fuseodollar", redeemable for Helium-3 at your friendly neighborhood Edenist cloudscoop.
16th Jul '17 7:52:29 AM Kalaong
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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made burning carbon fuels as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert takes this to heart, and uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make those discoveries themselves or die trying]].

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* GreenAesop: A CentralTheme, although it's only implied until the very end; Earth has become uninhabitable outside domed cities. It's not even due to air or water pollution; fusion reactors have made fissionables -- let alone burning carbon fuels -- as quaint as knapping flint, and purifying water is just a matter of energy. The catch is that there's no solution for ''heat'' pollution save to ''not'' use energy. Between choosing to live in picturesque squalor and maintaining an industrial lifestyle, humans decided to move to cities and fortify them against weather that has become so fierce it is capable of stripping topsoil down to bedrock. This process is repeating itself on every world humans colonize. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Kiint point out that this is part of the reason they are refusing to aid in the possession crisis; ''they'' cracked {{Matter Replicator}}s ''millennia'' ago, enabling them to return their blighted homeworld to pastoral splendor, terraform barren worlds to their desires and basically live a "post urban" existence wherever they please. As a result, their encounter with the Beyond was as simple as cloning new bodies for their Possessed to live in until they were psychologically stable enough to GoIntoTheLight. Calvert takes this to heart, and uses the powers of the Sleeping God to teleport every human planet and habitat to an isolated area in intergalactic space, forcing them to make those discoveries themselves or die trying]].
16th Jul '17 7:49:11 AM Kalaong
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* AllCrimesAreEqual: Earth's population is so huge, and its cities so desperately overcrowded, any and all crimes with a guilty verdict tend to result in the convict being sent off to be used as manual labor on colony worlds that have just been established.

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* AllCrimesAreEqual: Earth's population is so huge, and its cities so desperately overcrowded, any and all crimes with a guilty verdict tend to result in the convict being sent off to be used SentencedToDownUnder as manual labor on colony worlds that have just been established.
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