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* HurtingHero/StartofDarkness: Neither Jonah nor Klaus can escape their past, but one tries to set it aside, or even [[TheAtoner atone]], while the other clings to [[BloodKnight duty]] and [[RevengeBeforeReason vengeance]].

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* HurtingHero/StartofDarkness: HurtingHero / StartOfDarkness: Neither Jonah nor Klaus can escape their past, but one tries to set it aside, or even [[TheAtoner atone]], while the other clings to [[BloodKnight duty]] and [[RevengeBeforeReason vengeance]].


* ChurchOfHappyology: Communes based on an extreme cult of personality are called 'hubbards'.

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* ChurchOfHappyology: Communes based on an extreme cult of personality are called 'hubbards'.'hubbards' as an obvious reference to L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.


* TheFederation: The Confederacy, centered on Earth, claims jurisdiction over 76 human worlds and seven inhabited by [[DesignerBabies frankensteins]] and [[PettingZooPeople Moreaus]]. The Confederacy is divided into five Arms, and each planet is largely self-governing. The Confederacy mainly serves to maintain stability, by forbidding war (be it revolution or invasion) and [[NoTranshumanismAllowed heretical technologies]]. The Terran Executive Command comes down on violators like a ton of bricks, or rather like [[ColonyDrop several tons of ceramic filament dropped from orbit.]]

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* TheFederation: The Confederacy, centered on Earth, claims jurisdiction over 76 human worlds and seven inhabited by [[DesignerBabies frankensteins]] and [[PettingZooPeople [[UpliftedAnimal Moreaus]]. The Confederacy is divided into five Arms, and each planet is largely self-governing. The Confederacy mainly serves to maintain stability, by forbidding war (be it revolution or invasion) and [[NoTranshumanismAllowed heretical technologies]]. The Terran Executive Command comes down on violators like a ton of bricks, or rather like [[ColonyDrop several tons of ceramic filament dropped from orbit.]]


* OpenSecret: Jefferson City is treated like this. They're a democratic-socialist city, and the only bona fide government on Bakunin. Everyone else calls them Jefferson Commune, because if they weren't a commune, they'd be a state, and Bakunin can't have that, now.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Proteus colony is based on [[NoTranshumanismAllowed heretical technology]]. Dacham hits it with three shots from the [[KillSat linac]],after landing [[NuclearOption dozens of nuclear devices]] on it.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Proteus colony is based on [[NoTranshumanismAllowed heretical technology]]. Dacham hits it with three shots from the [[KillSat linac]],after linac]], after landing [[NuclearOption dozens of nuclear devices]] on it.


* AnarchyIsChaos: Averted. For a planet with no formal government Bakunin is surprisingly stable until the Confederacy shows up. It runs pretty much on leaving your neighbor to their own devices as long as they're not hurting anyone.

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* AnarchyIsChaos: Averted.Downplayed. For a planet with no formal government Bakunin is surprisingly stable until the Confederacy shows up. It runs pretty much on leaving your neighbor to their own devices as long as they're not hurting anyone. That said, CorporateWarfare is part of living there, and extortion and "law enforcement" are one and the same across much of it.

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* EveryoneIsArmed: Bakunin takes it to the point where it's actually considered rude to come to a business meeting (such as a gun buy Dom Magnus goes to at the start of ''Profiteer'') ''without'' a weapon, and one's sidearm is almost a status symbol.


* AIIsACrapshoot:The first AIs Earth encountered were being used by aliens to aid their manipulation of human society. As a result, AI is [[NoTranshumanismAllowed discouraged]] with [[NukeEm religious]] [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure zeal]] on almost every Terran colonized planet.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The planet of Waldgrave, where the Dacham brothers grew up, is a planet inhabited by blond blue-eyed people, ruled by an openly fascist government, and devoted to ethnic purity.

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* AIIsACrapshoot:The AIIsACrapshoot: The first AIs Earth encountered were being used by aliens to aid their manipulation of human society. As a result, AI is [[NoTranshumanismAllowed discouraged]] with [[NukeEm religious]] [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure zeal]] on almost every Terran colonized planet.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The planet of Waldgrave, where the Dacham brothers grew up, is AnarchyIsChaos: Averted. For a planet inhabited by blond blue-eyed people, ruled by an openly fascist government, and devoted with no formal government Bakunin is surprisingly stable until the Confederacy shows up. It runs pretty much on leaving your neighbor to ethnic purity.their own devices as long as they're not hurting anyone.


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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The planet of Waldgrave, where the Dacham brothers grew up, is a planet inhabited by blond blue-eyed people, ruled by an openly fascist government, and devoted to ethnic purity.


* ChurchofHappyology: Communes based on an extreme cult of personality are called 'hubbards'.

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* ChurchofHappyology: ChurchOfHappyology: Communes based on an extreme cult of personality are called 'hubbards'.


* ColonyDrop: Jonah Dacham destroyed the city of Styx this way, killing 35,000 people, including his mother [[spoiler: (Not really; Olmanov had her killed)]]. Later, Klaus Dacham does the same thing to [[spoiler: the refugees from Godwin Arms]]



* OrbitalBombardment: The series uses the DeadlyEuphemism "orbital reduction of target" for it. It consists of dropping a cloud of heavy filaments from orbit and has good ground-penetration properties. [[spoiler:Klaus attempts to use it against Dom's escaped workers, but they escape before it hits.]]

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* OrbitalBombardment: The series uses the DeadlyEuphemism "orbital reduction of target" for it. It consists of dropping a cloud of heavy filaments from orbit and has good ground-penetration properties. [[spoiler:Klaus attempts Jonah Dacham destroyed the city of Styx this way, killing 35,000 people, including his mother [[spoiler: (Not really; Olmanov had her killed)]]. Later, Klaus Dacham does the same thing to use it against Dom's escaped workers, but they escape before it hits.]][[spoiler: the refugees from Godwin Arms]].


Not to be confused with the [[Literature/HostileTakeoverShwartz novel by Susan Shwartz]]. The ''Hostile Takeover'' trilogy by S.A. Swann consists of ''Profiteer'', ''Partisan'', and ''Revolutionary''. This series is part of the Literature/TerranConfederacy {{Verse}}.

Three centuries after the events of the Literature/MoreauSeries, Earth has colonized 84 planets. 83 of them are divided among the 5 arms of the Confederacy, which claims authority over all Terran sapients. The 84th is the planet of [[LibertariansInSpace Bakunin]], which has no government that could sign the Confederate Charter and won't stand for any such thing to exist. Bakunin's billion-odd people (there's no census) are divided among dozens of communes, each devoted to some religion, ideology, philosopy, or personality, as well as the cities, run by one or more feuding corporations.

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to be confused with the [[Literature/HostileTakeoverShwartz novel by Susan Shwartz]]. world of Bakunin]]--where the only laws are those of [[LibertariansInSpace self-preservation, profit and power...]]]]
The ''Hostile Takeover'' trilogy by S.A. Swann consists of ''Profiteer'', ''Partisan'', and ''Revolutionary''. This series is part of the Literature/TerranConfederacy {{Verse}}.

Three centuries after the events of the Literature/MoreauSeries, ''Literature/MoreauSeries'', Earth has colonized 84 planets. 83 of them are divided among the 5 arms of the Confederacy, which claims authority over all Terran sapients. The 84th is the planet of [[LibertariansInSpace Bakunin]], which has no government that could sign the Confederate Charter and won't stand for any such thing to exist. Bakunin's billion-odd people (there's no census) are divided among dozens of communes, each devoted to some religion, ideology, philosopy, or personality, as well as the cities, run by one or more feuding corporations.




Not to be confused with the [[Literature/HostileTakeoverShwartz novel by Susan Shwartz]].






* OlderThanTheyLook Wormhole travel is instantaneous for those who travel through them, but takes years from an outside perspective. Several characters have chronological ages widely divergent from their apparent age for this reason.

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* OlderThanTheyLook OlderThanTheyLook: Wormhole travel is instantaneous for those who travel through them, but takes years from an outside perspective. Several characters have chronological ages widely divergent from their apparent age for this reason.reason.
* OrbitalBombardment: The series uses the DeadlyEuphemism "orbital reduction of target" for it. It consists of dropping a cloud of heavy filaments from orbit and has good ground-penetration properties. [[spoiler:Klaus attempts to use it against Dom's escaped workers, but they escape before it hits.]]



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:The Proteus colony is based on [[NoTranshumanismAllowed heretical technology]]. Dacham hits it with three shots from the [[KillSat linac]],after landing [[NuclearOption dozens of nuclear devices]] on it.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:The ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The Proteus colony is based on [[NoTranshumanismAllowed heretical technology]]. Dacham hits it with three shots from the [[KillSat linac]],after landing [[NuclearOption dozens of nuclear devices]] on it.



* StarfishAliens The Paralians are described as 'squid-dolphins'

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* StarfishAliens StarfishAliens: The Paralians are described as 'squid-dolphins'



* WretchedHive: Godwin City is run by a mixture of armed gangs and literally feuding corporations. There is no law enforcement beyond what someone's willing to pay for.

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* WretchedHive: Godwin City is run by a mixture of armed gangs and literally feuding corporations. There is no law enforcement beyond what someone's willing to pay for.for.
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Not to be confused with the [[Literature/HostileTakeoverShwartz novel by Susan Shwartz]]. The ''Hostile Takeover'' trilogy by S.A. Swann consists of ''Profiteer'', ''Partisan'', and ''Revolutionary''.

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Not to be confused with the [[Literature/HostileTakeoverShwartz novel by Susan Shwartz]]. The ''Hostile Takeover'' trilogy by S.A. Swann consists of ''Profiteer'', ''Partisan'', and ''Revolutionary''.
''Revolutionary''. This series is part of the Literature/TerranConfederacy {{Verse}}.

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* OlderThanTheyLook Wormhole travel is instantaneous for those who travel through them, but takes years from an outside perspective. Several characters have chronological ages widely divergent from their apparent age for this reason.

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* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Virtually everything on or relating to [[LibertariansInSpace Bakunin]], from the star Kropotkin that it orbits down to the Friedman Hotel on Lenin Avenue in Proudhon City is named after some anarchist, minarchist, socialist and/or anti-statist philosopher or theorist.

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* DeceptivelyHumanRobot: Mike Kelly[[spoiler: and Tjale Mosasa]] look entirely human, but those who rely on smell or can see deeper into the spectrum than humans can aren't fooled, and each does something impossible in view of others, revealing their true nature.

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* {{Cyborg}}: Dominic Magnus[[spoiler:/Jonah Dacham]] has been extensively rebuilt, including a [[ArtificialLimbs replacement arm and leg]], as well as complete skin replacement and facial reconstruction.


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