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** Most readers of Asher would strongly disagree with any 'Space Opera' comparison. Star Wars is Space Opera. While the Polity series may not be the hardest sci-fi out there trying to shoehorn every real-life scientific principle into a setting because reasons, it is most certainly light-years away from Space Opera. Even Star Trek isn't Space Opera.

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* DeathWorld: Spatterjay, where virtually every living thing is chiefly interested in immediately eating every ''other'' living thing on sight.

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** Most readers of Asher would strongly disagree with any 'Space Opera' comparison. Star Wars is Space Opera. While the Polity series may not be the hardest sci-fi out there trying to shoehorn every real-life scientific principle into a setting because reasons, it is most certainly light-years away from Space Opera. Even Star Trek isn't Space Opera.


* ''Infinity Engine'' (2017)



* CrainialProcessingUnit: Averted with Reifications, who carry their "memcrystal" somewhere in their chest. This is likely close to the power source that supplies all of the mechanisms that reanimate their bodies.

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* CrainialProcessingUnit: CranialProcessingUnit: Averted with Reifications, who carry their "memcrystal" somewhere in their chest. This is likely close to the power source that supplies all of the mechanisms that reanimate their bodies.

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* KryptoniteFactor: The only thing that can kill someone infected with the Spatterjay virus is a poison called sprine, extracted from the organs of giant sea serpents.

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* PlanetSpaceship: Some of the Polity's larger dreadnoughts are the size of moons- in fact, they're sometimes used as artificial moons for generating tides on terraformed planets when not on active duty.

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* CrainialProcessingUnit: Averted with Reifications, who carry their "memcrystal" somewhere in their chest. This is likely close to the power source that supplies all of the mechanisms that reanimate their bodies.
** Implied to be the case with Golems as when two are "burned out" by a self-destructed command in ''The Line of Polity'' they are described as having smoke coming from their heads. Isis Wade also survives having all of his body below the sternum disintegrated.

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** In ''Voyage of the Sable Keech'', several Reifs take Captain Ron and Erlin hostage. The hostage situation lasts until Ron and Erlin decided they are needed elsewhere.


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* UnnecessarilyCreepyRobot: Sniper (in his original shell) is a giant metal crayfish, with guns for mouthparts (which move to represent him 'smiling'), and is considered abnormally scary/ugly even by the standards of war-drones.

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** Even worse, for an older Hooper, is to fall in the sea and not get rescued (or instantly killed). They can potentially spend hundreds of years in the sea, being continually eaten alive (and regenerating), and 'drowning' without actually dying. Their only real hope is to be attacked by a predator large enough to kill them outright.


* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: A number of characters are smart enough to avoid [[spoiler: NeverFoundTheBody]] scenarios or assuming that a villain will keep their word and just leave the Polity. Unfortunately despite their efforts, [[spoiler: Jain Tech means that said body can be microscopic]].
** It also helps that most use weapons that ensures there is only a body at the atomic level...[[spoiler:goddamned Jain Tech!]]


The stories follow two plotlines. The first, occurring in the 2400s is centered around the Earth Central Security Agent Ian Cormac, and later his allies that have managed to survive at least 2 books. The second, set in the 31st Century, is centered around three travelers to the primitive world of Spatterjay and its notoriously deadly seas.

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The stories follow two three plotlines. The first, occurring in the 2400s is centered around the Earth Central Security Agent Ian Cormac, and later his allies that have managed to survive at least 2 books. The second, set in the 31st Century, is centered around three travelers to the primitive world of Spatterjay and its notoriously deadly seas.
seas. The third takes place sometime between the two, following around the rogue AI war drone Penny Royal.


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* ''War Factory'' (2016)

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Medical technology in the Polity has advanced to the point where aging is virtually halted (to the point where letting one's hair go naturally gray is something of a fashion statement) and complete bodily destruction doesn't necessary mean that the human mind has to also cease existing. It's stated that the only real way for someone to die is for an individual to eventually become so bored that they have to make the conscious decision to stop living with no way for others to effect an involuntary resurrection.

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* BioAugmentation: Nearly everyone in the Polity has some sort of augmentation, with the most basic being an implant that connects users to the data network. Things like mechanically boosted joints, additional limbs, and expanded brain capacity are considered commonplace.
** Gridlinking allows users unlimited access to data and to even converse with [=AIs=] directly. However, it is also considered addictive and dangerous because users become increasingly dependent on AI assistance and they start forgetting to interact with the outside world. As a result, Gridlinked users are only supposed to be connected for a few years before being forced to disconnect.


* {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}}: The Polity does not condone interfering with other governments... However a number of quasi-legal groups exist with rather restricted weapons with the sole aim of forcing The Polity to intervene and assimilate planets. It's not strictly enforced; the Polity and ECS do not interfere, but Polity citizens are allowed a lot of freedoms, amongst them is the right to arm foreign rebels, provided said gear is not military grade, even though something which is considered obsolete by civilian standards outclasses anything outside the Polity.
** However ECS will enthusiastically screw the {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} with extreme prejudice if a Polity citizen has been harmed.

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* {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}}: AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Polity does not condone interfering with other governments... However a number of quasi-legal groups exist with rather restricted weapons with the sole aim of forcing The Polity to intervene and assimilate planets. It's not strictly enforced; the Polity and ECS do not interfere, but Polity citizens are allowed a lot of freedoms, amongst them is the right to arm foreign rebels, provided said gear is not military grade, even though something which is considered obsolete by civilian standards outclasses anything outside the Polity.
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Polity. However, ECS will enthusiastically screw the {{Alien Alien Non-Interference Clause}} Clause with extreme prejudice if a Polity citizen has been harmed.


* ConservationOfNinjutsu: A single Jain infected human can often survive multiple times against attacks that would be considered [[NoKillLikeOverkill overkill against a planet]], but when you get multiple [[spoiler: pure Jain soldiers]] absolutely nothing goes in their favor.
Justified in that the [[spoiler:Jain army]] was confronted by ten Dreadnaughts and the Prador King's personal flagship. While the single infected human spends his entire existence hiding from Polity warships. If they found him, he'd be incinerated from orbit.

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: A single Jain infected human can often survive multiple times against attacks that would be considered [[NoKillLikeOverkill overkill against a planet]], but when you get multiple [[spoiler: pure Jain soldiers]] absolutely nothing goes in their favor. \n Justified in that the [[spoiler:Jain army]] was confronted by ten Dreadnaughts and the Prador King's personal flagship. While the single infected human spends his entire existence hiding from Polity warships. If they found him, he'd be incinerated from orbit.

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