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* Depends on the definition of "not long". 20 years would bring Miles to 60. It would be 20 years before his father died, but much long after than the book.


* Barrayar does have a news media. Ivan spots news aircars hovering around the excavated bunker in ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''. And Vicereine Vorkosigan has a press officer, Blaise Gatti, in ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen''.

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* Barrayar does have a news media. Ivan spots news aircars hovering around the excavated bunker in ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''. And Vicereine Vorkosigan has a press officer, Blaise Gatti, in ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen''.
Queen''. Cordelia notes, though, she has to remind Blaise his job is to make news ''go away''.


Apart from his early injuries, he's been shot, cryo-revived, and exposed to a horrific bio-weapon that left him with low stamina and increased chance of strokes and heart failure. He has regular seizures and uses a cane, especially when he's tired. He's shown as physically weaker in the later books, especially ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.'' Cordelia, in her own thoughts, has no faith that Miles will make it to even a Barryaran old age. Miles privately agrees. Neither of them says so aloud.

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Apart from his early injuries, he's been shot, cryo-revived, and exposed to a horrific bio-weapon that left him with low stamina and increased chance of strokes and heart failure. He has regular seizures and uses a cane, especially when he's tired. He's shown as physically weaker in the later books, especially ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.'' Cordelia, in her own thoughts, has no faith that Miles will make it to even a Barryaran Barrayaran old age. Miles privately agrees. Neither of them says so aloud.

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[[WMG: Miles dies of natural causes, not long after the events in ''Gentleman Jole.'']]

Apart from his early injuries, he's been shot, cryo-revived, and exposed to a horrific bio-weapon that left him with low stamina and increased chance of strokes and heart failure. He has regular seizures and uses a cane, especially when he's tired. He's shown as physically weaker in the later books, especially ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.'' Cordelia, in her own thoughts, has no faith that Miles will make it to even a Barryaran old age. Miles privately agrees. Neither of them says so aloud.

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* Barrayar does have a news media. Ivan spots news aircars hovering around the excavated bunker in ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''. And Vicereine Vorkosigan has a press officer, Blaise Gatti, in ''Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen''.


* Only because Poitr refused to give his name to Miles.

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* Only because Poitr ** On the other hand, the person who refused to give Miles his name ''does'' have the absurd name of Piotr Pierre.
* This custom is discussed mainly in ''Barrayar'', where it is ultimately broken...and in ''Brothers in Arms'', where Miles has every reason
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try to make "Your name is Mark!" sound like a statement that is objectively true.


No, seriously. No reporters are ever mentioned, nobody seems to be watching some equivalent of television on a down night. Imagine ''A Civil Campaign'' where tabloids were blasting that Miles killed Tien to woo Ekaterin--how is this not happening on Barrayar?

My best guess: blame it on Mad Emperor Yuri? Maybe he banned media?

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No, *No, seriously. No reporters are ever mentioned, nobody seems to be watching some equivalent of television on a down night. Imagine ''A Civil Campaign'' where tabloids were blasting that Miles killed Tien to woo Ekaterin--how is this not happening on Barrayar?

My *My best guess: blame it on Mad Emperor Yuri? Maybe he banned media?


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[[WMG: ''Ethan of Athos'' has an unreliable narrator]]

As described, Athos has a bank of cultured ovarian tissue that produces egg cells containing 23 chromosomes--and everyone on Athos who has a baby just uses 23 of their own chromosomes plus the 23 chromosomes in the egg, rather than, say, discarding the egg's DNA and putting in 23 chromosomes each from two fathers. This means in particular that after a few generations, almost all of the Athosians' DNA is from the egg banks and almost none is from the Founding Fathers. This description is wrong--lots of Athosian couples do go for two-father babies, it's just a few people who keep up the one-father babies as a tradition. ''Ethan of Athos'' is written by Quinn, or an Impsec analyst, based on Quinn's interactions with Ethan and a few of his letters to her after his return home. Ethan concealed the prevalence of two-father babies from Quinn (1) because he was emphasizing the hundred sons who would both come from her eggs and carry her DNA, rather than the thousand who would not, and (2) because Terrence Cee's plan still works. The telepathy gene is in the ''mitochondrial'' DNA, rather than the autosomal DNA, they're going to have a planet completely full of telepaths in one generation rather than a planet half full of telepaths in two, and they want to get there before Quinn's employer (or Cetaganda) expect.


** It is a near-absolute monarchy, ''not'' a democracy. Also, the Time of Isolation was not all that many generations ago and the Barrayarans would not have had a cultural tradition of news media or free press. One should not imagine it to be a huge stretch that the emperors and the counts have not supported establishment of such media either locally or on a planetary scale. Plus, it is likely that any would-be reporters are too scared of ImpSec knocking on (or down) their doors to post anything that negatively reflects on the High Vor, government officials, the military or ImpSec itself.

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** It is a near-absolute monarchy, ''not'' a democracy. Also, the Time of Isolation was not all that many generations ago and the Barrayarans would not have had a cultural tradition of news media or free press. One should not imagine it to be a huge stretch that the emperors and the counts have not supported establishment of such media either locally or on a planetary scale. Plus, it is likely that any would-be reporters are too scared of ImpSec [=ImpSec=] knocking on (or down) their doors to post anything that negatively reflects on the High Vor, government officials, the military or ImpSec [=ImpSec=] itself.

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** It is a near-absolute monarchy, ''not'' a democracy. Also, the Time of Isolation was not all that many generations ago and the Barrayarans would not have had a cultural tradition of news media or free press. One should not imagine it to be a huge stretch that the emperors and the counts have not supported establishment of such media either locally or on a planetary scale. Plus, it is likely that any would-be reporters are too scared of ImpSec knocking on (or down) their doors to post anything that negatively reflects on the High Vor, government officials, the military or ImpSec itself.




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\n*** Ah but here's the rub, it was arguably much better to [[OffingTheOffspring kill off]] [[TheCaligula said son]] and said [[ToxicFriendInfluence sycophants]]/[[TheCorrupter manipulators]] that way rather then let them ascend to absolute power after Ezar's death. Hundreds or thousands probably died as a result of that military misadventure; but plausibly more, by one or two orders of magnitude, would have been killed in the first few of years (if not the within just the first) of Emperor Serg's reign. That almost certainly would have included non-Barayarans as well, as Serg was already expansionist if for no other reason than to serve his own ego and that would not have changed. Furthermore, if anything was going to eventually stoke a wide-scale rebellion by Komarr, being subject to the whims of an egomanical, depraved, sadist with absolute power probably would be it. Emperor Ezar was in no way a [[MagnificentBastard conventionally good man,]] but [[PragmaticVillainy he of all people]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards recognized]] what a disaster his son succeeding him would be for the Vorbarra line, Barrayar, as well as Kormarr and the neighboring systems (although Ezar probably didn't worry that much about the latter).





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** Although I very much doubt there is anything like a constitutionally protected free press on Barrayar; I'm sure there was some form of news media by the time of Aral's regency and it continued into Gregor's reign. However, there was almost certainly a significant amount of influence the central Barayarran government could put at least the primary news outlets, and allowing such lurid speculation to run rampant would not serve Emperor Gregor politically nor sit well with his personal affection for Miles (and that's setting aside the fact that in this case Gregor would know the truth that Miles had nothing to do with Tien's death other than being a helpless witness, even though the whole thing is a state secret).



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* Only because Poitr refused to give his name to Miles.

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[[WMG: Why is there no media on Barrayar?]]

No, seriously. No reporters are ever mentioned, nobody seems to be watching some equivalent of television on a down night. Imagine ''A Civil Campaign'' where tabloids were blasting that Miles killed Tien to woo Ekaterin--how is this not happening on Barrayar?

My best guess: blame it on Mad Emperor Yuri? Maybe he banned media?



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** Discussed (and possibly Jossed?) in-series, in Komarr. After being needled about his father secretly planning the massacre by a Komarran conspiracy theorist, and giving that notion a resounding rebuttal, said theorist backpedals onto Ezar as a possible plotter; Miles agrees that Ezar was quite likely ruthless enough, but counters that even laying aside all moral considerations, the Massacre was supremely ''wasteful'', something no-one has ever accused Ezar of being. Of course, this is Miles' opinion rather than fact.



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** Except Ezar explicitly made Aral regent because Aral had absolutely no desire to rule, and Ezar knew him since Aral was a child. It's more likely that Ezar had Negri cover up Aral's duels.

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[[WMG: The Komarran Massacre was secretly engineered by Emperor Ezar to smear Aral Vorkosigan.]]

* Ezar knew that it would make Komarr more restive, not less, but he was more worried about Aral. Ezar was afraid that Aral's policies would produce a planetary BecauseYouWereNiceToMe, giving Aral a political power base on Komarr.

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