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** RidiculousFutureInflation in the the Kallifrax arc; the planet's most popular currency [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-8/ losing 95% of its face value]] in less than a century as a result of oligarchs buying up all the physical resources with paper. Most don't realize that ''this is happening in real life'' -- '''in the United States''' -- what cost a grand in 1900 would cost ''thirty'' grand in 2016, AKA a thousand modern dollars is the equivalent of '''thirty five''' 1900 dollars!

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** RidiculousFutureInflation in the the Kallifrax arc; the planet's most popular currency [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-8/ losing 95% of its face value]] in less than a century as a result of oligarchs buying up all the physical resources with paper. Most don't realize that ''this is happening in real life'' -- '''in the United States''' -- what cost a grand in 1900 would cost ''thirty'' grand in 2016, AKA a thousand modern dollars is the equivalent of '''thirty five''' 1900 dollars!


** As for ungoverned space? In this 'verse, it is ''deeply'' stupid to wander around outside charted space playing outlaw; you're swimming past the shark nets and easy prey for barbarian hordes such as the cannibalistic Kvrk-chk who have been playing outlaw for a ''lot'' longer than you have.

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** As for ungoverned space? In this 'verse, it is ''deeply'' stupid to wander around outside charted space playing outlaw; you're swimming past the shark nets and easy prey for barbarian hordes such as the cannibalistic Kvrk-chk who have been playing outlaw for a ''lot'' longer than you have.have -- such as the Kvrk-chk, giant nazi cannibal bugs that are individually capable of destroying and eating ''main battle tanks.''


** There are a few expansionist empires such as the Draco Confederacy trying to gobble up as much of the galaxy as possible, but the ESS considers them only a short-term problem which will solve itself through over-extension as long as the ESS can avoid being conquered before collapse under their own weight.

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** There are a few expansionist empires such as the Draco Confederacy trying to gobble up as much of the galaxy as possible, but the ESS considers them only a short-term problem which will solve itself through over-extension as long as the ESS can avoid being conquered before they collapse under their own weight.



-->'''Omnibus:''' On a personal note, I'm finding your associative processes to be more...complicated to follow than I ever expected.\\

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-->'''Omnibus:''' On a personal note, I'm finding your associative processes to be more... complicated to follow than I ever expected.\\

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* UngovernableGalaxy: A DiscussedTrope in the initial SpacePirate arc, the current Warhammer 40,000 parody arc and the Tales of the Questor crossover;
**Most civilizations settle for their star system of origin and trade with their neighbors for what they can't produce themselves. The Empire of the Seven Systems is a galactic power because it actually manages to ''govern'' seven star systems efficiently without claiming territory they can't police or strangling themselves with bureaucracy.
**There are a few expansionist empires such as the Draco Confederacy trying to gobble up as much of the galaxy as possible, but the ESS considers them only a short-term problem which will solve itself through over-extension as long as the ESS can avoid being conquered before collapse under their own weight.
** As for ungoverned space? In this 'verse, it is ''deeply'' stupid to wander around outside charted space playing outlaw; you're swimming past the shark nets and easy prey for barbarian hordes such as the cannibalistic Kvrk-chk who have been playing outlaw for a ''lot'' longer than you have.


** to give the reader some perspective, the mere gravitational difference between the Earth's surface and orbit is high enough that it is ''proven'' that time moves faster in orbit; the atomic clocks on GPS satellites have to be readjusted by software on a continual basis, otherwise the satellites would be off by 38 microseconds -- and their coordinate readings by ''10 kilometers'' -- in a single day.

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** TruthInTelevision: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_time_dilation gravitational time dilation]] is a very real phenomenon. Relative to Earth's age in billions of years, Earth's core is effectively 2.5 years younger than its surface. To give the reader some perspective, the mere gravitational difference between the Earth's surface and orbit is high enough that it is ''proven'' that time moves faster in orbit; the atomic clocks on GPS satellites have to be readjusted by software on a continual basis, otherwise the satellites would be off by 38 microseconds -- and their coordinate readings by ''10 kilometers'' -- in a single day.day.


--->"Pirates and gangsters and other "outlaws" are nothing but ''arrogant children.'' They think that the rules are just there to spoil their fun, and that only wimps and losers live by them. And so they figure that being an outlaw makes them the biggest, baddest predators in the universe. They're dead wrong. What it makes them is ''rightful prey'' of the civilization they spurned- and of the things civilization ''protected them from'' without them ever knowing. There are powers and principalities out there that ''pick their teeth with the bones of "big, bad outlaws" that wander out past the fence. Our three-eyed little buccaneers just learned their worst nightmare is true: that the ''bars'' on the cage ''aren't there'' to protect the ''tiger''. And the tiger ''isn't them.''"

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--->"Pirates and gangsters and other "outlaws" are nothing but ''arrogant children.'' They think that the rules are just there to spoil their fun, and that only wimps and losers live by them. And so they figure that being an outlaw makes them the biggest, baddest predators in the universe. They're dead wrong. What it makes them is ''rightful prey'' of the civilization they spurned- and of the things civilization ''protected them from'' without them ever knowing. There are powers and principalities out there that ''pick their teeth teeth'' with the bones of "big, bad outlaws" that wander out past the fence. Our three-eyed little buccaneers just learned their worst nightmare is true: that the ''bars'' on the cage ''aren't there'' to protect the ''tiger''. And the tiger ''isn't them.''"


* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. The story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" are the equivalent of ''inflatable pool toys''; no backup power, no backup fuel, no backup life support, and what it does have is shaved so razor-thin that it's within centimeters of catastrophe even in ''ideal operational parameters.'' Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use an EDS for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' They only could be built through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy the system they depend on.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. The story's ''designer'' of the "Emergency Dispatch Ships" are the equivalent of ''inflatable pool toys''; clearly ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0123/ states]]'' that they have no margin for error whatsoever; no backup power, no backup fuel, no backup life support, and what it does have is shaved so razor-thin that it's within centimeters of catastrophe even in ''ideal operational parameters.'' Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use an EDS for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' They only could be built through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy the system they depend on.


** RidiculousFutureInflation in the the Kallifrax arc; the planet's most popular currency [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-8/ losing 95% of its face value]] in less than a century as a result of oligarchs buying up all the physical resources with paper. Most don't realize that ''this is happening in real life'' - what cost a grand in 1900 would cost ''thirty'' grand in 2016, AKA a thousand modern dollars is the equivalent of '''thirty five''' 1900 dollars!

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** RidiculousFutureInflation in the the Kallifrax arc; the planet's most popular currency [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-8/ losing 95% of its face value]] in less than a century as a result of oligarchs buying up all the physical resources with paper. Most don't realize that ''this is happening in real life'' - -- '''in the United States''' -- what cost a grand in 1900 would cost ''thirty'' grand in 2016, AKA a thousand modern dollars is the equivalent of '''thirty five''' 1900 dollars!



* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. The story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" are the equivalent of ''inflatable pool toys''; no backup power, no backup fuel, no backup life support, and what it does have is shaved so razor-thin that it's within centimeters of catastrophe even in ''ideal operational parameters.'' Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use an EDS for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. The story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" are the equivalent of ''inflatable pool toys''; no backup power, no backup fuel, no backup life support, and what it does have is shaved so razor-thin that it's within centimeters of catastrophe even in ''ideal operational parameters.'' Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use an EDS for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' The They only way they could come into existence be built through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they the system they depend on.


* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Deconstructed. Rebels are treated fairly in certain, desperate situations(a far more detailed analysis would be ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/nip-and-tuck-0659/ Rebel Cry]]''), but doing it for the hell of it is considered childish, stupid, and even downright suicidal.

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* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Deconstructed. Rebels are treated fairly in certain, desperate situations(a far more detailed analysis would be ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck:'' ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/nip-and-tuck-0659/ Rebel Cry]]''), but doing it for the hell of it is considered childish, stupid, and even downright suicidal.


* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority:
** Deconstructed. Quinn has to rescue wannabe {{pirate}}s and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0013/ expects no trouble from them.]]
** And again with the Kalufraxian terrorist who try to kill Quentyn in a latter arc. While they claim to be getting revenge for the alleged destruction of their civilization, they are implied to be descended from the Kalufraxian Oligarchs who all but plundered their planet's wealth and were leaving the people to starve, a.k.a. the ones that got ousted when the people eventually rebelled. So they are less tragic victims and more spoiled whiners that hate how things turned out because they aren't in charge anymore and don't want to admit they screwed up. They are also apparently young adults, so they weren't likely to have even been born on Kalufrax.

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* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority:
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CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Deconstructed. Rebels are treated fairly in certain, desperate situations(a far more detailed analysis would be ''Webcomic/NipAndTuck'' ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/nip-and-tuck-0659/ Rebel Cry]]''), but doing it for the hell of it is considered childish, stupid, and even downright suicidal.
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Quinn has to rescue wannabe {{pirate}}s and [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0013/ expects no trouble from them.]]
** --->"Pirates and gangsters and other "outlaws" are nothing but ''arrogant children.'' They think that the rules are just there to spoil their fun, and that only wimps and losers live by them. And so they figure that being an outlaw makes them the biggest, baddest predators in the universe. They're dead wrong. What it makes them is ''rightful prey'' of the civilization they spurned- and of the things civilization ''protected them from'' without them ever knowing. There are powers and principalities out there that ''pick their teeth with the bones of "big, bad outlaws" that wander out past the fence. Our three-eyed little buccaneers just learned their worst nightmare is true: that the ''bars'' on the cage ''aren't there'' to protect the ''tiger''. And the tiger ''isn't them.''"
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again with the Kalufraxian terrorist terrorists who try to kill Quentyn in a latter later arc. While they claim to be getting revenge for the alleged destruction of their civilization, they are implied to be descended from the Kalufraxian Oligarchs who all but plundered their planet's wealth and were leaving the people to starve, a.k.a. the ones that got ousted were rebelled ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-9/ against]]'' when the people eventually rebelled. So they used matter replication technology to fight back. Those rebels are portrayed realistically; desperate men with no choice but to rebel or watch their world end in fire and blood. And it nearly did ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-12/ anyway.]]'' Quentyn's assailants are less tragic victims and more spoiled whiners that hate how things turned out because they aren't in charge anymore and don't want to admit they screwed up. They are also apparently young adults, so they weren't likely to have even been born on Kalufrax.



* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. The story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" are the equivalent of ''inflatable pool toys''; no backup power, no backup fuel, no backup life support, and what it does have is shaved so razor-thin that it's within centimeters of catastrophe even in ''ideal operational parameters.'' Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" an EDS for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.


* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that ''they are a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that ''they are a ship that will crash if the pilot ate too big a meal is ''a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.


* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that ''they are a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''government'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Even the most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- for the simple reason that ''they are a waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''government'' ''[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0136/ government]]'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.


* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Thus, the only reason to use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- is if you are a sociopath who values government protocol more than sentient life.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: Apparently [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0125/ the punchline]] of QQSR's riffing of ''Literature/TheColdEquations''. Even [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0126/ the idiotic strawmen]] from the strip's Federation expy use the engineering parlance "a pair and a spare" -- at least one totally redundant system for every vital one, with an extra 10% margin of error. Thus, Even the only reason to most [[Creator/CharlesDickens Dickens-esque]] caricature of greed would never use one of the story's "Emergency Dispatch Ships" for ''anything'' -- let alone transporting indispensable medical supplies -- is if you for the simple reason that ''they are a sociopath who values waste of money.'' The only way they could come into existence through ''institutionalized incompetence''; corners cut and cut again for no other reason than that ''no one would have to answer for it.'' And ''that'' can only happen in a ''government'' bureaucracy; even IncompetenceInc would go out of business ''long'' before they built a lemon like an EDS, while government protocol more than sentient life.bureaucrats are ''immune'' from consequence right up until they utterly destroy they system they depend on.


* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The source of much debate on the cartoonist's own forum. The Kvrk-Chk are made of pure ObviouslyEvil, and they commit a truly [[MoralEventHorizon grotesque]] act of aggression. Even so, it's disconcerting to see the heroic Empire of the Six Systems unleash a [[ApocalypseHow Class X-2 Apocalypse]] on "one of (the Kvrk-chk's) most heavily populated solar systems."

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The source of much debate on the cartoonist's own forum. The Kvrk-Chk are made of pure ObviouslyEvil, and they commit a truly [[MoralEventHorizon grotesque]] act of aggression. Even so, it's disconcerting to see the heroic Empire of the Six Seven Systems unleash a [[ApocalypseHow Class X-2 Apocalypse]] on "one of (the Kvrk-chk's) most heavily populated solar systems."


* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Seemingly inverted, the hero works for the "Empire of the Six Systems" while the Franchise/StarTrek Parody Federation is highly incompetent (and [[StrawmanPolitical socialist]]). But according to WordOfGod the Empire is a parliamentary republic and the emperor is mostly there to look good on TV. IE think less Galactic Empire and more modern day Japan.

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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: Seemingly inverted, the hero works for the "Empire of the Six Seven Systems" while the Franchise/StarTrek Parody Federation is highly incompetent (and [[StrawmanPolitical socialist]]). But according to WordOfGod the Empire is a parliamentary republic and the emperor is mostly there to look good on TV. IE think less Galactic Empire and more modern day Japan.



* TimeDilation: A [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0051/ narratively brilliant example]], which should be used more often - though FasterThanLightTravel is fairly [[CasualInterstellarTravel casual]], the amount of time trips take is [[NarniaTime randomly inconsistent]], since time doesn't "flow" homogeneously through the galaxy, due to gravitational anomalies, the rotation of the galaxy, and distance from the galactic core. An interstellar traveler can [[YearInsideHourOutside journey for months while years pass on their homeworld]] -- and [[YearOutsideHourInside vise versa]]. It forces more independence on the setting, and hardcore spacers [[YouCantGoHomeAgain Can't Go Home Again]].

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* TimeDilation: A [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0051/ narratively brilliant example]], which should be used more often - though FasterThanLightTravel is fairly [[CasualInterstellarTravel casual]], the amount of time trips take is [[NarniaTime randomly inconsistent]], since time doesn't "flow" homogeneously through the galaxy, due to gravitational anomalies, the rotation of the galaxy, and distance from the galactic core. An interstellar traveler can [[YearInsideHourOutside journey for months while years pass on their homeworld]] -- and [[YearOutsideHourInside vise vice versa]]. It forces more independence on the setting, and hardcore spacers [[YouCantGoHomeAgain Can't Go Home Again]].

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