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** According to WordOfGod, sympathizers for the defendant can pile up pillows at the impact site if they wish.


** Because Pidorg let a pre-FTL civilization die, the ''entire'' Federation is barred from interstellar travel until they rebuild said civilization and assist the Empire in getting it modernized. In addition, the Federation is to be assigned another cosmic entity that, implied to not be as lient with them as Cue.

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** Because Pidorg let a pre-FTL civilization die, the ''entire'' Federation is barred from interstellar travel until they rebuild said civilization and assist the Empire in getting it modernized. In addition, the Federation is to be assigned another cosmic entity that, entity, that is implied to not be as lient with them as Cue.Cue, as its guardian.


* DisproportionateRetribution: When the Kvrk-chk ate a Racconan colony ship's passengers, the Empire retaliated by roasting one of the more populated Kvrk-chk star systems with a [[StarKilling stellar lance]].

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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When the Kvrk-chk ate a Racconan colony ship's passengers, the Empire retaliated by roasting one of the more populated Kvrk-chk star systems with a [[StarKilling stellar lance]].



** Because Pidorg let a pre-FTL civilization die, the ''entire'' Federation is barred from interstellar travel until they rebuild said civilization and assist the Empire in getting it modernized. In addition, the Federation is to be assigned another cosmic entity that, implied to not be as lient with them as Cue.



* FantasticRacism: not so much subverted or inverted as turned completely inside out with the W'naybeans, a race of behavioral and cultural mimics (modeled on the real life [[http://youtu.be/t-LTWFnGmeg Mimic Octopus.]]) Their habit of imitating not just other races and ethnicities but other race and ethnic STEREOTYPES caused them a great deal of trouble with various easily offended PC types, but eventually they became so ubiquitous that they are routinely employed in various tourist traps preferentially over the very natives they imitate as being "more authentic." The author's point is that "[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0071/ nobody seemed to be too upset as long as it was SOMEBODY ELSE being mimicked...]]" Ergo, if seen humorously, both racism AND ethnic hypersensitivity are easy to recognize as ridiculous.

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* FantasticRacism: not Not so much subverted or inverted as turned completely inside out with the W'naybeans, a race of behavioral and cultural mimics (modeled on the real life [[http://youtu.be/t-LTWFnGmeg Mimic Octopus.]]) Their habit of imitating not just other races and ethnicities but other race and ethnic STEREOTYPES caused them a great deal of trouble with various easily offended PC types, but eventually they became so ubiquitous that they are routinely employed in various tourist traps preferentially over the very natives they imitate as being "more authentic." The author's point is that "[[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0071/ nobody seemed to be too upset as long as it was SOMEBODY ELSE being mimicked...]]" Ergo, if seen humorously, both racism AND ethnic hypersensitivity are easy to recognize as ridiculous.



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Chief Justice Bob has been known to [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor hurl his gavel]] at the ''exceedingly'' guilty, but the other justices manage to restrain themselves even in the case of the aforementioned negligent genocide. So it tells you just how incredibly screwed [[spoiler:Mister Clotworg]] is that ''all three'' of them throw their gavels at ''him''.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Chief Justice Bob has been known to [[BloodOnTheDebateFloor hurl his gavel]] at the ''exceedingly'' guilty, such as Pidorq and his failed attempt to save face for letting a pre-FTL civilization die, but the other justices manage to restrain themselves even in the case of the aforementioned negligent genocide. So it tells you just how incredibly screwed [[spoiler:Mister Clotworg]] is that ''all three'' of them throw their gavels at ''him''.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Subverted with the Fedorks' Worf counterpart. Groonch evidently knows very little about his home planet, which Quentyn says has no thriving warrior races. In fact, Quentyn suspects that Groonch's exact culture is one best known for macrame.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Subverted with the Fedorks' Worf counterpart. Groonch evidently knows very little about his home planet, justified as Groonch was raised by foster parents, which Quentyn says has no thriving warrior races. In fact, Quentyn suspects that Groonch's exact culture is one best known for macrame.


* MoralDissonance: "The Coldest Equation" is a TakeThat against government regulations and bureaucracy. Which is resolved by a higher government going in and taking over the Parodian government. That said, the judges cite the events of the case as a GodzillaThreshold: they don't get involved in another peoples' unless they've messed up ''that'' badly.

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* MoralDissonance: "The Coldest Equation" is a TakeThat against government regulations and bureaucracy. Which is resolved by a higher government going in and taking over the Parodian government. That said, the judges cite the events of the case as a GodzillaThreshold: normally, they don't get involved in another peoples' civilization's government unless they've messed up ''that'' badly.


* MoralDissonance: "The Coldest Equation" is a TakeThat against government regulations and bureaucracy. Which is resolved by a higher government going in and taking over the Parodian government.

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* MoralDissonance: "The Coldest Equation" is a TakeThat against government regulations and bureaucracy. Which is resolved by a higher government going in and taking over the Parodian government. That said, the judges cite the events of the case as a GodzillaThreshold: they don't get involved in another peoples' unless they've messed up ''that'' badly.



* NeverMyFault: Quentyn discusses this trope with Omnibus, saying that some poeople find it easier to blame those who cleaned the mess up than take responsibility for their own actions.

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* NeverMyFault: Quentyn discusses this trope with Omnibus, saying that some poeople people find it easier to blame those who cleaned the mess up than take responsibility for their own actions.


* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The original TropeNamer, the Prime Directive, at least the version utilized in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is dissected, and called racist, unethical, and immoral. [[note]] In other versions of ''StarTrek'', the Prime Directive is intended to prevent direct interference. TNG takes it further.[[/note]]

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The original TropeNamer, the Prime Directive, at least the version utilized in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', is dissected, and called racist, unethical, and immoral. [[note]] In other versions of ''StarTrek'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the Prime Directive is intended to prevent direct interference. TNG takes it further.[[/note]]



** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0044/ At the end]] of the arc parodying ''StarTrek'' Cmdr. Quinn tells a member of a species that the Federation left to the mercy of a PlanetEater because they were pre-spaceflight that the Empire will help them rebuild, and that their presence will no doubt screw up what was left but at least they'll treat them like people.

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** [[http://www.rhjunior.com/quentyn-quinn-space-ranger-0044/ At the end]] of the arc parodying ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Cmdr. Quinn tells a member of a species that the Federation left to the mercy of a PlanetEater because they were pre-spaceflight that the Empire will help them rebuild, and that their presence will no doubt screw up what was left but at least they'll treat them like people.

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* MoralDissonance: "The Coldest Equation" is a TakeThat against government regulations and bureaucracy. Which is resolved by a higher government going in and taking over the Parodian government.

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* MurderByInaction: The Fedorks are found guilty of failing in their duty to save a primitive species from a comet impact. They're only charged with negligent homicide rather than genocide because the CosmicEntity guarding their Federation has been neglecting ''its'' duty to teach them morality.


** 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.

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