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Poem: "In Good Cause"
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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: November 3rd, 2011 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I could see wanting to live in a bonarchy. I can also see "but is it good for the horses" as being a not-unreasonable question, because if it's bad for the horses, there's a good chance it's bad for the environment in general.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 3rd, 2011 04:26 am (UTC) (Link)


Precisely. Pelip is inland and mostly grass. The wealth and power of the culture lies in the horses. They're just more sensible about acknowledging that than historic horseclans have been. What's good for the horses is good for the environment, and generally good for people as long as folks aren't trying to, say, take over the world or suck up all the money. You get a pretty good situation that's pretty consistent, and works for most people most of the time.

The challenge is that these folks are used to thinking in talking in terms of the horses. It's hard for them to stop and reconsider what that's going to look like, in terms of advantages and disadvantages, for a foreigner; and if the foreign interests and the horses' interests conflict, it's not always straightforward to explain the reasons why Pelip decides the way it does, beyond that shorthand nobody else gets.

So far, the countries all seem to be relatively functional, and aimed at producing a society that more-or-less works. But they're all using very different methods and markers. Some of them really tend to level things out, while others stratify. Some emphasize teamwork whereas others are more individualistic. I think they mostly manage to work things out, but my how the sparks do fly in the process.
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