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  •  If we're going into literature, then I'd mention (3+ / 0-)
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    walkshills, blue aardvark, Ender

    the Emergents from A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge.  Basically a feudal overlord rules over everyone by forcing to take a treatment called Focus that turns them into a savant in some area of activity, and makes them incapable of disobedience.

    Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

    by Troubadour on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:37:37 PM PDT

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    •  So you reach for the most evil society in all SF? (1+ / 0-)
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      chmood

      I feel like you have broken some rule such as going to double-dog-dare before double-dare.

      Or suggesting that we release Mongo on the town of Rock Ridge. "That's too cruel!"

      I think that Focus was a virus with a range of outcomes of the infection. Most people died; some became near-automaton slaves; others recovered completely from the virus.

      Focus has military application in that if you can invite members of the other side over to your place for a party, they will go home and spread the virus. Then you can attack them when they are the sickest.

      I heard that there is something like that in the Bible. In the Old Testament a man declared his love for the daughter of the chief of another tribe. The Jewish elders declared that he could not marry her unless the other tribe converted to Judaism and that required adult males to be circumcised. The chief ordered all males to be circumcised. Either the first day or the day after that, you feel so bad that you can hardly get out of bed. That's when the Jews attacked. It wasn't much of a battle. Anyone who wasn't killed was enslaved.

      Real nice guys, huh?

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