Jan. 8th, 2017

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Readers who have read Cyteen, and maybe Regenesis, some worldbuilding questions.

1.) How does final tape work? Canon says the general plan is that some fraction of azi will get final tape, become CIT, and generally do all the things CITs do. The only time we see this in canon is Ollie. (I was about to mention 40,000 in Gehenna, but the azi get tape for a new Contract, not final tape. That the Contract is pretty much "have some kids, good luck" doesn't get them out of second-class status.) So, does an azi apply for final tape? Is the offer made by a Supervisor? Are they ordered to take it? Is there a transition period?

2.) How does Cyteen's voting system work? Emancipated adults are in a Bureau; everyone votes for representatives within their Bureau; there are nine Bureaus. Why does State get to be a Bureau; and Science? Do you have the option to change Bureaus? And how do professions get assigned? For example, if you're a researcher in a Defense facility, are you Science, or are you Defense? If you're an office manager for an independent journalist, are you Citizens or Information? (It says early on that Citizens is "labor and farming and small business". Define "labor" and "small business" for me.) If you're retired military, working, as, say, civilian law enforcement, are you still Defense, or do you vote in a new bloc? If you're a merchanter, do you get to vote in Trade elections? (And in that case, can you have dual citizenship / voting rights in the Merchanter's Alliance?)

3.) Anyone who wants to assess the Expansionist/Centrist positions in Cyteen versus Regenesis, with attention to any retcons, go wild in comments.


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