15 May 2006: from Jacqueline Lichtenberg to Greer Watson
If I were a Genfarmer, I'd separate away the 7-16 year olds, use them for
labor, control them (probably Gen overseers in some places). I wouldn't
allow parental bonds to develop with any children so, even before seven, kids
have been shoved around from place to place and dragged up by any Gen adults
who happen to be around.
The drugs are of course originally herbals—and remember there are some
new plants out there. A real refining chemical industry isn't developed
until the Gen supply steadies enough for civilization to crystalize. But
when there's profit to be made in herbals, refinement doesn't lag by much.
Genfarms might well shrink in territory needed as farming techniques
improve—you can grow enough food to feed the people on a smaller area
that the people have to work. Then it becomes easier for fewer Simes to
control all the (drugged and docile) Gens.
Remember the feudal system in Europe—there really weren't that many
nobles as you read about in Romances.
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