Player: Mike Walton
Character: Djibril Etienne, Utopian Geneticist
"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?" -- Saint Augustine
It's also worth noting that the writings of Paul -- including both of the biblical books quoted above -- don't have their roots in Christian thought. They have their roots in Jewish thought. The only Abrahamic scripture that existed when Paul received his education was the Old Testament, which has a very different view of God and his wrath than modern Christians do. The Edenites partake somewhat of this. Their view of God has a lot of, "He loves us, but He takes no crap."
Take note, folks; Unity used chemical weapons early in this conflict. That they were so quick to deploy weapons that our modern sensibilities say are inhumane says a lot about what Unity is like.
And all you Belters can stop drooling over those two asteroid belts. Let's make sure we don't starve to death before we start planning off-planet colonies, lah?
I suspect it's that second option; some people are just better bosses than others. OTOH, I can see the Undercover Boss thing being quite popular in the PF world. It gives admins a chance to see firsthand how their people perform when they think the boss isn't paying attention.
I don't think that corporal punishments would be a very common occurrence in game. I think the threat would always be there, especially if the punishment was common on Earth, but work camps and executions (in the extreme circumstances) would be used more until we have a steadier society on Medina.
I agree with the idea that corporal punishment would be used sparingly on Medina, however common it is on Earth. I disagree that execution would be more common, on the grounds that the need to build up the population to viable levels means that the colony can ill afford to lose individuals of breeding age. This is particularly true in regard to fertile females, who would NEVER be subjected to any form of punishment that might damage their fertility.
While I would be OK with roleplaying a caning (as the recipient, or merely as a witness), I defer to the sensitivities of others. A depiction of torture, OTOH, might be too much for me.
@Dr.deVries It's not the idea of genus and species that's been discredited, it's the notion that morphology is a critical element in determining relationship. Genes are now recognized as being more important. A lot of the lines between families are getting redrawn, though.
The old rules still apply; if you discover it, you get to name it. Or at least can get it named after you.
A full pressure suit actually gives you the capability for underwater salvage operations... if there's ever a plot that calls for any. ;)