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Old July 30 2012, 04:44 AM   #673
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Re: TP: Zero Sum Game by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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You admit that the Tzenkethi will doubtless screw up.
Sure. But who knows what they'll screw up at?

It's possible, of course. But the fact remains that there is at this point no evidence that anyone else has any knowledge of the Tzenkethi role in Tal'Aura's death -- nor any guarantee that their role would be suspected or detected in any later investigation. Don't project your omniscience as an audience member upon the characters.
As a rule--and I'm speaking as a reader/audience-member---if the ratio of audience knowledge to relevant-character knowledge results in a major imbalance on our part...the greater or more significant the imbalance, the greater the rist that said character comes across as an idiot. The "Don't go in there!" effect: the further we see the character go into what we see as a clear danger to them, without said character giving any indication of awareness of said danger...that character looks more and more like an idiot.
The only foreshadowing we had that Dor's encounter with Alizome would go badly was a sentence wherein he wondered why a Tzenkethi had adopted the Terran custom of the handshake.

I find it amazing that the Tzenkethi seemed to think they could afford to gamble on Kammemor's character, like that. For all they know, her being so "nice" is an act. Could they afford to take that chance?
What Sci said about Kamemor's established history as a proponent of peace and non-aggressive policies generally.

From the Tzenkethi perspective, war if Tal'Aura reigned was inevitable, whether it would be triggered by a war of Romulan reunification that dragged both blocs in or by Tal'Aura resuming her prior aggressive intentions towards the Federation. Taking the chance on a new candidate for Praetor who looked unlikely to fight either war was worth the chance.

Also--if the borders between the IRS and the RSE are established, why go to the trouble? Stability would be achieved in that way
Nonsense. Neither side was going to be able to live in peace with the other in the long run; they would inevitably go to war with one-another and drag their respective allies into the conflict. Far better for interstellar stability if there is a single Romulan state run by an anti-imperialist.
...who was known for advocating peace with the UFP. In other words--if tensions between the Pact and the Alliance reach a high enough point, the risk is considerable that Kammemor would push for the RSE changing sides...thus weakening the influence of the Pact.
That doesn't follow.

Kamemor not favouring a war against the Federation is a good thing for the Tzenkethi, who don't want to risk a war that might well leave the Tzenkethi worse off despite being part of an alliance. Kamemor not favouring fighting a war against the Imperial Romulan State, preferring instead to depend on Typhon Pact allies to supply the RSE while the IRS gradually fell apart from the inside, is also a good thing from the Tzenkethi perspective, again since a war with the Khitomer Accords is not in the Coalition's favour.

So, them, Kammemor's presence as Praetor results in impositions upon those who would want to expand Pact influence--lest "conflict" arise with the Alliance. Either keep the influence it has...or decline. No expansion--we must maintain the peace.[/QUOTE]
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