Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
I doubt you would describe what was done to River Tam as "agents of order".
No, of course not. But neither do I think the entire Alliance was in on that. Some super secret black ops organization, possibly unknown to (or even forbidden by) the Alliance proper. Kind of like their version of Section 31.
Of course, I am trying to put the best positive spin on this. It's what I do.
Plus, you gotta love those Alliance ships...
The point with the Alliance is they come in and tell people what to do, people who live on the outskirts of civilization and who resent the wealthy folk with all the guns from far away taking their money and interfering in their lives. Kind of like the Revolutionary war and the King of England.
The Alliance has power over folk but not a commensurate duty of care. This is why they terraform planets and dump settlers on them treating them like disposables. Burn off a few thousand settlers making that planet habitable and when it's getting pretty move in the rich people.