Sorry to ressurect this old thread, but needed to add this.
A lot of people have pointed out Alixus could have used volunteers to forge a tech free society.
If thats all she wanted to do, Volunteers would have sufficed.
But she was wanting to test some of her more Cynical Sociological theories.
About how This kind of thing would IMPROVE a person
IRL a lot of calls for the renewel of conscription claim it would CLOSE social gaps.
Talk abou how the draft supposedly helped destroy segregation, etc, etc etc.
Point is , those who you believe would have much to benefit, or contribute, will not likely be volunteers.