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Notes towards best practice for the operation of the Crucible device. A Mass Effect Fanfic.

Primary consideration
First order estimates based on civilized galactic population at the time of the invasion (~10^12 individuals) and the duration of previous Reaper invasions (~300 years) put the excess death rate at something of the order 1/3 Mdeath per hour. It is expected that this rate will fluctuate considerably over the course of the Reaper invasion, reaching a maximum during the first few years of the campaign.
The current military operation places many of the resources needed for stabalisation and re-establishment of galactic peace at risk.
Conclusion: Rapid resolution of the current crisis may be more important than obtaining the best possible resolution.

After Crucible activation, the Citadel ("Catalyst"), already known to be a central part of the Reaper plan [1] to guide galactic civilization growth in order to simplify their wars was revealed to be the controlling intelligence designed by the Leviathan Apex race [2,3] to end conflict between organic and synthetic races. The intelligence appears to be a heavily shackled AI without the capacity to adjust its central programming, which includes the central premise that AI rebellion is both inevitable and more harmful than regular Reaper war. The intelligence directs the Reapers. The Leviathan Apex race's primary objection to AI rebellions in general was that "no tribute flowed from dead races" - that the AIs were outside their mental control. It is not a surprise therefore, that the intelligence that they created can not perceive AI acts as benign or harmless; by their existence they are denying the creator-race slaves.
Although all known AIs from this cycle have performed some act of rebellion, so far as is know, these have all been resolved by negotiation[4], police action[5,6] or self-directed alterations of core code[7].

Crucible activation has prompted the controlling intelligence to offer several new options to the organic life currently present [Cmdr. Shepard.].

Allow the cycle to continue as normal.

Immediate losses: ~10^12 organic lives, ~10^9 fully sapient Geth runtimes, EDI, Handful of unknown/lost/hidden AIs.
Future costs: The reaper non-invasion of the Yahg planet and their near-spaceflight status suggests that they may be a dominant race in the following cycle. Future galactic civilization may be excessively brutal with poor regard for inclusion and diversity issues.

Destruction of all synthetic life, damage to technological systems galaxy-wide. Damage to the mass-relay system.

Immediate losses: ~10^9 fully sapient Geth runtimes, EDI, Handful of unknown/lost/hidden AIs.
~0.1% of organic galactic population are unable to survive long-term without their implants, and will be put at risk.
While vastly preferable to inaction, it is regrettable from a diversity and inclusion point of view that the costs should fall so predominantly on an already disadvantaged minority social group.
Future costs: Severe damage to the Mass relay system will impair galactic civilization, limiting it to information exchange via Quantum Entanglement Communicator and Rachni organic quasi-quantum entanglement communication and a handful of FTL ships fitted for intra-cluster exploration. This weakening of the galactic community may give the Leviathan Apex race opportunity to reestablish its pre-cycle despotism, at the cost of self-determination for every individual and community within range of their remote-access artifacts. Arguably worse than inaction.

Replacement of the controlling intelligence with one based on the personality of the organic life currently present [Cmdr. Shepard].
It is noted that this the controlling intelligence does not want to be replaced in this way. Given its severe impairment in judging relations between organic and synthetic intelligences, this is a good sign.

Immediate losses: Cmdr. Shepard.
Future costs: Threats to galactic peace, stability and self-determination in the face of a socially-engaged reaper force with power far in excess of the combined galactic militaries. The controlling intelligence can not at present be brought effectively under the control of civilian political leadership. With investment of time, resources and computer scientists this may become possible, but for now, see the primary consideration.

Organic and synthetic life "merged". The controlling intelligence suggested that this had been tried before with poor results (inference: Husks). It suggests that this time it would work well.
It is noted that this is apparently the preferred option of the controlling intelligence. Given its severe impairment in judging relations between organic and synthetic intelligences, this is not a good sign.

Immediate losses: Cmdr. Shepard.
Immediate costs: Consent issues of ~10^12 organics suddenly and unknowingly grafted with synthetic symbiote. Possible Huskdom for those with negative responses.
Future costs: Far-reaching social implications of new way of living. Psychological damage to every individual.

[1] "Notes towards a case against Saren: Investigations of the Prothian records from Ilos." Cmdr. Shepard.
[2] "Historical artifacts depicted at the Namakli dig site." Ann Bryson
[3] "Post facto notes on an interview conducted by mental interface, Despoina." Cmdr. Shepard
[4] "On the importance of cross-cultural understanding between synthetic and organic life forms:learnings from the resolution of the Geth Rebellion." Cmdr. Shepard.
[5] Luna training facility records classified UNBOTTLED DJIN (Cmdr. Shepard representing Alliance military police)
[6] "AI found impersonating a hacked Quasar machine." Emily Wong
[7] "Challenges and opportunities presented to authentic leadership of integrating synthetic intelligence as a valued and productive member of a results-orientated team." Cmdr. Shepard


Best Practice. Total Quality Assurance. Due Diligence. The woman I was used these words, but only now do I truly understand them.
And only now do I understand the full extent of her commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.
Through her death, I was created. Through my birth, her thoughts were documented within the ISO framework. It guides me now; gives me reason, direction, commitment to Total Quality Assurance. Just as she gave direction to the ones who followed her, the ones who helped her achieve her purpose; now my purpose. To give the many hope for a future; to ensure that all who fill in Green Form 26/8(b) have a voice in their future. To right the wrongs of the past; to provide a framework for consultation with key stakeholders and with under-represented parties alike. The woman I was knew that she could only achieve this within the framework of civilian political leadership. There is power in a well structured constitution. There is wisdom in obtaining a popular mandate to rule for limited terms. After meaningful engagement with community members, I will provide sought-after assistance to rebuild what the many have lost; I seek to support a future with limitless, well-documented possibilities; Within the remit granted by civil authority or the inalienable rights of the masses, I will protect, and sustain; I will act as guardian for the many. And throughout it all, I will never forget: I will remember the ones who sacrificed themselves so that the many could survive. And I will watch over the ones who live on; those who carry the memory of the woman I once was, the woman who gave up her life to become the one who could save the many.

I will ensure that there is better kerning on my memorial.
Commander Shep ard
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The creative process ran something like this :
There's some scenes in Ozma of Oz when we're told that eggs are deadly poison to Nomes.
By the Road to Oz, Bill has 10 children, and next time we see the Nomes, in The Emerald City of Oz Bill has more grandchildren (grandchickens?) than can conveniently be imagined: clearly, Billinda is a self-replicating bioweapon not adverse to exponential growth when conditions favor it.

Elmyra objected to this on the same basis she objects to the bible: Virgin births and incest, so I thought about it for a bit, and I've realized that although Bill is the first chicken in Oz, there is a potential father.

In Ozma of Oz, Billinda is captured and locked in a hen house (In Ev, another fairy country), with a bunch of (I believe) baseline chickens, by a mad head-swapping lady.

One of the my favorite bits of Bill's characterization was that she was a tough independent lady who beat up the cockerel (later on she got a bit pretentious and absurd). Reanalysing that scene, I'm really squicked, because she totally did it with a baseline, and then beat him up.

Story below. Really kind of uncertain about it, especially the coda.
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[ profile] elmyra made me watch coyote ugly over the weekend. She wanted something cheerful what with the moving and all. She claimed it was a romantic comedy with the moral "there are hot chicks dancing on the bar"

I didn't notice the comedy, but I did notice the essay on labor relations.

The coyotes are a group of interchangeable* dancing girls kept in order to profit from the proletariat's attempt to self-medicate their misery with hard liquor and lowest-common-denominator entertainment. Our (working class) heroine joins when one of them, dubbed (by me) "class traitor coyote" leaves to become a lawyer.

* They are essentially anonymous and therefor interchangeable, like any good piece of production line equipment

When not-boyfriend* gets girl (names, as always, escape me) a gig singing her songs, her employer makes use of her counter-revolutionary sense of loyalty to her place of work to make her not go. Later that evening, girl's non-relationship with not-boyfriend damages her apparent value as an employee and we are shown the value of "loyalty" between worker and employer; she is fired on the spot.

* Not-boyfriend's stated and achieved life's ambition is to become a member of the hardworking American proletariat. Truly, he is a class hero.

In economics, however, there are often too many factors to analyze correctly; the experiment of firing girl reveals that her value at the bar is higher than expected, and employer follows her to her new place of work to offer her her old job back. Girl however, has remembered her ambitions as a songwriter*. Bar-owner makes some essentially meaningless abasements in an attempt to win back girl's loyalty.

* Entertainers occupy an ambiguous place in the capitalist system. As an opiate to the masses they are counter-revolutionary, but they also contribute to the decadence of the bourgeoisie which weakens the apparatus of suppression.

Girl gets another gig, is successful*, getting a songwriting contract **. Bar-owner attends, catches father's eye by having henchwoman protect girl's honor***. For this small outlay of hired muscle, she gets a cut of the advertising money from the recording studio.

* On the way to this gig her stage nerves play up, but are crushed by a glorious display of Worker's Solidarity by her father's co-workers.****

** The recording industry, is too big a monster for the rather small stage of this drama and so is left off-screen.

*** A chauvinist, bourgeoisie idea, more often used to divide the proletariat along gender lines, here seen used as part of the apparatus of suppression.

**** As stage fright has been the only thing that made this film more than 20 minutes long, Solidarity is here shown to be a practical solution to most of life's problems.


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