MadMcAl

MadMcAl

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522 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

That is why we use BoM = Battle of Monica and BoMA = Battle of Manticore Alpha

522 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

Also Grayson actually received official manticorean fundings. It also had an inborn inventiveness that was for all purposes invaluable.
Count in the graysons need for spaceborn industry, their ingenious thinking, their religion that revells in new ways to do something and of course that they where in a war for most of 500 years, and you have your explanation why they could build up a relative modern navy in less than 10 years, inlcuding the yards, the ship designs and the understanding of the technology.
Of all the systems we know of in the quadrant, only Dresden seems to come near that particular mix bend for infrastructure upbuilding.

522 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

So what? Manticore hasn't gotten these taxes anyway until now. They will get them in 20 years. But they will get much more tax-money with the new investments than they loose through clever talboters. The whole sheme is to bring badly needed money into the quadrant now and not in 5-10 years when the terminus brought up the area infrastructure alone, and still let the talboters reap the gain from their work.

522 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

You seem to miss a important point. There are two types of oligarchs in the quadrant. There are Bernadus Van Dort and the likes that are not only relatively rich but also rather efficient in building cooperations. These are the ones that will invest in the quadrant and enlarge their ventures.
Then we have the... well... aristocratics in all but name, that see their wealth and the lifestyle asociated with it as a birthright and look down at the "lower classes". They may or may not begin a venture. But their whole thinking will in most cases prevent them from being successful.
They need workers, technicans and customers. But they can't be nice to these people. So they have no loyality. So if a manticorean investor comes to the workers and/or technicans and offers them the money to start their own venture they will jump on it in no time.
And the oligarch lost a big part of his workforce, a big part of his customer base and his monopoly in one single step.
Many of the oligarchs will keep large parts of their fortune, but their relative fortune will be much much dimished.

522 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yes, the local wealthy can use it. But what? The local wealthy are as a rule not so wealthy that it really is so bad.

523 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 5 replies · +1 points

You misunderstand the whole thing. It is intended to bring capital into the quadrant. When your local has enough money and expertise to build the corporation from the scratch he will get the full 100% tax extemption.
But to get somebody like Hauptmann or Alexander-Harrington to let the talbotters partake in the venture it needs some advantages.

523 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

Just to set something clear.
Byng won't get orders to attack. He is the fall guy, send to get his ass kicked. He is very carfully selected to be an absolute idiot with an kneejerk relfex where Manticore is concerned. He will be duped to give the orders to attack himself.

523 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

1. The SLN still works on the old strategic doctrine used in the first havenite war. The Alliance and Haven use the deep strike doctrine. The old doctrine states that you have to work your way all through the enemy worlds. It is an strategic thinking disproved in the war, but the SLN simply refuses to learn anything from them.
2. Henke KNOWS that Mesa is trying to start a war between Manticore and the SL. That was what Therekov found out. The RMN has PROOF that Mesa tries that. They don't know why but they know that they do.
Now a BATTLE FLEET admiral with well known hate for Manticore gets command of a BC-force in direct neighbourhood to the quadrant. What would you think? Under this constraints defending Tillerman is a logical step.

523 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 0 replies · +1 points

It makes it the first possible target. Nothing more, nothing less. It is just the frontier.

523 weeks ago @ Eric Flint's plac... - STORM FROM THE SHADOWS... · 2 replies · +1 points

Tillerman is the nearest system of the quadrant to monica.