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Old 01-10-2020, 04:16 PM   #11
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Quick thought -- in Alien, Ash talks about how valuable the xenomorph would be to the Company. In Aliens, Burke talks about its value to the bio-weapons division. Who is the Company (or its customers) fighting that they need that kind of killing power?

Heck, who do the Colonial Marines fight that a minor ship for them has the reported firepower of the dropships? (I'm not sure we're ever told what the Sulaco could have done other than nuke it from orbit). (I've also got issues with leaving no one in orbit, but I can excuse that on the theory that Burke put this together on a shoe-string.)
Other xenos? "....just another <censored> bug hunt?" Wars between colonies? Corporate wars?
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:20 PM   #12
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Heck, who do the Colonial Marines fight that a minor ship for them has the reported firepower of the dropships?
Freedom fighters, terrorists, insurgents, rebels, unionists, secessionists, revanchists….
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:21 AM   #13
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I've always assumed that one of the main jobs of the Colonial Marines was "bug hunts", i.e. exterminating (or at least suppressing) inconvenient low tech sophont species, with the pretext that they are merely animals.

Not sure how drop ship firepower helps that, though the nerve gas certainly makes sense.
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I've always assumed that one of the main jobs of the Colonial Marines was "bug hunts", i.e. exterminating (or at least suppressing) inconvenient low tech sophont species, with the pretext that they are merely animals.

Not sure how drop ship firepower helps that, though the nerve gas certainly makes sense.
THe in-book fluff, as well as some older non-film materials, note that the USCM also handle insurrections in the colonies against the UA member planetary government and/or the UA itself.
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