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Old 02-05-2024, 10:10 PM   #14
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Default Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

Originally Posted by Irish Wolf View Post
I also note that, much like Verhoeven, a lot of these people somehow missed the fact, made quite explicit in the text, that "federal service" did not mean military service, but any service the government needed done. It was stated quite clearly in the novel that the majority of full citizens had spent two years shuffling papers for government agencies, then were free to seek whatever employment they wanted. We followed Juan Rico in the Mobile Infantry because the story itself was about that, but that wasn't the focus of the worldbuilding overall. (Remember that Juan's high-school buddy Carlos, who signed up the same time as him, served as a research physicist at the lab on Pluto, and died only because a Klendathu ship bombed the facility. He never went through any sort of military training, because he wasn't military.)
Verhoeven didn't 'miss' anything, he just openly despised the source material and admitted as much, so instead of filming ST he filmed a whole different more or less intentional parody of it.
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