Laxian Key (page 10)

Squaring the Circle...

Question:  Wouldn't it be imperative to obtain at least tacit approval from both principals in this matter? Given the longstanding enmity between them, acceptance of so radical a departure from familiar norms and customs of warfare seems doubtful in the extreme.

Answer:  Curiously enough, agreement on the issue need not be a mandatory requirement here. In fact, both parties could initially ignore the whole procedure and continue on much as before. However, there comes a time when the areas of land so designated must reach something of a critical mass. At such a point, one side or the other might very well decide to go with what's on offer. Holding such clear and universal title to any major tract of this much disputed territory might prove progressively more and more difficult to resist. Thereafter, further violence becomes increasingly untenable. Fighting against a conventional enemy is all very well - but when that enemy is also a mathematical construct, the numbers themselves soon begin to outweigh all other considerations.

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11.01 | 17:31

Those might be major bones of contention, Jordan. But if the process as a whole can bring an end to all such conflicts, I see very few objections being raised.

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11.01 | 06:39

Don't you think the sampling and evaluation process would become a major source of political conflicts? What could assure both sides of unbiased administration?

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13.01 | 03:21

New actions are most definitely required here, Jenoye, certainly if 2019 is not to play out much as has 2018 and all the years back until 1948 and way beyond.

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13.01 | 03:15

The loss of the Laxian Key created a most unwelcome situation for ALL the aliens, one they would have done ANYTHING to avoid. Might the same hold true for H S ?

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