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Note: While it seems Jansen was waxing philosophical here, he was really just reiterating lessons he learned as a child. Solar Society at this time was dominated by the philosophy of The Universal Commons, basically an upholding of the ideals of Accountable Socialism in nearly all aspects of life. Children were taught early that no one owned any idea privately. Scientist and artists were supported by The Commons, and once an idea was made manifest, it always belonged to The Commons.

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Note: Though only the most wealthy could afford interplanetary trips, cruising remained a popular vacation choice even deep into the quantum age. On Mars, these cruise liners were slow, high-capacity dirigibles. Popular ports-of-call included Historical Mars City, College Station, Nouveau Paris, Cattown, and North Polar Cap Systemic Parklands (“NoCap Park” to the locals).

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Note: Part of the Science Minister’s odd non-official power on Mars was that the position was given full administrative access to all research projects on the planet. Ostensibly, this was a sign of respect and trust in the office, and was often cited as a very good reason to be very careful about who was chosen for the role. On paper, the Minister could, at his whim, enter into any lab on the planet, access any computer designated for research, and see all pertinent data on all projects, with only the fact of his position as passcode. In reality however, locked doors and politics kept the minister from truly having access to everything.

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Note: All transport vehicles of this period had sophisticated automatic piloting systems which were thousands of times safer and more efficient than human pilots. However, it would be several hundred years before a certain type of machismo – which insisted that human pilots were ‘better’ – faded from the human psyche. It was a popular saying among human pilots that they “would rather die at the controls than live under autopilot”. Hundreds of such wishes came true every year, while rates of death as a direct result of autopilot error were statistically insignificant.

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Note: While no crime was punished with death at any point in the history of the Sol-Council, treason was still a most serious crime, and carried with it the most severe punishment allowed by the Sol Constitution: life-time location monitoring and permanent revocation of all voting rights. However, Agent Serano is bluffing here. It would take a lot more than interfering in an SCSG operation to be convicted of treason, but Doctor Granger likely doesn’t know that.

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Note: Doctor Granger’s gold sash was the ceremonial badge of office for the Martian Minister of Science, though usually only worn at graduation ceremonies and government functions. The rest of his outfit – including the solid gold, lensless, pince-nez frames – was just personal eccentricity.

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Note: The Martian Minister of Science was the highest scientific authority on Mars. Despite the sound of the name however, the position was not part of the government. The title was given to the head of the College of Sciences at the Martian Collegium. For a long time, before the foundation of the Sol Council, the Martian Collegium had been the highest authority on Mars, as it had built up around the original research stations that were the first settlements on the planet, and most residents had been in the Collegium’s employ at the time. Even after the Sol Council was in place, many residents still defered to the Collegium authority rather than their distant elected officials in the Sol capitol of Luna Prime.