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uspol, st: discovery spoilers 

the Emerald Chain feels absolutely like a stand-in for the US political class

gets away with naked harm. with the most heinous things. then when pressed drapes itself in idealistic language. but press them and it’ll be clear it’s all manipulation and contempt.

one of the things Osyraa tries to sell Vance on is literally ‘but don’t you see that capitalism is inevitable’

uspol, st: discovery spoilers 

(more specifically, one of the terms Osyraa demands is that the Federation give its blessing to a Deep Space station which has been trading surreptitiously with the Chain for a century. But it’s clear that that is expected to be just a wedge into normalization of capitalism in the entire Federation remnant space.)

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