Sunday, May 19, 2024


When the nations of the Omaha Pact came upon the smoking ruins of Moscow they decided to make an example that would be remembered through the ages.  The glassy ruins of the Kremlin were left intact.  The forces of the Omaha Pact proceeded to demolish every whole structure or fragment of a structure within one hundred miles, not kilometers, miles of the Kremlin. Every brick was separated and smashed into small pieces, and every scrap of wood was burned to ashes. Every tree was cut down and uprooted and with every other form of plant life was also burned to ashes. When this task completed all the ground within one hundred miles of the ruins of the Kremlin was sown with salt. 
While tourist groups are now brought across the Death Zone to view the ruins of the Kremlin, which remains as a monument to the evils of the Russian State, any unauthorized person, usually an ethnic Russian, found within the Death Zone is summarily executed and is covered with salt, lest the remains decay and renew the soil where he fell.

-- The History of the Omaha Pact, Joseph Douglas, University of Minnesota Press, 2150.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023


I once authored a Traveller fan fiction story titled Friends In High Places.  There was a transsexual character.

Of course Dana had undergone some modifications herself, but that was a choice she made as an adult. There were some things that should not be done to young children, regardless of the apparent benefits to their families.

On the other hand, the FS clan had no objections to hiring male-to-female transsexuals, unlike damned near every other ship owner operating in the Third Imperium.


Tuesday, April 18, 2023


For the Armed Forces the oath of enlistment should be this:

I, _____, do solemnly affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic Of Freya against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the Republic Of Freya and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. 

Friday, April 14, 2023

Monday, September 19, 2022

A Special Day

It's the International Talk Like A Pirate Day!  (Or in Traveller, it's Talk Like An Ethically Challenged Merchant Day.)

And that means it's time for get in touch with your inner pirate.  (And who doesn't want to get in touch with their inner pirate?)  Once you've gotten in touch with your inner pirate, the job isn't over.  Remember to consult the Affirmations for your Inner Pirate:

Stuart Smalley's Daily Affirmations for the Inner Pirate


"I'm going to rape and pillage today just for the heck of it because, gosh darn it, I deserve to have a good time."


"I am not a fraud, a thief yes, but not a fraud."


"I deserve all the loot and booty I can carry without feeling ashamed or being grandiose."


"I will express my feelings today. I will not hide them behind my eyepatch. My eyepatch is not a mask for my feelings, but rather a small swatch of leather that covers a hideous scar."


"When I overtake that merchants vessel, I will not be playing those parent tapes in my head: "You wield a cutlass like a girl" . . . "Why can't you be more like Blackbeard's son?" . . . "Philosophy? What kind of major is that? It's useless!"


"Just because I indulge in wine and wenches does not mean I'm an alcoholic sex-addict like my father."


"If I must violently put down a mutiny today, it is not because I am a bad person or that I am not worthy of love; it is because my crew are a bunch of yellow-bellied, lily-livered sons-of-whores--and I am mean enough, ruthless enough, and dog gone it, people fear me."

transcribed by James R. Torrence.



Saturday, May 14, 2022

Repeat, Rinse

I once described on this blog how a Carthaginian Peace would look like with Russian Republic.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021


Friends In High Places shows The Official Traveller Universe from the Rosenkranz and Guildenstern point of view.

Friends In High Places