A Combination resource-dump, workshop, and virtual commonplace book all rolled into one.
Interesting. What sort of crimes gets someone imprisoned in one of these? Are their any societal forces that oppose their use?
The Courts determine who qualifies for such a punishment. The Magistrates who make-up the Living portion of the Triumvirative Assembly. There are also various Tribunes who speak on behalf of the identified/registered social classes/castes also have a chance to speak as 'friends of the Court,' to represent communtieis, etc. The system is supposed to remain free of corruption, however, as with any human institution, it has some flaws that do get manipulated, but these excesses tend to get smoothed out over the years by immune-system functions built-in on very deep levels. Those who abuse the system eventually are identified and their perfidy addressed, eventually. Independent, outside agents are always rewarded for spotting such things, for example. It is hard to mess with this set-up, but Magistrates do so on a regular enough basis that there are all sorts of docudramas and netvids that tell this sort of story over and over.Yes. There are several factions who oppose the Courts and their spherical cyber-gulags, but most of them are working within the system, thus they are mostly ineffectual.One radical sect has taken it upon themselves to track down the Sphaeri and liberate them from their bondage. They have discovered a means and a methodology for cracking the Spheres and they are 'liberating' those Sphaeri that they can locate, but their efforts are often hampered by the very people whom they have liberated. Those broken-out are not always sane, rarely balanced, and almost always traumatized by the liberation process and lack the support of the Sphere which they very seriously needed to function within Polite Society...thus forming a very tragic criminalized outcaste society that did nothing wrong per se, but are in violation of the Court's mandates.It's a mess.As for the specific crimes necessary to get sentenced to the Spheres...there's a story or two on the way about that coming up for Riskail.
Just make sure Zod is locked up nice and tight!
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