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Borrowing Limits 17/33

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Leif: Thank you, s– Thank you. If I ask for more than you can afford, tell me . . .

Thorn: Leif . . .

Don’t worry at it. If you ask me to rent you 26/7 for a month, yes, I will run out of money. But you won’t. So don’t worry.

Leif: Then — I have another ask — Will you buy Elisa?

Thorn: I can try. . . . What is a leesa?

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*WARNING KLAXONS*

Thorn, I beg of you, don’t go down this specific road.

Remember, Elisa’s ‘price of freedom’ is WAY lower, and Thorn’s income may be MUCH higher than Elisa’s two Dads.

Leif may be sacrificing only a few months of Thorn-time to get Elisa out NOW.

Come to think of it, Wasn’t Juniper Mining dissolved to pay the survivors restitution? Surely (Amount equal to an entire corporation’s holdings, including equipment and land holdings divided by thirteen) would have paid a substantial portion of Elisa’s Mining Dad’s medical fees. Unless the Søhenic government just… failed to deliver the money to Elisa’s fathers. But I’m pretty sure that’d fall under some sort of fraud.

Price isn’t the issue, it’s the precedent. Trying to buy people out of slavery just makes the slavers snap up more “product”. If Thorn goes down this road he’ll bankrupt himself, and if he gets too deep into debt there goes his security clearance, his post, and if it gets bad enough his rank as well.

But, this isn’t slavery. This is indentured servitude.

Now, that’s splitting hairs when it comes to the human rights violations. But there are some definite economic differences.

Slavery means a person is owned. Indentured servitude means they’re still drawing a WAGE, albeit a small one that is also most likely offset by food and shelter and medical costs. Then, what is left over of that wage goes to pay off the person’s debt. In theory, over the course of many years (seven was a classic number for indentured servants), the debt will be paid off and the person will go free.

Leif is actually a unique case, where the debt associated with him is so crippling that there’s no way it could ever be paid off. Elisa, on the other hand, was getting close to paying off hers, with the help of her fathers’ additional pay.

Also note that Elisa is YOUNG. We can actually assume she hasn’t been an indentured slave for as long as Leif and Katya. The fact that she’s getting out sooner is probably because her parents have been paying additional income against her debt.

So, Leif isn’t asking Thorn to FREE ALL THE SLAVES, he’s asking Thorn to help out one girl whose family has hit hard times, a girl who should have already walked free if not for those hard times. It’s an expense, but presumably a moderate one.

Will the embassy bring in a new indentured servant once Elisa is gone? Most likely. BUT they would be planning on doing that anyway, since Elisa’s debt was diminishing. Likely, they already have someone lined up to take the position. The Embassy isn’t there to make a profit, it’s there to smooth relations between both countries, so I think the risk of them becoming a slave dealership is relatively low.

In addition to Lunarflight’s argument… this is literally INSTITUTIONALIZED. The Sønheic government is the ‘slaver’ and if they were just grabbing people off the street, they’d not be able to keep control.

I’m guessing it’s seen as a form of refinancing or debt consolidation. Your (or your family’s) debts are wiped away, and in exchange you work for X wage paying down the principal of your debt, no interest. As a Ward of the State, you’re clothed, fed, given a warm billet, and medical care.

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