Track of the Apocalypse Ch13 Ficbit – Paperwork

Unfortunately it looked like Dogen had read the importance of Kibito’s threat out of the air just as well as Daniel had. “What paperwork, Niece?”

“Only an internal matter for Aragane, Uncle.” Ayame’s gaze was clear, cheerful, and unyielding, as she began to walk. “It will not affect our negotiations, and it will certainly not affect those of Kongokaku in your charge.”

Dogen’s eyes narrowed, but he sighed, following gracefully. “Forgive an old uncle for worrying when he sees your bodyguard… upset.”

“There are some details which have yet to be finalized,” Ayame said mildly, even as Kurusu’s face went from frozen to carefully neutral again. “And we have faced so much upheaval in the past month… even small uncertainties can be troublesome. But we should be able to settle matters once we have a few nights in safe territory to breathe. I’m certain everyone will be calmer then.”

“True enough,” the Elder allowed, the finest edge of tension easing out of his stance as they headed uphill.

Jack slowed his pace a little, just enough that the pair of them lagged at the back of the group. “So… paperwork?”

“Don’t know,” Daniel muttered back, matching Jack’s low tone. Dogen was out of earshot, but Naokata was a little closer, and better safe than sorry. “But Ikoma’s gotten in trouble with the local bushi before. And given… the situation….” Possibly contagious, definitely not normal, not to mention one of the few people who seemed to have a good handle on everything Kabane. “The Koutetsujou probably doesn’t want him locked up in the station jail, even for a day.” Or having to beat even more bushi over the head. Training lets you handle one guy, not twenty.

“Stratified social status,” Jack grumped. “How do you get anything done when the guys at the sharp end won’t listen just because you’re an engineer?

8 thoughts on “Track of the Apocalypse Ch13 Ficbit – Paperwork

  1. “Stratified social status,” Jack grumped. “How do you get anything done when the guys at the sharp end won’t listen just because you’re an engineer?

    Tangentially, I’ve been on an intermittent Jane Austen kick, and the last one had some of the characters snootily grumping about how one of the worst things about the Navy was how often a man had to see one of his social inferiors promoted past him.

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    1. Given that it was the time when the British Empire was hollowing itself out as part of their slow decline, I can’t say I’m surprised at that attitude. Sure, we modern idiots are hollowing our military out in the name of feelgoodz for ‘oppressed minorities’, but same thing ultimately. Sacrifice real capability to pander to the privileged, because we don’t anticipate losing our dominant position in the world.

      (See also Modern Major General, which I’d bet was what Terry Pratchett was extrapolating from, in his otherwise ignorant and inane blathering about ‘the basis of military strategy’.)

      -Albert

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    1. Few, if any, of the services see any of the others as their betters.

      Forex, the Marines have formally claimed skepticism over whether the Army and Navy can be ‘saved’ in the context of the Christian religion. “/If/ the Army and the Navy, /ever/ look on Heaven’s scenes…” They are also not super big fans of the Air Force.

      Coast Guard and Space Force might possibly be different, but I would be surprised if the budget wars don’t ultimately result in the same sense that Service X does everything of real importance to warfare, and the others are just along to help.

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      1. That’s an approach that would ensure Space Force incompetence is a joke within twenty years. Maybe thirty to forty.

        The services have a tendency towards success theater at the best of times.

        Some of them do have a corporate culture of “rah, rah, rah, we are so tough and ever victorious”, but that is not the same as a core pillar of identity being a measurable evaluation of ongoing success. Providing x or y technical service in various circumstances tends to get described as a mission by the Air Force bureaucracies of the kind that spawned the Space Force.

        The military bureaucracies have some pretty huge challenges to overcomes in terms of space based technical services. Especially when you are talking research and procurement, there are significant obstacles, partly self inflicted, to getting things done. If the research or the procurement gets screwed up badly enough, even the most heroic effort by those in uniform cannot keep the system really effective and reliable.

        Anyway, we may well be in the early phases of a conflict with China. Totalitarianism may do very bad things to some aspects of their ability, but I do not think we should assume automatic and inevitable victory.

        If the Space Force becomes determined not to see any of its failures, it will never be able to fix anything and will eventually do very bad work. World of difference between refusing to admit failure in public, and refusing to admit it, even in private.

        Anyhow, my unwritten comment on the chapter was on the cultural divide between the R&D boffins who are responsible for the equipment, and on the people in uniform actually servicing and using the equipment. Jack’s comment feels a little off for him.

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