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Omar Karindu

Subj: Re: Without clarification I think we have to gop with the standard definition of draft...
Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 04:42:09 am EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Without clarification I think we have to gop with the standard definition of draft...
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 08:47:47 pm EDT

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> > > ...they can be drafted much the way you or I would be. In other words they would have to answer the call like any otrher citizen if a draft is instituted.
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> > I don't know about where you live, but here in the UK, as a citizen I can choose not to accept a military call up under the terms of Conscientious Objection, especially since there would be unlikely to be an actual legally declared war to justify a draft.
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> Here you can object...but that may mean jail time etc...but a War has to be agreed upon by Congress AND the President...and then they have to decide to ALSO call for a draft.
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> There are penalties for not responding to the draft...it's part of being a citizen here. Now the likelihood is very low.

The U.S. also has Conscientious Objector status; it's just that you have to do some sort of service for a similar term to maintain it. Members of religions that oppose military service -- like the pacifist Quakers and the anti-government-service Jehovah's Witnesses -- have the best shot at this. After 1971, religious conviction was not the only acceptable reasoning, but it's still rather tough to prove a legitimate C.O. claim without it.

Me, I'm wondering what superhuman Conscientious Objectors would look like, myself. The real life versions served in medical, agricultural, and engineering projects, but some powers might not be terribly useful for such stuff. More to the point, I doubt 22 pages a month of Luke Cage helping build bridges or Daredevil working as a candy-striper at Walter Reed would sell too well....

- Omar Karindu

"A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It displeased me." -- Doctor Doom

"It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey

> Me, I'm wondering what superhuman Conscientious Objectors would look like, myself. The real life versions served in medical, agricultural, and engineering projects, but some powers might not be terribly useful for such stuff. More to the point, I doubt 22 pages a month of Luke Cage helping build bridges or Daredevil working as a candy-striper at Walter Reed would sell too well....
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> - Omar Karindu

Not as an ongoing, but it would be interesting to see SOME notion of this reflected in the MU. People with powers who no longer feel they can serve as heroes, or never wanted to, but still want to make a contribution to the world.

I always thought it might be interesting to see something like a super-powered Peace Corps. Would a group like the Peace Corp reject a potentially valuable volunteer just because they were a mutant? Someone who could fly, or dowse, or had some sort of elemental power would be a very valuable person indeed when it came to helping in Third World countries (Harking back to a throwaway comment in an old Teen Titans story where they mention that Terra could have made arid land fertile had she the inclination)



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