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Re: Capital punishment as a deterrent
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2015, 01:37:43 PM »

possibly "enders game''

Spot on frownie, ENDER'S GAME 1977  Wiki says:

This story begins as Ender is made the commander of Dragon Army at Battle School, an institution designed to make young children into military commanders against an unspecified enemy. Armies are groups of students that fight mock battles in the Battle Room, a null gravity environment, and are subdivided into "toons". Due to Ender's genius in leadership, Dragon Army dominates the competition. After his nineteenth consecutive victory, Ender is told that his Army is being broken up and his toon leaders made commanders in their turn, while he is transferred to Command School for the next stage of his education. Here, veteran Maezr Rackham tutors him in the use of a space battle simulator. Eventually, many of his former toon leaders serve under him once more. Once familiar with the simulator, they fight a series of what Maezr tells them are mock battles against a computer-controlled enemy. Ender's team wins again and again, finally destroying a planet that the enemy fleet seems to be protecting. Once the battle is over, Maezr tells Ender that all battles were real, the children's commands having been relayed to the extant fleet, and that he has destroyed the enemy's home world and ended the war.


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Re: Capital punishment as a deterrent
« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2015, 02:12:53 PM »

Yes, that's the one. Why did I write about that anyway??? In response to the question of 'would you be the executioner?'.

The whole concept, as I saw it, was that none of the adult commanders were capable or willing to carry the weight of that on their shoulders, where decisions to sacrifice hundreds / thousands of your own to gain a tactical advantage, and supposedly neither would the children in real life. That's why they were told that it was only a game.

I can't remember the outcome. I'll have to watch it again.

Anyway,back to the drawing board.
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