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I am new to EP. I've been reading through the setting, and other then being impressed and amazed (I have regularly told people that this is my new favorite setting) I find that the Jovian Junta feels like a strawman. There doesn't seem to be any positive traits for them. Many of the details about them feel like needless jabs and the American Right wing of today. The sidebar about Reagan cylinders says they are inefficient and worse versions of O'Neil cylinders, but never says anything about why they are more inefficient or worse.
here is the text from the book
The standard O’Neill cylinder is a proven habitat type that can be found all across the solar system. Several years prior to the Fall an American aerospace consortium backed primarily by Raytheon rolled out a new cylinder design, christened the Reagan cylinder as a nod to the resurgence of interest in the historical president’s economic doctrines. Reagan cylinders differed from O’Neill designs in that they were built within hollowed-out asteroids or moonlets, usually mined out, using the rocky exterior as a layer of radiation shielding, a requirement for the Jovian system. In the years since, Reagan cylinders have become infamous for their inefﬁciency. Environmental and power systems are notoriously sub-par, subject to frequent failures. Brownouts, blackouts, and septic contamination are a common state of affairs on these “sarcophagus” habs
I looked into it and couldn't find anything. There was this forum topic ( http://eclipsephase.com/reagan-cylinders ) discussing it, but the main theory seemed to simply be that they were worse because the Junta shuns advance biotech, and nanotech. The main issue I see with this theory is that the book seems to imply that the Reagan cylinders are inherently worse in design, so that even with the advanced technologies they would be worse. The whole thing feels like a needles political jab.
I heard somewhere that later books improved this, but I'm having trouble finding anything. So I'm wondering if anyone else knows of any positive traits of the junta that would balance things out.