root@Arms trafficking in Eclipse Phase[hr] I just read an article on Salon.com about how the international arms trade should be regulated. While this would be good, the premise of the article is a sad joke that seems to completely miss the point that arms trafficking is fucked up and corrupt because it's goddamn [i]arms trafficking[/i]. Weapons get sold where they make the most money: politically unstable tinderboxes for violence. Nothing will ever change that, and trying to regulate it gets back to that whole adage of power flowing from the barrel of a gun. Anyway, this lead me to wonder about arms trafficking in Eclipse Phase. While the post-scarcity economy in theory reduces the need for conflict, and makes simple weapons readily available to one and all, there will always be the leading edge in combat technology. In Eclipse Phase, this may include the antimatter weaponry, but it will also include insidious computer virii, up to and including trading in TITAN source code. There have been a number of good posts discussing nasty EP weaponry, so I won't try to replicate that; I'm much more interested in the culture of arms trafficking. Firewall, by its very nature, has to have lots of contacts in this industry. They make useful contacts for moving contraband, getting access to weaponry when on a foreign hab, back-channel access to the Pandora Gates, and many other devious abuses that players are endlessly creative in coming up with. It also seems very likely that the Jovian Republic will be the largest supplier of weaponry, as they will very happily arm the frankenfreaks so they can wipe each other off the face of reality, but will include the Autonomists, and even unexpected places like the Titanian University (did you know that Sweden is a larger weapons exporter than Israel? That one surprised me). Thoughts? Characters? Scenarios?