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The Ungoverned

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The Ungoverned

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Author: Vernor Vinge
Publisher: Tor, 2001
Baen, 1991
Baen, 1985
Series: Across Realtime

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Winner of the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award

Set between Vinge's novels The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime, this novella is a direct exploration of the concept of privately-funded decentralized defense in the absence of a State, as described by the anarcho-capitalist Gustave de Molinari in "The Production of Security".

This story originally appeared in Far Frontiers, Volume III, Fall 1985 edited by Jim Baen and Jerry Pournelle, and was collected in True Names ... and Other Dangers (1987), Across Realtime (1991), and The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge (2001). It was also anthologized in Give Me Liberty (aka Freedom!) (2003), edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Mark Tier.

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