"I think a technically-casteless colony planet is a good element of relations with our neighbors but it's apparent that compliance with their terms would be as a first-order effect highly detrimental and that we won't have meaningful protection in the long term without full compliance."
"The ban on genetic engineering is ridiculous -"
"Yes, I do not think we should comply with that."
"How do you think you'd pull off a technically-casteless colony planet -"
"Robots instead of reds, no income cap, anyone can enroll their children in any school but people'll want their kids to go where they'll succeed. Everything else is custom, not law, they can't outlaw customs. And if the winner of Anitam's Voice is yellow and dyes his hair green and has a singing career, the social fabric will survive."
"- once we've got several colony planets, sure."
"Are we presuming someone's got robots -"
"Someone's got robots or we can develop them ourselves, here, where they won't cause trouble. And I think you can use an angel to clean a red but the details are all too green for me, I'm going to take them to some greens I know with relevant medical and theological expertise."
" - clean one -"
"If you replaced all of the cells making up a red with clean ones you should have a clean red."
"Angels can do that?"
Aitim touches his hand to his hair. "This presumes the feasibility from the medical and theological side. Politically, it protects us from well-intentioned intervention by horrified neighbors -"
"Unless they intervene anyway over genetic engineering -"
"If they're going to be tempted we had better have otherwise fantastic PR. The reds play badly to everyone who isn't us, face it and fix it."