|Series||Across Real Time|
|Genre||Science fiction novella|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Peace War|
|Followed by||Marooned in Realtime|
The Ungoverned is a 1985 science fiction novella by Vernor Vinge, set between his novels The Peace War and Marooned in Realtime. It was first published in Far Frontiers, Volume III, first collected in True Names and Other Dangers, and later published in the 1991 edition of the omnibus Across Realtime (Baen Books, 1991).
The framework is the story of the Republic of New Mexico (NMR) invading the peaceful anarcho-capitalist society in Kansas. The NMR creates a military fiasco by completely failing to understand the cultural differences — including the amount of self-protection a lone Kansas farmer may have.
The main protagonist is Wil W. Brierson, a detective/insurance agent, who attempts to disrupt the invasion while trying to minimize the property damage (and thus claims his company might have to pay out) and bridge the cultural gap. Brierson is also the protagonist of Marooned in Realtime.
- The full text of The Ungoverned is available online as part of the Baen Books collection Freedom!, edited by Mark Tier & Martin H. Greenberg.
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