Starship Troopers Setting & Symbolism

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Bugs

The “Bugs” race of pseudo-arachnids – not really spiders, but intelligent arthropods that happen to look like giant spiders. The Bugs, whose home planet is Klendathu, are organized psychologically and economically, more like ants or termites, in a “dictatorship of the hive.” They are divided into castes. First, there are the Workers. They form the vast majority of the colonies, but cannot fight. Then there are the Warriors. They are smart, skilled and aggressive. Warriors are unable to surrender and are never seen to help a fallen comrade. Humans capture a few by amputating all their legs. Experiments performed on captured Warriors result in chemicals that attack the Bugs’ central nervous system, while not affecting humans. Next, there are the well-hidden “Brains” that centrally control and coordinate the soldiers’ fighting. Ultimately there is the Queen.

During “Operation Royalty,” seven Brain Bugs are captured and delivered to Psych Warfare...

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