Which is more important, blood or culture?Posted: May 11, 2016
The nation of Hypothica was once a colony of the nation of Hardcastle. It broke away 240 years ago and has since overshadowed Hardcastle in power and influence, largely by taking in so many immigrants over the years that it has about five times the population. But the culture of Hypothica is still largely based on Hardcastle’s culture
Now a Hardcastle time traveler has gone back 250 years and has changed history so that Hypothica didn’t break away 240 years ago.
When he returns to the present he finds everything much the same as before. Hypothica is still independent (it broke away much later). The rest of the world is much the same as before. The differences are A) Hypothica now has about half the population of Hardcastle and B) Hypothica has a lot more people of Hardcastle ancestry than before.
Our time traveler now comes to you, an important figure in Hardcastle society from 250 years ago, and explains the situation. He asks you to choose between two possible futures. He can undo the change he made, in which case the future Hypothica will dominate the world and will do so more or less with Hardcastles culture but very few of Hypothica’s people will be descended from Hardcastle. Or he can leave the change in place, in which case Hardcastles cultural influence on the world will be much reduced but there will be a lot more people of Hardcastle descent in Hypothica.
Which would you prefer?