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Dear Leonidas,

Following your sage counsel has paid off, as usual. I’ve got all Athens excited about moving to Mars! Would you or any Spartans like to come?

Thanks again,
Pericles

Dear Pericles,

Spartans are not so adventurous as Athenians, to try their fortune in distant lands. I wish you luck, but you’re on your own.

Best wishes,
Leonidas

Dear Leonidas,

I’m not too proud to beg. A planet of Athenians alone would be ungovernable. I need ballast as well as sails. Who should I bring along, if not Spartans?

Hoping for answers,
Pericles

Dear Pericles,

You don’t have much room on your space triremes, I imagine. Take the heaviest ballast, real guaranteers of stability: the people of Sīnae.

Best,
Leonidas

Dear Leonidas,

Sadly the relationship between Sīnae and Hellas precludes cooperation. Yet there is a city in Sīnae, an ancient friend of Hellas, that just might be interested in migrating with us. I will reach out. Yet again, I am in your debt.

Ever grateful,
Pericles

Written on May 23, 2020