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Homeworld Update

Anonymous said:

I know!!! I have a lot of photos I want to post regarding Too Short to Ride, but I just want to talk about Homeworld and Era 2 Peridot’s and assistive technology really quickly.

1. The current Homeworld rationale

In my Yellow Diamond Character Analysis I brought up three main points. First that Homeworld has become incredibly efficient. Efficiency is their goal above all else because of all the resources lost after the war. Second, that Homeworld is not an evil place. And third, that YD as a ruler is hurting about Earth and the war, while trying to do the best for her people.

I’m very glad my analysis of Homeworld based on YD’s behaviour turned out correct. Because it gives depth and reason to Homeworld’s actions beyond: They’re evil. And this is something we really do see in SU.

So what’s the first thing we learn about this in Too Short to Ride?

There is a lack of resources. Whether from the war or any other fronts, there is a depletion of resources that has made it difficult for new gem material to surface. As such, the matter that makes up the gems of Era 2 Homeworld is lacking. 

I’d been using the terms Old Homeworld and New Homeworld for a while now, but since canon has brought us real terms, it’s Era 1 and Era 2.

A rough timeline, for me, would put Era 1 at Gem Genesis all the way until Homeworld started losing the war for Earth. In my gem genesis post, I use terms in the study of demographies, and it’s exactly that. Homeworld has passed the Pioneer and the Log phase, and about the time after the war, they started to Lag. What actually comes after the lag phase, where the population stays stagnant for a while, is that it starts to go extinct. Because the resources could no longer sustain the size of the population. There are populations that decline and then stabilise again, but that’s usually after a lot of control is done over resources (including the population numbers itself). 

So Era 2 is post war (Lag phase) until present, where we’re seeing a sharp decline. But you may wonder what would cause Homeworld to use that many resources in the first place. They don’t eat, they don’t sleep, or breathe to survive (they probably need air to vocalise though). But they’d need materials to build ships, and warp pads, and Kindergartens. Homeworld had to rebuild the gem population after the war, and no doubt as they continued to conquer, they would need more manpower for the management of colonies.

The rationale now is definitely efficiency. That’s why YD would rather send this Peridot, who (from what she’s heard) is terrible at her job, straight to her next mission rather than shatter her. There’s no time and gems to waste.

The other thing about Homeworld is that it’s not an evil place. They still let new gems exist. There’s an ethical question of whether, after newborn screening, a society should let children who have congenital conditions that lead to short lifespans, or low-functioning, and conditions like that, be born. That’s a non-negotiable “YES, let them live” for me. Because the entire thing about life, is that it is moving past the limits of what we’re born with. We exist in a society where we can make lives easier for people of those conditions. We can make their lives better and they can still live a full quality of life.

The question is whether our society lets that happen. And judging by the ratio of stairs to ramps in many, many buildings, the answer is that we’re still a work-in-progress. But Homeworld, when these gems are created, immediately gives them assistive technology.

I’ve talked about it here, and here, and here because it’s a topic that means a lot to me. They gave Peridot limb enhancers so that she could function and do her job like an Era 1 Peridot. They let her feel productive and that she belonged somewhere in the Homeworld structure. It’s not a high place, but in a world where the key is efficiency, feeling useless is the absolute worst. That’s why Pearls are ranked so lowly, because they’re thought to be not “capable” of work. As Peridot mentioned in Back to the Barn, they’re “supposed” to stand and hold your things prettily.

But there is a negative effect to this. Because it comes alongside a rigid caste system. This means what Peri is expected to do is, for all her supervisor, YD and everyone in between cares, all she can do. There’s no room to explore potential and new things.

2. Homeworld is stuck in patterns

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REFUGEES Live from Crown City Studios


Did u hear my whisper?

Said how I felt about you

Breathe in and out you

But they doubt I think about you.

I felt you shiver,

When we climbed out the window.

Like a black widow,

Mother told me not to go.

Can’t stop the match and gasoline.

We are the refugees.

Oh our love was so overwhelming it,

Took the neighbors I was the son that took the daughter.

Oh our joy it infected everyone

Ran like fire and took the children all children.

And as we came down

The blades of grass were bending

Under our bare feet,

Walking on to love and aging.

Things are exactly how they seem.

We are the refugees.

Oh our love was so overwhelming it,

Took the neighbors I was the son that took the daughter.

Oh our joy it infected everyone

Ran like fire and took the children all children.

We ran for years there

Out shuffling in the darkness.

You were the compass

I was all the light that saved us.

Oh our love was so overwhelming it,

Took the neighbors I was the son that took the daughter.

Oh our joy it infected everyone

Ran like fire and took the children all children.

Cinematography: Dima Koshutin, Jessica Perlman; Video Edited by David Garvin

Engineered and Mixed by Eric Lilavois 

Recorded at Crown City Studios, Pasadena CA

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