First half January 4, 1999. Second half January 7, 1999. Some pieces of background information: the contemporary people have a four stage gradation system related to the perceived independence and maturity of a personality. The nominal gradation ages are 2-3 years for the first grade, 7-10 for the second and 15-20 for the third one. Individual rights and responsibilities are tied to these grades. Non-biological creations with an intentional likeness to a biological one are called simes. The word is a cross between simulation and mime. The major advantages of simes are that they are both readily available and expendable.



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