Rincewind wrote:Max wrote:Part of the problem was that the defects only showed up under unusual stress and after fairly long delays. A personalized test program that was to be effective would have to take those factors into account, which would make the whole process less easily implemented.
The dogzard chow idea does have a certain appeal however...
And as been recently proven with the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal they can always design the weapons in question to fool the testing equipment or environment.
Yes, but also until ol' Rog took the Throne, the Empress was too busy and hadn't personally been affected by the testing being evaded. And she had more important things to deal with than to properly whack the people pocketing money and selling shifty equipment. Roger, on the other hand, has direct first-hand experience with alleged top-notch equipment malfunctioning spectacularly, and with Adoula having escaped there's definitely a Civil War looming. Looming war means lots and lots and lots of arms and munitions contracts needing to be bid on and filled.
Adoula won't care about using shifty equipment, as long as it works most of the time, but is also apparently willing to accept gutter trash as 'soldiers'. Roger's going to pretty quickly win any soldiers in his camp's loyalty once the stories of Marduk spread and him publicly executing anyone who skimps on weapons contracts, pour encourager les autres.