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Plot[ edit ] At the time of the story,the Moon Luna is used as a penal colony by Earth's government, with the inhabitants living in underground cities.
Most inhabitants called "Loonies" are criminals, political exiles, or descendants thereof. The total population is about three million, with men outnumbering women two to one, so that polyandry is the norm. Although Earth's Protector of the Lunar Colonies called the "Warden" holds power, in practice, little intervention exists in the loose Lunar society.
Due to the low surface gravity of the Moon, Loonies who stay longer than a few months undergo "irreversible physiological changes and can never again live in comfort and health in a gravitational field six time greater than that to which their bodies have become adjusted.
That Dinkum Thinkum[ edit ] At the beginning of the story, Mannie, at Mike's request, places a recorder in an anti-Authority meeting. When the authorities raid the gathering, Mannie flees with Wyoming "Wyoh" Knott, a political agitator, whom he introduces to Mike and with whom he meets his former teacher, the elderly Professor Bernardo de la Paz, who claims that Luna must stop exporting hydroponic wheat to Earth or its limited water resources will be exhausted.
In connection with this, Mike calculates that if no prevention occurs, food riots will occur in seven years and cannibalism in nine. Wyoh and the Professor decide to start a revolution, which Mannie is persuaded to join after Mike calculates that it has a one in seven chance of success.
Mannie, Wyoh, and de la Paz thereafter form covert cellsprotected by Mike, who adopts the persona of "Adam Selene ", leader of the movement, and communicates by the telephone system.
Mannie saves the life of Stuart Rene LaJoie, a rich, well-connected, sympathetic tourist, who begins turning public opinion on Earth in favor of Lunar independence.
When soldiers, brought to quell the mounting unrest, rape and kill a local young woman, then kill another who finds her body, rioting erupts. The Loonies overcome military opposition and overthrow the Lunar Authority's Protector, called "the Warden". When Earth tries to reclaim the colony, the revolutionaries plan to use in defense a smaller duplicate of the electromagnetic catapult used to export wheat.
A Rabble in Arms[ edit ] Mike impersonates the Warden in messages to Earth, to give the revolutionaries time to organize their work. Meanwhile, the Professor sets up an "Ad-Hoc Congress" to distract dissenters. When Earth finally learns the truth, Luna declares its independence on July 4,the th anniversary of the United States' Declaration of Independence.
Mannie and the Professor go to Earth to plead Luna's case, where they are received in Agra by the Federated Nations, and embark on a world tour advertising the benefits of a free Luna, while urging various governments to build a catapult to transfer supplies, especially water, to Luna in exchange for grain.
Their proposals are rejected and they are imprisoned, but they are freed by Stuart LaJoie and returned, with him, to Luna. Public opinion on Earth has become fragmented, while on Luna, the news of Mannie's arrest and the attempt to bribe him with the appointment of himself as Warden have unified the normally fractious Loonies.
An election is held in which Mannie, Wyoh, and the Professor are elected possibly by the intervention of Mike. The Federated Nations on Earth send armies to destroy the Lunar revolution, but these are vanquished, with great loss of life, by the revolutionaries.
The rumor is circulated that Mike's alter ego Adam Selene was among those killed, thus removing the need for him to appear in the flesh. When Mike launches rocks at sparsely populated locations on Earth, warnings are released to the press detailing the times and locations of the bombings, but disbelieving people, as well as people on religious pilgrimages, travel to the sites and die.
As a result, public opinion turns against the fledgling nation. A second attack destroys Mike's original catapult, but the Loonies have built a secondary, smaller one in a secret location, and with Mannie acting as its on-site commander, the Loonies continue to attack Earth until it concedes Luna's independence.
Professor Bernardo de la Paz, as leader of the nation, proclaims victory to the gathered crowds, but collapses and dies.The nobility.
The military elite in the Middle Ages and the perceived elite afterwards.. Whether or not they have a sovereign whom they are subordinate to, these characters definitely have commoners who are subordinate to them. Their position is hereditary, often legally enforced, although occasionally simply socially accepted to the same effect.
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