i feel like everyone always talks about how much more organized & generally better camp jupiter is than chb, but can we talk about the fact that the foundation of the whole thing is kids serving in the military for ten (ish) years (mandatory if you want to live in new rome) to protect the adults in the city, putting their own lives at stake day after day, and receiving little recompense for it besides food and a place to call home. sure, all kids deserve a safe space, but should they have to pay for it, possibly with their lives? and should all the experienced adults that live there too let them?
from what i remember, the kids get very little education on traditionally useful things (they know a lot about mythology, but that only goes so far in the ‘real world’) and they hardly ever are allowed to leave once they join. and as a fun final touch, they’re also branded for life with tattoos marking their service.
can we talk about this?