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Probability and statistics govern life in the Beynid country of Valdion, but the natives don't believe in chance; to them, probability is simply the measure of correctly guessing the future outcome, not that the outcome will actually come to pass. A coin flip is guaranteed to land on one side or the other, and the "50% probability" associated with either side is not that the chance that the coin will or won't land on a given side -- which side the coin will land on is already determined, and people can simply guess which side that will be.

In Valdion, the behavior of children is monitored throughout life to generate "genetic probability," a standardized measure used to predict what they will be like as adults; Valdionese children are considered adults when their genetic probability is fully compiled, completed, and considered an accurate indicator of who they are and what they will do. Consequently, mature and intellectual children who "grow up" faster are considered adults sooner than their immature counterparts. Once a genetic probability is complete, a national database will match the new adult up with possible career paths, friends, and even significant others to integrate them into society. Contrary to popular foreigner belief, Valdion's database does not impose a choice on its citizens; it simply predicts with high accuracy what the individual will choose and presents them with those choices.

It is impossible to run for any sort of government position without a 75% or higher genetic probability related to holding a public office; critics of the system say that this leaves the odds of there being suitable people for government during election seasons up to chance. Some have even likened it unto a lottery, but proponents of the genetic probability system insist that this precludes the need to screen politicians for past scandals or criminal activity, as the database has already effectively weeded out people unsuited for leadership.