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The San Fernando Valley Rowdy Riotous Raider Nation was a group which Mullnor studied, to see if any of its members fit his criteria for a Hripirt Selection Center work visa. Contrary to its confusing name, this group was not one of the sovereign nations of Earth, nor did it seek recognition as such. It was a group of supporters of an athletic team. Mullnor had viewed several films of Terran sporting rituals during his training as a selector, and found them to be barbaric. On his own accord, the Rowdies never would have been even considered for immigration, but he later decided that was an unfair a priori judgment.

Nevertheless, Mullnor's field observation of the Rowdies confirmed his negative first impression. While he did not mind their outlandish face-painting and peculiar garb, he was appalled by their actions. At the sporting event, they all became "drunk and disorderly," violating numerous local laws, which he later learned were not their first infractions. Mullnor figured that he could not select lawbreakers, for if they broke their own community's laws, there would be no reason to expect them to respect the laws of another world. Thus, he wrote the group out of consideration with a verdict of "irrational behavior."

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