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The designer's intent, to be blunt, is often irrelevant to the players'and the GM's.
Much as the GM's intent is often irrelevant to the players.
So long as everyone's having fun, does the designer's intent matter?
(to answer that, I'd say, only for people writing for the line...)
Era Ten has always looked to me more like "Starship Troopers as rebooted and shot by the staff from Lost in Space, while the latter were on LSD..." And so, when I ran it, that's what I expected. The dice supported that.
... and reading the novels moves it over to same spot in the genre as Asprin's Phule's Company.