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One thing i noticed about the buggers that is obvious is the fact that they were spread over multiple worlds. The thing i found weird is that they were only spread over the worlds closest to earth. This makes no sense because the Formics would have had to colonize worlds leading to earth skipping the closest worlds in all directions. If they had colonized by proximity then it would have made a sort of sphere of planets which contradicts bean in Enders Shadow when he thinks, "It makes sense-the Bugger home world was probably the farthest away,"
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I think the weirder thing is why they didn't have queens on any of the colonies.
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I always assumed that the IF timed out their ships to make the whole invasion take place over a couple of weeks with the bugger home world the last attack.

I seem to recall it being written somewhere (no idea where) that the buggers had recalled all of their Queens to their home planet during the invasion. (No idea why they would do that, but it would explain the absence of any Queens on the colonies.)

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Originally written by OSC:

Ender in Exile, Chapter 2:
“Mazer had explained that the hive queens must have gathered on their home planet years before they could have known that the human fleet had the M.D. Device. They knew—from the way Mazer had defeated their main expedition to Earth's star system—that their greatest weakness was that if you found the hive queen and killed her, you had killed the whole army. So they withdrew from all their forward positions, put the hive queens together on their home world, and then protected that world with everything they had.

Yes, yes, Ender understood that. But Ender had used the M.D. Device early on in the invasion of the formic worlds, to destroy a formation of ships. The hive queens had instantly understood the capabilities of the weapon and never allowed their ships to get close enough together for the M.D. Device to be able to set up a self-sustaining reaction.
So: Once they knew that the weapon existed, and that humans were willing to use it, why did they stay on that single planet? They must have known that the human fleet was coming. As Ender won battle after battle, they must have known that the possibility of their defeat existed. It would have been easy for them to get onto starships and disperse from their home planet. Before that last battle began, they could all have been out of range of the M.D. Device.”

"Why were they still on that planet? Why weren't they in ships, speeding away? They chose to stay, knowing we had that weapon, knowing what it did and how it worked, they stayed for the battle, they waited for us to come."

Chapter 19:
„To imagine the live of the hive queens, to see our war from their perspective, to dare to invent an entire history for them, and tell it as if a hive queen herself were speaking –“
“I didn’t invent it.“ said Ender.
“[…] What did you find?”
“You’re holding it in your hand. I found what I’ve been searching for ever since the hive queens LET ME KILL THEM.”

So it IS reasonable to assume they had colonized by proximity (making a sphere), but since all the queens died when the home planet was destroyed, no armies remained to be fought on the other colonized worlds.
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