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Being a subordinate means you can be accessed at will.
Being an outsider means you can be dealt with in an automated way.
More abstractly:
A superior entity is one that can access your nucleus (as opposed to merely your cytoplasm).
You are an outsider to an entity if that entity can deal with you purely out of its cytoplasm (i.e., has no need to give you conscious consideration).
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