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About Sunset Sea Islands

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    RP Mentor: Technology
  • Birthday 11/03/1999

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    Berlin, Germany
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    Worldbuilding, mapmaking, gaming, physics, space

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    Sunset Sea Islands
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    Sunset City
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    Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed

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  1. Sunset Sea Islands

    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    All right, the stage has been set, you can now take turns to introduce your character(s). I guess you can have up to three characters, although one would be better. They should all be of your species. You could also use this opportunity to introduce your species/empire.
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    SSI NEWS

    Minh Thanh Tran Wants to Succeed Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed Not even two weeks after Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed announced that the nation-wide technocracy referendum on March 1st will mark the end of her time as the head of the government of the Radiant Republic, the first bid for her office has been made. Vice Chairman Minh Thanh Tran announced his candidacy for the higest position in the Party of Radiance. Tran, whose portfolio includes long years of working as an ambassador in several UBPSSIF nations, became Vice Chairman after the party was formed in late 2017. By running for the office of Chairman, Tran not only aims for Tumbleweed's position of the leader of the party, but also for her succession as the head of the state. The convinced technocrat Tran believes that his experience in SSI politics, long years of service in allied nations and technocratic knowledge give him the necessary skills to lead a potential technocratic SSI into the future. Even though Tran is fairly popular throughout the nation, there are some who criticise his support for the re-establishment of the SSI Self Defence Force in late August 2017. Nevertheless, he can most probably expect the support of the current chairman of the Party of Radiance, Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed. Tran, who was born in 1953, gained his doctorate at Sunset City University in mathematical economics in 1990. He joined the Centrist Party in 1974, but left for the Party of Radiance, following its foundation by Theresa Tumbleweed, whose political beginnings were also in the Centrist Party. The pro-business politician has a history of supporting legislation aimed towards bolstering science in the Sunset Sea Islands. Tagmatine Criticism over PROGRS Babies This Thrusday, @Tagmatium Rules's prime newspaper, "Tagmatika Kidemonas", published an article heavily criticising the recent advances in genetics made in the Sunset Sea Islands. The article claims Dr. Ngo's groundbreaking milestone to be unverifiable and "messing with the sanctity of god's creation". Furthermore, "Tagmatika Kidemonas" goes on to question the ethics and morals behind Dr. Ngo's project, further expressing its concern about the "physical and spiritual well-being" of the citizens of the Radiant Republic in conjunction with the rapid technological development the nation is currently going through. The Oikoumenikos Patriarkhos of Tagmatika, Kosmas I, further criticises the SSI's lack of "spiritual guidance". When asked for a comment, Dr. Ngo and his team, who continue their research with the PROGRS "gene scissors", explained that although he respects the opinion of Tagmatika, he disagrees with it. "Whilst the Greater Holy Empire continues to engage in arms races and focuses on military development and foreign interventions, the Radiant Republic builds bridges between nations, introducing more and more nations to the global community. Whilst supranaturalist tendencies have shrouded Tagmatine thoughts for millenia, the Sunset Sea Islands are guided by reason alone. The progress we make stands in contrast to the technological stagnation of the Greater Holy Empire." Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed, whose commitment greatly contributed to the renewal of Tagmatium-SSI relations, reminds both sides to remain level-headed. "Although following a potential higher being on a political level is viewed with concern in the Radiant Republic, the Sunset Sea Islands don't meddle with the path to ascension chosen by another nation. I would be glad if the Greater Holy Empire returned this politeness and not questioned the ethics that guide us." Unfortunately, the protests outside the embassy of the Radiant Republic in Tagmatika were not the only instances of criticism against the new PROGRS milestone. Especially in supranaturalist nations, such as the @Sancti Imperii Catholico, many concerns were expressed. Furthermore, many anti-PROGRS activists demanded an international boycot of the SSI bid to host the 2019 Olympic Games. 2018 UBPSSIF Report Rises Concerns About Stability of Northern Neighbours Decades after the end of the Thalassan War, the political and economic situation in the northern neighbours of the Radiant Republic, especially Free Dobby and the Futanarian archipelago, remains extremely unstable. After several attemts of forming working governments, the late effects of the devastation caused by the Empire of Mat Troi Lan prevent the impoverished nations from calming down. According to the newest instance of the yearly published UBPSSIF status report, only the large monetary contributions of the SSI prevent a total state of disorder in the island nations. As migration from UBPSSIF nations to the Radiant Republic continues to surge, so does the intranational migration to the southern port towns, where the SSI maintain embassies and immigration centres. The conditions in these cities are dangerous as well, since the slums continue to grow, posing a serious thread to the health of the population, as the terrible hygienic situation makes it easy for diseases to spread. Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed continues to work on her UBPSSIF strategy. According to insider information, the Prime Minister has been working on a proposal to ATARA, the Argic-Thalassan-Alharun Regional Association, that, if successful, should grant the Radiant Republic more authority in the island nations to stabilise the fragile situation. Theresa Tumbleweed is expected to present her proposal as one of her last deeds as the reigning Prime Minister.
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    The Radiant

    Yardor Zem Orbital Station, (743; -43; 128), 243 S.L.E. Neutral space Yardor Zem was a star on the outskirts of civilised space, far enough from any nation to claim the system for itself, yet resource-rich enough for companies and freelancers to come search for their fortune its planets. However, none of the planetary environments were friendly enough to justify the establishment of permanent planetary settlements. Building comfortable, life-sustaining habitats in space was way easier and much more cost-effective. Those, who worked on planets usually lived aboard their ships who would fly to and from the station in orbit of Yardor Zem to refuel and to sell their wares. Since the resources of Yardor Zem attracted individuals from all over settled space, the station had to include habitats adapted to all species it accommodated. This made Yardor Zem Orbital middle-sized in interstellar comparison, since some species had similar requirements, whist others were radically different. Aside from the occasional scuffle, conflicts on YZO were rare. Even members of rivaling species more or less got along on the station, or at least they treated each other with a benevolent lack of interest. Whether they came here for monetary gain or to quench their curiosity, ultimately, their reasons for being aboard the station weren't that different. The latter was also the reason why the Pioneer's Guild maintained a presence on the station. Ever since The Bestowal, when all known spacefaring species received FTL technology from an unknown source, fleets of pioneers formed at the edge of unmapped space and entered hyperlanes to unknown stars. Nevertheless, one of the groups that gathered around a table in the Pioneer's guild was not there to search for new planets to colonise or exploit. Amongst the group were members of all major species found throughout the known galaxy, however, all of them had followed a certain message on the Pioneer's Guild bulletin board system: [THIS BULLETIN WAS AUTOMATICALLY TRANSLATED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE] Are you an explorer, historian or archaeologist? Are you a medic, cook or pilot who dares to support brave pioneers on their trip into the unknown? We are looking for brave adventurers willing to go on an epic quest to look for answers to one of the galaxy's most enticing mysteries: where did the FTL drives come from that allowed our civilisations to prosper? Together with a small group of fellow experts, go where nobody has gone before, face dangers on an adventure of unknown dimensions on your way to the absolute truth! Whether you're after wisdom, fame or riches, the discoverer of the FTL-technology's source is destined to gain all of those! Apply now, by supplying information about you, your racial and personal traits, and your qualifications and you might become the hero to solve one of life's greatest questions! Although universal translators were a long-established technology, if there were two or more members of a species present, they sat next to one another and communicated quietly. Naturally, there were some who greeted or even chatted with their neighbours, however, all in all, everyone kept to themselves. Then, a small robot resembling some mammalian critters found across the galaxy approached the group. At first, no one noticed the briefcase-sized machine walking on four thin, but sturdy, legs. Then, it juped on the table and positioned itself in its middle. The group went quiet as they noticed the Pioneer's Guild's emblem engraved on the sides of the matte-grey cuboid that formed the robot's torso. "Now, that I have your attention, let me introduce myself. My name is Look and I an AI in the Guild's service. I was tasked to prepare you for the mission you were chosen for out of a vast amount of applicants. First, I am pleased to note that we have at least one member of every sapient species currently known in this group of brave adventurers. By combining the proficiencies of every species, we have the potential to master many obstacles that we might encounter on this mission: to find the source of the FTL drives that allowed our species to prosper far beyond our respective home systems. Before we go into further details about this mission, I suggest everyone to introduce themselves to the rest of the team. You, over there, can you begin? Please tell us a little about yourself and where you come from."
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    War (?) in the Auraid Bay

    My suggestion would be for @PyeMcGowan and @Alenveil to first RP a diplomatic meeting between their governments before doing anything in Theodoria. This would give them the chance to expand on their alliance and to formulate a better reason for going to war. You could also help one another with financing this conflict, since bolstering your armed forces and warfare are quite expensive. Furthermore, I agree completely with @Tagmatium Rules that more activity is needed to justify a potential expansion, so something like this would make it more acceptable to the mods.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    In my opinion, it all depends on how much time is supposed to have passed between the "discovery" FTL and the events of the story. If it happens relatively quickly, most empires would probably only have settled their home systems, in which they would have been trapped for thousands of years. If some hundred years have passed in the meantime, we could have seen major interstellar expansion and even warfare in the past. Since, afaik, none of us are into circlejerk war RP, we shouldn't spend too much time on weapons. If you have a way of traveling at light speed without collisions with random particles destroying your ships, ship-to-ship combad probably isn't viable either way, since projectiles could be deflected. I'm curious to hear what everyone has to say about what the state of technology should be like. group of adventurers meet search for the source of the FTL drives everyone has their own reasons (knowledge, power, money, gaining an upper hand over the other species, whatever) search for clues on where it came from visit multiple planets etc. on their search for clues surprise surprise, the engines came from Eurth I'll keep to myself what they'll find on Eurth, except for a world uninhabited by humans That's actually a kinda cool aspect I haven't even thought about. We could add some D&D-like elements to this, sounds dope. Any ideas on how to achieve that? I'd definitely prefer it that way. Unless you guys want to RP epic empire vs. empire space battles, which I find to be kinda boring, tbh.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    After thinking about this some more, I've decided that this story should follow a small group of individuals, rather than large fleets. Furthermore, concerning your space empires: No direct copy/pasting (f.e. Lusotropian Star Empire) This doesn't mean that your empire cannot be based on your current nation. However, since these events are supposed to be millenia in the future, you shouldn't simply say that your national identity carried over long enough for humans to evolve further in the meantime or even for other Eurthborne life to develop sapience. Whatever the humans will be like in the far, far future, they probably won't associate with some prehistoric microscopic nation state on some planet everyone has long forgotten. Your empire should assume that their traits/culture is theirs, not remnants of their ancestors that died tens of thousands of years ago. No current-day homo sapiens sapiens This will be so far in the future, that there will be none of our species left, only post-human forms of life, descendants of the human race, who have adapted to their new surroundings aeons ago. Until they received the gift of FTL technology, your people dwelled on some foreign planet for innumerable centuries, so, naturally, they changed over time. Whether you want your species to resemble humans or be radically different, is up to you. We can explain it the good old "life elsewhere in the universe could be extremely similar to us"-way. That's also why I mentioned all known forms of life to be based on DNA. No circlejerking The relations in size/power should be more or less the same as they currently are. People who joined the community recently or have low activity should not have giant empires spanning thousands of planets and star systems. It wouldn't be too weird if the species of a well-established member like @Fulgistan had 10-20 inhabited planets, but there should be no omnipotent Kualoan Galactic Dynasty that annihilates all its enemies with antimatter bombs sent through wormholes. You don't have to be a classical sci-fi empire, nor have you to be big It's kinda boring if everyone wants to play huge empires, like the classical Star Trek species, f.e. the Klingons and the Romulans. Naturally, you can do that (looking at you, @Rihan), but you don't have to. What's the harm of playing some species with a low population who's happy living on their beautiful laguna world? Doesn't it add flavour if your whole species lives in monasteries spread across their whole home world? Why live on a planet in the first place, if you can have a glorious spaceship-fleet-dwelling species (@Variota), or one living aboard a giant space station? Same goes for government types, everything's possible. Empire, republic, criminal syndicate, theocracy, only to name a few. Whatever you do, be creative. Reposting the discord screenshots from before: @Sancti Imperii Catholico @Girkmand @Kirvina @Adaptus @Oyus
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    Damn, busted. In all seriousness, these developments were totally independent. I also wondered whether "The Radiant" is a too cliche name for an SciFi-Story.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    No, his was published earlier.
  9. Sunset Sea Islands

    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    You have got to be kidding me. Not renaming this, screw this kid.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    One more note, since there were some questions about the races on the discord: no "vanilla" humans please, this is far, far in the future if you use humans or a human-like species, they believe to have originated on their home world So to summarise, although this is a major plot element, whatever your species is, it is a far future descendant of earthborn life, it just doesn't know about it anymore.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    Allright, the introduction is out. Now, y'all have some time to adapt to the setting, think about what you want your species to be like (this could and should be based on your current nation). Mind, that you can (and should :P) change the phenotype. It would be best if none used vanilla humans, for example, @Fulgistan could use some space commie gundam centaurs. The story will follow combined efforts of different species trying to find out where their FTL engines came from. Whether you want this to be a fleet of vessels, or just a small team of explorers, is up to you. Therefore, I'd like to know what you'd prefer. This will decide whether I will set things up for a large international conference, or whether the stage will be set for a small group of voyagers to meet and to go out on a journey. Naturally, feel free to give me feedback here.
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    The Radiant

    Faster-than-light Redirected from "FTL". Faster-than-light travel or communication referrs to the propagation of matter or information at speeds exceeding the speed of light in a vacuum. Across the galaxy, all known Type II civilisations posess means of FTL travel. Without FTL travel, interstellar travel is non-viable, since the travel time often exceeds an average life span. All hyperspacefaring species acquired their first FTL engine roughly simultaneously, when FTL probes entered their home systems and rapidly decelerated close to their home worlds. The discovery of FTL drives enabled spacefaring species to search for warp signatures, which quickly led to first contact. The most common theory is that a technologically advanced form of life detected spacefaring species yet incapable of FTL travel and dispatched the probes as a gift. The origin of the FTL drives is yet unknown, however, there are efforts... Life in the universe The universe is populated by trillions of forms of life, physical entities that have biological processes, such as cell signaling and self-sustaining processes. Although most forms of life are incapable of higher forms of consciousness, there are several species known to be sapient. Life is most commonly found on planets, spacefaring vessels and habitats. Current forms of life are the result of millenia of evolution, a process of natural selection. Most scientists agree that life formed on several planets, most commonly the home planets of sapient species, from where it was spread to other planets and stellar systems. However, this theory is not undisputed. Although most species have radically different phenotypes, all known forms of life are carbon-based. Furthermore, their genetic material is encoded in deoxyribonucleic acid. Since this also includes all sapient forms of life, some speculate that all life in the universe originated from one planet, indicating that all currently known species are descendants of a common ancestor. This theory is called Panspermia, and has yet to be proven... Radiant (astronomy) For other uses, see Radiant (disambiguation). In Pre-FTL ages, the radiant referred to a celestial point in the sky from which a meteor shower seemed to originate. Although meteorites seem to appear at random locations in the sky, tracing back the paths of two or more meteorites reveals that their paths converge. This point of convergence is called "radiant". Archaic civilisations used to name meteor showers after the constellations overlapping with the radiant. Over time, however, the meaning of the word shifted towards... ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA* * All quotations from the ENCYCLOPEDIA GALACTICA here reproduced are taken from the 117th Edition published in 1020 F.E. by the Encyclopedia Galactica Publishing Co., Terminus, with permission of the publishers.
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    [OOC] Roleplaying in the Far Future

    Merged two threads because I forgot about this one, sorry, @Fulgistan. Anyhow, the following people expressed their interest in participating in this: Fulgers SSI @Rihan @Variota @Sancti Imperii Catholico @Girkmand @Kirvina In my opinion, the number of participants shouldn't exceed ten at most. Based on a Discord search, @Adaptus seemed to be interested as well. Might post the beginning of the RP soon.
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    The Implant

    Home | Tech | Science | Business | Entertainment | Lifestyle Government legalises sale of lab-grown meat There are two main reasons for people to go vegetarian or even vegan in today's day and age. Either they are opponents of animals suffering, or they want to protest against the large ecological impact of large-scale cattle farms, or both. Cell culture meat promise to end both of those problems at once. Now, it can legally be sold. By Rana Sumishī07 January 2019 Lab-grown meat is a cleaner alternative to CO2-intensive classical forms of farming Over the course of the last few years, scientists around the world worked hard on creating edible and tasty test tube meat for various reasons, the most important one being the ecological impact of cow farms, as about ten percent of global CO2 emissions originate from a cow's bum. Naturally, scientists from the Sunset Sea Islands were at the forefront of these efforts. However, as the technology to grow meat in-vitro evolves, national legislation often lags behind. Today, however, the government of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands passed new legislation that allows shops to distribute petri dish meat to the public. The legalisation of lab-grown meat could have wide-spread effects on the population, as vegetarians now have the possibility to eat meat that was produced without animal suffering and carnivores can satisfy their hunger for animal products without straining the environment. In the future, so the scientists say, it might even be possible to switch to cell culture meat entirely. "Last year, we've seen the advent of the first vertical farms. The same could be done with petri dish meat. By continuing to work on this project, we have a chance of not only saving the environment, but also of ending world hunger." a representative explains. "First, however, we still have a bit of work to do on the taste." The finest cell-culture steak the Radiant Republic currently has to offer can be purchased at Yuyake 101's panoramic restaurant for 40 Sols.
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    Happy birthday and hello again

    Hi @Wellsy! As someone, who joined the region roughly two years ago, I often look at the map of continental Europa and wonder about the nations of old, so it's super cool to see one of the "ancients" say hello. All of us prioritise their real life over Europa, as they should, however, certainly everyone would be delighted to see a sleeping forerunner waking up from their slumber. If you want to write something, I'm sure everyone would be happy, even if it is just a little, It's not like everyone only posts walls of text like @Adaptus and @Tagmatium Rules. Anyhow, another place you might want to check out is our regional Discord server, where most, if not all, of our active members hang out on a daily basis, including @Orioni and the aforementioned two ancient titans. Feel free say hi over there as well! Link: https://discord.gg/9eTJ4v Once more, great to see someone from Europa's history saying hi.
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