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  1. Sounds interesting. Would be fun to think about (obviously nonexistent) criminal activities in a surveillance state.
  2. @Orioni I think you handeled the situation of low participation (which I know I was a part of) very good. Let's hope I'll have more time/inspiration during the next summit.
  3. My lord, 2019 seems to be the year all the titans from the stories of old awaken! Welcome back!
  4. When focussed on a specific task, Houen would forget the world around him. Sometimes, however, the exact opposite was true. On his way to the museum, Houen was fascinated by almost everything he saw. He documented every architectural marvel he came across and spoke with random citizens to learn about the buildings and monuments around him. The sight that fascinated him the most on his way to meet his old friend was Elisa Pizzini. Houen Tenki wore his heart on his sleeve and when he saw Elisa's hair illuminated by the evening light in a most elegant way, surrounded by the tasteful design of the lobby, he couldn't help but stop in awe and say "Good heavens, you're beautiful." In his mind, she fulfilled every stereotype of a wise priestess greeting travellers in a temple of a long-forgotten deity. Elisa was taken by surprise, as this was the weirdest of weird encounters she had in a relatively short span of time. "You must be Mr. Tenki, am I right? If you may be so kind to follow me?" Elisa was tired, she wanted to go home and enjoy some time alone, but these weird people just didn't stop pouring into the museum. "How did you know my name, fair lady? You must have forseen my coming, I shall follow you whereever you lead me!" Houen enthusiastically replied. Rolling her eyes but still somehow pleased with the compliment, she led Houen to the room where the other guests were waiting. As soon as Houen saw his old friend Mateo Arlotta, he left the bags containing his equipment where he stood and embraced him with joy in his eyes. "It has been ages, my friend, I am so glad to see you! We have so much to catch up about!" When Houen let go of Matteo, his friend's expression reminded him of the real reason why he was here. "Right, but that can wait! First, let's deal with that stone of yours!" Elisa Pizzini used this moment to finally slip away from this group of strange individuals and hoped that the last minutes to the end of her shift would pass quickly and without any more disturbances.
  5. Seventy-two years had passed since the Sunset Sea Islands were liberated from the oppressive regime that once threatened to take over the entire continent, seventy-two years of making up for past wrongs and working hard on building up an international reputation as a nation of peaceful diplomats. This work had, naturally, not gone unnoticed, however, the second item on the agenda of today's general assembly of the Entente of Oriental States was by far the largest form of appreciation for Sunset Sea Islandian efforts of reconciliation yet. The most powerful supranational organisation on Eurth offered the island nation an equal seat at their table, not only a spot in the auditorium. Nguyên Tran had experienced somewhat of a political comeback after the Radiant Dawn. Although he stepped down from the political scene before the end of the monarchy, Prime Minister Theresa Tumbleweed had asked him to re-join the government when she was forming her government. His expertise had been required in those uncertain times and continued to guide the Sunset Sea Islands through the stormy waters of international relations. Therefore, the ageing politician was honoured that he was the one to hold a speech on such an important topic even though his career had ended once before. He was the first of the representatives of the four current EOS observer states who walked up to the podium and addressed the delegates and dignitaries in whose focal point he was standing. "Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the council of the Entente of Oriental States, honourable chairwoman. I have lived a long life, seeing empires fall, republics rise, wars being fought, treaties being signed, lives being lost and children being born. As someone who has experienced the horrors of war first-hand, growing up in an impoverished nation blinded by its ambitions of domination, there is nothing that fills my heart with hope for future generations than seeing nations come together to find common ground. As, I am sure, all of you are aware, the daughters and sons of the Sunset Sea Islands have worked for decades to repay the damages their fathers have caused and they will continue to do so, to guarantee that their children may grow up in better conditions than the previous generations. The first summits and conferences held in the Sunset Sea Islands in the decades following the war were first tokens of appreciation of our work. When we were granted observer status in the Entente of Oriental States, our efforts were not only appreciated but recognised by the titans of global politics that we worked so hard to catch up to. Therefore, there is only one course of action any citizen of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands in my position would take. Nothing would be more detrimental to the goals, ideals and guiding principles of our nation than declining this most gracious offer. Therefore, I am proud that the honour of accepting the invitation to join the Entente of Oriental States in the name of every single citizen of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands falls into my hands. May our bond be a shining star in a dark ocean of war and despair, but overshadowed by the future our children will live in." Tran bowed to the audience before he left the podium.
  6. I'll be using Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as my foreign minister from now on, I assume. Also, I'm dropping my claim on Angela Merkel, so if anyone needs her, feel free to use her.
  7. Sunset City, 1974 Times were a-changin’ in the Sunset Sea Islands. Even though it had only been a few decades since the end of the Thalassan War, for most inhabitants of the equatorial archipelago, it felt like they were living in a different world. Twenty years had passed since the occupation ended and the last foreign soldier left the nation. However, there was a specific group of people who didn't leave: businessmen. The strategically valuable geographic position of the islands made it an important commercial centre and transfer site. Native companies processing raw materials from overseas into, for example, textiles, prospered alongside joint ventures initiated by foreigners who scented favourable conditions for business. The manufacturing industry was picking up the pace and its quality was increasing by the day with corporations reverse-engineering and improving foreign products and machines or finding solutions for problems people overseas didn't even knew they had. However, the geographical position that gave the nation the potential to turn into an economic powerhouse in the future, also made it dependent on certain goods, for example, crude oil. Although the national electric grid was well-maintained and expanding rapidly, not everything could be powered using energy from the few nuclear power plants constructed in the previous decade. One such thing were intercontinental freighters. Naturally, the government had heard from similar problems from overseas. The tremendous efforts to modernise the nation which had begun almost directly after the end of the war had somewhat safeguarded the nation against economic crises, however, if ships from overseas couldn't come because of the lack of fuel, the economy was bound to suffer. Therefore, King Tomasso, whose reign was now in its third decade, was pleasantly surprised when he received a communique from the Beautiful Empire of @Orioni.
  8. Since the SSI have also hosted the Laws of the Sea conference, the first meeting could also happen in the SSI, although I don't want to focus too much attention on myself, especially because of my recent lack of participation. Thematically it would make sense though, wouldn't it? This could also lead to some atomic cooperation.
  9. The old theme is 30 bucks per 6 months, making it five bucks per month. I could buy it, but then we should really tackle setting up a patreon to make this sustainable on a (monthly) donation-based system.
  10. Hit me up, I can do that. Just give me a building you want to host it in.
  11. I'd like to do the Manamana Papers. I should manage to set up a tax haven down there until May, I guess. EurthVision is probably @Variota's responsibility by popular vote.
  12. Sorry to be a dick, but I think both ideas are dumb. Removing inactive nations from the map is dumb, since that would make it even more empty and therefore even more "attractive" for slapping down NPCs everywhere. If players need nations to conquer, they can make them up, since it's their own lore they are writing. I wouldn't want someone else influencing my nation by worldbuilding the people I conquer. If players have problems with inactive nations, they can try to get rid of them IC, just like Alenveil and PyeMcGowan are. So what if Lusotropia is inactive? It's a chance for Iverica to liberate a nation from a Salazar-like regime and to unite a cultural region under one banner, should he ever wish to do so. Furthermore, it would be getting rid of a significant part of the region's history. Also, I support O's efforts to fill the continent of Europa with nations he previously removed from there. If a nation has been on the map in the past, they also gave consent to be present on the map. Note, that the map is also under O's copyright. There's nothing stopping Ide Jima from playing on the continent nor from expanding. Europa should remain locked to new nations, just as it was previously decided.
  13. My opinions on NPC nations: I am against filling the world with random NPC nations NPC nations are created by lorewriting of PC nations NPC nations should only play a role when it comes to expansions (Sachsen, Enolia, etc.) we should stick to the one nation per player policy except civil wars (->Mantella/Cristina) I don't like the idea of recurring players wanting to play a new nation. Sure, this could diminish the fun those people have, but: we shouldn't raze historical nations, their history and achievements we shouldn't let people have more than one nation on the map, clogging it with de-facto NPCs we shouldn't tolerate exceptions as that would create precedents detrimental to our running system
  14. TO: Matteo Arlotta of @Alenveil Dear Matteo, I was very happy when I saw your name on my computer screen this morning. However, not only do I hear back from a friend after a long time, no, he also informs me of a tremendeous archaeological find! I remember your enthusiasm from back in the day, always on the hunt for the next sensation! I'm so glad all your hard work is finally paying off. I shall be getting on a plane presently, I can't wait to lay my eyes upon what you've dug up! Furthermore, I'll be dragging Trai with me, a skilled linguist I met at a symposium in Sunset City. Her algorithms and AIs managed to decode several documents previously thought to be impossible to decipher. You'll love her, I'm sure of it! See you soon, Your friend Houen. ps.: Isn't it great that there have been so many exciting things happening lately? First the incredible geode over in Ibriarium, all the stuff that's been found in Alenveil, now this amazing artifact... What a time to be alive!
  15. Thanks a lot for replying, @Girkmand and @Fulgistan, it was a pleasure to read your introductions! I look forward to the other participants!
  16. Woah, welcome back! There were a lot of changes in the last two-and-a-half years, lol.
  17. Sorry for my late reply, but I'd be happy to participate. Maybe I can send Houen Tenki on a business trip.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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, whilst others were radically different. Aside from the occasional scuffle, conflicts on YZO were rare. Even members of rivalling 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 jumped 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'm 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 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."
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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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