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  1. I’d just like to make clear that I do not mean any disrespect, limit or make any unwelcome sentiments to Andune nor to put him/her in a situation to be pressured to change his/her nation’s identity or nature. On the contrary, I believe we have a lot of our ideologies in common. As many have certainly pointed out, there are quite a lot of flaws with my RP, from an incomplete, inconsistent factbook to posts of events without any RP background or buildup, and so on. I suppose it is due to lacking solid, accurate information about my nation and its identity, changing my perception of the nation from PMT to MT, going through IRL stuff, lack of interest in a lot of the region’s RP, and my indecisiveness on simply what I’d want Synturia to be. All of which were pretty much going on since I joined the region and contributed to my doubts of staying and the sporadicness. In the process of reconfiguring Synturia’s industrial, economic, political, etc. background it just so happened that a portion of what I was trying to come up with was what Andune already had, by coincidence. The message to @Sunset Sea Islands was a knee-jerk reaction in regards to that and my recent doubts of staying in the region, as Variota and SSI had noted. Combining that with already been torched for copy pasting in the past, I was concerned that being similar to Andune would cause even more controversy. I do agree with a lot of what Variota said. Again, I definitely don’t want to limit or discourage another because of similarities, as such happens IRL a lot I imagine. Along with Andune, I am definitely down for cooperation as well. Given the similarities, it’s possible that we could have some shared history or even have mutually beneficial relations as SSI suggested. I also think that having a conversation between Andune, SSI, and me could be a good idea. With regards to Andune’s placement on the map, I think that those places on Aurelia would be the best fit. Synturia is quite corporatocratic as well and I believe @Asgeirria‘s Culture has Roman influences in it if I’m not wrong so I suppose it’s possible to have a Southern Hemisphere Hellenic nation around Aurelia.
  2. jfhw k93. fh73hy. pq 7wzo. Gh1L 4n na4n f3n H4r El H ello , Boug ht this really cool old typewr iter from one of the local shops hhere. Figured Id sendd you an ol dtimey letter using this thing. Last I heard a hunk of metal was used like this back home was wh en my gre at great great grandfather was still alive. Quite an interesting con traption. How the mechanical ccompo nents actuate in this thing is quite elegant. For its time of course. Jams like a b tch though. Enough about that This place is definitely different Everything is so verdant. Its actually somewhat pleasant to breathe here. Strange not wearing a filter mask constantly. Only thing that makes t harder to breathe is the humid air. Also makes the heat much worse. The only thing you pretty much see here are trees, which literally envelope the entire terrain, and the dirt and concrete where the rest of the canal is going to be. I’m exaggerating a bit I know, but it was exactly how I depicted it several months ago. Food here is pretty nice. Roasted pork and jerk chicken certainly beats soylent shakes and prepackaged food. The little settlement they had here had expanded quite a bit. Finally, some semblance of civilization. Had a sizeable influx of workers from Asgeirria, Little Flau, Shffackians, Andallans and so on. Construction work will probably progress much faster. With much luck and efficient coordination of equipment and personnel, completion I’d say is estimated to be within the next couple years. The first shipment of exoskelatal industrial harnesses had just arrived and I’m glad my joints will hurt a little less. Inks alm st run ing out. I’ll prob bly just text y u as b fore. I’ll s nd you some fo tage I capt red on my dr ne. Sin c re
  3. Nootropics Becoming the New Trend ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Since opening of its doors in Synctum, Apotheotic Apothecaries has provided a variety of nootropics, also known as "neuroenhancers", to the niche market. The consumers it caters to ranges from university students to tech startup executives. Likewise, word of attaining peak performance or becoming better versions of themselves by taking such products has spread immensely. Healthy, transhumanist-minded people of all ages are seeking cognitive enhancement for personal improvement, athletic performance, academic success, professional advantage and to maintain function into old age. Such are sought in supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and drugs that specifically improve mental abilities. These mind bending substances are believed to work by altering availability of the brain’s supply of neurotransmitters, hormones and enzymes with increased oxygen. The more common forms of nootropics are known as racetams. Consumers have reported these supplements have highly upgraded the ability to think clearly, mental energy, memory, reading, writing, and linguistics skills and memory. Athletic consumers have also noted that having more brain energy increased their physical energy. The field of nootropics, which literally means "mind-bending", is also one of the most debated topics in neuroscience. Other substances such as caffeine and amphetamines are also considered as nootropics and have side effects such as jitteriness. Critics argue that the positive effects in on area of the brain are at the expense of detrimental effects in other areas and that the full effects of substances are not known. Though the collective of researchers behind Apotheotic Apothecaries proclaim that their studies show that the benefits outweigh the risks, they recommend consumers to incorporate mental and physical exercises and dietary foods, which are also available at their locations. Syndustries has sought interest in this market, with speculations of buying Apotheotic Apothecaries to include it alongside the megaconglomerate's pharmaceutical subsidiaries while bearing the same name.
  4. Industrial Exoskeletons Extending Capabilities of Constuction Workers in the Manamana Canal Since the inclusion of the Commonwealth of @Andalla, the Republic of @Asgeirria, the Community of @Little Flau, the Most Serene Republic of @Mauridiviah, the People's Kingdom of @Selayar and the Collective of @Shffahkia into the Manamana Canal Project, tens of thousands of workers have flocked to the massive construction site. The project has evolved beyond its scope, from the construction of a waterway to developing a diverse, international community. To ensure the well being of the settlement’s inhabitants, which consists of mainly construction workers, Synthetec has supplied its line of industrial exoskeletons in order to enhance the workforce’s capabilities all the while reducing work-related injuries. Synthetec’s body suits and add-on limbs are already supporting the military, helping those with spinal injuries walk again, and taking the strain for airport baggage handlers. Now, the technology strives to improve the efficiency and safety of the construction industry. The exoskeletons range from purely mechanical upper body braces that takes the strain off workers from repeatedly lifting heavy materials and holding tools at awkward angles to full-body robotically-powered suits that lifts significantly heavier loads and perform arduous tasks. A couple thousand units have already been supplied to workers from the Radiant Republic of the @Sunset Sea Islands and the Syndicate State of Synturia, who have pioneered the project, over the course of the initial construction and more being procured by workers of the Manamana League.
  5. Carbon Capture Plant Marks First Step to Clearer Skies Sitting on the nexus of an open-pit mine, a refinery, and a chemical plant marks the site of the first of many carbon capture facilities to be built in Synturia. The carbon capture plant will consist of four stacked rows of shipping containers that hold several CO2 collectors each. Each CO2 collector consists of a spongy filter. Fans draw ambient air into and through the collectors until they are fully saturated, while clean, CO2-free air is released back into the atmosphere, a process that takes about three hours. The project was the result of a start-up formed from a @Sunset Sea Islandsian and Synturian think tank discussing on mitigating the detriments of air pollution and climate change. From months of strong international relations and close collaboration with the Sunset Sea Islands, the concept of environmentalism has gradually seeped into the opinions and attitudes of Synturian officials and citizens alike. With many of the residents of Synturia commonly and fashionably sporting filter masks and rebreathers amidst the nation’s notorious air pollution, public favor has fallen for working towards a more refreshing atmosphere. It is predicted that sustainability is going to be the new trend within the nation, which many say may have sparked from the joint “eco-conscious” construction of the Manamana Canal. However, critics say that this could lead to heavier regulation that will damper Synturia’s industries.
  6. Neural Lace Development Will Soon Move to Human Trials Researchers in Synturia are developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces, also called "neural laces", to connect humans and computers. With Synturia pushing the brink of the automation age, the daunting prospect of artificial intelligence becoming more capable than humans is a growing concern that the researchers want to address. To keep humans up with artificial intelligence in any meaningful way requires a more radical enhancement of the brain. Smarter artificial intelligence is certainly being developed, but with no prior progress on producing a neural lace. With all those notions considered, research on neural laces has been well under way. A team of researchers from Synstitute's major research laboratories have been integrating mesh-brain implants into mouse brains and enabling neuronal recordings for at least eight months. The major step in brain-machine interface research was developing a lace-like electronic mesh that can be directly injected into three-dimensional synthetic and biological structures, like the brain. This creates a seamless interface between machine and biological circuitry, which allows the stimulation and interpretation of electrical activity in the brain. The next step in the project is conducting tests with human trials. The researchers can stimulate electrical activity in the human brain using transcranial direct current stimulation. Implanted electronics in the body always cause some type of immune response and damage. However, by co-injecting the mesh or lace with stem cells, damaged tissue can be regrown. The brain grows literally throughout the cylindrical neural lace mesh, fusing the brain and the neural lace seamlessly. The researchers say that neural lace has a number of uses, including monitoring brain activity, delivering treatment for degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, and even enhancing brain capabilities. Beyond neurological disease, the neural lace addresses the need to learn faster, upload skills, or retain plasticity. A person with minimal consciousness will see responsiveness. A person with normal capacity will see improved intelligence, sharper problem-solving abilities, enhanced creativity, or other benefits. The overarching premise behind the neural lace is that we cannot beat artificial intelligence, we are going to need to join it instead, becoming part of a human/machine merger. It is time for us to be able to control our electronics with our minds.
  7. Manamana Canal Construction Efforts Increases The Manamana Canal is currently one of the largest construction projects that has been initiated by the @Sunset Sea Islands and @Synturia. Since breaking ground several months ago, the vision of the 'Manamana Project' itself has grown from primarily constructing a new maritime trade lane to developing a thriving community where Sunset Sea Islandian, Synturian, and native Manamanian workers, along with their families, live amongst each other with friendship, cooperation, and innovation. The project's benefactors and contributors has since grown from a bilateral cooperation with Sunset Sea Islands and Synturia to the international community when workers from @Little Flau and @Andalla contributed to the construction efforts. Recently joining the canal construction team are shiploads of workers from @Asgeirria and @Mauridiviah. The additional workforce from these nations would increase the project's progress and shorten the time to completion. Though building the canal is a monumental project to undertake, its completion would connect the Oriental and Adisi Oceans between the continents of Alharu and Aurelia, opening new, shorter, and closer shipping lanes between the nations involved in the project. Such opportunity for more international, economic ties between the surrounding nations bring talks of developing a "Manamana League" to govern economic and social matters in the region.
  8. Plotted the locations of Synturian cities and ports. I based the locations off of a hex grid and the locations of the cities are indicated by the black dot directly to the left of its respective name. The lines indicate transportation networks (highways, railways, tunnels, etc.). The capital Synctum is located back to the middle of the map/grid (apologies on advance for requesting to move te capital back and forth ). The main port city, Nauctis, is placed on lower right near the coast. Also might I request to “carve out” a small inlet/bay on the coastline near Nauctis so it rests on the coast. The two inland port cities are Isarina (located along the river in the west) and Lumina (also requesting to extend that southern river to Lumina’s location). The rest of the cities names are Mzunex, Exedus, Renata, Vectaril, Tertron, Durmach, Gristen, Octamar, and Zyzzyx. I would very much appreciate it if the map can be updated with these additions.
  9. FROM: Nataline Percosset, Minister of External Affairs, Syndicate of Synturia TO: Miroslav Seselj, Uros Motors subsidiary, @Greater Serbia Dear Sir, We are pleased to receive Uros Motors subsidiary’s esteemed interests in investing in automomated manufacturing. After receiving correspondence and consultation from Syndustries robotics and automation division, that the cost of a new basic robotic arm starts at $60,000 and after outfitting with task specific periferals, attatchments, and end effectors the individual unit cost would average at $150,000. Based on the numbers you have generously provided, the rough estimate cost of 9,000 outfitted units including installation and facility accommodations would be at $1.5 billion. According to studies and analyses on implementation of automation, such an investment would safeguard 75,000 manufacturing jobs and create 30,000 over other sectors. With proper implementation, industrial automation would increase labor production rates by 15% and increase GDP by 10% over the next decade.This investment would increase productivity thus creating a higher demand for jobs. We look forward to making lucrative deals between our nations. Best regards, Nataline Percosset, Minister of External Affairs
  10. FROM: Nataline Percosset, Minister of External Affairs, Syndicate of Synturia TO: Lance Valentino, CEO of ValenCorp, Republic of @Asgeirria Dear Sir, I am pleased to inform you that our engineers have reported to me announcing that they will be ready to present and discuss possible solutions for your company's needs in a matter of two to three weeks. I will notify you of any new updates on their progress! Best regards, Nataline Percosset, Minister of External Affairs
  11. How Making Underground Autoways Would be Boring Though the renovation of Synturia's public and commercial rail lines had been completed in order to streamline and make mass transportation more efficient, the complete transition from the use of automobiles and road systems to rail transportation will probably yet occur for a couple, even several, years. A large portion of the Synturian population still prefer to drive their own personal automobiles. Synturians still take pride in cruising in their @Prymontian KAPs, their @Variotan minicars, and their hardy @Greater Serbian CVs. With great cars bring great soul-crushing traffic congestion. Chief Executive Minister Noel Smuk, an avid driver of his personalized Edison Hotrod, announced the start of a project involving a large network of tunnels amidst several level beneath the ground, namely beneath the Synture Megalopolis Belt, in order to alleviate rage-inducing traffic congestions in Synturia's currently singularly leveled urban streets. The tunnels would bar no practical limit to how many layers of tunnels can be built, so any level of traffic can be addressed, be resistant to weathering, prevent dividing communities, and perhaps most importantly of all: construction would be silent and invisible to the surface and would not make the congestion even worse to to surface construction. Surface cars would then only simply have to ride up into a state of the art trolley that will whisk the passengers and their beloved cars away to their destination in little time. Synturian contractors are already well equipped with tunneling and boring machines from the underground rail renovation. However, with a strong belief in continuous improvement, newer and more efficient tunnel boring machines are in development for this project. Though the equipment for undertaking this project is well sufficient, the plans and designs for the trolley system are currently under development.
  12. Meat the Future of Cultured Culinary After the world's first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at Synstitute's cafeteria, the development of the meat and streamlining its production methods have been taken on in many labs and production plants across Synturia. Costs of making clean meat were indeed high, and some technological bugs in the step-by-step processes of cellular agriculture are being worked out such as finding animal-free growth serum appropriate for each type of meat. Cultured meat, also known as "clean meat", "lab grown meat", "in vitro meat", "test tube meat" is developed by first harvesting stem cells from animal muscle tissue, initially beef, in a definitely harmless way. The muscle cells are segregated from the connected fat cells, which are processed to be cultured. The culturing of cells involve immersing the animal or plant tissue in nutrient-rich substrate which are all contained in a suitable artificial environment. The stem cells exponentially grow into strains of tubes and into strands of muscle tissue. Conventional livestock production, especially cattle, involves large amounts of resources, consuming wide spans of suitable land and high volumes of water and plant feed. Conventional agricultural practices, such as livestock farming, was once prevalent in the land where Synturia rests today and contributed in rendering most of the land not suitable for agriculture. Making the mass production of cultured meat more viable, and even more affordable than normal meat may revolutionize the way Synturians eat in the future. Until then, Synturians will have to stick to either affordable imported canned meat or more expensive imported fresh and frozen meat.
  13. Temuera Morrison as Claude Torpor Katheryn Winnick as Val Kari, Artist/actress/model Hugh Herr as CEO of Synthetec:
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