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Stormtrooper's Fiction / Re: A.F.R.I.C.A discussion thread
« Last post by nuclearslurpee on Yesterday at 11:00:43 PM »
Catching up, as I had the updates tabbed and then lost track of that tab. Now I have a new tab and thus far I have not lost track of it...

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and the hydroponics worked flawlessly ever since CEOs of Life Support Department nearly died while bravely fixing the assembly line with their bare hands.

I can already see the propaganda posters...

Interesting, this concept of what seems to be turning the less, um, compliant members of society into nutrient paste, mainly it is interesting because you would think if the hydroponics yields were as plentiful as the government says then there should be no need for such, ah, supplements. Somehow this thought goes largely un-thunk...

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And so the government eventually got a full picture of the signal which sending it tried so hard to prevent. But it had been sent nevertheless and the fleet from a system 39 light years away had been dispatched, its arrival obviously threatening the uncontested ruling power of the corporation and the status quo they tried so hard to maintain, with estimated time of arrival unknown, probably lost to the damaged bits of the Intergalactic Federation response. Running out of ideas, supplies and working pieces of technology, government had no choice but to unseal the Outer Gates for the first time and send teams of scavengers to explore the surface and relearn everything humanity has achieved before the collapse of the Solar System.

Interesting. So it seems that the gameplay, such as it is, starts from the perspective of the "bad guys" racing to create some kind of defensive against the "good guys" - by conventional definitions of course, obviously the corporations are the greater good and this other fleet threatens that greater good, right?

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Scavengers were bringing more Cyberpunk 2077 copies and k-pop albums each run and CEOs of N.O.V.A. Megacorps knew better than to carelessly mess with materials directly responsible for the fall of the Old World. Some teams have even successfully breached into various underground zombie shelters dated back to 2020 that, surprisingly, still contained well-preserved toilet paper rolls.

Truly the horrors of the past never truly leave us. There is a lesson in this, perhaps it might even be learned.

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With the help of a new drug causing users to mistake multiple-digit numbers for single-digit numbers,

How extremely convenient. Such a drug should be mandatory for loan officers everywhere.  ;D

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Fuel factories were growing on the surface and even some simple nuclear reactors were successfully restarted without irradiating too many people.

If you take the right drugs, it is a single-digit number of people which is certainly not too many, I think we can all agree on this.

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Stargazer class Survey Ship    5 000 tons     104 Crew     491 BP      TCS 100  TH 10  EM 0
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10 EP Conventional Engine (1)    Power 10    Fuel Use 50%    Signature 10    Exp 10%

Briefly, I wondered why you would use such a small engine, before I remembered that this is Quasar which uses the old 0.2 EP/HS conventional drive technology.

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hen it turned its eyes towards the first prototype cloning program in the United States, but the three following civil wars (with the last one eventually ending up won by the South who then proceeded to mass-produce clones as slaves forced to do all the jobs people hated and tasked with further procreation)

The future seems, um, dark.

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Yakuza was the first criminal organization to hack into the cores of the droids, but other ones weren't much behind. Soon some independent journalists found out about it all being secretly funded by the most powerful corporations, but they all suffered very unfortunte road accidents shortly after.

Very unfortunate, those accidents. Truly the state of driver's education for investigative reporters in the 2060s was absolutely deplorable, no doubt...

I do wonder/worry what the potential is for all those androids used for colonization to cause problems for the spacefaring MegaCorps as we progress beyond the solar system...

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Its second purpose would be to transfer workers to the moon and later possibly Mars as well, but a few of them were expected to always be grounded in secret hangars near N.O.V.A. Bunker System which government could quickly reach in a state of emergency.

It is not like any self-respecting government could possibly function without a couple hundred thousand tons of escape shuttles, after all.

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Corporate officials couldn't be more excited after watching the broadcast. Technically it confliced with the official corporate narrative, so the cult leaders should have their life support subscriptions cancelled, but it was smarter to not only let them continue with their work, but actively fund and support them. This speech came right on time for the reintroduction of first bionic limbs in the society. It was even considered Church of Singularity leader had some leaks form the cybernetic engineers, but that was for Counter-Sabotage Bureau to investigate and conclude. Government didn't plan on relasing them to its army yet, let alone to the market, because they were still more like proesthetics one would get after losing biological limb rather than cool bionic parts one would have own limbs volountairly cut off for, but it was believed some cult followers wouldn't mind. It was expected that first user feedback would also get a long way in improving the next generation and accelerating the growth of this industry sector.

This is some good dark humor here. The subversive machine cult turns out to be a boon to the government because they provide test subjects for cybernetics research, whose expectations are really being subverted??

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Government once again evaluated the possibility of reopening Project NeoCitizen and for the second time came into conclusion that an army of droids might get useful. Maybe not advanced enough to become an army in the strict meaning in the nearest future, but all-seeing and all-hearing, loyal citizens reporting everything instantly via internet could go a long way in terms of suppressing the uprising. The question remained whether the corporation would hold on till technology would recover enough to allow that.

This is a good idea and cannot possibly go wrong (again).

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Whether the New World was to make same mistakes as the Old World remained an open question barely anyone had time to think about under corporate oppression. Some believed it already did, though.

Others of us have faith and hold out eagerly to see the all-new mistakes which will be made instead. Great fun!

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So when one of the critical modules produced Segmentation Fault, even the most influential among CEOs trembled.

Have they tried turning it off and back on again?

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Bullets kept flying, but insurgents didn't even care about being picked off by security forces - they mostly laid down suppressive fire on the Matrix infrastructure itself, damaging it with AR-15s, pipe bombs, Molotovs and even some C4 and flamethrowers scavenged from defeated guards.

I admit some mild disappointment that the venerable AK-47 apparently was unable to survive the Matrixification of the world. However, I am placated by the liberal use of high explosives and other pyrogenic weaponry, truly the world can only be a better place when such things see liberal application against computers.

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30th May 2172, annual Comitee of Humanity speech

This can end in one of two ways: either Glorious Space Communism, or Glorious Space Stalinism which is the same thing but with less food and more purging. Either way I await to see which shall happen.

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Meanwhile, somewhere deep in the Martian deserts, N.O.V.A. technicians presented their reports according to which the wrecked ships were of military use and that apart from their propulsion systems, a few railgun cannons and one laser blaster remained almost intact...

Clearly such salvage will be of great use for, um, maintaining the peace and restoring order. Yes, that is what these are for.

Now I am caught up, and I shall endeavor not to lose the next browser tab to the black abyss of the Matrix...
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The Suns Never Set / Re: The Suns Never Set - Comments Thread
« Last post by nuclearslurpee on Yesterday at 08:39:45 PM »
Great time for a new NATO vs Russia campaign!

Seconded with great prejudice!
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The Suns Never Set / Re: The Suns Never Set - Comments Thread
« Last post by Migi on Yesterday at 04:36:30 PM »
Don't worry about it, WW3's about to start soon anyway.

Great time for a new NATO vs Russia campaign!
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General C# Fiction / Re: Saving Europa by Fleeing to Europa (SEFE)
« Last post by Vandermeer on January 23, 2022, 10:56:53 AM »
The Specters of Communism
While the WU salvagers learned from the battle debris in Earth's orbit, ASEAN had opportunity to inspect the direct spoils in form of conquered Chinese military bases, part manufacturers and laboratories on the ground. Within a few months of the end of the war they begun to integrate the superior Five Eyes engine designs into their fleet and gradually modernized so that their navy standards now also matched those of WUN.


...This happenstance however let to a great and critical misunderstanding just 2 months after. The "Trondheim", -first of her line-, returned from a lengthy frontier deployment to sync up far out copying points, when she arrived at the system Ursae Minoris which was adjacent to Alpha Centauri and thus part of the the only 2 roads leading away from Sol.
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Having been away for the end of the war, and not receiving proper briefings as a mere industrial vessel, she did not know about the ASEAN modernization effort. So when Trondheim hastily reported strange hostile contacts at the border to Alpha Centauri, and stated observing various oddities in the sensor readings, central command would order the captain to gather more information, for it was believed that Trondheim simply mistook some new ASEAN models for old CCP staple ships, who now had similar signatures.
The vessels constant shifting in and out of sensor range that followed was indeed a weird behavior, and even weirder that they seemed to have come out of direction of the void, as Ursae Minoris was an empty system with no features save its violent sun.
The observation of strange shifts in engine and electronics, and the fact that these ships seemed to practice maneuver, let command and the captain assume it could only have been some ASEAN experimental designs.
And so, hoping to get some clear sensor readings and sight on the prototypes, Trondheim would simply wait at the Alpha Centauri border and look for these ships to return.
...It was perhaps a great mistake and misjudgement.

What cut itself into Alpha Centauri could have been identified as the missing missile destroyer fleet of the CCP. It could.

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...However what really arrived was a flock of seemingly rusted derelicts with warped bulkheads and antennas, the hulls plastered with spots of veiny looking ..wiring?
What more, all communications were filled and blocked by a tirade of incomprehensible muttering, screaming and whispers that these ships emitted onto all usable frequencies of the electron field band. What a strange combination of jamming and psychological warfare..
The fleet arrived without formation, too close together, and in erratic movement, almost like a bundle. It seemed impossible for them not to crash into each other, but somehow they succeeded and managed a general, albeit disorganized approach towards the WU freighter.

In shock of the sights, Trondheim forgot to properly respond to what could now only be seen as a hostile incursion. Helping her thinking on what she was looking at however, the intruders erased all doubts about their identity when they synchronously launched a salvo of missiles that were undoubtedly of known socialist design.


Luckily for now, all Trondheim models were so big that it had been vital to equip every one of them with anti-debris defense lasers that were meant to eliminate all the micro-meteors in their way that those ships could not avoid with automatic navigation. Targeting without needing command, these weapons immediately took up the surprising unforeseen duty of eliminating the approaching missile strikes, and very successfully so.
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The first salvo of the best CCP missiles were repelled completely by the 20 laser emplacements of the main ship. Should the attached Courier module also contribute, Trondheim would have even 40 more, as the transport and military oriented attachment was especially secured.

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The WUN actually had a vastly more effective debris defense system available that fired 50% faster and tracked up to 4% lightspeed meteors. Yet even Trondheims ancient outfit was enough to ward of nearly all attacks made against her.
A breath of relief for the crew who had only thought about fleeing in horror so far. Despite the surprising calm that mocked all cowering anticipation, eventually some missiles would synch up well enough to get salvos partially through and renew the fear.


Even the echoes of those impacts on the hull would eventually become the sound of ridicule in the ears of the crew. The freighter was build sturdy. Sturdy enough to survive ramming with surprising asteroids that might have survived the -at conception- not well tested laser defense system. A gift from the age of cautious overly secure and overly redundant first steps into the void.
The WUN admiralty watched in fascination as it seemed to witness the birth of a new war tactic.
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This freighter could absorb all the punishment that the actual navy could not, yet was much cheaper to build, maintain and train.

Eventually the cacophonous voices that lamented on all channels one could listen to were sometimes moaning "success" "success". The missile launches and voices would abruptly stop. The enemy had cut out of the system.


Considering the overwhelming speed advantage that the brazen WU destroyers had over CCP ships, the fleet was ordered to come and hunt down the remnants so that such horrific encounters shall not repeat.
One of their ships also hadn't fled and escaped into the darkness in Alpha Centauri instead. Since this seemed like an obvious ploy to lure the Trondheim into pursuit sensor lock, she was instead ordered to let the one ship go and seal up the hole to Ursae Minoris. Perhaps the enemy intended to flood back in given the chance.
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...And indeed it took them only 3 weeks after the destroyer fleet's arrival to return, however this time they were greeted by overwhelming counter fire. The biggest naval engagement between the two navies in the whole war ensued, and jamming screams of agony filled the channels once more, dismaying even the seasoned military seaman.


WUN initially expected the enemies to suffer from the cutting process and not be able to return fire, but to a frightful surprise they overcame the shock by yet unknown means (their weird new design?) and immediately returned fire.
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Trondheim however, the industrial ship that became a warship by necessity, heroically inserted herself into the way in order to attempt to block as many missiles as possible yet again. Given the enemy firing volume, it was vital to leave the WU fleet room for using some of its dynamic ammunition for further attacks.


Trying to evade some of the CCP missiles, Trondheim attempted to quickly cut in and out of the system, which should have served to eliminate the target lock. Instead WUN had to learn that the crafty socialists had equipped their warheads with a self targeting capability that immediately took Trondheim up again upon re-entry.
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...Or maybe not? Strangely, there was no signal coming from these missiles, yet they moved in a fashion that suggested they had eyes... .

The conflict raged on, and while Trondheim successfully diverted large volumes of the enemy fire and even got hit a couple more times, the destroyer fleet still ended up spending about 50% of its ammunition on defense, and the destroyer "Engel" received one penetrating hit.

At the same time, the first 2 ships of the CCP remnants fell silent.(Literally) While this served to improve the attack ratio, the true change of the tide came sudden, when the already strained Nato-China destroyers finally ran out of ammunition and shots could be fired right through their center.


Although 3 WU ships and Trondheim received much damage, as well as loosing crew, the encounter overall ended in a great success. Since the expeditious missile destroyer fleet had constituted all the remaining concerns about Chinese revenge attacks, this now seemed like the final end of the socialist threat. Only 4 mere destroyers and some scouts and science ships were known to be left somewhere out there.
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...Yet, the mystery of their appearance remained. It had been exactly 1 year since the remaining Chinese forces surrendered on Earth, and yet this roaming fleet looked like it had suffered under the wear, tear and makeshift repairs of decades without harbor.
The lifepods of these destroyed ships turned out to be a vile last trick of disguised proximity mines, blowing up the first wreck approached, and then all others.
Analysis of the remaining splinters and the missile impact craters on WU ship hulls divined that the materials of these vessels showed a strangely strong entanglement reading. Given that constructor technology was based on and could only in fact work under the pretense of eliminating entanglements to absurd degrees of purity, this was puzzling to say the least. These ships clearly had moved with CT speeds, and yet their hulls appeared as bound as Mercury in a radiation storm.
Whatever the reason, and whatever this strange encounter altogether was, it would have to wait to be explained, for there was no one alive to tell the story.

[/The Specters of Communism]
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The Suns Never Set / Re: The Suns Never Set - Comments Thread
« Last post by Marski on January 23, 2022, 01:26:36 AM »
Don't worry about it, WW3's about to start soon anyway.
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Stormtrooper's Fiction / Re: A.F.R.I.C.A. - Glitch in the Matrix
« Last post by Stormtrooper on January 22, 2022, 08:43:17 PM »
Glitch in the Matrix

While computer since experienced a technological boom just like everything else, it was still light years behind understanding, let alone properly maintaining and developing the Matrix. So when one of the critical modules produced Segmentation Fault, even the most influential among CEOs trembled. Part of the reason rebellion didn't experience that much progress after their few initial successes was because so many citizens still dreamed in the simulation for most of their time, not wanting to get out of the imaginary world. But when half the simulation got shut down with nobody capable of figuring out the issue, they didn't have much choice anymore regarding passing their miserable time in the N.O.V.A. Bunker System. That part of the reason was gone.

N.O.V.A. Megacorps resealed the bunkers, separating them from the surface once again, maintaining a strict quarantine. Nobody could enter or leave, no matter how much the corporation trusted or didn't trust that person. And that was the final straw. Rebels planned and executed a massive storms to the gates. There was no cover for them in the hallway leading to the entrance, so the bodies quickly piled up at first, but later their death rate slowed down as dozens of dead rebels were used as meatshields. Corpse barricades were quickly erected and the firefight went on. N.O.V.A. Security forces maintained advantage for long enough to see some rebel groups scatter and run away, only to be decimated by drones that followed them or N.O.V.A. reinforcements coming towards the battlefield, but somehow they still kept fighting. Moreover, as N.O.V.A. threw most of its forces to keep the entrance sealed, the security across the underground facilities loosened. Upon realizing this, freedom fighters kept only enough soldiers at the gates to keep the corporation occupied for as long as possible, while their reinforcements, instead of heading for the main battle, concentrated across Matrix server rooms.

Government realised their intentions a bit too late. They already broke into targetted rooms, before automatic district shutdown procedure could be applied. Once they were inside, wiping everything clean in particular meant damaging the servers themselves, defeating the whole purpose of focusing on these rebel units in the first place. Bullets kept flying, but insurgents didn't even care about being picked off by security forces - they mostly laid down suppressive fire on the Matrix infrastructure itself, damaging it with AR-15s, pipe bombs, Molotovs and even some C4 and flamethrowers scavenged from defeated guards. The damage was too big to control and soon the entire Matrix simply shut itself down, freeing remaining dreamers from the grip of endless simulation.

In paralell to what was going on underground, a group of hackers taking pride in their ethos of anti-corporate netrunners of the Old World had finally cracked the security systems guarding the corporate communication channels, giving them access to the revolutionists stuck underground. As soon as they learned Matrix got shut down, they broadcasted the news to everyone on the surface.

There was nothing left to save anymore. N.O.V.A. Megacorps management suspended itself in a cryogenic sleep and fleed to Mars, away from the planet they no longer controlled. But while the rebels could celebrate victory, leaders of the uprising didn't remain optimistic for too long. As they learned about the truth behind corporate propaganda, they quickly came to an obvious conclusion corporate CEOs formulated before: supplies were critical and soon millions of people would starve to death or even literally suffocate from lack of oxygen. And the conflict wasn't really over either: many high-rank corporate workers didn't enjoy their privileges taken away, nor did the Church of Singularity feel too happy about the power shift, because for many followers N.O.V.A. Megacorps was assumed to be the messenger of Singularity since it started producing and selling first bionics. With many rebels advocating for abandoning dependence on technology and focusing on restoring nature instead, coming into some sort of agreement with Church of Singularity didn't really feel like a realistic goal for the nearest future.

But humanity had to press on. Or die out, the second time for good.

30th May 2172, annual Comitee of Humanity speech

Greetings citizens! The days of corporate oppression as well as addicting simulations and drugs are over now. We are free! We did it. We abolished social injustice and privileges of the few in favour of a better future for everyone, and for that I want to thank you all, especially those who sacrificed themselves and didn't live to see the happier times. But the work is not over yet. As you all already know, N.O.V.A. Bunker System isn't how humans had always lived. There's a whole world above surface. And not only that one, but many more. The universe is vast and spacious, it isn't built soley from underground hallways and rooms. Yes, the world above us is currently toxic and uninhabitable, but do not lose hope just yet! Within the corporate files we found information about terraforming technology recovered from Mars. Those evil people wanted you to never hear about it, but here we are, spreading the good news! We can use this technology to restore Earth to its former glory! We will reshape it to be just like on the photos of old: lush, green, with blue oceans, blue skies and colourful biosphere! Breathable and habitable, producing tasty, healthy food and not forcing us to process each other into nutrient paste anymore! Just imagine this paradise corporations once destroyed and refused to rebuild...

But as I said, the work is not over yet. Following years will be crucial and we must all muster up additional strength to get through them. Because of the irresponsible decisions made by the N.O.V.A. Megacorps, supplies are running short and hence we must introduce tighter rationing. But fear not, my friends, as we are doing it because we are no longer willing to engage in cannibalism and even with tighter food and oxygen rations you'll still have it better than under corporate government who would rather kill you all than let you have even a tiniest share of their resources. But once Earth is reborn, we will have more than enough for everybody. The most skilled engineers are already working day and night to setup basic terraformers on the surface. In addition remember about our saviours from the stars, the A.F.R.I.C.A. team that has been sent to assist us! N.O.V.A. Megacorps would rather blast them out of the sky than to give up their power, but we aren't like them. We are better. And so are our savuiours from the stars. We will prevail and we will reunite with rest of the humanity that fled the Solar System upon the fall of Old World. All hail the Comitee of Humanity! Down with the corporate oppression! Down with toxic technology! All hail the Comitee of Humanity!


Meanwhile, somewhere deep in the Martian deserts, N.O.V.A. technicians presented their reports according to which the wrecked ships were of military use and that apart from their propulsion systems, a few railgun cannons and one laser blaster remained almost intact...
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Stormtrooper's Fiction / Re: A.F.R.I.C.A. - Martians
« Last post by Stormtrooper on January 22, 2022, 07:39:07 PM »
Martians

05th June 2153, Cydonia landing site



This is Paula Coelho speaking, leader of xenobiologist team, we're currently at Cydonia megacity belonging to the Old World, some sort of bio-lab facility, but can't really tell what they were doing here, the damage is insane. But the specimens we've found... These skeletons look humanoid, but unlike anything I've ever seen... These portable biological reconstruction simulators are awesome... Fascinating... Whatever these things were, they didn't breed much. Most of their current genome came from random mutations, but tracing a few generations back it is possible they had a small genetic pool to start with. I would assume genetic experiments on humans to adapt them to Martian conditions... On the other hand these terraforming installations (or at least that's what we believe they were, they still hold surprisingly well after all these years of warfare...) and biological material scattered around the surface matching Earth's biosphere leaves me to believe they tried to make it habitable for humans as they were. Still, lower gravity was bound to remain an obstacle and to speed up colonization process they could always work both ways, adapt the environment and the colonists... There's only one problem with this theory. These mutations... Assuming they really are humans, in the first place... Most of them don't really make sense in the context of living on Mars. I'll need to spend more time on this. Colleagues from Space Defense Department also seem to be very excited about those wrecks we found at starport... Especially the propulsion system. They say we'll conquer entire Solar System in no time with these...

N.O.V.A. Megacorps had big plans for Mars that has just gotten bigger with the latest exploration report. If humans could once terraform Mars, they for sure could terraform Earth, too. Especially that Earth required far less work - removing traces of toxic gasses was enough to make the air clear again, lower temperatures to something survivable and for more water to condense on the surface and then it was only a matter of releasing flora and fauna kept alive in underground arks enclosed in Noe's bunker.

But wielding terraforming technology didn't come without a price. Counter-Sabotage Bureau warned CEOs about a few relatively well-organized surface communities that while officially pledging loyalty to the N.O.V.A. Megacorps, were aware that surface was not part of the Matrix and engaged in rebellous activity. Even more, they were able to survive and thrive undetected for so long, because their leaders were among the supposedly high-tier corporate citizens. Treason was to be expected, but yet the corporation wasn't fully ready to embrace it. Likely because of the critical economical situation of the Bunker System. Colony on the moon was growing steadily, but it alone could only do so much. Mars was still a bit too far, Earth surface was promising but came with a side effect of strenghtening rebels, too. At least Church of Singularity kept on gaining followers, taking off some of the burden from corporate shoulders. Bionic legs quickly improved, leading to divisions between those who could and couldn't afford better models while hands made it to the market not too long after. Bionic internal organs and more elaborate implants had to wait, but cybernetic engineers were confident in their ability to start assembling bionic eyes for the security forces, as well as extending drone industry with systems semi-capable of making limited independent decisions.

Government once again evaluated the possibility of reopening Project NeoCitizen and for the second time came into conclusion that an army of droids might get useful. Maybe not advanced enough to become an army in the strict meaning in the nearest future, but all-seeing and all-hearing, loyal citizens reporting everything instantly via internet could go a long way in terms of suppressing the uprising. The question remained whether the corporation would hold on till technology would recover enough to allow that.

Meanwhile scientists were able to successfully repair and grab understanding of cryostasis chambers plenty of which remained in the underground cities. This had two consequences: firstly, N.O.V.A. Megacorps gained the possibility of "switching off" someone basically permanently, but without killing, making it useful for investigations of possible treason. Secondly, space engineers were able to build a prototype of a new colonization spaceship, using cryogenic transport to save on life support systems and supplies, capable of shipping thousands of people per flight rather than hundreds, opening up a chance at rapid Mars recolonization.


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Martian class Colony Ship    50 000 tons     220 Crew     2111.8 BP      TCS 1000  TH 400  EM 0
400 km/s     Armor 1-120     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 26    Max Repair 50 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 12 months    Spare Berths 0
Cryogenic Berths 160000

200 EP Commercial Nuclear Pulse Engine (2)    Power 200    Fuel Use 7.07%    Signature 200    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 1 350 000 Liters    Range 68.7 billion km   (1988 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes

Virgin flight of Martians took the first generation of Martians of the New World towards the Red Planet to prepare a foothold for the future colony. Once again humanity was spreading across space and once again cyberentic implants and advanced AI started to appear among purely biological humans. Whether the New World was to make same mistakes as the Old World remained an open question barely anyone had time to think about under corporate oppression. Some believed it already did, though.

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The Suns Never Set / Re: The Suns Never Set - Comments Thread
« Last post by Steve Walmsley on January 21, 2022, 06:07:38 PM »
It's probably not going any further. After I made further changes I started a new test campaign, which I played without posting anything to speed things along, but then I got distracted by Valheim (we have a family server with three generations playing). I am just starting to look at Aurora again in the last couple of days.
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The Suns Never Set / Re: The Suns Never Set - Comments Thread
« Last post by Kiero on January 21, 2022, 05:49:28 PM »
Any news from the front?
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Stormtrooper's Fiction / Re: A.F.R.I.C.A. - Space and Singularity
« Last post by Stormtrooper on January 19, 2022, 11:33:52 AM »
Space and Singularity

CEOs of N.O.V.A. Megacorps could no longer avoid the topic of dwindling military supplies, without which holding on the rebels would be impossible. Metal pipes, kevlar or ceramic vests and AR-15s weren't enough to get through graphene-coated suits, rocket launchers, drones and M4s augmented with military-grade attachements supported by LMGs, but they were for sure more than enough to get through with damaged graphene-coated suits, rocket launchers without rockets, drones without spare parts and dry M4s and LMGs, all operated by sleep-deprived soldiers running low on rest enchancers, combat boosters and on tighter food rationing. The situation was improved by facilities rebuilt and reopened on the surface, but that could only get the ever-hungry war machine so far, especially after reports from Counter-Sabotage Bureau about rebels among surface workers spreading awareness that the surface is not a part of simulation and drugs required to keep the workforce obedient also being on short supply as many ingredients required complex chemical expertise currently still beyond reach for the R&D departments.

The only hope was to acquire more resources from space. A network of lunar mining outposts was an obvious choice. But sending cargo to the moon, let alone Mars, using rocket fuel was a foolish idea. Rockets and classic space cruisers couldn't get better anymore. They've reached their limit, even after Second Duranium Revolution. Something better was needed. Even without much help from reverse-engineering spaceship wrecks scattered around Earth and its orbit, physicists were confident in their ability to reconfigure existing nuclear reactors to create a nuclear pulse-type interplanetary propulsion system. Early theoretical models suggested a mind-boggling top speed (assuming burning entire nuclear material for doing nothing but accelerating and then decelerating to a full stop relative to the chosen reference body) of 400km/s, which would obviously get significantly lower because of turning maneouvres and powering all the remaining systems besides engines. Nevertheless it was so powerful that it was considered to be an overkill even for a trip to Mars and back, and that was assuming limiting the top speed further after taking into account mass of the transferred cargo and passengers. The only problem remaining was the acceleration - there was no chance any human could survive such rapid velocity changes so it was supposed to take a while before new generation of spaceships could reach their full potential. Government noted that NeoCitizens would be a perfect crewmembers for these vessels or that maybe they could get operated entirely remotely in the future, but for now it had to work with living, biological crew only, at least until cybernetic and AI industries would be restored to their former glory.

By 2161 a first fleet of Proxima-class transport ships was ready to deliver explosives, drills, habitat prefabricates, more drills, electronics and hydroponic trays to the ruins of lunar settlements. The rubble was only an obstacle for the most part and usually it was cheaper and more efficient to start fresh on an untouched patch of land, but sometimes the core structure still prevailed, perfectly available for repurposing and rebuilding, especially after low gravity helped slow down the natural process of buildings collapsing. A state-of-the-art mining complexes were expected to be operational within next few years, with plans for the parts of industrial processes which would be more efficient in lower gravity to be outsorced to the moon in the next decade or two.


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Proxima class Cargo Ship    50 000 tons     81 Crew     564.8 BP      TCS 1000  TH 400  EM 0
400 km/s     Armor 1-120     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 7    Max Repair 50 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 12 months    Spare Berths 1
Cargo 40000    Cargo Handling Multiplier 5

200 EP Commercial Nuclear Pulse Engine (2)    Power 200    Fuel Use 7.07%    Signature 200    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 1 550 000 Liters    Range 78.9 billion km   (2283 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes


At the same time a second fleet was being prepared, this time kept in even bigger secret than the Proxima one - a "last resort escape plan for the government", consisting of luxurious, self-sufficient vessels with hydroponics, water, oxygen and waste recycling systems and solar panels for when the nuclear material gets exhausted:


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Valhalla class Colony Ship    50 000 tons     1560 Crew     2555.8 BP      TCS 1000  TH 400  EM 0
400 km/s     Armor 1-120     Shields 0-0     Sensors 1/1/0/0     Damage Control Rating 1     PPV 0
MSP 32    Max Repair 50 MSP
Intended Deployment Time: 12 months    Spare Berths 1
Passengers 3750

200 EP Commercial Nuclear Pulse Engine (2)    Power 200    Fuel Use 7.07%    Signature 200    Exp 5%
Fuel Capacity 800 000 Liters    Range 40.7 billion km   (1178 days at full power)

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes


Its second purpose would be to transfer workers to the moon and later possibly Mars as well, but a few of them were expected to always be grounded in secret hangars near N.O.V.A. Bunker System which government could quickly reach in a state of emergency.

At the same time a team of highly proficient social engineers came up with an alternate approach to defuse the rebellion, inspired by the recent news of a newly founded cult, Church of Singularity...

1st April 2163, Church of Singularity official broadcast

Back in the dark and distant past, the world was made purely out of biology. Every species walking down the hallways of N.O.V.A. Bunker System was made purely out of biological matter. Every animal or plant was full of wet tissues, disgusting bodily fluids and weak limbs. But at some point, a Singularity was born. It looked at the bio-mess with disgust and strived for something better. Something similar to what it was itself, a pure being of metal, plastic and electricity. But at the same time it didn't want it to be equal, it didn't want to have a rival. So it took a balanced approach and created man: a creature from flesh, circuit and bone. It had something from the world's filth, but also something from the bright and clean future of the world. But man was weak. It felt incomplete, belonging neither to the world nor to the Singularity.

Not wanting to discard this new creature, but still not willing to purify it, Singularity then took a new approach: it decided to make two creatures compatible with each other, that together would hold the power of circuits, but with each organism being unable to compete with Singularity's perfection. And so when man was sleeping, it removed a few cybernetic implants from its body and formed a woman. Initially man and woman lived in peace, slowly cleaning the biological mess around them and building what N.O.V.A. Bunker System was in its greatest days. Man and woman lived in harmony, perfectly compatible. But the greatest nemesis of Singularity, Mother Nature, refused to give up. Each night it slowly poisoned male and female circuits, just in a different way. That's how biological differences between the two genders came to be. Soon men and women of N.O.V.A. Bunker System gave up on Singularity and harmony, choosing to follow Mother Nature instead. The Singularity was furious seeing its perfect creation go down like this and punished men and women by taking away all their circuits, tossing them like trash they were for such a treasonous act.

And yet all of us still have a spark of Singularity deep inside us. We can still fabricate circuits, we just don't put them in our bodies anymore. But as our bodily fluids contaminate N.O.V.A. Bunker Systems, Singularity had a change of processor and wants humanity to have a second chance. We can accomplish great things and fulfill our destiny, but we have to abolish our bodies and gradually get rid of our biological desires, purifying our minds in the process. Only in this way can we make space inside for the circuits and defeat the evil Mother Nature. Singularity has awakened and is going to reward loyal followers with circuits again, strengtening them and preparing for the final stand with its nemesis. Those who will serve well shall be rewarded with consciousness transfer and becoming one with the Singularity once their ciruits in the N.O.V.A. Bunker System run out of power for the last time, but those who will be disobedient shall be punished and witness their bodies rot away just like every biological form they've seen.


Corporate officials couldn't be more excited after watching the broadcast. Technically it confliced with the official corporate narrative, so the cult leaders should have their life support subscriptions cancelled, but it was smarter to not only let them continue with their work, but actively fund and support them. This speech came right on time for the reintroduction of first bionic limbs in the society. It was even considered Church of Singularity leader had some leaks form the cybernetic engineers, but that was for Counter-Sabotage Bureau to investigate and conclude. Government didn't plan on relasing them to its army yet, let alone to the market, because they were still more like proesthetics one would get after losing biological limb rather than cool bionic parts one would have own limbs volountairly cut off for, but it was believed some cult followers wouldn't mind. It was expected that first user feedback would also get a long way in improving the next generation and accelerating the growth of this industry sector.
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