Culture Profile: The United Galactic FederationAstrographyCulture Profile: The United Galactic Federation1 year ago in Settings More Like This
The United Galactic Federation (Federation for short) spans most of the Milky Way Galaxy, with a few settlements in the Magellanic Clouds. Every arm in the Milky Way is home to Federation systems and settlements, though the Orion Arm is where Federation control is the weakest, as that is the center of Imperial control.
Natural Physical Appearance
Being a galactic empire, the Federation's population is extremely diverse. Even humans, the overwhelming majority, are diverse, with many subspecies and ethnicities making up the human population. However, the Federation is predominantly composed of humans of the "Galactic" ethnicity, which has been the dominant ethnicity of mankind since time immemorial. Humans of this ethnicity have medium tan skin, black hair, and are on average six feet tall.
You'd think that such a massive empire would have no uniform appearance tradition, but the Federation would prove you wrong. In its efforts to ho
UnparalelledSome ways into the future of Jack London's "The Unparalelled Invasion", or my remix of the same...Unparalelled3 years ago in Settings More Like This
It is May 1, 2036. It is a bright and sunny day over much of the United States, which nowadays includes an Anglicized Mexico and much of the Caribbean and Central America. The sky is filled with colorful airships, and far above them, leaving glowing trails from their many little rocket tubes, the express fliers zoom on their globe-spanning routes. The colossal towers of New York, Chicago, Mexico City gleam in the sun. It is a day of Remembrance for the 385 million inhabitants of the United States. A great many events, speeches, Vitavision shows and "events" will take place, as people stop to remember the greatest crime in all history. It remains a controversial day, and there will be counter-protests by such groups as the Racial Hygiene Society or the Association of True Patriots, and grumbling by those who feel that people should make less fuss over the events of six decades ago when muc
District 9 and AfterOk: hope this isn't too boring. Tried to make some sense of the District 9 setting...District 9 and After2 years ago in Settings More Like This
The ship’s computer did its best, really. The sub-space storm that badly damaged a number of essentially systems had also destroyed the control interface, making communications with the overseers impossible. In a relatively sensible maneuver, it proceeded to the nearest habitable planet and parked itself in an area where climatic conditions were most suitable for the Well-Ordered People. Unfortunately, it was too damaged for any sophisticated analysis, and basal programming did not cover what to do in case of contact with a previously unknown and potentially dangerous alien civilization.
1982. Access to the alien ship which had parked itself roughly 200 meters above the outskirts of Johannesburg was of course demanded by all major world governments. It was not like the South African government could conceal the fact, with almost every foreign pr
After Independence DayThe 10-megaton nuclear device, in the most probable outcome, would have caused serious but not irreparable damage to the Mother Ship. The world-ship was, after all, some 550 kilometers wide.  Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen design error, the main Small Craft Embarkation Area was only about 8 kilometers from the space-twisting drive, which was destabilized by the blast.After Independence Day4 years ago in Settings More Like This
As a result, the ship's mass was accelerated rather violently in all directions at once: the majority of those directions being space-time other than our own, which, combined with the fact that what mass was in our dimension was usually moving beyond earth's escape velocity, meant that although the giant ship was in a near-earth geosynchronous orbit a mere 22,000 or so miles up only a small proportion of its mass actually hit the earth (and that was generally in pretty small pieces).
Still, it was an awfully large ship.
The Future According to Google Search ResultsA while back someone suggested I make a scenario from this: http://xkcd.com/887/The Future According to Google Search Results1 year ago in Settings More Like This
So, I actually went ahead and did it.
In the Year 2101.
In retrospect, the 2015 declaration of progress on the UN Millenium Goals has to qualify as the most wildly overoptimistic statement of the 21st century.
It’s a hotter world, some 4-7 degrees warmer, depending on where you live, as warm as the Cretaceous. Much of Germany is now tropical, palms grow along the Berlin streets rather than Lindens, and the Arctic sea is ice-free in summer. Sea levels have risen by over a meter, and the levees around New York are too tall to see the Ocean over at street level: less wealthy coastal cities have become either depopulated or have learned to love canals. Lake Mead has evaporated and Mt. Kilimanjaro is ice-free in summers. An era of mass extinctions has only recently passed its peak: sea acidification and warming has largely wiped out the corals in the wild, the emperor penguin is gone outside of gene banks
Pokemon: ClassificationHerbareptilis Lilium - BulbasaurPokemon: Classification6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Herbareptilis Hedera - Ivysaur
Herbareptilis Passiflora - Venusaur
Cremare Caudata - Charmander
Cremare Furcifer - Charmeleon
Cremare Draco - Charizard
Testudines Pusilla - Squirtle
Testudines Senectus - Wartortle
Testudines Mechanicus - Blastoise
Papilio Campe - Caterpie
Papilio Bombylis - Metapod
Papilio Psudo - Butterfree
Vespa Campe - Weedle
Vespa Chrysallis - Kakuna
Vespa Adultus - Beedrill
Noncolumbidae Vegrandis - Pidgey
Noncolumbidae Asper - Pidgeotto
Noncolumbidae Celeris - Pidgeot
Mus Ratus - Rattata
Mus Myocastor - Raticate
Iratusaves Passer - Spearow
Iratusaves Anhinga - Fearow
Conversusnomen Sistrurus - Ekans
Conversusnomen Naja - Arbok
Mus Electricus - Pikachu
Mus Dipodomys - Raichu
Terramus Manis - Sandshrew
Terramus Erinaceinae - Sandslash
Venenileporidae Puella - Nidoran F
Venenileporidae Placidus - Nidorina
Venenileporidae Regina - Nidoqueen
Venenileporidae Puerulus - Nidoran M
Venenileporidae Saevus - Nidorino
Venenileporidae Regis -
Life in the Big CityBased on JG Ballard’s “The Concentration City”Life in the Big City1 year ago in Settings More Like This
It’s an enclosed universe.
The City is all its inhabitants know. It extends in all directions, east and west, north and south, up and down. It is built into a matrix of incredibly hard rock, which is only slowly cut away with plasma torches. The rock, extending indefinitely upwards and down, should be compressed to white heat in spite of its enormous strength, but gravity is strange here: it shifts in direction if you travel far enough. There is no “center” of the world gravity pulls towards. About 40% of the rock matrix has been cut away to create voids to house endless layers of buildings, and networks of tunnels to connect the open spaces. Stacks of buildings, in standardized layers a hundred feet deep and twenty blocks to a mile, are supported by massive braces attached to the sides of the rock walls as well as their foundations, hung like birdcages on the immovable stone walls. Everything is very so
Marxist Analysis of the 2013 Debt CrisisA Marxist Analysis Of The Current Debt Crisis In America.Marxist Analysis of the 2013 Debt Crisis2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
By now, most anyone who has been paying attention to American politic will have become deeply familiar with the crisis in Congress. Once more, the Democrats and Republicans are waging verbal war over raising the nation's debt ceiling. The point of contention largely falls on the funding of "Obamacare" (Officially the Affordable Care Act) which went into effect roughly two weeks ago. The Republicans also point out, for legitimacy's sake, the excessive spending of the Federal Government in general as well.
Now, as "Obamacare" has gone into effect, and was upheld by the Supreme Court as Constitutional, there is very little standing in the way of it's implementation. The Republican opposition to the new law is largely, repeat largely, ideological in nature. It represents to them a quasi-Socialist level of government "intrusion" into individual lives. Not only that, but golly-gee, it might just be expensive. Certainly the Cong
Roman NamesAce OneRoman Names7 years ago in Settings More Like This
Adeodatus Given to GOD
Adrian Of the Adriatic
Adriano Of Adria
Agrippa Wild Horse, Born Feet-First
Female Roman NamesAFemale Roman Names7 years ago in Settings More Like This
Agrippina Wild horse, Born feet first
Amaranta Flower that never fades
Amelia Industrious, Admiring
America Land o
The Road Not Taken: 1945Turtledove's "Road not Taken" in 1945.The Road Not Taken: 19453 years ago in Settings More Like This
In this world, another bunch of pre-scientific aliens descended upon British India in October, 1945, with plunder and conquest in mind, only to run into machine guns, anti-aircraft artillery, overlapping fields of fire, etc. The dark red, somewhat slimy and rather appendage-gifted Ssslethy being rather less cute than the teddy-bearish Roxolani, and the Indian Army of 1945 being a trifle more ruthless than the US army of 2039, none of the invaders survived: however, the antigravity generator for one of their shuttles was captured intact.
Earth scientists have spent the last 65 years banging their heads against the incontrovertible fact that if you arrange copper, quartz crystals, and a piece of magnetite in a certain configuration, and rotate it, you get an antigravity field, in spite of there being no discernable reason why this should be so. Quantum mechanics has gone off in some very odd directions, most of them dead ends, since 1945, as have th
Space Cadet CuisineMore differences are seen with regard to cuisine based on planet than on culture. An agriworlder would eat what he grew, often wheat, corn, or potatoes. A cityworlder, if he is poor, would eat fungi and algae scraped from vats and reprocessed into something edible, but his diet can be supplemented with food shipped in from agri worlds. A spacer normally eats dried or preserved rations, but the largest ships will have their own hydroponic farms where a diet similar to that of a cityworlder is available.Space Cadet Cuisine10 months ago in Settings More Like This
The rich in any civilization have access to whatever food they please, often from the least technologically enhanced and genetically modified plants and animals there are in the galaxy. The rarest foods - beef, cow's milk, goose, whale, tuna, chocolate, coffee, watermelon, mangos, honey - originate from species that are almost extinct, each living in perhaps several thousand planets in the entire galaxy. These are considered delicacies throughout the Milky Way, and reserved only for the
On Transhumanism: An Opinion PieceTranshumanism is a school of thought that humanity, through technology and modified genes, can overcome its fundamental organic weaknesses and become something better, more than human. This particular realm of philosophy has wrought much controversy, with the opposition being the typical small-minded, oftentimes religious backwater dwellers who think that to change ourselves is "an abomination to nature" and "an affront to [insert name of Invisible-Absentee-Father-In-The-Sky here]".On Transhumanism: An Opinion Piece1 year ago in Philosophical More Like This
No sickness, no weakness, no disability, no defects. Smarter, more perceptive, able to learn much faster and more efficiently. Altering our very nature to be more cerebral, more logical, rising above our base instincts of fear of the unknown and hatred for the smallest differences. The shackles of mortality itself being shattered. These are the gifts that transhumanism offers to us, yet people balk and slap the kind hand of ascension away from them, claiming that mankind is fine just the way it is. No, we a
Greek NamesAchilles PainGreek Names7 years ago in Historical More Like This
Adrastos Does not run away
Aeolus Quick, Nimble
Space Cadet RTS Concept: FederationThe Federation dislikes planetary engagements on an institutional level. The fact that the Federation's planetside warfare branch, the Federal Star Fleet Army, is a subdivision of its orbital warfare branch speaks volumes to this preference. If the Federation had its way, it would win every engagement by bombarding its target from orbit. However, some situations do warrant planetside engagements, such as pitched battles with other galactic great powers or the capture of strategic worlds that cannot simply be burned to a crisp. However, even when the Federation chooses to wage planetside warfare, it attempts to keep its distance. Thus, the FSFA is heavily based on the doctrine of combined arms, with many different units working in conjunction with one another to achieve the FSFA's goals.Space Cadet RTS Concept: Federation10 months ago in Settings More Like This
The Federation may possess the second largest empire in the galaxy, but the Federation's size only means that they have more systems to patrol. Thus, the FSFA is divided into divisions that are assigned
WorldWar World, Part IIHUMANSWorldWar World, Part II2 years ago in Settings More Like This
The human race – quarrelsome, divided against itself, and from the viewpoint of the Race mad, mad, mad – continues to strive for superiority over the alien enemy. Although they now have huge, crude versions of Race fusion power plants, and weapons tech as good and in some ways superior to that of the Race, (among other things, having developed chemical weapons warfare to a nightmare peak beyond anything the Race ever attempted) and are carrying out experiments in deep space-based living and resource extraction the Race never saw economic value or point to, humanity still lags in a number of fields. The tools to build the tools to build the tools still need to be built – Race computer hardware is still beyond humanity’s ability to mass manufacture (although human computer hackers have made mincemeat of Race computer defenses often enough to make it necessary to keep computer systems in Race territory entirely separate from human networks) and human gene-sp
Species Profile: ShortmenNatural Physical AppearanceSpecies Profile: Shortmen1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Height and Build
Shortmen, as their name implies, are shorter than baseline humans. The average adult shortman is four feet in height. They are also very thin, as they have less body fat and muscle for their size than baseline humans. These modifications made for ease of movement around cramped ship and station corridors. Living in a zero gravity environment has further exacerbated these features - shortmen bones are very thin and brittle, and their musculature incapable of supporting their own weight in anything above microgravity. As a result, shortmen have to wear special suits in order to move around on a planetary surface.
The shortmen are famous for their large, bulbous heads which contain a brain about thirty percent larger than the average baseline human's. The notion that shortmen are more intelligent than baseline humans is true, to an extent. A shortman's brain is engineered to be very focused on analysis of mechanical and mathematical issu
Female Greek NamesAcantha ThornFemale Greek Names7 years ago in Settings More Like This
Acte Corn, Meal
Adrasteia Undaunted, Does not run away
Aegea Wavy sea
Aegle Dazzling light, Brilliant
Aella Storm swift, Whirlwind
The Day After the Day After Tomorrow"Perhaps our most controversial president, Dick Cheney (2007-2012)  is often and understandably portrayed as a monster. It is certainly true that many of his policies were ill-advised operation "Preserve America", the establishment of US rule in Mexico by US troops from the South and recalled from abroad, was carried out in the awareness that there was no way Latin America was going to be able to absorb roughly 150 million refugees on short notice many of his initiatives were poorly thought out, hastily put together in a terrible rush to do something, anything, as people starved and froze by the millions remembers operations "Freedom from want", in which crops and food supplies were seized in Central America, the Caribbean " Lend a Hand" and the mass use of forced labor to carry out agricultural expansion and construction programs "Restore Freedom", in which the reestablishment of government authority over much of the US was carried out more liThe Day After the Day After Tomorrow4 years ago in Settings More Like This
NamesBoys' NamesNames6 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Aaron (Hebrew: high mountain, exalted)(Hebrew: Enlightened: to sing)(Hebrew: lofty)
Aidan (Irish: little fire)(Celtic/Gaelic: fiery)
Alexander (Greek: defending men)(Greek: protector of mankind)
Brian (Celtic: hill/high/noble)(Celtic/Gaelic: strong one)
Corey (unknown/Norse)(Celtic/Gaelic: hollow)(Celtic/Gaelic: hill hollow, ravine, seething pool; Persia: strong livety)
Damian (Greek: to tame/ martyred saint)(Greek: sweet and harmless) ♥
Daniel (Hebrew: God is my judge)(Irish: attractive)
David (Hebrew: beloved)
Declan (Irish: unknown/saint)(Celtic/Gaelic: Irish saint)
Elijah (Hebrew: My God is YHWH)(Hebrew: The Lord is my God)
Hayden (English: hay valley)(English: the rosy meadow)
Isaac (Hebrew: he laughs)(Hebrew: he will laugh)
Isaiah (Hebrew: YHWH is salvation)(Hebrew: salvation by God)(Hebrew: The Lord is generous)
Jackson (English: son of Jack)(Scottish: God has been gracious)
Jacob (Hebrew:May God protect)(Hebrew: supplanter)
James (English: May God Prote
Elennya - under constructionElennya - under construction1 year ago in Settings More Like This
About the World
Explanation Of Used Terms
PLEASE NOTE that I stopped doing the tales in the old "image+story"-format and will redo the already finished ones, too.
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Culture Profile: The Galactic EmpireAstrographyCulture Profile: The Galactic Empire10 months ago in Settings More Like This
The Galactic Empire ("Empire"), also known as the Third Empire of Man, spans almost the entire Milky Way. Like its Federation rival, there are tens of millions of systems within the Empire, easily dwarfing any other galactic polity. Because of the Empire's size, an exact count would be impossible to take, for as soon as the numbers have been collected they would be outdated.
Natural Physical Appearance
The Empire is populated by a myriad of humans and non-humans, so the concept of a natural physical appearance would be inapplicable to them. However, the majority of the Empire is composed of humans of the Galactic ethnicity.
Given the Empire's diversity, appearance traditions vary wildly within the Empire. There is no one style that dominates the Empire's spacefaring classes, although ostentatious shows of wealth are always present among the dress of these wealthy individuals.
There is no one language in the Empire,
Cold War with the NewtsRiffin' on Karl Capek's "The War with the Newts"Cold War with the Newts3 years ago in Settings More Like This
By the year 2010 the Newt War has begun to recede into memory: it having essentially dragged to a stalemate in the late 1980s, a new generation has grown up neither knowing the Newts as the implacable enemy of their parents or the troubling slave-species of their grandparents. They are an Enemy, but the horror and revulsion of their parents towards Newts and anything "Newtish" somewhat disturbs young people.
But then, among the older generations, the old terror that the Newts might succeed in sinking the continents still lingers, in spite of Professor Appfelbanger of Ulm's calculation that the razing of Europe, the lowest-lying of the continents (which would require the removal of 735,000 cubic miles of rock and earth) would take a full billion Newts with the best equipment a nation that size could afford some 1,146.21 years (and of course, after the destruction of such traitorous (AKA "starving", "blockaded") nations as Japan and the UK
The Helghast-Covenant WarThe Helghast-Covenant War11 months ago in Settings More Like This
My people. Sons and Daughters of Helghan. Two centuries ago Scolar Visari, our nation's father, bound together our nation. He crushed the cowards of the ISA, those haughty fools who thought they could oppress and divide us. He united mankind under our banner and showed the universe the the might of the Helghast. In their victory, our forefathers ushered in a golden future, not only for the Helghast, but for all of mankind. United, we claimed our rightful place among the stars!
Now we face a new threat. These aliens, this "Covenant," seeks to undo everything our forefathers have fought to create. The arrogant fools believe that their gods have mandated our destruction. They will stop at nothing until the Helghast have been killed, to the last man, woman and child!
Will we falter? Will we break before this threat to our very existence? No! The Helghast nation has suffered greater hardships than this, and we have triumphed over them all! The hardships of the past have strengthened us f