The Strange Future of the 36th Century: A ProfileThe Strange Future of the 36th Century: Legend of the Galactic Heroes
“In every time, in every place, the deeds of men remain the same…”
In the Year of Our Lord 2039, in a galaxy much like our own, whole cities and entire nations were wiped out in what came to be called the Thirteen Day War. No one knows who fired first, but aftermath of the nuclear dark ages that followed would have far-reaching consequences. By the year 2129 AD, the United Earth Government was established in Brisbane, Australia, bringing together the shattered remnants of civilization. For the first time in history, all humanity was unified as one species, especially as people sallied forth into the Solar System and beyond. The oneness of mankind however could only go so far before human nature and history once more came into the picture. In due time, the burgeoning space colonists grew restless with United Earth. Tensions and calls for independence soon escalated to outright
Human Species of ElunDespite the best efforts of the human majority throughout history, Elun is the home of several sapient species. There are two categories of sapients: those that are related to humans and those that are not. These categories can become very important, as many states in Elun have less (or, in the case of Oaran, more) strict discrimination laws against sapients of human genetic origin.Human Species of Elun11 months ago in Settings More Like This
As separate species, the different sapients of Elun cannot mate with one another, even those derived from human stock, although Oaranic scientists have had limited successes with artificially-created "hybrids." The inability to interbreed is what separates two species from one another, as opposed to the separate "races" within each species, but many regimes in the past and present ignore this and consider racial and species differences to be the same either in biological or in practical fact.
The origins of these human species is unknown, although what sparse records there are from the Star Age indicate tha
Christian Persecution in the USAA lot of Christians seem to be fond of crying about the oppression they experience in American society. My first response is to laugh, but a lot of these people take themselves very seriously so I feel like I should give them a semi-serious answer to some of the claims I've heard. By "semi-serious", I mean I will include some facts but I will still have a deriding attitude. I can only try so hard. Now usually, I don't like formatting a question-answer session against an imaginary opponent since it seems unfair, but this isn't really an imaginary opponent. All of these statements or questions have been put to me before so, as far as I'm concerned, they are fair game.Christian Persecution in the USA2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"Christianity is becoming endangered."
Honey, this is America. Christians are the vast majority in this country. A 2007 poll places the percentage at 78.4% Christian . The vast majority of our politicians and even our president identifies as Christian. The fact that people were
Culture Profile: The United Galactic FederationAstrographyCulture Profile: The United Galactic Federation3 months 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
A Brief History of HumanityThe Star Age: The earliest and most mysterious era of human history. A few fragmentary records exist, although those in the hands of reasonable, scholarly institutions are mostly copies of copies. Not much is known about this age, except that humanity spread itself out through the stars via technological means, and that humanity's control over the material universe became almost godlike. Indeed, the Old God Motlogu claims that it and the other gods are humans or other sapients originating from this era and avoided its fall.A Brief History of Humanity11 months ago in Settings More Like This
The Cog Lord Era: The fall of human civilization in space and the isolation of the Olmova system. Legends and fragmentary records say that the Cog Lords, artificial intelligences created by humans to manage their empire, were either corrupted or rebelled, for unclear and differing reasons. Ended with the total collapse of human civilization, at least near the Olmova system.
The Unending Winter: A period of barbarism and technophobia among the hu
7 Powerful Ways to Maintain Your Privacy Online...(Not by me)7 Powerful Ways to Maintain Your Privacy Online...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The recent NSA leaks from whistleblower Ed Snowden have publicly confirmed that digital privacy does not exist. The federal government and intelligence agencies have direct server access to the world's most popular sites and services including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and more. This means that all of your data when using these services including Skype, YouTube, etc has been compromised and can be used against you whenever strategically necessary.
Always remember, you are being recorded and monitored regardless of whether you have done anything wrong or not. This includes your emails, internet activity, searches, banking activity, passwords, etc. Basically everything to build a complete profile about who you are, how you think, how you live, etc. This is very powerful data gathering and the g
50 Best Reasons Gay Marriage is WrongNone of these reasons were invented by me. I just found and collected them altogether from the internet.50 Best Reasons Gay Marriage is Wrong6 years ago in Personal More Like This
This journal is meant to be satire.
It uses sarcasm and irony to expose the double-standards, hypocrisy, and outright ridiculousness of the arguments made by opponents of gay marriage.
For anyone that wants to counter with: "But the bible says...!" I link you to my essay:
The Morality of Homosexuality
50 Best reasons Gay Marriage is wrong!
1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, birth control and air conditioning.
2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their p
Alternative History Series: USSR 1958The alternative timeline focuses on the Soviet Union, its allies and enemies in an alternative historical setting in 1958. The timeline's point of departure is the Winter War between the USSR and Finland in early 1940. The date is set ten years after the conclusion of the great world conflict known in anglican literature as the Second World War and The Great Class War in European/Soviet terminology.Alternative History Series: USSR 195810 months ago in Personal More Like This
In this journal, all historical information on the timeline will be archived as soon as it is published along with the images.
The USSR and Soviet-Dominated Europe 1958 (borders outdated)
Socialist World Republic Poster--- Map series: The USSR ---
Things His Father Taught HimThe things his father taught him,Things His Father Taught Him5 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
When he was just a little boy,
Didn’t consist of games,
Or playing with friends and toys.
The first few lessons that spewed,
From that old man’s lips,
Were meant to be cherished,
So his son would never forget.
“There are women in the world”
His father said proudly.
“Old women, young women, girls.”
And the son listened soundly.
“You treat them respect,
And protection through and through,
You do this every day,
That respect will be given to you.”
So son just nodded,
And took some more advice.
He’d be kind to the girls he’d encounter
And in return, he thought they’d be nice.
Years had long passed,
Since that calming conversation,
And son had gotten older,
He’d gone out into civilization.
Father’s words stuck to him,
So he tried to put them to use,
He wanted to be respectful,
So he picked what paths to choose.
The first time he saw her,
She carried a few books,
They looked rather
The Stars Belong to ManHumans of the Milky Way, I speak to you not as a leader making a demand, but as a comrade asking for a friendly ear. I ask for nothing in these next few moments but for your undivided attention and a fair consideration of what I have to say.The Stars Belong to Man8 months ago in Settings More Like This
We have come far as a species, haven't we? Even though we are fractured, even though we have fallen, we are still, without a doubt, the dominant species in the galaxy. Who can challenge the will of any human empire? Who can threaten our mighty fleets? Who can defeat our inexhaustible armies? Are there any in this galaxy who can take our place on the galactic throne?
No one man can fully grasp, fully appreciate, the might of mankind. Our achievements are myriad and grand. The wormgate network that crisscrosses the galaxy, the colossal system spheres of the Second Empire, the dozens of species that serve us, were all crafted by the hands of Man.
Our history glorious, stretching into time immemorial. For eighty millennia we have stood as masters
problem of evilThe problem of evil is a classic theological dilemma. It says that the following cannot all be true:problem of evil2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
(1) God is omnipotent and omniscient.
(2) God is morally perfect.
(3) Evil exists.
The truth of (3) is undeniable. Some theists argue that without God, there is no good or evil, but this does not help their position. Unless they also argue that these three statements are consistent, or that their conception of God also rules out the existence of evil somehow, they have shown nothing. Here are a few common theistic arguments, and why they fail.
I. This is the best of all possible worlds (Leibniz)
Leibniz made a striking argument that essentially takes the following form.
(1) God is perfect
(2) God created this world.
(3) If God could have created a better world, then (1) is false.
Conclusion: This is the best possible world.
Leibniz deserves credit for confronting the problem directly. The same cannot be said of some of the other arguments considered below, such as the divine myste
DiggersOne of the more enigmatic human species, diggers are restricted to the caves of Elun. Their origins are unclear; some contend that they were created by Star Age humanity as miners, others say that they mutated from standard humans thousands of years ago. Diggers are native to Senzygor, but some non-native populations can be found around the world, descended from diggers brought in as curiosities or as slaves.Diggers11 months ago in Settings More Like This
As they spend their entire lives underground, diggers are pale compared to baseline humans. They are also of a much shorter stature; the average height for males is four feet, while for females it is three and a half. Diggers are typically covered in blond or white hair, and digger females have facial hair. Both of these adaptations have developed to aid life in the caves. Diggers also have much greater physical strength than baseline humans of a similar size, although they have weaker endurance.
As diggers are nearly blind, they do not have much in the way of appearance tradition
United Republics of AtleneUnited Republics of Atlene11 months ago in Settings More Like This
One of the youngest countries in Atlene, the United Republics is also the most powerful and the de facto leader of the Confederation of Atlene. Formed from the various Volksche polities in southern Atlene, the United Republics expanded slowly over the centuries, taking advantage of the rivalries between Atlenian nations prior to the rise of the Oaranic Empire. An economic, military and cultural juggernaut, the United Republics is widely regarded as one of the greatest powers on Elun.
The area making up the United Republics began as the various Volksche states that made up southern Atlene. Descended from raiders from the island of Belwyn, the Volksche settled on the Rhodennian coast of Atlene. intermingling and getting into conflicts with the native South Atlenians. While settlers from Dhrum and Jinquo also arrived along the Rhodennian coast, the Volksche remained dominant and the majority in the coastal areas. Indeed, it was not long before a racial hierarchy formed, with the Volksche
FU PETA! Autism Is Not Something To Fear!PETA releasing controversial ads is as much "news" as the sun rising in the east, but needless to say, their most recent ad has especially put my knickers in a twist:FU PETA! Autism Is Not Something To Fear!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let’s ignore the fact that there's no scientific evidence linking autism with dairy products. The closest thing PETA has as "evidence" are a few anecdotes of autistic children being “cured” after switching to a dairy-free diet. That alone should sound bells and whistles. First of all, anecdotal evidence is not evidence. Second—and this is important!—autism cannot be cured. Autism isn’t a disease that you can get over like a cold or a flu. It’s a mental disorder that you’re
40K: The Choson SystemLet us forever resist the xeno pig-dog aggressors for our Eternal Emperor! - Choson Propaganda Slogan40K: The Choson System8 months ago in Settings More Like This
The Choson system is a war-torn system in the Eastern Fringe, recently liberated from the Tau Empire. Devastated during the Damocles Gulf Crusade, the Choson system was also the site of a civil war between humans loyal to the Imperium and those that fought alongside the Tau Empire. The humans of Choson IV, the world's only habitable world, have become loyal devoted to the Imperium and the Imperial Cult, to a fanatical degree even by Imperial standards. Because of their hatred, particularly for the Tau, the Guard regiments raised from Choson IV are used in campaigns against the Tau across the entire Eastern Fringe.
The Choson system was first discovered by an Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator Fleet. The Explorators found no archaeotech in the system, indeed there was no signs of past human habitation in the system, but as Choson IV was rich in mineral resources, the Mechanicus establ