Ad Astra Per Aspera Setting BibleAd Astra Per Aspera Setting BibleMore Like This
The Ad Astra Per Aspera setting is not the happiest one. Trueline is run by several dystopian regimes and everything outside of it is much worse. When writing, keep Orwellian and Lovecraftian themes in mind. The individual is an insignificant insect in the middle of a cold, dark universe that is apathetic at best and actively malicious at worst. If someone’s tyrannical government doesn’t kill him, the unspeakable monstrosity beyond the void will. Life is, as Thomas Hobbes put it, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.
However, your story doesn’t have to be this depressing. You can break away from the mold and write a story set in Ad Astra Per Aspera but not really of it. It could be a happy slice of life piece about one of the luckier residents of the Milky Way. It could be a darkly humorous take on the state of affairs (I encourage these). But the setting is heavily based on 1984 and the Lovecraft mythos, and in both of tho
IMPERIAL-FEDERATION TALKS BREAK DOWNIMPERIAL-FEDERATION TALKS BREAK DOWN; ANTI-GRESI COALITION UNLIKELYMore Like This
Hopes for developing a united front against the Gresi Alliance and other architectist radicals operating in the Neutral Zone have broken down as talks between Imperial and Federation delegates degenerated into insults and tirades over their different societies. Representatives from the Protectorate of Man called it the "most hostile interaction" between the two superpowers ever since the end of the war with the star vampires and the beginning of the "Star Peace."
The talks in the Forum for Galactic Peace began two weeks ago, as Protectorate officials invited representatives from the galaxy's major powers to create a united front against the Gresi Alliance and other cells within the Galactic Liberation Front. Imperial delegates reportedly began the feud by claiming that a single World Fortress could "defeat any force in the Neutral Zone, including the [expletive deleted] Federation." This led to a lengthy debate