Culture Profile: United Colonial Authority
The member states of the United Colonial Authority (“UCA” or “Colonials”) are restricted to those systems within the Neutral Zone. The UCA is a tiny interstellar organization, its members containing only a few hundred member worlds. The heavy involvement of the Protectorate, and the UCA’s presence in the politically volatile Neutral Zone, is the only reason it is considered an astropolitically relevant entity.
Species and Ethnicities
The members of the UCA states display genetic and phenotypic traits that are distinct from the wider galaxy. Claimed to be descended from the peoples of Old Earth, the UCA has several different ethnicities within it. Most numerous are the Terrans, who claim descent from Latin America, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Next are the Asiatics, who point to East and Southeast Asia as their cradle. Then, the Caucasians of the Dual Empire, and after them the “Pure Hispanics” of the Iberic worl
God Speed Stan LeeMarvel Comics boss Stan Lee has died aged 95. The Marvel Comics co-creator passed away on Monday after he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Lee had battled several illnesses over the last year or so including pneumonia and vision issues. Lee’s daughter JC confirmed the news to TMZ: ‘My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.’ His official web pages later shared a tribute to him which simply read: ‘1922 – 2018. Excelsior!’
Stan is credited along with his former creative partner Jack Kirby with helping to give birth to the modern comic book scene. Lee scripted, art-directed and edited most of Marvel’s series throughout the 1960s, and often featured topical storylines that addressed current issues such as elections, and the Vietnam War.
He stopped writing comics in 1972 to assume the role of publisher releasing his final issues of The Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four. Having created nearly all of Marvel
Fairwell Stan LeeStan Lee, age 95 is no long with us he started comics that would become films like Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Antman, and he made gratuitous cameos in every single one
Lee, began Marvel in 1939 and created or co-created so many comic its hard to even begin to just name a handful of them. We lost a great creator today sadly his creations are being destroyed or perverted to please share holders and idiots on Twitter. It will now falls on us to make something new and original so to honor this man I say go forth and create something edgy and fun, because Stan Lee wouldn't want it any other way!
It is fair to say that the Armed Forces of Malta had never been the country’s top priority. With the islands largely defended by the United Kingdom prior to 1979, development of an independent combat capability never extended beyond a small army and the ability to monitor territorial waters.
All this changed on 31 August 2018. Some of the few remaining ISIS militants in the area around Sirte hijacked an Air Libya RJ100, apparently with the intention of flying it to Rome and crashing it into Vatican City. After violating Maltese airspace, the pilot was able to lock the militants in the cockpit and ditch the aircraft into the sea off Sliema. It cost the lives of him and his co-pilot, both stabbed to death by the time the aircraft had come to rest, but the passengers and the rest of the crew survived and the militants were taken into custody by Maltese authorities before the plane sank.
This one small incident resonated through Maltese politics in a way not seen i
Soylent Green, 2022It’s the year 2022.
World population exceeds ten billion. It would be more, save for the massive famines and plagues striking malnutrition-weakened populations. Overall, however, population continues to grow, if more slowly than before.
Global warming is advanced. Agriculture production has dwindled in many areas ravaged by drought, and in others (such as the interior of East Africa) devastated by floods. And then there are the industrial chemicals, the radioactivity, the acid rain, the ozone hole, the mutated insects…
Two major cultural trends of OTL were not duplicated. Environmentalism never really gained momentum until too late: the oil embargo never took place, and in an environment in which it was assumed “continued growth” was the solution to all ills, what was a bit more pollution or a bit more CO2 in the air? Feminism also failed to get much traction in a world where there was less need for a second income bringer and the pill and other forms of birth
Commission openHey guys! I spent a lot of time drawing planes (sometimes helicopters, spaceships, ground vehicles and naval vessels) for my pleasure, and you can see results of this activity in my gallery, but now I am interested in earning some money, so I am open for commission. Here are my prices:
Black & white lineart - 10 USD
Black & white lineart 3 view - 15 USD
Same in any vector format - 20 USD
Colored atwork like some of my last pictures - 25 USD
You can contact me about detail via DeviantArt personnal message, Facebook page (see in my profile data) or e-mail ("my_nickname_here"@gmail.com).
Second Renaissance: Future of the WarriorShocker, I subscribe to Geopolitical Futures, and I actually pay for their forecasts. Recently they offered George Friedman's first book, "The Future of War: Power, Technology and American World Dominance in the Twenty-first Century" as a free download to their paid subscribers. I'm only flipping through it for now, but its really quite fascinating. It was written in 1996 and its basically the ur text of everything we see from Friedman from when he founded STRATFOR forward. He also perfectly called out the inherent flaws in the perception of post-nationalism in 96' when there was virtually know reason to believe that Francis Fukuyama wasn't absolutely right when he wrote the End of History. It also predicted a lot of the progress towards the mass adoption of UAVs and hypersonic tech. Though some terms and ideas seem rather quaint with the benefit of hindsight. But the book is essentially a deep dive into his chapter on the future of War in the Next 100 Years, and he goes into far
Atomic Rockets: The Definitive Battleship MichaelWinchell Chung has brought together visions of artists, aerospace engineers, and modelers. The page features the full set of Aldo Spadoni drawings, at long last Winchell Chung’s Michael (commissioned by Aldo Spadoni), Scott Lowther’s models, my own Michael and Gunship, scratch-built models by Joe Brown, and Alantis v2.0, along with extensive commentary, making this, what has to be, the most comprehensive page on the nuclear pulse propulsion battleship from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s novel on the web.
Update: 02-09-2015 Winchell has added a set of spectacular images created by Aldo Spadoni using Winchell’s beautiful Michael model, commissioned by Aldo and built from Aldo’s blueprints. The images
Website on medal setsFor those involved in pixel art uniform depictions of historical uniforms I have found a website on medals that shows replica medal sets for a number of historical figures from different countries. See here: https://www.quarterdeckmilitaria.com.au/product-category/replica-medal-bars/
I am looking into creating some German uniforms now including of Hermann Goring and this webste shows a medal sets set that matches up with medals shown in photos and paintings of his medals: https://www.quarterdeckmilitaria.com.au/product/replica-group-for-field-marshal-hermann-goering/. This matches up with is his actual medal set and ribbon bar set at the RAF museum in Britain: https://www.flickr.com/photos/52287882n05/11904374974. So this website appears to be a good resource.
I am not certain if these are entirely accurate, but these are certainly a place to start and then check in comparison with photographs to see if they are accurate.
Other medal sets include those of Russian Tsar Nicholas II; Aus
A More Perfect UnionI'm still writing the Flood book, and have a few more Second Renaissance maps almost ready to go, but I've really been struck by this new ATL I've been working on where the US takes Canada in the Revolutionary war. I could very easily see it becoming a book series in the style of Harry Turtledove and I just want to float some ideas on setting and characters.
Book 1 - Follows Joseph Brant, Joseph Louis Cook, a young Andrew Jackson, James Livingston, and Benedict Arnold. The book opens in 1775 during the Battle of Quebec and follows Brant, Cook, and Arnold and a few other purely fictional characters during the revolution. The book would explore the dynamic between Arnold and the Iroquois fighting with the Americans, how certain battles would play out with the new balance of power, and generally explore life in 1770s America. The book would close with an epilogue set during the Constitutional Convention where we would see Brant and Cook in attendance as delegates for the state o
History of Saxonland (1) - BCE 9600-1064 CE
The Prehistoric Period - 9600-500 BCE
*The terms “Dasonia” and “Dasonian” (from the Latin word for Saxonland) are used to describe Saxonland and the Saxon people before the island’s settlement by the Low Germans beginning circa 500 CE.
- 9600 BCE - Dasonia forms a large landmass which connects the island of Great Britain to the European Continent. The land is extremely fertile, and, for the time, is quite densely populated. Towards the center of the landmass, highlands and uplands dominate the landscape.
- 9600-5500 BCE - As the last ice age winds down, melting glaciers submerge the low-lying lands at the periphery of Dasonia, cutting it off from the Continent, and forcing the population inland to higher elevations, known to geologists as the Dasonian Hills. This mass migration creates even denser population patterns. Sea levels stabilize between 5500 and 5000 BCE.
Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95.
Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
I am speechless...