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The stars have always fascinated your kind since time immemorial. How could they not? Their beauty had few competitors of more worldly nature. Little pinpricks of shining divinity, fortune, dreams, and now potential. For the first time in history, people are looking up with the real possibility of traveling to those distant suns. While such things tend to be ill-defined, now is considered the time that the space age had truly begun. Now is when the world began to look beyond the terrestrial and towards the stellar.

But first, what is the state of the world? The stage set for the beginning of a space-faring people.
Unification: Perhaps through diplomacy, perhaps through force, a single governing body now decides the planet’s fate. While not true stability, the people of this world now experience a peace not experienced before. With this bedrock, everyone begins to look outward knowing that home will be there when they get back.
Federation: Over time, the world had coalesced into a few, but powerful, nation-states. Each keeping a check on each other, none gaining or losing ground in well over a century. It was simply time to codify this status quo and begin working towards new goals together instead of apart. And together your people shall expand beyond farther than they’ve ever been.
Gestalt: The world continues as it always has. Various nations and countries squabble and cooperate, ever changing like the wind. And yet a seed of a thought, a trend, seems to have taken hold of the populace. Order begins to form from the chaos, as independent actions form together like a superorganism. Your people begin to spread out among the stars not as a nation but as a force.
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No. 1018672 ID: afe7de

I feel like we see unified and federated earths too often, lets go with a gestalt!
No. 1018680 ID: c92a02

Federation. Would you like to know more?
No. 1018689 ID: aba9fd

I’m liking gestalt, it could go Old Mans War or completely libertarian. Let’s go Gestalt!
No. 1018701 ID: 96a9a8

Gestalt is when nations independently launch their own space travel programs right? I like that idea.
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The political climate remains as tumultuous as it ever has. The nations of the planet agree on little, but society as a whole progresses ever onward. Having so many acting entities means that many future options may be taken simultaneously. However, whichever is chosen will be focused on and have the most momentum. Of course, being independent, some entities may choose to act in detriment to the greater whole. Nothing new to history, but still remains something to be wary of.

Now the fascination with space is nothing new, and the curiosity of this age’s scientists have lent itself to this new fervor for the stars. One question has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind: is there anyone else out there? Researchers have looked and listened for decades now for any signs of life outside our own. What have they heard?
Silence: Nothing beyond background radiation and the occasional burst of a pulsar. With so many stars and systems out there it seems like a mathematical guarantee that there’d be intelligent life out there. So where is it? Are they too far away? Have they long since vanished? Are we simply the first? Or are we truly alone…?
Whispers: It’s faint, but there are signs out there. Perhaps a weird light from a far star. Or an errant electromagnetic wave that seems to have no candidates of origin. Nothing is pinpointed down, and if there is intelligent life out there it isn’t in our immediate space. Still, we may have a potential friend among the stars, or a potential enemy.
Cacophony: We know life is out there. There are too many little phenomena that would most easily be explained by the existence of alien life. Regular radiowaves from space that should not naturally produce it. Flickerings and shadows around stars that are just a bit different from exoplanets. Occasionally even a signal that seems… deliberate. Someone is out there, and they may be closer than we’d like.

[spoiler]Sorry for the absurd resolution for the previous images. Rookie mistake on my
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An occasional silent fart. Enough to smell it, but not enough to point a finger. Whispers of people arguing who did it.
No. 1018809 ID: 0838d6

I feel like whispers would be the most interesting and potentially spooky!
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It’s faint, but there’s something out there. We just don’t know where. Still, it is just enough to stir people ever forward, as conversations of first contact are frequently brought up.

The stars are still a long way off, however, and there are closer matters to attend to. While we have stepped beyond our own atmosphere, it was for but a brief moment. There are still worlds in our own solar system that are just as alien as any exoplanet. Many nations and corporations are chomping at the bit to expand and exploit any planet, moon, dwarf planet, or asteroid. Others, however, are still inspired by the thought of alien life and want to launch ships at foriegn stars as soon as possible.

As a gestalt force, all options will be utilized in some capacity, but what should be our main focus in our initial expansion in our solar system?
Generation ships: The best time to start a journey is right now. We should begin construction on massive vessels meant to house large communities through the vastness of space to our neighboring star. As this will be a long journey, the ships need to be able to host many generations in a self-sufficient manner. Such a project would take the efforts of many nations and corporate entities.
Material exploitation: There are riches out in our solar system and there’s nothing stopping us from taking it. We should focus on mining rights and interplanetary infrastructure to better prepare us for any future projects.
Colonization: True strength lies in our people. We should expand and develop colonies and even nations across our system. This will not only advance our understanding of living on different worlds, but provide a backbone for future expansion.
No. 1019620 ID: e51896

Material exploitation. let's get rich!
No. 1019625 ID: 9a2966

Be living in a material world(s).
No. 1019628 ID: c15fdf

Generation ships, so your FTL possessing descendants have someone to laugh at.
No. 1019657 ID: 96c896

Colonization. Practice settling on nearby planets before you go for broke.
No. 1019676 ID: f4aa6c

No. 1019752 ID: fec07f

Let's get some practice before we throw ourselves into the void
No. 1019802 ID: 33f0ce

>Material exploitation
As much as I love All Tomorrows, I love money even more!
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It starts with a gold rush of sorts. As soon as people step out of the comfort bubble of our world, a greed takes hold and a race begins to harvest the precious metals in the nearby asteroid belt. However, this new industry doesn’t progress much farther than these rich rocks. Perhaps just not cost effective enough?

Closer to home, a particularly wealthy individual has started a project of a generation ship. They apparently believe that the place in history is worth the cost as they drain most of their resources to create a vessel that should take 400 people to our neighboring star. Several space programs around the world have stated that the ship is unlikely to make it’s destination due to the cost-reducing measures taken, but only time will tell.

A new migration begins to take place. As ventures out into space become more common, imaginations run wild about living on other worlds. Some wish to stake their claim and carve out their piece of the solar system. Some wish to escape their debts and hardships, feeling that the cruelties of space are a better alternative to what they have now. Many nations also feel this urge, as colonizing other planets offer power, resources and eventually even taxes. Whatever the reason, passenger ships begin emanating out to various corners of our solar system as pioneers begin to tackle the greatest challenge yet.

Please choose three planet/moon types to colonize:
Barren(surface): The most common type of rocky planet and moon. They lack an atmosphere, warmth, and any sort of life. The biggest obstacle, however, is the unblocked radiation bombarding the planet at all times.
Barren(sub-surface): Sometimes barren planets possess an atmosphere too small to be worth mentioning most of the time. However, burrowing and excavating into the ground can lend access to the benefits that the thin shell of air can provide.
Ice-ball: A planet or moon too far from the sun that all liquids and even some gases have become a shell of ice. Deep below there is theoretically an ocean of sorts, but in practicality it would be inaccessible. Still, the ice can be a malleable material to work with and some ice-balls can support an atmosphere.
Active: These planets still have a molten core and have a very volite surface, full of volcanic activity. If a moon, this is most likely a result from gravitational pressures from the nearby gas giant. These types of planets usually have an atmosphere of sorts due to the belching volcanos.
High-pressure(stratosphere): Some planets have a thick, toxic atmosphere and the easiest way to deal with it is to just not be in it. The atmosphere tends to be so dense that “regular” air can easily float on it, allowing us to build cloud cities of sorts. Of course, it’s a delicate solution.
High-pressure(surface): Being on the surface of a planet with such an atmosphere is surprisingly similar to that of a barren planet, just in the opposite direction. High temperatures and high pressures are accompanied by hostile weather. However, radiation is not a problem and the air can easily be processed into something usable.
Blasted: Probably the most difficult to live on, and in fact most colonies will likely fail. A rocky planet so close to the sun that the one side is consumed by unbelievable amounts of heat and radiation. All while the other side freezes to the coldness of space. Of course, the rotation of the planet means there’s no zone safe from this barrage of radiation. Only fully subterranean colonies can survive here.
Hidden gem: Luckily for us, there’s apparently a planet in the goldilocks zone. It possesses a basic nitrogen atmosphere and is warm enough that water will melt at it’s equators. There’s no life, of course, but it’s practically welcoming us to be the first.

Just a note, this isn’t a list of all the planets/dwarf planets/moons in our starting system. The ones that don’t get chosen may or may not exist afterwards.
No. 1020232 ID: 96c896

Ice-ball, because ice is a very good resource actually, and generating heat is easy.
Active, because it sounds like an interesting challenge. Gonna need a real good air conditioning system...
High Pressure (Surface) -- a stratosphere colony doesn't actually avoid the toxic gases, because without them there's not enough pressure to float on... so the only benefit is avoiding the high pressure and weather on the surface, or for colonizing a planet with no surface to speak of. If a surface exists, that's potentially better because you can dig underground. Much easier to expand, expanding gives raw resources(even if that's mostly rock), and the main safety requirement is simply keeping air out.
No. 1020255 ID: 9512c4

Ice-ball, just for the adventure.

Barren (sub-surface) because Mark Watney probably would have been happier underground than in a tent.

Hidden gem, because why wouldn't you take the option that's least likely to kill you?
No. 1020401 ID: 33f0ce

Ice-ball, there's probably something not good in that ice, let's dig it up!
Active, where rocks are made by the day, everyday we will get payed!
Barren(sub-surface), where rare rocks are found deep underground, our income will be sure to never frown!
I just don't fu*king trust Hidden gem, while Ice-ball will have fun alien stuff Hidden will have, like, a virus.
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The other chosen planets will appear in upcoming updates

While barren planets are not the easiest to inhabit, they are the most easily accessible. While most nations have agreed to be neutral over our moon, it served as a first taste to the challenges that sort of environment offers. As resorts, logistic offices and dockyards start to speckle our satellite, it becomes a vital stepping stone for people to start migrating towards our neighboring rocky worlds. At first it’s only the nations with large space programs that begin inhabiting these desolate worlds. Following the general scientific consensus at the time, the most concise way to deal with the most problems of barren lands was to build underground. While expensive, it offered valuable protection against solar radiation, protection against falling debris, and help with temperature regulation. So when corporations came soon after, they too went with this precedent and built underground. Unfortunately, while space colonization was always outside the reach of the individual, the high cost associated with this style of habitation did mean that any citizen initiatives or organizations were unable to venture any farther than our moon. For now.

What surprised most, however, was a claim to a diminutive, barren dwarf planet orbiting just at the edge of the asteroid belt. A small nation, known for being isolationist, xenophobic, and generallly uncooperative, has somehow managed to launch a migration ship without anyone’s knowledge and begun to colonize the little planet. This has made waves in the political scene, as the nation’s neighbors start to raise alarms. The small nation is belligerent at the best of times, they warn, and that was before they had an entire planet at their disposal. The official statement is that this nation just wishes to live in noninterference with others. What are the countries of the world to do?
Leave them be: Keeping the peace is our top priority. While it makes for an uneasy position, the small nation has a right to that planet as anyone else. Sanctions will be used, however, if they begin to become hostile.
Apathy: Most nation-states will just consider it as not their problem, and the small nation being isolated on a far off planet makes it even less so. Those that feel most concerned may take actions without fear of reprisal from the world as a whole, however, and corporations can interact as they wish.
Active prevention: They clearly have become an international threat. While most nations will just use sanctions in a token gesture, a genuine coalition will form to finally deal with the hostile nation. The war at home will be quick and gruesome, but it will be worth it for the piece of mind later as we expand among the stars.
No. 1020838 ID: 96c896

Leave them be.
It's not like a barren planet has the resources to make the isolated nation powerful. If they wanna fuck off to some rock, then fine.
No. 1020867 ID: 34c8ab

Option D, blockade the colony until they're forced to abandon it or they choose to engage in a doomed war on earth
No. 1020907 ID: cdbcf8

>Leave them be
I'm not going down as the man who started the first intergalactic war over some people I don't know peeing their pants over some 4th-rate nation getting their own island.
No. 1020948 ID: ee9ae6

Leave them be. What they did may induce jealousy with other nations, causing a boom of colonization of other planets, especially if peace mostly guaranteed.
No. 1021294 ID: e7c7d3
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>Leave them be
For now, the diplomatic pressure was to keep the peace. The small nation could colonize the dwarf planet as they please, though their neighbors did wince everytime they launched a rocket. Still, the nation seems true to their words and have caused no incidents so far. The regimented and frugal lifestyle of their people has adapted well to the challenges of a space colony, though it would be a stretch to say they’re thriving. While the rest of the countries continue to expand onto moons and worlds, the small nation has slowly turned into a veritable fortress of sorts. In many ways concerning, but it does offer a template for any such future projects.

>Active planet
A tempting prospect in our solar system are the active moons and planets. Mineral rich and practically spewing out it’s bounty to be simply gathered, many corporations and nations were salivating at the opportunities. Of course, harvesting these resources safely was the biggest stumbling block. Even an automated operation would require a city of operators and maintenance personnel on any scale to be worth it. The quickest work-around is, however, to just not care about your people’s safety at all, and thus enters Endura Inc.. A massive corporation with an absurd amount of wealth rivaling that of many nations and very little ethics to show for it. So they have decided to capitalize and colonize an active moon around the 2nd largest gas giant by migrating ‘volunteer’ employees. There several mining and harvesting operations have sprung up, sustained by a few cities of workers in brutalist and barely functional design. The population only being maintained by a constant influx of interns and a penal work program. For most people at home, the only thing to be noticed was cheaper goods but a movement has begun among the population to call the nations of the world to act against this suffering.
How do the nations respond?
Terminate operations: These atrocities simply cannot be allowed to continue. All operations on the moon will cease and the remaining people lifted out of there. Endura Inc. will stand trial for it’s crimes and the moon will be considered off-limits until it can be safely inhabited.
Relinquish operations/b]: The international laws in space are a bit murky, but Endura Inc. will be punished as best as can be. As for the moon, it’d be foolish to shut down all the operations and infrastructure that so many have already given their lives for. The enterprise will be put under the control of a different entity, hopefully one with a bit more ethics.
[b]Allow operations
: The corporation isn’t doing anything particularly new. They’re just being a bit more blatant about it. The world leaders will publicly disavow Endura Inc. and begin writing up agreements for more concise laws and regulations for international space. For now, things on the moon will continue as is, conditions only improving when it is economical to do so.
No. 1021297 ID: 96c896

Relinquish. Space stuff is expensive, don't just throw that infrastructure away!
No. 1021353 ID: ee9ae6

Allow operations but under heavy regulation. Basically, no matter which entity controls these operations, they would all eventually succumb to the pressure of the shareholders to create more profit and thus do morally-objective things. So the solution is to create an international organization that manages human and worker rights for the space industry, with enough funding and power to punish violators and prevent their operation until the working conditions are improved. The larger the corporation, the higher the standards required.
No. 1022418 ID: aba9fd

Relinquish operations. Just fully revamp the system, standardize currency, allow free movement across city domes, the whole shebang. As of right now they're reliant on us and we should leverage that. Send a message that these corps can't just create their own private dystopias for people just to get an advantage.

We need this political will right now, and if people see that going into the unknown also forfeits their human rights that will will go down the drain. We need to have examples as to why this is a good thing for humanity, the next step for us. It can't be a leap backwards, else what's the point in progress?
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>Relinquish operations
Endura Inc. now finds itself relieved of the responsibilities of running operations on the molten moon. The company Ultium Mining has won the bid to take over managing all facilities. They’ve even presented several plans and strategies to improve conditions on the moon that have met the approval of many watchdog organizations. Detractors, however, will point out that these plans are non-binding, that Ultium Mining has a suspiciously short history, and many on the board of directors also held seats in Endura Inc.. Still, things are likely to change for the better for those planet-side, even if it isn’t as much as one would hope.

>Ice-ball planet
And so was the longest journey we have ever taken so far: a colony ship headed to a frozen planet amongst all the gas giants. Such a trip required strict routines and frequent mental exercises in order to sustain the well being of the colonists. What we didn’t foresee, however, is for this sort of policy to coalesce into a religious code of conduct. This is normally nothing noteworthy, we are a diverse and contentious people, but it does have an effect on the future of the planet. One of this religion's doctrines is that, in some form, there is life below the ice on this planet. As such, they are vehement that these hidden oceans are not to be disturbed, lest we disrupt it’s natural and spiritual development. Many other entities point out that there’s a minuscule chance that these waters hold life. Restricting access would limit scientific endeavors, and would also arbitrarily keep us from an abundant source of water. A vital resource in space travel. How should we handle this new sect?
Respect: They were the first there, they will make the first laws. While other nations and companies will follow, they will tend to follow the precedent and leave the waters below alone. Ice will be used to gather water for the populace, but generally no more than needed and large scale excavations will be forbidden
Tolerate: We’ll leave the submerged ocean alone, except for the occasional research probe. The people living on the planet can do well enough with converting ice for their water needs. Even exploiting industries, though there may be grumbling from the religious, will keep to excavating ice for exporting water.
Ignore: Beliefs are only as strong as the people who hold them. Any following entities will bring about their own ideas as to what to do with the hidden waters. If this new sect wishes to keep this ocean sanctified, they best be prepared to defend it with either diplomacy or arms.
No. 1024455 ID: a2493c

Empathetically Ignore. It is unwise to be hostile, but even less so to ignore such a potentially huge problem as a space cult.

This is a failing of their forebears to account for human psychology, and though it is not their fault they've fallen into this mindset, there must be consequence to prevent future occurrence.

I suggest providing counselors and diplomatic services if we can.
No. 1024480 ID: 4cee48

Fortunately, unlike the existence of deities, existence of life is something that can easily be proven or disproven. So if they can prove that there exists life below the ice, then sure, let's protect this life. It should take several years to set up the industry anyway so they should be happy to get the chance. Give them several year's time plus plenty of scientific resources. A bit wasteful, but that's as far as we should go honoring bad ideas. If there's no life, then they'll be Ignored.
No. 1024499 ID: 96c896

Tolerate. We must confirm the presence of life for their laws to be supported by outside forces, and that can be done with minimal disruption.
No. 1025394 ID: e7c7d3
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The thought of alien life lurking in those depths sparked a surge of curiosity. There comes a general agreement that all industry should be forbidden until it has definitively proven or disproven that there is native life on the planet. The religious, however, were cold to the idea. After all, they don’t need to prove life is there as they know life is there. Rumours and conspiracies began to circulate around the issue and the usual types latched onto it as the latest talking point to their rants. Regardless, soon research outposts are established across the ice along with the colonies. Any excursions below the ice are hindered both peacefully and sometimes violently by the faithful, ultimately muddying any answer to the question of life. For now, we seem to still be the only ones in our solar system despite what a vocal minority will say.

It’s been roughly two centuries since we left our cradle, expanding out into the black horizon. It has been, in every sense, a long journey. Travel time measured in months is considered short, and the travel time to our new icy home can take well over a decade. We are growing so fast and yet so painfully slow at the same time. Is this what our ancestors felt during the age of sail? Trapped on a ship for months on end on a featureless sea? The expanses we face, however, are wider than any ocean, measured not in nautical miles but light years. We broke free of the limits of our planet only to be thwarted by the void beyond our star. For now, we are trapped in this stellar orbit.

However, recently our scientists have made an incredible breakthrough! A way to circumnavigate the current laws of physics and achieve faster than light travel. Suddenly foreign stars don’t seem so far away. What form does this miracle technology superluminal travel take?
Warp bubble: By contracting space in front of a ship and expanding space behind it, we can propel a patch of ‘nothing’ above lightspeed and take the ship along with it. There are very few restrictions with this mode of travel. Turning hundreds of lightyears into a few year trip. Of course, far off destinations will still take a bit to get to.
Hyperlane: Dark matter, it turns out, can also act as a wave similar to photons. This creates invisible ripples throughout our galaxy that then interact with the stars. When waves from neighboring stars interfere with each other it creates a corridor of sorts that we then send our ships through. This mode of transport is quite efficient, with speed being consistent regardless of the mass involved, and most trips taking no more than a few months to complete. The main limiting factor is that we’d only be able to travel from star to neighboring star.
Worm gates: A field of pair quantum particles is constructed to work on an above atomic level. Quantum tunneling is then induced to an equal and paired quantum field at the desired destination. This allows for nigh-instantaneous travel between two predetermined destinations. Gates can be paired with any other gate we have access to, as it is their relative position that needs to remain static. Unfortunately, traveling to or from a system with no gate is a slow and involved process, and travel between stars with no gates remains impossible.
No. 1025397 ID: 96c896

Worm Gates, because they're the most likely thing to turn into a corporate-controlled money machine. Gate fees! Advertisements around gates! Blacklists!
No. 1025473 ID: 4cee48

Warp bubble + Worm gates, with gates having additional restrictions in terms of energy consumption and the size of the mass that can be sent through.
No. 1026892 ID: e7c7d3
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>Worm gates
It’s been herculean problem ever since we started space travel, but we have finally done it: superluminal travel. By constructing great gates and utilizing quirks in physics we can begin building a FTL network among the stars. Such “worm gates” will be costly and difficult to build, but luckily we have many entities willing to step up to the challenge. Many nations begin to band together to begin construction and the megacorp of Ultium-Endura Enterprises has funded and invested in much of the operations. For some favours, of course. Even the isolated nation has offered services from its fortress dwarf planet. In time, this great marvel is complete and a sense of pride and an energy courses through our people. We’re doing it. We are going to span the stars!

A review of our people so far:
-{Asteroid mining}
-{High population}
Notable factions:
-{Xenophobe faction}
-{Corporate faction}
-{Terrestrial habitability}
-{Barren(subterranean) habitability}
-{Molten habitability}
-{Iceball habitability}
-{Fortress world}
-{Industry world}
-{Science world}
-{Worm gate travel}
-{Lost generation ship}

We’ve never been a unified people. We have many governments, nationalities, corporate entities and others all working in opposition to each other, and yet always forward. We pride ourselves in our identity: where we’re from, what banner we fight for, who our ancestors were. In the past, we could find kinship in the combined identity of how we all lived in the same world. There was an old adage that the sky is the same no matter where you go. However, that is no longer true. We live under new skies. We have started to define ourselves by native planets, and soon we will start defining ourselves by the stars. In the future, we might even define ourselves as different species either through modification or immigration. We are a fractured, ill-defined people, and yet we are still a Whole. A Force that will overtake this galaxy of ours like a primal instinct. I am Me and You are You, but who are We?

What is the name of our new stellar civilization?
No. 1026893 ID: 96c896

Who's "we"?
(Corporate name) an Earth Associated Entity. E.A.E. for short.
No. 1026950 ID: 4cee48

No. 1026957 ID: 96c896

Oh wait the home planet isn't called Earth is it? I don't think we got a name. Also at least some of the species has decided to cut ties with their home planet.

The Draconic Corporate Conglomerate
No. 1026959 ID: e7c7d3

I've tried to be purposefully vague on whether this is earth or some alien species. Did have to choose what sort of critters and stars I put in the pictures, but your first suggestion is still valid.
No. 1030756 ID: e7c7d3
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>Earth Associate Entity
Really, it seems our only true uniting factor is our origin and our relation to it. While our people’s allegiances are scattered, they can at least say that they are a Xenobold Associated Entity or a Xae for short. Now that we have a name, we can now move on to conquering the galaxy!

News Feed
Your most trusted source for all happenings across our nations! Here you will be notified of events, situations, crises, and other notes of interest. Not everything will require a response, or even acknowledged. Of course some things should only be ignored at one’s own peril.
= A war has broken out on our first colony over a region of mountains and mining rights. No skirmishes have been reported, but artillery has been deployed on both sides with shelling of strategic locations commencing.
= Conspiracies about aliens being among us are nothing new, but there’s been increased talk of alien ruins hidden in the asteroid belt. So-called signals have been recorded coming from seemingly benign space rocks. Several astrophysicists have stepped forward, saying it’s most likely reflected radiation from the high activity of solar flares. Can we really know for sure though?
= One of the largest nations on our home planet has begun prepping colony ships for our inevitable expansion. However, it has come to light that the government plans to fill these ships with “undesirables.” It has been shown that officials have already received a preliminary list of convicts, homeless, illegal immigrants, and any deemed “deviants.” One such candidate has been quoted saying “Yeah, well maybe we’re better off on a dead rock than under the tyranny of the council.”

Suggest an action
Actions are now open instead of multiple choice, though some options may still be given as well. These can, of course, be ignored and actions need not be related to any point of news. Multiple suggestions can be submitted as well, but keep in mind that not all may be used. So it may be best to rank them by priority.Now finally, the most important rule is that all suggestions must be justified by a {tag} that our empire possesses. {Tags} represent the characteristics and advantages of our particular civilization. They may be gained, lost, or changed as we journey through the stars. A link to the {tags} list will be provided each update and can be found here:
No. 1030761 ID: 96c896

{Corporate faction}
A particularly enterprising corp sends out a scout ship to investigate the asteroids, with the intention of being the first to arrange a trade agreement.
No. 1030780 ID: e5709d

* Immediately step in and ban all indiscriminate artillery strikes. If they want to kill themselves face-to-face, fine, but you're not going to let them burn up their own future with cluster bombs hitting residential areas.
* Set up a small extra-terrestrial archaeology initiative with a tight budget. Someone has to research the asteroids for potential means of long-term resource harvesting. May as well be the sci-fi nuts.
* Own up to the 'undesirables' situation. But pad it out by setting up a conscription lottery of 'desirables', especially engineers and doctors, to give the new colonists a fighting chance.
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>{Corporate faction}
>A particularly enterprising corp sends out a scout ship to investigate the asteroids, with the intention of being the first to arrange a trade agreement.
>Set up a small extra-terrestrial archaeology initiative with a tight budget. Someone has to research the asteroids for potential means of long-term resource harvesting. May as well be the sci-fi nuts.

A small company, (small by space corporation standards,) decided to take a gamble on the conspiracy theories and sent a team to investigate. They failed to find anything conclusive, to put it generously, but any bit of information only served to fuel curiosities. Of course, the initial company was looking to make a buck and now found themselves an interested audience. A tourist trap was quickly set up consisting of “xeno-frequency” tours, archeological digs, and “cosmic ray” meditation sessions.

However, for the greater whole this didn’t amount to much.

News Feed
= The war has escalated at an astonishing rate. While casualties initially remained low between the two countries, many other nations decided to be opportunistic and have launched their own strikes. This led to a domino effect of more nations striking as others are distracted by their own advances. A global lockdown has been declared by the solar community at large, allowing only the movement of refugees and humanitarian aid.
=Look to the sky! A star approximately 210 light-years away has gone supernova. For a brief window of time, this star will appear to shine much brighter in the night sky before disappearing. Astronomers assure that the immense amount of energy given off from the event is in no way a danger to our system.
= On our very own ice planet, a planet-wide festival has begun. Celebrating our achievements as a people and the operation of the worm gate. Do you have worm gate fever?

Options: Options need not a tag to respond to and can be ignored if you so wish
-People are itching to colonise the stars. The worm gate can be opened to all. Thanks to our high population and decentralised society, all our neighbouring stars can be settled simultaneously. The longevity of these settlements is the future’s problem.
-So much to explore! We should start sending scouting teams into a nearby system. Both to gauge habitability and to unlock the secrets of the galaxy. Oh, and my assistant tells me it’s also to find exploitable resources to sell.
Or suggest an action: Suggested actions must include a {tag}: https://questden.org/wiki/New_Skies/Civilization_Tags
No. 1031099 ID: 713339

-{Xenophobe faction} Make shitty memes for old people to share on SpaceBook.

-{Corporate faction} Time to make like KFC and manufacture a national holiday. Built up support for work gate travel, hype people up about space, and start a campaign to make traveling through one like stepping into a whole new life, leaving your old one behind and coming out a new person. Have people write worm year resolutions to be better people. Hype it up to be a completely life changing spiritual experience. Not only will this make a ton of money and keep the population content, but it also lets you better get away with prioritizing building a servant class of undesirables from earth.
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{Corporate faction} Corps started selling weapons to both sides of the conflict- wait who am I kidding that's already happening I don't need to suggest that.

Worm Gate's not open? Well, open it. They gotta pay taxes though, and the maintenance fee, and the administration fee, and the convenience fee...

Send a scouting fleet to Xass. The color is close to home.
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