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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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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.

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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.
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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.
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No. 1019752 ID: fec07f

Let's get some practice before we throw ourselves into the void
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>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.
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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.
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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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