Roleplay One: Second Dawn (BACKSTORY ONLY)

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Roleplay One: Second Dawn (BACKSTORY ONLY)

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:34 am

I'm going to give the backstory in installments because it is so freaking long. YES, this is my own.


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Part I

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:35 am

The twenty-first century rounded the hill without nuclear holocaust. Leaders that advocated war slowly began slipping from power.

As nuclear holocaust had been avoided, the world relaxed. Nuclear weaponry became illegal for any nation to own, and became replaced by the Kinetic Projectile Satellite (same effect as a nuke, but without the radiation).

In 2084 Dr. Richard Stavendish discovered a polymer fifteen times harder than steel and three times as light. It was made of synthetic materials, so there was no limit to the amount that could be made. The colonies on the Moon were finished in 2099.

In 2056, a war in most of Asia and eastern Europe ended in the founding of two new countries: the United Federation of Asian Republics (UFAR), which consisted of China, India, the rest of southern Asia, and Mongolia; and Eastern Europe, the part that had been under the Warsaw Pact, united into the United Eastern European Union.

The terraforming of Mars was begun as the colonies on the moon were finished; In May of 2099, the processors were complete and changing the atmosphere on a mollecular level.


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Part II

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:36 am

As the sentient races colonised the inner colonies they planned for greater things. When the planet Cygni 2201A, still in the Milky Way galaxy, was determined to not only support life but be able to support human life it was chosen and christened "Second Dawn." The planetoid of Ararat, in the opposite direction, nearer the center of the Milky Way, was found to be the same way. So the UFAR, the EU and the UEEU, and Oceana, what remained of the civil war in the US, each made a colony ship - or fleet thereof.

Prof. Ulrich Anderson, of Milton University in India, not only proved the existence of antimatter, but drew schematics for uses of this volatile substance. One of these was the Antimatter Reactor - used in the construction for the propulsion of the colony ships.

Oceana built a fleet, with the construction 23,000 miles above sea level on Mars. Six ships, each with 2,000 people. Not too shabby.

The EU/UEEU one-upped them, making ONE ship, but that one ship could hold 15,000 people.

And UFAR did the best of all - 50,000 people by the recorded facts. They also made one ship, but that one could split into two if necessary.

So in 2112, the Palindrome Year, the colony ships were launched, ridding the Earth of less than one million of its unwanted billions.

In 2115, when the last of the genomes for the multicellular races was mapped, something rather insidious began. A "solution" for the overpopulation problem.
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Part III

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:37 am

The four military leaders of Oceana - which had fallen to fascism after the civil war - realized something. Food supplies worldwide were dangerously low - and what was consuming them? The countries in Africa which were "making no contribution to the world save disease." So they decided to kill them off.

Not obviously; that would alienate all of Oceana's tenative allies, and cause them to be turned on. So they decided to manipulate the AIDS vaccine being sent over. To make all that took it sterile.

It worked beautifully. Within thirty years of its implementation, the entire continent was bare of sentient life minus those that had not taken the vaccine. No one ever discovered the cause of the sterilisation - the plan worked perfectly.
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Part IV

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:37 am

By 2051, the Mars terraforming project was a success, fifty years ahead of time. The colonisation had begun.

While Mars was being colonised and the African Genocide Project was beginning, mines on Mercury were founded. After three failures, and two trillion dollars, the Mercury Mine Project was a success. Selenium, uranium, and other heavy metals created a steady influx of cash for Oceana, the EU, and UFAR (the UEEU had already fallen to infighting by this time).
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Part V

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:38 am

In the asteroid belt, far from the watching eyes of the other countries, the UFAR was making a plan.

Another planet that could support life was discovered. Named Resurgam, this planet was kept hidden from the EU and Oceana. The project in the asteroid belt was called the Replicant Project.

A Replicant is a ship that contains the races, genomically coded. The ship arrives, then fertilizes frozen embryos. The infants are raised by AIs. Two were made, with a third stopping halfway through due to budget problems.

The two were launched - the trip was a 145-year one. The Replicant project was a disaster.

The first one failed before it left the solar system. Its AI systems failed spontaneously and the Replicant is still in orbit around the Sun.

The second one was smashed into by an asteroid. It crippled the guidance system, and to the best of human knowledge is still drifting.

The final development was that an Oceanic commander, Admiral Thomas Perry, was placed in command of the defensive systems of Earth. And that includes the only thermonuclear weaponry available, minus the hidden stockpiles each nation...well, hid.


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Part VI

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:39 am

Not known to the people that appointed him, Admiral Thomas Perry was a drug addict. To a rather dangerous drug, a descendant of PCP. Generally known as Rage, this drug causes what one would expect it to: a massive, overwhelming rage.

Admiral Perry was in the grip of this drug when he turned the key that fired seventeen hundred thermonuclear missiles at UFAR.

UFAR fired its hidden stockpiles at Oceana, who fired its stockpiles at UFAR and the EU.

Not wanting to be left out, the EU fired ITS missiles at Austrailia.

Over 10 BILLION died in a ten-minute period of time.

Admiral Perry was court-martialed and executed three days later.



The government capital moved to Savanna, Mars. As they say, life went on.


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Part VII

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:39 am

In 2201, the scientist Tio Holck began his discovery. Two days after the expected arrival of the Oceana fleet (called the Chrysinthe) and the EU/UEEU ship, the York. The UFAR ship was not expected to arrive for another fifteen years.

Holck, working out of Hestrasynthe University in Savanna, Mars, noticed something peculiar about certain regions of space. Places where the radiation did not match up.

Holck began obsessing over his discovery, working night and day. His wife began to develop a brain abcess - but he didn't notice the change in behavior.

He finally worked out what it was - a "fold in space," a wormhole. As how to pass through them...
The night he finished his papers, his wife passed into a coma. He slept at the university.

The next day he worked out a series of equations of how a vessel would pass through these folds, how to find them, how long they lasted, which were two-way, and which were one-way. He took all except the first two home with him.

When he discovered what had happened to his wife he poured gasoline over himself and his papers and lit a match. He was 26 years old. The vast majority of his work was lost, as well as one of the brightest scientific futures in the history of mankind.


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Part VIII

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:40 am

Seven planets - Foundation, Terra, Cygnus, Gaia, Oasis, Shiro, and Veisseslicht - were colonized through these "Folds." They formed the Third-Tier colonies (the Moon and Mars being the First Tier and Second Dawn and Cerberus, renamed Edge, being the Second). They had nearly instantaneous contact with the First Tier, with travel through Folds taking monthis instead of centuries.

The Second Tier was at a massive disadvantage. All that was had was that that had been brought. Two centuries behind, with no form of communication, their own cultures began to develop.

Edge's continents were primarily on one pole - which faced the Sun. So in the jungles of the Peninsula, the largest continent, the people and animals knew no night. And in the wastes of Altair, there was no day or night - just constant dusk.

Second Dawn was very similar to Earth; its years were just two and a half times as long, and its temperature was on average 15 degrees Celcius. Its angle was nearly 0 degrees, so there was a perfect cycle of day and night for the entire planet.

The two extremes...the odds are astronomical.



Edge became embroiled in a civil war between a group of UFARian survivors (around 40,000), whose operations base was in the northernmost tip of Edge, where the Sun never moved. For this, they became known as the Northern Coalition.

The others, united EU and UFARian survivors, called themselves the Southern Coalition, more in irony than anything else. Black market weapons dealers ruled several places, and each side committed atrocites. The war continues to this day.


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Part IX - the Beginning

Post  Admin Caldwell on 15th August 2009, 6:41 am

Society in the First and Third Tier colonies continued to develop, developing FTL (faster than light) communications, new techniques for things, telepathy...

But in the Second Tier colonies, things continue to get worse. Order is established in some places as in others it dies. The only reason genocide is not a possiblility is because no nuclear weapons were brought with the Colonists after Admiral Perry's mistake.

This pattern continued for fifty years. Continuing up to 2432.



AND THAT IS THE BACKSTORY. KINDA OVERWHELMING, ISN'T IT?
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