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Postby Arktic » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:55 am

Miraaki wrote:
The United Alliance's Polity Application


Polity Name: The United Alliance

Description:

The United Alliance (UA) is a democratic republic, with a bicameral legislature, a lower chamber with proportional representation, and an upper chamber with 1 senator per fully inhabited world. The executive branch is run by a President, who serves a single 5-year term, with no consecutive terms.

The United Alliance was born on the planet of Echidna, a rather standard continental world that was used as a giant, planet-sized petri dish by an unknown entity millennia ago. Their test subjects, once standard humans, were given crude and extremely unstable genetic modifications that resulted in the creation of the Akasha, a genetic offshoot of humanity with wild and unstable mutations. Most members of the species are born with some form of obvious external mutation, such as animal traits or non-standard limbs. The Akasha's cells are extremely susceptible to mutation and rapidly divide, causing high rates of cancer and autoimmune disorders, which are treated through the application of various miracles of modern medicine, often supplied via a subdermal implant able to synthesize the compounds from the various nutrients ingested by the Akasha. Still, the average lifespan of an Akasha is only around 80, and the rapid mutations leave most gene therapy techniques from around the galaxy ineffective. The scientists of the UA are in a constant war with their own DNA, desperately trying to keep up with the mutations and make sure their species doesn't degrade entirely. It's a miracle some members of the species are even able to reproduce with each other, even if it sometimes requires specialized and personalized gene therapy.

The Akasha were created as a test, to see what would happen when humanity was left to mutate rapidly and evolve in various random and chaotic ways. After their creators were satisfied, they left the planet, completely unconcerned about what would happen to the created. The nascent species, still possessing some knowledge of the modern sciences, were able to repurpose what equipment was left behind to build a small civilization, but the planet's aggressive and often supernatural wildlife, along with natural attrition due to the lack of medicine, caused society to quickly regress technologically. The Akasha society stabilized around an 19th-century technological level, and began to spread across the planet, building a new, stable civilization. Everything changed with the discovery of the Akashic Records, a vast store of knowledge left behind by an unknown civilization. While the nascent civilization was only able to scratch the barest surface, the technological knowledge contained within was used to rapidly modernize the developing nation-state on the planet, but there was more inside the records.

For centuries, the Akasha intellectuals were puzzled by the various supernatural phenomena of the planet. Some animals and plants defied basic laws of physics and thermodynamics, seemingly capable of various impossible feats. The Akasha found answers inside the Records. They discovered Magic, and all the wondrous things it was capable of. Using a combination of magic and technology, the Akasha, within only 2 generations, managed to achieve spaceflight. They named themselves the Akasha after the Records that gave the new species their power and began to explore the stars.

Now, a few hundred years later, the Akasha are at the head of the United Alliance, a state that controls over 400 inhabited planets and thousands of systems. They are strong believers in liberty, equality, and progress, and wish to expand and explore the galaxy, spreading their humanitarian mission to all those who wish. Any world is free to join the United Alliance, and they are all treated as equals by the government, with full rights to magic, technology, representation, and travel. While the UA is dominated by the Akasha, with the vast majority of the worlds, government, and military made up of them, other species are in the Alliance, and have full equal rights.

Territory: mentioned it on discord

Megastructures:
The Akashic Records: a vast store of information contained inside a moon-sized quantum-magical computer core contained within the crust of Echidna. The knowledge contained within is vast and seemingly endless. UA scientists have theorized it is somehow connected to the Other Side, and is theoretically capable of holding all knowledge ever known, past, present, and future. Accessing the records, however, is extremely difficult and dangerous, requiring complex techno-magical rituals to scrape even surface-level knowledge from it. A variety of things can go wrong, and as such, delving into the records is not a very reliable or even practical way of advancing the United Alliance's technology. Only about .0001% of the Records is believed to be fully explored, and that was at great cost.

The Great Rift: Located inside UA space, the Great Rift is not a megastructure per se, but rather a massive stellar phenomenon that the UA has control over. The Great Rift is a massive, multi-system wide tear in reality, where reality and the Other Side coexist. It is extremely dangerous to even approach the outer edges, as even skilled Warp Navigators can easily get lost and annihilated by the raging whirlwind of the stellar tides. The UA has built various scientific and research bases on the outskirts, to study the rift and the Other Side, and have gained a wide variety of insights onto how the Other Side functions.

Alliance Station: This moon-sized station is the Alliance's first foray into megaengineering, built as a massive testament to the unity and perseverance of the UA. It is the new seat of the Alliance government, and holds 2 billion inhabitants. The Alliance has drawn up plans to build more habitats, but they are still on the planning board.

Military: The Alliance Navy is the primary military arm of the UA, containing around 3 billion souls. While every planet inside the Alliance is allowed to build a limited planetary defense fleet, the main power lies in the central government's fleet. Containing over 20,000 ships of various classes, the Alliance Navy is a force to be reckoned with. The Alliance Marine Corps is around 300 million strong, containing both conventional soldiers along with around 500,000 battle mages. (I'll expand on this some in the future I'm bad with militaries)

Special Technologies and Magic:
Magic: the most obvious thing that sets the United Alliance apart from its contemporaries is the widespread use of true magic. Magic is capable of almost anything, and treats almost all physical laws as just suggestions. However, magic is limited by the users inner supply of mana. Every living being has mana inside of them, and it is consumed to cast spells. Using the mana, spellcasters can draw from the Current, a metaphysical field of energy that permeates reality, and is theorized to be connected to the Other Side. The Current defies study and explanation, seemingly actively avoiding any form of scientifically defining it. Spellcasters can either unleash raw Current, which is rather easy and costs a trivial amount of mana, but is very dangerous and often ends in serious injury or death as pure uncontrolled magical energy is unleashed, or cast proper spell matrices. A Spell Matrix is able to capture the raw Current and feed it through a filter of sorts, allowing it to manifest however the user wishes. Spell Matrix components can be written like code in a mages mind, allowing them to cast spells on the fly. However, this is rather mana intensive, with the more Current and more complex a spell costing more mana. A mage can also physically draw a Spell Matrix, which allows for far easier management of the Current than casting in the mind, but this requires prior preparation. As a spellcaster runs out of mana, they will become more and more tired and fatigued, until they eventually fall into unconsciousness. Some rare materials, however, are capable of artificially storing mana, that someone is able to draw on to supplement their internal stores.

Any person is theoretically capable of using magic, but few have the mental skill and fortitude to wield the raw Current well. The United Alliance government, while it doesn't force anyone to attend any institutions, have a monopoly on magical education, though it is willing to teach non-Alliance species as well, if only the basics.

The Other Side: Theorized to be where the Current originates from, the Other Side is an eldritch dimension that defies understanding. It is completely and utterly incomprehensible and unknowable, with almost all attempts to study it resulting in complete madness. This dimension, however, is how the Alliance travels the galaxy. Using the Tear Drive, a techno-magical construct developed from knowledge gleaned from the Akashic Records, ships can tear small, temporary rifts into the Other Side, allowing transit into the dimension. Inside the dimension, time and space work differently, and a skilled Warp Navigator can guide the ship to a safe exit at their destination. Warp Navigators are skilled mages who can feel how the raw Current flows, using it to guide them through the Other Side to their destination. Navigators have described the Other Side as a vast ocean, sailing their ships along a flow to their destination. They are all universally terrified of what lies under the ocean though. They only sail along the surface, with any attempts to go underneath ending in nightmarish horror. The navigators cannot describe why they are all afraid, but they all know, never to look underneath the surface.

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Postby Miraaki » Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:03 pm

Rodez wrote:
Balorene Dominion's Polity Application


Polity Name: Balorene Dominion

Description: A constitutional dictatorship located relatively close to the galactic center, the Dominion was formerly an expansionist and warmongering state until the Balorenes overthrew their despotic monarchy about two thousand standard years ago. It its place they established the rule of the Ataman, a sort of admiral-executive who is elected to lead the Dominion for life. In the last two millennia, the Dominion has renounced its previous jingoism and has instead fought many wars against new expansionist powers. The Balorenes see it as their duty to prevent any one empire from growing so powerful that it can dominate the galaxy, and maintain a powerful navy and gifted intelligence service to this end. They are also known to send expeditionary forces to threatened states when requested.

As a people, the Balorenes are phenotypically altered from millions of years of habitation spent on their volcanic homeworld of Balor, from which the Dominion originated. Balorenes have evolved an exceptionally strong digestive system from eating a hard diet of rock-shrubs, birds and lava slugs on Balor. As a result, most ingested poisons that would kill a baseline human would simply make a Balorene mildly ill. Furthermore, their red-colored eyes mark the possession of exceptional night vision for humans; Balorenes have better perception of edges, movement, and silhouettes in dim light. This is commonly thought to be because of long habitation in the ash-choked atmosphere present on much of Balor, but geneticists have recently uncovered some evidence of genetic tampering in the distant evolutionary past. What this means, none can yet say for sure.

Despite physical differences, Balorenes continue to lay claim to the wider umbrella of humanity, and seem to be fully sexually compatible with their unaltered cousins. Immigrants from outside are generally welcome on Balorene worlds, although they may not settle on Balor itself. Though the Dominion carries out considerable commerce with the rest of the galaxy, large-scale trade is primarily in the hands of the state, with only medium-sized private enterprises permitted within Dominion space - which encompasses about 200 inhabited planets and moons, with some 650 billion inhabitants. Of these, about 600 billion are considered Dominion-born citizens. Recent immigrants are exempt from military conscription, but also forego all political rights.

Territory: Marked by squares in orange.

Megastructures: After millennia of construction efforts, the Dominion is close to completing a full Dyson sphere in the Ishukone System, and has the ambition to use it as a power source for gargantuan commercial and naval shipyards. It also has a series of 25 'blink' gates between the major star systems, in order to facilitate military and commercial transportation across Dominion space. Finally, the Balorenes boast of their ecumenopoli world of Korsiki, which possesses a world-city home to some 60 billion people.

Military: The Balorene Army contains about 5.5 billion soldiers, with the ground branch split between the elite Expeditionary Force (500 million), and the far larger semi-professional reserve forces, which rarely if ever see action outside Balorene space. However, the real strength of the Dominion lies with the Navy - at 32,000 warships of all classes and designs, it is one of the most formidable vacuum navies in the galaxy. Although it uses carrier groups and large battleships like most other states, in practice the Dominion tends to rely on the daunting stealth technologies present in some of its specialized frigate and cruiser classes to achieve infiltration of enemy-held space. These squadrons fight in "hunter-killer" groups, with the intention of wrecking havoc on the enemy's commerce, lines of supply, and isolated units.

Among the formations of the Balorene Expeditionary Force (BEF), the very best troops available are those in the 150,000-strong Ranger Corps. These elite special forces are selected from a candidate pool consisting of soldiers in the top 1% of physical fitness ability in the entire military. Trainees might arrive from the regular Army, the Marines (subordinate to the Navy), National Police, or from state-run orphanages in some cases. The training regime is long and cruel, with an emphasis on physical and mental deprivation. 9 out of 10 will wash out before completing the two-year Ranger School, with a fatality rate approaching 25%. Those that make it through, however, are subject to gene-altering procedures to enhance strength, reflexes, and cognitive ability. Once complete, the newly-minted Balorene Rangers are the most perfect warriors available to the Dominion.

The rough translation from Balorene is 'Seeker Directorate.' the Hakijaosasto functions as both the domestic and international intelligence agency for the Dominion. Hakijaosasto is responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations, and counter-terrorism both within Balorene space and abroad. Unlike the Dominion's military or police forces, there is no law that strictly defines its objectives, powers, or budget. As a result, the agency answers only to the Ataman and has no practical legal limits, leading some observers to describe it as a deep state.

Hakijaosasto's tactics include, but are hardly limited to: surveillance, blackmail, extortion, kidnapping, assassination, sabotage, funding, arming, and training of foreign insurgents, and political manipulation. It is nearly impossible to pin down exactly how many personnel the agency employs, since many are civilians employed on a part-time basis, and not fully-trained Hakija operatives. Hakija are recruited from a multitude of species within the Dominion, who may have nothing in common besides loyalty to the Balorene state. Operatives may range in specialty from everything from counterfeiters and thieves to merciless death squads. Given that the Dominion has renounced expansionary warfare, the myriad capabilities of the Hakijaosasto are often the preferred tool of the state over military force.


Special Technologies and Magic: Balorene Cloaking Generators- Developed relatively early on in the Balorene space age, the Dominion's stealth technology has been honed and refined over thousands of years, and has acquired a reputation for being some of the most potent ship-based cloaking technology in the galaxy. Besides utilizing standard techniques to cancel out electronic signatures and disguise the physical sight of the ship itself, Balorene generators also make use of ionized plasma "shields" to absorb EM radiation. Though extremely effective on frigate and cruiser-sized ships, the power demands of the military-grade generators mean that ship movement is slowed significantly while engaged, and use of blink or warp drives is quite impossible.

Mieli-Silma- Balorene 'mind-sight,' for lack of a better translation. Sitting astride the line between martial art and meditation technique, the Mieli-Silma is an ancient practice used by Balorene wise women, and activated only in the bizarre chemical atmosphere present on the volcanic world of Balor. For reasons unknown even to the Balorenes themselves, the Mieli-Silma interacts more effectively with female biology than with male. Effective use of the Mieli-Silma is said to grant insight into motives, truthfulness - even brief visions of the future, although these are open to manipulation and interpretation. Despite the apparent power of this art, more than half the visions induced by it appear to be nothing more than mental gibberish - and it takes many decades of practice to separate the 'false' from the 'true' visions. No more than a few hundred wise woman at a time have ever sufficiently mastered the art. For the Balorenes, it is as much a religious custom as a political tool, and its intricacies are a closely-kept secret.

Other notable tech: Nanite mineral probes, terrestrial sculpting and foreign soil enrichment, zero-point power generation

Do you hereby promise that you have read and agree with the rules, or are willing to pretend like you have read and agree with the rules, and are willing to listen to and accept the judgments of Arktic and his deputies as the final word regarding combat, technology, and game fairness and fun?: I'll agree to whatever as long as I can play space Morrowind.

We're right next to each other, we should have some RP interactions
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Postby Kasa Tkoth Sphere » Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:48 pm

Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

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Postby Anowa » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:02 pm

Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

At the moment, we're sperging about shell casing aesthetics.

But I'm also planning on having a form of science ship Magoo it's way into the SovCol home system.
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Postby The United Remnants of America » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:19 pm

Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

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Postby Kasa Tkoth Sphere » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:33 pm

The United Remnants of America wrote:
Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

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I'm from Artharia and I say kill 'em all.

I'm so sorry, I didn't quite understand that. Is this a response to something I wrote?

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Postby Miraaki » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:38 pm

Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

Sure, I wouldn't mind doing that. I'm on the other side of the galaxy from you though, so it might be a bit awkward or difficult to meet up
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Postby Kasa Tkoth Sphere » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:45 pm

Miraaki wrote:
Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

Sure, I wouldn't mind doing that. I'm on the other side of the galaxy from you though, so it might be a bit awkward or difficult to meet up

I mean, you didn't post your claim anywhere I could see it (again, I'm not in Alitheia), so I can't verify exactly how true this is. Nonetheless, it probably can't be hard to have an expedition ship on a long-range patrol run into something. It's a matter of time before one of them runs into someone (the Hicaurans are nothing if not absurdly patient), so this might as well be an opportunity even if actual civilizational crossfeed is out of the question.

I'll have something in my first post about one of them arriving in the relevant region of the galaxy once I have a bit more information about where, exactly, that might be. Are there any particular border features (nebulae, star clusters, inhabited regions, interdiction bubbles idk) that you'd like to showcase as a first-contact location?

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Postby Miraaki » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:51 pm

Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:
Miraaki wrote:Sure, I wouldn't mind doing that. I'm on the other side of the galaxy from you though, so it might be a bit awkward or difficult to meet up

I mean, you didn't post your claim anywhere I could see it (again, I'm not in Alitheia), so I can't verify exactly how true this is. Nonetheless, it probably can't be hard to have an expedition ship on a long-range patrol run into something. It's a matter of time before one of them runs into someone (the Hicaurans are nothing if not absurdly patient), so this might as well be an opportunity even if actual civilizational crossfeed is out of the question.

I'll have something in my first post about one of them arriving in the relevant region of the galaxy once I have a bit more information about where, exactly, that might be. Are there any particular border features (nebulae, star clusters, inhabited regions, interdiction bubbles idk) that you'd like to showcase as a first-contact location?

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This is my claim area, more or less. Anowa should have it on the map soon-ish. As for exactly where, I don't particularly mind where
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Postby Rodez » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:55 pm

Miraaki wrote:
Rodez wrote:
Balorene Dominion's Polity Application


Polity Name: Balorene Dominion

Description: A constitutional dictatorship located relatively close to the galactic center, the Dominion was formerly an expansionist and warmongering state until the Balorenes overthrew their despotic monarchy about two thousand standard years ago. It its place they established the rule of the Ataman, a sort of admiral-executive who is elected to lead the Dominion for life. In the last two millennia, the Dominion has renounced its previous jingoism and has instead fought many wars against new expansionist powers. The Balorenes see it as their duty to prevent any one empire from growing so powerful that it can dominate the galaxy, and maintain a powerful navy and gifted intelligence service to this end. They are also known to send expeditionary forces to threatened states when requested.

As a people, the Balorenes are phenotypically altered from millions of years of habitation spent on their volcanic homeworld of Balor, from which the Dominion originated. Balorenes have evolved an exceptionally strong digestive system from eating a hard diet of rock-shrubs, birds and lava slugs on Balor. As a result, most ingested poisons that would kill a baseline human would simply make a Balorene mildly ill. Furthermore, their red-colored eyes mark the possession of exceptional night vision for humans; Balorenes have better perception of edges, movement, and silhouettes in dim light. This is commonly thought to be because of long habitation in the ash-choked atmosphere present on much of Balor, but geneticists have recently uncovered some evidence of genetic tampering in the distant evolutionary past. What this means, none can yet say for sure.

Despite physical differences, Balorenes continue to lay claim to the wider umbrella of humanity, and seem to be fully sexually compatible with their unaltered cousins. Immigrants from outside are generally welcome on Balorene worlds, although they may not settle on Balor itself. Though the Dominion carries out considerable commerce with the rest of the galaxy, large-scale trade is primarily in the hands of the state, with only medium-sized private enterprises permitted within Dominion space - which encompasses about 200 inhabited planets and moons, with some 650 billion inhabitants. Of these, about 600 billion are considered Dominion-born citizens. Recent immigrants are exempt from military conscription, but also forego all political rights.

Territory: Marked by squares in orange.

Megastructures: After millennia of construction efforts, the Dominion is close to completing a full Dyson sphere in the Ishukone System, and has the ambition to use it as a power source for gargantuan commercial and naval shipyards. It also has a series of 25 'blink' gates between the major star systems, in order to facilitate military and commercial transportation across Dominion space. Finally, the Balorenes boast of their ecumenopoli world of Korsiki, which possesses a world-city home to some 60 billion people.

Military: The Balorene Army contains about 5.5 billion soldiers, with the ground branch split between the elite Expeditionary Force (500 million), and the far larger semi-professional reserve forces, which rarely if ever see action outside Balorene space. However, the real strength of the Dominion lies with the Navy - at 32,000 warships of all classes and designs, it is one of the most formidable vacuum navies in the galaxy. Although it uses carrier groups and large battleships like most other states, in practice the Dominion tends to rely on the daunting stealth technologies present in some of its specialized frigate and cruiser classes to achieve infiltration of enemy-held space. These squadrons fight in "hunter-killer" groups, with the intention of wrecking havoc on the enemy's commerce, lines of supply, and isolated units.

Among the formations of the Balorene Expeditionary Force (BEF), the very best troops available are those in the 150,000-strong Ranger Corps. These elite special forces are selected from a candidate pool consisting of soldiers in the top 1% of physical fitness ability in the entire military. Trainees might arrive from the regular Army, the Marines (subordinate to the Navy), National Police, or from state-run orphanages in some cases. The training regime is long and cruel, with an emphasis on physical and mental deprivation. 9 out of 10 will wash out before completing the two-year Ranger School, with a fatality rate approaching 25%. Those that make it through, however, are subject to gene-altering procedures to enhance strength, reflexes, and cognitive ability. Once complete, the newly-minted Balorene Rangers are the most perfect warriors available to the Dominion.

The rough translation from Balorene is 'Seeker Directorate.' the Hakijaosasto functions as both the domestic and international intelligence agency for the Dominion. Hakijaosasto is responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations, and counter-terrorism both within Balorene space and abroad. Unlike the Dominion's military or police forces, there is no law that strictly defines its objectives, powers, or budget. As a result, the agency answers only to the Ataman and has no practical legal limits, leading some observers to describe it as a deep state.

Hakijaosasto's tactics include, but are hardly limited to: surveillance, blackmail, extortion, kidnapping, assassination, sabotage, funding, arming, and training of foreign insurgents, and political manipulation. It is nearly impossible to pin down exactly how many personnel the agency employs, since many are civilians employed on a part-time basis, and not fully-trained Hakija operatives. Hakija are recruited from a multitude of species within the Dominion, who may have nothing in common besides loyalty to the Balorene state. Operatives may range in specialty from everything from counterfeiters and thieves to merciless death squads. Given that the Dominion has renounced expansionary warfare, the myriad capabilities of the Hakijaosasto are often the preferred tool of the state over military force.


Special Technologies and Magic: Balorene Cloaking Generators- Developed relatively early on in the Balorene space age, the Dominion's stealth technology has been honed and refined over thousands of years, and has acquired a reputation for being some of the most potent ship-based cloaking technology in the galaxy. Besides utilizing standard techniques to cancel out electronic signatures and disguise the physical sight of the ship itself, Balorene generators also make use of ionized plasma "shields" to absorb EM radiation. Though extremely effective on frigate and cruiser-sized ships, the power demands of the military-grade generators mean that ship movement is slowed significantly while engaged, and use of blink or warp drives is quite impossible.

Mieli-Silma- Balorene 'mind-sight,' for lack of a better translation. Sitting astride the line between martial art and meditation technique, the Mieli-Silma is an ancient practice used by Balorene wise women, and activated only in the bizarre chemical atmosphere present on the volcanic world of Balor. For reasons unknown even to the Balorenes themselves, the Mieli-Silma interacts more effectively with female biology than with male. Effective use of the Mieli-Silma is said to grant insight into motives, truthfulness - even brief visions of the future, although these are open to manipulation and interpretation. Despite the apparent power of this art, more than half the visions induced by it appear to be nothing more than mental gibberish - and it takes many decades of practice to separate the 'false' from the 'true' visions. No more than a few hundred wise woman at a time have ever sufficiently mastered the art. For the Balorenes, it is as much a religious custom as a political tool, and its intricacies are a closely-kept secret.

Other notable tech: Nanite mineral probes, terrestrial sculpting and foreign soil enrichment, zero-point power generation

Do you hereby promise that you have read and agree with the rules, or are willing to pretend like you have read and agree with the rules, and are willing to listen to and accept the judgments of Arktic and his deputies as the final word regarding combat, technology, and game fairness and fun?: I'll agree to whatever as long as I can play space Morrowind.

We're right next to each other, we should have some RP interactions

Absolutely. I don’t really know what to start with, though. If we are neighbors then there are probably some Akasha immigrants in the Dominion and vice versa with some Balorenes in the UA, which will be interesting given that the Balorenes are not big believers in liberty, equality, and progress :p

Relations could still be cordial though, at least recently. Maybe the Dominion is sending a wise woman to study the Akashic Records? Their mind-sight might interact with it in a way that gets some results. Or drives everyone insane.
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Postby Arktic » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:02 pm

Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:Alright, I might as well put up an offer: would anyone care to have a Hicauran spacecraft drop by to bang on the door and yell "OI, STOP MAKING SO MUCH OF A RACKET" learn more about the rapidly-evolving state of the galaxy through a first contact?

I'm worried that other people might be posting in the Discord which I can't attend; if there are plans and options that I'm missing, please let me know.

Faeson Unity is of course open, and there are more special events and NPCs to come.

Also, as for the Discord, I’m still trying to think of a way to fix the situation. I would like to invite people to simply join some pre-existing channels but that prospect is complicated. But as for major story developments, they will be exclusively posted on NS, so don’t worry.

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I'm so sorry, I didn't quite understand that. Is this a response to something I wrote?

that is rom’s way of saying he wants to play

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Postby Miraaki » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:03 pm

Rodez wrote:
Miraaki wrote:We're right next to each other, we should have some RP interactions

Absolutely. I don’t really know what to start with, though. If we are neighbors then there are probably some Akasha immigrants in the Dominion and vice versa with some Balorenes in the UA, which will be interesting given that the Balorenes are not big believers in liberty, equality, and progress :p

Relations could still be cordial though, at least recently. Maybe the Dominion is sending a wise woman to study the Akashic Records? Their mind-sight might interact with it in a way that gets some results. Or drives everyone insane.

i doubt the UA would let any foreign entity study the Records, at least ones they don't consider trusted friends. And yeah, there would be plenty of immigrants. The UA are big believers in free movement and have few immigration/emigration restrictions
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Postby Rodez » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:26 pm

Miraaki wrote:
Rodez wrote:Absolutely. I don’t really know what to start with, though. If we are neighbors then there are probably some Akasha immigrants in the Dominion and vice versa with some Balorenes in the UA, which will be interesting given that the Balorenes are not big believers in liberty, equality, and progress :p

Relations could still be cordial though, at least recently. Maybe the Dominion is sending a wise woman to study the Akashic Records? Their mind-sight might interact with it in a way that gets some results. Or drives everyone insane.

i doubt the UA would let any foreign entity study the Records, at least ones they don't consider trusted friends. And yeah, there would be plenty of immigrants. The UA are big believers in free movement and have few immigration/emigration restrictions

Fair enough; that is probably the #1 national security concern.

I guess we can just post and go from there, or have some kind of diplomatic interaction or something.
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Postby Miraaki » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:32 pm

Rodez wrote:
Miraaki wrote:i doubt the UA would let any foreign entity study the Records, at least ones they don't consider trusted friends. And yeah, there would be plenty of immigrants. The UA are big believers in free movement and have few immigration/emigration restrictions

Fair enough; that is probably the #1 national security concern.

I guess we can just post and go from there, or have some kind of diplomatic interaction or something.

I would love some diplomacy interactions, got any ideas?
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Postby Anowa » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:30 pm

Rodez wrote:If it isn't too much of a hassle, I was wondering if I could have the Dominion moved down along the Sagittarius Arm a bit, just to be a tad closer to the civilizational cluster we have going on. And also perhaps shrunken a bit as well. I wasn't really thinking about density when I marked up the grid map originally, but 200ish planets in all that space is spread awfully thin.

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This is my claim area, more or less. Anowa should have it on the map soon-ish. As for exactly where, I don't particularly mind where


So about that.

You guys gotta figure out who wants to be there.
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Postby Rodez » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:47 pm

Anowa wrote:
Rodez wrote:If it isn't too much of a hassle, I was wondering if I could have the Dominion moved down along the Sagittarius Arm a bit, just to be a tad closer to the civilizational cluster we have going on. And also perhaps shrunken a bit as well. I wasn't really thinking about density when I marked up the grid map originally, but 200ish planets in all that space is spread awfully thin.

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This is my claim area, more or less. Anowa should have it on the map soon-ish. As for exactly where, I don't particularly mind where


So about that.

You guys gotta figure out who wants to be there.

He can be there if he wants, and the Dominion can stay where it was originally. I had wanted to be moved because I was so far away from everything, but if I have a neighbor now, I guess it's not really necessary.

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Rodez wrote:Fair enough; that is probably the #1 national security concern.

I guess we can just post and go from there, or have some kind of diplomatic interaction or something.

I would love some diplomacy interactions, got any ideas?

I would say we could do the standard non-aggression pact or trade agreement, but it's a good bet that those things are already in place if there's immigration both ways and they've been coexisting peacefully for some time. Maybe we could do a joint colonial venture or something like that?
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Postby Miraaki » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:09 am

Rodez wrote:
Anowa wrote:

So about that.

You guys gotta figure out who wants to be there.

He can be there if he wants, and the Dominion can stay where it was originally. I had wanted to be moved because I was so far away from everything, but if I have a neighbor now, I guess it's not really necessary.

Miraaki wrote:I would love some diplomacy interactions, got any ideas?

I would say we could do the standard non-aggression pact or trade agreement, but it's a good bet that those things are already in place if there's immigration both ways and they've been coexisting peacefully for some time. Maybe we could do a joint colonial venture or something like that?

Perhaps we could be arranging a proper embassy setup, along with more trade and immigration agreements. Maybe even letting some Balorenes attend some of the magical academies?
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Postby Rodez » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:23 am

Miraaki wrote:
Rodez wrote:He can be there if he wants, and the Dominion can stay where it was originally. I had wanted to be moved because I was so far away from everything, but if I have a neighbor now, I guess it's not really necessary.


I would say we could do the standard non-aggression pact or trade agreement, but it's a good bet that those things are already in place if there's immigration both ways and they've been coexisting peacefully for some time. Maybe we could do a joint colonial venture or something like that?

Perhaps we could be arranging a proper embassy setup, along with more trade and immigration agreements. Maybe even letting some Balorenes attend some of the magical academies?

That works for me. I can include a delegation in my first post.
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Postby Miraaki » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:47 am

Rodez wrote:
Miraaki wrote:Perhaps we could be arranging a proper embassy setup, along with more trade and immigration agreements. Maybe even letting some Balorenes attend some of the magical academies?

That works for me. I can include a delegation in my first post.

Yeah, feel free. Unfortunately I won't be able to respond until tonight, so if you wanna start feel free
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Postby Miraaki » Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:48 am

Miraaki wrote:
Kasa Tkoth Sphere wrote:I mean, you didn't post your claim anywhere I could see it (again, I'm not in Alitheia), so I can't verify exactly how true this is. Nonetheless, it probably can't be hard to have an expedition ship on a long-range patrol run into something. It's a matter of time before one of them runs into someone (the Hicaurans are nothing if not absurdly patient), so this might as well be an opportunity even if actual civilizational crossfeed is out of the question.

I'll have something in my first post about one of them arriving in the relevant region of the galaxy once I have a bit more information about where, exactly, that might be. Are there any particular border features (nebulae, star clusters, inhabited regions, interdiction bubbles idk) that you'd like to showcase as a first-contact location?

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This is my claim area, more or less. Anowa should have it on the map soon-ish. As for exactly where, I don't particularly mind where

If you wanna post, feel free to have your exploration ship just come out of your FTL near my space somewhere, and I'll respond when I can
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Postby Kasa Tkoth Sphere » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:32 pm

Miraaki wrote:
Miraaki wrote:
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This is my claim area, more or less. Anowa should have it on the map soon-ish. As for exactly where, I don't particularly mind where

If you wanna post, feel free to have your exploration ship just come out of your FTL near my space somewhere, and I'll respond when I can

Sure thing.

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Postby Arktic » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:19 pm

The first group event is written! See what you can do to resolve the mystery of this Iron Rain.

Also, Rom and Anowa, who exactly are you two trying to contact?

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Postby Arktic » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:21 pm

Also, we have a discord up! Join now if you would like: https://discord.gg/Zma5WY9k3s

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Postby Anowa » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:30 pm

Arktic wrote:The first group event is written! See what you can do to resolve the mystery of this Iron Rain.

Also, Rom and Anowa, who exactly are you two trying to contact?

It says Aurelia in my post lol.
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Postby The United Remnants of America » Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:50 am

Arktic wrote:The first group event is written! See what you can do to resolve the mystery of this Iron Rain.

Also, Rom and Anowa, who exactly are you two trying to contact?

I didn't know I was trying to contact anyone?
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