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Sins of Nature - Varathron Blood Fever (OOC)

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Sins of Nature - Varathron Blood Fever (OOC)

Postby Drakonian Imperium » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:13 pm

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A mysterious illness is spreading across the regions of Gholgoth and Varathron. As it reaches epidemic proportions, the danger of political instability and infection looms before more than just these titanic regions, but threatens the safety and health of billions of lives in the wider international community.


Hello and thank you for your interest in SINS OF NATURE! The communities of Gholgoth and Varathron would like to welcome and encourage you to join us in telling this story of infection, illness, and pandemic.

This thread is meant to serve all Out-Of-Character Purposes of the In-Character (IC) Thread, from questions to comments to further information not available elsewhere. As such, here we will be coordinating every nation’s involvement, the spread of the plague, research into the disease, and eventually the development of a vaccine.

In particular, this first post will maintain a full pathology of the disease, as well as keep up-to-the-date statistics of Morbidity (illness) and Mortality (death), and a few helpful definitions of geographical locations.

If you want to get involved in this story, feel free to contact me personally through telegram, IRC (via Gholgoth's Public Channel on Esper.net: #Gothic_Sanctum), or by posting here in this thread. Also, feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments here too.

A Map of Disia, Circa December 28, 2011 is available to familiarize people with population centers, please keep in mind this is a map from the Disian Campaign of Varathron War and is thus cluttered with military symbols irrelevant to the current story.


Statistics of Morbidity and Mortality

Disia (Drakonian Imperium)
Region: Varathron
Morbidity: 1,254 Documented Cases
Mortality: 239 Documented Cases (35% of all Cases)
Influenza Morbidity: Between 5,000 to 10,000 Cases

Mille Mortifere (Drakonian Imperium)
Region: Gholgoth
Morbidity: 57 Documented Cases
Mortality: 6 Documented Cases
Influenza Morbidity: Between 1,000 to 5,000 Cases

Shen Almaru (Emporer Pudu)
Region: Gholgoth
Morbidity: No Known Cases
Mortality: No Known Cases of Blood Fever; 1 Case of Native Ritual Sacrifice

Imbrinium
Region: Greater Dienstad
Morbidity: No Documented Cases
Mortality: 1 Documented Case



Pathology

Varathron Blood Fever is a highly infection and severe disease caused by a RNA Virus; it is noted by its violent late stage symptoms, which are often fatal.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of the disease is particularly difficult due to the similarity of symptoms in the early stages of the disease, which mimic those of Influenza and other Flu-like Diseases. Further complicating matters as many as 33% of all infections are believed to be Asymptomatic, showing no symptoms and potentially never presenting symptoms.

Symptoms and Disease Progression

The disease generally progresses very rapidly with the first symptoms appearing suddenly after only two to four from initial exposure. Onset of symptoms is acute and severe. Usually the first symptoms felt are chills or extreme fatigue, though high fever is also an early symptom. Other symptoms prevalent through the early stages of the disease may include:


In children, further symptoms of Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Abdominal Pain may be present.

The sickness will generally persist for between three to four days to as long as a week. In as many as a third of all cases, after four to eight days more severe and life threatening symptoms manifest. These violent symptoms can persist for another three days to as much as week and often result in death. Later stage symptoms of the disease may include:

  • Severe Fever, with body temperatures potentially spiking as high as 42°C/108°F.
  • Upper Respiratory Hemorrhaging, bleeding of the Nose, Mouth, and Throat.
  • Dyspnea, shortness of breath.
  • Pneumonia, from blood or other fluids filling the lungs.
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting of Blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Shock, as a result of Blood Loss.
  • Sepsis

Due to the potentially fatal late stage symptoms, secondary infections are a particular risk; both a direct viral or secondary bacterial pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, are common. The severity of the later stages of the disease may also cause an aggressive and potentially fatal immune response, known as a Cytokine Storm.


Transmission and Pathophysiology

An individual is infectious as early as two days before symptoms appear and continuing through most of the infection until symptoms abate. Transmission is primarily from contact with infected bodily fluids, such as mucus or blood. Early in the disease this is primarily from aerosols produced from sneezing, coughing, and spitting. However, tactile contact with infected fluids such as hand-to-mouth, hand-to-nose, hand-to-eye and other contact such as handshakes and kissing may also transmit the disease. Contact with blood from late stage hemorrhaging may also transmit the disease.

The mechanism through which the virus acts is not fully understood. However, the similarities of the symptoms to Influenza, seems to indicate that the virus operates in a comparable fashion; inhibiting the Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, resulting in lower Cortisol Levels, and promoting a Cytokine response from the immune system.

The virus is believed to invade cells by cleavage of Hemagglutinin Protein using one of several Human Proteases. Once inside the cell, the virus would use the cell to replicate itself and then leave the dead cell. The bleeding is believed to be the result of dead tissue produced during the rapid explosion in viral production during later stages of the disease.


Prognosis and Lethality

Lethality of the disease is believed to be as high as 35%. Though with sufficient medical care and attention it may be reduced to ranges from 10% to 20%.

The primary difficulties in reducing mortality are detection (as the disease is difficult to diagnose from other common seasonal infections) and the development of a vaccination. Limited immunity may exist in some communities, though a lack of research means no cases of immunity have yet been documented.

Death may occur from a number of symptoms, extremely high fever, Blood loss and hemorrhaging in the upper respiratory system, shock, sepsis, and complications as a result of secondary infections such as pneumonia.



Definition of Geographical Locations

Gholgoth - Region composed of some of the largest nations, empires, and superpowers of NationStates.

Varathron - Adjacent Region to Gholgoth, somewhat independent, but intricately related through a series of colonies and loose associations.

Drakonia - Most references to Drakonia refer to the mainland and ancestral home of the Drakonian people, located outside, and some distance from, Gholgoth and Varathron.

Disia - A Drakonian Colony located in Varathron; maintains a loose and somewhat autonomous relationship with the Imperial Government in Drakonia, but is still considered an important part of the Imperium due to its rich natural resource.

Imperium - Refers to the Drakonian Empire, ruled by the Praetor, Augustus Drake, his Queen, Jolené Sutherland, and consisting of disparate realms, protectorates, territories, and colonies, including, but not limited to, Drakonia, Disia, and Mille Mortifere. (Please Note, this definition only applies to its use in post by myself, as other Gholgothic Powers and NationStates also use the term, Imperium, to represent their governments.)

Mille Mortifere - A Drakonian Territory located in Gholgoth; maintains a largely autonomous relationship with the Imperial Government in Drakonia, but is considered vital to the Drakonia economy due to its location on Gholgoth's major east-west shipping lanes.

Shen Almaru - A Colony of the Pantokratic Dominate of Emporer Pudu located in the region of Gholgoth.
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Postby Finium » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:25 pm

I'd like to express my personal interest in this story, it looks very exciting, and it is of course always a pleasure to RP with Gholgoth. I have taken the liberty of posting a Communique on the IC, it falls short of actually affecting the plot in any way, but can serve as an easy entrance for Finian characters if you don't mind me joining in.
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Postby Vetalia » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:25 pm

I've got a lot of interest in this since the Vetalian biological weapons program specialized in RNA viruses, especially influenza before its forced dismantling (to put it lightly) by Crimmond during the Gholgothic Civil War. This would mean that we'd still have the infrastructure, resources research and personnel to devote a massive effort towards curing the virus...albeit at the risk of allowing us to not only resume our program but to weaponize this agent for our own aims. Let me know if you'd be interested in this angle, either here or via TG.

I'd also be interested in Crimm's input if active.
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Postby Drakonian Imperium » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:23 am

I've updated the figures for Morbidity and Mortality above to be more current. They were actually out-of-date when they were posted. I've also added a reference map of Disia, although it is actually a map from the beginning of the Disian Campaign during the Varathron War.

I will include the older stats here for reference:

Disia: 125 (Morbidity), 44 (Mortality)
Mille Mortifere: 3 (Morbidity)

Finium, of course you are welcome. All are welcome to join this story. In order to make this a true epidemic, the virus needs to spread!

Vetalia, I like your idea and I've telegrammed a response to you.
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Postby The IASM » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:54 am

I would like to show my interest due to my colony in Varathron.
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Postby Drakonian Imperium » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:05 pm

The IASM wrote:I would like to show my interest due to my colony in Varathron.


Please do join the thread. In fact, I've been trying to get your colony on the map of Varathron.
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Postby The IASM » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:11 pm

Drakonian Imperium wrote:
The IASM wrote:I would like to show my interest due to my colony in Varathron.


Please do join the thread. In fact, I've been trying to get your colony on the map of Varathron.

Yea paint has been acting up recently.
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20:22 Kirav Normal in Akai is nightmare fuel in the rest of the world.
11:33 Jedoria Something convoluted is going on in Akai probably.
Transoxthraxia: I'm no hentai connoisseur, but I'm pretty sure Akai's domestic politics would be like, at least top ten most fucked up hentais"
18:26 Deusaeuri Let me put it this way, you're what would happen if Lovecraft decided to write political dystopian techno thriller
20:19 Heku tits has gone mental
20:19 Jakee >gone
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Postby Vetalia » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:59 pm

I've posted my initial intro in the thread, concerning one Viktor Demidov...I'm thinking I might make this guy either one who beats the plague entirely, making him a potential source for a cure or who becomes an asymptomatic carrier after he fights off the initial infection. He's already spread it to at least a couple dozen people so I'm debating how to play it out in the end.
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Postby Imbrinium » Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:44 pm

I'm working on a post RL is draining this week, Should be up soon.
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Postby Newtdom » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:25 pm

I'd like to get involved in this thread, the premise is very interesting (and relevant). I know Emperor Pudu recently put up another post, so I hope this is still going on.


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