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Snail:
Will we get them packaged up with the mod or can we get them sooner?

(begs)

Goober5000:
Hmm.  I suppose.

United Nations of Earth

For generations, Earth has been the political, economic, and cultural center of Terran civilization. Humans still measure time in Earth hours, days, months, and years.  Though more humans now live on the other planetary bodies combined than on Earth itself, off-worlders still identify their nationality according to their ancestral Earth boundaries.  Earth itself is remembered fondly even by those factions hostile to the UNE.

The current government of Earth was formed shortly after the Lunar Rebellion, as individual countries recognized the necessity of a unified approach to interplanetary affairs.  Over eighty percent of Earth's nations formed the United Nations of Earth as a federation for common planetary defense and trade.  Invididual countries retain autonomy in domestic affairs but defer to a Council of Interplanetary Relations for diplomatic and military interaction with each of the solar factions.

The UNE's organization is not perfect.  Though the abundance of water has made the planet rich beyond comprehension, the degree of political infighting has made the UNE less effective than it could be.  The UNE has the biggest military in the solar system, but lacks the political will or coordination to conduct any significant military action beyond routine border patrolling.  This apathy was a major factor in allowing the rest of the Terran factions to obtain the plans for the Reliant destroyer.  On the other hand, an attack against UNE interests would surely result in disaster, since the UNE is capable enough to quickly crush any would-be invasion.

Flaser:
Looks like that changed a bit since I last read it (when I had access). When I started writting a Freespace RPG I even tried to incorporate the most of it.

Some points I would like add:

a) A likely economic exploitation
-Even though outright military conquest is a hard proposal the very harshness of space and the subsequent dependence on the homeworld for essential resources (water, air, metals, produced goods, fissionables, but most importantly food!) would render the colonies defenseless against economic blackmail.
-Producing food is a lot harder than one would think. Synthetic food can alleviate the problem, but isn't likely to solve it. You need vitamins, minerals and a number of essential amino acids - and a gazillion of trace elements - in your long term diet.
-The hardest to produce part for growing food is soil. (It's an entire ecosystem of its own with a myriad of living organism interacting. If it breaks down you're left with humus - great to enrich living soil, but worthless on its own).
-By 2200 most of these obstacles would be a thing of the past. In the meanwhile though, Earth could mercilessly tax the colonies for the needed amenities.

b) The likely exploiters
-Even now Earth is slipping more and more into the power of huge corporations that exists above and beyond nations. Their economic power is second to none, and their subsequent political clout make them hard to ignore. Unlike governments they aren't liable to the general public and their conduct has been often downright sociopathic (def.: a sociopath is one without compassion, fear and an abundance of selfishness).
-They're the only likely source to field the capita solar exploration and exploitation would require
-There conduct has been already questionable here on Earth, imagine what they could and are willing to do if there is no government oversight, and they can literally make everyone pay for every breath of air.

c) New Societies
-The workforce of the colonies would be likely recruited from poor nations with high enough education or the impoverished of developed nations. Why? Because once the basic infrastructure is in place, you no longer need extraordinary and expensive people just to dig, mine, and transport. The average blue collar worker will do and is a lot cheaper.
-Since the Moon is the closest and oldest colony the Lunarian population would be the most developed and therefore contain the greatest amount of intelligentsia and high society compared to other colonies.
-The Jovian colonies would likely have a still high concentration of space explorers (scientists, astronauts) as they're still more or less living in-space at the edge of the explored/colonized space.
-Mars is the likeliest contain the least educated and most impoverished percentage of colonists.

d) New Culture
-The environment one grows up in, has an immense effect on the psyche. One can't disdain the new emerging traits in these new "phenotypes" of homo sapient sapient with a shrug.
-Spacenoids (people who grew up in micro gravity - Jovian are the prime suspects, but the Lunarians also likely fall into this category) could live all their life in artificial ships and habitats.  As a result likely have an extremely keen sense of 3D space, an immense sense of economic interdependence. Their culture would run very-very counter to Earth's current all powerful consumerism: to them, consuming is a necessary evil; and willful and wasteful consumption is a sin. Without medication or genetic modification their bodies would be naturally frail.
-High-landers, or the Martians would have an even stranger set of standards. They are lithe and tall, they live in a semi-hostile environment, and while Lunarians could be natural agoraphobics; these people would likely be in love with space and the huge overwhelming landscace of their birth. The average Martian hill easily dwarfs our greatest mountains, and on the planet they can easily leap about like tall and graceful giants born to that world.

Mustang19:
 :yes: Very well thought out, Flaser. I love to see people take a stab at creating a genuinely futuristic culture. Very few scifi authors have even bothered- most just clone modern society, which seems out of place. I mean, not everyone is going to speak American English in 2335. Only one problem:


--- Quote ----The workforce of the colonies would be likely recruited from poor nations with high enough education or the impoverished of developed nations. Why? Because once the basic infrastructure is in place, you no longer need extraordinary and expensive people just to dig, mine, and transport. The average blue collar worker will do and is a lot cheaper.
-Since the Moon is the closest and oldest colony the Lunarian population would be the most developed and therefore contain the greatest amount of intelligentsia and high society compared to other colonies.
--- End quote ---

By the TVWP era, menial tasks such as running mines will almost certainly be autmated.

Other than that, I wish he had had you to write our storyline. Oh well, I don't want to sound like a traitor.

Flaser:

--- Quote from: Mustang19 on December 28, 2007, 03:10:58 am --- :yes: Very well thought out, Flaser. I love to see people take a stab at creating a genuinely futuristic culture. Very few scifi authors have even bothered- most just clone modern society, which seems out of place. I mean, not everyone is going to speak American English in 2335. Only one problem:


--- Quote ----The workforce of the colonies would be likely recruited from poor nations with high enough education or the impoverished of developed nations. Why? Because once the basic infrastructure is in place, you no longer need extraordinary and expensive people just to dig, mine, and transport. The average blue collar worker will do and is a lot cheaper.
-Since the Moon is the closest and oldest colony the Lunarian population would be the most developed and therefore contain the greatest amount of intelligentsia and high society compared to other colonies.
--- End quote ---

By the TVWP era, menial tasks such as running mines will almost certainly be autmated.

Other than that, I wish he had had you to write our storyline. Oh well, I don't want to sound like a traitor.
--- End quote ---

Although I said blue-collar workers, I'm not speaking of the menial wrench in hand variety. Even now, that is becoming less and less frequent. These are programmers, engineers, technicians; agricultural and geologic experts on their own.

In the future, such tech-savvy eduction would be the bare essentials. These aren't dumb luddites hating the machine they serve, but unlucky souls bound to the machine that serves them and in turn both serve their masters. You can't keep such people under lock-and-chain, they're too smart for that by necessity.

Actually by comparison, while the colonists would be a lot poorer and exploited than most Flat-Landers (the people of Earth), back on Earth by education and knowledge alone they would likely fall into the average upper middle class or above.
The reason they're not and had to ship out to the colonies, is they were merely good or good enough, not genius or smart which is needed if you want to break into high-society. (Which usually also involves literally wedding into  either the still existing elected political cream, or becoming part of the very zaibatsu-ish economic elite that has long ago become cosmopolitan and international). Another likely reason is that to attain their education, they had to make some pretty hard economic concessions - namely they became indentured to a transnational company that financed their eduction.

However by the time the new rich of the planet are predominantly tought only leadership and management skills - or not even that. Our new rulers will be born managers, salesmen and politicians. While one might think of them as just another plutocracy living off our blood (sorry, my Communist heritage tends to make me think like that) - which they are - they are also very-very good at what they do.
After all for them, this is often a fight for the survival, while those on the very top play a slow game of chess against each other - moves taking decades - those in the middle are frequently caught up in a fervent battle for  on the merciless plains of business.

PS.: BTW I was involved in refining the current story. The original and bulk of the credit even now goes to Eisthmo for drawing up the storyline I merely chipped in my ideas for the project team to chew.

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