Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by NinjaCow64, Jul 9, 2019.
I want to publically express my approval of McKayla's 2, 3, and 4. Especially 3.
1.Everything Changed When the Kaiju attacked: Due to Worst nuclear fallout in history with the Kashiwasaki-Kariwa nuclear plant destruction which lead to an unknown amount of lifeforms being infected (while growing to epic proportions) and wreaking havoc on earth.
2.Heart of the Swarm: Nanobots were all the rage being pioneered by the big corporations but one little glitch left unchecked has lead to these tiny robots new objective. "Consume they All!" If your ever read the manga Biomeat the premise is similar to that .
3.Synth Invasion: The rise in technology has spark an unsettling development of beings that look like us but they are not us. Where are they coming from?, Who is creating them?, Why are their numbers increasing?, and What their end goal?
Meteor causes "nuclear" winter to counteract global warming and the earth's climate is seven kinds of screwed up.
Seconding Stockholme, while drawing attention to how climate change is going to totally wreck the biosphere.
I legit support this.
Dibs on the Himalayas
you will never escape class war, friends
I support this idea.
Out of Control Climate Change + Class War gets my vote.
Gradual Systems Collapse
Age of Strife
A Meteor Strikes Antarctica
Idc what happens, I'm claiming in advance the Appalachians.
1. ISIS take 2. ISIS reforms during a massive state failure in Saudi Arabia. Yemeni Housa manage to survive Saudi's continuous attacks and launch a terrorist attack on Saudi's giant clock-shaped hotel in Mecca. The clock collapses and destroys the Kaaba, taken by many as an omen of ill portents for the Saudis. Protests across Saudis demand justice is taken against Yemen, and the Saudis double down. However their economy is in free fall. Shortages imposed by rationing cause the general population to express more and more discontent with Sauds. Eventually the situation becomes all-out civil war as a second Islamic State is declared in Mecca, promising to avenge the Kaaba by destroying the house of Saud. With Yemeni support the state becomes the most formidable fighting force on the peninsula (not saying a whole lot which should go to show how possible this is). Saudi Arabia in the ensuing months collapses utterly. The Sauds are evacuated by airlift to the United States where Donald Trump gives them the western half of the White House to live in.
In the ensuing war, the new Islamic State expands like rapid wildfire across the peninsula and thousands are killed with millions displaced. The United States Air Force begins dropping bombs moreorless at random (including an accidental bombing run on Marseilles that destroys the city entirely). The State of Israel conquers Syria, Iraq to the Euphrates, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, the Najd, Mecca, Medine, Gaza, and the Nile Delta, serving as the one and only counterbalance to the Islamic State. Iran continues minding its knitting.
Ultimately the Islamic State is defeated, and Israel declares "The Protectorate of Jerusalem" over the entire middle-eastern Arab world, promising to stomp out terrorism, extremism, and anti-semitism.
2. Trade wars are good, and easy. In 2019 the economy collapses on a day known as "Sucky Sunday." It turns out a financial instrument based on underwriting bad mortgages with used snotty tissues was financially unsustainable, and when the janitor accidentally throws out the entire stock of collateral the value of the assets plummet. To save the day Trump OK's 10 trillion dollars in new taxes. Unfortunately the US government gets taken by the deposed ex-prince of Nigeria who promises to double their money, but after getting the money just up and totally frickin' vanishes on them. Out of options the US declares a 1000% tariff on Chinese goods, with Trump "promising to open up all the factories so we can have iphones again." It turns out nobody in America knows how to make an iphone. They try calling China but China won't pick up the phone. Surprise: turns out the Chinese also gave up their money to the deposed ex-prince of Nigeria. Both countries are totally frickin broke and a great depression ensues. Protests and dissent in both countries turn a bad situation worse as the governments get shuffled around and some people elected on a "yellow snake" platform don't know any policy so nothing gets done anyway.
PLOT TWIST: it turns out it really WAS the deposed ex-prince of Nigeria. His triumphant return to Nigeria is hailed by his countrymen. Nigeria becomes the global capital of capital and buys the rest of the US government on the cheap. Resulting in the US becoming Nigeria's big colony. Can Nigeria govern this kooky kountry? idk let's see
3. Joe Biden is elected president. Joe Biden is elected President of the US on a platform of curing cancer. However, it turns out Russia hacked the election... in Biden's favor! Hero and internet wizard Ed Snowden leaks the "Hot Dog Papers," a series of documents first taken down in a hot dog stand in Newark that reveal Biden's extensive cooperation with Russia. Unlike the internet bot nonsense, these guys literally hacked voting machines and literally body-snatched upstanding Americans to hand the election to Biden.
Biden promises he didn't steal the election, but people are unsure. Trump, donning his trademark golden cape and 500-pound wristbands, calls on his supporters to rally to him and defeat the false king, Joe Biden. Biden in turn calls for his own followers, but they're all feminists, vegans, and cowards and have no guns. So Biden just uses the army. The army battles with Trumpian militias all across the country as social order has been replaced with social disorder (zing!) and it's an all-out civil war. Finally Biden is defeated, but when he dies his hand unfurls to reveal a piece of paper. On the paper are these words: "I was actually working with Trump, fool! -Putin" Everyone in America immediately accepts the letter as legit and a full-scale rebellion forms. Their single operation: posting on Twitter.
Meanwhile, ALIENS ATTACK!!! Aliens invade Earth at the exact time people are worried Russia helped Trump. Now everyone has to decide, who is worse: alien invaders from another planet or Russia and Trump? I don't know but it'll be great!
I agree with Crezth's ideas.
edit: shucks i forgot to post this from my second account, NinjaCow64
As there's been a lot of interest in this and, to strike while the iron is hot, I've decided to end this pre-game phase a lot earlier than I thought I would. Here's some lore.
The 21st Century was a time of great strife. The nations of the pre-Impact world refused to confront climate change, causing global conflicts. The demands of world’s militaries rapidly increased, causing large-scale automation of the military. These automated defence systems were known as Olympians by the general public, named as such due to the America’s first prototype (ZEUS).
The worldwide environmental collapse was accelerated by the Eden Impacts of 2075. Two meteorites, Adam and Eve, impacted the Earth at incredible speeds. The first meteorite (Eve) crashed into Normandy (the First Impact) and the second meteorite (Adam) crashed into Antarctica (the Second Impact). Millions died in the immediate aftermath and the worlds’ habitability was severely decreased. Most of the Olympians were designed to withstand nuclear war. They were, however, not designed to adapt to this new situation. Many Olympians went berserk, becoming unable to differentiate between friend and foe as the world order broke down. Even today, they and their machines on the fringes of civilisation. Their motives are unknown, but most pose an incredible threat to human life.
While the 21st Century was a time of great destruction, the 22nd Century was a time of rebuilding and renewal. Humanity is very adaptable, and this time of great strife brought upon a time of great innovation and adaptation. This was not always positive. Great strides in cybernetic and genetic enhancement were made in order to increase human survivability in this inhospitable world. However, the world is still a much harder place to live in. Weather is completely unpredictable and devastating natural disasters can strike at any time.
While some of the enhancements are available to everyone, the most potent enhancements are extremely expensive and therefore only available to the very wealthy. In terms of health, lifespans and quality of life, differences between the rich and poor have never been more apparent. These mega-rich have started to refer to themselves as the Eloi, while referring to those “below” them as the Morlocks. Many of the lowest classes have reclaimed this insult, using the term Morlock with sense of class pride and expressing their desire to eat the rich. Obviously, the current is completely unsustainable, the end is coming soon. Either the Eloi will be eliminated, or they will find a way to subjugate the proletariat once and for all…
While the more egalitarian countries in the world decry the decadence of the Eloi and try and minimise their influence, there are people in almost every country willing to bend the rules at a chance for a better life, even at the expense of the blood of the working class (sometimes quite literally, many illegal gene modification syndicates kidnap people for their genes).
Three great crises face the world of 2200 – An Inhospitable Earth, the Olympians and the Decadence of Eloi.
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There are three great Enemies of The Republic:
Poverty, Ignorance and Slavery
This is why we have the Bureau for Citizenship and Security. They protect us from the Enemies and by doing so keep all citizens free.
They protect us from poverty by ensuing that the resources we have are shared out evenly between citizens.
They protect us from ignorance by ensuring a good education and that misinformation is not spread to citizens.
They protect us from slavery by defending the independence of citizens.
It is through these these actions that the Enemies remain outside the city and that within it we can remain safe and free.
Name: Republic of Norilsk
High Concept: Free and Safe Siberian City-State
Trouble: The Enemies of the Republic - Society is divided between citizens who enjoy many rights and privileges and the Enemies who live outside of the free settlement and citizenship corridors. The majority of the people living in the territorial extent of the republic are not citizens and to keep them in line the BCS pits them against each other in the continual anarchy of the exclusion zones where small warlords rise to prominence before being cut down by the machinations of the BCS.
The Exclusion Zones - During the climactic disasters many refugees fled north from Central Asia hoping to escape the drastic changes that were breaking apart the land there. The Exclusion zones were set up as a way to keep the city state free from the flow of immigrants. Setting foot in an exclusion zone results in a lifetime ban on travel into the controlled zones. This keeps those who are citizens in a relatively comfortable position, supported by the mineral riches of Siberia while those living in the exclusion zones are in perpetual poverty.
State Control of Information - The state has total control of technology and information within the city and ensures that disinformation, extremist views, and harmful media do not reach the citizens. Any enhancements are given out by the state according to the needs of the city and its citizens so within the walls there is no great wealth or augmentation gap. Outside of the city there exist black markets for technology and augmentation, this is of course a tool the BCS find incredibly useful in their battle to maintain disorder in the exclusion zones. Purposefully faulty technology falls into the hands of potential troublemakers all too often. Moreover while citizens have access to pure information the BCS continual feeds misinformation and superstition to those living outside of the city.
The Technology Mines - Within the Arctic ice lie the tombs of ancient machines, tools of the old world used to wage war on a global scale. It was in expeditions to excavate these lost weapons that the Free Settlement Corridors were founded - areas in which citizens are permitted to live outside of the citizenship zone. An industry emerged around this where relics of the old world Russia are pulled up and repurposed to secure the independence of The Republic.
Covert – 2
Charm – 0
Force – 0
Science – 1
Thrift – 1
Stunt: The Bureau Keeps us Free - Succeeding when creating an advantage related to national defence and the Exclusion zones using covert gives two free invokes rather than one.
Name: Oceanic Combine AKA Zeimer Empire
High Concept: Technocratic Autocracy for Automated Empire
Trouble: The Fellowship: the "Tasman Unification" (AKA the annexation of New Zealand) did see the springing of a dissident organisation that has embraced a campaign of cloak and daggers against the Combine, with particular interest in using hacking to exploit the Combine's interests in computing and robotics.
Stunt: Heirs of Vulcan: +2 to Overcome rolls involving researching and developing Olympian-based technology.
Robotic Obsession: the Olpyians are clearly demonstrations of the capabilities machines can demonstrate. The Combine will seek to study means of ensuring the repeat of the Rage is not repeated while finding means to devise automated systems for industry, administrative and military usages. Let any who disrespects the path to succession be put to use in experimentations.
Knowledge is the Will to Power: research is key to counter the ecological disasters and to maintain a power base. No barrier, material or moral, will hinder the march to progress. May the world be our laboratory. May famine lead us to new ways to recycle protein (every citizen's last duty is to go into the tanks and be one with the people), let ever disease be a opportunity to test how different genetic structures react, let any lack of resource be a excuse to design new weapons to 'ask' for more resources. All is needed is research and a will to power.
Ego Supremo: only clear directive and leadership will allow humanity to survive the Collapse. To this end the Eloi will be a intrigue in pursuits of science and of perhaps creating a legacy for Marcus... so long as computing technologies does not prove to be able to produce the worthy heir the self-titled emperor reguards. To keep the Eloi outsidethe inner circle in their place beneath Marcus and his close council of technocrats, corporate oligarchs and militarists there will be experients in social conditioning and promises of potential so long they keep in directive of the Combine. The Eloi in power have to be caustious to not attempt to imply supremacy over Marcus. As for the poor: the Combine promises them augmentation in return for taking part in experiments... hope is a powerful drug and a means to mud anti-Eloi as anti-progress, for Marcus is progress and progress is the Combine.
Covert – 0 reliant on overt power; security risk from hacking may pose a potential weakness to the Combine.
Charm – 0 does not hide its autocratic intent and propaganda department tended to be memed by foreign media.
Force – +1 seeks strong military for aggressive expansionism and to maintain autocratic power. Development in militaristic robots may give edge in circumstances.
Science – +2 Knowledge is Power
Thrift – +1 powerful corporations are kept in line either by having a seat in the inner circle or through... alternative methods of co-operation. Uses robotics in industries, including mining.
Leader: Dr Marcus Zeimer, Director (and self-styled Emperor) of the Oceanic Combine
Capital: Zeimpolis, formally known as Canberra
Executive Body: the Chief Directorate, headed by the Director and their inner council of close loyalists.
Legislative Body: the Imperial Senate, headed by the Director and their inner council of close loyalists.
Judiciary Body: the Assembly of Order, headed by the Director and their inner council of close loyalists.
Secret Police: Civil Security Directorate
Research Command: Scientific Directory Board
Spoiler Corporations :
Spoiler key figures in Zeimer's Cabinet :
Vice Director: Lennon Scot
High Secretary of the Military: Auton Ly
Grand Marshal: Tony Bryson
Grand Admiral: Olivia Maxwell
Chief of the Air Force: Harper Leon
Chief Treasurer: CEO Jonny Walters
Secretary of Trade: Dr Euroa Holt
Secretary of Infrastructure: Joosua Tonkin
Secretary of Energy and Industry: CEO Austra White
Home Secretary: Dr Gon Hope
Chief Overseer of Culture, Media and Information: CEO Lowen Murdoch
Chief Diplomatic Chancellor: Jimi Watson
Direct Commander of the Civil Security Directorate: Alexis McGuire
Chief Secretary of the Oceanic Intelligence Agency: George Chaput
Chair of the Scientific Directory Board: Dr Noah Wyatt
Chair of the Oceanic Nuclear Energy & Research Division: Dr Isaac Yates
Commander Chair of the Olympian Research, Engagement and Development Unity: Dr Rebecca McDermott
Chief Overseer of Expansion and Assimilation: Nathra Rae
Background: after the fall Australia, New Zealand and much of Oceania was in successions as the ecological downgrade bought down much of the government, with the Olympians causing further chaos. In Australia much of the government manage to maintain holding in the eastern parts. Emergency power after emergency power ensured a iron road of a security concerned oligarchy. In these times the downgrade of the environment itself came to threaten Australians, while the elites came more consecrated.
In these last few decades the corporations, which had grown in creased influence, took a dive when attempts to counter the corporate powers resulted in a pro-corporate coup. The attempts to make it a corporate oligarchy turned into a corporate autocracy when Dommy Auto and Christie Robotics ended up a corporate war against Crane Technology, allowing MaxTech a opportunity to strike itself into power.
Dr Marcus Zeimer, who through intrigue and corporate dominion as CEO of MaxTech (Maximum Technologies)has swayed control over Australia, believes himself to be fit for the title of Director of Australia... no, make that Emperor of Oceania. With strong support from corporate and military bodies he had began a campaign to enshrine a new power. The Australian Directorate would become the Oceanic Combine after what became known as the Tasman Unification; essentially it was the bloody annexation of the states that made up what was the state of New Zealand, a campaign followed by further expansions.
Now Dr Marcus Zeimer is eager to further expand the Combine and to establish his dominion as a technology mighty power. Keen to unlock the secrets of the Olympians Dr Zeimer has allied himself with powerful corporate bodies to resource his aims. Much of society in the Combine is tied to the corporations, who hold all but name feudal control over their employees. The corporates close to Zeimer (the inner) are granted great powers while the others (outer) do enjoy a ruthless power over their employees but are at the mercy of the administration, as reminded by the fate of Crane Technology when its CEO Jokull Orr was executed for charges of corruption (he fell out with Zeimer and had attempted to move assets out of supporting the expansionist military), resulting in Crane Technology's assets and capital being distributed to the 'inner' corps.
Although appearing powerful the Zeimer administration may find itself at mercy of what is to come, particular as the Fellowship has grown from a specific New Zealand dissident group into a cloak & dagger rebel organisation with intent to end the Combine and bring forth a freedom that the subjects of the Combine could only dream of.
Name: The Photosynthetic Order of the Oaken Boughs.
High Concept: Plant worshiping, gene splicing druids.
Trouble: Factional conflict- The majority of those in power advocate for genetically modified organisms and forcibly evolving plants. The more hardcore traditionalists believe that plants are the superior lifeform and modifying them is heresy.
Hatred of the thinking machine- Due to the destruction caused by the Olympians, the Oaken Boughs outlawed all AI's and automation. The only advanced computers they have are used for genetic modification.
The Green Giants- The Eloi of the Oaken Boughs have undergone intensive genetic modification to be able to photosynthesize. They wear living wigs of modified plants to further show off their power. This has a side effect of making them around 10% larger than the average man. The common folk who have no access to these treatments resent the Eloi for not sharing the blessing of the plants with them.
Deep Roots- In order to halt the massive increase in erosion, the Oaken Boughs planted a massive mangrove forests that cover the entire coastline.
Stunt: Flower Friends Add your science to charm rolls when offering genetically modified plant strains.
Map: Brown Dot is the capitol city of White Oak.
Name: Vereinigte Großdeutsche Republic
High Concept: Prosperity and freedom for the people
Trouble: Tapped, they are all tapped: Almost all mineral wealth and fuels inside the Republiks borders and range of influence are mostly exhausted. This has severly limited its economic growth and troubles its leadership. The nation craves for raw materials.
Stunt: Beschützt das Vaterland
The People of the Republik are a patriotic people. While not seeing themself above others, their patriotism and pride makes them esspecially motivated when they defend their homeland. (Bonus while defending the intial claims from a military attack)
Bastion and Arsenal of Freedom: The "Vereinigten Streitkräfte" are the armed forces of the Republic. A large conscription based force with a professional core, the men and women serving in it are proud to protect their home and its people freedom. Both the military and military industry of the Republik are large and the Republik is willing to use them if need be.
The green Valleys: Thanks to extensive restoration and dumb luck, the Republik still posses some of the most fertile regions remaining, esspecially along its major rivers. This allows for a relative abundance of food in the nation, compared with other states.
The good old ways: The Republiks founder instated what they called "Reasonable limitations" on technology and other developments, to prevent future nonsense like Climate change or rogue AI
Name: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
High Concept: Socialist State of Workers and Peasants
The contradictions that capitalism had created in the centuries before the perilous 21st century swallowed the so-called "Russian Federation", as climate change, shortages, and, of course, peak oil, led to the complete deterioration of the hypercapitalist mafia state that Putin left after his death following a somewhat botched assassination. A fitting end to a foolish man. His successors began scrambling to divide the spoils while trying to keep the whole state together. It quickly began to unravel due to several reasons: the Renewable Energy Revolution in the "First" World, and the mounting costs of extracting oil. Not to mention, of course, the environmental degradation made living unbearable, especially so with the lack of any care afforded for the citizenry, beyond the most basic.
By 2050s, the RF was, for all intents and purposes, a nonexistent state. To be true, it did exist legally, much like the Holy Roman Empire, but in practice, it was carved up into several essentially feudal states, with an oligarch acting as a "tsar" within his or her (progress!) land. And the proletariat? Well, for this brief period, they were essentially reduced to serfs. The newest developments in Russian capitalism made the leap from the company town to the company state. Periodic skirmishes over resources flared up, with workers dying for their bosses, as per the usual.
The late 2080s were an even more perilous time to live in, but not just for the workers. Blocs began to form - either by force, as smaller fishes were swallowed up - or via alliances. Finally, European Russia was split between the South and the North, but then, the St. Petersburg-led coalition of the bourgeoisie decided to end this once and for all. The two armies, ragged and hungry, were about to meet into one of the bloodiest battles of this century, in the crucial city of Volgograd.
The key word was "about". Since the 2060s (perhaps earlier), the only party that could liberate the proletariat from its chains, the Techno-Leninist Bolshevik Party of Russia, had been steadily organizing amongst the workers. It met stiff resistance, but nothing can break the determination of the people that desire freedom. The Battle of Volgograd was its pivotal action, and the beginning of the Second Russian Revolution. instead of battling each other, the soldiers defected, and formed the Red Army, whereas in all major cities, massive strikes erupted. By the end of 2089, much of the area around the great metropolises of St. Petersburg and Moscow was under Soviet control. But the struggle went on until 2092, when the last of the oligarchs was beaten beyond the sea...at least, those to the West of Urals. To the East, different things occurred...
Trouble: New Century, Old Battles.
The Second Russian Revolution may have succeeded once more, but in a strange way, the newly formed USSR found itself in the same conditions that Lenin - its greatest hero, easily - was in 1921. The industrial base was devastated, and while every effort was made to persuade and keep technical cadres within the Union, much is to be re-learnt. And much is to be rebuilt. The remaining infrastructure in its own sense was rather obsolete, as well. This is only internally, of course. The Soviets were lucky to escape the severe foreign intervention that plagued their predecessors, but that was replaced by the severe ecological damage that laid waste across the land... Across their borders, rogue Olympians rule with an iron fist, while "civilized" nations look suspiciously on this most revolutionary state.
Morlocks of the World, Unite!: Despite the shiny cybernetic enhancements, bio-genetic developments and, of course, the destruction of the world before us, one thing did not change. The conflict between the classes never ceased. If anything, it merely got more bitter, more base and more life-and-death as it ever was. The USSR pledges that it shall bring the world-historical proletarian revolution that millions across the world desperately need. The Eloi will be thrown into their place - the dustbin of history!
Technology for the Proletarians!: There are some nations and some people that restrict and limit technology, in fears of what it could do. Little do they know, that what truly defines technology's impact is not its practice in itself, but rather, who controls it. Only through proletarian control of technology could it truly emancipate them from the Eloi. Therefore, the Soviet Union has embraced both cybernetic and biological enhancements for all who desire them, provided by the state essentially free of charge, at least those with regards to basic living conditions. Beyond that, a strictly regulated system for advanced enhancements exists, as they are applied only to certain parts of the population. The proliferation of such enhancements is controlled democratically both by the Supreme Soviet and every local soviet. Furthermore, the economy is operated by two supermassive computers within Moscow and St. Petersburg soviets, and through which all of the Five Year Plans are done through.
The Bourgeoisie Olympians: Not even the supposed Gods, the "Olympians" could withstand the way the status quo collapsed. One of the most alert programs in the USSR is the Olympian Reconnaissance Service, which aims to detect the location, arrival, and if possible, the purpose of any Olympian settlement/individuals and countries. It is the only way to protect the USSR from the threat of those monsters, created by the deranged bourgeoisie.
Approaches: Plug in the following numbers: +2, +1, +1, 0, 0
Covert – 1
Charm – 0
Force – 2
Science – 1
Thrift – 0
Fourth Internationale: The USSR attempts to its best attempts to control all of the proletarian Communist parties across the globe, giving it +2 to Charm rolls interacting with other Fourth-algined Communist parties in other countries.
Liberated Appalachian Autonomous Municipalities
(or LAAM for short)
High Concept: Southern Hospitality for All
Trouble: Isolated Mountain Region - The Appalachia region is notorious for being very isolated. It's as hard to get stuff in as it is out. (A real life example is that in some parts of the region, people still have dialects from the 18th century.)
Stunt: Guerrilla Warfare - The rough terrain of the Appalachias is a nightmare for outsiders but the locals use it to their advantage. You never know when a Mountain Man is going to attack from above. +2 to defensive rolls when Appalachian territory is attacked.
This Land is Your Land - Since the resources are shared by everyone, the only property here is personal. The circumstances of your birth don't matter here, this land was made for you and me.
Almost Heaven - The Appalachians have mastered trapping the Olympians and disabling them. This has led to a lot of Olympians being broken down for scrap and re-used in other technologies. If you travel from one point to another in the country, You can see militiamen using old Olympian weapons to houses made out of armor to kids playing pretend while wearing Olympian heads. It's funny, having the pieces of gods around you makes you almost feel as though you're in their kingdom.
Older than the Trees - Fracking, pollution, deforestation, and the loss of natural habitats over the last couple centuries has left the region in ruin. Since the region is now truly our's, we must do our part to return it to its natural state by thinking about the environment first. Not only are we relying on more renewable energy, but we've established an economy based on local production and goods instead of imperialist global production. In a way we're, returning our land to a way older than our forefathers.
Covert - 2
Charm - 0
Force - 1
Science - 0
Thrift - 1
1984 - Ronald Reagan okays a project that would be a last line of defense in case of an invasion on American soil. Reagan okays the project, the project is named TITAN, and the project begins in the New Mexico desert.
1986 - A prototype TITAN, Hyperion, breaks containment. An air strike is called and quickly takes it out before it can reach civilization; the event is covered up as a military exercise gone haywire and no one ever thinks twice about it. The project is moved to West Virginia so that if one does escape again it won't get very far due to the rough terrain.
1993 - Bill Clinton cans the project as he doesn't see it as relevant in a post Cold War era. All currently available TITANs are ordered to be destroyed and all research to be kept for further use. However, Victor Haywood, a researcher on the project, doesn't want to stop his research so he founds his own company to advance the project forward. The company is named Olympus Robotics, the successor to TITAN is named ZEUS, and the company headquarters is placed in Charleston, West Virginia.
2001 - Shortly after 9/11, Victor Haywood approaches George W. Bush to fund the project in case of an invasion of US soil. Bush okays funding.
Early 2020 - The US goes to war with Iran after a tanker blows up under suspicious circumstances. Victor Haywood asks Donald Trump to deploy ZEUSes into the country to show the US's military might. Donald Trump okays the decision and the first battalion of ZEUSes (named "The Hercules Battalion") is deployed in the Middle East.
Late 2020 - Olympus creates its own cryptocurrency, Plutus. Plutus is offered as an alternative option for pay to Olympus employees. Olympus Robotics is renamed Olympus Technologies.
Early 2021 - The US Government passes a law that says employers can pay their employees exclusively in cryptocurrency.
Mid 2021 - Olympus founds Antiope, an online store where goods can be purchased using only Plutus.
2022 - Olympus starts contracting other countries for projects similar to ZEUS. The generic term for ZEUSes becomes Olympians and not before long, every first world country has their own Olympian. Victor Haywood wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
2034 - The workers of an Olympus contracted West Virginia mine, tired of being paid exclusively in Plutus, go on strike demanding they're paid fairly with US currency. After 3 weeks with no progress, the workers resort to more extreme measures by holding the boss hostage. A SWAT team was called and one of the bloodiest shootouts in American history. Whispers among American leftists have begun calling it the "Second Ludlow." The shootout inspires the formation of a West Virginia union with Anarchist ties called the West Virginia United Workers (WVUW).
2035 - Victor Haywood retires and his son, Frederick Haywood, takes over as CEO.
2036 - WVUW opens chapters in North Carolina, Tennesse, Virginia, and Kentucky. The group renames as the Appalachian United Workers (AUW).
2037 - AUW accepts public workers into the union.
Early August 2050 - An anti-lobbying bill leads to one of the biggest government shutdowns in US history. Because of this, several families of public workers are not going necessities. The AUW steps in and promises all public worker members that it will provide the necessities. Public workers flock to the AUW in droves.
Late August 2050 - With the government shutdown still going on, the AUW organizes strikes across the East Coast in solidarity with its public worker members. A lot of companies aren't making money because of these strikes and the US economy takes a hit as a result. The shutdown still goes on despite all this.
September 2050 - The AUW restorts to more different tactics and starts targeting Congressmen. Everything from tp'ing their houses, to building guillotines outside their offices, to even destroying their cars is used. These Congressmen, frightened by the "extremist" actions of the AUW, reverse the shutdown so they can instate martial law. The AUW has no choice but to militarize and renames themselves as The Liberation Army of Appalachian Peoples (LAAP).
October 2050 - LAAP liquidizes most of its assets and abandons all of its offices. Its members start training in camps hidden in the mountains and forests of Appalachia. Comrade Allen, one of the early strategists of the LAAP, was inspired by how LAAP formed anew and completely different from it's succesor the AUW; He adopted the cricket as the symbol for his squadron, based on its life cycle. The cricket starts gets used as a symbol by a lot of squadrons of the LAAP to the point where LAAP soldiers still get called "Crickets."
Early 2051 - The Unicoi County Jail in Tennesse is raided by LAAP and all of its prisoners set free. Several police departments and military bases are set fire during these events as well. The US Army retaliates and 5 camps in Tennessee are raided. LAAP is deemed a domestic terrorist organization.
Mid 2051 - After several different attacks by the LAAP on various government complexes, the FBI issues an arrest warrant on Comrade Allen. The FBI show up at his camp in Pennsylvania and a fire fight breaks out. 12 LAAP soldiers and 17 FBI agents were killed.
2056 - LAAP begins to have control over towns across Appalachia.
2069 - LAAP bands together all towns under LAAP control as the Liberated Appalachian Autonomous Municipalities (LAAM).
2075 - The Meteors hit Earth and the Olympians go berserk. The Olympians attack all major population centers across the world. The LAAP sends caravans to rescue as many survivors as possible but very few return. The new biggest city in the East Coast is Asheville, North Carolina
2076 - After the new inhabitants have now adjusted to their new lives, the LAAP makes a final push on the remnants of the US Government.
2100 - LAAP declares victory over the USA but the Olympians are still a menace to Appalachian society.
2115 - Appalachians successfully disable an Olympian by intentionally causing an avalanche. The Olympian was taken apart piece by piece so not only could be better understood how they work but so its own weapons can be used against it.
2140 - Appalachians have mastered the art of trapping, disabling, and scrapping Olympians.
2169 - LAAM celebrates it's Centennial anniversary.
2199 - With a new century ahead of them, Appalachia prepares for any potential new challenges.
Name: The Union of Rome
High Concept: Romanticized Thalassocratic Commonwealth
The Union of Rome is the political successor to the European Union of the 21st Century. Populist efforts to weaken the centralization of the EU and restrict the flow of migrants were a bloody, losing battle, and by 2075 the European Union had developed a sense of national consciousness while simultaneously courting the newly democratic nations of North Africa as potential members, albeit with the loss of outlying territories in Britain and Eastern Europe.
The First Impact caused a mass flight of the population of northern Europe southwards, into the Mediterranean. Here, ironically, European citizens took refuge among the pro-European nations of Africa, seeking shelter from the global winter in warmer climes. The European Union as a central authority based out of Brussels effectively dissolved but this triggered a new wave of national dissolutions as many regions of Spain and France sought independence. The remnants of the European Union were based out of Italy and the nation-states of southern Europe and North Africa emerged as a new maritime union.
The Union of Rome, as it was called (formally the Most Serene Union of the Mediterranean) was a looser confederation than the European Union had been, but shared several pressing interests, such as staving off famine, economic collapse, and military cooperation against rogue Olympians in the Mediterranean Sea. All of these were enabled by a strong fleet and the relative placidity of the Mediterranean, which did not experience the same extreme weather events as oceans across the rest of the world.
As of 2200 the Union is dominated by powerful families in control of the levers of maritime and commercial power, but these families in turn have promoted the Union as a center of economic prosperity and cultural liberty, preserving the democratic ideals of the 21st century. This includes a commitment to the norms of the democratic process, though in practice only the wealthy can realistically run and hold office, and checks and balances within the government itself, as much to prevent radical populist change as anything else.
Three key governmental bodies at the federal level exist: the Maritime Council, Parliament, and the Commission.
The Maritime Council is composed of representatives (formally the heads of state, but in practice they have designated deputies) of the nation-states of the Union. Its chief role is to coordinate the actions of the individual states, the most important of which being military. As it is nominally composed of the heads of state for the member nations, the Maritime Council serves as a joint head of state. In practice this is often delegated ceremonially to the President of the Council, who himself is usually an elder statesman. It meets in a rotating national capital for each session.
The Parliament of the Union is an elected body weighted by population. It formally meets in Rome. It formally holds the final power within the Union but this power may only be exercised in a specific avenue (when legislation or a treaty is brought before it by another government body).
The Commission serves as the executive of the Union, managing customs, the judiciary, and public services. As the largest and most important city of the Union it is primarily based in Algiers. Unlike the American system, the Commission is also the originator of legislation, though it needs approval by Parliament, and chief diplomatic office, once again subject to final approval by Parliament.
Trouble: Political Gridlock - With its high degree of liberty, strong constitutional checks and balances and decentralized structure, the Union has been mired in a bitter partisan divide that has paralyzed government at the national level.
Noblesse Oblige - The Eloi of the Union are pressured, by political and cultural norms, to make strong and consistent investments in public welfare on behalf of the rest of the population.
The Glory and the Grandeur - With a direct line of descent to the greatest nations of the pre-Impact World, the Union is a haven for scientists and dreamers who wish to try to rekindle the progressive ideals of the 20th century.
Notre Mer - As a thalassocracy, the wealth and prosperity of the Union of Rome comes from its powerful navy, which keeps the western Mediterranean secure from both Olympians and piracy.
Golden Liberty - The Union of Rome has a reputation as the bastion of liberty and democracy, indirect as they are, and gains a +2 bonus to charm rolls against less democratic nations.
Covert – 0
Charm – 1
Force – 0
Science – 1
Thrift – 2
Name: Asian Tetrarchy
High Concept: Singapore-style city-states
Underworld: Due to the authoritarian nature of the city-states, criminal syndicates and cyberpunk agitators flourish, the former in trafficking humans, organs, drugs, and weapons, the latter in cyberspace and among class-conscious low-income technology workers.
Closed-Door Technocracy: In response to vast displacement of peoples in the 21st century due to the climate catastrophes and meteor impacts, the cities of the Tetrachy chose to preserve themselves over everyone else. Physical and technological barriers were erected around the city-states, immigration restricted to only eligible Eloi, and technocratic governments entrenched themselves to govern the populace through turbulent times.
Transhumanism: The rise of the Olympians changed cultural attitudes toward technology in the four cities - the younger generation of the late 21st century moved from fear to embrace of technological augmentation, leading to widespread adoption of transhumanist views. Many citizens of the Tetrarchy modify their bodies, have modified genes, or are knowledge workers in transhumanist industries such as augmented reality, cybernetics, and genetic engineering.
Billionaires & Trillionaires: In the Tetrarchy, the Eloi are the ruling class. Sometimes referred to as the "penthouse class" because of they dominate the upper sections of the city-states and extensively employ skyways, the elites of the Tetrarchy are fabulously wealthy and well-connected.
Commercial Networks: Gain a +2 bonus to create an advantage using Charm whenever doing so to manipulate the upper class's opinion in another country.
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