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Reaching For the Stars!

Discussion in 'CivBE - Stories & Let's Plays' started by HEF, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. HEF

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    Friday, 20th March 2020

    T-Minus launching in 3...


    Director's Log:

    Long Range Scans from our probes have finally collected the most important data from AN-2020!

    The exploration phase of our space mission has suspended.

    Our community of distinguished ladies and gentlemen from various backgrounds who survived the cataclysm of the dreaded COVID -19 pandemic have already completed several vigorous training trials that should prepare them for the next phase: Seeding Departure!


    T-Minus launching in 2...



    Additional Resource Pods replete with digital cameras currently on AN-2020 have pinpointed a suitable location where our team can make planetfall safely.

    Our starship has been outfitted to compensate for wider visual range.

    I'm hearing rumors two other space mission competitors have glean the same Long Range Scan data provided by their respective Sponsors' probe.

    Fortunately, one of the competitors is a long-time ally.

    The other is a by-product of Old Earth; extremely hostile & greedy.

    T-Minus launching in 1...




    Legal Defense Fund has requested from World Congress authorization for any additional raw materials we may need to ensure a clinic is available to provide healthcare to our colonists once we arrive on AN-2020.

    Mark...!




    There is a lot of excitement on New Earth; after 3 long years since March 2020, we will prove to the world that space travel is not a waste of time and resources despite the petty bickering from opponents of the space program.

    World Congress has supported us from the very beginning.

    If anyone is wasting time, it is the political opposition who has decided to follow us to AN-2020.

    We're already on our way with no delay.

    We will deal with them later.
     
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  2. HEF

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    Saturday, 21st March 2o2o

    PLANETFALL!

    Director's Log:

    Our starship has arrived far ahead of schedule.

    Planet AN-2020 looks nearly identical to our holographic simulations!

    The crew has been revived from their cryo-sleep and are sluggishly rallying construction builders to lay out the foundation to our new home.





    All essential systems are nominal. Our designated ROVER has been deployed.

    There are unknown alien life forms that do not take kindly to intruders treading on their natural habitat thus a lightly-armed expedition team was essential to ROVER's survival and strict orders to remain non-threatening to the inhabitants of AN-2020.

    Our scientists have begun their research to discover and learn everything our people need to know about these strange creatures that we may co-exist.







    Our increased visual range indicates within a week, our most trusted ally, Daoming Sochua of Pan-Asian Cooperative has also landed on nearby safe and secure land mass with no difficulties.



    I contacted her immediately!

    Daoming Sochua tells me that our pursuer from New Earth should be the last visitor of AN-2020 to arrive; that we should prepare for military conflict as soon as possible considering he has developed a reputation for being undiplomatic and belligerent.

    She suggests denying him any kind of an advantage on this planet we settled.

    I agreed.



    Traveling so far from New Earth leaves me to wonder which dilemma is more troublesome; dealing with an inexperienced, narcissistic leader of a mindless cult from Old Earth or aggressive unknown alien wildlife our brave scouts have recently encountered on the planet's surface?

    My affinity choices are numerous.
     
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  3. HEF

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    Friday, 27th March 2o2o

    CONFRONTATION


    Director's Log:

    ROVER salvaged the wreckage of a nearby crashed satellite of some kind.



    It had protected a cache of information from its observations in orbit, which our expedition team relayed immediately to our most talented computer scientists for analysis.

    ROVER had concluded: communications data found on its hard drive can be useful, however, the black box is still missing vital information about the previous owner of this alien device.

    A closer examination reveals the hardware was deliberately destroyed; as if attacked before hitting the planet's surface.

    Apparently, we're not the only visitors to survey AN-2020.








    Earlier today, the crew and I had the unfortunate experience of greeting the Rear Admiral of North Sea Alliance, whose Colony Lander was spotted north east of our location.







    "My name is Duncan Hughes of North Sea Alliance! Look, I'll get straight to the point... I only accepted this mission because my Sponsor has intimate knowledge of an alien species monitoring Old Earth for years and we know that they're planning an invasion. The coronavirus pandemic was an alien bio-attack designed to weaken our people and our way of life. You know it and I know it!"

    I tried to reason with him, "Understood. You don't know this for certain. There was no need to destroy the alien's satellite."

    "I'm on a catch and kill assignment out here. Which means if something looks dangerous, I am authorized to take it out based on my terms and my choosing."

    "Mr. Hughes, the Legal Defense Fund has a different set of goals. World Congress wishes to understand what happened to New Earth through proper research but how can I accomplish this if you crush, kill & destroy all evidence to the contrary?"

    "You really wanna know? By not leaving any evidence behind."

    "Do you have the missing black box from the satellite you destroyed?"

    "Wouldn't you like to know!"

    End Transmission.
    *********************




    "Premier Sochua...?"

    "Yes, Ma'am. I overheard everything."

    "Think you can get a group of freshly trained recruits ready to join my group for a confrontation?"


    Her expression changed from a frown to a little smile.
     
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  4. HEF

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    Monday, 30th March 2o2o

    AFFINITY PROGRESS




    Director's Log:


    We fled New Earth because it was getting worse faster than we could fix it.

    Seven years ago, the consequences of the Great Mistake led to the proliferation of the COVID -19 pandemic engulfing our planet due to incompetence, inexperience and demagoguing; arguing against cold-hard facts and our greatest scientists.

    If Premier Sochua and I do not confront Admiral Hughes here and now on AN-2020, would repeat the Great Mistake.







    I had a dream last night.

    In that dream, envisioned a constellation in the stars. This vision motivated me to pursue a Harmonious Supremacy within my newly commissioned Legal Defense Force that will lead the path to victory.

    An RSVP sent by General Douglass to inspect the troops was scheduled for next Friday.
     
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  5. HEF

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    BREATHE AGAIN

    Director's Log:

    Reading the CO [Communiques Online] of the crew-turned-citizens, I'd say the overall mood is: ambivalent.






    "Blessed are those that dwell within the machine, for theirs is true freedom from pain." ~ Aleph 1 - St. Zeno, Hagiography of the Blessed Intelligences



    "We discarded the booster rockets which got us off Earth. Why shouldn't we discard some of those Earth genes, now that better ones are available?" ~ Essays on the Promethean




    "I'm grateful for the opportunity to come here, and I'm grateful that we are living up to the expectations of the people who sent us." ~ From the Pioneer's Daily Reflection




    "To create a machine to work your will is to create your destiny." ~ Aphorisms for Practical People




    "If you can, touch a Siege Worm as it moves by. That will teach you all you need to know about the insignificance of humanity." ~ Pastor Jack's Homiletics



    "This morning I saw flocks in flight, herds moving about the plain, and listened to the sounds of water mixing with the morning chorus, and wept at the beauty of it all." ~ Zhu Ruoji, Poetry in the New Garden



    "Yes, homesteading this world is hard, but all the people pitch in and somehow the work gets done." ~ Penniless Ben's Almanac



    "How much joy can this new planet hold, when all I can think of is everything I've left behind?" ~ Phaedra, Lamentation for Planetfall



    "I wonder what life was like on Earth when the whole atmosphere was breathable?" ~ Unattributed personal log fragment, Seeding Departure




    I thought, "Am I really that old?"

    I can remember a time as a little child when one could freely walk about in the city streets without fear of a highly contagious disease in breathable air.

    I remember meeting and greeting everyone in my neighborhood without a facial mask.




    In certain territories, AN-2020's surface atmosphere maintains a high concentration of miasma with properties very similar to COVID -19; our scientists have developed a antitoxin that easily clears miasma yet have not developed such a solution in comparison to New Earth's uninhabitable atmosphere.

    The native creatures here seem unaffected by miasma.

    Authorization to collect a few aggressive specimens to determine why is a necessary risk I'm willing to take.




    I'm feeling more and more confident every day now that troop recruitment has increased exponentially as this new generation is highly motivated under the leadership of General F. Douglass.

    They are all keenly aware what is at stake here.





    An inspiring CO chat with Premier Sochua reveals her troop recruitment has increased 3 times greater than ours!

    "Your leadership is an example for us all. Give us a time and place, we will join forces. We will never allow what happened on November 2016 again.", Sochua promised.
     
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  6. HEF

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    Tuesday, 7th April 2o2o

    FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

    Director's Log:

    This evening received a high priority classified message from Senior Chief Scientist Mae Jemison and Security Officer Duhamel Burton which prompted their appearance into my office immediately.



    LDF Security Officer Burton spoke first,

    "Our hunting detail encountered a herd of aggressive specimens we thought were normal in size, that is, until we realized the mother came along to protect its young."

    Burton paused briefly to gather his thoughts.

    "We lost half of our unit bringing this thing down, Director. I hope this was worth the trouble."

    Nodding my head up and down apologetically replied, "I understand. I will arrange funeral services for every single person we lost. I'm so very sorry."

    Before the tension could get any hotter, Senior Chief hands me her data pad.

    I quickly perused the autopsy report:



    The_curved_vertebrae_of_a_large_alien_species.

    This_spinal_column_appears_to_belong_to_a_massive_native_species.

    While_no_living_specimen_has_been_found,_the_remains_of_this_creature_have_been_periodically_found_in_remote_areas.

    The_irregular_shape_of_the_vertebrae_led_to_the_coining_of_the_creature's_name.


    "Cute name for an alien specimen." I quipped.

    Jemison looked at me showing very little emotion.

    "Please continue your research and keep me updated as you go along. We need solutions to our Covid - 19 pandemic problem over at New Earth. This sample may be the key to unlock that solution."






    "That's not all, Ma'am. There's more... approximately on or about a few days ago, Sergeant - At - Arms tells me an unauthorized person accessed a highly secured data node directly from Lasercom Satellite 1 while in orbit."

    Burton hands me his data pad.

    "Is this one of our astronauts?" I asked.

    "Negative." He said flatly.
     
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    Thursday, 9th April 2o2o

    GIFTS FROM HOME

    Overseas, tension levels are extremely high and nerves are frayed as Defense Conditions are set a few notches above normal on the noble citizens of Tiangong.

    The USS Grace Meng has been at General Quarters in concert with the other naval submarine vessels in Premier Daoming Sochua's fleet ever since First Contact with Admiral Hughes.



    In the Southern region of AN-2020, the Grace Meng discovers an important crash site ; a partially sunken Colony Lander from New Earth!

    "Definitely not one of ours, Ma'am!" remarked Commander Ted Lieu.

    "Say again?"

    "I repeat, not one of ours. Request for PAC Cruiser USS Judy Chu to immediately escort Expedition Team 5 to assist in salvage mission! Environment heavily populated by aggressive aquatic creatures." barked the excited submarine commander.

    "Say again?!"

    "Wrecked Colony Lander's alphabetical identification on its hull reads: ARC!"
     
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  8. HEF

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    Wednesday, 15th April 2o2o

    HELLISH UTOPIA

    Executive Director Neil deGrasse Tyson informed me in our last meeting Lasercom Satellite 1's orbital routine had been intentionally taken offline manually.

    This setback will cost a great deal of time and resources; downing the space craft, performing a complete computer diagnostic, re-booting its computer processing unit and eventually rescheduling a re-launch back into orbit... or else lose our primary means of communication with National Aeronautics and Space Administration on New Earth.

    Our only way back home.

    A simple problem Executive Director Tyson has trained for many hours.

    My problem, on the other hand, remains unresolved inside the barren corridors of a maximum security prison.

    Two suspects have been apprehended and detained by LDF security before anymore tampering could be made to the device.



    "Please_State_Full_Name_Rank_And_Request" prompted prison A.I. to Cellblock Beta-1.

    "Ifill, Sherrilyn... Director. Request permission to enter."

    "BIOSCAN_Complete._Permission_Granted._You_May_Enter."
     
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    Saturday, 18th April 2o2o

    ANCIENT PROGRAM OF AN ANCIENT BOARD GAME



    The Thoughtful Chess Set may be a network connected virtual reality experience, however, Daoming Sochua finds the vintage style of Atari 2600's updated version of Video Chess integrated within Communiques Online a much more satisfying stress reliever.

    "Black_To_Move._How_Should_Black_Proceed_?" prompted Atari 2600 Video Chess A.I.

    "One minute..." said Premier Sochua pausing the game as she selected another application on CO:

    ***PAC/USS_Judy_Chu/NAV-PERSN/Captain_Log/Cmdr_Wang_Yaping***

    Salvage Report Regarding ARC Part IV

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Great Mistake pretending to be an American President desperate for a quick fix appointed the ARC which consequently led to his assassination coordinated by several resistance groups.

    The American Reclamation Corporation also known as the ARC was legally liable for manufacturing a dangerously unproven vaccine for the virus which further exacerbated the rising death toll globally by 70%.



    A clearer picture emerged from COVID-19’s decidedly deadly toll on black Americans, political leaders demanded a reckoning of the systemic policies they say have made many African Americans far more vulnerable to the virus, including inequity in access to healthcare and economic opportunity.

    The space program in North America provided political leaders, scientists & healthcare experts an alternative solution to the COVID-19 pandemic problem: Operation Mass Exodus from New Earth or OMEN.

    Suzanne Marjorie Fielding became disenchanted with the ARC's unscrupulous business practices and retired from the organization with a incredibly generous golden parachute.

    Fielding started her own enterprise to assist Legal Defense Fund's participation and ideas in the space program to create a more just society colonizing other worlds.



    For the first time in the organization's history, the American Reclamation Corporation lost a Sponsorship bidding competition to a well-established civil and human rights law firm, Legal Defense Fund under the leadership of Director Sherrilyn Ifill with the help of Suzanne Fielding.

    ****************************

    "I still have a lot of questions, Commander Yaping. All this time, ARC landed on AN-2020 before we did?" Sochua mused to herself aloud.

    Sochua input her questions into CO and sent the encrypted message directly to the military vessel at sea.

    She then switched application back to her Atari 2600 game.



    "Castle queen side." she said finally.
     
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    "Are you certain, Daoming?" asked Suzanne Fielding.

    "I found the Salvage Report on ARC hard to believe myself, however, the evidence far outweighs any and all doubts." answered Sochua.

    "If Moderski is the current CEO of ARC then we truly have a fight on our hands." said Fielding in-between tapping keys on her data pad while shaking her head in contempt.

    "...and I cannot thank you enough for the extra hands on Liberia's energy grid integrated roads and bridges." Fielding added.



    "We are humbled by your generosity. Thank you, and let us continue to build on this work. Just remember me in the up-coming Planetary Governor election." said Sochua managing a friendly nod and decent smile.

    "Now if you'll excuse me," she continued politely, "I have a formal ceremony to attend. As Premier of AN-2020, I am to welcome Cooperative Space Agency's next generation of scientists and engineers."

    "Goodbye and stay safe, Premier." said Fielding closing the transmission.
     
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    PERFECT LANDING

    "My name is Sherrilyn Ifill. I'm the Director of this Colony. Let me preface this visit by reminding you your rights are still protected under the United States Constitution and all other founding documents for as long as you're on United States property. If you feel that your rights are being violated, we will provide you a lawyer for representation."

    Ifill sat at a table between two Legal Defense Force security officers standing stoically beside her left and right flank across from the prisoner in hand-cuffs.

    "Please place your thumb print here indicating that you understand and acknowledge your rights." pointing a single finger at her data pad, sliding it towards the prisoner.

    The detainee tilted towards the restraints and the device, eyes lowered.

    The cuffs tightened around her wrists the more she struggled and grew cumbersome reaching her left thumb onto the designated mark.

    "Either hand will do..." instructed Ifill patiently.

    After the imprint signature, the woman pushed the data pad back, keeping her eyes lowered.

    "Thank you. I know about your Colony Lander in the southern hemisphere of this planet..." said Ifill picking up the data pad.

    The woman's eyes pivoted from her bound hands to the direction of Sherrilyn's voice as if by command.

    This was Ifill's chance to capitalize on the detainee's attention, "...and the crew manifest records..."

    The woman raised her head, sitting upright in her seat; this time with attentiveness, perhaps, even curiosity; She possessed the most weary stare Ifill had seen in long time.

    "...and the American Reclamation Corporation, April Ghifferson." said Ifill checking her notes.

    "We are at a very critical moment in our Colony's history. I believe we may have found a very important piece of a puzzle that can unravel our COVID-19 pandemic problem on New Earth."

    The detainee looked at Ifill with assurance, inhaled a small breath, "Who is your Sponsor?" she asked, almost a whisper.

    This reaction nearly startled Sherrilyn. She had expected the silent treatment from this detainee to go on for hours, maybe even days.

    Ifill obliged the question, "Legal Defense Fund. The United States first and foremost civil and human rights law firm. You might have heard of us?"

    The detainee blinked twice, almost appearing confused.



    I must admit, thought Ifill; National Aeronautics and Space Administration survival training in combination with military training is an invaluable skillset.

    This astronaut is in good physical condition for someone stranded on this planet since 2022.



    How else could any other average human being survive the ordeal of planetfall malfunction?



    Colony Lander 655-ARC specifications and electronics were deemed shoddy and outdated revealed Pan-Asian Cooperative's Salvage Report findings; Ms. Ghifferson's oral testimony supported every piece of recovered evidence.



    Without the vital hull materials required for shielding would explain why the spacecraft could not complete the landing sequence properly entering AN-2020's atmosphere.



    Without Resource Pods for guidance, a human astronaut improvised an emergency landing sequence on her own and succeeded!
     
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    11th HOUR


    "Unconscionable. Reckless and unconscionable." said Sherrilyn Ifill in protest.



    "A seven zero niner touchdown...? Manually. That is unheard of, Sherrilyn. She's perfect for this assignment." insisted Fielding.



    "How so?" asked Ifill.



    "Gifts and her partner was able to escape a damaged, submerged Colony Lander unscathed, effectively infiltrate our Colony, impersonate the Orbital Officer in-Charge, gain access to orbital control and hack Lasercom Satellite 1 security measures while in orbit. She can do this."



    "Suzanne... I appreciate your counsel. I really, really do, however, I'm going to have to disagree. We should set an example of rational & civil discourse, instead of contributing to the worst current trends."

    "Admiral Hughes is incapable of having a civil discussion because he's got a contract to fulfill." said Fielding.

    "Let's not forget why we're here in the first place, Director. Let's not forget what happened at New Earth... or should I say, what's left of it from the COVID-19 pandemic." continued Fielding.



    "My responsibility is direct resources to assist Dr. Leana Wen's lab sample. Should we find a cure for COVID -19, I just want to make certain that our people have equitable access to that vaccine back on New Earth. Then, there's Lasercom Satellite 1." said Ifill.

    "Even if we could get Lasercom Satellite 1 operational again, Hughes will just blast the damn thing out of orbit! The only thing standing between us and home is North Sea Alliance. Pan-Asian Cooperative is on our side. What do you do when someone is standing in your way? What have we always done?" asked Fielding.
     
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