1. We have added a Gift Upgrades feature that allows you to gift an account upgrade to another member, just in time for the holiday season. You can see the gift option when going to the Account Upgrades screen, or on any user profile screen.
    Dismiss Notice

Still Waters: Sign-Ups, OOC, and Discussion

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by CivOasis, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Still Waters

    Overview:


    This project - I’m not sure if game or story is a more accurate way to refer to it - will be a character-and-story driven one. Players will create a character - one who ties into the existing world in some manner - and play as that character. You do not (inherently) lead a political party, corporation, military faction, or anything else as such - you are simply your character. That being said, part of the point in creating such an elaborate world for this project is to free up a broad range of interesting characters to play as. Nothing is stopping you from being the leader of a minor corporation, a military higher-up, or a prominent politician from one of the main parties - just as nothing is stopping you from playing a guest worker struggling to get by, or an average citizen caught in the machinery of the setting and ways in which others drive the plot. I have spent - and will continue to spend, up until launch - a considerable amount of effort in the backstory of this setting, but there is no established plotline moving forwards - simply a few ideas on different ways the opening can be pushed, and a desire to see how players interact with and alter the world I have built. You are not necessarily expected to read the entire backstory, but you are expected to respect it - in other words, at least read the bare minimum for you character to fit into their niche.

    The purpose of this thread is two-fold; one is as a pre-thread - I would love to see players start to shape their characters here as I put the finishing details on the setting, and I am open to hearing what you as players or observers are interested in learning about the backstory that is not already present (some have already done so - see information on LGBT & gender issues on the country, foreign interactions, and my notes to return to the domestic transport once the districts are individually fleshed out). Again, my goal here is to build a detailed world for you all to interact with, so I am willing to address your interests to make that easier and more compelling for you. Once the game begins, I also hope to see this used as a place for all OOC discussion and any questions you may have for me (or others, OOC) as well, so that the main thread can serve as an entirely in-universe look at this world.

    One last note - this is not a CityIOT. While of course this is a game, and meant to be enjoyable, it’s very much meant to be more serious and individually character-driven than many CityIOTs have been (Core, for those of you from NES, might be a better analogue), and I’ve tried to make this world more realistic than many I’ve done in the past (though again, not so much so as to make it mundane or unpleasant to interact with).

    I hope you all join me in this project, and that it stays enjoyable for all. Now, onto the background.

    Everything in the OP of this thread was designed in this Google doc. Personally, I think it's much easier to read there, but I'm providing it below as well for those who don't like that medium.
    The IC game thread can be found here
     
  2. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Geography:​

    Hokoan/福灣
    Spoiler :
    By far the largest of the chain, and the most densely populated. The main island draws heavily from Singapore and Hong Kong in particular, and to a lesser extent places like Dubai - an incredibly dense city that has exploded in population recently. While old colonial architecture is - in some places - visible, the vast majority of the relatively minor colonial rule was held from other islands, and so Hokoan/福灣 shows much more of a hyper-modern architecture, full of towering glass-and-steel buildings. Hokoan/福灣 is the cultural, economic, and political heart of the country, and the harbor from which it stems lends its name not only to the island, but the nation as a whole. A major metro and road system runs across the island, making the entire territory easily accessible from any district on the landmass.

    Spoiler Hokoan Districts :
    Hokoan/福灣 the district is the original harbor from which the city grew, and still the most active port in the country. Situated on the eastern end of the island, the Hokkien-dominated port district services ferries to and from many of the major islands - via Shēngǎng/深港 on Háisai/海西, Bandabaru on Mahanavalaya, Jalapura on Còengdóu/長島, and Banyuperak on Mahagni - as well as international shipping and oceanic travel. Working-class but not poor, the district makes an impressive first sight of the island for those traveling by sea.

    Traveling south along the eastern coastline leads one into Méntóu/門頭 and then Gāomén/高門, the two major financial districts of the country. Extremely similar - indeed, Méntóu/門頭 was split off from its neighbor due to their excessive size rather than any political distinctions - the region is the heart of the nation’s economy, and dominated by towering buildings housing prominent banks and other international and domestic corporations. The wealthiest region of the country, these two districts are generally the destination for any entering the nation on business.

    At the southern tip of the island lies the peninsula containing the Tanjung Muarakerto district, the island’s newest major harbor, with ferry service to Bandaburu on Mahanavalaya, Jalapura on Còengdóu/長島, and Banyuperak on Mahagni, as well as a bridge connecting the area to Mahanavalaya on the island of the same name. Predominantly working-class Cantonese, the district is one of the quieter on the island, despite the busy shoreline.

    Moving northwest along the coast, however, leads one into the slums of Apradesh, once a middle class industrial area, now a crowded and impoverished home to the massive and ill-treated South Asian - particularly Bangladeshi - guest worker population of the country. Lured in with promises of fast-tracked citizenship and reliable employment, the guest workers of Hokoan/福灣 are frequently smuggled into the country and abandoned, leaving them undocumented and unemployed, with few options besides continuing to take illegally low-paying construction posts with often inadequate working conditions.

    Still, Apradesh fares better than its neighbor to the north, Prithvikot, the gang capital of the island. A former industrial area, collapsing economies and rising populations boosted crime rates in the region so high as to effectively prevent entry into the region, with the now virtually lawless area descending into architectural decay as buildings last updated decades ago fall into disrepair.

    The largest district by size on the island is northwestern Bākdóu/北島, whose dramatic wealth stands in stark contrast to its neighbors. Residential area to many entrepreneurs and financial elite, Bākdóu/北島 is dominated by Mandarin-speaking ethnic Chinese - more in line with other regions of the world than the Hokkien and Cantonese population that makes up the bulk of the older population in the country.

    In the northeastern corner of the island is Victoria, the last of the three main harbors, servicing ferries to Merahbaya on Tanahwangi, Suranegara on Arunusa, Banyuperak on Mahagni, and Chhintó/青島 on the island of the same name. A prominent British port in the colonial days, Victoria’s importance and success has diminished post-independence, and while lacking the destitution or crime rates of the slum districts of northeastern islands, it still has a largely run-down feel to it, and tends to be dominated by working-class immigrant and guest worker populations.

    The last of the coastal districts of the island is Quartier Pasteur, on the northeastern shoreline between Victoria and Hokoan/福灣. A sleepy middle/upper-class residential district, the Quartier is one of the most ethnically diverse districts in the country, and frequently upheld as a domestic model of national ideals.

    West of the Quartier and Hokoan/福灣 and south of Victoria lies Kota Emas, the abode of the rich. An opulent residential and commercial district, Kota Emas is dominated by the super-rich among the Malay population of the country, and is famed for not only its exorbitantly expensive apartments, but also its thriving nightlife.

    South of Kota Emas is Tìngchiu/中州, the cultural and geographic heart of the island. A commercial district at its heart and a residential one around its perimeter, the area is strung throughout with open-air markets, theatres, schools, and museums, and is frequently host to artistic and cultural performances from virtually all the country’s many ethnic groups.

    Still further south lies Hiongsoa/香山, a mountain peak that dominates the skyline from all points on the island. Largely left open as a city park, the area is popular with hikers and athletes, and the few areas outside of government stewardship are dedicated to Buddhist monasteries.

    Between Hiongsoa/香山 and Tanjung Muarakerto is Tiòngan/長安, de facto capital district of the country. A diplomatic and political cultural house, Tiòngan/長安 is the seat of the national Parliament, the official offices of the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, and most foreign embassies.

    Northeastern Chain:
    Spoiler :
    To the northeast of Hokoan/福灣 are four smaller islands, arcing out in a spiral from ENE to due north of the country’s heart.

    HÁISAI/海西 (ENE of Hokoan/福灣)
    The largest of these islands is Háisai/海西, dominated by hyper-modern foreign and government-controlled research complexes at the southern end and a largely barred off interior and northern terminus. Largely built up by newer constructions, it lacks the crowding of many of the other islands, and easily demonstrates a wealthier population than most areas. Most districts are almost entirely inhabited by ethnic Chinese and foreign white-collar workers.

    Spoiler Háisai/海西 Districts :
    The main port of the island lies within the southern Shēngǎng/深港 district, with ferry transport to ports on all of the other large islands - Jalapura on Còengdóu/長島, the main harbor in the Hokoan/福灣 district on the main island, Bandabaru on Mahanavalaya, and Banyuperak on Mahagni. Upscale and residential, the district’s many research and residential areas bleed over into the neighbouring Háisai/海西 district to the north, and the two regions contain the bulk of the island’s population.

    East of Háisai/海西 district lies the Shēnshuǐ/深水 region, a coastal district originally surveyed for the island’s harbor before it became apparent that the treacherous waters of the shoreline prevented such an option. This region has very little in the way of permanent residents, though substantial vacation tourism exists from the residents of Háisai/海西 and Shēngǎng/深港.

    West of Shēngǎng/深港 is the Ceōnjyù/春魚 district, a series of small villages strung along the shoreline by the inhabitants of the island prior to the economic boom. While still relatively rural and not as wealthy as the remainder of the island, increasing shifts toward tourism have created a boom in the area.

    The remainder of the island falls under Sāmgōng/森岡, a remote forested region kept off-limits to most. Primary control of the region tends to be divided between government interests in foreign biological research corporations, and heavy patrols deter outsiders from entering, leaving the area a cryptic and conspiracy-ridden reputation similar to Area 51 in the United States.


    TANAHWANGI (Northeast of Hokoan/福灣)

    Tanahwangi is the most densely populated island in the northern chain, though “modern” is not a good description for it. Overcrowded, the island has historically been a cluster of fishing villages and forested plantations, though recent years have seen the terrain stripped of natural resources and the waters overfished, leaving this one of the poorest regions in the country. Dominated by a blend of long-term Malay residents and a recent influx of guest workers from East Africa and South Asia, the island’s three districts are frequent origins of alleged human rights abuses against the national government. Race riots and paramilitary groups have taken hold in the Merahbaya and Tanahwangi districts of the island, and the territory as a whole has become a hot-button issue in both national politics and international opinion of the country.

    Spoiler Tanahwangi Districts :
    Merahbaya, the main port of the island, services ferry traffic to both Victoria on Hokoan/福灣 and the Chhintó/青島 harbor on the island of the same name. Situated on the northwestern coast of the territory, this district is dominated by Bengali workers, often transported privately - and sometimes illegally - to operate on the neighboring Háisai/海西 construction projects.

    Along the southern stretch of the island lies the Tanahwangi district proper, a predominantly-Malay slum. Recent population booms and stagnant development on the island have left the locals often poor and unemployed, and often without enough money to relocate to one of the more prosperous or less crowded islands to start over.

    The last district of the island, to the northeast, is Padang Baru. Still poor, but better off than other parts of the island, the large Swahili-speaking populations in the area have blended with the older Malay residents and produced a unique fusion culture for the region. With the relatively low crime rates and costs of the region compared to other parts of the island, this fusion culture has become a major draw for day trips from residents of other regions, particularly the youth - though the actual inhabitants of the region have growing resentment towards the visitors for their treatment.


    ARUNUSA (NNE of Hokoan/福灣)
    Arunusa is the smallest of the main islands, and consists of only two relatively uninhabited districts. A popular base for organized crime, the island is largely viewed as too dangerous to patrol outside of the main port.

    Spoiler Arunusa Districts :
    The port, Suranegara, exists as a self-contained district on the northeastern shore, and while it has a police presence, is largely considered extremely seedy, and only has ferry service to Victoria (on Hokoan/福灣). Despite this, the area is popular among certain groups for its gambling, strip clubs, and other nightlife.

    The remainder of the island falls under the titular Arunusa district, and is rarely visited by those with legitimate intentions - extortion, human trafficking, and the national drug trade are often run out of this region by varying factions, though rarely are they actually carried out on-site.


    CHHINTÓ/青島 (Due north of Hokoan/福灣)

    Chhintó (青島) is the northernmost of the country's main islands. Barring one larger town in the titular district, the island is largely uninhabited, and dominated by one small peak among its nearly sea-level evergreen forests.
    Spoiler Chhintó/青島 Districts :

    The island has three districts; the largest of these, Ashramanya, dominates most of the island's coastline. Rural and predominantly populated by Malay, the area is one of the poorer in the country, and residents rely largely on their own work for day-to-day needs. The population is predominantly Hindu and Buddhist, reflected in the number of temples and monasteries throughout the district.

    Moving inland, the small hills in the center of the island make up Bukit Pinang. Ostensibly most of this area exists as government-controlled for future use, but national inactivity means that it is frequented mostly by poachers from the few small towns in the area.

    Along the eastern coastline is the titular Chhintó/青島 district; a relatively small city, it is populated mainly by ethnic Chinese whos ancestors arrived there from the main island in colonial periods. The harbor here has regular ferries to Victoria (on Hokoan/福灣) and Merahbaya (on Tanahwangi).
    Southern Chain:
    Spoiler :

    To the south and southwest of Hokoan/福灣 are Còengdóu/長島 and Mahanavalaya, two of the larger and wealthier islands in the country. While not as densely populated as the main island, these serve as more of the historical district of the country - dominated by colonial and colonial-inspired architecture, with lower buildings and more open cities than the other islands. This region tends to be middle and upper class, and dominated by politicians and wealthy expatriates from other countries. Tourism and government agencies replace the corporate industries of the other islands.

    MAHANAVALAYA (South of Hokoan/福灣)

    The smaller of the southern islands, Mahanavalaya was long the seat of the British colonial government in the islands, and the French regime before that. This legacy is still reflected in the island today, with it being a prominent home district for many major political figures, as well as a common destination for expatriates from the West or Africa.

    Spoiler Mahanvalaya Districts :
    The main harbor of the island is the northeastern district of Bandaburu, from which ferries travel to Shēngǎng/深港 on Háisai/海西, Tanjung Muarakerto and Hokoan/福灣 on the main island, Jalapura on Còengdóu/長島, and Banyuperak on Mahagni. With a relatively young average population, Bandaburu’s nightlife is famous internationally, with clubs and bars in the district tailoring to expats and foreigners. A section of the district often referred to as Little Kenya has become home to wealthy East African expatriates, particularly wealthy young business leaders from Kenya and Tanzania.

    Moving west along the northern shoreline is Mahanavalaya proper, the most populous district of the island. A major government center, the district tends to be the preferred destination for foreign dignitaries - some countries even preferring to place their embassies here, rather than the more traditional Tiòngan/長安 on Hokoan/福灣. Much like neighbouring Bandaburu, the nightlife in this region is quite popular, although with more of a focus on the domestic upper class than foreign groups. Given the close proximity to Hokoan/福灣, a major bridge connects the northernmost point of this district with Tanjung Muarakerto on that island, as does the southern metro line (which in turn swings westward to end at Adyapura on this island).

    Along the northwestern and western shores lies the downtown area of Adyapura, a more middle-class region than the rest of the island. Focused with many of the day-to-day industries needed to work on the island, this region is perhaps one of the most diverse and peaceful in the country, though it lacks many of the tourism draws that exist across the rest of the island. The subway system’s furthest terminus lies near the western end of the district, as does a bridge across to the Pangkal Kuning district of Còengdóu/長島.

    To the southwestern edge of the island is the Ciwangi area, a predominantly tourist-driven beach district. With a lower population than the three districts mentioned so far, Ciwangi’s natural beauty makes it perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the country outside of Mahagni.

    The final district of the island is the sleepy Amritakund, stretching from the lake-filled highlands down to the southernmost portions of the island’s shoreline. Despite bordering all of the other districts on the island, little traffic goes through Amritakund, with the area instead serving mostly as nationally-protected nature preserves.


    CÒENGDÓU/長島 (Southwest of Hokoan/福灣; West of Mahanavalaya)
    Còengdóu/長島, the larger of the two southern islands, was the seat of Dutch influence in the country during the colonial era. With a similar architectural style to its smaller neighbour, Còengdóu/長島 tends to draw more of the non-political elite of the country, as well as expatriates from other parts of Asia. The less inhabited regions of the island also serve as major agricultural regions.

    Spoiler Còengdóu/長島 Districts :
    The easternmost peninsula of the island, Pangkal Kuning, is connected via bridge to the Ciwangi district of Mahanvalaya. A small suburban district, Pangkal Kuning hosts a particularly high Thai and Indonesian foreign population, but otherwise does little but function as a suburb of neighboring Manikot.

    Manikot, by contrast, is the largest district on the island, and moreso than any other district on the southern chain shows an industrial legacy. The population here is largely middle class, and though the area is a popular tourist destination, it tends to be marketed more as a budget destination than other regions of the country.

    Jalapura, to the south of Manikot and abutting the remainder of Pangkal Kuning, is the primary port of the island. Primarily a shipping harbor for Manikot, it also serves as the ferry port for arrivals from and departures to Shēngǎng/深港 on Háisai/海西, Bandaburu on Mahanavalaya, Tanjung Muarakerto and Hokoan/福灣 districts on the main island, and Banyuperak on Mahagni.

    Inland and to the north lies Cǎoguǎng/草廣, a flat expanse of grass and croplands that serves as the largest agricultural region of the country. While full-scale ranching or plantations are uncommon in this region due to the small size of the island in general, smaller farms still dominate the landscape.

    Further west along the northern lowlands lies Diemensaranya, a large forested region that does serve as home to many plantations, in particular rubber and tropical fruits. While the scale of the region is relatively small, slash-and-burn operations in the region - much as in other parts of Southeast Asia - are a major environmental and political issue.

    To the south of Diemensaranya, the Yúnhǎi/雲海 highlands draw into dramatic cloud forest peaks. While relatively uninhabited, the predominantly reservation land is one of the biggest ecotourism draws in the country, and is a popular hiking area - though attacks on tourists have led to some stretches of the district having a reputation for causing disappearances.

    South of Yúnhǎi/雲海 and west of Jalapura lies the Piânchúi/平水 coastal region, littered with smaller beach towns and fishing villages. While lacking major urban conglomerations, the region is far from rural, with low-level habitation existing across the entire region, particularly from ethnic Chinese - both domestic and foreign.

    The western end of the island is home to the titular Còengdóu/長島 district, the more upscale urban center of the territory. Predominantly newer constructions, Còengdóu/長島 has a reputation for a more liberal - and often dissident - streak than other parts of the country, and many prominent opposition politicians hail from this area.

    Mahagni (WNW of Còengdóu/長島):

    Spoiler :
    The second-largest island in the country, and the most remote from Hokoan/福灣, Mahagni is as active politically as it is geologically. With much weaker Chinese and much stronger Tamil influences than much of the country, and a strong power base to boot, many prominent figures on Mahagni are openly secessionist, with some advocating for armed conflict with the main islands’ regime if democratic independence attempts fail.

    Spoiler Mahagni Districts :
    The main port of the island is Banyuperak, which maintains active ferries to Shēngǎng/深港 on Háisai/海海, Bandabaru on Mahanavalaya, Jalapura on Còengdóu/長島, and Victoria, Tanjung Muarakerto and Hokoan/福灣 harbors on the main island. Prominent shipping industries on the island are run from here, often by Tamil-controlled businesses.

    In the lowlands north of the harbor lies Aparaprastha, a thriving urban area serving as a central economic hub for the island. While not as flashy as the financial districts on Hokoan/福灣, Aparaprastha carries a substantial portion of the country’s economy in its own right.

    In the northwest of Aparaprastha lies Achalakot, a mountainous city and de facto capital of Mahagni. The center of Indian culture in the country, Achalakot’s population consists primarily of Tamil-speakers, but also includes many other South Asian immigrants to the country - though notably few predominantly-Bengali guest worker populations; the district very much carries a “respectable” image to the outside world, and distances itself from many of the policies of the central government.

    To the east of these regions lies Nityapradesh, a long stretch of grasslands from the lowlands to the coastline. Currently one of the most popular tourist regions in the country (as is Mahagni as a whole), political discussions of the district often revolve around converting some of the land to agricultural purposes to further distance Mahagni from Hokoan/福灣, though many fear the lost revenue from tourism would instead ensure the opposite.

    To the west, by contrast, lie the highlands of Nisargadesh, a densely forested mountain region. While limited in population, the region is the source of almost all drinkable water on the island, and as such is viewed as an important and highly protected region by the other districts - something which the few inhabitants have used as leverage to gain support from the other Mahagni districts on various parliamentary bills in favor of the district.

    Further west still lies the highest points of the island, Mahagni district proper - a highly volcanic region popular with tourists. Estimates place nearly 90% of all tourists to the country passing through this district, a fact which is not ignored by regional and national governments seeking to develop the region.

    Southwest of Mahagni district is Tanjung Biru, a predominantly peninsular region including the westernmost territory in the entire country. Tanjung Biru is scattered with varying small to mid-size settlements, and contains a predominantly Malay population, in contrast with the Tamil majority in the other districts of Mahagni. The population in this district is more loyal to the government than other parts of the island, and settlement programs targeted at populations from the other islands are prioritized as a way of preventing a unified Mahagni from organizing for secession.

    Northwest of the volcanic areas, by contrast, is Cibiru, another major tourist area. Predominantly inhabited along the low-lying beaches, Cibiru’s laws are relatively relaxed compared to other districts in the country, and smaller violations of drug and prostitution laws are often ignored to maintain the party-district reputation of the region.
     
  3. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Themes:
    Spoiler :
    This game is heavily inspired by political, cultural, and social issues and trends in Southeast Asia - much of the cultural and geographical inspiration for the setting has been drawn from Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, though significant influences come from other regions - including Hong Kong and Thailand culturally, for example, and Myanmar/Burma politically.

    That is not to say, however, that this setting is a generic amalgam of SE Asia. The development trends of the main island, for example, are as much inspired by Dubai as they are Singapore - with some of the social issues, particularly in human rights and guest workers, that follow such a trend. Other inspirations come from places like Eastern Africa, which - with two noticeable Swahili-speaking groups in the country, one wealthy and one poor - make overt appearances in the scenario. Neocolonialism, in a form more often seen in Western Africa and the Horn than the kinds observed in SE Asia, also makes a formal appearance in the game - though with more of a research-and-finance slant than a raw resources one.

    Social issues are not neglected, either, and draw from the vast cross-section of cultures seen in the game - all going well, I hope to solidly address the influences and perspectives these cultures bring to the islands, both for better and worse, and what sort of impacts these trends have upon the people living there.

    Politics:
    Spoiler :
    I feel it important to note, first of all, that the parallels seen in much of the backstory to real-world political issues, particularly in SE Asia and Western Africa, are not accidental. While I have deliberately avoided bringing in actual actors from real world events, I nevertheless am aware that many of the issues presented here are very sensitive for many people, and I ask freely for commentary to ensure that I continue to build this world in a respectful manner. I do not, regardless of my own opinions on the matter, intend to make any sweeping commentaries on the politics of the region - or indeed, many of the other issues presented here. They are present to bring a degree of severity and realism to the setting, rather than to make calls on who is right or wrong. Similarly, I request players also be respectful of this - while by nature, I expect your characters to be entangled in these issues, this game is not your sociopolitical soapbox. Players who I believe to be using this setting to either incite arguments or to forward their own real-world opinions of the matter will be called out, and if the behavior continues, I will seek the blessing of the mods to intervene and remove them from the game. I’m not interested in mediating a real-world political debate, though the themes within are expected to be important and discussed in terms of the fictional setting itself.

    Under the country’s current constitution, ostensibly democratic elections are held for candidates who must be approved by the military as a security formality. In practice, the military heavily restricts candidates and maintains tight control of the civilian government by approving no more than one or two candidates in many districts. While not universally the case, these politicians often have military background, or work closely with the armed forces in civilian roles. The new negotiated constitution seeks to broker a more democratic system - each district will have one candidate elected at large without military approval, while 25% of positions in the parliament will be elected at-large throughout the country from a pool of military-approved candidates. While both sides proclaim these will be fair and free elections, significant worries exist internationally about the degree to which the military will still control the government, as well as the fact that strict voter registration laws and civil unrest in some districts discriminate against many minorities, and entirely exclude non-citizen residents - including the very substantial and mistreated South Asian working population.

    Major political factions tend to be split along two main lines. The first of these is the unofficial political party/coalition led by the military-backed civilian government; this group has long directed the country’s development, and has strong ties to foreign research and corporations. Though notoriously undemocratic and with a poor track record of civil and human rights, the group has some claim in having long directed the nation’s prominent economic growth.

    The second major faction is the ostensibly pro-democracy coalition led primarily by the National Democratic Alliance. Though unproven and still accused of human rights violations towards guest workers and massive minority disenfranchisement in voting, these groups proclaim a move towards a liberalisation and expansion of civil rights, and claim to have stronger interests in the citizen population than foreign influences.

    Outside of these groups, many foreign groups hold significant sway in the islands, and separatist and insurgent groups have particular prominence in some islands/districts.

    The islands themselves are divided into political units known as districts - with each of the major islands constituting at least one district, and many of the larger ones having multiple.

    On the eve of the game’s beginning, the country is preparing for what the ruling junta claims will be the return of democratic elections. Major players in these elections tend to be the pro-democratic opposition forces and the military itself, leaving many marginalized groups on the sidelines, and wide international speculation as to how free - or enforced - the results of these elections will be.

    Internationally, the region’s main claim to fame is that it is a major corporate area. The nation has mixed relations with neighbouring countries; there’s a bit of a rivalry with Singapore and somewhat negative popular perception of Indonesia, though a lot of cooperation officially out of pragmatism. I’d rather not go into foreign interactions too much in this game, but this is a country that’s relatively conservative politically and built on a background of a solid finance sector and research, with the playground-of-the-rich mentality of Dubai. It tends to have positive relations with more open markets and is susceptible to influence from major western economies + China, Japan, and the Four Tigers - though many of the people in the country resent foreign influences; particularly China is viewed as rather imperialistic, given the large chunk of the population being Chinese diaspora but culturally and socially rather far removed from modern PRC identity. Public perception abroad is mixed, however - it’s not exactly a democratic country at the moment, with substantial disenfranchisement and discrimination against certain minority groups and guest workers, and much like Singapore, even enfranchised groups are perceived as having excessively curbed civil rights in exchange for development and economic growth.


    All male citizens of the country are required to provide 18 months of military service upon turning 18 (though the process is automatically deferred until completion of secondary education, and can optionally be deferred until after pursuing an undergraduate education).

    Major NPCs
    Spoiler :

    Kuang Kah Sye/鄺嘉使, Prime Minister:
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    May 8, 1952; Victoria, British Hokoan
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Military Service:
    Hokoan Army, May 1967 - June 1997
    General after April of 1993
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Minister of Defence:
    November 19, 1998 - July 26, 2012
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prime Minister:
    Since October 3, 2014
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hokoan's Prime Minister and oldest sitting politician, Kuang Kah Sye/鄺嘉使 lacked a formal education, and faked documents to join the military in 1967 at the height of the Indonesian Emergency. While the situation was defused peacefully and Hokoan itself never found itself in an immediate war, Kuang led volunteer forces aiding the Americans during the later stages of the Vietnam War and again near the end of his military career under the British during the Gulf War. A major military reformer, he spent much of his career studying and imitating the neighbouring Singaporean Armed Forces, a trend that has continued since his retirement. As Minister of Defence, Kuang was among the more aggressive members of the Cabinet, and frequently accused of using his power to undermine the few milestones in democracy and civil liberties the public had accomplished in favor of tighter military control. His candidacy for the position of Prime Minister came as a surprise, though his approval and lack of opponents did not. Despite his nominal approval of the new constitution and upcoming elections, Kuang's rule has largely highlighted factionalism within the military government between those seeking to broker a compromise with the opposition and those seeking to tighten control, and his commentary has led to fears of a civil war in the event of a military government collapse. Despite this, Kuang has vowed to step down as Prime Minister regardless of election results, and will not be campaigning for any positions under the new system.

    S. Jayanti, Minister of Defence:
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    April 28, 1958; Achalakot District
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Education:
    Achalakot Preparatory School, Class of 1976
    B.A. Military History, Tanjung Muarakerto Military Academy, 1986
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Military Service:
    Republic of Hokoan Air Force, June 1976 - October 2014
    General after May of 2009
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Minister of Defence:
    Since October 3, 2014
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kuang's successor as Minister of Defence, S. Jayanti's fame as Hokoan's first female general brought her to prominence in the years preceding her transition to civilian government. Far less combatant than her predecessor, Jayanti is the only member of the Cabinet from Mahagni, and her strong loyalty to the country leave her valued by both parties as a strong figure to stem secessionist tendencies there. A major feminist figure in the country, she has largely been co-opted as the face of the more liberal and reconciliatory branch of the military government in the wake of the upcoming elections.

    Dr. James Tan, MD PhD, Minister of Science:
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    February 6, 1978; Bākdóu/北島 District
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Education:
    Bākdóu/北島 Academy, Class of 1996
    B.Sc Biotechnology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2001
    MD PhD Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Military Service:
    Republic of Hokoan Air Force - July 1996 - December 1997
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Minister of Science:
    Since September 9, 2011
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Widely projected to be Hokoan's first potential Nobel Laureate, Dr. James Tan serves as the youngest member of the Cabinet in his role as Minister of Science. Since taking the post in late 2011, the prodigal son of Bākdóu/北島 has spent much of his time strengthening Hokoan's reputation as an international research centre, in particular through major development on the island of Háisai/海西 and close ties to international universities and corporations. Under his tenure, biotech research in the country has exploded, with many Hokoan research corporations now among the most successful in the world. Despite his relatively mild manners, Dr. Tan has shown himself to be a formidable and popular politician, securing substantial influence for both himself and his Ministry within the Cabinet, and maintaining enough allies - particularly through joint programmes with the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Intelligence - to make the thought of his replacement by either the reigning government or the opposition all but unthinkable.

    Olivia Chua, JD, Opposition Leader (informal):
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    August 14, 1987; Singapore
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Immigrated:
    July 15, 1993
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Education:
    Raffles Junior College, Class of 2005
    B.Sc Computer Science, University of Cambridge, 2010
    JD Harvard University, 2013
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The youthful leader of the New Democratic Alliance, Olivia Chua is one of the most popular figures among the Hokoan public - and one of the most controversial amongst its government and foreign leaders. Though born and educated in Singapore herself, Chua's extended family hails from the Còengdóu/長島 District, where both she and her party have entertained their most loyal supporter base. Growing up, Olivia came off as almost single-mindedly academic to her peers, and the amount of time she spent isolated in her studies leaves her past and personal life largely enigmatic to the Hokoan public. Despite this, her charismatic personality and liberal rhetoric, promising improved civil and political liberties to the people of Hokoan, have amassed her scores of followers. The nature of her leadership is under question as the eve of elections approach, however - constitutionally barred from leadership due to her foreign birth, and leading a party by and large both less egalitarian and more radical than herself, even a successful election for her New Democratic Alliance could see Chua's message of peace and hope drowned out - or result in her eroding the new Prime Minister's authority to that of her puppet, seriously jeopardizing the democratic future of the nation.
     
  4. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Culture & Demographics:
    Spoiler :
    By and large, the demographics of the city are heavily based off of those of Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia - the majority of the population being of Indian (especially Tamil), Austronesian (predominantly Malay), or Chinese (both recent and longterm arrivals, with high proportions of Hokkien and other non-Mandarin groups, especially in older-origin families).

    More recent immigration has included groups from further afield in Southeast Asia - particularly the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar/Burma - both in terms of the dominant and minority groups within those countries.

    Outside of Southeast Asia, substantial populations have been noticed in guest worker populations - some illegally brought in as labour forces by major construction firms - predominantly from South Asia (Bangladesh most frequently, but groups from India and Pakistan are not uncommon). Other populations come from East Africa, with two notable Swahili-speaking groups in the city - one guest worker underclass, and one dominated by wealthy investors and expatriate economic elite. Much smaller minorities of expatriates are also visible in society, particularly on the two southern islands, though they form an extremely small portion of the population, and are - in theory, at least - not allowed to participate in the politics of the country.

    As a result of this diversity, a broad number of languages are spoken on the islands. Most commonly, English is spoken by most well-educated residents, while Chinese - particularly Mandarin and Hokkien - Tamil, and Malay are all spoken by their respective demographic groups and those in frequent contact with them. Other languages tend to be spoken by their respective immigrant groups, with Thai, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Burmese, Bangla, and other Chinese dialects forming the second tier of languages. Arabic, Swahili and as-of-yet unlisted South Asian languages tend to be the next most spoken, with French and Dutch existing near the bottom as legacies of colonial influence and smaller immigrant groups.

    Religion in the country is also extremely diverse - Buddhism, Islam, and irreligion are by far the most common among the population, but not insignificant Christian, Hindu, and Sikh minorities also exist, alongside traditional religions of China and the Malay archipelago.

    Overall, the population of the country has boomed in recent decades, resulting in a young average population, though sharply declining birth rates have created concerns about how the islands will age in recent years.

    Gender & LGBT issues in the country are progressive for the area, but conservative compared to western Europe or Canada - no legal oppositions to LGBT groups exist, but neither do legal protections, and strong public discrimination means that most of the population remains closeted. While - particularly from government-originating sources - women are proudly proclaimed as being leaders in society, the truth is that both professionally and socially large gender gaps exist.

    Hokoan shares much of a common history, climate, and culture with its neighbors of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, and the cuisine in the country reflects that. Dishes often include rice and seafood, chicken, and rice-based noodles as main ingredients, and dishes like curries (interestingly, tending more towards Thai influences as soups than Indian influences) and soups are particularly common. Common spices and ingedients include chilis, lemongrass, coconut, and soy sauce are common ingredients and spices. Wheat is not grown in the country, but, much like its neighbors, is imported for Indian and Western-style breads. Maize, and Swahili-inspired variants of many dishes with native forms, have also appeared in recent years due to recent African immigration. New immigrant communities tend to use influences from their own cultures in cuisine, as well

    For more information on those regional foods;
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_cuisine
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_cuisine
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singaporean_cuisine
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_curry
     
  5. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Miscellaneous Resources:
    Spoiler :
    List of Districts by Island:
    Spoiler :
    HOKOAN/福灣 (MAIN ISLAND)
    -Victoria (northern port)
    -Prithvikot
    -Apradesh (western coastline)
    -Quartier Pasteur
    -Tanjung Muarakerto (southern peninsula)
    -Kota Emas (major inland urban area)
    -Tìngchiu/中州 (heart of the island, geographically)
    -Hokoan/福灣 (older harbor area; island and country name)
    -Hiongsoa/香山 (highest point)
    -Tiòngan/長安
    -Bākdóu/北島 (northern end)
    -Gāomén/高門 (financial district)
    -Méntóu/門頭 (continuation of Gaomen)

    CÒENGDÓU/長島 (SOUTHWEST)
    -Diemensaranya (inland)
    -Manikot (major city)
    -Jalapura (port district)
    -Pangkal Kuning
    -Yúnhǎi/雲海 (can be coastal or mountainous)
    -Còengdóu/長島 (name of the island)
    -Piânchúi/平水 (southern shore)
    -Cǎoguǎng/草廣 (open lowlands)

    MAHANAVALAYA (SOUTH)
    -Mahanavalaya (largest city)
    -Adyapura (downtown bordering Mahanavalaya)
    -Amritakund (inland, rural highlands, lakes)
    -Bandabaru (port district)
    -Ciwangi (western coastline; low population, touristy)

    MAHAGNI (WEST)
    -Nisargadesh (inland, remote)
    -Nityapradesh (open, coastal, remote)
    -Achalakot (mountainous, city)
    -Aparaprastha (downtown lowlands bordering Achalakot)
    -Mahagni (volcanic area)
    -Banyuperak (main port)
    -Tanjung Biru (western peninsula)
    -Cibiru (low population coastal district; beach area)

    HÁISAI/海西 (ENE)
    -Shēngǎng/深港 (main port)
    -Háisai/海西 (island name)
    -Sāmgōng/森岡 (inland, forested area; remote)
    -Ceōnjyù/春魚 (small fishing district)
    -Shēnshuǐ/深水 (area where the coast drops off very quickly)

    TANAHWANGI (NE)
    -Merahbaya
    -Tanahwangi (island name)
    -Padang Baru

    ARUNUSA (NNE)
    -Arunusa (main district, island name)
    -Suranegara

    CHHINTÓ/青島 (N)
    -Ashramanya (rural area; religious center)
    -Bukit Pinang (highlands)
    -Chhintó/青島 (populated district; island name)
    District Etymologies:
    Spoiler :
    Diemensaranya ([van] Diemen’s forest)
    Arunusa (red island)
    Jalapura (water town)
    Manikot (jewel fort)
    Prithvikot (earth fort)
    Nityapradesh (eternal province)
    Nisargadesh (nature land)
    Mahanavalaya (great new dwelling)
    Achalakot (mountain fort)
    Amritakund (immortal lake)
    Mahagni (great fire)
    Aparaprastha (lower city)
    Adyapura (original town)
    Ashramanya (hermitage forest)
    Apradesh (water province)
    Bandabaru (port new)
    Suranegara (shark country)
    Bukit Pinang (hill pine)
    Tanjung Muarakerto (peninsula delta city)
    Padang Baru (field new)
    Tanahwangi (soil fragrant)
    Merahbaya (red crocodile)
    Cibiru (water blue)
    Kota Emas (city gold)
    Pangkal Kuning (point yellow)
    Banyuperak (water silver)
    Tanjung Biru (peninsula blue)
    Ciwangi (water fragrant)
    Victoria (former British monarch; alternate interpretation as victory popularized)
    Quartier Pasteur (Neighbourhood Pasteur)
    Shēngǎng/深港 - deep harbor
    Hokoan/福灣 - rich bay
    Còengdóu/長島 - long island
    Sāmgōng/森岡 - forest hill
    Yúnhǎi/雲海 - cloud sea
    Tìngchiu/中州 - center province
    Háisai/海西 - west (of the) sea
    Chhintó/青島 - green island
    Gāomén/高門 - tall gate
    Piânchúi/平水 - peaceful water
    Bākdóu/北島 - north island
    Ceōnjyù/春魚 - spring fish
    Hiongsoa/香山 - fragrant mountain
    Tiòngan/長安 - long calm
    Cǎoguǎng/草廣 - grass expanse
    Méntóu/門頭 - top (of the) gate
    Shēnshuǐ/深水 - deep water

    Root Words and Etymological Resources:

    Spoiler Indonesian Languages :

    S)undanese
    (J)avanese
    (M)alay/Bahasa Indonesia
    Ci- (Water) S
    Banyu- (Water) J
    Kota - (City) M
    Muara - (Delta) M
    Tanjung - (Peninsula) M
    Sura- (Shark?) J
    Pangkal - (Point) M
    Pekan- (Event) M
    Padang - (Field) M
    Banda - (Port) M
    Tanah - (Soil) M
    -karta/kerto (City) J
    -pura (City) ?
    -baru (New) M
    -baya (Crocodile) J
    -wangi (Good smell) J
    -negara/nagara/negoro (Country) M
    -bumi (Earth/Soil) M
    -lingga/linggo (Penis) J
    - Pinang (Pine Tree) M
    -sari (Nutrients?) M
    Often used but I don't know what the :) :) :) :):) :) :) :):) :) :) :):) :) :) :) these meant.
    -men
    -an
    -ai
    -eng
    -ang
    -wi
    Biru(Blue),
    Merah,(Red),
    Kuning(Yellow).
    Sometimes we use materials like Emas (Gold), Perak (Silver), etc.
    Spoiler Chinese :

    Character- Definition- Mandarin- Cantro- Min Nan (Hokkien)
    廣- Expanse- guǎng- gwóng- kóng
    州- Province- zhōu- jāu- chiu
    東- East- dōng- dūng- tung
    西- West- xī- sāi- sai
    南- South- nán- nàahm- lâm
    北- North- běi- bāk - pak
    上- Up- shàng- seuhng- siōng
    中- Middle- zhōng- zūng- tìng
    下- Down- xià- haa, háah- ē, hē, kē, hā
    平- Peace- píng, bīng- pìhng- pên, pîn, piân, pêng
    和- Peace- hé, hàn- wòh- hoê, hô, hō
    安- Calm, Peace- ān, yāo, yào- ōn, ngōn- an
    門- Door, Gate- mén- mùn- mn̂g, mûi
    春- Spring- chūn- ceōn- chhun
    頭- Head, Top- tóu- tòuh- thâu, thiô, thô͘
    高- Tall- gāo - gōu- ko, kau
    長- Long- cháng- còeng- tiòng
    香- Fragrant- xiāng- hēung- hiong
    福- Rich- fú- fūk- hok
    深- Deep- shēn- sām- chhim
    水- Water- shuǐ- seói- súi, chúi
    魚- Fish- yú- jyù- hî, hû, gû
    海- Sea- hǎi- hói- hái
    島- Island- dǎo- dóu- tó
    灣- Bay, Cove- wān- wāan- oan
    港- Harbor- gǎng- góng- kang
    山- Mountain- shān- sāan- san, soa
    岡- Hill- gāng- gōng- kong
    雲- Cloud- yún- wàn- hûn
    青- Green, Blue- qīng- cēng, cīng- chhen, chhin, chheng
    草- Grass- cǎo - cóu- chháu, chhó
    森- Forest- sēn- sām- N/A
    林- Forest (smaller)- lín- làhm- nâ, lîm

    Spoiler Sanskrit :

    -aranya: forest
    -alaya: dwelling/abode
    -desa: land (this is where the name "bangladesh" comes from)
    -pradesh: province
    -maha: great
    -pura/prastha: city/town
    -kund: lake
    -nusa: island
    -dvipa/dwipa: island
    -kot: fort
    http://www.selfdiscoveryportal.com/cmSanskrit.htm
    Acknowledgements:
    Spoiler :
    Major help in naming goes to Reus, Bair, and SK, who helped me with Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian origin names respectively - both in terms of providing roots and checking the grammar and viability of my final products.

    Additional credit in development help goes to any and all who looked at my planning document and gave me feedback; in particular, Omega, SK, Polyblank, Kaiser, Tyo, Red, and Robert deserve recognition for constructive feedback and requests which helped me in development prior to the pre-threads release.

    Again, link to the Google doc, where everything is easier to read. You may now post.
    IC game thread can be found here
     
  6. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    7,601
    Posting interest. What is the food like in Hokoan? Like the types of cusine, delecaies, ect.
     
  7. Civ'ed

    Civ'ed I ain't gotta explain a thing

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    6,315
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Aberdonia et Banffia
    Interest thingy.
    If you need a map just say so
     
  8. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    This... would actually be extremely generous of you. Its not necessary by any means, but if you're willing, it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  9. SouthernKing

    SouthernKing crickety cricket

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2010
    Messages:
    6,883
    Location:
    Deva Loka
  10. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    8,961
    Location:
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Name: Jason Ly
    Work: CEO Four Brothers Shipping
    Headquarters: Victoria
    Home: On the border between Kota Emas and Quartier Pasteur
    CEO of a highly profitable shipping company, Mr. Ly hasn't been able to escape rumors that his company undertakes less than legitimate actions, though nothing has ever been proven.

    “Because these fools always look up for power. People above you, they never want to share power with you. Why you look to them? They give you nothing. People below you, you give them hope, you give them respect, they give you power, cause they don't think they have any, so they don't mind giving it up.”
    ― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow

    There was a boy on the island, years ago. He lived down by the docks. His dinner was watery rice with gristly meat, when he could get it, and moldy vegetables when he could not.

    There is a man today on the island. He lives in a big mansion. His dinner is the finest of meats and the freshest of fish and the most luscious of fruits.

    The boy lived with his mother, in a tiny shack. She loved him, and he loved her. So did many of the dockworkers.

    The man lives with his wife and his daughters and sons in a large house. He loves them, and they love him.

    The boy did what he had to survive. He worked at the docks, went to school, and won a scholarship. He traveled to England and saw many great sites, learned a great many things, and made many new friends.

    The Man returned to the island unrecognizable. He had money, a name, and no past. His coffers are overflowing, and all his assets are in the black. People recognize him on the street, and many wish to be his friend. And an old woman who lived by the docks was given a good home far from the docks.

    That is his life, who he is and who he was.
     
  11. arya126

    arya126 Squad Leader

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Messages:
    4,306
    Location:
    Outside the Wall
    Interested, just dont have any ideas for a character yet. Will think on it.
     
  12. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Thanks to everyone who expressed interest so far.

    A reminder that, in addition to sign-ups, you can use this thread to ask me more details about the world, or if you want to have a very expansive backstory, to make sure it all fits in solidly and use it as a way to flesh out the history of the country.
     
  13. Robert Can't

    Robert Can't Grantaire

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2007
    Messages:
    3,119
    Location:
    The Barricade
    Just as a note: I'll probably be adding much more to this in terms of backstory over the coming days, this are just my initial ideas.
    Also please note this is just adding back story for some of the themes I want to look at and not a sign up

    The case of Catarina d'Herbinville - Investigation was inconclusive and the search called off in November 2014


    A Totally Unrelated Incident

     
  14. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    So I'd originally planned to start this within a day or two of today, but that also assumed people would have been working on characters all week.

    I do intend to run this game, and will do so with a relatively low player count, but I actually need you guys to make characters first. Please do so.
     
  15. NinjaCow64

    NinjaCow64 The Continuation of the Dream Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    7,601
    Name: Kuning bin Sari
    Work: Kuning Hokoan Cuisine
    Location: Tiòngan

    Bio: Kuning bin Sari is the owner of a small restaurant in the Tiòngan district. It is known for it's cheap but surprisingly delicious food, its proximity to the Parliament and it's ghastly décor. It has become popular amongst politicians as a cheap, quick and private place to have dinner. Most of their clientèle are either the local middle class or politicians, usually but not exclusively those associated with the opposition parties. There are written testimonials from various important men and women praising Kuning's food lamented all across the walls. Kuning cooks what he calls "traditional Hokoan food", which is really a fusion of neighbouring cuisines.

    Kuning was actually an activist for the pro-democracy movement in his youth, but he left for reasons that he has never talked about and has transformed into a bitter old man. Kuning comes from a mixed ancestry as his mother was Chinese and his father was Malaysian. He married a Malaysian wife who is now deceased, he had two sons: Rayyan bin Kuning, who was a important participant in the campaign for democracy, and Irfan bin Kuning, the youngest son who has stayed at home to help with the restaurant.
     
  16. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Will update some stuff about elections (in terms of gameplay) later.

    For those interested in joining as a higher-up political figure, the only things that are actually off-limits are the head of either the main opposition party or the military government, head of the government research ministry, or the topmost authority in the military command. Those are the four main NPCs I will be detailing later.

    They do not have plot armor and you can replace/kill/otherwise displace them once the game begins.
     
  17. arya126

    arya126 Squad Leader

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Messages:
    4,306
    Location:
    Outside the Wall
    Name: William Siu-Kei
    Position: Assistant Director of Covert Operations
    Age: 28
    Background: Grandson of the "Admiral of the Sea", the staunchest pro-government military official in the country, William is the Assistant Director of Covert Field Operations. While the Director is technically the leader of the department, William is the one that handles the bulk of the field supervisory and administrative work, and those under him recognize this and have granted him their loyalty.

    William started off growing up in the secluded mountainous region of Yunhai. There he picked up many of his survivalist attributes from his father and older brother, both of whom are now dead due to an opposition incited riot. He ended up skipping 2nd grade. At the age of 14 William was sent to a prestigious boarding school in Hong Kong. During his time on the island, he made contacts with the local Triads and began making friends in the organization by helping with their operations in capacities where his age and prestigious boarding school position helped shield the operations from the authorities. Upon graduation from Hong Kong at 18 he was granted admission into Cambridge University and attended there for 4 years. While there he struck up an unlikely friendship with what would become the opposition leader of his country. They developed a close friendship, but it fell apart in an instant when she declared her intentions to go on to Harvard then help lead the campaign for reform in their home country, while William remained staunchly in favor of the regime and returned home upon graduation to serve in it. William left for home a semester early, and completed his final 3 courses in a distance learning program arranged with his professors.

    He completed his mandatory 18 months military service in the Navy, specifically Naval Intelligence. After 18 months, his grandfather convinced Will to join the Ministry of Intelligence and participate in Ministry wide reforms the Navy was pushing for. As a result, Will started as a field operative and quickly moved up, gaining experience both at the desk and in the field, until he was appointed Assistant Director of Covert Operations. He is the youngest to have ever held the position.

    Office Location: Mahanavalaya
     
  18. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Glad to have you on board. Some details VM'd to you re: our discussion before
     
  19. CivOasis

    CivOasis Ahuizotl

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,005
    Location:
    Sawaiki
    Our starting list of our four most prominent NPCs:

    Kuang Kah Sye/鄺嘉使, Prime Minister:
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    May 8, 1952; Victoria, British Hokoan
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Military Service:
    Hokoan Army, May 1967 - June 1997
    General after April of 1993
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Minister of Defence:
    November 19, 1998 - July 26, 2012
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prime Minister:
    Since October 3, 2014
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hokoan's Prime Minister and oldest sitting politician, Kuang Kah Sye/鄺嘉使 lacked a formal education, and faked documents to join the military in 1967 at the height of the Indonesian Emergency. While the situation was defused peacefully and Hokoan itself never found itself in an immediate war, Kuang led volunteer forces aiding the Americans during the later stages of the Vietnam War and again near the end of his military career under the British during the Gulf War. A major military reformer, he spent much of his career studying and imitating the neighbouring Singaporean Armed Forces, a trend that has continued since his retirement. As Minister of Defence, Kuang was among the more aggressive members of the Cabinet, and frequently accused of using his power to undermine the few milestones in democracy and civil liberties the public had accomplished in favor of tighter military control. His candidacy for the position of Prime Minister came as a surprise, though his approval and lack of opponents did not. Despite his nominal approval of the new constitution and upcoming elections, Kuang's rule has largely highlighted factionalism within the military government between those seeking to broker a compromise with the opposition and those seeking to tighten control, and his commentary has led to fears of a civil war in the event of a military government collapse. Despite this, Kuang has vowed to step down as Prime Minister regardless of election results, and will not be campaigning for any positions under the new system.

    S. Jayanti, Minister of Defence:
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    April 28, 1958; Achalakot District
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Education:
    Achalakot Preparatory School, Class of 1976
    B.A. Military History, Tanjung Muarakerto Military Academy, 1986
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Military Service:
    Republic of Hokoan Air Force, June 1976 - October 2014
    General after May of 2009
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Minister of Defence:
    Since October 3, 2014
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kuang's successor as Minister of Defence, S. Jayanti's fame as Hokoan's first female general brought her to prominence in the years preceding her transition to civilian government. Far less combatant than her predecessor, Jayanti is the only member of the Cabinet from Mahagni, and her strong loyalty to the country leave her valued by both parties as a strong figure to stem secessionist tendencies there. A major feminist figure in the country, she has largely been co-opted as the face of the more liberal and reconciliatory branch of the military government in the wake of the upcoming elections.

    Dr. James Tan, MD PhD, Minister of Science:
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    February 6, 1978; Bākdóu/北島 District
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Education:
    Bākdóu/北島 Academy, Class of 1996
    B.Sc Biotechnology, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2001
    MD PhD Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Military Service:
    Republic of Hokoan Air Force - July 1996 - December 1997
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Minister of Science:
    Since September 9, 2011
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Widely projected to be Hokoan's first potential Nobel Laureate, Dr. James Tan serves as the youngest member of the Cabinet in his role as Minister of Science. Since taking the post in late 2011, the prodigal son of Bākdóu/北島 has spent much of his time strengthening Hokoan's reputation as an international research centre, in particular through major development on the island of Háisai/海西 and close ties to international universities and corporations. Under his tenure, biotech research in the country has exploded, with many Hokoan research corporations now among the most successful in the world. Despite his relatively mild manners, Dr. Tan has shown himself to be a formidable and popular politician, securing substantial influence for both himself and his Ministry within the Cabinet, and maintaining enough allies - particularly through joint programmes with the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Intelligence - to make the thought of his replacement by either the reigning government or the opposition all but unthinkable.

    Olivia Chua, JD, Opposition Leader (informal):
    Spoiler :
    Born:
    August 14, 1987; Singapore
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Immigrated:
    July 15, 1993
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Education:
    Raffles Junior College, Class of 2005
    B.Sc Computer Science, University of Cambridge, 2010
    JD Harvard University, 2013
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The youthful leader of the New Democratic Alliance, Olivia Chua is one of the most popular figures among the Hokoan public - and one of the most controversial amongst its government and foreign leaders. Though born and educated in Singapore herself, Chua's extended family hails from the Còengdóu/長島 District, where both she and her party have entertained their most loyal supporter base. Growing up, Olivia came off as almost single-mindedly academic to her peers, and the amount of time she spent isolated in her studies leaves her past and personal life largely enigmatic to the Hokoan public. Despite this, her charismatic personality and liberal rhetoric, promising improved civil and political liberties to the people of Hokoan, have amassed her scores of followers. The nature of her leadership is under question as the eve of elections approach, however - constitutionally barred from leadership due to her foreign birth, and leading a party by and large both less egalitarian and more radical than herself, even a successful election for her New Democratic Alliance could see Chua's message of peace and hope drowned out - or result in her eroding the new Prime Minister's authority to that of her puppet, seriously jeopardizing the democratic future of the nation.

    [will update OP and Google Doc later]
     
  20. Robert Can't

    Robert Can't Grantaire

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2007
    Messages:
    3,119
    Location:
    The Barricade
    Name: Srinivasa Anand
    Rank: Detective Chief Inspector, Nityapradesh Police Department
    Age: 32
    Place of Birth: Diemensaranya
    Religion: Christian, Huguenot
    Current Location: Diemensaranya
    Languages: Tamil, French, Malay and English
    Tamil and French were both used interchangeably in his village and so he fluently speak both as a native speaker. Malay and English were taught at school and he has frequently used both in his career as a police officer and thus i
     

Share This Page