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Completed Let's Play Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Cassidy, May 15, 2014.

  1. Cassidy Arcane

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    Index
    1. Planetfall(Right Here)
    2. One Century of Peace
    3. Agenda 23
    4. First Planet War
    5. Tribute to Shiva
    6. Fall from Heaven
    7. Godforsaken
    8. Armageddon War
    9. "Human" Evolution
    10. I, Robot
    11. Twisted Dreams
    12. Birth of Daedalus
    13. On the eve of defeat and singularity
    14. The End of Kali Yuga

    With the Peacekeepers, a faction that on surface seems a carbon copy of the typical ideals of "western democracy", arguably the most "mundane" of the factions in the game regarding its values, but is still a fun one to play with. Kalin already did the always amusing Believers although he never finished it, so I decided to attempt reaching endgame with the Peacekeepers.

    These are the Peacekeepers stats:

    -1 Efficiency (U.N. style bureaucracy)
    Extra talent for every four citizens (Attracts intellectual elite)
    May exceed hab complex population requirements by 2.
    Receives double votes in election for planetary governor and supreme leader.

    Basically they lack any major strength or weakness, making them a very flexible faction to play with. They can fit any strategy but obviously not as well as the factions specialized at specific strategies with stronger pros and cons. The advantage more population brings depends on difficulty level: the highest the difficulty, the less impact it will have because of the increased number of drones, but it will still be useful combined with the extra talents.

    As for Victory Conditions, all are possible:

    Conquest: Some factions hate DEMOCRACY and will sooner or later wage war on anyone with Democracy as their form of government. Conquest is a definite possibility but I intend to show all stages of the game, from early to late game, so I won't really rush.

    Diplomatic: Meh, too "easy". The advantages of the Peacekeepers in planetary votes and extra pop. favor them a lot for this. I will never attempt it.

    Economic: The Corporate Jew Masters of the UN formed their own faction in Morgan Industries, and the -1 Efficiency will put the Peacekeepers at a disadvantage. Plus it is grossly unethical to monopolize energy like that.

    Transcendence: The ethics of the process are dubious at best, but if other factions begin it, it is Lal's duty to ensure the Peacekeepers' level-headed, sane, free and humanitarian ideals will guide such post-human future that is perhaps the Hindu concept of Satya Yuga transformed into reality.

    I'm using kyrub's latest AI improvement, and this is vanilla Alpha Centauri without the "improvements" of Alien Crossfire. Difficulty is Transcend, Huge Map of the Planet because random ones rarely look good for a Let's Play. Other than the geographic basics of the map revealed and no random research, rules are the default ones, so for example, unity pods("goody huts"), unlike in Kalin's LP, will be spread across the map, and the first bases will have fixed start locations.

    I will add some extra quotes I believe relevant, they may suck or not.

    And there will be a canon crossover, you'll see:

    :M

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    "Now, the Dark Age of Kali Yuga has come.
    Plant the Naam, the Name of the One Lord.
    It is not the season to plant other seeds.
    Do not wander lost in doubt and delusion."

    -- Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Datalinks


    1. Planetfall: A Tip separated from the Iceberg

    UNATCO Theme - I think it fits the Peacekeepers, to an extent.

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    Confirmed by History and Pravin Lal's words, the users of a certain corner of Earth's Planetary Datalinks known as /pol/ were truly prophets, and some biased intellectuals among the Peacekeeprs believe the past events known together as the ULTIMATE DOOM EXPANSION SET FOR KWANZANIA and the very disaster on Earth could have been avoided, had Ron Paul been elected President in his country, but the manboons were too busy watching Oprah and making retarded smiles to Kinect devices to realize their impending ITZ. With enough surveillance infrastructure to make STASI very jealous, Kwanstain dissolved into a fascist dictatorship while the world faced Ultimate Economic Meltdown, and such events brought its fragmentation shortly after, starting with the survivalists and militias of the National Secessionist Front and with the bible thumpers of the Christian States of America.

    The Unity left Earth shortly after the demise of North America was reaching its final stage, a new hope for peace and knowledge, but some things never change. Captain Garland, leader of the mission to Alpha Centauri was assassinated, the culprit never caught, and the crew divided among followers of seven different ideals as the unity suffered a reactor malfunction that forced them into escape pods. The Peacekeepers are those most faithful to the principles of the Mission, the values of Democracy, Human Rights, Rule of Law and Liberty the better part of the United Nations always stood for regardless of what tinfoil hat wearing lunatics claim.

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    Crash landing near an isthmus in this alien planet, the first year of the UN Headquarters began. Promising mineral reserves and sea nutrient reserves were scanned, and a second colony ship with the remaining citizens of the Peacekeepers was directed northwards, because there were unity pods to the north, while the detection of suspicious, reddish patches of extremely rugged alien fungus with some suspicious, unexplained signatures, motivated a cautious expansion and recon policy, considering the likelihood such fungus could be a barrier to the south.

    The first research project was an attempt at transforming psychology in a more precise science through analysis of the largest detailed supply of information on human behavior: the chaos after the assassination of Garland and the reactor malfunction that doomed the Unity.

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    An unity rover recovered from one of the pods began to further explore this new and alien world. Somehow, around this mysterious monolith it found, relatively large quantities of nutrients that could be processed into something edible by humans, energy and minerals were detected. Because of them, it was clearly an interesting location to build a new base around.

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    To both study and explore consciously the natural resources around the monolith, UN Planetary Trust was founded. In the early days of the Peacekeepers, expansion was hectic. There was no formal, defined guidelines of governance and economics, people had to read what they salvaged from the Unity, and books became valuable heirlooms during the second generation, for intellectual pursuits were highly valued within their society, but on a more philosophical and ethical level than those pursuits of Zakharov, who believes science is an end which justifies all means, including horrid methods such as unwilling human test subjects.

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    Another of the strange monoliths is located near the Planetary Trust. For now a cautious analysis proceeds, but it is very clear perhaps even centuries of study will be required to finally reach an understanding of how they focus so many natural resources around them and what they were built for.

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    Commissioner, the research on social psychology was concluded. Public libraries can be constructed at your discretion

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    The UN bases remain small enough, for the time being, to not require comprehensive investment. Recon of the planet is our first priority, Secretary Manderley. What else did this study open in possibilities?

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    It is possible for the conclusions of this study, combined with our previous knowledge of Biogenetics, to be employed in an attempt to reach a precise and scientific understanding of the relation between our brain and our sentience, something with future applications in many fields.

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    This is a dangerous discovery, Manderley. Imagine what men like Yang could do if they could discover how human sentience works, and how to precisely reshape it and human mind for their totalitarian whims. Nevertheless, we must be sure there is no way to tamper with the human brain, and if there is any way, we must have the theoretical basis to develop countermeasures against such horrific possibilities of thought control technologies. We must discover the secrets of the human brain first, Secretary.

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    I will inform our research teams immediately, Commissioner.

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    A malfunctioning pod caused a most strange seismic move, lifting once submerged lands above the sea level and altering rainfall patterns. This unexpected and massive event created a new potential fertile location for a new base.

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    One of the Unity rovers locates a strange mass of alien lifeforms.

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    Half of the crews of the rovers perish, and according to the reports, sensations of the greatest suffering and visions of machete gangs committing to the most brutal and inhuman deeds, of a face that never remembered and of a dying Earth assaulted the minds of the crews. Flamethrowers were fired wildly, sometimes against each other in the panic, as these alien worms seem capable of injecting horrific torments in the minds of their victims. Fortunately the rovers managed to retreat before their complete demise, and a team is being dispatched to finish what they could not.

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    It was a costly battle with heavy casualties, the worms burying inside the brains of their tormented victims, driven to a state of catatonia only the strongest of will were not afflicted with. Finally, all of those vermin were purged, and it was evident they came from that suspicious fungus, now clearly a major threat. All colonial efforts must be escorted from now on, and all bases must be protected all times, to ensure no immense disasters shall occur.

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    Commissioner, the results of the studies on what remained unknown of our mind have been quite interesting, with a myriad of potential applications. Furthermore such important breakthrough will ensure us a greater scientific edge.

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    I wonder if we just opened a Pandora's box. Tell me of the immediate applications of such breakthrough, Secretary.

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    First, with such knowledge, we have developed a prototype for a device that shields its wearer's mind against the psych attacks of the mindworms. Burning them before they reach our installations by attacking them first remains the optimal solution, however. It may be wise to start issuing all our defensive forces with such shields immediately, considering the frequency of such dangerous alien life forms.

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    I will see to that. Any other potential applications, Manderley?

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    None that would be compatible with the values of the United Nations, Lal. Such deep knowledge of the nature of human sentience could be exploited by religious demagogues and zealots to brainwash their populations into blind devotion and fanaticism of the likes never seen before in mankind's History.

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    What matters is that we made such important discovery first, and it will be used for the purpose of augmenting human rights, liberty and life. It also may give an answer another question: could ethics be quantified into a mathematical model?

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    Was that a rhetorical question? In any case, we have all the means ready to re-implement Democracy in this new world.

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    Manderley, a formal Democracy can wait until we have expanded reasonably through this world. The people would be wary of the current size of the Peacekeeping forces, despite most of them being in support of the expansion of new colonies rather than a military operation, and such refusal to support them would hinder our early progress. Once the United Nations have expanded sufficiently, then we will evolve past the frontier arrangements.

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    And eventually evolve past the necessity of a facade of democracy.

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    What did you just say, Manderley?

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    You have worked only in the tip of the iceberg the UN is, your Peacekeepers are such tip separated from the rest. You stand for the publicly stated goals of the UN. There are secret goals the UN worked for all along, you do not have the clearance to know them, and let's leave it at that.

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    Do not force me, Manderley. Tell me now everything of what you just slipped in! On whom authority do you claim clearance levels? We are a free society, and a truly free society does not require overt confidentiali... Manderley! No! Don't do this!

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    "Who will help the widow's son?" *BLAM*

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    ... he killed himself to send his secrets to the grave. First the death of Garland, and now this.

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    Regardless of whatever dark secrets Joseph Manderley knew about the "secret agenda of the United Nations", the Peacekeeper project cannot be lost to the despair of losing a close friend like that. Lal continued to direct the colonial expansion of the UN, confident whatever such secret goals were, his new United Nations can transcend and avoid them.

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    Another great discovery! Hopefully it will be very, very useful for the cause of liberty.

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    Such knowledge allowed the creation of a new form of alloy, synthmetal, that will make possible the establishment of the first truly effective military forces of the Peacekeepers for more than burning mindworms, until then made exclusively of unity rovers and scout patrols.

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    Named the Republican Guard in reference to the Republican and Democratic ideals of the UN, these dedicated defenders are also equipped with the trance shields that will make them more resilient against the mental horrors of the mindworms, and thus better at defending the UN bases from such alien menaces.

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    One of the Peacekeeping forces disobeys the directive to not investigate one of the mysterious monoliths up close, and is immediately recovered from all wounds and given a strange, mysterious wisdom that shapes them into more seasoned soldiers. They cannot explain what they have felt and seen and why it shaped them into hardened soldiers.

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    Not so convenient, the mines in those areas are inferior to other theoretical options in terraforming, but in 2123 the Peacekeepers still lacked the necessary technology to terraform in the first place.

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    Many of the colony vehicles are severely threatened, their escorts having a hard time keeping a constant presence of the horrors at bay, but humanity will prevail as surely as democracy and liberty.

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    Despite still understrength, the same unit of scout patrols guarding one of the colony pods successfully purges another horde of mindworms, saving over ten thousands of lives with their heroic victory, their survivors hardened and determined, and they were almost reaching their nutrient-rich final destination.

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    Finally the UN concluded basic research on the nature of this alien ecosystem. Some surprising conclusions were reached, included the fact the strange fungus has some kind of symbiotic relationship with the worms, and may be a colony of the same. Most importantly, techniques to purge the xenofungus were developed, that will allow the formers to not only boost the economy of the bases, but also increase their security through the removal of all fungal blooms.

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    Almost 30 years have passed since Planetfall, and things are shaping up.

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    In 2129, the first prototype for the Republic Guard was completed.

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    As long as economically possible, all scout patrols defending bases would be upgraded with the new training and equipment of the Guard.

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    A patrol that fought heroically against waves and waves of mindworms was further enlightened by the mysterious monolith, becoming the first truly veteran unit of the Peacekeepers. Some hypothesize such monoliths may, frightening, have similar effects to any of those dread worms that get close to it, making them even more dangerous and deadly than before.

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    The entire character of a base and its inhabitants can be absorbed in a quick trip to the Rec Commons. The sweaty arenas of Fort Legion, the glittering gambling halls of Morgan Bank, the sunny lovers' trysts in Gaia's High Garden, or the somber reading rooms of U.N. Headquarters. Even the feeding bay at the Hive gives stark insight into the sleeping demons of Yang's communal utopia.

    -- Commissioner Pravin Lal, "A Social History of Planet"


    In preparation for its shaping into the center for the construction of a great project, Planetary Trust receives the first Public Library of many yet to be built along UN bases.

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    With a wealth of information in both digital and printed forms and computers, unfortunately still mostly isolated rather than networked, with both information and a plethora of "intellectually stimulating" entertainment such as complex strategy simulators, flight simulators and others, a good start for the first public recreational area of the Peacekeepers.

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    After a dangerous journey more than once threatened by mindworms, Humanity Base is established on top of a lush mountain, with many wealthy nutrient resources around it.

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    Further south through the isthmus, to take advantage of a wealthy mineral reserve, and also to create a canal that will allow easy passage of ships, once the technology for their construction is developed, between the inner and outer seas, Information Agency is the next step the steady, rapid but successful expansion of the UN Peacekeepers and their ideals through the Planet.

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    Commissioner, we have a problem in the Education Agency.

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    What problem, Secretary Shirl?

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    I understand it would be unethical to hide what the food produced from the recycling tanks is made of, but most of it is being wasted because most of the inhabitants of the Education Agency refuse to eat it.

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    Human remnants should never be sent to the tanks. I already emphasized that before, and as the Secretary of the Food and Agriculture Organization, you should know it.

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    There are no human remnants in the tanks other than urine and feces sir, but they still refuse to eat anything that comes out of them, no matter how precise the information about the perfect purification process is and how some foods that existed on Earth had more fecal coliforms than the recycled nutri-packs. I was given one suggestion to solve that though, but I find it a bit on the edge of our ethics, specially because it sounds like something Morgan would do, so I need to ask you first if it would be acceptable.

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    Tell me of such suggestion.

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    My father mentioned there were snacks back on Earth, of the kind that was pure sludge with flavoring added. Do you know of them?

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    I avoided such industrialized foods, but yes, I know what you are talking about, and I see where you are going with this, Secretary.

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    Popamolitos was one of the most popular snacks, my father said, and he swore that without flavoring, it would taste worse than any nutrients from the recycling tanks, while it was filthier too, naturally. What I am asking is if it would be OK to add artificial flavoring to the nutrients extracted from the recycling tanks and some machinery to shape them like those junk foods and soft drinks from Earth like Popamolitos and Mountain Brew, without the unhealthy chemicals they had and with a more balanced nutritional value, of course.

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    As long as those eating and drinking them know they were flavored and the labels make it clear, sure. Why did you even ask, Shirl? Go right ahead and make that tasteless food from the tanks into something more appetizing.


    tl;dr NUTRIENTS FROM RECYCLING TANKS ---> INDUSTRIALIZATION ---> :kingcomrade:


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    Former production begins in the Information Agency, which needs terraforming more than other bases because while near rich mineral resources, it is lacking in nutrient sources.

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    In 2143, first contact was made with one of the other six. Unfortunately, they were the zealous and fanatical Lord's Believers, whom reasoning with would be very difficult.

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    Because the Peacekeepers still retain a Frontier government, there is not yet instant hostility, but Lal is no fool.

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    They lack technology for terraforming, and that is one shortcoming that the longer they suffer with, the safer the overall situation is for the UN, specially once the time is opportune for the transition to a formally instituted Democracy.

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    They insist.

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    And another technology that would certain benefit them is denied as well.

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    Although he doubts it will be long lasting, on behalf of peace, he signs it. Lal knows that as soon as Democracy is implemented, these fanatics will begin to consider a crusade, regardless of their odds. The horrors of Earth have shown clearly that sometimes, the only way to secure peace is by having no enemies, specially of the uncompromising, fanatical and ideological kind, but for now there will be peace.

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    In 2148 a defector announces the ecofanatics began a through analysis of the Human genetic code. While the mapping of the human genome was completed, the identification of what exactly each and every gene does was not. Such discovery would allow for an old science, discredited by the tyrants and madmen who misused and twisted it into pseudoscience to justify their genocidal agenda, would now finally have complete scientific backing: with knowledge of the Human genome in the level of knowing what genes are responsible for below average intelligence, criminal behavior and the likes, eugenics would be implemented again, and Lal was no librul to deny the people the right of a better future because of something someone did over 200 years ago, plus because he is brown, he has a free pass for that.

    They will not allow those hippies to use such knowledge for hugging alien trees better.

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    And so, the race begins.

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    The formers of Humanity Base are lost because one of the unity pods was infested with those worms. Now the Republican Guard must defend Humanity Base from these xenos only someone like Deirdre would consider reasoning with.

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    Now, finally the first computer networks in this new world can begin, but most importantly, this discovery paves the way for an ethically questionable, but likely to succeed solution to the problem of sharing a land border with a bunch of religious nutjobs who have an irrational hatred against Democracy.

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    Particle impact rifles are predicted to allow the formation of the a formidable force to defend humanity and democracy. Even with Synthmetal, the zealots will be hard-pressed against a successful operation, once the time is right for it. As a safeguard against the presence of the Believers, such project begins.

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    Fortunately the Republican Guard saved Humanity Base from the horror of the Mindworms. The Human Genome Project will ensure only the finest will compose the population of the Peacekeepers, allowing larger cities without the risk of societal decay, but will the Peacekeepers beat the Gaiains to it?

    While Lal rules, he always listens, and he has gathered public opinion about the Believers, who will almost certainly declare vendetta against the UN because they hate democracy. What should be done about them?

    1) Preemptive offensives are justifiable sometimes, and this is one of them because only a fool would hope they will not eventually attack the Peacekeepers, and the longer they are allowed to exist, the greater will be the humanitarian tragedy. After nonlinear mathematics are researched, prepare an army to eradicate their authoritarian, human rights abuser, ignorant and oppressive regime.

    2) Maintain the Friendship treaty and leave them alone, for declaring a vendetta would be unethical, but prepare for the inevitable souring of relations and war once Democratic politics are implemented by building a force of infantry with impact rifles ready to show them the Peacekeepers already expected their aggression.

    3) Maintain the Friendship treaty and leave them alone, and don't waste valuable resources in preparation for giving them a surprise should they be ruthless enough to attack first.
     
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    In the end, 2, do not attack first, but prepare for a possible war against the Believers, was the most prevalent opinion.

    Also, mindworms, mindworms everywhere!

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    Make compassion the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist.
    This is the sacred thread of the soul; if you have it, then go ahead and put it on me.


    Guru Nanak, Datalinks


    One Century of Peace

    Edward Artemiev: Solaris

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    The establishment of the Equality Village near valuable nutrient resources had another goal: to define clear borders with the Believers and stall their expansion by advancing first.

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    [​IMG]: I tried to avoid such unfortunate development, but some things never change. In the early days, there were no drones, neither were them ever expected, for the crew of the Unity was hand-picked, and while some of them stand for unethical and inhuman ideals, all were geniuses full of potential and all inside the Unity had an intellect way above the average of Earth. I would rather not think how inhumanly the others would handle the unfortunate drones, for the most ethical solution is also the most expensive.

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    Particle Impactors would suffice for the defense needs of the UN, for the time being, and the required research to be able to construct such Command Nexus would take too long for the UN to beat any other faction in constructing such infrastructure.

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    Proper care and education for our children remains a cornerstone of our entire colonization effort. Children not only shape our future; they determine in many ways our present. Men and women work harder knowing their children are safe and close at hand. And never forget that, with children present, parents will defend their home to the death.

    -- Col. Corazon Santiago, "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"

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    So far, the mind worms have been a greater threat to the citizens of the UN than the Lord's Believers.

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    Despite the increased protection, a unit of the Republican Guard did not make it, but their sacrifice was not in vain: thousands of colonists were saved from a horrific death thanks to their heroic stand, and the mind worms are greatly weakened.

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    Those who gave their lives for a new UN base have been avenged, the monsters who brought them to their doom completely exterminated, and the path again clear towards the original planned direction for such base.

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    While not all locations are optimal, distances have an important role. Building new bases too far from UN Headquarters will further harm the efficiency of an administration already harmed by the the bureaucracy inherited from Earth's UN, reducing energy gains. Monoliths however were always valuable in the first century, colonies near them always promising.

    The race for the final conclusion of the Human Genome Project was nearing its end, and fortunately the United Nations had energy to spare rewarding overtime to accelerate its conclusion and ensure they would have it.

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    The genetic code of mankind, completely mapped, not only mapped, but understood. Such discovery doubled the number of talents among the population of the UN, both through indirect consequences and direct applications, and it was the very first "Secret" Project completed on Planet.

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    Predictably, the Gaians shifted their focus to trying to communicate with the Planet and adopt an even more nutty ecological paradigm.

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    The results of the Human Genome Project are immediate, drone problems ceased for now.

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    A risky bid that was neither bad nor much good.

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    Song of the Planet? The only song is the eerie wind, the alien wriggling of the worms and the gaze upon the abyss. And that is where the Weather Paradigm of the Gaians was conceived.

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    A pod revealed valuable nutrients.

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    Planning Authority is established, its beginning supported by the mysterious monolith nearby.

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    76 years have passed without either war or rumors of war. The Particle impactor is a potent, portable energy weapon that will give to the Peacekeepers the capability of withstanding any threat the nearby fanatics of Sister Miriam could pose for the next fifty years or so. Designs will proceed immediately.

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    The lack of accurate information about the whereabouts of the others and their threat levels is a concern for Pravin Lal, but even more, the fanaticism of the Believers is sufficient for them to resort to terrorism, were them to start a conflict against the UN. A global information networks, the recreation of the old Internet in a new form, is about to begin in the first step of a computer network that connects all UN bases, and such network will be vital for a new institution of the United Nations: The United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition.

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    The UN Liberators will be the foundation of all "proactive" Peacekeeping operations against tyrants, war criminals, and abusers of human rights. Lacking in armor, they will always be supported by elements of the Republican Guard should their offensive capabilities be needed.

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    Near a rich underwater geothermal source, the Commerce Committee was founded to also define international trade policies. For the moment the Peacekeepers maintain limited trade with the Believers, believed to still be ambivalent about their faction rather than hostile, but once the switch to a formal democracy happens, that will soon change.

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    The expansion of the United Nations was followed by a worrisome expansion of mindworm attacks, and some bases were saved only by heroic defense against such horrors, units of the Republican Guard almost decimated in such brutal gazes upon the faces that never remembered.

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    A great mistake, and now about ten thousand lives are at stake.

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    Fortunately the Republican Guard of this new UN base to come saved the day.

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    While the Command Nexus would be convenient, perhaps it is fitting that the Peacekeepers will not have it, for there is nothing those seeking enduring peace and enduring freedom can gain through the kind of warmongering such projects almost pushes those who approved them with.

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    Another project however would not be given up. The first massive energy stock market on planet, yet heavily regulated, fittingly in a base called Planetary Trust, for it was a State-controlled Trust which would take the dividends from the Merchant Exchange for the common good of the people rather than for enriching a minority of fat cats.

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    The second star of the Alpha Centauri system is at its closest from Planet, and its influence has sparkled both a slight increase in average temperatures and a spike of mindworm attacks. The Republican Guard will have a lot of hardships to defend the citizens of the UN in the next years. Hopefully however, the threat presented by such horrors will secure lasting peace among the factions, for they are the last humans, Earth's final demise now long confirmed.

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    The University of Planet, a heaven for talents, because all who show superior study discipline and intellect, regardless of their parents, are given the best opportunities and a free environment for ideas and studies to flourish, and education is accessible for all regardless of income or social class. Nevertheless, the University is a hell for the underclasses, many times reduced to the same "rights" of a guinea pig, experimented upon in the ruthless and unethical pursuit of Knowledge by Zakharov. Now it is rumored the University is maintaining the minds of their test subjects permanently inside a Virtual World where they are completely immune to the suffering such experiments cause, and while it may sound like a small gesture of mercy, it is more likely a parallel experiment in the minds of the same test subjects. A secondary Virtual World, less secretive and accessible through the University for edutainment also exists.

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    "The Planetary Trust Exchange will never be a repetition of the IMF, WTO among other financial institutes of Earth's Last Century. On the contrary, it will prevent similar institutions dedicated to the transfer of power from many to few from emerging and fund many humanitarian initiatives."

    --Commissioner Pravin Lal, Foundations of an Ethical Market.

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    As part of the dedicated, long term vision of the United Nations, a land once infested with xenofungus was finally cleared, an ideal position for a new base to grow from both rich nutrient resources in nearby soil and from an energy-rich seabed. There the Aid Station had potential, but like all coastal bases, only the creation of the first vessels and of sea formers will fully unlock such potential.

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    After the creation of the Aid Station, there was a new problem brought by the policy of peaceful territorial expansion through constant establishment of new bases in unclaimed lands of the Planet. All the resources on those colony pods would be wasted, and to further build new colonies would only be reasonable with the permanent adoption of a Democracy, boosting the efficiency of the UN, combined with never considering Planned Economics because of how inefficient command economies, even under a Democracy, are.

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    One of the primary reasons Lal has delayed the inevitable evolution of the political structure of the Peacekeepers was the loss of a valuable boon in speeding up construction of formers in new bases, and because how the increased support costs for the Peacekeeping forces would diminish their overall industrial capabilities, slowing down their production to an extent, because the citizens of the UN preferred for the UN to maintain only a minimum military force, and that included formers.

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    Another coastal base, the 10th UN base on Planet, the Great Refuse was settled in a rainfall rich region.

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    And then, the 11th base, the Temple of Sol, which would be more fittingly name Elegy of Sol, was founded, likely securing their borders with the Believers to the south and east.

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    Two years after the founding of the Temple of Sol, finally the first prototype for an Internet was ready. The Planetary Networks of the Peacekeepers were a reflex of their values: open for all citizens, where all could write any opinion, anything at all without fear of being oppressed, where freedom of speech truly flourished. From all Planetary Networks, the one closest to the Internet of Earth during its golden age, although with a higher degree of useful information relative to shit content, was the one of the Peacekeepers because of their commitment to free flow of information and freedom of speech.

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    For decades the Believers have left the UN bases in peace, and soon the precautions will begin. Improvement of genetic research will be useful to allow Earth plants to better adapt to this new world, and that will accelerate even more the rapid growth the UN had in the 22nd century, the first century of colonization in the Planet.

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    Until better efficiency can be achieved, High Commission will possibly be the last UN base to be established. Positioned in another resource rich area, it will be the front line, should the Believers ever attack.

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    Yet ultimately the only war the Peacekeepers have fought was a war against the Planet. No sermons about the "godlessness" of Democracy were yet heard, no threats ever issued. This silent is concerning. Having no idea of the strength and location of the other factions is something that cannot persist in the coming 23rd century.

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    I don't know but I've been told,
    Deirdre's got a Network Node.
    Likes to press the on-off switch,
    Dig that crazy Gaian witch!


    -- Spartan Barracks March

    The Network Node is a series of tubes

    -- Reverend Adam Phelps

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    The rapid construction of colony pods outpaced the efficiency of the UN, and thus some remaining pods joined already existing bases, for the cost of further expansion was too high, specially for the kind of ideal the Peacekeepers stood for.

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    "Richard Baxton piloted his Recon Rover into a fungal vortex and held off four waves of mind worms, saving an entire colony. We immediately purchased his identity manifests and repackaged him into the Recon Rover Rick character with a multi-tiered media campaign: televids, touchbooks, holos, psi-tours--the works. People need heroes. They don't need to know how he died clawing his eyes out, screaming for mercy. The real story would just hurt sales, and dampen the spirits of our customers."

    -- "Mythology for Profit", Morgan Stellartots Keynote Speech

    Eventually the producers of the typical films in the Peacekeeper Hologram Theaters would gain the nickname of Bollywood. Such films were often low budget but creative, and unlike typical Morganite films, most had bittersweet or barely comprehensible, surreal endings. Something between clone of 2001: A Space Odyssey produced in Earth's India and Baraka would be an example of a typical Peacekeeper production.

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    "The only reasonable opposition against genetic modifications on Earth was not that directed against the field of genetic modification itself, but against its oligopoly in the hands of a few, so crazed for power they lobbied for patents over life and copyrights over genetics, so they could claim ownership over everything and everyone they modify."

    --Commissioner Pravin Lal, Foundations of an Ethical Market.

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    With no signs of any immediate threat, a new potential field that will drastically accelerate the development of the UN bases is sought. New, far more radical terraforming projects will become more than theory once the study of Ecological Engineering is finished.

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    The first century since Planetfall has ended. The United Nations remain in a state of mostly isolation, a concerning state, for they have no idea of where the other factions besides the Believers are, or of their strength. It was after this century of peace, save for mindworms, that with the purpose of fighting a secret war against terrorism, fanaticism, oppression and crimes against mankind, the UNATCO was born. UNATCO agents will be trained to proactively and reactively defend the UN against the enemies of Democracy, and once the first agents are ready, a force of Liberators, to the limits allowed by the limited support of truly democratic institutions to a large military, will be trained and positioned near the borders with the Believers.

    Will the 23rd century be as peaceful for the Peacekeepers, except for mindworms, as the 22nd were?

    TO BE CONTINUED.

    Should the United Nations change its economic model?

    1) A Green economy is a lasting one. Effects: - 2 Growth (-20% pop growth), +2 Planet (less mindworms), +2 Efficiency(less energy loss in bases other than capital, more bases allowed), Gaians will love them and Morgan Industries will hate them.

    2) Restablish the UN as it was on Earth: supporting corporations. Effects: -5 Police(makes conquest with anything besides probe teams near impossible), -3 Planet(mindworms galore), +2 Economy(+1 energy in every square of every base), Morgan Industries will love them and Gaians will hate them.

    3) Under a democratic order, socialism can and will work. Effects: +2 Growth (population boom), +1 Industry(everything will be constructed faster), - 2 Efficiency(more energy loss in bases other than capital), less bases allowed and 3 extra drones until three smaller bases are either abandoned or converted into colony pods to join the other remaining nine.

    4) Retain the Simple Economics for now.
     
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  19. tindrli Arcane

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  20. Azira Arcane Patron

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    That efficiency boost is hard to ignore. I'll have to vote green as well.

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  21. WhiskeyWolf RPG Codex Polish Car Thief Patron

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  22. MasterSmithFandango Arcane

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    It's gotta be green. 1.
     
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  23. anus_pounder Arcane

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  24. JoKa Cipher

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    I'm voting for 1 as well, because you can really use that planet rating.
    As an aside: even if you use demo/planned you still need children's chreches or a golden age in the base to get a pop boom, it's to soon to use that I think.
     
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