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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby jpstreetman » 23 Apr 2019, 02:44

Ethnic terrorism
Unemployment
Small airforce
Power dependance on Luna, but no space navy,
Minimal wet navy
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby beadsman » 23 Apr 2019, 09:30

- Economy overdependent on mining operations/sufficient but weak agricultural economy
- Rising social problems due to recent fascist dictatorship
- Weaker land army and air force, compared to other branches of our military (offset by exceptionally strong wet and space navies, as well as a very, very effective intelligence agency)
- Growing public unrest due to divide in public opinion over current government and the high tax rate to low social program ratio
- No real allies to speak of
- No standing militia (we compensate in other ways, but still, it is a potential weakness)
- Waning trade thanks to embargo imposed by other neighboring nations (specifically the member states of the IWA)
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby jonisilk » 23 Apr 2019, 18:24

Unique to Mars, our weaker gravity puts us at a physical disadvantage relative to everyone else in the game (this remains true even after medical advancements and common physical conditioning programs being run, that allow us to better handle the stronger gravity elsewhere).

We've typically had problems with food shortages as our population has grown, but mostly worked past them since we stopped growing, with South America being our "bread basket" (though these resurfaced after the terrorist attack and ensuing tsunami, setting our domestic agriculture back by a good decade or two on Mars, as around 60-70% of our agricultural heartland was flooded, necessitating more agricultural trade over recent years, most notably with imports from Asteria).


In South America, there are minor parties agitating for independence movements, but apart from that, I've not really had them face any particular difficulties, other than a few minor ones resulting from cultural transfer, like some resistance to the martian family unit model, with the traditional family dynamic still being favoured in over half of all households. Gun ownership laws are also a source of contention, with opposition to tighter controls on who can own them.


No Navy. Had one breifly, didn't need it, sold for scrap/profit.


No real army to speak of - We have no standing army on Mars, and South America only has the Peacekeepers, which isn't exactly the same thing as an army (though they are reasonably well equipped) and are more often deployed in defence of other nations than our own.

Unlike Mars, South America's in-game history has been a violent and bloody one, so while our culture is ostensibly pacafistic, there's plenty of fighting spirit in our South American cousins (as evidence by the long-running independence agitators - which was also an in-game way for me to hand what was then the CSR back to anupr, if he returned to the game).

At our maximum capacity, we could only fully equip and deploy a total of 1 million Peacekeepers (numbers based on combat suits owned, number does not include tanks/aircraft/T2 mechs or other hardware and operational personnel), which is pretty small compared to most in the game and especially for a people with a total population of 2 billion.

We do have militia training of a sort on Mars (which goes hand in hand with training as a Civilian Peace Officer), so while we could initially be easily overrun, we'd still be able to offer a grass-roots resistance against the aggressors that would make us a difficult territory to hold.


There must be others, but they escape me right now, and I'm rambling already, so time to post.
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby RedSun » 27 Apr 2019, 19:42

Asteria’s weaknesses are militarily likely as result of its pacifism. It’s kept up development but most newer advancements have been to increase productivity, quality of life, defense mechanisms and space. While Asteria does have pretty good anti-orbital weapons it’s space fleet hasn’t received the attention it deserves. While having good space to ground capabilities it’s still has focused more into traditional weapons.

Second is it’s territories abroad, Trojkat and the Mediterranean. While Trojkat on Mars is on a peaceful planet and due to the large number of Jani converts makes them an interest to protect from Baunair, the Mediterranean territories have a lower proximity to a close ally since Baunair sold France. While the Mediterranean has a lot of solid defense Fortifications troops that could be used elsewhere would need to be expended to defend these territories.

Third, due to a lack of recent wars the Asterian military hasn’t really gotten the experience needed except for through war games.

On a social level, there are a lot of ethnic differences in Asteria. There’s the traditional Koreans, Japanese, Russians, Mediterraneans, Mongolians and Chinese. But the Chinese further have massive cultural differences in the North and South and Center of the coastal regions. Sakhalin has an entirely different ethnic group and in interior Russia and coastal Russia a lot of differences are evident. The Mediterranean has Phoenicians, Cretians, Cyprusians, plus French Baunairi, Catalonian and Italian descendants. A large Brazilian Population also is scattered throughout the country. And there are the Martians.
On top of all these ethnic divides there are Nomads, Sino-Venusians, Subterraneans, Cyborgs and Genetically Enhanced Individuals. The amount of diversity in the country makes it so that there is occasional animosity between the groups.

Religiously, while there is officially no religion the elites of the country have been propagating atheism which irritates religious figures of both Buddhism and Astero-Shintoism who enjoyed their traditional influence in Asterian politics.

A weakness in terms of production would be that Asteria is known as a breadbasket country and provides lots of food to allies: primarily Italy, Baunair and PCG. While industry is fully developed a lot of it still helps produce an intense amount of agriculture and so it’s less used in terms of the production of pharmaceuticals and other technological enhancements.
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby kingpie3 » 08 May 2019, 05:33

- Squatter towns are unsanctioned dwellings inhabited by Martians who don't work for the Consortium but continue to live in its Entinates. These are largely nomadic communities that typically specialize in an economic activity and travel from city to city. However, some do evolve into reasonably sized towns or even cities, where they are virtually autonomous. One notable example is the city of Moriyah, which sits in the center of Lake Summerset and is often considered a sister city to the Seraphic Domain of Orlaith. Moriyah is composed of space ship scrap metal disposed of by Orlaith, which is the chief space port of the Consortium's Entinates. Moriyah is renowned for its massive fisheries.

Sometimes squatter towns come into conflict with more isolated rural communities or operate as nerve centers for the Martian criminal underworld. Though they aren't a high level security threat, squatter settlements are carefully watched by Consortium mercenaries for suspicious activity, with the government often placing Janisist priests in these unique groups to act as ambassadors and trade administrators. More recently, a new religion called the Faith of the Marsmother has arisen among many squatter towns, which postulates that Mars is the metaphysical center of the universe. No efforts have been taken at this time to curb its growth because it remains a provincial faith on the margins of society.

- There are regional independence movements in many of the southern Entinates which haven't picked up much steam but can be political nuisances around election time. It is easy to forget that despite the centuries various Baunairi governments have existed on Mars, there were pockets of civilization well before their arrival. So much so in fact, that "native" Martians developed distinct genetic markers from early Baunairi colonists owing to biotechnology and the high amounts of radiation they were subject to in Mars' thin atmosphere (AKA mutation).

Rellakhans are considered the "Giants of Mars", standing at roughly nine feet, as compared to your average Martian height of seven. They formed a vast urban society that was peacefully integrated into Old Baunair after several trade deals. The multi-limbed Korhali remain a nomadic people who were conquered following several generations of warfare, though they have since been given extensive freedom of movement rights on a planetary scale. Nelumboans, famed for their multiple eyes, constructed subterranean cities that were brought into the nation when the Old Baunairi capital of Oorvale was founded. These groups continue to exist, though by and large their legacy is the entire nation itself, as most Consortium citizens have "native" ancestry and share their traits to one degree or another. Still, there are the occasional figures who demand independence.

Independence movements also exist at the urban level in Trevnoi and Marimba City, which existed for over 500 years as independent city-states before being colonized by Old Baunair. Both of these cities were created illegally by Baunairi (then called Technisians) shortly after joining Mobius, but over the centuries they developed unique cultures that are still sometimes at odds with the rest of the nation. They are strongholds of the Bauno Church since the destruction of Nauthet and they continue to host the largest number of foreign citizens from Mobius. Seeing as Trevnoi is one of the region's biggest cities, past Baunairi governments have been generous in providing it ample autonomy to prevent a potential secession.

- The Consortium's Entinates are a staunchly Sol-based power with an undeveloped space navy. With the sale of France and Old Baunair's extrasolar colonies, the nation's leaders have seen relatively little need for an expansive defense force to patrol the stars. Most of the current fleets are based on Pacifican designs from many generations ago, operated by private contractors from across the Red Planet.

Other Weaknesses:
- AI rights are severely lacking, making for much social controversy
- Mercenaries have a lot of freedom, including whether or not they want to participate in certain operations
- Founding Trees can sometimes overgrow and lead to environmental problems
- Noble class is itching for more formal authority but the current Jan'isi refuses to give it, setting up a potential conflict down the road
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Re: Award Season in the Entinates

Postby kingpie3 » 19 May 2019, 22:37

OOC: Inspired by a convo in the discord I'm gonna do a little write-up about popular culture in the Entinates and some of the topics of conversation in everyday life.

Best Popular Show:
*There were a number of strong contenders this year, especially with the ending of De'maan Deluge. After ten seasons, the hit drama about a Janisist Teller saving her father's shipping company has finally ended. Outside the show's iconic underwater cityscapes and dialogue, many would argue it sparked a new era of Martian programming. For the first time, a Janisist-centered show achieved universal acclaim and success, normalizing the faith in a way no government official could have. If there's one show that represents a post-Tammertert Mars, this is the one.

The winner of this year's award Dance of the Bog-Goat, follows this legacy. Much like its predecessor, which took place in the famed Hellas Planitia, the bloody drama transports viewers to a region outside the strongholds of the north. Audiences are taken to a 4680's Yurameht Entinate, shortly after the rise of the Consortium. Following the story of Zhaam Phasine, a nomadic actor outside the walls of the city Orindore, viewers see how a band of pastoral misfits uncover an underworld plot to reestablish power. Controversy gripped the show's debut with its gritty depiction of the priestly class, which many took as an attack on the character of the nation. The division surrounding the show's politics has since lessened, especially as it gives more screen time to new plots, such as the Lestari nomads revealed to be working with weapon brokers.


Best Album:
*The Weaver and the Energizer by Zuyendine Zwecklin is the culmination of 15 years of grueling sonic experiments. ZiZi's production skills have always been underrated but TWatE is the strongest statement yet from the Baunairi songstress that she's ready to be taken seriously in that regard. And critics should hear that loud and clear on the standout track of the album, Easy Promises. ZiZi fuses Janisist guitar riffs with an electro pop-soul that's among the strangest experiences on the 45 minute epic. She sings in an old tongue of the first Martisians, which creates an ethereal effect in her five-octave voice.

But ZiZi is not a fossil of history, she's the most innovative artist in the history of Mars. And she's more than willing to draw on trans-martian culture, most notably on the Captain Dantel-assisted track Last Obsession. The reclusive Venusian rapper is a veteran of the art and when it was revealed on the tracklist he was coming out of retirement for a feature, Marwire (the planetary computer network) was in shock. On its surface, Last Obsession is a bass heavy club hit, but as ZiZi and Dantel exchange verses they pick at the very underpinnings of their respective religions. ZiZi questions the AI-based Venusian afterlife while "The Ghoul of Mar del Plata" rejects Baunairi immortality. In a tragic tale of love, the 5 minute track ends with the two going their separate ways... The Weaver and the Energizer is perhaps the best Martian album in a generation and will surely impact artists from across Sol for years to come.


Best Video Game:
*Cry of Contracts: The American Dream follows a diverse mercenary army fighting for mining companies in the Rocky Mountains. The sixth installment in the franchise, the entertainment subsidiary Sehenait Studios has another massive success on its hands. The American Dream is only the second time that players have been taken off Mars, probably because the third installment Ceres Rising was an unmitigated failure. The game's poor gravity mechanics and weak plot line soured many to the idea of non-Martian adventures, but The American Dream puts these fears to rest with an immersive experience and powerful social commentary.

Warring in the ruins of the subterranean nation Terra, gamers mostly perform missions in underground cities and lakes. They make usage of the rivalries between local warlords on the surface to secure corporate holdings, all the while exploring the fallen grandeur of Old World America. A major feature of gameplay is the capacity to design and deploy war organisms at key checkpoints, allowing players to use mind transferal technology to wreak havoc on enemy troops. These enemies include rival mercenary companies, splinter Liberation cells, and Terran revivalists. Midway through the game they uncover ancient Infodio technology, which uses nanotechnology to quickly create tunnels for hit and run tactics. The game obviously also lets players fight in the jagged mountains of the Rockies as they use wings and jetpacks to move through the environment.

The plot focuses on the perspective of 3 characters, the most important being a new recruit seeking to carve out his own mountain empire. As the story continues, players interact with the AI characters to secure personal advancement. This is a revolutionary development in the growing field of mercenary gaming because the internal dynamics of hired companies differ greatly from conventional armies...
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby Subotai45 » 22 May 2019, 21:26

^Good post.

Best Popular Show

The center of Venusian television production has long been Buenos Aries, which makes it only more surprising that the winner of the Venusian Television Writers' Union "Best Series" award went to Off the Rez, produced in Salta City, Northwest Isles Republic. The series follows a group of friends from the Nomad Reservation in the Far North of Venus, where refugees from the Nomads on Earth settled centuries ago to preserve their way of life. OtR explores the culture shock experienced by this recognized minority grouping on Venus, and their struggles to fit into life among the broader Venusian society as they try to follow their dreams. The show drew praise for its honest depiction of the struggle to avoid assimilation into the larger Venusian ethnic group. Off the Rez is in many ways semi-autobiographical, with some episodes being based off the lives of the show's writers and actors, who are predominantly of Nomad heritage (this is the first show of primarily Nomad actors and writers to win the award).

Best Album

This year saw the resurgence of the punks on Venus with the awarding of the Artists' Union "Golden Note" to Sheena and the Collapse's Anarchy. The charging guitar riffs are a suitable backdrop for main singer Sheena del Romano's violent denunciations of the trillions invested into the state security apparatus and military. This is the first time in recent years for a debut album to win the award, and the band was previously little-known outside of their local "scene" in the New City of Buenos Aries. The New City once was the slums, where Argentine industry housed poor immigrant laborers, and it has not completely shaken that legacy, with poorly-constructed buildings, worse schools, and sickness due to high population density that would be truly disastrous instead of inconvenient without Venusian medicine. Sheena and the Collapse were well known in the underground music scene there, but even in other sections of Buenos Aries they were considered unremarkable until their smash hit "Fever"' and its powerful beats swept through Venus like one of their hometown diseases. Sheena's deep voice croons above the instruments hauntingly, recalling the premature death of a younger sibling to disease.

Best Video Game

Utopia 3 won the award this year after underwhelming performances by prior titles in the series. The city-building series was previously set in space, but Utopia 3 brought it back to Venus to popular acclaim. Players strive to create a "Utopia" by managing the construction of residences, public works, and parks to increase the happiness of their citizens. Natural disasters or political shifts can throw a curveball in their plans, and on harder modes they increasingly have to work with neighboring cities or other levels of goverment to accomplish their objectives. For some, they enjoy starting in a large but relatively poor and unhappy city such as Buenos Aries and trying to maintain their large population while increasing satisfaction, but most like starting from scratch in one of the empty regions and growing their city from the ground up. The vast and detailed map, with many different start options, allows for significant replay value. Like all Venusian videogames, the Utopia series is played through direct interface in virtual reality.
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby RedSun » 23 May 2019, 19:32

Best Popular Show:

Blood of Shanghai is the #1 show of the year. In its very first season it soon hit the top of the charts. Blood of Shanghai follows the life of Aena Kaui the daughter of the notorious Jayde Kaui who runs the most powerful criminal organization in Shanghai. While the first few episodes shows Aena’s fascinations with helping her father’s organization on the ground it eventually evolves into a complex drama. When Aena meets Jian Hakamoto at a night club when is devastated to learn that he is a cop. She falls for him but she soon learns that Jian’s mother and brother were killed by Jayde Kaui when he was little and he has sworn a pledge to avenge him. She is forced to keep her family and her lover in the dark about each other leading up to an epic season finale as Jian closes in on Jayde and she is forced to pick between blood or love. The ending scene shows her turning her lover in to her father and saving his life and then screaming for Jian’s mercy when two people escort her out of the room before Jayde Kaui shoots Jian execution style.

Best Album:

Burning Man was the top grossing album of the year. While fast electronic beats are popular in Asteria, what made Burning Man unique was its incorporation of the flute. While the singing was not fast it transitions back and forth between fast upbeat music to slow mourning. The song which the album was named after “Burning Man” tells the story of a loving father who was died in a fire. “Burning Ma-an… Burning ma-an… why’d you have to go?” is sung painfully to deep electronic back notes before a fast succession of beats are played while the flute is playing unevenly making a weird but catchy sound.

Best Video Game:

The highest grossing Video Game was Galactica which allows for individuals across Asteria to create their own planet and system of governance and alien species in a sort of sandbox game. Then they can research and build unique ship models and engage in space battles against other players for resource planets. Some players can build massive empires while others will struggle to develop or will need to create alliances to take on bigger players. In order to help new players to become competitive, new universes are generated weekly while extinction events make other dominated systems either fade or a max resource extractor will makes those stars die or become useless after a period of time making the game continuously evolve as new resources, combinations and battle zones are introduced.
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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby jonisilk » 24 May 2019, 02:54

Abridged version as I already lost a longer post :(

Best Show

Critics are lauding Survival, an educational adventure serial for kids, in which a group of children flee from child-slavers, visiting different planets and learning the local knowledge, then using it to continually evade capture, by living-off-the-land, with a new environment every few weeks. Although the emphasis is very much on the adventure, it bears the fingerprints of the Frasta Entertainment Group, featuring heavily educational content and moralistic themes.

However, it is The Dream Factory that has the biggest commercial success this year. Darius: The Man & His Dream is an historical melodrama about the Founding Member and First President of the Corporation. Panned by critics for historical and factual inaccuracies, it has however resulted in a large tourism boom for the city of Nidumopolis, in Langale Province, as millions of fans of the show flock to the city of his birth


Best Musical Artist

ZiZi reigns supreme on Mars. She is without question the biggest star on the planet. However, while she is also very popularon Earth, she has been outsold there by 2 other acts.

The most notable of these is ACiD, a classic-electro-funk ensemble from Amazonia, whose latest album Synthesis, features different guest-vocalists on every track, drawn from across the South American continent, delivering sharp, nuanced, socio-political lyrics delivered in a variety of unique vocal styles. One critic has said that the album is filled with Anthems and the album itself, is a Manifesto.


Best Game

Once again, the biggest game in the Corporation remains the Universal Military Simulations series, from Frasta Entertainment Group, and was one of the big winners during industry awards season.

The latest entry in the fully-immersive-VR series, UMS: Brazilian Civil War, puts you into the thick of the action as everything from a soldier, to a rebel, general, politician, or even peacekeeper, on whichever side you want, through every major battle of the conflict, in solo-or-multiplayer modes.

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Re: Judging Flavor Repository

Postby Subotai45 » 21 Aug 2019, 06:39

Discuss the military uniforms of your nation. What do soldiers wear into combat? What does the dress uniform that a general might wear to a meeting look like?
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