The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
Excellent. My dream project is complete.
TBC the first was still alive in 2017 so I should probably finish his bio off.
Nice to see that North America is one nation.
And the stage is set!
The first alien life is discovered on Alpha Centauri III in December of 2200. None of it is sapient, most of it similar to the intelligence level of wildlife on earth, but it is a major discovery. When the news finally reaches earth, it is headline news for over 2 months. Alpha Centauri III would be a perfect first colony outside of the Sol system. It's planet shares many characteristics with earth: it's slightly smaller, but it has carbon based flora and large oceans.
In 2206, the UNS Europa enters the Runa system, several dozen light years away from Sol. Here, the ship reports an encounter with a strange alien vessel, and not at all what would be expected of intelligent alien life. It is a 'fleet' of giant space squid creatures, with tentacles several kilometers long trailing behind a massive head. Not much can be figured out about them, but they seem to feed off of gas giants, possibly. They are not hostile, but scientists still advise not to try anything with them. It is becoming apparent that humans know very, very little about the universe.
Several prominent people are running for office, including Zelda Idhrendura, Ian McClellan, and the colonial governor of Alpha Centauri named Kate TBC. Arthur Jabby is running for a second term.
A study is done in 2211 to determine what exactly the space squids are. They are labeled Tiyanki by a Russian scientist on the UNS Europa, and they are very docile, probably never attacking, even in self defense. They feed on the upper layers of gas planets and nothing else.
The politics of space evolves in July, as 3 factions emerge to compete for control of the UNO. Arthur Jabby founds the Xeno Liberty League, which strives for contact with alien entities. Ian McClellan starts the Institute for the Advancement of Science with many of the influential scientists of the age. Zelda
Another strange alien species is discovered in 2212, another ginormous space squid-like creature, these with shorter tentacles but larger heads. Unlike the Tiyanki, these creatures are hostile, and the UNS Oshere is forced to flee from the creatures.
In response to the threat, the UNO Space Fleet is founded, and 8 corvettes equipped with missiles and lasers are put into production. However, the creatures disappear before the fleet can arrive.
The first true sapient alien life is discovered in 2215. At first look thought to be an alpine world in the Kiram system, the planet Kiram I is home to a strange, arachnid-type species that is currently technologically equivalent to the human iron age. The news is answered by joyous celebration on Earth and Alpha Centauri. It is agreed that no contact should be had with these primitive natives. For now, they will be observed.
I will try to follow, but won't take part in any interactivity so please do not add my name to the list.
What an exciting start! Humanity has its first colony in Alpha Centauri, factions are forming, and we've found alien life! Perhaps we could in time uplift these primitive aliens on Kiram I once things are better established.
The UNO ethics and morality think tanks immediately go into overdrive as the need for guifelines on how to interact and observe non-terran life becomes readily apparent. Kate TBC, a high flying lawyer within the UNO, begins a series of monolouges and philosophical treaties on life and humanity. She argues that, currently, humans identify 'people' and 'humanity' in the dame breath, with even dictional aliens and other races being reflectipns and versipns of humans. This is naturally not going to be the case with real aliens, and to avoid racism and disasterous interaction that could lead to war over cultural incomprehension, she suggests that the people of earth come together to decide exactly what, how and why they are going to seek out new life and civilisations, and what to do when they are inevtiably found. Curiously, she does not site humanity's treatment of AI and more specifically the andriod Kelebek, chiefly because the UNO does not currently advise the creation of more beings like 'him' and AIs in general remain in a grey area with the general populace. Privately, the TBC family does not discuss Kelebek and finds his growth out of TBC to be disturbing. However, there are exceptions. Christopher TBC lead the defence team that proved his sapience to the UNO High Courts and his grandchildren Kate and Jean have on occasion entered dialouges with the being on ethics and humanity from an outsdie perspective.
The news was met with fascination from the scientific bodies of the world because, on top of finding new and very interesting life, the 'space squids' bore many signs of being artificially designed and created by intelligent hands. This led to some, including Kelebek, concluding that at some point in time, if indeed not at present, there was a large and advanced space faring civilisation within the local region of space. This society for whatever reason could and did create new species that could survive and thrive in the vacum of space, even travel between solar systems under their own power. Such impressive energy conservarion and manipulation was both encouraging (it was clearly possible, therefore humanity could discover how to do it) and terrifying (alien life so advanced they gave the innate ability to nonsapaient life potentially just for fun).
Following the TBC family motto of Always into the unknown, Kate immediatly lobbied and received the governorship of the new planet when it became avaible. And for the second time in history, a TBC was the first ruler of a united planetary government
The evidence of intelligent design grows. No natural defence against attack. No natural hostility under any circumstances. Extremely docile around starships.
Kelebek attempted a joke about how obvious the creators had been about making the squids. No one laughed.
The UNO was becoming more and more like a world government, which scared many people and heartened many others. As for national governments, most were in the middle of being absorbed by the UNO and so did not comment much. The US of course was both greatly for it for other nations and quite heavily against it when it came to themselves.
Kelebek quietly notes that these squids are more advanced, more powerful and inherently hostile. Apparently either the creator race made an error in their experiment or they had rivials within or without their civilization that they wished to protect their creations from.
Kelebek advises the UNO world council (an occurence rare enough for them to pay attention when it happens) that they will be back. Despite the inherent illogicality of war in space, nonetheless all future ships must be capable of defending themselves and others.
The think tank on human/non human relations recieves a great deal of attention and funding at this point. Kate and Jean TBC's intense arguments over a 'prime directive' or elastic system of responce and reason become legendary in the UNO. But these days, everyone and their dog have theories on how to be nice or nasty to aliens. Kelebek is noticeably silent on the issue, as are the few other true AI minds. They seem to be computing their own responce amongst themsevles for the time being.
Hmmm, sounds familiar...
I'm working on finishing the Zens' story in the 21st century with what happens to Heidi Zen. Then I'll wait until they show up again here. Imagine my surprise if I find out a Zen is leading a xenophobe faction.
Subbed. I will read previous parts
I've missed these in the few weeks of break! And I like Kelebek, did not really think much into AI in this universe.
I'm keeping it limited for the same reason all sci fi writers do...AI breaks everything. If it works and is benevolent then humanity is basically hand a big 'you win' button and if it goes hostile or rouge, we all die.
So the star trek model of ambiguous AI and really hard to make androids is probably going to be followed for now. If only because the campaign is going to be longer than five minutes.
Damn squid! Calamari anyone?
Silentsam5 what were your settings for this game?
A nice first set of steps into the stars.