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At the dawn of the 22nd Earth was at war!

Humanity continued to consume the resources of the earth throughout the 21st century, destroying the natural environment and the only planet they had ever called home. As food and fuel increased in scarcity, the population began to resort to blaming each other for their deteriorating situation. Greed was justified by differences in race and culture. Every difference was used to exclude and dismiss the struggles of others.

As companies failed in a shrinking economy, unemployment skyrocketed. As companies collapsed, many were forced to resort to theft to survive. Crime and violence became common as entire cities descended into chaos. The surviving companies quickly bought out their failing competition, establishing monopolies over the shrinking resource market.

Attacks on naval convoys grew in frequency, targeting vessels as they passed the horns and straights of earth’s oceans. Nations responded by grouping their ships and deploying military vessels for defence. Distrust grew are nations quickly blamed each other. The world was an open powder keg. The spark inevitably came from one of these raids.

31st March 2091, a North American Union convoy was attached while on route from the shale plants of Australasia. While passing by the islands of Indonesia, the three escorting corvettes each reported multiple, simultaneous torpedo strikes from an unknown source. Taking on water, and unable to remain at sea, they were forced to abandon the convoy, leaving sixteen tankers unescorted. All radio contact was lost moments later. The North American Union could only track the vessels as they altered course towards the East Asian Republic.

For the following month, relations between the two nations soured. Accusations were thrown across the pacific as the convoy closed in on the Chinese coast. East Asia continued to claim ignorance, even as two of their decommissioned vessels joined the convoy as escort after three days. On 2nd May 2091, 32 days after the convoy was seized, it dropped anchor in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

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One final ultimatum was sent by the North American Union. As satellite footage showed the ships being brought into dock, and their cargo of natural gas began being pumped. The outbreak of war was swift. The surviving militaries of both nations had spent the month preparing. On 4th May, three fixed wing aircraft took off from O’ahu, Hawaii, two escorts and a single bomber. Attempts to intercept the strike force failed, succeeding only in destroying one escort, while three fighters from the East Asian Republic were destroyed over the East China Sea. At 5am, 5th May locally, a precision strike destroyed the North American tanker sitting in harbour, along with the fuel storage tanks of port.

As reports came in of the hundreds of dock workers and marine personnel that died or were injured in the initial explosion and ensuing fires, other nations began to pledge their support for the East Asian Republic as they suffered what was claimed to be an unjustified attack. Many of the former NATO members pledged support to North America, vowing to ensure the safety of their, and other nations’, convoys from piracy.

Over the following year, the conflict continued to escalate. Both sides began with further strikes against each other’s military, industrial and economic infrastructure quickly turned into the seizure of pacific possessions. Both sides issued unreasonable demands for reparations against the other whenever any attempt was made at peace. Other nations across the globe continued to join, tempted by the promise of resources to stabilise each of their failing economies.

As fighting broke out along the borders of other participating nations, supply lines quickly began to fail. With little other choice, troops began taking their needed supplies from civilian populations. Raiding tactics quickly became the norm. With no solution in sight, the raged on. Governments began issuing conscription orders. Extensive propaganda campaigns swept across nations, directly blaming their foes for the misery the people suffered. Crime rates slowly began to drop as patriotism gave people somewhere to focus their desperation.

With no dialogue between sides, and little land or territory worth taking, war continued on for over a decade. While the masses blindly fought, rallied by their governments, a few began to gather to express their dissatisfaction. Elections happened around the world, governments promising to win the war and return some idea of prosperity to their citizens, and yet election promises remained unfulfilled as a pointless war continued to deplete each nation’s strength.

By 2103, public global communications had almost completely collapsed. Communities commonly gathered around and shared working radios for any news of the world. Typically, broadcasts were largely propaganda with no civilian stations able to power transmitters with a range of more than a few miles.

On 23rd November, a single broadcast covered the entire planet. Every radio in the middle of a crowded communal room, handheld transceiver strapped to a soldier’s chest, crackled to life. TV screens flashed to life, with broadcasts few and far between. Now, the shadow of a man, cast in silhouette by the scorched image of the earth behind him. Fires specked the image as the man directly addressed his audience.

“The Earth is dying. Mother Nature suffers under the era of man. We burn her resources, pollute her atmosphere, defile her life giving water. For her to survive, a sacrifice must be made. For life on earth to live, man must die. For the sake of life itself, we make this sacrifice willingly.”

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As the broadcast stopped, governments burst into action. No one stayed to listen. The streets of cities filled with shouts and screams. People flooded outdoors, filling the streets and rooftops to watch. Around the globe the skies filled with the sight of launching rockets, contrails wove their way up towards the clouds. Awe quickly turned to panic as the trajectories shifted. Over the next hour, hundreds of nuclear warheads detonated over the largest cities across the earth. With little no working transport infrastructure, people were unable to flee before devastation was hit them. Estimates suggest that, within a single hour, 1.5 billion people died from the initial blasts. City Centres were laid to waste, flattened as buildings toppled like dominos, burying the streets below.

Over the following weeks and months, the population continued to suffer. As governments broadcast safely from hidden bunkers across their countries, people died by the million, crushed by ruined buildings, trapped in subway stations where they had sought shelter, or from the massive initial doses of radiation they received. No final death toll was ever calculated from the ongoing impact on the population. Official estimates were that by New Year’s Day 2104 6.4 billions humans died as a result of the nuclear blasts, radiation, or in the chaotic aftermath.

No government, organisation, or individual ever claimed credit for the attack that latter became known as Ballistic Day, or B-Day. Elected leaders continued to blame other nations for the attacks, dismissing the launched from their own nation as hacking attempts, or the destruction in their foes cities as targeting errors. The public didn’t care. Military forces ground to a halt. Military convoys were seen heading away from what had been the front lines, dispersing across nations reeling from loss.

2nd May 2104, 12 years after the events that began this never-ending global conflict, another broadcast covered the surface of the earth. A prerecorded message, broadcast from thousands of smaller broadcasting towers around the earth, translated to suitable languages. Monitors and televisions showed a single figure in a charred European Union infantry uniform. Behind him, the ruins of the City of Vienna smoulder even months after their destruction.

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“My name is Rene Albert. I was born on the seventh of July 2071 in Bordeaux. My home no longer exists. Five months ago it was destroyed along with hundreds, thousands even, of other cities. All of this happened because our governments failed to protect them. The weapons used on that day, that killed billions of people, were the product of these governments. The war that has ravaged our planet for ever a decade, was caused by these governments. The goals of a nation meander as one elected government is replaced with the next. Out destinations shifts, never reaching one before we catch sight of the next. Without a common goal, a vision of the future, humanity has failed to reach its potential. Democracy has failed! Humanity has failed!

Now, we stand on a precipice. Nations are destroyed, infrastructure in ruins, our resources depleted. To have any hope of survival, we must be united like never before. As you listen to this, a massive undertaking is taking place. The governments of the world have already been removed from their squandered positions. While they sat, throwing words and accusation at each other, across borders and oceans, the militaries of this world came together, to agree on what has to be done.

Stockpiles and reserved are being seized for distribution across the world, where they are need. We will overcome the challenges we face, the obstacles that divide us. What communications infrastructure still exists between continents will be brought under our control. The people of this planet will be united; not as humans, squabbling and fighting amongst themselves, but for the first time as Terrans. Our darkest hour is upon us, and as we are faced with inevitable extinction, we shall do what is necessary to survive. For Terrans. For Terra!”

A speech that gave rise to a nation.

After B-Day the immediate response, by governments all across the earth, had been to order renewed offensives in their eternal war. Faced with orders to advance, troops across the world turned to look back at their destroyed home, and lost loved ones. Dialogues opened between squadrons and divisions across the front, quickly branching between allied nations and, eventually, opposing sides. The belief that a change was needed was a common thread among the soldiers. After a decade of fighting, the incident that started the war was, at most, a distant memory.

Rene Albert grew to be one of the loudest voices calling for change. With several degrees in social sciences, he presented himself as a well-educated man, but easily related to his fellow soldiers from almost ever background. By the time the world entered into 2104 he had gone from being favoured by those around him to revered across opposing lines. Fighting had continued until this date, though with little interest in fighting remaining, it became increasingly common for opposing soldiers to simply pass each other. Rene’s discussions and calls for an end to the failing governments of the world, and the unification of all people to ensure their survival, resonated through every nation’s ranks. Slowly, ranking soldiers began to publicly agree, and pledge themselves to action to make that a reality.

From the armies of nations, a force was formed, pledged to the ideals of one individual. As information was gathered from the wealth of knowledge officers across all nations had access to, plans were drawn up and put into place. With dates set, military forces began mobilising, seemingly without orders. An estimated 80% of total military power had committed itself to this change, and all under strict secrecy. As military units went dark, governments assumed losses, sending still loyal soldiers to rally defences. They found only abandoned camps.

On 2nd May 2104, operation Tabula Rasa was executed. Every government went silent. Military opposition was scarcely met, only to be quickly converted, or overcome. Within a single day, after months of planning, Terra was united with a single goal, survival.

The first years took their toll. Crops and cattle all over the earth died from exposure to black rain. Famine was rampant. Even the seized hordes of the formerly wealthy were not enough to feed everyone.

Every available resource went towards reconstruction. Within the first year, global communication was re-established, powered by isolated surviving power facilities. A rudimentary computer network began to again cover the globe. Families were reunited, census data was compiled, and news began to spread between villages, towns and cities again. The “Terran State” formalised itself as an emergency government, establishing provinces across Terra’s continents under the leadership of Rene Albert as “Prime Minister”. Ministries were set up to manage each area of the new nation, with each minister answering directly to Rene. Citizens were fed and closed under a strata system, ensuring that scarce resources were handed out according to a civilian’s contribution to the Terran State.

Millions had been left to starve as they were deemed detrimental to Terran survival. Those that had resisted were shot down by the same military patrols that defended what those in the state had from fragmented raiding parties, remnants of the former nations’ still loyal militaries. Slowly, as the radiation cleared itself from the atmosphere and degraded, crop yields began to increase. Restored dams and wind farms provided electricity to fragmented power grids. Within a decade, a global grid was under construction as powered industry emerged.

Nuclear power had largely been shunned in human history, following a series of accidents and disasters. With Fissile material the only viable natural resource remaining, physicists and engineers were set the task of using this resource to power Terra’s future. After retrofitting a largely intact station, construction was begun on similar designs across each continent. Foundries and mineral refineries were restored, forging materials from the waste and rubble left behind to aid in the reconstruction.

In 2125, more than two decades since the birth of Terra, Rene Albret led a convoy, alongside his daughter, Camille, deep into the ruins of the City of London. Drones passed overhead, buzzing around them to collect footage for later release. Massive trucks followed in file, slowly being filled to the brim as steel and iron were recovered from the destroyed buildings for use in reconstruction. Weaving through the city’s buried streets, they finally reached the site of Westminster Abbey.

Father and daughters were framed by the western façade, dwarfed by the two towers even in their half destroyed state. The ministers of the Terran State emerged from within the convoy to kneel before Rene.

There, on the site of every British Monarch’s coronation for over 1000 years, Rene declared himself Emperor Rene de Terra, the first Emperor of the Imperial Terran Sovereignty.

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Camille Albret was given the official title of Crown princess. Just 5 years after her father crowned himself, he passed away from what was later revealed to be a long term struggle with lung cancer. His daughter’s memoirs revealed, after recently being made public, that he had been close enough to Vienna to be temporarily blinded by its destruction.

Camille de Terra’s coronation took place on the same site of Westminster Abbey. Her father’s funeral had only taken place the day before, buried at had been a family plot outside the city of Bordeaux.

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Both cities had begun to be rebuilt, man-made structures beginning to reach towards the sky, as campaigns continued across the surface of Terra to restore the greatest cities of each continent. The Terran Sovereignty was reformed under Empress Camille. The citizen strata was replaced with a new system. Fluid tiers were introduced, allowing citizens to earn further benefits, perks and career options, through excellent performance, good social conduct as well as through direct contributions to the Terran Sovereignty. Lateral position was determined based upon an individual’s skills and education, determining the careers and sectors a citizen could seek employment in. The loss of tiers, and privileges became common punishment for minor crimes, while capital punishment was maintained for severe crimes, including murder and treason.

However, as the Terran Sovereignty continued to rebuild, the end of their finite resources loomed. Fossil fuels were depleted, with the planet’s power grids relying on nuclear fission. Vehicles required batteries to store electrical energy, but the scarcity of suitable metals on earth was turning interest towards Luna. A large scale space program became one of the top priorities on Terra. With oceans providing hydrogen for rocket propellant, design and construction began on a fleet of rockets to construct the necessary orbital facilities.

In 2148, the first shipment of Luna Lithium was brought to Terra’s surface from orbit. Luna constructed machines processed the dusty crust of the moon’s surface, extracting valuable minerals for shipment back to Terra. As construction of cities and vessels continued, Mars was looked at as a source of metals, such as aluminium and titanium. To make the trip between Terra and the red planet viable, the first manned, nuclear powered barge was constructed around Luna.

Camille de Terra passed in in the year 2189, leaving the Imperial Terran Sovereignty to her granddaughter, Aurelia de Terra, given her only child’s death in a Luna shuttle accident, 2 weeks before Aurelia’s birth. Under Camille’s rule, Terra’s population had rapidly grown, supported by the power infrastructure her father had put into place, while mining colonies from out as far as the moons of Jupiter supplied the much needed resources. Maglev trains sped across the surface, moving large quantities of resources as required, while offering fast transport for citizens between cities. Agriculture was, once again, largely mechanized to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. Out of necessity, almost no animal products remained in the terran diet. Cattle and livestock that hadn’t been killed in the immediate fallout from B-day had been slaughtered for food during the first years of the Terran State while famine was wide spread. What little meat was produced was only available to the highest citizen tiers, and was prohibitively expensive from the costs of maintaining livestock while food remained a precious resource.

Committed to continuing her grandmother’s legacy and securing the future of all of Terra, Empress Aurelia expanded the Terran space program to create the Imperial Terran Stellar Navy. Over time, this became known simply as the Imperial Terran Navy, with the continued decline of the terrestrial navy. Resources and labour were directed to aid the navy in the pursuit of a single goal, to expand Terra’s reach beyond the confines of the Sol system.



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I spent forever trying to choose between Aristocratic Elite, and Byzantine Bureaucracy, but eventually settled on Aristocratic elite to represent the role of regional governors, while the strata living system represents the tiered structure of citizens living standards.

A policy of strict rationing is also in effect at game start, to represent the scarcity of food on Terra.

Economy Policy is set to Mixed Economy at start, to reflect the past focus on rebuilding industry and cities after B-Day.

Subsequent installments will be delivered, formatted as news broadcasts, featuring news presenters throughout the (hopefully) centuries, and guest roles as appropriate.
A long mod list is in use, and console commands will be used to aid the narrative, where necessary.


Please feel free to comment, and interact. Adopting character is encouraged.
 

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2199.12.30 – Terran News Network


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“Good evening, and welcome to this special broadcast by the Terra News Network. My name is Kassa Dimas, and thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the first turning of a century for the Terran Sovereignty, as well as an incredible feat of terran ingenuity.

I’m joined tonight, live, by none others than Empress Aurelia de Terra and her wife, Rika Yamura, here on the TNN studio roof here in London. Your Imperial Majesty, this must be a very proud day for you? Your great grandfather set out to ensure that Terrans survived at a time when survival seemed impossible, and here we are now, almost 100 years later at the turn of a century. May I ask how that makes you feel?”

The camera pans to focus upon the Imperial couple, previously out of shot.

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“I feel honoured today to call myself Terran. We are a species that has proven we will defeat any obstacle placed in our way. Tonight, we will prove that even the laws of physics can be overcome.”

“And tonight, authorities have issued a strict altitude limit for all craft flying over and around London tonight. Does this mean you will be performing a demonstration tonight, Your Majesty?”

“I believe that may be better answered by my wife. She has been the lead project manager on this for several years. Rika?”

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“Erm, yes… Thank you. Erm… Until now, this has been a high security project, and while the technical details of the project will be made public soon, we are not… erm… Okay. We will be revealing a high tech class of space vessel tonight, which will be making a low atmospheric pass over London at midnight. This ship contains a new form of drive, based upon the dissertation I wrote while studying for my PhD at the University of Oxford, which is now classified top secret.”

“Terra already has a considerable fleet in the Sol system, including several armed vessels. What is it about this ship that makes it so special?”

“Once being supplied in Terra orbit, this ship will set a course towards the outer edges of our solar system, where the Sun’s gravity is the weakest. Once there, it will plot a course towards the Alpha Centauri system and begin the first-faster-than light journey in history.”

“I’m being told that the two of you do now have to leave. Before you go, your Majesties, is there anything else you’d like to tell us?”

“This vessel is named Camille, in honour of our late Empress, my grandmother. And we hope that everyone enjoys this planet wide celebration. Have a good time.”

The camera pans back to focus on Kassa Dimas as the Imperial couple step into a shuttle marked with an Imperial seal.

“Thank you your majesties, I’m sure every Terran thanks you for tonight’s celebrations.

That was Empress Aurelia de Terra and Empress-consort Rika Yamura taking the time to speak with us here at TNN. We hope they enjoy the rest of their evening at Imperial Island in East London, where reportedly the highest tiered citizens from across the Sovereignty have been invited tonight.

Once again, we remind all Citizens that additional quotas of food have been issues to organised New Year’s parties across Terra. These are in addition to normal ration for each citizenship tier. This marks the first time that even the lowest tiered citizens will be granted access to cheese substitute products, with pizza reportedly rolled out at every officially hosted event across the planet.

The Ministry of Order and Justice would like to remind all citizens that Alcoholic Credits are non-transferable, and that it is a criminal offence to attempt to redeem another citizen’s credits.

We’re now closing in on the last ten seconds here in London. Even up this high, the roar of the crowds in the streets below is deafening. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Happy New Year!

Looks, there, in the west. As promised by our Empress, there is of course an otherworldly vessel making it way across London’s night sky towards us. We’ll try and get a clear view.

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It looks like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It seems to be much larger than anything before. It’s just passed over head. The ship seems to be curved around a central point, and it’s climbing back up in the distance now, and… we can now hear the roar of its engine. I don’t know if you can hear that at home, but I can’t hear myself talk. We’re going to go back inside. From me and everyone else at TNN, have a happy New Year, we hope you have a great night.
 

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And a great night will be had.

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“Good evening, and welcome to the Terran News Network. Terra is abuzz tonight after discoveries by the TSSV Camille, an advanced research vessel currently exploring the Alpha Centaur system were announced in a press release earlier today.

On arrival, Alpha Centaur was found to contain a planet within what is commonly called the ‘Habitable Zone’. This planets is not, however, the focus of current discussion. It is in fact a large moon, locates in orbit around the gas giant currently known as Alpha Centauri IV that is of interest. Located outside the habitable zone, this freezing gas giant averages around minus 100 Celsius at its surface.

The Camille was planning to perform only a passing elemental composition scan of the moon, until it was noticed that the surface temperature was above freezing. Further scans determined that the moon was volcanically active, much like Terra. Unlike Terra though, the heat driving these currents comes from tidal heating from a highly elliptical orbit around its parent planet.

More startling discoveries were made after the crew of the Camille began to examine the moon’s surface. It was discovered that surface is almost completely covered with tropical jungles. Subterranean magma channels are believed to cover the planet, distributing heat evenly and maintaining global conditions. But, the moon still had two more surprises in store.

Research teams sent to the planet’s surface were shocked while passing over mountain ranges to spot floating islands, drifting between peaks, seemingly guided by unseen forces. The phenomenon is yet to be fully explained, the Queen-consort today theorised that superconductive minerals within the moon’s crust could be reacting with a strong magnetic field caused by the induced currents within the planet.

The second shocking discover was complex fauna. Animal species, completely alien to Terra were found covering this astounding planet. After a pack of what appeared to a pack of apex predators attempting to ambush a research team, several deceased specimens of the local fauna have been taken for study.

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One thing was certain, the views are absolutely spectacular. I’m Kassa Dimas wishing you a good night, Terra.
 

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“Good afternoon, Terra. I’m Kassa Dimas bringing you this fascinating news update. Three days ago, the third Endeavor class exploration vessel, the TSSV Survivor, observed what could only be described as a ‘herd of spaceborn lifeform’ as it dropped out of hyperspace into the Procyon system. Images were met with awe across Terra at this majestic sight.

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Today, what was first believed to be one of these ‘Space Whales’ entered the Sol system near Pluto. As scientists mobilised to study this creature, it was quickly discovered that it was in fact and object of artificial construction.

Clearly designed to mimic the whales, this probe has taken no notice of Terran vessels, mimicking the flight patterns of the observed Space Whale as it proceeds towards Terra. Determined to be unarmed by Imperial Navy vessels, the probe was permitted to continue its path into Terran orbit. Only then did it break its radio silence by directly contacting the Imperial Palace in London, where it delivered a simple message.

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With what seemed to be a primitive AI installed, the Empress is said to have engaged it in conversation, fascinated by the advanced machine and attempted to learn more of its creators and purpose.

Assured that the Alkree were a peaceful species, wishing only to be left alone, the probe was allowed to leave orbit, and continue its mission along our galaxy’s vast hyper-lane network. Empress Aurelia de Terra said in a statement ‘One day, Terrans will have mapped the galaxy, scoured its planets, and created technological marvels even greater than this machine'.

I’m Kassa Dimas, hoping you all have a great day."
 

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“Good afternoon everyone. I’m Kassa Dimas and you’re joining me today as we take a tour around the new Space Exploration Centre on Manhattan Island here in New York. I’m joined today by the head curator, Isaac Moore, who can hopefully tell us why another name has stuck to this cultural initiative.”

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“Yes, good afternoon Kassa. Well it’s quite simple. When we first proposed this project, we needed a project name that captured the imaginations of everyone here on Terra. Of course, we had no idea that the discoveries the brave men and women travelling to other star systems would be quite so awe inspiring on their own. So, while we do have the official, and very boring sounding name, we just call ourselves ‘The Stellaris’, which has a far more romantic sound do it, don’t you agree?”

“The crowds outside certainly suggest that something has captured everyone’s imagination. What is currently on exhibit here?”

“We’re working to display what information we have from our ships in deep space, the Camille, the Rika and the Survivor. The Alpha Centaur system alone has provided far more material than we ever imagined, with exhibits set up for Alpha Centaur IV’s largest Moon, and Alpha Centauri III, which was more recently surveyed and found to be a lush garden world, teaming with life throughout natural meadows and woodland. ”

“Is it home to animal life, like the moon?”

“Yes, but so far it has seemed far less aggressive. Fascinatingly, the ecosystems on these two bodies have evolved entirely independently. The more recently explores Sirius system has also provided a wealth of knowledge about the galaxy. With another habitable planet, this time containing an abundance of desperately needed mineral resources, it should secure Terra’s industrial future.

“And what of the aliens, or Xenos as they are now often being called, that constructed the probe that visited us 2 years ago? Are they in the galaxy with us?”

“No, I find that highly unlikely. The probe had said that its mission was to scan the whole galactic network, a task that would take it millennia. It seems unlikely a species, insistent on such levels of isolation could survive for so long. Discoveries in the nearby Dubris system, inculcating several species use to be predominant in this region of the galaxy, organised into a ‘First League’, however they also now seem to be long gone.”

“Several species? Are you saying there are other species out there in the galaxy right now?”

“We received images and holographic data for a collection of artefacts found on Dubres II. So far, from the study of these objects, and various illustrations on them, it appears these are all from the same interstellar nation that contained multiple different species. However, the planet was rendered barren and lifeless millions of years ago. From what we can tell, the planet had been abandoned long before that.

We also have a recreation of Terra’s first outpost outside of the Sol system, which we are currently standing in. This first outpost, recently constructed in the Alpha Centauri system is designed to serve as a logistics centre for the entire system, as well as coordinate the planned mining stations around the planets in the system, and hopefully the eventual colonization. This station’s construction also marks the first time that the TSSV Blacksmith, our mobile construction platform, have travelled beyond the bounds of our solar system, with a retrofitted FTL drive.”

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“While the construction founds fascinating, you mentioned colonization. Are you talking about putting permanent Terran settlements on alien planets? Could Terra even provide enough food to sustain large populations on other planets?”

“That’s the fascinating thing about these other planets. With their established and diverse plant and animal life, we wouldn’t need to supply the colonies with resources like food. In fact, it seems far more likely that colonies could become the ones to supply Terra. With the similarities between Terra and Alpha Centauri III, it wouldn’t surprise me if we start to see food produced on other worlds appearing in Terran stores within the next few decades. All of this would of course mean that our species becomes that much safer, as a presence on multiple planets means that one catastrophe can’t cause the extinction of our species.”

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“And if Terrans do colonise more planets, what are the plans for Stellaris?”

“I’m sure we’ll be right there, creating more for the colonies to help show all Terrans what we’re doing, and we’ll keep expanding on Terra of course.”

“Thank you Isaac, very interesting. If you at home decide to come and tour the Stellaris, I hope you enjoy it. Until next time, have a nice day. Good bye Terra.”
 

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2206.03.11 – Terran News Network

“Good evening Terra. I’m Kassa Dimas, and thank you for tuning in tonight to the Terran News Network.

The Sovereignty looks out in awe as our brave scientists continue to explore the stars around us. Our scentists and architects marveled at the discovery of a ruined, sustainable arcology on the planet of Ekoecromia II late last year.

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This structure came to be the focus of architects and engineers as they continue to develop Terra’s cities in a continued rebuilding effort, seeking to build cities that will survive long into the future.

Their focus was quickly split, however, at the discovery of what is now being described as a Megastructure. A now destroyed spire in orbit of the gas giant Forum Fulvii IV, this immense structure was once covered in sensor antenna and various transmitters.

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Scientists currently estimate that this structure would have been capable of scanning any star system on this side of the galaxy. Although in a state of ruin, initial surveys suggest that the internal structures of the array survived largely intact, and that a restoration project would be possible, although not currently viable.

Even this was dwarfed yesterday, when the Ministry of Science and Exploration released this image to the public.

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The heavily damaged, almost skeletal structure was once a form of dysonshere. This structure would have once completely enclosed the Gribbon star, capturing its entire energy output. This source of energy would have been able to power the Earth at its peak during the 21st Century hundreds of times over. No estimates on restoration of this structuve have yet been suggested, due to the unknown technology within the structure, sheer amount of missing material, and the stellar scale of any such project.

A few light years closet to home, the public referendum continues to name Terra’s first colony. Alpha Centauri III has been selected as the first planet to host a permanent Terran colony, with the expectation that the naturally rich soils of the planet, along with pre-existing xeno vegetation, are expected to provide abundant crop yields for the colony and shipment to Terra.

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The chosen name will be applied to the first vessel of the Majesty-class, currently undergoing engine tests before being stored and prepared for its one way journey to Alpha Centauri III. Launch is currently scheduled for 2206.04.01, immediately after Empress Aurelia formerly names the vessel and boards.

The options included on the ballot include ‘New Horizon’, ‘Bounty’, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Terra Nova’. The vessel will be christened by the Empress prior to its maiden voyage, once your decision has come in.

From everyone here at TNN, I wish you a good evening.”
 

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