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Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-29 03:17 PM
The visual that gave the idea for the device was Lord Genome's head grafted into the control system of the Cathedral Terra/Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann ship from the Gurren Lagann anime. I've never really gotten the best vibe off of the head in the jar riff, even though it's an old one (Lovecraft, Futurama, etc) but the visuals of the various members of the crew interacting with and talking to the reanimated but still technically dead head of their former rival was just too cool to ignore.

Kiosk droids have replaced stationary vending machines. (Sub pending)

There is currently not a thread about families and child rearing in the CE, but sufficed to say, it would look horrific and bleak. You plug your kids into the CogNet for their indoctrination/education/entertainment, and only interact with them when you aren't plugged in yourself. That's assuming you went with the biological option to have organic children and not iKid droids, or cloned offspring, avoiding that whole pregnancy thing that used to plague mankind. Woman is truly free, now that the glass womb bears the burden of reproduction.

The Tycho Conventions have been mentioned regularly in the setting (ref: MiB) and is the CE version of the Geneva Convention, just upgraded for the setting. No nukes, no bioweapons, no genetic caste cloning (re: alphas, epsilons, double epsilons) no genetic super soldiers, no autonomous weapon systems, No uplifting animal species to sentience, etc. Basically a bunch of stuff that most major powers ignore, or use as accusations to hurl at each other.

Antarctica has something rotten and foul under it, why else would their be an entire continent crushed under ice, with sub-zero deserts, massive ice sheets and auroras flickering over it. It is the creepy, evil basement of Planet Earth.

As per the Dummy System, Neon Genesis Evangelion had the Dummy Plug system, which was later revealed to be (spoilers!) clones of two eva pilots who were programmed to act as auto-pilots for the eldritch horrors should their pilots become incapacitated or refuse to follow orders. Empty, soulless, these artificial pilots demonstrated barbarism and violence that was sickening even to hardened operatives, including ripping pilots out of their mecha and devouring them.

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Caryatid System
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-16 08:40 PM
One of the big things about the Tycho Convention ban on sentient weapons is basically an anti-Skynet protocol. On military terms, multiple intelligences making decisions are more random and chaotic than a central AI. That makes it harder to predict. Things like the big AISCs know each other, and if you successfully profile a computer intelligence I would say you could easily predict and counter it's moves and gambits. Go to Comment
Godmarked
NPCs  (Extras)   (Religious)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-08 10:43 PM
Parapsychics in about 100 words, I like. Go to Comment
Aramax Ironbelly
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-08 10:47 PM
The Shade of You
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-03 07:05 AM
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Brass Man
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-20 07:59 AM
Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-15 03:48 PM
To answer the questions:

1. Her taste in art is serene and zen, favoring traditional Japanese art, like painting kanji, flower arrangement, etc. Her playlist is likely an eclectic mix of soft pop, synthesizer, and whatever is trendy. One person's serenity is another person's noise. Yuna likes ska-pop, I find dubstep soothing.

2. The Amero-Nipponese phenotype is widely presented in anime. Predominantly white with large eyes and vaguely Asian features. That comes from the other side of the Pacific, not this side.

3. Her role in research is as a test subject, demonstrating her abilities under scientific observation. As for the nostril comment, that's taking pot-shots at monsters and bogeymen, not so much shooting other people. What would push a moral character to put a bullet up a monster's snout? Preventing said monster from eating her and the rest of her team, or turning them into incubators, or building material, or the 1001 other horrible things that an aberrant invasive species from a another dimension would want to do to people.

4. One of the things about the Cosmic Era is that it is a scary batpoop crazy place. She summons and controls cosmic horrors because she can, and that is the best way she can use her talents to help others and protect humanity. If you have the ability to protect large numbers of people, can you refuse to? Can you reject the moral responsibility to help and care for others who have no other defense than the organization you work for?

5. More than she cares to have been involved in. She's stoic, pragmatic, and if a cosmic horror doesn't eat her soul and puppeteer her body first, she will eventually burn out.

Bonus: Puerto Rico and Monopoly would be offensive games in the Cosmic Era, rooted as they are in the mindset that lead to the near destruction of the biosphere and humanity in general, much like breaking out some Jim Crow racist slave chasing boardgame would be today. Apples to Apples and Cranium would be too frivolous and light-hearted. Scrabble is the most appealing of the games listed, but she is also likely to be interested in classical games like Chess and Go. Go to Comment
30 Amazons
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-10 04:30 PM
Update: Two horrific years, TWO YEARS, sitting in the in work folder.

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The Character File
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-20 05:33 AM

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Asuka Langley Soryu

Ashley Lang is a high ranking Federation mecha pilot, with an impressive combat record. She favors brute force and bull rush tactics and mecha that are notable for speed and ability to engage in close quarters combat. She has an aggressive personality and is personally defensive, not allowing others to get close to her. Her specialty is responding to dimensional fatigue events, and volunteers for these risky missions, relishing the thought of going into CQC with kaiju and wiping out bug swarms.

Rei Ayanami

Renee Ryan is a nearly emotionless expressionless young woman. Her hair and eyes are an unusual color, denoting her status as a clone. She was cloned from a remarkable mecha pilot, and retains those skills, but does so through a mountain of negative self worth, knowing that she is completely and totally expendable. She follows orders meticulously, and cares very much for the survival of her fellow pilots. Ryan is currently attached to Lang's rapid response company, where she provides fire support for stopping cosmic horrors. She fully expects to die a horrific death, but thus far has survived.

Shinji Icarus

Arthur Icarus, son of Jameson Icarus, is a mech commander who was raised as an artist and had the misfortune of being the son of a leading military contractor. At the behest of his father, Arthur entered the Federation mech corps and has risen to a high level of proficiency despite strongly disliking the entire profession. He has a respectful and love/hate emotional relationship with Ashley Lang, but is regularly attending a psychologist to help cope with the stresses of piloting a mecha and fighting cosmic horrors. He is precise and skilled as a pilot, but ultimately abhors violence. While facing DFE is innately horrific and violent, he finds it much easier to throw his multi-ton war machine in the face of an alien god than to go toe to toe with another human pilot.

Misato Katsuragi

Abbey Hightower is a non-combatant mech commander, relaying commands and information from a command center to pilots operating in the field. She is cool under pressure, and the only thing more important than the mission are the lives of her pilots. She is expected to become a general eventually, commanding entire armies, but currently is a DFE containment specialist. She commands SPC-01 group, a company of anti-horror mecha lead by Lang. She is not a pilot, and handles missions from the CIC of the Union pattern AFS Lillith or from a land base near the DFE. She is openly Christian.

Gendo Icarus

Jameson Icarus is a military intelligence researcher and engineer, a leader in mecha design and technology. This is one of the reasons that he is deeply involved with DFE containment, as these events allow him to gain access to alien samples, biology, and technology. He has recruited his estranged son into SPC-01 for personal reasons. Jameson is a member of the Anunnaki, and answers to the inner circle, and is involved in their program to capture teratomorphs and domesticate them, ultimately using mechakaiju to replace mecha on the battlefield and destroying anyone foolish enough to challenge them. He is fascinated by the concept of kaiju contamination and believes that the titans are divine in nature and to merge with one is to become a god one's self.

Ritsuko Akagi

Lita Redstone is a computer technician and statistician attached to SCP-01 at the behest of Jameson Icarus. She is best known for her work on organic modeling of AI and AISC mainframes, and has been tapped to handle the unit's computer systems. This is a superficial role, as her real role is to work on tech integration with teratomorph biology, specifically computer control systems and pilot integration. She is a member of the Anunnaki, but in a jaded nihilistic fashion. She sees the Anunnaki's goals as a way of punishing a world that has taken her mother, her children, and shown that she is just something to be used and discarded.

Ryoji Kaji

Richard Kindle is a military intelligence officer and aerospace pilot. He appears as a superficial young man more interested in skirt chasing and music than anything serious. He is a skilled shadowrunner and works for Sigma Blue investigating SCP-01. He is tasked with finding what is going on with the organization, with it's surprising budget, special permissions, and the presence of Jameson Icarus, formerly known as a Jameson Reddington. To this end he funnels information and rare stolen samples back to Sigma Blue, typically by commandeering a jet or helocraft and flying away from the current SPC base. He has been working on seducing Lt. Col. Hightower.

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The Character File
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-02-09 03:34 PM

15 Comic Book Characters too Weird for the Movies

http://www.cbr.com/15-comic-book-characters-too-we...

Egg Fu

Kanighter is technically an abomination, but a very useful one. The entity known as Kanighter started as a Downington Sphere that had successfully snagged an alien energy pattern, and returned to Earth. The re-entry pattern was faulty and the sphere crash landed in the South China Sea where it was recovered by the ACPS. Unable to crack the encryption on the device, the ACPS intelligence agency brought in a team of technomancers, including the freelancer Richard Kanighter. In attempting to hack the sphere, the creature trapped inside lashed out and drew Kanighter into the sphere, causing a fusion of all three. The mind of Kanighter was fused with the fragment of an outer god, and a metal shell, creating the new being. Kanighter is viciously evil, deeply demented, and if given half a chance, would gladly and gleefully annihilate the entire human race, snuff out the Sun, and pull the plug on the Universe. The Emperor has seen fit to have Kanighter placed in deep hibernation in the Ulan Batar facility known as Pusu Leng, or Cold Plains.

Dex-Starr

The entity known as Dex-Starr started life as a genetically engineered jaguar, augmented with human level intelligence and problem solving skills, part of a clandestine endeavor known as Project Dolittle. The research unit housing Dex-Starr was located on Phobos when the Hellmouth DFE occured. Dex-Starr was inhabited by a dimensional energy being, and began to demonstrate parapsychic powers. Dex-Starr has demonstrated pyrokinesis and biokinesis, using a fusion of these two skills to projectile vomit fire-bile at things that anger it. The entity has escaped capture, and is suspected of living in a martian geofront.

Bat-Mite

Bat-Mite is a VERY POPULAR boppet licensed and sold in the Federation and PRC. The toy robot looks like a child version of the mythical Bat-Man character of American mythology. He encourages kids to follow the rules, do what they are told, and to help him fight the bad guys. The boppet syncs to the Batman channel, free of charge.

Starro

The entity known as Starro is a category 2 teratomorph. It manifests as a starfish shaped monster that when standing on two arms, is a towering 40 meters tall. Despite it's massive size, Starro type teratomorphs mainly smash about, cannot manifest any sort of energy attack, nor do they have any defenses beyond normal organic resiliency. The most dangerous part about a starro manifestation are the mangnaspawn who are capable of swarming through enclosed spaces and routinely demonstrate mind control abilities. Starro meat is commonly harvested and minced into cheap faux fish products.

Beak

Barnell Bohusk was just a kid who ended up on the end of a bad gene-mod. After idolizing avians, he saved enough money for a back-alley Avian biomod and he took it. It wasn't tailored for his genome, and the coding was done cheaply and on the fly, using chopped up bits of other mod codes. The end result was that Bohusk was basically horrifically mutated into a tragic fusion of man and bird, failing to be either. He lived for a few years, unable to garner enough funding or support to reverse the augmentation, and eventually committed suicide to end his suffering. After his death, he became a figure for Gene-Modding Regulation.

Strong Guy

aka Guido Carosella, is a popular figure in the Jersey Cultural Zone. He is a typical beachfront guy, who spends his time attempting to have as much sex as possible, while getting himself into the most comical situations as believably will allow. The original character was based off of a man of the same name who underwent the Claremont Biomodification to make himself as large and muscularly masculine as possible, and ended up making himself look buffoonish and enormous. He was very strong, but contrary to the popular trope of being narcissistic and shallow, Carosella was just a biomod enthusiast, and was considered to be an exemplary fellow. The Strong Guy derived from him has almost nothing to do with him, other than his name and likeness. Carosella has long since retired to a life of comfort in the Caribbean league, where he is free of local fame.

The Orb

Life can interesting for a person who has a massive eyeball in place of a head. The Orb was the sole survivor of a DFE, and one of the side effects of the event was that their right eye consumed all of the matter of their head, and replaced all of it with eye. How the Orb is still alive no one knows as the being technically doesn't have a brain, mouth, nose, and cannot hear, eat, drink, or breath. The Orb communicates through writing and sign language. Orb has repeatedly requested euthanasia, but remains in covert custody as scientists are still trying to figure out how it/he is still alive. Orb demonstrates exceptional vision, and has demonstrated the ability to 'see' infrared, radio, and even aphasic energy patterns, aka auras.

The Maxx

Samuel Keith was a regular guy until he was sucked into a Dimensional Fatigue event. On the other side, he was barfed out into a different reality, one where he is drastically deformed, with hulking muscles and his face has been fixed with a permanent rictus. He is deeply deranged, and fights bestiaries of strange monsters, dreams of his long vanished life and fiance, and is something akin to a mad demigod in this new reality. Sometimes he shifts back to the real world, where for some reason, no one notices his horrific appearance or massive strength, but he lives as a life of squalor and poverty. Keith no longer remembers what is real, what is a dream, and what is his crippling insanity.

Lockheed

Designer pets are all the rage. Dogs and cats are so 20th century. Genimals started as replicas of extinct species and endangered species. After that, it was only a small step to start creating entirely new species. Lockheed is a very expensive personal dragon, or dragonette. At just under a meter long, and massing 8 kilos, it can fly short distances, and can talk in a basic fashion. The creature doesn't actually have the high level intelligence required for witty conversation, rather it has a CogLink in it 's head, and augmented intelligence that allows it to act on it's data feed. Pet dragons are very popular, but given their high price tag, they are the playthings of celebrities and the wealthy, and the number of Lockheed model dragonettes produced for media franchises is actually larger than the number created for private ownership.

Doctor Bong

Doctor Bong is a popular character in the Republic of California, where he is a hero of the Cannabis culture. Serialized in 'Stoner Feeds' where the SimSense viewer gets and electronic high (simulating the euphoric high state) Doctor Bong spends his days getting high, and duking it out with the enemies of Chill and the opponents of recreational pharmaceuticals. He is a heroic 'Everyman' who gains magical powers from taking hits from his Mystic Space Bong, including flight, intangibility, hyperwisdom, mind and emotion control, and the ability to conjure and banish material objects.

Super Zombies

The zombie genre didn't go away in the Cosmic Era, but rather it became more frightening. In the Cosmic Era there are super soldier, giants, parapsychics, cyborgs, and more that simply didn't exist in the heyday of Petroleum Era entertainment. The Super Zombie genre taps into the theme of Things Man Was Not Meant to Know, and the secret project unleashes death, the undead, and nihilism on the world, with not just the classic shuffling and shambling undead, and more than the the running zombie, but corpses lusting to feast on the flesh of the living, but still retaining superhuman abilities. It remains an underground genre, as it is rooted in the justifiable fear of arcanotechnology.

Big Wheel

Jackson Weele was a geofront tinkerer who tired of the constant abuse heaped on him and other clocksmiths who lived in the geofronts. Rather than take the abuse, or the predictable building of a horde of fighting bots, Weele built a robot 'wheel suit' that was somewhere between patchwork mobile armor, and a robot that he could drive. The Big Wheel made an appearance at several underground gathering, where he was able to disrupt the goings on and scatter the chinpira and made men of the geofronts. He thought that has was going to succeed but underestimated his foes. Big Wheel met his end on the business end of a Chinpira assassination squad who gunned him down in his apartment. His robotic 'wheel suit' was destroyed, but not before he pumped the schematics across the gray band CogNet.

Mojo

The entity known as Mojo is one of the most successful and wealthy entertainment franchise creators in the Cosmic Era. Barely recognizable as human anymore, Mojo is the studio exec of studio execs, and lives in a life support unit. It's body is massive, 3 meters long and close to 400 kilograms in weight. Mojo's brain is directly wired into the CogNet, where it creates streams of new code that are administered and handled by cadres of professional programmers and synthetic intelligences. It is demanding, petulant, acts like a spoiled child and a primadonna all at once. To keep itself sated, Mojo has multiple sets of pubic nerves terminating in male, female, and entirely new sexual pleasure organs, as well as a massive tolerance to and dependence on narcotic substances. Mojo is remorseless and thrives on the most base and vile programming, but it's handlers clear the chaff from the wheat, creating the trope sitcoms and reality series that have made Mojo and it's host hypercorp wealthy.

X-Babies

Sugarman

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The Character File
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-03-12 11:11 AM

Lamest Characters from Mortal Kombat

Kintaro

An Amero-Nipponese professional wrester, Kintaro has undergone a modified version of the Clairemont Biomod, a basic Tiger neko augmentation, and the dramatic addition of two additional arms as well as the associated nerve clusters to use them. In the professional fighter ring, Kintaro has demonstrated himself a master of grappling, submission holds, and the progenitor of the now infamous Double Nelson Hold (a full Nelson hold, but only deliverable by a person for 4 arms). Despite having excellent performance in the ring, Kintaro has not yet managed to win a World Title or Championship. In continental matches, he is among the strongest opponents, but in the International Tournaments, he is known as the Paper Tiger. While strong and fast, his move set is based entirely off of biological and muscular strength. He is simply not in the same category as the parapsychic and cybernetic fighters.

Shujinko

Nominally a monk from the Chinese White Lotus Society, Shujinko spent years learning the basics of Chi combat, aka parapsychic hand to hand. He is not terribly good at it, and took more to the path of the mystic despite the desire to be a great warrior. His skill was greatly increased after coming in contact with an entity he believed to be benevolent. After teaching Shujinko it's own application of chi arts, he discovered that the entity, the Onaga, was actually a demon (or negative extradimensional entity) that was more interested in spreading harm that good. It intended for Shujinko to create a dojo of his own, and then to expand it out to where it would rival the White Lotus society, or even more maliciously, rival the Lin Keui ninja clan. The wayward monk has fled his old home and now travels as an mendicant and does good works trying to atone for his deal with Onaga, using the entity's power and training against it.

Kobra

A product of the McDojo craze, Kobra has learned the anglicized version of martial arts (most of the fighting, none of the philosophy) and modernized Compact Form Martial Arts (CFMA) that reduce a martial art down into a handful of moves and stances. This is the sort of fighting taught at McDojos like Kobra Kai, one of the leading franchise gyms. Given the preponderance of blond headed anglo-americans who attend such gyms, they have been pushed into a single stereotype, and are all Kobras. Kobras know a few kicks and strikes, and a few basic blocks. Other than this, they are easily beaten by actual martial arts students, but they are typically able to dominate people not trained in martial arts. Kobras are frequently street thugs, bullies, and 'tough guys' who like to indulge in a bit of violence for sport.

Related: Dan Hibiki - celebrity McDojo Franchiser, smiles and throws the big thumbs up and fights passably well in demonstration tournaments. He is more celebrity that sensei, and most of his fights are rigorously choreographed. He has a background in entertainment media, and used this to leverage his McDojo franchise, Dan Hibiki Dojos

Blaze

The entity known as Blaze was formerly a card carrying Wage Slave who was caught up in a Dimensional reactor explosion in Central America. The hapless individual instead of being killed was imbued with a massive amount of cosmic power, and neither the training nor the willpower to control it. Blaze staggered around for hours after the event under full parapsychic burn. His body (or her body, their identity is unknown) has been converted to condensed plasma and is in a constant state of flux. They are literally made of compressed fire held together by the parapsychic conduit and the soul of technician, engineer, or possibly janitor who was among those killed in the blast. Blaze has no fighting skill, is highly disoriented, and governed more by animalistic impulses than reason. The being was beaten and captured after being driven into the plasma bottle of a damaged fusion reactor. Blaze is currently incarcerated on Mercury. The being is confined inside a fusion vessel and being tapped for energy production.

Meat

The abomination that is Meat was formerly a worker at the San Alamos Laboratory, where she was a computer engineer and systems administrator. She was involved in a DFE that unleashed a swarm of flesh eating meta-mollusks and almost died. Why she is still alive is a mystery, but Meat has had her skin, most of her organs, and roughly half of her muscle mass eaten away by the creatures, but remains alive. Her body has proven resistant to medical treatment, but in a state of constant pain, and an adrenal induced fight or flight mode. Attempts to communicate with Meat have failed, and it is assumed that there is simply nothing left inside her head but howling insanity from having been partially consumed alive.

Motaro

Motaro is among the most heavily modified soldiers in the EuroZone armed forces.

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The Anunnaki Cabals
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Trans World)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-01-02 06:24 PM
http://strolen.com/viewing/7919

There are 5 ranks of Anunnaki recruits: alpha, beta, gamma, zeta, and omega. These are the uninitiated minions of the Hidden Masters.

https://strolen.com/viewing/The_Brotherhood_of_the_Land_of_Nod

The 'Devoted' who don't know their gods are false

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7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-22 04:54 PM
Yeah, on the carcinoprotein, NASA is working on cultured salmon tumors to provide a self replenishing food supply for astronauts bound for Mars. I thought it was horrific, and something the CE would totally exploit for a food source. There is no reason to eat people when you can culture and cultivate tumors Go to Comment
7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-23 06:53 AM
Transitioning from a corporeal lifestyle to a digital one, voluntarily entering the Matrix as a social and economic decision. A renaissance of virtual culture following the death of the previous physical/analog world culture Go to Comment
The Xan-Axe
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-14 06:13 AM
Solid magical item, good backstory, and the pun in the name is good. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
Systems  (Mercantile)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-09 04:56 PM
There have been plenty of cashless societies, with Star Trek being a good example of a positive example and the slave based economies of the past being negative examples. And that's what the freemium economy is, it is a form of economic slavery. It doesn't matter what the people do, they cannot do business between themselves, everything has to go to the credit system, to the corporate exchanges and such.

Cash is a relic of the Petroleum Era, and it is offensive.

Asking a resident of the Cosmic Era if they would like some money, some cold hard cash, is the same as asking Native Americans if they would like some trade beads or horse blankets. Capitalism and the personal pursuit of wealth is considered crude, barbaric, and destructive. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
Systems  (Mercantile)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-11 04:47 PM
Rodenberry was a progressive liberal hippie, and TNG greatly improved when he was no longer hands on involved in the show. While he had some good ideas, like racial integration and international cooperation (it's easy to forget that Uhura was among the first if not the first black female characters in an ensemble cast show, and the Russian Chekov was an officer on what was tantamount to an American spaceship, during the Cold War). He also had some bad ideas that hamstrung the show, like the Federation having a no currency economy, everyone just did what they wanted, and that basic elements of human conflict were verbotten, as a hallmark of his utopian ideals

But it was the first and biggest example I could think of where people did their jobs and there was no paycheck. Federation has rank, but there is no pay grade.

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Freemium Economy
Systems  (Mercantile)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-11 04:55 PM
Harsh is fine, because harsh is typically honest.

The emergence of the freemium economy is not a natural evolution. It is what happens when you have a coalition of oligarchs, backed by secret societies (the more spook like Anunnaki) and bound by a broken world economy and a population that is small, predominantly socialist, and supported by massive industrial automation and replicator like polyforges.

There is a smear campaign against capitalism, and despite all the bells and whistles, technogadgets and wizardry, the Cosmic Era is functionally feudal in nature. Wealth is concentrated exclusively at the top, and everyone else is a serf (restricted in movement, restricted in what they can possess, stuck in whatever position they are born in). Fitting in with the Ocaslan model, society is made static to ensure longterm stability, and capitalism runs contrary to this. Capitalism allows people to change their economic status, and large numbers of people can force changes in the market, despite each having not that much. This can be a good thing, driving economic engines, and it can be bad like student loan debt and the housing bubble.

So, the past, the economic wealth and prosperity of the capitalist free world is burdened with the blame for the disasters that befell the world, from the Resource Wars, to the environmental disasters that followed. The pursuit of wealth and personal property is shown to be hand in hand with burning the world and poisoning the sky. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
Systems  (Mercantile)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2017-02-05 07:54 AM
Showrooming

One of the crises in modern capitalism is the act of showrooming. Customers will go to a brick and mortar store, inspect specific items that they are interested in purchasing, and will then purchase said items from an online retailer at a lower cost, since said online retailer doesn't have the cost of a store to support.

In the Cosmic Era this is how most non-consumables shopping is handled. There are no more brick and mortar stores, and the durable goods providers merely have showrooms for customers to come look at their goods. They can order the goods from the showroom, but there is no stock, no inventory, no servicing, just the showroom. With polyforges and automation, almost everything is made on a Just in Time basis. There are no warehouses or inventory centers fulfilling said orders (there are some exceptions).

After visiting the showroom, the customer uses their multikard to order whatever goods they want. The order is placed, and the items in question are produced. This goes in the face of Petroleum Era commercialism, as it violates two basic tennets: planned obsolescence, and impulse purchases. Most ordered goods will arrive in a matter of hours to days, overriding the impulse purchase with having to wait for the gratification of acquisition. Likewise, in the case of durable and sundry goods, there isn't a cycle of replacing oldness with new hotness. There are upgrades, and additions, but something like replacing a smartphone every 1-2 years is simply offensive. Gadgets are expected to last a decade. Appliances last a generation, and so forth. The wheels and engines of the economy aren't churning out junk to feed a junk grinder. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Scrasamax's comment on 2017-02-05 08:00 AM
Trade In, Trade Up

In the Cosmic Era, when someone buys a durable good or gadget, is it generally expected that the previous gadget they owned will be traded in as part of the remuneration process. The old item is taken back and it is either refurbished and resold if it is in good shape, or it is recycled for its components and used to make the next iteration of items. This process lessens the credit cost of the items being purchased, and is part of the materials handling and recycling system inside of arcologies and other megastructures. Hoarding and stockpiling are hard to accomplish, as failure to remunerate goods sees credit scores drop.

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