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The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:40 AM
You ask a very good question, and by the time of the St. Louis Riots, the price of fuel was so high that food trucks were starting to sit because there was no gas (diesel, biodiesel, ethanol) to move them. The military has always gotten the first choice, so the tanks would have fuel. Just another reason the riots got worse, the govt has gas for a dozen super tanks but not for a food truck? Screw those guys! Go to Comment
The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:51 AM
Also: the end of the Petroleum Era is a slight misnomer. The production of actual petroleum spikes and then rapidly starts to decline before the end. There is certainly development of alternative fuels and power sources but there isn't an alternative liquid fuel (ethanol, alcohol, biodiesel) that is able to be produced in the quantities needed. Ethanol is good, but we can't produce 20+ million barrels of ethanol a day. Electric cars suffer from battery issues, and the electric grid itself simply cannot support the demands of an electric vehicle fleet.

This also shouldn't be surprising, while the fuel supply is shrinking like a noose around a neck, conservation has totally failed. Fuel saving technology is present, but not appreciated. The collectivism of the Arcology projects are decried as communist, socialist, and elitist. Rail systems fail in massive nations, massive infrastructures collapse because there simply isn't money to fix them. Instead of consumption slowing down, it spikes at the end, because everyone wants to make sure they get their fair share.

And then it's gone. Go to Comment
The Last Tank
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:53 AM
You are correct, and instead of cutting off her head, she was hung in front of the peasant masses. I did some google searching for exotic tanks, and came across that thing and I really liked it. The Winson needed a face. I do want the kit to built it. Go to Comment
The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:57 AM

To underscore the core of the submission, this is the reason that there are mecha. Without this banning of the tank, the battles of the Cosmic Era would be fought with tanks and NOT mecha. But the mech (in the Cosmic Era few weigh in at more than 50-55 tons) is publicly acceptable as a tool of war.

Nations who use tanks are considered barbaric. 

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7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-29 06:59 AM
I'm thinking of instead of adding more specific detail, I would add a fluff paragraph to each entry as a physical demonstration of each of the seven principles listed Go to Comment
7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-29 04:10 PM
I fully intend to answer both of your requests, and I want to add both fluff text and concrete narrative and fundamental goals Go to Comment
7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-31 11:23 AM

Justice - Civilization

I looked up the video and it is awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVq2yMuAMVQ

Justice - One Minute to Midnight

No video, but this is the theme song of the Cosmic Era aerospace corps. Cue music, image is a  variable tech fighter, wings raked back and engines tucked tight against the fuselage. It seems to be hanging perfectly still, but its creeping up on hypersonic velocity as it hurdles through a blacksky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXp1C6Byd2E

Skrillex - Reptile's Theme

Video is an excellent demonstration of the concept of Escalation in the Cosmic Era. Also, seibertronians, cyborgs and the inhumanity shown to man, friend and foe alike. The song carries the tone and the implied violence as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spitVENkpgw

Skrillex - Bangarang

The Peter Pan sampling and video theme are interesting, and the recurrent theme of lawless behavior just growing fit. I dig the song as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJVmu6yttiw

Trailer for Tron Legacy feat Daft Punk - Derezzed

CogNet, and finding legacy caches from the fallen 3rdNet, arcologies, hyperlighting, and of course, the Armory Sirens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Afc2uzw4g

Deadmau5 - Moar Ghosts'n'Such

After I am gone, your earth will be free to go on as one of my satellites and just how its going to be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGtcJCzB9cU


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Environmental Parapsychic Powers
Systems  (Mystical)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-30 08:28 AM
They are channeling energy from the River of Sorrow which manifests as flames in the case of pyros and the other direct energy parapsychics. Go to Comment
Environmental Parapsychic Powers
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-30 10:36 AM
Pyrokinesis is the manifestation of light and heat that appears as flame, but lacks fuel. It is not consuming either solid fuel or oxygen from the atmosphere. So, yes, it could be manifested in a vacuum.

These parapsychic abilities within the setting of the Cosmic Era are a function of arcanotech which in and of itself is neither technology nor magic but something unwholesomely between the two. Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-16 08:45 AM
I am writing a novel Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-16 10:27 PM
The main character, lol Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-16 11:08 PM
You are right, presenting this as a conversation, a round table between several people with different positions would be a more interesting and variegated submission. It also would likely end up in the forgotten wasteland of the In Work box.

The format isn't the best, but it's out there, and it's effectively done.

To answer the first part of your question: The things I have presented in the submission are demonstrable facts, and not biased in favor of, or against the Atlantic Federation.

It's unabashed militarism is present in it's foreign policy that is predominantly shoot first, worry about why later, it's large military, active propaganda, and an entertainment culture that is much more 1980s (pro-military GI Joe, A-Team, Airwolf, etc) than would be perceived as tolerable today. The proof of it's space exploration program is that the Atlantic Federation has cities on the Moon, Mars, Ganymede, as well as full size city habitats in Earth and Lunar orbit. It also has the largest space fleet of commercial, civilian, exploration, and military spacecraft. The Atlantic Federation designed and built the Arc reactor, which is the centerpiece of hypertechnology, as well as things like Battlemechs and so on. As for the CogNet, it's technology was developed primarily in the European side of the Federation, and the first node of the CogNet, the 0.0 location is in Switzerland, and the CogNet expanded from there. Go to Comment
Timeline of the Cosmic Era
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-14 11:34 AM
Will keep working on this, and will format later Go to Comment
Timeline of the Cosmic Era
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-14 12:44 PM
Ran out of time, will add more when free. Go to Comment
Novo São Paulo
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-15 08:10 AM
http://www.google.com/search?q=arcology&hl=en&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=6mL1UJ-0H4aK8QS4zoCoBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=643

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http://www.google.com/search?q=arcology&hl=en&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=6mL1UJ-0H4aK8QS4zoCoBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=643#hl=en&tbo=d&tbm=isch&q=sao+paulo+brazil+night&revid=856575216&sa=X&ei=E2P1UKyAOJKy9gS2hoGACw&ved=0CHQQgxY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41018144,d.eWU&fp=93f2ea85f5605e87&biw=1366&bih=643

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http://www.google.com/search?q=arcology&hl=en&tbo=d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=6mL1UJ-0H4aK8QS4zoCoBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=643#hl=en&tbo=d&tbm=isch&q=sao+paulo+brazil+beaches&revid=856575216&sa=X&ei=E2P1UKyAOJKy9gS2hoGACw&ved=0CFoQgxY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.41018144,d.eWU&fp=93f2ea85f5605e87&biw=1366&bih=643 Go to Comment
Novo São Paulo
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-14 10:30 AM
nice. I've done little with the USSA, so I have two things for you to think about.

One of the biggest theatres in the Resource Wars with vicious fighting between the Alliance of South American Nations against the United States, and though the wars were 200 years ago there is still animosity.

Why is Brazil not the leader?

Don't forget about the geofronts and seacologies Go to Comment
Novo São Paulo
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-15 08:12 AM
Google Images:

Sao Paulo brazil night

arcology

Sao paulo brazil beach Go to Comment
Novo São Paulo
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-15 11:12 AM
I was googling images, and sao paolo beach was a suggested search

Also, you can very easily move the city, since the arcologies will have either been built in the city core, or moved a distance away and the new city grown around them while the old city fades into ruins. Go to Comment
Novo São Paulo
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-19 09:11 AM
Creating Locations

1. Nature of location: we need to fix and describe the arcology/arcologies/geofront of Novo Sao Paulo, then set up the favelas around it.

2. Residents: who lives there, are there any groups of interest or note, especially with consideration to the resident AISC of the city, clones, neo-ethnic communities, military and paramilitary organizations, cultural communities and so forth

3. Access to Location: how do you get there, in and out, and around the city? What is the condition of the mass transit system, and is there a spaceport/mass driver present?

4. History: Destruction/Fall of old Sao Paulo, reconstruction during the Second Renaissance, emergence as the financial center of the USSA, and where it is looking down the road Go to Comment
Omni-Consumer Products
Society/ Organizations  (Mercantile)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-14 12:43 PM
Because the 'corps gotta have nasty secrets and it's primarily a shout out to OCPs cyborg programs and brains in jars. Go to Comment
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