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Fuijin Kaze
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-13 04:16 PM
One of the things that stuck out in my mind the last time I read Brave New World was Bernard and Linda flying around in a helicopter. In light of the death of expertise and self driving vehicles, something as complicated, clattering, and dangerous as a helicopter isn't going to survive into the future. Kazes fill the spot that light civilian helicopters once occupied. I would totally agree with there being an autonomous system where you dont actually ever pilot a kaze so much as you tell it where you want to go, and the onboard LAI flies the craft under guidance from the local airspace controller. Go to Comment
Fuijin Kaze
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axlerowes's comment on 2016-03-13 03:33 PM
Nice

I imagine it doesn't fair to well in rough weather. Also I can see many scores of these being controlled by one central AI to move personal and material around a large complex. Because these are modular and available they could be placed into a large complex (such a shipyard or scrap yard) to supplement or temporarily replace more stable methods of industrial logistics. Go to Comment
Fuijin Kaze
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valadaar's comment on 2016-01-25 09:21 AM
Decent background piece. Go to Comment
Homo Sapiens Xenus
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-15 11:26 PM

Terms used in conjunction with Homo Xenus

Chimp - insult, lower than homo sapiens, one ruled by base biological desire, one lacking courage, intelligence, or the sophistication expected of Xenus society. Simian terms are also used as racial slurs against homo sapiens.

Codex - term used to refer to an individual's genes, a representation of self, and their potential. Insulting a codex is grounds for a challenge, such as asking if the codex was known to be damaged before production, or if it was discovered afterwards? Genetic hubris.

Frag - insult, incomplete as a fragment, one who has failed in their given role. To frag - to fail. Fragger - one who failed. Fragged - broken or otherwise compromised. Fragman, a person who only knows misery and failure.

Freeborn - a human born through normal sexual reproduction, technically used as an insult towards Homo Sapiens and Homo Novus augments. Also known as fuckborn, lowborn, and genesludgers.

Game of Challenge - a game of challenge is any sort of game fought out between two or more interests that lacks an outside reward such as rank points, settling of grievances, promotions, and so forth. These are a step above training matches, and typically done in a friendly manner.

Game of Grievance
- rather than resorting to physical violence, emotional outbursts or
otherwise disruptive behavior when there is a problem, homo xenus is
conditioned to handle interpersonal disputes through the use of CogNet
dueling and 'card battle games'. This allows hostility to be defused,
teaches each member to be as prepared as possible, and that those who
cannot win fights shouldn't start them.

Game of Raiding - While materialism is seen as not just a hallmark of the Petroleum Era, but of Homo Sapiens in its entirety, homo xenus has a completely different approach. When a resource is in contention between two factions, such as two sibcos fighting over the better bunk facility, they will resort to games of raiding. These simulated battles home martial and tactical skills without inflicting actual casualties or injuries, and are played out in virtual environments. They are similar to the FPS melees that are currently popular in console games.

Geneseed - a sample of a xenus' genetic code, in the context of being used to create a new sibco of homo xenus. Also a reference to genetic legacy, and the asexual reproductive process.

Loot - anything gained from the defeat of a foe, agreed to before the start of a game, or the commencement of a physical competition. Colloquially translates to 'that which is desireable' or 'the spoils of conflict'

Sibco - sibling company. Rather than solo, homo xenus is born and raised in batches or companies. These are treated as siblings and are the only family connection the species demonstrates.

Trial of Position - Where disputes are settled with virtual games, promotions and evaluations are handled through holosim situations. In a trial of position, the challenger seeks to raise their level within the homo xenus society. The 'defender' is a teacher or other administrator, and typically has the upper hand, so that an aspiring xenus cannot simply win through dull brute force, and must be cunning and clever instead.

Trueborn - a human born through computer engineering and genetic manipulation of donor genetic material, this term can be applied to homo novus engineered from birth, and automatically applies to all homo xenus members.

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Homo Sapiens Xenus
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-19 03:24 PM
Bred to live with the machine, homo xenus cannot survive without the machine
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Homo Sapiens Xenus
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-16 12:22 AM

Holy shit! My brain exploded. The Replacements are here. And we suck. There is so much amazing info in this and I'm not even a sci-fi guy. Creepy, crazy, and wow. Asexual, Technophilia, Terms...exceptional submission.

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Homo Sapiens Xenus
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valadaar's comment on 2016-01-19 02:28 PM
A very good vision on the 'perfect' semi-organic lifeform.

Probably the biggest potential downfall of this race is its inability to continue if the central infrastructure is somehow taken out of the picture. Unable to reproduce without it, tied psychologically to it, the centralized nature might be an impediment to it taking over. If the sun went crazy and EMP'd the hell out of the solar system, humanity might eventually recover. These guys would not.



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Homo Sapiens Xenus
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Aramax's comment on 2016-02-06 12:34 PM
4/5 a little too "perfect" for me and I really question their utility over clones and androids . Go to Comment
Rusalka
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-01 10:07 PM

Morzh

An much more extreme modification, the Morzh mod demonstrates the extent to which the Neo-Soviets have mastered genertic engineering. The morzh phenoclade from the waist up is predominantly human, even if the features are blunt and crude looking. From the waist down, the morzh has more in common with marine mammals than with humans. The legs are fused together into a tail, and the feet are spread out into a tail fin, giving them strength and control moving around underwater. Unlike the rusalka, the morzh mod is designed for deep sea operations, and spending extended amounts of time underwater. Where the Rusalka cannot go much further than 200 meters, a morzh can free dive as deep as 1000 meters, and can do so in freezing temperature water.

There are several hundred Eurasian morzh, but they are all located in arctic seacologies or deep sea operations. In these locations they operate and inspect underwater listening and snooping equipment, spy on ACPS and Coalition underwater facilities, and salvage/loot underwater wrecks.

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Rusalka
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-04 11:04 PM
Now that is a great name for...that. Go to Comment
Rusalka
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-04 11:06 PM
suggest 'Morskiye Lyudi" and 'Rusalki' (plural). Will comment on the meat soon. Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-04 02:56 PM
Please do, because Google isn't the best for translation services, and I would be quite happy to give you co-author credit if you tidy up my mangled Russian names Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-04 04:56 PM
In the greater scheme of things, the Atlantic Federation is winning, because they have achieved a high level of space dominance. No one has as many spaceships as they do, and no one else has ships as big either. It's sort of like the US and carriers. The ACPS has largely won the war for Mars, having established a large ground force and regional dominance. Their power is divided between China and Mars, which somewhat limits what they can do. The Eurasian Alliance, aka the Neo-Soviet Union has fallen behind in both the space race, and the war for Mars, leaving them somewhat stranded on Earth. Of course no one has major dominance on Earth. The Atlantic Federation is contested on all three continents it claims land on. The ACPS is surrounded by hostiles, most notably the Pacific Rim coalition (which despite high tech, has been a regional loser) the Free Indian State, Nippon, etc.

Be strong where your enemy is weak. The Neo-Soviets are almost completely uncontested in the world oceans. The only places where they aren't in charge is the Caribbean, where aerial warships, shallow waters, and the Federation's Caribbean League/Atlantis state prevent dominance.

What could be fun and a game changer? Space Submarines. Submersible spaceships. Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-06 03:52 PM
Update: Morepolozhinye has since been replaced with podvadom, as per recommendation of Murometz and co Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-04 02:43 PM
Not to answer for Scras, but if I recall he uses google-Russian for his translations. So I'm guessing this is how "sea-place" comes out :)

Scras, for a small, tidy fee of zero dollars, I can help with the Russian names for things if you like. Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-04 03:40 PM

Sure! No co-author credit needed. Let me play around with a few names, because direct translations can be tricky...

Some ideas...Vodamests, Moryedoms, Podvodniydoms (or Podvods for short).

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Podvadom
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-04 04:17 PM
Also, now having read this, I like how you have the neo-soviets choosing to "dominate" the oceans and sea-floor. Particularly fun to consider is what exactly (new tech, new lifeforms, new science, new clues on life's origins, etc...) they discover and or create miles below the surface. Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-04 08:12 PM

I got it!!

Podvadom(s). Sounds like podvodoy which means underwater and has it as a prefix. Plus it has dom, house. But it's shortened and also sounds like a word meaning something akin to a deep dark cellar, so becomes slightly more modern and dark humor Russian-y. The Federation just calls them "podvods" and uses numbers for naming the few(?) they know of...

I could see them actually being called Podvadoms if they existed. Back me up on this, Alaknog! ;)

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Podvadom
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Murometz's comment on 2016-01-05 07:37 PM
Scras, was just reading about these things in a Nat Geo mag today, in an article called "remnants of a failed utopia" :) Apparently the soviets made these prototypes to use against US navy subs, but never mass produced them.

But of course they reminded me of this sub, so...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartini_Beriev_VVA-14 Go to Comment
Podvadom
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Alaknog's comment on 2016-01-04 01:59 PM
Interesting idea. I like Neo-Soviet's engineers skills.

But I have one question.
It's you world, you rules and you Neo-Soviet's.
But. Why MorePOLOZHINYE? I can't remember meaning of "polozhinye" suitable for this. Or I don' understand something important. Go to Comment
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