The Hypernet was largely supported by large federal powers, and it was crippled by twin blows from the collapse of cheap energy to keep the server farms and relays humming, and by the break down and subsequent collapse of the federal superstates. Without cheap power, the cost of powering the hardware side fell in favor of keeping vital services and utilities running. Do you want internet, or do you want refrigeration and hospital services. On the federal side, the infrastructure itself fell. Not so much the servers, but things like overland lines, cables through mountainous areas, and under the water.
The Hypernet fell, becoming scattered continental networks, and then as the infrastructure collapsed (no one is maintaining highways and transcontinental data lines when the major concerns are agriculture, dwindling medical supplies, and a massive increase in poverty, banditry, drug abuse, and general lawlessness) those networks became state/province level. Eventually the only thing that survived were the networks inside the arcos, and arco to arco secured communication. Go to Comment
This is a logical, if daunting progression from our Information Age into the Cosmic Age. I like the sort of mystery of the unformatted beyond and the hidden presence of arcanotech.
Looking over the themes, it's interesting that only Necessity makes the CogNet really, well, necessary. The rest are manipulation of human urges and mass media. Not unlike the Internet of today, I suppose.
You mention that the poor Netizens lack the luxury of rich real goods, enjoying only synthetic stuff. I wonder what the demographics of the CogNet are; or, more specifically, how many people of the Cosmic Age have access? The most recent stat I have on modern day Internet access is only about 34% world wide; does the ubiquity of the CogNet mean a larger percentage of the population are on the Net, or is it still a limited number who are in very deep?
One typo I noticed in the second full paragraph of Behind the Curtains: "Humans who enter the CogNet enter do so by..."
All in all, an very interesting take on the future of the Web, and the addition of other Cosmic Era lore makes it quite unique. Go to Comment
I must say that I enjoyed reading this. Ever since that RP (and, arguably, ever since I started reading Cosmic Era stuff), I occasionally wondered what exactly this Cognet thing was that ol' Brian was using; the fact that you dream of a virtual reality and are actually sleeping to access it is a great idea. The history interested me most, with the transitions. Why did the hypernet fall? Was it just because its infrastructure got raided for parts, or did people not have time to go on it between all this back-breaking farming and keeping thieves off your stuff?
Anyway, once again, this is a great sub. Excellent job. Go to Comment
Update: Rescued from Development Hell by the 3 Line NPC writing method, and splitting the entries that bogged down and became too long into their own submissions and then connected with abbreviated entries. Go to Comment
Union Aerospace Corporation is a major player in the Atlantic Federation, and while the corp hails from the Doom franchise, I have expanded their portfolio in the Cosmic Era to include not just Doom material, but Starcraft material as well, specifically (also obviously) the Terran faction.
OCP is currently in litigation against UAC over the UAC 'Goliath' program which has been stolen from the OCP ED-209 series of police droids. Go to Comment