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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #225 on: December 31, 2009, 03:15:44 pm »
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DC (tails) B wins.  Date: 25/Sear/6049, 198/Sear/0001

   The station administrator pointed the crew in the direction of Mek Izpi, headquarters on the surface for his own corporation.  Mek Aesa was run by a rival cartel; both vied for control of the Great Green and its bountiful resources, the only reliable source of farmed food on the planet.  The narrator could go on for some time about the…colourful language used by the administrator to describe this cartel but feels that it would be unnecessary, distracting and misleading.  Upon landing at Mek Izpi’s port, Vus immediately sought out the commander of the local corporate office to propose an alliance of sorts.  Unlike the administrator, the corporate representative was willing to help us in exchange for our navy’s help in clearing the Great Green of opposition.  By doing so, we would cement their hold on the system and receive minerals, supplies and intelligence in return for the continued presence of our navy.  The Meenog government does not interfere in the affairs of the corporations, at least between each other, so we need not fear strained relations from assisting.

Should we take this offer?
   
A)   Yes, it’s a good deal
B)   Press for more
C)   We should see what the people in Mek Aesa can offer
D)   Let’s head for the Great Green and gauge the situation there
E)   Enough of this petty bickering, we need supplies and must head home

A clumsy-clawed response

Our attempts at vote-rigging have been rather…unsophisticated, some would say.  Luckily this is only the preliminary round, where the candidates square off until only two remain so that one can gain more than 50% of the vote.  We have already made a few enemies, indeed bolstering the fascists as supporters of Denilan independence, but we may have simply fallen afoul of a few vigilant electoral officials.  The vote has come down to three candidates now; the fascists, the socialists and the liberals.  This will decide who leads the Assembly but not who makes up the majority.  Currently, it seems certain that a fascist-conservative coalition will control the Senate but if we push the vote, a socialist-liberal alliance could stand against them.

Should we attempt to rig the second round?

A)   It was just bad luck that stopped us; yes
B)   Yes, and publically state that we’re not interfering
C)   No, let’s just stay out of this for now
D)   Take control now!
E)   Other

Relative positioning



We have sent ambassadors to our raider friends to restore relations slightly.  Scouting parties, posing as hunters if intercepted, have mapped out the nearby terrain and the three other tribes nearby.  This, combined with spy satellite footage, has given us a much better picture of the region.  To the south is the lake-swamp tribe, living the lifestyle of hunter-gatherers.  They are considerably less advanced than us, depending on waterfowl and fish for their food, rather than having agricultural development.  Their camp is not even fortified and everything is built out of wood; a ripe target for raids or conquest.  To the east lies a settlement similar to our raider allies, built of stone and wood, well-fortified and garrisoned.  We should be wary of these people.  To the north is a settlement similar to our own, very similar in fact, fishing and farming, simply trying to get by.  This was the target of the raid, the one which we averted.  We should endeavour to establish relations with these people but trade may prove a difficulty due to a lack of goods to offer them or gain.

What should we do?

A)   Build up our army
B)   Expand our farms and fisheries
C)   Expand production capabilities
D)   Other

A)   Set up a trade route (suggest)
B)   Prepare a raid (on who?)
C)   Try to establish closer relations (with who?)
D)   Do nothing
E)   Other
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #226 on: December 31, 2009, 03:17:38 pm »
I don't understand why you continue to come here.

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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #227 on: January 11, 2010, 02:51:02 am »
I very rarely get a vote here but, as far as I can see, I'm not harming anyone by posting here.
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« Reply #228 on: January 11, 2010, 05:47:16 am »
A     BC C
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C     CB A
C     CB A/C

C CBA/c wins.  Date: 26/Sear/6049, 206/Sear/0001

Before we left the city, Vus and his embassy headed to the offices of the nominal central government to enquire about setting up a corporation in the system.  They politely outlined the requirements for such a venture.  Firstly, we would need to establish a purpose for our company; a main good or service that we would be offering.  At least 25% of our investors would have to live in the system though there were no rules about the other 75% or the Chairlizard being Meenog or Ropidian.  Finally, there were a dozen or so small formalities to go over and forms to file after which we could open our offices and commence doing business.

Mek Aesa was a smaller settlement.  Vus and his companions had left a sprawling hive of scum and villainy for something more akin to a fortress albeit without a proper system of defences.  Still, trekking up the hill to the castle-mansion of the cartel head was an arduous task.  It was easy to tell who was in charge upon arrival, one of the Meenogs having a silver cape tied around his fat little body, bright red boots and a pair of “trendy” shades just maintaining their balance on his head.  Discussions about the future of the Great Green proved fruitful; although they did not have control of the station, they were willing to offer us a much larger cut of the resources if we would seize it for them as such a move would benefit them greatly.  They also gave us a map of the Great Green, which should prove useful in evaluating its worth.

The final trip was to this contentious area itself.  We could only take the time for a whirlwind tour but this is the basic situation:

The Mek Izpi Corporation controls the majority of the farmland, the fertile West Bank, as well as stone quarries to the south-west – they ship their goods out across the Great Lake to a spaceport on the north side
The Mek Aesa Cartel controls the copper mines and less fertile farmland on the East Bank – they truck their goods to an industrial complex at Mez Ob for processing before flying them off to Mek Aesa
The Government controls the marshy central region and clay deposits, the areas too unprofitable for either corporation to claim – they manage to turn a profit by selling security to both parties and deterring any conflict between the two groups

Regardless of our intentions here, supplies are running low, so Vus has ordered the Celesta off home via the known route.  We will stop off at our desert base on the warring world to restock, then onto Tegas for a new mission.

The view from the lizard perch

The election results are in and it’s a clear win for the Fascist-Conservative coalition, 46% of the vote compared to the 37% the Communist-Socialist alliance garnered, leaving the Liberals with just 17% to play with.  The Fascist leader, Mr. Sarbte Plere, has spoken to a rapturous crowd outside the Capitol building, talking of washing away the detritus of Denilan society with a cleansing shower of blood.  Better a shower, he says, than a torrent that would result from continued struggle rather than a decisive blow.  For their part, the Communists have vowed not to give in but to struggle on to the bitter end.  Around 100 people have already been killed in street violence between the two sides.  This mess has left the more moderate parties exchanging nervous glances and protesting that one side or the other steps down for the sake of unity.  That does not look set to happen any time soon without violence.

Do we have a place in this?

A)   Increase our troop presence
B)   Mobilize our pro-Tegas militia
C)    Issue a statement condemning the violence
D)   Institute martial law but do not take political control
E)   Take command!
F)   Other

Expanding our horizons

   Jum has spent some time trying to recall what knowledge he has on the subject of metalworking, improving our existing agricultural tools.  As a consequence, the Kyuui have been able to expand their farms considerably further out from the walls than before and have begun making finer, stronger fish nets for their fisheries.  This should assure our food supply and possibly let us export food at some point in the future.  Ambassadors have been sent north and south, to establish better relations and trade.  Hopefully they will return soon enough.
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #229 on: January 22, 2010, 08:19:45 pm »
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A wins.  Date: 28/Sear/6049, 222/Sear/0001

We have decided to move still more troops into the city to keep order in Denilus.  Our militia has not been called up for fears that it would only create a three-way conflict amongst the citizenry.  So far, the presence of large tanks and heavily-armoured soldiers seems to be keeping the violence out of most of the city though gang battles still rage in the sewers and back-alleys where our troops cannot be ever-present.  Still, civil war seems to have been avoided for now and any moves at independence, purges or other such nonsense by the Fascist Party seem to have been thwarted.

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Lavamancer Hronne Cibe, meanwhile, has received a most interesting call from Cult HQ.  They have actually invited him to come to Central Command, at Xenu.  This is not the sort of offer that a sensible lizard refuses and Flaming Sword Is currently stationed at one of the Free City’s most mediocre hotels.  Soon he will be picked up by Cult handlers and whisked away to this top secret facility; the question is, how do we take advantage of this?

How do we?

A)   Send him in wired up as usual
B)   We cannot risk active equipment; give him a communicator, though
C)   A, and mobilise a group of elite commandoes to storm the building
D)   B combined with C
E)   We cannot take any chances whatsoever; no equipment, just let him go in and report back later
F)   Other


The Return of Research

The Space Department’s laboratories have been somewhat clogged up as of late with all sorts of inane projects such as attempting to replicate Kalimbo alcohol production techniques or deciding on the right colour for the go-faster stripes on our Lithite fighters.  Anyhow, we have finally managed to cut through the various piles of stonework and controlled the general confusion to win back our much-beloved research centres.  All that remains to decide upon is how our energies should be directed…

SCIENCE!

Alright, I think that I’ve finally found a research system that will work at the level I intend it to, realistically and with an acceptable amount of effort on my part to keep track of things, at the same time as not being too petty or too general.

So how does this system work, then?  The most important thing to understand is the Difficulty of researching a certain technology, ranging from 1 to 10.  To pass one difficulty level takes approximately 5 old days but can and will vary; once the project has made a number of checks equal to its difficulty, it is considered complete and yields results for us.  As we pass these difficulty checks, more will be revealed about what progress is being made and we may get to make decisions that affect the direction and difficulty of our current endeavour and perhaps future ones too.  Two numbers indicates our skill in a given field, then the difficulty of that field; skill does not factor into the equation but instead affects the difficulty level of a given field and gives us an idea of how much easier or harder this research could be.

We can research at the level of a tech group or specific project; that is to say that Ballistic Weapons is a valid choice of project, as is Gauss Cannons, whereas Weapons alone would be too generic a field.  In the case of choosing Ballistic Weapons, the difficulty of all the sub-groups is averaged and we get a semi-random result based on which fields have been most neglected and the specific wording of votes for such a choice of project.  We might also get the chance to direct this result towards one more favourable to us through random events.  If we are more specific in our choice of project, though, we gain a general improvement in that area or greater, but more specialised, improvement should events or votes dictate it.

So without further ado, follow this link (warning, big picture) and make your decisions; anything with a difficulty number (red on green background) is a valid choice.  Feel free to ask any questions about this as I am sure that there will be elements of ambiguity.
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