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« Reply #210 on: September 28, 2009, 02:04:49 pm »
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« Reply #211 on: September 28, 2009, 05:51:51 pm »
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BA wins.  Date: 9/Sear/6049, 68/Sear/0001

The Cultists are lying low for the moment, observing the fallout from their recent success.  Although general order reigned, gangs of communists and fascists had taken to roaming the less savoury areas of the city and attacking those not of their alignment.  There had been a few moderately-sized rallies in public areas organised by both sides of the divide, peaceful in nature but very spirited in the language used.  In short, unrest has increased considerably but the government remains firmly in control of the aspects of the state that matter.

Should we really be lying low?

A)   We must allow the unrest to percolate other aspects of society
B)   This is a matter best left to Zaffo
C)   We should make some attempt at stirring up trouble (suggest)
D)   Ask Cult HQ for support and an objective
E)   Other

Due South

Heading south, hopefully to the Meenog homeworld, will be a fuel intensive, long-range trip and thus some preparation will be necessary before Vus can embark on the journey.  The aquamarine star, surrounded as it is by an asteroid belt, will make an ideal place for a fuel dump that will serve as a fall-back point should we not make contact with our ‘friends’.

Barriers to growth

Our new, lower tariff system has had a negative impact on employment and the competitiveness of our products.  Industry has not yet adjusted to become more efficient and people are complaining about how other cities have not lowered their own tariffs in response.  One group of policy wonks has proposed that we counterweight the lowered tariffs by increasing subsidies to our key industries, particularly in electronics and the distribution of entertainment.  Some even say that we should make it so that foreign businesses simply cannot find lower priced goods in the whole of Ropos, a great loss on the government budget but surely a trading advantage.

Should we take steps to increase subsidies?

A)   Yes, very heavy support to destroy our competitors
B)   We should increase support considerably
C)   Only a light subsidy is needed
D)   A transitional grant may be a good idea to help business adjust
E)   Never!  The free market is sacred!
F)   Lower tariffs even more to show producers which way the wind is blowing
G)   Demand our allies lower their own tariffs to show their loyalty
H)   Other

Over the Hills and Far Away

Since the Kyuii Kenaz tribe has become increasingly curious about Jumanji’s origins, perhaps it is time we addressed their concerns.  We could tell them many things, each of which could be substantiated in unique ways, or rely purely on superstition to make believable.

The truth being…

A)   I was sent down from heaven to guide you on the road to enlightenment
B)   I am your god!  Bow down before me!
C)   I come from a highly advanced culture from another planet; let me tell you of them
D)   I told you, my village is too far away to show you
E)   Actually, we can visit my village soon (ship in a bunch of Ropidian New Agers to live in said ‘village’)
F)   Other
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #212 on: September 30, 2009, 02:28:41 pm »
E(more terroism)
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No, get a label gun and shoot them with labels like "Bad guy #1" "Bad guy #2" Slightly badder guy" "Guy that thinks he is bad but is really good and just confused"

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« Reply #214 on: October 04, 2009, 04:02:59 pm »
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CE (heads) E wins.  Date: 9/Sear/6049, 68/Sear/0001

Flaming Sword has confided with Zaffo back at HQ and they have decided that agents provocateurs must be placed before the situation returns to normal.  Zaffo fears that at the moment, the Liberals will atrophy to the point where the Fascists control them but not to the point that they lose nominal control over the city.  Thus Tegas would be prevented from intervening in breaking up a clearly undesirable government.  Hronne clawpicked the members he felt best suited to the job for duty, each playing a different part in different organisations: himself, of course (refining extreme proposals and lending support to them), Peliki (the innocently enthusiastic suggestion-maker), and Quorus (the world-weary cynic).  The Tegasian agents will be explained away as plants of the opposite faction who have goals in common with the Cult of agitating the opposition but do not know that we are playing both sides against each other.  The other Cultists will rest, for now, and await the outcome of the efforts of their brothers.

Blasphemy

‘Today a spokelizard for the Dictator announced that, contrary to popular expectation, no subsidies would be increased on introduced to help the transition to a tariff-free economy.  She said that the Dictator did not wish to disrupt the ‘natural flow of the market’ and that Tegas would adjust on its own, in time.  Economic experts are worried about an increasing deficit on the Balance of Payments and the lack of an economic stimulus package to help with the climb-down from the war-influenced economic recovery.  The General Union said that they were planning a protest march in 2 old days and expected at least 200,000 unemployed people to turn out to decry this decision.’

Peace and Love

Jum has put in an emergency request for a shipment of New Agers to a site nearby for the formation of a ‘home village’.  Within hours, the TIC had placed traps laden with Kalimbo Cleansing Crystals and Organic Pebbles were placed throughout the streets of Tegas.  These New Agers can be wily but hopefully we can trap a few of them; hopefully they will be happy in their new home.

Carrier Command

With work complete on designs for a convoy escort and light carrier, Air Command has decided that plans must be drawn up for a larger carrier.  Such a vessel would be difficult to construct with our current facilities but designing it now would allow for doctrine to be built around it, simulations run and add some actual practicality to our decision to focus on carriers as our main ship type.

Design the carrier with these easy choices!

How heavily armoured should it be (more = less hangar space)?

A)   As much as a potential battleship (Allows space for 24 Lithites)
B)   Celesta-grade (32)
C)   Destroyer level (40)
D)   About as much as a transport (46)
E)   Armour?  What’s that? (48 Lithites)

Speaking of defences, should we outfit the carrier with point defence weapons or missile artillery?

A)   Point defence entirely
B)   Leave room for a couple of artillery turrets on the prow
C)   Two batteries at the expense of some defence
D)   Deck it out with four batteries
E)   If our carrier is attacked, we’re doing something wrong: make room for six batteries!

Should it be a flat-top for landing and taking-off or should we have interior hangars for launch?

A)   A flat-top is the classic design (Faster turnaround in combat)
B)   Interior hangars make more sense (Craft less vulnerable to attack when resupplying)

Any ideas what a good name for a light carrier class might be?

Ropidian v. 1.0

Our biologists have finally done it!  Under the leadership of Dr. Fresus, along with a talented Golan geneticist (Dr. Gesdo Ragna), the Ropidian genome has been mapped.  We should also thank the Traders for giving us that wonderful machine; without it, this would have taken some decades to properly achieve.  We could, theoretically, make any kind of change to our genome beyond the scope of the military arm enhancements and immune system boosts given to our colonists.

So…where exactly do we begin?

A)   Let’s turn that frankly rather inadequate single ear into a pair
B)   More eyes
C)   We need a nose
D)   The possibilities are endless (please suggest, we can do basically anything in small enough steps)
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« Reply #215 on: October 04, 2009, 04:16:47 pm »
A(for war duh)C(to match or previously voted upon military strategy)A(same as above)  D(caste creation, matching our biology with the Prill society we have adopted)
No, get a label gun and shoot them with labels like "Bad guy #1" "Bad guy #2" Slightly badder guy" "Guy that thinks he is bad but is really good and just confused"

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« Reply #216 on: October 16, 2009, 04:10:15 pm »
BCBA
DCBD
CCBD
BCBD
CCBA
ACAD

Mausolus

B (heads) CBD wins.  Date: 12/Sear/6049, 94/Sear/0001

   The new carrier class has come out of design as a very workable model, on par with the Culverin for potential performance.  Armour is a priority, as is a common philosophy in Ropidian military engineering, making the ship able to take a significant amount of damage before destruction.  Two long-range missile batteries offer opportunities for use of the ship as an artillery platform and siege ship as well as just a carrier.  Interior hangars will mean some hassle for refuelling and rearming combat flights but will hopefully prove a worthwhile investment in protecting our fighters.  This new class, the Mausolus*, will not enter production for a while but we are now free to refocus our shipwrights’ minds into other areas of interest.  Our head scientist recommends that we look into improving our range of space fighters in response to the new carrier development but anything remains possible.

What should our Spaceflight department research next?

A)   Look into new fighter ideas
B)   Look into new bomber ideas
C)   Improve the existing Lithite design
D)   Improve our existing small ships (corvettes and destroyers)
E)   Try to make entirely new classes of ship practical
F)   Develop our first stationary weapons platforms
G)   Review space station designs
H)   Other

Home Rule

It’s approaching a year since we took military control of Morpos.  Since then, we have established a military government and powerless local assembly to give advice on the issues that we have been handling.  Now some people are suggesting that the time has come to hand direct control of this half of the city back to the Morposians.  A combination of media reports and the activities of our intelligence agencies has given us valuable insight into our current popularity to help us make a decision on the matter:

The underclass regards us with fear and suspicion, not much different from how they regarded their former rulers.  They are of little danger to our efforts beyond petty crime but could become a problem should someone else organise them.

The lower class seems to be pleased with our presence in the city due to the greater freedoms that they have experienced and the current tariff policy that benefits them.  Keeping them onside will give us a source of local recruits and industrial power.

The middle class are probably the biggest problem we have in Morpos at the moment.  They hate us, quite frankly, for disrupting the stability of society and because many of them were previously Party members.  Luckily they are a small group but we should nevertheless be careful as they are the ones who could rally lower class support and lead cultural changes.

The rich is pretty friendly towards our rule seeing as we have reintroduced capitalism and given them much greater freedom than they had before.  Their rising fortunes will give us a foothold in Morposian politics and some control in changing economic policies.

The top, the elite as it were, does not like what we are doing, being a naturally conservative and nationalist group.  We have done what we can to make sure they are disempowered and out of politics but this tiny clique could prove to be extremely bothersome when the time comes to form a stable society as they are currently the executors of the state.

Should we grant them home rule?**

A)   Yes, give them ally status
B)   Yes, but maintain military control of their forces and do not decrease the currently standing garrison
C)   Give the current assembly power at the local level
D)   No, we shall control this troublesome city (or half of it, at least) directly for now

On the trail

Vus and the crew are headed east to find the Meenogs.  At the moment, they find themselves in a system centred around a small blue star.  A quick scan has revealed a Meenog navigational beacon orbiting the sole moon of a small water world.  Aside from this planet, there is also a rather unremarkable frigid rocky planet orbiting a considerable distance out from the star.

Stop or carry on?

A)   Investigate this system further
B)   Press on eastwards

*I can’t believe that only one of you suggested a name.  You guys usually love naming stuff!

**If the answer is yes, I will create a vote for the type of state we create i.e. who wields the power and how things get done
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« Reply #217 on: October 23, 2009, 11:58:08 am »
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« Reply #218 on: October 24, 2009, 06:35:32 pm »
HBB
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CCA
ECA
ECA
HBB
ECA

ECA wins.  Date: 13/Sear/6049, 100/Sear/0001

   Although we had decided to base our doctrine around carrier combat, the Lithite was found by High Command to be an adequate enough fighter for the time being, filling the roles of both an anti-fighter unit and assault craft.  For now, our shipwrights would look into entirely new fields of expertise, trying to make practical the more outlandish theories that had made themselves apparent in the recent weeks.  Among the stranger ones were ideas for stealth ships, to raid enemy convoys and forward posts, and the idea of a dedicated siege ship, equipped only with heavy-duty missiles for use against planets and battlestations.

A City Divided

As the Kolese rigorously enforce State Capitalism, punish Communists and crypto-Communists and bring Morpos into the wider Corporate Family, Tegas gave more freedom to the Morposians under their rule.  The freedom we gave was not much but it allowed Morpos some degree of dignity since its conquest by the combined might of the other two coalitions.  Now the local assembly could rule on matters of domestic policy, manage its own internal budget and be accountable to the local citizenry rather than the military governor.  This still left the question of what form this new government would take; the Assembly, after all, was merely a provisional measure to ensure effective government in a time of crisis.  A constitution would have to be drawn up and, soon enough, implemented.  The question was, what form would the government take and who would hold the power?

Well, what and who, then?

A)   A tightly-controlled dictatorship, to maintain stability (power to the elite and rich)
B)   A nice dictatorship, just like our very own (power to the rich, middle and some to the lower class)
C)   A restrictive oligarchy, rather like the old Morposian government was (lots of power to the rich)
D)   An open oligarchy, promoting some degree of political participations (power to the rich and middle classes)
E)   A representative republic, familiar to many in the wider world (much power to the elite, rich and some to the middle classes)
F)   A democratic republic, with direct involvement by the people (power to the middle and lower classes)
G)   Other (you say, I’ll describe what it will do)

What a dump

As expected, investigation of the ice planet proved pointless, the nigh-uninhabitable world holding nothing of value to us.  The water world, though, the one with the beacon, was a different story.

“SECRET MEENOG TREASURE DUMPINGS – NOT TO CROSS LANDS!!!” as the beacon put it; Vus felt differently to the warning and decided it best to take a closer look at the planet.  They found that the planet itself was of little interest except perhaps as a Kalimbo outpost but, what lay near the beacon was greatly intriguing to the crew.  Huge stockpiles of what the scanners showed to be fuel, weapons and assorted electronic items lay here, guarded by eight turrets, outfitted with what appeared to be light laser beams.  A tempting target indeed…

Tempting?

A)   We really should be heading eastwards…
B)   That fuel could come in handy…
C)   The electronics could too…
D)   In fact, all of it looks nice…
E)   Other
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« Reply #219 on: November 01, 2009, 08:44:06 pm »
E D/E
F A
G A
F A

FA wins.  Date: 15/Sear/6049, 116/Sear/0001

   It has been decided to impose a democratic republic on the people of Morpos, one in which government is localised and direct rather than involving indirect elections for a powerful central authority.  This will give power to community leaders and the people, meaning that populist policies will be the norm but taking unpopular measures will be difficult, especially since the new president’s powers will be somewhat limited.  This would make the Republic of West Morpos somewhat dependent on us in the near future for leadership, until politics has settled down a little.  Now that we have made it clear how much power will be given and who will hold it, things look a tiny bit brighter for the former hegemon.

   In East Morpos, now known as the Morposian Branch of the Greater Corporation of Kolo, things have progressed in a rather different direction.  Kolo has made every effort to ‘Kolify’ the people, assigning families to parent corporations suited to their abilities and restructuring government to suit the Kolese model.  These changes are being heavily resisted due to the unavoidable clash they have with the old Morposian values of equality and anti-corporatism.  Perhaps one day they may even be grateful to join us…

Beacon

Vus, backed by Kius, has managed to persuade an annoyed Ulo that pilfering the Meenog stash, although tempting, is probably unwise in the long-run.  The Celesta has instead headed further east, bringing its fuel supply down to half of the tank.  On arrival in the system, centred around a bright white star, the usual checks and scans were made.  This system definitely had a Meenog presence in it, a space station orbiting a gas giant, one with many moons.  This system had two planets, both gas giants, but the larger one, which was closer to the sun, was the only one with a Meenog facility.  Some quick dialog with the station commander revealed that this was a trading post and waystation for mining ships returning from the southern asteroid belts to Otot, a desert planet and major trading system for the western half of the Meenog ‘empire’.  On telling him that we needed fuel to continue, he said that he was willing to fill us up in return for something of our own.

What should we give him?

A)   How about an I.O.U.?
B)   Maybe they would find some of our laser rifles useful (they currently have only firearms)
C)   We have some food supplies to spare; they are minerals, something that is traded in this region (we would need to trade away at least a third of our supplies to do this (currently, we are 75% full))
D)   Perhaps we have some other trade good they would be interested in (suggest)
E)   Give him a good look at our nuclear torpedoes (the station appears to be mostly harmless)
F)   Other

Which way should we head if we get supplies?

A)   South, to the mining region
B)   East, to the trade centre
C)   North, to try and find a way back to the aquamarine star
D)   West, and home

Cult following

   It seems that our efforts in Denilus have begun to pay off and now street battles between fascists and communists are a feature of daily life.  What we need to do, though, is bring to light a spark that will cause this violently shaking, leaking propane canister to explode.  It seems that two prominent leaders have arisen in the conflict, one on each side; we might cause a real change in politics if we were to do take advantage of this in some way.  Hronne can think of a number of things we can do; assassination is the obvious idea, either destabilising one party or inciting it to fury.  Kidnapping is another option, allowing for more versatility than a simple assassination plot in that we hold a bargaining chip against our enemies.  It is a shame that no dirt, or at least, substantiated dirt, has been found on either leader or blackmail could be used in an effort to assert some control over the proceedings.  All that is for certain is that we hold the power to cause this coup but we must make the right choice in order to do so successfully.

What do we do, what do we do?

A)  Take out the Communist leader to destabilise their faction (will incite them too)
B) Take out the Fascist leader to incite their faction (will destabilise them too)
C) Kidnap the Communist leader
D) Kidnap the Fascist leader
E) Other
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« Reply #220 on: November 07, 2009, 05:49:31 pm »
CBE
FF-
CBE
CAE2
CAE2
CAE2
CBE3

CB(tails) E2 wins.  Date: 18/Sear/6049, 141/Sear/0001

The Meenog station master was a hard bargainer, forcing us to part with a full two fifths of our remaining supplies.  With our hold 45%, it is fair to say that we can hang around for about 120 new days before running out; with rationing being imposed at 20% remaining, we could probably manage 150.  Vus also proposed to the station leader that an office be opened, staffed by Ropidians, to monitor future trade and act as a proto-base of operations in the region.  The overseer was more than happy to oblige although he warned that we might find the atmosphere a little humid for our tastes.  A delegation of five has been sent to crew this tiny foothold in Meenog space: three guards, a nameless secretary and Lieutenant Mostus Houces, from logistics.

***
 Otot appeared to be unremarkable, even basked in the light of two stars, seeming as desert-like as a desert planet could be.  Scans revealed the planet to be a combination of deserts, salt flats and frozen plains at the poles.  The occasional oasis or underground river provided what little fertility there was, near the major cities.  Checking on the local internet, we were able to discover that the most important city was Mek Izpi, a financial centre.  The planetary population numbers some 70 million, 12 of which reside at the aforementioned place.   The other two important locations on the planet were Mek Aesa, the cultural capital, and The Great Green, a huge oasis and natural phenomenon.  Orbiting the planet is a station of considerable size, dwarfing Castle-1 and considerably bigger than the waystation in the previous system.  It is here that much space-related trade is done of fuel, weapons, components, electronics and supplies.

Where shall we land, and why?

A)   Mek Izpi
B)   Mek Aesa
C)   Otot Station
D)   The Great Green

Operation: Double Helix[/b]

Flaming Sword has proposed a bold, two-tier plan that will require all the skill, luck and, well, planning we have to succeed.  He intends to have the Communist leader taken out and then, almost immediately afterwards, swoop on the Fascist leader before having him make a staged escape from the Cult, who will be disguised as Communists.  First things first, though; the Communist leader will be vulnerable mostly when giving speeches, but also when he is at his home.  He will never be unguarded but, bear in mind, those guards will be amateurish at best and not trusted by local security forces.

How should we kill him?

A)   The classic sniper shot during a speech
B)   We should set his car up the bomb
C)   Storm the house!
D)   Other

Forgotten technology

Our scienticians, working furiously for many weeks, have finally been able to transform the Traders’ theories into practicality: we can finally begin construction of either a giant Space Elevator or an array of Mass Driver launching platforms.  We have the technology, the money and the power to commence either one of these projects but it will take a great time to complete.  Once we do, though, the benefits will be quite simply huge.  We will be able to launch craft from Ropos much more cost-effectively.  The scale of space travel will increase to allow corporations to field large transports and colony ships of their own.  The completion of such a project will cement our ideological and practical hold over space, assuring our dominance in years to come.

The relative advantages and disadvantages of the two options are numerous and varied but, at the most basic level, it boils down to this: the Space Elevator is the more power/cost efficient option, will take less time to build and will allow return trips without fuel being required on the part of the ships involved.  The Mass Driver arrays, however, will allow considerably larger ships to leave Ropos’s surface, if not return, and in greater numbers.  This is not everything but perhaps the most important things to consider in making this choice.

So, what’ll it be?

A)   =======<[OOO]>========
B)   [:||||||||||: ||||||||||:

Should we let the public know?

A)   They should be delighted with this new super project!
B)   In these harsh times, it could be perceived as a white elephant…play it down
C)   Conceal it totally; Kolo must not know!
D)   Other
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« Reply #221 on: November 22, 2009, 04:01:49 pm »
C A B    A
C B A    A
C B A    B
C A B    X
C A B    B
D A C    D
D A C    D
D A A/B D
D A C    D

CACD wins.  Date: 19/Sear/6049, 150/Sear/0001

“We’re docked, sir,” said Po.

“Very good, ensign.”

“Incoming message, sir, from Otot station,” said Sekus.  Vus nodded before she had the chance to ask the question, “patching it through.”

The familiar squeaks and burbles of the Meenog tongue were heard for a short time.  Evidently this was merely an automated message.

“VISTING PEOPLE,” boomed the translator, “PLEASE WIPING SHOE ON ENTRY AND NO LITTER HALL.  PARKING STUB OBTAIN AT BAY HEAD.  THANKIES!”

***
Otot station seemed even bigger on the inside.  Although the HEV suits kept them shielded from the potentially diseased Meenog environment, Vus and the crew could still quite easily interact with it.  Just now, they had exchanged a thousand Ropidian minars for five thousand of whatever the local currency was; some unpronounceable series of squeaks.  The Meenog merchant has been eager to get his paws on an at-this-time unique commodity and both parties left feeling that they had ripped the other one off.  Now they were in a wonderland of strange and interesting shops: Meenogs jabbered at each other in a second hand ship dealership, a huge family jumping into a rather tiny ship; profoundly odd-looking (and odd-smelling too, although without noses we could not tell) concoctions being served to a variety of patrons seated around a bar; teenagers, with bleached fur, listening to the latest music in a CD shop.  Ulo in particular was craning his head around at every new sight and sound as Kius look straight ahead and Vus casually observed the scene  before him.

What shall we do?

A)   Shopping spree!
B)   Crash the local bar
C)   Try to buy a new ship of Meenog design
D)   Try to get our hands on some of their electronics
E)   Find the station head and open up a diplomatic dialogue
F)   Other

Boom, headshot!

“People of Denilus!  For too long have the capitalists and pseudo-capitalists of the world LIED to you about what is best for us.  They see we need ‘freedom’, that we are ‘constrained’ by the command economy…that Denilus is destined never again to be a true state!”

Grumblings and mutterings could be heard from where Hronne was camped out, trusty Kolese sniper rifle set up on the hotel window-sill.

“What they call ‘freedom’ is merely slavery, to financial power!  They seek to obfuscate the truth behind command economics; it means that the goods get to those who NEED them rather than those who only WANT them.  They say that such a system is unworkable, that it is impossible to keep such a system running without the ‘profit incentive’.  I say it is impossible…if you’re as greedy as the ‘politicians’ in the Capitol are!”

Clapping and roaring greeted this last remark.  All Hronne had to do was fire when it reached a fever pitch.

“Freedom to starve is no freedom at all!  We only food, jobs and DIGNITY back.  Denilus can once again be a truly great city once we take command of our own destiny, free from the shackles of Tegas…”

Hearty booing followed.

“…Morpos…”

Slightly less enthusiastic jeers met this word although jeers nonetheless.

“…Kolo…”

Extremely loud booing and jeers combined with expletives to make for a cacophony of remarkable noise.

“…or any other who would seek to be our master!” cried the leader, as the clapping and cheers failed to cease. “But you have all heard this before…what I say now, I shall not repeat…LISTEN!”

What is was the leader had to say, we would never find out for it was at this point, with all the noise, that Hronne took the opportunity to fire.  The results were effective if rather disgusting; certainly they would not soon be forgotten.  Assassination in Denilus was getting disappointingly easy, thought Flaming Sword…hopefully kidnapping would prove more challenging.

How long should we wait before we try to get the Fascist leader?

A)   We must strike fast; just fourteen days planning
B)   A compromise between speed and efficiency would be twenty-four days
C)   We can afford to wait thirty-two days
D)   Security won’t be that much tighter; give it fourty-eight days

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The space department has taken the unprecedented step of authorising the two projects to proceed at full pace.  We are cooking up a huge advertisement campaign for the mass drivers, saying how they will save on emissions, allow easy Ropos-to-space travel, assure dominance in matters of space control and so on.  Secretly, though, we are also working on a space elevator.  The thing is being assembled in factories across the capital, the carbon nanotubes made in our labs and workers inadvertently making them into cable sections before shipping them off to our warehouses.  Nobody could possibly see what we were trying to do unless they had access to the whole set of factory shipment data and, though Kolese spies are ever present, none will be this high up or in the space agency to allow them that access.
Live the good life in the off world colonies

Tegas faces something of an unemployment crisis at the moment.  Despite our best efforts, some 20% of unskilled workers are currently unemployed, along with 15% of semi-skilled workers.  Such numbers are frankly bad for the stability of our city and, for the most part, our economic policies are not helping the poor get jobs.  One solution has been proposed, though, and that is to conscript these unproductive people into roles as pioneers and colonists; Hardly any of the land around the habitable Urt equator is claimed, Ropodulus Alpha still our only major settlement.  If we so wished, we could make it out as a land of opportunity and send off these people on the adventure of their lifetimes.

So, shall we give this ‘Colonial Corps’ the go-ahead?

A)   Yes, let’s devise an entirely new programme that will fully train and support these people as colonists
B)   We need only give them some training but solar sail ships* must be subsidised so they can afford to lease them
C)   Give only minimal training but have them led by our proper pioneers; the ships must be subsidised, though
D)   Subsidise the ships and launch a big advertising campaign
E)   Just launch an advertising campaign
F)   Other


*Much slower and much, much less expensive than proper space ships, these things are actually affordable for the common lizard if subsidised.  Once space access is easier, we’ll be looking at a two-tier system of transport; the mass transit of goods and military supplies and the far cheaper but less effective activities of private individuals.
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #222 on: December 04, 2009, 04:19:19 pm »
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DBA wins.  Date: 22/Sear/6049, 178/Sear/0001

   Headphones designed for use with two ears do not work well with one: Ulo took some time to figure this out as they kept falling onto his face.  Kius, meanwhile, was testing out the latest PC touch-screen technology only to find that Ropidian claws did not register as anything close to their Meenog equivalents.  Vus, as commodore, had taken command of a supermarket trolley which was gradually being filled up with various gadgets and doo-dads.  Some of them could most certainly be reverse-engineered into useful or entertaining items but others, such as Ulo’s choice of a vibrating ‘quigwam’ creature, had distinctly less promising futures.  Before long, they had paid for a whole host of items all of an electronic nature, stacked neatly in the trolley for an unnamed guard to push around.

Looks like we’ll need another trolley…

A)   Shopping spree!
B)   Crash the local bar
C)   Try to buy a new ship of Meenog design
D)   Find the station head and open up a diplomatic dialogue
E)   Other

Operation: Radiant Sunrise

   We have waited for a time so that the news of the Communist leader’s killing might spread throughout the city.  The Communists are in utter chaos and extremely angry: street battles rage between the disorganised Communists and the slowly triumphing Fascists.  In fact, intervention with the Fascist leader may prove unnecessary given the current position.  Conservatives are leaning towards including the Fascists in a power-sharing agreement given the sheer brute force that they have on the streets, although they will take steps to curtail their prominence in the Senate.  The Liberal Party, meanwhile, is left isolated and demoralised amid the chaos of Denilus, desperately wiring messages to Tegas for troop support and firm action against the mob.

What should we do?

A)   Kidnap the Fascist leader anyway (at his house, moderately guarded)
B)   Lend aid to the Fascists in the street fighting
C)   Adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach
D)   Make a statement condemning the violence
E)   Make a token contribution of soldiers
F)   Send in the big guns
G)   Other

Urt Trail

We are going to fully support an extensive training and supplying programme for the purpose of more quickly populating our colonies, even if only with unskilled labour.  The more people we have in the off-world colonies, the greater our prestige and the harder it is to deny the usage of funds and material to the Space Agency.  It will be a hard life out on the frontier but the long-term benefits of more extensive colonies outweigh any short-term costs.  Perhaps, one day, we may have a city the size of Tegas on another planet.

The Eye of God

 Meanwhile, back on Brea, Jum had another situation to deal with.  The station operators had notified him that the ‘raider’ tribe, who they had recently warmed up relations with, was readying a military force in their hill settlement.  For some days and nights now, a crowd had been observed from space, congregating in the same open area and moving around; obviously practicing for war.  These developments are indeed disturbing.

How do we react?

A)   Send an embassy to the raiders
B)   Send an armed embassy
C)   Send a punitive expedition (our weapons are more advanced)
D)   Sit and wait
E)   Begin training our tribespeople and readying arms
F)   Other
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« Reply #223 on: December 08, 2009, 06:28:37 pm »
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AA A wins.  Date: 22/Sear/6049, 178/Sear/0001

   It had begun as a minor enough excursion to investigate Meenog products.  Now, a full caravan of five trolleys wormed its way through the crowds and aisles, the Ropidians guiding it like explorers in a vast and uncharted jungle.  This mildly epic atmosphere was somewhat disrupted by the train stopping every few seconds or so for Ulo to goggle at another knickknack or doodad.  ‘Just a minute!’ he would say.  Although it grated on Kius, Vus was more concerned at their diminishing finances; they now only had 200 or so of the local currency left…

What can we do with 200 credits?

A)   Crash the local bar
B)   Try really hard to buy a new ship, any ship, of Meenog design
C)   Find the station head and open up a diplomatic dialogue
D)   Leave for a location on the planet

Dawn is breaking

   The dawn raid on the Fascist leader’s house ended embarrassingly.  We stormed the place, killing the unfortunate guards in our path, only to find that the leader was not home at the time.  Sadly, that is the reality of the sun going up and coming down eight times during a Ropidian waking-sleeping cycle.  What is good, though, is how the Fascists have reacted, painting the incident as a brutal attempt by sinister left-wing radicals to assassinate their glorious leader.  As a result, people are looking to the chief fascist, Fessele Drarela, as a beacon of stability in a sea of chaos.  The Liberals will undoubtedly be forced to call a snap election or face a coup very soon.

 What should Tegas do now that the Cult has done all that it can for now?

A)   Adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach
B)   Make a statement condemning the violence
C)   Make a token contribution of soldiers
D)   Send in the big guns
E)   Other

An Indecent Proposal

 Our embassy has returned with most interesting news.  Our favourite raider tribe is planning to mount a raid on another group in order to force them into submitting to their rule.  Their religion apparently compels them to seek dominance over those who they consider unworthy warriors.  We, being seen as equals by them, have been invited to tag along for the raid and will be given first choice of whatever people or materials we so desire from the conquered tribe.

What say we?

A)   Tell them that raiding is wrong and preach to them about our (more peaceful) gods
B)   Say that we’re busy and can’t make it
C)   Send along a token contingent, to get some experience of battle
D)   Have Jum lead a proper force to aid them
E)   Threaten the raiders to cease or lose our friendship
F)   Tell the raiders to stop or be invaded by us
G)   Send off envoys to the target tribe, warning them of the potential attack
H)   Other
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« Reply #224 on: December 18, 2009, 05:35:59 pm »
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C(Heads) DF wins.  Date: 23/Sear/6049, 183/Sear/0001

After escorting the trolleys safely to the docked Endeavour*, Vus and his officers headed to the station administrator’s office.  Talks were slow and awkward, thanks to bulky translator machines, but we managed to learn that this was not, in fact, a government station.  This station administrator had no authority than the previous one to make agreements beyond a corporate level with us.  Naturally, we asked as to where we might find a government post where we could make diplomatic overtures directed at the proper authorities.  At this, the station administrator laughed and told us that such an endeavour was worthless; in short, the Meenog government is so weak and decentralised that even an agreement would bring little benefit.  We will have to seek agreements with individual regions and corporations.

Huh.

A)   Which is why we came to see you, my fine rodent acquaintance!
B)   Let’s drown our sorrows at the bar
C)   A new ship purchase should cheer us up
D)   We should depart for the surface
E)   We should leave altogether; supplies are running low

Greet the new day

We have elected for a heavy-handed response to the crisis in Denilus.  Unfortunately, our delay in taking this approach has allowed the weakened Liberal government to cave in to demands for a snap election.  We are sending the tanks and heavy troops in anyway to keep order but, regardless, the fascists look set to grab the largest share of the vote and perhaps control the city!  We could always crush them militarily if the need arises but the fact remains that if they take power by legitimate means, we will seem to be the aggressors…

Should we act?

A)   We must ensure that the elections are as free and fair as possible
B)   A little ballot tampering is required to ensure freedom survives
C)   We should do what it takes to make sure the fascists do not get quite enough votes to outright win
D)   We should use all means to persuade people to make the right voting choice
E)   Suspend elections and take command!
F)   Cook up a Cult mission to somehow salvage this mess
G)   Other

Stand off

Our envoys have returned with good news.  The tribe, who identify themselves as the Ilspel, are backing down in the face of our threats.  They are very much alarmed by our lack of support and have taken some interest in our reasoning for the decision we made.  The bad news is that the large warrior caste is greatly angered at us, although we still have their respect.

Ilspel Relations – (Cordial -> Warm)
Ilspel Aggression – (Ferocious -> Aggressive)
Kyuii Interventionism ++ (Isolationist -> Reluctant)

Is further action required?

A)   We should seek contact with the targeted tribe
B)   We should seek contact with all our neighbours
C)   Our military needs further training
D)   Focus on repairing relations with the Ilspel
E)   No foreign or military action is needed
F)   Other

*The Celesta is too big to dock at this station.  It’s also too big to land on planets with high gravity so the Endeavour is serving as a massive shuttlecraft of sorts.
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