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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Still not back, but I have at least some good news. Some may have noticed that The Battle Over Procyon is down currently, and that’s because I’ve submitted it for publication in Ray Gun Revival :D. With a bit of luck it will become my first piece of fiction published!

Also, this is what I’ve been doing when I should have been revising.

Okay, I have seventeen exam papers to sit over the next few weeks, Vast Worlds is going on hold until I can find more time. See you after the storm.

China

At this point China had achieved what it had been threatening to do since the start of the twenty first centaury and was the capital of industrial power with a great deal of the worlds production and innovation going on within its borders. China however was not the world leader in several other fields such as computers and banking and its voracious growth had slowed somewhat in recent times as it was finally innovating rather than imitating. There were significant amounts of unrest in several areas across China over education, standard of living and political controls[1]. The government was also suffering from a massive deficit[2] and was desperately funding more sustainable interests as there are rumours that its vast stores of resources were beginning to run dry.

On the world stage China had reduced its military assets over the years due to the shortage of funds, though still had massive amounts of influence due to its control of a large proportion of the world’s industrial power. Incidentally the corporations had a very high presence in China, especially in the more industrialised cities. They had nowhere near the sway over the government that they had in America, but the government was well aware that if one or two of the larger ones left their economy may never recover[3]. China was also was very strong in space with a large number of defensive and possibly aggressive satellites in orbit along with the largest shipyard at the time tethered to their space elevator[4].

In Summary:

  • China had a great deal of industrial power but it is debateable whether they were running the industry or run by it. In addition, large scale industrial production was looking increasingly unsustainable, even assisted by short range stellar mining.
  • The country was undergoing an economic crisis at the time and while on the surface they appeared healthy the debts were beginning to build up and the reduction in military forces was the first symptom of problems ahead.
  • China was one of the more organised factions and quickly reacted to external events; its response to the derelict was almost immediate and only they and American dispatched ships in under a week.
  • Internal unrest had not yet reached a crisis situation but it was seen by many as inevitable that there will be some form of scission[5].
  • China had significant assets in space and was the number one supporter of stellar mining projects.

Author’s Comment

As I said earlier, this summary is old, and by that I mean Vast Worlds was still supposed to be a video game at the time. This means that the events here are not actually the mostly likely events in my opinion, but they provide the best footing for a game with plenty of political tension, various wars, and diverse faction types. Also it’s reached the point where I have so much timeline based off this that rewriting it would require me to redo pretty much everything, and that’s actually becoming a rather daunting amount.

Anyway, both the Independence and Corporation wars are mostly due to political decisions made at this point in history and so this background is helpful in understanding the motives and mindsets of the various factions. Interestingly, The Derelict only delayed these various problems, fifty years later when the colonisation boom was coming to an end American still had too little territory, China was still near rebellion, the Commonwealth still had more land than it knew what to do with, excreta excreta… I’m not to sure what this says about humans in my model, even something extraordinary happening only stops us bickering for a little while.


[1] Several areas believed they would be better run by a more local government rather than the capital, especially the more rural and distant regions.

[2] Mainly due to the number of pensioners which significantly outnumber the current tax paying population.

[3] The Cray Group held sway over vast amount of the commercial Chinese stellar interests and Noble Shipbuilding has over seventy percent of its production centred around the Chinese space elevator.

[4] The Chinese space elevator was the only one that was actually on the equator. Both the Commonwealth and AMA have theirs off centre for economic reasons. New Inca’s is placed further south to avoid American airspace, America doesn’t cross the equator and Russia doesn’t actually have a space elevator but an assisted floater rocket system.

[5] Many people from the areas of unrest elected to leave for the colonies far earlier than those in regions closer to the capital. This meant many of the colonies historically do not get on well with the Earth government.

The British Commonwealth

The British Commonwealth was an odd faction compared to the others as the majority of its people and infrastructure were based in a very small area but most of its resources were based elsewhere. Because of this the British adopted very decentralised government[1], and there is once again encouragements for people to emigrate to Canada and Australia, though this time, from India. Technically the British were doing quite badly at the time, with comparatively little industry but they had a very large population and a huge area to expand into, though there were massive differences in population density.

Politically the British were still considered newcomers to the world scene but they controlled a sizeable portion of the world’s economy and most companies had at least a branch in the British Commonwealth for dealings with the English speaking world. Because of this they were an economic force to be reckoned with even though they were weak militarily at the time and due to their ongoing massive changes in government structure[2] they were slow to react to surprises and hence are the last to react to the Derelict’s arrival.

In Summary:

  • The Commonwealth controlled a sizable amount of global resources and population but had little or no control over it.
  • They were the centre of investment with many world banks within their borders and the government was strongly pushing industrial development.
  • The Commonwealth had little political clout with its recent formation and was facing large trade embargoes from the EU.
  • It had very little industry.
  • It had a very high average standard of education and a very high GDP per head.
  • Their armed forces were very weak and most of their space based presence was economic, surprisingly few space based companies had residence there.
  • The British space elevator was not built within England but India due to design limitations; this means that the AMA space elevator was used for large amounts of British cargo.

Russia

The modern Russian government formed in response to the rising amount of organised crime, falling standards of living and the many failed attempts of other nations to sort the whole situation out. A lot of focus at the time was placed on protecting the people and securing Russia’s place on the world stage and it would be fair to say that the party was socialist, though it went to extreme lengths to differentiate itself from the communist party and hence was extremely open in its policies[3]. The government was democratically elected 34 years prior and fought a long standing war on crime and poverty. While Russia was underdeveloped compared to the USA or China they still had huge amounts of land and resources available. Unsurprisingly their economy still surpassed AMA or New Inca, but not by as larger margin as they would have liked.

Russia’s military was mostly archaic, and they were the only reported users of technology made in the twentieth centaury with a fleet of repaired nuclear subs from the cold war. The rest of their military followed suit with some truly ancient technology being used thought it was still rather effective. On a global scale Russia had quite a lot of influence due to its size and resources[4], though it was generally considers suspicious due to its “Russia First” policy and only AMA had less corporate involvement though many in Russia viewed this as a good thing.

Russia did not have a particularly active space program, partly because it needed neither the resources nor the space but mostly because it had no equatorial control and so it is vastly more expensive for Russia to get into space. This did not stop the Russian satellite program, nor its exploration of other stellar bodies but prevented large scale commercialisation of space, though Russia is the only faction to have their stellar launch facilities in their industrial heartland.

In Summary:

  • Russia had good access to raw materials and had a reasonable economy but was undeveloped compared to its counterparts.
  • It was significantly more expensive for Russia to make any political move into space.
  • Russia’s military was outdated but still quite large and their nuclear arsenal was second only to the US[5].
  • Russia had less political influence than it would like due to residual fear of ‘The Red Menace’, while its modern policies were very different from the old regime there was still a great deal of exclusionism present in the country. This was not helped by the fact Russia was considered to be the only true socialist country at that point in time.
  • Russia controlled huge tracts of raw materials and was the number one to invade on any doomsday list[6], not surprisingly Russia was quite paranoid about this and guarded its supplies well.
  • Most would predict that Russia would come out of top during an economic slump.

[1] Something that helped the Commonwealth greatly when they eventually had to start managing an interstellar empire.

[2] The idea of everyone in The British Commonwealth having a vote and their being a single government running sizable tracts of four continents was having some problems with convincing people it will work, let alone instigating it. True integration is historically agreed to be many years after the derelict’s arrival.

[3] Well, to its citizens at least.

[4] Russia historically had lower export rate of raw materials than any other country in a similar situation.

[5] Whether any of the missiles they had declared actually worked is debateable.

[6] It’s suspected America has been held of so long only due the threat of New Inca.