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#1 Lynneth

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:34 PM

[Former Ceylon Command Center, Guyana]

"Laura, how are things going on the planet?"
The former CEO of Sostra smirked. "According to plan. Many of Vanguard's operatives in South America applied for citizenship, and the company itself agreed to sell most of its military assets to us."
"Where are they going to put their ehadquarters?"
"Guyana, interestingly."
"That would make assimilation rather easy. They're playing into our hand."
"Not only them, Alex. Several others, like Whole Foods and CIII.This is almost too easy."
"Well, they do expect us to give them special treatment, for supporting us for so long.."
"Ha. Let them dream. Once the nation is somewhat established, we're going to crack down hard on the corrupt and rich."
"Isn't it somewhat hypocritical of us, though? Technically, we're still CEOs of our companies."
"As if anybody cares about that. Winners write history. We'll be the winners."
"You think we'll ever be losers?"
"Probably. Things can't go well all the time. We will, eventually, fail. Until then, I'm going to do my best to get science done."
"Alright. See you, Laura."
"Later."

[General happenings]

With the protectorate secured, the environment slowly recuperating and the nation of Guyana gaining strength, the system that had sustained Ceylon was changing slowly, infiltrated by agents of the companies called Sostra and Oberone. The changes were subtle, and some would need several years to come to fruition... But they were there.
It all was part of some convoluted master plan that would eventually allow Guyana's leadership to simply annihilate every trace of laissez faire and a free market with a single stroke. Radical, yes. Necessary, not. Desired, very.
As much as the various corporations cared for their employees, there always was a degree of dislike, resentment even, between the two parties.

It was thus that governmental agencies - an actual, public police, and a national military - were welcomed by the nation's new population.
What the people didn't anticipate was the force with which these new public services would act.


But all that was in the near and mid-term future. For now, only preparations to reach it were going on.


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OOC: Like always, I'll put links to important posts here...
Not gonna make a factbook this time, lol.

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 11:32 AM

[Important Persons]

[Emperor]
Damien Pierné-Duparc

[Other information]

Capital - Von Braun
Ruling party - N/A
National Anthem - Deae Lunae
Official language(s) - English
Government - Absolute Monarchy
Currency - Sola ( L$ )
Total land area - Approx. 38,000 km2 (Earth)
Current population - 401,738
Population density - 28.99/km2
GDP - 17,535,461,962 L$
GDP per capita - 43,649 L$
Conversion rate - 1 L$ = 1.304 $US; 1 $US = 0 767 L$
HDI - 0.877

[Off-world assets]

Lunar population - 5,275,500
Lunar Cities - Von Braun, Glushko, Xuesen
Side population - 183,753,254
Potential Side population - 199,200,000
Not counted: UFE, Selenarctos populations (Total potential: up to ~24.8 M currently)
Off-world GDP (est.) - 14,913,990,633,092 L$ (14.9 tr. L$)
Off-world GDP/capita (est.) - 78,898 L$
L1 - Lagrange
L2 - Gagarin
L3 - Aldrin
L4 - Polo
L5 - Magellan

City populations
Von Braun - 3,263,000
Glushko - 1,412,500
Xuesen - 600,000

A minimalistic overview of Ministries and abbreviations.

Ministry of Wartime Technology

MWT - Bharrat Jagdeo

Ministry of Peace

MoP

- Bureau of Catastrophe Management

BCM

- Bureau of Medicinal Production

BMP - Ronald Gajraj

Ministry of Image

MoI

- Bureau of Culture

BoC

- Bureau of Information

BoI

Ministry of Space Technology

MST - Charles Rocketworth

Ministry of Morale

MoM

Ministry of Transportation

MTr - Winston Murray

Ministry of General Affairs

MGA

- Bureau of Employment

BoE - Satyadeow Sawh

- Bureau of Energy

BEn

- Bureau of the Environment

BtE

- Bureau of Foreign Affairs

BFA - Clement Rohee

- Bureau of Interior Affairs

BIA - Fenton Ramsahoye

- Bureau of Labour

BoL - Aruna de Zoyza

- Bureau of Sports

BoS

- Bureau of Tourism

BoT

Ministry of Education

MoE - Robert Corbin

Ministry of Terra

MoT

Ministry of Luna

MoL

Ministry of Sol

MoS

Office of Ministerial Interaction

OMI - Laura, Alexander Leclerc


[Treaties]

African Union

Union (Chapter IV; Economic)


USAN, MDoAP, Precedence - broken

Mutual Defense, optional Aggression
Addis Ababa Accord - Kingdom of Cochin, Principality of Aeon
With Royaume de la Lumière
Pact of Carbon Nanotubes - UFE

With Nova Roma

Mutual Defense with

NAP
Selenarctos
Mexico

Other treaties
Treaty of Amity - UFE
Paramaribo Dictate
Economic Agreement with Gallifrey

Trade pact
Trade Federation


Foreign bases
Solar Antarctic Research Outpost


Further information TBA

Edited by Lynneth, 19 October 2012 - 02:53 AM.


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Posted 02 November 2011 - 07:26 PM

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With military action ended and Ceylon in joint-control with Cochin, the carrier battlegroups formerly under Vanguard's command were ordered to Guyana's coasts, though one would remain anchored at South Georgia. Thus, three CBGs were near Guyana's coasts.

CBG 01 "Guyana" - 2 carriers; 6 subs; 3 Destroyers; 3 Frigates; 3 Cruisers; 3 Battlecruisers (Bship); 4 Corvettes
CBG 02 "Surinam" - 2 carriers; 6 subs; 2 Destroyers; 3 Frigates; 3 Cruisers; 3 Battlecruisers (Bship); 4 Corvettes
CBG 03 "Pára" - 2 carriers; 6 subs; 2 Destroyers; 2 Frigates; 3 Cruisers; 3 Battlecruisers (Bship); 3 Corvettes
CBG 04 "South Georgia" - 2 carriers; 6 subs; 2 Destroyers; 2 Frigates; 2 Cruisers; 3 Battlecruisers (Bship); 3 Corvettes

Further submarines were spread through international waters in the atlantic, for a total of 45 submarines, 12 of them capable of firing cruise and intercontinental missiles, while the other 33 were standard 'attack' submarines, using torpedos and ASMs and ASBMs.

Airports were refurnished, both military and civilian, allowing the Republic to begin fielding former Ceylon plane technology, 5.5 generation and thus fit to take on most aerial threats. Luckily, not too many nations were able to use 6th generation airplanes, and most of those had been built by the UFE.
The vast majority of Ceylon's airfleet could be ferried over to Guyana, with 100 squadrons (1,200 airplanes) to be stationed throughout the country, on South Georgia and on aircraft carriers, while the other five were dedicated to aid Cochin in the possible defense of Ceylon island.

With this achieved and set, reshaping the armed forces was underway, many of Vanguard's men who had been in South America during the shift having chosen to aid the new nation. Thus, almost 1.2 million men were already at arms, supported by around 12,000 tanks and numerous other support vehicles, even if the supply situation wasn't the best. But that would change soon, vast amounts of materiel and resources being ferried from Ceylon and Bengal, assets that the various corporations of the former Corporate Republic had left there and which were now to be used.
All in all, the young country was already rather capable.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 01:52 PM

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Construction on the Island colonies resumed fully with the launch loop in South America secured and fully repaired. Using it, and the Cochin loop, resources and material could be sent twice as fast into orbit.
This in turn required further ferrying and transport capacities, because of which additional Yeoman transports were scheduled to be built in the space stations formerly belonging to Ceylon, now owned by Guyana. Still, ten of the Island two colonies were completed, those owned by Aeon and Germany populated already. A message was sent to the Kingdom of Cochin notifying them about the conclusion of construction. The One Island three colony at Side One had had a population of 3 million Ceylon citizens before the change in national affairs, though they all were offered Guyanese citizenship. Most accepted, not wanting to leave the space habitat.
The second Island three colony was near completion, the third and fourth - those two at Side 2, scheduled for Athens and the UFE - were currently under construction. Four Island two colonies at Side 2 were being worked on as well, expected to be finished long before the I-3 stations.

To further accelerate construction, and pave the way for additional construction in the mid-term to far future, a second launch loop was decided to be built, stretching from Boa Vista to an artificial island around 500 kilometers off the coast of the Brazilian region Maranhao. Construction was begun immediately, even as repopulation and industrial efforts in the nation itself were going on, and advancing at breakneck speeds.

OOC: Old Ceylon space assets, now Guyanese: Click me - need to make an update.

Edited by Lynneth, 06 November 2011 - 02:07 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:09 PM

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More refugees from the wasteland made their way into the stable nation, even as half of Guyana's army - now numbering nearly two million - was still busy restoring the continent to its previous splendor, attempting to replant the grand amazonas rainforest and clean the amazonas river of the vast amounts of pollution that had accumulated during the HAE's civil war. So much work had been done, yet so much was waiting to be finished.
The advantage was that work was readily available for any immigrant or refugee, be it in the forests or in the quickly growing industrial and service sectors. Building or rebuilding a nation from ruin needed manpower, a lot of it. Power plants and buildings sprouted like mushrooms around existing cities and in urban regions.

In the meantime, expansion of the Von Braun lunar base was considered once more, adding a second lunar loop, as well. This would bring the population possibly to over three million and raise industrial capacities by a projected minimum of 60%, likely allowing the habitat colonies to be built ever faster.

And, of course, the new policies were put into motion. Corporations began to lose their rights, slowly being absorbed into the state for a considerably more state-controlled economy. Almost communist, some might argue. "Necessary," the Speaker of the Republic would say. Vanguard's remnants were slowly absorbed, Whole Foods and Kalari began to vanish, amongst many others. CIII's employees were absorbed into the nation's police and militia forces. CEC was one of the few who might be capable of keeping a sort of independence, conducting a great many of Guyana's (formerly Ceylon's) mining and construction operations on the moon.
Even the great Sarif Industries were not spared, its founder David Sarif forced to cede 40% of the corporation's shares to the state.

Still, so much to be done, so little finished.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:30 AM

GBN - Guyana Broadcasting Network

Religion in decline
In recent months, religions of all kinds have been losing followers, Islam and Christian faiths among those hit hardest. While as of now it is not known exactly why this is happening, prominent philosopher Joseph Warrington thinks that recent advances in medical and aeronautical technologies, as well as changes in education standards in the last two decades have brought this change upon Guyana. He adds that many citizens from less religious nations, such as the Athenian Federation have been immigrating as well, contributing to these changes. Whether this trend will continue on in the future remains to be seen, of course.

Nuclear fission project
In other news, the Transitional government under Speaker Leclerc announced that it will instate a nuclear program to construct atomic bombs. While the first thought might be that the nation is arming itself with what many nations on the globe already possess, the reality is something else entirely.
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"We will be constructing a so-called 'Verne Gun', named after the author Jules Verne, thanks to his novel From The Earth To The Moon, and the giant cannon Columbiad.
Set off one solitary ten megaton nuclear device in a deep underground salt dome. Perched on top is an Orion type spacecraft. All the EMP and radiation is contained in the underground cave - as has been done with historical underground nuclear tests. And 280,000 TONS of payload sails into low Earth orbit. Not pounds. Tons. Now, I say "sails into orbit", but of course it is more like "slammed by thousands of gs of acceleration", so this has to be unmanned - any human beings on board would instantly be converted into a thin layer of bloody chunky salsa covering the deck plates." - Charles Rocketworth, Advisor of Space
The Advisor also provided a few examples of its use.
  • Put 1.5 terawatts of clean solar power into orbit with less than ten launches. Obsolete coal and petroleum power production with green baseline power, using less than a 10th the number of solar cells as you'd have to install on Earth to capture the same amount of sunlight.
  • Send up a telescope so big that it can image the continents of planets circling other stars.
  • Put up one or more of those cool gigantic orbiting space station wheels that are showcased so dramatically in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Send an entire colony's worth of material to the moon or Mars. With a second shot, put up an interplanetary cycler ring, tether launch system or other permanent mechanism for shuttling people to and from the colonies.
  • Toss a couple hundred thousand tons of nuclear waste into the sun, where it won't bother us anymore. (Trust me, the sun won't notice.)
  • Orbit a huge frikkin death star platform with ATOMIC LASERS and MISSILE RACKS and RAIL GUNS and aim them at anybody you don't like. (Not serious)
It is estimated that this Verne Gun will be usable within two years, potentially surpassing the launch loops in the sheer amount of material it can deliver into orbit.


OOC: Credit for the Verne Gun goes to AtomicRockets and Karl Schroeder

Edited by Lynneth, 13 November 2011 - 07:35 AM.


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Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:06 AM

[Internal happenings]

Construction on the Verne Gun was going nicely... Then again, the work being done couldn't really be called 'construction'. Most of the work in the field was drilling a hole large enough for a 10-12 MTon thermonuclear warhead, and secure it with high-strength materials for possible re-use. The launch site was in the southern parts of the Guyana region, near where the river Kassikaityu flows into the Essequibo.
In the meantime, three nuclear enrichment plants were being built, spread over the nation, but always near a major river, such as the Essequibo. These were to be used to construct Guyana's nuclear arsenal and to create the 'propellant' for the Verne Gun. Furthermore, blueprints for several thorium-based fission power plants were drawn up to augment the fusion plants in times of high energy demands, and to provide long-lasting power in case of a catastrophe.


[Newspaper reports]

Security concerns
Yesterday evening the Speaker of the Republic, together with her council of advisors, decided to implement a security plan of considerable proportions. The proposal includes setting up security cameras in major, crime-endangered parts of Guyana's cities, as well as changing how IDs work; A DNA-based identification card has been proposed, its use only possible if the holder's DNA is the right one.
More radical members of the government argued for mandatory identification chips implanted into the arm or wrists, or using a similar system as the bygone German Democratic Republic decades ago. All of these radical demands have been rejected, the Speaker having been cited that such invasive measures are too much for the population of the Transitional Republic to cope with. She said that a re-evaluation may be considered some time in the future, though for now the current proposal is final.

New ways of thinking
With many foreign immigrants coming to Guyana, the nation has become a melting pot of cultures and ethnicies, very much like the Brazil of the late 19th and the 20th century. Many ideologies are intermingling and mixing, creating new things, things which the Republic readily and gladly endorses and embraces. Some of this can already be felt in how the population is beginning to behave, people in individual apartment blocks helping each other and working together, city blocks cooperating to aid each other, among other things.
In the industries, a certain social-meritocratic way of thinking is emerging. Some economists are claiming these new ideologies are taking on a shape similar as Ubersteinianism, an ideology highly popular in the Uberstein Empire and Saboria in the early 21st century. Whether this will continue or further changes will happen can only be answered by waiting. But until then, we hope that Guyana's growing population will continue to be so accepting of new thought.

Edited by Lynneth, 16 November 2011 - 09:13 AM.


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:43 PM

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Topic One
"The N2 Nanosuit. Utter perfection, in theory at least.
In practise - as shown by engagements with rebels and traitors from the HAE era during the liberation of the continent - not quite as useful as advertised by Ultor. The company has of course been absorbed into the state by now. Improvements have been made, based on reports from Vanguard's former employees on the battlefield. SECOND's software has been improved, as well as the durability of the suit's hardware. External armour was applied, adding to current protection, making it near-impenetrable by most conventional weaponry below contemporary AR-grade capabilities in short firefights and providing superior protection in longer engagements. Most conventional fragmentation and close quarters weapons will have great difficulty defeating the improved armour. NBC protection continues to be standard. Various pockets have been added for greater access to munitions and other equipment. The helmet design has been completely overhauled for greater protection at the cost of weight, though providing a 360° view of the battlefield with superior access to battlefield intel, the battlefield awareness system and various information warfare capabilities, as well as very secure data uplink capabilities.
Weapons-uplink abilities have been improved and streamlined for easier access, while a system to classify non-compatible weaponry (generally hostile armament) has been implemented. The suit is still easily capable of high-altitude and underwater operations, and the general augmentations provided to its user have been improved slightly, by an average of 8.3%. Experimental active camouflage is being implemented in a select few units. Depending on success and expense, wider implementation will be considered.

All in all, the performance of the improved N2 suit - henceforth referred to as STACOS Mk. 3 (STAndard COmbat Suit Mark 3) - has seen considerable improvements. The helmet's target ID systems can identify targets up to the visible horizon on sea level, while the various viewing modes (thermal and NV, among others) have been improved for greater detail and accuracy. The real-time battlefield information system is now more streamlined, allowing for a continuously updated 3D map of the battlefield, video feeds, GPS, among other things. Networking with forward scout teams, scout aircraft and/or satellites has been improved, while encryptions have been strengthened for greater security.
All further systems of the former N2 (now STACOS Mk.2) that have not been mentioned are still in use, with improvements and streamlining applied as needed."

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Topic Two
"Considering that technological advanced have made armoured infantry and exosuits more likely to be encountered on the battlefield, certain improvements concerning standard ammunition are under development.
Among them, are superior tungsten-tipped armour-piercing rounds for the CAR 21 (to be renamed GAR 22), which will be capable of penetrating most armour with relative ease. A disadvantage is a lower rate of fire, but this is more than offset by greater stopping power. Improvements for hollow-point rounds are being considered as well; two potential superior designs have been found already, which will give the average soldier that much more of a chance against thinner, but nonetheless powerful armour. Again, the somewhat lower RoF is offset by stopping power.
Improvements to the various other ammunition types in use are under development as well; Prototypes of 'intelligent' explosive ammunition exist. A ranging laser in the weapon would determine the distance to the cover a hostile is hiding behind and calculate when the bullet would have to detonate for the greatest possible effect if fired above or besides the cover. This intelligent ammunition is highly lethal to non-armoured targets, but still delivers considerable damage to even armoured opponents. Further research is scheduled.

The CAR 21 is in need of improvements as well, though largely in materials and computer technology, less in design. After the changes, it will be formally renamed for GAR 22. It will be capable of acting as fallback battlefield computer for a soldier, with superior encryption to prevent intel from falling into enemy hands. Its system can be wiped by a manual command from the user of the STACOS suit, or if the user's life signals cease.
Please note that all improvements to ammunition applies to sniper rifles as well; especially the S8 ISD-V4 Vanguard will benefit considerably from the superior armour piercing and anti-materiel capabilities."

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"The Drummond heavy transport helicopter is a recent development for military transportation in the terrain of Guyana. Capable of a maximum speed of 412 km/h (unloaded), this rotor-assisted helicopter - or more properly, VTOL craft - is relatively lightly armoured, though well enought to withstand most light-arms fire. It is not intended for use in hot combat zones. Its engines are powerful enough to carry even a Type 170 MBT. It has a range of around 650 kilometers, allowing for supplying any combat zone within the nation from as few as four depots located in strategic positions. Naturally, more than four depots will be constructed.
Its armament consists of a single 30mm autocannon with 600 rounds. Most of the main body's rear half is space for the powerful engines' fuel, hence why it is not intended for use in combat zones but rather slightly behind friendly lines."

Edited by Lynneth, 17 November 2011 - 01:44 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:06 PM

Immigration was a big topic in Guyana at the moment, considering that by now, only around five or six million of the nation's population were actual natives who had survived the HAE's civil war. Well over 80% of the population consisted of immigrants. A considerable majority had come from Cochin and former Ceylon territories, though many from Europe and various other Eurasia-african had arrived, as well. Many cultures were beginning to mix and mingle, perhaps not too dissimilar from what the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries looked like. There were of course differences, there was a certain amount of strife, but hopefully nothing that would disrupt ecoonomic growth too much.
On the topic of 'growth', a great majority - almost 95% - of the population had gathered into the cities of guyana. With many of these cities sitting on the atlantic seaboard, a considerable amount of the population was there, the cities growing, skyscrapers and apartment complexes rising. The astute observer might already figure out where such growth would go, should it continue - much of the coast might be settled. A problem was that potential global warming or storms might flood these cities partially. This would be remedied by the construction of dikes and levees, large and sturdy enough to hopefully prevent waves of up to 30 meters height from crashing into the cities. Anything higher was considered to be exceedingly unlikely. A sacrifice that had to bemade were the cities' harbours, forced to stay out of the earth- and steelworks' protection simply out of necessity. Building massive artificial bays or lagoons was considered too expensive for the relatively little damage a wave could do. The quays would, after all, largely keep standing.

Meanwhile, with the growing population came a need for agriculture. Some of the devastated land areas - especially inland plains - were designated for food production, though plans for vertical farms were made, as well. The government intended for Guyana to achieve a level of independence from the rest of the world, concerning certain necessities and natural resources. Whether this would be all that successful remained to be seen.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:04 AM

[Operation Ecuador]

The apparent fall of Rebel Army had taken Guyana's government by surprise.
However, this was nothing if not an opportunity - Ecuador, an advanced and integrated part of the ancient nation was now without a proper government. Within minutes of receiving the news, Guyana's government ordered a carrier battlegroup to move 50 kilometers before Ecuador's coasts, while armed forces from the protectorate were ordered to contact the region for two reasons. The first, to confirm loss of contact with Rebel Army's government.
The second, to integrate the small but industrious region into Guyana. Opportunistic, yes. Rewarding, most certainly.

The orders were executed, and a short announcement made.

"We have noted that Rebel Army's government may have fallen into anarchy; It is thus that Guyana sees the need to help the people of RA's Ecuador province and prevents deteoriation of its economy to the same standards that currently reign in most of the South American continent, after the HAE's civil war and subsequent fall.
Should our attempts to make contact with Rebel Army's government and Lavo Shalam fail, we will offer full integration of the province into Guyana after a public election.
That is all."

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:58 AM

We have maintained constant contact with Rebel Army's government for years without any sign of a disappearance of government. As such we must question where Guyana receives its intel as it is clearly not accurate.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 07:28 PM

"This is Lavo Shalam; I can confirm that Rebel Army is operating as per the usual."

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:37 PM

"This is Lavo Shalam; I can confirm that Rebel Army is operating as per the usual."

With this confirmation, Guyana's CBG and ground forces were wordlessly ordered to their original assignments and positions.
South America would have to endure this colony for longer, it seemed.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 08:57 PM

The United Federation of the East notes that unlike the Kingdom of Cochin, the nation of Guyana attempted to make contact with Rebel Army rather than rush in despite being warned Rebel Army was still active. We feel this counts for something and will not take action against Guyana unless it pursues it against our allies.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 06:43 PM

Guyana's cities were growing and prospering, with industrial districts growing like mushrooms, the inner cities filled with shops and white collar job opportunities. Skyscrapers began to grow in an incredible speed, some reaching hundreds of meters into the sky in an attempt to tickle the lowest of clouds. Each single of these could house hundreds and thousands of people.
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Some of the cities were developing suburbs around their cores; This was a development that many cityplanners wanted to avoid, though for now little could be done. If the cities had to grow further, however, it would be entirely possible to remove this incredibly inefficient housing and replace it with vertical farms and apartment complexes.
Of course the suburbs largely mirrored the cultural majority within. From classic european to exotic japanese styles, everything was represented.
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Yet, the sheer speed of growth could stagger some people's minds. No day went by without construction of a new skyscraper or a dozen new houses being started. One could literally watch the urban spwarl grow, perhaps comparable to a bee hive or ant hill.
From above, some of the cities certainly looked the part.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:29 AM

Guyana was a young nation on an old continent. It was successor to an ancient empire in a world with many old nations. There were many things that had been thought impossible mere decades ago, but were now commonplace. Full three-dimensional television, holographic displays, incredible medical advances - such as potential cures for cancer, going down into the genes - were but a few that could be named.
In the same frame of time, numerous states and countries had risen and fallen, making the work of a cartographer a lucrative one; Yearly, new maps had to be printed and yearly, teachers concerning themselves with these topics had to change their files. Some might have been driven mad.
People like that, and many others were living in the growing metropoli of Guyana, most notably Georgetown, Paramaribo, Cayenne, Boa Vista and Macapa. Of these five, Georgetown and Paramaribo were growing the swiftest along the coasts of the Republic. Indeed, massive skyscrapers were rising into the sky in their cores, high above the ground and many other constructions.
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Of course, these were not the only cities with considerable growth. 'Loop City East', a settlement that had grown from some ten thousand people around the Launch Loop, now housed almost a million souls, and some of the best hotels in the nation. In fact, one of these hotels had recently been named 'best living place on the continent'. Some argued it might be the best living place on the planet. Whether or not that was true, however, could not be guaranteed without a world-wide organisation gauging such things, instead of just national groups.
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Meanwhile, something to look at were the massive arches between certain skyscrapers in Paramaribo. Some of these were large enough to make one wonder how structural stability could be guaranteed. Yet, there they were, even with certificated that they would withstand earthquakes up to 6 on the Richter scale despite the fact that earthquakes in Guyana were exceedingly rare. The true reason for this quality of construction was that these buildings would keep standing in the case of prolonged attacks by hostile forces, be it with missiles, conventional artillery or even MOABs or the like. The longer these structures stood in a war, the longer they could be used by local militia and military forces to strike against enemies from all floors.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:10 PM

The nation's rapid growth continued, with new trade partners on the continent emerging and friendly relations being established slowly but surely. Cities continued to grow, immigrants filling empty buildings as quickly as they were built. Some of the constructions were, thanks to inherited expertise from Ceylon, quite magnificent in form and scale, in one case a skybridge connecting two skyscrapers over a distance of nearly half a kilometer.
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At the same time, the sprawling city-scape began encroaching upon coastal jungle; this was a problem, as Guyana was nominally for protection and aiding the resurgence of the continent's rain forests. However, the growing population needed housing.
In the end, select patches of forest were cleared for removal to be replaced with tar, steel and cement. Hopefully the rest of the forests could be preserved.
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In the process of expansion, one thing was necessary: Extensive and efficient public transport, both above and below the ground. For every ten floors above the grouns, two were built underground, making Guyana's cities a masterwork of architectural magnificence.
Coupled with the great amounts of public transportation instead of large roads, emissions were expescted to be nearly non-existent coupled with rigorous environmental laws that would enforce high-quality filters for all sorts of industrial production.
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And, somewhere in that sprawl, a certain building took shape...
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It was an homage to a nation and an alliance from a long time ago, possibly forgotten by much of the world by now. Some might be able to recognise it, however...

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In other news, science made several great discoveries
Roughly 600 lightyears away, a 'superearth' had been confirmed to be warm enough for liquid water, and thus potential life. Further analysis would be delivered at a later date, but certain circles made this one of the locaations that should be visited by a so-called 'Generationship'.
Also, a new kind of low-energy chip was entering the market, not only smaller but also more energy-efficient than conventional silicon chips. The flexible properties of the MoS2 would also allow for superior electronics directly attached to the skin or clothing, allowing a person to be connected to the world without bulky internet-capable phones or the like. Further improvements are likely, and some scientists are prophesying that quantum computers are in reach for the common person, the singularity not being too far away either. This isn't seen as too likely at the time, however.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:20 PM

While Guyana on the planet was growing, similar events were taking place far beyond geostationary orbit. The Von Braun base had been expanded a second time, bringing the total potential population up to 3.4 million, subsequently leading to far greater industrial capacities on the natural satellite. With the area that had been claimed on the moon as large as some nations on the planet - over a million square kilometers in area - even this large population was barely capable of working more than roughly five percent of the claimed area for resources. Still, the borders were there, towers visible from far away, broadcasting whose territory this was.
Not that anyone was truly capable of challenging this claim, or even violating it accidentially.

In the end, a grand total of 3,262,837 people were living on the moon, supplying uncountable numbers of factories with resources, which then again supplied the two launch loops with material to deliver into orbit. This material could then be delivered to the Sides, where they would be put to use in the Island colonies.
These resources had to be moved somehow, of course. With some billions of tons for each of the Island 3 colonies and still many tens of millions of tons for each Island 2 colony, humongous capacities were required: The Yeoman class freighter provided them. Each single one was able to ferry 40,000 tons of goods and material from LEO to the moon in less than 14 hours, and from low moon orbit to any nearby side in one to eight hours. With the Yeoman fleet alone having grown to a combined tonnage of nearly 36 million dead-weight tonnes (or a total tonnage of almost 108 million tonnes), transport capacities had grown beyond any predictions. And, as plans were made to expand resource-extraction facilities further into the solar system - even if such plans were years, if not decades away - expansion for the Yeoman freighter fleet was considered, as well.

The current status of the Side constructions was full completion for Side One - three Island Two colonies belonging to foreign nations - while construction at Side Two was largely completed - only the I-3 colonies needed to be finished, and de jure possession then given to Athens and the UFE unlimited lease, to be ended upon the end of the owning nation. (Or at the whim of the constructor)
Side Three was untouched for the moment, while Side Four was seeing the first I-2 habitats under construction.
The grand total of habitation capacities currently was roughly 64,000,000 people (2.4 million going to Cochin, Aeon, Hethnamark for ownership of I-2 habs), with around 48 million to be added upon conclusion of I-3 habitat construction at Side 2. The other two Sides, Four and Five, would add a total of 112 million to the projected population - giving a grand total of 224 million people, not including further expansion of the moon or the addition of Side Three. A 'mere' 16 million were living in Guyana's habitats, not counting foreign-owned ones.

And this was just the beginning o the new space-age. In future decades, much more could take place.

OOC: For convenience, Lagrange points - L1 is Side 1, L2 Side 2, etc
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:34 PM

OOC: And exactly how many 40,000 ton space freighters do you need built to carry tonnage in the millions? How was this accomplished in one post?

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 01:20 PM

OOC: And exactly how many 40,000 ton space freighters do you need built to carry tonnage in the millions? How was this accomplished in one post?

OOC: I've had the Yeoman freighters for months, and it's only logical that expanding resource-gathering as I've RPd it on the moon would result in greater needs for transport capacity; They weren't built in one post. Their first mention is in this post, mid-June, just as example. Another mention is here, 1st of August. Evidently, I've had them for a long time.
Next time, please lodge the complaint in the OOC or via PM.




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