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Proposed introduction post

Postby Xah » Mon Aug 08, 2016 10:50 am

This is my first draft for the post that all new players should read as it contains information that will let them engage in RP. I've done my best with what I can find on the forums so if there's something you'd like altered, particularly with regards your own nation, just say and I'll change it.




Brief overview
Cynosure is a region within NationStates that is based on RP within a post-modern setting. Whilst the region in NationStates has about 100 members, within the RP world, this is much less and can vary considerably. This introduction is aimed to give new players information on the world as it's roleplayed; the setting, the history and some of the more active players. You can then jump straight in and start your own RP! If you want your nation to be different to the one that evolves within NationStates then go ahead, we just ask that you create an entry within the Factbook forum, so everyone knows what's going on.

A chat program called Discord is used a lot to coordinate RP, establish theme and RP 'rules' and socialise. We highly encourage its use.

What does Post-Modern mean?
Post-modern is a science-fiction theme based on a world with technology and cultures only a few hundred years into the future. Most of the concepts and technologies are similar to the modern world and rely on concepts and prototypes developed in the modern age. We're very easy going on what's allowed and what isn't, with only a few limitations.
  • AI exists and is fairly widespread, with some nations using it more than others.
  • Anti-gravity doesn't although there are 'hover' alternatives
  • Space travel exists, but it's slow and mainly within the solar system. Asteroid mines and similar infrastructures can exist
  • Weapons are predominently still projectile, but energy weapons are growing in use
  • Energy sources are a wide variety; from fossil fuels, solar and fission and fusion nuclear.
  • Nanotechnology is possible, but still fairly unusual
  • Cybernetics and bionic technology is relatively advanced
  • Genetic engineering is commonplace, particulary in plants. Whilst human modification is possible, it's uncommon
  • Non-humans are around; aliens, non-human races, machines and other, more esoteric species exist

If you're unsure if a technology is allowed, then ask. If it's a grey area, the region will come together to decide as a whole.

Some good examples of post-modern technology in media are films like Blade Runner, I Robot, Minorty Report, Edge of Tomorrow, Total Recall, animations like Ghost in the Shell, and computer games like Deus Ex.

What is Cynosure?
Cynosure is a mountainous continent with vast areas still unclaimed. It is split into four broad regions; Cyno, Athradu, Maderos and Krath. Below is a brief overview of each and the main nations within each one. There is a map available and new nations are encouraged to claim a portion within the thread.
Cyno: Cyno is the most pleasant and fertile of the four lands, with wide grassy plains, lush forests and rolling hills. Current major nations: Gibraltarica, Ukarist, Cynosure Temple
Athradu: Athradu covers most of the north of Cynosure and is dominated by tundra, mountains and coniferous forests. The southern areas are more hospitable though. Current major nations: Grottobay, Xah, Sverinovo, Sneznizajec
Maderos: Maderous is a swampy archipelago that has jungles and the occasionally hilly stretch. Current major nations: Qora
Krath: Krath is hot and arid, mostly covered by desert. Current major nations: Draco Aeternum, Atherakhia

Who are the major nations?
This is an introduction to each of the nations that you're more likely to meet during RP as they're the most active.

Etanese Kingdom of Gibraltarica: A huge, economically powerful nation, governed by a constitutional monarchy. Current population is 3 billion. High technology and a strong economy that's largely import based. Well respected, but limited international activity at the moment. Main exports: Platinum and robotics
Militära Republiken Of Ukarist: A military republic with a population of about 1.5 billion. Possesses high technology but relies on established engineering a lot. Large producer of arms and quite active internationally. Main exports: diesel and pharmaceuticals
Cynosure Temple: Spiritual capital of Cynosure, ruled by a council of nine. High technology and heavily integrated with an AI called 'River'. Highly socialist with few interactions with other nations. Main exports: Silicon and video games
Grottobay: Large democracy with a population of about 3 billion, human and elves. Competes with Gibraltarica for economic importance for the import market. High technology levels and leads a cross-Athradu alliance. Main exports: Osmium and PAWMS
Sverinovo: Autocratic island nation, famed for its financial institutions. Population of about 50 million. Limited import/export market, but heavily involved in international banking. Main exports: banking
Federation of Xah: Caste based technocracy barely 300 years old. Population of 60 million isolated in Arctic hive cities. Previously isolationist, now well known for genetics and mercenary work, along with nuclear fuel exports. Main exports: Uranium and genetic services
The Imperial Matriarchy of Qora: Alien in origin, refugees from an unknown source. 3 billion population, densely populated. Matriarchal government, and whilst keen to get more involved in international affairs, is limited by a treaty established when they first arrived. Main exports: Agriculture and R&D equipment
The Protectorate of Draco Aeternum: Politically unstable desert nation controlling The Canal, a main trade route in Krath. Mixed human and Vulpes population. Globally active in the corportate sector. Main exports: Carbon and personnel weapons
Dominion of Atherakhia: Theocratic collection of city-states bound by a tech-priesthood. Reveres technology and posseses advanced military technology, although general population do not. Currently inolved in a war with Draco Aeternum. Main exports: Iron and cybernetics

What should I do first?

There's no strict order in which a new nation should progress, but the following is a handy checklist of useful things to do:

  1. Find a spot on the map you like and request it here: http://cynosure.wuufu.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=311
  2. Select some resources your nation would produce. How to do that is here: http://cynosure.wuufu.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=589
  3. Start a factbook and add some useful details like your population, what your government is like and how well they get on with their neighbours. Have a read of some others to get an idea: http://cynosure.wuufu.co.uk/forums/viewforum.php?f=47
  4. Message a few of the active players and ask for an RP thread. Not sure who to ask? Check out the active topics thread to see who's active: http://cynosure.wuufu.co.uk/forums/search.php?search_id=active_topics
  5. Most of all, have fun. That's what this is all about.
Last edited by Xah on Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:45 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Xah
Land of Athradu
 
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Nation: The Pure Technocratic Federation of Xah
Region: Cynosure

Re: Proposed introduction post

Postby Xah » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:34 pm

Updates:

Added resources information
Added a 'what should I do first' section with links
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Xah
Land of Athradu
 
Posts: 541
Joined: Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:04 pm
Location: --
Leader: Elder Anenular
Senator: Ab Keiko
Nation: The Pure Technocratic Federation of Xah
Region: Cynosure

Re: Proposed introduction post

Postby Xah » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:55 am

Updates:

Added some media examples of post-modern (more would be good)
Altered Aeternum description on request (happy to do other's)
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Xah
Land of Athradu
 
Posts: 541
Joined: Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:04 pm
Location: --
Leader: Elder Anenular
Senator: Ab Keiko
Nation: The Pure Technocratic Federation of Xah
Region: Cynosure


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