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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2002 9:36 am    Post subject: Sex, TRI lies, and videotape. Reply with quote

Sex, TRI lies, and videotape
*IC* A story of the Belters (*OOC* Where the commod infusions come from)

OOC Preface
OOC definition source
On the first day of January 1801, Giuseppe Piazzi discovered an object which he first thought was a new comet. But after its orbit was better determined it was clear that it was not a comet but more like a small planet. Piazzi named it Ceres, after the Sicilian goddess of grain. Three other small bodies were discovered in the next few years (Pallas, Vesta, and Juno). By the end of the 19th century there were several hundred.

Several hundred thousand asteroids have been discovered and given provisional designations so far. Thousands more are discovered each year. There are undoubtedly hundreds of thousands more that are too small to be seen from the Earth. There are 26 known asteroids larger than 200 km in diameter. Our census of the largest ones is now fairly complete: we probably know 99% of the asteroids larger than 100 km in diameter. Of those in the 10 to 100 km range we have cataloged about half. But we know very few of the smaller ones; there are probably considerably more than a million asteroids in the 1 km range.

The total mass of all the asteroids is less than that of the Moon.

Belters: The mining commerce that occurs near any given solar system's asteroid belt.
  • Freerunners: Miners piloting small ships and haul their claims to the Refineries located around the Gas Giants closest to the belt. (Independents) Mindset biased against gravity wells and megacorporate influence; Minimal impact on TRI affairs. (they fight tooth and nail for control over their own destiny)
  • 'Drivers: Crews of large klicklong miner/mass driver ships that fire ore loads at Gas Giant gravwells to be received by the Shepherds (Corporate); Mindset biased against gravity wells and towards corp influence; Minimal impact on TRI affairs. (corp-rats)
  • Shepherds: pilots that gather in what the 'Drivers shoot at the gravwells and haul to the refinery. (based at a gas giant) (Semi-Independent; Unions); Mindset biased against gravity wells and megacorporate influence; Minimal impact on TRI affairs. (they fight tooth and nail for control over their own destiny)
Insystemers: The commerce and culture between the belt and the sun. Dealing with mindsets that are biased by bottom of gravity well contexts.
  • Megacorporations: Planetary and Interstellar conglomerates; Mindset biased towards nothing but their own interests; Understated impact on TRI affairs. (controls the destiny of pretty much the entire galaxy - Corporate gravity bound enclaves housing high ranking executives and their underlings
    Those that matter, don't mind; Those that mind, don't matter.
  • Earthers: Gravity Well bound balkanized civilizations (on their own planets - within their own factions); Mindset biased towards gravity wells and against megacorpate influence; Maximal impact on TRI affairs. (unstable control over their own collective destinies)
  • Stationers: TRI Civil servants or Megacorporate employees hired to maintain orbital facilities (includes dockmonkeys, construction workers, loaders, tender crews, shuttle crews and pusher crews); Mindset biased towards whatever is politically expedient; Static impact on TRI affairs. (destiny? baaaaaaa)
JumpGate pilots: disparate interstellar military culture hired from all the above cultures; Handicapped by genetic alterations; Dynamic impact on TRI affairs. (over-exaggerated impact on their own destiny)

What have i done?
The TRI recruiting sergeant was clearly in a bad mood. I obeyed his order and jumped in line. That seemed to calm him down a little - but only a little. At least he stopped shouting. This was quite a change from teh scene inside the recruiting center.
I told him where i was from. He made some colorful comparisons between the local wildlife and me. Eventually he ran out of insults and told me to sit down again. He proceeded to address our group.
"We are taknig you to PAS754. There you'll receive necessary genetic alterations that will enable you to use the Jumpgates. There are three lines in front of you. Follow the blue if you are Solrain, the red if you are Octavius, and the green if you are Quantar. DO NOT TALK TO ANYBODY FROM ANOTHER FACTION! THEY ARE NOT YOUR BUDDIES!"
Our group of twelve split up, and four of each of us followed their respective lines to the shuttle. We filted into the passenger chamber, took our seats, and fastened the restraints. Then we just sat there, none of us daring to talk. I looke dat my future faction mates.
'Whate have i done?' I thought. 'We are nothing but a bunch of scared kids.'
Eventually one of us broke the silence.
"What did he mean by that? When he said they are not our buddies. I thought we are all pulling on the same rope here?"
We all shrugged in unison.
"Probably just a silly rule he has to follow," one of us said. "Don't worry."
"Yeah right," another one said. "Probably just protocol, that's all."
I was just about to say something when a sharp hissing sound came from the ship's ceiling. I looked up and saw an almost fluid mist being spraying into the cabin. Then i lost consciousness.
~Except from official 3DO's JG hardcopy manual introduction.
To the Megacorporations, it doesn't matter what faction you choose to join upon being recruited. They'll never have to worry about an interstellar culture breeding apart from their grasp, because we literally cannot. To a corporate executive, Interfaction relations is a zero-sum game involving competition with their factional rivals. It's a closed loop system, and the only rebels are marginalized on the fringes (ie. "Belters" and "Earth Radicals")

TRI propaganda panders to Earthers...the gravity bound...The ones who pay taxes like sheep and pretend they control governments via the democratic system, and their balkanized political system pretends, in turn, to control the space industry. But it's a case of the tail wagging the dog: Megacorporate welfare has a stranglehold on insystemer (stationer, shepherd and belter) commerce through planetary government subsidizes to fulfill TRI quotas and tariffs...There's alot of Earthers employed in providing resources for the The Reconstruction Initiative via exhorbitantly expensive orbital delivery systems, paid wages by the Megacorporations subsidized by planetary government tax dollars. One wonders if Earthers grasp concepts of efficiency - Hardly; If they trip and fall, or forget something, Mother Earth is forever forgiving. (At the bottom of a gravity well, alot of things that are critical in deepspace are taken for granted) One wonders if Earthers realize Belters could supply TRI with resources much cheaper than the cost of a fraction of the orbital delivery fee trough that the Megacorporations feed from. One wonders why Earthers believe TRI is the be all and end all of space endeavours, when most insystemer commerce is devoted to serving corporate interests...One supposes that the fear of the unknown (ie. Conflux) rears it ugly head whenever the TRI spindoctors need a boogie man/taboo concept to motivate the sheep into believing ignorance is bliss. And besides, real Earthers get employed for real money for the privilege of subsidizing corporate welfare though their own tax dollars.
Supply: Providing for the Masses
Through the direction of the Bureau of Trade Regulation, TRI has managed to balance the production of individual elements and commodities so as to allow every faction access to a wide variety of raw materials. Each station is allowed an allotment of landside exports as defined in the Galactic Trade Regulations Index. Any pilot who is serious about trading ought to take some time and watch the production averages for a variety of commodities at several different stations. Given the proper amount of time, any pilot will be able to develop a keen sense of commodity production.
~JOSSH flight academy - Production Overview.
The Belters tend to mine not unlike their TRI pilot mining trends...In fact, the reason why there's such a disconnect between TRI station market and TRI pilot miner trends is because of the strict quotas for planetary resources controlled by megacorporate interests (and paid for by balkanized planetary government taxes) that lock out Belter commerce from supplying TRI stations via Tariffs. (though their own space based factories are in sharp contrast; Megacorps rely exclusively on unsubsidized Belter commerce)
    and one can HARDLY tax the independent belters. They tried that. (Their tax collectors had one too many "accidents")
Also, By law, any shortages in TRI stations due to planetary incidents cannot be assuaged by lowering tariffs on Belter commerce (Go figure.) So planetary incidents like the Octavian Planetary Aluminum Workers' Strike are felt by TRI pilots in a very substantial way...So much so that even JumpGate veterans recruited from the Belter community forget sometimes who controls TRI.
"It's funny. Most TRI pilots are so wrapped up in their own community that they literally see only the installations they built themselves are and blind to the fact insystemer commerce & industry dwarfs 'their' contributions...Heck! You'd think they believe TRI budget is 100% of planetary government expenditures. Ha!"
~Anonymous TRI civil servant stationer
Megacorporate stocks don't dip very much due to quotas not being met...Their non-TRI commerce dwarfs that which impacts TRI pilots...Which is in contrast to the mindset of some of the more naive JumpGate pilots...Though the Belters aren't fooled; Belter riots against corporate crackdowns are commonplace (There's no unions; The Darwinian evolution to space allows no cute concepts and fuzzy logic.)
    Strikes? Try the bottom of a gravity well for lazy thinking. The only reason Belters were, and still are, independent is because they're the only one's with the unique mind/skillset to maintain the megacorporate resource needs. And you can't bottle the Belter mindset and sell it (let alone tax it.) period.
TRI propaganda focuses on the conflux threat and faction strife - paying lipservice to the "harmonious reunification" of the different factions...Because, basically, the only way to meet another faction is to have your own faction literally bred out of you. (which isn't exactly equated with heroic romances, is it?)

Why do we bother? If we eliminated the subsidized delivery of resources, would we need anything from the bottom of a gravity well? TRI market places don't show it, but cultural goods are HIGHLY can't grow culture from a vat. Not the kind i'm talking about at least. Neither can you mine it from a roid, or scoop it from the top layer of a gas giant.

Could we organize enough pilots to petition for independence from the capricious nature of Earther byzantine politics and mother earth's fickle nature? Are we forever shackled with the yoke of megacorporate welfare on the backs of the unwashed masses at the bottom of gravity wells?


C.J.Cherryh's, "Devil to the belt"

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2002 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

updated the above's glossary for clarity.

"A Heretic may see the truth and seek redemption. He may be forgiven his past and will be absolved in death. A Traitor can never be forgiven. A Traitor will never find peace in this world or the next." -Cardinal Khrysdam: Instructum Absolutio
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2002 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOC critique of the asteroid movies (armageddon and deepimpact)
nice thing about this is there's some really decent links at the bottom. worth checking out for background info on this asteroid stuff. :Read:
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here's another Heretic *IC* post pondering the usefulness of TRI transceiver arrays. (ie. more MegaCorporate conspiracy theories)

FYI, there are 15 '1st tier' commods that aren't refined through mining ore in JumpGate. go here for the data on that.
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