Nation- Viskevan Unity (Often shortened to "the Unity" or "Unity")
Location- Any convenient, preferably near many peaceful, curious peoples.
AttitudeSpoilerThe viskevans believe that any civilization that has not taken steps toward eradicating violence would destroy itself long before achieving space flight. Moreover, they assume that any spacefareing intelligence they will encounter will not be organic in nature.
Capital PlanetSpoilerViskev. Planet Viskev is a massive, "partially-habitable" planet orbiting the class-A star known as Vejn (Pronounced like "vain"). Viskev is tidally-locked to Vejn, which would normally result in a planet uninhabitable apart from a small "twilight band", but Viskev is an exception. On Viskev‘s dark side, a massive, volcanically-warmed rift known as the Hajnyt Levyt (Valley of Life, or Life-Valley.) offers an area one-quarter the surface area of planet Mars to harbor life.
Planet Viskev's surface gravity is well over 10g. Because of their evolution on such a massive world, viskevans would, in their natural state, would be unable to survive on the vast majority of terrestrial worlds. This crippling situation resulted in the viskevans becoming cognizant early on that they would have to drastically alter their biology in order to survive in space.
Because Viskev's habitable area is so miniscule despite its enormous diameter, competition for resources was a major driving force in the viskevans's early wars.
Other Major Planets, Moons, and Installations of the Vejn System.Spoiler
-Génen: A small, star-blasted, metallic planetoid similar to Mercury.
-Šund: A small terrestrial body with minimal atmosphere and a powerful magnetosphere. The viskevans initially used this for the production of electricity on a large scale.
-Faulen: A large terrestrial planet roughly the size of Earth that has been terraformed by the viskevans. It was thus the first fully-habitable world that the species ever set foot upon. Today it's population is the highest of any world in the unity. The luminosity of the night side rivals that of the day side's when viewed from space. (Do not take this to mean that Faulen is tidally-locked to Vejn, it is not.) Faulen has two moons which each support small populations. Faulen's day is 16.741 Earth hours long. It's year is .8 Earth years.
-Viskev: See above. Viskev has three moons, each of which support moderate populations.
-Cejl: A typical Jovian gas giant. Several moons support large populations.
Leader: Council of Ministers
Government:SpoilerThe Viskevan Unity resembles a technocracy, a form of meritocracy where scientists and engineers control the government rather than a separate political class. The Viskevan Unity has a council of six members at its head rather than a single individual. There are certain democratic influences within the Unity as well: citizens may call for a vote to impeach any official and submit new laws for consideration at any time.
Population: 126,674,563,418 individuals at the start of the game.
-Able to easily understand most synthetics.
-Approaching technological singularity.
-Just as comfortable in artificial habitats in space or on uninhabitable worlds.
-Able to quickly develop, understand, adapt to, and utilize new technologies.
-Not able to easily understand most organics.
-Virtually no military force.
-Willing to give away new technologies with little thought of consequences.
-Insensitive to other cultures.
The history of planet Viskev is marred by war and genocide. For the vast majority of their history, the viskevans were an insatiably-violent people and wrought chaos and death upon their hellish world. At least two extinction-level events caused by wars have shaped Viskev‘s biosphere and at one point in their history only three ethnic groups existed due to commonplace genocide. Over time, it became increasingly obvious that the viskevans must change or render themselves extinct. It is from this gruesome past that gave rise to the nonviolent, scientific viskevan society of today.
Military: Various local police forces and one large national force.
Species Name: Viskevan
Population: See above.
Habitat: Extremely resilient, just as comfortable living in artificial environments.
PhysiologySpoilerOutwardly, viskevans resemble albino humans with four arms and two opposable thumbs on either side of each hand with innumerable cybernetic components plainly visible.
The viskevans were once a fully-organic species just as most other races, however those days are long past.
The original genome of the viskevan species was based upon adaptability at any cost. Because of wild temperature variation in their volcanically-warmed home, viskevans would grow or lose a fur coat depending on prolonged ambient temperatures. They were also highly omnivorous bordering on lithovorous. They possessed two complete rows of teeth, one for meat and one for plants and were even capable of limited digestion of certain rocks and metals despite lacking the ability to chew it.
Living in a sunless environment, their eyes were not simply reflective but possessed bioluminescent irises. The cybernetic eyes of modern viskevans are often lit to emulate this effect in the modern day. Because plant life on Viskev is thermosynthetic rather than photosynthetic, ancient viskevans saw in the infrared spectrum rather than the common human visible range. Modern viskevans can perceive all radiation.
The modern viskevan is, however, a vastly different animal. Genetic engineering and cybernetics have resulted in an entirely new species coming into existence. All modern viskevans are endowed with innumerable enhancements including, but not limited to:
-A quantum computer replacing most of the brain.
-Strong bones made of lightweight carbon fiber.
-Dense, fibrous skin capable of insulating a viskevan from vacuum for a very limited time and absorbing sunlight for limited "photosynthesis".
-Sensory organs far surpassing that of any organic, including the ability to perceive radiation of any wavelength.
-Strength, speed, and agility surpassing that of any organic.
Because these improvements are part of the viskevan genome, not crudely grafted onto the body, viskevans require massive caloric intake incapable of being sated by any naturally-occurring source, thus, they are reliant on specially-created "super-foods".
Viskevans originally reproduced via budding, however, that capability has been totally removed from their genome, and new viskevans are now genetically engineered. As such, viskevans are also reliant upon their cloning facilities for reproduction.
Personality:SpoilerWhile all viskevans are individuals, all are insatiably curious and often spend their lives devoted to scientific pursuits, even if it is not their career.
In stark contrast to their ancient ancestors, viskevans are not prone to violence, and the thought typically does not even enter into their though process.
Lifespan:SpoilerViskevans have very recently developed "mind uploading" technology. This allows for a form of immortality, although the long term effects have yet to be seen. The average viskevan body lives for about 210 Earth years as a result of their advanced medical technology.
Language:SpoilerWhile there are numerous viskevan languages, most viskevans use their networking capabilities to communicate ideas directly to the brains of others, without the need to translate their thought into clumsy linguistic verbiage. Written language, however, still sees widespread use.
Virtually all modern viskevans speak Calizan, a northern Fautiv-Rejstikan language originating in Calizia. Calizan has only one plosive consonant, [k], the lack of plosives being a trait common to Fautiv-Rejstikan languages. Like most other languages of its family, Calizan has three grammatical genders: (which do not correspond to biological sexes due the viskevans' asexuality) person, animal, and object. A detailed pronounciation key is included below, open at your own peril.
SpoilerFor the purposes of this RP, Calizan will be written in the following Latin script:
A- /a/ A as in "raw".
Á- /ə/ U as in "under".
C- /t͡s/ Ts as in "cats".
Č- /t͡ʃ/ Ch as in "chime".
Ć- /t͡ɕ/ Same as Polish.
D- /ð/ Th as in "then".
E- /ε/ E as in "echo".
É- /e/ Same as Czech.
F- /f/ F as in "Finland".
G- /ɣ/ Same as Dutch.
H- /h/ H as in "hallucinate".
I- /ɪ/ I as in "interest".
Y- /i/ Ee as in "free".
J- /j/ Y as in "yay".
K- /k/ K as in "kilo".
L- /l/ L as in "life".
M- /m/ M as in "mile".
N- /n/ N as in "now".
O- /o/ O as in (American) "row".
R- /r/ Trilled/rolled R.
S- /s/ S as in "sail".
Š- /ʃ/ Sh as in "ship".
Ś- /ɕ/ Same as Polish.
T- /θ/ Th as in "thick".
U- /u/ U as in "flute".
V- /v/ V as in "valve".
X- /x/ Ch as in (Scottish) "loch".
Z- /z/ Z as in "zero".
Ž- /ʒ/ S as in "vision".
Ź- /ʑ/ Same as Polish.
Religion:SpoilerAlthough religiosity has reached its lowest point in recorded history, the largest viskevan religion, by far, remains the Hávuj faith, a polytheistic religion originating in ancient Telven. It's main deities are as follows:
-Vajzen- God/dess of science, learning, wisdom, and knowledge. Vajzen is widely considered the "primary" Hávuj deity, and its practitioners direct the majority of their their prayers to It. Shrines to Vajzen can be found in most viskevan cities and It is the deity most commonly associated with the religion.
-Hauk- God/dess of plague, pestilence, nature, and death. Hauk often stands opposed to Vajzen and Its name is commonly used as a curse word in modern Calizan irrespective of the speaker's own religious beliefs.
-Uxej- God/dess of volcanism, the moons, water, and the hunt. Uxej is regarded as the bringer of life and banisher of death. Like Vajzen, Uxej often stands in direct opposition to Hauk and in defence of viskevans. Soldiers often prayed to Uxej before battles.
-Cifil- God/dess of hate, love, war, and peace. Cifil is regarded as unpredictable, but powerful, controlling the emotions that drive all animals' lives. Some seek Vajzen's protection from Cifil, while others seek blessings in the form of happiness or joy.
There many more minor Hávuj deities not listed. The freedom of religion is protected by Unity law.
Culture:SpoilerBecause viskevans evolved in an environment devoid of sunlight, viskevan symbology is often the "reverse" of what is seen in contemporary Western culture, especially regarding light and dark. For example, the light represents the unknown and danger, while the darkness represents comfort and security.
Scientists and inventors possess high social standing in viskevan society. They are considered the shepherds of society in control of its direction. Most viskevans aspire to such a position.
Viskevans also place high value on art in all forms. Viskevan art is unique due to their abnormal view of the universe, their harsh evolution, past, and logical, concise thought patterns.
The rapidly-approaching Singularity has, as one would expect, a profound influence on viskevan culture. The distinction between organic and non-organic materials has long since become so arbitrary as to be non-existent in the mind of most viskevans. Not only is their technology made partially, and in some cases mostly, out of organic materials, but they themselves are now comprised of just much non-organic materials.
The idea of becoming one with their technology is beginning to gain widespread acceptance.
History: Same as national history.