The human civilization on Earth is collapsing on itself in a bedlam of strife between several conflicting parties. Just as a building falls apart the only option is to escape. Premise
The collapse is seen from the perspective of ordinary people.
Sparse presence of supernatural themes even though they exist in the setting.
The story (role-play) aims to touch on ethical/moral dilemmas, existential questions, and philosophical conundrums.
This role-play has been posted in the casual and the advanced section to reach a wider audience.
Washington DC, 2124. A decade after a terrible series of attacks on the United States which ended hundreds of thousands of lives. The diplomatic relations with the rest of the world has grown sinister and narrow-minded, and the United States, similarly to other nations of the world, has become a closed surveillance state with totalitarian law enforcement built on paranoia and contempt to prevent potential attacks from the outside. This development of mistrust and skepticism between the nations of the world has led to a new cold war; the second renaissance has ended, and a new dark age has begun as the greatness of Earth rapidly declines. With the sacrifice of privacy, freedom, and integrity a new era of elevated terrorism has emerged in the form of resistance forces, religious fanatics, and provoked radicals; one after another, cities around the world fall into the hands of warlords and dictators.
In this epic action-drama a collection of somewhat ordinary citizens struggle to survive the fall of a mighty civilization, a civilization crumbling beneath savage instincts and lust for power. Beneath this simple premise lays several layers of moral dilemmas which the characters of this story must deal with, along with facing existential crisis, and possibly case the chance to secure a better future for themselves, and all of mankind. The only salvation is Mars, but getting there might prove much more difficult in these chaotic times than ever before.
The Second Renaissance
In the 21st century mankind entered a second renaissance. The dawn of a new age, a revival of learning and culture, was marked by the commercial use of fusion power and the possibility of effective solar energy. In 2034, a revolutionary concept for harnessing solar energy was introduced; a truly renewable, uninterrupted energy supply powered by the sun. Today, the solar arrays are fully-articulating, in-orbit monolith constructs composed of thin polymer with polycrystalline silicon distribution, supplying the world with constantly renewable power. Furthermore, the discovery of fusion power led to tremendous advancement in power distribution; a fusion generator can power an entire grid in one of the largest cities of the world with limited maintenance. The fusion reactors generate steady Terawatt levels of power, without pulse, making power delivery more replete and efficient. Systems powered by fusion generators have blackout percentages at less than 0.01%.Information
During this time, the field of medicine and health care saw marvelous advancements in many of its primary and sub-fields. One of the most valuable early discoveries was the cure for cancer. Pharmaceutical and genetic advancements improved life-expectancy of a human being by half a century, at minimum; the average life-expectancy of a human is nearly a hundred and fifty years. Furthermore, rapid response treatment, through precise, minute electrical innervation, awakens dormant neurons in the brain tissue of deceased or dying patients; effectively bringing recently deceased back to life. Additionally, and perhaps the most prominent advancement was robotic prosthesis, which was initially designed for the disabled, however, now also an augmentation in human capabilities. The use of robotic prostheses as an augmentation has in contemporary times become the means for acquiring above-human physical capabilities. Replacing an arm, for example, with an augmented prosthesis will vastly improve all means of resistances and strength within that limb to super-elevated levels. However, this process is extremely painful in many regards, and expensive, especially after the operation when most subjects must continuously medicate themselves to suppress pain.
Towards the end of the second renaissance, often referred to as its peak, people with extrasensory perception began to emerge. This was a substantial leap in human evolution, however, received with conflicting views. Today, less than 10% of the human population has extrasensory perception, often referred to as “paranormals”. The magnitude of their “power” is very limited and far from accordance with fictional variations of extrasensory perception; while there is potential for further developments, most doctors and theorists believe that humans are still in the early stages of this new evolution. The very first paranormals that emerged were immediately confiscated and proclaimed property of the government. They were trained to become military assets, as part of the development of weapons technology; the perfect weapon. However, during heated humanistic riots and protests the protocols were released by mandated authority of the United Nations, effectively freeing all paranormals from government supervision. Military training for paranormals became a choice presented at the date of their 6th birthday, rather than coercion.
New, highly sophisticated, means of transportation emerged. The requirement for gasoline to power cars was eliminated and replaced by Zero-Loss Lithium Ion batteries; composed of traditional lithium with rare metal cathodes and nano-layered silicon anodes, Lithium Ion Batteries have ultra-low internal resistance and zero memory loss. This revolutionary energy storage became the prime standard for most technology requiring a portable energy source. Furthermore, the emergence of holographic controls and interfaces gave the workflow with computers, and the everyday access to information a much needed overhaul. Additionally, top of the line, highly sophisticated, new weaponry was developed; fabricated from heat-resistant micro-perforated titanium, usually with satellite-guided targeting detection, and variations of uranium carbide spin-stabilized cartridges.
With the vast advancements on Earth, it finally became apparent that mankind was ready to spread life to the rest of the Galaxy. The concept of Terraforming became reality, and the primary solution for the ever increasing human population. In 2056, the Atmosphere Processor was deployed on Mars to begin Terraforming the planet; this system creates a localized environment in the lowest atmospheric strata by mining the surrounding air and delivering electrostatic charge to correct the chemical composition of the planetary atmosphere. The system does this by converting toxic compounds into a breathable air ratio of approximately 1:3.1 oxygen-to-nitrogen ratios. Once stable equilibrium is achieved, the AP continually monitors environmental gas compositions and corrects imbalances. Furthermore, an Atmospheric Pressurizer creates a locally adapted micro-pressurized environment to prevent injury, illness or discomfort on off-world colonies with either marginal or oppressive stratospheric hold. In most cases, a standard atmospheric pressure of approximately 1.0 atmosphere at sea level can be achieved, reducing the need for decompression treatments and additional medical personnel in the early stages of terraforming. By the year 2098, Mars was ready to fulfill its primary purposes of large-scale agriculture, production, and Earth population control.
It was the dawn of a new era for mankind, indicating the birth of an elevated form of life, evolution, and war. And for a time, it was good.
I’m looking for like-minded people who enjoy the themes and ideas that I’ve presented in this interest check. This role-play is more of a meeting of minds rather than anything else. If you’ve read everything closely, and have some knowledge of the science fiction genre, you’ll easily identify my sources of inspiration.
I’m looking for well-made, well-planned, and interesting characters above all else; my ambition is for most characters to be “normal”.
I’m posting this in “casual” simply because it has a wider audience, but I’d like for this role-play to be “advanced” in terms of standards; just to make sure that people put in a little extra effort.