A Thousand Points of Light
Technology and Culture
Life on board a U.N. Colony Fleet could best be described as an idealised replica of 21st century human civilization. For most citizens within the colony fleet, civilian life goes about much as it does on Earth thanks to the numerous amenities in place on colony fleets – though the military by default remains the largest employer, professions running the gamut from farmers and factory workers to bankers and entertainers and everything else in between remain mainstays of everyday life. For the average colonist, the dangers of space travel are kept far from their mind, and if the U.N. Spacy does its job right, spending within their means remains or keeping pace with the next up-and-coming starlet on the Galaxy Network will likely remain the greatest challenge any civilian will face over the course of their voyage through the cosmos.
Protoculture and OverTechnology
Literally the “First Culture”, the term “Protoculture” refers to the advanced precursor interstellar civilization whose species is hypothesized to be the first sentient race to evolve in the universe. The Protoculture existed hundreds of thousands of years before humanity achieved space flight and was responsible for engineering the uplift of the Human and Zolan species and the creation of the Zentradi. After Space War I, the new Human/Zentradi civilization lead by the United Nations Government is often considered the legacy of the Protoculture and is often even mistaken as the return of the original Protoculture by outsiders.
The technology used by the Protoculture, for the most part, transcends almost any and all technology humankind has developed to date, and it is likely that Earth would have remained a small forgotten backwater on the galactic scale, had it not received a technological leg up reverse-engineering technology from the original ASS-1.
A short hand term for the OverTechnology of super-light-velocity spatial displacement, fold travel allows a spacecraft to enter super dimension space and traverse vast interstellar distances nearly instantaneously. A fold first swaps the location of the spacecraft with super dimension space and then swaps super dimension space with the space at the destination, depositing the spacecraft in the process. When initiating a fold to super dimension space the term “fold in” is used. When a spacecraft arrives at the destination by departing super dimension space the term “defold” (or “fold out”) is used. Space craft typically measure space folds in light-years.
Galaxy Standard Value Adjustment
An adjustment for time displacement that occurs when a vessel travels within, and then exits, fold space. While fold travel is nearly instantaneous for the crew of a folding space craft, time passes much slower in real space and long distance fold travel requires that space craft re-synchronize their on-board chronometers to adjust for this difference. Typically the adjustment is measured in hours.
The Galaxy Network
The Galaxy Network was originally an information network established by U.N. Spacy to maintain contact with its numerous fleets and colonies to facilitate rapid dissemination of information. Eventually it evolved to include a civilian broadcasting wing for music, news and entertainment – not unlike cable television of the late 20th century.
The Virtual Net is also a part of the Galaxy Network, providing much of the same features and uses as the Internet of the late 20th Century. While generally unrestricted, there do however remain secure channels on the Virtual Net, restricted for purely military usage.
Often referred as the intelligence of machines, the concept of Artificial Intelligence may also imply the sciences and engineering of making intelligent machines. Although the exact date is unknown, a type of artificial intelligence had been discovered sometime prior to 2040 AD. The bio-neural computer chip was the tool that made this form of artificial intelligence possible, but sometime after discovery, the chip was deemed illegal due to certain unknown circumstances. The most infamous event involving artificial intelligence was the Sharon Apple Incident of 2040, in which a bio-neural chip was installed in the computer system controlling virtual popular singing idol Sharon Apple. Unfortunately, the bio-neural chip does not create a stable intelligent machine but rather one that is plagued by an intense self-preservation psychology. The result is a paranoid artificial intelligence dangerous to all others. Despite these problems, artificial intelligence is still rigorously researched and implemented in nearly all aspects of modern life, particularly military applications. Super AI systems are used to help manage the computers of advanced variable fighter craft such as the YF-19 and the most advanced unmanned Ghost Fighters feature true artificial intelligence hardware that is suspended just short of independent function via software and hardware limiters known as the Judas system. It is yet unknown whether stable artificial intelligence can be achieved long-term without safeguards.
The term “micloning” refers to the mechanical and biological process through which a full-sized Zentradi/Meltrandi (roughly five times the size of a human) is transformed into a human-sized being. Micloning (also known as Miclonization) is a near-perfected process allowing the Zentradi to change size conveniently and without negatively impacting their mental or physical functions. Both humans and zolans appear able to be macronized (a reverse process where the a miclonized individual is reconstructed at Zentradi scale) through the micloning process.
Being genetically engineered purely for conflict, the Zentradi had no prior comprehension of civilian life, being kept in a state of constant war. As such, the concept of males and females intermingling was completely alien to them as the Zentradi and their female counterparts, the Meltrandi were constantly kept in gender segregated fleets, to where strong taboos had developed over contact between the sexes. As a result, even viewing civilians going about their daily lives proved deeply unsettling to them and exposure to music or the sight of simple displays of affection proved psychologically terrifying to the Zentradi, who feared contamination from the Protoculture which they were responsible for destroying.
In Space War I, the U.N. was able to capitalize upon this reaction by broadcasting the songs of idol singer Lynn Minmei over frequencies monitored by the Zentradi. Repeated exposure to Culture Shock ultimately was responsible for prompting the outright mutiny and defection of the Commander Britai’s Adolclas fleet. Though the Zentradi who have chosen to integrate with the U.N. Government and live alongside humanity have long since stopped being affected by culture shock, such stratagems are occasionally still used by the U.N. Spacy when encountering uncultured Zentradi fleets.
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