Monday, 9 November 2015

'If you like New Hades, why not visit.....'

Other geographical places of interest that might become important later in the game, or might get referenced by NPC's:

Rust (or Rust Town, Rustville, and many others, no official naming)
Rust sits about 2 hours down The Phobos from New Hades, where it finally meets the North Sea. Originally, during the Storms of '55, hundreds of metal containers were washed downstream from the Scraplands, ending up at this beach. Refugees quickly lay claim to these, and turned into something that could theoretically be called a settlement. There is no law, no rules, but it just seems to work. Things are kept low-tech on purpose, to keep the Corps at bay. As a neutral port, and maritime gateway to New Hades, it works splendidly.

The Adventure
A two miles-long excavated asteroid, The Adventure is a O'Neill cylinder, a space station in the shape of a long cylinder, filled with air, and rotating to simulate gravity. The inhabitants live on the inside surface, that has grasslands, fields and water features, simulating an Earth-like habitat. At the moment, The Adventure and its still incomplete sister ship, The Wisdom are in low Earth orbit, but with plans of moving it to other places in the system. It the crown jewel of Eclipse, Inc.

Viken was built in neutral ground in Scandinavia, with people from a lot of neighbouring countries. In common, they had their neutrality and wish to be left alone, or, if not possible, to not make things worse. They quickly became the finantial and trade hub for what is left of Western Europe, and a major link to CenEuro (the political union of central European states). With no war, minimal Corp influence and neutrality, it is today one of the richest and most peaceful places on Earth

New York (The Big Corpse, The Rotting Apple)
After the Black Spot epidemic of 2032 and the subsequent evacuation, New York was never the same again. The Storms of '55 further damaged the infrastructure to a point where the city was deemed non-recoverable by the Corps. Nothing is currently known about it: state of decay, inhabitants or structural stability.

Atlantica (New Atlantis, SeaTown)
A series of floating facilities off the Western European coast. Of different sizes, purposes and intentions, they are often referred to collectively.

New Lusitania (The Billion Isles, The Billions)

The accidental detonation of an experimental Peterson Heavy industries mega-weapon caused havoc in the northern parts of Portugal and Spain. Although the damage to the geological coastline was extensive, for reasons unknow the ecosystem bounced back in a mere decade. The Billions are now some of the richest fishing fields in the world and are dotted with dozens of both big and small villages.

No one would have believed, a mere 50 years before, that the capital of Chad would be on the richest and more affluent places on Earth. Saved from some of the worst horrors of the War, by both centrality and lack of high-tech targets, the country reinvented itself as a safe haven. Its military was redeployed simply on border patrol. Once a stable core had been established, it expanded, linking together a number of other African countries into AfriCap. Though by no means an utopia, and with considerable Corps influence, it is still a relatively safe and please place.

Shackleton Base
Whilst Selene City focus on connecting with other Solar System locations, and Port Armstrong is the heavy industry / food production site, Shackleton base is without a doubt the New Frontier of Near-Earth space. Underneath this Lunar South Polar crater there are billions of tons of ice, unusually rich in Helium-3 (the isotope used in the ubiquitous fusion reactors). Any miner from the Old American West in the 1850s would recognise this place instantly: rough miners, underground shantitowns appearing overnight, illegal mining operations. Eclipse, Inc. rules with an iron fist, but as long and the quotas of mined ice are kept, they are happy to turn a blind eye.

The Takai Unmei (High Destiny)

The apple in Koruachi Corps. eye. A giant space station, in low Earth orbit. According to the public blueprints, it is the smallest space-borne vehicle to be self sufficient in oxygen, water and food.

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