Sample Nations: Part 3
We're back with even more samples of even more different nations, just for you. This series has been so popular and I'm glad you're all enjoying it!
Candor: On the high gravity world of Bromine there was a civilization known as Candor, deeply advanced in many scientific pursuits. They had explored, sequence, and mastered every combination of DNA found on their planet. They had perfected quantum computers and written artificial intelligences so real they were nearly indistinguishable from the living breathing residents. But they were so focused on the path ahead that few ever bothered to look up. For all their wonders, they had almost no sense of astronomy, they never dreamed of the stars, they loved their huge dense planet dearly. As a result they didn't see their demise looming until the asteroid was visible in the night sky. They knew there would be no way to save their lives, but that didn't, couldn't, mean their extinction. Instead they sought to preserve themselves. In a diligent rush the people of Candor downloaded everything into a great archive. Not just the complete, unvarnished, history of their world, but their plans, their inventions, their sciences, and even their people. Thirteen billion minds, complete with their DNA patterns and sequences, and another billion artificial intelligences, all backed up. Of course, with their skill and ability, even that vast sum of data was stored rather easily. It could fit into a container of hyper dense diamond, it could fit into something as simple as a bottle, or even be encoded onto a single drop of blood. The exact details of the container aren't as important as the hope it represents. An advanced lost civilization and the technology needed to restore them, all in a small mcguffin sized package. The Hope of billions drifting through space waiting to be found.
Necropolis: They're out there, hungering for flesh. They roam the world constantly looking to eat, eat, eat, eat. They slaughter each other for huge swaths of land to own as territories to better harvest food. They hunt and kill every day, carving apart flesh and devouring it without ever feeling satisfied. They are wild and reckless and unpredictable ruled by sudden whims and emotions. The Living are truly terrifying. Living people are the nightmares that the eternal children of Necropolis fear. To become a citizen of Necropolis you need only do one thing, die. If you submit to a necromantic ritual that extracts your life energy and turns you into an eternal undying being then you may live forever in peace with your new kin. Once the savage needs of the living are no longer a problem the mind is free to pursue scholarly pursuits. Necropolis has no need for farms to produce food, and many of the eternal dead choose not to even have proper homes, often needing only a room or two to spend time in private and store their belongings. There are no starving, no diseased, no sick. And because the dead will live forever there is an ever expanding circle of friends and allies and community. It's easy to be kind and patient when you literally have forever to wait. Necropolis is a paradise, a place of peace and harmony, and they extend a peaceful hand to all the other nations of the world. But to the living, that hand of friendship can often look like a ghoulish talon reaching for ones throat.
Mars colony 1: There is a Nation still in the womb, not yet born, merely a concept. Mars colony 1. It is inevitable that Humanity will extend to the stars, it is no longer an option. The earth is beyond repair as long as it is occupied. Mars is the nearest colonisable planet, and it will all begin with Mars Colony . For the first time a nation is being chosen and assembled, handpicked individuals are being chosen and offered the chance to join. Thousands are already accepted and confirmed. They are members of a new country. They are dual planetary citizens. Even as massive domes are being constructed and built they are training and learning, filling out forms and gradually being introduced to each other. There is a camaraderie and a confidence that comes with being part of an elite group. There is a change in viewpoint when you consider that within a few years you will never again see %99.99 of the people you know and see every day. Already laws are being formed for this new nation, sent out in weekly e-mails, posted on special forums. Every citizen has a hand in deciding how the new colony will work. Who will govern it and how? What method will be used to track time? What foods are available and not? Will there be a currency? A flag? This is perhaps the biggest step humanity has ever taken, and the world will be watching. Who is funding this colony? Who is permitted access? What could possibly go wrong? This is a nation like no other, still more meme, more idea, than place.