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Beyond Humanity Chapter 12060 04.24 06:00 PM
Launching the newly created Exogen Space exploration and intergalactic database collective, over 200 private corporations have registered to take part in this monumental turning point for mankind’s survival. Leveraging their considerable capital and resources, these corporations are braving the high stakes of rapidly developing emergency settlements and colonies for future generations off Terra. The humanitarian results are unquestionably enormous, but so are the potential rewards.

These corporations explore deeper into space than ever before, utilizing highly specialized probes powered by solar winds and pioneer ships equipped with the newest generation of ion drive engines. Hundreds of probes were set loose into the heavens at launch, with dozens of pioneer teams soon following. Nearby systems such as Alpha Centauri and Barnard’s Star have been mapped and visited, with visitors arriving at distant systems soon. These missions are ushering in a new era of exploration. This teeming planet gives thanks to those private corporations blazing the trail to new and glorious futures for humankind!
The Final Frontier2062 12.31 01:00 PM
The first private Fuel Stations have been launched towards nearby systems! Many of Terra’s mechanical and engineering specialists working tirelessly to create and build ever-increasing advancements in the support chain needed for future colonization. One of the first major leaps in securing a stronghold in space is the ability to safely send Pioneer teams further abroad. With the assistance of the newly created Fuel Stations, private corporations now have the increased ability to supply a variety of missions further distances from Sol. These utilitarian tanker ships will provide Xenon fuel to all other missions on their route towards distant worlds. Currently, several of these enormous tankers are in stable orbits of the Luyten Septo binary star system, the lonely Ross Auris A, and huge Class A star in the exceptionally majestic Sirius system.
Fuel Stations Operational2064 09.21 08:55 AM
The corporations working in collaboration with Exogen (a Ventura division), are moving away from the outdated Terran Republic star mapping system. The new Exogen Common Region charting system will be introduced on 05.06.2065. This new system leaves in place the jurisdiction of the Terran Republic for systems within 16 Jump Units of Sol. New Regions have been plotted and are now visible via the Cluster Level map. System names have been changed accordingly.
Exogen Regions2065 05.06 08:01 AM
Automation and lower wages have begun to create social unrest. The Terran regulated Republican market fails to reflect proper supply and demand - these factors are cumulating in an unprecedented economic crisis which is now affecting all private companies.

Because of this unstable situation in the global markets, factories have halted production of Plasteel supplies. Plasteel has become a limited commodity and is available only for affiliated national republic companies or republic military and security forces.

Therefore the open market sale of Plasteel is prohibited and all Plasteel will be purchased by the Terran Republic. No private company may make new Plasteel orders until the crisis will be resolved, hopefully ending the massive strikes and riots.
Plasteel Market Crash2065 11.29 10:20 PM
The Terran Republic has begun mass production of a fleet of ion engine equipped spacecraft. Leaked specifications indicate these vessels are combat oriented. This production plans at least few dozen large frigates, two destroyers, and a missile platform cruiser.

Current worldwide Plasteel supplies are being redirected towards this fleet construction. This would seem to explain the Terran Republic’s removal of Plastisteel from the exchange markets in recent months. This fleet construction should be complete in only a few years. The fully operational fleet is currently planned to be divided into several separate task forces.

This situation is bold, confusing, and slightly alarming. The actions of the Terran Republic raise many questions, chiefly among them - who is it that the Terran Republic needs to be defended from? Is this a preemptive act of aggression? Is there a real threat in space?
Republic Battle Fleet Construction2066 07.23 09:30 AM
System wide emergency message - please be advised:
A massive explosion has completely devastated the orbital shipyard above Terra! Surprising everyone, this attack has obliterated one of the two almost finished republican destroyers, and has taken the lives of more than 15k workers and staff. Accident has been ruled out as a cause, as a number of other terrorist attacks were set into motion around the shipyard but were discovered and put to an end.

So far, officials are engaged in what will be an ongoing investigation as to who is to blame, and what their motives were. Several members of a radical group of Martian separatists, known for research and development work for Ventura Corp, have been implicated, caught, and are currently in custody.
Terrorist Attack on Terran Shipyard2067 10.30 10:30 AM
It is with heavy hearts that we must regretfully inform you that Alex Archangielsky, born on the 5th of May 1981, passed away on 7th of January 2069 at his Ventura One city residence on Mars. Archangielsky is widely known as a person responsible for the ion engine development that brought mankind through the threshold of deep space travel. He is also credited for numerous other advancements in technology.

The official statement from Ventura Corp’s spokeswoman was that old age was the primary cause of death, caused by serious internal organs failure. Over the last two decades, Archangielsky has rarely made an appearance publicly, possibly due to his failing health. A statue and monument will be built in Ventura One, open for visitors to pay homage to the father of space travel.
The passing of Alex Archangielsky2069 01.07 08:45 PM
Exogen, in cooperation with the Terran Republic, has created a new quantum communication data repository to monitor all monetary transactions and vessel movements. This revolutionary system was developed by the Ventura Quantum Computing Department and the Terran Republic Ministry Of Big Data.

The new system will provide oversight to all exchange market speculations, including “deep-dark” space missions. This brings all actions and transactions into reach for due diligence and control. The system is being activated with no planned cessation and will be mandatory on all devices using Ventura’s patented quantum CPUs. Client-side portions will be installed in the next firmware update. Systems without the update will be unable to access critical trade markets and flight navigation servers.

The ether of space is either becoming safer or suffocating, depending on one’s stance. With both appreciation and anger as mixed responses, what this development means for the freedoms of space remains unclear.
Obligatory Data Repository2069 07.16 10:00 PM
Since the passing of Alex Archangielsky, one of the most notable crossover figures from science to popular culture, the status of his affairs and estates has been wildly speculated on. At long last, details of his last will and testament have been revealed to the public. Of no surprise to those that knew him best, his wishes were to continue the advancement of space travel and the viability of human colonization of the stars. Thus is born, the Archangel Foundation.

This foundation, funded by the vast wealth of Archangielsky, is meant to improve and accelerate the research and development of new technologies and help corporations in space exploration. The foundation’s first massive contribution to the efforts of corporations is the reveal of one of Archangielsky’s final projects, a forward exploratory research chassis.

The “Archangel” class Science Vessel has been made available to purchase to all privately owned corporations. These new vessels are filled with state-of-the-art radars, lidars, spectrometers, and sensor equipment ideal for studying anomalies.
The birth of Archangel Foundation2071 03.27 08:00 PM
Exogen needs you!

Mars base scientists have concluded that it is incredibly likely that a planet similar to Terra with liquid water could already be within the range of all corporations. Reviewing years of spectrograph results show regular signs of an unusually high albedo, a sign of a potentially resource rich environment. Typically this is a sign of frozen chemicals or ice, but due to it’s location in the Goldilocks zone of its own system, many scientists are speculating about the presence of liquid water. So Exogen is calling for all capable corporations to begin a coordinated and focused search for this elusive planet. The likeliest systems would be Class M, K, G, F, A stars, and less likely to be a multi star system.

As this would be an anomaly, it would award 20 licenses to the discovering corporation, however, with the excitement already being speculated about this planet already, Exogen is putting an additional 20 license bounty on finding this system!

Go find that anomaly!
Hunt for Earth-like planets2072 01.05 09:27 AM
After an exhaustive hunt by dozens of corporations, an extremely unique and promising planetary body has been found on 61146-00679 RAD-Z coordinates. A water world, the first discovered of its kind, has been named “The Rain”, due to the planet's weather dynamics. This history making discovery was made by the R0b0tnik corp. Thank you for your contribution to the success of the Exogen program!

The planet alternates equally between torrential downpours of rain filling a planet-covering ocean and evaporating to replenish the cloud layer for another day of rain. Planetary parameters are very similar to Mother Earth, but there are no continents or islands. Preliminary measurements show the ocean has a depth between 2.5 km and 20+ km. The atmosphere consists mainly of nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen but the ratios are not suitable for human life, for now. No lifeforms yet discovered. Exogen strongly recommends further investigation and research via Science Vessels.

This planet gives us hope for finding an Earth-like world! And congratulations to the corporation who discovered it, they will be heavily rewarded for this massive discovery.
Water World found2072 02.29 03:00 AM
All news sources from around the Sol system indicate that the Terran Republic has pushed ever-increasing efforts and resources towards the construction of a second destroyer class vessel (the previous one having been destroyed during a terrorist attack at the orbital shipyard years ago).

Additionally, the first battle frigates equipped with kinetic cannons, long-range missile systems, and powerful ion engines are now operational. These ships are currently being tested in the Sol system, along the Jupiter orbit. Several news sources are also covering the ongoing court process where the Terran Republic has been accused of violating the Ventura Patent Collaboration Act.

With the Terran Republic wantonly amassing war machines and allegedly braving theft of intellectual property without compensation from the growing economy of the privately funded colonizing corporations, it is not a stretch to see these actions as adversarial. Exogen encourages all Corporations to be wary in their connections and dealings with the Terran Republic and to advise Exogen administrators if you are aware of worsening conditions of these political/economic alliances.
Republic Battle Frigates Operational2072 06.16 12:00 AM
Ventura Corp, in collaboration with the Archangel Foundation, has released a new vessel with integral subroutine technology licenses for public sales. These new technologies are tied to new mission types available to the privately funded colonizing corporations: Mining Operations. Mining Operations is a wide field of engineering with customized options for Exoplanets, Rings, Moons, and hazardous anomaly environments.

Not all of these advancements are for hard manual labor. The Archangel Foundation has contributed the release of acutely advanced additional scientific instruments for Science Vessels and state-of-the-art material extraction and refinement tools and processes.

The benefits of these newly released advancements rates as some of the crowning achievements of mankind. Corporations will now have the ability to reduce dependence on Terra for resources to build and spread further into the galaxy. With each new step into self-sufficiency, the future of mankind becomes more secure. With so many lives struggling and beginning to wither on our overcrowded and overtaxed planet, making use of the fertile grounds of space cannot come soon enough.

Technology levels 8-10 are now unlocked.
First Extrasolar Mining Operations2073 10.31 08:00 AM
Private corporations are pushing current technologies to their limits. Probes are reaching extremely distant worlds outside of the known and mapped regions of space. Exogen, a coalition born from the Ventura Corp, in recognition of the enormous effort of the New Horizons Corporation, has defined a new region of space. Congratulations, from the Exogen Board Of Directors! This area has been monitored for several months and has a medium mass readings with potential anomalies.

With more success and support than what was expected at its outset, Exogen has become one of the most highly discussed organizations in Sol. With privately funded corporations sending probes, pioneer teams, and more deep into the mysteries of space and the annals of history. From the elite to the destitute, much of mankind hopes for the day when the infrastructure will be in place to begin sending thousands to settle new worlds. These corporations vie and compete over the years for bragging rights and setting records, often forgetting the use they serve in saving mankind from being undone.

To those private corporations, we give you our thanks. Not as Exogen, but as fellow humans. Without your efforts, the avenues of rescuing mankind from its eventual end here on Terra, would be all but impossible.
First Outer Region created2073 11.01 10:30 AM
Exogen, with assistance from Ventura Corporation, has made available the wealth of its private database resources on extrasolar bodies to the privately funded corporations that make up the collective. Due to the overwhelming success of these private corporations exploring the nearby galaxy, it is the hope of Exogen to both reward and encourage further exploration. Private corporations will receive database updates providing a large vision range extension.

Though each corporation will still be limited by its own reach or the shared reach of collaborative corporations, this extended visual range of the galaxy should provide ample resources to plan further missions and pathways through the universe. Please continue your efforts to find habitable planets for future colonies. Mankind’s survival rests in your hands!
Exogen Database made public2074 11.15 09:00 PM
Mars needs you! With private corporations booming with explorations, new job opportunities are growing at an exponential rate. In order to fill the growing demand for skilled laborers, the Martian city Ventura One has announced an open invitation to all skilled specialists. All industries and sectors are in high demand and all B1 certificate holders are encouraged to apply. Those who do not currently have the minimum certificate in their field are still encouraged to inquire; Ventura Corp is currently offering training towards higher certification or entirely new jobs via SIM-STIM. Those applicants taking advantage of this training/re-training offer need only accept a contractual agreement to work this debt off under the employ of Ventura Corp.

With worsening conditions in all populated areas on Terra and ever-growing possibilities for meaningful careers on Mars and beyond, the long-expected “Gold Rush” to space has all but begun. True colonization of distant exoplanets is still a decade or two away, but extensive preparations for it are in full swing and growing at an explosive pace. From mechanical to scientific, scores of new jobs and duties will be needed to give mankind a real chance and surviving the next evolution in human history.
Mars Labor Migration2075 09.25 12:00 AM
The Terran Republic has announced the completion of three Capital class vessel‘s construction. A new era of mankind’s power and strength, military dominance is now a tangible and mobile force in space. The two destroyers: “Factum” and “Fulgur” have finished test flights on a round trip loop of Jupiter. The destroyers are a massive jump in space vessel engineering at 990 feet long and carrying over 1000 souls onboard, some as vessel crew, as well as a mobile combat battalion. Combat efficiency has been prioritized, each being equipped with three long range hyperkinetic cannons and RKR kinetic wall systems. Those small arms systems are complimented by an array of munitions of mass-destruction; each ship hosts guided water, high explosive, and nuclear missiles.

While the destroyers are an impressive feat of engineering by any measure, the new missile cruiser, “Auctoritatis”, is a marvel of creation. The “Auctoritatis” is proof that the proposed ARC ships will soon be a reality. The “Auctoritatis” takes the titles of the biggest and heaviest self-propelling spaceship ever made. At 1780 feet long, with almost 3000 crew members and fighting men and women, it is hard to imagine a more formidable space faring vessel. Armed with intelligently guided conventional & nuclear missiles as well as RKR kinetic wall systems, the “Auctoritatis'' adds a terrifying orbital bombardment system to its combat capabilities.

The creation of three task force wings, named after the three vessels has also been announced. The new fleet is on parade through Sol as a showcase of Republic power. The need for such an overwhelming fighting force in space has long been questioned for its necessity, but the Terran Republic maintains that the best prevention of conflict or war is deterrence. With space being shared only with the entrepreneurial Ventura Corp and peaceful private corporations, It remains unclear whom the Terran Republic means to deter.
Capital Class Fleet2076 06.12 03:33 PM
An unprecedented conflict situation was created when the Terran Republic discovered a private corporation mining the unauthorized asteroid belt. The Terran Republic battle frigate, Caelator, was dispatched to halt the unauthorized mining, and impound all corporate vessels, assets, and personnel. Reports indicate that the private corporation's mining team may have received early warning of the battle frigate’s mission, as the mining team abandoned all non-spacefaring equipment to make a hasty escape before the Caelator’s arrival.

With the Sol system bristling with monitoring systems from countless organizations and facilities, news of the intense pursuit of the mining team quickly spread across the system. Despite their lead, the industrial-grade mining vessels could not keep the Caelator from quickly closing the gap between them in a matter of hours. The private corporation responsible reports that the mining vessels have since been radio silent. Nearby radar teams on Mars report that the vessels have disappeared from the intercept zone and indicate a debris field in the area.

The mining team has been assumed destroyed, with all lives lost. The Terran Republic claims damage to the Caelator was caused by the mining team’s attempts to avoid capture, and attest that lethal force was not planned but authorized once attacked. Without first hand or visual observation, it is impossible to confirm the Terran Republic’s claims. These aggressive actions, both in the execution of maintaining order and the final outcome of the situation, have created turbulent reactions all over the world. Global tensions are rising once again, and voices of protest against the presumed tyranny of the Republic grow louder.
The Asteroid Belt Incident2078 01.14 04:11 AM
A momentous milestone in mankind‘s history has been achieved! The current number of Mars citizens now exceeds 200 000 souls. Never have so many humans lived off world, cementing our ability to colonize other planets.

Ventura Corp has created a new corporate annual celebration called “Archangielsky’s Day”. Named in memory of the inventor who was responsible for the breakthrough ion engine development which made extrasolar travel possible. Though largely ignored on Earth, Mars residents and private corporations happily spent the inaugural celebration stepping away from non-critical duties to gather as communities. It is currently unclear what future traditions of the holiday may be, but for now, one thing is known: Mankind can and will survive. and for that reason, we will celebrate.
Off-world Holiday2078 03.17 09:00 AM
The Ventura Corp, a strong proponent and supporter of the private corporations, has revealed the creation of their own military unit, the 1st Martian Regiment. The prevailing sentiment is of this military escalation being a direct response to recent conflicts and concerns over the Terran Republic’s authoritarian presence in space. The new regiment comprises Private Military Contractors augmented with the latest technology from Ventura Biolabs, advanced weaponry divisions, and mechatronics departments. Ventura announced the unit’s men and women have volunteered to undergo the first widespread use of bioaugmentation in a combat role. A Terran diplomat at the presentation of the exo-armored and battle-ready operators sent his deepest concern to the Republic government.

While Earth-based governments and the subsequent Terran Republic have long banned bioaugmentation for reasons other than medical necessity, Ventura maintains its Martian status protects its actions from Terran law, sparking sharp criticism and rebuke from Republic senators. Outrage and demands for the dissolution of Ventura Corp rage on the Senate floor, but it is currently unclear if the rival military presence or the disregard of Terran ideals is more of an affront.

During the recent senate hearing in London, this action has been labeled “provocative and deeply disturbing”. A request for an in-person meeting with Ventura’s Board of Directors was sent to Ventura One. The Martian Corporation refused politely, instead offering general augmentations to Terran working-class citizens wishing to migrate to Mars.
The First Martian Army2079 05.17 05:00 AM
As we reach the 20th anniversary of Exogen, it is important to remember where we were at the start, and remind ourselves of why we have spread so far. Considering human history, 20 years is nothing. However, 20 years ago was when the whole of Terra said in one voice, “We must leave.” It was a time of sadness, of disgrace, and of defeat. To admit that we and all of our ancestors had been too reckless with the fertile lands and resources that we had at our disposal. And in that solidarity, great things were set into motion.

Alongside the breakthrough discoveries Alex Archangielsky, the many developments in space exploration made the possibility of one day colonizing other planets a reality. And 20 years ago, Ventura, along with hundreds of other private corporations banded together to form a collaborative union known as Exogen. With two decades behind us, the world has never been a more hopeful place. The population off-Terra continues to grow, closing in on over half a million people living off planet. With each discovery of a habitable planet or moon from hundreds of different corporations, the common person has something to look forward to, a hope for a new future.

That is why we are here. Every step we take towards understanding, discovering, and conquering the universe around us brings everyone another step closer to providing that imagined future for all of mankind. Centuries from now, humans will be established, thriving, and doting on new planets across the galaxy. May your legacy in being a part of that dream be remembered forever.
Exogen 20th anniversary2080 04.30 06:30 AM
Word of accelerated AI research in Ventura One reached the Senate floor of the Terran Republic earlier this month. The Republic Senate requested for Ventura Corp to immediately halt their quantum computing department’s research and development of Strong Artificial Intelligence. Citing the long-standing belief that runaway Strong AI development could have disastrous unintended consequences for mankind, Republic senators maintain a universal ban on Strong AI is mandatory.

In light of the 1st Martian Regiment fiasco, Republic senators have shown their interest in universal peace and equality, which could be endangered by a superior power and potential dangers created by Strong AI. Overnight, a new law was passed: the Anti-Strong-AI Initiative, or ASAI Initiative.

Ventura Corp officially acknowledges the creation of this new law but also refused to take any actions to enforce it on Mars, explaining that Terran Republic law has no authority to interfere with the autonomous colonies of Mars such as Ventura One. Though the words of both bodies seem to agree that the ASAI Initiative covers a delicate and profound issue, the actions of Ventura seem to indicate otherwise. Many journalists propose that the Terran Republic may be taking this strong stance to stop or slow Ventura’s progress as the Republic tries to catch up.

Currently, both sides are in a political morass. Both agree that Strong AI is a potential threat and yet Ventura refuses to enforce the new law, and the Republic is fending off accusations of their own covert research. Neither appears ready to escalate the standoff, but the Republic continues to implore Ventura to act as the local authority of the Earth government. But with freedom from Earth-based governments as one of the original motivations for the creation of Ventura One, the adoption of that responsibility seems unlikely.
The ASAI Initiative2080 11.08 06:00 AM
The Terran Republic diplomat working alongside the local officials of the Martian city Ventura One has been requested to leave by Ventura Corp. With the growing friction between the Republic and private corporations, including Ventura, a development along these lines has been rumored and speculated about for weeks. The diplomat has since been shuttled to a Small Orbital Station in the Mars orbit. The official statement from the Ventura One city spokesman cited a long list of abnormalities in the diplomat’s work. The expulsion has been seen as an offensive declaration, “No more white-collared spies on Martian soil”. With the assumptions of espionage being a large part of the diplomat’s duties, many hope this change may reduce the many recent clashes between the two entities.

The Terran Republic has not yet released an official response, though a massive number of Terran government officials have been transferred from Mars and the Phobos Lunar Base to a military base still under construction on Deimos. Without knowing how the Terran Republic is viewing this action, the situation is complex and evolving. Many news and political journalists debate whether the sovereignty of Ventura is legal or valid, and what the potential backlashes would be from aggressive retribution. Speculations abound, but no further information is available at this time
Terran diplomat deported2081 06.20 02:00 AM
In a historic event, the Ventura HR department informed the WWN network that starting from 2082-02-28, all Ventura employees will receive a universal basic income (UBI) equal to triple the median salary in the Terran Republic. Ventura will also be offering a mostly free healthcare system and massive bonuses for the most demanding jobs such as extrasolar missions, mining, or laboratory research. With this funding project being open to new hires as well, Ventura has been buried by a mountain of labor applications, with well over 52 million global applicants and growing in the last 24 hours.

While many pre-Terran Republic nations dabbled in setting and maintaining a UBI system, the Terran Republic has not wavered in its stance against such a program. With Ventura stock prices consistently on the rise and their market capital recently reaching $10 trillion as their colonization plans materialize, many see this program as long overdue.

New employees will also enjoy free transportation from anywhere on Sol to their new work stations on Mars, Phobos, or Deimos. This relocation will be covered and organized by the Ventura passenger fleet.

All of this is available to new and current Ventura employees with just one major requirement - any employee hoping to take advantage of these programs will need to agree to a lifetime contract that can be only terminated by Ventura Corp or by death.
Staffing the solar system2082 02.28 11:00 AM
Subroutine technology's introductions and advancements in the past two decades have rapidly expanded the reliable labor of semi and fully autonomous machines to assist in tasks ranging from mundane to hypercritical. Though most homes are poverty-stricken and cannot afford simple Subroutines for general tasks to supplement daily life, most of the world has encountered Subroutines in their community. From countless designs and roles that have automated most tasks and jobs, Subroutines have become a part of everyday life for most of humankind. Combined with over a century of media created distrust of advanced robotics, the reduced labor opportunities due to Subroutine replacement has created a distressed human-Subroutine relationship for many.

Constrained to simple reward-based rudimentary AI for their programming, Subroutines are a constant reminder of both the benefit of further optimization and the fear of Strong AI. The Ventura Corp has long agreed with the Terran Republic that Strong AI is a credible danger to humankind if left unchecked or unregulated. However, their acceptance of this threat has not stopped or slowed their research and development. After months of appealing to the public, the Terran Republic now has a large and vocal civilian population clamoring for the halt of AI research.

To appease the masses, Ventura has partnered with the Archangel Foundation to create a conservatory to oversee the safe and responsible development of Strong AI. Though not the Republic's desired outcome, the inclusion of many notable anti-Strong AI proponents has quelled much of the outcry. This committee will be tasked with oversight and directing focus towards control and growth limitation measures for future Strong AI implementation. With so many paths that Strong AI could follow, Ventura and Archangel agree that safety outweighs the potential rewards and will be the first concern for future research.
AI CONSULTANCY2082 11.03 05:00 AM
On Terra, global climate conditions continue to worsen year after year. With an increase in global temperatures between 2-7° C since the late 20th century, weather patterns have become increasingly erratic and dangerous. The late summer of 2083 marked the advent of two massive derecho storm fronts in the high latitudes. Both North America and East Asia have been hit extremely hard by these storms, and by some estimates, losing close to a combined 16% of the global food production.

Emergency measures have been started by the Terran Republic Senate, including strict food rationing at all levels and distribution of stockpiled algae-based nutrient supplies. A global effort has been initiated to restart devastated croplands and push for replacing the remaining traditional agriculture with advanced climate-controlled vertical farming facilities.

Upon first hearing of the crop damage, many global citizens flooded food banks and consumer goods distribution centers. Many of them emptying their credits and provisions vouchers on purchasing every available supply. In many areas where panic buying was at its worst, many citizens turned to looting and person-on-person violence and theft. Reports of law enforcement personnel also taking part in the looting have been common.

The Senate vows that with some sacrifice for the short term, the global food supply will return to normal in just a matter of months. Interest in the long-awaited ARC program has never been higher.
Terran food shortage2083 06.30 10:00 AM
The expected food shortage on Terra has grown into the full global crisis that was feared. Extended periods of lawlessness have plagued every continent as civilians desperately fight for supplies. Governments battle and debate over which nations are in the most desperate need. Nutrient-rich algae production has been slow to get up to speed, as transportation is a chain of broken links, and the amounts of clean water needed are unobtainable in most areas. With the possibility of a positive outcome now a distant memory, Terra as a whole requires a miracle to survive without massive casualties.

The Archangel Foundation has offered a tenuous but potential solution but would require countless private corporations’ assistance to be successful. With hundreds of space-faring corporations involved in the Exogen exploratory program and abundant access to off-Terra water supplies, the possibility of bringing water to Terra is potentially the miracle solution that is needed. The effort would not be without hurdles, with the rushed construction of large volume hauling vessels and the safe transportation of the supply water to the surface, only touching the logistical complications. Additionally, each private corporation needs to choose to volunteer their time, resources, and energy to support this effort.
Humanitarian Aid for Terra2083 08.28 08:00 AM
Food shortages on Terra have caused a ripple effect on long-distance transportation. The ability to get the insufficient amounts of clean water across the globe to where it is needed for N.R.A. production, is almost non-existent. With these compounding problems, commodity markets are in complete chaos. With billions of lives at risk, the Terran Republic senate has closed the T.R.E.M. water trade. Private corporations will not be able to trade other resources to receive water until the crisis has been averted. All available water is needed on Terra for the foreseeable future.
Water Market Rationing2083 10.26 05:00 AM
A global catastrophe had ravaged close to 41 million square kilometers of land, close to 8% of all landmass on Terra. Enormous damage was done to food production on several continents, worsening an already overwhelming crisis. With social breakdown from scarce supplies and relief, chaos spread quickly. Rationing was only marginally effective and led to further disorder, as many across the globe panicked, leading to violence, hoarding, theft, and countless unnecessary deaths.

Though its use has never become fashionable in more developed areas, nutrient-rich algae (NRA) was needed to be produced en masse for a reliable food source. However, the supplemental NRA’s limited creation and transportation had been further reduced by the lack of clean liquid water needed for such a large scale operation. The Archangel Foundation devised a plan to transport space-born water to Terra. Employing newly created large volume hauling vessels, space-to-surface delivery processes, and retrofit guidelines to reconfigure individual production facilities to NRA growth labs, there was a solution. But without the assistance of the private space-faring corporations, the plans would be useless. As the home of all but a fractional percentage of all humans, that cooperation came quickly.

More than 100 corporations participated in the humanitarian aid mission for Terra. Several private corporations spearheaded the efforts towards this common goal: Wheelme, Fulcrum, JJE Industries, Space Marines and Rein Fall Enterprises. Thanks to their sacrifices and all the other private corporations involved, this mission was an overwhelming success!

All corporations who took part in this community mission were rewarded by Exogen from the Terran Republic for their participation. The Terran Republic Senate sends its official thanks to all the private corporations that took part in this operation, as does a global population.
Uniting for Terra2084 04.30 06:00 AM
Under the condition of a successful humanitarian aid Community Mission organized by Exogen, the Terran Republic had promised the License plans for Lunar Bases to be made available for purchase to all private corporations. These designs would make it possible to create a durable, long-lasting, and protective workstation on uninhabitable rocky moons’ regolith surface. Contending with cosmic radiation, massive temperature swings of around 300 Celcius, and no atmosphere to protect the surface from asteroids and meteorites, lunar surfaces have long challenged humankind. Terra’s lunar base required decades of refinement with many painful lessons learned along the way.

New technologies provide safe living quarters for up to 300 brave technicians, pilots, and engineers in these extreme conditions. Because of the extremely low gravity and how it affects the human body, most Lunar Bases experts will be stationed for only a year before being rotated out. Though their experiences and research will make future colonization efforts more effective and successful, they will not be considered the first colonists, due to their limited off-world time.

Lunar Bases will provide an excellent origin point for all extrasolar missions. Vessels can be assembled from base material, testing the next generation of final assembly 3D printing technology that is needed for future colonization attempts. Crews will be stationed at these remote bases to begin missions immediately. These advanced stations will rapidly expand humankind’s reach and extend the range of extrasolar exploration missions.

All private corporations are impatiently waiting for the release of the blueprints, planned for 2084 06.15.
Lunar Bases2084 05.02 05:00 AM
Over the last several months in the global population has begun receiving NRA (Nutrient-Rich Algae) as emergency food supplies thanks to the overwhelming support and charity of the spacefaring private corporations. The Terran Republic, in addition to monetary rewards, had also offered access to its Lunar Base design knowledge, schematics, and print licenses as a reward for their contribution to this life or death crisis. However, following the success of this charitable mission, Prime Senator Arya Bakshi has convinced the majority of Prime Senators of the inherent dangers of releasing this technology freely. Currently, the Senate is locked in internal debate whether to uphold its offer. However, the Prime Senator Council still refuses the release of this knowledge, citing that the offer was made hastily in a time of great crisis without enough due diligence.

Prime Senator Arya Bakshi is known for her previous role in the Ministry of Big Data, where she led the development of the contentious Obligatory Data Repository. And with a record that includes siding with the Terran Republic after the asteroid belt incident where several private miners' lives were lost, many claim she is resolutely against the private corporations regardless of the situation. With global citizens distracted by the challenging act of mere survival, private corporations' complaints have fallen on deaf ears. With no legal recourse, the private corporations have had little effect on holding the Senate to hold true to its word, and release the technology for Lunar Bases.
Unilateral renegotiations2084 06.16 12:00 PM
BROADCASTING ON ALL CHANNELS Once again, it is time for us to set things right. The treatment of the private corporations by the Terran Republic is despicable. Regardless of food shortages, this is a time where we must all work together as one to protect the future of humankind. The perceived and antagonistic divisions between people and groups is what led humanity to the position we’re currently in. We must steer away from this course, and towards one of unification.

The Senate offered a meaningful reward to the private corporations for their assistance and charity in a global crisis. And yet that same Senate has chosen to double back on its offer despite those corporations bountiful and life-saving work. Billions of lives have been saved, proving that private corporations' existence is critical to human survival. The assumption that private corporations pose a threat is both miss guided and indefensible.

The Terran Republic is taking actions that cannot be tolerated. If the Senate will not do what is right, we will force their hand once again. We are willing and able to act decisively as we have in the past. This time, we will strike in a way that no lives will be lost by our actions.

Since the Senate has not released what was promised, we have taken control of the T.R.E.M. until they do. All trading will be controlled by us, all fees will be removed, and the Terran Republic will earn nothing on the continued advancement and exploration of space.

We are among you. We are everywhere. We are not merely Martian separatists or Ventura employees. We are on every planet, every continent, and in every office. Our numbers are our strength. Our diversity is our reach. And our influence is supreme.
-THE KNIGHTS ERRANT
Enter the Knights Errant2084 06.19 02:02 AM
After having their Exchange Market hacked by the self-proclaimed Knights Errant, The Terran Republic has labeled the hacker/activist group as interplanetary terrorists. After the illegal broadcast by the Knights, previously unexplained evidence and dead ends from the Orbital Shipyard attack 13 years ago have been re-examined and considered. Investigators claim with a connection hypothesized, many more revelations appear to support the claims of a highly diverse and widespread group of dissidents. As the deadliest incident in humanity’s history in space, with over 15,000 lives lost, the dangers of this group are unquestionable.

The Senate has met repeatedly to try and resolve the conflict regarding the loss of control of the T.R.E.M, but there are too many differing opinions on the best route to take. Prime Senator Arya Bakshi leads a growing group of supporters who would like to de-privatize all space programs, citing these stacking offenses against them. The Knights Errant have shown incredible prowess in quantum-based hacking and programming, clearly having access to technology beyond that available within the captain and Republic. It is likely the Senate will need to appeal to Ventura Corp or the Archangel Foundation for assistance. Several attempts have been made to attempt accessing control of the T.R.E.M. Each attempt has been thwarted, and as an apparent punishment, the Knights launch orbital cargo containers of material into Sol. With the amounts of lost material growing logarithmically with each attempt, the Terran Republic has since ceased efforts to regain control forcefully.

With the Senate in complete and uncooperative turmoil, hopes for the release of Lunar Base technology could not feel more distant.
The T.R.E.M. Conflict2084 12.25 03:00 AM
After weeks of conflict over access to the T.R.E.M., the Terran Republic has made a shocking move of desperation. Stemming from having been thwarted by the hacker group, the Knights Errant, from accessing or controlling their own economic market. The Senate has worked in conjunction with the military to synchronously deactivate all orbital quantum control satellites responsible for running the physical aspects and data of the T.R.E.M.

Teams of special operatives were deployed from Luna, planetside, and several frigates in orbit simultaneously to reduce the time taken from the start to the end of the operation. Using shuttles, these special operatives intercepted each of the eight quantum control satellites to physically access their hardware and deactivate them. The Terran Republic has reported each of the satellites has been fixed with an auxiliary navigation and control system. These systems will keep the satellites in controlled orbit despite being powered down.

Leaving the satellites in place, it is assumed the Republic plans to use these quantum control systems in the future, but for now, the T.R.E.M. is now offline. The self-revealed Knights Errant did not appear to take any action to prevent this and seem to have been defeated. Questions are being asked if this group has overstated its numbers and influence. Or have they resigned from this battle, in fear of revealing its members, given the need-to-know nature and speed of this operation.
The T.R.E.M. Shutdown2085 04.03 08:00 AM
The Terran Republic Exchange Market Has re-opened with a revised system of traditional computer networking and personal physical oversight of trade. The new system is no longer working with blockchain encrypted data transfer from corporations to the quantum control satellites, which then automated Subroutine-driven delivery and acceptance of materials. Corporations will now need a representative to physically meet with T.R.E.M. flow managers to record any transactions, and orbital personnel from the Republic will be on hand to decouple and deliver requested materials to corporation cargo vessels.

The Republic has stated the impact on corporations will be minimal, and for corporate managers, they will notice little to no changes. The additional cost for this full-time personnel is being saddled by the Republic only. Still, with hundreds of space-faring private corporations trading materials daily, the impacted income is far better than no income at all.
The revised marketplace2085 06.19 10:00 AM
The Terran Republic continues construction on its second-generation Lunar Base on the Martian moon, Deimos. This project continues to move ahead as the Senate, Exogen, and private corporations debate on the release of Lunar Base technologies and knowledge to private corporations. As the primary resident of Mars, the Ventura Corp has used the Republic’s own arguments against it, citing that the Republic Lunar Bases seem to be forward operating bases for the Republic fleet.

Recalling the century-old Cuban missile crisis, Ventura claims that the base poses a serious security threat to Martian natives. Being in striking distance of long-range missiles, it is a clear and present danger to peaceful coexistence if staffed by military personnel. Ventura has requested an inspection of the site to determine its capabilities, and potential future uses. The Terran Republic has refused, claiming it is a gross violation of internal security and a ridiculous assertation.

Yesterday, the Deimos Lunar Base constructor vessel and site went completely dark, suffering a catastrophic and unlikely power failure. With fatally inhospitable temperatures, this was extremely dangerous for the construction personnel. With emergency assistance from nearby fleet vessels, the technicians on site were able to bring all systems back online after several panicked hours.

The Republic Senate stated their forensics analysis indicated that the system failures were due to a massive and coordinated hack of malicious intent. However, with power circuits and the local data depositories having been burnt out during the incident, the Senate cannot produce proof of this assessment. Ventura has stressed that they had no involvement with the situation but are willing to help in any manner which would be of use.
Deimos Lunar Base hack2085 06.24 10:00 AM
BROADCASTING ON ALL CHANNELS
As we have stated before, we disapprove of the Senate's actions and the inane concerns of Prime Senator Arya Bakshi. The continued refusal to assist the private corporations is akin to shooting oneself in the foot. All of humanity will rely on these corporations to seed humanity through the universe and facilitate humankind's survival. Any arbitrary limitations of their ability to do so at the highest possible level are both foolish and shortsighted.

We have acted nonviolently this time, but we are steadfast in our terms. With our initial attempt unsuccessful, we now need to turn to other methods.

We have secured the most recently updated plans and data for modular lunar bases and are releasing it globally using our access and ability. The information is now available to anybody interested in it, from private citizens to private corporations. Though they are not free to build, they are now free for anyone to own. We hope that the Senate understands there are those willing to circumnavigate bureaucracy to do what is right.
-THE KNIGHTS ERRANT
Lunar Bases released2085 06.25 10:00 AM
In recognition of their good deeds, the Senate has rewarded all spacefaring private corporations with the data and plans necessary to purchase lunar bases for their ongoing missions. To show gratitude for their extremely noble efforts during the recent food shortage crisis on Terra, the Senate hopes that these outposts can fill a vital role in securing future colonization locations. These bases will provide new footholds for corporations to construct vessels further afield, rapidly expanding humanity’s sphere of influence in the universe.

Prime Senator Arya Bakshi has stated that the Senate has long planned to release this technology, but simply needed time to ensure that the safety and functionality for any personnel on-station would be secure. With new and ample testing, along with many system redundancies, this technology is now ready for mass production, she concluded.
Senate recognition of good deeds2085 06.25 12:00 PM
This month, Ventura Corp rolled out their hands-on and SimStim long-term training program for ARC pilots and crew. The proposed ARC ships are still under development but are being planned around pre-existing navigational systems and standard operation nerve centers. This program will allow many current extra-planetary vehicle pilots to transfer their skills to the much-needed future colonization efforts. However, this program is not only for current pilots. Those with the desire to cross-train and who already possess a Piloting A3 license and above can also apply. As ARC pilots will be required to remain with the ship, to continue duties and functionalities on the new colony stations, pilots will also need a Technical or Engineering B2 license.

Though these pilots will spend much of their duty in hypersleep, the lives of up to 3000 civilians and crew will be in their hands during orbital departure, planetary arrival, and landing. Pilots and flight crew will also need to take charge of the ship if onboard Subroutines need to awaken the crew for any unforeseen emergency measures. With vehicle and cargo of such immeasurable value, Ventura Corp is taking no chances with the quality of pilots they are training. Many may remember the Cortex Replot Activity Matrix (CRAM) SimStim device that was banned after misuse under the Geneva Convention in 2058. This same technology is being used to place pilots in training under severe stress response while performing observed virtual test flights.

The current batch of 300 pilots-in-training has been slowly whittled down to just 248. After this initial group has transitioned to orbital flight maneuvers, the next batch of pilots will begin their initial training. Ventura hopes to staff up to 1000 ARC pilots annually, hinting at the expected number of to be ready for humankind's future exodus of Terra.
ARC Pilot Program2085 12.09 09:30 AM
Each year, technology marches closer to the physical capabilities of transporting thousands of humans to distant worlds to extend humankind's existence. And while the mechanical efforts move forward every year to save humanity from the slow collapse of life on Terra, many are claiming that it is humans themselves that will need the largest adjustment to make this exodus possible. With the variety of stresses that humans will face, both physical and mental, it is easy to see why steps must be taken now to ensure future success.

With the psychological burden of being "trapped" in cramped quarters and interior structures for years and possibly generations, future colonists' health and well-being are at risk from every angle. Extended hypersleep periods are still untested, and the wide variety of potential environmental conditions on distant exoplanets will pose many more dangers. A system-wide coalition of doctors, psychiatrists, and scientists are now working on these issues under the newly formed B.I.R.T.H. (Biotech Integration, Reengineering, and Treatment for Humanity) group of the Archangel Foundation.

The B.I.R.T.H. group has laid out plans for engineering, testing, and reengineering biotech augmentations for future colonists and developing therapeutic SimStim programs. Modifications through gene therapy and mechanical augmentation are decades or more away from being able to make a person capable of surviving in an alien atmosphere without assistance. However, meaningful progress can be made to handle challenges such as significant changes in gravity or communicable diseases. Bone density therapies and viral resistance are high on the priority list, as are passive and active means of increasing future colonists' mental well-being. Not yet widely discussed is the findings that older persons may be more at risk to these factors where measures and processes are less effective.
Colonization Bio-Tech Testing2086 04.12 11:30 AM
As the plans for Lunar Bases were released publicly today, the response was immediate and surprising. Over 100 private corporations immediately launched constructor vessels to begin assembling their own lunar bases throughout the universe. Due to the unexpected and immediate response, several major issues plagued the private corporations.

Though easily retrofitted when necessary for different missions, shipbuilders immediately ran out of the constructor shuttles necessary for these new bases. Now having a better understood with the demand, shipbuilders have reinforced the supply by tripling the production on these now more desirable vessels.

Additionally, the quantum flight control system for Exogen was overwhelmed with dozens of simultaneous launch requests. Because of the unusual and sustained nature of these repeated request, the system experience quantum disentanglement for several hours. Unable to finalize many flight request until it was serviced, some private corporation experienced delays on the launch of their missions.

Even with those setbacks in mind, it is clear that there is still a value and excitement to explore the universe. Every step towards making that expansion easier, is a step closer to saving humanity.
Quantum Disentanglement2086 05.22 10:00 AM
Since the release of the first successful Subroutine system, semi-autonomous robotics, humanity has been in a precarious balancing act with human labor and automation. As robotics, programming, and even artificial intelligence have continued to advance, the ability to construct new Subroutine systems that can handle new and different tasks grows at an accelerated rate. The voice of the people is one of protest and frustration. Humans losing jobs to Subroutines is nothing new, but the commonality of this problem may soon be universal.

Since the enactment of the Living Labor Agreement of 2037, all forms of labor unemployment have been held to strict guidelines limiting the number of Subroutines to a small percentage of the associated human workers. However, with a 50 year life, the Agreement is now void and those limitations have now been removed. Companies large and small and across the world raced to replace their human workers with reliable, repeatable, and tireless Subroutine labor. The number of human workers who have lost their jobs in the following months is astronomical. With nearly a third the global population now being unemployed, the growth rate of job loss is still on the rise, showing no signs of stopping soon.

Public outcry against Ventura Corp has never been higher. As the predominant purveyor of Subroutines, Ventura is shouldering the weight of global outrage. Ventura has stated that the lack of communication across-the-globe has led to every possible employer making the same fatal decision. Hoping to increase productivity, and decrease long-term costs, Subroutines seemed like the perfect solution to many. But now with so many unemployed and unable to purchase goods or services, economic markets are crashing to a halt.

With so many efforts being made to save humanity in the long term, it seems the underlying causes for our impending doom, greed and heartlessness, have yet to be solved.
Subroutine Deluge2087 12.22 11:00 AM
In cooperation with the Ventura quantum computing department, Exogen has announced a massive discovery about an unknown radio transmission coming from the Lich pulsar area. The discovered signal is distinctly separated from regular radio emissions of the pulsar. Though weak, it has been detected by several agencies located on Mars and Terra since its initial discovery. Before the universal announcement was made, powerful quantum computing units have been tasked to understand this signal, but it has yet to be decoded. This signal is clearly artificial and is raising attention everywhere. This may be the first signs of extraterrestrial life, the largest event in the history of humankind!

The Lich pulsar is a 3 Gigayear old star with a rotation period of 0.006 seconds, a mass of 1.4 SM, and was discovered by Polish astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan, working at the Arecibo radio telescope at the end of the 20th century. This pulsar is ~2300 JU from Sol, 25930-23011. The Lich pulsar is extremely unique because it hosts its own planetary system. Four planets have been located in orbit to this extremely hot pulsar: the extremely small Draugr, a potential exoplanet Poltergeist, the potential exoplanet Phobetor, and the cold gas giant, Tenebris.

Given its distance, it will likely take many decades to reach this far off pulsar, but its value and role in our understanding of the universe are incomprehensible.
The Lich signal2088 05.31 08:51 AM
With all active agencies scrambling to ascertain the origin of the Lich radio signal and ensure a full recording to assist in decoding, it is disappointing to learn Exogen, Ventura, and the Archangel Foundation have not been able to make progress on these efforts. Project managers have made it clear that a greater effort will be needed and are hoping to enlist the spacefaring private corporations' assistance in these tasks.

The first obstacles to tackle are locating the signal's precise origin and receiving the clearest and cleanest recording of this signal. Plans have been drafted to create specialized radio receivers to be placed throughout the Republic space region. With the assistance of the private corporations, these new Umbrella Array Triangulators will provide an enormous receiver area to help pinpoint the origin of the signal and properly image the radio signal by averaging all instances to reduce noise and echo. These steps are crucial to clean and process the signal for effective decoding. By placing several of these UATs in each system in the Republic region, humanity will be building the largest radio imaging system ever produced, outclassing the 2019 collaboration to directly image a black hole over a million fold.

By incorporating this massive array into a quantum processing computer, it should be possible to quickly decipher this signal. But without a widespread array of triangulators, the project will be decades from completion. The private corporations will be instrumental in this feat and will be amply rewarded for their service to the cause.
The Umbrella Array Triangulators2088 08.03 05:00 AM
As private corporations scramble to build and install the wide web of UATs, the Terran Republic has begun condemning these actions, citing that the Republic space region is the Terran Republic's domain, and these actions violate interstellar treaties put into place years ago. The Senate has agreed that the discovery of the Lich radio signal is extremely important. Still, they are capable of handling further exploration and understanding without the interference of Exogen.

Though no military action has been taken against any private corporation personnel so far, understanding the Terran Republic's history with trespassers in the past, their statements do raise concerns over safety and continued goodwill. To stop the spread of unauthorized access and facility installations in Republic space, the Senate has declared it is more than willing to share its findings globally once they learn more about this stray radio signal.

With the importance of what this discovery may bring, no outside agencies or private corporations have conceded to the Terran Republic so far. With the immeasurable value and knowledge that could be gained from a potential alien civilization or other scientific explanation of this radio signal, the need for everyone to work together should be the highest priority.
Republic space dispute2088 09.19 06:00 AM
To the many private corporations,

Throughout history, the greatest accomplishments have been made by the hands of many rather than a single person. That truth continues through today. We now celebrate the completion of the Umbrella Array Triangulator project, a megaproject which will pay huge dividends to the advancement of humankind. This enormous synchronous array of specially equipped satellite probes will play a vital role in exploring the unexplainable radio signal coming from the Lich pulsar.

Exogen is all of you, together as one. Though all of us will have our own individual needs and our own individual desires for our corporations and businesses, it is the combination of all of your efforts that are the lifeblood of Exogen. The need for a central agency to coordinate, assist, and advocate on behalf of the private corporations was obvious, but it was each and everyone of you that took that simple idea and grew into a vital part of humankind’s survival. We thank you for believing in the ultimate goal, and working together for the betterment of everyone!

Now we must turn our attention back to this mysterious radio signal. It will take approximately four months to complete all of the final alignment, latency synchronization, and test runs. Each day will be torturous as we wait to learn what this knowledge will gift us. Our project supervisors and managers will share every piece of information they can, as soon as we have it. You are owed every consideration and reward that will stem from this, as it was the private corporation that made all of this possible!
-Exogen
The first extrasolar megaproject2088 12.22 04:04 AM
After days of troubleshooting, project managers of the UAT program have released confusing news about their findings. The deployment of the Triangulator Array was an operational success, even with the frustrations of the Terran Republic raising tensions in Republic space. However, the project as a whole has been something of a failure or a terrifying success.

UATs located in the Sol system were able to easily pick up the signal from the Lich pulsar, but none of the other emplaced Triangulators set throughout the Republic region were able to find or resolve the signal. Lead researchers are only able to rationalize a small number of reasons for these results. The two key hypotheses are that either; the jetstream produced from the pulsar is helping to accelerate this radio signal on a direct path that, against all odds, happens to cross directly through the Sol system. Or, that whatever or whomever is sending the signal is sending a tight beam direct signal to earth.

The Archangel Foundation has stated, “It is important to take what we have learned about the signal, and move forward with a commitment to knowledge.”

Research is currently at a standstill. It appears evident researchers will only have access to the same quality signal that they have had since the beginning. In order to make use of the signal they have, a significantly larger computational power is needed. Designs based on the current needs are being created for the largest single output quantum supercomputer ever built. The quantum volume of this supercomputer would rival the processing power of all previously created quantum computers, combined. But an effort this vast will require significantly more manpower and resources than a single organization can muster.
UAT project fiasco2089 06.05 04:00 AM
BROADCASTING ON ALL CHANNELS:
The First Earth-like exoplanet has been found by the Sunset Enterprises corporation! Located 240 JU from Sol, in the Archimedes Region, Exogen has named the system Prestarum. The system has several planetary bodies, including a valuable Water World Prestarum VI and the first planet discovered similar to mother Earth.

Prestarum IV is slightly smaller than Earth and is in the “Goldilocks Zone” for its system. 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by landmass. It is slightly younger than Earth, with an estimated 3 billion-year-old formation. The median temperature ranges between -20 and 40 Celcius. The oceans are incredibly acidic and salty but are mainly liquid water with ice caps present on both poles. Strong magnetic fields and a thick atmosphere protect the surface from asteroids and solar radiation. Prestarum IV’s atmosphere consists mostly of nitrogen (76%) and oxygen (17%), but high carbon dioxide and hydrogen levels make it lethal for human beings.

Initial spectrum imaging scans reveal signs of primitive organic life, mainly protoflora covering vast plateaus. The protoflora survives on mineral-laden water and photosynthesis. Further investigation via Pioneer missions and Science teams is needed. Possessing many of the most elusive conditions required for human life, Prestarum IV is the most likely candidate to begin significant research and development into mass terraforming projects.

The impact of this moment viewed against the entirety of humankind’s history makes all other milestones pale in comparison. In the time of our greatest need, we have discovered our greatest hope. News of this discovery has reached every continent and off-earth base. Now is a time for hope. Now is the time for unity. Now is the time for humanity to wield its greatest strength in a manner that has never been seen. Working together, every human can achieve the dream of salvation for all by working together to build a new world, for all of us.
First Earthlike exoplanet!2089 07.15 08:52 AM
The Archangel Foundation has announced its plans for the massive networked quantum computer system, named Cognition. This system will be a series of individual quantum-computer-equipped satellites, taking advantage of the coldness of space and ample solar energy. These separate processing nodes will be joined through quantum entanglement to produce the single largest collection of processing power ever seen by humankind. Cognition could be put to many future uses once it has finished its initial assigned task, to decode the Lich radio signal. But before it can accomplish this goal, it must first be built.

Ventura, along with the Archangel Foundation, is requesting that Exogen assists in the construction and placements of the Cognition nodes. With the assistance of the spacefaring private corporations, not only can these quantum equipped satellites be created faster, but they can also be transported and set into place alongside many scientific vessels such as SOHO, ACE, and Wing at the Terra-Sol Lagrange point. This computational system in the future could be invaluable for a great many additional projects, such as validating or even improving engineering plans for the future ARC vessels or establishing safety and survival protocols for unique planetary conditions affecting future colonists.

A unique aspect of the project is its computational growth. Even with just a few processing units, it will be able to complete any task, including decoding the mysterious radio signal. But with each additional node brought online, its powers will grow, and its speed increases. The more nodes that are added to the system, the faster results can be made. It Is now up to each agency to decide how to move forward. Will they continue to contribute and donate to this historical moment, or will they step back and let others take charge of this milestone in human history?
The Cognition quantum supercomputer2089 08.03 03:00 AM
Cognition, the quantum supercomputer satellite network, is already making huge leaps and bounds in deciphering the signal from the Lich pulsar. The biggest discovery made thus far is the signal appears to be the transmission of an audio and video file, based on the carrier data structure. As exciting as that revelation might be, it is only the beginning of a new set of problems. In addition to being a complex and alien signal, Cognition will now have to make millions of test runs guessing at the type of compression and reassembly processes that this transmission may be built around. This would be a challenging task with a perfect signal, made magnitude more difficult with the faint and extremely tainted signal Cognition is working with currently.

As the signal is slowly being decoded, other information has been revealed about the signal itself which has come as a surprise to many of those researching and staying involved. The origin of the radio signal is coming from the direction of Lich pulsar, but appears that it may be coming from much closer to the Sol system. Cognition is currently estimating that the signal may be originating from only 1% of its original assumed distance of nearly 2300 JU. This confusing development would indicate that the signal is far weaker than previously assumed. It still appears that the signal is targeted at Sol, possibly the most intriguing and worrisome aspect of the situation. The only other insight recently revealed is that the signal shows signs that it’s origin is slowly moving further away from Sol.

Official Exogen "30% passed report" - click here.
Signal partially deciphered2089 12.27 07:00 AM
Thousands of protests have broken out across the globe, with common citizens demanding the Cognition supercomputer's shutdown. Concerned with the increased Subroutine workforce driving many able-bodied Terrans into unemployment and poverty, protests insist that Cognition will be a tipping point in strong Artificial Intelligence that humankind will not be able to recover from. With the Living Labor Agreement's protections no longer protecting the average citizen, protesters have pointed their frustrations at Ventura Corp and the private corporations.

These business entities fall into the categories of either being the largest producer of various Subroutines, or collectively, the biggest consumer and implementer of Subroutines. Though private corporations do employ hundreds of thousands of Subroutines, many of these are doing labor that would be either impractical, dangerous, or impossible for a human to perform. With global tensions at an all-time high on every stratum, an easily defined enemy of the public makes for an easy target.

Subroutines tipping the economy's balance away from the average person has not helped in warming the average person towards strong general AI. And with the potentially huge risk that is imagined about the Cognition quantum supercomputer, it seems the public has finally had enough. Fueled by the protesters, the Terran Republic has demanded that Exogen cease and desist all construction activities regarding the Cognition supercomputer.

The Senate recognizes that there is a considerable financial investment and has not yet called for the system's dismantlement. However, they demand the system be decommissioned until such a time that the AI Conservatory can better understand the project's scope. The Terran Republic is insistent that Cognition must be shut down immediately. It could easily break the Anti-Strong AI Initiative, which poses an immediate existential crisis to all humankind.
The ASAI Riots2090 01.16 10:00 AM
The ever-growing quantum supercomputer, Cognition, has thrown into question everything we once expected from the future of computer science. As this networked computer continues to expand, its computational power grows at an alarming rate. As evidenced by its first task of decoding the Lich signal, the power of such immense processing power defies all odds.

In a relatively short time, we have learned: that the signal is not coming from the Lich pulsar, it appears to be some sort of man-made signal, the signal is extremely weak, and likely heavily encoded and appears to be using long-dead encoding and transmitting procedures. Cognition is still able to predict and assemble a coherent message. Program managers assume that the signal contains 7.2% or less of the original data that would be found on a perfect transmission. With minimal instruction and interaction, Cognition is reassembling the signal with a confidence score that is rising by the hour. Predictive abilities of this or future levels are as potentially terrifying as it is thrilling.

Evaluating the current branching prediction models, Exogen has used facial recognition on several results to determine if the person appearing in the signal video is Petty Officer Lars Lorien from Solar Command. Petty Officer Lorien’s available information and records may reinforce that possibility with their suspiciously mixed availability. As a notable microwave communications officer, Lorien can be found in several reports based on new assignments moving up the ranks of Solar Command in the TRSF.

However, his last known assignment is unaccounted for in military records. Initial investigations were unable to find separation records or a death certificate. The last entry in his personnel file dates back 11 years, a transfer from one of the command frigates for the TRSF. No station or ship was listed under his next assignment. His final assignment may have been top-secret and related to the Lich signal.
The future of computing2090 02.05 04:00 AM
Stoked by online instigation, many of the protests against Subroutines, strong AI, Cognition, and the private corporations have turned unruly and violent. Senate leaders have pointed to the frightening potential dangers of Cognition, fanning the flames of fear in the average person. With police and private security clashing against protesters across the globe, something must be done immediately. With generations of media-driven fear from the legitimate fears true general AI can pose, the challenge of reeducating the masses towards the potential benefits may be too large to conquer at this point.

With people being hurt and property being damaged in every nation, the Terran Republic is forced to take action. The Senate condemns Exogen and the private corporations for their continued and unnecessarily risky attempts to decode the Lich signal; citing the reckless and dangerous use of unchecked computing power that endangers humankind with threats of unintended Strong AI as the key pillar of the condemnation. With actions that fly in the face of the Anti-Strong AI Initiative, Exogen and the private corporations are "pursuing potentially ruinous" means, as stated by the AI Consultancy.

The Senate has publicly stated that their own traditional based research is extremely successful and should fully understand the signal within the decade. Any efforts beyond that can only be achieved through reckless actions that endanger everyone, claimed the Prime Senate. "Matters such as these can and should be handled by responsible professionals." Prime Senator Bakshi remarked during a live conference.

Unless Exogen and the spacefaring corporations immediately cease and desist the Cognition quantum supercomputer's construction, the Terran Republic will be required by the burden of public safety to label Exogen as a terrorist organization and freeze all assets of any business entity involved in Exogen activities.
Exogen Rebuked2090 03.08 07:00 AM
The Lich signal has been fully decoded, and early assumptions based on the unfinished prediction results have proven correct. The signal is of Communications Petty Officer Lars Lorien of the TRSF, broadcasting a distress call for "Genesis 1", an as of yet unidentified fleet vessel. His final duty position is unlisted on his military records, at least as far as the initial investigation has uncovered. With no records of his final assignment or of a TRSF vessel named Genesis 1, it may be this vessel and mission are both extremely classified. The radio signal originates from 10-15 JU from Terra, but its specific location is unknown and seems to increase steadily in distance.

The current assumptions are that a derelict vessel, Genesis 1, is adrift in Republic space and that the crew's status is unknown, but expectations are grim. The signal has a running iteration number to identify how many times it has repeated itself in the silence of space. This damning reminder of the hopelessness of the signal can be used to backdate the signal. Little is known about the vessel Genesis 1, but as word spreads, it is likely those involved with its construction may shed more light on the matter. The video mentions a Gen 5 reactor; it is unclear if the same Gen 5 power plant is currently being used in the largest Terran Republic Space Force vessels and intended for the future ARC ships.

With its ability to assemble a full and complete reconstruction of a heavily damaged and degraded signal, the Cognition quantum supercomputer network has already proven itself to be an invaluable tool with immense power and potential. Research managers are already attempting to build the parameters into Cognition to assist in ideas to accelerate terraforming on Prestarum. However, more details will first be needed by scientific research teams on site.

Exogen Report - Decrypted Lich Project - click here.
The "Lich" signal decoded2090 04.03 07:00 AM
Largely ignoring the development of the Lich signal situation, the Terra Republic continues to focus its energies on the dangerous situation created by Exogen and the private corporations in their reckless construction of the Cognition quantum supercomputer network. Unregulated experimentation with next-generation computer science is always a threat to the safety and longevity of humankind. Without an ability to safeguard against the creation of uncontrolled strong artificial intelligence, this area of experimentation could prove deadly.

The general public across the globe faltered slightly at the revelation from the decrypted Lich signal. However, passions and tensions are still high when it comes to the threat of AI and the economic meltdown furthered by Subroutine labor replacing humans at an unprecedented pace. The general public continues to protest and riot across the globe for the immediate dismantling of Cognition.

The Terran Republic is rushing to defend the general population from these explicit threats. The Senate has condemned the private corporations and the organization Exogen, who created this danger. To reign in these unregulated and thoughtless actions, the Terran Republic will be placing an embargo on all private corporations that contributed to the Cognition supercomputer's construction. These contributors will not be able to access License based services or products or trade for or with their Licenses in the T.R.E.M.

Additionally, the Senate has put warnings on the top agitators who spearheaded this project against the wishes of the Republic and the AI Consultancy. The CEOs and board members of the following corporations are expected to appear before the Senate: First Frontier Foundations LTD, Veda Corporate, Ajax-Rando Corp, Midgar Holding Ltd, New Horizons and Unfolding Technology.

Lastly, the Terran Republic Space Force is demanding the release of the Cognition control codes and is sending Special Forces personnel to the physical satellites to decommission the network and bring the nodes back to the lunar bases for disassembly.
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