Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

Postby kedamono » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:32 pm

This post covers the years 2080 to 2099 on Frenner II.

The hardest thing I had to do on Earth was to get used to a real night and not hide in my dorm room in terror…
-- Dinah Kemit

2080 starts with two workers at Ný Útgerðarbær, the Rolfsson Chartered Colony (RCC) site, suffering minor injuries as a portion of a building collapsed. The accident was caused by an unsecured pile of building material that collapsed into a wall. Colonial governor Al-Hassan ordered an investigation of all building practices on the colony and encouraged the RCC manager, Per Sandin, to establish some new safety regulations. Likewise, Al-Hassan appointed Cassandra Barbosa as the overall Colonial Work Safety commissioner.

The next decade started with a hurricane hitting Frennerland early in the year. Storm surges caught at least four people off guard and caused major injuries. There is some worry that the H.L. Colonizer’s colonists may have some problems landing if the storm persisted into the next year.

2082 opened with clear skies and the arrival of the colony ship. She carried four fishing vessels encased in ablative lifting body shells. Each shell had sufficient avionics and control systems to land each one automatically. According to the manufacturer, they were foolproof.

Fools are so much better than people think. Two of the ships, the Mimer and the Svedjeholmen both landed perfectly in the harbor the RCC advance party had created. Sadly, someone had managed to install two control thrusters in backwards, and the other two ships, the Stormvelden and the Rutis, went off course. The Stormvelden managed to pull off a text book landing 900 km south of Ný Útgerðarbær. Rutis flipped and broke up on reentry, a total lost. With a few wry comments about getting their money back, the newly decanted sailors got the Mimer and the Svedjeholmen free of their reentry shells and made them fully operational. Then the Mimer went out after the Stormvelden. She was found beached on an inlet of a river. Her crew, with the help of the Mimer crew, got her fully operational and brought her back to Ný Útgerðarbær. The rescue mission took a full month. One of the sailors misjudged his jump from the Mimer to shore and broke a leg on landing.

The Governor offered to use one of the colonial shuttles to go and get the Stormvelden, but the RCC sailors politely turned her down saying that this is something they need to do themselves. Besides, they needed to learn how the seas of this new world behaved and how the ships handled oceans under 10% lighter gravity. They did get some pointers from Arne Sanddahl and Jorge Mendes, owners of the only locally made sea going vessels. Though the local ships hugged the coastline as they weren’t as seaworthy as the Korean made Earth vessels.

Those same shuttles were in constant use the next year as Mount Gamall Maður Reykingar erupted again. One of the shuttles, the Chesley Sullenberger, was forced to fly through the ash plume and damaged her air breather intakes. She made it to Frenner II space port, but was laid up for months as they had to figure out how to recycle her titanium turbo blades and make new ones. This pointed out the limitations of the colonial manufacturing systems. They were barely able to refurbish most of the blades and manufacture several new ones. The Governor created another committee to look into this lack of capability and find a solution.

Once “Old Smokey” calmed down, the 2,000 new colonists settled in their prefab inflatable housing and set to establishing a viable fishing colony. They had carried a literal tonne of various fish breeds, all in the hope to find a variety that could survive in the seas of Frenner II. Anny Preisner and Cecil Carmine offered up their services to help. They seeded the waters around Ný Útgerðarbær with specially tailored algae and sea plants. The plan was for the terran plant life to spread and kill off the local animals and replace the native plant life. It worked, sort of. One of the local plants, a noxious weed the Rolfsson’s called lukter dårlig tang, "bad smelling seaweed", managed to survive the invasive species. And it did smell bad, enough that the terran fish at first gave it wide berth. The Darling Tang turned out to be mostly edible except for its roots and a flower-like growth at the top. When this was discovered, it entered the pantries of most kitchens and was very amenable to fermentation. While the Scandinavians preferred surkål-tang, the Frenners had a mix of sauertang and kimchi for their tables. Darling Tang turned out to one of the rarer good tasting forms of plant life on Frenner II despite its smell.

2083 closes with the wedding of Anny Preisner and Cecil Carmine. As some wags put it, It was a proper colonial wedding with the bride two months pregnant. What folks hadn’t realized was that the couple had decided on the child’s gender beforehand, female, and created the embryo through in vitro fertilization. Their sexy times were done in the lab.

2084 opens with the arrival of 64 more corporate colonists. Hawthorne Science Research Corp. (HSRC) wanted to learn more about the night side lifeforms. These colonists were trained arctic explorers and specialists in various fields. They brought with them armored vehicles to live in as they traversed the dark interior of the perpetually night. Dubbed Landmasters, these vehicles used small nuclear thermal electric generators to power them. They had an effective range of 800 km or 200 Earth-days before they had to return for refueling. The eight Landmasters would spread out across the dark side of Frennerland and record and study the local life. In cooperation with the colonial government, a base of operations was constructed at duskpoint, the place where the sun just touched the horizon on average.

Their first foray out into the dark was more of a survey of what’s out there and what dangers to expect. The first thing they discovered was that the Dawnstalkers treated the vehicles as large animals and attacked them. This discouraged any thought of stepping outside. Luckily the vehicles had remotely operated rovers. Unfortunately, the rovers were just small enough to be overwhelmed by the Dawnstalkers and destroyed. One Dawnstalker managed to wedge itself into a rover compartment and caused no end of trouble for the team before they managed to kill it. Still, data is data, and they learned much from their first trip into the dark.

Back in Frennerville, the birth of Rosa Preinser was announced, a 3.5 kg baby girl. There was a party for the colony’s beloved farmer and community leader and her husband. Adding more joy was news from the Frenner 12, the twelve young adults that travelled to Earth for a university education. All of them were in the heads of their various classes, thanks in part to the unique Frenner education system. (One that was copied by the Rolfssons) On top of that, at least half of them were graduating and returning the next year. The remaining six, headed by Dinah Kemit, were headed to graduate school and working towards master degrees. They were looking at another four to five years of more schooling before they returned. Another score of Frenners were heading to Earth to complete their education, armed with the reports and recommendations of the Frenner 12 on how to navigate the Terran education system, and, more importantly, how to adapt to a day and night cycle.

Dinah wrote: Like most Frenners, the night was a time to be afraid and to seek shelter from the Dawnstalkers and their ilk. I spent my first month holed up in my dorm when night fell, scared witless about what was outside. It took some doing to get used to going out at night. I never really lost my fear, I can never enter a place outdoors that’s unlit for example, but where there’s light outside, I can handle it. It was the only way to enjoy the nightlife around the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. And my god, there was a lot of that! I’m thankful that we have a rational alcohol policy on Frenner, otherwise I probably would have binged drink myself to death! I’ll send pictures of myself representing my political science club during Carnival after I blur out certain portions.

(Note, a fellow Frenner classmate sent unblurred versions of those pictures back home. Let us say that Dinah’s parents were not amused.)

The following year started out with the massacre of the crew of Landmaster 5. They were 752km from Frennerville, parked in what looked like a safe location. It wasn’t. Twenty-Two Dawnstalkers swarmed the camp and got inside the Landmaster. All 8 of the crew were killed. External and internal cameras recorded everything. It made for gruesome watching. Landmaster 2 and 7 were dispatched when they received the automated distress call from Landmaster 5. Wisely, the normal crew was replaced with two squads from the Frenner Colonial Militia. The heavily armed and armored troops swept the area clear of Dawnstalkers to retrieve the remains of Landmaster 5 crew and recover the vehicle. The skeleton crew aboard #5 had grisly ride back, thanks to the hard to clean gore inside the vehicle.

The revamping of exploration protocols was the last act of Governor Zidana Ibn Al-Hassan. Her first act was to put a halt on any more trips to the dark side until better safety procedures were put into place. Her second was to form a research committee made of biologists and members of the Landmaster teams to create those new procedures. And finally, she read the eulogy for the intrepid 8 men and women at their plaque setting ceremonies in the Memorial Park. She decided to stay on Frenner and joined an independent research group.

She was replaced by Estevão Damasceno Mantovani, a 44 year old Brazilian politician who had served as Estado Corporativo Brasileiro (ECB) representative to the ICO assembly. Governor Mantonvani was more of a bureaucrat, and while he approved of many things former Governor Al-Hassan did, he would put his stamp on the colony in the next 8 years. For one thing, he thought that she was too lenient with her rulings on various private enterprises forming in the colony. He would honor her prior decisions, but clamped down on any new ventures until they were thoroughly vetted. This lead to Ulric Burdons of Realfire News becoming a major thorn in his side. By this time, Realfire had a bureau of 10 reporters, all of whom made Mantovani their special project. Every decision was examined under a microscope and critiqued. It didn’t help that Mantovani was camera shy and didn’t give interviews. His Lieutenant Governor, Lukas Zhengzhong, handled the brunt of all questions. There was a definite adversary relationship between the Mantovani government and the press. There was the unfounded rumor that he was given the governorship of Frenner II to get him out of the way for a more liberal representative. Totally unfounded.

Dinah Kemit: To say that there was much rejoicing when Mantovani was replaced by Lucielle Canto would be an understatement. Old Dragador de pés was one of the worse impediments to progress in the ICO assembly. The ECB will be well represented by Ms. Canto. Thank goodness, he wasn’t made one of Terra’s ISCO representatives. Still, I hope my homeworld doesn’t suffer under him.

It didn’t help Governor Mantovani that his term of service started with the return of the Great Storm. For the next 8 years, the coast of Frennerland was buffeted by the near hurricane winds and rains of Great Storm Adam. Predicted by the colonial weather bureau, Great Storm Adam hit land in June of 2086. A couple of wags claimed that it was planet itself objecting to Mantovani’s presence.

The city of Frennerville had prepared for this, based on prior experience. Sturdy windbreaks made of local concrete faced westward along covered walkways around the city. The shelters and windbreaks were portable and could be removed in more clement weather. But under Great Storm Adam’s wrath, they were a blessing.

243 more colonists arrived with the returning students. Many of them recruited by the selfsame students. Adam was their welcome to Frenner II. The freighter they arrived on, the Parma, also carried needed supplies: More phosphates, newer equipment and 3D printers, and most importantly, several petabytes of news, entertainment, and games. The latter wasn’t welcomed by the local gaming companies Nerdstrong or Skyscreamers, but they were able to convince Governor Mantovani to give them exclusive distribution rights as they had in place a working ecommerce system. (A few wags said that the request was nestled in bundles of ConYen.)

Among the new colonists, were the 12 beekeepers and their hives. Anny Preisner had requested that HSRC recruit some for the colony, along with a suitable number of hives 4 years earlier. The 110-day trip aboard the Parma meant that active hives couldn’t be shipped. Instead, a small clutches of queen bees and some worker bees were put into cryosleep. It was risky, as the bees don’t do well in the cold, and this was the first time anyone had tried to ship bees this far. During the 4 years between the request and the arrival, several dry runs were done in orbit and on Earth to see if it was even possible to cryosleep bees.

To understand the difficulty, you have to understand what Cryosleep is. When used on humans, the subjects are put into a medically induced coma, and then their body temperature is lowered to 22°C. This reduces the body’s cellular metabolism to 10%. However, this is known as Deep Hypothermia. The side effects of which can result in brain damage, cardiac arrest, and other medical problems. Subjects are monitored constantly, specialized chemicals are used to keep the brain in balance, and the heart healthy. In the early years, cryosleep could only be used for up to 2 to 2.3 years. After that, brain damage or death was certain. (Currently in 2448, cyrosleep can be used for up to 10 years before issues arise.) This is the method used not only for humans, but for most animals.

Insects were a different problem. Honeybees didn’t do well at the low temperatures and usually died as a result. The shipping of beneficial insects was typically handled by using species that didn’t mind having their eggs cooled or even frozen. But bees were different. As social insects, they needed a hive to feed and raise the young. While it was possible to ship cooled eggs over the necessary duration, attempts to artificially feed and take care of the larvae and pupae result in what was called dumb bees. Bees learn how to do things and need older bees to help them along. Thus, project Frozen Honey was started 20 years earlier. The culmination of that research and development were the 12 beekeepers and their precious cargo. The eggs were cooled in an artificial hive system. That was easy. Keeping their queen and her retinue alive for a 110 days in cryosleep, was hard. The failure rate for each starter colony was 75%. So they shipped four times the number of starter colonies in hopes that they would have enough survive the trip. 384 starter colonies were shipped. 26% survived the trip, 99 colonies in all. The excess eggs were recycled, as were the dead queens and her retinue.

All the starting hives were kept within the terraformed regions of the colony. If a bee met a native flower, it would die, luckily, instantly. But the worry was that one might make it back to the hive and kill the rest with the toxic pollen from the flower. So, an invasive species program was put into place two years earlier, planting terran weeds and wild flowers everywhere. It didn’t stop bees from finding native plants, but the distance they had to travel was enough to prevent them from returning with their toxic payload.

This brings up another issue that bedeviled the farmers on Frenner II: The lack of a day/night cycle. While some plants did well under the constant daylight, other plants, such as tomatoes, did poorly or even didn’t thrive. This wasn’t a surprise to experienced farmers such as Anny Preisner, but it meant that photoperiodic plants had to be grown in greenhouses that had liquid crystal panels that could be made opaque and block the light of Ross 128 on a 12 hour light/12 hour dark cycle. The fact that they didn’t have enough of these panels meant that they had to rig up a system that moved tarps or closed shutters in front the greenhouses’ windows to get the required darkness. (It must be noted that Frenner II greenhouses only have windows on one side of the building.)

Photoperiodic nature of various fruit trees is well known, but, as they say, it’s complicated. Planted as saplings, the trees need a day/night cycle. Luckily, a cycle of 18 light and 6 dark was determined optimal for most terran photoperiodic sensitive plants. Once the tree achieved maturity the day/night cycle was kept in place to induce flowering. After the trees flowered and were pollinized, a 24 hour a day light cycle was used to grow the fruits. To create sufficient darkness, the trees were trimmed to grow low and wide and a shutter wall was built to shade them from sunlight. Because of the danger of Dawnstalkers, the orchards were planted near the western coast of Frennerland so that wide swaths of daylight would act as barriers. During the pollination season, the sounds of shutters opening and closing could be heard through the orchards. The trees were kept on different cycles as a further safety procedure.

The further complicate things, the bees had arrived during advent of Great Storm Adam. Those 99 surviving hives was whittled down to 67 by the time the storm ended. But those that survived were a hardy breed and are the ancestors to all bees on Frenner II.

Continued in the next post...
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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

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Continued from previous post...

The second year of Great Storm Adam, 2087, was eventful. Despite the horrendous weather, the fishing boats of Ný Útgerðarbær, the Mimer, Svedjeholmen, and Stormvelden, did yeomans work learning about the various forms of sea life that populated the ocean. The terran fish were doing fine in the near waters of the colony, but out in the deep waters Frenner life held sway. And one of them was a tentacled horror that attacked the Mimer. Or more correctly, attacked the crew after it was brought up from the depths. 5 of the deck crew were killed by the beast, and the rest of the crew were injured. But they killed the beast and brought it back.

Biologists dubbed it the Cthulhu Squid, (The Kraken was a close second), a mollusk-like creature that had two sets of tentacles and measured 10 meters from end to end.

And it was 90% edible. Only the internal organs and its multi-lobed brain were poisonous. The average Cthulhu Squid yielded nearly 2,000kg of edible protein, that when picked or fermented, was delicious. Restaurants in both Frennerville and Ný Útgerðarbær clamored for this new source of protein.

After the memorial for the sailors that died, the remaining crews worked out a method to capture more of the edible mollusk. A form of electrofishing was devised. Cthulhu Squids went after anything that looked like an injured sea creature. The lure was attached to a power cable that would shock the squid into unconsciousness and keep it that way while it was hauled to the surface. It had to be brought up fast, as the species was not above cannibalism. Two adult Cthulhu Squids would fill the holds of a ship, and net the sailors a nice profit.

2088 opened with the restarting of the Landmaster expeditions. The Landmasters had been modified with addition of a turret mounted machinegun and grenade launcher. The launcher could fire 40mm grenades or air launch bright magnesium flares that would illuminate a region at an intensity that drove all dark side life away. In addition to the armament, ultra-bright LED lights were installed along the lower sides and underneath the vehicle. They stayed on constantly and made sure nothing took shelter under the vehicle. These additions changed the operational range of the Landmasters to 750km or 180 days, but the crews considered it worth it. Landmaster 5 was turned over the FCM, who turned it into an armored and heavily armed rescue vehicle. The interior was stripped and cleaned, turned into a mobile hospital and armored assault vehicle. It was given two turrets, along with LEDs and the addition of gun ports on both sides. It was given longer range, 1,000km, but a shorter duration, 90 days and a higher top speed than the standard Landmasters. It could hold up to 16 people, though it typically would be fielded with only a crew of 8.

Of course, new toys for the Militia, meant that someone would do something stupid. It was during a training session that someone thinking it would be a cute prank to fire the chemical dispensers into a crowd. This resulted in 3 members of the militia being sent to the hospital, suffering from respiratory distress. The individual responsible was discharge from the FCM, fined 1,000 ConYen, and 20 weeks of community service.

The only good thing from this accident, was that it provided a name for the Landmaster, Where Fools Tread.

During the new survey of the dark side, Landmaster 3 found a unique geological feature, a geothermal geyser region. Coordinating with two other Landmaster crews, 2 & 7, they mapped out the region and determined that it was a hotspot under the crust and represented a caldera of a 23km by 17km supervolcano. Located 438km from Frennerville, it last erupted just over 100,000 years ago. Based on the geological evidence, it probably wouldn’t erupt again for another 400,000 years, plus or minus 3,000 years. It was named Evaki, after the Brazilian Bakairi tribe’s Goddess of the Night.

2089 saw the expansion of the private sector, despite Governor Mantovani’s restrictions. Three more restaurants opened, one with a decidedly Lovecraftian theme, The Innsmouth Fish and Chips.

Good news came in the form of the graduation of the last of the Frenner 12. Dinah Kemit graduated with a masters degree in political science and governmental operations. Nineke Spaling was also returning, armed with a masters degree in education and administration. She also was returning with a spouse, her wife, Kyon Sung-Yun. Both held degrees in education, and Kyon shared Nineke’s desire to start a university on Frenner II from the ground up.

The students wouldn’t return until 2091, on the next freighter to the colony, so they got busy arranging the necessary supplies and materials for their return.

Dinah Kemit: I’ll be returning home close to my thirty first birthday. I’ve spent eleven years on Earth, mostly in ECB, with a couple of trips to Europe, Asia, and Indonesia. The trip to the Indonesia was to visit my grandparents, all of whom were in their late 80’s or 90’s. Grandmother Wibowo Kemit was a feisty 92 year old that kept feeding me and introducing me to the grandsons of her various friends. Grandma Olive Maha, was the opposite. She kept asking me about my weight, and what my plans were. Nenek Wibowo and Nenek Olive never really got along, but Nenek Olive did admire Nenek Wibowo’s cooking. When I left, we had a big dinner with both sides of my family, so 54 people. Nenek Wibowo ran the kitchen and Nenek Olive ruled the tables setup outdoors. It was my last visit on Earth with them. Nenek Wibowo died in 2094, and Nenek Olive the year after. I’ll never forget either of them. They did give me some parting gifts. Nenek Wibowo’s sambal sauce, about 3 liters of the stuff, 2 liters of kecap, and 40 kilos of rice. I also filled a datastick with Nenek Wibowo’s recipes and some videos I took of the more complicated dishes. I really miss them.

The next two years were uneventful except for the return of the students and 400 more colonists. These colonists were recruited by ISCO. They had skills and knowledge that were sadly lacking in the mostly researcher and scientist colonists. New buildings were constructed and housing provided for the new colonists. Special training programs were put into place help them adjust to their new life on Frenner II. This included an introduction to one of the captive Dawnstalkers. Afterwards, you could spot the newcomers by the fact that they had various lights on their clothing and always carried a very bright flashlight.

Halfway through 2092, both Frennerville and Ný Útgerðarbær were shook by a 6.8 slip fault earthquake. Buildings in both cities were damaged, and tsunami inundated the coastlines. However, there were no injuries or fatalities. Only property damage and the loss of some of the orchard’s trees. Nothing that couldn’t be replaced.

2093 saw the arrival of the Milwaukee and 416 more colonists slated for Ný Útgerðarbær. It also saw the arrival of Candace Parbesi, the new colonial governor. A popular Indonesian politician, the 43 year old Parbesi would be a breath of fresh air to the colony. Ironically enough, a week after she took the reins of government and Mantovani left on a shuttle, Great Storm Adam ended.

She reviewed many of Governor Mantovani’s rulings and decisions and either overturned them, or modified them into less stricter versions. She did agree that private enterprise needed some oversight on what was a research colony, but her new regulations were more about health and safety, than curbing expansion. This was welcomed in both Frennerville and Ný Útgerðarbær, as the new colonists setup new businesses and companies.

Along with the colonists, a shipment of state of the art manufacturing systems was on board the Milwaukee. They would partly address the lack of specialized parts manufacturing for the colony. Still, the 33 year old colony hadn’t found locations suitable for mining, at least not in the light. The Landmasters had located sites in the dark that might yield the necessary ores and minerals to really increase the industrial base of the colony. But no one at this time wanted to move into the dark and all its associated dangers.

In April of 2094 saw the death of 6 colonists to a new threat, the Zip Wasp. A native insect, the Zip Wasp only vaguely looked like its terran namesake. This small, 1.5cm to 2.1 cm creature would sting to protect itself or its nest of eggs. In native life, it just hurt like hell. In terran life, the venom was a potent neurotoxin and killed within minutes. It seemed that the Zip Wasps had taken up residence under the roofs of some of the newer buildings at the edge of the city. Individuals prodding the nests resulted in fatal attacks by the protective insect.

The nests were removed and the area swept for anymore of the noxious creatures. Examination of the Zip Wasps by the colonial biologists indicated that Zip Wasp venom, in very small doses, might be a useful treatment of some neurological conditions. So specially protected nests were allowed to exist, with regular milking of the insects for venom.

Ný Útgerðarbær caught the edge of a hurricane in 2095, but there was no damage or lives lost. It did keep the fishing fleet in harbor for a month.

2096 was a momentous year for the colony. Landmaster 8 found what looked like ruins on the dark side. It turned out to be a crashed spaceship of non-human origin. Two of the Landmaster researchers were injured by some dark side creatures using the ruined hull as a nest. After the nest was cleared out, samples were taken of the odd ceramic-metal skin, as well as full laser scans of the interior and exterior. A rough age for the ruined hull was set at between 105,000 years to 90,000 years. This was based on deposits of pumice and volcanic ash found on and inside the hull from Evaki. The news was too late to be sent back to Earth, the Cincinnati had left a month earlier. It wouldn’t be until 2098 that the news would be sent back to Earth. In meantime, Governor Parbesi ordered the area secured and a research camp to be set up at the site. Securing the site was done by Where Fools Tread and frequent resupply trips by the Landmasters.

The ceramic-metal samples were created by some process that the researchers could only hazard a guess at. The scans showed that the ship must have been much larger and that more of it may be buried in the same region. What evidence there was for floors and bulkheads indicated a species that was less than a meter and a half tall, but about 20 to 30 centimeters wider than a human. The research site was given the simple name of Alien Artifact No. 1.

Workers were sent out to AA1 to start the construction of the new base in 2097. Working in the dark was dangerous, and 6 workers died during the 7 months of construction, mostly to attacks by Dawnstalkers. FCM troops were stationed at the base to provide protection, but newer colonists didn’t have a healthy respect for the dark, and didn’t think twice of going into it.

This year was also founding of the University of Frenner. Headed by the newly minted University president, Nineke Spaling and the new Dean of Education Kyon Sung-Yun, UniF was collection of newly constructed buildings and shipping container classrooms. Some of the new colonists where hired on as teachers, with the promise of new research labs when the funding for them came through. Officially an ISCO sponsored university, UniF had a lot of part time professors, one of which was Dinah Kemit, who taught political science. The university had a total of 29 students, in about as many disciplines. Still, where there was overlap, they took the same classes as the other students. There were high hopes for the Class of 2100.

Besides her classes, Dinah worked in the colonial council, learning how it operated, and doing her best to make changes that she hoped were for the better. She was also angling for a place on the council, where, she hoped, she could make a bigger impact on how the colony operated.

More accidents at AA1 as the final touches were put on the base in 2098. 2 people were injured by Dawnstalkers, but were rescued before anything more serious than slashes were done to them. By February the perimeter lights were turned on full time. They were powered by nuclear decay thermal generators, but the hope was that a fusion generator could be set up sometime in the future.

When the Parma arrived, it had 137 new colonists and was now owned by HSRC. Four of the new folks were representative from HSRC. They were here to see if it was still in the interest of HSRC and her stockholders to maintain the colony. The news of the alien artifact convinced them that it was. Along with that discovery, numerous new biological discoveries, and the promise of new treatments for neurological disorders, made at least one of the representatives almost rub his hands in greed.

Anny Preisner wryly observed, “You could see the dollar signs in their eyes. And you know what? Thank the god I really don’t believe in for that. It meant that our little colony would survive for many more years. Let’s hear it for corporate greed!”

The HSRC reps had planned to stay the full two years till the return of the Parma, but decided to head back immediately to report on the new findings. Also going back with them were ISCO reps from the governor’s office. She was making sure that the news of the discovery wouldn’t be kept secret by the corporation. Governor Parbesi also informed the head of the corporate delegation that “If anything happens to my people, your corporation will have the full fury of ISCO descend on it. Am I understood?” She was, and her reps had an uneventful, but socially uncomfortable trip back to Earth.

The Parma returned to Earth in 2099 and the news of the discovery of an alien spaceship swept the world. All the Frenner students studying on Earth were soon interviewed by every news agency on the planet. They got more than their 15 minutes of fame.

Back on Frenner II, the AA1 base was finished and the researchers took up residence. They worked quickly, but thoroughly in excavating the ship from the ground. They did so with the full knowledge that soon the forces of ISCO would soon descend on them and take over the research. Therefore, they were going to make themselves indispensable to those new researchers. They hoped.

The colony started with a population of 3,155 and ended in 2099 with 6,207 souls. Not quite double, but growing.

Wheels within wheels were in motion and things are going to change for the people of Frenner II. Will it be for the better or for the worse? Find out next time…
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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

Postby kedamono » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:48 pm

A side note. With the fall of the traditional Western Powers during the Lawless Years, the countries making up South America, Africa, South East Asia, and Indonesia stepped forward and took center stage. Led by Brazil, they were the foundation for the International Cooperative Organization. The inheritor of the old United Nations, ICO is more corporate in its operations. As a side effect, English is no longer the lingua franca of the world. It will take a while before new language steps forward, as none of the new leading countries of the Earth are dominate enough to have their national language take the mantle.

As such, Frenner II doesn't have a single language, it has several: Portuguese, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Norwegian. As such, a creole evolved as children got together and helped piece together a patois that would later evolve into the language of Frennish. Predominately Portuguese and Norwegian, with elements of the other languages spoken on Frenner II, its an example of what happens when a colony is left to its own devices for many years.

The language evolved quickly amongst its citizens and got a boost when the RCC settled nearby. 40 years on, it was being spoken by 60% of the population, and was being taught in the schools. It wasn't uncommon to have a teacher yell "Ngehek! Klas, sal jy ficara diam!" at a class of unruly students. By 2448 its a full blown, official language with many works of literature written in it. Frenners have an accent that sounds a bit Scandinavian and Indonesian mixed together.
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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

Postby kedamono » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:05 am

Another side note. With the latest amusement already 2 years old when it arrives, many a Frenner sought other amusements. Theater for example. Two different troupes of players did plays outside, or in the larger meeting halls in inclement weather in Frennerville. The RCC had a group as well that put on plays. But what really drove things where the playwrights, penning plays about life on Frenner II. One series of plays, The Life of Cyril and Mars, followed the life of one Cyril Klocht. A colonist who wasn't a scientist, but one of the many operations personnel who settled on Frenner II. Mars, was the Roman God of War, who took a liking to Cyril, which of course made life interesting for him. Especially, since he was the only person who could see the god.

Now, you might consider it inappropriate to have War God being the counselor of the hapless Cyril. You'd be forgetting that Mars wasn't a war god, but a god of military power. As well as the father of Romulus and Remus. Hmm... :wag:

Cyril was the offspring of Mars, and through ten different plays, became the leader of the entire colony. Fictitious leader, but an inspiration nonetheless. It didn't hurt the Mars was also an agricultural god. These ten plays were written over 20 years by Adriaan Wippert, a sociologist who had a thing for plays. He penned over forty plays, but Cyril and Mars are the best loved. In the 25th Century there are proper theater houses on Frenner II, but for an authentic experience, you must go to the productions in Preisner Park at the Wippert Amphitheater. They typically cast the biggest and brawniest actor they can find for Mars, and the most nebbish actor for Cyril. Currently, Amal Tingelstad is Mars, his swarthy features and dark red beard make him a natural for the role. Cyril Klocht is played by Anbara Zhong, a pale skinned fellow (for a Frenner) who has the nebbish moves and nasal voice appropriate for Cyril. They are doing the full Cyril Cycle over the next 20 weeks starting with Life is what you make of it and ends with Hades isn't that bad... is it? They usually up the budget for the latter, and cast someone thin and skeletal for Hades. Tickets are 25 ConYen for individual show, and 212 ConYen for the full cycle.

Oh, and if you're not from Frenner II, make sure to have your translator ready, they do the plays in O.P.: Original Pronunciation of Frennish at the Amphitheater. It can be a bit confusing for non-native speakers.
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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

Postby kedamono » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:05 pm

One of the main reasons for the homegrown entertainment was the fact that video series, e-magazines, and other forms of entertainment have to be licensed for distribution. Because there was only few thousand colonists, HSRC had to buy individual copies of most commercial entertainment. Literally one for ever colonist, young and old. If there had been over 50,000 colonists, they could have gotten rebroadcast rights, which were cheaper. This pricing scheme meant that instead of the late 21st century "Game of Thrones", they would get, well, Game of Thrones, now 50 years old. Or cheap one season wonders or the low rated shows. Also, it depended on the personal choices of the Entertain Director at HSRC. The first one hated all comedy shows, and only grudgingly added a couple to the stream. The rest were dramas and soaps from Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.

This pricing scheme was created by the entertainment industry to increase their revenue from the new colonies. They thought that since the colonies were light years away, pirating of content would be nonexistent. Typically, they lacked the imagination to consider all the different ways folks could pirate videos. The most common method was intentional inattentiveness.

A ship, corporate or otherwise, would secure "theater" rights to a movie or offer to sell a series to the colonists. The price of admission for the former was just enough to pay off the lease cost. One or two episodes from a series would be shown in hopes someone would plunk down $250 cost to buy the full series. But, what they did to get copies out to the masses at little or no cost, was to leave the projection computer unattended for periods of time. The first time they did it, someone had to go at the colonists with a clue by four. "Gee, I've left the projection computer unattended. Oh my! I hope no one would sneak in and make illicit copies of the entire series of 'My neighbor, the Martian.'" Because they were dealing with corporate scientists and other science workers, they literally had to put a terabyte datastik in one person's hand let him know it was OK to make copies.

It was through this method that the latest shows and movies got to Frenner II and everyone could enjoy the antics of Bob the Martian...
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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

Postby kedamono » Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:20 pm

Ehrmagard... They have discovered Ross 128 b! It's bit bigger than my version, and since it's real, I'm going to have to redo the numbers for the planet. That won't affect the history, but it does mean Frenners are from heavy world, not a light world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_128#Planetary_system

More information as it becomes available.
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Re: Let's Make A World! Fernner II: Ross 128b

Postby kedamono » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:20 am

Another side, side note:
Rosa Priesner was born on July 21, 2084. Two years later, she got a brother, Darien Camile. Thus started the practice of the boys taking the Camile surname, and the girls, the Priesner. Thus, if you run into someone with either names, you know that they are part of the main family line.

Anny had Darien when she was 55 years old. She insisted on carrying him to term, though it did require a cesarean birth. Not a secret, Any Priesner lived to the ripe old age of 86, but how she passed on... That's a story for later.

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