Visit Alexandr V

The Strange

Reconnoitre
Reconnoitre
By alexandreev
Metronomicon
Metronomicon
By alexandreev  
Stars Over The Sea
Stars Over The Sea
By alexandreev 
Guard Of Honor
Guard Of Honor
By alexandreev

The Awesome

Pilots
Pilots
By alexandreev 
Stasis
Stasis
By alexandreev
First Snow
First Snow
By alexandreev
Water Day
Water Day
By alexandreev  
Homeland, 8:00 AM
Homeland, 8:00 AM
By alexandreev 

The High-Tech

Distant Rainbow
Distant Rainbow
By alexandreev
The invincible 62
The invincible 62
By alexandreev
Station
Station
By alexandreev  
Nepobedimy88
Nepobedimy88
By alexandreev 
The invincible 53
The invincible 53
By alexandreev 
CALEB 01
CALEB 01
By alexandreev 
CALEB 05
CALEB 05
By alexandreev
The invincible 47
The invincible 47
By alexandreev 

The Strange Neighbour

Carousel
Carousel
By alexandreev 
About Your Neighbours
About Your Neighbours
By alexandreev  
Medusa
Medusa
By alexandreev  

A certain Roadside Picnic

Roadside Picnic 02
Roadside Picnic 02
By alexandreev  
Roadside Picnic 01
Roadside Picnic 01
By alexandreev  
Roadside Picnic 03
Roadside Picnic 03
By alexandreev

And it’s Cousin, ZONA

ZONA (01)
ZONA (01)
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ZONA (06)
ZONA (06)
By alexandreev 
ZONA (08)
ZONA (08)
By alexandreev 
ZONA (07)
ZONA (07)
By alexandreev  
Concept art to ZONA TV series
Concept art to ZONA TV series
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ZONA (05)
ZONA (05)
By alexandreev  

The Domesticated

View From The Other Side
View From The Other Side
By alexandreev 
Silur
Silur
By alexandreev 
Gonzo
Gonzo
By alexandreev
The Call
The Call
By alexandreev 

Space Visitors

Stellar
Stellar
By alexandreev
All Is Quiet At The Bottom
All Is Quiet At The Bottom
By alexandreev 

“Look. I know that refueling at that gas giant is a Bad Idea. And that the lifeforms native to Alexandr V are… well… something’s off with them.

But it’s not like you never saw an alien before!

There is a human population there, dating back to the Rule of Man. They’ve held their own well against… whatever it is that they’re sharing the world with. They have gain some mastery over their environment, and the strange denziens of the planet.

We have made radio contact, and they are happy to build a relationship with the Imperium, if we can find a way to get there without jump drives.

There’s something about the Alexandr System that doesn’t like jump drives, as we discovered during the failed Starbridge Mission. Maneouver drives work, but attract various hostile lifeforms, driving between the system’s planets. Some can easily be outrun, some can be driven off… but some can’t be outrun or outfought, only outfoxed.

The technologies available to local humaniti demonstrate that nuclear power, fusion power, operates as well there as anywhere else. And with the surviving Imperial engineers and scientists of the Starbridge mission, substantial local advances have been made, especially in gravitics.

Which brings us to the Shenagan Mission, a multi-stage Scout task group created to provide answers to the challenges and mysteries of the Alexandr System, and especially the populated mainworld, Alexandr V. We will be using jump drive cradles to get to as close as possible, 0.1 light years from the primary star. The M-drive stage should get us to 50 AU of the inner system, where we will switch to silent-running solar sails and low-power ion thrusters for the rest of the journey to Alexandr V.

Your medical team is to focus recovering the survivors of the Starbridge mission. They are currently working with the local diplomatic-trade-science corps that represents the government of Alexandr V to the Imperium and other off-worlders.

The corps has agreed to return our people them to Imperial authority when the Shenagan Mission arrives on the planet. Your job is to screen them, determine how the local environment has affected them: if possible, they may be incorporated as additional staff for the Shenagan Mission.

We will be a long way from home, and can use all the help we can get.

After screening and examining our people, you will be studying local humaniti as much as the locals permit. Almost all fit Solomani-norms, at least the obvious ones. However, we have reason to believe that there has been a noticeable amount of genetic drift over the centuries, including various mutations. The local population is fairly skilled at genetic engineering, and there has been widespread, artificial ‘improvements’ to the human genome, as well as repairs for earlier genetic damage from the natural environment and the ‘others’. Your work will determine if the local inhabitants are still within the Imperial Human Norms — Solomani, Vilani, or Mixed — or if they should be considered a separate Minor Race.

Also: note that while most fit the obvious Solomani-norms, a small minority don’t. While shunned by most locals, they have not been exterminated, and are permitted to live in small, isolated communities. The Imperial survivors have encouraged better treatment for the ‘mutants’: almost all are basically harmless – if unsettling – and there situation is slowly improving, with more trade and better access to medical care.

There are no psionics on the world. Certain Imperial interests are curious as to why, and if whatever is inhibiting or destroying psionic power on Alexandr V can be somehow transported to all Imperial systems.

The Shenagan Mission

Shenagan mission
Shenagan mission
By alexandreev 
Shenagan mission
Shenagan mission
By alexandreev 
Shenagan mission
Shenagan mission
By alexandreev
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“Combat Aircraft of the Ancerious Galaxy”

Combat Aircraft of the Ancerious Galaxy
Combat Aircraft of the Ancerious Galaxy (Pt.2)

Quite a selection of alien new airplanes & near-orbit shuttles, by VoughtVindicator. Nice inspiration for the gearheads, methinks!

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“Have Blue”: TL 9 planes in TL 7 nations

Lockheed XST ''Have Blue''

This is a visual of the Have Blue prototype STEALTH plane was built in 1977, in Lockheed’s Skunk Works division.

I bet that the Air Force – then and now – would have loved to have the assistance of some footloose, far future spacers. A very close examination of their starship would be in order, too.

Like a true merchantman, you could play a dangerous game, arranging bidding wars between NATO and the Warsaw Pact for your technology. It could be done the right way, or the wrong way.

Alternately, you could arrange for the confidential support of a lesser independent power – France, maybe, or China, or India. “Such-and-such tech, at such-and-such a price. Certain legal privileges and exceptions would be nice, too.”

If you’re careful, smart, know when to press, and when to back off, you could make out with an enormous profit and a grateful – and, locally, very powerful – ally. If not… well, the protection of powerful men ends five seconds after you are no longer useful to them.

As Jeffery Epstein discovered.

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“Always Gross, Never Net”

From the comments:

Actively Avoiding Monetization Freakazoid was on point when he said, “Always negotiate a percentage of the gross, never the net. The net is fantasy.”

Or just sign a standard employment contract.

Note that this is just one, just ONE, scam that major corporations like to pull on the unwary, the careless, the trusting, and those who aren’t properly suited-up.

A Warner Bros. receipt was leaked online, showing that the hugely successful movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ended up with a $167 million loss on paper after grossing nearly $1Bn.[24] This is especially egregious given that, without inflation adjustment, the Wizarding World film series is the third highest-grossing film series of all time both domestically and internationally, after Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 remains highest-grossing movie ever for Warner Bros.[25] The Hollywood accounting in the Harry Potter case included a $60M interest charge on a $400M budget over 2 years – an interest rate far higher than industry standard[26] – as well as high distribution and advertising fees paid out to Warner Bros. subsidiaries and sister companies.

Wikipedia: Hollywood Accounting

Whether megacorporate executives are willing to pull this kind of stunt on four heavily-armed Travellers (with a starship with at least one laser turret) remains to be seen.

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A Blast from the Past

If you’re playing in the Classic milieu, there’s lots of undetonated ordinance around, due to both the Frontier War and the Rim War. (See: Europe’s Unexploded Bomb Problem)

I can see a skilled controlled demolition team kept quite busy there, with their own starship or without.

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Ibn Battuta – Escape to China

“The Traveller Lifestyle”

I especially liked the bit about his ship – with all his wealth – just sailing off to China without him.

I wonder how many PCs can relate.

“Don’t forget about the… unpredictable… Noble!”

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Politics & Media: Contrast and Compare Between Imperia

Talk Shops

The Imperial Moot has two power:

  1. select the new Emperor upon the death of the old Emperor, and
  2. dissolve the Imperium

So, it does its first job perhaps once a generation regarding the Emperor, and the second job is the Big Red Button that is never pushed. Otherwise, it’s a powerless talk shop.

A talk shop of extremely powerful and wealthy people.


It seems that a great many Americans pine for dictatorship. How else to explain the outrage over the fact that a member of Congress has requested that the Congress actually vote on the largest spending bill in human history? It seems the preferred method of lawmaking now is to have a small number of politicians decide law without the annoying formalities of legislative votes.

The current controversy centers on the fact that Rep. Thomas Massey from Kentucky things Congress should have a recorded vote on the massive kleptocratic bill currently working its way through Congress.

As it is, Washington’s most powerful politicians want to use unanimous consent to pass the bill. This means a small handful of members of Congress can show up, say “aye” when prompted, and the bill will pass. Indeed, even if some members show up and say “nay,” the chairman can still just declared the vote “passed” based on his or her own opinion of which way the voice vote went.

On other words, what Washington’s “leaders” want is a rubber stamp.

And a rubber stamp legislature, something we have long seen in countless despotic regimes throughout history, is apparently what many Americans want.

One need only peruse the social media responses to Massie’s opposition to a rubber stamp to see just how little respect there is for the concept of the rule of law. Many of the responses are repeatable here, but a they could certainly be said to be in line with John Kerry’s intellectually stunted comeback: “Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole.”

Of course, who could expect anything more to the point than this. Obviously, people like Kerry aren’t going to argue “I firmly believe members of Congress ought not be required to accountable for their votes.” He won’t say “the basic tenets of representative government mean nothing to me.”

But that’s what opposing Massie’s effort means.

“Why, this is an emergency!” is the claim made by those who think it perfectly fine if a small group of millionaires passes legislation in the shadows — legislation designed largely to prop up the asset prices of billionaires so they can keep being billionaires. Meanwhile, regular people will get one or two month’s worth of rent payments. And then they’re on their own in the worst job market since the Great Depression.

Small and medium-sized business will suffer the worst, but the “good” news is billionaires will be able to use their new windfall to buy up the assets of small businesses while increasing the market share of America’s mega firms.

Congress Can’t Be Bothered with Voting on the Largest Spending Bill in History by Ryan McMaken

Archduke (later, Emperor) Cleon Zhunastu, the founder of the Third Imperium, had a better grasp of human nature than Washington, Jefferson, and the rest of the Founding Fathers.

But then again, the people the Founding Father were speaking for, the religion and ethics they shared, the kind of economy they were working in, and the tech & communication networks that were in place at the time, underwent greater change in a shorter time than the Third Imperium ever had to face.

And in the face of radical and unrelenting change, people naturally reach for the Old Ways.

(Bitterly, the “Old Ways” isn’t defined as “What are the Commandments? To the Law and the Testimony!”

but “What do powerful men say? What do the priests experts and scientists think we should do?”

Not Rule of Law, but Rule of Men.)

One more thing: the Imperium – thanks to the Vilani – has a multi-millennial tradition of corporate responsibility to workers, as well as shareholders and customers. Couple this with the aristocratic vision of Noblesse oblige, and you get billionaires who understand the vision of insuring that 20% (say) of profits go to their workers, from their own deep pockets.

Rather than having the government do it, with taxes from The People and loans from the Smiling Bankers… while the billionaires themselves pay a pittance. “It’s the government’s job, not mine!”

Typical secularist dehumanizers, ethical escape-artists and mechanical-men. And don’t get me started about the socialists and their huge big promises… with thieving, bloody fingers crossed behind their backs.

We live in a personal universe, not an impersonal one. Which means that we must take personal responsibility… and the greater the level of wealth and power and knowledge, the greater the responsibility.

But that’s a Bible concept: and we all know the level of respect Our Betters have for the Bible.

The Voice of Power: In the Real World

The Media Navigator classifies 72 influential media outlets based on their political stance and their relationship to power. In many cases, the latter is more significant.

The Media Navigator
The Media Navigator

“Political stance and relationship to power”, not number of views.

Hmmm.

Of course, I have a couple of quibbles in the ranking: The Economics should have its own special column all to itself in the far left, but the editors probably still think that the major politicians are more important than the major banks. A common mistake.

(Not true in the Third Imperium, by the way. Imperial movers and shakers are generally military men, industrial titans, or high-tech tribal chieftains: banks serve them, not the other way around.)

The guys I tend to read – mainly LewRockwell, but a bit of Anti War, Zero Hedge, Moon of Alabama – are on the “conservative & distant from power” area. I am mildly astonished that Swiss media observers has even heard of them.

The hardcore sites I read – Gary North and Chalcedon, but also Lamb’s Reign – are still comfortably off the radar.

The Voice of Power: In Traveller

The Imperial Government — unlike the ancient Ziru Sirka/First Imperium, the Solomani Confederation, or today’s People’s Republic of China — are not particularly interested in information censorship. There are a couple of reasons for this:

Narrative Control: the government has a particular story – say, about the four plane strikes of September 11, 2001, or the Kennedy Assassination. A large minority disagrees… and each of these people have their own story, and can’t come to a single narrative.

“The biggest and strongest narrative, unified and amplified, wins the fight.”

“What about all those dissidents?”

“Let them talk all they want, and fight among themselves just as they please. It keeps some people distracted, others amused, and frees Our People to focus on creating new stories. There’s always another crisis, after all…”

“Certain Nobles have a prickly sense of honour. And a weapon at their hip they are willing to use.”

“That’s a local affair, and not our concern. Still, stirring the pot and focusing tons of attention on some low-level House isn’t a bad outcome. It makes for great – read, profitable – copy, too!”

Or – same thing, but closer to reality:

The U.S. government’s story of 9/11 has not varied much since approximately 9/12/01. It is the accepted story, just as the stories of the assassinations of Lincoln, JFK, RFK, and MLK are accepted. That is to say, millions of people don’t accept them, but there is no single alternative story for each of these famous events that has challenged the government’s story. Therefore, the government stories win by default.

This is why the government’s stories stay in the textbooks and gain grudging support from the majority of the population. Nobody really wants to devote the time and effort necessary to studying all or even a fraction of the alternative narratives. It is relatively easy to poke holes in the government’s story. It is incredibly difficult to fill those holes with a narrative that does not have an equal or greater number of holes.

9/11: Where to Begin a Revisionist History by Gary North

This “Let them babble” is one arm of Imperial Rule.

The other one, dating from the Imperium Romanum, is “Let them hate, so long as they fear.” This truth is generally kept in a low profile, but has been known to make an appearance, as assorted targeted minorities know.

*waves to the psions*

Both are very Solomani attitudes: the Vilani don’t really understand why any disagreement to the Consensus should be tolerated, for any reason.

(See: “Error correction”, “Feedback”, and the Solomani prophetic tradition.)

This leads the Vilani to spend serious sums on idea & intellectual suppression… a cost Solomani-culture Imperial governments generally don’t have to pay. (But see the one-party, race-bound Solomani Confederation for a most notable exception.)

The Vilani have noticed this, by the way.

Especially the Mixed Vilani, the dominant demographic group of the Third Imperium.

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