For House & Dominion: Building Better Worlds (9)http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/House_%26_Dominion_Complete_Archivehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Dominion+questhttps://twitter.com/ThatSlowTypingGYou are Sonia Reynard, Viscount of Rioja and a member of House Jerik-Dremine! It is late 4041 and Shallan space has finally been liberated. Two massive enemy offensives last year, first across the Crystal Sea and then into the heart of Shallan space itself, left a trail of destruction in their wake. They also served to finally turn the tide of the war. The Neeran Armada that threatened to reach the Shallan homeworlds was been turned back, their retreat turning into a near rout. With signs of infighting among the Empire's forces and most of their offensive power now spent, the Factions are preparing for what could be the later stages of the war. Planning has begun for the invasion of the Neeran Empire with the many Houses of the Dominion pledging support to various invasion waves. Emperor Ber'helum has been working to build up the Dominion forces to prepare for this for some time now. This years massed planetary assault operations to liberate Shallan space were the last chance Faction ground forces had to gain experience before the invasion. You're making plans of your own deployment. The Rioja fleet along with support from the Emperor will be investigating a builder facility deep within enemy territory. This means you wont be able to help secure enemy SP weapon development sites, or salvage any of the weapons for your House. On the other hand there could be untold riches hidden at your destination. There had better be. It's unlikely to be undefended and intel shows Neeran client state colonies in the systems its expected to be located in. There is time yet to learn more about the place before you venture forth. Your mission is to be part of the second invasion wave after the Alliance has established its beachheads and staging areas. For better or for worse the Alliance intends to break the Empire into it's constituent parts. Alliance intel has been working for some time to sow dissent between the many minor client states and their masters. The cracks are already showing.A joint J-D and Talos sponsored trade mission is currently in Norune space. They're hoping to show off the Talos E or Expanded Type Heavy Carrier along with your upgraded Nexus Heavy Cruiser. Given the Norune's general lack of Heavy Warship production they could be a good source of revenue both during the war and after. The mission will also provide experience to J-D personnel who are making up a substantial amount of Talos E's crew. Most of those are veterans that have served aboard Majestic or smaller Talos Carriers. What they learn on this deployment could impact construction plans. Hopefully in a positive manner as your House has bought production rights to build one of these ships yourselves.
First for Terran black ops behind you
>>2882854For House and Dominion! Uncertain Futures!
>>2882854FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION
Losing my mind edition.After the conclusion of events in the capital you've returned to Dremine allowing for the first family reunion in some time. Both your younger siblings are grateful they had the chance to visit the capital, seeing the sights in the Imperial City and the Palace. Mom and Dad are glad for them and happy to see Bekka home for a change.Leon and Eleanor are now two years old. The blond and red headed twins had already been a handful for some time now. The "Terrible twos" concept doesn't quite do their current state justice. "Mom, was Ethan like this?" you ask your mother between bouts of dealing with the two holy terrors."Goodness no, he just threw things occasionally, tantrums, vases. You and your sister were sometimes much worse."Good to know. When they're not being a nightmare to look after you're trying to have some fun with either of them. Once you head out on campaign who knows if you'll be able to conduct normal fleet rotations. You're not the only one giving consideration to such things. Troy wants his repulsor bike units to contribute during the invasion. He's still of the opinion that a fast well armed light cavalry unit can be effective and has had time to build up the support options they should need to cover any weaknesses. Which brings up the question of where he would serve. From a professional standpoint it might not be seen as appropriate to have one's spouse serving under their command. Following that logic it might be best if he were to deploy with one of the other J-D worlds armies. Then again you could choose to dismiss that since Rioja's army is under the command of General Rna and you dont choose who goes where. You may even want to hold Troy's unit in reserve since he and some of his people have experience from the Dyson Sphere expedition. That could certainly come in handy when investigating a builder facility. Then there's the idea of not wanting to risk both of your lives on the front lines of the war, running the risk of leaving Leon and Eleanor without any parents. What would you suggest Troy do?[ ] Transfer to another army[ ] Part of Rioja's Army[ ] Reserve for builder facility[ ] Ask him to remain behind
>>2882938Didn't we ask him forever ago if he'd like to join our expedition to the Builder Facility?See if he still wants to tag along for that. If not, what he wants to do. Would he prefer to be under out command working with/ under? General Rna or working with someone else?
>>2882938Given that they’re twins, who inherits our noble title - if the unthinkable were to happen?
>>2882970As the children of two nobles they are both Lords (more accurately lordlings until they formally inherit) and presumably would each get lands from your estate.Last thread it was suggested that your fortune be split evenly between them in your updated will. This has not yet been finalised.>>2882948>Didn't we ask him forever ago if he'd like to join our expedition to the Builder Facility?Maybe? If so it might have been right after the Dyson expedition, before getting married. Troy is certainly still interested in the builder facility, though he would also like to command his bike units.
>>2882938>[x] Part of Rioja's ArmyThen as we approach the Builder facility, we can hold him and his units in reserve as preparation. Is the Terran gravity well/diplomatic/Versa tour still being decided upon?
>>2883010That's that next item once the thing with Troy is decided, unless people want to discuss the situation with the will now.
>>2882938>[ ] Part of Rioja's Army
>>2882938>Part of Rioja's ArmyInappropriate, but he wants to fight and we can keep him safe. Time to update our will?
>>2883032>Time to update our will?If no percentage is listed it means you probably own 100% of it.Companies & AssetsRSS & Subsidiaries (Includes land on Surakeh, various stations, Terran holdings) HTF - Harmen Terraforming Company (5%)OCT - Gravwell Terraforming CompanyWeather control (+20%?) (Control split with expedition members)Various privately owned shipyardsAvoubic light shipyards (15%)Medel ACRS Yard (50%)Gunning's Heavy Manufacturing (33%) (Land on Surakeh, Frostback, Terran space)Aegis Armoring (25.5%)Land (Not tied to the companies)Mountain lodge - DremineNearly half the damn planet - RiojaResidential Hab development, Island resort - TourtaHow would you like them split up? 50/50 between the kids, or would you rather some go to your parents and siblings?
I'll try to resume tomorrow night, though who knows, I might be able to make a couple posts during the day.
Fucking hell I just shattered a tooth. This is a shitty week.
>>2883060>Terraforming companiesThe kids, for sure.>RSSMom/Dad/Sister/Brother>Miscellaneous, shipyards, etc50/50 between parents, siblings, the kids.>>2883103Jesus christ.
>>2883103I would just like to remind you all that there is no magical curse against quests or their QMs.
>>2882938> [ ] Reserve for builder facilityNoblesse Oblige
Quick question, did we ever find out what the rare element the local tribes used as currency on the Dyson Sphere was?
>>288306010% to Bekka and our brother. 51% of RSS to our parents with the condition that the children inherit it. The rest 50/50 between the kids.Sometimes I wish Sonia would die in battle so our clone could go on to become a pirate warlord and conquer all our stuff back.
>>2883061You got Dental Insurance?
>>2882938>[X] Transfer to another armyIf something happens to him while deployed with the Rioja army it's going to be even more of a headache than if it had happened somewhere else.>>2883060>Land (Not tied to the companies)We also own large amounts of the terraforming candidate in the Rioja system. >How would you like them split up?>or would you rather some go to your parents and siblingsI'd like to include Versa in the will, if only to make sure the lawyers in charge of Sonia's estate will have to work for their money. We also have so much money, giving some to friends or their families shouldn't be a problem.Maybe fund a dedicated trust with something like 50-75% of Sonia's assets?Aside from that, I think not giving too much to the twins is probably a good idea. Access to that much money they didn't have to work for, especially while they're young, seems like a guarantee for bad character traits to develop.>>2883103Something like that happens to me roughly every 2 years. Unless you're really unfortunate, it shouldn't take more than an hour to fix.
>>2883321Give Versa a Ship? Controlling shares in the Holobooth industry? Land on Rioja making her a Dominion Noble?
>>2882854It's unrelated to the current discussion but has ber'helum considered providing black hole generator fire ships as an alternative to v-torps for the first wave of the invasion? Anything that avoids making ftl in the landing zones unusable for centuries within a few years should be able to get funding from the alliance. As these ship wouldn't need to be reusable like the standard grav well vessels, it might be possible to decrease costs to v-torp levels. Just an idea to pass up the chain of command, if people support it.>>2883338It could even be something as simple as guaranteeing her safe passage through DRH1 to Rovinar territory. If Versa ever needs to get out of Terran territory, having her end up with the Rovinar is probably a solution that can be made palatable to most factions. No idea if it's feasible to put something like that in a will, though.
>>2883103hey tstg, i recently read the complete quest and it is by far my favorite quest, so good jobalso am i the only person that wants sonia to have more children ? especially now when we still have time before we depart
>>2883511I do want at least one more kid.
>>2883511I'm totally in favor of adopting some cute shallan orphan.
>>2883511Not until there's enough of an age gap to not cause succession problems.6 years.
>>2883472> still on about black holesTerrible weapons. More suited to 40k, this quest is a little bit too hard sci-fi.Also I fail to see how black holes would fuck up hyperspace *less* due to the gravitational effects and hawking radiation. They're wonky yo.Like yeah they evaporate eventually but a hole with a mass of 10 to the power of 12 made at the beginning of the universe would be reaching the end of its life today.Black holes are bad weapons.
>>2883524> Adopting war orphans to raise them as our children's personal staff and bodyguards I like it.
>>2883534That's not what I meant.>>2883533>Also I fail to see how black holes would fuck up hyperspace *less* due to the gravitational effects and hawking radiation. We've jumped in pretty close to an existing one at the start of the Neeran war and subspace in the area wasn't showing any extraordinary damage. In addition to that, despite constant use grav well generators which create black holes haven't damaged subspace so far. And after the experience with v-torps, I'd expect people to be on the lookout for these problems.>Terrible weapons.One of them did a pretty good number on a dominion asteroid fortress during the civil war, though.
>>2883511Yes. More children for Sonia. Our line shall rule the universe.
May have got a full time job. woo! If so I'd be able to run H&D about 3 days a week and not be destitute in the process. So that would be good.Do any of you work for the Vellore Institute of Technology? They sent me money for some reason a week ago. I suspect it's a scam of some kind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vellore_Institute_of_Technology
>>2883629Congrats.>VelloreOn Patreon or somewhere else?
>>2883511Thanks. Glad people enjoy it.>>2883472>black hole generator fire ships as an alternative to v-torps for the first wave of the invasion?Questions to this effect have been asked. Gravwell generators are too valuable to risk losing them in such a manner at present. Unless you want to consign one of the 2 you own to oblivion?>it might be possible to decrease costsThey're not at that level yet. In time perhaps but the technology is still relatively new.>>2883533Black holes do not damage subspace the same way Veckron weaponry does. Or there has been no evidence found to suggest that might be the case. A black hole does exert gravity into subspace effecting the properties of that realm. It doesn't damage it in the process. Black holes are still classed as a navigation hazard, but for different reasons from those caused by weapon damage. If you mess around with FTL in damaged subspace you might tear a hole or rift into real space. Probably getting killed in the process and making a bad day for anyone within a few lightyears. If you mess around with FTL near a black hole you probably wont be seen again.But yes, there are a number of logistical issues that would make employing black hole weapons difficult. Just looked this up. A black hole the mass of Jupiter would have a schwarzschild radius of approximately 2.8 meters. (If redditors are to be believed)
>>2883634Right, not Patreon but my actual bank account. So definitely a scam or a mistake.>Eleanor Reynard-Harmen>Red head>Wants to salvage everything like her momWhat have we unleashed?
>>2883638>Gravwell generators are too valuable to risk losing them in such a manner at present. Unless you want to consign one of the 2 you own to oblivion?>They're not at that level yet. In time perhaps but the technology is still relatively new.I meant building dedicated single use setups. Using the cheapest materials and all that. But if it's not feasible yet, okay. I wouldn't want to waste one of the generators as long as we still have planets to move.>>2883643Yeah, I'd call my bank about that. If they aren't helpful, make sure to ask them what's the deadline for a chargeback and keep the money on your account for at least that long.
>>2883511>>2883638well i wouldn't have used the better part of a month to read it otherwise
>>2883643Contact bank immediately and tell them money that is not yours has been deposited in your bank account. Do not use it under any circumstances, that's a crime and people have been charged for it. Most likely it's a simple mistake made somewhere along the line and the bank should be able to clear it up for you.
>>2883647If they built them any cheaper at the moment they'd collapse in on themselves when powering up. >>2883321>We also own large amounts of the terraforming candidate in the Rioja system.How much of that planet did we buy? Wait, found it. >Sonia also purchased the planet's small moon, and most of the land on an uninhabitable planet in the same system. If it hasn't already expect the moon base to be nationalized. Or at least the military portions of it. It's in the interests of the House to have the lunar defenses belong to the PDF. Rioja's two main stations should be fine in theory, so should the plasma weapon manufacturing. "Most" of the land on the uninhabited planet. I'm going to say 75%. Any more than that and you'd have to pay HTF to do the post relocation terraforming work. They wont make a huge profit on it, but it should still be a profit. Could probably move some of the gear you bought for Rioja over to cut costs.Just occurred to me that the other planet/colony is going to need a name. Probably not Rioja Secundus.
>>2883670>Wiki>Earl Class Medium CruiserThe dominion has two modern battleship designs on the wiki and they use the uglier one to make a nice medium cruiser concept. I'm not surprised.Still, I'd like to get a few of them in the future if the price isn't unreasonable. At least for RSS/RTS>If it hasn't already expect the moon base to be nationalized.Rioja's moon must carry the price tag of a heavy cruiser at this point. At least. Can the House even afford that at the moment?> Probably not Rioja Secundus.Nuoja>Lemme post
>>2883670>Just occurred to me that the other planet/colony is going to need a name. Probably not Rioja Secundus.Going with the theme of building better worlds I was thinking we call it Nova. It fits on several levels. It's a very new colony in itself. It's made using several new technologies such as the grav well technology and weather control. And then there are the obvious connections to space and stellar objects and the like. Just imagine the slogan. "A brave new world made into a paradise. A new world, a Nova world"Also holy shit are some people going to be super fucking jelly at us owning 75 percentage of this new world once it's made habitable.Site no longer borked?
>>2883703didn't we get it super cheap because almost nobody wanted land on theretheir loss
>>2883706Yes, we paid as much as you'd expect to pay for real estate on some dead rock without any useful resources. At least until somebody caught on to our plan, that's why we only have 75%.
>>2883643But does she kill bandits, or IS SHE a bandit?
>>2883670Call it Ajoir!
>>2883670>Rioja Secundus.How about Malbec or Crianza?
>>2883670Youoja, the perfect planet for (you).
>>2883670>Name a planetFor those who keep wanting to do something in remembrance of Kavos, you are missing your opportunity here.But I'd say go with something that matches normal Dominion naming conventions.
>>2885091I thought of that but I can't come up with any decent name. And naming the thing Kavos Lva prime, covering it made to order plant life that changes color from orange to yellow every couple of months and carving his likeness into the surface seems a tad much, even by dominion standards.
>>2885119The name is enough...
>>2883699>The dominion has two modern battleship designs on the wiki and they use the uglier one to make a nice medium cruiser concept.Needed the central hull space for the big engine banks plus similar weapon mounts and arrangement to the Outer Heaven. Was meant to improve on everything found deficient in the Neeran fast medium modification. >Moon>Can the House even afford that at the moment?If they bothered to go that way you would likely be encouraged to make a gift of it to the House. Baring that they'll probably just wait until Sonia dies and claim it for the House under death taxes. Usually by making inheritance so inconvenient that it would be easier for the family to just give it to the House. I'm sure there is a way for Sonia to sell it to the government of Rioja without screwing over the economy. >>2884794It's not stealing if you kill the bandits and take their stuff.*Sonia and her squadrons frequently operated on this principle when it came to capturing starships. >>2884801I legitimately like this one.>>2885091There isn't a House Lva so either name should be available to name it.
Troy looks to be staying with Rioja's army. >>2883163It's the base unrefined material used in FTL drive systems. Completely harmless. >>2883060I think we might need a survey of some kind to determine how to split up most of the companies and holdings. Are we in rough agreement that all the terraforming related stuff goes to the kids?*Due to prior agreement your shares in HTF are supposed to go to the kids. >Kids HTF - Harmen Terraforming Company (5%)*OCT - Gravwell Terraforming CompanyWeather control (+20%?) (Control split with expedition members)
With the holidays only a few weeks away and your future plans for a diplomatic mission to Terran space it may not be worth returning to Rioja immediately. Then again there's no rush, those worlds being terraformed aren't going anywhere. Relatively speaking. When did you want to head back?[ ] Head back to Rioja now, mission later in the new year[ ] Stay for the holidays then go back, mission later in the new year[ ] Stay for the holidays then conduct mission to Terran space
>>2885689>[ ] Stay for the holidays then conduct mission to Terran space
>>2885689>Stay for the holidays then go back, mission later in the new year
SURVEY! surveymonkey com/r/ PKJLGHYSurvey questions are related to updating the will. Please continue to vote on the holiday plans.
I'll probably post a bit later tomorrow night and resume Saturday.
How is Valeri x Bekka progressing?
>>2885689>[x] Stay for the holidays then conduct mission to Terran spaceI can't really think of any reason to delay it further. Maybe time our arrival to some time after the first so we know how much money we have available that year?>Unrelated stuffI was wondering why the factions are conducting exploration, at least seemingly, only by crewed vessels. I've also tried to look up FTL and navigators on the wiki and found little to nothing. We have never encountered ftl probes or something similar in the quest. Why is that?
>>2883060You forgot Rioja II: literally the entire damn planet.Yay for insider trading!
>>2886323Because nobody wanted to do navigator quest.FTL probes would essentially be an unmanned constellation class. Which do exist. There were even suggestions to use them as FTL interceptor missiles. Those are a bit impractical to carry around all the time due to their size. Really only useful for Houses or fleets posted at a nav station or at the edge of a galaxy where a long jump is possible. The guild has all sorts of stuff but there are limits to how far ships can be remotely controlled due to com ranges. Until recently there were fairly serious bandwidth restrictions on coms between the nav relays. So yes the guild does use unmanned craft when scouting out routes to new nav relay locations. They need to launch a string of them in sequence to keep coms linked to the most distant one. These are followed up by manned craft that can conduct a more thorough investigation with more powerful sensors, or set up a local communications array. Still can be dangerous. Larger ships might have more powerful drives and can survive stronger instabilities but their larger drive field bubble might encounter problems smaller ships didn't.
>>2886027Valeri considers hanging out with Bekka to be really weird. A number of her personality traits are almost an inversion of Sonia's, aside from being somewhat insane in similar ways. All of that is in addition to her being physically almost an exaggeration of Sonia. It wouldn't be hard for many people that are less familiar with her to mistake Bekka for Sonia if both were similarly dressed. Which has happened.So yes, really weird. He has no intention of pursuing that relationship. You're staying for the holidays and then conducting the mission to Terran space. With that in mind plans are made for support personnel for the mission to travel to Dremine. Before that can take place you get a request from the Count to help provide additional priority logistics transportation. RLS currently is busy enough with day to day business and the demand for supplies to the Pandora cluster and Shallan space. They have of course been trying to make the most of the temporary increase in prices. Transports that had once been needed for evacuations are being refit throughout Faction space to help move cargo for the coming offensives. RSS has been offered refit contracts for several dozen ships just from their South Reach yards. Those captured Neeran cargo ships you sold are probably seeing plenty of use now too. Despite this demands are not being met at the moment. Construction is expected to catch up, and the refits underway will eventually help fill the gap. That will still take time. For now many Houses are taking steps to reassign transport craft moving nonessential cargo. That goes for civilian companies too. Reassigning transports is going to cost the company's logistics division money. With the standard rates the House is offering to pay, plus the costs of the delayed cargo, there wont be any way of making that money back. Also at issue is the fact that profits from RLS are used to support the operating costs of the RSS salvage ships. How much of the RLS cargo fleet did you want to make available to the House?[ ] 10% Probably the bare minimum[ ] 20% Could be done without directly impacting salvage fleet field operations[ ] 30% The company is going to hurt this year but you can cover the loss[ ] 0% Use Rioja fleet logistics to cover the cargo gap**This will limit the amount of Rioja's fleet that can take part in larger training exercises for ~8 months.
>>2887935>[ ] 20% Could be done without directly impacting salvage fleet field operationsAnd let London know ahead of time and if he needs us to put in funds to help make sure that RSS isn't to negatively affected.
>>2887935>[ ] 10% Probably the bare minimum
>>2887935Maybe we can prioritise freighter wreck salvage over the next few months to help alleviate the problem, short term.
>>2887935>20%Supporting giving London some extra money
>>2887935>[x] 20% Could be done without directly impacting salvage fleet field operations
>>2887935>[ ] 20% Could be done without directly impacting salvage fleet field operations
>>2887935>10%is there no way to quickly buy or produce transports ? i assume we will need them if we capture any planets in neeran territory anyway
>>2888388I think there was an idea to convert the crappy standard corvettes into transports when we had these world building threads back on tg. I have no idea if that was feasible, though.
>>2888480Speaking of crappy, doesn't that SRL freighter built out of vengence parts and structural scaffholds still exist? iirc they made the sledge class out of it so the production lines to make them should still exist(or am I confusing this with another ship?)
>>2888181That would help eventually.>>2888388>is there no way to quickly buy or produce transports ?You cant buy them, not when everyone in faction space is trying to do so at the same time. Production is currently maxed out. More transports and yards for additional transports are being built by everyone.>>2888480Flatboat conversions. These make up a number of the refits RSS has just been hired to carry out. Many of the available standard corvettes were refit into Attack Corvette II's before or during the Civil War. There aren't so many left.>>2888504Yes their Cargo Frame Medium Transport. Building them would be relatively easy as the station construction subsidiary of RSS could quickly construct the hull. You'd then just need to buy and modify a Vengeance Type attack cruiser. Buy a cheap production license and build a couple?NOTE: Even with these there will still be a cargo transport gap.
>>2887981>let London know ahead of time and if he needs us to put in funds to help make sure that RSS isn't to negatively affected.You contact London and let him know you'd like to reassign as much 20% of the RLS transport capability to assist with House logistics. He's not really pleased with this but isn't at all surprised apparently having expected this might happen. He estimates RSS as a whole will lose at least 500 million as a result of the diverted ships. Considering you made 6.5 billion last year that isn't a terrible hit. "I'd like to reassign the salvage unit in Shallan space to help with the cargo runs." London tells you. "Work there is either falling off or we're being underbid by local Shallan companies. I'm hoping that will help a bit." Approve?>Y/N?
As for the cargo frame medium transports? Due to RSS already having plenty of construction facilities, you could probably build them for 30 million each. (Plus 10m for a production license since you have connections.)Though their structural strength and projected hull life leave a lot to be desired.
The smaller salvage craft RSS has in Shallan space are reassigned to assist with transport duties. With that underway the salvage teams aboard are largely transferred to other RSS operations. Many will be temporarily serving aboard the company's second Crate. Speaking of which, RSS has accepted delivery of the new ship and are currently conducting a shakedown cruise. It's scheduled to arrive in the Run before the new year where it will take over operations there. The first Crate will then transfer to South Reach to begin salvage operations at hidden sites there. Name suggestions for the new ship?
>>2888999>>2889059>>2889119Hah! I like it. Feels like we're a dad pulling a proper dad joke on ships worth multiple billions.
Going with Pallet for now. Can always be changed later.In the Run Construction of the Alliance mobile fleet base is proceeding. They're mostly on schedule to complete the vessel next year. Not in time for the initial invasion but it should be able to assist with the second phase. A few low power engine tests have been conducted to make sure that the structure is solid enough to support the vessel under thrust. Parts of one super heavy repair bay have also been brought online. One DECS that had recently completed conversion and upgrade at the Forbearance yards was brought in to test approach and docking in the big bays. Some initial difficulties with the docking arms and guidance tractor beams are being corrected. Intel has of course been keeping a close eye on construction. Based on their reports it is presently believed that the Dominion would not be able to produce a ship like this for a few decades. The special structural frames brought in from Kavarian space are a contributing factor but not the only one. Alliance technology and fabrication overall are just plain better. For now intel isn't certain if an attempt should even be made to copy this ship. It's among the first generation of its type. The alliance may find any number of things wrong with it once they get into the field.
With the holidays approaching you again talk to a few of the neighbours around your Dremine property about scheduling for some snow. They've been given a bit more notice this time so more are up for it. Most of the snow will be up in the mountains which means there is very little to worry about for any crops down in the lowlands. All of the family will be present this time which will be a first in ages. Did you want to invite any of the Harmen family out to the lodge? Or perhaps just a few friends?
>>2889205>Did you want to invite any of the Harmen family out to the lodge?yes but not the eytended family
>>2889205Mike, Alex, any other friends if they're around.Let Troy handle his family's invitations but I think it would be nice if at least his mother and father were there.
>>2889224Well, no it would just be Troy's parents. He's not about to let his siblings anywhere near this place.
>>2889205Invite friends, as for Harmen family members... if there are any on Dremine that can pass Troy's judgement sure.>>2889236>Well, no it would just be Troy's parents. He's not about to let his siblings anywhere near this place.Then yeah, if it is just the parents. I wont hold my breath on them visiting though. Have a non-committal request asking if they would like to spend the holidays on our property on Dremine with the kids and our family.
>>2889205Harmen family if Troy picks who comes, else it will probably be a bit weird. I'd prefer to keep it as small as possible. Just the immediate family.
>>2889247>Have a non-committal request asking if they would like to spend the holidays on our property on Dremine with the kids and our family.Probably for the best. Mike and Alex both agree to come out to the lodge christmas day while your family members head out the day before. There is already some snow on the ground, though not enough for a snowball fight. You made sure enough rooms were prepared for everyone staying the night. The accommodations not being terribly large a shuttle outfitted with a sleeper compartment is parked in the garage. It should be enough for the few bodyguards staying on overnight. By the time you wake the next day a great deal more snow has fallen. You're able to make sure the twins get a bit of time playing before the inevitable snowball fight begins. Once he figures out their weight Ethan quickly dominates the fight, easily landing hits you didn't think should be possible. "How are you doing that?""You said to get good so I've been training against sims of enhanced people."Huh. While distracted Bekka dumps snow down the back of your shirt.>Your orders?
>>2889433Fall over, dead. This is it for the mighty Sonia Reynard, how could we ever let our guard down enough for such a tactic to work?
>>2889433Salvage all the snow and make the biggest snow ball and roll them into it!Also, signal to body guards to start the snow wars, take no prisoners!
You fall to the ground screaming internally. Without much success you claw at the back of your shirt trying to get the snow out, or at least keep most of it away. Everything is starting to fade out. Is this the end? Bekka reappears moving towards you with another arm load of snow. A smug grin on her face."Bodyguards! Avenge me!" Bekka's grin is quickly replaced by concern just before she's pelted with several snowballs. "Ow! Ow! Shit! Stop it, this isn't fair! Aaaaaaa!" Sprinting for the lodge she takes cover inside. Troy soon appears having called a cease fire with your brother. "Are you okay?" "Help me get this snow out of my shirt!" you shout at him."Sure. What else was I going to do besides that? This?"With that he presses one hand against the back of your coat where clearly some snow was still present inside. Your response is to immediately start yelling about the renewed snow assault."You bastard! I'm going to get a divorce!"Despite your verbal assault he helps get you to your feet and shakes out the back of your clothing to get the remaining snow out. An hour or two later once things have calmed down the family exchanges presents including those everyone bought while in the capital. Mom and Dad both seems to like their gifts despite them just being popular tourist items since you weren't sure what to get them. Those of your bodyguards present are given their new plasma pistols which were not easy to acquire.Mom gives some puzzle games to the twins. Most are too advanced for them right now but at their current rate of advancement they should be able to figure them out if given enough time.
Alex then Mike and his family arrive later in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is mostly spent hanging out and having fun with the kids, friends and relatives. It's a bit of a blur. Of course you still end up talking shop for a bit. Alex brings you up to date on his shipyard project. It's been officially approved and given a second round of funding now that the first few ships built with it have checked out. The second mobile yard has been finished and will soon be sent off to one of the Seven. At present the prototype is undergoing upgrades. Mike and his family have managed to decide on relocating to Rioja. It wasn't an easy decision but works out as the better of the two options. He also picked up a new command ship, a newer model Rovinar light cruiser. "How'd you get that?""Had to trade some favours."Most of your guests leave later that night though family members wont return to the city until the next day. Troy lets you know that his parents have belatedly decided to accept the invitation and will visit on boxing day. That shouldn't complicate matters too badly. Their shuttle arrives early the next morning and Troy's parents step off accompanied by only a small entourage. Both of them seem surprised by the presence of snow. You guess owning tons of terraforming systems on a heavily developed world they tend toward preferring steady moderate temperatures.As you point out it makes warm drinks like hot chocolate that much more enjoyable. On that note there's time for you and Troy to show them around a bit before the drinks are ready."Do you actually prefer to live out here?" Troy's mother asks. Given that you spent the better part of a year out here under House arrest they might expect you'd have bad memories of this place. Though they're not about to do anything like mention that event. It would be impolite. "I have large apartments and offices in a number of the cities on Dremine if I want to use them. Out here there's plenty of clean air and I dont have to worry about a few million people being nearby."Not quite the fortress of solitude but it can give you a break from the bustle of population centers. Do you tell them you actually prefer the lodge while on Dremine or is it more out of convenience? You do happen to have that secure command center downstairs, though you're not about to share that with your in-laws. [ ] Prefer it[ ] Convenience [ ] Other?
>>2890009>[ ] Prefer it
>>2890009>[x] Prefer it
>>2890009Additionally: it's nice to be able to relax in a natural environment after being stuck on spaceships for a long time.It's like what Kavos said when we departed on the Sphere mission, Dremine will be here for us.
"I actually prefer it out here. I like the environment, challenging terrain and that it's away from the general populace. I've spent most of my military career aboard cramped starships. Out here's there's room to stretch your legs. And how many people can afford a view like this?" That seems to be an answer they can get their heads around. The Harmens spend time with their grandchildren, and a bit of time chatting with your own parents. Of course they didn't come empty handed, making sure there are a few gifts for their future heirs. Things are a bit awkward during their visit but go off well enough in your opinion. Bekka and Ethan head outside with your father to make a snowman, mostly to keep your sister out of trouble. Lord Harmen complements your trophy room and mom tells you later the your mother in-law approved of the security systems at the lodge. Rufaro prevents the Harmen's guards from conducting a more thorogh inspection of the garage. To placate them she does tell them about the basic sub level that houses one of your starfighters and a spare aerocar. While the entrance to the bunker should hold up to inspection you'd prefer to avoid testing it. Before it gets too late in the afternoon the Harmens depart and not long after so do your parents and siblings. Once the shuttles and aerocars have departed and two two of you are finished waving good bye you turn to Troy."I think I want more kids." This seems to be very far from anything Troy ever expected you to say. "Really? I thought you hated the whole pregnancy thing last time?" "Having twins didn't help." you admit. "But yes, eventually I'd like to have more. I dont know how many but at least one more." You dont know how much of that is due to contingency planning or being at the age where hormones are screaming at you to settle down.Troy wouldn't be against it, though the twins are a handful. The two of you will need to discuss it a bit.
Time after the holidays is spent making sure your will is in order. Best to have that straightened out before going anywhere. All of the terraforming related company shares are going to the kids. Gravity well, weather control, all of it. While tempted its probably best not to leave anything incredibly important to Versa. Who knows what sort of trouble that could cause.A number of Knight cities will be split up and given to some of the Knights from Rioja, friends of yours so that they'll have land there, and whatever family member gets the least inheritance. They certainly wont be destitute that way. >Companies & AssetsRSS & Subsidiaries - Split between family members, with parents getting a larger share.Various privately owned shipyards - SplitAvoubic light shipyards (15%) - ParentsGunning's Heavy Manufacturing (33%) - SiblingsAegis Armoring (25.5%) - Siblings>Land (Not tied to the companies)Land: Dremine - Mountain lodge - ParentsLand: Tourta - Residential Hab development, Island resort - SiblingsLand: Rioja - Nearly half the damn planet - SplitLand: Rioja system second world - KidsOne item slipped through the cracks.Did you want your 50% ownership in the House Medel ACRS Yard to go to Eshik Medel, a family member, or did you have a cunning plan in mind for it?
>>2890509>Did you want your 50% ownership in the House Medel ACRS Yard to go to Eshik Medel, a family member, or did you have a cunning plan in mind for it?To Medel, to make sure he stays allied to J-D.
Medel will be happy to hear they've been named in your will. Shipyard is going to Medel. Possibly with a letter stating the wish for continued peaceful relations. Could come in handy in the future.It's the new year and that means you're solvent once again. Though you're far from Rioja and preparing to head to Terran space that doesn't mean there aren't people wanting money. You're starting out the year with nearly 18 billion S after income taxes. If the House were ever desperate for cash they'd demand all the nobles pay property taxes. That probably would hurt you more than anyone in the House. Troy's distant relative Rian Ermacora believes they've managed to find the basics necessary to sustain the terraforming in the deep valley they've been working on. With the available funding they've constructed infrared mirrors on some of the surrounding mountains ensuring that the valley will stay warm most of the day. If construction to close off the narrow valley mouth is completed then the weather control system could be removed. Ermacora believes the weather control system should still be kept in place for a couple of years as a backup. The atmospheric containment systems can go. All that's needed is minor funding to finish a few additional mirrors and the valley mouth and the valley will be ready for colonization. On that note there are a number of locations for new cities that the various construction companies are looking at. They're ready to break ground soon. Several proposed sites are on are your property. Your investment in those would obviously be appreciated.The system of rivers to the east of Spiral City and the sea they connect to provide more than enough water to supply 6 good sized cities. 3 other sites are under consideration to the north west of the current western cities. A group of Knights loyal to you headed by Rob Ecord have proposed a city site close to the small northern ocean. This is only a short flight from your manor house. Construction has already started on the sites of 4 major cities by the South East Ocean. These have been funded by various other nobles and landowners on the planet.Do you wish to invest in any of the city construction site proposals on your property?
Sorry that took so long, was doing math.
>>2891022>A group of Knights loyal to you headed by Rob Ecord have proposed a city site close to the small northern ocean.Definitely invest in this, I can imagine it would be handy to have a nearby loyal population.>OthersAllocate 1b in investment funding to be spread between the sites depending on size and urgency.
>>2891022>Ermacora believes the weather control system should still be kept in place for a couple of years as a backup. The atmospheric containment systems can go. All that's needed is minor funding to finish a few additional mirrors and the valley mouth and the valley will be ready for colonization. Ermacora believes the weather control system should still be kept in place for a couple of years as a backup. The atmospheric containment systems can go. All that's needed is minor funding to finish a few additional mirrors and the valley mouth and the valley will be ready for colonization.I will give him some measure of trust that he is not blowing the money on other things. But yes, give him the funding to finish making the valley habitable. I feel a quiet note to passed to our spy master to have someone make sure the money is being spent on what is necessary to complete the project. >On that note there are a number of locations for new cities that the various construction companies are looking at. They're ready to break ground soon. Several proposed sites are on are your property. Your investment in those would obviously be appreciated.Get the governors input on which ones he would like approval on first. And then which ones should get the funding from Rioja’s income to be used for development.>The system of rivers to the east of Spiral City and the sea they connect to provide more than enough water to supply 6 good sized cities. 3 other sites are under consideration to the north west of the current western cities. A group of Knights loyal to you headed by Rob Ecord have proposed a city site close to the small northern ocean. This is only a short flight from your manor house.Again, talk with the governor. This time use own funds to have the city our allied knights are suggesting be built. I know making sure everyone who lives there is loyal to us is going to be impossible. But, it would be nice if we had a little background check on the nobles moving in there. Never mind the everyday citizen.>Do you wish to invest in any of the city construction site proposals on your property?If we put our own money in these cities. We of course get more say in how they’re built and preferred people to move in right? No need for making sure a certain percentage moves in.Also, while we’re on the topic of planet development. When we move the second world into a habitable orbit. There is going to be a second Governor we have to work with. Shouldn’t we be looking into that now? Or working something out with the Count and Governor Dlam’ard, to make sure whatever planetary governor gets picked. They know how to work well with us and Dlam’ard and his eventual successor, if the count replaces him for whatever reason or if he retires.
>>2891099>If we put our own money in these cities, we of course get more say in how they’re built and preferred people to move in right? No need for making sure a certain percentage moves in.Yes, that's an option to an extent since it is your land. A couple companies that were trying to pre-sell accommodations to specific refugee demographics have been largely scared off or forced into working for nobles on smaller projects. Overall it means newly built cities wont have as many people ready to move in immediately after completion. Combined with the drop off in refugee traffic to the Run there are concerns growth could slow quite a bit. Then again that would allow for a more steady stream of immigration from other J-D worlds.>There is going to be a second Governor we have to work with. Shouldn’t we be looking into that now? Or working something out with the Count and Governor Dlam’ardThis is a good question. Dlam’ard and Balle have been discussing it. Ideally they'd like one of them to administrate the new planet before it becomes officially recognized as a full colony world. Both have learned quite a bit from each other over the years. Once it reaches the point where a Governor actually needs to be appointed though it could get tricky. The Count will undoubtedly be under pressure from various political groups wishing one of theirs to be put in charge. Only so much can be done now to get in the way of that process. Dlam’ard was considered a good choice by the J-D council and the economic success of the planet means they cant boot them without cause.It's going to take some work to get someone you'd like in charge of that planet. Fortunately that's years away from happening.
I was going to keep spoiling this all but screw that.>>2891099>I feel a quiet note to passed to our spy master to have someone make sure the money is being spent on what is necessary to complete the project.It doesn't take long for Vanderwal to get back to you. "The kid wants to make Gondolin from the Silmarillion. I dont think he could bring himself to misuse the funds if he wanted to."[ ] "The hell is that?"[ ] "Oh, I get it." (Doesn't actually get it.)[ ] Approval[ ] Disdain
>>2891361> [ ] "The hell is that?"
>>2891361Didn't we try to make a Two Towers reference when visiting the low tech world to get a few knights?Not read the Silmarilion, but quick google search later of this place and while it's a nice idea. I can't help but feel, with Dominion tendencies. It will be filled with nobles. Who will form their own cult. And someone will suggest taking over Rioja as a secret cult from the shadows. And suddenly everyone is drinking kool-aid or planning to take what's ours through brain washing and other cult tricks.Ask for explanation and so long as they don't do anything stupid. It's a city that is benefiting Rioja, so approve.
>>2891393>Didn't we try to make a Two Towers reference when visiting the low tech world to get a few knights?Sonia probably just saw a movie of it.And The Fall of Gondolin was just released as a standalone novel a couple weeks ago? Interesting timing.
"The hell is that?" you ask."Gondolin? A city in a deep valley surrounded by a protective ring of mountains. It was used as a refuge in a time of war.Didn't you say you'd read Lord of the Rings?""I might have slept through a few parts of the audio books... I watched the movies though." "Unless the kid plans to turn the city into the base of some cult I think it should be fine. Who knows, maybe they'll be able to use it as a template for smaller terraforming projects on inhospitable worlds?"Your spymaster doesn't seem terribly concerned. He can still keep an eye on things to make sure immigrants aren't just one political group from some part of the House. >Get the governors input on which ones he would like approval on first.The Governor's priority is the completion of the ground based rapid transit network. Dlam'ard sees it as essential to the cheap movement of passengers and cargo around the planet without the clutter of excessive air transport. "There will always be some air traffic but many developed worlds suffer from having far too much. It's difficult for them to deal with it later because of a lack of planning early on. Tamoren Balle and I have worked on making this a priority for a reason.Over land links from Garzweiler up to Rioja city and Strymon means manufacturing companies have access to cheap materials from the mines with low transport costs. The same can be true for getting agriculture products and finished goods to the spaceports for export." Three cities closer to the equator would seem to be ideal to help with its completion in that case. There are up to 11 potential cities that can be invested in at this time. I missed 1 earlier.
>>2891525>Three cities closer to the equator would seem to be ideal to help with its completion in that case.Then give money made from Rioja into helping to develop those three cities. And maybe a bit extra from our own funds. Splurging early to make sure infrastructure is in place for the future. So we don't have to deal with stuff later on that would have been easier to do now. That makes sense to me.How much additional funding from us does he need? If he is getting the tax money from Rioja to continue to develop the world and make it better.
>>2891525Then i would say fund those Three cities as Well as the one our lojal Knights planed closer to our manor
>>2891567>>2891567>If he is getting the tax money from Rioja to continue to develop the world and make it better.The Governor is already making use of tax money for a lot of development on planet. As well as to keep the existing cities running smoothly. That's all done in the background.You do have 1.2 billion (I think?) in Rioja's taxes that are available for use by you/the military. Admiral Tama informs you that 25-50% of that would be useful for fleet equipment upgrades. Torpedo magazine teleporters and the very necessary similarly equipped munitions ships. Then there's the army which could use a few things here and there. >How much additional funding from us does he need? Provided you continue to invest in Rioja's development like previous years? They'd need an additional 150-300 million per city. 150m is enough and other investors can cover the rest. 300m will ensure things get moving and keep moving quickly.
>>2891750>Military fundingI think we can cover the army and fleet with own funds. >City developmentAlright, continue with normal yearly funding and 1b as another anon suggested previously. To help with those three cities.
>>2890009>Mike and his family have managed to decide on relocating to Rioja. Mike had land on Rioja, right? Also, these are all very heart warming scenes!
>>2891525He said it was from the Silmarillion. Which isn't nearly as Famous as The Hobbit nor the Two Towers.
>>2891525>>28917501.2 billion for the three equatorial cities and Ecord's project.Regarding the other proposed sites, I'd say we should decide once we have an idea how much money will be left after returning from Terran space and making the last preparations for the invasion.
>>2891988>Mike had land on Rioja, right?Did he? I dont recall. Probably got a bit when it was super cheap before terraforming. Hasn't seen much development yet. >>2892290If you haven't even read the entirety of the LOTR odds are you haven't read the Silmarillion.
>>2891091>>2892333>>2891808>>2891640Spending 1 billion on the 3 equatorial cities and Ecord's loyal knights city. 250m each means they'll progress fairly quickly. Did you want to approve the other yearly expenditures?Suggested -1.5 Billion, RSS/RLS growth -250m Rioja Industry -175m Rioja Urban Development -250m Rioja Agriculture -250m Terran investments on terraformed worlds -250m J-D New territories investments -150m Run joint development projects -100m Phase weapon R&D with Veritas & Helios (yearly?) -2m Civilian & military repulsor bike leagues
>>2892564>Did you want to approve the other yearly expenditures?Roughly 3b there so sure and what if we throw in the military funding as well?
>>2892566You can, though that's sort of what the taxes are there for. 1) Approve the other yearly expenditures?>Y/N?2) Military upgrade spending2A) Use Sonia's Money2B) Use taxes
>>2892574>y>2bno need to use our money for it
Developed land is spreading out from the Capita and Rioja city at a steady rate. Its only a matter of time until it begins to encroach upon the Mons Abyla fortress. With this in mind the Governor is wondering if it might be a good idea to establish an exclusion zone. This would improve the future security of the base and potentially lessen risk to civilian lives if the plateau were to suffer an orbital bombardment. Most of the surrounding land except for along the coastline is still owned by the House so now would be a good time to look into it. The no growth area except for the south east spur of the plateau is currently listed as a restricted area. Did you want to make any of the minimal growth region an exclusion zone? Or even extend it beyond that?
>>2892861>exclusion zoneExclusion zone shouldn't extend any further beyond the area with minimal growth.
>>2892574>1)Y2B)>>2892861minimal growth area as exclusion zone
>>2892861Extend a lane of the minimal growth to the two bodies of water.We can put a transport canal in there.
>>2892883Proposal A>>2892915Proposal B - Extends exclusion zone to edge of nearby bodies of water.Is this correct? Or did you want to extend out to the main ocean and break the primary repulsor train link?
>>2892574>Y>2BMinimal growth zone seems like a good border for the no go zone.
Yearly expenditure approved and using taxes to pay off military upgrade programs that are still needed. As for Mons Abyla, while the restricted area remains the same a surrounding exclusion zone has been created made up of the region of minimal growth. The Governor seems heppy about this as it should prevent future incidents between the civilians and the military. Who knows, maybe it will act as a nature reserve some day? The new zone is nearly 1700km across at its widest, north to south. Given the lands minimal value few developers are at all concerned by the move. According to Fadila there are the usual complains from Terran groups and environmentalists about government overreach but they're very minor. With that taken care of you look to last minute preparations for the trip to Terran Space. Two main points remain to be looked after; what ship you'll be taking, and if the twins will be brought along. The Outer Heaven would easily provide the most options and security. Fadila has concerns that given the populations of these worlds have fled the front lines of the war they might react badly to it. Even though it's been heavily upgraded and modified it was still a Neeran ship. The Great Devourer plus an escort would be adequate, though not as good should your group be threatened. Then again if the Terrans wanted you dead would a medium cruiser make a difference? A newer model Long Range Battleship is also an option. There's bound to be someone who can loan you one that's properly outfitted. Then there are the twins. Taking them along on the trip could be a PR windfall. They could also be a distraction and there is always a chance they could be at risk. >1) What ship for the mission?1A) Outer Heaven 1B) The Great Devourer1C) LRBS II1D) Other / write in>2) The kids2A) Take them with you2B) Leave with parents2C) Leave with Tory's parents2D) Send to Rioja (possibly with Troy?)
>>2893137>According to Fadila there are the usual complains from Terran groups and environmentalists about government overreachOh no! How ever will Sonia survive this devastating blow of Terrans complaining!>1A) Outer Heaven Yeah. I do not believe in taking unnecessary risks when dealing with the Terrans and a Medium sure as well will survive longer should it attack and be able to carry a larger contingency of loyal guards.2D) Send to Rioja with TroyLikewise I do not want to put the children in unnecessary danger. Better they remain here on Rioja for this. We are going to be busy as it is without needing to take care of them and ensuring they are safe.
>>2893180>Better they remain here on Rioja for thisYou're currently on Dremine, having stayed there for the holidays.
>>2893137>1B) The Great Devourer>2D) Send to Rioja (possibly with Troy?)
>>2893180>1B) The Great Devourer>2C) Leave with Tory's parentsHow do the FTL speed of of the Outer Heaven, The Great Devourer, an LRBS II and an Excalibur compare?
>>2893137>The Great Devourer>Leave with Troy's parents
>>2893196Outer Heaven and Devourer are both average. J18-20 Cruising. Can go faster for shorter durations, or if diverting more of the energy reserves. LRBS II and Excalibur are meant to push J28 and hold it for a week.
Tie breaker needed. Sending the kids to Rioja or leaving them with Troy's parents.
>>2893137>1B) The Great DevourerI know it's an 'older' ship, but I still love it. I feel like we need to hold onto it for as long as possible, even if it becomes outdated an obsolete.>2B/C) Leave with parents/Troy's parents
Looks like you're taking the Great Devourer. The kids meanwhile will remain here in the J-D homeworlds. Troy asks his parents to look after them as the dangers of a diplomatic mission are too great to risk their safety. Your own parents have had their share of time with the grandkids, only fair the Harmens do too. A small but capable escort unit is readied by the time you're ready to leave orbit. A couple Excalibur Battlecruisers and Fast Battleships of different types painted up in Dominion and House markings. No chance of the Terrans mistaking you for one of theirs. Rufaro has arranged for one of the Battlecruisers to have an backup alternate IFF and an LST that can quickly burn off the outer paint layer on the hull. It's not perfect but should buy you time in an emergency.Before departing you notice there have been reports of a number of demonstrations on Dremine. These have come in through intel, not anything covered by the media. It looks like the Governor must be censoring the news. They seem to be protesting the economic impact of diverting cargo transport for the war effort. RSS is hardly the only company affected and it looks to be causing an economic downturn. Talking to Fadila about it she informs you that many other Houses and Factions are having similar problems due to the cargo shortage. "I doubt we'll see a proper recession. Once transport production catches up in a few months it's predicted the economy will quickly rebound."Anything else you wanted to do before departure?
>>2893408Nope, let’s jet.
>>2893408Nah, lets get on our way.
Your small fleet jumps out on schedule, linking up with a convoy heading outside the galaxy. The jump across the Centri cluster is a mere 2.4 million light years in distance. Long before the group approaches one of the larger galaxies in Terran space you're hailed by traffic control to confirm the flight plan. Once the diplomatic authorization checks out the group is vectored to a navigator station on the outer edges of the galaxy.While smaller than the guild stations needed for the Nav Relays this port is no less busy, being one of several trade hubs linking to Dominion space. A squadron with newer model Delta Trainers are assigned to act as an escort during the time in Terran space. The small craft have seen a few minor updates from when you were commanding Alliance training units. A cursory scan shows that they are carrying SP torpedoes. Even these small ships could potentially rip your unit to shreds if not for your anti-missile systems. It takes a few days to reach the first stop on your trip. A frozen world, this was one of the first planets in Terran space to receive an orbital correction mission and work is well underway to make it habitable within the decade. Six major cities have gone up, mostly based around sealed arcologies. The larger spaceports have underground communities and production linked to them much like on Rioja in the early days. Several places on the surface, especially around the equator, are looking far more habitable than others thanks to newer weather control systems. These are definitely ones your company produces. They aren't everywhere though. Much of the surface is still looking frozen and engineering projects seem to be underway to build sites safe from receding glaciers where the weather systems might be able to influence a larger area. In orbit a few mirror stations are being built to help increase the overall temperature of the planet. It seems they're not going to be totally reliant on your systems to get things done fast. Plan your expedition to the surface cities and PD appearances! I have to leave for work.
>>2892941I was thinking of a private link to the station, and a marina in the body of water to the east.
>>2893408Were the demonstrators associated with any consistent group, or receiving funding?
>>2893540Can our ship make holographic displays visible from space?
>>2893662>>2893550I mean orbit.If so, we should descend to the view of a warm planet, grasslands, forests, etc. The future of the planet.
>>2893540Can we visit the major cities? Or ask whoever passes as the local planetary governor if they would be willing to meet and talk. So we can see how their form of governing differs from that of Dominion governing. Also get an idea what they are facing here, since their world is still newly colonized and how they managed to work with the influx of refugees from the front lines. Also, if there are any Dominion refugee's here, to thank them for taking them in.I'm certain Fadila can plan out an encounter with us and the local governor so we don't make anyone look to terrible. While also making it clear to any Dominion citizens, they are welcome to return to the Dominion any time.
>>2893540I kind of want to play a joke on the Terrans and show up stereotypical Dominion style, with a massive entourage, lots of standard bearers, gold and purple livery.Would definitely like to visit the larger cities, meet with the locals in charge of terraforming, and our weather control facilities.
>>2894286>>2893666>>2893540Can we tie the terraforming machines and the GD's holograms together to go for a ridiculously over the top entrance a la >>2894286?
>>2894286I also support a serious escort, fuck the terrans why not show off some strength.
>>2893614>I was thinking of a private link to the station, and a marina in the body of water to the east.Had typed a post in response to this but it was full of stupid stuff because of me misinterpreting the question. Attempt number 2!It sounds like you want private personal access points for key members of the military to come and go from the Mons Abyla base at their leisure. That really should be discussed as its own thing, not tacked on to a discussion about how far you want to keep civilians away when the base is being nuked from orbit. I can't even remember if there is a connection to the repulsor train network from the plateau. If there is it would be heavily defended. The less ways the security of the base can be breached the better. They've already had plenty of problems in the past. From starship theft to the jump walker assault.
>>2895281Not if it's a fake passage designed to funnel infiltrators into killzone!
>>2893540>PR appearancesThis is what I get for rushing a post.>>2893656It seemed to mostly be merchants involved, but there were others as well. The bulk of them are younger people who dont personally remember how bad the economic situation was before 4023. "Spoiled rich kids" seems to be the general impression the upper nobility has of them.>>2893662>>2893666Its unlikely the people on the ground would be able to see anything the GD's holographics could project unless they were already looking, or it were very bright. Like simulated weapons fire. Did you have anything in particular in mind that you wanted to project? Just patterns or a light show of some kind? Preferably not anything the planetary defenses could confuse for an attack.>>2894801>tie the terraforming machines and the GD's holograms togetherThis has never even been simulated before. You can get the team on Rioja working on that but for now it seems like a terribly dangerous idea that could disrupt current weather patterns. >>2894240>visit the major cities? Or ask whoever passes as the local planetary governor if they would be willing to meet and talk.How about both?>>2894948>>2894286Luckily your personal guard is a good size with nearly 300 people along on this trip. About that many with Troys people included. Large bodyguard force. Only a small number will deploy with actual power armor. Dave and Emor's old ornamented power armor you salvaged has been fixed up with newer systems. A few guards will be using hardplate armor modified too look more ceremonial. The majority will use nanoweave dress uniforms with reinforced under layer. There will be standard bearers carrying flags of Jerik-Dremine, Rioja, the Reynard and Harmen families, and the collection of various military awards and medals that are too unwieldy for you to wear all the time. You and Troy will wear your top ten medals so your uniforms dont look cluttered in the pictures.Any changes?
>>2895456Only wear 1 or 2 of our highest decorations. I don't want to look like a North Korean general.
>>2895456>Any changes?I'd like to limit all that pomp and circumstance to the first appearance and scale things down to a more reasonable level afterwards. That way the media will still have something to show and talk about but we'll be able to focus on the necessary stuff afterwards.>>2895281>I can't even remember if there is a connection to the repulsor train network from the plateau. If there is it would be heavily defended.We could make it an underground connection. A military loading dock moves goods from the civilian tracks to a strictly military set of rails underneath ground. It would take a while to build and probably cost a lot but it could double as an extended shelter if built properly.
>>2895507Right. I was thinking minimalist by Dominion standards. >>2895517>I'd like to limit all that pomp and circumstance to the first appearance and scale things down to a more reasonable level afterwards.Easy enough.>We could make it an underground connection.It would need to be underground by necessity of the base being inside an atmosphere breaching plateau. But yeah a cargo transfer point like that could be done and is a good idea.I'll see about hopefully resuming tomorrow.
>>2895507>I don't want to look like a North Korean general.That's the best thing about being part of the Dominion though.
>>2895899seconding this, we need to show these terrans how a real military does things
>>2895899Completely agree!10 medals should be a minimum.We should tour around on horseback as well.
>>2895580If our holoplex company hasn't been expanded to Terran space yet, this would be a good time to do that. Make some pre orders for planets being terraformed and wherever else we can.
>>2893540>Plan your expedition to the surface cities and PD appearances!I think it's important to come bearing gifts on this kind of occasion. 10-15 million invested in the local economy of each planet we visit?
>>2896134>We should tour around on horseback as well.That might be excessive. >>2896246>If our holoplex company hasn't been expanded to Terran space yet, this would be a good time to do that.The holoplex chain is seeing expansion at a rate of nearly 17% per year. There are locations on every J-D world and a few on worlds in allied Houses. Where there has been high demand there are more then one location on the same planet. Mostly Dremine. In Terran space the cost of getting new locations started up will be 4 million each.
>>2896589 4 mil isn't bad, let's put in at least 5 more sites wherever in terran space. Preferably on the planet we're correcting.
>>2896589>4 million each.400 mill investment?
Looking into the political situation before heading planet side seems like a good idea. The colony is under temporary administration by a Terran government emergency disaster relief organisation. Individual cities have elected their own mayors and the like. Really it's not too different from Rioja at present, with the local head of the relief agency acting as a governor. Firstly a meeting is scheduled with their temporary governor with follow up plans to tour the various cities. Your LST detaches and heads for the surface flanked by four others. Holographics on the Great Devourer light up seeming to give the descending craft speed lines. You'll have to work on a better one for next time. Your guard and their vehicles have been permitted the use of small arms, but no heavy weapons. Really nobody should be carrying plasma pistols but Rufaro intends to have your people just feign ignorance if pressed on the matter. You, Troy and a couple of your diplomatic attaches are also the only ones permitted diplomatic immunity. Apparently the Terrans want to press home the point that J-D soldiers, even those protecting you, will be subject to their laws if they open fire on civilians. The planetary capital and main spaceport are covered by several atmospheric containment fields to better hold in the heat of the city. Landing goes without incident and your personal guard sets up for you to disembark. A few people from your PR company have been on the ground for several hours preparing for your arrival. They've made sure that the media is ready and in position, both at the spaceport and the government buildings.Once on the ground the guard scrambles to unload vehicles and get into position. By the time your LST rolls to a stop the honor guard has formed ranks and stand to attention as you disembark. You and Troy make sure to wave to the distant media on the way to your vehicle. With both of you aboard the armored repulsor limo the guards break ranks and board the rest of the motorcade.
A few local police cruisers clear the way into the city as well as taking up the rear of the convoy. Passing through the city you can see that it has been laid out far too quickly for its own good. The Terrans have done a poor job of urban planning for the capital of their new planet. Much of the city is centered around two larger arcologies but the surrounding mix of skyscrapers and roadways have been positioned haphazardly. The vehicle convoy has to follow numerous twists and turns before reaching what passes for the governmental district."What a mess." you mutter. "Haste makes waste." Troy says in agreement. The government building seems to be a complex of several structures connected together as hastily as the rest of the city. A mess or not you still intend to make a good show of it. Fortunately when you step out in front of the main entrance you see that they've at least attempted to make the place look governmental. Wide approaches with stone staircases make it look official and coincidentally provide plenty of space for your bodyguard to form up and look extravagant as you climb the steps. The Administrator and a small delegation waiting at the entrance to the building were obviously not expecting such a turnout or as much media scrutiny. They're well dressed enough for a professional meeting, though you suspect they might have put in far more effort if they'd known you intended to show up like this. Your entourage stops a few meters short of the local officers allowing you and Troy step forward. The Terran leader does the same, extending an open hand towards you."Viscount Reynard, welcome to Lenased. I'm colony administrator Jame Idir. We were not expecting a show." After a glance to your standard bearers you turn you attention to Idir. "I wouldn't want a case of mistaken identity." Idir doesn't seem to think that would be likely with even a fraction of the guard force you'd brought along. You introduce Troy while the administrator in turn presents a few others. Diplomats, liaisons and elected mayors of two cities. Before being welcomed into the building Idir asks if it might be possible to limit the size of your personal bodyguard. You turn to Troy. "I think that is a reasonable request?""Twenty Cuirassiers could wait just inside the entrance, while only our close guard comes with us? I'm sure the remainder could wait on standby.">Sound good?
>>2897805"Very well, in this instance I suppose we can limit it to the essentials." When we leave, I want to do pic related.
You manage to suppress a smirk. "Very well, in this instance I suppose we can limit it to the essentials." Troy nods to the rest of the guard causing Dave and Emor to begin barking orders. They're certainly imposing in their older style suits of power armor. Both have been updated with their heraldry and yours in gold plating, while the rest of the armor is either silver or a shine of jet black. With that done you head inside and proceed to official conference rooms to discuss your plans while on planet. "We're grateful for the help of the orbital correction terraforming company. Without it I doubt this planet would ever have been colonized. Life is hard for many refugees but it's better than being dead which is what might have happened if they had remained on their former colonies.""What's the population of Lenased?""60 million documented civilians. Perhaps half that many are registered voters. The number of undocumented persons could be anywhere from twenty to forty million." "That many?" You knew Rioja's population exploded once you started expanding and accepting refugees but this is beyond that even."We dont have the ships or personnel to properly police the orbital space. Unregistered settlements pop-up frequently and there is little we can do about them. The cities are overcrowded so we can't just send squatters somewhere else. Besides, this is a designated refugee resettlement world. People are supposed to come here.">What say?
>>2898010"Are you lacking the construction capacity to expand the cities to a larger size? Can't you just send in local militia troops to take care of the squatters?" "How many people were you seeing arrive at the peak of the invasion?"
>>2898010Even if they're got nowhere to go, they can't just leave them squatting. I bet they're experiencing a massive black-market and underground crime wave.
"How many people were you seeing arrive at peak?""Your company barely finished moving this planet into a better orbit a year and a half ago. The main threat may have been ended by then but billions are still displaced even now. There are entire fleets of civilian ships out there who do nothing but move from place to place, trying to find supplies for the people they carry, hoping to find worlds that will let them offload. Our peak would have been 6 months ago when such a fleet jumped into orbit carrying ten million people. Ten million Viscount. Anywhere would be overwhelmed by such numbers.""You couldn't turn any of them away?" "And where would we send them to? The Terran government sent them here to help expand the colony. They're doing the same thing with other worlds your people are helping to terraform. Or that's what I've heard.""Are you lacking the construction capacity to expand the cities to a larger size? And can't you just send in local militia troops to take care of the squatters?""We're building up the cities on this world as fast as we can. The focus has been on larger settlements and cities in the hopes that they can benefit from centralised power grids. It also means the limited number of available weather control systems can be concentrated near them." "But we need time." says one of the industrialists. "We need time to conduct more thorough planning, but there isn't any. All the big governments are shifting their attention to preparing for this damned counterattack."Idir resumes. "For the squatters and smugglers landing away from the cities? Most of them bring their own sealed habitats. Security checks up on them occasionally but they're often safer where they are."You did notice that happening on Rioja as well. While there weren't as many of them, some groups that set down on Rioja were fairly well equipped to survive. Small sealed habs with power and atmosphere scrubbers. Enough to last a few years. Sighing you shake your head. "Even if they've got nowhere to go, you can't just leave them squatting. I bet you're experiencing a massive black-market and underground crime wave?"Idir admits they are. "My job is normally temporary administration to help during disaster relief. Get the local mayors and populace working together with relief workers. Usually we'll have military support, but because of the war that hasn't happened."Sounds like they have all sorts of problems to deal with.
>>2898397To me it sounds like the Terran's current elected officials are going to deal with a metric shit ton of bad press once the war is over. And they have to present ways to better these worlds full of refugees. That could become hot beds of crime if not taken care of properly. The Dominion may not have to worry about the Terrans for a while, since they'll be to busy dealing with getting everyone on their good side. Or at least that's what I'm seeing.
>>2898438The Terrans have/had colonies in 6 relays that have seen attacks by the Neeran. They're going to be doing quite a bit of post war reconstruction.
>>2898514So, they're going to be weak, huh.
>>2898520I wouldn't say weak. Just to distracted to do anything or interfere in any other factions internal affairs for a while. So now would be the time for the Dominion to make gains it had been lagging behind in. Without interference from the Terrans.
>>2898397"In that case Lord, uh, Mr. Idir, it seems you've done a commendable job with what you've been given. If I may ask, does your position allow you to dictate any levels of foreign investment in planetary affairs? For instance, when I've experienced housing shortages it's often been quick and effective to have a shipyard fabricate housing blocks that can be lowered from orbit wherever needed.""I'm sure the Dominion has many services you'd find helpful, too. Perhaps private police forces to deal with the larger crime problems? Refugee processing personnel? Drastic times call for drastic measures."
>>2898541>>2898397This, but no private police forces. Instead maybe we can offer them drones to augment their current forces?
"In that case Lord, uh... Mr. Idir, it seems you've done a commendable job with what you've been given. If I may ask, does your position allow you to dictate any levels of foreign investment in planetary affairs?""I'm allowed a bit of leeway in that department but my budget is limited. We don't exactly have people lining up to throw money at problems that wont pay them back either." You mention orbital production of hab blocks. "We've looked at it, but most orbital yards we have are concentrating on the larger buildings. Actual arcologies that are fully sealed. A few construction yards on the surface are building entire blocks to be sent to places. Then a heavy lifter like a Lancaster moves them into position. I think they're from a Dominion company."Pretty much how most of Strymon aside from the larger arcologies were built but in this case it seems to be the minority. Most smaller building are going up either by older more traditional methods, though big mobile construction vehicles are now in operation in one city."Can someone get me old recordings from the Building Rioja TV series?" you ask your aids before turning back to the others. "If you can get enough planning together to establish a proper underground network, then it's just a matter of slotting the completed buildings into the appropriate points. It does take time but I think it could be worth it.""And you think it will solve our problems just like that?" asks one of the builders. "No? I mean you've got tons of problems here, but it will be a step in the right direction. I'm sure the Dominion has many services you'd find helpful, too. Experienced refugee processing personnel is just one of them that springs to mind. Drastic times call for drastic measures."You do have connections with mercenaries, not just those working for RTS. They could provide the security forces needed in the absense of the Terran military. Mind you that could be a politically messy business. Best RTS itself not get involved.You're currently investing 250 million S per year into Terran worlds that OTC has helped to relocate. Once spread out between between multiple planets that means not too much is being invested in any given one. What did you want to offer to invest in for this colony?
>>2898626Offer to build temporary housing services in exchange for the right to settle your more troubleso-, er, denocratically minded civics enthusiasts in to help with the organization of local governments for future integration of the squatters with proper representation in the planetary government!IE space Australia for those goddamn Terran refugees. Put the Marxists by the Anrachists with the Capitalists o the other side of them.Alternatively offer to pay for the initial infrastructure with the option for the planetary government to buy you out later once things stabilize, with interest accruing accordingly with how long it takes them to pay you.Do both, things never stabilize, live off the interest.
>>2898626Infrastructure development, refugee handling facilities and personnel, 'peacekeeping' forces.
Will post tomorrow morning before work then probably later in the evening.
>>2898626Depending on how long the terraforming process will take, we could offer to give the ranching industry an early start by importing a couple of mammoth herds from Frostback.Infrastructure construction and mining operations in difficult environments are another area where experts from Rioja should be of use. We could also offer to sponsor a unit of undercover police officers from the Krath government, if both sides are willing. Eldal keeping an eye on criminals helped a lot during the earlier, more chaotic, times on Rioma.Despite not being covered by the factions treaty, this could be one of the few times where temporary habitats in space could be of use. There's little chance they'll be attacked by any party which would adhere to the treaty for the next few years, and if they're designed well, they could either be used as regular space stations or simply be moved to another colony once they're not needed any more. As shipyards are most likely going to be busy building ships for the war effort over the forseeable future, we could look into moving and converting local asteroids. Asteroid related construction seems to be an area where the dominion is more advanced, or at least more experienced, than the other factions and Sonia is liked by House Ceres and we have the Avoubic natives as well. So getting experts shouldn't be too much of a problem either.
>>2898928>Depending on how long the terraforming process will takeThey're hoping that with the assistance of weather control systems the planet might be habitable within 10 years. That seems unlikely as they've yet to acquire enough weather systems and are generally running behind schedule. >temporary housing services>infrastructure development>refugee handling facilities>temporary habitats in space / asteroid habitats>Possible merc connections / private security>Experienced Terran volunteers from Rioja vs>Options to deport troublesome Terran Riojans For simplicity's sake did you want to see if it might be possible to temporarily purchase land or permits to build a new city from scratch? Or would you prefer to see about establishing a satellite city to one of the larger population centers?
>>2899219>new city from scratch>establishing a satellite cityI guess one option would be cheaper? The bigger population centers sound like kind of a mess, to be honest.>>2898626>Mind you that could be a politically messy business. Best RTS itself not get involved.Hand it over to Firth from the PCCG? They seem like people who would get along pretty well with the Terrans.
>>2899252>PCCGThey're generally the people to go to for mercenaries. You could float the administrator a loan to help afford private security.>I guess one option would be cheaper?A new city would probably need its own spaceport. Basic Spaceport = 30mFull size spaceport = 100m
>>2899288The basic spaceport can be expanded later on?Going by the prices on the wiki would this make a decent foundation for a city?30m spaceport20m industry25m living space + infrastructure?__75m total.
>>2899341>The basic spaceport can be expanded later on?As long as it's planned for.
>temporary habitats in space / asteroid habitatsContacting your connections in Ceres space you ask what it might cost for them to build asteroid habitats in Terran space. It's a task they're not entusiastic about, preferring contracts in Dominion or neutral space. They are willing to provide a list of companies in Terran space who can do the same work.At the moment the prices offered by the Terran companies are overinflated. They want 150 million for an asteroid habitat that might house a million people. You'd be farther ahead just having RSS build a habitat.Ultimately building a new city from scratch isn't that different in cost from what it in on Rioja. 150 to 300 million if you decided to fund a majority of it yourself. You could spend that much money on a larger arcology or two instead, but that wouldn't help to showcase urban planning. >1) Connection50k - Land link near established city30m - Basic Spaceport / starting up new city100m - Full size spaceport>2) Refugee handling facilities300k - Surface10m - Docking module for station in orbit50m - Dedicated station>3) Urban Development & Infrastructure15m - Base infrastructure & planning. Locals will put in the structures25m - Base infrastructure, planning & the start of a city50m - They had better catch on with this much invested150m - This might as well be your city300m - This IS your city4) Industry 10m - Minimal. Probably a construction yard for more habs20m - ConYard & some industry40m - Healthy industry start up60m5) Security0m - Offer connections (Possible consultancy fee later?)1m - Security for city you're funding5m - Loan money so they can hire mercs10m - Loan money so they can hire mercs
And I have to leave for work!
>>2899386>1 100M we'll make it back either by monopolizing traffic or reselling>2 50m - Dedicated station same reasoning>3 300m - This IS your city vertical (literally) integration > 420m - ConYard & some industry>51m - Security for city you're funding. Best to be the most secure site to promote Terran investment.Diversify Terran investment to prevent concerns about it being a Dominion enclave and head off potential seizure by the government, while controlling access to it and being able to hold said terran industry hostage to non-violent seizure since we could scuttle/move our infrastructure if it was attempted to be seized, favouring forcing them to purchase it if they wish to control it.
>>2899386>30m - Basic Spaceport / starting up new cityAs long as we account for later expansion, this should be fine for now.>10m - Docking module for station in orbitUnless there are other planets currently undergoing terraforming nearby I think a full station would be wasted. The one we built in the run covered more than a dozen planets.>50m - They had better catch on with this much investedI like the idea of having some real estate in terran space but more than this is probably not worth the trouble. With their strange laws and notions about property.>40m - Healthy industry start upMore assets out of the reach of our House and the larger Dominion seem like a worthwhile investment.>10m - Loan money so they can hire mercsThe sooner they get their security back on track, the sooner they can continue getting this world in shape.>140 million total
>>2899386>1)30m - Basic Spaceport / starting up new city>2)10m - Docking module for station in orbit>3)150m - This might as well be your city>4) Industry20m>5) Security5m
Would it make sense to start a subsidiary of Edanis' arcology company in Terran space? There's of course the chance that some local regulations or House politics make this unfeasible but it might be an idea thinking through.This is probably the best chance to get some decent concessions for a business like this from the Terran government we'll get any time soon.
>>2899386This is interesting and all but I don't really see the point of all this. I feel like we could've invested money like this anywhere, and we chose to invest it in Terran refugee processing? Why are we even helping them? Why isn't all of this money going toward making sure we have a successful campaign against the Neeran? Idk a lot of this just seems unnecessary right now. If someone wants to prove me wrong and explain why this is so important to be doing, I'd be very glad.
>>2900170>Why isn't all of this money going toward making sure we have a successful campaign against the Neeran?We're helping stabilize the industrial base and economy of an ally who's in charge of supplying some of the most important weapons the alliance has. Everybody would be in deep shit if the Terrans had to withdraw some of their forces for peacekeeping duties in their territory or scale down SP or V torp production because of internal unrest. Which I'm sure any remaining Neeran infiltrators will be more than happy to encourage.In addition to that, J-D is already scraping the limit of spaceships they can field, and I'd assume the same is true for most of the Dominion as they already mobilized for near-total war during the warlord attacks, followed by the losses of the civil war.Simply speaking, a dollar we spend to keep the Terrans in the fight is worth more than ten dollars spent on finding some way of pumping 16 billion into J-D's fleets or armies. If I remember correctly, the House can barely muster a decent crew for an additional heavy cruiser sized ship at this point.While not investing in more ships or bigger guns directly, this will help conduct a successful campaign against the Neeran even more.
>>2900170Ultimately this is a long-term investment that could pay big in future, plus with the upcoming Dominion attempt at acquiring SP torpedo technology, it could dampen any ramifications from the Terrans if it meant directly damaging their own colonies.
>>2900170This trip was intended as a diplomatic and public relations mission. By visiting worlds where your company has helped make terraforming possible it is an opportunity to make you look good by showing you (supposedly) care about the many war refugees. That you're not just lining your pocket book by moving planets and taking their money at inflated prices. You can do that AND look like it's all for a good cause.If you have other ideas that could assist the refugees on planets like these while also improving Sonia's overall PR please feel free to post. I'm sure there would be few objections to cheaper alternatives.
>>2900151>Would it make sense to start a subsidiary of Edanis' arcology company in Terran space?Possible. Though they seem more focused on expanding their influence within the Dominion in general along with ties to HTF. Few of the Terran colonies have bought into the terraforming deal with HTF, though Dominion ones are more interested. Uncertain how much you should offer to invest in the Urban Development & Infrastructure you ask your advisors. They suggest sticking to the lower end of the price bracket you'd been considering. 50 million should be enough for the locals to learn if Rioja style urban planning works for them or not. With that decided you put the proposal to Administrator Idir. You'll invest 115 million into the planet in the form of a new basic spaceport along with industry, housing development and other things you consider essential. 10 million of that will go to an additional module for one of their stations in orbit. This will act as a refugee processing facility. You've requested experienced personnel from the processing station in the Run who will act as trainers for local hires. The purpose of the processing facility is to provide not just shelter to the arriving refugees, but employment at the newly constructed spaceport and industrial zone. Finally you'll provide a loan of 5 million for the hiring of private security from the PCCG mercenary guild. These are intended to help supplement police forces wherever needed on planet, not just in the new city and station module. Though they'll start out at those locations. Your presentation includes footage you'd requested from Rioja and how construction was quickly planned out. Spreading from the spaceport in interconnected segments built at construction yards and linked underground. With local transportation networks already in place and access to power grids it should be relatively easy to perform upgrades. Excess room above ground allows for the addition of elevated repulsor tramways and highways if absolutely necessary. The bureaucrats are interested in the idea though they have to wonder how they'll keep the numerous smaller contractors in line. "By making them, their crews and company ownership accountable. It's not like people can just escape fines by letting their company fold and starting another one, right?"The uncomfortable silence as those present trade glances speaks volumes. "And people accuse the Dominion of corruption problems?" Troy says incredulously.Sighing you agree to talk to your construction company to see if they have any connections from back in the Republic that can get reliable people here. Plenty of Hune companies fled to Terran space during their civil war. There's bound to be a few around to work out deals with.
30m - Basic Spaceport / starting up new city 10m - Docking module for station in orbit 50m - They had better catch on with this much invested20m - ConYard & some industry 5m - Loan money so they can hire mercs "115 million. Take it or leave it." One of the construction company owners seems rather surprised you're investing so little given your reputation for throwing money around. "I could build a new arcology able to house millions for the same cost.""And what would you learn from it?" you ask. "You've proven that you can build lots of structures, even big ones. That's commendable but it's not helping your planetary government plan for the future. I'm hoping my little project does that. What's the expression? Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day? I could help you by providing money, or show how you can help yourselves. The refugees need that. I'm certain there are plenty of skilled individuals among them that can't apply themselves in the current state of things."You look to Idir. "Tell me there aren't already slums building up in the big cities."Idir frowns then looks to the others. "I went on an aid mission to New Rocinha. It isn't that bad yet but if we don't take steps and actually do something about it, it wont be long until things get that bad. I'll approve your plan Viscount. Have your people figure out where they want a city and I'll and see to it the land can be set aside." The issue of private security draws criticism. Some construction companies have their own security forces to protect equipment and personnel but they haven't been permitted to go beyond that. The administrator has probably been worried the companies would try to strong-arm the competition. By the sounds of it that might not be a bad thing. With a budget of 5 million this colony might actually be able to get somewhere with it. >Do you have a statement for the press?
>>2900679>Do you have a statement for the press?"The deployment of Reynard Orbital Correction techniques and Reynard Weather Control systems was just the beginning of the work we're doing here. I'm proud to announce a sweeping investment that will hopefully help this planet gain the much needed stability and security to house those fleeing war and terror."
>>2900679Nothing comes readily to mind. Unless Fadila or Troy has any suggestions they think would make us and by extension the Dominion look better.
With the agreement made it doesn't take long to call for a short press conference. Idir and the others seem a tiny bit annoyed by your political maneuvering but quickly begin making calls to their staff to ensure official statements are made ready. Most of the press are humans though you see a few Kavarians and one Dro'all among them when you step up to a podium that has been readied in one of the halls. After a short introduction you get right to it."As I'm sure many of you are aware the Lenased colony owes it existence to the deployment of Orbital Correction Terraforming techniques and new Weather Control systems produced by my company. These have helped give desperate survivors of the war another chance at life. All of this was just the beginning of the work we're doing here. I'm proud to announce a sweeping investment that will hopefully help this planet gain the much needed stability and security to house and help those fleeing war and terror."Short and to the point. Of course the media wants details, always with the details and the out of place questions. Some of which would be considered inappropriate at best. "How much money are you investing?" "Are you suppressing free speech on your planet?" "Why aren't your kids here? Are they fake?" "How did you feel when your sister was kidnapped?" "Are you concerned for victims of the war?" "Did it hurt when you lost your arm?" "Has Rioja stopped taking in refugees?" "Do you think we should destroy Neeran planets?" "Did you died?" "What will the money be used for?" "Are you in collusion with the Neeran?"It doesn't seem to stop.[ ] Answer select questions[ ] No questions / hand things over to the administrator[ ] "You do know I have diplomatic immunity and a gun right?"
>>2900844If they got questions, they can talk to the administrator here. I'm sure he wont hide anything from them.>[ ] No questions / hand things over to the administrator
>>2900844> Invite the ones asking appropriate questions to a private tour and press releaseReward people for taking us seriously.> Invite the ones asking inappropriate personal questions to visit us in the Dominion if they want to learn more about us.
Satisfied that your work here is done for now you hand thing off to Idir. The disaster relief organiser rather diplomatically asks for questions more related to the state of the colony. Departing the podium and shielded from pursuing reporters by your guard, you head for the exit and waiting vehicles. On the way out you let one of your diplomatic party know to contact the reporters asking serious questions. Perhaps there will be time to answer questions from them before leaving the planet. For now you still need to look around. From the outset you intended to tour around the cities of this planet. The sooner the better. Less time for news to circulate. With the police escort informed and the convoy crew having worked out routes while you were inside the motorcade gets underway. Much of the capital is similar to what you saw on the way in. Hastily erected skyscrapers with roadworks crammed between. If anything the weather control systems might be making things worse for these cities. With them active life on the surface is bearable, if not entirely pleasant. Without them you doubt anyone would risk going above ground without a vehicle or a pressure suit. It just wouldn't be possible to survive. But because they can here people are staying above ground. That's letting slums form. That wasn't a consequence you had even remotely considered. "Lowest common denominator." you mutter."What?" asks Troy"Nothing... just I think we may have been lucky with Rioja."Troy laughs. "I hope you're not just figuring that out. You do know how much money Count Jerik poured into that planet right?""Not entirely? How much?""From what I've heard? A lot." Continuing the tour there are plenty of areas around the city where more work has been done to fix up things on the surface. Certain areas show a good deal more evidence of urban planning than others. A number of districts were clearly built to a well laid out plan, the problem is that those bordering them were not, making the divide between them fairly obvious. "If this is what the capital is like I cant imagine the other cities will be much better." You're not far off. Some cities are better off but frequently the above ground is in rough shape. Entire sections of one city are made up of prefab surface structures or repurposed starship cargo containers. Cast-off cargo blocks from Y-Type transports with subdivided levels are used as parking garages or storage for ground vehicles and smaller truck grade containers. Frequently near the spaceports which seems like a good idea.When the motorcade passes through a more heavily run down area of a city one of the forward vehicles report a robbery in progress just off to the left. [ ] Return to the spaceport[ ] Ask half of police escort to help the civilians[ ] Halt the convoy. "Stop right there criminal scum!"
May post in the morning tomorrow then resuming Thursday.
>>2901033> [ ] Halt the convoy. "Stop right there criminal scum!"The Dominion brings order! Nobeless oblige and all that.And if it's an assassination attempt, we have a plasma pistol and a shocking disregard for soft backstops.
>>2901033>[X] Halt the convoy. "Stop right there criminal scum!" Less lethal than imperial city guardsmen though.
>>2901100Not if we use our plasma pistol. I refer you to outcome USAF.
>>2901033>[ ] Ask half of police escort to help the civilians
>>2901033>Ask half of police escort to help the civilians
While the desire to leap into action and shout "Stop right there criminal scum!" is tempting it might be a bit inappropriate. Instead you ask half of police escort to help the civilians. You're well protected enough that even a small number of them leaving shouldn't make much difference. Police split off and soon have the store surrounded. Hopefully that works out. It doesn't take much longer to complete your tour of this city and head back to the spaceport to visit one of the others. On approach to the next one it looks as though it's been built within a crater. Not quite an accurate assessment as you find out. The crater wall turns out to be artificial, made up of rock being dumped there to create an embankment. Apparently the people who originally began a settlement here hadn't been very thorough with their geological assessment. Stopping in at city hall you ask the mayor what's the problem is. "The initial site developers believed that the region would undergo significant post-glacial rebound that would slowly increase the elevation of the local landmass. It turns out they were... well, wrong. As the glaciers melt this city will be surrounded by water.""So... shouldn't you evacuate?" "It's an option that we've looked at but one that's too expensive in the short term. It will be far cheaper to build up seawalls for the time being and then expand upward creating an open pocket. Some engineers we've brought in have experience with Cape Town type ocean walled cities."The mayor activates a holoprojection of what they hope the city will look like in a few years time. A sloped ocean wall encircles the city with skyscrapers rising from the interior walls. In some ways it's like the big capital arcologies in the Dominion but inverted. Apparently a few cities of this type were built on old Earth when the ocean levels rose.>Any questions or suggestions for the mayor?
>>2901616>Any questions or suggestions for the mayor?-Has a decent geological assessment been performed since the city has been founded?-Aren't they worried about terrorists or some random nut job trying to flood the city.-Will they at least be in a nice climate to make use of the surrounding ocean?-If they're going to be surrounded by water in the forseeable future, would it make sense to prepare the surrounding area for underwater farming before the ice melts? If underwater farming is an economically viable thing in H&D.
>>2901626>Has a decent geological assessment been performed since the city has been founded?Now it has yes.>-Aren't they worried about terrorists or some random nut job trying to flood the city.It would be difficult to pull off, and if they could get hold of the nukes needed to destroy the planned walls then there are bigger problems. >-Will they at least be in a nice climate to make use of the surrounding ocean?Absolutely. They're at the equator. >-If they're going to be surrounded by water in the forseeable future, would it make sense to prepare the surrounding area for underwater farming before the ice melts? If underwater farming is an economically viable thing in H&D.It does. There is some ocean farming on Rioja, though it tends to be more towards the surface level.
>>2901616Thats pretty cool actually. Should see about making artificial beaches on the slopes för tourism and overall focus on seaside tourism. Cause i see potential in this. Just got to ensure the city is safe from flooding and that are polution does not ruin the sea around it
>>2901655We should connect them with people from Tortuga (?) To help them set up a tourism and smuggling industry.
>>2901655That looks pretty neat, this city could shape up to become a decent tourist attraction.-Do they have a mix of refugees like many cities on Rioja or is it mostly Terrans?-Would construction of an underground railway connection to the nearest landmass make sense before the ice melts?
>>2901616>City rising up out of the seaIt sounds like a pain to handle all the potential water inflow and various flood related problems but damn, it looks aesthetic as hell, I love it.How are they going to deal with expansion? There'll be a limit to how much they can build upwards, how are they planning to build outwards?
>>2901655What about doing like that one city in Deus ex. Build a layered city with broad open paths and rails with in it over half a dozen laters. Then use holographic projectors on the open public areas to give the apoearance of a tall sky that changes with the nightcycle
>>2901668>artificial beaches on the slopes för tourism>>2901675> tourism and smuggling industry.Could work. >>2901678Mostly terrans, though some other faction species are present like elsewhere on the planet. Not much in the way of Shallans.They're hesitant to build underground repulsor train connections to other cities yet because surrounding regions will undergo post-glacial rebound which may cause earthquakes.>>2901684There is a hard limit on how much they can expand in this one city. By the time it reaches capacity they're hoping other new cities will have been established. >>2901687Only played Deus ex human revolution and about 10 minutes of the original. Have to go! Will be back on tomorrow.
>>2901692Something like this.Each layer, marked by red, holds it own layer of buildings and rail systems. Some of the Taylor ones going up into the next floor and beyond. With the extensive use of holographic systems helping to removing that feeling of being closed in and below a lot of shit. That way you can fill out the maximum amount of the man made crater and ensure the city has a lot of room for growth while leaving the large top of it more free for tourism things. It would be like a legitimate Hive
>>2901692Are traditional water ships still used in this kind of situation or is everything handled by air transportation?
>>2901787Very dominion, an upper class that sees the sun and a literal underclass toiling in the shade.
>>2900844>"Are you in collusion with the Neeran?"Did someone invite Terran Alex Jones to the press conference?
>>2901764Water craft are generally not used for cargo transport, but as there would be ocean farms nearby there would definitely be boats of some kind operating out of the city. Ships and aircraft outfitted as flying boats are commonly seen on water worlds like Tourta, or in places like this. >>2901687>>2901742>>2901787Got it, Hengsha just with additional holo projectors to mimic day/night.That could make it difficult for aircraft traffic to avoid buildings but civilian craft are supposed to be on city autopilot in certain areas.>picI dont think they'd allow so many lower levels filling the interior, especially with some of the towers already built. There is an existing city already there just surrounded by temporary dikes and embankments.Continuing the conversation with the Mayor you suggest the addition of elevated platforms and layers. This would allow the city to continue expanding upwards, it would just require pre-planning extra structural anchors."That would cut off a lot of the city from clear views of the sky. I'm already worried about the mental health of some citizens with just the sea wall.""That's why you add holographic projectors. Give them sunlight, or a nights sky view of above the city. Once the war is over I'm sure there will be more than enough production available to meet civilian demands."Your holographics industry on Rioja is too distant to supply these people. Did you want to have that particular company expand to this world? [ ] Expand production here (10m)[ ] Fund development study for city vertical expansion (2m)[ ] Neither[ ] Both (12m)
>>2904476>[ ] Both (12m)It's pocketchange so I see no reason not to.
>>2904476>[x] Expand production here (10m)Holograhpics are always in demand but I'm not a fan of the city project. By the time the arcology will be completed, the refugee problem will most likely have already been solved in Terran space. The walled city is kinda comfy, the arcology isn't.>there would definitely be boats of some kind operating out of the cityHow about a small traditional shipyard (The wiki puts a small factory at 1-1.25 million)? We can use the time until the ice melts to train people and build up an inventory of different designs.
>>2904476>[ ] Expand production here (10m)
While we're on the matter of pocket change, was there interest in funding 1 holoplex for each planet in Terran space the OCT company has relocated? At 4 million each that works out to be pretty cheap.>>2904517That could be something to invest in. It'll be delayed a few years as its going to be some time until the wall is finished.
>>2904556>While we're on the matter of pocket change, was there interest in funding 1 holoplex for each planet in Terran space the OCT company has relocated? At 4 million each that works out to be pretty cheap.Yes, please.
>>2904556>1 holoplex for each planet in Terran space the OCT company has relocated?yes
>>2904556>While we're on the matter of pocket change, was there interest in funding 1 holoplex for each planet in Terran space the OCT company has relocated? At 4 million each that works out to be pretty cheap.Sure.>>2904556>It'll be delayed a few years as its going to be some time until the wall is finished.We could these fly boats. That seems like something the local government should be willing to buy now, even if they can only use it fully in a couple of years.
>>2904611>We could these fly boats.*We could build these flying boats.
>>2904517>>2904611>>2904667Yes a small factory built on the surface could probably construct the ships in question, you'd just need to find buyers. That might take a few years as the water levels slowly rise. You could have RLS buy the first few to be produced and set up operations here. If things dont work out the transports could always be transferred to Tourta. [ ] Work with the mayor to find buyers[ ] Expand RLS to region[ ] Don't invest
You have little interest in funding a development study of the vertical city expansion. It's a suggestion. If the Terrans want to do anything with it they have ample opportunity to do so. You'll definitely invest in expanding the holographics industry. Plenty of applications for it, and if they do expand the city upwards you'll be in a position to benefit from it. Thanking the Mayor for humoring your suggestions you depart. The whirlwind tour of Lenased has shown the troubled state of affairs the planet and its rapidly expanding population are suffering through. Central authority needed to direct expansion is either too weak or ineffective as a result of the massive influx of people. To be fair it's also the first planet the OCT moved into position for the Terrans and weather control systems were clearly tacked on as an after thought. Hopefully other worlds are better off. Anything else you wanted to look into here?
>>2904701>[x] Work with the mayor to find buyersLet's try this first. If it doesn't work out, we can still fall back on RLS.>Anything else you wanted to look into here?Can we check out one of the local schools? It would be interesting to see how and when they turn cute children into annoying terrans.
>>2904761>It would be interesting to see how and when they turn cute children into annoying terrans.That would be high school where they have to do book reports on works of Thargoid Atwood and Ryan And.
>>2904803We should get those banned under the factions treaty.
Oh right, I almost forgot about the interviews. Before departing you take care of a few informal interviews with reporters who were asking more serious questions. "Let's try to keep this short, I do have a few other worlds to visit in Terran space." you tell the young woman. "Thank you for seeing me Viscount Reynard. How much money are you investing on Lenased?" "Initially I was looking at 115 million at the time of the press conference. I've since decided to invest an additional 14 million.""The administrator wasn't very specific about what it would be spent on. Would you care to elaborate?"You tell her that it will be used to start a new city that will help to showcase urban planning and development. Hopefully some of the hard earned experience from the development of Rioja can be passed on. The next reporter has a few similar questions before getting on to new ones. "With more planets in Terran space being terraformed and colonised does this mean Rioja will stop taking in refugees from Terran worlds?"[ ] Pass[ ] Yes[ ] No
>>2904840>[ ] No"Despite of what people tend to think about how things are done in the Dominion, I'm not the absolute ruler of Rioja. The amount of Terran refugees we can take in depends on a wide number of factors such as the continued expansion of living space and farm land on the planet. However, until the situation in Terran space has been resolved, we'll do our best to maintain the current quotas."
>>2904840>[ ] No"There are no current plans to change refugee admissions"
>>2904840>[ ] No
>>2904840"Rioja must grow more before it can increase how many more refugees it takes in. We are working closely with Terran Representatives, to monitor and help direct refugee's to world so that the refugee's might find a place to live and prosper. Not a place where they feel unwanted and out of place."
"There are no current plans to change refugee admissions. The amount of Terran refugees we can take in depends on a wide number of factors such as the continued expansion of living space and farm land on the planet. Rioja must grow more before it can increase how many more refugees it takes in.""Thank you for answering Viscount Reynard." You call the interview there and then return to orbit. Once everyone is aboard, the Devourer and its escort head out system on the way to the next planet on your tour. Rufaro congratulates you on not getting involved with with robbery. She's been monitoring the progress of your visit from orbit, waiting with reinforcements for a possible extraction. The next planet on the trip is Jaluit. It's what is fast becoming an ocean world. The planet was too close to its star before correction with much of the water having been boiled away into a dense atmosphere. A classic hothouse planet. Now that it's far enough from its star a local terraforming company is bombarding it with a mix of comets and bulk hydrogen to create a chemical reaction. That's how it's traditionally been done and this part remains necessary due to the presence of sulfuric acid. In this case though things have been accelerated. Multiple weather control systems have been deployed on aerostat platforms to help speed up the rate at which the atmosphere is cooling. More than that sensors notes the presence of Helios built holograpic cooling systems further assisting near the poles. In geostationary orbit you spot a good sized blocky station platform along with what look like numerous arcologies being held in storage. Apparently it's not safe to send them to the surface yet. "Holy shit, it's the Saratoga." exclaims Maybourne when you get closer. Sure enough the big block of the station is actually an old Senate class Heavy Carrier. It certainly looks worn down, with more than a few craters and lots of plasma scoring on its hull. Most of the sublight engines have been removed. As you find out, inside the vessels cavernous interior are shipyards that are constructing new arcologies intended to be sent down to the planet. Mining Barges and tugs are alternating between moving comets and hauling back rocks to be broken down for materials. While the station has a few habitat sections built in, it looks like more than a few of the completed arcologies are also seeing temporary use. The top few hundred meters of those connected directly to the main station have floors lit up. They must have decided to install artificial gravity in those areas. The Devourer is given docking instructions and informed that the system administrator is available to meet with you. Since it seems you'll be going aboard the station not the planet itself did you want to bother with a big show? Or would you rather skip the standard bearers and all of that this time?
>>2905040Skip the theatrics this time. Though make sure we have our guard on alert of course.
>>2905040This looks like a fairly no-nonsense colony so I'm fine with just the essentials.
Sticking to the essentials only this time you skip the theatrics and most of the PR blitz. It doesn't take long to reach the admin sections of the station. They remind you of the upper class area from the Surakeh station, and are probably the same sort of module just repurposed. Rather than being shown into a conference with numerous industry leaders it's just you and your party meeting the person in charge plus a few of their aids. "Greetings Viscount, I'm Ea Gray the administrator of Jaluit colony." Both of you step forward to shake hands though you almost stop yourself. There's something about this woman that sets you on edge. Long years of experience telling you that she could just as easily shake your hand as stab you with a sharp object. Former intel or special forces maybe? Or a lawyer?She gestures to a couple of chairs in front of her desk and you and Troy sit down. The view from the office window behind her allows you to see most of the station and its modules. This section is clearly docked just above the bow of the crippled old carrier. "Thank you for gracing us with a visit to our small world." says Gray as she sits down. "I'd heard that you had visited Lenased. Checking up on us?" "I have a vested interest in making sure the worlds my company moved are reaching their potential." you reply. "I also wanted to see if there was anything I could do to alleviate the suffering of the populace displaced by the war." "Very... noble of you." >Any questions you wanted to ask?
>>2905105How are things progressing? What kind of timeline are they looking at for this world? Is this one of the more complex terraforming efforts? I can't imagine it's easy to scrub out a planet's worth of gaseous sulfuric acid, even with all the hydrogen and comets.Has the proximity to the star affected its geology much? It's not a lava planet but I'm guessing it's unstable in some regions? Do they have any cool/rare rock samples we can snag for Ethan?
>>2905105>Former intel or special forces maybe? Or a lawyer?She clearly knows where the bodies are buried.>QuestionsHow have things progressed for the colony and what is the projected time frame when refugees and colonist can start moving dirt side.Have they had to deal with pirates/ raiders or neeran infiltrators harassing their operations?Anything we can assist with by either funding or by having assets available in system?
"How are your terraforming efforts proceeding?""Quite well overall. Thanks to new technologies the temperature of the planets atmosphere is the least of our problems. It will still take time to deal with the acid and air pressure but our terraforming experts think we'll require less than ten years. Enough atmospheric vapour should be condensed out of the atmosphere in perhaps a years time that we can begin landing surface equipment. The engineers are equal parts amazed and terrified by the new cooling systems. If they weren't so worried that the sudden drop in temperature might cause trouble for the reactions I'd have them operating at full power. Same for the weather control arrays." Would it be easier to freeze the entire planet then heat it up again? That might be worth looking into."The engineers are playing science experiment while millions of people wait in limbo." "Is this one of the more complex terraforming efforts?""Only because of the mix of new technologies and the demands for living space. Ordinarily this is quite straight forward if time consuming. This planet was looked at as a terraforming candidate ages ago but nobody wanted to invest in yet another solar shroud. Now we have the option to terraform it permanently without one.""I can't imagine it's easy to scrub out a planet's worth of gaseous sulfuric acid, even with all the hydrogen and comets."The administrator calls up a display. "There are still significant quantities of hydrogen already tied up in the atmosphere that hasn't been boiled away yet. It's a contributing factor to why it was chosen. Given a few more million years this all would have been much harder.""Has the proximity to the star affected its geology much?""It already had a powerful enough magnetosphere thanks to its iron core. Your gravity well may have even helped it in that regard. Any changes to the surface have been brought on by the air pressure and temperature." >cont.
"Which means the exposed surface rock will be very strong." points out Troy. Gray gestures to your husband, acknowledging his statement. "I am not a geologist, merely the administrator. My primary concern is driving the workers to find ways to house our more than eighteen million resident refugees. Were it not counterproductive to our surface plans I would have already begun construction of Island series orbital habitats. For now I'm keeping as many people busy as possible in our orbital shipyards."It was hard not to notice the Carrier. If even half of its interior is converted to industrial purposes then its output would be impressive. It would also make it quite a target. "Have you had to deal with pirates, raiders or neeran infiltrators harassing the operations?"Gray almost laughs in dismissal. "Pirates were all but exterminated in this galaxy by the time the war started. The last time we were forced to worry about anything like that was during your civil war. Privateers and Aries deserters hoping to steal torpedoes they could sell to you and yours. As for the Neeran? No, though our security do keep their eyes open. We're no a high profile target and there are larger concentrations of refugees elsewhere."If there were pirates around this many people in space would make it a good target for slavers. Mention this or the other difficulties with slavers you faced helping former Terran soldier Eli D. Evins?
>>2905273I would at least mention that in our experience with confronting slavers. That they are crafty and if they think they can get away with their craft they will do it.Also with this many people in these cramped corridors with no good way to keep track of them all. I'm sure there are a few people who are missing, but everyone who knows them swears they saw them the other day.Maybe also share some of our steps of combating slavers and rooting out the more undesirables who might be lurking among the people. I'm sure the Terrans have their own methods, but why not share tales and trade methods of dealing with the slavers.
>>2905273>Mention this or the other difficulties with slavers you faced helping former Terran soldier Eli D. Evins?Sure. With a lot of the workers on the ship I imagine the black-market situation is nowhere near as bad as Lenased?
>>2905273Will she remain governor after the Terraforming has made the planet livable? Or will another governor be appointed like in Lenased.
You mention the difficulty you've had in the past with slavers, especially those taking advantage of people fleeing Terran space. It took a renegade terran special forces soldier with nothing to lose teaming up with a no nonsense knight who can no longer get "too old for this shit" in order to save the day. Gray doesn't seem to believe that story is real as it clearly must have been made up for propaganda."That's fine, you don't have to believe me. Some people believe that space isn't real and that's way more plausible than what I'd just said."Getting a little off topic."If slavers think they can get away with it they'll try." you warn. "I appreciate your concern." "With this many people on the station do you have trouble with smuggling?" "Absolutely. Our security forces keep a close eye on things. Most of it is simply ignored but if there are items that pose a threat we immediately move on them. People here are desperate for supplies, and demand is more than we can bring in above board at times. The amount of smuggling we permit improves the civilian morale and costs us less in taxes than if we'd tried to help in other ways." "Will you remain governor after Terraforming has made the planet livable?""I may run for the elected position of governor. My appointment as temporary colony administrator will keep me here for a few years before we're in any shape to attempt elections.">Do they have any cool/rare rock samples we can snag for Ethan?"I'm sure I can arrange for one of the geologists to provide a suitable gift.">Anything we can assist with by either funding or by having assets available in system?"You wouldn't be interested in constructing and partially funding a permanent station?"It costs 1.5 billion to construct the newer version of the Surakeh Lighthouse type stations. They're not a cheap or quick undertaking. You'd need to talk to London about taking that on first. [ ] Talk to London[ ] I was thinking a bit smaller. Like a loan
>>29053751.5 billion in a station, in Terran space. Our enemies back home would have a field day.>[ ] I was thinking a bit smaller. Like a loan
>>2905375>[ ] Talk to LondonIf they think the planet will be ready in ten years time, that's 150m a year we can siphon off which isn't too bad. We can even place it in a banking account somewhere to earn interest.
>>2905375>I was thinking a bit smaller. Like a loan
"I was thinking a bit smaller. Like a loan."This time the administrator's laugh seems more genuine. "I imagine you would be reluctant to fund even a fraction of that cost. Not if it wasn't a system you controlled. We could use loans to purchase modular station components but their availability has dropped since last year. I suspect many are being pulled for use in the war."Modular stations are a necessity for an invasion force trying to occupy territory. It makes sense demand for them would go up. Your station construction business does produce sections that are compatible with modular stations. They're the much tougher and more heavily armored versions. The House has probably been stocking up on them recently. Did you want to offer a 100m loan and options to purchase modules at regular rates? Inflated rates? A discount?
>>2905416>Did you want to offer a 100m loan and options to purchase modules at regular rates? Inflated rates? A discount?Loan of 100 million with options to purchase modules at regular rates.
I'll be back on late tomorrow afternoon.
>>2905416>Did you want to offer a 100m loan That seems fine.>options to purchase modules at regular rates? Inflated rates? A discount?Even if the other planets we'll visit don't need them, I'm sure the people on Lenased could make use of an arcology or two. So I'd suggest we offer the station modules either at regular or discounted prices but ask the same for a couple of their arcologies.>People here are desperate for suppliesNow that planets in Shallan space have stopped exploding, some of the capacities on the numerous stasis transports that used to travel to Shallan space should be available again. The stasis systems could be used to store people for a while, it seems like a preferable alternative to the situation many of the refugees are currently in.
>>2905416>Did you want to offer a 100m loan and options to purchase modules at regular rates?Yeah sure. Just give them the standard rate
>>2905375She seems competent. Can we buy shares in her company or this operation?
You offer a 100m loan along with options to purchase RSS reinforced station modules at regular rates. They should make any modular station expansion much tougher and provide more internal space, either for cargo or living quarters. "It's not a permanent station but it's certainly a step up from the basic modules that your seem to be using here." "And for that I and the people of Jaluit thank you." Looking through the window you see that a large number of the arcologies parked in the cargo storage arrays are not in use. As many as 32 might be connected to the station and are partially inhabited but just as many are not. "Any chance I could buy an arcology or two at regular or discounted prices? I know Lenased and colonies elsewhere could make use of them."Gray frowns. "All of those in storage have already been purchased by companies or local refugees investing in colonising this planet. We had previously sold some to Lenased but their industry leaders seem to think they wont need any more for some time."You mention that you've started a new city. It's intended to work without the use of larger arcologies, but having options never hurts. Looking through her records the administrator finds that some slated to be produced later this year haven't been sold yet. "I can sell you two at most for 99 million each. That's the best I can do.">Buy any?
>>2906033Nah. I think we are good.
>>2906033I could go with one of them, besides it does help with their Economy as well.
>>2906033I think we're okay without. From everything we've heard arcology prices are massively inflated in Terran space.
>>2906033Are these large acologies? These are supposed to cost 100-150million according to the wiki. If they are 99 million seems like a great price. I'd buy.>SaratogaWe're going to repurpose our Anchorage and the House's senate into stations in the forseeable future. Would they be willing to sell us the data they gathered while building their station?
>>2906033This seems like a good suggestion.>>2906144>We're going to repurpose our Anchorage and the House's senate into stations in the forseeable future. Would they be willing to sell us the data they gathered while building their station?
Okay, today did not go as planned. Had to cover a shift for a guy. 40% odds he faked being sick to go play 40k tabletop. Rained so hard at one point I could barely see an inch in front of my face. The frequent 0.5-1 second power outrages are not helping my modem. Still, not like those guys 100 km north of me who got hit by the tornado. >>2906144>Are these large acologies? These are supposed to cost 100-150million according to the wiki.Yes.
>>2907415Seems like a pretty good deal in that case. I'd be up for buying one or both.
2 for 2 against buying one of the local arcologies. >We're going to repurpose our Anchorage and the House's senate into stations in the foreseeable future. Would they be willing to sell us the data they gathered while building their station?Gray considers your request. "I'll have to clear it with the navy but I see no reason why they wouldn't agree. It's an old ship that had already been retired up until the DS2 invasion. I'm certain I'll be able to forward it to your people for a consultancy fee. 300,000 S?"It isn't hard to imagine that fee saving your House several times its value. You approve the payment for now. Maybe you can get it knocked off your taxes?With that concluded the administrator arranges for a tour of the station and facilities. Much of the station itself is a mix of cross linked modular sections, some connected to habitats, others to industrial modules. There are lots of people here, many of them keeping busy. Crews moving to and from the Carrier or the docks, rotating out with those working in the yards, industry or mining barges. Must like the old station in orbit of Dremine, the larger interior space of the station are covered in displays showing the station exterior. Jaluit can be seen turning slowly down below. Cargo and barge traffic outside is steady. They may not be able to land people on the surface yet but they're not taking that as a reason to rest on their laurels.Station security isn't overbearing but you cant go far in the public areas without spotting a security guard a short distance away. A few reporters try to get to you but are intercepted by the escort provided by the administrator, quickly sending them on their way."I think Ea Gray is running a tight ship here." comments Troy. You get the feeling she wouldn't be that out of place in the Dominion.
>>2907767>You get the feeling she wouldn't be that out of place in the Dominion.Is it time for...an offer?
In the hab sections of the station you see that the temporary housing is marked showing what groups will be living in particular arcologies and cities once they're landed planet side. Work is being done on community building. The tour visits the interior of the Carrier and shows that little if any space is being wasted there. Like on other ships of its type there are materials processing areas towards the aft that are supplied by the mining barges. These are in full swing feeding production of various finished construction materials like tritanium. In turn finished metals are shipped to the yards constructing the arcologies, or the dozen other industrial operations inside the bay. You sure hope your bodyguards are recording this because damn Jor'ron will have his work cut out for him. A short trip to the mining ship docks allows you to take a look at the various barges and tugs currently in for maintenance. You notice a lack of smaller mining craft. All of the light vehicles seem to be confined to use as tugs, moving rocks, comets and cargo. Finally you finish the tour in time to view a small comet being dropped into the atmosphere. Anything you'd like to do while in system? Any PR stunts in mind?
>>2907971>Anything you'd like to do while in system? Any PR stunts in mind?This is such a tight-ship operation I can't think of anything we could do that would be beneficial for both sides and is also something we can publicise.
>>2907971>Anything you'd like to do while in system? Any PR stunts in mind?Nah, thank the good administrator and be on our way.
>>2907971Are there any nice weapons only available here that could upgrade a fleet unit? If not let's go.Oh wait are we due for any plasma pistol upgrades?
>>2907971Probably just ask about the lack of small mining craft. Maybe offer to sponsor for them to rectify that if they need it.
>>2907971>Anything you'd like to do while in system?Add her to Sonia's Christmas card list.>Any PR stunts in mind?We could drop a small comet into the atmosphere with the great devourer and announce an investment similar to the one on the previous planet. With her running this planet for the next couple of years I don't really see any chance of it not being a profitable investment. Maybe announce it for the city that will be established closest to where the comet strikes.
>>2907767>one of the local arcologies.Yes, please.
>>2908434>Are there any nice weapons only available here that could upgrade a fleet unit?Not really. Though your ships did get a good look at some of the more recent weapon upgrades Saratoga must have been given before its last deployments. They're broadly similar to those given to Majestic but with minor differences. Hopefully the House will be able to make use of the data in the new carrier.>Oh wait are we due for any plasma pistol upgrades?No there haven't been any new ones released since the mark 8 and the 8 carbine version you gave to Troy. The 7 and 8 were both intended for mass production with less impetus for development of newer models. >>2908568You ask about the lack of small mining craft. It turns out that the Administrator wanted to focus materials processing around Saratoga which was optimised for barges. Using smaller mining ships would require additional intake and processing locations. Supposedly it's all meant to simplify logistics. You note that it would also be easier for Gray to maintain a stranglehold on supply of materials.>Maybe offer to sponsor for them to rectify that if they need it.To do this it seems you'd need to start up competition in the system with its own independent facilities outside Gray's control. There are no Terran laws preventing companies from doing this but it could be hard to break into the market in this system.
>>2908744Shouldn't there be a market for the engineering focused power cell armor we're making for the terraforming operation on this planet? We could gift the locals a few and if they like them and they're useful we might see additional orders.
>>2908747This is a good idea. >we might see additional orders.You might see demand for a production plant at that point. Or a production license.
>>2908620>drop a small comet into the atmosphere with the great devourerWanting your publicity stunt you make the offer. Gray reluctantly agrees but warns you that your crews will have to follow exact instructions from the terraforming crews on when and where to drop it. This will take 2-3 days so the Devourer is sent out to the edges of the system to acquire a comet from the kuiper belt. >announce an investment similar to the one on the previous planet.>Maybe announce it for the city that will be established closest to where the comet strikes.Well it looks like there are more votes for acquiring one of the local arcologies in production. Did you want to offer to have the one you purchase put there?[ ] Invest in nearest local city once built[ ] Put acquired arcology there[ ] Invest in a city similar to the one from Lenased (115m)[ ] Comet drop only, no additional investment
>>2908768We could make the announcement a simply wait until we've seen the other planets on our tour. It will still take time until large scale civilian construction on this planet will make sense. If a better spot for an arcology comes up on a different planet we invest in the local cities. If it doesn't we put the arcology on this planet.
>>2908792Just announce you intend to invest in a city (no specifics) once terraforming is far enough along?
>>2908768>[ ] Invest in nearest local city once built>[ ] Put acquired arcology there>>2908807>Just announce you intend to invest in a city (no specifics) once terraforming is far enough along?I'd be okay with these.>[ ] Invest in a city similar to the one from Lenased (115m)That one seems like bad form. The administrator knows her stuff and doesn't need Sonia to show her how it's done.
>>2908867I'll go with this.
When the Devourer returns the crew makes a good show with the holographics, showing the shark ship biting down on the comet fragment before tossing it into the atmosphere. Shortly after you announce that your intention to invest in a city near the impact site once its possible to begin construction on the surface.You dont give any specifics on the precise location, what that will involve or how much money, but given your investments on the previous colony there is little reason to doubt you. With little else to take care of here you with the locals and their administrator good bye and set out for your next destination. This one is deeper in Terran space and takes a few days to reach.Next planet on the tour is Kanehekili. Like Jaluit this world was once much closer to its star. That's where the similarities end. This planet was long ago stripped of its atmosphere despite its above average gravity. It was tidal locked to the star and magnetic field strength was minimal. Adjusting the orbit of this world had involved both gravity well generators. Careful application of tidal forces managed to impart a spin and may have helped liquefy some of the mantle. Now out in the habitable zone of its star operations are underway to break up sections of the crust to release gasses to produce an atmosphere. The Terran government provided a few warships to assist in orbital bombardment to help things along. As your ships approach the planet and orbiting support station they're sent an automated warning about the ships conducting regular bombardments. While they're not to be approached, they are not considered to be violating the factions treaty. Reports of such a nature will be ignored in the case of this planet. Thermal scans show plenty of locations on the surface where the crust has been intentionally breached or where "natural" volcanoes are erupting. Sensors detect Iratar built deep core mining facilities on the surface are assisting with some of the cracking operations. Atmospheric processors are attached to most of the same complexes. >More tomorrow! Helping with some family stuff.
>>2909307What I'm gathering from this tour so far is that we could be charging a LOT more for the orbital correction services. It seems like in many cases, not only are we just moving a planet, but we're letting entire economies spring up around it.
We should use Sonia's connections with those Nai bioengineers to create dragons and gryphons because there don't seem to be any proper mounts for power armored knights around.
>>2909307Would it be possible to learn what planets our company is going to be grav-adjusting before the information is released, and use the headstart to buy up what everyone else thinks is worthless, uninhabitable land?
>>2909377Well we are charging them 500 million for each move unless they hire the Harmen family. Which they are not. But I am all for letting London price gauge the Terrans as much as possible. That way we can maintain cheap-ish prices for Dominion worlds.
>>2909377We could request land on the planet as part of the payment. That would allow us to profit from the long term development of each world we help to make habitable.
>>2909377>we could be charging a LOT more for the orbital correction services.Raise the price too much and people will try to buy gravity well generators themselves. Mind you their availability right now is quite low so if you wanted to overcharge even more now would be the time to do it. >not only are we just moving a planet, but we're letting entire economies spring up around it.Terraforming a planet typically takes a very long time to pay for itself. Or it used to. If start up costs are too high it becomes difficult to find initial investors. Who knows where the Terrans have been getting money to pay for Terraforming of multiple new planets in the middle of a war. Probably taxes, so these planets would need to pay for themselves quick. >>2910612Difficult when customers are hiring them to do corrections of specific worlds. Customers sort of have a head start in buying their own planets land in that case. HTF has an advantage in that they acquire land by default as part of their terraforming contracts. So it's even more to your advantage if people take the package deal.So, OCT cost increase for the Terrans.You've already been charging a consistent rate in terran space for more than a year. It's a lot higher than it would cost for Dominion customers but still. If you suddenly increase the cost now there are going to be questions. Questions and angry terran customers.[ ] Keep bleeding the Terrans at the current rate[ ] Increase costs[ ] Require some land on planet[ ] Cost increase or land; leave up to the customer[ ] Slowly step up prices claiming inflation/availability[ ] Keep current costs
>>2912784>[ ] Keep current costs
>>2912784>[ ] Slowly step up prices claiming inflation/availability
>>2912784>[x] Keep current costsIf people insist on getting more out of each planet, I'd go with[~] Require some land on planet
>>2912784I am so split between slowly price gouging them over the next two years or so and keeping things as they are. On one hand we can probably slowly raise the price and get a even fatter paycheck from the Terrans without them resorting to ridiculous high payouts for their own gravitywell. On the other hand I do not really want to risk this already extremely lucrative contract we got going here. I mean sure. We will always have the Dominion as our customer but it feels good to be able to leech this much money out of the Terran Economy and into the Dominion one.So I'll go for the middle ground of [ ] Require some land on planetIn case of deadlock i'll just switch to[ ] Increase costsSo we can move things along.
>>2912784>[ ] Keep bleeding the Terrans at the current rate
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>>2912784>Keep bleeding the Terrans at the current rate>Keep current costsSomeone hand me the dunce cap please. I re-worded the same damn option. For now the prices will stay the same. The station in orbit of Kanehekili is much smaller than Jaluit, even without including the heavy carrier. Closer in size to Rioja's old modular station it's made up of ancient looking Kavarian modules, not modern ones with external repair arms. A dozen refugee transports are nearby awaiting docking clearance or headed out system. A similar number are already docked. Fortunately there is a VIP docking area for the wealthy and visiting dignitaries. The Devourer is directed in to dock next to a luxury liner and a few Frigate sized personal yachts. By the time you set foot on the station the local administrator has already arrived and is waiting. It takes no small measure of control to keep from showing any outward surprise when he introduces himself. Tyriq Cheboror has got to be the tallest human you have ever met. At what must be two and a half meters in height it wouldn't be difficult to mistake him for a Neeran in disguise. His booming laugh certainly helps dispell any ideas that he is one.The two of you shake hands for the cameras then move on to business. As you saw on the way in Kanehekili was little more than an airless rock when it was moved. Rock cracking operations are taking advantage of this to mine valuable minerals in what would usually be considered a destructive manner. Gasses released from mines, precision orbital bombardments and artificially triggered volcanic activity is slowly but steadily building up an atmosphere. One choked by ash clouds greenhouse gasses, but that can be worked around. Most of the mining operations are fairly contained. Older model Kavarian deep mining facilities are capable of blasting tunnels down into the mantle. This is allowing scientists to check on the status of the interior's liquification. If necessary there are plans to bring in fusion torches or other systems to further heat the interior. You have to wonder if Neeran Scorchers couldn't be put to positive use in that case.
>>2913176>At what must be two and a half meters in height it wouldn't be difficult to mistake him for a Neeran in disguiseThat makes him the Human Emperor, right? Considering Emperor Ber'helum is the hugest Dro'all Sonia can remember.
>>2913176>You have to wonder if Neeran Scorchers couldn't be put to positive use in that case.If we could ever capture one without handing it over to the Alliance.
>>2913176Most of the large mining sites and the only city on the surface are covered in atmospheric containment fields. Gas is being vented into these bubbles and treated by atmospheric processors. The city is the only one where things are done differently. Hilo is located far from any plate boundaries. One arcology and sites for four more are present in the city center. From what you can see though much of the city is underground, and not just a few stories beneath the surface like on Rioja either. The locals have taken an Alliance FOB module intended for mining out asteroid bases and dug multiple shafts straight down. Rather than having corvette docking slots cut into the sides they've been filled in with habitats. Industrial modules ring the outer sections of the city, with surface tubes for most connecting to the central hub. Some areas are still under construction but it looks like they're making good progress in finishing the city site overall. Farther out from the city is another similarly dug docking pit being used as a spaceport. Conventional landing pads are currently being constructed on the surface. "What's the current population?" "Only have 14 million in Hilo but I think we can squeeze in a few more. Haha! Some cross connecting tunnels are still being dug between the outer habitat pits but all of them are connected to the surface arcologies. There isn't much to look at but people can move around.">Questions? Comments?
>>2913188Yes. I think you are right. >>2913197Isn't it dangerous to have 14 million people living in these conditions? Like this seems more like a death world than anything else.The FOB was made to work in space. How are they getting rid of all the junk if they are just digging straight down? Zion much?I am sure something like a Plasma cannon should be able to go rather deep down into the planet and it wouldn't even be a warcrime this time! Hint hint. Nudge nudge.
>>2913197How do they keep people from going stir crazy?How many planets did the Terrans lose if they start putting cities on a planet this early?
>>2913197>>Questions? Comments?Mostly the standard ones, what kind of timeframe are they looking at for full inhabitability? What kind of challenges are they facing being a volcanic hellhole?
>>2913196There is one from an Executioner that you loaned to Helios if you wanted to borrow it back for a bit. They've been working on making it mobile. >>2913221>>2913229"Isn't it dangerous to have 14 million people living in these conditions? How do you keep people from going stir crazy?"Tyriq admits that the living conditions aren't the most glamorous. They're enough for people to survive and get by until conditions improve either here or elsewhere. Public works projects are also in place to keep the populace occupied in addition to providing jobs in planetary industry. Underground greenhouses are being built along with green spaces among the habitation blocks. "Why put people on the planet so early?""At first it started as part of plans providing more housing to the mining crews. Many wanted a safe place to bring their families that wasn't near drill sites. That started the wheels rolling as they say. Haha! We needed a capital city and had been allotted funding for one sealed arcology so we put it down in a good spot and started expanding from there. One of my distant relatives nieces had the idea to use the FOB mining block once we were done with the spaceport. Digging those shafts out also provided plenty of materials for industry. It was a win-win! Haha!"His laughter is short lived as he quickly turns serious."After that though word got out that we had additional space and refugee transports started to show up. That was a problem. We try to scare away some a them with horror stories but it doesn't always work so well. After that we implemented the public works programs and increased the industry support. Anyone settling here now has to be willing to work or we tell them to shove off, we dont have room for em.Now we dont have any concern about labour shortages.">The FOB was made to work in space. How are they getting rid of all the junk if they are just digging straight down? It's being processed by the mining/refining module as normal and used for construction. One of them was used on Mons Abyla to create tunnels and starship docks under somewhat similar conditions. >Zion much?Hadn't thought if it in particular though the idea did seem familiar. Was thinking more Crevasse City from Alderaan.
>>2913486>hey're enough for people to survive and get by until conditions improve either here or elsewhere.We should get them in contact with that underground House. They should know how to make this kind of life bearable with minimal resources.>Anyone settling here now has to be willing to work or we tell them to shove off, we dont have room for em.And that works? With Terrans?>>2913498That's actually pretty neat. How much did it cost to build the city that way compared to one of similar size above ground?
>>2913518>We should get them in contact with that underground House. They should know how to make this kind of life bearable with minimal resources.Or at the very least it will convince the Terrans they have far better living conditions. >shove off, we dont have room for em."And that works? With Terrans?""Not always, but we have less idiots dying on the surface from vacuum exposure than we did before." >>2913418>what kind of timeframe are they looking at for full inhabitability?I think my calculations are way off. These dont seem right. With orbital bombardment it should only be necessary to vaporise 1872 cubic kilometers(!) of matter to create a volume of gas similar to that of the Earth's atmosphere. Mind you not all of that is going to stay a gas. Some of it might even end up as water.The Earth's crust is 46.60% oxygen by volume, probably bound up in various oxides? 27% silicon. 8% aluminum, 5% Iron. Air should be the easy part.>the mantle is made up of 44.8% oxygen, 21.5% silicon, and 22.8% magnesium. There’s also iron, aluminum, calcium, sodium, and potassium. These elements are all bound together in the form of silicate rocks, all of which take the form of oxides. Okay so I was definitely going in the right direction with the oxides thing.>The most common is Silicon dioxide (SiO2) at 48%, followed by Magnesium Oxide (MgO) at 37.8%. Lots of nasty stuff you're going to need the atmospheric processors to clean out. So I guess it comes down to how much of the planet they want to bombard and how quickly. Starship phase cannons aren't pointed at planets for a reason as their output is generally rated in megatons per second. 10 years seems too fast but not outside the realm of possibility.
>>2913687>10 years seems too fast but not outside the realm of possibility.For a barren planet with no atmosphere that seems fast, yeah. I guess that's not including dust settling time, or having to build the biosphere from the ground up?
>>2913713>I guess that's not including dust settling time, or having to build the biosphere from the ground up?It wouldn't no. Just enough to get atmospheric pressure up to levels humans could survive.If the worst of the dust and ash were contained to particular latitudes that might make things easier. Maybe the polar regions.
>What kind of challenges are they facing being a volcanic hellhole?The kavarian mining systems are being used much larger bore holes than they were designed for. Some have found themselves sitting on the edges of lava lakes as a result of too much digging. Transports have to be ready to assist in evacuation of personnel from mining sites, or to attempt salvage of equipment from unstable terrain.>>2913518>How much did it cost to build the city that way compared to one of similar size above ground?Less than 32 million thanks to materials gained from mining the site.I have to step out again unfortunately. Back in an hour or two.
>>2913498>>2913821All I see is an XCOM basebuilder
>>2914040That's what it's meant to do. In 3D!
Before you can talk about possible investment support a new ship arrives in system which Tyriq seems excited about."I was starting to get worried it wouldn't get here in time. A few places have been making use of this test ship."It looks to be an old Jupiter transport with... are those tractor beams on the front? They're big ones if that's the case. Each one is the size of a Frigate. "We're trying out a new tractor beam every now and then to see if it's possible to trigger geologic activity in a controlled manner." "Earthquakes?""Triggering an earthquake is childs play with this thing. We're trying to help shift tectonic plates. Increase the number of natural volcanoes. Kanehekili is the perfect place to try it out. Though if your company wanted to contract for its use on one of its jobs I'm sure that could be arranged?""I hope you're not trying to out do my gravity well generator.""No competition there. This thing cant move planets. Maybe small moons but not planets. I heard from a friend that you'll be terraforming a planet in your home system that may be similar to Kanehekili. Let me know if you need some experienced rock breaker crews.">>2913188"I've met a lot of people over the years and Emperor Ber'helum is the hugest Dro'all I can remember. You have to be the tallest human I've ever met, that makes you the Human Emperor, right?"This sends Cheboror into a lengthy laughing fit. After more than a minute he has to stop and sit down to catch his breath. "If I'm the Emperor then clearly this woman is an assassin." he says to one of his aids. "I'm going to die of laughter at this rate." Once things have calmed down it's time to talk business. The arcology you purchased in the previous system does not have a destination just yet. That could be used to start the center of a new city here on this planet, or help expand the existing city since there are foundations ready. Then again you might want to save it for other locations in Terran space. While this world seems to be expanded as fast as they want to they could probably make use of a loan like Jaluit.[ ] Help start new city[ ] Accelerate Hilo construction with arcology[ ] 100m loan[ ] Other
>>2914375>gravity well generatorDidn't we buy a Mk3 with the focusing systems? Can it do something similar to the tractor beam system?>>2914375>[ ] Accelerate Hilo construction with arcology>[ ] Help start a new city
>>2914375>[ ] 100m loan
>>2914425Anon you've only got 1 arcology at the moment, unless you want to help fund acquisition of second one from somewhere.
>>2914469That's what I was going for but I'll go for [x] Help start a new city to speed the vote along.
Should have put this in the same post.>>2914425>Didn't we buy a Mk3 with the focusing systems? Can it do something similar to the tractor beam system?Yes you have a mk3 but it's not that accurate, at least the faction built system isn't. Its accuracy is something the size of Earth instead of the size of Saudi Arabia which is what you would need.
Most of what you've seen is from official documentation, construction reports and real time monitoring viewed from the station. Did you want to make a trip to the surface to see the conditions the general populace is living in? Offer to help the bombardment with a few plasma cannon shots? Or any other PR stunts?
>>2914645I like both of these ideas.
>>2914645Ask if they'd let us test out the Great Devourers Plasma cannon. Its been a while since out totallynotacult Plasma Cannon crew got to fire it a while. Maybe using Plasma will help them figure out a slightly faster way?Other then asking for permission to test the plasma cannon, nothing comes to my mind.
The defrag of my backup external HDD has been ongoing for 14 hours.WHY didn't I format the bastardly thing before deciding to use it as a backup drive?!"Administrator, it's been a few years since I've had the chance to fire the plasma cannon on my battlecruiser. I wonder if I might be able to assist with one of the bombardment targets? You'd be welcome to come aboard."Tyriq thinks it over."I don't have any actual control over the military but I think it might be possible to arrange. If you'd be willing to pay for a round of drinks for the crew that would take leave an hour early that might be the easiest way." One of the Tyriq's aids suggests it would be about 1000 S. You give a mock frown while pulling out a wallet with a few bits of hard currency. "Well I'm sorry Mr. Cheboror but the smallest I have on me is ten thousand. They'll have to spread it out over a few days."Flipping the currency token with your thumb towards the aid, they manage catch the spinning coin without dropping their pad or stylus. "Don't forget to treat yourselves as well."A few hours later once Tyriq has managed to convince the local commander you assembled on the bridge of the Devourer. The well appointed command deck has more than enough headroom for even someone as tall as the Terran. Taking the controls yourself you have to resist the urge to blast off from the station dock at maximum burn. An older looking Alderamin class battleship passes you on its way back from the bombardment site, headed for the station. A few Polaris class ships are out over the other zones, taking turns firing phase cannons. "Charge weapons." you order. Although technically unnecessary it gives your audience some advance warning. Maybourne and Tes'us report that everything is ready and the main gun is prepared to fire. When the indicated ground targets appear on your HUD and the bridge main displays you note that there are more than the cannon alone will be able to handle. Unless you want to exhaust the fuel stores for the plasma cannon, which you dont. Marking secondary targets for the gunners you maneuver to bring the spinal mount cannon to bear."Firing!" The blue beam lances down and punches into the planets surface. It's been a long time since you fired the gun yourself and old instincts tell you to roll the ship out into an evasive maneuver before aligning for the next target. Lighting up seven targets you keep a careful eye on the heat and fuel readouts between checking the orbital position. Once you're satisfied you give the crew the all clear to mop up."Gunners you're clear to engage secondaries." orders Tes'us.The plasma cannon shots have each dug fairly deep craters and hurled rock and debris for dozens of kilometers in every direction. None of them penetrated the crust by the looks of things. While the damage is impressive the main gun doesn't offer the level of sustained fire seemingly needed for this kind of work.
>>2914861The Gun has tasted the flesh of planets, there's no stopping it now.
>>2914861Make a suggestion to the administrator. If he thinks it would be in the planets best interest. Maybe have a limited opportunity to offer rich Terrans to come shoot dirt. It'll certainly help provide some extra funds for the colony until it reaches a more stable point where the factions treaty does come into effect. Maybe start at 1 million per target?
Resuming tomorrow. >>2914910The gun is going to need upgrades. Replacement parts. Despite being brand new when acquired the increase in power of newer weapons is becoming noticeable. Will it still be the same gun?>>2914946This gets Tyriq laughing again. "I like this. The navy will despise it, but I like it very much. I dont suppose you know any reputable mercenaries?" "I know a few, both on and off my payroll."
>>2915003>The gun is going to need upgrades. Replacement parts. Despite being brand new when acquired the increase in power of newer weapons is becoming noticeable. Will it still be the same gun?When I've built computers I always like to transfer the 'soul' over by using a few components from the old one in the new. Maybe we can do the same? Will that appease the machine spirit?
>>2915136>Will that appease the machine spirit?I'm not a cog boy, you would know better than I.>>2914375Still taking votes on local investments. > Help start new city with arcology>[ ] Accelerate Hilo construction with arcology> 100m loan>[ ] Other
>>2915669>[x] Accelerate Hilo construction with arcologyI think we should see if we can still buy that second arcology on the previous planet.The new star control is pretty fun so far.
Updates from House J-D.In the final months of last year and so far this year the plasma vanity project has done a lot of business. Barons and nobles of numerous Houses have been purchasing custom coloured fuel cells for their warships in the hopes that their contribution will stand out in the larger fleet battles. Protests and a small number of riots that had been taking place on Dremine over economic issues have largely ended. A few thousand people believed to have instigated larger assemblies around the planet have been arrested. Most of the lesser merchants involved but not seen to be acting in leadership positions have been released on bail. Count Jerik has begun moving part of the main armies to staging grounds in Shallan space. Your father has been transferred there as well to help set up forward supply depots. These will be the final stopping point for the J-D fleets before they jump into the Neeran Empire. Because of that they'll need to be well stocked. Barons Archivald and Dremine are moving their fleets to the Pandora cluster now with other Barons to begin moving in a few weeks time. This is hoped to minimise strain on supply and refueling operations. Forbearance is being loaded down with as much gear as she can carry to be used for the new forward depots.
After providing information on how to contact RTS or any of the other mercenary companies you have relations with, you see about a trip to the surface. Tyriq declines to show you around personally. He spends most of his time on the station managing overall operations in the system. Heading planet side you visit the city center first where you meet with the mayor. An older man nearing retirement, he used to live on one of the larger habitat stations in DS2 until it was destroyed years ago. Fortunately a majority of the populace were able to reach the shelters before it was hit and recovery crews managed to rescue them. You remember getting a distress signal from those stations. The fleet had been left with the choice of either continuing the pursuit of the retreating Neeran main fleets or breaking off to protect the civilians. You chose the former. Millions of civilians died because of that decision, but letting more Neeran Supers escape would have meant having to face them again some day. The Mayor of course knows this but doesn't blame you. "We blame the Neeran for putting both you and us in that situation." Initially the tour begins in the founding arcology. The wealthiest people in the colony tend to live here. Above ground looking out over the largely airless surface you have to wonder how much they bothered to pay for that minimalist view. Many early settlers and mining crews originally lived here but were offered more money than they could afford to turn down from well off new arrivals. Some have refused to sell, much to the annoyance of their upper class neighbours. Transit systems leading to the habitat pits and surrounding industrial parks seem well built and modern looking. Some are on the surface allowing views of what little of the city is above ground. Many more are deep underground spreading outwards from the central hub. You're not overly bothered by heights but looking down into one of the shafts of the underground habs is a dizzying experience. "Okay that's a long way down!" you exclaim, stepping back from the edge."Don't worry Viscount, we have the usual safety features. Tractor nets at regular intervals should anyone fall. Atmospheric containment fields. If necessary we can physically seal the shaft and the hab levels against vacuum." Good to know. "How much would it cost to buy the design plans for these?""It's just a variation of the Alliance forward operating base. I'm sure we could sell you the modification plans for two or three million?">Buy plans Y/N?
>>2914861>"Well I'm sorry Mr. Cheboror but the smallest I have on me is ten thousand. They'll have to spread it out over a few days."I can't stop chuckling. God dammit tstg.>>2914910Don't encourage the cult that totally does not exist anon!>>2915745>>2915823Y. May as well. I mean, it's basically couch changeWe approaching the late game now boys. Gonna be fun to finally put an end to the Neeran Empire.
That's more decisive than the previous item at least. It does end up being 3 million but that's cheap for what it will get you. You may end up using these on Rioja's twin while its being terraformed. A tour of the habitats shows that people are working to build up the green space between blocks. Some of them are subdivided into multiple levels of hydroponics though most seem to prefer more open spaces. Only a short bit is spent looking at the industrial park. Nothing new there aside from the facilities being sealed against the atmosphere. You've seen a few of those on lunar logistics bases before. The majority of people you've encountered seem nice enough though they would prefer to be living on a planet with sky above them. Towards the end of your tour the mayor is informed that a mob is forming near city hall. Not everyone is quite so willing to forgive fleet commanders who didn't come to their colonys aid. "How many living here are from your colony?" you ask."At least a quarter million. As I said before, most dont blame you but it only takes a few."[ ] It might be best to get out of here[ ] Use as PR opportunity for aid being given to colony
>>2915975>[ ] It might be best to get out of here
"As much as I'd like to stay here and play counter argument with people of opposed ideologies, I should probably just leave. Less chances of anyone getting hurt that way.""That might be for the best." With that you call for pickup from one of the LST's and head for a surface docking access. Although the containment field bubble over the city means that you could step outside without incident your party remains within the sealed structures, letting the recovery vehicle connect to an airlock. "Mayor Ferguson was it? Thank you for the tour. I wish you and your people success in terraforming this place from a lump of rock into a thriving planet.""And to you as well Viscount. There are many planets near the front that were evacuated but not destroyed. If this war ends hopefully some of us can move back there." Heading back into orbit you talk briefly with Administrator Cheboror before moving on. You promise to look into an investment in the planet, even though you haven't made up your mind just what that will be yet. The jovial man wishes you well on your journey.
>>2915975>[ ] It might be best to get out of hereI don't see how we could possibly win this. They have a very legitimate reason to be angry.
Teraina is the next planet on the tour. It's atmosphere was primarily made up of water, ammonia and methane before it was move to the inner system. The former ice world is farther along than Lenased in terms of stabilizing its surface temperature. Part of this is due to the initial orbital adjustment bringing it deeper in system before settling it into its current orbit. Some of the outer atmosphere was burned off but more than enough is left. Atmospheric processors are working hard to deal with the remaining gasses. With much of the planet covered in water the colonists are setting up underwater habitats and floating cities. The station in orbit is one of the alternative designs you've occasionally seen. Sensors ID it as a Celes class station. This one has several docking arm extensions to provide more room. >new wiki article unlocked!The local administrator is Brandr Pospíšil who turns out to be a noble from the Dominion. He claims to be there due to a slight career change during the civil war. Since moving to Terran space he's proven himself an adept bureaucrat, helping the governments of several worlds play off a number of companies against each other to the benefit of the planet's overall economy. Because of this he was given the chance to head up operations here. From what you learn on your arrival competition for land rights between companies and entrepreneurs is fierce. Shipyards want surface ports to assist in construction of floating and underwater cities. Developers want what will eventually become ocean front property. Producers in orbit prefer to keep building cities at the station using materials from in the system. They're trying to start fights between the other two groups to further delay their competition. >Questions?
>>2916213Are they not facing any pressure from their government to provide living space more quickly?
>>2916287Yes, though at the moment there are claims and counter claims that setting up construction yards on the surface isn't feasible right now because of the still imbalanced atmospheric content. Atmospheric containment fields were largely earmarked as being a higher priority for the other colonies. Brandr is right now trying to arrange for delivery of several and get them landed as a step towards resolving the conflict. This planet was only moved into position quite recently compared to the others so he hasn't had long to fix all of the local problems.
>>2916335>Atmospheric containment fieldsWe could loan them the ones we have until theirs arrive. I think we aren't using most of the at the moment.
>>2916354You have 1 or 2 at most available on Rioja. Some are still being used for mining sites that haven't cleared out deposits from the remaining open pit mines.
>>2916441Can we use our good relations with iratar to get them delivered faster?
>>2916213It's gotta be pretty difficult to get large accommodations for people on a water planet, what kind of population are they hoping to sustain? Cities similar to the Ocean Wall city on Lenased? Are they using any weather control systems for terraforming and/or are they considering keeping them to deal with storms that I imagine must be quite fierce.
This may be your first time aboard one of the Celes class stations. They're very minimalist, counting on newer strengthened materials, shielding and not being in the line of fire. Wide open spaces prevent any sense of claustrophobia and thick view ports offer grand views of the outside space and docked ships without the use of holoprojectors of view screens. Any power systems, storage or accommodations in the station arms must be in the ventral and dorsal spines. Very much a civilian use platform. It's no wonder why you wouldn't see them very much in the Dominion. "Did you actually request this station or were you saddled with it?""I requested it after reviewing the available budget." replies Brandr. You struggle to articulate a response, eventually settling on a single word. "Why?""It was available much more cheaply and I dont have to worry about the Terrans shooting at each other every few days." Well... he does have a point there."Also it looks nice and I have to live here for a few years so it might as well be easy on the eyes.">>2916465This seems unlikely. The Terrans have pretty good relations with Iratar overall and have already sold a bunch of gear for the various colonies. You could always try though.
>>2916483>what kind of population are they hoping to sustain?"Larger connected floating cities as well as the underwater habitats would have populations no more than ten million each. Larger than that and it becomes unmanageable in my opinion. We're restricted to smaller spaceports the HLV's and shuttles can land at out in the ocean. That's a limiting factor that means we're less likely to have millions more refugees shoved down our throats than we can manage.""What's the current population?""Four million on and beneath the surface, split between five major cities and a few development sites.">Cities similar to the Ocean Wall city on Lenased? "No, those are only used when someone's messed up or a historical city needs protection. There are floating ocean wall cities that are a bit similar. A protective outer barrier is made up of apartment blocks containing an inner harbor area and docks for sea and air traffic. We haven't built one here yet but it's on the books.">Are they using any weather control systems for terraforming and/or are they considering keeping them to deal with storms that I imagine must be quite fierce."Oh yes, those are marvelous little things aren't they? Much of the planet is going to be ringed by several ocean belts able to circle the entire way around Teraina. Combined with planetary rotation the currents will be tremendously strong. We're using the few weather control systems we have to keep things calm around the major off shore development sites." "Do you have long term plans to deal with those currents?" It wouldn't be good to rely on weather systems alone."Yes, the gentlemen in the terraforming division are working on that as well as part of the long term habitability studies."Brandr directs your attention to a few sites closer to the equator and dry land that are better protected and aren't buffeted as badly by winds and currents. "These would be the best place for cites of course but they're also the prime location for the development of ocean farms."It seems they could use some investment in that area if you're interested?
>>2916571>I dont have to worry about the Terrans shooting at each other every few days.How do they ever get anything done? >>2916580>It seems they could use some investment in that area if you're interested?100m loan like Lenased?
>>2916580>It seems they could use some investment in that area if you're interested?That seems like some nice low-key investment that will return consistent profits but isn't flashy enough to draw much attention. 150 million to establish a local company?
>>2916598>How do they ever get anything done?"Hiring Kavarian legal firms I should think. Not that they're always the best but it generally causes the other side to either get serious or consider settling. There are also many lawfirms established by Dominion expatriates from various Houses that have sprung up. They're quite good too. Even a few that have been around since the early Faction Wars.">100m loan like Lenased?>>2916611>150 million to establish a local company?Loan or company start up, that is the question.
>>2916647I sit with the camp of setting a loan.
As you've provided loans to several other colonies another 100 million would seem to be in keeping with that. The money is put towards the development of ocean farms. Some of these will be an inflatable partially submerged dome that will protect against the still somewhat harmful atmosphere. They're expected to be a bit cheaper if they work out. "Don't worry Viscount, I wont waste your loan. I have to make a profit in order to pay you back after all."A short trip is made to the surface to say you'd been there. The floating and underwater habitats are all strongly sealed against the elements. Judging solely from the views from above and below the waves you'd think it was safe to step outside and enjoy the sea breeze. It's most certainly a fact that the atmosphere would still kill someone who went outside unprotected. You're not sure if that makes these places more or less claustrophobic than Kanehekili where it certainly looked like there was no air outside.
There is some debate about the usefulness of stopping at the next world to have been shifted into a a better orbit. Zuidwal is a planet wracked by volcanic activity. Its powerful magnetic field and presence of minor levels of water ice had attracted the attention of terraforming teams who suggested it be moved in system. If you thought Kanehekili was a hellhole it was nothing compared to this. There are 4000 active or potentially volcanoes on Zuidwal's surface. The Jupiter transport the Terrans were trying out large scale tractor beams on makes visits here to test its effectiveness. In this case they seem to be looking for ways to reduce the levels of volcanism by targeting specific areas and relieving stress on the plates.The good news is that the planet's atmosphere was a bit on the thin side so all of this is genuinely helpful. If left alone it probably would have developed into an ice covered planet with a liquid ocean underneath. Three weather control systems are active on the surface. They're being used to keep a few areas clear of ash clouds. Only small outposts and support facilities for atmospheric processors are present. A small modular station is in orbit, half of its docking arms occupied with survey and terraforming equipment. >Any interest is stopping by?
>>2916921Stop in, pat them on the back, then head off?
>>2916921Lets just stop by, refuel and have a short chat with the system administrator and head on out. No need to go planet side if we'll just get in the way. Also I wouldn't be heart broken if we skipped it.
You make a quick stop at the Zuidwal station. They dont have a proper system or planetary administrator, just the station commander and the head of the terraforming initiative. Apparently it is in fact possible to scare away terran refugees. Even in this case you find out, about 250 of the personnel working here were dropped off by a passing ship. It's easy to pick out those who work on the surface. They all have vaccum rated armor similar in protection to marine suits, or masks with air scrubbers hanging from their gear. Not the sort of place where its likely new arrivals would pick a fight. The station commander is an old Rovinar while the very busy looking lead of the terraforming division is a human woman that you dont want to get in the way of right now. Fortunately the commander has time to spare, thanking you for the OCT's help. The short version of events is that the atmosphere building is moving faster than is safe and runs the risk of becoming a runaway greenhouse effect. That doesn't mean it pass habitable levels soon. It might be necessary to nudge the orbit of the planet a little farther out in a century or two. "Sir, rapid seismic build up detected, north east quadrant." "Evacuate teams one through fifteen!" orders the division lead.Looks like they have their hands full. You make sure they have the necessary business cards and tell the commander to call if they need a loan for later economic development. "We might need to borrow cooling lasers from one of the other colonies eventually when the time is right." they tell you.
>>2916991If you bored into the surface of the planet deep enough and fired a cooling laser at max power, would it help with any geological instability?
Belatedly ran into some difficulties with the next planet involving the hill radius.
Heading out for the next system you ask Troy if he has any idea how much one of the giant Helios cooling lasers cost. If you had that and the big executioner cannon you'd have all your bases covered for heating or cooling of planet cores. Maybe a tractor beam ship like the Terrans are testing too..."Sonia no."For that you give him the look. "Mister no fun allowed over here.""Just make a deal with them to rent one.""That's better, thank you." Corick, what was intended to be the last stop on the trip, is one of the most complicated terraforming jobs that OTC have taken on so far. It involved directing a moon orbiting one gas giant out and into the trailing lagrange point of another higher mass gas giant. This one is deep enough in system to be within the habitable range. Initially they had considered putting it into orbit of the inner giant itself. Balancing distance to its magnetic field with the risks of becoming tidal locked meant that anywhere near the planet would result in it getting too much radiation or too long a day. The Terrans have used mining barges and probably a Ceres asteroid tug to relocate the smaller asteroids and rocks already present in the L5 Lagrange point into a geostationary orbit of the newly arrived world. From the look of things its orbital position should hold for more than 1 million years. It seems the Terrans consider that good enough. Terraforming of the surface hasn't been ongoing for very long but the locals seems to have taken a very aggressive approach. Nitrogen ice that had once covered the surface has completely vaporized forming an atmosphere and liquid water is melting into a number of small seas. Sensors show that a number of these seas have deep holes cut down into the crust. It's possible the outer surface layer of the planet might not be entirely stable. "Surface air pressure?""Fifteen percent standard."Troy points out that as long as you have a supply of pure oxygen the air pressure is high enough to survive without a suit. Traffic control directs you in towards the third largest asteroid in orbit. It looks like they've used a FOB mining unit to cut multiple tunnels through this one providing docking space. Your ships are directed into docking berths one one of the outer tunnels. On the way in you spot lots of construction work going on. At least forty frigate sized ships or smaller are docked and crews are clearly working hard to bring more berths online.
While the administrator may not be on hand to greet you personally, a modest sized security escort is waiting in dress uniform to see your party to the control center. The transit network inside the asteroid base eventually delivers you to a normal station core module that must be buried within this rock somewhere. Your escort leads the way into what must be the command center for all operations on the planet below. There are surprising number of people here, some working traffic control for the planet, others clearly coordinating with the rest of the station command crew. After a short wait you're shown in to see the Administrator, a Shallan who must spend a lot of time multitasking based on the contents of the office. A big window looks out over the rest of the control room, giving them a good view of what's going on. "The name's Cilk. Cilk Hunter. Yes that is my real name not some kinda pun like the terrans think it must be. Welcome to this giant football of a space station. It's mostly working like I intended now.I'm really busy so I hoep you dont mind I'm gonna get straight to the point; what do you want?"
>>2917290"I'm on a diplomatic tour of all the Terran planets my company has relocated. The whole PR song and dance. But I can offer investment, services, loans, and anything of that sort, so what do /you/ want?"
"I'm on a diplomatic tour of all the Terran planets my company has relocated. The whole PR song and dance. But I can offer investment, services, loans, and anything of that sort, so what do you want?""Wow, what do I want? A few billion S and your husband to not kill me if I make an inappropriate comment?" You and Troy trade glances."No promises." is his reply. "Yeah he's not the one you need to worry about." you reply, checking your plasma pistol. "Right! So you've got all kinds of money and terraforming stuff you can offer us is the gist of what I'm getting. Alright that's fine. The Navy fixed us up with mining barges so that we wouldn't have rocks hitting the planet. We don't have a lot of transport craft but I'm guessing that's a problem everyone has right now. What else?"Cilk pauses to think it over."What's the surface situation?" you ask, causing the shallan to roll his eyes."Just peachy." he answers sarcastically. "We have subsurface ice layers that are causing havoc for any attempt at surface construction. We thought the tidal heating from moving the planet in combination with lasers, cannons and mirrors from orbit would melt it. The outer rock and sediment layer is insulating it more than anyone thought it would. I wish those idiots had thought of that before it was moved." "My understanding is that the customer tells us what to move and where." you point out."Not blaming you guys, just wish the government experts had thought ahead." To be fair they did a good enough job that the atmosphere is approaching liveable pressure levels. "We're good for investments in orbit but people are scared of the surface here. What we need are one of three things: heat to keep melting the ice, extraction stations to drain subsurface ice deposits, or colony structures with seriously deep foundations. That last one is the sticking point. Nobody wants to build a floating ocean city right now when they can go to planets like Teraina with it."A specialized arcology with deep foundations, or even adjustable ones, and built in extraction stations would be a bit expensive. If anything it'd almost be worth the effort to go with a repulsor equipped platform to stay airborne. Troy gets where this might eventually lead."You mean an Alliance Atmospheric Station. It could remain parked above an extractor surface station and support it.""Those cost half a billion though!" you protest."Only the ones with military grade shields... and weapons, plus the point defense. Backup systems. Armor. You know, all the stuff you'd want if you were building it in the Dominion, not Terran space." The Shallan give you both thumbs up. "That would be really awesome, either version."
[ ] Loan for weather control systems[ ] Loan, extraction stations[ ] Loan, deep foundation facility[ ] Loan, Deep foundation arcology custom build 170m[ ] Deep foundation arcology custom build 170m*[ ] Alliance Atmospheric Station (Civilian) 350-400m*[ ] Alliance Atmospheric Station 500m** You or a local company under your name would own this.Other suggestions?
>>2917431>>2917434How backed up is the Harmen family terraforming services? If we had the chance for them to exclusively move in and reap a fat, desperate, Terran contract would they go for it?
On at some point tomorrow!>>2917441They'd rather not jump into Terran space at this point in time. You'd need to get hold of a fair bit of land to tempt them into it.
>>2917451>They'd rather not jump into Terran space at this point in time. You'd need to get hold of a fair bit of land to tempt them into it.In that case>>2917434>[ ] Deep foundation arcology custom build 170m*
>>2917431>[x] Alliance Atmospheric Station (Civilian) 350-400m*We can refit that platform into the military version and move it elsewhere in two decades or so, right? Sonia has been pretty responsible on the trip so far...
>>2917434>[ ] Alliance Atmospheric Station (Civilian) 350-400m*
>>2917434>Deep foundation arcology custom build 170m*
>>2917434 Loan, Deep foundation arcology custom build 170mI aint willing to payout half a billion on a side thing like this
Deep foundation arcology custom build is the first to 3. There is the issue of owning all of it yourself or possibly using a loan. Have a local holding company own the city while the deep foundations/facility part is owned by the colony via loan?
>>2918552>Have a local holding company own the city while the deep foundations/facility part is owned by the colony via loan?I'd be okay with that.
>>2918552>Have a local holding company own the city while the deep foundations/facility part is owned by the colony via loan?Yes, please.
"I like it. We get gear on the ground, you get rent money and interest from the loans. Everyone's happy. That's the best way to do business. I'll have my people talk to your people about getting the finances straightened out.The only thing that could make this better is if you brought any spare weather control systems along with you."You shake your head. "I'm afraid not. We've increased production last year but demand is still high." "Make the best of it while you can then. I hate to break it to you but your little monopoly on those things isn't going to last forever.""I know that." you admit. "But by then we'll have a dominant share of the market.""Well you keep that head on your shoulders. We'll be glad to have you back once the rocks have stopped floating and people can go outside without a breathing mask. Until then best of luck." With that farewell the meeting is over and Hunter is back at work going over a few dozen displays and pads. After being shown out you're informed by one of the administrator's aids that there are a few wealthy refugees on the station that want to build up the local industry. Specifically military industries not so useful for the Terraforming efforts thus making them a lower priority. Odds are some of them may be interested in buying production licenses for ships or weapons you or your House produces. Your lower quality rifles already see use among some Terran and Republic units from Relays closer to DRH 1.Any interest in making arms deals?
>>2918713>Any interest in making arms deals?We could sell them a license for the RTS lance refit? That seems like something that would be useful for the Terrans but not too much of a threat to us.
>>2918713>Any interest in making arms deals?How are Repulsor Rifles holding up when compared with the newer Variable Plasma Rifles?
>>2918745Hasn't exactly been a lot of demand for it since the end of the civil war so might as well make money off it that way. That's an option.>>2918751Repulsor rifles are better at engaging lighter infantry and have a higher rate of fire with their smaller projectiles. The 20mm has similar or in some cases better performance than plasma weapons because of their longer effective range. The downside is that you have to carry different ammo types and extra magazines for the small and large rounds and so on. High end Plasma weapons like the republic built pistols and the VPR require a higher tech base, more maintenance etc, so they're more expensive. They're unlikely to see the level of proliferation that repulsor rifles will. Employed correctly they're terrifying, but specialized. You dont use them for everything.
>>2918794In the context of the upcoming invasion likely being ground invasion heavy, I'd like to lease a few of the Repulsor rifle PLs and some of our ammo PLs too.
>>2918827For 10 year production licenses you could probably sell them for somewhere between 2 and 5 million each.
>>2918794What is the legal status of the production data we have for various Aries ships? Could we sell those to the locals?
>>2918853House Aries can, though the Aries corporation will immediately attempt to sue anyone using the data outside of Dominion space. As the production data J-D has is now more than 5 years out of date you could just give it away, though legally the result would be the same.
>>2918848I like it.
>>2918865Probably not worth the trouble then.
Once you go looking it doesn't take long for your and Troy to find a few of the industrialists. They're the ones already hard drinking before mid day station time. Both are interested in acquiring licenses for various weapon systems so they can restart heavy arms manufacturing. Especially those not already seeing much production in Terran space. After a short discussion they express interest in the following weapon systems. None are interested in the Lance upgrade though they know someone who is. HAG main gunsRepulsor mass driver PD cannonsReynard Rifle MReynard Rifle L (Cheap one)Which ones are you willing to provide PL's for? And are you certain you want the Terrans producing some of your better weapons?
>>2918985>Reynard Rifle L (Cheap one)>Reynard Rifle M
>>2918985>Which ones are you willing to provide PL's for?I think we can actually not sell any of them right now because the company that holds the licenses is owned in equal parts by Alex, Mike, and Sonia. We should at least talk to them before deciding on anything.>Reynard Rifle L (Cheap one)>Reynard Rifle MWould be my picks. Terran spec ops and infiltrators can get any gun they want, and there aren't enough Terrans around to really oppose the Dominion clone hordes in an actual war. Providing a few production lines of these during the invation should be fine.
>>2919066Contacting Mike and Alex they're fine with selling the Reynard L for sure, though Alex is a bit reluctant on the M."That one uses magazines for its 20mm ammo so a soldier can get off 6 shots with it. I'm not sure I'd like to face the Terrans in the future if they had those.""Alex may have a point but that could be years, decades from now." Says Mike. "Do we really think the Terrans wont get their hands on guns like these eventually?" [ ] Try to delay how fast the Terrans get hold of the M version[ ] We're in the middle of a war[ ] Offer a Reynard M downgrade (No barrel extension, modified 20mm magazine?)
>>2919119>[ ] Offer a Reynard M downgrade (No barrel extension, modified 20mm magazine?)
>>2919119>[ ] Offer a Reynard M downgrade (No barrel extension, modified 20mm magazine?)Reynard M-EX(port variant)
>>2919119>[ ] Offer a Reynard M downgrade (No barrel extension, modified 20mm magazine?)I don't think a modified 20mm magazine really makes sense. They're not exactly a high tech part that takes years of research to replace with something better and downgrading them makes the license less desirable.
>>2919159>I don't think a modified 20mm magazine really makes sense. They're not exactly a high tech part that takes years of research to replace with something better and downgrading them makes the license less desirable.I was actually thinking more of redesigning the stock slightly so that it would be more awkward for them to use the larger magazines.Open to other suggestions for things that can be cut back on for the export version.
>>2919193>I was actually thinking more of redesigning the stock slightly so that it would be more awkward for them to use the larger magazines.Modify the stock and magazine design so it can only use smaller 20mm magazines that are limited to 4 shots?>Open to other suggestions for things that can be cut back on for the export version.Smaller, less powerful but cheaper repulsors?
>>2919251>Modify the stock and magazine design so it can only use smaller 20mm magazines that are limited to 4 shots?Yes. >Smaller, less powerful but cheaper repulsors?That would reduce the weapon's overall effectiveness and make it weaker than the older SRL produced repulsor rifles. If anything your current rifles could be given a further series of upgrades now, but that would make them use more power per shot and might screw up the weapon balance. >>2919066Also worth noting: The HAG main guns were produced to order specifically for your shipyards. Sonia owns full rights to those. It's a similar story for the newer Mass driver PD guns from Kaartinen. You can sell PL's if you want, though there has been little point in doing so. You manage to sell production licenses for the L model for 2 million and the export version of the Reynard M for 4.5 million. With that deal secured you're pointed to another industrialist working on setting up local shipyards. With the number of Lance class mediums in use among the Terran fleets, upgrade packages aren't that unusual. Few of the ones that Terran companies produce use weapons like LD plasma cannons, providing a firepower advantage. It wouldn't be too difficult to replace those with torpedo batteries which are far more likely to sell here. A variety of options are on the table as you make the sales pitch.A normal medium cruiser license might cost 200 million or more. How much do you want to sell the upgrade package license for?
>>2919294He's trying to establish a new operation and neither of us knows if the refit will actually be popular with the locals. How about 30 million up front and 7.5 million per individual ship after the first one that undergoes the refit?Also, I was checking archived.moe to find out how much an upgraded lance is worth and found this:>>1493969 >RSS has finished refitting a Lance class ship with an Aries torpedo battery. Baron Winifred's people are assisting with field trials. There are concerns about the amount of ammunition the ship can chew through. Magazine size will need to be expanded and additional armor added to protect it. So far mobility hasn't been affected.We could provide the torpedo batteries, and have the Terrans do the hull modifications. That way we get around the problems with aries licensing and can hinder production if relations between our factions worsen significantly.
>>2919294>A normal medium cruiser license might cost 200 million or more. How much do you want to sell the upgrade package license for?5m per ship upgraded? That's 2.5% which might be quite low.
>>2919339>We could provide the torpedo batteries, and have the Terrans do the hull modifications. That way we get around the problems with aries licensing and can hinder production if relations between our factions worsen significantly.That could work, though it's a fairly serious modification that takes out the main shuttle bay. The main bay is where the drone bay is on an Armageddon. >>2919359Normally it's a production license for them to produce the upgrade equipment packs over a length of time. If you were the one upgrading individual ships yourself you could charge customers by the ship.
>>2919399>That could work, though it's a fairly serious modification that takes out the main shuttle bay.Sell the regular upgrade as a license and offer to run this one as a joint venture? The locals modify the hulls in Terran space and we manufacture the torpedo batteries in Dominion territory and ship them over for installation. It seems like a design the could prove especially useful the field during the invasion. Even if it were mainly used to flood enemy sensors with torpedo decoys in larger engagements.>Normally it's a production license for them to produce the upgrade equipment packs over a length of time. Is 80 million reasonable in this case?
>>2919399>Normally it's a production license for them to produce the upgrade equipment packs over a length of time.In that case around the 30 - 50m mark for ten years? That's 3m - 5m per year, and if they can produce one upgrade per month each one is costing them 250k - 400k, not including material costs.
>>2919435>run this one as a joint venture? The locals modify the hulls in Terran space and we manufacture the torpedo batteries in Dominion territory and ship them over for installation.That could work.>Is 80 million reasonable in this case?I think it's still within the range of possibility, though they'll be reluctant. >>2919441They would definitely jump at the 30 million offer.Pick your top 2.[ ] 30m[ ] 40m[ ] 50m[ ] 60m[ ] 70m[ ] 80m
>>2919455>[ ] 40m>[ ] 50mIf it helps the local economy, our arcology will profit as well.
>>2919455>[ ] 50m
>>2919455> [ ] 50mThey have to house their staff in our Arcology though.
>>2919480>They have to house their staff in our Arcology though.Are you offering a discount or other reason to do so? Or just making it seem like they've won the opportunity to be among the first to move in?
You let them negotiate you down to 50 million along with the additional business for the torpedo battery bow modification. The best part is Aries wont be able to touch you or hinder the modifications in any way. At least not legally. Just in case though an update is sent to Count Jerik. If he feels House Aries needs to be informed then so be it. You hope that with these modifications sold you'll at least get a bit more side business for the refit yards. They're busy with cargo ship conversions of one kind or another but can always take on military orders. Speaking of which, the Crate has begun operations in South Reach and is expected to being hauling back salvage any day now. They're aware of the transport shortage and if any are in good shape they'll be prioritized. Securing super heavy hulls remain their number one concern though. Linda is worried the fleet might be followed to some of the sites so plans are being made to ensure anything left behind cant be classed as a derelict. "What are you talking about?""We're leaving unmanned maneuver units and tugs on auto pilot pushing wreckage we have to abandon. If necessary a few escort craft will keep an eye on them." "Don't get killed out there." you warn. Do you wish to conclude your tour of Terran space here, visit an ongoing orbital correction operation, or did you have any other PR stunts in mind?
>>2919626>visit an ongoing orbital correction operationYes, please.>did you have any other PR stunts in mind?I think there was some talk of visiting Versa if that was possible?
>>2919626We could visit the capital of the sector or administrative region that is on the terran side of the jump from drh1. It can't hurt to know who's in charge and what theirnworld looks like.
>>2919626Lets head home.
You stop off briefly to view ongoing operations to place a planet in orbit of a small gas giant in the habitable range of its star. It's tricky work as they're counting on the new moon to become tidal locked to the giant at an appropriate distance for an average length day. Basically what a few people had hoped to do with Corick before the radiation levels and long day length were found to make that impossible. Because of the tolerances required the gravity well crews are not enjoying this. Because of this you keep your visit short. On camera for the PR people you make sure that the hard working crews get bonuses for their efforts to help the displaced war refuges. You finally get a message back from Versa. The Terrans don't like that you've requested her help via the Alliance for the second phase of the invasion plans. Depending on how things go in the first wave she may not be available but is glad you asked for her help. She tells you that the Alliance have agreed to make sure that an AI is made available to the taskforce. She has a few backup candidates that could be of help to you if she can't make it for whatever reason. There could be many reasons. Fighting is rumored to have already started in the Neeran held cluster closest to Shallan space. Reconnaissance in force as well as raider and autonomous operations units are believed to be in the process of softening up or evaluating targets ahead of the real invasion. Intel reports that Şivan Berwari and his company are no longer available for hire, having taken on a contract of undisclosed length. Numerous other SRL Mercenary commands known for conducting successful raids behind enemy lines are showing a similar status.
>>2919847Pity the Terrans are being dicks about this given our history, and our recent reaching out to them.Well they can eat shit. We'll become friends with this new AI too! Suck it!
On the way back to Rioja you take a somewhat longer route stopping in Navigation Relay Terran Alliance Confed 4 or Nav TAC 4. There you meet with a few Terran civilian leaders responsible for their entire relay. To say that the Terran system of governance is complicated would be an understatement. They elect planetary leaders like Dominion Governors as well as representatives for their larger governmental bodies and assemblies. There are sector level, then regional or relay level which contain many sectors. Some regions and relays are organized differently but usually they're expected to form localised coalition governments which is the case in TAC 4. You meet with several leaders from different sectors and political parties and express your interest in long term economic ties. The Terran blockade during the civil war was harmful to economies on both sides of the border. There is talk of course of potential terraforming business as well, but most of those efforts are being focused on the Centri Cluster. While a bit late given that the invasion is only months away a few leaders offer to work out arms deals. The Reynard M-E Rifle which has quickly been termed the "Envoy" version is a weapon system several worlds would like to acquire to help outfit Terran Marines from their region. With established population bases to work with and draw tax money from, you're given offers for some twenty production licenses at 5 million each. Talking to your co-owners Mike points out that since you've already established such an arms deal there's no reason not to do the same in the nearby Relay. Alex is still reluctant, wanting to either halve the number of PL's sold or increase their price. "We can always claim that the lower price you gave on Corick was to help build up their economy."[ ] Sell 20 PL's for Reynard M-E Rifle at ≥6m[ ] Sell 20 PL's for Reynard M-E Rifle at 5m[ ] Sell 10 PL's at 5m[ ] Set up GHM owned production in Terran space[ ] Hold off for now
>>2920086>[ ] Sell 10 PL's at 5m
Selling 10 production licenses at 5 million each. No reason to flood the market. Returning to Rioja a few days later you're glad to see the planet still in one piece. Troy arrives two day later having detoured to pick up the kids and the Outer Heaven. He didn't think his parents would respond well to handing the kids over to just the members of your guard in the region. They trust you, and that you'd hire competent people, but they're still paranoid about the safety of their future potential heirs.Not long after your return there are items that require immediate attention. The Army of Dremine is requesting additional phase rifles for troops about to transfer to Shallan space. They're worried about crowd control duties when occupying territory and Governor Veos is reluctant to release any more stockpiles meant for Dremine's PDF.You do have a surplus of older such weapons you've been slowly phasing out of service No pun intended. Rioja might face a slight shortage for a few months but you're not expected to hit the front soon. A more expensive option would be to temporarily increase production of the newer phase rifles and ship them directly to Shallan space where they could be picked up before deployment.[ ] Send surplus[ ] Increase production
Working tomorrow, resuming in the later afternoon. Unless I have to cover for people being sick again
>>2920201>[ ] Send surplus
>>2920201>] Send surplus
>>2920201[X] Send surplus
>>2920201>[x] Increase production
>>2920201[ ] Send surplusIt's just crowd control rifles. It doesn't need to be good or anything.
You give the order to send the rifles. Even older weapons should be fine if they're planning to use them for dealing with civilians. Vanderwal has apparently been enjoying himself. With the assistance of some newer hackers your spymaster was able to find out that a local noble has been engaged in tax evasion for some time now. By funneling money into small startup companies which are then sold to larger businesses and holding companies he's been able to mask the movement of funds to offshore accounts. Keeping money in other Factions space isn't the problem, lots of people do that. House J-D prefers to tax the income of the wealthy not so much their holdings. By funneling unreported amounts to other regions they're costing the House tens of millions in tax revenue. "I have a plan you may find appropriate." Vanderwal tells you. "Yes you could just slap him with fines or jail time. That's not as fun.""What were you thinking?""Hold a public event for a charity. War bonds maybe, it doesn't matter. Invite them up and make a public announcement that they've been saving the money in these foreign accounts to help the House in its hour of need. Of course if they're stupid enough to publicly refuse this you can point out that the money hadn't been claimed as official income under their taxes." "And they'd be made a mockery of." you conclude."Essentially. Lose a lot of money while looking good versus losing face and a bit of money."The old man is clearly eager to see what option the noble in question will go for.[ ] Hold charity event trap [ ] Fine and charge them as normal[ ] Quietly make a deal to have them pay taxes
>>2921609Does that Noble have any connections we should know about? If not, I'd be okay with doing this Vanderwal's way. He deserves a bit of entertainment every now and then.>"Essentially. Lose a lot of money while looking good versus losing face and a bit of money."Maybe put some limit on how much we demand to not ruin the guy completely? Two or three times what he'd owe in taxes?
>>2921609[X] Public execution
>>2921621>Does that Noble have any connections we should know about?Economic ties to a few nobles from Torun with small amounts of industry. They've been trying to expand into PCCG space which is where their extra accounts are located. >>2921625>[X] Public executionFadila suggests that might be a tad excessive. "It's just money, and they're successful enough to pay off the taxes with more than enough interest. This sort of thing is just a game to some nobles."
>>2921609[ ] Hold charity event trap Oh Vanderwal you absolute treasure. What ever would we do with out you?
>>2921609>[ ] Hold charity event trap
I know it's early days but is anyone else incredibly excited for the Sphere builder facility mission? It's going to be great, I'm hoping it's a defence platform they left behind with all kinds of weird technology, or some kind of vault for incredibly dangerous things. What about you??
With the invasion coming up you use Vanderwal's suggestion for a charity ball. It's a good opportunity for a war bond drive as well as helping out organisations that assist with recovery efforts and civilian needs. The turnout is good, though it could be better. People are getting burned out when it comes to funding the war. Despite this the nobles are determined to soldier on. The House continues to grow in strength and power as does its supporters. "Invest in the House, invest in security for the future" is the leading tagline. At the climax of the larger war bond drive for the evening you have your people put the plan into action. As tempting as it might be to take all the money the poor noble has in those PCCG accounts, just taking 3 times his taxes would still leave half. More than a simple slap on the wrists and a good warning. Lord V'sud is very surprised when they're called up in front of the other nobles present and more so when you make the big reveal. Namely that they've been preparing money and accounts in the PCCG to better assist the distant fleets from a position closer to the lines. Clearly the economic ties they've worked to build there will make that even easier. After a moment's indecision they decide to roll with it. Better than facing the wrath of their peers when getting caught. Later that night a few nobles even suggest that V'sud act as a House economic liaison to PCCG space during the invasion. This would potentially put them in an advantageous position to make business deals. Asking Fadilia about this development she is quick to reply."As long as they remember where their priorities lie. We can always be sure to keep an eye out for any attempts to tamper with their accounts. It wouldn't do to have our liaison bothered by "rival Houses" would it?"
>>2921609>[ ] Hold charity event trap We already have enemies who are more powerful then these goons. Lets do something 'fun'.>>2921860I am hoping for either one of these things. Either an old construction facility meant to build "small" parts for the sphere or other things. A prison for things so dangerous that letting them loose spells the end of the universe as we know it, notInfinity Gauntlet, Unicron imprisoned. Or just a space dock for an ancient space ship filled with tech that is so ancient and powerful we can traverse the multiverse with ease.
Second last thread from the bottom of the board.
>>2921883>People are getting burned out when it comes to funding the warI'm worried about this. Is it worth reassuring the populace that yes, we are entering the final stages of the war?
>>2921895>Is it worth reassuring the populace that yes, we are entering the final stages of the war?You can say it to people if you want, that doesn't mean it's guaranteed to turn out to be true. While risky you can make the attempt to use it to improve morale. Rioja's fleet is set to conduct exercises with a number of allied units throughout the Relay before their deployment to the front. You're not the only ones to have captured a mostly functional Neeran super heavy tank and many are interested in forming larger aggressor units to sim against them. A heavy walker manufacturer in Nirium space is offering to produce a cheap knockoff of the larger enemy ground vehicles to use in army exercises. They're unarmed, equipped with only simulated weapons and minimal armor.General Rna is also noting a lack of smaller vehicle transport aircraft for use in more confined spaces. Shuttles can fill in for this but would be more useful transporting infantry. He'd like approval to acquire a number of cheap smaller carryalls. 1) SH Tank knockoffs >Y/N?2) Smaller Carryalls >Y/N?
>>29220651) Y2) Y
>>2922065YY>>2921885Thanks for the thread tstg.
Enough super heavy tanks are purchased to fill out the remaining spaces in the 2 Neeran HLV's General Rna has been hanging onto. This is enough to provide a realistic assault group for ground forces to go up against. Assault gun and HAG crews especially need to work on improving coordination as they may not be able to use shield breaker rounds. The General is also glad you approved the Carryalls. Shuttle crews previously assigned to "Crane Game" duties moving tanks around planets are glad for the dedicated vehicles. GE drop ships and shuttles are handy but not always the best for that sort of work. These should require less maintenance and have better handling between buildings. Training vehicles are expected to be outfitted with additional bumpers for those getting used to operating them. As yet unresolved is the tie regarding the investments on Kanehekili. You purchased an arcology in Terran space at the bargain price of 99 million. It was never decided where to send it. Kanehekili being the only colony you didn't make a substantial investment.A) Help start new city with arcologyB) Accelerate Hilo construction with arcologyC) 100m loanD) A+CE) B+C
>>2922238B) Accelerate Hilo construction with arcology
I kinda expected this thread to be gone by now, not still 2nd thread from the bottom.
>>2922238>B) Accelerate Hilo construction with arcology
New thread Friday.