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Some general information about the Galaxy in our Subreality: [Aug. 20th, 2008|11:18 am]
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underlankers
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

We have a Universe with literally infinite dimensions in our Subreality. There are about 200 estimated starfaring societies, with ours, the Bizjarran Empire, equivalent in terms of sophistication and power-projection to Achaemenid Iran, and the rest of the galaxy to the Achaemenid-era Earth. To put it more bluntly, we outweigh the rest of the galaxy so bad that they cannot conquer us at our best, all united together.

Bizjarran civilization spans 40,000 light years wide and 2,000 light years deep, and is organized as a loosely-grouped monarchy based around the figure of the Anlan Lan and his female counterpart, the Azla Lazae. The society has a great deal of diversity, as would be expected from a starfaring empire of the sort that the Bizjarrans have, which retains sovereignty and suzerainty over a gigantic chunk of the galaxy. The empire is authoritarian, perhaps even totalitarian in theory, but in practice it retains a lot of individual leadership among various species. Each species has various factions and governments, and sometimes internecine wars. Really, the only unifying factor at all is the Bizjarran Emperor and Empress, as even the species that have produced the Imperial Houses are often badly divided and prone to disputes over issues. Imperial society currently is in its Golden Age, at the peak of its power, even after the collapse of one Dynasty and the rise of another.

Various satellite regimes exist, mostly small-scale federations of various species that are extremely prone to rebellion against Bizjarran interference, which usually prompts a quick smackdown every so often. Further out in space, a pair of unified and yet divided regimes exist that remind me first of the Aztecs in terms of power, and the second in terms of pre-Shi Huang China. These two have just as much tension between Starfarers and Planet-bounds as every other Galactopolitical regime does. The various races are often attempting to leave the former, especially, which prompts brutal retaliation which lacks the effectiveness of Bizjarran retaliation, and so the leaders of the Zhurvan League have to launch another attack. The Khroelvar Union, which is on some level resembling Warring-States era China, is very different, the planets are often only loosely affiliated, and seldom are actually unified, chiefly owing obedience to the Leader of the Union, a virtually powerless figure. These two have been battering each other in warfare for at least 22 years.

There are other galactic federations that have retained a general aura of isolation, against the wishes of some of their populations, but as they usually retain an iron wall, little can be said of them. This is the Milky Way in our Subreality, we know little of Andromeda or Triangulum, owing to their sheer distance.

As for lil' ol' Earth in this reality, it's called Tam'ir, and is in a region of the galaxy the starfarers felt was mostly uninhabitable, along with everything out well beyond the next 400 light years. The discovery of two societies, one about the level of the 19th Century, (Earth) and the other at the level of the Paleolithic (Proxima Centauri) was a shock. The beings on Proxima yielded fairly quickly and assimilated rather fast into the general Galactic society, having lost most of whatever unique ideas that they had. Earth, with its 4 brawling Hominins, has so far precariously retained a lot of its traditions, having rebelled repeatedly against the empire in the usual planet-bound fashion of wanting to protect its traditions against far more numerous and powerful starfarers.

Relations between planet-bounds and starfarers are usually punctuated with a time of peace, when everything is sedate and both co-exist, followed by some starfarer doing something really stupid, and then a general uprising occurs. The most recent such uprising was 800 light years away from the Grszhari, a planet-bound race that as a whole tends to three main cultural divisions, and the three have become much closer after the Bizjarrans forcibly conquered their planet about 1,000 years ago. An insult to one is an insult to all... and that's the typical pattern of relations between starfaring powers and planet-bound colonized species.
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Hominins and Otherworlds. [Nov. 20th, 2006|03:25 pm]
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underlankers
In our home dimension, we have an alternate version of Earth. Here's some info on it.

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Thoughts about gender and gender roles. [Nov. 1st, 2006|09:59 pm]
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underlankers
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

In HalialKen, the worlds of males and the worlds of females are separate for every species. The females are in charge of city/urban finances, and have a highly rational, cold, and yet sexualized culture. I, Keraganin, have visited the female sections of villages on normal days, and the females are in a very restrained culture that discourages expression of emotion save in the home. Females have a culture that encourages reason and logic as the solution to problems, the exact opposite of males in HalialKen.
In the Halial Dynasty Empire, the male areas, where I spend the vast majority of my non-fronting time, are an almost anarchic and lusty-for-power region, where ritualized violence and aggression settle disputes. Despite this, the males get along with the unifying forces of the Belakik relationship, and the military, coupled with the biennial Kors'blax, an Olympics-type tournament that will be hosted late this year, this is what enables the males to unify under the rule of the Anlan Lan, as we call the Grand Emperor. Male culture in our world encourages anger and mock-aggression. However, it has a high tolerance of what we call Xganitiri, or gay males. What sparked this was an observation by Alain Christantos, a good friend of mine, and a physicist on Earthworld males, that "Earthworld males live in a world that tries to combine emotionlessness with anger, control with raw aggression, independence with dependence, status over equality, and repression over expression."
However, HalialKer males live in a world that anger is allowed to be expressed in full, that control is not necessary (love, and vulnerability are allowed to be expressed to their Belakiks, independence is not an absolute necessity, status remains the same, but expression of males's powerful emotions is encouraged. What about your own worlds, how do they feel about male expression of emotions, and the things I lined out?
Keragnin^Crew.
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Pneumatique [Oct. 17th, 2006|05:24 pm]
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ksol1460
[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Dadawa - Sister Drum]

Someone on multiplicity mentioned that they stored information in a file cabinet and sent it by tube to individuals in the group. It isn't exactly pneumatique, since they mentioned setting permissions so that only certain individuals could share certain bits of information, but it attracted my interest because we do have pneumatique on Laura.

We still use pneumatic post in some places on our homeworld, mostly in older cities in Dascia. Mostly it is used for in-city mail. It exists in Athen, Ekaterinzeh and especially Tamarna.

The largest pneumatique system in the world ran between Athen and Halath, and another between Aurea City and Tamarna (see http://www.box.net/public/328327ihye). There is talk of reviving these systems as well as the one that once existed between Halath and Owasi (Owasi is not shown on that map; it is the capital of the Independent Western Islands).

Many companies use pneumatique to send messages and small objects within or between buildings.

More here for the curious,
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here, a detailed history of the pneumatic post on Earth. More details and images here.

Most modern Earth people will be familiar with pneumatique in the context of drive-up windows at banks. The romance of the pneumatique is well known to devotees of Anais Nin and other French authors of the 1920s and 1930s.
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(no subject) [Sep. 20th, 2006|04:08 pm]
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underlankers
Here's some info about Halialken (as our other world is now named) Cut for length


Answers would be duly appreciated.
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a tuneless unrhymeful song of the land of my ancestry. [Aug. 20th, 2006|06:59 am]
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ikeru
[mood |tiredweared]
[music |they say it fades if you let it]

follow me

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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2005|07:51 am]
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__abomination__
[mood |curiouscurious]

Curious: Are these worlds within you guys influenced by outside sources (as in movies, books, characters, real life, etc.) or did you create them yourselves, they just came to you, pulled out of thin air?

Here I am, Here I remain,
Abomination

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A closer look at my dark playground [Nov. 11th, 2005|10:19 am]
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fayanora
The dark playground is one of the many universes that make up Mindeodean. It lays "at the bottom," closest of all Mindeodean worlds to my mind and soul. In fact, it may even be a representation of my soul. I'm not sure. Anyway, it's kind of a gothic-looking place, but I like it. And I've found out what it's for... it's for explorations of my soul. I explore my soul by writing stories where I am a main character, and I am "going within," into my soul.

So under the cut (for length) is an excerpt from the most recent of these stories, called Labyrinth. I would link to the whole thing, but it is not yet finished.

The air is dry, as though it's been blasted not only of all water, but of all life. Dead dry leaves fly around as though in a breeze, but the scalded air is deathly still. These movements seem to be coming from...Collapse )

Chaotic Blessings;
---Fayanora
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Introducing....Me, Abomination [Nov. 6th, 2005|06:17 pm]
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__abomination__
[mood |curiouscurious]

Hey everyone, hope this post fines you well. My name's Abomination, I'm a Phoenix. I joined this community at like 3-4 in the morning, now I have no clue what you guys are or do. From the looks of it, I'm gonna say writers...? If so you got any storys to read, Roswell's getting a little old. Is anyone here intereted in otherkin? I just discovered them a few months ago, that's where the Phoenix comes in. Anyways here is a bit of an intro. Just wanted to say hello and see what this place is all about, seems interesting. Chow

Here I am, Here I remain,
Abomination
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assistance request [Nov. 4th, 2005|09:57 pm]
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idianshire
Being a little stressed latgely we have spent a few sleepless nights lookign through pictures online and we found a few that looked like, or parts looked like areas of Idia. So the question we have, or the assistance we are askign for, is this. We want to write more about Idia for our website, to discuss what life is like there, what the country looks like, feels like. But from a readers point of view what things would interest you to read about, is there anythings that would seem, umm, worth reading. we are slightly stuck when it comes to starting to write, so help would be appreicated. Thank you.
Jayla
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