Middle Regions NoCoZo system

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Nivline has five superterrestrial planets: Serth, Unollo, Riril, Cuchewei and Asting

Nivline is a K7V-class star in the NoCoZo Middle Regions, some 723 light years from Sol in Puppis. The local system of five superterrestrial planets have sparse surface populations concentrated in three to eight arcology cities each, the planets having largely been set aside for mining for seven orbital bands of habitats of all sorts, as well as nine 100-km-class computronium nodes. The local population is 141 billion modosophonts, about 91% of whom are virtuals, 5% cyborgized nearbaselines, and the other 4% are rheomorphs, who spend most of their time embodied but switch clades frequently (half-life <1 Terragen standard year). The system is also home to five S1 transapients, who form the Nivline MetaBoard, who each own large competing firms and act as an allegedly advisory body to individuals and local small firms. The system overall is an anarchic market-based society.

In Nivline culture, many transapient avatars have as their sole purpose tracking and correlating economic data, and commenting upon the local economy. Economics thus becomes a synergistic add-on to memetics - "Those widgets are expensive - must be good!" or "Those widgets are expensive - must be overpriced!", depending on the memetic spin.

Additionally, local modosophonts, as a sort of game, also sometimes attempt to keep track of and comment on some of this information, as well as the transapient intellects. Unsurprisingly, the reduced information set that they are only able to comprehend is of little value, and in any case utterly overwhelmed by the higher S-factor intellects' more subtle grasp of the facts and situations.

This leads to small corporations being tied to the oracular pronouncements of the Nivline MetaBoard; those that don't tend to be flying blind.

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Text by ProxCenBound and John B
Expanded and revised 15 January 2024 by ProxCenBound; original titled Hypertech Economics by John B
Initially published on 19 March 2002.