Beta Virginis IV, former capital of the Virginis Combine (originally New America)
Image from Steve Bowers
Pacifica (Beta Virginis IV, formerly New America)
|Planet||Beta Virginis IV|
|Name||Pacifica (formerly New America)|
|Planet Type||originally Ice-covered Rockball - terraformed to Pelagic Gaian|
|Orbit Semimajor axis||2.39 AU|
|Density||1.3 times Earth|
|Year||: 2.623 Earth years or 919 days.|
|Axial Tilt||: 10 degrees|
Image from Anders Sandberg
|Floatcit above the ocean of Pacifica|
Pacifica (Beta Virginis IV, formerly New America)
|Geography||Almost 96% of the surface is sea, with the single small glaciated continent Revere at the North Pole (Aspen is the only city on Revere, a major resort boasting maglev rails to many great ski-, snowboard- and snowsurf-slopes as well as other forms of recreation). |
The planet is fairly geologically active, and cyclones are a common problem in the subtropical regions; during the hurricane season it is not unusual with semi-permanent storms that make habitation in the zone hard. Secondary storms pass up through the temperate areas.
|AI||AI overseer: |
surface: Cetan ISO (Great Whale);
orbital: Technorat AI/IA network
Cetan ISO: Utopic, interventionist when required, but enigmatic to ordinary sapients
Technoratic AI/IA: pro-utopian benign laissez faire administration, interventionist only in cases of sentient rights violations or local ecological disturbances
surface: Pacifica Commonwealth
orbital: Technorat Pacifica, also several autonomous (non-technorat) and provolve orbitals
Pacifica Commonwealth: stylised ocean-wave with Great Whale ISO leaping
Technorat Pacifica: Beta Virginis Technorat Logo around stylised ocean planet
|Current Affiliation||Utopia Sphere|
|Timekeeping||The day is 25 hours 23 minutes long. This is solved by an extra hour on the clock and 23|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Metapsychology: (surface, generally) creative, self-expressive, |
Metaethics: (surface, generally) utopian, pragmatic, hedonistic,
Religion and Ideology:
no single ideology, inhabitants may be Pantheist, Cosmist, Universalist (Theist), Rationalist, Cetist (worship of Great Whale ISO), Animist, Hwsiian, Solarist, Ecologocentrist, Technoratist, Utopic, Ecosocialist, Libertarian, or other memeticities
Pacifican (Anglish language family, many dialects), Douh, Hwsii, and Betareaese are the most common tongues planetside. In the orbitals Technoratic, Metasoft Standard, and Solarian are also widely spoken.
Most of Pacifica is rural. People live in small communities on different islands, travelling between them with boat or sub. They commute to the main islands or use telecommuting (which is very common). The only real urban areas are Liberty and the technorat orbitals.
The differences between the different clades are noticeable. The strongly retro neo-corporates are comparatively conservative and have not changed style much since the early days, still preferring rugged 'frontier' clothing (like the few remaining Pioneers of the south seas) or conservative business suits. The Mainstream has shifted over time, but for the last decades it has gravitated towards frosted clothes: transparent plastic clothing with a diffracting frosting. Floating California tends towards loose, colourful and holographic clothing. The technorats have adapted functional, somewhat drab clothing as the 'serious' style, but normally wear anything they like - they tend towards the functional but radical.
Almost everybody owns some kind of boat or submarine. Many people live on house-boats more than on land, even if having a villa somewhere is common.
Currently suncoloring is in again among almost everybody: by eating special chemical supplements and exposing the skin to sunlight, the skin can be coloured in muted pastel hues. By covering it with patches and taking several supplements complex patterns can be created.
Something that has caught the interest mainly of the Mainstream and technorats is the development of 'acoustical environments' or sound-holo: extremely high resolution sound artworks, tuned to various brain rhythms, associations and musical styles. Inside the environment sounds appear in different places, suggesting shapes and movements. Together with synesthetia training this has turned into a popular form of entertainment or art.
|Immigration||Immigration: currently 0.08 million per tenyear |
Emigration: currently 0.3 million per tenyear
|Government and Administration||Government Type Cyberdemocracy. |
Administrative divisions: Bioregional Districts
National holidays: Splashdown Day, Magellan Day, Big Surf Day, Cetaniso Celebrations (one for each Act by the Great Whale), Utopia Festival, and many others
Constitution: Pacifica Declaration
Legal system: standard Beta Arae law applies, with some local modifications
Foreign Policy: Strong Trade and Venture Capitalist links with Utopia Sphere, Solar Dominion, and other friendly empires and worlds
|Economics, Local Infrastructure||Economy: mildly ecosocialist to mildly ecocapitalist autotopia |
Currency: Pacifica Dollar
Major Industries: Ecosculpture, Tourism, Marine Sports, Biotech, Aquascaping, High Resolution Acoustic Artworks
Angelnetting : Partial angelnetting in many orbitals and surface habitats; extensive utility fog for climate control
Major Orbitals: Nuyork, Armstrong, Hawaii
|Travel||Major Spaceports: Hawaii Interplanetary Spaceport (regular flights to and from both Island Gate Wormhole and the rest of the system) |
Hazard Rating : 0.1 to 1.5
Visa Restrictions : Visas are easy to get but it is necessary to specify duration of stay
Freedom of Movement : some human and provolve locals value their privacy; these areas are marked on your interactive display. Otherwise, no restrictions
Environmental Requirements : aquatic modifications required for underwater habitats
Sites of Interest:
The School of Schools is in some sense the centre of the Floating California. It is a regular meeting in the Salwowski Atoll of the floating and flying cities and schools. The entire atoll is filled with boats, greenzeps and temphomes. It is a mixture between a festival, a market, huge party and a political meeting, although the last component is weaker than the others. It is here the representatives to congress are elected, as well as deals for new vessels and travel plans made.
Armstrong University is the oldest surviving orbital university, with a long rich tradition dating all the way back to the middle Federation period. It is well renowned for its space engineering and project management degrees, although the centuries are long gone when it was a hotbed of technorat ideologues.
Image from Anders Sandberg
|365 - Unnamed Solipsist AI probe launched towards Beta Virginis|
541 - New World launched
815 - (approx) Solipsist AI probe reaches Beta Virginis
868 - New World arrives at Beta Virginis
878 - first colony established on the surface, small orbitals established
883 - original provisional administration replaced by system along Old Earth American lines, with two parties: Unionists and Federalists
950 - completion of first large orbital, NuYork Orbital
970 - technocrats began receiving faint broadbeam radio transmissions from Sol.
1056 - several technarch cells infiltrated and take over Elk River Orbital
1068 - following the Elk River fiasco, fully four-fifths of technorats habitats officially seceded
1125 - the NEHDP Radicals attack and destroy isolationist mining drone
1140 - hu-ai war; loss of New Europe
1156 - arrival of the Federation robot Survey Vessel Magellan
1170 - Technorat technology, science, and toposophics, begin developing dramatically through exchange with Federation databases
1200 - as a result of terraforming, the temperature rises and ice begins melting into a vast planet-girdling ocean
1250 - settlement of surface well under way
1267 - Technorats Elias E. Jordan and Irene Abott develop space-time structure theoretics that mimic the Abdela theory developed by the Federation AI research team on Galileo Orbital
1300 - Nova mediacorps powerful and influential
1316 - new clades - floaters and mariners, begin to emerge on New America
1358 - President Gertrud Jess attempts unsuccessfully to bring floaters and mariners into line.
1400 - mainstream Nuyork and Liberty administration increasingly irrelevant and powerless in the face of new equatorial clades
1415 - Monroe Cylinder, a huge mediacorp habitat, completed in polar orbit around the jovian planet Green.
1428 - in an effort to counter the Equatorials, mainstream gives NADs extraordinary powers, New America enters oppressive phase, but this only isolates the mainstream and their orbitals further, while failing to stem the Equatorials' advance
1541 - Equatorial clades capture Liberty, declare independence. NA orbital counterattack leads to the so-called Pacifica War; the NuyorkMainstream finally defeated by technorat ai intrusion programs and goo attacks. New America renamed Pacifica. Mainstream administration exiled to some small orbitals around the outer planets.
1590 - A number of Technorat habitats form the Virginan Combine
1620 - In alliance with the Amats, the Mainstream Pacifican administration industrialises once again, establishes PSA (Pacific Space Agency) as a joint venture with SecureSpace, with 51% local ownership.
1625 - Virginis Combine embarks on ambitious interstellar colonisation program
1640 - the Space Race - rivalry between PSA and the Combine
1712 - after several initial successful missions PSA amalgamates with the Combine
1748 - Combine amat farms seeded at Denebola
1752 - alien artifact discovered at Porrima
1816 - after some years of increasingly close links, M'Buto Confederacy (BD -9.3413) joins the Combine.
1824 - experimental Sun Mines established at the white dwarves Eggen-Greenstein and McCook & Sion
1827 - the wreck of the Fra Angelico discovered
1865 - establishment of the Virginis Combine Institute of Exoarcheology
1990 - Denebola Incident - renegade exploration management AI from TakiCorb uses nanoweaponry to capture the system 2217 - Pacifica begins making overtures to the Utopia Sphere ai clusters at Beta Arae
2344 - after Metasoft vec ships spread beyond human reach the biont management loses control of the Version Tree
2425 - Metasoft bionts establish a number of local corporations
2534 - first confirmed sightings of The Great Whale ISO
3931 - the diamondoid civilizations on the inner worlds spontaneously transcend. The Great Whale ISO generates a swarm of blue goo, the Gesture of Sheltering the Ocean, to prevent a wash of nanoreplicators from affecting Pacifica and the outer colonies.
7120 - second cycler network opened, connecting the system with many nearby red and brown dwarfs and several Utopia and NoCoZo worlds.
Image from Steve Bowers
|Pacifica without clouds|
Image from Arrittrobi
|The cover of a Lightways 'postcard' sent soon after Pacifica joined the Utopia Sphere|