Antares: Earth and the Colonies
(Work in progress)
Below are some general details about Earth and its colonies to provide players with places their characters could have come from.
The game is not focusing on any of these places however so we're keeping it brief.
Earth has a single unified government often called EarthGov that consists of a council containing three representatives from each region.
The regions are:
- North American Region: Mostly consisting of Canada and Mexico as the two major powers. A few states of the former USA have joined.
- South American Region: Largely dominated by Brazil, but containing South America and the central states of the former USA which have largely become irradiated slums.
- Western European Region: Contains most of Western Europe, including the UK, Spain, Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries.
- African Region: Containing African and the Middle East.
- Indo-Slavic Region: Contains the western half of what remains of Russia, as well as India and Pakistan.
- Asia-Pacific Region: Contains the Asian countries, Australia, and the eastern half of what was once Russia.
Day to day life hasn't really changed much in 200 years. People go about their jobs, have hobbies, and consume a lot of digital media.
Earth has the largest human population, exceeding 15 billion, and the cities are significantly more crowded and there are a lot more of them.
A major staging point for interstellar travel to and from Earth, Luna remains highly dependent on other colonies for resources and materials. Their one export is energy, which they collect across the surface of the Moon and sell, both to ships in orbit and to the surface.
Luna has developed a self-sustaining population, and is beginning to push for greater recognition in Earth politics.
Originally founded by a joint nation initiative to extend humanity to beyond Earth, Mars quickly became a mining station, supplying the resources needed to supply the first interstellar expeditions. After the first gene-engineered crops survived to harvest, they became officially self-sustaining. The population grew, and despite the generally unfriendly climate, Mars is currently the largest human population off-Earth. They passed Mu Alpha’s record eight years ago, and are currently eyeing new innovations in biotech to adapt to their terraforming program.
Mars and Luna together share the Extraplanetary Seat on the Earth Government Council, a position without voting rights. They are currently campaigning for independent nationhood and full nation status in EarthGov.
There are stations scattered across the Sol system, mostly resource gathering, but some have scientific functions as well. Of note is the Persephone base on Pluto, a military outpost which guards the Sol jumpgate.
Mu Alpha – defunct
An ambitious project from the beginning, the Mu Alpha complex was intended to be the prototype of an eventual Venus habitat. Strung out like a string of pearls in the upper atmosphere, the colony floated above the storm of caustic liquids below, harvesting these chemical complexes and reaping significant rewards in organic chemistry research. Being self-contained environs, adapted from Sygarian designs for gas-planet habitats, they were perfectly adjusted for Earth norms. Colonists enjoyed a better quality of life and higher income than you could find elsewhere, including far less overcrowding.
The disaster dropped this string of pearls into the acidic soup. A solar flare set off a series of escalating electrical storms. Exceeding all disaster management plans, these storms ripped through the complex and destroyed the machinery responsible for keeping them aloft.
And many more...
There are five other systems colonised by humanity. None of them are idyllic, all have their challenges and their own stories, which are beyond the scope of this campaign.