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Naplian Society

Naplian Society

When two cultures collide, it is invariably the culture with inferior technology that loses. The reasons are manifold, though some are fairly obvious. The seeming ability to do things faster and more efficiently promises more leisure time and more wealth. Medical benefits speak for themselves while entertainment often seems brighter and more readily accessible. Further, those that do not adopt are less able to compete, leading to less leisure time as they have to work longer to compete and generally have less wealth. In other words, technology brings rapid inflation to the lower technology culture if there is at least some adoption.

While there may be those from the technologically advanced culture that seek to adopt the culture of the other, these are invariably in a minority for two distinct reasons. First and foremost is that it is invariably the culture with the higher technology that has come to the location with the lower technology and the people in the higher technology are there on a professional basis or because they have the monetary capability of doing do. In either case they are already invested in the high technology culture. Second, technology creep due to continued exposure to higher technology culture means that even adoption of the lower technology culture will eventually lead to rapid technological advances (how soon before Mr Modern, the wannabe Roman citizen convinces the populace to replace the lead piping with copper and drops hints about float glass).


Due to the nature of cognitive processing, the most readily adopters of the advanced technology is the younger generation. This can and often does lead to a discontinuity in the culture as are no cultural rules for dealing with the social situations that arise from use of the newly available technology – the older generation have no obvious wisdom to share, diminishing the respect the younger generation has for them. The generation gap widens into a gulf as the younger generation forms its own cultural identity or is swallowed by the culture of the higher technology. Where the latter happens, the traditional cultural beliefs of the lower technology can effectively end when the older generation dies out or at best remain as vestigial reminders, practiced by a few and lacking in authority.

From the position of the advanced culture, the sharing of technology can be seen as benevolent uplifting. The removal of bogus ideologies, local gods and sacrifices to them and the introduction of industry, agriculture, medicine, rapid transport and media, there will always be a darker side.

First encounter by the higher technology may result in colonisation. When this happens there is never full integration, rather a colony will form as the bridgehead for newly arriving people from the technologically advanced culture. The allure of the wonders of the newly formed enclave is often sufficient to draw those from the other culture. Promises given to them by unscrupulous sentient traffickers can lead them to lives of prostitution, exploitation and much worse. Unfair trade deals can lead to trading precious metals and land control for mass produced consumer goods.

The promise of better things from technology and access to drugs combined with a lack of guidance from culture and the older generation, it is hardly surprising that the newly emerging generation is dominated by consumerism and illicit activity.

It is not long before those from the lower technology culture start to form an underclass.

Naplians
In phoenix, the term was first applied to the natives of the Capellan Star System. Humans arriving there encountered diminutive humanoids on the planet Utopia (a planet called Naplia by the natives). This was the first sentient species that humanity had discovered. The initial amazement at discovering sentient life was quickly replaced by the pragmatic realisation that here was a potential labour force, much easier to recruit than dragging humans all the way from Earth. Ruthless mega-corps such as the SSL and the FET ‘recruited’ them to their colonies, mines and factories. Drugs were sold in abundance and their ancient way of life was shattered.

Rebellion in the form of the Democratic Naplian Alliance (DNA) merely led to the destruction of the last remaining resistance. To stop it happening again the new civilian government was almost totally formed from humans and it is this way to this day.

The term Naplian is now synonymous with a rapidly uplifted culture that no longer has an authoritative traditional cultural identity and suffers from a significant underclass.

Naplians on Developed Worlds
As has been pointed out, stereotypical naplians are attracted to the bright centres of the technologically superior culture. Why isn’t there an increase in naplian populations on advanced worlds? There are two reasons for this. The first is physical, in that they rarely account for a significant portion of the population to register. The second is social, in that they rarely contribute to the legal economy of the world, generally engaging in illicit activity willing or otherwise.

Culture
As has been commented on naplian culture is little more than a smattering of outdated customs that can rarely be fully applied to the newly emerging culture. The more obvious features however are raging consumerism and a fear of losing what has been gained by access to technology. One of the first signs of an emerging ‘naplian’ culture is the general growth of settlements, largely around technologically superior enclaves as the populace seeks jobs in the new ‘world’. Gang culture is also common; generally using whatever advanced technology they can find, scrounge, trade and steal. Crime in these ghettos is high and ranges the full spectrum from opportunistic and petty through to organised criminal activity. Poverty is also noticeable in many areas. This can seem incongruous. A person may malnourished and dressed in rags but also armed with blasters and have an integrated coms-media headset and the ubiquitous carved gem on a necklace.



Culture Growth
In time a naplian culture will develop into a sentient one, though how long this takes is highly variable. Factors such as prosperity, law enforcement, xenophilia (where more than one species exist), religion, access to education and social mobility will determine the rate. An elite faction in power never profits from and is rarely inclined to change the situation. In crass terms, why endeavour to make yourself poorer? Crime levels, though often slightly higher on a world of naplians than on sentient worlds is more than offset by access to cheap labour and the unlikelihood of it rebelling.

Democratic Naplian Alliance (DNA)
The first instance of the DNA resulted in a crushing defeat for the naplians of Utopia and the Capellan system in general. Since then they have manifested themselves as freedom fighters looking to liberate worlds where naplians exist. Their specific objectives are often fuzzy on account of the lack of support by anyone in real power amongst the naplians on the world they are looking to liberate. Rather it is closer to an act of defiance and seeking a return to the ‘utopian’ society that existed prior to the advent of technology.

A second goal is the removal of foreign elite powers in order to allow the naplian civilians to become self-governed, develop and achieve sentient status. This is often futile as the elite powers are often supported by bases controlled by mega-corporations or naval forces for empires and toppling the government would first require removing the bases.





 
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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Wimbles Crisis Solved ***

The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Storm in a Teacup *** Yahn Bares All * &etc

 
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*** Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door ***

The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Wimble Civil Strife * Who Sniffs the Sniffers? * Largin’ It * &etc

 
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*** Videtis quantum scelus contra rem publicam vobis nuntiatum sit? ***

The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Large at Large * &etc

 
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*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Igor of Fang and Horns * Admiral Loves Dick Turpin * &etc

 
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.What is It?
..a wOrmhOle?.
…No.. worse..
….the KANG singularity!…
…..It pulls us IN…..
……lOOks sO familiar……
…….yet so strange…….
……..what is……..
………that?……..

*** Flagritz Liberalise Economy ***

In good news for all the galaxy the Flagritzi have vowed to liberate all slaves across their Empire. Furthermore, the hectapods have given up eating other sentient species; taking up a strict diet of veganism and soy chai lattes. Sales of turtle neck sweaters and Forbidden Fruit laptops have skyrocketed.

The news was cautiously welcomed by the benevolent Felini Tyranny who looked forward to reducing the War phase of their daily Nap-Lick-Nap-War-Nap-Eat-Sleep cycle to a perfunctory forty winks.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Baron Womble * A Short History of the DPP * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Empire Strikes: Solo ***

A massive fleet of some 1600 warships, including large numbers of super-heavy capital 300 and 400 hullers, attacked the DEN in the Solo system, catching them with their metaphorical pants down. The DEN gate platform and some two hundred DEN freighters were subject to antimatter missiles amongst other high tech ordinance.

Jack the lad, Viceroy of the Empire, claimed a victory for freedom and the Imperial (right of) way leaving the sullen Dewiek unusually unresponsive.

With DOM platforms firing on CIA ships, will the IMP now demand the DOM add them to the Do Not Fire lists as well? And what exactly is the nature of the DOM and DEN alliance in light of the sustained attack from the Empire? And will the DEN’s alien friends stand idly by as the Empire fleet camps in the vital gate system of Solo? How will the DEN retaliate for this action or are they ready to roll over and have their bellies rubbed?

All this remains unknown. All that is certain is the “feel good” factor across the DTR has increased, with citizens reassured that for some time yet, they may continue in their slumber with the easy assurance that their number is not coming up anytime soon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * New BHD Guy * DOM Statement * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** To Ur Is Dewiek ***

Dewiek forces had a hefty smackdown against the mysterious living ships known as the T’Cath (TCA). Seven adult TCA 400 hull capital ships, each firing eight of their notorious plasma cannons, were killed by a DEN and DOM fleet of some 700 ships.

Of the minimal losses suffered by the DEN / DOM, one-eyed Magnus and Nevets Motnhap of the FEL were amongst the dead.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Caribbean Congo Continues * Ur Witness Report * * Hive Briefing * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** The Long Quiet Season ***

Listen…
There’s no sound of anger or of annoyance,
There’re neither cruisers racing on the jump lanes
Nor there jump lanes for them to race on,
There’re neither monks chanting on the battlegrounds
Nor bells calling us to the True One.
There’s neither the lightning cracking of the sky
Nor the persistent Naplians pattering on my roof.
There’s no Dewiek arm in arm to admire the magnificent view
There’re no war drums to feed Human ears
Nor Hive sirens to steal the boredom away
There’s no unfamiliar wing creeping underneath the Falconian sun
Nor floods to enshroud the Aquaphid grounds
The land lies lonely out here
On this lazy summer’s day
There’s no pollution to poison the airs of Inversion
Nor forests to give them life
All I hear is the hushing sound of the wind
Assisting the sand to fall into beautiful undulations.

Whilst we’ve been away: * Operation Giantslayer * Naplian Liberation * Back in the DTTR * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Falconians Saved ***

The Imperials have cunningly saved the Falconian Republic from being consumed by the Dewiek Elder Nation and at no small cost to the DEN either. Whilst the new pro tem Consul crowed about the “victory”, all former FCN systems besides Acropolis have been taken over by the two warring Empires - Human and Flagritz.

Was it all worth it? For the IMP / GTT it clearly was, for the movement of a few hundred thousand troops is surely nothing to the cost they endured trying to and failing to knock the DEN out of Solo after the fact. The FCN now plucked off most of their navy and wider assets are a tiny nothing of their former self. The DEN may have resorted to some dirty namecalling but can the costs endured to save an enfeebled FCN have really been worth it? Time will tell.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * INDignation * FELicitous Caribbean * Nah Plan for Naplia * Mercs Trouble DEN * &etc

 

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