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  1. It's important to keep foremost in your mind that Cyberpunk is a fictional setting and the goal is to create an interesting environment for science fiction/fantasy role-playing. Cyberpunk is not alternate history or a political or technology forecast. Nor is it creating a world that the author wishes to come to pass or is a vehicle to express political views held by the author. Certainly, research can make the fictional setting much more plausible or realistic. A fictional nation may be created that holds views or has taken actions that you personally view as morally reprehensible or personally offensive. To distance this fictional Jewish nation from the real State of Israel, I would recommend renaming it to the State of Zion, State of Judea, or something similar. Making it clear to readers that this is a fictional nation. Perhaps using a historical Zionist flag for this fictional Jewish state or creating a new one for a Cyberpunk campaign would also be recommended. Historical flags may be found here: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/il%7Dzion.html
  2. International Space Police Force (ISPF) similar to the BBC television series Star Cops? Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Cops Keep in mind too that the year is 2020. Or in my Third Millennium campaign it is 2037. I don't believe that the situation is analogous to Firefly's Wild West. Think more of private contractors working for big corporations or governments or employees of big corporations or big government. The infrastructure requirements are just too great that there would only be a handful of players with the capital required to purchase launch vehicles, work shacks, and the other hardware necessary to exploit space. Traveller 2300, 2300 AD, or 2320 AD would be more of a Firefly setting. I just cannot imagine that space stations in Earth orbit or on the moon or Mars could become independent. They are just in their infancy. Further, I just cannot see people wanting to spend their entire lives on a space station, moon, or Mars colony in this early era of expansion and exploitation. I just don't agree that there is going to be a Captain Mal Reynolds owning space ship Serenity carrying loads across the solar system in 2020/2037.
  3. Interesting that you should mention Golden Dawn, Destecado. Golden Dawn, or Chrysi Avgi, won seven percent of the popular vote in the Greece national elections held on May 6, 2012 giving it 21 seats in the parliament. Scholars and the media have described the group as neo-Nazi and fascist. The group has been responsible for carrying out acts of violence and hate crimes against immigrants, political opponents, homosexuals, and ethnic minorities. The group has also been involved in soccer hooliganism. The most interesting symbol that the group uses is the Greek maeandros on its flag. The meandros is also known as the Greek meander, Greek fret, or Greek key design. Perhaps any of the following flags could be used by the military junta controlling Greece, replacing the blue and white "sea flag" adopted in 1978 and different from the Regime of the Colonels flag. The flag certainly looks fascist without using the swastika (hooked cross) or celtic cross (sun wheel). Maybe could be used in a new version of Eurosource: Plus or for my Third Millennium campaign setting. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Dawn_%28Greece%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meandros http://www.loeser.us/flags/hate.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_flag#Cu..._flag_of_Greece http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regime_of_the_Colonels
  4. The current name for the alternate timeline, or apocryphal timeline, is Third Millennium until such time as I can think of a better name. Though I am imagining a different timeline between 1987 through 2000 as well. For example, repeal of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States occurs in 1987-88. Ronald Reagan then runs for a third presidential term in 1988 and wins the presidency. The United States Invasion of Panama occurs between December 20, 1989 and January 31, 1990. Reagan, an outspoken opponent of the Torrijos-Carter Treaty, sends United States troops to secure the Panama Canal. President Reagan then addresses the nation advocating that Congress declare the Torrijos-Carter Treaty null and void. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Senator Jess Helms of North Carolina introduce a resolution in the Senate to declare the Torrijos-Carter Treaty null and void. The resolution passes in the Senate and in the House of Representatives. In 1990, the Panama Canal Zone is re-established as an un-incorporated territory of the United States of America. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal_Zone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193rd_Infantr...nited_States%29 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Just_Cause As for the East African Federation, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) could continue to operate as a terrorist group within the East African Federation, South Sudan, the Congo, and the Central African Republic. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_Resistance_Army Source:
  5. Yeah, I guess I should start saying that I am using the Cyberpunk rules rather playing a Cyberpunk campaign.
  6. I guess I have been watching too much Primeval and Walking With Prehistoric Beasts, but I was thinking about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). There has been discussion about genetically engineering a wholly mammoth from wholly mammoth cells from hair and skin found on a body preserved in ice. I wonder if in the world of Cyperpunk that there is effort to genetically engineer extinct species of plants and animals and let them live again. There is probably continued genetic engineering of existing plants and animals. Chromebook 4 presents some animals, but I believe that it would be pretty cool if there was Hyaenodon patrolling a research lab. More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyaenodon There could also be extinct species brought back as exotic pets or genetic modification of existing species. Shall we brainstorm what plants and animals we would want to bring back in the Cyberpunk world?
  7. Johnson Space Center (JSC) Space Shuttle II concept circa 1988. Photos courtesy of David SF Portree. Payload was 10 tons or 11 astronauts.
  8. BIO-SUIT SYSTEM The Bio-Suit was a novel approach to spacesuit design that used biomedical breakthroughs in skin replacement and materials to replace the bulky conventional "balloon" spacesuit with a 'second skin' approach to provide light weight, flexibility, and comfort in all extraterrestrial environments. It provided life support through use of mechanical counter-pressure applied to the entire body through a tight-fitting suit, excepting a helmet for the head. The inner layer of the Bio-Suit could be sprayed on, and disposed of, together with dirt and dust, after each EVA. The external layers would include embedded "wearable technologies" that would be tailored to the environment and mission. Existing space suits used hard fiberglass or metal and soft fabric components. Mobility was obtained by pleats that opened as joints bent and rotational bearings. These suits, all derived from the very fist purpose-designed spacesuits of the 1960's, were heavy, bulky, restricted astronaut mobility, and required extensive special training and exhausting joint torque force to work in. A modern Mechanical Counter Pressure (MCP) suit, first studied by NASA in 1971 as the Space Activity Suit (SA), would eliminate these difficulties. The Bio-Suit study did not identify a specific design, but rather identified candidate technologies for the suit layers and the embedded information systems. These included: Electric Alloy Mesh Concept, using a seamless Shape Memory Alloy mesh to generate voltage-controlled mechanical counter-pressure. Pressure would be distributed by a viscous thermal-regulating gel layer. The gel layer moderated the high temperature of the SMA later and protected the body against impacts the skin directly, wicking away perspiration and absorbing body heat. Thermal Gel Suit Concept, using "smart" polymer gels which expanded at a threshold temperature to create mechanical counter-pressure. The smart gel was trapped in a quilted layer beneath a stretchless restraint layer. The restraint layer prevented outward expansion of the gel, directing the pressure inwards against the body. Electric Gel Suit, using "smart polymer gels which expanded in an electric field to create mechanical counter-pressure. The smart gel was trapped in a quilted layer, between metallized fabric layers, beneath a stretch-less restraint layer. Opposite charges applied to the metallized layers produced a small electric field sufficient to stimulated the expanding smart gel. Stretch Alloy Band Suit Concept, using the super elastic properties of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) to allow the suit's volume to expand enough for donning. Charge would then applied to the SMA band which pulled together the seam of a uni-directional stretch fabric layer, which was able to stretch longitudinally in order to allow flexion at the joints. Electric Alloy Zipper Suits, using shape memory alloy strips to aid and control the application of mechanical counter pressure while manually zipping together seams in a uni-directional stretch fabric layer. Electric Alloy Remote Zipper Suit concept, as the previous concept, but instead of being zipped manually, tightened all at once by digital controls at the shoulders. This system assured uniformity of mechanical counter-pressure and ease of operation. The study also looked at various alternatives for thermal control: Absorb concept, which would collect perspiration in a removable component within the suit, either a highly absorptive fabric layer similar to long underwear, or desiccant packs at critical locations. Vent-to-Atmosphere concept, which controlled perspiration by venting moisture directly to the outside environment. A selective, semi-permeable organic layer closest to the skin allowed perspiration to pass through at a moderate rate. Subsequent layers of the suit, including the mechanical counter-pressure layer, were also semi-permeable. The openings in the membranes were large enough to allow the suit to breath, but small enough to prevent unwanted fluid loss. Transport concept, using a layer of tiny tubes to channel perspiration away from the body to a remote collection point. These tubes might be manufactured or perhaps organic such as the aquaporin network in plant membranes. A partial vacuum at the collection end might moved perspiration through the tubes, or perhaps work would be done by tiny piezoelectric pumps powered by energy harvested from body motion. An advanced possibility was that the suit layers could be sprayed directly on the astronaut's skins prior to EVA. Electrospinlacing, involving charging and projecting of tiny fibers of polymer directly onto the skin, could be used. Melt blowing of liquefied polymer could be used to apply thin elastic layers. Application could be made directly to the skin, or to advanced 3D forms generated by laser scanning. Wearable computers, smart gels and conductive materials could be embedded between polymer layers.
  9. Correction, the name of the artist is Mark Dowman.
  10. Alternative Boeing TSTO concept from 1979. The company estimated each 10,000-megawatt solar power satellite would require about 800 launches, at about $18 million per flight [1979 $]. The gross liftoff weight was 5000t, including a 200t+ payload, 2932t of oxygen propellant, 544t of methane fuel for the booster and 171t of hydrogen fuel for the orbiter, which had a landing weight of 250t. This alternative Boeing design from 1977-78 had a core diameter of 15.24m. The total length was 140.7 meters and the kerosene/LOX booster's wingspan was 60.5m. The 76.3-meter long orbiter used hydrogen+oxygen fuel. The liftoff weight was about 9500t and the payload capability was 381t.
  11. Boeing investigated large two-stage vertical takeoff, horizontal landing (VTHL TSTO) heavy-lift reusable launch vehicles for 380-420-ton payloads in the mid-1970s. The company's "reference vehicle" from 1976 was used as a baseline for NASA's early Solar Power Satellite (SPS) technology assessments. Its gross liftoff mass was 11,000 tons and the payload capability was 420 ton. The specific transportation cost was $44/kg.
  12. Thanks, ironmargin, for the link. It does give me ideas of how to create some spacecraft interiors. The Space Shuttle Block II design rendered by John Frassanito & Associates is more in line with what I am thinking about. According to e-mails I exchanged with conceptual artist Marc Daoson, John Frassanito & Associates rendered hundreds of designs for a space shuttle replacement. I am not certain if this design was intended to be used as a replacement for the space shuttle Challenger, was intended to replace all the space shuttle orbiters, or increase the size of the space shuttle fleet. I guess that this could be a rendering of the NASA Shuttle II from Deep Space. Perhaps On Plumes of Flame or Highrider would be a better title for this supplement or sourcebook.
  13. Since the publication of Deep Space, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. The new dwarf planets are (officially recognized by the IAU): Ceres Pluto Haumea Eris "Nearly certain" dwarf planets (not yet recognized by the IAU): Orcus Quaoar 2007OR10 Sedna Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_planet
  14. Fictional title or author suggestions? We should explore these ideas further in this topic. Very interesting idea that we should work into the source book. I am not familiar with Trans-Human Space: High Frontier, the Trans-Human Space RPG, or the "Vacuum Cleaning" rules. Though I have watched a couple of episodes of Planetes. I just had a vision of space-suited high school student picking up space debris as a notional Youth Space Ecology Corps. J/K I was thinking about that too. One of the reason why I started the discussion about which branch of the military would handle space assault and what its name would be. No Space Marines or United States Colonial Marines (USCM) please.
  15. For those of you who were wondering which names were considered for NASA space shuttle orbiters: With credit to Valerie Neal, here is the list per a May 26, 1978 memo from the Associate Administrator for Space Transportation Systems (John Yardley) to the Director, Public Affairs on the subject: Recommended Orbiter Names. Recommendations by an ad hoc committee on names for Space Shuttle Orbiters; chose "names having significant relationship to the heritage of the United States or to the Shuttle's mission of exploration." Recommended List of Orbiter Names (In descending order of preference) Constitution Constitution Independence America Constellation Enterprise [reserved for possible 5th orbiter, to carry on OV-101's name] Discoverer Endeavour Liberty Freedom Eagle Kitty Hawk Pathfinder Adventurer Prospector Peace
  16. I am looking at revising the Cyberpunk 2020 source book Deep Space. I have tentatively titled it Fire and Ice: The Conquest of Space Source Book. Although Fire and Ice has often been used as a title, I was inspired by watching a video of the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. The fire from the ignited F-1 rocket engines and the pieces of ice condensation falling from the cold liquid oxygen tanks. Thoughts and idea on revising the Cyberpunk 2020 source book Deep Space? It seems that the growth of protein crystals, improved semiconductor wafer manufacturing, and micro-encapsulation have not been compelling reasons to invest the billions, or trillions, of dollars necessary to create a space transportation system (STS) infrastructure, space stations, moon station(s), or moon bases. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_manufacturing The Reagan Administration's "Pioneering the Space Frontier" and the George W Bush's Administration's "Vision for Space Exploration" and other initiatives have failed to generate popular political or public support for space exploration and development. After watching the BBC Horizon documentary "Moon for Sale" on the Discovery Channel, I have been thinking that space infrastructure might be built for lunar Helium-3 mining. Current prices for Helium-3 are at $20,000 per liter. Current uses for Helium-3, or tralphium, include cryogenics (Helium-3 refrigerator), nuclear weapons detection, and medical lung imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pulmonary diseases. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helium-3 The most optimistic use of Helium-3 is in nuclear fusion electrical powerplants. Helium-3 and deuterium are combined to form Helium-4 and a high energy proton. Protons, as positively charged particles, can be converted directly into electricity, through use of solid-state conversion materials as well as other techniques. Potential conversion efficiencies of 70% may be possible, as there is no need to convert proton energy to heat in order to drive a turbine-powered electrical generator. There have been many claims about the capabilities of Helium-3 power plants. According to proponents, fusion power plants operating on deuterium and helium-3 would offer lower capital and operating costs than their competitors due to less technical complexity, higher conversion efficiency, smaller size, the absence of radioactive fuel, no air or water pollution, and only low-level radioactive waste disposal requirements. The Challenge of Mining He-3 on the Lunar Surface i.neep.wisc.edu/pdf/wcsar9311-2.pdf Helium-3 is very rare on Earth and supplies are created by nuclear weapons production or dismantling. It is believed to exist in abundance on the moon. a space shuttle load could power the entire United States for a year. Source: http://www.wired.com/science/space/news/20...currentPage=all Materials on the Moon's surface contain Helium-3 at concentrations on the order of between 1.4 and 15 ppb in sunlit areas, and may contain concentrations as much as 50 ppb in permanently shadowed regions A number of people, starting with Gerald Kulcinski in 1986, have proposed to explore the moon, mine lunar regolith and use the Helium-3 for fusion. Because of the low concentrations of helium-3, any mining equipment would need to process extremely large amounts of regolith (over 150 million tonnes of regolith to obtain one ton of Helium-3), and some proposals have suggested that Helium-3 extraction be piggybacked onto a larger mining and development operation. The primary objective of Indian Space Research Organization's first lunar probe called Chandrayaan-I, launched on October 22, 2008, was reported in some sources to be mapping the Moon's surface for Helium-3-containing minerals. Cosmochemist and geochemist Ouyang Ziyuan from the Chinese Academy of Sciences who is now in charge of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program has already stated on many occasions that one of the main goals of the program would be the mining of Helium-3, from which operation "each year three space shuttle missions could bring enough fuel for all human beings across the world."which is an extreme overstatement however, as one payload to GTO of current spacecraft designs is less than 4 tonnes. To "bring enough fuel for all human beings across the world", more than one Space Shuttle load (and the processing of 4 million tonnes of regolith) per week would be necessary, In January 2006, the Russian space company RKK Energiya announced that it considers lunar helium-3 a potential economic resource to be mined by 2020, if funding can be found. Mining gas giants for Helium-3 has also been proposed. The British Interplanetary Society's hypothetical Project Daedalus interstellar probe design was fueled by Helium-3 mines in the atmosphere of Jupiter, for example. Jupiter's high gravity makes this a less energetically favorable operation than extracting Helium-3 from the other gas giants of the solar system, however. To the best of memory, Cyberpunk 2020 does not mention Helium-3 and deuterium nuclear fusion power plants as a source of electricity. But I was thinking that Helium-3 might be the the reason for the future conquest of space. That aerospace companies may have dusted off their plans for the cancelled M-1 rocket engine and the one-million pound to orbit launch vehicles like the later Nova launch vehicle: Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-1_%28rocket_engine%29 http://www.gravityassist.com/IAF1/Ref.%201-47.pdf http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/nova.htm http://www.astronautix.com/graphics/n/novamm.gif I have been thinking of naming these launch vehicles Cronus, named for the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, divine descendants of Gaia, the earth, and Uranus, the sky in Greek mythology. (Not to be confused with the personification of time.) (I don't believe that NASA would name a launch vehicle Uranus because of the common mispronunciation). Or the single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) reusable launch systems designed by Philip Bono at Douglas Aircraft Company--Hyperion, Rombus, ICARUS, Daedalus. Thoughts? Any other ideas for revising Deep Space? Addition of realistic fictional vehicles from art, novels, or film?
  17. Interesting, Master Drow. I agree that they have a cool logo. 1st Space Brigade, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado – consists of 1st Space Battalion, 117th Space Battalion (Colorado Army National Guard) and 53rd Signal Battalion (SATCON) Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States...Defense_Command Interesting article: http://www.smdc-armyforces.army.mil/Pic_Ar...2_Article_6.pdf
  18. Sorry, it appears that I missed your responses Master Drow and Destecado. You bring up a very interesting scenario Master Drow. Perhaps something that we might see. What happens in our real timeline if Greece decides to default on its foreign obligations to German and French banks and decides to leave the Eurozone and perhaps return to the drachma? Are the German and French banks going to take a haircut? Or are they going to go in and overthrow the Greek government and put in place a regime that is supportive of the interests of German and French banks ? Will Ireland and Portugal soon follow? Italy? What are the implications for the NATO Alliance if members of the alliance initiate military action on the other? Are we seeing the beginning of the end for the European Union or perhaps see the beginning of a monolithic European Union even more dominated by German and French interests? I agree that Turkey would send in troops into the ethnic Kurd regions of Iraq to prevent secession of ethnic Kurds. It might make an interesting role-playing campaign if their was a war in the region. Kurdish independence would not come easily. That's very true that a nation cannot fight for the rights of an ethic group in another country while it suppresses dissent of that ethnic group within its borders.
  19. My intention wasn't to list all the names of United States Special Forces Units, but to point out that the obvious names for an elite Air Force space combat unit were already taken. I like the term Aerospace Operator rather than Special Response Force Astronaut. Maybe part of the Russian Air Force or Russian Strategic Rocket Forces? Certainly gives me ideas of how to flesh this unit out. Wikipedia to the rescue again. I was doing research and found a page on the United States Air Force Security Forces: Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States...Security_Forces Reading through the article I found out about the Strategic Air Command's Elite Guard or "Blue Berets": Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Air...and_Elite_Guard http://www.saceliteguard.com/ What if there was an Air Force Space Command Elite Guard or "Blue Berets"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_Space_Command Or maybe just imagine United States Air Force Security Forces Elite Guard or "Blue Berets." I really like the name "Blue Berets". Thank you all for your participation. You have given me a lot more ideas to consider. Thanks.
  20. In Near Orbit, if memory serves, the United States Air Force is the branch of the United States military that is very active in space. With scramjet technologies, a series of low and high orbit fighters, laser sats, spy sats, and other space superiority weapons. But what about space combat operations in Zero-G and Low-G environments such as near orbit, O'Neal colonies, and moonbase(s) that are owned by the United States or corporate entities of the United States? Does the United States Air Force have a force of elite troops trained for combat in Zero-G or Low-G combat? Such as the SEAL Teams of the United States Navy? Under Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)? What might these troops be called? The United States Army already uses the term Rangers and Pathfinders and the Marine Corps already uses the term Marines. What might one call the United States Air Force SPECOPS team(s) trained for combat in space? I presume that they could be deployed from the three space shuttles operated by the United States Air Force. I imagine that they are named after the revolutionary war warships or ships of the continental navy. Thinking Constitution, Constellation, and Intrepid. Remember that Freedom was the original name of what became the International Space Station (ISS). I am thinking that the names Enterprise and Ranger would be used by NASA for Block II space shuttles or other space vehicles. Kitty Hawk, Valley Forge, could be names for United States Air Force space vehicles. I also presume that we could add cyberspace-warfare to the responsibilities of the United States Air Force. The emphasis on space operations may have been one of the reasons why it relinquished responsibility for the Close Air Support (CAS) role to the United States Army and perhaps some of the air transport as well. I imagine that in the Cyberpunk universe, the United States Air Force, United States Army, and United States Navy may have re-negotiated the Key West Agreement of 1948. I could see the United States Air Force throwing a tantrum if the SEALS now stood for SEa Air Land and Space. How United States Air Force Trailblazer Units?
  21. Isn't it spelled drug trafficking with a k? I imagine that it is close to the Island of Vilena ruled by General Garza. By the way, does anyone have a decent graphic of the fictional Vilena flag from the motion picture The Expendables? Which reminds me of the list of fictional countries on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_countries Since most of us are not familiar with the numerous islands in the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean, I presume that fictional islands can also be created in a Cyberpunk campaign. The same being true in the Indonesia archipelago with its 17,500 islands. Since I cannot draw for the life of me, there is also the "Fictional Flags" section of the Flags of the World web site: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/fic.html#africa There is also "A Flag" topic at the Alternate History Discussion Boards: http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion...ead.php?t=29233
  22. Looking through Wikipedia, I found out about East African Federation constituted by the current nations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda. The goal of a common currency--the East African Schilling--is targeted for sometime this year. Full political federation is targeted for 2015. The capital city will be Arusha. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_African_Federation
  23. This was my own invention after reading Wikipedia about active separatist movements, hearing Scottish nationalists, and going to the opposite side of the spectrum imagining the United Commonwealth to be a loose confederation. Pretty much self-rule in the regions like the European Union. These nations contribute to the combined military and have a common foreign policy and have a common currency (the Pound.) United Commonwealth Pound? No, I didn't forget India. I intentionally omitted India from the United Commonwealth. This may be contrary to Cyberpunk canon, but India after independence seems to have a very close relationship with the Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation. For example, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has a joint venture with Sukhoi to create a stealth fighter based on the Sukhoi T-50. HAL also has a joint venture with Ilyushin to create the MRTA (Multi-Role Transport Aircraft). Since I have concept artwork of aircraft and ships with the Saint Andrew's flag and the White, Blue, Red tricolor flag that I would very much like to use to create fictional aircraft and vehicles in my Cyberpunk campaign, I have started calling the neo-Soviet Union the Eurasian Federation. I also stole the idea from Frederick Forsyth's novel Icon of crowning Prince Michael of Kent as Tsar Mikhail Jurjevich of the restored House Romanov. Imagining that the Russian Federation would become a constitutional monarchy. The head of state for the Eurasian Federation would be Tsar Mikhail Jurievich. SovOil being renamed to Russian Petroleum or RussNeft. I was imagining that India would rather align itself with the Eurasian Federation than the United Commonwealth, or it should remain independent, I read one report that predicted that India would become the world's largest economy by 2040. The People's Republic of China would be the largest economy by 2030. These ideas might violate the Cyberpunk canon timeline, but the world has changed since the late 1980s when the Cyberpunk world was created. I also remember the Sikh violence during the 1980s, such as the assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 and the bombing of Air India Flight 182 on June 23, 1985. Therefore, I was thinking that the Punjabi regions of Pakistan and India would become the new nation of Khalistan. India would soon officially rename itself to Hindustan. I am doing additional research to see if other new nations are created in India's current territory. Thinking of Sri Lanka, what about the new naionn of Tamil Eelam? I imagined that Hindustan would have it's own space program instead of participating in the Commonwealth's space program. As for the United Commonwealth space program, I was thinking either Papua New Guinea (located near Port Moresby) or Belize, formerly British Honduras, (located near Belize City) would be the location for the launch center. I am leaning more toward Papua New Guinea. I am also imaging a war between the Republic of Indonesia and the United Commonwealth or the Empire of Nippon. The super carriers HMS Queen Victoria II, HMAS Australia, and HMAS Melbourne might flatten Djakarta. Interesting. I would imagine that if China rebuilt Hong Kong it would officially rename the city to the Hanyu Pinyin spelling of Xianggang. I have also been playing with the idea of referring to China as "The Middle Kingdom" or Zhongguo as the Chinese currently refer to their country and not use the word China. Existing companies would continue to use China in their names such as China Commercial Aircraft Company (COMAC). I have also played around with the idea of pro-democracy demonstrations and violence as Zhongguo's economy improves. Moving away from a single-party state to a multiple-party state. Perhaps civil war in Zhongguo. I might use the ideas from the Shadowrun role-playing game (boo! hiss!) of breaking up Zhongguo into parts like the Canton Confederation etc. A free Tibet and the new nation of Uyghuristan, which took in the fleeing Muslims from the Middle East Meltdown. A separate Manchuria renamed Manchukuo friendly to Japan. Inner Mongolia becoming an independent state. The independent Republic of Taiwan. War in Spratly Islands over territorial disputes and oil. I am re-writing the canon Cyberpunk Timeline and changing some of the dates around since it is Spring 2012 that I have tentatively titled Third Millennium. The year of the campaign is 2037. The 2040 Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, Nippon. Allowing me to throw in some ideas from Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Yukikaze, and Appleseed. Such as restoration of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula creating refugees and eventually a Unified Korea with a pro-Nippon regime. I am imagining that Nippon will abrogate, amend, or re-write its post-World War II constitution due to the Asian Arms Race that is arming Hindustan and Zhongguo. Perhaps there is little, or no, confidence that the United States will come to Japan's defense if it is attacked by another nation that has amiable relations with the United States. The Japan Self-Defense Force has become the Imperial Nipponese Forces (INF) with the Imperial Nipponese Army (INA), Imperial Nipponese Navy (INN), and Imperial Nipponese Air Force (INAF). Arasaka Heavy Industries (AHI) has built the new nuclear-powered Kii-class super carriers. Members of the class being: INN Kii (DDHN-156) INN Shinano (DDHN-157) INN Musashi (DDHN-158) INN Yamato (DDHN-159) Think JS Admiral 56 in Yukikaze. Arasaka is part of the seventh keiretsu group of the "Big Seven" horizontal keiretsus of Nippon. A fictional major Nipponese bank, the fictional Nakatomi Trading Corporation (I love its logo), and some fictional company names from Ghost in the Shell, such as Sagawa Electronics, and Gibson's sprawl stories, such as Ono-Sendai. KyoGen for Kyoto Genetics. Kiroshi? His Majesty Emperor Naruhito sits on the Chrysanthemum Throne. The heir apparent is Princess Toshi since the Imperial Household Law of 1947 was re-written to allow absolute cognatic primogeniture on the Chrysanthemum Throne. I want to use Blackwater Security as a fictional PMC in my Cyberpunk campaign because I love the name and logo. Since the real company has been named now to Academi, from Xe Services LLC, I don't see it being an issue. There's also the fictional Multi-National United (MNU) from the motion picture District 9 and its mercenary teams wearing white body armor and vehicles featuring the Kudu logo. MNU Security Services? I probably have deviated too far from the Cyberpunk canon which is why I am renaming the campaign setting and saying it uses the Cyberpunk rules and is based on Cyberpunk 2013 created by Mike Pondsmith.
  24. Sagem is developing something like the Augmented Reality Windshield for the Eurocopter X4 currently in development. Source: http://www.ainonline.com/?q=aviation-news/...s-eurocopter-x4
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