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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 *****

*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

 
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*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

"Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

"We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** STOP PRESS: Felini Victory ***

In an unexpected development, the FEL have scored a decisive victory against the FLZ. Destroying or maiming some 20 Flagritz Baseships in the Onwards system.

What is more remarkable than the victory was there was no subsequent comment by Crazy Uncle Flagritz. We might need to have a lie down now.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN and FEL * Valhalla Fighting Pits * RIP smacked * &etc


 
***** Christmas Special Edition *****

*** Ho Ho Ho ***

Welcome to the SSS Christmas Special Edition! We the Editors have put together a nostalgic pudding treat intended to delight and tickle even the scroogiest megacorp executive. So gather your cubs, squidlets and larvae for some silliness and song. Time to catch up with some classics from years gone by, raise your glasses and drink your gluttony and shame away!

Wishing you all a merry Christmas free from Krampus Jones's invading armies!

The Editors


 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Claws Out in Valhalla ***

In a bold rebuke of Crazy Uncle Flagritz’s attacks in the Avalon system, the cunning Felini Nevets ordered a hit on a FLZ outpost in the Valhalla system. Claiming miscommunication with his warships, the mischevious Avatar cocked a snook at the washed-out Dewiek warrior in charge of the system whilst claiming an important victory in the often one-sided conflict against the FLZ.

This isn’t the first time the foxy Feline has masked daring-do in the shroud of incompetence. It remains to be seen whether this turns out as disastrously as the time when the FEL had to pay the costs of a war started by Prince-turned-meklan LiQuan.

Meower-in-chief Chamiah apologised for the incident in a public address laced with snickering subtext and unconcealed laughter when she got to the bit about the unfortunate loss of “5 FLZ Warships in Onwards.”

A second incident in Valhalla was reported the next day with mardy Magnus complaining he wasn’t getting his claws in on the action. Could this be the pithy ploy that puts the cat on the mat?

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Merc-y Wimbles * Valhalla Fighting Pits Get Weird * Profile of Lyceum Amaguk * &etc


 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Nun on the Run ***

Alleged cosplayer Carmilla D’Morenta got the vicars in the Brotherhood all hot and bothered when she made a run for it. Possibly tired of being tied up by the reverends and denied the love that dare not howl its name. With a sizeable, almost unbelievable, bounty on her head, the barking sister took refuge with the Dewiek Elder Nation.

In possibly the shortest chase in history, the BHD managed to strike a blow for oppressed collars everywhere when they squared off with the naughty doggy-wannabe at the Valhalla stargate. The cheeky chaplains blew their hyperdrive at close range and both the BHD and DEN flagged ships were reported to be lost in space.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN Ban BHD * Ulian * FLZ in Avalon * Valhalla Fighting Pits * Interview with Carmilla * And more


 

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