Vystholm

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Name Vystholm
Class Ark Ship
Owner Cenek Strajk / Jindoiska Poskapat / The Council of Five
Constructed 2318
Flag Vystholmflag.png

Vystholm, to most, is a lost piece of humanity's more xenophobic roots. Last seen in 2328, the large ark ship constructed by Stanislava Dalibor departed Sol space and out of the galactic plane in response to the First Contact Policy's abolition. It is believed to be drifting, though its exact location is unknown. The Sol Government believes it is presently 200 light years from Sol.

Below lists more detailed information on this ark ship, however it is NOT PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. Outside of escapees and spies from the ship itself, this information should not be treated as well known, if known at all. If playing a character from this society, they should not be open about their affiliation.

Infrastructure

Vystholm, being heavily isolated, focuses on recycling to the extreme. Supplies are limited and rationed, with clear bias towards the comfort of higher authorities.

Water supplies are maintained through waste recycling and ice harvesting from comets the ship mines hollow. Food variety is low and nutrition focused, maintained by the labor force's elaborate aeroponic systems. The higher class citizens adhere to a less utilitarian approach to their diet, but the working class is not left to starve.

Oxygen systems are recycled through a mix of careful maintenance of plants in the aeroponic sectors and electrolysis of water.

Not even the dead are left free from this recycle-heavy society. Corpses are taken apart and broken down into biomass with no ceremony, with organs being used for transplants and chemical extraction.

With care and strict focus on recycling and distribution by the dictatorship, Vystholm has cultivated an environment capable of sustaining itself with no outside trade.

Population

With a population of approximately 15,730, citizenship is exclusively human. The only exception to this humanity-only society are positronics, who are denied any sense of legal personhood and are -- essentially -- slaves. Of the total population, 18% are positronic.

The size of their population, while not necessarily wholly intimidating, is a notable threat to the less populated and protected regions of SolGov, causing their hostility to pose a real threat.

Government

A fascist dictatorship to the extreme, the ark ship is under the command of the "Veduci", or "head", a title currently held by Cenek Strajk. Right hand to the Veduci is the "Pravica", assisting in the management of the militaristic operations of the fleet, a title currently held by Jindoiska Poskapat.

Beneath this dictatorship is the Council of Five, members of which are titled "Radkyna". Currently, this council consists of Mechovat Zurviost, Dhani Dhebar, Song Akara, Karmen Nunez, and Jyoti Chetti.

Founded by Stanislava Dalibor, the dictatorship has consisted entirely of her descendents.

Relationship with SolGov

Relations with SolGov are entirely hostile. Vystholm's entire society revolves around xenophobia, a hatred fueling its entire purpose. The authority of Vystholm is dedicated to this line of thought, though the labor class follows largely in sheer brainwashed fear. Those that do attempt, and rarely succeed, to flee remain terrified of the alien races.

The governing body itself poses a significant threat to Sol space should they direct their attentions back on their territories. SolGov attempts to keep tabs on the ark ship, though this division is generally kept classified and -- as long as Vystholm remains preoccupied -- considered a low priority.

However, information leaks and rumors about Vystholm suggests they have developed augments and technology amounting in "super soldiers", a heavy violation of points 4 and 5 of SolGov's Five Points.

Any attempts to leave or enter the ark ship's citizenship have been met with a very lethal response. Population is entirely self-sustained, and outsiders -- even if truly invested in their beliefs -- are terminated should they manage to somehow reach the ark ship. This, and its isolation, make information gathering nearly impossible save for the extremely rare escapees from the labor class.

Notable Ships

VHS Rodnakya

The ark ship itself, the VHS Rodnakya -- or "Vystholm Humanitarian Ship" -- is the heart of Vystholm. Capable of docking the three bombardment ships and the 12-20 screening ships at its disposal, the structure only grows in size. Outside of transit, these various ships undock and move independent of the ark ship.

The VHS Rodnakya uses rotational gravity, as its design predates the NanoTrasen founded gravity systems in 2397. The rest of its more modern fleet appears to utilize this form of gravity, however, and the technology is likely stolen rather than self-discovered.

The ship's primary purpose it to affix the fore of the ship to the exoplanar asteroids, allowing for mining operations to hollow the debris out entirely. New ships are constructed inside the asteroid, adding to the fleet regularly.

VHS Skvelsyn

The first bombardment ship to join Vystholm, the VHS Skvelsyn is somewhat older in design. With its blueprints dating as far back as 2320, it has struggled with implementation of newer technology. Gravity generators are less reliable.

VHS Statodcera

The second bombardment ship to be constructed, the VHS Statodcera was constructed after the departure from the galactic plane. It is the first implementation of NanoTrasen-style gravity generators.

VHS Pozehnduci

The third and most recent bombardment ship, the VHS Pozehnduci is the most technologically advanced of the three.

History

2278: Stanislava Dalibor, a 36 year old daughter of a wealthy business tycoon, begins production of an ark ship with intentions for a self-sustaining exploration fleet to expand humanity's influence. Her following, under the name of the Vystholm Expeditionaries, hold the belief that potential xeno races are a danger to humanity, and the ship's design focuses heavily on more militaristic utilities.

2281: The first positronic brain is developed. Dalibor rallies Icarus Front extremists in protests against their creation, citing Humanity's interest against carelessly "toying" with poorly understood alien technology.

2295 Dalibor gains enough of a cult following to receive many donations from wealthy supporters, doubling the production rate of her ark ship.

2312: The green panic begins after discovery of potential intelligent alien life. Vystholm's popularity grows, alongside support for the still unnamed vessel.

2318: Dalibor's ark ship sees completion after 40 years. Expansion continues, but the ark ship itself is officially space-worthy, habitable, and fairly self-sustaining. It is named Rodnakya.

2320: The First Contact Policy is passed, with support of Vystholm.

2326: First contact with the Skrell occurs. Panic is at its highest, causing Vystholm to surge with supporters. The ark ship reaches its full capacity.

2328: The First Contact Policy is abolished. Vystholm grows extremely agitated with SolGov and the Rodnakya prepares to depart Sol space.

2340: The Rodnakya departs, leaving the galactic plane entirely into an exoplanar expedition. No further open contact is had with Sol or its citizens.