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Which Space Cadet Faction Should I Create a Culture Profile For? 

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13 deviants said Protectorate of Mankind
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12 deviants said United Dominions of Avelov
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9 deviants said People's Collective
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9 deviants said Cog Lords
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6 deviants said Crazed Core Tribes
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2 deviants said Kerdin Empire
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1 deviant said Dynic Hegemony
On the heels of my "skelenomics" idea, a friend and I were talking about Magic: The Gathering's color system and I got inspired to draft a multiverse/multiplanar scifi/fantasy/science fantasy setting. Since we both decided that I would be blue/white on that scale, I also decided to aim for an anti-Warhammer, in that the main "bad guys" represent Order, in a Borg-meets-1984 way. Instead of being a mishmash of sorcery and technology like 40K's Chaos are, they're fully into rationalized magitek: they treat magic (to them, just a different set of physical laws) as a science problem, and then applying it on tremendous scales. 

My main concern with this is, since the forces of Order are going to be running around the multiverse, I have to make sure that the fantasy planes (limited to one planet) scale well with the science fiction ones (several star systems at least). Why would Order bother with small fantasy planes if they can conquer entire galaxies? Why wouldn't they bring in heavy weapons from a scifi plane to blast apart their opposition in a fantasy plane? 

My idea is that differing physics between the planes ensures that phlebotinum-powered weapons are localized: magic wands won't work in the scifi planes and hypderdrives won't work in the fantasy planes. In fact, this makes Order scarier, because part of their schtick is a thorough understanding a plane's physical laws and then applying it on a massive scale. Gunpowder doesn't work? They'll manufacture magic wands en masse that can be activated by a rudimentary casting "program," one that can recite a spell thousands of times faster than a human. 

Any thoughts? So far, this is all I've worked out.

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Beastboss Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey bro, on that Christians vs Demons scenario demon I sent you here's a taste of the military tech of that world www.deviantart.com/art/Knights…
Plus swords :)
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey rvbo!

Just wanted to mention, I know you've done "America as Britain" and "America as China" in your analogue-Earths (yep, still calling them that :)), but I read an opinion piece recently on a blog I frequent, and it argues that the US is actually going the way of not Rome, as many people have insinuated, but instead the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Intriguing much? ;)

www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03…

Oh, also, about that whole George Friedman thing that Void-Wolf brought up; I've read his book, and he apparently thinks that the world still operates according to early 20th-century power projection systems, and that Europe is just itching for the chance to go to war again. Also, yes, he does genuinely believe that Germany and (mainly) Russia are going to go after Poland again. And that WWIII will be fought between America + Poland vs. Japan + Turkey, and will begin in mid-century with the Japanese firing meteorites at the US's weaponised space stations. And that the number of Mexicans in the western states are going to swell to the point where they will practically be an extension of Mexico (unfortunate racial implications much?). And that global warming won't be a problem at all because 'MURICA will solve it, y'know, because 'MURICA! I'm not kidding about any of this.

Unless you've already read "The Next 100 Years" and already know all that, in which case, I apologise.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I dunno about this, the piece was less about geopolitical analogues than it was criticizing the current American political climate. I wonder who Germany, Austria and Russia would be in this scenario?

As for The Next 100 Years, IIRC Bruce already did that. 
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it's not really about geopolitical analogues, but I have an idea for how one in that vein might turn out. I'll get back to you when I flesh the idea out a bit more.

Really? As someone who has been through all the Map Threads and painstakingly catalogued all of Bruce's maps, I'm fairly sure that he's never done "The Next 100 Years".

If you're referring to this, Bruce openly states at the beginning that it has little to nothing to do with Friedman's book. Ynot1989 has done a pretty comprehensive map series of his book though. I actually really recommend it, if only for the artwork and not so much the story, because it is still pretty ludicrous. :)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
I must be misremembering, because that is not the map I was thinking of. It must have been someone else. 
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Saw this and I couldn;'t help but think of you XD: anonhq.com/stratfor-advisor-us…
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Wow, they even went for German Alsace-Lorraine. 
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
This inspire you? XD
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
It's certainly nutty enough to belong with the other scenarios I have. I won't put it on my list, of course. 
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beedok Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Oh, hey, a watch! Thank you very much!
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