Extropia

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Extropia
General Data
*Class: Class M (Minishara)
*Type: Planet
*Satellites: L Class Moon
*Location: Sector 004C
*Star System: Extropia Star System
*Species of Note:
    • Various, artificial and biological.
*Faction Affiliation: None
Remarks
Extropia is at an extremely high technological stage of development with a number of Transportation forms that exceed standard M/ARA Faster-Than-Light Drives, using technology similar in appearance to Transwarp Gates in orbit and below the Atmosphere, but utilize other forms of FTL travel. World is protected by an extremely sophisticated, intelligent, and powerful Artificial Intelligence 'Starbase' in orbit, which does have the ability to instantaneously remove hostile starships from orbit.


Planetary Statistics

  • classification: Class M Planet
  • distance from sun: 1.4 AU
  • diameter: 32000 km
  • gravity: 1
  • atmosphere: dense, oxygen/nitrogen and a few trace gases
  • weather system: normal meteorlogy system. cloud system, rains, snow near the polar caps, lightning and storms
  • temp: -25C to 50C
  • surface: 60% water, 35% Natural Landmass, 5% Artificial landmass. Flora, Fauna, mountainous regions, rivers, lakes, prairies and grasslands.
  • lifeforms: Multiple and various forms of life
  • tech. level: High: Signs of Technology levels in excess of 'normal' levels of Federation Technology.
  • specials: 'Rising in Light' - Governmental AI in orbit. Highly sophisticated Artificial Intelligence, seems to be benign, if not friendly to strangers.


History

History of planet


Environmental

Extropia is a veritable Eden, a garden world of superb natural beauty. Very much like modern-day Earth and its Delta Quadrant contemporary Pinastri Prime,

There is likely to be a high degree of climate control in the region, under the auspices of the Governmental AI, Rising in Light.

The 'Seat' of the Cultural, Scientific, and Administrative areas of Extropia seem to be concentrated on an area comprised both of natural and artificially created islands,

Botanical

There are an intriguing number of flora and fauna species on Extropia. A great amount of the plant life does seem remarkably reminiscent to most plants found on Earth, however there are a number of plants there that appear entirely 'alien' to the layperson.


Zoological

There is a great amount of wildlife in Extropia, and has yet to be fully explored by Starfleet Scientists and Cultural Exchange Teams, (Which are readily welcomed by the Extropian Directorate). The Oceans seem to teem with aquatic life, and there are a number of free-roaming wild animals on certain areas of the natural continents of the planet. There are also 'preserves' set aside for some creatures. It is not sure if these are creatures native to Extropia, due to what appeared to be differing atmospheres in the preserve, or if these preserves are there to protect them from either extinction or poaching.

-Supplemental-

Extracted from logs supplied by Dr. Roberta Melodie (bobbi1969 Melodie), Civilian Xenoanthrpological Consultant, USS Shogun.


Physical Appearance of Residents: Sophonts I encountered in person and those imaged in databases are generally humanoid in appearance (bilateral symmetry, four limbs (two arm, two legs), two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, etc., with notable variation in skin color, eyes, and hair. (Note: I did not discuss anatomy with any resident, nor did I examine any beyond their outward, dressed appearance.) A few visual records included individuals of significantly different form, including a form similar to Terran canines, and others with appendages of tails (in varied forms) and wings (also varied). Anecdotal evidence, as well as reports from First Contact, indicate the existence of at least one blended entity in the form of a construct (Rising in Light) associated with other evolved transhumanist entities with no corporeal existence (the Minds). This was not an exhaustive survey, and did not include any attempt to study the varied biochemistry of Extropian residents.

Population: residents appear to be exclusively immigrants, beginning with the core group of founders. According to one source, the population is stable, with a balance between emigration and immigration. New residents are readily welcomed if they have the financial means to maintain their own residences. There is no bureaucratic immigration process. One of the Directors (Deebs) indicated she tries to meet new arrivals, but only to help them settle in, and meeting new residents isn’t a requirement.

Sociological

Extracted from the log provided by Roberta Melodie, Civilian Xenoanthropological Consultant, USS Shogun

ocial Structure: there is little in the way of government or bureaucracy within the Extropian community. A relatively brief Covenant states community standards, which basically can be summarized as: be a positive community member, don’t bother others, and keep construction within the general aesthetic established by the founders and individual district Directors. It is an open society, with a positive, futurist perspective. In a way, this nearly resembles the ideal of utopia: individuals free to pursue their interests, with no government structure to mandate individual duties, and residents freely choosing to perform necessary community functions. Based on interviews, four levels exist within the Extropian society: Directors, residents, visitors, and Minds. The blended entity, Rising in Light, is present over Extropia, but seems to be less of a community member than a security system to maintain the integrity of Extropia.

A small group of Directors oversee individual Districts and are charged with ensuring construction (which is encouraged to be innovative and artistic) is in consonance with the general appearance of each District and with Extropia overall. They also serve as a de facto government, but apparently exert little control over planetary matters except to settle an occasional dispute. Interestingly, the community as a whole seems to serve as a court of appeal through consensus developed within the community forums. Residents live in Extropia and are able (encouraged it seems) to express themselves through habitat and artistic construction. The community does not generally gather as a whole unit, and few residents were actually noted during my survey. One exception to community-wide gatherings is a frequent “Salon,” which is an intellectual gathering that frequently includes a well-known guest speaker. (The Salon originally planned during the period of my survey was postponed, so I wasn’t able to observe this aspect of Extropian community life directly.)

Visitors are welcome, and I encountered several during my survey, including one who has frequented Extropia for an extended period. The visitors remarked on the beauty (also noted by the First Contact team) and tranquility of Extropia. Recreational areas open to all including visitors were noted. From my interviews, it appears that Extropia maintains its population balance through emigration, with a percentage of planetary visitors finding the planet attractive enough to settle upon.

Minds are somewhat mysterious transhumanist entities that have passed beyond corporeal existence yet are able to maintain tenuous contact with Extropia. Deebs indicated she is a contact for those Minds, and that they possess an abiding although vaguely expressed concern for the continued well-being of Extropia and its residents.

Rising in Light is a ship in orbit, described as an artwork specifically striving to portray a post human, living starship. It is associated with the Minds and apparently also performs a role as Caretaker for Extropia in conjunction with the Minds. Of significance is the ability of the Caretaker to eject hostile entities from local Extropian space, returning them instantly to their home region. From the description, it appears those ejected are none the worse for wear. The extent of the powers necessary to perform the Caretaker function cannot be explained by UFS physical models of the universe.

Culture: Extropia was founded with a philosophy of positive futurism by a core group. The positive ideal is the basis for an open society, with few explicit restraints allowing and fostering great freedom in expression. (One indication of the openness of this culture is the non-existent immigration process.) There is a strong intellectual tradition, exemplified by the salons and a substantial body of writing on the subjects of transhumanism and the singularity (emergence of superhuman intelligence). It is a peaceful culture, tolerant except for bad behavior (of which violence is the penultimate bad behavior), functioning on collaboration and cooperation. The amount of community involvement by individuals appears to have declined since the founding of Extropia, possibly an indication of a shift in the population as early residents fueled by the idealistic Extropian vision depart to be replaced by others less involved with the philosophy and more drawn to Extropia for its natural beauty and easy lifestyle.

Aside from artistic endeavors (consider the Turing Gallery installation) and intellectual explorations, Extropia explicitly celebrates transportation and futuristic architecture. Displays of vehicles for air, surface, and undersea transportation abound, and Extropian visual archives document the enthusiasm for aerospace transportation best seen in the “Extropia Defense Force,” a group of aviation and space flight enthusiasts which performed aerial shows and competitions. The style of the EDF and its vehicles evinces a romantic or nostalgic appreciation for twentieth century Terran aircraft, as well as spaceship design taken from illustrations in journals of speculative fiction. A sense of whimsy pervades that effort and extends to architecture to the extent that some habitats are colloquially referred to by the name of a twentieth century Terran futuristic animated video entertainment (“Jetsons”). This antiquarian knowledge provides a curious contrast to the future-oriented striving of transhumansism.

Interstellar Relations: Extropia maintains a number of positive, mutually beneficial relationships with other systems and regions. This is in keeping with the positive underlying philosophy of the Extropian community. The open system maintained by Extropia is possible in part due to oversight provided by the Caretaker. It would be unusual for this society to engage in any form of domination over others, or to maintain an association with other cultures which would seek to exploit Extropia in any way.



Sources:

USS Shogun Science Reports