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The Unified Republic of Stars - A Sci-Fi World Building Podcast
39 minutes | 5 years ago
3.2 – Drinking: A Question of Morality, Part II
Welcome back to part two and the finale of the New Age of Morality Act. An act that that attempted to make all the things that people thought wrong, things like drinking, drugs, gambling, and prostitution, right by banning them. But… that wasn’t quite how things worked out. Instead, people turned on their new governments asking, if everyone’s still doing these things… then what, really, is the point? And when it’s all over, there would be no coming back for President Margarita Santiago. No, third try is the charm. But, just because the Morality Act would be dead letter law, it didn’t mean it had fully gone away. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and any theme music is by Darren Solomon. Think about rating us on iTunes! It really helps people discover this podcast. As always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @republicofstars, or on Facebook at our page.
31 minutes | 6 years ago
3.1 – Drinking: A Question of Morality, Part I
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars! This week, we discuss how the new Republic, under a new and the first post-revolution president, Margarita Santiago, decided to make the nation stronger by… cracking down on immoral acts. Things like drinking, screwing, gambling, and doing drugs. Things that, up until now, had been left up to individuals to decide whether it was their thing or not. Things mentioned this episode: Our old friend, Ivan Boldyrev Penglai – where Santiago was from Shaanxi – a neighbor planet to Penglai The Fenghuang System – in which Penglai and Shaanxi are located The Investigative Office of the Republic – The federal law enforcement agency Al Gharbiyah & Columbus – because they like to take the fun out of everything. President David Turecki – A president that basically made Italian-style politics look clean And all of these topics culminate in the New Age of Morality Act. A relatively small piece of legislation that ended up pretty broad in scope. And it banned a lot of things. Next week… we see how well all these new prohibitions worked out. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and any theme music is by Darren Solomon. Think about rating us on iTunes! It really helps people discover this podcast. As always, you can contact me at email@example.com, on Twitter @republicofstars, or on Facebook at our page.
19 minutes | 6 years ago
3.0 – An Introduction To The Age of War
Yes… we’ve finally reached the Age of War, in which the Unified Republic of Stars has moved into a new age, an age of conflict. This season, we’ll be discussing mostly the internal conflicts that help to divide the Republic but also the big invasion that determines so much of what the Republic will do after, the Invasion of 2338. This episode, I go into some of the differences that everyone should understand now exist between the Age of Colonization and the Age of War and get us prepared for the first major conflict of the new age, the Morality Act. Some helpful links about places and companies that are mentioned: Galileo Farm Park Semiconductors White Sand Cobanito Our theme is by Ryan Houser and any theme music is by Darren Solomon. As always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @republicofstars, or on Facebook at our page.
19 minutes | 6 years ago
2.12 – Rivalries – The Island Group vs. Emre’s Paradise
I am super exited to end this season of the Unified Republic of Stars podcast with one more in the Rivalries series, The Island Group vs. Emre’s Paradise. This week, we discuss one last settlement that, though there was a lot of land to settle in general, didn’t happen as smoothly as many of the things within the story world. And, in a large part, it’s because the Island Group felt that they could take advantage of Common Laws to screw the possibly more “savage” South Island People, living in a community they called “Emre’s Paradise”, out of their land because they hadn’t fenced it in. But… just because people hadn’t built fences… it didn’t mean that they didn’t view it as theirs. It’s a crazy story that takes place early in the colonization of Athena (map) that you should really check out because it shows just another way in which not all of the settlements within the colonies happened smoothly. And it’s a nice little setup considering that this is the last of Season Two of this podcast. Coming back in Season Three, I will be discussing the events of the second age of the world, known as the Age of War. So… after a two week break, I will be back and we’ll go over the events that define the next age of the story world.
25 minutes | 6 years ago
2.11 – Yamanashi & Kanagawa
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars podcast! We’re getting close to the end of Season Two and moving into preparation for Season Three where we’ll be discussing the next book of history, the History of the Age of War. But… in the meantime, we still have two more things to discuss. This week, it’s the planets of Yamanashi and Kanagawa, the planets of the Japanese settled worlds of the New Nippon System. We discuss how the worlds were established, what the Cherry Blossom and Mountaintop Seats are, the way the royals would inherit each as well as the ramifications of the revolution upon this process. Also, unlike the discussions of a lot of previous worlds within the, then, Colonial Star Cluster, we also discuss some of the native plant and animal life that exists on both worlds, for those of you who might be interested. And, I know for a fact, that more than a few of you are. There’s also a mention of vertical gardens, a concept I’m sure I’ve brought up more than once when discussing Athena City but that I go over again here because it’s of particular importance to Kanagawa. And, as I can’t help myself, I discuss the Japanese world’s importance on Colonial Baseball, both how they pre-date it and how they became a dominant force within it. Next week, I look forward to the final episode in Season Two, in which I discuss the fun Rivalries Episode called Emre’s Paradise versus the Island Group. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and any theme music is by Darren Solomon. As always, you can contact me at email@example.com, on Twitter @republicofstars, or on Facebook at our page.
26 minutes | 6 years ago
2.10 – Religion in the Colonies
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars! This week, after many promises, Religion within the Colonial Star Cluster! What faiths made it out? How did they do? Where were many of them centered? These questions and more are answered. As is a major one, how might beliefs change once living away from the human home world? We discuss just about all of the major religions of Earth and their place out in the colonies but we also discuss a new one that starts on Earth but really finds its footing out in the colonies, the Church of the Cosmic Angel. A religion with… a different kind of origin story but one that literally attempts to wrangle with the cosmological ramifications of two galaxies colliding. Also, perhaps much to your surprise, we discover that the Amish also made their way out to the colonies, congregating almost entirely on the Norman moon of Gelassenheit and we discuss how a sect so adverse to technology might make such a move. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and any theme music is by Darren Solomon. As always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @republicofstars, or on Facebook at our page.
16 minutes | 6 years ago
2.9 – Computing & Media
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars! This week, we discuss computing and media in the Colonial Star Cluster, what it is how it got there, and what the intersection between the two were. Because, though the star cluster started out a rough place, it didn’t mean that people didn’t want or need entertainment. And, in case you didn’t listen to the supplemental on communications, I highly recommend that you do, if for only at the very least to understand how the networks function out there. Some of the topics we discuss include how a pornography company by the name of Pink Palace Films recruits a young tinkerer named Park Yoon Soo to create one of the first “pay per view” satellites in the colonies and how that revolutionizes the media landscape on all of the colonial worlds. Of course Park would go on to create one of the largest electronic companies out in the colonies called PTPS Incorporated that would build a range of different things and generally go on to change the colonies through them if you’re interested in further reading. We also discuss how the primary computing device people use isn’t something we’d generally think of as a computer… our phones. Next week, religion within the star cluster! Finally! Please think about leaving a rating for this either on iTunes or Stitcher or where ever you might listen to this. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and any theme music is by Darren Solomon. As always, you can contact me at email@example.com, on Twitter @republicofstars, or on Facebook at our page.
21 minutes | 6 years ago
2.8 – Economics & The Colonial Dollar
Yes… I can hear people groaning… another episode around economics… but… this isn’t just about economics, its about how the early colonies not just persevered against an early crisis but eventually came to invent their own money. And this is the story of how people overcame one of the most devastating shortages an economy can have but actually came up with something new so they wouldn’t need the thing they were short on. It’s a core story about how the Colonies became the wealthy place they did and wealth, let’s face it, is a large reason why Earth wasn’t so keen to give up on the Colonies and chose to continue fighting them instead. If you haven’t already, please leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It really helps people to find us. As always, our theme is by Ryan Houser and any score is by Darren Solomon. If you want to get in touch with me, I’m on Twitter @republicofstars, on Facebook, and of course, always available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 minutes | 6 years ago
2.7 – Economics & Transportation
This week, we discuss the various methods of transportation around the Colonial Star Cluster. How would you get around? Well… this is a sci-fi world so you’d probably take an interstellar vessel between worlds. After all, that’s how you’d get out there. But how would you get around a world? At first… by walking. But then by horse cart. But then… thing would get interesting. Eventually… cars would become common on the world, through companies like Kaesong Motors and Rayo Motors. Then, mag-lev trains connecting the cities would also become common. Yes… technology moved quickly. Because this technology existed. It was just a matter of building the supply chains to make that technology out there rather than on Earth. And all of this transportation helps to explain why the Colonial Star Cluster went from a place consisting of subsistence farmers and lumberjacks to prosperous colonies in such a short time. Our theme was composed by Ryan Houser and our score by Darren Solomon. As always, you can find us on twitter @republicofstars or on Facebook at our page. However, you’re always welcome to join us at unifiedrepublicofstars.com and contribute a story or help flush out our reference section. Lastly, you can reach me at email@example.com if you have some long form thoughts you want to share.
27 minutes | 6 years ago
2.6 – Rivalries – Tranquility vs. Meditation
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars podcast. This week, perhaps the last in our rivalries series, the Norman communities of Tranquility vs. Meditation, two towns that stood for very distinct things that had the unfortunate time and place to be who they were next to one another. Listener warning, this week’s episode includes some very violent content and one very explicit word. We’ve talked a lot in the podcast so far about towns and communities that have succeeded, even grown into proper cities. But… not all of these experiments in a better way for people to live succeeded. Some failed. Some succeeded. But almost all of those found that they had to change the very idea upon which they were founded in order to succeed. But Tranquility and Meditation never had the chance to do that before they exploded in a spectacular fashion like so few other places did. And that’s what we’ll be discussing this week. Yes, even in the Unified Republic of Stars, there were failures. More than a few actually. But this was among the worst. However, as kind of an upside, the distillers of Norman Whiskey claim the former inhabitants of these communities as the ones who introduced the world to their special brand of the spirit. Whether that’s true or not… is a matter of some discussion. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and our score is by Darren Solomon. As always, you can find me @republicofstars on Twitter, or like our page on Twitter. Or… if all else fails or you just want to write something longer, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you haven’t yet, think about dropping us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It really helps others discover this cast. Next week, we’ll discuss various forms of transportation within the star cluster. It’s going to be fun!
50 minutes | 6 years ago
2.5 – Cities, Towns & Communities
Welcome back to another episode to the Unified Republic of Stars! This week, rather than dive into an individual story, we tour a few worlds of the star cluster that have, more or less gone unmentioned or with very little mention up until now. And we compare them to the cities we’ve already been introduced to and some of the quirks many of them have. We start our tour on Galileo where we board a Tomcat and take it to the world of Columbus and a major city on it called Matthew. From there, we hop over to Darwin, where we discuss the founding of a town by the name of Taos-On-Darwin that strove for almost total independence from the rest of the world until the events of the Second Defensive and the Battle Over Darwin basically forced them to join up. Then it’s off to the Fenghuang System and the planet of Shaanxi and the town of Cobanito, where a man by the name of Pedro de Santos established the largest drug operation in the star cluster, the Santos Recreational Pharmaceutical Corporation, and in the process made Cobanito one of the most urbane cities in the Republic. And then it’s to Yong Nam and the artistic city of Kim Muyan, that was transformed by a mixture of cheap housing, a bursting creative class, and a sense of new found freedom. Lastly, we explore the general world of Al Gharbiyah, a world that seemed as if it should have exploded from tensions when both jews and muslims decided to settle it but, for some reason, didn’t. It’s a bit of a long episode but we really hit a lot of things I’ve been meaning to do for a while and hopefully you’ll find it all enjoyable. As always, you can email me at email@example.com, find me on Twitter @republicofstars, or visit our Facebook page. Our theme is by Ryan Houser and our score is by Darren Solomon.
36 minutes | 6 years ago
2.4 – Rivalries – Dutch vs. Bradley Warner
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars! This week, we continue our “rivalries” series with a piece comparing the brothers Warner. (See what I did there?) Stewart Todd “Dutch” Warner and his brother but also future Fleet Admiral Bradley. This week, as we discuss them, we touch on a lot of different topics, including how one becomes a “shipper” by joining the crew as a “ship’s kid“, the events of the First and Second Defensives, and how both men became NOVA masters with very different styles. We also touch on the differences between Galileo City in the west and New Chicago in the east and how they’d advanced since Liz Carter’s time. It’s a pretty packed episode with fist fights, major battles, pretty much the works. If you want to contact me with comments or quests, as always, you can do so by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also on Twitter @republicofstars. And, of course we have a facebook page that I’d love for you to like. The theme, as always, is by Ryan Houser of the band Slim Wray and the score is by Darren Solomon.
33 minutes | 6 years ago
2.3 – Rivalries – Sims vs. MacGregor
Welcome back to the Unified Republic of Stars podcast! This week, we discuss Admirals Hugh Sims versus Alexander MacGregor, the founders of first the Independent Fleet and then the Republican Fleet which, I hope as been telegraphed enough at this point, will play a major part within the Unified Republic of Stars story world. The admirals, as you’ll find out are very different men. From the religious, abstemious, older, military, and colonial port veteran to the younger, vodka swilling, cigar smoking, former school teacher, atheist Sims. Yet, without both making their contribution, the Republican Fleet may not have turned out the way it did, from MacGregor’s idea behind the Five Fleets to Sims’ recruitment of Dutch Warner. We also touch on how an early hiring decision by Ivan Boldyrev, prior to his becoming mayor, much less governor or president, almost ground the whole partnership to a halt. As always, if you have questions, comments, whatever, feel free to drop a line at email@example.com. Or, find me on Twitter @republicofstars. And, of course, there’s our Facebook page that I’d love for you to like. But, please, do think about rating the cast on Stitcher or iTunes. It really does help bring people to the storyworld. The podcast theme is by Ryan Houser of the band Slim Wray and the score is by Darren Solomon.
5 minutes | 6 years ago
This is no doubt the podcast you’ve been waiting months for: an explanation of where the hell the Unified Republic of Stars podcast has been all this time and why it went on an unexpected break. Well… for those of you who have been patient enough to keep this in your feed the whole time, this will explain everything. But, for those who don’t have the patience, fear not. The gist is that the URS podcast will be back starting next Sunday night. So… following your Game of Thrones party, you’ll have something about a fictional republic in space to listen to while cleaning up. As always, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at @republicofstars or on Facebook by visiting the Unified Republic of Stars page. Special thanks to Darren Solomon for the music in this week’s episode (and moving forward!) and to Ryan Houser of the band Slim Wray for the theme.
24 minutes | 6 years ago
2.2 – The Republican Fleet
This week, we discuss the Republican Fleet. What it is, how much it costs, what exactly it does, and some of the culture within the Fleet. Along those lines the topics touched on are: The administrative divisions: The First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Fleets that make it up. The NOVA, of course. Also, the Razorback The uniforms worn by the sailors and officers. It’s not the longest episode done so far but it covers a pretty complex topic without diving too hard into the complexities. Also, apologies for the relatively poor sound quality this time around. I hadn’t realized it until editing but apparently some vibrations from my desk were coming through the mic. I’ll work on it the next time around. You can always find the Unified Republic of Stars on Twitter @republicofstars, on Facebook, and, of course, at the website itself.
41 minutes | 6 years ago
2.1 – Rivalries – Liz Carter vs. Jimmy & James
Listener discretion advised. This week, we go into depth about a couple of topics that are very adult including: sex work, rape, prolific drinking, drug use, and murder. Also, various ethnic slurs are used in a casual way. Because this week we discuss the tale of Liz Carter, Jimmy D’Addario, and James Adams. And it’s a violent tale about the early days of colonization within the Star Cluster. The three started out as partners for one of the earliest and, later, most notorious bars in Galileo City (map), The Welshman & The Wop. But, after years of watching her partners allow the treatment of the prostitutes they had working for them get worse and worse, she left to start her own business, Liz’s Dinner & Cabaret, an upscale dinner club and brothel. But leaving, and wanting her partners to cash her out, just incited an event known in Galileo City as the Bar War, a series of counter retaliations between the two establishments that culminated in one seriously violent act. However, we’ve never discussed these characters before. So why are they important? Because not only do they represent many of the cultural differences between Earth now and the Colonies then but because they were culturally important to the story world. Liz would go on to hire a young man named Ivan Boldyrev as a busboy. And The Welshman & The Wop would create one of the defining Galilean Whiskies. This is a tale of mistreatment of women, murder, money, and betrayal. But it’s also a story of how people managed to survive out in the colonies where laws were not allowed. As always, email your questions, comments, and feedback to email@example.com and a response is guaranteed. Also, follow us on Twitter @republicofstars or like us on our Facebook page.
27 minutes | 6 years ago
2.0 – Cultural Differences
We’re back, with Season Two of the Unified Republic of Stars podcast. This week, I outline some of what I’ve got planned for Season Two, including a series I’m pretty excited about called “Rivalries” in which we compare and contrast some of the various characters that inhabit the story world, some of which we’ve met, and some we haven’t. But, this week, we discuss the cultural differences between the Unified Republic of Stars and the world we know now. We touch on four differences, guns, tobacco, drugs, and social safety nets and explain how each area is maybe different than you might expect. Next week will be the first in our Rivalries series, comparing and contrasting Liz Carter, owner of the famous Liz’s Dinner & Cabaret against her former partners Jimmy & James at the notorious Weshman & Wop bar in Galileo City. Unfortunately, though, that might just do us for the year here at the podcast because of the holidays. But I’ll be back in the new year, ready to go with even more interesting podcasts that go in depth into other areas of the story world. However, if you want any topics specially covered or have questions or comments, please, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and a response is guaranteed. Or… if you email an MP3, it will be played as part of the cast itself!
20 minutes | 6 years ago
1.12 – A Short History – Relative Peace
With this episode we wrap up A Short History of the Unified Republic of Stars, in which, for the first time, with the NOVA standing watch, the Republic finally knows some peace from Earth. Of course, just because they have peace from Earth doesn’t mean everything will go swimmingly. For those reading ahead, the next age of the storyworld is called The Age of War, after all. However, we do wrap up this age with, basically, the obits of several characters we’ve been following for the last several episodes. And those include: Our old friend, Ivan Boldyrev, first President of the Republic, who died of a heart attack while in Taos-On-Darwin, on the planet Darwin. His supposed political rival and former mayor of Athena City, Iskender Abaz. Dutch Warner, who rose to the rank of Post-Commodore and subsequently retired to College Park where he taught pre-revolution Earth history and, apparantly dated more than his share of young undergrads And Dutch’s brother Bradley, who rose to the rank of Admiral and then became something of a literary sensation as he discovered a late passion for writing. But those aren’t the only characters within the Unified Republic of Stars storyworld. In fact, the most important are the ones you contribute. As always, if you have questions or comments about anything you hear on the podcast, or just want to share something interesting you’ve discovered, you can email email@example.com and I’ll read your feedback on the air. And, we’re social! You can find us on Facebook or at Twitter @republicofstars. I’ll be back following a short break after Thanksgiving with Season Two of the podcast! Can’t wait!
24 minutes | 6 years ago
1.11 – A Short History – The Battle For the Republic
This week, we discuss the event known as The Battle For the Republic. A massive event in which a force larger than either the First or Second Republican Defensive enters the Galileo system, no doubt with the intention of entering others. But they encounter six NOVA class ships, and destroy two. But the Republic survives… However, our story challenge this week isn’t generated by the generator. It’s by the content of this week’s episode: Consider contributing a story based on a new character you create that served aboard a NOVA during the Battle For the Republic and telling the tale of their duty station, from being beat to quarters to the end of the invasion. Or a Razorback pilot… Bonus points if you set your story aboard the Woodcutter or the Gangwon, the two NOVAs that were destroyed. Write a story and have it read by a professional voice talent. Interested? In the meantime, some links from this week’s episode: My favorite smuggler and yours, and now NOVA master, Dutch Warner. And, a man almost criminally ignored, his brother, Bradley Warner. What, exactly, the NOVA battleship is. Also, what the Blue Line is. A full link to the site reference article on the Battle For the Republic. As always, you can find the Unified Republic of Stars on Facebook or as @republicofstars on Twitter. And, of course, you can contact us and email us questions or comments or with an mp3 of both to urspodcast at gmail dot com.
24 minutes | 6 years ago
1.10 – A Short History – The NOVA Sets Sail
This week, Chapter 10 of a Short History of the Unified Republic of Stars, The NOVA Sets Sail! As is our thing, the story generator suggestion: “”A woman (48) is on the verge of being caught price-fixing the Athena Stock Exchange in Athena City when the UUHA invades.” And, as we mentioned in this week’s episode, think about writing a story and sending it to us! The first two stories set in the storyworld will be read by a professional voice actor for a very special podcast episode. Or, think about submitting to the interesting new podcast we discovered, MedusPod. The links that were promised: The Flag of the Republic. The ranks of the Republican Fleet. Our pal, Stewart Todd “Dutch” Warner. And, in case you missed it, what the NOVA even is. And that’s it! Short show notes. As is usual, you can send comments and questions (even in MP3 form which I’ll play) to urspodcast at gmail dot com. Or, you can find us on Facebook or at Twitter @republicofstars.
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