Aculem wrote:I like this direction, it not only solves the problem of how to realistically depict how a massive human civilization could collapse, but adds another flavor to the player's situation. They aren't just survivors, but exiles.
If the location(s) of humanity's core worlds are known, perhaps they could be some of the most dangerous places to visit. Perhaps they've been sucked into some sort of Technological Singularity or turned into Dyson Spheres protected by an AI that wouldn't trust their safety to be compromised by the outlying colonial Luddites, so every player is essentially shoot-on-sight.
I mentioned it briefly in that chat, at one point in time, a powerful AI in these home worlds, in all of its advanced processing capabilities, deemed itself fit to govern the rest of civilization, leading in a brief period of 'AI'tocracy. Following general dissent from all human beings, the AI could have been destroyed after a series of escalated battles, concluding with the destruction of mankind's greatest technological advances, explaining why any future civilizations may have refuse to pursue new electronic intelligence above the DCPU.
As it stands right now, I am working on helping refine and add detail to the OP. What I have so far is the first few sentences of paragraph one:In the year 3567, Earth’s Solar System, Sol, had reached its peak in operational capacity, and exhausted of space, room for additional infrastructure, and resources. In a desperate attempt to prevent government collapse, the legislation pushed through to fund the construction of thousands of space-worthy vessels, powerful enough to sustain themselves for almost indefinite travel, with one sacrifice; in order to maintain minimum energy usage, and to spare the valuable resources keeping the majority of civilization under control, they were equipped with DCPU-16 systems. The first of their kind in a new line of deep-space vessels, they were launched en masse, equipped with the modern-day cryogenics ‘deep sleep’ pods. Each was fitted with supplies and a soul objective; to ‘enhance the planet’s atmosphere/infrastructure to support colonization for the benefit of the many.’
But they were not 'the first of many. Shortly after their en masse expansion in nearly every direction, the political landscape began to heat up. Having planned ahead for such an event to be considered a waste of resources from their opponents, regular check-ins from each vessel that would be broadcast for the public to hear were arranged. These check-ins never occurred. Faulty programming with the cryogenics pods would leave each of the on-board crew permanently incapacitated for a unnecessary amount of time, one that would not need to be counted, as by the time they would wake up, anyone that would care about them would be long disintegrated.