Alcazzar

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rattraveller
December 6, 2012 - 8:10pm

OK I knocked this out pretty quick so feel free to remark on it. This is my initial perception of Alcazzar in FY111. A balkanized frontier world where adventure still can be found cause no one is really in control.



After the CDC team defeated the Streel Corp group on Alcazzar the news of the wealth on Alcazzar was leaked to the rest of the Frontier about 10 weeks later. Apparently the information was leaked not by Streel but by another megacorp who most likely obtained the information from one of the CDC employees who took a bribe from Streel Corp. Soon all of the major corporations and many independent ("wildcat") miners arrived and began to stake out claims.

 

This situation did not last very long as Star Law was informed of the real situation including the deaths of more than 20 beings. They learned of Alcazzar from a family member of one of the murdered CDC employees. Exactly how this family member found out is not known but they felt the token death benefit from CDC while the megacorp was going to continue to make billions of credits and most likely fight a corporate war with more loss of life for megacorp profits had to be stopped.

 

A small detachment of Star Law Rangers riding on a Spacefleet cruiser took position over the planet and turned away all who tried to land. They then began an investigation into what happened on planet. They were stalled by the lack of cooperation from CDC and Streel but when they turned over their findings to UPF courts. This began a decade long legal battle over not only the how megacorps acquired planets but what constituted murder by megacorps in the pursuit of their activities.

 

On Alcazzar during this time was greatly influenced by two key factors; the planet's mineral wealth and the planet's unique environment and many native species. An injunction against all megacorps exploiting the planet prevented them from mining the mineral wealth but it did not apply to individuals. The wildcat miners were able to set up operations but faced a situation where most of their profits were “charged” away by ship owners with their fees for taking it back to the main Frontier planets.

 

The megacorps were not just busy in the courts but also setting up operations and legally claiming the moons of Alcazzar. Soon a system developed on its own where wildcatters would mine the planet and sell what they got to the megacorps. Star Law Marshalls established a commodities house so that all sales were at auction and aggressively enforced all proper sales regulations. Wildcatters could now get rich, megacorps could get metals and everyone made a fair profit.

 

The second factor was of grave concern to a number of organizations. The Society for the Preservation of Natural Ecosystems was in the forefront of this movement along with the University of Zebulan and the UPF Bureau of Planetary Development. All were allowed to set up research bases on Alcazzar. With Star Law’s help they also monitored and enforced environmental regulations on Alcazzar.

 

The current situation on Alcazzar is like the 20th Century Earth situation on the Arctic Ice Cap. No one really owns Alcazzar but most planets and megacorps have temporary bases on it. There a few permanent settlements in the most friendly regions of the planet but they are small and deal mainly with supporting the temporary guests. Star Law has four Marshalls on planet to maintain order and Spacefleet regularly patrols the planet.

 

The moons are owned by the megacorps. Each is used to support their activities:

 

Moon               Owner                                                  Use

1                      CDC                                                    Acquiring and preparing metals

2                      Streel                                                   Acquiring and preparing metals

3                      Merco and Galactic Task Force          Bases for security troops

4                      II                                                          Acquiring and preparing metals

5                      Synthetic Corps                                   Investigating food sources on planet

6                      Star Play                                              Entertainment for planet and moons

7                      Pan Galactic, Godco and Tachton       Researching the unique properties of the planet


Notes
 Star Play currently films many of their most popular reality shows on Alcazzar;

Wildcat Miners, Life among the Lokkuku with Gan Joodell, Pick the Miner's Spouse, Surviving Alcazzar with the famed Dralasite outdoorsman, PolBehr, Getting the Gold Home (filmed with the cooperation of Merco) and Wintering at Lost End

Merco and Galactic Task Force work together on their moon frequently training with each other. Many find this strange especially since they are often shooting at each other on Alcazzar. However this is not considered unusual for Alcazzar just part of life there.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?
Comments:

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jedion357
December 7, 2012 - 6:47am
I like it, Nice write up. Especially like the holo shows.

I'll have some further comments later.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
December 7, 2012 - 12:49pm
There are a lot of moons- they cant be all that big?
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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TerlObar
December 7, 2012 - 1:23pm
No most likely they are captured asteroids.  Small little objects like Deimos and Phobos around Mars.
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jedion357
December 7, 2012 - 2:30pm
TerlObar wrote:
No most likely they are captured asteroids.  Small little objects like Deimos and Phobos around Mars.
That's what I thought.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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rattraveller
December 7, 2012 - 2:54pm
The moons do not need to be very big since we are basically talking just somewhere to plant a forward base for the megacorps to coordinate their purchases and possibly a small manufacturing facility. Excpet for moons 3 and 7 being rocks in space would be an advantage since they could bring starships closer than a full sized moon would allow.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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iggy
December 7, 2012 - 9:37pm
Very good write up.  Put this together with the history developed in the last few weeks.

As for the moons, I would think that CDC and Streel would have grabbed the larger ones first.  So my rational for them not having the larger ones is that they were vying for the planet first.  MerCo and Galactic Task Force grabbed opposite sides of 3 when they were brought in to fight for CDC and Streel.  I can actually see them fighting over the moon just before the major hostilities stop.  This could result in a kind of iron curtain on 3, or a demilitarized zone around it.  The demilitarized zone is one of those problems that no one ever bothers to resolve because it is better than opening old wounds.

Moon 7 is further out and does not have strategic advantage when trying to push for planet side control.  However PGC saw it as a quiet place to grab early on for any future need to bottle CDC or Streel into the planetary system.  They have never needed to act on this strategy as the two were still actively engaged in fighting when the federation halted the hostilities.
-iggy