Important Terms Mar 19, 2014 3:48:48 GMT 9.5
Post by TEETH on Mar 19, 2014 3:48:48 GMT 9.5
ONE STAR REPUBLIC
A medium-large peninsula of various cultural influences, the foundations of which follow a western construct, commonly referred to as the "OSR". The OSR has been described as looking like a massive, lopsided trapezoid and shares its central eastern border with its sister country "Algo". The OSR is divided into five smaller states that are named for their geographical location: Occide, Orie, Aquile, Meride, and Medius. (See The Five States for Further Details)
While The OSR is referred to as a "republic" it is truly a Democratic Republic whose elected officials often rise out of the Entertainment Industry and serve for seven years in The Constance, which functions to elect and monitor the OSR's Governor/Governess. (See "The Governess" for Details)
THE FIVE STATES
The western state of the OSR, Occide is the largest and least developed of the five states. Home to the OSR's lumber industry and various textile factories and steel mills, Occide is peppered with towns that have either grown out of these industries or from alternate lifestyle communities centered around nature and healing. While these developments are widely scattered throughout Occide's thick forests, their populations are medium-large.
It is heavily wooded with coniferous forests in more northern, mountainous areas but becomes mixed with deciduous plant life closer to its rocky coasts and southern regions. It's northern most regions share the towering and dangerous Achrysae Mountain Range with Aquile. The rainiest of the five states it is often said Occide alternates between three seasons: rain, mud, and snow. Ennui University is located along Occide's northern coast.
The northern state of the OSR, Aquile is the coldest and least populated. Very mountainous it shares part of its treacherous mountain range "The Achrysae" with Occide. Despite experiencing a more frigid climate than Occide, Aquile receives far more sunlight and alternates almost exclusively between summer-like and winter-like seasons. Regardless of the weather, though, the snow rarely melts in Aquile.
Between its numerous mountains are small, sparsely wooded valleys where small town dedicated to commercial skiing and other extreme sports have developed. What Aquile is best known for, though, are the various, massive research facilities scattered throughout the state. While not all of these institutes are accessible to or even known of by the general public, many sinister rumors have surfaced regarding the activities performed in these isolated areas. Much of the OSR's medical community is based out of Aquile and multiple prestigious universities have been founded along the border between Aquile and Medius.
The central state and home to the OSR's capital, Fastaluc, Medius is the most populated and civilized of the five states. Medius is almost entirely dense city with surrounding urban sprawl and is dotted with small contrived parks and artificial lakes. What little gaps of Medius' natural terrain remain between the tightly packed cities is rocky flatland with the occasional shrub forest. It shares the muggy and humid environment of Orie, but experiences four seasons because of its closeness to Occide and Aquile.
Fastaluc itself is a gigantic city located in the dead center of Medius. Home to government officials and high ranking military leaders, it is a city of luxury contrasted with poverty of the Gifteds and lower class nonGfteds who live and work there. Fastaluc has a lightrail system, called "The Irons", that travels throughout all of Medius and extends into the more prominent boarder towns/cities of Aquile, Occide, Meride, and Orie.
The southern state of the OSR, Meride is the warmest an driest of the states. Home to Morning Star Entertainment and their affiliates (See Morning Star Entertainment for Further Deatils), Meride is filled with impractical and beautiful cities and leads the rest of the OSR in fashion and media. Its northern border is the least vogue of its regions as it is made mostly of towns centered around the leading electronics and technologies factories and the middle class families who work them.
A state of rolling hills, scattered mountains, and warm coastal plains leading to sandy beaches, Meride's winters are short and nearly indistinguishable for its autumns and springs. Has a substantial tourist industry and is ranked highly in its media exports. It is the richest state in the OSR and brings in the majority of the country's money.
The eastern state of the OSR, Orie is a highly populated state that is the most diverse in its specialties and inhabitants. Balanced between it's southern and northern fishing industries (crustacean based in the north and school fish based in the south), military communes, training grounds, and factories, and its large agricultural industry, Orie is perhaps the most important of the OSR's states. Oddly enough, it is also one of the poorest and houses various immigrants from Algo; as it shares its entire eastern border with the country.
Swampy and flat, with colder leanings in the north and drier ones in the south, what Orie lacks in appearance it makes up for in provision. The state is a series of fields, broken by the unclaimed swamps, and military designated land, rural towns, and boasts no large cities. It's north-western border (shared with Aquile) is almost entirely dedicated to military factories where various weapons and technology are made and tested. Most Oriens never leave the area they were born in unless they rise through the ranks of the military.
The elected figurehead of the OSR, The Governess is an official who is elected at the discretion of The Constance. Governor/Governess' terms are determined solely by their competence in performing their duties and their general opinion among the masses. (The latter is only an element because the populace determines the elected officials of The Constance and, therefore, its members are paranoid regarding the opinions of the public). The various powers allotted to Governors/Governesses are determined by the demands made by the various candidates for the position when they first approach The Constance. This feature allows for Governors/Governesses to mold their terms to better suit the needs of the OSR during their office, but, obviously, can be easily abused.
Candidates must be OSR born and above the age of 30 to even be considered. Previously, restricted to women, Moira Marconi is the first ever Governess. Gifted are not allowed to hold this position and candidates are tested thoroughly to ensure they are not unregistered or disguised Gifted.
A group of 10 publicly elected officials-- one from Aquile, two from Orie, Meride, and Medius, and three from Occide-- who are tasked with electing and monitoring the current Governor/Governess. Elected often times for their military victories or involvement in the entertainment industry, members of The Constance serve seven year terms and can be re-elected up to five times; though this is highly uncommon. While their political abilities shift with the various powers given to specific Governors/Governesses, their true function is to select and impeach Governors/Governesses as they see fit, and take charge of running their individual states while a new Governor/Governess is being elected. Because of this, it is impossible for former members of The Constance to ever be considered for Governor/Governess. While these positions are occupied mostly by nonGfted, there have been two instances where popular Gifted stars from Meride managed to become elected officials in The Constance.
(BLACK LAGOON, balalaika)
The current Governess of six years, the youngest to be sworn in at 30, and the first ever Governess in OSR history. There is very little known about Moira's origins, as she has no history in political, military, or entertainment fields. Born in Aquile, she ran on a platform of being a "true Aquilen, prepared to persevere through any hazard and dedicated to medical and educational welfare of the OSR" and was only narrowly chosen for the position when her primary opponent was revealed to be a Gifted. True to her word, Moira has made no secret of the funds she's put into Aquile and its various research facilities and institutes. She has described herself as "sympathetic towards Gifted" but has done little to change their status' in society.
There have been no real calamities during her term but three members of The Constance have unexpectedly died during her office. Her focus on technology and education above entertainment and exports have made her an enemy of Morning Star Entertainment and its CEO Laurence Bolte Jr.
ROLAND C. DUGRES
(DEATH NOTE, soichiro yagami)
The former Governor who was very harsh towards the Gifted community. Taken out of office by The Constance after it was discovered that he was involved with an underage Gifted prostitution ring. Is rumored to have fled the country.
MORNING STAR ENTERTAINMENT
The source for all mainstream media in the OSR, Morning Star Entertainment/ Star Entertainment (MSE/SE, depending on the state) provides television, film, music, fashion, literature, and art purchasable for the enjoyment of all the citizens of the OSR and the world beyond. While the OSR and MSE have a rocky, power struggled filled relationship they depend on each other for funding and distribution: MSE having a more influential and popular hold over the public and the OSR having military force and the ability to ban various types of media/cut exportation of MSE's media to other countries.
Founded out of Mistletoe, Meride, MSE has builts generations worth of monopolies in various stocks and products, which allows them to market themselves very cheaply. They have specific venues for Gifted individuals and provide 25% of predestined Gifted employment. As a general rule, there are Gifted genres of all media, which are the only types of media it is legal for young Gifteds to consume. Much of this is pro OSR and MSE propaganda.
LAURENCE "LUCKY" BOLTE JR.
(YU-GI-OH, maximillion pegasus)
The CEO of MSE whose family traces back to the founding of MSE. He's everything you'd expect from a rich, young, and spoiled monopoly owner: a thirty-two year old playboy with a fondness for strong men and lording his position over everyone he encounters. Lucky likes to remain on good terms with everyone publicly but has been known to have very vicious views towards Gifteds, women, and "unbeautiful races" behind closed doors. Highly resents the current Governess as she is more fixated on medical advancements than catering to the entertainment industry. Likes to consider himself a "martyr" for MSE because he was kidnapped as a child by Gifted Extremists and had his eye taken by them.
The primary setting of this roleplay site, Ennui University is a large facility created specifically for the housing and training of Gifted individuals. Located on the northern coast of Occide, Ennui is about half a mile from the shoreline, surrounded by high stone walls and shrouded in the dark bows of the surrounding cypress trees. It is government affiliated, but funded primarily by MSE. Those who graduate from the program are instantly corralled into various government, military, entertainment related, or medical careers, which have been determined by them according to their abilities and their performance at Ennui.
The surrounding town is a mixture of Gifted and nonGfted required to manage and maintain the University and the outlying businesses that its inhabitants enjoy. Students are sometimes allowed to seek employment with these businesses and are housed off campus in various apartments, cabins, and houses according to their reliability, compatibility, and gifts. The school and the town around it are subtly but heavily monitored by the OSR.
HEADMASTER GORDON MERCY
The current headmaster of Ennui, who was hand selected by the OSR for his high profile Empathy powers and magnetic personality. Not much is known about Gordon's past by students and faculty alike.
An underground military group of nonGfted terrorists seeking to overthrow the OSR. Said to be the product of combined terrorist splinter cells, the time of The Facade's founding remains unknown. They view Gifteds as weapons and consider them either threats or advantages depending on whose influence they serve under. They have a history of violence against civilians and Gifteds in nonviolent jobs; considering the body count irrelevant as long as their agenda is met. Currently a select few have been sent to infiltrate Ennui catalogue and observe the students, and, should their abilities demand it, apprehend them for The Facade's purposes. Only a few of their members are known and can be seen at the very top of the OSRs Most Wanted lists.
(COWBOY BEBOP, elektra ovirowa)
The formerly anonymous leader of The Facade who made her identity known to the OSR in oder to intimidate them. Little is known about her aside from her claims that she has been leading The Facade ever since she was a teenager and that she "will optimize living conditions for Gifted once the OSR are eliminated" but until them will continue to view them as weapons of the OSR.
TRIFECT GIFTED CULT
A Gifted Cult that can be traced back to 1941, which zealously upholds the idea that Gifted humans are the descendants of heavenly entities and blessed by current Spirit Entities (including various Humanoids). While they began as nonviolent resistance group with the intention of forming Gifted & nonGfted communes in Occiden forests, over the years the became a volatile and dangerous organization. While they insist that their cult is against the death of civilian and innocent parties, their track record of attacks holds them with a higher body count than The Facade. They often target Star Entertainment above all other Gifted oppressive organizations because they view it, rather than the OSR, as the source of discrimination against Gifteds. They have infiltrated the school with the intent of inducting fresh members into their cult, as well, as recording all Gifted students attending.
They believe that nonGfted oppression is the only way for Gifted to flourish as they were intended, but their main goal is to claim Occide as a separate country from the OSR, which is to be purely inhabited by Gifted. Believe Humanoids to be above standard Gifted and are rumored to participate in various rituals the require parts of Humanoids.
The trinity of Gifted who head TRIFECT. Their identities are currently unknown.