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Axel the Chimeric wrote: Arenamontanus wrote: The Extropia corporation (or foundation) claimed original ownership of the bedrock resources of 44 Nysa and presumably lease or sell them to inhabitants (whether corporations, individuals, associations, socialist collectives or anything else).
This is something that's bothered me considerably; namely, the lease or sell part. If Extropia leases property, rather than selling it, you have something resembling a government; they can enforce laws on their land because the whole asteroid belongs to them. It's still technically capitalism in that case, but it would feel, to me, ultimately to be distinctly lacking in the anarchist part.
If they sell it, on the other hand, Extropia is considerably more free. Anyone who's ever lived on rental property versus owned property knows just how much of a difference it makes, and everyone knows of the looming threat of eviction should you fail to pay your property taxes.
Arenamontanus wrote: The Extropia corporation (or foundation) claimed original ownership of the bedrock resources of 44 Nysa and presumably lease or sell them to inhabitants (whether corporations, individuals, associations, socialist collectives or anything else).
Psyfer wrote: Nice...
Chaplain, are you familiar with the concept of a Dyson tree? If not, look here:
What you describe for the Beehive version of Extropia is very much along those lines. Depending on it's age, it could also potentially be HUGE, tens or possibly hundreds of kilometres across... Would Vacuum Pangea rent out tree space? Do they have any protocols to avoid their tree's growth from interfering with shipping, or do they seek to monopolise space around Extropia in order to force trade through their own docks (on the tree) for extra revenue?
And to wrap it up, here's a list of names for you to consider:
Axis Extropia (play on Axis Mundi)
Nemus Astartes ('Star Tree' in Latin, I think)
The Millennium Tree (Yes, it's a Rifts reference, but it's still a cool name for a giant space tree)
Jay Dugger wrote: I like the Robert W. Chambers references. That's a nice touch, and a fine set-up for Extropia-as-Carcosa in an Eclipse Phase-Call of Cthulhu crossover.
At some point I'll have to write a guide to combining Delta Green with Eclipse Phase, but that will wait. The Cthulhu Mythos has far too many extraterrestrials already. I've a game to run next month and pursuing war criminals will probably serve as its theme.
Sacred Vengeance Corporation (SVC)
How far will SVC range? As far as the profit margin, sure, but do they advertise a willingness to go to the Inner System? Will they visit Earth?
Do they have a policy regarding Fall criminals?
Standard Contracts for SVC
Carthage Delenda Est.
At some point I'll have to write a guide to combining Delta Green with Eclipse Phase, but that will wait. I've an EP game to run next month with pursuing war criminals on Mars as its theme. This will nicely allow me to transfer stories from the western genre to E.P. with the American Civil War standing in for the Fall and Mars standing in for the closing western frontier. Besides, who doesn't like John Ford and Clint Eastwood? Best of all, I can adapt Ken Hite's essay "The Man Who Shot Joseph Curwen" if I need to play up the horror angle.
The 'Carthago Delenda Est' Clause
This option in SVC's basic contract simply encourages policy holders to end every conversation which mentioned a specific enemy with a variant of the phrase "My enemy must be destroyed." SVC offered a small discount in return for this advertising, but most policy holders refused the methods required to guarantee advertising.
The Mark of Cain
SVC considered using red hair to signify its policyholders, but abandoned the idea as impractical and too subtle to prove effective.
SVC jargon for a client who boasts of a extravagant revenge contract with SVC.
Extropianism in EP seems to be a fairly pure anarchocapitalist polycentric legal system. But living in space also requires many measures for collective survival - functioning heat sinks, preventing hypervelocity impactors, life support, habitat mechanical integrity etc. I think more of these than most people think can be handled through market mechanisms (believe it or not, lighthouses, the standard example of a public good, were actually maintained for-profit in England for a long time), but there are going to be some where the economies of scale, natural monopolies and tragedies of the commons do require a single coordinated solution.
If the initial organisation sells off asteroid mass and volume it also loses the ability to enforce public goods and safety through contracts.