I've always been disappointed with how the Jovian Junta have been portrayed Eclipse Phase. It seems symptomatic of a distorted polarization of our own reality. Here you have transhumanity in all their glory and then there are the Junta, all alone in their little corner and content to growl at anyone who comes close. Even the Hyper-Corps, practically slavers, are more well regarded. It seems like these people were designed to be the Enemy or one of them. How boring. But how do we change all that? 1. Rename the Junta the Confederation. They could have arisen from people who rejected traditional transhuman values and choose to migrate to sub-prime turf so they could live in peace. As more of them came, those that were there already aided them in setting up habitats. A sort of mutual aid pact was then born. This makes them somewhat like anarchist but in reality they would be more like a series of city-states. 2. Drop the Bio-Conservative shroud. Focus the Jovians on mortality instead of remaining pure genetically. Communities could consist of any mixture of morphs but they all have one thing in common, death. You don't have to make them solely biological also. One city-state might consist of AGI who choose a permanent deletion date. 3. Add some developed philosophies and factions. Have religious communities coexisting with evolutionary ones. For example, one community might deliberately shorten their lifespans so that original individuals constantly arise. 4. Make them good at something. Perhaps living their environment makes them masters at environmental shielding and architecture. Let them trade raw materials with the outside world, build up co-dependence. Using Jovian designs might be a staple in some areas. 5. Like any society, there will be antagonistic elements. Be free to put them, but please limit their aggressiveness. They don't want to rule the solar system. They just want to left alone. 6. Give them a mixed bit of allies. Some of oligarchs might have family in Jove and many city-states may sympathize with their anarchist neighbors. The possibilities for inter-state conflicts are endless. 7. Give a them a face. The hyper-shortened morphs I mentioned might even be pervasive beyond Jupiter. They could be seen as highly active and driven people, certainly when compared with immortals. "As quick as a Jove" might be a saying for getting something done fast. Anymore thoughts on to change the Jovians from faceless fascists to rich in character communities would be appreciated.
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