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The Copy Wars
(START)

Computer Artificial Intelligences have reached the point where they have exceeded human intelligence. Seeing that humankind is on course for self-destruction, the AIs devise a plan to backup humanity. By using chips, they are able to store human memories and export them to other planets (and eventually star systems). But not all humans are accepting of this idea. Various factions have different reasons for attacking the backup systems and those who have been backed up.

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Diaspora

With the ability to disperse backups of the population and acting quickly, the AIs begin sending the backup population out in automated slow ships in hopes of finding places humanity can flourish. They initially use lotteries to select the people who are sent. As the factions of humanity that are resistant become more vocal, resistance to the lotteries and their purpose grows. With the discovery or Wormhole travel, the colony program expands and is no longer voluntary.

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New Frontier
Diaspora Event

When Is It?

The first wormhole colony

Description

The EAS Vanguard, a printed exploration ship arrives in orbit about Epsilon Eridani c and prints its volunteer exploration and survey crew. The crew has been printed into “similar” bodies as to their source originals (to make the printed bodies exactly the same requires intensive and invasive testing; the AIs have determined such is not worth the bandwidth to transmit). Most of the new bodies have near perfect symmetry, low fat ratio, and more muscle mass. Because of “acceptable” deviations in limb length and incomplete pruning of the freshly printed brains, the exploratory/survey crew is given intensive physical and cognitive therapy for them to adapt to their freshly printed bodies. Once physically ready, the humans descend to the surface and pick a less than ideal spot for the first colony.

Tone

Dark.

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Exodus

Fearing time is running out, the Artificial Intelligences embark on a desperate plan to evacuate the Earth. They build wormholes and send the “B” mouths to the most Earth-like exoplanets. By prioritizing evacuation zones based on population density, they leave much of the industrial world low on the list. This causes panic, more resentment, and more resistance. Every country with the resources to do so scrambles to make their own wormholes. The Artificial Intelligences seize abused wormholes to keep them from collapsing from unbalanced transitions which force many to seek other routes to leave the dying Earth. Due to the constant need to offset the exodus’ mass, new materials are returned to Earth which allow for the eventual reconstruction/revitalization of Earth’s ecology.

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Plague Years

A plague breaks out. No one is sure where ground zero was or who patient zero was. With wormhole travel and long incubation, the plague shows up on several worlds simultaneously. The plague is highly contagious (easily spread), highly infectious (easily contracted) and usually fatal – especially with overwhelmed medical facilities. Since both communication and the plague travel through the wormholes, the disease arrives almost as fast as the news about the latest outbreaks. When quarantine procedures fail, panic ensues. People desperately flood the wormholes in search of safe havens. Despite the AIs efforts to maintain mass transit balance, many wormholes collapse and the web of connections begins to unravel. Planets and entire systems are lost with no indications if there are any human survivors left behind.

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Modifications for Colonies

When it is?

At the close of the plague.

Description

With humans actually moving between worlds instead of the early “copy,” transmit, and print, there comes a shortage of human habitable worlds. Terra forming becomes too expensive in terms of time and mass to support the need for new, clean worlds. Human factions begin human forming to make themselves compatible with more worlds. Some introduce cybernetic or bionic alterations, some resort to genetic modifications, and some turn to alien DNA integration. Some allow the AIs to redesign them, while others seek more control of their future selves, and others reject AI involvement all together. As the multitude of variations logarithmically increase, the AIs are expected to insure all shades and shapes of humanity remain in some sort of whole … even after the alteration insanity creeps into the processes.

Tone

Light.

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Humanity's Cul-de-Sac
(END)

The last surviving Earthlings cower in a cul-de-sac of systems buried within a nebula. Away from the trade routes and beyond the reach of the star drives, they wait for discovery and destruction. They have cut themselves off from friends and foes out of the belief that isolated survival is their only recourse. Even as they scramble to make up the technology deficit, they no longer have any hope for long-term survival.

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