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PostSubject: Season Two: The Wild Cards   Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:09 pm

Prologue

The war is over. Peace reigns throughout the Milky Way. The Terran Empire and its confederates abolished their old states and unified into a single nation: the Central Galactic Union. A new constitution, a new government, and a new system of laws. Upon their conquest of the many alien states of the galaxy, the Union legislated the inferior status of alien species. The National Humanist policies that had guided the Terran Empire were combined with brutal efficiency in Chancellor Maximilian's new order. However, the conquered aliens did not rest easily. In 3279, mere years into the new Union, several remnant governments organised a rebellion. The conflict spread across the new colonies--former alien strongholds--with many species rising to fight. The suppression action by the Central Galactic Navy, termed Operation Crassus, was spearheaded by the war hero Rear Admiral Charles Taylor. The fighting in the New Colonies is ongoing.

But in the deeper realms of human habitation, the scars of war have begun to heal. A new era has dawned. The year is 3280, five years after the Great War came to a close. You are all mere civilians, plying your trade and living your life on what was once the frontier of human-colonized space.

In the outer rim of the former Terran Empire sits an island of peace. This is the planet of Keystone, an agricultural colony with a long history of sparse settlement. It's usually thought of as a backwater, left alone by the Empire and left alone by the Union for much of its history. Outside of basic services, its people take care of themselves and are governed by a light hand. A minor but prosperous colony in the wilderness of space.
Keystone is an old, Earth-sized planet with roughly Earth-normal gravity and atmosphere. Its climate is mostly arid scrubland and prairie in the subtropical regions, with swamps in the tropics and tundra in the far polar regions. Due to the aridity, it is not heavily forested, with much of the planet's native vegetation being grasses, shrubs, and mosses. Trees were planted by settlers, and now mostly cover the northern subtropics and the tropical belt. Calm, narrow seas and one vast ocean separate the expansive, dry continents.
The planet's age has led to a more stable volcanic geology and largely eroded the vast mountain ranges. Rainfall is light but even, lending to the world's productive agricultural economy. It has also staved off the worst effects of desertification.
Upon initial settlement, the release of Terran fauna into the wild was a significant ecological issue. After considerable effort on the part of the colonial government, the invasive wildlife was curtailed and brought into equilibrium with native fauna and flora. The largest impact that has been made is the presence of T. rex populations, descendants of clones released illegally by sports hunters centuries ago, which roam the northern central continent.
It possesses one natural satellite, named Voussoir.

Its population of just over one billion is primarily descended from Russo-Terran and Germanic settlers that colonized the planet in the mid-28th century. It has been inhabited by humans for over six centuries, expanding from an initial settlement of 5,000 people to include several major cities and thousands of towns. Much of the population is centered on tropical and southern subtropical coasts and river valleys, with outlying concentrations in the northern subtropical region and sparse settlement of the arctic polar areas.
The world's economy has long been focused on the export of agricultural products and petrochemicals. In recent years, an expanding information technology sector and the prestige of the Keystone Institute of Technology in high-level physics research has broadened the global economy. It is, however, largely unindustrialised.
Keystone's culture varies from region to region, but it is mostly agrarian, clannish, and reflexively conservative--like many colonies. Its success in agribusiness and long history of settlement has led to it being viewed as a flagship colony, a powerful success story for the otherwise backwater Outer Colonies.

Keystone, like most colonies, governs itself but has its lead executive appointed by the Central Government. The incumbent is Governor Rufus T. Blackwall, who has been in office since 3262.


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PostSubject: Re: Season Two: The Wild Cards   Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:01 am

Map of Keystone, with borders of Prefectures and the major cities.
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PostSubject: Episode One recap   Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:54 am

Episode One: Bring Me the Head of Carmen Santana
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PostSubject: Episode Two recap   Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:55 am

Episode Two: A Fistful of Gangsters
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PostSubject: Episode Three recap   Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:56 am

Episode Three: The Outlaw Roddy Jacobson, or: Carmen Down Under
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PostSubject: Re: Season Two: The Wild Cards   Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:57 am

Episode Four: The Good, the Blind, and the Bloody
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PostSubject: Epilogue recap   Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:18 am

Epilogue: Once Upon A Time...In Space


Primus met with General Kessar, and the two shared some personal understanding of the tragedy that had befallen Keystone, as well as the relief of averting total orbital annihilation of a world that could still be saved. Sharing data and information, the two planned to coordinate a series of strikes across the globe and cut down the insurrection; all criminals would be summarily shot. Rebellious prefects-turned-warlords would be tried and executed, to set an example. Primus suggested allowing a planet-wide election to install a new governor, after the clean-up operation had been settled. Kessar agreed, thinking it would help defuse tension between central government forces and the local colonial government. But that time, he said, would be some ways away--State Sec had hard work ahead of them.

Sarah was kept safe among the Silver Team during Kessar's inspection of Primus' headquarters. She departed with them a week later, when Tiger had recuperated. Arriving at the Silver Menagerie, the team's deep-space station and base of operations, she was formally inducted as Silver Fox; her identity records were altered to cover up her placement and she was present for Silver Tiger's announcement of an extended leave of absence from police work. For now, he was just "Kurt", and he departed to continue his search for justice at home--having revealed to Sarah personally his troubled history. Silver Dragon took command as leader of Silver Team, and they resumed their assignments.

Meanwhile, Reon and Carmen returned to Adrian's base. His task completed, and having helped save the world to boot, Carmen offered Reon partnership in whatever endeavours they would undertake. Adrian helped him forge a false identity, implanted him with an ID chip, and gave him a wondrous present--aside from his personal phone number and an offer to help whenever he needed it: Reon's starship, refurbished and repaired, fully fuelled, and ready to go. Adrian and his men packed up their equipment, having felt that their work on Keystone was done. Adrian, aboard his own spacecraft, escorted Carmen and Reon's new ship out of the naval blockade using his State Sec credentials to bypass all security. Once out of range of the planet, they said their goodbyes and hoped to see one other again.

In parting, Adrian said to Carmen over the comm: "See you, space cowboy."
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