Startopia: The Place and its’ People
Last time on Startopia…
One fateful day in the 21st century, a band of wise and powerful but kinda aggressive and brutally frank alien emissaries arrived on Earth, planning to open a chain of spaceship fueling stations on our planet; if we put a stop to the constant wars, in-fighting, prejudice and environmental abuse, they promised to introduce Earth to the wonders of the universe. If we didn’t, they promised to fry us all like chicken. We wisely chose the first option.
By the 31st century, the planet Earth is a happy, peaceful Utopia. World Peace has been achieved, all of the world’s nations have merged into one, the planet has been opened up to the rest of the galaxy to the point where there are now numerous alien species, cultures and races living on Earth alongside humans, crime, poverty and pollution have been practically eliminated, humans diseases, handicaps and illnesses have been wiped out, race and gender discrimination are things of the past thanks to centuries of interracial cross-breeding and gene-splicing (nobody really knows what anybody is anymore, since everybody’s a mix of several things), thanks to modern medicine, people live longer; 75 is the new 35 and no one physically ages beyond 25, so everyone looks young and hot, the world economy has boomed to the point where people’s financial situations range from rich to mega-rich to stupid rich, ice cream has been replaced by a newer, better substance called Twice Cream, which comes in 731 flavors (and counting) and candy is good for your teeth.
Since all of Earth’s countries have merged, a new flag had to be created:
…And since Earth is now the galaxy’s melting pot, accommodating a slew of extraterrestrials as well as humans, the Olympics have become intergalactic, creating the need for its’ logo to also be restructured.
Nowhere is this NWWO (New Wonderful World Order) more evident than in Cyber City, a bright, shiny, colorful, bustling but blissful cosmopolis which is sort of like a world in microcosm. Cyber City is the hub of Earth, which itself is the hub of the galaxy, full of over 100 races, cultures and species, each pooling their knowledge, powers, skills, talents and resources in order to live the 31st century’s equivalent of the Good Life. Cyber City is so large in fact that it takes up an entire 1/6 of Earth’s surface.
Language is no longer a barrier thanks to Translator Microchips, which everyone in the galaxy has implanted in their ears shortly after birth.
Due to the diverse mix of beings who now live on Earth, the planet’s climate is now artificially and mystically controlled, with the temperature being kept at a balmy 73 degrees Fahrenheit. Cyber City is set for a variety of breathable atmospheres in order to be permeable to the mix of sentient beings living on Earth.
Cyber City’s Northern region consists of a posh community in the clouds.
Not only is this cloud-covered, mist enshrouded area home to aerial based species, such as the Altheans, an all-female race of winged mystics (basically space fairies)…
…But it’s also home to Cyber City’s Alphas: the top tier genetically enhanced metahumans, the elite Visitors from Space, the world leaders, the military commanders, the powerful wizards and mages, the richest celebrities, the great artists, all the achievers and A-Listers.
The South Side of Cyber City is set up like a water park, more or less. (Well, more actually.) The entire area is surrounded by ocean and the land structures are built around it. It’s a lush and tropical landscape…
…And it also boasts an underwater living complex in order to accommodate the galaxy’s various water and liquid based beings and creatures. If you don’t swim, sail, surf or splash, then you’ve got no business in South Cyber City.
Cyber City’s Eastern region is the technological hub, boasting the greatest and most impressive devices (and for the future, that’s really saying something). It houses the main headquarters of Ultronic Institute, THE largest Techno-Cosmic Research and Innovation corporation/mega-conglomerate on the planet.
Ultronic Institute was founded by tech billionaire J. Moneymaker…
…in concert with his business partner, mad scientist Professor Lester Crazaloon.
This combination of corporate sharkery and Mad Science has made Ultronic Institute gazillions of dollars. Ultronic’s money helped to fund Cyber City, its’ technology helped build it, and 2/3 of its’ citizenry work for Ultronic in some capacity or regularly use its’ many products and services daily, whether they know it or not.
The galaxy’s top races of scientists, technicians, inventors, engineers, geniuses and techno-geeks flock to East Cyber City to handle Earth’s cybernetics, information technology, financial services and banking. It’s like Silicon Valley meets Wall Street…
Cyber City’s Western region is the most populated, as well as the most culturally diverse. It is where Cyber County (aka the Cyber Suburbs) are located…
…And is home to a wide range of humans, humanoids and compatible races/species.
As mentioned previously, the dominant human race on the planet are the Polypalasians, a mixture of all of Earth’s races. Mostly tan, but there are some peach, brown and yellow Polypalasians as well. This, combined with generations of inter-breeding and gene-splicing, have rendered all humans a mixture of something or other.
West Cyber City also has the greatest concentration of Mutanimals.
Native to Earth, the Mutanimals were created when a radioactive meteorite crashed into a national zoo, mutating its’ occupants and making the creatures there sapient and near-humanoid. Today, the Mutanimals make up about 12% of Earth’s sapient population.
1st, 2nd and 3rd generation aliens (or “Space People”, as they prefer to be called) are also a common sight in Cyber City. Among the most frequently encountered Space People are Martians and Omatranians.
Omatranians come in 2 colors: blue…
…And there’s also a purple breed. What’s the difference between a blue Omantranian and a purple one?
Due to the influx of aliens emigrating to Earth, Area 51 was converted to the Extraterrestrial Immigration Center. There Space People are registered to become legal Earthican citizens, providing they sign the necessary paperwork pledging to never try to conquer the planet or attempt to enslave its’ populace.
All of this is overseen by the President of Earth.
Yeah, he’s a big giant head, but he stays out of the public eye, runs a smooth, drama-free administration and is tough on crime while gentle on the people and environment, so nobody’s complaining!