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Good afternoon, staffers. I’d like to know about the following things: 

What do we know about the alien species’ biology? I get that their humanoid, but how humanoid? We talking Vulcans, or what? Is there any real danger of inter-species plagues spreading? 
 

Do we know what the aliens’ goals are? What do they want with humanity? What desirable technologies do they have? How possible is interplanetary trade, and would this trade be possible on a national basis rather than a global basis? 
 

What is the recommended course of action when it comes to interaction with the aliens? Should we establish certain zones with which to interact with them exclusively? Should we go for full openness? Are they likely to respect our laws and wishes?

Christopher Drake

Republican, NY-2

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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20 hours ago, SWMissourian said:

Good afternoon, staffers. I’d like to know about the following things: 

What do we know about the alien species’ biology? I get that their humanoid, but how humanoid? We talking Vulcans, or what? Is there any real danger of inter-species plagues spreading? 
 

Do we know what the aliens’ goals are? What do they want with humanity? What desirable technologies do they have? How possible is interplanetary trade, and would this trade be possible on a national basis rather than a global basis? 
 

What is the recommended course of action when it comes to interaction with the aliens? Should we establish certain zones with which to interact with them exclusively? Should we go for full openness? Are they likely to respect our laws and wishes?

Biology

The mechanisms of evolution, as inescapable here on Earth as in the universe, mean that most life forms that we encounter are quite similar. They have the basic humanoid shape (2 legs, 2 arms, 1 head, etc). While there are extremophile anecdotes, almost all intelligent species have a recognizable shape and general biology. The species that is dominating the headlines (i.e., the one that crashed in Kentucky) calls themselves the Scolveks and by all account are much like us biologically. They do communicate telepathically, but this seems to be a product of evolution as opposed to being unable to communicate vocally. 

One key difference in biology is the ability to "breathe". All species, humans included, have evolved their lungs to be customized to the atmosphere of their home planet. Therefore, when visiting Earth the Scolveks use what we would call "air tanks" to avoid risk of suffocation. It is reasonable to assume that the same would occur in reverse.

The Scolveks take extreme precautions to avoid any health risks. The few humans to have physically visited a ship are sanitized, and vice versa when they visit Earth in a physical form. At this time, it does not appear that there is any risk of inter-species plague. Quite frankly, if this were to occur it would already have happened considering they have already been here for generations now.

((Other answers coming soon))

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On 12/19/2021 at 8:17 PM, SWMissourian said:

Good afternoon, staffers. I’d like to know about the following things: 

What do we know about the alien species’ biology? I get that their humanoid, but how humanoid? We talking Vulcans, or what? Is there any real danger of inter-species plagues spreading? 
 

Do we know what the aliens’ goals are? What do they want with humanity? What desirable technologies do they have? How possible is interplanetary trade, and would this trade be possible on a national basis rather than a global basis? 
 

What is the recommended course of action when it comes to interaction with the aliens? Should we establish certain zones with which to interact with them exclusively? Should we go for full openness? Are they likely to respect our laws and wishes?

Goals

The Scolveks represent themselves as the leaders of an interplanetary organization with ambitions we would recognize as capitalism, but with less emphasis on profit and more emphasis on personal glory (of a peaceful nature). There are definite similarities here with the "United Federation of Planets" from Star Trek fiction. In fact, they seem to operate under a sort of "Prime Directive" from Star Trek fiction. They only engaged in human affairs, especially to the level of direct communication, when 1) we advanced to a level to make it potentially advantageous, and 2) forced to do so due to threat to universal stability. The Scolveki leadership tends to interpret this directive in various ways, but all of them revere these two rules to first contact. This is why contact was initiated with the development of nuclear weapons, though they likely were present on Earth for far longer. The Scolveks were not the first to make contact with humans, but they are the ones with which we are most aligned. 

 

What specifically do they want from us?

God only knows. It likely will be a case by case basis. Generally the most consistent thing they ask for is nuclear disarmament, but if they ever achieve that we have no idea what they ask for next. 

 

Trade

They are not interested in trading on a national basis. Even the technologies that humans had acquired during the Cold War (i.e., semiconductors) were given to both sides. In the example of semiconductors, however, only the Americans were able to utilize the technology. The Soviets had a primitive semiconductor industry (https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000498593.pdf), but they were not able to as much with it as we were. We can imagine that it would be similar moving forward. Any technology that they provide us would be distributed fairly to all countries to allow human competition to continue. 

 

Potential Tech

When it comes to possibilities, we really have no way of knowing. It might be assumed that Scolveki society has developed technologies and traditions to improve most aspects of life, so it may be a matter of presenting any ET delegate the committee invites with a problem you want to solve and asking open-ended questions. With that being said, the Biden administration seems to have been hinting at acquiring a way to produce clean energy to address global warming concerns. It appears the Scolveks utilize an element not found on Earth in thermonuclear fusion for their energy needs. While humans have tried to replicate this process on our own (https://fusionforenergy.europa.eu/iter/), we have been largely unsuccessful without this element.

 

Interaction & Openness

Perhaps more clarification is needed here to address your last group of questions. Communication occurs with them (these days at least) via telecommunications (i.e., a Zoom call). They've given no indication that they are interested in colonization nor in maintaining a permanent physical presence of any form here on Earth. As Biden discussed in his interview with ANN, they have been monitoring our public electronic communications since we had the ability to do so. Basically, any information that can be found on the internet is known to the Scolveks (and presumably other races). This is how we are able to communicate with them in English (either vocally or telepathically) -- quite simply, they learned our language and almost everything else about us. Moving forward, we should assume that they know MUCH more about us than we know about them. They are knowledgeable about our societal structure on every level. Thus far the Scolveks have respected our societal structures (including laws and wishes), but it is of course possible they've only given the impression of doing so. Other races are less respectful of our sovereignty, but the Scolveks have been benevolent thus far. 

I'm not positive that addresses your questions completely, so please ask follow-ups.

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On 12/21/2021 at 5:17 PM, Bruce said:

They only engaged in human affairs, especially to the level of direct communication, when 1) we advanced to a level to make it potentially advantageous, and 2) forced to do so due to threat to universal stability.

Wait, so which condition is satisfied here? Is there a threatening or belligerent alien race we need to worry about? 
 

On 12/21/2021 at 5:17 PM, Bruce said:

The Scolveks represent themselves as the leaders of an interplanetary organization with ambitions we would recognize as capitalism

They claim they lead this confederation or whatever. What do we know about it’s actual governance? What have they shared with us about that? 
 

On 12/21/2021 at 5:17 PM, Bruce said:

Thus far the Scolveks have respected our societal structures (including laws and wishes), but it is of course possible they've only given the impression of doing so. Other races are less respectful of our sovereignty, but the Scolveks have been benevolent thus far. 

I'm not positive that addresses your questions completely, so please ask follow-ups.

Well, I meant would they respect our laws and wishes regarding their own species or confederation? Say we set up specified zones for communication, trade, all that stuff around the globe for one reason or another. Is it likely they would respect those boundaries or any other boundaries we set or anything like that? 
 

Also, if there are belligerent species with advanced technology and they attack us, are the Scolveks willing to help us out in any way? 
 

You also said something about an envoy we could invite. Is there a particular ambassador or official? Do they have a head of state?

Christopher Drake

Republican, NY-2

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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52 minutes ago, SWMissourian said:

Wait, so which condition is satisfied here?

Both conditions were met according to the philosophies of their leadership. 

  

52 minutes ago, SWMissourian said:

Is there a threatening or belligerent alien race we need to worry about? 

Congressman, this questions is above the pay grade of a mere staffer. It seems to be a good question for the committee to dig deeper into. ((OOC: You can make a motion to hold a hearing inviting characters (NPCs or players) to give testimony. To answer this question, I think members of the national security apparatus and defense department would be able to shed some light on things.))

  

52 minutes ago, SWMissourian said:

They claim they lead this confederation or whatever. What do we know about it’s actual governance? What have they shared with us about that? 

They have shared very little in this regard. It appears to have a republican structure, but we do not yet know additional details. 

  

52 minutes ago, SWMissourian said:

Well, I meant would they respect our laws and wishes regarding their own species or confederation? Say we set up specified zones for communication, trade, all that stuff around the globe for one reason or another. Is it likely they would respect those boundaries or any other boundaries we set or anything like that? 

It is likely they would respect such things that we request (as much as any foreign actor would, of course). 

  

52 minutes ago, SWMissourian said:

Also, if there are belligerent species with advanced technology and they attack us, are the Scolveks willing to help us out in any way? 

They likely already are and have been. 

  

52 minutes ago, SWMissourian said:

You also said something about an envoy we could invite. Is there a particular ambassador or official? Do they have a head of state?

We assume there is an equivalent of a head of state in the Scolveki government structure, but we do not yet know details. There is an equivalent of an ambassador that we currently have at our disposal, but we do not yet know the permanence of this availability. This ambassador goes by the name "Sarik" and uses he/him pronouns (though a biological gender is not yet confirmed, if such a thing exists for his species).

This Committee has been given a method of requesting to speak with Sarik remotely (i.e., an audio or video call). ((OOC: To request a call with Sarik, make a motion for a hearing as described above.))

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