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2203.12.01 - Zotialith Agglomerate, Mazov Central

Partisans of vegetable farming were right. With the recent addition of a sophisticated bio-reactor in Mazov Central, we have finally found a use for these controversial organic objects.

Our engineers have managed to convert vegetables into energy at a highly efficient rate. This will allow us to power many installations in the Maz system and beyond.

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2204.02.07 - Unsurveyed system, Mobion

While researching anomalies in the Mobion system, the Solid Static Flow, led by Balsheer Noshek, stumbled upon a large voidborne creature that immediately started to follow the starship. Our commander took a risky bet and decided to let it approach.

Dubbed as a Space Amoeba by the crew, it might be a lost juvenile belonging to a much bigger species. For now, it is friendly and behaves as if the Solid Static Flow was a member of its herd.

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2205.03.11 - Unsurveyed system, Mobion

The Space Amoeba has reached full maturity. She’s still as friendly as she was when we found her stranded on Molbion IX, even if communication is very limited.

The People of Maz have slowly grown fond of her. Despite her carbon-based nature, or maybe because of it, she’s become something of a mascot for the Zotialith spirit.

After dozens of unsatisfactory proposals, it has been decided to call her "Fluffy" to settle the increasingly more heated debate.

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2206.09.24 - Unsurveyed system, Hesstamur

Our scientists are in awe. We have detected a primitive alien civilization on Hesstamur II. The Qlorvinserians, as they call themselves, have reached the later stages of Bronze Age. Their society is mostly rural, and organized around several large city-states.

We are planning to install an observation outpost to monitor them closely. Whether we should interact with them, and how, or avoid any contact, will soon become a major ethical question.

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2206.10.07 - Zotialith Agglomerate, Kannam Prime

The first Zotialith colony has been founded on Kannam Prime, an Alpine planet that bears many similarities with our homeworld. The colonists will need time to become self-sufficient, but this is already, by far, our greatest accomplishment as a civilization.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of Fluffy, we have also launched a Space Amoeba research program.

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2209.02.05 - Unsurveyed system, Hoshfir

Our attempt to reach the center of the galaxy is more meaningful than ever. We've encountered alien spaceships! Until we manage to learn more, we'll call them "Delta Aliens". Our scientists are doing their best to decode their transmissions and understand their language.

Some of our more vocal comrades are also pressing the Agglomerate to expand faster, and to secure the borders. What if these aliens were hostile?

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2209.05.03 - Zotialith Agglomerate, Hesstamur II

The observation post is operational. We're now studying the primitive Qlorvinserians from a safe distance. They appear to be authoritarian militarists with a fondness for "religion", a cultural concept we have yet to understand.

The Zothialith scientific community is torn. Should we stay passive, collect live specimens to learn as much as we can, subtly influence them with our egalitarian values, or elevate their puny technology to Space Age?

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2209.12.04 - Prime Animus, Hoshfir

The "Delta Aliens" weren't another primitive carbon-based species after all... To our astonishment, the Prime Animus is a highly evolved machine intelligence, a gestalt consciousness shared by sapient automata.

Our first contact was peaceful, yet their borders are closed, and our science ship is missing. We hope they will be pleased by the quality consumer goods we've sent them. If not, we've also doubled the size of our military fleet, just in case.

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2210.01.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

In order to save bandwith with our distant colonies, limit administrative errors and facilitate translations for communicating with hypothetical new species, the Zotialith Agglomerate has decided to shorten its name to Zot.

This also settles an ancient debate, since the People of Maz have been arguing over being part of an “Aggregate” or an “Agglomerate” for almost two centuries.

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2210.04.20 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The People of Maz are mostly satisfied with their government. Ockten Komplinart has been reelected as our Presiding Speaker for another decade, this time with the promise of developing new housing districts.

2210.02.19 - Surveyed system, Kathea

We have encountered alien explorers in Kathea, a system we were planning to claim, on the opposite side of the Prime Animus territory. We will call them "Zeta Aliens" until we learn more about them.

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2210.04.27 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Prime Animus has officially declared rivalry upon us, boasting they are "superior constructs." They are aggressively building an outpost in Sigma Draconis, a key system we were about to colonize, and keep blocking hyperlanes that would grant us access to the rest of the galaxy.

Despite our best diplomatic efforts, the situation might escalate quickly. Recent estimates show that our military power is a bit superior. What should we do?

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2211.02.04 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Two factions have emerged in the Zot political landscape: the Free Thought Foundation, to defend our traditional egalitarian values, and the Academy of United Scientists, to push our technological prowess further and faster.

Both are mostly satisfied with our current policies, but the AUS wants to develop research agreements with alien civilizations, which seems a bit premature since we’re on the brink of war with the Prime Animus.

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2211.10.02 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We decrypted the "Zeta Aliens" language. The Xanyr Interplanetary Administration is an irenic dictatorship who takes pride in their xenophobic isolationism. Though pacifists, they refuse immigration and apparently don't mind purging or enslaving other species.

Massive efforts will be needed to get along, especially since the new Xeno Aid Lobby faction that just formed, thanks to recent archeological discoveries, wants to befriend them.

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2214.08.10 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Prime Animus being totally indifferent to our democratic and egalitarian values, and carrying on their mindless expansion into systems that are vital to our survival, we were forced to declare war.

We're now caught in a vice between these sociopathic automata and the xenophobic slavers of the Xanyr Interplanetary Administration. We hope to secure a path towards a hypothetical wormhole that would lead us elsewhere in the galaxy.

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2214.10.05 - Zot Cluster, Yump I

The mystery of the Yump I alien ruins has finally been revealed.

Apparently, the planet's former inhabitants pulled their moon closer with a huge magnetic device. They wanted to mine its metal-rich core more easily... It worked a bit too well. The moon crashed on the main continent and killed everyone.

Our scientists are now joking about giving posthumous Yump Awards to people who contributed to Evolution by exiting the gene pool thanks to their own stupidity.

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2221.07.25 - Zot Cluster, Hoshfir

The Prime Animus admitted defeat. After seven years of ruthless battles in Sigma Draconis and Hoshfir, we secured both systems. Fluffy, our adopted Space Amoeba, has been a formidable ally on the battlefield.

Zotialith politics are getting intricate. While Ockten Komplinart has been barely reelected for a third mandate, the future is unclear. A new faction, the Whetstone Initiative, is now pushing hard for us to assert our military dominance over the galaxy.

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2224.10.12 - Unclaimed system, Eye of Bal

The wormhole we hoped to find at the edge of our territory is in fact a massive black hole. We cannot use it for fast travel across the galaxy, so we're stuck between our two obnoxious neighbors.

However, an ancient space station inhabited by strange aliens orbits around the Eye of Bal. They call themselves the Curators, and were eager to share their knowledge of the universe -- for a price. This will enhance our technological progress substantially.

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2226.03.17 - Unsurveyed system, Celaeno

Despite our glacial relationship with the Prime Animus, the automata don't mind our scientific expeditions crossing their territory. This allowed us to go much closer to the center of the galaxy, where we encountered a new species that we have code-named "Theta aliens".

We're still in the process of decrypting their language. Statistically, they can't be worse than the lunatics we have already met, can they?

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2226.05.04 - Eruxo Enterprises, Celaneo

We have talked to the "Theta aliens", hopefully at a great distance. They are the most despicable people we have ever met. Fanatic xenophobes with a kink for conquest and genocide, governed by a plutocracy they call "Megacorporation".

Maybe after all, being alone in the galaxy would have been better... We expect a galactic bloodshed in the near future, especially since the Prime Animus and Eruxo Enterprises have declared mutual rivalry.

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2227.05.08 - Zot Cluster, Strategic command

The Zotialith People need your help to decide their future.

At the gates of our homeworld, isolationist slavers spit on our egalitarian dream. If we don’t free the oppressed and welcome them, who will?

Our next neighbor, a delusional machine intelligence who sees other species as mere sustenance, must also be stopped.

And beyond, out of reach, a ruthless xenophobic megacorporation with a militaristic agenda is growing. Fast.

What should we do?

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2227.05.08 - Star charts

Here is an overview of the current galactic situation.

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2229.09.18 - Zot Cluster, Molbion starbase

The People of Maz have spoken unanimously: slavery is unacceptable. The Xanir Planetary Administration must stop their unethical business or be dismantled.

In an attempt to free the oppressed, the Admiral has devised a bold pincer attack. Our main fleet is entering Kathea while Fluffy is handling the distant Courus system.

So far, the Xanir outposts look sloppily guarded. Is it a ruse?

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2230.10.20, Uncharted space, Rotanev

Hundreds of light-years away, our most daring explorers have met the Ars Artem, a community of vibrant aliens living aboard a space station. Much to our surprise, and to our relief, they have dedicated their lives to arts and culture.

Meanwhile, after thirty years leading the Zot Cluster, Ockten Komplinart has stepped down. Our new Presiding Speaker is Rinnid Petron, a reformer and a caring scientist, dedicated to building the society of tomorrow.

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2231.02.04 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Eruxo Enterprises are now officially our rivals. They sent us a message saying that "if you are not a client, you are competition." We knew these despicable ultracapitalists would become our mortal enemies the second we met them. Not to mention they are also slavers, and slavers of the most cowardly kind, since we don't even share a border... yet.

With a bit of luck, they'll start a war with the Prime Animus. We'll finish the winner.

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2232.06.27 - Xanyr Planetary Administration, Mardom

After we invaded one third of their territory, the Xanyr defense force finally showed up in the Schinik system. We were damaged from previous battles and outnumbered, yet we beat them to a pulp.

More slavers ships were later sent in Mardom, our last and main objective. They fled as soon as they saw us, only to come back with a much bigger fleet...

We smashed them again. And they capitulated. As expected, slavers truly are a pathetic bunch.

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2232.07.30 - Djomar United Colonies, Seb

We have met two far-off empires. The Djomar United Colonies, while being a democracy with a bit of egalitarian values, is also strongly xenophobic. They are hegemonic imperialists... and very powerful.

The Prikkiki-Ti are utter sociopathic reptiles who told us to quake in fear because our doom is approaching. They are fanatical purifiers... and ironically, very close to their own doom, since Djomar is apparently about to conquer their two last planets.

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2232.12.30 - Unsurveyed system, Seinided

We were wondering why one of the slavers systems was uncharted and unclaimed. Turns out it is the home of a gigantic ether drake, rivaling moons in size and mass. A majestic and highly aggressive creature, with seemingly huge destructive capabilities.

It appears to be guarding a planetoid that initial scans indicates is exceptionally resource-rich. We will leave it alone... for now.

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2234.04.21 - Zot Cluster, Hoshfir starbase

We launched a surprise attack on the Prime Animus in order to liberate the Curator enclave. It has been inaccessible for years due to the single Olbers hyperlane being under the automata’s control. Fluffy will take care of it.

So far, a small Prime Animus fleet attempted to take down our heavily guarded Hoshfir starbase and got wiped out. For a so-called machine intelligence, the Prime Animus is quite bad at maths.

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2234.12.01 - Zot Cluster, Sigma Draconis Prime

Our new colonies are full of surprises.

A while ago, we discovered ancient terraforming installations on Hoshfir Prime, mostly dormant, but causing atmospheric instabilities. We’re trying to restart the terraforming process, hoping it won’t make the planet unlivable.

And now, on Sigma Draconis Prime, we've stumbled upon some kind of dimensional portal. We have no idea where it may lead, nor what may come through, but we're investigating...

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2236.07.13 - Zot Cluster, Sigma Draconis Prime

Our scientists have managed to open communications through the dimensional portal. To our amazement, it leads to a mirrored version of the Zot Cluster. Our Presiding Speaker spoke with their Presiding Speaker.

They don't travel through hyperlanes, but use "warp drives". And they are fighting "warp beasts", which seem to assail every known civilization in their universe. We've established an inter-dimensional trade to help our mirror-selves.

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2236.09.02 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We're facing a crisis. Our citizens don't breed fast enough to manage our expanding territory.

We could easily enlighten the primitive Fungoids on Hesstamur II and invite them to join our Communal Parity.

We could free the remaining Xanyr systems and welcome their Arthropoid slaves as Zot citizens, but it would mean expanding even more.

Or we could build our own robotic citizens, but the tech isn't ready, and our experience with robots is awful so far.

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2236.12.34 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Eruxo Enterprises have declared war on the Prime Animus. It's a sound strategy, since we are currently conquering the other side of the Animus territory. This means we just have to move faster...

Another problem we have to deal with is a shortage of consumer goods. The war effort against slavers and robots is successful, but it's taking its toll on our economy. Our empire sprawl weights heavily on our bureaucratic structure.

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2237.06.30 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Djomar United Colonies tried to insult us, though their babble is so unimaginative that we're quite amused. They called us "rocks", which is indeed very true.

Regarding the Prime Animus, we freed the Cebelrai system and ended the war. The Maxima planet is inhabited by pre-sapient ape-like creatures that were apparently used as some kind of livestock. Maybe we'll attempt to genetically uplift them when we'll get the technology.

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2240.01.01 - Zot Cluster, Sigma Draconis Prime

Great news! The Mirror-Zot Cluster reports that their economy is booming, thanks to our inter-dimensional trade and their recent victories against the warp beasts.

And our hazardous terraforming project on Hoshfir Prime is successful, with incredible results! Thanks to a combination of nanites and new alien biota, the planet's ecosystem has changed into an actual paradise, even more suitable for Zotialith life than Mazov Central.

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2247.03.27 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We have started to enlighten the Fungoids on Hesstamur II. It will take a while, since we also need to teach them communism. In the meantime, we also freed Xana, the former capital planet of the Xanyr slavers.

However, we underestimated the Prikkiki-Ti. The crazed little lizards may look harmless, but they've spread like locusts and conquered 22 systems, including half of the Djomar Colonies. They're now at the gates of the Prime Animus!

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2248.01.05 - Zot Cluster, Xana

The former capital of the Xanyr slavers is an overpopulated hellhole mainly controlled by criminal organizations. Despite martial law and crime reduction programs, violence and corruption are so deeply ingrained in the Xanyr mindset that the situation seems almost hopeless.

Freeing the planet had a huge impact on our economy, causing major productivity loss in all sectors. All Zotialiths are now struggling to stay afloat and absorb the population surge.

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2253.07.07 - Zot Cluster, Xana

The situation on Xana is abysmal. Narcotics abuse has spread planetwide, causing major socioeconomic distress. However, our new Governor is ruthlessly crushing the local crime syndicates, so we may have a chance to stabilize this nightmare of a planet.

Our economy is slowly getting better, thanks to massive efforts to integrate the freed Xanyr slaves. Cohabitation with our new Arthropoids citizens is still complicated, but we can't leave anyone behind.

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2254.03.29 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Having mutual rivals, especially the genocidal Prikkiki-Ti, makes diplomacy with our neighbors easier. As a token of good faith, we've sent large quantities of alloys to both the Djomar United Colonies and the Prime Animus.

Djomar opened their borders, which is appreciated but useless, since the crazed lizards are between us. The Animus offered energy and minerals in return. Maybe we'll manage to unite against Eruxo Enterprises and the Prikkiki-Ti...

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2254.04.29 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've formed a non-aggression pact with the Prime Animus. This would have been totally impossible a few years ago, but they're surrounded, and smart enough to seek allies in dire times. We've also signed a research agreement, and we've both re-opened our borders.

This means we're now free, if the need should arise, to send military forces through their territory to fight the mad reptile crusaders or the bloodthirsty megacorp.

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2254.09.13 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

A new bunch of dangerous lunatics has contacted us. For once, not utter xenophobes, which seem to populate the whole universe, but plain old ultra-militarists with an strong authoritarian side.

The Yssravannar Trade Association are located between the galaxy center and the Djomar United Colonies, so hopefully they won't bother us before a while... They’re a bit more friendly than Eruxo Enterprises, but ruthless capitalists all the same.

2255.02.05 - Star charts

The Prime Animus is caught between two brutal warmongers. We will probably need to intervene soon.

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2255.02.10 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We are proud to announce that thanks to our media expertise, Mazov Central has been officially chosen to host the Galactic Market among a plethora of contenders.

The People of Maz are celebrating the delicious irony of this victory. We've played the rampaging ultra-capitalist powers at their own game, since their most important transactions will now happen within the borders of the only communist cluster of the galaxy.

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2255.03.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

After decades of struggle to survive and free the oppressed, we're at a crossroads. Our society is ascending to a new level, but what will be the next step?

Keep expanding and crush the puppets of the capital, strive for knowledge and technological excellence, deepen our democratic and egalitarian values, or enhance our increasingly complex bureaucracy?

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2258.02.02 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The People of Maz have decided to focus on a truly united society. Various diplomatic operations have been initiated.

We've accepted a bilateral defensive pact with the Prime Animus. Yssravannar and Djomar did the same, meaning the dreadful Prikkiki-Ti are now stuck between our two alliances. We've also signed non-aggression, commercial and research pacts with Djomar.

Is our corner of the galaxy finally entering a new age of peace and prosperity?

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2258.08.16 - Zot Cluster, Xana

After ten years, order has finally been restored on the former Xanyr slavers capital. The Xana crime syndicates have been dismantled, substance abuse has dramatically decreased, planetary production deficit has been corrected, and martial law has been lifted.

It is a new era of harmony for our Arthropoid citizens, who have abandoned their obsolete and harmful power structures to fully embrace the Zotialith egalitarian values.

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2259.11.28 - Zot Cluster, Inegore

A large group of criminals, presumably former slavers and Xana crime lords, are attacking trade routes in the systems we've liberated from Xanyr influence.

They call themselves the Ghost Flotilla and have gained control of the Inegore outpost. We're sending the Scarred Stratum fleet to deal with them. Space pirates won't be tolerated under Zotialith rule.

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2260.08.02 - Eruxo Enterprises, Eruxo Prime

The ideologies of our old rivals have shifted. Under the pressure of an internal faction called the Committee of Scientific Ascendancy, Eruxo Enterprises have become slightly less xenophobic and more outwardly materialist.

We probably won’t avoid war in the future, but this might ease diplomatic frictions, since our Communal Parity also value materialism, though only in moderate proportions.

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2261.01.13 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

We've sent massive amounts of organic food to the Xanyr Planetary Administration and signed a non-aggression pact with them. Being lenient to slavers isn't our style, but we've decided to try a peaceful solution to end to their reign.

Their territory has shrunk dramatically and they're on the verge of collapse. If we could gain the trust of their more open-minded citizens, annexing and absorbing them could be done without bloodshed.

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2262.05.24 - 2259.11.28 - Zot Cluster, Inegore

Admiral Nock-Sheen has jokingly confirmed that the Ghost Flotilla is now made of actual ghosts. To prevent future piracy threats, we've started to build defense platforms in all high-risk systems.

Meanwhile, we've been contacted by the Hydari Confederation, a theocratic republic. Surprisingly, while spiritual, they're not fanatic, and even value equality. We could get along... Too bad they're located on the other side of the galaxy.

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2263.02.05 - Zot Cluster, Strategic Command

Our allies from Djomar want our help for a pincer attack on the Prikkiki-Ti. These xenocidal reptiles are a major threat to the galaxy and must be dealt with quickly. But we have a logistical problem.

We can’t access Prikkiki-Ti territory. The ruthless Eruxo megacorp controls the former Prime Animus hyperlanes that would lead us there. Worse: if the Animus gets involved, we won’t be able to defend their systems without attacking Eruxo first.

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2264.01.10 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our scientists hesitate between two research domains. While not mutually exclusive, they might change our whole society.

Gene tailoring would allow us to make our own bodies more adaptive and efficient, and able to grow and learn as fast as carbon-based life forms.

Robotic engineering would let us build synthetic citizens to perfectly suit our needs, but with potentiality even more ethical and societal issues to deal with.

What should we focus on?

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2266.03.30 - Zot Cluster, Strategic Command

Djomar United Colonies have declared war on the Prikkiki-Ti Purifiers without us. Our main fleet is on the way to claim the hyperlanes blocked by Eruxo, but even if we manage to quickly secure these systems, we will need years to reach Prikkiki-Ti territory. We can still help Djomar economically, but they must fight the crazed lizards alone.

Meanwhile, Yssravannar and Hydari are sending us gifts. It seems our friendship has become quite valuable...

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2268.01.27 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our eminent socio-engineer Jhagg Dock-Naest, who contributed to countless societal improvements since the beginning of Space Age, has died suddenly of a strontium stroke, at the age of 141.

It is a time of mourning, but also of celebration: Igvi-Azut, a promising young technologist from the Xana forge world, will replace them. He is a former Xanyr slave, and will be the first non-Lithoid citizen to join the Zotialith scientific committee.

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2269.07.07 - Zot Cluster, Eye of Bal

Gleem Staneef, our lead engineering scientist, has died in odd circumstances at only 146 year old. The investigation isn’t complete, but some evidence hints at Eruxo Enterprises. This direct threat didn’t stop our attack on the hyperlanes they’re monopolizing: we’re reached our objectives.

In dire need of a quick replacement, we turned to the Curators from the Eye of Bal blackhole, and hired a brilliant Molluscoid scholar simply known as The Mentat.

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2274.02.13 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Djomar United Colonies and the Prikkiki-Ti have agreed on a status quo settlement to end the war. It seems that Djomar did well without us. They've managed to reconquer a couple of their reptile-occupied systems. Djomar also founded a federation called the Grand Alliance, which the Prime Animus and Yssravannar have joined.

Power is shifting. We'd better get an invite soon.

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2275.05.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

Our bizarre war against Eruxo Enterprises has finally come to an end. Despite scouting through a dozen of their systems, we haven't encountered a single Eruxo ship. Only empty outposts that offered little resistance... Did they just go bankrupt?

We've only claimed the three hyperlanes we needed to move freely towards the Prikkiki-Ti, but maybe it's time to launch a major offensive and crush Eruxo's devious ultracapitalist ideology once and for all.

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2277.01.01 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The People of Maz have been invited to join the Grand Alliance at last... but not as full members. Instead, we’re mere "federation associates". Other empires fear our military power even more than our strong egalitarian values, and want to keep us on their side.

In any case, we need to be cautious. We've learned to trust the robotic mind of the Prime Animus over the years, but Djomar United Colonies don't hide their appetite for conquest and domination.

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2280.08.23 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

The Xanyr Planetary Administration has agreed to become our vassals. Over time, we know that we will replace their archaic slaver mindset with true communist values.

They also warned us that beyond Eruxo Enterprises lies Ganvus, a small but immensely powerful empire, founded eons ago by a species far more advanced than anyone we've met. Hopefully, the Ganvus Ancients are only watching us, and don't take part in the galactic turmoil... yet.

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2283.07.11 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central

In order to keep up with the massive structural improvement programs we’ve launched on all our colonies, we had to double mineral extraction. The means of production have been delegated to an assembly of self-administered mining cooperatives.

We've also dedicated huge efforts towards our military fleet reorganization, meaning our naval capacity and command chain have improved drastically. Better safe than sorry...

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@strstr Yes, great idea, I’ll try do that in a few hours :)

@ice The food's not great, out on Maz, but every opera is a rock opera

@rezmason Hahaha, it took me at least 2 minutes to process the pun lol

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