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Dongfeng and Tung-Zhen

Dongfeng Space City: Base 20, the largest of the Space Cities built in the 1990s, was the crown of China's space station through most of the 21st century. Over the course of the 21st century, Russia and China became the main launch platforms for the Musae and other high-profile space exploration projects. To conserve resources and shift much of the burden and waste of manufacturing out of their back yard, the Americas and Europe outsourced their space-related industries to Dongfeng.

Over time, Dongfeng became one of the larger economies in China, much like Hong Kong was around the turn of the century. With the ceremonies surrounding the opening of the Calliope gate, China crowned Dongfeng the gateway city to the stars, and the city grew into a rich, multicultural metropolis.

This hustle and bustle lasted from nearly a hundred years, until the opening of the HD 82943 "Terpsichore" gate showed earth the very real possibility of alien contact, and the deployment of two more gates loomed in the future. China locked down Dongfeng in a bid to nationalize the space industry.

After the Red War and subsequent cold war of 2243-2261, Dongfeng was officially de-nationalized, established as an independent city-state, in many ways similar to the Vatican City. It's run by a cabal of six council members and five delegates from China, the North Americas, Russia, Brazil, the European Union, India, and an honorary representative from Tung-Zhen station. There has been some talk of inviting a delegate from Ash and Hestia, but logistics and a lack of interest has prevented that.

Dongfeng's flag shows a laural wreath around a stylized Terra, moon, and a small starburst representing Tung-Zhen.

Tung-Zhen Zhu: The Universal Treasure
A stepping-stone on the way to the stars, Tung-Zhen (pronounced Tung-Cheng) is the largest space station in orbit around Terra. It rests in the Lagrange point on the far side of the moon, a bustling spaceport, manufacturing center, and launchpad.

Tung-Zhen is theoretically owned by Dongfeng Space City, but in practice, it's locked in a wary stalemate. Tung-Zhen was very nearly a fatality of the Red Wars--when China closed Dongfeng's borders, it claimed the space station as its rightful property. In 2148, with China still proving intractable, Russia, one of the principle partners in building the station, shut down all the systems under its control, killing over a thousand of Tung-Zhen's inhabitants (many Russians).

Tung-Zhen still hasn't recovered, and its glory days may be in the past--it's hard to feel the optimism of the first 50 years of Tung-Zhen's history with the constant reminders of recent mass execution by disconnected life support system looming in the wings.

Tung-Zhen is a large, ring-shaped structure with four supporting struts/columns, its computational power and some manufacturing located in the central hub. For management purposes, the ring is divided into 12 sectors, named after the months of the Chinese calendars, or informally after the zodiac signs, also used as identifiers.

1 zhēngyuè / Pisces
2 èryuè /Aries
3 sānyuè /Taurus
4 sìyuè / Gemini
5 wǔyuè / Cancer
6 liùyuè /Leo
7 qīyuè /Virgo
8 bāyuè / Libra
9 jiǔyuè 2/Scorpio
10 shíyuè / Sagittarius
11 shíyīyuè / Capricorn
12 shí'èryuè / Aquarius

The sectors are divided into residential areas, smaller commerce and entertainment areas, science/experimental areas, docking and ship support sectors, a few bureaucratic/management stations, and large sectors devoted to life support and habitability. Theoretically, the station supports a stable populace of 8000.

The port, commerce, and residential areas, occupying sectors 1, 11, and 12, and 5-7, strongly resemble two-storey airports--long sections of hall with pockets of sudden storefront or facilities, messages and advertisements flickering in six languages on the digital-display walls.

During the early construction of Tung-Zhen Russian engineers built in many of the same technologies used to build the Project Muse gates, a project code-named "Melete" after the muse of meditation, memory, and occasion. Activating this gate will almost certainly destroy the station...

Updated by :[fades] (fadesdog) on November 19, 2013 12:44