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A quick sketch of my novel's Kumasi design. by AnataraKentara
A quick sketch of my novel's Kumasi design.
Kumasi - in OTL, it is the capital of the Ashanti region in Ghana, Africa. In the timeline of my work, it is still the capital of the Ashanti region; however it is part of the Akan Autonomous Republic, an old and locally powerful ally of the Roman Republic. 

Kumasi was redesigned by the survivors of the wars. Lake Bosomtwe (Known as Lake Stalwart in the novel verse) was also rebuilt. For Kumasi, it was decided to form an Arcology. Every building was the same design as the other, and the whole city was lifted from the ground by 15 storeys of support infrastructure: recycling, industry, food production, storage, and later on the facilities to produce new humans.

Every building was a total (counting from above the support infrastructure) of 125 story high hexagonal skyscrapers. These were divided into two types: the first was residential, the second was communal.

The first five storeys of every such residential skyscraper was a grand lobby and garden. The next ten were residential, with each side of the hexagon holding six apartments which were simple in design yet very comfortable: a bathroom, a mainroom, a balcony, and two side niches for odd use (often the bed on one side and the kitchenette on the other). Above this was a level for maintenance and connecting bridges to the other towers upon its block. This was repeated until there were 100 storeys of residential floors and 10 maintenance/connecting floors. On top would be communication towers, arrays, and other such systems.

Communal towers held the emergency services, local centers of education, entertainment, and social venues. The central tower of Kumasi also held the leader and was more aligned to administrative purposes.

For transport, an array of roads, an underground metro, and the connecting towers served many well. 

Each residential tower held 3,600 apartments. (6 sides * 6 apartments = 36 apartments per floor, 36 apartments * 100 floors  = 3,600 apartments.) These towers were then united around a central communal tower to form a block, which in turn would be around a central block to form a neighborhood, and those neighborhoods in turn would be around the central neighborhood, giving around 28,800 apartments per block; 259,200 apartments per neighborhood, and 2,332,800 apartments for the whole city. Each neighborhood retained a pre-war name.

Kumasi also is directly attached and administratively holds the new settlements on Lake Stalwart, which are hilltop forums connected to each other by residential hallways around the titular lake; adding around 500,000 more apartments to the city. The city in turn has a viable gold mining industry, cacao growing industry, and local industry; in time a spaceport and asteroid mining company directly serving Kumasi was formed. As well, the city retained a very green groundscape and spaces; and the moniker of 'Garden city' was not lost.

As time went on and the old familio-social structure was replaced by the pseudo-hive/caste system, these apartments often held a solitary person or a couple, and the central tower of Kumasi was inhabited by the City/People mother; and every neighborhood under the social command - and full of the progeny of - her daughters the Neighborhood mothers.

Kumasi will appear in my second, upcoming novel as a central location.
Cruiser redesign by AnataraKentara
Cruiser redesign
A quick redesign of the Cruiser I made earlier. Blue denotes radiation intense area, and the length of the craft has been doubled. I'll draw a much more detailed design later.
Mater magna di systema solar. by AnataraKentara
Mater magna di systema solar.

Following the Tenebrae invasion and the post-war reconstruction, society of course adapted to the post-war world. One of the newest cultural traits was the readoption, or even regression, back into a form of Mother Goddess worship.

Of course, no honest Roman would admit is as worship, or any spiritual or religious lean, but the fourth Dictatrix and first Princeps Corna-Rati and her rule afterwards ingrained into the trueborn and grown humans alike a goddess, a grand protector.

Under her and her rule, the system was rebuilt, humanity and the biosphere expanded to three more worlds - the Moon, Venus, and Mars; and reached across all of the planets, orbiting objects, and locations around Sol, from the fifth gas giant far in the void named Pluto to even Mercury for antimatter production; and she set the road for places beyond.

Below is a sample of graffiti found on one of Pluto's orbiting habitats; a military outpost, 2184 Ab Urbe Condita, showcasing this new social mindset.

In vulgate, she is known as Mater Magna di Systema Solar, or the Great Mother of the Solar System. Officially she is Head of State, while the Princeps is Head of Government, though she much more prefers to be frolicking around India or exploring the Solar System than attend to duties she once had nearly two hundred years ago.

Mater Magna Di Systema Solar Corna Rati will appear in my second novel, though she does play a big part in the first when she is just Corna. 

Roman Republic Cruiser, 2185 AUC by AnataraKentara
Roman Republic Cruiser, 2185 AUC
The designation of "Cruiser" implies a craft which can cross across a system in less than week - less than half a week, to be precise. These craft are the teeth of the Republic and central authority, and the rapid defense units of a system. Some types are more specialized for offense - bigger lasers or particle accelerator prototypes, but to ensure a cheap, hard hitting, and fast craft, this type is the latest of a series of Cruisers. With most of the population on the terraformed Moon, Earth, Venus, and Mars, with mostly corporate and federal aspirations in Ceres and Chariklo (with some odd, small population centers through and beyond.), a Cruiser needs simply hours to cross the populated system to ensure control and a viable tactical element for the Republic.

The main threats to the system and government are external - possible Alien Invasions or destruction of rogue self replicating elements - possible rebellions in the inner system (which a Cruiser can cross in hours), and control of the outer system. To this end, development has focused on the inner system, there are no major population centers in the outer system, and the capability of a Cruiser to cross to even Neptune in around 60 hours, in force, keeps corporate and fringe elements down, aware of the teeth of the Roman Republic as a whole. Along with this, constant patrolling of the system with Monitors cannot handle due to time and speed constraints are done by squadrons of Cruisers. 

As with Monitors, the course of technology has all but removed the need for crew, since the early days; 'crew' normally consists of one person's brain to ensure control of the craft and some randomization of movement during combat, but not much else. Life support is extended for days, and they are slightly better protected than the 'crew' of a monitor. Weaponry consists of a laser system in the middle of the reaction mass tankage. The laser system emits the laser by a 4 meter wide lens one dorsal and one ventral, allowing an effective range of 200KM.

Operation and tactics are the same as monitors - working in sections of five craft, grouped into 10-craft squadrons, in 100 craft centuries and 1,000 craft cohorts with 10,000 craft legions and 100,000 craft forces; then divided into Expeditionary, Garrison, and Reserve units, this allows a number of 300,000 odd Cruisers (of the current type) docked on Earth. Engage the enemy, once within engagement envelopes of 200km, in jousts or wolf pack techniques, aiming for radiators and systems, force a withdrawal and retreat- or by combining hits, utter destruction of enemy craft. And with tens of thousands of units, as with Monitor engagements, there is never a firm guarantee a fleeing craft will not be targeted and destroyed completely or reduced to cold, dead hulks shooting out of the system.

Unlike Monitors, however, which are docked at local points of interest and importance, and form the backbone of the defensive forces of the other planets, the Cruisers are docked solely on Earth's orbital ring, the capital of the system. They constantly engage in quarterly system patrols and simulations, waiting for action when the need arises.*

This class of Cruiser is around 55M long, 35m high and 30m wide, with a 25m sphere containing the remass, fuel, and laser system, a small box in front containing the crew member, life support, and control systems; a truss behind the sphere containing coolant, radiators, batteries, and odd systems, a shadow shield and fusion reactor with an attached fusion torch drive.

*The local cluster and galaxy of the series is populated, and due to the advanced energy signatures from Sol, a bit more action arises. For the most part, the Roman Republic is preparing for an invasion and counter invasion of their primary nemesis, the Tenebrae.
Roman Republic Monitor, 2200 AUC by AnataraKentara
Roman Republic Monitor, 2200 AUC
A quick sketch of a Roman Republic Monitor, 2200 AUC, for my second novel.

Monitors fulfill the variety of roles demanded by the Roman Republic's doctrine: the defense of the system, the biosphere, and the Republic.

Having just barely survived what could be vulgarly described as a "Corporate Venture" by an alien species thus named the Tenebrae in 2000-2001; the Roman Republic, which had been competing in space by the now defunct Alliance of Nations, reaffirmed the strategic field. They were not alone. Life was hostile. They were weak.

By 2005, ten "Armed Scout Ships" were approved and made by the Department of Space to patrol the holdings of the Republic, and then as a probe program, launched in 2030, reported back in 2080 that the closest system to Sol, the Three Siblings, had an viable, space-faring civilization (which were not the Tenebrae), the military build up and the launching of a fleet in 2100 only reinforced the Xenophobic attitude of the Solar System. When that fleet, arriving at the three brothers in 2154, reported that their surprise attack had destroyed that nascent civilization in 2159, the Republic felt secure, and what could only be described as a political-social climax ended and the system started to slide into corporate, criminal, and regionalistic conflicts, with the government and military - having always been close from after the invasion in 2000 - became a walled off faction. 

The Monitor shown here was of the latest class, developed in the 2190s, a development of a earlier type made in the 2150s. Quick and fast, they were stationed at points of governmental interest and could not patrol much - but they didn't had to. The main points of worry were the tanker-lines from the outer gas giants - Neptune, Uranus, Saturn - to feed the energy demands of the civilization; the depots of fuel, IPN communication relays, and to maintain the Republic as a governing body. Each of the five first tier divisions - Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Chariklo - had an attached task force of up to thousands of ships, split into active, garrison, and reserve divisions.

They would be tied down to depots and bases and points of interests, and would engage any approaching enemy - alien, criminal, or rebel - use their superior numbers to knock out the enemy, or force them to withdraw and rout - and then return. Corporate warfare, as well, took a focus of the military as the huge economy became intertwined, and sometimes entire squadrons would protect, destroy, and harass other corporate entities due to a rising Plutocracy in lieu of the old Military Junta. Advanced fabrication, resource collection, and the diffusion of technology allowed many middle and large sized groups to have the ability to make and own ships, and conflicts became more and more common.

This class of Monitor has one crew member, a brain which is supported by advanced computers. The brain, already cyborgized due to military prerequisite, is simply taken from the body at the bases and inserted into the ship.  This drastically cuts down on needed expenses towards life support, since a brain needs much less than a full body, removes the need for auxiliary craft, and allows more of the ship to be focused on the laser system, huge as it is to provide an efficient engagement envelope of around 200KM.

Such a system had been in place as quickly as possible, starting from the 2020s to cut down on costs of mass and all issues stemming thereof, and by training regimens and specialization, crew numbers decreased until the brain is just there to pilot, coordinate, and maintain control over the craft itself. Missions of combat tend to be in the matter of hours and up to a day or so, not much more, and never really needed, though current doctrine states that if a operation of days is needed, to use the fuel depots, or upgrade the life support and coast; through if an faction is months away, or a whole planet breaks off, the much unseen Cruiser ships and fleets might be used instead.

Operating always in groups of ten, divided into two sections, they typically are spread out at 100-200KM apart, and it was coordination, charges, jousts, and the like which won the day by either destroying the crew module or the radiators of the reactor, laser system, or life support to force a withdrawal of singular elements until one side can no longer fight. Battles tend to be bloody and costly as crews are trained to take out enemy crew, along with their lasers, radiators, and there is never a guarantee a fleeing ship, or a hit ship, will be left further unscathed.

And as political conflict turned into a civil war in 2200, and later again in 2245, not to mention the constant conflicts of corporations and cultural groups, this class of Monitor saw plenty of blood throughout their service, whatever their class.

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