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2135(1382) Well, it seems the Pruddai didn’t stop affecting the world when they decided to grow up. 30 years after the last of the Pruddai settled down, now they really started settling down, in their graves and rest homes! Now that this huge segment of the population was now retiring, economic analysts looked at the considerably smaller segment of the Pruddai children. For the first time since the Plagues, the Roman population may level out, and that is not favoured by economists. While the old Pruddai stop working, there will be fewer and fewer people to take up their jobs and more and more depending on Imperial or private pension funds. All this could cause possibly destructive migration patterns as high populated, low job areas pretty much evacuate to low-density, high job availability areas. This would be exasperated by the unrestricted growth of third world countries, their young people conceivably willing to work and learn in the Empire with so many available jobs (thus setting the Organization of African Unity on the road to dissolution). Thank goodness Rome and other governments were not totally ‘by the people’ or else they’d be powerless to initiate counter-measures; such as automation quotas, lower higher-education fees, immigration control, and programmable population control (growth recommended now, restriction later).
Also this year, PASA astronomy satellites observe a group of stars that orbit quickly around an invisible point, and at times becoming severely distorted. Great investigation is made into this discovery by PASA. PASA’s orbital mapping probe detects frosted water on Mars’ poles. PASA had another moon landing.
2136(1383) PASA launches its first 'permanent' space station. Called 'permanent' because all previous space habitation platforms had merely involved the docking of two different rocket propelled spacecraft. The station is of modular design.
2137(1384) The Concilium Mundi Agentias Spatium is formed, and Rome’s first manned rocket (Hippolytos I) is sent to orbit Luna. Most ADAs are fused into the CMAS, though their name remains the same.
The ADA’s first magnetic levitation vaposcurr (Magnescurr) is demonstrated in a science exhibit in Rome. They are praised for their reduction in the number of moving parts, their potential high speeds, and the removal of polluting oleum engines. There are still many technical problems to sort out but the technology looks promising and may be fast-tracked upon perfection to replace all vaposcurr and metroscurr lines. The above ground eletricus vaposcurr are going to remain as they are since nobody wants a trolley going 1000 kilpes and hour in the middle of a busy intersection.
By this time, the fascination with Somnio Scientia (dreams of science) explodes in literature, telelexy and television programmes, dominating all others (even Speculatorius novels) as the race to expand into space grips the public’s imagination of Som-Sci. The greater public becomes informed, fascinated, hopeful, and frightened by Som-Sci’s stories of Human exploration and colonisation, spaceflight disasters, alien invasions, apocalyptic astersaxumi (asteroid)-impacts/wars, Machine/Government controlled dystopias, Utopian revolutions, astounding constructions (such as multi-kilopes high 'tower' cities), and time travel.
PASA makes its 3rd moon landing.
In South Terranova, Dyapapaka suffers a successful pro-PAB coup, CM troops move in to assist the government forces but within a few days,the new Dyapapaka regime makes talks with the PAB and is approved for PAB military support, forcing the CM to retreat from what is now PAB allied territory at the risk of a greater war. In the minds of many is the historic memory of how the Nihonia-Roman war in South Terranova transformed into the Amplus Arma once allies were brought in. This hostile take-over also aggravates the cold war, retarding the negotiations for nuclear disarmament. Srivijava and the Khmer Empire are near completing nuclear research primarily for power and Chimud begins its own programme. Khmer’s development of nuclear power is a worry as the country deals with more and more civil strife regarding PAB supporters.
2138(1385) A CMAS mapping probe is sent to Venus, recording half the surface.
Also this year, the first excurrusai are put into production. These twp-wheeled, oleum-fuelled vehicles reach a more general population since they are cheaper, smaller, and easier to operate, extrudotrusi still remain a richman’s carriage and excurrusai become an upper-middle class man’s pellopedias (remember bicycles?).
Also this year, quite possibly the most incredible electricus device is invented by CMAS ADAs. It is called a transformare and it is capable of exchanging high and low Voris (volts, remember?). The inventors stated that it was the simplest of electrical devices though they cannot explain how it could have taken so long to think of the concept. This invention makes powering large regions much easier now that both residential and industrial power needs could be met by a single power plant (before, industrial and residential areas had separate power stations, the residential ones putting out much less voltage).
PASA also develops pressure-fed pens with ball points. Gravity fed pens (which do not work without it) with pall-points soon become available in the PAB, eventually they become popular in the rest of the world as well. Roman astronauticai would continue to use plumbago (remember graphite?) writers until the 50’s.
2139(1386) Hibernia joins the Senate in the month of Martius and Arabia Felix joins in Maius.
Also this year, continuing civil strife in the Khanate results in the PAB forming the Qiang Ya Gòng Tong (Pan Asian Forces)
-which quickly start taking over the Khanate and installing martial law in the interests of security. This impediment of independence is not unnoticed by the nation’s rulers. It is now understood the PAB will discard their members’ sovereignty in the interest of maintaining the Bloc’s strength and ideals (though strength is more important).
Also, the first personal computactors become available to the public both in Rome and Sinica. The CMAS and PASA launched their first weather and communication satellites.
PASA launched its fourth successful Luna mission. Rome’s ‘Ishtas’ probe malfunctions on its way to Venus and burns up in the atmosphere.
2140(1387) From a CMAS launching pad in Gallia Narbonensis in the month of Aprilis the Jupiter type-II rocket, Hippolytos III took off. The five-stage rocket took one stage to escape the atmosphere, and another to escape Earth’s immediate gravity and head for Luna. Four days later the third stage landed on Luna where the two Astronauticai explored the surface and performed tests identical to the PASA missions (since PASA made all data on Luna secret). The leading astronautica said: “Vidi Cupivi Silui” (We saw, we wished, we leaped). [If you want a good picture just think of Von Braun’s book: First Men to the Moon]
Rome knew that once Sinica and its allies declared ownership of Luna that whoever could construct military bases and convince the public of space’s value first would really start owning extraterra land and resources. Technological developments accelerated at a pace not seen since the era of Rome’s land grabs in Africa and South Terranova. Enphasizing on their intentions, the 5th and final PASA Luna mission launched just a week after the conclusion of the CMAS mission, concluding the Ji Hua Zhuang Yuelan (their initial lunar programme). This of course did not help the political situation. The cold war between the CM and PAB was more based on the fact Xun Sinica was a revolutionary state (as described by Rome) and its allies had always been enemies to Rome and its allies. The alignment of Sinica as the PAB leader gave them the power to resist Rome, although now they are pretty much in the grip of the Dragon’s claws rather than the Eagle’s. The realisation of the fact that this conflict was based more on emotion than ideology helped stop the public and most politicians from demanding total war no matter the cost. This new era of technological advance also triggered a very noticeable trend of super-specialization, mostly in industry. These days, a company owner could become a millionaire from his company producing nothing more than one or two types of verenitori (transistors). The specialization allowed research in particular fields to become greatly concentrated. In the future, people may look forward to on-demand production if the inrush costs of turning everything on and off so often could be brought low enough.
2140’s(1387+) The Roman and Sinican governments began subsidizing companies that make plans for production in space. Medical and material research at the moment is foremost since the most available platform is space stations. Optical and telelelxy telescopii will probably come soon after these first research projects are underway.
Although the Hippolytos mission was a one-time deal, the CMAS already began developing a series of missions all umbrellaed by: Dictocogito Diana (The Diana Programme).
While this is going on, PASA is near beginning its new program (Ji Hua Wei-hui). One that would both put a permanent launch base on Luna and catapult PASA to Mars.
Also this year, Musa II of the Mali Empire dies, his brother Magha II succeeds him, inheriting a decaying empire despite Musa II hard work. The next few Emperors of the Mali empire would rule a short time, then be assassinated. Civil war probably won’t be far away after the ‘50s. The vassal Gao state is causing problems already. With the declination of the Mali, the Organization of African Unity really fell to shambles. The world population reaches 2.2 billion. And solar power panels are developed by both PASA and CMAS.
2141(1388) CMAS ‘Ishtas II’ Venus probe is launched and reaches Venus to continue mapping it. On Junius 30th, two CMAS astronauticai die after disengaging from a temporary research space station. A pressure valve had broken, weakening the airlock’s seal. Upon re-entry the door was torn from the spacecraft and all was incinerated. Since both PASA and CMAS use many different rocket types, when disasters such as these occur, they usually only ground the for sure defective series although they ought to ground all series with the same device. Also this year, instant picture cameras were developed in an India ADA. In South Terranova, massive hurricanes from the Pacificus caused severe damage to the coastal countries. The Transversarium Nationem Procuratonis ab Restauro greatly helped nations regardless of their CM membership. The Senate began talks of eliminating the divisions of superior and Inferior provinces, Gallic and Hispanic Senators were subsequently exempt from the result (for now) and breathed a sigh of relief. Sinican labs cloned the first mammal, a dog they called Fai-Tao (beginning long life) though aside from PAB scientific associates, the rest of the world had no knowledge of this. Research into the possibility of Human cloning was restricted to organ research. The implications for full Human cloning was rejected by the government administrators to avoid slavery cloning (slavery was officially illegal in both Sinicas but still practiced; in the Djagatai Khanate and Muscovite Empire, slavery was still regular). Fai-Tao unfortunately, only lived four years.
PASA also started construction of a ship in space to land ten people on Luna, setting up a small launch base, and sending them on to Mars. The ship was called the Wei-hui Xing Chuan. The PAB finished its trans-Asian vaposcurr, connecting the four allies.
The relatively peaceful PAF occupation of the Djagatai Khanate was completed, a lengthy programme to assess and restructure the nation was started.
2142(1389) The Namatania civil war finally ended for the most part, resulting in the eastern regions becoming the kingdom of Zambezi, though Zambezi now had to settle down from masses of violent ‘pro-this’ and ‘con-that’ fighters; not to mention corruption in the government itself.
PASA’s Che 4 probe to Jupiter entered orbit in October, many pictures of its moons and cloud surface were transmitted back.
2143(1390) PASA’s Hui 3 probe to Zenxing (Saturn) reached orbit to perform similar observations and measurements as the Che 4 probe just as PASA also launched Deng-yue 1, a drop probe heading for Titan. The Hui 3 also noted plumes of gas emanating from Delashiyue (Enceladus). Also this year, Appius Furius Harus Grifto, a successful documentary director, moved to the west coast of the Cuashium Confederation as an assignment by ‘Biographiai’, a television biography company, with his acting troupe. They started filming in a vacant lot near Gaius street in Downtown Archanjelis. The Company decided to explore new territories and travelled to a little village north that had friendly people and enjoyed the movie company filming there. This place was called ‘Spinaen Aventinus’. Gaffis then filmed the first movie ever shot on the site that would eventually contend with Candaris in eastern India as the most popular movie-making city. Gaffis’ movie was called Occupare Totonae, a Biographical melodrama about Rome’s invasion of the Totonic kingdom in 1945(1192). Gaffis stayed there for months and made several films (few were Som-Sci or Speculatorius) before returning to Unalacius city in Scanata. After hearing about this wonderful place, in 2146 many Terranovan movie-makers headed west. The world’s second movie making capital came to be.
The genre of Som-Sci entered the PAB through Nihhon, creating new ideas such as Human-controlled walking battle machines and benevolent artificial intelligences (Roman imaginations had produced only mindlessly menacing and bloodthirsty monstrosities).
In the 40’s: communication, weather, Earth-observation, reconnaissance, astronomical, and bio research satellites multiplied over the globe, the technology being monopolized by PASA and CMAS. Unfortunately there was also an expansion of satellite mounted nuclear missiles and anti-satellite mounted nuclear missile satellites. Multiple satellite concepts were tested including lasers, gravel ejectors, rammers, and de-orbit virals.
Also this year, Livia Superior attained semi-autonomy.
Again also, CMAS started the construction of the Ateish Intervenometrae, a radio astronomical interferometer, in Scanata.
2144(1391) CMAS landed sample analyzing probes in the asteroid belt. Livia Inferior became semi-autonomous. With the great cheapening of personal computactors and the continuing acceleration of global communication, an electronic information webwork develops, first in the many academies and universities throughout CM members and within a few more decades, access to this web would become as proliferate as computactor sales themselves. This web has yet to be given an official name. An entirely separate and incompatible system emerges in the PAB.
Also this year, a Scanata ADA lab achieved a temperature of -273.1400003 Galerii, the closest any experiment had yet gotten to the Primum Frigidum.
The first tuozhi tixi (traxendo syntanai moderatoris in Rome) was invented by Sinican automotive companies. Governed by a computactor, the setup prevents the loss of traction to driven wheels when excessive throttle is applied or when road friction is unable to cope with the torque either by selectively braking tires or reducing throttle.
Also this year Sinican scientists began research on crystal magnets.
The Cæsar is now Nero Mallius Accientulus at 67 from Italia.
|Chinaman on the Moon:|
|The Space Age Cometh:|
|Mission to Mars: A Space Odyssey:|