Salvager History: Chapther 1 - Origins

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Salvager History: Chapther 1 - Origins

Post by Roy-Batty » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:19 am

At the beginning of the 24th century, the advance of mankind was leaping beyond the stars. As a curious child taking its first steps around the room, man had taken off to discover and exploit other worlds, turning the earth into a planet known throughout many galaxies as Terra. The origin of man. A green planet circled by its grey lunar satellite, dictating progress like the conductor of a philharmonic orchestra in an ever growing symphony.

In the age of the techonological revolution, progress had gone from a steady pace to a full run, dangerously close to turning into a stampede. The average lifespan of each individual had been stretched beyond the century mark, and human enhancement had become a profitable industry. Learning to harness the power of Dark Energy was now a necessity, as an ever growing population and spiking use of energy dependant devices became ever more demanding.

A relatively young science, also emerging from dire need, was Universal Climate Management (UCM). Several weather crises during the late 22nd century costing millions of lives called for a global effort to obtain a firm grip on global climate. With a worldwide grid of Climate Control Stations now in place, regulated irrigation and temperature cycles had given most wealthy countries around the world to ways to mostly eliminate natural disasters, although the sudden rise of earthquakes and volcanic activity over the last 50 years had scientists concerned.

These developments caused earth’s population to soar, bending its natural capacities and resources to a breaking point. Cities and conglomerates had a hard time to manage the daily load of produced garbage and meet demands of cheap new products and technology. On the other hand industry, complying with strict regulations, ran into ever growing difficulty to produce at the required pace and deal with unimaginable amounts of rest products and waste. As had become custom in modern society, man turned to engineers to provide an answer.

Initial efforts were effective, although they merely treated the symptoms of the actual problem. Large scale garbage collection plants were built everywhere on the globe, where waste was collected, compacted and either stored, incinerated or launched into space. This last option was growing in popularity, as cheap one use “Trashrockets” launched from airborne launching platforms had become a barely affordable option for highly toxic or high radiation waste products. Also, developing plans for Space Elevators had received financial backing from the most polluting types of industry, although it became clear that the rate of waste production was quickly outpacing the development of processing methods.

Although in history it would never become the discovery that marked his career, Dr. Haussman, a young graduate from Vienna University, had developed the first Intelligent Recycling Plant during the last years of his studies, alongside a small group of enthusiast engineering students. Years later, he became involved in the first pilot project in Port Alegre, Brazil. Built at a record breaking pace, the Alpha Plant consisted of a fully automated decommissioning line for Municipal, Industrial and Clinical waste, a Vitrification Hub, a large Sewage Treatment station and an extensive Prime Tract, where processed material was reformed into different Prime Materials, produced on order.

The success of the Alpha Plant was not the quantity of services it could provide, or the speed at which it could operate. Its true accomplishment had been at its heart. The entire plant was operated by an experimental type of mainframe; The Haussman Gene operated CPU, Bertha. In fact, Alpha had become fully autonomous after only 4 months of operation, leaving the Haussman Bureaucrats only present for monitoring. Optimizing processes and developing upgrades at most areas of the plant, Bertha had increased the daily processing bulk and almost doubled Prime Material production quantities within a year, now actually outgrowing the capability of Collection Services and the local industry material demand.

After Alpha had exceeded its creator’s expectancy by far and had become profitable within the first year, Beta, Charlie and Delta Plants were soon constructed in various problematic areas throughout the world, all with similar success. Alpha had now become self sustaining after implementing Core Forges suggested by Bertha, now providing all the energy needed for the Plants activities, and reselling a large surplus back to the energy grid. Observing how Bertha had transformed the entire process into something far superior, Dr. Haussman decided to dialog with the HG-CPU to improve on auxiliary services. After Bertha requested an extensive alteration to the Prime Tract to allow more intricate fabrication, development between creator and creation began.

Not long after Dr Haussman instructed Bertha to develop a new line of autonomous recovery vehicles for different types of waste and started to test the first prototypes, the Collection Services Union leaped out in protest. Nationwide strikes and a near complete stop to waste recovery were issued after government approval to Dr Haussman’s Autonomous Recovery Program. Factories had to halt production lines while great cities were faced with rot and disease within days. Emergency decrees after initial riots in several major cities led to a demanded stop to the A.R. Program, although Dr Haussman was requested to continue his progress on a remote location. The quick escalation of this crisis had shown governments worldwide it was not wise to leave a consumer society without means to discard the unneeded.
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Re: Salvager History: Chapther 1 - Origins

Post by Roy-Batty » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:22 am

First chapter. All the Alpha, Beta and Bertha names need to be replaced by normal names. Thinking of a good name can take hours and hours of writing time.

Now, i'll sit here in my rocking chair playing my guitar while I watch the tumbleweeds here in the fanfic forum...
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Re: Salvager History: Chapther 1 - Origins

Post by AirborneHam » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:10 pm

Good to see you're still writing, even amidst the desolate landscape that the fan fiction forum has blossomed into. This is good, seeing as any attempt to develop a history for the Salvagers has failed for me, this is definitely a good read. I like the idea of workers protesting automated factories. That is a very real scenario.
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