<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kaichi:
<B>I haven't had a chance to really show a lot of non-military people, yet. Although, I do have a couple of older civilians (pp 5 and 6 of issue 2) who are not overly slender. <P>Erosia is a natural planet, and its gravity is about equal to 95% of Earth's, and its atmosphere is slightly thinner (sea level oxygenation is closer to Earth's 5,000 ft level). Exedra is a terraformed planet, a bit smaller and denser than Earth, with a gravity force that's about 1.2 times that of the mother planet. Native-born Exedrans tend to be (but aren't always) shorter and leaner than Erosians. <P>The first Exedran colonists lived in domes. The planet's O2 levels were cultivated over a period of about 200 years, through intense vegetation (Exedra is about 30% solid forest), and are maintained by constant forestation, though their ozone layer isn't as effective as Earth's. It was created in pieces, beneath a force field, in an effort to speed up the construction of the oxygen-rich atmosphere. Thus, the UV rays are vicious. On Exedra, sunscreen is in soap, shampoo, lotions, and even in the washroom water in metropolitan areas, and people do not <I>ever</I> go outside without sunglasses. <P>The Exedrans are also extremely waste-conscious, and the fines for breaking the No-Waste laws are exhorbitant. First offense littering gets a fine of 5,000 Zo...the equivalent of about $15,000 US dollars. Ocean littering fines are twice that. (Exedra's oceans are smaller than Earth's -- none larger than our Indian Ocean -- but more numerous.)<P>Overall, it's a nice, clean place to live, with an ethnic diversity that rivals Earth's and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Although, the beautiful scenery was created by frequent and violent quakes. Extreme beauty always comes at a high cost.<P>(^-^)<P>Kaichi </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hmmmm. That means that an Exedran and an Erosian of similar age... hmmm. Exedran troops would absolutely Pummel Erosian troops on any Surface battlefield, given equal weight of equipment, since the Exedran trooper will have greater stamina, due to coming from an environment with roughly 25% higher gravity (figure muscle-mass, strain resistance of bones, skin...), after a few generations, Exedrans will also be more resistant to certain wavelengths of energy (provided that the death-rebirth cycle follows Darwinian standards, i.e., those with a higher resistance to UV light are more likely to breed and have children than those without that resistance... the difference will probably be minimal for several hundered years...) The Fine structure is STEEP! given how much of the planet's habitability is tied up in deliberate effort, this isn't unreasonable. I take it, though, that the dominant cultural influence IS Japanese/Asian? Also, that the dominant Cultural influence on Erosia is European/Slavic, with hints of Germanic influences? With such heavy-handed tactics in their own cities (use of Helicopter Gunships in inhabited areas is generally frowned upon in Anglo-European cultures with Germanic influences, due to both the risk of damaging Valuable property, and, of killing potentially useful workers, something which tends to adversely affect the productivity of ones industrial base.)
I wonder something else, as well: Exedra's industrial base- Given the fragility of the local environment, do they use a lot of Asteroid mining techniques? It would explain both the Long "Cruise" tours, and the apparent large size of the Naval forces-(Carriers, escort vessels, fighters... all high-maintenance, large crewed, systems, very expensive, vulnerable to Budget Axes...) in relation to the relative youth of the world employing them.