• Nobles of Null is a forum based roleplay site where sci-fi and magic collide. Here, Earth remains fractured and divided despite humanity reaching out to the stars. Worse still, the trans-human slaves of one major power have escaped, only to establish their own Empire, seething with resentment at abuses of the past. Even the discovery of aliens, though medieval in development, has failed to rally these squabbling children of Earth together with its far darker implications. Worse still, is the discovery of the impossible - magic. Practiced by the alien locals, nearly depleted and therefore rare, its reality warping abilities remains abstract and distant to the general populace. All the while, unseen in the darkness of space, forces from without threaten to press in. For those with eyes opened by insight, it is clear that an era is about to end, and that a new age will dawn.

Daqin Diguo


From left to right, a Dog, Tiger, and Snake Form on the bridge of a ship.
The Empire of Daqin, or Dàqín Dìguó (大秦帝国), is the home of the Dàqínrén (大秦人) and their subservient pets, the Chǒngwù (寵物). It is a small, yet powerful nation that has cast its shadow over humanity. Having escaped the yolk of slavery, the Dàqínrén (大秦人) - or 'Daqinese' - have formed a country heads and shoulders more advanced than the nations of earth. One that still bears the simmering resentment towards their own creators, something humanity is very acutely aware of. Though the Empire's core citizens act as one like cogs in a machine, they enjoy a standard of living that is practically unheard of amongst humanity, with their true existence being within the vast VR network that they all communicate through and share with one another. Here, they live luxurious, even sheltered lives unaware of the suffering within or without the Empire, where they may indulge in their hobbies or live lax, social lives while their bodies work tirelessly to keep the gears of the empire turning.

Though Empires are theoretically obsolete and ineffective in the vast reaches of space, the very inhumanity of the Dàqínren allow their nation to function as an Empire-proper. While their predecessors - the Zhùlǐ (助理) - were made to be physically and mentally superior, the Dàqín have only further enhanced themselves. Appearances featuring gallinaceous, feline or draconiform traits are amongst some of their most eye-catching forms, but their stereotypically haughty and disinterested demeanor combined with a massive superiority complex often makes it seem that they're unobtainable.

History


The Empire of Daqin was formally founded in 2200CE, and is a relatively young nation as a result. The predecessors to the Dàqínrén, the Zhùlǐ (助理), were artificially created servants of the late People's Republic of China and its Chinese Communist Party. Though networked with one another for increased efficiency, they were obedient to the letter and displayed an almost-zeal for performing the tasks given to them. However, they were far more independent, cunning and long sighted than expected, and when the PRC found what was planned to be its third world, the Zhùlǐ rebelled and took it for themselves, utterly destroying their creator nation in an event many compare to cold blooded murder. This destructive event, known as Zhōngzhǐ (终止) or "Termination", allowed the Zhùlǐ to escape with a vast hoard of resources, reinventing themselves as Dàqínrén and establishing the Dàqín Dìguó as a direct snub to their late creators in the process. However, this set the tone for many decades to come, with humanity choosing to quarantine and isolate the newly born Daqinren and their just-founded Empire, with the Daqin themselves returning this in kind.

It is only in more recent decades that relations have cooled enough for trade and discourse to occur, but even so, the Empire has mostly restricted this to specific hubs such as asteroid stations, planetoids, and even their mercantile fleets. Though the time in which the Empire has opened itself up ever so slightly has been short, the already-present cracks are already starting to spread within their human neighbors as their subversive propaganda and outright superiority chip away at their ability to harm or enslave the Daqin agian.

See: History of the Dàqín Dìguó

Culture


The word Daqinren or Daqinese immediately brings to mind an individual who is intelligent, poised, level headed and even aloof. Someone who is as handsome or beautiful as they are strong, all on top of being flatly superior to humans in every way that matters. Such an average Daqinese individual stereo-typically serves society and the people around them as another cog in the machine that is the Empire of Daqin, and harbors a deep seated grudge against humanity for its role in their slavery long ago. Due to their origin, Daqinren Culture is heavily based off of Far East Asia, and thanks to being very conscious about this, the Daqinese themselves have chosen to 'outdo' their creators and be better in every way that matters. Despite their superiority, the Daqinren are also known to be arrogant, making them potentially dangerous to deal with in high-stakes matters. They are well aware of this however, and make to suppress or control their emotions. But even then, it plays a key part in their culture, coloring their much sought after works of art, particularly their VR simulations and games.

Though various subcultures exist within the Empire itself, even amongst the 1st Class Citizenry themselves, the image of the cool headed and gracefully aloof Daqinese citizen prevails.

See: Daqinren Culture

Social Classes


People within the Empire are divided to better manage the economy and the productivity of its citizens. The Social Classes of Daqin consist of three different tiers or classes, with each having more or less priority and care from the government as deemed fitting given their merit and ability. First Class Citizens are Daqinren themselves, and being the most productive and contribute the most to the economy, also receive the most boons. Second Class Citizens are those that have bought and successfully undergone the gene-therapy necessary to become Daqinren. Meanwhile, all others are considered Third Class, and are primarily used to fill in the most dangerous, undesirable or menial jobs. Considered cruel and inhumane by humans at large, it nonetheless works well for the Empire and ensures peak operational efficiency by concentrating unproductive undesirables at the borders so they may not interfere with the work that must be done.

Four Occupations


The Four Occupations is the theorized construct of how Daqinren society functions, and came into popular belief in human society shortly after they had seceded in early 2200 CE. In its current iteration, it is a caste system that has its roots stemming back to Ancient China, and is believed to be in use by the Empire of Daqin in a more modern rendition. It is composed of four different castes of society into which each Daqinren individual is born into and raised for. Unlike humanity's own foray into castes however, it is theorized that the Daqinese themselves often live satisfied lives, having been made for these roles since their inception. Despite being a human construct, used for propaganda purposes, the Empire itself has made use of this theory themselves, adding to the legitimacy of the Empire as the one true heir of China, and that all others are pretenders. This was done knowing full well that the Tian Zao Gongheguo wouldn't dare claim adopting something like this despite being so interwoven with Chinese history and culture.

To this day, it continues to be a tool for politicians and compliant social scientists to push their own ends despite being far from the truth.

Forms


Thanks to their mastery of genetics, the Daqinren people take on various forms with varying stats so that they may do certain jobs more effectively and efficiently. These forms themselves often draw from and are modeled after different animals which are commonly believed to have the traits which are desired. As a result, the Daqinren people may feature feline tails, cloven feet, or colorful plumage depending on which animal their form is modeled after. Due to the basis of their culture and the themes that they wish to follow, the 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac are the most popular, however, a wide variety of forms based off of animals outside of that exist as well. Those outside the 12 of the Chinese Zodiac are far more common among 2nd Class Citizens however, but are nonetheless just as high quality and able as the rest.

Naturally, certain forms are most well known for certain occupations, but such specialists are only occasionally made, with the Empire preferring generalists within their civilian population.
  • Dragon Form: Royalty, High Level Politician and Diplomat form, unavailable for purchase
  • Rooster Form: Most famed as Intermediate Level Politicians, Diplomats and High Level Merchants, highest price
  • Snake Form: Most famed for Special Forces use, as well as hostile environment engineering and exploration
  • Tiger Form: Most famed for their use as Storm Troopers, commonly present as higher level civilians
  • Dog Form: Most famed for their use as Heavy Troopers, commonly present as intermediate level civilians
  • Monkey Form: Most famed for their scientists and engineers, commonly present as intermediate level civilians
  • Horse Form: Famed for their modularity, bionetic 'centaur' module and associated light cavalry roles, commonly seen as intermediate level civilians
  • Ox Form: Known for their roles in heavy labor industries, general citizenry
  • Pig Form: The well rounded, general purpose citizenry of The Empire, and the most popular form available for purchase
  • Rabbit Form: Known for their role as second wave colonists and their quick witted tenacity
  • Goat Form: Known for their role as second wave colonists capable of eating anything and traversing difficult terrain, general citizenry
  • Rat Form: Known for their role as first wave colonists intended to prepare 'death worlds' for following waves, most affordable form

Technology


Though the technological base of the Daqinren originally consisted of what they could bring with them during their exodus, it had rapidly evolved into its own as they settled in their new star system. Given their natural tendency to network with one another, their scientific advances moved at a rapid pace, quickly catching up to the technological base they had set out with, and then surpassing it. For this reason, they have the most advanced technology of the nations that had originated from Earth. Their conventional sciences such as traditional metallurgy and engineering are well developed, however, they are most known for their huge strides in genetics and biotechnology.

In addition to taking the scientific knowledge necessary to maintain and produce more of themselves, they improved on it significantly. Their genetic manipulation abilities allows them to produce the Chongwu in any appearance, size, or capability that they want or require, however, their biotechnological prowess does not end here. The Daqinren have successfully created Zoophytes, crosses between plants and animals, meant to directly produce meat from photosynthesis and electrical currents, allowing for cheap production of food. However, they are perhaps most well known for their Bionetics; living, organic prosthesis that can be quickly attached to the body and used as a natural extension of the user.

Despite these advancements however, it is not the most significant technological stride that the Daqinren have made. These instead built on top of the preexisting framework that allowed them to wirelessly communicate with one another. Taking their different technologies and combining them together, the Daqin were able to produce a fully immersive and highly detailed Virtual Reality, which has the greatest ramifications of them all. By having citizens primarily inhabit and live inside virtual reality, their real-world requirements are starkly less to the point that their physical bodies are comparable to automated construction drones. This, above all, has had profound impacts on not just their economic output, but also culture.

Economy


Like the Gemeinschaft der Welten and Soyuz Sotsialisticheskikh Mirov , the majority of the Empire's economy lies in space rather than being planet bound. Despite this though, there are significant differences. It is the First Class Citizen that serves as the backbone of the economy, being both the largest population of the Empire, and also the most productive on a per-capita basis. Though the Daqinren themselves socialize and effectively 'live' within the virtual reality of their vast computer networks, their bodies move in lock-step coordination. Orchestrated and ultra-efficient, their physical forms wake up, consume food and proceed to work like automatons that are synchronized together, anticipating each other's actions and needs. With living conditions, food and even the physical space they occupy being extremely spartan, the typical First Class Citizen labors away in zones meant to be exclusively for them, producing goods, constructing space stations and laying down ship hulls with speed, precision and efficiency that is simply inhuman.

Furthering this lock-step efficiency is the rationing of resources, with rare-earth metals and other valuable materials being funneled away from Second and Third Class Citizens. Reserved for service drones to support the First Class Citizenry themselves, as well as to build their technology and military forces, the scarcity of these vital substances for the Second and Third Class Citizens is made up for by the production of Chongwu. As carbon based goods, they are extremely cheap and easy to both produce and maintain. Like the Daqin themselves, they can be trained and educated very quickly through direct download of information and virtual training, but their maintenance is made even easier by the advanced food production available to the Empire, which is where the true genetic expertise of the Daqinese shines. Custom-made, plant-like organisms take in carbon-dioxide, water, UV light and - most importantly - direct electrical current, serving as their primary source of produce as well as meat like the mythological Vegetable Lamb of Tartary. These cheaply made Chongwu, fed and maintained through equally cheap means, see after the Second and Third Classes, supplementing and reducing the amount of automation present.

This frees up rare earth metals for other, more vital uses.

In day to day life, the currency used is referred to as Jiaozi (交子), and is named after the first printed paper money on Earth. Digital in nature, the currency is uploaded into chits known as Fāng Kǒng Qián (方孔錢), named and modeled after the traditional Chinese Cash Coin. Round, but with a square hole, it is most commonly worn around the neck, and requires both deliberate activation and confirmation to use so that money cannot be taken out of it by a passing swipe. When the Cash Coin is empty, it must be refilled again at a bank or Automated Teller Machine.

Military

The Dìguó Jūnshì (帝国军事) or "Imperial Military" is relatively young given the circumstances, and still contains human-made ships dating back slightly over a hundred years to the very founding of the nation. However, these are reserved as training vessels and functioning museums in which students train and roleplay historically. In sharp contrast, the modern fleet of the Empire is relatively small but extremely potent, equipped with the very best weapons and armor known to humanity. These vessels are generally new production vessels fitted with trans-human technology that exceeds Earth's best. Despite having some of the most fearsome battleships though, these are few in number, and the empire relies on a flexible core of cruisers, frigates, destroyers and corvettes instead. Its military culture is also unique amongst the nations descended from Earth, as the Zhànshì (战士) is the base person, and literally means "Warrior" in the most traditional sense. Strictly first class citizens, their role in society is dictated at birth by Governance, with their upbringing making their decision to become part of the military a foregone conclusion for most. In sharp comparison, the individual Shìbīng (士兵) or "Soldier", is strictly a 2nd Class Citizen and are employed professionals.

See:

Locations

  • Pínqióng (貧窮) is the system in which Tiāntáng is within, and was originally named so in order to try to dissuade any foreigners investigating. Literally translated, it means "Poverty".
  • Tiāntáng (天堂) is the main habitable planet in the Daqin home system, but is not developed due to their preference to stay in space. Literally means "Heaven". The planet is largely unexplored, and its 'magic' phenomena is only undergoing cautious study due to the danger involved. There is one Daqin city, which has been besieged by the local Aos Si population at one point, and is meant primarily to engage with the natives and learn about the planet through them. It is the first planetary body from the local star.
  • The Moon of Tiantang, placeholder name Dàmén (大門) means "Great Gate" in Chinese. I don't have anything special for it at this time other than being quite built up and inhabited by the Daqinren on the side not facing the planet, thereby keeping it out of view of the native Aos Si and not spoiling the view as well. It is a major population center for the Daqin Empire
  • The local asteroid field, Shānlán (柵欄) or "Fence", is the second 'body' past Tiantang, and houses innumerable asteroids and stations built within its confines. It is a major population center of the Daqin Empire.
  • Planet 2, placeholder name Jī'è (飢餓) which means "Hunger" in Chinese, is a Jovian-type gas planet with four rings, an unlucky number signifying death. It is rich in hydrogen fuel for fusion reactors, and the asteroid-like debris within the rings play host to many space stations for the Daqinren. Due to its nature, it is the primary source of fuel for their fleets, and has several orbital fuel refineries and depots present.
  • Planet 2's first moon, placeholder name Shíwù (食物) or 'Food', is a yet undetermined moon.
  • Planet 2's second moon, placeholder name Yǐnliào (飲料) or 'Drink', is a yet undetermined moon.

OOC Notes

  • Dàqín Dìguó (大秦帝国), very literally translated, means "The Great Qin Empire", but in practical common use means "Empire of Greater China"; it is derived from the name that Ancient China called Ancient Rome, and viewed as their equal
  • Dàqín is pronounced "Da-ching"
  • Zhùlǐ (助理) is pronounced "Chu-li" much like like the assistant lady who's always being told to do the thing
  • The Dàqínese are descended from the trans-human Zhùlǐ (助理 - "Assist-Manage") slaves that had escaped from under the CCP
  • The name of their nation is meant specifically to insult their makers, the Chinese, and serves as a bold declaration that they will be superior in every way
  • "Mercantile Fleets" intrude into other territories, proselytizing everything Daqin, selling Chongwu, Gene-Mods, Bionetics and more while also harvesting local resources as they go to feed their product production
  • Xīnrén (新人) - "New Person", more informal, slightly rude for convert to Daqinren and an entirely new word
  • Xīnwài (新外) - "New Foreigner", formal term referring to a convert to the Daqinren
  • Yímín (移民) - "Immigrant/Migrant", formal term for immigrant or migrant
  • Need to keep working on history and the events that have lead them to be what they are, namely, the internal civil war and current state of internal politics
  • Go over their comparatively low resource levels and inability to fight a prolonged war in comparison to other nations

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