Few know the true identity of the Arch Daecon of Prain, fewer still know his face and even the ruling body of Prain know little about their shadowy overlord whom acts through intermediaries in all things.
What is known is those that receive the Arch Daecon's orders do so indirectly, and all forms of communication are received through a network of heralds, missives and emissaries and virtually never directly from the Arch Daecon himself. Many think that the Arch Daecon itself is just a title, a faceless moniker that is used by the Prainian nobility to veil their own selfish ends.
Prain's populace are forever vigilant, and it is said that nothing happens within Prain's walls that the Arch Daecon or his heralds don't hear or know about. Children of Prain are taught that information is the key to survival and therefore information is tightly guarded, even within families and it is treated as a precious commodity to be traded as readily and easily as grains of food to those who can pay the most.
Information is as valuable as precious ores within the walls of Prain, and it is perhaps their greatest import and also their greatest export. Their network of spies is notoriously able to infiltrate areas others thought unthinkable and as such, they are able to gather information nobody else can.
Many Districts are willing to pay handsomely for useful information about their direct rivals. This could be information about from anything from military strength to mining output quotas and areas of key interest.
Criminal activity is quiet rare amongst the nobility because of the general paranoid mind-set amongst the citizenry. Eyes are everywhere, listening devices are ever present and because of that, none dare slip out of line for fear of losing face and facing severe punishments from Prain enforcement officials.
When someone does anything illegal, it is often found out quiet rapidly and the criminal dealt with little to no court hearings and the guilty individuals often just disappear without a trace - where to is anybodies guess.
There are times when a very public execution is needed and when that happens, the Prainian government makes sure to make such executions are public as possible by broadcasting them live across the District on large pict-screens.
Prain keeps a small manufacturing presence within its armoured walls, although they are there to keep the standing army in munitions and the populace in food. What little does go into the trading emporiums and merchant houses are often pre-vetted wares, approved by the Prain heralds (and ultimately approved by the Arch Daecon himself).
Prain's main export is information, of which it demands a premium for its services and those of its network of spies and informants. To this extent Prain has gotten far richer by providing information then from material exports.
The Prainian Heralds are high ranking individuals whose status in society is assured by the secrets they know. Each Herald keeps their position through a mixture of subtle manipulation and outright subterfuge.
Each Herald directly reports to the Arch Daecon and him alone. They act as his eyes and ears and also his hands in times of necessity. They are also his direct messengers to the outside world.
In times of war, the current standing Heralds also form a council of war, acting as generals and leaders for the Prainian army should the need arise.
The Price of Information
Everything has a price, especially information. Whether that be the price paid to discover an ugly truth such as a cheating lover or more grander such as the movements of an enemy army, all information has a price to someone. Conversely, there are also those that seek to keep information secret, and will pay handsomely to keep it that way.
The District of Prain is eternally steeped in the information of others - it is not too much of a stretch to say that nothing of import happens on Techniconica without someone in District Prain knowing about it and filing it away for later retrieval for the purposes of extortion, black mail or simply to be auctioned off to those that need the information and are willing to pay the price for it.
How the citizens of Prain come to know this information, nobody truly knows and District Prain takes great pains to keep it that way for a very good reason as they have cornered the information market.
Some have the hypothesis that they have spies everywhere, watching everyone of import whilst others know that Prain's network of satellites are eternally vigilant, watching from above. It is widely known that Prain also have one of the most highly developed and extensive network of informants that stretch across Techniconica, no doubt passing information back to their masters in exchange for credits.
Just as those that seek to buy information, there are those that seek to furnish their opponents with misinformation. Companies may "leak" non-working prototypes to their rivals, throwing them off for months whilst the original company continue their research into whatever they are developing.
Misinformation like this will no doubt be sold to the rival companies in the guise of an "honest" piece of espionage, and for this, Prain, takes a cut from everybody involved as information is never offered for free.
|Population Growth Ratio||20.511 (1951.1% increase)|
|Settlement Land Area||5,026.5482km2|
|Population Density||34.2760 pop/km|
|Male/Female Ratio||0.9624 m/f ratio|
The Resource WarsY2021
Global reserves of precious resources such as common metals, diamonds, gold and other valuable commodities become drained. Commodity prices skyrocket, forcing governments to stock pile the remaining reserves and issue government bonds for civilian supplies.
Widespread panic erupts across Old Earth and several cities are razed as widespread rioting sets in. Millions die in the ensuring chaos.
Martial law is established in several major cities and several smaller countries.
The "Salvation Project" Is FormedY2022
Several of the major governments, notably those from the United Kingdom, United States, China and Russia sign what would later become known as the "Salvation Project".
"Petty" wars are put aside as they strive for a new, common goal, to establish a colony on another world in the vain hopes of starving off global resource starvation.
Each government pledges a large amount of their material reserves to the project in the hope of securing future resources from further out in the solar system.
Mining of the Moon BeginsY2023
Several prospective companies launch exploratory probes to start mining operations on the moon and later Mars. The first companies eventually fail in their ventures, although it does path the way for many of the key technologies needed for future space travel.
The Resource Crisis EruptsY2029
Faced with dwindling natural resources, nation turns upon nation and vast areas erupt into bloodshed as armies are unleashed against neighbors in a bid to secure the last remaining natural resources.
Widespread famine devastates the remaining survivors, and nuclear weapons are used against overly aggressive and oppressive nations.
3rd World War EruptsY2030
War erupts, killing vast swaythes of humanity.
Construction Begins On The Generational ShipsY2045
Construction begins on the first of several multiple generation ships intended to allow mankind to colonise other planets. Several key technologies are incorporated into the Generational Ships which are taken directly from the 1st generation of Mechs such as anti-grav plating, efficient power generation, multi-fuel generators and carbon-scrubber technology.
Ablatic Corp. FoundedY2146
Ablatic Corporation is founded.
They are principally a civil defence company tasked with improving ablatic armour designs for Mechs.
Sheran Colony EstablishedY4130
The District of Sheran is established to meet local trade agreements and enforce the "fair" trading between everyone involved.
Location taxation of transactions begins a short while later, ensuring a steady stream of incoming for the self-imposed rulership of Sheran.
Monarch Regallliar AscendsY4131.014
Monarch Regallliar, a distant cousin of the previous Monarch, ascends. Days after ascending, Farran dissidents begin calling for his removal after a series of brutal reprisals whilst they begin calling for his removal. Growing raider attacks on the outskirts of District Raglor begin but retribution is slow in coming.
Monarch Regallliar Rein of BloodY4131.018
Regalliar orders a large number of his political opponents murdered. He hires several hit squads to attack and kill his opponents in a matter of a few hours.
Bonebreaker Crew CaughtY4131.201
A gang of cut throat killers is caught and killed deep in the desert. They were responsible for plundering many trade caravans plying their trade between the Districts.
A small mining settlement experiences rapid growth due to it be situated at the cross roads of seven great trading routes between the more prosperous Districts.
Callixis expands rapidly, not only because it's location is ideal for traders to rest at, but Callixis begins to imply a small tithe on all goods passing through which helps feed the growth.
Eventually, most traders find alternative, more direct trading routes, but by then District Callixis is firmly established in its own right and becomes a supply and trading hub itself.
Several hundred colonists settle in the Hooorain valley after being exiled from Oran.
They quickly prosper due to the rich natural resources found there. They manage to acquire several powerful shield generators from Raglor.
Development of the SynthsY4134
District Frandor begins development work on the Synths.
Prain is FoundedY4135
The "garden city" of Prain is founded and to commerate, a great feast day is held in Raglor province.
Ore Seams FoundY4138.341
Oran District finds rich seams of Chraon ore beneath the bedrock it rests upon. Excavation begins immediately, in secret.
New trade lines are opened with the other Districts to exploit the new ore seam.
Gate Tolls Are InstalledY4141
Farran District first institutes their infamous gate-tolls, to immediate effect of raising massive sums of credits for the local economy. Trade plummets for the next few years as a direct result.
The Great War BeginsY4148.232
War engulfs the city-states as they finally declare war formally on each other. The more affluent city-states survive the great war, protected as they are but city-wide powered fields and armies of armoured vehicles.
Minor use of nuclear weaponry takes place amongst the most affluent Districts, although it is limited to a few, minor exchanges.
Governess Tegari Ascends To The ThroneY4151.112
Tegari is installed as the reining monarch of the Raglor District. Although she is currently in her early 80's she still retains power.
Attack on Governess TegariY4151.118
A group stage an assassination attempt on the Governess. She is successfully taken to safety before the attackers are able to accomplish their plan.
All conspirators are caught and publically executed.
The Spears of War Treaty SignedY4151.264
Governess Raglor urges all Districts to curtail their nuclear arsenals, imposing strict penalties on all Districts if they do not disarm and threats of annexation if they didn't dismantle any nuclear weapons above 1KT in power.
After several months of bargaining and continual political manoeuvring (and several successful assassinations), the Treaty is signed by all Districts and all nuclear warheads above 1KT are dismantled or rendered useless.
The Governess is heralded as a saviour of peace by the general populace, and her popularity increases with the general population, but the District rulers vowed revenge for forcing their hands through less than savoury means.
Callixian Senate OverthrownY4156
The Senate of District Callixis is briefly thrown into dissarray for twenty days whilst local Enforcers deal with sudden riots caused by a drastic tax policy change instigated by the Senate. Senate begins holding regular meetings with increased security as a direct result after the riots are quashed and those responsible for instigating them are quietly "dealt with".
Synths First Used In CombatY4161
The Synths are first employed on the open battlefield to great success against District Raglor.
District Prain begins to make contact with Sheran in the hopes of fostering trade agreements and manufacturering links. They are rebuffed by Cataonus Mung himself.
The settlement of Vulnar is established.
Lulan is colonised by dissidents from District Frandor breaking away from the main settlement.
Callixis Arms EmbargoY4254
Callixis begins an arms embargo on its fellow Districts. It is short-lived however, lasting only twelve days after being rendered unenforceable by black market merchants who are more than willing to run arms, munitions and other war material out of the great forges of Callixis.
Victus Pox Plague EruptsY4259
A viriluent strain of Victus Pox rages across Techniconica, spread by traders going District to District.
Several thousand people died and many thousands were left with permanent scarring to their lungs, throats and lips from the acidic bile that the virus caused.
The Pox was eventually stopped through vaccinations of all non-effected citizens and strict containment and quarantine of afflicted areas of Districts for a period of 2 weeks whilst the Pox ran it's course and entered it's non-contagious stages.
The First Arch Daecon Enters Public ConsciousnessY4275
The shadowy overlord of District Prain enters the wider public consciousness as the Arch Daecon's existence becomes public knowledge after leaked documents point to his existence. Some disagree with the document's authenticity, citing them as faked forgeries.
Frandor's Council DisbandedY4290
District Frandor's Council is disbanded after allegations of corruption. An interim governmental body is set up separate from the Council to oversee the District's business.
Second Skrill Site DiscoveredY4315
Another ancient Skrill sight discovered. More alien artefacts are uncovered from deep beneath the crust.
Tegerus Lorach Is BornY4327
Tegerus Lorach is born into a family with four older sisters.
Cataonus Mung AscendsY4336
Cataonus Mung ascends to leadership of District Sheran.
Tiarian Mung is BornY4337
Tiarian is born. He is forced out of District Sheran by his older sibling, Cataonus.
The Mung ReprisalY4346.244
District Prain comes under attack from District Sheran as a retribution force seeks justice on the District. The army is quickly destroyed by Prain's automated defences, leading to twenty years of hostilities between the two Districts.
District Raglor audits the Population of Techniconica. Current Population stands at 14.12M.
Hook Bay MassacreY4372
Battle for Onynx HarbourY4372
Comet Casen SpottedY4373
A comet streaks across the skies of Techniconica in the northern hemisphere. Many see it as a portent for years of war. Others see it for what it truly was, a very real near miss.
The Salt Flats Cult EmergesY4373
Bleak Cliffs SuicidesY4374
The Darkener DayY4375
A massive solar flare causes several power grids to fail. Several Districts are thrown into darkness as power fails.
Assassination Attempt on Marxen HacktorY4376
An assassin attempts to kill Marxen Hacktor, but his attack is failed due to poor timing or lack of judgement. The would-be assassin is killed during his flight by Frandor Guardians.
District Prain Goes DarkY4376
All contact with District Prain goes dark for 64 days before contact is eventually established. All external visitors are denied access during this time. No Prain representatives will report on the cause. Many believe that there was a coup on the ruling elite of District Prain.
Earthquakes Rocks FarranY4376
A severe earthquake rocks District Farran. Many believe it to be linked to weapon testing in the region, although no confirmed reports have surfaced.
Battle of PhalanxY4377
The small Phalanx Valley is host to a battle between District Prain and District Raglor. Neither District manages to gain an upper hand during the battle and both forces eventually withdraw.
Mount Kray EruptsY4378
For the 3rd time since Y4341.
Mount Kray EruptsY4379
This is the 4th eruption since Y4378. Only superficial damage is caused by the eruption.