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Promise/Promise (Diaspora 2827)
Classic Era (1115)
Starport A Excellent: Starship Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size 5 Medium (8,000 km)
Atmosphere 4 Thin (tainted)
Hydrographics 2 Dry World 20%
Population 9 High ( billion)
Government 9 Impersonal Bureaucracy
Law 9 High Law (no weapons out of home)
Tech Level F High Stellar (anagathics)
New Era (1200)
Starport C Routine: No Construction, Major Repair, Unrefined fuel
Size 5 Medium (8,000 km)
Atmosphere 4 Thin (tainted)
Hydrographics 2 Dry World 20%
Population 7 Moderate (0 million)
Government 8 Civil Service Bureaucracy
Law 6 Moderate Law
Tech Level 9 Early Stellar (fusion)
See also UWP

Promise is a world ruled by sentient computer systems and tech level 15 robots. Its starport is a major maintenance facility on the Vampire Highway.




Although inhabitable, Promise is aird and inhospitable, which is the principal reason the world's current human population is only about 1% of its pre-collapse level.


Most of the surviving human population lives in scattered nomadic tribes who make their living primarlly by tending domesticated animal herds, hunting, and gathering of wild edible plants. The general scarcity of vegetation requires even faily small bands to keep moving almost continuously to find adequate grazing for their herds.

A small proprotion of the human population (less than 1%) lives in Star City, the only remaining city on the planet and the site of the starport. There are reportedly employed in a variety of technical and menial occupations by the planetary government. More tribes live near Star City, trading scrap metal and technological artifacts recovered from the abandoned human cities of the planet to the robots in return for processed food, manufactured cloting and other trade items. These tribes are often called the "Subject Tribes" and cooperate closely with the central government.

All human who live under the control of the Sentient Council are tattooed with an indelible ink laser scan bar code on their foreheads, as a means of identification and control.

Escalating violence

More distant tribes rely less on the robots and owe less allegiance to them. Ofetn calling themselves the "Free Tribes" (and as often referred to by the others as "Bandits"), they have until recently had little contact with the robots. For the last 10 years, however, the central government has made increasing efforts to bring them under control. A growing network of security outposts, intended to provide fuel and maintenance for security forces, has spread out from the capital. Clashes between robot patrols and tribesmen have become more frequent and violent.

The resistance is a growing body of tribesmen offering organized resistance to encroachments of the robots and the Council. Their activities seem to be loosely coordinated by a "central command", which primarly communicated by means of courier.


The most remarkable aspect of Promise is that it is controlled by Virus-infected machines. The central government is best described as a totalitarian oligarchy, as it consists of a Sentient Council of the larges and most sophistcated computers on the world.

In addition to the fixed location intelligent computing systems, there are several tens of thousands of sentient mobile robots on the world. Less intelligent but more physically versatile, these machines apparently from the main police arm of the government as well as carrying out the most sensitive maintenance functions. Through them, the Council closely governes the 50,000 or so human inhabitants of Star City and somewhat more loosely governs the tribes and settlements of the humans that lie near the city. The tribes located several hundred to 1000 kilometers from the city seldom feel the hand of the government at all, and until recently have been left largely to themselves.

Such manufacturing as takes place is mostly at a sustained tech level of about 9, although a few higher-tech facilities are rumored to be operating. Certainly the fact that many large-system computers have survived offers the possibility that one or more computer-operated assembly plants may still be in operation. By contrast, the human population living outside Star City exists at little bettern than stone age levels of technology.

Star City is the principal hub of Viral activity on the world, an in some respects the entire Diaspora sector, as it serves as a regular fueling and maintenace stop for a number of vampire fleets. Whether the fleets call here simply out of necessity, or whether there is a growing sense of community among the scattered vampires, it unknown.

Militarily, the planet is well defended from attack from space. It retains dozens of batteries of TL-15 PAD missiles, as well as at least two high-powered deep meson guns. A substantial proportion of the robots are sufficiently well armed to resist a military force on the ground, and there are numerous human and quasi-human allies of the Council which could be armed as well.

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