Embassies of Nova are scattered through out the world
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Nova (formerly Eden) is governed by the totalitarian Institution. They have successfully maintained and developed technology since before Kali and are therefore one of the largest power figures in Scandinavia. They have mastered the art of "improving" and "upgrading" people via cybernetic implants and enhancements.
The state of Nova can trace its roots back to those first days before the catastrophe that gave rise to what some refer to as the apocalypse. During this time, Nova was a research station staffed with dedicated and well-educated scientists working within the fields of chemistry and technology to create a brighter future. When it was apparent that the future was going to be -- at best -- difficult to brighten, the station's governing body opted to close its doors and retreat deep into the station's underground bunkers along with their families.
As time passed, those dwelling in the bunkers returned to their underground laboratories and drawing boards. The outside world moved on. As a new generation grew up under the earth, Nova's leaders made a decision: they would send scouts out of Nova to take stock of the world aboveground. What they found was a ruined wasteland. Further expeditions found pockets of more or less civilised settlements, and so began cautious negotiations between the worlds above and below ground. Nova could offer batteries, rudimentary medical care, and simple repairs. In return, they received information, food, and other resources from the outside world. The construction of a city aboveground began.
Early on in the development of the city, two primary schools of thought on how Nova should see itself in relation to the rest of the world emerged. One notion maintained that it was Nova's moral duty to support any and all attempts at survival out in the wasteland. The other maintained the opposite, based on the notion that the day Nova put its faith in unscientific, lowbrow outsiders would be the day civilisation as we knew it would be once again destroyed. With resources limited and doomsday still a fresh memory, a compromise had to be reached between proponents of both notions. In the end, both camps agreed that humanity's survival should take priority over the wishes and freedoms of individual persons. A plan began to take shape.
In addition to trade and commerce, expeditions leaving Nova were charged with the additional task of educating outsiders. The idea was that through logic and diplomacy, they could convince outsiders to fall in line with Nova's authority for the greater good. This lead to a number of conflicts due to many outsiders disagreeing with Nova's ideas on organisation and leadership. When the diplomatic route proved unfruitful, Nova adopted a more bellicose approach in its dealings with outsiders, leading to a protracted period of aggressive military expansion which continues to this day.
Nova has never been bigger or more insular and reactionary than it is now. It is powefull and the majority of the population has a decent life. Some say that the more resources and power Nova have at their disposal the farther they grow from their goal as humanity's savior.
Structure and Culture
The key words for Nova's political and social aspirations are meritocracy and technocracy. Everything must be handled with discipline and order, preferably through regimented beauracracy. The entire structure is divided according to work and responsibility sectors.
- The education sector is responsible for ensuring that the right people wind up in the right place with the right skills and education.
- The research sector handles medical and scientific developments.
- The defense sector, possibly paradoxically, handles all military operations. (Försvarsavdelningen)
- The requisitions sector is responsible for Nova's infrastructure and resources.
Following basic education, each citizen must take an aptitude test to determine to where and what they are most suited in society. The best one can be is effective and useful, regardless of what position one has in life. It is better to be a fully competent sanitation technician (janitor) than an incompetent surgeon. Incompetent is the worst any single person can be. This notion leads to many citizens -- in their quest to better themselves and thereby their society -- to undergo gene therapy and "updates" in the form of cybernetic implants.
It is also commonplace for citizens to take the name of one or another scientist or inventor from history. This can be described as a way of connecting to those in history who have worked to create or else successfully managed to make the world a better place through scientific endeavours.
The Institution is Nova's governing body. It was originally intended to be a watchdog group and meeting point for all of Nova's sectors, but quickly morphed into a permanent, dictatorial establishment. The Instution's will is Nova's will; any decisions made by the Institution are absolute and inviolable. Only the most clever and productive members of society have a chance at joining the ranks of the Instutition. Members of the Institution serve for life, or at least until they show themselves to be incompetent.
Nova spreads out over large portions of Hälsingland and north Gästrikland. Nova effectively consists of a pair of strongly fortified cities and city centers with a number of outposts in the surrounding territory. In between lies farmland and watercourses which Nova jealously protects from surrounding bandits and enemy states.
Nova: The eponymous capital. Here resides the Institution.
Atlas: Nova's largest city.
Nova's need for resources grows in tandem with its aggressive expansion. Ambitious attempts to make Nova self-sustaining have failed, and so the city remains largely dependent on commerce to keep its people fed. Nova's primary exports are factory-made equipment, medicines, batteries, and mechnical technology. Nova no longer shares its technological expertise with outsiders.
Nova compromises on foreign relations precisely as much as it needs to in order to succeed and survive.
Pansarvargarna are viewed as the primary enemies of both Nova and the Institution in the current scheme of things.
If you belive in rumors, this is what you heard!
During the last autumn the political situation start to be very tense in the state of Nova. Hard debates take place between Expansionists (Expansionisterna) and Conservatists (Konservatisterna) in the Instutionens halls and corridors. The conflict is at a political level, and there is no armed conflict and it is not even an open conflict, but there is anxiety in the air. In the greatest secret, however, the Conservatists throw plans to knock out their opponents and take control of Nova.
At 15:00 on Christmas Eve's afternoon, a number of well-coordinated attacks are made on important people belonging to the Expansionists. A number of key personnel within the Institutionen (politicians, civil servants and senior staff) are killed, injured and captured. Above all, these attacks are carried out by the Försvars Avdelningens Kommando Enhet FAKE (Defense Department Commando Unit.)
SFO is also hit hard when a traitor has sold out his colleagues and a lot of SFO´s operatives and agents are attacked and killed. SFO decides to act, hard and unreasonable. In the afternoon of the 25th, less than a day after the first attack, SFO has struck out a number of important goals and people inside Nova city. With the help of SFO, the Expansionists quickly take control of the parliament in the city. The coup in Nova is quickly turned back and SFO starts the hunt for opponents and traitors. No side has suffered any major losses, nor have there been any major battles. The public has at most heard some muffled explosions but has otherwise not noticed what has happened.
During late december to february the coup in Nova is smothered but in the big city, Atlas, the situation is different. Here, the Conseratists have a strong foothold and they keep the city under control. The population is fed with propaganda and the otherwise calm and hard working people start ta take up arms. At the same time, the Expansionists do everything they can to take over the city. The civilian population is involved and there is quickly a full civil war, the fighting in the streets is tough as both sides have a strong faith and are determined to win.
SFO participates very actively in the fighting in and around Atlas; It is also intensive in a different way than before and there are very few opportunities for rest and recovery.
The Expansionists realize that the war cannot be won with only armed forces and under the leadership of Major Kingsley, Speciella Psykologiska Operationer SPO (Special Psychological Operations) is formed. Many of the personell are recruited from SFO, primarily agents (SFA) and the undercover (SFU), but also civilian experts are included. SPO´s base is in the SFO Fortres and the psychological warfare begins.
At the beginning of the summer, the Expansionists also control Atlas, but the Conservationsits have resistance pockets that are very aactive inside and outside of the city. Atlas is a troubled and besieged city.
However, the people of Nova city do not know anything about what actually happens in Atlas, since SPO controls all information flow.
During the summer, when the situation in Atlas is stabilized, SPO's main focus changes to Stråssa instead, where the operation Förenade Stråssa will intensify.
Lieutenant Pavlov (played by Linus H) Pavlov is the guy with the peopleskills. He knows a LOT of people. He is also the closest thing to a nice guy you will find in NOVA-SFO. As of late he seems more distant, tired and emotionally turned off.
Lieutenant Koehler (played by Johan W)
Lieutenant Trotz (played by Linn-Marie)
Major Jünger (played by MH aka Carl G) Junger, the commander of NOVA-SFO. Fearless, highly effective and robot- like known not to compromise. But the civil war and the emotional awakening he was so eager to get has put a dent in his armour...
- Lieutenant Gavvi (played by Chrille Nilsson)
- Nova is both the state and capital city.
- The Institution is the government organisation boogeyman with which parents the world over scare their children.
- Citizens of Nova usually take their family names from well-known scientists of the past.
- SFO is Institutionens Special Operations Departement.