Category Archives: Rekofacts

Rekofacts: Full-immersion gaming

Fully-immersive simulator games powered by the brainchip are the top form of entertainment on Rekodenz.

The majority download games, the most popular titles being MMOs and shmups, just like on 2017 Earth. The most popular MMOs routinely have over five hundred billion players from all over Rekodenz and Earth (the game is offered in Anglic, Yuniyu and Emogo in addition to Standard Rekodenza and a number of other indigenous languages) playing at any one time. The Rekodenzian movie industry is generally limited to art films (of both varieties) due to the popularity of gaming.

Simulator parlours are also popular as they enable more powerful games to be played for a small fee (usually 10,000,000 credits) per play. Some, such as in Central City Xotopane where there are believed to be over fifty thousand, are so popular that queues can stretch for over a mile outside and patrons are restricted to three plays or thirty minutes per session. A reason for this popularity is that many outlets offer physical prizes for points collected while playing, ranging from keyrings and candy to penthouse apartments.

Regardless of the context, I see this being the future of gaming.

Rekodenz self Q&A

In the name of fun…

Do Rekodenzians grow facial hair, being unigender and all?

Yes, all Rekodenzians are capable of growing facial hair. In Rema, the place of greatest human influence, it is considered proper to shave although facial hair does have waves of popularity.

 

Is is acceptable to refer to all Rekodenzians as “Rekodenzians”?

Of course! Every planetary citizen- fullblood, halfblood or human- is a Rekodenzian! Some non-Remans do have a problem with Earthers using the term to refer exclusively to Remans, considering it to be making their status as such invisible.

 

How long does it take to get from Rekodenz to Earth, and vice versa?

By teleport, the most common mode, it takes no time. The original human voyage to the planet took two hundred and eighteen years, almost constantly travelling at the speed of light. Now travel can take less than a week by ship due to the teleport gates, located behind planetary moons to enable astronomical observation.

 

How do Rekodenzians go to the toilet?

*sigh* I hate half term…

 

Do you have any more questions about Rekodenz? Drop me a line.

Rekodenz ethnography- the “fullbloods”

The people often referred to as “fullbloods” are the thousands of interrelated species of little to no human descent. These people are the majority on every continent except for the subcontinent of Rema, where “halfbloods”-  a mix of the blood of indigenous Remans and humans- are the majority especially in the capital of Xotopane.

Especially in Rema and other halfblood/human majority areas, the fullbloods often feel they are underrepresentated in politics and the media. The Xotopane-based Rekodenz Diet has tried to address this, most recently by having a quota of people representing “ethnic parties”- mostly fullblood- in both local and general elections unless this number is too small. While largely praised, it has also been criticised for allowing the pan-Rekodenz fullblood supremacists the Unification Party to flourish. Several other regional Diets have also enacted similar species quotas, with similar results. The first fullblood Prime Minister was Tamz Vzizo of Vwmekkng, Krngu in the 204th Diet, but only ten more fullbloods have been elected to the position since.

Species are extremely diverse, but all can interbreed. In fact, several species legally classed as “fullblood” were originally mixtures of two or more species. These include the Narraks of northern Rema (Scrublander and Gerrok) and the Yxes of Smxru (Xroxi and Harrup).

To be added to on a later date.

Addendum 2 of the UP’s reign of terror- the Preservation of Tradition Act

After taking over the Scrublands Diet, the Unification Party enacted the “Preservation of Tradition Act”, banning all airgraph and Rekonet access within the Scrublands. This was done under, as the name implied, the pretense of preserving traditional ways, but many commentators both inside and outside of the Scrublands saw it as something different.

Anonymous Scrublands-based blogger Scrublands Wizard thought of it as a way to dissimate only approved opinions. Kaaroze Wvanniky, a Scrublands Diet and UP member, disagreed with it on the grounds that “enemy parties” could cross the border undetected as news was carried by runners and likely could not reach the nearest Peacemakers for days. Se was removed from ses seat and sentenced to death, but escaped and is presently in exile on the Isle of Drikkavon near the North Pole, where se blogs about ses experiences of being ex-UP.

A survey taken by an independent thinktank suggested that 83 percent of urban Scrublanders “strongly disagreed” with the Act, another twelve percent merely “disagreeing” and only two percent “agreeing” or “strongly agreeing”. 96% of these urban Scrublanders also said they used banned technology or knew somebody who did, not surprising given the well-documented prevalence of this technology in the cities.

When the UP fell, several acts were immediately repealed by the reformed Scrublands Diet, including this. And there was much rejoicing.

Addendum- Scrublanders claiming to be or of human descent who were not stripped of tribal status by the UP

A small group of people inhabiting several villages of Raxo ethnicity in the Midscrublands are said to be descended from an Irishman called Cormac O’Connor. Ohkommaa is a common surname in the region and the local dialect is heavily influenced by his language, he being one of the last few near-monolingual Irish speakers.

The powerful Pescori family of Xwupet escaped the UP’s decree by openly claiming that one of their ancestors had “humanised” ses name so that people could pronounce it while se was working on Earth. However, all evidence points towards this ancestor being Giovanni Pescori, born of full human blood in Modena, Europe.

The family of Deputy Prime Minister of the Scrublands Diet Maake Romorazoma were descended from a human by the name of Ranjit Thompson from the Independent State of Texas.

The chiefly family of the Xerik people claim to be of pure Xerik lineage, but recently genealogists have uncovered intermarriage not only with the neighbouring Ariks but with humans. The name Xmottrek is believed to be a Xerikisation of the human name Modrich. A Fatimah Modrich from Osaka is recorded as having lived amongst the Xeriks twenty years after human arrival.

And finally, genetic studies have confirmed that there are very few “true” fullbloods, the average indigenous person of the Scrublands having anywhere from 1.3% to 5.1% human blood. Within the cities, this figure rises to an average of over ten percent. While these people would likely have passed the seven-eighths test, this study shows that genetic preservation efforts were already futile at the time of the UP.

The human-descended families stripped of tribal membership by the UP

When the Unification Party took over the Scrublands, they imposed strict blood quantums on the locals to ensure “purity”. All people of fewer than seven-eighths “fullblood” ancestry were to be stripped of any tribal membership and banned from mixing with “true fullbloods”. Those in relationships with “true fullbloods” were asked to break up. In addition, some notable families with a tradition of human descent, even if officially “true fullbloods” had their memberships revoked. These are:

The Smith family, notable for producing many chiefs of the Haktae tribe

The Xmuni family, including then-Rekodenz Finance Minister Harrett

The Flood family, descendents of Lord Melvin Flood-Anderson, the Duke of Berwick and ninety-fifth in line to the British throne

The Kamars, including popular singer Vell Kamar (who had a halfblood parent so was stripped of ses tribal membership anyway)

The Xabwaris, the chiefly family of the Xeraka, who presented as and were genetically halfbloods but were legally fullbloods under several Acts

The Taylors, including then-Member of the Diet for Xwukkebaame West Kwekke

Members of all these families mounted a legal challenge against the UP, but lost due to the pro-UP government of the time. They regained their tribal status almost as soon as the UP were defeated and ownership of the Scrublands was transferred back to the tribal councils.

Rekodenz broadcasting part 1: Xotopane and surrounding areas

Xotopane is the home of the lion’s share of channels on Rekodenz, the majority controlled by the “Big Three” of Xotopane Broadcasting Corporation, Rekodenz Broadcasting Corporation and the Xotopane Broadcasting Service.

The XBC family has the highest combined viewing figures in the city. Its flagship, XBC 1, broadcasts general entertainment, and XBC2 shows special interest programmes such as documentaries. XBC3 is more youth-oriented and XBC4 specialising in programming for Xotopane’s ever-growing linguistic and ethnic minorities. XBC News is the most widely-watched news network on the entire planet and XBC Sports does exactly what it says on the tin, showing sports news when there is not a hoverball game or a racing tournament to be broadcast.

RBC is the state broadcaster, funded by a viewing licence, whose ratings in Xotopane suffer due to a reputation of being a bit “stuffy”. The local affiliates were Xotopane North and Xotopane South, recently merged as part of the Corporation’s remit to cut back on local broadcasting within the area. This remit wasn’t recieved too well by many viewers, which did nothing to improve their viewership. In addition to RBC 1 and 2, they also have a news channel and “RBClassic”, showing vintage progamming all day.

XBS shows “niche” programming that wouldn’t get a place on RBC or XBC, as well as multilingual programming and Earth imports. They are one of the few major broadcasters to operate a pornography channel, XBSex broadcasting 24/7 with a subscription needed.

To be edited in further detail as time goes on.