The Long Night
Hyoden’s population of about two million people was barely a hundredth of that ten years ago, as the station was stricken with labor shortages and poor supply lines from the inner system. Then the Fall occurred, and refugees that found a hostile reception in the inner system sought refuge in Jovian space. Not all of the refugees found the newly founded Republic’s ideology appealing; Hyoden welcomed these exiles with open arms, if not open hearts. Hyoden, formerly a humble research outpost formed by an alliance of Pacific Rim nations, was transformed into a sprawling metropolis almost overnight. Hyoden was blessed with native raw materials and the industrial base to utilize it, and many of the refugees that arrived as infomorphs were placed in synthetic morphs as soon as they were able, on the condition that they perform a three-year military service. Hyoden’s leadership remained one of the few city-states to refuse the Republic’s overtures and offers of protection. Fears of forced annexation pushed the Hyoden Settlement and Trade Committee to increasingly militarize their society and adopt a defensive posture toward the Republic.
Today, Hyoden is an independent and cosmopolitan transitional economy outpost of transhumanism. Aside from Europa, it is one of the few places to ﬁnd uplifts, AGIs, and autonomists in the otherwise bioconservative Jovian system. Under Hyoden’s new social order, all citizens (either those reaching the age of majority or those successfully applying for citizenship) are obligated to perform a six-year military term before earning the right to legally fork or have offspring. This means that almost every citizen is fully trained in combat procedures and remains armed well after their obligatory term of service expires. All citizens not in the active military are assigned a militia based on the residential district in which they live. In the event that the Junta chooses to adopt an aggressive approach, Hyoden is ready. The city itself is studded with anti-air and anti-space weaponry, and clusters of missile silos around the city imply, if not explicitly state, that Hyoden is ready to use interlunar weaponry if need be. Should the Jovian Republic come to the colony’s doorstep, Hyoden’s own military creation, the fenrir morph, stands guard. A multi-ego morph that is akin to a tank, the fenrir hosts a devastating array of weaponry and can easily take on multiple opponents at once.