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This is inspired by a lot of Kerbal Mission Reports, and I've been wanting to create my own content for a while, but the real instigation was Angel-125's Heisenberg mod and his mission report. Then I found Plan Kappa, and I knew for sure that I wanted to do some sort of Mission Report / fictionalization of my main game save. Mod List Overview I wasn't a big fan of the existing nation maps of Kerbin, so I made my own. I've been using Kerbal Konstructs for some time, so this version of Kerbin contains Kerbinside, Kosmodrome, the BAD-T airfields, and possibly additional bits and pieces. The basic history is analogous to ours, sort-of. The Kerman Empire 2,000 years ago built roads all over the place, setting up the preconditions for truly world-wide trade. There was an equivalent to the Hanseatic League, and there was a Great War, which is sort of a combined WWI/WWII without the genocide. The sudden appearance of the monoliths brought everyone to the table to resolve their differences at least temporarily, and now there is an uneasy truce and a joint effort to explore the source of the monoliths. The general public isn't aware of the monoliths (yet). PSA - The Panarchist Space Alliance The PSA was formed at the end of the Great War to investigate the origin of the monoliths. Kerbin Kerbin at the time of this story has 22 nations - 5 major powers and 17 minor ones. Most of the national flags are from @UAL002 's awesome flag pack, but a few are my own design or adapted from materials online which are CC BY-NC licensed. (see comment below for details) The Major Powers Kermania: Kermania is an analog to Earth's Germany. Originally a loose federation of barbarian tribes in the days of the Kerman Empire, they overran and defeated that power before collapsing back into a dark age of anarky. Later, under Konstantine Kerman, the tribes consolidated into several warring nation states until Kaiser Vilhelm Kerman united them into the nation of Kermania. Kermania was a major player in the Great War - part of the Triaxial League: Kermania, Imperial Kermanovia, and Yitalia. Kermania started the war with the invasion of Polan in year -5. (Year 1939 in the old calendar) After the Great War, Kermanian scientists were instrumental in advancing rocket science to the point where manned space travel was possible. Kermanian rocket technology was pioneered during the war, and at the war's conclusion, on Year One, Day Three, Kermania launched the first orbital satellite - the first peaceful use of rocket technology, using a booster intended to launch a new weapon against the USK. South Kijani: The nation of South Kijani was originally neutral in the Great War, until Kermania invaded their territory to launch an offensive against the USK. South Kijani then sided with the USK to drive back Kermania and take the pressure off their occupation of Keltica. Union of Kerbalized Kommunist Republiks (UKKR): Formerly the Kingdom of the Kermanovs, Imperial Kermanovia became a member of the Triaxial League during the Great War and led the offensive against United Kerbdom until Kermanovian workers rose in revolt against their imperialist masters during the Red Oktober uprising. The new Kommunist state immediately sued for peace with the UK and signed a non-aggression pact which made them neutral for the remainder of the Great War. After the war, the UKKR established Area 110011, the preeminent test flight facility on Kerbin, and the KKVLA, a new radio telescope to detect signals from space. United States of Kerbin (USK): The USK was one of the Allied Powers in the Great War, and led the bulk of the fighting against Kermanian expansion. United Kerbdom (UK): United Kerbdom, in a flip of "real world" history, was originally a colony of the USK Which declared independence and established a constitutional monarchy. The Minor Powers Arabnia: The Kingdom of Arabnia has been ruled by the Al Kaud family for generations, and has been home to desert nomads and kamel farmers for far longer than that. The Kingdom appeared destined to remain a minor power until the discovery of Liquid Fuel. Exploration revealed that Arabnia contains Kerbin's largest reserves of Liquid Fuel, and the Kingdom has successfully leveraged that fact to earn a place at the table. Cratery Coast: (more detail to come) DPRK: The Demokratic People's Republik of Kerbin is a misnomer, as it is neither demokratic nor a republik. It is instead a military diktatorship established during the Kaoist Skism of 115 (Old Rekoning). The DPRK has no launch facilities of its own, but contracts with Republiko Simios for use of the facilities of Sanctuary Mouth. The Simios government has largely stepped back from the use of that facility, happy to keep the cash flowing. Goreyo: Goreyan culture is one of the oldest civilizations on Kerbin, and perhaps the least changed from its origins during the Big Split - the initial divergence of Kerbalkind from their pre-historic origins. Erryday: Erryday is known for their world-famous bobsledding team, their world-famous koffee, and their world-famous relaxed attitude. Indeed, it's amazing they ever get anything done. The nation is an island paradise, and their citizens work only an hour each day. (or as the residents say, erryday) Erryday's space program started the same way their bobsled team did - someone cracked a joke and said they'd never have one, so they went out and started one. Erryday contracts with New Batavia and the Cratery Coast to use their launch facilities at The Shelf and Hanbert Cape, respectively. Finnlund: Finnlund maintains the largest commercial fishing fleet on Kerbin. (more detail to come) Free Republik of Kerbin: The Free Republik of Kerbin split off from the USK many years ago, after the UK successfully broke away. Some of the early rebels wanted to call the new nation "Kexas", but were shouted down by those who thought there were already too many kountries with a "k" in their name. The Free Republik is a large island, and prides itself on the best beef in all of Kerbin, and was also the heart of the USK's Liquid Fuel industry before breaking away. Since becoming independent, that industry collapsed due to over-mining, and now the primary economy is beef, leather, outdoor equipment and enormous belt buckles. The Free Republik managed to stay out of the Great War, but because they wanted to - not because they were cowards. (and if you imply they are, they will give you "what for") Since the war, the FRoK keeps saying they're going to launch people into space, and that they have a great plan - the best plan ever, the highest rated plan anyone's ever seen. Rumor has it they have built a Top Secret facility in the island's interior. Hellenik Republik: The Hellenik Republik is the kradle of demokracy and the birthplace of Kerbal philosophy and science. Sokrates Kerman, Arkhimedes Kerman (before he moved to Syrakuse), Pythakoreus, Aristokle... the list goes on and on. The Republik wasn't always a republik, however - in years past it's been a kingdom, a military diktatorship, an oligarchy, matriarchy, patriarchy, a true democracy, and a libertarian dys/utopia (depending on who you ask). Every type of government has been tried, because the Helleniks are nothing if not experimental and ready to try anything. Most of the time, however, they have been a republic, though many think they are an autonomous collective. During the Great War, the Hellenik army successfully held off several Kermanian advances, and ultimately caused enough casualties that the Kermanic offensive found an easier target: South Kijani. The deciding battle was fought by 300 Kerbals under Leonidas Kerman in the battle of Kermopylae. Leonidas and his brave Kerbals all died, but the Kermanic advance was halted and several thousand Kermanians perished. The Helleniks have a small facility at Sea's End, on the inland sea. The facility is known more for its research than any real attempt at getting into space. Kanada: Kanada is another former colony of the USK, but one which was intended to be independent from the start. It was a place for every Kerbal who found the USK to be far too warm. Kanada is sometimes called the land of milk and honey, due to all the goats and the bees there. Kanada is also Kerbin's largest supplier of waffle syrup. Prior to the Great War, Kanada lost its southern province when Imperial Kermanovia expanded northward. Since the Revolution, Kanada has opened talks several times with the UKKR to get the regions around Boostershire Farms and Dundard's Edge back, but the UKKR has so far refused to hand back the land they took. Kanada has a small space program, but one of the best astronaut training centers on Kerbin - the Polar Research Center on the northern ice cap. Kanada is currently training the next crop of Kerbonauts for a mission to Duna. Celtika (or is it Keltica?): New Batavia: (more detail to come) Polan: (more detail to come) Republika de Santa Kruz: (more detail to come) Republiko Simios: (more detail to come) Skaibern Empire: The home in exile of the Kermanovs after being forced out of Kermanovia by the Oktober Revolutionaries. (more detail to come) Skotslund: Skotslund is Kerbin's airship capital, and home to all things considered strange on Kerbin - hakkis, kiltz, bagkipes, and golf. It's also home to ridiculous amounts of lifting gas, which not only got Skotslund's airship program literally off the ground, but provides hours or fun at parties when people breathe lifting gas and talk in high-pitched voices until they pass out. Yitalia: The home and birthplace of pasta, and the world's greatest shoes. Yitalians also originated lawn bowling. Yitalia was a member of the Triaxial alliance during the Great War, but when they learned that Kermania was planning to launch rockets against the USK, they defected from the alliance and claimed the Kwiss alps region of Kermania, moving troops up to capture the Messerkerman factory there. After the war, Timekeeping on Kerbin: 1 "Astronomical Unit" (AU) on Kerbin is 13,599,840,256 m (45.4 LS) Kerbin sits in a circular orbit with a 23.5° inclination respective to the ecliptic, which means Kerbin has seasons similar to those on Earth. It has a 600km radius, which is 1/10 that of Earth. Year 1, Day 1 coincidentally is the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere. (thanks to the mod "Harder Solar System" for the inclined orbit!) Sidereal Orbital Period: 9,203,545 s (426d 0h 32m 24.6s) Sidereal Rotation Period: 21,549.425 s (5h 59m 5.9s) Solar Day: 21,600 s (1d / 6h) Kerbin Year: 9,203,545 s (426d 0h 32m 24.6s) Kerbin has a "Leap" year every 12 years unless that year is divisible by 180 - but every 900 years *is* a leap year, and every 21,600 years is NOT. 1 year - 14 months of 30 days each, plus "Holiday", a 6 day intercalary month. (7 days on leap years) 1 light year (Kerbol LY) = 2,759,153,377,863.61 km 1 light year (Earth LY) = 9,460,730,472,580.8 km (3.43 Kerbol LY) Year 1, Day 1 is actually 1950.12.27 under the previous calendar, which dates back to the founding of the Kermanian Empire. It's been nearly 4,200 years since the beginning of recorded Kerbal history. Days: (5 weeks of 6 days each per month) Sunday | Munday | Dunaday | Joolday | Evesday | Sarnusday