Special Thanks to the following individuals for their help and/or inspiration:
Cliffski (for the original game)
I’m not dead! See?! Hah!
I give the GSB community version 0.2 of the “Uglies!”
What to expect(aka Changelog):
Rebalance of weapon modules. Darn it…I forgot what I did though. In the next release I’ll document the changes! Promise!!
Uglies Build V0.1 (April 3rd, 2012)
“Chop Shop” Parts Packs (April 18th, 2012)
Mac: Ship Parts 1
Mac: Turret Parts
PC: PC Pack
[size=150]The Uglies[/size] (Reformatted for the GSB Universe)
The “Uglies” are an ever-growing movement of like-minded individuals from across the GSB universe representing almost all forms of life and allegiance. In the GSB universe’s constant state of warfare, these individuals have begun the fight against the general governmental trend of silencing and discrimination of the rights of against the public.
The Uglies, in the past, before the wars and becoming more militant, were a relatively small band of ship fabricators/“hot rodders” that enjoyed breaking apart military and civilian vessels and redesigning them from the ground up by combining parts for greater aesthetic and/or efficiency purposes, modifying weapons and flight control systems to work on non-native ships, and calculating fire control and power regulation algorithms for cross-race weapons installation.
The Uglies, as a militant movement, has roots within human controlled Rebel and Tribe space but has expanded to include membership in the Federation, Alliance, Empire, Order, and Nomads. The only races that don’t have active members are Swarm and Parasite.
The sparks that allowed for the creation of such protest against lawmakers was the loss of freedoms for the public. While earlier acts of law created militant organizations like the Rebels and the Tribe it was not until the passage of the following that caused the Uglies to push into the fray and become not only an alternative, “against the grain” group of ship modders, but an ARMED alternative group of ship modders:
(COA) Communication Observation Act
- Allows Federation government to survey outgoing communications of citizens to other political entities.
- Blocks communications and digital networking capabilities of certain individuals without consent or due process through algorithmic calculation of “risk.” A quantifiable assessment for such “risk” is not clear in the legislation.
(MSA) Mercantilism Securities Act
- Requires merchants to purchase only from Federation owned manufacturers.
- Requires non-Federation merchants to register with government for surveillance.
(D466) Doctrine 466 – Online Sharing Ban
- Prohibits online information from being shared on non-Empire controlled servers.
- Bans Imperial subjects from viewing content outside of Empire controlled servers.
- Punishes caught individuals with jail time and a fine.
(6LSEA) 6-Legged Security of Exports Act
- Forbade the movement of Alliance goods into other political regions of the universe (therefore hurting businesses).
- Required Alliance citizens traveling to other systems within Alliance controlled space to pay tariff fees as tourism became considered a taxable “import/export” commodity.
(HIIA) Hive Information Inoculation Act
- Requires all Alliance citizens to link with their hive minds at required intervals for “security of hive from internal espionage.”
- Penalty for not meeting required deadlines or refusal is “mental subjugation” (hive mind “stores” thinking functions permanently).
(99SRS) Order 99: Security of Religious Sacraments
- Order citizens are prohibited from sharing religious views on online mediums.
- No basis for definition of “sharing religious views” in text.
- Punishment can range from blocking of network access to execution.
- Individuals have been reported convicted of non-“religious” sharing of information that are subject to fine.
(100TE) Order 100: Trade Embargo
- Severely limits trade except for SPECIFIC, high value, goods (seemingly targeting the bourgeois)
(101AI) Order 101: Agricultural Initiative
- Order also promotes the expansion of Order agricultural bases requiring certain groups along the Order’s socio-economic ladder to take up farming for the Gods.
(AOSD) Anti-Online Settlement Decree
- The elders banned the use of online sites that require membership to access content as the “digital footprint” created is a form of “settlement” and makes it easier for enemies of the Nomads to discover where the fleet is.
- Punishment for rule breakers is banishment from the fleet.
Since the passage of the aforementioned governmental legislation, membership in the Uglies movement has grown exponentially as more and more citizens, fed up with government encroachment on their rights, join the cause lending their knowledge to help better the cause of freedom of information, social networking, collaboration, and trade.
Government opposition to the movement has been extraordinarily harsh for members of especially the Order, Nomads, and Alliance. Numerous “Uglies” members have since become martyrs for the cause of freedom from oppressive government regulation and surveillance.
As the people realize they have more power than once thought, the Uglies will grow. The Uglies want law makers to realize that they cannot repress the masses with the expectation of complacency for long. If the governments do not change the way they manage their peoples, will revolution occur at the worst possible time?