Nibiru Update #4 - Society
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I wanted to talk a bit about the socio-political landscape of Nibiru. We said before that the regions of the Skyless World (Antumbra, Penumbra and Umbra) tend to condition the kind of adventures you tell. But how is it that societies differ within each region?
On Earth, the main differences between the environments wherein civilizations rise are related to access to natural resources, climate, and distance to other civilizations. The same case applies to the station, but you also have to add to it the vast difference in resource availability between Antumbra and the lands of Penumbra and beyond, as well as the artificial gravity.
The vaults of Antumbra have pretty much all needs covered for those that make a home out of them. Coupled with the fact that vaults are nigh impossible to invade, its easy to see how the city-states of Antumbra evolved under a state of abundance. It also fostered the ideas of isolationism; why would I leave the vault if I have all my needs covered, and the world outside is not particularly welcoming?
This kind of behavior induced a sort of "Galapagos syndrome" in the Antumbran population: for a big part of their history, they grew isolated and with nil interaction between one another.
The concept of trade, which came as a response of the first contact between tribes, was more about the exchange of ideas and the curiosity for what's foreign, rather than to satisfy basic needs.
Scarcity, however, was not a thing the Antumbran peoples (called the Arku) were familiar with, until they faced Penumbra.
The great challenge that Penumbra posed to humanity was that, out there, the world stopped caring for you, and so you had to care for yourself. This was, understandably, shocking—likely to be the one of the prime reasons due to which the first forays into the Outer Reaches failed.
Within a short time, however, the Enesu (the people born and raised in Penumbra) did the switch. Humanity's numb survival instincts woke up, and the great divide between the Arku and the Enesu surfaced. A divide that surely would, in little time, breed conflict.