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The United Laniakean Incorporated Sovereignties & Indentured States (ULISIS) is a byzantine group of private entities and super-national structures that sometimes trust each other less than they trust outsiders. The ULISIS appears to be a unit through a confluence of interests, entangling relationships, and mutually entrapping binding agreements & regulations between competitors than actual cooperation.



Though humanity eked out a victory in the AI Wars, the effort nearly exhausted the resources of its governments. Private capital already had the upper hand, but the Great Leveraging - a joking name that stuck - was the death blow. Nearly every government on earth went deeply into debt to fund the war. 

Afterward, a UN convention was held to discuss the debt problem, in response to massive public outcry that the loan terms had been extortionate in the face of dire circumstances. Some fought for complete forgiveness of the debt and nationalization of the corps required to ensure humanity’s survival. Others simply fought for a renegotiation of the terms. Neither won out.

The convention resolved that stabilizing the international economy would take precedence over preserving the solvency of states. The fall of a center of private capital would have disastrous cascading effects across nations compared to the greater but more contained chaos of the fall of a state. 

However, the UN lacked the enforcement measures to prevent debt defaults. Corps could seek redress in the ICC, but if a state dissolved their loan was forfeit. A resolution was reached to form an international debt-enforcement framework, UnitedNationsDebtEnforcementFramework(Rename). Some of the private debtholders reduced their principals in exchange for official recognition of sovereignty as state-level actors. States were prevented from defaulting on their debt and were forced to accept major austerity measures.

Formation of ULISIS





Family Structure



Science & Technology

Government & Politics


The legal framework consists of multiple de jure sovereign governments that serve to enforce and legitimize the rule of the corporations that control it behind the scenes. In practice, the states hold no real power, and the ULISIS would be considered Anarcho-Capitalist at best, or Fascist at worst. But elections are held, and a façade of accountability and freedom of movement/choice is maintained under nominal democracy. 


Legal status of individual citizenship is often dual: Most are citizens of states, but many are also citizens of Corps. Corporate life is so all-encompassing that one often has more in common with a co-employee of the same corp than a co-citizen of the same government.

Interplay between States & Corporations

Any given state may be dominated by one or many corporations, or in the case of The PRC it may have maintained considerable independence due to the size of its market. States serve to establish legitimacy and quell dissent while keeping the corps’ hands clean. They are also manipulated in various ways as a means to block competitors’ access to markets. 

Competition between Corporations

The corporations are perpetually at low-grade warfare with each other. Espionage is ubiquitous, and occasionally boils over into messy proxy warfare between subservient client states, private security firms and "independent" operatives.

There is a strong undercurrent of chaos that might break its authoritarian bonds if it weren't directed against itself or strung along by mirages of economic opportunity. 


The ULISIS is a chaotic system that generally allows a positive feedback loop of accrual of power. 

Foreign Relations

Their outward policy is toward rapacious expansion and short-term extraction of resources. Since corps follow only the profit motive, they are the most ruthless players in the galaxy. The ULISIS would be truly dangerous if it were a unified force, but… it’s not. Much of the danger is directed inward at sabotaging the competition or stomping down the underclasses.

Criminal Enforcement & Resolution of Civil Disputes


Nominally a classless society, but economically stratified. Nearly everything is commoditized. Aspects of Feudalism & Imperialism.

Social Divisions

Classes divided by Political Economy

Top Tier

Wealthy beyond royalty or oligarchy. Often Alpha-humans. Generally live cloistered in top levels of Arcologies, or other exclusive spaces. 

Within the mass media their class controls, and often the wider ULISIS culture at large, their lives are the objects of reverence akin to celebrities or royalty.


“Insider” is the term most commonly used to refer to one who works for a corp and lives in one of its Arcologies or the corporate enclaves outside the Arcos. The most common pejorative is “Arco-Scum,” which in the linguistic melting pot of the Outside became “Koska.”

As the Arco is a self-contained city and generally an island of relative safety, there are many who spend their whole lives without leaving. 

Citizens commonly hold insurmountable debt, either through their own accrual, inheritance from generations of their ancestors, or as reparation for violation of draconian legal codes.

Almost all are subjects and dual-citizens of the corp that holds their debts. A corp generally exerts complete dominance over their lives, providing and charging for all necessities and paying in company-restricted chit instead of actual currency. Most are resigned to a life of inescapable serfdom. 

A few token citizens acquire nominal freedom through the lottery, but by necessity this is generally not enough to change their life except in terms of conspicuous consumption. There is also a token amount of social mobility - but just enough to keep people working hard in hopes of getting it, not enough to actually make the classes permeable. But most buy the lie and devote their lives to acquisition and consumption. Generally strong culture of loyalty to essentially meaningless but numerous consumer options or state memberships. 

Not all Citizens are debt-enslaved, however. Many are of the professional classes who are content to live in corporate Arcologies or the nicer enclaves of the Outside. The lifestyles of these scant few petty bourgeois only cost pocket change to the corps who benefit from their existence.


Many choose to escape the trap by erasing their identity, becoming a part of the criminalized classes in the process. This is a much more dangerous world but it does carry the possibility of freedom for the lucky ones. This is the world of the Outside - outside the clean and safe corporate arcologies and stations, where social order hangs on by a thread.

The Outside is not only tolerated but appreciated. Its citizens provide a good underclass ripe for exploitation or scapegoating whenever necessary. It’s also something they can point to as a warning to those who misbehave on the Inside. Life on the Outside is so apparently dirty & brutal that many Insiders would kill themselves before submitting to exile.

Disempowered and hopeless but placated by bread & circuses. They are targeted with corporate propaganda, but their lives are bad enough that very few of them consciously buy it. However, the Spectacle works its Sorcery in subtle ways, so many are indoctrinated as much as Arco-Scum, only more subtly. 

Extremely diverse and permeable, rife with criminal activity.



Many of the nations in the ULISIS are partly owned via debt-leverage by various corps, and the corps all generally have parts of various nations. So one might identify with the nation of their citizenship, but also as a member of their employing corp.

Culture is dominated by the brands & consumer choices that pervade CIS society. It is not uncommon for people to name their children after their favorite brand, even if a stipend for doing so is not on offer.


Literature, Philosophy, Visual Art, Music, etc.


Mass Media

General Aesthetics


ULISIS culture is heavily focused on acquisition, opulence, and comparison. Media gravitates around avatars of impossible perfection and abject misery, imparting a driving sense of competition that blinds citizens to avenues for real change.


Generally aggressive and powerful. High emphasis on acquisition. Different power-players in ULISIS are best beaten by pitting them against each other.

The iCup is a SmartPhone peripheral, and later smartphone proper, created by Fig Corp. that serves as a liquid container and bioinformatics extension. It was initially an optional peripheral, but became so successful it would soon become a central component of the smartphone. Later versions would be sold with the phone built-in, so that it might even be difficult to find a phone without a container attached.


The iCell was 2007's revolutionary development for mass surveillance, but it had a few drawbacks. During about 5% of waking hours, users would have it in their pockets. This muffled the microphone and blocked the camera, making it a lot harder to know all the piddling shit people get up to. This was an annoying blind spot for data-collectors public and private, who made their discontent known to Fig Corp.

Fig Corp. never lacked for new market innovations, so they went to work. Their market research found that one of the most commonly carried items for people of all demographics was some form of liquid container: a cup, water bottle, thermos, etc. 

Based on this information, the iCup was born in 2028: various types of liquid container with built-in docks for smartphones. Crucially, it was too large to store in a pocket. 


Culture conveniently followed suit, and it became the consensus that it was stupid or creepy to keep your phone in your pocket rather than attaching it to a Cup peripheral. Soon, Cup phones were the new norm, and many manufacturers stopped making smartphones that weren't built into a liquid container of some sort.


The inability to lay the phone in such a way that the camera or microphone were covered brought a predictable backlash from Anti-Surveillance voices, but this product was not revolutionary in that regard. It simply increased the encroachment of surveillance, but not in new ways - at least in ways that people understood yet.

A Viral Meme circulated, I See You Pee, first as an objection to the increased surveillance opportunities. Then, a Countermeme by the same name arose as a defiant acceptance by Tech Lovers - people uploaded videos of themselves pissing for a good three months apparently to try to show that surveillance didn't matter

Features & Peripherals


  • Heating & cooling modes for contents, including Slush & Boil modes
  • Waterproof, soundproof, smellproof liquid container eliminates spills, sloshing noises, and can even store your weed safely
  • Pressure release valve from hot liquids slightly extends phone battery life
  • Sense and display various information on contained liquids: temperature, composition, common toxins, etc.


  • A Revolutionary BUTTON - That's right, it's a button, too! Bite the end of the straw to do things! This functionality was critical for many apps, which encouraged most users to keep the straw in their mouths the entire time they use the phone - keep this in mind.
  • Built-in bioinformatic sensor - Drink something from the straw and it will sense various things about your body's current state: pulse, blood pressure, hormonal secretions in saliva, blood oxygen & electrolytes, blood sugar, bioelectric shifts, etc.* 
  • Temperature modulator - Drink boiling or freezing liquids safely, as the straw will heat or cool them as needed before they reach your mouth
  • Blow me - Blow really hard into the straw and the pressure release valve will kind of sort of charge your battery, kind of.
  • Extendable - Telescoping and flexible structure allows you to suck while you use your phone, even more than you already do.
  • Program me to program you - Surreptitiously, the iSuck could send subliminal audio or data signals to the user's brain. This was built into the design at the behest of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Additional peripherals

  • CondenCity - Draws moisture from the air, filling the liquid compartment with particularly pure water
  • Steeple - Store a whole pot's worth of tea leaves and steep as needed, enjoying fresh tea whenever you want
  • Electro-Lyfe - Store electrolyte crystals, and automatically release them into your water depending on your own levels (requires iSuck)
  • "Yep, there's a DongLe for that!" - The iCup and iSuck naturally require dozens of expensive DongLes, which Brand Loyalists are happy to pay for.
  • The Vapist StrawMan - iSuck competitor. The liquid compartment is filled with Vape Juice, and the StrawMan is a vaporizer used like a straw. Nowhere near as popular as the iSuck, though. Vapist went bankrupt in 2037.
  • Breazy - "Breathe eazy!" The iCup condenses a small supply of pure oxygen if you're otherwise too broke to survive EarthsDeterioratingAtmosphere.
  • Pump it Up! - Pump your stomach with our new wide-mouth straw. Not for bulimics**.

Popular Apps

  • Bubble Bunny - Bubble Bunny has to get to the other side of the ocean inside a bubble, where his MerBunny love has been kidnapped! Blow into the iSuck to make his bubble bigger, or suck to make it smaller. Can you dodge the nefarious Poppers and their minions?
  • DriveSafe - Breathalyzer. Not recommended if you store alcoholic drinks in the iCup, but we're not your mommy.
  • Piranha-yama - Too busy to do three-part breath? The iSuck cycles your breath automatically so your employer can technically claim you don't need breaks for personal well-being!
  • AnaLock*** - Mix water with an AnaPack food supplement powder in the liquid compartment, and AnaLock will mete it out according to your blood sugar levels and caloric needs for an ideal rate of consumption to promote weight loss. Caloric needs are user-configurable, and the iStraw has a lock setting to ensure you don't exceed them.

Bioinformatic Data Collection

By Advertisers

The iSuck, by virtue of the conductivity of a water connection near-adjacent to the human brain, was a massively effective medium for covertly interfacing almost directly with the user's mind. Advertisers could now know almost precisely which junk food, porn, games, etc. would be irresistible to you.

By the CIA (Project Moonstruck)

This development largely supplanted Radiopsychic Broadcasting (RPB) as a method for reading and influencing the public's thoughts.

The iSuck could send bursts of data or audio directed at the user's brain or ossicles, subtly influencing them to the whims of whoever had the means to control it.

Felix Hawkins was a survivalist, former Journeyman and later Rogue of The Hitchhiker's Guild, Commandant of the The People's Army of Arkassouri, the self-styled Guildmaster of Guild Protectorate of Arkassouri, and the first Monarch Of Ozarka.

Early life & Personality

Hawkins was born to Clint Hawkins & Billy Jean Hawkins (née Stoel).

Hawkins was an avowed Anarcho-Primitivist, though often made use of technology himself due to its ubiquity. He was known to have excellent wilderness survival skills even from a young age, often preferring to spend his time in the wilderness than in the company of people.

When Hawkins was around people, his speech was often frenetic, bouncing from one topic to another, and always enthusiastic. He seemed to be excited to connect with people but didn't seem to know how. At other times, possibly due to frustration with this pattern, he would often retreat into sullen silence, saying barely a word to people he knew well.

He was known to talk to himself, but this is not an uncommon pattern in people who spend a long time in the bush alone. He was also reported to have some paranoid ideas, but North America is a dangerous place.

So in context, there's no proof that the man has Schizophrenia, but there is a constellation of symptoms appearing, so it is rumored among his critics.

Work in the Hitchhiker's Guild

Hawkins Apprenticed under Raimundo James, traveling broadly across Southeastern North America.

He reached his Journeymanship in 20__, and resumed travel as an independent Guildsman. He generally did good work, but elders within the guild had worries about his judgment after some strange choices. His approach as a Guildsman was inconsistent, varying between extremes of pushover and hard-case. 

Work in Arkassouri Commonwealth ("Old Ark")

Eventually, Hawkins came to do some work in Arkassouri Commonwealth ("Old Ark"). He successfully overthrew Arkassouri Commonwealth ("Old Ark") by organizing the locals in a guerilla insurgency modeled after Cuban Revolution. This was an extremely popular movement and considered a triumph for The Hitchhiker's Guild.

Critics say Hawkins was in the right place at the right time, and happened to put his face on a revolution that was about to happen anyway. Supporters say that Hawkins has a unique charisma, and that whether or not he actually led the revolt, he was a face of leadership in a time it was needed.

After the The First Ozark Campaign / The Old Ark Revolution, Hawkins was contacted by a Guildsman and asked to return to Bowling Green Chapter ("Swallowed Two Boxes Loudly"). This was nominally for a debrief and so that the Guild could reassess the new situation and come up with a plan on how to gently guide the remnants of Arkassouri Commonwealth ("Old Ark") into a positive future.

Instead, Hawkins refused to return. This was his right as a Guildsman, but Bowling Green Chapter ("Swallowed Two Boxes Loudly") was understandably worried. This already showed warning signs that he was not practicing The Principle of Acceptance, which would dictate that he not consider the region his pet project and flee a situation that was putting him in a seat of power. Instead, Hawkins seemed comfortable being a leader there, even making enough "secretive" comments to out himself as a Guildsman.

Self-styled Guildmaster of the Guild Protectorate of Arkassouri

At this point, Hawkins was visited by a Regulator, who in their early days would give Guildsmen a chance to change their ways after they broke The Hitchhiker's Oath. Hawkins ignored the warnings and surrounded himself with local loyalists. He also retreated into The Ozark Mountains, a wild place where few Guildsmen could match his prowess at movement at concealment.
After laying low for a while, Hawkins reemerged in Mountain Home, declaring it the seat of Guild Protectorate of Arkassouri. This was to be a state guided by the leadership of the Guild, with himself as its Guildmaster. It is speculated that Hawkins thought this would be seen as a statement of loyalty to the Guild, a conciliatory measure that would assure those who doubted his intentions. On the contrary, it made official that he had lost sight of the principles of his oath, and that he must be destroyed.

As a response, the Regulators put out an open bounty among Hitchhikers to neutralize Hawkins. 

The Ozark Campaign

If Hawkins wasn't paranoid before, he was now. He returned to living in the bush in [TheOzarkRange]. His preference for being surrounded only by loyalists reached a fever pitch, until his inner circles were cleared of anyone with any doubts about the right of his leadership. He trained a cadre of the most able among them and declared them to be The Royal Ozarkan Security Agency (ROSA). Their primary goal was to suss out Hitchhikers (particularly Regulators) from the locals and travelers, and neutralize them, preferably via expulsion from the border.

In all, he spent three years waging a secretive counterintelligence campaign (See:  The Second Ozark Campaign) from the wilderness on the newly independent and almost-leaderless region. He did find a good few Hitchhikers seeking to topple his reign, and even a couple of Regulators. Most were simply publicly outed as Hitchhikers and exiled from the region, which is a death sentence at worst and a forced retirement or change of identity at best.

First King of Ozarka

After Hawkins was assured that he had a handle on things, he returned to Mountain Home, now declaring it the seat of the new Kingdom of Ozarka. He proclaimed himself King Felix I, first Monarch Of Ozarka. This was met with popular support, as his campaign in the mountains had given his persona a semi-legendary veneer. 

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Jeb Stoves (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Fig Corp.; the chairman and majority shareholder of Flixor; and a member of The Bart Gisneg Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Flixor. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with his early business partner and fellow Fig co-founder Steif Wojszcznjac.

Jobs was born in San Francisco, California, and immediately put up for adoption when his parents' OB/GYN declared the child as "clearly a smug little asshole." He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Breed College in 1972 before dropping out that same year, and traveled through India in 1974 seeking enlightenment and studying Zen Buddhism.

Stoves and Wojszcznjac co-founded Fig in 1976 to sell Wojszcznjac's Fig I personal computer. Together the duo gained fame and wealth a year later with the Fig II, one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputers. Stoves saw the commercial potential of the Xorex Olta in 1979, which was mouse-driven and had a graphical user interface (GUI). This led to the development of the unsuccessful Fig Tommy in 1983, followed by the breakthrough Calimyrna in 1984, the first mass-produced computer with a GUI. Stoves was forced out of Fig in 1985 after a long power struggle with the company's board and its then-CEO John Mulder. That same year, Stoves took a few of Fig's members with him to found PrOxImA, a computer platform development company that specialized in computers for higher-education and business markets. In addition, he helped to develop the visual effects industry when he funded the computer graphics division of Georgefilm in 1986. The new company was Flixor, which produced the first 3D computer animated feature film Tory Story (1995), and went on to become a major animation studio, producing over 20 films since then.

Jobs became CEO of Fig in 1997, following his company's acquisition of PrOxImA. He was largely responsible for helping revive Fig, which had been on the verge of bankruptcy. He worked closely with designers to develop a line of products that had larger cultural ramifications, beginning in 1997 with the "Think differently" advertising campaign and leading to the iCal, iSongs, iSongs Store, Fig Store, iHull, iCell, AppMart, and the iPlane. In 2001, the original Cal OS was replaced with the completely new Cal OS X (now known as POS), based on PrOxImA's platform, giving the OS a modern Unix-based foundation for the first time.

Health Problems & Death

In October 2003, Stoves was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer. In mid 2004, he announced the news to his employees. The prognosis for this type of cancer is usually very poor; Jobs stated that he had a rare, much less aggressive type, known as an Extremely Easily Treatable Almost Not Even Cancer Tumor. 

Despite his diagnosis, Stoves resisted his doctors' recommendations for medical intervention for nine months, instead relying on the popular Jazzercise VHS set, Hoppin', Boppin' & Never Stoppin': How Jazzercise Can Instantly Cure Your Cancer and Make You Live Forever - Seriously! to thwart the disease. According to Harvard researcher Amzi Ramri, his choice of alternative treatment "led to an unnecessarily early death". Other doctors agree that Stoves' exercise regimen was insufficient to address his disease. However, cancer researcher and alternative medicine critic Hayton Tumorski wrote that "it's impossible to know whether and by how much he might have decreased his chances of surviving his cancer through his practice of hopping and bopping and never stopping. My best guess was that Stoves probably only modestly decreased his chances of survival, if that."

Carrie B. Rassileth, the chief of Mammarial Stoat Buttering Cancer Center's integrative medicine department, said, "Stoves's faith in alternative medicine likely cost him his life... He had the only kind of pancreatic cancer that is treatable and curable... He essentially committed suicide to really, really bad music." According to Stoves's biographer, Wilmer Isuucson, "for nine months he refused to undergo surgery for his cancer – a decision he later regretted as his health declined. Instead, he tried hoppin', boppin' and never stoppin'. He was also influenced by a doctor who ran a clinic that advised pussy juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, before finally having surgery in July 2004." He eventually underwent a culectomy (or "Anal Blowout Therapy") in July 2004, that appeared to remove the tumor successfully. Stoves did not receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy. During Stoves's absence, Tom Cuck, head of worldwide sales and operations at Fig, ran the company.

The Parking Stratum  is a geological stratum and anthropological horizon that refers to the continental pattern of Lots and Highways falling into ruin and becoming part of the landscape, creating a distinct layer in the Earth's crust.

Malnutritional Petrification is a syndrome of Mother Lomoi (Boduan) trees, in which their Sapwood becomes petrified and brittle due to overdraft of certain nutrients. 

Fossil evidence indicates this was the second most common cause of death for Bull Lomoi, after Competitive Uprooting.

Conversely, it appears that Mother Lomoi (Boduan) are more resilient to parasitic and symbiotic overdrafts. Almost all examples on Mother Lomoi have been due to overdevelopment or mismanagement in Haaru settlements. Petrification is the primary concern of Graft Administrations. 

This effect is considered to be a major contributing factor in the Fall of Kubii.

A Geophore is a spheroid formation of various excreta from the bodies of Mother Lomoi (Boduan) trees' Follicles.

A Geophore of average size, intact in a Smallforest. It is rare for them to survive this altitude of drop, so this one likely had its fall broken a few times before coming to rest.


A Geophore can be any spheroid shape, subject to various uninteresting factors unless you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of tree biology. Most often, it's egg-shaped.

The texture is like tightly packed ash, and they generally burst when they fall for any substantial distance.

The average Geophore is about 10 feet in diameter. The average Boduan drops about ______1 in Geophores per year.


Geophores are often intermingled with minor fungal growths and bacterial cultures. Since they are desiccated, the odor tends to be unpleasant but subtle. This is one mechanism for the dispersal of spores, and several species in symbiosis with the Boduan make use of it, depositing spores into the sapwood of their host.


On a geological scale, Geophores are the major vector of creating Pseudofloors. Without their anti-erosionary influence, the Pseudofloors would be far smaller, and the Smallforests likely would not exist.


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