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An unstoppable technological forces of Valentine Z - The Timeline of the Technical Advancements and Details as a whole.


Click on each panel to learn more about the Valentian tech. Credits to Synne Industries for the “Image in a Spoiler” idea. Very creative stuff. ^^

At the height of its conflict, billions of lives were lost in the conventional warfare, while any attempts to negotiate always broke down and result in a death of a diplomat. It was commented by Head Diplomat Charlene that "Anyone who stood on the international pedestal lasted 20 seconds on average. Both sides were simply unstable." This was all coupled with the fact that rebellion and splinter forces were running rampant throughout the world, and it became near-impossible to determine on whether they were organised by the government or not.

General Valentijn, in around 1986, proposed to his hometown Burmese government about Project Resolute - to build a dome that would cover part of Yangon - a capital of Burma, as well as to begin researching on terra-forming to counter the effects of a nuclear fallout should either side decided to launch all their nuclear arsenal all across Earth. His idea was dismissed as a mere flight of fancy at first, but with the increasing number of terrorist attacks and news about an impending nuclear warfare, the government decided to divert their military and resources to Valentijn's cause, and at that point of time, Myanmar secretly became an isolationist nation, quietly withdrawing all its troops to either help out with Valentijn’s cause, or to contribute to the defensive measures of the country.

The aim of Project Resolute was to ensure that every single race, language, religion, nationality, and ethnic groups survive the war, in order to ensure that the cultures from all around the world would survive the ordeal. This goal was achieved with the help of then-Chief Intelligence Jolyn, as well as Intelligence Officer Jenny, who ran covert operations to randomly pick a group of people of the specifications. The selection was justified in a sense that Project Resolute was only enough for 400.000 to 500.000 people, so saving the whole Earth is unfortunately a lost cause. Despite this, Valentijn kept an optimistic view that at the very least, the blow would be cushioned by ensuring that different cultures survive.

The dome itself was able to withstand up to 4000 direct nuclear strikes, being made and reinforced tenfold by Valentijn because he was certainly not the one to take any chances of a flawed plan killing everyone. When the nuclear missiles hit in 1998, around 100 of them hit the dome, a paltry value compared to the specified number of hits that it could take.

With the technological boom that was caused by the escalation of Cold War Era, and as well as with the fear of a possible nuclear attack, General Valentijn thought of a device that would be able to, using the matrices of data of Earth, would be able to restore the planet back to its previous state of habitation after a planetary disaster has occurred. The idea and the concept was existent, and the scientists and the friends of Valentijn that are in Project Resolute at that moment, confirmed that it was indeed feasible, but there was a slight problem; not even a quantum computer would be enough to make a dent in the sheer amount of computational power needed. One would need to scan and have something of a 3D model of the entire Earth, down to the very last atom.

However, this was made easier and a non-existent problem thanks to the introduction of Clarissa, a robot that fell upon the Valentian Earth back in 1995. With this logistics solved rather quickly, the Valentians started working on the idea as early as the end of 1995, and in the words of many, “Chasing from the phantom of nuclear strike that could happen any moment.”

Sure enough, by the time the terraforming project was completed in 1997 and tested on smaller immediate areas (that while not barraged by nuclear bombs, would be toxic due to high levels of warfare), the entire Earth was struck by thousands of nuclear payload and warheads that every single country has kept. This happened in 1998.

And the terraforming device was put to test by the end of December, 1999; after scanning the entire planet for months and months, every single person and beings that are alive would be crammed into Project Resolute, while the device did its thing. Specific instructions were put inside Clarissa in order to ignore the Dome from being destroyed along with its inhabitants, and thus the entire planet was remodelled, using the radiation and energy, as well as the atomic structures as a whole from the planet to create and assemble life of the yesteryear. The project was successful, though with a slight hiccup of changing the gravitational constant, as well as the orbit of the planet around the Sun. It was fortunate that the planet neither got closer nor further to the Sun and thus while the seasons and weathers are slightly pronounced, it was far better for the Valentians to live on a terraformed and slightly alien Earth (in terms of geography, not biology/ecology/zoology), as compared to living in a radioactive wasteland that is inhospitable for life.

Now a faithful robot wife of Valentijn, Clarissa first came into this world when her world itself became desolate in a matter of seconds, and trying to find her way around and out, ended up jumping into a portal and accidentally teleporting into the world of Valentine Z. For the Valentians, they took her as a wonderment, with her specifications off the charts and unlike anything that the Valentians have ever seen before. After quelling off the misunderstanding and hostilities out of self-defence, Clarissa explained her situation to the Valentians and from there, she grew a fondness towards Valentijn and eventually, the two got married in 2035, in what was probably the first human-robot wedding.

Given Clarissa’s specifications and the hardware that she has, as well as her willingness for the Valentian computer scientists to study her, the world of Valentine Z advanced in terms of computing technology a lot faster, as well as giving rise to the creation of Artificial Intelligence due to her dual nature of having a human mind combined with the computer mind, and the two aspects of it working effortlessly.

In 2015, the computer scientists from all across the universities of Valentine Z has developed their half-decade long joint project – Valkyrie OS (Operating System), which is slated to replace almost every single computational device on the planet. The OS recycles visual elements of Windows 7 (with just a dash of 8), Mac OS X (visual elements ranged from as far as 10.0 Cheetah to the rather recent 10.9 Mavericks) and Ubuntu, but customization is readily available and flexible. The code for the OS is mostly in C++, alongside Python and Java though to a smaller set of elements. However, it comes pre-built with native support for almost 5000+ computational languages out-of-the-box, letting the users able to code almost immediately, with purposes ranging from enthusiasts of programming, to programmers themselves, to computer scientists, amongst many other jobs that rely on computers and automation.

It started off with 5% userbase in 2015 during its experimental phase, and by the end of 2019, the OS has seen billions of free downloads, and has a 99.88962 % user base. It has seen various uses all across the world of Valentine Z, ranging from personal computer and device OS, to medical systems, to military systems, to governmental bureaucratic systems. The level of security was known to be the highest that the Valentians have ever seen, thanks to the countless hours put forth by the researchers, as well as with the help of Intelligence Officer Jenny (one of the best hackers available on Valentine Z), and Vice Foresittend Jolyn (who oversees the anti-sabotage countermeasures).

The command prompt is relatively the most vulnerable part of the OS, where upon a successful hack, would enable the user to access (and edit) every single data stored, from bank accounts of the citizens, to military secrets. However, it was protected by a 1,048,576-bit (2^20) encryption code, which changes upon an unsuccessful hack. An unsuccessful hack would also alter several elements of the hacker's computer, including but not limited to:

- Language of the OS. Reports of it changing to one of many languages among the human history, including dead or fictional languages. In one of the prototype tests, it changed into Egyptian Hieroglyphics (upon further analysis by the archaeologists, there are about 8 symbols that aren't found on any of the Egyptian artifacts). The change is permanent and irreversible, unless one has a system backup from an external hard drive.

- Wiping out exactly 41% of the files on the OS. The files wiped out varies from personal files to essential system files (think system32 on Windows). At points where most of the system files are wiped, only the aforementioned system backup can revive the computer.

- Draws 4,000 V of electricity, through means of [CLASSIFIED] from the outlet, instantly shorting out the computer beyond repair. Also results in a rather large electricity bill for the (failed) hacker.

Only the higher-ups of the government has a modified Valkyrie that could access (and even then, read-only entries) every single data available on the vast network. Still makes me wonder who adds in the data itself.

Other than the normal scientific advancements, the Valentians certainly have a taste for improvement, and would pursue towards their quality of life improvements. One such instance is the introduction of Chameleon Clothes, whereby the clothes were infused or treated with a special type of “Smart Dye” that are able to change colors and patterns on demand. That is, the user can make use of a special wardrobe that not only keeps track of the inventory of clothes that one has, but can also control the wavelengths that are either absorbed or reflected back by the fabrics of the clothes, thereby changing the color that would appear on the eyes of the external viewers. The technical and physical limitations have made it rather impossible to change the nature of the fabrics itself. Due to the complicated nature of IR remotes, amongst many other factors such as portability, feasibility, and possibilities of being hijacked, plans are only drawn so far to make the clothes only controllable from a smart wardrobe.

For instance, one can easily change the color of his blazers from blue to green by using the wardrobe’s controls, but he will not be able to change the feel and fabric of the blazer itself.

(More info to come soon!)

After years of meticulous search, the synthetic bodies, dubbed Project Vital, has been a success, with Foresittend Marcus spearheading the project. Started off in 2020 in the universities and labs of Vostrov, the idea is to retain human consciousness moments before death, and to transfer that consciousness into another body after death of the organic body. Given the nature of the subject, the citizens of Valentine Z do not have this forced on them and rather, they are allowed to live and die as they please and not be part Project Vital to extend their lifespan indefinitely.

Initially, robot parts and bodies are used in order to create these synthetic bodies, as prototypes. However, thanks to the advancements and further researches in the fields of Biology, Psychology, and to some extent, Humanities and Philosophies, a replica of the human bodies are available for production by the government facilities, promising 99.9% resemblance to an actual human body in terms of functions and chemical composition, and with an added bonus of being able to choose one’s body like they would in a video game.

The single most important difference, however, would be that these synthetic bodies have an artificial brain inside them, which has a 0.005% chance of disconnecting for a brief few seconds. Thankfully, it has not known to react with the body adversely, thanks to the non-reactive alloys and compounds used for the brain, as well as the artificial nature of the central nervous system.

How exactly this works is as follows: If the Valentian (amongst many other person) are to sign up for the project, they would be given a device at their home that would copy and backup their state of consciousness at a daily rate (or whatever rate that the citizens are content with), as well as a dead man’s switch that would be non-invasively implanted to the back of their head and their heart. While this process happens over the lifespan, the user can enjoy their normal routine of life without any interference, only with daily reminders (which they can turn off) to backup their consciousness into the mainframe. The idea of a consciousness has been a limiting factor for many years, but the Valentian scientists were able to correctly determine what makes consciousness happen, and they were able to active and deactive them as they please.

Each of the person’s consciousness was put into a temporary body in a medium-level Valentian government facility, which are deactivated until the organic body of the person fails them, i.e. heart attack, sudden death, destruction of brain, etc. This would cause the aforementioned dead man’s switch to be activated, which in turn would activate the consciousness of that particular person in the facility. From there, the person can choose the body of their liking and after half an hour of wait, they would then be transferred to the new synthetic body that guarantees 80 years of operation, with aging optional.

Given the nature of the project, the citizens are able to opt out at any time should they feel the need to go to the path of natural death, and the Valentian Government will gladly clear and erase any traces of the consciousness from the main servers. The servers are also protected with extra layer of protection in order to ensure that no one can temper with the consciousness of many.

With the availability of faster computers thanks to Clarissa and the Valkyrie OS, the Valentian scientists were able to calculate and model the universe that they live in, in order to simulate for the causes of teleportation, whereby electrons and other particles might dart in and out of existence at any given time. After crunching up the numbers, the scientists were ready for their very first test in January 2030, whereby they were able to successfully teleport a cluster of protons a distance of 2400 kilometres. Instead of reaching at the intended destination at around 8.0055 x 10-3 seconds, they arrived much faster than that, and on top of that, the experiment was between two chambers, so it was ruled out that they simply did not travel faster than the speed of light and instead, got warped from one location to another.

And in September 2030, the Valentian scientists did it again, and this time, they teleported a whole cup of a random mixture from one location to another, keeping track of the composition and making sure that the mixture was not “stolen” (teleported from somewhere else). The mixture used was 1/10 apple juice, 1/10 orange juice, 5/10 gasoline, 2/10 mercury, and 1/10 of coffee, encased in a capsule that was hermetically sealed. This mixture, along with the capsule, would later arrive in a matter of 4.0025 x 10 -4 seconds, around 20 times faster than travelling at the speed of light. The mixture was later confirmed as the exact mix that was used for the research.

In February 2031, the Valentians tested out with a live animal, and for this experiment, they have stuck to the old traditions of science and employed a monkey to be transported from one part of the world to another, i.e. a total distance of 2400 km. The test results were once again successful, though with a minor side effect for the live animals; when the monkeys were teleported to the other side of the world, they would lose consciousness for a total of 5 seconds before finally waking up. Preliminary and aftertouch tests showed that it was indeed the same consciousness. As a result of this, the age-old problem of an original being vaporised and the new version with a totally different consciousness being created, was put to a rest.

And finally in December 2031, after testing it on various animals, plants, and so on, General Valentijn and Vice Foresittend Jolyn became the very first humans to test out the teleportation chambers. They were chosen as a result of Jolyn being human, and Valentijn being human and rather large in terms of size. After being teleported to a distance of 2400 km, Valentijn and Jolyn arrived at the other side of the chamber safe and sound, except that Jolyn regained consciousness after 8 seconds, while Valentijn regained his after 14 seconds. Both were proven to be the exact original, not vaporised like the test animals and objects that were run through many times.

Teleportation chambers became commonplace in 2032, and just like the rest of the Valentian Public Transportation, the teleportation chambers were made available for free, and are put in common and populated areas. Personal teleporters were not yet researched on for the time being, given the immobile nature of the chambers, and the private nature of one’s homes.

With Teleportation technology made possible, in a twist that no Valentian thought that they would need, the scientists in Vostrov have proposed an efficient waste teleportation system whereby a one-way teleportation system could be inserted into the end of the person’s digestive system. This would eliminate the need for going to the toilet, thanks to the idea that the waste products would be teleported from the person’s colon, and straight to the sewer system. The requirement of the teleporter being one-directional was for obvious reasons, which could be summarised in one sentence: To see the backfire of the wastes of the sewers entering into a human body due to a teleportation malfunction, is beyond comprehension.

There were some clinical trials and tests on the human subjects as early as 2030, but while they proved to be effective, the prospect of having a surgery, as well as needing a battery for the teleporters to work, are the obstacles. It was even made worse by the limitation of the teleportation paths only having a 6000 kilometres leash range, meaning that the teleporter could have severed ties, for example, when the person moves away from Earth to Mars. All of these limitations have proven to be rather inconvenient, so the Valentian scientists thought of something else in return.

It all started with a proposal from Lead Ambassador Germaine, who is one of the leading scientists in fields of biology and medicine: What if instead of transporting waste, the Valentians have guts that are 100% efficient? Or at least ones that do not generate solid waste? It sounded like a disgusting situation, but after another year or two of experiments and trials, they have managed to obtain a superbacteria that lives in a symbolic relationship with a human host: ADV, which stands for Apparatus Digestorius Vector (the first two words being Latin). The bacteria, when introduced into the human digestive system, would live a life on its own, feeding on nearly all types of waste that would be found in the colon, which it will then reconvert the waste products into tasteless and odourless liquids (instead of the usual solid waste), effectively making the Valentians urinate a lot more, but no solid waste. Exactly how this process was done was classified as of now. Furthermore, the ADV superbacteria can live on for up to 8 days without food, which is slightly more than most humans can survive without food. To prevent the bacteria from digesting & eating on the intestines, they are simply encoded into their DNA not to do so. Once again, the exact details are classified by the Valentian Scientific Community.

The ADV superbacteria can be obtained through ingestion, and it works on both organic and synthetic bodies for humans. Clinical trials for animals were being tested on, but yielded no results. Nearly 99.99995% of the Valentian population has adopted the ADV into their guts without problem, accepting the scientific consensus and with the added benefit of the Valentians neither being conspiracists or anti-science.

Back in Year 2032, the space technology was more advanced than expected, and along with the economic boom and prosperity experienced by the Valentians, Valentijn approved of 1st Cpt. Angela's proposal to explore the Space Frontier, and granted her a princely sum of NSD 800 billion to start it off, with more funds to be funnelled in later as years go by. He made it clear that he would support exploration missions such as this, and that this would not be a one-time grant. Elated, Angela, with the aid of several other Valentian scientists, built their very first rocket ship, nicknamed "Stella 1," and was designated to set off from Earth, to Mars (at which Angela will walk around a little and send planet atmosphere and terrain data back to Valentine Z), then Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the great far beyond. Venus and Mercury were skipped for the time being due to the intensive heat.

With Angela fully on-board with the idea of space travel, and after refinement of space rockets, synthetic bodies, as well as making the living quarters a much better space, Valentine Z was ready to see beyond Earth. At first, Angela set off to Mars, walking a little and charting much of the planet as much as possible, followed by gathering some climate data. This was then followed by exploring other planets in the Solar System, all in the similar fashion, except for Neptune due to the hostile weather. The entire journey across the Solar System took her a total of 1 year, thanks to the fact that if gunned up, her spaceship was more than capable of FTL (Faster-Than-Light) travel thanks to a combination of the usage of tachyons (FTL particles), as well as space-warp (stretching the space behind while compressing the space in front).

After zipping back to Valentine Z to present her findings, Angela was ready to go off by 2040 to further beyond. During her travels, it was determined by Angela, Adriana, and Tiffany that they have indeed went as far as 5 billion light years away (4.73e+22 km), with her spaceship, travelling at speeds nearing 1e+20 km. They have charted nearly all the sectors of space in the radius of 3 billion light years away from space in detail, bringing in valuable data to Valentine Z, as well as an astonishing find that when one travels at FTL in Valentine Z universe, time dilation would simply tick them down to 0 (same as travelling at the speed of light), stopping them from aging altogether. It was with this fact that Angela was able to travel around without aging much.

Coming back to Valentine Z by 2042, Angela has gathered around 20,000 TB of data and images from her journey, all of them fitting nicely in a thumb-stick drive thanks to the data storage technology reverse-engineered from Clarissa. With the new astronomical (both literally and metaphorically) data now in their hands, Clarissa and the AIs of Valentine Z, along with the computers, went on a 4 month long project of stitching every single piece of data up into a human-readable form, and with it… a large and detailed Map of The Universe.

With a growing population came a growing demand for food. While GMO food products have served the Valentians well and better scientific progress has yielded better food products that mature faster, the Valentians soon realise that no amount of agriculture and rice fields are going to feed everyone, and thus they would need to look for other options. Slowing down the growth of population has worked so far, but other measures needed to be in place just so to maintain the demand, and having much more frequent produces might not be the most optimum way given the stress it will cause on the terrain.

As always, the Valentian Science Community has the answer for everyone – Organic Replicators. After years of looking into the possibility of molecular assembly and thus “replication” into the products that are common with the people around, Lead Ambassador Germaine, Foresittend Marcus, 3rd Warrant Officer Celine, and 1st Sgt. Gustav (most of the Valentian Defence Force personnel are also active scientific personnel), along with the many other Valentian scientists, have looked into the prospect of generating food from the most basic of carbon products, mainly earth/soil itself.

And thus the Organic Replicators were born. The experiments, as well as the prototypes, have shown that combining soil and water would provide the most basic menu that one could have - vegetables, and some meat products, depending on the mass of soil added into the mixture. Addition of over-the-counter vitamins also proved to be effective, significantly reducing the mass of soil that is needed, as well as producing much more exotic and fine cuisine that the people of yesteryear has enjoyed. However, soil is not always the necessary component, and inedible parts of the plants can also be used to generate edible food.

The adoption rate of this technology so far has been around 80%, with many concerns stemming over from not the nature of where the food come from, but simply because of the ramifications of depletion of soil if overly used. However, current projections from the scientists would show that Earth’s soil mass is always recycled and with the dead bodies of organic lifeforms (both plants and animals alike) providing back the needed soil, as well as with the usage of synthetic soils. Effectively, with this technology, and with the current population numbers, Earth is sustainable for as long as 200,000 years. Though, these numbers might be skewed due to the failure to account for the increasing population.

A rather bizarre but useful tech invented and perfected by Gwen Tracer Allison in order to accommodate and solve the space issue – Non-Euclidean Expansion Device (NEED, for short), is a space expander that when placed inside a room, expands out the interiors of the room, whilst keeping the exterior dimensions of the room more or less the same. This was a result of the direct inspiration by Gwen and many others after they realised that Clarissa’s brain can expand into a hyperspace above due to her computational mind. The Valentians then proposed a solution – if Clarissa can expand into a hyperspace for her data, why not the people and by extension, expand out the physical space on the material world?

This was where Gwen visited and transversed through a universe with The Foundation inside – specifically, the SCP Foundation. The Foundation was strangely trusting towards Gwen. However, due to the nature of the object (SCP-184), as well as the unwilling nature of the researchers and scientists alike there that did not want Gwen to touch it or anything of that sort, she would then study on what exactly makes it work. After all, having mastered the art of time and space throughout the omniverse, Gwen knows a few tricks up her sleeves and after seeking permission to study the object and how it works (the process of seeking permission and getting it approved took 3 months), Gwen was approved to test it on a small shed that was built for this purpose.

As predicted, Gwen threw SCP-184 into the shed and at first, there was little to no difference. However, as she observed from a rather close distance, she realised that the object was expanding out the space through possibly Non-Euclidean means. It took her a few observations before she concluded that it seemed to be some sort of space manipulation. With this knowledge in hand, and handing back SCP-184 to the researches and being searched for prohibited items on her, Gwen went back to the Valentian universe and told the Valentian Government (Valentijn, Marcus, Clarissa, Jolyn, and many more) about the nearly-magical nature of the device. They are all intrigued by it, though one question still remains: How? How are they going to achieve something that they do not have, and the only person who knew about it (i.e. Gwen) has only notes to refer to. With Gwen taking the huge chunk of the responsibility, the Valentian Science Team tried to develop an electronic device that would mimic the nature of SCP-184. At least, it was supposed to. Many experiments they have tried have resulted in failure after failure – rooms spontaneously exploding and being ripped apart, expanding way too slowly, expansions going out-of-control in a quick duration (one shed turned into a 10 km x 10 km maze), and at some point, even going as far as causing rifts and rips in space, which Gwen had to plug back in. Expanding to the 4th spatial dimension, it seems, was a rather dangerous task, and there are problems that come with it.

Eventually, since Gwen knew how exactly SCP-184 works, she volunteered herself as a maiden for the task – to volunteer to expand the entire space of every single room in Valentine Z with however space they need. This would prove to be rather tiring for Gwen given the enormous amount of rooms, but it would also prove to be rather safe, since there is no device in practice that would cause indefinite and out-of-control expansions. Gwen would cite herself as the NEED, and whenever people needs more space, she will be the one who is called. It technically works by expanding the rooms to the 4th dimension, but NEED has a nicer ring to it, even if the process is not exactly Non-Euclidean.

The space issue, it seems, was solved.