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More from RP: I make a beetle that makes you think your door is on fire

Research regarding the nature of the Shanul Beetle. Research conducted by Cornelia Suitor, Jethro Poole, and Senara Nichols, with assistance from Awen Herly between the days of April 11th,2020, and June 13th, 2020. Report by Cornelia Suitor, Senior Researcher at the Carner Institute of Auberton. Awaits review from Principle Researcher.
The Shanul Beetle is a member of the Brachininae sub-family and is closely related to the Bombardier Beetle. However, where they split away is in what they project. While the Bombardier Beetle focuses on damaging acids to drive away predators and attack prey, the Shanul Beetle employs psychedelics instead to distract both predator and prey. Their spray has been observed on a variety of species, with all organisms that are hit by the spray being hit. These range from small animals like ants to large animals, including humans. However, this also extends to other organisms like plants, which raised our curiosity as plants have never been known to effected by such chemicals.

All organisms hit by the Shanul Beetle’s spray have been shown to hallucinate not just visually and audibly, but with other senses as well. One example was a subject reacting to a piece of fruit as if it were electrified. Another example was a human subject (voluntary, of course) who kept smelling smoke coming from a specific door despite no smoke being present. In plants, some have been shown to grow in directions that receive no sunlight and some flowers releasing pollen early. A non-Institute situation involving what we believe to be the Shanul Beetle was in October of 2019 when cryptozoologist Dr. Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoyo de la Rosario Ramirez was hospitalized after being sprayed by a mysterious liquid in Oryln, having experienced being transported to another realm of darkness.

Extraction of the Shanul Beetle’s spray were analyzed to learn the chemical make-up of the spray to find why its psychedelics were much stronger than any other animal-based psychedelics. All of the chemicals found within the spray are typical hallucinogenic chemicals, but their nature is where their difference lies. Beholder Awen Herly was brought in to observe and he was able to detect anomalous elements within the spray.

Further tests concluded that these elements are able to induce Illusory Hallucinations on those touched by the spray. Given the nature of the anomaly, both in its elements and in its manifestation, the spray does not need to be ingested nor enter the eyes, nose, or mouth to affect the subject as long as it makes physical contact with the subject. Its manifestation severely weakens the hallucinations ones is able to experience from this anomaly. Tests have also concluded that, despite the Shanul Beetle creating the spray with anomalous elements, they are not Esoteric Practitioners as they seem to have no say over what the victim of their spray hallucinates.

We affirm the conclusion of Investigator Cecilia Hallin that the Shanul Beetle meets the Institute’s criteria for Delirium Anomaly and be classified as an organic Phantasmagoria. However, we do not affirm her conclusion of the Shanul Beetle being a Liminal Anomaly as the story of Dr. Esteban was not studied by this Institution and such a conclusion cannot be met with consideration of the current research done on the organism.

Recommended procedure to be determined by Principal Researcher.

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Hey peeps, so in the July elections for DSA government, I'm gonna run for WA Delegate. We need someone to actually stabilize it and keep it from having to change hands every 3 months and do a big endorsement campaign each time, which always sucks to do. I've been here since 2017, been serving the government since 2018, and have no intention of leaving. Makes sense to do.

So, if we want to get started early, endorse me (I'll endorse you back). I don't fear going over the delegate's limit cause no way this RMB comment is going to get me anywhere near that. But it will make the transistion quicker.

For all you statistics whores out there, I've made an Excel sheet that can calculate the ethnic composition of your nation's subdivisions, as well as your nation's religious composition:

Voting block

Anger and job dependence calculations

Ethnic composition of the Herrebrugher Countries


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The total amount of religious people is simply calculated by dividing the religiousness score of your nation by 1000; though I've also added some steps which allow you to make certain ethnic groups more religious than others. Every ethnic group can have three religions, which have to be divided by the user (eg. the Batavians are 47% Batavian Reformed, 42% Nether-High Dutch Uniting and 11% Catholic). The first four "religions" are actually religious groups: "Christianity" includes all adherants of the Batavian Reformed Church, Nether-High Dutch Uniting Church, Folkekirken, Anglican Church, Evangelical-Lutheran Union and Catholic Church.

This is actually a first step to building an Excel sheet that can calculate election results using your nation's information simply by downloading it from NationStates. I've made one before, but this one is much more extensive: results are calculated from the ground up by splitting the population up into your nation's subdivisions. This allows for calculating not just election results for your national lower house, but also the upper house and individual houses of the subdivisions. Voters are broken up by ethnicity (user-defined), religion (also user-defined), class (elites, petty elites, workers; among other things based on income equality) and the branch in which they work (government vs. private industry vs. state industry, and all the individual industries and branches of government; though they can also be unemployed).

This all defines their interests, which are split up into basic needs (mainly defined by HDI), economic needs (the needs of the industry in which the voter works; for Elites this will always be important. Depending on whether a job is necessary to fulfil ones needs, Petty Elites and especially Workers may not care about having a job and therefore about the needs of their workplace) and social needs (which mainly has to do with the difference between first, second and third class ethnicities, see below).

Ethnicities can be first, second or third class (which explains why the European and native peoples are in different blocks in the pictures): people from first class ethnicities are more likely to be part of the Elite class, while second and third class citizens progressively have to deal more with potential racism (based on the inclusiveness value) present in your nation.

Parties can be defined as defending the interests of particular ethnic groups or religions, also their overarching categories. For example, the ASAP (Anti-Socialist Workers' Party) is a party for the Europeans, while the BVP (Batavian People's Party) represents the interest of solely the Batavians. You also have the Christian Democrats who are simply Christian, while the Evangelical Union is mainly the party of adherants to the Evangelical-Lutheran Union. Voters with one of these attributes will recieve an attraction bonus for these parties, while people without them recieve a malus, still meaning that also people who aren't Lutheran may vote for the Evangelical Union.

I have no idea when it will be finished, or if it'll ever be finished; but I'm still enjoying myself, so who knows? :p

Ezechard wrote:Hey, I've got an idea. Why don't we just take Pride Month and do it every month?

The Free Aratneople approve of this idea.

If people here are interested in "dev diaries", I've added two new pictures of what I've been working on, in the above dispatch.

First you see a voting block. Voting blocks are comparable to pops in the Victoria series: a voting block is a group of people who share the same ethnicity, class and live in the same subdivision (though this is further divided by religion). In the example, you see the block made up of Joertjoerese Workers in the book publishing industry that live in the country of Batavia: 119,283 people in total.

Also visible is that voting blocks have three interests: ethnic, class and workplace. Interests are policies that should, according to the voters, be changed. They are:

Business Subsidisation
Government Size
Defence Forces
Foreign Aid
Law Enforcement
Public Education
Public Healthcare
Public Transport

The way voting blocks vote for parties, is simply that a value is added for every policy position that a party shares with the voting block, while when it differs it is subtracted. Additionally, the Anger value gives a bonus to populist parties and religious status to confessional parties. Finally, these values determine the percentage of the votes each party receives from this voting block.

You can see that this voting block has an Anger score of 5, which is solely because they feel discriminated against by society (1 is the default value). The second screenshot shows how these are calculated. There are three values of importance for calculating Ethnic Anger: Racism (World Inclusiveness/National Inclusiveness/100), Inequality (the percentage by which this ethnic group is underrepresented in the Elite class) and the Cheerfulness Modifier (100%-National Cheerfulness/2/100): people in an overly cheerful country don't seem to care so much about institutional racism. The Anger score then is calculated simply by Racism×Inequality×Cheerfulness modifier.

The Class Anger value is determined by taking the inverse of the Human Development Index value, which I have defined as the percentage of people able to fulfull their needs. The Petty Elite is always at the exact national average, while the Elites are always more, and the Workers always less able to do so (the overal average of which is the same as the national one). The percentage of people unable to fulfill their needs multiplied by the Cheerfulness modifier makes the Class Anger score.

Next to this is the Job Dependence score, which determines how much sway industrial interests hold on the common worker. This depends on the aforementioned HDI value and the rate of unemployment: in a nation in which everyone is able to fulfill their needs without having a job, jobs, and therefore the interests of employers, are essentially irrelevant for the Workers. You can see this score used in the upper screenshot: the interest of the book publishing industry is to invest in public education, which would mean 88.87 points in favour of any party who would think the same. Yet, extremely low job dependence means that this interest is irrelevant for the common workers: multiplying it by the Job Dependence value slams it down to a meagre 0.72 points. Elites, being the owners and the people most responsible for their companies and branches, are always at 100% Job Dependence, while for Petty Elites it is always at least twice as important as for workers.

Time to get a lot more IC sciency than I have ever done before and try and firgure out the fundamentals of something that is, by definition, almost unknowable, but presented like a college lecture.

Transcription of a lecture on the theory of Anomalous Particles. Lecture given by Dr. Ozoda Hilolova, Professor of Anomalous Physics at Carner University, on September 2nd, 1993.
What is an anomaly? This isn’t a literature class so I’m not asking for a general definition but a physics definition. Anyone? What is an anomaly from a physics point of view? Any guesses? Well, I can tell you that no one really knows, and that’s kind of what anomalies are: things we don’t understand that are outside what we do understand. Anomalies are a tricky thing to approach from our angle, of finding out the fundamentals and the nooks and crannies of the strange and random. At that point, would an anomaly even be an anomaly or just another part of science?

It is science. Everything is. But this is one of those weird sciences. Anomalous Physics in the realm of science is like bringing an instruction manual for building a toaster to a literature club. Like, yeah, technically that counts, that is a piece of literature, but should that count? For what this club does? Anomalies are perhaps ones of the hardest, most questionable, and sometimes most dangerous sciences to study. Decades of work can go into studying just one anomaly and, in the end, you’ve only studied one anomaly, and the next one you study is nothing like the one before.

Anomalies are hard to predict and hard to group. However, they’re not all totally unique and independent from one another. We do find patterns, even when it doesn’t want us to. The topic we are delving into this week is a fairly recently explored one and one that continues to find new discoveries every day, so keep that in mind as we progress through the week that what we are working with is only what we know so far and what we can approximately hypothesize and theorize about.

To begin our studies of what an anomaly is, we’re going to have to look away from anomalous physics and look at the anomalies of quantum physics. Throughout the universe, there are quantum fluctuations, random changes of energy in space. These happen everywhere all the time. In these fluctuations, new particles are made: a particle and an antiparticle. They usually very quickly divide, then recombine, destroying each other in the process. These are called Virtual Particles, virtual because of how temporary they are.

However, there are a few times when they are not virtual and end up staying around. And, appropriately for this class, that is because of one of the most anomalous things to ever exist, that being a black hole. You all are in a physics class so you should have a basic understanding of what these are: star explodes, point so tiny and yet with infinite mass, nothing escapes it, etc etc. It’s where the laws of the universe breakdown and nothing makes sense. Ask any physicist what a black hole is. They’ll try and tell you, but they got no clue because black holes don’t care what people think or can comprehend. They’re eldritch monsters.

Quantum fluctuations occur here as well and it is here when a virtual particle is no longer virtual. If the particles appear outside the event horizon, they still collide and cease to exist. Inside, hell if I know. No one knows what happens insides a blackhole. However, when they appear on the event horizon, that’s where the magic happens. One particle is outside the horizon while one is inside. One is pulled into the black hole to feed it and the other is ejected away. The particles that are ejected are known as Hawking Radiation, named after…a guy. Doesn’t matter who he is.

Back to Anomalistics, particles do not just consist of matter and antimatter. There is another one called an Anomalous Particle. Just like virtual particles, anomalous particles appear, divide, then recombine and stop existing, and they do this all the time everywhere. These ones that appear from fluctuations are Virtual Anomalous Particles. Also like virtual particles, virtual anomalous particles don’t always disappear. Sometimes they stay around. As to what exactly keeps them around, that’s still to be discovered. Leading theory is that they attach to surrounding matter and that keeps them from blowing up.

The ones that stay in our world and attach to matter are referred to as Deposited Anomalous Particles. It’s believed that deposited particles can be found almost anywhere, though rarely in large quantities. Some places seem to have more deposited particles than other and, just like the name suggests, there doesn’t really seem to be a reason why, or at least not one we can find. The causes and rates of deposition are a continual mystery.

When an anomalous particle becomes deposited, surrounding it can be found another force, this one being what actually causes anomalies. We call this extra force Anomalous Energy. Like an electron around an atom, the energy can be found around the deposited particles. As to its origin, that is debated. One theory suggests that deposited particles contain anomalous energy and radiate it out while another one suggests that they act as magnets and attract anomalous energy once deposited. Whichever theory is right will have great ramifications for the future of anomalistics and how we approach the study, like if the energy can be harnessed or not.

Anomalous energy is the main source of anomalies in our universe. It is what causes anomalies. When it interacts with matter, it alters it in some way. Maybe it’s composition, it’s relation to time, it’s structure. If it can be altered, the energy will find a way. Usually there are so few deposited particles in any given area where these alterations go entirely unnoticed. However, there are sometimes when these particles do pile up and more anomalous energy is around. These times are when the anomalies can become noticed. Interestingly enough, the energy in each anomaly is uniform and causes the same anomaly uniformly. One could expect that the energy would alter all the matter around it in different ways but it instead alters it all in the same way. These anomalies are anomalies in it of themselves.

Remember earlier when I said we don’t know why some places have more or less deposited anomalous particles? That’s still true, but only mostly. We have found materials that do affect the presence of anomalies, one encouraging anomalies and the other discouraging it. As for specifically how, once again, that is unknown.

There are three theories on that. The first is that the materials affect the amount of quantum fluctuations surrounding them and how many virtual anomalous particles appear. The second is that the materials affect the deposition rates and not the fluctuation rates. The third is that the materials affect the anomalous energy surrounding them. Again, exactly which theory ends up being true will have major ramifications on how we go forward in this field of study.

The first material is called Amox. This material encourages the presence of anomalies in the area it is found in. It can best be described as a mold-like material that, while having a physical form, that does not seem to stop or slow down its ability to spread. When it seeks to spread, it is difficult to stop it outside of direct intervention. It can be found in soil, in wood, rock, and can even penetrate steel. Areas that have higher amounts of Amox in them are found to have higher frequencies of anomalies as the amount of anomalous energy here is higher. It does not seem to be a living thing, but Amox seems to almost feed on the energy and, in turn, radiate it.

The main way to get rid of Amox is the second material, Zurcoal. This material suppresses anomalies. The rocky-material can be found throughout the Isles and does have a few major mining sites. It’s anomaly suppression has been noted by many Debtian societies and is considered a traditional material in amulet creation as well as has been made use of by the Debtian Jeb!ist Church, but it is not in high demand because of that very quality and it weakening the effects of talismans. Also it’s just not very pretty looking and a lot of people only want to dig up pretty rocks.

From research on the material, it does not seem to prevent anomalies from occurring nor be able to undo anomalies, only suppress them, and recent discoveries finding anomaly-affected material that naturally formed in areas of high Zurcoal presence leads some to speculate that the third theory on anomaly presence to be true, that the materials do not affect the particles but the energy. Amox does not grow around Zurcoal and seems to avoid it. When it interacts with Zurcoal, it contracts. If an independent growth, the Amox may shrivel away entirely.

Now, I can already tell someone of you have the idea in your head and no, absolutely do not try and find Amox and interact with it. Not all anomalies are objectively bad, yes, but some can be very bad. You might get some fancy ability like talking to plants, or maybe all your bones will slowly turn into joints and prevent you from moving anywhere painlessly. We are here to study anomalies, not to become anomalies. Or maybe something more grounded like your DNA mutates and you develop cancer because yes, some cancer diagnoses have been linked to anomalous energy and Amox. Again, just don’t seek it out.

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