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Imagine if you will, a climate-apocalypse story where China is one of the countries that hasn’t collapsed. Before anyone else can object, they induce the volcanoes and begin a Controlled Global Winter.

But when India attempts to seize the volcanoes and cuts off road- and air-access, the only people capable of sneaking into the mountain-top control towers and regaining controls are the local Tibetans.

Head of a Petrolean Dragon by bensen-daniel
Head of a Petrolean Dragon
As predators of feral von Neumann robots, the feeding apparatus of the Petrolean Dragon must be robust and flexible. When in flight, protective plates interlock to create an aerodynamic profile and protect the delicate sensors. When hunting, these sensors are exposed, along with the feeding and hunting apparatus, which includes pincers, saws, cutting torches, and the distinctive blow-torch.

The entire feeding-sensory assembly (or "head") is manufactured piece by piece in internal fabricators, these pieces swapped out as the dragon grows and moults. Thus, the head is not an integral part of the somatic factor swarm ("body") and can be removed completely without causing irreversible dissasamebly ("death"). Like the structural chassis ("skeleton") and internal fabricators ("organs") the head is a tool manufactured for a purpose by the swarm of finger-nail-sized factors.
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Some design sketches for the "Petrolean Dragon" from my novella. These were meant to inspire simon-roy​ in his illustrations, so whatever he comes up with might look totally different from what you see here.
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The Petrolean Dragon by bensen-daniel
The Petrolean Dragon

Dragons and other so-called "viviperous" mechanoids swap somatic blueprints to generate designs for the next generation. Each partner contributes half of this "genetic" information, but one of the partners is solely responsible for using that information to manufacture the chassis and factors (what would in an animal be flesh and blood) of the offspring. This "female" mechanoid retains its role over the course of its life, although female and male Dragons are not particularly sexually dimorphic.


This reproductive strategy contrasts with that of the "factory-made" mechanoids, which build an enormous nest to churn out more factors (or one might say that a huge factory churns out factors). See also "nomadic-swarm" mechanoids, parasites that hijack the factors of other mechanoids, and were domesticated to create the handshake gauntlets.


Interestingly, nothing like eggs seems to have evolved on Petrolea.

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Some design sketches for the "Petrolean Dragon" from my novella. These were meant to inspire simon-roy​ in his illustrations, so whatever he comes up with might look totally different from what you see here.

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What if there were no fossil fuels?

Maybe lignin-digesting bacteria evolved earlier, some antediluvian civilization burned up our oil reserves, or those damn Alien Space Bats vaporized them. Anyway, Earth doesn't have enough coal, gas, or oil to support an industrial revolution. How does that change history?

Things might look pretty similar to OTL history until the 1400's with the few pre-industrial uses of coal and petroleum being replaced by charcoal, peat, and pitch. We might expect glassblowers, blacksmiths, and the makers of lime to have trouble though as the forests of Europe began to run out. We might further expect a bigger timber industry in the New World, especially in the North. As its peat reserves ran out, Holland might also invest more in its American colonies as a source of fuel. France might also fight harder to keep Acadia. Rather than the Beaver Wars, we have the Lumber Wars.

The Lumber Wars aren't confined to the New World. The Russian Empire holds vast tracks of timberland, but lacks the power to hold them effectively. German states encourage local rebellions and pay tinpot dictators gold for their wood, while British ships bite chunks out of Russia's Pacific coast before turning around and swallowing up Japan, Korea, and Manchuria in the process.

By the mid-1700s, the confusingly and unoriginally named British colonies of America (actually the Atlantic coast of North America, minus French, Spanish, and Dutch claims), California (the Pacific coast from OTL *Oregon to *Alaska), and Pacifica (from the Japanese archipelago in the east to Lake Baikal and the Vitim River to the west)  are the heart of a global trade network of manufactured goods, gaining population densities that European cities, lacking coal for heating, cannot attain.

But they are also starting to run out of trees. In the southern British Pacific lands and in British California, the bamboo-charcoal trade is booming, but in above about 40 degrees North, pine plantations cannot keep up with demand.

The accelerated deforestation in North America would result, ironically enough, in global warming. An eighteenth-century temperature and precipitation map (if there were anyone around with capacity to make one) would look like this


Desertification and extreme weather causes societal breakdowns in the Middle East, Northern Africa, India, and Central Asia, sending rampaging hordes into west into Europe and (for the first time) east into the British Pacific colonies. Lines are drawn. Then redrawn. Aid is called for and not given. A creaky little global conflict results in millions dead, and the collapse of contraction of the European colonial empires.

The big winners of the Storm Wars are the three new independent federal republics of America, California, and Pacifica. As a block, these countries form the world's dominant military and economic power, much to the dismay of their respective slaves, vassals, and serfs.

For chapter 2, visit: www.thekingdomsofevil.com/?p=4…

 

www.thekingdomsofevil.com/?p=4…

Imagine if you will, a climate-apocalypse story where China is one of the countries that hasn’t collapsed. Before anyone else can object, they induce the volcanoes and begin a Controlled Global Winter.

But when India attempts to seize the volcanoes and cuts off road- and air-access, the only people capable of sneaking into the mountain-top control towers and regaining controls are the local Tibetans.

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Happy birthday! :party:
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday 1st Emoticon: Happy Birthday 
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Happy Birthday to you.  enjoy,
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Thanks
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Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy belated birthday good sir! :)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Belated? Maybe you mean "early" :) My birthday's not until the 23rd. But thank you!
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Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, I realised afterwards that it was still the 21st, and thus I'm 2 days early xD

just, happy birthday good sir :D
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