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Eclipse Phase: Fixing the Jovians.

Fabius Maximus

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Okay, EP largely has the Jovian's more or less in teh slot of "mustache twirling bad guys who embrace POVERTY" with a side order of "oh, look, the Luddites avoid technology that can even help them so their ramshackle habitats don't depressurize."

Personally, I really hte it. So how do you fix the Jovians?

My self, I've gone with the following aspects:

1. They're suspicious of high tech equipment that can be infiltrated by an AI because well, MANKIND WAS ALMOST DESTROYED BY THAT. They aren't anti-tech, but their tech is all desisnged to be very hard to subvert. However, they know that a big problem is that if the Titans come back they'll be facing entities that are smarter then they are so their anti-subversion tech may very well be "oh how cute" territory to the titans.
2. Forking, brain downloading, etc, isn't simply seen as dangerous because of what you can do to a software mind, but ultimately dehumanizing. The Jovians can point to the trade in infomorphs based on famous people so you can have your very own sapiant being to torment or enslave. Taking indentures and modifying them so they're happy in thier servitude causes many Jovians to point out that said state makes 1984 look life affirming.

3. Sentient beings of all types do have equal rights in teh Jovian habitats, but they are very leery of trying to create new life for th reasons given above. Mankind doesn't even play well with himself, why build new beings?

4. The headlong rush, only slightly slowed, frightens the Jovians. A headlong rush to what? Humanity is becoming increasingly alien to itself.

5. The big thing: The Universe, save for the Factors, seems to be empty of sentient life. There are plenty of remains, some of them of intersteller species...
And they're gone. They left ruined structures or structures abandoned for millions of years. No known disaster could wipe out a multi-steller politiy...and yet it did. Not one, but nearly every one mankind has found and the Factors (not that we trust them) warn us about using the pandora gates and creating AI... are they right? ARe they wrong? Who knows, but so far they're the only species that is alive. Nobody seems to consider this.

Essentially my hacks are an attempt to make the Jovians prickly, backwards (by other standards) and yet, a group that you can't just dismiss out of hand.
 

LordofArcana

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I like to point that the Autonomists have Firewall, the Inner System has their own black ops (I forget their name), but the Jovian force protecting against existential threats? That's their military.

First and foremost, the Jovians are going to be your biggest allies as a member of Firewall. The administrators of each group might clash on occasion, but the rank and file of either organization know that they can rely upon each other.

Also, the Jovians are hardly stagnating or even backwards. They aren't engaging in a headlong rush towards progress, but it's been ten years in a world that is almost as interconnected as our own: they are just as technologically advanced as anywhere else. They just place a higher premium on testing everything so their adoption of technology is slightly slower but they also (say) accidentally depressurize habitats a lot less often than the other factions do.

All that said, the Jovians are beginning to face the question of how long should they keep preparing for an enemy that doesn't seem to be coming back. The costs are adding up, and if you are investing a huge amount of resources into making high-tech hammers, an awful lot of problems start to look like nails.
 

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Okay, EP largely has the Jovian's more or less in teh slot of "mustache twirling bad guys who embrace POVERTY" with a side order of "oh, look, the Luddites avoid technology that can even help them so their ramshackle habitats don't depressurize."

Personally, I really hte it. So how do you fix the Jovians?

My self, I've gone with the following aspects:

1. They're suspicious of high tech equipment that can be infiltrated by an AI because well, MANKIND WAS ALMOST DESTROYED BY THAT. They aren't anti-tech, but their tech is all desisnged to be very hard to subvert. However, they know that a big problem is that if the Titans come back they'll be facing entities that are smarter then they are so their anti-subversion tech may very well be "oh how cute" territory to the titans.
2. Forking, brain downloading, etc, isn't simply seen as dangerous because of what you can do to a software mind, but ultimately dehumanizing. The Jovians can point to the trade in infomorphs based on famous people so you can have your very own sapiant being to torment or enslave. Taking indentures and modifying them so they're happy in thier servitude causes many Jovians to point out that said state makes 1984 look life affirming.

3. Sentient beings of all types do have equal rights in teh Jovian habitats, but they are very leery of trying to create new life for th reasons given above. Mankind doesn't even play well with himself, why build new beings?

4. The headlong rush, only slightly slowed, frightens the Jovians. A headlong rush to what? Humanity is becoming increasingly alien to itself.

5. The big thing: The Universe, save for the Factors, seems to be empty of sentient life. There are plenty of remains, some of them of intersteller species...
And they're gone. They left ruined structures or structures abandoned for millions of years. No known disaster could wipe out a multi-steller politiy...and yet it did. Not one, but nearly every one mankind has found and the Factors (not that we trust them) warn us about using the pandora gates and creating AI... are they right? ARe they wrong? Who knows, but so far they're the only species that is alive. Nobody seems to consider this.

Essentially my hacks are an attempt to make the Jovians prickly, backwards (by other standards) and yet, a group that you can't just dismiss out of hand.
I mean, this is already all true. If you asked a Jovian to explain their views, this is probably how they would do it.

The portrayal in the books is also often true as well. As much as the Jovians do feel that they have reasonable opinions, the rest of transhumanity sees how those opinions cause them to also suffer social problems that everyone else has sort of moved past (not to say that they haven't then developed their own, new set of problems!) and they deride the Jovians as fearful zealots. Which some of them sort of are, and some aren't.
 

MrTim

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I'm pretty sure that everything but #3 is explicitly stated in either the core book or Rimward.
 

branford

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All that said, the Jovians are beginning to face the question of how long should they keep preparing for an enemy that doesn't seem to be coming back. The costs are adding up, and if you are investing a huge amount of resources into making high-tech hammers, an awful lot of problems start to look like nails.
Never forget that the actual name of the game is "Eclipse Phase," with all the horror and foreboding that it implies.

The Jovians quite likely will be the last ones standing when everything goes to hell again. This is implied in many of the EP supplements, including Firewall.
 

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I've been working on an alternate take on the Jovian Republic. It's a work in progress:

The Jovian Republic
According to the scattered members of the Autonomist Alliance, Jupiter is controlled with an iron hand by the ‘Jovian Junta’, a fascist two-bit dictatorship ruled by a fat Generalissimo and his imperialist war-mongering cronies. According to the ivory-tower intellectuals on Titan, the Junta is home to a death-cult of reactionary biochauvinists who can’t even put on hearing aids without crossing themselves twice. The dominant meme is that the Jovian Junta is a reactionary throwback to the military dictatorships of Earth, who hold back the tide of a popular revolution with the crushing might of their bloated and fanatical military.

And if you really believe that, there’s a bridge on Earth I’m interested in selling you.

Rome carved itself an empire through efficient use of manpower. The Dutch built their empire on windmills and sailboats. The British Empire ran on coal, and as it withered and died in the middle of the 20th Century, the United States rose from its ashes to the role of superpower on the fumes of petroleum, a title quickly lost to China and India with the advent of commercial fusion power. The Planetary Consortium seeks the power of the Sun, cluttered as they are near the hearth of the Solar System. The Jovian Republic seeks to harness powers much more fundamental than that; the very forces of gravity and electromagnetism themselves fuel the might of the Republic.

The interplanetary shipping routes that pass through Jupiter’s gravity well are taxed. Immense tethers suspended from asteroids trail through the Jovian magnetosphere, draining the kinetic energy of entire moons and beaming it through space to the highest bidder. The Solar System’s second-largest source of antimatter is found in the complex electromagnetic interactions of Io as it trails through Jupiter’s magnetosphere.

The Jovian Republic is first and foremost an economic superpower, not a military one. If you would believe their diplomats, the armed forces exist to protect Republic economic interests and control the shipping lanes, not to project power onto the Consortium or the Commonwealth. Why should the Republic annex Europa or invade Hyoden and antagonize themselves? No, the Republic profits most from a stable Solar System; war, after all, is bad for business.

The Inner System is thirsty for water from the Kupier Belt, the Outer System needs heavy metals from Mercury and the Main Belt, and in the middle sits the Jovian Republic, netting a tidy profit from the proceedings.

Politics
The Semi-Presidential System
The Jovian Government, at the highest level, is divided into two distinct bodies; the Presidency and the parliament. The President is elected for 8-year terms by a majority-vote of the people. The President appoints ministers and the chairman of the parliament and has the supreme command of the Jovian Republic's armed forces.The Republic constitution allows the President to mobilize the Army and the Federal Police against any administrative area without consulting the parliament in the event of an emergency, such as a threat to that state’s democracy or freedom. The parliament, meanwhile, is a democratically elected body of almost 300 representatives from all major political parties in the Republic, as well as one representative elected by the local government of each administrative area. The parliament is elected for four year terms.

Disorder in the Court of Zeus
Just as the democracies of the Greeks who worshiped Zeus were split over political issues, so are the states of the Jovian Republic. Much friction and antagonism exists between the conservative block and a loosely-knit electoral alliance of left-wing groups. The conservative block consists largely of the Republican Centralist Party, while the the left-wing alliance consists mainly of the Social-Democratic Party, the Liberal Party, and the Worker’s Party.

Republican Centralist Party
The RCP seeks to consolidate power in the hands of the President and the reduce the powers of local governments. To the RCP, the greatest threat to the Republic is the growing independence of federal city-states. The Centralists seek a tighter, more unified Republic under the leadership of a strong President as a solution to the threat of the TITANs and rampart techno-socialism.

Social-Democratic Party
The Social-Democratic Party is the “checks-and-balances”-mirror image of the RCP; the SDP holds a policy of supporting federalism and representative social democracy. Its membership draws heavily from the Gallilean demographic, especially from the Original Colonists and the wealthier Fall Refugees. The SDP’s membership often puts them at odds with the Worker’s Party, who accuse them of being petite bourgeoise who are only concerned with furthering the interests of the middle class.

Liberal Party
The Liberal Party supports a policy of greater economic and social liberalism. They are in favour of deregulation of the economy and lower taxes, which makes them popular among entrepreneurs and business owners, especially those that own small independent businesses. Because they are in favour of interplanetary trade and liberal transhumanism, they have a strong public image abroad.

Worker’s Party
The Worker’s Party has the strongest socialist policies of the major parties. Considered by many to be the “core” Amalthean party, the Worker’s Party was formed by leading members of the Amalthean power production labour union, and quickly gained support from Inner Satellite and Gallilean ice and mineral miners.

Civil Unrest
The Popular Front and the Jovian Anarchosocialist Progressive Party (IASPP) are the two most radical and militant political parties in the Jovian Republic. The Popular Front, formerly a branch of the Republican Centralist Party, is a radical populist party with strong nationalistic and biochauvinist streaks that is rumoured to be funded by several larger corporations. The IASPP, meanwhile, is a radical techno-progressive transhumanist anarchist party that is militantly opposed to the Jovian Republic as a political entity.

The Popular Front and the IASPP both maintain large paramilitary wings often consisting of disgruntled ex-soldiers, and the two parties frequently come to blows in the streets of Ganymede and Callisto, inciting violent riots, acts of domestic terrorism and savage street fights. Despite their small, almost non-existent representation in government, both parties are growing in membership every day as a dissatisfied worker-class population seeks more and more extreme measures to deal with the immense income inequality in the Jovian Republic.

A secret report from the military snatched up by a Firewall agent is telling; at the current projected growth rates for the Popular Front and IASPP, by AF 15 the police and military will not be able to contain both parties if full-scale fighting should break out between them - something which would effectively place the Jovian Republic in a state of disastrous civil war.

Genetic Self-Segregation
Splicers and other genefixed and augmented morphs are more suited to life in microgravity than flats. The claustrophobic environments of a beehive or cluster habitat puts significant stress on the mental health of transhuman Egos, and the basic biomods inherent in splicers allow them cope with the stresses better. Likewise, flats suffer muscle atrophy and a wide variety of other less severe medical issues when exposed to microgravity over long periods of time, problems that are not helped by the increased rates of infection and disease transmission in space habitats.

As a consequence, the microgravity habitats and industrial towns of the Inner Satellites have a disproportionate Splicer population, while the Galilean moons host the vast majority of the flats. The result of this demographic fact is that the Inner Satellite States tend to be more open to the morphological ideals of liberal transhumanism, when compared to the Galilean city-states. This tendency, called the Amalthean/Galilean split, is a significant feature of Republic politics. The Amaltheans have a noted tendency not only towards liberal transhumanism, but liberal policies in general, as well as trade-unionism among the many energy and mining sector labourers. The Galileans are more rooted in bioconservative and authoritarian policies, but due to their high population densities and increasing social unrest, radicalism and extremism of all flavours, especially anarchism, socialism and right-wing populism, are gaining traction.

The Armed Forces of the Republic
The Jovian Strategic Self-Defence Army (JSSDA) is a major supporter of the right-wing government and the sitting president. The Army is a paternalistic and moralistic institution which sees itself as the valiant guardians of the Republic’s moral integrity and as a vanguard against transhumanism and progressivism. The Army, as an institution, encourages an isolationist policy with regards to Jovian Local Space.

At the same time, the Jovian Strategic Self-Defence Space Forces (JSSDSF), which is dominated by the Strategic Space Command (SSC) are a major agent of change, constantly pushing the Parliament to approve legislation which will grant them access to more technologically advanced weapons, from neo-avian-based research into intuitive three-dimensional thinking and AGI-based problem-solving and fire control software, to genetic and cybernetic enhancements that will boost the combat capability of their spacecraft and troops, and even NaMiNBC weapons. The JSSDSF are staunchly expansionist, urging the annexation of Hyoden and Europa and even the Jovian Trojans in the name of the Republic’s security.

The radical techno-militarism and war-mongering of the JSSDSF puts them at odds with both the Army, which views the JSSDSF as dangerous crypto-transhuman lunatics, and with the economic sector of the government, which views them as a threat to the stability of trade through Jupiter’s gravity well. As the enforcers of the Republic’s trade regulations, the JSSDSF are also one of the main avenues of the Republic’s foreign relations - a task they are undoubtedly unsuited for due to their gung-ho and jingoistic attitude towards everyone who isn’t of the Republic.

Jovian Strategic Self-Defence Army (JSSDA)
Jovian Strategic Self-Defence Space Force (JSSDSF)
Jovian Strategic Self-Defence Navy (JSSDN)
The Navy is the smallest branch of the Self-Defence Force. When the initial plans for the capture of Europa after the Fall fell through, the Navy was massively downsized to cut on expenditures. The SSC provides much of the JSSDN’s funding by supporting the Navy’s expenses through “joint projects”. A consistent but unverified conspiracy theory is that the SSC has stepped up the JSSDN’s funding to prepare them for an invasion of Europa.

Taxes And Tariffs Collection Agency (TTCA)
The Taxes and Tariffs Collection Agency is the newest branch of the Jovian Strategic Self-Defence Force. It was created by the Parliament as an independent branch of the military, explicitly removed from SSC influences. It is tasked solely with toll collection and superficial guard duties in a small sector of Jovian space. The Parliament made no attempts to hide that the TTCA was created to eventually supplant the JSSDSF in collecting gravitational slingshot taxes, which had created much animosity between the nascent and inexperienced TTCA and the JSSDSF. The two often collide over matters of jurisdiction, and inter-service rivalry is high. Because the Parliament wanted to soften the public image of the Republic, the TTCA was made to have a culture of de-emphasizing jingoism in favour of cold professionalism. The TTCA are far removed from the SSC, and because much of the initial organization was recruited Army aerospace divisions and federal law-enforcement agencies, they do not share the JSSDSF’s techno-fetishistic view of transhuman technologies. Among several smaller Outer System groups, there is concern that their closer ties to the dominant bio-conservatism of the Army will lead to harassment of their representatives, though as of yet there have been no major incidents.

The Police State
Censorship and Surveillance
It is not difficult for the Republic to enforce Mesh censorship. Noise from Jupiter’s magnetic field and the need to bury habitats deep underground to shield them from ionizing radiation are both natural barriers to broadcasting. Nothing short of neutrinos can penetrate several meters of hard rock, let alone the kilometers of crust that cover the Jovian cities. Even inside a geofront, layers upon layers of walls, ceilings and floors will block even the strongest signals. Broadcasts through the magnetosphere are a nightmare, and narrowcasts don’t fare much better. It’s only natural that the Jovian ‘Mesh’ is not a mesh at all, but instead a fractal star topology, where local networks are connected to neighbouring networks by central high-speed fiberoptic cables. This centralization makes it easy for the police and government to issue wiretap orders, launch surveilance dragnets, and order traffic analysis of private communications.

Big Sister
The Signals and Information Systems Intelligence Agency (SISINT), also known as Big Sister, is the chief electronic intelligence agency of the Jovian Republic. Its mandate is to collect, monitor, and analyse electronic signals for intelligence and counter-intelligence purposes. It is tasked with surveillance of electronic communications both inside and outside the Republic, the protection of the Jovian Mesh from attack and subversion, and the development of electronic warfare systems.

Bioconservatism
Progressive Morph Tax
The Republic holds that having a body augmented beyond the baseline human is an unfair advantage over flats and splicers. A tax is levied upon the owner of an advanced transhuman body to pay for the extra living expenses incurred by Flats, and the more advanced the morph, the larger the tax. Egos sleeved in Splicers are not subject to this tax, while egos sleeved in morphs such as Olympians, Rusters or Sylphs pay a moderate tax. Owners of advanced combat or cognitive-boosting morphs such as Furies, Ghosts and Mentons are in the upper bracket for the progressive morph tax. Egoes sleeved in flats receive government subsidies to pay for their extra medical expenses.

Citizens of the Republic have the option to enter voluntary military or government service as a way of paying their progressive morph taxes. The Republic provides strong incentives for the owners of combat-grade morphs to sign up for a five-year stint in the military after their initial two years of conscription are up, and military and government research sectors actively headhunt egos with Mentons and other intelligence-enhancing morphs to supplement their think-tanks.

Brain Boxes and Head Transplants
"It's essentially pretentious to refer to such a thing as 'transhuman'. If it's transhuman to modify the inner ear to adapt to zero-g, it's transhuman to wear glasses to correct vision, and if that's transhuman, it's transhuman to pick up a sharp rock and beat another ape to death with it. Which means we were transhuman before we were even human, which just shows that the entire concept is nonsense if applied so broadly."
Professor C. Chavez
Humanism in the post-Fall Decade: A Review​

The radical transhumanists would have you believe that the mind - the self - is just software. The Republic rejects this as a naive conjecture. The mind is a property of the body, both as an emergent structure from the brain and as part of an ever-evolving self-image. To imagine that the intricate complexities of a human consciousness can be carried over from one brain architecture to another through a cursory scan with nanoscale sensors is foolishness; the human mind is made from stochastic processes that lead to a continuous sense of self-awareness. The body is not hardware; the human mind has no hardware/software divide, and thinking you can “sleeve” into a new body just as you might transfer a program from one computer to another is suicidal in its ignorance.

Still, the human body is not sacrosanct. Over half the population of the Jovian Republic were born with spliced genomes cleaned of hereditary diseases. The soft, conservative approach of Jovian humanism is to treat the baseline human body as a baseline that can be improved upon. Chimeric tissue splices, pharmaceutical and cybernetic augmentations, vat-grown limb-transplants and gene therapy are all tools in the hands of Republic bioengineers. At the extremes are head-transplants onto heavily augmented vat-grown bodies and isolated human brains in life-support machines plugged into robotic shells that provide protection against the ionizing radiation from Jupiter’s magnetosphere.

Personal body-augmentation is predominantly medical in nature, fixing errors in the human body or more rarely actively boosting its physical capabilities. Outside of the poorest ghettoes, even people still wearing the flats they were born in are likely to have had basic biomods and basic mesh inserts installed, and gene therapy and organ transplantation is available to upgrade flats into splicers. People working close to powerful sources of radiation are often required for medical reasons to get rad-shielded brain cases and sometimes cybernetic shells, and zero-g workers sometimes alter their body-plan to become like bouncers. In the cases of full-body transplants and high-grade cybernetic shells, the body itself will often be owned by the government or a major business, while the Ego’s original body is kept in suspended animation for the period of service. Non-medical and non-work augmentation is often viewed with distaste in Republic society, especially among lower and middle-class inhabitants of the Gallilean moons, and people with extensive cybernetic augmentation such as full-body cybershells are often treated as dangerous; the man-machine interfaces that connects the human brain to the sensory and somatic systems of the cybershell are vulnerable to TITAN subversion, after all.

Internal organ transplants are a major business in the Jovian Republic. Organ transplants can prolong life-expectancy and reduce the chance of death in case of a major accident. The businesses offer to grow organs based on a person’s DNA inside a pig. The pig can then be harvested for the full-grown organs when they are necessary, or be sold off as second-grade emergency transplant organs to hospitals.

Death
It is the official policy of the Jovian Republic that an alpha fork is not meaningfully the continuation of a person in neither the legal nor philosophical sense. The use of backups and cortical stacks is therefore not considered an effective way to achieve immortality. Instead, the primal fear of death has forced Republic medicine to adapt by improving survival rates for physical trauma from accidents, physical violence and terrorist attacks. Suspended animation, organ transplants and other forms of advanced medicine help preserve lives and regrow crippled bodies, and some hospitals in major cities have access to restricted nanotechnological medical equipment that can revive brain functions up to several hours after clinical death has occured.

Because the creation of alpha and beta forks is illegal according to Republic Law, cortical stacks are technically illegal equipment. However, with over half the population having possessed cortical stacks since birth, it would be prohibitively expensive for the Republic to surgically remove the stacks for collection - in addition to the not trivial risk of damaging the brain or spine during the procedure. Big Sister has been tasked with registering and collecting the cortical stacks of all morphs that suffer permanent clinical death in the Jovian Republic, under the mandate of controlling illegal communications technologies. The cortical stacks are stored in a large vault in the SISINT Agency’s headquarters on Ganymede. The cortical stacks of foreign visitors areusually returned to their owners or their owners’ insurance agencies. Rumours and conspiracy theories on what the Egos on the cortical stacks are used for fly wild on the Mesh, ranging from being used as slave labour to monitor the Mesh, to post-mortem fork interrogation, to being used as human sacrifices in unethical seed-AI experiments. The official statement by the government is that the stacks collect dust in the underground vaults.

Forking and Infomorphs
The creation of alpha and beta forks of humans is highly illegal in the Jovian Republic; the creation of delta forks is merely highly restricted and requires a licence only granted to people deemed to have adequate cause by the Technology Regulation Agency’s (TRA) infotech department. Alpha and beta forks are considered by the law to be illegal artificial intelligences. However, the parliament’s Department of Bioethics recognizes that alpha forks have a human level of consciousness and a sense of self - even the experience of personhood and the belief they are a real person - which entitles them to a certain level of sapient recognition. If it can be proved that the alpha fork was created in a sterile environment with no tampering or modification, they can be offered entrance into the Fresh Start programme. The Fresh Start programme involves extended observation and psychosurgery to remove their long-term memories, a new vat-grown body, and placement with a foster family to help them forge their own identity. (And a permanent mark in their file.) This gives the unwittingly created fork a new chance at life as a real person rather than as a mockery of another. Beta forks, gamma forks, illegal delta forks, inert backups and the alpha forks of violent criminals who can be proven to have forked themselves with the intent to escape into the Fresh Start programme to avoid punishment are deleted or stored by Big Sister.

Economy
Shipping Tariffs
Jupiter’s gravitational sphere of influence extends over a hundred million kilometers into space in all directions, which is comparable to the distance between the Sun and Venus. The Jovian Republic has claimed Jupiter’s sphere of influence as its sovereign territory, and demands a toll from any spacecraft that uses the gas giant’s gravity well for a slingshot or gravity assist maneuver.

The Republic does not accept the unsecured, unstable “Rep” of the new economies to pay its tolls. That alone may well produce some of the famed antipathy of various anarchist groups to it; Jupiter, like a lead weight on a rubber sheet, pulls lesser powers into its economic orbit. It only accepts payment in certain currencies judged to be stable - among these its own, that of the Consortium and of Titan - or in raw materials. Of course, for the ice trade from the Outer System to the Inner, the Republic will kindly accept payment secured against the cargo, and there are even convenient agreements with the Consortium which allows the tariff to be deducted immediately from the sale price so the inconvenience of having to remember to hand over the money does not burden the consciences of the traders.
Antimatter Production
Jupiter is the second-largest producer of antimatter in the Solar System. Primary production happens in orbit around Io itself, where the high-energy magnetic fields are used to power particle-accelerators. The complex electromagnetic interactions in Jupiter’s magnetosphere create an additional source of simple anti-particles that can be isolated collected in magnetic traps. While they are unable to match the production volumes or rates of the Inner Syster antimatter factories near the sun, the Republic is still the largest supplier of antimatter to the trans-Jupiter Solar System. Citing the needs of national security, the Jovian Republic has issued a blanket ban on the transport of “dangerous” antimatter through Jupiter’s gravitational sphere of influence, which puts the Inner System at a significant disadvantage when selling antimatter to the Outer System, compared to the Jovian antimatter industry.

Despite their diplomatic animosity, the Titanian Commonwealth is the second-largest buyer of Jovian antimatter, after the Jovian military. Conservative Jovian politicians will often blame the sitting government of selling the Commonwealth fuel for the strategic missiles and military spacecraft pointed at Jupiter. Shrewd propagandists have turned this around by saying that the Jovian Republic therefore controls the size of the Commonwealth space forces, and that selling to the Titanians disincentivises the Commonwealth from building up a domestic antimatter industry.

Demographics
Original Colonists
The pre-Fall colonists of the Jovian Republic are on average more wealthy than the refugees and immigrants. The original colonists were selected by their respective governments for their above-average physical and mental aptitudes, as well as psychological stability; this gives the original colonists and their descendants an upper edge in the competitive aspects of Jovian society. The majority of Jovian industrial capital found itself in the hands of either the government or in the hands of oligarchs from among the pre-Fall colonists. Together with cronyism and disdain for the refugees and immigrants, this has served to stratify the original colonists as the upper class and upper-middle class elite of the Jovian Republic.

Fall Refugees
When the Fall came, Jupiter was hardly the ideal refuge; it was distant, inhospitable and dangerous, so the majority of the emigrants sought safety on Luna and Mars, which had sprawling, well-developed cities, infrastructure capable of supporting large populations, and in the case of Mars, an almost habitable atmosphere and a demand for labour.

Then the first reports came in that the TITANs were on Luna, and things stirred; Earth’s moon was no longer safe. Then the TITANs hit Mars, and all hell broke loose. A wave of refugees from Luna and Mars, fleeing from the wars that ravaged the Inner System, washed up on Jupiter’s shores. Today, the Fall refugees are the largest single group in the Jovian Republic. Demographically, they comprise both refugees from Earth and space colonists from Luna and Mars that fled when the TITANs spread out of Earth’s gravity well. The latter include a somewhat prominent population of Rusters and Alpiners. These Martians tend to not be satisfied with the state of affairs with regards to discrimination and the morph tax levied upon their morphological capital.

Immigrants
A small but steady population of immigrants trickle into the Jovian Republic each year. There are as many motivations as there are people, but the majority are ideological immigrants who reject the self-mutilation and pie-in-the-sky techno-utopianism of the radical transhumanists. Others again immigrate to escape from slavery of the Planetary Consortium and the Extropians, as the Jovian Republic condemns slavery and offers political asylum and citizenship to escaped indentures. The Republic is cautious of autonomous AIs, and has a large demand for skilled labour in the industrial sectors, which causes many people who would be replaced by AIs and fall between the cracks in the Consortium to seek a safe, comfortable and prosperous life on Jupiter.

Officially, the Republic does not go digging into the morphological past of immigrants, and are perfectly willing to look through the fingers at infomorph refugees having been uploaded; who are they to judge the poor alpha-forks, who were forced into the life and memories of another person, who might even be dead? Infugees just receive a permanent mark in their file, are reinstated into a flesh-and-blood body resembling their birth-morph, and are barred from certain high-security positions in the government and military. The pragmatic need for labour and the value in projecting an open, democratic image is worth more to the Republic than dogma, it seems.

Unofficially, the truth is somewhat darker. In addition to the permanent mark all uploads have in their files, infomorph asylum seekers are all considered to be potential spies, infiltrators, terrorists or saboteurs. They are often harassed by the Federal Police, and will find it near-impossible to get a job at any level of federal or city-state government, police or the military. Instead of spending their mandatory military service in the military, they are often put to work on public works projects and low-risk mining operations. They cannot hold any job requiring a security clearance, and many major industries will not employ them. Big Sister keeps a constant eye on the Mesh activity of former infugees; any dissent or government criticism is investigated is treated as evidence the infugee may be an agent provocateur, leading to night-time arrests and hours of interrogation. Still, it is preferable to slavery and forced psychosurgery.
 

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I'm pretty sure that everything but #3 is explicitly stated in either the core book or Rimward.
Yep, the one and only thing in the OP that counts as a hack is the equal rights for non-humans (#3), which itself doesn't make a great deal of sense if all the others are true. The entire point of bioconservatism is the fear that transhumanity is running amok and eroding what it means to be human. It's not unreasonable to have a major faction espouse those views when those views are big ones that will come up in any discussion of transhumanism today. Yeah, the Jovians in-setting have serious problems, but bioconservatism has some serious problems and is tied up with other, more unsavory forms of conservatism, like it or not. Eclipse Phase is impressive in that, instead of making them mustache-twirling villains, it does give them some nuance and show how people could reasonably end up at that position, given the conditions that have led to the formation of the Jovian state to begin with.
 

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Yep, the one and only thing in the OP that counts as a hack is the equal rights for non-humans (#3), which itself doesn't make a great deal of sense if all the others are true. The entire point of bioconservatism is the fear that transhumanity is running amok and eroding what it means to be human. It's not unreasonable to have a major faction espouse those views when those views are big ones that will come up in any discussion of transhumanism today. Yeah, the Jovians in-setting have serious problems, but bioconservatism has some serious problems and is tied up with other, more unsavory forms of conservatism, like it or not. Eclipse Phase is impressive in that, instead of making them mustache-twirling villains, it does give them some nuance and show how people could reasonably end up at that position, given the conditions that have led to the formation of the Jovian state to begin with.
Agreed. Bioconservatism isn't meant to an ideology free from some serious political issues. one of which is the consequences of applying that kind of belief, which surprise surprise, ends up creating a society that is backwards, xenophobic and intolerant by the standards of the rest of the system. Maybe there is some nuance needed, but I wouldn't whitewash the Jovians entirely and make them people willing to live among the people they believe are monsters or could be taken over by monsters at any moment, or make them Humanity Fuck Yeah kind of people who are entirely in the right or free from being stupid in their beliefs.
 
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