Between Earth and Moon
Space Stations (WIP)
Current list of space stations orbiting Earth.
Victor Franz Hess International (VFH):
Named after the man who discovered cosmic radiation. Commonly known as “VFH”. While this wasn’t the first orbital station to be built, it is definitely the most important one. Its main purpose was habitation and international cooperation in space. It was to be a social experiment. Now it represents the new life of mankind. It contains most amenities necessary to a normal westerner’s life. People are strongly encouraged to dress in neutral fashions and not practice faiths openly in order to reduce frictions. Examples of areas it contains:
United Nations offices: Now acts as the main government, and decides of what is going to happen next for humanity.
La Seine: A wide corridor in the station that has a tiny (3 feet) water stream coursing through it with a bit of greenery. This location has cafes, and at night, bars with loud music.
International Defense Task Group (“DTG”) : The offices of the organization that pretty much acts as humanity’s army, although some would say they gave up and focus on monitoring what is going on on Earth instead of taking action.
A. Sahkarov Platform
Named after the father of the soviet hydrogen bomb who also fought for human rights. The Russians originally built this relatively small station in the cooperative effort for building VFH. Its main purpose was to construct or maintain the vehicles necessary for the construction of the international station. It is considered Russian territory, and has vital importance, since it is the only place currently able to build and maintain transportation. Its population of engineers and mechanics is not big by any means.
South African Conglomerate Orbital (SACO)
The last station to be built before the catastrophe, SACO was built with private money from African tycoons. It is Meridional Africa national territory, but the access is rather loose. Being the last station built, it is also the one with the highest level of technology. Especially in terms of planetary scanning devices, as the tycoons wanted this to search for resources to exploit. As such, many illegal expeditions to Earth start here, with unsavory characters finding objects of interest on Earth to be brought back. The station houses around 25,000 people.
Originally a Chinese space station whose purpose was only known to the Chinese government, the New Nanjing station now acts as a hub for most people of Asian origin. Of course, most Asian survivors were Chinese, but a minority of Indian and Japanese people can also be found there. New Nanjing is similar to VFH, if slightly more overpopulated (it still has less population than VFH, because it is smaller). There is a tension between the governor of New Nanjing and the VFH international government, as New Nanjing is still very selective of who can enter the station and the UN is trying to eventually make nationalities disappear in space.
French station built by an entertainment tycoon, meant to be a welcoming place for artists of all over the world. The purpose was to inspire them in their arts after seeing Earth from a new perspective. It is still the most eccentric place in space, although it is kind of yuppified in many areas. Strangely, being under less strict communal life rules, it also houses a “Worship” sector where most religions have housing, offices, and small chapels.
The cloud is a sector of Earth’s orbit that is occupied by thousands of tiny space stations owned by some of the richest families on Earth. Some are still unoccupied, the families having disappeared during the catastrophe. DTG and the UN control access to these and it is strictly forbidden to access them without proper clearance in the meantime.
The International Space Station:
The original station built by men and women of all origins for scientific purposes. It has been grafted many parts since then, and the small station of origin is basically a historical curiosity located at the core of the whole body and representing only a fraction of what it has become since then. The ISS is considered international territory regulated by the UN. It is still a scientific venue, containing labs of diverse disciplines. Luckily, a good sample of the scientific elite lived in ISS at the time of the catastrophe and much knowledge has survived or has been passed on.
Right from the beginning, during the catastrophe, it became evident that it would be a good idea to send refugees to space in case things became as bad as they looked. These projects were constructed in a hurry to house as many refugees as possible, who were said to go “on vacation” to return to normal life when things would have “settled down”. Of course, this hasn’t happened yet. The “projects” are loosely connected stations, rather bleak in appearance, housing hundreds of thousands of people of various nationalities. Some of the stations house more people, even though they are all exactly the same in size and shape, causing international tensions.