Updated: Apr 21
The Nelaraans are the inhabitants of Nelara IV, located in the Nelara system.
Appearance and Biology
Nelaraans are humanoid species, that share many similar physical characteristics with humans. They are generally thinner and less well built than humans, but have thicker skin and better stamina. Nelaarans live considerably shorter lives, however; on average, this is 60 years. Though they breed sexually, puberty does not happen until late teens, and both men and women go barren in their mid fourties. In addition to this, it takes a year for a fetus to develop into a child.
History, Politics and Culture
The Nelaraans follow a similar development to humans; stone age, bronze age, iron age, classical, medieval, industrial, atomic, space. A militaristic race, the history of the Nelaraans has been full of warring nation-states. There has never been a period of Nelaraan history where there has not been a conflict that did not affect at least half of the planet at any one time. One of the driving factors in the transition from the medieval to industrial ages was the discovery of Rhoytium, a highly volatile and dangerous substance. Through the controlled use of impure Rhoytium, the Nelaraans were able to use this to create weapons that far surpassed gunpowder-based weapons. When used as an energy source, Rhoytium was much better than coal. The widespread use of this led to a flourishing of industrial technology. However, this widespread use came at a cost. Unbeknown to the Nelaraans, the Rhoytium caused mutations in the Nelaraans, leading to impotence, late development, and lower lifespans. This, coupled with the Nelaraans warlike tendencies quickly led to a severe population shortage. Not only this, Rhoytium became harder to find, leading to further wars over the control of deposits. This culminated in the Nelaraan Dark Age, where women were used nothing but breeding centres, and men were used as nothing but cannon fodder. War spurned further war developments and Rhoytium was recognised now to have radioactive properties, which led to the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. It was then when developments in cloning technologies allowed for the breeding of clones. Though at first, used as soldiers, the clones allowed for population stability, and people were no longer in demand. Wars ended, and the Nelaraans looked forward to rebuilding after what had been a conflict that almost destroyed the entire population. United by this shared horror, the Nelaraans rallied under a new figure, Ace. Though the transition was slow at first, utilising clone technology led to a period of prosperity. Advancements in cloning techniques allowed for changes in pigmentation and selective breeding of certain races to achieve optimal clones. Due to this, the government, under orders from Ace, began to kidnap certain races and breeds, as their genetic patterns had the best chance of being cloned. This led to an apartheid between the Nelaraans that could be cloned and those that couldn't. As the Nelaraans moved through their atomic age, issues and setbacks were blamed on the Nelaraans that could be cloned, which led to further kidnappings and eventual genocide of these races. To further perfect clones, the Rhoytium pill was developed, which, when ingested, created a chemical called Rhoynic, which optimised body functions, but lowered brain development. The body became dependant on this substance quickly, and withdrawal led to total organ failure. The Rhoytium pill was further developed to be optimised to each clone colour. Though now united and not reliant on Rhoytium anymore, there was an abundance of the substance, by the 2300s, the government realised that there was not enough Rhoytium to keep the clones indefinitely. The Nelaraans, therefore, expanded into the galaxy to try to find more sources of Rhoytium, though this was done under the guise bringing people into the Nelaraan empire. Further measures came into place to recycle used clones so that they were able to harvest the Rhoynic substance and turn this back into Rhoytium, Life on Nelara, after the clones, had become blissful, with people no longer having to work menial jobs, since these were taken by clones. As people no longer had to fight to survive, even poorer people could go their entire lives without working and still live a comfortable life. By 2418 however, the Nelaraans were facing a Rhoytium shortage, which was leading to the widespread deaths of clones. The Nelaraan government began looking for other options to protect the lives of the Nelaraans, fearing a slip back into the Nelaraan Dark Age.
The Nelaraans worshipped a wide array of gods. However, after the Nelaraan Dark Age, many saw Ace as a prophet and a God. Though not a formalised religion, Ace worship is common. Ace Day marks the day the government was united under Ace.
Along with the development of clones, the Nelaraans developed military weapons, including the planet heater, which focused the energy from stars into rays meant to boil planetary systems (as shown by the remains of the other planets in the Nelara System). The Nelaraans also developed the Ultranova weapon, that aimed to destroy entire systems, though this needed to be perfected. Unknown to the Nelaraans, the weapon they created had the power, not to destroy a local star system, but entire sectors. Further developments lead to system-wide defences, warp capable ships, and the Ace-I, which was a Nelaraan wide system of computing.
The Clones (or Colours), are divided into categories based on their colour and role. They have no names, only designations (ie. Red 23 or Black 726). They can live for twenty-one years before they die. Clones that are defective or reaching their end date are recycled into pills )which the clones need to survive) though the clones do not realise this (they believe that they are retiring). They cannot reproduce. Clones are overseen by the CC - the Clone Controllers.
Black - Farming
Brown - Military & Law Enforcement
Grey - Maintenance
White - Science
Blue - Services
Green - Administration
Red - Personal
Yellow - Manufacturing
Orange - Chemical
Pink - Transport