Sightseeing in the Cluster

Grand Future Information Center

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Casinos disappear into the distant fog in Jolia

Someone once called the future the undiscovered country. The future can often scare people: for a civilization that relies on constant technological innovation to revolutionize the way we live our lives, people can often be shockingly afraid of change. As I’ve watched New Eden evolve over the past few years, however, I’ve come to a realization: a lot of the angst, a lot of the gnashing of teeth, that often accompanies such revolutionary changes in our way of life can be mitigated by simply managing expectations. People may not necessarily always like the change that’s coming if you make an attempt to manage expectations – they may be angry or upset – but they’re far more likely to react with a bit of sensibility instead of a blinding rage that can sometimes happen if change is sprung with no warning whatsoever. As a profit-making company, you want to avoid that blinding-rage stage at all costs, as the loss in profits from those kinds of people can often be incredibly difficult to recover.

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Federation Navy battleships guarding Caldari bases provides an intriguing juxtaposition that I never expected to see in my lifetime.

One of the companies who seems to have learned the value of expectations management is Wiyrkomi. Many Federation citizens would normally be furious if a Caldari corporation was planning on setting up a major base of operations within Federation territory; indeed, near the very heart of the Federation. Yet, being aware of this potential for outrage, Wirykomi made a conscious effort to reach out to the citizens of the Federation, and specifically the citizens in the Algintal constellation, in an attempt to raise awareness of precisely what Wirykomi was trying to do here. And thus was born the Grand Future Information Center. The named was a little grandiose for my liking, but I appreciated the effort that Wirykomi was making in showing that despite the continuing hostilities between the Federation and the State, they had no ill intent. Granted, some people would see conspiracies and read between the lines for things that may or may not even be there, but there was little chance of pleasing everyone. Still, that wasn’t for lack of trying. As Aura explains:

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Construction of The Grand Future Information Center was funded and organized by Wiyrkomi. Its purpose is to educate the populace of the benefits of making use of the abundant natural resources within the Algintal constellation. With opinion polls showing support for the construction of power plants in areas of vast natural beauty is very low, Wiyrkomi certainly have their work cut out for them.

The information center itself is built according to Gallente design, and nearby Wiyrkomi have erected a few pleasure hubs as well as a casino, which they hope will appeal to local Federation citizens.

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Some quarters for the local workers. A Raven-class battleship can be seen in the background

Pleasure hubs AND casinos?  A business after my own heart. Clearly Wirykomi had done their homework here in what would calm down the masses… or at least help most people tolerate the fact that a Caldari megacorp was opening up business in Algintal. The main attraction, of course, was Information Center itself. It reminded me a little bit of the ancient World Fairs I used to hear about: lots of various exhibits about how the cluster was coming together in the interests of Science and Progress, with a heavy dose of subliminal corporate messaging to top it all off. But I suppose that was to be expected, given the aims of the Center. There was a lot of State fanfare and frankly the thing seemed to be a little overdone in my opinion. But given the LACK of mobs setting fire to everything in sight, I suppose it was doing its job.

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The entire GFIC can be seen in the background beyond this rather oddly placed cargo can

The overall site was pretty much what you’d expect. It was settled within a small nebula, providing a diffuse glow as the gas reflected the light from Jolia. Near one end of the site, a row of pleasure hubs could be found, while the casinos were a little more spread out. In the center of the site, of course, was the Center itself. It was flanked on both sides, oddly enough, by Caldari tactical outposts. I wasn’t entirely sure what they were doing there (the conspiracy theorists could tell you any number of theories), but it was plausible that they were here to coordinate the surprisingly sizable defense fleets. A number of both Caldari and Federation battleships swarmed the area, perhaps waiting for the protestors that never quite seem to materialize.

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One of the tactical outposts above the rest of the site

I watched the slow ballet of ships as they wrangled back and forth with each other, pondering the future. What the future has in store for us is anyone’s guess, to be honest. Whether Caldari or Gallente, pirate or explorer, it’s impossible to predict with certainty where we’ll be a year from now, much less fine. But the more that we can know what’s coming, the better to allow us to take whatever measures we see fit in a calm and reasonable manner. Given how I’ve seen some businesses act in the past, it seems like this is a lesson that can’t be taught enough.

Basic Information:

  • Attraction: Grand Future Information Center
  • System: Jolia
  • Security Rating: 0.5
  • Region: Sinq Laison
  • Potential Hazards: If you’re below a -4.5 in security status, or -5 standing with the Gallente, you’ll have to deal with some rather unpleasant policemen.
  • Additional Notes: This also serves as an Gallente COSMOS site.
  • Scheduling Note: I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but the past few weeks have made it clear that I am not going to be having much free time for the next month or so. Stupid RL. As such, I’m going to have to go on a hiatus on here until August. I’ll still be around on the #tweetfleet and IG, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if anything interesting is found. Thanks, and I’ll see you all in August.
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4 responses

  1. mikeazariah

    Very well written, I especially like your subtle digs at a certain RL corp near the end of it. Will see you in Tweet, will really miss your tours.

    m

    July 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    • Thanks, Mike! At least the posts will be resuming next month 😀

      July 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  2. Sasia,

    I just found your blog and found it very informative and interesting. Keep it up!

    Tar

    August 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

    • Thanks, I always love hearing from new readers. I’ll be resuming posting this weekend, so keep an eye out 😀

      August 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

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