When we discuss the history and current affairs of Urando, most of our attention goes to the Big 5 states. However, there are about 60 other nations on this planet and each of them has it own interesting culture and history. Today we will have a closer look at the mysterious island nation of Lainousta. Continue reading →
After the invention of Humanoid Synthetic Organisms by Rik Veldman, the Elysian legislature passed a law, the HSO Legal Status Act, regulating the legal position of HSOs as property. Since HSOs were created from choanoflagellates, the law did not consider them as animals and hence they were not covered by the animal protection act.
Under Elysian law animals cannot be property, but as choanoflagellates are not legally animals, the ownership of HSOs is not prohibited. Continue reading →
From The Elysian Republican, May 1, 2065
Elysian foreign minister, Victor Long, has again urged terrestrial governments to outlaw international child adoptions. According to the FM there is ample evidence that many adopted children end up as slaves in the Asteroid Belt. And despite increased controls of the League of Lagrangian Settlements, still a few hundred children have been launched from Earth to the Asteroid Belt last year. Continue reading →
D2 is not some homeopathic stuff, but it is gene which will arouse folks like Rik Veldman. According to this 2004 article manipulating the D2 gene will make monkeys to work hard and fast without preoccupation with rewards. Exact what you want in slaves, don’t you? Furtunetely the genetics of human behavior is much more complex.
After Rik Veldman and Charles Bow invented humanoid pseudo-animals the Elysian senate passed a law which established a tax on the ownership of HPA slaves. One of the arguments in favor of this tax was the idea that this tax would discourage people from owning slaves and to encourage manumission. However, in practise the profits made by slave-owners exceeded the tax obligation by such margins that no HPA had been set free because of this tax. Continue reading →
They say that he shouted “Eureka, eureka!” when geneticist Rik Veldman discovered the HSB1 gene. Whether he also run through the streets naked is unknown – at least there are no police records showing the genetic engineer had ever been arrested for public nudity. However, we know that the discovery of the HSB1 gene changed to world and gave birth to a new but equally controversial science of psycho-genetics. Continue reading →
Two men were sitting in a saloon. Though no one paid them any attention, their discussion could have a huge impact on the life of anyone in the saloon, both employees and visitors alike. The main topic of their conversation was the very fabric of society, but the two men were clever enough to speak in a little known foreign language. Continue reading →
HPA: Humanoid Pseudo-Animal
HSO: Humanoid Synthetic Organism
These terms are interchangeable, though HPA is to be preferred.
The enslavement of this type genetically engineered organism is the central topic in the stories about Sateliteland.
Elsysia, late 2030s
The laboratory was almost empty. Only Richard Fredric Veldman was left in this part of the faculty for life sciences, as the other biologists had already left for the weekend. The young professor was happy that his colleagues were gone, now he could pursue his experiments without interference. Continue reading →
From The Elysian Republican
Ilium Novum. The district court in the Satelliteland city of New Alpbach has acquitted a twenty-four-year-old human male of a charge of having raped a twenty-year-old female humanoid synthetic organism. Quite remarkable the judges did not acquit the suspect because they believed he was innocent of the facts as described in the charge. On the contrary the court actually considered it to be proven that the human male had sexually penetrated the female HSO by force. The judges found the action of the defendant, however, not to be illegitimate. Continue reading →