The Golconda - Overview of Phases

Stephen Benedetti

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Greetings Commanders.

The ancient generation ship, The Golconda, has been discovered drifting amidst the stars. Contact with the ship's living occupants has revealed that their ancestors chose to remain aboard their ship rather than colonise their original destination. The equipment originally intended for setting up a planetary settlement was cannibalised for materials but now... the Golconda's crew find themselves in need of outside assistance for the first time in a millennia.

Efforts are underway to support the residents of The Golconda, but both the Federation and the Empire look upon this colossal relic with opportunistic eyes. There's a political play to be made here, and the winner stands to benefit greatly.

For this next Interstellar Initiative, we'll be detailing what's at stake over the next few weeks. It's time to back a side, and win!

If you'd rather learn about what happens to The Golconda as the story unfolds, then stop reading now, and keep your eyes on the GalNet feed.

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Phase 1 (8 November)
The independent faction, Upaniklis Vision Incorporated, has tabled a motion to provide much needed aid to the denizens of The Golconda. Meanwhile, criminal elements prepare their ships in a bid to exploit the supply convoys.

This will mark the beginning of two Community Goals:
  • Trade Community Goal - Deliver Basic Medicines, Advanced Medicines, Aluminium, Ceramic Composites, and Semiconductors to Fozard Port in the Upaniklis system.
  • Bounty Hunting Community Goal - Deliver Bounty vouchers to Fozard Port in the Upaniklis system.
    • Start Date - 8 November @ 15:00 (UTC)
    • End Date - 14 November @ 15:00 (UTC)
Soon after, Imperial and Federation megaships will move into the system and prepare their own plans to support The Golconda.


Phase 2 (18 November)
The Empire and Federation each pledge to help, but with different opposing approaches.

  • The Empire seeks to provide the former colonists with a planetside home, helping them fulfill their original mission. They would provide full member status to the colony and help them become self-sustaining through teaching agriculture techniques.
  • The Federation, however, seeks to honour the colonist's unique culture and provide them with an outpost of their own, allowing them to remain a permanent space colony. Landing pads would allow direct trade and help the colonists remain stocked with medicines and supplies.
Two competing initiatives are set up, with the superpower with the most materials received winning the favour of the Golconda colonists.
  • Empire Trade Community Goal - Deliver Polymers, CMM Composites, Titanium, Beryllium, and Thallium to the Empire megaship, in the Upaniklis system.
  • Federation Trade Community Goal - Deliver Polymers, CMM Composites, Titanium, Beryllium, and Thallium to Federation megaship, in the Upaniklis system.
    • Start Date - 18 November @ 15:00 (UTC)
    • End Date - 26 November @ 15:00 (UTC)
Interstellar Initiative Rewards

Only one of the two opposing Superpowers may be victorious in this Interstellar Initiative. Backing a specific Superpower will result in different rewards:

  • If the Empire are successful:
    • An Empire-affiliated Planetary Port will be added to the Upaniklis system.
    • From 5 December to 16 December, any Empire Rank will be earned at a double rate alongside a discount to Imperial ships.
    • A Rare Good, Apa Vietii, will be introduced and become available for purchase at the new Planetary Port.
    • 'The Golconda' decal will be available to commanders who dock at the Planetary Port or the Empire megaship from 5 December to 16 December.
  • If the Federation are successful:
    • A Federation-affiliated Outpost will be added to the Upaniklis system.
    • From 5 December to 16 December, any Federation Rank will be earned at an double rate alongside a discount to Federal ships.
    • A Rare Good, Apa Vietii, will be introduced and become available for purchase at the new Outpost.
    • 'The Golconda' decal will be available to commanders who dock at the Outpost or the Federal megaship from 5 December to 16 December.
 
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How much exactly would the discount be though? Are we looking at a return of the 30% discounts we saw in past CGs? If so count me! Otherwise it's a waste of time.
 
THE FEDERATION WILL ENDURE!
NVERRRR!!! 😀

Besides, don't these poor people deserve a planet-based home? Real air to breathe, real grass under their feet? To quote Dr. Gaius Baltar from nBSG, its time for these poor souls to Lay Down Their Burdens, and not end up in another tin-box in space, with fake meat and recycled air, this time with Federation branding.

This is the part where Number Six walks in and says "Pay attention, you've just won the II for the Empire." 😀
 
The Empire and Federation Megaships should be fairly placed to ensure a genuine player-determined outcome, please. For example, we don't want the Fed ship at one end of the system close to the main star, and the Empire ship tucked a long way from the jump-in point and in a gravity well.
 
Interesting generation ship, it's just too bad the gameplay is the same. There's not much interaction with this huge ship full of living people. Hopefully 2020 changes that.
It's explicitly forbidden to interact with any operating generation ship: https://community.elitedangerous.com/galnet/uid/5903489c34cf5157f83c8f0f
System authorities have urged pilots not to interfere with the vessel, which is still protected by the legislature instated at the time of its launch.
so this time there's a good reason why there can't be any interaction. What's missing IMHO is a contrasting CG for the first step. I could totally see both the Generation Ship Conservation Fund activists and people fearing the outbreak may spread to us trying to actively discourage supporting the first phase.
 
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here we go another pointless delivery CG, which will likely end up like the last one. Loads of hours of gameplay for little return.
 
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