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Year 1 is a historical period covered by the Journal.


The Landing[]

Found on a crate near the ramp leading outside from the Camp area in Rift Town.

"A History of Madness" by R.T. Eliot - The Official Archive, January 2159

After an 83 year long journey, the Flores finally reached Enoch's orbit. The trip wasn't without its trials, as cosmic radiation, solar flares, and other deep space hazards had caused mang system failures. The ECA feared these cracks could grow worse the longer they delayed, waiting for the optimal window in which to proceed with the landing. Adding to the uncertainty, the probes that were sent to the planet's surface failed to return the necessary data to greenlight the landing. The majority of probes encountered high ionization of the atmosphere and persistent static, which led to the loss of signal, something that worried many. If the first colony on Enoch was to succeed, time was of the essence. The ECA made the decision to send the Outriders.

On January 2159, Earth Time, the Outriders first touched ground on Enoch. This didn't mean winter on this particular part of Enoch, as the weather was spring-like. While Enoch's days and seasons are very similar to Earth's, a new calendar will likely be required. Until then, I'm sticking with the calendar I know.

The Outriders were instructed to recover the missing probes and verify the data collected. Following this, they would oversee the first modules and pods to be brought down to the surface. While details remain hazy on what exactly happened to the Outriders that day, the ECA successfully completed these first stages of the colonization. (…)

Among the first modules to be brought down was a nuclear powered engine that propelled the Flores. One of the engines was designated for landing on the surface of Enoch, to serve as a temporary power supplier for the colony. Due to the engine's prodigious size, the task of bringing it down caused anxiety to many. The consequences of ang accident that might occur during its descent would mean not only a limited supply of energy, but also a potential meltdown of the core. For this reason, the engine was the first module to be brought down, before all the drop pods. (…)

The SM. Flores was, beyond doubt, a miracle of modern engineering, especially considering the chaotic end-days it arose out of. So many details had been considered, knowing there would be no resupply drops. Everything that would be needed from launch, to landing, to colonization, would have to be built into the ship's structure. The core design principle was modularity. Each component could be individually attached or detached from the main ship, without compromising the integrity of the whole. Ang malfunction or damage could be easily isolated, and upgrades could be made without disruption. (…)

The Flores was host to dozens of drop pods, autonomous vessels that carried cryopods containing the colonists, as well as essential resources and equipment These drop pods could automatically navigate to the coordinates they were assigned, while coordinating with each other to avoid collisions. (…)

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Feeding the Colony[]

Found up the stairs left when exiting Rift Town, within the courtyard.

Professor J.J. Karpinski, April 2159

Most water was sourced from the river that coursed through the colony, using water purifiers deployed on the riverbank that channeled into reservoirs and provided fresh water. (…)

A chemical plant produced synthetic fertilizer in great quantities and was used to supply the crop soil with the necessary nutrients to grow crops. That same fertilizer was employed in the Quarry to produce explosives for drilling and blasting, a method used for rock breaking and excavation. Most of us will likely have to stick to the rations we brought aboard the ship, before crops give their first yield. (…)

An important source of nutrition for the colonists is insects - mostly grasshoppers and termites. Several kilograms of eggs for each species were brought aboard the Flores. The rapid life cycle of these insects allowed the production of large volumes of food in a matter of weeks. The insect conversion rate was among the highest among animal proteins, more efficient than beef, pork or poultry.

The breeding of insects is easy, requires little space, and they can be fed with farming byproducts unsuitable for human consumption. Mature grasshoppers and termites were cooked and milled in order to produce insect flour, which could be used as an addition to provided rations.

When I look at the termite stew… This is the first time I've benefited from being born without the sense of taste. (…)

As agricultural infrastructure construction continues apace, we are looking forward to seeing the result of our first crops. Additional square kilometers of fields that were planted with a variety of seeds farms have become fully automated, and botanical, zoological and microbiological research is well underway.

A central focus of research has been the suitability of local flora and fauna for human consumption. In addition to that, local pathogens were analyzed in order to determine possible hazards. (…)

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The Relocation[]

Found opposite the shops, and before the museum in Rift Town.

ECA Committee Reports, September 2159

As the ECA searches for a more secure location to migrate the colony, current analyses suggest that the only wag to secure food production is via the construction of underground aeroponic farms. Aeroponic farming is the only way to grow enough food to sustain the population, as this technology needs the least space and the lowest volume of water (as low as 2% of water used in conventional farming).

In an aeroponic farm, nutrient rich water is vaporized to form a mist that is then sprayed onto the roots of crops. With the correct nutrient solutions, it would be possible to provide a continuous yield of sweet potatoes, the most calorie dense food available.

Projections indicate this can provide our current numbers a total of 2000 kcal/day. Moving the farms underground will require grow lights, which in turn increase the necessity for more fuel. (…)

One scout team has reported their discovery of a formation of deep rifts that could provide natural shelter from the Anomaly storms.

Even more fortuitous, these rifts are host to bitumen sands, which could provide us with more than enough fuel. We can recover oil by mining the sands in their solid form, then washing them to extract crude oil. This oil will prove a vital resource not only as a fuel, but also as a precursor to polymers and resins required in other branches of industry.

Although this method of petroleum extraction can produce great amounts of waste, it can be disposed of inside the numerous rifts around the region. This will lead to a significant decline in air quality for the colony, and likely increase the number of deaths attributed to lung diseases, but the ECA fully intends for these rifts to be a temporary home, with plans already in motion to relocate the colony when circumstances become more favorable. (…)

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Textile Manufacturing[]

Found on a shelf in the far right corner of the camp area of Rift Town.

Professor J.J. Karpinski, December 2159

Textile production was a crucial step to achieve self-sustainability. Initial plans assumed the production of both synthetic and natural textiles, but after the Anomaly's appearance and the difficulties the colony faced with growing crops on the surface, natural textiles became unfeasible. (…)

During the early days, most textiles were made from polymers available as a byproduct of oil refinement The first step in creating textiles is the spinning of the polymer into fiber form, which makes it even more durable than the polymer itself, and is accomplished through the melting of the polymer and extraction through extruder jets. (…)

Owing to the oil extracted from the bitumen sands, we have a steady supply of polymers as a byproduct of oil refinement The machines involved in creating fibers are mostly mechanical, although they will have to be modified for manual operation since ang prospect of automation has been rendered null.

Without robots that can operate 24/7, we will have to take into account that manual labor will require careful allocation of human resources, the potential for injury, and the reduction in quality and efficiency for all fiber products.

It has become clear that fabric production is an immediate need for thousands of our citizens that were brought out of cryostasis during the mass awakening. These citizens have little in wag of clothing except for their cryosuits, which are entirely unfit for labor and most other environmental conditions they have to endure. (…)