Category Archives: Terra

CD Cover Game #9: Cliffside

Here’s my latest entry to the CD-Cover game – I haven’t posted these in a while. And, before you ask: #8 is not missing, but the licensing of the base image I used changed so it’ll have to wait until I clear that up.

Cliffside: The Best Accessory
Cliffside: The Best Accessory

Original Art: Senales, by José María Pérez Nuñez; cc-by-nc.

From the looks of it, Cliffside is probably an “artsy” band…

My other CD-Covers:


The City of Saint Brendan Sneak Peek

Here’s a little bit of a bonus and post scriptum for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t just design a fallout shelter, I also sketched out a city.

Saint Brendan, so named after St. Brendan the Navigator, is a large city located in the US State of Acadia. The city rose to prominence as a trade port after the discovery of the Northwest Passage and benefited greatly from the increase in trade with East Asia after the World War. It is New England’s largest city, with over six million people living in the metropolitan area. This makes Saint Brendan the fifth-largest urban conglomeration in the United States, before the Delaware Valley but less populated than the Dallas-Fort-Worth Metroplex.

Major industries are transportation, financial, and high tech. A large military presence secures the strategic location.

Destroyed Saint Brendan

Saint Brendan is an amalgamation of San Francisco, New York, and a few other cities. I decided to use a fictional city for several reasons:

  1. I don’t know New York personally, having never been there, and certainly do not know any other major US city intimately either. Potential readers would likely be more familiar with the setting than I and that is a problem. Using a fictional city frees me from the risk of making gross errors when describing the location.
  2. A fictional city gives me the freedom to arrange locations and other facts in a manner convenient to the story’s needs.
  3. It’s a great way to tell the reader “dude, this is not YOUR world“.
  4. I enjoy world-building. Duh!

I am a firm believer in recycling material, so expect Saint Brendan to pop up again in more detailed form.

CD Cover Game #7: Eryx Elegans

Here’s another attempt at the CD cover game:

Eryx Elegans, 'Run Away From Life'

I actually edited the photo in question this time; if you look at the original you will see a woman in the photo which really distracted from the composition:

Original Photo
Original Photo

Yes – it is quite easy to see the photo was edited, but after all this is not an exercise in forging photographic evidence 🙂

To critique my own work, the speech bubble is probably a little too dominant and the “band name” logo colors might not mesh perfectly with the rest of the image.

Original photo: Feliz 2009, by murilocardoso. Licensed cc-by-nc-sa.

CD Cover Game #2: Duke of Bourbon

Months ago I saw the CD cover game on Pedro’s blog. I had posted my first cover to my personal blog, but since I have moved all my arts and design stuff here, I figured I’d include this here, too. Especially since I can easily get away with saying that these are album covers from the world Terra, and not our own. Hey – instant world design.

Duke of Bourbon, "As Possible, All Things"
Duke of Bourbon, "As Possible, All Things"

I actually do like the CD cover game. It’s a quick thing to do (the above took me about ten minutes including looking for a photo on flickr that I was actually allowed to use) and you gotta come up with something based on pre-made elements, which is always a nice exercise in creativity.

Original photo by Thomas Hawk, cc-by-nc.

Terra – The State of the World

The local year is 1999. The League of Nations now includes almost every nation on Earth, and dominates through the wealth of its off-world resources and, where necessary, through the power of its military. As most countries can focus their expansionist desires and their hunger for resources to uninhabited parallel versions of Terra, international conflict is at an all time low. Not everybody is happy with the status quo, of course, and in some countries nationalists dream of ending the League domination.

This post describes the current situation in some key countries.

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Terra – An Alternate History, Part 3: Ascendency of the League

Previously: The World War

After the World War, the League slowly consolidated its power, as former colonies joined and formed a counter-weight to European imperial interests. Twenty years after the war, the Edison-Tesla Corporation discovers a startling technology and places it under League control, which granted the League the ability to rule through ultimate economic power.

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Terra – Flags of the League of Nations

When the League of Nations was founded in 1920, it did not have any flags or other official insignia. Various sections of the organization used different symbols in their activities. The question of a common flag was raised repeatedly, but any agreement on the issue was prevented by national government which feared the League would supersede their own power and authority.

Eventually, one design came to unofficially represent the League as a whole; two stars on a blue pentagram, symbolizing the five continents and the “five races of mankind”. In addition, the name of the organization was included in English and French.

League of Nations - Original Flag
League of Nations - Original Flag

The design was never overly popular, and never formally endorsed by the great assembly, but the flag was flown on all official occasions and used whenever the League had to be represented by a symbol. A simplified version was eventually adopted by the League assembly in 1938, when the flag was used during military action against the Japanese in Manchuria. The main symbol – the stars and pentagon – remained unchanged, but the League’s name was dropped.

League of Nations - Optimized Design.
League of Nations - Optimized Design.

The flag was again changed in 1953, during the height of the Russian War, also known as the World War. The change was minor; the blue pentagon was replaced by a circle; it was felt that this helped the star stand out. The symbolism was changed from “the five continents” to “one Earth”.

League of Nations - Russian War Flag
League of Nations - Russian War Flag

When the World War ended, the League of Nations quietly changed the flag again, mostly to disassociate it from the bloodshed of the war. As the League had gained preeminence in international affairs, it was decided that a break with the past was needed, without forgoing the symbolism. The stars were removed with five stars, which were arranged around the blue circle. The stars symbolized “the people” rather than the old-fashioned “five races”, while the circle continued to stand for the blue planet, Earth.

League of Nations - Post World War Flag
League of Nations - Post World War Flag

The circle-and-stars flag was flown for fifty years before it was felt that a final, more “modern” and “inspired” design was required. The circle was moved to the canton, and the stars continued to encircle it. The blue color was darkened for additional contrast. The symbolism of the new flag remains one world, uniting its people; but the main field of white gains dominance to symbolize the peace the League of Nations is tasked with keeping.

League of Nations - Final Flag in 21st Century
League of Nations - Final Flag in 21st Century

Terra – An Alternate History, Part 2: The World War

Previously: The Great War and the Invasion of Manchuria

The second part of the history of Terra deals with the second extended war in the 20th Century.

The “World War” began as a war in Europe, which quickly spread around the world. It was, at first, called “The Russian War” by everybody except the Russians, who called it “The War of Restoration” if they called it something at all. It was this global conflict that cemented the League of Nation’s Role as a “world government”.

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