Terran Society in the 26th Century
The social problems that face the Terran Democratic Republic are far different from the social problems that faced Earth at the dawn of the 21st century. Prejudice has not gone away, however the focus of that prejudice has changed.
Impact of first contact on human society
Considering that the TDR is solely comprised of human colonies, those people living on colonies which are neither strategically important nor near any trade routes will only rarely see an alien. However, on the trading worlds and the most heavily populated planets, aliens are a common sight.
There are alien residents in the TDR, either who have become full citizens (though aliens are not allowed to join the government or the military) or have a work VISA. Their numbers, however, are fairly small, and comprise mainly of Navaks and several of the neutral worlds. Many aliens do business with the economically prosperous Republic, which is why aliens are not uncommon on the more powerful Republic planets.
Inevitably however, with greater alien integration racial hatred amongst humans has turned outward to racial hatred of aliens. There are quite a few anti-alien groups throughout the Republic, some who try to come to power through municipal and planetary elections, and others who use terror.
These terrorist organizations have been the driving reason why no alien government, only individual aliens, has ever become a part of the Republic. "Earth for Earth" or more commonly referred to as the EFE, and "Humanity's Army" are the two largest anti-alien groups. "Earth for Earth" has not been linked to any violent attacks and holds only minor positions in colonial governments, but "Humanity's Army" often claims credits for bombing and murders of aliens living in or travelling through the Republic.
Cultural integration within the Terran Democratic Republic
The cultural integration of Earth and the Terran society is something that took place several centuries ago, and so for most citizens of the Republic it is a process they take for granted. They do not realise that the integration of alien cultural diversity into their own is the very same thing that took place on Earth as it became a more unified planet.
With the onset of the century of peace fostered by the O.I.P. alien cultures have began to have larger influences on Terran society, something which has been embraced by the young, eager to share in new experiences or philosophies, but greeted by suspicion amongst the older members of the population who believe that alien integration is something that will subsume Terran culture and make it subservient. A generational gap is once again beginning to form in this respect.
Attitudes towards other sexual orientations
Homosexuals were a taboo of 21st century society and remnants of that anti-homosexual prejudice lasted for well over one hundred and fifty years. However, it was finally stamped out when the Terran Democratic Republic made first contact with the Rosebourg Monarchy. Their same-sex relationships make up approximately half of the total relationships in the Monarchy, and so the vast majority of humans have, over time, come to gradually accept homosexuality and integrate it in to society.
Attitudes towards telepathy and telepaths
Empaths and Telepaths are currently unmonitored and uncontrolled by the government; however there are strong calls from many corners of the Republic that strict control mechanisms should be placed on telepaths. Compulsory registrations, harsh regulations to prevent telepathic intrusions are all suggestions from such groups.
Open violence is seen against telepaths, and there are hate groups that have been established against them, the "Purity of Human Blood" being the most popular anti-telepath cult. The majority of the population regards such groups with disdain and anger; however the general anti-telepath feeling exists.
Religion and religious practices in the Terran Democratic Republic
Many had argued that the discovery of aliens meant the destruction of religion, however this expectation was completely crushed as there is still a strong religious following on Earth.
The Pope still reigns over the Catholic Church from the Vatican, Mecca is still the holy city for all Muslims, Jerusalem is shared equally by Jews and Muslims, Hindus still revere the River Ganges and Buddhists can be found all over China and Japan.
Religious tolerance has greatly increased, ever since the introduction of Religious Conferences, comprising members of all faiths who talk about their religion in an objective manner. With the passage of time, attitudes have changed as recognition has grown that essentially, everyone is worshipping the same God, just in different forms.
The success of this has been partly down of the Religious Conferences, but also to the works of careful reformers in all of the churches, and the emergence of "cross religions" like "The True Way" that comprises elements of all faith.
Alien religions have limited appeal to the general populace; however the young are slowly embracing these new philosophies, the most popular of which is the adoption of Rosebourg religious belief and practices.
Social issues facing the Terran Democratic Republic
Poverty is still a problem for most parts of the Terran Democratic Republic. On Earth, there are still pockets of poverty in Africa and Central Asia, as well as in most major cities. Poverty is mainly concentrated on the colony worlds, especially the outer, less populated planets. These worlds, often without well developed economic systems, find themselves burdened by their populations who, while not in absolute poverty, often do not have jobs and only a very small income.
Poverty in the TDR is not absolute anymore. Well-funded state health services have meant that even the poorest of citizens can (usually) receive the health care that they need and benefit payments to the poor who can not find work ensures that no one will ever starve to death in the TDR again.
While the pollution issues of the 21st century have been mainly solved on Earth, environmental regulations are not nearly as strict in other corners of the Republic. Some planets are suffering severe environmental difficulties.
Attitudes towards cloning
In the Terran Democratic Republic, full cloning of people is illegal. There is little debate over this; any scientist who engages in cloning practices is ostracised, however illegal cloning does go on, especially in the outer, less policed worlds. The cloning of organs is legal. These organs are cloned to replace missing ones, and have meant that organ donation is a thing of the past, and there is never really a shortage of organs.
Popular media and news services
The three most popular news broadcast networks of the Terran Democratic Republic are the EGNN (Earth Galactic News Network), TBC (Terran Broadcasting Corporation), and Terra Publishing Inc. These networks broadcast from the Sol System, EGNN stationed on Earth and TBC broadcasts from the Moon. Investigative journalism has not changed much, although one tends to find less sleaze, on average, which has meant the death of some newspapers.
Reporters are still hated by politicians and politicians are still highly criticized by reporters. There were several attempts to make the press more government-controlled, however each attempt has failed. "The Times" is the most popular newspaper of the Terran Democratic Republic, closely followed by "Republic Today."
Entertainment in the Terran Democratic Republic
Terran citizens have become renowned throughout the galaxy for their musical style that has become well adapted to reach mass interstellar audiences. Cultural diffusion has led to the creation of a series of new genres that reach mass interstellar audiences. One of the leading types of this new mass-interstellar genre is Terra-Nuevo Techno, an often high-paced and simple beat dependent music style that draws its origins from Mars.
The television, the technology and ideas behind it, have been integrated into the Personal Access Networks. As a result, the idea of watching programmes with an integrated visual and audio experience has lasted the test of time. It has, however, stopped being a central focus of daily-life and is simply considered part of the Personal Access Networks' broad range of services.
The changing architectural style on Earth
Architectural styles have changed quite a lot since the 21st century. With the invention of the environmentally friendly hover-car, there became no need for huge sprawling road networks.
Many were removed, and replaced by strips of park with paths running up and down them. This has meant that the layouts of cities have been changed immensely by the shift in every-day travel from on the ground to the sky.
The hover cars land on and lift off from the roofs of houses. In the sky are large hovercar lanes, denoted by stationary beacons in the air. There are always constant streams of traffic flying overhead. Humans still build high-rise buildings, especially in cities.
However much more care is placed in the aesthetic look of the building than would ever have been in the past. Houses and structures are no longer built simply because they are needed, and built to the most basic specifications that can be found, they are formed through careful work and planning. The Renaissances that have taken place since the 21st century have destroyed the "concrete jungle" effect, by introducing beauty in to these situations.
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