Ostranauts Glossary

A list of terms used in the Ostranauts universe, and their meanings.

  • Colony n. A permanent or semi-permanent off world settlement.
  • Colony Rush n. The phase of colonization supported by Earth before effects of Kessler Syndrome.
  • Earth- adj. A prefix referring to an entity’s Earth component, such as the state of Sweden on Earth as opposed to the state of Sweden in their off world capital, which might be an aerostat on Venus.
  • Engineer n. A system designer, typically credentialed, and typically a programmer.
  • Local Authority n. The governing authority ultimately in charge of a region of space, planetary body, colony, or station. Distinguished from contractors invested with some of the local authority’s power, e.g. security contractors working for the local authority as law enforcement. Typically abbreviated LA.
  • Longevity n. Nanotechnological immortality, usually delivered in expensive installments.
  • Long Haul adj. Travel between planetary bodies longer than a standard day.
  • Off World adj. Anywhere not on Earth.
  • Off World Capital n. The governing population center of an off world colony.
  • Old adj. A prefix evoking or invoking pre-Collapse places or places.
  • Orbital n. A name for mega-engineering projects around a planetary body, such as an O’Neill cylinder or a Stanford Torus, or equivalents.
  • Replication Crisis n. A doomsday scenario caused by out of control, self-replicating nanotechnology.
  • Space Worker n. A laborer employed outside a planetary body.
  • Station n. A human structure in space, usually but not always occupied by humans. The distinction between station, colony, and orbital is occasionally nebulous due to contemporary history, as many temporary stations are converted to permanent habitats without identifying as colonies.
  • Subscraper n. An inverted skyscraper extending below a planetary surface. Typically incorporating a high-rise building, mine, and a self-sustaining internal ecology.
  • System n. When capitalized, the solar system as a whole. Typically used with the definite article. E.g. the System.
  • Technician n. A system maintenance laborer skilled in at least one field, such as environmental or drives.
  • Unbordered Entity n. A business entity so wealthy and powerful it has effectively become a sovereign state in the System. They use the suffix UBE, known as ‘ubers’.
  • Worker n. A relatively unskilled laborer or drone driver/operator.