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What Is Starfleet?

Starfleet (BC) was founded on the twenty-first day of the twenty-first year of the twenty-first century, and conceived as a decoupling layer between terminal-phase capitalism and progressive social experimentation.

Starfleet is about creating a new group of people, a new identity, not tied to geographic location but to a shared set of values and mechanisms for putting those values into practice. Philosophically, we're pretty utilitarian. Our motto: Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism.

In short, we're building a new Digital Nation.

What's in it for our citizens? Hopefully, we'll be able to provide a safe haven from the ongoing information wars. Humans are facing an unprecedented volume of information, evolutionarily speaking. Perhaps inevitably, we developed tools for acquiring and distributing information far faster than we've (as a species) developed tools for making sense of the consequent flood of information.

Bots and trolls have already deluded millions into joining literal death cults. Reddit won't stem the tide of disinformation. So. Let's figure out our own way to stop the bullshit.

How? Starfleet will provide a mechanism for publishing information, and to ensure the legitimacy of that information, we will only publish information which is digitally signed by Starfleet Citizens.

Tokenization:

  • here's where I have to be less hand-wavey about how things are upvoted / downvoted, and how that affects the publisher's karma, but generally, yeah. Karma.
  • Citizens will be able to send “legitimacy token” to a piece of information, thereby contributing legitimacy to the citizen who published it. The blockchain will of course keep a public record of who's upvoted what, and “how hard.”
  • Downvotes will cost “bullshit token”, ditto on the permanent record thing
  • A citizen's private key will act as their digital identity. One person, at least one key. Organizations will also be able to receive Starfleet identities, provided they also agree to adhere to our Terms and Conditions.
    • Chia Networks has provided an excellent mechanism (in the form of their reference NFT) for the creation of individual identities. A Starfleet-issued NFT will take some effort to obtain: until we've formalized our methodology, Starfleet Citizen NFTs will be issued only by personal invitation.
    • We'll need to make a centralized website for starters, a refuge for r/vaxxHappened et al - but our ideal implementation would be as fully peer-to-peer as Chia's validator network.

We'll organize around revolutionary technologies like:

    • Discord is one popular service which offers this functionality; Keybase is another; [matrix] yet a third. [matrix] seems closest aligned with Starfleet values, but for now we're mostly on Discord.
    • For the more general publish / subscribe model, Secure Scuttlebutt Protocol seems well-thought-out.
      • CmdrMoto is not super impressed with the current state of the software offerings, nor by the present adoption rate. But it *could* be a market looking for the right “killer content” …

Furthermore, through Starfleet Academy we hope to serve as an educational resource to the community - providing a space and supportive resources for people who have something to teach, with priority access given to classes which best embody the values that Starfleet represents.

Ultimately, Starfleet's ambition is to become a quasi-governmental entity, complete with passports, treaties, and eventually to achieve recognition and full participation in the United Nations.

Why Starfleet?

Progressive action is a wonderful thing. Each little thing individuals do to make a difference in their community, it matters.

Coordinated action is the most powerful thing we humans have discovered. It's the resonance that Nikolas Tesla harnessed to such impressive effect in his coils; it's the difference between the light of a campfire compared against the coherent light emitted by a laser.

I'd like to apologize in advance to Robin Sloan for my mangling of the analogy, but the basic idea got seared into my brain by this particular missive he wrote.

See, a campfire keeps you warm and illuminates the immediate area. Campfires are great, we all love campfires. A campfire emits thousands of watts of energy, tens of thousands even - but that energy is only helpful if you're close enough to catch some of it, as it scurries away in every direction.

A laser beam is a just bunch of photons which are all going in the same direction, in lockstep with one another, and we've seen how just a few watts of energy can form a beam that endures all the way to the moon and back.

Starfleet is the resonant chamber, the laser cavity, which will help align all our individual progressive actions into a Force to be Reckoned With.

We are not presently associated in any way with the Roddenberry estate, nor with NBC or CBS or Paramount or any other entertainment company. We presently have nothing to do with the United States Space Force, nor with any other entity that may include the words “star” and “fleet” in its name.

Yes, we've noticed the similarities between this organization and other organizations that have been called “cults.” To that, we can only offer this: Moto would make a lousy cult leader. It's just not in their introverted, awkward nature - plus, they made sure that the organization would have the ability to eject them should such need arise.

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Philosophy

We are committed to a collection of progressive values that we believe promote the wellness of our community. In popular culture, we have found that the Star Trek™ franchise, and particularly the (fictional) entity called Starfleet, expresses those values in a concise and accessible way.

Basic Human Rights and Simple Human Dignity

There's enough production on our planet to ensure nobody ever goes hungry. No person should ever want for shelter or clean water or medical treatment, either, no matter who they are. If a person lacks any of these necessities, then social ills are sure to follow: crime, addiction, violence.

Capitalism has gotten us to this astonishingly productive phase of human evolution; we just believe that now it's time we moved on. We aim to redistribute wealth peacefully, in cooperation with the capitalist markets.

Build an economy, Build a Nation

By establishing a secondary trust network, Starfleet adds value to the crypto economy.

  • Starfleet-affiliated manufacturers will be recognized for their commitment to workers rights and quality output, and their output valued accordingly.
  • Every entity that's a member of Starfleet commits to uphold a certain set of values, and ongoing deviation from those values may result in their expulsion from the nation.
  • Any number of members within Starfleet may naturally convey trust-based benefits when conducting business, knowing that, in the event of a dispute, every involved member's good standing in Starfleet is potentially on the line.
    • For instance, a Starfleet-associated retailer might offer a discount to customers who are also Starfleet members in good standing (the likelihood of them initiating a chargeback for a purchase they received is virtually nil, compared to another customer who wasn't in Starfleet)

Mission

Our Vision

  • Starfleet is a clearinghouse for coordinated progressive action - making lives better for people in our immediate community, acting in concert with others around the globe who are doing the same.
    • We will connect individuals who “just want to help somehow” with organizations who need their help
    • We will connect sources of funding with organizations in need.
  • Starfleet is an alliance of non-profit and for-profit companies, political entities, and individuals who want to work together to bring about a set of positive changes for the benefit of all humankind.

Phased Development

Phase one is focused on securing facilities for our headquarters, which in the short term will also serve as a live / work home for queer entrepreneurs.

Once we have established a base of operations, we will invest in and incubate LGBTQIA+ companies that we believe will support our ongoing mission.

What could we do with a space full of trans activists? Here are some ideas that we're considering at this stage in our growth.