Hello everybody, old and new ! This is mostly a reprint of a lost post concerning Imperial fashion. I lost all the text I wrote so it will be shorter. In Imperia you do not only deal with planets and ships -the fifth 'X' (eXist) and the power games imply that you will interact a lot with people in the game. And those people have names, personalities and... faces ! So, how do they look like, those viceroys and governors? Why ? And why does it matter ? The men and women of power like luxury, and as such will dress richly and follow the court fashion and etiquette - this, the closer to the imperial core worlds they get. Such people like to project their power by diverse means, clothing and body-shaping being two important ones. At the start of the game, the imperial fashion is heavily inspired by 16th and 17th european court fashion, mixed with indo-pakistani elements. This might seem odd to some of you, but everybody knows fashion goes in cycles, and the clothing of the monarchs of Europe at that time is still a perfect example of awe-instilling accoutrement. You get silk doublets, neck ruffs, the whole thing, mixed up and compressed. Of course, holograms are used for communication, and nanofibers and micromachines are included in the fabric. The military Imperial caste has remained attached to its pseudo- Napoleonic/ Nelsonian roots, as it did for the last centuries. Its stability shows well how its own thought has fossilized and needs reshaping. Now, many ask why should I bother with all this ? What is the point ? It's not as if you can play dolls and dress up your emperor and such. Well, it sort of matters because you deal with people and people have to be dressed. Furthermore, men and women who control planets and solar systems will not be humble, but will flout their power in any way they can -their clothes being one way. Very well, you might say, but then why then the retro looks ? Well, why not ? Do we really want to communicate with people dressed in tunics and robes, or with plastic shiny clothes ? See how the eighties are the rage right now, who can tell what will be fashionable in several centuries ? Look at how Mobutu was dressed, and be very afraid ! Other posts will follow, to the great sorrow of Bmorris take care all, P.