The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. — Arthur C. Clarke's second law
I began to develop this setting IN MY MIND as early as around 2012, when The Hunger Games movie adaptation was all the rage. Many of my friends were interested watching the movie (including me!) were interested on the movie, and as I watched the trailer on a morning news programme on TV, I became even more hyped.
And as I watched it on the cinema, I was astounded. Not because of its shipping, but for the TECH shown. It made me start to imagine what happened on Panem... and as the movies went, I went my own way of developing my own "Panem." This "alternate Panem" would deviate heavily from the Panem we know and love, and was the root of one of perhaps one of Chouverse's most well-developed settings, the Terran Combine
My interest on extraterrestrial life, as well as the success of the Orion's Arm project, also influenced the development of this setting.
Chouverse is built on the basic premise that it would be a plausible science fantasy multiverse. Here's a breakdown:
Plausible science fantasy
Technically, Chouverse is NOT HARD SCIENCE FICTION, nor does it tend to be one. Despite having several hard science fiction stuff, the Chouverse leans to science fantasy--however, it tries to lean to the science part. Fringe theories and fringe science would have a role on shaping the multiverse (free energy, exotic propulsions, etc). It's the reason why I put a "plausible" clause before "science fantasy".
Multiverses are a major thing here.
The Chouverse is divided into dimensions. Differences between dimensions can be subtle at first and can be larger eventually. For example, the Main Dimension branched off real life when the whiros received a message from Earth about the existence of its former colony (the events preceding it assumes that Earth was a colony of the whiros); leading up to its occupation by the Whirosian Central Empire; on another dimension, a cyberpunk crapsack world rose from the ashes of modernity, all in the same time period.
The Chouverse is created by the Disciples of Clu (the core team) and other people (collectively "the Chouverse authors") and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-SA 4.0). That means, you can fork it and make your own setting derived from the Chouverse, as long as:
- You cite the Chouverse authors on your copyright notice (such as a LICENSE.md file). For example:
Copyright (c) [year] [name]. Based in part on the Chouverse by the Chouverse authors [https://chouverse.ncps.xyz] licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
- You license your work on the same license (CC BY-SA 4.0) or compatible licenses. (As of July 2020, these compatible licenses are the Free Art License 1.3 and GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3). Note that you can only license your Chouverse derivative under GPLv3 in a one-way matter; you can't make CC BY-SA-licensed derivatives of GPLv3 projects.)