• Lt. Cmdr. Dr. Amadeus O'Reilly

Ohniaka III | Foundational Origins, Architectural Stylings

Regarding cultural influence on modern infrastructure and architecture from "Progenitor" origins

Seeing as Cube 5219 landed 8 kilometers away from the Ohniakan coastline (and its impact skid stretches for one more), the Liberated Borg Cooperation’s Capitol City is no stranger to the ocean, the edges of its inland horizons blanketed by canyon-like rock formations almost as brutalist as their architecture. While the soil where Progenitors landed was soft, the relatively sturdy bedrock allowed the xBs to build foundations that their augmented strength and Borg technology could still manipulate, thanks to the planet’s relative youth. Four months after landing on Ohniaka III (including ▇▇▇’▇ departure) and the reunification of xBs deprogrammed from his cult-like influence, they burned the Starfleet outpost they used as temporary shelter, and abandoned it to history as the site of the Cubesfall Massacre.

After this communal excision, the Progenitors knew that the crumbling foundations of Cube 5219 could no longer feasibly provide them shelter from the elements. These xBs dismantled and rebuilt regeneration alcoves once power lines were created in newer, simple shelters, routing energy from wind farms, water turbines from a nearby waterfall that emptied into the sea, solar panels, and supplementary power that still lingered in Cube 5219. Still bearing the Collective’s infinite knowledge of civilizations, the Progenitors accessed their records of societal proliferation, and began to build the bones of a harbor, irrigated crops, and planned out the most efficient way a city could spread and grow from a single starting point (even if they had little idea their population would boom so strongly in 23 years).

When descending from the clouds in a shuttlecraft, Ohniaka III’s now 7km-wide Capitol City looks very much like the roots of a tree branching out from a deep slash in the earth. It speaks to the adaptability, determination, and versatility of these first xBs to survive without the guidance of the Hivemind, building a society in which to build others up who were also severed from the Collective. Where the impact site of Cube 5219 cuts into the rock and ends in a settled, square crater, their city starts from those broken ribs of a behemoth vessel and stems into something much more organic- though its city streets and avenues do resemble wafer circuitry if one squints hard enough.

My Progenitor advisor Horus tells me very moving stories about their early expeditionary journeys from Cube 5219 to the coastline, one where he witnessed the phenomenon known as the “pink flash” for the first time when Ohniaka III’s sun dips below the ocean.

“My orthopedic exo-plating had been removed three weeks earlier,” he told me, “and the physical therapy by which to walk again was tiresome. But the memory of reaching twilight's shoreline and removing my boots, the sensation of sand and water between my toes for the first time... that made the journey much more bearable.”

Architectual Stylings, "Eco-Brutalism"

Recalling the 21st century Earthen architectural phenomenon known as “eco-brutalism,” xBs seem to imply a basic, harsh geometry in their methods of construction and city planning: all while echoing the once Collective-indentured life that erupted from Cubesfall. Not since Vulcans have I seen a culture so homogenized and adherent to efficiency in their architectural habits, yet I am reminded of humans and their celebrated independence of unique expression and socialization. While the Capitol City population is a city of 50,000+ that grows every day with continued xB immigration, efficiency and compartmentalization are seemingly interwoven into the bones of the xB society, finding a healthy coexistence with the planet around them to encourage "ecosystem efficiency." Endemic Ohniaka III vegetation spills out from balconies and archways alongside their stark, angular buildings, hanging over community gardens that grow unique plants from Ohniaka III's soil or imported from various xB species home planets.

Even though earlier structures echo the sentinel-like cube on the Capitol City's edge far more than modern buildings, xB art, architecture, and subsequent crafts tediously balance these brutal extremes. Community centers litter all corners of the Capitol City—dedicated to art, sports, cooking, or different cultural practices— to encourage creative means of efficiency through interlinked community. Some who take to tangible arts and other crafts will offer their personally-made wares for community enrichment; since xBs live with no societal need nor want for money, they will often disburse their creations freely to the public in personal popups. The Capitol City's northern harbor has become one of the most popular places for citizen trading and fraternization, locals enjoying freshly-caught samples of Ohniakan sealife while frequenting a marketplace made from cubicles of all greebled shapes and sizes.

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