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Spacecraft Registry
L5 Station Tsunami
Spacecraft Characteristics
Drive RatingStation-keeping only
Flag of RecordFenspace Convention
Registry NumberL5-E
PurposeFaction home base
Other Crewapproximately 1100 people
Operational StatusActive
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The most obvious thing about Tsunami is the wood. There are musty, century-old gentleman’s clubs back on Earth that don’t have so much wood paneling. I’m not really exaggerating when I say that everything on Tsunami is covered in wood, if not actually made out of wood. Even the station structural members have a cladding of thick wood - live wood at that. And the really neat thing about Tsunami’s abundance of plant life? None of it comes from the Jason, or AC Peters, or any of the usual suspects when it comes to mad biology. The process the Juraians use remains a well-kept secret, despite the occasional round of industrial espionage.

The second most obvious thing about Tsunami is the culture. It’s an otaku enclave, and the local source material takes a lot from feudal Japan, so everything here is very Japanese. As a gaijin, it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t especially welcome. It made wandering around the main habitat module awkward; the inhabitants were painfully polite, never an unkind word to my face, but the smiles were strained. It was frustrating, because people would deflect any questions I had about life on Tsunami.

Even Sora had trouble getting around, which surprised me. “We live in two different Japans,” she told me. “I live in the modern Japan, and they live in the Edo period, in space. As far as they’re concerned, we’re the Black Ships come to ruin their utopia.” Between the pseudo-traditionalists on Tsunami and the bitter-enders on Island One, sometimes I wonder if there’s something about L5 that attracts people who want to go into the future to regress.

Malaclypse Fnord

Home base for Juraian faction; original metal slowly being replaced with treeship biotech. Part of the L5 All-Stations astroball team in 2011 and 2012.