Mining History of Lakmos
Here we delve into a small piece of history between Eadan and Lakmos, two planets in the “Speckled Fall” solar system, home to manager Leda Cheelo (Eadan) and coach Ronadia Duswatt (Lakmos). Hundreds of years ago, pioneering families travelled from Eadan to Lakmos, establishing an underground civilisation within the mineral rich bowels of Lakmos, dubbed “the angry planet”. Building on their forefathers exploration the families established thriving colonies worldwide, each centered around huge mine shafts where the people both lived and worked. Through the minor variants in the the gravity, air composition, natural minerals and of course living underground, the Eadans who initially came to Lakmos underwent a gradual transformation over the generations and became the more familiar “Lakmoskans” as they are known today due to the independence movement. These posters are nostalgic propaganda from that intial time of intrepid, permanent space exploration. Scroll down to learn more about each poster and click the thumbnails to download a free high resolution A4 sized image.
Note: These posters are for you to download, print off and have a little piece of Galaxy Ball history in your home. All copyright remains with Diane Spencer – aka, these are not for people to sell, alter in anyway and sell, or dick about with. This is artwork I have created for everyone to enjoy for free.
“To Lakmos! For Eadan!”
This poster was publicly displayed mainly on public transport networks around the major cities of Eadan. This was shown in the early days of recruitment when the process was still voluntary subject to medical tests. This poster shows a proud yellow dumper truck carrying a small, symbolic “Lakmos” on it’s back, with the beautiful, distinctive illustration of Eadan complete with it’s two moons, overhead in the heavens. The entire composition is supposed to represent a new dawn, and the new life taken on by the intrepid volunteers who would be willing to totally relocated their families and change their entire existence for the sake of providing much needed resources to their home planet. It was known at the time, but not publicised, that the surface of Lakmos was entirely inaccessible, and in fact lethal to most life, and due to thick sulphurous cloud and wind speeds of up to 280mph. It would be impossible to see the heavens or work on the surface. This poster was a very heroic and romanticised view of mining to encourage the early volunteers. Click the poster to open the high res copy, then right click “Save image as…”.
“Dig for Eadan”
Displayed within the canteens, municipal “park spaces” and general public hubs of Lakmos colonies, this poster was one of the many designed by the Lakmos Ministry for Mining to encourage productivity. It soon became apparent to the new colonists that the only people passing the medical tests were pale skinned with red hair, due to their likelihood of surviving in low light conditions and their ability to make vitamin D in sufficient quantities to ensure against losing bone density despite the slightly heavier gravity. Consequently many public adverts were tailored towards the target market, as a resentment grew whenever advertising material with a model who was “clearly not Lakmoskan” was shown. This poster was created to assuage this feeling of rebellion, and it displays a more realistic interpretation of life underground. A strong Lakmoskan man, working in high visibility safety gear, with the appropriate drill in a jagged cavern filled with the valuable purple crystals of “Viterium” would have a been an easily recognisable sight for anyone. The enthusiastic slogan “Dig for Eadan!” encourages his dedication in the darkness. Click the poster to open the high res copy, then right click “Save image as…”.
“Shaft 41 – Where Families Live”
Lakmos cities all share distinctive features in that they are underground and centred on huge mines, which employs 85% of the workforce, the remaining 15% being in the service industries, such as shopkeeping and bartending. As each city grew in population, over time they began to establish their own unique feel and identities. Mass migration to a few shafts caused population explosions that created underground megacities where not only would industry thrive, but also poverty, illness and crime. Larger shafts began taking a percentage of the mined quota from the smaller shafts to compensate, and this led to an imbalance in the more sparsely populated areas that were often “bled dry” by the megacities. In the recession years, a few mines actually closed due to lack of workforce and many councils resorted to advertising the qualities of their cities, in order to draw in more people. Shaft 41 was considered quiet, akin to the rural towns and villages located deep in the countryside on a surface dwelling planet; considered a “suburb” mine, and so this advert plays upon the romantic ideal that it is a great place for families. Again, a romanticised view of the shaft is created, as the surface is inaccessible, however this kind of false illustration is more acceptable to the Lakmoskan eye due to the deep red hue of the sky which is was considered probably represented what it looked like anyway. The size of the mine suggests prosperity, but the relatively small interplanetary airport indicates it is not a major hub, and therefore more likely to have quiet neighborhoods. Click the poster to open the high res copy, then right click “Save image as…”.