Inter States Glossary & Abbreviations/Acronyms

(A Work in Progress; updated August 3, 2015)
Copyright Ralph Meima 2009-2015

3V: An advanced, 3-D, big-screen version of television, often placed in a living room or recreation room, for group viewing of movies, etc. It can obtain content from the VNET or tripleSD’s.

AFK: Away From Keyboard, i.e., online but not at one’s terminal.

Agricell: (Agricultural cellulose); a term for biomass energy crops like fast-growing willow and switch grass that are combusted in pellet or chip form.

Ailestrian: A person in individual flight (as in “pedestrian”).

Andrometro: A flamboyant, theatrical style in which primarily men dress.

Aptitar: a universal identity object used in the VNET, Internet, and all other online systems that is associated with an individual at birth, linked to any and all nationalities and national personal registration numbers they possess, and used in for example financial accounts and transactions, taxation, and online subscriptions.

AR: (Augmented reality); a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified by a computer. As a result, the technology functions to enhance one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one.

Avacide: The voluntary termination of an avatar’s identity and online account by the user of a virtual world; as in “sui-cide”. Not to be confused with avicide, a poison that kills birds.

Avatar: A 3-D graphic image that a VNET user adopts to represent him/herself; could be anything, including him- or herself, a historical figure, another human form, an alien, an animal, etc.

Aztlán Movement: A Mexican nationalist, indigenous movement embracing pre-Columbian myth and culture with the political goal of creating an independent nation, Republica Aztlán del Norte, from the southwestern states of the United States.

Barriachi: Popular, high-tempo electronic music that fuses Mexican styles with techno.

Bat: A 3-D control device for a VNET computer, supplanting the mouse used for 2-D user interfaces.

BG: The Board of Growth, a secretive association of the world’s hundred richest oligarchs. The Board of Growth originated as an informal lobby group within the World Economic Forum, but now functions as an independent body.

Biofleece: A synthetic insulating fiber made of polymers from plant oils.

CCC, also known as Triple-C: The Commonwealth of Christian Communities, an alliance of cities and towns run according to evangelical Christian values and principles, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, and with more than two thousand participating municipalities around the country.

Chinese Union, or CU:

Chitrex: A tough, slightly flexible non-petrochemical polymer material made from the polysaccharide chitin and complex bioengineered proteins, used for a wide variety of purposes, from automotive parts and aircraft bodies to body armor.

COE: US Army Corps of Engineers

Coalition for Renewal: A national political alliance of democrats, moderate republicans, progressives, and greens that emerged in the ‘30s and reached its apex in 2036 with the election of Morales on a platform of military disengagement from foreign wars, economic recovery, national reconciliation, and defossilization of the economy, which implied the dismantling of the Energy Trust and re-privatization of fossil fuels along with many other forms of energy. The Coalition for Renewal’s principles were publicized through its “Renewed American Compact,” issued in 2034.

Cogged, cogging: Tenses of the verb “to cog,” in other words, to use cognitrol (see below). This could include using cognitrol to type and send a messge.

Cognitrol: A term for the control interface that uses a neural pick-up cap in a VRI headset to translate thought into executable commands in the VNET, including cursor controls, movement, and communication.

Conventionalism: The policy position supporting the idea that only fossil fuels (oil, gas, and coal) and nuclear energy can provide base-load electric power, district heating, and transportation energy, and that government funds should be primarily allocated to energy research and infrastructure for increasing capacity and efficiency in the fossil fuels sector, rather than to renewable energy sources.

Cybertropic drug: A drug used to enhance sensation and suspend one’s disbelief in a virtual reality experience, using a mixture of subcortex stimulants, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and transopiates.

Cybriety: Moderation in the use of or abstinence from the VNET.

Cydub: Popular electronic dance music.

Cylph: N - An autonomous sex avatar that is operated by AI, not by a human user, and could either be a holomorph of a living person or an entirely fictitious graphic figure; V – to cylf means to holoscan a person in order to create an autonomous AI representation of that person for cybersex in online virtual environments. Unless one has the original person’s permission, this is considered invasive and rude. However, it is quite common.

Dark Hill: An extremely radical anti-technology, nature-focused political and social movement with roots in New England, New York, and Eastern Canada. Often called a cult or animist religion, the semi-secretive Dark Hill is known for direct action and its profound effect on members’ lifestyles and family life. Dark Hill has been accused of acts of terrorism against organizations representing modernity, the fossil fuel complex, Conventionalism, and the Federal government.

Diverse: [noun] A colloquial term for someone who neither wants to be associated with any majority nor with any distinct minority group, preferring instead to keep their identity ambiguous.

Downouter: Literally, “down-and-outer,” a victim of poverty and joblessness

Downpowering: Reducing the use of energy through such things as shifting to smaller motors, increasing manual and draft animal labor, increasing the number of inhabitants of buildings, lowering thermostats, and replacing warm or hot industrial processes with cold processes.

DRR: The US Federal Department of Disaster Relief and Recovery, the successor to FEMA when dealing with disasters was elevated from a federal agency to the White House cabinet level.

Elevener: Nickname for a member of the Evangelical Church of the Plain Word of Jesus Christ Our Savior and Guide, also known as the Plain Word.

Eleventh Commandment: A principle of the Plain Word sect, usually stated as: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, and accept men and women from every nation who fear God and do what is right.”

Elimlets: Bracelets, anklets, and necklaces that ward off mosquitoes and other biting flies using complex ultrasound patterns.

Energy Trust (The): A corporation created by the US Federal Government which holds the monopoly for the production/importation, refining, and distribution of a variety of fuels and other substances based on oil, natural gas, and coal, including gasoline, diesel fuel, aviation fuel, and coal gas. The Energy Trust was created through an act of Congress in 2023, when large parts of the energy industry were nationalized in the name of national security and economic stabilization.

EROEI: Energy returned on energy invested; the ratio of the amount of usable energy acquired from a particular energy resource to the amount of energy expended to obtain that energy resource. When the EROEI of a resource is less than or equal to one, that energy source becomes an "energy sink", and can no longer be used as a primary source of energy.

Forest Reclamation and Stewardship Act (FRSA, “Forsa”): A bill before the US House of Representatives in 2040 that is intended to ease short-term fuel shortages for building heating by opening all publicly owned forests (federal, state, and local) to extensive cutting for fuel wood and wood-pellet production “until new energy regimes can be implemented,” with highly streamlined permitting that the Energy Trust would control at the federal level. Most legal requirements relating to protection of endangered species, watershed protection, and other aspects of forest conservation would be waived when a FRSA permit is obtained. It would also make it a federal crime to attempt to slow or halt “expedient fuel wood recovery” or distribution of the resulting fuel wood, once permitted. The FRSA is essentially a federalization of biomass production and control.

Forest States Alliance (FSA): An alliance of mainly northern US states with higher than average forest cover that was created to protect forests and promote sustainable-yield forestry practices as a response to growing demand pressure from urban and less-forested areas that consume large quantities of biomass. The members are: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. See also New Haven Compact.

Fort McMurray Declaration: A statement issued in June 2039 by a group of conservative members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, together with about four dozen US Congressmen and state legislators, demanding that Alberta secede from Canada, join the US as a state, and cut a favorable 50-year deal for retention in the provincial treasury of more oil revenues than it currently retains; all flow of oil to China and other markets would be curtailed; the US would protect Alberta from any “military retaliation or blackmail” (i.e., assertions of national sovereignty by the Canadian government); a pipeline would be constructed to transport oil to the US and another pipeline would be built to draw water year-round from the Great Slave Lake and pump it to the sand pits for use in oil production, potentially against the will of the Canadian government.

Fourth Crossing: A European political/social movement that believes it is Europe’s destiny to send a new 21st-century wave of immigrants to North America. It bases its beliefs on three principles: (1) Equity, i.e., European population density is much higher than that in North America, with corresponding higher ecological pressure and difficulty in producing food; (2) Justice, i.e., the notion that America’s disproportionate greenhouse gas emissions for a century were the leading cause of the global warming that is (paradoxically) cooling Northern Europe; and (3) Destiny, i.e., the idea that Europeans have been crossing to North America since thousands of years before Christ (the Solutrean Hypothesis) and that this is part of “the divine order of things”.

Frame, The: The perception (as in “frame of mind”) of the virtual reality experienced through the VNET as equal in its actual reality to physical reality (RL).

Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act: Legislation introduced by Senator James Jeffords (I-VT) on July 20, 2006 before the US Senate. Jeffords was ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Go-suit: A comfortable jumpsuit made of biofleece, with both sportswear and business-casual versions.

Green Teens: The nickname for the period from 2012 through the end of the decade, when considerable consensus about energy and environmental policy existed across the political spectrum, and broad voter support fostered many steps toward greenhouse gas emissions reductions, investments in renewable and distributed energy generation, urban mass transit, and railroads. The legislative framework (tax credits and shifts, investment in R&D, permitting changes, etc.) was laid out in the New Energy Plan of 2015. This was a period marked by great optimism and enthusiasm, and in later decades was looked back upon with nostalgia and bitterness. Some social critics argue that the impetus of the Green Teens was doomed to run its course because the US continued its imperial involvement in other parts of the world, even as it tried to change the energy regime at home. Others have maintained that fossil fuel interests, buoyed by rising profits as oil prices climbed, fought and undermined the policies of the Green Teens. In any case, the public and policy atmosphere that marked the Green Teens came to an abrupt halt in 2021 with the Sanderborough tragedy.

HCE: Human cognition equivalent, a unit of artificial intelligence processing and sensemaking capacity equivalent to the capacity of one trained human analyst.

HF: Abbreviation of ‘Homeland Front,’ a precursor name for what became the Party for the Defense of the Homeland. This name was officially dropped when its members started running for public office and the party was registered as a political party, but it remained in common parlance. Carl Holt is its national chairman.

HFC: Hydrogen Fuel Cell, an electric propulsion system in vehicles that converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, generating electricity in the process.

Hive: A weapons system, formally named ‘HV5’, that consists of a dynamic network of hundreds or thousands of tiny dronecopters in a smart swarm that each target, track, identify, and if instructed kill individual soldiers on a battlefield. Each electric dronecopter is about ten centimeters in diameter and carries cameras, radar, avionics, and a five-shot 0.10 caliber rifle. They can travel at speeds of 100 km/h, and use intelligent algorithms to penetrate nets, fences, and other obstacles, and evade defensive measures. They are usually released from an aircraft or ground vehicle, and return to it when the mission has been completed. They can stay aloft for as long as 60 minutes.

Hokiesburg: Nickname for Blacksburg, Virginia.

Holomorph: A three-dimensional representation (avatar) of a person, with photographically accurate dimensions and textures of the real person (often the user behind the avatar). Holomorphs are created from a 360x360x360-degree digital scan (“holoscan”) in a “holobooth,” which is typically found at a V-tel.

Home Guard: The Southwestern Virginia Home Guard, a citizens’ militia originally created by retired military officers to assist the Virginia Army National Guard and state police in providing security to communities and maintaining law and order if and when confronted with military-style threats. The Home Guard owes much of its origin in the Teens to Oath Keeper paramilitaries who were concerned that the US Federal Government might pursue policies that were unconstitutional and demanded armed citizen resistance. While this concern has remained an element of the Home Guard’s culture, most of its efforts in recent years have been directed at guarding state and federal facilities and infrastructure, assisting the state police with travel control, assisting towns with stockades and other defenses, emergency response, humanitarian relief, and readiness training.

Homeland Brotherhood: A veterans’ organization primarily active in the mid-South, existing ostensibly for social purposes, but increasingly used by racist, White supremacist, and fascist groups for recruiting and organizing.

Homeland Front (HF): See Party for the Defense of the Homeland.

Housemother: a southern expression for a woman who runs a rural working-class household where a family owns its own house and land, but is not wealthy enough to employ more than one or two servants or field workers.

HUD: Heads-up Display, a data display that a VNET user can open and close at will in their field of vision.

Humbum: The most common military nickname for a hurricane bunker.

Hunker: A common civilian nickname for a hurricane bunker.

Hurricane bunker: A large, heavily reinforced, flood-proof building complex that serves as a refuge from storms for several hundred or thousand people. Hurricane bunkers contain supplies of water, food, medicines, and other necessities, and also function as regional operations centers for DRR, the military, and state agencies.

Hypergrid: A set of standard VNET programming and communication protocols that allow users to move among different virtual worlds, essentially creating an unbounded metaverse.

I-ball: a wireless VNET-compatible video camera, powered by a photovoltaic cell.

IHC: Interstate Highways Command – the U.S. Army entity responsible for maintaining order on and controlling access to the interstate highways.

Inurb: Residential area embedded within a city.

Inworld: An expression for when one is in a virtual world (within the Metaverse) via an avatar.

Jambot: A VNET program that seeks out specific kinds of data and attempts to disable it or make it disappear from the VNET, using a variety of methods including transaction jamming and viruses.

KP: Kilopoint, also mistakenly expanded as “killerpoint” – a compact, lightweight Czech-made 4.5 mm electric machine gun that fires one thousand rounds per minute.

Landmark: A digital address in a virtual reality landscape allowing an avatar to return to it at will.

Living machine: An artificial wetland that treats sewage and purifies water using the natural ecological processes of a community of plants, bacteria, fish, insects, and other living organisms.

Metaverse: the universe of online virtual worlds, essentially equivalent to the VNET, although private virtual worlds exist that cannot be accessed via hypergrid links from the public VNET.

Milscrip: A currency used by the military and other federal security forces, existing only in debit-card form

Mindsurfer: A person who uses a mental-interface VRI headset and is able to control (“cognitrol”) the human-machine interface mentally, including cursor controls, movement, text, and voice communication.

Neuronburg Rallies: The nickname for a series of Euronationalistic, extremist virtual political rallies taking place in the VNET.

New Energy Plan (NEP): Enacted by Congress in 2015 after a concerted bipartisan effort in partnership with the White House, the New Energy Plan charted a comprehensive course for US energy, transportation, housing, and related policy that was intended to move total US energy production to a portfolio by 2020 that was 50% conventional (including nuclear) and 50% renewable. This is considered the capstone legislation of the “Green Teens.”

New Haven Compact: An agreement signed in New Haven, Connecticut in 2032 that created the Forest States Alliance. At the heart of the agreement was the principle that all wood biomass resources in a state were a public trust under the trusteeship of the government of that state, and that even federally owned lands and private property were subject to the terms of this trust, which included the principles of sustainable-yield forestry, net carbon gain, and habitat and water-resource preservation.
Oath Keepers: Oath Keepers is an American nonprofit organizationthat advocates that its members (current and former U.S. military and law enforcement) uphold the Constitution of the United States should they be ordered to violate it. The Oath Keepers' motto is "Not On Our Watch!", and their stated objective is to resist, non-violently, those actions taken by the U.S. Government that it believes oversteps Constitutional boundaries
Office of the Constitutional Inspector (OCI): A special police investigative and enforcement agency that deal with violations of suspensions of the U.S. Constitution’s “Bill of Rights” (first ten amendments). The OCI is reports to the U.S. Attorney-General, who is equivalent to the Minister of Justice in most countries.

Offliner: A habitual, heavy VNET user who is not online; offliners can be seen drifting around buying food and taking care of other necessities between online sessions; they are thin and pale, with red eyes and often the habit of constantly glancing in all directions. They are usually drug-addicts.

Oil Sands Co-Management Initiative Act (OSCIA): A bill before the US Congress that would force Canada to sell most oil from Alberta to the US, exclude China and other foreign customers from purchasing this oil, and threaten Canada with annexation of Alberta if it did not cooperate. (This is a somewhat milder legislative manifestation of the Fort McMurray Declaration.)

Partisans: a blanket term used around the US for small, armed bands of radical environmentalists, socialists, and secessionists, often but not necessarily left-wing in their politics, who engage in opposition to the US Government, Energy Trust, industrial oligarchs, Homeland Front, and other conservative and right-wing causes through intelligence gathering, weapon and ammunition thefts, sabotage, and assassinations.

Party for the Defense of the Homeland (PDF): a conservative political party advocating a more robust defense against potential threats to US national security, and an aggressive position on US claims to a share of natural resources in Canada and Mexico, along with militant opposition to immigration. Also known as the “Homeland Front” (or HF), the name of the precursor movement that became the Party for the Defense of the Homeland when its members started running for public office and the organization was registered as a political party. PDF membership is concentrated in the South, Midwest, and Rocky Mountain states. While formally a legal political party, the PDF is informally associated with innumerable grassroots militias, folkways clubs, and shadowy groups with racist, fundamentalist religious, and nativist-isolationist leanings.

PGM: Party of the Green Mountains, a state party in Vermont whose primary goal is secession from the United States, and which tends not to take positions in ordinary left-right policy debates.

Phase transition: When the phase of a substance, i.e., its material state (e.g., solid, liquid, gas), undergoes change to a different phase.

Plain Word: The Evangelical Church of the Plain Word of Jesus Christ Our Savior and Guide. Their “Eleventh Commandment” sets the Plain Word apart from other religious sects: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, and accept men and women from every nation who fear God and do what is right.” For this reason, the Plain Worders are nicknamed the “Eleveners”. All the mainstream denominations and most evangelicals considered this heresy, a desecration of Moses’ Decalogue.

Proxarchy: literally, the rule of the close; egalitarian government deliberately based on geographical nearness, similar economic means, and close social relations. The opposite of proxarchy has been variously called “siderearchy” and “abarchy,” connoting distance in social relations, economic means, power, and social understanding, such as absentee ownership, great power distance, and extreme economic inequity.

RDD: Reality Dislocation Disorder, a psychological condition in which a person cannot remember whether memories, ideas, relationships, etc. originated in real life or in virtual reality experiences, interacting with bots or avatars. In more extreme cases, RDD may involve a disturbing, persistent lack of confidence that the reality one is conscious of is in fact bona fide reality. RDD is usually caused by heavy use of virtual reality combined with cybertropic drug abuse. RDD by itself does not involve hallucinations, although RDD may co-occur with other mental illnesses including paranoia and delusional and hallucinatory psychosis.

Rezz: To rez (or “rezz”) in a virtual world means to make an object or avatar appear, or the process of appearing after for example teleporting or logging on.

RFID: Radio frequency identification, a technique that uses tiny electronic chips or tags containing memory devices, power sources, radio transponders, and antennas that can communicate a unique identity code to a radio receiver tuned to the appropriate frequency.

RL: Real life, i.e., physical reality experienced without the assistance of the VNET or AR.

Sanderborough: A small Western town that was entirely obliterated by an act of terrorism in 2021, with the deaths of nearly 35,000 people. The perpetrators, a radical splinter group of Al-Hijra who were in conflict with the Caliphate, carried out the attack to provoke further war with the United States.

Satcom/Satnet: the global wireless satellite-based data network that supports several communication systems, including the VNET, Internet, and a global positioning system. This serves as an alternative to the much cheaper terrestrial cellular networks. It is operated and maintained by an EU-Chinese consortium, and tends to be priced out of reach of most Americans.

SGW: “Since Global Warming,” an abbreviation used when relating for example global average temperature or sea level to a hypothetical baseline prior to the point at which human-induced global warming became significant, often equated with 1900.

SHE-WEBS: Popular acronym for a list of what its proponents see as the key ingredients of a sustainable energy paradigm, made up of the first letters of: solar energy, hydro-power, eco-mimicry, wind, efficiency, biofuels, and simplicity.

SIF: Special Interior Forces, an elite federal military force for anti-terror operations and the maintenance of domestic civil order. SIF reports directly to the US President, not the Joint Chiefs of Staff or the civilian Secretary of Defense.

Skin: The surface appearance of an avatar, including hair, skin coloration, and hair.

Solarization: A concept according to which human society shifts to total reliance on solar energy alone in its many forms, including capture of direct radiation for heat and photovoltaic electricity, wind power, and biofuels.

Spawnport, spawn: A location in virtual reality where an avatar first arrives upon logging on.

Stimsim: Stimulator/Simulator, a device consisting of a frame, seat, straps, cables, sensors, cognitrol harness, and electronics in which a person experiencing the VNET is supported, protected, and stimulated to feel motion and other effects matching what they are seeing and hearing through their headset. A stimsim is usually used in combination with cybertropic drugs, to intensify the realism of the experience.

Sword and Shield: An elite and secretive militia associated with the Homeland Front, commanded by Carl Holt, the national chairman of the Party for the Defense of the Homeland. Sword and Shield was originally created in response to turbulence in the ‘30s when fears escalated among right-wing militias that a foreign take-over attempt of the United States federal government was imminent.

T-pad: A name for the ubiquitous wireless communication and computing devices that developed from cell phone, smartphone, satellite phone, laptop computer, tablet computer, e-book reader, and mobile digital media player technology. Other terms include “personal digital assistant” (or PDA).

Thermopolitics: Politics related to global warming.

TP: to teleport, or be transported from one place to another in a virtual world without the simulation of spatial movement.

Transmissionaries: Online religious evangelists from a number of Christian denominations who work virtually in the VNET to try to get people to give it up and adopt a simple, Christian, and drug-free/VNET-free way of life. One of their slogans is “There’s No Salvation in Simulation.” The Salvation Army is very active in transmissionary activity. They represent the “New Temperance” (or “Cybriety”) movement that rejects drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity in the context of heavy virtual reality use.

TripleSD: A solid-state storage device for any kind of digital data. These come in many shapes, and because of their extremely high capacity (ranging from 256 terabytes to more than a petabyte) are sometimes used in place of online VNET data streaming.

Troding (to trode; troded): The practice of implanting several dozen electrode beacons the size of poppy seeds into selected parts of the body, especially joints, fingertips, and other extremities, so that a VNET scanner can map the movements of an avatar to the actual movements in real life of the avatar’s human counterpart.

V, The: Nickname for the VNET.

V-bat: A virtual 3-D navigation and control device for a VNET computer, used inworld and held in an avatar’s hand, supplanting interfaces devices such as keyboards, bats, verbal commands, and touch screens. In can be cognitrolled using the appropriate kind of VRI headset.

V-Icle: 3-D browser interface software for VNET.

V-mail: A message or messages sent via the VNET, sometime text-only, but usually video or other multimedia.

V-tel: A motel-like establishment where people stay in a tiny VNET cubical wearing a cognitrol cap and a full sensory suit, and spend periods of hours or days online in virtual reality; meals, washing & cleaning services etc. are provided; no windows or other distractions are present.

VDOT: Virginia Department of Transportation.

Viz-it: to virtually visit someone via the VNET.

VL: Virtual life.

Vlog: A personal 3-D, multimedia VNET format with which individuals post digital objects and receive comments, audio and video files, and other digital objects from visitors to the Vlog.

VNET (aka Vtopia): A convergence of broadcast & cable TV, Internet, entertainment arcades, movie multiplexes, and more, accessible online via internet-like “V-Icles” (3-D browser-type software). About 30% of Americans of all ages use VNET at least 12 hours a day. The VNET is also the virtual location of much commerce, education, and government activity.

VRI: Virtual Reality Interface.

Vtopia: A synonym for the VNET.

Wind barons: Industrialists (oligarchs) who own vast wind farms – mainly in the Midwest, Texas, and the Great Plains states - along with the electrical transmission capacity that serves them and a variety of related assets, like electrified railroads, natural gas pipelines, ethanol plants, fuel-crop farms, and water pumping and storage infrastructure. Sometimes compared to the railroad barons of the 1800’s, they work in close concert with the Energy Trust.