Entry #1 – Sol – Earth – Hong Kong – 64 NC Thought an electronic journal of sorts would be a good way to note down my thoughts and keep me preoccupied. Maybe it will find itself on Maya one day. Who knows. So... yeah... here a I'm in Hong Kong in the middle of Yu Jing territory. As a good ol' American boy this place absolutely blows me away. I'd seen vids on Maya of the great cities across the Pacific but to see it in person was something else. The level of technology here is just mind boggling compared to the United States. I was used to swathes of suburban sprawl and cookie cutter houses. Here in Hong Kong the vertical nature of everything makes me dizzy. That and everything's packed in so close together. I'd been to a few cities in the States but they did not compare to anything I'm seeing here. Thinking about the United States I can't help but feel a little home sick. I am without my friends and family here. However, I do not miss the dysfunctional government, the abusive corporations, failing infrastructure, and some of the worst quality of life on all of Earth. I needed to escape. The question was to where? My first thought was joining my countrymen on the newly rediscovered Dawn. Looking at the reports and vids on Maya changed my mind rather quickly. My life was already full of hardships back in the States and I didn't need a new set of them on Dawn. USAriadna can keep their antipodes, inhospitable wilderness, and their Kazak rulers for all I care. With USAriadna well out of the picture my eyes gravitated to Haqqislam. Their humanist nature, neutrality on the interstellar stage, and tolerance for outsiders and non-believers were very inviting. That was the good side. Much like Dawn Bourak wasn't exactly the nicest of planets for humans. It was better thanks to terra forming but it wasn't great. Also the Hassassins left a bad taste in my mouth. It was state sponsored terrorism. I then started looking at Yu Jing. For other westerners that might appear as a weird option but Pan Oceania and the Nomads were a last resort for me. So the great eastern power was my next choice. The culture might have been different and the government authoritarian but the citizens were well cared for and they had rights I valued. It was a stable power that could provide stable lives for its citizens. Stability I could never get back in the United States. So Yu Jing was my choice. Applying to immigration was going to be a long a brutal process so I tried my luck with getting a work visa first. I had years of experience as a communications technician trying to keep the dying and outdated systems in the States up and running. Seems that was a position of need or importance as I got the work visa with no hassle. Did some interviews over Maya with some companies and landed myself a junior position with a government contractor in Jiguui on Shentang. Now I'm just waiting at the spaceport for a shuttle. When I board I'll be starting a new life in a foreign land. Heh, I think I found a name for this journal... a foreigner in a foreign land.