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The Interlace is an interconnected web of crystal networks. Sprawled out over the solar system, the lacework thickens around hubs of civilization. Rather than all consisting of one type of network, the Interlace is a composite of dozens of different types of interplanetary communications standards, ranging from proprietary ecosystems of apps to the anarchy of a webtree.   Most users of the lacework are barely aware of these technical details. The Interlace is everywhere, and personal devices and terminals provide a polished, seamless experience that simply work no matter what planet or moon you are on.  

Eden and Other Ecosystems

  The walled gardens of Eden and other app stores safely package and curate digital experiences across the solar system. These ecosystems consist of arrays of approved apps that provide specific services. Some of these ecosystems, including Eden, allow users to make and submit their own applications for approval.   It is difficult and often impossible to make apps from two different ecosystems compatible. Most ecosystems come pre-installed on dedicated personal devices. Only applications made for and approved by Eden can be downloaded on an Eden device.
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Ecosystems in general, and Eden in particular, are known to collect vast amounts of data. This is generally taken as a convenience, but some people object to the fact that there is no way to opt-out of this vast corporate surveillance system.


The Super Wide Access Network, or SWAN, was created to cast the widest net and allow for communication across the Sol System. It is accessible and reliable even in deep space, but cannot handle substantial amounts of data. While the modern SWAN protocol does support images, to this day most SWAN terminals can only recieve text.   The SWAN lacework is loosely knit mesh stretched between the ground and orbital communication nodes across the Sol System. SWAN has connectivity issues in transitional areas of the lacework, where it will often keep disconnecting and reconnecting to native infrastructure.


  Yggdrasil is infamous for hosting everything under the sun, from black markets to knitting tutorials, allowing anyone to say and create anything.   Yggdrasil is a peer-to-peer lacework where the connected devices mirror the sites and data. Like other webtrees, Yggdrasil is an index of content simultaneously downloaded and hosted by its roots. Unlike other webtrees, Yggdrasil's immense sprawl near guarantees it remains up.   The orgins of Yggdrasil are obscure, but it is best established on Saturn and across the moons of the Sol System. Governments have tried to take action against Yggdrasil and webtrees in the past, over concern of the danger it poses to their citizens.   The interplanetary organization Nidhogg attempts to analyze and monitor Yggdrasil, and has shut down several other webtrees. Some nations, and the entirety of Mars, outlaw Yggdrasil.

Anatomy of a webtree

  The webtree itself only contains a small package with the metadata of the files, such as the size, path, and name of the files, and the information required to connect to the roots providing the real files.   Any user wanting to see the sites or download the data from a webtree has to connect a root to download from the other roots. If there is no other roots, the data cannot be accessed.   The roots are responsible for uploading the content as they download it and after. A root that only downloads is considered a bad root.

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Sep 4, 2022 18:20

Absolutely fantastic work, nnie! The research you did absolutely paid off. I can imagine this dystopian system existing sometime in the future!

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Sep 4, 2022 18:24 by Annie Stein

Thank you! If our own goes down this route, I'm rooting up to Yggdrasil, that's for sure!

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Sep 5, 2022 00:21 by Aster Blackwell

"Interlace" is such a fun word

Sep 5, 2022 08:34 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I wanted something that wasn't -net, but still clued you in what the article was about. I figured switching the web metaphor for lace might do!

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Sep 5, 2022 19:05 by Aster Blackwell

I think it worked quite well!

Sep 5, 2022 16:40 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

'let me be ur ssssalvation' Am I being propositioned by a sapient snake?   Great article - I love all the little differences between ecosystems and webtrees. And I love the css container that looks like a pop up window. :D

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Sep 5, 2022 18:03 by Annie Stein

No, just a hacker who is familiar with christian mythos. I hope to make a character article later as kind of a guide to some of the tech articles of Solaris, but I remain a bit spooked by figuring out a character template.   Thank you so much! I had some techy friends help me brainstorm all the potential kinds of internets Solaris might have. As for the pop up window, did you notice the sneaky hidden spoiler? ;)

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Sep 5, 2022 18:30 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I found the spoiler in the Eden one, if that's what you mean. :D   Character templates are hard!

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Sep 10, 2022 22:07 by Deleyna Marr

This is beautiful work!

Sep 11, 2022 08:33 by Annie Stein

Thank you!

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Apr 29, 2023 09:30 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Great article! I love all the plant/tree theme that you're using for this technology :D   It's interesting to see how Solaris deals with communication and how it's not so different from us - just with even more surveillance. The way all of this seems to be completely accepted as normal through the rest of society but seems so horrifying and dystopian to us reminds me of a sci-fi book series I've read with people having brain implant to access their version of the internet - and so who could always be spied on from super close. In Solaris, are you staying with having to use external objects to interact with the Interlace?   You didn't mention the speed here, but I guess that their "Internet" can get super slow if they're trying to use Yggdrasil to connect to something that is stored on another planet, and that people are favouring on-planet exchanges?

Apr 29, 2023 11:09 by Annie Stein

Thank you! I think most people would interact with the interlace externally, but AI and some robots already are interfacing with it internally. There's a lot you could explore there. I won't rule out the existence of people with symbionts or implants that help them use the interlace either, but I haven't got any characters like that yet.   You're right that you can only really get the kind of internet we're familiar with on a planet by planet basis, where it's basically instant, but the slower kinds of internet like forums would still work pretty well cross planets over something like Yggdrasil. Something like sending video messages or a turn based game back and forth is pretty doable, and static websites are basically the same no matter where you connect your root from (though it'll take a while longer to connect if you're far from other Yggdrasil roots.)   Transmissions are pretty damn quick after all. The speed of light definitely is a limiting factor, but the furthest out places that people live are kind of just less connected to begin with. Neptune is underwater and just doesn't have the infrastructure other planets do because of that, and Uranus and Pluto are pretty rural and disconnected.

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