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United Galaxy civilian/military ration pack

Overall

  The civilian and military ration pack (ration pack) is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging produced by the United Galaxy. The ration pack consist of three main meals that are vacuumed packed, seven snacks, and three secondary items, lasting the individual a day. The Ration pack would usually be sent out to the Templar Armed Force personnel, but when a planet is in distress and is low on food, the planet will be issued the ration pack to feed the population. Ration packs are very cheap and easy to make.  

List of main meals

  There are different types of main meals in a ration pack. A ration pack can only have three main meals. Each meal weighs 240 grams and is filled with nutrition’s that is needed for daily activities. These meals can are but not limited to:  

-Baked Beans:

Made with navy beans, brown sugar, onions, salt, and corn syrup. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like dried beans heavily filtered with salt. The meal looks brown with white beans and has a rough texture, but it feels very soft and smooth. The meal smells like burnt salted wood. To prepare this meal the person must put boiling water in the package and wait for three minutes.  

-Salted Beef:

A slice of meat from any species (usually cows) is filtered in salt. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like bloodied cardboard with salt. The meal looks like a piece of meat that is left in the sun for days to dry up. It feels rough, uneven, and very chewy. The meal smells like bloodied salt. The meal doesn’t need any preparation to be eaten.  

-Vegetable korma:

Often called “vegetable karma”. The meal is made with milk, spices, tomatoes, flower, potatoes, and carrots. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like burnt wires. The meal looks like a desert yellow with small chunks of carrot. The meal feels like a running liquid of vegetables and water. It smells like liquidated flower with lots of spices. To prepare this meal the person must put boiling water in the package and wait for three minutes.  

-M.P. (meat paste):

A M.P. is hundreds of meats mashed together to become a paste. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like a milkshake of hundreds of different meats. The meal looks brown and wet. It smells like blood and flesh from butchers shops in a hot summer’s day. The Meal feels wet and surprisingly squishy. The meal doesn’t need any preparation, but it is suggested to be with other meals due to the nature of the meal.
Meat paste
 

-Chunky Faramona:

A meal made with Faramona meat, spices, milk, and potatoes. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like sweet and sour chicken. The meal looks like milk with chunks of white meat floating around. The meal smells like buttered potatoes. It feels smooth and chewy. To prepare this meal the person must put boiling water in the package and wait for three minutes.  

-Instant Noodles:

A meal made with dry seasoning. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes dry and flavourless. The meal looks like a stream of slimy yellow sticks. The meal smells like burnt wax. It feels muddy and dry at the same time. To prepare this meal the person must put boiling water in the package and wait for three minutes.  

-Mashed Vegetables:

The meal is made with hundreds of different vegetables mashed together to create a paste. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes bizarrely very sweet and spicy. The meal looks like a green chunky paste. It smells like grinded raw vegetables. The meal feels soft and wet. To prepare this meal the person must put boiling water in the package and wait for three minutes.  

-Plain Porridge:

Made with oats and milk. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like plain oats. The meal looks white and plain. The meal smells like cooked Weetabix. The meal feels rough and smooth. To prepare this meal the person must put boiling water in the package and wait for three minutes.  

-Nutrition paste:

Nutrition paste is a paste that is just made with the nutrition needed for daily activities. To the soldiers/civilians eating the meal, it tastes like slimy puke that is dipped in salt and sugar. The meal looks grey and slimy. The meal smells like grinded paper. The meal feels like toothpaste. The meal doesn’t need any preparation.  

List of snacks

  There are different snacks in the ration pack. A ration pack can only have seven snacks in a ration pack. The individual will often add the snacks to the main meal to either hide the taste or change it and hopefully make it taste edible. These snacks can be but not limited too.  

-Yeast extract:

Made with yeast, salt, celery, and onions. The soldier/civilian would use the snack with their plain biscuits. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes strong and very bitter. The snack has a black and brownish look. It smells very salty. The snack feels soft and a bit sticky. The snack is used as a spread but can be eaten out of the tube. The tube weighs 20 grams.  

-Condensed milk:

Made with milk from any species (usually cows). The soldier/civilian would use the snack with their porridge or nutrition paste to add flavour. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes very sweet. The snack looks white and soft. Smelling sweet and milky. The snack feels soft and very sticky. The snack is used as a flavouring but can be eaten out of the tube. The tube weighs 40 grams.  

-Meat Bar:

Made similarly as the M.P. but dried and hardened. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes like a milkshake of hundreds of different meats. The snack looks black and hard. The snack smells like blood and flesh from butchers shops in a hot summer’s day. It feels rough and hard. The snack can be eaten out of its packet. The bar weighs 50 grams.  

-Plain Biscuits:

Made with just wheat. The snack can be used just by itself or with the yeast extract. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes dull and simple. The snack looks white and boring. It smells like wheat. The snack feels rough. The snack can be eaten out of the packet. There are three biscuits in a pack, and they each weigh 10 grams.  

-Fruit paste:

Made with hundreds of different fruits. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes sweet. The snack looks like a green toothpaste. The snack feels like toothpaste. It also smells sweet and sugary. The snack can be eaten out of the tube. The tube weighs 30 grams.  

-Salt and pepper:

The snack is used as a seasoning for foods and snacks. The packs weigh only 4 grams.  

-Candy bar:

A candy bar is made with sugars and peanut butter. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes sweet and sour. The snack looks brown and goldish. The snack feels soft and squishy. It smells like sugar and peanut butter. The snack can be eaten out of the packet. The bar weighs 40 grams.
Candy bar
 

-Sweetening paste:

A paste similarly made like a candy bar but in liquid form. To the soldiers/civilians eating the snack, it tastes very sweet. The snack has a light brown look. It feels like water. The snack smells like sugar and peanut butter. The snack is eaten out of the tube. The tube weighs 30 grams.  

Secondary Items

  A ration pack has items that can help the individual preparing the meal.  

-Spoon:

Made to help the individual eat their meal if they don’t have utensils.  

-Matches:

Made to help the individual create fires to help cook their food. The individual will have ten matches.  

-Toilet paper:

Made to help the individual clean their utensils or do their business. The individual will only have two paper strips.  

Effects on the people

  A ration pack is just a bag with rations in it to feed the solider and the civilian. But it presents both terrifies and brings people together.  

Military

The military has a natural few on the ration pack. They know the ration pack has some terrible food that even the strongest of stomachs crumble by its taste. But they understand its purpose and use, respecting the ration pack for feeding them, even though they taste horrible. Often in meal times, the troops would gather in groups. To socialise, to share cultures and ideas, and to trade ration pack snacks or meals. Men, women, and aliens of all types connect with each other during meal times. Often racial differences are settled down because of a single meal talk during a war.  

Civilian

  When the civilian population is told to gather their ration packs, the civilian population will know their world will go under conflict or a major atrocity will happen soon. The civilian population will usually go through the day of last. The day of last is when the civilian population will refuse to work and stay at home to say to their final goodbyes to their loved ones, and prepare for the eventual downfall of their society for war or atrocity. Sometimes civilians will stock up on weapons and steal from unguarded shops, but most nearly all will just stay home having a good time. Dancing, singing, talking and settling differences. Because soon their world will go through hell.


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Made for the Food, Glorious Food! event.


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10 Oct, 2018 17:41

Wow. This is such a beautiful article made in a very compact interesting way, thought I think it would be even better with some images. Nice done!

12 Oct, 2018 07:24

I found a few images that go with the descriptions and the feel of the ration packs of this world. Hope you enjoy the look of this tasty meal.

12 Oct, 2018 09:47

Yep, those look as awful as the descriptions say those are XD. Nice done

11 Oct, 2018 12:10

Will be an good idea to specify how big the pack is, if the pack is like an meal specify how much of all tings is in it, how big is the candy bar, how many toilet paper they have (in the world war 2 the English soldiers where having an ration of 2 pieces of toilet paper per day like an example )the ration pack is served daily? Is served weekly? And thanks for the "vegetable karma "this name inspire me to make an special martial technique for my world

12 Oct, 2018 07:27

I have added the weight of each item and how much is in the ration pack. But to answer your question about how many times the pack is served. Its situational, deepening on the food resources, amount to feed, and the situation for needing the ration packs. Ration packs are more of a end scenario thing.

12 Oct, 2018 20:12

In the best scenario the pack will be probably weekly served because you can easily survive for a week whit 2 kg of food

13 Oct, 2018 04:11

You can survive but you will be low on energy and vitamins. These packs are made to last a day and you can theoretically survive a week. But you will be weak.

16 Oct, 2018 15:52

Great level of detail in this article! I'd love to know more about how people mix the ingredients and use them to create unique recipes with their limited supplies :D