Hopefully you'll find the answer to your question in here somewhere. We've done our best to try and explain everything, but if you're still unsure about something, add it to the discussion page of the relevant topic and we'll address it as soon as possible.


What do I do with all this?

Well... that's up to you. What's laid out here is the skeleton of a fictional world. You want to know about a given planet? Okay. You want to know about a particular city? Here you go. Want to just dive in? We recommend going for a random page then and seeing what floats your boat.

You can read a full history book or just go to a topic like terms and explore what's there. You can also enter a search term and see what comes up. Nothing about what you're interested in? Log in and go ahead and create an entry in the reference section or create a discussion about how to address it within the story world.

But you've read it all and you're still wondering what to do with it? Try writing a story about some element of the world that grabs you. Checkout the submissions page first to see the general guidelines but otherwise just go wild. Come up with something crazy, something cool, something sexy, something blue. This is a resource for those of you who want to write in a story world.

How Can I Edit The Wiki?

Register with the site and you should have the permissions to edit the wiki and just about all the articles. Some may require review to become permanent but don't let that stop you. Any ideas that you have could become part of the URS story world.

If you have ideas percolating, before creating a new page, create a wiki discussion page for it and lay out your ideas. The administrators of the URS will pay attention and will participate with you to help flush out the idea into a full article.

Under What Copyright Terms is the URS Governed?

The Unified Republic of Stars is released under the the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. All works posted here may be reused so long as proper attribution is given to the original author and they are used in a non-commercial way.

Please see our copy right page for more information.

What Kind of Technology Is Being Used?

This entire site was built on free software by other people..

If you'd like to put together a project of your own like this, check out the page We've put together on this site's technology were it's explained how it all went together. Additionally, We've assembled an install package containing all of the extension points and the modifications to them for you to use any way you'd like.

Also, if you want to download the virgin Erudite MW skin that created based off of the excellent WordPress version, you can find out more information about that here.

Cool, right?

I can't wait that long. Name the projects you used.

We couldn't have done this without the community of developers who have really done most of the work. Below are a list of the projects used and what they're being used for.

For all of the projects to which I've noted some modifications being made, you can access the source code here. If you're not interested in the changes, just install the original version of the project. No harm, no foul.

The WordPress theme being used is The Erudite, created by one Matt Wiebe. It's an excellent skin that really emphasizes being able to read the content over all the whiz-bang bullshit people sometimes put up and I used it to create the similar look in MediaWiki. Personally, I think it looks better than the standard MW L&F and, you know, it really ties the room together.

  • WordPress - A damn fine CMS that has really come into its own from what used to be just blogging software. With thousands of plugins and themes, very little custom work has to be done on this baby.
  • MediaWiki - If it's good enough to run Wikipedia, it's damn sure good enough to run any wiki you can think of. Really, really amazing and very flexible with a lot of power built in.
  • Google XML Sitemaps - Generates a sitemap of your posts for Google and other search engines to crawl.
  • RSS Just Better - A simple RSS reader that I used for pulling feeds from the wiki.
  • Talk Wiki To Me - Puts wiki style links into your posts. Very handy for cross linking. I modified this a bit to add the "Reference Links" at the bottom for readers who may not want to click away while reading.
  • TDO Mini Forms - Used to accept story submissions from readers and have them dropped into the workflow.
  • WP Super Cache - Don't generate the same page over and over again. Do it once and save your server the trouble.
  • WPtouch - A really nice default mobile skin to give your site a mobile UI.
  • WPtouch for MediaWiki - An excellent port of the above skin for MW. Very cool. Made a few small modifications to bring it in line with the directory structure as laid out below and to fix broken pointers in the CSS. But really great.
  • ParserFunctions - Allows for more complex templates and stuff. Really should just be part of the standard MW install but it's not.
  • Cite - For all the wonderful footnotes I've put everywhere. Also should be part of the standard package since everyone wants them, but it's not.
  • New Page CSS - Allows for CSS to be placed in wiki articles. Very useful for some of my Excel exports where I didn't want to recreate it in wiki tables (bullshit). For an example, see the list of Republican Series Winners.
  • WP-MW Single Sign on - This is the heart of the unification project. With a few really simple extensions, this redirects all logins and logouts to WP and locks down the user preferences pages. It was a great start that saved me a lot of work. Had to fix a few things that were probably due to this being built for an older version of MW, but that's fixed in my install package.