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ALUCE

ALUCE is the codename for the first permanent civil research base established on the Pokémon World's Moon, during the The Present Era. The name stands for “Apollonian Luna-Universe Centre for Engineering” (English) / “Atalaya Lunar Únificadora de Ciencia y Exploración” (Spanish, roughly translating as “Unifying Moon Observatory of Science and Exploration”). The goal of the project was to set up a special environment attuned for humans on the Moon where various scientific experiments could be carried out in a safe and regular environment.

The base has a special, mixed-source powered Teleportation pad that uses a special underground spire and gyroscopes to secure a mostly permanent, safe teleportation path to a selected emergency center in Unova; still, without the assistance of Pokémon well-tuned for the purpose, aiming and securing mass teleportation from the pad takes as much as twelve minutes, even in the case of an emergency.

The base has a permanent population of 77 humans, 9 Porygon, 5 Castform and 11 other Pokémon.

History

While the original construction plans dated as early as 3685 PE, construction could only begin ca. 3688, thanks to Rayquaza migrating to Hoenn for a dragon nap, thus allowing supply rockets and launchers to be set up. Telling of Rayquaza's profound sleep was that Hoenn's very own Mossdeep Space Center was able to join worldwide operations.

Due to awareness of the varied physiology of Pokémon and their energy requirements, initial models for the construction did not consider Pokémon as potential inhabitants of the future Moon base, which ended up grinding construction to a halt as human infrastructure had to be removed and moved over to lengthen the lifespan of the first International Space Station. This left the project essentially halted, but also raised awareness in the scientific community, and work began on various projects intended to somehow add a new Pokémon-like lifeform that could exist and be of assistance in outer space. Project Digimon, which would eventually become Porygon, was among the most promising projects.

Construction of ALUCE started again ca. 3707 and was able to pick up full pace by 3712. By 3716 PE, the project was finally complete and the first permanently inhabitable base for scientific exploration was set on the Moon.

Due to the accelerated construction phase, only two projects among the initially intended to provide life support or operational assistance made it to production level on-base: Kidd Industries' assembly drones and Teabran Medical's paramagnetic propulsion suits. Over the next several years, more infrastructure was added to the project, allowing the evaluation of Pokémon as joint inhabitants, with the first to join being the artificially produced Porygon, for IT and spacebound operational support, and Castform, for environmental and basebound operational support.

During the Near Apocalypse of 3733, ALUCE was able to gather and send important telemetry regarding the raising of Kyogre and Groudon, including assistance with the second International Space Station on tracking the evolution of the tsunamis caused by the former; however most of the support that was set up was rendered moot when Rayquaza reached the peak of its power and swiftly defeated the two super-Pokémon.

Two years later, ALUCE detected severe gravitometric anomalies right in the heart of Sinnoh, and was the first base to detect the isolation of the region under Giratina's surfacing. The readings gathered by ALUCE were later sent to Emisre, where Pokefutures remnants added them to the database of their MEGARIG Project intended to create warships able to subdue or kill the greatest Pokémon such as Rayquaza and Giratina.

Meta

ALUCE is inspired by the similarly named Advanced Lunar Chemical Engineering research base in the Robotech universe.