If you view this and decide against joining, i would very much appreciate a short response on why! for a roleplay I've been trying to get running for an extremely long time, the amount of interest this garners is next to none, and I'm looking to collect any information i might be able to use to improve it.
The Yutani-Kandel Corporate Monocity, Southwest of Vladivostok, Russia. The clock has just ticked over to the year 2050, and what's left of the world is trying build itself back up after years of consumption following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus led to vast socio-economic collapse and a period of martial law.
The United Nations has had to rely on several megacorporations to survive. This has given them a veritable carte blanche to operate as they will, tearing apart once stable societies and small local governments. The Yutani-Kandel Biotechnology Firm has taken hold of most of the Asian continent, plastering their name on anything and everything, entire countries are now borderless and chaotic without so much as a hope outside of the daily meal for employees. More than 20 Million people clutter the streets of the YK Monocity in southern Russia most of them working for the golden giant, cornered into compliance, or to choose death. Recent shortages of food and water, even among the employed, have forced sections of the population to face the Sea-Wastes in search of a better place to live, or risk the famine of the home they once knew.
The game is simple, survive, with much attention being paid to cybernetic modification, black market trade, and street warfare. Under the boot of the monolithic YK industrial complex, the city is your home, enemy, and ally. You, the players, can adopt a diverse collection of character archetypes, ranging from hardwired mercenaries with psycholinked weapons and boosted reflexes, to Armani-wearing street moguls who make and break lives with the stroke of a pen. Any persona existing in this strange and broken environment can be yours to command. Your job is to survive, either barely, by the straps of your boots, or large, and by means only dreamt of by lesser people.
The roleplay is going to be focused around a centralized story arc, with collections of sandbox play interspersed between. This system will hopefully allow not just for mitigating the handholding of more story-centric roleplays, but also offer more structure than typical sandbox ones.
The initial skeleton is going to revolve around the characters' conflict with Yutani-Kandel, the city's largest corporations, as their paramilitary entities begin to exert more and more control on the city, eventually snuffing out major tech linchpins and supply lines, not just for black market individuals but competition as well.
For the sake of plotting, regarding the above, characters will really only be limited by their ability to associate canonically with the socially moderate main group, so somewhere between full corporate and fully illegal, as well as making sure that the character has no positive relations with YK as a corporate entity, so as to avoid conflicts of interest resulting in full on backstabbing among player characters.