The CorsiaVerse is a fictional science-fantasy and steampunk/vernian themed original universe founded by Micsma and Squid Empire in late 2012. This universe focuses on the heavily industrialised 'Corsian Empire'. This nation was originally inspired by Renaissance Italian city-states, and elements of the 'Rise of Legends' RTS series. In more recent years, the universe has been greatly expanded. More recent additions to the CorsiaVerse draw inspiration from Imperial Rome, and various Western European cultures of the 19th century, alongside original conceptualisations of technology, religious ideology, and political class struggles within the universe.
The lore featured within this guide is focused upon the period which followed the Corsian Empire's industrial revolution. Since this time, several radical changes have appeared throughout the nation - not all of which were beneficial for its inhabitants. The universe is set during a time when great exploration of new uncharted lands was being undertaken. As a result of this exploration, underlying tensions between Corsia and neighbouring expanding empires were developing. During these challenging times, the risk of remaining technologically stagnant is a source of constant pressure for the Corsian Empire. This is heavily contrasted against the ever-present challenges of developing and marketing new technologies, which in turn can impact the continued progress of the entire civilisation.
The universe is inspired by steampunk aesthetics, however it does not directly align with the 'typical' features of this genre. 'Steampunk' has been frequently associated with an alternative history of the Victorian-era. CorsiaVerse lore instead focuses on the initial development and progression of steam-driven technology, and its expansion within a universe developed from a number of different cultural inspirations and ideas. However, the CorsiaVerse does still take inspiration from the Victorian era, with industrialist cultural values, materials, and technologies making an impact upon the universe lore in a number of areas.
This wiki holds the CorsiaVerse frozen in time, released for the sole purpose of attributed content creation by creative individuals. This means that we will constantly update and release new content for this universe for the 'past', and constant 'present' (i.e start of the year 1348AU), but never the future.
The future is reserved for the content creators (that's you!)
We have developed a forum where you can create and share any works related to the universe with others in the community.
This can include anything - from alternative versions of the provided lore, grand epics of the CorsiaVerse's nations and characters in the future, or perhaps even your artwork of landscapes of the towering industrialised cities and the frontier of exploration!
If you wish to expand on the existing universe snapshot, you can add to our lore contribution thread. Not all ideas will align with the base universe we are seeking to develop, but we're always keen to hear your ideas.
Everyone is free to use the CorsiaVerse and its lore, unless otherwise specified on the document, for personal creative works under the Createive Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This means that the wiki contents may be used for non-commercial projects with attribution provided to CorsiaVerse, distributed under the same creative commons license attached to the wiki.
Other licenses for commercial use of the CorsiaVerse may be purchased for a supporter fee in the future to help us continue our work.
For other licensed use of the CorsiaVerse and lore, please contact the CorsiaVerse team directly for details.
We have had the privilege of working with a number of talented contributors since the inception of the CorsiaVerse in 2012, with many of these people continuing to assist in the development of the universe to this day. A list of authors and contributors on each wiki page is visible, but as a result of the many iterations of the universe, not all contributions have been able to remain embedded in the lore.
We would especially like to thank the people listed below, who have all submitted valuable contributions to the development of the CorsiaVerse over the years: