NB: This is both a conceptual idea poposal as well as lead for a discussion on where the FoE could develop in coming Era´s. The FoE Historic Concept Last year in 2017 there was a Survey from the FoE Team - Amongst this Survey was an explanation saying that FoE always had aimed to be a game based on History. Naturally such a conceptual restain propose quite a challenge for developing new content. We are currently 4 Era´s beyond Contemporary. All the beyond Era´s have more or less been developed in regard to what the current world proposes for new technologies, Society survaillience, Climate Changes resulting in arctic cold down or sea levels rising and so forth. A long way down this road these Era´s have managed to stay connected to real world possibilites and future prospects of various kinds - FoE Devs have done the best to live up to the Concept of staying in Real World and connected to "History" avoiding to move into wild science fiction. History (Before Contemporary) , Contemporary, Tommorow, Future, Archtic Future, Oceanic Future, ...? So much Oceanic future At least to me, staying in OF for the next Tech Tree, would appear like quite an overextension in regard to previous development cycles and Era´s. It is not that OF is not good, but it´s been around for quite a while now. I do realize that developing a new Era is not a easy job and we as players might have been spoiled with a literally free game and new Era´s coming up regulary. Never the less for Developers to create new content a good concepts does nearly half the job - And a good concept is inpirational rather than limiting. The World right now and beyond In the real world at this very moment in time we are seeing new ignited focus on interstellar commitment, Space-X, China and Europas combined Intentions to build a base on the Moon and several other projects like the Moon Europa. Somehow it would seam like a natural continuation of FoE to make a new Era based on interstellar Endaevor. And I am not talking "Starcraft" and Aliens here - but nearby planetary exploration in our solar system. That could include the Moon, Mars and other planets yet needing to be explored, not to mention technology to harvest bypassing Asteroids, which NASA and a few other groups already have worked on. There is plenty more of such projects around and science is facing though questions towards Quantum Therories and the Hichs parrticle amonst other things - Which in terms of Game development proposes options rather than limitations. Securing a conceptual FoE platform for the Future of FoE Opening for a new Interstellar Era could spur a whole new conceptual platform for futher FoE Era´s. Every Planet would require new specialized technology and thereby tech trees. It would secure FoE future Era´s concepts many years ahead. E.g for the Continent maps there would be lots of possibilites - Various sectors on each planet etc. To do such endaevor will need a lot of support on earth combining all previous technologies and knowledge to be succesful, so the players city would stay on earth regadless. Into space and back to Earth Who knows what might be found on planets further from our reach - Already many specualtions in regard to Mars are popping around on the internet. Wether these holds facts, are spin, clickbait, specualtions on purpose or not, are not so relevant in regard to FoE - it is after all is a game - an intereptation and not an exact display of reality, at least for the Eras beyond Comtemporary. Overall Interstellar exploration could mean that Humans would find new evidence to old Forgotten Technologies, ancient interstellar civilisations etc. - that way FoE could close the Historic Circle and bring back concepts like e.g.Pyramids in new form - in fact a whole lot conceptual liberating options and possibilities for a contiuned FoE devlopment. In FoE we are already several Era´s ahead of time, so why not Interstellar exploration - It is happening in the real world so the Historic Conceptual Commitment would not be "broken" more than it already is - In fact the FoE beyond contemprary is not really broken at all - it just needs a new way to proceed to create new content to the story line that makes sense to the Games initial basis. - Let me know what you think, .........could you imagine Interstellar Exploration as being part of the next Era´s in FoE ?.