Arkady Bognadov was an anarchist revolutionary, founder of Bognavism, polymath engineer and member of the first 100.

Description Edit

Arkady is described as being a man with red hair, red skin, a wild red beard and blue eyes. He is considered an attractive person by many of the women in the first 100. He was also a very charismatic and intelligent person, being described as everyone's older brother or old friend. He was one of the most sexually active members of the Ares. However, his constant discussion of politics and desire to argue with others made many people resent him for being annoying.

Early Life Edit

Arkady was born in the fictional town of Ugoly, Russia. At some point he became an anarchist, astronaut and highly skilled engineer. He applied to join the crew of the Ares in order to create an anarchist society on Mars that was independent from Earth. He also lied on the psychological exams in Antarctica. He became skilled in construction and programming, being able to create video game-like simulations on the Ares.

Life on Mars Edit

Arkady led a crew to Phobos after his time on the Ares in order to construct a spaceport. He secretly built several rockets to destabilize the orbit of the moon in the event of its use as a weapons platform in the distant future. His highly unique architecture and egalitarian style of decision-making led to the formation of Bognavism as a political and artistic movement. Upon his first visit to Underhill, he criticized the dull architecture but admired the collective decision-making and egalitarianism.

During the wave of colonization and immigration to Mars, he inspired many migrant workers to revolt against the TransNats and UNOMA. He organized a campaign of secretly stashing weapons, sabotaging infrastructure and dissapearing in preparation for a civil war.

Death Edit

Arkady was burned to death in the city of Carr in 2061 during the First Martian Revolution, after UNOMA forces hacked the cities AI and flooded the city with enough oxygen to burn everyone alive. His death deeply affected many of the first 100, and turned most of them against the UN and TransNats.

Relationships Edit

Maya Toitonva Edit

Maya found Arkady to be attractive but very annoying for his constant defiance and annoying attitude.

Notable Quotes Edit

“I think we should make new plans. I think we should be making them now. Everything should be redesigned from the beginning, with our own thinking expressed. It should extend everywhere, even to the first shelters we build.”

“The arrangement of a building shows what the designer thinks should go on inside. We saw that at the beginning of the voyage, when Russians and Americans were segregated into Torus D and B. We were supposed to remain two entities, you see. It will be the same on Mars. Buildings express values, they have a sort of grammar, and rooms are the sentences. I don’t want people in Washington or Moscow saying how I should live my life, I’ve had enough of that.”

“The rooms are rectangular, the conventional shape! With work space separated from living quarters, as if work were not part of life. And the living quarters are taken up mostly by private rooms, with hierarchies expressed, in that leaders are assigned larger spaces.”

“Everything is political.”

“If Frank and Maya tell us to do something, are we free to ignore them? If Houston or Baikonur tell us to do something, are we free to ignore them?”

"We need to see the sites we build on, walk around in them, talk it over. It’s a process I advocate, you see. But in general I think work space and living space should be mixed as much as is practical. Our work will be more than making wages— it will be our art, our whole life. We will give it to each other, we will not buy it. Also there should be no signs of hierarchy. I don’t even believe in the leader system we have now. We are all equally responsible now, and our buildings should show it. A circle is best— difficult in construction terms, but it makes sense for heat conservation. A geodesic dome would be a good compromise— easy to construct, and indicating our equality. As for the inside, perhaps mostly open. Everyone should have their room, sure, but these should be small. Set in the rim, perhaps, and facing larger communal spaces. There. This is architectural grammar that would say ‘All equal.’ Yes?”

“We have been sent here by our governments, and all of our governments are flawed, most of them disastrously. It’s why history is such a bloody mess. Now we are on our own, and I for one have no intention of repeating all of Earth’s mistakes just because of conventional thinking. We are the first Martian colonists! We are scientists! It is our job to think things new, to make them new!”

"Farmers! Farmers from Minnesota! I tell you this now, I lied in answer to every single question! I answered exactly opposite to what I really felt, and this is what allowed me to score as normal!”

"Antarctic stations are very political. Most of them were built so that the countries that built them would have a say in the revision of the Antarctic treaty. And now the stations are governed by laws set by that treaty, which was made by a very political process! So you see, you cannot just stick your head in the sand crying ‘I am a scientist, I am a scientist!’"

"In Antarctica, no one can own land. No one country or organization can exploit the continent’s natural resources without the consent of every other country. No one can claim to own those resources, or take them and sell them to other people, so that some profit from them while others pay for their use. Don’t you see how radically different that is from the way the rest of the world is run? And this is the last area on Earth to be organized, to be given a set of laws. It represents what all governments working together feel instinctively is fair, revealed on land free from claims of sovereignty, or really from any history at all. It is, to say it plainly, Earth’s best attempt to create just property laws! Do you see? This is the way the entire world should be run, if only we could free it from the straitjacket of history!”

"History is not evolution! It is a false analogy! Evolution is a matter of environment and chance, acting over millions of years. But history is a matter of environment and choice, acting within lifetimes, and sometimes within years, or months, or days! History is Lamarckian! So that if we choose to establish certain institutions on Mars, there they will be! And if we choose others, there they will be! I say we should make those choices ourselves, rather than having them made for us by people back on Earth. By people long dead, really.”

"We have come to Mars for good. We are going to make not only our homes and our food, but also our water and the very air we breathe— all on a planet that has none of these things. We can do this because we have technology to manipulate matter right down to the molecular level. This is an extraordinary ability, think of it! And yet some of us here can accept transforming the entire physical reality of this planet, without doing a single thing to change our selves, or the way we live. To be twenty-first-century scientists on Mars, in fact, but at the same time living within nineteenth-century social systems, based on seventeenth-century ideologies. It’s absurd, it’s crazy, it’s— it’s—” he seized his head in his hands, tugged at his hair, roared “It’s unscientific! And so I say that among all the many things we transform on Mars, ourselves and our social reality should be among them. We must terraform not only Mars, but ourselves.”

About Arkady Edit

"Arkady at full throttle was pretty much unopposable, and a lot of them were genuinely provoked by what he had said, and needed time to think. Others were simply disgruntled, but unwilling to cause too much of a fuss at this particular dinner, which was supposed to be a celebration. It was easier to roll one’s eyes, and drink to the toast. 'To Mars! To Mars!'"

Appearances Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Arkady's name is likely a reference to the word 'Arcardia', meaning a distant utopia. Reflecting his desire to create a utopian society.