Antimone

AntimoneHomeworld of the Timonae, Antimone is a generally temperate planet covered with violet-blue seas, with cities built atop jagged mountain peaks that jut from the ocean. The capital city, which sits atop Valsho Peak, is called Valsho.

The planet was named by rogue Val Shohobian Mystics who called themselves “Timonae” or “Followers of the Prophet Timon.” In the Shohobian dialect, “Antimone” means “Temple of Timon.”

History

The Parting

In the year 7000 BCE, the race of warrior philosophers known as the Val Shohobian Mystics became sundered in a conflict known as The Parting.

For many years, it was believed that this was a severe difference of opinion that simply led to a relatively amicable parting of ways between the two opposing factions within the Mystics.

In truth, it is known now that the Mystics endured a bloody civil war that lasted for nearly ten years before they reached an armistice and the defeated Timonae were exiled as punishment for their beliefs. Led by the self-proclaimed Prophet Timon, they believed that the information provided by the Voice that guided the Shohobian people should be used to profit the Mystics.

Society

Laws

On the world of Antimone, it is legal to carry a civilian-grade weapon. However, weapons are rarely flaunted publicly, since they are frowned upon by most, and the militia might want to question you about what you plan to use the weapon for.

It is also legal to possess, sell, and use most narcotics – no permits required. The planet’s government takes a laissez-faire approach to drug and alcohol use. Societally, it is considered to be in the hands of lady fortune, and that people who use such substances take their chances and deserve what they get.

At the same time, however, the government dismisses out of hand any claims against the government stemming from drug-related deaths.

Politics

Any adult citizen of the planet Antimone is eligible to become an elected member of the Senate or even the planetary Governor. Randomly selected by computers in the central government facility in New Valsho, Senators and Governors serve for one year. It is possible, but exceedingly rare, to be randomly selected for consecutive terms. (Naturally, this becomes something else that the denizens of Antimone use as an excuse for gambling.)

Phyrria

phyrriaA pollution-shrouded planet crusted over with the ruins of what appears to be a dead civilization, now homeworld of the mechanoid Phyrrians, who are ruled by an all-controlling Overmind.

Lesser units, known as Taskers, are sent out into the cosmos by the Overmind to gather intelligence and learn from other cultures, during which they may serve in whatever capacity proves most useful to their cause. Taskers are expected to return to Phyrria on a regular basis to upload their findings to the Overmind.

A broad expanse of sea runs scarlet between the shores of steel and sand. Besides a variety of hardy microorganisms, fungi and insects, there really are no ecosystems to speak of on this world.

Beyond the scant microorganisms, fungi and insects there is a scattering of ruined cities across the surface suggest the past existence of a long-dead civilization.

A concentration of newer structures built among the ruins of one of the dead cities on the second largest continent.

The massive planet contains a high degree of mineral resources, with concentrations highly refined and exotic metals.

G’ahnlo

G’ahnlo is the watery homeworld of the G’ahnli race, and a major merchant center in the galactic economy.

History

Settled in 2120 AD by a G’ahnli by the name of Gorloba and his thirty-six female partners as a response to the Nall invasion of Ydahr in 2119, G’ahnlo has since grown into an economic powerhouse in the Orion Arm.

Geography and Ecology

G’ahnlo is a large planet, which orbits the star Ahndar. Water covers 98% of the surface, giving rise to exceptionally powerful storms that follow fairly predictable patterns across the planet’s surface. Several are visible from orbit at any given time. The remaining 2% consists mainly of small island archipelagos. There is little animal life on the land surfaces, though a handful of vegetative species can be found there. The dominant life form are the aquatic G’ahnli themselves, living in their underwater cities, most concentrated at the bases of the sea mounts. Such sea mounts rise kilometers off the sea floor, and at times come very near to the ocean surface. The ocean of G’ahnlo teems with life, from aquatic vegetation to a multitude of different fish species, ranging in size from microscopic to hundreds of meters in length. The interplay between the various species of herbivores and predators has been the subject of several marine biology books. Sub-surface volcanic activity is rare, but not unheard of.

The largest city, with a permanent population of six million, and the nominal seat of government is Ulbahno Subcity, which replaced Ahndar Subcity after the latter was destroyed by gillgummer algae. Umbalil Subcity is the second-largest, supporting two and a half million.

G’ahnlo has no major mineral deposits or heavy metals. Its primary resource is the planet’s ocean and the variety of sea life available for harvesting.

Government

G’ahnlo’s planetary government barely deserves the term. The planet is in large part decentralized, each subcity conducting its own affairs as it sees fit, within the limits set forth by the G’ahnli Legal Code.

Three major entities exist for the purpose of planetary governance. Two, the Public Accountancy of G’ahnlo and the G’ahnli Mercantile Fleet, are discussed in separate articles. The remaining entity, the Commerce Council of G’ahnlo, is the primary policy body on the planet. The Commerce Council consists of representatives from G’ahnlo’s twenty-four most profitable direct producers of goods and services, determined at the end of each fiscal year. As G’ahnli domestic policy essentially boils down to economic policy, and G’ahnlo’s economy is almost entirely unregulated, the Council has very little direct power over G’ahnlo itself, although it is able to apply considerable economic pressure to any dissenting elements of the G’ahnli economy.

Foreign policy is the primary purpose of the Council. Though its decisions are not considered legally binding by ruling of the Public Accountancy, its ability to bankrupt or buy out those in opposition to its decisions ensures appropriate compliance. The Council, consisting as it does of businesses in competition with each other, relies heavily on the Public Accountancy to communicate, both domestically and internationally, its intentions and decisions.

The Commerce Council has no specific meeting schedule, and any of the twenty-four companies represented may convene a meeting. Its current designated meeting location is the Ulbahno Holding Corporation Tower in Ulbahno Subcity.

Sivad

Edward Sivad is the founding father of the planet Sivad, a colony world of the Stellar Consortium. He, along with a number of others, purchased, outfitted, and launched the colony vessel S.S. Margaret Thatcher, which landed at Enaj on the tropical world that would become Sivad on Nov. 17, 2560. Some historians now believe his name was originally spelled “Eduard” and was later changed to meet modern Sivadian naming conventions.

Sivad came to the land that would later bear his name as a refugee from the cataclysmic tidal surges that wrecked the city of London in 2553 during Hurricane Cameron. He was, along with his follow colonists, resolved to start over. As Edward Sivad himself famously said, “The flame of independence burns anew in this promised land.” The Independence Dome in Enaj stands on the site of this first landing, and the eternal flame continues to burn in homage to those who first came to Sivad.

Edward Sivad died of cancer in 2562, too soon to ever see his dream of a new world become fully realized. Sivad still memorializes its founding father, and Nov. 17 is a Sivadian National Holiday.

Nearly 90 percent of the planet is water, with the population settled on scattered archipelagos. Sivad is governed by the Council of Equals, a body consisting of 75 representatives from districts on Sivad. The system of government is unitary. The First Councillor is the leader of the Government and holds a seat on the Stellar Consortium Council.