To Boldly Go: New Earth

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The Sol II system does not resemble that of Earth’s much except for the presence of a life-bearing world, called New Earth. The heart of commerce and manufacturing in this sector of space, it holds over 30 million people and represents a major challenge the Federation.

Sol II System

The system’s star (Sol II) is a bit more orange than Earth’s sun with 75% its mass. Formed about 3.3 billion years ago, the system is now quite stable. In addition to New Earth, the system holds several small rocky worlds, some frozen balls of ice, and several asteroid belts. While substantial mining operations occur in the asteroid belts, the rest of the system remains barely settled.

New Earth Overview

Life began on New Earth almost as quickly as on Earth but was still in the simple single-celled stage when the first colonies arrived. With an atmosphere rich in oxygen and a landscape devoid of competing lifeforms, New Earth seemed like an Eden to the war-weary settlers.

The people of New Earth have introduced a variety of plants and animals from Earth. Replacement (i.e. eradication) of the native microfauna is also underway. Soil creation is progressing but may take centuries to complete.

slightly smaller than earth but with similar gravity, oceans cover 84% of its surface. Average temperatures are only a few degrees warmer than Earth. Industrial terraforming is underway to thicken the slightly low atmosphere pressure, releasing nitrogen gas in vast amounts.  The local year is 86 local days long with a day consisting of 32 hours.

The landscape ranges from mountains to hills to plains with numerous rivers, gorges, and canyons. Tectonically active, several arcs of volcanoes lie on the edges of its continents.

New Earth Demographics

Settled mainly by people of European stock, the people of New Earth speak a strange creole of old Earth languages. While many speak Mandarin and English, the dominate language is New Speak (this is a Difficulty 3 language if using a Linguistics skill).

The population of New Earth consists of 3 million humans and parahumans (genetically altered humans) as well as a further 30 million bioroids (biological servants built with 3D printing). Bioriods do the majority of the white and blue-collar work of the settlement. They also work the asteroid mines of the system’s many asteroid belts.

The main settlement on New Earth is Alpha City, a sprawling megalopolis along a large crescent bay on the southern continent at a subtropical latitude. About 50% of the world’s population lives in or around here. Several smaller settlements exist elsewhere on the planet but the citizens of New Earth are overwhelmingly urban with less than 5% living in the countryside.

Politics

New Earth was until recently a Corporate Technocracy with social institutions run by various contracted corporations. All of this dominated by three main players: Samsung, the Hite Corporation, and ICP (Interstellar Consumer Products). Below them were hundreds of smaller companies.

But in recent year unrest has developed among the bioroids who support society. Some claimed detective training routines or design flaws were beyond their civil disobedience. Others said they just wanted to be free. The citizenry was split on whether bioroids should be treated as people or not.

With the arrival of the Federation, this unstable situation came to a head. Openly supporting the Bioroid Liberation Movement, they tilted the population toward freedom and equality. When Samsung came out as a supporter as well during a broadcasted debate that brought an end to the conflict.

But know the Federation have declared New Earth a Federation protectorate. Who knows what comes next?

Aspects

  • An Eden Built by Slave Labor
  • Fall Of the Old Order

System Details

  • Sol II: a dim K2V star, 3.3 billion years old.
  • New Earth (2nd planet): garden world

Sol II