|Primary||M1 V M3 V|
|Army Size (BEs)||0|
|World Trade Number||3|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||0|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||0|
|Port passengers (annual)||0|
Khika is a vacuum world, with no atmosphere or hydrosphere. The system supports a population of fewer than 10,000 sophonts. This is a high technology world with available technology over the standards for Charted Space. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Bolivar Subsector of Dagudashaag Sector and in the Domain of Vland. Khika, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight, a member of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world. This world has a nearby Imperial Naval Base, capable of handling warships. During the Long Night this world was named Khish.
Astrography and planetology
Khika is an uninspiring rock ball that has attracted few permanent inhabitants and the naval withdrawal left just a few port personnel.
Binary Solar System
Khika Binary Star System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks Khika Primary Primary Red M1 V Khika Companion Secondary Red M3 V
Khika Starport was originally a small naval base, consisting of a large group port (Khika Down) and a small orbital unit (Khika High). A small portion of Khika Down was set aside for civilian use since it seemed uneconomic to build a second port for the limited traffic which passed through the system. However, as the base increased in size and traffic as the surrounding systems developed, Khika High took the majority of the military functions. In times of trouble the ground port mixed civilian/military operations caused security problems.
History and background
In 1038 Khika Down was abandoned to purely civilian use with the orbital station, now expanded, left for Imperial Navy use. Close links are maintained with the naval base which helps Khika Down to maintain most of the automated leisure facilities originally provided for the ground naval base. This high-tech playground makes it a popular place for navy crew on R&R as well as civilian visitors.
The civilian port has remained mostly robot-operated while the number of overseers has gradually decreased until now only six members of the Sanhelen family remain. Having been at Khika through three generations, the Sanhelen adults and children all work at the port. The family is counted as a participatory democracy as all the adult members vote on major port decisions. The small size of the community means there is little local news and the Sanhelens have become increasingly reliant on import information, to the degree that is is accepted custom for regular visitors to spend the evenings relating their recent interesting or exciting exploits. Newcomers who are good story tellers will be well received, while anti-social types can expect poor quality port service.