Rasu (world)

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Rasu/Nulinad (Empty Quarter 0637)
Milieu 1116
C5409CA-A
StarportC Routine: No Construction, Major Repair, Unrefined fuel
Size5 Medium (8,000 km, 0.40g - 0.57g)
Atmosphere4 Thin (tainted)
Hydrographics0 Desert World 0%
Population9 High (2 billion)
GovernmentC Charismatic Oligarchy
LawA Extreme Law (no weapons)
Tech LevelA Early Stellar (jump drive)
See also UWP
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System Details
Primary K8 V
Worlds 14
Gas Giants 3
Planetoid Belts 1
Cultural Details
Government Charismatic oligarchy
Law Level Extreme
Cultural Extension BC7C
Army Size (BEs) 1500
Economic Details
Technology Level 10
Economic Extension
F8D+5
ResourcesFExtremely abundant
Labor8Moderate (200 million)
InfrastructureD Comprehensive
Efficiency+5Very advanced
Importance Extension 3
Resource Units 6,558
GWP (BCr) 7,800
World Trade Number 5
Trade Volume (MCr/year) 27,215
Starport Details
Classification Class-C
Port Size 5
Building Capacity (Tons) 2,400,000
Port employees 3,970
Port passengers (annual) 541,200

Rasu is a poor, industrial, high-population desert hellworld, with a billion or more sophonts struggling to survive in a inhospitable environment.

  • Hellworlds often offer daily, and sometimes hourly, life-threatening situations to their inhabitants.
  • This world has no free-standing water.
  • As an industrial world, this planet has well-developed manufacturing and processing industries. Manufactured goods are a major export item. This world designated as an Amber Zone. Caution is advised since the world has an environment, laws, customs, life forms, or other conditions that are not well understood and might be a danger to a visitor. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Nulinad Subsector of Empty Quarter Sector and in the Domain of Antares. Rasu, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight and the feifdom of a count. Both are members of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world. Less than 10% of the world's population is the Minor Race Bwap.

Astrography and Planetology[edit]

Part of the Sashar-Pamushgar Cluster.

Monostellar System[edit]

Rasu Monostellar System
Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks
Rasu Primary Orange K8 V


History and Background[edit]

Rasu was settled en mass fairly recently, in 828. The method of settlement involved one million Mixed Vilani colonists from Juba (Antares 0118) popping in orbit, promptly thawed out of their low berths, then deposited on the world with their equipment, all in one day: a fine example of just how organized and structured the world is. The goal of the True Work utopian movement is very Vilani: a changeless world of cultural and relational perfection. The means to gaining this goal - a very strict moral code - is shocking to Vilani minds. (The lack of ancestor veneration is rather disturbing as well: the failure to worship any god, not so much.) This planet has the highest law code in the sector, making the Charismatic Dictatorship a worldwide totalitarian state. With the Assembled Orders, the Vilani love of rules and bureaucracy has burst its bounds, even as the Inspired Directors lead the fanatical population to an ever more rigid lifestyle. Payment of bounties for everyone turned in for violating the expansive and convoluted Assembled Orders makes snitching on others a highly profitable - and widely respected - pastime. While the Inspired Directors generally lead the population, there is a substantial democratic element as well: the population enthusiastically supports the Assembled Orders, every jot and tittle... and no one wants to be outed by their watchful neighbors.

Rasu demonstrates what can be accomplished by the extremes of human fanaticism and ideology. Conceived as a Utopia colony, Rasu is indeed free of crime, depravity and immorality, a state that is maintained by due diligence by the local population. The Rasu Grand Assembly, the governing body of Rasu, pays a bounty to those that turn in their neighbors or even outsiders for violations to the Assembled Orders, and the native population is raised with the belief that the preservation of Rasu’s way of life is of paramount importance. The fact that the Assembled Order is a body of laws and regulations riddled with minutiae, that the local law enforcement are highly responsive to such reports, and that many violations are punishable by heavy fines, imprisonment, death or exile earns this small world an Amber Zone rating according to the Travellers' Aid Society. Despite the beauty of the world, TAS does not recommend outsiders leaving Rasu’s quite extensive starport facilities.

The current Imperial Noble is Baron Sallan. Whether the Baron is a true egomaniac, or merely indulges in a bit of self-promotion, is an interesting question.

Rasu’s current population descends from a Vilani utopian movement from Juba/Antares. Arriving in 828, the one million members of the True Work movement simultaneously arrived in orbit, and settled into pre-fabricated housing. The population grew quickly, as did the laws, and had the mean-spirited pleasure of seeing the great world of Juba decline in importance.

There is a great dread of ‘crime, depravity and immorality’: surprisingly, these Crime-Sins are defined along Solomani lines (i.e. sexual perversions, prostitution, and drug use, and lies, as well as theft and murder) as much as on Vilani lines (i.e. challenging traditions, innovative activity, use of psionics, refusal to conform). ‘Impiety’ is also punished, with ‘impiety’ defined as “insufficient respect to the Assembled Orders and the Grand Assembly which unveils (not creates) the laws of our word.”

All Crime-Sins are taken seriously by the State (and the family, and the workplace, and the media, and the schools...) Punishment is severe. Surveillance and suppression of crime are comprehensive enough that the total amount of violent assaults, murders, and rapes amount to exactly 52 instances... in a ten year period, 983-993, on a world of over 70 million inhabitants.

Massive, meticulously organized group projects are a specialty of the world: not just to build up the world, but also as a form of True Work worship. Large group rallies occur twice a month, to encourage All to think as One. Privacy is denied and communal living is encouraged, whenever possible. Deviancy of any sort is crushed.

The Grand Assembly, the ruling body of the planet, has been accused by Travellers of using psionics to peer into the minds of visitors, searching for Evil Thoughts. The planetary government has strongly denied the charge: Imperial Ministry of Justice personnel are expected to arrive in the first half of 993 to investigate the claims. Outside of the Droyne and a few minor nonhuman races, psionic activity is simply not tolerated within the Third Imperium, as of 993 Imperial.

Rasu was settled en mass fairly recently, in 828. The method of settlement involved one million Mixed Vilani colonists from Juda/Antares popping in orbit, promptly thawed out of their low berths, then deposited on the world with their equipment, all in one day: a fine example of just how organized and structured the world is. The goal of the True Work utopian movement is very Vilani: a changeless world of cultural and relational perfection. The means to gaining this goal - a very strict moral code - is shocking to Vilani minds. (The lack of ancestor veneration is rather disturbing as well: the failure to worship any god, not so much.)

This planet has the highest law code in the sector, making the Charismatic Dictatorship a worldwide totalitarian state. With the Assembled Orders, the Vilani love of rules and bureaucracy has burst its bounds, even as the Inspired Directors lead the fanatical population to an ever more rigid lifestyle. Payment of bounties for everyone turned in for violating the expansive and convoluted Assembled Orders makes snitching on others a highly profitable - and widely respected - pastime. While the Inspired Directors generally lead the population, there is a substantial democratic element as well: the population enthusiastically supports the Assembled Orders, every jot and tittle... and no one wants to be outed by their watchful neighbors.

There is a great dread of ‘crime, depravity and immorality’: surprisingly, these Crime-Sins are defined along Solomani lines (i.e. sexual perversions, prostitution, and drug use, and lies, as well as theft and murder) as much as on Vilani lines (i.e. challenging traditions, innovative activity, use of psionics, refusal to conform). ‘Impiety’ is also punished, with ‘impiety’ defined as “insufficient respect to the Assembled Orders and the Grand Assembly which unveils (not creates) the laws of our word.”

All Crime-Sins are taken seriously by the State (and the family, and the workplace, and the media, and the schools...) Punishment is severe. Surveillance and suppression of crime are comprehensive enough that the total amount of violent assaults, murders, and rapes amount to exactly 52 instances... in a ten year period, 983-993, on a world of over 70 million inhabitants.

and communal living is encouraged, whenever possible. Deviancy of any sort is crushed. The Grand Assembly, the ruling body of the planet, has been accused by Travellers of using psionics to peer into the minds of visitors, searching for Evil Thoughts. The planetary government has strongly denied the charge: Imperial Ministry of Justice personnel are expected to arrive in the first half of 993 to investigate the claims. Outside of the Droyne and a few minor nonhuman races, psionic activity is simply not tolerated within the Third Imperium, as of 993 Imperial.


We want a world where a young woman, clothed only in 1000-credit notes, can travel alone in the roughest neighborhoods on the planet without fear in the middle of the night.

This is what we demand.

And this is what we will get.

Without fail.

Inspired Director Velma Aanuur,Head of Police Services, Layoov District, Rasu to the Grand Assembly- 957

UWP Listing[edit]

UWP Changes (all dates are Imperial Calendar)

  • T20 - 993 - Rasu 0637 B3407CG-C De Po 713 Im
  • CT - 1105 - RASU 0637 C3409CA-C De Hi In Po Bwap0 213 Im
  • MT - 1125 - Rasu 0637 D3408C7-9 De Po 913 Ou - Outlands
  • TNE - 1201 - Rasu 0637 E340425-7 De Lo Ni Po B 113 Wi

References and Contributors[edit]

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