Desert World

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A Desert World has no open or standing water. This lack of available water significantly reduces the level of agricultural development on the planet.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Desert worlds are characterized as environments formed with little to no significant hydrological influence. Normal hydrological cycles, including the deteriorative aspects of rain cycles make for worlds similar to the deserts and plains of more familiar terrestrial worlds. Such worlds are often covered with sand, gravel, and the rubble of wind worn, but not the more obvious signs of water worn weathering effects.

Water on such worlds is typically locked under the surface in underground reservoirs.

Planetary Characteristics[edit]

A Desert World has little to no water, a necessary ingredient for conventional life.

TC Hell World Series (Inhospitable) (IISS Scout Handbook, pgs. 490-491)
Type Code Size Atm Hyd Pop Gov Law Remarks
Desert World De -- 23456789 0 -- -- -- Anhydrous world. Little to no available water.
Fluid World Fl -- ABC 123456789A -- -- -- Non-water fluids.
Hell World He 3459ABC 2479ABC 012 -- -- -- Difficult environment. Poor atmosphere.
Rad World None -- -- -- -- -- -- Extreme radiation.
Storm World None -- -- -- -- -- -- Extreme weather.

Probably Planetary Orbit & Climate[edit]

Desert Worlds or anhydrous environments lack adequate supplies of that vital component to conventional life: water.

World Placement by Zone (IISS Scout Handbook, pgs. 490-491) (← starward) Habitable Zone / HZ] (staraway →)
TC Inner (-) HZ-2 HZ-1 HZ HZ+1 HZ+2 Outer (+) Remote & Far Systems Remarks
De - Possible Likely Yes Likely Possible - - Desert worlds are marked by a lack of whatever and often possess hotter climates, but not always.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The lack of water on such worlds make then unattractive and unhospitable to most sophont species. However some worlds possess adequate attractions to still attract habitation and colonization. Some of these attractions may include:

  • Exotic resources including exotic spices…
  • Nexus points for multiple trade routes
  • Other more mysterious attractions…

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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