Rodan (world)

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Rodan/Abidal (Halcyon 2520)
Classic Era (1115)
StarportC Routine: No Construction, Major Repair, Unrefined fuel
Size4 Small (6,400 km, 0.32g - 0.46g)
Atmosphere7 Standard (tainted)
Hydrographics5 Wet World 50%
Population4 Moderate (60 thousand)
Government2 Participating Democracy
Law5 Moderate Law (no concealable weapons)
Tech Level6 Pre-Stellar (nuclear)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary K1 V
Planetoid Belts 1
Gas Giants 3

Rodan is a pre-agricultural and nonindustrial world lacking adequate development for its economy to become prosperous.

  • As a nonindustrial world, it requires extensive imports of outside technology to maintain a modern, star-faring society. The need to import most manufactured and high technology goods drives the price of these goods up in the open market.
  • It is a Non-Aligned world dominated by human sophonts located in the Abidal Subsector of Halcyon Sector.

Astrography and Planetology[edit]

This star system is detailed using the Fringian Variant System Description.

Monostellar System[edit]

Rodan Monostellar System
Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol)

K1 V

Primary Main Sequence 0.774 3800 - 4800 0.352
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.00781 0.04921 0.47 - 0.77 0.781 7.81
Orbit #  *  * 2 2 7

System Data[edit]

Bulgar-Rodan System[edit]

The primary is Bulgar, an ordinary orange main sequence star. It has a luminosity of 0.62 Sols, a mass of 0.774 Sols and a diameter of 1.168 million km. The inner system consists of (I) a trace atmosphere worldlet, and (II) a vacuum worldlet. (III) Rodan orbits within the habitable zone and is designated the mainworld. (IV) a thin atmosphere iceworld, (V), a small gas giant, (VI) a small ice giant, (VII) a dense rocky planetoid belt, (VIII) a large gas giant, (IX) a thin atmosphere bigworld, (X) a vacuum worldlet, and (XI) a vacuum worldlet form the outer system. Many of the worlds retain satellites.

Mainworld Data[edit]

(III) Rodan[edit]

(III) Rodan is designated the mainworld. It orbits Bulgar at a mean distance of 0.72 AU (107 million km), it has an orbital period of 243 days 11 hours and a rotation period of 35.3 hours. The world wobbles as it orbits and the axial tilt varies between 8 and 30 degrees. Rodan has a diameter of 6,320 km, a density of 4.97 g/cm³, and a surface gravity of 0.45 G. Its atmosphere is rated as Standard, Tainted, with a mean surface pressure of 0.74 bar and a composition of 84% nitrogen, 15% oxygen, and 1% argon, carbon dioxide, water vapour, neon and other trace gases. The taint is caused by seasonal pollens. Approximately 49% of the surface is covered in seas of liquid water: average tidal ranges are around 0.25m. Mean surface temperature: 7°C. The atmosphere is relatively lethargic and slow weather systems, driven by the star and the oceans, crawl across the globe. The climate is chaotic.

Mainworld geography and topography[edit]

Total surface area: 125 million km², Land surface area: 64 million km², Water surface area: 61 million km². Rodan has a fractured surface divided between subcontinental landmasses, large islands and chains of archipelagos separated small seas and other narrow interlinked bodies of water. The largest sea is the Eye of The World, covering some 15 million km² and lying on the equator, and the largest continent is Poromal, lying in the southern subpolar latitudes. Most landmasses have extensive wetlands. Large icecaps cover the polar regions and shrink and grow seasonally.

Native lifeforms[edit]

Rodan has primitive but abundant native life, almost entirely consisting of tiny multicellular flora that clump together to form large green photosynthetic mats wherever they can find water. Their metabolic functions power the process of atmospheric renewal. When the climatic conditions are right they release huge volumes of microscopic spores into the atmosphere: different species of plant have different spore release conditions and the air is almost permanently laden. The spores react with humans on a chemical level and trigger bizarre psychological responses, including hallucinations and psychotic episodes.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

No information yet available.

World starport[edit]

Rodan has a Class C Starport, an average quality installation which includes amenities including unrefined fuel for starships, some brokerage services for passengers and cargo, and a variety of ship provisions. There is a shipyard capable of doing maintenance and other kinds of repair. Ports of this classification generally have only a downport, unless this is a trade port or system with an hostile environment mainworld.

World technology level[edit]

Rodan possesses a Technology Level of TL–6.

World government[edit]

Rodan is governed by a Participatory Democracy where eligible voters determine laws and policy. What determines an eligible voter varies. There may be smaller councils or regional bodies to write the policies voted on. Leadership of the government and all members of the bureaucracy are determined by voting population.

World military[edit]

No information yet available.

World economy[edit]

No information yet available.

Trade data[edit]

No information yet available.

World demographics[edit]

Population: 60,000

World culture[edit]

This civilization has an elaborate social rating system. Citizens rate each other in terms of trust. This trust rating serves as a de-facto credit score, reputation, social and political credibility. Prices you are charged can vary based on your score. People with high scores who use your business increase that business's score. Consumers must be careful what they buy and from who, because their reputation depends on it. Strangers and alien visitors pay the most, at prices regulated by the government. A form of tax levied on the unreliable and foreigners. Locals may forgo discounts and deals if they feel the seller is not honorable enough for their business. If scandal or criminal behavior becomes evident and your rating decreases and you suffer consequences. Imprisonment and reparations vary depending on your social trust rating. Well trusted popular figures ignore consequences which would deprive others of their freedom. If the government doesn't trust you, you may not be permitted to leave the planet, apply for or purchase passage on starships. Military service and charitable public service can be used to raise your score. Noble sacrifices made on behalf of the planet are passed on to your descendants. The children of heroes benefit from higher trust scores. However, some public scandals and breaches of public trust by government officials have brought whole dynasties of leaders low. An ever vigilant news and media industry and leagues of incorruptible journalists and reporters keep people honest. Reporters are not permitted to benefit from fame, and are held to the highest standards. They must identify themselves when they conduct business and suffer a lack of privacy. They are however deeply respected and honored as trust monitors. They can hold no office or positions of authority. They are put to death if ever caught lying or cheating. They take a very public solemn vow to be ever honest. Hint of bribery here is disastrous. Travellers accustomed to lubricating officials to get things done will be shown the door and invited never to return.

Personal freedom is highly valued, but personal responsibility is taken equally seriously. The law level reflects a balance between individual freedom versus the safety needs of society at large. Reputation and personal honor are very serious and most interactions with strangers outside your immediate family are quiet, terse and to the point. Loud disorderly behavior around people you do not know is extremely rare. There are very private venues where parties in conflict can go in the presence of witnesses to air grievances and in rare instances make public accusations of wrong doing and/or untrustworthy behavior. These are not taken lightly as making false accusations without evidence can destroy the accusers trust rating, resulting in economic disaster. Humor and joking around is usually seen as disrespectful between strangers. Natives usually assume that a comedian is not looking for business and is heedless of their reputation and therefore too risky to be around. A strange side effect of this is constant whispered gossip at nearly all levels of society. Information of wrong doing can be very powerful leverage.

In the wild, untamed areas of the planet are small groups of nomadic outsiders. These are descendants of those banished for ethical lapses. Some have no memory of what disgrace caused their forefathers and mothers to be cast out. These people have to live off the land in a low subsistence life style. They have a small ecological footprint and live in harmony with nature. They struggle for survival cut off from any form of social safety net. Any technology is scavenged from cast off junk and they have extremely limited contact with any visitors from other worlds. Rumors persists that smugglers use these elements to get certain items on and off world pass the very strict main port controls.

Historical data[edit]

The local biological atmospheric taint necessitated the strange culture of trust. Determining who is reliable and who is not, was vital to survival during the earliest phases of colonization. With filter masks on in public, outside shelters, the instinctual ability to read facial cues and body language was muted by the protective garb. Contamination of materials vital to life could cause strange neurological patterns to emerge in mental functions and behavior after long periods of exposure. Determining and evaluating if people were in there right mind became very important. The early history of the world is not a legacy of battles or geopolitical struggles for domination of resources by one group or another. The history is a series of disasters where people entrusted to carry out essential functions suffered lapses in judgement, induced or not and others lost their lives as a result. Caution and an intelligent desire to preserve ones life and those of family and friends made the rating system popular. Some chafed at the civil liberties issues, but the consensus held that public safety was worth the social cost.

World timeline[edit]

No information yet available.

UWP listing[edit]

No information yet available.

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