Sorel (SM 2137) (world)
|Primary||G3 V M3 V|
|Army Size (BEs)||5|
|World Trade Number||2.5|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||0|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||10,350|
|Port passengers (annual)||0|
Sorel is a rich and agricultural production world with a shirt-sleeve atmosphere and a balance of available surface water. The system supports a population in the millions of sophonts, lacking the industrial base to be completely self-supporting. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Glisten Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector and in the Domain of Deneb. Sorel, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight and the fiefdom of a baron. Both are members of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world.
Astrography & Planetology
While earth-like in general, Sorel is quite hot, and is only suitable for human habitation near the poles. The south polar region is currently uninhabited, although various organizations have negotiated for settlement rights occasionally with the ruling councils with no success.
Binary Solar System
Sorel Binary Star System Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol) Sorel primary
Primary Main Sequence 0.98 4900 - 5800 0.886 Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit AU 0.00891 0.07807 0.75 - 1.22 0.891 8.91 Orbit # * * 3 3 7 Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol) Sorel secondary
Secondary Main Sequence 0.3942 2300 - 3100 0.02 Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit AU 0.00404 0.01179 0.11 - 0.18 0.404 4.04 Orbit # * * 0 1 6
History & Background (Dossier)
Sorel serves as a major "breadbasket" for the Glisten subsector, and sees regular visits from corporate bulk-cargo ships. 
A regressed colony originally planted by the Solomani during the Second Imperium. The original infrastructure was destroyed by nuclear war during the Long Night, and technology had recovered to TL–1 by the time of recontact. The IISS maintains a semi-interdiction of the planet at the request of the local rulers. Imperial contact is permitted, but importation of technological items must be approved by both the local rulers and the IISS. Persistent rumors of psionics among the upper classes are "apparently" unfounded.
The original Solomani settlers of Sorel were of mixed races, but their descendants tend toward darker skin than most of the inhabitants of the nearby planets. In addition, the climate makes the wearing of unnecessary clothing quite uncomfortable, leaving even the lighter skinned inhabitants quite tanned. There is little semblance of a modesty taboo, although decorative clothing of light cotton or a local silk-like fiber is usually worn for social occasions. Since water is plentiful, most Sorellians in the settled regions bathe frequently, a custom viewed with suspicion by the nomadic herders of the interior. Sorellian food tends to be extremely spicy, and unsuspecting visitors are likely to have socially unacceptable reactions to Sorellian meals until their taste buds scar.
All of Sorel is theoretically ruled by the High Council, but in practice the nomads only pay tribute when forced to, and the Council's rule is limited to the agricultural regions. The Council is a representative body of sorts, being made up of 47 regional representatives who are appointed for life by the people of their districts. In practice, the positions tend to be hereditary. The council appoints and dismisses administrators for the smaller subdivisions from a pool of career bureaucrats and soldiers. These administrators serve as judges, with a right of appeal to the district representative. The system is cumbersome, since in practice a consensus is required before the High Council will actually do anything, but in the absence of a major outside threat it works well enough.