Victoria (SM 1817) (world)
|Army Size (BEs)||5|
|World Trade Number||3.5|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||0|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||10,000|
|Port passengers (annual)||0|
Victoria system has a population between 10 and 100 million sophonts. This world contains an archaeological site with artifacts suspected to be from the now-vanished Ancients. This world designated as a Red Zone with an environment, laws, customs, life forms, or other conditions that make it extremely dangerous to visitors. Everyone is forbidden to travel here. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Lanth Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector and in the Domain of Deneb.
Astrography and planetology
Victoria is a medium size world with a dense, tainted atmosphere. The taint requires an oxygen supply or full sealed environment suit to survive, but exists only at the lower elevations. Above 1000m the atmosphere is safe to breathe.
Victoria has a single moon, Albert, which is large enough to have an atmosphere and appears to even have some surface water. It is officially listed as uninhabited though there have been reports of a stone or sometimes crystalline city on the surface.
History and background
The human population of Victoria numbers approximately ten million. The people dwell on high ground, mainly in a region known as the Mesas. There is no world government: laws, government, and technology vary from area to area.
Balloons and dirigibles, sometimes powered by hand-cranked propellers, have made travel possible between areas previously cut off by low ground. In addition to the City of Victoria, the other major settlement on the planet is Sarik Gi. While proper permits might allow visits to Victoria, such permits include strict clauses about trading metal or metal goods to the locals, and specifically prohibits access to Victoria’s moon, Albert. Permits make it perfectly clear that lethal force may be used without warning against any vessel approaching the moon.
Point of Interest: Orbital Bombardment Evidence
Approximately 300,000 years ago Victoria appears to have been subject to a devastating bombardment from space by a variety of weapons, most notably asteroids. The bombardment resulted in a number of immense craters, some of which are today seas or great lakes; the Mesas also appear to have been created by the bombardment.