Agricultural World

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An Agricultural World possesses a climate and conditions, which promote farming and ranching. It is a producer of inexpensive foodstuffs and may also be a source of unusual, exotic, or strange edible delicacies.

Description / Specifications

Agricultural worlds produce sustenance, or food. Every species of conventional life requires such resources, so worlds that produce quality foodstuffs of plant, animal, and other forms are always in demand. Even as technological solutions to producing foodstuffs are invented, most sophonts still greatly prefer "quality food" to more technological substitutes such as vat-grown meat or lab-grown fungal meal supplements.

Planetary Characteristics

Agricultural worlds are mostly located within the Habitable Zone although exotic crops using unconventional lifeforms are sometimes bred and used slightly outside of the Habitable Zone. Traditionally, by IISS standards, an agricultural world is considered to be located within the hab zone. Agriculture is one of the foundations of the interstellar economy.

TC Agricultural World Series (Foodstuffs) (IISS Scout Handbook, pgs. 490-491)
Type Code Size Atm Hyd Pop Gov Law Remarks
Nonagricultural World Na -- 0123 0123 56789ABC -- -- Little to no agricultural sector. Perhaps subsistence farming.
Farming World Fa -- 456789 45678 23456 -- -- Non-MW. Feeder planet specializing in foodstuff production.
Preagricultural World Pa -- 456789 45678 48 -- -- Developing agricultural sector.
Agricultural World Ag -- 456789 45678 567 -- -- Significant agricultural sector.
Garden World Ga 678 568 567 Any -- -- Paradise or Gaia world. Superlative agricultural sector.
Agropolis None 9ABC+ 568 567 9ABC+ -- -- Dedicated farm world. Silver world.

Probably Planetary Orbit & Climate

An Agricultural World is a world on which foodstuffs (...of many kinds: plant, animal, and otherwise) can be grown and produced. These foodstuffs are suitable for conventional life.

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
Ag No Unlikely Possible Yes Possible Unlikely No No Ag worlds work best within the HZ, but specialized crops may be possible in more extreme environments especially when of an unconventional life species.
  • Fa, Pa, and the Agropolis Silver World TC’s are subsets of the agricultural world series.
  • The Na TC represents worlds with little to no agricultural promise.
Ga No No No Yes No No No No Garden worlds are, by definition, limited to the Habitable Zone, which possesses a temperate climate.

History & Background / Dossier

Two of the most urgent key needs for a new colony are living space and adequate foodstuffs. Even at TL-15, agricultural worlds play an important part in the interstellar economy.

Agricultural worlds located on Garden Worlds are considered vastly valuable. A single garden world can often supply the nutritional needs of dozens of planets if connected to the interstellar commerce system.

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