Mertactor (world)

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Mertactor/District 268 (Spinward Marches 1537)
Milieu 1116
StarportB Good: Spacecraft Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size5 Medium (8,000 km, 0.40g - 0.57g)
Atmosphere6 Standard
Hydrographics2 Dry World 20%
Population7 Moderate (10 million)
Government3 Self-Perpetuating Oligarchy
Law2 Low Law (no energy weapons)
Tech LevelB Average Stellar (large starships)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary G1 V
Worlds 15
Gas Giants 0
Planetoid Belts 1
Cultural Details
Government Self-perpetuating oligarchy
Law Level Low
Cultural Extension 3A17
Army Size (BEs) 120
Economic Details
Technology Level 11
Economic Extension
Labor6Moderate (1 million)
InfrastructureD Comprehensive
Importance Extension 3
Resource Units 702
GWP (BCr) 58
World Trade Number 4.5
Trade Volume (MCr/year) 4,745
Starport Details
Classification Class-B
Port Size 6
Building Capacity (Tons) 9,000
Port employees 14,690
Port passengers (annual) 221,650

Mertactor has a short-sleeve breathable atmosphere. The system has a population between ten million and 100 million sophonts. It is a member of Third Imperium in the District 268 Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector and in the Domain of Deneb. Mertactor, 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. This world contains an Imperial Scout Base, capable of handling Scout Service starships and personnel.

Astrography & Planetology[edit]

Mertactor is a member of the Spinward Main.

Mertactor is occasionally referred to as "The Gatekeeper of Glisten"[2], as it is the spinwardmost Imperial planet along the length of the Glisten Arm. Before it is Egypt, Overnale, and Glisten itself--beyond it lies District 268, the Wild West of charted space.

While dodging free traders and air/rafts, visiting travellers will be impressed by the lush earth and blue skies of Mertactor. Thanks to an absence of big industry and an abundance of scattered wilderness preserves, the planet has been able to maintain its clean air and natural landscape. Due to the planet's rather small size and close horizon, the clear azure skies seem to almost surround the reclining viewer.

Offworlders are often uncomfortable with prolonged exposure to Mertactor's low gravity. Generally, hostels that cater to offworlders provide 1G suites for those who can't abide Mertactan lightfootedness for extended periods of time.

Mertactor is a low gravity planet with a dense atmosphere, and as a result much of the animal life has evolved into flyers of one sort or another.

Human powered flight is a popular leisure activity.

Monostellar System[edit]

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

G1 V

Primary Main Sequence 1.02 5200 - 6000 1.102
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.00936 0.08707 0.83 - 1.36 0.936 9.36
Orbit #  *  * 3 3 7

Mainworld Geography & Topography[edit]

Most of the planet's water is scattered in small seas and large lakes rather than being concentrated in larger oceans. The human population has adapted to this by colonizing in small towns around the shores, and this has led to a tendency for the culture of the planet to be considered rather boring by its neighbors.

Mainworld Map[edit]

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Native Lifeforms[edit]


History & Background / Dossier[edit]

No information yet available.

World Starport[edit]

Mertactor has a Class B Starport, a good quality installation which includes all the expected amenities including refined fuel for starships, brokerage services for passengers and cargo, and a variety of ship provisions. There is a shipyard capable of doing annual maintenance, overhauls and most kinds of repair, and construction of non-starships. Most ports of this classification have both a Highport and a Downport.

The Mertactan Free Trade Administration operates the planet's sole orbital starport and city. Built in 1004, FTA Orbital was originally intended as a place where offworlders could comfortably trade without having to make planetfall. The idea initially did not catch on with visiting merchants, however, and resulting cutbacks in public funding made it impossible to properly maintain the port -- which quickly deteriorated to a D-level facility. Ironically, traffic at FTA Orbital has increased over 300 percent since its deterioration, and it is now the most active black-market trade center in the subsector.

Landing at Mertactor downport can be a harrowing experience. The unregulated close orbit and airspace of the planet are subject to more accidents per capita than any other planet in the sector. While there are ample spaceports on the planet, only the B-quality facility in the capital city of Seacheard and the C-quality installation in Kaydah provide services for interstellar craft.

World Demographics[edit]

Mertactor has a population of 10,000,000 to 99,999,999 sophonts (tens of millions).

About 10% of the population is Aslan, descended from a group of mercenaries employed by the Imperium around 950. They are pretty thoroughly assimilated, although their presence does attract attention from Aslan long range traders.

Some suspect that there was a population on this world by the 400's, who were abandoned miners from the Sindalian Empire.

World Culture[edit]

Despite Mertactor's historical animosity toward Mora, its own governmental institutions are heavily influenced by those of the 'homeworld'. While Mertactor is not a matriarchy, women traditionally get preference for most cabinet posts and tend to be elected to Chamberlord positions at a rate of just over 60 percent . The Chamberlords are a select group of nine individuals, elected for lifelong terms by a subordinate network of sheriffs, who are popularly elected by the rather disproportionately sized counties of Mertactor.

Descended from working-class deportees, Mertactans are proud of their uncompromising heritage. Mertactans tamed the wilds of their planet, forging an advanced and forward-thinking society. And, as befits any cosmopolitan world, the fashion and culture of Mertactor are heavily influenced by visiting merchants and adventurers. "Anything goes," is the motto on Mertactor. One will find visiting travellers sporting anything from traditional Vilani lagaash robes to the virtual nudity of Glistenite tailored vaccsuits. The jaded Mertactans are nonchalant and accepting of such diversity.

Within the last 80 years, the rimward encroachment of Aslan ihatei has had an interesting effect on the mercantile subculture. Disputes between trading companies are now frequently resolved by dueling. Unfortunately, the Aslan code of honor is absent in Mertactan dueling. Shooting or stabbing one's opponent in the back or poisoning his food the evening before the duel is not uncommon.

Visiting free traders should not fear, however. Oddly enough, the virulence shown by one fellow Mertactan trader to another is not extended to offworlders. It is thought that a general sense of pity for the poorly trained foreign trader makes him unworthy of such treatment. The prevailing attitude is "if he's not Mertactan, he's no good at trading anyway!" Though you'll never hear a Mertactan say this in public!

To borrow from an ancient Terran metaphor, Mertactor has a 'Jekyll-and-Hyde' culture. To offworlders and potential trading partners, Mertactans are amiable and welcoming, while to one another they are the most vicious of opponents, professionally speaking. While the divisiveness of Mertactan society may appear anarchic or perhaps downright hostile, it is embraced by Mertactans as an integral part of their culture. To survive in a universe fraught with danger and deception, Mertactans believe that "It is better to do unto others before they do unto you."

History-Era: Regency[edit]

As a planet on the frontier, Mertactor is known for its free spiritedness and lawlessness. Felons fleeing the authority of the Regency Navy, RQS and/or bounty hunters frequently stop off at Mertactor on their way to the independent worlds and client states spinward and rimward of the Regency. Merchants carrying illegal goods find Mertactor to be the ideal port to sell their wares. For the disenfranchised, disillusioned and disingenuous, Mertactor is the last port on a journey to the outlands of unincorporated space.

Other Data (Alternate History)[edit]

The first colonists set foot on the system mainworld's terra firma in the early 300s. The majority of lots had been purchased by Moran interests, which, under pressure from the Moran government, designated Mertactor (then known as 567-910) as a population overflow world. Consequently, Mora issued the Relocation Initiative of 324. The initiative was not looked well upon by the displaced colonists or the small band of colonists already on 567-910. Although Mora publicly used "population relief" as their motive for the deportation, the deportees included an inordinate number of religious dissidents, ex-cons and other malcontents. Draw your own conclusions.

To villify the Moran Matriarchs, the colonists deported from Mora named their world after the notorious freebooter, Wilhelm Mertactor, who had raided, raped and pillaged the coreward subsectors of Gushemege Sector in the twilight years of the Ramshackle Empire. An ambitious public relations campaign by the Moran Matriarchs failed to conceal the facts about what was happening on Mertactor and many a political career fell by the wayside in the ensuing scandal.

Surprisingly, the Mertactans refused the clemency of the Moran government in 328, when they were offered repatriation as compensation for their "unjust deportation." The Mertactan colonists had become accustomed to their small but verdant new home and the majority decided to stay. By appealing to the IISS Exploration department's colonial bureau, Mertactor was granted independence. Imperial officials saw this as an opportunity to prevent word of the relocation scandal from travelling all the way back to the Iridium Throne. As part of the deal, the IISS was allowed to establish a base on Mertactor. It wasn't until after the Fourth Frontier War that Mertactor finally accepted overtures made by the Imperial Government to apply for membership.

The Mertactan Chamberlords reserved approximately 25 percent of the planet's wilderness as preserves to avoid the ecological calamities that had occurred elsewhere in the region due to reckless colonial bootstrap development programs. The remaining unsettled territories were tendered to offworld corporate interests interested in developing the planet's resources and promoting trade and industry. In order to preserve their independence, however, the Chamberlords carefully screened out any megacorporations, megacorporate shadow companies, and sectorwide corporations in order to prevent a takeover attempt by any one corporate entity.

Their conservative approach backfired and industry never really took off on Mertactor. Seeking to teach the upstart colonists a lesson, the megacorporations conspired with mid-sized corporations to boycott the Mertactans. Employing every type of coercion imaginable, the megacorporations managed to squelch independent-minded investors from circumventing the boycott.

Undaunted, the Mertactan merchant fleet took the initiative and began establishing trade agreements with the worlds of the Darrian Confederation and the Sword Worlds. Famous Mertactan free trader and gambler Michaela Wallace took her business all the way to the fringes of the Zhodani Consulate, and established trade ties with the Zhodani that have survived numerous frontier wars and survive to the present day. While most of the early Spinward Marches colonies also traded with the established interstellar governments of the region, few dispute that Mertactan mercantile savvy can open twice as many doors in half the time.

Modern Mertactan industry essentially exists to support the planet's lucrative mercantile sector. Rather than being a producer of industrial or agricultural goods, Mertactans like to think of their system as "the best damned conduit for trade in the Regency."

Points of Interest: Tourist Sites[edit]

Mertactor's thriving tourist industry offers a plethora of activities to visiting travellers. In the city of Seacheard, visitors will be astonished by the beauty of the Darrian flame sculpture exhibit at the Seacheard Museum of Art. Donated by First Frontier war hero, Admiral Koenig, the exhibit features some of the finest Darrian artwork to be produced in the last millenium. At the Colonial History Museum, visitors may view artifacts, holovids and antique equipment from the Spinward Marches' colonial past. Of particular note is an exhibition featuring what the museum's curator claims are the original blueprints for the Type-S scoutship prototype. Children will enjoy visiting The Wild Frontier, Seacheard's largest amusement park replete with an imported Moran virtual reality entertainment center.

Inghvernar, Mertactor's largest ocean, lies 280 km west of Seacheard. Mertactans on holiday flock to its golden beaches. Well-travelled offworlders will be less impressed by this body of water, which would only constitute a large lake on most larger planets. On Inghvernar's east coast is the Lubvenar Fossil Museum, where travellers can discover the rich natural history of Mertactor through an fascinating series of exhibits and holodynamic displays.

Kaydah, the seat of government, features the impressive Mertactan Legislature Building (MLB). Constructed of reinforced synthetic sandstone, this ivy-draped obelisk seems to thrust right out Mertactor's terrestrial crust and through the planet's thick equatorial jungle as if it had been there since time immemorial. Standing atop Mount Aseldon, the MLB looks over the busy streets of northern Kaydah like an alert sentry.

On the southern end of the city, is the Plankwell Subsector Capital Building. Though the Capital's architecture is aesthetically pleasing with its sharp edges and metallic industrial styling, political representatives from throughout the subsector complain about the dearth of office space in the building. The building was intended to be much larger when the subsector capital was set to be on neighboring system, Collace. However, when the Mertactan Chamberlords successfully lobbied the Archduke to establish the capital on Mertactor, they immediately contracted a local architecture firm to design the building. Due to the time constraints of the agreement, the job was rushed, with the result being an attractive but largely inadequate building.

Perhaps the most outstanding educational establishment on the planet is the Mertactor Mercantile Academy. While the academy is on par with most other Regency educational facilities for the most part, its language department is outstanding. Just about every language spoken within 80 parsecs is taught at the academy, including each and every vargr language in the Extents. The academy emphasizes cultural behaviors and idiosynchrasies as well in order to train the ambitious merchant cadet for any eventuality.

Mertactan trading companies benefit from the presence of the academy. Some of the most finely trained merchant personnel in the Regency can be found in Mertactan trading companies. Mertactan traders are known, however, to be quite bloodthirsty in their competition for business insystem and will stop at nothing to obtain their goals. The rather ineffectual law enforcement administrations of Mertactor are unable to prevent trading blocs and factions from colluding, bribing, embezzling and on occasion shooting each other to death.

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