Cusset System, Planet Three
Lyran Alliance, Tamar March
Planet Malachite is a verdant world with a robust biosphere. Warmer than Terra, and with higher average rainfall, every part of the world is covered in plant-life. Pine-like forests on the mountains, and the lowlands dominated by forests, marshes, swamps, jungle, rainforest plus the occasional rare grassland. The planet lacks any arctic regions or desert regions. This caused the name of the planet, due to its appearance from orbit resembling malachite to the captain of the exploration vessel.
Malachite is also larger, and more humid, the combination of 1.12 standard gravities and oppressive humidity has the effect of making the world tiring and draining to off-worlders, however the locals are adapted to the conditions of their home-world and counter that other worlds are ‘light’ and ‘dry’.
The days on Malachite are thirty five hours long, with reasonably lit nights thanks to the planets moons. With the nights being too long to sleep through, most locals treat day and night as a very casual arrangement. Though it varies from community to community, generally there are no set holidays or weekends, so long as individuals get their work done and tend all their responsibilities then there is no problem.
Two moons are present, and are officially named Big One and Small One. This is often mistaken for a joke played upon visitors by the locals.
The planet is dominated by ‘micro-continents’, fifty three landmasses treading the line between being very large islands or very small continents. Many small colonies and communities are scattered across these continents, making the worlds population a diverse mix of cultures, many of which deviate wildly from the Lyran norm. Two main groups or philosophies are present, those who focus upon making use of the land and the perfect growing conditions (but constant need to hold back the wilderness) and those who focus upon aquaculture and sea-based communities.
The planet and its diverse communities are dedicated to agriculture and aquaculture. Heavy industry is vanishingly rare due to the rarity of metal deposits worth mining on the planet, creating a self-perpetuating problem that without mining investment any proposed mining operations are more expensive, preventing mining investment, etc. Crops and seafood are the main exports of the planet, and Malachite is regarded as a bread-bowl world for the Tamar March.
The largest community on the planet is the imaginatively named Peridot City, which grew from an area cleared by repeatedly landing spheroid dropships to clear the vegetation below. Ironically this was one example of the landing of the dropship being more valuable than the cargo aboard the dropship. The initial site was concreted over to stop regrowth, and a ring of bunker-like initial buildings (and basements) were constructed around the cleared and concreted landing zone. Providing adequate drainage proved to be the greatest technical challenge to the entire effort. After the initial ring, the surrounding buildings were mostly constructed on stilts to protect the buildings from the aggressively growing plant-life of the world, and using a mixture of locally sources materials (wood) for dwellings and shops, and using more advanced materials where needed (for utilities, etc). Peridot City is vital to Malachite as it includes the planets largest shipyard and port, the overwhelming majority of manufacturing capability, and the only permanent landing strips on the planet. The only HPG facility on the planet is located in a ComStar enclave in Peridot City.
Ground vehicles are extremely rare on Malachite, due to the lack of roads between settlements, which is due in turn to the enormous cost and effort of maintaining a road against the encroaching plant-life and the heavy rainfall. Boats are preferred but some hovercraft are also used. VTOLS are the main aircraft used, and due to the rarity of runways only fixed wing aircraft capable of landing on water are used.
A mixture of large ships are present, an eclectic mix of designs either constructed at Peridot City or flown-in using the heavier cargo dropships. These sea-based communities are often similar size to on-shore communities. Some airships are also present, and highly prized for their ability to serve as mobile communities capable of taking up position over land despite the flora below.
A communal approach to the planet’s satellite system is observed, with an extensive set of communications and weather monitoring satellites, and particularly GPS support for the people of Malachite (and visitors).
The Lyran Alliance Armed Forces presence on the planet includes a small fleet of (blue water) naval vessels with infantry composed of marines and navy seals. The settlements spread across the planet maintain individual militias, with wildly varying operational doctrines. The two main styles are a garrison approach attempting to guard larger settlements from the walls or rooftops, or guerrilla fighter styles (often including a plan to evacuate a smaller settlement’s populace and supplies into the woods) fighting from the wilderness.
Significant Historical Events:
- 3050, Invasion by Clan Jade Falcon