Independence is one of the Cloudworlds.
History and Culture
Independence is a rich, industrial high tech police state ruled by a hereditary priest class.
Before Independence was adopted into the Coality (3901), Independence system was approaching a slave state. Psionics were accepted and practiced openly by the ruling class. It was used as a means of controlling the underclass, through mind reading, mind control, emotional dependency, and punishment. Psi on Independence was based on the invocation of spirits and demi-gods, believed to embody the specific traits sought by the practitioner (e.g. Order, Loyalty, Wakefulness, Pain). The religion of Independence system was nearly synonymous with the indoctrination of the underclass, to make them more susceptible to psi, and psi training of monks and priests in the ruling class.
When the Cloudworlds was brought into the Coality, Independence had to be taken by force. Naval Intelligence waged a meme war to discredit and displace the religion, while the Imperial Navy laid siege to create economic hardship so as to bribe and control collaborators in a typical divide-and-conquer scenario. Eventually, Independence was occupied and the ruling class replaced. The psi aspects of the religion were wiped out along with significant portions of its practitioners.
Now, Independence is a full Coality world, ruled restrictively as it always has been. The beneficent affects of trade and wealth, and the blanket prohibition against psi, have opened up the society quite a bit. The rulers restrict Coality influence as best as they can, but there is no denying that Independence is now interconnected with the Coality culturally. The FSS set up a scout base there. Its mission in part is to monitor Independence's xenophobic culture for signs of rebellion and regression.
Elaborate canopy jungle over mixed terrain is the principal environment for the planet's flora and fauna. Unlike terrestrian canopy jungle, Independence has much less biodiversity. Thousands of species flourish and compete in all niches (as opposed to Terra's hundred millions). Other land environments are floodplain, swamp, temperate, and arctic.