The 600,000 people on Linsiber exist in a single underground industrial park, geared to sustain the people in the harsh environment. The colony is a worker's collective politically, and outsiders do not have legal standing unless granted a sponsorship or charter. The downport is a leftover grant from Imperial Research, which the local government has maintained. Although there is no trade, the system draws researchers for both its advanced native life and its astrological uniqueness.
Astrogation and Geophysics
Linsiber system is a black hole binary, making radiation a danger and astrogation difficult. Two of its four gas giants are in a binary pair; the impending collision within the next 50,000 years may ignite them into a third star. Its principal planet is in an elliptical orbit of 102 years, and at its closest point to the binary the surface of the planet is uninhabitable and its atmosphere undergoes sometimes unpredictable chemical changes.
Astonishingly, this environment is home to the "Linsiber Baboon", a proto-sentient motile electrovore. The Linsiber Baboon bears no resemblance to a baboon or any other mammal; it is so named for its babbling language of calls and signals.