STAN

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Name: STAN
Subsector: Lesser Hook
Sector: Bey-Partial
Coordinates: 2711 (H0301)
UWP: X754A73-2-103
 
Starport: X: None
Size: 7: Medium (10400-12000 km)
Atmosphere: 5: Thin
Hydrographics: 40% water
Population: 10 billion
Govt: Balkanization
Law Level: 3: Low
Technology: 2: Pre-Industrial
Native Life: Complex microscopic
 
Planetoid Belts: 0
Gas Giants: 3
 
Allegiance: None/Unknown
Bases: None
Travel Zone: Red

Trade Codes: Hi Population,
Resources: Rich (9),
Export: None

Stan 1 is an early colony, probably from the Long Night, that has reverted to barbarism. Several ruins from the original colony observed. No Coality contact before or since its contact by the Henry Hudson circa 3912.

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Geophysics and Geography

  • Gravity 0.92n
  • Diameter at equator: 10,520km
  • Axial tilt: 14.4°
  • Mean temperature at equator: 11.9°C
  • Atmospheric pressure: 0.83atm
  • Daily rotation: 30.1 hours
  • Yearly orbit: 279.25 days

Most of Stan's land mass is a single North polar continent, a largely uninhabited and arid frozen tundra that extends down to 30°N. Two broad continental bands ("Occident" and "Orient" continents) define Stan's three major oceans ("Western", "Eastern", and "Southern" oceans). The southernmost ocean encompasses the South Pole, which is covered by ice cap year-round.

Native Cultures

Stan has three major sociocultural groupings.

Tapiti

The three nation-states Tapiti-hru, Tapiti-ren, and Ousok peoples are called Tapiti, making up approximately 40% of the total planetary population. The three Tapiti nations are antipathetic and coexist on Stan's largest "Occident" continent and neighboring territories. All three nations are highly evolved caste-based feudal monarchies, with an educated aristocracy, large cities, trade, formal legal institutions, state religion, and an emerging middle class. Linguistically, the Ousok language is a dialect distinct enough from the Tapiti parent language as to be mutually unintelligible as spoken. A third language, Movo, is spoken widely in Tapiti-ren as a formal language of the upper classes. Other languages are spoken by border populations and immigrants.

Tapiti-ren has the most populous city on Stan. Denjira, a sprawling medieval coastal city and trade center, has nearly 20 million souls.

Eyadr Flithen

The "Orient" continent's northern territory and islands are home to the Eyadr people, who collectively make up approximately 28% of the total planetary population. Eyadr Flithen is governed by an Empress "Th-en" who is believed to be divine in origin and authority. The Empire has a central military, ecumenical class, and lay bureaucracy. Under that is a confederation of 160+ feudal states or provinces, each ruled as a tribal kingdom. Like the Tapiti, the Eyadr people have large cities, trade, formal legal institutions etc., but on the whole, they lack an independent educated middle class. Linguistically, the Eyadr language and dialects pervade the Empire, but the lower classes still speak local and regional tribal languages that number into the hundreds.

Banjouk

The primitive Banjouk people are the primary occupants of the southern half of the "Orient" continent and its islands, including the sub-continent sized island Pascagard in the Southern Ocean, all the way south to the South Polar Icecaps. Banjouk is an ethnic grouping, not a political one. It consists of hundreds of tribes and villages ranging from small fishing communities and nomadic bands, to rich tribal chiefdoms; simple stone-age hunter-gatherer societies to highly specialized trading cultures rivaling the Eyadr and Tapiti. In total, the Banjouk people comprise 20% of Stan's total population. Linguistically, there is no "Banjouk" language. The Banjouk people who live along the fertile archipelago west of Eyadr Flithen speak Durren or variants, which is sometimes called Banjouk as that populous and rich area has a long history of trade throughout the region, and therefore is more widely spoken than any other language in Stan.

Other peoples

Notable other societies include the Marite nomads of the northern desert, and the Gulgul ruins dwellers in Pascagard.

Ecology

Stan owes its high population to the rich agriculture, hunting, and fishing in the habitable zones, combined with the high degree of twins and multiple birth. Terran staple crops and fauna are very successful in Stan's nitrogen-rich soil. Staple crops include Taro, Rice, and Redberry (a meaty tomato-like fruit). Maritime seafood abounds, along with a diverse marine ecology ranging from coral reefs to Cetacean analogues that grow to 25m or more. On land, insects have evolved to occupy much of the lower strata of the food chain, including meal bugs, a family of edible insect whose thorax has evolved (or genetically engineered) to a bulky, easily harvestable mass.

Notably missing are coniferous trees and birds. Deciduous forests have adapted to the rich soil, with trees resembling thickets. The only flying life-forms are swarming insects, including an exoskeletal "flying snake" 0.5m long.

Ancient Technology

Many large scale ruins are in evidence on every continent, especially Occident and the northern desert. Native societies that live near ancient cities use the lasting material for shelter, clothing, and manufacture, but none of the ancient technology is in working condition and no evidence exists of skills or knowledge beyond Stan's pre-industrial tech rating.

Contact

While Coality contact has been nonexistent, visits from nearby Mishatan have occurred in the last several decades, and perhaps earlier. A permanent facility was placed in the northern lake Bitwalla in 3970 due to its remote location, nearby ruins, and access to water. Bitwalla has since evolved to be a trade destination for particularly enterprising Marite nomads and Tapiti traders. The southern ruins were also explored for plunder as early as 3925.

More direct contact is also in evidence but details are not confirmed. Mishatan spacers are alleged to have contacted the leadership of Tapiti-ren in 3978 to secure a trade accord. Further, pirates are rumored to raid Stan for slaves.

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