Guyenne World Summary
by, 08-01-2012 at 09:28 PM (944 Views)
Not strictly part of the Unquiet Lands, this is a world summary provided for the "classic" Traveller campaign that I run every few weeks in the Pen and Paper Games chat room. The game takes place in the Sabine subsector of the Third Imperium, circa 1102. Both the subsector map and the historical time frame have been altered from the official material in places.
System Overview (Guyenne/Sabine 0204-XXX-W-G)
Guyenne is the first planet of Cognac, a rather dim, main sequence orange dwarf. The system is noticeably empty of dust, ice, and debris. Cognac was originally part of a binary system, but was ejected, along with its closest planet, Guyenne, after a close-encounter with a third star. Its two other planets, Bazas and Angoumois, have eccentric orbits, and were captured after this event.
Cognac is cooler, smaller, and older than the Sun. Even though Guyenne orbits at half the distance of Mercury, it has a very earth-like climate. In fact, it is currently experiencing an ice age. At such a close distance, Cognac looms large in Guyenne's sky.
Bazas (H200000-0) is a barren, vacuum world. The "H" in its profile indicates a primitive spaceport on the planetary surface, but details of its purpose are unknown, and it is apparently abandoned.
Angoumois (H703166-8) is an icy, silicate planet resembling the moon Ganymede. At 12,000 kilometers in diameter, it is a very large specimen for that type of planet. Its trade classifications are ice-capped (vacuum) and low-population (non-industrial). The only population consists of a few dozen personnel operating its spaceport, Pont Angouleme, at the edge of the south polar glacier. Angoumois has two moons, Ruffec (Y400000-0) and Hiersac (Y310000-0).
The system has no Imperial bases, nor does it have any planetoid belts or gas giants. Free-standing water does exist on some planetary bodies. Except where individually noted otherwise, the system is a Green travel zone; vessels may freely enter, exit, and make contact with local governments.
World Overview (Guyenne C764853-9 Ri)
Guyenne is a good-sized, rocky planet with a diameter of 11,400 kilometers, making it only slightly smaller than Earth. Its atmosphere is nearly identical to Earth's in pressure and composition. The world is older and drier, though, with numerous tectonic plates forming a super continent that rings the equator and dominates the northern hemisphere, much of which is glaciated. There is also a shallow, small northern ocean. The equatorial portion of the continent is a chaotic jumble of different terrain, including three inland seas that are connected to each other. The southern hemisphere is mostly ocean, and is permanently in the grip of a hypercane.
Guyenne has two moons, Demerara and Limousin. Limousin (Y230406-8-A) is the size of Earth's Moon, and orbits just a few thousand kilometers further away from its planet. However, its thin atmosphere gives it a pale green hue. Library data indicates that there are over 56,000 people dwelling on the moon, but does not provide further details. Its trade classification is a poor, non-industrial, desert world. It is also an Amber travel zone, meaning that visitors should only land at their own risk and need to exercise caution at all times.
Demerara (F152916-B-R) is the more exotic of the two moons. It is half the size of Limousin, but orbits Guyenne nearly seven times closer, meaning that it is very large in the sky. Other than an equatorial ribbon of water, every part of Demerara is built over, and the moon houses eight billion inhabitants, over twenty times that of Guyenne itself. All of these inhabitants are employees of the Hortalez et Cie megacorporation, and the moon serves as that company's research and development hub for its operations in the Deneb sector. The facilities on the moon generally reflect a technology rating of "B," the minimum Imperial Standard. However, the technology of the research labs themselves is solidly at "F," the Imperial Maximum. Its trade classification is poor, but that is a moot point as it is a Red travel zone, meaning that it must be strictly avoided. Hortalez et Cie has avowed and shown that its defense force will aggressively fire upon any uninvited vessel entering lunar orbit unless that vessel clearly belongs to the Imperial Navy.
Guyenne's trade classification is "rich." Rich does not refer to mineral wealth, but is a designation for both favorable climate and politics.
Guyenne has a 40 degree axial tilt, and is tidally locked; its day and year are both 1200 hours long. The effect of this is that Cognac appears to move up and down along a fixed, straight line path in the sky over the course of fifty standard days. The "bright side" is mostly ocean, while the "dark side" is mostly land. Mistral-like winds and atmospheric rivers crisscross the planet, but numerous sheltered valleys and forests offer pleasant climes.
After the last planetary census, the population was listed at 419,230,000 humans, 5,117,000 vargr, 3100 aslan, and 38 hivers. Much of the population has settled in a pattern of urban hubs with spoke-like highways leading out to numerous agricultural and tourism-oriented hamlets.
Government is thoroughly integrated into occupation. After fourteen years of general education, planetary citizens spend eight years apprenticing in their chosen fields. Every position has some level of governing and political responsibility. The numerous inter-dependencies guarantee that outsiders have little chance of understanding the workings of the planetary administration.
Despite the labyrinthine character of local politics, restrictions on visitors are fairly lax. Banned firearm categories are limited to undetectable body pistols, laser weapons, and automatic rifles, for example. Most services are expedited and travelers encounter red tape only rarely. Immigration is an exception, however. All planetary inhabitants over the age of eighteen must be employed in a gainful profession. Immigrants who are not successful in gaining entry to their desired career are usually placed in low-ranking, risky and menial professions, which has the desired effect of curtailing large-scale migrations to the planet.
The planet enjoys a "rustic" way of life. Technology is barely at the interstellar level. The starport, Aveyron, does not have orbital facilities, or even refined fuel, virtually guaranteeing that Guyenne will remain a relative backwater, or as the inhabitants prefer to call it, "a hermitage."