Relan

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Name Relan
Affiliation Independent
Stellar Class K5
Orbiting Bodies 6
Discovery 2357
Colonized 2362
Goverment Republic of Taron / Free Relan Federation
Distance from Sol 132.9ly

The Relan system consists of two independent human colonies: The Republic of Taron - which seceded from SolGov during the Age of Secession and occupies the main inhabited planet and its moon - and the Free Relan Federation which split from the Republic in the early 26th century and consists of the rest of the system outwith Taron planetary orbit, primarily within the system’s two asteroid belts.

Layout/Geography

The Relan system consists of 5 major planets orbiting a K-Type main sequence star, with two mineral-rich asteroid belts, and one inhabited dwarf planet on the edge of the system. Only one planet - Taron - is inhabited, with the others too hostile for human habitation, though many of the moons in the system are home to mining habitats.

Infrastructure

Republic of Taron

Due to the unbreathable atmosphere of the planet, the population of Taron lives in cities with artificial atmospheres, contained either in domes or other airtight structures. Near the shores of the planet’s single massive lake there is only minimal requirement for temperature and humidity regulation, although the habitats’ structures are often identical to those used in many more extreme environments in order to minimise the requirement for unique replacement parts and specialist repairs. Habitats also exist on the planet’s moon, Parker, which use similar designs. Terraforming was proposed early in the colony’s history, but was never begun.

Free Relan Federation

Originally simply the off-world industrial base of the Republic of Taron before breaking away due to dissatisfaction with conditions under the Artemis Mineral Extraction corporation, the Federation consists of numerous orbital and asteroid stations throughout the system, in addition to a number of moon based habitats. The Carter Interstellar Spaceport serves as the colony’s capital and largest population center.

Population

Republic of Taron

The more populous of the system’s two colonies at 13.4 million people, the vast majority of the Republic’s people are human, with a notable minority of positronics. Other species make up only a miniscule fraction of the colony combined. As popular centers are forced to cease operation due to high costs over the past few decades, the population are increasingly confined to a limited number of habitats, resulting in overcrowding, worsening living conditions, and unrest which have only recently begun to be relieved as the economy recovers. The original colony settlement and capital of the Republic, New Dayton remains the most populated single habitat in the entire Relan system.

Free Relan Federation

While still majority human by a wide margin, the Federation is home to a wide variety of other species, mostly positronics, Skrell, Teshari and Tajaran, with others making up a small but recognisable minority. While also impacted by the consolidation of the population, the decentralized population, and a combination of more robust labor regulations and social security meant that the impact has been lessened, and quality of life has remained acceptable despite economic hardship.

Industry and Economy

Republic of Taron

Once prospering as the system capital under the ruthless domination of the Artemis Mineral Extraction corporation, following the civil war with the Federation, Taron lost almost all of its extraplanetary resources and industry, the majority of their income having come from mining in the system’s asteroid belts, resulting in a near total economic crash. As habitats were forced to shut down, conditions worsened and martial law was enforced for a period of ten years, during which quality of life only became worse. Overcrowding has resulted in bloated rents, and combined with high import costs the planet sees far worse standard of living despite its nominally higher than average level of development for a sub-habitable planet. Conditions have begun to improve quickly following the establishment of a trade deal with SolGov in 2553, although it may be some years before the economy fully recovers.

Free Relan Federation

In part due to gaining control of most of the Republic’s former economic base after the civil war, average income is relatively higher than on Taron, and standards of living are higher. Major economic downturn came about in 2530 with the collapse of trade with SolGov, and the colony saw a marked decreased in quality of life as maintenance became an issue on several stations and people were forced to relocate, resulting in overcrowding. Economic recovery in the last decade has mainly focused on robotics, Relan being attractive due to its laxer restrictions on technology compared to much of Solar space, with several manufacturing and robotics facilities since constructed, and the colony has secured corporate investment from Morpheus Cyberkinetics. Mining exports have been a key sector as well, picking up again after many years of being limited by SolGov’s trade restrictions on independent colonies.


Government

Republic of Taron

Taron is a presidential republic, with an Assembly elected at-large, by party, while the Senate is elected by location, both during elections which take place every five years. Originally the ruling body of the entire Relan system and dominated by the ruthless Artemis Mineral Extraction corporation, the Republic was overthrown in a bloody civil war at the beginning of the 26th century, retaining control of only Taron itself, and its moon, Parker. Instability following the war led to a ten year period during which the Republic was effectively a dictatorship, with the president ruling harshly, and with near absolute power. The dictatorship was overthrown, and a Second Republic established in which the powers of the President are severely limited, with executive powers split instead amongst the Cabinet. Politics are a two-party system, split between the current ruling Democratic Group which supports limited government and is highly corporatist, and the Trade Party, which favors centralization in the name of economic support to poorer installations and workers. A small technoconservative party, the Conservative Group also has minor support, and desires stronger relations with SolGov at the expense of other trade partners, though they currently hold no power.

Free Relan Federation

The Federation is a semi-presidential republic, with a unicameral legislature named the System Assembly. The President selects the cabinet and First Councilor when elected, but must have the approval of the Assembly, and only the Assembly can remove the cabinet, through a vote of no confidence. The President and Assembly both serve six-year terms, with elections staggered so that there is one system-wide election every three years, alternating between legislative and presidential elections. While early in the colony’s history, the scattered stations of the Federation were largely autonomous, the years since the civil war have seen a marked increase in centralization, with the current government a federal state led by the Federal Party, which has mostly eliminated the stations’ asymmetric autonomy. While Relan is typically less technophobic than SolGov is often considered, technologies were still until recently regulated in order to maintain trade relations with Sol. The Federation is for the most part more left wing than both SolGov and Taron, with almost all of its major parties economically center-left, and corporatists making up only a small faction. The majority ruling party is currently the Federal Party, which supports workers rights to a degree that some would consider them anti-corporate, as well as tight safety regulations on new constructions and providing support for stations struggling to support themselves. Despite the party’s cautious pro-technology policies, in recent years they have lost seats to parties placing those issues at the forefront of their platforms, and are currently working in an uneasy coalition with the Technologist Party. The Technologists are a recently formed party with a platform similar to SolGov’s Shadow Coalition, only more ambitious. They generally support the Federalists on issues of centralization, but are somewhat more corporatist, supporting the development of new manufacturing and robotics industries with investment from corporations. The largest opposition party is the Conservative Party, which was also recently formed to tackle technological issues. They support increased regulation on technologies, akin to those in place in the SCG before more recent reforms. They have, as a matter of pragmatism, adopted the pro-labor and decentralization policies of the older Station Alliance party, who saw most support in the years immediately following the Federation’s formation. The Station Alliance remain the fourth largest party, but their original goals of maintaining station autonomy have largely since failed, although they now support technological regulations being decided on a per-station basis. Two much smaller parties also exist, though see very little support; the Growth Party is a corporatist group in favor of loosening construction codes and technological restrictions, and deregulating corporations to promote economic growth. The other is the Solar Party, who saw most support during the economic hardship following the civil war and are in favor of petitioning to rejoin the Solar Confederate Government, though individual politicians stances on other issues vary. They hold two seats as of the last election, the first in many years.


Notable Locations

Maruya

Small, Mercury-like rocky body in close proximity to Relan, with surface temperatures entirely unsuitable for human colonisation.

Taron

Second planet from the Relan star, and capital of the Republic of Taron. Rocky with an entirely unbreathable atmosphere, the planet supports a single large freshwater body covering 37% of its surface. While surface temperature varies greatly across the rest of the planet, conditions around the lake are suitable for human habitation with artificial atmosphere, with temperatures ranging from 47C near the equator, to 27C at the furthest extremes. The planet was marked as a potential candidate for terraforming when colonisation began, but was never begun. The planet is home to the vast majority of Taron’s population, with the capital city and original colony of New Dayton remaining the single largest settlement in the system. The planet also supports the system’s second largest population center, New Garissa, as well as a vast agricultural habitat known as Pérez Rest, which produces over 50% of the entire system’s agricultural output. Taron has one Moon, Parker, which is also inhabited and under the Republic’s control, as well as many orbital facilities, including an interstellar spaceport.

The Near Belt

The closest of Relan’s asteroid belts, and the less mineral-rich of the two. Home to many stations and mining platforms belonging to the Federation, including their second largest population center, Abhayaranya, which also acts as the logistical hub for the belt as well as its main spaceport.

Xia

A large gas giant almost the size of Saturn, supporting 57 major natural satellites, of which three - Fu Xi, Nuwa and Shennong - support water beneath their surface in either liquid or solid form, and are well suited to supporting habitats which dot their surfaces.

Matigab

A slightly smaller, redder gas giant with 34 natural satellites. None of these are inhabited, although recent improvements in the economy means that prospecting operations have recently begun.

Zegev

A massive gas giant, dwarfing Jupiter by a factor of 3, and supporting over 100 natural satellites, five of which are permanently inhabited with ongoing mining operations - Ubaid, Badari, Harappan, Olmec and Caral. Badari and Olmec are notable for having originally sided with the Free Relan Alliance during the system’s civil war, while other moons in the system were simply conceded as part of the peace deal.

The Far Belt

The more developed of the two asteroid belts despite its extreme distance from its former capital of Taron, owing to its significantly more mineral-rich composition, the Far Belt has seen far more development and a much higher population than other parts of the Federation. Located in the belt is the Carter Interstellar Spaceport, the single largest station in the system with a population of several million, the capital of the Free Relan Federation, and the system’s main interstellar spaceport. The site of one of the most crucial battles of the civil war, the Battle of Carter, the station was left in ruins and as a result has been rebuilt and expanded countless times over its long history, leaving it with a unique appearance with dozens of architectural styles across its many wings.

Ivittuut

A tiny inhabited icy dwarf planet far beyond even the Far Belt, notable for being the furthest extent of life in the Relan system.

History

2362: A first colony, New Dayton is founded in the Relan system, on the planet Taron.

2369: SolGov corporate reforms are passed, Relan suffers as funding dries up.

2379: Mining companies begin to develop Relan’s mineral-rich asteroid belts. Operations are dominated by Artemis Mineral Extraction.

2397: Artificial gravity is invented, making the asteroid belts seem more ripe for exploitation than ever.

2405: Mining now accounts for over half of the Relanian economy, dominated by Artemis Mineral Extraction which runs their facilities on tight budgets with conditions bordering on dangerous and workers wages barely legal.

2420: Carter Interstellar Spaceport construction is finished. This station would eventually become the third-largest population center in the system, and the largest outside of Taron’s orbit.

2444: Over half of Relan’s population now lives outside of Taron’s orbit, many of whom have spent their entire lives off-planet.

2470: Under pressure from Artemis Mineral Extraction, the government of New Dayton secedes from the Solar Confederate Government, citing “lack of support and cultural differences”, becoming the Republic of Taron, a nominal democracy dominated by Artemis’s influence.

2472: Artemis Mineral Extraction gains a full monopoly on mining in the asteroid belts. Working conditions rapidly deteriorate steadily under the new government, as wages are slashed, wholly corporate owned, cramped living quarters skyrocket their rent and facilities are run on bare minimum costs.

2500: Labor unions are outlawed after strikes in the outer asteroid belt, though enforcement is almost impossible as security forces feel just as mistreated as other staff.

2506: A hull breach on a small asteroid mining station results in the death of all but three on board, including several young children. Poor maintenance on the part of the corporation are blamed and strikes break out in both asteroid belts. Artemis Asset Protection mobilizes but fails to end strikes or even gain control of any stations, and further strikes are called across the system. The Relanian Civil War begins.

2507: Taron Espatiers mobilize after Artemis loses control of every station in both asteroid belts, and fail to secure the critical logistical hubs of the interstellar spaceports. Carter, the system’s outer spaceport is left in near-total ruins after a week of intense fighting. In the aftermath of the battle, representatives from various rebel factions meet and declare a united government, the Free Relan Alliance, consisting of 95% of the population of the asteroid belts as well as two of the system’s sixteen major moons. Solar intervention becomes a genuine possibility.

2508: Unathi invade Abel’s Rest. SolGov intervention no longer likely, placing Taron in a far worse position.

2509: Free Relan Espatiers invade Parker, Taron’s moon, occupying every major facility after two weeks of fighting. The Taron Republic comes to the negotiating table, and the Treaty of New Dayton is signed, ending the civil war with the spacers granted full autonomy and possession of the system outside of the orbit of Taron itself, including those moons that had not rebelled. Artemis Mineral Extraction would not hold rights to any of the stations or installations it had held, and Taron would pay significant reparations for the damage done to the stations in the belts. The Alliance styles themselves the Free Relan Federation.

2514: Artemis Mineral Extraction dissolves entirely. Economies of both Taron and Relan slowly begin to recover from the war, and the Federation secures a trade deal with SolGov.

2523: Icarus Front re-established in SolGov, but has minimal impact on Taron and Relan.

2530: Federation economy collapses due to their SolGov trade deal breaking down over the lack of a unified trade policy for the system. Pro-decentralization parties are blamed, and the Federal Party gains a majority. The Solar Party is formed, pushing for a petition to rejoin SolGov which is strongly considered, but never comes to pass.

2534: As a result of the loss of extraplanetary resources and industry, two major Taronian habitats are forced to shut down due to operating costs. The large number of displaced people causes overcrowding issues in the remaining population centers.

2535: Riots break out in New Garissa and Pérez Rest after an instance of police brutality against refugees. Fearing a similar situation in New Dayton, the Taron President declares a state of emergency, and martial law is enforced as the riots are brought under control with unprecedented brutality. The President becomes a dictator in all but name.

2537: The Federation is able to avoid similar problems to Taron despite its failing economy by securing a trade deal with the independent colony of Shelf, and many polities of Eutopia.

2544: Class A drones are legalized in Solar space. While not having a direct effect due to lack of facilities to produce such drones, this led to reduced SolGov trade restrictions with independent colonies, the Federation and Taron included.

2545: The Taron government’s 10-year “state of emergency” is officially ended by a military coup led by the Taron Republic Espatiers. A new constitution is written and the Second Taron Republic established. Relations between the Fedration and Republic warm, and free trade and movement are established.

2550: Trade agreement between the Federation and Sol is established, Federation mining and robotics industries boom and exports pick up. Morpheus Cyberkinetics invests in the Federation, despite general mistrust of TSCs in the system.

2553: A similar Trade agreement between Taron and Sol is established.