Vir

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System Vir.png
Name Vir
Type White Main Sequence
Spectral A9V
Mass 1.81 M☉
Diameter 1.34 D☉
Temperature 2,485 K
Luminosity 8.875 L☉
Distance from Earth 67.4 ly


Playing on Polaris, this system is where you live and work; the NCS Northern Star is located here. Vir is recently colonized, containing the garden-world Sif, and is occupied by an unusually large number of trans-stellar corporations due to the large volume of trade that occurs. This also makes it somewhat of a hot-spot for pirates and other criminals.

History

(Most of this is Northern Star specific and still needs to be heavily cut down)

Vir was imaged first in 2345 by the first bluespace-gathered multi-frequency telescope arrays. The unprecedented distances that those telescopes were effective at resolving allowed astronomers to see the universe from a new angle. Several exo-planets orbiting Vir were identified four years later, in 2349.

Surveys discovered the presence of extremely sparse ruins and artifacts of alien origin on Sif. Their creators and their fate remains a mystery to this present day.

Colonization of Vir was neglected until 2479, with it having become clear that Sif's atmosphere could support human life with no alterations. A large group of colonists were arrived. Unfortunately, as time grew, confidence in the program slowly started to vanish. With little in the manner of resources and Sif's habitable biosphere eclipsed by planets such as Tiamat and Binma one by one businesses withdrew their support and funding for the program. The colonists were abandoned by their corporate masters in 2487 to form there own state as a SolGov protectorate.

In 2491, rich naturally occurring mineral deposits were discovered inside asteroids orbiting Kara. This drew the attention of a large amount of Trans-Stellar Corporations, most prominently Nanotrasen.

By 2493 a large number of asteroids orbiting Kara were mined out being hollowed and re-purposed as bases. More xenoarchaeological artifacts were discovered inside various asteroids. As before, their creators or why they were buried in asteroids remains a mystery.

With the ever growing industry of asteroid mining, this necessitated increased infrastructure. The local government and more corporations began construction of several colonies on sufficiently large asteroids. By 2514, five asteroid colonies were finished being built, and had the function of refuelling, resupplying, and providing lodging for mining crews of all corporations.

Following the example Nanotrasen decided to start building colonial resupply stations inside asteroids, and by 2547, Nanotrasen's Vir branch got very lucky. They had purchased the rights to build in an asteroid that was previously thought to be an average rock. After drilling began, it was found that the asteroid happened to have large deposits of minerals and xenoarchaeological artifacts. This would give the future colony a lot of potential for Nanotrasen, and not just profit. The colony's name would be the Northern Star.

The colony was finished on 2551, and it rapidly changed it's role from a miner's rest-stop to a thriving colony, capable of being a fuel depot, a spaceport, space dock, ore refinery, excavation site, a location of significant research potential, and of course, a residential colony.

Star

Vir is an A-type main sequence star with just over 80% more mass than Sol, and almost nine times as bright. It has six major planets in its orbit.

Inhabited Planets

Sif

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The Cold World
Garden World
Sif is a terrestrial planet in the Vir system. It is somewhat earth-like, in that it has oceans, a breathable atmosphere, a magnetic field, weather, and similar gravity to Earth. It is currently the capital planet of Vir. Its center of government is the equatorial city and site of first settlement, New Reykjavik.



Inhabited Satellites

Artificial Habitats

NCS Northern Star

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Kara`s Logistics Hub
Waystation
The NCS Northern Star is an asteroid colony owned and operated by Nanotrasen, located in the Vir system, orbiting a gas giant called Kara, among many other asteroid installations. Originally conceived as 'just another pit-stop' for weary asteroid miners, it has grown to become a significant installation in the Kara subsystem. As well as a rest-stop for travelers going in and out of the Kara subsystem or the Vir system as a whole, it also houses a population of civilians who work in or support the local mining industry.
Vir Interstellar Spaceport

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Vir`s Logistical Heart
Spacedock
The Vir Interstellar Spaceport is a large facility in orbit of the planet Sif which handles the loading and unloading, refuelling, and general maintenance of large spacecraft. The position of the spaceport allows it to function not only as a key node for transport inside the Vir system, especially to and from the planet Sif, but also as a key stopping point interstellar craft travelling via Vir which need refuelling. The station itself is mostly designed around its logistical and commercial needs, and although other strategically-placed nearby facilities owned by a mixture of corporations and entities may possess habitation space, the port itself is not designed to be a living habitat - its proximity to the surface of Sif makes transport of people and materials to and from the facility and the planet via shuttle extremely cost-efficient.

The main structure is owned by the Vir Governmental Authority, but individual offices, docking/loading bays, and warehouses are often leased to individuals or organisations.


Other Locations of Interest

Firnir

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The Mercury Of Vir
Scorched terrestrial world
The closest planet to Vir. Tidally locked to Vir and having temperatures in excess of 570 degrees kelvin (299°C) on the day side has caused this planet to go mostly ignored by colonists.
Tyr

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Rich Rock
Barren terrestrial world
Second closest planet to Vir, with a high concentration of minerals in the crust, but otherwise a typical planet. The surface temperature can reach 405 degrees kelvin (132°C), which deter most mining operations. A corporation called TODO has a mining base and a few orbitals established, utilizing specialized equipment, chiefly being autonomous synthetic mining drones.


Magni

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Cold Dead Rock
Barren terrestrial world
Outside of the habitable zone, Vir-e is generally at 202 kelvin (-71°C).
Kara

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Asteroid Catcher
Cool Gas Giant
A gas giant, with a large number of moons. Captured asteroids, to be specific. Many of the asteroids are theorized to be the remnants of a moon of almost Martian size that was ripped apart by Kara, long ago. By now, a large number of these asteroids are being used by many different businesses, and some governmental infrastructure has been built. The most prominent asteroid installation is the NCS Northern Star, a general purpose colony owned and operated by Nanotrasen. The mid-atmospheric temperature of the gas giant is 150 kelvin (-108°C).


Rota

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Frozen Neptunian Beauty
Ice Gas Giant
A Neptune-like ice giant, with a beautiful ring system circling it. It is 165 kelvin (-157°C).
Radiance Energy Chain

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Vir`s Solar Solution
Solar Power Installation
A sparse government-owned chain of automated stations exists between Firnir and the star itself. The idea is based on an ancient design that was pioneered at Sol. The stations are heavily shielded from the stellar radiation, and feature massive arrays of photo-voltaic panels. Each station harvests energy from Vir using the solar panels, and sends it to other areas of the system by beaming the energy to several relay stations farther away from the star, typically with a large laser.

These stations are generally devoid of life, instead, they are operated mainly by Drones, with maintenance performed by positronic equipped units in shielded chassis, or very brave humans in voidsuits that protect from extreme heat, and radiation. There are currently 19 stations in operation.


System Map

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