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 and NLS Southern Cross are 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

Vir was first imaged in 2345 by some of the earliest bluespace-gathered multi-frequency telescope arrays which allowed astronomers to see the universe at unprecedented distances. Several exo-planets orbiting Vir were identified four years later, in 2349.

Despite numerous surveys, colonization of the system was neglected until 2479, when it was determined that Sif's atmosphere could support human life without alteration, and a large number of colonists were brought in in earnest. Unfortunately, as time went by, confidence in the program slowly waned; With comparatively few natural resources and Sif's habitable biosphere eclipsed by newly discovered planets such as Tiamat and Binma, one by one corporations withdrew their support and funding from colonial programs. Having been abandoned by their corporate masters, the colonists formed their own state and became a SolGov protectorate in 2487.

In 2491, a wealth of resource deposits were discovered in the asteroid field surrounding Kara, attracting new investments from Trans-Stellar Corporations, most prominently Nanotrasen. By 2493 a large number of mines had been established, and several small colonies had been constructed inside the hollowed out rock of some of the larger asteroids, including the NCS Northern Star, built in 2547.

Even the earliest surveys of the system discovered a large number of xenoarcheological artifacts and ruins, both on the surface of Sif and amidst the rocky debris throughout the system. The origin of these finds, and how they came to be embedded in asteroids remains a mystery worthy of investigation to this day.


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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