Are you interested in a vacation to one of the most beautiful planets in the galaxy, one that forms the heartlands of the NEC? Look no further than scenic System 42- one of the jewels of the Orion Line!
Situated on the historic orion line, a major trade route linking the Perseus arm to the Sagittarius arm via the Orion Spur. The Orion Line contains several of the most important planets in the NEC, including the the three homeworld’s whose stars make up the constellation of Orion’s Sword. System 42 is one of these three homeworlds, and has one of the lowest populations of these three. Still, though, System 42 is famous for its amazing topography and natural features!
System 42 is a binary star system, with two bright blue giants in a very tight orbit. The system has two rocky orbitals and two gas giants, but is relatively light in free resources, such as asteroid belts. Most of the matter surrounding these stars has long since been collected into orbitals. As such, the system has relatively few industry-based space stations; those that exist are mainly defensive or academic institutions.
A closer look at the larger of the two blue giants. This star outputs a huge amount of solar radiation each year!
Orbital Ori 3 is a protected planet- the only structures on it are human research stations. This is because Ori 3 is a life-supporting planet: Ori 3 was discovered with simple prokaryotes: simple single-cellular life forms. These life forms flourish the methane-flushed atmosphere of the planet. Because of these life forms, human involvement of the planet is tightly regulated, so scientists can attempt to study how life came about on planets other than earth. This is one of only 11 planets in the Galaxy that have yet been identified to contain life forms!
Most of the rocky orbitals surrounding these two stars are uninhabited, either because of the strong solar radiation or because they are too far out. However, one gas giant, Ori 2, sits at a goldilocks zone in the system, where the solar radiation heats up the planets such that they can be adapted for human life easily! Most of the important planets of the system orbit this beautiful moon, nicknamed the blue marble of the NEC. The planet contains several ‘cloud cities’ harvesting Helium-3, to fuel fission nuclear reactors; however, this industry is tightly regulated, to avoid disturbing the natural beauty of the planet.
Hyreius is the main inhabited planet of this system. Originally discovered by Canadian Explorers during Phase 2 of colonization, Hyreius was named after one of the figures in the original greek myth of Orion. The planet supported natural liquid water in large quantities, leading it to be the first extraterrestrial planet dubbed an ‘Oceanic Planetoid’. The planet took extremely well to terraforming efforts, which used a combination of bio-engineered bacteria/flora and nanotechnology to convert large amounts of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen. While not especially impressive regarding mineral resources, the planet is able to support a very large population, and at the time far surpassed the population potential of any other system. As such, a large colonial settling recruitment drive was organized for the settlement, mainly from the three main member nations of the NEC, West Africa, Canada, and Indonesia. The planet in a multi-cultural hub of the NEC, representing a pinnacle of the NECs ability to coordinate settlement within it’s member states.
Hyreius contains one major continent roughly the size of Africa, and many small island chains. The planet has high volcanism, and thus many of these island chains are volcanic in nature. The main continent is united into one direct NEC State, while smaller individual islands were assigned to cultural groups who petitioned for enclaves, government groups such as universities or military outposts, and industrial interests. Additional ‘floating island’ habitats have also been constructed, to take advantage of the vast shallow seas that cover most of the planet. The population of the planet is now in excess of 800 milion residents, making it one of the most highly populated individual planets of the NEC, and it is fully self-sufficient in terms of food supply, though industrial good and building materials are still imported.