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Planet Aeden - QEG5173 in system Maechol (QEG517)

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Aeden - QEG5173

Aeden like so many other planets throughout the galaxy inexplicably teams with life despite unfavorable conditions for life to arise spontaneously. Some ruins on the planet indicate that the planet itself may have been terraformed more than 10,000 years prior to FSP initial contact by an unknown civilization or entity, then colonized by unknown human settlers. Inhabitants are standard humanoids of the sort that have been discovered elsewhere. An Aedanite could dress up in a Glacier Brothers suit and walk down the streets of the FSP capital unnoticed, other than that he would be taller than most and in unusually robust health. Aedanites are predominantly blonde haired with ruddy complexions. They wear light weight clothing in the usually warm climate of the most heavily inhabited areas of their world. Women tend to be well-covered, but the fabrics used can be breath-takingly sheer.

No trace remains of the original colony ship, though some intriguing echo soundings have been discovered in the deeper parts of the Indaran Ocean. What is left of the original settlers, however, is a ring of dead geo-synchronous satellites which remained in orbit for millenia, waiting to be discovered, copied and reactivated by early Aedenic space missions.

Largely an agrarian planet with limited farming area. Just 50% of the planet is surface water which limits formation of storm fronts. Most cloud formations exhaust their moisture content some 1500 kilometers from the nearest coastline. The continental interior ranges from dry grasslands to vast stretches of sand and desert. Native grasses produce massive amounts of oxygen adding to the atmosphere's high O2 levels.

Verdant farmland, forests and jungles in the coastal regions, however produce food in abundance and along with the vast grasslands, charge the atmosphere with an oxygen level that is more than 39%. Because food is easily available, fires are easy to light and the atmospheric pressure along the seacoasts is higher than Earth standard, the humans that inhabit the planet advanced rapidly. Lifespans are almost twice the usual for homo-sapiens. The rich atmosphere seems to contribute to heightened intellectual power, vigorous physical health and mental acuity into advanced age.

Maechol being a stable sun, produces a stable climate, reliable. abundant grain harvests and predictable storm cycles. This environmental stability not only stimulated the growth of sentient civilization, but also discouraged the urge to conquest. It's hard to get fat, well fed farmers to pick up plowshares and beat them into swords. An unusually peaceful civilization, the Aedanites, already interplanetary space travelers at the time, were shocked when the first interstellar neighbor that visited the system fired a quick salvo at a mining vessel and then beat a hasty retreat. An FSP first contact team visited the system covertly and returned a Class B finding. The FSP Council has since issued a stern noninterference warning to members and non-members alike, and especially to the more aggressive and acquisitive of the Maechol system's neighbors.

Aedanites, however, are the sort that learn quickly. There's been a radical system-wide refit of Aedenite space vessels plying the Maechol spaceways. One might not want to take pot shots at them anymore. The excavation turrets on those mining ships now swivel 360 degrees and can slice the ears off a patorian rabbit at 150,000 miles.

A trading/raiding party subsequently attempted to raid the system, picking a fight with an Aedenite mining ship and got a laser cutting beam through the front windshield for their trouble. Aedenite scientists dismembered the now airless starship, buried the crew in space and set about reproducing the ship's interstellar drives. Within 10 years the first Aedenite scout ship was sent to the nearest star system, dubbed Skara Brae after an ancient Aedenite sailor and explorer. The survey team identified the fourth planet as the most likely place to set up shop in the new star system. Anxious to try out the new technology and to off-load their increasingly restless youth to new adventures, Aeden is constructing it's first colony ship in orbit around the Volczik moon, Parvis. The moon is being mined for it's abundant raw materials, which are manufactured on the moon's surface and launched to the construction site in orbit. The moon's low gravity means a low cost of orbiting finished starship parts.

Governor Parvo Steel has submitted a glowing report from Chulu. A second base has been established and the research base recently received the newly developed ansible communication device developed by the Aedanite alien starship research team. With nearly instant communications across the light years, Aedan has been able to supplement the resources of the Chulu Base and data is now pouring in. The newly formed Inter-Planetary Advisory Council is already talking about a colony ship, despite the still vastly under-utilized resources of the Maechol system which have yet to be fully exploited. The Aedanites, for a culture that was originally agrarian and settled, seem to have developed itchy feet in the years since they first met outsiders. So far the FSP has decided to maintain the Class B status for the Aedanites and their Chulu and Volczik colonies.

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