Acropolis is one of the old human colony worlds, located 24.68 parsecs
from Earth. It is a pleasant Earth-like world, with a slightly higher
gravity and denser atmosphere. Acropolis' sun is the K0 V
Acropolis has a temperate climate, with 82% water cover and medium
Acropolis was a dead world when discovered, but its oxygen atmosphere
bespoke of some life activity in recent times. Paleomicrobiologists have
found evidence of unicellular life in organic compounds in the rocks,
but why or when this died out is a mystery.
Humans have since imported a full complement of Earthly flora and fauna.
Other aliens have brought some examples of their own native life, and
Acropolis now supports an extensive wild ecosystem.
Acropolis has a population of 7.3 billion humans and several hundred
thousand aliens, mostly Pachekki. Although the planet has less land
area than Earth, almost all of it is arable and there are many
settlements spread throughout the three continents and many islands.
Acropolis has three beanstalks, tethered at the equator and reaching up to orbital space stations.
All ships registered off-world must dock at a highport and passengers and cargo may only travel to
the surface via the beanstalks.
Acropolis relies on its strong bio-engineering industry for much of its
trade credit. The most advanced human cloning technology available is
to be found here, as well as state of the art genetic engineering and
biotechnology. The planet exports both technology and biotech products.
The main imports are gems, radioactives, and other rare minerals.
Acropolis is administered by an Athenian democracy. However, only
naturally born sentients are considered citizens - clones and vat
grown bioengineered people are classed as slaves and have no voting
rights. Clone slaves are treated as property and can be bought and
sold. A slave owner can free the slave, though this is not often
All people born or decanted on Acropolis are tattooed at birth with
an invisible fluorescent indicator showing whether they are clones or
not. Police are equipped with ultraviolet wands to reveal these marks,
and any place where identification is required has UV lamps for the
Each citizen has a legal right to his or her genotype, and can have
clones constructed for any purpose. Cloning rights to a genotype can
also be sold or traded. Naturally, this has produced a large black
market for such commodities.
Though many other worlds find Acropolis' slavery laws abhorrent, there
is little that can be done, since the world rigorously defends its
own rights and interests on interstellar councils, and has the
population base and military power to defend itself.
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