Bune is the second oldest human colony world, after Prime, and is located
only 7.730 parsecs from Earth. It is basically Earth-like, though being
about three-quarters the size of Earth it has a substantially lower
gravity. The atmosphere is thin but contains enough oxygen to support
humans easily. Bune's sun is the K0 V star 86 Herculis (visible from
Earth in the constellation Hercules).
Bune is a warm ocean planet with many small to medium islands scattered
through shallow seas.
Bune's high oxygen levels come from the masses of native microbes in the
oceans. Multicellular life never evolved, and the land areas are free of
any living things.
Humans have, of course, imported earthly plants and animals. Palm trees
of various species and grasses are the most widespread non-crop plants.
Bune's oceans now support more whales and dolphins than Earth, plus a
wealth of fish and other aquatic species. Animals living on Bune's
precious land areas are mostly restricted to livestock and pets.
More than 5.1 billion humans and 3.4 million aliens (mostly Larrokites)
call Bune home. The population is necessarily concentrated into great
cities on the larger islands, as well as smaller congregations on almost
every available piece of land. Several Larrokite towns exist in shallow
waters near some of the larger islands.
With an abundant ocean ecosystem, Bune exports significant quantities
of seafood as luxury products to worlds unable to grow their own. Bune
is also a popular tourism destination, with enough tropical seas and warm
island paradises for millions of visitors. Several interstellar finance
and legal companies are based on Bune too, since it is a pleasant place
to have a corporate headquarters.
Bune imports a good deal of manufactured goods and electronic technology,
since there are few places suitable for either extracting or processing
raw materials or turning the materials into finished products.
Bune is represented on a global scale by a loose coalition of island
states. Each island is free to make its own civic laws, and contributes
one member to the Global Assembly. The Assembly decides planetary policy,
but has little to do with the assorted legal systems. Essentially Bune is
a commonwealth of mostly independent island city-states. However, the
Global Assembly presents a united front to interstellar councils, and so
Bune is usually considered to have a single global government by
Because of this arrangement, laws vary from island to island, though not
as dramatically as in a truly balkanised world like
Prime. Society is fairly free and enlightened,
though regulation of weaponry varies from strongly controlled to
virtually completely unregulated.
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