Juqueri lies 39.16 parsecs from Earth and was colonised by humans
early. It is a steamy world, a little smaller than Earth, with the
expected lower gravity. The atmosphere however is somewhat thicker,
and the constant high humidity makes breathing something of an
exercise for visiting humans.
The world has a 64% liquid water cover, and virtually 100% cloud
cover. The high albedo of the clouds is virtually the only thing
preventing Juqueri from becoming a runaway greenhouse world. It
orbits the K1 V star Yust.
Macroscopic plants are native to Juqueri, but grow no larger than
small shrubs. All other native life is microscopic. The plants are
edible to humans and imported animals, and considered a delicacy
Imported flora includes many jungle trees and plants which do very
well in the climatic conditions. One whole continent has been set aside
as wilderness to preserve the native plant life, but most of the rest
of the landmass is now covered in dense jungle or forest. Imported
animals suitable to the conditions also thrive, including large
colonies of wild apes and monkeys.
Being a reasonably hospitable planet with abundant food, Juqueri's
human population has stabilised around the 2.5 billion mark.
Larrokites and Sparrials also find the environment to their liking and
have growing populations of a few hundred thousand each.
Juqueri produces many organic products, especially medicinals and
other bio-active compounds which can be harvested from the jungles.
A good quantity of food is exported to nearby worlds which are less
blessed with good crop growing conditions. Exotic hardwoods also
form a small but lucrative export.
Local mining produces ample industrial metals for local production,
but light metals and precious metals need to be imported. High
technology and scientific research are also sought after from offworld.
Juqueri is split into three self-governing nations; one a
constitutional monarchy and the others representational democracies.
Their laws are fairly similar and they have had no major conflicts of
interest since the last wars 300 years ago. Generally, society is
enlightened and free on Juqueri. Personal weapons are only lightly
restricted in the democracies but require strict licensing and cannot
be carried in public in the monarchy. Most citizens argue the time has
come to form a world government, but the mechanics of doing so remain
the one thing the countries cannot seem to agree on. The monarchy
continues to be unfailingly popular amongst its citizens, while the
republics insist all officials should be elected.
On an intersteller front, Juqueri is virtually already united. Simple
logistics dictate that one navy is cheaper than three, especially
when actively staking claims to uncolonised worlds in the vicinity.
Other worlds fear that Juqueri may become aggressively expansionist
if ever its governments are united, and there are rumours that
destabilisation of the union process is being funded from offworld.
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